The track marks a different direction than his previous releases with major retro synth vibes. The catchy melody enthralls the listener from the start, and is another track indicative of the quality of the releases that will be on Ultraviolet.
The full release of Ultraviolet is set for February 16, and 3LAU will be kicking off an accompanying tour with the album release.
After hit release “Raindrops,” Kevin Andrew Chapman’s career took off thanks to his house hits and dynamic live performances. The LA-based producer, who is more commonly known as SNBRN, has releases that span from deep to tropical house, giving fans from a variety of genres something to like.
Dancing Astronaut spoke to Chapman about everything from his favorite book to what he has in store for 2018, and his responses prove that the producer is more than meets the eye. When he is not creating music, SNBRN is an avid reader and family guy, noting how much he loves playing in San Francisco because family is able to come to his shows.
The enigmatic producer has performed all over the world — including fulfilling his teenage dream of playing at Coachella. He is performing on the sold out Groove Cruise this year alongside the likes of Markus Schulz, Dada Life, Thomas Jack. With a new EP on the way, and upcoming tour dates with 3LAU, the house connoisseur is setting the stage for a big year ahead.
READ THE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW: You recently tweeted “Reading books is sexy!” What is your favorite book?
Now that’s a tough one! My favorite book to gift that I’ve read a million times is Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, and my current favorite book is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.
You became interested in music and music production at a very young age. Who and/or what genres of music were some of your inspirations for this interest?
My inspiration as a kid came from rock music- Queen, Led Zeppelin & Sublime. As I got more into electronic music, Fatboy slim and Moby pretty much became my idols.
Do you have a favorite city and/or venue to play at?
I would have to say San Francisco. Always an amazing vibe, and my family comes to every show.
What has been the most exciting moment for you in your career so far?
Playing Coachella last year takes the cake! That has been a huge dream of mine since I was 16 years old.
What do you have in store for us in 2018?
I have passion project EP of tech house coming out early this year that I am really excited about. I’m also exploring new sounds and tempos for some bigger vocal singles coming out later in the year.
3LAU fans can expect the producer-philanthropist to debut his latest re-imaginative undertaking on his North American Ultraviolet tour: a remix of Alesso and Anitta’s recent release, “Is That For Me.”
3LAU’s take amplifies the sonic sexual appeal of the original through a sultry, low toned bass line that pulsates throughout the duration of the song. The “Is It Love” hit maker layers metallic synths over the bass line at the drop’s build, effectively deepening the track’s pitch while tempering Anitta’s soaring vocal. 3LAU’s remix is an alluring flirtation with an edgier sound than that exhibited by the original.
Since setting up his landmark non-profit label Blume, Las Vegas’s own 3LAU have made fans of the electronic dance act seamless philanthropists along the way. Having dropped album lead-in single “Star Crossed” earlier in the year, the young artist returns this month with the album’s second single and news of an extensive North American tour for 2018, with support from SNBRN, Throttle and ELEPHANTE. Kicking-off in his hometown on December 30, the Ultraviolet tour leaves few national stones unturned, mustering 20-dates across the country and concluding on April 27. The announcement lands just days shy of latest single ‘Walk Away,’ with the landmark album anticipated to be out by the time 3LAU concludes this national romp. Catch the full itinerary of the Ultraviolet 2018 tour below and stay tuned for the new single this Friday!
ULTRAVIOLET TOUR 2018 Dec 30 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Feb 08 – Bloomington, IN – Kilroys Feb 09 – Chicago, IL – Prysm Feb 10 – Columbus, OH – Dahlia Feb 16 – Atlanta, GA – Opera Feb 17 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 Feb 22 – New Orleans, LA – Republic Feb 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Noto Feb 24 – Washington D.C. – Echostage Mar 02 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Mar 03 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Mar 10 – Seattle, WA – Sodo Mar 16 – Toronto, ON – Uniun Mar 17 – Montreal, QC – New City Gas Apr 06 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Apr 13 – Boston, MA – The Grand Apr 14 – St Louis, MO – Ryse Apr 20 – Houston, TX – Spire Apr 21 – Dallas, TX – Lizard Lounge Apr 27 – Portland, OR – Roseland
Those looking for an exotic fix without leaving the comfort of home should tune into 3LAU‘s new music video for the single “Star Crossed.” The Vegas native enlisted travel videographer Rob Strok to shoot and direct the video — a hire readily apparent in the breathtaking scenery of Kauai where the video was filmed. The music video takes the viewer on a journey of a male and female who travel along a similar path, but ultimately never overlap.
3LAU, real name Justin Blau, was inspired by a quotation from Henry David Thoreau when shaping the creative direction of the video-,”Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”
Beyond his productions, Blau is known for his philanthropic efforts. He has his own record label, BLUME, that donates all profits to charity, and he has recently donated show and streaming profits to hurricane relief among other charitable initiatives. The music video for “Star Crossed” continues this trend, as all profits from the music video will be donated to Hurricane relief in Houston and Puerto Rico. Blau spoke on his goals for the music video:
“The video is meant to encourage others to explore and to enjoy the journey. It is important to recognize the beauty in feeling lost sometimes, in life or in love.”
“Star Crossed” is rumored to be a feature of an album Blau will be dropping in 2018 according to his social posts.
It has been eight long months of releases and teasers, but as of midnight EST on September 21, the wait for Illenium‘s sophomore album is finally over. Nick Miller, the man behind the productions, is undoubtedly known as one of the more prolific producers of our era, thanks to his consistent output and meteoric rise. While Miller has carved out the future bass genre and helped define its sound, this LP proves he has the ability to transcend genres and appeal to a wide variety of fan bases. This is no small feat that is becoming an increasingly difficult road to navigate as a producer in a day and age, where electronic music fan bases are becoming more fragmented as the industry continues to commercialized.
Awake will only further his prominence as a producer with its 13-tracks ranging from feel good music to intense bass laced drops. Miller even dabbles within the indie electronic genre, showcasing his ability to diversify his oeuvre while still maintaining his signature style.
There is no stronger start to an album than “Needed You” featuring Dia Frampton. The song, which is opens to flowing vocals that melt into an incredible bass drop, resonates in the listener’s mind far past the song’s close. The track combines Illenium’s mastery of mystical elements and sounds as well as powerful bass juxtaposed with unique vocals. Should there be one song selected to describe the tone for the entire album, “Needed You” could certainly vie for this position.
Five singles from the album have been released this year including the second track “Crawl Outta Love,” whose subtle intro with Annika Wells’ vocals and piano deceivingly put the listener at ease. The track hits listeners in their core with its heightened tempo and all-consuming drop. “Fractures,” “Feel Good” — co-produced with Gryffin — “Sound of Walking Away” and most recently “Leaving” make up the rest of the tracks from Awake that were previously released. Representative of Illenium’s talent and engaged fanbase, these five tracks combined have already amassed nearly 83 million streams combined on Spotify alone.
The third track, “No Time Like Now,” although short, is where we see Illenium begin to swerve from his established style into a more indie electronic sound, with guitar forming the backbone of the song. It is a good segue into the fourth track “Free Fall,” which delves back into the resonating bass intercut with melodic vocals.
“Where’d U Go” showcases a collaboration between Miller and his roommate Said the Sky, otherwise known as Trevor Christensen. The upbeat track immediately draws the listener in with a catchy beat that falls almost immediately into an intense drop. As the track continues, vocal layers of a children’s choir lightens the track before submerging the listener back into the hard drop that would resonate with dubstep, future bass, and progressive fans alike. “Where’d U Go” is one of the more upbeat tracks of the album, so those looking for a workout anthem or night out tune should look no further.
Illenium stars to venture into more commercial territory with the second half of the album, although this is far from sellout as the tracks still maintaining a distinct edge. “Lost” with Emilie Brandt veers into a progressive house vibe, with the catchy vocals carrying the track. As with all of Miller’s version of “commercial” music, “Lost” is still far different than anything one would hear on the radio.
“Taking Me Higher” wouldn’t be out of place on Passion Pit record. The track is an interesting juxtaposition of sounds, synths, and styles that melts into a perfect tune for a relaxing afternoon.
Prized vocalist MAX — who has recently collaborated with Rain Man, 3LAU, as well as Flux Pavilion — is featured on Awake‘s penultimate entry,titled “Beautiful Creatures.” Guitar once again is used as the foundation for this track and paves the way for MAX’s vocals to be the centerpiece of the song. It can only be described as melodic with a hint of mystical, and is likely to be a radio hit.
Illenium finishes the album on “Let You Go,” a collaboration with Ember Island. An orchestra compliments the vocals on this downtempo affair, and serves as a beautiful, fitting ending for a beautiful album.
While many call albums an outdated form of releasing music, we can only be thankful that Illenium ignores this and decided to create a masterful full-length in Awake. The producer has left another imprint that further solidifies his prominence in the electronic music community. It is no secret that Miller is a breath of fresh air within a genre that is receiving increased skepticism for turning pop, to say nothing of stale, and, indeed, his music has the unique ability to be played on a radio without compromising its integrity.
Matthew Danger and Uri Illuz are the musical prodigies behind the Disco Killerz alias. They’re no strangers to success, having their music continually played on SiriusXM’s hottest channels, featured in Spotify playlists, and garnering support from world-renowned DJs like Tiesto and The Chainsmokers.
Gary Nesta Pine, like Disco Killerz, is no stranger to success. Pine is best known for being the lead singer for Bob Marley‘s Wailers and for his success with European dance hits like “Love Generation” and “Sound of Freedom.” His rise to the European dance music scene occurred when Pine collaborated with French DJ and producer, Bob Sinclair back in 2006. He was featured on four tracks on Sinclair’s Western Dream album.
The perfect blend between reggae and dance music is this collaboration between Disco Killerz and Gary Nesta Pine. Deep plucks, bells, and Pine’s vocals combined with a warm, tropical vibe carves this song into the perfect tropical vacation tune.
Labor day weekend marked this year’s second installment of Prime Social Group’s Breakaway Music Festival, an annual festival series that finds its home in cities in and around major league soccer venues. This year’s holiday weekend event found itself gracing the grounds of Columbus, Ohio’s Columbus Crew stadium. While the city has been recognized amongst the country’s fastest growing metropolis, currently standing at number three, a drive through the state may suggest a different narrative. The route to Columbus and much of the state of Ohio is ridden with farmland, the surefire sign of Midwestern heartland. Fortunately, Columbus could not be more of an antithesis to this pseudo-Ohio narrative. Prime Social group, in particular, is a driving force behind this “mundane-Midwest” myth-busting.
Photo courtesy of Alex Powell.
Prime Social Group is a full-service concert promotions group based in the city that focuses on college markets across the country. Some of its events exclusive to Ohio include a 90’s themed summer festival, the Ohio University Number festival, and the multi-city spanning Halloween-themed Haunted Fest which has booked acts for this year that include Hardwell, Yellow Claw, and more. PSG’s event set out to see a continuance of its Breakaway Festival later this year in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Zedd is set to headline. Prior to the Columbus event, it had stopped in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Tiësto, Slushii, Borgore, Jai Wolf, and Louis the Child are names that are slated to hit the stage later this fall in Columbus on behalf of PSG. Between a consistent envelope pushing booking team and a pronounced understanding of the idiosyncrasy that the college market desires, PSG’s rosters speak volumes for its respective cities’ entertainment markets. It’s safe to say the electronic music scene would not be the same in the Midwest—and certainly not in Columbus—without the companies’ efforts.
Columbus’ 2017 Breakaway return was an aggressive amalgamation of hip-hop and electronic artists, one that broke the boundaries of sonically-constricted line-ups. Priding themselves on booking up-and-coming artists that reach beyond the confines of genres, Prime Social group saw out that they achieved to create a breakaway experience in its own right. This year’s festival was a testament to that success.
Last year’s Columbus festival bill saw the likes of hip-hop’s ultimate sweetie, Chance the Rapper, as well as Dillion Francis, RL Grime, Alison Wonderland, Corrupt, and Gryffin. Filling in the hip-hop shoes of Chance’s aggressive annunciation meets poetic style this year was SuperDuperKyle. Most well known for his breakout single “iSpy,” featuring American genre nonconformer Lil Yachty—who was also at the festival—SuperDuperKyle brought forth an outrageously energetic performance. Çhanneling Kid and Play’s nineties aura was an artist who lured the crowd in for an auspicious evening. Followed up by 3LAU, Oliver Heldens, Lil Yachty, and then rave rap’s finest Travis Scott on the main stage.
Photo courtesy of Tyler Church.
Across the way, on the prime stage Friday evening was an undercard assemblage of equally impressive acts such as Crankdat, Shaun Frank, THEY., Malaa, and Getter. The prime stage exemplified a yearning for some of electronic music’s more heavy-hitting acts at the moment. The impressive array of hip-hop and electronic was a match made in heaven for its respective young audience and exemplified PSG’s audience understanding.
Photo courtesy of Tyler Church.
Despite massive amounts of rain dumping on Saturday’s attendees, the festival’s booking was a quintessential crowd pleaser. Starting off the second day with the heavy-hitting REZZ collaborator, the up and comer K?D, the afternoon was primed for an exhilarating experience. Leading up to the closing of the two-day festival was Galantis who was followed by Diplo on the main stage— whilst Mija and EDM’s favorite kitty Cashmere Cat closed out the prime stage. Columbus laid host to some of music’s most exuberant acts.
Photo courtesy of Tyler Church.
By bringing some of the world’s biggest names to the stage alongside supporting local and regional artists, the event was an energetic enigma. Despite being dealt mother nature’s infamous festival surprise the festival was an overwhelming success for its young audience and a telling testament of an ever-expanding company and cities’ success.
3LAU has been teasing an upcoming track via his socials for the past 2 week and it sounds like it was worth the wait. “Star Crossed” has an extra terrestrial vibe with a building backdrop that complements the vocalist, who is the centerpiece of the track.
“As I’ve honed my craft in the studio, I wanted to expand upon my original melodic house style by adding depth through real instrumentation,” said 3LAU of the new track. “From the drums to the synths to the real instruments recorded, I wanted to make dance music that maintains an organic texture, bridging electronic & real world musical elements.”
Again, 3LAU has managed to create a song that will undoubtedly be stuck in listeners’ heads for weeks with its catchiness and masterful composition.
A couple of months ago, close friends Audien and 3lau teamed up for “Hot Water,” a track which has since been received well by fans, due to its melodious drops and smooth vocals.
In somewhat of an unexpected series of events, 3lau decided to release a spontaneous Drum & Bass remix of the track, which has yielded an intriguing result. In the producer’s own words, “I was listening to a lot of DnB so I decided I wanted to make some.”
3lau is able to strike a fine balance between the harder and more subtle elements of the track, introducing a driving bass line to complement Victoria Zaro’s untouched vocals. Perhaps most impressive, however, is his mastering of percussion, as drums constitute the soul of any good bass music track.
The remix is a testament to 3lau’s undeniable talent, as he has a delivered a perfectly solid remix, despite having no previous experience with such a deceptively difficult genre.