ZEDD, Illenium, Martin Garrix, and Porter Robinson all locked in for Hakkasan’s Labor Day Weekend lineup

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ZEDD, Illenium, Martin Garrix, and Porter Robinson all locked in for Hakkasan’s Labor Day Weekend lineupMartin Garri And Zedd At OMNIA Nightclub Las Vegas Photo Credit Wolf Productions

Ah, the unofficial end of summer – Labor Day Weekend. 

There really isn’t a better party weekend to be had all summer long, and nobody does LDW like Las Vegas. Events giant Hakkasan has curated a stacked lineup in honor of the long weekend, bringing Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Illenium and more to the Strip from August 29 – September 2. Additional starpower for the weekend comes by way of performances from Tiesto, Playboi Carti, Tyga, and Lil Jon among others. 

Between nightclub properties Hakkasan, JEWEL, 1 OAK, and OMNIA, there’s a taste for everyone, and that’s even before considering the poolside lineups at WET Republic and LIQUID. From Desiigner to Porter Robinson, there’s a party for everyone in Vegas this year for LDW, courtesy of Hakkasan. To see Hakkasan’s full lineups and purchase tickets, click here.

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Steve Aoki & Darren Criss transform ‘Crash Into Me’ into bubble gum pop

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Steve Aoki & Darren Criss transform ‘Crash Into Me’ into bubble gum popSteve Aoki Neighborhood 1

The über popular 90s anthem “Crash Into Me,” originally penned by Dave Matthews Band, has been targeted by Steve Aoki and Darren Criss for a 2019 rinsing. They’ve taken it upon themselves to transform the folk-tinged rock pop tune into pure bubble gum fit for the modern young listener; the original’s mellowed guitar harmonies are synthesized into the goose-like synths prevalent in today’s EDM and pop worlds, while the pitched-down tempo adds a breezy effect that feels fit for outdoor listening. It might not be the most groundbreaking tune in its arrangement, but the idea of taking two vastly different genres of music and meshing them into one is certainly a fun one and speaks to the collaborators’ interest in evolving their artistry.

NEVERSEA to bring Alesso, DJ Snake, Sub Focus, and more to the Romanian coastline

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NEVERSEA to bring Alesso, DJ Snake, Sub Focus, and more to the Romanian coastlineNeversea

Tucked along the Romanian Black Sea shores, NEVERSEA Festival is bringing another four days of electronic music eminence to the Constanța coast.

NEVERSEA’s July 4-7 lineup is complete with upper-echelon radio-ready talent and underground emblems alike. From Afrojack to Andy C, DJ Snake to Dubfire, Steve Aoki to Sub Focus, there are plenty of aural avenues for electronic lovers to peruse throughout the extended weekend. House and techno heathens should trickle over to the Temple stage to find clandestine club space veterans like Hot Creations founder, Jamie Jones, Bucharest-based Arapu, and masked minimal techno enigma, Boris Brejcha. Meanwhile, dubstep/drum ‘n’ bass devotees will find their footing along the Ark stage, where Sub Focus, Andy C, Flux Pavilion, and Rudimental are more than likely to be inciting high-speed sonic riots.

The beachfront festival has the ingredients to satiate dance-pop and underground audiophiles all the same, while challenging them to step out of their sonic comfort zones in the process. Last year’s installment saw roughly 210,000 visitors across its four-day span, with performances from Armin van Buuren, Lost Frequencies, Nina Kraviz, Black Coffee, and more via its genre-traversing lineup.

The NEVERSEA team has proven adept on the Eastern Eurpoean event front, heading another even more voraciously attended festival, UNTOLD. The Transylvanian trove of electronic talent welcomed upwards of 350,000 visitors for its 2018 leg. UNTOLD will usher in its fifth installment this August, with the likes of NERO, Bastille, David Guetta, Pendulum, and dozens more. Find the lineup here.

Tickets to NEVERSEA, the full lineup, and general festival information are available here.

Steve Aoki, MAKJ, and Showtek merge for mainstage anthem ‘Rave’ featuring Kris Kiss

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Steve Aoki, MAKJ, and Showtek merge for mainstage anthem ‘Rave’ featuring Kris KissSteve Aoki

In an unlikely but welcome combination of forces, Steve Aoki has teamed up with MAKJ and Showtek for new release “Rave,” featuring London-based vocalist Kris Kiss.

The track’s drop is the ultimate blend of Showtek’s resounding big room energy that’s known to draw massive numbers on the festival front, while MAKJ and Aoki’s influences are apparent with the kicking crossover melody. Featured vocalist Kris Kiss serves up the track’s terse call to action: “We’re here to fucking rave.”

“…Super fun, super rowdy, this record is for our community, our world,” Aoki says of his intention for the track. “It’s for us all to let loose, go crazy and rave. I’ve wanted to make a song like this for a while and it made the most sense with Showtek and MAKJ and the vocal stylings from Kris Kiss.”

The producers have released the official music video for the release alongside “Rave,” which can be found on Ultra Music‘s YouTube.

Photo Credit: Rukes

Black Caviar – Alright Alright, Okay (feat. G.L.A.M.)

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Black Caviar continues to bring the heat to dancefloors worldwide with their latest 2-track pressing on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. Joined by G.L.A.M., the duo craft an infectious and funky house cut on “Alright Alright, Okay.” Simple, scaled back percussion with an impossible to resist hook and plenty of attitude, the pair continues to infuse hip hop with house to deliver some of the hottest club tracks of the 2019.

Saturday Night Session 020: DVBBS gives fans a look into their lives when they aren’t in the DJ booth and reveal 2019 will see the most music from the duo fans have ever seen in one year

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Saturday Night Session 020: DVBBS gives fans a look into their lives when they aren’t in the DJ booth and reveal 2019 will see the most music from the duo fans have ever seen in one yearDVBBS Press Shot Paul Capra

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.

Those who have been electronic music fans since before the boom of music festivals and commercial crossover releases will long be acquainted with electronic music duo DVBBS. Born Alexandre and Christopher van den Hoef, the brothers released breakout single ‘Tsunami” in 2013 and haven’t looked back since. For the past three years, the brothers have balanced playing over 250 tour dates a year amidst releasing a stream of hit singles, including “IDWK” with Blackbear, “I Love It” with Cheat Codes, and “Without U” with Steve Aoki ft. 2 Chainz.

The duo have now released a new track “GOMF” with a thumping bassline that paves the way for friend and vocalist BRIDGE to paint a melancholic vocal storyline. The track builds into a house drop with echoing vocals, all of which has seemingly been manufactured for club play thanks to its bumping backdrop and infectious builds.

Alex and Chris speak about the release, explaining the title and the meaning behind it. They state, “It’s simple … ‘GET OUT MY FACE.’ Haha don’t take it (the song) too seriously. This one is for everyone that just needs to know YOU are fucking awesome, and NO ONE can get in your way and stop what you have coming for you in your amazing lifetime.”

The track is only the beginning for them this year according to the brothers, who state 2019 will yield “The most amount of DVBBS music you have ever heard in a year … period.”

While the brothers are seemingly mainstays in the industry now, they are the first to comment on how much the industry has changed since they got their start. When it comes to their personal fulfillment as artists, the industry’s commercialization has encouraged them to give up producing music they only see becoming a ‘hit,’ and focus on releasing music that is fulfilling for them as artists. The clutter has encouraged them to ‘just do them’ as they would put it.

Chris and Alex are discuss how much streaming has impacted not only artists, but how the industry has monetized and functions as a whole. They comment, “The business suits in the industry still control a majority of artists, BUT I do see and pray for movement in the way things are handled in the music industry and what is right and what is wrong. Just like many other movements and voices being heard, I truly think it’s time for the artists themselves the musicians themselves stand up and get what they deserve.”

When it comes to artists getting what they deserve, the brothers do a good job painting a picture for fans as to what this means, and how complicated it can be for them behind the scenes. They state, “Because no one else other than those real true raw emotion filled artists are sitting 18 hours in blacked out rooms and bedrooms creating art that can be ripped away from them or turned down in the matter of minutes because they aren’t fully educated on what their options are.”

DVBBS has certainly found a way to balance the complicated industry, but even they admit that it takes time to adjust to the crazy lifestyle. The duo have crafted an energetic hour long Saturday Night Session that is the perfect soundtrack for a night out. They take the listeners on a hectic journey, leaving everyone wanting for more.

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When did you first start listening to electronic music, and what inspired you to start producing?

Electronic music was instilled in us before we even knew… we spent some time growing up in Greece, and even all the amusement parks or what they called ‘luna parks’ just had trance and euro beats cracking all night long hahaha

I would say we truly got into electronic music when we were around 17 years old and started producing it a few months later … I remember having talks with Chris about not being a band anymore and almost remolding how we performed and crafted music, which turned into DVBBS.

What is the best and worst thing about working together as siblings?

Best thing is that we are blood and nothing can come between that 4 life —- worst thing, things can get brutally honest and flip the switch real quick.

What can we expect from you in terms of new music in the coming year?

The most amount of DVBBS music you have ever heard in a year … period.

Craziest fan story?

Our fans are our family, but we’ve definitely experienced a few crazy ones …. I guess this has happened a few times now, but when people stalk your hotel room and end up banging on it all night until you answer or security comes. There was one incident in China where some random girl was completely naked trying to rip out the wires from where you put the key to your room and trying to break in , meanwhile it was 5am and I was half asleep. My own tour manager thought I was playing a prank on him when I called him tripping out.

Hahaha I don’t know for the most part everything is pretty harmless and we got love for everyone …

Can you tell us about your new release “GOMF” – particularly, what does the title mean?

simple … GET OUT MY FACE

Hahaha don’t take it too seriously, this one is for everyone that just needs to know YOU are fucking awesome and NO ONE can get in your way and stop what you have coming for you in your amazing lifetime.

The electronic music industry has changed a lot since 2013, which is when you all released hit ‘Tsunami.’ As an artist, has your experience transformed as much as it has seemingly changed for the fans and listeners?

Was is 2013 or 2014? Haha I don’t know anymore, man so much has changed with the scene and just even with us as artists and producers

I guess for us, we truly make music for ourselves now. We love that our fans love it, but this shit is therapy to us now, and we are so blessed to be able to just create vibes and be the soundtrack for the world.

Industry wise —- the real survived and the stale ones died off, and everything is pretty much Spotify/Apple/streaming platform based releases —- the business suits in the industry still control a majority of artists, BUT I do see and pray for movement in the way things are handled in the music industry and what is right and what is wrong. Just like many other movements and voices being heard, I truly think it’s time for the artists themselves the musicians themselves stand up and get what they deserve.

Because no one else other than those real true raw emotion filled artists are sitting 18 hours in blacked out rooms and bedrooms creating art that can be ripped away from them or turned down in the matter of minutes because they aren’t fully educated on what their options are.

What kind of a Saturday night is your ideal Saturday Night?

My perfect Saturday night is a relaxing home cooked dinner, and just enjoying the simple things life has to offer now … obviously we still love to go out with the fam and day ones, but things are feeling really good at the moment, just balancing this crazy roller coaster of a life DVBBS, and a personal life.

And then just creating every night of the week, like I said it’s like therapy and a blessing, and we wish to only continue being this blessed forever.

Photo Credit: Paul Capra

Steve Aoki and Alok come together to recreate The Chemical Brothers 2009 original ‘Do It Again’

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Steve Aoki and Alok come together to recreate The Chemical Brothers 2009 original ‘Do It Again’Steve Aoki Alok Press Photo 2

Alok and Steve Aoki have surprised fans by not only joining to re-work
The Chemical Brothers‘ “Do It Again,” but also in selecting a piece of music that’s a far cry from what their respective followers might expect from such a collaboration. Both Aoki and Alok have a tendency to float between high BPM main stage electronic tracks and commercial-leaning hits. For Alok, his commercial side features poppy vocals and catchy note progressions, while Aoki has experimented with everything from rap to most recently rock.

The crossover artists’ iteration of the release keeps almost the same introduction, but the two adapt the original smoothly into their signature big room house sounds and highly emphasized low-end. “Do It Again” is out now via Dim Mak.

Featured image courtesy of Dim Mak

NMF Roundup: Arty returns with ‘Avalanche,’ Kygo and Rita Ora team up, Spencer Brown and Raito become ‘Star Allies’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Arty returns with ‘Avalanche,’ Kygo and Rita Ora team up, Spencer Brown and Raito become ‘Star Allies’ + moreArty Press Shot E1555682005545

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.

Russian producer Arty kicks off New Music Friday in fine fashion with a gorgeous new single called “Avalanche,” and Kygo and Rita Ora are a dream team on their new collaboration, “Carry On.” Spencer Brown and Raito deliver a dark and powerful mau5trap release, “Star Allies,” and R3HAB crafts a dreamy remix of Sofi Tukker‘s “Fantasy.” Rusko brings a classic dubstep feel to GRiZ and Boogie T‘s “Supa Fly,” and Dustycloud takes listeners deep into a shadowy nightclub on “The Way.” Peggy Gou has released her Moment EP, featuring songs like “Starry Night,” and David Guetta takes on Bebe Rexha‘s “Last Hurrah.” Two Friends hit the drive thru on “Dollar Menu,” and Sam Void brings groovy house beats to Nicky Romero and David Guetta’s “Ring the Alarm.” Culture Shock debuts a drum ‘n’ bass heater, “Renaissance,” and Steve Aoki and Alok “Do It Again” on their new collaboration. Blanke remixes Illenium and Kameron Alexander’s “Pray,” and Young Bombs release a four-track remix pack for “Starry Eyes.”

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.

Alan Walker and Steve Aoki enlist ISÀK for ‘Are You Lonely’

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Alan Walker and Steve Aoki enlist ISÀK for ‘Are You Lonely’Alan Walker Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki and Alan Walker have teamed up for new release “Are You Lonely” featuring ISÀK. The track brings together one of electronic music’s more formidable combinations, and the bouncy release is what listeners would expect sonically from the two artists.

The instrumental and lyrical melody of the song are based on the original “Lonely” release that came out at the end of 2018 on Alan Walker’s album, now re-imagined with new lyrics, arrangement and performance. Walker spoke about the track’s re-envisioning in an official release, saying,”I’m super excited to get this one out there with my good friend Steve. We already released a version called “Lonely” on my album, and it’s been a fan favourite during my shows. So it’s cool to get this new version out there as well!”

“Are You Lonely” is out now via Ultra Records.

Tomorrowland kicks off One World Radio streaming platform, Steve Aoki spins at launch

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Tomorrowland kicks off One World Radio streaming platform, Steve Aoki spins at launchOne World Radio 1

To commemorate the festival’s landmark 15-year anniversary and cater to ever-mounting live-streaming demand, Tomorrowland has implemented a new multi-purpose streaming platform, One World Radio, accessible through its official website.

In addition to providing accessibility to live sets, the station will host a variety of exclusive mixes and special guest appearances. One World has secured Armin van Buuren as a station regular, locking him in for one weekly prime-time mix every Friday, while Aussie sister duo, Nervo, will host a Top 30 segment, fleshing out the People of Tomorrow-curated hottest tracks of the week.

To bolster the launch, Tomorrowland organizers invited Steve Aoki, who is also performing at this year’s installment, to spin a 15-minute set on the festival’s home turf, in Boom, Belgium. Eric Prydz, Nina Kraviz, Alesso, and The Chainsmokers are just a few of the most illustrious faces on the 2019 lineup, which exceeds 1000 artists throughout its two-weekend duration: July 19-21 and starting back up July 26-28. Tickets to Tomorrowland are completely sold out.

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