The Dream Of 2010 Is Alive At E Zoo

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The early 2010s EDM boom hit while I was in high school. I grew up in a suburb outside of Washington, DC, where nights were spent driving around aimlessly, blasting dubstep on garbage speakers. On weekends, the road extended toward the 9:30 Club, Black Cat, and Merriweather Post Pavilion, historic venues that were opening their … More »

‘Everything changes’: Seven Lions reflects on progress and Ophelia Records from Electric Zoo

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A lot can change in a year.

In February of 2018, Seven Lions took a career-altering step: he erected his own record label, Ophelia Records, swiftly consummating the imprint with the brand’s very first production, “Calling You Home.” The celestial, two-track EP, Ocean, co-produced with Jason Ross soon followed the seminal single. Not long after, “Horizon” arrived, with well-founded assistance from Tritonal and Kill The Noise. The Ophelia agenda continued raking in high-profile ammo in the months that followed.

“My vision for Ophelia was just a place for me to put out my music,” Seven Lions told Dancing Astronaut in an interview at Electric Zoo‘s recently concluded 2019 iteration. “[But] everything changes. Within the last two or three months, our release schedule has gotten so busy that I’m struggling with where to put my [own] music.”

Ophelia’s crowded release schedule led Seven Lions to just last month share two brand new singles, the MitiS-assisted “Break The Silence” and “Another Me,” just a week apart.

The theme of transcendence, which Seven Lions credits as a key creative motivator both in the way that he stylizes his music and in the manner that he disseminates it, has been paramount to Ophelia’s progression in the time since its foundation. Whereas Seven Lions originally conceived Ophelia as a platform for his own releases, the imprint has morphed into something else altogether. Case in point, Ophelia’s takeover of Electric Zoo’s Riverside stage proved a multitudinous showcase of the label’s heavy-atmospheric talent that included Said The Sky, Wooli, Jason Ross, Blastoyz, Crystal Skies, Dimibo, MitiS, and, of course, Seven Lions himself.

“I never really thought it was going to be the way that it is right now but I’m super stoked,” Seven Lions said of Ophelia’s evolution to date. “I had no visions of doing a stage at EZoo or anything like that [when I first founded the label], so now that it’s happening I feel that I’m watching it happen, and I’m going to [continue to] dig further into it.”

More showcases and stage takeovers will be an integral part of Seven Lions’ Ophelia expansion, according to the producer. As 2019 continues winding down, many artists look considerably ahead to calculate their first major career moves in 2020, including Seven Lions, who hopes to book more shows with the express purpose of exhibiting the prolific talent of Ophelia artists.

“I want to have more showcases and want to do more stuff like [stage takeovers] where I can get more people like Crystal Skies in front of a crowd, so they can throw down and show what they can do, because I feel like they don’t really have that opportunity very often,” Seven Lions explained. “Specifically Crystal Skies, Blastoyz, Last Heroes, Trivecta, all those people who haven’t had the exposure that they deserve as producers, trying to get that for them: that’s my goal, to help them get in front of larger audiences.”

From his seat backstage at the Riverside stage, where his label mate, MitiS, is performing, Seven Lions traces Ophelia’s activity over the past year for Dancing Astronaut, noting that the exponential growth that Ophelia has gleaned is largely akin to his own rise as an artist.

“[Music] was a hobby and it turned into something,” Seven Lions reflects. “I’m going to go after it with everything I can. I guess I never dreamed that big and then once it’s right in front of you [it’s] like I’m going to get that sh*t.”

As Ophelia matures, its label head will nevertheless continue to advance the Seven Lions project, which he cites as his “legacy,” enduring on the forefront of the multi-genre master’s creative focus. The weighty entrepreneurial undertaking has certainly kept Seven Lions busy in recent months. In addition to producing and planning his own releases, Seven Lions has also been engaged with his Alchemy Tour.

The ongoing live initiative, which commenced in Long Beach, California on August 17, positions Seven Lions among co-headliners, The Glitch Mob, SLANDER, and NGHTMRE, among supporting acts like SVDDEN DEATH, Jason Ross, and Shadient for a 25-date run across North American cities.

For Seven Lions, the collection of artists convening for The Alchemy Tour represents a synergistic continuum of electronic seniority.

“I wouldn’t say SLANDER and NGHTMRE are newer, but they’re very on the ups [whereas] I’ve been around for a little while,” Seven Lions posits. “But The Glitch Mob has been around for even longer, so it’s cool to expose The Glitch Mob to a newer, younger audience. In general I feel like [the tour] ticks all the boxes: buzzy artists and legends; I feel like I’m somewhere in the middle.”

And with almost a decade of releases under the Seven Lions moniker spanning everything from hardstyle, to trance, to his globally reverberative approach to worldly chill-step, one would be hard-pressed to suggest otherwise.

Listeners can purchase tickets to The Alchemy Tour, here.

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Casablanca Records hosts exclusive 2019 preZOO party at Dream Downtown – photos courtesy of Mitchell Wojcik

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Phantoms procure playlist ahead of preZOO party

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Electric Zoo 2019 is around the corner, and Phantoms is on the scene with the perfect warm up, curating a PreZoo playlist exclusively for Dancing Astronaut. The LA-based duo has been in full swing this summer, releasing their Disconnect EP in July and continuing their weekly reign on Sirius XM‘s Diplo’s Revolution with their own Is Everyone Ok radio show.

Now, they’re ready to take on Labor Day Weekend with a quick stop in New York for preZOO party presented by Casablanca Records at Dream Downtown. Ahead of a recently announced Fall tour throughout the US, Vinnie and Kyle (Phantoms) have provided fans with a taste of what’s to come on the playlist.

“This is a nice little collection of the stuff we’ve been both listening to and playing in DJ sets over the summer,” they tell Dancing Astronaut of the dancefloor-ready picks. “Basically all of these songs make us want to party. Only Human, Intended, Start Again and Let You Know were all played endlessly throughout our summer. Then you’ve got some more melodic stuff like Lane 8 and Rival Consoles in there for the quieter moments plus some of our own music to round it out since this is our playlist and we can do what we want.”

Electric Zoo Festival 2019 takes place August 30-September 1 in Randall’s Island Park, NYC, featuring one of its most impressive lineups to date. Check out the full lineup here and catch Phantoms on the Disconnect tour this fall.

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Seven Lions and MitiS convene on ethereal new collaboration, ‘Break The Silence’

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Seven Lions and MitiS’ melodic bass sensibilities mingle on “Break The Silence,” resulting in a blissful new single that is full of feeling. Much like the production’s transition from ID to formal release, “Break The Silence” develops slowly. The vocals of featured artist, RBBTS, filter in with feather-esque ease, to rest atop a bed of lush chords. RBBTS’ lyrical delivery is measured and earnest, a vocal match to the emotion of the song’s drops. 

The synergy of Seven Lions and the Ophelia signee’s sonic styles is evident on “Break The Silence.” The single precedes Seven Lions and MitiS’ respective sets at Electric Zoo’s 2019 iteration.

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Orbit Playlist: VOLAC and Phlegmatic Dogs bring back-to-back playlist action ahead of joint set at Electric Zoo

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Electric Zoo’s 2019 lineup is rife with back-to-back performances that position one powerhouse producer alongside another for a series of striking collaborative sets. Two musical muscles in the bass-house sub-genre subterrain, VOLAC and Phlegmatic Dogs will take the decks in tandem at DESTRUCTO‘s All My Friends stage September 1 to throw down what will presumably be one of the weekend’s most memorable joint efforts. However, readers of Dancing Astronaut need not wait until Labor Day Weekend to enjoy some back-to-back action from the bass authorities.

Together, VOLAC and Phlegmatic Dogs crafted a 20-track Orbit Playlist just for Dancing Astronaut. Featuring selects from their recent EP, Russian Style, such as “Bastard” and “Tell You,” among others, the diverse playlist also employs singles from Habstrakt, Bellecour, Noizu, Xeonz, SQWAD, and more. The playlist only further cements the reality that VOLAC and Phlegmatic Dog’s co-appearance on Randall’s Island is a must-attend.

But it should be noted that neither their Orbit Playlist nor their forthcoming back-to-back booking will be VOLAC and Phlegmatic Dog’s first collaborative endeavor: the artists recently set out on their 23-date North American tour in support of Russian Style. Listeners can learn more about the tour here, and can secure tickets to Electric Zoo’s momentous 2019 installment here.

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Electric Zoo announces individual stage lineups ahead of 2019 installment

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New York’s annual Labor Day Weekend celebration of electronic dance music, Electric Zoo, will return to Randall’s Island from August 30-September 1 for another high-action installment. The 2019 chapter in the long-running festival’s vibrant sonic saga will see artists divided among a number of stages. As in past years, the event’s Main Stage, Hilltop Arena, and Riverside stages will be present.

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Electric Zoo will also host several specially curated stages. Eric Prydz will present his Prydz Arena, and Seven Lions, Ophelia. Fans will also find formidable sets at DESTRUCTO‘s ALL MY FRIENDS stage, and at Brownies and Lemonade‘s Riverside stage takeover. NGHTMRE and Slander‘s Gud Vibrations Hilltop Arena occupancy rounds out EZoo’s robust series of branded stages.

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

Friday, August 30 

Main Stage: Eric Pydz, Diplo, Kaskade (sunset set)Oliver Heldens, Whethan, Destructo, Bijou 

Hilltop Arena: Excision, Ganja White Night, Liquid Stranger, Dion Timmer, Sullivan King, Subtronics, Kompany, Mark The Beast

Riverside (Brownies & Lemonade): Getter, 4B, Peekaboo, Yultron, Nitti Gritti b2b Wuki, Slumberjack, Kittens, Tails 

ALL MY FRIENDS: Malaa, Walker & Royce, Josh Butler, Golf Clap, Omnom, Franklyn Watts, MIME 

Saturday, August 31

Main Stage:  Above & Beyond, ZEDD, Afrojack, Diesel b2b Borgore, Tritonal, Benny Benassi, Armnhmr, EDX, Kream 

Hilltop Arena (Pryda Arena): Eric Prydz, Joris Voorn, Yotto, Cristoph, Ben Böhmer (Live), Miss Jennifer 

Riverside: Flux Pavilion, Cookie Monsta b2b Funtcase, Bear Grillz, Riot Ten, Mastadon, Blunts & Blondes, Shlump, Zeke Beats, Minesweepa, Decadon 

ALL MY FRIENDS:Anti Up, Wax Motif, Volac b2b Phlegmatic Dogs, Weiss, Dom Dolla, Dombresky, Born Dirty, Croatia Squad, Gerry Gonza, Matt Medved

Sunday, September 1

Main Stage: Dog Blood (Skrillex :: Boys Noize), Armin van Buuren, Alison Wonderland, Boombox Cartel, Cash Cash, R3hab, Droeloe, I_O, Midnight Kids 

Hilltop Arena: Nghtmre & Slander present: Gud Vibrations: Nghtmre b2b Slander, Boogie T b2b Squnto, GTA, Saymyname, 1788-L, Whipped Cream, Wavedash, Kaivon, Lick, Shadient, Yako 

Riverside: Seven Lions Presents Ophelia: Seven Lions, Kill The Noise, Said The Sky, Jason Ross, Dabin, Mitis, Blastoyz, Wooli, Crystal Skies, Dimibo 

ALL MY FRIENDS: Camelphat, Nora En Pure, Kyle Watson, Solardo, Eli Brown, Noizu, Charles Meyer

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Wuki enlists Ship Wrek for another infectious homage to Daft Punk on ‘Techno Logic’

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WUKILEAKS is the (now-not-so-hidden) gem account for DJs across the Internet—a project that started approximately three years ago by Kris Berman—better known as Wuki. The Denver-based producer started off with mash-ups of Busta Rhymes, the Six Flags-famed “We Like To Party” theme, and more, all of which instantly exploded into DJ sets everywhere. One year ago, Berman fused Major Lazer‘s breakout hit “Pon De Floor” with Daft Punk classic “One More Time.”

Now, Wuki gives fans a new take on another masked-robot classic, teaming up with Ship Wrek on “Techno Logic.” The rising LA-based duo are making a ton of noise with their distinct brand of house, adding that flare to the grooved-out bass-line on this new collaborative homage to the French visionaries. Of course, listeners are also welcomed by utter craziness from Wuki under the beloved Daft Punk sample.

Catch Wuki on a packed summer itinerary, hitting Electric Forest on June 29 after a string of shows in Australia, followed by a performance at Yellow Club in Bangkok before stops at Red Rocks (August 10 with Alison Wonderland) and Electric Zoo August 30.

Electric Zoo Announces Full Day By Day Lineup Including B2B Nights With Eric Prydz

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The 11th edition of Electric Zoo will be the biggest and best yet and now they have revealed the day by day breakdown as well as the exclusive news that progressive king Eric Prydz will be at the festival play not once but twice. Electric Zoo: Evolved once again returns to the iconic Randall’s Island Park

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Eric Prydz teases new visual performance concept ‘VOID’

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The bounce-back from his Miami absence is real; Eric Prydz will be unveiling his debut VOID concept show at his Creamfield Steel Yards headlining slot on August 23, 2019. In addition, Prydz was also announced on the stacked phase one lineup for Electric Zoo: Evolved alongside other giants, Dog Blood, Diplo , Excision and more. In characteristic Prydz fashion, the mastermind behind EPIC and HOLO dropped a teaser video for the latest addition to his portfolio of visionary productions. This newest announcement VOID stands for “Visual Offset Isometric Design” and looks to be Prydz’s most advanced hologram shows yet with anticipation at an all-time high.

The 41-second teaser shows a black hole forming in space, coming together to form the “O” in VOID complemented with a signature Prydz progressive sound. The combination of an entire hologram show and Prydz timeless mixing skills has continuously proved he stands as an artist and creative in a lane of his own. Prydz previously brought his HOLO stage to last year’s Creamfields in 2018 and stunned both attendees and fans with his insane, innovative visual production. Now, with VOID he seems to be aim for even higher ground.