A performance of the ages at Sydney’s Metro Theatre has been immortalized. Trap legends RL Grime and Baauer threw down what will likely be considered a legendary B2B in Australia’s largest city. To start things off, the electronic trap trendsetters began the set with a crowd rattling mix of Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” and RL Grime’s “Era.”
The set lasted for an hour and 40 minutes, unearthing loads of trap gold and accompanying genres while also making sure to include creative edits, crossover collaborations, and cult classics. While keeping with up-to-date hype with “Mo Bamba” by Sheck Wes or rewinding back to the electro trap glory days with Baauer’s remix of Rollup by Flosstradamus, the set was quite the holistic exploration between the two veteran electronic musicians.
Not only has MTV brought Teen Mom and Jersey Shore back to the airwaves in 2018, but the company is now announcing its acquisition of U.S. based New Year’s Eve event, SnowGlobe Music Festival. The annual three day event returns to South Lake Tahoe, California on December 29-31 for its eighth year. Terms of the deal had not yet been disclosed at time of writing.
“With SnowGlobe, MTV is taking the natural next step in its resurgence by expanding deeper into live events, as we continue to reach our fans and capitalize on our strong brand in new ways,” said Chris McCarthy, President of MTV, VH1, CMT, and Logo in an official release. “In a festival space where many events have become indistinguishable, SnowGlobe stands out with a unique mix of music, sports, and art that makes it a favorite among artists and its growing audience.”
MTV in collaboration with the SnowGlobe Team also plan to expand the festival to additional dates and locations worldwide. The festival will also be a platform for MTV to expand their New Year’s Eve coverage.
2018’s lineup includes Above & Beyond, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Rezz, and RL Grime headlining among more than 40 artists performing across three stages. SnowGlobe will also feature all-new art installations and the festival’s signature “Big Air” activation showcasing extreme winter sports demonstrations.Tickets for this year’s iteration of the event are still available for purchase here.
Double, double trap and trouble, fire burn and beats bubble on RL Grime‘s Halloween mix series. New RL Grime music and Halloween are mutually inclusive and have been ever since 2012, when the trap tastemaker dropped off the inaugural installment in what would go on to become an October tradition. Since then, the NOVA producer’s Halloween mix has been rife with bone-rattling bass and annually released in time for Halloweekend play for the past seven years.
Grime’s Halloween mix has cultivated somewhat of a cult following over the years, and now that the seventh mix in the sonic saga has arrived, Dancing Astronaut ensures that what to play next on the aux once “Halloween VII” times out will be the least of costumed celebrators’ worries, by revisiting each of RL Grime’s past Halloween mixes.
“Halloween VII” sees Shaq, RL Stine, and Jake Foushee hop in the cut alongside Grime to collaboratively stagger shiver-worthy drops throughout the mix. A heavy hybrid of hip-hop selects and trap-oriented inclusions, “Halloween VII” provides a forceful soundtrack to weekend festivities, with Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and more receiving nods. With no calories, no sugar, and no consequential hangover, the one-hour mix bears absolutely no tricks.
The prelude to RL Grime’s sophomore album, NOVA, “Halloween VI” only laid claim to one ID, despite streamers’ collective belief that Grime would use the sixth mix as a platform to debut new music from the forthcoming production. Fans later championed “Halloween VI” as the best crafted installment in the series thus far. With Rae Sremmurd, Eprom, Post Malone, DROELOE, and more on the track list, it’s no wonder that “Halloween VI” was so warmly received.
RL Grime spiked adrenaline at “Halloween V’s” intro with a spoken intro delivered by none other than Pharrell Williams. “Halloween V” melded a series of rap-flavored releases with electronically grounded selections from GTA, Baauer, and more, making for a monstrous genre mashup. “Halloween V” additionally ushered in an advanced listen of Grime’s collaboration with Skrillex and What So Not. Grime dropped the single, entitled “Waiting,” several days later on November 3, 2016.
2015’s Halloween mix marked RL Grime’s fourth consecutive year of sinister, seasonal material. Comedian Hannibal Buress verbalizes the mix’s intro and Goosebumps author, RL Stine, makes his yearly appearance as well.
Backtrack to 2014, a time in which rising producer, Henry Steinway, was still solidifying his trap reign as RL Grime. Grime’s third annual Halloween mix predated the release of his debut album, VOID, which pulled up on the electronic scene with fervor on November 14, 2014. With his inaugural longform production looming, but still a ways off, 2013’s Halloween mix enabled RL Grime to work some unreleased magic into the mix’s track list, including the then unreleased “Monsoon.” 2013’s mix featured tunes from Mr. Carmack, Bobby Shmurda, and 2 Chainz, among others.
2013 brought an approximate 60 minutes of musical madness to streamers’ sound systems, as RL Grime followed 2012’s inaugural release of his Halloween mix series with a chilling sequel. Jam-packed with momentous drops and exhibitive of RL Grime’s deft ear for mixing, 2013’s mix was a formidable follow up to 2012’s, with releases from Drake, Gesaffelstein, Sage The Gemini, and Dog Blood.
“Happy Halloween everyone…picked out some of my favorite spooky tracks in celebration of today,” RL Grime on SoundCloud when he uploaded his inaugural Halloween mixtape. The first of the series to feature a spoken gambit from literary legend, RL Stine, Grime’s 2012 Halloween mix arrived as a humble 33-minute product comprised of just 18 tracks.
As RL Grime fans will attest, the indisputable sweetest treat of Halloween weekend won’t be found among bowls of candy on porches or in drink specials catered to bar crawl crowds, but rather in RL Grime’s annual Halloween mix. As much a necessity of costumed celebration of the October holiday as face masks and ghoulish makeup, Grime’s Halloween mix is a quintessential component of Halloween each year. 2018 marks seven consecutive years of Grime’s release of the slapping seasonal product, and as in past years, Grime satiates with his trap take on spooky season.
“Halloween VII” sees Shaq, RL Stine, and Jake Foushee hop in the cut alongside Grime to collaboratively stagger shiver-worthy drops throughout the mix. A heavy hybrid of hip-hop selects and trap-oriented inclusions, “Halloween VII” provides a forceful soundtrack to weekend festivities. With no calories, no sugar, and no consequential hangover, the one-hour mix bears absolutely no tricks.
AND NOW THE MOMENT WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR! Fresh off the drop of his banger of an album “NOVA” RL Grime has taken to the mix table for his annual Halloween Mix, Halloween VII. Year after year, this mix has held a special place in our hearts. I remember last year almost going
Wynwood Fear Factory is set for its third straight year and it’s coming in with a bang. Unlike last year where they had the event at the RC Cola Plant, this year it will be held indoors at the Mana Wynwood venue. This gives the grounds quite an upgrade and fans will be sure to
No matter where you’re spending your All Hallow’s Eve this year, DA knows where you can let your freak flag fly. Whether you’re in Toronto, Caen, Los Angeles—hell, even Wisconsin—we’ve got you covered. With a beguiling mixture of both annually resurrected and new festivals on our radar, there’s a fiendish festivity for all this Halloween.
1. HARD Day of the Dead
HARD‘s once defunct Day of the Dead property is officially back, slated for November 3 at the event’s original home at LA Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles. Headlining DOTD’s comeback edition is Justice, breaking out their live stage rig for one final outing, exactly six years to the day after the Parisian legends headlined the inaugural Day of the Dead. South African rave-rap pioneers Die Antwoord and Knife Party also top this year’s lineup, along with a stacked cast of supporting acts.
The French superpower is slithering his way to both New York and LA for the freakiest week of the year. Snake is slated to headline New York City’s Avant Gardner on October 26 and Los Angeles’ legendary Shrine Expo Hall on October 31. The headlining shows will be Snake’s only territory headline appearances of the year, and each show is expected to feature state-of-the-art production.
Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center is housing the Midwest’s quintessential Halloween festival this year: the very first double-day JAWBREAKER, specifically tailored for electronic lovers, October 27-28. With a fully-loaded lineup featuring the likes of GRiZ, ODESZA, Louis The Child, RL Grime, ZEDD, SLUMBERJACK, and more, the festival is sure to spawn a fierce following. Easily accessible to Chicagoans, the other electronic mecca of the Midwest, the venue is located just a few blocks from the Milwaukee Amtrak station.
Toronto’s recent drum ‘n’ bass fever has spawned its annual Freakout at 401 Mini Indy Go-Karts. With a brimming lineup featuring Andy C, Rusko, and Dirtyphonics, along with Hunter Siegel hosting a No Neon room, Freakout is slated for a ghastly good time going down Saturday, October 27.
Hakkasan Group is pulling out all the stops for Halloween 2018. The Las Vegas hospitality giant is extending Halloween to a full week, running holiday themed festivities at each of their properties across the strip, spanning from October 25 – October 31. As the month winds down, an eclectic cast of talent will descend upon Vegas — drawing the likes of Steve Aoki, Kaskade, ZEDD, NGHTMRE, Martin Garrix, Borgore, and Lil Uzi Vert to name a few, for one of the busiest party weeks of the year.
6. Wynwood Fear Factory’s Halloween Weekend in Miami
Summer festival season may be long gone, but the events circuit shows no signs of slowing as fall lineups begin to pour in. Thanks to the organizers at Diskolab, Miami just became a top contender for Halloween weekend destinations. Mana Wynwood Warehouse will host some of the most in-demand electronic acts in the country across October 26 – 27, with a roster topped by RL Grime and Galantis, along with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike billed as the weekend’s special guests.
The freaky Frenchman of Nördik Impakt are letting loose a cannon of across-the-board underground electronic acts this year in Caen, France for the Halloween season. With a lineup featuring the likes of Charlotte De Witte, Maceo Plex, and Nicole Moudaber, taking off October 24-27, Caen patrons will surely feel full-throttle Impakt of the most malicious variety.
SoCal’s Psycho Circus is the last place patrons will want to Escape this Halloween. With a lineup boasting headliners of a truly hellish caliber, the October 26-27 Insomniac affair is going rogue. Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Diplo, and Eric Prydz are just a slice of this deliciously pernicious pie, stocked with devilishly immersive experiential elements to boot.
9. Light & Life Halloween Warehouse with Dillon Francis
Light&Life have hosted some of the most prominent dance acts in the game — Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, and Disclosure, to name a few — and are known for their cutting-edge production in the visual and sonic realms. They’ve booked Latin Grammy winner Dillon Francis to headline their Halloween show at a Brooklyn warehouse venue on October 26. Dillon’s highly anticipated WUT WUT album has just been released, which means he’ll be filling the venue with loads of fresh new music not yet heard live by fans. Francis will be joined by Valentino Khan, and up-and-coming bass talent Nitti Gritti.
10. Circoloco Halloween NYC – Hosted by Teksupport
Teksupport, a pillar of underground dance music events in New York City, has joined forces with the iconic Ibiza brand Circoloco to put together a memorable Halloween weekend gathering. Circoloco is has earned the reputation as one of the island’s top afterhours parties, taking place weekly at the superclub DC10. This year will be the third in a row where they bring the brand stateside to New York. Standout acts include Virgil Abloh (recently placed on TIME’s ‘Most Influential People of 2018 list), Peggy Gou, & house music legends, The Martinez Brothers.
11. Haunted Deep: Lee Burridge / Mr C / Jay Tripwire & more
Chicago is getting DEEP this Hallo-weekend, going back to its house roots with an array of the finest performers. Dive into the depths with Burning Man mainstays Lee Burridge, Mr. C, Jay Tripwire, and more, to be hosted at The Mine Music hall. Paradigm has recently began expanding beyond its talent agency wheelhouse and into event production, where it aims to expose fans to top-notch talent that isn’t completely dominating the mainstream media sphere.
When Halloween hits, dance music fans are almost always happy. Specially curated events appear all over cities, spooky new music is released left and right, and of course, RL Grime returns with a massive mixtape. Last year RL Grime’s Halloween VI featured new music from the realm of Trap as well as some first listens
We’re inching closer to Skrillex’s imminent return, and while his now-canonized debut LP, Recess, is nearing its fifth birthday, he’s carved out a Hall of Fame career since his momentous mainstream breakout. He’s become one of the most in-demand pop producers of the modern day, while managing to keep close to his post-hardcore roots, build on his electronic music legacy, and explore new sounds all at once. This year, in celebration of turning 30, Skrillex took a much-deserved year off, though a not-so-secret comeback is beginning to take shape, and signs suggest OWSLA’s head honcho could be primed to change the game all over again very soon.
In the meantime, label recruit JOYRYDE is snapping a shorter hiatus as well, linking up with the boss man for his upcoming album’s lead single — the long awaited “Agen Wida.” The pair more than deliver on their new joint effort, so to celebrate, Dancing Astronaut put together an additional 11 (unranked) Skrillex-assisted classics. See if your favorite Skrillex feature made the list below.
A few weeks after the release of his highly anticipated Rick Ross feature, “Purple Lamborghini” (not featured) for the ill-fated Suicide Squad soundtrack, Skrillex switched gears and went full experimental house with veteran French mastermind, Mr. Oizo on “End of the World.” Somewhere between cheeky setlist tool and thumping club cut, Mr. Oizo and Skrillex link up for a memorable house cut featured on Oizo’s 2016 LP, All Wet.
Featured on OWSLA’s 2017 label compilation, HOWSLA, “Chicken Soup” finds Skrillex linked with French bass-house linchpin Habstrakt. The collaboration originally received a live debut during a surprise Skrillex set at Coachella’s DoLab and would eventually come to be one of the biggest tracks of the year. Skrillex’s house output often takes a backseat to some of his heavier studio hallmarks, but “Chicken Soup,” launched Skrillex towards a considerable club-leaning kick, and has since grown to be a fan favorite within a sprawling catalog of monstrous bass hits.
Taking on Hundred Waters’ 2014 standout from Moon Rang Like a Bell, Skrillex reunited with Chance the Rapper, the frequent to breathe new life into “Show Me Love,” with help from vocalists Moses Sumney and Robin Hannibal. The remix, which became Hundred Waters‘ most commercially lauded track to date also served as Skrillex’s directorial debut, crafting a feel-good adventure feature for the cameras, rounding off the remix effort with a perfectly complementary video for “Show Me Love.”
The unconventional nature of Skrillex and Justin Bieber’s creative partnership was perhaps what made the duo so enticing at first. But after a proven knack for crafting hits together, there’s no denying that when the two link up, they’re bound for radio-ready gold. Such was the case on the tropical chart-topper “Sorry” from Bieber’s inescapable Purpose. The album wound up being a massive commercial success and catapulted Skrillex to untouchable pop producer status alongside Bieber for a second time.
Undoubtedly one of the most memorable cuts from the entire OWSLA catalog, the boss man orchestrated a super-collaboration remix of Yogi‘s “Burial” that will probably never get old. It’s just too damn good. It has even become Arby’s unofficial theme song. The 2015 posse cut came after the Aftermath-championed production outfit had already collected remixes of the track from Moody Good and Trollphace. So mashing every rendition together with the additions of Skrillex, G.O.O.D. Music president Pusha T, and a cameo from Denis Rodman in the music video rounded this one out at full blockbuster status for the final product.
What So Not and RL Grime‘s “Tell Me” will always be remembered as the defining emblem of the year trap music took over the EDM zeitgeist. The track is still a hallmark in both producer’s catalogs, though after their first booming collaboration, the world needed a second. In fact, it was practically demanded. So when RL and his Aussie counterpart finally did link back up, they brought along Skrillex for “Waiting,” which became one of the most anticipated tracks of the year in 2016. The track played on the same bombastic trap theme from a few years before, and managed to recreate most of the magic from trap’s extended moment in the sun.
Long before the Mind of a Genius roster was crushing the music world, Skrillex pulled up for “Working For It,” a now legendary posse cut with ZHU and THEY. handling vocal duties. The track combined ZHU’s twanging guitars and ludicrously crisp synth lines with signature Skrillex bass stabs. The result was a certified late-night ready club anthem that hits as hard on the thousandth play as it did on the first.
After striking Top 40 gold twice with Justin Bieber, and creating unique collaborations with artists ranging from K-pop heavyweight CL to Chance The Rapper on 2014’s Recess LP, Skrillex solidified a knack for bringing his productions into a featured vocalist’s unique world. 2017’s “Favor” is a prime example, as Skrillex and Vindata combine Jack Ü-inspired percussion with an lush instrumental that lets NSTASIA’s breezy lines float effortlessly on top.
Roc Nation rapper Vic Mensa is joined by Jahlil Beats and Skrillex for a collaboration that was essentially the OWSLA head’s 2015 follow up to “Wild For The Night” with A$AP Rocky. Scratching the itch to make another repeat-worthy rap-meets-electronic anthem, Skrillex and Jahlil Beats proctor a cinematic trap beat for Mensa to deliver his bars over, that winds up being one of Skrillex’s more unique, albeit less hyped, features in the rap space to date. The final product was then turned over to Zane Lowe for his debut premiere on the newly launched Apple Music platform.
Skrillex has a history of head-turning video concepts, though his animated joint with JAUZ for their Adult Swim Single “SQUAD OUT!” with Fatman Scoop may take the cake. The video is directed by Adult Swim veteran Adam Fuchs, whose credits previously included Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Ugly Americans for the network, as well as music videos for artists such as Flying Lotus and Neon Indian.
The video, unsurprising given its director, is an extension of Adult Swim’s trademark gonzo animation. It opens innocuously enough, with animated avatars of Skrillex and JAUZ riding an elevator. It doesn’t take long though, for things to get very weird. The collaboration was a standout to begin with, and the video made it even better.
To assist on The Game’s The Documentary 2, a follow up LP to his debut solo project from a decade earlier, the OWSLA boss served a trunk-rattling dose of bombastic bravado on “El Chapo.” The Recess producer brought his half of the Escobar-ian swagger with a latin-flavored horn loop and shattering subs providing the perfect backdrop for The Game’s snarling bars. The cartel homage was a little harder than the previous rap features in Skrill’s repertoire, but on his joint with The Game, he proves he can undoubtedly run with the big dogs on “El Chapo.”