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Digital Mirage Day 2 Is LIVE: San Holo, Boys Noize, Netsky & More [LIVE STREAM]

Yesterday’s Digital Mirage live stream was absolutely one for the books. As we mentioned before, the difference that two months make from the first iteration to now, especially in quality of scenery and creativity in the artists’ streams, is night and day.

Between Chet Porter, ZHU, Blanke, Deathpact, and more, the quality was on another level.

Today, we have another round of artists that are sure to make a statement. The first set comes from San Holo who is doing the “world’s first slow motion DJ set” — he recorded his set at double the speed and then slowed it down in post which created a terrifically trippy effect.

tomorrow im premiering worlds first slow motion DJ set! we recorded the set twice as fast and then we slowed it all down again! it feels like a trip! ILY! ↑% ↑% ↑% ↑% ↑%

JUNE 13
12PM (PST) @TeamBandL @ProximityM pic.twitter.com/pHGC8oANXl

— San Holo (60%) (@sanholobeats) June 12, 2020

Check out the full stream below all day and scroll down for the set times!

 

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First “COVID-Compliant” Rave Takes Place In The UK [WATCH]

The UK’s first “COVID-compliant” rave went down over the weekend in the Nottingham forest with regulations put in place to help keep dance fans safe.

According to reports, a socially distanced crowd was enforced at the open-air event. Face masks and hand sanitizer were handed out to all. DJ equipment was routinely disinfected and staff ensured that attendees kept appropriate distance while celebrating.

At one point, police crashed the party. However, after seeing everything was in order, they allowed the gathering to carry on as planned and received a round of applause.

One of the promoters revealed to Metro UK, “It went really well, the vibe was amazing. At the start I was paranoid it was going to get shut down. We had to make sure everything was above board, we had capacity for about 80 people.”

The event featured live sets from Latmun, Ben Sterling, Dafs and Sho. It was filmed as part of a documentary on live, socially distanced shows in the UK.

The best part? Party goers left no trace.

See below.

 

Source: Metro UK | Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

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Marshmello Speaks Out In Rare Form In Support of Protests & Racial Injustice

Marshmello is fed up with the ongoing protests and racial injustice.

Although the DJ/producer rarely uses his platform to speak out, enough is enough. Marshmello says he’s reached his “tipping point” and gives a statement below in a series of tweets.

He writes, “black culture and influence play a big part in the music i make. the systematic racism and injustices that the black community face on a daily basis is something that no white person can relate to or begin to understand.”

“it is up to us to bring justice for George Floyd and the countless others who lost their lives and ultimately bring this hateful racist complex crumbling to the ground.”

He ends his message with a call to action for his 2.3 million followers — “if you are a real fan of mine you will do your part to stand up and join us. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #BLACKLIVESMATTER

Read on below.

black culture and influence play a big part in the music i make. the systematic racism and injustices that the black community face on a daily basis is something that no white person can relate to or begin to understand.

— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) May 31, 2020

it is up to us to bring justice for George Floyd and the countless others who lost their lives and ultimately bring this hateful racist complex crumbling to the ground.

— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) May 31, 2020

if you are a real fan of mine you will do your part to stand up and join us. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #BLACKLIVESMATTER

— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) May 31, 2020

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Diplo Makes His Speaking-Role Movie Debut in ‘The High Note,’ Out Now

Diplo is taking quarantine quite well, by all metrics. On top of weekly (or even more frequent) live streams as well as his first country album out now, he’s also making his character debut in a new film out, The High Note.

The producer/DJ has made appearances in film before, most recently playing a small part as himself in the Detective Pikachu film. But this marks his first character and speaking role in a motion picture, playing record producer Richie ‘R. Dubs’ Williams.

“The character is a version of what I am; a way cheesier version,” explains the real-life producer, DJ and songwriter, in the production notes.

The High Note is the story of Grace Davis, played by Tracee Ellis Ross, “a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights.” Like many movies of its kind, the main conflict involves Davis’ manager who “presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie [her overworked assistant] and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever.”

In an interview with ET!, Ellis Ross said of Diplo, “He’s so funny. I called him to show him the final film and he’s like, ‘How’s it going? You think I’m going to get an Oscar?’ And I said, ‘I don’t think so, Wes. I don’t think they give Oscars to comedies.’ And he was like, ‘Ahh, good point. All right, should we do a drama?’ And then he proceeded to pitch me a movie where he is Mozart and The Rock is Beethoven. And I was like, ‘And Kevin Hart could be Salieri!’ And he was like, ‘Who that?’ I was like, ‘Never mind.’”

You can watch the film on demand on streaming services now — check out a clip of Diplo’s performance below.

album drops same day as I begin my quest for movie heartthrob status. @thehighnotefilm out this friday: https://t.co/BpVsTASGC9 pic.twitter.com/rrX48uOioL

— Thomas Wesley (@diplo) May 27, 2020

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Diplo & Chipotle Are Giving Away 5,000 Burritos To Celebrate Release Of His New Album

Chipotle and Diplo are teaming up to preview the DJ’s new album on the fast-casual restaurant chain’s channel on Twitch. Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil will be released tomorrow, Friday, May 29.

Diplo will play the new album on Chipotle’s Twitch channel at 10 p.m. PT tonight, along with some country classics mixed in, while Chipotle will provide 5,000 free burrito codes for viewers during the livestream (1,000 every 10 minutes).

His “The Thomas Wesley Show” album listening party and variety show streams from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. PT on the Mad Decent Twitch channel.

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Dillon Francis Is Throwing Down for IDGAFOS Weekend [WATCH LIVE]

Dillon Francis has been keeping us entertained all quarantine long — and this weekend he’s bringing some friends along with him.

IDGAFOS Weekend is already underway, and today’s lineup features live sets from Valentino Khan, Justin Caruso, Grandtheft, ETC! ETC!, Kittens, Lonely God and Yawns of GBC. Dillon’s best friend Gerald kicked things off earlier today and tonight the DJ/producer will throw down Coronight Fever with Diplo.

Dillon tweeted out:

I’ve been wanting to bring back the IDGAFOS shows and right now seems like the perfect time, so this memorial day weekend I’m bringing good vibes and amazing friends! Plus TONS of daily giveaways! Leave it on all day while you’re hanging, grilling or not giving a fuck or shit.

Watch the IDGAFOS Weekend stream right here! Scroll down for the schedule.

IDGAFOS Weekend Takeover – Day 1

Saturday Set Times

1:20pm PT – Gerald
2:20pm PT – Yawns of GBC
3:05pm PT – Lonely God
3:10pm PT – Kittens
4:15pm PT – ETC! ETC!
5:15pm PT – Grandtheft
5:55pm PT – Justin Caruso
6:55pm PT – Valentino Khan
8pm PT – Coronight Fever w/ Diplo

 

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Kaskade Becomes First-Ever DJ To Throw Down At The Grand Canyon [FULL SET]

Kaskade just unleashed a quarantine set featuring one of the most breathtaking views on the planet, the Grand Canyon, and an incredibly immerse soundtrack to go with it.

For the next two hours and some change, allow yourself to turn off all distractions and tune into Kaskade. With dazzling, smooth jams and bare feet, the DJ/producer opens up a world of sound from sunset through dusk complete with a backdrop so picturesque it looks unreal by definition.

The tracklist consists nearly entirely of Kaskade originals, edits, remixes and mashups — and, oh yes, IDs! Watch this very special live production below, courtesy of Coke Studio Sessions, and check out the setlist here.

With this, Kaskade becomes the first-ever DJ to throw down at the Grand Canyon.

Also, per the official website, Grand Canyon Village and Desert View remain closed until further notice.

Kaskade Live from Grand Canyon

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Terror Reid Unleashes ‘HOT VODKA’ Mixtape [LISTEN]

Terror Reid just put out his inaugural mixtape, HOT VODKA, and while we were expecting him to unleash his fury — it’s actually pretty chill.

Don’t get us wrong — lyrically, Terror Reid is as insane as ever. This may actually be the best display of his work yet. Not only does it showcase the producer/DJ/rapper’s indisputable talent and poetic abilities, but his well-rounded approach to music no matter the genre.

Terror’s signature and always crafty rhymes are front and center, with bold, booming beats reminiscent of the raw, old school hip hop we love and miss. Lighter tracks like “Kill the Rich” still manage to go hard, but counter the outwardly heavy, like “Outlawz.” In the end, we’re left fully satisfied and pleasantly surprised.

If you’re looking for champion sound design and word play, Terror Reid’s new mixtape is your best bet, featuring Pouya, ELIOZIE, and Bobby Raps. Whether you choose to blast the mixtape loudly or let it play out in the background, it’s sure to take your quarantine up a few notches.

Listen here.

TERROR REID – HOT VODKA 1

 

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ZHU Dropping New Single Friday with Tinashe Following 3-Hour Benefit Live Stream

This Friday at 12a EST, ZHU will drop his next single, a collaboration with Tinashe called “Only.” But directly preceding the single drop, he’s going to be on Twitch for a live benefit concert.

On May 14, the concert will be live streamed exclusively on Twitch and will also be the platform to promote ZHU’s new single, “ONLY” which will drop right after the live concert. Pre-save “ONLY” here. The event will be featured across the Enthusiast Gaming platform with additional support from event partners Twitch and GFUEL. Donations from the concert will be in support of MusiCares COVID -19 Relief Fund.

Luminosity streamer and incognito DJ, MrFreshAsian, will also join ZHU for the benefit concert.

Like ZHU, MrFreshAsian (Aka “Fresh”) is globally recognized as one of the best Fortnite streamers in the world. The Luminosity team member was recently named Twitch Streamer of the Year by the Shorty Awards. Fresh is one of Luminosity’s key esports influencers and produces exclusive content for over eight million loyal fans across his social channels.

During the three-hour charity stream which starts at 9pm EDT, members from Luminosity Gaming’s Fortnite House (12 million combined subscribers) will host a pre-concert show which will lead into Fresh and ZHU each performing individual DJ sets, lasting until midnight EDT. The evening concludes with the 12am EDT world premiere and release of ZHU’s new single, “ONLY” ft. Tinashe. Fans will be able to interact with the artists during a live Twitch chat Q&A as well as donate throughout the stream or purchase exclusive merchandise with all proceeds benefiting MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

ZHU commented, “I’m excited to share my gamer side through the livestream!”

“We are excited to announce this ground-breaking partnership. We have brought together one of the best DJ’s in the world and one of the world’s most popular streamers and content creators for this exclusive premiere, only on Twitch,” said Corey Mandell, President of EG Entertainment. “The convergence of music and gaming opens up unique opportunities to provide exclusive content to our community of 200 million gamers. It also demonstrates the significance and the reach of Enthusiast Gaming’s platform and our ability to produce innovative content for our viewers and fans.”

The concert can be watched live on Twitch on the Luminosity Gaming channel: www.twitch.tv/lgloyal.

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Mako Drops ‘Parable’ & Instagram Livestream

The globally respected producer, DJ and musician Mako, otherwise known as Alex Seaver, has just released his newest record. Taking a fresh direction from his last track ‘Chameleon,’ which had several remixes, Seaver reflects on its development, saying: “I had a lot of fun with this record, working with different instruments and strange time signatures. I don’t think that there are that many songs which come out each week that are in 7/8 and feature a Bulgarian Chant from the Middle Ages!”

The single will feature on his forthcoming album Fable, and plays around with unique time signatures and instrumentation for a fusion of sounds. We are immediately swept up in the expressive lead vocal, whilst clever guitar stylings and peppered percussion ensure it has progressive substance.

Mako will be celebrating the release of ‘Parable’ with an Instagram livestream today at 10am PST, where he will be chatting with fans and sharing more about the single. Head here to join.

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Watch Diplo Jump In A Gross River To Get Megan Thee Stallion On A Song

Major Lazer just put out a remix of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage,” but there might be more on the way.

The group shared a video on social media of Diplo playing Truth or Dare with Megan as she dares the DJ to jump into the river they were standing next to. Without a moment’s hesitation, he does the deed.

When he comes out, he tells Megan, “You gotta do that verse for me now.”

this is actually how we get all our features. still waiting on that verse @theestallion 👀 pic.twitter.com/GzdLZN9mlQ

— MAJOR LAZER (@MAJORLAZER) May 8, 2020

Check out Major Lazer’s remix of “Savage” below.

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Carl Cox, Joseph Capriati Respond To Controversy Over Selling Mixes To Support Tour Managers

Yesterday, Carl Cox and a group of other high profile DJs were called out by trance DJ John Askew for asking fans to support their tour managers by purchasing mixes on Bandcamp.

“Out of desperation for income in these trying times the tour managers of some of worlds richest DJs launch a mix series to try and raise donations from the public to help keep themselves afloat while out of work,” Askew said. “And then the millionaires they work for have the audacity to beg and plead to the general public to get involved / donate give money I’m guessing so that they don’t have to themselves!!!??. What the actual fuck????????”

Now, Cox and Joseph Capriati have both responded to the controversy with messages of their own to attempt to clear up any misunderstandings.

“I have never seen anything blown so far out of proportion without context,” Cox said. “A group of the hardest working tour managers out there wanted to get creative and have some fun by getting together and seeing who could actually DJ. They asked me to support them as they support us touring DJ’s week after week throughout the year. All of us did that without too much thought or hesitation through our social media channels and gave them a mix from one of our shows.

“There was no suggestion ever made that this was to cover wages’ that is simply ridiculous and I feel saddened that this has even been suggested.”

Wow!!! It looks like the social media crazy train has gone into overdrive once again.I have never seen anything blown…

Posted by Carl Cox on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

“My dear friends out there, I want to explain and clarify to everyone why I am showing my face in a thing that is going crazy on social media and that has been definitely taken out of context,” Capriati said. “Our tour managers decided to record some DJ set as they normally doesn’t play. I have been asked from mine to support him which I of course agreed to without any questions as he is like my brother.”

He continued, “I’m well aware that there are people who don’t have the opportunity to eat and we are definitely more than lucky; For this reason, I include to this message the original and full video recorded for this initiative as in the one that the organization posted has only 2 seconds of it.

“As you will hear, there is no request for money or help: I’ve been working with my tour manager for almost 10 years and what unites us is great respect and trust. I have have never ever thought or hoped that this initiative was misinterpreted. This is the reality of facts, I wouldn’t ever do anything so wrong as many of you can imagine.”

My dear friends out there, I want to explain and clarify to everyone why I am showing my face in a thing that is going crazy on social media and that has been definitely taken out of context. Our tour managers decided to record some DJ set as they normally doesn’t play. I have been asked from mine to support him which I of course agreed to without any questions as he is like my brother. I want to apologise for my lack of attention in this and assure you that there was no intention of asking for the public to cover his wages. I I’ve always given him what he deserves and all the help needed especially in these critical times.We all look after our “family” and this is what he is for me. Honestly, I’ve just thought that it was a fun thing that the tour managers made in something they are passionate about.I’m well aware that there are people who don't have the opportunity to eat and we are definitely more than lucky; For this reason, I include to this message the original and full video recorded for this initiative as in the one that the organization posted has only 2 seconds of it. As you will hear, there is no request for money or help: I’ve been working with my tour manager for almost 10 years and what unites us is great respect and trust. I have have never ever thought or hoped that this initiative was misinterpreted. This is the reality of facts, I wouldnt ever do anything so wrong as many of you can imagine. Thanks for your understanding. much love! Your truly Joseph

Posted by Joseph Capriati on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Fans on Facebook seemed to be much more receptive to Capriati’s statement than Cox’s, with one commenting, “If it’s not to pay their wages then what is it for? Why would the public give them money if you’re supposedly paying them already so they’re not struggling are they? Surely if you want to charge for these mixes you should be encouraging people to donate to the health services or people more in need of it, not to line the pockets of people who clearly don’t need it.”

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Marshmello Plays #PassTheBeat During Quarantine [WATCH]

The quarantine has forced the world to stay home, but that’s no problem for DJ/producers who thrive in the studio. More and more, we’re seeing creative ways in which artists connect online and collaborate during these unprecedented times.

Which brings us to Marshmello, who recently played “pass the beat” with fellow producers Benny Blanco, Tommy Brown, Boi1da, and Tainy. Each artist added their own flavor to the track before passing to the next.

Put it all together, and it’s a pretty fat beat — now who are they going to have rap on it?

Watch below and #passthebeat!

Who want the 💨 @TBHITS @Boi1da @Tainy @ItsBennyBlanco #passthebeat pic.twitter.com/GI2mVTXgu7

— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) April 11, 2020

 

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Dillon Francis & Ryan Seacrest Bond Over Inspiring College Dropout Stories

Dillon Francis popped into On Air With Ryan Seacrest recently to just chat and check in with the famous radio DJ, and Seacrest came equipped with some interesting insight about Dillon’s college history. This also isn’t the first time Dillon has told this story.

“There were so many stupid things that I clung onto in life that were these little things about careers,” Dillon told Seacrest. “And my thing was like, ‘Hey, Mom and Dad, I know that European kids, they do a year abroad. How about I just go to Atlanta, work for my friend and see if anything happens from it?’”

“I was like I’m doing it, you can’t stop me,” he continued. “I had $500 to my name; I moved to Atlanta; I worked with my friend … and watched him for about three months and then I moved back to LA and told my parents, ‘Hey, I saw this guy A-Trak and he put 10,000 hours in; he stayed in his basement for a year just working on his craft. Let me do that at your house and if nothing happens, I’ll go back to community college.’

“They did this really cool thing actually — shoutout to my parents — they made me pay rent,” he added. “But the rent I was paying they gave back to me when I moved out so I could have that money.”

Of course, now, Dillon Francis is the massive superstar DJ that we know and love. But like so many others who have pursued this craft, he struggled for his knowledge and pushed his limits and eventually came through. His first major hit came in 2011 with “I.D.G.A.F.O.S.,” around five or so years after he dropped out. By that point though, he’d already collaborated with Diplo on his Westside! EP, and was already on his way to becoming a household name.

Watch back the full interview in the video below.

 

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Martin Garrix Teases “Live On Dutch Waters” Performance Coming Next Week

Martin Garrix looks forward to bringing fans a DJ set unlike anything else they’ve seen or heard over quarantine with a forthcoming performance from the waterways.

Although we weren’t expecting our festival season to happen online, the DJ/producer jumps at the opportunity to get creative with his presentation, while keeping social distancing a top priority.

On May 5th, Garrix will share the world premiere of his hour-long special. With captivating views from the air and the water, this 4K UHD recording is sure to impress visually. And with plenty of STMPD RCRDS IDs locked and loaded, the music will undoubtedly make a statement.

Garrix recently shared, “after this crazy time we’ll come back stronger than ever!! we’re in this together.” Nothing brings us together like music.

Watch below and cue “I’m On A Boat.”

Martin Garrix Live On Dutch Waters

Martin Garrix just felt like performing on waterways and he did 🏞️

Best thing is he recorded the full set in 4K UHD using boats & helicopters and will be uploading on his YouTube this May 5th. Mark your calendars! pic.twitter.com/rZq2Rovdkh

— MARTIN GARRIX HUB (@MartinGarrixHub) April 30, 2020

 

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Quintino Teams Up With Richie Loop For Massive Festival Banger “Manimal”

Quintino is one of the most reliable producers in the game for cranking out festival bangers, his latest track “Manimal” with Richie Loop is no exception. Fresh off a string of releases with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and the psy-trance track “The Drill”, the Dutch producer/DJ keeps the big room vibes going while adding a touch of Jaimaican flair with vocals from Richie Loop. “Manimal” also marks Quintino’s return to Dim Mak, his last track on the label was two years ago when he teamed up with Dim Mak head honcho Steve Aoki for “Mayhem.”

The track opens with some trap horns and a marching drumbeat. The Richie Loop vocals add some island vibes, and the urgency of his vocals let you know that you’re going to be in for a ride! From there the drop is just massive horns and kick drums with some vocal chops added in for good measure. We may not be able to go to festivals, but “Manimal” is one of the few tracks that’s able to tap into that main stage vibe and get you bouncing up and down. Just like at your favorite festival.

Listen to the latest from Quintino, “Manimal” out now on Dim Mak. Make sure to check out his special “Quarantino Weekend” live stream set too!

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Jauz Unleashes ‘First Bites Vol. 2’ Featuring Saint Punk, Kendoll & More

As an established DJ/producer and label head, Jauz has instinctively transitioned into a tastemaker role — and there’s plenty of artists he’s putting on right now.

The brand new First Bites Vol. 2 compilation dropped today, featuring music from Duke & Jones, Blossom, Schade, SLATIN and more. Plus, our two personal favorite tracks from Kendoll and Saint Punk x So Loki.

House heads will especially enjoy the selection, which covers tech house, speed house, electro, and elements of acid and techno. But, tracks from Blood on Guitars and Synymata x BAER keep things interesting.

Some names you have probably heard and others may be brand new — and that’s the beauty of the latest release from Bite This! Listen as these artists test the waters with their sounds.

First Bites Vol. 2

 

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Arty, Sofi Tukker & 60+ Artists Come Together For Virtual Fundraising Event: World On Pause Festival [May 1st – 3rd]

COVID-19 has had an immense impact on all of our lives, but the response to help combat this devastating pandemic has been extraordinary, especially in the music industry. Our friends over at The Nocturnal Times have put together something really special, World On Pause Festival, to help those who have suffered greatly from the Coronavirus and it all begins tomorrow, May  1st.

World On Pause Festival will feature over 60 artists from May 1st – May 3rd, including Arty, Sofi Tukker, and Sander Van Doorn, with all proceeds and fan donations going towards three charities to raise money for COVID-19. The three charities to benefit from World On Pause include: The Recording Academy’s MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund; Feed the Children; and the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

Airing on MrRevillz’s YouTube channel and Pioneer DJ’s Twitch, music lovers can tune in for three full days of entertainment, including DJ sets and live performances. You can also RSVP ahead of the festival and you will be entered to win prizes from Pioneer DJ, including DJ Gear (XDJ-RX2, DDJ-SX3, DDJ-800) and headphones (HDJ-X10, HDJ-X7, HDJ-X5).

Entry for the giveaway will remain open all three festival days on WorldOnPauseFestival.com and winners will be selected and notified in the days following the one-time event. World On Pause Festival will be free to view each day, but viewers are strongly encouraged to donate to one or more of the fundraising charities. (donations can be submitted from now up until Monday, May 4)

World On Pause Festival is an incredible way for both artists and fans to come together and help support those in need. 

Tune in on MrRevillz’s YouTube and Pioneer DJ USA on Twitch watch three full days of music starting Friday, May 1st.

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Marshmello, Diplo, Martin Garrix & More Will Perform For iHeartRadio’s Prom Stream

Prom is the gift that keeps on giving. iHeartRadio Prom will be streamed live on Mai 8 with hosts Dua Lipa and KIIS-FM radio personality JoJo Wright.

The four-hour event will broadcast across stations nationwide and on iHeartRadio’s Hit Nation beginning at 8 p.m. local time. The prom will feature DJ mixes from Joe Jonas, Diplo, Marshmello (his first quarantine live stream), will.i.am, Martin Garrix, Dillon Francis, Loud Luxury and other artists.

In addition, John Legend, Noah Cyrus, Sabrina Carpenter, Sofia Carton, Trevor Daniel and other stars will share special messages for the Class of 2020. Lewis Capaldi will perform his song “Before You Go” for the first slow dance.

“Prom is such a significant milestone for high school students across the country. Through the power of radio, we are excited to bring prom to the safety of our listeners living rooms, with some of the biggest names in music performing for the special occasion,” Wright said.

iHeartRadio said listeners can submit photos in their prom outfits using the hashtags #iHeartProm and #iHeartDuaLipa for the chance to win a virtual meet and greet with Lipa following the event.

Be sure to tune in!

We’re cordially inviting you to the 2020 #iHeartProm happening on air May 8th! @DUALIPA is hosting + celebrity DJ mixes from @joejonas, @marshmellomusic and more! ✨ https://t.co/uMhhW1J6pH

— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) April 30, 2020

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Eminem Giving Out Over $150,000 In New “Love Your DJ” Competition

Are you a DJ? Live in Michigan? You’re in luck — Eminem is giving back to his home state with the “Love Your DJ” competition. Michigan DJs are being given the chance to submit their best custom mixes for the opportunity to get their mix played on air on Eminem’s radio station Shade45 on SiriusXM.

The contest went live on April 24 and the first 500 entrants all receive a $313 cash payment (Detroit’s area code), totaling over $150,000.

Of the first 500 entrants, 15 grand prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges from Shady Records to receive a chance for their mix to air on Shade45 as a part of the Love Your DJ Mixshow Takeover beginning May 2. Mixes will be judged on sound quality, originality, and texture of the entry, as it fits within the sound of Shade45 programming on SiriusXM.  Rules, eligibility and submission guidelines HERE.

The competition ends Wednesday, April 29 at Noon ET and submissions are still being accepted. Go here to enter.

Hometown DJ’s! @shade45 and me linked up for #LoveYourDJ – first 500 get $313. Top 15 to get aired on Shade 45. #stimuluscheck #detroit Hit the link for info – https://t.co/O9tHEFUTqk pic.twitter.com/H2noKVBHYD

— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) April 24, 2020

 

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Rezz Drops Insanely Heavy ID via Room Service Live Stream [WATCH]

Rezz took over Room Service online festival last night for a hypnotizing live stream complete with brand new IDs — and today, everyone is still buzzing about the performance.

The producer/DJ live tweeted out during the stream, “Unreleased song,” followed by “More unreleased shit,” ensuring fans didn’t miss a beat. One extra heavy ID in particular, which has everyone’s attention, can be heard below.

Oh yeah, and she trended on Twitter, so there’s that.

Keep in mind, Rezz recently started work on a collab with SVDDEN DEATH for his VOYD project. This one has been played out since at least New Year’s Eve, however.

Check out the full setlist here.

I NEED IT pic.twitter.com/y6LzXDcTZ6

— livviamarie (@livviamarie) April 26, 2020

i’ve been waiting for this song to be released since you played it in SF for new years 2019 😩💦 pic.twitter.com/amv0LphprI

— ems 👽 (@covenlyems) April 26, 2020

 

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Legendary Detroit DJ Mike Huckaby Dead at 54

Dance music has lost another legend, Mike Huckaby.

The famed Detroit label head and influential techno/house DJ passed away days ago due to complications related to stroke and coronavirus (COVID-19). After a long hospital stay, Huckaby reportedly died at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak at the age of 54.

Huckaby’s agency, Connect Bookings shared the sad news on Friday, “One of the greatest DJs and producers in the history of electronic dance music. An incredible human being. The world has lost a genius today.”

Active from the mid-90s on, Huckaby dedicated his life to music and will leave behind a lasting impression on the industry, especially the Detroit scene. Not only was he a beloved DJ/producer, but an instructor as well.

He was set to play Movement Detroit this year.

Rest in peace.

 

Source: FREEP | Photo via Connect Bookings

 

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SLANDER x William Black Drop Stunning Collab Together “Back To U” [LISTEN]

SLANDER x William Black just dropped a beautiful new production that’s sure to pull at your heart strings!

Earlier in April, SLANDER’s track “Potions” with Said The Sky received remix treatments from various artists for a hefty package, including LA-based producer and DJ, William Black. Today, SLANDER celebrates the release of their new single “Back To U” with that same talent, out now on Gud Vibrations.

We have known William for a few years and been wanting to make a song with him for a while. We are super happy the right song came around finally! — SLANDER

“Back To U” offers an uplifting production with passionate vocals, signature of SLANDER’s established style. Black’s originals touch on important topics including depression, addiction, love and loss — and this collaboration compliments his own catalog quite nicely.

Listen here and let us know if you’re loving it!

Slander – Back To U

Get it: https://gudvibrations.ffm.to/backtou

 

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Clear Six Deliver Sensational New Single, “Never Let It Go” [3Beat Productions]

Clear Six has quite the impressive career. Already an established producer and songwriter for reputable artists Nelly, Wretch 32, Nelly Furtado and Rita Ora, Clear Six has racked up millions of streams, has been aired on BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM and Capital, and has gained respect and support from world renowned DJ/producers such as Roger Sanchez, MK, Bob Sinclar, Tiesto & Martin Garrix to name a few.

He was recently signed to 3Beat & Casablanca Records, an exciting milestone, and now is back with a fresh new single titled “Never Let It Go”. This single captures Clear Six’s signature sound, infectious feel-good dance productions blended with House & R&B influences. You can’t help but feel even better after listening to this record.

Here’s what he had to say about it:

“I’ve always been inspired by 90’s House Music & club culture. So many sounds from that era excite me, soulful vocals, lively piano riffs, it has it all. I wanted to bring that vibrancy into ‘Never Let It Go’ and mix it with the energy of a current dance record. I’m really pleased with the way it turned out & it’s already working in my DJ sets when I test it!”

There’s a lot of big releases in the pipeline for the talented UK producer this year, but for the meantime, listen to Clear Six’s new single “Never Let It Go” below!

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Bassnectar Reveals New Mixtape + Album Out This Summer

Bassnectar has been teasing lots of new content in lieu of streaming during quarantine, and we’re about to get the first taste. The producer/DJ has just teased his lockdown mixtape, “Inside For The People,” out Friday, May 1.

But wait, there’s more!

The mixtape is more than just a mixtape, as Bassnectar reveals. “The 1st in a series of custom-crafted mixtape journeys centered on select cuts from this summer’s forthcoming album, ALL COLORS.”

Yep, new Bassnectar album.

Not counting his Reflective series, his last album came in 2016 with Unlimited, so this is definitely a long time coming.

Check out the official announce below and join us in waiting for next Friday!

🔊 FRIDAY MAY 1, 2020 🔊
THE LOCKDOWN MIXTAPE:
"INSIDE FOR THE PEOPLE"

The 1st in a series of custom-crafted mixtape journeys centered on select cuts from this summer's forthcoming album "ALL COLORS"

Stay tuned for more info including an interactive online listening experience! pic.twitter.com/oj0PaKCvLG

— Bassnectar (@bassnectar) April 22, 2020

 

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201 DJs Spin For 10 Days Straight To Break Two World Records

Needless to say, with self-isolation in effect, we have more free time than we know what to do with. Yes, many people are still working, but even those people are still stuck at home like the rest of us, not going out to bars, not seeing friends, not engaging in recreational activities. DJs, too, aren’t touring at all right now so most of them are experiencing the most free time they’ve had in maybe years.

In the Netherlands, Anthony Donner, former editor-in-chief of DJ Mag NL, sought to make good use of that free time by initiating the longest non-stop DJ marathon ever in the world, and another record was broken along the way.

The DJ marathon started Thursday April 9th, at 20.00 (CET), and finished April 19th, 20.00 (CET), counting in at 240 hours with 201 DJs in total, also breaking the record for most DJs in a single set. The event was streamed live via @djmarathonlive on Twitch, and guidelines of the current emergency ordinance where followed and observed strictly during the event.

DJ Jean was the first DJ to play music at the DJ marathon; DJ’s Darkraver and Dano were closing the 10 days nonstop with their DJ set. Music was played by DJs from The Netherlands only.

 

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Steve Aoki Gives Advice for Staying Focused During Coronavirus Quarantine

Steve Aoki is staying positive and focused during quarantine — and you can, too!

In a recent interview with Tomorrowland, the superstar DJ/producer got real about what it takes to keep on track during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whether you’re an artist, in virtually any other profession, or just want to better yourself — he has some sound advice.

Aoki shared:

One of the most important things is to start your day off with a plan. Don’t just stumble into it, prepare a schedule. The more you contemplate what you want to do the next day, the more fulfilling your days will be. You’ll then see that in hindsight, the quarantine turned out to be a good thing.

Duly noted.

Are you staying productive during quarantine? If so, share your tips with others and let’s keep this positivity chain going!

 

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LA Legend E-Sassin Returns to Ensnare Us in a Bass ‘N.E.T.’ [Abducted LTD]

E-Sassin has been a mainstay on the LA drum and bass scene for over 20 years now, first as a DJ with a unique, metal-influenced style and then as a producer who still kicks out some of the heaviest and darkest beats stateside or anywhere else.

Most recently, E-Sassin featured in a compilation for Mindocracy Records in 2018 and after a short hiatus he’s back making tracks with a new dual single due out tomorrow on Bad Syntax’s Abducted LTD imprint. The b-side is a remix of Bad Syntax’s “Darkness” which E-Sassin turned from a more modern, steppy neuro track to something truly dark and with lots of “funk” in the neurofunk.

E-Sassin’s original track “N.E.T.” is just a dark and snarling as the “Darkness” remix but he’s played around with form and syncopation much more here. Both the kick and the snare here are different than anything any artist is laying down at the moment and modern producers could take a seriously lesson on that canned yet snappy snare.

The techy bass synth moves in an interesting way around the track, sometimes in the foreground driving the track and sometimes faded into the background. The interplay between beat and synths here is unique and quite cohesive. Sound design-wise, “N.E.T.” is very much in the techstep/neuro wheelhouse, as E-Sassin fills almost all the background space with metallic, crunchy, grinding synth sounds which both compliment that main synth and sometimes overpower it.

As a whole composition, “N.E.T.” is bold, striking and new while maintaining the core of E-Sassin’s style that’s made him such a fascinating artist lo these 20 plus years. There’s a huge gap in D&B right now when it comes to style like this, so here’s hoping he doesn’t take another two year break before releasing more tracks.

“N.E.T.” and E-Sassin’s remix of “Destruction” drop tomorrow, Friday April 17 on Abducted LTD. Pre-order now on Beatport. The streaming versions are also out now on Spotify.

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[PREMIERE] Snyder Drops Intoxicating Deep House Single, “Petrified” ft. 51B

Snyder, hailing from Chicago, Illinois is a music producer and DJ that has recently blown up on the US Circuit. Sharing the stage with massive acts such as RL Grime, Gryffin, Shaq, Cheat Codes, and Chris Lake, Snyder has made a lasting impression with his high-octane performance energy and crowd-controlling sets.

Snyder is best known for his eclectic artistry; never sticking to one particular sound or genre. He always keeps us on the edge of our seat, excited to hear what he will deliver next, which is why I’m thrilled to premiere his new single and hypnotic visual video, “Petrified“, featuring 51B.

The song is flawless from start to finish, featuring a haunting, yet euphoric ambiance, reminiscent of SG Lewis’s earlier works. Snyder truly has his own flair, arranging a driving deep house track that can’t help but make you move your body while you listen. “Petrified” is a crossover gem that seamlessly intertwines just the right amount of electronic, pop, hip-hop and mainstream elements. From its contagious lyrics to intense build ups, the track is certain to leave a lasting impression.

The video adds a stimulating visual layer to the song. The visually appealing, rave-inspired “Petrified” visual enhances the song’s already exuberant qualities, making the song ever more enticing than playing it on its own. A neon-based, colorful explosion, the accompanying video for the uptempo, groovy track is nothing short of the perfect complement.  

“Petrified” will be released world-wide Friday, April 17 but for now enjoy an exclusive opportunity to listen and watch the music video below!

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The Office’s John Krasinkski Is DJing Quarantine Prom 2020 This Friday

Many of us are sad that clubs are closed and festivals are cancelling and postponing, but there’s a whole group of kids in school that are disappointed they won’t be able to attend prom this year. Thankfully, an unlikely hero is here to save the day: The Office’s John Krasinski.

The actor/philanthropist has made headlines recently for his SomeGoodNews YouTube channel, offering some good news in these times of uncertainty and turmoil. Now, he’s using his positive, can-do attitude to DJ prom this Friday at 5pm PST.

Confused?! Me too!

Watch the video below to see what’s up and remember to tune in!

@johnkrasinskiThat’s right class of 2020! I’m DJing your prom this Friday at 8 EST/5 PST! Click the link in bio and see you then! ##PromPortrait ##SGNprom♬ original sound – johnkrasinski