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Valentino Khan Shares Favorite Photos From Holy Ship Ahead Of Wrecked! Next Weekend

There’s a reason Holy Ship! is regarded so highly among those who have attended, whether on the original ship or on the newly minted Wrecked! varietal in Mexico. Everyone booked for the event is already at least someone close — of course some more than others — but it always gives way to some of the most surprising and one-of-a-kind circumstances across the festival circuit.

One of the producer/DJs who regularly shows up and creates a wonderful sort of chaos is Valentino Khan. We reached out to Holy Ship! to have Valentino provide us with some of his favorite photos from across the years, as well as his thoughts on each occasion.

Below, you’ll see impromptu b2bs with Phantoms & GG Magree, or Diplo, as well as his WWF event, and just some general rambunction. Check it out below and visit holyship.com for more info about festivities next week!

The back 2 back sets are always very impromptu at Ship. Here I am playing with a country western DJ who says his name is “Diplo.”

Best part about the few days is hanging with buds you don’t get to see too often. I think we all ended up getting dinner after this pic.

Last year they had these coconuts filled with rare Dominican liquor and I couldn’t stop drinking them. They always seemed to spur conversation.

I always try to play a ton of house music during my sets at Ship. Never fails to set the mood right.

It’s become a tradition for me to referee World Sumo Wrestling Federation. Basically a tournament of people in inflated suits trying to destroy each other.

When you play Holy Ship, half the fun is hopping around and checking out all your friends’ sets.

Sometimes you link up with your homies and your bottles collide to create an incredible mix.

And sometimes you stumble into something random. I was walking the beach and pulled up on Phantoms hosting a cocktail contest & got in on the action.

 

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NGHTMRE & Zeds Dead Reunite On “Shady Intentions” feat. Tori Levett [LISTEN]

NGHTMRE and Zeds Dead have just unveiled their highly anticipated collaboration “Shady Intentions.” Featuring vocals by the talented Tori Levett, two of the biggest names in electronic music collide once again.

Although it’s been more than five years since NGHTMRE and Zeds Dead last teamed up on a single, “Frontlines” with GG Magree off their debut album Northern Lights, “Shady Intentions” masterfully highlights each artist’s abilities resulting in a standout track. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the official release of their latest song for most of the year as news of the collaboration made the rounds on social media. Now, the wait for “Shady Intentions” is finally over.

The three-minute track opens with Tori Levett’s tranquil vocals over peppy synth work that seamlessly transitions to a heart-pounding rise of powerful bass. NGHTMRE and Zeds Dead pull listeners back and forth from interludes of dreamy melodies to bass-driven breakdowns that build up to a satisfying drop that envelops listeners in an energetic blend of snappy sound design and thundering drums. “Shady Intentions” is sure to be the epic collaboration fans have been waiting for all year long.

Listen below!

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Excision Presents ‘The Thunderdome 2020 Live Experience’ In Stunning 4K [WATCH]

In anticipation of Excision‘s upcoming staple event — The Thunderdome 2022 — the bass music authority has unleashed his live set from The Thunderdome 2020.

Running over an hour and 20 minutes, the performance is laced with plenty of Excision favorites, including collabs with Subtronics, Illenium, Slander, and more. Plus, music from Peekaboo & Calcium, YOOKiE, Spag Heddy, Hydraulix & SWRVO to name a few.

Excision’s production is top notch, offering a full on audio/visual experience and showing future audiences what to expect from The Thunderdome. As mentioned in the video’s description, “It’s as close as you can get to being in the crowd!”

Excision Presents: The Thunderdome 2022 soon returns — set to take place at Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA over February 4th and 5th.

Watch below and explore the lineup / secure tickets here!

Excision Presents: The Thunderdome 2020 Live Experience

 

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elrow Announces Final Line up for Winter Edition in New York

Following their successful North American return in July 2021 with their sold-out 10-hour extravaganza, among the first large scale events back in NYC, today international party purveyor elrow announces it will be closing out the year with its most in-demand sci-fi pop culture-themed winter festival RowsAttacks! elrow’s final blow-out of the year will bring Ibiza to New York with an interplanetary post-apocalyptic invasion taking over two stages at Avant Gardner in Brooklyn, NY on December 11 for a mothership’s worth of partying. elrow also announces an exciting, otherworldly lineup including Grammy Award-winner CID, Jackathon party curator Heidi, and Barcelona’s Rendher. This is one of elrow’s strongest lineups in years so it’s sure to be a special night for music-loving creatures from all corners of the galaxy.

Tickets: https://za.fan/elrowP1

In addition to Kings Hall and the Great Hall, elrow introduces a new theme, elrow City, making this the first time elrow features two themes in one event. Bringing the intergalactic vibes to Avant Gardner’s two stages are: Andrea Oliva b2b Cloonee, Archie Hamilton, Bastian Bux, Chelina Manuhutu, Ilario Alicante, LP Giobbi, and Jeff Arita b2b Luna Mar. elrow city’s debut hosted by Repopulate Mars will feature CID, J. Worra, Martin Ikin, and Westend. Lee Foss and Detlef will do double duty playing their own individual sets and a special b2b closing set. Also going b2b are these elrow exclusives with Charles Meyer b2b Inphinity, Bastian Bux b2b Rendher, and Adam Braimin b2b Shalev.

“We’re excited to have our first indoor festival in New York since pre-pandemic days! We’ll be making up our RowsAttacks tour as this has been the most requested theme by our American fans. Last but not least, this is my most favorite lineup ever in elrow North America.” – Michael Julian, Head of elrow North America

Adding to the outer space spectacle, elrow’s otherworldly performers and cosmic acrobats will immerse audiences in an interplanetary experience while dressed as extraterrestrials, astronauts, monsters, Yoda, and other sci-fi beings. With UFO sightings and space alien visitors in the news, and William Shatner blasting off into space, elrow’s futuristic outer space theme is on point. Expect larger-than-life props of UFOs, rockets, and more as the design team goes all out for this multisensory, interplanetary battle between Planet elrow and the evil Planet Sensible. The trendiest DJs in the house and techno universe will be spinning out-of-this-world beats to keep the international elrow crowd moving. Earth may be an apocalyptic wasteland but Planet elrow is teeming with friendly aliens of all types seeking out the best party in the galaxy.

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No Mana Recreates B2B With i_o From EDC 2019 In Honor Of One-Year Anniversary Of His Passing

A year ago yesterday, Garrett Lockhart, known to fans as i_o, tragically passed away. It’s hard to believe it’s been a full year; then again, the past 12 months have seemed like a fever dream to a lot of people. However, to those close to G, it’s been a year bereft of their best friend.

In honor of the one-year anniversary of his passing, No Mana set out on a journey to recreate the two’s iconic B2B at the parliamentARTCAR from EDC Las Vegas 2019. The set ended up more packed than either of them would have expected (story on that from No Mana below) and it’s a tribute that only No Mana could make.

summer of 2019. it’s 12:55am and i’m at edc las vegas about to drink on the job with g at the parliament art car. it happens to be so windy that the kinetic field had to close. we were that crowd’s next option as we were literally right next to it. this is the most people i’ve ever imagined at an art car. without having said a word, i signal him for a cigarette. i’m not a smoker but i sarcastically do this every show with him so he knows the drill. enter second stage of our routine: rock paper scissors. i lose to him for the hundredth time in a row. now that our totally non-plur, bad-vibes intro has finished we start actually doing the thing. i work the faders while he stands on the dj tables. he works the faders while i spill 3 beers within 10 minutes (sorry sian). the whole hour was such a vibe that besides almost losing my socks and sandals from dancing the only words said between us during the set was “holy shit” and “hey play your track move so i can drop my dumb daft punk bootleg right after”; the rest was horseplay and kandii trading. no words can describe how fun this set was for us, the best i can do is say what happened. rest in peace you idiot. no tears only techno now.

The recreation may not be entirely accurate, but at this point, that’s not important. What’s important is the thought and intent behind this moving tribute that you can now, to the best of everyone’s ability, live over and over again. Listen below.

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RONCO Releases Energetic Club Anthem, ‘The One’

“The One,” isn’t just an upbeat original house track from USA based artist RONCO, it’s the next chapter of an artists realization of his talents and thus took things to the next level. His November 2021 single contains all the hallmarks of a sound primed to pop off in the club. The peak of the moment is the rhythmic basslines in the drop, this layered with crisp house percussion and a silky smooth pop vocal captures a perfect balance which sets a good mood. RONCO, real name Kendrick Acken, has been a life long music lover – after getting exposed to electronic music heavy in high school and then being moved by a Skrillex show in 2011, he knew what he was meant to do.

RONCO began to immerse himself in the culture more than ever, soon learning to DJ and then starting the alias RONCO in 2018. He took notice to truly achieve his dream, he would need to improve his production game and begin releasing original music while continuing to do to events. In 2020, quarantine allowed him ample time to up his production development and unite his skillset of live performance and studio prowess. Today, he’s brought those 2 folds as one and is already gaining recognition, getting signed to labels like Bring The Kingdom, now Uttermost, and others.

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Martron Drops Fresh Bass Twist On Niiko X SWAE’s Eeny Meeny

Martron’s twist on Niiko X SWAE’s “Eeny Meeny,” takes an already tasty trap song and makes it exquisite. The artist clearly sensed a side of the sound that had not been brought out yet and made the magic happen. Martron’s version adds a bit more melody and eased groove to the pallet, while still holding on to the trap and bass roots of it all which is at it’s core. The remix works across a variety of scenerios and activities – whether it be when you’re ready to go hard at the club, ankle-deep in mud at a festival, or hitting your daily peak at the gym – this remix would improve the situation across the board.

Martron · Niiko x SWAE – Eeny Meeny (Martron Remix)

Martron has had plenty of experience putting in the work with both remixes and originals, his streaming channels showcase both of just this. For example, his alias has amassed 724K streams on SoundCloud and over 407K streams on Spotify. On top of this, Martron has had music supported by Nervo and NGHTMRE, has been invited by Dash Radio and Lizzy Jane’s Mix Series “XO Radio” to do mixes on their show, and indicates no sign of slowing down as we begin to lean into the new year.

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Grammy Nominations 2022: Porter Gets Snubbed, Big Noms For Illenium, Marshmello

You have two sides of a coin. On one side is the DJ Mag Top 100. On the other are the Grammy nominations. The coin, most times, seems to be flipped by an idiot. But like all games of chance, there are still a fair amount of people who are interested in the results.

Both awards/lists are markers of success or popularity in some sense and there is definitely a degree of pride to be gleaned from inclusion on either one, the Grammys a bit more than the DJ Mag Top 100. Still, a lot of times, they both seem to be stuck in the past. Take for instance the 2022 Grammy Nominations which noticeably leave Nurture from Porter Robinson off the list. Tsk tsk.

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album noms are given to Black Coffee, Illenium, Major Lazer, Marshmello, Sylvan Esso, and Ten City. Recording (aka singles) noms are given to Afrojack & David Guetta, Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo, James Blake, Bonobo (again) & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Caribou, Rüfüs Du Sol, and Tiësto.

Many of those nominations are valid and deserved. Some definitely could have gone to other artists. But hey, that’s how it is.

One interesting update to this year’s awards, as pointed out by Variety, “Having every producer, writer and featured guest suddenly included in the album and record of the year categories also makes for some interesting disparities. At one extreme, nearly 200 people are nominated for helping make [Justin] Bieber’s Justice album; at the other end of the scale, [Billie] Eilish’s Happier Than Ever album sports just five nominees for album of the year.”

You can see the full list of nominations here and

Best Dance/Electronic Recording

1. HERO
Afrojack & David Guetta

2. LOOM
Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo

3. BEFORE
James Blake

4. HEARTBREAK
Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

5. YOU CAN DO IT
Caribou

6. ALIVE
Rüfüs Du Sol

7. THE BUSINESS
Tiësto

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

1. SUBCONSCIOUSLY
Black Coffee

2. FALLEN EMBERS
Illenium

3. MUSIC IS THE WEAPON (RELOADED)
Major Lazer

4. SHOCKWAVE
Marshmello

5. FREE LOVE
Sylvan Esso

6. JUDGEMENT
Ten City

 

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SIDEPIECE & ACRAZE Surprise Fans With Unannounced B2B Set After Audiotistic SD

A couple years ago, there was Fisher. Last year and this year, it’s SIDEPIECE. This year and next, it’s ACRAZE. All of these artists are destined for bright and successful futures if they continue putting in the effort, but it’s hard to argue against the fact that SIDEPIECE and ACRAZE are two of the hottest house artists this year, especially with “Do It, To It” just surpassing 50,000,000 plays since it was released just three months ago.

This past weekend in San Diego, both were scheduled to perform at Insomniac’s Audiotistic festival. And by some miracle, they both descended on Bang Bang for an unannounced afterparty and shook the rafters.

There are some sets that, when they happen, you know that being there is a privilege and you were there at the right place and right time. This was one of those moments. Check out a couple videos from the night below and stay tuned for 2022 as both SIDEPIECE and ACRAZE are destined to have huge years!

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Your EDM Premiere: Something Something Is Really Becoming ‘Someone’ [Korsakov Music]

Something Something, a new face from Germany by way of London, seemed to have sort of sprung onto the scene in 2019 when she won the DJ contest at that year’s Hospitality at the Beach festival in Croatia. Her skills on the decks were proven that day, but according to an interview with UKF back in 2020 just after her debut single “Another Reason” featuring Nicole Thalia on Friction imprint Elevate’s Quadrant vol. 4 compilation EP, her entree into D&B was already in the works by then. Now with singles and a remix under her belt with fellow underrated producing duo Klue on DeVice, Uncommon and Right Good Records, Something Something is making her Euro label debut with her new solo track, the aptly named “Someone,” due out on Korsakov Music this Friday.

While she’s already proved herself to be quite diverse, from the melodic, Elevate beginnings of “Another Reason” to the grinding, tech-and-old school-inspired “All My Life” and “Keep Me From You” to the deep bass of “Know You,” Something Something deigned to beat the style spread on “Someone.” Combining melodic vocals and break synths, vintage UK hardcore rave pianos, that expertly-crafted deep bass synth and some seriously sexy syncopation at the phrase transitions, “Someone” is the full package.

Korsakov Music · Something Something – Someone

As fans listen to this premiere, we can also see the evolution of style for Something Something. The tracks are composed differently and thus, by “Someone,” despite all its moving parts and divers styles, it doesn’t feel as screwed together as “Another Reason,” and certainly it seems like this budding talent feels freer to put all the sounds she loves from D&B into her work. With “Someone,” the old adage of seeing the artistry rather than the effort certainly rings true here. From her nods to raves past to the very futuristic bass synths that are already her signature, Something Something has a little something for everyone.

“Someone” drops Friday, November 26 on Korsakov Music. Click here to pre-order or per-save.

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MDLBEAST stacks house & techno lineup with Ricardo Villalobos, Black Coffee, Fisher & more

MDLBEAST, has added even more dance music royalty, along with a host of local and regional stars, to the lineup of their world-class music festival, SOUNDSTORM 21, due to take place in Riyadh from 16-19 December this year, lifting the tally of performers so far confirmed to 150.

With a phase one lineup that already includes a huge array of international names like The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, DJ Snake, and more, the house and techno lineup is particularly strong with the addition of these new names. Already included in the lineup are the likes of Dubfire, Paul Kalkbrenner, Malaa, Purple Disco Machine, Loco Dice, Eric Prydz, Hot Since 82, Jamie Jones, and more.

Talal Albahiti, chief operating officer and head of talent booking and events at MDLBEAST, commented: “Adding to an already stellar lineup, we’re showing our commitment to the regional scene today. We’re ecstatic to be bringing over the biggest and best names of dance music while providing our regional audiences with regional talent to enjoy. For us that’s the future, a clear balance which showcases the best global talent alongside stars from here in the Middle East, with a unique audience loving every minute of it.”

Tickets to SOUNDSTORM 2021 are now on sale and selling fast with 4-day weekend prices starting from just about $100 USD (SAR 399).

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Illenium Announces New Song With Sueco & Trippie Redd (With A Heavy Edit) Out Next Wednesday

It wasn’t that long ago that Illenium released his Fallen Embers (Deluxe Edition) with five new songs, and he’s already back with one last treat before the end of the year. Just announced, “Story of My Life” with Sueco featuring Trippie Redd.

Better yet, we’re going to be getting two versions of the song — first up, a heavy edit on Wednesday, December 1 and then the original on Friday, December 3.

Check back next week to hear the new song!

ILLENIUM & @suecothechild – “Story of My Life” ft. @trippieredd (Heavy Edit) 12.1.21

ILLENIUM & @suecothechild – “Story of My Life” ft. @trippieredd 12.3.21

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— ILLENIUM (@ILLENIUM) November 22, 2021

 

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Disco Donnie Discusses $1 Million Ticket Donation Initiative, Expanding Into Seattle, & What His Company Hopes To Inspire [Interview]

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If you ever get the honor of speaking to James “Disco Donnie” Estopinal in person, you will experience how undoubtedly passionate he is for creating epic and memorable live events. Clearly, his passion has translated throughout his success as he has pioneered in this space for the last 26 years.

Since his company’s inception in 1994, Disco Donnie Presents has sold over 17 million tickets producing over 17,000 live events, arena shows, and outdoor festivals in over 100 markets around the world including the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Panama.

In 2020, Disco Donnie announced he re-acquired sole ownership of DDP. This historic acquisition concluded an epic eight-year journey through being the first company acquired by SFX, surviving SFX’s subsequent bankruptcy, becoming a part of LiveStyle, and finally buying his company back.

Since the return of live shows, DDP has implemented novel COVID-19 protocols for their festivals including COVID-sniffing dogs and event specific smartphone health screening mobile applications. Creating safe and immensely fun environments has no doubt been a challenge, but DDP has gone above and beyond in accomplishing just that.

Whether it is through initiatives encouraging people to register to vote, expanding into new markets like Seattle, and, most recently, pledging to honor first responders, veterans, and gold-star families with $1,000,000 ticket donation throughout 2022, Donnie’s passion for creating iconic events while also focusing on leaving a lasting legacy and positive impact in the world is obvious and incredibly inspiring.

I had the great opportunity to speak with Donnie to get a behind-the-scenes look at his unstoppable drive in creating these meaningful experiences. Enjoy this exclusive interview with Disco Donnie!

I want to re-wind real quick to the start of this pandemic and you make the announcement that not only are you are buying back your company, but you’re going fully independent. That’s a decision that takes a lot of courage. Can you walk us through what your process was like reaching this decision and then going through with it?

Luckily the conversation was already in process, which is why it was able to happen so fast. I saw that agencies were firing agents almost over the weekend as soon as things started shutting down. I could see the writing on the wall for people that had worked for me for 15-20 years. I had tweeted at one point that everyone would get a refund to a specific event and was reprimanded for that. I had no choice: either I would take back control of the company and be able to make those decisions, or I would let someone else make them for me.

Me buying back my company was a real head scratcher for everyone, but it was something I had to do.

It was really fascinating to see your passion behind your voting initiative last year. Can you tell us a little more about your R.A.V.E. (Register And Vote Everywhere) initiative? 

We’ve been engaged in the last two elections cycles (2016 & 2020) in trying to get people to register to vote. We know we have a platform and a voice. I’m under the mindset of not trying to influence anyone how to vote because I have a 20 year old and if I tell him what to do, he’s going to do the exact opposite!

I’m trying to push people to get involved, to register, and to be engaged in that way. I try to keep it really non-political. I think voting is important and we’re going to be continuing this initiative for every election cycle as long as I’m around.

What prompted Disco Donnie’s expansion into Seattle? How has response been thus far?

I had actually done shows with USC Events in the early 2000’s. At the time, I was doing nation-wide tours, bringing artists like Paul Oakenfold and Tiesto. I also helped produce the original Beyond Wonderland at WAMU, the one that nobody talks about (laughs). We were doing Freak Night, Lucky and all the USC events that were going on. Eventually our partner at USC wanted to change the terms of our partnership, so I ended up pulling out of Seattle.

The Higher Ground show coming back was great. The venue was great, the artists loved it. It’s unfortunate because I never wanted to leave Seattle so when I had the opportunity to go back, I made sure we could do something big on the way back in!

News just came out last week about your amazing initiative to donate $1 million towards first responders, veterans, and gold-star families. Can you share more about this?

We have a large community of veterans and first responders that attend our events. Usually, promoters will unload tickets to them to fill seats for shows that aren’t doing well, which is still admirable and a great cause. I was like, well, why don’t we give them tickets to shows that are selling well, too? That’s where the idea came from. I wanted to honor everything they have endured and done for us over the past couple of years.

My little cousin (PFC Jason Hill Estopinal) actually died in Afghanistan in 2010 and I had been wanting to do something big like this for a while. After seeing everything happening over in Afghanistan this year, it brought it back to my attention that now was the time for this initiative to both honor him, and honor our first responders, veterans, and gold-star families.

I think it’s important and I’m asking all other promoters to do something similar. These are people that keep us safe and we need to recognize that.

How do you see your company progressing in 2022 as opposed to 2021? Are there things that you’ve learned/or new ideas to implement for next year?

2021 was a strange year. There were a lot of great unknowns. We were working the whole time but we were only to really start working in April. There are still a lot of unknowns for 2022, but we want to keep growing and doing new stuff that’s interesting to us. We want to continue to build out new brands, new partnerships and see where that takes us. 

You’ve stepped into another new space, offering your first all-inclusive destination music festival, Ember Shores, with Illenium this December and then Paradise Blue with Excision next April. Is this something you plan to do more of in 2022?

Yeah, its definitely interesting to me and I’m learning as much as I can. I had one set up with Pretty Lights about 4-5 years ago but it was canceled due to a hurricane. I don’t see myself doing a lot of them, it is definitely a lot of work. But, who wouldn’t want to do a show on the beach in Mexico?

When I grew up, I didn’t know what I wanted to be but I knew I wanted to be on the beach! (laughs) I got my dream right there. If I can figure out the formula and do 4-5 of these a year, that would be great.

You’re undoubtedly a legend, a leader and pioneer in the live events industry. What do you hope your company inspires among fellow promoters and even artists in the space during these times?

Well I think legend is a little much…legend means old! (laughs) I’ve worked with a lot of different people and talked with a lot of promoters, artists, managers, agents throughout the years. I’ve always tried to keep a positive attitude, encouraging them that if they keep fighting, work really hard, get a little lucky, and not give up, they can succeed too. Hopefully, I’m showing people that someone like me can be successful in this industry.

When I started I didn’t know anything and people weren’t teaching me, so I had to learn it all myself. It’s a long lesson and I’m still learning everyday. I just hope people take away from this is that it’s a good story, there’s been so many ups and downs, but here we are today, still doing shows, and making people happy. I’m happy doing what I’m doing and I’m going to keep doing it until people tell me to stop.

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Armin van Buuren hits Chicago Bulls’ NBA home game with surprise guest performance

Yesterday, fans of the Chicago Bulls pinched themselves a few times when Armin van Buuren suddenly graced their team’s NBA game with a huge guest performance. It shook the stadium in both unmistakable magnitude and surprise impact, but the fact that Armin van Buuren dropped by seemingly unannounced does become less unexpected when you factor in one of his latest tracks, “Sirius.” Attentive listeners of Armin van Buuren’s recent collab with Canadian artist AVIRA may have noticed that the track is a rework of the The Alan Parsons Project’s iconic track of the same name, which was the anthem of the Chicago Bulls in the ‘90s. And that led to the five-time #1 DJ playing the single live during the Chicago Bulls’ home game against the New York Knicks at the United Center.

“Sirius,” the guitar parts of which were rerecorded by Armin van Buuren’s brother Eller, naturally took center stage in the Dutchman’s performance, but it wasn’t the only track that supercharged the venue’s ambiance. The Grammy-nominated DJ and producer also played his globally renowned hit ‘Blah Blah Blah’ and his recent collab with The Stickmen Project called ‘No Fun’, which got released on Amsterdam-, New York and London-based record label Armada Music past Friday.

“Last night felt like a childhood dream come true, as I’ve been a longtime fan and also followed the recent Netflix series about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls”, Armin van Buuren says. “It was a great honor to do a special halftime show and I’m still buzzing from the performance.”

Our halftimes are next level 🔥🎵 pic.twitter.com/G4Cgxy2pU2

— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 22, 2021

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Grabbitz Tapped By RIOT To Soundtrack Theme For VALORANT Champions 2021, “Die For You”

Valorant, and by extension, RIOT Games, has a strong history of choosing incredible artists to soundtrack their various tournaments, activations, and more. For the VALORANT Champions 2021 tournament, Grabbitz croons about the sacrifices that teammates make for the sake of the win.

“Die For You” is everything we love about Grabbitz, but paired with key visuals from Valorant characters and scenarios, the music hits just a little different.

VALORANT Champions – December 1 – 12. For matches and schedules visit https://valorantesports.com

Watch the official music video below!

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LICK Releases “ELIMINATE” Ahead of His New Album

With his sophomore album due out soon, LICK has share his latest single from the collection with us. “ELIMINATE” is the 5th single from the forthcoming body of work and is easily one of the hardest. He’s already collaborated with artists like Holly and Nytrix throughout this campaign, but the Arizona based producer decided to go solo for this song. It’s a hard hitting dubstep banger that will push your subwoofer to it’s limits. Check it out below and stay tuned for the album.

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Manila Killa & San Holo Team Up With Nick Lopez On Dreamy New Single, “Mean It”

San Holo and Manilla Killa drop the bittersweet “Mean It” ft. Nick Lopez, out now via bitbird/Moving Castle/Counter Records. The song follows a broken hearted lover trying to navigate the brave new world independently and acts as a microcosm for the artists involved both sonically and lyrically. The song came to fruition over the pandemic and was inspired by the distances it created in everyone’s lives, coping with loss, and intimacy.

“Mean It” is such a special song because it represents the intertwining of several people’s worlds. San came over to my house one day to shoot some content for our upcoming show which was supposed to happen in March of 2020, but the world shut down soon after his visit. Kwon and singer / songwriter Nick Lopez were also present in the house and we all started talking, San started playing guitar and we began messing around on Ableton. By the end of the day we all knew we had something special with this song – and it took a life of its own as we continually worked on it over the course of the next year. It’s a song about coping with loss and intimacy which captures the essence of all of our songwriting styles and I feel like it’s a connection that people will understand while listening to it.” – Manila Killa

“Mean It” is one of those songs that came out of nowhere. I started noodling on guitar and the next thing you know we had the idea for the song. It took me coming back to LA earlier this year to finally be able to finish it off everybody. But I’m excited to finally be releasing this one alongside my show at Bill Graham with Manila Killa! – San Holo

The song is San’s first release following his latest album bb u ok? album that came earlier this year and while the single is a stand-alone release, San had lots more coming on the horizon. Listen below.

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We Are FSTVL announces 2022 edition with Jamie Jones, Andy C, Blessed Madonna, Armand Van Helden & More

Celebrating the very best in House, Bass, Techno and Drum & Bass, today the UK’s biggest independent dance festival, We Are FSTVL, announces its phase 1 lineup, proving that next year’s music extravaganza is set to be its biggest yet.

Phase 1 acts for 2022 include chart topping UK favorite Craig David TS5, techno royalty such as Ibiza kingpin Marco Carola, Desolate label head Loco Dice and Italian sensations Joseph Capriati and Deborah De Luca, as well as homegrown London favorite turned international star Micahel Bibi. There are also contemporary house and tech tastemakers like The Blessed Madonna, Apollonia, Sonny Fodera, Jamie Jones and legendary New York pioneer Armand Van Helden as well as drum & bass stars Andy C, Kings of the Rollers, High Contrast, Rudimental, Shy FX and many more.

Steve Durham, We Are FSTVL CEO, “The ultimate highlight of the festival calendar is returning for the hugely anticipated 9th edition and heads back to The Airfield of Dreams, bringing together some of the most iconic names in Bass, Techno, Drum & Bass and Dance music. Stage hosts to be announced very soon.”

Tickets are on sale now!

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Moore Kismet Releases Their Next Album Single, & Final Single Of The Year, “Call Of The Unicorn” w/ Tasha Baxter

It’s been a stellar year for young prodigy Moore Kismet. Becoming the youngest-ever to perform at both Lollapalooza and EDC Las Vegas, not to mention how many other events they’ve played where the same could likely be said, they’ve also put out a huge assortment of singles throughout the year. This includes “Rumor” with WYN, “Vendetta For Cupid” with TYGKO, and a bucket list remix for Tate McRae.

Now, nearing the end of the year, their final single of 2021 has dropped, “Call Of The Unicorn” with Tasha Baxter. It’s also the next single from their long-anticipated debut album.

“‘Call of the Unicorn’ originally started out as a sound design experimentation session, but ended up becoming something so much bigger. When I started flushing out the full arrangement, I realize that I wanted this song to have an anthemic feel. Not too much going on, but still enough to draw a listener into the song,” Moore Kismet explains. “Tasha Baxter is a songwriter and vocalist that I have admired since I was a little kid. When we first met, the only thing we can talk about is how much music meant to us. I sent her the original demo of COTU, and within days, she came back to me with a vocal cut. We want people to feel powerful, beautiful, and strong when they listen to this song. It’s how it makes us feel, and we hope that message spreads to everyone who hears it.”

The release comes with an official lyric video out on Proximity. Check it out below and stay tuned for next year when UNIVERSE finally releases!

 

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GRiZ & Subtronics Team Up Once Again For Explosive “Griztronics II (Another Level)”

There’s very little that I could say about “Griztronics II,” the follow-up collaboration to 2019’s smash hit from GRiZ and Subtronics, that would add anything remotely supplementary to the history or power behind the track. But for the sake of argument, and, to a lesser degree, my job, let’s go ahead and say I tried.

The magic of “ooh this shit be hittin’ different” and the original build are absent from the follow up, in their place instead unbridled dubstep ferocity.

Subtronics says, “‘GRIZTRONICS II’ is a two year long journey in the making, which is technically the fourth song we have made together, but it really hits a music production/engineering sweet-spot for me. Working with Grant is always an honor and so much fun. He has an insane ear for ingenious new ideas and I am constantly pushed by him creatively.”

Check it out below!

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Kavinsky Returns With New Music After Nearly Nine Years For “Renegade” with Cautious Clay

It’s been nearly nine years since Kavinsky released his debut album, OutRun, featuring his smash hit, “Nightcall.” Since then, the producer has remained enigmatic though not necessarily elusive. A steady social media presence has kept hope alive that he would one day return and, to be corny, answer his own night call.

Last year, he announced a new album was on the way and today we get the first single, “Renegade” with Cautious Clay.

Greatly inspired by cinema, Kavinsky has always intertwined music and storytelling. His breakthrough hit “Nightcall” soundtracked the opening moments of the film Drive, so it’s only fitting that the official video for “Renegade” unfurls like a condensed feature film. After three criminals send him flying through the windows of a skyscraper, Kavinsky emerges with superpowers and exacts his revenge.

Alexandre Courtès (Daft Punk, U2, Jamiroquai), who directed the video, explains, “I wanted to include Kavinsky in a real movie where he is the hero. With all the love and references he and I share, we pay homage to the film craft we cherish. Kavinsky is back with a bang !…. wait, no actually it’s three bangs.”

Check out the track and video below! No date has yet been given for the release of the full album, Reborn, but an educated guess places its arrival next year.

 

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Rezz releases her fourth album, “Spiral” w/ Metric, Peekaboo, EDDIE, & More

The day is finally here — Spiral, the fourth album from Rezz, is officially out. Including previously released singles “Chemical Bond” with Deathpact, “Let Me In” with fknsyd, “Sacrificial” with PVRIS, and “Taste of You” with Dove Cameron, fans get seven new songs including awaited collaborations with PEEKABOO and EDDIE, as well as a particular standout with Shadow Cliq, and also a surprise collaboration with fellow Canadian act Metric.

About Spiral, Rezz says, “This body of work reflects an evolved version of my music with new sounds, more vocals and more collaborations while still maintaining the origin that captivated my audience. I wanted this album to be heavily branded visually around hypnosis and a spiral themed production. Like all of my projects, I just make whatever feels natural in the moment.”

Rezz will be hitting the road on her North American headlining “Spiral Tour” which kicks off on February 4, 2022 in Vancouver, BC. Check out the tour dates below and tickets can be purchased HERE.

 

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Rich Delinquent Drops Impressive 10 Track Album, ‘Sadboi’ [24-8 Records]

Ever since we first heard Rich Delinquent, we’ve been hooked, always excited to hear what he’ll do next. He’s developed an addictive brand around his project, providing not only incredible music, but also visually gripping videos to accompany his releases.

Cue ‘Sadboi’, the brand new album from Rich Delinquent.

Unafraid to discuss the harsher realities of depression and anxiety, Rich Delinquent channels his feelings around life and love into ‘Sadboi’. Fearlessly examining the complexities of relationships, addiction, and the pursuit of passion through his songwriting, Rich Delinquent utilizes his lyricism and emotive vocals to fully express himself in his first full-length body of work.

He continues to impress us by seamlessly incorporating a full spectrum of genres, emo, R&B, and hip hop elements seamlessly interweave with his talented electronic production. Stand out tracks include “Gaslighting“, an utterly captivating track that packs a punch both lyrically and with the production. Others include “She’s Happy“, “Bad Time“, and “Cocaine Late Nights“, which received a lot of success with listeners, totaling over 350k combined streams thus far and showcase just how creative Rich Delinquent is both behind the mic and in the production chair. His ear for sound design is truly impeccable.

Rich Delinquent explains, “Sadboi is an album reflecting on my imperfections, negative emotions, and vices. Every song is based upon very specific moments in my life in which I explore in the hopes of connecting with people battling the same kind of demons.”

Listen to ‘Sadboi’ below!

 

 

 

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Rich Furniss Teams Up With Chris Crack For Sizzling Tech House Single “Let Me Work” [HeatWave]

The last time we featured Rich Furniss it was for his debut release, a collaboration with Apollo XO for their single, “I’ll Be There“, that turned out to be a great success, racking in thousands of streams and earning major press support.

Now, this talented producer is back with Chris Crack for a sizzling tech house single “Let Me Work” that is absolutely addicting. You can’t help but respond to the energy provided in the track, as the electrifying production accompanies a driving vocal that fit together seamlessly. The two make the tune easy to follow and get down with, the steady flow of the lyrics and repetitious flow of the beat allowing it to sink its hypnotic hooks in quickly into those who listen.

Listen to “Let Me Work” by Rich Furniss and Chris Crack below!

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Top 5 Activities Not To Miss At Holy Ship! Wrecked

Holy Ship! Wrecked is fast approaching, just two weeks away now! While you start thinking about what artists you’re going to make time to see, there are also plenty of activities to keep you occupied during the off hours or just when you need a break from the stages.

Over three days, you’ll be able to hang out and participate with the likes of Kaivon, Evan Giia, Phantoms & Valentino Khan, Lisbona Sisters, Marc Rebillet, Noizu & Wax Motif, and more.

If you were going to check any of these out, we picked our top 5 must-attends.

  • Get Wrecked Games with Phantoms & Valentino Khan (Adult Field Day Competition)
  • Valentino Khan & 12th Planet World Sumo Wrestling Federation
  • Loop Daddy Brunch Cook Off with Marc Rebillet
  • Desert Hearts’ Master of the Universe Pageant
  • Space Cowboy Showdown with Kaivon (Poolside Game)

See all activities below!

Artist Activities 

Fri • 12/3 • Day 1 
New Moon Ceremony

Sat • 12/4 • Day 2
Sober Shippers
GIIA MOVE
Space Cowboy Showdown with Kaivon
Recycled Craft Activity with Positive Legacy
Get Wrecked Games with Phantoms & Valentino Khan 
Desert Hearts’ Master of the Universe Pageant

Sun • 12/5 • Day 3 
Sober Shippers
Yoga
Thee Mike B-I-N-G-O
Loop Daddy Brunch Cook Off with Marc Rebillet
Tropical Mixology Contest with Noizu & Wax Motif
DJ Lessons with A-Trak

Mon • 12/6 • Day 4 
Sober Shippers
Valentino Khan & 12th Planet World Sumo Wrestling Federation
Lisbona Sisters’ Spa Retreat
OG Party

 

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60 Full Sets From EDC Las Vegas Now Available On Apple Music

As long as there have been festivals, there have been fan cams of sets uploaded to sites like HulkShare, Zippy, YouTube, or Mixcloud — without any royalties going back to the artists. Unless there is a decent content ID system in place, like in the case of YouTube, it’s ultimately up to the discretion of the artists and their teams whether or not to take these down. But wouldn’t it be nice if artists didn’t have to worry about it at all.

Thankfully, we live in a new technological era and the processes behind the scenes are changing. Last month, EDC Las Vegas was held for the first, and likely last, time in October due to COVID-19. Plenty of sets were recorded by fans and you can find them if you look, but you can help your favorite artists directly by simply streaming the sets officially uploaded to Apple Music.

Sixty full sets from EDC Las Vegas are now available on the streaming platform, including NGHTMRE, Tchami, Ferry Corsten, Moore Kismet, J. Worra, Kayzo b2b Knife Party, Slander, Gryffin, Pendulum Trinity, Kygo, Purple Disco Machine, Afrojack b2b R3hab, Kaskade, and more

Check them all out here.

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deadmau5 and Richie Hawtin announce partnership with Pokémon GO’s Niantic For New Gaming Platform, PIXELYNX

PIXELYNX, the new gaming venture created by musicians and technologists Joel Zimmerman aka deadmau5 and Richie Hawtin, and music and gaming industry veterans Ben Turner, Dean Wilson and Inder Phull, announced today that they have signed a deal with Niantic, the company behind the popular mobile game Pokémon GO. PIXELYNX will leverage Niantic’s Lightship Platform and the Augmented Reality Developer Kit (ARDK), which empowers developers to create engaging AR experiences that inspire movement, exploration and connection at a global scale, to develop a mobile app version of their new gaming platform.

PIXELYNX is focused on creating a new virtual world ecosystem that makes it easy for music artists to launch their own interactive environment and monetize it through NFT, playable experiences and virtual performances. Players can collect new songs, prizes and in-game assets through gameplay. Via this partnership with Niantic, fans will be able to explore the real world, attending concerts and visiting physical locations to collect NFTs that can be used in-game to unlock rewards and new music.

“As we look towards launching our platform in 2022, the development of a mobile app that allows fans to collect new songs and NFTs in the real world was always part of our vision to create the music metaverse,” said Inder Phull, CEO and co-founder of PIXELYNX. “Teaming with Niantic on their Lightship ARDK to develop our mobile gaming app, will ensure that fans are able to take our game with them wherever they go, blending digital and real world experiences and enriching the fan experience in completely unique ways.”

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Lemi Vice Returns With Infectious House Track ‘Confusing’

Lemi Vice has been involved in various aspects of the music industry over time, he’s now doubling down on his own solo alias and is set to release more tracks under it. “Confusing,” is the debut since his soft return, featuring catchy house elements and thrilling production that keeps the listeners coming back or more. In “Confusing,” vocal samples and hard-hitting percussion trigger the hypnotizing journey at hand. Highly rhythmic synth work encircles the speakers as the seducing vocals are put on repeat in the background. Various instrumental layers drop in and out at the right time, making the flow of the experience that much more enthralling.

Having released on labels such as OKNF Records and Rad Summer, his sonic direction set him apart from the rest. Yet label releases aren’t the only area he’s been able to build up his experience with as a musician. Being involved in the industry for over 10 years, there’s been chapters in his story to get him to where he is today. One of many notable aspects in the journey is his connection with DJCity, where he has been commissioned several times to create tracks at their request, some of which have gone on to their own levels of unique success.

Lemi Vice has been supported by names like Diplo, Major Lazer, and DJ Vice, has made music featuring names like 2 Chainz, and so much more. The artist knows what he wants and the direction he’s meant to go down.

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Catz ‘n Dogz Impress Via Double A-side Release ‘Rendezvous / Nasty’

Based in Poland, Catz ‘n Dogz are turning heads with their 2 track, club ready experience they are dubbing Rendezvous / Nasty. Overflowing with energy and plenty of excitement within, the two tracks are an eclectic showcasing of underground aesthetics that hit the spot in that filthy type of way. Both embodying defined tech house structure, a pulsing four-on-the-floor feel, highly-detailed percussion, and soulful toplines – the production elements unite to form an unforgettable experience. The mood is there, the groove is infectious – altogether Catz ‘n Dogz give plenty of reason to show them love if this is the first time they’ve reached your ears. With “Rendezvous,” featuring the vocals of Raymoane and “Nasty,” showing off the skills of Kiddy Smile, Catz ‘n Dogz have provided all the right reasons to get down and dirty to their highly infectious, catchy jams.

Grzegorz and Wojech are the names that make up Catz ‘n Dogz. To date, they have 16 years under their belt and are easily labeled a staple of global electronic culture. You may have caught their set at events like SW4, Glastonbury, Park Life, Bestival, Snowbombing, and Electric Daisy Carnival. Releases from the alias can be found on established labels such as Defected, Dirtybird, and Diynamic. During their well-over a decade of activeness within the scene, they’ve released 3 studio albums, worked with big names like The Chemical Brothers, Roisin Murphy, and Disclosure, have been nominated for awards like DJ Mag’s ‘Top 10 Albums’ and ‘Best Track’ at WMC Awards, and so much more. Rendezvous / Nasty is a proper extension of a unique legacy.

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Jack Shore Debut On NCS With New Single “Dreaming Of Me“ Alongside Tollef And Jaime Deraz 

From kicking off his career less than three years ago, to receiving support from Tiësto, Don Diablo, Lucas & Steve and many more established artists, Jack Shore is definitely a bright example of dedication and consistency. With an impressive 14 singles released in 2019, followed up with more than a dozen more over the past two years, Jack Shore has built an impressive catalog of dance music gems, that have been released on labels such as Magic Records, HEXAGON, Frequency Music, 2 Dutch and more.

To top off his impressive catalog of tunes, Jack Shore’s social media skills are nothing short of impressive. With 220k followers on TikTok, he has built a massive audience that allowed him to gain viral success last year with his remix of the popular meme “My No No Square,” which he later officially released to great acclaim. So far, the single has been streamed almost 10 million times on Spotify.

Now, following his uplifting tune “Seventeen“ featuring Nova May, Jack Shore has returned to share possibly his biggest single this year with “Dreaming Of Me,” which is out now via coveted label NCS. Co-produced alongside Norwegian producer Tollef and featuring singer/songwriter Jaime Deraz, “Dreaming Of Me” sees Jack Shore showcase his usual vibrant house style, yet this time infusing it with a funky, disco-inspired twist that is bound to amass international attention in no time.

Over the duration of “Dreaming Of Me,” the three artists masterfully showcase their chemistry, crafting an irresistible record that is filled with exciting guitar and bass licks, as well as hard-hitting drums. It marks Jack Shore and Jaime Deraz’s fourth collaboration to date, so there’s no doubt that the pair will be back with more heat sooner rather than later.

If there is someone deserving of a successful career in music, it’s definitely Jack Shore. Based in Jerusalem, Israel, the 20-year-old producer, film composer and DJ has been honing in on his craft as a musician for a decade now, starting to learn how to play the drums at the tender age of 10. Jack Shore struggled heavily in school as a result of having dyslexia, ADD, and ADHD, and while he initially used music as an escape – especially after he discovered GarageBand at 15 – it quickly became much more than that. Now, he is making his dreams come true as a result of his talent and dedication, and we’re excited to see where he takes things next.