Hakkasan reveals pool season opening dates, WET Republic lineup featuring Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Loud Luxury and more

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Hakkasan reveals pool season opening dates, WET Republic lineup featuring Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Loud Luxury and moreWET REPUBLIC Martin Garri Photo Credit Joe Janet 2

Pool season is officially upon us.

Worldwide hospitality giant Hakkasan Group, has delivered the dates and official lineup for this year’s daylife debauchery at WET Republic. The pool parties begin on March 8, drawing a stellar cast of talent for the 2019 lineup. Parties will run every weekend, with grand opening weekend officially designated for May 3 – 5.  Las Vegas’ favorite power players—Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, and ZEDD— will soundtrack posh poolside festivities, along with a handful of exciting newcomers.

Among them is Loud Luxury, the Canadian college friends turned chart-topping DJ duo, who have officially acquired their first residency with Hakkasan. The residency includes performances at Hakkasan Nightclub, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, OMNIA Nightclub, WET REPUBLIC. The deal slaps them on event calendars alongside top-tier talent like Cash CashSteve AokiNGHTMRE, and more through 2019.

For the full lineup and tickets, click here. 

The Chainsmokers say they can ‘die happy’ after completing new blink-182 collaboration

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The Chainsmokers don’t keep fans waiting for long when it comes to new music releases. They have managed to perpetually place music lovers on their toes thanks to a wide spectrum of genre-spanning releases, including country music, pop, and dubstep collaborations, in addition to their feel-good electronic crossover releases. Drew Taggart and Alex Pall seemingly have another new track loaded in the relase cannon, as they recently tweeted out that they had a studio session with blink-182 that proved exceptionally fruitful.

The track would not be blink-182‘s first electronic music collaboration, as the “All The Small Things” creators released “Why Are We So Broken” from Steve Aoki‘s most recent album.

Saturday Night Session 007: Jay Pryor gets quirky and crafts the perfect mix for house lovers [Q+A]

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Saturday Night Session 007: Jay Pryor gets quirky and crafts the perfect mix for house lovers [Q+A]JayPryorDJ

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.

23-year-old Jay Pryor has one of the most quintessential stories there is when it comes to his foray into dance music. A night out with friends at a Calvin Harris show inspired him to ‘become’ a music producer. To this day, he notes that Eric Prydz‘s “Everyday” is his favorite song because when Harris played the track, that’s when he knew that music production was what he had to do. So, he dropped out of college and did it. Pryor notes, “He (Harris) played this song, and it was a moment of clarity for me when I heard it.” He continued, “The place, the song, and Calvin as a figure was just so incredibly inspiring. When I got home from that trip I started teaching myself how to create dance music.”

A few years into this decision, Pryor has gone platinum thanks to his co-production credits with Steve Aoki on “Just Hold On” featuring Louis Tomlinson, and the rest is recent history. Many people who have produced music for decades will not hit platinum, and even fewer who drop out of college to chase this glamorous dream will be able to sustain themselves financially through music production. Pryor has seemingly defied the odds, and he is a true testament to the idea that nature can beat out nurture. He is innately wired to be a producer, drawing sonic inspiration from everything from an Ikea store to the Marina outside of his home in Ireland. In fact, a recent track of his titled “All This” was created after he heard a boat passing by and he captured the sound.

While he has successfully navigated the entry into being a successful DJ and Producer in terms of achieving high streaming numbers on his productions and booking club sets, he is the first to admit there is work to be done. Pryor has spoken about how, with every success, his goals have only gotten bigger. This is especially the case when it comes to live performance, and he says he will not stop until he fulfills his dream of headlining the 3arena in Dublin. Pryor mentions, “I used to go there as a kid, and it’s always been a dream of mine to headline it and play to 13,000 people in my homeland.” A big 2019 will be instrumental for Pryor when it comes to achieving this feat.

Anyone who does get the chance to see Pryor perform live may notice the DJ wearing war paint on his face. No, the paint is not a fashion gimmick, but rather a sentiment to give him the courage to go on stage and perform in front of thousands of people. He explains, “when I was younger I used to be a really anxious kid.” Pryor continues, “My mam used to tell me that I wasn’t a ‘worrier,’but a ‘warrior.’ When I started playing shows, I would get nervous and anxious. I decided to apply the war paint to remind me that I’m not a worrier, but a warrior.” The war paint has now become a trademark of sorts for the producer, who is usually seen sporting the paint during his live shows.

Another location the producer draws inspiration from when it comes to live performance is house parties. He lives in a community in London that houses many DJs and Producers who all get together to play for each other when they don’t go out to clubs. Pryor’s Saturday Night Session mix is an example of what he would play for one of their nights in with each other, and he dubs the hour long Saturday Night Session as the perfect backdrop for a low-key pre-drinks before the night gets too crazy.


For those who are curious to hear more of Pryor’s productions, he has just released a brand new remix pack for his track “Make Luv” featuring remixes by Redfield, Crush Club, Illyus & Barrientos in addition to his own VIP mix of the track.

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You have said that with every success you have, your goals get bigger and bigger. What are your goals right now for 2019?

Yeah that’s true! In 2019 I want to release as much music as I possibly can. I have so much content ready to go as I’ve been in the studio 12-16 hours a day since this past summer. I also have a lot of collaborations lined up for this year, which is something I haven’t really thought about doing until now. A big goal for me this year is to get out there and tour as much as possible. I really love throwing parties and playing to people, aside from working in the studio, it’s my favourite thing.

What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night that you are not performing?

As much as I love working in the studio all day, an important lesson my brother taught me was to create balance between work and social life. I live in London in a sort of campus of apartments where a lot of my DJ and producer friends also live. Most weekends we’ll go to clubs, parties, or host parties ourselves. I love DJ’ing at house parties because there’s a certain vibe that you can’t match at a club or festival. An intimate vibe. I tried to capture that with the majority of this mix.

Do you have any venues you dream of playing in?

One of my biggest goals is to headline the 3arena in Dublin. I used to go there as a kid, and it’s always been a dream of mine to headline it and play to 13,000 people in my homeland. Another venue I’ve dreamed of headlining recently is Printworks in London. That venue is next level. I’ve played Ministry of Sound a couple of times, but headlining Ministry is also on the bucket list.

Can you tell us about your nacho disappointment and how you find sounds from stores, like IKEA?

Haha, sometimes on my Instagram I vent my frustrations. And particularly on a certain day, a restaurant I had been ordering from had forgotten nachos from my order 3 times in a row. It was frustrating because I feel quite passionate about the burrito bowl/nacho combo, it’s unmatched. I called them and complained and they gave me some free meals so we’re even now. Regarding IKEA, I decided to drive to my local IKEA recently, sample sounds from the store and make a song out of it. You can check it out on my instagram, jaypryormusic. Shameless plug.

What is the weirdest place you have taken sonic inspiration from?

Back in Dublin I live in a marina, so there’s lots of boats around. I remember one day I was going for a run, and I heard a series of boat noises that somehow became the main melody line for my release ‘All This,’ that would have to be one of the most interesting forms of inspiration I’ve ever taken sonically.

Tell us about the new stripes on your face!

When I was younger I used to be a really anxious kid. My mam used to tell me that I wasn’t a ‘worrier,’but a ‘warrior.’ When I started playing shows, I would get nervous and anxious. I decided to apply the war paint to remind me that I’m not a worrier, but a warrior. I also want to use it as a way to connect people who feel the same way. I want my music to connect people and help them strive for their goals and best lives, despite that inevitable fear at the back of our mind.

What is your all time favorite dance music song?

It would have to be ‘Everyday’ by Eric Prydz. The reason I wanted to create dance music is because I saw Calvin Harris perform in Spain a couple of years back. He played this song, and it was a moment of clarity for me when I heard it. The place, the song, and Calvin as a figure was just so incredibly inspiring. When I got home from that trip I started teaching myself how to create dance music.

What do you think the biggest dance music trend to come out of 2019 is going to be?

I’m not entirely sure. Obviously in the pop space, urban music is still killing the game. Personally, my music has shifted back to my housier roots. I naturally fell back into love with this type of music, and coincidentally I feel like it will make somewhat of a comeback this year. I hope to help bring it to the masses once again.

What kind of a Saturday night is your mix going to get us ready for?

I recorded my mix as if I was playing at a house party. So I think it’s a good mix to stick on at a party, or something more lowkey like pre-drinks (I think you call it pregaming in the US). I really hope people like it and can party hard to it!

Adventure Club links up with Modern Machines for euphoric Taking Back Sunday rework

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The last leg of 2018 featured a whole lot of Adventure Club, including a remix of Virtual Self‘s “Ghost Voices” and an explosive Snails collaboration “Follow Me.” To keep things rolling, the Canadian duo enlisted NYC-based DJ Modern Machines — who’s coming off an official remix for Steve Aoki and Nicky Romero — and alt-pop trio Saint Slumber on their latest cover of Taking Back Sunday’s “MakeDamnSure.”

Released on Proximity, this talented group of musicians do Taking Back Sunday plenty justice. The vocals from Saint Slumber are impeccable, harmonizing perfectly for an aesthetically pleasing cover of the famed rock band’s original. When layered over some light piano and staccato leads, the perfect verse is born, building into a euphoric, synth-heavy drop.

Saint Slumber is on the rise and Modern Machines is coming off headline shows at Marquee NYC, E11EVEN Miami, and more, so expect this one to climb the ranks.

Hakkasan reveals stellar 2019 roster topped by Tiësto, ZEDD, Calvin Harris, and Martin Garrix

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Hakkasan reveals stellar 2019 roster topped by Tiësto, ZEDD, Calvin Harris, and Martin GarrixTiesto Hakkasan

Las Vegas has always been host to entertainment’s cream of the crop — from Frank Sinatra to most recently Lady Gaga. However, in terms of electronic dance music, Vegas is more than just the big leagues, it’s the Hall of Fame. The world’s best all seem to make their ways to Sin City and 2019 is no different. Entertainment powerhouse Hakkasan Group has debuted this year’s talent roster for Wet Republic Ultra Pool, OMNIA at Caesars Palace, and of course Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand. Topping the bill this year is seven-time Hakkasan resident, Tiësto, as well as returning resident headliner Calvin Harris, who is contracted through 2020.

Grammy-nominated producer ZEDD will return to Vegas in 2019, along with Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, and a host of top-tier and up-and-coming electronic performers, ranging from new breakouts Loud Luxury to NGHTMRE, Illenium to Party Favor, and interestingly, Porter Robinson too. “Playing for the crowds in Las Vegas at these amazing venues is an honor for me. I’m fortunate I get to do it again in 2019,” says ZEDD of his return to Nevada for the upcoming events season.

See the full lineup for Hakkasan Group below and grab tickets here.

Hakkasan lineup 2019:

Calvin Harris
Tiësto
Zedd
Martin Garrix
Steve Aoki
Borgeous
Burns
Cash Cash
Chantel Jeffries
Crankdat
DJ Drama
Fergie DJ
Generik
Gryffin
Illenium
Jeff Retro
Lil Jon
Loud Luxury
Mark Eteson
Nervo
NGHTMRE
Nicky Romero
Niiko x SWAE
Party Favor
Porter Robinson
4B

 

W&W try their hand at remixing Steve Aoki and BTS’ ‘Waste It On Me’

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W&W try their hand at remixing Steve Aoki and BTS’ ‘Waste It On Me’WW Remi Artwork

Arguably Steve Aoki‘s biggest collaboration of the year, “Waste It On Me” featuring Grammy-nominated K-pop group BTS surpassed 100 million streams within just one month of being released, and the music video featured celebrities ranging from Ross Butler to Ken Jeong. “Waste It On Me” is getting the remix treatment by the likes of Slushii, Cheat Codes, and now W&W as the song continues to be a global fixture.

W&W‘s rendition of the song still opens with the drippy and smooth vocals from the BTS members, but pulsing big room synths drown out the vocals as the drop approaches. The big-room sound then makes way for a fun collection of sounds, synthesized vocals, and electro chords layered over top. As the song progresses, piercing notes take the track a completely new direction. The only unifying factor of the remix is that the listener can be sure that they will not be able to predict what is coming next.

The remix is out now via Ultra Records.

Steve Aoki and Postmates join forces to feed the hungry in LA

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Steve Aoki and Postmates join forces to feed the hungry in LASteve Aoki Jump

Postmates’ seasonal slogan — “better than Santa” — recently caught the attention of Pizzaoki owner, Steve Aoki. The Kolony producer put the food delivery facilitator to the test with a tweet that challenged Postmates to prove that it was in fact “better than Santa.” “If Postmates is really better than Santa… I wish for pizzas from Pizzaoki to feed people in need today in LA,” Aoki tweeted.

Happy to help, Postmates demonstrated the spirit of giving by delivering pizzas from Aoki’s pizza chain to a homeless shelter in Los Angeles. Pizzaoki currently operates in a delivery-only format, having not yet opened a brick-and-mortar storefront, rendering Postmates’ help in transporting the pizza pies to the shelter invaluable.

Photo credit: @steveaoki/Instagram

H/T: EDM Sauce

Cheat Codes remixes Steve Aoki and BTS’ ‘Waste It On Me’

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Cheat Codes remixes Steve Aoki and BTS’ ‘Waste It On Me’Cheat Codes 2018 Cr Michael Ko Billboard 1548

Friends and contemporaries have collided on a new remix of Steve Aoki and BTS‘ track “Waste It On Me.” The remix comes thanks to LA-based trio Cheat Codes, who have tapped into their friendship with fellow LA native Aoki leading up to their support on his Neon Future III tour to put their own spin on the global track.

That move has led to a laid-back, danceable gem that builds upon the rhythmic pop crossover foundation that Aoki created across the board on the album’s release earlier this year. Highlighting the vocals provided from K-pop’s golden boys turned international superstars BTS, Cheat Codes have given “Waste It On Me” a boost in its cool factor.

Photo credit: Michael Ko

Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto, and Post Malone top 2019 Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina, Brasil lineups

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The three South American editions of Lollapalooza have announced their respective lineups for the 2019 festival season. As in previous years, Lollapalooza coordinators will present versions of the festival in Chile, Argentina, and Brasil. Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Lenny Kravitz, and Post Malone will headline each of the three installments. ODESZA, ZHU, Tiësto, Years & Years, GTA, and Steve Aoki round out a handful of the electronic acts to grace the lineups. The 2019 event billings are rife with genre-spanning talent outside of the dance realm, including Twenty One Pilots, The 1975, Ziggy Marley, and Snow Patrol.

Lollapalooza Chile will be held at O’Higgins Park in Santiago from March 29-31. Lollapalooza Argentina will simultaneously run at Hippodromo de San Isidro in Buenos Aires. Last but not least, the final South American Lolla leg in Brasil will take place from April 5-7 at Autódromo de Interlagos in São Paulo. See the full lineups for each installment of Lollapalooza’s Latin American stops below.

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Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto, and Post Malone top 2019 Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina, Brasil lineupsLollapalooza Argentina

Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto, and Post Malone top 2019 Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina, Brasil lineupsLollapalooza Chile 2019

David Guetta reveals new jungle-bound video for ‘Say My Name’

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David Guetta reveals new jungle-bound video for ‘Say My Name’David Guetta 2018 Credit Ellen Von Unwerth

Despite gifting fans earlier this year with a wide selection of music on 7, David Guetta has decided to adorn his fans with a follow up to one of the more prominent tracks from the project. This time, it’s a wild new video for his Bebe Rexha and J Balvin collaboration “Say My Name.” The newest landing is the fourth music video release for the French DJ’s seventh studio album, following “Don’t Leave Me Alone” with Anne-Marie, “Flames” with Sia, and “2U” with Justin Bieber.

Directed by Hannah Lux Davis, the video has all the makings of an underground jungle rave, with its outpour vibrant colors, exotic uniforms, and some palm tree-bound Iguanas and Toucans. The party appears to take place in several locations, including an empty, abandoned pool, and what can be perceived as a giant furnace burning behind Guetta and Balvin’s Throne Room.

Guetta’s two-sided 7 saw his darker, club-oriented sound from his more nascent production stages reborn alongside his modernized dance pop signature. is his first album since Listen in 2014, with the former including features from Jason Derulo, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, and more.