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Ekali Accidentally Teases Apparent Skrillex Collab

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 10:19

Ekali deleted the apparent evidence of his Skrillex collab shortly after sharing it.

In "why hasn't this already happened" news, it appears as though two EDM heavyweights may be working on a track together. 

Ekali is one of the fastest-rising stars in bass music whereas Skrillex's monumental breakout took place nearly a decade ago. It makes sound business sense for both artists to converge on a piece of music, and according to the former's Instagram Story it may be on the way.

That information may not have been intended for the masses at this stage, however. The still image of an open project file named "Ekali & Skrillex - ID1" has since been deleted, leaving fans to speculate on whether the release will ever see the light of day.

Although they have yet to release a proper collaboration together, this isn't the first time the two artists' paths have intersected. Two years ago, Skrillex teamed up with Ronny J on a remix of Ekali's "Babylon" featuring Denzel Curry.

Skrillex will resume touring with a performance at EDC Mexico in Mexico City on February 23rd. Ekali's next scheduled gig is further out; he's slated to take the stage at the Knitting Factory in Boise, Idaho on March 21st.

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Kaskade Spoofs Cardi B's Vegas Residency Reveal to Confirm His Own Residency

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 22:00

Kaskade trolls Cardi B and confirms his new residency in the process.

Kaskade joins Cardi BG-EAZY, Skrillex, and Above & Beyond as a resident performer of The Palms Hotel's new club, KAOS.

Cardi B took to Instagram to confirm her residency with a video. The New York rapper was understandably excited to announce her first Vegas residency, and per usual she did not mince words. 

Kaskade also confirmed his residency at KAOS. In a hilarious trolling effort, Kaskade reposted Cardi B's video and added his own subtitles to the clip. 

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Kaskade has crossed paths with Cardi B previously, and seems to be a fan. "Everyone says I remind them of Cardi B and I totally get it," the producer captioned his post. "We speak with the vibe and both just announced our residencies at The Palms."

KAOS is set to open in April of this year following the conclusion of The Palms Hotel's $690 million renovation.

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Recording Academy Responds to Alleged 2019 Grammy Winner Leaks

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 21:00

We might already know who's taking home Grammy Awards this year.

A shortlist of alleged 2019 Grammy Award winners leaked this morning. Video recordings of the Grammy's official website appeared to reveal the winners of several high-stakes awards including Record of the Year going to Cardi B, H.E.R. taking Album of the Year, and Lady Gaga winning Song of the Year

Zedd was also mentioned as the winner of the Best Pop Duo award for his work with Marren Morris and Grey on "The Middle." The remaining dance music-focused awards were not included in the leak. 

Despite the source of the leaks, the recording academy claims the list of winners is false.

"There is no legitimacy to this," a spokesperson said. "Grammy Awards results are not shared, even with Recording Academy staff members, until the day of the Grammy Awards ceremony, when names of the recipients are delivered by Deloitte in sealed envelopes."

At this time it's difficult to say whether the original author of the list is an insider or a speculator. The Grammy Awards are set to air Sunday, February 10th on CBS. 

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Tomorrowland Drops Second Round of 2019 Headliners

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 20:29

Tomorrowland just got even more stacked.

Among the rapid-fire slew of recent festival lineups, few have been watched as closely as Tomorrowland. The beloved Belgian music festival released its first round of artists yesterday, and today's announcement reveals additional headline talent.  

Today's announcement entailed some of the biggest names in big room house: Martin GarrixNervoLost Frequencies, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Robin Schulz. For those interested in deeper cuts, U.K. duo Camelphat and Claptone will be performing along with techno/house figureheads Solomun and Tale of Us. The rest of the announcement included Flux Pavilion, Oscar & the Wolf, Radical Redemption, Aly & Fila, Armand van Helden and Tomorrowland ambassadors Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike rounding out the lineup. 

Tomorrowland consistently represents artists from all subgenres of electronic music, and the current state of their lineup speaks to that mission. Although the addition of A$AP Rocky to the lineup, revealed yesterday, seemed to throw fans for a loop, the festival doesn't seem to be straying much from their primary electronic focus.

Check out the lineup reveal below, and stay tuned for more artists to be announced tomorrow, January 30th.

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Steve Aoki Announces Neon Future IV, Talks Hakkasan Residency and K-Pop Collabs [Interview]

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 19:50

Get in the head of Steve Aoki ahead of what looks to be a big year.

Between international collaborations, a Hakkasan residency, and running a fast-growing pizza chain, Steve Aoki has a lot on his plate (or pan, if you will). Fortunately for us, the superstar DJ/producer still managed to carve out some time for an EDM.com interview.

As far as we're concerned, it was time well spent. In addition to hinting at what's lies ahead for the aforementioned topics, he also let it slip that a certain album will see a 2019 release. 

In addition, Steve Aoki delved into greater detail on what he strives for when remixing the works of other artists. Read what he had to say below, and get tickets to one of his Hakkasan performances (or those of DJs like NGHTMRE, Borgeous, Party Favor, Loud Luxury and Lil Jon) here.

EDM.com: I wanna talk about your BTS collab, “Waste It On Me.” Obviously, it’s an EDM collab featuring K-pop artists but it’s not K-pop itself. Have you thought about diving into that world more?

Steve Aoki: I definitely take influence from the K-pop genre for sure, because in order to work with a K-pop artist you need to meet them halfway so they can do their thing to your music. But to do a song that’s entirely a K-pop-stylized record, that’s a harder feat. That being said, in 2019 I’ll be releasing other songs with K-pop artists. I’m definitely a fan of the genre and a fan of the groups, and I’m in the studio working with other K-pop artists on collabs that we’ll be dropping this year.

Speaking of which, a couple days ago you and A$AP Ferg joined Lay from Exo onstage in Shanghai. Is he one of the artists with whom you’re collaborating?

No; we’re talking and we’re friendly but it’s like the first date, just hanging out and being friendly. I definitely have tons of respect for what he does, and we vibed it out really well. That’s always the first step as far as collabing. Who knows, those things happen if they happen.

You were just included in Hakkasan’s 2019 residency headliners, as you are every year. Are you looking forward to getting back in there again?

Oh yeah. It’s my main residency and I live here. I basically moved to Las Vegas because it’s become such an important part of my life to be here for my residency. Hakkasan’s my favorite club in the world. OMNIA Nightclub, too. Hakkasan and OMNIA are the two superclubs I’ve been lucky enough to consistently play all the time, and the best part about it is that I know the club and it’s like my home, but the crowd changes every time I play. It’s like home turf with a new crowd and new energy. You can’t really ask for anything better. I love being part of the team and they’re incredible to work with, as I think the world knows now. It’s a great experience for everyone that comes.

Do you have anything special planned to raise the bar this year? Is it just gonna be more cake, more crazy dancing, and pushing the “play” button extra, extra hard - or are you planning to reinvent the wheel in some way?

Actually, you know in Vegas I don’t do the cake and I do other stuff that’s exclusive to the show here. I build these fun, little contraptions that I shoot in the air that look unique to the Neon Future show. We’re working on some really cool stuff together, so I don’t wanna give away something that I’m building out for 2019 but I am trying to do something that’s exclusive to the Las Vegas experience. At a festival show you get the cake and all that stuff that you’d see on YouTube at one of my shows, but in Vegas it’s a different experience entirely. We’re building something out for this year that’s gonna be unique and different.

Let’s shift gears and talk about Pizzaoki. Last week you announced the chain’s first physical location. What made you decide to expand on the delivery-only model?

When we started this business, the whole idea was like we were streaming pizzas. It’s kinda’ like how when the world stopped downloading music, they started streaming it. We just wanted to jump the gun on the way people eat food. We decided that if we were gonna do a pizza delivery system, we should just cut out the brick and mortar and make it specifically delivery, but because of the success we said, “Well, we have one storefront opportunity and we’re doing really, really well as a business, so we should at least have one.” I guess it broke the model of what Pizzaoki was, but I think it makes sense to at least have a few brick-and-mortar locations.

Do you find it interesting at all that you’ve gone full circle and now you’re in the restaurant business just like your father, who founded the chain Benihana?

Yeah, you know you don’t realize it until you’re in it but it is kinda’ funny when you put it that way. I still don’t think of myself as being in the restaurant business, but here we are talking about Pizzaoki. It is a very strange irony. I never thought I was gonna do that, but life is a very strange journey so here we are (laughs).

Your remix of “Feeling Of Falling” by Cheat Codes had some definite hints of Melbourne bounce. What made you decide to take it in that direction?

I wanted to make this remix something where it’s all about the drop because that’s how you identify the remix that you like. When I listen to the remix I speed up to the drop to decide if it’s something I wanna play. I wanted to make a drop that was for a club, and you’ve got that Melbourne bounce because just like anything at a festival the most important thing you wanna do as a DJ is make the crowd jump up and down. If you can get them jumping and bouncing you’re presumably doing a good job. I have the first drop with that bounce, and then I wanted the second drop to be more progressive. Something with a great melody and a great sound. That way, I can attack both sides of what people like.

In regards to upcoming music, you’ve said you’ve got some K-pop on the way but what else can you tell us about?

Hmm, what can I announce? It’s too early, sometimes the best way to drop a record is just to drop it by surprise, so I don’t know if I can give away the next song I’m putting out. I can say that Neon Future IV will be my next album. It’s a continuation of Neon Future III and will be coming out in 2019. It’s another album of mega collaborations that I’ve been working on the past few years. II and III I kinda’ wrote together and I’m still finishing up IV. It’s all over the board with a lot of different genres, and I’m putting a lot more club bangers on this one. It comes out 2019 but I’ll be slicing off singles from the album very, very soon - like next month or March.

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SoundCloud's 2017 Financials Show 80% Year-on-Year Revenue Increase

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 18:05

2017 truly was a transformative year for SoundCloud.

SoundCloud's road to financial solvency has been a long one, but the streaming service has reported its most significant progress yet. The company has filed its 2017 accounts with UK Companies House, and the figures suggest a night-and-day difference in the company's cash flows.

Music Business Worldwide compiled the numbers, which show a year-on-year revenue increase of 80% from 2016 to 2017. Perhaps more importantly, the platform reported a decrease in operating loss of 27% in the same period.

2017 also marked the year that SoundCloud co-founder Alex Ljung stepped down as CEO to make way for former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor. Following a year in which SoundCloud announced some of its most game-changing partnerships to date, the other co-founder, Eric Wahlforss, stepped down from his own position as chief product officer last week.

SoundCloud has not reported any of its losses or earnings for 2018 at the time of writing.

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Pardon My French (DJ Snake, Tchami x Malaa and Mercer) Announce Major Red Rocks Event On April 26th

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 16:53

DJ Snake, Tchami x Malaa & Mercer Bring 'Pardon My French' to Colorado's Iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater

Every year, the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatere attracts some of the freshest and most exciting artists in the music industry. In its 75+ years as one of the most iconic and picturesque venues in the country, Red Rocks has played host to wide variety of music legends such as The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones, not to mention nearly ever major act in dance music. It’s about time that the unified dance collective Pardon My French takes to the stage.

A truly monumental event, Pardon My French at Red Rocks brings together French DJ/producers and dance music favorites DJ Snake, Tchami, Malaa, and Mercer - united for the first time since 2016.

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The April 26th Pardon My French event will showcase full live sets from DJ Snake, Tchami x Malaa and Mercer, as well as state-of-the-art custom production and a pristine backdrop that’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience. 

Tickets will be available via AXS Presale and AEG Presale from Thursday, January 31st at 10:00 AM MST and General On-Sale from Friday, February 1st at 10:00 AM MST. Click here to buy tickets (presale passcode: PMFRRX).

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Indy 500 Snake Pit Reveals Skrillex, Alesso and Illenium as 2019 Headliners

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 12:09

The EDM concert will once again coincide with the Indianapolis 500.

Fans of both IndyCar and EDM are in for a treat as always when the Indianapolis 500 returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. Coinciding with the race once again is Indy 500 Snake Pit, for which some of the world's most famous DJ/producers have been booked.

Skrillex, Alesso, Illenium and Chris Lake have been announced for the 2019 edition of the event, which will take place on the infield next to Turn 3 of the speedway. It is slated for May 26th, the same date as the 103rd edition of the Indianapolis 500 itself.

In regards to the event, IMS President J. Douglas Boles said:

“This year’s Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light features another fantastic lineup of world-class artists that will keep the off-track entertainment going all day inside Turn 3 for nearly 30,000 enthusiastic fans. The Snake Pit has become a sensational success story for IMS and the Indy 500, and it has become a large part of what introduces the next generation of Indy 500 fan to the track through the fun atmosphere and unforgettable memories.”

To purchase Indy 500 Snake Pit tickets or find out more information, visit the event website.

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Marshmello to Deliver In-Game Set in Fortnite Battle Royale

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:06

First Minecraft, now Fortnite!

If recent months have taught us anything, it's that EDM stars are keen to capitalize on the ever-growing eSports market. Last month saw Twitch star Tyler "Ninja" Blevins deliver a "soundtrack to gaming," and this month Minecraft hosted the biggest virtual music festival to date. Aside from Marshmello's June, 2018 tournament with Ninja may be late to the game (pun intended), but he's locked down a valuable partner: Fortnite.

According to leaks uncovered by Forbes, the anonymous producer/DJ will perform at in-game location Pleasant Park on Saturday, February 2nd at 2:00 PM EST. The spectacle will be its own limited time mode  (an in-game event that's only available for a finite period) called Party at Pleasant Park.

Interestingly, Epic Games also appears to have programmed dance moves for a virtual depiction of Marshmello. The developer recently came under fire for appropriating a dance called the "Milly Rock," which was popularized by rapper 2 Milly.

Given the popularity of both Marshmello and Fortnite in their respective fields, their partnership should prove a worthwhile endeavor. Marshmello is one of the fastest-rising stars in EDM; his manager, Moe Shalizi, even told Forbes that he expects his income to rival that of Calvin Harris this year. Fortnite is a more recent phenomenon having been released in 2017, but the battle royale game has already drawn in over 125 million players.

Neither Epic Games nor Marshmello have officially announced Party at Pleasant Park in Fortnite at the time of writing. 

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Dank Delivers a Genre-Bending Masterpiece with "New York Fuckin City"

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 19:22

"New York Fuckin City" samples the guitar riff from Metallica's "Seek and Destroy."

New York City producer DANK often puts out music that can't be neatly folded into any single genre, and his most recent track is no exception. "New York Fuckin City" is out now for free download and it will give any DJ the final ingredient needed to make their set a spectacle to remember.

The arrangement hinges around a sample of the iconic guitar riff from Metallica's 1982 speed metal anthem "Seek and Destroy" - but then it goes in an unexpected direction. Whether you call it hip-hop, Jerseystep, Brooklyn bounce or DANKstep, one thing is for sure: by the time the third drop rings out, the audience will be losing it on the dance floor.

DANK (real name Brian Atwood) cut his teeth as a DJ in the Brooklyn rave scene, holding events before going on to launch a label called Funky Elements Records in addition to releasing music on Ultra Music. His official remixes for the likes of Shakira, Britney Speers and Yoko Ono have reached #1 on various Beatport charts over the years.

In 2019, DANK looks to ramp things up even further by delivering a wealth of new music.

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Adventure Club, Krewella and Crankdat Tease Upcoming Collab "Next Life"

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 18:43

Three EDM heavyweights have a big track in the works.

Adventure Club have been collaborating with their fair share of other artists as of late. Recently they've teamed up with the likes of Snails and Modern Machines on tracks - but their next one looks to be a collaboration with none other than Krewella and Crankdat.

In a brief clip shared to their Instagram account, Adventure Club (which consists of Christian Srigley and Leighton James) gave fans a glimpse of the production. The accounts of both Crankdat (real name Christian Smith) and Krewella (comprised of sisters Yasmine and Jahan Yousaf) were tagged in the post.

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Krewella and Adventure Club previously collaborated on "Rise & Fall," which came out in 2012. Outside of music, Yasmine and Leighton also dated once upon a time. 

At the time of writing, no title, release date or any other information has been disclosed regarding Adventure Club, Krewella and Crankdat's collaboration.

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Blink 182 Member Claims to Have Used Witchcraft to Doom Fyre Festival

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 17:51

Matt Skiba from Blink 182 just revealed the reason Fyre Festival ended the way it did, and claimed it was his doing

Yet another larger-than-life anecdote has surfaced regarding the Fyre Festival saga. Not one, but two documentaries later, we thought we knew the actual reasons why the festival went down the way it did. According to Matt Skiba of Blink 182, however, there was more to it than the behind-the-scenes look provided by both of them.

Skiba has said that his witchcraft skills were the real reason behind the doom of Fyre Festival. The band was supposed to headline the event but pulled out at the last minute citing production and logistical issues. According to Skiba, that wasn’t all. 

Speaking to NME, Skiba explained how “with every inch of his energy” he didn’t want the festival to happen. “I had a bad feeling about that event," he said. "I consider myself a pagan and a witch. With every inch of my energy I wanted Fyre not to happen. I put all the electricity and energy in my body against that thing happening.”

The festival - which was set to be headlined by the likes of Major Lazer, Disclosure and the Migos in addition to Blink 182 - spiraled out of control due to a number of factors. Fraudulent activities, logistical errors, mismanagement and in large part unrealistic expectations led to the debacle that was Fyre Festival. 

After being falsely advertised as being a one-of-a-kind luxury event in the Bahamas, the festival left attendees stranded on an island with almost unlivable conditions. Where luxury tents were promised, disaster relief tents stood with drenched mattresses. 

When Skiba caught wind of the happenings, he decided to take things into his own hands, so he claims. He also took the time to explain why from the very beginning Fyre Festival was just a bad idea for a number of reasons, including cultural and ethical ones. He explained:

“I’ve been to the Bahamas before and it’s so crass. You land in Nassau and the whole island is replete with beauty and culture, but there’s a lot of poverty. It is a largely black population then they build these places like Atlantis and The Cove that are walled off. It’s classist and racist and then they decided to park a bunch of yachts with models to show off in front of those poor people, going down there with all your Ferraris and bullshit and yachts.”

On the topic of his band's decision to pull out of the festival, Skiba said:

“We pulled out for technical and logistical issues and the rest of it crumbled to shit because that’s what it was. It was bullshit. I used my witchy ways and it seemed to work. I’ll take responsibility and everyone can blame me. Shazam. I was on my couch feeling somewhat guilty, but very relieved that I wasn’t there with people stealing from each other.”

Currently, festival co-founder Billy McFarland is behind bars serving six years on multiple counts including wire fraud. Ja Rule, the second co-founder, has also been hit with more than a dozen lawsuits from investors and festival attendees.

Just days ago, Billboard also reported that Kendall Jenner and other top models who promoted Fyre Festival will be subpoenaed with for payments made to them. The trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of Fyre Media asked a judge for a new round of subpoenas for the models and social media influencers. Officials say McFarland raised $26 million from investors and now a bankruptcy court is trying to figure out where the money went by issuing these subpoenas and further investigations.

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Martin Garrix, Alison Wonderland and More to Perform at New Horizons 2019

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 17:11

New Horizons will return to Nürburg, Germany this year.

Numerous EDM heavyweights have been billed for one of Germany's biggest festivals of the year. New Horizons is approaching its third year, and its organizers have revealed a Phase One lineup announcement sure to pique the interest of revelers the world over.

Spokespeople on behalf of New Horizons had previously announced that Major Lazer would perform at the festival. Today, they have followed the news up with billings including Don Diablo, Martin Garrix, Timmy Trumpet, Brennan Hart and Project One.

If previous editions of the festival are any indicator, today's lineup reveal is only the tip of the iceberg. In previous years, artists as prominent as Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Hardwell, Steve Aoki and Marshmello performed for an audience that at one time exceeded 70,000.

New Horizons will take place at the Nürburgring motorsports complex in Nürburg, Germany from August 21st-25th. 2019 will also mark the first year attendees aged 16 and older will be allowed to attend. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

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Did Slushii Just Tease a Rezz Collaboration?

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 14:50

You be the judge.

UPDATE: Slushii has clarified that he was gauging fan interest and has nothing in the works with Rezz as of yet.

Slushii spent a lot of last year proving his versatility as an artist, and that trend looks to continue into 2019. The L.A. DJ/producer may soon build on his manga crossover and ambient/R&B album by collaborating with none other than Rezz.

That's what a tweet fired off by Slushii (real name Julian Scanlan) suggests, in any event. He hasn't always been totally serious on social media, but it stands to reason that he wouldn't stoke interest for a project with Rezz (real name Isabelle Rezazadeh) if he didn't plan to deliver sometime down the road.

Scanlan debuted as an anonymous producer with his 2016 remix of Zedd and Selena Gomez' "I Want You To Know" and revealed his identity not long after. Rezazadeh's career has seen a trajectory the likes of which most musicians could only dream of. After getting signed to Mau5trap in 2016, she has amassed a fan base so dedicated that they literally refer to themselves as a cult

Neither Slushii nor Rezz have revealed a title, release date or any other details of an upcoming collaboration at the time of writing.

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Tyga Taps DJ Snake for "Girls Have Fun" ft. G-Eazy and Rich The Kid

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 14:13

DJ Snake stepped into hip-hop territory in this release.

DJ Snake's talent as a hitmaker has landed him a collaboration with a few of top 40 rap's biggest names. The French DJ and producer lent his studio expertise to Tyga's "Girls Have Fun" featuring G-Eazy and Rich The Kid.

Underscoring suggestive verses by the aforementioned emcees is a beat whose centerpiece is a bell sound effect. Subtleties framing the focal points of the arrangement hint at the melodic style for which DJ Snake (real name William Sami Étienne Grigahcine) has garnered worldwide renown. By and large, his skill set translates well into hard-hitting rap collaboration.

"Girls Have Fun" isn't the first time Grigahcine has worked with hip-hop acts by any means. His long list of collaborators includes the likes of French Montana, Travis Scott and Cardi B. For the latter collaboration, titled "Taki Taki," Selena Gomez and Ozuna were also featured.

Tyga's "Girls Have Fun" featuring G-Eazy and Rich The Kid produced by DJ Snake is out now via Last Kings Music/EMPIRE. Stream or download it across platforms here.

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Swedish House Mafia Tour Date Uncovered from Website Source Code

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:06

Swedish House Mafia inadvertently revealed another 2019 tour date.

Swedish House Mafia reunion fervor has swept the world since their Ultra Music Festival 2018 performance, but the trio have gone quiet on show announcements as of late. Now that has changed - but perhaps not by their own choosing. 

Hidden in the source code of SwedishHouseMafia.com, fans found an as-yet unannounced 2019 tour date. According to what they came across, the EDM supergroup will perform at this year's edition of Swiss festival Zürich Openair, which is slated to take place from August 21st-24th.

Swedish House Mafia members Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello had disbanded following their 2013 farewell tour. In addition to performances in places like Stockholm, Mexico City and Helsinki, they're said to have "lots of new music coming."

In the meantime, Swedish House Mafia's website also now displays a timer counting down to their first scheduled 2019 gigs out in May. It remains to be seen whether they will once again perform at Ultra Music Festival this year.

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A$AP Rocky, Armin van Buuren and Carl Cox Billed for Tomorrowland 2019

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:22

Tomorrowland announced their first round of 2019 headliners.

As promoters the world over gear up for festival season, Tomorrowland's organizers have begun to release details for this year's edition. Two weeks ago they announced the 2019 hosts, and now they've begun to reveal actual headliners.

Trance icons like Above & BeyondArmin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk and Infected Mushroom were included in today's announcement, as were techno figureheads like Adam Beyer, Carl Cox and Charlotte de Witte. The Chainsmokers and NGHTMRE B2B SLANDER give this round of headliners more main stage appeal - the latter of whom are interestingly billed as "Gud Vibrations," the name of their recently launched label.

Perhaps the biggest upset of Tomorrowland's first 2019 lineup announcement is the inclusion of A$AP Rocky. While the rapper has collaborated with EDM artists plenty of times, longtime fans of the festival may react to his billing with mixed feelings.

Tomorrowland's organizers have mentioned that they will release additional lineup details tomorrow, January 29th.

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A Ugandan DJ was Killed for Playing "Boring Music"

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 14:42

The victim was also a university student.

A DJ was reportedly killed by concertgoers for playing "boring music" at a nightclub in Uganda. 

According to Kenyan news outlet SDE, the victim was a university student and DJed on the side. As he performed a mob grew angry over his song selections, eventually attacking and killing him.

The attack occurred at a nightclub in the Nebbi District in northern Uganda. The head of security for the district, William Bob Labeja, spoke about the attack and blamed the nightclub for allowing it to happen.

"As the head of security in the district, I will no longer allow any disco operators to conduct their businesses in the sub-county and anybody who defies the directive will be prosecuted.”

“All disco halls in all sub-counties must be closed because they are causing insecurity and redundancy among the youth.” 

Alongside Labeja's cries for nightclub closure, the community has tried to stop nightclubs from opening up through laws passed in 2011 that prevented them from receiving licenses to operate.

A similar attack occurred in 2014 when Zimbabwean concertgoers attacked and killed a DJ - also for playing "boring music."

H/T: Mixmag

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Diplo Announces new EP, Europa, and Premieres New Track with Niska

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 14:29

Diplo's take on European music coming soon!

Diplo is looking to expand his horizons yet again with the release of his upcoming EP, Europa. Alongside the EP announcement, the two-time Grammy winner shared the first single off the effort, "Boom Bye Bye" featuring Niska

A downtempo beat gets listeners acquainted to the track before Niska's vocals lead the song to its peak, featuring Diplo's signature, dancehall-inspired sound. Although the lyrics are entirely French, non-French-speaking listeners will have no problem getting down to this one when it hits the dance floor.

Diplo (real name Thomas Wesley Pentz) has shared that Europa is a sister EP to last year's California EP. Europa will encapsulate his interpretation of the European music scene and feature some of the continent's finest urban artists. 

Diplo hit the ground running in 2019 with a string of releases and major festival bookings. One of his side projects, Major Lazer, teased a J Balvin collaboration, while his another of his side projects, LSD (which stands for Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo) released a remix of their track "Genius" featuring vocals from hip-hop legend, Lil Wayne. Alongside the new releases, Diplo will be returning to Coachella for this year's party in the desert

There is no official release date for Europa, however, Diplo stated that it is coming "soon." You can download or stream "Boom Bye Bye" featuring Niska courtesy of Diplo's label, Mad Decent, here.

H/T: YourEDM

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Dubstep Legends Bassnectar and Rusko have a Collaboration on the Way

Sun, 01/27/2019 - 13:56

Worlds collide!

Two of the most influential artists in bass music history, Bassnectar and Rusko, have a collaboration on the way. 

In an interview with Billboard, Rusko (real name Christopher Mercer) revealed some information on his upcoming projects including the Bassnectar (real name Lorin Ashton) collaboration that he said “has been a long time coming.”

It's safe to say dubstep might not be the global phenomenon it is today without contributions from these two artists. The closest thing to a collaboration between these two legends was Ashton's remix of Mercer's track "High," which came out last summer.

Mercer has been hard at work lately. Just this week, the British producer released his new single "Squeeze (Burnin)," debuted a happy hardcore collaboration with Ducky at Sound-Bar, and is gearing up for the release of a new EP on Zeds Dead's label, Deadbeats

Ashton started off 2019 with a massive New Year's Eve 360 show at the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina. Alongside his other big appearances, he was revealed as one of the artists on the EDM-heavy Coachella 2019 lineup.

Stay tuned for more coverage on Bassnectar and Rusko's upcoming collaboration.

H/T: YourEDM

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