In a recent interview, Skrillex said "I never said I was making an album."
After he returned from an extended music hiatus and gave his website a cryptic makeover, Skrillex fans predicted that an album lay out on the horizon. Recent comments from the L.A. DJ/producer himself may indicate that a studio-length effort may not be in the works, however.
Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) recently sat down with Billboard to discuss how he collaborated with Japanese pop singer/songwriter Hikaru Utada on the Kingdom Hearts III theme. When asked what other music he had on the way, Moore addressed some of the speculation that he was working on a longer effort. "You know, people have been asking me about when I have a new album coming out, and it’s a little strange, because I never said I was making an album," he said.
Moore went on to explain that he's been taking a step back from music to plan for his "future and life as an adult," saying "I just wanna be human for a little bit. I’ll release some new music soon, but I’m just trying to do it organically."
What Moore said in his interview suggests that his music hiatus may not have been an isolated occurrence. Although he still has collaborations on the way, his tone almost indicates that he may be attempting to transition into another role within the music industry.
Skrillex ended his Billboard interview by revealing that he has a Las Vegas residency in the works whose dates are not included on his presently available tour schedule.
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J Balvin, Alesso and Richie Hawtin are among Tomorrowland's headliners this year.
Every year, tickets to Tomorrowland sell out immediately after going on sale - and 2019 has proven not to be an exception. The Boom, Belgium festival's organizers have revealed the last handful of artists making up this year's "first wave" lineup. Tickets went on sale the following day, only to sell out in about 40 minutes.
In addition to main stage favorites like David Guetta, Alesso and Loud Luxury, techno figureheads like Richie Hawtin, Black Coffee and Amelie Lens found their way onto the 2019 roster. Colombian singer J Balvin was also included, speaking to a willingness on the part of Tomorrowland's organizers to attract a wider audience thus year.
As with every year, attendee hopefuls have taken to Twitter to air their grievances after not securing their entry before tickets sold out. Some speculate that preference is given to Belgian customers, and others blame ticket scalpers for annual shortage.
The first weekend of Tomorrowland will take place on July 19th-21st, and the second weekend from July 26th-28th. Select travel packages are still available through Festicket.
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If you’ve ever wished you were one of the lucky few to be stranded at Fyre Festival, event organizers Harsh Tokes Booking in Detroit have just the event for you.
This April, a LARP (live-action role play) of the infamous Fyre Festival will be held in Hamtramck, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The LARP invites players to reenact the disaster that helped spawn rival Netflix and Hulu documentaries, boatloads of memes, and an expensive gag pizza.
Details of the event are scarce, however, almost 10,000 people have responded to the event page on Facebook. The event was originally planned to be held on an island in the Detroit River, but city officials prohibited organizers from hosting it.
Players will be given a role upon arrival and will be expected to to act out the duties of said role. Michelle Birawer of Harsh Tokes Booking spoke with the local publication, Detroit Metro Times and gave some insight on what roles the attendees can fill:
"Upon arrival, people will be given their itinerary and an envelope which will assign them a character. "There will be a box truck filled with luggage, just like at Fyre, and it will be someone's job to 'volunteer' to distribute luggage. It's all random."
It is reported that this event is not officially confirmed and all dates are tentative and pending approval from city officials.
The 12-track release is a collection of funky, soulful dance jams
Rising producer, composer and now turned vocalist, Big Wild (aka Jackson Stell) has released his highly anticipated debut album, Superdream today via Counter Records. Though Stell has garnered success with his collaborations and remixes, Superdream verifies his individuality.
On the topic of Superdream, Stell has said:
“The album was inspired by a need to create music that was a greater reflection of who I am now,” he says of the album. “This led me to feature my voice and songwriting as the main focus for the first time ever. I wanted to create a personal record that people could relate to using my own life experiences. When I listen to Superdream, it feels more like me than any of my other music.”
Comprised of 12 tracks, Superdream plays like a heavenly vision, with funk and disco undertones weaving their way through the greater sonic landscape—engulfing the listener instantaneously. Built for massive crowds and festival grounds, the tracks on the album are instantly addictive as wave after wave of indie-tinged electronica makes resisting the urge to dance even more futile. Superdream is an absolute triumph for Big Wild—as he continues to defy the expectations of electronic music by taking risks and creating unparalleled realms of emotionally rich sound.
Superdream finds Big Wild expanding his world of sound as he crafts hills and valleys of increasingly lush production, and for the first time in his career, he’s the voice guiding the listener on their musical journey. Stell finds himself at the forefront, leading with resplendent vocals for the majority of the album - which includes previously released singles “City of Sound,” “Maker,” and “Heaven.” Furthermore, Stell's penchant for crafting vibrant soundscapes is continuously on display throughout Superdream, particularly apparent in album track, “Joypunks.” Accompanying Stell on the album are vocalists Rationale (London, UK) and iDA HAWK (Brooklyn, US)—whose euphoric tracks on the album are shimmering highlights.
Championed by renowned powerhouse duo ODESZA, Stell has garnered considerable buzz and cultivated an impressive fan base due to his work with Hundred Waters and TroyBoi, as well as remixes with CHVRCHES, GRiZ, Sylvan Esso, ZHU and more. His previous work has collectively drawn over 145 million streams on Spotify alone. Pandora named Big Wild as one of their Artists To Watch in 2019 - and in 2018, Big Wild sold out the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as well as the WaMu Theater in Seattle and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco alongside Louis The Child. He also performed at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and EDC Las Vegas in addition to making his mark on the main stage at San Diego’s CRSSD Festival.
Big Wild is currently preparing to bring his Superdream to life with an upcoming 17-date headlining US tour in March. Tickets are on sale now.FOLLOW BIG WILD:
The most ambitious crossover in gaming and music history!
Saturday afternoon, Marshmello invaded the biggest video game in the world, Fortnite, with a live, in-game concert, attended by over 10 million players worldwide.
Earlier in the week, it was reported that observant (see: obsessive) fans datamined the Fortnite application and found files and in-game assets relating to the dance music behemoth, Marshmello. Shortly after the leaks, it was announced that Fortnite would be hosting a Marshmello-themed event featuring in-game Marshmello items (including a full Marshmello skin that lets you play as the masked EDM star himself) and a live performance from Marshmello at the Pleasant Park section of the Fortnite map.
The concert was presented in the form of a Fortnite Limited Time Mode (LTM) called Showtime. LTMs are events that modify the rules of the base Fortnite experience for a predetermined amount of time. For example, this weekend in honor of Super Bowl LIII players can participate in a NFL-themed event.
Throughout the week, players in Fortnite could go to the Pleasant Park section of the map and witness the stage being constructed for the show. When the Showtime mode was enabled, players were urged to drop in at the Pleasant Park location to join in on the festivities.
At the show, Marshmello performed a ten-minute medley of his biggest hits including his breakout single "Alone," his collaboration with Logic, "EVERYDAY," and his chart-topping hit "Happier" with Bastille.
During the performance, players were treated to some of Marshmello's real-life stage visuals, fireworks, and lasers, alongside giant holograms with gravity altering effects possible only in the digital world.
The result was the a glimpse into the future of dance music's relationship with video games. For almost three decades, dance music has been in a loving relationship with video games and some of the biggest names in the genre, like Skrillex and Zedd, alongside Marshmello's masked brothers-in-arms, Daft Punk and deadmau5, have made appearances in a wide variety of video games.
The Fortnite extravaganza was not Marshmello's first crossover into the video game world. While teamed-up with the biggest Twitch streamer in the world, Ninja (who recently released an EDM compilation album), the duo would go on to win last year's Fortnite Pro-Am tournament beating out fellow EDM producers Dillon Francis, Arty, and Drezo.
Along with the aforementioned appearances and crossovers, Marshmello operates a gaming channel on YouTube where he plays alongside some of the biggest names in gaming and beyond.
Marshmello and his manager, Moe Shalizi, have never been afraid to explore outside the realm of dance music. Marshmello has become so much more than just a producer, hell, he even competed on American Ninja Warrior.
Whether or not you're a fan of Marshmello's music, his contributions to dance music should be commended. Over 10 million concurrent players participating in his event, combined with the fact that Fortnite is smash hit with kids and teens, means that Marshmello may have given these younger players their first taste of dance music and in turn, may have created the next generation of dance music fans.FOLLOW MARSHMELLO:
Black Caviar have a thunderous new remix on their hands.
Black Caviar have always found their sweet spot at the intersection of hip-hop and dance music. With their latest release, the duo have transformed their own original, "What's Up Danger" into a dance floor smash for the deluxe version of the Into The Spider-verse soundtrack.
The soundtrack for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse had no problem scaling the charts shortly following its initial release, peaking at the #2 spot on the Billboard 200. Blackway and Black Caviar's "What's Up Danger" appears first on the album setting a definitively ominous tone.
Now revitalizing their own work for the dance floor, Black Caviar outfit "What's Up Danger" with a crushing new bass line that upends the original release. The New York duo pulled no punches in delivering this adrenaline-fueled remix.
Listen to Black Caviar's new spin on "What's Up Danger" with Blackway here.FOLLOW BLACK CAVIAR:
Deorro got creative in sampling for his new single.
Deorro has been nothing short of a sonic chameleon as of late. Following a diverse palette of singles in recent months, "Wild Like The Wind," his latest release, sees the Mexican producer branching into another new direction.
Deorro's recent singles have taken many stylistic forms from Melbourne bounce to psytrance to Latin pop. While "Wild Like The Wind" in some respects marks a return to his pop songwriting origins, from a production aspect, Deorro went outside the box.
Commenting on the making of "Wild Like The Wind" to Billboard Dance, Deorro said he found success with sampling his Cello among other live instruments for the track. He also derived inspiration from KSHMR's recently released sample pack, a popular source for producers looking to incorporate world music elements into their sound.
Deorro's artistic range has not been easily defined. The "Five Hours" producer has found the freedom to explore new frontiers with the cosign of his label backing at Ultra Records, which could mean more interesting music to come in the near future.
Listen to Deorro's "Wild Like The Wind" here.FOLLOW DEORRO:
Tickets are on sale next week!
Proclaiming it their "spiritual home," iconic trio Above & Beyond are set to return to The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington state this summer for a special two-day event. The trio's Group Therapy Weekender is a new summer festival set to feature Above & Beyond and the best in Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep talent.
As with Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance radio show, Above & Beyond have maintained their commitment to scheduling massive milestone live shows for their radio program Group Therapy. Milestone shows occur every 50 radio show episodes. It was Above & Beyond's ABGT250 show in 2017 that initially introduced the group to the spectacular Gorge Amphitheater. After selling out the 25,000 cap space, they knew they had to return.
Above & Beyond's debut day-to-night weekend festival is scheduled for July 27th and 28th. Pre-sale tickets will be available at 10:00 AM PST on Wednesday, February 6th. Get your tickets here.FOLLOW ABOVE & BEYOND:
Out now on Hegemon Select.
dabl is here to debut his first ever single, "Off My Mind" featuring vocals by Alex Marie Brinkley. The chill electronic pop track is out now on Hegemon Select. It's a strong entrance for the young producer who hails from Baltimore, Maryland.
The track opens with some light key work as Brinkley's angelic vocals enter in. The distorted vocal chops that compose the drop create a catchy low key melody. The drum pattern gives the track some edge. Overall, it's a pretty arrangement with lyrics that tug at the heartstrings.
"Off My Mind" featuring Alex Marie Brinkley by dabl is out now via Hegemon Select. Stream or download it across platforms here.FOLLOW DABL:
Out now on Azureon Select.
Aristo G., the Melbourne-based DJ/producer, is back with a release on Azureon Select titled "Cherry Lemonade." We last heard from the disco house artist back in November of last year with the single "Unique." Yet again, he delivers a high energy mix of old and new with a funky spin on the classics.
The song enters with an enticing electric guitar riff as a vocal house top line emerges. The build into the drop is a mixture of vocal chops as a muted bass line hooks us in. This song was built for the dance floor. The entire beat is infectious and will get you moving.
Aristo G. hails from Melbourne and cites artists like Jamiroquai, Kool & the Gang and The Bee Gees as influences. He made waves in 2016 when his debut release reached #2 on Spotify's Global Viral 50 chart.
"Cherry Lemonade" by Aristo G is out now via Azureon Select. Stream or download it across platforms here.FOLLOW ARISTO G:
For only $25, this culinary spoof could be yours.
Fyre Festival has found its way back into world's collective crosshairs following the release of documentaries Fyre Fraud and Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, and even pizza chains are getting in jabs. Villa Italian Kitchen has announced the Festival Pyzza, a Fyre-inspired "luxury pizza experience" that costs an intentionally steep $25.
"Made with only the finest fresh ingredients available," reads a post to Villa's Facebook page, "including sauce made from California tomatoes, hand-stretched dough and premium individually-packaged processed cheese product." As can be seen in the accompanying photo, the latter ingredient is lazily placed atop each pizza slice as a reference to the photo of a cheese sandwich that made its rounds on social media following the Fyre Festival disaster.
In case it wasn't obvious from the $25 price tag, the new menu addition is more of a publicity stunt for Villa Italian Kitchen than anything else. Their refusal to break character is admirable, however. “When you have a product that’s actually good, you don’t need influencers to lie on your behalf to help sell it,” Andrew Steinberg, Chief Operating Officer of Villa Restaurant Group, told Vice.
Fyre Fraud and Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened are available on Hulu and Netflix, respectively.
Elixir Records returns with epic dance ballad "Over Me" from Besomorph & DËKAY
If you've been following Elixir Records, you'll know that they've been on roll when it comes to innovating and pushing boundaries in the melodic dance music space. "Over Me" by Besomorph & DËKAY is no exception, especially when accompanied by the soaring vocals of Stephen Geisler.
A stellar, melancholic ballad with a punchy, emotional lead, "Over Me" is a rich palette of emotion serving as a spectacular backdrop for Geisler's soulful, lyrical touch.
Hot on the heels of Besomorph's last releases with major YouTube tastemakers The Nations and Proximity, as well as Magic Music, "Over Me" is just the latest in a string of excellent releases with some of the video platforms hottest new labels. We can't wait to hear what comes next from these talented artists.FOLLOW BESOMORPH:
Have you been jamming to FANGS?
Rising star FANGS is back with another single titled "Get Ready."
Formerly a member of Brass Knuckles, Danny D'Brito now goes by FANGS and has seen a steady stream of success since his first release "Murder" in 2017. Partnered with the success of his tunes throughout 2018, D'Brito ended the year strong with an electrifying performance at OMFG! NYE.
Listeners are surely in for a treat with D'Brito's latest endeavor, "Get Ready." The dance floor anthem blends together a dark, brooding bass line with a hypnotizing vocal sample to keep people moving until the sun comes up. Fans of FANGS will undoubtedly latch on to this one, as it stays true to his classic sound. Check it out below:
D'Brito is quickly proving his prowess as a producer. Keep FANGS on your radar, as he's certainly making moves in 2019.Keep up with FANGS:
The duo proves they can do no wrong on their latest release
ADGRMS and Jackswan are back again with another certified banger. The two last linked up to close out 2018 with "Lies" featuring Eighth and on "Runaway" featuring Burnheart back in November. EDM.com partner label Indie Select is now proud to release "Wrong?" featuring vocalist Roxana, a powerhouse future bass track that is the perfect start to your weekend.
The duo picks things up from their last collaboration with "Wrong?" Whereas "Lies" was predominantly instrumental, this single speeds things up with arpeggiated vocals and power synth stabs. The track enters with calm piano chords as Roxana's voice booms in. The pace picks up as we enter into the drop. The beat is filled with energy and breaks that will make any future bass fan swoon.
ADGRMS has collaborated with the likes of Jinco and F4ST, boasting releases on labels as prominent as Spinnin' Records. Jackswan is a relatively newer project but has been showing his chops with these last three releases.
ADGRMS and Jackswan's "Wrong?" featuring Roxane is out now via Artist Intelligence Agency. Stream or download it across platforms here.FOLLOW ADGRMS:
The third installment includes collabs with Shotty Horroh, J. Worra, C.O.Z., Scene of Action, and more.
deadmau5' label mau5trap has released today the third installment of its mau5ville series, a collection of fresh music and remixes from him and other artists. deadmau5 A.K.A, Joel Zimmerman is proving to be the king of multi-genre EPs.
Among its 10 tracks, mau5ville: level 3 contains two new deadmau5 productions "Polyphobia" and "Glivch." Another feature is "Are You Not Afraid," a new collab with mau5trap artist U.K. rapper Shotty Horroh, supported with remixes by J. Worra and C.O.Z.
The collaboration between Scene of Action and Zimmerman is a beautiful standout. "Hurricane" is a melodic break from the heavy tracklist, with enchanting melancholic vocals. Like Zimmerman, Scene of Action is a musician with a heavy following on Twitch. The two connected on the platform and now mau5trap brings the track to the masses on level 3 with remixes by Mark Mackenzie and OFFAIAH.
To close out the EP, up-and-coming mau5trap firebrand No Mana adds to the eclectic mix "Quests with Time Limits" and C.O.Z. offers "Over."
mau5ville: level 3 follows level 1 and level 2 which were released in 2018. From level 1 came "Monophobia" featuring Rob Swire, deadmau5' most successful radio track to date. Currently sitting at 8.5 million Spotify streams, the song has received support from many of the U.S.' major dance radio stations including KNHC (Seattle), WZFL (Miami), SiriusXM and Evolution where it was the channel's #1 most played track.
level 2 features "Drama Free" featuring Lights. In the spirit of continuity, deadmau5 teamed up again for its video with special effects mastermind Nick DenBoer who worked with him on "Monophobia." The oddball characters from the epic house party in "Monophobia" are back for a clip featuring a special performance with Lights.FOLLOW DEADMAU5:
Out now on Ophelia Records.
Crystal Skies (aka Britian Holcomb and Aaron Dawson) make their debut on Seven Lions’ Ophelia Records with the release of the single “Never Change” featuring Gallie Fisher, and the B Side, “Carbon.”
Representing the sound Seven Lions spearheaded, both tracks by Crystal Skies are great additions to the Ophelia catalog. “Never Change” features dreamy vocals by Fisher, who has previously spent some time in the studio with the duo. The track lends itself to the melodic dubstep family. The uplifting vocals progress into an epic drop filled with lots of rhythmic builds. The last drop gives us a taste of the duo's heavy bass. The chorus drives this track.
“Carbon” is on the opposite spectrum from "Never Change." It presents a darker bass sound, which showcases the duo’s heavier artistry by incorporating destructive harmonies and booming bass lines. The fat drums and shrill grit layered throughout are strong. The track takes an enchanting break midway to deliver an even more powerful second drop. The duo layers lots of random effects and foley that builds up the progression nicely.
With inspiration from Seven Lions, AU5, and Koan Sound, Crystal Skies are known for their melodic bass driven tracks such as “Closer” and “Lost in The Sky.” Crystal Skies have developed a unique dubstep sound that emotionally attracts listeners. Coming off their collaborative release, "Looking For You" with WE ARE FURY on Lowly Palace, the duo is currently preparing for a breakout year in 2019.
For her work with with Crystal Skies, to her heart-pounding appearance at Red Rocks Amphitheater with Seven Lions, to years of successful songwriting and publishing, and over to her band Digital Lizards of Doom who have recently sold over 25,000 records—there’s little question that Gallie Fisher is a name the music industry will come to know very well. Fisher is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, proficient in piano, keyboard, and mandolin, and has most likely written a few tracks that most music fans have caught themselves humming.FOLLOW CRYSTAL SKIES:
The video depicts a group of girls from Copenhagen and the angst of Danish youth.
Los Angeles singer/songwriter/producer Elohim is back with the official video for "Buckets," out now via OWSLA and co-produced by the legendary Skrillex. The track is the second in a pair of singles Elohim has released on the label, the first being "Connect" which came out this past November.
The dark trap track is a new sound for Elohim. It is a rowdy anthem to rage sing your heart out to. The dark, distorted journey that the two producers laid out is depicted beautifully with the accompanying visuals. The chaos and angst bombard your senses as if we are watching an episode of Skins. It's wonderfully atmospheric and distorted. It's hard not to hear the anguish behind Elohim's sultry vocals.
On the topic of "Buckets," Elohim has said:
"Buckets" is an emotional purge for me and I hope the song can be that for the listener as well. This video was made in Copenhagen. It was different and really fun and exciting for me to let go and really trust putting it in the hands of the director and the beautiful girls acting in the video. Everything looks cooler in Europe, so I let them run with it, experiment and embrace the song."
The video's director Jonas Risvig added:
"We wanted to find some unspoiled youth for this video. We had to go on the streets for days to scout for potential actors. We wound up with these four girls who all knew about the streets and the culture that we wanted to portray. Elohim has a crazy artistic vibe around her and we really wanted to push these girls into her visual universe. We had to give them time to learn each other's habits and let them develop a friendship in order to make them forget about the camera. Our talented DOP Jacob Møller didn't want the girls to acknowledge him at all, and therefore, I as a director - had to step in and pretend to be their friend in order to get the results we wanted. The whole video is shot around the fashionable neighborhood Nørrebro and Copenhagen where all of the girls grew up. Therefore they knew all the corners and streets. We just had to follow them around and let them act out their inner demons."
A classically-trained pianist and skilled songwriter, Elohim first turned heads in 2015 with debut singles "She Talks Too Much" and "Xanax," which together saw a release as a AA-side 12" via B3SCI Records. Elohim followed with a AA-side single via B3SCI this January featuring the exuberant "Bridge and the Wall" and elegantly emotive "Pigments," which was released with an interactive video.
On the live side, Elohim has announced a run of L.A./NYC intimate shows to take place this March. All three L.A. shows have already sold out. Elohim is also slated to play a run of 2019 festivals; all tour dates are listed below.
Elohim Tour Dates:
Feb 28 // Riviera Maya, Mexico @ Deja Voom
Mar 15 // Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever (Masonic Lodge) - SOLD OUT
Mar 16 // Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever (Masonic Lodge) - SOLD OUT
Mar 17 // Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever (Masonic Lodge) - SOLD OUT
Mar 30 // Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr
May 17-19 // Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival
Jun 1 // New York, NY @ Governor's Ball
X Games Aspen 2019 marks the first year that every on-site concert was completely sold out.
Now that the craziness of the X Games Aspen 2019 is over and we’ve had time to reflect on the experience, a few things have become strikingly clear.
If the heart of the event is the high-flying spectacles of the high-octane, on-snow competitions, its soul is undoubtedly the accompanying music festival on Buttermilk Mountain that has accompanied the games for the past five years.
For the first time in the history of the X Games every single one of the daily concerts sold out, and that is by no means a surprise. Each year, the musical component of the event has taken on a bigger and more vital role, and the meteoric rise of crossover dance music/pop acts has only accelerated the deeper incorporation of this now essential component of the games.
Upon arriving at Buttermilk, it was readily apparent which attendees showed up for the music, and which ones were diehard fans of the winter sports. While many attendees invariably hugged the walls of the various competitions and watched their favorite athletes perform death-defying feats of awe-inspiring athleticism, an equal number could be found swarming around the Monster Energy tent listening to the latest dance and hip hop hits or swarming towards the festival-area grounds while waiting for the concerts to start.
Each night, as X Games visitors swarmed the streets of Aspen, nearly every overheard conversation centered not around the sporting events of the day, but about the music, how amazing the shows on the mountain were, and how they couldn’t wait to hear their favorite artists perform again that night at Belly Up or Bootsy Bellows, two of the most popular and hyped after-event venues of the weekend. Each of the artists that performed at the games gave encore performances for their most diehard fans, and the names Kygo, Louis The Child, and The Chainsmokers could be heard spoken repeatedly everywhere you went.
For us, the two standout performances of the weekend were Louis The Child and Kygo - a fast-rising first-time event performer, and a returning legend beloved by the Aspen and X Games community.Louis The Child:
It was obvious from the moment that Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett of Louis The Child took that stage that 2018 had been an absolutely massive, breakthrough year for the now widely-known crossover dance-pop DJ duo. The first ever act to sell out an X Games afternoon event, Louis The Child’s energetic, genre-hopping, uplifting spin on dance music was a perfect fit for the high spirits and euphoric vibe permeating the air at this year's winter games. Combine that pervasive energy with the highly engaged and deeply personal relationships that Louis The Child strive to form with their fan community, and it’s easy to understand why thousands of party-goers roared with excitement as the duo took to the stage.
With catchy singalong ballads such as “Fire,” “Go,” and “Love Is Alive,” as well as killer remixes of tracks such as Chance the Rapper’s “All Night,” and Major Lazer’s “Be Together,” Louis The Child’s performance offered a little bit of something for everyone, regardless of your musical tastes and preferences.
Overall, Louis The Child showed the Aspen locals and X Games adventurers that they aren’t afraid to take risks and that they are dedicated to perfecting their craft and creating a vibrant, sincere, and authentic community for their fans.
In speaking about their music, Kennett stated that he and Robby are "...trying to connect people, create happy moments, make it not about me and Robby but about what kinds of connections we can make with other people and how we can help them realize what is making them happy and what is making them sad.”KYGO:
Returning to the X Games to fill the same Sunday afternoon slot that he so memorably claimed in 2016, the Norwegian DJ/producer was once again heralded by a beautiful day with unseasonably warm temperatures, providing the perfect backdrop to his triumphant mountain dance-party. Of every name on the lips of the swarm that took over Aspen for the Winter X Games, none was spoken more than that of Kygo, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him return many times over.
As Kygo took to the stage, he opened with fan favorite “Born To Be Yours,” just as the first rays of sunshine began to pierce the previously cloudy skies. It provided the appearance that even the weather itself was welcoming Kygo to the natural splendor of Buttermilk Mountain.
Playing top selections from his arsenal of hits, Kygo serenaded fans with records such as his classic remix of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing,” Tiësto’s latest hit “Jackie Chan,” and the beloved Avicii single “Without You.” True to form, and to the wild excitement of his fans, Kygo also brought out vocalist Justin Jesso for a stunning live vocal performance of the Kygo mega-hit, “Firestone."
A perfect close to the weekend's musical experience, Kygo ended his set with a huge, face-enveloping smile that showed just how excited he was to be spending an amazing week in Aspen and performing for some of his most adoring fans. Suffice it to say, the smile was returned a thousand-fold by everyone in the record-breaking X Games audience.FOLLOW X GAMES:
wev, Hoodboi, Laxcity and more featured on this week's installment.
SoundCloud has been considered by many artists and fans alike the best platform for unsigned music to shine. Its direct approach and no need of distributors has enabled bedroom artists to find fanbases all over the world, and emerging talents to turn their SoundCloud game into yearlong careers.
In the Underground Vibes series, our aim is to showcase the best new music we discover on the platform, music that oftentimes can’t be found anywhere else, as well as shine the light on successful artists that encompass everything SoundCloud is about, and have their careers based on it."close 2 me" Ft. Adeline Um - wev
Producer wev just put out his www EP. Releasing his first music in 2017 and starting getting more attention last year, wev's psychedelic, house-infused works really show an artistic maturity that is hard to come by in new artists. wev really knows where he is headed, and it his latest three-track collection proves that.“Problems" (Sant Remix) - Petit Biscuit ft. Lido
Sant does a great job flipping Petit Biscuit and Lido's bright original into a laid-back, soothing gem.“Forever" (Laxcity Remix) - Ekali & Medasin
Laxcity has been making waves lately, largely due to the release of his masterfully-produced debut album. The producer's long-built momentum is paying back, as he was picked by Ekali and Medasin to remix their OWSLA collaboration with Elohim, turning the uplifting single into an ambient, organic vibe.“Lotus 1973" - Hoodboi
It's been some time since versatile talent Hoodboi gave fans a release, and now funky "Lotus 1973" is here to prove he is one of the best in his niche."Coming Back To Life" - AJ Salvatore
Rising producer AJ Salvatore pays homage to the past with his latest single, featuring smooth synths, uplifting drums and radio-ready vocals.“ILY” Ft. Sarah De Warren - Mielo
On "ILY" featuring Sarah De Warren, young artist Mielo offers cinematic, intense breaks before diving into atmospheric, forward-thinking drops.
Up-and-comer Mishegas' latest release really shows the quality the artist is able to produce, characterized by minimal drum work, warm synths, and ambient atmospheres.”Show Me" Ft. Sara Skinner - Slippy
Young producer Slippy returns on Monstercat for another strong release, this time featuring up-and-coming vocalist Sara Skinner. "Show Me" starts off with an apocalyptic and epic atmosphere before bright saws and synths are introduced in the first drop, while the second drop unexpectedly flips into a wonky sequence of arpeggios.“Canons” Ft. JMR - Super Duper
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Afrojack may have played a lot of throwbacks, but he also revealed a new track ahead of Ultra.
Co-written with Nisha Stickles
Grammy-award winning artist Nick van de Wall, better known as Afrojack, headlined his first concert at Brooklyn's Avant Gardner this past Saturday. And before the show, EDM.com had the opportunity to catch up with the Dutch DJ phenomenon and talk about what goes into his live performances.
EDM.com: Last year, you were on an immense tour from early October until late December briefly after releasing your EP Press Play. After playing such a long stint, how does it feel to be touring so soon again? Do you do anything to recharge and get yourself psyched for all of the constant traveling and back-to-back shows?
Afrojack: As a DJ (if you love what you do), you're basically on tour always. These days I only do the shows and venues I like, and I have been more focused on building LDH, growing the WALL Recordings artists, and spending time in the studio. If you follow me on socials you can see how I keep it fun and easy with private jets and custom Playstation suitcases, big tour buses and nice hotels, but the most important thing that keeps me going is my team. Wherever we go, MC Ambush, cameraman Frits, tour manager Sam, and sometimes some of the WALL artists, are all like family to me. I don't think I'd ever be able to continue touring if I wasn't surrounded by friends all the time.
You've been headlining concerts for years now. Are there any differences to preparing for a huge set, like that at the Ultra Music Festival?
The fan experience is the #1 priority. The production team, the local promoters and I are always focused on setting up the most fun and surprising experience when preparing for something like Ultra where the set is broadcasted and serves as a signature for your brand. You're not just playing for the people on the dance floor, but also millions of people around the world, and you're making your name for the coming year. So for a set, we all prepare two or three months in advance, new records, new party tricks, and new production parts. It's the start of the season.
Talking about big festivals like Ultra and AMF, how do you go about choosing the music for those as compared to a show at a small venue? Are there factors like location that come into play?
Nighttime, daytime, roof or no roof, back wall or no back wall makes a very big difference in acoustics. Some music might sound great in an underground warehouse with high ceilings and cement walls amplifying every click, but that same record might sound flat in an open area.
So when it comes to playing at this venue, are there any specific songs you're excited to play for the NYC crowd?
"Take Over Control" since it's born in NYC, first time on the radio, the label is out there, and my first U.S. fans started from there. "The Spark" is the same story. And, of course, I'll play some new IDs too, as New Yorkers are always ready for something new.View the original article to see embedded media.
For those of you who missed Afrojack's sold-out show at Avant Gardner, it was as epic as ever and possibly even more so.
Liquid Todd, Wall Recordings artist Chico Rose, and trap king Grandtheft warmed up the crowd and set the mood for the night. By the time Afrojack took the stage, everyone was ready to hear some throwbacks and whatever else he had in store for them.
At the start of his set, an Afrojack graphic montage filled the screens and the venue was bathed in red and white light beams. A voice echoed, "This is my city," and fans went wild upon seeing the Dutch DJ pop up from the booth and greet the crowd. However, the party didn't start until a massive beat finally dropped and streams of CO2 blasted from cannons at the foot of the stage.
With his combination of trap, big room and electro house tracks, Afrojack's hour-and-a-half set was a nostalgic trip back to the 2011-2014 era of electronic dance music. He played remixes and mashups of radio hits like Calvin Harris' "How Deep is Your Love," Dua Lipa's "One Kiss," Post Malone's "Congratulations" and Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" to name a few.
Of course Afrojack also played some of his own hits like "Ten Feet Tall," "SummerThing!," "Lost" and "The Spark." He also included some throwbacks to his early days with "Turn Up The Speakers" and "Take Over Control."
What made it all the more entertaining and unlike other DJs who play their own tracks, is that each of these songs weren't actually played in their entirety. They were all part of a mashup with some throwback like Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams," Dr. Dre's "The Next Episode," the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll," and Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is a Place On Earth."
Though old festival favorites and anthems from Swedish House Mafia, Alesso, Avicii and David Guetta played a huge part in hyping up the crowd, MC Ambush and Afrojack's contagious energy combined with the grungy text graphics flashing messages like, "make some noise" and "hands up," also greatly added to it.
Quite a few times, MC Ambush had fans chanting, "Aye oh," while moving in sync to his raised arm, while Afrojack encouraged them to sing along to some of their favorites by turning down the music when the chorus hit. During the last mashup of his set, which was fittingly Daft Punk's "One More Time" and his "Ten Feet Tall," the Dutch DJ went along the front of the stage, reached his hand out to fans and got them to dance along in a last hurrah.
After he finished his set, the crowd immediately shouted for an encore. For a good minute or two Afrojack looked out at the packed warehouse taking in the moment and then, despite saying he was supposed to end his set twenty minutes ago, he gave the people exactly what they wanted.
He played a seemingly acoustic version of Avicii's "Wake Me Up" and weaved it together with Swedish House Mafia's "Don't You Worry Child." As white confetti rained down on all of his fans, it was the perfect bittersweet ending to his nostalgic set.
Though the tail end of his set was pretty great, the biggest highlight of the show was when Afrojack brought Chico Rose out onto the stage and played their latest collaboration in its entirety. It was supposedly planned to premiere at Ultra later this year, but, as he promised, Afrojack let New Yorkers be the first to listen to his latest banger.View the original article to see embedded media.
As for other new releases he told us that a "new album is coming and new EPs from the WALL artists" and that he'll keep everyone posted through social media.Follow Afrojack:
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