Aussie DJs come together for Make It Rain festival in support of Australian fire relief efforts

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Aussie DJs come together for Make It Rain festival in support of Australian fire relief effortsNina Las Vega Djing Sydney

News of the bushfires tearing through Australia has broken hearts across the globe, as so many lives, wildlife, and land have been deeply affected by the tragedy. Relief efforts have sprung up around the world, and the latest to join the cause is the newly announced Make it Rain festival.

The festival, slated for January 29 in Los Angeles, consists of entirely Australian artists, including Nina Las Vegas, What So Not, Vassy, PNAU and many more. Proceeds from the event will go to support Red Cross Australia, GIVIT, and NSW Wildlife Council. The event organizers said the following in a press release:

“The feeling of complete helplessness got too much for us here in LA, and we knew we needed to channel our energy into something bigger than ourselves. We’re stoked to see how the dance music community has been so supportive of this cause and we look forward to seeing our friends and family at Academy on January 29th,”

Buy tickets and learn more here.

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ORBIT Playlist: GG Magree curates cutthroat arsenal ahead of Holy Ship! Wrecked

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ORBIT Playlist: GG Magree curates cutthroat arsenal ahead of Holy Ship! WreckedGG MAGREE CALLIE MARSHALL 7

For the past few years, GG Magree has steadily inched to the top of the bass and trap pecking order. The Australian DJ/producer and vocalist is known for her electrifying pipes, featured on Zeds Dead and NGHTMRE‘s “Frontlines” and her robust live performances. GG earned her initial stripes as a university party-starter in her hometown in Australia. Because of her unmistakable success, GG signed with forward-facing labels like Deadbeats, Never Say Die, and Bite This!. She continues to blossom artistically, irreverent of the male-dominated electronic domain she’s positioned herself in.

Magree looks towards the upcoming festival season with 2020’s Holy Ship! Wrecked as its auspicious impetus. The paradise festival destination runs intimately January 22-26, along the immaculate waters of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Expect a growling performance by the one and only. In anticipation of her upcoming performance, GG states,

“We’re about to be stuck on an island together for four days so I made a li’l playlist so you know what you’re in for.”

The incisive femme fatale has shared a judicious sample of her chosen favorites in this edition of Orbit. REZZ and Malaa’s high-profile recent collaboration, “Criminals” of course made the cut, in addition to tunes by Griztronics and Excision. GG even adds in essential rock classics like Rage Against The Machine and The Story So Far. Magree is fated to rally crowds from all walks of taste with this cut combo.

Find more information as well as tickets to the fest here.

Photo Credit: Callie Marshall

Sirius XM’s ‘The Cookout’ launches Memorial Day Marathon

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Sirius XM‘s The Cookout is celebrating Memorial Day 2019 in a big way by running six back-to-back mixes during prime time on May 27 holiday.

The Cookout features hour-long DJ mixes from some of the best in the game, normally airing every Tuesday night at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Diplo’s Revolution, which takes over Sirius’ channel 52 every week, serves as a prime home for the series. Past guests have included the likes of Whethan, Gorgon City, Laidback Luke, and Sofi Tukker—to name a few.

Tune-in to Sirius XM’s channel 52 on Monday from 12pm ET to 6pm ET to join the holiday celebrations. The Memorial Day Marathon will feature mixes from Gryffin, GG Magree, Benny Benassi, & more. Listeners will also hear this house-fueled Tchami mix, an episode premiered exclusively on Dancing Astronaut. It’s certainly a fitting way to close out the long weekend. For those who can’t wait or need some pre-game tunes for the upcoming affair, listen to some other exclusives we’ve aired in the past.

Holy Ship! veterans share their prized moments at sea — NGHTMRE, Valentino Khan, Worthy, & More

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Holy Ship! veterans share their prized moments at sea — NGHTMRE, Valentino Khan, Worthy, & MoreHolyship18b 058

The countdown to Holy Ship’s 12.0 and 13.0 voyages has officially reached the one month mark, and it’s time to begin looking forward to the festivities ahead. Who better to amplify the excitement than a bunch of past Holy Ship! talent making their return to sea this year? Dancing Astronaut reached out to these veterans to pick their brains on their most cherished memories of the dance music getaway, to really help paint a picture of what to expect come January 5-9 and January 9-12.  NGHTMRE, Valentino KhanWorthy, Christian Martin, GG Magree, Subset and Bones were among those from the Holy Ship family willing to share their tales, with each bringing smiles to the face in different ways.


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“My first time on Holy Ship! was also my first ever cruise. Both years I’ve gone there’ve been so many amazing friends and artists. It’s something I’ve looked forward too all year long! One of my favorite memories was wearing Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi costumes with the SLANDER boys for our B2B. No one takes themselves too seriously on ship and the “shipfam” vibe is very real. Can’t wait to be back for my 3rd year!”




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“One year, I played the same boat as 12th Planet, who is just as big of a wrestling fan as I am. One night he’s playing some crazy dubstep set and I’m turning up right next to him wearing my favorite Ric Flair shirt. All of a sudden we see some dude in the crowd that looks exactly like Ric Flair — he’s dressed like Ric Flair, he has the robe, has everything on, and he’s waving a world heavyweight title belt. This dude locks eyes with us and I show him my shirt, and then he just somehow football throws this title belt all the way onto the stage. It lands perfectly right onto the table and we’re stoked we have this belt now. We find the guy in the crowd and he’s like you guys can keep it and we’re like are you sure and h


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“The first year I played on the ship, I introduced myself to Duke Dumont at the private island beach party and we connected about both releasing music on Defected Records. To my surprise, he asked me to go back-to-back with him during his set, even though we just met and it was such a highlight of that year for me — to get to play music with him on an island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea was so unexpected and kismet. Later I spoke to various veteran ship DJs who said they’ve never played on that beach and often the ship won’t even make it to that island, so it became an even more special memory…one I’ll always remember.”



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“My favorite Holy Ship memory happened on 11.0 — a massive Drum & Bass tag set on the back of the boat with my brother Justin, Claude VonStroke, Noisia, Mike Bee, & Worthy. There was a friendly sense of one-upsmanship that spurred everyone to dig for their most insane tracks. The crowd was totally down for the ride which made every drop extra intense. Looking forward to much more d&b on 12.0 & 13.0”




GG Magree: Holy Ship! veterans share their prized moments at sea — NGHTMRE, Valentino Khan, Worthy, & MoreHolyship18c 089

“This is a tough one because what happens on the ship usually stays on this ship, hehehe…One of my favorite ship memories though would have to be playing my second set on the ship, and just before I started it started pouring with rain, so there were about 1000 people dancing in the rain my entire set. I still to this day get DMs about that set. It was super super super magical”





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“A couple years back, I saw a post in one of the Holy Ship groups that two brothers (Anthony and Christopher Vagenas) were bringing their grandparents (Henry and Janet) on Holy Ship. They had already been with them to EDC Vegas, and are very supportive of their grandsons and the electronic music community. It’s rare and beautiful to see families come together like that, so we hatched a plan to celebrate them and welcome them into our family.

Anthony and Christopher went to their grandparents’ house while they were on vacation and picked out a bunch of their family photos. We chose several photos spanning their relationship – from their first date to their wedding, their first home, first child, 50th wedding anniversary, and so on. With an all-Shipfam crew, we had the photos retouched, colorized, printed on life-size banners, and outfits sourced.

On the final day of Holy Ship that year, we walked Henry and Janet down “Memory Lane”, with Shipfam standing in front of each of the banners, dressed and posed to recreate the photos of some of the most memorable times in their lives. We welcomed them into our family with a retrospective look at their own. I will never in my life forget their reactions and the amazing ability of Shipfam to come together for what was an absolutely touching project.”


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“Holy Ship has always been special to me because of the amount of artist friends stuck together for the few days at sea, almost like living back in a college dorm for a month. With the amount of touring / traveling / living all over the world, we never get more than a night (if that) to see each other and hang. It really is a DJ vacation as well as a festival haha….

I’m fortunate enough to have gotten to perform on 4 of the years, and looking back one great memory was 2017 on (HS 8.0) when our blog Gotta Dance Dirty hosted a BLOG HAUS takeover party w/ A-Trak, Busy P, Drop The Lime (aka Curses), STACATTO (Gina Turner and Louisahhh), and us GDD DJs kicking off the night. The intimate “Headliners” room we had the party in was slammed, but the coolest thing to see what the amount of artists from every genre come and get a taste of the nostalgia, being that we all came up with that electro sound from 2006-2009. Green Velvet jumped on vocals of his old record “Shake & Pop”, Claude VonStroke was MCing and being the ship daddy legend he always is, and even artists like Manila Killa, Jai Wolf, Tchami and Dombresky were dancing in the front of the crowd with fans. It was the coolest things, to see and felt great being that I owed the blog house era a lot and much to my DJ career. That was a one time thing and I don’t know if it’ll ever happen again, but it’s what we all wanted and needed for that moment and I’ll never forget it.”


Photo credit: Rukes, Oh Dag Yo Photo, Jason Woo


Breakaway Music Festival announces two feverous lineups for Columbus & Grand Rapids

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Prime Social Group is back with their biggest unveil to date. Now boasting nine festivals under the Breakaway, Prime, Haunted Fest, and #Fest brands, PSG’s elevating the supreme curation the brand’s been exploring at the intersection of hip-hop and electronic music. This year, Breakaway Music Festival serves as an outright testament to the booking that’s taking the industry by storm.

The festival will return to Grand Rapids’ Belknap Park on August 24 & 25 and Columbus’ Mapfre Stadium on August 24–26, expanding into a three-day festival installment for the first time ever.

Columbus’ Breakaway Music Festival Columbus welcomes the Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Kaskade, live electronic innovators ODESZA, the modern 4/4 master Chris Lake, OWSLA’s own bass champion Ekali, Phantoms, Kayzo, and more. Columbus will also invite some of contemporary music’s most in-demand acts including pop maverick Halsey, Khalid, and Quinn XCII.

Breakaway Music Festival Grand Rapids will also host ODESZA, as well as Borgeous, NGHTMRE, Migos, and many, many more.

As PSG’s booking outreach continues, Breakaway Music Festival will only continue to serve as an emblem of the brand’s coveted understanding of its young audience.

Photo Credit: Tyler Church

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.

Rising Australian star GG Magree releases ‘Bodies’ off Deadbeats imprint

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Straight out of Sydney, Australia, GG Magree is a talented producer and vocalist who’s quickly gaining notoriety. Following a collaboration with Jauz on his debut imprint’s Bite This! release, her latest single, “Bodies,” unveils endless possibilities for the rising artist.

“Bodies” is a toned-down, indie-pop track that steers her away from past features on harder electronic tracks, including smooth chimes and some arpeggiated background dub. In addition to a few performances at Deadbeats showcases and Jauz’s Bite This tour, GG Magree will headline Paradigm Talent Agency’s The Cookout On Tour alongside Devault, YehMe2, and more.