deadmau5 debuts forthcoming Rob Swire collab live at Spring Awakening [Watch]

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Spring Awakening attendees were among the first to get a live preview of deadmau5’s latest collaboration with Rob Swire, reportedly entitled “Monophobia.” Listeners will remember Swire for his work with electronic music’s big cheese on 2009’s “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff,” a song off of deadmau5’s album, For Lack of a Better Name.

While little is known about the burgeoning tune other than its existence after its appearance in deadmau5’s Spring Awakening set, fan videos taken during the festival offer those not present a glimpse of what’s to come when the track gains its official release. deadmau5 originally sampled the song during a live Twitch broadcast in May.

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Dash Berlin pulls out of Spring Awakening due to health issues

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Chicago’s premiere electronic music destination Spring Awakening had some unfortunate news this weekend as they took to Twitter to announce that Dash Berlin would no longer be performing due to undisclosed health issues.

Although in light of his absence, Spring Awakening has added Zedd to its bill.

The past year has been full of highlights for Dash Berlin, although this recent cancellation is is not the first time his health has led to canceled shows. Recently, Berlin also withdrew from the A State Of Trance lineup, also for undisclosed health issues. Still, no further issues surrounding the complications of his health have been made known. Dash Berlin has had several major releases through his career, largely shaping the spheres of progressive, trance, and big room. In 2017 alone, Berlin saw successful several single releases including “Love Out Loud, ” “Home,” and “We Don’t Belong, ” keeping himself at the forefront of the EDM scene worldwide.

Meet the artists you can’t miss at Spring Awakening: Alison Wonderland

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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 TchamiVirtual SelfTiëstoAlison 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. 


Alexandra Sholler, aka Alison Wonderland, EDM’s token Aussie with the purplest hair and some the most massive bass beats in the game, is heading back to the Windy City for 2018’s Spring Awakening. Aside from her status as a globetrotting DJ/producer, Sholler is also a classically trained cellist, songwriter, and singer — her voice can be heard on nearly every track she writes. Last year, she made headlines for her stellar performance at Coachella, where she and Rezz were the highest paid females on the ticket — not to mention Coachella history. 

Known for her transparency about struggling with mental health, Sholler has become something of an advocate in that domain for both other artists and her fans, often taking time out of her sets to speak candidly on the topic. Both her new album, Awake, and her 2015 album, Run, are weighted in unequivocal emotion, a redemptive motif encircling her momentous trap beats and intricate sampling.

A highly in-demand collaborator, Sholler has teamed with talent across the spectrum, including Lido, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Chief Keef, and most extensively, fellow Aussies, Slumberjack, whom she speaks so fondly of with Dancing Astronaut before she heads to SAMF’s Equinox Stage June 8. She also divulges into inspiration for Awake, must-see sets at SAMF, and her at-home, one-woman DJ sessions.

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

How would you compare the Australian dance music scene to the US’s?

I grew up in the dance music scene in Australia. It’s what shaped my whole career as an artist. I feel like the festivals are different. I remember the first time I played EDC Las Vegas in 2015. I had never seen an electronic festival like that in my entire life.

Quite a bit of time elapsed between Run and Awake. Were you working on Awake for that entire time?

No I was not. I did a lot of touring off Run. To be honest, I didn’t expect Run to get the attention it did when I made it. I find it hard to produce and write while I’m on the road, so I started working on Awake when I had more down time in one place. I am also very inspired by my emotions, and Awake is about a pretty heavy series of events in my life. I can’t pick and choose when things happen to me or where I find creative inspiration, and I started writing awake to deal with those particular issues.

How have you evolved as an artist in that time span?

I am not sure. I feel like as I grow as a human, I grow as an artist. It’s very organic for me. I grow off feelings and intuitions. I am super bad at planning, so I think I just have more insight now. I don’t really think about how I have grown. I think I definitely am a better songwriter and producer. That’s the great thing about art: you can always learn new things.

Last time I saw you live, you got up on the decks and had so much enthusiasm. Do you still get that hyped about DJing?

100%, even when I’m alone I get hyped. I think this is the only thing I genuinely love, to be honest. I DJ alone in my house for fun. Once I played for eight hours straight at a house party I threw in LA. Ask Jai Wolf, he was there. I feel better behind the decks than in front of them. Every time I play I feel at home and it is super cathartic for me.

You’ve collaborated with Slumberjack on your past two albums. Tell me about your experience working with them.

I just f****ng love those boys. We really get each other musically. Everything just flows so easily. We always seem to make music in the most random places. “Naked” was finished in a hotel room with sh**ty laptop speakers and my iPhone as a microphone. “Sometimes Love” was made in a kitchen. I prefer collaborations that feel organic where there is mutual and equal respect. I work better that way. I mean everyone does. It is important to have trust in each other’s creative processes. I feel all of that with the Slumberjack boys.

What’s your favorite part of being on tour? Least favorite?

My favorite part is playing shows and feeling the adrenaline and connection with a crowd that comes with that. My least favorite part is the loneliness.

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

Amazing. I cannot wait. I love the crowd there.

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

I would not miss Virtual Self, Bleep bloop, Oh and this loser. Her mother paid me $20 dollars to say this: Alison Wonderland.

[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.

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Spring Awakening Music Festival shares stacked phase one lineup

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Chicago’s electronic summer staple, Spring Awakening Music Festival, will return to the Windy City’s Addams/Medill park for its seventh iteration Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10. The largest all-electronic music festival in the Midwest, Spring Awakening has released phase one of its 2018 lineup, a sizable roster of mainstream talent topped by Afrojack, Hardwell, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, deadmau5, and more.

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Championed as “one of the most seismic lineups for Spring Awakening yet,” the shock waves spurred by the festival’s first phase  only increase in intensity given the reveal of the event’s six branded stage showcases: Trance Arena, Bass Kitchen, the techno oriented Requiem, Sunday School, HELDEEP, and DJ MAG.

3-day GA and VIP passes to Spring Awakening’s seventh edition are now available for purchase, here.

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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Stolen gear and passport lead Axwell Λ Ingrosso to cancel Spring Awakening set

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Tragedy struck right before Axwell Λ Ingrosso’s Spring Awakening appearance in Chicago, forcing the famed act to cancel altogether. They revealed over Twitter that Ingrosso’s car had been broken into and robbed. Among the missing items were Ingrosso’s laptop with all his productions and his laptop, rendering it impossible for him to travel to the USA to fulfill his contractual duties. Axwell stayed behind too as a result.

The Swedish act held a headlining spot on the festival’s main stage on Saturday, June 10, which would marked their first time playing on American soil since the release of their recent EP, More Than You Know. “We’re incredibly sorry to miss Spring Awakening Music Festival and are working to correct this issue before our next USA appearance,” the duo remarked at the end of their announcement. Refunds were issued to those holding passes to their afterparty.

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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.

Stream Duke Dumont and Gorgon City’s uplifting new collaboration, ‘Real Life’

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June is here and the hot-weathered bustle of summer is in full swing. For those partying until the early hours in Ibiza and those sipping cocktails by the pool, the search for the quintessential summer tune is already on everyone’s radar.

Cue Duke Dumont and Gorgon City, a prominent grouping of renowned UK house producers and long-time creators of sultry, uplifting sounds. Independently, the artists are globally recognized for their anthemic deep house brilliance, while regularly hyping up crowds at every corner of the globe with their respective chart-topping originals.

Now, to the adoration and excitement of many fans from both projects, Duke Dumont and Gorgon City recently linked up for a glorious new collaboration titled “Real Life” off Astralwerks. The track instantly reads as a star-studded combination of talent, and with the vital addition of NAATIONS‘ illustrious vocalist Nat Dunn, the new release is primed for imminent success.

Gorgon City told Dancing Astronaut the following about their recent collaboration:

“We’ve been friends with Duke Dumont for quite a few years. We’ve gotten to know each other throughout the scene, even prior to Gorgon City when we were doing our solo stuff. We’ve always been a really big fan of him, and thought it would be really cool to do something special this summer. He came back with some cool ideas and we finished it pretty quickly; it’s quite organic and really natural.”

Laying down a solid foundation of thumping four-on-the-floor rhythms, “Real Life”  features a grand display of thick chord progressions, enlivened piano scales, and a scattering of pumped-up percussion to set the mood, while Nat Dunn’s vocals provide an eloquent impact that brings the track together. Altogether, the single is loaded with warmer season sensualities. Gorgon City adds insight to the message behind the single:

“When we were making the track, we had summer in the back of our minds the whole time. We really thought the uplifting piano vibes in the song is kinda like a throwback to a ’90s beat revival, and it felt like that sort of track hasn’t been around for awhile. Also, the lyrics felt very contemporary and poignant to this social media world that we’re living in where we’re figuring out what is real life as well as what is loving someone in real life.”

Duke Dumont and Gorgon City are set to perform at Spring Awakening in Chicago on June 11.

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