Electric Zoo announces individual stage lineups ahead of 2019 installment

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New York’s annual Labor Day Weekend celebration of electronic dance music, Electric Zoo, will return to Randall’s Island from August 30-September 1 for another high-action installment. The 2019 chapter in the long-running festival’s vibrant sonic saga will see artists divided among a number of stages. As in past years, the event’s Main Stage, Hilltop Arena, and Riverside stages will be present.

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Electric Zoo will also host several specially curated stages. Eric Prydz will present his Prydz Arena, and Seven Lions, Ophelia. Fans will also find formidable sets at DESTRUCTO‘s ALL MY FRIENDS stage, and at Brownies and Lemonade‘s Riverside stage takeover. NGHTMRE and Slander‘s Gud Vibrations Hilltop Arena occupancy rounds out EZoo’s robust series of branded stages.

Tickets to Electric Zoo are currently on sale, and can be purchased, here.

Friday, August 30 

Main Stage: Eric Pydz, Diplo, Kaskade (sunset set)Oliver Heldens, Whethan, Destructo, Bijou 

Hilltop Arena: Excision, Ganja White Night, Liquid Stranger, Dion Timmer, Sullivan King, Subtronics, Kompany, Mark The Beast

Riverside (Brownies & Lemonade): Getter, 4B, Peekaboo, Yultron, Nitti Gritti b2b Wuki, Slumberjack, Kittens, Tails 

ALL MY FRIENDS: Malaa, Walker & Royce, Josh Butler, Golf Clap, Omnom, Franklyn Watts, MIME 

Saturday, August 31

Main Stage:  Above & Beyond, ZEDD, Afrojack, Diesel b2b Borgore, Tritonal, Benny Benassi, Armnhmr, EDX, Kream 

Hilltop Arena (Pryda Arena): Eric Prydz, Joris Voorn, Yotto, Cristoph, Ben Böhmer (Live), Miss Jennifer 

Riverside: Flux Pavilion, Cookie Monsta b2b Funtcase, Bear Grillz, Riot Ten, Mastadon, Blunts & Blondes, Shlump, Zeke Beats, Minesweepa, Decadon 

ALL MY FRIENDS:Anti Up, Wax Motif, Volac b2b Phlegmatic Dogs, Weiss, Dom Dolla, Dombresky, Born Dirty, Croatia Squad, Gerry Gonza, Matt Medved

Sunday, September 1

Main Stage: Dog Blood (Skrillex :: Boys Noize), Armin van Buuren, Alison Wonderland, Boombox Cartel, Cash Cash, R3hab, Droeloe, I_O, Midnight Kids 

Hilltop Arena: Nghtmre & Slander present: Gud Vibrations: Nghtmre b2b Slander, Boogie T b2b Squnto, GTA, Saymyname, 1788-L, Whipped Cream, Wavedash, Kaivon, Lick, Shadient, Yako 

Riverside: Seven Lions Presents Ophelia: Seven Lions, Kill The Noise, Said The Sky, Jason Ross, Dabin, Mitis, Blastoyz, Wooli, Crystal Skies, Dimibo 

ALL MY FRIENDS: Camelphat, Nora En Pure, Kyle Watson, Solardo, Eli Brown, Noizu, Charles Meyer

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Wuki enlists Ship Wrek for another infectious homage to Daft Punk on ‘Techno Logic’

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WUKILEAKS is the (now-not-so-hidden) gem account for DJs across the Internet—a project that started approximately three years ago by Kris Berman—better known as Wuki. The Denver-based producer started off with mash-ups of Busta Rhymes, the Six Flags-famed “We Like To Party” theme, and more, all of which instantly exploded into DJ sets everywhere. One year ago, Berman fused Major Lazer‘s breakout hit “Pon De Floor” with Daft Punk classic “One More Time.”

Now, Wuki gives fans a new take on another masked-robot classic, teaming up with Ship Wrek on “Techno Logic.” The rising LA-based duo are making a ton of noise with their distinct brand of house, adding that flare to the grooved-out bass-line on this new collaborative homage to the French visionaries. Of course, listeners are also welcomed by utter craziness from Wuki under the beloved Daft Punk sample.

Catch Wuki on a packed summer itinerary, hitting Electric Forest on June 29 after a string of shows in Australia, followed by a performance at Yellow Club in Bangkok before stops at Red Rocks (August 10 with Alison Wonderland) and Electric Zoo August 30.

Eric Prydz teases new visual performance concept ‘VOID’

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The bounce-back from his Miami absence is real; Eric Prydz will be unveiling his debut VOID concept show at his Creamfield Steel Yards headlining slot on August 23, 2019. In addition, Prydz was also announced on the stacked phase one lineup for Electric Zoo: Evolved alongside other giants, Dog Blood, Diplo , Excision and more. In characteristic Prydz fashion, the mastermind behind EPIC and HOLO dropped a teaser video for the latest addition to his portfolio of visionary productions. This newest announcement VOID stands for “Visual Offset Isometric Design” and looks to be Prydz’s most advanced hologram shows yet with anticipation at an all-time high.

The 41-second teaser shows a black hole forming in space, coming together to form the “O” in VOID complemented with a signature Prydz progressive sound. The combination of an entire hologram show and Prydz timeless mixing skills has continuously proved he stands as an artist and creative in a lane of his own. Prydz previously brought his HOLO stage to last year’s Creamfields in 2018 and stunned both attendees and fans with his insane, innovative visual production. Now, with VOID he seems to be aim for even higher ground.

Eric Prydz, Anti Up, Dog Blood top Electric Zoo: Evolved lineup

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Electric Zoo is back for it’s 11th edition this year, returning in 2019 as Electric Zoo: Evolved with a stellar initial lineup announcement packed with top-tier talent. Made Event’s annual NYC affair finds Destructo outdoing himself on curatorial duties, programming a lineup led by Eric Prydz, Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo‘s Anti Up project, Skrillex and Boyz Noize together as Dog Blood, Excision, Diplo, ZEDD, Kaskade, and more.

The two-day festival returns to its home venue at Randall’s Island on Labor Day Weekend, running August 30 and September 1. Destructo’s AMF brand will host a stage, along with NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations imprint, Seven Lions‘ Ophelia, and Brownies & Lemonade. The initial lineup announcement also includes SHAQ sharing the decks with Borgore, 1788-L, Whethan, Alison Wonderland, Oliver Heldens, GTA, and more.

See the full Electric Zoo: Evolved lineup below. Purchase tickets here.

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Saturday Night Session 004: Kayzo keeps punk rock alive and the energy high in his 2018 Electric Zoo set

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Kayzo‘s music does anything but blend into the current output from the electronic music scene. This is thanks to his eclectic fusion of screamo, punk rock, and heavy-hitting electronic notes into unique productions that continue to stand out as a fresh take on electronic music and pop. He’s maintained originality all through his comeup, placing himself as a particularly unique talent within the current crossover pool.

The LA-based producer is known for keeping the energy high during his live sets, which makes his music perfect to start off a Saturday night with. We’ve chosen his Electric Zoo set from this past fall for this edition of Saturday Night Sessions; it takes listeners through a hectic, but pleasing journey that floats between bringing back pop punk tracks that graced airwaves 10 years ago and steep dubstep drops. Of course, he adds plenty of his own work into the mix.

For those who reminisce back to the days of Papa Roach, The Killers, or even early Skrillex releases, Kayzo is an artist to follow — so get started with this savage hour-long mix.

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Kaskade talks new ‘Destinations’ compilation series, the translation of a place into a sound, and plans for upcoming spotlight cities [Q&A]

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If a specific place could be translated to sound, then just what might that place sound like? Kaskade envisions an answer to this question on his latest project, Destinations: Tulum, the inaugural installment in the producer’s newly conceived Destinations compilation series. Destinations: Tulum debuted on Kaskade’s Arkade imprint in August. The production sought to embody the spirit of Tulum, crafting a sensory listening experience emblematic of the distinctive personality and aesthetic of Mexico’s coastal getaway spot.

The project’s 18 tracks, hand selected by Kaskade, comprise the first edition of the newly minted series and befit both the character of Tulum, and the larger vision of the Destinations concept. Kaskade describes the actualized product as the result of, “traveling the world and becoming emotionally attached to different locations.” Dancing Astronaut caught up with Kaskade just before his main stage set at Electric Zoo‘s tenth anniversary edition in September to chat about the veteran producer’s newly emerging series.

The first installment of Destinations is out on Arkade and it’s a hefty offering. 18 tracks really gives you a breadth with which to recreate that sensory experience of ‘walking through the town’ or ‘sitting on the beach’ as you’d stated was your objective.

Kaskade: Sounds like you listened to it!

It’s a really dynamic concept. When it comes to translating a place through sound, I’m imagining that the song selection process is different for each compilation. So what were you specifically looking for when it came to choosing the tracks for Destinations: Tulum?

I think I was just trying to capture the mood of that. I’ve been to Tulum, I’ve visited Mexico many, many times, and I came up with the idea for the compilation while sitting in Tulum in a cool café which I don’t know the name of, and they had this DJ playing this really chic, cool music, and in my head it sounded like what’s on the compilation now. It’s been a few years, so I don’t know if it’s actually like that, but it paints a picture in your head. It was this really laidback and chill groove, and I’m sitting at the beach drinking lemonade with my family, and hanging out and I was like, ‘this is amazing,’ and I think the idea for the compilation was just to kind of capture that moment.”

But even if it’s changed you crystallized and froze that moment in time. What is it about these locations — Tulum being the first — that make them canvases for upcoming editions of the series?

I kind of have this theory, and a lot of people agree with me, that you’re inspired by what you’re surrounded with, right? People, places, things, food, you know, family, whatever is happening around you. I think the idea for the compilation is just to have moments, sonic moments, that kind of weave this tapestry and make for something memorable. Then later you’re like, ‘oh my gosh yes, this reminds me of this time I went here or when I went there,’ so yeah I started with Tulum, and we’ll see what comes next, I haven’t started on the next one yet.

So you’re kind of making it up as you go.

Producers are reaching out to me and being like ‘dude, Iceland should be next,’ all these cool places that people want to travel and see and I’m like take it easy! You know, like let’s get the first one out. People have been really receptive to the idea, and other producers who want to contribute. Yeah, I don’t have a place chosen yet, but I have a short list going.

Your Chicago roots — might they lead to a Destinations: Chicago compilation?

There definitely should be a Destinations: Chicago, for sure. 100 percent that needs to happen.

Your Redux shows provide a really intimate and immersive live experience. Destinations seems like it could expand and really lend itself well to a live experience, maybe in a similarly intimate style.

That’s the idea, I hope it grows and expands and people are open minded and want to listen to different locations and what they might sound like, all through the filter of my brain. I’m here letting it unravel and seeing where it takes me.

On the subject of travel, what is your absolute, number one go-to travel essential, the one item you can’t travel without, however general or unusual it might be?

I carry a beanie whether its summer or winter, it doesn’t matter. I travel with those compression socks, it’s kind of a unique thing since everyone else is going to say the same thing, iPhone whatever. But I travel with compression socks, I started doing that before it was cool because now everyone makes compression socks, Nike makes them, Stance, I travel with Stance compression socks since I like them a lot.

While Kaskade returns to the studio to plan the next stop on his musical itinerary, listeners can stream Destinations: Tulum sans jet lag and compression socks here.

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Alesso unveils first single of 2018 with ‘REMEDY’

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After crushing 2017 with chart-topping, radio hits including “Let Me Go” featuring Hailee Steinfeld and Florida Georgia Line, and “Is That For Me” featuring Brazilian vocalist Anitta, Alesso is back again with new music. Making his 2018 debut, the famed Swedish DJ gives fans a taste of his renewed sound on “REMEDY” featuring English singer/songwriter Conor Maynard.

The new single is built on wide appeal, as Alesso incorporates a wide range of instrumentals and rhythms. He kicks it off with soothing piano riffs and a soca-inspired drum beat, all layered under captivating vocals from Maynard. The tune’s break is light, yet pleasing to the ear with melodic harmonies and echoing pitch changes, bringing together a warming, complementary collaboration for the pair on “REMEDY.”

This track is Alesso’s first release on Universal Music Group’s new imprint 10:22pm, and made its live debut on Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series in NYC’s Central Park. He’ll stay in the US this fall, closing out the main stage with Tiësto at Electric Zoo‘s 10th anniversary prior to a headline set at Imagine Music Festival September 21.

Watch the first episode of Illenium’s new video series ‘Ignite’

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After releasing his emotional new single “Take You Down,” Denver-based producer Illenium has launched the first episode of his new web series “Ignite,” which goes behind the scenes of Nick Miller’s crazy life on the road, producing as one of the most in-demand dance acts of the day. According to the pilot’s YouTube description, “these videos will showcase the beliefs, work ethic, and story that brings depth to the team behind the music.”

Filmed by Nainoa Langer, the 3-minute episode delves into Illenium’s tour stop in Shanghai, as his manager Sean Flynn describes an insanely busy schedule of shows, meet-and-greets, and more before hopping onto another 12-hour flight to London. Towards the end, viewers also get a quick message from Miller himself, where he explains his goal of trying to “reach as many people as possible.”

He’s got a extensive tour itinerary ahead, including performances at Moonrise, Electric Zoo, Excision‘s Lost Lands Music Festival, and a sold out Red Rocks show.

HYTE to host loaded techno stage at upcoming Electric Zoo

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The well-oiled, underground music brand out of Berlin, HYTE, has just announced it will be hosting its own stage in New York this year at one of the most anticipated events in New England: Electric Zoo. HYTE will be a part of the fest’s final day, Sept. 2, at the Sunday School Grove stage.

With the sublime New York City skyline as its visionary backdrop, the HYTE stage will tout an impeccable batch of techno-centric talent, including Dubfire in a B2B session with Chris Liebing, Pete Tong, and Gregor Tresher. Fit for the occasion, HYTE’s comprehensive configuration of international acts showcases both world-renowned warriors of their craft and clandestine club phenomenons alike.

HYTE is known for casting techno entrancements all over the globe, hosting stages in the US, Europe, and even Vietnam — corralling icons like Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, and Maceo Plex to perform under its masthead.

Crankdat spins some fresh IDs in new Diplo and Friends mix

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Crankdat spins some fresh IDs in new Diplo and Friends mix

Christian Smith, a.k.a. Crankdat became a breakout star through remixes for Zeds Dead, Jaden Smith, San Holo, and more. In addition, he’s added some equally successful originals to the portfolio, with his most recent being “Need Somebody.” Now, it seems this positive traction has caught Diplo‘s attention, as the rising producer has officially made his debut on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends.

Fans are in for a big treat here, as the bass-heavy mix features a wide array of fresh IDs from the Cleveland born DJ. He also blends famed remixes with throwbacks, hip-hop — including tracks by Kanye West and Lil Pump — and dance music anthems such as Galantis‘ “Runaway” and Calvin Harris‘ “Summer” (mashed up with some trap-y goodness). The hour long mix is ever-changing and will make listeners wonder where the time went.

Crankdat is currently on his “Outcast” tour, hitting stops all over the globe leading up to an Electric Zoo 2018 performance come Labor Day Weekend.


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