Don Diablo pumps up the energy in new remix of Martin Garrix and Khalid’s hit, ‘Oceans’

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Dutch super producer Don Diablo is the latest heavy hitter to try his hand at remixing Martin Garrix‘s hit collaboration with R&B crooner Khalid, “Oceans.” Adding his signature upbeat flair to the track, Don Diablo undoubtedly extends the shelf life of Garrix and Khalid’s infectious crossover cut, with a remix effort that stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Don Diablo slows down the tempo and enhances Khalid’s vocals to become the centerpiece of the track during the introduction. The track breaks with cutting, club-ready chords as Don Diablo injects a fresh energy into “Oceans.” Diablo’s ability to pick up the energy while maintaining the song’s original allure showcases the producer’s versatile hand behind the console. The new “Oceans” remix is out now on Garrix’s STMPD Records.

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The Him create a summer jam on new single, ‘By Your Side’

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Coming off a strong performance at Tomorrowland 2018, Dutch duo The Him have released a new heater, “By Your Side.” Released on Spinnin’ Records, this marks the third single in a row that Jeroen and Steven have called the thriving dance label home, following collaborations “Broken Love” with Parson James and “Jigsaw” with Jay Hardway.

“By Your Side” is just what fans would want from the duo, including a catchy vocal loop over melodic piano riffs that drop into some synth-based euphoria.

The Him have some major tour stops to close out the summer, including performances at Sziget Festival and Mysteryland. They’ll also take their talents to Ibiza, opening for powerhouse acts such as Kygo and Martin Garrix at Ushuaia.

The songwriters behind smash SHM hits announce new VCATION alias, release debut single [Stream]

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Swedish House Mafia‘s “Don’t You Worry Child” and “Save the World” exude a vibrant and timeless electronic personality that would earn the respective singles acknowledgment in an EDM canon if one ever were to exist. The lyrical mastery behind two of SHM’s biggest hits, as well as that of Tiësto‘s”Red Lights,” Avicii‘s “Fade Into Darkness,” and Martin Garrix‘s “Now That I’ve Found You” can be attributed to the collective work of songwriters John Martin and Michel Zitron.

Martin and Zitron’s prowess in songwriting circles will empower the lyricist duo’s latest project, an electronic alias by the name of “VCATION.” SHM enthusiasts can for now put aside their question as to whether Martin and Zitron will pen future releases for the superpower group, and can instead enjoy a nascent preview of VCATION sound through the release of VCATION’s debut single, “Lay Low.”

“‘Lay Low’ is about allowing yourself a break, a breath of fresh air and maybe just pulling the curtains down for a day,” Martin and Zitron said of the song. “The world is f’d up, and we play a bit with irony in the song regarding the current state of society, and regarding ourselves and our own behaviors,” the songwriters added.

A mellow number that touts Martin and Zitron’s fluid, easy listening approach to melodic arrangement perceptible on tracks like “Red Lights,” “Lay Low’s” male vocal-centric aesthetic and unimposing synth work make for a familiar yet fresh showing from the pair.

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Martin Garrix releases new single simultaneously with Tomorrowland debut

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Tomorrowland Weekend 2 has officially come to a close, and this year Martin Garrix reined in the last mainstage set as the closing headliner for the festival. Garrix’s own label, STMPD Records, released a tweet letting fans know that the producer was set to debut a brand new track during his closing set, and the song would be released to the public right after his performance.

Titled “High on Life” and featuring vocalist Bonn, is out now that Garrix’s set has come to a close. The Dutch producer has released primarily commercial tracks after his career skyrocketed at just 17 years old. Fans have seen him release festival-geared house tracks dispersed between his radio-focused releases, but “High On Life” flutters between EDM and pop with Bonn’s pop-leaning vocals juxtaposed with euphoric electronic chords. It was certainly a heartwarming addition to Garrix’ set, and its crossover appeal will translate into a widely successful single.

This release comes after Garrix’s hit collaboration with Khalid, “Ocean,” and his steady output of catchy tracks is certainly keeping Garrix top of mind for pop and electronic fans throughout the world.

Tomorrowland releases weekend two streaming schedule

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Weekend one of Tomorrowland 2018 is in the books with no shortage of highlights from the three-day event. While many fans are still catching up on the first weekend’s many highlights, Belgium is gearing up for weekend two, and fans abroad looking to stream live sets from the festival can now plot their viewing schedules. The schedule will be divided up into four channels on Tomorrowland’s streaming site, with each channel taking on an assortment of stages, offering couch-bound ravers a wide assortment of performances from this coming weekend’s programming.

Channel one will be home to the main stage acts, including A-listers such as Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Martin Garrix, and more. Watchers can scan the other channels for stages such as Lost Frequencies & Friends, Buuren’s A State of Trance, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike‘s Smash The House, and others. Check out the full schedule below.

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Bassnectar, Dillon Francis & Friends, Kaskade and more lead EDC Orlando’s 2018 lineup

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EDC Orlando will descend upon its historic host venue Tinker Field from November 9-10, and as in all past years of production, the Insomniac festival will bring a slew of stars to the Sunshine State. After last year’s record turnout, the events giant had to follow with a special billing, and suffice it to say they’ve delivered with their 2018 lineup.

Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Dillon Francis & Friends, Kaskade, Bassnectar, and more will take to the decks, their performances interspersed among a series of heady back-to-back sets, including 4B, GTA and Valentino Khan sharing the stage, Nicole Moudaber back-to-back with Paco Osuna, and Jamie Jones joining the Martinez Brothers, among others. Tiësto is slated for a special sunset performance, along with appearances from Martin Garrix, Tchami, Pendulum and many more.

Tickets to EDC Orlando are currently available and can be purchased here. Two-day GA passes to the festival begin at $189, while VIP passes start at $359.

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Martin Garrix and Khalid combine forces on ‘Oceans’

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Martin Garrix teams up with Khalid on a highly anticipated new single, “Oceans.” The pair deliver a laid back pop track blending electronic tropes with elements of rock and R&B into a soothing soundscape polished by calming harmonies. Khalid’s sultry vocal work has an emotional range that Garrix mimics on the hook with distant vocal chops, fluttering guitar chords, and soft percussion.

A slight departure in style from the “Forever” producer’s normal fare, having recently built his catalog in a more energetic electro-pop lane with singers including Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha, and Troye Sivan. R&B crooner Khalid’s foray into EDM continues successfully, following his most streamed song on Spotify to date, the Marshmello- assisted “Silence,” and 2017’s “Rollin” alongside Calvin Harris.

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Dyro – Bring It Down

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Dyro is known for his ability to produce smooth electro house tracks juxtaposed with heavy bass tracks. He has gone dubstep for his debut release on Martin Garrix‘s STMPD RCRDS titled “Bring It Down.”

The monstrous production features commanding vocals that fall into a hectic and heavy drop manufactured for live performance. The Amsterdam based DJ and producer is sure to drop this in upcoming performances, and fans can see him at Balaton Sound festival in Hungary.

Calvin Harris, Zedd, Tiësto & more: Don’t miss the full Hakkasan Group Memorial Day Weekend recap

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It’s certainly no secret that the Las Vegas-based Hakkasan Group is the crowned owner of esteemed nightlife destinations. 2018’s Memorial Day was no exception, with fervorous performances from fellow 2020 residency holders Calvin Harris and Tiësto, to hip-hop heavyweights all the way down the strip. Hakksan brought their A-game and this year DA‘s here to wrap up the highlights, so you don’t miss a beat, and maybe next year might even manage to catch it in person.

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The Caesars Palace nightclub kicked off its electrifying three-day weekend celebration with none other than the king of the strip, Mr. Residency 2020, Calvin Harris.  Harris, fresh off his tune of the summer, “One Kiss,” played all of his chart-topping hits for a sold-out crowd. Following the firey Harris deliverance Friday night, Fellow Grammy Award-winning Zedd kept the party going Saturday night with an equally exuberant performance that kept guests dancing until the early hours of the morning. Unfortunately, the revelries had to come to a close Sunday evening, but who better to do the honors, than the unparalleled hitmaker himself, Martin Garrix.

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Hakkasan Nightclub, inside the esteemed MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, treated partygoers to an exclusive four-night affair, kicking off Thursday, May 24 with a Memorial Day Weekend edition of Lil Jon’s “About Last Night” party. One can imagine just how the shots were flowing as the “Turn Down for What” hitmaker took over the turntables, making for an unforgettable night at the jam-packed venue. Friday evening, Tiësto played for a sold-out crowd, even bringing out the lead singer of Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds. The long-weekend festivities continued Saturday, with Steve Aoki, who brought the noise with a sick celebrity entourage made-up of singer Akon and Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker. The nighttime hot spot welcomed back resident Calvin Harris Sunday, May 27, as the legendary artist treated partygoers to an expectedly exhilarating set.

JEWEL Nightclub

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Located inside the ARIA Resort & Casino, JEWEL nightclub pulled out all the stops this Memorial Day Weekend as the premier venue was also celebrating its two-year anniversary. Clubgoers flocked to the nightspot as hip-hop artist Playboi Carti, fresh off his new LP Die Lit, andgave an unbelievable live performance as part of “The Good Life Fridays” on May 25. The celebratory weekend continued with a live performance by Lil Uzi Vert the following night, as resident DJ Steve Aoki closed out the commemorative weekend May 28 for the “Flawless Mondays” anniversary event. Aoki had plenty of the usual (unusual) surprises in store for his guests, as he brought out Desiigner to perform his breakout hit “Panda” in the middle of his unparalleled set. Additionally, because why not, Lil Jon made a guest appearance where he jumped atop the DJ booth and pumped up the partygoers, making for an absolutely unbelievable night.

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The Mirage Hotel & Casino club brought forth a jam-packed celebration for Memorial Day Weekend which kicked off Wednesday, May 23 with DJ Mike Attack. The festivities continued Friday, May 25 as hip-hop legend YG performed live for a sold-out crowd. Adding to the excitement, R&B artist Miguel. Saturday night welcomed chart-topping artist Tory Lanez as he led the party with an equally high-energy live performance.

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The Bellagio Resort & Casino kept guests partying all weekend long with a lineup that included DJ Que Friday, May 25, DJ Mike K Saturday, May 26, and Kid Conrad Sunday, May 27.

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Electronic dance legend Armin Van Buuren kicked things off at the storied assortment of Memorial Day Weekend Events Friday, May 25, at the MGM Grand WET Republic party. The champagne-filled celebration continued with Tiësto Saturday, May 26. Chart-topping artist Martin Garrix took over the turntables Sunday, May 27 as Zedd closed out the celebrations with an unforgettable performance Monday, May 28.

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Even ARIA’s LIQUID Pool hosted its own jam-packed week. Kicking off with DJ E-Rock Thursday, May 24. Poolgoers returned for an energetic set by DJ Turbulence Friday, May 25, as DJ Drama packed the venue Saturday, May 26. The daytime hot spot concluded the celebrations with DJ duo BRKLYN Sunday, May 27, and DJ Nova Monday, May 28.

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The Mirage’s European-style dayclub welcomed partygoers with an exclusive lineup featuring Greg Lopez Thursday, May 24, MK Friday, May 25, Zsuzsanna Saturday, May 25, Alex Madden Sunday, May 27, and Joseph Gettright who headed the “Barekini Contest” Monday, May 28.

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Troye Sivan – Bloom

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Martin Garrix collaborator and singer and songwriter in his own right, Troye Sivan, is out with a new track titled “Bloom.” The pop track features an electronic backdrop that weaves in and out of his polarizing vocals.

“Bloom” will be featured on his sophomore album, and follows single releases “My My My!” and “The Good Side.” The track is out now on Universal Music Australia.

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