Tomorrowland continues its 15th anniversary at ADE with stacked Ziggo Dome lineup

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2019 marks the 15th anniversary of world-renowned Tomorrowland Music Festival, and just because this year’s iteration of the fan-facing festival is over, doesn’t mean the celebration of the organization’s anniversary is. Tomorrowland is continuing the celebration with a two-day takeover of Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome during Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). This is the Tomorrowland’s first time putting on a show at ADE, and on Oct. 17 and 18 there will be a two-day specially curated performance united by the theme: Our Story.

The event welcomes some of the biggest headliners from the festival’s history to the event, which includes Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Steve Aoki, and Tiësto, to name a few. The event will also feature the Metropole Orchestra, whose students performed renditions of electronic music classics at the July edition of Tomorrowland.

Our Story takes place over two days, and the Ziggo dome features a 17,000-person capacity stadium. For those looking to attend Tomorrowland’s continued celebration of its 15-year anniversary, tickets are available here.

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Chloe Kim, Tony Hawk, and Kai Lenny appear in new visual for Steve Aoki and Will Sparks’ ‘Send It’ [Watch]

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Chloe Kim, Tony Hawk, and Kai Lenny appear in new visual for Steve Aoki and Will Sparks’ ‘Send It’ [Watch]Steve Aoki Rukes Best Pic

Steve Aoki continues to diversify his booming portfolio, this time alongside Melbourne bounce force Will Sparks on “Send It.” Aoki’s own vocals are featured on the track, and the duo blend their styles by tethering Sparks’ springy soundscapes to a floor-ready synthesized bassline. The artists’ collaboration brings a welcomed update to the Melbourne sound that Sparks helped popularize while taking the characteristically energetic elements from Aoki’s work.

In true Aoki fashion, the music video for the release features a variety of big names—this time in the form of several action sports stars “sending it,” including skateboard deity Tony Hawk, Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Chloe Kim, and big wave surfer Kai Lenny. The video follows recent music video for Aoki’s collaboration with BTS, “Waste It On Me,” which featured seemingly endless celebrity cameos including Ross Butler, his sister Devon Aoki, and Jamie Chung.

“Send It” is out now via Aoki’s own label, Dim Mak.

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Don Diablo forays into the comic realm with new ‘Hexagon’ series

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Don Diablo has announced his expansion into the comic world with the announcement of Hexagon, a five-part sci-fi series written by the Dutch DJing sensation himself. Hexagon aims to hit the sweet spot between youth and nostalgia entertainment, offering kids an action-packed space-opera with enough retro flair to keep mom and dad interested, too.

The official synopsis reads…

“Don sneaks out with his friends to an all-night game-a-thon with the intention of impressing a girl. Don overshoots the mark, and to everyone’s surprise, on his first quarter ever, he’s able to beat the game everyone called ‘impossible to beat.’ In an instant, his world is turned upside down when his victory triggers an alien invasion and sucks him into an intergalactic battle that has been raging for years.”

Diablo announced the comic book on Facebook on Oct. 1, describing the comic as a dream come true. The first issue of the series will preview during day two of New York’s Comic-Con this week with 200 copies being handed out for free, however, the official launch for the series is set for spring of 2020.

Hexagon is the second series from Impact Theory Comics, the first of which starred Steve Aoki in a six-issue sage, Neon Future.

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The Paradise reveals two-day festival lineup featuring Bad Bunny, Martin Garrix, Madeon, Jamie Jones, and more

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The Paradise Music & Arts festival will bring its roster of multi-genre talent to the Dominican Republic for two days of music, art, gastronomy, and local culture this December. The lineup features massive dance figures including Martin Garrix, Alesso, and Steve Aoki, reggaeton and Latin trap stars such as Bad Bunny, Maluma, and Anuel AA as well as additional electronic support from Madeon, Tchami, Bob Moses, and more. The Paradise will take place December 20-21 in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic.

Formerly known as Electric Paradise, the festival’s fifth edition will be its biggest yet with an expansion from a one-day event to two days. Since the its inception in 2014, the festival has sold out every year.

This year’s The Paradise will host three stages including a live stage headlined by Bad Bunny and a dance stage. Guy Gerber‘s “RUMORS” will also return to the festival for a two-day takeover on the Electronic Paradise stage. Taking place on the Juanillo Beach, the Electronic Paradise stage will showcase the best of underground house and techno with performances by Jamie Jones, Dubfire, Nic Fanciulli, and more.

GA and VIP tickets are currently on sale. Learn more about The Paradise and buy tickets here.

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

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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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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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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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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.

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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