Insomniac is bringing Beyond Wonderland back for its eighth rendition in Southern California this March, and the two day festival just released a stacked lineup. The four stage festival will host over 60 artists with headliners ranging from Alesso and Seven Lions to Tiesto and KSHMR.
With artists specializing in bass, trance, techno, trap, house and hardstyle, this lineup almost certainly has something for everyone.
Beyond Wonderland will take place at NOS Events Center on March 16 and 17, and fans hoping to attend this year’s festival can purchase tickets here.
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.
Alesso moves deeper into the pop territory that he toed on cross genre single, “Let Me Go,” on his latest release, “Is That For Me,” a sultry product that further evinces Alesso’s shift from Swedish commercial house to a more mainstream, pop-oriented sound.
He enlists fellow Shots label mate, Anitta for the fluid vocal number, making use of an ear catching pop hook that enables the Brazilian phenom to exhibit her expansive vocal range. “Is That For Me” materializes as the track that could very well prove to be Anitta’s first international hit, the release a part of the singer’s “Checkmate” campaign, which will see Anitta release a new song each month in English, Spanish, or Portugese as a part of her labor to bring her music to many different markets.
Kygo‘s sophomore album Kids in Love is set for release on November 3, and for a week preceding, the Norwegian producer has been releasing one track a day from the LP. So far, the album is a combination of tropical house and pop with collaborations ranging from John Newman to OneRepublic.
The first three tracks from the album that have been released are the title track “Kids In Love,” “Never Let You Go,” and “Sunrise.” So far, each track has been incredibly different, and the Norwegian producer’s next two releases “Riding Shotgun” and “Stranger Things” continue this trend of diversity.
“Riding Shotgun” opens with Bonnie McKee’s high pitched vocals and then falls into a pop tropical drop. Many of the producer’s recent tracks have leaned pop over electronic, but “Riding Shotgun” has groovy chords and an extended electronic drop while McKee’s catchy vocals are the glue that will appeal to pop lovers.
For his next release titled “Stranger Things,” Kygo partnered with OneRepublic, and the high profile collaboration is almost certainly going to be a radio sensation. The production elements of this track are very subtle with piano and a steady drum beat serving as the backbone of the track while OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder vocals are the focal point.
John Newman and OneRepublic are not new to collaborating with electronic music producers, having previously worked with Calvin Harris and Alesso, respectively. As Kygo continues to roll out tracks ahead of Kids In Love‘s release, it will be interesting to see who else the producer is collaborating with.
While seeing someone like Hardwell or Afrojack at the Ultra main stage today may be a similar experience to what it was in 2012, it cannot be denied that dance music has seen considerable change over the past five years or so. One of the biggest signs has been the willingness of artists to expand their sounds and collaborative choices. For example, Afrojack, who was dropping the crunchiest beats in the game a few years ago, is now working with artists like Ty Dolla $ign and Luis Fonsi to breed mainstream, Top 40 tracks. There’s also the case of The Chainsmokers, who went from remixing popular indie/alternative songs in 2013 to now being arguably the hottest duo in the world right now, topping the charts across all genres in working with Coldplay, Halsey, and others.
Dance music has proven it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and that it is capable of rapid evolution and reinvention. To prove how much the music has changed over the years, a Facebook page called Revealed Family posted two videos entitled “EDM – THEN vs. NOW.” The videos give a track by track outline of how different music by the top DJs in the game was 5 years ago versus how it is now. There’s a clear difference in sound and production style that should be noticed instantly. The videos include old and new tracks by Nicky Romero, Zedd, R3hab, Avicii, Skrillex, Alesso, Vicetone, Deorro, The Chainsmokers and more.
Alesso has unleashed a new single that is a massive collaboration with Hailee Steinfeld, Watt, and country pop super stars Florida Georgia Line. As you would expect, the track is vocally focused with Steinfeld carrying to chorus and Florida Georgia Line on both vocals and the track’s mellow backdrop. The track is a surefire radio hit, with a drop that features a strong tropical house influence. The track transcends genres and is sure to appeal to a diverse audience.
EDC swept through Las Vegas this weekend bringing 136,000 fans “under the electric sky” at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for North America’s largest dance event of the year. This year’s enormous lineup, per usual, was powered by electronic music royalty, burgeoning new talents, and today’s top tastemakers, rounding out at nearly 250 artists. Among the staggering lineup of acts slated for the festival’s second day, memorable moments from the night included Tiësto and Dillon Francis‘ highly-anticipated Kinetic Field sets, Autograf‘s live performance from the Cosmic Meadow, and Alesso from the Circuit Grounds. Elsewhere, Valentino Khan, Boombox Cartel, and Snails kept the Basspod stage shaking through the night.
The festival will take place from September 16-18 at the Tokyo Odaiba ULTRA Park across three stage- Main Stage, Live Stage and RESISTANCE. Having announced an Ibiza residency recently, RESISTANCE will also see a major upgrade in Tokyo this year, with Carl Cox, Joseph Capriati, Sasha & John Digweed and Seth Troxler set to headline its stage.
View the full Phase 1 lineup below:
Watch the Ultra Japan official 2016 aftermovie below: