Both the stakes and the temps were higher for EDC Las Vegas’ second day of production on May 19.
Attendees of Insomniac’s flagship Electric Daisy Carnival and at home viewers alike can relive their favorite sets from the festival, or catch up on the performances that they missed with Dancing Astronaut’s list of live sets from day two of the landmark electronic event, featuring showings from Marshmello, Jauz, Moksi, and more.
It’s no secret that NGHTMRE stormed the music scene ever since his release of “Street,” where he showed his creativity by sampling a pan and turning it into one of the biggest trap songs of 2015. Since then he has seen massive success from his own headline tours to more hard hitting originals and of course remixes.
Now, the producer is back with another face melter in the form of a remix for Flosstradamus and Smokepurpp’s “MVP.” The original was enough to get us bouncing and singing along, however NGHTMRE adds his special touch and turns it into a song that you are now aggressively dancing to and probably uncontrollably shouting lyrics in your friends face.
With the heaviest of synths, punchy kicks and crispy snares, NGHTMRE welcomes you into the weekend.
Excision‘s Lost Lands just announced the addition of Slander to its 2018 festival lineup, and on cue, Slander have released a new dirty dubstep track with Wavedash titled “Move Back.”
With its hard drops and cutting dubstep chords, the track is sure to be a hit in the bass community, and a feature of Slander’s Lost Lands set. Those who are a fan of the duo’s earlier heavy collaborations with NGHTMRE will certainly be drawn to this new track. Wavedash are quickly ascending into notoriety in the electronic music scene, and they are rumored to have a heavy slate of releases in store for 2018. “Move Back” is out via Insomniac Records.
New York-based producing duo YOOKiE released a highly energetic remix of NGHTMRE and Dillon Francis‘ “Another Dimension.” The artists emphatically showcase a sound that deviates from the original by adding slower beats in the drop that are saturated with intense throttles of bass and peaks of synth. NGHTMRE and Dillon Francis’ creation features a heavier dubstep sound, while YOOKiE adds more of a trap style with rumbling kicks and rhythmic, distorted vocals.
YOOKiE is known for their revved up tone categorized by infectious layers of sound seamlessly placed together to create lively, yet edgy productions which make groovin along irresistible. With dramatic builds and thrilling climaxes, YOOKiE keeps listeners on their toes for the entire duration of each track they master. YOOKiE’s intriguing take on NGHTMRE and Dillon Francis’ “Another Dimension” will undoubtedly have listeners craving more from the innovative artists.
If the event is anything like last year’s fervent installment, attendees can expect a wallowing wonderland of extinction and bygone friends to be made. Excision will perform an exclusive b2b with Downlink, there will be late night camp parties, and three times as many dinosaurs.
While ascending artists usually come out of the gate ready to prove themselves with a SoundCloud full of music and a hungry drive, few make their entrance with a live show and a stacked artist team. For FANGS, producer Danny D’Brito, this is exactly what his foray into his solo music career looks like.
In fact, the artist recently enlisted one of the top agents in the industry, Ben Hogan, who represents the likes of NGHTMRE, Slander and Elohim, to take his career to the next level. Hogan was one of the many agents vying for the artist due to his ‘triple threat’ potential, which is a position even the most high profile producers in the game rarely face.
FANGS’ great ‘potential’ is the sum of a multitude of factors. He’s a self-taught musician who plays guitar, drums, bass, and the keys. He is a former member of the group Brass-Knuckles and opened his own recording studio at just 22. This collection of experiences led him to the fortuitous position he is currently in for his artist debut as FANGS.
The production quality of his releases speak for themselves, and FANGS’ newest track “Venom” will almost certainly find its home as a club hit with an other-worldly vibe and an upbeat tech-house backbone. Deep vocals propel the melody onward, and the dynamic track leaves the listener wanting more at its close. It also begs the question of what the artists’ live show will look like, as the track is practically manufactured to captivate an audience.
To accompany the track, the artist has released a glossy music video — premiered exclusively via Dancing Astronaut — with visuals that are equal parts harrowing and intoxicating. Poisonous snakes and models writhe across the screen as the track’s spare vocal refrain flashes atop the melee.
While “Venom” is distinctly tech house, FANGS’ future productions range from house to radio worthy progressive hits, lending him the versatility it takes to make it in today’s electronic music scene.
Dancing Astronaut spoke with the rising artist about what we can expect from his impending live show, how his team will be instrumental in his 2018 ascension, and his view on the industry today. Read the full interview below:
1. If you had to set specific goals for yourself in 2018, what would those be? What can we expect from you this year?
I feel the 2018 goal is really all about my music exploration! I’m really looking forward to finally bringing the FANGS live show out to the public. It’s been a lot of late nights curating and planning all the details for this upcoming year. We’re now just focusing on implementing my music in phases, and feeling out the markets and rooms we will launch in.
2. Your live show has been described as a ‘multi-dimensional’ experience. What does that mean, and when will we be able to see it?
I feel music and visuals make the perfect marriage in expression. My goal has always been to have my music tell a story and evoke feelings — I’m definitely keen on visuals helping to paint that picture. I just feel the two work so well together, so in my eyes, they are one in the same. That’s why I’ve made it a point to have all my releases accompanied by a music video or visual vignette.
With that said, when it comes to the live show experience, I want to be able to utilize all of our exploratory senses. I’d reference ‘Pink Floyd’s The Wall’ tour which is still going strong these days thanks to Roger Waters. He puts on a complete live musical and visual spectacle with a narrative from beginning to end.
I want to focus on incorporating projections, physical props and performers that help tell the story. We are currently working on some exciting plans and incorporating some unconventional technology that can potentially take my live show format to a new experience. 3. You’ve got quite a team behind you. You’ve also been in this industry for a while. How integral would you say having a stellar team is to an artist’s success in the commercialized electronic world we now live in? Having a stellar team is vital and the ultimate key to success for any artists’ career. It would be an understatement to say how proud and grateful I am for my management team, Summer Chàpin and Tom Williams, as well as my agent Ben Hogan at Circle. They are a constant inspiration to me and their belief in FANGS is what propels us forward.
There are many moving parts in this industry and it’s nearly impossible for one person to properly cover all the various aspects alone. I’ve got a team of professionals that are experts in their given field, which allows me to focus on producing the art. They help orchestrate my career and are the spearhead to so many new opportunities.
Having a team that is not only qualified, but that you consider family is essential for getting real skin in this game.
4. Does your previous experience of being a part of a production trio, opening your own music studio, and producing a variety of genres give you a different view of the celebrity DJ/Producer world than your peers since you have been involved in so many different layers of this scene? I have no doubt that when it comes to this world, experience can mean everything. I’ve experienced many high moments, and extreme low blows in my journey in music. Experience develops foresight and keeps your ego in check. You learn not to get too excited and interpret things for what they are. You take in your good and bad experiences as lessons to better your journey moving forward.
I’ve also had the opportunity to produce and collaborate in so many genres across the spectrum. It really allowed me to have versatility when it comes to not being pigeonholed musically and allows me to evolve freely with the times. You will learn a lot from others when collaborating. It teaches you how to work, listen and take criticism from others.
By understanding how others work, you get a better understanding of yourself. Some of the biggest producers I had the opportunity in working with were the most open minded and inquisitive people I’ve ever met.
5. What kind of music would we find you listening to at home when no one is around?
I’m definitely a student of music. I have a decent sized record collection spanning classical music to music from the 1930’s to today. It’s fair to say I listen to everything. Music is music.
The more variety I listen to and the more that absorbs into my brain, the bigger the palate I have to pull from when creating new music. When working in the studio, especially with songwriters, I tend to pull the most left-field obscure references that end up being totally relevant to the project at hand. I think it’s important for all artists to open their creative minds to the decades of music out there for us to feast on.
Don’t limit your ears to just the flavor of the week or month. Genres I’ve been listening to heavy in the last couple of weeks have been Industrial, Indie, experimental, electronic female artists from Nordic countries like Hanne Hukkelberg, Jazz / Bossa Nova, Trip Hop, Deep, Tech, G house and Metal.
NGHTMRE and Dillon Francis fans were in for a treat when the duo dropped “Another Dimension,” arguably one of the hardest song we have heard the artists drop. The track has graced mainstages around the world, and now the pair have released an accompanying music video.
In the video, Francis and NGHTMRE enter a virtual reality world on a vivid psychedelic trip. They go on otherworldly adventure, and watching is sure to expand your psyche and elevate your senses.
The Hakkasan Group has announced their December programming schedule for the rest of the month, including New Years Eve weekend performances. The storied list of events features such world renowned DJs and performers as Zedd, Travis Scott, and Calvin Harris among others. Anyone looking for thrills on the Vegas strip need look no further to quench their dance floor thirst this December.
Sunday, December 17 Main Room: Closed Ling Ling Club: Phoreyz
Thursday, December 21 Main Room: Closed
Ling Ling Club: Dash
Friday, December 22 Main Room: Closed Ling Ling Club: MK
Saturday, December 23 Main Room: Closed Ling Ling Club: Phoreyz
Sunday, December 24 Main Room: EC Twins
Friday, December 29 Main Room: Party Favor Ling Ling Club: Phoreyz
Saturday, December 30 Main Room: Tiesto Ling Ling Club: OB-One
Sunday, December 31 Main Room: Steve Aoki Ling Ling Club: Melo-D
Friday, December 15 Main Club: Mark Eteson Heart of OMNIA: MK
Saturday, December 16 Main Club: Jeff Retro Heart of OMNIA: Phoreyz
Sunday, December 17 Heart of OMNIA: Dash
Tuesday, December 19 Main Club: Mark Eteson Heart of OMNIA: Closed
Thursday, December 21 Heart of OMNIA: Mondo
Friday, December 22 Main Club: Closed Heart of OMNIA: Mikey Francis
Saturday, December 23 Main Club: Closed Heart of OMNIA: Mondo
Sunday, December 24 Closed
Tuesday, December 26 Closed
Thursday, December 28 Main Club: Closed Heart of OMNIA: Mikey Francis
Friday, December 29 Main Club: Zedd Heart of OMNIA: DJ Stretch
Saturday, December 30 Main Club: Travis Scott Heart of OMNIA: DJ Shift
Sunday, December 31 Main Club: Calvin Harris Heart of OMNIA: Turbulence Terrace: Fabian