Tiësto’s Musical Freedom is giving away his signed DJ equipment and a pair of passes to see Tiesto this summer

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Tiësto's Musical Freedom is giving away his signed DJ equipment and a pair of passes to see Tiesto this summer

Recently, Tiësto teamed up with Dzeko to amp up Preme and Post Malone‘s “Jackie Chan,” into a certified a crossover summer thrill. Now, to commemorate the new release breaking into the Global Top 20 on Spotify, Tiësto’s Musical Freedom imprint is hosting a giveaway to celebrate, with an absurd grand prize up for grabs.

One lucky fan will receive a set of Tiësto’s personal decks, autographed by the man himself, along with a pair of tickets to any Tiësto show on the planet — including festival appearances. The decks come directly from Tiësto’s home, which have been used to prepare for, and on stage in some of the legendary DJ’s most memorable performances to date. Now, they can be yours.

Enter to win and claim the right to call yourself the “Greatest Tiësto fan in the World.”

Report: Calvin Harris earns an average job’s annual salary in as little as three hours

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Forbes2017 report outlined the world’s 100 top-grossing celebrities, who collectively raked in $5.15 billion. Although various artists appeared at the very top of the list—Diddy notably occupied the #1 slot with $130 million—electronic artists too enjoyed representation on the list of the highest-paid personalities, with Calvin Harris then emerging as the highest earning DJ, boasting an income of $48.5 million. Tiësto and The Chainsmokers followed Harris with $39 million and $38 million, respectively.

In January 2018, Oxfam International released its annual inequality report, indicating that “In the US, it takes slightly over one working day for a CEO to earn what an ordinary worker makes in a year.” This claim would be the impetus for Magnetic Magazine to examine the income differentials between the world’s “top musicians and ordinary job workers.”

Magnetic enumerated the median annual salaries of five common jobs: truck drivers ($41,340/yr), elementary school teachers ($59,020/yr), registered nurses ($68,450/yr), real estate brokers ($79,340/yr), and software developers ($100,080/yr). Magnetic set out to determine “how long it would take the world’s best-paid musicians to earn annual salaries in these jobs,” and the mag’s findings, reflected in Magnetic’s infographic, prove astonishing.

Photo Credit: Magnetic Magazine

It would take Harris a little over seven hours to accumulate what a truck driver makes in a year, slightly over ten-hours to collect a teacher’s yearly salary, and just over 12 hours to match the yearly pay of a registered nurse.

Tiësto would garner a truck driver’s yearly salary in nine hours and 17 minutes, a teacher’s in 13 hours and 15 minutes, and a nurses’s in 15 hours and 22 minutes. Hardly far behind, The Chainsmokers would follow suit in nine hours and 32 minutes, 13 hours and 36 minutes, and 15 hours and 48 minutes, when it came to earning the equivalent of a truck driver, teacher, and nurse’s salary, individually, leaving presumably all readers of Magnetic’s report with one question: is it too late to learn how to DJ?

H/T: Magnetic Magazine

Tiësto remixed Ed Sheeran’s ‘Happier’

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Tiësto remixed Ed Sheeran‘s “Happier,” off his 2017 best-selling album, ÷. This is a massive collaboration and the result is no surprise: it’s amazing. Tiësto sounds like he’s flexing his Kygo muscle, as the producer’s light, deep house cuddle’s Sheeran’s folksy voice with melodic, rumbling synths.

The king of trance kept to Sheeran’s minimal vibe, adding euphoric builds and a driving house beat to an originally somber vibe. The bed of ambiance hugs the track, letting listeners know, everything will be okay.

The remix was released off Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS label, which is his deep house imprint. The label boss has been producing vibes recently. His last release was an uplifting, hip-hop, pop track, “Jackie Chan,” with Post Malone and Dzeko. “Boom” featuring Gucci Mane is techno fire. Watch out 2018, Tiësto is out to have another stellar year.

Photo Credit: @tiesto/Instagram

Tiësto honors Avicii with 12-minute tribute during EDC

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In the month since Avicii‘s passing, DJs and producers around the world have paid homage to the pioneering artist with heartfelt tributes. And while he will no longer grace the world’s main stages playing for thousands of ecstatic fans, Avicii was there in spirit at EDC Las Vegas 2018.

Godfather of EDM Tiësto carved out more than 12 minutes of his EDC Las Vegas set to honor his friend, playing some of Avicii’s biggest hits. “Wake Me Up” collaborator Aloe Blacc even joined Tiësto on stage to contribute live vocals to the song. The set included everything from “Levels” to “Seek Bromance” as Tiësto brought some of Swedish producer’s smash hits to the Kinetic Field.

“Tonight, we celebrate his memory,” Tiësto announced to the crowd before launching the portion of his set with 2015 hit “Waiting for Love.”

Featured photo by Bridget Bennett, Las Vegas Review-Journal

H/T: EDM Sauce

Ante up: stream full sets from day two of EDC Las Vegas

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Both the stakes and the temps were higher for EDC Las Vegas’ second day of production on May 19.

Attendees of Insomniac’s flagship Electric Daisy Carnival and at home viewers alike can relive their favorite sets from the festival, or catch up on the performances that they missed with Dancing Astronaut’s list of live sets from day two of the landmark electronic event, featuring showings from Marshmello, Jauz, Moksi, and more.

Listen to sets from EDC Vegas’ opening day, here.

Kygo, Kinetic Field

Jauz, Kinetic Field

NGHTMRE, Kinetic Field

Tiësto, Kinetic Field

Marshmello, Kinetic Field

Moksi, Kinetic Field

Chris Lake, Kinetic Field

 

Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone and Preme turn ‘Jackie Chan’ in the ultimate summer tune

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It seems these days that electronic music and hip-hop have been merging more and more, from festival line-ups that flaunt an array of artists on both sides to collaborations that we might not have ever thought of before.

This is very much the case on the new collaboration “Jackie Chan” between Tiësto and Dzeko featuring Post Malone and Preme. If the title and lyrics sound familiar, you aren’t crazy as “Jackie Chan” was originally released by Preme featuring Post Malone on his album, Light Of Day. 

Tiësto and Dzeko take the minimal hip-hop track and pump doses of summer energy in the form of strumming guitar, a four on the floor beat, and a pinch of house vibes, to turn it into an irresistible dance tune. Some people are going to turn this on and want to not like it, but after Post slides his verse like butter over this lighthearted beat, you too will be melting.

This collaboration comes right in time for EDC where Tiësto and Post Malone will be performing…a coincidence? Well, that’s something our friends at EDC will have to tell us themselves.

[Q&A] Meet the artists you can’t miss at Spring Awakening: Tiësto

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This year, Chicago’s Spring Awakening Music Festival, the largest dance music fest in the Midwest, will return to Addams/Medill Park with another packed, meticulously curated lineup, including Tchami, Virtual Self, Tiësto, Alison Wonderland, and more across its three-day span. Dancing Astronaut has teamed up with the fest to get to know its standout acts a little better, just before SAMF arrives to bid spring adieu June 8-10. 


If there was ever a single artist in dance music who truly needed no introduction, it would be Tiësto. His universal status echoes far beyond the dance circuit, into the far corners of the music industry at large. He’s been dubbed “Greatest DJ of All Time” and the “Godfather of EDM” by a number of publications, and helped to solidify dance music’s place in mainstream music in Athens in 2004 by becoming the first DJ to ever perform at the Olympics.

Tiësto’s epochal trance hooks will likely reverberate through dance floors for countless future generations. At 49, Tiësto has been wielding his now ubiquitous dance floor weapons for decades, founding Black Hole Recordings in 1997, wherein he released his earliest albums. He was nominated for a Grammy for his fiercely ambitious trance album, Elements Of Life, in 2007, and was vindicated in 2015 when his remix of John Legend’s “All Of Me” won the Grammy for Best Non-Classical Remix.

His more recent delve into mainstream territory — bringing with it another world tour and his rowdy, heavily collaborated I Like It Loud EP — has shown he has no plans of hanging up his DJ or production hats anytime soon. Before Tiësto heads back to the Windy City for another headlining performance at Spring Awakening, he sat down with DA to talk about his new collaboration with Post Malone, Preme, Dzeko, and Louis Bell, the legacy he hopes to leave behind, his recommendations for must-see acts at Spring Awakening this year, and more.

You can still buy tickets to Spring Awakening here, and the full lineup is here.


You have a new track coming out this month. What can you tell us about that?

It started with a group of friends hanging out: Preme, Post Malone, Louis Bell, Dzeko and me. Preme played the verse of what became “Jackie Chan.” Dzeko and I were like “Man, we can make something really cool and different out of this.” It took a lot of hard work to get it to a place where all of us were satisfied with it, but once it got there, we knew we had something special.

How have you seen U.S. electronic music scene evolve since your earlier days?

It went from super rave and off the radar to mainstream relevant and more popular than ever.

What is your favorite part of being on tour? least favorite?

My favorite part is entertaining thousands of people every night. It is an amazing feeling. My least favorite part is the traveling, airports, and airport food.

Who’s someone outside the EDM arena you would most want to collaborate with and why?

I just did with Post Malone! He’s so talented and fun to hang out with. Not to mention his voice is amazing.

What has been your most memorable performance thus far and why?

I have so many.. And that’s the beauty about being a DJ, every night is different and that’s what keeps me interested and keeps it fun for me.

What kind of legacy do you hope to leave for the music world at large?

I hope people think of me as the man that gave people incredible and unforgettable nights, an inspiration to aspiring new DJs and producers, and a mentor to many.

How does it feel to be returning to Chicago for Spring Awakening?

Chicago is one of my favorite cities to play, and I love the vibes this festival brings.

Which three sets would you recommend from the Spring Awakening lineup this year?

First, Dubfire – he’s a great techno act. Also, Seven Lions – he’s on his own planet and has incredible music. And finally, Mercer – he makes great dance music with a lot of variety.

Featured photo: Jordan Loyd

Eric Prydz surprise debuts new Pryda EP on episode 580 of Tiësto’s Club Life radio show [Stream]

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It hasn’t been long since Eric Prydz announced the impending arrival of a new, four-track Pryda EP, but if Dancing Astronaut knows Prydz fans, it knows them to await the release with unremitting anticipation. Fortunately, Eric Prydz too knows the nature of his listeners, and as it appears, he doesn’t want to keep them waiting to hear the new EP — notably the first release under Prydz’s Pryda alias since 2017’s “Stay With Me,” — for too long.

Tiësto‘s Club Life radio show chugged on to reach its 580th episode, featuring not only a Moska guest mix, but a ‘Pryda EP’ mini mix at the episode’s end. The 17-minute closing slot of Club Life offers fans a first listen of the incoming EP. Those interested in hearing just what that forthcoming EP sounds like can skip right to the ‘Pryda EP’ mini mix via a fan cut YouTube video that canvasses the four new Pryda productions. The full 580th episode of Club Life can alternatively be found, here.

Photo Credit: Wunderground Music

Sikdope comes through with vicious new club burner, ‘My House’

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Sikdope has been on a tear lately, building out his catalog of rattling bass-house weapons with a steady stream of new music in 2018. Fresh off the release of his latest uptempo monster “Back Again,” Sikdope has another new elbow-throwing statement piece ready for fans on “My House.” Boldly claiming the dance floor as his, the young Polish beatsmith drops off a high-octane thrill ride, and it’s already making its way into festival sets across the country, with early crowd-tests courtesy of Tiësto at Ultra Music Festival‘s main stage back in March.

The track is a pedal-to-the-floor bass house burner that showcases Sikdope’s increasingly fine-tuned ear for flipping classic progressive house tropes into merciless sonic battering rams. A barrage of hypnotic synths close in from every angle on “My House,” and if the track’s title is any sort of indication, Sikdope is proving to be an emerging force who’s got his eyes set firmly on the prize.

Authorities rule Avicii’s death free from ‘criminal suspicion’

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Upon post-mortem examinations of 28-year-old international superstar, Avicii, Omani authorities said they found no evidence of “criminal suspicion” tied to his death.

The Swedish artist, real name Tim Bergling, was vacationing in Oman’s capital, Muscat, where he was found dead Friday. While no cause of death has yet been released, Bergling was open about his health struggles, which eventually led to his retirement from touring.

Bergling’s unexpected death has prompted prodigious support and commemorative reactions from both fans and fellow EDM pioneers, including Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, and countless more.

A serial Grammy nominee and creator of universally revered tracks like “Levels” and “Wake Me Up,” Avicii was among the most profoundly catalytic forces in the progressive house movement.

Thousands of fans gathered Saturday afternoon in his hometown Stockholm to remember the fallen icon.

H/T: Mirror

Photo Credit: Rolling Stone