Posters appear in South Korea, Swedish House Mafia appear to have Seoul in their crosshairs

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Swedish House Mafia fans will tell you—patience is a virtue. 

Fans had to endure a five-year hiatus as the group dissolved in 2013 and did not play together again until Ultra Music Festival in Miami in 2018. Since the single show reconciliation last spring, the trickle of information laying out the trio’s long-awaited reunion has been a slow, tantalizing drip, with enigmatic posters appearing all over the world and extended countdowns surfacing online, signaling where the Mafia might appear next.

Dates in Ibiza, Mexico City, and a headlining slot at Creamfields this summer are already confirmed, and rumored appearances at Ultra’s Croatia stop and Tomorrowland are starting to piece together the group’s planned whereabouts—though now a stop in Seoul is the latest spot of speculation on Swedish House Mafia’s summer itinerary. However, with posters appearing in Split and Seoul back-to-back, Ultra appearances in both cities seem likely, though it is unclear if the posters confirm performances and if those performances are linked in any way. Details remain scarce for now, but the chances of Swedish House Mafia confirming a Seoul date in the near future now seems immanent.

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Saturday Night Session 011: EJ scores the most unconventional residency there is, and talks being the anonymous musical face of Formula E

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Saturday Night Session 011:  EJ scores the most unconventional residency there is, and talks being the anonymous musical face of Formula EEJ Formula E

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.

Becoming a resident DJ is the goal for many looking to achieve a fruitful and lasting career in the insanity that is the music industry. While locations like Vegas and Ibiza are the known industry hotspots, and the goal for many looking to cement their brand as a world renowned performer, high profile residencies also exist in other forms, which DJ and Producer EJ knows all too well. EJ is currently the resident DJ for Formula E, the global electric car-racing league that makes event stops throughout the world.

Previously, EJ was a Ministry of Sound veteran, but with his Formula E residency, he has turned ‘anonymous’ and chooses to perform in a mask not dissimilar to the racing helmets of those competing around him. His anonymity is a new dynamic for the artist, who has spent his entire career performing with no disguise.

EJ speaks about reinventing himself as an anonymous producer, stating, “originally, I wanted to create a DJ persona that could grow with the Formula E brand when I first started working with them, and bring a new audience to the championship through my music and performances.” He continues, “It was a bit of fun to be anonymous. I have worked in the scene for quite some time with Ministry of Sound so wanted a bit of a fresh look.”

What might be one of the most interesting things about his Formula E residency is how he performs, which is varied and non-traditional compared to the club and festival circuit many electronic producers perform within.

EJ mentions, “I play to the race itself when the cars are on track, creating the atmosphere to the grand stand spectators.” He continues, “Then there is the gaming zone which is pretty cool, creating the music backdrop to fans and the drivers racing each other on the computer game. Finally, there are my main stage performances. It all depends what country you are playing in with what style you go with.”

EJ has released a 19 piece soundtrack that is set to take center stage at the global street racing championship. He has released it on Ashley Wallbridge and Gareth Emery‘s Garuda, and both of Garuda’s founding artists have tracks included within the compilation.

While the Formula E residency has consumed a substantial amount of the DJ’s time, this has not stopped him from pursuing his DJ and production career in the more traditional sense. When discussing what his plans are for the new year, EJ comments, “It’s fantastic playing at Formula E, but I want to be on the festival stages such as Tomorrowland and Ultra. Headlining one of them would be fucking unreal! Also would love to get a number one.”

EJ also plans to release a full length album before the end of the year, which certainly bolsters his plan to reach number one. His Saturday Night Session proves him more than worthy for the mainstage with its collection of hit tracks like Cristoph and CamelPhat‘s “Breathe” and his own originals. As EJ puts it, the mix is certain to get listeners ready for “A good old rave up!” and it’s the perfect hour to get a good night going.

 

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Why do you choose to produce/perform masked and anonymously?
Originally, I wanted to create a DJ persona that could grow with the Formula E brand when I first started working with them, and bring a new audience to the championship through my music and performances. It was a bit of fun to be anonymous. I have worked in the scene for quite some time with Ministry of Sound so wanted a bit of a fresh look. It’s not so anonymous now as I have been performing without the helmet on a few occasions and have also been in the press without it. The secret is out!

Can you tell us more information like, where are you from? What got you into music production and what inspired you to start producing trance music specifically?
I’m from London and still live here, but travel quite a lot. I love London. It will always be my home. I worked for Ministry of Sound for 10 years before working with Formula E, and have got to play at some incredible venues around the world. Before that though, I worked in Ibiza. It was Ibiza that really got me into music and DJing, however before living there, I was massively into the original trance scene. Although I have moved around genres through my career I have always still loved the energy of trance. Strictly though, I am not just trance. I play a lot of progressive house and even though my most recent productions have all be labelled trance, they kind of sit in the middle a little. I like to be able to move around between the genres. You will see a lot more of my progressive side in 2019.

You’re the resident DJ for Formula E, which is an unconventional yet very high profile gig. What is it like performing in that environment versus performing in a club environment? Do you have a preference?
Yeah of course it is very different. I have a few roles at Formula E when it comes to performances. I play to the race itself when the cars are on track, creating the atmosphere to the grand stand spectators. Then there is the gaming zone which is pretty cool, creating the music backdrop to fans and the drivers racing each other on the computer game. Finally, there are my main stage performances. It all depends what country you are playing in with what style you go with. Some are more commercial than others. With all of this you have to remember that essentially people are there for the racing not just the music, however I just played in Santiago and the crowd was awesome, actually coming to see me rather than just the racing. Clubs and festivals for now will always have the more dance music crowd, but it looks like this could be changing. I do love a fucking good club though!

Are you a fan of a particular Formula E team or driver?
Am I allowed to be biased? I’m always asked to be neutral, but I get along really well with Sam Bird from Virgin, Mitch Evans from Jaguar, and Antonio Felix da Costa from BMW. They are all good lads, and the teams are pretty cool. Sam’s at the top of the table at the moment though so let’s go with him!

Musically, what are some goals you currently have for yourself?
I really want to showcase my style of music and get it out there to the masses. It’s fantastic playing at Formula E, but I want to be on the festival stages such as Tomorrowland and Ultra. Headlining one of them would be fucking unreal! Also would love to get a number one. All my last releases have gone top 20 on the Beatport Trance chart, but wouldn’t it be cool if music swung back round again, and my music was in the main charts. That would be wicked! Some collabs with some sick singers would be great as well.

What can we expect from you in the new year?
Lots more music. I have a compilation out on 8th February called Formula E – The Soundtrack which is selection of tracks that you would expect to hear me play at a Formula E race. We have a Garuda night at Ministry of Sound in London on 1st March where I’ll be playing alongside Gareth Emery, Ashley Wallbridge, Kolonie and Nash. I have an artist album out some time before the end of the year, depending when its finished as I am also on tour with Formula E until July heading all over the globe to some fantastic cities.

What kind of a Saturday Night is your mix getting us ready for?
A good old rave up!

Dog Blood and Adam Beyer back-to-back with Cirez D top Ultra’s phase two lineup

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Dog Blood and Adam Beyer back-to-back with Cirez D top Ultra’s phase two lineupDog Blood Live

Ultra Music Festival has released 2019’s phase two lineup just one day after the announcement that Rapture Festival’s federal lawsuit against the organization has been thrown out by a local judge. Ultra is in the clear, and now their heavy-hitting phase two roster gives fans a lot to look forward to. Dog Blood continues their resurging string of festival announcements, topping Ultra’s second wave of talent. Black Coffee, Sven Väth, and Cirez D performing back-to-back with Adam Beyer rounds out the latest addition of festival headliners. Other newcomers to the lineup include 3LAU, CamelPhat, Elephante, Salvatore Ganacci, Nicky Romero, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello performing live, and more. NGHTMRE is also primed to present a new live concept with Big Gigantic aptly dubbed Gigantic NGHTMRE,

The festival announced to fans on social media that this year’s 21st iteration of the event will feature a brand new immersive experience featuring extended sets, later hours, and expanded festival grounds. Tickets are still available, and fans can purchase them here.

See Ultra Music Festival’s full phase two lineup below.

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Rapture Electronic Music Festival’s lawsuit against Ultra gets thrown out

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Rapture Electronic Music Festival’s lawsuit against Ultra gets thrown outUltra Music Key Biscayne Resident Backlash

A case of David and Goliath in the festival world has come to an end with the “big guy” on top. Rapture Electronic Music Festival‘s federal lawsuit against Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has been thrown out by a local judge, reports Your EDM. Rapture’s federal lawsuit followed the cease and desist warning that Rapture issued to Ultra in January. The official ruling in the case asserts, “‘[…] the Complaint fails on its face to plausibly allege any unlawful conspiracy or anticompetitive arrangement between Defendants. Plaintiff relies exclusively on conclusory allegations of conspiracy backed by no factual allegations whatsoever.’” Rapture may either amend or formally withdraw the complaint.

Rapture initially cited their possession of a signed, previously arranged agreement to use the Virginia Key land throughout 2020, but more specifically, from March 28-30, 2019, the very same dates that Ultra declared for its 2019 installment. Rapture referenced their application to host their own festival on Virginia Key, dated March 11, 2018. Rapture additionally paid a deposit to use the island from March 28-30. Needless to say, only one of the festivals can occupy Virginia Key.

“We have filed a federal lawsuit that will include an emergency injunction against Ultra, City of Miami and Virginia Key Beach Trust in order to return our location, claiming what is rightfully ours. At this point the future of Rapture at Virginia Key Beach Park is in the Federal judge’s hands. We have full trust in the federal system to obtain a fair judgement,” Rapture stated in a Facebook post. UMF coordinators responded to Rapture’s legal complaint in a press release that proclaims Rapture’s lawsuit to bear “no merit.”

The press release asserts that “Ultra lawfully secured its license to host its annual production on Virginia Key, including by obtaining necessary approvals from the City of Miami Commission.” “We are excited to present our fans with what will be the best and most transformative music festival that we have ever produced by way of music, artists, experience, cutting edge and technologically advanced production elements and novel art installations,” the press release concludes. Ultra’s full-length statement follows below, along with Rapture’s 19-page formal complaint:

FEBRUARY 2, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

There is no merit to yesterday’s lawsuit. To claim that Ultra has violated the law is both disappointing and misplaced. Ultra lawfully secured its license to host its annual production on Virginia Key, including by obtaining necessary approvals from the City of Miami Commission. We are excited to present our fans with what will be the best and most transformative music festival that we have ever produced by way of music, artists, experience, cutting edge and technologically advanced production elements and novel art installations. We look forward to hosting our 21st edition of the Ultra Music Festival at our new home at Miami Marine Stadium and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park on March 29, 30 and 31, 2019.

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Ultra Music Festival unveils awe inducing 2019 RESISTANCE lineup for Miami iteration

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Ultra Music Festival unveils awe inducing 2019 RESISTANCE lineup for Miami iterationRESISTANCE Carl Co MegaStructure Photo By RVR 16

Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has proven its RESISTANCE brand to be a well-oiled industrial machine that unceasingly manufactures some of the finest house and techno lineups in the modern festival circuit. The revelations of its 2019 lineup continues this process. For its 2019 edition, Ultra Miami will present the RESISTANCE concept in an unprecedented manner, devoting a considerable portion of the Virginia Key festival grounds to what UMF organizers have newly dubbed “RESISTANCE island.”

Given the artists who grace Ultra Miami’s 2019 RESISTANCE lineup, “island” is indeed an apt descriptor. UMF crafts an underground paradise of electronic sorts via live sets from Maceo Plex, Black Coffee, Sasha | John Digweed, Richie Hawtin, and Charlotte de Witte. Adam Beyer and Cirez D will link up for another installment in their mythical back-to-back format series. Eric Prydz, however, won’t be the only producer appearing under an alias–deadmau5 notably figures among the RESISTANCE lineup as Testpilot. deadmau5′ Testpilot set flanks his headlining set as deadmau5. The mau5trap label head’s headlining set that will be the platform of deadmau5’s worldwide debut of his Cube 3.0.

In the midst of RESISTANCE’s luster gleams a back-to-back Carl Cox set. Ultra maintains the mystery for now, as festival organizers currently conceal of the name of Cox’s back-to-back partner behind the decks, which Ultra will expectedly declare at a later date. Ultra Music Festival will record its inaugural edition at its new home of Virginia Key from March 29-31.

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Have a look at the creative process behind deadmau5’s Cube 3.0 [Watch]

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deadmau5‘s innovative genius knows no bounds, as the mau5trap label head’s current technological challenge, the Cube 3.0, illustrates. As deadmau5 prepares to present his new cube-ular setup during his headlining slot at Ultra Music Festival 2019, he’s shared some sneak peeks of the new and improved Cube through his Twitch channel, the live streaming platform that, in the past, has been deadmau5’s medium of choice for teasing unreleased music, like his Rob Swire collaboration, “Monophobia.”

deadmau5 recently returned to his virtual Twitch stomping ground to share a Cube 3.0 progress update with his fans. The mau5ville compilation curator has streamed more than 24 hours of his work on the Cube thus far, which show the producer tinkering with a variety of different software programs like Cinema 4D and Houdini FX, to usher the Cube 3.0 from idea to reality. His latest latest Cube 3.0 video report is the most comprehensive to date, in its depiction of the cube’s intended shape, the surrounding stage design, and the cube’s LED styling. deadmau5 enthusiasts can follow live developments of the Cube 3.0 by subscribing to his Twitch channel, here. Channel subscribers will receive a notification when deadmau5 next goes live, so followers can be sure not to miss a minute of the creative action.

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Ultra bids beloved Arcadia Spider stage farewell for 2019 installment

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Ultra bids beloved Arcadia Spider stage farewell for 2019 installmentUltra Music Key Biscayne Resident Backlash

2019 will be a year of revision for Ultra Music Festival (UMF). The flagship festival of the international UMF brand, Ultra Miami will not only be facing changes of a locational kind. Ultra announced in November that it would host its 21st iteration at Virginia Key Beach Park, following the City of Miami Commission’s rejection of Ultra’s request for a contract renewal at its longtime home of Bayfront Park. As Ultra organizers prepare for a change of scenery, they’ve also quietly announced a series of major adjustments to the event’s organization. Ultra’s underground oriented RESISTANCE stage will occupy its own “island” within Virginia Key, while the festival’s UMF Radio, Ultra Worldwide, Live Arena, and Mainstages will remain clustered in another part of Virginia Key Beach Park, the Miami Marine Stadium.

In previous years, Ultra has spread its house and techno acts across its Megastructure and Arcadia Spider stages, but appears to have abandoned the Arcadia Spider stage this year. The Spider is notably not listed among the many stages that Ultra will run in 2019 in any of the promotional material that event organizers have disseminated to date. Ultra’s ASOT stage will return to carry on its legacy at Virginia Key, and will be flanked by Martin Garrix‘s STMPD Records stage, Richie Hawtin‘s PLAYdifferently, and ODESZA‘s Foreign Family Collective stages, which round out Ultra’s collection of branded areas. It currently remains unclear whether Ultra will replace the Spider with a novel new stage, to restore the sixth stage that the festival loses in the Spider. Although the fate of Ultra’s sixth stage is suspended in uncertainty, the caliber of the first phase of the festival’s lineup is assuredly one of Ultra’s finest.

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Ultra Australia announces debut edition lineup featuring Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, and more

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In its inaugural edition, Ultra Music Festival‘s Australian lineup boasts some of EDM’s hottest names.

Kicking off in Melbourne on February 23, 2019, Ultra Australia will bring names like Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, Adam Beyer, and more to the Land Down Under. While these are the only names announced thus far, Ultra promises there are “many more” to come to the festival’s debut edition. The event will take place at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on February 23, followed by day two at Parramatta Park in Sydney.

Ultra’s Australia presence kicked off earlier this year with a Road to Ultra single-day, single-stage event back February, bringing names like Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Afrojack, KSHMR, and more to Melbourne. 2019 will mark the festival’s first multi-day experience in Australia.

“After watching the success of the event in Miami over the last 20 years and across the globe, it’s time we experienced this fantastic festival down under,” Ultra organizers said.

Tickets to Ultra Australia are available here.

Ultra Australia announces debut edition lineup featuring Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, and more

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Ultra Australia announces debut edition lineup featuring Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, and moreAustralia 2018 Og

In its inaugural edition, Ultra Music Festival‘s Australian lineup boasts some of EDM’s hottest names.

Kicking off in Melbourne on February 23, 2019, Ultra Australia will bring names like Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, Adam Beyer, and more to the Land Down Under. While these are the only names announced thus far, Ultra promises there are “many more” to come to the festival’s debut edition. The event will take place at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on February 23, followed by day two at Parramatta Park in Sydney.

Ultra’s Australia presence kicked off earlier this year with a Road to Ultra single-day, single-stage event back February, bringing names like Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Afrojack, KSHMR, and more to Melbourne. 2019 will mark the festival’s first multi-day experience in Australia.

“After watching the success of the event in Miami over the last 20 years and across the globe, it’s time we experienced this fantastic festival down under,” Ultra organizers said.

Tickets to Ultra Australia are available here.

Miami City Council votes in favor of Ultra Music Festival move to Virginia Key

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Miami City Council votes in favor of Ultra Music Festival move to Virginia KeyUltra 2018 Mainstage ALIVE Coverage

In late September, news surfaced that Ultra Music Festival had been booted from its longtime home at Bayfront Park. It didn’t take long for the event organizers to propose a new host venue about ten minutes away on Virginia Key, and on November 15, the Miami City Council brought the proposal to an official vote. Even amid contentious opposition from Rapture Music Festival and residents of Key Biscayne, the vote passed — officially moving Ultra to a new home for the first time since 2001.

After more than three hours of heated deliberation, Miami Marine Stadium and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Virginia Key became the new host venue for Ultra Music Festival. The vote ended 4-1 in favor of the move, though the decision ultimately came down to two council members on the edge of a “yes” vote. The two year deal does include some contingencies — there’s the possibility of revocation within 60 days after the 2019 festival if certain circumstances occur. What’s more, Ultra has to pay $2 million to the city of Miami in order to sell up to 60,000 tickets to the festival.

But perhaps the grass will be greener in Virginia Key as Ultra opens a new chapter in the festival’s illustrious history. We’ll see come March, 2019.

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