HARD Summer is pulling out all the stops for the upcoming edition of the festival, led by one of the event’s most memorable lineups to date. Slated for August 4 – 5, and returning to a familiar venue at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, HARD’s flagship event is sticking to their tried and true playbook of marquee dance and hip-hop match ups, laced together by the underground’s finest newcomer talents, dropping off a lineup of over 70 acts. Best of all, 2018 now is officially the year of the back-to-back.
Additional firepower from Mija, k?d, Tokimonsta, Madam X, Joyryde and many more round out one of HARD’s best bookings to date. And with the festival boasting added amenities, updated safety and comfort features, plus a hilarious trailer that pins Diplo as the “Dawson’s Creek looking motherf****r” he is, we’re looking at what could be the most over-the-top edition of HARD Summer yet.
Drai’s Beachclub readies itself for pool season as temperatures steadily rise. Rivaling any top-tier music festival, the club’s stacked roster for April features household names like Showtek, A-Trak, Audien, Dada Life, Anna Lunoe and more. Serving as the Strip’s only rooftop beach club, partygoers will be in for a treat each weekend this season with exclusive, power-packed sets from some of the world’s critically-acclaimed DJs and chart-topping recording artists.
2018 is set to be Drai’s Beachclub’s most important year yet as a top contender in the Las Vegas day and night club community. Boasting a round-the-clock calendar of events ranging from house to mainstream dance music to moombahton, there’s arguably a little something for everyone. View Drai’s Beachclub’s April 2018 calendar below.
Recently A-Trak and Young Thug linked up for a throwback to the Low Pros days, dropping off their grinding new collaboration, “Ride For Me,” via Zane Lowe on Beats 1. The track was met with equal parts surprise and praise, with Young Thug delivering one of his most aberrantly eccentric vocal performances in recent memory, complemented by rising rapper 24hrs’ tempered contribution, all wrapped up and packed tightly into a slow-burning A-Trak trap beat.
The pair have now released an official video accompaniment that ties together genres, styles, cultures, and even generations. Thugger and A-Trak rope in a heavy dose of 90’s nostalgia, linking with renown skate video director and Zoo York founder Eli Morgan Gesner for “Ride For Me‘s” one-of-a-kind concept.
The video clips together Gesner’s archived footage of legendary NYC skaters from two decades ago with cuts of A-Trak and Thug revisiting the same spots in the present day, filmed with the same Hi-8 camera, making the clips of 1994 and 2018 nearly indistinguishable. The feature’s visual aesthetics, which A-Trak describes perfectly as, “both nostalgic and post-modern,” play right into the track’s sonic appeal, juxtaposing a retro snapshot of life in the urban underground with a soundtrack of futuristic, new wave hip-hop.
Drai’s Beachclub continues to be at the forefront of the Las Vegas day club circuit with its highly-anticipated lineup announcement and dates for the 2018 Drai’s Beachclub season. Rivaling any top-tier music festival, the club’s stacked roster features a host of household names like A-Trak, GTA, TroyBoi, Dada Life and Zeds Dead. Serving as the Strip’s only rooftop beach club, partygoers will be in for a treat each weekend this season with exclusive, power-packed sets from some of the world’s critically-acclaimed DJs and chart-topping recording artists.
2018 is set to be Drai’s Beachclub’s most important year yet as a top contender in the Las Vegas day and night club community. Boasting a round-the-clock calendar of events ranging from house to mainstream dance music to moombahton, there’s arguably a little something for everyone. View Drai’s Beachclub’s March 2018 calendar below.
Las Vegas’ Drai’s Beachclub has unveiled an enormous schedule of programming for 2018 featuring such notable residents as A-Trak, Destructo and Zeds Dead, to name only a few. The rooftop club’s doors open on March 2nd and will feature seven sparkling pools in addition to the high energy sets it’s offering.
With 30,000 square-feet of slip-proof pool deck acting as a festival grounds of sorts, attendees can relish in extensive guest service and luxury offerings, including complimentary towel service, 30 luxury cabanas and bungalows, 40 plush day beds, two full-service bars, 10 towering palm trees, a full-service gourmet café, and more. The club will also play host to a full menu of bottle packages.
Josh Young deserves some serious respect for his boldness. The man left an incredibly successful dance music project as a former half of Flosstradamus, with the promise to himself, and his fans, that he was going to broaden his horizons and challenge himself. Well, since the launch YehMe2, the producer has done just that and avoided the leverage his former position at the head of HDYNATION would provide to his new project.
Now, YehMe2 has linked with A-Trak for a handful of exciting moves. The pair are on tour together as 2018 gets underway, and now they’re upping the ante with a two-track mini EP that includes a preview of a third collaboration to soon follow. Instead of gritty hip-hop and trap products though, A-Trak and YehMe2 opt for a more lighthearted approach with their Skat Men EP — comprised of both DJs actually scatting on the tracks.
Both “Neo Wokyo” and “Take Me 2 The Barbershop,” featuring rump-shaking aficionado Wuki, are simply fun, shuffle-primed uptempo cuts that don’t take themselves too seriously. The EP also includes a preview for the duo’s impending “Prayer Hands” as well. Strong club fare — probably not. Proper festival ammo — also unlikely. The two Fools Gold veterans couldn’t seem to care less though, and therein lies the joint project’s appeal. At it’s core, the EP is meant to be goofy and amusing, and it just made scatting a helluva lot cooler.
Holy Ship departed for its first 2018 voyage on January 6. Fans aboard the chaotic dance music ship typically report a swarm of unexpected performances — Porter Robinson capped the weekend off with a surprise Virtual Self set, for example. Out-of-this-world b2b sets also took place, with weekend one finishing off with headliners A-Trak, Kaskade and Claude Von Stroke throwing together quite an energized start to Sunday’s festivities.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Gary Richards — AKA Destructo — had left his role at Hard Events, which was purchased by LiveNation in 2012.
A-Trak‘s taste in music is generally a pretty solid barometer for what’s hot right now. He closely keeps up with fan favorite pop, dance, and hip-hop, but where he differs from the rest of us mere mortals is his ability to step behind Technics and a mixer and do something magical with the earworms he’s into. In the tail-end of the year, A-Trak has ramped up his video channel, frequently sharing short scratch routines and personal edits of the tracks that are in his rotation at the moment. He’s covered Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer, DJ Snake, Post Malone, N.E.R.D. and more, though his latest addition to the ‘#REALDJing’ video series is a flawless tribute to Porter Robinson and Madeon‘s sweeping success “Shelter.”
Clocking in at just a minute, A-Trak chops up the young superstars’ hit collaboration with his legendary Midas touch, finessing his way through immaculate padwork and scratch breakdowns. Not quite a remix, but rather an homage so to speak, A-Trak’s rendition of “Shelter” and obvious seal of approval for the next generation of dance music’s torch carriers.
A-Trak has released a compilation of his favorite tracks from 2017 on Spotify. The seminal turntablist turned Fool’s Gold head has compiled a plethora of diverse tunes for the playlist — A-Trak Loved in 2017 — which features tracks such as Tchami‘s “Zeal,” BROCKHAMPTON’s “Gold,” and Oliver‘s “Heart Attack.”
“I made a playlist of 50 songs that grabbed my ear in 2017” said A-Trak about the playlist.”These aren’t the BIGGEST songs of the year. Any publication can make that. These are songs that influenced me, songs that I played in my sets, legitimate hits that were legitimately great and weirdo joints that I loved. Link below, keep supporting great music!”