Skrillex and Boys Noize announce another show as Dog Blood by way of Sunset Music Festival

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Sunset Music Festival (SMF) will be returning to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL for its eighth consecutive year this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. The phase-one lineup of the festival, suited for everyone from trance to dubstep fans, is out in conjunction with a pre-sale kickoff, for those looking to secure the most advantageously priced spot at Sunset.

SMF attracts approximately 60,000 fans over two event days each year. This year’s lineup will feature acts ranging from Kaskade and Audien to Alison Wonderland and Chris Lake. Dog Blood, comprised of Skrillex and Boys Noize, is certainly among the most auspicious features on the lineup. This is the duo’s second event announcement of the year, following their earlier BUKU Music and Arts Festival show announcement. Indeed, there is much to look forward to from SMF this year, as two of the scene’s most prominent labels, Anjunabeats and Deadbeats, will be found on Sunset grounds, hosting branded stage takeovers at the festival.

Unique to previous years, SMF is introducing GA Plus passes (in addition to standard GA and VIP passes) which will allow express entry on both festival days from 3 PM until midnight Saturday and Sunday. Presale tickets are available here.

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Saturday Night Session 005: BRKLYN crafts heavy mix and talks the significance of releasing debut EP

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Cameron Alexander and Cody Nadeau may be based in Los Angeles, but that hasn’t stopped the duo from creating feel-good music and quickly gaining momentum within the electronic music scene under moniker BRKLYN. The duo started to make a name for themselves after releasing “Steal Your Heart” in 2015, and from there, they have toured around the country opening for larger names like Audien as well as headlining their own shows. While their style fluctuates from progressive house to commercial crossover releases, they have found a way to keep each track they make fresh and original in a cluttered landscape of catchy vocals and predictable drops.

Both Alexander and Nadeau grew up playing the piano and the guitar, eventually joining bands that kickstarted their musical journey. They then joined forces to make electronic group BRKLYN, but their first shows under the moniker included the artists playing guitars during their sets and bringing out singers to perform live. The duo sat down with Dancing Astronaut and notes, “We will always play instruments and will always incorporate live instruments into all of our records and live shows.” In addition to infusing instrumentals into their live shows, every track they write is built on the foundation of a guitar or a piano.

While impressive that both artists create thanks to a foundation of instrumentals, they are quick to call out that claiming to play an instrument and infusing it with a live electronic show is becoming overdone to the point of inauthentic. When asked about their response to the stigma that electronic music artists are not ‘real musicians,’ the duo claps back, “You either write good tunes or you don’t. And you either have a killer live show that blows minds and creates experience, or you don’t.” They continue, “Now it almost feels like a gimmick. Everybody is so dire to prove they are talented musicians, so they started playing drum pads. I could never find the strings on those things.”

BRKLYN has released their first EP titled Things I’ve Learned with five tracks spanning from feel-good “Gotta Have It” to infectious “Good Vibe,” which has the capacity to be a radio fixture. Things I’ve Learned features collaborators including Zack Martino and Disco Fries among others. The duo spoke about what it feels like to finally have their first EP out, saying, “For us, an EP rather than just a single was something we always felt strongly about.” They continue, “We wanted to finish a body of work that our fans could listen to on repeat that captured this shared time in the world.”

In honor of the release, BRKLYN put together an hour long mix for Saturday Night Sessions, and the set takes the listener all over the map whether it be current hip hop releases or old school Skrillex infused drops. For those curious what a BRKLYN live show would be like, this mix is the perfect taste of what is to come.

Read the full Q&A with BRKLYN below:

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What jobs did you work before becoming full time musicians?

Cameron: Lighting technician at a local music venue called Chain Reaction.
Cody: I taught guitar lessons And was an Intern at Sunset Sound Studios in LA.

How important are instruments to your creative process when you start working on a new song?

BRKLYN: Live instruments have always been crucial to our creative process. Every song we write starts on a foundation of guitar or piano.

Although it is becoming better, what do you say in response to the stigma that electronic music artists are not ‘real musicians’? Especially curious since you both are skilled instrumentalists

BRKLYN: I think it doesn’t matter anymore, and the whole stigma is whack. You either write good tunes or you don’t. And you either have a killer live show that blows minds and creates experience, or you don’t. Now it almost feels like a gimmick. Everybody is so dire to prove they are talented musicians so they started playing drum pads. I could never find the strings on those things. But I do think there is a distinct advantage for writing records if you know how to play an instrument. For us, all we know is guitar and piano and instruments. We grew up playing in bands, and to gain any type of success or recognition, we had to be better at playing, writing, and performing than anybody else. During our very first BRKLYN shows we played guitars live in our sets and brought out singers. So, we will always play instruments and will always incorporate live instruments into all of our records and live shows.

How does it feel to finally have your debut EP out?

BRKLYN: It feels tight. We been crafting these tunes and felt it was ready to release into the world. For us, an EP rather than just a single was something we always felt strongly about. We wanted to finish a body of work that our fans could listen to on repeat that captured this shared time in the world. We are all tapped into the same energies and some of us are better at identifying what they are and others will know it and it will feel familiar or like an answer when they do experience it. I feel songs are that. So, we are very happy to share a mutual experience with our fans. And hopefully they are expanding and learning through our music just like we are expanding and learning through them.

What is one thing about each of you that your fans would not know?

Cameron: I want to have twins.
Cody: Hmm… One of my favorite places is being inside a theatre. Musicals, plays etc… Such a creative vibe in there.

What other hobbies keep you sane as you balance living the lives of touring artists?

Cameron: Exercise, meditating, and reading. My physical, mental, and spiritual health has been an important journey for me.
Cody: I love working out to clear my mind, running outside specifically.

What is your musical guilty pleasure?

Cameron: French Horn and Christmas music.
Cody: John Mayer has been my favorite artist since about 8th grade.

What kind of a Saturday night is your mix getting us ready for?

Cameron: This mix is tight! This mix will get you ready to blast off into another dimension that you didn’t know existed. This shit is hype and lit at the same goddamn time.
Cody: This mix is a little heavier for the pregame vibes. Throwing in some things y’all might hear at our shows!

Audien walks us through his favorite jams ahead of Holy Ship! [Exclusive]

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A new year is approaching, and with it comes the 12th Holy Ship! edition. Setting sail on January 5, guests will be treated to an array of top tier talent from all over the dance music spectrum; from low-end madness offered up by 4B, JAUZ, and QUIX, to slices of techno by Nicole Moudaber and beyond. The sold-out voyage is primed to be another jewel in shipfam’s history.

Anjuna wunderkind-turned-legend Audien will be gracing the Holy Ship! decks as well come 12.0, injecting euphoria into the the dancefloor via melodic, big room progressive cuts and other multiflavored cuts. Digging deeper, we asked the rising star to tell us about what’s inspiring him these days through music. The following ten tracks, he states, are “a collection of songs I’m thinking about recently, whether that’s in my car, or on a flight, these are guiding me through life.”

1. Audien ft. Liam O’Donnell – Rollercoaster

“This is my brand new song, and let me tell you, it went through so many different versions. It was truly a test, but I’m so happy with the results and I needed you guys to hear this. It’s just another piece to the puzzle.”

2. Sub Focus & Dimension – Desire

“This is probably one of my favorite songs ever. Seriously, guys, listen to this. It’s amazing. I honestly wish I made it.”

3. Louis The Child – Better Not

“This song is so stuck in my head lately. I personally think it’s the biggest song of 2018. Really happy for them because they are truly talented kids through and through — no gimmicks, just good music and good vibes.”

4. Audien & Arty – Never Letting Go

“Arty and I were actual brothers in another life; I believe that. We’re really similar, and I love his work still after 7 years of following him. So glad we could do this together and I have a feeling it’s not the last song we do together.”

5. 3LAU ft. Ninja – Game Time

“Justin killed this song. Honestly it’s one of my favorite things he’s done. Shit bangs for real. Put it on in the car. Justin always showed me his new music in his car on a drive in Vegas, he would always jack the volume up and my mind just melts. Sadly I didn’t get the car test with this one, but in my own car it hits good.”

6. SAINt JHN – God Bless The Internet

“This is a relatively new artist that I think deserves tons of recognition. His music is not only super hard, but I’ve been relating to it lately in my own life. He’s got skills.”

7. Silk City ft. Dua Lipa – Electricity (Alex Metric Remix)

“This is just a vibe, nothing more to say here. You’ll see.”

8. Axwell – Nobody Else

“I love that Axwell went back to the basics with this. It’s clearly him throwing it back to 2010, 2009 era of house and dance music. It’s totally awesome and it sounds sick live.”

9. Hybrid Minds – Lost (Pola & Bryson Remix)

“Pola and Bryson are SO GOOD. GUYS. THE BEST. Listen to all of their music. If you dig liquid Drum & Bass, you will literally adore these guys. Just listen to the drop in this song it’s bananas.”

10. Pola & Bryson – Unsaid


“This is the first P&B song I heard, and I knew immediately that they were making special music. This one is incredible. Play it in the car not on laptop speakers.”

11. Craving – First Feeling

“This is a really weird throwback, 2010-ish. This song used to mean a lot to me. I was in college for that one year I went, and I used to listen to this on repeat. It definitely inspired me back in those days.”

12. Kylie Minogue – Get Outta My Way (Kris Menace Remix)

“This is actually where I got the idea for Leaving You, people know me for those 1/8th note piano melodies, as I’ve done it a few times in songs. Just wanted to point out my inspiration! This remix is old and timeless.”

13. Audien ft. Michael S. – Leaving You


“I was reminiscing recently about my career, and this came up as a bold highlight. It really was the one that got away. I’m still so proud of this song and it still bangs. I’m probably not supposed to say that about my own music but whatever, I’m doing it!”

14. Dominic Fike – She Wants My Money


“Dom is going to be huge in 2019. His first offering was a few months ago and he made a big boom. Also, his music is really really simple and good.”

15. Twenty One Pilots – Chlorine


“Favorite song on their new album. I’ll always dig them. They were different in a time when everything sounded the same, so I’ll always perceive them as unique.”

 

Find last-minute tickets to Holy Ship! 13.0 here

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Audien Drops Must Listen To ‘XMAS Mix 2018’

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***YES MO BAMBA IS PLAYED IN THIS MIX*** Nate Rothburn, you done did it mate. On the heels of Christmas weekend (yes it’s already christmas), Audien has dropped his take on a Christmas mix. Meshing together some of his greatest hits with other EDM bangers, his mix has something that just makes you feel grateful

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Good Morning Mix: BRKYLN spreads the ‘Good Vibes’ on new Radar mix [EXCLUSIVE]

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There’s a new duo in town. LA-based BRKLYN continues to become a strong force heading into 2019. Cameron Alexander and Cody Nadeau kicked off the year with a remix of “Everybody Hates Me” from The Chainsmokers Sick Boy project, garnering enough traction for a Sirius XM Cookout Mix on Diplo’s Revolution. From there, it was all about increasing creativity, leading toward a 5-track debut EP released on Tritonal‘s Enhanced Music imprint. With their first full body of work, BRKLYN earned a spot on Dancing Astronaut‘s Radar mix series.

The mix will lift some spirits and bring back nostalgic memories, thanks to BRKLYN’s seamless mashing of historic dance tracks with hits of present day styles. Kicking off with their EP’s first official single “Good Vibe” featuring label-mate Zack Martino, the mix quickly descends into Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” dropped into Kaskade. Other highlights include a heartfelt Avicii feature on “Silhouettes” mashed with Martin Garrix‘s recently released “Yottabyte,” and an early Chainsmokers vocal from ROZES layered perfectly over Porter Robinson‘s “Divinity.” The duo also includes some new tracks from the EP, including a collaboration with Disco Fries on “Brightside.”

BRKLYN’s Things I’ve Learned EP is out now and they’ll provide direct support for Audien at Academy LA and Metropolitan in New Orleans NYE weekend.

 

NMF Roundup: Hotel Garuda delivers infectious melody on ‘One Reason,’ ORIENTAL CRAVINGS embody Alison Wonderland’s ‘Sometimes Love,’ Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’ receives a disco edit + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

Electronic artists have blessed out eardrums once again with heavy-hitting percussive projects, sultry harmonies, catchy melodies, and crisp vocals. Fatboy Slim‘s festival classic, “Praise You,” receives a funky edit from Purple Disco Machine. Hotel Garuda lends his crafty melody-chop work alongside Imad Royal and Kiah Victoria, while Taska Black continues to show why bitbird is bending boundaries in the future bass space. Midnight Kids and Tritonal do what they do best with uplifting atmospheres and infectious melody drops. Former member of Krewella — Kris “Rain Man” Trindl — caresses Vikki Gilmore’s vocals amongst bouncing guitars and driving harmonies on “Take It Closer.” JayKode and ORIENTAL CRAVINGS go hard on their projects for Flux Pavillion & Doctor P‘s Circus Records imprint and a remix of Alison Wonderland‘s single with SLUMBERJACK, “Sometimes Love,” respectively.

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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Arty and Audien unravel trance anthem ‘Never Letting Go’

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Audien has made his profound return to trance music with a long-awaited collaboration with Arty “Never Letting Go.”

Stoking intrigue surrounding the auspicious release, the duo started teasing the impending collaboration on social media. Shortly thereafter, the producers let loose both an edit and original version of the track on Anjunabeats. “Never Letting Go” combines euphoric notes with mystical vocals. The punchy drop is catchy enough to thaw listeners’ dispositions long after the song’s conclusion.

Arty has released an extensive catalog of music this year under both his Arty and Alpha9 monikers. Conversely, Audien took some time away from consistent track output, and surprised fans with a return to Anjunabeats to release “Higher” that has since become sought-after enough to find itself among both a sundry of live sets and traveling atop worldwide radio waves. The duo have certainly left the door open for future collaborations, given the rapturous execution of this first endeavor.

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Arty and Audien Gloriously Return To Anjunabeats With The SOTY Contender – ‘Never Letting Go’

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I had to sit down and process how perfect this song was before starting to write about it. I will admit a bit of bias considering that both Arty and Audien’s early releases off of Anjunabeats nearly a decade ago were some of my earliest loves in dance music. That being said, biased or not,

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Audien returns to Anjunabeats with ‘Higher’

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Audien made waves early on in his career with his grandiose style of progressive house that took the Connecticut native from his bedroom to the main stage. After experimenting with a number of styles, the producer returns to the label where his career began to take off, Anjunabeats, and his nostalgic sound with “Higher” featuring Cecila Gaut.

Gaut’s angelic vocals are accompanied by airy synths and shimmering percussion in the opening bars before Audien injects his notoriously crashing yet uplifting chords to welcome a full throttle, synth-heavy drop. For long-time fans of the producer, it is clear that Audien is making moves to bring festiva;-level progressive house back.

NMF Roundup: Hardwell and Blasterjaxx give a big room salute, FISHER takes a walk on the darkside, SNBRN gets soulful + more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


Fellow Dutchmen and certified big room aficionados, Hardwell and the Blasterjaxx brethren, have released “Bigroom Never Dies,” an earth (or club)-shattering ode to their momentous musical styles.

Brothers by blood and collaborators by choice, DubVision has concocted a new, transcendently vocalized progressive house anthem, “Steal The Moon,” with lyrics and piano chords as ambitious as its title.

Far from his first run with Anjunabeats, Audien has made an auspicious return to the label with “Higher,” twinkling, atmospheric, and emblematically Anjuna, with vocal accents from Cecilia Gault.

Future house furnishings compliments of Mesto‘s “Give Me Love.”

Midnight Kids have given R3HAB‘s formerly much more buoyant “Hold On Tight” a deliciously smooth chillstep makeover.

One of the freshest and most vivacious new faces to make his way on the house spectrum, FISHER, has graced Catch & Release with “Losing It,” pitched-down, nefariously fun, and imperatively danceable.

Jamie Jones‘s tech-laden remix of Elderbrook‘s “Sleepwalking” catapults the listener into a kaleidoscopic chasm of rippling synths and subdued, echoing vocals.

Mothica has once again lent her sensuous and full-bodied musings to insectile counterpart Icarus Moth, for “Don’t,” perpetuating an already longstanding musical partnership.

DeModa’s new saxophone-infused “Her(e),” (crafty) featuring Jafé is a sundry summer salutation — equal parts chillout and funktastic.

Household EDM vocalist, KARRA, joins JayKode for “Living Out Loud,” a brimming future bass track from Trap City Records.

Male-female duo, BONNIE X CLYDE have released their five-track While We’re Young EP, with ambient, chill trap permeating throughout.

The now-one-man show of Flosstradamus has proven he has no intentions of throwing his wild antics in reverse any time soon, as he releases “GUAVA,” a glass-shattering trap offering with Rawtek.

LA’s SNBRN keeps the summer sun a’shining with his new sultry house track, “If I Can’t Have You,” featuring soulful vocals from Harloe.

Crizzly and YDG make a rowdy riddim debut on Doctor P‘s Circus Records with “Knocked Out,” a hardcore dubstep track with searing switch-ups and gear-grinding bass.

Active as ever, Arty has put his whimsical spin on FRND’s “Erase,” a heartening rendition, to say the least.

TyDi and celestial songstress, London Thor, offer some downtempo serenity to help listeners unwind for the weekend with “Please Stay.”

Purple Disco Machine, as the name states, deliver a funky-fresh, guitar-friendly rendition of blossoming newcomer, SOFI TUKKER‘s “Batshit.”