With the first day of EDC Las Vegas in the rearview, Dancing Astronaut looks forward to its other two days of music from some of the most forward-thinking acts in the industry. Luckily, for those that couldn’t catch the vibes under the electric sky, EDC Las Vegas will be live streaming the entire weekend. This year, Insomniac’s launched its brand-new Insomniac Channel with a partnership with Live X Live.
Though before we move on, it’s only right to review the best of the best from 2018’s first day. Thanks to Mixcloud user “Buzz Lightyear,” listeners can hear sets from Diplo, Kaskade, Slushii, Mija, and more.
Austin City Limits is one massive annual event that every devout festival goer ought to check off their festival bucket list at least once. The two weekend Texas throw-down wrangles a staggering herd of talent year after year that brings the best of electronic, pop/rock, and hip-hop to Zilker Park, ACL’s host venue on the banks of the Colorado River with scenic skyline views of downtown Austin. Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the legendary Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, ODESZA, and The National.
Gryffin teamed up with Quinn XCII and Daniel Wilson to craft a thrilling original, “Winnebago.” The uplifting track features stunning instrumentation, colorful vocals, and a euphoric melody. Showcasing a vibrant production technique, Gryffin has engineered a playful piece full of dynamic, alluring layers of sound, effortlessly mixed together.
Known for his diverse style, Gryffin has mastered an art that showcases innovative resonance, evoking moving sentiments in each one of his works. Some of his most prominent releases include the bittersweet single, “Nobody Compares To You,” and his intriguing remix of Portugal The Man’s “Feel It Still.” With his most recent, “Winnebago,” Gryffin lends another riveting surprise that will captivate listeners upon first stream.
Having just embarked on his album-supporting Re:Coil tour this past December, Gramatik has just announced he will be capping the year’s festival season with his annual return to the legendary Colorado venue Red Rocks Amphitheater. The Lowtemp Records boss will be joined by fellow NYC producer and multi-instrumentalist Gryffin, Monstercat favorite Haywyre, Canadian future bass beat- maker Ramzoid, and recent Lowtemp-signee Balkan Bump, who has just released his debut EP and will be joining Gramatik on stage during the main act. The live event is set to take place Sept. 1, 2018.
General on-sale begins Friday, March 16. More information can be found here.
Browne kicks off his take on Gryffin’s October hit with a drum-centered introduction that leads the listener to thinking his remix will be a rock-oriented configuration of the song. As the bridge approaches, it becomes clear that the track will take a different direction. He dives into a drum & bass drop, layered with energetic loops of Katie Pearlman’s vocals. Browne’s rock- and metal-influenced musical background peeks through between drum & bass patterns, making this remix a dynamic, fresh take on the original.
Browne’s remix is out as a part of Gryffin’s “Nobody Compares To You” remix package, which contains other reworks of the song by artists like Codeko, Kap Slap and more.
Preparations for 808 Festival continue as the company reveals phase after phase of headliners. The Thailand-based fest has shared the fourth installment, revealing Amelie Lens, ANOTR, Axwell, Boombox Cartel, Gryffin, Slander, and many others. The festival has continuously amped up excitement for the Dec. 9-10 event, with headliners now in the double digits. More announcements are still possible.
Check out phase one announcement here and the lineup so far below.
Two-day tickets are available on the festival’s website.
Since his sonic domination began just a few short years ago, the Norwegian DJ has yet to slow things down. In an unexpected turn of events, the artist announced October 30 via Instagram that he’ll be heading on a “Kids In Love” tour early next year.
As it appears, Kygo’s even bringing along some friends, as Seeb, Gryffin and Blackbear are set to join him on this first phase of the tour.
The “Kids In Love Tour” hits the road early February 2018 and will likely take over some of the biggest venues in the world. Stay tuned to the artist’s socials as this is merely the first jaunt of dates announced on an expectedly enormous world tour. It looks like 2018 is shaping up to be Kygo’s year too.
Live wunderkind, Gryffin, is currently traveling North America on his headline Castle In The Sky Tour and playing at 37 cities along the way. Bringing along Chicago trio Autograf and ayokay as well, the LA-based multi-instrumentalist is taking over some of the nation’s most notable venues like The Wiltern in LA, The Warfield in San Francisco, and Terminal 5 in New York City.
Next week, Gryffin is geared up to take the stage for his biggest headlining show at Terminal 5 that will feature his brand new production, new music, and special surprises according to the producer. Dancing Astronaut has partnered up with the producer to celebrate the momentous occasion and offer up a meet & greet plus free tickets for one lucky winner to the show on October 21st.
Tickets for other dates of Gryffin’s tour are on-sale now here.
Melodic dance pop mastermind Gryffin is known for his absolutely breathtaking originals which feature uplifting lyrics and stunning harmonic chords. Although many of his songs have undertones of the joyous aspects of love, his most recent, “Nobody Compares To You,” leaves us with a melancholy ending that tells about a love lost.
The moving vocals singe listeners with a story that ends in heartbreak. However, even in the midst of this bittersweet tale, Gryffin manages to infuse a high energy aspect into the piece which incorporates a positive twist that adds a nice contrast to the lyrics. Gryffin flaunts a deeper side to his artistry with “Nobody Compares To You,” giving listeners a feel of the darker parts of love.
Gryffin is the latest to put his spin on “Feel It Still,” originally performed by Portugal. The Man. Gryffin’s decision to take on an unconventional remix target should come as now surprise as it was his highly regarded remixes of tracks by illustrious acts like Maroon 5 and Tove Lo in 2015 that broke him into the scene, before the release of his debut single “Heading Home,” in 2016.
Gryffin keeps his sound design bright and spirited, as usual, in his version of the smash-hit: a clear contrast to the Zhu‘s characteristically hazy, enigmatic rendition of the track. Gryffin’s dynamic, sped-up guitar pluck matched with the colorful future bass reverb is a fresh, rousing approach to the to the playfully infectious original.