[Q&A] Meet the artists you can’t miss at Spring Awakening: Tiësto

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This year, Chicago’s Spring Awakening Music Festival, the largest dance music fest in the Midwest, will return to Addams/Medill Park with another packed, meticulously curated lineup, including Tchami, Virtual Self, Tiësto, Alison Wonderland, and more across its three-day span. Dancing Astronaut has teamed up with the fest to get to know its standout acts a little better, just before SAMF arrives to bid spring adieu June 8-10. 


If there was ever a single artist in dance music who truly needed no introduction, it would be Tiësto. His universal status echoes far beyond the dance circuit, into the far corners of the music industry at large. He’s been dubbed “Greatest DJ of All Time” and the “Godfather of EDM” by a number of publications, and helped to solidify dance music’s place in mainstream music in Athens in 2004 by becoming the first DJ to ever perform at the Olympics.

Tiësto’s epochal trance hooks will likely reverberate through dance floors for countless future generations. At 49, Tiësto has been wielding his now ubiquitous dance floor weapons for decades, founding Black Hole Recordings in 1997, wherein he released his earliest albums. He was nominated for a Grammy for his fiercely ambitious trance album, Elements Of Life, in 2007, and was vindicated in 2015 when his remix of John Legend’s “All Of Me” won the Grammy for Best Non-Classical Remix.

His more recent delve into mainstream territory — bringing with it another world tour and his rowdy, heavily collaborated I Like It Loud EP — has shown he has no plans of hanging up his DJ or production hats anytime soon. Before Tiësto heads back to the Windy City for another headlining performance at Spring Awakening, he sat down with DA to talk about his new collaboration with Post Malone, Preme, Dzeko, and Louis Bell, the legacy he hopes to leave behind, his recommendations for must-see acts at Spring Awakening this year, and more.

You can still buy tickets to Spring Awakening here, and the full lineup is here.


You have a new track coming out this month. What can you tell us about that?

It started with a group of friends hanging out: Preme, Post Malone, Louis Bell, Dzeko and me. Preme played the verse of what became “Jackie Chan.” Dzeko and I were like “Man, we can make something really cool and different out of this.” It took a lot of hard work to get it to a place where all of us were satisfied with it, but once it got there, we knew we had something special.

How have you seen U.S. electronic music scene evolve since your earlier days?

It went from super rave and off the radar to mainstream relevant and more popular than ever.

What is your favorite part of being on tour? least favorite?

My favorite part is entertaining thousands of people every night. It is an amazing feeling. My least favorite part is the traveling, airports, and airport food.

Who’s someone outside the EDM arena you would most want to collaborate with and why?

I just did with Post Malone! He’s so talented and fun to hang out with. Not to mention his voice is amazing.

What has been your most memorable performance thus far and why?

I have so many.. And that’s the beauty about being a DJ, every night is different and that’s what keeps me interested and keeps it fun for me.

What kind of legacy do you hope to leave for the music world at large?

I hope people think of me as the man that gave people incredible and unforgettable nights, an inspiration to aspiring new DJs and producers, and a mentor to many.

How does it feel to be returning to Chicago for Spring Awakening?

Chicago is one of my favorite cities to play, and I love the vibes this festival brings.

Which three sets would you recommend from the Spring Awakening lineup this year?

First, Dubfire – he’s a great techno act. Also, Seven Lions – he’s on his own planet and has incredible music. And finally, Mercer – he makes great dance music with a lot of variety.

Featured photo: Jordan Loyd

Spring Awakening announces 2018 dates and early bird tickets

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Chicago’s own React Presents has announced the 2018 dates of the seventh annual Spring Awakening Music Festival (SAMF), which will take place June 8-10. SAMF, the largest strictly electronic music festival in the Midwest, will return to Adams/Medill Park in Chicago for the third year since its departure from its original destination, Soldier Field.

SAMF has hosted some of the most eminent names in EDM, including Skrillex, Diplo, and Dillon Francis over the years, rendering it a must-attend for Chicago’s electronic music lovers since its launch in 2012.

Discounted general admission and VIP early bird tickets are on sale Oct. 12-14 at their lowest price, available here.

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5 artists not to miss at Spring Awakening 2017

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5 artists not to miss at Spring Awakening

Located in the heart of Chicago, Spring Awakening Music Festival will take place June 9-12 on the grassy fields of Addams/Medill Park. Fans will travel from all over the world to experience an epic lineup provides something for everyone.

With a weekend stacked with world renowned producers, the festival will play host to a plethora of unforgettable performances which can’t be missed. Though there are many exceptional artists playing this weekend which are not on this list, here are five artists which we recommend making a point to see.

Words by Kassi Chrysanthopoulos.

Featured photo via Spring Awakening.

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Martin Garrix

Martin Garrix has had many stunning performances this year including a mind-blowing set at Ultra Music Festival as well as a captivating appearance at Coachella where he brought out Dua Lipa on stage to preform alongside of him for a thrilling surprise. He has dropped one hit after the other this year including his future bass masterpiece, “Scared to Be Lonely,” “Byte,” which showcases his signature infectious big room sound as well as a touching collaboration with Troye Sivan titled, “There For You.” With a ton of unreleased music rumored to be on the way, Martin Garrix’s set at Spring Awakening will be one for the books.

Photo via Quinn Tucker/Coachella.

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Jauz

This year has been a wild one for Jauz as he has preformed all across the country while producing along the way. Jauz has released “The Game,” a snarling monstrosity featuring raw and powerful bass as well as his bruising ominous original “Claim To Be.” He has played chilling back to back sets with OWSLA all-stars Mija, Ghastly, JOYRYDE, and DJ Sliink at Ultra, and performed alongside DJ Snake, Porter Robinson and Don Diablo at Something Wonderful.

Photo via Joe Janet/Hakkasan.

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Malaa

The mysterious masked DJ and producer, Malaa, has been in the spotlight for the last two years thanks to his sinister beats and incredibly raw performances. Playing at Ultra, Malaa dropped a set that was full of tracks from Tchami‘s Confession label, as well as several unreleased tracks. In the past year, the faceless artist also produced the anthemic “Bylina” and dropped his enigmatic, hourlong Illegal Mixtape. Malaa’s energy is bound to incite fans from all over the world this weekend at Spring Awakening.

Photo via Rukes/HARD Summer.

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Louis The Child

Earlier in 2017, Louis The Child released their”Love Is Alive” with Elohim, featuring mesmerizing vocals, smooth percussion, and a rumbling bass line. The duo are known for their uplifting, feel-good sound that pull at the heart strings of their listeners. With an arsenal of euphoric music, and an impressive EP under their belt this year, Louis The Child’s set will be the perfect addition to a sunny summer’s day.

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Party Favor

Party Favor‘s edgy, exhilarating and thrilling style has helped pioneer the festival trap genre with anthems such as “Bap U,” “Booty Loose,” and his latest release, “WAWA.” The Mad Decent regular delivers an energetic, innately danceable sound, and his high-energy live performances, such as his recent Ultra set, never fail to rile up the crowd in all the right ways.

Stratus – Eliminate Them (Original Mix)

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Stratus have just created one of the most nightmarish tracks of the year thus far with “Eliminate Them.”

The dubstep track is as brilliant as it is utterly creepy. Stratus’ focus on building the drama of the track takes up the first third of the track, which makes the drop even more satisfying when it does hit. The producer’s attention to detail is what makes this track stand out. Though the drops are incredible portions of “Eliminate Them,” his builds in between are even more noteworthy.

Stratus takes on Spring Awakening Music Festival‘s Bass Kitchen Stage next weekend with dubstep greats like Snails and Kill the Noise. See him in action on Sunday, June 11 at 3:40 p.m. in Chicago.

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