Kaskade Tries To Troll Eric Prydz And Above & Beyond, But It Didn’t Go As Planned

Kaskade just pulled a major troll on his fans this afternoon, when he announced that he was going to be in Miami next month for Miami Music Week, and would be throwing a free 12 hour Redux party at the same time as Eric Prydz and Above & Beyond’s show.

As one might expect, we were all a little taken aback by this news… even Prydz himself.

Turns out it was just a simple troll, and Kaskade won’t even be in the state of Florida during MMW, let alone throwing a party there.

So cheers to Kaskade for having a little fun with fans… you jerk. <3

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Source: Kaskade Tries To Troll Eric Prydz And Above & Beyond, But It Didn’t Go As Planned

Omen – “48 Laws” f. Nico Segal

Off Dreamville’s Revenge of the Dreamers II.

ARMNHMR Join Forces With DATHAN For A Stellar Remix To Ekali & KRANE’s “AKIRA”

LA-based duo ARMNHMR (consisting of Joseph Chung and Joseph Abella) are no strangers to being given such daunting tasks like re-imagining huge tunes. This is exactly what the duo sought after when their ears had welcomed Ekali & KRANE’s latest masterpiece, “AKIRA.”

Whether it be remixes for The Chainsmokers hit single “Closer” or ATB’s “Ecstasy,” ARMNHMR are masters at taking big names tunes and making them sound larger than life.

Check out what the dudes over at ARMNHMR had to say about their latest track

“Here’s a new one from us and our boy DATHAN. Really enjoyed Ekali & KRANE’s work on AKIRA and immediately had ideas shooting out of our eyes. This is our reimagination of the wonderful piece that is AKIRA. Hope you enjoy it and stay amazing. With love <3”

Their latest work, a remix collaboration with DATHAN, the producers join forces to create a mind melting electrifying melodic yet soothing banger that not deflated the value of “AKIRA” rather took the masterpiece up a notch.

Stream Ekali & KRANE’s “AKIRA” (ARMNHMR & DATHAN Remix) below and make sure to snag your free dl here!

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Source: ARMNHMR Join Forces With DATHAN For A Stellar Remix To Ekali & KRANE’s “AKIRA”

Quadir Lateef Goes Absolute Ape Sh*t Over Statik Selektah Production On New Banger, “Exorcism”

ShowOff meets Ruff Ryders.

Killahurtz Brings V Recordings Paul T & Edward Oberon To Union In LA

Tonight is a night that many will remember as a night for melancholic emotion. A night in celebration of the soft, soothing vibrations and predominant soundscapes of the liquid funk genre. LA-based Killahurtz is set to host a night of indubitable bliss just ahead of Paul T & Edward Oberon‘s collaboration with Philly Blunt regular Serum. This magnificent night will also have support from Fokus’s own Kasper and Seebass. 

For one night only don’t miss your chance to be apart of a unique blend of UK drum and bass music at one of our favorite clubs in the country – Union.

You can purchase tickets here.

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Source: Killahurtz Brings V Recordings Paul T & Edward Oberon To Union In LA

Former Vice Music Editor Accused Of Using Platform To Recruit Drug Smugglers

A former music editor with VICE Canada has been accused of using the platform as a recruiting ground for young journalists towards an international drug smuggling operation, according to a startling report published by the National Post on Thursday. A large portion of the allegations was provided by three current and former VICE journalists, who said they had each been offered $10,000 by the editor, Yaroslav Pastukhov, to line their suitcases with an illicit substance and transport it from Las Vegas to Australia. They said they did not accept his offer.

Jordan Gardner, Pastukhov’s roommate and an up and coming Toronto-based electronic musician, was arrested by Australian authorities alongside three other Canadians and one American after being caught at the Sydney airport with up to $6.6 million worth of cocaine in the lining of their luggage. The Australian Federal Police described the act as a the work of a “a transnational criminal syndicate.”

According to Gardner’s lawyer, he and his companions attempted to back out of the plan in Las Vegas, but were threatened against it by armed men.

Two of the journalists who provided the National Post with the allegations said that when Pastukhov first made them the offer, they believed it to be connected in some way to an assignment with VICE itself. They said part of the conversation was made in VICE’s Toronto offices, and that the use of the company’s internal messaging system was also utilized.

Chris Ball, VICE Canada’s head of communications, said the following in a statement sent to the Post:

“Upon learning of these allegations in early 2016, Vice Canada took immediate and swift action to address these claims through our Human Resources department, enlisting an employment law specialist to consult throughout and engaging an outside criminal law firm to conduct an investigation on our behalf and contact the Toronto Police Service. Based on the results of the internal investigation the employee was promptly terminated on February 16th, 2016.

“Vice Canada takes allegations such as these very seriously as the safety of our employees is our first and foremost concern. In fact, our employee handbook quite clearly states that ‘the use, possession, sale, transfer, offering or furnishing of illegal drugs or illegal use of other controlled substances while on duty or on Vice premises is prohibited.’”

Investigations into the writings of Pastukhov by the Post revealed that drug use was a frequent subject of his work. VICE’s first two decades were defined largely by the comfort and frequency with which its journalists and founders wrote about drugs, the Post wrote. One of its founders, Shane Smith, even told Joe Rogan during a podcast interview in 2013 that he spent time “slinging coke” as a teenager.

Gardner, a member of the duo Èbony, met Pastukhov in the Toronto music scene in 2014, the Post wrote, leading to a glowing feature by Pastukhov in Thump. They became roommates, eventually causing Patstukhov to recruit Gardner into the cocaine smuggling ring.

Eiden Halvas, legal counsel to Gardner in Australia, told the Post that Pastukhov is part of a plan to recruit young Canadians without criminal records into becoming drug mules.

“What they’re doing is they’re manipulating young kids such as Jordan and Jordan’s friends and the manipulation is very strong. They were lied to, they were all vulnerable or in vulnerable situations and they were taken advantage of… They’re finding young Canadians, or young individuals who for all intents and purposes don’t have any criminal histories and are productive members of their community, and manipulating them into making the wrong choice.”

Havas told the Post that Gardner left Toronto in mid-December 2015 to fly to Las Vegas, where he was to pick up the luggage to take to Australia. When he met with the people dropping off the bags downstairs at the hotel he was staying in, Havas said Gardner could smell the glue used to keep the drugs hidden.

“They were told certain things about the packaging and how it’s tamper-proof and this and that. So then Jordan gets the bags and the first thing, he tells me, is you can literally smell the glue from the bag… It’s like a five-year-old’s arts-and-crafts project …. And he’s just like, ‘You guys are a bunch of liars, this isn’t what I was told. I don’t want to do this any more.’ At that stage, one of the men pulled out a gun, held it to his head and said words to the effect of, ‘If you don’t do this, we’re gonna get your girlfriend and your parents, we know where they live’… They got him to a situation where they pulled a gun to his head, they knew where his family lived. The family received death threats. They put him in a position where he couldn’t return.”

On December 2, shortly before 8 a.m. in Australia, Gardner and his companions’ bags were searched and discovered to contain 37 kilograms of cocaine in 81 sealed packages. Gardner, Robert Wang, Nathaniel Carty and Kutiba Senusi plead guilty. Their companion Porscha Wade plead not guilty; her trial is scheduled for September.

The Post described several other VICE journalists who came forward to reveal their interactions with Pastukhov relating to smuggling offers, as well as stories about frequent and relatively nonchalant drug use among VICE employees and inside VICE facilities.

To read the National Post’s full report, click here.

 

Source: The National Post | Images: VICE Screengrab, Court Documents

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Source: Former Vice Music Editor Accused Of Using Platform To Recruit Drug Smugglers

John Mayer Tries His Hand At Live EDM & Actually Kills It

John Mayer has proven himself as one of the greatest guitarists of our generation, and seeing the guy play around with ideas is always mind-blowing. Now, the musical genius has uploaded his take on EDM, and it’s pretty damn cool to see the different elements come together from a single guitar.

The clip takes on the style of today’s iconic house, with a stripped down melody bursting into a percussion supported lead. It’s a simple arrangement, and technically speaking it’s not that ridiculous, but that doesn’t make it sound any less cool.

Live EDM 🍭

A video posted by johnmayer (@johnmayer) on Feb 1, 2017 at 9:54pm PST

 

Photo: AMY TA / NPR

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Source: John Mayer Tries His Hand At Live EDM & Actually Kills It

Remixes For Grey, Zedd & Hailee Steinfeld’s “Starving” Released Today

Grey, Zedd & Hailee Steinfeld’s “Starving” recently went platinum in the US, a huge accomplishment for an artist of any size these days (what with dwindling sales numbers and all). But even more exciting to us is this remix pack that came out today with cuts from KIIDA, Killagraham (of Milo & Otis), and Bali Bandits.

KIIDA puts a pretty dope house spin on the track, amping up the energy with some rough synths and a bouncy rhythm. Killagraham’s remix is a more laidback future bass take on the original. And finally we get to Bali Bandits, who easily have the most unique song of 2017 so far – where they got the inspiration for this remix, we might never know (until it inevitably comes up in their next interview). With an exceptionally bouncey, disco-tinged sound, this is our favorite of the bunch.

Check them all out below!

 

Image via Rukes.com

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Source: Remixes For Grey, Zedd & Hailee Steinfeld’s “Starving” Released Today

Arty Releases His First Track As Alpha 9 In Seven Years

It’s never easy for an artist who’s spent nearly a decade honing their craft to cope with the demands of fans; this is especially true in electronic music, when sticking to one style or genre of music can be crippling to an artist’s creativity. Such was the case for Arty, who began to fall out of love with the passion of producing a couple years ago.

As he wrote in a letter to fans on Facebook, the pressure from wanting to create what he wanted and to please his fans simultaneously created a rift in his creative process, and it became more of a job than a passion. And that wasn’t good anymore. But last year, he managed to find a foot hold and regained that innocent teenage love for production, leading to his first production as Alpha 9 in 7 years.

Read what Arty has to say below, and listen to “The Night is Ours.”

Hey everyone, Arty here and I wanna share some thoughts with you that I’ve been living with for a while now.

First, thanks to all of you for being with me in this amazing musical journey, I just realized it’s already been 9 years since I’m doing what I love the most and your support is the one of the few things that keeps me motivated and inspired,
I appreciate it so much and I always will!

But I also appreciate the desire to explore myself in different musical styles, trying something new and pushing this idea forward all the time. Since the beginning of my career I’ve always been saying that I don’t wanna stuck in one certain genre, and the reason is not because I don’t like it anymore. The real reason that is for me as an artist, listening, getting inspired and making as much diverse music as possible is one of the things that helps my creativity and keeps me from being stagnated as a musician…which is the worst.

That’s why at some point the music I was making has started to go further and further away from its original roots.
Some of you accepted it, some if you didn’t. Yet all of the records I made always came from my soul, whether it’s trance, dance or pop. Over these years I’ve been always listening to your feedback. You might think that for an artist it’s extremely easy to start ignoring his fans, their demands and just do what his heart or mind says.
Well, it’s not. And that’s where idea of discovering new sound clashes with listener’s voice and all of this happens in my head. “IN MY HEAD”, so don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about it. Your feedback and support was always with me throughout this journey, but when some of my records didn’t match your expectation, unconsciously I started to build this pressure on my shoulders and I started to compromise my music in an effort to make both me and my fans satisfied.

2016 was amazing year for me. It was a year of re-discovering myself as an artist and as a person as well, considering it took me a minute to get out of my album’s routine and its aftermath, which was close to a nightmare. But the freedom afterwards felt like nothing else. I didn’t feel myself so inspired and productive in a long time, and it was probably the first time I opened my eyes so wide. Closer to the end of last year I noticed how much my music was different from what I’ve done in the past, and I felt like I had been neglecting my long-time fans and it didn’t feel fair. And that’s how I came up with idea of bringing the Alpha 9 alias back. It gives me the freedom to not be bounded to a specific genre, allowing me to experiment and keep pushing my boundaries with Arty, while I can be as close as possible to my long-time fans using Alpha 9 moniker.

I remember myself as a 17 year old kid, running back home from university classes every day, absolutely blinded by just the idea of making music. No pressure from managers, labels or promoters, just pure passion. For the first time in a long time I feel like that kid again and I don’t feel this pressure anymore.

Also I wanna make it really clear, although Alpha 9 is still me, it’s a totally separate project from Arty, focused on totally different music. I’m taking Arty music further towards the dance scene, while Alpha 9 will be a progressive/trance oriented project, this applies to branding, releases and live sets.

Below is the link for my first track back as Alpha 9 “The Night is Ours” that came out today on Armind. As a sign of appreciation for your support, the first 1000 downloads on this link are free.

 

Image via Rukes.com

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Source: Arty Releases His First Track As Alpha 9 In Seven Years

Trilantic Capital Partners acquire Pacha for €350 million

Pacha Group’s sale has been finalized, with venture capital firm Trilantic Capital Partners paying €350 million for control over the brand. The group is known as an esteemed pillar of the Ibiza nightlife industry, known for owning Pacha, Destino, and Lio on the island itself, as well as various additional club and hotel ventures across the world. News of the sale initially emerged in 2016, under an original asking price of €500 million.

Trilantic Capital Partners is a swiftly rising international firm whose primary business takes place in Spain and Italy. Included in their purchase are all of Pacha’s global businesses, which will assist Trilantic in building an even larger presence in other countries such as Australia and Germany. Details have yet to emerge on how business will change for the iconic nightclub group, save for their new owners advising that they’d be increasing staff on all Pacha-owned Ibiza destinations.

H/T: Resident Advisor

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