Goldroom links up with vocalist George Maple for "Embrace," from his new EP 'It's Like You Never Went Away.'
At the end of 2014, Insomniac announced that its flagship industry conference and expo, EDMbiz, would be returning to Sin City in 2015 for EDM’s most influential executives and artists to come together and discuss the current happenings in the industry. With this year’s list of speakers still held under lock and key, Insomniac surfaces with its first wave of announcements for this year’s conference. EDMbiz 2015 will host the event’s first-ever startup and record/A&R contests.
EDMbiz’s startup contest will present a platform for hopeful entrepreneurs to enter and possibly pitch their business ideas in front of a panel of high-profile venture capitalist and leading EDM personas. Basing their judging decisions around the startup’s ingenuity, disruptive capacity, and market opportunity, the expert panel will choose five teams to give their presentations live at the 2015 conference where one lucky startup will ultimately be selected the winner.
In terms of the A&R contest, EDMbiz, Insomniac Records, and Wavo have partnered up to give one aspiring producer the chance to release their original production on Insomniac’s premier imprint. Insomniac Records launched at the start of 2014 and now boasts a roster consisting of Arty, Arno Cost & Norman Doray, Hook N Sling, and Destructo. After a preliminary round of crowd-sourced voting via Wavo’s music platform, the most voted-upon artists will showcase their track at the conference in front of a committee of judges from the world’s most powerful record labels. The judges will choose the winning original to be released via Insomniac Records.
In addition to the contest announcements, EDMbiz will be taking over Omnia Nightclub on the first night of the conference, June 16th, for its opening party featuring Afrojack, while on the eve of EDC Las Vegas and EDMBiz’s final night, The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool will serve as the venue for the Closing Night Party with Alesso set to perform. This initial announcement is only the first of many to come from EDMbiz before the commencement of their fourth year, and for those who look to attend, badges are still available to attend the 2015 conference and expo taking place from June 16-18.
Enter: Startup Contest
Enter: A&R Contest
Insomniac unveils new startup and A&R contests, official parties, and more for EDMbiz was posted by Austin Evenson, and appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.
Remember when we sat down with Carter Cruise for an interview when she was breaking into the EDM scene? I don’t because it was actually over email. Regardless, she has since released her single with Styles&Complete, which you get a taste of in the present we have for you today.
Cruise Control Vol. 1 has just been released as the first of, hopefully, many mixes from Carter. Some people discredit her because of her background in the porn industry, but those individuals are missing out because she’s actually got quite the ear for good music and she’s got brains. Fans of trap and twerk will jive with this nearly fifty minute mix which is packed with music from GTA, NGHTMRE, Slander, Candyland and more. Listen through and grab yourself the download if you don’t want to just stream it from Soundcloud when you’re mobile.
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Carter Cruise Gets Down & Dirty With First Episode of Cruise Control Mix Series
Contrary to what we all hope for, blogs and music charts aren’t free from corruption and shady behavior. Within the online community, these sources control a large portion of what would determine the readers’ tastes, opinions, and overall outcomes of many artists that can get a spot. While blog and news sites may create the more detailed coverage, music ranking sites like Hype Machine present a tangible, numbered list to judge certain songs’ current “popularity”. By receiving more hearts than the competitors, tracks within the top 10 can blow up overnight. With such a simple and direct system of tracking, it’s easy to see how the system can be manipulated to favor certain contributors.
If an artist’s PR team or managers decide to barrage a group of listeners with pleads to heart a track, it can instantly break the top 10. Subscribers can also create multiple accounts on HypeM to continue feeding support. While the site has cracked down on these users and established a more secure system of monitoring activity, a new trend has arisen that circumvents their efforts. PR teams are now using their blog connections to underhandedly promote their artists, leading to the appearance of “greater exposure” and subsequently more attention directed toward the track in question.
Anthony Volodkin, founder of Hype Machine, had this to say:
A few years have passed since I’ve written about our approach to Hype Machine’s Popular charts.
Since that post, we’ve prevented hundreds of artists and marketing teams from gaining an unfair advantage on our site. It’s disappointing, but it comes with the territory of maintaining a music chart that remains closely watched six years later. This has helped millions of people find some truly incredible music through each of the blogs in our index.
More recently, we’ve become concerned over some new patterns on music blogs themselves.
A handful of labels and PR outlets have focused their efforts on illicitly gaining coverage on Hype Machine-indexed blogs. The most common approach is to become a contributor at an established blog and post their clients (or clients their friends are promoting). For maximum impact, the same person would then get a spot at multiple blogs to create the appearance of broader support for the release. In some cases, the people running these blogs were aware of this, in others these discoveries have come as a surprise.
We have stopped indexing blogs that support such behavior or do not select their writers carefully. There are a few reasons why it’s important for us that this does not continue on Hype Machine:
• You should be able to listen to a track knowing that it was posted because the writer thinks it’s good—not because they’re a client.
• By creating a false sense of popularity for their artists, marketers can manipulate you into liking the music they are paid to promote. For example, if a track has been posted by many blogs, some of which are well-established, it is more likely to be heard and gain momentum through repetition. This encourages more blogs to post these artists, and the cycle repeats.
While blogs are an integral part of music marketing in 2015, we want to support bloggers, labels, and PR agencies that operate with integrity.
From one end of the spectrum, it makes sense that certain bloggers take this route. They aren’t making enough money writing articles for their site, and choose to branch out into areas of promotion, management, and PR in order to pay the bills. They succeed if their artist does, so they use their blog stature to help boost their image. This overly casual manipulation of one’s resources, however, is exactly why we see certain artists getting an unfair advantage in the charts. Pigeons and Planes put it best when they said, “The old rules of journalistic integrity don’t fully apply to kids who consider themselves bloggers and who have no interest in being journalists.” By using blog outlets as another tool for one’s personal gain, it quickly becomes clear that the quality of the music or genuine belief in its potential have nothing to do with its promotion or chart success. It’s about advancing oneself, and wrongfully swaying the public’s eye in a direction you’ve chosen for them.
It’s for this reason that I can’t condemn HypeM for banning such blogs from their index. The site is striving to present a pure, accurate representation of solid, upcoming music, and is deciding to take back control of the system for doing so. As Anthony says, blog writers should only promote the music that they think is good and never favor artists simply because they’re working together. All music bloggers, no matter their later actions, got into the business because they loved the music and hoped to contribute to its spread. When this innocent ideal becomes compromised by shortcuts and money-driven manipulation, we abandon what brought us here in the first place.
It’s not everyday the #1 DJ in the world vets you. When Dyro was hand selected by Hardwell to be one of the next biggest DJs, he and Dannic were relatively unknown. In just four years though, Dyro (born Jordy Van Egmond) has gone from tour support to festival headliner and one of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs.
In a recent profile from DJ Mag, Dyro waxes poetic about his time with Revealed Recordings, the label that signed many of his first tracks back in 2011. At this time Hardwell was rising up the ranks with tunes like “Spaceman,” as EDM was entering the Golden Age. His success helped fuel the careers of people like Dyro, who played alongside him and other Revealed artists at shows. Their close friendship and time spent together with Dannic, as well, has resulted in some of his most memorable moments, even leading him to consider the possibility of a super group between the three of them. Though if that were to ever happen (fingers crossed), Dyro promises that it would be legit and involve official releases instead of just performing together.
“For a supergroup, I would like to do something bigger than just a back-to-back set. We would have to go into the studio together and work on some tracks, do a release or two and make it something really unique, I wouldn’t want to mislead the fans and dress it up as something more than it actually is, I hate it when DJs do that.”
Today, Dyro has gone the traditional route most DJs take, using the knowledge gained under his mentor and friend. He now juggles extensive touring, a podcast, and his own label Wolv which is still in its infancy. You can learn more about Dyro and just how much Revealed and Wolv mean to him in DJ Mag’s profile here.
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: How Hardwell’s Protege Dyro Made a Name for Himself & Talks Of Possible Supergroup
Determined to maintain a stronghold on the streaming music business, Spotify is rapidly unveiling new dimensions of its forthcoming update. During a press conference held today, the streaming platform confirmed rumors regarding a media expansion by announcing a video and podcast extension of Spotify that will be unveiled on its next iteration. BBC, ESPN, Vice News, Adult Swim and TED will be some of Spotify’s first video partners, and the platform hinted that they aim to introduce original content in the future as well.
In addition to video, the platform will also be introducing Spotify Running, an extension of the already existing app that will use sensors to detect the user’s running pace in order to match the song tempo. As usual, Spotify users will be able to select genres or songs they prefer, or allow Spotify to curate for them. Appropriately, Spotify Running will integrate with Nike and RunKeeper apps.
Spotify Running will also introduce original songs created especially with running in mind. As the user runs and increases or decreases speed, the sensor will detect the pace and select songs that will match in tempo and intensity. As of the press event, six songs have already been created, one of which was authored by Tiësto.
The Spotify update will go live today in the US, UK, Germany, and Sweden. Other countries will receive the roll out soon.
Via: Business Insider
Spotify taps Tiësto for a ‘Spotify Running’ original and announces plans to integrate video content was posted by Valerie Lee, and appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.
Canadian DJ and producer Max Graham recently announced his plan to say goodbye to his Armada-distributed label, Rebrand Records. Since founding the label over ten years ago, Graham worked to establish Rebrand as a “family of like-minded artists.” He says that, a decade later, he can look back on the experience with pride and satisfaction. He gives special credit to the Armada team for backing the label and helping it evolve, and to the Rebrand artist family, specifically Protoculture and Solid Stone who “helped create the sound that Rebrand was so known for.”
While the goodbye may be bittersweet to many who followed Rebrand’s growth and expanding roster across the years, Graham says he’s not yet finished with the role of label operator. His next step in the game will be to launch a new imprint dedicated towards encompassing a broader sound and wider variety of melodic techno and true progressive house. He’s named the project Cycles after the successful Cycles Radio show, and says the imprint will serve as “almost a return to the days when trance had an underground groove and genres were not as defined as they are today.”
Cycles already has a steady queue of releases lined up, including material by artists like Solid Stone and Tim Penner. The label’s first release is Graham’s own single “Redemption,” featuring remixes by Alex Di Stefano, Solid Stone and Tim Penner. The release date is still to be determined.
In addition to the label, Graham is also planning an accompanying series of events titled “CyclesLive” which will celebrate talent on the radio show and label.
“I’m very excited to move forward with this new phase and bring everything under the one banner of Cycles,” says Graham.
Max Graham leaves Rebrand Records to launch new label Cycles was posted by Amanda Mesa, and appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.
We were recently given the opportunity to sit down for a few moments with our favorite DJ couple, Laidback Luke and Gina Turner. Read inside!
Australia’s Atlas Bound are the latest duo from down under to catch our attention. After debuting on Dancing Astronaut with the slow-brewed “Tell Me,” the pair follow suit with “Landed on Mars.” Another slow moving and melancholic crooner, “Landed on Mars” employs lurching pianos and subdued percussion to put a relaxing spin on the latest chilled-out original from Australia’s most recent export.
Smallpools have made a name for themselves thanks to the trendy lyrical content and beautiful vocal work embedded throughout their songs. For the electronic music fans of the world, however, there is still something left to be desired in their projects: the raised tempo and upbeat atmosphere of a dance music rework.
Enter Halogen, a young duo that joins the post-big-room wave of new producers who see through the aggressive sounds of the main stage and look for a more unique musical approach. In their remix of “Karaoke,” the duo take a commercial progressive house approach to bring Smallpools’ production to the dance floor. While Halogen’s comfort zone rested securely in the future house movement until today, “Karaoke” reveals a multi-faceted array of talents that the duo have kept in their stockpile. This official remix will certainly not be the last you hear from Halogen.
DA Premiere: Smallpools – Karaoke (Halogen Remix) [Free Download] was posted by Eric Zwilling, and appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.
EDM grew 37% in valuation from 2012/13 to 2013/14, an unprecedented growth seldom seen in the music industry. The official estimates from the International Music Summit, Ibiza are now in for 2013/14 – 2014/15 and measure an additional 12% growth, raising the international value of the electronic dance music industry to a whopping $6.9 billion.
This accompanies a $2 billion valuation for the whole of EDM in North America and $1 billion in the Asia-Pacific region.
In addition to the expected info graphics, Kevin Watson – the man behind the IMS report, threw in some fun factoids courtesy of Eventbrite. For example a quarter of all nightlife tickets sold in the US are for electronic music events, and an average night out costs around $80.
Check out the full IMS Ibiza report here for accurate information about the state of the EDM industry and current trends.
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: EDM Continues It’s Rampant Growth With 2015 Valuation
Sweden’s Anevo has quickly risen through the ranks thanks stellar original productions and chart topping remix work including Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding’s “Outside.” His latest remix takes on Maroon 5 and Gwen Stefani’s “My Heart is Open” off the band’s fifth studio album, V. Anevo builds a slow moving progressive house back bone that supports Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani’s powerful duet. Another top notch borderline pop production from the next big export from Sweden, this “My Heart is Open” remix is available now as a free download.
Maroon 5 Ft. Gwen Stefani – My Heart Is Open (Anevo Remix) was posted by Andrew Spada, and appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.
The winner of Bro Safari’s epic Splice x Mysteryland contest has finally been revealed just days before the New York festival commences.
From Bro Safari:
WINNER: JORGEN ODEGARD
This was a very difficult decision to make. I heard a lot of really creative submissions that sparked inspiration within myself. I narrowed it down to about ten songs and went from there. Popularity, likes and votes had zero impact on the process. I want to make that clear! I wound up going with the project that contained specific qualities that I was looking for. I really liked Jorgen’s entry for a lot of reasons. I felt like the ideas that he put forth were creative, thoughtful and very well produced. I heard quite a few things that I immediately wanted to work with. I let him know that he won a few days ago and since then, we have been going back and forth, working on the song via Splice. It’s sounding really cool now and we’re hopeful that we can play a more finished sounding version at Mysteryland this weekend!
So, congrats to Jorgen Odegard and I want to say thank you to every single person that participated in this contest. I really think that we did something special here. I also want to thank Splice & Mysteryland for organizing everything and providing the awesome prize package.
Included in the announcement are a few honorable mentions that caught Bro Safari’s eye but unfortunately didn’t measure up to Jorgen’s remix.
Jorgen will take a helicopter to Mysteryland where he will open Bro Safari’s Animal House themed stage. He’ll then also finish the collaboration with Bro Safari!
Renowned for his monthly “Magic Tape” series and tranquilizing remixes, The Magician has proudly unveiled the third release on his imprint, Potion. His first original production of 2015, “Together” marks a particularly exciting time for Stephen Fasano. His upward trajectory since the release of “Sunlight” nearly one year ago has landed the Belgian producer a slew of enviable time slots at major festivals like Ultra, EDC NY, Life Festival and Hideout, to name a few.
While his original productions may be rare, when they do arrive every so often it is difficult not to shower them in praise. A fine consolidation of whimsical melody, a soulful topline and The Magician’s signature bass, “Together” acts as another mirthful production within his expanding repertoire. In flirting with the lines of future and deep house, Fasano’s catchy club warmer will inevitably become one of the songs of 2015.
We all remember when DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs poll came out, right? No? Well, that’s neither here nor there.
During this year’s poll, DJ Mag added an additional question that has been a long time coming. With the rise of festivals around the world, the question had to be asked – which one is the best?
Far from an objective look at festivals worldwide, voters overwhelmingly chose Belgium’s Tomorrowland as the world’s #1 festival. However, it does make sense.
Tomorrowland, as far as I know it having never gone, seems to have one of the closest resemblances to a legitimate community as far as electronic festivals go worldwide. Electric Daisy Carnival comes close, but the lack of camping cuts off that degree of togetherness.
With over 4 million subscribers to their YouTube channel and and recent aftermovies clocking over 125 million views, it is clear that the Tomorrowland experience goes way beyond the 160,000 attendees of the festival. In this modern world, fans are developed online and can experience some of the festival’s vibe from watching the live streams.
Source: DJ Mag
The Chainsmokers team up with Bullysongs for their new single, "Good Intentions," out now on Disruptor Records / Sony Music.
On the cusp of revealing his upcoming material for his new EP, It’s Like You Never Went Away, Goldroom is giving an old favorite a face lift. His new rendition of “Embrace” enlists George Maple on vocals who was actually the original’s writer as well. Additionally, Josh Legg has partnered with Snapchat to premiere not only the title track from his EP, but also a video project coupled with his forthcoming EP release. In a series of four short clips, fans can view the entire video one segment at a time on the Snapchat Discover story.
Goldroom gives ‘Embrace’ a facelift; partners with Snapchat for new EP was posted by Valerie Lee, and appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.
ID&T — the revered event producer behind such festival staples as Tomorrowland, Mysteryland, Sensation, Electric Zoo and more — is gearing up for its first-ever West Coast festival with One Tribe. After announcing a huge lineup earlier this month with five stages curated by the likes of Beatport, Awakenings, Paradise, Crosstown Rebels and B3, the festival has now revealed its official trailer.
As opposed to your average pre-event mini-movie, the trailer is conspicuously lacking in flashy, festival eye-candy. Rather, One Tribe puts the focus on their principles: “Through unity, we ignite awareness around the ideals of community, respect, learning, and celebration. It is at this dawn of a new spiritual age we find life moving us to search and discover something new.” With this in mind, ID&T’s newest festival looks to be their most spiritually conscious efforts to date: a refreshing spin for the company as well as a fitting choice for Southern California’s dance music community.
Tickets for One Tribe are on sale now, staring at $85 for one-day tickets.
One Tribe’s official trailer is here; tickets now on sale was posted by Michael Sundius, and appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.