Celebrate Throwback Thursday with these classic Kygo remixes

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Celebrate Throwback Thursday with these classic Kygo remixesKygo Cannes Photo Johanneslovund 2892

From his first SoundCloud upload on April 14, 2013, fans were glued to Norwegian producer Kygo‘s catchy tropical house renditions of avant-garde releases and pop classics. There was something fresh and unique about his toned-down, breezy sound and the way in which he tackled each of his works, intriguing listeners and racking up millions of plays at a time. It wouldn’t be long until he pulled off a virtually unimaginable feat: transforming his knack for remixes into a full-on pop crossover, and becoming a superstar in the process.

In honor of #tbt, we took a scroll down memory lane, digging through the archives and compiling some of our favorite Kygo remixes during these golden years — from his famous takes on Ed Sheeran to his remix of The XX.

By Christina Hernandez and Robyn Dexter


1. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream (April 2013)

The young prodigy, then 21, captured hearts from his very first upload. Inspired by James Blake, his lush, smooth take on the original “Wilhelm Scream” bred a new appreciation for mellower shades of house.

2.  Dolly Parton – Jolene (June 2013)

Re-working a classic as huge as “Jolene” is a bold move, but Kygo managed to do it with finesse. Per usual, he added minimal, yet choice touches of beachy accents to create an revitalized new composition.

3. The XX – Angels (June 2013)

“Angels” minimal nature and hauntingly beautiful vocals made it a perfect candidate for remixing, and Kygo added just the right amount of guitar, bass, and island percussion to add a whole other layer of beauty onto the original.

4. Ed Sheeran & Passenger – No Diggity vs. Thrift Shop (August 2013)

Now sitting at a pretty 33 million streams on SoundCloud, Kygo’s clever take on this Ed Sheeran/Passenger collaboration remains one of his most recognizable remixes.

5. Ellie Goulding – High For This (November 2013) 

Kygo took on famed songstress Ellie Goulding for a delicate seven-minute remix of “High For This” that accentuated her vocals and gave a gentle backbone to the powerful tune.

6. Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing (November 2013)

Having taken on megastars Dolly Parton and Ellie Goulding by this point, an emboldened Kygo fashioned a remix of “Sexual Healing” that set Marvin Gaye’s infectious vocals in a blissful soundscape that only accentuated the euphoria.

7. Ed Sheeran – I See Fire (December 2013)

Kygo brought the sounds of the season in his December remix of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire,” which rocketed him to notoriety and has been climbing steadily to 100 million streams on SoundCloud since its release.

8. Kyla La Grange – Cut Your Teeth (January 2014)

This edit can easily be defined as “quintessential tropical house.” After Kygo was done with “Cut Your Teeth,” it became difficult to imagine Kyla La Grange’s voice in any other setting.

9. Syn Cole – Miami 82 (February 2014)

Kygo knocked Syn Cole‘s upbeat “Miami 82” down a few pegs in his early 2014 remix, slowing the beat and channeling a dreamy, tropical haven.

10. M83 – Wait (March 2014)

M83‘s pensive “Wait” got a paradisiacal rework from Kygo in spring 2014, making the wistful track more accessible to dance music fans.

 

Featured photo: Johannes Lovund

These are 10 hype-building songs to listen to ahead for Moonrise Festival 2018

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Moonrise Festival 2018 is shaping out to be one of Baltimore’s most exciting events of the year. The two-day festival — held at the Pimlico Race Course – is preparing for its 5th installment, which will feature a wide and diverse range of artists, catering toward fans of almost any dance music sub-genre. Performers include Kaskade, Zeds Dead, 3LAU, JOYRYDE, Ookay, GRiZ, Illenium, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Ekali, MK, and more.

In honor of the upcoming festivities, we’ve compiled a 10-track playlist that includes tunes from some of the weekend’s most anticipated acts — perfect for any pre-game or long road-trips to Baltimore.

1. Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson) – “Only Can Get Better”

The latest single from Diplo & Mark Ronson’s newest side project Silk City. This is definitely a collaboration attendees will hear during Diplo’s headline set at the Stellar Stage Saturday night. Ronson has since teased their second upcoming release, so maybe he’ll give fans a little taste at the festival?

2. DJ Snake & Mercer – “Let’s Get Ill”

One of DJ Snake’s hottest 2018 collaborations saw linking up with Mercer for a rapid, future house heater. Check out Snake headlining the Stellar Stage Saturday night alongside Kaskade, Diplo, Zeds Dead, and more.

3. Marshmello – “Rooftops”

Marshmello recently released his Joytime II album, which has been very well-received by the Mello Gang. “Rooftops” a groovy one from the album where the DJ/producer throws on his own 90’s punk rock-sounding vocals. He’ll take the Stellar Stage Sunday night and will likely close out the weekend.

4. SNRBN – “If I Can’t Have You” feat. Harloe

The LA-based DJ/producer, who will also be taking over the Stellar Stage on Sunday afternoon, where he will more than likely take his audience out of the racetrack an instead place them on a mental beach. His latest single “I Can’t Have You” accomplishes this feat in mere minutes.

5. Two Friends – “While We’re Dreaming” feat. Kevin Writer

We enjoy this 2017 throwback from the duo, who will be treating their guests to a heavy dose of their cheery brand of dance music.

6. Galantis – “Mama Look At Me Now”

“Mama Look At Me Now” is one of two tracks from Galantis’ latest EP release, and it gives us a taste of what’s in store for the mischevious Swedes’ infectiously raucous Sunday set.

7. Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer, Tory Lanez – “Miss You” (Akira Akira & Hikeii Remix)

This is one of the most poppin’ remixes of his hit collaboration “Miss You” with Major Lazer and Tory Lanez. Festival goers can expect to hear either the original or an assortment of remixes, yet knowing Cashmere Cat, he often has a strictly Jersey club section of the set, to which this fits perfectly. Check out his set at the Lunar Stage on Sunday.

8. Rezz & 1788-L – H E X

Rezz is blowing up the scene with dark synths and heavy beats that are nothing short of an innovative sound. Check out her latest release, which she’ll most likely use to destroy the Solar Tent atmosphere on Saturday.

9. Chris Lake, Chris Lorenzo, Anti-Up – “Pizza”

Anyone want pizza? No? How about after a few hours of constant movement and house beats at the Celestial Stage? Chris Lake will be headlining the house-geared stage Saturday night and will probably trap listeners into his set right as they’re deciding to leave for some pizza.

10. Eric Prydz – “Liberate” (Lane 8 Remix)

This remix for Eric Prydz’ “Liberate” is one of Lane 8’s hidden gems released back in 2014. He’s pushed out a lot of new music since then, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop showing this perfect blend of deep and melodic house some love. Check him out headlining the Celestial Stage Sunday night.

Purchase tickets via the Moonrise Festival website and if this song selection didn’t do justice, check out the festival’s 2018 Spotify playlists, which are curated by stage.

 

Producer Sessions 004: Chad Hugo Sample Pack

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CLICK HERE TO TRY OUT THE LATEST SAMPLE PACK BY CHAD HUGO. 

Producer Sessions is a series from Dancing Astronaut meant to shine a brighter light on the producer community. Each volume will guide producers towards some of the freshest sample packs, plugins, FX, and presets out there. 

Chad Hugo, hitmaking producer of The Neptunes and N.E.R.D., translated his funky grooves into his first ever new sample pack from Splice. The pack contains melodic and drum sequences, his signature percussive hits, funky grooves, and more culminating to 64 loops and 84 one-shots.

Hugo’s a top-tier producer in the game, having collaborated with the likes of Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Jay-ZSnoop Dogg, Clipse, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, and way too many more to list. Whoever listens to the radio on a consistent basis has most definitely heard a track produced by Hugo. Last year, Hugo and Pharrell released their first N.E.R.D. album in seven years, No_One Ever Really Dies.

Watch Hugo below creates hip hop grooves out of his sounds. Click HERE to start a 14-day free trial on Splice and start producing like the pros.

Background

A serious producer should have an extensive audio library, filled with a variety of organized samples and more companies like Splice are filling that need every year. These days, a subscription to Splice is a no-brainer for producers at any level. For $7.99 a month, Splice gives producers access to their entire library of high-quality samples, loops, FX, and presets, coming in at over 2 million sounds. At that price, producers get 100 credits per month to explore Splice’s massive library, save sounds they like, and download-to-own at a rate of 1 sample per credit.

Producers at the highest levels use Splice to find inspiration because it’s so easy with their massive library and quality partnerships. Some of the most popular sound designers have contributed to Splices’ library, including exclusive packs from KSHMR, Sonny Digital, deadmau5Amon Tobin, Zaytoven, KRANE, Lex Lugar and more.

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DJs chime in on France’s World Cup win

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DJs chime in on France’s World Cup winDJ Snake World Cup

France defeated Croatia in the World Cup finals on Sunday by a score of 4-2, marking their 2nd ever world cup victory. Countless French DJs took to social media to share their support and excitement. Below are reactions from some of them.

DJ SNAKE

With the Wolrd Cup trophy and FIFA’s Young Player Award winner, Kylian Mbappe.

MERCER

Made a song.

MALAA

Translation: “Proud to be French.” Him and Tchami just finished a No Redemption show in ELECTROBEACH at Le Barcarès, France.

MARTIN SOLVEIG

Repping the blue, white, and red. Go blues!

MADEON

Sharing with fans one of his earliest memories and letting people know there’s a good atmosphere in France right now.

PETIT BISCUIT

Wasn’t born during the last world cup. Translates to “dedicated to all the adults who told us kids we didn’t “know the World Cup.” WHAT NOW?!?!

KUNGS

Celebrating out in Place de la Bastille in Paris, France.

PARA ONE

Shouting out the French coach.

DIRTYPHONICS

KAVINSKY

“Champions my brother.”

DILLON FRANCIS

Promises a song with Alison Wonderland regardless of result.

Saddened with his Croatian grandmother.

Photo Credit: @djsnake/Instagram

Whethan and Oh Wonder talk Mamby On The Beach, new collab, + more [Q&A]

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Whethan and Oh Wonder talk Mamby On The Beach, new collab, + more [Q&A]Mamby Whethan 1

Since 2015, Mamby On The Beach has been allowing Chicago’s festival-goers to relish a diverse roster of acts right from the lakefront, the awe-inspiring Chicago skyline as its backdrop. Perched atop the sands of Oakwood Beach, Mamby is known for its eclectic lineup, which this year featured everything from Chicago rap deity, Common, to the indie accents of Cold War Kids, along with electronic titans like Gorgon CityDuke Dumont, and Jai Wolf

For some musicians, it might seem counterintuitive to tap a 19-year-old to partner up with for a first-time collaboration. For Oh Wonder, that couldn’t be further from the case.

After years of shooting down a plentitude of offers, the London-based alt-pop duo, consisting of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, took a chance on the Windy City’s own Whethan. Before long, “Superlove,” a radiant synth-pop track about a compulsory love, was born. To everyone’s surprise, Oh Wonder joined Whethan on stage after finishing up their own set to debut the song live for a packed crowd at Mamby’s Beach Stage—a jolt of warmth as the sun began to dip under the Chicago skyline.

Though young, Whethan, lesser known as Ethan Snoreck, is no ordinary teenager. In addition to being uncannily talented, at 19, he has played Coachella twice, worked alongside Skrillex, and is best friends—not to mention serial collaborators—with fellow Chicago-turned-LA-natives and young EDM royalty, Louis The Child. Both he and Oh Wonder joined Dancing Astronaut at Mamby to discuss inspiration behind “Superlove,” their similar ascensions to fame, what’s in store for the rest of 2018, and more. Whethan also spoke separately on tour-life as a teenager, his relationship with Louis The Child, and fine-tuning his unique sound.


How did you guys link up for this new collaboration?

Anthony: We were over in LA for a few weeks…

Whethan: I was a fan of their music for a long time, and someone said you should come to the room.

Josephine: And we did. And it was sick.

Who wrote the lyrics for the track, and where did the inspiration come from?

Josephine: A song is what you want it to be, right? I don’t want to prescribe a narrative to it if somebody’s enjoying it in their own way. But I think it’s the idea of when you’re so overwhelmed and in love with someone to the point where it’s a little bit creepy. To me, it’s like when you’re almost addicted to someone, like obsessive love. You think, like, ‘This is not good for me, but I don’t give a sh*t because I love you so much.’

Anthony: We were trying to be as creepy as possible.

You all have similar come-ups in the sense that you began experimenting with production, and started to receive recognition very early on. When you were putting those first few pieces together did you ever imagine that you would reach this level of success?

Whethan: I never imagined [this]. I was shooting blanks, just making little tracks on my computer at 15-years-old, and then next thing you know, different DJs started playing them at different festivals.

Josephine: Were you ever in the crowd?

Whethan: One time when I was really young.

Who was that for?

Whethan: Zeds Dead was the first at HARD Summer. I was like,

‘Woah, I guess my songs can be played that loud and on speakers that big.’

Because I didn’t even make music on monitors, pretty much just headphones and this weird bluetooth speaker. So I was like, ‘Oh, I can do this.’

Josephine: We just uploaded songs to SoundCloud for a year, just trying to build a portfolio. And then people were like, ‘You should come play these songs live.’ And we just kind of linked. Coming up on four years later we’ve just been touring constantly for four years. We put two records out.

Anthony: Didn’t expect any of it. So it’s all like a bonus for us.

Did the track turn out the way you guys wanted it to?

Josephine: Hell yeah.

Whethan: We worked extra long to make sure the version was the best it could be.

Anthony: We’ve never collaborated with anyone before.

Josephine: We’ve never worked with anyone on music. Ethan was super accommodating and awesome, and totally respected the fact that we were like, ‘Ah! We’ve never written a song and given it to someone.’ He made it sound better than what we could imagine.

Did you guys have reservations about collaborating in the past or did the right opportunity just never arise?

Josephine: We’ve said no to pretty much everyone over the last three years. Art is so personal. I think it has to be organic and come from the right place.

What can we expect from each of you for the rest of 2018?

Whethan: A lot of singles for me, personally, that might show the bigger picture of what the project will be, but I’m working on a project now. It doesn’t have a date or anything.

Anthony: For us, a bit more touring. And then we’re going to go home, write another record, spend some time in LA. Just make more music.

At this point, the conversation turns to Whethan, OWSLA recruit and critically lauded EDM wunderkind. Fresh off of his Mamby performance, we dove into an exciting day in the life of one of dance music’s newest torch carriers. 

How do you feel being on your home territory at Mamby?

It feels good. I feel like it’s been a little while, but it hasn’t been that long. I feel like Lollapalooza was so long ago. I’ve been home since then, but not actually playing. It’s beautiful. It’s sunny. It’s been a great day. We’ve got this nice beach. Got some people coming through for the set, so that’s always good.

You’re vocal about how much Flume and the guys from Louis The Child inspire you. Who’s someone else who’s been inspiring your music lately?

Lately, Ive been on a really big Calvin Harris buzz. I just look at his entire discography and he’s got so many songs that are so good and well-put together. I look up to him.

In what ways do you think you’ve evolved as an artist these past few years?

Well I definitely did evolve. At first it was a lot more bass-heavy and almost instrumental music. But then I just started focusing on the actual songs: the songwriting and the lyrics. Artists like Oh Wonder who can really write a good lyric with a good vibe. So I guess I’ve been focusing more on pop kinda stuff, but I’m finding really cool ways to implement that in with dance music, too. When I first started it wasn’t really dance-y. It was kinda just like you can listen to it and bob your head. But I’m forever evolving.

What’s it like being 19 and playing huge festivals and being on tour?

It’s pretty crazy. It’s started to feel, not normal. It’s weird because I’ve only really been playing shows for like two years. I’ve just been blessed to be able to start to do really cool shows and travel to really crazy parts of the world. I got to go to South America and Europe recently for the first time, which I wouldn’t have been able to do if I wasn’t touring. Being 19 is really crazy because I feel like the youngest person a lot of times wherever I go. I don’t let it get to me, though. I don’t even know what I’m going to be making in five years. People always tell me I have so much potential and room to grow, so much time.

There were a lot of events I feel like I missed out on because I just wanted to make music in my room. Now, I live in LA so I’m far from my family a lot. I’m in the same boat as a lot of my friends like Louis The Child who are also doing the same thing as me. Having fun to us is the same thing, just making music.

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Good Morning Mix: Guy J eases us awake with smooth progressive

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Good Morning Mix: Guy J eases us awake with smooth progressiveGuy J July Mi

A fresh Guy J mix is never one to skip over; each one is always stuffed to the brim with an array of fresh music and unreleased gems. Four months after his Spring mix in March, the progressive juggernaut is back at it again with an hour of sparkling melodies and lush percussion.

The “End Of Lost Cause” mix opens with a stirring ambient cut by Vittoria Fleet, which begins the emotive journey on a nostalgic, earthy note before chugging smoothly into some unreleased remixes of his Lost&Found colleague Chicola — courtesy of Johannes Brecht and Karmon. Soon, we’re taking on a journey through driving, hypnotic percussion, moving forward into a series of mysterious cuts put forth by other labelmates and of course, Mr. Guy J himself. His mix ends with its title track, dousing the mind with a bucket of sentimentality before gently coming to an end.

Enjoy the morning on a truly progressive note.

 

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 47

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 47Deters Beat Lab@0.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.


What better genre than disco for a Friday? French producer kramder astounds with this funky fresh original, “Indigo Bay.” With heavily processed vocals, an infectious mesh of groovy synths, and an irresistible retro beat, “Indigo Bay” adds to the producer’s growing armory of hits. His last appearance was in May on Tchami‘s CONFESSION label, ensuring this up-and-comer has a bright future ahead of him.


The release of Pendulum‘s remix album a few weeks ago seems to have inspired other producers to revive some of the Australian group’s hits, too. SYN, a mysterious producer who’s been making waves with remixes of hard-hitters like Slipknot and Metallica, has joined in the Pendulum remix fun with a “new rave” rendition of “Tarantula.” It’s energy-packed and intense, and still manages to maintain an old-school vibe.


Keeping with the revival of old tracks, Prismo has breathed new life into Kaskade‘s seminal “Disarm You.” The Texan producer adds a dramatic touch to the emotive 2015 track, flinging the listener into a bed of impressive synths at the first drop. He flies through styles throughout the remix, even dropping a sound bite from Jay-Z‘s “Public Service Announcement” before an intense dubstep-influenced second drop. His remix is a whirlwind of sounds and emotions, guaranteed to keep the listener engaged from start to finish.


Russian producer Stendahl brings a serene and peaceful environment with his latest release, “Sunrise,” on Silk Music. The song, part of his three-track Dystopia EP, paints a more pensive atmosphere than one would expect with an EP of the name it has. “Sunrise” is guided by a smooth-flowing piano melody, soothing vocals and a downtempo beat that’s easy to get lost in.


And now, the track I’ve been most excited for all week: The Midnight‘s new single. The synthwave duo began teasing the release of “Lost Boy” a week ago, drumming up excitement by pairing the emotive audio snippet with Stranger Things clips. Upon its release, it’s apparent that this might be one of their best pieces of work to date — even with the absence of their usual ascending saxophone melodies. “Lost Boy” tugs at the heartstrings and is highlighted by passionate vocals and soaring guitar themes. Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle have concocted the perfect dose of smoldering ’80s nostalgia, topped off with impeccable production to complete this four-and-a-half-minute piece of magic.

The psychology of planning one of the most successful party series in the world: elrow [Interview]

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To witness inversion of the underground at its most ingenious, house and techno listeners need not look further than an elrow event.

Long associated with the dimly lit dance floors of dark clubs, underground sound goes open air under the oversight of elrow, a family-founded party brand that dates back to 1870. As attendees of previous elrow events know and know well, the secret to elrow’s longevity in entertainment circles is no secret at all, but a perceptible emphasis on crowd immersion, specifically in a vibrantly colored, visually transfixing environment that engages audience members in a way that is entirely unique to elrow, and largely anomalous in the current context of electronic event production.

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Photo Credit: Pablo Dass, Alex Caballero & Andrei Oprescu

Crowd interactivity takes center stage at an elrow event, where the performative nature of elrow’s production places stilt-walkers and puppeteers among those in the crowd, creating a constant and blissfully chaotic sense of activity that keeps pace with the live music.

An avant-garde entity in the electronic event market, elrow derives much of its influence in the increasingly popular trend of experiential nightclubbing from its deemphasis on the music as the primary point of focus, and its redirection of that attention to the thematics of event production. In addition to actors interspersed among the audience, elrow amplifies the affective quality of its high energy events with ornate stages tailored to the given event theme, massive inflatable decorations displayed throughout elrow’s often outdoor venues, and large confetti canons that provide the climax of an elrow affair, enveloping the crowd in brilliantly hued clouds of paper, the confetti drops occurring in sync with DJs’ beat drops.

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Photo Credit: Pablo Dass, Alex Caballero & Andrei Oprescu

 

elrow is an immersive experience and I believe that’s what sets us apart. We don’t only focus on front of stage decorations, there’s always something happening around you, the decorations are all around you, floor actors walk around, stilt walkers, confetti showers

Victor de la Serna

 

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elrow’s maturity from a weekly, Barcelona based party series to White Island resident, and currently, to one of the most widely acclaimed party brands in the world–elrow has hosted more than 132 shows across 33 countries in 2018 thus far–evidences the allure of elrow, a name that signifies a larger than life electronic experience quite unlike any other.

elrow will bring its unparalleled production to New York City for the second time in 2018 come July 28, where the brand will follow its initial April appearance–elrow: The Residency Begins–with a 10 hour fiesta at the Brooklyn Mirage for Elrow Open Air. Those interested in attending the Elrow festivities can purchase tickets to Elrow Open Air, here.

Dancing Astronaut caught up with elrow’s Music Director, Victor de la Serna, to get a closer look at the psychology of planning the international party series ahead of Elrow Open Air.

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Dancing Astronaut: Being that you’ve been with elrow since the beginning, involved in the booking for each event/residency branded with the elrow name, I’d love to hear how you’ve approached booking strategy wise/curatively for the theme of the current residency, “Nomads, New World.” Can you talk a little bit about what you take into consideration when booking with this theme in mind? I’m curious to know what “Nomads, New World” means to you, and how it affects how you book the artists who play the events, with this “Nomads, New World” concept in mind. Those familiar with elrow productions know that concept is crucial to how elrow envisions the given event, so thinking a little bit about concept in relation to booking strategy seems like a great place to start.

Victor de la Serna: I wish we could cater the DJ line up to the theme, but that, for the moment, is not possible I’m afraid… I always try to find DJs that are the right fit for the party, which means fun, uplifting music. We stay away from darkness and look for house and tech house as well as some techno DJs more on the funk side of things. However, in an ideal world where I would book artists according to the theme, in this case I would only program up and coming DJs. A very risky move for any promoter but, if we are looking for the new world, that’s what I would need. If we look at the Nomads part it would be far easier as all DJs could be considered Nomads with the amount of traveling they do.

Dancing Astronaut: Does your booking approach vary at all when it comes to lineup cultivation in the states? This is another question that ties in well with the “New World” branch of the thematic concept here. If so, in what ways does your booking method differ?

Victor de la Serna: You need to have a deep knowledge of your party and have a clear idea of what works and what doesn’t in each country and city. Each place has a different story and maybe a DJ that works great in Barcelona or Ibiza has never even played New York, so as a booker it comes the time where you can always go for the well established artists or try and bring someone that you know will work with the vibe of the party but might have never played that city before. The good thing about elrow is that even though the themes change, the vibe of the party doesn’t, so we are always looking for that kind of sound we know works well with the style of the party.

Dancing Astronaut: Given your experience with booking, and with Elrow, one of the most successful parties in the whole world, what do you consider to be absolutely essential when it comes to booking events/residencies that will flourish?

Victor de la Serna: When it comes to bookings we always come back to fun, energetic music. When it comes to events there should always be a strategy. You need to find a city where you can grow into a big format event, a residency or part of a bigger strategy within the country. Doing events for the sake of just doing events doesn’t really take you anywhere in the long run.

Dancing Astronaut: As Juan Arnau Sr. states in Elrow’s recently released mini-doc, “When you manage to make the audience the main show, then you’ve achieved success.” Actors and stilt walkers are evidently important to making Elrow audiences “the main show.” In your opinion, how else does Elrow strive to make the audience “the main show,” so to speak, and how does this set Elrow apart from other party entities?

Victor de la Serna: elrow is an immersive experience and I believe that’s what sets us apart. We don’t only focus on front of stage decorations, there’s always something happening around you, the decorations are all around you, floor actors walk around, stilt walkers, confetti showers, etc… so this is very different from a regular club night where all the focus has been put on the DJ. With each party we try to better ourselves and improve this experience, so two elrow parties won’t be 100% the same!

Dancing Astronaut: So to narrow our focus, elrow came to New York in April for its beginning event of 2018 at Avant Gardner. elrow is no stranger to New York City, yet when it comes to this year, these curated events, what specifically has elrow sought to bring to New York City this year that it might not have brought in its previous visitations?

Victor de la Serna: Every party we have done in NYC has been a totally different theme and we will carry on like this. The time we bring back a theme to New York will be because that theme has been changed, which happens every year. Each year we take out a couple of decorations, premiere a couple of new ones and refurbish and change all the existing ones. If you think about it, it works, as either you have not seen the theme before or it might be one of your favourites. We see that a lot of people also come back as they love the theme, so we just try and balance everything 🙂

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Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new music

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Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new musicMat Zo 3

“Apparently I don’t share enough,” joked Mat Zo on Twitter ahead of his latest Reddit AMA. The iconic producer and proud has always has quite the cheeky sense of humor.

It hardly feels like he needs to share much at times, however, given his track record of bold, yet pristine releases that have made their way onto Anjunabeats and beyond. His ability to adopt any style — from drum ‘n’ bass, to trance — into his range with finesse while remaining grounded and good-natured has made him a household name across the dance spectrum, with many dedicated fans hungrily consuming all they can about him.

That said, Zo still shared plenty during his brief stop at Reddit, divulging details about upcoming music, offering advice and lessons he’s learned through his time in the industry, sharing his favorite Beatles song, and more.

DA has sifted through the pile and picked out the most insightful and intriguing factoids.

He believes dance music is cyclical.Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new musicMat Zo AMA1

Fresh Kill The Zo is on the way

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We heavily agree with his Beatles pick – how ’bout you?
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A poignant memory…

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ALERT!! He’s working on a third album. 
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Working with vocalists physically and through email both have their pros and cons. 
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It’s better not to try and force inspiration
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Avoid this common error. 
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His house inspirations include Junior Jack and Cassius.
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The best kind of virtual crate digging. 
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Producer Sessions 003: Noer the Boy – ModPack Vol. 1

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Producer Sessions 003: Noer the Boy – ModPack Vol. 1Producer Sessions

CLICK HERE TO TRY OUT THE LATEST SAMPLE PACK BY NOER THE BOY. 

Producer Sessions is a series from Dancing Astronaut meant to shine a brighter light on the producer community. Each volume will guide producers towards some of the freshest sample packs, plugins, FX, and presets out there. 

This week, Splice released a unique sound pack from sound design connoisseur Noer the Boy. The pack is called “ModPack Vol. 1,” indicating this is only the first of more yet to come from the sonic explorer. Inside the pack are 80 high-quality samples of bass sounds, percussion elements, texture, vox one-shots, and synth loops. Producers interested in murky, dark, experimental sounds will find this pack useful.

Noer the Boy recently released his Ganzfeld EP off Noisa’s DIVISION label. His avant-garde style has caught the attention of the drum n bass heavyweights. Support from the Dutch trio dedication to perfecting their sound design is a good sign that Noer the Boy is within good company. The Wisoncon-born, Portland-based producer is also part of DJ Shadow’s Liquid Amber imprint.

Ganzfeld is an experimental bass exploration with rhythm constraints and sharp focus on sound engineering that also gives us a taste of what’s to come in the inaugural ModPack.

The Ganzfeld Effect is a phenomenon where the brain attempts to fill the missing visual information by boosting neural noise because of increased exposure to an unstructured and constant stimulation field. This causes hallucinations, so the album is a series of hallucinatory adventures, and it certainly sounds like it.

Click HERE to start a 14-day free trial on Splice and start producing like the pros.

Background

A serious producer should have an extensive audio library, filled with a variety of organized samples and more companies like Splice are filling that need every year. These days, a subscription to Splice is a no-brainer for producers at any level. For $7.99 a month, Splice gives producers access to their entire library of high-quality samples, loops, FX, and presets, coming in at over 2 million sounds. At that price, producers get 100 credits per month to explore Splice’s massive library, save sounds they like, and download-to-own at a rate of 1 sample per credit.

Producers at the highest levels use Splice to find inspiration because it’s so easy with their massive library and quality partnerships. Some of the most popular sound designers have contributed to Splices’ library, including exclusive packs from KSHMR, Sonny Digital, deadmau5Amon Tobin, Zaytoven, KRANE, Lex Lugar and more.

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