Caution—once you experience a festival this way, there’s no going back to General Admission. You’ve been warned. Breakaway Festival’s Tennessee stop is slated for October 11 – 12 at Nashville’s Fairgrounds, and ahead of the event, organizers are offering fans a once-in-a-lifetime festival experience with the Ultimate Golden Ticket giveaway. The package includes a meet and greet with Kaskade, two ultra-tier VIP tickets for both days that include side stage viewing, along with drink and merchandise vouchers for both days, and admission to both Breakaway after parties.
The two day event features a stacked lineup of dance and hip-hop heavyweights including Zeds Dead, Chris Lake, Future, Gashi, Ekali, and more. Move quickly though, the Golden Ticket isn’t up for grabs long. Enter below.
Last year’s roster included Bassnectar and ODESZA alongside GRiZ, Big Gigantic, RL Grime, and Illenium. Now building on that caliber of talent, this year’s cast of electronic heavy hitters look to close out the year with a rumbling wave of low end bass at the Pennsylvania Convention Center,
Tickets to this year’s festival are on sale starting Friday, September 13 at noon EST.
DUCKY has had an explosive 2019 so far on the release front. After her full EP materialized earlier this year, she is now back in the mix with a new single titled “A Place to Rest.” The producer is known for the diversity of her productions, which range anywhere from dubstep, to hardcore, all the way to melodic pop.
“A Place to Rest” opens with heavily synthesized female vocals that pave the way for a kicking build. The listener could easily expect the track to fall into a melodic bass drop, but instead the song features an ethereal and chaotic collection of synths with retro dubstep undertones. In addition to the new music, DUCKY debuted a brand new live show setup at Lollapalooza this past weekend in front of thousands of fans. “A Place to Rest” is out now via Zeds Dead‘s imprint, Deadbeats.
In May, the Toronto-born duo took to Twitter to announce a full collaborative project, confirming that “Rescue” featuring Dion Timmer and Delaney Jane would be included.
“Rescue is off an upcoming project we’re putting out where we collaborate with a lot of our friends and artists that we play in our sets. The project kind of embodies the type of feel we’re trying to create with our label Deadbeats,” they wrote.
As label heads, they’ve been commended for building a unique roster of creatives from all over the electronic and bass music spectrum, including 1788-L, BLU J, Grandtheft, and more. With the synergistic work that’s come out of their Deadbeats imprint of late, there’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming album. The boys took to Twitter to confirm a 10-track remix package for “Lift You Up” will precede the project.
The guys are clearly hard at work, continuing to tour the globe well into Fall 2019. Fans can catch performances at Tomorrowland July 19, HQ2 Beachclub in Atlantic City July 28, Veld Music Festival in their hometown come August, with more dates to come.
Moody Good (real name Eddie Jefferys) has spent the better part of the last decade coming up with deliciously wicked ways to approach dubstep, to considerable avail. After stepping outside his tenure with his former duo, 16bit, in 2014, he soon found a new home for his pernicious productions with the likes of OWSLA, wherein he released his self-titled debut album that same year.
Now he’s emerged from his low-lit dubstep den for another intuitive pairing, this time with the Zeds Dead-championed Deadbeats, for his latest track, “Bite Your Lip.” Jeffery’s debut on the flourishing imprint is a dastardly dub/trap one-two punch. “Bite Your Lip” makes its audacious aural attack with snarling synths, warped extraterrestrial-status bass, and a harrowing chorus of distorted vocals. If the track had teeth, they’d be full-on fangs.
Zeds Dead have teamed up with Dutch duo DROELOE for a new release, “Stars Tonight,” which DROELOE debuted at their recent Spring Awakening performance. The two groups have been teasing the track on their social media channels, and the unlikely combination has led to a melodic bass-fused release that showcases the best of both production duos.
The track begins with pounding synths and light accents that build as a vocal weaves in and out of the notes. “Stars Tonight” then drops into what the listener would perceive to be the drop, until another build falls into extended bass themes. The track takes the listener through sonic twists and turns, and the multiple drops within the release all show live performance potential.
The track is out now via Zeds Dead’s own imprint, Deadbeats.
In the modern age of electronic music, an endless amount of producers claim to have an affinity for every genre. Yet there are only a handful who really put in the time and effort to create a catalog that encompasses multiple tempos, sounds, and styles. Chief among those select few—Zeds Dead.
However, despite their ever-expanding library of different styles of electronic music (accelerated further by their multi-genre label, Deadbeats), those who have been with D.C. and Hooks since the beginning know that dubstep holds a special place in the Canadian duo’s hearts.
Seminal tracks from early in their careers like “Rude Boy,” “In The Beginning,” and “Adrenaline,” gave them a platform to succeed, and they were going to honor their roots at EDC Vegas this year with a surprise throwback set at BassPod Sunday night. Unfortunately, high winds on Saturday night forced RL Grime to cancel his set. In response Zeds Dead graciously offered him their surprise slot on Sunday, preventing them from performing their throwback set.
Those circumstances may have been a blessing in disguise though. Rather than play the throwback set for only one crowd to hear, Zeds Dead have released the set as episode 100 of Deadbeats Radio. Now, fans can enjoy the headbanging nostalgia over and over.
The mix is primarily dubstep tracks from Zed Dead’s own catalog as well as legends of the genre like Caspa, Skrillex, and Emalkay. It also features house, drum ‘n’ bass, and other heavy-handed offerings. Get down with Zeds Dead below.
Zeds Dead are veterans and trendsetters in the electronic space, creating their own lane of new sound both produced and supported by their own Deadbeats imprint. Innovation is currency for the two dubstep flag bearers, combining different amounts of rumbling, melodic low end with dynamic synths and powerful energy for an ever-evolving, idiosyncratic sound.
Dylan Mamid (DC) and Zachary Rapp-Rovan (Hooks) mentioned on Twitter about their upcoming EDC performance, “This’ll be the most unreleased music we’ve had in a set I think.” For these Toronto-based artists who defy categorization brought Bassmentality to one of Canada’s most storied club nights and the rest was history.
Throw tour Z’s up and listen to Zeds Dead rock the Circuit Grounds stage at EDC below.
After releasing a slew of remixes including a rework of Billie Eilish‘s “bury a friend” and Diplo‘s “Close to Me” Zeds Dead finally drop their second single of the year “Rescue,” preceded by the duo’s Delta Heavy-assisted track “Lift You Up.” Joining the production capabilities of two dominating bass acts— veteran dubstep producers Zeds Dead with the ripe, but explosive talent of Netherlands-based Dion Timmer—”Rescue” embodies the complements of old and new talent lending a hand to each other. With Delaney Jane providing the track’s vocals, the collaboration between the Deadbeats label heads and the Monstercat power player prove to be the latest Zeds Dead heater fit for the live stage.
“Rescue” begins with a plucky guitar riff and beating drums that almost echo the structure of an alt-rock song before descending into a wobbly bass-driven soundscape. Jane’s breathy vocals sing “It’s only you coming to my rescue” inter-weaved into a thumping drop, laced with high and low frequencies that make for a chaotic rush. Zeds Dead and Timmer have given the all-familiar dubstep anthem a refreshing makeover in their collaborative efforts on “Rescue.”
When listening to the “bury a friend” by Billie Eilish, you’ll note that the vocals stand out as percussive elements that you might find in a horror movie. Around the two minute mark, a heavy synth glides by, leaving bass heads yearning for more low-end action. The track works with so much empty space that a remix to fill the original’s sonic voids seemed only a matter of time, and now, Zeds Dead deliver a rework that does just that.
The Deadbeats label bosses add their classic spin to Eilish’s track, which hails from Eilish’s debut LP, WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? The result is a gritty, downtempo bass remix of the aforementioned album inclusion. The remix has an “Eyes On Fire” feel, evocative of Zeds Dead’s highly acclaimed take on the Blue Foundation original. Playing with a dynamic percussion patterns and sustained bass notes that rest among Eilish’s sultry vocals, this collaboration fits like a glove.