It was only a matter of time before international pop icon Lady Gaga made her foray into the beauty industry. Gaga introduced her new beauty brand HAUS LABORATORIES earlier this month on July 9 with the help of electronic producers Boys Noize, Blood Pop, and Tchami. The gender-neutral makeup line launched Monday, July 15 during Amazon‘s Prime Day event, which takes place over two days this year.
Prime members can pre-order the HAUS LABS collection during Prime Day and non-Prime shoppers will have the chance to purchase products later this month. The first units will ship in September. Amazon will be the exclusive global retailer for HAUS LABS. All products are certified-vegan and cruelty-free. Although Gaga teamed up with Amazon for the purposes of making her products as inclusive and accessible as possible, the partnership has seen some backlash by fans who expressed disappointment at Amazon’s working conditions for its employees.
Gaga has used HAUS LABS to send empowering messages to consumers, relaying her own experience with beauty through social media.
“I found the superhero within me by looking in the mirror and seeing who I wanted to be,” says Gaga. “Sometimes beauty doesn’t come naturally from within. But I’m so grateful that makeup inspired a bravery in me I didn’t know I had. I’ve come to accept that I discovered my beauty by having the ability to invent myself and transform. They said I was just weird, but really, I was just Born This Way.”
Lady Gaga has been a creative tour de force since her emergence on the over a decade ago. She’s dominated the pop circuit, forayed into film, and now, she’s dipping into the beauty game with the launch of her new HAUS LABORATORIES brand. To introduce the new line of beauty products, available for pre-order on Amazon starting Monday, July 15, Gaga enlisted a number of high-profile electronic producers including Boys Noize, Tchami, and Blood Pop.
Gaga’s HAUS launch finds her reuniting with Blood Pop and Boys Noize—Blood Pop being the main architect behind 2016’s hit LP Joanne alongside Mark Ronson, and Boys Noize having previously pulled production duties on Gaga’s mind-bending ENIGMA residency in Las Vegas. Now the two, along with Confession label boss Tchami, are the credited producers behind HAUS sonics, featured in a new video released on social media platforms on July 9.
Last month, Skrillex and Boys Noize launched the “Dog Blood Collectible Figure Contest” in collaboration with Fan Forge, an open gallery for artists to submit their art, and Japanese goods manufacturer and Nendoroid creators Good Smile Company. Submission guidelines were simple: “Design something original, creative and inspired by the two members of Dog Blood.” The selected winner not only gets their design made into a 3D toy, but also receives commission on each sale.
Submissions for the contest closed on June 16. On Tuesday July 2, Skrillex took to social media to announce his and Boys Noize’s hand-picked winner and congratulate the lucky artist. The winner Elena Fortune submitted three variations of her design “big eye vinyl friends” in basic, colorful and psychedelic versions. ForFans ByFans and Good Smile Company will provide updates on when the finished vinyl figure will be available for purchase.
Power duo Skrillex and Boys Noize, known together as Dog Blood, find themselves in the wake of their recently released, critically lauded Turn Off The Lights extended play. Following the project, and accompanying mixtape’s release, the duo are now launching a contest that’s by the fans, for the fans coined the “Dog Blood Collectible Figure Contest.”
The rules are simple: design something original, inspired by Dog Blood. Submit your artwork by June 16 11:59pm PST. The winning design will be made into a 3D toy, and best of all, the winner actually gets paid for their design.
The contest is run on Fan Forge, an open gallery for artists to submit their art to the world. Products are shared and rated by the community with opportunities to become official licensed merchandise. Skrillex has been known to be inventive with his promotion campaigns, but this one might be the most unique one of them all.
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.
At long last, Madeon makes a triumphant return with his first original in years, “All My Friends.” Dog Blood, too, impress with a new four-track EP, Turn Off the Lights. Slander, Said the Sky, and JT Roach concoct brilliant “Potions” in their new release, and Nicky Romero takes on Kygo and Rita Ora’s “Carry On” in a new remix. The Bloody Beetroots and Dr. Fresch prove to be a formidable combo as they deliver their new collaboration, “Fkn Face,” and Yotto puts his own spin on RÜFÜS DU SOL’s iconic “Underwater.” Rinzen brings a touch of magic to Lane 8’s “Visions,” and Deorro eases fans into summer with “Obvious.” Maceo Plex delivers a lengthy, soothing single, “When the Lights Are Out,” and Petit Biscuit and JP Cooper join forces for “We Were Young.” Will Clarke puts a shimmering spin on Phantoms’ “Designs for You,” and Arty brings the “Sunshine” to his newest release. The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha dip between pop and dance music on “Call You Mine,” and Sofi Tukker link with Colombian duo Bomba Estéreo for a tropical number, “Playa Grande.” The latest Chase & Status LP has finally arrived, bringing with it songs like “Shut Up,” and Figure teams up with Hi I’m Ghost for “Intergalactic.”
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.
Fans are on the edge of their seats waiting for Dog Blood’s return, and as the wait finally comes to a close, full details on the incoming new EP are now available. The EP will be called Turn Off the Lights, following the titular Vanilla Ice-sampling track that dropped in March. The new collection comes hot off the heels of Skrillex and Boys Noize’s Clap Back Vol 1. mixtape, which roped together a grip of brand new IDs from the unholy pairing into a 25-minute mix hyping the end of the duo’s extended hiatus.
Turn Off the Lights is a four-track listen—Josh and and X&G will assist on “4 MIND,” Otira is tagged on “KOKOE,” the previously released “TURN OFF THE LIGHTS,” and finally “BREAK LAW.” The new EP will be Dog Blood’s first body of work since 2013’s unforgettable Middle Finger Pt. 2. See the official tracklist for Turn Off the Lights below.
For the first time in more than half a decade, Skrillex and Boys Noize are gearing up to unveil a new EP slated for May 31st. The duo initially revitalized their legendary acid house project earlier this year with performances at BUKU and Ultra Music Festival and immediately offered up ‘Turn Off The Lights” to solidify the comeback. Now, Dog Blood is giving fans a taste of what to expect at the end of this week with a nearly 30-minute mixtape, aptly dubbed CLAP BACK VOL 1.
A brief glance over the 18-song tracklist makes the final days of waiting as tantalizing as possible, with Skrillex and Boys Noise touting a slew of upcoming productions. In the description of the mixtape, the pair gave thanks to a group of notable artists that are featured on CLAP BACK and could potentially hint at some of the rumored collaborators on the ‘Turn Off The Lights’ EP. In Skrillex’s initial tweet announcing the project, he teased the EP would feature “some friends,” and judging by the Recess producer’s Rolodex, we can expect some heavy hitters to show up in the official tracklist.
“Thanks to Josh Pan, X&G, Otira, Switch, JOYRYDE, The Prodigy, MERCER, Format:B, DJ PP, Blaqstarr, Hasse de Moore, Ship Wrek, IC3PEAK, Dilby, Murci, Kanye West, Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign, Daft Punk, Wiwek, Moksi, Lil Texas – From Skrillex and Boys Noize”
Back in 2012, Skrillex had just been crowned an EDM superstar. His unique brand of raucous dubstep was dominating the charts and social media alike. Of course, those familiar with how social media treats superstars will remember that the trolls had Skrillex in their crosshairs as well.
Success breeds contempt on the internet, and Twitter A&R was ready to typecast Skrillex—real name Sonny Moore—as nothing more than a dubstep producer who made his name on spectacle rather than substance. Moore, however, didn’t feed the fire with his own internet assault, as so many of his peers would have done. Instead, he threw everyone a curveball. Not only did he collaborate with Boys Noize, a bonafide legend on a new project called Dog Blood, but he also invented an entirely new genre entitled “electronic-core-rave-metal” with his new German cohort.
Naysayers would contend that this project and genre were equivalent to Moore’s previous work: eye- and ear-catching for no reason other than a claim to originality. Looking back though, it’s clear this project was born from a love of music and chemistry he shared with Boys Noize, aka Alexander Ridha. Dog Blood never embarked on a worldwide, 200-date tour, and to this day, they haven’t even put out five releases. This project demonstrates the best parts of music culture: mutual respect among talented artists leading to fresh, innovative music.
Now there is a new four-track EP from Dog Blood just around the corner. To honor the release from this dance music supergroup, Dancing Astronaut looks back at a sunrise set from the pair at Monegros in 2014. Adopting an entirely different vibe than Dog Blood sets are known for, these 90 minutes prove that Moore and Ridha shared undeniable chemistry as DJs and that their taste goes deeper than any naysayer would care to look.
With Memorial Weekend fast approaching, Detroit’s beloved Movement Festival will enter its 21st year in the running, bringing forth yet another relentless wave of excitement in its showcase of diverse musical talent. Originally surfacing as a free event, Movement has grown from its beginnings into a nationwide landmark whose dedication to housing premier electronic music attracts music-lovers from all over the spectrum. In recent years, Movement has expanded immensely from its techno and house roots with its polarizing shifts in programming. This year’s lineup undeniably juxtaposes the underground mainstays with new blood, welcoming the likes of FISHER, Chris Lake, and Charlotte de Witte with local legends like Stacey Pullen, Carl Craig, and Octave One.
Encompassing over two decades of performances, curated stages, and transformative industry shifts, Movement has no shortage of monumental highlights that have been captured. As dance music prepares for Movement 2019, look back on Movement’s journey through the last ten years with the Dancing Astronaut team as we chronicle some of the best moments of the historic techno and house gathering.
2008: deadmau5, Beatport Stage
Racking up an attendance of 75,000 (up 30,000 from the previous year), Movement cemented itself as one of the most important electronic festivals nationwide in 2008. Right at the onset of deadmau5‘ peak touring period, Movement hosted the original helmet-wearing DJ on Saturday, May 24 at its Beatport Stage. Just two studio albums into his now-extensive discography, Deadmau5 made his Movement debut in the early stages of his career, spinning to a packed crowd that received his performance amicably.
2009: Carl Cox, Main Stage
Dance music titan Carl Cox brought the house down in a two-hour set at the-then Vitamin Water Main Stage, closing out a list of heavy-hitters from Day One. Already eight years deep into his yearly Space Ibiza residence and five years into his Carl Cox & Friends curated stage concept, the acid house veteran and his legendary party-throwing skills catered to new ears and techno-lovers alike.
2010: Plastikman, Main Stage
Marking Richie Hawtin‘s first Plastikman show in Detroit since 1994, the techno trailblazer returned under his Plastikman moniker to deliver an incredible main stage performance on Saturday, May 29 for the tenth anniversary of Movement Festival since its inception in 2000.
2011: Skrillex, Red Bull Music Academy Stage
Making his Movement debut on the Red Bull Music Academy Stage, Skrillex closed out Day 1 on Saturday, May 28 to what many will remember as one of the best sets of the festival. On the cusp of his seminal “Bangarang” release and coming off the success of his 2010 Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites album, the dubstep producer graced the humble, but notoriously diverse Red Bull stage in the midst of his blossoming career.
2012: Public Enemy and special guest Ice-T, Main Stage
Breaking its attendance record again with 107,343 fans coming out in 2012, Movement dipped its feet into hip-hop programming, bringing rap legends Public Enemy to the main stage. The performance given by the “Fight the Power” rappers has remained one of the most unforgettable pinnacles of Movement and spoken to the festival’s ability to curate acts that stray from the traditional techno and house genres while maintaining appeal to the Movement audience.
2013: Nina Kraviz, Underground Stage
Since her breakthrough in 2009, Nina Kraviz has been a frequent performer at Movement throughout the years and continued to bring her hypnotic style of music back to Detroit. The Siberian DJ closed out the Underground Stage on Day One of Movement 2013 to a massive crowd. The timing of Kraviz’s appearance also coincided with the release of her divisive Resident Advisor interview and the subsequent controversy.
2014: J.Phlip, Beatport Stage
Both a special night for J.Phlip and spectators alike, the Dirtybird staple stepped on the decks to celebrate her birthday and simultaneously closed out Movement’s final day on the Beatport Stage as a last minute fill-in for Boys Noize.
2015: Dog Blood, Movement Stage
Seeing Skrillex’s return four years later performing under Dog Blood with co-producer Boys Noize, Movement undeniably paid tribute to the rise of burgeoning talent in Skrillex’s graduation to a densely-packed main stage performance. Up until then, Movement had avoided slotting cross-over acts for main stage; however, the praised reception to Dog Blood proved an unlikely payoff that would continue to play an influence in Movement’s ever-expanding roster.
2016: Kraftwerk, Movement Stage
Movement 2016 not only celebrated its tenth anniversary relaunching under Paxahau Events, but also capitalized on its place as a leading festival by landing Kraftwerk — one of the most influential forces in modern electronic music and undeniably the most prolific booking of Movement in recent years. The German pioneers made their debut Movement appearance and captivated fans with their 3-D visual performance, solidifying their position as both innovators and improvisational artists.
2017: Richie Hawtin, Movement Stage
Electronic mainstay Richie Hawtin brought his new audiovisual show CLOSE – Spontaneity & Synchronicity to Detroit for a surreal 75-minute experience combining elements of DJ and live performance. The minimalist techno-champion presented his latest project Day One during his headlining slot on the main stage. The following nights saw Testpilot and Carl Cox as headliners.
2018: Claude VonStroke, Movement Stage
With the Dirtybird brand showing up consistently as a strong presence at Movement, it was only a matter of time before Claude VonStroke got his distinguished spotlight. The head Dirtybird chief closed out Movement’s main stage for the first time in 2018 before heading off on a world tour to Tomorrowland, Shambhala, Dirtybird Campout, and more. VonStroke also released a live mix album of his Movement set Claude VonStroke: Live in Detroit, paying homage to the city where he grew up.