Madeon opens up about depression and announces new single, ‘Be Fine’

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Madeon opens up about depression and announces new single, ‘Be Fine’Madeon Photo Cred Diego Andrade

Madeon‘s highly anticipated return to dance music has been a gratifying journey to say the least. Ushering the Good Faith chapter of his musical career, the French synthpop producer released singles, “All My Friends” and “Dream Dream Dream” to positive reception from peers and fans alike while debuting his eponymous Beats 1 radio show. Now, after months of waiting, Madeon has delivered Good Faith in full spirits.

In a heartfelt letter to fans, Madeon opened up about his depression leading up to the completion of his forthcoming album, its impact on him after the debut of his Good Faith show at Lollapalooza, and his subsequent decision to put the album on hold. Citing the thematic elements of the album as his motivation for continuously working on his mental health, the “Shelter” producer thanked fans for their patience and empathy in the delay.

“That’s the intimate theme of this work to me: making sense of joy, making sense of darkness. Along the way, over more than three years, Good Faith has been the horizon, the reason I would fight over and over again to get healthy. I want this album, this tour and all that will come after it to paint for you the picture that’s been vividly in my mind all this time.”

Madeon also announced the newest single from Good Faith, “Be Fine” and its release date: Wednesday, Oct. 16. His Good Faith tour will commence later this month.

Photo Credit: Diego Andrade

Depeche Mode, The Notorious B.I.G., and Whitney Houston are among the newly released 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees

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Depeche Mode, The Notorious B.I.G., and Whitney Houston are among the newly released 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomineesDepeche Mode Press

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees for the 2020 class are in, and unlike previous nomination classes, a majority of this year’s nominees are on the ballot for the first time ever. In order to be eligible, each nominee’s first single or album had to be released in 1994 or earlier. Highlights of the nominees include Soundgarden, The Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, and Dave Matthews Band, among others. First-time nominees include Dave Matthews Band, the Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, The Notorious B.I.G., Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, and Whitney Houston. A full nominee list can be found here.

Some may be surprised by this year’s nominees, who are overwhelmingly not classical rock acts. Incoming Rock Hall chairman John Sykes spoke to Rolling Stone about the evolution of the Hall of Fame, stating, “Nothing stays the same in music…Therefore, really, the institution that honors it has to evolve with all the music. Just like hip-hop is very much a part of the Hall of Fame now, everything we do — the board members we have, the events we build on — has to reflect a changing culture without ever disregarding or turning our backs on the ideals and fundamentals of the Rock Hall.”

Iconic English band Radiohead were inducted during the 2019 ceremony, where The Talking Heads’ David Byrne gave the induction speech with Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway of Radiohead in attendance.

Voting will be done by a pool of more than 1,000 artists, journalists, and music historians among others, who cast their votes to decide on the new class. Fans will be able to influence the vote by voting at rockhall.com or at the museum in Cleveland. The top-scoring acts will be announced in January and inducted May 2, 2020 at a ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall.

H/T: Rolling Stone

Ultra Worldwide will expand to Abu Dhabi; return to India in 2020

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The global expansion of Ultra Music Festival will continue in 2020 with an extensive tour that will see the renowned event travel to new parts of the world, as well as previous locations with a brand new look and feel.

For the first time ever, Ultra will land in the Middle East for Ultra Abu Dhabi on March 5-6, 2020. The oceanfront setting of this luxury vacation destination will be a return to the familiar for the festival that has held its flagship festival on the beaches of Miami for over two decades. More details surrounding this inaugural event will be available soon on ultra-abudhabi.com.

Immediately following Abu-Dhabi, Ultra returns to India after a three-year hiatus for Ultra India: Hyderabad & New Delhi on March 7-8, 2020. Back in 2017, Ultra hosted the first two performances of The Chainsmokers in India. One in Mumbai and the other in New Delhi. Now, they will add another stamp to their extensive passport with their first-ever event in Hyderabad.

These tour stops on the continent of Asia represent only a fraction of what’s coming up for Ultra Worldwide next year. The festival will return to Africa for events in Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as Australia for Sydney and Melbourne. View the graphic below for the full tour schedule and note that it only covers February and March. Keep your eyes on Dancing Astronaut for more intercontinental iterations of Ultra Music Festival.

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Mr. Carmack confirms album for November release

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Mr. Carmack confirms album for November releaseMr Carmack

Mr. Carmack continues his prolific 2019 bout, confirming on Instagram he’s releasing a new album in November. After two EP releases this year, Demolish and Rebuild, the Hawaiian beat maker announced the release of his first full-length since 2014’s Dimebag. The album is called Viista, and the announcement caption on Instagram read,”Album out in November – 5+ years of work – these are the 11 songs that drove me to tears writing them – self mixed self mastered.” Judging from his previous two experimental projects this year, these words from the esteemed producer carry weight and the forward-thinking sound design should take full-flight on this long play.

Last year, he posted a tracklist, indicating that he was working on his new album. Now, that album is coming to light. Mr. Carmack is set for his 10-date US Immersion tour which will take place in November and December, just in time to show off the new sounds from his album. Check out tour dates here.

Armin van Buuren announces North American Balance Tour

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Armin van Buuren has announced the live accompaniment to Balance: a North American tour of the same name. The veteran electronic virtuoso will make his way through a number of major U.S. cities throughout January and February to celebrate the release of his seventh studio album with a series of exhilarating live sets. New York, Boston, Atlanta, and Dallas are among the 12 cities van Buuren has tapped for the Balance Tour to date.

Balance will land on Oct. 25. The LP is currently led by six singles, “Stickup,” “Waking Up With You,” “It Could Be,” “High On Your Love,” “Don’t Let Me Go,” and “All Comes Down.” Listeners can purchase tickets to the Balance Tour, here.

Balance Tour Dates

January 22, 2020 – Boston at House of
Blues

January 23, 2020 – New York at Great Hall
Avant Gardner

January 25, 2020 – Washington at
Echostage

January 26, 2020 – Raleigh at Ritz

January 28, 2020 – Atlanta at Tabernacle

January 29, 2020 – New Orleans at
Fillmore

January 31, 2020 – Dallas at South Side
Ballroom

February 1, 2020 – Minneapolis at The
Armory

February 5, 2020 – San Diego Soma

February 6, 2020 – Phoenix at Van Buren

February 7, 2020 – Los Angeles at
Palladium

February 8, 2020 – San Francisco at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Photo credit: Bart Heemskerk

Phonocut to become first machine to enable easy, at-home vinyl cutting

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The days of CD mixtapes are long gone, but amidst the rising popularity of vinyls, a new mechanism will soon be available for music consumers to cut their own vinyl in a matter of minutes.

A team of European inventors are currently designing the Phonocut, a desktop analog vinyl lathe that allows users to create custom 10-inch records. The new machine is on track to become the first of its kind, with accessibility at the heart of its design, the machine is suited for any run-of-the-mill music connoisseur (with about $1100 dollars at their disposal). At the moment, the Phonocut team is embarking on its first series of recording sessions, test-driving the first fully functional prototype in Los Angeles.

Spurred by a vision to introduce a new chapter of record production, the home vinyl recorder condenses record creation to three easy steps—place the blank record on the tray, connect to an audio input, and press the start button. The vinyls will store approximately 10-15 minutes of music per side.

“People love records, but they don’t know anything about how they are produced. We have to inspire them to think about it and raise their awareness for the possibilities of what they can do with it,” said co-founder Florian “Doc” Kaps.

Phonocut will be available for pre-order on Kickstarter Tuesday, October 15, with plans to send out the first shipment of units December of 2020. Find more information here.

H/T: Fader & Wired

Okeechobee’s 4th run promises RÜFÜS DU SOL, Tipper, Bassnectar, Kaskade, and more

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Okeechobee’s 4th run promises RÜFÜS DU SOL, Tipper, Bassnectar, Kaskade, and moreOkeechobee

Besides the in-demand event brand’s Orlando arm of Electric Daisy Carnival, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is Insomniac’s newly adopted Floridian music destination—in conjunction with original organizers, Soundslinger. After taking a brief hiatus in 2019, the four-day weekender will return to Sunshine Grove for its fourth installment in 2020, March 5-8, with ample electronic and multi-genre acts of mention in tow.

From the electronic ether, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Alison Wonderland, Bob Moses, and Big Gigantic have all been secured for the 2020 Okee undertaking. Additionally, acts like Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Lotus, and more serve to shake up the weekend criterion, satiating even the most famished multi-interest festival-goer.

Okee 2020 kicks off Thursday, March 5, with the opening night pre-party. All ticket and camping passes go on sale Friday, October 18 at 10am ET, here, where general festival information is available, too.

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Australia’s ARIA Music Awards unveil RÜFÜS DU SOL, Dom Dolla, FISHER, and more as nominees

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Each year the ARIA Awards represent the finest original acts to come from down under, often forecasting trends to come in the ever-evolving music industry. 2019 seems to be destined as the breakout year for Australian singer/songwriter, Tones and I, who managed to rake in eight nominations while riding the momentum of her inaugural release, The Kids Are Coming. ARIA is also thoroughly commending, RÜFÜS DU SOL who are nominated for Best Group of the Year, Album of the Year, and Dance Release of the Year for their latest LP, Solace.

Best Dance Release

Dom DollaTake It (Sweat It Out/Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)

FISHERYou Little Beauty (etcetc Music)

Peking Duk & Jack River – Sugar (Sony Music Australia)

PNAUSolid Gold (etcetc Music)

RÜFÜS DU SOL – Solace (Rose Avenue Records/Sony Music Australia)

Other notable mentions include the folk-rock Teskey Brothers, as well as Julia Jacklin, whose recent album, Crushing, has been… well, crushing it. It earned her a laudable six nominations including Best Female Artist as well as Best Independent Release.

The 33rd annual ARIA Awards take place on Nov. 27 and will be hosted by Australian Idol winner, Guy Sebastian.

Featured Photo: Eddie New

Zedd says he’s banned from China for liking a South Park tweet

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Zedd says he’s banned from China for liking a South Park tweetZedd Press Photo

Zedd reported this week that the Chinese embassy has banned him from entering and thereby performing in the country, noting his liking of a South Park tweet as the source of the controversy.

The hit Comedy Central animated cartoon and cultural satire phenomenon was recently placed in hot water with the Chinese government after the show’s “Band In China” episode, of which the central theme was Chinese authoritarian censorship. South Park was subsequently wiped from the Chinese internet entirely.

The Chinese Twitter disdain thickens, as Daryl Morey, the Houston Rockets General Manager, last week posted a since-deleted pro-Hong Kong resistance tweet in contention with the Chinese government. The Chinese telecommunications company, Tencent, then announced they will hereby not be airing Rockets basketball games as a result. Similarly, according to the Wall Street Journal‘s report, a Marriott worker was last year fired from his job for liking a Tibetan separatist’s tweet on behalf of the company’s Twitter account.

Yesterday, Zedd maintained via Instagram that his claims are of the utmost sincerity—though no visual evidence has yet to materialize from his camp to confirm. Dancing Astronaut reached out to Zedd’s team to validate the reports, but representatives have yet to comment.

“Just to clarify. This is NOT a joke. The government informed our promoters that if they don’t cancel my scheduled shows in China they would pull their cultural permits,” writes Zedd.

Decadence reveals full lineup for NYE, featuring Skrillex, Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead, Illenium, and more

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Arizona’s most coveted New Year’s Eve experience, Decadence, has revealed this year’s full lineup, and to no one’s surprise, it’s just as lethal as years past.

Skrillex is returning for a second year in a row, while other high-caliber headliners look to end the year with a bang at the Rawhide Event Center just outside of Phoenix. Locked and loaded acts include Dillon Francis, Diplo, Galantis, Illenium, Zeds Dead, G Jones, a Tchami and Malaa No Redemptions set, Nora En Pure, Fisher, AC Slater, and a special Griztronics sets from GRiZ and Subtronics, celebrating their festival hit collaboration by their performing name.

Last year’s NYE Decadence festivities brought unforgettable performances by REZZ, Porter Robinson, Skrillex, and a special back-to-back set with NGHTMRE, and DJ Diesel. Click here for ticket information.

Photo credit: Jacob Tyler Dunn