Good Morning Mix: Diplo generates Higher Ground-inspired AMF mix

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Diplo‘s name is everywhere you turn in today’s music scene, including the lineup for the upcoming All My Friends Music Festival in Los Angeles. The Higher Ground producer was just added to the star-studded list of artists and will take the stage with MK for a special deep house set on Oct. 20.

In perhaps one of his most notable accomplishments this year, Diplo released his Higher Ground EP in March, including tracks with Blond:ish, Tove Lo, and Kah-Lo. With the four-track EP came the launch of his Higher Ground imprint, which showcases up-and-coming and established house music talent.

Ahead of his back-to-back set with MK, Diplo has curated a mix for AMF Radio, shining a spotlight on artists like Alex Metric, Claude VonStroke, Green Velvet, Walker & Royce, and more. Get a little taste of what’s to come at the upcoming festival via his hour-long mix.

All My Friends Music Festival takes place Oct. 19-20 at Skylight Row in Los Angeles. See the full lineup and get tickets here.

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Exclusive: Masteria mixes a maniacal half hour ahead of Spring Awakening debut

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There’s nothing more potent for an up-and-coming electronic music producer than an element of mystery; and Masteria doesn’t need a mask to achieve it.

Indeed, the Detroit-born artist has emerged in electronic ear view with the swiftness and precision of a winged warlock. In under a year, the shadow-friendly Masteria has gleaned support from just about the most auspicious players in his chosen, niche realm of house. This attention has yielded a decisive pair of EPs on Tchami‘s CONFESSION imprint, regular plays on both NightOwl Radio and Diplo’s Revolution, and most recently, an invite from Destructo to play at his branded AMFAMFAMF stage this year at Spring Awakening Jun 8.

In anticipation of his SAMF debut, Masteria has mixed a half hour of dastardly decadent groove-oriented house. From his new Billie Eilish “bad guy” remix, to a number of his own CONFESSION tracks, to a sundry of selects from equally ill-behaved counterparts, all nefarious aural ingredients are accounted for.

Masteria will also be playing the All My Friends after party with Destructo and What So Not Saturday Jun 8 at Spybar. Tickets to Spring Awakening and official after parties are available here.

Spring Awakening reveals rosters for curated Anjunabeats, AMFAMFAMF, and Bass Kitchen stages

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Chicago’s premiere electronic music festival, Spring Awakening, has rolled out the official lineup for its branded stages: Destructo‘s All My Friends footing, an Anjunabeats onslaught, and SAMF’s longtime staple, the Bass Kitchen.

Anjuna will activate the three-day weekend, Friday, June 7, flaunting a fearsome inventory of trance, progressive, and melodic house from the likes of Spencer Brown, Andrew Bayer, Tinlicker, and more. Saturday will see the signature Bass Kitchen up in sweet sonic flames with a little help from Liquid Stranger, Dion Timmer, Spag Heddy, and more talent from the trap/dubstep dominion. Finally, Destructo will quite literally bring All his Friends for an AMFAMFAMF takeover Sunday, hallmarked by a performance by the label boss himself, Dombresky, Matroda, Dillon Nathaniel, and more in the bass-infused house hierarchy.

Spring Awakening, this year headlined by Excision, REZZ, Illenium, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, just to name a few, is setting up shop for the first time at its new home in Hoffman Estates, the 27-acre Poplar Creek, June 7-9.

Tickets to Spring Awakening, the full lineup, and additional festival information are available here.

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Gary Richards’s Friendship music cruise is hosting a four-person cabin giveaway [Enter Here]

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HARD Events (HARD Summer, Holy Ship!) founder, Gary Richards is extending an invite to his sea-bound get together, the Frienship Music Cruise, consisting of merely a few thousand of his closest friends. One lucky winner will secure a four-person cabin aboard the awe-inspiring, amenity-filled Celebrity Equinox cruise ship.

Organized by Richards’s new AMFAMFAMF event brand, the cruise will sail from Miami to the Bahamas December 11-15. Lining the walls of the party-prepared vessel will be alluring acts from all ends of the electronic continuum, from Rüfüs Du Sol to Boys Noize to Anna Lunoe, to Destructo (Richards) himself. The giveaway is running through October 1. So for those seeking to indulge their penchant for warm-weather inside broad sonic landscapes and stave off stark winter woes aboard one of the most luxurious cruise ships on the planet, the Friendship Cruise has the answer.

Enter to win here. For more info on the festival itself, head here.

All My Friends Festival to make vehement LA debut: Check out DA’s must-see acts

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The city of Los Angeles’ continual role in hip-hop and electronic dance music — not to mention the underground niches that helped birth what we now know as the mainstream music in each genre — has only continued to build upon itself over the years. From the days when gangsta rap reigned, to the birth of G-funk and the underground rave scenes, the city’s symbiotic relationship with the two genres is irrefutable.

Today, in an era of festival superfluousness where festivals seem to be dropping off the map like flies, it’s seeming to be inevitable that very few will sustain. That said, Los Angeles’ All My Friends festival seems destined to succeed despite its freshness on the festival circuit. 2018 marks its first year.

Judging by the Billboard hot chart dominations, streaming numbers, and the sheer fact that the teens love both genres — and of course the fact that we live in a world that caters almost entirely to these factors — there seems no better way to christen the city of Los Angeles’ influence in the genres than for it to host a proper celebration. All My Friends is here to host said celebration, as Los Angeles’ finest meeting of dance and hip-hop music in recent memory.

What’s more of the inaugural All My Friends is that not only is the lineup an impressive 40-deep presentation of the genre’s hottest acts, but that its trend-cognizant curation is concise. Thanks to its curator, Gary Richards and AMFAMFAMF, the dance brand he created at LiveStyle, All My Friends’ calculated debut takes place over the two-day time span this August 18th and 19th. With just three stages, AMF is simple, but in that simplicity lies the best thing music can offer: the possibility to connect and build new friendships. As Richards recently told Billboard, “All the cool people in my life, I know through music… ‘All My Friends’ really has a deep-rooted meaning.”

Ahead of the festival’s debut, Dancing Astronaut‘s compiled the five must-see acts, and although the lineup’s not necessarily a daunting display, that really just means that its attendees can’t go wrong no matter who they end up seeing.

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Although Jamie Smith’s All My Friends jaunt does come complete with other Los Angeles dates — or rather, it was intended to, up until the unfortunate cancelation of Goldenvoice’s FYF Festival — it still feels like a rare circumstance. Following his recent stint at San Francisco’s Outside Lands, Smith’s performance as Jamie xx promises an ephemeral experience. Like the chilling air to his 2015 album In Colour, Smith’s performances promise euphoria, nostalgia, jovial dancing, and maybe even some tears, but with his only other public appearance for the rest of this year being at the esteemed Oasis festival in Marrakech, All My Friends is certainly one that’s not to be missed. As such, Jamie xx will be closing out the festival Sunday evening on the main AMFAMFAMF stage. It’ll be a fitting ending to the debut affair.

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No hip-hop heavy festival would be complete without the addition of Yo Gotti. Consider the facts — “Rake It Up,” “Champions,” and “Down In The DMs” — all of which are party anthems and all of which cement the anthemic proportions of Gotti. His set promises to be an essential weekend experience.

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Any devout Dirtybird fan will tell you that the flock’s hip-hop affinity runs deep. Long story short, it’s nest overseer, also known as Claude VonStroke, began experimenting with hip-hop, jungle, and drum ‘n’ bass long before the label’s inception. Today, Barclay has a collaboration with The Cool Kids — enough said.

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Chris Lorenzo

Chris Lorenzo‘s garnered support from major labels like Dirtybird, Food Music, and Night Bass and collaborated with some of the biggest names in EDM — Skrillex, Steve Aoki, and Chris Lake — to name a few. But, he’s also a vehement producer in his own right, too – known for his distinct remixes of Disclosure, Rudimental, A-Trak, and more.

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RL Grime‘s All My Friends performance comes fresh on the heels of his highly-anticipated sophomore album release. NOVA is a sound marriage of the two worlds of R&B and EDM – where melodic rap and R&B refrains from hip-hop and R&B heavyweights bridge the gap between the two genres and EDM.

  Check out the festival’s set times below and snag any last-minute tickets here.

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Premiere: Phlegmatic Dogs AMFAMFAMF Guest Mix

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Just a few weeks away from the very first All My Friends (AMFAMFAMF) music festival, Gary Richards, aka Destructo, shares the second Guest Mix leading up to the August 18-19 LA endeavor via the Phlegmatic Dogs. Destructo’s pre-fest mixtapes, 15 of which he has already mixed himself and uploaded to the AMFAMFAMF Soundcloud page, are somewhat of an anomaly, a rather unparalleled pre-festival feature.

A relatively smaller name on the AMFAMFAMF ticket, the Phlegmatic Dogs have been causing quite a ruckus in heavy house circles as of late, with irreverent singles like “Keepmastik” and “Westcoaster,” permeating through underground and main stage house sets alike. With their high-energy AMFAMFAMF mixtape, the Night Bass duo brings equal parts tenacity and quirk, oscillating between mainstays like Habstrakt‘s “Movie” and obscure garage house offerings like fellow Night Bass-ian, Chris Lorenzo‘s “Horn Porn,” as well as a hefty amount of their own kookyily-named concoctions like “Cuatrocats.” If this mix is any indicator, the Phlegmatic Dogs are primed to reap destruction at the August gathering when they take the stage.

Get tickets to AMFAMFAMF Fest here


Gary Richards’ FRIENDSHIP cruise is already sold out, because of course

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When electronic music maven Gary Richards announced his newest event, FRIENDSHIP, would be setting sail from Miami all the way to Coco Bay in the Bahamas, the wave of excitement in the dance community was high. As Dancing Astronaut first reported, the man also-known-as Destructo’s new venture would be backed by his own, and newly minted, AMFAMFAMF banner aboard the Celebrity Equinox December 11–15.

Now, AMFAMFAMF announced that cabins are no longer available for its inaugural sailing. Despite no lineup yet unveiled, 3,000 FriendShippers placed their trust in Richards’ ability to man the FRIENDSHIP’s maiden voyage and make it one to remember. FRIENDSHIP sold-out within less than 48 hours — because of course.

Richards has undoubtedly built an irrefutable reputation in the industry over the years as the founder of HARD Events and the current president of LiveStyle. As such, FriendShippers can expect some of the best international music acts aboard the ship, and though the lineup will surely prove to be an impressive feat, the four-night venture promises immeasurable beauty in itself.