Music industry shows its support in light of recent mass shootings

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Music industry shows its support in light of recent mass shootingsKacey Musgraves Lollapalooza

The first weekend of August, two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio left more than 31 people dead in the span of 14 hours.

The first shooting in El Paso, Texas on Saturday, Aug. 3 took 22 lives. Another nine people were killed in Dayton, Ohio. The two shootings are the latest in a dangerously common trend that have led to a toll of 255 U.S. mass shootings in 2019 as of today. The number of mass shootings has outpaced the number of days in the year.

In wake of the recent tragedies, the world has shown an outpouring of support and condolences for the communities affected. Artists and music industry figures, from Mija to Khalid to Lana Del Rey, and Bebe Rexha used their platforms to express their grief and provide comfort for those affected.

Mija, Khalid, and Riot Ten took to social media to announce their respective benefit concerts while Lana Del Rey wrote a song, “Looking for America” with Jack Antonoff in light of events. Meanwhile, Bebe Rexha urged her followers to talk to their senators to make changes against gun violence.

J.I.D. and Kacey Musgraves used their Lollapolooza slots to address audiences. The rapper dedicated a moment of silence to victims before his set, while the country singer addressed her concerns during a performance of her song, “Rainbow.”

“I can’t even believe that we’re having to process the s–t that’s happening in the last 24 hours, much less everything that’s happened in the last two-hundred and f–king fifteen days in America. I don’t know what the answer is but obviously something has to be f–king done,” Musgraves urged. “Maybe somebody will hear us if we all yell together to say, ‘Somebody f–king do something.”

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FriendShip to bring AC Slater, TroyBoi, Mija, Boys Noize, and more for 2020 voyage

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FriendShip to bring AC Slater, TroyBoi, Mija, Boys Noize, and more for 2020 voyageFriendship

Gary Richards (Destructo) is making good on his promise to bring top-tier selections from both the electronic and hip-hop spheres out to sea with him for the 2020 arm of his FriendShip festival cruise.

Atop the 2020 lineup sits titans of their trades, AC Slater, Destructo himself (duh), Malaa, Mija, Billy Kenny, and Boys Noize, as well as staunchly steepening newcomers like Phlegmatic Dogs, Masteria, and DUCKY. Hip-hop rears its head on the roster through veteran rappers Busy P and Destructo collaborator, Ty Dolla $ign, among others.

Richards has always been ardent about providing a platform for “the fresh and the new,” in dance music; and he’s endlessly uncovering unorthodox and synergistic means of doing so. Shipping out to Coco Cay from Miami this coming January, the FriendShip affair succeeds Richards’ previous tenure with his brainchild, HARD Events, the event brand behind the outrageously attended venture vessel, HOLY SHIP!.

FriendShip sets sail January 6-10. A limited number of cabins are still available here. General festival and ship information is available here.

More information on Gary Richards can be found here, while Dancing Astronaut‘s delve into FriendShip can be found here.

Lunar Lunes: Mija grooves on ‘Sweat It Out,’ Rinzen, Marbs, and Evan Casey team up for ‘Helix’

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Lunar Lunes: Mija grooves on ‘Sweat It Out,’ Rinzen, Marbs, and Evan Casey team up for ‘Helix’Mija Press Photo E1563808144473

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.

Mija takes to Hot Haus Recs for her latest release, the groovy “Sweat It Out.” SG Lewis puts his own spin on a familiar tune, and Alexander Lewis closes his new EP with “Left U on Red.” Rinzen, Marbs, and Evan Casey have teamed up for “Helix,” and Borgore taps Abella Danger for “911.” Cassian gives his own take on Just Kiddin’s “There for You,” and Modestep reveal “Blood” on Disciple. 13 puts an eerie spin on Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy’s “Lift You Up,” and Cristoph and Jem Cooke unveil a clip of “Slowly Burning 2019.” Godlands, JEANIE, and Jelacee hold nothing back on “No Stress,” and Phantoms tap Kate Morgan for “5AM.” Lee Burridge and Lost Desert deliver “Melt,” and Party Favor and EZI strip down their collaboration, “Be Ok,” for an acoustic rendition.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Skrillex drops off tour visual to accompany ‘Mumbai Power’ featuring Kenny Beats, Porter Robinson, and more [Watch]

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Skrillex drops off tour visual to accompany ‘Mumbai Power’ featuring Kenny Beats, Porter Robinson, and more [Watch]Skrile Porter Ultra K

Fresh off the heels of two ultra-satisfying setlist-tools-turned-official-releases, Skrillex has turned in a new visual feature to accompany one of his new Show Tracks, “Mumbai Power.” The video is a collection of clips from the road, from stadiums to street corners, festival stages to plane cabins, with a gang of Skrillex’s friends following him on his adventures across the world.

Kenny Beats, Porter Robinson, longtime touring teammate Team EZY, Mija, recent collaborators Kelsey Lu and Troyboi, and even Loki, all make appearances in the new visual cut. Fans and social media followers will surely recognize snippets of the globetrotting superstar and his crew throughout the video, recapping appearances in Japan, Korea, and India to the highly repeatable “Mumbai Power.”

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 100: The Ultimate Drum ‘n’ Bass Playlist

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 100: The Ultimate Drum ‘n’ Bass PlaylistDeters Beat Lab@0.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.


There’s just something about drum ‘n’ bass that’s always spoken to my soul. I remember hearing my first Pendulum song a decade ago and thinking “what on earth is this, and where can I get more?”

The genre began making its way into the electronic music sphere in the early 1990s, right around the time I was born. Its rapid breakbeats took over London and Bristol, ramping up the jungle and rave scene to 160-180 BPM. While still more widespread in the UK to this day, the genre has slowly trickled into the United States EDM scene. We still have a long way to go before drum ‘n’ bass artists are regularly installed as main stage performers at major US festivals, but there’s so much to discover and embrace in the US drum ‘n’ bass scene (I see you, Flite and Boxplot). There’s also an endless stream of quality dnb being churned out overseas, with imprints like RAM Records, Hospital Records, and Liquicity Records as strong as ever in their supporters and fan base.

I regularly tell people that have never really gotten into drum ‘n’ bass to just try. It’s a diverse and ever-evolving genre, full of sub-genres and offshoots. I guarantee you’ll find something you like in some format. Dig through the 100-song playlist I’ve compiled to celebrate 100 installments of this series to see if there’s something there for you!

Thank you, drum ‘n’ bass, for your tireless energy, emotive vocals, and the ability you always have to yank me out of a bad mood and reignite my love for electronic music in today’s day and age. Here’s to you, and the brilliant artists who create you.

Shiba San, Mija, Jhené Aiko, and more top 2019 West Coast Dirtybird Campout

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Shiba San, Mija, Jhené Aiko, and more top 2019 West Coast Dirtybird CampoutDirtybird Campout

Claude VonStroke is bringing his quirk-friendly caravan of house and tech-centric talent back to Modesto Reservoir Campgrounds October 4-6 for the West Coast arm of his Dirtybird Campout festival series.

The 2019 lineup boasts both familiar four-on-the-floor flock members, like Justin Martin, Shiba San, Mija, and J.Phlip, as well as multifarious members of the hip-hop and bass communities, including resplendently strange and multifarious sounds from Cut Chemist, Nastia, and the Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter, Jhené Aiko. The three-day frenzy will see its off-the-wall curation sectioned into two stylized stages, with classically curious Dirtybird emblems designated to the Birdhouse stage, while the Bass Lodge will harbor just that, as well as the urban end of the roster.

The festival/label’s fearless leader and “head counselor” will be performing at the Campout twofold, under both his ’90s hip-hop-hailing experimental project, Barclay Crenshaw (his actual name) and his more widely known alter-ego, Claude VonStroke, in a back-to-back set with EPROM.

Tickets to the West Coast Dirtybird Campout are on sale now here.

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Your Paradise Fiji unveils 2019 lineup led by A-Trak, Gorgon City, Mija, and more

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Your Paradise Fiji unveils 2019 lineup led by A-Trak, Gorgon City, Mija, and moreYour Paradise 16

Your Paradise Fiji looks ahead to another year of placid production with the roll out of 2019’s talent lineup. The underground island affair will see headlining sets from A-Trak, Gorgon City, What So Not, Cosmo’s Midnight, Mija, Noisia, and Getter‘s hip-hop alter ego, Terror Reid. A myriad of additional artists complete Your Paradise Fiji’s forthcoming 2019 iteration, including Yotto, Weiss, Bag Raiders, AC Slater, and Chris Lorenzo, among others. Attendees can expect expertly curated parties from Anjunadeep, Night Bass, and Desert Hearts.

The picturesque event will host its seventh installment from December 6-12, 2019. Your Paradise Fiji represents a unique opportunity for electronic music fans to bear witness to live performances from some of their favorite entities amid white-sand beaches and mid-ocean settings. Those interested in attending Your Paradise Fiji 2019 can visit the festival’s official website for more information.

Mija and Kill The Noise team up for haunting new melody, ‘Salvation’

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Mija and Kill The Noise team up for haunting new melody, ‘Salvation’Mija KTN

Mija and Kill the Noise have released their long-anticipated collaboration “Salvation,” and the track takes the listener on a dark and twisted journey that can hardly be confined to a genre. The release is stylistically distinct from what fans have come to expect from both Mija and Kill The Noise, but the track is just as captivating as both of the producer’s previous bodies of work.

Mija lends her haunting vocals to the track, and her singing is layered over the top of booming synths that help create a multi dimensional bass backdrop that takes over listeners’ conciousness. The arrangement is overtly cinematic, with inspiring crescendos and prominent drops taking the listener on a sonic ride.

Mija revealed that the track was originally concepted amidst a group of releases Kill The Noise was creating for a movie soundtrack. She comments,
“Jake (KTN) hit me up one day asking if I wanted to track some vocals over a song he was working on for movie soundtrack,” Mija explained. “I’d never done anything like that before, so it felt like an exciting new challenge. I wrote/sang the verse, added some vocal effects, and sent it back to him. We ended up loving it so much that we felt it needed a proper release.”

“Salvation” is out now via Proximity and Sony Masterworks.

Lunar Lunes: Kill The Noise and Mija bring ‘Salvation,’ The Bloody Beetroots and Ephwurd team up + more

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Lunar Lunes: Kill The Noise and Mija bring ‘Salvation,’ The Bloody Beetroots and Ephwurd team up + moreBloody Beetroots Ephwurd

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.

Kill The Noise and Mija jump-start this post-EDC Monday with a formidable new collaboration, “Salvation,” and The Bloody Beetroots and Ephwurd deliver a powerful electro number in “Wildchild” from The Bloody Beetroots’ forthcoming Heavy EP. Honey & Badger and kramder return to Tchami’s CONFESSION for a groovy new track, “Da Pinte,” and Just a Gent makes “First Contact” in his new single. Wuki and Ship Wrek take on Daft Punk’s iconic “Technologic” in a new “Wukileak,” and Shaun Frank teams up with Lexy Panterra for “Where Do You Go.” Dombresky remixes LSD’s “No New Friends,” and the Nervo sisters are “Sober” in their new single. Summer Was Fun brings a fun summertime atmosphere in his new track, “Frozen in Time,” and BLEEP BLOOP flips Vince Staples’ “GTFOMD.” Joris Voorn delivers a radio edit of “RYO,” and Slow Magic takes on hit song “Old Town Road.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Meow Wolf releases diverse lineup for Taos Vortex including ZHU, Mija, Flying Lotus + more

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Meow Wolf releases diverse lineup for Taos Vortex including ZHU, Mija, Flying Lotus + moreMeow Wolf Photo Credit Jess Bernstein

Those looking for an interactive, multi-dimensional, and thought-provoking music festival experience should look no further than the second summer of festival experience of Meow Wolf. Taking place in Kit Carson Park in Taos, New Mexico, the event is set to take place Aug. 16-18, offering music, art, dance, and interactive exploration.

The musical focal points of the event will happen on two stages: The Spire and The Glade. The Spire is toted as a citadel for the arts, inspiring awe and reverence; a stage created for performers. The Glade is a grassy meadow for people to hang out and be a part of the show, offering a casual and intimate refuge.

Other attractions of the festival will include Taos Vortex’s illuminated outdoor wonderland, centered around different neighborhoods and the creatures that inhabit them. Huts and homes scattered around the park invite everyone to step inside, find their ‘hood, and fully celebrate the multi-dimensional get-down of the summer.

Meow Wolf has released a diverse and heavy-hitting lineup for the event, including ZHU, Mija, Claude VonStroke, Flying Lotus, G Jones, and more. The early bird tickets for the festival sold out in just five hours, so those looking to attend the unique experience can go to the festival’s website to secure their spot at the festival.

Meow Wolf releases diverse lineup for Taos Vortex including ZHU, Mija, Flying Lotus + moreMeow Wolf Lineup

Photo credit: Jess Bernstein