SoCal to Ring in 2018 with Massive Shows

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Are you a Southern California resident or will you find yourself under its sunny skies this New Years weekend? Are you a fan of EDM (which we hope you are since you’re on our site)? Are you still asking yourself where you will be when the clock strikes midnight? If your answer was ‘yes’ to

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Markus Schulz as Dakota explores the path to enlightenment in new album ‘The Nine Skies’ [Album Review]

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Markus Schulz and Dakota may be one in the same, but sonically they could not be more different. A euphoric and optimistic trance producer, Schulz revealed his Dakota alias when he struggled to find an outlet for his darker side amidst the trance and commercially relevant Schulz releases. Where Schulz fans thrived on fast paced chords and enamoring vocals, Dakota’s releases projected ominous undertones with a more progressive feel.

‘Dakota’ was born in 2009 with the release of Thoughts Become Things on Armada Music. The alias garnered an enthusiastic following and turned out to be the musical counterbalance Schulz was looking for. The German-American’s paradoxical career has led to six albums as Schulz and now three as Dakota with his newest album release titled The Nine Skies.

The Nine Skies is out now under his Dakota alias, and it is the inverse of Schulz’s feel-good hits embodied by his last album (as Schulz) Watch the World. This is his first return to Dakota since 2011, and it explores all of the darker feelings and thoughts Schulz’s smiling face belies when performing for expectant faces looking to hear upbeat hits and at his energetic shows.

“I always say the Markus Schulz stuff is a reflection of my fans. I write music about my fans for my fans, but the Dakota stuff is what I am writing for me. I kind of block myself out from everything and just go and write about what is inside of me and what I am feeling.”

Dakota’s writing for himself makes it apparent to the listener that he is, simply put, a complicated man whose striving to turn inner darkness into light. Dakota spoke with Dancing Astronaut about his inspiration for the album, which stems from the pain and confusion he has internalized in response to the state of our current global affairs. The Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016 is one moment the producer notes that really sticks out to him as a moment where he really re-evaluated his outlook on the world. This, in addition to his recent fascination with Reiki, came together as the catalyst for the album and the live show.  

The compilation depicts suffering, growth, and the journey to enlightenment through different phases. Its journey is explored by eighteen distinct songs, and it takes only a brief listen of The Nine Skies before it becomes abundantly clear that this is not an album that was thrown together to achieve a few radio hits. Tracks range from two to seven minutes long, and each one has an incredibly unique sound. The one thing linking all of these songs together is how intricate the productions are. While each track is deserving of its own story and description, that is what the live show sets out to achieve. A few highlights are detailed.  

“Bravo On The Go” is the perfect example of Dakota in the midst of the darkness phase. It has commanding chords that propel the darkness forwards with mystical vibes interlaced throughout.

His interpretation of “Cafe Del Mar” opens to 90 seconds of trance chords that smoothly give way into orchestral undertones. Suddenly, high pitched synths break through the calm, leading to a pulsing bassline and a deeper vibe that rebuilds into the high pitched synth breaks. It can easily be broken into three thematics, which Schulz masterfully combines into a whole, and is indeed a refreshing take on the original anthem.

“Changes” is more reflective of the Schulz style versus Dakota. Catchy vocals serves as the entry point for the track, but techy trance synths make this incredibly energetic track the perfect feel good song to induce total euphoria.

“Follow Me” is less trance more electro with throwback 90s electronica chords that are upbeat and accompanied by breathy vocals. This is the ultimate club track, and has the capacity to energize any room.

Mota Mota” is one of those tracks that trance fans hear a lot of at shows and festivals, and for good reason. The mysterious thematic and commanding chords are engineered for a live performance.

While the album came out on December 8th, Schulz unveiled the entire project in May of 2017 at Dreamstate San Francisco. He originally planned on keeping the project to nine performances so as to keep it special, but after performing The Nine Skies live and seeing the incredible crowd reactions, he notes that he may want to continue to share the experience. Fans will have to wait and see if the tour is extended into 2018. 

 

 

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Markus Schulz Presents: Dakota – The Nine Skies, A Musical Journey Through Trance

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Folks, we may have just received one of the most powerful pieces of music of the year. Markus Schulz has dropped “The Nine Skies”, and 18 track album under his darker moniker ‘Dakota’. (You can read HERE about the re-emergence of Dakota and how its is SO much more than an alias.) Dakota has had its

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Cosmic Gate & Markus Schulz’s ‘AR’ remix competition offers insane prizes

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Since the September release of “AR” on the Materia – Chapter.Two album, collaborators Cosmic Gate and Markus Schulz have kept up the momentum of the track with a huge remix opportunity.

Partnering with Groove Cruise Miami, MetaPop and Native Instruments, the duo are giving fans a chance to remix the trance anthem for a shot at some huge prizes. The winner of the remix competition for “AR” will get an opening DJ slot with Schulz on Groove Cruise Miami, taking place Jan. 26-29. In addition, the winner will receive an ocean-view stateroom for two guests, a Groove Cruise Recordings schwag bundle, and a debut of the winning remix on the Global DJ Broadcast with Schulz. To beef up the winner’s studio game, they will also receive Native Instruments’ Komplete Ultimate 11 (valued at $1,199), Native Instruments’ Maschine Mk3 (valued at $599), a Native Instruments store voucher for $200, a one-year pro subscription for LANDR, and a commercial release on Black Hole Recordings.

Those interested in submitting to the remix competition have until Nov. 29 to do so, and entries may be submitted here.

 

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[Exclusive Interview] Cosmic Gate: Chapter.Two

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Back in January, Trance duo Cosmic Gate released a new album titled Materia- Chapter.One. A jam-packed album, every single was a hit and their collaboration with JES in “Fall Into You” garnered them over 2.5 million streams on Spotify. Chapter One also saw a partnership with Ferry Corsten, Ilan Bluestone, Alastor and Eric Lumiere. The

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Looters Broke Into Markus Schulz’s Miami Recording Studio And Took His Prized Possession

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Hurricane Irma hit the south Florida area hard this past weekend. Miami took a massive amount of damage from the storm above and the storm surge below. Unfortunately in these circumstances of disaster some immoral individuals decided to go looting and break into whatever they could find. Markus Schulz and his Coldharbour recording studio in

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Ariana Grande, others speak out following Manchester tragedy

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Explosions rocked Manchester Arena at following Ariana Grande’s performance late last night in a tragic turn that made many music lovers’ worst nightmare a reality.  As of publication, 22 have been proclaimed dead with dozens more are injured after the apparent suicide bombing. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility, and a 23 year old has been arrested in connection to the attack.

The Manchester bombing hits close to home for the music community as we are reminded that even attending a concert, which is supposed to be an escape, puts people at risk at our current day and age.

Grande took to Twitter to express her devastation shortly after the bombing.

Ariana Grande TWEET

Fellow artists such as Dillon Francis and Martin Garrix are taking to social media to show support for Grande and attendees. Dillon Francis has even promised to pledge money to relief funds following the incident.

Dillon Francis Tweet
Martin Garrix

Markus Schulz, whose upcoming project “The Nine Skies” was in part inspired by terrorism, also took to Twitter to express his disbelief and condolences.

Marcus Schulz

Fans and artists alike have come together in a show of strength and hope during this sad time for Manchester victims and the industry as a whole. We are glad that the electronic music scene has banded together to provide such overwhelming support, but devastated that it has come to this.

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USC Events Drops Lineup For Bliss: Transcendence 2017

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Seattle’s USC Events today announced Bliss: Transcendence at WAMU Theater. Tickets for Bliss will be available Friday, February 3rd at 10am.

Headlining the festival will be major players in the trance and psytrance worlds, including Markus Schulz, Andrew Bayer b2b Ilan Bluestone, Ace Ventura and Menno de Jong.

The event taking place May 6th will be one of the biggest trance events in the northwest, so be sure not to miss out.

Tickets on sale 2/3 at 10am at bit.ly/Bliss2017Tickets.

More Info at liveforbliss.com.

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Source: USC Events Drops Lineup For Bliss: Transcendence 2017

Groove Cruise Releases Set Times & Activities For Miami 2017

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Groove Cruise Miami sets sail in just TEN DAYS!

Sailing to Grand Turk, GC Miami will feature four full days of music and activities for all cruisers to enjoy, including: a special listening party with Markus Schulz for the next chapter his Dakota series; a minigolf invitational with EDX, Cosmic Gate, Sam Feldt and more; and a ping pong tournament with Darude, Andrew Rayel, UMEK and more.

Groove Cruise will also play host to the LAST EVER set from Dzeko & Torres, as Dzeko transitions his career into a solo artist.

Check out all the set times and information for activities below!

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Listen to the Winning Remix that Earned This DJ the Gig of a Lifetime

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The remixer will be performing with legends at the 2017 Groove Cruise Miami to Grand Turk