Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch fast cars since the Indy 500 began in 1911. Historically, the event is one of America’s most popular sporting events and, over the past few years, dance music has become an essential part of the experience. On Memorial Day Weekend 2019, the 500-mile race will see performances by Skrillex, Alesso, Illenium, and Chris Lake in the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light.
The Snake Pit is located in the center oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and, eventually, turns into a full-blown music festival surrounded by speeding race cars. According to their website, “The sounds begin early on Race Day morning and are eventually joined by the roar of 33 race cars in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ creating an unforgettable scene.” 2018’s installment saw performances by Diplo, Deadmau5, Axwell / Ingrosso, and more, proving that these Snake Pit lineups don’t mess around. Watch the 2018 recap video below:
The Indy 500 Snake Pit 2019 takes place on Sunday, May 26. Head to their website for tickets and check out the promo video here.
The fusion of gaming and electronic music is not a new topic, but the two industries are seemingly melding in new ways every other week. Electronic music labels have released labels specific for gamers, and others have provided streamers with free music to pair with content as long as the audio is cited. What we have not seen much of yet is a gamer creating their own album, and few people have the following and connections to make a project like that actually materialize. Tyler Blevins, ex-Halo pro-turned-streamer named Ninja, is one of the few who does.
Ninja will be releasing an album in partnership with Astralwerks, aptly titled Ninjawerks featuring tracks from acclaimed electronic music artists, who will be soundtracking Ninja’s gaming world. The streamer spoke about the new partnership, saying,
“I’m stoked about this project, first because I truly love the music, but also because I think this is another big step towards bridging the gap between music, artists, and gamers. Our worlds keep getting more and more connected, and this feels like the next step. Hopefully this can become the soundtrack to gaming. It’s also amazing to partner with Astralwerks and Capitol Music Group, because they bring so much credibility to the album. I mean. Come on. Get your ears ready.”
We have seen ESL partner with Universal Music, and Monstercat partner with Rocket League, but the idea of an individual gaming influencer coming out with their own album is new ground. Given Ninja’s documented friendship with EDM superstar Marshmello, the forthcoming Ninjawerks will likely feature his helmeted producer pal. Ninja’s partnership with Astralwerks, puts him in the company of the likes of Illenium, Jonas Blue, and Alison Wonderland in addition to pre-existing ranks with artists like Axwell Λ Ingrosso.
Well folks, over here in the USA, summer has officially ended. It was 55 degrees here in New York yesterday and I already saw some leaves falling. As the seasons change, I took a look back at all the massive tunes that were released this summer. What were the top EDM tracks from Summer 2018 you
Axwell / Ingrosso have shared the official video for single “Dancing Alone” featuring RØMANS. The massive video was created by 21-year-old Swedish director Brokenint. Brokenint sought to mirror the musical fusion of classic House and Trance music in “Dancing Alone” through contrasting visual representations in a raw, warehouse rave space and an idyllic, but nostalgic
While the ‘sun is shining’ for Swedish House Mafia fans, it’s waning for Axwell ^ Ingrosso, for with the reinstatement of Swedish House Mafia comes the retirement of the duo’s offshoot joint project that picked up when The Mafia disbanded. Sebastian Ingrosso recently spoke about the trio’s full fledged 2019 reunion with Swedish news source, Metro, during which Ingrosso noted that the Axwell Λ Ingrosso would pause under to resume Swedish House Mafia’s renewed reign. Ingrosso elaborates,
“No, we will not do that, we will actually put it on the shelf. As I usually say, there are three dots, it’s not two plus a dot. But we will definitely still do our individual stuff.”
Ingrosso additionally touched on the basis of the electronic superpower’s reunion. “Me and Axwell did our thing and Steve did his thing and Axwell and I felt we had done our thing for five years. We felt it was time, we missed it,” Ingrosso said of the group’s decision to reconvene. As we inch closer to the reunion we’ve all been waiting for, a dominating force on the EDM circuit that nearly filled the Swedish House void is hanging it up — for the best.
Just about all dance music fans are familiar with Salvatore Ganacci after his antics over the past few years. Whether it be is near iconic “try to relax your anus” moment from last year or his over the top dance moves from weekend one. While his set this last weekend was a bit more subdued
In 2016, Sebastian Ingrosso posted a behind-the-scenes video of his tour with Axwell. The short, 14-second video was an on-brand goof off between gigs in Mexico City, along with the witty back-and-forth expected from the two Swedish artists after their years of friendship and working together as Swedish House Mafia and now Axwell / Ingrosso. The clip feels insignificant, as a view into the day to day life of the artists, but has an Easter egg hidden in its content.
In the end, Axwell ends up clarifying his new nickname as “Aguelando,” which at the time feels like an innocuous claim of the moment. That is, until Aguelando released a remix of Shapov‘s “Belong” on Axwell’s label, Axtone, later that year.
Since then, we haven’t heard much from Aguelando, until a new remix EP appeared featuring the artist. This time it’s from Vargas & Lagola — also known as Salem Al Fakir and Vincent Pontare — a duo of seasoned experience in the electronic world, and especially in the Swedish music scene. The remix is of their latest release, “Roads,” and features an uplifting, nostalgic pop vocal from the original, and a stripped-down, deeper production style that we saw on Aguelando’s first remix.
This year’s Tomorrowland marked the first year since Avicii’s untimely passing. Even though Avicii passed away on April 20th, the DJ and producer still remains in our hearts. To celebrate his life and pay tribute to the late artist, Axwell / Ingrosso took the main stage to play a mashup of “Don’t You Worry Child”
For those that we’re able to make the pilgrimage to Croatia this year for the 2018 installment of Ultra Europe, fear not, a major festival highlight is now available for your viewing pleasure. The festival took place from July 6 to July 8, and, aside from trance king Armin Van Buuren, featured headliners such as Axwell / Ingrosso, DJ Snake, Galantis, The Chainsmokers, and more. Now, Armin fans can enjoy his full 93-minute live set from Ultra Europe on YouTube.
Attendees can relive the riveting experience while others are guaranteed a deserved dose of delayed FOMO, as the video captures everything from the suspenseful intro to Armin’s stunning visual effects. And, let’s face it, the veteran DJ icon’s signature full extension of his arms atop the stage is one of the most entertaining things to watch, it never gets old. Armin Van Buuren recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of his label Armada Music and he’s maintained a packed summer itinerary, heading to Belgium for Tomorrowland on July 21 and the UK for Creamfields on August 24.