Khamsin Releases Euphoric Tune ‘Second Guess’

French producer/dj Khamsin is well known for putting out some
great tracks but I think with this new release it seems like
his production has just gone up another level. Entitled ‘Second
Guess’, the song is a testament to the development and style of
this well rounded producer.

The track, which features vocalist Anuka, is a journey into a
magical and epic world. It combines cinematic elements with
powerful saw synths and moving melodies. It is truly a perfect
representation of how a production should be made showcasing
the seemingly limitless capabilities of this skilled artist.

Check out Khamsin’s new single ‘Second Guess’ below…

Khamsin Releases Euphoric Tune ‘Second Guess’

Summer Set Music Festival Announces It Won’t Be Returning In 2018

Summer Set Music Festival announced
that they will not be returning for the 2018 season. The 3 day
music festival held in Somerset, Wisconsin had been a favorite
over the years for many northern Midwesterners. Its multi-stage
venue has featured tons of various artists; from Pretty Lights
when SSMF started in 2012, to Zeds Dead in 2017. Each year it
seemed there would be some new twist on a stage or an
attraction that would be a refreshing change in the festival
goers’ experience. In their announcement posted on to multiple
social media sites, Summer Set says “We are taking time to
reflect on the vision and direction of the festival, and
therefore will not be hosting Summer Set in 2018.”

Personally, I’ve been this festival 5 out of the 6 years
(missed year one). Like many people, I had amazing
experiences
, heard incredible music, and met new friends
during those weekends. I wish Summer Set the best of luck and
hope to see a powerful return in 2019.


SSMF Lineups Through The Years
 

2012

Summer Set

2013

Summer Set

2014
summet set 2014 Summer set 2014

2015

Summer Set

2016

Summer Set

2017

Summer Set

Summer Set Music Festival Announces It Won’t Be Returning In 2018

Zeds Dead & Jauz Announce New Collaboration And Tour

A song that I’m sure we all have been long anticipating is
finally here, and not only that but a B2B tour to go along with
it!

Two legends in the EDM scene, Zeds Dead and Jauz, have
recently announced that they will be releasing a new track
together on Decemeber 27th through their respective labels,
Bite This and Deadbeats. The track, entitled ‘Lights Go Down’,
is a drum and bass flurry of rhythm and energy that is bound to
light up stages all over the world once it is officially
released.

As far as the tour goes, it will be a 3 date series that spans
from the December 29th show in New York to the NYE show at NOS
Events Center in Bernardino, CA. The one in between those dates
will be held at Rawhide Event Center on December 30th in
Chandler, AZ for Decadence Arizona.

Pre-save the song on Spotify now via the link below…

PRESAVE

Zeds Dead & Jauz Announce New Collaboration And Tour

Lost Lands To Include Sound Camps in 2018

Excision’s Lost Lands festival just got even bigger and louder
for 2018. The bass maven himself just announced that the
festival will introduce sound camps to keep the party going
into the night with your fellow headbangers.

Festivals goers must fill out an application with proposed
design, décor and music of the campsite. These camps are not
just limited to bass music
either – Lost Lands encourages a multitude of genres and styles
to keep things interesting. Approved applicants receive sound
camp permits.

More information will be available on the Lost Lands website in 2018. Check
out the full post below.

Lost Lands To Include Sound Camps in 2018

Lookas & Krewella Come Together For Stunning New Track ‘Alarm’

Lookas has been releasing a ton of new content recently. With
track after track and all the touring he is doing on top of
that it seems that this trap legend is starting to make some
big waves once again. Most recently he came out with a new
track entitled ‘Alarm’ and it is a collaboration with a pair of
legends who I’m sure you are all very well acquainted with,
Krewella.

‘Alarm’ is a chill, future bass track that combines moving
vocals and hard hitting chord progressions. It flows nicely
from the beginning to the very end, and also incorporates some
great guitar that beautifully captures the vibes and meaning of
the song. The drops are very Marshmello esque with vibey
vocal chops and a gritty bass. It’s a track that I can see
being played across all different venues and clubs across the
world, ‘Alarm’ is something that is surely going to be ‘taking
off’.

Check out Lookas & Krewella’s new track below…

Lookas & Krewella Come Together For Stunning New Track ‘Alarm’

Deadmau5 Shares Playlist with Every Song Ever Played On BBC Show

Mau5 fans, Deadmau5 has
given you something truly special today. The Synth King has
created a Public Spotify Playlist that includes every song he’s
ever played on his BBC Show.

This playlist contains exactly 208 technologic songs that will have you mesmerized
and wanting more throughout all of its entirety.The playlist
includes music from some great artists such as Lane 8, No Mana,
ATTLAS, Feed Me, Rezz, and many
more. It also includes some of Deadmau5’s self-produced tracks
such as “Polaris,” “Legendary,” and “bad at titles.” This
playlist is one that all Mau5 fans should really take the time
to listen too.

Check out the full playlist below.

Deadmau5 Shares Playlist with Every Song Ever Played On BBC Show

2018 Set To Be A Big Year For Mau5trap

As 2017 comes to end there is inevitably a huge wave of artists
and record labels alike presenting their big and maybe not so
big news to the public for the year ahead. One label, which we
all are very familiar with I’m sure, recently tweeted their
plans for 2018 and as far as what we’ve seen from the list it
is looking big.

Not only is Mau5trap going to release a brand new Deadmau5 album but they’re also coming in with
a podcast and a ton of new music from some very talented
artists associated with the label. It definitely looks like
2018 will bring Mau5trap back into the foreground as far as
electronic music labels go.

Check out the tweet detailing everything that’s in store for
the label below…

2018 Set To Be A Big Year For Mau5trap

The Chainsmokers Will Kick Off Super Bowl Weekend

Earlier today it was announced that The
Chainsmokers
will kick off the weekend of concerts set
for Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis,
Minnesota
. The duo will play February 1st at Club
Nomadic
, a temporary venue set up at Mystic Lake Casino in
the nearby suburb of Prior Lake. Club Nomadic was also set up
at last year’s Super Bowl in Houston, Texas. The venue will
also host the Country duo Florida Georgia Line on February 3rd.
The performances for Friday and Sunday have yet to be
announced.

If you’re looking at experiencing this all-out Super Bowl
party, you’ll have to pay for it. Tickets for General Admission
will go on sale December 1st and start at $200.

The Chainsmokers Will Kick Off Super Bowl Weekend

Kaskade Announces Christmas Album To Be Released This Month

While hosting Night Owl Radio
116
, Kaskade made an
announcement that surprised everyone. The legendary producer
will be releasing a Christmas album. What’s even more exciting?
It will be released later this month!

The album announcement might catch some by surprise, but this
isn’t the first time Kaskade has worked on music for the
holidays. Back in 2005, he released his take on Bing Crosby’s
“White Christmas”.

“I know it’s only November. Is it too late to early to talk
about Christmas? Yes it probably is. But what I want to share
with you – I have a massive announcement. I have a brand new
album coming out this month called “Kaskade Christmas”, and
it’s my take on some of those classic Christmas songs with a few originals that I
wrote that kind of capture the mood of the season.” Kaskade
said during Night Owl Radio 116.

It still might feel a bit early for Christmas music, but it’s
always a good time for new Kaskade music!

Kaskade Announces Christmas Album To Be Released This Month

VTCN Radio – Mydriase LP

One of my favorite up and coming electronic acts, VTCN Radio,
recently released a killer new experimental LOP titled
Mydriase. I’m loving the sounds on this album. If you’re a fan
of otherworldly soundscapes and ear bending percussion, this is
the piece for you.

The auditory odyssey was composed by the Nathan Bokobza and
Louis Martinez, the masterminds behind VTCN Radio. With their
combined expertise in piano, guitar, and electronic elements,
the LP is truly an exquisite listen. Bump the tracks here and
let yourself be taken on a wild ride.

VTCN Radio – Mydriase LP

Marshmello & Selena Take No. 1 Spot on Billboard Charts

Marshmello is at it again –
this time Marshmello and Selena Gomez
have taken the #1 spot this week in the Billboard
Dance/Electronic charts category
for their collaboration on their latest track, “Wolves”. 
Unsurprisingly, the emotive track also made an appearance onto
Billboard’s Top 40 charts where the song currently holding the
#33 spot! This is the first time Marshmello has made it onto
the Top 40 charts. He just missed making the Top 40 charts with
his track “Silence” ft. Khalid during Summer 2017 placing at
#42 on the charts.

This is also Marshmello’s first time securing the #1 spot on
Billboard’s Dance/Electronic category. He came close to the #1
spot with, “Silence”(which took the #2 spot). While, this is
the first time Marshmello has secured the #1 spot in the
Dance/Electronic category, we are sure this will not be
the last time!

Listen to the No. 1 dance track here:

Selena Gomez x Marshmello – Wolves (Official Vertical
Video)


Watch this video on YouTube

 

Marshmello & Selena Take No. 1 Spot on Billboard Charts

Missing Dutch Woman Found At Music Festival In Spain

Before leaving the Netherlands for a festival, Thalissa Van de
Lagemaat let her friends and family know she would return on
October 31st. The Dutch woman was on her way to Granada, Spain
to attend the music festival when she got her phone and
identification stolen. Set on not missing the festival, Van De
Lagemaat continued her journey to Spain.

Missing Dutch Woman Thalissa Van de Lagemaat
has been found after being reported missing. Photo: Facebook

After Thalissa’s family didn’t hear from her, they immediately
panicked and asked for help on social
media
in finding her. The story was even picked up by
Euro Weekly News.
Eventually, a random post by Thalissa on her Facebook page let
everyone know that she was ok. Ironically, the posted link
was for a party in Granada. Friends and family were
understandably upset.

This story is a friendly reminder to let your loved one’s know
where you are if you’re going to leave. Unless you’re actually
at the festival, then remember to meet back at your crews
totem.

Via: MixMag

Missing Dutch Woman Found At Music Festival In Spain

Sony Music Has Met Nearly $1B in Quarterly Revenue

Sony Music has met nearly $1 Billion in Quarterly Revenue – yes
you read that correctly $1 Billion with a “B”!
 During the first quarter of 2017, Sony Corp. had an
increase in physical sales along with an increase in sales and
operating revenue. Now, during the second quarter, the Japanese
company has reported a significant increase in revenue for
their recorded music and streaming services.  Sony
Corp. sales grew 37.5% from last year to $1.82 B. (¥206.6 B)

During Sony’s second quarter of 2017, Sony Corp also reported
an earning of 90 cents per share which is a dramatic increase
from last year’s second fiscal quarter when Sony’s earning was
a mere 4 cent per share. Their growth also beat Wall Street’s
predictions of 54 cents.

Eric Prydz Teases Revival of Alter Ego

It’s becoming a more common occurrence that producers and DJs
are releasing new projects under pseudonyms. New names create
some space from their already established brand that may be
known for one genre of music. One name that’s not new, however,
is Eric Prydz. Nor are two of his aliases: Pryda and Cirez D.
Although, through a teaser in the form of an Instagram story,
it looks like one lesser known handle is making a comeback.

Prydz posted an Instagram story captioned, “Soon..” with a
snippit of a track playing on the monitor shown. From the
specific sound of the track it appears that Prydz’ alter ego
Tonja Holma will be releasing some new music very soon. Before
then, you might want to familiarize yourself with some of Tonja
Holma’s previous work. Check out the songs below!

Tonja Holma – Trippleton


Watch this video on YouTube

Tonja Holma – Spanish Delight


Watch this video on YouTube


Watch this video on YouTube

Eric Prydz Teases Revival of Alter Ego

WTF Is Coming Out Friday? New Music Release Radar – Oct 27th Edition

Happy Thursday Friends! We are almost
there
. We are almost at New Music
Friday
 and the end of the work/school week. Here
at EDMsauce.com, we already love to make you our
weekly New
EDM Playlist
 but now we want to hype you up EVEN MORE.

Welcome to the “WTF Is Coming Out
Tomorrow”
article. I will update this page
throughout the day today (Thursday) as we get more releases
announced/found through reddit, social
media
, and through beatport upcoming charts that we will be hearing
tomorrow.

Check out the GROWING list below, and post in the comments if
we forgot any and I’ll add them ASAP!! Let’s get through
Thursday and get to NEW MUSIC FRIDAY!

(Note – These are all not 100% confirmed but most have been
confirmed via Social Media/Beatport
)
RL Grime – Halloween Mix 6
Kayzo & SLANDER – Holy
Elephante – Come Back For You
Don Diablo & ARIZONA – Take Her Place
Alan Walker – All Falls Down
Shaun Frank – Addicted
Spencer Brown – Downpour EP
SICK INDIVIDUALS feat. Greyson Chance – Walk Away
Kura & Angemi feat. Luciana – On Your Side
Nicky Romero & Florian Picasso – Only For Your Love
Antoine Delvig – Hangover
KRANE – Fallout (Album)
Marnik – Burn
Clean Bandit ft. Julia Michaels – I Miss You
Various Artists – Generation HEX 006 EP
BROHUG – Boogieman
Crash Land – Time Warp
Adam K & Soha – Twilight [Remastered]
Zack Martino – ID
Shanahan – Hold On To Me
Clockvice & Lifecycle – Chokehold
Finding Hope – Our Love EP
Jody Wisternoff & James Grant – Anjunadeep 09
Pete K – From The Outset EP
Mightyfools & Bizzey – Dansen
Loud Luxury feat. brando – Body
Simon Kidzoo & Nico De Andrea – Close To You
Anjulie – Criminal
Fox Stevenson – For Fox Sake (EP)
Rell The Soundbender – Murder House
MUST DIE! & Skrillex – VIP’s (MUST DIE!
VIP)
Kilingande – Pumped Up (Ryan Riback Remix)

WTF Is Coming Out Friday? New Music Release Radar – Oct 27th Edition

Documentary Reveals The Price DJs Pay For Fame

The DJ vlog DJsounds.com recently
released a documentary of what being a
professional DJ is really like. The lifestyle and limelight of
your favorite DJ might seem amazing, but life after those
couple hours of fame on stage can actually take a toll on a
person.

The documentary, titled “Slaves To Rhythm” features big names
such as; Carl Cox,
Luciano, Seth Troxler, Erick Morillo, B.Traits, Ben Pearce and
Pete Tong MBE. Together, they all share their experiences of
life on and off stage. Surprisingly, they explain how many DJs
are introverts. They also talk about how DJs try to match that
same high that they get when performing by taking on different
addictions. Exhaustion and depression are also common.

“Slaves To Rhythm” is just the right length to get the point
across (about 40 minutes). Give it a watch and consider that
the life of a DJ isn’t so easy.

Be sure to check out these helpful organisations if this
documentary affects you in any way:

The Association For
Electronic Music

Help Musicians UK
Your Green Room

Robin Schulz Remixes David Guetta And Justin Bieber’s Smash Hit ‘2U’

Superstar producer David Guetta
recently released his collaboration with Justin Bieber
titled, ‘2U’. This future bass track has been propelled into
everyone’s ears thanks to the catchy chorus and star power
behind the song. If you have not heard the original or dislike
the sound of pop music Guetta just announced the first official
remix of the song. The remix duties are being handled by none
other than Robin Schulz.
Schulz is known for his signature sound and smash hit remix
‘Waves’. Schulz is definitely gonna nail this remix and it
should be hitting your streaming services sometime in the near
future.

Make sure to keep up to date with all of the latest in
electronic music with us over at EDM Sauce!

Robin Schulz Remixes David Guetta And Justin Bieber’s Smash Hit ‘2U’

Flume Set To Headline This Weekend’s X-Games In Minneapolis

As a Minnesota native, I’m pretty stoked to see the X-Games
coming to the state for the first time this year.  I
was even more excited when I found out that Flume will be one
of the headliners for the weekend. He’ll be playing on Saturday
night outside of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis,
Minnesota.

It’s not uncommon to hear an occasional Flume track playing
over highlights on ESPN. Because of his huge fan base, Flume
makes for a perfect fit to play in front of all the action
sports athletes from around world.  Also performing this
weekend are A Day To Remember, and
local Hip Hop legends Atmosphere.

Tickets are still available via X-Games website.

 

Flume Set To Headline This Weekend’s X-Games In Minneapolis

Vito Fun & Koil Give Us The Novelty Track We All Wanted In “Less Talk More Art

If you were a fan of the electronic movement of the early
2000’s than boy do we have a treat for you. Known mostly for
his work with Timbaland and Diddy, producer/songwriter KOIL has
teamed up with New York City legend Vito Fun for a summer
anthem that is sure to get you moving. Brooklyn Fire dropped
the pair’s latest track “Less Talk More Art” with a funky
artistic video directed by Kyle Walling showcases edgy hair,
bright colors, and mesmerizing dance moves.

For those of us that are tired of watching shows through the
people in front of us phone’s, the lyrics in this track ring
true. The thought of less talk more art could not be more
refreshing at a time when people are ever consumed by social
media or coming up with marketing plans before the art. The
simple lyrics paired with the funky electronic sound give way
to a groovy summer track encourages people to step back from
being a critic and start becoming a creator. After watching the
video how could you not want to get outside with your plastic
camel and blow up swan and start dancing.

Vito Fun & Koil Give Us The Novelty Track We All Wanted In “Less Talk More Art

Meet DJ Ben Harvey : One Of Sirius XM’s Voices Of EDM

If you are a Sirius XM subscriber, and listen to EDM, you’ve
heard the voice of DJ Ben
Harvey
. If you aren’t a subscriber, I’d get on it as
they have 3 dedicated EDM channels that play 24/7 EDM and host
a ton of DJ’s radio shows including Wonderland Radio by Alison
Wonderland, Tiesto‘s Club
Life, Night Owl Radio with Pasquale Rotella, & a ton more.

Ben is the program director of the Chill channel, the channel
dedicated to, well you guessed it – chilled out EDM. He also is
the on air DJ from 2-6 est on BPM, Sirius XM’s flagship EDM
channel. Ben also gets the opportunity to attend many festivals
across the USA as a host for Sirius XM as they stream the
festivals live. Ben has gone to Coachella, Ultra, EDC, &
many, many, more.

DJ Ben Harvey with
Calvin Harris
Photo Credit Sirius XM

We got a chance to catch up with the very busy (especially
during festival season) Ben to talk about what goes into being
an on-air DISC JOCKEY, program director, and how it feels to
interview some of the biggest stars in the EDM scene. Check out
the interview below and listen to him from 2-6 est on BPM on
Sirius XM!

DJ Ben Harvey with
Hardwell – Photo Credit Sirius XM

 

What got you into wanting to be a Radio
DJ?

My uncle was an engineer at WABC in New York, so after going to
work with him a few times and sitting behind a microphone, I
decided I wanted to become a DJ when I grew up. I started
buying Billboard magazines with my allowance and recording
Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 countdowns. I was a true radio
geek!

What would you describe as your “big break” career wise
and are there any particular moments that stand out?

Getting hired to work nights in NYC at K-Rock, which was Howard
Stern’s flagship station before he moved to SiriusXM. One of
the first few weeks I was there I did a stunt that got Howard
Stern talking about me. A Howard fan called in to my show and
asked to be put on hold until morning so that he could talk to
Howard. I put him on hold and checked in with him every hour on
the air. He stayed on hold for over 10 hours and eventually got
to talk to Howard, who thought the whole thing was funny. He
liked that I was racking up charges on the company phone bill.
It was pretty nuts to be only 25 and working in the #1 radio
market and have Howard Stern talking about me. Definitely
surreal.

Were you always a fan of Electronic Dance Music growing
up or just since you’ve began at Sirius?

I’ve been a fan of electronic music ever since I discovered
Moby’s Play album, and it turned out that Moby was the first
person I got to interview at WBRU, my college radio station at
Brown. I hadn’t learned how to ask interesting questions yet,
so the poor guy had to sit through my reading off his resume
and asking him about every thing he had ever done. I also
listened to BT’s Movement in Still Life album probably a
hundred times during my junior year. I was going through the
woe-is-me college phase when you haven’t yet figured out who
you are, so I spent many nights just listening to “Dreaming”
over and over. So even though I worked in rock music after
school, electronic was always my first true love. But even
after five years at BPM I’m still learning…there’s constantly
new songs, artists, and subgenres to study up on!

How big of a factor does social media play into being a
DJ now?

Twitter has replaced the old-school radio request line. It
helps us get instant feedback from the audience about which
songs are reacting. If we play one of our “BPM Breaker”
emerging artists, we can get tell whether the response is
positive or negative from social media. That said, you can tell
when the response is real or artificial. We ain’t dummies!

What’s the biggest difference being a DJ that you see
between terrestrial and satellite radio?

On satellite we have the ability to take more risks. We don’t
have ratings at satellite radio, so, unlike terrestrial, not
every decision has to be based on how it will contribute to
ratings or the bottom line. We’re also uncensored, so, while I
don’t curse on the air very often, if something risque comes up
during an interview or something, we don’t have to dial it
back. Hopefully our conversations come off as authentic and
unfiltered, just like in real life.

You get the opportunity to attend a ton of festivals
for Sirius, out of all of them you’ve been to, which has been
your favorite and why?

Ultra and EDC are both incredible festivals, but I have to say
my favorite is Coachella. I like that it isn’t just one genre
of music. There’s great people-watching, random celebrity
sightings…plus I think I look pretty good in a flower crown!

How frequently do you have meetings for your channels
at SiriusXM about new music and what becomes the determining
factor in a song going into rotation?

I gather music throughout the week from blogs, submissions, and
record label recommendations, and then once a week I have a
music meeting with Geronimo, who oversees all the dance
channels. We listen to all the music and decide which songs
will go into rotation that week. Also, once a week all the
programmers meet and share their success stories from each
format. We look at data like number of streams, Shazams, and
sales especially. If we’re the only ones playing a song and
sales increase, it’s a good sign that it’s reacting well with
the listeners.

Are you more of a Chill listener or a BPM
listener?

Generally Chill when I’m walking around Manhattan, since
there’s nothing chill about walking through Times Square. At
the gym I listen to BPM, or on the rare occasion when I get to
drive a car. I also like Electric Area and Pop2K!

What tracks are you listening to right now?

I’m all about Nora En Pure. I love how she uses nature and
animal sounds to basically create vocals… check out “Diving
with Whales.” Shallou is also doing really well on Chill. Check
out “Begin” and “Truth” when you need some good vibes! And Kygo
of course. I’m proud that we’ve played him on Chill since his
days posting Soundcloud remixes from his college dorm room,
back in 2013. It’s cool to see how much he’s blown up since
then!

 

DJ Ben Harvey With
Armin van
Buuren
– Photo Credit Sirius XM

Meet DJ Ben Harvey : One Of Sirius XM’s Voices Of EDM

Major Lazer Drops New Music Video Of ‘Know No Better’

Major Lazer has always been known to provide us with great
music, but they do also come out with some amazing videos for
us to enjoy. Take for example their hit song ‘Lean On,’ great
song and also very popular music video. Today the stellar group
released a new video of their recently released track ‘No Know
Better’ feat. Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo.

Their take on the video is in typical Major Lazer style,
entertaining and yet also full of meaning. Going through the
life of a kid who wants it all and imagines himself having
everything he ever wanted. The video goes back and forth
between a boy’s boring and unfulfilling life to a fantasy full
of amazing possibilities.

Check out the video below…

Major Lazer Drops New Music Video Of ‘Know No Better’

Dive Deeper With Dubstep Producer “Noya”

We took the time to dive in with one of the most well known
dubstep producers in the game, Noya.

Q. When did you start making music?

I was in a band from middle school until my freshman year of
college. We actually wound up writing and recording our first
EP [ on CD pre internet] june 2001 so I guess that long ago
haha. I know I’m a dinosaur from a different time but it’s been
an interesting journey to say the least. The advances in music
technology over the years have been an insane experience.

Q. When Did you realize that this was your passion, dance music
that is.

That’s an easy one, the minute I finished listening to Rusko
and Caspa’s legendary fabriclive mix. That was the moment I
knew this whole area of music resonated with me in a deep
unshakeable way. Dubstep was never a band-wagon means for
achieving an end for me it’s a style of music I legitimately
love to the core regardless of what variety or sub genre I’m
listening to. I’d say I feel the same way about drum and bass
it’s my other mental musical home.

Q. What is your favorite Record of All Time?

That is always a very tough question since there are so many
that have either resonated with me or guided me through hard
times. I would say overall including the test of time?
Entroducing by DJ shadow. That record to this day has a lot of
magic and weight to it especially considering the fact that
it’s 21 years old. I’m convinced DJ shadow made that record
from an alternate dimension then shipped it here for people
like me to listen to over and over. I actually have a
tradition, every October when the leaves change I grab a cup of
coffee, throw Entroducing on my ear buds, and walk around
Boston (or wherever I’m living) by myself listening from start
to finish.

Q. What are you most excited about with your releases this
year?

There are a couple very exciting tunes I have on deck that
feature some of the most talented vocalists I’ve ever heard.
They really brought the rain on these tunes so I’m dying to get
them out there BUT all in due time. I have a lot of fun
flavored dubstep bangers that I’m dropping for free as well so
I’m excited to get those out to the fans and hopefully
newcomers. I also feel like I’m finally where I want to be from
a production and engineering standpoint so I’m excited to
unleash what I consider to be my best work by far. This is
probably the first year where I can comfortably make anything I
want without thinking twice about it or panicking over the mix
down.

Q. How Has Warpaint Helped Bring your Music To more people?

I was actually on the verge of hanging all of this up before
Warpaint found me. They really believed in my music and had a
concrete plan for how to get it out to listeners as well as
develop me as an artist. I’ve been doing this for a long time
so you could imagine that I’ve heard that one about a million
times but it turns out they were not only telling the truth
they’ve become real friends and I could not be more thankful.
Music is a tough business and you will find a lot of predatory
disingenuous people who only care about themselves so finding
an outfit like warpaint where it’s team oriented was a serious
blessing. They are without a doubt the best thing that has
happened to me as an artist and I could not be more thankful.

Q. If you could work with one artist on a collab, who would it
be.

Nero hands down. They’re this illusive mystery band who pops in
and out every few years. When I heard innocence for the first
time I was paralyzed. No other music group in existence has
been able to do that to me let alone keep messing with my
emotions for what 7 years now? They have the key to my nervous
system and it’s not ok therefore I demand a collaboration. It
would have to be in an alternate universe where my brain could
handle knowing those gods wanted to work with me.

With all this in mind we can’t wait for the new music to start
rolling out.

Dive Deeper With Dubstep Producer “Noya”

Pasquale Rotella Reveals New Possible Middlelands Location Via Snapchat

Pasquale Rotella has been snooping around middle America the
last few weeks. Not just because of his surprise appearance at
Electric Forest either…

Middlelands Debuts

Middlelands rocked the scene as one of the mosr impressive
concept festivals of all time. Unfortunately the local
community voted to have the historic festival not return in
2018. Pasquale informed concerned fans that Middlelands would
return in 2018 at an equally amazing location.

On the Hunt with Rotella

Today on Snapchat we were able to see the new location which
Rotella has deemed perfect for the event! The big issue is – we
have no idea where it is! That being said Rotella asked fans to
take to social media and leave their thoughts on the new
possible location. He also asked for suggestions for any new
grounds for the world’s craziest Middle Aged Festival to take
place.

Check out the pictures below and prepare for Middlelands to
return bigger and better in 2018.

Pasquale Rotella Reveals New Possible Middlelands Location Via Snapchat

Watch Epic Footage From The First Ever Mad Decent Block Party From 10 Years Ago

Before Mad Decent Block Party became the traveling festival
extravaganza that it is today – it used to be a legitimate
block party. Held off of Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia
the first Mad Decent Block Party was designed for more or less
a few hundred people. Due to relaxed laws on block parties in
Philadelphia at the time, the event required almost no
permitting. The result? Thousands showed up and started a
movement.

The Block Party was free for many years before ramping up in
production and requiring ticket costs to cover the event. It
has now grown into a national sensation. Take a look back with
Diplo at the first block party that was held on 2007.

Watch Epic Footage From The First Ever Mad Decent Block Party From 10 Years Ago

Half Of Bixel Boys Announces Departure From Group In Heartfelt Editorial

Bixel Boys has been an incredibly influential duo in the
electronic music scene for many years now. That is why it came
as a bit of a shock when Ian MacPherson announced today through
a heartfelt editorial that he will be leaving the group.

Ian attributed his decision to the fact that much of the
attraction of Bixel Boys was embedded in ideals of a younger
self. Now that he has turned 30, his focuses have changed a bit
from living the wild lifestyle. In an almost heartbreaking way
he describes that while the project gave him an unforgettable
youth, it is time to start a new chapter.
You can read the full interview here.
As well as check out
some of the choice quotations below.

“In many ways Bixel Boys (as a brand) is a projection of my
entire youth. And while maybe I wasn’t aware of it all the
time, so many small experiences I’ve had growing up are
embedded into the marks and messaging of Bixel.”

“This year I turned thirty and as people say, ‘my
priorities have changed.’ I find my truth is found less in
expressing my youth, but more in exploring my age. My hunger
for adventure has been satisfied by Bixel Boys, but there’s a
thirst for something new that it can’t quench.”

“My heart from the start of Bixel Boys was in story
telling. Our story was cut from a very authentic and personal
place. We never studied what other people were doing, we never
wanted to look, sound or act like anyone else, and we were able
to find success because our story came from a place of truth.
It’s stories like this that I want to tell, for brands,
athletes, artists and publications. I’m looking forward to
starting a new career with a new set of challenges, and without
the experience as Bixel Boys I don’t think I’d ever have the
courage to pursue it.”

Half Of Bixel Boys Announces Departure From Group In Heartfelt Editorial

Martin Garrix Writes Inspiring Love Letter to LGBTQ Community

National Pride Month is coming to an end in just a couple of
days, and as a part of commemoration, many music artists have
expressed their support to the LGBTQ community throughout the
month. For instance, Billboard magazine has been featuring
Pride Month love letters to the community every day from
various pop culture icons. Resident DJ Martin Garrix
just so happens to be one of them.

Most recently, Garrix shared inspiring thoughts of love and
support through his open letter published on Billboard. His
love letter illustrates a beautiful story describing how “when
people unite and stand up for other people’s rights it creates
such a beautiful and powerful message.”

For Garrix’s full love letter, continue reading below.

“I’ve been raised with the belief that everyone is equal no
matter what gender, skin color, or sexual orientation. I’m from
The Netherlands which is one of the most liberal and accepting
countries when it comes to LGBT rights, but even here, not
everyone is accepting. 

A couple of weeks ago, two gay men were assaulted in Holland
because they were holding hands. A tragic event which sparked a
beautiful response; a couple of days after the event took place
hundreds of people walked hand in hand through Amsterdam to
show their solidarity including many politicians. When people
unite and stand up for other people’s rights it creates such a
beautiful and powerful message. We will not be defined by these
heinous acts but instead how we band together and react to
them, loyal, united and filled with love. 

Whenever I’m on stage it makes me so happy to see all these
different people in the crowd having fun together. Music really
unites people and no matter who tries to get in our way, it
will always continue to do so. This Pride month I’m sending my
love and immense gratitude to the entire LGBTQ community which
includes my friends, colleagues, fellow artists, and of course
my incredibly loyal fans.

Love is love.”

To read more love letters published by
Billboard, click here.

Martin Garrix Writes Inspiring Love Letter to LGBTQ Community

Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter’s TR-909 Is Officially for Sale

Have you ever wanted to create music on the very machine Thomas
Bangalter used to create the notorious Daft Punk track ‘Revolution
909’? Your opportunity is now.

The owner of the Roland TR–909 drum machine has officially put
the collector’s item up for sale online. This very Roland drum
machine has the original presets of the iconic track still
loaded on the hardware. Bangalter himself was known to own many
TR-909 machines, with this being the fifth in his collection.

An original TR-909 in good condition is already set at a high
value for interested collectors. So a TR-909 that was owned by
Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and has the original presets of
‘Revolution 909’ still loaded on the hardware will naturally
run at a steep price.

Bidding for the drum machine is already at €10,000 and could
possibly get higher.

Check out the listing for the Roland drum machine
here
.

 

 

 

 

Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter’s TR-909 Is Officially for Sale

Electric Forest 2017: How To Change Your Life in 4 Days [Review, Photo Journal and Live Sets]

It was the early hours of Monday morning, in a small chapel in
the woods of rural Michigan. As I looked off the stage all I
saw were bright lights obstructing my view of those in the
audience. The relentless pounding of Detroit style techno
filling my body and ears. I was moving to the rhythm and not
caring about anything else in life. The smell of sweat mixed
with the crisp air of the forest making for an intoxicating
aroma you will not find anywhere else. While this is were the
story of my weekend at Electric Forest ends, it is where a
profound shift in thinking began. Let’s start from the
beginning though…

The Chapel DJ

Electric Forest Weekend One – Thursday

I had just driven literally across the country. From south to
north. Texas to Michigan. I picked up a childhood best friend
in Oklahoma City and we made the bulk of the trip together.
This alleviated a bit of the monotony. That being said anyone
who has traveled like this before knows of the insanity that
enters one’s mind after 24+ hours on the road.

We arrived to the Forest which had been soaked thoroughly the
night before and the forecast for the day to come was not much
better. Luckily the spirit of the Forest was merciful and gave
us a break in the storm which allowed us to set up camp. We
were camping in the back of Briggs. Usually a spot any seasoned
Forest goer tries to avoid, that being said the overgrown grass
and isolation would ultimately become a blessing in disguise as
the weekend played out as it absorbed water instead of creating
mud.

After meeting our neighbors and getting camp set, we prepared
for the day ahead of us. We were focused almost entirely on the
Dirtybird showcase but also knew that the Above & Beyond
set slated for that evening was not to be missed. Golf Clap got
us started with a two hour set of their signature style of
country club, back rub tech house. Golf Clap was also the
location of something that helped make my Forest experience
impossibly unique. I was able to meet several other writers for
the site as well as a handful of other people who would all
play a part in making Weekend One of Electric Forest the most
memorable festival experience I have had to date. After
introductions to both new faces and the festival itself it was
time to explore.

The Tripolee Stage

If you are not familiar with the grounds of Electric Forest
they are massive. To walk from one side of the venue to the
other, it is well over a mile. Including small side stages and
pop ups there are 11 different places to catch music at any
given time. Most of which are populated within the woods of the
Sherwood Forest. Sherwood Forest is a gorgeous wooded area
during the day but at night it transforms into a circus of
intrigue, excitement, mystery and self discovery.

Entrance To The Forest

We caught snippets of several sets that day but Walker &
Royce stood out as the top act from the Dirtybird showcase. The
Brooklyn duo threw down a masterclass in bizarre tech house
that was infectiously perfect. Just as the duo was winding
down, the wind kicked up and the rain returned with a
vengeance. We quickly ran over to the largest stage of Electric
Forest, the Ranch Arena for Above & Beyond. We were greeted
with mother nature putting on a light show that felt a little
close for comfort. We nervously awaited an announcement the set
would be delayed due to lightning but it never came, and when
the clock struck 11:20pm the guys took the stage.

Over the next 2 hours Above & Beyond more or less
controlled the weather. As they took to the stage and
lightening struck in background the nervous energy in the crowd
was as electric as both the sky and the forest. As the set
progressed we all started to notice the weather matching up
bizarrely well with the music. As emotional ballads like ‘Sun
and Moon’ played out the rain would slowly ramp up. Starting to
full on pour as the crowd shouted the lyrics into the chaotic
skies. Then as the set intensified mother nature would lay off
and the rain would break. Lightning struck as beats dropped and
rain started and stopped like a sink faucet throughout the set.
It was magical, if not a little creepy at points. It was at
Above & Beyond where I first felt something change in my
heart. A realization that would continue throughout the
weekend, one that would ultimately smack me in the face in a
small chapel on the final night.

A&B During the Storm

Once the set concluded we all ran back to the campsite through
mud in the pouring rain. Seeing the grounds already in rough
shape from almost 3 straight days of rain, I feared for what
was to come in terms of conditions over the weekend.

Electric Forest Weekend One – Friday

If you have ever camped at a festival before you know the
feeling of being thrown awake by intense heat early in the
morning. The rising sun turns tents into pressure cookers. So
to my surprise I woke up at 8am not because of heat but because
of thunder. It had apparently stormed all through the night. So
when the festival pushed back the opening of the grounds from
noon until 3pm it was more than understood to be the right
decision. This in turn shuffled a few set times around but had
no major impact on the day’s events.

Entering the grounds early as media we saw a fair amount of
chaos conditions wise. Mud pits had formed in various places
and staff members were trying to quickly spread mulch and sand
to make the areas safe for attendees. I had flashbacks to The
Hudson Project in 2014, but what separates Electric Forest from
other festivals – is that they know what they are doing. By the
time the gates were opened the major dangerous areas were
handled perfectly. Of course some mud pits around stages
remained, but what would a festival be without a chance to
dance in the mud? It was impressive to say the least. The clean
up effort continued throughout the weekend, and each day more
improvements to the grounds were noticed.

Entrance to the Festival
Grounds

Music wise the day started with Chet Porter for us over at
Sherwood Court. Sherwood is the second largest stage of the
festival, and can be found on the other side of the forest from
the Ranch Arena. It arguably had the best sound quality of all
the stages at Forest this year. Chet Porter played an upbeat
set full of positive energy and memorable hooks. After he
concluded we conducted a few interviews and returned to the
forest to explore.

Sherwood Court

The most magical thing about Electric Forest is how you can
stumble across an unimaginable amount of surprises just walking
around the woods. We found small house fronts set up on the
bottom trees, seemingly home to fairies or small elves, and
inside their doors laid positive messages. A giant robot was
buried in the forest landscape as well. With messages written
throughout talking about the downfall of his time traveling
creator. If people deciphered the messages hidden throughout it
eventually resulted in a code which unlocked a secret
compartment. The inspired art installations like these are just
half of what makes Forest a one of a kind experience, the other
half are forging memories by discovering these surprises with
your friends, old and new.

Secrets of the Forest

After our experiences roaming the forest it was time for Jai
Wolf. The Foreign Family member played out an atmospheric,
larger than life set. All in all it was akin to seeing Porter
Robinson live. Jai has continually made a name for himself
since the release of his smash hit, ‘Indian Summer’ and his
Forest 2017 performance only further proves that his future is
as bright as they come. Jai Wolf ended and we raced across the
grounds to catch Pendulum.

Faces of the Forest

Pendulum’s set was akin to snorting a line of smelling salts or
getting woken up by a punch in the face. In the opening moments
of the set Pendulum was already playing out happy hardcore –
probably the one time the genre could be heard the entire
weekend. The Island Part 1 and 2 were played out which crossed
off an item from my bucket list. Pendulum who played on the
Tripolee stage also provided some fantastic moments for fans to
say ‘fu*k it’ and jump into the mud pits which dotted the
crowd.

The Mud and The Lights
At Tripolee

After Pendulum we descended into the Forest for the Night Bass
takeover and naturally things got weird. Chris Lake played out
all of his hits including the inescapable ‘Operator’. One of
our writers pointed out that Chris Lake points randomly into
the crowd far to much during his set. Something I saw as
trivial but man, once you notice it, it is really hard to
justify the amount of pointing the man does. I digress though,
his set was fun and perfect warm up for Jack Beats. While only
half the duo was present in the forest Niall held it down
perfectly. He unleashed a relentless stream of intensity. It
was so much it left a kid position behind us completely broken,
as he just scream ‘OH MY GOD’ for a solid 2 minutes straight.
After Jack Beats wrapped up the set we headed over to catch the
tail end of Odesza.

GLITTER BOMB

Odesza had a monstrous crowd. It was a bit disappointing to
hear that the sound coming from the Ranch Arena stage was a bit
under powered. We stayed through the encore before heading over
to the silent disco. It was at the silent disco which another
one of those profound moments hit. Electric Forest is a
festival which produces elevated emotions. It was dancing under
the illuminated trees surrounded by friends old and new where
it all started to make a bit more sense. The feeling I was
starting to understand came up fast and hard. It was the kind
of feeling that would take weeks, or even months to develop in
reality, but in the forest only a few hours were needed.

Electric Forest Weekend One – Saturday

Saturday morning was more akin to your typical camping festival
wake up. Intense heat jolting you awake followed by the sounds
of gentle wookery starting as the day got under way. We headed
into the grounds and saw something almost surreal. Almost no
mud at all remained. The grounds crew fixed it almost entirely
the previous night. We started the day roaming a bit catching
pieces of both TAUK and Dirty Audio, but wandering through the
forest I stumbled upon one of my favorite sets of the weekend.
Wingtip was playing the Forest stage in the late afternoon. I
was not familiar with him at all, but he played out an
incredibly impressive set full of dynamic and unique of
productions.

We circled back to the Silent Disco for what would end up being
one of the most fun sets of my life. Motion Potion, a San
Francisco based DJ was playing out a narrative set. The focus
of the story was a journey through the history of psychedelic
music. Starting with The Doors, and looping past The Rolling
Stones, CCR, and Nirvana, dark and weird remixes, as well as
originals took us through the years. Even modern day tracks
from Moby and MGMT made the cut. It was entirely unexpected but
one of the most fun points of the entire weekend. After Motion
Potion we journeyed around stopping by AC Slater at Tripolee
and decided to partake in some Electric Forest food.

Calm of the Forest,
Chaos of The Crowd

Food Vendors are honestly one of my favorite things about any
camping festival. The health impact of the greasy goodness is
entirely offset by days of walking and dancing so why not go
absolutely insane? Some of the highlights were the dumplings by
Tripolee, the Rice Bowls by the Ranch Arena and of course the
festival favorite – Spicy Pie pizza which could be found at
multiple locations. The crepe truck also stood out as a
favorite. That being said I feel a lot of girls stopped by
there to just see the three comically buff guys cranking out
crepe after crepe behind the screened window.

I have heard a lot about Rezz over the past few years but
never got an opportunity to see what she was all about for
myself. This lead to a general confusion as her tracks were
good, but the cult like following she developed seemed a bit
inexplicable. All of that changed when I finally laid eyes on
her live set. Filled with Mau5trap classics, Rezz originals and
even a few IDs, I was entirely blown away. I was shook by what
the girl in the LED glasses did to me. Half way through about
half the crowd left her set to head over to Bassnectar. A scene that if
viewed from above would appear to be a migration of wildebeests
wearing Pashminas. It was their loss though as Rezz destroyed
Tripolee with fantastic success.

Rezz at Tripolee

I tried to fight my biases and go see Bassnectar, but upon
making my way into the crowd I stood next to some man who was
smoking meth. While I can’t blame Lorin for that one, it kind
of killed the vibes. I decided to take a break, and lucky I did
as at 2am came what would be the best set of the weekend.
Oliver Heldens played a 90 minute set into the early morning
that will go down in my memory as one of the best sets I have
ever seen. Heldens dropped throwbacks ranging from ‘Beat It’ by
Michael Jackson to ‘Put Your Hands Up (For Detroit)’ by Fedde
Le Grand. In between the classics Oliver curated a beautiful
set full of high energy hits that left me buzzing in euphoria
until sunrise.

Feel the Power

While Oliver Heldens was simply sublime, as his set ended a bit
of dread came over me. Forest seems so long when it begins. 4
entire days of music and up to 5 entire nights if you arrived
early. Now with the conclusion of Saturday we were already at
the final day. Still in my head I struggled to find the right
words for what I was experiencing. I needed to figure out these
thoughts. Little did I know, to find the light, I just needed
to go to church.

Electric Forest Weekend One – Sunday

Sunday started with more of a whimper than a bang. It was
colder than anticipated. So we bundled up and went about
breaking down camp as we had decided to leave that night after
the music stopped and sleep in the car rather than deal with
the scramble of exiting the following morning. Breaking down
camp is always a depressing experience. The fact I was doing so
with my friend I get to see once a year at most only amplified
those feelings. In the sadness though, gratitude shined
through. Even if Forest was in it’s closing act, the show was
not over yet.

Sunday also saw my only major issue with the festival. A secret
guest was billed on the Silent Disco line up and quickly rumors
began. One rumor was Griz. He destroyed us via Twitter with a
harsh denial. The next rumor was Dillon Francis or even his
alter ego DJ Hanzel. The line leading up to the silent disco
was packed an hour before opening. So much so they sent a crew
member out to let the crowd know the special guest was not
Bassnectar. This was a weird move as about nobody thought it
was, so we all remained.

Upon entering the silent disco, a pinata adorned the stage.
This was a good sign. They they let a crew of people dressed up
like Pinatas through the back entrance into the crowd. Another
good sign. Then a masked DJ came on stage and we all
collectively lost it. But to our shock it was just a silent
disco resident. It was clear that the silent disco caught wind
of the rumors and in turn went out of their way to try to make
them seem legitimate to bring a crowd. A really bold and shitty
move to make, and ultimately wasted hundreds of people’s time.
We eventually left the silent disco in general frustration and
headed over to Haywyre who helped us lick our wounds.

Lies

Haywyre played out a gorgeous set filled with his signature
piano based melodies. Pitching and bending the chords as he
played out riffs, the crowd collectively fell in love with the
live performance aspect of Haywyre’s set. Soon it started to
rain again and we sought shelter in the forest. Our group got
split up in the rain and we ended up exploring in pairs.
Randomly in the woods we found a phone sitting on a tree, it
was connected to another phone about 100 yards away. While the
conversation on the other end of the line was nothing more than
the incoherent ramblings of someone tripping, I did find a bit
of a surprise on the phone. Wrapped up in tinfoil tied to a
kandi bracelet sitting on the phone were a few little paper
squares. Having been in recovery a few years now I happily
passed them off to someone else, but the experience of finding
them was just another example of how you never know what you
will find in the forest. After the skies cleared up a bit we
went over to Dillon Francis.

Dillon’s crowd was thin due to the scheduling conflict with Big
Gigantic but it didn’t stop him from putting on one hell of a
show. His set was full of high energy, tons of throwbacks,
insane visuals and of course lots of fire. Once Dillon came to
a close my entire group was drawn to a little shack deep in the
forest. It was set off the beaten path a bit and had rainbows
adorning the sides. A small chapel stood eccentrically in the
midst of wilderness. Upon entering it was nothing short of a
party. The raised stage had random people dancing on it and
soon I found myself upon it as well. The lights glared in my
face, the techno beat ran through my body and my mind which
worked so hard all weekend to make sense of what I was feeling
became quiet.

In that moment all that mattered was dancing. And danced we
did. Upon starting to move dozens of people came in and
subsequently joined me on stage. We danced hard and long, as
individuals, as couples and as one. It was absolute freedom,
and that is when my realization hit like a ton of bricks and it
all made sense. It was exciting and freeing to finally
understand. Now I am sure you have been wondering what it was
this entire time I was talking about. To be honest, it is not
important because when I described the feelings I felt
throughout the weekend, I am sure you related it to feelings in
your head specific to your experience. That is one you should
be focusing one. Electric Forest can change you forever if you
let it. Sometimes you just have to let go, trust the process
and dance. You never know what you might find out about
yourself when you do. Happy Forest everyone. Be safe out there
for Weekend 2.

Electric Forest Weekend One Live Sets

Bassnectar:

Dillon Francis:

More Incredible Pictures of Electric Forest Weekend One

All Photos Taken By Reilly McCloskey – Check out his Instagram and
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Electric Forest 2017: How To Change Your Life in 4 Days [Review, Photo Journal and Live Sets]

Dack Janiels Brings Out All Of Dance Music For His Art Cart Set

There are moments in a young artists career that become markers
of success. Dack Janiels litearlly brought everyone of note in
the bass scene to his set at EDC. Oh did we mention it was an
ART CART set. Someone on his team, or him, or an angel is
looking down on this crew. With that said here are some of the
names of that insane cameo night: Barely Alive, Dubloadz,
Virtual Riot, Snails, Crichy Crich, Myro, and Vegas Banger,
needless to say this set bump’d.

Dack Janiels Brings Out All Of Dance Music For His Art Cart Set

Slander Hit Us Right In The Feels With New Track ‘Superhuman’

Slander is a group that everyone in the EDM world are very
familiar with. These guys have been proving time and time again
how talented they are with every track they put out, and today
is no different. The group have finally released their long
anticipated track ‘Superhuman’.

This song is an absolute emotional rollercoaster. It’s a prime
example of how future bass should be made, with the smooth
vocals of Eric Leva and the lovely and yet powerful synths of
the drops, it comes together nicely to be something that is
sure to be remembered for a long time.

Music like this is rare. It is definitely a song worthy of
being played over and over again, and I’m sure that for all
Slander fans they will find themselves putting it on a loop for
the foreseeable future. Slander have done it again. I salute
you boys for killing the game and providing us with music that
we can truly connect to.

Check out their new track below, this one is sure to make
anyone feel ‘Superhuman.’

Slander Hit Us Right In The Feels With New Track ‘Superhuman’