SNBRN drops summer anthem, ‘I Can’t Have You,’ featuring Harloe

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LA-based producer SNBRN has unveiled another summer house jam with “I Can’t Have You.” This is his first release since providing fans with the three-track EP U Want It on Ultra Music earlier in 2018.

The track is a perfect melody to bump on the beach this summer, featuring upbeat piano crescendos combined with deep house synths that layer over some light percussion. SNBRN’s exquisite production is topped off with catchy vocals from rising singer/songwriter Harloe.

SNBRN is currently on his “Endless Summer” tour, hitting outdoor venues all across the US, including boat parties in Chicago and LA as well as festival stops at Moonrise in Baltimore and Elements in NYC.

Eric Prydz astounds on new Pryda EP, ‘Elements’

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Pryda is back in his element.

After sharing the news that a four-track Pryda EP was imminent, Eric Prydz delivered a 17-minute Pryda mini mix at the end of the 580th episode of Tiësto‘s Club Life radio show, seizing the opportunity to offer fans a preview of what the then untitled EP would sound like.

Titled Elements, the new EP is Pryda’s first release of 2018. Meticulously constructed, the four tracks that makeup the production—“Elements,” “Obsessive Progressive,” “The HoaX,” and “Project L.O.V.E.”—are at once stimulating and indulgently dark in intonation, in true Pryda fashion.

Listen to Eric Prydz’ ‘Pryda’ EP on Tiësto’s Club Life 580

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The four-track Pryda EP debuted in full on Tiësto’s Club Life 580 Earlier this month, Eric Prydz hit us with a massive six-word teaser, “New Pryda 4 track EP. Incoming…” That was about all it took to send us into an anticipation-filled freakout. All thanks to Tiësto, our insatiable need for new Prydz was quickly subdued at the hands of the most

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Elements Lakewood Releases Set Times and Map

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In T – 2 Weeks, the esoteric, whimsical and zany world of BangOn! and Elements will become a reality at their second annual Memorial Day Weekend festival: Lakewood. #SetTimes are HERE for #ElementsLakewood! 8 Stages, 3 Days & Nights of nonstop music, stage takeovers, ambient chill areas, live Porch Stage, late night Wub Hub and more!

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Elements NYC returns with stacked 2018 lineup topped by Bassnectar, Emancipator and more

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BangOn!NYC‘s beloved Elements Music & Art Festival brand is returning to its Bronx home at Hunts Point this year for the event’s fifth installment, and this time, they’re gearing up for their biggest outing to date with newly reimagined programming for the summer shakedown. Returning with four elemental-themed stages and New York’s iconic skyline views as the festival backdrop, Elements has tapped Bassnectar with the day’s headlining duties, along with performances locked in from Emancipator, Snakehips, and a Dirtybird Players showcase of Claude VonStroke‘s west coast house heroes.

Taking place this year on August 11, the festival is incorporating a heavier emphasis on emerging technologies and interactive performances, and visual arts. The single day event is bringing over 20 performers to Hunts Point this summer, with some surprises still yet to be revealed. Now, with half a decade of Elements in the books, expect BangOn to pull out all the stops on the the 2018 edition.

Thugfucker forges whimsical house mix ahead of Elements [EXCLUSIVE]

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Thugfucker were founded on the basis of uplifting peoples’ spirits with ethereal and mystical shades of house and tech. The outfit — now a singular act led by member Greg Oreck — rose through the ranks swiftly, making their mark on the underground world with their dynamic approach to sets and drive to create an ideal atmosphere at all their events. Thugfucker later paired with DJ Tennis to create their prolific Life & Death imprint, which helped break through the likes of Mind Against and Tale Of Us, among others.

Such an aesthetic has made Thugfucker a particularly highly-demanded entity within the transformational festival community. Oreck’s shamanic abilities with melodic manipulation have made him a staple at events like Burning Man and beyond. Come Memorial Day Weekend, he will make his return under his beloved moniker to Elements‘ second edition in Lakewood, Pennsylvannia.

Oreck stopped by the Dancing Astronaut offices ahead of his appearance at the festival to talk Thugfucker’s new beginnings, his sonic ethos, prized Elements memories, and more, in addition to providing us with an enticing mix to boost excitement in returning to Lakewood’s cozy confines.


How would you describe your musical ethos? How did you arrive there over time?
While it’s probably impossible to nail down something so big sounding as a musical ethos it is interesting (for me anyway!) to try and think about how I reached the point where I’m at musically. I was talking with Cosmo D from Nucleus a few years ago and I realized I could specifically draw a line from my friend playing “Jam On It” to me at age 12 to where I’m at now in my relationship to music (and dance music specifically) and it was an amazing moment to be able to talk with him about it directly. We’re all shaped by the various experiences we have throughout our life and I’ve been lucky to have a pretty wide variety of experiences that’s really exposed me to a lot. Too many musical movements and styles to try and make an exhaustive list but my whole life I’ve always found something to love in a wide variety of music and have been absolutely drawn to it so I guess that’s just who I am. One thing seems to always lead to the next but it only really makes sense while looking back at it. I remember calling into the radio DJ’s on the local alternative radio station so regularly when I was 12 years old that they got to know me by name. Who does that at 12? But I can’t imagine having been any other way so perhaps chalk that one up to nature versus nurture.

What draws you to the deeper, dreamier sounds of house and deep tech?
Hmmm, I’m not sure I’d be ready to subscribe to any specific genre labels as those are always moving targets that mean very different things for different people. However I wouldn’t deny that among the wide variety of music I find myself drawn to there is definitely a good sized space for some of the trippier sounds. More than anything I guess I love music that engages your mind and imagination while still making you move your body.. which cuts across a pretty wide swath of music overall and which, at the end of the day, is what dance music is really all about right?

It seems eclecticism is also a big motif of your sets and music. Is this correct? What are your tips for balancing the left field and a crowd who expects the hits?
It really depends on the situation. The crowd, the setting, the time of day, what’s happened before you’ve gotten there, what’s going on around you, what the crowd’s expectations are and what kind of relationship they have to you and each other can all have a big impact on how open people will be. Certain situations you can just walk in and they trust you and they’re really ready to follow you down the rabbit hole — so you can just jump right in and get playful. Other times you really have to work hard to earn that trust. The trust is what’s key.

When you’re throwing your own events you can have a lot of control over those factors and I really love to do that. In other cases I think as much as you can you just try and pick and choose the situations where you play to try to find the kind of environments where it’s possible to give people the best experience possible. Of course sometimes you just walk into a situation that’s a bit more challenging but in the end that’s the job of the DJ, to work with the crowd that’s there and the situation you find yourself in to create something special together. Just because you have an incredibly eclectic music collection put together over millennia or whatever doesn’t ever give you the right to bore people to tears. People come out after a hard week of work or whatever life has thrown at them and they come to dance for a release and an escape from all that. Something to lift them up and give them some proper dancefloor catharsis. They’re not just putting their hard earned money on the table, they’re giving you a big chunk of their time and that’s the most valuable thing any of us have. So you always have to honor that and remember that it’s not just about you, it’s about everyone in that space with you.

You two recently parted ways. What caused the part, and how does this affect the Thugfucker sound?
Really something pretty normal for artists working together so closely in a collaboration for so long. In a partnership there are always going to be certain restrictions because naturally you can only move forward on the things that you both agree on, and these restrictions bring both benefits and limitations. So it’s natural to reach a point where you have stories to tell and things to express outside the bounds of those limitations. Holmar reached that point and expressed his interest to go off and do his own thing and when you reach that point, that’s exactly what you need to do and I support him fully. I know this is going to be a great new adventure for him that’s going to bear some beautiful new fruit.

As far as how it will affect the Thugfucker sound, obviously it will continue to evolve which is something I’m proud to say it has been doing all these years. You always have to remain true to yourself but part of being a DJ comes from a relationship with music that’s always evolving. And I think that goes for all the DJ’s at a certain level, as far as I’ve experienced anyways.

Being out on the road these last few months has been incredibly inspiring and I feel like I’ve found a new flow and a new energy that comes from digging even deeper into music that I might not have had the chance to play before. It’s been super exciting to stretch myself in new ways and it feels like a really growing moment and I’m having a lot of fun with it. Similarly in the studio I’ve been feeling very excited to dig into new ways of working and have been back to working pretty exclusively with hardware lately just because that’s what’s really been inspiring me, not because I think there’s any one right way of doing things. I even started taking some music theory classes recently which I had always very consciously avoided as I felt it would take away some of the spontaneity and intuition from things. I remember hearing that Elvis Costello went back to learn music theory after 20 years on the road and despite some initial misgivings really loved it. For me it’s really been quite the same. I don’t think I could have done it before I already felt comfortable making my own productions as I appreciated having had to learn things my own way and on my own terms. But now it just feels like adding more tools to the toolkit which has been fun and motivating and a nice new challenge. It feels like the right time for it and I’m already very happy with the results!

This isn’t your first Elements festival. What are some fond memories from previous editions?
Last year was my first and it was absolutely stunning. The setting is beautiful and I ran into so many friends there from near and far which already says quite a bit about what they’ve accomplished in terms of the word getting out and people really talking about how special it is and traveling from far and wide to get there. Of course playing in the woods with DJ Three and Doc in the morning last year was amazing just because they’re both just such impeccable DJs and the setting was so beautiful as the sun was starting to shine on everyone through the trees. Talk about an environment where people are really ready and encouraging for you to give your all.. you just can’t help bring your A game in these kind of situations. I’m really looking forward to be back!

What else is coming up next for Thugfucker?
Right now I’m trying to walk the fine line between time on the road and time in the studio. I have some interesting long term plans (1 to 2 years out) which I’m very excited about but not really ready to talk about but in the short term I’ve been more energized to spend time in the studio then I have been in quite a few years so I’m trying to balance my time better so I can spend more time doing that. In addition to new Thugfucker material I’ve also been working on an ambient album with my old friend Eli Janney which has been super fun. Spaced out music for after the after-hours…

I’ve also started raising Alpacas which is a lot more work than I realized… Be sure to follow them on Instagram!

Modern Measure – Elements

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Electronic duo Modern Measure shared an intriguing new single, “Elements.” The Atlanta-based producers are quickly on the rise, having already shared the stage with renowned artists such as Big Gigantic and Disco Biscuits as well as performances at Camp Bisco, Counterpoint Music Festival and more.

“Elements” kicks off with some soothing, rhythmic undertones and continues to ramp up the energy throughout its duration with captivating soundscapes and hard-hitting percussion.

Modern Measure is currently touring throughout the US, with a few upcoming performances on “The Russ Liquid Test.” See more tour info here.

This Music Festival Has Begun To Allow Patrons To Buy Tickets Using Cryptocurrency

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Elements Music & Arts Festival in Lakewood (NE), Pennsylvania is thinking outside of the box with how attendees can purchase tickets. Even though Cryptocurrency has begun to crash in the recent weeks, many are still holding firm in hopes of a rebound. If you are someone still invested in cryptocurrency then you can purchase your

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Elements Lakewood Reveals Stacked Lineup for Memorial Day Weekend

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(Photo courtesy of Elements Facebook page) ‘Tis the season for festival lineup reveals, and BangOn! has outdone themselves once again with the unveiling of their Memorial Day Weekend festival; Elements Lakewood. Similar to last year’s lineup, BangOn! is bringing together the hottest, biggest and newest names from just about every sub-genre of EDM. The sophomore year

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Elements Lakewood Camping Festival On Sale Now

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Elements Lakewood Camping Music & Arts Festival will be returning to Lakewood, Pennsylvania this upcoming Memorial day weekend 2018. After their successful inaugural festival last year, BangOn! will be returning better than ever with lots of expansion and improvements. See what we had to say about Elements Lakewood 2017 here. Over the past ten years,

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