Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch fast cars since the Indy 500 began in 1911. Historically, the event is one of America’s most popular sporting events and, over the past few years, dance music has become an essential part of the experience. On Memorial Day Weekend 2019, the 500-mile race will see performances by Skrillex, Alesso, Illenium, and Chris Lake in the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light.
The Snake Pit is located in the center oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and, eventually, turns into a full-blown music festival surrounded by speeding race cars. According to their website, “The sounds begin early on Race Day morning and are eventually joined by the roar of 33 race cars in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ creating an unforgettable scene.” 2018’s installment saw performances by Diplo, Deadmau5, Axwell / Ingrosso, and more, proving that these Snake Pit lineups don’t mess around. Watch the 2018 recap video below:
The Indy 500 Snake Pit 2019 takes place on Sunday, May 26. Head to their website for tickets and check out the promo video here.
Dubbed by some as the “Canadian Lost Lands,” Ever After Music Festival has made waves in the electronic music festival scene by delivering a heavy heaping of bass music for their festival weekend. For their forthcoming fifth anniversary, Ever After returns to Kitchener, Ontario with their signature bass-laden lineup, featuring headliners Kill The Snails, Excision and Illenium, amongst a grandiose collection of listed artists.
Hosted over the June 7-9 weekend, Ever After has worked towards providing an improved attendee experience, making changes that includes advanced sound engineering from PK Sound, boasting more than 750,000 watts of untamed bass over the three days. Past years from the festival have seen the gradual increase in the booking of house artists, continuing into the 2019 edition with artists Green Velvet, Chris Lake and Justin Martin to share a stage with other fan favorites. To complete the experience, the festival offers a variety of amenities such as an upgraded camping experience and access to the on-grounds water park available to all attendees.
Over the past few years, the Indy 500 has invited big headlining acts to perform at the race’s Turn 3 infield called the Snake Pit. This year Skrillex will be welcome back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway after his 2016 Snake Pit performance. Alesso, Illenium and Chris Lake are also scheduled to perform in front of
There’s a certain emotive quality that exists across all of Illenium‘s productions, regardless of what genre he produces under. In “Crashing,” he continues to explore his pop side alongside Bahari in what’s resulted in a feelsy and refined output. Love-drunk lyrics play a central role, with Bahari’s clear, precise voice wrapping around subtle guitars and euphoria-inducing synth harmonies. “Crashing” is the type of song one blasts on the freeway while belting their heart out in an impromptu karaoke session.
Illenium has gotten his 2019 off to a strong start. Earlier in January, he made noise with his punk-leaning remix of Angels & Airwaves’ “The Adventure,” and right at the start of the new year he gifted fans with a pack of unreleased edits. It’s looking like the producer is in for an exploratory year if he continues the trend of breaking out of the future bass mold.
It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.
After teasing it incessantly on social media, Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland have finally revealed their heavy collaboration, “Lost My Mind.” Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge bring a wave of emotion in “Kingdom United,” and Habstrakt drags listeners to shadowy depths with “Darkness.” Masters of funk Oliver Heldens and Lenno sample an old favorite in their new tune, “The Groove,” and Arty crafts another sparkling anthem in “Save Me Tonight.” Nicky Romero brings warm-weather vibes in his latest with Olivia Holt, “Distance.” Jason Ross‘ Rooms EP hits the airwaves today, bringing with it “Close Your Eyes” with Jonathan Mendelsohn. Chris Lorenzo brings the bass in his new two-track EP, Hallucinogen, as do Dr. Fresch and BIJOU in theirs, Gangsta Party. R3HAB brings “joy” in his new remix of for KING & COUNTRY, and LO’99 and Owl Eyes craft a smooth and enticing single in “Sometime.”
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
Illenium has channeled The Chainsmokers style of pop crossover for his latest release. I am sure many fans will shudder with terror upon reading that first sentence, but have no fear because Illenium has seemingly found the formula to craft a truly awe-inspiring pop-house tune. His latest release, ‘Crashing’ features gorgeous vocals from Bahari and
Ever After Musical Festival returns for its fifth installment with a bass packed lineup. Returning to its home in Kitchener, Ontario, Ever After 2019 will go down June 7-9. Canada’s leading electronic music event proves just why it’s #1 with a power-player filled lineup. Ever After 2019 features performances from the likes of Feed Me,
Everyone loves a good year end list. That being said, many media outlets (ours included) release lists that are based purely off of critic response. Why not give the power to the people and see who the public chooses as their favorite artists, songs, etc.? That is just what r/EDM did. The subreddit polled their
Tony Fresch (aka Dr. Fresch) has come a long way since the 2012 launch of his former label, Prep School Recordings. The Prep School launch jump-started Fresch’s career in electronic music, as he wielded the indie imprint to release debut EPs from the now-dignitary Louis The Child, Illenium, and more. Since then, he’s solidified a commendable reputation as both an accomplished DJ and inventive producer, releasing music on upper-echelon dance labels such as OWSLA and Ministry of Sound.
Now, the LA-based curator has announced his newest project: The Prescription Records, a label created auspiciously alongside Insomniac Music Group. The label establishment is the latest extension of Fresch’s Prescription brand, which currently has its own mix series on Sirius XM (now on its 58th episode). Appropriately, in 2013, it was Insomniac which gave Fresch his start as a touring DJ after he won their Discovery Project competition. In many ways, the new imprint cements his six-year relationship with the industry giant.
To celebrate the label’s debut, Prescription Records has released a nine-track compilation featuring 12 unique talents, including Dr. Fresch himself (“Dr. No”), Arizona-based BIJOU (“Smack”), French DJ Tony Romera (“Kill The System”), and more. The compilation cements Fresch’s affinity for bringing novelty and nuance to the contemporary G-House domain, being one of the sub-genre’s original gurus.
Fresch had some remarks on the announcement:
“The Prescription Records is, in every sense, an extension of my artist brand as Dr. Fresch. I’m working with new artists whose music not only fits my style as a producer and DJ, but new artists who I see developing truly groundbreaking sounds in 2019… ‘The Remedy Vol. 1’ is a cohesive project that showcases the label vision from a dozen different artists. These producers pull elements of G-House, Bass House and Electro to solidify a sound I’ve been developing for years – that’s The Prescription.”
Illenium never falls short when it comes to a consistent output of singles and remixes. The latest remix to join his rolodex is his take on Angels & Airwaves’ “The Adventure.” The remix has been released via Proximity, and it racked up more than 50,000 plays in its first 24 hours on the YouTube channel.
Illenium’s choice to remix this particular track is an interesting one given “The Adventure” is a punk rock release at its core. Illenium has been known to remix pop tracks, including hit remix for Halsey’s “Without Me” that has been a crowd favorite during his live performances. His take on “The Adventure” has minimal additions to the nine-year old track, but he layers subtle electronic chords and an additional guitar line to the backdrop of the release. His remix gives “The Adventure” another dimension, and showcases his versatility as he applies his production skills to a new and unexpected genre.