Dabin on his sonic bildungsroman, the making of ‘Wild Youth (The Remixes),’ and what’s next [Q&A]

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In the context of Dabin’s continuously developing career as an electronic multi-instrumentalist, 2019 was a watershed. The highlights: the arrival of the producer’s sophomore LP, Wild Youth, released via MrSuicideSheep’s Seeking Blue imprint, an ensuing remix album of the aforementioned, and inclusion on ILLENUM‘s Ascend tour, not to mention a series of lauded singles such as “One That Got Away.” On the horizon in 2020 looms the launch of Dabin’s largest headlining live initiative yet.

Needless to say, the momentous activity that defined Dabin’s presence in the dance scene over the past year is poised for replication and, unsurprisingly, amplification. Dancing Astronaut invites Dabin listeners to momentarily revel in the present moment alongside Dabin, to gain insight on the artist’s shifts in creative vision, sonic bildungsroman, and everything that happened in between this year.


With 17 new remixes, Wild Youth (The Remixes) is a full offering replete with different takes of Wild Youth originals. Tell me a little bit about how this remix album came together.

I always loved remixes and definitely wanted to get a remix album going for Wild Youth. Out of curiosity, I tweeted and asked if anyone would be interested [in remixing the album] and the response was amazing. The remix LP is filled with remixes from good friends and new producers I’ve found. [It] has everything to chill out [music] to break your neck type of stuff. I’m really happy with how it turned out and am super proud to give my friends and these up and coming producers another platform to showcase their talents. 

There’s a host of remixers on the album. How did you choose the artists that you did? 

I personally asked a few good friends like Trivecta, MitiS, and Sam Lamar to do a remix. I’ve been a big fan of their work and definitely wanted their takes on the album. Some have had remixes done for awhile like Fransis Derelle, Inukshuk, and Astrale. I actually tweeted [asking] my fans who they would want to hear on the album. I had a crazy amount of responses from both fans and artists so I basically tried to pick the artists who I thought would be a great fit while also catering to my fans [to give them the artists who they] wanted to hear as well. 

Was there one remix in particular that really blew you away; what was it/why?

It’s so difficult to pick one. All of them brought such a unique spin to Wild Youth. I genuinely can’t pick one as I love them all in their own right. 

Let’s backtrack a bit to Wild Youth, your sophomore album. It’s been out for a few months now and the reception has been warm. Were you at all surprised that the album got the response that it did from fans/can you comment on the reception?

I was completely blown away by the reception of Wild Youth. I never really think about how well my music is going to do after it’s released. I think the best thing is to enjoy the process and be genuine to yourself and that’s what I did during Wild Youth, so I’m happy it was well received.

Can you talk a little bit about the making of Wild Youth and what you were specifically hoping to achieve with the LP?

Wild Youth started coming together a little after my Two Hearts LP, which focused on themes of love and loss. I wanted to tell another story with Wild Youth with similar themes, although I wanted to shift the focus to the idea of growing up. It feels like we’re out in the wild, innocent, just making our way through the world. It’s fun, it’s exciting, but there are also pitfalls and obstacles that we overcome and learn from. I wanted to package all of that into a musical story that paralleled my shift or rebirth into the crossover style I’ve been [cultivating over] the past few years.

It seems that with the making of each album, artists learn something about themselves and/or try out new musical approaches. Was this the case for you in crafting Wild Youth?

With Wild Youth I wanted to bring in as many acoustic, ethnic, and live elements as I could. My music has definitely shifted more towards that “live” or band feeling, and bridging the acoustic and electronic worlds is something I really enjoy doing. Wild Youth allowed me to hone in on exactly the kind of music I want to be making.

The album really seemed to further propel you into the public spotlight. You’ve had a pretty meteoric rise in the electronic scene. How does that feel?

It feels unbelievable. I’m grateful to my fans and my team for sticking by me and really involving themselves in what I have going on. Everyone feels like family to me. I’d say the best feeling in all of this craziness is when people send me messages about how my music has helped them in some way or through a hard time. I’m all for having fun at shows or enjoying my music at a party, but seeing my music increasingly help people overcome obstacles–that’s what really keeps me going.

With Said The Sky and Olivver The Kid on the list of “Hero” collaborators, three proves a party on this record. How did “Hero” come about, from the initial idea for the track to its creation?

I actually made the main guitar riff for “Hero” while I was on tour with Illenium in Australia. I showed it to him and he said he loved the riff and that it should be a song. I basically made this entire idea around that riff and sent it to Trevor (Said the Sky). He was in LA finishing his next album at the time and told me Olivver the Kid [had] made a great vocal part to it. He showed me via FaceTime and I absolutely loved what I heard. We basically finished the song in a few days after that. 

You’d previously worked alongside Said The Sky on “Superstar,” which was warmly received, to say the least. Evidently, there’s a natural creative synergy between your style and Said The Sky’s. What is it, specifically, that you feel makes your styles work well together?

We come from a similar place musically. We grew up playing instruments, listening to the same bands, then got into making electronic music, and those worlds [collided for the both of us]. I think that we could sit down and make any style of music; the chemistry we have will always work its way into that. With our collabs, we’ve decided to stick to a certain style within our wheelhouse and it’s been great. But I think at the end of the day, it’s our strong bonds that really give our collaborations that synergy. He’s like a brother to me. 

What’s next for Dabin as 2019 winds down?

I’ll be playing shows with Illenium and Said the Sky, which will be our last shows as a band. We’ve all grown and got our own things going on and I hope we’ll get some reunion action down the road, but for now I’ll get to push myself in 2020 on my own and see where I want to go musically and as a live performer. End of this year may be a little quiet music wise, but expect a whole lot in 2020!

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Jason Ross and Dabin deliver ‘One That Got Away’ with Dylan Matthew

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Jason Ross and Dabin deliver ‘One That Got Away’ with Dylan MatthewJason Ross Credit Shane McCauley

The latest delivery from Seven LionsOphelia Records has arrived, courtesy of label mainstays Jason Ross and Dabin. The two powerhouses have tapped the vocal talents of Dylan Matthew, and the three artists mesh perfectly on “One That Got Away.”

The single drips with emotion from the get-go, debuting with a delicate guitar melody and opening lines from Matthew. With its slightly wistful feel and nostalgic vocals from the singer, “One That Got Away” proves to be a stellar addition to all artists’ discographies.

Jason Ross has been hard at work on his first studio album, set to make its debut on Ophelia Records. Dabin recently released “Hero” with Said the Sky and Olivver The Kid, and Matthew’s latest project was an acoustic rendition of his track, “Sober.”

Photo credit: Shane McCauley

NMF Roundup: Laidback Luke remixes Knife Party, Jason Ross and Dabin team up + more

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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.

After the release of their Lost Souls EP earlier this year, Knife Party have tapped Laidback Luke for a groovy remix of “Death & Desire,” and Jason Ross, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew team up for “One That Got Away.” Wave Racer has released a new single, “This N That” with LunchMoney Lewis, and Martin Garrix links with Dean Lewis for “Used to Love.” Walker & Royce tackle Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco,” and Hot Since 82 takes it one deeper on “Tilted.” Arty lends his spirited hand to Gorgon City and MK’s “There For You,” and Axwell remixes Halsey’s “Graveyard.” Four Tet’s dingbat-riddled moniker unveils new content, and Nicky Romero, Mike Williams, and Amba Shepherd collaborate on “Dynamite.” REZZ and Malaa take no prisoners on “Criminals,” and Golf Clap deliver their iteration of “Let It Go” by Hood Rich and BRUX. NGHTMRE flexes on an interpretation of Habstrakt’s “The One,” and Herobust cranks up the intensity on “Smoke.” Chime keeps the Halloween spirit alive with “Haunted,” and Modestep sound the “Alarm” on their new single.

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.

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Said the Sky and Dabin reform their ‘Dab The Sky’ collective on new joint, ‘Hero’

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Fans in attendance of Said the Sky, Dabin and Illenium‘s grandiose sold-out Madison Square Garden spectacle were in for a real treat during the show’s opening performance. “Dab The Sky,” Dabin and Said the Sky’s collaborative pairing, debuted a new joint effort for fans fortunate enough to be within the historic New York complex. Following a malfunction with Said the Sky’s production setup, Dabin abruptly joined his longtime friend for an impromptu back-to-back performance where they crowd-tested their yet-to-be-released collaboration. Less than a month later, “Hero” has been given the green light as the second formal release from the Dab The Sky duo, following “Superstar” from last summer.

Calling upon a gripping vocal backing from Olivver The Kid, “Hero” promptly testifies to the thematic sounds that have propelled both Said The Sky and Dabin into the center of mainstream dance music. Trademark ethereal acoustic leads tied in with an otherworldly melodic bass chorus check off every box in the expeditiously soaring sub-genre of “sad boi anthems.” As Said The Sky and Dabin continue their touring circuit beside Illenium, “Hero” will undoubtedly endure as a fixture in their live sets and optimistically not the last output from Dab The Sky in the near future.

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NGHTMRE drums up euphoric remix of Seven Lions’ ‘First Time’ [Stream]

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In 2018, Seven Lions collaborated with Dabin and Slander on “First Time“—a track that instantly became a hit that laced itself into main stage DJ sets for the rest of the year. This set up a highly anticipated joint road stretch in 2019, With Seven Lions now closing out the year on the Alchemy Tour alongside his collaborators. Now, as the tour really begins to get underway, NGHTMRE has stepped up to give the crew some added ammunition in remixing the collaboration with his own fresh low-end spin.

NGHTMRE is careful to keep essential elements from the original mix, including the fan-favored vocals from Dylan Matthew and trance-inspired synthwork. Yet, the “Street” producer slows the track’s tempo for a trap-infused bass-line, injecting vibrant elements to a euphoric, crowd-pleasing break.

NGHTMRE, Slander, and Seven Lions are currently on “The Alchemy Tour” with additional support from The Glitch Mob, hitting an array of US stops through mid-October. Head here for tickets and a full list of dates.

NMF Roundup: Zedd and Kehlani create a ‘Good Thing,’ Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights + more

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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.

Zedd and Kehlani kick things off this final Friday of September with their new collaboration, “Good Thing,” and Boys Noize links with Francis and the Lights for “Why Not?” Kaskade keeps it mellow on his new collaboration with TELYkast, “No One Else,” and Zeds Dead join forces with Funkin Matt an Fiora for “Feel So.” AC Slater’s new album includes tunes like “Bad Behavior” with Chris Lorenzo and Purple Velvet Curtains, and Mercer takes on DJ Snake and Majid Jordan’s “Recognize.” Golf Clap and MASTERIA deliver “Mystery Scene” on mau5trap/Insomniac, and Gareth Emery follows “Laserface 01 (Aperture)” with “Laserface 02 (Thoughts In Pieces).” Dimension remixes himself on “If You Want To,” and Gorgon City reveal “Warehouse Mix” and “Terrace Dub” iterations of “There For You.” Tritonal team up with Rosie Darling on “Never Be The Same,” and NGHTMRE remixes Saven Lions, SLANDER, Dabin, and Dylan Matthew’s “First Time.” Galantis bring their piano-filled joy to “Holy Water,” and Tinlicker reveal their new LP, This Is Not Our Universe. Anna Lunoe and Nina Las Vegas cook up a weekend heater, “One Thirty,” and YehMe2 remixes Matoma and Bryn Christopher’s “All Around The World.”

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.

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Illenium illuminates Madison Square Garden during career-defining ASCEND tour | Photos by Carly Boyle/MSG Photos

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Dabin revitalizes his sophomore LP, ‘Wild Youth,’ with eclectic 17-track remix pack

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Earlier this year, Toronto native and self-proclaimed “sadboi,” Dabin, unveiled his second full-length album with Wild Youth. The project only aided in Dabin’s acceleration as one of the scene’s most earnestly emerging talents. He then promptly embarked on a close-to-sold-out headlining trek, showcasing the project to newfound audiences throughout North America. Nearly five months succeeding the album’s release date, Dabin is formally reinvigorating his sophomore album with the release of a staggering 17-track remix care package.

While Wild Youth in its original form is already a more-than-adequate, imaginative effort, Dabin shows no reluctance in enlisting a lengthy serving of artists, with quality to boot, to breathe a newfound lifeblood into his most recent opus of efforts. Featuring the likes of Trivecta, Ray Volpe, Crystal Skies, MitiS, and Anki among a profusion of other notable producers, Dabin’s remix album provides a refined contribution for followers from any corner of dance music’s sprawling continuum.

The remix album arrives in tandem with two momentous points for Dabin during his 2019 campaign. To conclude the summer season this past Labor Day Weekend, Dabin appeared upon Seven Lions’ stage roster at Electric Zoo Festival for a weekend-topping performance and was just recently revealed to be joining Illenium during his forthcoming Ascend tour, which includes a stop later this September at Madison Square Garden.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 106

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here


A new set of remixes of The Midnight draws near. The Midnight Remixed 02 arrives on Silk Music on Sept. 27, previewed by this exceptional rework of “Shadows” by Uppermost. The French producer bathes the duo’s original in light, bringing it out of the, erm, shadows, to give it a blissful new tone.

Grum‘s latest Anjunabeats venture is a rework of Luminary‘s “Amsterdam.” The four-minute introspective piece is saturated with emotive trance goodness, composed of dreamlike synths, accented melodies, and drifting vocals. It’s dramatic and infectious.

We’re just a week shy of Moon Boots‘ new album, Bimini Road, and the producer continues to drop hints of what fans can expect from his second studio album. Moon Boots taps vocalist Nic Hanson for “Clear,” crafting a clean-cut, soulful atmosphere, with a dance floor-ready beat.

Dabin and Essenger‘s original “Home” tugged at listeners’ heartstrings all around the world upon its initial release. Now, with Dabin’s Wild Youth (The Remixes) compilation making its debut, fans can experience songs like “Home” in a new light, thanks to talented producers like Mazare, who adds a whole new layer to the emotive core of the tune.

On Aug. 30, Danny Howard relaunched his Nothing Else Matters imprint and celebrated with the release of a new song: “If You Were” with Eli & Fur. This six-minute house heater is the perfect combination of sultry vocals and irresistible beats.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 83

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 83Deters Beat Lab@0.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Listen in playlist format here.


Dutch producer Edlan has been making a name for himself through a variety of Liquicity works over the past few years. Most recently, he’s taken to the label to release his new EP, Go Back Home. The four-track collection offers a diverse blend of his drum & bass production, opening with a dramatic first track that shares the EP’s title. Edlan’s tapped MVE and Neil Hollyn to set the tone for the compilation, and the result is a track that’s peaceful and packed with emotion.

Dabin‘s sophomore album, Wild Youth, made its debut on March 22, showing the full range of his growth since his Two Hearts LP in 2017. On nearly all of the new album’s 10 tracks, Dabin’s collaborated with a slew of talented producers, including Kansas City’s Essenger. These two combined create an emotive force to be reckoned with. They’ve created a melodic piece called “Home” that’s layered with powerful vocals and heavenly piano melodies, tugging constantly at listeners’ heartstrings over the course of the song.

Just before the official start of spring, Mat Zo unleashed some warm-weather music via his new Tracing Steps EP. The Mad Zoo release is comprised of three tracks, plus an extended cut of the previously released “Deep Inside.” In the EP’s opener, “Tracing Steps,” the producer leads the unassuming listener through a sun-soaked introduction of merry string melodies and lighthearted vocals before an unexpected drop takes over. Mat Zo continues to captivate listeners with unpredictable twists and turns—all of the highest quality.

Scottish producer Last Island has taken to Washington D.C.-based label Montaime to release his latest endeavor, “Let’s Go Somewhere.” The new single is full of the ever-grooving melodies Last Island has become known for. Its spirited synth themes are ushered along by occasional clapping and a funky beat, giving the tune a simultaneously funky and laid-back vibe. He calls living on a remote island in Scotland “both a challenge and an inspiration,” but the inspiration is clear and present in his consistently dynamic releases.

Mysterious duo Far Out may be anonymous, but their music certainly isn’t. Their productions are routinely powerful, whether they’re releasing Star Wars remix or taking on Daft Punk’s iconic “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” Their latest release is an original, though, creating “Strangers” from passionate female vocals and a healthy dose of bass on the drops. This melodic tune ebbs and flows beautifully and carries a strong message in its lyrics.