Madeon set to debut new live show at Lollapalooza

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Madeon set to debut new live show at LollapaloozaMadeon Live

Madeon, French producer lesser known as Hugo Leclercq, has been surprising fans left and right over the past few weeks, after it was announced that he would be performing at Porter Robinson‘s Second Sky Festival and Chicago’s Lollapalooza. Though the “Shelter” artist will be playing a DJ set at Second Sky, he has now shared the news that his Lollapalooza show will consist of an entirely new live set-up.

While there is no word on an impending project from Madeon, his response to a fan’s tweet about an “album live show” may suggest there is new music on the way. Now four years out from his beloved debut studio album, Adventure, one can only hope that a new music announcement from Leclercq will be coming soon. Though, with Madeon’s live appearances starting to ramp up this summer, something tells us new music may be just around the corner.

Lollapalooza soundtracks summer teaser with new Flume ID [Watch]

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Lollapalooza soundtracks summer teaser with new Flume ID [Watch]Flume Michael Drummond

Flume‘s surprise mixtape, Hi, This is Flumeis set to land any minute now, and as fans eagerly await the Aussie beat guru’s highly anticipated return, the good news just keeps pouring in. The Skin producer was just announced as a headliner at Lollapalooza this summer, signaling a huge swell in momentum for the beloved electronic experimenter. To hype the Chicago iteration of the festival this summer, Lollapalooza has dropped off a short teaser announcing ticket sales, featuring a brand new, yet-to-be identified cut from Flume.

The “Summer is Coming” trailer, which might even succeed in plugging Flume’s return more than the actual festival, features clips of the iconic summer gathering at Grant Park, soundtracked by the delightfully off-kilter clinks and clicks that only Harley Streten can do so well. Chopped vocals and rubbery percussive breaks come together with a charming, cinematic appeal in the new ID, and if the nameless track is any indicator of the impending mixtape Flume has promised, everyone is in for quite the treat.

 

The Chainsmokers, Flume, RL Grime, RÜFÜS DU SOL join Lollapalooza’s 2019 roster

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The Chainsmokers, Flume, RL Grime, RÜFÜS DU SOL join Lollapalooza’s 2019 rosterLollapalooza 1

Chicago’s Lollapalooza provided fans an early morning gift in the form of its 2019 lineup. Returning to its home of Grant Park from August 1-4, the four-day affair boasts yet another all-star roster with everything from hip-hop to EDM. Perhaps the biggest indication of electronic’s influence over the modern music sphere is the festival’s headliner list. The Chainsmokers and Flume are both listed as headliners, joining a list that includes heavy hitters like Ariana Grande, J Balvin, and The Strokes. Other dance music acts making the lengthy list are RÜFÜS DU SOL, RL Grime, Whethan, Alesso, Boombox Cartel, and Lane 8, to name a few. Similar to Coachella, it seems that the many shades of dance music are playing an increasingly larger role in the festival’s lineup year upon year.

 

The Chainsmokers, Flume, RL Grime, RÜFÜS DU SOL join Lollapalooza’s 2019 rosterLollapalooza 2019 Lineup Flyer

Lollapalooza Announces Partial 2019 Lineup Via Dog Adoption Promo

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LollapaloozaLollapalooza has sneakily announced a portion of its 2019 lineup. The Chicago mega-festival posted a video today in partnership with the animal shelter PAWS Chicago, which cleverly weaves clues about 2019 Lolla performers into footage of dogs available for adoption in the Chicagoland area. More »

Lollapalooza Berlin announces lineup featuring Swedish House Mafia, Twenty One Pilots, Martin Garrix + more

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Lollapalooza Berlin announces lineup featuring Swedish House Mafia, Twenty One Pilots, Martin Garrix + moreLolla Berlin Pic

Lollapalooza Berlin will return to the German capital city for its fifth year, running September 7-8, 2019. The festival, which takes place in Olympic Stadium and Olympic Park, has released its lineup, donning a diverse range of acts. Swedish House Mafia will make an appearance, adding to their list of tour stops, coming on board as co-headliners of the festival. Other headliners include Martin Garrix, Kings of Leon, Kraftklub, Twenty One Pilots, and an additional act yet to be announced. Martin Garrix will be bringing his STMPD Rcrds stage to the festival, which will showcase a variety of artists involved with the label.

More electronic music acts heading to Berlin include Don Diablo, Alan Walker, Loud Luxury, Gryffin and more. These artists will be juxtaposed with performances ranging from Khalid to Hozier, giving fans plenty to look forward to. Tickets are now on sale.

Lollapalooza Berlin announces lineup featuring Swedish House Mafia, Twenty One Pilots, Martin Garrix + moreLollapalooza

Photo Credit: Lollapalooza/Stephan Flad

Ariana Grande Headlining Lollapalooza 2019: Report

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Ariana-GrandeEarlier this month, we learned that Ariana Grande — along with Childish Gambino and Tame Impala — would headline this year’s Coachella Festival. And it looks like that won’t be the only major American festival that Grande headlines this year. Variety reports that, according to “multiple sources,” Grande will also be … More »

Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto, and Post Malone top 2019 Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina, Brasil lineups

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Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto, and Post Malone top 2019 Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina, Brasil lineupsLollapalooza Red Bull Tv

The three South American editions of Lollapalooza have announced their respective lineups for the 2019 festival season. As in previous years, Lollapalooza coordinators will present versions of the festival in Chile, Argentina, and Brasil. Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Lenny Kravitz, and Post Malone will headline each of the three installments. ODESZA, ZHU, Tiësto, Years & Years, GTA, and Steve Aoki round out a handful of the electronic acts to grace the lineups. The 2019 event billings are rife with genre-spanning talent outside of the dance realm, including Twenty One Pilots, The 1975, Ziggy Marley, and Snow Patrol.

Lollapalooza Chile will be held at O’Higgins Park in Santiago from March 29-31. Lollapalooza Argentina will simultaneously run at Hippodromo de San Isidro in Buenos Aires. Last but not least, the final South American Lolla leg in Brasil will take place from April 5-7 at Autódromo de Interlagos in São Paulo. See the full lineups for each installment of Lollapalooza’s Latin American stops below.

Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto, and Post Malone top 2019 Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina, Brasil lineupsLollapalooza Brasil 2019

Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto, and Post Malone top 2019 Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina, Brasil lineupsLollapalooza Argentina

Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto, and Post Malone top 2019 Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina, Brasil lineupsLollapalooza Chile 2019

DJ Hanzel and Tchami? Dillon Francis hints at new collaborations, talks ‘WUT WUT,’ TV show, and more [Interview]

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DJ Hanzel and Tchami? Dillon Francis hints at new collaborations, talks ‘WUT WUT,’ TV show, and more [Interview]Dillon Francis Credit Jeremy Deputat

Moombahton progenitor Dillon Francis has put a near-incomprehensible amount of work into his 2018 thus far — and there is much more on the horizon. His highly-anticipated sophomore effort, WUT WUT, has spawned six Latin-inspiredproductions thus far and is officially slated to hit the internet at the top of the fall season on September 28. This follows an already busy eight months of headlining global festivals, working alongside Panic At The Disco for a track off their latest album, and getting back into the remix ring with a spin of Cardi B’s hit single, “I Like It.”

One talent Francis has that shines as brightly as his musicianship is his ability to make others laugh. The artist is a natural comic, amassing a mass following on social media with meme-worthy content that includes DJ Hanzel’s creation, Gary the Piñata, and silly antics. Last summer, he starred alongside James Van Der Beek in the Diplo-based Viceland series What Would Diplo Do? 

These skills culminated in one of the more momentous announcement of Dillon’s career: he’d be taking his comedy to the next level by executive producing his very own series Like & Subscribe. Fans had been hoping this for years on end — especially after seeing his innate knack for acting on Vice. The show was announced in typical Francis fashion, by way of an “Influencer Wall” that baffled some and angered many.

Before one of the more entertaining and idolized personas in all of electronic dance music was honored with shutting down the Perry’s Stage at Lollapalooza, we got the chance to sit down with Dillon Francis as he dished on how his new album come to fruition, an update on the upcoming Like & Subscribe project and finally a potential return of the fan-favorite alter ego DJ Hanzel.

Your new album ‘Wut Wut’ is mostly Latin-influenced. Was that something you always aspired to do and was the process of creating that any different than your music in the past?

My manager and I actually came up with the idea for the album like three years ago and it was long before “Despacito” and “Mi Gente” had ever become big. The reason we did it and the reason the album is called Wut Wut is because it was me just going back to “Que Que“, which was a song I made together with Diplo and Maluca. I wanted to just have those vibes of what I used to make back during the West Side EP days and try to revitalize it and add in the new flair that I have now. Where I’m at in my career, I was able to go to some artists that I really looked up to and work with them so it’s been really fun. It’s probably been one of the most fun albums I’ve worked on. A lot of people have been like “it took so long, it was a labor of love” but the only thing that has taken long was for it to come out. The whole thing for me was just having the best time of my life and the whole album was about fun, and that’s it. It’s not this crazy, introspective project so you can enjoy it and get wild to it.

You worked on a track on Panic At The Disco’s new album. What was it like working with them?

Brendon Urie is one of my favorite people alive; hanging out with him was so much fun and he’s such a funny dude. Our music sensibilities are so much alike and I don’t know if that’s because I grew up listening to Panic and being an emo kid but then also listening to indie dance music. I think that’s where him and I meld together is the fact that I was so into indie dance music when I was coming up. There’s an old song on my album Money Sucks, Friends Rule “We Are Impossible” and that’s kind of trying to be that vibe but I think we really nailed it with “Hey Look Ma, I Made It“.

Everyone saw that hilarious influencer mural you put up in Los Angeles to promote your new series “Like & Subscribe” and you’ve always had a knack for comedy so was having your own series always a goal of yours?

Yeah so I executive produced that show and I know that it didn’t come out yet because Go90 got destroyed. Two days into the promotion for what we were doing, they hit us back and we’re like “hey the company is closing down, do you still want to air it for 30 days?” so they just gave it to us and right now we are shopping it. If that doesn’t happen though then I think I’m really going to try to blow it out and put it on my YouTube.

Going off of that, we wanted to take it back for a second to those incredible Snapchat story sketches that you used to do with your friends Phantoms. Do you guys have any plans to bring those back or potentially work on something else in the future?

I don’t really use Snapchat that much and on Instagram you can’t do those long format stories. I tried to use Instagram TV once and it did well but I’ve kind of grown apart from doing that especially after doing the Like & Subscribe show, I want to focus on doing those types of productions. Every now and then I like to do it for something like Gerald’s birthday and other big moments like that.

It’s definitely been a minute since we went ‘One Deeper’ with DJ Hanzel so are there any plans for another show in the coming months?

Yeah so the last show we did was at Exchange LA and that’s a really good question because I was literally just talking about it like 30 minutes ago. I’m hoping to try and do something again if not this year then next year. I know that there has been talks of a DJ Hanzel and Tchami song so we’ll see what happens with that.

You and DJ Snake obviously have one of the most enviable friendships that we’ve seen in all of dance music. That well-thought-out revenge prank that you pulled on him after he blasted your number across the Ultra Mainstage back in 2015 was extremely entertaining. Do you guys have anything in the works in terms of music that you can share?

We’re trying to work on something but I don’t think we’ve found the right song yet. We’re still sending back and forth songs and trying to figure out what we want it to be but it’s been a little tough because we don’t know if we want it to be a moombahton song or something closer to ‘Get Low‘. He’s finishing up his new album too so I was trying to get something done with him but we’ll see.

You have the honor of closing down the Perry’s Stage here at Lollapalooza this weekend so is there anything you can tell us about that set before it all goes down later?

I was sick for the past five days and I was just sitting in my house making edits of all my old music so a lot of them are blends. I brought back “IDGAFOS” and “Bruk Bruk“. My intro is really cool and I think for the first hour it’s all my music that’s all blended together. The set only has about two other people’s songs but I really tried to focus on making edits of my songs. I know a lot of people are like “man, you stopped playing ‘Anywhere‘” and that was just because sometimes I forget as well when I’m DJing. I’m just in a vibe and then I’m like “oh, I don’t want to go to that one” so I tried to make these cool edits so that I could finally have them to place around sets when I need to. I didn’t realize how much music I have but my favorite song that I’ve ever made has to be “It’s Not Butter” and that’s been in my set forever. I have a new remix I’m playing tonight that I did for Martin Solveig and it kind of has that vibe from my “Morning Sun” remix but it’s way more tropical so look out for that.

***We stayed on the lookout, and he did indeed drop said track.

 

Photo credit: Jeremy Deputat

Lollapalooza 2018: The Good, The Bad, and The Lobster Corndogs

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For the eighth year in a row, I strolled into an all too familiar Lollapalooza at Chicago’s own Grant Park. As in years past, I found myself immediately met with groups of festival goers adorned in the staple Tune Squad jersey and all too many crop tops to count. Mutterings of lobster corndogs ran rampant,

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Jai Wolf ends 16-month hiatus, unveils newest release, ‘Lost’

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Jai Wolf ends 16-month hiatus, unveils newest release, ‘Lost’Jai Wolf

After a 16-month hiatus, Sajeeb Saha, better known as Jai Wolf, returns with an original track “Lost” featuring Chelsea Jade. In 2017, the Bangladesh-born producer headlined his “Kindred Spirits” US tour, which included stellar performances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and more. Fans have been hotly anticipating new content, and “Lost” proves well worth the wait.

The track rides a smooth beat and catchy vocals from Jade, fusing indie-electronic vibes with a new wave pop sound and impactful percussion arrangements. Saha shared a few words on the new original work,

“Chelsea and I wrote this song as sort of an anthem for a generation of kids who feel disillusioned by the world around them. Feeling lost is something that never necessarily goes away. Even when you might think you’ve found your way, your perspective might shift and you may feel lost again. This song is about that cycle and our desire to escape it. This song is also special to me because it is the perfect bridge between my old music and where I want to go next.”

Jai Wolf will support ODESZA on their headline tour this fall and with his return on “Lost,” it looks like more new material from Jai Wolf may be on the horizon.