The Aoki Games raised over $250,000.
Steve Aoki hosted the first "Aoki Games" event in Las Vegas in order to raise money for brain research.
According to Aoki's Instagram post, the event raised over $250,000. As a play on the Olympics would suggest, participants had to compete in a tournament that included activities such as ping-pong, basketball, twister, and chess. Losers of each event had to spin the "Aoki Wheel," which held punishments such as "ice me," "dunk me," or his signature "cake me."
Aoki's interest in the brain and began after his father passed away from brain cancer in 2008. Four years later, he launched the Aoki Foundation. The foundation's primary objective is to fund cognitive research that isn't backed by pharmaceutical companies as well as researching methods of preserving and protecting the brain. Donate and learn more about his noble cause by following the link here.FOLLOW STEVE AOKI:
The new country music star wants in with the boy band.
If you've been keeping up with Instagram you may have noticed the Jonas Brothers were hacked by none other than Diplo. The producer went on a comical posting spree trolling Nick, Joe, and Kevin. The comments posted by the three brothers portrayed them as being less than amused by the antics. While at first it could be perceived as just a fun prank between friends, soon it became clear this was actually all just genius marketing.
The Instagram takeover was a lead up to "Lonely," the new collaboration between Thomas Wesley, Diplo's country-inspired project, and the Jonas Brothers. Along with the single comes a documentary-style video directed by Brandon Dermer which depicts Diplo longing to rekindle a friendship with the brothers over the course of a weekend of touring.
The track is true hodgepodge of genres. It blends the brother's pop-centric vocals and the country twang of the guitar with an electronic edge. This is definitely a track that could get a lot of radio play.
"Lonely" is the third release under the Thomas Wesley moniker. It follows the tracks "Heartless" featuring Morgan Wallen, and "So Long" featuring Cam. It is reported that this is just the beginning of several forthcoming collaborations that will appear on his country EP due to be released later this year.FOLLOW DIPLO:
This serves as the third single from his new imprint, Odd One Out.
Yliperttula has stepped outside of the sound that brought him to Above & Beyond's attention with "Is This Trance?" Entering with a slow, progressive build, the tune later graces listeners with lush synths and pounding percussion. While different from his usual flavor, Yliperttula informed us in a recent interview that his label allows him to be more flexible in his releases and that shows here as this release is far too trance-inspired for most labels he's worked with in the past. Undoubtedly, fans will certainly vibe with "Is This Trance?"
Yliperttula has had an unwavering presence in dance music since his first release on Above & Beyond's Anjunadeep in 2015. His recent releases continue to surge in popularity, such as his collaboration with Lane 8, "I / Y," his dusk and dawn remixes of Rüfüs Du Sol's "Underwater," and his first two releases on his new label, "Shifter" and "Nova." Find tickets for all of his upcoming tour dates here.FOLLOW YOTTO:
One of the original members of the Dirtybird Crew shared his tips for a great Campout.
For over a decade, Worthy has helped push the eclectic, dance-inducing Dirtybird sound, collecting a loyal fanbase along the way. The Washington, D.C. native is one of the original members of the Dirtybird crew and, alongside Head Counselor Claude VonStroke, has assisted in the growth of the annual Dirtybird Campout.
Having started out as a humble barbecue, Dirtybird Campout has grown to a full-blown weekend camping and music festival. The three-day affair allows artists and fans alike to partake in classic summer camp activities in an intimate lakeside setting.
The yearly event is accompanied by the traditional compilation album, Dirtybird Campout: 2019 West Coast Compilation. The celebratory album features eleven new tracks from label artists, including Worthy's "Take A Ride."
Helping usher in the festivities taking place next week, Worthy has curated an hour-long mix showcasing tracks that are currently catching his ear. The house beatmaker supplemented the mix with a candid interview, which you can read below.View the original article to see embedded media.
EDM.COM: You're one of the original members of the Dirtybird crew. Looking back, did you ever expect it to get to the level it's gotten to?
Worthy: If you told me back at one of the first barbecues that Dirtybird would one day become a festival and be one of the leading house music labels, I probably would not have believed you. It’s hard to imagine because quite honestly we were so in the moment. I’m so proud of the sound and vibe our crew has created, and the love we feel all around during our events gives me a lot of gratitude.
I have to give it up to Barclay and his wife Aundy for having the vision to push Dirtybird as far as it has gone, as they really worked their asses off to make it all happen. I’m not sure what is next, a barbecue on the moon?
The early days of Campout saw different venues across California. Do you have a favorite locale?
I really love the new location the best out of the three. It's the most beautiful and it has water to swim in which is amazing and it feels good that it is so close to home and where it all started.
At the first location, we had a little lake but you could not swim in it. That spot was great with the lush grass it had and how close to the airport it was. Although I have some amazing memories from the years we were there, it wasn’t as natural a fit.
The new spot just beats it out in so many ways, it just feels really pristine and open. This second year is going to super dialed in now that we know what didn’t work last year, and the crew is really putting together a lot of fun surprises for everyone.
How do you prepare for the three-day camping festival?
I just try and make sure that I get a ton of sleep and am as rested as I can be. I know that I am not going to be sleeping all that much as there is just so much music to listen too and activities to do, and friends to hang out with.
Also, since I’ve been to Burning Man so many times, I already have a pretty proper “survival” kit for out there. My top five most important necessities are earplugs, extra toilet paper, sunscreen, bandana, and swim shorts... and of course, patches!
Out of all of the games and activities at Campout, which one do you excel at? And which one do you stray away from?
I would not say I excel at it but my favorite activity has been the water balloon toss. I somehow have ended up at that one every year and it is so much fun to watch everyone try and catch the balloons. I have never made it super far in the game, but I’m always dying with laughter.
The one I tend to stray away from is the three-legged race, as I just feel like I will get hurt doing that one and I can’t afford any knee or back injuries... I mean, there’s an entire weekend to warrior through, so I also just go with the flow and see where the fam birds take me.
You've created an exclusive mix for this year's event. Do you have a specific way of curating this mix as opposed to others?
I focus on our community and creating a strong Dirtybird vibe that I know people will enjoy, which is often different than some of my other mixes. I think it’s important to curate it as if I’m representing our entire crew. And I also like to include tracks that I imagine playing at the campout, and just showcase tracks I’m currently super feeling.
What can Worthy fans look forward to after Dirtybird Campout 2019?
I will be going on tour with Vanilla Ace in the fall. I have a new comp I have been putting together on Anabatic Records for Amsterdam Dance Event that has some amazing music on it as well as a new track from me, and I also have a release coming out on Box Of Cats that I’m very hyped about.
Lots more coming down the pipes but that’s all I can announce at the moment. Can’t wait to see everybody out there in camp gear. I’ll have some fun gifts so come find me, y’all!FOLLOW WORTHY:
What's going on in Vegas?
Kaos Nightclub opened its doors earlier this year with one of the most stacked residency lineups in Las Vegas, including Marshmello's record-breaking $60 million dollar deal. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, however, some of its most high profile performers have pulled out of their contracts including Marshmello, Skrillex, and G-Eazy.
At the time of writing, it's uncertain why artists are pulling out. Neither the artists exiting nor Kaos have made a statement regarding the situation. Kaos' website shows performances from Cardi B and YG on their calendar, but things may change due to recent developments.
Located inside the PALMS Casino Resort, Kaos Nightclub has been heralded as the new go-to superclub in Las Vegas. The club came correct with a massive grand opening weekend in April with performances from Alicia Keys, Travis Scott, Skrillex, Cardi B, Kaskade, Gorgon City, and many more.
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Citing Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, and Four Tet as influences, TSHA crafts moody melodic electronic songs.
With a little over 500 followers on SoundCloud, TSHA (real name Teisha Matthews) is an underground producer ready to rise.
Citing Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, and Four Tet as influences, Matthews crafts moody melodic electronic songs. She only has a handful of tracks to her name, but they’re enough to warrant attention. From the driving bass line of “Sacred” to the airy instrumentation of “Moon,” Matthews shines at blending pensive sounds with animated percussion.
This weekend, Beats 1’s weekly radio show One Mix welcomes her for an hour behind the decks. With tunes from Ross From Friends, KDA, Elliot Adamson, and Throwing Snow, it’s the perfect leap into TSHA’s sonic world.
Stream the mix here, exclusively on Apple Music.
Learn more about TSHA as EDM.com spoke with her ahead of her One Mix.
EDM.com: First show experience?
TSHA: Played support for Bonobo at Fabric! That was my first performance as TSHA.
First time you brought your mom to one of your shows?
I haven't yet but she's coming for the first time to The Warehouse Project on 2nd November as it’s the day after her birthday.
The artist who inspired you to become a musician?
Go-to places for new music?
Guilty pleasure record?
“Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B.
Desert-island dance record?
“Temples” by Lone.
Dream B2B partner?
Piece of gear you always need on the road?
All-time favorite festival?
Biggest misconception about dance music?
That it is all about drugs.
How often do you get out and have fun, and where do you go?
Not very often outside of events, I play but I really like a local dive bar called Pimp Shuei.
City with the most underrated dance scene?
Industry prediction for the next year?
There will be even more ‘90s throwback music.
Best piece of advice for new producers?
Learn an instrument and set yourself deadlines.
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaborator?
What is one of the unique experiences you’ve had backstage?
Met Mark Ronson.
A unique travel experience you’ve had?
I played a set in an amazing natural amphitheater in the hills of Southern Italy. It was beautiful!
What's your favorite throwback track?
“Renegade Master” by Wildchild.
What's one track that fans always lose their mind to?
“Bashi Mwana” by Musi O Tunya.
What was the first album you ever bought?
Greatest Hits by Destiny's Child.
Name one remix that you think is better than the original.
O’Flynn’s remix of "Frigid Air" by FaltyDL.
What song would you want (god forbid) played at your funeral?
“Didn’t I” by Darondo.
What's the perfect sunset track?
“Flatiron” by Suzanne Kraft.
What song do you listen to cheer yourself up?
“Hosanna” by Kirk Franklin. I’m not religious but I love him!Follow TSHA
Prodigy Artists duo BONNIE X CLYDE unveil their reinvented look in their new sultry single, “Bad Behavior” out now on Ultra Records.
While most artists build anticipation for a new song release by blasting it on social media, BONNIE X CLYDE (real names Daniel Litman and Paige Lopynski) decided for a more rebellious route late last month. The dynamic duo paid homage to the criminal couple that is their namesake by throwing a massive pre-release party in their Los Angeles studio, which allegedly was shut down by cops early the next morning. The dangerous, carefree, and femme fatale attitude of the duo continues to be a running theme seen both in their performances and tracks, which they fittingly dub as “musical mischief.”
Today, the duo is ready to unveil their reinvented sultry sound with their third Ultra Records release, “Bad Behavior.” Completely embracing all that is mysterious and alluring, the two enter a new age of BONNIE X CLYDE.
“Bad Behavior” playfully mixes the heaviness of booming bass, the rebellious sounds of guns clicking, and the irresistibility of Lopynski’s vocals to craft a seductive sonic gem. They classify this unique sound as “vocal bass.” Millions of fans have come to adore their sound, their most popular singles, “Out of My System” and “Bass Jam,” collectively earning over 8 million streams. “Bad Behavior” is yet another track added to their stacked arsenal.
To commemorate the single's release, the duo have also announced a Bad Behavior Tour. BONNIE X CLYDE invites listeners to stir up some “musical mischief” on 22 North American tour dates with more to be announced soon.
Fans can expect to hear all original sets across their tour dates as the duo took to Twitter to share their vision. “As fun as it is to drop edits and other people’s bangers, we’re about to present our artist sets with all our own music,” they wrote. “We will still give you all the unexpected you want, but it will all be ours.”
For all ticketing information for BONNIE X CLYDE’s Bad Behavior Tour, visit here.
The defining classic of SLANDER and NGHTMRE’s brand gets reinvented by the mind of Habstrakt.
French producer/DJ Habstrakt took on the daunting task of remixing SLANDER and NGHTMRE's 2016 classic hit, “Gud Vibrations.” Habstrakt (real name Adam Jouneau) flipped the soulful fan-favorite into a high-energy bass house gem and it is now available for streaming everywhere via Mad Decent.
A globally recognized festival name stay, Jouneau has shifted the tides of the dance music scene with his signature blend of house, bass and dubstep. From being featured on industry-leading labels such as Spinnin’ Records, Never Say Die, and his running relationship with Diplo's Mad Decent, Jouneau’s forward-thinking production continues to push the boundaries of EDM. Fans across any genre will recognize the producer’s unique skill from his 2017 hit collaborative track with Skrillex, “Chicken Soup.”
Besides being a cult-favorite track to SLANDER (real names Derek Andersen and Scott Land) and NGHTMRE (real name Tyler Marenyi), “Gud Vibrations” went on to become the main branding behind the supergroup. Following the success of the track, the three began performing under the alias Gud Vibrations debuting with a nearly sold-out worldwide tour. Along with this, the three together started a record label under the same name in early 2018 featuring emerging bass artists.
To remix a track with such heavy connection to the main branding of these three masterful producers is no easy task. Jouneau’s remix hits the nail on the head of keeping the soulful and uplifting tone of the track while adding his heavy-hitting four-on-the-floor spin.View the original article to see embedded media.
Jouneau is currently on his The One Tour. He is set to make 13 upcoming performances across North America and Australia. For all ticketing and tour information, visit here.
The internationally acclaimed duo have added another anthemic track to their extensive discography.
Grammy-nominated Swedish superduo Galantis (real names Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw) have premiered their new single, “Holy Water,” out now on Big Beat Records. The single is joined alongside a hypnotizing music video featuring the synchronized swimming team, Aqualilies.
Arguably one of the most widely recognized EDM duos, Galantis have been setting the standard for dance music since the early 2000s. Comprised of Christian Karlsson (A.K.A. Bloodshy, one-third of Miike Snow) and Linus Eklöw (A.K.A. Style of Eye), their songwriting contributions in pop music can still be heard today in some of the most iconic songs during that era.
Karlsson, working under the alias Bloodshy, is the man behind Britney Spears' “Toxic,” which earned a GRAMMY for Best Dance Recording. His songwriting collaborations also include Madonna, Katy Perry and Kylie Minogue. Eklöw was making waves in the pop industry before the birth of Galantis as well, most notably his production of Icona Pop’s viral single, “I Love It.”
Though the story of Galantis started back in 2009, it wasn’t until 2014 where the duo debuted their blockbuster performance at Coachella. The duo rapidly rose to stardom becoming one of dance music’s most highly sought-after acts. With over 3 billion cumulative worldwide streams and over 1 billion video views to date, it would be an understatement to say the two have shaped the industry with their extensive discography (both in and outside of the Galantis project) of singalong, high-energy festival hits.
The internationally-acclaimed duo are back again to bring another anthemic, effortlessly distorted single, “Holy Water.” Coming on the heels of their last release with Valerie Broussard, “Roots,” “Holy Water” gives listeners the last bit of summer energy as the season ends. The single is joined alongside a music video directed by Jason Lester. Fans may recognize Lester’s work from his diverse résumé including work on Jesse McCartney’s “Wasted”, Fall Out Boy's “Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)” and Quinn XCII's “Werewolf.”
The video features a hypnotizing choreographed routine from synchronized swimming team Aqualillies. The video ties in with chopped quick edits to match the distorted vocals on the chorus of the track.
The duo are set to continue their rigorous touring schedule throughout the fall season, including two sold-out, back-to-back headline shows October 18th and 19th at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. For all ticketing and tour information, visit here.
The fan-favorite, feelgood track originally by SLANDER, Seven Lions, and Dabin got a NGHTMRE spin.
Currently in the midst of their nationwide Alchemy Tour alongside best friends SLANDER, Seven Lions, and The Glitch Mob, NGHTMRE (real name Tyler Marenyi) brings a taste of the tour to speakers and headphones with the release of his remix to massive collaborative track “First Time" featuring Dylan Matthews.
Coming by way of Ophelia Records, a record label headed by Seven Lions, Marenyi redefines what it means to “fall for the first time” in his version of the hit track. While still maintaining the integrity of the dream-like original, Marenyi’s remix packs a more intense, stabbing drop and added vocal chop.
SLANDER (real names Derek Anderson and Scott Land) and Marenyi first teased the remix in a video on their Alchemy Tour that sent fans in a frenzy. The three also premiered it in their latest episode of Gud Vibrations Radio, which has been a consistent weekly radio show since February of 2017.
It’s no secret the three have built their Gud Vibrations brand together, simultaneously building a cult-like following. Marenyi took to Twitter to thank fans for making everything possible. “Bringing 'The Atom' stage on the road has been a dream come true for us,” he wrote. “I can't say enough good things about how the shows have been so far. Such an insane amount of love and good energy at every single one. Thank you, guys! You are our family.”View the original article to see embedded media.
Alongside his Las Vegas Hakkasan residency performances, Marenyi will also headline a New Year’s Eve show with Zomboy in Chicago aptly named A Zombie Nightmare. The two will be joined alongside Whipped Cream and Wavedash. Tickets are expected to go on sale October 4th. For all ticketing and tour information, visit here.
Event organizer and veteran music industry executive Paul Campbell has acquired the TechYes assets and brand to bring about a new generation of premiere house and techno events.
After the last season of massive events, particularly their viral TechYes Miami marketing campaign during Miami Music Week 2019, TechYes Presents has become far more than just an event and lifestyle brand; it's carved out space as a genuine niche cultural movement.
As the most recent chapter of their meteoric rise, Paul Campbell - an industry executive, manager, event producer, and the man behind industry brands such DayGlow/Life In Color and NU Management - has acquired all the assets of the growing event company.
“Since the inception of TechYes, I've been a huge fan of the brand and what it represents." said Campbell. "I watched the love of house, tech house, and techno grow in a demographic where you never saw it present before." He brings with him over 15 years of event production experience, not to mention his profound first-hand knowledge of artist management with his company, NU Management, that he’s owned and operated for the past four years.
Like most blooming companies, TechYes was experiencing several key issues in the process of growing into bona fide staple of the dance event community. With his longstanding track record of building success event brands, Campbell saw this as a beautiful opportunity to get directly involved. “Unfortunately I saw an amazing brand and cultural movement run into several issues and I knew I had to do something to take a brand I've believed in from the beginning and help it reach the potential I believe it has," he said. "I hope Fans will continue to support the brand with a newly energized team behind it. We want to do bigger events but also grow in other areas in the industry and really shape a cultural brand.”
Former CEO Daniel Clark is stepping down effective immediately and Campbell will take over moving forward. All currently booked TechYes events will move forward as scheduled, including the Shiba San and Walker & Royce co-headline event at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando.FOLLOW TECHYES:
deadmau5 diehards will delight in what this event has to offer.
deadmau5 (real name Joel Zimmerman) needs no introduction. He arrives as one of the most well-respected producers/DJs to ever grace the dance music world. In addition to his accolades — which include endless platinum-selling singles and seven critically-acclaimed projects — the six-time-Grammy-winning musician continues to break boundaries in music, shattering numbers in both streaming and followers across all social media platforms.
Now, he is celebrating the beginning of his forthcoming cubev3 tour with a full-blown pop-up shop in Los Angeles. Kicking off night one of five shows at the Hollywood Palladium, his friends and family gathered on Wednesday, September 25th at the exclusive space on top of Coffee Bean on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.
Hosted by TIDAL, the mau5trap clubhouse featured an open bar by Corona, a "BYOMH" mau5head gallery, brand-new art installations, the Cube V3 Mclaren, limited-edition merch, and an interactive music experience powered by Specdrums. The latter gave attendees a chance to use an iPad to create their own music through the press of a button. Each color corresponded with a certain instrument, such as piano or drums, allowing attendees to be creative and enter the mind of Zimmerman himself.
The merch options were endless, boasting everything from tour tees to jerseys and crystal wash hoodies with the words “Inside my head there’s a little place left for you” printed on the back. There were even tarot cards from i_o available!
Fans will be able to visit the pop-up and get a chance to meet Zimmerman at the following times:
Thursday September 26: in-store signing from 3pm to 5pm.
Friday, September 27: i_o in-store signing from 2pm-5pm & a specdrum/sphero demo.
Saturday, September 28: mau5trap day where various label artists will be signing from 2pm-5pm with a 1-hour Q&A panel.
Iranian DJ/producer Shahin Shantiaei joined forces with Neviah on an operatic an new progressive house record "Figureheads."
Known for his distinctive progressive house sound, Iranian DJ/producer Shahin Shantiaei has broken new ground with his latest record, "Figureheads," a haunting progressive house track released on Prison Entertainment. Created in collaboration with vocalist Neviah, "Figureheads," is both dark and melancholic, giving the listener the impression of a vintage opera house digitally transformed into a highly evocative electronic composition.original article to see embedded media.FOLLOW SHAHIN SHANTIAEI:
Test your knowledge of electronic music's rich history by taking EDM.com's official quiz.
Here at EDM.com, we most frequently cover the goings on of artists like Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia and Martin Garrix. Before these DJ/producer titans became household names, however, a previous generation of innovators set the stage for our widespread global movement.
If you're a true student of electronic music, it's important that you familiarize yourself with the history of the scene to understand how we got where we are today. Take our early electronic music history quiz to find out how well you know the people and events at dance culture's roots.View the original article to see embedded media.
Will Ferrell's fictional Anchorman character interviews the EDM superstar.
Comedian and actor Will Ferrell created an iconic character for his 2004 hit comedy, Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy. The character became so popular, Anchorman got a sequel, and Ferrell continued on with Burgundy for a new podcast produced by Funny Or Die and iHeartMedia, where he interviews guests in character. The latest guest on the podcast is EDM superstar Dillon Francis.
The comedic Ron Burgundy Podcast is bizarre and outlandish, with Ferrell staying in character as Burgundy and showcasing the character's uninformed and narcissistic nature. Francis is well known not only for his music but for his comedic nature as well, so he's quite a great guest for the show.
Francis plays along with the Burgundy character and his equally misinformed assistant, Carolina Barlow, providing some comical conversations, but also shedding some light on the producer's career and life. The podcast touches on Dillon Francis' humanitarian efforts, hobbies, and influences, but mostly stays humorous in nature.
This episode of The Ron Burgundy Podcast rounds things out with Francis revealing he has a new song on the way with lovelytheband, but the release date is still undetermined.FOLLOW DILLON FRANCIS:
The prolific producer sheds light on his career, childhood and heritage.
Over the years, California-born KSHMR has cemented himself as one of the most prolific figures in electronic dance music. His 13 year career has seen him tour the world, build an impressive music catalogue, and reach DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs four years in a row. Now, he has just released his new mini-documentary, KSHMR: Back To My Roots.
In the feature documentary, KSHMR (real name Niles Hollowell-Dhar) sheds light on his upbringing and how he got started in the world of electronic music. Traveling to India to learn time management skills from his grandfather, Hollowell-Dhar's passion for music grew and grew. Although his family saw music as more of a hobby than something that could become a lifelong career, he dropped out of college and decided to pursue it full-time.
Also covered in the mini-doc are KSHMR's old band, The Cataracts, his success with Far East Movement, and regrouping after going solo. Hollowell-Dhar says that his reflections on his Indian heritage and passion for music are the elements that brought him to the forefront of the EDM world, after Tiësto brought him out at Ultra Music Festival.
KSHMR: Back To My Roots illustrates exactly how the producer's struggles led him to become an iconic name within the electronic music scene, and highlights the importance of his upbringing. The full mini-documentary can be seen here.FOLLOW KSHMR:
Tipper and RÜFÜS DU SOL top the bill of the eco-forward Costa Rican festival.
Like many other countries in Central America, South America, and around the world, Costa Rica's lush rainforests and biodiversity are being threatened by deforestation and climate change. Envision Festival is fighting to preserve and restore the coastal jungles of Uvita and bring awareness to the cause. The yearly event teaches attendees about conservationism, and a portion of all profits benefiting Costas Verdes Beach & Forest Restoration. The festival's organizers have just released the full lineup for 2020.
The lineup for the ten year anniversary of the festival includes superstars RÜFÜS DU SOL and technical wizard Tipper, as well as a plethora of artists in the realm of house, techno, bass music and more. Also included are massive Costa Rican acts like Sonámbulo and Un Rojo as a part of Envision's Latin American Showcase.
Speakers and workshops will be hosted at Envision as well, providing education and raising awareness for conservation efforts and methods of fighting deforestation and damage to the environment. As one of its "Pillars," Envision prides itself on this education so that attendees leave with knowledge of how to best contribute to the fight for ecological restoration.
In addition, the eco-friendly festival hosts yoga sessions and art showcases in addition to promoting a healthy lifestyle. In its tenth year, Envision hopes to contribute even more to restoration efforts through music and art, and organizers have already reforested over 45,000 trees in its tenure.
See the full lineup for Envision Festival and purchase tickets here.FOLLOW ENVISION FESTIVAL:
"Already Know" is the first song ever released by the pair of melodic dubstep acts.
For melodic dubstep sadbois, "Already Know" is the stuff dreams are made of.
The single is the first collaboration from genre pioneers Adventure Club (real names Leighton James and Christian Srigley) and Said the Sky (real name Trevor Christensen). With vocals from Caly Bevier, the track was released through Ultra Records.View the original article to see embedded media.
Now, with fall tour dates and song releases in the works, Adventure Club and Said the Sky are set for a big end of 2019. Until then, keep reading for EDM.com's interview with the artists about the creation of "Already Know," the evolution of "sadboi" music, and their dream collaborations.
EDM: "Already Know" is your first collaboration together. Can you tell me a little bit about when the seed for this song got planted, and what the creative process looked like?
AC: We have been huge fans of Said The Sky since his first couple of releases. Trevor hopped onto to one of our Death or Glory tour shows and we started just chatting about what a collab would sound like. Once tour was over, Christian and I had this one vocal from Caly that just stood out to us as being perfect. The song came together rather quickly; it was really natural to write.
STS: The Adventure Club guys are OG melodic dubstep! I've been down to collab with them for as long as I've been producing electronic music. Christian and Leighton sent over the vocal from Caly and it was just the right song, right time, right everything to finally make it happen.
EDM: I feel like this song fits perfectly into your "sadboi" genre. How do you feel "sadboi" and melodic dubstep have evolved?
AC: It’s a great blend between the "lovestep" that we started making in 2012 and the sadboi dubstep that has taken over these past years. I love where the genre has been taken. The track is kind of a hat tip to both eras of music.
STS: "Already Know" was definitely a homage to some of the early melodic dubstep sounds that don't really fit in my solo music. It was really fun to revisit some of those throwback elements. Also, I love that "sadboi" is really starting to be considered a genre, haha.
EDM: What do you want listeners to get out of this song? What did you, as the producers, get out of it?
AC: A mix of pure nostalgia, bliss - and honestly, we’re going to get a little sappy here - but we wanted the song to feel like what's contextualized in the lyrics. The feeling of already knowing that you’re crushing, and there's nothing you can do to stop it.
EDM: What was this one like to perform live together for the first time?
AC: We premiered this at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It was just an epic moment and place to premiere our first song together.
STS: Yes! Red Rocks is such an iconic venue, and being able to play the song out together for the first time at such a historic venue was a huge moment. I couldn't think of anywhere better for that to have happened.
EDM: Why do you think collaborations are important for artists? Are there any artists that you'd like to see working together in the future? What is a dream collaboration for each of you?
AC: I think it just pushes the boundaries of the genre, especially when some of the new talent collaborates with some of the producers who have been around for a little bit. It’s what really keeps sucking listeners back in, cause you’re just like, "Ok, I wonder how these two artists are going to bridge their sounds." We’re huge fans of Cat Power and Fleetwood Mac. Those would be dope collabs. I’d like to even maybe get some Tears for Fears in there.
STS: Collaborating gives me the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and make a song that I wouldn't usually make for Said The Sky. A collab doesn't just appeal to my listeners, but to the other artist's listeners as well. It's great to be able to reach new audiences by blending two styles together and giving fans the best of both worlds. Lately, I've been really into Jeremy Zucker, so I would love to work with him. Also, Owl City basically goes without saying at this point.
EDM: In one sentence, describe the sound of Said the Sky and Adventure Club together.
AC: Future Nostalgia.
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"Xanax" sees Lindsay Lohan make commentary about dealing with social anxiety as a figure in pop culture.
Lindsay Lohan has crossed over into EDM with a dance-pop single titled "Xanax." As the name suggests, the song's topic matter touches on social anxiety and offers insight into the actress' personal struggles as a world-famous socialite. Fittingly, it also borrows from Alice Deejay's 2000 anthem "Better Off Alone."
Lohan posted a music video for the song on Instagram, referring to the skateboarding footage comprising it as a “compilation of vignettes of life.” Telling verses like "I don’t like the parties in L.A., I go home, in a bad mood, pass out, wake up alone, just to do it all over again” are paired with a lead synth melody clearly derived from that of "Better Off Alone."
"Xanax" is by no means Lohan's first foray into music. She released her debut album, Speak, all the way back in 2004. Drawing influence from rock and hip-hop, it was Casablanca Records' first high-selling release in a number of years.
Lohan removed her original Instagram post. It remains to be seen whether "Xanax" will be released in a more official capacity.
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Diplo is demonstrating to house heads worldwide that he's in it to win it.
Between the launch of his new label and a remix of "More" by Kaskade and Felix Cartal, Diplo has shown more than a passive interest in house as of late. He's not stopping there, either. The organizers of ALL MY FRIENDS Music Festival have announced that he will perform a back-to-back set with none other than MK at the 2019 event.
MK (real name Marc Kinchen) had previously been announced as one of the headliners of the festival, with details about his B2B partner to follow shortly thereafter. Also billed are Black Coffee, Justice, Dillon Nathaniel and Wongo - in addition, of course, to AMFAMFAMF founder DESTRUCTO A.K.A. Gary Richards.
Diplo (real name Thomas Wesley Pentz) and Kinchen's B2B set will see the worlds of two hitmakers collide. Both artists straddle the lines between electronic music and hip-hop, yet they both seem to occupy two very different corners of the spectrum. What remains to be seen is whether joining forces on the endeavor will spur future collaborations between the two artists.
ALL MY FRIENDS Music Festival will take place on October 19th and 20th at Skylight ROW DTLA. For more information, visit the event website.Follow AMFAMFAMF: