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ATRIP Cuts Through the Noise with Razor-Edged EP, Silk Sabres

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 12:56

ATRIP releases his debut EP, Silk Sabres, through Jauz' Bite This! record label.

In January of 2017, after years of honing his craft and perfecting his musical vision, ATRIP emerged from a small London suburb with a unique and unmistakable sound. Heavily influenced by the early days of illegal raves in the heart of the U.K.ʼs iconic underground music scene, ATRIP interprets bass house in an eclectic, fiery and extremely energetic way. 

With releases on prestigious records labels such as Mad Decent, Eph'd Up Records and Diverge Records under his belt, ATRIP has carved out a comfortable and exciting space for himself in the world of dance music. In furtherance of this goal, he has collaborated with acts like Sikdope and Ephwurd, cementing his reputation as a soon-to-be bass music powerhouse.

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After a fast-paced and highly successful 2018, ATRIP is jumping right back into the mix with the release of his debut Silk Sabres EP via Jauz' Bite This! label.

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A cutting, razor-edged body of work, Silk Sabres perfectly embodies it's aptly chosen title by blending silky smooth breaks with hard-hitting bass house blades. "Rascal" and "Broken By You," the first and last songs on the EP, act as the sharpened knives for ATRIP's bass assault, while the middle track, "Popsicle," provides a perfect contrast by lending a silky, sensual vibe to an otherwise frenetic and filthy collection of music.

Keep a close eye on ATRIP in the coming months. He's been on the rise for over a year, and Silk Sabres is without a doubt a major milestone in his rapid climb to the top.


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Avicii to Posthumously Release New Album, Tim

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:37

The last album Avicii worked on before his death is about to come out.

Avicii's surviving family members have announced the release of his upcoming album. Although in two weeks a year will have passed since he died of suspected suicide, the last songs the Swedish EDM legend worked on will come out on an effort titled Tim

The lead single of the album goes by "S.O.S." and is due out sometime next week. According to The New York Times, the remaining tracklist will bounce between “psychedelia, Arabian music, sounds of the Caribbean and more.” Avicii's Chris Martin collaboration, "Heaven," will also be included.

Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) had begun producing music at the tender young age of 16, but he struggled with anxiety as well as drug and alcohol addiction throughout his career as a performer. He discontinued touring back in 2016, and was found dead in his home in Muskat, Oman on April 20th, 2018. He was buried the following June.

On the topic of the music comprising Tim, Universal Music Nordic Region President Per Sundin said in an interview, "Two months after he passed away, we started saying, 'Okay, how can we do this? How can we honor him?'"

"S.O.S." by Avicii is due out April 10th with the rest of Tim following shortly thereafter.


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Take a Sneak Peak at KAOS, Las Vegas' Newest Nightclub

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:00

The club features the largest LED wall in the city and a 60-foot bronze sculpture.

There’s a new nightclub that’s about to wreak havoc for visitors to Sin City, and it's not on the famed strip. The latest nightlife destination gearing up to cause anarchy in Las Vegas can be found down Flamingo Road at the Palms Casino Resort - and it promises to get chaotic.

KAOS is the name of the all-new, 29,000-square-foot nightclub and its accompanying 73,000-square-foot dayclub sitting high above the Palms Casino Resort. The dayclub component will feature a 60-foot bronze sculpture by Damien Hirst. Titled “Demon with Bowl,” the behemoth will rise from the heart of the central pool, overlooking partygoers below.

Speaking of swimming pools, the dayclub will also hold the title of hosting the highest number of pools of any resort in North America. Situated on the upper floors of the resort, the dayclub will offer spectacular city views.

Running the exterior of the resort’s Ivory Tower, and facing the Las Vegas Strip, will be the largest LED wall in the city. The 270-foot-tall screen will be the dominating feature as visitors approach the resort from the east.

Back inside, the nightclub component will be a sight to behold. A Tesla coil ceiling will enhance sound and production special effects, including “weather elements.” Guests enjoying the elements above them will be dancing along to some of the biggest names in the industry. Notable artists that will launch residencies at KAOS include Above & Beyond, Eric Prydz, deadmau5, and Armin van Buuren.

KAOS is the centerpiece of the complete renovation of Palms Casino Resort. With a total cost of $690 million, the restoration is the most expensive in Las Vegas history.

The grand opening celebration takes place this weekend April 5th-7th. The weekend-long festivities include performances by Alicia Keys, Cardi B, Travis Scott, G-Eazy, Marshmello, and Kaskade. Tickets for all shows can be found here.


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Communities in Schools of Southern Nevada Selected as EDC Las Vegas Charity Beneficiary

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 20:58

Insomniac has announced the nonprofit for it's fifth charity campaign.

For five years now, Insomniac's EDC Las Vegas festival has been fundraising for charities in Las Vegas to benefit the local community. Partnering with Surreal, an online fundraising platform, Insomniac has chosen Communities In Schools (CIS) of Southern Nevada as its beneficiary for 2019. 

CIS of Southern Nevada is a nonprofit dedicated to dropout prevention and providing resources necessary for students in low-income K-12 schools to succeed. The charity is affiliated with the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, and serves over 50,000 students in Las Vegas.

The charity initiative offers two different donation options. Fans can donate various amounts of money to earn tickets for a sweepstakes with prizes including meet and greets with Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Kaskade, Alesso and more, backstage tours, campground flyovers, carnival ride passes, and a number of other goodies. 

There's also an auction option, where fans can bid on prizes beginning at $20. Those prizes include meet and greets with the likes of Diplo, Slander, Steve Aoki and more, an onstage wedding proposal opportunity, Insomniac Golden Tickets (which grant access to a multitude of upcoming Insomniac events), and much more. 

These charity initiatives have raised more than $410,000 for Las Vegas area charities over the years, giving back to the local community and fostering its growth. 

Fans can donate and enter the sweepstakes and auctions at givesurreal.com/edc2019Tickets and more information about EDC Las Vegas 2019 fan be found at edclasvegas.com.


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Electric Zoo: Evolved Announces Official Lineup for 2019 Event

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 20:48

Dog Blood, Diplo, Alison Wonderland and more join the event.

Made Event, the producers behind Electric Zoo, have just released the lineup for Electric Zoo: Evolved in NYC, and it's stacked. The 11th Anniversary of Electric Zoo features more than 100 acts across all genres of EDM including dubstep, trap, trance, house, and everything in between. 

Above & Beyond, Afrojack, NGHTMRE B2B Slander, Diesel B2B Borgore, Zedd, and Dog Blood are just a handful of household names that will be playing the festival August 30th and September 1st. Even more artists are yet to be announced. 

Five major stage hosts will be included. All My Friends, Brownies & Lemonade, Gud Vibrations, Seven Lions Presents Ophelia, and Pryda Arena are each hosting a stage at the festival, showcasing artists who are crushing the underground and global superstars alike. 

The ten previous installments of Electric Zoo have showcased the top names in EDM including deadmau5, Tiësto, and Marshmello. Hosting events in other major cities including Shanghai and Mexico City, Made Event's party has continually evolved over the years, and is putting emphasis on that fact with the 11 Year Anniversary. 

Electric Zoo: Evolved will be held at Randall's Island Park in New York City. 

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Ultra Sees Growth and Faces Growing Pains in Virginia Key Debut [Review]

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 18:58

The dust has settled on Ultra Music Festival's Virginia Key debut.

Ultra Music Festival’s Virginia Key debut is in the books. For years the three-day marquee festival has been widely viewed among artists and fans as one of the biggest events in electronic music. Between thousands of daily attendees and millions of live stream viewers at home, the stakes for creating a consistently unforgettable experience are consistently high. For Ultra especially, this pressure is underscored by increasingly global festival competitors. 

While Ultra continues to deliver on its production value and top-notch talent, the festival faced headwinds at its new location. Despite logistics issues on its opening day, the festival went on to host 170,000 attendees, up from 165,000 last year. With a full year of planning for 2020 ahead of them, Ultra has the ability to address these issues and continue growing at the Virginia Key site, provided the venue will still be an available option for next year's event. 

Leading up to the event, Ultra’s viability to deliver at the new Virginia Key location was top-of-mind of many festival goers. Three shuttle hubs and a premium ferry service ran throughout the downtown Miami area bringing fans to the festival grounds. Congestion on Friday was high as residents scrambled home for the weekend, and a fleet of busses dominated the island’s two-lane traffic. Friday night, thousands were left outside the park, stranded following a car accident which brought transportation off the island to a halt. The situation led to thousands of attendees crossing the bridge and walking several miles home.

Ultra's Shuttle Service Map

Ultra responded, eager to turn things around and win back the trust of their fans. The number of busses was increased, and event staff overall seemed much more knowledgeable as the weekend progressed. Though the controversy of its first day gripped the internet, it’s important to acknowledge Ultra responded quickly working with authorities to take meaningful action and remedy the situation.

Virginia Key Beach Par, is a picturesque property. At the north end, a view of the city skyline and stages settled on the waterfront make for an incredible backdrop. The best in main stage talent including Marshmello, Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers and many more played to massive audiences. As in years past, surprises were prevalent as artists aimed to make unforgettable impressions. Shaq and Lil Jon joined Gud Vibrations (A NGHTMRE and Slander side project) onstage which sent an already head banging crowd into a frenzy. Van Halen’s David Lee Roth has not been shy about his love for dance music; the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer joined Armin Van Buuren in a surprise appearance on Saturday. 

Shaq & Gud Vibrations (NGHTMRE & Slander)

At the south end, Ultra’s Resistance stages bellowed pulsing house and techno with sets from TESTPILOT, two appearances from Carl Cox, and more. While many artists on Ultra’s lineup are also regularly booked along the global festival circuit, Ultra’s ethos as one of electronic music's biggest festival platforms continues to have artists pulling out all the stops as they strive to put together the most memorable sets possible. This ability to deliver an unmatched experience from a talent perspective arguably remains Ultra’s strongest edge. According to Ultra, over 30 million viewers live streamed the festival at home. Conversation of fans' favorite sets, new music announcements, and surprise guest performances simultaneously dominated social media. 

While the lineups for both Main Stage and RESISTANCE talent spared no expense, the two areas of the festival grounds are separated quite dramatically. One staffer claimed the distance between the Main Stage area and Resistance Island were a half mile apart, which I initially thought was said in jest. After making the trek, however, it’s not much of an exaggeration. Though the stages were logically separated, based on genre, the distance between the Main Stage and RESISTANCE areas presented an opportunity cost to fans looking to catch sets within both areas of the park. 

As a Miami Music Week veteran and first time Ultra attendee, the appeal to visit Ultra was in the exclusivity of the performances for much of the lineup's marquee talent. When Ultra released phase one of their lineup in late 2018, many artists were tagged as "exclusive" Ultra performers. Unlike in years past, these artists which included Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Rezz, Zedd, and many others, would not go on to play other shows in Miami during the week of the festival. We've seen similarly high profile festivals embrace this tactic as well - including Creamfields, which has announced it will be supporting the only Calvin Harris and Tiësto festival sets taking place in the U.K. this year. From this perspective, Ultra positioned itself as a must-see among Miami Music Week attendees as they were able to garner exclusive commitments from many of dance music's biggest names.

Marshmello Performs Day One of Ultra

Ultra has its growing pains to address mainly related to logistics, maintaining a positive relationship with residents in its new location, and establishing repeatable sustainability practices - something organizers are already aiming to accomplish with "Mission: Home." While the festival encountered initial struggles, organizers managed to smooth out operations and deliver a memorable debut in 2019. As long as Ultra can overcome these hurdles while sticking to its strengths, upholding its perception as a premium festival brand, and continuing to create a value proposition for its robust list of talent and attendees, it is checking off a lot of boxes already. The remaining questions surrounding Ultra will be answered in due time.


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Relive the Best of Ultra and MMW with March's New Releases [Playlist]

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 17:48

Coming off your Ultra Music Festival high? Listen to this month's new music with our top picks playlist!

With Miami Music Week, March saw a ton of new releases just in time for Ultra Music Festival. From producers both big and small like Alesso, Hardwell, Steve Aoki and Illenium to Young Bombs, Kidwaste, Gill Chang and Fluencee there was new music that hit just about every sub-genre.

Starting off with some house music, this month Diplo showcased his versatility with a two track EP, Higher Ground. "Bubble Up" and "Hold You Tight," may be different from what he's recently released, but they still have that groovy booty-shaking Diplo theme. On the album track, Dabin also released his breathtaking sophomore album, Wild Youth. The electronic/down-tempo album features quite a few collaborations including Nevve, Dia Frampton, Yoe Mase and RUNN

Well-known for his tropical house vibes, Lost Frequencieslatest single enlisted alt-pop Irish artist, Flynn, to bring the song to life. With his soaring vocals, "Recognise," takes on a more chill and mesmerizing pop sound. However, out of March's collaborations, Gammer and Stonebank definitely take the cake. "Crank Up The Dank" packs a punch with its happy hardcore and dubstep hybrid sound. The fast-paced track also marks their first collaboration together and hopefully not the last. 

Armin van Buuren brought some trance and future house to the table with not one, but two new releases this month. The festival-ready track "Turn It Up" and his collaboration with Lucas & Steve, "Don't Give Up On Me" were obviously some of the highly anticipated tracks of his Ultra set. To top it all off, van Buuren threw in another surprise at his headline performance. Van Halen's frontman, David Lee Roth, joined him onstage and, for the first time, they played a remix of the '80s classic, "Jump." With the way the trance legend's been releasing new music, it's no doubt we'll be seeing it very soon. 

For more new electro, future house, dubstep, trap, electronic and tropical house songs, be sure to check out the rest of our top picks playlist!

Alison Wonderland Drops New Single "Peace"

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 17:33

The single and music video are out now.

After the success of her 2018 album Awake, and her single "Lost My Mind" with Dillon Francis in early 2019, Australian producer Alison Wonderland has released her next single, "Peace." The skilled musician is fresh off of a Billboard cover story and is gearing up for touring across North America over the summer. 

"Peace" is a song about healing. Wonderland's emotive vocals soar over a pop-influenced electronic beat. The lyrics reflect a painful breakup and take a "time heals all" approach, with the chorus reassuring herself, "Someday I'll find peace."

The music video is quite a spectacle, shifting back and forth from light to dark to juxtapose feelings of hope and despair. Chained up when in the darkness and free when in the light, Alison Wonderland illustrates the pain of loss and the hope of freedom. Taking a very chiaroscuro approach, producer Jake Kasheta and Cue The Bird brought Alison Wonderland's vision for the video to life. 

Alison Wonderland has been topping charts and accruing nearly 400 million streams across all platforms. This new single comes just ahead of a massive summer tour across North America that includes stops at EDC Las Vegas, Paradiso in Washington, and two shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. 

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David Lee Roth Talks Dance Music, Performing with Armin van Buuren on Ultra's Main Stage [Interview]

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 16:23

Van Halen's David Lee Roth makes the jump into dance music.

With 170,000 festival goers in attendance, and an estimated 30 million live stream viewers, Ultra Music Festival's influence as one of the most prolific live platforms in dance music is undeniable. Year after year, Ultra has kept artists in somewhat of a risk-taking mood as dance music's biggest names strive to create unforgettable moments and connect with their global audiences. 

On Saturday, Armin van Buuren took his set into uncharted territory when he invited Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth to join him onstage. The historic moment captivated the main stage audience, as the two performed a remix of Van Halen's "Jump" which Roth calls an "an all time favorite perennial sports song." 

Though the appearance was met with surprise, in many ways Roth's foray into the EDM world felt like a long time coming. The frontman has not exactly been shy about his love for dance music over the years. Even bandmate Eddie Van Halen once famously stated to Billboard "there are four people in this band, and three of us like rock and roll...one of us likes dance music."

Needless to say, Roth's appreciation for dance music has not been a secret among his peers. We spoke with David Lee Roth at Ultra Music Festival ahead of his appearance with van Buuren to learn more about how the idea to perform "Jump" on the main stage originated, and where the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's love for dance music comes from. When I first sat down, Roth, beaming with excitement, insisted we jump right in...

David Lee Roth: I couldn't possibly be better, or so I thought, until we landed in Miami. Boom-ch-boom-ch-boom-ch-boom-ch. Put that in print, translate it into 82 languages, and you'll get what's in front of the stage (everyone laughs). 

EDM: You'll hear plenty of that today. Now, you've got a collaboration with Armin van Buuren we're going to hear tonight. Tell us a little about how this came about, and your inspiration for the song. 

Roth: "Jump" started at 126 or 128 BPM depending on which vinyl pressing plant dealt you your cards. Armin increased it two beats per minute and also really restructured the song. The song itself comes from classic songwriting. Beyond "Jump" (as in) athletics, guess we're all going to physically jump, the subtext of that story is what makes it the all-time perennial favorite sports song. During the Olympics, they always have a vote and that song always wins because its about going ahead and testing the deep end with both toes. Try it one time, one time. All my best adventures and worst injuries started with "eh, might as well."

EDM: What was it about this particular opportunity with Armin that made you want to jump in?

Roth: Anybody of any real consequence on the left-hand side of the Billboard charts is getting remixes. Why is no one performing them? You can hear the regular single cut, but where can you go to hear the remix performed? It's only a matter of minutes before [Lady] Gaga shows up on this stage (laughs). We'll be the first, and yes, there'll be many more to follow, but it's such a clearly evident pattern, and what a great way to roll! Besides, half of my colleagues are pretending not to lip-sync anyway. What Armin did with these vocals using all those wonderful apps and patches that he applied to that kind of a sound, I love it. If you can interact with that, it's kind of an improvisation, and a great way to present and interact with remixes rather than just the classic studio song.

EDM: You've been very vocal in the past about your love of dance music. Where does that come from?

Roth: Dance music started for me way back when I was seven years old and I was in the class play. I had my first tutors for music, dancing, singing, everything. In my family music came by way of ultra-classic extremist training. My two mentors in music were Peter and Pearl Zukovsky, who played first and second clarinet in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. I didn't know I was going to be in Rock and Roll, but I did know it was going to be in something involving rhythm and movement. Up through the time, the first time I asked a pretty girl to dance it was Motown, the second time it was "Super Fly," the third time it was "Saturday Night Fever." I could do this all night...

EDM: Did that appreciation for dance music influence how you wrote music with Van Halen throughout your career?

Roth: Clearly. I approached the Van Halen's early on when they couldn't get a single club gig outside of high school, and explained to them it's because there are no women in your audience. This compelled the question "Why not?" It's because you couldn't dance to their material. I went through the busing program and today, I have a surgically implanted disco beat. Want to hear it? Alright, I'm joking (laughs). We were a power trio, but it was incumbent upon us to do five forty-five minute sets a night at local bars. This was before Cerwin-Vega made bass bins affordable to club and restaurant owners and you'd hire your cousin with a milk crate and some records to come in and do the jockeying for you. That being the case, we started learning material that you could dance to and would change from audience to audience. It wasn't just one type of audience. We played to three different kinds of Spanish speaking audiences Tejano, Lowrider, and everyone who was going to UCLA. That's three different kinds of music right there, loco!

EDM: Christian Gehrig portrays you in a scene in the new Motley Crue biopic The Dirt on Netflix. Have you seen the movie and if so, what did you think?

Roth: I haven't seen the movie, but I saw a picture of the guy who plays me and he looks like a stud, appropriately (everyone laughs). 

EDM: You've also recently launched a tattoo preservation company called Ink The Original. Tell us a little about what made you launch this company. 

Roth: My sisters have what they call "good Dave, and bad Dave." Bad Dave came from my mom. My mom would be reading the paper and you would come in looking to put your picture on the refrigerator. She wouldn't even look. She'd just say "is it worth me getting the magnet?" At that point, you'd reconsider your work. If you made the mistake of just re-approaching again saying "I'm ready now" she'd say "Let me see your brushes." If you didn't clean your brushes and put the paper away, because we lived in student housing at the time and every dollar counted, and if you didn't show the proper respect for the tools and everybody who came before you and taught you how to do it, then she wouldn't look at the picture. There would be no magnet in my future. So when I first showed my mom my Japanese tuxedo [tattoo] her first comment was "What do you do when you go to the beach?"

EDM: Did your time spent in Japan influence you in any way when it came to creating this company?

Roth: Anytime you change your context as an artist completely, and by that I mean even something like buying dental floss in Japan if you don't speak Japanese, it's an adventure. It will reform you as a human being in ways you can't possibly predict. All the great journeys have destinations which none of us can expect to land on. Those are frequently the best and the worst. At this point in time, I'm not going to change my habits. I can't just say I'll write differently, speak differently, dance differently. I have to change the context and know I'll come out the other side a little different. Maybe better, maybe worse, frequently parallel. If you take yourself out of the bubble and put yourself somewhere you're completely unfamiliar with, and very intimidated by, I suggest you start with the Orange City. If you make that, I'll show you around Tokyo. 

EDM: What can fans of David Lee Roth expect next?

Roth: We are launching The Roth Show. We're doing pod work now. All of the background music in our show, I wrote, including the bass and the drums. Give it a listen, it launches tonight. 

Hear more from Diamond Dave himself about his first Ultra Music Festival experience on episode one of The Roth Show. 

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The Chainsmokers and Illenium Debut New Collab at Ultra Music Festival

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 15:50

The duo brought out Illenium midway through their set.

The week after Ultra Music Festival is a time to reflect and break down all the possible new tracks coming our way these upcoming months. One exciting highlight of this years festival was brought to us by The Chainsmokers. 42 minutes into their set, fans went wild as the duo brought out Illenium (real name Nicholas Miller). 

Alex Pall and Drew Taggart announced this was their first time debuting a track at Ultra. They stopped the set and announced his grand entrance. As the song opens in you hear Miller's signature sound boom through. You hear a woman's vocals dance their way in as Taggart performed live layered over hers. Though no set release date has been announced, future bass fans will be pleased to hear this isn't the last time you'll see all three share a stage. 

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It looks as if the duo is forming a trio with the Denver-based producer under the name Big City Dreamin. Fans will be able to catch them on a tour this fall. No doubt these three will have one hell of a show lined up. The Chainsmokers recently announced a new album was underway for 2019 so it wouldn't surprise us if this Illenium collab was one of the featured tracks. 

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Was Dirtybird the Top House Brand of Miami Music Week 2019?

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 15:36

Dirtybird's night-and-day takeover of Club Space was unprecedented.

Who else is doing what Dirtybird Records is right now?

The L.A.-based label — run by Claude VonStroke — has been dominating the genre and culture of house music by doing things its own way.

In recent years, Dirtybird has been critically recognized as one of the top independent labels in electronic music (by Billboard and Mixmag) for its all-encompassing work promoting, throwing events and moving forward the genre of house with its brand of tech funk.

Its Dirtybird Campout festivals, Dirtybird BBQs and signature artist tours (Double Dipped, Get Real and Set It Off) are frequent sellouts nationwide, and DB’s iconic cracked egg logo can be routinely spotted just about anywhere the BPM hits 115.

VonStroke and company showcased their genre dominance this past weekend at Miami Music Week (MMW) with an all-night takeover of Club Space.

With top label and artist parties going on all around for MMW, the Dirtybird Players party was the talk of the town — it sold-out almost immediately after its announcement back in February.

The event kicked off as day one of Ultra Music Festival was wrapping up, with a back-to-back performance by Omnom and Vnssa at 11:00 PM Friday night. The 20-hour house music extravaganza would pit all of its artists in this “vs.” format, slatting some of the biggest and most exciting names in the genre to perform together for hour-plus sets in Space’s Terrace and Loft rooms.

The crazed Dirtybird following arrived in large numbers early to catch the tantalizing sets of Ardalan vs. Sacha Robotti as well as Worthy vs. Mikey Lion. To keep the beat and buzz going throughout the night, Dirtybird saved some of its best acts for the early part of Saturday morning. 

Will Clarke vs. Shiba San kicked off at 5:00 AM on the Terrace, arguably Space’s biggest draw as a venue. The dance floor resembles a rave hosted in a rooftop greenhouse, with plants, disco balls, strobes and random artistic arrangements hanging from its awning.

The duo of Clarke and Shiba commanded the bulk of the crowd through 6:30 a.m., when house music's godfather Claude VonStroke took over for a surprise Get Real performance with tech house icon, Green Velvet. The night’s biggest stars revived the energy of the already eight-hour party, reigniting the crazy scene of dancers bopping around the dance floor, VIP rooms, and atop anything that was reasonable enough to climb upon.

While Dirtybird-heads spent most of the night dancing in the dark and low-lit neons, they finally received the first bit of day glow as the sun came up at 7:14 AM.

Get Real would run until 8:00 AM, followed up by another star-studded joint set between Walker & Royce and fellow Dirtybird founder Justin Martin.

While most of its artists would eventually scurry off for other MMW appearances (or presumably sleep), the 47-year-old VonStroke would impressively remain in attendance well into Saturday afternoon.

His colorful camouflage tee-shirt and white Dirtybird hat were spotted all over the elevated stage behind the DJ booth as he cheerfully socialized with staff, artists and fans throughout the event.

That is, by and large, how Claude VonStroke has made Dirtybird into such an unavoidable brand in house music today. Whether he’s onstage performing or casually chatting with his devout following, Detroit’s VonStroke remains a humble, fun-loving figure bent on providing an entertaining and genuine experience with his label. Judging from this MMW event, it looks like he's doing just that.


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Day Club Palm Springs Reveals Full Lineup For Coachella Weekends

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 15:13

The Hilton Palm Springs will play host to some of the biggest names in EDM.

The Palm Springs area is gearing up to host a swarm of music aficionados from around the world as Coachella 2019 inches closer to arrival. Acting as a warmup of sorts to the big festival is Day Club Palm Springs, a multi-day pool party celebration held at the Hilton Palm Springs.

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The Coachella pre-game destination takes place both weekends (April 12th-14th and April 19th-21st) allowing guests to enjoy world-class DJs in an intimate, poolside setting before the big festival. The full roster of artists has been announced and includes acts in the house, techno, and dubstep genres.

Weekend one will see artists like Pete Tong, Nora En Pure, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Camelphat, Nicole Moudaber, Walker & Royce, and Option 4. Weekend two will showcase Diplo, Gorgon City, Noizu, Jack Beats, Jauz, Born Dirty, Dillon Francis, and Ookay.

The 21-and-over event will run from noon to sundown each day, with re-entry allowed throughout the day. For tickets and travel packages CLICK HERE.


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Ever After Festival to Host First-Ever Pre-Party

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 15:08

The event will be headlined by a major Dutch dubstep group.

Canada's Ever After Festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, and they've already revealed a stacked lineup of artists who will be joining in the festivities. Adding to their half decade commemoration, the Toronto area music festival is introducing its first-ever pre-party event.

Set to take place on Thursday, June 6th, the inaugural event will be headlined by Yellow Claw and a yet-to-be-announced surprise guest. Rising female artist ZÍA will also grace the stage of the pre-party alongside local talent.

Pre-party tickets are complimentary with RSVP to all patrons who have already purchased their 2019 three-day Ever After Music Festival tickets. Guests who have opted for camping packages will automatically receive complimentary pre-party admission. Individual pre-party tickets will also be available for purchase.

The fifth edition of Ever After Festival takes place June 7th-9th, 2019 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. For tickets and camping packages, CLICK HERE.


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Eric Prydz to Unveil V O I D Stage Show at Creamfields 2019

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 13:43

Creamfields will feature not one, but two performances by Eric Prydz this year.

Eric Prydz has made an announcement sure to turn the heads of any progressive house fan considering adding Creamfields to their 2019 festival itinerary. Earlier in the year it came to light that he would perform a B2B set as Cirez D alongside Adam Beyer, and now he's revealed plans to debut a stage show called V O I D.

V O I D stands for "visual offset isometric design" and consists of a setup designed exclusively for Creamfields' 15,000 capacity Steel Yard structure. Considering what Prydz has previously delivered with his EPIC and HOLO stage shows, the U.K. festival's attendees should prepare for a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Creamfields has taken place annually since 1998 and then relocated from Winchester to Liverpool for the following year's edition. In 2006 it relocated to its current location of Daresbury in Cheshire; recent editions have boasted daily attendance figures of roughly 70,000.

For the first time ever, Creamfields will put Friday and Friday-Saturday tickets on sale. For more information, visit the event website.


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Head Studios: Every Artist's Dream With A Full Suite of Services

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 12:57

Head Studios offers mixing, mastering, track placement and promotion, as well as graphic design, studio development, video production and more.

Providing a modern and fully equipped recording studio for artists and music industry professionals from all around the world, the brand new Head Studios is a world-class professional studio and music services company based in Turin, Italy. 

Head Studios offers a wide variety of professional services, as well as the opportunity to work directly with a team of veteran musicians, producers and sound engineers, as well as experts across all fields of the music industry.

When asked about the importance of a professional recording studio, the Head Studios team said:

"...A good studio is crucial for upcoming DJs and producers; it is very important to have a comfortable place where you can sit and relax before making music. You can make good music with a normal laptop on the road (as I always do), but when it comes to finalizing the tracks, I need a studio with the best speakers, great acoustics, and high-quality instruments."

Built and operated by a team of highly qualified personnel, Head Studios offers everything from WAV mastering and stem mastering, all the way through the full production process. 

On the ultimate goal behind Head Studios, owner Luca Testa says:

"Head Studios... was born to help up-and-coming DJs and producers build and develop their careers. We are a team of five people, and everyone has their own job and expertise. I personally focus on all the technical stuff i.e. mixing/mastering/production/recording, and the rest of team is focused on all the other services that we offer, such as track placement, promo services, finding singers and songwriters, and more. I’m really proud to have such a great team!"

Well-recognized experts within their field, Head Studios have already worked closely with dozens of high profile artists and record labels such as Armada Music, Dim Mak, Panda Funk, Mad Decent, Ministry of Sound, Ultra Music, Spinnin' Records, Revealed Recordings, MixMash Records, Toolroom, and many more.

You can peruse the list of songs they've worked on by checking out what they've reposted to their SoundCloud account, and be sure to visit the Head Studios website for more information on all that they have to offer!

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Toy Box Delivers Some Melodic Dubstep With "Baby Squanch"

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 12:32

But what is a baby squanch?

The Denver-based producer known as Toy Box (real name Carter Matthews) is here with his latest release, "Baby Squanch." Matthews is known for taking listeners on a melodic journey with more future bass-inclined tracks but today, he decided to switch things up and throw in more bass. Though he's killed it in the past with a more folky sound, it's exciting to see him step out of his element. "Baby Squanch" is out now via EDM.com's partner label, Indie Select.

Of the single, Matthew said:

"This was the result of trying to blend melodic and dubstep styles together. I rarely try to make a bass banger so it took longer than I expected to create. I’m happy with how it turned out because it’s fun to play out, but doesn’t sound like your usual dubstep."

The track opens with some ambient sounds typical to his traditional releases. He delivers angelic-sounding synths that beautifully lay down an almost theremin-like sound. As the song progresses we get introduced to the gurgling bass that completely switches speed from the first half of the track. It's a great melding of genres. 

Matthews has been working hard throughout the years branding himself in the Denver market. He's known for his work with the mandolin, an instrument not heard often in electronic music. That harmonization of folk and bass has garnered the attention of acts such as Seven Lions, and fellow Denver natives, Said The Sky and Illenium. He is currently signed with Feyline Management

"Baby Squanch" by Toy Box is out now. Stream or download it across platforms here.


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Xilent's Latest, "You Rise," is Out Now on Monstercat

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 12:24

The heavy-hitting new single arrived March 28th.

Fans of intricate and complex sound design are no stranger to Xilent. With an exceptional body of work dating back to 2009, the Polish producer returns to Monstercat with a monster of a new single, "You Rise."

The single is everything you'd expect from Xilent: hard hitting and insanely well produced, with sound design that will have most other producers asking, "how the hell did he do that?" The uplifting and epic melodies give way to gritty, relentless bass growls that ping perfectly off of the punchy drums. 

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The overall feel of the track is exactly like that of Xilent's previous works. Fans of the 2015 album We Are Virtual, avid Rocket League players, and Monstercat aficionados alike will undoubtedly have "You Rise" on repeat for quite some time. Xilent's consistent and astonishing imagination shines through on the new release, and is a perfect addition to Monstercat's diverse, yet focused catalogue. 

"You Rise" was released on Thursday, March 28th, among a slew of other impressive new releases on Monstercat. Pegboard Nerds, Grant, Bishu, and many other familiar and skilled producers released new music on the label in March. 

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Excision Drops Official Lineup for Bass Canyon 2019

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 12:12

The lineup includes 12th Planet, Flux Pavillion, Snails, Liquid Stranger and more.

Bass heads rejoice! The official lineup for Excision's Bass Canyon is finally out. The festival is set to take place at the Gorge Amphitheater in picturesque Washington on August 23rd-25th. To make things even better, it will take place on one stage only so fans will not have to miss out on one act or the other. 

This year's lineup is an impressive roster of bass gods including Flux Pavillion, Downlink, Zomboy, Funtcase, Subtronics, and of course the man himself. It is said that in addition to his headling set, Excision (real name Jeff Abel) will be performing a special B2B set with up and comers. If you are a fan of this genre, it's time to whoop out those neck braces. 

Official Bass Canyon Lineup 2019

Abel has been a triumphant leader in the bass community for some time now. He stands as the man behind not only Bass Canyon but Lost Lands. He's known for taking new artists under his wing and it truly shows with the way he curates his festivals. He is currently on his Apex Tour, so if you can't make it to one of those stops, Bass Canyon will be the place to be this August. 

GA tickets start at $150 plus fees. VIP tickets start at $240 plus fees. To purchase tickets and to find more information on the festival, visit the site here


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Getter Cancels Remaining Visceral Tour Dates Over Fan Criticism

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 21:55

"...The constant hate and the disgusting attitutes I'm faced with are destroying me."

It looks like the reactions to his Visceral Tour have finally made Getter reach a breaking point. The Los Angeles DJ/producer has released an impassioned statement announcing the cancellation of the rest of the tour dates.

Earlier in the day Getter (real name Tanner Petulla) tweeted "This is my last tour, over it." Later on in the evening, he followed it up with the below statement:

"I started the Visceral project to move forward with not only my career but my mental state. I thought this tour was an effort to make myself happy and prove to everybody that music is more than just raging on a weekend.

Imagine working toward something, putting in all your effort, time, and money into something that you feel could FINALLY separate you from the rest and show you DO have purpose. All to just get yelled at, booed and have shit thrown at you because it's not the cookie-cutter bullshit they are used to. Criticism is healthy. My friends and I frequently critique each other's work and it helps the final product. However, the constant hate and the disgusting attitudes I'm faced with are destroying me. 

I am not happy anymore
I am canceling the rest of the tour
I need to make myself happy
I can't do this shit man

There are currently nine more dates in the Visceral tour, including stops in Boston, Chicago, Montreal and Paris. Getter has yet to disclose a refund policy for ticket holders at the time of writing.


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Is the Major Lazer TV Show Making a Comeback?

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 17:39

Diplo fuels rumors of a second season.

It's been three years since Major Lazer graced our television screens with their adult animated series based off the group's titular character. The show was created by legendary jack of all trades Diplo along with Ferry Gouw and Kevin Kusatsu for FXX. It takes place in a futuristic Jamaica where Major Lazer is a badass superhero armed with his trusty laser gun to fight against the dystopian forces at large. 

The show had an all-star cast including Star Wars actor John Boyega, Aziz Ansari, Andy Samberg, Ezra Koenig, and J.K. Simmons. The show lasted a short 11-episode run after rumors of a second season were shot down due to Boyega leaving to focus on his Star Wars role. However, fans of the show may be getting some good news today. Diplo took to Twitter to announce a second season may be on the way, and soon. 

Back in 2017, Diplo announced the trio would be disbanding after their next album. Since then they have been touring regularly with future gigs including EDC Japan, Governors Ball, HARD Summer, and New Horizons. There's no official end in site as of now, so hopefully, if they do end up ending the group, their legacy will live on in cartoon form for viewers to enjoy. 

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