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Tomorrowland Will Reportedly Get Rid of The Opera Stage This Year

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 9:49pm

Since 2014, Tomorrowland’s Opera Stage has remained a permanent fixture of the iconic festival having seen artists like Paul Kalkbrenner, Carl Cox, DVBBS, the historic Deadmau5 v Eric Prydz set last year and much more. Unfortunately, it looks like that iconic set from last year will the last ever memory for the stage because it’s going to be replaced according to EDM Tunes.

Its replacement will be the Amicorum Spectaculum that will stand where the Opera Stage once stood. The name of the stage is reflected in the theme of the festival this year, also Amicorum Spectaculum, so we can expect something incredible in the next few weeks.

Check out the trailer for more clues to how this stage might shape up.

H/T: EDM Tunes | Featured Image: Phixion

 

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Source: Tomorrowland Will Reportedly Get Rid of The Opera Stage This Year

Instagram Stories Brings In 250M Active Users, Drastically Leading Snapchat

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 3:49pm

Facebook-owned Instagram Stories are absolutely crushing Snapchat, pulling ahead of the original disappearing photo/video app in terms of active users…

When you attend a music festival or concert, chances are you pull out your phone at some point to capture the moment and share on your 24-hour story. If you choose Instagram Stories over Snapchat, you’re joining the 250 million daily active users, compared to that of the latter’s 166 million.

“Our user growth for stories is actually coming at the explosive growth for Instagram overall,” Facebook’s global head of sales Carolyn Everson told CNBC. “Instagram is now at 700 million people globally.”

She also revealed 1/3 of the most viewed stories are businesses and advertisers using Instagram Stories. So, it wouldn’t be surprising if more artists, music festivals, media outlets, and other facets of the entertainment/music industry migrate to Instagram Stories.

Which app do you prefer?

Source: CNBC

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Source: Instagram Stories Brings In 250M Active Users, Drastically Leading Snapchat

New Marshmello x Demi Lovato Song “Love Don’t Let Me Go” Expected Soon [DETAILS]

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 3:49pm

Marshmello and pop star Demi Lovato have hit the studio together for a brand new song “Love Don’t Let Me Go!”

The song, registered to ASCAP, is written by Marshmello, Louis Bell, Brian Lee, Ali Tamposi, and Andrew Watt — some of the same hit-making team behind the hit EDM/pop songs “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber, and “It Ain’t Me” by Kygo featuring Selena Gomez.

This collaboration couldn’t be more anticipated by both the DJ/producer’s “Mello Gang,” and Demi’s hardcore fan base, “Lovatics!”

No word on official release date yet, but we’ll keep you updated.

Demi Lovato was recently featured in a new track by Jax Jones, a dancehall banger that is absolutely addictive. As a pop singer, she’s already well familiar with the dance music culture, so we can’t wait to see what she comes up with for her Marshmello collaboration.

 

Photo via Marshmello

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Source: New Marshmello x Demi Lovato Song “Love Don’t Let Me Go” Expected Soon [DETAILS]

Spotify Rolls Out Paid Placements For Labels On Certain Playlists

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 2:49pm

If you’re an avid Spotify user it’s a good chance that it’s because you’ve fallen in love with some of their thousands of Spotify-curated playlists. A lot of these major playlists have been staples for music labels looking to push records, New Music Friday, ElectroNOW, Today’s Top Hits just to name a few. While the decision-making process behind these playlists has almost always been based on either subjective taste or objective data, Spotify is now rolling out a feature that might allow for labels to pay for placements in top playlists.

At the moment, the service is still only on a trial basis for free users – meaning that any premium subscribers would not be effective. Users can, however, opt out of the trial. Sponsored songs won’t have any flashy banners pointing out that they’re paid placements, but instead Spotify aims to target users “whose listening habits match with the advertised track.”

This brings up an interesting question of ‘payola’ which some would say is a practice as old as the music industry itself and thus bound to catch up to modern technology in some way shape or form. Traditionally, payola has manifested itself as illegal practice of record labels paying radio stations to play out records from their artists as ‘regular’ airplay and not ‘sponsored’ airplay. It’s since manifested itself to artists and labels paying bloggers to write about their tracks. Spotify opening up the ability for select labels to plug records into playlists without advertising them as ‘sponsored’ or ‘paid’ is a risky business decision that seems to see them skirting closer to the edge of what’s acceptable promotion and what is ‘payola.’

You could see how independent artists might find this infuriating. Stay tuned to see how this develops moving forward.

H/T: THE FADER

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Source: Spotify Rolls Out Paid Placements For Labels On Certain Playlists

Pasquale Rotella: “I’ll announce the change to EDC LV soon.”

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 2:25pm

EDC Las Vegas was last week. Electric Forest is still ongoing, but it looks like Insomniac Events’ Pasquale Rotella isn’t taking any breaks. He just announced that he was preparing to roll out changes to EDC Las Vegas while live-streaming on Instagram from Electric Forest.

This year, Insomniac announced a few changes to the shuttle system by banning all outside companies, which unfortunately was one of the main pain points for attendees. It’s also worth noting that for the first time in ‘many years,’ EDC Las Vegas failed to sell out. This was despite high attendance figures in line with the last few years and several new rap acts billed for the first time ever with Metro Boomin’ and DJ Khaled taking on BassPod and Cosmic Meadows respectively.

Could both things be the catalyst for some changes? Who knows. But either way, it looks like Pasquale’s been scheming and we can’t wait to hear what he’s got planned for us.

H/T: EDM Tunes | Featured Image: Jake West

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Source: Pasquale Rotella: “I’ll announce the change to EDC LV soon.”

NEW Area 21, SLANDER, Flosstradamus, Grey, Drezo : Your EDM | Week In Music – [June 23rd]

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 2:05pm

The much awaited 3rd original release between Martin Garrix and rapper Maejor under the moniker Area 21 finally drop ‘We Did it’ first premiered at Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

With just a week before Calvin Harris drops his upcoming album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 the EDM superstar is seen on the new DJ Khaled album with the collaboration ‘Don’t Quit’ featuring the likes of Travis Scott & Jeremih.

Major Lazer and WizKid join forces for ‘Naughty Ride’ a complete laid back and chill record that is bound to dominate the airwaves in the coming months.

PhaseOne drops a collaboration with fellow bass heavyweight Oolacile, ‘Revive’ in anticipation for his new Dreamscape EP coming out on Disciple Records.

Skellism drops their highly anticipated new track with Lil Jon as the hype man. If there’s one thing we can guarantee, it is that this track will undoubtedly receive a lot of playtime in the festival circuit.

Stream Your EDM | Week In Music below

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Source: NEW Area 21, SLANDER, Flosstradamus, Grey, Drezo : Your EDM | Week In Music – [June 23rd]

Check Out UCLA Graduate’s Kelley Nguyen Gorgeous Redesigned SoundCloud iOS App

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 2:03pm

SoundCloud has quite a few faults whether you’re a regular fan, industry professional, or artist; but one of their biggest gripes so far has to be their SoundCloud mobile app. While I can’t speak for Android users, as an iOS user of the SoundCloud app I can definitely attest to the issues of the platform ranging from a lack of stats, the weird iTunes portal bug, or even just the poorly designed UI. Compared with the Spotify app, or even Apple Music, the SoundCloud app’s search design and functionality are frankly lagging miles behind.

Thankfully, UCLA graduate Kelley Nguyen has taken it upon herself to give us a sleek overhaul of the iOS mobile app’s UI while simultaneously reimagining and redesigning the entire app from scratch. From market research on the size of the global recorded music industry to interviewing people on how the app could be improved to a thorough analysis of the Spotify and Apple Music mobile apps, it’s clear that Kelley did more than ‘redesign the app.’ In essence, she completely rethought SoundCloud’s entire existence within the music industry ecosystem.

Seeing as she went through a very thorough process while explaining her rationale for even attempting something like this we encourage you to read through her post for the full redesign, meanwhile we’ve highlighted some of our favourite changes below.

For starters, she completely redesigned profiles to now include full bios, follower numbers, social links and more. Notice how you can easily slide up or down for more information plus the cleaner function bar at the bottom of the app.

Some more changes include a vastly improved redesign of the SoundCloud waveform when a record is playing, plus more obvious pause, share, like, add to playlist buttons etc.

The almighty search function has also been updated to optimize results and divide based on album, artist, song-name etc.

Keep in mind there are just some of the few things that Kelley’s changed so be sure to read her full post for more and hopefully we get to see this rolled out one day!

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Source: Check Out UCLA Graduate’s Kelley Nguyen Gorgeous Redesigned SoundCloud iOS App

Austrian Duo Camo & Krooked Drop Fourth Album, “Mosaik”

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 8:52pm

The fourth studio album from Austrian duo Camo & Krooked, Mosaik, is out today via RAM Records. Fans have been waiting for this one for a while. And by a while, I mean at least the last couple of years… C&K first teased that the album was under production in February of 2015.

Mosaik comes as the next series in the evolution of Camo & Krooked’s sound. Their first two albums, Above & Beyond and Cross The Line, both featured a more traditional drum & bass sound, though even Cross The Line had started to stray a bit. It wasn’t until their previous album Zeitgeist that C&K’s experimental side began to shine through. And as you might expect, fans were heavily divided over the album.

Mosaik is much like Zeitgeist in its desire to experiment and play with different sounds, though there are still some elements of traditional drum & bass present in tracks like “Witchdoctor” and “Mandala” with Mefjus. But overall, the album is much softer and slower than even liquid might be.

That isn’t to say that the album isn’t worth your time, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Mosaik is one of the most cohesive albums of the year so far. Though the album ebbs and flows (at times ebbing perhaps too far), the connection from track to track is undeniable and creates a unique atmosphere that persists throughout the duration of the album.

As mentioned before, there are standouts. “Witchdoctor” and “Mandala” among them, the standouts tend to be closer to typical drum & bass than the album’s more experimental counterparts. By placing these key tracks toward the beginning, middle, and end, they’re keeping core listeners engaged and still forcing you on.

Listen to Mosaik by Camo & Krooked below.

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Source: Austrian Duo Camo & Krooked Drop Fourth Album, “Mosaik”

Calvin Harris Reveals Official Tracklist For ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1’

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 8:27pm

We’re only six days off till the much anticipated Calvin Harris album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 is finally released. We’ve already heard plenty of its singles like “Slide,” “Rollin” or most recently “Feels” with Katy Perry, Pharrell, and Big Sean but the time has finally come for the album’s full tracklist of star-studded features to be revealed.

Never one for many words, Calvin simply uploaded a photo of the album’s back cover on Twitter to save himself the trouble.

Vol. 1 pic.twitter.com/vUYL84YV5v

— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) June 24, 2017

While most of the collaborators have previously been revealed from original announcement back in early May, the full tracklist is nevertheless still an imposing who’s who of pop music with Nicki Minaj, A-Trak, John Legend, PartyNextDoor, Kehlani, D.R.A.M. and more all hopping on for features.

  1. Slide (ft. Frank Ocean & Migos)
  2. Cash Out (ft. Schoolboy Q, PartyNextDoor & D.R.A.M.)
  3. Heatstroke (ft. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams & Ariana Grande)
  4. Rollin (ft. Future & Khalid)
  5. Prayers Up (ft. Travis Scott & A-Trak)
  6. Holiday (ft. Snoop Dogg, John Legend & Takeoff)
  7. Skrt On Me (ft. Nicki Minaj)
  8. Feels (ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean)
  9. Faking It (ft. Kehlani & Lil Yachty)
  10. Hard To Love (ft. Jessie Reyez)

Furthermore, he reiterates that this is only the first volume in the Funk Wav Bounces anthology, and we’re itching to hear what’s to come.

 

Featured Image: Rukes

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Source: Calvin Harris Reveals Official Tracklist For ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1’

Apparently The Chainsmokers Produced An Upcoming Bebe Rexha Record

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 7:00pm

Yup, you read that correctly. There’s literally zero information about this song other than that it’s been registered in the ASCAP database for God knows how long at this point. All we know is that the song is called “Coldest Summer” and that both members of The Chainsmokers are listed as writers, and presumably are also the producers.

Note that only Bebe is listed as the performer, so perhaps this will be an uncredited record by The Chainsmokers. Who knows! Either way, this gives us something great to look forward to, especially since Bebe’s last foray into dance music with “In The Name of Love” was an absolute smash. For what it’s worth, Lauren Christy is a close collaborator with Bebe who’s co-written some of her hits “I Got You” and smash hit “Me, Myself & I” with G-Eazy.

 

Featured Image: Rukes

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Source: Apparently The Chainsmokers Produced An Upcoming Bebe Rexha Record

Diplo and Katy Perry Could Be Joining Forces for American Idol Reboot

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 6:26pm

Diplo may have been called out by Katy Perry as her worst recent lover, but there’s clearly no hard feelings as the two might be teaming up on a new project together!

American Idol, FOX’s iconic singing competition show, is reportedly in talks with both stars as part of a multi-million dollar reboot on ABC. Word on the street is that Katy already signed a deal and Diplo mentioned he’s working something out with producers as well.

“I’ve also been talking to American Idol on the side to try to help them with the (ABC network reboot) with Katy,” Diplo said.

While Katy Perry will serve as the show’s headlining judge, there’s no telling at this stage what Diplo’s role would be. But, one thing is for sure — when American Idol makes its comeback, it’s going all out!

Over 15 seasons, the series has exposed a lot of talented contestants like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Adam Lambert just to name a few; with no shortage of elite judges such as Paula Abdul, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, and Simon Cowell, of course. With Katy and Diplo in key leading roles with the reboot, we can probably expect some more edginess, creative curation, and at the very least some entertaining moments!

Guess winning the bronze medal in the sex olympics isn’t such a bad thing after all!

 

Source: Dancing Astronaut

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Source: Diplo and Katy Perry Could Be Joining Forces for American Idol Reboot

Fomo Brings the FOMO with “Vibes”

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 5:32pm

East Coast native Fomo dropped a self release on Friday that is nothing short of smooth magical vibes. The Warpaint Records veteran gives us something to close our eyes to and bask away in an endless field of emotion. The tune, “Vibes,” is a simple yet fearsome record that leaves us craving more and keeps us in a state of wanting to never miss out on a release by this house titan.

The last few months FOMO has released some pretty groovy tunes and Warpaint Records has been steadily growing its duality around house and dubstep.

Make sure to dive into FOMO’s latest piece of art on Soundcloud– we have it on repeat.

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Source: Fomo Brings the FOMO with “Vibes”

Slushii Teams Up With Ookay For “By My Side”

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 3:59pm

Well it looks like Slushii just can’t stop making hits. First, there was the Rocket League record “Luv U Need U,” then he unleashed a banging new remix of Skrillex’s Voltage” and if that still wasn’t enough new Slushii for you don’t worry because he just put out a new banger with Ookay.

“By My Side” came out of nowhere with Slushii opting to just drop the track spontaneously on his VIP ‘Slushii Archives’ account. The track itself a melodic banger with classic Slushii-pitched vocals and a furious dubstep drop made for the festival headbangers.

 

Featured Image: Rukes

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Source: Slushii Teams Up With Ookay For “By My Side”

TOKiMONSTA ft. Yuna – “Don’t Call Me” Is Refreshing and Repeatable AF [LISTEN]

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 3:37pm

TOKiMONSTA‘s “Don’t Call Me” is seriously sick in the best way possible — with a newly released music video to match!

The track about a love gone wrong, which features Malaysian pop star Yuna is a cool, is a smooth ride down late 90s / early 00s lane. It has an unexplainable R&B familiarity to it while also bringing something extra we’ve never heard before. The lyrics take on the vibes of an early TLC or Destiny’s Child track, offering the kind of satisfaction you might get when singing “No Scrubs” or “Bug A Boo.”

I never thought this love could go so wrong
And so it did and you know that I moved on
I never heard from you for so long
Now I’m glowing up, you’re blowing up my phone

I know you’re tryna see if I still care that I miss you
Know you never thought that I could be this cool
Know you didn’t think that I could be this cruel
I don’t need to be mean but I’m just gonna ignore you

Don’t call me no more

TOKiMONSTA’s blend of electronic and instrumental hip hop makes for a truly refreshing track that’s easy on the ears, and repeatable af… Just listen!

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Source: TOKiMONSTA ft. Yuna – “Don’t Call Me” Is Refreshing and Repeatable AF [LISTEN]

Flosstradamus Drops Out-Of-Character New Single With Cara On Ultra Music

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 2:53pm

It’s been a little over six months, almost to the day, that Flosstradamus became a solo act. Since Josh left in December 2016, Curt has been playing shows solo and holding the mantle all by himself. Today marks the first new original since Floss became a one-man entity, and a sort of pivotal moment in the future of the group.

“How You Gon’ Do That” is sure to be a seminal track, featuring light-as-air vocals from Cara and a poppy, future bass style that we’d expect more from the likes of Louis The Child or Manila Killa.

With the release of the track, Curt wrote on Facebook,

“MORE NEW SOUNDS AND CLASSIC FLOSS BANGERS COMING SOON. BEEN WORKING WITH BOOMBOX CARTEL, DILLON FRANCIS, DIPLO, RICKYXSAN, DIRTCAPS, LIL JON, AND MORE TO ANNOUNCE SOON.”

Listen to “How You Gon’ Do That” below.

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Source: Flosstradamus Drops Out-Of-Character New Single With Cara On Ultra Music

Martin Garrix Announces Two Arena Dates for ADE

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 2:16pm

Martin Garrix will headline not one, but two shows at Amsterdam’s RAI during Amsterdam Dance Event in October. This is a unique opportunity for Martin’s fans to catch him in an arena setting without any age restrictions, as the second of the two shows is an all ages event. Martin delivered a rousing hometown set last year and he has only added more new tracks to his amazing arsenal since then.

”Last year we did two sold out shows including my first ever all ages show. It was amazing to finally perform in front of all my young fans who are normally not able to attend the show. I’m so happy that we get to do it again this year!”

Pre-subscribe here to get all the info you need on the show if you’re headed to Amsterdam this fall. Unless you caught Martin’s set at EDC this past week, you’re probably not going to see him this summer unless you’re headed to Europe on vacation. Martin will make Las Vegas appearances in August and September. Check out Martin’s latest single “There For You” with Troye Sivan below.

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Source: Martin Garrix Announces Two Arena Dates for ADE

Bingo Players Talk New Music and Artist Growth [Interview]

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 2:16pm

There are so many landmark acts that have made an indelible mark on dance music over the years. Few artists have been lucky enough to be influential and impactful for a decade or more. Bingo Players is one of those acts. Well known from house classics such as “Mode,” “Buzzcut,” “Rattle,” and “Knock You Out,” Bingo Players have not only made a mark with their songs, but also with how Maarten Hoogstraten has kept the Bingo Players going since co-founder Paul Baumer died of cancer in 2013. We got to talk to Maarten before his show at Exchange Los Angeles this month.

Hey Maarten, thanks for always being a great guest of ours. Tell us what you’ve been up to over the past year?

“Producing a lot of music, the last few years have been really slow with producing, I did 2-3 songs each year. This year I was like, man, I really have to step up my game and release more songs. I took like 2-3 months off earlier this year and I’ve already released like 4 or 5 songs and more stuff is coming. For me it was really important to step up the quantity of songs, not to lose any quality, but to get my music out more and show people what I’m about. That’s what I’ve been up to the last few months.”

You just released a pair of new singles, “No 1 Disco” and “Tic Toc,” tell me a little about each track?

“So ‘No. 1 Disco’ was actually a demo that Paul and I made like 2003 or 2004, even before we started as Bingo Players, just for fun. We played it live somewhere and someone recorded it and put it on YouTube. People were asking what is this song, release it please please. And we were like, we’re not sure, it’s just a demo, whatever. Going back listening to demos last year, I was like, wow this melody still sounds really cool, maybe I should rework it and release it. So that’s what I did and some people were like, oh finally, after 10 years this song is coming out. That’s the story behind ‘No. 1 Disco,’ and some people are probably like, what is this, it sounds like an old Bingo Players record, and, it is. I had a lot of fun working on it and people seem to enjoy it as well.

The other record, ‘Tic Toc,’ I met these guys (Oomloud) from the same town where I live and they had some demos and I was always like this sounds cool. And then they showed me ‘Tic Toc’ and I was like, wow, this song is something different. They had a clock ticking in it, a bit like ‘Ping Pong,’ from Hardwell and Armin van Buuren, and I was like this needs a vocal. Sometimes maybe people think it’s cheesy, but I was like, this record needs this. And I was thinking about the Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh record, ‘Tick tock you don’t stop,’ so I put the vocal over it and I was really happy with it and the guys as well, and we just released it.”

Summer is upon us, tell us what festivals we’ll see you at, and where you’ll be touring this summer?

“We’re staying in the U.S. for a week after this show and then I have two weeks off, going on holiday. It’s really unconventional for DJs to go on holiday in the summer, normally everyone takes holiday in January, but I have a family so I have to do it. After that I’m coming back and we’re doing a lot of shows in Europe, we’re going to Spain, Greece, Italy, Hungary, a lot of European shows and festivals over there. In Europe, winter sucks, everywhere it’s snowing or raining or worse. In the summer, once the sun comes out, all the places and beaches open up and we’re going to those places. I’m really looking forward to Greece this year, we’re doing a show in Mykonos. It’s like Ibiza, it’s like an island outside of Greece, it’s something special, it’s like you’re stranded on an un-populated island in paradise. It’s hard to get there, you have to take two flights from Holland to get there, but once you’re there it feels like you’re on another planet, but I’m looking forward to that.”

It’s been a couple of years now that you’ve been doing Bingo Players as a solo act, how do you feel you’ve evolved as an artist over that time?

“Well, I don’t know, the thing is when I was with Paul in the studio, he was great instant feedback, whenever we were making a song he could instantly tell me, no, no this isn’t right. He was more the visionary, the concept guy, I was more the technical guy. So for me, it was hard, especially in the beginning to make a song and not having anybody tell me it’s going the right way or the wrong way. I had to send the music out to friends or to my management and they could tell me if it’s cool. So I miss that, but I think in the last few years I started to pick it up again by myself, and I’m always thinking about what Paul would have said. I learned so much from him and I try to keep that memory alive, that’s on the producing side. On the DJ side he was always the guy that entertained the crowd, MCs, I was more the guy fiddling with the knobs, making sure nothing goes wrong in the booth. I met this guy a couple of years ago (MC Iceman), and he’s great with entertaining the crowd, so I’m really happy that our paths crossed. We somehow got together and I don’t have to worry about hyping up the crowd and I only have to focus on playing the music.”

Check out Bingo Players’ new tracks “No. 1 Disco” and “Tic Toc” below.

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Source: Bingo Players Talk New Music and Artist Growth [Interview]

Your EDM New Artist Spotlight: Neeco’s Ambient World Revealed “In the Night”

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 4:58am

Neeco Delaf is a French PhD candidate, studying acoustics in Sweden. He’s also been a musician all his life, but on his new electronic and pseudo-experimental EP, In the Night, he claims that the interesting and unique ways the four tracks are put together were not consciously influenced by his studies. That said, it’s difficult to ignore both from his music and from speaking with him that he has a passion for experimenting with how sounds are made and perceived in both his studies and his music.

From the dream pop feeling of the EP’s title track to the indie pop vocals of “If You Let Me” feat. Flora Cash to the jazzy melodies and bent synths he incorporates into almost every songs, it’s easy to see that Neeco loves building layers of sound and fitting his songs together in a way that almost screams experimental electronica; but the danceable beats and heavy basslines also push him nicely into EDM territory. The result is an interesting and cerebral yet chill dance feel that will likely garner the burgeoning talent a great deal of attention from both the experimental and EDM camps.

Your EDM sat down with Neeco to discuss his debut into electronica to get his thoughts on In the Night, on sound design and on where he’s headed next.

You’ve been working on your PhD in acoustics while putting together this EP. Is there any correlation between the two?

I’ve been in into music for much longer than I’ve been doing acoustics, since I was really small. I learned the flute and then also played the saxophone. I was classically trained and then also played jazz and even a bit of pop. I studied acoustics on the side, really, so it’s not exactly the same as the music because it’s more scientific (to me).

So how did you come to study acoustics?

Well I was studying in London and I met a Swedish girl and ended up moving to Sweden. I was able to get into a PhD program in Sweden and study acoustics, and I was really happy to study something that I am interested in. Sound propagation and how we perceive sound is really fascinating, so I feel really happy to be doing that.

So do you feel anything with your studies crossed over into your music, especially with electronic music on this album? It seems quite technical and experimental, so did your studies influence the way you crafted the music on this EP?

Yes I think there has been a bit of that, because I wrote these four songs during the whole of my PhD studies. So I think it definitely influenced the way I wrote them. Again, with sound and how we perceive it, how what we play affects our ears, so I guess – I don’t think I did it consciously, but maybe it came out in the EP, but it wasn’t on purpose or a goal for me.

What do you feel was your goal for the sound on this EP?

I wanted to explore a bit of different things in music, especially to strip it all down. “Fakir”, for example, is really stripped down so you can hear all the sounds on their own. I’ve tried to be a bit more free (with how I composed it), so not to say “I should have vocals here” or “I should have instrumentals here.” “Banque” for example is really punchy, and I thought it was really good as an instrumental (track) on its own because then you can hear all the reverbs. I think it’s important to have a place for the instruments to be heard on their own and not to feel like you have to add something all the time.

That’s a great point. One great thing about experimental music like this is it’s not just about the music but what the artist does with the negative space in the music. How did you put that together on something like “Fakir”?

I think most of the songs are like that. I did it progressively. Once you get used to hearing (the tracks) that way and it’s not too full, you notice details (that you may not normally). So on the EP I have “Banque”, which is really instrumental, and there’s a little bit of vocals that I did myself. On the second one (“If You Let Me”), I think it sounds much more pop with a real verse-chorus-verse vocal structure, and then “Fakir” is really stripped down (as I said), and then “In the Night” is more of that progressive build, where it starts slowly and then becomes more melodic.

Those all sound like they were quite different style-wise in the way you approached them, but did you have a general way you were composing each song, or was it completely different each time?

Usually I start with a basic structure for each song. It can change a bit once I’m working on it, but usually I start by actually writing – well, actually I suppose it does depend on the song. So for example “Fakir” I started by writing the chords in a classical manner on the piano, and then I did one by one the beats and the bass, so it was composed like sheet music but I also wanted it to sound quite electro and modern with a bit more aggressive synth sounds. So it was part classical composition but I also tried new sounds here and there to make it how I wanted it to sound. “If You Let me” I was more specific because I knew the types of instruments I wanted on the song and I wanted a lot of layers of synthesizers and a nice bassline.

What about the other two tracks?

Well, “Banque” I actually wanted to make (a track) that sounds like another song with lyrics, so I wanted the synthesizer to sort of slide up and down, and then the beat I wanted something really punchy, so I put a lot of reverb on the snare, and then of course a heavy bassline. I like to have nice basslines.

That’s probably what helps you cross over into a more EDM context. You said before that the music you were working on before inspired you or prepared you for this EP. How do you see your music progressing from previous efforts to now?

At first, I was making sounds without caring too much about technique, and then I think I was caring too much about technique, and getting really technical. Now (with In the Night), I’m back to not caring. As long as it sounds good I need to not care as much about the technique or what should be or what people do most. I still have a certain modulation technique I like to use, but it’s more in the background now on this EP. I think I focus more on the music itself and not worry about which instrument should be used for this or what process should be used for that, and how I should make it. So I think I’m going back more to make music that I like.

So it sounds like now that you have the technique down more for yourself, you can go back to exploring music and sound that really inspires you.

Yes, exactly.

Do you have a favorite track on the EP right now?

I think I love them all, they’re so different. I’d say if I had to choose, I think I prefer the two first ones. “If You Let Me”, because I got the chance to have great vocals from Flora Cash. It went really smoothly, I just sent them the demo and they sent back vocals so it was really straightforward and I think it came out really nice. The first demo had my own vocals, and it was really nice to have other vocals that really fit with the song.

Do you have anything else new coming out?

Yes I’m always working on new music in the background along with my studies. I have a couple of tracks coming out soon which are in the same style of this EP. I have one track called “Take My Hand”, which is sort of some kind of soft pop song. I’m just looking for the right vocalist, and I got to play saxophone on this track as well for samples. I think that one will be in the next two months.

Have you performed and toured with his project yet?

No, I’ve performed in jazz bands and other projects but I haven’t toured yet with just my own (solo music). Right now I’m focusing on production. Since I’m mostly electronic, I’m not interested in just going on stage and pressing play. It would have to be something that is at least half-live to be a performance for me.

Is there anything else you’d like to say to fans or to people who are just listening to you for the first time?

(Laughs) Just say hi! It’s been really nice to see all the people from all the different parts of the world, who is listening, and so I’m appreciative of all the people who have liked this project so far.

Neeco’s debut EP In the Night is out now and can be streamed or dowloaded by clicking here.

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Your EDM New Artist Spotlight: Neeco’s Ambient World Revealed “In the Night”

Berlin’s Second Horizon Festival Shuts Down Due To “Threat To Public Security And Order”

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:16pm

Attendees of Berlin’s ‘steampunk pirate’ themed festival Second Horizon had their music festival experience cut short following a shut-down by the local authorities just hours into the first day on Friday the 23rd. The shut-down comes following a meeting earlier this month when the local municipality had actually originally banned the festival on the grounds that it was a “threat to public security and order.

Regardless, fans streamed into the festival site Thursday evening and were allowed to remain in the festival grounds at Kiekebusch Lake overnight due to severe weather conditions. It’s also worth noting that the police had tweeted earlier in the week warning ticket-holders not to stay at the festival due to the nature of its ban. Unfortunately, the 2000 or so that didn’t heed this warning were swiftly sent home on Friday once weather conditions cleared up.

Festival organizers also filed an appeal to overturn the ban which was rejected due to a lack of permits on the organizer’s ends plus a myriad of paperwork-related errors.

H/T: THUMP | Feature Image: Sophie Streider

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Berlin’s Second Horizon Festival Shuts Down Due To “Threat To Public Security And Order”

Deadmau5 Tweeted That He Hates The Music Industry

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 9:25pm

Here’s just another thing that you can add to the list of ‘things that Deadmau5 has publicly tweeted about disliking’: the music industry. That list currently consists of The Chainsmokers, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Pasquale Rotella, EDC Las Vegas, Steve Aoki, Marshmello, and much more but it looks like instead of focusing on one particular DJ, or issue, he focused (briefly) on the entire ecosystem.

tbh, i think i just really hate the music industry… at least my corner of it.

— dead mow cinco (@deadmau5) June 23, 2017

If you’re looking for more juicy drama you probably won’t find it here. Deadmau5 didn’t really go in-depth as he usually does, seemingly holding back, somewhat surprisingly, from why he hated the music industry so much. Plus, there’s the fact that he didn’t call anybody in particular out which meant a lack of angry replies from any target.

Finally, Deadmau5 also jokingly mentioned that perhaps he’d consider leaving the music industry entirely for ‘short films and VFX.’ Whether or not that’s true, Deadmau5 is certainly a creative genius and we have no doubts that no matter what form he’ll try to manifest his creativity he’ll still be able to blow us all away.

 

Featured Image: Rukes

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Deadmau5 Tweeted That He Hates The Music Industry

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