Enter to win a trip to see Galantis kick off their 2019 Wynn Las Vegas residency [Giveaway]

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Want to “Runaway” to Las Vegas with Galantis? Thanks to Wynn Las Vegas, fans of the powerhouse Swedish producers have the chance to do just that. Galantis and Wynn have partnered to offer listeners the opportunity to win the trip of a lifetime. The lucky victor of Galantis and Wynn’s giveaway will receive a one-night stay at the luxury Las Vegas resort, a Galantis merch pack, a custom embroidered Spaceship jacket, and a meet & greet with Christian Jarlsson and Linus Eklöw of Galantis. The fun doesn’t stop after the meet & greet: the contest winner also gets exclusive access to Galantis’ private table at the show.

The Big Beat duo will make their way to the entertainment capital of the world, to deliver four performances, two at Wynn’s Encore Beach Club, and two at Wynn’s XS nightclub. Catch the “Bones” producers live on March 9, March 17, April 6, and April 13.

Enter the giveaway here.

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Ja Rule wants to stage another Fyre Festival

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Ja Rule, the onetime New York rapper turned festival promoter and app developer, wants to take another shot at putting on the “most iconic festival that never was.”

The flames that Fyre Festival famously went down in back in 2017 still continue to burn, already churning out two well-received documentaries and a Lonely Island spoof film underway. Sold as the pinnacle of luxury festival experiences—where attendees could rub shoulders with Instagram models on Pablo Escobar’s remote island and eat foie gras on jet skis—Fyre Festival instead turned out to be a monumental disaster. The event nearly spiraled into a crisis situation with thousands of revelers essentially stranded on a concrete rock in the ocean with hoards of unpaid Bahamian locals demanding their rightful wages. Good god, one man even went as far as preparing to fellate a law enforcement official for clean water. Ultimately, the scam resulted in Fyre Festival’s chief architect, Billy McFarland, serving a six year federal prison sentence on multiple fraud charges.

Now, before we get into ripping festival co-founder Ja Rule too hard, remember,

While Billy is away however, Ja is apparently hard at work with his own new venture, ICONN. Similar to the Fyre app, ICONN aims to connect people with high profile talent like Cardi B and Snoop Dogg for private event bookings. When recently questioned in an airport, the rapper recently told TMZ,

“In the midst of chaos is opportunity. I’m working on a lot of new things.”  [Fyre] is most iconic festival that never was. I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn’t hear it from me.”

“Iconic” is an interesting choice of words here. Sounds like some second rate marketing campaign for Ja’s ICONN platform is already in the works.

Drake’s ‘So Far Gone’ hits streaming services for the first time in honor of its 10-year anniversary

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Drake‘s 2009 mixtape, So Far Gone, has made its way to streaming services for the first time, in honor of the seminal project’s 10-year anniversary. With a decade now in its rear-view, So Far Gone is newly available on all major streaming platforms. Drake paid homage to the 17-track offering’s milestone anniversary with a retrospective Instagram post that recognized the mixtape’s many contributors.

“@kanyewest a decade ago I rapped over your beat cause you just made the best shit and even though you stay wildin on Twitter these days I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career,” Drake said. Drake notably rapped over the beat from Kanye‘s “Say You Will” on So Far Gone inclusion, “Say What’s Real.”

The 2019 “Best Rap Song” Grammy Award winner also name dropped producer, Boy-1da, Trey Songz, Ben Baller, and Lil Wayne, among others. “@liltunechi a decade ago you took me out of Toronto and gave me the biggest blessing anyone has ever given me,” Drake wrote. So Far Gone touts a number of OG fan favorites, including “Best I Ever Had,” “Houstatlantavegas.”

 

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@futuretheprince a decade ago you were Dj’ing all ages parties…@ovo40 a decade ago you were scared to share your beats…@oliverelkhatib a decade ago you worked at a clothing store selling someone else’s product…@boi1da a decade ago you were in a basement with pink insulation walls figuring out fruity loops…@ovoniko a decade ago we were handing out flyers promoting club nights…@realbriamyles a decade ago you were working the makeup counter at Beverly Centre…@nebzilla a decade ago your moms house was my safe place and we really ran through the 6 everyday together…@bunb a decade ago you were a legend and you will remain that forever…@benballer a decade ago you promoted me as if you were getting a cut of my career…@treysongz a decade ago you were the first person to recognize potential and give me a co-sign…@omarion a decade ago you came to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and laid a verse for an unknown artist from Canada…@darkiemade a decade ago you emailed me the cover art for something that would change my life forever….@kingjames a decade ago you came to my release party at 6 Degrees and made me the biggest artist in the city off your presence alone…@kanyewest a decade ago I rapped over your beat cause you just made the best shit and even though you stay wildin on twitter these days I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career…Portia I don’t know your IG but a decade ago you told me to rap over June 27th and bonded me and Houston Texas forever…@jas.prince a decade ago you took a chance on MySpace and introduced me to Wayne…@liltunechi a decade ago you took me out of Toronto and gave me the biggest blessing anybody has ever given me…I will never forget anybody involved in this journey even if you don’t fit in this caption…So Far Gone streaming everywhere for the first time ever Thursday. 🙏🏽

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Skrillex pulling double duty at BUKU Music + Arts Project, set to join From First To Last for special performance

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After taking a relative breather in 2018, Skrillex is back in full force this year. In fact, by the end of the summer events circuit, Skrillex will have performed a number of solo shows, a handful of festival-headlining Dog Blood reunions, and now, he’s slated for a special appearance with his former band, From First To Last, at this year’s BUKU Music + Arts Project. From First To Last last performed together two years ago at Emo Nite LA, a performance that at the time ended a decade-long hiatus for the band.

In the time since Skrillex last rejoined his screamo outfit, the band has released two singles with him on vocals— “Make War” and “Surrender.” Now Travis Richter, Matt Good, and Derek Bloom will be joined by their former lead vocalist Sonny Moore once again for a special after party performance at Republic New Orleans. The OWSLA boss will be pulling double duty, also headlining the festival with Boys Noize as Dog Blood. BUKU’s lineup dropped back in December, topped by A$AP Rocky, Excision, RL Grime, and Lana Del Rey.

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Swedish House Mafia join Calvin Harris, Daft Punk on Columbia Records roster

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Swedish House Mafia are back, despite only having played one show together in the last six years. Now it seems they are officially here to stay with the trio’s newly inked record deal with Columbia Records. Columbia has been fierce in its effort to scoop up A-list electronic talent over the last decade, now planting the Mafia among Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Diplo, and LCD Soundsystem‘s ranks. At the end of 2018, Columbia also signed Gesaffelstein, officially kicking off his comeback after a similarly long hiatus. Swedish House Mafia is the latest top-tier act to join Columbia’s booming roster, confirming a grip of new music will accompany their slowly materializing world tour set for this summer.

In recent weeks, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello have locked in Ultra Europe and Korea performances, a return to Ibiza, a confirmed headlining slot at Lollapalooza Berlin, and begun teasing their highly anticipated Los Angeles shows. And where the group could easily get away with touring this summer on heavy nostalgia alone, a fresh record deal signals plenty of new music from Swedish House Mafia is now imminent.

Swedish House Mafia confirmed for Ultra Korea, Sebastian Ingrosso teases Los Angeles appearance

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Continuing the Swedish House Mafia slow drip, Ultra Korea just confirmed the trio’s headlining performance in Seoul, South Korea. The tweet and website update were synonymous to the Ultra Europe news the day prior, set to a hyped-up video of the trio’s Knife Party-assisted “Antidote.” With posters appearing in Seoul after the Ultra Europe announcement, the confirmation only guides beliefs to an Ultra Worldwide circuit comeback tour of epic proportions.

After this five-year hiatus, fans of the super-group have grown impatient from the slow leak of information covering the highly anticipated comeback tour after a watershed performance at 2018’s Ultra Music Festival. Dates in IbizaMexico City, and a headlining slot at Creamfields this summer are already confirmed while Tomorrowland rumors continue to swirl.

In other Swedish House Mafia news, Sebastian Ingrosso teased an LA show on his Instagram story, hinting at a Los Angeles return for the trio.

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Giorgio Moroder doesn’t like being called the ‘Godfather of Electronic Music’

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Giorgio Moroder is a name with a deep history in the world of electronic music. From producing disco classics to acting as a tastemaker for club music worldwide, many have bestowed him the title of “Godfather of Electronic Music,” though it seems not to be his favorite nickname.

In an interview with The Guardian, Moroder noted, “I do not like being called the godfather of disco and electronic music either. It’s better than being called the grandfather, but I still don’t like it.” Continuing to deconstruct his storied past, he also revealed that he doesn’t find his chart-topping, Donna Summer-featuring, 1977 disco track, “I Feel Love,” to be a danceable song. “Can you dance to it? I don’t even like dancing, but my wife dances quite well a lot.”

Though Moroder claims to not even attend clubs, he is preparing for his first-ever live tour across Europe. The tour is set to capture a “discotheque feeling, [where I can be] spontaneous, not produce some big stiff concert like Hans Zimmer where you cannot change a note.” Uncharted territory for the famed producer, Moroder’s live tour is sure to hold some of the year’s top performances.

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Bad Royale sends disheartening tweets warning of mental health issues, and the industry responds back with unyielding support

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One of the members of the Bad Royale trio sent an alarming tweet the other day, regarding thoughts of suicide after what was thought as a failed music career. Industry leaders such as Alison Wonderland, Deorro, MUST DIE!, Henry Fong, Party Favor, quickly jumped to publicly support the ailing artist on Twitter, whose team worked closely with the likes of Steve Aoki, Henry Fong, Borgore, Diplo, Major Lazer, and many more in the past.

Behind the creation of a major player in Major Lazer’s set, “My Number,” official remix of Rihanna‘s “Work,” festival anthem “Bury” with Party Favor featuring Richie Loop, and hip-hop adjacent EDM funk ultra-fusion, “$4,000,000” with Steve Aoki featuring Ma$e & Big Gigantic–of which Oliver Heldens remixed–the group has seen a good deal of success in the past that one can hope they’re able to look back on. Bad Royale plays with dancehall melody and rhythm influences from Major Lazer with more heavy bass elements and a super high energy shows that has toured at major festivals across the country. The trio sites their inspiration as Major Lazer, and as second inline to the EDM dancehall throne, there’s certainly space to grow after Diplo’s dancehall trio is set to depart this year.

Their previous EP was released in 2018, Return of the Kings, a Caribbean bass EP that was unique to their own style, a difficult task for most looking to separate from the vast sea of repetition in the dance music space.

In a world where mental health is becoming more and more of a social norm, it’s good to see the electronic dance music industry react the way it did over one of their premier talents. The following day, the Bad Royale Twitter account reached back out to the public, assuring they’ve received support and are safe.

Watch Travis Scott take the Grammys stage with James Blake, Mike Dean, and more

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Travis Scott was electric at 2019’s Grammy Awards, performing a selection of tracks from his latest album Astroworld. To kick things off, the Houston-born phenomenon rattled off “Stop Trying To Be God” with featured artist James Blake. They also had assistance from Earth, Wind & Fire members as well as producer Mike Dean, who aided in creating a smooth, melodic aura that was quickly interrupted by the intro for Scott’s “No Bystanders,” panning to a large cage containing an elevated Scott. It’s safe to say that utter craziness proceeded to ensue, as a mixture of fans and stuntmen charged the stage for some mosh pits and cage dancing to close out.

The 26-year-old rapper received two nominations for single “SICKO MODE” featuring Drake and one for best rap album. Scott is also featuring on Blake’s latest project Assume Form, which Dancing Astronaut reviewed here.

Forbidden Kingdom brings bass-laden lineup to Florida for inaugural President’s Day weekend installment

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There’s a newcomer to the southern Florida festival circuit. Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival beckons bass enthusiasts to venture out to Florida’s Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, to take part in the event’s inaugural iteration, slated for Feb. 16-17. The first-ever two-day affair will make the festival grounds shake, with sets from high-octane entities like Excision, Zomboy, Adventure Club, 12th Planet, Midnight Tyrannosaurus, and SQUNTO, among other top-notch electronic talent. The wubs will be in no short supply, what with Excision’s exclusive back-to-back performance alongside Dion Timmer.

Forbidden Kingdom Festival offers a booming bass reprieve from daily routine President’s Day weekend 2019. Two-day GA passes are available for those seeking to escape into the low end with the bass extraordinaries that top Forbidden Kingdom’s lineup. Those interested in attending Forbidden Kingdom’s very first installment can also purchase single day tickets.

Purchase two-day and single day tickets here.

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