With the first day of EDC Las Vegas in the rearview, Dancing Astronaut looks forward to its other two days of music from some of the most forward-thinking acts in the industry. Luckily, for those that couldn’t catch the vibes under the electric sky, EDC Las Vegas will be live streaming the entire weekend. This year, Insomniac’s launched its brand-new Insomniac Channel with a partnership with Live X Live.
Though before we move on, it’s only right to review the best of the best from 2018’s first day. Thanks to Mixcloud user “Buzz Lightyear,” listeners can hear sets from Diplo, Kaskade, Slushii, Mija, and more.
Alan Walker has been on a roll so far in 2018. After a bit of a tumultuous ending to 2017 in which the producer was hit with ghost production accusations, it seems that Alan has doubled down on his production schedule. After a series of high profile features, such as the inclusion of his relift
In the midst of Kygo’s Kids In Love Tour that’s taking place in North America currently, the Kygo and Alan Walker sat down with PAPER for a recent interview. During the interview Kygo and Alan Walker shared their thoughts on the current state of dance music, the future of streaming, and most importantly, their dream
To namedrop the genre “EDM” is to invoke the names “Kygo” and “Alan Walker.” The tropical house tastemaker and the mesmerizing, multi-talented “Faded” producer have been formidable contributors to the electronic scene as dance music continues to morph into a pop culturally recognized and celebrated mega-genre, replete with its own celebrities. As per Kygo’s description, EDM currently revels as a “big soup with all types of different genres and exciting collaborations,” in which artists “don’t have to feel limited by genre.” The cross-genre potentiality inherent of electronic as it currently stands is but one of the many topics that Kygo and Alan Walker touch on in their recent interview with PAPER.
In the midst of the North American leg of Kygo’s Kids In Love Tour, the tour mates talk mainstream appeal, what matters most in modern day music production, and much more, including an inevitable Kygo/Alan Walker collaboration. When asked to underscore their “favorite collaborations” that they’ve put forth, as well as their “dream collaborators,” Kygo deemed the selection of a “favorite” collab to be too difficult to define, while Walker recalled his work with DJ Ness on their 2017 joint reworking and re-release of “Splash The Bass.” Walker notably paid Kygo a sizeable compliment in his response to the question of “dream collaborators,” retorting that he would “definitely pick [Kygo],” to which Kygo replied “Wow! Well that one is going to happen!” Kygo went on to cite Ed Sheeran as a collaborator who “has always been on the top of [his] list.”
Given the stature of both Kygo and Walker in the electronic sphere, a project involving the combined talents of both artists would inarguably be a match made in collaborative heaven.
While the festival has yet to deliver on its potential Swedish House Mafia booking, time shall tell whether the festival delivers on the “unexpected,” as it has confirmed plans to continue rolling out artists into the week.
Follow the announcement on Tomorrowland’s Twitter.
Kygo has been a bit quiet the last few months. While the artist was steadily releasing new music in the last quarter of 2017, it seems that he has been put new tracks on hold. Festival appearances have also gone down for Kygo, and we hope the artist is taking a much-needed break before embarking
Spotify ad breaks seem always to arrive at inconvenient times: prior to the listener’s favorite song in the music streaming service’s queue, or in Alan Walker’s case, during a Main Stage set at Ultra Music Festival.
Walker appeared to have been using the ad supported free version of Spotify during his March 24 set at Ultra 20, but fans can rest assured that the set’s inclusion of the Spotify ad was both intentional and in jest. “That was a specific edit that Alan had prepared,” said a spokesperson for Walker, “it was meant to be a funny and sarcastic poke at people who say DJs just press ‘play.’”
Viewers of Walker’s March 24 set at Ultra 20 can skip ahead to the 5:40 mark to watch Walker effectively build crowd anticipation for an ensuing and thunderous drop, only to troll the crowd via a soundbite of “Johnathan” from Spotify’s voice at the point of the track’s drop (6:12). Close watchers will note that the lighting and stage effects remain in sync with the soundbite, further solidifying the the clip’s intentional angle.
Alan Walker’s latest release, in collaboration with Keala Settle and The Greatest Showman Ensemble, is a re-lift of “This is Me” from the 2017 movie, The Greatest Showman.
Walker juxtaposes a happy electronic melody with synths layered in between Settle’s vocals. His lift takes the cinematic effect the track had for filmand adds an electronic flair, making the rework perfect for a more upbeat occasion.
Walker is currently on a North American tour, and fans can see him live alongside Kygo during select stops.
Let’s Eat Grandma hinted at something slightly amazing a few weeks ago with Hot Pink, but they’ve really pulled it out of the bag with Falling Into Me, an intense and brilliant electronic belter whose sprawling, almost girlsaloudian structure is one of this year’s most beautiful pop things.
Sia‘s latest David Guetta collaboration, Flames, is the best thing she’s done in ages.
Please take a moment this weekend to investigate Maja Francis‘ new EP Cry Baby (Pt 1), which includes new track Stressed plus various other excellent moments (including last year’s 9/10 I’m Not A Disco).
Kacey Musgraves has gone a bit Daft Punk. The result is 100% BREEZY.
E^ST‘s Blowjob is an extraordinary song with one hard-to-ignore lyric (there’s a clue in the song’s title!!) that we had trouble getting our heads around (STOP IT) before eventually arriving, late yesterday afternoon, at the decision that yes, the entire song really is undermined by the line “you just need a blowjob”, which unfairly makes it feel a bit like a gimmick single. We sort of get why it’s in there and what it’s trying to do, but there you go. Funny how two syllables can make such a difference, but we live in an age where saying “wig” briefly revived Katy Perry’s career so maybe pop’s more about detail than ever before.
Alan Walker, who you’ll remember annoyed your dad in 2003 by ostentatiously taking his entire family on a skiing holiday, has remixed (or ‘relifted’) This Is Me off the Greatest Showman soundtrack. Readers, it is deep regret that we must report that the resulting three and a half minutes of audio are not ideal.
Kygo has officially released the remix package for his 2017 album, Kids In Love.
The original project featured artists such as One Republic, Jason Walker, John Newman, Wrabel and The Night Game, only to name a few. The remix package features twists from such artists as Gucci Mane, Alan Walker, Alok, and Sam Feldt, as well as acoustic versions of “Never Let You Go” and “Kids In Love.” Since the release of Kids In Love, Kygo has remained relatively quiet, aside from the remix package at hand and securing prime real estate on the Coachella poster this year. Where will the Norwegian DJ go next?