Thomas Gold and Raiden reveal orchestral release, ‘Someone New’

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Thomas Gold and Raiden reveal orchestral release, ‘Someone New’Press Shot Thomas Gold

Following the release of tropical-leaning “Seventeen,” Thomas Gold is continuing to push the boundaries of his sound with new release “Someone New.” Gold teamed up with South Korean mainstay Raiden for the release, and not only is it the duo’s first time working together, but it is Gold’s first time working with an Asian artist.

“‘Someone New’ is very special to me – first because it’s my second release this year on Protocol Recordings, so I’m happy to be on Nicky’s label again,” Gold told Dancing Astronaut. “Second, because it is my very first collaboration with an Asian artist. Raiden is a big name in his home country, South Korea, and I really love his productions. I remember that, when we met each other for the first time in person in Miami during Winter Conference 2019, we talked a lot of production stuff, and we had tons of ideas regarding our collaboration. It all started with a rough vocal demo which I received early 2019. I created a rough production draft with the basic sounds and melodies and sent it to Raiden. After meeting up in Miami and discussing our ideas, he took the layout and continued working on sounds and the allover arrangement. Then we got to the point where we would send back and forth versions to discuss details and to finalize the production. I think we made a really nice song/track, perfect for the summer festival season, and I’m excited to have it out now!”

The track itself features a pop vocalist and initially lures the listener in with catchy crossover appeal. The drop takes an unexpected but sonically delightful turn with orchestral loops bouncing euphorically amidst upbeat synths. The duo have also put out an extended mix of the track, which kicks up the energy even more, priming it for the main stage.

“Someone New” is out now via Nicky Romero‘s Protocol Recordings.

NMF Roundup: Ferry Corsten and BT deliver ‘1997,’ Galantis and Yellow Claw team up + more

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NMF Roundup: Ferry Corsten and BT deliver ‘1997,’ Galantis and Yellow Claw team up + moreFerry Corsten Photo Credit Getty

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.

Ferry Corsten and BT kick off this week’s hottest songs with the release of their hefty new collaboration, “1997,” and Gorgon City take on Local Dialect in a slow-burning remix of “Poseidon.” Sub Focus thrills on a drum ‘n’ bass take on Bring Me The Horizon’s “mother tongue,” and Kaskade and Meghan Trainor join forces on “With You.” Luttrell returns to Anjunadeep for “Need You Now,” and Yellow Claw and Galantis keep things light and breezy on “We Can Get High.” Tiësto has remixed the late Avicii’s “Tough Love,” and Ducky makes a Deadbeats appearance with “Addicted to Your Distance.” Jason Ross brings an even more emotive atmosphere to Gryffin and SLANDER’s “All You Need To Know,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge follow their recent LP with “Never Before.” Kygo teams up with Store P and Lars Vaular on “Kem Kan Eg Ringe,” and Fox Stevenson continues his slew of 2019 releases with “Killjoy.” Gallant serenades smoothly on “Sharpest Edges,” and Matoma links with MNEK and Kiana Ledé on “Bruised Not Broken.”

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.

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Creamfields phase-two lineup arrives with Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Peggy Gou, + more

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Creamfields phase-two lineup arrives with Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Peggy Gou, + moreCreamfields 2016 Photo Credit Anthony Mooney Alesso Arc Stage

Creamfields continues mounting already-accrued fervor surrounding its 2019 arm. In addition to securing the previously announced Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5, Calvin Harris, and Eric Prydz (just a few of the hallowed, initial slew), the UK festival has added a wealth of names to its August 22-25 roster.

Among the list of newly compounded, multi-genre names are Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Peggy Gou, and Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman. From the original amalgamation of acts also comes Above & Beyond, Tiësto, and The Chemical Brothers, the last of which just released their ninth studio album, No Geography.

The four-day Creamfields, a longstanding authority in the festival circuit since the late ’90s, will span the August Bank Holiday weekend in Daresbury, Cheshire. The full Creamfields lineup, general festival information, and ticketing can be found here.

Full list of newly added acts:

Peggy Gou, Heidi, Joris Voorn, Mistajam, Mauro Picotto, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Blastoyz, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman, Maurice West, Noisecontrollers, NorthBase, Jack Eye Jones, TNT aka Technoboy ‘n’ Tuneboy, Dr Phunk, MC Dynamite, Mia More, Franky Wah, Generik and LilRockit.

Photo Credit: Anthony Mooney

Saturday Night Session 019: Nicky Romero discusses how Protocol Recordings empowers his creativity and talks staying balanced despite a near constant life on the road

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Saturday Night Session 019: Nicky Romero discusses how Protocol Recordings empowers his creativity and talks staying balanced despite a near constant life on the roadNicky Romero Press Shot

Few artists have the ability to represent a genre with a simple mention of their name, but when it comes to Nicky Romero, over a decade of producing upbeat progressive house anthems has made the producer’s moniker seemingly synonymous with the genre. While Romero started producing in the early 2000’s, he recalls the moment he realized he ‘made it’ as a music producer.

Romero notes, “‘My Friend’ was the breakout moment for me when I really started getting attention on an international level followed by ‘Toulouse,’ but the game changer was ‘I Could Be The One,’ which I made with Avicii. Working with Tim on that record was a transformative experience, and I’m grateful for the time we had creating together.”

“I Could Be The One” catapulted Romero into international notoriety and gave him the platform to reach a mass audience, and this reach coincided with a fundamental shift in dance music itself. Progressive house peaked from 2010-2013, and from there, the sub-genre played an integral role in the commercialization of dance music. Progressive House allowed for big-name pop artists to come in and be vocalists on electronic music backdrops that were likable to global and commercial audiences. Romero’s own music evolved during this transition, and he has found a way to balance producing mainstage worthy electronic releases while also producing music that could just as easily belong on a top 40 radio station.

Embracing this shift in dance music has enabled Romero to remain at the forefront of the genre for over five years and counting, and he shows no signs of slowing down. When asked about how he manages to balance touring and releasing a steady stream of music over such a long span of time, Romero notes, “It’s not easy. I have a great team that works day and night to keep everything on track. Guarding my rest and health is what keeps me going as well. It’s important to find a balance and remember that there must be time for life as well. Touring and travel has allowed me to see the world, but I also cherish the moments at home with my family and friends.”

In addition to releasing his own music, Romero is label head and founder of Protocol Recordings, one of the most impactful labels for dance music as it stands. Record deals, management, and a multitude of other factors make the music world a tricky one. Romero’s favorite thing about running Protocol is that the label is an outlet for him to bypass what can be an admittedly complicated world and release what he feels passionately about, whether the music is his own or another artist’s.

He elaborates on this, noting, “We get to release the music we want without restrictions. When we find an artist we’re passionate about or I produce a record I’m in love with, we don’t need to ask for approvals or waste time. We just release it to the world.”

Romero put together a high energy hour long Saturday Night Session mix, which is the best representation of the producer’s ability to float between hard-hitting and festival-ready tracks alongside smooth vocal driven releases. He tries to tell a different story through each of his sets, and the mix certainly does just that in order to get listeners’ ready for their Saturday night.

PC: Darryl Adelaar

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You have been releasing music now for over a decade. Are any of your track’s particularly personal to you or stand out to you as being one of your favorites above the rest?

“My Friend” was the breakout moment for me when I really started getting attention on an international level followed by “Toulouse,” but the game changer was “I Could Be The One,” which I made with Avicii. Working with Tim on that record was a transformative experience, and I’m grateful for the time we had creating together.

You produce everything from mainstage electronic tracks to commercial crossover releases to working with big-time acts like Rihanna. Do you have a specific genre of music you prefer producing?

Progressive house will always be my starting point but I’ve loved experimenting and pushing my boundaries over the years. Its tough to put yourself in a creative box and only stick to certain forms of music. I find it challenging and exciting to push my limits. 

What is your favorite part about running the label?

We get to release the music we want without restrictions. When we find an artist we’re passionate about or I produce a record I’m in love with, we don’t need to ask for approvals or waste time. We just release it to the world.

Is there any part of you that still gets nervous for big performances or studio sessions with other high profile artists? Or have you been doing this for long enough now that it is all standard and just another day on the job?

Of course, that is being human. Festivals still give me a rush and I hope that is a feeling that never goes away. I feel most alive when I’m on the stage playing my songs for fans that have given me so much support over the years. 

The amount of music you put out is incredibly impressive. How do you balance it all? Running a label; touring; putting out new originals and remixes; and theoretically having time for a personal life as well?

It’s not easy. I have a great team that works day and night to keep everything on track. Guarding my rest and health is what keeps me going as well. It’s important to find a balance and remember that there must be time for life as well. Touring and travel has allowed me to see the world, but I also cherish the moments at home with my family and friends.

You’ve got a lot of great shows coming up this summer including your performance at Laroc Club – how much do you enjoy playing in front of a Brazilian crowd?

The fans in Brazil are some of the most supportive in the world. It’s such a beautiful country and I’m always welcomed with open arms. I cannot wait to be back.

What kind of a Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session going to get listener’s ready for?

I try to tell a story in my sets and keep the momentum going while still allowing the listener to experience different emotions through the music. 

Opening day rewind: listen to live Ultra sets from Alesso, Tiësto, Dog Blood, and more

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Opening day rewind: listen to live Ultra sets from Alesso, Tiësto, Dog Blood, and moreUltra Music Key Biscayne Resident Backlash

From main stage marvels like Alesso and Tiësto, to collaborative heavy-hitters like Dog Blood, Ultra‘s opening day of production attracted choice electronic acts to the Miami flagship’s newfound home of Virginia Key. For dance music diversion, look no further than Dancing Astronaut’s live set roundup from day one of Ultra Music Festival.

Set highlights include Dog Blood playing out their latest single, “Turn Off The Lights,” and Alesso exerting the main stage strength of cuts from his recently released EP, Progresso Volume 1Nora En Pure, Nicky Romero, and Fedde le Grand each follow suit, lighting up Virginia Key and streamers’ speakers with their masterful mixing techniques and energetic stage presences. A thunderous day two of Ultra Music Festival festivities awaits, with Zedd, Tchami, Martin Garrix, 3LAU, and more scheduled to appear.

Nora En Pure, Main Stage

Dog Blood, Main Stage

Nicky Romero, Main Stage

Alesso, Main Stage

Tiësto, Main Stage 

Fedde Le Grand, Main Stage

Malaa, Worldwide Stage

Louis The Child, Live Arena

DallasK and Nicky Romero enlist XYLØ for calming new single, ‘Sometimes’

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DallasK and Nicky Romero enlist XYLØ for calming new single, ‘Sometimes’DallasK Nicky Romero Sabine Metz 2019 Billboard 1548

DallasK and Nicky Romero have made new names for themselves in recent years by producing pop-electronic crossover songs while still creating hard-hitting tracks perfected for live performances. The two producers join their production capabilities for “Sometimes,” featuring vocalist XYLØ. A bouncing backdrop with an underlying bassline builds around the moving vocals, delivering effortlessly groovy heat to the dance floor. The overall undeniably catchy atmosphere of “Sometimes” bridges the gap for both electronic and pop music fans.

“The lyrics of this song really resonated with me, and I was able to put myself immediately in the mood of the record,” Romero says of the track in a release. “Dallas is an incredible writer, and it was a pleasure collaborating with him on this record. I can’t thank XYLØ enough for her beautiful voice and for tying the record together so effortlessly.”

Both producers will be performing at Miami Music Week, so fans can expect to hear the new single debuted live throughout the weekend.

Photo credit: Renata Raksha; Sabine Metz; Hayley Appel

NMF Roundup: Dog Blood make a triumphant return, Dillon Francis teams up with lovelytheband, Whethan looks to ‘Win You Over’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Dog Blood make a triumphant return, Dillon Francis teams up with lovelytheband, Whethan looks to ‘Win You Over’ + moreDillon Francis Change Your Mind Preferred Press Shot By Lindsey Byrnes E1553870003361

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.

It’s been more than five years since the music world has seen new music from Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s supergroup, Dog Blood, but that wait is finally over with “Turn Off The Lights.” Dillon Francis joins forces with lovelytheband for a, well, lovely collaboration called “Change Your Mind.” Armin van Buuren, Lucas & Steve, and Josh Cumbee deliver a feel-good number by the name of “Don’t Give Up On Me,” and Nicky Romero, DallasK, and XYLØ create a contemplative, low-key collaboration, “Sometimes.” Whethan and Bearson have crafted an effortlessly groovy “Win You Over” with SOAK, and Seven Lions and Kill The Noise take things up a notch with the formidable “The Blood.” Bassnectar reveals his Reflective Part Four EP is on its way with “Illusion,” and Kove keeps his brand of drum & bass subtle and smooth with “Echoes.” Jai Wolf and Dresage come together in “Better Apart,” and NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg make a powerful pair in “REDLIGHT.” Sam Feldt brings summer a few months early with “One Day” with ROZES and Yves V, and Zomboy brings “The Beast” with his new single. The Chainsmokers prep for their new album with “Kills You Slowly,” and Mielo releases his Anywhere But Here EP, featuring a closing song of the same title.

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: Tchami and Ibranovski unleash ‘Omega,’ Delta Heavy and KUURO team up on ‘Replicant’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Tchami and Ibranovski unleash ‘Omega,’ Delta Heavy and KUURO team up on ‘Replicant’ + moreTchami Future Fest Maria Boyadgis

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.

Perhaps March 25th’s biggest release is a fiery collaboration between CONFESSION‘s Tchami and Ibranovski by the name of “Omega.” DEVAULT puts his own mellow spin on Alessia Cara‘s “Out of Love,” and Oliverse cranks up the intensity on a remix of Emalkay’s “Fabrication.” Golf Clap keep things smooth and grooving with their new single, “Demo Tapes,” and Riggi & Piros join forces with MOTi for “Side 2 Side.” Delta Heavy reveal their 11-track Only In Dreams LP, featuring “Replicant” with KUURO, and CloZee puts her own worldly downtempo twist on Axel Thesleff’s “Eco.” Zack Martino takes on Armin van Buuren‘s “Lonely For You” with Bonnie McKee, and Sullivan King throws it back to 2005 with a hardcore remix of Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” Grant returns to Monstercat for a contemplative new single, “Wishes,” and W&W and Maurice West link up on “Matrix.” MYRNE taps Sam Rui and Gentle Bones for “Call, Call Me,” and Amon Tobin previews his forthcoming studio album with the release of “Vipers Follow You.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Photo credit: Maria Boyadgis

Thomas Gold and Kosling induce euphoria with new release, ‘Wildest Dreams’

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Thomas Gold and Kosling induce euphoria with new release, ‘Wildest Dreams’Thomas Gold Press Shot 1920

Thomas Gold marks his official return to Nicky Romero‘s Protocol Recordings with a new collaboration with up-and-comer Kosling titled “Wildest Dream.” They have released an original and extended cut of the track, both of which build around singer Matthew Steeper’s polarizing vocal lines. The track blends piano and high-pitched electronic notes to create a bouncy and upbeat tune that takes the listener to a happy place.

Gold spoke with Dancing Astronaut about the release, saying, “I’m super excited to be back on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings with ‘Wildest Dream.’ For this one, I went for a 100 percent vocal progressive house approach. First of all, I fell in love with the vocal from the moment I heard the demo, and it was super fun to work on the music together with Kosling. I love his style, so we came up with the production quickly. I love the uplifting and emotional energy of the track and can’t wait to play it out everywhere in the world!”

Gold is known for his progressive house sound and his ability to blend unique vocals with upbeat tracks, and “Wildest Dream” does just that making it to the perfect addition to his catalog of releases.

Lunar Lunes: Mat Zo takes listeners ‘Deep Inside,’ Flux Pavilion teams up with CRaymak & Tasha Baxter, Malaa shares ‘Addiction’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Mat Zo takes listeners ‘Deep Inside,’ Flux Pavilion teams up with CRaymak & Tasha Baxter, Malaa shares ‘Addiction’ + moreMat Zo Self Assemble

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.

Mad Zoo label head Mat Zo brings a brand new glitchy original to his imprint, “Deep Inside,” and Nicky Romero shares a club mix of “Se7en.” Dutch producer Joris Voorn makes his Anjunadeep debut with a highly anticipated remix of Yotto‘s “Walls,” and Nora En Pure thrills with a gorgeous remix of “We Found Love” with Passenger 10. Flux Pavilion teams up with CRaymak and Tasha Baxter for a dramatic new single, “Saviour,” and Malaa brings “Addiction” to Tchami’s CONFESSION. Kayzo brings the heat with a new collaboration with blessthefall, “Before the Storm,” and BIJOU and Schade throw a “House Party” in their new Unlocked Vol. 1 contribution. TheFatRat, Anna Yvette, and Laura Brehm tug on listeners’ heartstrings in an emotive new collaboration, “Chosen,” and Dion Timmer and Micah Martin bring the electro-fueled “Internet Boy” to Monstercat. Barren Gates and RMND cook up a moody new original, “In the Darkness,” and DVBBS tap Saro for their new single, “Somebody Like You.” Julian Jordan‘s newest does anything but “Backfire,” and Justice Skolnik brings the feels in a new emotive remix of RL Grime‘s “I Wanna Know.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).