Avicii’s father addresses IMS Ibiza on mental health and Tim Bergling Foundation initiatives alongside Pete Tong

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Avicii’s father addresses IMS Ibiza on mental health and Tim Bergling Foundation initiatives alongside Pete TongKlas Bergling IMS Ibiza

Avicii‘s father, Klas Bergling, spoke at IMS Ibiza yesterday (May 23). Bergling was interviewed by BBC Radio 1‘s Pete Tong about the importance of recognizing the early signs of deteriorating mental health and depression for artists and creatives working in the music industry and about different means of treatment. The conversation largely focused on the initiatives and mission of the newly formed Tim Bergling Foundation, which was created by the late Swedish superstar’s family in the wake of his untimely passing in April of 2018.

In the interview, Bergling dives into what he believes the contributing factors were in the deterioration of his son’s mental health, citing Avicii’s famously relentless touring itinerary, anxiety, depression, lack of sleep, and alcohol dependency. Bergling expressed concern for his son’s well being many times in the years leading up to his passing, though Bergling concedes that even with the full support of Avicii’s team, friends and family, and professional counsel, his attempts to intervene often fell short of making a real impact.

“It’s not many jobs that you can drink while you work, or you’re allowed to. If you start drinking at your job, your manager is supposed to take care of you quickly,” says Bergling. “Life as a DJ and travels where you don’t get any rest between, you travel a lot, you sleep less. The pressure is great depending on the individual, some people handle it perfectly, others don’t.”

The Tim Bergling Foundation was created earlier this year in memory of Avicii, intended to focus on causes near to the “Wake Me Up” star’s heart. Funded solely from the estate left by Avicii, the foundation seeks to educate people on the issues surrounding suicide and mental health, combating climate change, and protecting endangered species.

Splash House shares stellar June 2019 lineup topped by Justice, A-Trak, Jai Wolf, Armand Van Helden and more

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Splash House shares stellar June 2019 lineup topped by Justice, A-Trak, Jai Wolf, Armand Van Helden and moreAlice MoitieÌ Credit Justice Press Shot

Splash House is back, programming a top-notch lineup for the poolside function’s 2019 iteration. This year, Goldenvoice roped together a complementary blend of dance icons and the moment’s current wave makers—pairing acts like Justice, Jai Wolf, A-Trak, Pete Tong, Medasin, CRAY, and Armand Van Helden together on one of the most colorful billings of the year.

Additionally, AC Slater, Dom Dolla, Troyboi, Dusky, Shiba San, and more round out Splash House’s June 7 – 9 run. Splayed out across four luxurious Palm Springs’ venues—The Renaissance, Riviera, Saguaro Hotels, and the the Palm Springs Air Museum—Splash House as reinvented the typical festival model over the years, and based on an impeccable 2019 lineup, might be primed for its biggest year yet. See the full lineup below.

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Do LaB announces 15th anniversary Coachella lineup, featuring Pete Tong, Mr. Carmack, The Floozies, and more

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An annual highlight at California’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival, Do LaB‘s carefully curated musical stage coalesces expert electronic acts, for a high caliber lineup within the festival’s larger billing. A cornerstone of the Coachella experience, Do LaB will present its themed stage at the 2019 edition of the multi-weekend affair for the 15th year. The longevity of the Do LaB stage at Coachella evidences Do LaB’s consistent ability to wow Coachella crowds with its collection of artists, and judging by the newly unveiled lineup, 2019 will be no exception.

Do LaB’s lineup joins noteworthy up-and-comers with established industry greats, for a balanced mix of novel and veteran acts. The lineup accordingly touts Dom Dolla, Dombresky, Escapade (a duo comprised of Dirtybird Collective label mates, Walker & Royce and Ardalan), The Floozies, Mr. Carmack, Sonny Fodera, Dance SpiritPete Tong performing with a yet-to-be-named guest, and more.

While the 2019 lineup touts a wealth of stellar electronic entities, those familiar with Do LaB’s history of production know the expression “expect the unexpected” to be salient advice. Do LaB routinely surprises attendees with unannounced sets from dance favorites, in past years bringing the likes of Skrillex, Major Lazer, and Richie Hawtin to the stage without much advance notice.

Do Lab at Coachella 2019 Lineup:

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NMF Roundup: Habstrakt fires up ‘All Night,’ GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa team up, Autograf deliver ‘Hold Me Back’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Habstrakt fires up ‘All Night,’ GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa team up, Autograf deliver ‘Hold Me Back’ + moreHABSTRAKT Press Photo

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.

DJ Snake and Plastic Toy have kick off New Music Friday with  a sleek new single, “Try Me,” on Snake’s Premiere Classe Records. Habstrakt makes a return with a forceful new single, “All Night,” and Tiësto, Dzeko, and Lena Leon team up for weekend-ready tune, “Halfway There.” Netsky‘s released a set of remixes for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” including a “Powerlines Mix” of his own. GRiZ and Wiz Khalifa bring an easygoing atmosphere to their new single, “Find My Own Way,” and Autograf break their silence with a new groovy single, “Hold Me Back” with John Splithoff. After a many-month hiatus, Goldroom delivers a fresh new original, “Cocaine Girl,” and Jai Wolf taps into listeners’ nostalgia with “This Song Reminds Me Of You.” Duke & Jones have put their own twist on Louis the Child‘s “Breaking News,” and Shadient brings elements of intensity in “Numbers Station.” Diplo, Sia and Labrinth‘s LSD project has put out a new original, “No New Friends,” and Cedric Gervais crafts two versions of a new tune, “Good Things.” The Aston Shuffle realize it’s “Now Or Never” in their new single, and Headhunterz brings his classic hardstyle sound to the emotive “Oxygen.”

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.

Artists industry wide react to Keith Flint’s death

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Artists industry wide react to Keith Flint’s deathKeith Flint

The Earth seemed to stand still for more than just the electronic music space on Monday, March 4 as news of The Prodigy‘s Keith Flint‘s death ripped through the music industry at large. From Skrillex, to Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page, Cypress Hill to the Sex Pistol’s Johnny Rotten, music makers far and wide took to Twitter to express their grief and admiration for the fallen icon. Another electronic music monolith gone too soon, Flint’s legacy will live on.

Adam Beyer, Charlotte de Witte, and more top IMS Ibiza’s Dalt Vila 2019 roster

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International Music Summit, one of the world’s top hybrid music festival and conference experiences, has revealed the 2019 lineup for its storied closing party, Dalt Vila. Set to take place at a 2,500-year-old former fort and Unesco World Heritage Site in Ibiza Old Town, the annual celebration marks the conclusion of IMS Week, and the start of the Ibiza summer season.

IMS’ Dalt Vila experience will unite house and techno icons like Adam Beyer, Charlotte de Witte, Joseph Capriati and Nicole Moudaber – all under one roof. The party will be hosted by female empowerment network, shesaid.so, and powered by Pioneer DJ.

Tickets are available here.

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Premiere: Capricorn – 20Hz (Themba’s Herd Mix)

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Premiere: Capricorn – 20Hz (Themba’s Herd Mix)THEMBA

South African producer THEMBA came onto the global dance scene in 2018 with a series of high-profile shows and well-received releases, leading to co-signs from some major names in dance music. From playing shows with Pete Tong and Black Coffee to taking over Ultra’s Resistance stage, the first year of THEMBA’s career brought him great success. For his first release of 2019, THEMBA has decided to share his remake of the iconic rave track “20Hz” by Capricorn.

Though re-working a classic can present its own struggles, THEMBA takes on the task by looking to his African roots. The artist, who routinely brings in local South African vocalists and percussionists, wanted to keep the beauty and prestige of the original while adding his own flare. “I love the melodic chimes in the original ’20Hz,’” THEMBA noted. “I wanted to create a version which I could play out by referencing the original but adding my own Afro-influenced house and techno sound to the mix.” Adding in chanting vocals and a wavering synth to the anthemic original, THEMBA’s glossy remake displays his influence while paying tribute to Capricorn’s 1993 release.

THEMBA’s “20Hz” remake is available for free download via the DA SoundCloud page.

Listen to RÜFÜS DU SOL’s breathtaking Essential Mix debut

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Listen to RÜFÜS DU SOL’s breathtaking Essential Mix debutRufus Stassie

Pete Tong has been an outspoken fan of Australian trio RÜFÜS DU SOL since their break half a decade ago. He’s rinsed their music heavily across his platforms, doing his part to seal in their now-global domination in the live electronica sphere. Having just released their critically-acclaimed and deeply personal third LP, Solace, the timing synced perfectly for RÜFÜS to make their debut on the hallowed Essential Mix series. They made their debut during the wee hours of December 1.

The boys treat listeners to two hours of sounds that that inspire them, and to some extent, their latest album. It opens with TYB’s choice edit of Simian Mobile Disco’s “Mumurations,” before diving deeper into funk-based grooves of Weval and beyond. The mix is ethereal, yet eclectic, with multiple stylings of electronic music coming together with a common tie of sentimental melodies and floating sound design. Ultimately, RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Essential Mix debut is a class showcasing of where they’re at musically, and quite an intimate one at that.

 

LISTEN TO RÜFÜS DU SOL’s ESSENTIAL MIX HERE 

 

Weekend Rewind: Sasha, Pete Tong & Eats Everything at Essential Mix 20th Anniversary party

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Weekend Rewind:  Sasha, Pete Tong & Eats Everything at Essential Mix 20th Anniversary partyPete Tong Eats Everything Essential Mi Manc Photography

Essential Mix turned a quarter-century old this year, and per tradition, invited an array of top talent from newer and older generations to help with the festivities. The Black Madonna, Nicole Moudaber, Derrick Carter, and Skream were some notable names on the billing, lighting the iconic show’s decks up with house and techno. The show continues to chug along at a forward-thinking pace per usual, most recently hosting RÜFÜS DU SOL on November 30 for an emotive two hours.

It just so happens that five years ago on November 30, Pete Tong went b2b with Eats Everything as part of the series’ 20th birthday celebration — time certainly has a way of flying by. Sasha played before, filling the industrial Machester space with an hour of buzzy, melodic house gems that were some of his crate favorites at the time. Pete Tong and Eats Everything laid down heady grooves afterward, with cuts from Green Velvet, Martin Buttrich, Maceo Plex, and more. Both do well in bringing about good memories from that time in dance music.

 

 

Photo credit: Manc Photography

HYTE to host loaded techno stage at upcoming Electric Zoo

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HYTE to host loaded techno stage at upcoming Electric ZooE Zoo Hyte 1

The well-oiled, underground music brand out of Berlin, HYTE, has just announced it will be hosting its own stage in New York this year at one of the most anticipated events in New England: Electric Zoo. HYTE will be a part of the fest’s final day, Sept. 2, at the Sunday School Grove stage.

With the sublime New York City skyline as its visionary backdrop, the HYTE stage will tout an impeccable batch of techno-centric talent, including Dubfire in a B2B session with Chris Liebing, Pete Tong, and Gregor Tresher. Fit for the occasion, HYTE’s comprehensive configuration of international acts showcases both world-renowned warriors of their craft and clandestine club phenomenons alike.

HYTE is known for casting techno entrancements all over the globe, hosting stages in the US, Europe, and even Vietnam — corralling icons like Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, and Maceo Plex to perform under its masthead.