Martin Garrix teased "Fire" at his Tomorrowland Around The World set last month.
Martin Garrix is simply unstoppable. Earlier this year, he debuted his first single under his Ytram alias, "Make You Mine" with Bleu Clair and RA. For his latest release, he's partnered with Elderbrook for their catchy new single "Fire."
"Fire" is an excellent blend of both artist's sounds, further refining what we heard on Ytram's previous release and adding yet another classic to Elderbrook's phenomenal discography. Subtle synths paired with Elderbrook's flawless vocals heat things up, eventually leading to an intoxicating, groovy drop. Those who were enamored by "Make You Mine" or Elderbrook's previous singles "Cola" with CamelPhat and "Something About You" with Rudimental will surely gravitate towards this scintillating song.
Elderbrook states that the collaboration was spontaneous. "Martin is someone I have always been a fan of and during lockdown I saw him post a clip of my song 'Numb,' so I reached out to him to see if he wanted to work on something together," he said. "It was at the height of lockdown and we had to work back and forth on the song over zoom."
You can listen to "Fire" below.FOLLOW YTRAM:
A scorching single to tie a bow on summer.
Electronic young gun Snyder has teamed up with 24hrs for a new collaborative single called "Fire," released independently today.
"Fire" is a future pop bop with warm, lush chords courtesy of Snyder and a radio-friendly hip-hop edge, thanks to the impressive 24hrs. The Atlanta rapper and singer-songwriter has joined forces with a litany of influential artists in contemporary music, including Ty Dolla $ign, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, Future, Lil Pump, Blackbear, Vic Mensa, PnB Rock, and YG, among others. He is perhaps best known in EDM circles as the velvety voice behind RL Grime's melodic trap smash "UCLA."
Pouring gasoline on "Fire," Snyder also announced his debut album, In The Dark, is slated for an official release on October 23rd.
You can listen to "Fire" below and find the track on your go-to streaming platform here.FOLLOW SNYDER:
She transports the quirky hip-hop crossover to the dark nightclubs.
WHIPPED CREAM is fresh off her highly praised debut EP WHO IS WHIPPED CREAM? and has no plans to slow down the momentum. She's now dropped a VIP house edit of the fan-favorite "So Thick" featuring Baby Goth. After originally appearing in the popular 2019 DC Comics superhero film Birds of Prey, the track has received a darker flip to bring it straight to nightclubs we all wish we could be attending.
While the original is a quirky hip-hop crossover, WHIPPED CREAM steadies out the beat on the VIP flip, adding in haunting sirens that bring an underground energy to the production. Baby Goth's vocals pair perfectly with the dark house pattern. She keeps their playful spirit, but adds in elements that make it feel even more sultry then before.
The Canadian artist used her debut record as a way to introduce who she truly was, highlighting her limitless potential for growth outside the confines of the bass community.
2020 has been a breakthrough year for the skilled producer, seeing collaborations with Finn Askew, Mulatto, Ravenna Golden, Jasiah, Lil Keed, and more. She also landed a track on the EA Sports UFC 4 video game soundtrack.
You can download or stream WHIPPED CREAM's "So Thick" VIP across all platforms here.FOLLOW WHIPPED CREAM:
Discogs is calling for help in compiling an worldwide directory, which you can add to.
After a Discogs user asked forum contributors to submit information about Black-owned record shops, the popular music platform is now calling on its supporters to help flesh out a snowballing list of stores and establish a "worldwide directory." The user, Ben Kessler from Washington DC, wants to galvanize those who buy records amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to do so in support of Black record store owners.
"After the murder of George Floyd, it became common to share lists of Black-owned businesses serving particular cities or interests," Kessler told Discogs. "People were already doing their best to stay loyal to their favorite small business — record store or otherwise. And as mainstream America turned its attention to the indiscriminate murder of Black people by the police, I think many people began thinking about how they spent their money differently."
Kessler's initiative began innocuously but has now transformed into a tangible directory, which people can access and enter Black-owned record shops to support. At the time of this article's publishing, there are 32 shops in the list.
"To the extent anyone was in a position to do the same — that is fortunate enough to still be buying records during a global pandemic — I thought it made the most sense to stand in solidarity with Black record store owners in this small way," he continued. "Nobody should expect something in return for his or her support of what is right, but if someone was going to buy a record anyway, wouldn’t it make the most sense to buy it from someone who is already competing on the wrong end of an uneven playing field?”
You can access the directory and add any Black-owned businesses here.
Hotel Garuda has taken his project in a new direction.
Hotel Garuda’s Aseem Mangaokar continues to shift styles and impress as a solo artist with his debut EP The Tension. Previously a duo, Hotel Garuda produced light, poppy house remixes and dance ballads until Manila Killa amicably split from the project a little over two years ago. Mangaokar continued the project solo and slowly began evolving its sound, producing the upbeat yet brooding single "One Reason" not long after the split before following with “Head in the Trees” in 2019, a soulful, guitar-riff-laden original. After teasing "Mutual" and "Rush" in early 2020, he finally dropped the full EP on September 1st—and it was worth the wait.
With Hotel Garuda's take on house music becoming increasingly emotive and rock-inspired as he produces solo, The Tension pushes the project even further into that realm. The four-track record hits us right out of the gate with "Rush," an infectious, funky disco beat reminiscent of iconic electro-funk duo Chromeo with yearning lyrics that clearly inspired the title of the EP.
"Mutual" switches up the direction of The Tension, continuing the kinetic tempo while adrenalizing its intensity as the words hit a more personal chord, serenaded by electric guitar riffs that evoke more of 2000s-era pop-punk rock feel. "Olivia" continues in the same vein as "Mutual," blending aching lyrics with a more definitive alt-pop influence. Finally, "Leave You" ties a bow on the project with an airy, angsty indie rock melody.
Mangaokar took to Facebook to wax poetic about the new direction Hotel Garuda is taking.
As an artist, I feel like I've really come into my own with regards to what I want my music to say, and the feelings I want it to evoke. I want my listeners to know that I’ve evolved, and though the music I make may not be the same as what initially drew them to me, I hope they’re entertained by the artistic journey that inspires me.
You can find The Tension on streaming platforms here.FOLLOW HOTEL GARUDA:
The concerts moonlight as showcases of some of the most promising producers in trap and bass music.
Following a successful turn with Subtronics in early August, the organizers of Scranton drive-in concert series "Pavement Rave" are back for Round 2 and they are bringing out all the stops.
In two lineups for separate shows this weekend that would make the heart of Dunder Mifflin proud, the newest iterations of the series feature a stable of the most promising producers in bass music, who are set to descend on the Montage Mountain parking lot for twin drive-in raves. PEEKABOO, Champagne Drip, TVBOO, and Sully will perform on Saturday, September 5th while Adventure Club, Wooli, TYNAN, and Codd Dubbz will grace the stage on Sunday, September 6th.
In a post-trap landscape that moonlights as an EDM Wild West where artists get extremely creative with unorthodox sound design, PEEKABOO has emerged as one of its leaders. Fresh off a monster official remix of REZZ and Grabbitz's hit single "Someone Else," his headlining "Pavement Rave" set is a bona fide can't-miss.
It's important to note that the show's organizers are complying with social distancing measures amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. They maintain that masks are "recommended" when guests are outside of their vehicles and "required" when they move away from their designated car space to use the restroom or grab concessions.
A versatile mix of Akon, Flume, LP Giobbi, and more under a house music umbrella.
The People of Tomorrow are in for a treat after Dillon Francis flexed his selection chops with his brand new "Tomorrowland Friendship Mix."
The Platinum-selling electronic superstar has dropped a guest mix on One World Radio, delivering an eclectic set brimming with the quirkily kinetic sound synonymous with his fan-favorite brand. The hourlong mix is a whirlwind of sun-kissed deep house bops and tech twists on a bevy of popular tracks from the likes of Akon, Sean Paul, Flume, and many others.
Kicking things off in style, Francis begins with a monster unreleased remix of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP" by Nitti Gritti. He goes on to seamlessly intertwine house music with the precision of a seasoned vet, interpolating Tchami's "Born Again," CamelPhat's "Freak," and DIV/IDE's funky, disco-inspired remix of Flume's "Never Be Like You," among others. He also tips his cap to the usual house suspects with support of tracks by Destructo and Chris Lake, Sonny Fodera and Dom Dolla, and Redlight.
You can listen to Francis' "Tomorrowland Friendship Mix" in full below.FOLLOW DILLON FRANCIS:
You could own vinyl with a printed x-ray of the legendary skateboarder's dislocated fingers.
The legendary skateboarder has joined forces with The Avalanches to launch a fundraiser for Hawk's The Skatepark Project, which helps underserved communities create safe and inclusive public skateparks for young people. Following the release of their single "Reflecting Light," the renowned duo teamed up with custom vinyl manufacturer Small Run to press a limited number of records onto X-ray film.
"In a tribute to the 'bone records' of the 1950's Soviet era, (where banned western records were cut onto X-Ray film and smuggled into the USSR to avoid authorities) we've come together with the one and only [Tony Hawk] for a unique one off pressing," The Avalanches wrote in an Instagram post.
The vinyl is the epitome of rare, as only 12 copies exist. Tony Hawk owns one of them, which features a freakish X-ray image of his dislocated fingers from an injury back in June. He is making his copy available as part of the fundraiser for The Skatepark Project. Any contribution to the initiative will render you eligible to win the one-of-a-kind vinyl pressing and your chances of winning will increase with each entry you submit.
Donate to The Skatepark Project here and check out the announcement by The Avalanches below.FOLLOW THE AVALANCHES:
Take a trip down memory lane and commemorate one of the greatest on Queen Bey's 39th birthday.
It takes the same amount of dauntless confidence Beyoncé displays on stage to remix one of her songs. Considering an artist of her magnitude—a national treasure who transcends the very industry that spawned her—there is perhaps no one more terrifying to remix due to the risk of butchering their work at the mercy of a rabid fanbase.
To pay homage to Queen Bey on her 39th birthday, we gathered 10 of the best dance remixes of her iconic discography and thrust them into the limelight with the hopes of celebrating her intrepid spirit. Take a trip down memory lane and commemorate one of the greatest with these scintillating reworks of some of her most iconic tracks."Party (Kaytranada Remix)"
Leave it to the prolific Kaytranada to take on Beyoncé's monster André 3000 and J. Cole collab "Party" and flip it into a hypnotic R&B and trap hybrid."Partition (Joachim Garraud Remix)"
French DJ and producer Joachim Garraud gave Queen Bey's seductive single "Partition" a shot of adrenaline to offer up a sultry deep house rework that yearns for the pre-pandemic dance floors of yesteryear.HNNY - "Sneeze"
Producing under the umbrella of a nasty BPM switch, HNNY ingeniously sampled the "I sneezed on the beat and the beat got sicker " line from "Yoncé" to deliver a tech house bomb."Drunk In Love (TigerBeat & Terror Dactel Remix)"
TigerBeat and Terror Dactel chopped up Beyoncé's inescapable "grainin' on that wood" vocal refrain from "Drunk In Love" and served up an intoxicating nu-disco jam.View the original article to see embedded media."7/11 (Skrillex & Diplo's Jack Ü Remix)"
Boston young gun Mozado's velvety remix of Queen Bey's classic 2003 R&B tune "Naughty Girl" is proof that her artistry will remain timeless and surge through generations to come.View the original article to see embedded media."What's It Gonna Be (verzache Remix)"
Toronto's verzache flipped "What It's Gonna Be" into a sun-kissed deep house bop that belongs by a glittering poolside.View the original article to see embedded media."What's It Gonna Be (Sam Gellaitry Remix)"
Scottish electronic music prodigy Sam Gellaitry also took on Beyoncé's "What's It Gonna Be," alchemizing it into a funk-infused disco track for neon-swathed dance floors.View the original article to see embedded media."Run the World (Girls) [Kaskade Club Remix]"
Back in 2013, Beyonce tapped EDM vet Kaskade for a frenetic electro house remix of "Run the World (Girls)," which slayed nightclubs across the country."Deja Vu (Borneland Remix)"
Dance music production duo Borneland twisted Bey's Jay-Z collab "Deja Vu" into a breezy nu-disco anthem.View the original article to see embedded media.FOLLOW BEYONCÉ:
What could Excision have in store for the grand return of Couch Lands?
The dubstep phenom took to Twitter to share the news of the third Couch Lands episode, dubbing it, "the moment you've been waiting for." He also announced that he will be performing a "very special set," sending his fanbase and EDM Twitter into an all-out fever pitch. "Couch Lands returns AND I have a very special set for you! See you on September 25th & 26th for two full days of music," he wrote.
While Excision didn't release a lineup for the event, fans can expect a mammoth list of bass music's finest for this Lost Lands-themed stream. Past editions have featured sets from Doctor P, Funtcase, Boogie T, Ghastly, and PhaseOne, among many others.
Mark your calendars to tune into the latest edition of Couch Lands on September 25th and 26th, 2020 via the official Lost Lands Twitch channel.FOLLOW EXCISION:
Stuffed Puffs have partnered with the anthropomorphized version of its flagship product.
Marshmello has teamed up with a marshmallow company to sell marshmallows.
Irony aside, the masked EDM and pop superstar is joining forces with chocolate-filled marshmallow manufacturer Stuffed Puffs, who have partnered with the anthropomorphized version of its flagship product ahead of Halloween.
After meeting Stuffed Puffs' founder, Mike Tierney, at the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 conference in 2019, Marshmello decided to team up and pour gasoline on his marshmallow empire. According to a press release issued to announce the partnership, the company is also hosting a giveaway later in the month of September, which will offer fans a select number of autographed Marshmello helmets.
Marshmello took to social media to announce the news, sharing a video soundtracked by a trap rework of Bobby "Boris" Pickett's iconic, Halloween-themed track "Monster Mash."
You can find out more about Mello's new collab here and check out the announcement below.FOLLOW MARSHMELLO:
The return of Pendulum is imminent after the band shared a cryptic message via social media.
The return of Pendulum is imminent after the iconic drum & bass outfit shared a cryptic message via social media.
The group, who have remained dormant for ten years on the music front, took to social media today to tease a new project and send their rabid fanbase into a rabbit hole of theories. They shared a short promo video that is as arcane as humanly possible, with no audio and a dark, kaleidoscopic visual. While it could technically mean any number of things on the horizon, like a new livestream or merchandise collection, the EDM community is nonetheless abuzz with hopes of new music. Pendulum's last official release came back in 2010 with their full-length album Immersion, which featured global hits "Watercolour," "Witchcraft," and "Crush," among others.
Back in February 2020, Pendulum performed in Perth, Australia and dropped the curtain on a new song called "Nothing for Free," offering a glimpse into the ushering in of a new Pendulum era. The debut followed a previous preview shared by Rob Swire, the group's founder and vocalist, who simply called it a "30 second WIP demo" at the time.
Check out Pendulum's teaser below.View the original article to see embedded media.FOLLOW PENDULUM:
Prepare to laugh and cry at these incredible moments.
While large-scale events and festivals are still on hiatus for the foreseeable future, memories are perhaps the most powerful things we have at the moment. Until we're able to be reunited at a never-ending festival security line, EDM.com connected with some of the brightest in electronic music to share their favorite festival memories.
“One of my favorite festival memories was in Las Vegas at EDC when 20 fans all made special flags for me. That was very special for me because it brought people together from all around the world.”Riot Ten
"My most fond festival memory is probably more of an emotion than an action. It was time to head to the Basspod stage for my first ever EDC Las Vegas performance. I'll never forget how overwhelmed with happiness I was. I had dreamed of this moment since I started producing music. The nervousness, excitement, feeling of accomplishment and finally tackling such a big goal of mine. I went into the trailer and cried (literally). It was one of the biggest moments of my entire life, let alone my career."SOFI TUKKER
"We were playing in Townsville, Australia as part of the Groove in the Moo Festival (a traveling festival throughout towns all over Australia), and we were in the middle of the set when Sophie broke her foot. She tripped on one of the risers and tried to pretend that she wasn't in excruciating pain, but then we realized something serious had happened and brought out a chair for her to sit on. She ended up performing through the rest of the show sitting down while tears ran down her face. It was painful but also ended up being a beautiful show because everyone in the crowd was so supportive and with us. We ended up having to cancel the rest of the tour and went home - and because of that wrote ‘House Arrest’!”tyDi
"My favorite festival memory of all time would be hands down when I played mainstage Paradiso at The Gorge Amphitheater. I've played a lot of festivals, including packed out football stadiums, over the years but this one was different. The venue is outdoors surrounded by a giant canyon, desert, trees and a massive lake that goes on for miles. I had tens of thousands of people in front of me jamming out to my tracks during sunset. I literally got to see the sun go down half way through my set which creates this amazing contrast to play off musically, the whole mood changes when it's dark and everything lights up. That had to be one of the best shows of my life."Apashe
"One of my favorite festival memories may also be my most absurd. I was in Sydney, Australia playing Defcon1 Festival. Long after playing my set, I got drunk with Oski and other friends. We wanted to go back to the artist area, but there was a line and it was far, so I decided to jump over a fence to get there faster. Some security guys saw me and started chasing me full speed. Not sure why, but instead of showing my artist wristband proving I was allowed, I started running. We started running in circles for a while until they caught me, jumped on me, then looked at my artist wristband. We all started laughing, or at least in my memories. Maybe in reality, I was the only one laughing, not sure. My friends were definitely dead laughing. Overall, the whole festival was incredible though! Crazy crowd, awesome time."Vanic
“I've played in front of thousands of people and in front of a handful of people, and I always feel more nervous for the small intimate shows. I think it's an ego thing. When you're playing for a big crowd, there's almost less expectation because there's some sense of having already established some level of success. This Spring Awakening Festival in the Corona tent was one of my favorite shows and it was a super small but super engaged crowd, and I think of it often. It reminds me that it's the music and the experience that really matter - the connection between me and whoever is listening, not some ego driven metric of what I think success should look like.”Kill Paris
“My favorite festival memory was pretty recent. Brainquility 2020, right before the virus hit. I was at Spirit of Suwannee and after playing my first ‘Kill Paris live’ set with a drummer. I decided to celebrate and get psychedelic ... for the first time. It was no more than 30 degrees Fahrenheit, absolutely freezing. I found myself in the middle of an open field, happily laying in what I didn't know to be a large dirt pile, listening to Justin Martin play an all DnB set. It was totally euphoric and hilarious and the absolute perfect evening.”ill.Gates
“One Schmunday morning at Shambhala, people were getting sideways on the beach, while the sun came up over the mountains, and passing around this sweet card. Someone had printed ‘You are beautiful’ as a cute little festival interaction spark. Each person had a glowing moment receiving the message, and then it was their turn to pass it on. Several self-appointed stage dancers had climbed the subs facing outwards towards the sunrise, and one of them was a wild eyed man with some extremely intense full face burn scars. Someone passed him the ‘You are beautiful’ card and I watched him take it in. He had clearly been up all night raving and was in the perfect mindset to really feel it. I saw him process the message, see the truth in it, and then take off his shirt, revealing a body that was entirely covered in burn scars with the very notable exception of his BC forest fire fighter crew tattoo on his right shoulder. In that beautiful perfect sunrise moment, his burn scarred body was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.”Buku
“When anyone asks me about a favorite festival memory, I automatically go to my Electric Forest 2018 Weekend 1 closing set. There was a shift of set scheduling, and I was asked if I wanted to close out the entire festival on Sunday night at the Jubilee stage. Of course, I enthusiastically agreed to it, and it became my absolute most favorite festival experience. It was a set where I felt like I could do no wrong. Every song and transition was hitting. It felt like the culmination of years of hard work, and I still have people hitting me up expressing their love for the set. After the set, I ran off stage and absolutely bawled my eyes out. It was such a wonderful experience.”Ray Volpe
“Back in 2016, when I first really started getting traction heavily in the scene, Getter brought me out to Ultra. An incredible moment to play our new collab in front of thousands. What everyone doesn’t fully know is that I fully ate s*** waking up the stage steps and made a fool of myself in front of everyone in the back. REZZ seemed to get a kick out of it though. Great first impression, right?”Trivecta
"One that stands out for me was when I played at Arrivals last year in Canada. I typically go out in front of the DJ booth with my guitar so I can get up close with the fans, but this stage was definitely not set up for that. It was like an obstacle course. I had to squeeze through this narrow gap, tiptoe across a ledge, jump onto the speakers, then get back in time to cue the next song, all while playing a guitar. I just barely made it work, and I still wonder if anybody knew what I was going through that day."WHIPPED CREAM
“My Lollapalooza set from 2019 is one I'll never forget. My set was at 2:15 PM, middle of the day, and we packed out the Perry Stage. The energy was unreal!”Amp Live
“A memory that has always brought a smile to my face is from a Midwest festival I played some years back. I am not going to say any names, but there was a huge DJ at the time that decided not to show up for their set at the last minute. After I got off stage from my DJ set, my booking agent texted me that if I could get over to the headliner stage in an hour, I could go on as a surprise. Of course, I said yes. On the way to the stage, I bumped into Minnesota Bass and was like, ‘Hey, I am about to do this surprise set, you want to come up with me and do a tag team set?’ We had a blast, rotating playing after every few songs and actually started trying to outdo each other with who could play the hardest tune. Best time ever … the crowd went crazy!”ill-esha
“I was excited to play at Great North festival in Maine but even more excited when someone mentioned that their friend, a lobster fisherman, needed a ticket and was prepared to bring me a lobster dinner (my fave). As he rolls up, I suddenly realize that he's got about 20 live lobsters in a crate and I just start laughing. How the hell are we going to prepare these in the middle of a field at a festival? As I'm lamenting this, I hear the crackle of a radio behind me and the words, 'Main stage to hospo. Can we get a lobster pot back here stat?' And yes, within five minutes, a giant lobster pot arrived. We had a massive feast and I may or may not have eaten at least ten of those. They were prepared for anything!”JSTJR
"My favorite festival memories are getting into the crowd and doing my ‘Making Ravers Rich’ vlogs. It's always so fun (and funny) to interact with everyone while seeing everything from the other side."Fransis Derelle
"My favorite festival moment was when I was able to bring my mom on stage with me during my set at Imagine Festival. She is from Georgia so to her that was a very special moment for her. I have never seen her so happy!"Blanke
“One of my favourite festival memories was when my friend Joe, who works with Diplo, asked me at Global Dance Fest if he could borrow my headphones for his set. I said yeah, of course! The cord on my headphones is giant; a solid couple of meters. Next minute, I see a video of Diplo skipping on stage with them in front of thousands of people with pyro going off around him. I was surprised ... and impressed.”VAMPA
“During my set at Hulaween, I looked out at the crowd at one point and saw everyone suddenly stop dancing to one of my heaviest drops. People were forming a circle around a kid that had fallen down. They helped him up and made sure he was okay before the moshing continued. That’s when I realized we are truly a FAMILY, and I fell even more in love with our bass community.”Pigeon Hole
Colin McCue: “I did acid and was married to 3 people backstage by an ordained minister dressed as Sonic the Hedgehog.”Reid Speed
“I was once booked to play at the LA Science Museum, for a set of ‘all the stuff you've ever wanted to play, but never had the chance or venue to.’ While playing the set in the African Mammal Hall, I was overcome with emotion at the peak of Rabbit In the Moon's ‘Out of Body Experience’ and had to close my eyes because I was crying so hard. I opened my eyes to see Bunny (of RITM) standing in front of me with a lighter in the air, and the world stopped for a second. Music is the most powerful drug on Earth!”Living Light
“I’d have to say my most fond festival moment was in 2013 when I played my second ever Living Light set. The night before, I was sleeping in a broken collapsed tent in the rain, feeling hopeless about my music career. But the next day, I consciously told myself to step into a different story and immediately met Desert Dwellers. I invited them to a renegade set I played on a tiny stage at the back corner of the festival. They signed me to their label on the spot, connected me with all the festivals I dreamed of playing, and released my album on their label that fall. It topped Beatport’s electronica, downtempo, and dub reggae charts for many weeks and hit #2 as the best selling dub/reggae album of the year, and the rest was history. It just goes to show that our past does not dictate our future, and a simple shift of perspective can have a huge effect on the rest of our life.”Wreckno
“The first time I ever attended a festival was at a place 30 minutes down the road from where I grew up in Manistee, Michigan. It was Electric Forest when I was 15. The first time I EVER entered that beautiful place was so random and special. I was walking to the main entrance with a newly found festi fam, whom I never saw again after that weekend, when a woman security guard named Stewie stopped our group. For some crazy angelic reason, she wanted to show us through a side entrance with no checkpoints. The first time I ever walked into a festival was literally waltzing into the beautiful chaos that is Double JJ Ranch with NO LONG LINE OR SECURITY CHECK. The woman that let us through went to Borgore (2012! How times have changed) and rode on my shoulders for half the set. It’s a moment I’ll never forget and it set the tone for how special Electric Forest would be to me for years to come.”KITTENS
“My first time ever going to EDC was actually my first time playing EDC Vegas in 2018, and I’ll never forget the complete awe I was in. I had been DJing for years at this point and just finished playing my first Coachella as well, but something about the energy at EDC from the people and the space was so overwhelmingly beautiful. I was almost at a loss for words. I’ll never forget how happy and grateful I felt there."Khamsin
"My friends and I were at a French festival on the beach. I wasn't playing and we partied really, really hard the first day despite me having a broken foot in a cast. The second day, I just truly needed a nap so I kindly asked my friends to leave me alone in my tent for a few hours. Instead, I woke up with a national TV camera crew inside of my tent because my friends volunteered me for their segment.”Khiva
“One of my most cherished festival memories is the label meetup we had for Deep Dark & Dangerous at Shambhala in 2019. Meeting and having the chance to speak with fans, as well as see some of my closest friends from around the world and meet new ones, is one of my favorite parts of touring and is SUCH an honor and a blessing, especially when you’re on the road a lot! To be able to form that in person connection and just BARELY scratch the surface of expressing my gratitude and love, how much they mean to me, AND create an even deeper one is such a magical moment to share. On top of it, to be surrounded by the label mates I’ve experienced so much with and are my family is second to none. The absolute greatest people in the world. This was a special day.”
Dubstep producers rejoice—more Kompany sounds are now yours for the taking.
The Splice subscription service has provided budding electronic music producers with many useful tools over the years, helping them build and evolve their unique sounds. Dubstep producers were thrilled to get a sample pack created by Kompany, "Kollection Vol. 1" with their Splice subscriptions last year, and that pack has been downloaded over one million times to date.
The venerated dubstep producer and sound designer has now put forth his second collection of original samples, Kollection Vol. 2. Hundreds of samples—including loops and one-shots—are included, providing a wide arsenal of sounds to buff any sample collection.
"On 'Kollection Vol 2.' I really dove in on the sounds by expanding the variety and quality. This in turn makes the sounds more 'usable' for all producers but especially the ones still learning some of the ropes," said Kompany. "They’re super easy to manipulate and get endless variations form, allowing for unique creative output from people using the sounds."
This Friday, September 4th, Kompany will join EDM.com for an Instagram takeover to showcase a slew of samples from the new pack and their uses in his original music. Keep your eyes peeled on our Instagram.
You can peruse Kompany's Kollection Vol. 2 sample pack here.FOLLOW KOMPANY:
Catch a glimpse into the deeper side of Nicky Romero.
The newly minted Monocule Instagram page revealed the alias to be "the deeper side of [Nicky Romero]," and that sentiment rings true in the sound design here. "Time To Save" is markedly more deep than Romero's typical high-flying electro and progressive house flair, exploring a dichotomy between dark and energetic that only a polished vet can strike.
When word got out that Romero was planning to unveil his new moniker, a mysterious 3-track EP surfaced on Beatport for pre-order. The page said "Time To Save" was included in the project, titled Monocule - Volume 1, as its first track and the record was slated for release tomorrow, September 4th. However, the URL is now broken and features a 404 Error message. While we're no longer able to confirm the release date due to the page's deletion, fans should stay on the lookout.
You can listen to "Time To Save" below.FOLLOW NICKY ROMERO:
OYLS are trying to introduce a new monetization medium in music.
An indie electronic duo is trying to introduce a new advertising medium that would make Don Draper proud—or cringe.
It remains to be seen whether or not OYLS' new venture will stick in the music industry, but it sure is a situation to keep an eye on. In a landmark move, the Los Angeles-based band recently announced they are selling advertising space on the cover of their forthcoming album. For $4.99, brands can thrust a flagpole on the artwork, which will live on a slew of DSPs and streaming platforms.
The self-proclaimed "profit conscious musical duo" are planning to release their debut full-length album on October 2nd, 2020. According to a press release issued to announce the initiative, the album art will be live on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Pandora, and Youtube Music, among other music marketplaces. OYLS launched the sale yesterday, September 1st and a portion of proceeds will be directed to MusiCares, a charitable organization dedicated to supporting music industry professionals in need of financial assistance and wellness programs.
At the crux of OYLS’ ambitious new venture is music monetization. As the impact of COVID-19 continues to throttle the music industry and its legions of artists, producers, and songwriters, the band is attempting to introduce a new revenue stream. "Our new initiative introduces a novel form of monetization, especially at a time when Coronavirus has dealt a heavy blow on traditional revenue streams for musicians," OYLS said. "Most importantly, this helps raise money and awareness for an important cause: MusiCares, a foundation that supports struggling musicians suffering from mental issues and substance abuse."
For more information, visit the band's website.FOLLOW OYLS:
A well-deserved milestone for one of the most ubiquitous voices in dance music.
As one of the most ubiquitous voices in dance music, VASSY and her powerful pipes have permeated through the festival circuit and dance music industry at large for nearly a decade. Belting with a unique vigor rarely heard in electronic music, she is responsible for some of the most inescapable anthems of the 2010s, helping shape a robust festival landscape responsible for proliferating the genre in the states.
One of those tracks has now landed VASSY in the elusive APRA AMCOS 1 billion stream club. Her April 2014 big room bomb "Bad," a seminal collaboration with David Guetta and Showtek, is responsible for the milestone. With its quirky yet gritty sound design and lyrics that urge listeners to unleash their rebellious side, the single went on to become somewhat of a generational anthem and establish the Australian dynamo as one of the most highly coveted collaborators in dance music.
VASSY said the benchmark is "such an honor considering that [her] career first started with being acknowledged by APRA AMCOS in Australia before [she] left for the US." "And, now being acknowledged once again for one of my biggest records that I wrote and performed, which went number 1 in many countries around the world, putting me on the map globally as an Australian artist, singer and songwriter," she added.
You can dive back into "Bad" below.
Source: The Industry Observer
He also released one of several singles from his upcoming Deadbeats EP, due out in early 2021.
Blossoming California bass artist sumthin sumthin originates from a small surf town, San Clemente, California. His infatuation with music started as a toddler, when he would bang drums, which led him to self-teach himself both guitar and piano in his teens. In 2016, he began releasing his own music as sumthin sumthin and the following year, he released "Bloom," a breakout song that became a staple in DJs sets and a mainstay at festivals. He’s toured with heavyweights like Bleep Bloop and UZ while playing a wide array of major fests, like Lightning in a Bottle, Shambhala, and Nocturnal Wonderland.
"Trauma" is the young gun's first original tune of 2020, a 3-plus minute track that exudes the enchanting melodics of his past catalogue. "Trauma” reminds fans of the producer’s potential and gives them a taste of what he has in store for this year and beyond. The single, which follows a collaboration with Great Dane ("Free Money, Free Times") and remixes for Louis The Child and Zeds Dead, is the first of several releases as he builds toward his sophomore release on the latter's Deadbeats imprint in early 2021.
"Trauma" meets the awe and aura that is to be expected from sumthin sumthin. The song opens with astral and rangy synths, which create a heavy atmosphere. Using distorted and echoed vocals, the producer lures listeners in with an increasingly wondrous soundscape. At 1:30, we’re plunged into the first definitive sonic narrative, with deep percussion booming around the listener that causes a ripple effect behind a snappy array of sonic aesthetics. Through these percussive elements, sumthin sumthin conveys a feeling of deeply distressing or disturbing experience—trauma.
"This song was my attempt at sharing a recent traumatic experience, without necessarily having to put it into words," said sumthin sumthin, who who spoke to EDM.com to discuss the track and current state of the EDM scene. "I really hope 'Trauma' can help people meditate on the internal conflicts we all go through when something deeply painful happens. At the end of the day, this trauma can help us grow as humans and maybe someday help others in need.”
The single proves sumthin sumthin isn’t interested in making beats of the moment, but art that lives long in the imagination of fans and creatives. The producer is in his own dynamic lane in terms of artistry and this new series of creations live to prove just that.
EDM.com: Your new track “Trauma” exudes substance that’s personal and emotional. What’s the backstory of this track?
sumthin sumthin: The intro of this song is meant to represent the pain and suffering one goes through when experiencing something very difficult. As the atmosphere grows and evolves, I wanted to convey how sometimes a traumatic event can start to fester in the mind and become more intense. Then, there is a moment of contemplation as the chords drop out and the tension releases. This moment represents introspection; how one is able to sit and ponder how to escape mental prison. The tension builds again [while] leading to the "drop," which is not extremely loud, angry, and impactful, but subtle and delicate. This decision was made because I felt like if I held onto any anger or frustration with said trauma, my pain would only grow over time. So, this was a moment to release all anger and frustration. Starting a new blank canvas in my mind.
We then reach the B section of the drop, keeping the original melodic motif but adding unexpected chord changes and a new melody in the background. This represents my continued confusion on how to properly handle my emotional state moving forward. As the drop comes to an end, we reach another contemplation point, a final section with a question mark at the end. This section allows for decompression or contemplation, which then ends on a cliffhanger to pose the question, “What next?”
EDM.com: “Trauma” is the first sumthin sumthin track of 2020. What made you decide this track was the one to lead with?
sumthin sumthin: I feel like this was a perfect track to lead with given the challenging circumstances we as humans are going through collectively in 2020. Although I have other heavier hitting tracks waiting to be released, this one seemed like the right call. Especially with how personal the song is to my own experience and how I’ve been able to overcome. It’s as if I’m finally closing the door on the pain I’ve been holding onto for so long.
EDM.com: This release is the first in a series of singles, which build towards an EP release in early 2021. What can you tell us about this project and what, if anything, has made it stand out to you amongst your previous work?
sumthin sumthin: This track is allowing me to expand my horizons within the sumthin sumthin project. There have been many other songs similar to this one that just didn’t seem to fit my style, but I’m hoping my audience will appreciate this one and allow me to feel more freedom when it comes to releasing.
EDM.com: You recently remixed a Zeds Dead track and have plans to release your next EP with their label, Deadbeats. What can you say about Zeds Dead and the Deadbeats brand? What have they done or are doing to help with your art and career?
sumthin sumthin: Deadbeats is such an amazing assortment of forward thinking producers that range from all sorts of styles. I think it’s really cool that none of us are alike. The scene definitely needs more diversity in music, especially at shows, and Deadbeats has consistently delivered exactly that. They’ve helped me immensely not only with my confidence, but have given me a platform to expand my music to a respectful, music-loving audience. I can’t wait to do more with them in the future.
EDM.com: In lieu of releases in 2020, what have you been up to this year? How are you handling the pandemic?
sumthin sumthin: When shows came to a stop this year, it was the perfect time to work on my health both physically and mentally. Although this hasn’t been the most productive year of mine when it comes to pumping out music, it has definitely been a very productive year when it comes to working on myself as a human. This ultimately helps creativity in the long run, and I’m confident you will be able to hear that mental clarity in my upcoming releases.
EDM.com: What are your thoughts on the current state of the music industry? Are you digging the innovation to digital and drive in events? If not, what different would you like to see?
sumthin sumthin: I mean, for lack of better words, the industry is sort of fucked right now. The best part about attending or even playing shows is feeling like you’re part of a community; understanding that all of us are connected in this vast universe. So, as much as I appreciate the hustle to still make shows possible, it’s just not the same.
We as artists feed off of crowd energy and the crowd feeds off of ours. In a digital environment, it’s very difficult to feel anything, but the show must go on. My love and respect goes out to those who make it possible for us to still have some sort of platform to do what we love. Hopefully, the people in this country can figure it out, put on a goddamn mask, and we can thrive just like we did before [the pandemic.]
EDM.com: One of the things that helped propel your own success was benefitting from tracks going viral, then being played out by other acts across the festival scene. Without the benefit of being able to play these tracks out live, gauge physical audiences reactions and receive co-signs from peers on stage, do you think it’s made it harder for electronic music producers to make an impression with individual tracks?
sumthin sumthin: I definitely think it’s harder to make an impression right now, but if there’s any advice I can give, I’d say just be patient. We are all feeling this struggle right now, and there’s no need to pop off. Just stay calm, write whatever you feel like writing, and experiment with new sounds and instruments. When this all comes back, you’ll have a better understanding of your identity in this industry.
EDM.com: If you had advice for other artists trying to create and find their way during a time like this, what would it be?
sumthin sumthin: I’d say above all, don’t set hurdles for yourself. If you come to a writer's block, do everything in your power to get past it and don’t let your mind get the best of you. If you are truly passionate about music, that passion will ultimately guide you to where you need to go. Don’t worry about numbers and clout. Instead, recognize that you have the ability to make an impact with your music and your own unique brain will come up with something magical. As cliché as it sounds, trust the process and enjoy the living crap out of it.FOLLOW SUMTHIN SUMTHIN:
Böhmer and his ethereal sound soared high above the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cappadocia.
Cercle Events are always a spectacle, pairing cutting edge dance music with sights from some of the world's most interesting and carefully chosen locations. The Cercle organization has played host to sets from Disclosure, ZHU, Bob Sinclair, Adriatique, and a multitude of other influential electronic artists, all broadcast from unique and exquisite areas around the globe.
The latest artist to grace a Cercle event was Anjunadeep's rising star Ben Böhmer. This time, the broadcast took place in Cappadocia, Turkey—a location recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site—with Böhmer floating high above and performing in a hot air balloon.
Böhmer's deep and ethereal grooves provided the perfect soundtrack for the stunning broadcast, which panned over Cappadocia's incredible "fairy chimney" rock formations and picturesque, rolling hills. He went on to call the set "the craziest thing [he'd] done in [his] life" in a post-event tweet.
Included in Ben Böhmer's set were tracks from his latest EP, Phases, released on August 26th via Anjunadeep. The brassy, arpeggiated title track "Zeit & Raum," a collaboration with Anjuna compatriot Spencer Brown, as well as a specially composed piece called "Cappadocia" and a vast array of other favorites were heard in the unforgettable performance.
Böhmer's Cercle performance broadcast from Cappadocia can be viewed in full at Cercle's Facebook page.FOLLOW BEN BÖHMER:
Back-to-back, by popular demand.
With socially distanced drive-in shows surging in popularity as of late, it was only a matter of time before the Goat Lord himself, deadmau5 entered the fray. Announcing his tour across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, deadmau5 immediately ignited the hopes of those aching to witness a live performance once again.
Fortunately for those living in Montreal and desperate to catch deadmau5's performance, a second date has been added. deadmau5 will take the stage at Théâtre Ciné-parc Royalmount on September 18th and 19th.
On tour, deadmau5 also has multiple shows scheduled for the Wesley Clover Parks Drive-in in Ottawa and Belly Up Aspen in Colorado, among other dates.
For a full list of drive-in tour dates and more information, visit deadmau5' official website.FOLLOW DEADMAU5: