Mad Cool adds Lauryn Hill, Empire Of The Sun, The Gossip, and more to already expansive 2019 lineup

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Mad Cool adds Lauryn Hill, Empire Of The Sun, The Gossip, and more to already expansive 2019 lineupMad Cool Festival Main Stage

Mad Cool’s lineup arrives as an exemplification of its name. Madrid’s multifarious music festival, Mad Cool is genre amorphous from its headliners to its flanking acts. Lauryn Hill, Empire Of The Sun, The Gossip, and Prophets Of Rage appear as the newest headliners to top the bill, which already touts Bon Iver, The National, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Cure. Festival organizers have added several more artists to the festival’s expansive collection of talent, including Marina–formerly of Marina & The Diamonds–Let’s Eat Grandma, SG Lewis, Black Honey, Haiku Hands, and more.

A veritable sonic sampler, Mad Cool merges many genres, including, of course, the electronic. The Chemical Brothers, Disclosure, Charlotte De Witte, Eric Prydz, Years & Years, and Bonobo represent just some of Mad Cool’s dance selections. Mad Cool will host its musically explorative 2019 iteration from July 11-13. Tickets to the festival are currently available for purchase, here.

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Eric Prydz, Anti Up, Dog Blood top Electric Zoo: Evolved lineup

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Electric Zoo is back for it’s 11th edition this year, returning in 2019 as Electric Zoo: Evolved with a stellar initial lineup announcement packed with top-tier talent. Made Event’s annual NYC affair finds Destructo outdoing himself on curatorial duties, programming a lineup led by Eric Prydz, Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo‘s Anti Up project, Skrillex and Boyz Noize together as Dog Blood, Excision, Diplo, ZEDD, Kaskade, and more.

The two-day festival returns to its home venue at Randall’s Island on Labor Day Weekend, running August 30 and September 1. Destructo’s AMF brand will host a stage, along with NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations imprint, Seven Lions‘ Ophelia, and Brownies & Lemonade. The initial lineup announcement also includes SHAQ sharing the decks with Borgore, 1788-L, Whethan, Alison Wonderland, Oliver Heldens, GTA, and more.

See the full Electric Zoo: Evolved lineup below. Purchase tickets here.

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Eric Prydz Cancels All Miami Music Week Appearances Due To A Health Emergency

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Eric Prydz is a true mainstay of Miami Music Week. From his landmark performances at Ultra to his warehouse parties under his Cirez D alias, Prydz has continually raised the bar in both production and music during EDM’s most important week. That is why Miami Music Week is going to be lacking a little bit

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Eric Prydz cancels all Miami performances, cites medical condition

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On Tuesday evening March 26, Eric Prydz officially announced cancellation of all his appearances in Miami including his sold-out Wynwood Factory Pryda show and headlining slots at Ultra Music Festival. In what began as mere speculation, Prydz’s eventual cancellation progressed from the removal of his Wynwood show from the venue website to actual confirmation.

One of the most highly anticipated acts for both MMW and Ultra, Prydz’s absence will be felt, his announcement coming as a shock to many. He posted on Twitter both apologizing and relaying a message concerning “an acute medical condition”.

Pryda ticket-holders will receive refunds and a free week-long pass for pre-midnight entry to Wynwood shows. Prydz was slotted to play a back-to-back with Adam Beyer at Ultra’s new Resistance Island on Friday as well as the ASOT stage on Sunday. With only days left before the festival, the line-up situation for who will fill the gap left by the Swedish veteran still remains unclear, although his presence will surely be missed.

Weekend Rewind: Eric Prydz’s iconic Essential Mix turns 12

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Weekend Rewind: Eric Prydz’s iconic Essential Mix turns 12Eric Prydz 2016

Swedish powerhouse producer Eric Prydz has been in the game for years, but his never-ending oasis of talent just keeps on giving. In late 2018, he played a slew of shows under his techno alias Cirez D alongside Adam Beyer and kicked off 2019 with select Pryda shows. Later this year, he’ll be bringing his insane hologram setup to Creamfields for a visually stunning HOLO live performance. While Prydz’s dedication to innovating for the most advanced technology stands on a calibre of its own amongst the industry, Dancing Astronaut would like to recognize where his visionary projects stemmed from and look back on his greatest strength: mixing. Twelve years ago this month, Prydz took to the Radio 1 decks for his Essential Mix 2007, still one of his greatest mixes to date.

Prydz weaves progressive, electro, and techno into his Essential Mix, taking listeners on a two-hour journey. Featuring tracks from both his Pryda and covert Tonja Holma alias, his eclectic selection also incorporates several of his own edits on tracks from artists Arno Cost, Brett Johnson and D’Malicious. Dance-worthy, energy-ridden and, of course, mixed to perfection, this Essential Mix will forever go down in the books as testimony to Eric Prydz as one of this generation’s most timeless DJs.

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Skrillex, Tiësto, Tchami, and more confirmed for EDC Japan’s stacked 2019 lineup

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Insomniac‘s EDC franchise is coming to fruition with festival season on the horizon. Kicking off 2019 with a wildly successful EDC Mexico in February, the set of festivals is gaining more traction than ever with some rumors for this year’s Vegas installment, including appearances by Adam Beyer and Eric Prydz, as well as a now-confirmed host in Bill Nye The Science Guy.

However, Japan is first in the queue of obtaining its official lineup announcement. Organized at Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium & Makuhari Beach Park, the festivities will consist of performances by Alison Wonderland, Armin van Buuren, Major Lazer, Skrillex, Whethan, and more.

EDC Japan 2019 will take place May 11-12, approximately one weekend before the 23rd edition in Las Vegas.

Tickets and more info for EDC Japan can be found here.

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Adam Beyer and Eric Prydz speculated to perform at EDC Las Vegas 2019

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EDC Las Vegas ranks amongst the top electronic music festivals in the world, drawing in veteran attendees and newcomers with each year. Fans have been patiently awaiting the 2019 lineup reveal, and festival don Pasquale Rotella might have just dropped an apparent hint to the first headliners.  

Posted to Rotella’s Instagram profile is a short teaser clip of the flashing, trademark laser square that has characterized the recent join tour of Adam Beyer and Eric Prydz (under his Cirez D alias). If people weren’t convinced enough, the text “LAS VEGAS” flashes throughout the video, encouraging the budding hype surrounding the anticipated festival announcement. Prydz has appeared to confirm the speculations by posting the same surprise trailer to his Instagram profile as well, complete with the cryptic caption “May…”

Still fresh off the heels of their two-night city takeovers in Los Angeles and New York City, those who weren’t so lucky in their first touring round might strike gold in Vegas this year.

 

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Tomorrowland continues with lineup release: DJ Snake, Alison Wonderland, and more in newest wave of artists

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Tomorrowland has been keeping everyone on their toes by dropping a few names from their 2019 lineup every day per its usual antics. The full lineup is expected to be released by the conclusion of the week, and so far, the artists that the festival has announced do not disappoint. Fans of every genre, including hip hop, will have an act to see as artists like Young Thug join the 2019 iteration of the festival.

In addition to spanning new genres, the festival is set to debut a new live show from Eric Prydz, and speculation is circulating around whether Swedish House Mafia will be taking Martin Garrix‘s place as the closing headliner of the festival. Newly announced acts span everyone from DJ Snake and Alison Wonderland to DJ Diesel (Shaq) and Yves V.

The festival is set to take place over two weekends beginning on July 19-21 and subsequently, July 26-28. Tickets are still available here.

Tomorrowland third and fourth wave artists listed alphabetically: 

  • Afrojack
  • Alison Wonderland
  • Ben Nicky
  • Cosmic Gate
  • Da Tweekaz
  • Dax J
  • DJ Diesel
  • DJ Snake
  • Don Diablo
  • Eric Prydz
  • Ferry Corsten
  • Fjaak Live
  • Maceo Plex
  • Martin Solveig live
  • Mike Williams
  • Nina Kraviz
  • Oliver Heldens
  • Pan-Pot
  • Roger Sanchez
  • Salvatore Gannaci
  • Stephan Bodzin Live
  • Steve Aoki
  • Sven Vath
  • Timmy Trumpet
  • W&W
  • Young Thug
  • Yves Deruyter
  • Yves V
  • Zatox
  • Zeds Dead

Saturday Night Session 009: ARTY talks video games and explains the huge year he has in store

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Saturday Night Session 009: ARTY talks video games and explains the huge year he has in storeArty Press Shot

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

Two artist aliases, 12 months, and 20 songs. Artem Stoliarov cannot be stopped, but apparently his 2018 output is only a fraction of what fans should expect from him in 2019. More popularly known as ARTY or ALPHA9, the Russian producer is matched by few in quantity of releases as of late, and even fewer in quality.

While the rise of formulaic and simplistic arrangement has propelled the careers of many thanks to the rise of pop electronic crossover releases, Stoliarov has found a way to stay relevant to the masses without compromising his musical integrity. His early influences still play a big role in his creative inspiration, and for ARTY in particular, progressive house music is what has driven him to create and produce. For ALPHA9, his inspiration is undoubtedly gathered from the trance music scene. While the two aliases represent his different sides, they are linked by the fact that they both yield ‘feel good’ music.

Maintaining two aliases with the level of output both ALPHA9 and ARTY have is rare, and undoubtedly may seem like a daunting task for many. Stoliarov interestingly notes that having both projects is what keeps him creative and enables him to keep producing. He spoke on this, explaining, “The technical process or the workflow is pretty much the same for both projects. The biggest difference is about the ideas, melodies, harmonies and the sound.” He continues, “While ARTY is more euphoric and progressive house-driven music, ALPHA 9 is a cinematic and a deeper experience. And I think the distinction between the two projects was the main reason I could stay inspired throughout the entire year.”

He is the first to admit that mindset is everything for him. He concluded his thoughts about the dynamic between the projects, saying, “Anytime I’d get stuck with an ARTY track, it would be because I didn’t carry the right emotions or my mindset was in a different place, so then I switch to an ALPHA 9 project, and then back. It’s really bizarre, but amazing at the same time how the things work out this way.” His ability to never stop producing because of this dynamic explains the amount of music he was able to put out in 2018, but he notes that he has so much music left to release that he doesn’t think one year will be enough time for what he has left to put out in 2019.

ARTY has arrived with the first of these releases, and his progressive house roots feel more apparent than ever in, “Save Me Tonight.” The dance-inducing song is the perfect example of a unique sonic progression that is framed by unique vocal layers and an upbeat bassline that creates a radio or live-performance worthy release.

The track is more than just another release for the producer. It is a culmination of all of the sonic elements he has been working toward for years. He states, “This song is one of the rarest cases when you listen to a final version, you’re like ‘yeah, that’s it, I finally got it.’ He continues, “‘Save Me Tonight’ is the highlight of everything I’ve been trying to achieve with my music for the past year and a half, getting back to my older progressive and house roots. I grew up on Axwell, Ingrosso, Eric Prydz and Roger Sanchez‘s house music back in the day, and making a record with its influence is like a child’s dream comes true. I think when the fans hear this track, they will know exactly why I’m feeling this way.”

“Save Me Tonight” opens Stoliarov’s Saturday Night Session, and it is the perfect introduction to lure listeners into the hour-long journey through ARTY originals and other choice selections from a variety of artists. While he incorporates progressive house and trance initially, the mix takes a surprising turn, with moments of hip hop and even rock weaved in. The end of Stoliarov’s Saturday Night Session leaves the listener in pieces, as he transitions from seemingly unrelated genres, musicians, and tempos.

Those who have seen him perform live will not be surprised by the session because the producer is known for pivoting from his ‘typical’ style in club sets. He always weaves in the unexpected, as long as it is high energy. For those new to his live performances, prepare for a wild Saturday night, because it will be hard to sit still after listening to this.

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We heard “Save Me Tonight” is what you consider to be ‘the best record you’ve ever created.’ Can you tell us about the song and why you think that?

This song is one of the rarest cases when you listen to a final version, you’re like “yeah, that’s it, I finally got it.” “Save Me Tonight” is the highlight of everything I’ve been trying to achieve with my music for the past year and a half, getting back to my older progressive and house roots. I grew up on Axwell, Ingrosso, Eric Prydz and Roger Sanchez’s house music back in the day, and making a record with its influence is like a child’s dream comes true. I think when the fans hear this track, they will know exactly why I’m feeling this way.

How long have you been working on “Save Me Tonight,” and how does it feel now that it has finally been released?

It took a while. I had this top line for a long time and all of a sudden, back in last July, I had a sparkle in my mind that I need to do something with it. It was one of the moments when you already know exact chords and sounds you’re gonna make. After that, it was just a matter of the right execution. I played an early version in few of my live sets and tweaked all of the parts I wasn’t sure of. It was about 5-6 months between the early demo and final mix. And yes, it feels extremely satisfying that the song is finally out. Me and my team worked extremely hard to get everything done, but what I’m most excited about is the reaction of my fans, because “Save Me Tonight” was made for them in the first place.

Being featured on Ninjawerks must have been a really cool moment for you- especially since you’re into the gaming scene. What is your game of choice?

Gaming was one of my first big obsessions when I was a kid. To be honest, it still is. I usually prefer single player games with strong storytelling, that’s probably why my favourite game of all times is Star Wars “Knights of the Old Republic” and “God of War” from last year. But if we’re talking about competitive genre, that would be “League of Legends”. I had to stop playing it around 2017 because usually, LOL takes a lot of time that I just don’t have anymore. I still have a huge love for this game, and I try to watch my favourite streamers and big tournaments from time to time.

When you aren’t producing music, how do you spend your time?

Looking back at 2018, I really didn’t have that much free time left. Usually after long studio sessions, I try to play video games for an hour or so, so I can ease up my mind. I’m also watching some of the movies and tv shows that are out, but new franchises and seasons come out so rapidly, that it became a really overwhelming trying to keep up with those. Lately, I’ve gotten back to reading some of the classic Russian poetry, and it feels really inspiring.

Between ALPHA9 and ARTY, you released 20 songs in 2018. That is insane. Is there a reason you have chosen to release singles versus an album for both of your artist aliases?

I’m not ready for another album yet. And it’s not really about the amount of the tracks I’ve released last year. 2018 was an incredible year where I could get my head straight, try out new things, be versatile, productive and inspired. I need one more year like that, and who knows what’s gonna happen in 2020.

What are your plans for 2019? What can we expect after such a big 2018?

2019 is gonna be even better. I already have a lot of music that is done or close to being done, and I’m not sure it will be enough time for me to release all of it in just one year. At the beginning of 2018, I had a basic concept of what direction I wanted to take with both the ARTY and ALPHA 9 projects. Now that it’s been a year, I know exactly what to do and where the things are going to go. Everything feels right.

Do you have a different creative process for ARTY versus ALPHA9? What inspires each of your creative sides?

Technical process or the workflow is pretty much the same for both projects. The biggest difference is about the ideas, melodies, harmonies and the sound. While ARTY is more euphoric and progressive house driven music, ALPHA 9 is a cinematic and deeper experience. And I think the distinction between the two projects was the main reason I could stay inspired throughout the entire year. Anytime I’d get stuck with an ARTY track, it would be because I didn’t carry the right emotions or my mindset was in a different place, so then I switch to an ALPHA 9 project, and then back. It’s really bizarre, but amazing at the same time how the things work out this way.

Do you have any other secret projects (artist names) floating out there…

That’s why you call it a secret project, you can’t talk about it 😉

What kind of a Saturday Night is your mix getting us ready for?

Well, “Save Me Tonight” would be a highlight of this mix, but also, music I’m listening to on a daily basis or playing in my live shows.

Eric Prydz closing down Brooklyn’s Navy Yard on upcoming limited Pryda run

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Eric Prydz closed out 2018 on a high note, going back-to-back with Adam Beyer under his Cirez D moniker for a number of high-profile co-headlining performances. Now, as 2019 begins to ramp up, the Swedish electronic visionary has already promised his most technically advanced live performances to date, along with confirmation that he’s bringing his jaw-dropping HOLO performance to Creamfields later this year. Sweetening the deal even further, Prydz has revealed a limited run of dates under his Pryda alias throughout February and into March, with Washington D.C., Boston, and Chicago all in his cross hairs.

Among the mini-tour’s planned stops is a timely return to Brooklyn’s Navy Yard, where just over a month ago Prydz and Beyer shook New York’s underground to its core with three hours of unadulterated techno. The “Proper Education” producer will perform the final show at Navy Yard, which is expected to shutter after February 23—an honor requested by Prydz after news of the venue’s impending closure broke. See the full list of upcoming Pryda shows below.

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