Kygo partners with ‘Tomorrow Needs You’ campaign, pledges $30k in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day

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The advent of Avicii‘s 25th birthday on September 8 and World Suicide Prevention Day two days later focalized the topic of mental health, a subject that has remained tragically relevant in the recent death of 26-year-old rapper Mac Miller. World Suicide Prevention Day was a particularly poignant day for Kygo, who cited Avicii as his “biggest musical inspiration,” and “the reason [he] started making electronic music” following the DJ’s death in April. “I don’t think I would’ve been on this stage tonight if it wasn’t for him,” Kygo told the crowd gathered at his Coachella 2018 set, where the tropical house heavyweight closed out his weekend performance with a tribute to the late producer.

Kygo has since partnered with “Tomorrow Needs You.” A campaign organized by To Write Love On Her Arms, “Tomorrow Needs You” seeks to augment mental health awareness and raise funds for treatment and recovery for those who struggle with mental health. “This year has been a tough year in the music industry, and I think it’s time mental health is taken seriously,” Kygo wrote in an Instagram post announcing his coalition with the campaign. Kygo additionally pledged $30,000 to “Tomorrow Needs You,” and encouraged fans to follow suit.

As “Tomorrow Needs You” reports, 800,000 people die by suicide globally each year. The suicide rate has risen 25 percent over the past 20 years, and has increased by more than 70 percent among young people age 10-17. “Tomorrow Needs You” hopes to “encourage honest conversations about suicide and share the ways in which we can [all] work to prevent it.” National Suicide Prevention Week concluded September 15, but mental health warrants conversation beyond one day, or one week. Those interested can learn more about the Tomorrow Needs You campaign and make a donation, here.

Dancing Astronaut is conscious that anxiety, depression, and other mental health hardships extend far beyond the music industry to affect the lives not only of the artists and producers active in the music industry, but those of listeners worldwide. With this in mind, DA has compiled a list of mental health resources to help those struggling with thoughts of self harm. Readers can view the list of resources, here.

H/T: Billboard

[Watch] ODESZA delves into inner-workings of Coachella 2018 performance

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ODESZA is joined by their creative directors, Luke Tanaka and Sean Kusanagi, in a mini-documentary that puts their 2018 Coachella pre-production under the microscope. In the video the team endeavored to convey visually the intricate narrative inherent in ODESZA’s latest album, A Moment ApartIn line with the astral sonic quality of the album, Tanaka says he set out designing the visuals for the performance so that “each song is kind of like its own world or planet that you’re landing on.”

While the ODESZA boys admitted they had a “mini panic attack” after securing the highly-coveted spot due to the gravity and sheer size of the Coachella stage setup, they maintained their faith in their creative directors. Kusanagi, specifically, emphasizes the importance of trust and meticulousness in executing a stellar performance.

“Trust is all in the details and making sure everything is coordinated perfectly down to the microsecond of when a light turns on and a drummer is in his position,” Kusangi says. “All those things, when you add them together, hopefully you’ll see the bigger picture.”

Jai Wolf ends 16-month hiatus, unveils newest release, ‘Lost’

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After a 16-month hiatus, Sajeeb Saha, better known as Jai Wolf, returns with an original track “Lost” featuring Chelsea Jade. In 2017, the Bangladesh-born producer headlined his “Kindred Spirits” US tour, which included stellar performances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and more. Fans have been hotly anticipating new content, and “Lost” proves well worth the wait.

The track rides a smooth beat and catchy vocals from Jade, fusing indie-electronic vibes with a new wave pop sound and impactful percussion arrangements. Saha shared a few words on the new original work,

“Chelsea and I wrote this song as sort of an anthem for a generation of kids who feel disillusioned by the world around them. Feeling lost is something that never necessarily goes away. Even when you might think you’ve found your way, your perspective might shift and you may feel lost again. This song is about that cycle and our desire to escape it. This song is also special to me because it is the perfect bridge between my old music and where I want to go next.”

Jai Wolf will support ODESZA on their headline tour this fall and with his return on “Lost,” it looks like more new material from Jai Wolf may be on the horizon.

Whethan preps sun-drenched Orbit playlist ahead of Splash House 2018 [Exclusive]

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With a number of hit singles under his belt and a forever viral Coachella performance, Whethan is cruising through 2018 at a healthy speed. The most recent additions to his growing discography includes a bootleg of Clairo‘s “Pretty Girl” and a hit single with Oh Wonder entitled “Superlove,” which gained him fast traction for the launch of his “Life of a Wallflower” US tour.

Before he hits the road on September 13, the Chicago-born prodigy will take proctor a poolside party at Splash House‘s second weekend of 2018, a multi-venue festival-style event held at select resorts in Palm Springs. To compliment the upcoming performance, Whethan’s provided us with a selection of songs from his personal rotation that have summer vibes written all over them. The young beatmaker dished to DA regarding his new Orbit playlist,

“I’m super excited for Splash House. I’ve never played before, but I’ve seen videos and I’m looking forward to an exciting weekend. Here are a handful of songs to jam to this summer that I’ve personally had on repeat. Hope you enjoy.”

Whethan’s Orbit series contribution includes a diverse assortment of jams including old school Calvin Harris, the new heater from Childish Gambino, a track from upcoming English vocalist Jorja Smith, of course some music from Whethan himself, and more. This year’s Splash House commences on August 10 — fans can purchase their tickets here.

Coachella’s radius clause details leaks in ongoing legal battle

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Coachella's radius clause details leaks in ongoing legal battle

An ongoing legal battle with a Portland-based music event has forced Coachella organizers to reveal the radius clause they impose on artists playing the Southern California mega-festival.

The complaint in the plaintiff’s civil case against Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc. originally claimed the unfair radius clause extended to five Western states — California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Arizona. The complaint, filed by promoters behind the Soul’D Out Festival, was actually incorrect and has since been amended. Artists playing Coachella are not allowed to perform at any festival in North America for a 5-and-a-half month period, from Dec. 15 to May 1.

Coachella’s strict set of non-compete rules was released to Soul’d Out Festival’s lawyers in a series of emails (read it here) that has since gone public. Below is a list of provisions included in Coachella’s radius clause:

  • Artist playing Coachella are barred from performing any festival in North America from December 15 to May 1.
  • Artists are also barred from playing any hard ticket concerts in Southern California during that same time period.
  • Artists can’t “advertise, publicize or leak” performances at competing festivals in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington or Arizona or headliner concerts in SoCal that take place after May 1 until after May 7.
  • Artists can’t announce festival appearances for the other 45 states in North America until after the Coachella lineup is announced in January, with exceptions made for Austin’s South by Southwest,  Ultra Miami and the AEG-backed New Orleans Jazzfest.
  • Artists must also wait for the January announcement before publicizing tour stops in California, Arizona, Washington and Oregon, with an exception made for Las Vegas casinos, but not Las Vegas festivals.

In response, AEG’s lawyers issued a statement saying they opposed the release of the radius clause letter, saying it was given to lawyers for Soul’d Out Music Festival founders, Nicholas Harris and Haytham Abdulhadi, as part of a confidential effort to negotiate a settlement.

“Rather than confer with AEG about the propriety of including this information in an amended complaint, or whether the text of the radius clause is confidential,” the plantiffs “made the unilateral decision to include this information in a public filing as the basis for its claims against AEG. This is improper and reflects bad faith,” wrote AEG Presents attorney, Casey Nokes, in a lengthy filing to Chief U.S. District of Oregon Judge, Michael W. Mosman.

Lawyers representing AEG are now asking the judge in the lawsuit to dismiss the case on the grounds that the plaintiffs, Harris and Abdulhadi, lack antitrust standing: Since Soul’d Out Festival isn’t party to the radius clause agreements, they cannot challenge AEG/Anschutz/Goldenvoice/Coachella’s enforceability.

The case is still ongoing and expected to go to trail as the dispute is now past the settlement phase.

H/T: Amplify.

Coachella announces 2019 festival dates, advance sale information

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Coachella is slated to celebrate its 20-year anniversary in 2019 and has unveiled the dates for the event two decades in the making. The festival’s first weekend is set to take place once again at the Empire Polo Club in Indio California from April 12 through April 14, with weekend two taking place April 19 through 21.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 1 at 2 p.m. ET, which is the only time to take advantage of the Coachella payment plan. For GA passes this means just seven monthly payments of $61.28 for the first three months and $61.29 for the final four months.

Three-day VIP, car/tent camping, shuttle passes, hotel packages, and more will also be available for purchase during the advance sale.

More information can be found here.

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Looking back on Coachella: A festival that eloquently mirrors our post-EDM world

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It’s not hard to find electronic music at Coachella. In fact, one could argue it’s the new star of the show. 

A newly-minted superstar Skrillex played his first set at the festival in 2011, joining other rising legends like Steve Angello and Afrojack in welcoming an imminent paradigm shift for the future of dance music around the world. In the process, they helped usher in what would soon be remembered as the halcyon days of what we know now as “EDM.” What followed was an explosion of the sound in the music world at large, and similarly, within the festival’s subsequent lineups.

By 2016, EDM’s influence could be heard on the radio and in commercials. No longer a fringe sound, this contemporary and widely popular form of electronica had permeated into pop and beyond, thanks to artists like Avicii, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, and The Chainsmokers. Coachella attendees can even expect to catch top-tier electronic acts while venturing to other stages as well, like the Do LaB and Sahara tent.

This is the nature of the Goldenvoice behemoth, and what has made the annual celebration in the Indio Valley so incredibly unique. Coachella’s boasted the best and most severely innovative talents of the dance music spectrum since its very first iteration in 1999, all the way into helping commercialize its exploding contemporary form in the late 2000’s. The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, and Moby kicked off the first year, after all.

What’s more is that Coachella’s begun to evolve beyond the capacity of a music festival, and into a cultural touchstone of its own entirely. It’s also come to serve as a directional compass for music’s changing tides, by continuously mirroring and championing the effervescent trends of the times. Despite its shifting nature, electronic dance music at Coachella has withstood the test of time, and the festival is now looking into the future.

The Sahara Tent, in particular, has grown to become a golden standard of electronic music curation. As Goldenvoice’s own answer to EDC and Ultra, the Sahara has morphed into one of Coachella’s top-ranking destinations. 2018’s significant physical expansion was the most outright testament to this phenomenon. Furthermore, the tent’s billing this year of what others are now labeling “post-EDM” — or, the influx of new and forward-thinking strains of electronica filling the vacuum that big room/pop-centered EDM is slowly leaving behind — once more demonstrates just how deeply tapped talent bookers are into the mass musical vein. 

This past year, the Sahara Tent was the proverbial “beacon of hope” for EDM’s burst bubble, and post-EDM provided the light. Though the rising stars under this new umbrella genre are amidst the fine print of the festival — see Petit Biscuit, Ekali, San Holo, Whethan, and more — Coachella has advertently mirrored the state of streaming and post-EDM in its larger bookings, too. Kygo,  ODESZA, and Barclay Crenshaw are three glaring examples. Sahara has certainly grown past its days as a wee tent, evolving into a veritable embodiment of post-EDM’s rise to prominence.  

Depeche Mode headlined the Sahara tent back in 2006. That same year, Daft Punk unveiled their legendary pyramid stage production. Fast-forward to 2018, where Alison Wonderland took the crown atop her bona fide production pyramid as the highest billed female DJ to ever play the festival. She expertly played the cello, sang, and danced live on stage, all while showcasing her most deeply personal art to date before a closing set from one of the most-buzzed-about producers of the last few years — REZZ. The venerable women signified the new dawn of EDM — one that’s embracing producers, classical training, emotion, and pushing the musical envelope.

Goldenvoice is incredibly intuitive indeed, and Coachella’s lineup is well-calculated. 2018’s roster as a whole was a reflection of the streaming and radio-centric era’s beckoning, and the Sahara stage is one of the festival’s largest reflections of forces that will soon take the music world by storm. 

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Rhonda Queen of the Desert and Framework present the pinnacle of Coachella after hours – photography by Randon Vannucchi

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Do LaB acts as a lush oasis, rife with surprises, amidst Coachella’s Indio playground once again – photography by WatcharaPhoto

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Artists at Coachella and beyond remember Avicii in live tributes

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News of Avicii‘s passing hit the dance music fans hard on April 20, 2018. His time came far too soon, at the age of 28 — just two years after the Swedish producer retired from tour life to recover from physical and mental health deterioration. The tragedy once more brought to light the destructive and draining underside of the music industry, and the burden of starhood at a young age.

In somber times like the present, however, it’s important to recall that the departed is far more than the dark moments at the end of their lives. The joy and good memories Avicii brought to countless people, for example, will be immortalized alongside his impressive song catalog. One way in which this pioneer has been honored so far is through live tributes by his peers in the music industry.

At Coachella, Kygo, Black Coffee, and others embedded his music into their sets and providing heartfelt speeches about their time with him throughout the years. Outside the festival, other singers and DJs have also been honoring him through song.

Keep tabs on this page as we continue to assemble the array of touching memorials as they trickle in.

1. Kygo’s emotional Coachella closer

“Avicii was my biggest musical inspiration and he was the reason I started making electronic music so I don’t think I would’ve been on this stage tonight if it wasn’t for him,” an emotional Kygo told his audience as he moved to close his nighttime set. He played out the producer’s newer single, “Without You.”

2. Black Coffee shares intimate moment

During his set, Black Coffee also shared his most recent interaction with Avicii, not long before his passing. He put up a screenshot of a conversation between the two about working together in the future. Shortly after, nostalgia ensued as “Wake Me Up” poured through the speakers.

3. A One Republic Goodbye

Avicii worked with a good deal of artists in genres outside regular dance music. One Republic was one such outfit. Lead singer Ryan Tedder took to social media to make his own remembrance of his time shared with the deceased icon. He strummed out a piano cover of “Wake Me Up” while performing in India.

4. Nick Jonas is a fan too

Nick Jonas was also one of those profoundly affected by Avicii’s loss. A fan himself, he let his sorrows out in an acoustic guitar cover that had his fans melting.