Gareth Emery energizes a sold-out Laserface show at Brooklyn Mirage

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Some came for the trance, others for the lasers. Regardless of the motivation, Gareth Emery‘s first-ever open-air Laserface production filled out a full house at Avant Gardner’s beloved outdoor venue Brooklyn Mirage on Friday, May 31, ultimately delivering a night to remember for many and solidifying Laserface as a one-of-a-kind show.

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Starting at 10 p.m., Mike Saint-Jules, Adam Scott, and Alastor warmed up a crowd that was becoming exponentially larger. By the time Alastor ended his set at 12:50 a.m., the anticipation for Laserface was at an all-time high as attendees packed themselves onto the ground floor and into all crevices of Mirage’s castle-like upper levels to prepare for the spectacle of light shows. Pitch dark lighting set the scene for Emery’s intro ID track, with the first few solo lasers of the night making their appearance before escalating into an on-slaughter of electric green and blue waves.

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Weaving together both trance classics and new releases from his latest LP with Ashley Wallbridge, Kingdom United, Emery delivered a euphoric brand of trance with mass appeal that had the audience singing and dancing along the entire night. Playing favorites from “Saving Light,” “Reckless,” and “Concrete Angel” to special remixes of Morgan Page‘s “The Longest Road,” his own popular cut of Ed Sheeran‘s “Castle on the Hill,” and Dimibo‘s psytrance remix of “Sanctuary,” the UK producer blended new and old over the two-hour set, catering to new ears and long-time fans alike. Straying slightly at times from his trance style, Emery also took risks by mashing up The Killers’ “Mr Brightside,” slipping in Daft Punk‘s “Harder Better Faster Stronger,” and paying homage to Keith Flint with select Prodigy tracks. He closed out his Laserface set with title track “Kingdom United;” it’s uplifting vocals and accompanying confetti drop painted Mirage’s air with a rainbow spectrum of lasers and glitter— concluding on a feel-good high. STANDERWICK proceeded to close the night with an explosive performance that carried the energy until the very end.

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There’s no question that Laserface is a production that has allowed Emery to hone his craft of trance into an all-around art form that incorporates the highest-quality audiovisual experience. Leaving no room for doubt in the fact that Emery continues to solidify his stance as one of the prominent trance artists of the past decade, Laserface will undeniably be around for years to come.

Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge craft a trance lover’s sonic playground on collaborative LP, ‘Kingdom United’

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Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge have an extensive collaboration history that spans from single releases, producing under their parody moniker CVNT5, and co-owning record label Garuda. Earlier this year, the two artists took their collaborative efforts to the next level after announcing they would be releasing a full-length album together. The compilation, titled Kingdom United, is out now on Garuda, and the expansive body of work showcases the best from both producers.

The album is inspired by the producers’ love for their home, the United Kingdom, as the country faces turbulent political times. Emery and Wallbridge announced the forthcoming LP back in February by dropping the album’s title track, “Kingdom United,” which is the perfect sonic testament to what fans can expect from the album now that it is released in full.

Kingdom United is a trance lover’s sonic playground that features 14 songs ranging from instrumental-based “Kal El” to vocal-led “Lionheart” featuring PollyAnna. Emery and Wallbridge set the bar high with previous collaborative singles together, and the album not only meets expectations, but continues to raise the standards of what fans can come to expect from the artists working together.

Kingdom United is an album that works equally well played live or at home with friends and a cup of tea,” the duo said in a release. “Wherever people choose to listen, we’re sure they’re going to love it!”

Emery recently announced that he will be bringing his infamous live show Laserface to New York’s Brooklyn Mirage. For those hoping to experience Kingdom United live amidst thousands of lasers, tickets for the event can be purchased here.

NMF Roundup: FISHER delivers new single, Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge unveil LP, Whethan links with Jeremih + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

This week brings with it the arrival of a fiery new FISHER single—one fans have been eagerly anticipating—along with the next track from Avicii‘s posthumous album, TIM, called “Tough Love.” Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge have delivered a 14-track LP called Kingdom United, featuring euphoric trance numbers like “Vesper.” Whethan‘s tapped Jeremih for his new single, “Let me Take You,” and Alpha 9 and Kameron Alexander arrive at Anjunabeats “Before The Dawn.” Boombox Cartel and MadeinTYO create a trappy party atmosphere in “NEW WIP,” and Habstrakt keeps the bass slapping in “Control.” Kill Paris once again uses plants to create music in “Venus Fly Trap,” and RL Grime unveils instrumental versions of his NOVA tracks, including “Shoulda.” Gorgon City and Kaskade lead us into the weekend with “Go Slow,” and Hannah Wants unleashes a retro house number with “Love Somebody.” Ellie Goulding taps Don Diablo for a remix of “Sixteen,” and Kölsch takes on Jam & Spoon’s “Stella.” David Guetta and RAYE join forces on “Stay (Don’t Go Away),” and Medasin crafts a breezy piece with Kathleen, “Always Afternoon.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Gareth Emery will bring Laserface’s first ever open-air show to the Brooklyn Mirage

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Debuting his Laserface live show back in 2017, trance visionary Gareth Emery has set his sights on even bigger and more extraordinary production scales since the concept’s inaugural show at New York’s Terminal 5. After working with laser expert and acclaimed show technician Anthony Garcia a.k.a. Nicelasers, the new and improved Laserface event features 10 stops including debut European and Asian shows. Laserface has already hit Dreamstate SoCal as well as San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and Vancouver’s PNE Forum. With each location carefully considered by the team, Laserface joins the ranks of stage productions from electronic artists like Eric Prydz‘s HOLO and deadmau5‘s various Cube designs as setups with such advanced technologies that only specific venues have the capacity to host them.

Now, Emery will once again bring Laserface to New York in its first-ever open-air performance at the Brooklyn Mirage on May 31. With an upcoming joint album, Kingdom United alongside Ashley Wallbridge underway, the “Saving Light” producer and his newest concept show will encompass a world of fresh music, euphoric energy, and ethereal visuals. Laserface at the Brooklyn Mirage will see support from Standerwick, Alastor, Adam Scott, and Mike Saint-Jules. A performance that will be brought to life by cutting-edge laser technology, Laserface Brooklyn promises an experience that stands in a calibre of its own.

Buy tickets to Laserface Brooklyn Mirage here.

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NMF Roundup: Diplo and Tove Lo team up, i_o reveals fiery ‘Death By Techno’ EP + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Diplo continues to flood the music world with new tunes of all genres—the latest of which is a sultry house collaboration with Tove Lo. A-Trak, too, has been releasing a slew of new tunes, including a groovy remix of Axwell‘s “Nobody Else.” Fans of the deepest depths of bass will rejoice at the release of i_o‘s Death by Techno EP on mau5trap, and Ephwurd and Shapes join forces on “Desires.” Flava D puts her own scintillating spin on Anna Lunoe‘s “303,” and TOKiMONSTA casts a soothing spell on “Dream Chorus.” Nitti Gritti and Gammer release their highly anticipated “Underdogs,” a day after the tune premiered on Dancing Astronaut, and The Him tap Maria Hazell for melodic masterpiece “Found Me.” The Midnight bring the early ’90s back with “America Online,” and Wolfgang Gartner kicks up the intensity on “28 Grams.” Sick Individuals‘ new tune, “We Got It,” leads perfectly into the weekend, and Sullivan King and Kai Wachi take no prisoners on the formidable “Between the Lines.” Dimension returns with another drum ‘n’ bass masterpiece in “Devotion,” and STANDERWICK combines elements of rock and trance in “Never Gonna Step Down.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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NMF Roundup: LSD release debut album, Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Sia, Diplo, and Labrinth have unleashed their debut album as LSD, featuring infectious tracks like “Angel in Your Eyes.” Oliver Heldens teams up with Devin and Nile Rodgers for the breezy “Summer Lover,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge an emotive new collaboration, “Amber Sun.” Avicii fans rejoiced a few days ago with the release of a posthumous song, “SOS,” with Aloe Blacc (and there may be more on the way!) Claptone thrills with a grooving remix of Purple Disco Machine‘s “Body Funk,” and Adventure Club, Krewella, and Crankdat deliver the powerful “Next Life.” Fox Stevenson follows February’s “Out My Head” with “Go Like,” and Galantis reveal a summer-primed remix of Kygo and Valerie Broussard‘s “Think About You.” Tame Impala leads us into the weekend with a smooth new single, “Borderline,” and Matrix & Futurebound reveal their first LP in 12 years with tracks like “Spellbound.” Cassian has released a take on RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s iconic “Treat You Better,” and Armin van Buuren kicks off Trilogy with Shapov with “La Résistance De L’amour.” Robotaki debuts a new EP, featuring songs like “Beaches,” and The Chemical Brothers kick off their latest album with tunes like title track “No Geography.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein reveals ‘Hyperion’ in full, Seven Lions remixes Above & Beyond, Rinzen releases new mau5trap EP + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

This Friday’s slew of releases is highlighted by the much-anticipated release of Gesaffelstein‘s HyperionWe’re also welcoming yet another Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge release, along with a calming new Baltra “Vocal” Remix of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs‘ “Energy Fantasy.” Seven Lions returns on a heartfelt remix of Above & Beyond‘s “Sahara Love” with Zoë Johnston, and Rinzen reveals a tantalizing two-track mau5trap EP, Prologue. Hardwell teams up with Mike Williams on “I’m Not Sorry,” and Pegboard Nerds return to Monstercat with the energy-packed “Gunslinga” with MC Mota. Boombox Cartel links with Karra on “Nothing to Hide,” and Dabin taps Inukshuk and Nevve on the journey-like “Another Day.” Audien and Echosmith craft a radio-friendly tune in “Favorite Sound,” and Lost Frequencies and Flynn “Recognise” each others’ talents in their new collaboration. Dance music pioneers The Chemical Brothers deliver a new original, “We’ve Got to Try,” and Shadient takes no prisoners in his new Gud Vibrations release, “Abberate.” David Guetta and Tom Staar team up for “This Ain’t Techno,” and Alesso unveils Progresso Volume 1 with tracks like “CONFESSION.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge release second single off of forthcoming album

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Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge have released just exposed “Lionheart” to the world following an early winter announcement that they’d be releasing a new album together, Kingdom United. The track marks the second release off of the LP, with vocalist PollyAnna playing a cornerstone role in its emotive value. Their first release was the album’s title song, “Kingdom United,” and “Lionheart” similarly features soaring elements and cinematic production that the two acts have become known for.

The vocal line is polarizing, and keeps the listener hooked as the dancing trance synths create euphoric peaks around PollyAnna’s soulful notes. The high energy piece is the perfect middle ground between radio friendly and live performance worthy, and Emery and Wallbridge prove that their forthcoming album is a compilation to look forward to if “Lionheart” is indicative of what listeners should expect from the duo. The release is out now via the duo’s own label, Garuda.

NMF Roundup: Ekali and 1788-L drop new heat, Netsky links with Lil Wanye and Bazzi, GRiZ and Matisyahu make magic + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Star-studded collaborations rule this week’s NMF. Ekali and 1788-L have joined forces to craft a formidable, bass-heavy collaboration, “R U I N,” and Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge continue their powerful slew of releases together with “Lionheart.” Netsky taps Lil Wayne and Bazzi for “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore,” and Zedd and Katy Perry deliver their radio-friendly “365.” Feed Me returns for the second Friday in a row with “Sleepless,” and Kygo releases his first single of the year with “Think About You.” GRiZ and Matisyahu take a stand on gun violence in “A New Day,” and Madeaux brings a sultry, dark atmosphere with “ADDICTED2.” Andrew Bayer delivers an “In My Next Life” mix of 2018’s “In My Last Life” on Anjunabeats. Goshfather puts his own disco-infused twist on Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” in his new remix, and Liquid Stranger teams up with CloZee for the eerie “Ceremony.” Kill Paris debuted his new album for Valentine’s Day, touting collaborations with the likes of Fatherdude, Big Gigantic, and more, and Armin Van Buuren tugs at listeners’ heartstrings via “Lonely For You” with Bonnie McKee.

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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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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!