Destructo announces debut headliners for inaugural All My Friends Music Festival

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LA is getting a brand new two-day summer music festival, programmed by a man who’s intimately familiar with the live events landscape in Southern California — after all, he helped build it. Destructo‘s new dance and hip-hop event, All My Friends Music Festival, slated for August 18-19 at ROW DTLA, has now announced its first-run of artists, topped this year by RL Grime, Gucci Mane, and Jhené Aiko on the first day, followed by headlining performances from M.I.A.Jamie XX, and house legend Armand Van Helden on day two.

Each headliner brings their own distinct appeal to the bill, from an ultra-rare Armand outing to Gucci Mane’s booming catalog of iconic southern rap hallmarks. Going back to a tried and true festival playbook, Destructo’s first AMFMF is shaping up to look a lot like early editions of HARD Summer with underground dance and rap hybrid bookings rubbing shoulders, matched with a central downtown Los Angeles location as the festival’s backdrop. Some considerable refinements are bound to be announced as the inaugural event nears its debut, and with a stacked first talent phase now announced, expect the rest of the lineup to follow and similarly enticing pattern.

Tomorrowland announces addition of Dua Lipa, Rødhåd b2b Âme, Pan-Pot, and more to lineup

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As the countdown to festival season continues, Tomorrowland has been gradually releasing the names that will grace the stages of one of the world’s most celebrated festivals. Along with the January announcements that brought on artists like Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Prydz, the Belgian festival has announced the addition of nearly 20 more artists to kick off February.

Tomorrowland 2018 lineup additions:

2ManyDJs

Armand van Helden

Bedouin

Curtis Alto

Dua Lipa

Henri PFR

Lil Pump

Nervo

Nora en Pure

Pan-Pot

Rødhåd b2b Âme

Roger Sanchez

Sam Feldt Live

Slushii

Steve Aoki

Sub Zero Project

Todd Terry

Underworld

Tomorrowland will return to Boom, Belgium July 20–July 22 and July 27-July 29. Tickets and travel packages are still available here.

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Exclusive: Armand Van Helden & Vasta drop dance worthy remix of Le Youth’s ‘Clap Your Hands’

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Every now and then, an artist debuts a track that stands leagues apart from other productions. Le Youth is one such artist, regularly turning heads with releases like the infectious “Clap Your Hands,” a single that doubled as a new wave of modern disco groove.

The versatile producer has established his ability to mesh nineties sounds with currently trending electronic musical elements. To say that the tune was catchy would be an understatement as the track resonated deeply with a public ready to receive a song that was both fresh in tone and unabashedly distinct in its construction.

It was only a matter of time, then, until “Clap Your Hands” was flipped by producers seeking to remix the magnetic single, and Armand Van Helden and Vasta’s take on the original has not disappointed. Together, the duo transform Le Youth and Ava Max’s original, quickening the tempo of the song in an update that amplifies the remix’s dance floor potential.

The addition of a bold piano rhythm to the single’s opening and that pulsating, funky synth sound on loop proves that Armand Van Helden and Vasta’s rework of Clap Your Hands might be better titled as “Bob Your Head” as the remix’s beat is an irresistible call to do just that.

 

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Armand Van Helden on DJ culture in 2017: “They don’t have to do much up there”

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Almost every DJ today has abandoned the practice of swapping out vinyls while live mixing — with a few exceptions such as The Avalanches and Keys N Krates.  In a recent interview with Inthemix, Armand Van Helden gives his brutally honest opinion in response to a question of the feel of the ’90s rave scene in comparison to today.

“For most of the ‘90s, I was a traveling DJ with vinyl in heavy record cases. You didn’t move, you often didn’t look up at the crowd. You would show up to a gig and the guy before you was in full trance-out mode or playing trip-hop. In the moment you had to improvise and come up with a set, it’s a totally different thing to the way DJs are now. It’s all a no-brainer. They don’t have to think about much up there – as long as they don’t fall and twist an ankle while they’re jumping around.”

Van Helden goes on to explain that the small amount of footage we have of DJs in the ’90s exists because most of the time was spent knee deep digging through records with little connection to the crowd at all. He reveals that live performances were often very stressful. He blames the shift in technology when computers arrived would give DJs more freedom “to goof off” behind the decks.

Referring to his own experience with the shift in technology, he turns to his time spent with A-Trak together as Duck Sauce.

“He was from that generation, so he was about putting on a show. He was about stage antics and going over the top. It was a brand new thing for me, because it isn’t my personality. But I get it. You can stand there and spin your records and people will still like it, but you can also take it one level higher and really go in. Bring in crazy lights, pyrotechnics, dancers, you name it – put on a whole circus act.”

Armand Van Helden will preform alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra this January 2018.  Armand Van Helden and MSO’s 70-piece orchestra will breathe new life into his long list of house anthems, including the likes of “U Don’t Know Me,” “My My My,” “Bonkers” (feat. Dizzee Rascal), “I Want Your Soul,” his legendary remix of Tori Amos’ “Professional Widow,” and certified bangers as part of Duck Sauce including “Barbra Streisand.” This is not even touching on the dozen odd underground club anthems that Armand has to his name. Undoubtably, it will be an unforgettable experience.

H/T: Mixmag

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