Download and stream Illenium’s brand new pack of previously unreleased edits

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Illenium turned in a career year in 2018, landing on Dancing Astronaut’s Top Artists of the Year list. He spent most of the year gifting fans with new music and as 2018 drew to a close, the Awake producer gave fans one last freebie, delivering a brand new pack of previously unreleased Illenium edits. The ten-track collection of edits features Illenium’s VIP edit of Flume‘s “Say It,” a monstrous mashup of “Lost,” “Disarm You,” and “Chosen You.”

The exclusive edit pack additionally encompasses some of the introductions from Illenium’s Awake 1.0 and Awake 2.0 tours. The bundle opens with Illenium’s “2017 Intro,” and transitions into his “2018 Awake 1.0 Finale.” The song kit notably closes with Illenium’s “Awake 2.0 Intro (Gold),” to bring the live experience home to the speakers of Illenials around the world. The edit pack includes productions from the past three years of Illenium’s career, and is now available for download at no cost, here.

H/T: Run The Trap

Meet the artists you can’t miss at Spring Awakening: Alison Wonderland

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This year, Chicago’s Spring Awakening Music Festival, the largest dance music fest in the Midwest, will return to Addams/Medill Park with another packed, meticulously curated lineup, including TchamiVirtual SelfTiëstoAlison Wonderland, and more across its three-day span. Dancing Astronaut has teamed up with the fest to get to know its standout acts a little better, just before SAMF arrives to bid spring adieu June 8-10. 


Alexandra Sholler, aka Alison Wonderland, EDM’s token Aussie with the purplest hair and some the most massive bass beats in the game, is heading back to the Windy City for 2018’s Spring Awakening. Aside from her status as a globetrotting DJ/producer, Sholler is also a classically trained cellist, songwriter, and singer — her voice can be heard on nearly every track she writes. Last year, she made headlines for her stellar performance at Coachella, where she and Rezz were the highest paid females on the ticket — not to mention Coachella history. 

Known for her transparency about struggling with mental health, Sholler has become something of an advocate in that domain for both other artists and her fans, often taking time out of her sets to speak candidly on the topic. Both her new album, Awake, and her 2015 album, Run, are weighted in unequivocal emotion, a redemptive motif encircling her momentous trap beats and intricate sampling.

A highly in-demand collaborator, Sholler has teamed with talent across the spectrum, including Lido, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Chief Keef, and most extensively, fellow Aussies, Slumberjack, whom she speaks so fondly of with Dancing Astronaut before she heads to SAMF’s Equinox Stage June 8. She also divulges into inspiration for Awake, must-see sets at SAMF, and her at-home, one-woman DJ sessions.

You can still buy tickets to Spring Awakening here, and the full lineup is available to view here.

How would you compare the Australian dance music scene to the US’s?

I grew up in the dance music scene in Australia. It’s what shaped my whole career as an artist. I feel like the festivals are different. I remember the first time I played EDC Las Vegas in 2015. I had never seen an electronic festival like that in my entire life.

Quite a bit of time elapsed between Run and Awake. Were you working on Awake for that entire time?

No I was not. I did a lot of touring off Run. To be honest, I didn’t expect Run to get the attention it did when I made it. I find it hard to produce and write while I’m on the road, so I started working on Awake when I had more down time in one place. I am also very inspired by my emotions, and Awake is about a pretty heavy series of events in my life. I can’t pick and choose when things happen to me or where I find creative inspiration, and I started writing awake to deal with those particular issues.

How have you evolved as an artist in that time span?

I am not sure. I feel like as I grow as a human, I grow as an artist. It’s very organic for me. I grow off feelings and intuitions. I am super bad at planning, so I think I just have more insight now. I don’t really think about how I have grown. I think I definitely am a better songwriter and producer. That’s the great thing about art: you can always learn new things.

Last time I saw you live, you got up on the decks and had so much enthusiasm. Do you still get that hyped about DJing?

100%, even when I’m alone I get hyped. I think this is the only thing I genuinely love, to be honest. I DJ alone in my house for fun. Once I played for eight hours straight at a house party I threw in LA. Ask Jai Wolf, he was there. I feel better behind the decks than in front of them. Every time I play I feel at home and it is super cathartic for me.

You’ve collaborated with Slumberjack on your past two albums. Tell me about your experience working with them.

I just f****ng love those boys. We really get each other musically. Everything just flows so easily. We always seem to make music in the most random places. “Naked” was finished in a hotel room with sh**ty laptop speakers and my iPhone as a microphone. “Sometimes Love” was made in a kitchen. I prefer collaborations that feel organic where there is mutual and equal respect. I work better that way. I mean everyone does. It is important to have trust in each other’s creative processes. I feel all of that with the Slumberjack boys.

What’s your favorite part of being on tour? Least favorite?

My favorite part is playing shows and feeling the adrenaline and connection with a crowd that comes with that. My least favorite part is the loneliness.

How does it feel to be returning to Chicago for Spring Awakening?

Amazing. I cannot wait. I love the crowd there.

What three sets would you recommend from the Spring Awakening lineup this year?

I would not miss Virtual Self, Bleep bloop, Oh and this loser. Her mother paid me $20 dollars to say this: Alison Wonderland.

Alison Wonderland releases new music video, ‘High,’ featuring Trippie Redd

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Anticipation continues to mount for the release of future bass powerhouse Alison Wonderland’s new AWAKE LP, following the respective releases of her first couple of singles, “No” and “Church.” Arriving as the third single off her forthcoming sophomore studio album comes the ambient single, “High,” featuring Ohio-based rapper Trippie Redd. The track is accompanied by a mood-enhancing video featuring Alison Wonderland and Trippie Redd at the center. It was self-directed by Alison Wonderland, with cinematography from Jeffrey Zoss.

“It was a real pleasure to work with Trippie,” Alison Wonderland says of the release. “It is important to vibe with an artist before we collaborate. When he heard this song, it was very organic, and he jumped in the booth and we walked out feeling that we had something special. I felt like this song had a certain spirit and wanted people to feel like they were going on a journey with us….just like when watching the music video.”

The visual aesthetic of the video perfectly encapsulates the chill, stoner mood set by the song’s lyrical content, with both producer and rapper swaying against a colorful floral background as glitchy jump cuts keep viewers on their toes. Quite unexpectedly, the video starkly transitions to an animated storyline (c/o Jayme Lemperle and Evan Red Borja) at Wonderland’s unusual and unique drop, pulling listeners into a completely different universe that is assuredly a snapshot of her mind.

Due out April 6 on Astralwerks, AWAKE is the follow-up to Alison Wonderland’s 2015 debut album, Run, which entered Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 1.

Alison Wonderland releases second single ‘No’ ahead of upcoming album

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The multi-talented Alison Wonderland released “No,” the second single off her upcoming LP and following “Church.” The multitalented Australian artist has been putting in a lot of promo work ahead of the album’s — dubbed Awake — release on April 6, including vinyl signings and free giveaways, to ramp up fans’ excitement.

This track showcases a new sound for Wonderland, straying from her usual dark, trap-inflected vibes. This one is certain to lift listeners’ spirits with upbeat synths and bright vocals. She has a whole list of shows lined up in support of Awake, set to kick off in August.

Alison Wonderland releases emotive new track and video for ‘Church’ ahead of forthcoming album

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As Alison Wonderland continues to ascend in the electronic realm, she’s become a fixture in the global dance scene while slowly rolling out new productions. She’s allowed her live performances to speak for themselves — a wise decision — with an upcoming installment at Coachella a high point of anticipation. Another sign of her powerful production abilities and strength of her fanbase: she’s the highest billed female DJ set to perform at the festival in 2018.

Presently, Wonderland’s preparing to release her new album, AWAKE, and now released its very first track.

 

Unlike her most recent trap-ridden single, “Happy Place,” which found Wonderland in a place of considerable sonic comfort and calculated drops, “Church” is an empowering, future pop single. Its lyrics are challenging and demands that all comply to her utterance, “You better, treat me like church.”

Illenium releases mystifying music video for ‘Crawl Outta Love’

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2017 was a career-defining year for Denver’s Nick Miller. The melodic bass producer released his sophomore album, Awake, climbed to the major festival mainstage, and won “Remix of the Year” at the inaugural Electronic Music Awards. To kick off the new year, Illenium has already announced performances at Coachella, BUKU Music + Arts Project, and EDC México, and has just released a stunning music video to accompany his powerful break-up ballad, “Crawl Outta Love,” featuring Annika Wells.

The video features a series of breathtaking drone shots and aesthetic themes that fans will recognize from Miller’s album artwork. Set deep within a forest off the coast, the journey begins with a young girl and a hooded figure. While their exact relationship is left up to viewers to interpret, their connection seems to highlight the throes of navigating a toxic relationship. As mystical fog rolls in so as to capture the track’s somber tone, the visual and metaphorical elements — thunderstorms, climbing mountains, running into the light — highlights the song’s message of letting go, leaving someone behind, and mustering the strength to move on from a tattered past.

Illenium unveils immensely moving piano covers of ‘Awake’ tracks

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Illenium has a uniquely evocative sound design and his rise in EDM is in large part thanks to his embodiment of the beautiful, more deeply introspective side of the genre. For years, the producer has opened the floodgates on gorgeous, sound design juxtaposed with melodic EDM style drops. With the release of his sophomore album Awake, Illenium ventured into a more commercial side of EDM, sure, but also did so without compromising the emotionally-inflicting tendencies of his music.

Now, Illenium fans and lovers of all emotive music will be delighted to find out that an EP of piano covers from Awake has arrived just in time for the holidays. “Beautiful Creatures,” “Fractures,” and “Crawl Outta Love” have all received piano covers thanks to Julien Marchal, Lorcan Rooney, and Lambert respectively. The tunes are incredibly captivating and ones that will awaken its listeners in its delightful production depth.

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