Jean-Michel Jarre set to play first North American Festival performance at Coachella

Coachella is known for its combination of
the hottest acts of current music culture paired
with the most talented musicians in the
emerging-mainstream. This year the festival has also
included one of electronic music’s pioneers, Jean-Michel Jarre, who is set to make
his U.S. festival debut at the Indio, California event. Jarre
will be performing his ‘Electronica’ show, which he previously
performed in North America on a nine-stop tour in 2017.

The French producer personally designed the impressive stage
show and is well known for his prodigious ability to bring his
productions to life in a live setting. Jarre will be performing
at four North American shows around his festival
performances, where he will be showcasing music
from his two-part LP ELECTRONICA and most
recent release OXYGENE 3, alongside classic
material from milestone albums such
as Oxygene and Equinoxe.

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Jarre is set to perform on both Fridays of Coachella 2018.

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Mija announces a major shift in direction for 2018

As 2017 comes to a close, Mija has decided to reveal a new
direction to pursue in the coming year. The DJ/producer
first alluded to her new direction with the announcement that
she would be releasing her debut EP,
titled How to Measure the distance Between
Lovers
, while dropping its first track, “Bad for You.”

In a recent announcement on Twitter, Mija, real name is Amber Guiles, told
fans that in 2018 she planned on showing the world who
Amber was as opposed to what fans have come to know from her
artistic pseudonym. She also hints at a new project titled
‘Amber’ with her twitter announcement.

 

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If “Bad for You” is any indication of the quality of the
forthcoming EP in addition to the introduction of Amber, then
we can certainly expect for the producer to have her biggest
year yet.

Photo credit: OWSLA

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Speculation abounds Virtual Self will live stream debut performance

The mystery that surrounds Porter Robinson‘s new moniker continues as we
head into his debut performance as Virtual Self on December 8 in Brooklyn. With the
release of the Virtual Self EP, Robinson
introduced a few of the “virtual selves” who helped to create
the compilation. The first is Technic-angel, who created “EON Break” and the second is
Path
Selector
, who created “Ghost Voices.” The different selves fit
into what fans do know about this project — that it
is purportedly accompanied by a virtual reality component.

Yesterday, Virtual Self tweeted a link, and
rumor has it that Robinson will live stream the performance via
the website.

Interestingly, Robinson took to his personal Twitter account to
announce the opening acts and set times for the performance.

While little is known about both artists, Robinson writes “if
you like Virtual Self, both of these artists REALLY deserve
your attention. the DV-i “Research + Development” EP is mind
bendingly good. RAITO has mastered the ravey breaks vibe but
brought it into 2017. just listen to both and you’ll definitely
get it.”

There are certainly still a plethora of questions fans have
about Virtual Self, however only answers are to come with
Robinson’s debut performance tomorrow.

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IMS Ibiza will examine health, wellness, and sexual harassment for 11th rendition

The International Music Summit will be returning
to the dance music capital of the world, Ibiza, for the
eleventh rendition of the three-day educational and
motivational thought-leadership forum. Industry leaders and
artists from the international electronic music sector, come
together every year to throw a spotlight onto the complex
challenges and emerging opportunities in today’s ever-evolving
industry. This year, IMS Ibiza examines health and
wellness for the mind and body, along with alleged sexual
harassment within the industry.

The mental well being of DJs, a long ignored problem that is
sadly troubling a high proportion of artists, will be one of
the health and wellness panels at the event. This frank and
open mental health discussion will be hosted by the Association
for Electronic Music and will give vital advice on how to stay
sane and remain successful. Continuing the focus of
wellness into the summit, IMS delegates will benefit from daily
yoga and meditation sessions, reminding all of the importance
of balance and self care.

IMS Ibiza

Another section of the event, “Sexual Harassment in DJ
Culture,” will discuss how harassment is a real and unwelcome
problem. SHE SAID.SO, an influential
network of women in the industry, will chair a talk
intended to assess the impact of the issue
specifically within electronic music. With a goal to
detect the root of the causes, the talk will also aim to reduce
its existence within the industry with a series of actionable
recommendations.

IMS has often been regarded as the premier global platform
for business, culture and education within the electronic music
industry, so it is encouraging to see the Summit focusing in
on issues as pervasive and problematic as wellness and
sexual harassment. IMS is set to take place from May 23-25,
2018, and new for 2018 is a three-day Wellness retreat, taking
place before the main IMS summit at a soon-to-be-revealed
location.

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Calvin Harris answers DJ Snake’s call to donate to Rohingyas, gives $20,000

DJ Snake has been broadcasting live from Bangladesh where he is spreading
awareness from the largest refugee camp in the world.

The refugee camp is full of Rohingyas, a minority group
native to Myanmar who are unable to claim citizenship anywhere
because the Myanmar government refuses to recognize
them. DJ Snake has been using his platform to showcase the
atrocities and devastation this group faces in the hope that
people will answer his call to action to donate money.

Calvin Harris answered this call to action
by donating $20,000 in two $10,000 installments. He donated the
money under his birth name Adam Wiles — the producer’s
birth name and recognized by fans.

As if Harris’ contributions weren’t noble enough, his low key
style of giving is also laudable.

Just over $1.5 million has been donated, and the donation
goal is currently $2 million. Fans who are interested in
supporting this cause can donate here.

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DJ Snake uses his platform to spread awareness for #LoveArmyForRohingya campaign

From travelling to the farthest reaches of the world to
debuting a new song on the Arc De Triomphe, there is never a
dull moment when DJ Snake livestreams. This week, the French
producer’s livestreams have been just as riveting, but in a
very different way.

Jérôme Jarre has brought a group of
influencers and advocates, including DJ Snake, to
Bangladesh where they are spreading awareness from
the largest refugee camp in the world. The refugee camp is full
of Rohingyas, a minority Muslim population native to Myanmar.
This group is unable to claim citizenship anywhere
because the Myanmar government refuses to recognize
them. The atrocities inflicted on the Rohingyas at
the hands of the Myanmar government are staggering, and
according media reports, include stories of beatings, villages
set on fire, rape, and murder.

 

Dj sNAKE CRISIS

DJ Snake is bravely and outwardly exposing the devastation and
magnitude of the refugee crises. The hashtag
#LoveArmyForRohingya has been circulating the internet thanks
to this initiative, and the goal of this campaign is to reach
$1 million dollars in donations on the Love Army for
Rohingya GoFundMe page. 100% of all donations go directly
towards filling the urgent need of food, clean drinking water,
and other critical supplies for these refugees.

After one day of broadcasting from the camps, $950,000 has
already been raised for the cause. Every dollar counts, and if
the second day of broadcast is as successful as the first, this
initiative will have raised an incredible amount of support for
the dire situation in Bangladesh. Consider supporting the
cause, and kudos to DJ Snake for using his platform to spread
the message.

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GRiZ announces fourth annual ’12 Days of GRiZMAS’

Michigan native Grant Kwiecinski may be touring the
country, but he hasn’t forgotten where he came from.
Kwiecinski, otherwise known as GRiZ, is putting on his fourth annual ’12 days of
GRiZMAS.’ GRiZ will put on a twelve day series of events
with a focus on charity and giving back to Detroit, the
city that raised him.

Now GRiZ is doing all he can to give back to his community by
helping to develop a support network for creative kids in a
city ripe for artistic renaissance. By turning the benefit of
this cause towards fostering the spirit of Detroit, GRiZ
continues to set the intention towards further development in
his own backyard. This year, GRiZMAS kicks off on December
5th in support of Little Kids
Rock
 — an organization that brings music
education programs and instruments to underserved public
schools nationwide. The charity will receive 100% of the
proceeds from every charitable GRiZMAS event.

The 12 Day celebration including bowling, caroling, yoga,
an industry panel, a GRiZMACON Bar Tour, and more. This year
will also see the first ever GRiZMAS pop-up shop which will be
the hub for all things GRiZMAS featuring a limited merch shop.

Fans can donate to GRiZMAS/Little Kids Rock here.

GRiZMAS CHARITABLE EVENTS SCHEDULE

Dec 5 – GRiZMAS Pop Up Shop Grand Opening

Dec 6 – Caroling on The Q and Campus Martius

Dec 7 – Bowling Night

Dec 8 – Mystery TBD Event

Dec 9 – GRiZMACON Bar Tour

Dec 10 – Yoga @ The Fisher Building Lobby

Dec 11 – Industry Panel @ Assemble Sound

Dec 12 – Muzz-Hannukah @ The Masonic Temple

Dec 13 – Roller Disco Night

CONCERTS:

Dec 14 – Night Before GRiZMAS @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

Dec 15 – GRiZ Live Band @ Masonic Temple

Dec 16 – GRiZ @ Masonic Temple

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Matoma to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert

There are few higher honors than being a Nobel prize
winner and, while Matoma isn’t up for an honor, he will be
performing at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize concert. The tropical house producer has
amassed over one billion streams on Spotify, and has collaborated with the likes of
One Direction and Coldplay among others. He commented on his
upcoming performance.

I’m incredibly proud and honored to announce that I will be
performing at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert, I’ll be
coming to Telenor Arena in Oslo on December 11 bringing some
special guests, some surprises, and as always, some good
vibes and love! The Peace Prize is all about spreading the
love, and as you know that’s always been my message so I’m
humbled and honored to be asked to perform at this beautiful
and incredible concert.

In addition to announcing his upcoming show, Matoma recently
released a song off of his upcoming album titled “Slow” featuring Noah Cyrus. The December 11th concert will be the
24th iteration of the event.

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EDC Mexico drops full lineup featuring Zedd, Above & Beyond, Dillon Francis, Marshmello & More

Less than a week after the close of EDC Orlando, Insomniac is back with EDC news in the form of the EDC Mexico lineup release. This is the fifth time
that EDC will be taking over Mexico and the event is set to
take place on February 24 & 25 of 2018 in Mexico City. In
2017, 195,000 fans descended upon the festival grounds, and in
2018 attendance is expected to top 200,000 fans from all over
the world.

The lineup contains heavy hitters from every genre, which
fans have now come to expect from the iconic festival brand.
Names like Above & Beyond, Zedd, Deadmau5, Dillon
Francis
, Eric Prydz, and Marshmello grace the lineup, proving EDC’s Mexican
iteration will be one not to miss. Tickets are already on
sale here.

EDC Mexico

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Porter Robinson announces debut performance as Virtual Self

Porter Robinson‘s new alter ego
Virtual Self is back, this time with a straightforward
message in direct contrast to his previous cryptic
posts.

The North Carolina-based producer tweeted from his Virtual Self
account to confirm the date and location of his first show
under the alias: set to be at Avant
Gardner
in Brooklyn, NY on December 8. This announcement
does not come as a huge shock to those who have been following
the producer’s movements. Mysteriously after a Madeon show in Brooklyn on November 4th,
posters were scattered all over Brooklyn promoting
the December Virtual Self show even though it had not
been announced yet.

Virtual Self sHOW

Robinson’s unique sound has garnered him one of the most
loyal fanbases in the scene. Although he has released very
little music since his last LP, Worlds, that has not stopped his fan
base from tracking his every move. He hinted at releasing
music in 2017 earlier this year, however it came as a huge
shock when he released “EON BREAK.” Presale for his debut performance begins on
Tuesday November 14.

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DJ Hell goes to church, is set to perform at Melbourne’s iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral

DJ Hell is not above a good bit of irony, as he will be taking
over Melbourne’s iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral for a techno set
on November 18th. The show has been dubbed “The DJ Hell
Cathedral,” and will be one of the focal points of Melbourne
Music Week, which is set to take place from November 17–25.

The Berlin-based DJ will be accompanied by Australian locals
Honeysmack, Acid Safari, Sundelin, and DJ Kiti. Melbourne Music
Week is known for taking over unconventional locations around
the city for its raves, and St. Paul’s Cathedral certainly fits
the bill.

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While a church isn’t the first place one would think to
host a rave, technically speaking, a church’s architecture is
conducive to an epic sound system for rave attendees. 
More information about Melbourne Music Week can be found
here, and tickets to DJ Hell’s
Cathedral available here.

Photo Credit: @StPaulsCathMelb/Twitter

H/T: Mixmag

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Las Vegas attacker rented room overlooking Life Is Beautiful

While police are still in the process of gathering facts and
deciphering the killer’s motive in the Las Vegas shooting
— the deadliest in
modern American history
 — and the nation grapples with
yet another tragedy, new information indicates that
alleged gunman, Stephen Paddock, initially had a different
target: Life Is Beautiful. There is significant
evidence that he had taken out multiple condos overlooking the
festival, where the likes of Deorro,
Kaskade,
Zhu and
more played a week before he began his shooting spree.

Life is beautiful

It is reported that Paddock took out multiple condos at The
Ogden, which overlooks the Life is Beautiful festival concert
grounds. Authorities suspect that Paddock either lost his nerve
or changed plans to target the country music festival taking
place the week after Life is Beautiful. Regardless, this is
disturbing news for anyone who attended the festival.

Staff at the Ogden have yet to confirm or deny these
reports.

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Markus Schulz posts that Coldharbour Studios has been looted during the Hurricane Irma evacuation

Miami resident Markus Schulz is among the millions of those
who have had property devastated in Hurricane Irma’s wake.
Schulz’s loss, however, was slightly different than fellow
Floridians’. Schulz was able to stay safe in Buenos Aires while
the storm tore through Miami. Upon his return, however, he
found that Coldharbour Studios had been broken into and looted
while he was evacuated. In addition to stealing equipment from
the premise, Schulz’s Pioneer Gold mixer he received for
winning DJ Times’ ‘America’s Best DJ’ had been
stolen.

The veteran producer took to social media to discuss what had
happened citing that equipment can be replaced but an award
that “was cherished with prestige, pride, and sentimental value
cannot.” While the hurricane has brought the music
community together in support of the victims, it is always
incredibly disappointing to see those use tragedy to their
personal advantage. Real Schulz’s full statement below:

Whilst spending the past couple of days in Buenos Aires
praying and wishing for the safety of family and friends in
Miami and beyond, where lives are most important than any
material things and my heart is with my friends and family
in Miami, I definitely wasn’t expecting to receive sad news
of this nature. While we were all praying for safety of my
beloved community, others used this as an
opportunity.

This morning I found out that the Coldharbour studios
had been broken into and looted while attention was on
Hurricane Irma; stealing equipment, and sadly for me, the
Pioneer gold mixer I received for winning DJ Times’
America’s Best DJ a few years ago.

The equipment can of course be replaced, but something
which was cherished with prestige, pride and sentimental
value cannot.

Knowing that returning home and no longer being able to
look at something as special as this residing in the studio
makes me incredibly sad.

I cannot understand that in a time where lives are at
risk, being lost and housing being destroyed, that there
are people out there with this kind of mindset.

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Porter Robinson replaces up-and-coming producer’s busted computer so he can finish debut album

Porter
Robinson
is one of the most beloved figures in the
electronic music industry. His most fervent fans are
known for tattooing themselves with his albums’ symbolism,
creating fan art, and following him around the world to see him
perform.

Robinson’s generosity isn’t limited to just providing awesome
tunes, however.

Up-and-coming producer Shadient tweeted out a screenshot of three
payments of $1000 from Porter himself so he could buy
another laptop. His old PC had apparently died before he
finished work on his upcoming first album, and he
could not afford to buy a new one.

In his thank you to Porter, Shadient promised his new
album would be worth the donation. Producers and fans alike
have taken notice to the string of tweets, which have
gained attention from fellow producers Rezz and
Giraffage.

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What the hell does it mean to be a producer in 2017?

It’s 2014, and 60,000 festival attendees at Coachella
Valley Music and Arts festival are staring expectantly up
towards a sea of lights and a DJ board. Over the course of the
weekend, they’ll watch Pharrell Williams, Zedd, and Calvin
Harris light up the desert sky, but now, they stand and wait
for two men whom not a single person in the crowd has seen take
the stage.

Fans linger, eager with anticipation, confident they know
what to expect from this ‘breakout’ group from hit releases
‘Smile’ and ‘You.’ Little do they know, they had been listening
to their music for years.

Linus Eklow and Christian Karlsson of Galantis are
staring back at the expectant faces from the side of the stage,
taking a moment before they reveal themselves. For the past 20
years, their production capabilities have propelled the likes
of Britney Spears, Madonna, and Kylie Minogue into the
limelight of sold out arenas. They have created hit records,
chart topping albums, and won Grammys. As they stepped out in
front of a roaring crowd and a thousand lights, they turned to
one another and smiled.

Now it was their turn.

—–

For as long as anyone can remember, a producer’s job
description has entailed slaving over sound boards in a dark
studio and inevitably forfeiting all due credit to the
vocalist. A producer was acknowledged for his or her
masterpiece in the fine text of the ‘thank you’s,’ and their
fame began and ended with industry stakeholders.
 The

David Axelrod
’s and
George Martin
’s of the world lived in
anonymity despite producing some of the industry’s most well
known tracks such as
“The
Edge”
by David McCallum and “Love Me Do”
by The Beatles respectively. Had
Axelrod or Martin been told that being a producer would result
in the excessive and public facing lifestyles embodied by
the

Diplo’s
and
The Chainsmokers
of today, they likely
would not have believed it.

Today’s producers are global citizens, jet setting across
the world to play their music for a different hoard of fans
each night. Emboldened with microphones, they are performers in
their own right. They pack arenas and festival grounds with
tens of thousands of fans like the pop singers of the 2000s.
For the first time in the history of commercialized music,
being a music producer is sexy.

The reality of our modern music landscape is that we now
live in a world that has two distinct factions of music
producers. There are still many traditional producers, who
strictly work in the studio and behind the scenes to create
music that is performed by star vocalists and bands. These
producers—people like Max Martin or Rick Rubin—aren’t credited
in the title of the tracks they create nor do they perform
their music live.

The second faction of producers are a recent breed. They
elicit their own fans who are drawn to the beats behind the
songs that they create. These music producers are doubly
skilled: in addition to producing their own tracks they perform
their music ‘live.’ This new brand of producer is a complex
phenomenon that many are still teasing out.

Up until 15 years ago, there was no option for a music
producer to become a performer unless the producer was also the
vocalist. As the art of DJing has evolved into a mode for
producers to ‘perform’ their tracks ‘live,’ the producer’s role
has evolved, too. Now the job title music producer can indicate
one of two very different career paths, and because of this,
there has been a dynamic shift within the music
industry.

Before the rise of commercialized electronic music, music
producers were virtually never credited in the title of a
track. This elevation of the producer to an artist—as opposed
to a fine text name at the bottom of a Wikipedia page—is
something that was rarely done in the U.S. pop music scene
until fairly recently. M.I.A.’s breakout hit, “
Paper
Planes
,” for example, was both written and
produced by Diplo in 2007.  In contrast, 2015’s


“Where Are U Now”
is billed as a track
‘by’
Diplo,
Skrillex,
and Justin
Bieber.
 

As producers find their own celebrity through DJing, a
greater public appreciation of the craft has resulted, and they
are more able than ever before to use this leverage to further
their own celebrity.  

This phenomenon is all too familiar to Christian Karlsson
and Linus Eklow—the production duo behind the Grammy nominated
project Galantis. Though fans are surely familiar with the
group’s hit songs like breakout “Runaway (U+I),” less familiar
are the years of behind the scenes production work Karlsson and
Eklow have racked up.

Karlsson is the Grammy award winning producer behind mega
hits like
Britney
Spears’
“Toxic” as well as a part of the
Swedish Indie Pop band Miike
Snow
. Eklow co-produced and wrote on
Icona
Pop’s
number one hit,
“I Love It.”
 Karlsson and Eklow
have, independently of one another, produced and co-written
music with the likes of
Katy
Perry,
Madonna,
and
Kylie
Minogue

“It’s important to mention that today you can be a
producer and you can be an artist,”
says
Karlsson, though he concedes that duality is “not for
everyone.”

“That’s for a few. If you are an amazing producer
and you don’t have that talent and you don’t have that in
you, you aren’t supposed to do that. To make it as a
‘celebrity producer,’ you need to be an artist,”

says Karlsson.  “It’s a totally
different thing.”

Karlsson’s distinction is hardly without merit.
Being a celebrity producer today is reserved for those
who aspire to be an artist, just as someone like Britney Spears
did. Although
Djing as a method of performance has
gotten it’s share of criticism from those who believe all it
requires is

standing on a stage and pushing a
button
, there is a reason why not every
successful music producer has become a mega star through
playing their hits on stage.

But Karlsson’s distinction begs the question: has the
rise of the celebrity producer diminished the value of the
traditional producer? A famous producer can bring their brand
and their fans to the table in addition to the vocalist’s. The
traditional producer cannot add this value.

“The producer fee is the same, but celebrity
producers are not only being paid for being
producers,”
says Karlsson.
They are being paid as artists, which
adds another layer to their credibility.”

Stranger yet, Karlsson points out, is the that vocalists
now seek out superstar producers to appear, credited as
artists, on their albums.

“A singer is going to do a song, and now they are
able to seek out an artist who can produce the
song,”
says Karlsson.
“Celebrity producers appeal to vocalists
because they want that brand so badly and the bigger
exposure. 
The cross pollination of
producers’ and vocalists’ audiences has resulted in new and
exciting collaborations across different genres of music that
we haven’t seen before.”

If anyone is familiar with this sentiment, it’s Maarten
Vorwerk. Vorwerk made a name for himself in 2015 when he came
forward as

a ghost producer
—a controversial role in dance
music which involves unknown producers selling their creations
outright to famous artists who then own the track.

Though Vorwerk now puts his efforts into his own
creations, he enjoyed a long run as one of the most sought
after ghost producers in the industry, engineering more than a
few Beatport number one hits.

“Eminem tells everybody that Dr. Dre has produced his
new track and the fact that Eminem collaborated with Dr. Dre is
seen as a big selling point to the track,”

explains Vorwerk. “Whereas, you wouldn’t
see a DJ saying that this or that producer has produced his new
track. From my point of view I think that you should give
credit where credit is due.”

But ghost producers, he concedes, are paid outright to
never be credited.

Though ghost producing is undoubtedly a very real
phenomenon among the dance music community, keyboard warriors
are quick to level the charge against any artist they don’t
particularly like. This witch hunting can be chalked up in part
to our
increasingly
polarized and contentious internet culture
. It
also reveals how little people understand just what a
‘producer’ is responsible for.

Contrary to popular belief, the producer is not
necessarily the person creating the sounds and programming the
track. Karlsson and Eklow explained that the role of a
traditional producer does much more than simply engineering the
beat of a track.

The producer is responsible for even the most ephemeral
elements of music creation: to make sure everyone is hitting
timelines and the atmosphere in the studio makes the vocalist
feels comfortable and confident.

“You can hire anyone to program a drum,”
says Karlsson and Eklow. “People think
that the producer is the guy who actually programs the beat.
The producer is the one who decided who is programming the
beat, and what the vision for that beat is, and how it’s
supposed to make the listener feel. See the
difference?”

“Everything that happens in the studio—it is the
producer’s responsibility.”

In this regard, producing music becomes similar to
producing a movie or a tv show. The producer isn’t responsible
for the technicalities of lighting and camera angles. Instead,
the producer is making sure that all 200 pieces that need to
come together to create a final product do so.

The more mainstream electronic music becomes, the more
noticeable the discrepancy between the traditional producer and
the celebrity DJ-producer. In examining where the traditional
pop producer is left when there is the potential for celebrity,
Galantis solidified that celebrity DJ Producers should be
likened to artists as opposed to the traditional
producer.

After all, they are compensated as artists, they are
branded as artists, and they are celebrities in their own
right.

Perhaps no one knows this tension more intimately than
Andrew Harr and Jermaine Jackson. Together called “The
Runners,” the duo have a staggering 17 year production history
working with a star-studded list of clientele that includes the
likes of
DJ
Khaled
, Usher,
Rihanna,
and Justin Bieber. Harr and Jackson have a reputation for being
some of the best minds in the music industry, but their
reputation lives solely within the music industry itself and
hardly registers at all to music fans outside of it.

Recently, Harr and Jackson have had an epiphany of sorts.
In hopes of being recognized for their own talents by a newly
receptive public, the duo have developed a project to push
through their own original releases. With their BLVK JVCK
project, they hope to drum up traction for their creative work
without having to depend on the star power of a pop artist
feature.

“Our dreams always were to be a Pharrell or a
Timberland, but we couldn’t sing and we couldn’t
rap,”
says Harr. “The growth
of electronic music has opened that door for us to express
ourselves musically.”

“When you are working with the Rihanna’s and Ushers
of the world, you are creative but you still have to create
something that caters to them creatively,”

continued Harr. “Now it is our
opportunity to do what most producers dream of- to create
something that is our own. Our own portrait, our own
painting, and that is amazing. To be able to say this is my
project, and this is how I’m going to do it is an amazing
rebirth creatively.”

Harr and Jackson look onto the evolution of the
producer’s role and star power in a positive light, but not
every behind the scenes producer is clamoring to become the
next Calvin Harris. In fact, Harr and Jackson could indeed be
outliers in a world where many producers are still keen to stay
behind the scenes and live in quiet glory.

 

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Paul van Dyk announces eighth studio album ‘From Then On’

With the rise of streaming and the subsequent focus on
releasing singles and EPs, many artists have more or less
abandoned the LP format. Paul Van Dyk is not in this camp, choosing to
release a brand new album titled From Then On, to
be the trance legend’s eighth studio album.The album is
set to be released on October 20th, and is a reflection of a
turning point in the German producer’s life. Van Dyk fell 20
feet from a gap in the stage during the 15th birthday bash for
ASOT in early 2016. Van Dyk’s renewed
perspective during his world travels and the struggle he
experienced during his recovery shaped the album. Paul’s
heightened awareness meant he also derived great joy from the
simple acts he could perform himself, and a newfound
appreciation for the small things in life.

From Then On is Paul’s most personal work to date
and showcases the producer’s continued devotion to
Trance. Three singles from the album have already been
released, “Touched by Heaven,” “Everyone Needs
Love” and “Stronger Together” (listen below).
The album’s title track From Then On is a
collaboration with Leroy Moreno and will be released September
22nd.

From Then On will be released on Paul van Dyk’s
label, VANDIT Records, on October 20th. Check out the full
track list below.

1.  While You Were Gone (w/ Vincent Corver)
2.  Inhale (w/ M.I.K.E. Push & Fred Baker)
3.  Touched By Heaven
4.  I Am Alive
5.  Everyone Needs Love (w/ Ronald van Gelderen ft. Gaelan
& Eric Lumiere)
6.  Breaking Dawn (w/ Alex M.O.R.P.H.)
7.  Vortex (w/ James Cottle)
8.  The Code (w/ Jordan Suckley)
9.  Stronger Together (w/ Pierre Pienaar)
10. From Then On (w/ Leroy Moreno)
11. Fairytales (w/ Steve Allen)
12. Close Call (w/ Tristan D)
13. Escape Reality Tonight (w/ Emanuele Braveri ft. Rebecca
Louise Burch)
14. Safe Haven

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The Backstreet Boys are back and courting Diplo and The Chainsmokers to produce their next album

The Backstreet Boys just signed to RCA Records for their 10th
studio album, but this one might feature more than just the
iconic 90s boy band. In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, AJ McLean shared
that the band was shopping for an electronic music producer to
potentially to contribute their new album.

“We’re reaching out to people who we were always inspired by or
who may have been fans and we didn’t even know,” AJ
McLean shared. “We’ve all made friends with different
people. Nick’s been talking to Steve Aoki, Howie talked to Zedd, who’s been a big, big fan [and] Diplo, we’ve also talked to. We’ve also done stuff
with The Chainsmokers and those guys are amazing and
out in Vegas with a residency as well, so who knows.”

Later on in the interview, the band mentioned Timbaland,
who Nick Carter has been working on the show Boy Band with, could be another viable
option. With such a star studded cast of potential producers
for their 10th studio album, it seems as if 90s kids and
electronic music lovers alike will have something to listen to
with the Backstreet Boy’s new album.

Via: ET

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Elrow responds to allegations of tear gas-like substance sprayed on crowds at festival

Elrow‘s
Festival took place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East
London this past weekend, and the pleasant festival experience
turned very sour when a tear-gas like substance was
reportedly sprayed over the crowd. The substance was allegedly
dispersed over the crowd during Jamie Jones‘ DJ set between 8 and 9PM local time,
and festival goers say they were left coughing, unable to
breath, and with burning eyes.

The substance was described as coming from the right of
the stage, and security guards were unable to determine where
the gas was coming from or what specifically it was. The gas
has been described as similar to either pepper spray or tear
gas.

Festival goers have taken to social media to question what the
gas was and how it entered the festival and organizers have yet
to respond.

Update: 08/21/2017 12:33 PM EDT: 

An Elrow representative reached out to Dancing
Astronaut
to provide the following statement and
clarifications for the event:

“In response to comments on social media from members of the
public who attended the elrow Town
London event this weekend that ‘tear gas’ was disseminated
during one of the shows, we want to reassure people that this
was not the case and have been provided with statements from
key officials including the Metropolitan Police Service
stating ‘there was no belief that any noxious substance had
been discharged.’ Security Operations Managers have also
confirmed “no evidence of criminal or any anti-social
activity”.

The onsite Medical Manager has reported that “no-one
presented themselves to the medical team having suffered the
effects of tear gas or any similar substances(s).”

And a statement from the Incident Response Manager confirmed
that “After a full investigation and thorough liaison with
all partner agencies and organisations, I was unable to find
any indication or information that could be gained to support
the suggestion that any irritant had been released. 
Elrow was a safe and successful event
where over 25,000 people enjoyed the spectacular over the
weekend”

Investigations are ongoing as to what may have caused the the
irritant effects reportedly experienced by a few customers,
however these effects are not inline with symptoms caused by
tear gas. Elrow organisers are
available for any further comment or information for this
wishing to understand more.”

H/T: EDMTunes and
Daily Star

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Selena Gomez taps Marshmello for track on upcoming album

Selena Gomez has an upcoming album and,
after her hit collaboration “It
Ain’t Me
” with Kygo, it was only a matter of time before she
chose to collaborate with another electronic music great. The
singer recently confirmed that she has tapped Marshmello to
produce one of the songs on her new album.

Gomez spoke with a radio station in San Diego about the track
and described it as “beautiful” and “one of my favorite songs.”
She went on to state that, “It’s really cool. It’s kind of in
that world, his world, and I’m stepping into it and bringing my
style too.”

Given the singer has described the song as being part of
“Marshmello’s world,” there is no doubt that the song will be a
chart topper like his recent string of releases
including “Silence”
featuring Khalid
.

No release date has been announced for Gomez’s upcoming album.

H/T: Billboard

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Excision gives fans a sneak peak into Lost Lands festival grounds

Excision gave
the bass community something to look forward to after
announcing he would be holding his
own music festival
 this past May. The festival, called
Lost
Lands
” will be held on September 29 – October 1 at Legend
Valley in Thornville, Ohio. Fans and festival goers knew they
could expect the event to have a prehistoric theme
given the
lineup artwork
as well as the naming convention of the
festival, however Excision has just given fans a first look
into the festival site itself via his Snapchat.

The expansive festival grounds are in a beautiful
field peppered with trees and covered by endless blue skies. If
any location were to be festival-worthy, this one surely will
be. Check out the full video below.

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Boys Noize and Splice Sounds team up to release ‘Mayday’ sample pack

Boys
Noize
and Splice Sounds have teamed up to present the
first ever Boys Noize sample pack. All of the sounds and
samples on this pack are from the most recent the legendary
producer’s most recent album Mayday.

Boys Noize, otherwise known as Alexander Ridha, has been busy
with his supporting the aforementioned album, as well as
his recent reunion with Skrillex to bring back Dog
Blood
 for the final performance at NYC’s venerable
Webster Hall and HARD Summer Fest.

For those unfamiliar with Splice Sounds, it is a revolutionary
cloud-based producer platform that is currently used by over 1
million producers including KSHMR, Jauz, 12th Planet, and more. It houses one of the
largest collections of over 1 million sounds, plug-ins, and
presets, with exclusive packs from the likes of Just Blaze, Deadmau5, Getter, and more.

Download Boys Noize sample pack here.

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Forbes confirms Marshmello’s true identity in cover story

DJ/Producer Marshmello
has taken the electronic music scene by storm two short years
after making his debut performance. The producer is famed
for his anonymity thanks to his iconic helmet

For years the electronic music community has tried to coerce
his identity out of him but Marshmello has stuck to his guns by
steadfastly refusing to give up his identity as well as playing
a prank or two on fans about it—like that time he had Tiesto
pretend to
reveal himself as Marshmello
 at EDC
Vegas
.

While the community was smart enough to determine that Tiesto was
indeed NOT the famed producer, there has been increased
speculation that Marshmello is Chris Comstock, otherwise known
as Dotcom. This
is thanks to Skrillex
calling Marshmello “Chris” in an interview along with a
discovery that Marshmello and Dotcom had the same exact tattoo.

Thanks to a recent
Forbes article
, we now may have the final substantiation
needed to 100% confirm that Marshmello is indeed Chris
Comstock/Dotcom. Forbes published a royalty monitor for
Marshmello’s newest single
“Silence,”
 which lists Comstock as the only songwriter
on the track aside from Khalid. “Marshmello” is not credited
anywhere.

For his part, the producer used his Twtitter account to address
the Forbes publication, saying:

While we love a good mystery, we’ll consider this the
final bit of proof to call this a closed case.

Marshmello-ASCAP

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Ultra China drops phase one lineup with Martin Garrix, Porter Robinson and more

Ultra Europe has come to a close, but Ultra lovers can fear not
because the phase one lineup for Ultra China has been
announced. Carl
Cox
, The
Chainsmokers
, Armin
Van Buuren
Porter
Robinson
, Zedd, Martin
Garrix
, and Nicky
Romero
are among the phase one artists who have been
announced. This will be China’s first rendition of the
festival, which will take place at Shanghai Expo Park September
9-10.

Early Bird General Admission tickets are sold out, but more
tickets are expected to be released soon. More information is
available on the official Ultra China website.

Ultra China

Featured image via Rukes/Ultra.

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Omnia and Hakkasan announce stacked August lineups

Electronic music lovers familiar with Las Vegas know that
Hakkasan and Omnia are the places to go to see the top DJs
perform. Hakkasan group, which owns both Hakkasan and Omnia
Night Clubs have just announced a stacked August lineup
featuring everyone from residents Calvin Harris and Afrojack, to Kaskade and Travis Scott.

Those looking for a great show in Las Vegas over the this
summer can’t miss out on the stellar August roster for the
city’s premier family of nightclubs.

Martin Garrix at OMNIA

Photo by Rukes.

OMNIA Nightclub:

Tuesday, August 1
Main Club: Cash Cash
Heart of OMNIA| “Wild at Heart:” Turbulence
Terrace: Fergie DJ

Friday, August
4

Main Club: Calvin Harris with Generik
Heart of OMNIA: Phoreyz
Terrace: Mark Eteson

Saturday, August
5

Main Club: Zedd
Heart of OMNIA: DJ Shift
Terrace: Fergie DJ

Tuesday, August
8

Main Club: Fergie DJ
Heart of OMNIA| “Wild at Heart:” Crooked
Terrace: Mark Eteson

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Photo by Aaron Garcia.

Friday, August
11

Main Club: Calvin Harris with Generik
Heart of OMNIA: Stretch
Terrace: Mark Eteson

Saturday, August
12

Main Club: Afrojack
Heart of OMNIA: Devin Lucien
Terrace: Fergie DJ

Tuesday, August
15
 | Hudson Grand Voyage Fashion Week Event

Main Club: Travis Scott

Heart of OMNIA| ”Wild at Heart”: DJ Shift
Terrace: Fergie DJ

Friday, August
18

Main Club: Martin Garrix with Justin Mylo
Heart of OMNIA: MK
Terrace: Fergie DJ

Saturday, August
19

Main Club: Zedd
Heart of OMNIA: Irie
Terrace: Fabian

Tuesday, August
22

Main Club: Kaskade
Heart of OMNIA| ”Wild at Heart:” Karma
Terrace: Fergie DJ

Friday, August
25

Main Club: Calvin Harris with Generik
Heart of OMNIA: Dash
Terrace: Fergie DJ

Saturday, August
26

Main Club: Kaskade
Heart of OMNIA: OB One
Terrace: Mikey Francis

Tuesday, August
29

Main Club: Nervo
Heart of OMNIA| ”Wild at Heart: I Got 5 On It” DJ
Stretch
Terrace: Fergie DJ

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Hakkasan Nightclub:

Thursday, August 3
Main Room: Tiësto
Ling Ling Club: DJ Stretch

Friday, August
4

Main Room: NGHTMRE

Saturday, August
5

Main Room: Travis Scott

Sunday, August
6

Main Room: Illenium with Elephante

Thursday, August
10

Main Room: Tiësto
Ling Ling Club: Dash

Friday, August
11

Main Room: Zedd
Ling Ling Club: Wellman

Saturday, August
12

Main Room: Tiësto with Dzeko
Ling Ling Club: OB One

Sunday, August
13

Main Room: Fergie DJ

Thursday, August
17

Main Room: Lil Jon | “About Last Night”

Friday, August
18

Main Room: NGHTMRE

Saturday, August
19

Main Room: Tiësto
Ling Ling Club: MK

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Photo by Joe Janet. 

Sunday, August
20

Main Room: Party Favor

Thursday, August
24

Main Room: Deorro

Friday, August
25

Main Room: Steve Aoki
Ling Ling Club: D Miles

Saturday, August
26

Main Room: Travis Scott
Ling Ling Club: DJ Shift

Sunday, August
27

Main Room: Borgeous

Thursday, August
31

Main Room: Cash Cash | “Cash Cash Is King”
Ling Ling Club: Phoreyz

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Tomorrowworld to return in 2018 [Breaking]

Over 140,000 people have descended upon Belgium for the second
weekend of Tomorrowland,
which is arguably the most notorious music festival in the
electronic music world.

Meanwhile, back in America we have received word that
Tomorrowland’s sister festival in the US, Tomorrowworld,
may be back.

According to a local publication in Belgium, De Tijd,
communication with Tomorrowworld’s initial US promoter
LiveStyle are back up and running for a 2018 version of the
festival. Tomorrrowland’s spokesperson Debby Wilmsen commented
on the progress, saying:

“The relations between SFX and Tomorrowland were acidified,
but now that new people are in control of the current
LiveStyle, there is a new approach.”

Time will tell what comes out of LiveStyle and Tomorrowworld’s
conversations, but the electronic community would certainly be
thrilled with the return of the US version of the festival.

H/T:
Tijd

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Justin Bieber beats his own streaming record as ‘Despacito’ becomes the most streamed song of all time

‘Despacito’ is now the most streamed track of all time, having
hit 4.6 billion streams yesterday. Justin
Bieber’s
remix of Daddy Yankee and and Luis Fonsi’s
track was released in January and has been labeled as 2017’s
‘Summer Anthem’ by many. ‘Despacito’ supersedes ‘Sorry,’ also
by Bieber, which was the previous record holder at 4.38 billion
streams.

‘Despacito’ was released on Universal,
and Lucian Grainge, chairman & CEO of Universal Music
Group, stated: “Luis Fonsi already had the undisputed, biggest
song of the year – and now he’s setting even bigger records.
Streaming has opened up the possibility of a song with a
different beat, from a different culture and in a different
language to become a juggernaut of success around the world. My
congratulations to Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber,
as well as everyone at Universal Music Latin Entertainment,
Republic Records and Def Jam, on this tremendous
accomplishment.”

In case anyone has been living under a rock,
stream ‘Despacito’ below to bolster its record
breaking stream numbers.

H/T
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Maarten Vorwerk shares his production secrets in new book ‘Tip of the Week’

Famed ghost producer Maarten
Vorwerk
is a polarizing figure in the electronic
music industry. He is rumored to have created hit after
hit for producers like DVBBS and Tiesto with no title credits
or recognition to his name. While his behind the scenes credits
cannot be confirmed, what can’t be denied is his talent or
impact on the industry. He is one of the most sought after
producers in the game, and his influence on a track has been
known to ‘turn it to gold.’ Vorwerk is finally sharing some of
his secrets in his new book Tip of the
Week,
 which is a compilation of the 156 ‘production
tips of the week’ he has been providing to his followers over
the past three years. Tip of the Week is helpful
for beginning producers all of the way to veteran producers.

Grab your copy at major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes &
Noble or iBooks. And
right here.

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Martin Garrix enters modeling as the face of Armani’s Fall 2017 campaign

Martin
Garrix
is a model now, and our biggest question is,”Why
didn’t this happen sooner?”

Today it was announced that the Dutch producer will be the face
of Armani Exchange’s 2017 fall collection. In an statement
emailed to Billboard, Garrix said the following
of his new endeavor:

“I am very thankful and very happy with how everything
turned out…To me, Armani Exchange is elegant, but its
also ahead of the curve. The clothing I was wearing for
the campaign shoot, I would wear all of the time, because
it’s comfy, super refreshing, unique, but still elegant and
classic.”

Armani announced the collaboration via their socials today,
July 17, further teasing some imagery from the upcoming
campaign. Garrix will be modeling alongside Cara Delevingne,
who is currently the female face for the brand. It seems as if
Garrix is as natural of a model as he is as a producer, so it
was only a matter of time before the producer took over

Diplo’s reign
as the next producer turned model.

H/T:
Billboard 

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