Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was among the 66 arrested at this year’s EDC Las Vegas back in May after he pushed a security guard during a physical altercation. Police documents show the guard Kyle Johnson and his father Kelly Johnson emailed Elliott’s attorneys demanding a list of at least 14 things from Elliott to stay quiet about the incident, including $500,000 in cash.
The long list of demands included a public apology from the running back, a press conference with Elliott and Kyle Johnson, $25,000 for the junior college football team Johnson played for, and signed jerseys from Elliott, and teammates Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott. Other demands listed tickets to Cowboys games (both home and road), Ohio State games, and a meet and greet with Jerry Jones and his son.
The police reports also show that during a phone call between Elliott’s attorneys and the ender Johnson that the attorneys told Kelly Johnson, “what [he] was doing was extortion.”
In the report, security guard Kyle Johnson also admits that Elliott apologized, gave him a hug, and took a picture with him. Similarly, Elliott said, “We gave each other a hug and he asked me to take a picture with him, which I was happy to do as there was never any intention to harm or hurt Kyle.”
San Holo is here with his first standalone track of 2019, and the release could be the producer’s most honest offering to date. “Lost Lately” is a continuation of Holo’s mounting attempts to open up to fans, which came to a crest at his EDC Las Vegas performance after priming Twitter that the set would be his most “emotional set to date.”
The vocals of “Lost Lately” take the listener through the ebbs and flows of achieving success and ultimately feeling lost and pondering one’s purpose in life. Holo taps into heavily vocoded vocals for added texture, while blending melodic synths into the backdrop amidst a kicking beat.
“But then what happens when that fantasy you’ve always dreamed about suddenly becomes real?” Holo questioned in a recent press release tracing the inspiration for the track. “And you re-live that fantasy over and over every night? Getting used to this lifestyle made me feel kind of lost.”
“Lost Lately” is out via San Holo’s own imprint, bitbird.
REZZ put her transcontinental cult (and undoubtedly a few unsuspecting victims) in a beautifully bemused trance this past May at the annual Las Vegas installment of Electric Daisy Carnival.
This particular witching hour is full of unearthly surprises, like warped bludgeons of wonky, free-form bass, titillating transitions (see Linkin Park “One Step Closer” into “Alien,” near the midpoint) even a nasty dose of drumstep. And you can bet your bottom dollar it’s a real REZZ riot when you hear the crowd sing along to the lyric-less, diabolical bass rhythm of “Edge.”
REZZ also took the opportunity to invite Underoath drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie, whom she’s formerly expressed interest in working with, onstage to perform their forthcoming collaborative track, “Falling.” The unreleased song appears on the official tracklist for REZZ’s impending EP, Beyond The Senses.
In the modern age of electronic music, an endless amount of producers claim to have an affinity for every genre. Yet there are only a handful who really put in the time and effort to create a catalog that encompasses multiple tempos, sounds, and styles. Chief among those select few—Zeds Dead.
However, despite their ever-expanding library of different styles of electronic music (accelerated further by their multi-genre label, Deadbeats), those who have been with D.C. and Hooks since the beginning know that dubstep holds a special place in the Canadian duo’s hearts.
Seminal tracks from early in their careers like “Rude Boy,” “In The Beginning,” and “Adrenaline,” gave them a platform to succeed, and they were going to honor their roots at EDC Vegas this year with a surprise throwback set at BassPod Sunday night. Unfortunately, high winds on Saturday night forced RL Grime to cancel his set. In response Zeds Dead graciously offered him their surprise slot on Sunday, preventing them from performing their throwback set.
Those circumstances may have been a blessing in disguise though. Rather than play the throwback set for only one crowd to hear, Zeds Dead have released the set as episode 100 of Deadbeats Radio. Now, fans can enjoy the headbanging nostalgia over and over.
The mix is primarily dubstep tracks from Zed Dead’s own catalog as well as legends of the genre like Caspa, Skrillex, and Emalkay. It also features house, drum ‘n’ bass, and other heavy-handed offerings. Get down with Zeds Dead below.
A Las Vegas man named Ryan Mansour has been charged with attempted murder following a dispute with his girlfriend over attending EDC “against his wishes.” According to authorities, the fight began on Tuesday after the festival when the suspect angrily left his work early to confront his significant other over pictures he found of her at the Speedway gathering. At some point amid the fighting, which also involved endeavors to throw out shared memorabilia, the girlfriend (whose name has been redacted) got into her boyfriend’s car. Upon her exit from the vehicle, he allegedly ran her over in a bout of rage.
Mansour claims the accident was unintentional, advising he wasn’t paying attention on account of his anger and that he’d “made a dumb mistake,” according to his lawyer. Immediately after noticing what he’d done, he’d immediately began to “jack the car up” to get his girlfriend out from underneath. Luckily, her life was saved; but she did sustain injuries which include skin and liver lacerations, a collapsed lung, and a broken arm, leg, and pelvis. The suspect is currently in jail with a $25,000 bail posted.
Closing out a stage at EDC Las Vegas is an intimidating task for any artist, but the burgeoning WHIPPED CREAM did so with ease. The Canadian-born bass artist held nothing back as she took the festival’s Circuit Grounds stage for its final run, giving onlookers a final, enormous burst of energy with cuts like Gesaffelstein‘s “Pursuit,” Skrillex‘ remix of “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar, the RL Grime/What So Not classic “Tell Me,” and an array of her own originals. The set riled the crowd and instantly became a cult favorite among EDC goers, and now the cult favorite performance has been releases exclusively on Apple Music for all to hear and relive.
WHIPPED CREAM has seen skyrocketing success in recent years. After five years cutting her teeth on the circuit, the past couple have seen her taking the stage at mega festivals like Ultra Miami, Shambhala, and Lollapalooza all while selling out tour stops across North America. On the musical front, her recent re-work of ZHU’s “Desert Woman” ended up becoming a huge hit, while she also received widespread support for her second record on Mad Decent, “Time.” She’s established herself as a key talent to watch as she continues her ascension into the top ranks of bass music.
Chris Lake continues to define and perfect tech house with his latest release “Stay With Me.” The producer is fresh off of his EDC Las Vegas set, and looks forward to a b2b set with FISHER in NYC, which sold out in less than a day.
The track initially follows the layout one might expect from Chris Lake, encapsulating the listener in a pulsing tech house backdrop with groovy basslines and soaring vocals. It builds and builds upon itself until climax, when it explodes into a robotic, melody-laced cacophony of synth riffs and heady percussion. It’s a piece built for live performance, and is expected to rile up dancefloors in NYC and across the world as Lake continues his joint tour.
Couldn’t make it out to Sin City this year for the most colorful festival in dance music? No problem.
As the sun has set on another ecstatic chapter of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Dancing Astronaut rounded up the extended weekend’s most enticing displays from the May 17-19 festivities. From Alison Wonderland‘s trap-tainted main-stage return, to Tchami and Malaa‘s bombtastic joint takeover of cosmicMEADOW, to Skrillex‘s surprise Saturday guest appearance, there’s no shortage of memorable music to muse over for months to come. The bar for the imminent 2019 festival season has been set exceedingly high indeed.
Making her way to the Art Car for a secret strictly house set, the Run producer gave unsuspecting fans an encore performance glued together by floor-ready dance cuts. Best of all, the secret set was uploaded to Pornhub for everyone’s streaming pleasure. It had to live somewhere, right? The set comes as a highly recommended listen, though, you might want to hold off on clicking the link below while you’re at work or school. Enjoy.
The secret house set I played last night has now been uploaded onto @Pornhub
Bitbird boss San Holo is guiding EDC into its final morning over at the Kinetic Field. The Dutch future bass pioneer is primed to bring the energy levels up via his unique blend of sentimental melodicism and a tight, thumping low-end. This set might err to the former of the two traits tonight; on May 17, Holo tweeted that his set would be the “most emotional” he’s ever played, and implied some teary moments were in store. It will likely include new music from his September 2018 LP, album1, in addition to newer cuts from Bitbird signees from the Gouldian Finch 3 compilation.
San Holo has been heavy on the album campaign trail since it released, scoring key performances at many iconic festivals—including EDC Las Vegas. He’s also been confirmed to play San Francisco’s Outside Lands in July.