Sean Glass kicks off his producing career with a remix of Robert Delong's "Long Way Down."
Five music makers. One graphic designer. One challenge: to create a new & unique piece of artwork each week, for three months.
This is the High Noon Artist Pact; if you don’t know that name by now, you need to get acquainted. They’ve taken ‘practice makes perfect’ to a whole new level and the differences in their skill levels at the end of this challenge compared to when they began will be like night and day. Each week, a word of inspiration will be chosen to give the artists a loose idea of what to base their creation on. The rest is up to them.
We’ll be covering the entirety of the challenge, so you can watch (and listen to) its full development here. To get you started, check out the music from last week’s leg of the challenge below; read on to meet the artists themselves and get an earful of this week’s tunes!
HIGH NOON ARTIST PACT
Week 7 was a rough one for the High Noon crew; only 3 out of the 5 musicians finished their track before the deadline. We feel the struggle, life can most certainly get heavy from time to time. That being said, VNDMG, WERK, and Chase Manhattan all brought the heat on their submissions for this batch. The inspirational word this time around was ‘Electric’, which can definitely go either way when it comes to a musical theme; it could generate a high-voltage, uptempo banger or a or a chilled out, low-wattage number. You’ll hear a bit of both from the artists that made the cut, with high-pitched synth melodies and stuttering tones making sparks fly over resonant, grounding bass lines. To top it all off, Molly Brooks filled the High Noon logo with neon and completely re-imagined the vibe it sets for this week’s cover art.
Check out Week 7’s ‘Electric’ tunes after the jump and be sure to show these artists some support!
Our favorite tune from this round was Chase Manhattan‘s ‘Stunner’. What was yours?
It began with several failed attempts at entrepreneurship stemming from different software applications, but today he stands among the crème de la crème of the electronic music industry. The subject: Ash Pournouri; the topic: his rise to success with the omnipotent Avicii. Citing several different interviews, NextShark has assembled an extremely thorough piece covering everything from Ash’s beginnings as a businessman to his journey with Avicii, his founding of At Night Management, and his plans for the future.
His career in music all started when he happened upon the young Swede, Tim Bergling, who was only 18 at the time.
After meeting for coffee, one thing was certain: the pair wanted to work together, even if Pournouri’s vision wasn’t quite what young Bergling had in mind at the time.
“I could see us working together as he seemed to like me and I liked him, and he respected me and vice versa. It was a gut feeling that he would trust me to let me to lead, and I wanted to trust him to commit to do what he would need to do.”
Not to say that their relationship was void of issues; both Ash & Tim will admit that they’ve had it out with each other on several occasions.
“Over music direction, creative direction, professionalism, being on time, working in a specific way, his clothes, my executive decisions, really everything. I had several conversations with him on what it meant to be as big as we were gearing up to be and whether or not he wanted “all this” and if he was prepared to do what it would take. He was obviously very committed, as was I, so it all progressed, but man did we have our rocky moments.”
Despite such “rocky moments” they have been inseparable since that fateful day and only plan to continue their domination of the electronic music scene. As a manager, one of the primary pieces to take away from these interviews is that Pournouri considers the Avicii brand his “baby.” Although Tim is the brand, the success of Avicii as a whole is just as important to his manager as it is to the artist himself. His secret to the success that they have seen? “Hard work, and conviction that what you’re doing is right.”
Which brings us to the tough part about super-stardom. The prevalence of “haters.” Ash takes the high road, even when the notorious deadmau5 gets involved:
“I never take that stuff personally. How could I when I never even met the guy and he knows nothing about me or my business and is constantly getting his facts wrong from rumors and other haters. I do my thing, and people can say what they want. Tim’s been dealing with his share of haters too, and in the beginning it used to phase him. I told him the taller a tree grows, the more wind will hit it. That’s life. I take Joel’s attacks as flattering — who else would put the time into seeking month-old tweets and starting a rant off of them, and then when confronted not even ask you the question to your face like an adult — I think he secretly likes me. His online persona probably works for him, and who am I to hate on that? It’s his thing.”
While his plans for the future remain somewhat of a mystery, Ash does have a vision for the future of EDM and is tirelessly working to bring it to fruition:
“I am not planning or wanting to change anything in EDM per se, but in the music industry I want to continue to make things fairer for the artists, producers and songwriters and help the industry understand the consumers instead of fighting them. There’s a long way to go, and no one, no matter how hard they think, has yet found the ultimate long-term solution.”
That is something that we can all agree would be nothing but good for the modern music world. To close, Ash left us with one very important lesson; which is, in short, adapt to survive.
“You can have dreams and wishes and visions and goals, but the moment you think you can stick firmly to a plan, it’s over.”
Photo by Rukes
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: The Man Behind Avicii, Ash Pournouri, Imparts His Wisdom
Paris Hilton has been named as a festival headliner... the end is near.
French producer, Watermät, has teamed up with Germany-based producer, TAI, to deliver a collaboration that has us breathless. An up-and-coming player in the deep house game, Watermät saw tremendous success with his last single, “Bullit,” which was arguably the track of the summer last year, and TAI, while a newcomer in the electronic dance music scene, is a veteran in production, with three top 10 albums and a number of accolades to his name. While Watermät and TAI make an unlikely duo, their sounds have meshed perfectly, just in time to deliver a stunning result that is ready to take festival season by storm.
The track is a deep house masterpiece that are bolstered by elements that are drawn from bass music. The driving piano-melody is layered underneath catchy vocal loops and a pulsing bass line before segueing into a brief, electro-inspired riff that is reminiscent of deadmau5. “Frequency” is slated to be released on March 30th via Spinnin’ Records, so keep an eye out for the release of this one!
To start off the news rolling into Miami Music Week, Martin Garrix & Tiesto have already crashed a boat.
While en route to say “hi” to the infamous David Guetta, the driver (apparently) failed to properly trim down the motor while approaching Guetta’s dock, and the result is… well a destroyed dock. A minimal expense for either of these three prolific DJs, they found it more comical than anything.
Thankfully none of the artists, nor anyone else, was injured in the process so deadmau5 won’t have to fly in to replace them at Ultra Music Festival this year.
A video posted by David Guetta (@davidguetta) on Mar 25, 2015 at 12:36pm PDT
Stay tuned for more Miami updates as they come in!
Photo by Rukes
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Martin Garrix & Tiesto Crashed Their Boat In Miami
I honestly don’t even care what people have to say anymore about Martin Garrix’s collaboration with Usher, “Don’t Look Down”; these two videos completely seal the deal for me – I love this tune.
There’s definitely something to be said about director Petros’s ability to weave a story together. The two videos are essentially parallels, following the main character – a towel Boy or Girl – around a posh country club as they try to win the affection of their desire. But it isn’t just the story, it’s the imagery. Between the unmistakable sexual imagery and the odd green screen dancing-0n-the-water bit, each video is absolutely a riot to watch and will likely make you like the track if you didn’t before, or like it more if you already did.
As of right now, the Towel Boy video has ~10x the views as Towel Girl, but I personally like Towel Girl’s better. Plus, the man in hers, Balthazar Getty, looks like a cross between Gary Richards and Charlie Sheen, which is hilarious in its own right. Check out the videos below and let us know which you like better!Credits
Production Company: Draw Pictures
Executive Producer: Christopher Salzgeber
Video Commissioner: Caroline Clayton
Producer: Christopher Salzgeber
Director of Photography: Alexander Dynan
Stylist: Kate DeBlasio
Make Up Vanessa Price
Production Designer: Ariana Nakata
Editor: Chip Eddy – Towel Boy
Editor: Marissa Chalwood – Towel Girl
Casting: Spitfire Casting
Towel Boy – AJ Knight
County Club Girl – Natalia Bonifacci
Aerobics Instructor – Richie Greenfield
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: New Videos For Martin Garrix & Usher’s Collaboration Are Awesome & Hilarious
From Launchpad wielding internet phenomenon to a member of electronic music’s A-list of stars, Madeon‘s ascension has been nothing short of historic. Now with a debut album less than a week away and a brand new live show ready to unveil, the young French star is rapidly approaching a career defining span of events. In a recent AMA on Reddit, Madeon divulged a plethora of information regarding future collaborations, his new live show, and the status of a follow-up to the world famous “Pop Culture” mashup.
As the AMA got underway, Hugo Pierre Leclercq was quickly asked about what could become of a successor to the “Pop Culture” mashup. “Actually one of the first things I decided after Pop Culture took off was to NOT do Pop Culture 2,” he said.
“I was really worried about the video defining my career and being stuck in some sort of YouTube gimmick, so I decided to move on. I still love it and play it live, and I’m amazed by how much it connected with people though, but I really wanted to focus on my own original music. It’s been a few years now though, so maybe someday.”
Jumping from the start of his career to the present, the next chapter is close to being revealed, both in the form of an album and a new live show. The latter will be a complete reinvention of what was presented to the world last year. Much to the delight of fans, the French phenom revealed details regarding the live show:
“I’m really looking forward to that, it’s what I’ve been working on lately. It’s all Madeon music, with brand new live versions of many songs (old and new). I tried to completely remove my mind from the ‘live’ perspective when making the album, so when I started working on the show I wanted to bring back some of that visceral, harder, collective energy that wasn’t explored a lot on the album, while still staying true to it. I’m working on a lot of ways to interact with the music in ways that I find meaningful (changing the chord progression of a song on the fly for example), improvisation is my favorite part of shows.”
Furthermore, a number of potential collaborators were mentioned from fans during the AMA. In regards to the potential of a Lady Gaga reunion, he says, “I would love to,” while also briefly commenting that he’s “been talking more often recently” to often-rumored collaborative partner Porter Robinson. Adding fuel to the fire when a fan started posing the possibility of a Madeon/Phantogram track, he said, “That song may already exist.”
Madeon has given fans what is presumably one final sneak peek at 'Adventure' prior to its release — “Nonsense" featuring vocalist Mark Foster.
The spike in demand for deeper genres of dance music could not have come at a better time for Watermät. Just as summer was about to start last year, the French producer sprung his third musical concoction ever with “Bullit” that seeped its way into hundreds of sets worldwide. Now, as we gear up for this year’s festival season, Watermät unveils his newest Spinnin’ collaboration titled “Frequency” with TAI. Cementing lighthearted chords and pad loops into the track’s foundation, Watermat opens the door for TAI to incorporate shrill bass yelps. The pair’s new original yields a perplexing combination that seems to find a harmony on a much deeper level than the exterior.
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Release Date: March 30
Festival season is upon us once again! And with more and more staggering lineups popping up across the board, festy-goers need to be extra picky when planning out their schedule for the summer. High at the top of our list is Oregon’s premier musical experience, What the Festival (WTF!?).
While the crew behind this stellar event always brings the heat, they’ve completely outdone themselves this year. The lineup, which was released in full earlier today, is absolutely stacked with talent from across the dance music spectrum, featuring Big Gigantic, GRiZ, Odesza, and Keys & Krates sitting pretty at the top. However, What the Festival doesn’t lend all its focus to netting massive headliners; the support lineup is utterly insane, with appearances by Stwo, Troyboi, Minnesota, Great Dane, and many more. We’re extra juiced for the live performance of Machinedrum‘s Vapor City and the extra rare appearance of Sister City, a collaborative project from the minds of Eprom, Grenier, and Hej Fund.
But wait, there’s more! The top-tier musical talent is coupled with the scenic beauty of Wolf Run Ranch and more amenities than you can shake a selfie-stick at. Can you say ‘pool party stage’? Yeah, that’s a thing. Needless to say, What the Festival is not a party you want to miss out on this summer. Check out the full lineup below and grab your tickets before they’re gone!
[Photo Credit: Daniel Zetterstrom]
As we await the arrival of Hudson Mohawke's album 'Lantern,' check out the first track from the album "Very First Breath" featuring Irfane.
The Jack U album took early 2015 by storm, especially the collaboration between Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber which fans were strongly against in the beginning. After the track was released however, fans were pleasantly surprised to hear that the track is actually really good. The pairing of the Biebs with dance music’s coolest cats was an unlikely mix that ended up being a brillant crossover.
Their track together is still gaining plays and sales as it has already passed the 7 million mark on streams. Now, it seems fans may have the chance to hear the track played out live this weekend at Ultra Music Festival.
Putting the pieces together via Twitter, Your EDM has determined that Justin Bieber will be in Miami this weekend to hang out with Skrillex and Diplo:
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Justin Bieber Could Be Performing With Skrillex And Diplo This Weekend
With his forthcoming album set in stone for release this June, Hudson Mohawke is preparing himself for a chaotic summer season. With his 2015 show touring schedule freshly announced, fans can catch Hud Mo live across the US in May, in Europe during the month of June, and at multiple worldwide festivals in July and August — including Melt!, Osheaga, and more. Check out the full list of tour dates below.
The trap wizard has also given us a sneak peak of his upcoming album, Lantern, with the first single, “Very First Breath” featuring Irfane. Exploiting the electro-pop tendencies of his trap nature, Hudson Mohawke curves bass rhythms and synth splashes around kick thuds to introduce the foundation of his next full-length output. Lantern is set to feature a number of other collaborations and will be released on Warp Records on June 16.
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03-28 Miami, FL – RBMA Guest House at Sagamore Hotel
05-23 Chicago, IL – Chop Shop & 1st Ward
05-24 Detroit, MI – Movement Electronic Music Festival
05-28 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
05-29 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
05-30 Philadelphia, PA – The Roots Picnic
05-31 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
06-06 London, England – Field Day
06-06 London, England – XOYO
06-07 Manchester, England – Parklife
06-20 Eersel, Netherlands – We Are Electric
06-27 Madrid, Spain – Mula Fest
07-17 Gräfenhainchen, Germany – Melt! Festival
07-18 Marlay Park, Ireland – Longitude
07-24 Niigata, Japan – Fuji Rock
08-01 Montreal, Quebec – Osheaga Festival
08-21 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival
08-22 Montpellier, France – Positiv Festival
08-28 Leeds, England – Leeds Festival
08-30 Reading, England – Reading Festival
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There are certain festivals that have become known as the biggest and best around. For EDM, that includes Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Festival. For other multi-genre fests, you’ve got ones like Sasquatch, Coachella and of course, Lollapalooza. Coachella may only be a couple weeks away, but Lolla has effectively brought all eyes on itself as their team just released an absolutely staggering lineup.
For sure, you’ve got the typical EDM acts – Bassnectar, Nero, Kygo, etc. – it’s not really a surprise anymore. Smaller acts like Hermitude, Black Tiger Sex Machine, and SNBRN round out the list and make it more equal. It’s interesting to note how far down Boys Noize and What So Not are, however, considering their huge status and ability to headline tours. But I suppose when you’ve got headliners like Paul McCartney and Metallica, you can afford to shove a few names down a bit.
Lollapalooza will be held July 31 – August 2nd. GA Tickets have already sold out.
Watch the aftermovie from 2014 and get hyped.