Holy Ship! Announces 2019 Lineups

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The world’s best party at sea returns for two sailings on January 5-9, and 9-12 aboard the Norwegian Epic. A collaboration between HARD Events, Cloud 9 Adventures, and The Bowery Presents, Holy Ship! returns to the seas for yet another music-packed voyage. Today, the electronic music cruise announced their highly anticipated 2019 lineups for each

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Holy Ship! releases stacked 2019 lineup including REZZ, Claude VonStroke, NGHTMRE, Zeds Dead & More

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Holy Ship! is notorious for selling out in a matter of minutes, and the Norwegian Cruise Lines’ ship turned floating EDM festival is set to do the same with the unveiling of the 2019 lineup.

The two-weekend festival is set to take place with a four night sailing January 5-9, 2019 for the festival’s 12th sailing. It is immediately followed by the three night trip January 9-12, 2019 for its 13th rendition.

Each of the Holy Ship! 2019 sailings will depart from Port Canaveral and chart a course to the Bahamas, with official pre-parties to be scheduled. The itinerary for 12.0 includes two days at Great Stirrup Cay, giving attendees two chances to experience the famed private island parties, followed by a day at sea, before heading home. 13.0 will feature a full day of sailing upon the open seas and a day long party stop at Great Stirrup Cay before heading home.

This year’s lineup is diverse with diverse acts ranging including heavy hitters like REZZBob MosesClaude VonStrokeZeds Dead and NGHTMRE. Fans who want to experience the action live can find more information and secure their cabin at www.holyship.com.

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Watch Claude VonStroke & Green Velvet go b2b in Las Vegas

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It’s never too hot for a little Green Velvet.

The “Flash” producer recently met Claude VonStroke at the decks of Drai’s Beach Club in Las Vegas, where the two tech house heavyweights doled out a b2b set that functioned as a clear testament to the city’s status as the entertainment capital of the world. Fans of the DJs can take a trip to “La La Land” via the newly released live video of the set.

H/T: Mixmag

Claude VonStroke announces first ever Dirtybird live album

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On the afternoon before his debut headlining performance at Detroit’s annual Movement Festival, Claude VonStroke took to Twitter to excitedly deem the opportunity a “dream come true,” as well as a “major bucket list set.”

The combination of VonStroke having made almost a dozen appearances at Movement before eclipsing a headliner seat, as well as growing up in Detroit himself, “where it all started,” he says, opened the door for an unprecedented offering: a live mix album–a first for both VonStroke and his distinguished brainchild, Dirtybird Records.

The live-set-turned-album, Claude VonStroke Live From Detroit, endured four months of meticulous curation before VonStroke hit the Movement stage with nearly 150 pre-cleared tracks loaded in his DJ cannon.

“My set is very much an old-school style DJ set, all music no-one’s heard before, special versions, secret edits, all the stuff I’ve been saving just for this performance,” VonStroke says.

VonStroke accrued multiple VIP edits from within the tightly woven Dirtybird family, an unreleased VonStroke track, “Maharaja,” as well as a brand new remix of his iconic and highly applicable track, “Who’s Afraid Of Detroit?” from Wyatt Marshall.

Formerly known as Elevator Musik, Marshall turns the timeless, tech-house track into a more overt techno display, leaving the echoing, water drop-like synth melody intact over his robust, driving bassline.

The album is to be released June 15 exclusively through Apple Music.

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Booka Shade’s ‘Cut The Strings’ LP Gets 1st Set of Remixes

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Claude VonStroke, Yousef, and Wes Wieland step up to remix Booka Shade for the first in two remix packages of the duo’s recently released, critically acclaimed ‘Cut The Strings’ LP. Hot off the back of the ‘Cut The Strings’ LP from Booka Shade which dropped on their Blaufield imprint in April, the duo has reached

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MØ’s ‘Nostalgia’ gets a house remix from Detroit’s own MK

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MO MK nostalgia remix

released two house remixes of her most recent single, “Nostalgia.” The Danish pop star enlists veteran talents MK and Claude VonStroke to transform the original, alternative pop vibe into upbeat house. MØ’s smokey vocals make her a perfect candidate for a house makeover. Both remixers keep the calypso rhythm, staying true to the original beat. High hats are a major, groovy player in each.

In the MK remix, MØ sounds like she’s talking at the listener, while the dissident vocal chops flutter in space. The contrast between the two vocals creates a present yet distracted ambiance.

Marc Kinchen aka MK is a known remixer from the birthplace of techno, Detroit. He’s recently done official remix work for major acts such as Armand Van Helden, London Grammar, Clean Bandit, and Rihanna.

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Elements Lakewood Releases Set Times and Map

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In T – 2 Weeks, the esoteric, whimsical and zany world of BangOn! and Elements will become a reality at their second annual Memorial Day Weekend festival: Lakewood. #SetTimes are HERE for #ElementsLakewood! 8 Stages, 3 Days & Nights of nonstop music, stage takeovers, ambient chill areas, live Porch Stage, late night Wub Hub and more!

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DA presents: 10 sets you can’t miss at Movement 2018

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Words by Bella Bagshaw and Grace Fleisher

Despite a visibly shifting techno scene stateside, 2018 marks one of the most banner years for  Detroit, and America’s finest house & techno institution — Movement. With a booking that arguably serves as a controversial departure from the city’s roots, Movement’s 2018 programming captures the experimental essence of the times, a time where producers are gifted more creative freedom than ever to explore new sounds and the space between genres. As some techno becomes more and more of an amorphous body of music, free from rigid delineations, and a spectrum of experimentation emerges, there will always be those that prefer the pioneers lead the way.

No matter whether one’s an old techno head, a Drumcode-stan, or feeling the direction that Dirtybird is taking tech house, there’s one thing we can all agree upon — Movement will deliver. Ahead of the festival, Dancing Astronaut has taken to compiling the 10 sets not to miss. From the more obvious, Detroit-heavy mainstays who continually rep the city, to the purveyors of present and past innovation, 2018 promises to be an unmissable installment. Movement is techno history in the making. Don’t miss out. 

10) Shigeto

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Movement 2018 marks a proper Shigeto homecoming. Beyond the Ghostly International artist’s booking, which will allow him to showcase his triumphant new album, The New Monday, Zachary Saginaw represents the exemplary booking of Movement’s solid undercard. An equally exemplary representation of what it means to be a musician in the modern age, Saginaw’s music is a union of classical training, energetic ambient programming, hip-hop, jazz, raw passion, and everything in between. His latest work was inspired by a return to the city of Detroit and is delivered with an unequivocal passion that meets Motown’s diverse musical history, which not to mention, promises a spectacular live show, complete with an impassioned fervor on the drum kit. Shigeto recently launched his own label, Portage Garage Sounds, which doubles as a creative outlet for the city’s local musicians and as a weekly showcase purveyor at the city’s Motor City Wine. He’s steeped in the breadth of what it means to be a working artist in the birthplace of techno and will undoubtedly do the city justice, playing everything from Motown to Danny Brown come his Hart Plaza descent.

9) Mija

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It’s more than likely Mija’s “Fk A Genre” mentality will take a backseat to her longstanding love for Detroit techno, if nowhere else but for her 2018 Movement set. Coming off her highly stylized HOW TO MEASURE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOVERS EP, Mija can usually be found wielding buoying bass music these days. However, cleaning up the festival this year just behind Rezz, from 8-10 on Monday, she’ll be showing the Stargate Stage just how deep her omnipresent tech house tastes run. 

8) Dubfire

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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of both his illustrious solo career and the inception of his SCI+TEC label, internationally revered DJ, Dubfire is showing no signs of ware. The Iranian “Exit” producer will return to Movement for a two-hour 10-midnight headlining set. Fans would be hard-pressed to miss it, as the four-time nominee and Grammy-Winner is known to seamlessly summon sets straight out of the techno underworld.

7) Carl Craig

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Carl Craig can be described as an electronic music icon, a world-class dancefloor experimentalist, and an ambassador for his native Detroit, but no such term would suffice for the work and art the man has bestowed upon the city of Detroit — and really, the entire world of techno — over the last few decades. Having served as the co-creator and artistic director for the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000 and 2001, Craig’s served on the frontlines of the techno revolution in Detroit since its dawn.  With a plethora of releases under a multitude of aliases, Carl Craig has had more musical personalities than most electronic artists in their lifetime. Whether he’s serving up his deep commitment to soul, jazz, or techno come Memorial Day weekend, Hart Plaza is in for a treat. Craig will be reminding attendees that Detroit is the birthplace of techno, after all.

6) Ida Engberg

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One half of the techno’s Swedish power couple, Ida Engberg has been spinning her intoxicating web of minimal house and techno on the high-profile, low-nonsense techno label, Drumcode, spearheaded by her highly decorated husband, Adam Beyer for quite some time now. Born in the suburbs of Stockholm and coming up through the Swedish underground club scene, she has more than paid her dues. Don’t miss Engberg show the boys at Pyramid Stage how it’s done Saturday.

5) Helena Hauff

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Revered for her outpouring love for 80s synths, industrial, and cold wave classics, Helena Hauff is leading the avant-garde hardware movement in both electro and techno. As a supreme selector and enthusiast for a vast array of musical subcultures; her sets boast everything from punk to nu-wave, industrial, krautrock, and avant-garde electro. Hauff’s pushing the boundaries of what it means to exist as an artist.  She’s rooted in raw experimentation, and her Movement set promises a polar opposition to the perfect, polished mainstream.

4) FISHER

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Dirtybird Australian newcomer, Fisher’s iconic “Ya Kiddin’” track took on a life of its own last summer, rapidly becoming one of the most Shazamed anthems of the 2017 festival season. Since then, he has stunned with his Oi Oi EP, containing hits like “Stop It,” which has had everyone from Dirtybird Campout to Coachellamovin’ up and down side to side like a rollercoaster.” Follow the Fish Saturday to the Movement stage to get a piece of the funky frenzy everyone in house music has been raving about.

3) Nina Kraviz

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Perhaps the best way to sum up the work of the Russian dentist turned DJ, Nina Kraviz, is by taking a look at her quote “Music is a continuum connecting generations,” in her crowning piece as Mixmag‘s 2017 DJ of the year.  The cosmonaut dentist weaves through eras with ease, and with little to no novacane, too. Her Movement set will be one of her few performances stateside in the next year, and with her burgeoning, mutant techno, power-house bombs, and a few trance numbers, attendees won’t want to miss one of the most talked about stateside techno sets of the coming year.

2) Claude VonStroke

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Dirtybird label head and founder, Claude VonStroke, will show fans who isn’t afraid of Detroit Saturday at the official Movement Stage. The Dirtybird crew is an unrelenting force at movement each year—this year notwithstanding—though VonStroke is sure to wield a massive set, as his proclivity for Detroit techno is hallmarked by his explosive, omnipresent appearances at Movement. His 2016 set at the fest for example, shook Detroit to its core when he teamed up with none other than Green Velvet at the Red Bull stage for one of their classic, unforgettable 90 minute b2b sets.

1) Charlotte de Witte

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Charlotte de Witte is the name on the tips of the techno world’s proverbial tongue. With a style that remains as tied to the underground techno scene as it is trance, and Belgium — where de Witte’s from — she’s proving to be an all-around revelation for the state of techno. With a DJ set that’s guaranteed to keep the audience moving and a thunderously aggressive, stripped-down approach to her own music, de Witte is a multifaceted artist of the finest degree, and her Movement set will undoubtedly deliver on the thunderous nature of techno that so many desire.

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Claude VonStroke funks it up on new EP, ‘Walay (My Bae)’ [Stream]

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Claude VonStroke is a consistent sonic standout, and Walay (My Bae) positions the father of the Dirtybird flock at the very center of the slew of stirring releases that constitutes this week’s New Music Friday.

Steady rockin’ in the 128 BPM range, VonStroke’s Walay (My Bae) both whets and satiates listeners’ appetites for the rousing brand of house funk that the subgenre’s head honcho has developed through the course of his electronic career. The eponymous opening track of the EP taps into a darker tone that grows increasingly obscure in the production’s second and final song, “Raw Nerve.”

Campers at the inaugural edition of Dirtybird Campout East will recognize “Raw Nerve” as the stimulating ID defined by its deep, growling vocals, a focal point of Justin Martin and Claude’s sets during the weekend that was heralded as the biggest comeback in Dirtybird history.
Ever enlivening house music, VonStroke strikes again with Walay (My Bae).

Where snow meets dust: Minus Zero Winter Sport & Music Festival has evolved into a creative experiment

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In just four years, Minus Zero Winter Sport & Music Festival has transformed from a one-day, west coast gathering to a full-fledged soirée that takes place each spring in Vermont. While dancing, skiing and snowboarding has always been a part of Minus Zero’s DNA, the fest has since branched out to the art world in an effort to diversify its offerings.

2018 saw the introduction of a brand new experience at Dover’s Mount Snow Resort – a quaint mountain lodge along Vermont’s southern tip that played host to the inaugural X Games in 1995. By day, Mount Snow operated as a normal ski resort with supporting sounds from artists like Brooklyn-based Erika Mysti and Maria Ton. Come 4pm, the resort seamlessly transitioned into a music festival lover’s stomping ground flowing with food vendors, art, and local shops.

Additions to this year’s experience also included a slate of Burning Man-esque art installations, revamped stage designs and a special sunrise set at the very top of Mount Snow. Read on to learn more about Dancing Astronaut’s top moments from this year’s edition of Minus Zero.

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Tipper brings a fully customized show to Minus Zero

By 10pm, the temperature has dropped to a mere 21 degrees and billions of microscopic ice crystals are plummeting to the ground. Thousands of attendees are camped around Minus Zero’s main stage, braving the elements as Tipper makes a dramatic entrance as one of the final acts of the evening. From customized visuals courtesy of visual artist Jonathan Singer to a deluxe stage setup inclusive of projection mapping, an LED wall and a laser show produced by Photon7, Tipper pulled out all the stops for his Friday closing set. A series of blue, red and green lasers penetrate each individual snowflake to create cones composed of glitter.

Photo courtesy of Alec Donnell Luna of Ded Agency 


Claude VonStroke heats up The Barn 

Though normally used to store the resort’s iconic Bluebird lift chairs, Mount Snow’s Bluebird barn axed the chairs in favor of a den fit for Minus Zero’s day-into-night programming. Adorned with locally sourced wood cut into a series of hearts and two dancing figures, The Barn served as an indoor reprieve from Dover’s snow-soaked grounds and chilling temperatures. With Dirtybird head Claude VonStroke at the helm – along with other notable acts like Walker + Royce, Danny B and Human Resources – The Barn showcased the complete gamut of house, techno, tech house and funk.

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And at sunrise, we dance

A sunrise party at the tip of a snowy mountain is just one of the more special moments Minus Zero had to offer. At 3,586 feet tall, pedestrians could only reach the Summit Stage by way of a breezy, 15-minute ski lift trip. Featuring special guests hailing from the Brooklyn electronic music scene like Catori, Orijins and Holmar (formerly of Thugfucker), Sunrise Session provided an expressive outlet for fans more attuned to Burning Man culture. The sky is golden as festivalgoers clad in fur coats whisk the morning away to the sounds of melodic house and techno.

Photo courtesy of Alec Donnell Luna w/ Ded Agency


In dust we trust

This year, Minus Zero expanded its scope by tapping Killington, Vermont art collective Playa Vibes to spearhead the festival’s art programming. With the help of other communities deeply ingrained in Burning Man culture like Heavy Meta, Trifucta, Orijins and The Hive, Playa Vibes created an all-inclusive playground that tipped its hat to art of all mediums: photography, live art, painting, light and music. Veterans and newbies alike were able to get a taste of the dust during Minus Zero’s first-ever creative experiment, which consisted of art installations, a yoga and wellness area, an artist gallery and an art car straight from the Playa.

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