For a landmark festival with influence as ubiquitous as Tomorrowland, its 15th anniversary inevitably brought an equally remarkable number of commemorations—from a special 60-piece “Symphony of Unity” opening performance to a revitalized “Book of Wisdom” main stage to Eric Prydz‘s Holosphere debut. With the milestone celebration also came the myriad of diverse talent; whether mainstream or underground, icons or rising acts, artists across all corners of the electronic music world showed their faces at Tomorrowland including Laidback Luke‘s 70-year old alter-ego.
Laidback Luke revealed on social media that he secretly played twice at the Belgium festival—once as himself and once under the guise of an old man. The Dutch producer worked in collaboration with Tomorrowland to undergo a full transformation complete with hair, makeup, and special effects in order to play the part. As the oldie, Laidback Luke proceeded to take over the decks at Tomorrowland’s smallest stage, the legendary Rave Cave. Check out the behind-the-scenes process below.
Tomorrowland Weekend Two was nothing short of remarkable, closing out their 2019 installment with some ground-breaking highlights. Attendees saw a revamp of the 2012 Book Of Wisdom theme on the main stage, trance-god Armin van Buuren performed two sets on two different stages, including his 15-year tributary performance, Nicky Romero honored his longtime friend, Avicii, and more.
For those who weren’t able to experience the event’s 15th anniversary, Dancing Astronaut has compiled some of the key performances throughout the second weekend’s entirety, including sets from DJ Snake, The Chainsmokers, Martin Solveig, and Laidback Luke. Stream the full live sets below and check out the Weekend One recap here.
Avicii‘s first posthumous release, “SOS” saw featured vocalist, Aloe Blacc, lend his signature vocal tone to an Avicii production once again. The preceding Blacc-assisted anthem, “Wake Me Up,” and the comparatively more current “SOS” each explored themes of optimism and possibility through honest, bare-faced vocals, passionately delivered by Blacc. The undergirding drum work heard on “SOS,” accompanied by steadily climbing, plunky synths, creates an instrumental flair complementary not only to the single’s melody, but to Blacc’s vulnerably weighty contributions. “SOS” surfaced as a poignant reminder of Avicii’s inextricable talent, and now, fellow producer and longtime scene staple, Laidback Luke, has offered a tasteful take of the recent release.
Whereas Avicii’s original unfurls at an unhurried pace well-suited for radio play, Luke’s remix is perceptibly more festival oriented, in both its use of an accelerated bpm and emphasis on high-powered drops that would be of undeniable potency in a large-scale, outdoor setting. Luke drives the song’s distinguishing chords upwards, to sculpt progressive ascents that emanate an unbridled electronic energy.
I attribute much of my love for EDM to Tiesto and Laidback Luke. The pair is both legends in their own right, and have a long history tweaking each other’s tracks. Laidback Luke’s remix of Tiesto’s ‘Flight 643′ still lives on as one of the greatest remixes of all time. Tiesto scored one of the
Laidback Luke is one of the most respected artists of all time in electronic music. He helped find and propagate the infectious Dutch House sound. Laidback Luke is also more or less a certified Kung-Fu master, and a dedicated dad. He is the pinnacle of balance for DJs and artists all over the world. In
With the original version of “Lambo” incorporating gritty house and bass beats, Laidback Luke has taken the track to a new place of experimentation. As the Dutch artist has a history in making a range of music across the house spectrum, he’s returned to a harder sound on his work here to move from his glory days in electro into the current world of bass music. His experience and versatility shine through on a high energy version of “Lambo” that is short – clocking in at only 1 minute 55 seconds – but certainly sweet. LBL leaves us with a clear understanding of what building talent over a lifetime in dance music can get an artist.
This comes alongside a deeper, jackin’ house remix from rising star Taiki Nuilight.
Dutch electro pioneer Laidback Luke has released a collaborative new single, “Milkshake (Better Than Yours).” On the track, he’s reunited with a duo with whom his history goes back years, Shermanologyand rising Costa Rican producer Ale Mora.
“Milkshake (Better Than Yours)” goes after the ubiquitous 2003 Kelis hit, but with Shermanology employing their “Blessed” and “Can’t Stop Me” certified vocals but in a new, refreshing way. The track has an inviting, classic house beat and showcases Luke’s archival knowledge of electro is something to be reckoned with as he sets off piercing synths hat could easily be messy and overbearing, though in Laidback’s hands are executed flawlessly.
“Milkshake (Better Than Yours)” is out now via Mixmash Records.
Laidback Luke is easily one of the most respected artists of all time when it comes to EDM. The producer has helped start dozens of careers, continually releases incredible productions, and keeps clear and any and all drama. Laidback Luke helped launch the careers of artists such as Afrojack, Avicii and yes, even Swedish House
Known by many as one of the key influences in Tim Bergling’s discovery and rise to fame, the untimely passing of the Swedish producer has taken a toll on Laidback Luke. We have been exposed to the thoughts and feelings of many of the worlds most prominent names in the wake of his passing and
Earlier this morning, news came in of the death of the iconic DJ and producer, Avicii. To meditate on the news, SiriusXM’s BPM hosts took calls from fans and artists including Tiësto, The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke and Kaskade. Listen as Tiësto, The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke and Kaskade pay their respect to