As the year of 2019 is entering into its final stages, it seems that Ferry Corsten and Armada Music saved one of the year’s best announcements for last. Today, the Dutch Trance phenomenon and the Amsterdam, New York and London-based record label inked an exclusive agreement, putting their trust in each other for the (future) representation of Ferry Corsten’s Flashover Recordings as well as most of the imprint’s past releases, which includes a trove of beloved classics produced by Ferry Corsten under his System F and Gouryella aliases plus many more well established artists.
Maykel Piron, CEO Armada Music: “Over twenty years ago, Ferry and I started working together at an independent label. I was involved in releasing some of his biggest hits, such as ‘Out Of The Blue’ and Gouryella’s ‘Gouryella’. Continuing our working relationship after all those years feels like coming home, and I can’t wait to create future hits together in this new partnership. It’s a dream to be able to work on new Ferry Corsten material and it’ll be a blast reworking the classics that inspired me and helped me grow to where I am as a person today.”
Joeri Lodders, CEO Flashover Recordings: “We feel that partnering up with Armada will bring us the reach our artists need for future releases while working on our catalogue in a new and creative way. It’s exciting to see that Maykel’s past work with Ferry and myself finally comes together to reach new heights.”
Ferry Corsten: “I have been working on so many diverse music projects lately, and I strongly feel that through this new partnership we will maximize the creativity and capability of these plans moving forward. I always try to have new and established talent benefit from releasing their music on Flashover, so with Armada now as our partner, I believe this will open up new and exciting opportunities for these artists to develop their careers.”
Ferry Corsten’s lustrous career truly started with the release of ‘Out Of The Blue’, the sophomore artist album under his System F moniker. The eponymous single became a worldwide hit, charted in the Top 20 of the U.K. Singles chart and graced the Top 10 of Japan’s singles chart for three consecutive years, paving the way for a steady flow of releases (including ‘Gouryella’ with Tiësto) and remix work for U2, Moby, Faithless, The Killers, William Orbit, Duran Duran, Public Enemy, Nelly Furtado, and many others.
Fast-forward to today and it’s clear that there isn’t a lot Ferry Corsten hasn’t already achieved in the twenty years since. A regular in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll, the Dutchman has eight full-length studio albums to his name, runs a globally syndicated radio show (Corsten’s Countdown) and continues to send fans into raptures through both his stadium-quivering DJ sets and System F live show, wherever in the world he ventures. Now entering into a new chapter with his label alongside Armada Music, Ferry Corsten once again proves that the possibilities are boundless.
(pictured above, from left to right: Xander van der Aa, Jesse Hummen, Harry Fowler, Jeroen te Rehorst, Ferry Corsten, Maykel Piron, Joeri Lodders, Rob van Dongen)
For it's sophomore release, Night Mode is leaning on the legend Feed Me to put his diverse skills to the test.
Insomniac Music Group recently welcomed a new label into its network called Night Mode, founded by Twitch streamer Jericho and the Disciple Recs manager Daniel. The label's main mission at hand is to tie both the dance music scene with the video game community, and they set sail recently with Unlike Pluto's dark and brooding house offering "Everything You Need."
Now, Feed Me is stepping into the frame and the UK dynamo is delivering big on the feels with an emotive and driving progressive single at once catchy and complex. Not an easy feat to accomplish, but he pulls it off effortlessly. Check out this vocal-driven anthem - Little Space.
After touching down on Amsterdam Dance Event with a three-day marathon spectacle of its livestream concept in 2016, 2017 and 2018, Armada Music is back to spice up this year’s edition of the world’s biggest dance music conference as well. From Thursday, October 17 till Saturday, October 19, the Amsterdam-based record label is hosting three exclusive ‘Armada Invites’ events with equally phenomenal line-ups, geared toward respectively Trance (Thursday), House/Melodic Techno (Friday) and all-round dance music (Saturday).
On Thursday, October 18, Armin van Buuren will kick-start the ‘Armada Invites: ADE’ marathon with a special broadcast of his world-famous radio show, A State Of Trance. From 14.00 till 22.00 (CEST), a legion of Trance’s finest artists will invade both the radio studio and Armada Music’s own in-office club for a host of high-energy live sets.
A mere day later, on Friday, October 19, a host of House/Melodic Techno tastemakers – including household names such as Joe Smooth, Mambo Brothers, Maxim Lany, Mistajam and Phil Fuldner – will turn the Armada Music HQ into groove paradise. From 17.00 to 23.30 (CEST), they’ll be handing out dashing rhythms left and right for some peak-time floor thrilling.
And last but not least, the third day of this year’s ‘Armada Invites: ADE’ marathon offers up the best of dance music from 17.00 to 22.00 (CEST). The star-studded line-up includes hotshots such as ARTY, Bob Sinclar, Dave Winnel, Sultan + Shepard, Zonderling and more.
Want to be there during one of these exclusive events? Head on over to this page on the Armada Music website, press on the RSVP link(s) listed there and fill in your details and extra info for a chance to attend. Additionally, all live sets will be livestreamed on a custom-made landing page (ade.armadamusic.com) and on Armada Music’s Facebook page.
Full line-up on Thursday, October 18:
Full line-up on Friday, October 19 (in alphabetical order):
Full line-up on Saturday, October 20 (in alphabetical order):
'Armada Invites' is Armada Music's main event brand, hosting events (and stages) all around the globe as well as the recurring livestream events in Armada Music’s own in-office club in Amsterdam. World-renowned artists such as Andrew Rayel, Armin van Buuren, Borgore, Cedric Gervais, Eelke Kleijn, Erick Morillo, Gareth Emery, Kevin Saunderson, Lost Frequencies and NERVO have already headed up editions of ‘Armada Invites’, which continues to reach a worldwide audience through the ‘Armada Invites’ livestreams on various platforms.
ARMADA UNIVERSITY EXPANDS INTO FULL-SCALE MUSIC PRODUCTION COMMUNITY AND GIVES STUDENTS THE CHANCE TO WIN A RELEASE ON ARMADA MUSIC
ORJAN NILSEN’S COURSE-DRIVEN ‘FINISH MY RECORD’ CONTEST IS UP AND RUNNING
Not even a year has passed since Armada University first popped up on the radar with its in-depth productions courses in partnership with FaderPro, but it has already expanded into something even more valuable to all those budding producers. Today, Armada University has supercharged its operation by adding in additional tools for all those aspiring dance music stars, ranging from even more courses and free studio tips from esteemed dance music producers to exciting contests, music production blogs, exclusive discounts and guaranteed demo feedback for Armada University students after each course purchase. Anyone who wishes to learn more about music production can subscribe for free at university.armadamusic.com.
In tandem with this expansion, Armada University also launched a brand-new course from Norwegian electronic music star Ørjan Nilsen. His ‘Finish My Record’ course is directly tied to Armada University’s new contest, which not only gives the talents of today invaluable information via the course itself, but also gives them the chance to put their skill to the test and potentially see their edit released on Armada Music in collaboration with Ørjan Nilsen. Pre-save the new Ørjan Nilsens - Savour This Moment here.
At this time, Armada University offers courses from big artists such as Canadian Grammy nominees Sultan + Shepard, House icon Harry Romero, dance music phenomenon Thomas Gold and ‘Hipcats’ producers ATFC & David Penn, all in partnership with FaderPro. Additionally, courses with the likes of GoldFish, Estiva, Rodg, Dave Winnel and more are currently under development. In only two weeks since its expansion, over two thousand producers have joined Armada University, seizing the opportunity to learn, improve and become the best.
Jeff Montalvo AKA Seven Lions has today announced a new realm within his ever expanding world - the launch of his record label Ophelia. Launching with Seven Lions feat. Runn ‘Calling You Home’ this Friday, Ophelia will now serve as the home base for the majority of new music from the beloved electronic music producer, and showcase the unique blend of melodic dubstep, trance and electro that has become his calling card.
“Really happy to finally announce my new record label Ophelia. I've been lucky enough to release on some great record labels through the years but I couldn't be more excited to have a home base for my music now. Looking forward to showing you all that I've been working on. Lots of collaborations and great artwork on the horizon. The first release is called Calling You Home feat. Runn and will be out Friday. Hope you enjoy! - Jeff
A classic Seven Lions production that has become a fanatically hunted ID from his recent headline and festival sets, ‘Calling You Home’ brings together ethereal vocals, euphoric melodies and hook-laden drops to mark a worthy first release on the label.
Chronicles Chapter 1 Reveals Full Lineup: Seven Lions, Kill The Noise, Liquid Soul, Jason Ross
The news of Ophelia come nipping at the heels of a massive announcement just a week ago - the debut of Montalvo’s new event series, entitled ‘Chronicles,’ of which the first installment will take place on May 12 at Seattle’s WaMu Theater.
Bringing in new stage design, custom art installations, roaming performers, and vendors, Chronicles will provide a unique, immersive experience and a musical journey that progresses through deeper grooves, trance, bass music, psy-trance and Seven Lions’ own inimitable blend.
Curating a line-up that delves into all corners of his influences and tastes - with acts from the worlds of psy-trance, bass music, and trance respectively: Liquid Soul, Kill The Noise, Jason Ross.
Chronicles will also see Seven Lions play two contrasting sets to book-end the event’s musical journey. Opening up the room with a special ‘Observatory’ set, Seven Lions will explore his deeper and more experimental side as with his recently launched mix series, whilst his headline closing set will provide the classic peak-time Seven Lions experience that he has imported to festival stages, clubs and theatre halls across the globe.
Tickets are on sale now - http://sevenlions.com/chronicles/