Win and Woo remixed Katy Perry’s ‘Harleys In Hawaii’

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Katy Perry clearly wants her voice heard at the festival mainstage, recruiting electronic producers from all over to remix her recent leg of singles. First, Perry enlisted R3hab, Syn Cole, and more on “Never Really Over,” followed by White Panda, Sofi Tukker, and Lost Kings on “Small Talk.” Now, Chicago-born duo Win and Woo are up next, putting their take on her latest track “Harleys In Hawaii.”

Win and Woo stem from humble beginnings remixing Bryce Fox‘s “Burn Fast” and an official edit for The Chainsmokers chart-topping hit “Don’t Let Me Down.” Since then, they’ve received widespread acclaim, with key looks including a sync during NBC’s Sunday Night Football and the Blue Moon “Shine Brighter” campaign. With the increased traction, it’s no surprise that they were selected for an official Katy Perry rework.

The remix alludes to the originals’ slower tempo, yet adds a darker, punk-inspired touch with bold guitar chords on the verses layered over light piano riffs. The duo’s pop-influenced sound is driven by strong bass lines and melodic drops—evident on the drop with looped vocal samples—and maintains what can wholly be described as an electronic rock-band arrangement.

Win and Woo are fresh off an edit of the iconic Otto Knows track “Million Voices” and will be direct support for Gryffin in Saint Petersburg, FL November 23.

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NMF Roundup: Audien reveals debut album, G Jones crafts an ‘Acid Mix’ of ‘Drift’ + more

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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.

After months of anticipation, Audien’s debut album, ESCAPISM, is finally here, bringing with it tunes like “Escape” with Nomra. G Jones kicks off the weekend in style with an acid mix of “Drift,” and Diplo adds a groovy backbone to Niall Horan’s “Nice To Meet Ya.” CamelPhat and Jem Cooke whip up “Rabbit Hole,” and drum ‘n’ bass powerhouse DJ Fresh taps Doctrine for “Control.” SNBRN brings the bass with “DMs” featuring Lucati and 1993, and Blasterjaxx links with Junior Funke for “Monster.” Grabbitz delivers another dynamic single on Ultra Music, “Roam With You,” and Nora En Pure continues her tour de force with “Fibonacci.” The Glitch Mob and 1788-L drag listeners to the depths on “Momentary Lapse,” and Tritonal and Henry Dark deliver “Shivohum.” The Chainsmokers release “Push My Luck,” and Dada Life take no prisoners on “Table Flipping Machine.” Friend Within can “Feel It” on his latest, and MUST DIE! unleashes some formidable dubstep on “FUNERAL ZONE.”

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.

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The Chainsmokers release sultry new single from third studio album, ‘Push My Luck’

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The Chainsmokers have released a sultry new addition to their third studio album, World War Joy. The track is titled “Push My Luck” and it is the sixth single off of the 10-track compilation. World War Joy will be The Chainsmoker’s third studio album, and it serves as a continuation of their steady output of music since debut album Memories…Do Not Open in 2017.

“Push My Luck” leans on Drew Taggart‘s vocals, and light instrumentals carry a majority of the track. A simple yet catchy synth note progression creates a delicate drop that doesn’t detract from the sense of calm the track instills.

The release falls on the pop-leaning side of the production spectrum from Pall and Taggart. A release date has not been confirmed for World War Joy, but the album is set to be released in full in 2019. This means the duo have a month-and-a-half before the remaining four releases should be out.

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Hard Rock’s DAER concept expands to south Florida, debuting with Tiësto, The Chainsmokers, Dillon Francis

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Hard Rock’s emerging DAER concept is less than two years old and the team behind Atlantic City’s newest club is already prepping a major expansion. DAER’s new dayclub/nightclub hybrid concept anchors the new Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood. Championed by the Hard Rock brand’s deep musical legacy, DAER has been drawing in top-tier talent since it opened in June 2018. Now, for the grand opening of their latest property, the club is going all out with Tiësto, Dillon Francis, and as if the lineup wasn’t stacked enough, they’ve added some additional star power with The Chainsmokers

The Halloween-themed grand opening weekend includes a performance from DJ Five and a costume contest on October 31, followed by Francis and Tiesto on November 1 and 2. The Chainsmokers round the grand opening festivities out on Sunday, November 3, officially introducing south Florida to its newest marquee dance club. DAER has already staked its claim on the national club circuit with major bookings including Drake, Tiësto, Alesso, Travis Scott, Above & Beyond, and more in Atlantic City. Former Hakkasan figures have brought their know-how to Atlantic City, starting the entertainment hotspot’s long awaited resurgence. Now, the team is planting their flag in south Florida and they’ve got a stellar lineup to set things off. 

Saturday Night Session 028: Justin Caruso reflects on the past and lays out his hopes for the future as he enters the next stage of his music career

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Saturday Night Session 028: Justin Caruso reflects on the past and lays out his hopes for the future as he enters the next stage of his music careerJustin Caruso Press

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.

Justin Caruso has only been releasing music for two years, but in that short time period, he has already made a name for himself on the touring circuit and on the radio. A commercial crossover producer through and through, Caruso started his electronic music career with one of the best mentors an aspiring artist could ask for with Justin Blau, better known as 3LAU. The two went on tour together in 2016, and Caruso hasn’t looked back since.

The now 23-year old proceeded to amass over 50 million streams on streaming platforms across his collection of releases, and he has since gone on tour with the likes of Tiësto, The Chainsmokers, and now Loud Luxury. Few acts have the opportunity to tour with such a heavy-hitting roster of artists at the initiation of their careers, and its a tribute to the quality of Caruso’s original releases and remixes. When asked which tour Caruso would repeat aside from his own previous headlining tour, he notes, “I’d say I would repeat my first ever tour with 3LAU. It was such a wild feeling playing shows for the first time, and I’ll forever remember that tour!”

Caruso’s first headlining tour was in 2017, which he dubbed the ‘Can I dropout yet?’ tour. The producer, who was enrolled in University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, did ultimately make the decision to put college on hold in an effort to focus on his music career. He notes this is one of the hardest decisions he has ever made, stating, “This was very difficult not only for me, but for my parents as well. They weren’t fully on board at first, but once music became a full time job, they began to understand I needed to drop out. It really hit me when I physically had zero time to go to class as I was too busy touring.”

Caruso is out with new release “Can’t Live Without” featuring Wyn Starks ahead of his fill Good Parts Tour. Opening with soft keys and a melody that compliments the velvety vocals of Wyn Starks, ‘Can’t Live Without’ serves as the ideal end-of-summer track. The smooth transitions from silky melodies into an upbeat, future-pop driven sound shows Caruso’s strength at enlisting a top of the line vocalist and blending their voice with an atmospheric backdrop that creates a melodic whole.

He speaks on the new release, stating, “I couldn’t be more excited about this new release! I think ‘Can’t Live Without’ expresses the most raw form of love possible, and a lot of people can connect with that.”

Caruso also crafted his Saturday Night Session to highlight the best of his own releases blended with dance-worthy pop releases. The end result is an infectious mix that the listener can sing along to just as well as they can dance to. According to Caruso, his Saturday Night Session prepares the listener for a Saturday night that is, “whatever they want it to be, but for me, I’d say meeting up with your best friends and having a fun night you all always look back on.”

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You’ve been on tour with some pretty great acts- The Chainsmokers, Tiesto, and 3LAU to name a few. If you could only choose 1 tour to repeat (not including your headlining tour), which one would you do again?

I’d say I would repeat my first ever tour with 3LAU. It was such a wild feeling playing shows for the first time, and I’ll forever remember that tour!

Have you always been musical/what got you into music in the first place?

I’ve always loved music, but I didn’t really grow a passion for making it or DJing until highschool after a basketball leg injury. I had so much time to kill laying in bed that I started to mess around making mashups on my computer, and thats where the love began.

The theme of your previous tour is “Can I drop out yet?” We know you made the decision to put school on hold in order to focus on your music career. How difficult of a decision was this for you?

This was very difficult not only for me, but for my parents as well. They weren’t fully on board at first, but once music became a full time job, they began to understand I needed to drop out. It really hit me when I physically had zero time to go to class as I was too busy touring.

Let’s go into the future and imagine you are now 40 year old Justin. What kind of a career are you hoping to look back on?

I’m hoping my career is still going, and I’m owning a label at that time. I want to look back on a career that made me happy and something I can be proud of. I hope to continue to make music I love and enjoy.

What is something about you that your fans probably don’t know?

I’m a big gamer, and basically any free time I have goes towards video games. I usually bring video games on the road too!

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

One of my guilty pleasures would be loving Taylor Swift’s music, especially her new album

What kind of a Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session getting fans ready for?

Honestly whatever they want it to be, but for me, I’d say meeting up with your best friends and having a fun night you all always look back on.

The Chainsmokers, Billie Eilish, Missy Elliot and more win big at this year’s MTV VMA’s

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The MTV VMA’s have been in a steady decline in viewership over the last three years, but from the social media response to this year’s broadcast, the 2019 award ceremony might have been MTV’s best in years. Backed by strong appearances by Lizzo, who dominated the stage in front of a massive inflatable booty, and Missy Elliot, who triumphantly accepted the evening’s Video Vanguard Award and then delivered a “Work It” performance for the ages.

Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Taylor Swift, and Ariana Grande came away with hardware, giving an accurate snapshot of the past year in pop. The Chainsmokers took home the top designation in this year’s dance category, while Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth‘s LSD project fell short of Lil Nas X’s inescapable “Old Town Road” in the best direction category.

Despite TV numbers being down, the VMA’s prove to be alive and well in 2019, with a list of winners that represents a memorable year in music pop culture. See the full list of winners at this year’s MTV VMA’s below.

Video Vanguard

WINNER: Missy Elliott

Video of the Year

WINNER: Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”
21 Savage: “a lot” [ft. J. Cole]
Billie Eilish: “bad guy”
Ariana Grande: thank u, next”
Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]

Artist of the Year

WINNER: Ariana Grande
Cardi B
Billie Eilish
Halsey
Jonas Brothers
Shawn Mendes

Song of the Year

WINNER: Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Drake: “In My Feelings”
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next”
Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper: “Shallow”
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”

Best New Artist

WINNER: Billie Eilish
Ava Max
H.E.R.
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
ROSALÍA

Best Collaboration

WINNER: Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita”
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper: “Shallow”
Taylor Swift: “ME!” [ft. Brendon Urie]
Ed Sheeran / Justin Bieber: “I Don’t Care”
BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey]

Push Artist of the Year

WINNER: Billie Eilish
Bazzi
CNCO
H.E.R.
Lauv
Lizzo

Best Pop

WINNER: Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
5 Seconds of Summer: “Easier”
Cardi B / Bruno Mars: “Please Me”
Billie Eilish: “bad guy”
Khalid: “Talk”
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next”
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”

Best Hip-Hop

WINNER: Cardi B: “Money”
2 Chainz: “Rule the World”[ft. Ariana Grande]
21 Savage: “a lot” [ft. J. Cole]
DJ Khaled: “Higher” [ft. Nipsey Hussle and John Legend]
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Travis Scott: “SICKO MODE” [ft. Drake]

Best R&B

WINNER: Normani: “Waves” [ft. 6LACK]
Anderson .Paak: “Make It Better” [ft. Smokey Robinson]
Childish Gambino: “Feels Like Summer”
H.E.R.: “Could’ve Been” [ft. Bryson Tiller]
Alicia Keys: “Raise a Man”
Ella Mai: “Trip”

Best K-Pop

WINNER: BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey]
BLACKPINK: “Kill This Love”
Monsta X: “Who Do You Love” [ft. French Montana]
TOMORROW X TOGETHER: “Cat & Dog”
NCT 127: “Regular”
EXO: “Tempo”

Best Latin

WINNER: ROSALÍA / J Balvin: “Con Altura” [ft. El Guincho]
Anuel AA / Karol G: “Secreto”
Bad Bunny: “MIA” [ft. Drake]
benny blanco / Tainy / Selena Gomez / J Balvin: “I Can’t Get Enough”
Daddy Yankee: “Con Calma” [ft. Snow]
Maluma: “Mala Mía”

Best Dance

WINNER: The Chainsmokers: “Call You Mine” [ft. Bebe Rexha]
Clean Bandit: “Solo” [ft. Demi Lovato]
DJ Snake: “Taki Taki” [ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B]
David Guetta / Bebe Rexha / J Balvin: “Say My Name”
Marshmello / Bastille: “Happier”
Silk City / Dua Lipa: “Electricity”

Best Rock

WINNER: Panic! At the Disco: “High Hopes”
The 1975: “Love It If We Made It”
Fall Out Boy: “Bishops Knife Trick”
Imagine Dragons: “Natural”
Lenny Kravitz: “Low”
twenty one pilots: “My Blood”

Video for Good

WINNER: Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”
Halsey: “Nightmare”
The Killers: “Land of the Free”
Jamie N Commons / Skylar Grey: “Runaway Train” [ft. Gallant]
John Legend: “Preach”
Lil Dicky: “Earth”

Best Group

WINNER: BTS
5 Seconds of Summer
Backstreet Boys
BLACKPINK
CNCO
Jonas Brothers
PRETTYMUCH
Why Don’t We

Best Power Anthem

WINNER: Megan Thee Stallion: “Hot Girl Summer” [ft. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign]
Ariana Grande: “7 rings”
DJ Khaled: “Wish Wish” [ft. Cardi B and 21 Savage]
Halsey: “Nightmare”
Lizzo: “Tempo” [ft. Missy Elliott]
Maren Morris: “Girl”
Miley Cyrus: “Mother’s Daughter”
Taylor Swift: “You Need To Calm Down”

Song of Summer

WINNER: Ariana Grande and Social House: “Boyfriend”
Billie Eilish: “Bad Guy”
DaBaby: “Suge”
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber: “I Don’t Care”
Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
Khalid: “Talk”
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Lil Tecca: “Ransom”
Lizzo: “Truth Hurts”
Miley Cyrus: “Mother’s Daughter”
Post Malone: “Goodbyes” [ft. Young Thug]
Rosalía and J Balvin: “Con Altura” [ft. El Guincho]
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello: “Señorita”
Taylor Swift: “You Need To Calm Down”
The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha: “Call You Mine”
Young Thug: “The London” [ft. J. Cole and Travis Scott]

Fashion Trailblazer

WINNER: Marc Jacobs

Best Direction

WINNER: Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus] (dir. Calmatic)
Billie Eilish: “bad Guy” (dir. Dave Meyers)
FKA twigs: “Cellophane” (dir. Andrew Thomas Huang)
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next” (dir. Hannah Lux Davis)
LSD: “No New Friends” (dir. Dano Cerny)
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down” (dir. Drew Kirsch and Taylor Swift)

Best Visual Effects

WINNER: Taylor Swift: “ME!” [ft. Brendon Urie] (visual effects: Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX)
Billie Eilish: “when the party’s over” (visual effects: Ryan Ross, Andres Jaramillo)
FKA twigs: “Cellophane” (visual effects: Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog)
Ariana Grande: “God is a woman” (visual effects: Fabrice Lagayette, Kristina Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic)
DJ Khaled: “Just Us” [ft. SZA] (visual effects: Sergii Mashevskyi)
LSD: “No New Friends” (visual effects: Ethan Chancer)

Best Editing

WINNER: Billie Eilish: “bad guy” (editing: Billie Eilish)
Anderson .Paak: “Tints” [ft. Kendrick Lamar] (editing: Elias Talbot)
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” (editing: Calmatic)
Ariana Grande: “7 rings” (editing: Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh)
Solange: “Almeda” (editing: Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor)
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down” (editing: Jarrett Fijal)

Best Art Direction

WINNER: Ariana Grande: “7 rings” (art direction: John Richoux)
BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey] (art direction: JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E))
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus] (art direction: Itaru Dela Vegas)
Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita” (art direction: Tatiana Van Sauter)
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down” (art direction: Brittany Porter)
Kanye West / Lil Pump: “I Love It” [ft. Adele Givens] (art direction: Tino Schaedler)

Best Choreography

WINNER: ROSALÍA / J Balvin: “Con Altura” [ft. El Guincho] (choreography: Charm La’Donna)
FKA twigs: “Cellophane” (choreography: Kelly Yvonne)
LSD: “No New Friends” (choreography: Ryan Heffington)
Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita” (choreography: Calvit Hodge, Sara Biv)
Solange: “Almeda” (choreography: Maya Taylor, Solange Knowles)
BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey] (choreography: Rie Hata)

Best Cinematography

WINNER: Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita” (cinematography: Scott Cunningham)
Anderson .Paak: “Tints” [ft. Kendrick Lamar] (cinematography: Elias Talbot)
Billie Eilish: “hostage” (cinematography: Pau Castejon)
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next” (cinematography: Christopher Probst)
Solange: “Almeda” (cinematography: Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant, Justin Hamilton)
Taylor Swift: “ME!” [ft. Brendon Urie] (cinematography: Starr Whitesides)

Illenium alchemizes inner darkness into light through stunning third studio album, ‘ASCEND’ [Review/Interview]

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Illenium alchemizes inner darkness into light through  stunning third studio album, ‘ASCEND’ [Review/Interview]Illenium

2019 has been a year of Ascen-sion indeed, for Denver-based DJ/producer, Nick Miller. Not only did he further cement his Phoenix-adorned earmark to the apex of the electronic space, but he also successfully crossed over into mainstream global markets, doing so without surrendering his established aural identity. Miller, more popularly known as Illenium, while still on the up and up in his nascent career, has already sold out venues like Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center ahead of his forthcoming tour in support of his third studio album, ASCEND.

Fans of Miller’s work know to expect a well-strategized creative angle from the producer’s narrative and sonic motifs in order to achieve a polarizing soundscape within his multi-track projects and individual tracks alike. Well-known for helping propel the future-bass and chill-step genres (both intrinsically woven to the fabric of his Ashes LP) to the top of the electronic agenda, Miller has found a way to branch into dance-pop and alternative territories without compromising his sound or straying away wholly from the stylistic or tonal approaches that fans have come to crave from the producer.

ASCEND is a 17-track sonic story that follow Miller’s first and second albums, Ashes (2016) and Awake (2017) respectively. Although the artist will be embarking upon a tour that sees him headlining 20,000-person venues, the album, while accessible, has only faint hints of commercialized approaches, which would have been expected ahead of such a high-stakes tour. That is not to say that the producer doesn’t enlist catchy vocals throughout, but he does so in a way that still lets his production shine through each of the releases as opposed to relying on a solid vocal line to carry each song to its conclusion.

High profile collaborators Miller enlisted for the album include The Chainsmokers, Jon Bellion, X Ambassadors, Bipolar Sunshine, and Said the Sky. He enlists an equally diverse roster of vocalists for the releases including Anna Clendening, Bahari, and Lennon Stella among many others.

Diving into his tour, Miller will be embarking on his largest headlining shows to date. The endeavor serves as the ultimate opportunity for him to showcase his music the way he wants to play it.

“I feel the most free to express myself during my own headline tours because the majority of people who go are already fans of the music and understand it,” Miller tells Dancing Astronaut. “There will be a community of ‘Illenials’ at these shows. It’s different than playing a festival or opening up for another artist where not everyone is a fan or even into the music that much.”

Longtime fans of Miller will recognize more than a few of the songs. Preemptively released singles from the album have become hallowed fixtures in Illenium sets across the board of recent memory, including “Take You Down,” “Crashing” featuring Bahari, “Pray” featuring Kameron Alexander, “Good Things Fall Apart” with Jon Bellion, “Takeaway” with The Chainsmokers featuring Lennon Stella, and “Blood” featuring Foy Vance.

Few artists reach their full album release with a combined 120 million streams on two of the singles from the collection alone, and Miller has already reached this milestone thanks to his joint effort with The Chainsmokers, “Takeaway,” and collaboration with Jon Bellion, “Good Things Fall Apart.” While those two singles will undoubtedly prove the most hungrily streamed singles from the full body of work, there is certainly an entire world to discover past the two breakout hits.

Those taking cues from the album’s ostensibly nihilistic introduction will likely be pleasantly surprised after consuming the length of what ASCEND has to offer. Although the album begins with a 33-second vocal intro, “When you grow up, your heart dies / Who cares?” ASCEND seems to harken the opposite affect, emotive to its very core. Past collaborators, Echos, previously heard on Ashes‘ “Afterlife,” reappear by Illenium’s side for what is likely the most poignant piece of the ASCEND puzzle, “Every Piece Of Me.” ASCEND is ultimately a romantic juxtaposition of dark and light, with the light ultimately prevailing, though packaged with pain, gleaned through Echo’s tracing of a dying relationship that still fills the narrator with feeling.

Illenium’s music doesn’t simply offer dramatic, tempestuous narrative for spectacle; Miller really did ASCEND from a seemingly hopeless state. Miller spoke to Dancing Astronaut about his influences for the album, and more specifically spoke to whether his past or present shapes his music more.

“It’s a combination of the two,” he explains. “A lot of my songs are emotional but also uplifting in a way. I’ve gone through some dark times that definitely influence my music, but it’s paralleled with a hopefulness and beauty that things will get better. That’s why I love the imagery of a Phoenix. It symbolizes rising from the ashes and how even the worst struggles can become opportunities for growth that make you stronger. That was my journey so I end up drawing pretty equally from both my past and present to reflect that.”

X Ambassadors collaboration “In Your Arms” sees Miller bring rock elements, hopeful imagery, and airy electronic production together, laying the framework for the vocals to really stay at the forefront of the release. While this is one of the more commercial-leaning tracks of the album, the whistling drop is bound to provide welcomed momentary respite for listeners within Miller’s live bass-driven performances of the album.

“That’s Why” featuring GOLDN is the quintessential ASCEND release. The track embodies the ethereal bass-laced sound that initially garnered the producer his cult-like following. The smooth guitar strums and tick-of-the-clock samples float delicately into the far-off-vocal-filled drop, making for a song that is subtly punchy and calming all at once.

The unmistakably danceable “Gorgeous,” featuring Bipolar Sunshine, seems to be created as the perfect crescendo piece in Illenium’s explosive live performances, with a glitchy dubstep drop that creeps up on the listener from behind pensive vocals and sweetly melodic chords, landing with authority. Bipolar Sunshine’s highly potent vocals clue the listener in that a heavy crux of the song may be yet to come, but a mellow interludes assuages the tension and leaves the listener at peace.

When asked which single track from the album Miller would choose to embody the entire compilation, should he have to choose, he delineated the voraciously streamed, “Take You Down,” known for its reverberating, almost flute-like vocal chop.

“I would choose ‘Take You Down’ because it’s such a personal track and represents the emotion I try to have in my music. I think it’s a song that people can relate to and identify with, and it’s indicative of what the rest of the album is like.”

Ultimately, ASCEND is an album, riddled with paradox and lyrical depth, that leaves a lot to be anticipated when it comes to the live tour that Miller will be embarking upon this fall. Those who have come to revel in Illenium’s glimmering melodicism and often heart-wrenching motifs doused in momentous bass, as well as those not yet acclimated to the electronic space simply looking for a potent dose of easily digestible dance music, would be remiss not to take in the rich crests and falls of ASCEND.

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Stream Illenium’s hotly anticipated third LP, ‘Ascend’

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Stream Illenium’s hotly anticipated third LP, ‘Ascend’Illenium

Denver bass/dance-pop phenom, Illenium, returns in efforts to reiterate why he’s among the most pressing acts in modern dance music, as his long-awaited LP, Ascend, lifts off on the newly relaunched Astralwerks.

Few musicians, let alone electronic acts, reach stream numbers in the billions, but Illenium’s ability to juxtapose introspective acoustic harmonies with vibrant festival-friendly elements has pinpointed the soaring producer as a global phenomenon, dissolving genre borders and appealing not just to fans of dance or electronic music, but those who simply seek out quality tunes. The release supports a who’s who of collaborators, featuring the likes of X Ambassadors, Bipolar Sunshine and of course, The Chainsmokers, whose contributing efforts to Ascend in the form of “Takeaway” sit in the realm of 50 million streams just weeks after the single’s release.

Illenium continues his North American tour this weekend at 515 Alive Music Festival in Iowa, before making stops at New York’s Madison Square Garden and the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheatre for three already sold-out shows.

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The Chainsmokers steal Calvin Harris’ spot of ‘Highest Paid DJ’ in new Forbes list

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The Chainsmokers steal Calvin Harris’ spot of ‘Highest Paid DJ’ in new Forbes listgames 5 Galen Oakes

Forbes’ “Highest Paid DJ” list has just come out, and Calvin Harris has officially been dethroned by The Chainsmokers after six years spent at the number one slot.

The Chainsmokers’ have had their biggest year in earnings yet, with the duo taking home a cool $46 million. This comes as no surprise; after all, they’ve been dominating the airwaves over the past couple years with huge pop anthems. They’re also in the middle of a lucrative three-year contract with Wynn Las Vegas; combine that with a myriad of other headlining gigs at major festivals, and one-off private appearances elsewhere, and it becomes clear how they’ve managed to rake in such vast amounts of capital.

Marshmello has also been climbing the ranks, and actually landed in second place this year with $40 million in net earnings. Calvin Harris found himself demoted to the third slot with $38.5 million. Meanwhile, Steve Aoki took home the fourth ranking, largely in part to him playing 200 gigs through the past year and numerous brand deals on top.

Per usual, female DJs are missing from the list.

Full Ranking:

  1. The Chainsmokers ($46 million)
  2. Marshmello ($40 million)
  3. Calvin Harris ($38.5 million)
  4. Steve Aoki ($30 million)
  5. Diplo ($25 million)
  6. Tiësto ($24 million)
  7. Martin Garrix ($19 million)
  8. David Guetta ($18 million)
  9. Zedd ($17 million)
  10. Armin van Buuren ($15 million)
  11. Kaskade ($14 million)
  12. Skrillex ($13 million)
  13. Alesso ($12.5 million)
  14. Afrojack ($12 million)
  15. Tie: DJ Snaje, DJ Pauly D, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($11.5 million)

Photo credit: Galen Oakes

H/T: Forbes

Tomorrowland Weekend Two recap: Armin van Buuren, DJ Snake, Don Diablo and More

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Tomorrowland Weekend Two was nothing short of remarkable, closing out their 2019 installment with some ground-breaking highlights. Attendees saw a revamp of the 2012 Book Of Wisdom theme on the main stage, trance-god Armin van Buuren performed two sets on two different stages, including his 15-year tributary performance, Nicky Romero honored his longtime friend, Avicii, and more.

For those who weren’t able to experience the event’s 15th anniversary, Dancing Astronaut has compiled some of the key performances throughout the second weekend’s entirety, including sets from DJ Snake, The Chainsmokers, Martin Solveig, and Laidback Luke. Stream the full live sets below and check out the Weekend One recap here.