Outside of Super Bowl Sunday, it’s tough to find ads rousing enough to watch all the way through.
One way to break through the clutter? For brands trying to reach dance music disciples, using a classic collab from Skrillex and Diplo is always a surefire bet. Hence, a thunderous round of applaud to these UK ad folks for making this latest TV commercial 130% more bearable with “Dirty Vibe” off Skrillex’s 2015 Recess LP–and for pairing it with an ad concept thoughtful enough to tickle the synapses a bit.
The two-and-a-half-minute bit flash-cuts to different outlandishly executed scenes demonstrating that yes, phones are taking over, but with the same stroke of the pen (figuratively speaking, of course) they have the power to better our lives, too. The outrageous montage is book-ended by high octane snippets of “Dirty Vibe” that slot in perfectly. In summation: phones aren’t all malice and mayhem, and the Skrillex hype train is still the best ride around.
No matter where you’re spending your All Hallow’s Eve this year, DA knows where you can let your freak flag fly. Whether you’re in Toronto, Caen, Los Angeles—hell, even Wisconsin—we’ve got you covered. With a beguiling mixture of both annually resurrected and new festivals on our radar, there’s a fiendish festivity for all this Halloween.
1. HARD Day of the Dead
HARD‘s once defunct Day of the Dead property is officially back, slated for November 3 at the event’s original home at LA Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles. Headlining DOTD’s comeback edition is Justice, breaking out their live stage rig for one final outing, exactly six years to the day after the Parisian legends headlined the inaugural Day of the Dead. South African rave-rap pioneers Die Antwoord and Knife Party also top this year’s lineup, along with a stacked cast of supporting acts.
The French superpower is slithering his way to both New York and LA for the freakiest week of the year. Snake is slated to headline New York City’s Avant Gardner on October 26 and Los Angeles’ legendary Shrine Expo Hall on October 31. The headlining shows will be Snake’s only territory headline appearances of the year, and each show is expected to feature state-of-the-art production.
Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center is housing the Midwest’s quintessential Halloween festival this year: the very first double-day JAWBREAKER, specifically tailored for electronic lovers, October 27-28. With a fully-loaded lineup featuring the likes of GRiZ, ODESZA, Louis The Child, RL Grime, ZEDD, SLUMBERJACK, and more, the festival is sure to spawn a fierce following. Easily accessible to Chicagoans, the other electronic mecca of the Midwest, the venue is located just a few blocks from the Milwaukee Amtrak station.
Toronto’s recent drum ‘n’ bass fever has spawned its annual Freakout at 401 Mini Indy Go-Karts. With a brimming lineup featuring Andy C, Rusko, and Dirtyphonics, along with Hunter Siegel hosting a No Neon room, Freakout is slated for a ghastly good time going down Saturday, October 27.
Hakkasan Group is pulling out all the stops for Halloween 2018. The Las Vegas hospitality giant is extending Halloween to a full week, running holiday themed festivities at each of their properties across the strip, spanning from October 25 – October 31. As the month winds down, an eclectic cast of talent will descend upon Vegas — drawing the likes of Steve Aoki, Kaskade, ZEDD, NGHTMRE, Martin Garrix, Borgore, and Lil Uzi Vert to name a few, for one of the busiest party weeks of the year.
6. Wynwood Fear Factory’s Halloween Weekend in Miami
Summer festival season may be long gone, but the events circuit shows no signs of slowing as fall lineups begin to pour in. Thanks to the organizers at Diskolab, Miami just became a top contender for Halloween weekend destinations. Mana Wynwood Warehouse will host some of the most in-demand electronic acts in the country across October 26 – 27, with a roster topped by RL Grime and Galantis, along with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike billed as the weekend’s special guests.
The freaky Frenchman of Nördik Impakt are letting loose a cannon of across-the-board underground electronic acts this year in Caen, France for the Halloween season. With a lineup featuring the likes of Charlotte De Witte, Maceo Plex, and Nicole Moudaber, taking off October 24-27, Caen patrons will surely feel full-throttle Impakt of the most malicious variety.
SoCal’s Psycho Circus is the last place patrons will want to Escape this Halloween. With a lineup boasting headliners of a truly hellish caliber, the October 26-27 Insomniac affair is going rogue. Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Diplo, and Eric Prydz are just a slice of this deliciously pernicious pie, stocked with devilishly immersive experiential elements to boot.
9. Light & Life Halloween Warehouse with Dillon Francis
Light&Life have hosted some of the most prominent dance acts in the game — Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, and Disclosure, to name a few — and are known for their cutting-edge production in the visual and sonic realms. They’ve booked Latin Grammy winner Dillon Francis to headline their Halloween show at a Brooklyn warehouse venue on October 26. Dillon’s highly anticipated WUT WUT album has just been released, which means he’ll be filling the venue with loads of fresh new music not yet heard live by fans. Francis will be joined by Valentino Khan, and up-and-coming bass talent Nitti Gritti.
10. Circoloco Halloween NYC – Hosted by Teksupport
Teksupport, a pillar of underground dance music events in New York City, has joined forces with the iconic Ibiza brand Circoloco to put together a memorable Halloween weekend gathering. Circoloco is has earned the reputation as one of the island’s top afterhours parties, taking place weekly at the superclub DC10. This year will be the third in a row where they bring the brand stateside to New York. Standout acts include Virgil Abloh (recently placed on TIME’s ‘Most Influential People of 2018 list), Peggy Gou, & house music legends, The Martinez Brothers.
11. Haunted Deep: Lee Burridge / Mr C / Jay Tripwire & more
Chicago is getting DEEP this Hallo-weekend, going back to its house roots with an array of the finest performers. Dive into the depths with Burning Man mainstays Lee Burridge, Mr. C, Jay Tripwire, and more, to be hosted at The Mine Music hall. Paradigm has recently began expanding beyond its talent agency wheelhouse and into event production, where it aims to expose fans to top-notch talent that isn’t completely dominating the mainstream media sphere.
The DJ Mag Top 100 comes out every year and tends to leave dance music fans all over the world a little annoyed. The common complaints are that the list is just a popularity contest and that DJ’s are encouraged to spend thousands of dollars in advertising to receive votes. Therefore it is not a
Today, Major Lazer are considered one of the biggest sensations in modern EDM. The Diplo-led group, which moved to its current iteration in 2011, has put out some of the past decades hugest crossover anthems — and it only continues to grow. While they remain at the forefront of modernity and are constantly coming up with creative ways to play around with the status quo, it becomes difficult to fathom that Major Lazer just turned 10 years old.
In celebration of their milestone birthday, Major Lazer took to their Spotify account to post a nostalgia-laced “Essentials” playlist of all their greatest hits. It’s a wonderful cacaphony of bass, synthesis, and quirky vocals that make it impossible for any one listening to sit still. Naturally, productions like “Pon De Floor,” “Hold The Line, and “Powerful,” make it in, with a heavy emphasis on more contemporary numbers like their multi-platinum, “Lean On” and their newest “Blow That Smoke.”
The birthday is also a poignant reminder that the group will finished in the near-future. At the end of September, Diplo announced that their next album would be their last. Luckily, he also advised that “there’s a lot of new music” in the meantime.
Major Lazer and Tove Lo invite listeners to kick back and burn one, as they’ve materialized their latest track, “Blow That Smoke,” in what seems like record time after teasing a preview of the new track on Twitter earlier this week.
“Blow That Smoke” has been released at peak momentum for both parties, as each gears up for new forthcoming ventures. For Swedish pop singer Tove Lo, it’s her new film, Blue Lips, due Friday, October 19. For Major Lazer, “Blow That Smoke” sees the trio take a break from their Afrobeat onslaught of releases to return to an infectious, dancehall-crossover design that has enough legs to hold its own alongside the super group’s historic “Lean On.” The single also serves as the latest single off their impending farewell album.
Paired with a lyric video in classical Rasta-style animation, “Blow That Smoke” poses to be an anthem in the dance-pop domain through 2018’s end and beyond.
TroyBoi has released the first single off his V!BEZ Vol 2 EP, “Frustrated.” The new track, which R&B vocals from Destiny, comes just weeks ahead of the record’s forthcoming November 2 arrival on Diplo‘s Mad Decent imprint.
In “Frustrated,” the trap kingpin weaves sultry instrumentation with dissident, emotive vocals and popping ad-libbed samples. Almost every element bounces after the song’s climax, from its rumbling 808s, to its melodic violins. TroyBoi’s versatility and forward-thinking within the industry is as apparent as always in this new release, as he commingles elements of his signature, modern trap with old-school R&B.
TroyBoi also recently released a remix of “Do One,” from grime grandpas Pete & Bas. The elders’ catchy flow carries a heavy weight that TroyBoi builds nicely and drops into similarly hilarious trap sounds that could certainly rock a festival stage.
Aspiring producers hoping to create music sound like the producers who inspire them, look no further than Sounds.com‘s newest residency series Sounds Originals. The site launched in 2018 as a subscription-based platform for loops and samples created by Native Instruments. Through Sounds Originals, the site is partnering with industry veterans Diplo, Richie Hawtin, Junkie XL, Robot Koch, and Catnapp, giving subscribers access to their unique sonic identities through multiple downloadable sample packs. The Sounds Originals partners will also participate in a variety of user-centric activities. The launch of the series marks the next step in realizing the company’s vision of democratizing creative tools so anyone can freely express their musical ideas.
Diplo is the first artist to launch his Sounds Originals partnership, and the first of multiple Diplo packs, titled Diplo Drops are available October 12. The artist spoke about the partnership, saying “I’ve worked with many different artists, musicians, and talented people in my life and have learned that great music is born from great sound. I’m excited to hear what music makers will create with my original sounds. I hope to inspire them and give them some building blocks for making something new.”
Sounds.com subscribers now have exclusive access to a collection of Diplo’s one-shot samples, vocals, vocal stabs, and synth textures – all in a bass and dance style. Those looking to get involved can find more information on Sounds Originals here.
English pop songstress, Dua Lipa, has been firing on all fronts this year, making her 2018 (albeit controversial) Ultra debut, partnering with kingly Calvin Harris on radio sensation “One Kiss,” and most recently, securing a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ABC’s crown-jewel late-night affair.
Lipa commanded the Kimmel stage earlier this week to perform her retro dance single “Electricity,” produced by none other than Diplo and Mark Ronson under their brand new Silk City masthead. Diplo and Ronson spawned the partnership at the turn of the year to pay homage to the dance realm’s old-school disco digs.
On a video promoted by Kanye West, Dame Dash is pitching a beat he calls his own to Mr. West. Dash is seen feeling this beat for a total of one minute and 17 seconds, selling Kanye on his creative genius. Unfortunately for the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, that song isn’t his. It’s Diplo‘s from his 2004 album, Florida, “Sarah.“
Dash says in the video, “Yo, bro. I’ma send you this beat. Don’t talk that shit talkin’ bout you ready to rap, had me come cook some shit up, get in the lab. We make shit up. I’m in the studio, making motherfucking records, and I got more, so just let me know. You have to respect my creativity in this motherfucker. I’m only telling you this to get you hyped over this shit. I’ma email this shit to you. Let this shit get your mind right.”
Hyping up his genius creativity and ownership for over a minute became cringeworthy once the Mad Decent label boss called him out Twitter. The fake Diplo account created for Vice’s comedy What Would Diplo Do?
Though the future of dance music dynasty, Major Lazer, may be tentative since the recent news of their imminent disbandment, the trio is still toiling away on the release radar. Their latest video for “Loyal,” sees the fierce faction join forces with Jamaican reggae/dancehall singer, Kranium, and Nigerian vocalist, Kizz Daniel. The afrobeat/dancehall production is especially timely, as Diplo observed, given the fact that Nigeria just celebrated their independence day earlier this week (October 1).
The video (shot by serial Major Lazer director, Adriaan Louw of South Africa) is set at both dusk and midday along the vibrant streets and rushing oceanic coast of Senegal. It follows both Daniel and Kranium, who are joined by a sundry of dancers in technicolor, modern African attire. A comment from Major Lazer’s YouTube account proclaims, “Senegal is the lion country where the youth are fearless.”