Illenium parts ways with Seeking Blue and strikes deal with Astralwerks/Capitol Records

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A watershed moment in the swiftly rising dance act’s still-incipient career, Illenium has parted ways with his longtime label, Seeking Blue, and has secured a momentous contract with industry giant, Astralwerks. In addition to housing his wildly successful first two albums, Seeking Blue also released Illenium’s breakthrough single, atmospheric chillstep track, “Afterlife,” featuring Echos.

Word of the split spread last week when Illenium released “Take You Down,” on Astralwerks. While he has yet to release a statement, his management confirmed the split and subsequent new partnership. A deal with Astralwerks is a promising sign for the young artist’s already-burgeoning notoriety, as the imprint has also housed blue chip acts from across the spectrum, including Empire of the Sun, Halsey, Sia, Porter Robinson, and The Chemical Brothers. Illenium’s alignment with label, in conjunction with his eclipsing an overall one billion amassed streams, is undoubtedly evidence of his stepping outside the shroud of esotericism and into more widespread prominence.

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

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Watch the first episode of Illenium’s new video series ‘Ignite’Illenium Coachella 18

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.

Excision announces new 14-track album, ‘Apex’ featuring Dion Timmer, Space Laces, and more

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Excision announces new 14-track album, ‘Apex’ featuring Dion Timmer, Space Laces, and moreEcision Hollywood Paladium 2017 Rukes

Headbangers were thrust into the ultimate state of anticipation when bass legend Excision recently announced an upcoming new album. The project will be called Apex, and the release date is just around the corner on August 14. Rumors had been circulating that the producer had been working on a new album, with the Lost Lands proprietor eventually taking to Twitter to cement the news.

The 14-track collection will feature collaborations from dubstep heavyweights Dion TimmerSpace Laces, as well as Sullivan King. Fans have already heard hit collaboration, “Gold (Stupid Love)” featuring Illenium and Shallows from the impending new LP, and if this track was any indication of what to expect from the album, Apex will not be in short supply of bone-rattling bass hits.

See the full Apex tracklist below:

1. Exterminate
2. Slodd (Feat. Space Laces)
3. Wake Up (Feat. Sullivan King
4. Tonight
5. Gold (Stupid Love) [Feat. Illenium and Shallows]
6. Fall
7. Home (Feat. Dion Timmer)
8. Where Are You (Feat. Dion Timmer)
9. Power
10. Vault
11. Die For You (Feat. Akylla)
12. Hoods Up (Feat. Dion Timmer and Messinian)
13. Fight Through the Pain (Feat. Sullivan King)
14. Rumble (Feat. Space Laces)

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ILLENIUM shares empowering tale of triumph, ‘Take You Down’

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ILLENIUM shares empowering tale of triumph, ‘Take You Down’Take You Down Illenium 1

On every end of the music spectrum, addiction is a malevolent and omnipresent cultural reality—EDM, especially, not withstanding. ILLENIUM‘s newest song, “Take You Down,” traces the seemingly hopeless narrative of an addict, while maintaining that, with adequate support, anything can be overcome. “Take You Down” is a hauntingly poignant depiction of the depths of despair, though simultaneously illuminating the beauty inherent in choosing to fight for one’s life. Desperate lyrics told though enduring female vocals are interrupted by a redemptive, altogether arresting melody that serves as a sonic representation of hope—which in ILLENIUM’s case, is music itself.

The 27-year-old artist took to Twitter recently to speak candidly about his longtime battle with opiates, the music that saved him, and the new track. He stated that he owes his sobriety first and foremost to music, as well as to the unrelenting support of his mother and those closest to him. ILLENIUM’s symbol, the phoenix, which he also fashioned a song after, becomes clearer when considering his story—as the bird often symbolizes rebirth and a metaphorical rising from the ashes. Listen to “Take You Down” below.

Gear up for Lollapalooza with DA’s 12 most anticipated performances

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Gear up for Lollapalooza with DA’s 12 most anticipated performancesLollapalooza Chhicago 2018

Lollapalooza is this weekend in Chicago, and Dancing Astronaut is hosting a live stream of the music festival.

With headliners such as The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, and Travis Scott, the festival’s 27th year in existence should be one for the ages. After changing to a four-day event in 2016, Lollapalooza is easily one of the top-attended music festivals in the United States.

Below are 12 of the most anticipated Lollapalooza performances from an electronic music perspective.


REZZ

“Space mom” is a must-see for any festival. She’s performing Thursday at 7:15 p.m. CDT, and her new album, Certain Kind Of Magic, comes out Friday on mau5trap. REZZ was just featured on the cover of DJ Mag‘s August issue.

ODESZA

After killer sets at Red Rocks and Panorama, ODESZA looks to bring their massive live-electronic show with their big synths, drum line, and stellar light show. The duo is the headliner of EDM at Lollapalooza, and there are rumors of a potential Foreign Family festival in 2019.

Rusko

After beating cancer, the British dubstep pioneer is back in action. He dropped his Has Made Five More Songs EP, this year, and the flag-bearer of contemporary dubstep knows how to throw down, recently coming off supporting Zeds Dead in London. Dubstep whomps at 6 p.m. CDT Friday? Yes, please.

Billie Eilish

The 16-year-old from California had her debut EP, Don’t Smile at Me, rank on Billboard‘s top 200 list. The distraught yet swagged-out teen recently had a tarantula emerge from her mouth for the new single, you should see me in a crown. Imagine what the eclectic and eccentric young trendsetter will bring to the stage.

Dillon Francis

The budding actor, director, and TV writer is also one of the most sought-after festival DJs. With six releases from his upcoming WUT WUT album on Francis’ new IDGAFOS imprint, working with Comedy Central on Living The Dream, his own show Like & Subscribe, and One Deeper Talks with DJ Hanzel; EDM’s funny man has been busy this summer.  Playing Friday at 8:30 p.m. CDT, Francis’ live set will be a perfect way to start the weekend shenanigans.

Tycho

Cool your jets to the easy-going electronic ambiance of Scott Hansen aka Tycho. The musician, composer, producer, songwriter, photographer, and designer is a true embodiment of an artist. With a variety of genre’s at Lollapalooza, Tycho will be a nice escape into the serene 9 p.m. CDT on Thursday.

Post Malone

With one of Billboard‘s top albums for the past two months, beerbongs & bentleys, Malone is a must-see. His happy-go-lucky attitude, infectious smile, and daydreaming vibe will create an ambiance of love, partying, and good harmony.

Illenium

Future bass maven, Nicholas D. Miller, will put on a beautiful set with big synths 7:15 p.m. CDT Saturday. He’s been diving into harder productions, recently teaming up with Excision on their new track, “Gold (Stupid Love)” featuring Shallows. Last month, Illenium released a massive 15-track remix package for his 2017 Awake album.

Chromeo

Having released their fifth studio album, Head Over Heals, this summer, the veteran FUNKLORDZ look towards filling the electro-funk void. After cancelling shows earlier in July due to mental health issues, the duo is back in action and will not disappoint fans of funk, dance & hip-hop.

Tyler, The Creator

He just released a new music video with A$AP Rocky for their single, “Potato Salad.” The Odd Future fashion, lifestyle, and content icon finally received critic recognition on his Flower Boy album last year. His set is sure to be one of a kind.

Galantis

The live electronic duo from Sweden will keep spirits uplifted with melodies and drops a-plenty. According to their Twitter, they’ve also got something special planned for Lollapalooza.

Zedd

Germany and pop music’s EDM headliner and Billboard chart-topper will not disappoint. He’s playing at 8:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday. His newest song is “Happy Now” featuring Elley Duhé.

Honorable mentions: Petit Biscuit, Malaa, Lykke Li, Goldlink, What So Not, Excision, Logic, The Weeknd, Khalid.


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Stream Lollapalooza live through Red Bull TV: The Weeknd, Zedd, REZZ, Tycho + More

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Stream Lollapalooza live through Red Bull TV: The Weeknd, Zedd, REZZ, Tycho + MoreLolla Streams 1

The most happening musical celebration in Chicago, Lollapalooza, has announced that this year, those not attending the festival will have four different live channels for all things Lolla at their disposal, thanks to Red Bull TV.

While three of the channels will be reporter-led coverage, the fourth, through the Red Bull Music Youtube page, will offer live streams of the festival sets via virtual reality. The new streaming installment, compliments of C3 Presents, Live Nation, and Google‘s own AR/VR team will “virtually transport fans from anywhere, in real time to the front row at Lollapalooza.”

Coverage is set to begin on the Grant Park festival grounds the day of commencement, Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. CST and roll on throughout the weekend until the fest’s conclusion Sunday. The four-day affair boasts an eclectic-as-ever lineup this year, headlined by categorical virtuosos like Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, Travis Scott, and The Weeknd, who will all be included in the live streams. The live broadcast will also include sets from top-tier electronic acts like Tycho, Rusko, ODESZA, Illenium, REZZ, and much more.

Streaming will be available here.

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Watch Illenium tease new unreleased material at Global Dance Festival

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Watch Illenium tease new unreleased material at Global Dance FestivalIllenium Coachella 18

Denver-based artist Nick Miller, better known as Illenium, has quickly built a name for himself with his highly emotive tracks that pull on the heartstrings with infectious vocals and powerful synth-stacked breaks. In a little over a year, Illenium’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric. He’s graduated from small capacity rooms and club shows to selling out the country’s top venues like Red Rocks and dominating the national dance festival circuit.

So, it came as no surprise that Denver’s very own Global Dance Festival would be the perfect testing ground for a brand new track titled “Take You Down,” teasing the tune to his hometown crowd. In a video that captured the new track’s debut, Miller starts by admitting the new material is, “a really personal song,” proceeding to queue up a new original work that glimmers with his signature moody guitar and blissful atmospherics. The unreleased track’s emotive appeal strikes in the carefully designed build behind the versework, so that when the break is revealed, one will either be left dancing or crying, or perhaps a little bit of both.

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.

 

Illenium stuns with 15-track remix package for ‘Awake’

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Since his debut in 2013, Colorado producer Illenium has pushed the envelope with his feels-inducing musical creations. He’s thrilled the electronic music scene with his innovative originals and remixes, selling out venues wherever he goes.

Now, he follows up his sophomore album, Awake, with a stunning 15-track remix package for that same collection of music. He tapped the talents of some of the scene’s most inventive names for the set of reworks, and the result is a diverse compilation that truly has something for everyone.

From the heavier remix from The Glitch Mob of “Crawl Outta Love” to the euphoric Crystal Skies rework of “Let You Go” to Au5 and Fractal‘s drum & bass-injected version of “Sound of Walking Away,” Illenium has pulled together an exceptional body of work that displays varied interpretations of some of his best music to date.

The Awake remix package is out now on Seeking Blue.

Austin City Limits unveils staggering 2018 line-up with ODESZA, Childish Gambino, REZZ, and more

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Austin City Limits is one massive annual event that every devout festival goer ought to check off their festival bucket list at least once. The two weekend Texas throw-down wrangles a staggering herd of talent year after year that brings the best of electronic, pop/rock, and hip-hop to Zilker Park, ACL’s host venue on the banks of the Colorado River with scenic skyline views of downtown Austin. Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the legendary Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, ODESZA, and The National.

Running from October 5–7 and October 12–14, ACL’s expansive 2018 lineup features over 140 live acts, providing a truly cross-genre, mega-festival experience. From Khalid and Shawn Mendez, to Deftones and St. Vincent, and Lily Allen, Børns, and Sylvan Esso in between, the C3 Presents-produced event delivers the full sonic spectrum to satisfy a range of musical tastes. With live performances by Marian Hill, Sophie Tucker, and synth pop rockers CHVRCHES, along with key electronic acts in Justice, Illenium, Rezz, San Holo, and Gryffin, Austin City Limits continues to be at the pinnacle of festival curation.

Tickets are now on sale for both weekends here.

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