The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, Afrojack and more are nominated for the MTV VMAs 2017

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It looks like it’s that time of the year again: the nominations are in for the 2017 MTV VMAs. The lucky bunch were unveiled via Instagram Live this afternoon, and voting has since begun.

Kendrick Lamar tops multiple categories, and unsurprisingly so, given the massive wave of success that ensued after the release of DAMN. Electronic music dominated last year, but a few of our favorites still made the 2017 list. Dance music dons The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, Afrojack and a few others are spread throughout the nominations.

Video of the Year:

  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE”
  • Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
  • Alessia Cara “Scars To Show Your Beautiful”
  • DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller”Wild Thoughts”
  • The Weeknd “Reminder”

Artist of the Year:

  • Bruno Mars
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Arianna Grande
  • The Weeknd
  • Lorde

Best New Artist:

  • Khalid
  • Kodak Black
  • SZA
  • Young M.A.
  • Julia Michaels
  • Noah Cyrus

Best Collaboration:

  • Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
  • DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller “Wild Thoughts”
  • D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
  • The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey “Closer”
  • Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean “Feels”
  • Zayn and Taylor Swift “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”

Best Pop Video:

  • Shawn Mendes “Treat You Better”
  • Ed Sheeran “Shape of You”
  • Harry Styles “Sign of the Times”
  • Fifth Harmony featuring Gucci Mane “Down”
  • Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley “Chained to the Rhythm”
  • Miley Cyrus “Malibu”

Best Hip Hop Video:

  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE”
  • Big Sean “Bounce Back”
  • Chance the Rapper “Same Drugs”
  • D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
  • Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert “Bad and Boujee”
  • DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne “I’m the One”

Best Dance Video:

  • Zedd and Alessia Cara “Stay”
  • Kygo and Selena Gomez “It Ain’t Me”
  • Calvin Harris “My Way”
  • Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ “Cold Water”
  • Afrojack featuring Ty Dolla $ign “Gone”

Best Rock Video:

  • Coldplay “A Head Full of Dreams”
  • Fall Out Boy “Young And Menace”
  • Twenty One Pilots “Heavydirtysoul”
  • Green Day “Bang Bang”
  • Foo Fighters “Run”

Best Fight Against The System:

  • Logic “Black SpiderMan”
  • The Hamilton Mixtape “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”
  • Big Sean “Light”
  • Alessia Cara “Scars to Your Beautiful”
  • Taboo featuring Shailene Woodley “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
  • John Legend “Surefire”

Best Cinematography:

  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE”
  • Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
  • Ed Sheeran “Castle on the Hill”
  • DJ Shadow featuring Run The Jewels “Nobody Speak”
  • Halsey “Now or Never” 

Best Direction:

  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE.”
  • Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley “Chained to the Rhythm”
  • Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
  • Alessia Cara “Scars to Your Beautiful”
  • The Weeknd “Reminder”

Best Art Direction:

  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE”
  • Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
  • Katy Perry featuring Migos “Bon Appetit”
  • DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller “Wild Thoughts”
  • The Weeknd “Reminder”

Best Visual Effects:

  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE”
  • A Tribe Called Quest “Dis Generation”
  • KYLE featuring Lil Yachty “iSpy”
  • Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley “Chained to the Rhythm”
  • Harry Styles “Sign of the Times”

Best Choreography:

  • Kanye West “Fade”
  • Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj “Side to Side”
  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE”
  • Sia “The Greatest”
  • Fifth Harmony featuring Gucci Mane “Down”

Best Editing:

  • Future “Mask Off”
  • Young Thug “Wyclef Jean”
  • Lorde “Green Light”
  • The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey “Closer”
  • The Weeknd “Reminder”

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Giorgio Moroder to celebrate 40 years of ‘I Feel Love’ with Brooklyn bash

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In July of 1977 Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, and Pete Bellotte collaborated on a track that would forever alter the landscape of dance music. The fruit of their labor was “I Feel Love,” an undeniable number known as the first disco hit, “entirely produced with a synthesizer.”

In recognition of that seminal moment in dance music history, Brooklyn’s Schimanski nightclub will honor the fortieth anniversary of “I Feel Love” with an appearance from Moroder himself on July 27th. Hosted by MixmagCasablanca Records, and the Smirnoff Sound Collective, the event will toe the boundary of the past and present in an intimate atmosphere. Best yet, the event is free to attend with an RSVP. Those present for last year’s festivities can attest, it’s sure to be an incredible time.


With lyrics radiating sentiments of inclusivity and acceptance, the track proved to be a sensation in dance culture and revolutionary from a production standpoint.

The iconic track became a key influencer in music production with its synth work and Moroder could be found at the mast of music production after his debut on Casablanca Records, From Here To Eternity—a record that would be instrumental in the conceptualization of house music not long thereafter. Since that debut, Moroder has garnered four Grammys and three Academy Awards for his work.

In the 21st century, Moroder is experiencing a renaissance that has taken his legendary profile to new heights. Recent highlights include a high profile collaboration on Daft Punk‘s celebrated 2013 album Random Access Memories and the release of yet another album in 2015—Déjà Vu which charted #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums Chart.

In recognition of his astounding career, Brooklyn’s Schimanski nightclub will honor the fortieth anniversary of “I Feel Love” with an appearance from Moroder himself on July 27th. Hosted by Mixmag, Casablanca Records, and the Smirnoff Sound Collective, the event will toe the boundary of the past and present in an intimate atmosphere. Those present for last year’s festivities can attest, it’s sure to be an incredible time.

Fans can RSVP for the I Feel Love anniversary event here.

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Galantis announce dates for ‘The Aviary’ tour

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After the acclaim with which Galantis’ debut studio album, Pharmacy, was met upon its 2015 release, the group’s forthcoming LP is destined to be something special.

Last week, the Swedish duo announced their intent to release their sophomore album, The Aviary, on September 15th via Big Beat Records. The record’s revelation arrived with a new single, “True Feeling,” with an official music video in tow.

With just over two years since Pharmacy, Galantis have proven to be a multi-hit engineering duo, garnering over 50 million streams for their single “Hunter,” released in early May, and further permeating the dance music scene via performances at major festivals including Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Coachella.

Irrefutably unstoppable, Galantis’ latest announcement entails a supporting tour for their sophomore album, The Aviary Tour, currently slated to touch down in eleven U.S. cities. Support will be provided by the Grammy award-winning CID, and remix aficionados, Jeroen Kerstens and Steven Berghuijs of The Him.

The Aviary Tour

Tickets to the The Aviary tour are now available for purchase here.

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Secret Solstice: 3 days of music and daylight in Reyjavik

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Secret Solstice: 3 days of music and daylight in Iceland

Iceland is a magical place. The tourist destination has long been known for its idyllic and photo worthy landscapes.

After the tours and the waterfalls, there’s a rich music culture and an appreciation that runs across generations. It’s why the lineup for the country’s largest festival, Secret Solstice, included The Prodigy, Anderson Paak, Foo Fighters, Chaka Khan, Rick Ross, Young Ma, and Dubfire. On an island of only 330,000, most of the music that gets consumed here is consumed by everyone, no matter the age. Young fans crowded Chaka Khan, while some of the more daring adults got deep in the pit for The Prodigy, thrashing along with kids who weren’t even born when Fat of the Land was released.

Now in its third year, Secret Solstice has grown into an established event for both the people of Iceland and the visitors who descend on its capital city of Reyjavik for the summer solstice. For 3 days of endless daylight, a crowd of nearly 20,000 fills the city sports complex and the surrounding fields with music from all corners of the world. The best and brightest Scandinavian find themselves following up rap legend Pharoahe Monch, or cult phenomena Ata Kak, the Ghanian cab driver made famous by Awesome Tapes from Africa, who’s music somehow found its way into the ears of highschool age Icelanders that shouted every word he hyperactively rapped.

Photos courtesy of Secret Solsitce and Damien Gilbert, Birta Ran, SOLOVOV, Asgeir Helgi, AKA Photography.


The Black Madonna and Seth Troxler kick off Hel

The festival was complete with its own late night dance club so when the curtains closed on the main stage, most found their way home but for everyone else there was Hel.
Thursday’s night pre-party kicked the place off with a grungy array of house and techno. The Circoloco crew with Troxler at the helm painted Reyjavik’s sports complex in a haze of their signature red. Inside it was 3am. A smoldering cavern of drum beats stomped out by Icelanders of all ages. Outside the sun sat at the horizon, casting the outdoor smoker’s area in a perpetual dawn.

In the nights that followed, Hel would pack to the brim for John Acquaviva, Lane 8, Kiasmos, Livia, Dusky, Dubfire and more.


Ata Kak comes all the way from Africa

As the story goes, Ata Kak’s Obaa Sima was discovered by Awesome Tapes from Africa in a Ghanian marketplace. The cab driver turned rapper is now a cult sensation — and a world traveling artist with a seriously dedicated fanbase. Listen to the tape that made him famous.


Pharaoh Monche gets the f*ck up.

Pharoahe Monch had one of the festival’s rowdiest crowds, a far shot from the Bronx native’s home and his late nineties hit. But there was no shortage of knowledge or fandom for the rest of his catalog and his performance stood as one of the festival’s most memorable.


Iceland and London steal the show.

Ulfur Ulfur and Hildur both left lasting impressions.

The former with their stripped down but infectious verses:

And the latter with her airy vocals and honest hooks.

And London’s Novelist kept the crowd locked in to his venomous flows.


Into the volcano

On day 2, we traveled an hour outside of the Reyjavik and descended deep into the earth for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A small group of 50 donned bright orange hard hats and headlamps to explore ‘The Lava Tunnel’ an ancient tube bored away by geothermal activity thousands of years ago. Snorri Helgason’s soft folk rock echo’d off the walls of the cave in one of the most acoustically sound experiences imaginable — nothing more than an acoustic guitar and Snorri’s soulful croons.


A day in the glacier

The festivals other excursion/music experience, dropped 100 of us at the top of the world’s largest glacier, where we then descended deep into a manmade ice cavern. Beers were chilled in the glacier itself. Day 1 was a strictly dance music affair, while day 2 featured XXX Rottweiler — the ruthless rappers who call Iceland their home.


Closing out with Anderson Paak

The Los Angeles rapper brought along The Free Nationals for his Iceland debut. And the response was nothing short of historic. Paak, who’s skillset far exceeds his MC talents, fed off that first time energy and spent time playing the drums in a fervor while huffing and puffing out every verse.

As the sun refused to set on the final performance of the day, a small contingent of the crowd headed back to Hel. Dubfire was closing. And if the sun never sets than there’s no reason to go to sleep. At least not in Iceland. And definitely not during Secret Solstice.


Get spellbound at this Harry Potter-themed rave

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If you solemnly swear you are up to no good, a Harry Potter-themed rave is the place for you.

Unified Events in North Carolina has conjured up a series of raves, centered around popular TV, film and book themes like Harry Potter, Rick & Morty and Star Wars.

With a vision to unite the music scene and combine it with everyone’s favorite magical book and movie series, Unified has brought together an assortment of DJs for monthly “Spellbound” Harry Potter raves.

For the Sept. 9 event, guests are encouraged to dress up in their Hogwarts best and show their house pride. Muggles must be 16 years old to be admitted and 21+ to “drink potions.”

Even if those didn’t bring a date to the Yule Ball, can still get down to music provided by Sam Wild, DJ B-Nasty, DWN LO, Nah Fam, Jordan Castle and more.

In addition to the rave itself, attendees can enter to win raffle items like a box set of all eight films and all seven books, along with other HP-themed trinkets.

harry potter rave


If you’re in the area or can apparate to Marshall High Studios, the party starts at 2 p.m. on Sept. 9 and goes until 2 a.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Learn more here.

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Black Coffee to perform New Year’s Eve set at one of the 7 Wonders of the World

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Though 2017 is far from over, Black Coffee is already setting his sights on New Year’s Eve 2018. Despite his longstanding critical success, the artist has received more mainstream exposure than ever before in the past year, thanks to “Get It Together,” his collaboration with Drake from More Life.

One does not transition into the next year without due planning, and Black Coffee has accordingly announced his booking at Zimbabwe’s Vic Falls Carnival. A holiday event, the Vic Falls Carnival will kick off its ninth anniversary on December 29 (when the DJ is set to appear), and is poised to conclude on December 31, ushering in the new year.

While the festival’s holiday association makes it stand out as one-of-a-kind, the event’s location only furthers its rarity. Black Coffee will notably deliver a set close in proximity to Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall, and duly, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, according to CNN.

The magnitude of the waterfall’s drop—the waterfall’s height and width cause it to spill the largest sheet of falling water of all waterfalls—will match that of Black Coffee’s drops on December 29, the South African DJ’s already ambient set is positioned to reach an transcendent level.

Via: Thump

Featured image by John Castillo Photography.

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Alison Wonderland announces North American tour

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Alison Wonderland continues her rise to the top with another massive announcement. After beginning the year with a bang, she has announced a North American tour. The tour is set to include a brand new production series, unreleased music from her forthcoming album, and support from Elohim on all dates. The FMUOASL (Fuck Me Up On A Spiritual Level) Tour officially begins in Columbus, OH at Newport Music Hall, with following dates pitting stops in many major cities across the United States and Canada. Prior to tour kickoff, it’s noteworthy to mention that Alison Wonderland will be parked in Chicago, IL on 8/5 to perform at Lollapalooza and an after-party event. She is also set to perform at Encore Beach Club in Vegas, and play the Denver, CO leg of the Mad Decent Block Party.

Alison Wonderland has sold out all shows on her previous headlining tour; therefore, grabbing tickets early is advised. Tickets go on sale July 14, The full list of cities included in the FMUOASL Tour are as follows:

8/5 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/5 – Chicago, IL @ The MID – Lollapalooza Aftershow
8/13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Encore Beach Club
9/3 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Mad Decent Block Party
9/14 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
9/15 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
9/16 – Montreal, QC @ Société Des Arts
9/17 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
9/19 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
9/21- New York, NY @ Terminal 5
9/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
9/23 -Washington, DC @ Echostage
9/26 – Tampa, FL @ Ritz Theatre
9/27 -Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
10/6-8 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/9 -Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theatre
10/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
10/11-San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
10/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
10/14 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
10/16 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
10/17 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10/18 -Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

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Dirtybird Campout releases eclectic lineup and venue change for 2017

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Today, July 11, brings exciting news for house music fans. Curated by Claude VonStroke (a.k.a. Barclay Crenshaw), Dirtybird Records has just announced the lineup of their third annual Dirtybird Campout. Under the supervision of Head Counselor Claude, festival-goers will be able to enjoy live music from artists like Amtrac, Chris Lorenzo, Cut Snake, Egyptian Lover, and more.

While Dirtybird has always embraced music from all realms of the underground, this house-oriented festival is proud to introduce their most diverse lineup yet. With grime artist Madam X joining the roster alongside a number of strong drum & bass acts and, the Campout will feature a welcome a palpable presence of UK bass music. Live trap legend Araabmuzik and rising star Bleep Bloop will also make appearances, rounding out the lineup with a variety of experimental sounds. Music showcases from Mija‘s FK A Genre imprint and LA-based collective Soulection will bring some of the scene’s best tastemakers to the Campout as well.

The Dirtybird Records team will be holding down the rest of the festival, in terms of music and events. DJs like Shiba San, Christian Martin, Ardalan, and J. Phlip will be not only spinning house beats but also hosting a series of non-musical activities throughout the weekend, including volleyball, sack racing, and, naturally, pizza parties. This year’s Campout is located at the San Antonio Campground in Bradley, CA and features extended hours on a new second stage, ensuring that the party will not stop.

Dirtybird Campout 2017 Lineup Web Size

Dirtybird Campout will take place October 6-8. Tickets are available here.


Sonus releases its full daily schedule

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Sonus is getting closer to its milestone fifth edition commencing August 20 in the usual spot of Croatia’s picturesque Zrce Beach. Given the event is an off-shoot of Time Warp, the lineup boasts some of the underground’s most well-revered names, ranging from Sven Väth, to Maceo Plex, to Richie Hawtin, and everything in between to make up five full days of partying in paradise.

The daily schedule has now been released, and is shaping up to be a busy week of non-stop techno for revelers. Apollonia, Jackmaster, and Len Faki will be kicking off the festivities during the day on Sunday, alongside Nick Curly and Dejan Milicevic. Marco Carola, Maceo Plex & Rødhåd, and Jamie Jones with Richy Ahmed will be opening taking night time duties that night. Adam Beyer, Tale of Us, and Richie Hawtin are a few of the notable names on Monday, while guests can trust that they’re in good hands for closing day on Thursday with Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos, and Joseph Capriati listed among the headliners. Villalobos will also be playing the afterparty on Friday.

Final tier tickets are still available on the Sonus website.

Sonus Day Schedule

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Cash Cash set to play at Omnia nightclub

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Adding their name to the abundance of DJ’s set to play in the heart of North America’s known nightlife capital, Cash Cash will make their appearance at Las Vegas’ OMNIA nightclub on July 11. After the debut of their most recent collaboration, “All My Love” with vocalist Conor Maynard, the New Jersey trio have had a busy year, already playing at a multitude of day and nightclubs over the past few months. Bringing their consistently dynamic performances to this spectacular venue, this Tuesday night party is not one to miss.

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