Origins festival brings the underground to light in Arizona

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Relentless Beats is back again with a brand new adventure into the underbelly of dance music. Called Origins, the event is founder Thomas Turner’s homage to the sounds of electronica from where he draws his roots. The gathering will touch down in Rawhide Western Town on November 17 to help bring the underground to light.

The inaugural lineup sees This Never Happened owner Lane 8 headlining, along the live-infused sounds of Justin Jay, and quite a few other power players like Autograf, Nora En Pure, Duke Dumont, and more. Tickets are now on sale for as low as as $39 for GA, and $89 for VIP.

“The response we have received from the RBDeep brand is reflective of the growth in interest of deeper music, which made this the right time to take it to the next level. This is just the beginning for Origins, and I cant wait to see it evolve in the years to come,” stated Turner of Origins’ birth.

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Surprising Collab From SNBRN & Autograf Will Make You “Move All Night”

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I was hoping that the surprising collaboration from SNBRN and Autograf would blow up. Little did I know that the fire from “Move All Night”, featuring Kole, would engulf the iTunes charts only days after its release. The emotional verses from Kole layered over what I assume to be Autograf’s sensational melody pairs exceptionally well

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SNBRN and Autograf’s collaboration is sonic brilliance

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An Autograf and SNBRN collaboration has finally arrived. “Move All Night,” out now on Ultra Music, captivates from the beginning with its soothing introduction, framed by ethereal vocals and building piano notes. Right when the listener is about to fall into a calming sonic oblivion,  synth accents fall into a groovy and unexpected house melody.

SNBRN discussed the collaboration, noting,”Well it’s about damn time. After many years of touring and being homies I finally sat down and got in the studio with Autograf. Our vocalist on the track, KOLE, was amazing to work with and brought such another level to our concept.”

“Move All Night” blends the best of both SNBRN and Autograf, and it’s the perfect track to accompany the leaves turning and the weather cooling after festival season.

Midnight Conspiracy to reconvene for one last reunion show at North Coast [Q&A]

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Every year, some of Chicago’s most all-embracing EDM, funk, rap/hip-hop, and indie event promoters — Silver Wrapper, Metronome, and Cold Grums — unite to piece together “Summer’s Last Stand,” North Coast Music Festival. Since 2010, the festival has returned to Union Park each Labor Day Weekend to house not only world-class acts from nearly every crevice of the musical continuum (deadmau5, Widespread Panic, D’Angelo, Portugal The ManGucci ManePretty Lights — just to name a few), but also a myriad of visual art installations, ranging from a live, psychedelic graffiti demonstration from Chris Dyer to a unique pop up gallery showcasing solely local Chicagoans.


After four years of silence, the double-headed Midnight Conspiracy is emerging from their low-lit cavern to release the beast for one last reunion show Sunday, September 2 at North Coast Music Festival. Though co-conspirators and native Chicagoans Mikul Wing and Louis Kha now devote their days to their rippling and emotive electronica project, Autograf, they’ll be firing up their colossal visual and sound structure dubbed “Eye Live” of a darker vein once more.

The duo’s visual component has always been an intrinsic element of the alluringly minacious Midnight Conspiracy experience. Rigged up to Ableton to keep time with their harmonic electro and tenacious bass productions, Wing usually controls the jarring LED display himself—often on the fly—while Kha controls more of the musical narrative.

Midnight Conspiracy eclipsed the electronic scene after securing a spot on the illustrious Ultra Records roster. Their driving, cinematic tracks like “Sentinel” and their visually complementary “The Eye” feverishly sprang to the top of EDM charts across the board. The group’s stupefying laser light has swept across not only Chicago’s other top-notch electronic-heavy festivals like Spring Awakening and even Lollapalooza, but also the very first North Coast in 2010.

Before they return for North Coast’s ninth installment, Midnight Conspiracy’s Mikul Wing caught up with Dancing Astronaut to talk the wedding of visual and sonic performance art, his ever-evolving artistic identity, and why the duo chose North Coast as a backdrop for their solitary reunion show.

Single-day tickets to North Coast are still available here.

Why did you guys choose to come to North Coast for this reunion set?

It was the first festival we ever played, which was the very first North Coast that ever happened — quite a while ago. We’ve known the North Coast people for a long time now. We haven’t done a Midnight Conspiracy set in three or four years, and the festival has always had a special place in our hearts. It all started in a very grassroots way, and those people still have ownership of it, which is really cool.

How do you think North Coast compares to other Chicago festivals?

Well, you have Lolla, the big one, obviously, and then Spring Awakening, which is just straight EDM. North Coast is cool because it has a more boiled fan base, and a much more diverse selection of music. They have jam bands, hip-hop, electronic — just everything all rolled into one. And it’s been around a long time, so it’s always been a fun fest for me to go to when I’m in Chicago.

Having not played a show together as Midnight Conspiracy since 2014, what thoughts are going through your head/what significance does the show hold?

It’s interesting because Louis and I are in both Midnight Conspiracy and Autograf together. So it’s not like we never see each other. It’s gonna be fun. We’re gonna do a lot of throwback tracks from the blog house era, some heavier bass music that obviously we don’t play with our current group, maybe some edits of our other tracks released a long time ago. We want to stay true to the old electro and the old bass music, and do a set that revolves around that.

What parts of yourself as an artist would you say are reflected in Midnight Conspiracy that maybe aren’t inside the Autograf project?

For me, it was a place and time of my life and musically what I was into at that point. Even within Midnight Conspiracy, we sort of started off doing disco music and then kinda went into doing bass music and electro: a gradual progression of what our personal tastes were. It’ll always hold a place inside of me. I think I’ll get a lot of nostalgia out of going back to it.

How does the visual production contribute to the Midnight Conspiracy experience?

We created all the visual art for both projects — both Midnight Conspiracy and Autograf. At this day in age, visuals and music kind of go hand in hand. The visuals would always be linked musically to whatever programs we were running. So they were always linked and we were able to control both simultaneously. It was almost like playing a musical instrument with the lighting, to have that control over both those things on the fly and change it up to match however we were feeling. Wherever the music was going, the visuals would follow. It’s a package deal. A big reason to go to a show is for that performance aspect.

How do you guys collaboratively do that in a live performance?

Usually one of us would control the music and the other would have control of the lighting. So for Midnight Conspiracy, usually Louis would control the music and then I would control lasers and lights. We kinda played off each other.

Autograf’s Jake Carpenter shares heartfelt message on touring haitus

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The Autograf trio, comprised of Jake Carpenter, Mikul Wing, and Louis Kha, have maintained a non-stop itinerary in the last three years since their emergence. Amid constant touring and studio time, the trio’s latest Caution:Live tour has found Carpenter largely absent, and he’s now cluing fans into the nature of his sidelining.

Recently Carpenter took to social media to share a heartfelt message to fans, describing suffering a severe mental breakdown that challenged his ability to tour with his band. Carpenter feared he “would tour again” though after an extended period of rehabilitation with friends and family away from the road, he’s preparing to rejoin Autograf once again. The Chicago-based producers hadn’t publicly spoken about Carpenter’s absence prior to the recent Instagram post.

Artist mental health has been a rising issue in recent years with the unrealistically strenuous nature of the dance music industry. With electronic music’s young talents emerging into the lightning-fast world of touring and promotion, hopefully we see artists take measures of self care away from the road like this more frequently going forward. Read Jake Carpenter’s full statement below.

Hey everyone ❤ We haven’t publicly said anything until now- but I was off tour for 5 months. At the end of 2017, after 3 incredible years of practically non-stop touring, I had a severe mental breakdown which forced me to miss our big headline tour. I didn’t think I would tour again- I felt a shadow of my former self. But being home and surrounded by my friends and family for 5 months, and taking care of myself and seeking out help has done me a world of good. I feel so incredibly blessed to have Mikul and Louis as bandmates and have so many talented people working on our team. Everyone has been very understanding of my need to take a step back from it all for a minute and I couldn’t be more grateful. Taking the time to go back to my roots making art and sculpture again has been very therapeutic. I feel balanced, stable, and healthy- and in the process got to spend lots of time in the studio writing music, sculpting, drawing, and creating. I can’t wait to share all the new projects we’ve been working on and I’m so excited to come back on tour and get involved with all of you guys again! Love, Jake 📸 @willselviz

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Autograf tackles Family of the Year’s ‘Hold Me Down’ with ease

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The Autograf guys composed of Louis, Mikul and Jake, have been crushing 2018 with ease. From completing their headlining Caution:Live tour, to many luscious originals, the guys show their ability to tackle anything and everything that comes their way. 

When Family of the Year reached out to get their Autograf on “Hold Me Down,” the trio couldn’t resist. The once indie rock tune was then re-imagined with thumping bass, super clean breakbeat percussion, and vibrant pulsing synths that take the mind to a dark room with smoke, strobing lights, disco balls and pure enjoyment of the music and moment in time.

NMF Roundup: Keys N Krates remix Diplo, Zedd releases ‘The Middle’ remix package, and many 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.


Kyle Watson adds a low-toned, mystery-filled house beat to ZHU and Tame Impala‘s seminal “My Life.”

Swedish producers Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman know festival season is in full force as they deliver anthemic-feeling “Phantom.”

The Aston Shuffle give ‘everything they’ve got’ on piano driven house heater, “Everything I Got.”

Inverted alien embellishments make for an eerie take on house, as Malaa returns with new single, “Bling Bling.”

Airy synth work leads to a saxophone climax on Spencer Brown‘s “waves.wav,” taken from Brown’s Illusion of Perfection EP pt. III.

Mandy Jiroux effects rhythmic bliss on vocal-centric new single, “Running Out Of You.”

Autograf add an electronic vibe to Family of the Year’s “Hold Me Down” with their laidback rendition of the original.

Bondax tap vocalist Andreya Triana for this soulful, groove-filled original.

Fabian Mazur leans into future bass-style production in this smooth offering, featuring Nevve on the vocals.

The remixers got the message, and now, on this New Music Friday, they’ve met Zedd, Grey, and Maren Morris in “The Middle.” The remix pack for “The Middle” sees revamps from Maliboux, Curbi, and more.

Spinnin’ Records heavyweights Merk & Kremont add a layer of infectious funk and a heightened bpm count to Addal’s original, “Lies,” making for a spirited rework.

Pucker up, Benny Benassi and Sofi Tukker fans: the two dance music dynamos link up on new single “Everybody Needs A Kiss.”

This Birdfeed Exclusive will have all streamers wondering “Who’s That?” The same-titled EP arrives courtesy of Floridian producer and long time Dirtybird fan, C.H.A.Y.

It’s a good week to be a progressive house fan as Grum and Fehrplay co-release “Spirit” on Anjunabeats, an atmospheric tune that melts from one second into the next.

Diplo, Lil Yachty, and Santigold‘s viscous collaboration “Worry No More” gets the Keys N Krates treatment as the Canadian electronic trio release a chilled-out take on Diplo’s original. Keys N Krates hit sonic sweet spots with a beat swap and the occasional yet effective percussive addition.

Stripped down sonic seduction materializes in mellifluous form on smle‘s debut EP, Love Notes, released on Lowly Palace.

House music fans will find J. Worra‘s Mark The Beast collaboration, “Hourglass” to be a tasty, groovy treat.

As part of Afterlife Recordings’ latest vinyl and digital offering, Italian trio Agents Of Time have crafted “Paradigm,” an ethereal techno original.

Re-envisioning a Markus Schulz production is a formidable feat, but Giuseppe Ottaviani rises to the challenge in his “Safe from Harm” remix, a take that plays the original’s soaring vocal off of the track’s quintessential trance beat.

Vulpey gets electronically experimental on “Recovery Quest,” a track defined by its disjointed construction and resulting edge.

Funky Craig puts forth a trippy take on psytrance in aptly titled new release, “WestPSYde.”

 

Ramon Tapia puts a dark, driving spin on Midmood’s “Sely Ho,” transforming the original into a certified techno thumper with rumbling percussive accents.


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New Music Friday June 1: All Of This Week’s New Songs

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With the weekend under way, it’s time to announce all of this week’s newest music releases with today’s New Music Friday. Today (June 1st) Luv Drunk dropped “I Can’t Lose,” Gorillaz released a couple of new songs, LightCount and Alex Gaard & Valpenta released two new songs off of EDM Sauce Copyright Free Records, Oliver

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Autograf Releases The Remix EP For ‘Dead Soon’

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Following the release of Autograf’s chilled out mix for “Dead Soon,” the trio is back with yet another remix EP for their hit single “Dead Soon.” After being released on ALT:Vision Records and Casablanca, Autograf pulled in remixes from Scorsi, Golf Clap, and Birthdayy Partyy. Each of the remixes add a bit of a different

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Autograf Drops The Chill Mix of ‘Dead Soon’

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Even though Autograf released their new single “Dead Soon” just a few weeks ago, the DJ trio decided to release a very chill and melodic version of their hit single. As the remix implies, Autograf turned their hit song with more than 490,000 into a peaceful, melodic, and chill version. Listen to this slow-instrumental with

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