Crankdat is know for his absolutely amazing official remixes and re-cranks of some of the most popular EDM songs in the scene and his ‘Feel Good’ remix is no different. Gryffin debuted this remix at Coachella this year, as he closed both of his sets of the weekends with this tune. It has also garnered tons of
By now, it would be expected that the novelty of getting blasted with streaks of pink, blue, and green would be a tad bit irritating. After all, paint parties have been around before Life In Color came to be.
What started as over-the-top college parties at Florida State University over a decade ago evolved into one of Miami’s most unique series of concerts in the last five years. From massive expansions across South Florida, touring across the country, and even a Guinness World Record for “most people covered in paint at one time,” the people behind Life In Color reimagined their paint parties into a festival experience that combines massive themes with enormous musical performances. And this year was no different.
Much like Ultra Music Festival, Life In Color’s flagship is in Miami, where prior installments packed enormous crowds by the Hard Rock Stadium. This year, however, the music festival made a venue change, trading the expansive parking lot of the Miami Dolphins’ football arena for the intimate combination of Mana Wynwood and the abandoned RC Cola Plant. At first, I came to believe that this is a continuance of the downsizing of Life In Color’s concerting production as Wynwood is a tight neighborhood. After Life In Color 2014 spread its stay for a full weekend of musical messes, LIC 2016 returned to a single-day music festival criteria while still bringing a fierce lineup of commercial house, trap, dubstep, and hip-hop.
To my surprise, the switch made Life In Color feel larger than ever as it sat between large murals of street art and chic restaurants.
Coming into the venue, the main “Sector X” stage featured opening acts Nitti Gritti and Bonnie X Clyde whose musical careers kickstarted from Wynwood Fear Factory and Life In Color 2016 respectively. Between new music, both acts have unreleased and tenacious bangers shaping 2017, their acts set the tone for the incoming performances on the main stage and for the nearby “Rare Stage” which took the form of a circus tent. It was over here that equally bass-heavy performances from Fresko, Doctor P, and Ookay transitioned from the dusk and into the evening. I stayed here for quite some time before returning to Sector X.
In between both stages where a vast array of food trucks and stands offering funnel cakes, gyros, salads, and more. Yet, most of these places began to run out of food faster than they could make new food for future customers. I found that around the time that Marshmello and Desiigner were set to perform (between 9p.m. – 11p.m.), the lines were too long to properly serve anyone and the food being served was underwhelming in comparison to their relatively high prices. This problem struck the hardest for the main food stands that supposedly offered hot dogs, gyros, and Philly cheese steaks because all of these options disappeared by the time Mija was finished with her performance. This came as such a shock to me as previous installments were able have had less food truck options while still having less issues with serving the fan base.
As the evening began to gear up for the headliners, it became abundantly clear that Young Thug was nowhere to be found on the lineup when he was apart of the promotional lineup for the event. However, after seeing his recent antics in not showing up for his own music video shoot, I think this was a little outside of the hands of Life In Color. Meanwhile, every other headliner delivered terrific sets from the melodic dubstep powerhouses such as Seven Lions and Illenium to the electro house bangers coming from the sets of Mija and Tritonal. The night was topped off with performances from Diplo and Carnage who dropped trap, dubstep, and moombahton tracks to send off the 10th Anniversary of Life In Color with flying colors.
Even though there were hiccups with the food provided for guests and one headliner was unable to make an appearance, Life In Color blew my expectations. I went in believing that the transition to Wynwood (which usually hosts underground concerts) would be particularly arduous as it was about to host a relatively commercial music festival. But seeing the success of Wynwood Fear Factory last Halloween and LIC’s using the size of two venues to host the whole event, Life In Color established another successful show filled with head-banging EDM and the most tolerant body paint to be splashed on the faces of its fans.
Coming off of his epic New Year’s Eve performance at Snowglobe, producer Illenium has just revealed a brand new preview of his latest single, “Fractures.” Thrown over a custom video showing fantastic live footage of Illenium’s shows and his dedicated base of fans in the crowd, the track comes as a very similar sound to his yet to be released ID previewed at Snowglobe.
The immediate appeal of “Fractures” comes from its warm, future bass center and soaring vocal accompaniment. Featuring pulsating synth ripples and powerful, echoing percussion, the track appears to be one suited for Illenium’s live performances more than anything else.
Listen to the short preview of the song below, and keep your eyes peeled for its official release.
A short three years ago, Nick Miller emerged onto the burgeoning melodic dubstep scene with the launch of his artist moniker, Illenium. The Denver native introduced his project with a pair of originals called “Drop Our Hearts Part I & Part II,” the latter of which was a collaboration with Said the Sky. While this two-sided offering certainly leaned in a hardened direction, Illenium quickly shifted his compositional focus to highlighting his talent to create stirring melodies.
As the rising producer consistently released catalog-building remixes and originals that showcased his emotionally evoking, powerful style, his overall sound began to take the form of what is now widely known as future bass. In February 2016, Illenium released his debut, 10-track album, Ashes, via his newly-formed label, Kasaya, and Vancouver’s Seeking Blue imprint. Ashes successfully garnered millions of plays on both SoundCloud and Spotify in the first few months, and more importantly, further established Millers position in the dance world as an impactful artist.
While Illenium had already developed a devout fanbase of “Illenials” behind his music through his initial releases, his remix of The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down” was arguably the release that catapulted him into the commercial eye. Originally unofficial, the future bass prodigy’s revision quickly gained enough traction among the online dance music community to later earn a spot in The Chainsmokers’ official remix package. Since its release in March of last year, Miller’s remix has surpassed 165 million plays on YouTube and 63 million on SoundCloud.
Following up such a successful release was no easy feat, but Illenium soon returned with “Rush Over Me,” a powerful collaboration with previous partner Said The Sky and melodic dubstep pioneer Seven Lions. Miller closed out his career year with another remix built for the Internet community, a dazzling spin on Flume’s “Say It.”
Future bass originally arose as a bridging sub-genre for the edgier, commercial dance fans and the bassheads who still found guilty pleasures in gorgeous melodies. As hordes pop producers have manufactured cookie-cutter hits with future bass elements intertwined, many initial fans of the genre are finding the sound to become hackneyed, overplayed, and abused. As some fans have resultantly turned their back to the genre’s future, Illenium could be its saving grace.
Not only has Miller continually proven his ability to engage with the community that lifted future bass into the spotlight, he’s also amplified the power behind the genre with his live show. Accompanied on stage with a set up of CDJs, a drum pad, and keyboards, Illenium has developed his own hybrid set up to give fans a new experience that retains the fluidityl of a DJ set.
Looking back on 2016, Illenium propelled his project into a new level between his debut album, major sold out dates on his live tour, and viral remixes. Ahead of his performance at Miam’s Life In Color, we sat down with the future bass pioneer while he reflected on his career-changing year and what the next 365 days – and beyond – hold for his burgeoning artist project.
Read our interview with Illenium below the fold.
Give us a little bit of insight in your background and the early days when you started producing. It started out as something I just did for fun with my friends. I really loved having a creative outlet, and then it turned into something I couldn’t really live without.
Who were your biggest musical inspirations when you were first starting out? Bassnectar, Seven Lions, Adventure Club. But, lately I’ve been feeling really inspired by non-EDM stuff and trying to incorporate a lot of organic elements into my music.
2016 was quite the year for you between releasing your debut album, Ashes, to racking up over 150 million plays on YouTube on your remix of “Don’t Let Me Down.” What have been some of the defining moments of last year? There have been so many. I did my first headlining tour this year so that was definitely a highlight. Being able to play my music out to people that it genuinely connects with is a dream come true. I also had the opportunity to play a bunch of amazing festivals and see a lot of places I’ve never been before. Closing out the year at Snowglobe was the perfect way to wrap up an incredible year. Really happy with my fan base and just can’t wait to keep the momentum up.
You launched your own label, Kasaya Recordings, to release Ashes in tandem with Seeking Blue. What prompted you to start your own label and what are the 2017 plans for it? I decided to launch Kasaya because I really wanted to keep releasing my music for free, and I wanted a legitimate place release my music where I still had a lot control over what happened with it. I decided to co-release it with Seeking Blue because they’ve always been such a big support of my music and are the nicest people ever. They are all about the music and I could tell that they really loved it and would do everything they could for it. It was really the best situation I could have asked for. In 2017, I’m hoping to try and expand the label, but really the main plan is to host my own music there. Running a label takes a lot of work so hopefully once the framework is well situated I can start helping promote other artists too.
On the live side, your show consists of a hybrid set up of drum pads, keyboards, and CDJs. Why did you decide to go that route instead of just DJing and how has the reception been? I wanted to incorporate some elements other than DJing because honestly it’s just more fun for me that way. I really like trying to incorporate as many live elements in to dance music that I can. I’ve been trying to bring singers to as many shows as I can. My good friend Said the Sky has also been coming with me to some shows and playing live piano. It always makes it a little more exciting to have that element of a real live performance where things can go wrong. Everything has gone really well though.
Finally, what can fans expect in 2017 both on the music front and touring front? In 2017, I’m aiming to get another album out into the world. My new single, “Fractures,” is coming out this February. We’ve got tons of festivals coming up and hopefully we’ll get another tour going this year. So far I’ve announced Bonnaroo, Middlelands, Electric Forest, Crush SF, Phoenix Lights, and Seasons Festival. Tons more to be announced though 🙂
Illenium will be performing at this weekend’s Life In Color 10th Anniversary in Miami. Tickets are available here.
Life In Color is gearing up to celebrate their 10th anniversary this weekend in Wynwood Miami, Florida. Life In Color Miami marks the beginning of their annual world tour and has host artist such as Jack U, The Chainsmokers, and 3LAU. This years LIC Miami will feature two breathtaking stages. Sector X, which will feature
Like many others did, Reddit’s /r/electronicmusic community held a year-end poll in 2016 to determine who had the best album, who was the best artist, and more. Though we’re already 20 days into the new year, the results were just released and the results are pretty close to what you’d expect.
Remix of the Year went to What So Not’s inimitable remix of “Innerbloom” by RUFUS.
Best EP, Best Album Artwork and Best Artist all went to Flume. However, biggest letdown was Disclosure’s remix of “Never Be Like You.” (We agree.)
‘Breakout’ Artist of the Year deservedly went to Illenium, while Best DJ Mix or Live Set went to Porter Robinson & Madeon for their incredible Shelter Tour. “Shelter” also won for best single.
Label of the Year surprisingly went to Mau5trap, though Monstercat and OWSLA were both right on its tail.
Best AMA on the subreddit went to Dillon Francis + NGHTMRE – no surprise there.
Illenium’s “Ashes” was a personal favorite of mine last year so naturally I was overjoyed when the remix album was released. The Mushroomizer remix, however, was a separate discovery and the young producer may take the cake as my new favorite “Ashes” remix. That’s not to knock the official remixes, it is just insane. The
Drenched in style and bursting with emotion, this new ID from Illenium is nothing less than stunning. Debuted at Snowglobe New Year’s Eve 2016, this track manages to encompass both euphoria and sadness, eliciting pangs of both heartbreak and elation to make even the most stoic of listeners loose a tear.
Though the quality of the audio leaves us wanting more, we can hear a gorgeous vocal performance give way to a gut-wrenching melody that’s powerfully simple, all tied up neatly in Illenium’s trademark style. We’ve no name for this unreleased gem, but rest assured, it’s going to be a brilliant release.
It’s been a banner year for EDM over on Reddit. One of the biggest subreddits for electronic music, r/EDM, has been a great snapshot of where electronic music has been over the past year.
If you aren’t aware of how reddit works, users upload text or links and other users vote those posts up or down, giving a sort of heuristic idea of popularity among tracks and topics. One user, /u/FioMonstercat, decided to compile the highest voted track submissions of 2017 and the results are in. There’s everything from Porter Robinson and Madeon’s acclaimed collaboration, to San Holo’s breathtaking “Light,” and even Zhu’s “In The Morning.” Quite a few artists had multiple songs voted onto the list, but considering their widespread fame, we’re not surprised.
Here are the subreddit’s top 20 electronic dance tracks of 2016 :
Among the number of accolades afforded to Illenium this year, we chose his remix of “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers as one of our Top 50 Remixes of 2016. We created a massive Soundcloud playlist for all the tracks, but unfortunately the Illenium remix has suddenly been taken down.
Since it was uploaded in March, his remix has been topping the charts on Souncloud, with over 60 million plays, but no longer.
Vanic’s recent remix of “Setting Fires” has also been taken down, which was also released on Sony imprint Disruptor Records, so one has to wonder what exactly is going on here. We have reached out to Disruptor for comment.