Fans of David Guetta know that the producer has been spending a lot of time with Danish DJ and Producer Morten. Guetta has brought Morten out for various festival appearances including EDC Las Vegas, and they have now come together for their third joint release of the year with new single, “Make It To Heaven” featuring Raye.
The single opens with Raye’s ethereal vocals. A melodic note progression subtly builds until it becomes front and center for a club-worthy drop featuring a pulsing drum line and laser-like arpeggios yielding a polarizing techno-infused backdrop. The track is on trend with Guetta’s 2019 sound design, which has grown progressively darker as the year’s gone on.
Morten and Guetta previously came together for, “Never Be Alone,” featuring Aloe Blacc, as well as the pair’s remix for Avicii‘s “Heaven.” Their string of releases prove that the duo in the studio together are a force to be reckoned with. “Make It To Heaven” is out now via What A Music Ltd.
If 2010 to 2020 was the golden decade of dance, it was also an equally gilded pop span. That’s what DJ Earworm asserts with his “Decade Of Pop 100 Song Mashup.” A three-minute collection of the pop genre’s most noteworthy releases over the past 10 years, the mashup features chart favorites such as Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” Drake’s “One Dance,” and Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next”—and that’s just scratching the surface. Earworm’s retrospective celebration of pop also shuffles through beloved pop-electronic crossovers; Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” The Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” and David Guetta’s “Titanium” are examples.
Although the retrospective mix is sure to spark nostalgia, the strength of its 100 inclusions, particularly those of the latter half of the decade, should also inspire within pop enthusiasts an excitement for the releases to come.
It’s one thing for a DJ to hit a home run with a timely placed solo single, but according to Billboard’s Electronic/Dance charts of the decade, it’s the collaborations that hit the grand slams over the course of the 2010s.
In fact, the list’s top five slots are comprised entirely of collaborative singles. Landing on the list are The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, whose cushy, melodic “Something Just Like This” reigned supreme for 25 weeks at the No. 1 spot in 2017, with ZEDD, Maren Morris, and Grey earning a stop in the top ten with everyone’s guilty pleasure “The Middle.” The late Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” which features the uncredited vocals of Aloe Blacc and Major Lazer’s joint with DJ Snake “Lean On” round out the decade’s top tunes, painting a vibrant picture of what’s delivered the heat in the 2010s.
In the scope of full-length LPs, it was Lady Gaga who took gold, as her debut LP, The Fame, logged a total of 62 weeks at the top of the charts during the 2010s. Daft Punk’s decade-blurring Random Access Memories and David Guetta’s Nothing But The Beat took the two and three spots, arguing that traditional DJs are capable of more than hit single after hit single.
Less than a day before EDC Orlando 2019, Insomniac has revealed the full lineup for EDC Mexico 2020. Returning for a seventh iteration, EDC Mexico will take place at its home venue Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez from Feb. 28-March 1 as a three-day event this time around. In concurrence with its other Insomniac variations, EDC Mexico’s lineup packs a punch in offering an extensive selection of acts across all genres—featuring a spectrum from mainstream artists to rising talent and everything in between.
Tickets for EDC Mexico 2020 are on sale here. General admission three-day passes begin at $1,950 MXN. The Comfort Pass, PLUS • Enhanced Experience Pass, and SkyDeck package are also available to purchase.
Martin Garrix may no longer be considered the world’s No. 1 DJ by some, but that isn’t to say that the Dutch-born superstar isn’t still upping his game. Garrix returned home to ADE Oct. 16-20, bringing a two-night showcase back to Amsterdam’s RAI Convention Centre, where he debuted his ANIMA live show this time last year. While the program for Friday night event promised that the world-renowned house producer was planning to “wow the crowd once again,” fans were left wondering what exactly he had up his short, black sleeves.
Garrix’s set gave fans a taste of tracks that are coming down the pipe, with this ID being about as fresh as it gets, but the showstopping moment came when dance music icons David Guetta and Tiësto joined the headlining Garrix for an ultra-rare back-to-back-to-back set among three of the industry’s top main stage acts. As exciting of a moment as it was for fans, it’s also great to see Garrix walking the walk after referencing his mentor Tiësto earlier in the week.
“I really don’t care, the so-called world ranking,” Garrix said. “I don’t need a list to do what I like. I [was] at 1, yes. And Tiësto is very many places below me. That doesn’t make sense, does it? I started playing music through him. I am not a better DJ than him, maybe now I just have a bit more hype around me...”
Idris Elba‘s latest single, “On Life” has received a fresh rinsing by David Guetta, via his tech house oriented Jack Back alias. Where Elba puts forth a deeper, heads-down mix, Guetta adds a bit more melody to the mix with twinkling synth arpeggios while maintaining the overall structural integrity. One might argue the French producer may be taking cues from artists aligning with the Diynamic/Afterlife sound in current days. Both renditions make for pleasurable additions to the dancefloor, and can be found on Elba’s 7Wallace imprint.
David Guetta’s had a notable year of releases; over the summer of 2019, he and MORTEN had been tapped as official remixers for Avcii’s “Heaven.” Prior to that, he and the aforementioned collaborator paired on their crossover, Aloe Bacc-assisted hit, “Heaven.” Meanwhile, Idris found himself headlining Coachella’s Yuma tent and increasing his DJ profile with gigs at various elrow stops, Creamfields, and beyond. He also took up a residency at David Guetta’s F*** ME I’M FAMOUS! night at Hï Ibiza, making their recent 7Wallace collaboration feel like a natural next step in their relationship.
Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.
Showtek is a moniker that means different things to different listeners, and their creativity has undergone different iterations over their 20-year music career. The Dutch electronic duo, who also happen to be brothers, started producing music in 1999, and they haven’t looked back since. Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen have an aversion to complacency, and this is what has allowed them to continuously strengthen their career despite the constant change of what is considered ‘popular’ through the passage of time.
As Showtek, the brothers have produced a few of electronic music’s most influential tracks, including the iconic “Bad” with David Guetta, which has reached over one billion streams. Before they became a commercial powerhouse, they paved the way for hardstyle, helping to define the genre itself. The brothers describe their sound as “melodic, accessible and global,” but they create this sound under the influence of a wide range of genres including Techno, Trance, and House.
Many artists feel pressured to keep a mainstream moniker consistent in terms of the style of music they put out, but the Janssen’s have taken their creative liberties and done their experimentation unapologetically as Showtek. They have taken their fans along for the ride, and this means their listeners aren’t simply interested in hearing Pop or Progressive House or Hardstyle. Showtek fans have proven that they support the creativity of Sjoerd and Wouter given their commitment to the duo despite their wide variety of past productions.
The brothers talk about how they have kept themselves inspired creatively as Showtek, saying, “As Showtek we have always thrived to reinvent ourselves, try new things, and break boundaries. That’s the only way to survive as an artist. You have to be able to be free and try new things.”
A 20-year career has allowed for the brothers’ to witness different popularity cycles, which has ultimately helped to give them perspective in their own musical journey. They comment, “Every genre starts from the underground, reaches the mainstream, and goes back to the underground again. This happens even in hip-hop. It doesn’t mean it dies or doesn’t come back; it means that it needs time to reinvent itself into something new.” Their observations are retrospective, and retrospective thought is a luxury in an industry where careers are so fleeting. The Janssen’s admit that a contributor to their longstanding success is the fact that they are brothers working together versus friends.
They explain how being brothers impacts their working dynamic, saying, “There are more layers in the relationship than you have with friends for example. We can speak our minds without being offended easily, and we know when to give each other space. There is just a difference when you’re blood related. When you know your weaknesses and strengths, it is easier to optimize that, focus, devise tasks etc. We both share the same vision of where we want to go, and even though we have different ideas of how to get there, we always end up where we want to be.”
The duo have crafted an hour long Saturday Night Session that they hope will get listeners in the mood for wherever they would like their night to take them. The brothers close with, “We hope we can get people in the mood- to work out and burn a sweat; to get ready for a party; or to test their subwoofers in the car! We wanna thank everybody for listening and supporting, without our fans we nothing! Enjoy!”
How has the Hardstyle scene changed since you started producing music, and what do you think the future for the sub-genre is as the electronic music industry continues to commercialize?
We started producing music in 1999/2000 and Hardstyle didn’t exist yet. Our music style was formed by many different genres that influenced us; Hard Trance, Techno, Hardcore and House Music that have been around way longer. We have been in the forefront of the genre, our style was melodic, accessible and global. We were able to bring the sound outside of Europe towards Asia, America and Australia. It was around 2011 that we’ve realized it was becoming harder, faster and more aggressive and we felt like we wanted to shift into a new direction. As Showtek we have always thrived to reinvent ourselves, try new things, and break boundaries. That’s the only way to survive as an artist. You have to be able to be free and try new things. In 2013 we used everything we thought ourselves and decided to create our new path, a new sound that would bring us further in our career. Every genre starts from the underground, reaches the mainstream and goes back to underground again, this happens even in hip-hop. It doesn’t mean it dies or doesn’t come back it means that it needs time to reinvent itself into something new. Listen to David Guetta and Showtek – “The Death of EDM,” which you shouldn’t take too seriously, but it does refer to this matter.
Do you feel it is an advantage to be brothers as a DJ duo in this tricky industry? What is unique about the situation compared to traditional groups of artists who are not related, from your observations?
Being brothers means you know each other really well, there are more layers into the relationship than you have with friends for example. We can speak our mind without being offended easily, and we know when to give each other space. There is just a difference when your blood related. When you know your weaknesses & strengths it easier to optimize that, focus , devise tasks etc. We both share the same vision of where we want to go, and even though we have different ideas of how to get there, we always end up where we want to be. See it as like we are racing in an M5, the guy who steers the wheel is relying also on the guy sitting next to him telling him where to take the corner. It’s harder to drive it yourself as long as you rely on each other. Besides that, we have been hanging out with the same friends all of our lives, we share the same humour, love the same food, so when we are on tour we have a lot of fun because we have been doing things together since we were kids.
Do each of you have a release you are most proud of? And why did you choose the respective release?
Guess we are proud of all our work, so it’s hard to pick one but we think “Bad” with David Guetta has been such a big song for us. With over a billion views and streams, it became one of the biggest EDM bangers of this century and everywhere we play it people go crazy. It became an international dance hit and even your grandpa might have heard the song. We do want to say that “FTS” was our biggest Hardstyle song, and it is still considered to be the biggest Hardstyle anthem of all time. We literally have seen people cry to this song. That’s the beauty of music, it’s an international language. Music can reach to your heart or touch a nerve. It can create a moment where it brings memories back to life, and it can make you happy or make you cry.
You have produced so many genres of music over the years- what do you feel resonates most in a live setting? We would be curious to know what you feel resonates most as a performer and then what you feel gets each of you going most personally when watching a performance.
It’s a mixture of everything together that makes our career successful. We used to go to Techno raves, going crazy on 3 hour DJ sets by Marco Bailey. We bought all the albums of D-Trance by Gary D but we also used to listen to Dutch Hardcore while Wouter also played classical tunes on the piano. So Hardstyle might have been the backbone of our career, it’s not Hardstyle that influenced us. It goes so much deeper. Now a days we do a little bit of everything and again, it can be any track that make a crowd go wild. It’s the connection that they have with the music, so we really think outside the box, in the studio while we produce or on stage while we perform. And for our personal preferences, it’s mostly about the vibe. For example, Tove Lo came to Los Angeles once, just after she had released her song “Habits.” She performed in a small venue for like 150 people, and it was amazing. Nobody knew her really, but we went to see her, and it was incredible. Very intimate, but the effect she got on us was insane! But again, we also had the same experience in a rave, when Marco V played “Satisfaction” by Benny Benassi at Sensation White. It was a new and unreleased song, but the moment he dropped that track it got stuck in our brain. Such an inspiration! So it doesn’t matter what genre, what song, as long as it get to us it can influence us.
What is your ideal Saturday Night?
Going out to a restaurant and have a nice dinner, going home and watching a movie after. Just simple stuff! Hang out with family and friends and enjoy life.
What kind of a Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session getting listeners ready for?
We hope we can get people in the mood- to work out and burn a sweat; to get ready for a party; or to test their subwoofers in the car! We wanna thank everybody for listening and supporting, without our fans we nothing! Enjoy!
David Guetta has released a new single “Jump” with Dutch duo GLOWINTHEDARK. The track was initially a limited free download for fans, and now the track is available on all streaming and download platforms.
“Jump” has already made its rounds in the festival circuits, with Guetta performing the track with GLOWINTHEDARK throughout the summer including at Ultra Music Festival.
“Jump” incites what the title promises with its high energy mixed with commanding undertones. Frantic vocals are framed with high-pitched accents that build into a Caribbean-infused drop. Far from a radio release, the track is the perfect addition to a festival or a club set and is sure to keep the listeners dancing.
This is not the first time Guetta has worked with GLOWINTHEDARK on an original release, having previously released “Clap Your Hands.”
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.
Diplo leads the charge this NMF with a sultry remix of Kaskade, Felix Cartal and Jenn Blosil’s “More,” and Spencer Brown previews deadmau5’s forthcoming here’s the drop! remix LP with his take on “fn pig (ov).” Cashmere Cat’s sophomore album makes its debut on Sept. 20, featuring song like the Christina Aguilera-sampled “WATERGIRL,” and Chris Lorenzo takes on Boombox Cartel and MadeinTYO’s “NEW WIP.” M83’s much-anticipated 15-song DSVII is out now, featuring songs like “Feelings,” and Kill Paris puts an even groovier spin on Haywyre’s already-funky “Storyteller.” Opiuo and Lafa Taylor shine in “Send It,” and Muzzy tackles Knife Party’s “Ghost Train” with a sinister rendition of his own. Billy Kenny and Huxley take to the dance floor on “SWEAT,” and Feenixpawl and Marcus Santoro bring the feels with “Forever Young.” Cristoph puts his own spin on The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition,” and Dom Dolla plays with words on “San Frandisco.” David Guetta remixes himself as Jack Back in a new remix of “Thing For You,” and Luttrell paints a serene soundscape with his remix of Jai Wolf and Mr Gabriel’s “Lose My Mind.”
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.