[Q&A] Meet the artists you can’t miss at Spring Awakening: Tiësto

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This year, Chicago’s Spring Awakening Music Festival, the largest dance music fest in the Midwest, will return to Addams/Medill Park with another packed, meticulously curated lineup, including Tchami, Virtual Self, Tiësto, Alison Wonderland, and more across its three-day span. Dancing Astronaut has teamed up with the fest to get to know its standout acts a little better, just before SAMF arrives to bid spring adieu June 8-10. 


If there was ever a single artist in dance music who truly needed no introduction, it would be Tiësto. His universal status echoes far beyond the dance circuit, into the far corners of the music industry at large. He’s been dubbed “Greatest DJ of All Time” and the “Godfather of EDM” by a number of publications, and helped to solidify dance music’s place in mainstream music in Athens in 2004 by becoming the first DJ to ever perform at the Olympics.

Tiësto’s epochal trance hooks will likely reverberate through dance floors for countless future generations. At 49, Tiësto has been wielding his now ubiquitous dance floor weapons for decades, founding Black Hole Recordings in 1997, wherein he released his earliest albums. He was nominated for a Grammy for his fiercely ambitious trance album, Elements Of Life, in 2007, and was vindicated in 2015 when his remix of John Legend’s “All Of Me” won the Grammy for Best Non-Classical Remix.

His more recent delve into mainstream territory — bringing with it another world tour and his rowdy, heavily collaborated I Like It Loud EP — has shown he has no plans of hanging up his DJ or production hats anytime soon. Before Tiësto heads back to the Windy City for another headlining performance at Spring Awakening, he sat down with DA to talk about his new collaboration with Post Malone, Preme, Dzeko, and Louis Bell, the legacy he hopes to leave behind, his recommendations for must-see acts at Spring Awakening this year, and more.

You can still buy tickets to Spring Awakening here, and the full lineup is here.


You have a new track coming out this month. What can you tell us about that?

It started with a group of friends hanging out: Preme, Post Malone, Louis Bell, Dzeko and me. Preme played the verse of what became “Jackie Chan.” Dzeko and I were like “Man, we can make something really cool and different out of this.” It took a lot of hard work to get it to a place where all of us were satisfied with it, but once it got there, we knew we had something special.

How have you seen U.S. electronic music scene evolve since your earlier days?

It went from super rave and off the radar to mainstream relevant and more popular than ever.

What is your favorite part of being on tour? least favorite?

My favorite part is entertaining thousands of people every night. It is an amazing feeling. My least favorite part is the traveling, airports, and airport food.

Who’s someone outside the EDM arena you would most want to collaborate with and why?

I just did with Post Malone! He’s so talented and fun to hang out with. Not to mention his voice is amazing.

What has been your most memorable performance thus far and why?

I have so many.. And that’s the beauty about being a DJ, every night is different and that’s what keeps me interested and keeps it fun for me.

What kind of legacy do you hope to leave for the music world at large?

I hope people think of me as the man that gave people incredible and unforgettable nights, an inspiration to aspiring new DJs and producers, and a mentor to many.

How does it feel to be returning to Chicago for Spring Awakening?

Chicago is one of my favorite cities to play, and I love the vibes this festival brings.

Which three sets would you recommend from the Spring Awakening lineup this year?

First, Dubfire – he’s a great techno act. Also, Seven Lions – he’s on his own planet and has incredible music. And finally, Mercer – he makes great dance music with a lot of variety.

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Spring Awakening announces 2018 dates and early bird tickets

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Chicago’s own React Presents has announced the 2018 dates of the seventh annual Spring Awakening Music Festival (SAMF), which will take place June 8-10. SAMF, the largest strictly electronic music festival in the Midwest, will return to Adams/Medill Park in Chicago for the third year since its departure from its original destination, Soldier Field.

SAMF has hosted some of the most eminent names in EDM, including Skrillex, Diplo, and Dillon Francis over the years, rendering it a must-attend for Chicago’s electronic music lovers since its launch in 2012.

Discounted general admission and VIP early bird tickets are on sale Oct. 12-14 at their lowest price, available here.

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Win Tickets to Commencement Fest in Detroit featuring RL Grime, Adventure Club, and More!

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New year, new festivals! 2017 is kicking off with Commencement Fest happening in Lansing, Michigan on January 21st! React Presents has teamed up with Elevated Music Group to bring you a small yet diverse lineup for this event with artist like RL Grime, Adventure Club, Lil Yachty, Young Bombs, and more.

Whats special about Commencement Fest is that this event on January 21st is just the first of many! They plan to bring this to a number of different colleges across the nation, what a perfect way to help students let loose a little bit, right? With its first stop being at the Lansing Center, Commencement Fest hopes to create a unique experience with an immense stage and wrap-around crowd space allowing for attendee’s to really immerse themselves in the night!

Enter below by just pressing the button, its that easy! And as a reminder you will be able to share to both Facebook and Twitter daily to gain more entries! Winner must be 18 years of age or older by the time of the event. The name will be chosen on Friday, January 13th and will be notified by email.

In case you don’t want to miss your chance on attending this event then just check out their website to buy tickets!


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Source: Win Tickets to Commencement Fest in Detroit featuring RL Grime, Adventure Club, and More!

React Presents x YourEDM Winter Giveaway Round Two

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We have officially made it a week into the New Year! Many of us wish to leave a lot of what happened in 2016 behind but one thing that i’m making sure sticks with us is our massive giveaways that we do with React Presents! Thats right, we are back with yet another round of awesome shows that we want to get you guys into for free. Check out the full list of events below and just click the button to start entering! One winner will be selected for each show (either 24 to 48 hours prior to the event) and they will receive a four (4) pack of tickets to it! As usual you will be able to share to both Facebook and Twitter daily to be able to gain more entries!

And just in case you don’t want to miss out on the show at all just head over to Clubtix.com to scoop some tickets!

1) Datsik Night One at Concord Music Hall – January 20th, 2017 (18+)

2) Datsik Night Two at Concord Music Hall – January 21st, 2017 (18+)

3) Dubfire at The MID – February 3rd, 2017 (21+)

4) G Jones at Double Door – February 3rd, 2017 (18+)

5) Wax Motif & Wuki at The MID – February 4th, 2017 (21+)

6) Matoma at Concord Music Hall – February 10th, 2017 (17+)

7) Chris Lorenzo at The MID – February 10th, 2017 (21+)

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Source: React Presents x YourEDM Winter Giveaway Round Two

React Presents Announces New Concert Series, Trance Arena, in Chicago!

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Midwest trance lovers rejoice! As of this past Monday Chicago promotion company, React Presents, has announced the brand new concert series, Trance Arena! This coming February fans will get a taste of what they’ve been asking for when the event hits Concord Music Hall on Friday the 24th. The first event will feature the legend ATB with Organ Nilsen, Ben Nicky, and more along side him!

This concert series is a way to bring the midwest Trance family together with their shared love of the genre. This seven-hour event will feature beautiful stage production, custom lighting arrays and the highest-quality sound system to give the fans the experience they have been craving and to showcase the artists in a way that they were meant to be shown.

Tickets for the first February event are on sale now at the Trance Arena website.

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Source: React Presents Announces New Concert Series, Trance Arena, in Chicago!

YourEDM x React Presents Holiday Giveaway Featuring Don Diablo, Herobust, Get Real, & More!

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The month of December is here, Christmas and New Years is right around the corner, and we want to give our readers their presents early this year… in the form of a MASSIVE ticket giveaway for our midwest friends. As always we have teamed up with React Presents to give you a total of 12 different chances to win some tickets for shows all over Chicago and even one in Detroit this time!

It’s easy to enter, just check out the list below and enter any of the giveaways you are interested in. That could be as little as one or as many as all of them, thats all up to you. Just keep in mind that you’ll have the ability to share on both Facebook and Twitter daily to gain more entries. Winners will be chosen 24-48 hours before the show (Except for three; Moon Boots, Sander Van Doorn, & Get Real will all be chosen on the 20th), just keep an eye out here and on your email!

Every single prize will be a four (4) pack of tickets!

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1) Don Diablo at The MID – Thursday, December 8th (21+)

2) The Martinez Brothers at The MID – Friday, December 9th (21+)

3) Cazzette & Friends at The MID – Saturday, December 10th (21+)

4) Griaffage at The MID – Friday, December 16th (21+)

5) KSHMR at Concord Music Hall- Friday, December 16th (18+)

6) Valentino Khan at The MID – Saturday, December 17th (21+)

7) Lane 8 at Concord Music Hall – Saturday, December 17th (18+)

8) Herobust at The MID – Thursday, December 22nd (21+)

9) Moon Boots & Kill Frenzy at The MID – Friday, December 23rd (21+)

10) Sander Van Doorn at The MID – Saturday, December 24th (21+)

11) Get Real in DETROIT at the Eastern Market Shed 3 – Wednesday, December 28th (18+)

12) Steve Bug at The MID – Friday, December 30th (21+)

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Source: YourEDM x React Presents Holiday Giveaway Featuring Don Diablo, Herobust, Get Real, & More!

Win Tickets to Reaction New Year’s Eve with Flume, Zeds Dead, and More!

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To think we are only a little over a month away from ringing in the New Year really makes you think where did the time go? 2016 has come and gone just like the years before and as usual React Presents is at the forefront of celebration. Reaction New Year’s Eve is back for its second year at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL to bring the party with artists like Flume, Zeds Dead, Gucci Mane, Dillon Francis, Tchami and more. We’re thankful to be able to provide our readers with an opportunity to be able to attend for free!

We are giving away a pair (2) of tickets to Reaction New Year’s Eve to one lucky winner, all you have to do is enter below for your chance to win. Winners must be 17 years of age or older by the time of the event in order to attend. You are able to share to both Facebook and Twitter daily to be able to gain more entries; the winner will be chosen on December 16th so be sure to keep an eye here and on your email!

If you want to make sure you will ring in 2017 and not miss out on this great event don’t worry, tickets are still avaiable on the Reaction NYE website. Be sure to get pumped for this years event by checking out the exclusive playlist of songs from artists performing at the event below too!

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Photo Credit: Georgia Modi Photography

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Source: Win Tickets to Reaction New Year’s Eve with Flume, Zeds Dead, and More!

React Presents x YourEDM Winter Giveaway

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We can only call it a miracle that we have been blessed with some pretty fantastic weather all the way up until November but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s still winter time. And it’s important that we take advantage of what we’ve got and make sure we get you guys into as many shows as possible before the snow starts to come down. As always we have teamed up with React Present to bring you a great set of giveaways for the coming month!

The same rules as always still apply, make sure that you are of age for each event you plan to enter for. And to remember that you are able to share to both Facebook and Twitter daily to gain more entries to each show! Winner’s will be picked 48 to 24 hours prior to the show so be sure to keep an eye out here and on your email in case you win!

If you don’t want to miss out on any of these fantastic shows than take a look on Clubtix.com to purchase tickets!

1) Cash Cash at Concord Music Hall on November 18th, 2016 (18+) – A pair (2) of tickets

2) Lido at Lyric Opera House on November 18th, 2016 (All Ages) – A four (4) pack of tickets

3) Slander and NGHTMRE at Concord Music Hall on November 20th, 2016 (17+) – A four (4) pack of tickets

4) Atmosphere Night 1 at Concord Music Hall on November 21st, 2016 (17+) – A pair (2) of ticket

5) Atmosphere Night 2 at Concord Music Hall on November 22nd, 2016 (17+) – A pair (2) of ticket

6) Cashmere Cat at Concord Music Hall on November 23rd, 2016 (18+) – A pair (2) of ticket

7) Booka Shade at Concord Music Hall on December 1st, 2016 (18+) – A pair (2) of ticket

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: React Presents x YourEDM Winter Giveaway

Review: Freaky Deaky Outdoes Itself Once More As The Midwest’s Best Halloween Event

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As one of the most important holidays of the season, Halloween is something that event promoters around the country must pull out all the stops for if they plan on cementing themselves as the occasion’s most memorable and attractive event throwers. Here in Chicago, the stage was set before the season even began. Freaky Deaky, the now three-day Halloween weekend festival known for its eclectic roster of electronic and hip hop acts, would be returning to the expansive Toyota Park for the second time, bringing with it an unmatched lineup of incredible artists from all ends of the spectrum.

Headlined by the likes of electronic music mainstays Disclosure, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, DJ Snake and Tiësto alongside hip hop icons Schoolboy Q, DJ Khaled, A$AP Ferg and many more, the festival featured one of the most representative and inclusive list of acts I’ve seen since my move to the city three years ago. In the bass music realm, some of my favorite artists like Figure, Loudpvck, Paper Diamond, Snails, Bro Safari and Bleep Bloop held things down while I traversed the colorful and wacky festival grounds. Meanwhile, some of the genre’s most notable up and comers like Team EZY and Slushii stood among veterans Boys Noize and Jamie Jones. The result of this much diversity was a truly unique experience for every costumed fan in attendance.

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Throughout the three-day event, each of the acts were split between the three main stages. Two of them, absolutely immense tents that stretched back to match even the largest of indoor concert venues, held the festival’s biggest names. Featuring massive light displays and LED screens to match, the visuals were only bested by the sound quality itself. Ridiculous, rumbling sub bass and piercing highs, the experience of hearing some of my favorite tracks played out in the main tents was unlike anything else.

The Crypt Stage, located in the center of the festivities, came as a more intimate and tightly packed environment than the crowds further outside. It hosted some of the smaller names on the roster and brought in an ever-changing base of attendees each night. Despite being one of my favorite parts of the Freaky Deaky weekend, due to its interesting lineup and closer atmosphere, the stage’s sound muddiness was something I wasn’t able to completely ignore. Luckily, the added energy and hype in the smaller room made up for some of the sound loss, and the sets were just as exhilarating as those in the big tents.

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With warmer weather and a pleasant lack of rain this year, the entirety of my Halloween weekend at Freaky Deaky was spent enjoying some of the finest dance music and hip hop performances of the season and basking in the collective energy of the always-thrilling Chicago crowds. As of this year, it’s clear to me that Freaky Deaky has cemented itself as the only worthy provider of a truly memorable Halloween experience in the Midwest. Until next year!

Check below for the full gallery of photos from the weekend!

 

Photos by Georgia Modi Photography

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Source: Review: Freaky Deaky Outdoes Itself Once More As The Midwest’s Best Halloween Event

Win Tickets to catch Darude in Chicago on his 2016 Fall Tour!

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It has now been 15 years since the release of his iconic hit Sandstorm and Darude is still traveling the world better than ever. At the beginning of October he set out on his current 2016 fall tour making stops in San Diego, Tucson, Denver, San Francisco, and Kansas City to name a few but this weekend on Saturday, November 5th, Darude touches down in the windy city of Chicago to perform at Evil Olive and we here at YourEDM want to make sure you don’t miss out!

Once again we have teamed up with React Presents to bring you a fantastic giveaway for this event! One lucky winner will be chosen to receive a four (4) pack of tickets to the show. The winner will be selected this Friday and contacted via email so be sure to keep an eye out for that. And remember, you’ll be able to share on both Facebook and Twitter daily to gain more entries! You (and your friends) must be 21 years of age or older by the day of the event to be able to attend.

In case you don’t want to risk missing out on this event then you can still purchase tickets on Clubtix.com

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Source: Win Tickets to catch Darude in Chicago on his 2016 Fall Tour!