Crankdat spins some fresh IDs in new Diplo and Friends mix

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Crankdat spins some fresh IDs in new Diplo and Friends mix

Christian Smith, a.k.a. Crankdat became a breakout star through remixes for Zeds Dead, Jaden Smith, San Holo, and more. In addition, he’s added some equally successful originals to the portfolio, with his most recent being “Need Somebody.” Now, it seems this positive traction has caught Diplo‘s attention, as the rising producer has officially made his debut on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends.

Fans are in for a big treat here, as the bass-heavy mix features a wide array of fresh IDs from the Cleveland born DJ. He also blends famed remixes with throwbacks, hip-hop — including tracks by Kanye West and Lil Pump — and dance music anthems such as Galantis‘ “Runaway” and Calvin Harris‘ “Summer” (mashed up with some trap-y goodness). The hour long mix is ever-changing and will make listeners wonder where the time went.

Crankdat is currently on his “Outcast” tour, hitting stops all over the globe leading up to an Electric Zoo 2018 performance come Labor Day Weekend.


Featured Image taken from Crankdat’s Facebook

Electric Zoo announces ferocious phase two line-up additions: Alesso, Tiësto, Chris Lorenzo, Destructo, and more

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Made Event‘s titanic New York-based festival, Electric Zoo, is celebrating its tenth birthday this Labor Day Weekend, August 31st–September 2nd. To mark the momentous double-digit occasion, the wildlife-themed event has added two more headlining artists in Alesso and Tiësto to join the star-studded cast of talent that already tops the 2018 bill: KaskadeMarshmelloMartin Garrix, and Virtual Self.

Other notable acts joining on phase two include: Alexander Lewis, Bonnie x Clyde, Boogie T, Chris Lorenzo, Chuurch, Crankdat, Destructo, DNMO, Dubfire, G Jones, Habstrakt, Jauz, Kayzo, Lost Frequencies, Luzcid, Medasin, Party Favor, Petey Clicks, Space Jesus, Spencer Brown, Squnto, Stööki Sound, Whipped Cream, and YehMe2.

Electric Zoo’s ‘Big 10’ birthday bash will feature additional stages curated by Anjunabeats, Deadbeats, Hyperhouse, and Sunday School.

Tickets to Electric Zoo are currently on sale to the general public, and can be purchased here.

Featured photo: aLIVE Coverage.

Electric Zoo Phase 2 Line-Up Drops – Alesso, Tiesto, Lost Frequencies & More

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The most epic edition of New York’s electronic music festival – Electric Zoo – has added even more hard-hitting acts to its already star-studded lineup. For its tenth turn at Randall’s Island Park in New York City August 31, September 1 & 2, event organizers MADE EVENT have today announced its second phase talent-line up. Joining the

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Electric Zoo unveils first phase of tenth anniversary lineup

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Made Event’s New York-based electronic veteran, Electric Zoo will reach double-digits this year. Slated to return to its long time home of Randall’s Island Park on Labor Day Weekend from August 31–September 2, Electric Zoo’s celebration of a decade of production will see dance music titans Kaskade, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and Virtual Self as event headliners.


The first phase of the festival’s supplements its superstar headliners with an array of supporting talent, including 3LAU, Alan Walker, Justin Martin, Illenium, REZZ, and many more. Electric Zoo’s ‘Big 10’ bash will additionally feature stages curated by Anjunabeats, Deadbeats, Hyperhouse, and Sunday School.

Tickets to Electric Zoo’s tenth birthday party are currently on sale to the general public, and can be purchased here.

Electric Zoo announces 10 year anniversary dates & pre-sale ticket information

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New York City’s pre-eminent electronic music festival Electric Zoo has announced the dates for its milestone 10th anniversary edition.

Taking place Labor Day weekend August 31 – September 2 at Randall’s Island Park, Electric Zoo: The Big 10 promises to be a birthday blow-out of the most epic proportions. The Big 10 will celebrate the wild ride the festival has seen over the years, featuring the world’s finest DJs and mind-melting production.

Pre-sale launches February 15 at 11:00 am ET here.

Electric Zoo Announces Official Dates, Logo, Presale & More For 10th Anniversary Of The Festival

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2018 marks New York City’s pre-eminent electronic music festival Electric Zoo’s 10th birthday and be sure that it will be the biggest, wildest fiesta ever thrown down in its history. Taking place August 31, September 1 & 2 at Randall’s Island Park, ELECTRIC ZOO: THE BIG 10 will be a blow-out of epic proportions, featuring

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Fareoh & SMLE – BYM

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“I’m a very beautiful young man” proclaims the vocal sample in New York native Fareoh and Miami-based SMLE‘s newest collaboration. The former has performed in front of audiences at festivals like Electric Zoo and Nocturnal Wonderland, while the latter has begun to accrue a massive following over the past few months, courtesy of a consistent flow of releases. With both artists beginning to see a tangible accumulation of fans, it’s prime time for both Fareoh and SMLE to take center stage.

On their newest single, the up-and-coming pair of artists create a sonic jungle that breathes with a vivacious energy. The future-pop single is carbonated with bubbly synths and tingling wooden drums, a heavy bass line and atmospheric synth gyrate like a sin wave — all the fundamental elements of an infectious future bass track. The track may be one of both respective artist’s best of 2017.

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Reminisce on Electric Zoo with this exclusive set from Tritonal [LISTEN]

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New York City saw yet another successful edition of Electric Zoo pass through it in September. The weekend was a particularly monumental one for the East Coast institution, which saw the reunion of both Deadmau5 & Eric Prydz as well as Sasha & John Digweed within its confines. Furthermore, 2017 was also the year in which Electric Zoo continued its overseas expansion to Brazil, locking it in as one of the premier global festival brands.

Another duo sought widely within the festival’s New York iteration was Tritonal, who graced their festival audience with a jubilant blend of electro house, big room, and sentimental emotive pieces. Luckily for those wishing to relive their magical moments with the outfit, Electric Zoo has kindly uploaded their set up for personal enjoyment.




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SeptemberSauce Recap: What Happened in EDM this Month?

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Ah September. The leaves begin to change, school gets kicked into full swing, and everyone’s favorite season, festival season, comes to a sad close. Artists begin their fall tours and release massive amounts of singles, mixes and EPs. Plus your typical EDM news drama; twitter beefs, bad PR; you know the deal. Just for you,

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Shaun Frank talks Electric Zoo, songwriting, and his “Rave Dad” moniker

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For Shaun Frank, the future isn’t illustrated in various “Shades of Grey,” but rather in brilliant Technicolor. The Canadian quadruple-threat singer, songwriter, DJ, and producer is riding a career defining high, closing out the summer festival season with a performance at Electric Zoo’s Main Stage, notably his “biggest festival of the summer.” In witnessing the close of one season, Shaun Frank looks to vivid new opportunity in the next as he prepares to open for Krewella on their New World North American fall tour.

We sat down with Shaun Frank at Electric Zoo this past weekend to gain some insight about his production process, his songwriting approach, and of course, what new material he’ll be bringing to the incredibly diverse records ring this fall, where the “Upside Down” vocalist never fails to stand out.

You’re performing at three festivals this weekend, you appeared at Breakaway Music Fest on Friday, today you’re here at EZoo, and tomorrow you’ll be at Sun City [Music Festival] in Texas. Now that festival season is winding down, what will you miss the most about it?

“The festivals. This is the best time of the year as a DJ, you get to play on the biggest stages. This was my biggest festival this summer — I got to play Main Stage at Electric Zoo. I’m gonna miss all the crazy, rigorous touring and I’m gonna miss the beautiful weather, but I’m looking forward to finishing up some records I’ve started and starting to put them out and plan for next year.

You mentioned in a previous interview that you’re starting to add more live elements to your shows. Krewella recently tapped you to open on their upcoming New World North American tour this fall, will you be incorporating any specific live elements in your performances on that tour?

Not on that tour specifically, I’ll probably just be doing my DJ sets because that’s what they want. I think they might be doing a bit of a live thing. Coming into the new year I’m definitely planning on incorporating more live elements. I’m dropping a really cool live video for my song “Upside Down” in the next 2-3 weeks where I play the song on a bunch of instruments, and that’s kind of a taste of the future of my project.

You have a real knack for translating poignant experiences/emotions into songs that are playful and vibrant, despite their sometimes rawer inspirations. What goes through your head when you’re writing a song, what’s your process like?

You know every time I try to just write a banger or a dance record, I always end up going back to my roots which is songwriting. It always starts on the piano or something, and it always starts from a very emotional lyrical place. I don’t know why it always comes out like that. A lot of the vocals are co-writes; “Upside Down” for example is co-written with jenny fatora who is a super talented songwriter, and we usually just sit down with a guitar and a piano and try to write a story. “Let You Get Away,” “No Future,” “Addicted,” they’re all stories. And then I try to figure out how that fits into dance music, and I think that’s maybe why I have a bit of a different sound from other people, because it always starts with the song.

So in that sense you always place the song before the beat that you apply.

Yeah almost always. I kind of write a song and then remix it.

You’ve mentioned that songwriters like Bob Marley and Tom Petty inspired you as a songwriter. Are there any current songwriters in the industry who’ve really wowed you with their work lately?

“Those Louis The Child kids are really talented. They’re killing it in the production game! Songwriting-wise, Ashe and Delaney Jane who I worked with before are such incredible songwriters, and Joni Fatora who I wrote “Upside Down” with is so sick. There’s a lot of great writers behind the scenes, there’s this kid Michael J. out of LA that I wrote a great song with, and Asia Whiteacre who wrote that song “Starving” for Zedd. There’s a lot of behind the scenes writers that a lot of people don’t know about and every single day they’re in LA, they’re writing songs. I did that for a couple months when I first signed a publishing deal after “Closer” the song that I wrote with The Chainsmokers came out, and I wrote every day with these guys, they’re literally the backbone of all of this because they write these titles, they write these vocals, and I have all the respect for them.”

Your single “Upside Down” comes to mind as an example of such a track that confronts an issue, in this case breakup, frontally, but in a way that’s whimsical, in terms of sound and its music video production. You’ve sang on club covers before, but what motivated your decision to sing on this track as opposed to others that you’ve produced?

Well it’s a funny story, I wasn’t supposed to sing on that song originally. I was actually waiting, there’s another song that I’m singing on, it’s actually a duet with Delaney Jane that’s going to be coming out soon, but the original singer on that song had to pull off two weeks before the song’s release. She signed a record deal and the label was like “look, we can’t have you doing any featured vocals right now on dance records, we need you to do your thing,” so she had to pull off the record and my manager was like “alright dude, you gotta go sing it,” so I went in and sang it almost as if ‘is this going to work, you know?’ And I was instantly stoked on the vocal, right away I was like wow this is what I think it was supposed to be all along, because I originally wrote it playing guitar and at that moment it became a really special record to me. The video was really special too and this next video [the live video] that’s coming out is going to be cool.

Originally you would never think that the song was supposed to have another vocalist, your voice fits very well with the track.

Well you know those background vocals? That was her.

Would your songwriting process change or would you go about it differently had you known that you would be the song’s vocalist?

Yeah maybe, maybe, but I only write lyrics that I can relate to, so unless it’s a super feminine leaning vocal, since sometimes lyrics can tend to be feminine or masculine, in that case I wouldn’t sing it, but that one really just fit and it reminded me of a really weird time in my life where I was going through a bad breakup where nothing made sense.

A few days ago you tweeted that your mom “said [your] next single is the one.” Following in the idea that mother knows best, that’s an exciting statement. Can you give us any information about this new single, will you lend your vocals to this single?

My mom texted me right before that [the tweet], she was like “send me your music,” and I was like listen, here’s my SoundCloud login and password, you just login and listen anytime. She has my login, so she always goes in and I guess I posted a rough mix of this new record called “Addicted,” and she texted me and said in all caps “ADDICTED IS THE ONE.” She felt very strongly about it, so maybe everyone better pay attention!

Can you give us any additional info about “Addicted,” are you going to be singing on this one, are you falling back?

Nope, it’s with a girl named Lena. It’s a song I wrote with The Chainsmokers and it was going to be a collab. It was a vocal we were passing back and forth about a year and a half ago, and it kind of got on the back burner, but then a couple weeks ago I opened it up and I was like you know this vocal is actually really cool and so I finished the whole record up in a day.

So that’s been sitting in your que for almost two years then.

Almost two years, but the vocal…me and my manager just kept going back and saying what about that vocal so I redid the whole thing a couple weeks ago.

You’ll have that song coming out, and then you also have the foundation of “Closer.” Do you tend to work with The Chainsmokers a lot?

Those guys are my homies, but this new record is going to be a Shaun Frank record because I ended up kind of just doing my own thing with it, but I am in the studio with those guys here and there.

How would you describe the new record [“Addicted”] if you had to give it a tone?

Her voice is so good and she’s singing about how she can’t get enough of this person, she’s addicted to it, it’s a bit of a generic concept but the way she sings it, it’s all about her performance. The hook on the drop is great, its got this bouncy almost island feel to it. There’s been a few different versions of it but this new version is what I’m really excited about.

Lyrical content and vocal delivery always has a way of transforming a concept even if its kind of appeared before.

Yeah, this is probably the most simplistic vocal that I’ve done in awhile, and I think that’s why I’m excited about it because with “Let You Get Away” and “No Future,” they’re very intense songs. There’s choruses and pre-choruses, this one’s just very basic and I think that’s exciting because I think I need to do that, just a plain and simple record.

Do you have a timeframe for the song’s release?

It’ll be out in the next two months. I’m talking to the record label now to get the permissions.

You often refer to yourself as “Rave Dad.” If you had to “Rave Dad” your younger self, what would you tell him?

I would tell him to keep his head up through the tough times bc as the world and the industry changes you gotta change with it and you gotta keep a positive attitude and you gotta always get back up and start again. I almost quit music altogether four years ago, and if I hadn’t done that then we wouldn’t have these songs, Main Stage EZoo, so you gotta keep gunning for your dreams.


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