Jack Beats is known for their hard-hitting basslines, big breakdowns, and unique vocal melodies within the electronic dance music scene. Beni G, one half of the Mixologists, and a standing mastermind behind Jack Beats, has not only won multiple DJ competitions alongside his partner Plus One, but has produced many, singles, compilations, mixtapes, and remixed popular tracks such as, Major Lazer and Flux Pavillion’s, “Jah No Partial,” “Little Secrets” by Passion Pit and Skrillex and Diplo’s “Dirty Vibe.” The project started in London and has been a chart staple since 2007.
Jack Beats performed at festivals including Coachella, EDC, and Sonar. This year, Jack Beats will make an appearance at Shambhala Music Festival in British Columbia. Dancing Astronaut has been gifted with an exclusive, hour-long, mix from the outfit, that will give all attendees a wondrous preview of what will be heard at the farm.
Shambhala is known as the largest and longest running electronic music festival in Canada and exhibits a strong sense of community and respect for all artistic expression. Shambhala is located on a family-owned farm in the West Kootenay mountains near Nelson, British Columbia. The festival is an all-around transformative experience that leaves you overly stimulated for 4 days and 3 nights. This year’s lineup includes other legendary acts such as Silk City (Diplo and Mark Ronson), Anti-Up (Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo), and Zeds Dead. Every performer puts together a special set for Shambhala, so we can only imagine the type of production Jack Beats will bless the farm with.
REZZ put her transcontinental cult (and undoubtedly a few unsuspecting victims) in a beautifully bemused trance this past May at the annual Las Vegas installment of Electric Daisy Carnival.
This particular witching hour is full of unearthly surprises, like warped bludgeons of wonky, free-form bass, titillating transitions (see Linkin Park “One Step Closer” into “Alien,” near the midpoint) even a nasty dose of drumstep. And you can bet your bottom dollar it’s a real REZZ riot when you hear the crowd sing along to the lyric-less, diabolical bass rhythm of “Edge.”
REZZ also took the opportunity to invite Underoath drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie, whom she’s formerly expressed interest in working with, onstage to perform their forthcoming collaborative track, “Falling.” The unreleased song appears on the official tracklist for REZZ’s impending EP, Beyond The Senses.
There’s nothing more potent for an up-and-coming electronic music producer than an element of mystery; and Masteria doesn’t need a mask to achieve it.
Indeed, the Detroit-born artist has emerged in electronic ear view with the swiftness and precision of a winged warlock. In under a year, the shadow-friendly Masteria has gleaned support from just about the most auspicious players in his chosen, niche realm of house. This attention has yielded a decisive pair of EPs on Tchami‘s CONFESSION imprint, regular plays on both NightOwl Radio and Diplo’s Revolution, and most recently, an invite from Destructo to play at his branded AMFAMFAMF stage this year at Spring Awakening Jun 8.
In anticipation of his SAMF debut, Masteria has mixed a half hour of dastardly decadent groove-oriented house. From his new Billie Eilish “bad guy” remix, to a number of his own CONFESSION tracks, to a sundry of selects from equally ill-behaved counterparts, all nefarious aural ingredients are accounted for.
Masteria will also be playing the All My Friends after party with Destructo and What So Not Saturday Jun 8 at Spybar. Tickets to Spring Awakening and official after parties are available here.
Birmingham-born Hannah Wants (real name Hannah Alicia Smith) has proven herself a formidable force on more fields than one. A former professional soccer player on the English national team, Smith traded in her cleats for CDJs after a happenstantial run of showings in Ibiza nearly a decade ago. She soon began racking up eminent breakout DJ awards just a handful of years after.
Known worldwide for her SoundCloud mixtape series, Smith has made her meticulously crafted mark via the bassline-predicated, garage-y house strain that Brits are so ubiquitously known for. This style has caused her to continuously collide in her come up with the likes of fellow house habitue, Chris Lorenzo, who assisted in Smith’s hallmark club cuts, “What I Want” the Daft Punk “Technologic”-sampled “Rhymes,” as well as a length of others.
Smith recently took the next natural step in her ever-expanding career, establishing her own label, Etiquette, largely focused on housing her own most momentous releases. Dancing Astronaut recently got a chance to touch base with Hannah Wants, to find out about both her long-term and more acute vision for the Etiquette imprint, the genesis of her latest single, “Love Somebody,” as well as how she harnesses motivation from staying physically active, transferring her organic flow of endorphins the best way she knows how: into music production. Want-ing more? Open wide, because she’s also curated an hour-long, tech and bass-brimming mix specifically for the occasion.
What made you decide you were ready to start your own label?
Running a label was always something I wanted to do, but I’m a big believer in things rolling out at the right time. If you’re gonna do something, you’ve gotta do it properly and there’s actually a lot of background work to put in before you start. So I guess Etiquette had been a plan in motion since 2017.
Having my own productions at a level that I was finally happy with was also a big part of the label birth. “Bamboozle” was the opening track for the label and it was the first solo production I was 100% proud of and played in my sets.
Where did the inspiration for “Love Somebody” come from? You know what, it was a super sunny day and I was listening to “Good Love” in my car and the vocal hook got stuck in my head for days. So, I wanted to translate the vocal and some good vibes into a track for my sets.
Any short-term developments on the Etiquette front? I guess just that I’m super proud of the opening nine months of the label. We managed to sign one of my favorite producers in the game in that of Kevin Knapp, it was a proud moment to welcome him to the Etiquette family, and I’m hoping it won’t be the last we hear of him on the label. We’re consistently and heavily featured in the Beatport Hype charts which is a great look and we’ve got so much fire in the pipeline. It’s exciting times.
What’s the long-term goal with Etiquette? To be a familiar main base for what I believe to be by far my strongest productions to date and to represent and push both up-and-coming producers as well as already established names in the game. Our music policy is bass-influenced music across a wide and varied house genre.
What’s been your proudest moment in your professional career thus far? This is a very difficult question to answer as I’ve had many proud and happy moments over the past decade. In general, I’m just extremely proud on a daily basis to be doing what I love for a living. I’ve been in the game professionally for nine years now and it still feels like I’m just getting started, I got lots more I’m striving for in the next five to nine years.
Who or what has been your biggest non-electronic influence lately and why? This might be an unusual answer, but am I allowed to say the gym? It’s not a person, but hitting the gym daily or as regularly as possible contributes massively to my mood and motivation. When my brain has clarity, my avenues for influence and creativity are better, fresher, and wider. The stepping machine I’m currently on while doing this interview may have been an influence for this answer, also.
Before Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, Armin van Buuren , and the like, Deep Dish reigned supreme as dance music’s first super stars. Climbing straight to the top of charts with infectious anthems like “Say Hello” and their Stevie Nicks collaboration, “Dreams,” the two-time Grammy-winning pair made of Dubfire and Sharam enamored in their prime with their accessible, yet forward-thinking brand of dance music. Their split in 2006 over creative differences shook the community.
Deep Dish have since come closer in their life paths, with both members entering the underground. While Sharam errs more toward house and Dubfire toward techno and minimal, they still have a certain chemistry that has stood the test of time. In 2014 they did a brief reunion tour together, where they showed off their ability to play polished, extended b2b sets as though they were never apart. They rejoined again in 2018 for a one-off show at Pacha Ibiza in celebration of their debut at the superclub 20 years prior.
It’s this set that we at Dancing Astronaut have the pleasure of showing to the world. Dubfire and Sharam will be reprising their legendary project once more at Coachella on both weekends, and there is no time like the present to get an idea of what’s in store. Sharam’s penchant for infectious melodies and Dubfire’s technical prowess are on full display, with the performance heading down the proverbial rabbit hole into complete darkness by the time it reaches its second half. It’s flawlessly mixed and well-balanced, proving that Deep Dish has still got it.
Germans are nothing if not ardent about their electronic music; and Cologne’s ANDHIM are no exception to the rule. Their vastly fluid emotional palette has led the duo to dub their ever-oscillating sound “super-house.” Just a few years ago, the two artists cemented their multi-national success by establishing their own record label, the aptly named Superfriends, through which they released their own, impeccably received Tosch EP as the imprint’s first offering.
Before taking their talents this spring to the lush island of Barbados for Vujaday Festival at the top of next month, ANDHIM have woven listeners a mix adorned with an hour of getaway-friendly selects; though they’re hardly your run-of-the-mill, tropical tracks. ANDHIM assume their rightful role as tour guide through playful techno terrain, brooding experimental brush, and even sinister sonic corridors for a rich, evocative hour of anticipatory Vujaday listening. There’s certainly nothing to dread about this pre-fest homework assignment.
Vujaday will land in Barbados for five days, April 3-7, of multi-site performances and island-immersive activities. Tickets and additional festival information can be found here.
Each individual season bears witness to the release of a new Lane 8 mixtape, which concurrently arrives just as one season gracefully begins to fade into the next. Lane 8 imitates the gradual, seamless nature of seasonal transition through the fluidity of his mixing of his “Spring 2019 Mixtape.” The three-hour offering is an extended soundscape that unfurls with the poise of a spring flower newly beginning to bud. The mix melds melodic cuts with percussively driven tech house and house inclusions, for a balanced amalgamation of the viscous and the vigorous.
Serial testaments to Lane 8’s curative finesse, the seasonally inspired mixtapes consistently merge Lane 8 originals with remixes from some of electronic music’s most savvy producers. Case in point, the “Spring 2019 Mixtape” corrals Solomun‘s re-imagination of “You’re Not Alone” with Luke Alessi’s take on “Deja Vu,” and Patrice Bäumel‘s polished reboot of Claptone‘s “La Esperanza.” These remixes are but the tip of the sonic iceberg, as Bonobo, Luttrell, Jeremy Olander, and a slew of other artists receive nods from Lane 8 in the mixtape. Lane 8 defrosts streamers’ winter hearts, to stir their spring souls with his “Spring 2019 Mixtape.”
BENZI, A favorite “make-out party DJ,” let loose the 15th rendition of his high energy GIRL TRAPZ series. Featuring 45 cuts and all-star caliber sounds from the likes of Flume, RL Grime, Rihanna, Calvin Harris and many more, Benzi continues to showcase his energized appeal on a platter of popular new edits paired with older gems. The future bass and trap mix is perfect for fake iPhone DJing, divorce ceremonies, keggers, pregames, slapping the bag, primetime, tailgates, frat parties, and even festival sets if a DJ forgets their go-to USB.
Known for his beloved edits, mashups, and bootlegs; BENZIis a BBC Radio 1 mainstay and Diplo & Friends stop-by who is also featured on Sirius XM#BANGUERS with BENZI. With crates running deep, there’s no telling what this genre chemist will come up with next, but what’s certain is uncontrollable head bobbing while organizing an impromptu party with all your friends.
It’s often easy to forget that the most prominent producers are also fans and connoisseurs of their gifted counterparts. Using their ever-expanding Deadbeats platform, Zeds Dead resolved to extend a retrospective tip of their producer caps to their favorite records and fellow artists of 2018. “The Boys” dedicated their 79th edition of Deadbeats Radio to rounding up their personal favorites from the calendar year–sneaking in a few of their own concoctions, of course.
From Fisher’s ubiquitous hysteria-inducer “Losing It,” to lesser-known drum ‘n’ bass delight, Noisa‘s remix of Pendulum‘s “Hold Your Colour,” the iconic duo’s multifarious taste is palpable as ever. Their fervent love of hip-hop is observed with additions like Pusha T’s “The Games We Play” and Nas’ “Adam and Eve” featuring The-Dream. Make no mistake: bass music, in its seemingly infinite forms, is sprawled across their preference palette, even over a decade into their career under their now-hallowed alias; as the mix recognizes offerings from Rezz, PEEKABOO, Skrillex, Dion Timmer, to name a few.
Zeds Dead & DNMO – We Could Be Kings (feat. Tzar)
Pendulum – Hold Your Colour (Noisia Remix)
Dillon & Batsauce – Keep Pushin’ (feat. Sadat X)
Friction – Stinker (feat. Riko Dan & Tantrum Desire)
Rezz & 1788-L – H E X
Nas – Adam and Eve (feat. The-Dream)
The Voidz – ALieNNatioN
Fisher – Losing It
Vato Gonzales – Bump & Grind (Bassline Riddim) [feat. Scrufizzer]
Funkin Matt – Aeon
Mozzy, Sjava, Reason – Seasons
TroyBoi – Hey Bo!
Ficci – Alone (feat. Yves Paquet)
Jim E-Stack – I Did the Best I Could
3lau – Touch (feat. Carly Paige) (Zeds Dead Remix)
What So Not – Beautiful (feat. Winona Oak) [ZEKE BEATS Remix]
Jorja Smith – I Am
AFK & Carbin – Boss (feat. Cody Ray) (Dirt Monkey Remix)
Travis Scott & Drake – SICKO MODE (Skrillex Remix)
Shades – ALARMA Ft Killa P
XXXTENTACION – SAD!
Dion Timmer – Shiawase
Gentlemens Club – Little John
Pusha T – The Games We Play
Gorgon City – Go Deep (Zeds Dead Remix)
A-Trak & Baauer – Dumbo Drop (Gammer Remix)
PEEKABOO – Maniac
ZHU – My Life