Solaris Music Festival resurrects for 2019, announces headliners deadmau5 and Above & Beyond

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Ink Events has announced the return of Solaris Music Festival to Toronto for the 2019 holiday season. Dubbed as “Toronto’s largest winter music festival,” the festival’s reincarnation came as a pleasant surprise to the to previous festival-goers after a brief one-year hiatus. Held over Dec. 26-27, Solaris locks in deadmau5 and Above & Beyond as headliners for the indoor event held at REBEL Nightclub.

In addition to the daily headliners, Solaris has announced a solidifying trail of support from routine visitors Seven Lions, i_o, and Borgore, and tops the bill with a mau5trap stage takeover in the nightclub’s NOIR room. Since its first iteration in 2012, the two-day festival has undergone a handful of changes to support the shifting music trends in Toronto.

After skipping his annual traditionary VELD Festival after party set due to touring commitments and a standalone performance in nearby city London, Ontario, deadmau5’s return to the leviathan nightclub is one of high anticipation across the city. In addition to his performance, he invites label mates No Mana, Qrion, Bentley Dean and Nofone for the party.

GA and VIP tickets are available for purchase; for more information and details about the event, head here.

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Diplo and deadmau5 guest on David Spade’s ‘Lights Out’ show [Watch]

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This past week, Diplo and deadmau5 both made separate appearances on David Spade‘s Comedy Central show Lights Out With David Spade. The post-Daily Show slot features Spade doing monologues, comedy skits, and entertaining his guests, who are usually comedians. Last month, Lights Out secured Chance The Rapper. This week’s episode followed in a similar suit with its guest features from not one, but two EDM superstars.

On deadmau5’s segment of the show, the Canadian producer starred in an extended comedic bit in which he tries out to be Spade’s house band. For Diplo’s Lights Out portion, the Major Lazer member appeared alongside Whitney Cummings and Thomas Lennon on a four-way panel discussion about social media with Spade.

deadmau5 released the follow-up to his full length album where’s the drop—remix album here’s the drop!—earlier this month. He is currently on his Cube v3 tour. Meanwhile, Diplo has continued to move into country territory, locking in his second Stagecoach appearance slated for 2020. He has also hinted at Jack Ü‘s long-awaited return in 2020 as well.

Watch both Lights Out clips below.

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Watch Diplo & Deadmau5 Guest On David Spade’s Lights Out

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David-Spade-and-Deadmau5For a few months now, David Spade has been hosting the Comedy Central show Lights Out With David Spade, holding down the cursed post-Daily Show spot. Spade does monologues and comedy skits, but the bulk of the show is Spade sitting around and bullshitting with three guests, usually comedians. Last month, though, he had Chance … More »

Exclusive: Morgan Page remixes deadmau5’s ‘Imaginary Friends’

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Exclusive: Morgan Page remixes deadmau5’s ‘Imaginary Friends’Morgan Page Press Shot

Deadmau5 will follow his 2018 album, Where’s the Drop?, with a subsequent compilation, Here’s the Drop!, which will feature remixes that infuse electronic energy into the original orchestral singles. The Canadian producer has enlisted previous collaborator Morgan Page to try his hand at hit track “Imaginary Friends,” and the output is as high-quality as fans of both producers would expect.

The last time Page and deadmau5 teamed up resulted in a Grammy nomination for deadmau5’s remix of Morgan Page’s “The Longest Road,” and while that is a high bar to live up to, their newest release is noteworthy in its own right.

Page’s rendition of “Imaginary Friends” finds a way to totally transform that track’s energy while only subtly altering the original sound. His remix is addictive without compromising the sense of calm the track instills, but it adds a subtle bassline that heightens the BPM and sets the tone for the stellar remix.

Page is known for his ability to pick out a polarizing vocal, and he stays consistent with this by choosing humming vocal accents that carry calmer introductory notes into a light drop. Even with the dance-worthy accents Page has infused into the release, the orchestral components of the track are still present, only to be complemented by Page’s minimalist groovy additions.

Page spoke to Dancing Astronaut about his creative process behind the remix, stating, “This was one of those really fun remixes that came together quickly. I only used one stem of the original song because all the parts were in Dolby Atmos, and that creative limitation inspired the whole chopped up strings style of the remix. It was an honor to return the favor and remix deadmau5 since his mix of ‘Longest Road’ helped get my career started.”

Deadmau5’s Here’s The Drop! is out in full on Oct. 4.

Seismic Dance Event unveils daily lineup, topped by Cirez D and TESTPILOT

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For the second year, Seismic Dance Event makes its return to Austin, Texas to bless attendees with two days of world-class performances. In September 2018, the inaugural event brought a stellar lineup to the Travis County Exposition Center, including Lane 8, Drezo, Golf Clap, Green Velvet, Sacha Robotti, and more.

In 2019, festival organizers look to build on last year’s success by bringing in headliners Cirez D and TESTPILOT, along with a piping hot array of other artists like Bicep, Idris Elba, Nic Fanciulli, Gorgon City, Nora En Pure, and more.

Now, the festival has revealed its daily lineups, featuring deadmau5’s TESTPILOT alias topping day one and Eric Prydz’s Cirez D moniker at the top of day two at The Statesman. Saturday, Nov. 16 will also feature acts like Chris Lake, i_o, and Rinzen, and Sunday, Nov. 17 will bring performances from Lee Burridge, Gorgon City, Dom Dolla and many more. Along from the dynamic lineup, the festival will also feature live painting and art installations, live performers, totem, and costume contests.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the glowing feedback from our debut year and now with this year’s lineup,” said RealMusic Events & Seismic co-founders Kelly Gray & Andrew Parsons. “Many US festivals tend to have very similar lineups so we really wanted to switch it up and cater to the more seasoned, underground connoisseur – and yes, believe it, in Texas.”

View the full lineup below and get tickets here.

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Stream mau5trap and Insomniac Records’ massive collaborative compilation

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Stream mau5trap and Insomniac Records’ massive collaborative compilationDeadmau5 Cube 3.0

mau5trap and Insomniac Records—two of the dance music scene’s definitive labels— have come together for a collaborative compilation featuring the freshest waves of talent from both respective rosters. Bursting with darkly satisfying strains of techno, the mau5trap x Insomniac Records album contains 10 tracks selected from a diverse spread of rising and established acts including deadmau5, C.H.A.Y. , Ghost Dance, Kindrid, Sysdemes, Dustycloud, and more.

Formed in 2014 by prolific Insomniac-boss Pasquale Rotella and Interscope Geffen A&M, Insomniac Records aims to attract both undiscovered and established artists. Home to Arty, Bingo Players, and Chris Lake, Insomniac Records also represents Taiki Nulight, Holly, Bonnie X Clyde, Dombresky, and more. The label’s most recent compilation release Insomniac Records Presents: EDC Las Vegas 2019 spanned 33 tracks.

Since its inception, deadmau5’s label mau5trap has pioneered in its astute eye for the hottest, boundary-pushing electronic talent out there. From its signing of Skrillex back in 2010 to picking up REZZ on the cusp of her breakout in 2016, mau5trap continues to champion some of the most exciting electronic artists in the techno and house spaces.

Stream mau5trap x Insomniac Records compilation album below.

Spencer Brown previews forthcoming ‘here’s the drop!’ deadmau5 remix LP with his take on ‘fn pig (ov)’

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Spencer Brown has proven time and time again that he’s a master at painting lush sonic imagery. On Sept. 20, he proves it once again with a remix of deadmau5‘s “fn pig (ov).”

Brown’s remix clocks in at nearly 10 minutes long, and this length is justified by the intricate and serene introduction he’s created. The first minute dives right in with a powerful house beat, but it backs off just before the two-minute mark as Brown slowly crescendos into the main theme of the song. His rendition is a masterful interpretation of deadmau5’s original, which was part of the mau5trap head honcho’s 2018 where’s the drop? orchestral album.

here’s the drop! comes out Oct. 4 and features remixes from Morgan Page, Rinzen, Matt Lange, No Mana, and many more. Pre-save it here.

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deadmau5 Rings In New Years in San Francisco on Dec 31st

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Ring in 2020 with deadmau5 Tuesday, December 31 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco along with guest vocalist LIGHTS (who will also do a remix set), Justin Martin and Qrion.  Tickets are currently on sale at www.cubev3.com. Get your tickets before they are all sold out! Deadmau5 a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman is currently

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Deadmau5 looks to follow up on orchestral ‘where’s the drop?’ LP with upcoming ‘here’s the drop’

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Deadmau5 looks to follow up on orchestral ‘where’s the drop?’ LP with upcoming ‘here’s the drop’Deadmau5 2016

It looks like deadmau5’s next album is on the way, and judging by the similarity of both its title and artwork to those of 2018’s where’s the drop?, the forthcoming project will likely be the re-imaginative follow up to last year’s orchestral LP. deadmau5 announced here’s the drop via social media, and while details are currently scarce, a connection between the two projects seems likely. Though, the Gregory Reveret-assited where’s the drop? was a reinvention of some of the mau5trap boss’s canonized hallmarks, so it is difficult to say exactly what format the follow up delivery will take as of now.

The new release will land on October 4, presumably bringing streamers high octane remixes of where’s the drop? album inclusions. The full-length orchestral album included 15 classical renditions of deadmau5 catalog staples, such as “Imaginary Friends” and “Monophobia.”

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 107

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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


Goldroom is less than two months away from the arrival of his new LP, Plunge/Surface, and continues to share snippets of what fans can expect from the two-part album. The latest of these is “Running Wild” with former collaborator Nikki Segal. This relaxed piece ushers the autumn season in with ease.

RÜFÜS DU SOL blessed their fans with a new set of remixes for Solace on Sept. 6, sharing among them Gerd Janson‘s vocoder mix. The German producer brings a sparkling, bright new atmosphere to “Treat You Better,” putting a twist on the original’s vocals by incorporating a vocoder.

Fox Stevenson has been hard at work on his live show, a documentary, and his debut album, so it’s crazy to see the amount of material he’s been releasing. The latest in a string of releases is “Dreamland,” a vocal-powered drum ‘n’ bass-but-otherwise-hard-to-define song. He calls it “maybe [his] favourite song [he’s] ever made,” and it’s easy to see why.

deadmau5 and Kaskade‘s iconic “I Remember” is chillingly haunting in its original format, so when BLOODTONE got his hands on it, he somehow found a way to make it even more so. He’s given it what he calls “a dark warehouse feel” and plunged it to the depths of the shadows in a thrilling way.

The opening notes of RL Grime‘s “Core” are undeniably some of the most recognizable in today’s EDM scene. The 2014 tune has received a frantic drum ‘n’ bass facelift from Flite, and it’s nearly three minutes of pure energy. It’ll make your head spin—but in the best possible way.