Kaskade doing his bit for a cause close to his heart by kicking off a Kickstarter to raise funds to help Project Favela school in Brazil sustain through 2018!
Kaskade is using his international influence to bring awareness to Project Favela, a free school located in Rocinha, Brazil that faces potential closure due to a cartel war. Established in 2009, Project Favela is sustained by a teaching staff comprised entirely of volunteers working as “volunteachers” from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8 AM and 9 PM. The volunteachers instruct more than 50 children and 20 adults, offering Drama, Music, Civics and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) courses, while also hosting a Girls’ Empowerment Night on Friday evenings. All classes are offered free of charge to participants.
Project Favela is a cause close to Kaskade, with the producer encountering the school during his travels with his family in Brazil “years ago.” Kaskade has accordingly launched a Project Favela Kickstarter campaign to collect donations for the school as it struggles to stay open in the wake of “ongoing violence in the region,” the consequence of a cartel war that broke out on September 19. Gang skirmishes have resulted not only in structural damage to the school, but an increased difficulty in attracting new volunteachers. “The school is riddled with bullet holes and the violence has turned the volunteer recruiting upside down and dried up [Project Favela’s] revenue streams,” Kaskade writes in the Kickstarter description.
To entice fans to support the Kickstarter campaign, Kaskade has offered three pledge tiers, with each tier offering a minimum of one special merch item in exchange for a donation. Those that pledge $50 to the campaign will receive a signed hard copy of Kaskade Christmas, while those that contribute $75 will earn a signed limited edition Redux poster along with a copy of the seasonal album. Listeners that pledge $100 will receive a Kaskade Vertigo T-shirt in addition to a signed Redux poster and album copy. The funds generated by the Kickstarter will be used to financially power the school through 2018.
“The main challenge to keeping Project Favela operating is the ongoing violence in the region,” Kaskade notes, “While we cannot control that, our commitment to handling the operating costs of the school will give much needed relief to the volunteers working to keep it open.” Those that would like to support the Kickstarter campaign can make a donation here.
H/T: EDM Sauce
Esteio, Brazil – A 30-year-old DJ named Kaleb Freitas was killed along with three others injured during a horrific stage collapse at the Atmosphere Festival in Brazil. Fan footage shows the terrifying moment when the stage buckled due to high winds. As Freitas was DJing for a crowd of about 5,000 people, the stage collapsed
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As if Kaskade wasn’t generous enough this holiday season with the release of his Christmas album, he has recently done an extraordinary deed. Kaskade recently started a Kickstarter project to help fund Project Favela, an “organization that uses education as a tool in hopes of creating opportunities that could change the lives of others within
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There appears to be a bootleg Berghain that has materialized in Timbó, Brazil. Full name Berghain Cervejaria, the copy-paste club is a bit more innocent than China’s recent Fabric knockoff. It is unclear from reports whether or not the bar had any intention of mirroring the original Berghain, which exists a hefty 5,000 miles from Timbó.
According to sources, the region encompassing Timbóhas has deep German roots due to 19th Century Hamburg immigrants, which helps explain how the club got its name.
Will Sven Marquardt consider taking on a part time time position with Berghain’s knockoff to catch some rays during Germany’s long winters? Only time will tell.
H/T: DJ Mag
Rrotik is a talent to watch who’s currently rising out of the Brazilian house and tech house scene. The producer has stood out from the large pack of aspiring DJs through his keen abilities at weaving sounds into addictive records that are built for spurring a festive mood.
His latest piece on Be Rich Records alongside Lliam Taylor is a testament to such skills. “Bounce Back” bounds along a raunchy bass-line and jubilant bursts of synths that ready it for the club or festival setting. Gritty sampling amplifies the track’s overall effect, adding to the already high energy it exudes.
(Original Photo By: Haleigh Ciel)
From her earliest memory, Brazilian-born Carmela Lane was always drawn to costumes and design. When she was just five years old, she told people with conviction that she would one day become a fashion designer. Her inspiration for this line of work stemmed from her father, who designed and worked with shoes his whole life. However, Carmela viewed shoes as boring and uninteresting, so she diverged her path and focused on fashion, and more specifically, costumes. Today, Carmela’s childhood dream has turned into reality, as she runs her own successful company based in New York called 26 Stars, which offers services including production, costume design, and talent booking.
Carmela’s journey to achieving her childhood dream was far from easy, and involved a steep uphill climb along the way. At the green age of fifteen, she moved out of her parents’ home in Brazil and lived on her own. Her initial independence was accompanied with hardships, but over time Carmela was emboldened by her autonomous lifestyle. She was able to successfully support herself, proving that she could do whatever she set her mind to. Fast forward eight years later, and Carmela set off with only $100 in her pocket to one of the most revered cities for fashion — New York City. If she had learned anything while living on her own, it’s that she could take care of herself, in any situation or living condition.
With her arrival in New York, Carmela’s dream was to one day attend the famous Fashion Institute of Technology. The tuition, however, was not something she could afford when she first arrived, so she would just sit in front of the school and envisioned a time where she would be able to attend and learn from some of the best about fashion. Determined to accomplish this goal, Carmela hustled night and day by working a slew of odd jobs to save. Although she had lived on her own for the last eight years, it was still a hard adjustment for Carmela who was unable to see her family back in Brazil. It wasn’t easy, but Carmela’s unwavering confidence and persistence were the driving force to her success. Finally, she was able to save up enough to attend the school she had always dreamed about. The Fashion Institute of Technology gave Carmela a great foundation and the perfect launchpad for a successful career.
Since then, Carmela’s career has taken her down many fruitful paths, including most recently the electronic dance music industry. Fittingly, music has always been a great source of inspiration for Carmela. She credits it for steering her in the right direction at a young age when she was living alone. It was also a vessel that allowed her to connect with people, and form meaningful and lasting relationships. Today, Carmela is embedded into the EDM community working alongside talented people like Katie Kansas, the Entertainment Director for Ultra Music Festival. Carmela’s work can also be seen at TAO Nightclub, one of the most renowned clubs in Las Vegas and in all of North America.
Working so closely with many EDM festivals and clubs, Carmela says she feels inspired by the people that she works with. She sees more and more people joining forces to build something bigger and better for the community. However, Carmela still sees one resounding issue in the industry. She believes that go-go dancers are undervalued by people who organize and attend these events. Carmela wants performers to be viewed as business professionals. They add a unique element to the show, and deserve more respect and recognition for their work. Each EDM event she works, she strives to change that perception little by little. By treating them like business professionals and organizing unique performances, Carmela believes it’s only a matter of time until dancers play a larger role on and off the stage.
Willing to fight for what she believes is right, Carmela’s pure passion has allowed her to reach astounding heights. Her inspiration for the work she creates comes from peers around her, but not in the way you would think. She identifies trends, and attempts to create something that is the complete opposite. This way, she is truly creating something unique that has never been done before. Even when watching an old movie, she’ll think of ways she could incorporate their style into attire for dancers. And this kind of creative approach has been the catalyst to unique opportunities for her. Just recently, she was the costume designer for a show put on by Joffrey Ballet, a highly touted ballet company. To date, this was Carmela’s greatest highlight in her career, with surely many more to come.
Carmela’s independence at a young age forced her to mature quickly. This allowed her to develop a relentless drive and exuding passion, which allowed her career to proliferate over the years. Inspired by the music and the people around her, Carmela not only creates unique work, but also stands up for causes she truly believes in. Always remember to think different, follow your true passion and never be afraid to fight for what really matters to you.
As EDM continues to globalize, many US festival brands are taking advantage of new-found fanbases in foreign countries like India and Brazil. Ultra Music Festival is undoubtedly one of the leading pioneers on this trail, founding over a dozen other festivals in countries around the world.
One of its biggest sister festivals, Ultra Brazil, has been a long-standing success. In light of this fact, and the growing popularity and appeal of EDM in the country, Ultra Brazil will expand to three full days in 2017.
Slated for October 12-14, this festival will no doubt attract a large following and will be one of Ultra’s best events of the year.
With the success of Electric Zoo‘s flagship festival in NY and its recent expansion to Shanghai, it was only a matter of time before the renowned dance music festival unveiled its latest installment: Electric Zoo Brazil. The South American expansion is set to take place April 21, and will be transporting its signature Cobra stage to São Paulo.
A lineup has yet to be revealed, although fans can expect a healthy range of top-shelf artists from both the radio-friendly and underground spheres. Pre-sale registration begins on January 7, with more announcements to come in the following weeks. Stay tuned to Dancing Astronaut for an official lineup.
For the devout festival-goer, you are very much aware of the magic that is Tomorrowland. Originating in Belgium, this 3-day festival has built a reputation for being a magical event where all the ‘People of Tomorrow’ come together to unite in harmonious music and love. For those of us in the U.S., we got to