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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hi, I am still here and am honestly shocked at how many people came out to express how much they care. I thought this tweet was going to go unread and I was expressing something I’ve felt for a long time. With that said, I am safe and I will be ok
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.
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.