Seismic Dance Event unveils daily lineup, topped by Cirez D and TESTPILOT

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For the second year, Seismic Dance Event makes its return to Austin, Texas to bless attendees with two days of world-class performances. In September 2018, the inaugural event brought a stellar lineup to the Travis County Exposition Center, including Lane 8, Drezo, Golf Clap, Green Velvet, Sacha Robotti, and more.

In 2019, festival organizers look to build on last year’s success by bringing in headliners Cirez D and TESTPILOT, along with a piping hot array of other artists like Bicep, Idris Elba, Nic Fanciulli, Gorgon City, Nora En Pure, and more.

Now, the festival has revealed its daily lineups, featuring deadmau5’s TESTPILOT alias topping day one and Eric Prydz’s Cirez D moniker at the top of day two at The Statesman. Saturday, Nov. 16 will also feature acts like Chris Lake, i_o, and Rinzen, and Sunday, Nov. 17 will bring performances from Lee Burridge, Gorgon City, Dom Dolla and many more. Along from the dynamic lineup, the festival will also feature live painting and art installations, live performers, totem, and costume contests.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the glowing feedback from our debut year and now with this year’s lineup,” said RealMusic Events & Seismic co-founders Kelly Gray & Andrew Parsons. “Many US festivals tend to have very similar lineups so we really wanted to switch it up and cater to the more seasoned, underground connoisseur – and yes, believe it, in Texas.”

View the full lineup below and get tickets here.

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Eric Prydz drops first of three ‘Pryda 15’ EPs

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Of all of Eric Prydz‘ assorted aliases, Pryda is perhaps the most notable. While fans relish the hard-hitting techno of Cirez D and the minimal funk of Tonja Holma, the lush chords and dynamic nature of a Pryda track are what brings the crowd to their knees every time, praying at the church of Pyrdz.

This is a project the Swedish-born house maven started 15 years ago, and he is paying homage to that impressive anniversary with three new EP’s, the first of which having just been released. Pryda 15: Volume 1 features six tracks that are available for purchase for the first time, but have been heard in Prydz’s live shows for years.

Fans of Prydz know that IDs are his speciality. His discography is extensive, but he is notorious for keeping the best cuts reserved for his live sets only. It’s what keeps his ever-loyal fanbase coming back to see him 30 times or more. Now, many of those fans will rejoice in having access to these six tracks, some of which he’s been playing out for years.

According to the Prydz Subreddit which has an in-depth catalogue of his ID’s, some of the tracks found on this EP have been in his vault going back almost a decade. “New Eras” was originally referred to as “EPIC Radio 006 ID” after being played on Prydz’ radio show in 2012. “Warrior” was first played live in 2010, nine years ago. With two more EP’s coming out in this series Prydz might see fit to release a weapon he’s had for the project’s entire 15-year history.

Each of the electronic compositions included on this EP is its own progressive journey. Some are more uplifting and energetic like “Illumination,” and others are dark and brooding like “Linked.” The guiding principle behind them all, however, is that the listener ends in a different place than where they started.

Watch Cirez D’s two-hour Coachella set, live from the festival’s Yuma stage

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Watch Cirez D’s two-hour Coachella set, live from the festival’s Yuma stageEric Prydz Cochella

Eric Prydz took his Cirez D alias to Coachella this year for both weekends, serenading techno fanatics and listeners alike at the YUMA stage. The Swedish producer who rose to fame in 2004 with his hit single, “Call on Me,” has distanced himself from the mainstream, forging his own path through the wired forest of stage production with holograms and his new forward thinking live concept, VOID.

Prydz’ Cirez D alias takes Prydz’ talents underground, to cater to his–and fans’–techno cravings. He also plays almost exclusively his own music, which is an accomplishment in itself, given the two-hour length of his recent public performance at Coachella’s second weekend. The only song not by Cirez D is Thomas Schumacher‘s “Golden Hour.”

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Eric Prydz re-enters remix ring with hypnotic rework of CamelPhat and Cristoph’s ‘Breathe’

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Eric Prydz is back in action. The multi-alias entity has remained a particularly active agent in electronic circles, where he’s released a wealth of new material under his three flanking aliases, TONJA HOLMA, Cirez D, and Pryda. Each of Prydz’s three additional sonic identities have enjoyed further musical development of late. Cirez D dropped a new EP by the name of Dare U in 2018, the same year that Prydz would release another EP, Elements, as Pryda. Prior, Prydz conceived TONJA HOLMA in 2017 via the debut of an EP that bore the same name as Prydz’s then newly minted alias.

While TONJA HOLMA, Cirez D, and Pryda spiked highs in terms of activity over the past two years, Eric Prydz has seldom debuted new music under his own name in this same timeframe. Now, Prydz’s period of silence comes to a close with the debut of an official remix of CamelPhat and Cristoph‘s entrancing Jem Cooke feature, “Breathe.” Staticky atmospheric tones comprise the opening seconds of Prydz’s take. Cooke’s vocal echoes with the same eerie potency evident on the original, to create a tantalizing effect. The melodic progressive tech house layers that Prydz adds in his remix comprise Prydz’s most intensive revisionary work, in the constructional context of the hypnotic original.

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10 Stunning Electronic Sets from Coachella 2019 (Week 1)

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10 Stunning Electronic Sets from Coachella 2019 (Week 1)Coachella 2019 W1 Charles Reagan

Each year, California’s premier music festival outdoes itself by booking an eclectic array of artists from throughout the dance music realm alongside its smattering of other genres. In 2019, these acts spread — perhaps more than ever before — throughout the event’s numerous stages, lending the opportunity to experience the diverse roster within equally diverse environs. While there are, of course, a number of fantastic performances from Coachella’s first weekend that are not represented on this list, we’ve narrowed down 10 sets which particularly impressed us.

Gesaffelstein

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Anytime a Frenchman takes the stage in a metal mask, Coachella history is soon to be made. And, amid a lineup filled with prodigal artists from the festival’s past, Gesaffelstein stood out as one of the its most formidable acts. After releasing the pop-laden album Hyperion in March, fans weren’t sure what to expect from Michel Lévy’s Indio return — would he focus on his newer, more mainstream fare, or return to his darker days of yore? Once he took the stage, donned in a shimmering, Vantablack metal suit, little question remained. For the first hour of nightfall in Coachella’s final day, Gesaffelstein melded his new releases with classic favorites and overwhelming live edits, synchronized against an ominously spectacular visual production. Indubitably, a new era lies on the horizon for the harrowing luminary, and Coachella provided the perfect backdrop for its debut.

Gesaffelstein will play the Outdoor stage from 7:40-8:40 PM on Sunday, April 21.

Jon Hopkins

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Photo via Festival of Disruption 2018 by Toby Tenebaum.

There are few acts in electronic who better embody the descriptor of “stunning” than Jon Hopkins. The British artist’s fusion of melodic ambient with erratic techno influences would set him a cut above the rest of his class, were there anyone else in his class at all. His Coachella set, which closed the Gobi tent for the weekend, dutifully matched the quality of his catalogue. Hopkins dove into mesmerizing, cathartic live edits of Singularity, his Grammy-nominated 2018 album, accompanied by a transcendent selection of video arrangements which culminated in one of the festival’s most emotionally evocative performances.

Jon Hopkins will close out the Gobi tent from 9:40-10:40 PM on Sunday, April 21.

Aphex Twin

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For years, Richard James has been one of the most hoped-for additions to the Coachella lineup. Anyone with a semblance of dance music knowledge knows that his Aphex Twin project is one of the most influential pieces of electronic music history. Because James’ last appearance at the festival, in 2008, predated the “EDM boom,” his 2019 appearance marked the first time that many recent fans have been able to see him perform. Suffice it to say, he did not disappoint. Standing before a surprisingly roomy Mojave tent crowd, Aphex Twin put forth more than 90 minutes of eclectically arresting garage, techno, EBM, IDM, and downtempo music. Piercing lasers and a hysteria of often-unsettling visuals accompanied his arrhythmic score in a chaotic fashion which demonstrably proved that Richard James’ bite easily equals the bark of his hype.

Aphex Twin will close out the Mojave tent from 9:05-10:35 PM on Saturday, April 20.

Nina Kraviz

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Within the techno community, Nina Kraviz’s Coachella set was likely the most polarizing of the weekend. The Russian artist and Trip label-head is known for her highly energetic DJ sets, so the confusion at her decision to break from this mold in her live show debut is understandable. Indeed, for the lion’s share of her set, Kraviz dabbled more in avant-garde performance art, interacting bizarrely with set pieces more primed for a playhouse than a nightclub. However, once the peculiar producer moved on to the techno portion in her set’s second act, the patience of those who remained was duly rewarded. Kraviz’s cerebral, thunderous dance selections were awe-inspiring to say the least. And, when paired with the unique visual components which reflected her moves onstage, her set’s climax echoed Richie Hawtin’s stunning CLOSE performance, which debuted in the same Friday closing slot at Mojave two years earlier.

Nina Kraviz will close out the Mojave tent from 10:15-11:15 PM on Friday, April 19.

Âme

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Anytime Âme graces an American festival roster, they are an absolute must-see. More accurately, “he” is a must-see, as generally, Kristian Beyer performs DJ sets without his partner, Frank Wiedemann. Seeing Âme in the Yuma tent at the height of Saturday afternoon is a sensorily peculiar experience. As a benchmark of Dixon’s coveted Innervisions imprint, Beyer’s deftly crafted mixes of soulful balearic house, deep techno, and tribal club music transport the listener to after-hours parties in the White Isle or Berlin. Therefore, it’s easy to forget that the sun is shining brightly just outside the walls of Yuma’s pitch-black interior. A trip to the bathroom during Âme is a smack in the face from reality, but this just makes the imminent return to Beyer’s darkened fantasy realm all the more delectable.

Âme will play the Yuma tent from 4:30-6:00 PM on Saturday, April 20.

Deep Dish

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Undoubtedly, Deep Dish is the best kept secret on Coachella’s 2019 lineup. For those unaware, the duo, which disbanded in 2006, is comprised of Dubfire and Sharam. The Yuma tent provided an impeccable setting for this storied reunion, which Deep Dish more than duly reciprocated throughout their 90-minute set. Ranging from the house influences of Sharam to Dubfire’s favored brand of apoplectic techno, the duo’s reign over Yuma stood out as one of the tent’s most diverse — and best — sets of the weekend.

Deep Dish will play the Yuma tent from 6:00-7:30 PM on Saturday, April 20.

Charlotte de Witte

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Over the past two years, Charlotte de Witte has grown from a hero of techno’s underground into one of the genre’s most sought-after acts for the festival circuit, and it’s easy to see why. During her prime Sunday slot, the Belgian DJ provided one of the Yuma tent’s darkest sets of the entire weekend — no small feat, considering her competition from ominous legends sharing the roster, such as Nicole Moudaber and Cirez D. From the moment she took the stage, de Witte plunged her audience into a uniquely aggressive realm, ensuring that all in attendance would be reinvigorated for the festivals final sets thereafter.

Charlotte de Witte will play the Yuma tent from 7:00-8:30 PM on Sunday, April 21.

Cirez D

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Photo via Coachella 2019 by Charles Reagan.

In 2019, Coachella poured more resources into their preeminent onsite nightclub than ever before. The intricate lighting arrangements throughout the stage and ceiling of the Yuma tent exceptionally accentuated the deftly-curated soundsystem for each act on the weekend’s stellar lineup. With this pristine setup, Goldenvoice would be hard-pressed to find a better weekend closer than Eric Prydz. Impressively, albeit unsurprisingly, the Swedish icon artfully claimed the stage as his own during his sinister, 2-hour set as Cirez D. Prydz’s team masterfully executed the lighting system of the Yuma to its fullest potential, creating a monolithic experience which mirrored the environs of the artist’s former residency at Hï Ibiza. Though the bass often obscured the top-lines of Cirez D’s fast-paced, techno-heavy set, the aggressively sleek selections culminated in a larger than life experience, providing Yuma — indeed, all of Coachella — with the conclusion it deserved.

Cirez D will close out the Yuma tent at 10:00 PM on Sunday, April 21.

Four Tet

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In the realm of live electronic music, an intricate visual production can be as defining (or more) an element of an artist’s set as the music itself. An artist’s decision to eschew any video or lighting component whatsoever is, therefore, quite the statement. As the sun set on Coachella’s second day, Four Tet shrugged off the visual effects at his disposal, opting to perform his entire slot in front of the Mojave tent’s black screens. With no other stimuli competing for attention, Four Tet’s eclectic selection of experimental house and garage-infused tech took center stage, leaving a masterful impact on all in attendance.

Four Tet will play the Mojave tent from 7:35-8:35 PM on Saturday, April 20.

Bassnectar

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Chances are, those who catch Bassnectar’s closing Saturday night set at the Outdoor stage at this year’s Coachella won’t be seeing him for the first time. Over the last two decades, Lorin Ashton has cultivated one of dance music’s most dedicated fanbases. And, thanks to his high-octane brand of amorphous bass music and vibrantly chaotic visual productions, bass heads will attend as many of his shows as they feasibly can. However, Bassnectar’s set during the first week proved to be a unique experience in its own way.

2019 marks Ashton’s first Coachella appearance since he performed the Sahara tent six years ago, and the rare opportunity to witness the iconic artist from a spacious, open-air crowd is certainly one to be relished. During the first week, Bassnectar’s setlist echoed performances from one of his most beloved eras, the early 2010s. Perhaps due to his relatively brief time-slot, Ashton spent little time exploring his softer, more melodic influences. Instead, he opted to put forth formidable classics from his own catalogue alongside cuts from the likes of Gesaffelstein and a visually stunning, at times political, light show.

Bassnectar will close out the Outdoor stage at 12:05 AM on Saturday, April 20 (technically Sunday).

Featured image via Coachella 2019 by Charles Reagan.

Dog Blood and Adam Beyer back-to-back with Cirez D top Ultra’s phase two lineup

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Dog Blood and Adam Beyer back-to-back with Cirez D top Ultra’s phase two lineupDog Blood Live

Ultra Music Festival has released 2019’s phase two lineup just one day after the announcement that Rapture Festival’s federal lawsuit against the organization has been thrown out by a local judge. Ultra is in the clear, and now their heavy-hitting phase two roster gives fans a lot to look forward to. Dog Blood continues their resurging string of festival announcements, topping Ultra’s second wave of talent. Black Coffee, Sven Väth, and Cirez D performing back-to-back with Adam Beyer rounds out the latest addition of festival headliners. Other newcomers to the lineup include 3LAU, CamelPhat, Elephante, Salvatore Ganacci, Nicky Romero, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello performing live, and more. NGHTMRE is also primed to present a new live concept with Big Gigantic aptly dubbed Gigantic NGHTMRE,

The festival announced to fans on social media that this year’s 21st iteration of the event will feature a brand new immersive experience featuring extended sets, later hours, and expanded festival grounds. Tickets are still available, and fans can purchase them here.

See Ultra Music Festival’s full phase two lineup below.

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Eric Prydz closing down Brooklyn’s Navy Yard on upcoming limited Pryda run

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Eric Prydz closed out 2018 on a high note, going back-to-back with Adam Beyer under his Cirez D moniker for a number of high-profile co-headlining performances. Now, as 2019 begins to ramp up, the Swedish electronic visionary has already promised his most technically advanced live performances to date, along with confirmation that he’s bringing his jaw-dropping HOLO performance to Creamfields later this year. Sweetening the deal even further, Prydz has revealed a limited run of dates under his Pryda alias throughout February and into March, with Washington D.C., Boston, and Chicago all in his cross hairs.

Among the mini-tour’s planned stops is a timely return to Brooklyn’s Navy Yard, where just over a month ago Prydz and Beyer shook New York’s underground to its core with three hours of unadulterated techno. The “Proper Education” producer will perform the final show at Navy Yard, which is expected to shutter after February 23—an honor requested by Prydz after news of the venue’s impending closure broke. See the full list of upcoming Pryda shows below.

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Eric Prydz closing down Brooklyn’s Navy Yard on upcoming limited Pryda run

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Eric Prydz closing down Brooklyn’s Navy Yard on upcoming limited Pryda runEric Prydz Live

Eric Prydz closed out 2018 on a high note, going back-to-back with Adam Beyer under his Cirez D moniker for a number of high-profile co-headlining performances. Now, as 2019 begins to ramp up, the Swedish electronic visionary has already promised his most technically advanced live performances to date, along with confirmation that he’s bringing his jaw-dropping HOLO performance to Creamfields later this year. Sweetening the deal even further, Prydz has revealed a limited run of dates under his Pryda alias throughout February and into March, with Washington D.C., Boston, and Chicago all in his cross hairs.

Among the mini-tour’s planned stops is a timely return to Brooklyn’s Navy Yard, where just over a month ago Prydz and Beyer shook New York’s underground to its core with three hours of unadulterated techno. The “Proper Education” producer will perform the final show at Navy Yard, which is expected to shutter after February 23—an honor requested by Prydz after news of the venue’s impending closure broke. See the full list of upcoming Pryda shows below.

Eric Prydz closing down Brooklyn’s Navy Yard on upcoming limited Pryda runPryda Mini Tour Run

Ultra Music Festival unveils awe inducing 2019 RESISTANCE lineup for Miami iteration

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Ultra Music Festival unveils awe inducing 2019 RESISTANCE lineup for Miami iterationRESISTANCE Carl Co MegaStructure Photo By RVR 16

Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has proven its RESISTANCE brand to be a well-oiled industrial machine that unceasingly manufactures some of the finest house and techno lineups in the modern festival circuit. The revelations of its 2019 lineup continues this process. For its 2019 edition, Ultra Miami will present the RESISTANCE concept in an unprecedented manner, devoting a considerable portion of the Virginia Key festival grounds to what UMF organizers have newly dubbed “RESISTANCE island.”

Given the artists who grace Ultra Miami’s 2019 RESISTANCE lineup, “island” is indeed an apt descriptor. UMF crafts an underground paradise of electronic sorts via live sets from Maceo Plex, Black Coffee, Sasha | John Digweed, Richie Hawtin, and Charlotte de Witte. Adam Beyer and Cirez D will link up for another installment in their mythical back-to-back format series. Eric Prydz, however, won’t be the only producer appearing under an alias–deadmau5 notably figures among the RESISTANCE lineup as Testpilot. deadmau5′ Testpilot set flanks his headlining set as deadmau5. The mau5trap label head’s headlining set that will be the platform of deadmau5’s worldwide debut of his Cube 3.0.

In the midst of RESISTANCE’s luster gleams a back-to-back Carl Cox set. Ultra maintains the mystery for now, as festival organizers currently conceal of the name of Cox’s back-to-back partner behind the decks, which Ultra will expectedly declare at a later date. Ultra Music Festival will record its inaugural edition at its new home of Virginia Key from March 29-31.

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Watch Cirez D and Adam Beyer play three hours of proper techno from a Brooklyn warehouse

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Watch Cirez D and Adam Beyer play three hours of proper techno from a Brooklyn warehouseAdam Beyer Cirez D

When Cirez D and Adam Beyer unveiled four back-to-back performance dates in August, the artists announced their intent to use the collaborative format of the then-upcoming shows as a means to “push the boundaries of how techno can be presented.” Cirez D and Adam Beyer went on to collectively deliver a transcendent and forward-thinking underground experience across their four back-to-back bookings, the caliber of which was due in part to the expertise of the technical team behind the sets’ production. The very same crew that orchestrates Eric Prydz‘s groundbreaking series of EPIC shows headed the production of each of the back-to-back events.

The bi-coastal initiative took Eric Prydz — who appeared under his dark, industrial techno alias, Cirez D — and Adam Beyer to Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium from November 23-24. Not long thereafter, the duo headed east to stop by a Brooklyn warehouse between November 30 and December 1. Fortunately, those who did not have the opportunity to experience Cirez D and Adam Beyer’s synergy won’t be forever bereft of the chance, thanks to a video that has since been uploaded to YouTube. The fan-captured footage spans Cirez D and Adam Beyer’s three-hour, December 1 set in its entirety.

H/T: EDM Tunes