For those unable to escape the frigid winter winds Dec 22 to experience the Dominican Republic’s Electric Paradise in Punta Cana, The Knocks have organized a fierce consolation prize. For those fortunate enough to attend, DA’s latest Orbit playlist is the ideal vessel to prepare oneself for the idyllic weekend afoot.
The Knocks, consisting of Big Beat‘s Ben “DJ B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson, have curated the ideal means of winter escapism. Touting tracks from DJ Snake, Boston Bun, Kaskade, and more, the aggregation of effervescent offerings will segue listeners into breezy beachfront bliss–all they need do is press play.
This year, Electronic Paradise is living up to its name with illustrious bookings like Disclosure, Major Lazer, Foster The People, Seth Troxler, and more. Tickets and festival info are available here.
Something of an anthem was born in DJ Snake and Mercer‘s invigorating future house smash, “Let’s Get Ill.” It only makes sense, then, that the powerhouse collaborators behind the tune would tap the talents of RUFFMERCY in fashioning a music video worthy of their brainchild’s madness. The animator boasts some strong credentials, boasting a resume that includes projects for Thom Yorke and Flying Lotus.
In “Let’s Get Ill,” RUFFMERCY brings the colorful track to life with equally vibrant visuals that fit in well with the graffiti-laden enclaves of Paris where it was filmed. The animations dance along with the real life breakdancers in the video, who do well in tying together the gritty urban aesthetic presented within. It might be difficult to not want to get on the floor and join them by the end, especially given the track’s hollowed, jacking house kicks and commanding vocals.
Just weeks after delivering a massive music video for “Taki Taki,” DJ Snake has revealed more music is on its way — perhaps even sooner than anticipated. In an Instagram story posted on November 5, the Parisian superstar apologized for his lack of communication with those close to him and noted that he’s been hard at work on his next album: “I apologize to my friends and family for being so distant and ignoring your messages/calls but I need to finish this album.”
The Grammy-nominated producer has been churning out a steady stream of releases this year, thrilling fans with dynamic tracks like “Let’s Get Ill” and “Public Enemy” with Yellow Claw amidst projects like starting his own label, Premiere Classe. He also recently became the fifth artist in Spotify history to accumulate more than one billion streams on two original songs: “Lean On” and “Let Me Love You.” But it’s been more than two years since DJ Snake released his debut LP, Encore, and fans have been angling for more.
While no exact date or timeframe has been disclosed concerning the forthcoming LP, it does appear fans will see a full collection of songs sooner rather than later.
No matter where you’re spending your All Hallow’s Eve this year, DA knows where you can let your freak flag fly. Whether you’re in Toronto, Caen, Los Angeles—hell, even Wisconsin—we’ve got you covered. With a beguiling mixture of both annually resurrected and new festivals on our radar, there’s a fiendish festivity for all this Halloween.
1. HARD Day of the Dead
HARD‘s once defunct Day of the Dead property is officially back, slated for November 3 at the event’s original home at LA Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles. Headlining DOTD’s comeback edition is Justice, breaking out their live stage rig for one final outing, exactly six years to the day after the Parisian legends headlined the inaugural Day of the Dead. South African rave-rap pioneers Die Antwoord and Knife Party also top this year’s lineup, along with a stacked cast of supporting acts.
The French superpower is slithering his way to both New York and LA for the freakiest week of the year. Snake is slated to headline New York City’s Avant Gardner on October 26 and Los Angeles’ legendary Shrine Expo Hall on October 31. The headlining shows will be Snake’s only territory headline appearances of the year, and each show is expected to feature state-of-the-art production.
Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center is housing the Midwest’s quintessential Halloween festival this year: the very first double-day JAWBREAKER, specifically tailored for electronic lovers, October 27-28. With a fully-loaded lineup featuring the likes of GRiZ, ODESZA, Louis The Child, RL Grime, ZEDD, SLUMBERJACK, and more, the festival is sure to spawn a fierce following. Easily accessible to Chicagoans, the other electronic mecca of the Midwest, the venue is located just a few blocks from the Milwaukee Amtrak station.
Toronto’s recent drum ‘n’ bass fever has spawned its annual Freakout at 401 Mini Indy Go-Karts. With a brimming lineup featuring Andy C, Rusko, and Dirtyphonics, along with Hunter Siegel hosting a No Neon room, Freakout is slated for a ghastly good time going down Saturday, October 27.
Hakkasan Group is pulling out all the stops for Halloween 2018. The Las Vegas hospitality giant is extending Halloween to a full week, running holiday themed festivities at each of their properties across the strip, spanning from October 25 – October 31. As the month winds down, an eclectic cast of talent will descend upon Vegas — drawing the likes of Steve Aoki, Kaskade, ZEDD, NGHTMRE, Martin Garrix, Borgore, and Lil Uzi Vert to name a few, for one of the busiest party weeks of the year.
6. Wynwood Fear Factory’s Halloween Weekend in Miami
Summer festival season may be long gone, but the events circuit shows no signs of slowing as fall lineups begin to pour in. Thanks to the organizers at Diskolab, Miami just became a top contender for Halloween weekend destinations. Mana Wynwood Warehouse will host some of the most in-demand electronic acts in the country across October 26 – 27, with a roster topped by RL Grime and Galantis, along with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike billed as the weekend’s special guests.
The freaky Frenchman of Nördik Impakt are letting loose a cannon of across-the-board underground electronic acts this year in Caen, France for the Halloween season. With a lineup featuring the likes of Charlotte De Witte, Maceo Plex, and Nicole Moudaber, taking off October 24-27, Caen patrons will surely feel full-throttle Impakt of the most malicious variety.
SoCal’s Psycho Circus is the last place patrons will want to Escape this Halloween. With a lineup boasting headliners of a truly hellish caliber, the October 26-27 Insomniac affair is going rogue. Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Diplo, and Eric Prydz are just a slice of this deliciously pernicious pie, stocked with devilishly immersive experiential elements to boot.
9. Light & Life Halloween Warehouse with Dillon Francis
Light&Life have hosted some of the most prominent dance acts in the game — Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, and Disclosure, to name a few — and are known for their cutting-edge production in the visual and sonic realms. They’ve booked Latin Grammy winner Dillon Francis to headline their Halloween show at a Brooklyn warehouse venue on October 26. Dillon’s highly anticipated WUT WUT album has just been released, which means he’ll be filling the venue with loads of fresh new music not yet heard live by fans. Francis will be joined by Valentino Khan, and up-and-coming bass talent Nitti Gritti.
10. Circoloco Halloween NYC – Hosted by Teksupport
Teksupport, a pillar of underground dance music events in New York City, has joined forces with the iconic Ibiza brand Circoloco to put together a memorable Halloween weekend gathering. Circoloco is has earned the reputation as one of the island’s top afterhours parties, taking place weekly at the superclub DC10. This year will be the third in a row where they bring the brand stateside to New York. Standout acts include Virgil Abloh (recently placed on TIME’s ‘Most Influential People of 2018 list), Peggy Gou, & house music legends, The Martinez Brothers.
11. Haunted Deep: Lee Burridge / Mr C / Jay Tripwire & more
Chicago is getting DEEP this Hallo-weekend, going back to its house roots with an array of the finest performers. Dive into the depths with Burning Man mainstays Lee Burridge, Mr. C, Jay Tripwire, and more, to be hosted at The Mine Music hall. Paradigm has recently began expanding beyond its talent agency wheelhouse and into event production, where it aims to expose fans to top-notch talent that isn’t completely dominating the mainstream media sphere.
Few tracks have the ability to take over hip-hop, latin music, electronic music and pop radio waves alike. Unsurprisingly though, star-studded collaboration “Taki Taki” produced by DJ Snake featuring Ozuna, Cardi B, and Selena Gomez has done just that. The release has surpassed over 47 million streams on Spotify alone in the first two weeks it has been out, and that number is only going to continue increasing with the drop of the track’s hotly anticipated music video. The video was premiered at the American Music Awards, and all four artists play a major role in the video.
The visuals are clouded in black and red with a dark and sexy motif, panning in on Ozuna under a pile of scantily clad women. He and Snake pan in and out of the picture until Cardi B erupts into focus. The video’s theme stays dark until Selena Gomez takes the later part of the video away, dancing is a bright forest with DJ Snake in the background. The video has no shortage of visual appeal packing in four dynamic artists and intricate set fixtures to amp up what is already the biggest song in the world right now.
October has only just begun, and yet DJ Snake has already secured a chart-topping single alongside Cardi B, Ozuna, and Selena Gomez on “Taki Taki.” Now, he’s scripted Spotify history. DJ Snake became just the fifth artist to have two tracks garner a respective one billion streams each after his 2016 Justin Bieber collaboration, “Let Me Love You” surpassed the one billion stream count, following in the footsteps of his joint project with Major Lazer and MØ in 2015, “Lean On.” The achievement situates Snake among the ranks of Drake, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, and Bieber himself — all fellow artists to have accomplished the same feat.
DJ Snake recently teased the full-length music video that remains yet to come for “Taki Taki” with a tantalizing teaser of the complete visual. The music video will make its debut on October 9, directed by Colin Tilley, whose credits include DJ Khaled and Rihanna‘s “Wild Thoughts” music video, and Kyle‘s “iSpy,” among many others.
The Djakarta Warehouse Project has unveiled the second phase of their 2018 lineup, bringing on a selection of artists to round out this destination festival. This edition is set to take place in Bali’s GWK Cultural Park, a serene and celestial sphere in the heart of Indonesia’s tourist hot spot over the December 7-9 weekend. With the first phase introducing a vast array of world-famous headliners like Armin Van Buuren, DJ Snake and Major Lazer, Asia’s top festival shows no sign of stopping.
The second wave of additions brought along almost a dozen new acts, with highlights including Afrojack, trance favorites MarLo and Ørjan Nilsen, and Slushii, bringing a wide medley of musical production to the bill. From the growth of the initial one-day event formerly known as the Blowfish Warehouse Project, to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the DWP, festival organizers Ismaya Live have aided in pushing Indonesia’s dance music scene to the larger-than-life community it is today.
Japanese dance music star Masayoshi Iimori has been popping up on playlists and remix packs all year long, including high-profile takes for RL Grime and Nick Catchdubs. The bass house producer rides in on that momentum with a grimy new single, arriving as the fourth ever release from DJ Snake‘s own PREMIERE CLASSE records. Aptly titled “Flow,” the track is an explosive combo of modernized dance floor electro and playful arcade-game flavor.
“Flow” cranks it up to 11 almost immediately, and maintains the ballistic cruising speed all the way till the end. The mortal combat mode synth stabs catapult the track towards bit crushed, searing drops. The cut borrows from bass house and nostalgic electro, then douses it in Iimori’s trademark flair for the weird and wacky. The artist’s style flashes equal hints of Dillon Francis madness and TNGHT distorted punch. Amazingly, both Masayoshi Iimori and the track’s newly founded label home are just getting started — but both entities smashed the gas from the jump, and show no signs of slowing down.
The electronic world’s most celebrated music festival, Ultra, rang in the fifth anniversary of its Japanese installment last weekend, September 15-17 at its brand new home in Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park.
The wildly attended Ultra Japan stands as testament to the EDM phenomenon’s sweeping, worldwide presence. Standout performances from the weekend include that of Oliver Heldens, Armin van Buuren, and Axwell Λ Ingrosso: all repeat Ultra offenders. Ultra Worldwide’s ubiquitous presence extends to 25 different countries, across several continents. Due to its ever-increasing popularity, the event has stretched from its two-day beginnings, into a full-fledged three-day soiree.
DJ Snake announced he’s returning to the US this fall for two very special shows. New York City’s Avant Gardner hosts the French superstar DJ October 26, and on October 31, he’ll be at Los Angeles’ legendary Shrine Expo Hall. DJ Snake is throwing two massive Halloween parties in the US — tickets for both shows go on sale September 14.
The headlining shows will be Snake’s only territory headline appearances of the year, and each show is expected to feature state-of-the-art production. Snake’s coastal Halloween shakedowns come after a memorable year for the Parisian hitmaker. He partied with the World Cup victors, DJed at the Arc De Triomphe, has two songs on Spotify that have amassed over 1 billion streams, and is the ninth DJ in the world on Billboard Dance‘s 100 Artists of 2018. Each show promises to be an exciting affair, stay tuned for supporting talent as Halloween inches closer.