Diplo‘s list of collaborators may be one of the most extensive in the dance industry.
Whether it be studio time with Rae Sremmurd and Skrillex for a new Jack Ü single or taking over radio waves with his new Bieber-assisted Major Lazer single “Cold Water,” Wesley Pentz is a machine when it comes to churning out content. Adding to his growing list of forthcoming singles awaiting release, the Mad Decent head-honcho tweeted out a video of Belgian brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike premiering their collaboration with Diplo at Ejket Festival in Athens.
Typically known for their ground-shaking big room anthems, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are following Diplo’s lead on the new dancehall-infused ID. The dance heavyweights set their sites on the mainstream as an unknown vocalist guides the track’s build up into a drop of vocal chop melodies and dancehall percussion, which has been the new hot trend in dance-pop as of recent. More details to come.
12 people were injured following the “deliberate explosion” of a homemade bomb at the entrance to a music festival in Ansbach, Germany at 10pm local time, July 24. The festival had approximately 2,500 attendees.
The bomber was identified as a Syrian national whose request for asylum in Bavaria was denied, though he was allowed to stay in the German state due to the ongoing civil war in Syria.
The 27-year-old man set off the bomb, which was loaded with nails and screws to increase its deadliness, after being denied entrance into the festival. A spokesman for the regional interior ministry, Michael Siefner, stated that bomber’s motives were unclear. The Syrian national died in the attack.
This attack is the latest in a harrowing week for Germany that saw a man attack individuals with an axe on train July 18 and a deadly attack on a Munich shopping center July 22 that left nine deceased.
Update: 1:15pm EST: CNN has confirmed that 15 people were injured in the attack, which has now officially been declared a suicide bombing. CNN has also confirmed that the assailant left behind a video pledging allegiance to ISIS before the attack.
Photo Credit: Ansbach plus/Instagram
This weekend marks Tomorrowland’s twelfth annual festival in Boom, Belgium. Slightly north of Brussels, the festival has become an archetype that many festivals since have attempted to emulate, or even replicate. Tomorrowland’s influence is so vast that a number of internationally-renowned DJs have attributed their success to being booked in the festival’s early days.
Tomorrowland has grown substantially in its twelve-year tenure. Having expanded to hold satellite events in the United States and Brazil, each installation of the festival expounds upon the prior year’s otherworldly stage productions and expansive lineups. However, the inaugural festival was itself an impressive event by modern standards, boasting lineup appearances by the likes of Armin van Buuren, Sasha, Ferry Corsten, and many more — the stage production, too, was remarkable for the festival standards of 2005.
View the official after-movie of Tomorrowland’s first installment above, set to Paul van Dyk’s “Nothing But You,” and watch a more comprehensive fan-made video recap of the festival below.
Gucci Mane has been efficiently managing his time since his highly-publicized release from prison earlier this summer. He’s already released a full-length studio project and announced forthcoming new work with Drake, as well as a number of other top-name rappers. Now we have the Atlanta rapper working on yet another headline-making project, with Major Lazer, Justin Bieber, and MØ‘s freshly-minted new summer smash, “Cold Water,” in his crosshairs.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) July 22, 2016
The long-awaited collaboration features a star-studded team of writers and producers, including credited contributions from Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco. Featuring Bieber’s infectious top line and MØ’s complementing accompaniment over Major Lazer’s breezing dancehall beat, “Cold Water” is bound to be in rotation all summer long.
Wasting no time, the Atlanta trap icon took to Snapchat in show his support of the new tune. Gucci soon began to churn hype on a new “Cold Water” remix in the works, and it seems the idea may have already come to fruition.
Word has it Diplo already snuck in a crowd test in New York City during a slot at Brunch Bounce. With the original tune still picking up steam as one of the defining hits of the summer, Gucci Mane’s impending contribution could make “Cold Water” even bigger.
Listen to the original here:
H/T: The Fader
On Wednesday, Artem Vaulin, the founder of Kickass Torrents (KAT), was arrested for his BitTorrent distribution operation.
Vaulin was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement. The 30-year-old Ukrainian was arrested in Poland after U.S. investigators tracked him through the Kickass Torrents Facebook fan page.
Also, after undercover agents purchased advertising space on KAT in March 2016, the site’s annual ad revenue is estimated to be over $16 million per year. Here is what the Department of Justice had to say regarding the case:
“Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials. In an effort to evade law enforcement, Vaulin allegedly relied on servers located in countries around the world and moved his domains due to repeated seizures and civil lawsuits. His arrest in Poland, however, demonstrates again that cybercriminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice.”
As per usual, Afrojack‘s performance this weekend on Tomorrowland’s second evening was characterized by its diverse blend of powerful and experimental house tracks. From the very hardest edges of the circuit to the more melodic and atmospheric tunes, his set wowed fans by the thousands both onsite and at home via the live stream.
In a video posted to his Facebook on Sunday, Afrojack takes viewers through the process of selecting one track in particular to play out during his set. An unreleased track by Hellberg, the name behind some of EDM’s most acclaimed progressive house material, was tested out by Afrojack in his studio prior to his Tomorrowland spot. He calls the Swedish producer a “genius,” and notes that the track “All The Way” will be officially released on August 5.
Watch the process from the studio to the festival stage below, and keep your eyes peeled for the song’s release.
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Watch Afrojack Debut Brand New Hellberg Track At Tomorrowland [Video]
While the Tomorrowland madness in Belgium raged on this weekend, the Australians were treated to a fantastic festival of their own, NSW-based Splendour In The Grass. Among the catalogue of performing acts, native producer Flume took to the stage on Sunday to throw down a complex and powerful arrangement of his own tracks.
One in particular, never before heard in its entirety, was played out to the joy of his fans. The track came from the very first Soundcloud preview of his Skin LP, but was one that never made it onto the final release. In an interview with DIY Magazine, Flume described the reason for its absence.
“I am a bigger fan of some of the songs that didn’t make it over some that did, but those songs didn’t fit, and there’s a definite feeling in all the songs that made the album that tie them together and make it flow as one. Those other songs are still going to come out, for sure, but as a body of work it didn’t quite make sense to give them a home on the album.”
Now that the album’s out and some time has passed, it appears Flume is beginning to tease some of the material that didn’t make the cut. The new track features a groovy, future bass arrangement and distant vocal echoes above a simple yet deadly percussion section.
Listen to the full preview below.
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Flume Drops New Unreleased Track At Australian Festival [LISTEN]
There are certain figureheads in genres that stand against the test of time and come out the other side stronger and more resilient than ever. Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Showtek, Noisia, Avicii… these are all names that evoke a certain thought or characteristic in the minds of fans the world over. For those who love drum & bass, DJ Fresh has been one of those names.
Though most people are familiar with Flux Pavilion’s remix, the original “Gold Dust” is still a classic that gets rinsed quite often in sets. DJ Fresh was the first DJ to really make use of the incredible Rita Ora, and he has worked with many vocalists and producers over the years and continues to astonish with his own works. Unfortunately, it seems that fans won’t have a chance to see him for much longer.
DJ Fresh has announced his intention to quit touring after January next year, finishing up his current round of show dates before packing it in and focusing on other endeavors. He states, “I cannot continue to be part of this industry.. I hate everything about it. It’s fake, soul destroying and promotes everything BUT experimentation and heartfelt emotion.”
On the whole, there’s a chance that he’s right. However, it’s doubly unfortunate that he has not put in the effort to find more genuine sects of dance music to hang his hat on. There’s surely a large portion of the upper echelon of dance music that is vapid and superficial, but there’s a healthy and burgeoning underground that wants nothing more than to see each other succeed.
Regardless of his reasoning, we’re sad to see DJ Fresh go. Hopefully he will continue to push out quality music even if we won’t be hearing it on the road.
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: DJ Fresh Announces That He Will No Longer Tour After Current Set Of Dates