Aoki attendees will have the opportunity to see one year fall into the next, under The Hakkasan Grid, the self-reported largest kinetic light art installation in the US. Confetti drops will add much-warranted zeal to the momentous drops that Aoki is all too liable to be dishing out that evening. Meanwhile, guests present at Harris’ OMNIA show will have access to the nightclub’s terrace, where they can view Las Vegas’ renowned New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Hip-hop enthusiasts who opt to bid 2019 adieu in the company of Tyga can expect confetti balloon drops and an exhilarating countdown to the year ahead.
Those who aim to ring in the New Year Las Vegas style can snag tickets to each of the three events, here.
In 2008, a Scottish artist by the name of Calvin Harris had just begun hitting his stride and earning notice from the dance community at large. His debut LP offering the year before, I Created Disco, proved a hit and later led to collaborations with Kylie Minogue. He also earned credit on the tour circuit through support for Groove Armada and Faithless. Naturally, Pete Tong took interest in the burgeoning artist as well and promptly slotted him into his Essential Mix series.
We revisit Calvin Harris’ debut Essential Mix just days after its 11th birthday, which immediately places its listeners on a path down into the blog house era from whence it came. Iconic hits of the day like deadmau5′ “The Reward Is Cheese,” Riva Starr’s “I Jack U,” and Harris’ own twist on the DJ Assault hit “Ass N Titties” are featured, with additional flecks of Santagold, Pryda, and Cosmonauts. It’s a nostalgic journey that maintains the same levels of cheery fun that ensued upon its October 2008 debut, and served as another early indicator of the success Harris would continue to reap as he climbed the dance music ranks.
The Djakarta Warehouse Project has announced its return for 2019, revealing the first round of headliner artists for its upcoming edition. Taking place at the capital’s Jakarta International Expo, the festival tops their bill with a smashing selection of high-tier headliners including Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, Zedd and Skrillex set to perform over Dec. 13-15.
The phase one announcement follows with a handful of high-energy bookings for the course of the weekend, bringing in fan-favorites like Oliver Heldens, Salvatore Ganacci, and Jeffrey Sutorius performing as Dash Berlin to light up the city. Local festival organizers Ismaya Live have also secured a stage takeover from Barcelona-born party series elrow, as they venture out to Indonesia for the party of the year.
Tickets and more information about the Djakarta Warehouse Project are available here.
Leave it to the Las Vegas club circuit to keep things hot, even as summer begins to wind to a close. Following a hefty Labor Day Weekend billing, Hakkasan has delivered its September lineup, consisting of some of the hottest dance acts in the world, from Tiësto, ZEDD, Calvin Harris, and many more.
Between Hakkasan, OMNIA, 1 OAK Nightclub, JEWEL, and the dayclubs, WET Republic and LIQUID, the Strip is the place to be as autumn gets underway. Expect appearances from Borgeous, 4B, Crankdat and more at Hakkasan, while OMNIA boasts ZEDD, Gryffin, and Nicky Romero. What’s more—Loud Luxury, Illenium, Party Favor, and more are also scattered across Hakkasan’s blistering September lineup, bringing the most electronic star power to one place over the next month.
Tiësto has teamed up with Colombian producer MOSKA for a new lively new tune, “Acordeão.” MOSKA is the first Latin American producer to sign with Tiësto’s label, Musical Freedom. It’s also his second collaboration with Tiësto, following their remix of Tiësto’s original track, “Century,” featuring Calvin Harris years ago.
“Acordeão” enlists a famous Colombian sample and composition, “Fiesta En Corraleja,” with full support from the original composer, Ruben Dario Salcedo Ruiz. The track’s Latin flair is effervescent and keeps the listener wanting to dance until the very end. Tiësto debuted the release during his set at Tomorrowland in July.
The release is a part of Tiësto’s TOGETHER project, which features a medley of up-and-coming artists with whom Tiësto has been working and helping to develop over the past few years in his continued efforts to discover and mentor emerging talent.
Forbes’ “Highest Paid DJ” list has just come out, and Calvin Harris has officially been dethroned by The Chainsmokers after six years spent at the number one slot.
The Chainsmokers’ have had their biggest year in earnings yet, with the duo taking home a cool $46 million. This comes as no surprise; after all, they’ve been dominating the airwaves over the past couple years with huge pop anthems. They’re also in the middle of a lucrative three-year contract with Wynn Las Vegas; combine that with a myriad of other headlining gigs at major festivals, and one-off private appearances elsewhere, and it becomes clear how they’ve managed to rake in such vast amounts of capital.
Marshmello has also been climbing the ranks, and actually landed in second place this year with $40 million in net earnings. Calvin Harris found himself demoted to the third slot with $38.5 million. Meanwhile, Steve Aoki took home the fourth ranking, largely in part to him playing 200 gigs through the past year and numerous brand deals on top.
Per usual, female DJs are missing from the list.
The Chainsmokers ($46 million)
Marshmello ($40 million)
Calvin Harris ($38.5 million)
Steve Aoki ($30 million)
Diplo ($25 million)
Tiësto ($24 million)
Martin Garrix ($19 million)
David Guetta ($18 million)
Zedd ($17 million)
Armin van Buuren ($15 million)
Kaskade ($14 million)
Skrillex ($13 million)
Alesso ($12.5 million)
Afrojack ($12 million)
Tie: DJ Snaje, DJ Pauly D, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($11.5 million)
FestivalX organizers had originally intended to launch the event in 2018 to replace Stereosonic. FestivalX was then scheduled to travel to four different cities spanning Australia and New Zealand. The stops were ultimately cancelled due to “unforeseen last-minute changes in artist availability,” according to a joint statement issued at the time.
“As they say, good things come to those who wait,” Richie McNeill, founder of Hardware, said. “Something very special is happening here and we’re super excited about it!”
Frank Cotela, the founder of Onelove echoed McNeill’s sentiment and expounded on the aim of FestivalX, “We hope to create an event that showcases entertainment on the scale we’re known internationally for, with massive artists, epic event production, and a focus firmly on fun.”
Tickets to FestivalX will go on sale on August 1. The OptusPerks pre-sale will begin on July 29. Those interested in attending FestivalX can learn more about the pre-sale, here. The Hardware Presents, One Love, and Live Nation pre-sale will commence one day later on July 31. For more information, visit FestivalX’s official website.
Rihanna may have shared that her next album would be coming out this year, but the anticipation surrounding the pop culture icon’s long-awaited ninth LP just became more intriguing.
Grammy-winning super-producer, Pharrell Willams, recently hinted he may have worked on the album with a cryptic comment that said, “They ain’t ready,” on an Instagram video Rihanna posted. The video was a clip from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta wherein Karlie Redd is holding polygraph results and proclaiming “it was all lie,” with the caption:
Williams and Rihanna previously worked together on the most recent N.E.R.D. album, collaborating on “Lemon” which only fortified Rihanna’s immense talent as a rapper. If Williams once again joined Rihanna in the studio, this time with her on the lead, greatness is sure to ensue.
Details about Rihanna’s ninth album, which is being commonly referred to as R9, are sparse yet captivating. She has confirmed it will be a reggae project. Various other artists at or nearing Williams’ level like Skrillex, Diplo, Calvin Harris, and Koffee are rumoured to be involved as well.
2019 is more than half-way over. Will Rihanna keep her word and deliver the album before the end of the year? We sure hope so.
Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.
Every artist has a unique story when it comes to their foray into music. Some come into notoriety carrying out their lifelong dream of becoming an artist and others stumble into the career accidentally. Tim Wu, who is more popularly known as DJ and music producer Elephante, found himself sitting alone in a music studio at 25 through neither of these paths. He admits that, would he have been able to go back and tell his 16-year-old self that he would end up becoming a DJ and music producer, he wouldn’t have believed it.
Wu grew up an avid John Mayer fan, which ultimately inspired him to play in bands and write songs that he would perform on the acoustic guitar at local showcases in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Music has always been an incredibly big part of his life, but Tennis ultimately landed him at Harvard University where he played and locked in a career in consulting after graduation. When he wasn’t at his consulting job, Wu discovered electronic music production, and he became hooked. The more he produced music, the more miserable he became at his job to the point where he quit. He was so concerned about his parent’s reaction that he spent over a year lying to them about the decision to became a full time musician.
He reminisces on telling his parents he had stopped working as a consultant to pursue music, stating, “I think they were mostly confused, and obviously worried. Like what do you mean you’re gonna be a DJ? Can you get healthcare doing that? But at the end of the day, I think they knew how unhappy I was and that it was something I had to do, and were mostly just hoping I didn’t get hooked on heroin or something. I mean, can you imagine moving to a different country, working your ass off your whole life to give your kids a better life, and then having said kid tell you they were quitting their job to be a DJ? I would have murdered me. Now though they are super stoked – I brought them on stage for a couple shows and fans were asking for pictures with them and stuff, so I think they get a kick out of it. My mom still reminds me every time we talk not to do heroin though.”
The rest is history with Wu’s production career, although those who are familiar with the producer’s music would hardly be surprised to learn that Wu’s artistry grew out of his love of songwriting as a teenager. In a world where commercial crossover releases dominate the charts, Wu has found a way to bring vocals front and center in his releases without producing a stream of three note drops that leave the vocals and vocals alone to differentiate one track from the next. His body of work spans for folky “Come Back For You” featuring Matluck to beautiful “Catching On” featuring Nevve.
Wu recently released his own cover of “Shooting Stars,” which is the second release he has put out with his own vocals. Wu speaks about the decision to utilize his own vocals on his music, noting, “I was a singer-songwriter before I started producing music, so I’ve been singing for forever. But it was really important that my voice was the right one for the song, and I wasn’t just singing it for vanity’s sake. If someone else could sing it better, I’d have them do it instead.”
Those who have seen Wu perform live will recognize his rendition of the track, which has been cut in and out of his live performances since he made the cover in 2014. Now that he has begun to release music with his own vocals, Wu has developed a stream of covers that he will be putting out over the next few months.
Wu gives fans insight into his decision to utilize his own vocals, which is a decision more producers have seemingly been making over the past few years thanks to artists like Calvin Harris and The Chainsmokers singing on their own original releases. He states, “Especially after The Chainsmokers had so much success with Drew singing – there were a bunch of DJs who were like ‘oh I can sing too,’ and some really can, and others were like… should you though? And I wanted to make sure I wasn’t just doing it for the sake of it. Producing the songs I sing feels somewhat different, just because I know I always can go back and change the line.”
2019 will be a big year for Wu, who notes he has multiple projects in the pipeline. For now, he is still inducing euphoria through his live sets and original releases, including a high energy and genre-bending Saturday Night Session that takes listeners through a dynamic journey. When asked what kind of a Saturday night the mix is going to get listener’s ready for, Wu states, ” The best Saturday night of their life!!! You were planning on taking it easy, but instead you listen and are inspired to go out and you meet the love of your life and go get pizza with them and on a whim buy Powerball tickets and you win a billion dollars. That kind of Saturday night.”
Where do you draw inspiration from when you sit down to produce music? Can you give us some insight into your creative process? Honestly, sounds and melodies and lyrics kinda just pop into my head at random times, sometimes in the shower, when I’m about to fall asleep in a hotel, when I’m listening to music or reading or whatever. I have no idea where exactly it comes from though. I’ve learned to write down or record a voice memo any time one of these little moments strikes, so by the time I’m sitting down in the studio I have a bunch of ideas that I’m excited to work on. Once I’m there, it’s all about just really diving in an exploring that idea – I’m always asking myself what comes next? What would be cool with this? I try to work away from the computer as much as possible – playing piano, jamming on guitar, writing/drawing in notebooks, whatever. And I just try to keep finding that next little cool moment, that next little sound, and then on the good days I come to 8 hours later and something exists that didn’t before. On the bad days the voices in my head are silent, and it’s like well, guess I’ll try again tomorrow.
“Glass Mansion” was your first time singing on one of your songs, and rumor has it you’ll be doing this more often moving forward. Were you nervous at all to jump into also being a vocalist? Does producing a track with your own vocals feel different than producing a track with someone else singing on it? I was, but for different reasons than you’d expect. I was a singer-songwriter before I started producing music, so I’ve been singing for forever. But it was really important that my voice was the right one for the song, and I wasn’t just singing it for vanity’s sake. If someone else could sing it better, I’d have them do it instead. So it took a long time for me to write a song that I knew I absolutely had to sing, and really feel confident in that, and “Glass Mansion” was the first time I was like, ‘I have to do this.’ Especially after The Chainsmokers had so much success with Drew singing – there were a bunch of DJs who were like ‘oh I can sing too,’ and some really can, and others were like… should you though? And I wanted to make sure I wasn’t just doing it for the sake of it. Producing the songs I sing feels somewhat different, just because I know I always can go back and change the line, or change the phrasing or whatever, which can actually be kind of a negative. But over the years I’ve gotten better at understanding what works and really building the song around the vocals, whether it’s me or someone else, and not just slapping a beat over an acapella.
Do you have any guilty pleasures? Yes, eating almond butter out of the tub. I’m doing that right now actually.
When you aren’t touring, what does a normal day in your life look like? Ideally I’ll play some pickup basketball in the morning, then eat and hit the studio. I fucking love the studio. It’s what I’d want to do even if I wasn’t making a living doing it. You know how when you’re a kid you have things that you had to finish your homework before you can do, and that’s the thing that gets you through the day? That’s making music for me. It’s so much fun I’m still kinda baffled that I get paid to do it.
You have a really interesting story- you went to Harvard, got a consulting job, and then quit to pursue music full time. You didn’t tell your parents that you quit for a while though. How did they react when you first told them, and how do they feel about your career as a musician now that you’ve become so successful? I think they were mostly confused, and obviously worried. Like what do you mean you’re gonna be a DJ? Can you get healthcare doing that? But at the end of the day, I think they knew how unhappy I was and that it was something I had to do, and were mostly just hoping I didn’t get hooked on heroin or something. I mean, can you imagine moving to a different country, working your ass off your whole life to give your kids a better life, and then having said kid tell you they were quitting their job to be a DJ? I would have murdered me. Now though they are super stoked – I brought them on stage for a couple shows and fans were asking for pictures with them and stuff, so I think they get a kick out of it. My mom still reminds me every time we talk not to do heroin though.
What is one thing your fans don’t know about you? I’m allergic to bees? And dogs and cats and horses and pretty much anything with fur. Which sucks cuz I love dogs. Can’t have it all.
What kind of a Saturday night is your Saturday Night Session mix going to get listeners ready for? Best Saturday night of their life!!! You were planning on taking it easy, but instead you listen and are inspired to go out and you meet the love of your life and go get pizza with them and on a whim buy Powerball tickets and you win a billion dollars. That kind of Saturday night.
Both artists have yet to make an official announcement regarding an album release. Tyler’s last album, Flower Boy, came out in 2017; since then, he has kept fans engaged with music projects including his soundtrack work on the animated re-make of The Grinch and an EP inspired by it, a series of loosies including “GELATO,” “435,” “PEACH FUZZ,” and “PUFF.” Harris also put out Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 in 2017. The superstar shared a remix package of his 2009 track “I’m Not Alone” featuring remixes by Camelphat and Thomas Schumacher on April 5. He also released single “Giant” with Rag’n’Bone Man.
Harris’ and Tyler’s names are found under a subsection titled “Noteworthy projects for the quarter ending June 30, 2019” in the report along with Bruce Springsteen, Mark Ronson, and Chris Brown, although no project titles are listed. Among other artists with albums already announced or released include Khalid’s Free Spirit, DJ Khaled’s Father of Asahd, BTS’ Map of the Soul: Persona, and more.