Listen To Vera Blue’s Latest “Lady Powers | Power Ladies Remix EP”

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Vera Blue is an artist that has been making some big strides recently, with the release of her latest single “Lady Powers” and now the remix EP, there’s no doubt that she is headed for a bright future. Not to mention the fact that she has also been featured on tracks with Slumberjack and Flume,

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Release Date Announced for Martin Garrix, David Guetta and Brooks “Like I Do”

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Since dropping “So Far Away” in late 2017, there has been several teasers that David Guetta and Martin Garrix have more on the way. Over the past few weeks, we have seen all over social media that there will be another track this time adding Brooks to the arsenal. We have been scouring the web

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Breaking: Don Diablo “TAKE HER PLACE” Feat Arizona Release Date is Here

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Don Diablo took to Twitter to let us all know that his highly anticipated collaboration with Arizona will be dropping this Friday, October 27th. The Dutch Superstar-DJ has continued his reign over the EDM game in 2017 with ease. Recently being named the #11 DJ in the world by DJ Mag, Don has hit the

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Listen to the sounds of Tomorrowland’s 2nd weekend with these live sets

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Tomorrowland is on the verge of wrapping up yet another year of successful festivities in its picturesque Boom, Belgium location. Quite a bit of growth took place this year, with the festival announcing its intent to be a two-weekend event moving forward, renewing its contract with the local government, and more recently, the announcement of a potential return of Tomorrowworld in the states come 2018.

Weekend 2 allowed artists another chance to bring their A-game to the table, and from the sets that are just beginning to trickle in thus far, it looks like they met the challenge. Those who missed out on this past weekend’s action can immerse themselves in an array of sets across all genres, from DJ Snake, to Kaskade, to Seth Troxler.

Keep watch on this post, as more sets will be added as they arrive.



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SWACQ – Love (Nicky Romero Edit)

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A fairly unknown SWACQ is beginning to edge into the EDM sphere thanks to his backer, Nicky Romero. The fresh Protocol signee previously gained his mentor’s attention through his catchy moombahton-infused remixes, which include one for “Where Is The Love” by the Black Eyed Peas, and of Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock.”

His debut single on Protocol titled “Love” has yet to surface, but for the time being, Romero himself has tasked himself to remixing an edit to build excitement. In his usual fashion, his edit is a Dutch house sizzler, built to destroy festival dance-floors for the remainder of the season. This arena is where Romero thrives, and it shows in his highly digestible “Love” remix. With such endorsement, SWACQ is bound to go far as his career unfolds.





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Julian Jordan’s Latest Hit “Chinook” Has Us Ready To Party

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There are few things in life that fire me up more than tracks like this. Mainstream EDM has built this bubble around itself that simply doesn’t allow the types of tracks that got us to this point, in. The tracks that DJs/producers brought to the for-front years-ago like Hardwell’s Big Room anthems “Apollo” and “Spaceman”.

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CMC$ Releases Future-Pop Anthem for Your 2017 Summer Fling

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CMC$ Releases future-pop anthem for your 2017 summer fling. Dutch DJ and Producer CMC$ dropped his new future-pop tune Keys ft. vocals by Jalise Romy. The song intros with light melodic piano, quickly supported by a slow yet purposeful beat and no-strings-attached airy synths. Accompanied by powerful lyrics from a relatively unknown but undoubtedly talented

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Blasterjaxx Talk New Music and Going Back to Their Roots [Interview]

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2016 was a huge year for electronic music, not only for mainstream crossover artists, but for lots of headline artists across genres. For artists like Blasterjaxx, finding ways to stay fresh and relevant can be a major challenge once a certain sound has been established and industry trends start to shift over the years. I got the chance to talk with Thom about things he and his partner-in-crime, Idir, learned in the hectic year that passed. For the guys of Blasterjaxx they found joy in going back to the sounds that they originally made with an eye and an ear open for those hardcore fans. Here’s what Thom had to say.

Hey Thom, 2016 has been a pretty crazy year. Tell me about some of the highlights and lessons of 2016.

“Let’s start with the highlights, definitely our own label, Maxximize Records. We never expected when we started the label, at the end of last year, that we would have more than 20 releases on the label in the first year. All the tracks are really powerful and the quality is really good. Some bigger guys are jumping on board like Dannic and DBSTF to release on our label, it’s going really, really well.”

“You can tell there’s still a lot of hunger for those big room sounds, and there are not so many labels that can deliver those kind of tunes, since everybody’s jumping on future bass and deep house and whatever. There’s still a lot of people out there wanting to hear those big room kind of sounds, so that’s pretty good for us.”

“We took kind of a new direction and that’s also the thing we’ve learned about this year. For a while we felt like we needed to change our sound and evolve with the whole flow of the industry, and we were kind of stuck. Creative wise, it really hit us, we were sitting in the studio, we had no clue, or any creativity, no clue who to take an example from. So at a certain point we were like, fuck that shit. For real, we looked back on what we did back in the days, what’s the kind of stuff that people really want to hear from us.”

“We were looking for unreleased stuff from ourselves that people put on YouTube, to see how the comments were to see how the like/dislike ratio was and through that we kind of brought back the joy in the studio and the motivation for ourselves to get back our actual core sound, which we did. So right now we’re more happy than ever in the studio, we are back in that flow, we feel that kind of creativity that we really had in the beginning, what was the essence and whole thing behind Blasterjaxx. Our new track ‘No Sleep’ is a perfect example of that creativity and that kind of boost.”

You’ve got a new Blasterjaxx single and a remix for The Chainsmokers coming out before the new year, tell me about some of the new releases and what else you’ll be working on next year?

“Next year we’ve got something really big scheduled that will drop around March, I can’t spoil anything yet. In February we’ve got a new single, it’s a follow-up of “Ghost in the Machine” with Jonathan Mendelsohn. It’s like a harder Blasterjaxx sound, again we’re really trying to satisfy our own fan base, all the people who were commenting over the last two years, please bring back that old sound.”

“For the Chainsmokers remix I approached the guys and was like, yo, are you guys looking for like a festival mix or a club version of this tune? So they sent over the stems and we started the remix.”

“We’re going to do a lot of old school rave sounds, which brought us this far into the scene, plus we’re going to do some stuff that we really like to do ourselves, for example, we’ve got a track, it’s not completely finished yet, but it’s reggaeton. People might be like, “what the hell?” but we like reggaeton, we liked making the tune, we found some really dope Spanish people to sing on it. So no genres, we’re going to deliver stuff that we like, deliver stuff that the fans like, we’ve finished a lot of music that we made for our DJ sets over the last years, but on the internet, it got like it’s own kind of life, some of them had over 100,000 views and we never released them. So right now we finished them and we’re going to release them.”

There have also been a ton of Maxximize releases this year as well, tell me what it’s been like running the label and giving other artists the opportunity to share their music?

“It’s great. I think for us it already started when launched Maxximize On Air. We already receive so many demos, we were able to give them a spotlight on the radio show, but now we can give them an even bigger platform and spotlight to show to the world. We receive so much cool music, and we can showcase some talents that otherwise Spinnin’ or some other labels would never really pay attention to those names. For us it’s really important, we think that those newer and younger guys they bring that fresh new sound into the scene that’s really important nowadays.”

Any plans for an international tour for Blasterjaxx or any other Maxximize parties (like Governor’s Island) in 2017?

“Yeah, the Maxximize parties, I really hope so. That’s out of our hands, our management is working on that, but I hope we can redo those parties for sure. A world tour…our whole life and career is a tour, but I hope we can schedule more bigger festivals and stay in the same line we’ve done over the last years.”

At this point I mentioned that I hadn’t seen the Maxximize on Air podcast on Soundcloud and Thom told me that Blasterjaxx were among the many artists who have received strikes on Soundcloud. Thom shared with me his thoughts on how flagging mixes can be bad for artist creativity.

“That’s the thing about Soundcloud, for a while, Soundcloud had a lot of issues with copyrights. So they took everything down, we got strikes and everything, so after three strikes, they’ll delete your account, they’re really tricky. So just a few days ago they launched a new rule that allows you to bring back mixes, but we haven’t uploaded the new episodes yet.”

“We’re talking shit about soundcloud on twitter with the big guys but imagine for all the little guys, nowadays no one’s making any bootlegs anymore or original versions of other tracks because they’ll be taken down. I think that’s a really bad development for the scene because for ourselves, our bootlegs in the beginning is how we got known to a bigger audience and bigger DJs. If all the DJs right now can only make themselves known by making new music, they’re going to copy each other. People won’t have that fresh breeze through the scene, I think the whole copyright thing is really bad for the creativity in the scene right now.”

Any dream collaborations or a more mainstream artist you desire to work with in 2017, like Justin Bieber or Ellie Goulding?

“If Justin Bieber will call us after this and he’s like yo let’s go to the studio, eh, that’s not how it works. If we get the chance, we’ll definitely do that, but some of those chances you can’t create them yourselves. You can try, but we’re not Skrillex or Diplo. About dream collabs, not really, we’re just doing music we like to make right now instead of focusing on getting bigger guys on board. We’ve tried a couple but over the whole process stuff happens. Also if you’re working with a big artist from a different industry or scene, they’ve got their own regulations and own management so it’s not easy to do that.”

“For all the fans that have been commenting that our sound hasn’t been as powerful over the last year; wait for it, just wait for it..”

2017 should prove to be a huge year for Blasterjaxx as they continue to explore new sounds and music trends continue to change. Check out the video for Blasterjaxx new single “No Sleep” below.

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Laidback Luke Talks Past, Present and Future at Nocturnal Wonderland

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I got to sit down and talk with the one and only Laidback Luke at this year’s edition of Insomniac’s Nocturnal Wonderland. A fixture in the electronic dance music scene since the 90s, Luke has seen it all. Luke and I discussed a wide variety of topics including pre-planned sets, “the EDM bubble,” and new directions Luke would like to take his music. We also discussed two of his other loves, his family, and Kung Fu. Here’s what Laidback Luke had to say.

You recently made some comments about pre-planned sets, tell me about where that came from and what is your take on pre-planned sets vs mixing live as a DJ?

“I mean, yeah, technically there’s nothing wrong with pre-planned sets if you’re a DJ and you’re starting out, it’s kind of like DJ basics. What I tried to do with my rant was to educate, to give ins and outs of how you can overcome that. You can become more confident getting on stage and you improvise more. What the fault is with pre-planned sets often, is that you picture a crowd and a setting in your mind and then make a track list according to that. Usually when you go on stage and you see the real thing, it’s always different from what you had imagined. And you’ll drop a track where you thought the crowd would go wild and it doesn’t fit, it’s not the right moment, they’re not responding, so it always varies. And in that sense it’s very handy to be able to improvise.”

This is the 21st edition of Nocturnal, you’ve been in the business a long time, what’s your take on the state of the EDM scene nowadays, what was it like back when you first started, do you think there’s a bubble that’s going to burst or is dance music in good shape?

“I think the press likes to say that the bubble is going to burst anytime, however, the electronic music scene has been going since 1989. It’s funny because I know a lot of people that stepped into it when it first started out. So in the 90s they always said to me as well they thought it would only last for about 10 years. Right now we’re even at a point where we’re growing older than hip-hop, than rock. It looks like we are the longest lasting, so in terms of a bubble bursting, no, I don’t think so. In terms of a lot of things changing, yes, every year it changes. And I think this year has been a big opening for various types of BPM, people experimenting more with trappier stuff and down-tempo stuff. So that has been very interesting”

For you as an artist, how do you stay fresh, stay ahead of the curve, and bring people the new stuff that will keep them coming out to the shows?

“Luckily I have this sixth sense of how to spot things that are coming up, and I’ve called it many times throughout the years. And I think it’s interesting to keep it fresh, you can just compare it to eating food, if you eat the same food for five years, you’ll get bored. Especially as an artist it can really block your creativity if you’ve done everything you could in that type of genre. So I’m always very open to various types of genres. I’m currently pushing this new sound, which doesn’t have a name yet, which is essentially 150 BPM Dutch house. So, I guess it’s in the trap tempo but then all the programming sounds like old Afrojack, what we used to do.”

Your newest track, “Fcukin Beats”, your previous ones you were going more melodic, why did you want to do something more festival oriented?

“This was because of the album. Because ‘Focus’ came out we had a couple of singles coming out that were more melodic, more radio based, so after that I really had the urge to make a few dance floor bombs. There’s going to be a collab’ coming out with KURA that’s coming out this month, that’s going to be one of that fast Dutch house tracks. And after that I’ll go more crossover.”

I know you do martial arts. Tell me a little about how you got into that, how it affects your life and career, and what would you like to do with that going down the line?

“I’ve always been into martial arts, I’ve done karate my whole childhood, and I’ve been doing Kung Fu for about 16 years now. It’s funny you say I do it on the side, but in 2013, I competed in the world championships, won four gold medals for the Netherlands, and I have a tournament coming up next week. So it’s kind of like my second life. I do feel I really need it to balance out the stress and the pressure, even the amount of worshipping us DJs get, just to keep me grounded, just to keep me working hard and down to earth. But, with Kung Fu, our grandmasters, they’re like 90 years old, so this is something you can do into old age, and eventually I do want to open up a martial arts school.”

Going back to work-life balance, you’re a family man, you’ve got kids, how do you strike the balance of being a dad and being at home and being a touring musician?

“The answer is probably the most boring answer in the world, but it works for me, which is just plan it out, plan your time out. Gina, my wife, and I, basically we schedule out the whole month, so these days I’ll be touring, then we can see the kids, then I’m going to be in Amsterdam, then I’m going to be in New York, so we really plan it out.”

Reflect on the year 2016, what do you feel like you’ve accomplished as an artist, and what do you feel like is still left to accomplish going forward?

“I still have this dream, I would love an international radio crossover hit, I haven’t had one, obviously I’ve had a couple of successes, but that one track, you know, that would be amazing. So that’s going to be the focus in 2017, I guess, and I’m planning on doing another album, as well. This year has been, I wouldn’t even say chaotic, but so different from previous years. We see a lot of new talent coming through, I see myself suddenly being one of the older guys, I’ve had a lot of fun just going back to house-ier sounds. A very chaotic year but a very comfortable one I must say.”

I guess going off that wanting to cross over, who would be one artist who you’d want to work with. We see that with electronic music, guys like Justin Bieber, crossing over.

“It’s always a battle to try and work with bigger artists, so I’d rather not do it. In the past I’ve noticed it’s just such trouble, lawyers, contracts, delays. I really prefer working with someone where it just goes fast and very natural.”

Any words or messages for the fans?

“Just expect new tracks and awesome shows, and thank you for the support.”

Who would be someone your fans would be surprised you listen to?

“I have this one guilty pleasure, I love Maroon 5.”

As we head into the home stretch of 2016, Laidback Luke is only getting started with new music and tons more shows on the horizon. October will be a huge month for the Dutch DJ/producer, Luke will be celebrating his 40th birthday both in Amsterdam at AIR, right before Amsterdam Dance Event, and at Marquee in New York. The events are invite only, but Luke will be inviting some lucky fans, so make sure to follow his socials in the coming weeks. Luke will also be throwing a Super You & Me costume party at Exchange in Los Angeles for Halloween weekend.

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Yellow Claw Rock Two Sold Out Nights in Los Angeles

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Dutch trap-house duo Yellow Claw just rocked two almost sold-out nights in Los Angeles last week at the legendary Hollywood Palladium. It’s been an interesting ride for Yellow Claw since the release of their fantastic debut album, Blood for Mercy, last November. Despite huge appearances all over the world, including this year’s edition of EDC Las Vegas, longtime member MC Bizzey left the group just after EDC.

Thankfully for fans, the now-duo did not miss a beat at their Friday night performance. MOKSI was warming up the crowd when I arrived at the venue. The Dutch duo’s upbeat bass-house was the perfect opener for Yellow Claw. The crowd was gyrating hard when they dropped their new collaboration with DJ Snake, “Pigalle.” The main act was up next and the crowd was treated to a barrage of spinning lights and CO2 on stage. Yellow Claw’s fans were out in full force on Friday night, I saw tons of custom made Yellow Claw t-shirts, some reading Yellow Claw California Crew. Over the course of an hour, the crowd was treated to an energetic set of trap, electro, and even some hardstyle. Standout cuts included their two smash collabs from Blood for Mercy, “Catch Me” with Flux Pavilion and “In My Room,” with DJ Mustard, Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga. Classic Yellow Claw tracks such as “Till it Hurts,” “Slowdown” and “DJ Turn it Up” also had the crowd swaying, and of course chanting “Yellow motherf***ing Claw.”

Next up for Yellow Claw will be a worldwide tour in support of their new Barong Family Album. A collection of tracks from many of the artists who supported their Palladium show including Cesqeaux, LNY TNZ and Mike Cervello. The album, available for free download on Soundcloud, features tracks from those artists, Yellow Claw themselves, as well as others such as Wiwek and San Holo. The tour will start in Asia on September 7 before returning for more US dates including New York, Detroit, and Dallas. The tour will wrap up in October with some European dates.

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