Lunar Lunes: Golf Clap remix BROODS, Chime takes on Super Smash Bros, Volac return to Night Bass + more

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Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

In this week’s installment, Golf Clap put a groovy spin on BROODS‘ “Peach.” Nicky Romero re-imagines Martin Garrix‘s “Dreamer” with Mike Yung as a melody-centric big room track, and Moscow duo Volac return to AC Slater‘s Night Bass with their Funky EP. Chime holds nothing back on an creative dubstep remake of the Super Smash Bros Ultimate “Main Theme / Lifelight.” Prince Fox continues his string of remixes with a take on Travis Scott‘s chart-topping “Sicko Mode,” and QUIX puts his own spin on GASHI‘s “Creep On Me.” KUURO deliver a formidable Monstercat release, “What U Wanna Do” with Spencer Ludwig, and Alvin Risk reveals his latest as HA with Hodgy, “O.P.E.N.” Culture Code and Rabinik tug at the heartstrings with “Love Somebody,” and Trivecta pounds out a powerful trance beat on his remix of Myon and Late Night Alumni‘s “Hearts & Silence.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Don Diablo features West Coast rap legend Nate Dogg in new track

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2018 has been a year of forward-thinking hard work from Don Diablo. Since the release of his sophomore album, Future, there’s been a lot to acknowledge regarding the Dutch producer, including remixes for Martin Garrix, Kygo, Diplo, and more, alongside various original works. Now, he’s decided to pay homage to the late Nate Dogg with his latest single “I Got Love.”

Dogg — who died tragically at the age of 41 — is considered one of the pioneers of West Coast hip-hop, coming up with rap legends such as cousin Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent. It may seem that Diablo is taking things in a unique direction here, but his previous single, “Survive” featured contemporary rapper Gucci Mane — proving his innovative moves to break into hip-hop’s rising popularity.

The track samples Dogg’s vocals from his 2001 release of the same name, which are layered over upbeat piano chords and subtle drum hits to create blissful future house vibes.

Martin Garrix Teases The Upcoming Release Of His Anticipation Collaboration With Julian Jordan

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Martin Garrix is making sure to keep his momentum moving forward as the final month of 2018 pushes on. This year, Martin has done arguably more than he ever has before. Between over a dozen releases and remixes as well as successfully defending his title as the World’s #1 DJ, Garrix has once again proved

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China’s Electric Jungle festival co-founder, Boyi Zhou, talks dance music culture, obstacles, and the wild time yet to come [Q&A]

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For the past few years, Boyi Zhou and his Jungle Events team have been toiling away, trying to carve out a vivacious, unfettered space in the Chinese event circuit for electronic dance music. While Zhou, the event brand’s marketing manager, and his team have tried to emulate a lot of the underground dance music culture they were indoctrinated into while studying abroad in LA, there is much about their nook of the EDM continuum that is inherently Chinese.

This month (Dec 8-9), Zhou and the Jungle Events team will return with another installment of what is now the largest dance music festival in all of China, Electric Jungle, projected to attract over 60,000 attendees. The team is combining its Goliath headliners, Skrillex and Martin Garrix, with a sundry of international, nuanced talent, like REZZ, Drezo, TroyBoi, and Illenium–just to name a few.

Like many electronic fests in the US, the Foshan Chuanlord Tourism & Leisure EXPO resort-residing Electric Jungle will be broken off into meticulously curated stages, including a Berlin-nightclub-themed techno stage, a bass stage, which will receive a one-day Monstercat makeover, and of course, a main stage. Zhou says, that while the nature of the festival may be unorthodox, especially within its respective culture, organizers want to preserve authentic Chinese tradition while on their home turf, wielding ancient Chinese monsters as a motif throughout festival grounds.

Also quite like in the US, festival organizers must fiercely delegate with local authorities to gain the privileges necessary for throwing an event of this scale–though, for Zhou and co., this is a much weightier burden. Standing on the precipice of, what is for the Chinese, still such an underground culture, the local government still doesn’t fully fathom Jungle Events and their counterparts’ intentions; though, Zhou says, that’s beginning to change. Zhou sat down with Dancing Astronaut to talk about not only how he’s mediating these profound obstacles, but also his initial infatuation with the LA “rave” scene, launching one of the first Chinese-language dance music blogs, and his observations of the Chinese electronic festival circuit at large.

Tickets to Electric Jungle as well as additional festival info can be found here.

How did the idea for the festival come about?

I was attending college in the US living in LA for six years and I went to a lot of raves. So I started a blog, Jungle EDM, one of the first all-Chinese electronic music blogs. Soon I had over 10,000 followers. Back then there were no blogs about electronic dance music in China. And there were no Chinese materials for translation. So I was the first one to translate all of the English dance music materials to Chinese. When I graduated, I came back to China and started my own festivals.

Can you compare the underground dance music scene you were indoctrinated into in LA to that of China?

I wouldn’t say it’s the same at all, but it’s growing really fast. In America basically, dance culture is the pop culture. But in China it’s a sub-genre or subculture of all other music genres.

Who are some of the biggest influencers in growing China’s dance music scene?

I would say the newer festivals, and the nightclubs. The nightclubs are doing really well. They’re hosting a lot of foreign artists bringing the culture to China.

Tell me about your Jungle team?

So the original founders are all from California. We all went to the same school. We met there. We all went to the community college first in Santa Monica and we transferred to different schools, but when we all came back to China, we decided to make the festival.

What do you predict your greatest challenge to be in executing a successful Electric Jungle this year?

Probably getting certain permits. It’s really strict in China. You can not go ’til after 10 pm, the curfew time. And the production is limited. You can not use certain effects like fireworks, or any variation of fire. Also, the audience capacity limits are very strict.

How are you guys working to mediate those issues?

Well, when we first came here to do this in China, the government didn’t really understand us. It’s getting better now. We are taking special precautions and working with the government to try to clear up the discord. They are trying to work with us and are working on giving us a little more room, so that we can ensure the production and safety are up to our standards.

Can you tell me about what your intentions were with lineup curation?

A lot of them fit the marketing needs. We selected a lot of the artists from the data analysis, from the stream players. In addition to them and the artists the founders selected for personal preference, there is also a lot of local talent. We are trying very hard to promote them. Those artists have a great advantage with the local demographic because of the language. A lot of the local artists are using Chinese language to make their songs, and they have their own fans.

Can you tell me about the theme and location of the festival?

It’s right next to Guangzhou. It’s the center of the Guangdong area: just one province in China. The benefits would be that it’s not the biggest city, so the restrictions are less. It’s close to the two biggest cities in China. Transportation and hospitality are a disadvantage, less hotels and trains, etc. It’s a small city to us, but would be relatively big in the US. I would say it’s something like Seattle. The festival will be held at a resort, complete with a theme park, mini zoo, and a hotel with a restaurant. We’re doing the festival in the parking, given its considerable size.

*This interview has been edited for clarity and readability.

Martin Garrix pushes the boundaries between label and artist in new episode of ‘The Martin Garrix Show’

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In the newest episode of  “The Martin Garrix Show,” Martin Garrix and his team continue to complete new show concept “Anima” in addition to showcasing his journey with Sony Music.

Garrix takes us to Sony, where the company’s team reflects on their first time meeting him. The Dutch producer showed up with 60 new tracks for them to hear, and that’s when they discovered the “creative hurricane” that Martin Garrix is. After signing him, the Sony team members talk about how Garrix showed up with “Dreamer” featuring Mike Yung pre-recorded and ready to go without going through any label approvals. He also didn’t get the label to coordinate any of the collaboration or recording sessions. They note that “Dreamer” really doesn’t fit as a club track or a pop hit, looking at their release schedule and priorities. But this is how Garrix challenges himself creatively and also challenges the label to branch out of their comfort zone.

In the second half of the video, viewers watch yet again as a sleep-deprived video-editing team finishes the third video of “Anima” for “Waiting for Tomorrow” past deadline. Garrix and his team stay up until 8 a.m. the day of his show, perfecting the light show and visuals, showcasing how much work goes into every single one of Garrix’s performances.

Photo credit: Hindustan Times

Martin Garrix Featured On First Ultra Event In Over A Year, Could He Return To Miami In 2019?

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While Ultra Music Festivals all across the globe had stellar editions all year long, they were missing one notable headliner, the world’s #1 DJ – Martin Garrix. Why Garrix didn’t play any Ultra events in 2018 is up for debate. Many believe it came from frustration around his 2017 Miami set which was pushed back

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Ultra Australia announces debut edition lineup featuring Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, and more

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In its inaugural edition, Ultra Music Festival‘s Australian lineup boasts some of EDM’s hottest names.

Kicking off in Melbourne on February 23, 2019, Ultra Australia will bring names like Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, Adam Beyer, and more to the Land Down Under. While these are the only names announced thus far, Ultra promises there are “many more” to come to the festival’s debut edition. The event will take place at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on February 23, followed by day two at Parramatta Park in Sydney.

Ultra’s Australia presence kicked off earlier this year with a Road to Ultra single-day, single-stage event back February, bringing names like Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Afrojack, KSHMR, and more to Melbourne. 2019 will mark the festival’s first multi-day experience in Australia.

“After watching the success of the event in Miami over the last 20 years and across the globe, it’s time we experienced this fantastic festival down under,” Ultra organizers said.

Tickets to Ultra Australia are available here.

Ultra Australia announces debut edition lineup featuring Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, and more

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In its inaugural edition, Ultra Music Festival‘s Australian lineup boasts some of EDM’s hottest names.

Kicking off in Melbourne on February 23, 2019, Ultra Australia will bring names like Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, Adam Beyer, and more to the Land Down Under. While these are the only names announced thus far, Ultra promises there are “many more” to come to the festival’s debut edition. The event will take place at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on February 23, followed by day two at Parramatta Park in Sydney.

Ultra’s Australia presence kicked off earlier this year with a Road to Ultra single-day, single-stage event back February, bringing names like Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Afrojack, KSHMR, and more to Melbourne. 2019 will mark the festival’s first multi-day experience in Australia.

“After watching the success of the event in Miami over the last 20 years and across the globe, it’s time we experienced this fantastic festival down under,” Ultra organizers said.

Tickets to Ultra Australia are available here.

Electric Jungle Music Festival unveils full lineup for 2018 edition, featuring headliners Skrillex and Martin Garrix

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With weeks of building anticipation, China’s inaugural Electric Jungle Music Festival has released their full lineup, calling in international favorites Skrillex and Martin Garrix to headline the fourth edition of the annual festival. Hosted within the province of Guangzhou, the festival has found its home within the Chuanlord Tourism & Leisure Expo Park, where attendees can expect an indulgence of top-tier talent and a tailored carnival experience.

With an estimated 60,000 attendees set to flood into the park over the course of December 8-9, Electric Jungle is set to transform the park and readily offer an influx of sights and activities like amusement rides, sensory mobile games and an exotic zoo. In working towards creating an unforgettable experience, the founding team has promised three unprecedented themed stages with the help of Skrillex’s production team for the respective main stage, bass, and techno acts.

While placing a heavy emphasis on the lineup curation, Electric Jungle dually focuses on hosting a vast selection of artistry, along with creating outstanding, inaugural experiences within Asia’s dance music community. The 2018 edition will see hardstyle duo Project One‘s first slated show in China and a first-time Monstercat-hosted stage, amidst a multitude of special touches to enhance the overall atmosphere.

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GA and VIP tickets are available online.

Martin Garrix’s New Show Concept is finally debuted in latest episode of ‘The Martin Garrix Show’

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Those wanting the backstory of Martin Garrix‘s new book can look no further than the latest episode of The Martin Garrix Show. The book is titled Life = Crazy, and the show around it introduces fans to the Dutch wunderkind’s photographer, Louis Van Baar, who shot the book’s content. Garrix talks about how the book is forever versus many things in 21st century life, which are seemingly fleeting.

Viewers watch as fans hug the famed producer during his book release event, and one even gives a testimony about how the positivity of Garrix’s music and his shows had inspired him to live through hard times. The episode then jumps to the filming of the artist’s  ADE live show graphics, where new technology is used to capture the models and the producer in a robotic and angular fashion. The Garrix team finally takes over the warehouse they will be performing in at the major dance event and test the concept in full that they have been creating since the previous November. Despite the lack of preparation shown through Garrix improvising his intro minutes before it began, his show turned out to be a huge success.