Aussie DJs come together for Make It Rain festival in support of Australian fire relief efforts

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Aussie DJs come together for Make It Rain festival in support of Australian fire relief effortsNina Las Vega Djing Sydney

News of the bushfires tearing through Australia has broken hearts across the globe, as so many lives, wildlife, and land have been deeply affected by the tragedy. Relief efforts have sprung up around the world, and the latest to join the cause is the newly announced Make it Rain festival.

The festival, slated for January 29 in Los Angeles, consists of entirely Australian artists, including Nina Las Vegas, What So Not, Vassy, PNAU and many more. Proceeds from the event will go to support Red Cross Australia, GIVIT, and NSW Wildlife Council. The event organizers said the following in a press release:

“The feeling of complete helplessness got too much for us here in LA, and we knew we needed to channel our energy into something bigger than ourselves. We’re stoked to see how the dance music community has been so supportive of this cause and we look forward to seeing our friends and family at Academy on January 29th,”

Buy tickets and learn more here.

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Australia’s ARIA Music Awards unveil RÜFÜS DU SOL, Dom Dolla, FISHER, and more as nominees

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Australia’s ARIA Music Awards unveil RÜFÜS DU SOL, Dom Dolla, FISHER, and more as nomineesEddieNew Rufus 2

Each year the ARIA Awards represent the finest original acts to come from down under, often forecasting trends to come in the ever-evolving music industry. 2019 seems to be destined as the breakout year for Australian singer/songwriter, Tones and I, who managed to rake in eight nominations while riding the momentum of her inaugural release, The Kids Are Coming. ARIA is also thoroughly commending, RÜFÜS DU SOL who are nominated for Best Group of the Year, Album of the Year, and Dance Release of the Year for their latest LP, Solace.

Best Dance Release

Dom DollaTake It (Sweat It Out/Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)

FISHERYou Little Beauty (etcetc Music)

Peking Duk & Jack River – Sugar (Sony Music Australia)

PNAUSolid Gold (etcetc Music)

RÜFÜS DU SOL – Solace (Rose Avenue Records/Sony Music Australia)

Other notable mentions include the folk-rock Teskey Brothers, as well as Julia Jacklin, whose recent album, Crushing, has been… well, crushing it. It earned her a laudable six nominations including Best Female Artist as well as Best Independent Release.

The 33rd annual ARIA Awards take place on Nov. 27 and will be hosted by Australian Idol winner, Guy Sebastian.

Featured Photo: Eddie New

Meet the Underground Talent of CRSSD Fest: PNAU

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CRSSD‘s 8th edition continues celebrations of the festival’s third year around the sun. Hosted at its usual location at the picturesque Waterfront Park in San Diego, the semi-annual event certainly hasn’t faltered in its lineup curation, inviting the likes of Guy JHelena HauffSofi Tukker, and Claptone onto its bill across September 29 + 30. Dancing Astronaut joins organizers in digging a little deeper into its roster to unearth its top underrated performers to find out their backstories thus far.

Those who reached adolescence in the Aughts have more than likely heard the name “Empire Of The Sun.” The supergroup rose to prominence when indie electro pop reigned supreme, and have continued to enjoy widespread success since their break. What they might not know, however, is that half of the super duo — Nick Littlemore — actually has a side project. The project in question is called PNAU, and alongside his brother Sam Littlemore and fellow Aussie producer Peter Mayes, the group have emerged as one of the more groundbreaking acts to come out of the island continent.

PNAU have a long history stretching nearly two decades to when the group was merely a duo creating disco-tinged dance music in the late 1990s. Throughout their long-standing career, the trio continues to exceed expectations, most recently with their last album Changa. From their music to their live hows, they are not artists one quickly forgets. From those first few beats of a PNAU track, it is almost impossible to stay still. Leading up to their performance at the September 2018 edition of CRSSD Fest, the trio took time to chat with Dancing Astronaut about performing at festivals, a new album, and more.

Purchase last-minute tickets to CRSSD Fest here

What catalyzed your love for dance music?
LSD, Carnival Ov Thee Mind, a want for better things and independent life, young forever, stay out late
sleep all day, outsiders for all time.

What was your first label release? Would you still play it?
Frisk – 4 303’s over a fake 808 and anthropophagi

Describe the moment or event that made you realize that you were meant to be a full-time DJ/musician.
Hasn’t happened yet, or it’s being occurring over and over again and we’re yet to wake up and realize it

If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2018, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out?
Building the Myth:

What is different about your experience performing at festivals now as opposed to the beginning of your career?
Youth is a whirlwind, fresh faced, carded for days or because I was dazed. Everything passed us by, we were oblivious to the life lost outside while we were sleeping off the night never ending.

What are you looking forward to most about CRSSD Fest?
Channeling the cosmos, playing our first ever festival in America! Our re-entry into the multiverse,
popping our west coast cherries collectively.

If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
All of them! We came to meet all of these great artists.

What are the biggest things in your pipeline at the moment?
New PNAU album which is very exciting. Taking the brain to inner reflection and remembrance of dimensions lost at any cost.

Photo credit: PNAU’s team

CRSSD Fest Announces Lineup for Fall 2018

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Following a string of successful events, CRSSD Fest has established itself to be the premier house and techno biannual event in San Diego. Set alongside San Diego Bay in the city’s downtown, the picturesque venue has also solidified it as a destination festival drawing thousands of fans to America’s Finest City. The fall event will

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