Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.
Justin Caruso has only been releasing music for two years, but in that short time period, he has already made a name for himself on the touring circuit and on the radio. A commercial crossover producer through and through, Caruso started his electronic music career with one of the best mentors an aspiring artist could ask for with Justin Blau, better known as 3LAU. The two went on tour together in 2016, and Caruso hasn’t looked back since.
The now 23-year old proceeded to amass over 50 million streams on streaming platforms across his collection of releases, and he has since gone on tour with the likes of Tiësto, The Chainsmokers, and now Loud Luxury. Few acts have the opportunity to tour with such a heavy-hitting roster of artists at the initiation of their careers, and its a tribute to the quality of Caruso’s original releases and remixes. When asked which tour Caruso would repeat aside from his own previous headlining tour, he notes, “I’d say I would repeat my first ever tour with 3LAU. It was such a wild feeling playing shows for the first time, and I’ll forever remember that tour!”
Caruso’s first headlining tour was in 2017, which he dubbed the ‘Can I dropout yet?’ tour. The producer, who was enrolled in University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, did ultimately make the decision to put college on hold in an effort to focus on his music career. He notes this is one of the hardest decisions he has ever made, stating, “This was very difficult not only for me, but for my parents as well. They weren’t fully on board at first, but once music became a full time job, they began to understand I needed to drop out. It really hit me when I physically had zero time to go to class as I was too busy touring.”
Caruso is out with new release “Can’t Live Without” featuring Wyn Starks ahead of his fill Good Parts Tour. Opening with soft keys and a melody that compliments the velvety vocals of Wyn Starks, ‘Can’t Live Without’ serves as the ideal end-of-summer track. The smooth transitions from silky melodies into an upbeat, future-pop driven sound shows Caruso’s strength at enlisting a top of the line vocalist and blending their voice with an atmospheric backdrop that creates a melodic whole.
He speaks on the new release, stating, “I couldn’t be more excited about this new release! I think ‘Can’t Live Without’ expresses the most raw form of love possible, and a lot of people can connect with that.”
Caruso also crafted his Saturday Night Session to highlight the best of his own releases blended with dance-worthy pop releases. The end result is an infectious mix that the listener can sing along to just as well as they can dance to. According to Caruso, his Saturday Night Session prepares the listener for a Saturday night that is, “whatever they want it to be, but for me, I’d say meeting up with your best friends and having a fun night you all always look back on.”
You’ve been on tour with some pretty great acts- The Chainsmokers, Tiesto, and 3LAU to name a few. If you could only choose 1 tour to repeat (not including your headlining tour), which one would you do again?
I’d say I would repeat my first ever tour with 3LAU. It was such a wild feeling playing shows for the first time, and I’ll forever remember that tour!
Have you always been musical/what got you into music in the first place?
I’ve always loved music, but I didn’t really grow a passion for making it or DJing until highschool after a basketball leg injury. I had so much time to kill laying in bed that I started to mess around making mashups on my computer, and thats where the love began.
The theme of your previous tour is “Can I drop out yet?” We know you made the decision to put school on hold in order to focus on your music career. How difficult of a decision was this for you?
This was very difficult not only for me, but for my parents as well. They weren’t fully on board at first, but once music became a full time job, they began to understand I needed to drop out. It really hit me when I physically had zero time to go to class as I was too busy touring.
Let’s go into the future and imagine you are now 40 year old Justin. What kind of a career are you hoping to look back on?
I’m hoping my career is still going, and I’m owning a label at that time. I want to look back on a career that made me happy and something I can be proud of. I hope to continue to make music I love and enjoy.
What is something about you that your fans probably don’t know?
I’m a big gamer, and basically any free time I have goes towards video games. I usually bring video games on the road too!
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
One of my guilty pleasures would be loving Taylor Swift’s music, especially her new album
What kind of a Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session getting fans ready for?
Honestly whatever they want it to be, but for me, I’d say meeting up with your best friends and having a fun night you all always look back on.
Leave it to the Las Vegas club circuit to keep things hot, even as summer begins to wind to a close. Following a hefty Labor Day Weekend billing, Hakkasan has delivered its September lineup, consisting of some of the hottest dance acts in the world, from Tiësto, ZEDD, Calvin Harris, and many more.
Between Hakkasan, OMNIA, 1 OAK Nightclub, JEWEL, and the dayclubs, WET Republic and LIQUID, the Strip is the place to be as autumn gets underway. Expect appearances from Borgeous, 4B, Crankdat and more at Hakkasan, while OMNIA boasts ZEDD, Gryffin, and Nicky Romero. What’s more—Loud Luxury, Illenium, Party Favor, and more are also scattered across Hakkasan’s blistering September lineup, bringing the most electronic star power to one place over the next month.
Loud Luxury are making like the lyrics of their pervasive single, “Body,” and giving fans “some verbs” with their next move: the release of their highly anticipated new single, “I’m Not Alright.” For their latest, Andrew Fedyk and Joe De Pace of Loud Luxury partner with fellow producer Bryce Vine on the tune. “I’m Not Alright” is a deviation from the electronic firepower that Loud Luxury unleashed on some of their most recognizable hits, and overall a gravitation towards a more pop-leaning, songwriter-centric format. Loud Luxury separate Vine’s guitar-assisted verses with spunky dance drops that offer a glimmer of the mellower side of Loud Luxury’s constructive ability.
“I’m Not Alright” is the musical brainchild of Loud Luxury’s chance encounter with Vine in Los Angeles. “We met [Vine] at a party…through a friend when we got back from our fall tour,” the duo said.
“The next day, he came over and showed us an idea he [had] that was just a guitar and chorus. During our winter tour we worked across North America in hotel rooms, studios, and even an Uber with our headphones to finish writing the song.”
The serendipitous sonic offering derives from the sentiment that making mistakes is a natural part of being human. “This song is about coming to terms with your flaws,” Loud Luxury added.
The Canadian dance dynamos will embark on their first-ever headlining North American tour alongside special guests, CID, MEDUZA, Bijou, Black Caviar, Dzeko, Midnight Kids, Frank Walker, and Justin Caruso, each of whom will provide city-specific support. Loud Luxury’s expansive live initiative will commence on August 29 in Salt Lake City, Utah. From there, the Armada heavyweights will work their way through no short number of US cities, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Portland, Orlando, Washington, Brooklyn, and many more. Tickets to the NIGHTS LIKE THIS tour are now available, and can be purchased here.
Loud Luxury clinched the attention of the musical mainstream with the release of their undeniable hit, “Body.” Armed with an animated lyrical hook and an equally vivacious beat well suited for open-air dancing, “Body” quickly became a sonic sensation. The single catapulted the Canadian duo, comprised of Andrew Fedyk and Joe Depace, into musical centrality. Loud Luxury has gotten mileage out of “Body”: the tune earned Fedyk and Depace the 2019 Juno Award for “Dance Recording of the Year” and attracted remixes from a number of adept electronic entities like Dzeko and Ørjan Nilsen.
“Body” and its widespread acclaim, however, is but one part of the ongoing sonic narrative of Loud Luxury. Dancing Astronaut takes Loud Luxury listeners beyond “Body,” to highlight five inclusions of Loud Luxury’s catalog that are veritable playlist staples. Listeners can catch Loud Luxury live from NYC’s Marquee Nightclub on May 3.
Joji – “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK (Loud Luxury Remix)”
Singer-songwriter Joji experimented with indie sound on his ruminative release, “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK.” Whereas Joji’s original aches, Loud Luxury’s take on the tune dulls the emotional edge that Joji cuts. Loud Luxury equip “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK” with a quicker pace and a build aided by trumpeting synths to re-imagine the production with a dance personality.
Loud Luxury & Marc Noir – “Maze”
“Body” wasn’t the beginning. Loud Luxury convened with Marc Noir for the 2014 single, “Maze.” One of the earliest releases of Loud Luxury’s career, “Maze” taps into the anthemic big room sound that best befits festival sets. The track’s use of momentous builds and drops yields an adrenaline spiking audibly intended to be played at the highest possible volume.
Loud Luxury – “Fill Me In”
The lyrical narrative of “Fill Me In” tells the story of two smitten lovers who attempt to evade their parents’ notice when they sneak off to rendezvous. The lyrical content of the track effects a certain sense of speculative narrative drama that is complemented by the tune’s deep tone. The ponderous, cinematic nature of the song derives in part from the lyrics, and from the deep house leaning low-seated synths. Bold piano notes vary the tone.
Borgeous & Loud Luxury –“Going Under”
Loud Luxury worked alongside Borgeous to produce 2016’s “Going Under.” “Going Under” graced the track list of Borgeous’ album released the same year, 13. The buoyant track touts a tropical sound. The lightness of the tune’s tone contrasts with the song’s lyrical content, which traces the not so subtle demise of a relationship.
Charlie Puth ft Kehlani – “Done For Me (Loud Luxury Remix)”
In 2018, Loud Luxury extended their effervescent sound to Charlie Puth‘s pop effort, “Done For Me.” Loud Luxury add bold piano chords in their version of Puth’s Kehlani feature, and speed things up just slightly to add a danceable quality to the rework not present in the original. The dark synths that characterize “Body” resurface in this revamp, and can be found at the remix’s drops.
On the hip-hop end, VELD so far is locked to see performances from Kodak Black, Jaden Smith, Rich the Kid, and Ski Mask the Slump God, among others. While the star power is evidently in no short supply from start to finish of the phase-one lineup, more remains, as VELD has promised to reveal succeeding phases over the next few months. The all-ages event will take place on August 3 and 4. Tickets to the festival are now available, here.
Lollapalooza Berlin will return to the German capital city for its fifth year, running September 7-8, 2019. The festival, which takes place in Olympic Stadium and Olympic Park, has released its lineup, donning a diverse range of acts. Swedish House Mafia will make an appearance, adding to their list of tour stops, coming on board as co-headliners of the festival. Other headliners include Martin Garrix, Kings of Leon, Kraftklub, Twenty One Pilots, and an additional act yet to be announced. Martin Garrix will be bringing his STMPD Rcrds stage to the festival, which will showcase a variety of artists involved with the label.
More electronic music acts heading to Berlin include Don Diablo, Alan Walker, Loud Luxury, Gryffin and more. These artists will be juxtaposed with performances ranging from Khalid to Hozier, giving fans plenty to look forward to. Tickets are now on sale.
Worldwide hospitality giant Hakkasan Group, has delivered the dates and official lineup for this year’s daylife debauchery at WET Republic. The pool parties begin on March 8, drawing a stellar cast of talent for the 2019 lineup. Parties will run every weekend, with grand opening weekend officially designated for May 3 – 5. Las Vegas’ favorite power players—Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, and ZEDD— will soundtrack posh poolside festivities, along with a handful of exciting newcomers.
Among them is Loud Luxury, the Canadian college friends turned chart-topping DJ duo, who have officially acquired their first residency with Hakkasan. The residency includes performances at Hakkasan Nightclub, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, OMNIA Nightclub, WET REPUBLIC. The deal slaps them on event calendars alongside top-tier talent like Cash Cash, Steve Aoki, NGHTMRE, and more through 2019.
Canadian duo Loud Luxury has quickly risen to stardom in 2018, as their hit single “Body” became the song of the summer and garnered millions of streams worldwide. The LA-based producers followed up their success with “Love No More” featuring Anders (their second consecutive Armada release), which has been gaining significant traction.
With their music popping off, the duo have taken North America by storm, supporting the likes of Knife Party, Illenium, and Cheat Codes as well as an Electric Zoo 10th anniversary performance. Now, they’ll take their talents to Lansing, Michigan for Prime Music Festival the weekend of September 14-15. The lineup includes a diverse roster of hip-hop acts, including Russ, Tyga, and Lil Skies, while adding in fellow dance music pioneers like Diplo, 3LAU, and Lost Kings.
To fuel the excitement, Loud Luxury has curated their very own Orbit Spotify playlist exclusively for Dancing Astronaut. In addition to their own discography, fans will recognize some 2018 gems that consist of tracks like Tiesto‘s big room mix of “Jackie Chan,” the heater from DJ Snake & Mercer, “Let’s Get Ill,” Malaa‘s latest single “Bling Bling,” and more.
For tickets and more info, head to the Prime Music Festival website.