6 exciting activities to try at Holy Ship! Wrecked

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For the first time in its near decade-long tenure, Holy Ship! will not be at sea, taking the form of a new endeavour known as Holy Ship! Wrecked. For five days, Shipfam will inhabit the world-renowned Hard Rock Punta Cana resort in the Dominican Republic along with dozens of artists who understand exactly how to keep the Holy Ship! spirit alive on land.

Certain aspects of the event will, of course, be unavailable without the boat, but Cloud 9 and everyone else behind the scenes of Holy Ship! Wrecked are putting countless hours to ensure that there will still be an endless number of activities for attendees to enjoy when they’re not dancing to the tunes of their favorite DJs. Check out some of the cool activities planned for Holy Ship! Wrecked below.

1. Offsite Adventures

The announcement that Holy Ship! would no longer take place on a boat brought dismay to many Shipfam regulars. However, this continental relocation has also opened doors for a series of brand new activities that will take this luxury music festival to the next level.

Snorkelling, sunset catamaran sailings, ziplining, ATV rides through the jungle, and fishing trips are just some of the new offerings available to all attendees. Each allows you to fully explore the unlimited beauty of the Dominican Republic.

2. World Sumo Wrestling Federation

If there’s one thing people know about Valentino Khan and 12th Planet beyond their musical prowess, it’s their wacky antics. If the dance music scene were a high school, they would definitely be two of the class clowns which makes them the perfect choice to host the World Sumo Wrestling Federation. Learn the basics of sumo wrestling and perhaps catch one of the hosts rocking a shiny gold speedo. Do you have the guts to get in the ring?

3. OG Celebration

Just because Holy Ship! has a new name and a new venue, it doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about their loyal Shipfam. Since the first Holy Ship! departed from Fort Lauderdale in 2012, those who have come back year after year received an exclusive invite to the OG party. It is here where fourth-timers receive their highly sought after blue robes in a champagne-filled ceremony before enjoying their revered status along with all those who share the title. This may be the first Holy Ship! Wrecked, but all those who have remained faithful to the Ship will be rewarded once again with all the amenities of the Punta Cana resort.

4. Gud Vibrations Super Smash Bros. Tournament

For those who aren’t aware, the latest iteration in the Super Smash Bros. franchise for Nintendo Switch includes every single character from every single past game as well as new ones who have just joined the roster. Pretty spectacular. Millennials grew up playing games like Super Smash Bros. and NGHTMRE and Slander are all Millenials, so they have seen fit to host a tournament during Holy Ship! Wrecked. It’s not quite clear just yet what the winner of this fist-flying tourney will receive, but one thing’s for sure: Shipfam and Super Smash Bros. together is a solid recipe for a good time.

5. ABC Party

Like most festivals, Holy Ship! is a hotspot of sartorial creativity. Halloween takes a backseat in comparison to the costumes you would see around the boat, and now Holy Ship! Wrecked is urging Shipfam to get even more creative with one of their theme nights: ABC Party.

In this case, ABC stands for “Anything But Clothes.” Being practically without a definition in the first place, it is almost impossible to conceive how Shipfam will interpret this term.

6. Lisbona Sisters’ Bikini Beach Clean Up

Being environmentally conscious and being sexy don’t have to be separate on Holy Ship! Wrecked thanks to the Lisbona Sisters. These two ladies are going to make this beach clean up a breeze on the shores of the Dominican Republic by asking everyone to flaunt what they got as they pick up any trash that they find. Big props to team Holy Ship! for encouraging sustainable activities throughout the event. If festivals are going to continue into 2020 and beyond, the producers and attendees both have to be aware of their environmental impact.

Holy Ship! Wrecked will take place at the Hard Rock Punta Cana Resort, January 22 to 26. Book your trip here

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NGHTMRE and SLANDER’s Gud Vibrations set to take over UMF Radio Stage at Ultra 2020

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Now that Ultra Music Festival has confirmed its return back to Bayfront after its 2019 outing to Virginia Key Beach Park, the festival has started to drop 2020 festival news, heightening the excitement for the festival’s return. In September, Ultra unveiled its 2020 promotional theme, “We Return Home,” and now organizers have announced that for the first time, NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s label Gud Vibrations will takeover the UMF Radio Stage.

NGHTMRE and SLANDER have played Gud Vibrations shows together at Ultra festivals across the world, but this will be the first time the label will take over a stage at the Miami iteration of the festival series. In Ultra’s announcement of the label takeover, they promise the stage will showcase “high-energy bass.”

It has yet to be seen whether NGHTMRE and SLANDER will perform as separate acts on the Gud Vibrations stage, together, or whether they will do both a separate and joint performance to celebrate their label’s takeover. Gud Vibrations has curated some of the scene’s best bass music as of late, including enlisting Habstrakt for his label debut with “De La Street.” WAVEDASH and Shadient are other frequenters of the label. Time will tell which acts will be featured on the stage, but the announcement certainly builds the anticipation for Ultra’s forthcoming lineup announcements.

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SLANDER finds Moody Good for a perfectly Gud Vibrations release, ‘Heart Break’

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SLANDER finds Moody Good for a perfectly Gud Vibrations release, ‘Heart Break’Stefan Brending Slander DJ

SLANDER’s Derek Andersen and Scott Land have delivered “Heart Brake” with Moody Good and featuring KARRA through the former’s very own Gud Vibrations imprint, the label the duo founded with NGHTMRE.

The track floats in a haunting air of monstrous, glitched out ad libs below KARRA’s eerie vocals. Building up to its calculated demise, the perturbed vox cuts out while thrashing bass bellows amongst sharp percussion cuts for a headbanger’s euphoria. Sustained bass creates an atmosphere of prolonged rage, adding to the track’s emotional weight.

Announced alongside the single is an NYC show on January 17 at the Great Hall at Avant Gardner. The headlining event will feature THE EYE production, which was also announced for their January 31 and February 1 shows at the Shrine in LA.

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NGHTMRE drums up euphoric remix of Seven Lions’ ‘First Time’ [Stream]

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In 2018, Seven Lions collaborated with Dabin and Slander on “First Time“—a track that instantly became a hit that laced itself into main stage DJ sets for the rest of the year. This set up a highly anticipated joint road stretch in 2019, With Seven Lions now closing out the year on the Alchemy Tour alongside his collaborators. Now, as the tour really begins to get underway, NGHTMRE has stepped up to give the crew some added ammunition in remixing the collaboration with his own fresh low-end spin.

NGHTMRE is careful to keep essential elements from the original mix, including the fan-favored vocals from Dylan Matthew and trance-inspired synthwork. Yet, the “Street” producer slows the track’s tempo for a trap-infused bass-line, injecting vibrant elements to a euphoric, crowd-pleasing break.

NGHTMRE, Slander, and Seven Lions are currently on “The Alchemy Tour” with additional support from The Glitch Mob, hitting an array of US stops through mid-October. Head here for tickets and a full list of dates.

Habstrakt reveals fiery remix of NGHTMRE and SLANDER’s ‘GUD VIBRATIONS’

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Habstrakt reveals fiery remix of NGHTMRE and SLANDER’s ‘GUD VIBRATIONS’Habstrakt

Is it 2015? Not quite, but that hasn’t stopped French producer Habstrakt from digging through the dance music archives to unearth NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s iconic “GUD VIBRATIONS.”

In the four-plus years since the song’s release, it’s amassed millions of streams and found its way into countless festival sets and mixes. The vocals are instantly recognizable, and the lighthearted, punchy drops wormed their way into the hearts of fans across the EDM spectrum.

Habstrakt seeks to reignite the music world’s love for the track with his new take on the song, released on Mad Decent. He toys with the vocals, building to a fiery drop and driving beat that are sure to thrill fans who’ve clung to each of the producer’s shadowy releases with unbridled enthusiasm.

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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First Listen: Habstrakt makes Gud Vibrations debut with ‘De La Street’

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First Listen: Habstrakt makes Gud Vibrations debut with ‘De La Street’HABSTRAKT Press Photo

French producer Habstrakt has crafted his sinister brand of house music for a variety of labels, but on June 28, he makes his debut on a brand new one: Gud Vibrations.

His first showing on NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s label finds the artist cooking up a whirlwind of bass and beats by the name of “De La Street.” The producer asserts his dominant style from the get-go, slamming listeners’ ears with the forceful style of house music he’s become known for. While the beat moves the song along, Habstrakt has concocted an overall tone that’s moody and grinding. Its gritty qualities make it an exceptional follow-up to “Infinite,” which came out on Monstercat earlier this month.

At the year’s halfway point, Habstrakt has made a impressive mark, thrilling fans around the world with hits like “Control,” “All Night,” and “Darkness.” With the attention songs like these are receiving, it’s unlikely the world will see him slow down in the latter portion of 2019.

NGHTMRE releases futuristic, bass-riddled remix of Oliver Tree’s ‘Hurt’

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NGHTMRE releases futuristic, bass-riddled remix of Oliver Tree’s ‘Hurt’NGHTMRE Tessa Paisan Ritz Ybor 2017 39 Of 50

NGHTMRE returns with his latest remix, an addictive treatment of LA-based artist Oliver Tree‘s hit single “Hurt.” NGHTMRE first premiered the remix at his Coachella performance earlier this year when he threw down at the Sahara tent. The Gud Vibrations co-founder has dropped some heavy-hitting releases in 2019, collaborating with A$AP Ferg on “REDLIGHT” and triple-teaming with Lil Jon and Shaquille O’Neal on “Bang.” Both tracks skew to the low-end, though NGHTMRE’s “Hurt” remix and its melodic production sees a departure from the harder sounds. With his latest remix, NGHTMRE wants to remind everyone he can still do both.

The new remix takes “Hurt” on a classic future-bass ride that amps up the track’s dance floor appeal, infusing vibrating synth waves into his new production. Retaining the basic elements of Oliver Tree’s original track, NGHTMRE delivers an embellished electronic makeover to “Hurt,” transforming the angsty alternative jam to an appropriate club energizer.

H/T: Run the Trap

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Shadient releases heavyweight debut single from ‘Divide’ EP

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Shadient releases heavyweight debut single from ‘Divide’ EPShadient Press Photo 2017 Billboard 1548

Shadient has released “Abberate,” the first single from his new Divide EP, which is forthcoming on NGHTMRE and Slander‘s Gud Vibrations imprint. With such a perceptible sound, the producer also released a visual accompaniment with the project for a more inter-dimensional approach.

“My primary focus with this entire release was inspired by the idea of delving into one’s nostalgia and to explore the first pieces of dance music I ever heard,” Shadient said in a release. “With that in mind, the music on this EP is heavily inspired by the likes of Afx, Squarepusher, old braindance stuff, with a lot of big beat like The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers. It felt very natural to be writing music like this as the influence all originate from my country (The UK).”

Shadient’s debut EP, winter=reality, was released with Mat Zo‘s Mad Zoo label, and he’s since gone on to release heavy remixes of Virtual Self‘s “Ghost Voices” and WAVEDASH and QUEST‘s “Devil Music.”

Shaq, NGHTMRE, and Lil Jon prove to be a triple threat with new track ‘BANG’

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Shaq, NGHTMRE, and Lil Jon prove to be a triple threat with new track ‘BANG’Shaq NGHTMRE

Shaqulle O’Neal retired years ago from his basketball career, but whether it’s due to brand endorsements or his recent DJ gig as DJ Diesel, the former pro player can’t seem to stop making headlines. His new collaboration with NGHTMRE and Lil Jon is a continuation of just this, but their track “BANG” is not one to write off. NGHTMRE and Shaq’s influence in the new release is apparent, with its pulsing bass backdrop fused with ringing dubstep rhythms providing an ideal frame Lil Jon’s signature chants.

NGHTMRE speaks about his collaboration with Shaq in an official release, saying, “I met Shaq for the first time in Las Vegas.” He continues, “He came to one of my sets, and we immediately got along and shared our love for bass music. I’ve always played tons of Lil Jon music in my live shows, and now I get to play our own collaboration! Being able to work on music with Lil Jon and Shaq was literally a dream come true for me.”

“BANG” is out now on NGHTMRE’s own label with SLANDER, Gud Vibrations.