Saturday Night Session 008: Vicetone talks about their custom built studio home and how their love for technology has impacted their creative output

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Saturday Night Session 008: Vicetone talks about their custom built studio home and how their love for technology has impacted their creative outputRutger Prins Vicetone

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Dutch duo Vicetone is known for their quintessential feel good sound that has been inducing nothing short of euphoria over the past seven years. Friends turned music producers Ruben den Boer and Victor Pool quickly started gaining momentum in 2012 after signing to Monstercat, and later joining as support for Nicky Romero‘s Nothing Toulouse: North American Tour. Their career ascension fortuitously coincided with the peak of the progressive house era, and from there, Vicetone has become a poster-child for the genre.

Despite their lengthy career, Den Boer and Pool have mainly stuck to releasing singles and remixes as opposed to full length albums. They are set to release their second EP this spring, titled Elements, and it is the follow up from their previous EP release in 2016, Aurora. Elements will be the first creation to come out of their brand new studio compound in Nashville that is described as, ‘a home custom-built to maximize their creative output with a state-of-the-art space housing two separate studios.”

The duo spoke about their creative process, and how having two separate studio spaces has greatly heightened their efficiency and output, saying, “we have two studios on separate floors that are connected with a very fast server. We can sync up all our projects, samples, and presets. The great thing is that we’re a short walk from each other, so we work together in the same studio a lot, but still have the opportunity to work on different tracks at the same time.” They continue, “When a track has been completely arranged, and we have all the sounds picked out as well, we usually start the mixdown process, which is often easier done solo as it’s more technical than creative. The fact that we can work together in a studio and 10 seconds later work in two studios separately speeds up our workflow a lot.” Their state of the art studio spaces have also been able to fulfill another hobby of the friends, which is translating their love of technology into custom built PCs created specifically to maximize their production abilities with Ableton.

Vicetone explains, “We love all things technology. We love video games as well – we have all modern consoles and a sweet gaming rig as well. Fun fact: we hand-build all our computers, including our studio computers, which are completely overkill, but it allows us to run the biggest projects in Ableton without lag.” Fans will now get to hear the creative output of their brand new studio set up with Elements. The first release from the EP was “Something Strange” featuring Haley Reinhart, and Vicetone’s Saturday Night Session includes brand new release, “Fences.” The track is a subtle melody that features guitar as the leading instrumental element that provides the perfect sonic juxtaposition with the bouncy drop.

 

 

When speaking to what their Saturday Night Session mix will get listeners’ ready for, the duo exclaims, “If you want to go out, our mix will get you energized. If you want to stay in and watch Netflix documentaries about the cosmos, this mix will get you in the right mood.” The versatile mix is certainly fitting for any night the listener wishes to have, and it’s the perfect sneak peak into what is to come from EP, Elements.

 

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To each of you- what is the favorite song you have ever released of all time?
Ruben: It’s really hard to say. It’s almost like picking your favorite kid as a parent. If I had to choose, I’d say “Nevada.” It was a complicated track for us to mix right, but a very rewarding and fun experience. I still love playing it out to this day and get a fuzzy feeling.
Victor: Our “Sparks” remix was the first song of ours to ever be played on the radio. That was a huge moment for us in our career, and I still remember it very fondly – it’s a special track for us for that reason.

I read that you have a state of the art space in Nashville that you produced your new EP
Elements in, and within this space, you each have your own studio. Can you tell us a little more about your creative process- and how you work together?
We have two studios on separate floors that are connected with a very fast server. We can sync up all our projects, samples, and presets. The great thing is that we’re a short walk from each other, so we work together in the same studio a lot, but still have the opportunity to work on different tracks at the same time. When a track has been completely arranged, and we have all the sounds picked out as well, we usually start the mixdown process, which is often easier done solo as it’s more technical than creative. The fact that we can work together in a studio and 10 seconds later work in two studios separately speeds up our workflow a lot.

The last EP you released was Aurora in 2016. What can fans expect from the new EP Elements? How has your music evolved?
We still love how the Aurora EP turned out, but we both feel that this EP is stronger and catchier compared to Aurora. It’s hard to put into words how we have evolved – this is something our listeners should comment on – but we feel our sound is improving every year. The goal of Elements was to showcase multiple facets of the Vicetone sound, while still keeping the melodic and energetic core the same. There should be a track for just about every type of Vicetone fan out there on this project. We’re really excited to hear the feedback on the different songs on there.

When you both started producing together, did you ever imagine you would have ended up here?
We always dreamt of this lifestyle and dreamt of doing music full-time, but it always felt like a pipe dream. Slowly realizing that this was actually happening for us was extremely exciting. We really feel this is what we’re meant to be doing, so we’re lucky to have this job.

What is your favorite club and favorite festival respectively to play at?
Very hard to choose. We’d say New City Gas is our favorite music venue as far as indoors goes. It is an amazing venue, and it has even more amazing crowds. Montreal is really special for us! As for festivals, it’s hard to pick a favorite. They’re all great and unique in their different
ways. We loved playing Ultra, Tomorrowland, Escapade, Electric Love, Amsterdam Music Festival, the list goes on!

Given you have made a career out of creating music for raves… do you ever actually go to clubs/raves yourselves anymore? When is the last time you went to enjoy the music as a spectator and not a performer?
We got to experience going out to raves during our early years. We used to stay at raves until the early hours of the morning, till 6am, and take a train ride back home for 2 hours. These days we get a lot more enjoyment out of playing our own livesets. Nothing really beats that feeling for us. So we don’t go to raves in the same way as we used to, but we were very big on raves before we started creating our own music.

What are your hobbies outside of music?
We love all things technology. We love video games as well – we have all modern consoles and a sweet gaming rig as well. Fun fact: we hand-build all our computers, including our studio computers, which are completely overkill, but it allows us to run the biggest projects in Ableton without lag. And recently we’ve brushed up our cooking skills as well – it’s a nice break from being in the studio all day.

Worst thing about this career? Best thing?
Best thing is doing what you love the most and getting paid for it. Our work is our hobby – it doesn’t get any better than that. Our least favorite thing is probably not seeing our family and friends as often as we’d like.

What kind of a Saturday night is this mix getting our listeners’ ready for?

Whatever they want. If you want to go out, our mix will get you energized. If you want to stay in and watch Netflix documentaries about the cosmos, this mix will get you in the right mood.

Adventure Club links up with Modern Machines for euphoric Taking Back Sunday rework

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The last leg of 2018 featured a whole lot of Adventure Club, including a remix of Virtual Self‘s “Ghost Voices” and an explosive Snails collaboration “Follow Me.” To keep things rolling, the Canadian duo enlisted NYC-based DJ Modern Machines — who’s coming off an official remix for Steve Aoki and Nicky Romero — and alt-pop trio Saint Slumber on their latest cover of Taking Back Sunday’s “MakeDamnSure.”

Released on Proximity, this talented group of musicians do Taking Back Sunday plenty justice. The vocals from Saint Slumber are impeccable, harmonizing perfectly for an aesthetically pleasing cover of the famed rock band’s original. When layered over some light piano and staccato leads, the perfect verse is born, building into a euphoric, synth-heavy drop.

Saint Slumber is on the rise and Modern Machines is coming off headline shows at Marquee NYC, E11EVEN Miami, and more, so expect this one to climb the ranks.

Lunar Lunes: Golf Clap remix BROODS, Chime takes on Super Smash Bros, Volac return to Night Bass + more

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

In this week’s installment, Golf Clap put a groovy spin on BROODS‘ “Peach.” Nicky Romero re-imagines Martin Garrix‘s “Dreamer” with Mike Yung as a melody-centric big room track, and Moscow duo Volac return to AC Slater‘s Night Bass with their Funky EP. Chime holds nothing back on an creative dubstep remake of the Super Smash Bros Ultimate “Main Theme / Lifelight.” Prince Fox continues his string of remixes with a take on Travis Scott‘s chart-topping “Sicko Mode,” and QUIX puts his own spin on GASHI‘s “Creep On Me.” KUURO deliver a formidable Monstercat release, “What U Wanna Do” with Spencer Ludwig, and Alvin Risk reveals his latest as HA with Hodgy, “O.P.E.N.” Culture Code and Rabinik tug at the heartstrings with “Love Somebody,” and Trivecta pounds out a powerful trance beat on his remix of Myon and Late Night Alumni‘s “Hearts & Silence.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

NMF Roundup: KOAN Sound return with debut LP, Dillon Francis unleashes ‘LFGD,’ SNBRN remixes Hotel Garuda + more

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NMF Roundup: KOAN Sound return with debut LP, Dillon Francis unleashes ‘LFGD,’ SNBRN remixes Hotel Garuda + moreKoan Sound

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

The release of the NINJAWERKS Vol. 1 compilation album this week brings new tunes from some of dance music’s biggest names, including Dillon Francis and Kaskade. Andrew Bayer has joined forces with Ane Brun for the gorgeous “Love You More,” out on Anjunabeats. RL Grime has revealed a colossal set of remixes for NOVA, including a formidable rework of “Rainer” by k?d. KOAN Sound burst back onto the scene with the release their debut full-length, Polychrome. HEYZ works wonders in his new single with darkDARK, “Darkest Little Friend.” Hardwell delivers some sunshine in the form of “How You Love Me” with Conor Maynard and Snoop Dogg. Nicky Romero flips Jess Glynne‘s “Thursday” in his newest, and NGHTMRE and Big Gigantic make magic with “Like That.” Cloonee keeps the beat rocking with a feel-good take on Matoma‘s “Sunday Morning,” and Ekali strips “Leaving” down for a serene, acoustic rendition.

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

NMF Roundup: 12th Planet delivers new heat, josh pan and AWAY team up, Nicky Romero goes acoustic + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. Even if you’re still in a turkey-induced coma — fret not. DA has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

To kick things off, josh pan and AWAY have teamed up for a hefty sizzler called “Mask.” DubVision and Raider bring us warm rays of summer with “Yesterday,” and Tom & Collins deliver some house heat with “Swoon.” Bass veteran 12th Planet has unleashed his heavy Swamplex Terrestrial EP, featuring songs like its title track. After a two-year hiatus, Haywyre has released his second track in two weeks, the groovy “Storyteller.” FTampa thrills in a feel-good remix of Sofi Tukker‘s “Brazilian Soul,” and Nicky Romero delivers an acoustic rendition of “Rise” with Matluck and Stadiumx. Chime continues his tour de force with “Goldfinch,” and Tisoki opens up the dancefloor with “All Like That.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Lunar Lunes: Hermitude brings blissful beats, Protostar and Muzzy captivate in new collab, DROELOE and Sem ‘face the sea’ together + more

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes will be a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

This week’s selection of tunes includes new releases from Nora En Pure to TroyBoi to Morgan Page. Kicking off, Aussie duo Hermitude return for a blissful collaboration with Bibi Bourelly. Nora En Pure launches her Polynesia EP with a gorgeous song of the same name, and fellow beats queen WHIPPED CREAM goes from zero to 60 in “Bad For Me.” In “Facing the Sea,” DROELOE and Sem find themselves and “[acknowledge] that it’s going to be hard and that you’re going to struggle and that you should face those problems head-on.” Protostar and Muzzy hold nothing back on their new Monstercat drum & bass heater, “MELTDOWN.” Darude taps JVMIE for “Timeless,” a powerful trance number on Gareth Emery‘s Garuda.

The selection will be updated every Lunes (Monday).

Nicky Romero, Deniz Koyu, and Walk Off The Earth collide on ‘Paradise’

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What happens when the dance, pop, and rock collide? Nicky Romero, Deniz Koyu, and Walk Off The Earth decided to find out, coming together to forge a new single titled “Paradise.” Fitting to its name, the three-and-a-half-minute record features Romero’s signature beats, Koyu’s melodies, and Walk Off The Earth’s vocals. It’s a truly euphoric fusion record that feels palatable to the ear and accessible for radio play. True to the song’s ethos, the visual sees the band’s lead singer Sarah Blackwood grabbing the mic and performing the record, telling a meaningful story about friendship and loyalty.

“Paradise” follows Romero’s last pop-friendly release titled “Be Somebody,” featuring Steve Aoki and Kiiara. With the same upbeat rhythm and soothing standout vocals, real name Nick Rotteveel van Gotum proves his diversity and ability to draw influences from all genres, including rock.

 

Relive standout sets from Ultra Japan’s fifth anniversary: Oliver Heldens, Galantis, Afrojack, + more

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The electronic world’s most celebrated music festival, Ultra, rang in the fifth anniversary of its Japanese installment last weekend, September 15-17 at its brand new home in Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park.

The wildly attended Ultra Japan stands as testament to the EDM phenomenon’s sweeping, worldwide presence. Standout performances from the weekend include that of Oliver Heldens, Armin van Buuren, and Axwell Λ Ingrosso: all repeat Ultra offenders. Ultra Worldwide’s ubiquitous presence extends to 25 different countries, across several continents. Due to its ever-increasing popularity, the event has stretched from its two-day beginnings, into a full-fledged three-day soiree.

Oliver Heldens 

Armin van Buuren

Galantis

Afrojack

Axwell Λ Ingrosso

Nicky Romero

DJ Snake

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NMF Roundup: Sultan + Shepard take on Fatboy Slim, Klingande and Broken Back create ‘Wonders,’ BROHUG thrill in new Spinnin’ release, and more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.


A groovy introduction transforms Kungs and Stargates’ newest release, “Be Right Here,” and added electronic elements give the catchy release a new twist thanks to remixer Wax Motif.

Swedish trio BROHUG is out with a release for Spinnin’ Records, “The Hunt.” With its intense energy and kicking chords, this new track’s eerie atmosphere is sure to thrill and excite.

Sofi Tukker have followed up their 2017 Portuguese Treehouse track “Energia” with a “Parte 2,” featuring Pabllo Vittar. “Energia- Parte 2” is an infectious track — also in Portuguese, like its predecessor — that can only be described as dance-inducing.

Roger Sanchez and Park & Sons transport listeners into the disco era with groovy new track featuring commanding vocals from Julie McKnight titled “This Feeling.”

Commercial house meets experimental soundscaping in this genre-bending release by Friend Within titled “The Truth.” Friend Within blends a groovy bassline and bright horns with catchy vocals in his new Toolroom release.

Instead of adding a hard drop and intense synth layers as many remixers do with radio-crossover releases, AmPm has lowered the BPM of Nicky Romero‘s collaboration with Taio Cruz, and added melodic moments to give the release a calming effect.

Klingande takes listeners on an indie-electronic journey with Broken Back. With its silky-smooth vocals and laid-back beat, “Wonders” proves summer never has to end.

Sultan + Shepard never cease to surprise with their experimentation across genres and sound design. Their take on Fatboy Slim‘s “Gangster Trippin” will keep a club going until the early hours of the morning, thanks to its high-energy house chords layered over the original 1998 vocals.

The Him have skewed pop with their latest, “Nothing On Us.” It opens with catchy harmonized vocals that lead into bright piano melodies and a cheery house drop.

VALENTINE and West1ne team up for “Backpack,” which effortlessly fuses calming energy with a sizable dose of bass.

While not the usual suspect for electronic music lovers, MOD SUN has infused polarizing future bass chords into the drop of new release, “Burning Up.”

Photo credit: Pablo Murillo

Steve Aoki and Nicky Romero have chart topping potential with new Kiiara collaboration ‘Be Somebody’

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Steve Aoki and Nicky Romero have chart topping potential with new Kiiara collaboration ‘Be Somebody’Be Somebody Press Shot

Nicky Romero and Steve Aoki could have their next radio hit on their hands, enlisting Kiiara as the featured vocalist on their new collaborative single, “Be Somebody.” Ahead of the pair’s new track together, the Protocol label head and his Dim Mak counterpart swapped two remixes a piece on “Lie To Me” and “Me On You” respectively. Both Romero and Aoki have been leaning heavily into the pop world, and collaborations with the likes of Taio Cruz, Lil Yachty, and Louis Tomlinson between the two of them have propelled both artists into major mainstream appeal throughout 2018. This duo was bound to come together at some point, and Kiiara seemed like the perfect link to bridge the gap.

Fans may have expected a straight forward pop track, but the single features a strong house backdrop with intriguing soca-inspired accents supporting Kiiara’s vocals. While formulaic at times, the new collaboration is undoubtedly catchy as ever showcasing both producers’ knack for radio-worthy products. “Be Somebody” is out now on Ultra Records.