Steve Aoki, Deorro, MAKJ, & Max Styler forge a new anthem in ‘Shakalaka’

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“Shakalaka” is the collective product of powerhouse producers Steve Aoki, Deorro, MAKJ, and Max Styler. An energetic, big room buildup and psy trance-inspired bassline lead into a Mariachi-tinged breakdown that implies Deorro’s Latin touch, before dropping into a colossal explosion of sound purposed to shake the dancefloor. With a powerful kick and wide stereo imaging, the track’s appeal stretches wide, showing signs of becoming a main stage anthem. 

The writers behind “Shakalaka” are as big as the production itself. All four are consistently booked at festivals ranging from Ultra and Coachella, and have each clocked in a fair amount of hits under their own belts as well — a couple recent ones being Deorro’s “Bailar,” and Aoki’s venture with Little Yachty and AJR, “Pretender.”

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Calvin Harris, Zedd, Tiësto & more: Don’t miss the full Hakkasan Group Memorial Day Weekend recap

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It’s certainly no secret that the Las Vegas-based Hakkasan Group is the crowned owner of esteemed nightlife destinations. 2018’s Memorial Day was no exception, with fervorous performances from fellow 2020 residency holders Calvin Harris and Tiësto, to hip-hop heavyweights all the way down the strip. Hakksan brought their A-game and this year DA‘s here to wrap up the highlights, so you don’t miss a beat, and maybe next year might even manage to catch it in person.

OMNIA Nightclub

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The Caesars Palace nightclub kicked off its electrifying three-day weekend celebration with none other than the king of the strip, Mr. Residency 2020, Calvin Harris.  Harris, fresh off his tune of the summer, “One Kiss,” played all of his chart-topping hits for a sold-out crowd. Following the firey Harris deliverance Friday night, Fellow Grammy Award-winning Zedd kept the party going Saturday night with an equally exuberant performance that kept guests dancing until the early hours of the morning. Unfortunately, the revelries had to come to a close Sunday evening, but who better to do the honors, than the unparalleled hitmaker himself, Martin Garrix.

Hakkasan Nightclub

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Hakkasan Nightclub, inside the esteemed MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, treated partygoers to an exclusive four-night affair, kicking off Thursday, May 24 with a Memorial Day Weekend edition of Lil Jon’s “About Last Night” party. One can imagine just how the shots were flowing as the “Turn Down for What” hitmaker took over the turntables, making for an unforgettable night at the jam-packed venue. Friday evening, Tiësto played for a sold-out crowd, even bringing out the lead singer of Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds. The long-weekend festivities continued Saturday, with Steve Aoki, who brought the noise with a sick celebrity entourage made-up of singer Akon and Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker. The nighttime hot spot welcomed back resident Calvin Harris Sunday, May 27, as the legendary artist treated partygoers to an expectedly exhilarating set.

JEWEL Nightclub

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Located inside the ARIA Resort & Casino, JEWEL nightclub pulled out all the stops this Memorial Day Weekend as the premier venue was also celebrating its two-year anniversary. Clubgoers flocked to the nightspot as hip-hop artist Playboi Carti, fresh off his new LP Die Lit, andgave an unbelievable live performance as part of “The Good Life Fridays” on May 25. The celebratory weekend continued with a live performance by Lil Uzi Vert the following night, as resident DJ Steve Aoki closed out the commemorative weekend May 28 for the “Flawless Mondays” anniversary event. Aoki had plenty of the usual (unusual) surprises in store for his guests, as he brought out Desiigner to perform his breakout hit “Panda” in the middle of his unparalleled set. Additionally, because why not, Lil Jon made a guest appearance where he jumped atop the DJ booth and pumped up the partygoers, making for an absolutely unbelievable night.

1 OAK Nightclub

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The Mirage Hotel & Casino club brought forth a jam-packed celebration for Memorial Day Weekend which kicked off Wednesday, May 23 with DJ Mike Attack. The festivities continued Friday, May 25 as hip-hop legend YG performed live for a sold-out crowd. Adding to the excitement, R&B artist Miguel. Saturday night welcomed chart-topping artist Tory Lanez as he led the party with an equally high-energy live performance.

The Bank Nightclub

The Bellagio Resort & Casino kept guests partying all weekend long with a lineup that included DJ Que Friday, May 25, DJ Mike K Saturday, May 26, and Kid Conrad Sunday, May 27.

WET REPUBLIC Ultra-Pool at MGM Grand

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Electronic dance legend Armin Van Buuren kicked things off at the storied assortment of Memorial Day Weekend Events Friday, May 25, at the MGM Grand WET Republic party. The champagne-filled celebration continued with Tiësto Saturday, May 26. Chart-topping artist Martin Garrix took over the turntables Sunday, May 27 as Zedd closed out the celebrations with an unforgettable performance Monday, May 28.

LIQUID Pool Lounge at ARIA

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Even ARIA’s LIQUID Pool hosted its own jam-packed week. Kicking off with DJ E-Rock Thursday, May 24. Poolgoers returned for an energetic set by DJ Turbulence Friday, May 25, as DJ Drama packed the venue Saturday, May 26. The daytime hot spot concluded the celebrations with DJ duo BRKLYN Sunday, May 27, and DJ Nova Monday, May 28.

Pool Lounge at The Mirage

The Mirage’s European-style dayclub welcomed partygoers with an exclusive lineup featuring Greg Lopez Thursday, May 24, MK Friday, May 25, Zsuzsanna Saturday, May 25, Alex Madden Sunday, May 27, and Joseph Gettright who headed the “Barekini Contest” Monday, May 28.

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Steve Aoki teams up with Lil Yachty and AJR for new single

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Electronic music meets hip hop meets pop in Steve Aoki‘s newest collaboration, “Pretender.” The veteran producer teamed up with Lil Yachty and pop group AJR, which skews unforgivably pop with an electronic underlying tone.

Aoki has always had a way of bringing cross-industry musical forces together in an unexpected way, and this track certainly showcases that ability. Steve Aoki commented on the collaboration in an official release.

I’ve been so excited to finally release Pretender. Worked with two of my favorite artists that are pushing culture in their own way,” said Aoki. “You get a mix of allof our genres in this smash. Hope you love it as much as I loved producing it.” -Steve Aoki

The track will undoubtedly grace the radio waves with its star studded cast of collaborators.

NMF Roundup: Like Mike releases a solo track, Hardwell manufactures the next mainstage hit, and more

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Like Mike goes solo with new release “Rewind” with smooth vocals and pop chords. “Rewind” is the perfect smooth summer track that is sure to grace radio stations across the world.

Todd Heller brings pac man to music with gaming synths and interesting chord combinations with cutting drops in new release “Ride It.”

Melodic chords flow through Max Styler‘s latest commercial house release with Ella Boh’s captivating vocals.

Hardwell has created an absolutely tremendous production with newest track “Earthquake” with Harrison.

Oliver Tree combines house, rap, and a commanding electronic backdrop to create unique track “Movement.”

Madnap puts a future pop spin on Win and Woo’s “Chasing Tail.”

Duo Super8 & Tab team up for a new single “Burn” featuring Hero Baldwin, which will be a part of their upcoming album Reformation Part 2.

VIRTU remixed Mark Johns and Imad Royal’s “Heart Shaped Box,” which initially slows down the tempo but falls into a bass and dubstep infused crazy drop.

Xan Griffin is doing a Zodiac series where he releases a song based upon each sign. He has released “Taurus” featuring Tedy for the grounded and practical Taurus’s out there.

Gorgon City has created the next dance floor sensation with new release “Go Deep.”

Mike Williams tries his hand at Commercial House and succeeds in new track “Give It Up” with its catchy drop and compelling vocals.

Shaun Frank and Krewella make a formidable production trio given the quality of new release “Gold Wings.”

In an unlikely remix, Steve Aoki tries his hand at remixing Matoma‘s “Lonely.” His remix of the track adds a bouncy chord progression that is hard to get out of the listener’s head.

Ravell teams up with Jack Trades and BAER for house tune “Feelin’ You.”

Slushii proves his tracks will never lose their bounce in new song”Through the Night” featuring Hatsune Miku with its gaming synths and high pitched chords.

Dubstep fans can get their fix with KAI WACHI‘s new two track ICHOR EP.

Lost Kings go full on pop as they continue to experiment with genres in new song “When We Were Young.”

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Tiësto, Steve Aoki, and more react to Avicii’s death on SiriusXM

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The news of Avicii‘s shocking death at age 28 continues to reverberate throughout the electronic music community. The superstar’s tragic passing left the entire music world reeling.

SiriusXM BPM quickly shifted their programming to celebrate Avicii’s incredible career, playing his tracks and taking calls from fans and fellow producers alike. Below are reactions from Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Kaskade, and Laidback Luke to Avicii’s stunning demise far too soon.

NMF Roundup: Hardwell and Steve Aoki go hard, Cheat Codes reworks Tom Walker, Xan Griffin shreds + more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


Take a serendipitous end-of-week drive with Youngr through his newest syrupy indie pop number, “Drive.”

Ulterior Motive lends the robustly voiced Thandi Phoenix’s formerly cheerful and heavily remixed “My Way” a foreboding, ominous drum & bass fervor.

EDM eminences, Hardwell and Steve Aoki, team up with Kris Kiss for, “Anthem,” a hype-heavy track that packs the punch of a high-speed bus.

Austin, Texas’ big-room virtuosos, Tritonal, have released a radiant club mix of their recent “Out Of My Mind,” featuring lustrously warm vocals from Riley Clemmons.

LA-based Paris Blohm says, “All aboard the big-room bus,” with his newest heart-pumping, fist-pump-preferred “Save Us,” featuring ENOK.

Cheat Codes breathes some progressive house heat into Tom Walker’s “Leave A Light On,” with simultaneously atmospheric and playful synths/guitar plucks and ample bass.

Nomad’s newest “The Machines” is, as the name implies, a highly tech-oriented, dizzying drum & bass depiction of “the war between machine and human.”

Xan Griffin has resolved to shred unworthy speakers to bits with his Asian-inspired, guitar-sampling trap tune, “Aries.”

The always-colorful Carmada duo has released another bounce-infused future bass beauty, featuring the velvety-voiced tribes.

Robby East wields melody and instrumentation galore in his whimsical new house track, “Burning In My Soul,” which is practically begging for a play just before a Friday night on the town.

Sullivan King pushes pedal to the metal with “Step Back,” a screeching, dubstep/electro hybrid that should be avoided by the delicately eared.

Faithful to its title, Seasoned Souls’ technicolor, piano piece, “Ripple,” flutters and flickers like an enchanted body of sweet-sounding water.

Sober rob unleashes some liquid trap for “Supermoon,” which features sweet soprano, Karra, and a heady serving of astral-themed sampling, fit to be heard under the Friday night sky.

UFC announcer Bruce Buffer stars in Steve Aoki and Laidback Luke’s newest music video

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The Steve Aoki electronic music fans initially became enamored with is back thanks to his new project 5OKI. The project consists of five collaborations with accompanying music videos that go back to the producer’s electro and big room house roots. The five singles will be dropped over five consecutive weeks on Dim Mak.

“It’s Time” is the third single from Aoki’s 5OKI campaign, and this collaboration with Laidback Luke gives electronic music fans a lot to like. The accompanying music video features UFC announcer Bruce Buffer, who shouts his “It’s Time” rally call, which he is known for in the fighting community.  The video features both producers preparing for a big fight, with Aoki being trained by iconic UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, and Laidback Luke showing off his (real life) Kung Fu skills.

MOTi tells all about his collab with Tiësto, ‘Break The House Down’

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Tiësto and MOTi have teamed up to produce a wildly energetic big room original titled, “Break The House Down.” The track features heavenly choral vocals, an intriguing, harmonic melody, and unrelenting beats in each drop. Showcasing seamless production quality, MOTi and Tiesto engineered an anthem that will surely be played out across the world this festival season.

The two renowned DJ and producers are known for their eclectic takes on the house genre, and together the Dutch artists make up a lethal team. As two of the world’s most acclaimed leaders in house music, MOTi and Tiësto’s fierce collaboration, “Break The House Down,” will undoubtedly be a surefire hit.

MOTi sheds some light about working with Tiësto, since some of their last collaborations including their remix of Major Lazer & DJ Snake‘s “Lean On,” and their hit single, “Blow Your Mind.” “It was great to be working with Tiësto again after 2 years. We have done a lot of projects together in the past so it felt natural and it was a lot of fun again.” MOTi also shares that the to listen to this track, “you definitely have to be in party mood. It’s pretty heavy record even in my sets I save it for the last 15 minutes of my set. It’s a big room banger!”

He also selected the following tunes for Dancing Astronaut to depict where his sound is at currently:

Tiësto & MOTi – Break The House Down
“BIG ROOM ALERT”

Yellow Claw – Beastmode ft. Stoltenhoff
“Love this record, should listen from breakdown to drop, don’t skip ahead. Love the element of surprise in this one.”

Steve Aoki & Quintino – Mayhem
“This record is just built to break the house down!”

MOTi – Earthquake
“One of my more uptempo heavy drop records i gave away for free on my MOTi Massive Free Download Series!”

D-Block & S-te-Fan
“Huge psy inspired hard dance record!”

Relive your favorite sets of Ultra Music Festival 2018

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Festival season is officially in full swing as Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has officially wrapped its 20th anniversary event in grandiose display. The ever-expanding franchise recently announced its acquisition of Winter Music Conference, along with their expansion into China with Ultra Beijing and Ultra Shanghai.

Living up to its promise to “expect the unexpected” in 2018, UMF capped off a lofty Miami Music Week with a number of attention-grabbing acts from dance music’s top tastemakers, including David Guetta, Kaskade, Eric Prydz, and Above & Beyond, along with an illustrious cast of newcomers in REZZ, Jauz, and Virtual Self. The most exalted act of the weekend came in the form of a highly anticipated reunion from Swedish House Mafia, who filled the surprise guest slot to close out the festival. Marshmello made his main stage debut and premiered his newest collaboration with Lil Uzi Vert, The Chainsmokers put the naysayers to bed with their high-energy performance, which included four unreleased tracks and a flaming drum solo, and Sir Carl Cox delivered a high-powered spectacle in his Resistance Megastructure.

Other notable moments came care of DJ Snake, who brought out Tchami, Malaa, and Mercer to debut their new collaboration, “Let’s Get Ill;” Axwell Λ Ingrosso, who opened their set with a captivating new track ID; Tiësto, who invited out his new fiancé, model Annika Backes, to the stage; and Steve Aoki, who assembled Daddy Yankee, Elvis Crespo, and Play-N-Skillz for a live performance of their recent release, “Azukita.”

For those who can’t count themselves lucky enough to have witnessed the live weekend spectacle, DA has compiled a comprehensive list of streams from UMF 2018 to relive the festival’s most magical moments.


DAY ONE

Armin van BuurenMain Stage

Armin van Buuren, ASOT Stage

DJ SnakeMain Stage

HardwellMain Stage

Steve AokiMain Stage

Oliver HeldensMain Stage

Axwell ^ IngrossoMain Stage

NGHTMRE & Slander present Gud VibrationsWorldwide Stage

QuintinoUMF Radio

Pete TongArcadia Spider

KungsMain Stage

SlushiiWorldwide Stage

Carl CoxCarl Cox Megastructure

Hot Since 82Arcadia Spider

BlasterjaxxUMF Radio

REZZUltra Worldwide

Virtual SelfLive Stage


DAY TWO

AfrojackMain Stage

Alan WalkerMain Stage

The ChainsmokersMain Stage

TiestoMain Stage

Tchami & Malaa present No RedemptionLive Stage

San HoloLive Stage

MarshmelloMain Stage

JauzMain Stage

Benny BenassiUltra Worldwide

Jamie JonesCarl Cox Megastructure

Carl CoxCarl Cox Megastructure

Dubfire b2b Nicole Moudaber b2b Paco OsunaCarl Cox Megastructure

Cheat CodesMain Stage

Danny TenagliaArcadia Spider


DAY THREE

Swedish House MafiaMain Stage

Above & Beyond

Eric Prydz

What So NotUltra Worldwide

David GuettaMain Stage

GhastlyUltra Worldwide

Andrew RayelA State of Trance

Paul OakenfoldA State of Trance

Gabriel & DresdenA State of Trance

FlosstradamusUltra Worldwide

Julian JordanUMF Radio

Pan Pot

Sick Indviduals

Quix b2b WukiUMF Radio

Benny BenassiUltra Worldwide

Keys n KratesLive Stage

Valentino KhanUMF Radio

OokayLive Stage

Cedric GervaisUltra Worldwide

Salvatore GanacciUltra Worldwide

MatadorArcadia Spider

Manila KillaUMF Radio

Frank WalkerUltra Worldwide

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Steve Aoki drops an electrifying big room original, ‘Mayhem’

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Legendary DJ and producer Steve Aoki has released a new big room track, “Mayhem,” with Quintino. The energetic production features a deep, pulsating bassline and prominent, electrifying synths that bring a colorful intensity to the piece. With a bold, blaring melody, “Mayhem” takes listeners hostage with a compelling, infectious sound that is not meant for the faint-hearted.

The cake-throwing icon has pushed the envelope with “Mayhem,” as he strays from his typical style as seen in his album, Kolony, where most tracks feature hip hop artists. Steve Aoki’s style is undoubtedly eclectic, and “Mayhem” shows that the American artist can engineer just about anything. With another unforgettable track added to his arsenal of music, Steve Aoki gives fans yet another track that will be stuck on repeat.