Skrillex, Alesso, and more headed to 2019’s Indy 500 Snakepit

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Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch fast cars since the Indy 500 began in 1911. Historically, the event is one of America’s most popular sporting events and, over the past few years, dance music has become an essential part of the experience. On Memorial Day Weekend 2019, the 500-mile race will see performances by Skrillex, Alesso, Illenium, and Chris Lake in the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light.

The Snake Pit is located in the center oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and, eventually, turns into a full-blown music festival surrounded by speeding race cars. According to their website, “The sounds begin early on Race Day morning and are eventually joined by the roar of 33 race cars in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ creating an unforgettable scene.” 2018’s installment saw performances by Diplo, Deadmau5, Axwell / Ingrosso, and more, proving that these Snake Pit lineups don’t mess around. Watch the 2018 recap video below:

The Indy 500 Snake Pit 2019 takes place on Sunday, May 26. Head to their website for tickets and check out the promo video here.


Ever After Music Festival unveils lineup for 2019 edition with headliners Kill The Snails, Excision, and Illenium

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Dubbed by some as the “Canadian Lost Lands,” Ever After Music Festival has made waves in the electronic music festival scene by delivering a heavy heaping of bass music for their festival weekend. For their forthcoming fifth anniversary, Ever After returns to Kitchener, Ontario with their signature bass-laden lineup, featuring headliners Kill The Snails, Excision and Illenium, amongst a grandiose collection of listed artists.

Hosted over the June 7-9 weekend, Ever After has worked towards providing an improved attendee experience, making changes that includes advanced sound engineering from PK Sound, boasting more than 750,000 watts of untamed bass over the three days. Past years from the festival have seen the gradual increase in the booking of house artists, continuing into the 2019 edition with artists Green Velvet, Chris Lake and Justin Martin to share a stage with other fan favorites. To complete the experience, the festival offers a variety of amenities such as an upgraded camping experience and access to the on-grounds water park available to all attendees.

Festival and camping passes are available here.

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Illenium explores pop soundscapes with Bahari in ‘Crashing’

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There’s a certain emotive quality that exists across all of Illenium‘s productions, regardless of what genre he produces under. In “Crashing,” he continues to explore his pop side alongside Bahari in what’s resulted in a feelsy and refined output. Love-drunk lyrics play a central role, with Bahari’s clear, precise voice wrapping around subtle guitars and euphoria-inducing synth harmonies. “Crashing” is the type of song one blasts on the freeway while belting their heart out in an impromptu  karaoke session.

Illenium has gotten his 2019 off to a strong start. Earlier in January, he made noise with his punk-leaning remix of Angels & Airwaves’ “The Adventure,” and right at the start of the new year he gifted fans with a pack of unreleased edits. It’s looking like the producer is in for an exploratory year if he continues the trend of breaking out of the future bass mold.


NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland drop anticipated collab, Habstrakt returns, Oliver Heldens and Lenno team up + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

After teasing it incessantly on social media, Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland have finally revealed their heavy collaboration, “Lost My Mind.” Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge bring a wave of emotion in “Kingdom United,” and Habstrakt drags listeners to shadowy depths with “Darkness.” Masters of funk Oliver Heldens and Lenno sample an old favorite in their new tune, “The Groove,” and Arty crafts another sparkling anthem in “Save Me Tonight.” Nicky Romero brings warm-weather vibes in his latest with Olivia Holt, “Distance.” Jason Ross‘ Rooms EP hits the airwaves today, bringing with it “Close Your Eyes” with Jonathan Mendelsohn. Chris Lorenzo brings the bass in his new two-track EP, Hallucinogen, as do Dr. Fresch and BIJOU in theirs, Gangsta Party. R3HAB brings “joy” in his new remix of for KING & COUNTRY, and LO’99 and Owl Eyes craft a smooth and enticing single in “Sometime.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Illenium branches out into the punk rock universe with new spin on Angels & Airwaves hit ‘The Adventure’

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Illenium never falls short when it comes to a consistent output of singles and remixes. The latest remix to join his rolodex is his take on Angels & Airwaves’ “The Adventure.” The remix has been released via Proximity, and it racked up more than 50,000 plays in its first 24 hours on the YouTube channel.

Illenium’s choice to remix this particular track is an interesting one given “The Adventure” is a punk rock release at its core. Illenium has been known to remix pop tracks, including hit remix for Halsey’s “Without Me” that has been a crowd favorite during his live performances. His take on “The Adventure” has minimal additions to the nine-year old track, but he layers subtle electronic chords and an additional guitar line to the backdrop of the release. His remix gives “The Adventure” another dimension, and showcases his versatility as he applies his production skills to a new and unexpected genre.

Download and stream Illenium’s brand new pack of previously unreleased edits

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Illenium turned in a career year in 2018, landing on Dancing Astronaut’s Top Artists of the Year list. He spent most of the year gifting fans with new music and as 2018 drew to a close, the Awake producer gave fans one last freebie, delivering a brand new pack of previously unreleased Illenium edits. The ten-track collection of edits features Illenium’s VIP edit of Flume‘s “Say It,” a monstrous mashup of “Lost,” “Disarm You,” and “Chosen You.”

The exclusive edit pack additionally encompasses some of the introductions from Illenium’s Awake 1.0 and Awake 2.0 tours. The bundle opens with Illenium’s “2017 Intro,” and transitions into his “2018 Awake 1.0 Finale.” The song kit notably closes with Illenium’s “Awake 2.0 Intro (Gold),” to bring the live experience home to the speakers of Illenials around the world. The edit pack includes productions from the past three years of Illenium’s career, and is now available for download at no cost, here.

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Jason Ross blends styles with new single, ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’

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Jason Ross has had a busy year — and he’s not done yet. The producer has released a new single titled “Don’t Give Up On Me” featuring previous Illenium vocalist Dia Frampton. Ross has made a name for himself over the past years thanks to his ability to merge progressive trance and melodic dubstep, and the producer recently landed a spot on Seven Lions‘ Journey 2 tour as a result.

Ross continues to keep things fresh with “Don’t Give Up On Me.” He melds a future bass drop with trance chords to create pounding notes that overtake listeners’ consciousness. Ross spoke about creating the track in an official release, saying, “The track started off as a simple piano progression that can be heard in the intro of the track. This was around the time where I really started experimenting with the melodic dubstep sound, and I knew I wanted to take it that route. When you’re making a new genre of music that you’re not accustomed to, you really start to second guess yourself, but with this track, I knew it was something special and I was proud of how it turned out.”

The single marks his second release on Seven Lions’ Ophelia Records. Now fans can patiently wait for Ross’ headlining ROOMS tour and his accompanying full EP release, set to come out in early 2019.

Snowbombing Canada unveils 2019 lineup, featuring headliners Illenium and Cypress Hill

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Snowbombing Canada makes a grand return for the festival’s third edition, promising three days filled with winter sports, day and night activities, and an influx of talented DJs over the April 5-7 weekend. Hosted amidst the snowy mountain peaks of Kamloops, British Columbia, the annual festival is set to light up Sun Peaks Resort for one last run before the end of the season, complete with a talented array of artists that bring tinges of house, future bass and hip-hop to envelope the weekend.

Featuring nine unique stages that are located on the snowy peaks of the mountains to the dark and brooding tunnels to the underground haven, headliners Illenium and Cypress Hill remain responsible for closing out the nights, while being accompanied by a handful of reigning talent like Lane 8, Sasha, and Yotto to further soundtrack the festival. Marking the end of skiing and snowboarding season, Snowbombing Canada welcomes everyone from first-timers to experts on the hills for a winter sports and dance music spectacle.

Festival packages are available for purchase here.

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Illenium announces 2019 Madison Square Garden show

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Good news for Illenials: it won’t be long before Illenium returns to New York City. The Awake producer concludes a consecutive three-night run of performances at Terminal 5 on December 15. Although Terminal 5 originally announced two Illenium dates, slated for December 14-15, the rapidity with which the tickets for both events sold prompted the venue to add a third set.

To those who didn’t get the chance to attend one of Illenium’s Terminal 5 dates, Illenium will revisit New York in 2019 to play a headlining Madison Square Garden show. “Yo, I got some news today that I’m not really supposed to tell anybody, but I really want to tell you,” Illenium told the crowd at Terminal 5’s December 14 booking. “I’m coming back next year and playing Madison Square Garden.” The Madison Square Garden appearance will mark the largest solo billing of Illenium’s career to date, placing Illenium among the ranks of other electronic entities to also play The Garden, like Swedish House Mafia, LCD Soundsystem, and Jack Ü. Illenium’s forthcoming 2019 MSG show evidences not only the “Feel Good” hit-maker’s popularity, but that of the dance genre, as DJs attract crowds large enough to fill arenas that accommodate tens of thousands.

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China’s Electric Jungle festival co-founder, Boyi Zhou, talks dance music culture, obstacles, and the wild time yet to come [Q&A]

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For the past few years, Boyi Zhou and his Jungle Events team have been toiling away, trying to carve out a vivacious, unfettered space in the Chinese event circuit for electronic dance music. While Zhou, the event brand’s marketing manager, and his team have tried to emulate a lot of the underground dance music culture they were indoctrinated into while studying abroad in LA, there is much about their nook of the EDM continuum that is inherently Chinese.

This month (Dec 8-9), Zhou and the Jungle Events team will return with another installment of what is now the largest dance music festival in all of China, Electric Jungle, projected to attract over 60,000 attendees. The team is combining its Goliath headliners, Skrillex and Martin Garrix, with a sundry of international, nuanced talent, like REZZ, Drezo, TroyBoi, and Illenium–just to name a few.

Like many electronic fests in the US, the Foshan Chuanlord Tourism & Leisure EXPO resort-residing Electric Jungle will be broken off into meticulously curated stages, including a Berlin-nightclub-themed techno stage, a bass stage, which will receive a one-day Monstercat makeover, and of course, a main stage. Zhou says, that while the nature of the festival may be unorthodox, especially within its respective culture, organizers want to preserve authentic Chinese tradition while on their home turf, wielding ancient Chinese monsters as a motif throughout festival grounds.

Also quite like in the US, festival organizers must fiercely delegate with local authorities to gain the privileges necessary for throwing an event of this scale–though, for Zhou and co., this is a much weightier burden. Standing on the precipice of, what is for the Chinese, still such an underground culture, the local government still doesn’t fully fathom Jungle Events and their counterparts’ intentions; though, Zhou says, that’s beginning to change. Zhou sat down with Dancing Astronaut to talk about not only how he’s mediating these profound obstacles, but also his initial infatuation with the LA “rave” scene, launching one of the first Chinese-language dance music blogs, and his observations of the Chinese electronic festival circuit at large.

Tickets to Electric Jungle as well as additional festival info can be found here.

How did the idea for the festival come about?

I was attending college in the US living in LA for six years and I went to a lot of raves. So I started a blog, Jungle EDM, one of the first all-Chinese electronic music blogs. Soon I had over 10,000 followers. Back then there were no blogs about electronic dance music in China. And there were no Chinese materials for translation. So I was the first one to translate all of the English dance music materials to Chinese. When I graduated, I came back to China and started my own festivals.

Can you compare the underground dance music scene you were indoctrinated into in LA to that of China?

I wouldn’t say it’s the same at all, but it’s growing really fast. In America basically, dance culture is the pop culture. But in China it’s a sub-genre or subculture of all other music genres.

Who are some of the biggest influencers in growing China’s dance music scene?

I would say the newer festivals, and the nightclubs. The nightclubs are doing really well. They’re hosting a lot of foreign artists bringing the culture to China.

Tell me about your Jungle team?

So the original founders are all from California. We all went to the same school. We met there. We all went to the community college first in Santa Monica and we transferred to different schools, but when we all came back to China, we decided to make the festival.

What do you predict your greatest challenge to be in executing a successful Electric Jungle this year?

Probably getting certain permits. It’s really strict in China. You can not go ’til after 10 pm, the curfew time. And the production is limited. You can not use certain effects like fireworks, or any variation of fire. Also, the audience capacity limits are very strict.

How are you guys working to mediate those issues?

Well, when we first came here to do this in China, the government didn’t really understand us. It’s getting better now. We are taking special precautions and working with the government to try to clear up the discord. They are trying to work with us and are working on giving us a little more room, so that we can ensure the production and safety are up to our standards.

Can you tell me about what your intentions were with lineup curation?

A lot of them fit the marketing needs. We selected a lot of the artists from the data analysis, from the stream players. In addition to them and the artists the founders selected for personal preference, there is also a lot of local talent. We are trying very hard to promote them. Those artists have a great advantage with the local demographic because of the language. A lot of the local artists are using Chinese language to make their songs, and they have their own fans.

Can you tell me about the theme and location of the festival?

It’s right next to Guangzhou. It’s the center of the Guangdong area: just one province in China. The benefits would be that it’s not the biggest city, so the restrictions are less. It’s close to the two biggest cities in China. Transportation and hospitality are a disadvantage, less hotels and trains, etc. It’s a small city to us, but would be relatively big in the US. I would say it’s something like Seattle. The festival will be held at a resort, complete with a theme park, mini zoo, and a hotel with a restaurant. We’re doing the festival in the parking, given its considerable size.

*This interview has been edited for clarity and readability.