‘Everything changes’: Seven Lions reflects on progress and Ophelia Records from Electric Zoo

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A lot can change in a year.

In February of 2018, Seven Lions took a career-altering step: he erected his own record label, Ophelia Records, swiftly consummating the imprint with the brand’s very first production, “Calling You Home.” The celestial, two-track EP, Ocean, co-produced with Jason Ross soon followed the seminal single. Not long after, “Horizon” arrived, with well-founded assistance from Tritonal and Kill The Noise. The Ophelia agenda continued raking in high-profile ammo in the months that followed.

“My vision for Ophelia was just a place for me to put out my music,” Seven Lions told Dancing Astronaut in an interview at Electric Zoo‘s recently concluded 2019 iteration. “[But] everything changes. Within the last two or three months, our release schedule has gotten so busy that I’m struggling with where to put my [own] music.”

Ophelia’s crowded release schedule led Seven Lions to just last month share two brand new singles, the MitiS-assisted “Break The Silence” and “Another Me,” just a week apart.

The theme of transcendence, which Seven Lions credits as a key creative motivator both in the way that he stylizes his music and in the manner that he disseminates it, has been paramount to Ophelia’s progression in the time since its foundation. Whereas Seven Lions originally conceived Ophelia as a platform for his own releases, the imprint has morphed into something else altogether. Case in point, Ophelia’s takeover of Electric Zoo’s Riverside stage proved a multitudinous showcase of the label’s heavy-atmospheric talent that included Said The Sky, Wooli, Jason Ross, Blastoyz, Crystal Skies, Dimibo, MitiS, and, of course, Seven Lions himself.

“I never really thought it was going to be the way that it is right now but I’m super stoked,” Seven Lions said of Ophelia’s evolution to date. “I had no visions of doing a stage at EZoo or anything like that [when I first founded the label], so now that it’s happening I feel that I’m watching it happen, and I’m going to [continue to] dig further into it.”

More showcases and stage takeovers will be an integral part of Seven Lions’ Ophelia expansion, according to the producer. As 2019 continues winding down, many artists look considerably ahead to calculate their first major career moves in 2020, including Seven Lions, who hopes to book more shows with the express purpose of exhibiting the prolific talent of Ophelia artists.

“I want to have more showcases and want to do more stuff like [stage takeovers] where I can get more people like Crystal Skies in front of a crowd, so they can throw down and show what they can do, because I feel like they don’t really have that opportunity very often,” Seven Lions explained. “Specifically Crystal Skies, Blastoyz, Last Heroes, Trivecta, all those people who haven’t had the exposure that they deserve as producers, trying to get that for them: that’s my goal, to help them get in front of larger audiences.”

From his seat backstage at the Riverside stage, where his label mate, MitiS, is performing, Seven Lions traces Ophelia’s activity over the past year for Dancing Astronaut, noting that the exponential growth that Ophelia has gleaned is largely akin to his own rise as an artist.

“[Music] was a hobby and it turned into something,” Seven Lions reflects. “I’m going to go after it with everything I can. I guess I never dreamed that big and then once it’s right in front of you [it’s] like I’m going to get that sh*t.”

As Ophelia matures, its label head will nevertheless continue to advance the Seven Lions project, which he cites as his “legacy,” enduring on the forefront of the multi-genre master’s creative focus. The weighty entrepreneurial undertaking has certainly kept Seven Lions busy in recent months. In addition to producing and planning his own releases, Seven Lions has also been engaged with his Alchemy Tour.

The ongoing live initiative, which commenced in Long Beach, California on August 17, positions Seven Lions among co-headliners, The Glitch Mob, SLANDER, and NGHTMRE, among supporting acts like SVDDEN DEATH, Jason Ross, and Shadient for a 25-date run across North American cities.

For Seven Lions, the collection of artists convening for The Alchemy Tour represents a synergistic continuum of electronic seniority.

“I wouldn’t say SLANDER and NGHTMRE are newer, but they’re very on the ups [whereas] I’ve been around for a little while,” Seven Lions posits. “But The Glitch Mob has been around for even longer, so it’s cool to expose The Glitch Mob to a newer, younger audience. In general I feel like [the tour] ticks all the boxes: buzzy artists and legends; I feel like I’m somewhere in the middle.”

And with almost a decade of releases under the Seven Lions moniker spanning everything from hardstyle, to trance, to his globally reverberative approach to worldly chill-step, one would be hard-pressed to suggest otherwise.

Listeners can purchase tickets to The Alchemy Tour, here.

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Seven Lions, Wooli, and Excision Release New Single, “Another Me”

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Recently, DJ-producers Seven Lions, Wooli, and Excision released their long-anticipated collaboration, “Another Me.” Since its first debut during Seven Lions’ Electric Forest set, everyone has been patiently waiting for its release. Now, it is finally here! The new track is as great as we imagined it to be. Seven Lions put his powerfully melodic touch

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New Music Friday: Skrillex, Boys Noize, King Arthur, Excision, Wooli and More

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It is August 30th, 2019 and we are here with the latest update on EDM Sauce with New EDM This Week. With the help of Reddit EDM, we are back with around 80 new songs and we are proud to announce that New EDM This Week is now available on Apple Music! Below you will

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Seven Lions, Excision, and Wooli evoke the senses on poignant bass-riddled collaboration, ‘Another Me’

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Since Seven Lions founded Ophelia Records in 2018, the massive dubstep producer has relentlessly curated the highest echelon of releases. Now, he has recruited two of the bass world’s most exciting acts to usher in the latest Ophelia release, “Another Me” featuring Dylan Matthew. Teaming up with mainstay Excision on his debut Ophelia appearance and “Island” collaborator Wooli, Seven Lions succeeds in pushing the full dynamism of the trifecta’s creative force in “Another Me.”

Fusing emotionally charged melodies, open-hearted vocals, and thundering bass, “Another Me” incorporates each producer’s stylistic production voice into one diversified listening experience. Beginning with a flowing vocal-based verse, the track amps up to two drops—one for the melodic senses and the other for the bass-loving souls. Trading off cascading synths and celestial strings for chaotic licks and buzzing bass, the collaboration’s grandiose soundscape has something for everyone in store.

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Seven Lions and MitiS convene on ethereal new collaboration, ‘Break The Silence’

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Seven Lions and MitiS’ melodic bass sensibilities mingle on “Break The Silence,” resulting in a blissful new single that is full of feeling. Much like the production’s transition from ID to formal release, “Break The Silence” develops slowly. The vocals of featured artist, RBBTS, filter in with feather-esque ease, to rest atop a bed of lush chords. RBBTS’ lyrical delivery is measured and earnest, a vocal match to the emotion of the song’s drops. 

The synergy of Seven Lions and the Ophelia signee’s sonic styles is evident on “Break The Silence.” The single precedes Seven Lions and MitiS’ respective sets at Electric Zoo’s 2019 iteration.

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NMF Roundup: NGHTMRE and ZHU link for new single, JOYRYDE reveals ‘MADDEN’ + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

NGHTMRE and ZHU have linked with Kidd Keem to deliver the delectable “Man’s First Inhibition,” and Seven Lions, MitiS, and RBBTS join forces on “Break The Silence.” JOYRYDE has revealed the third single from his forthcoming LP, “MADDEN,” and Adventure Club, Said the Sky, and Caly Bevier flex their skills on “Already Know.” Duke & Jones try their hand at remixing Party Favor and graves’ “Reach For Me,” and Gareth Emery continues his Laserface takeover with “Laserface 01 (Aperture).” Fox Stevenson announces his debut album with the release of “Hold Steady,” and David Guetta and MORTEN take on a remix of Avicii’s “Heaven.” Also in today’s remix game is Ross From Friends, who puts his own spin on Flume and London Grammar’s “Let You Know.” Mura Masa and Clairo thrill with their release of “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again,” and Ilan Bluestone reworks Cosmic Gate and Emma Hewitt’s “Be Your Sound.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Seven Lions Speaks Out About Missing Moonrise Music Festival

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This past weekend, fans flocked from all over for Moonrise Music Festival. Acts included 12th Planet, Illenium, Excision, Lick and many more. One of the most anticipated sets of the weekend was Seven Lions. But, due to circumstances out of his control, the DJ missed his set. This definitely wasn’t ideal circumstances for anyone. From

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Reddit Chooses The DJ’s Who Proved Their Opinions Wrong After Seeing Them Live

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I have been following electronic music for as long as I can remember. I have been attending shows and festivals for well over a decade. If I can say one thing about how I have seen dance music change, it is how incredibly decisive fans have become. While this has created a community which debates,

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Above and Beyond Collaborate With Seven Lions and Oppostie the Other: See The End

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About 8 years ago I heard a song that would change the course of my life. The first time I heard Seven Lions was the You Gotta GO remix that Jeff Montalvo did for the iconic Trance Trio Above and Beyond. I was so enamored with this new production style of Dubstep and Trance together

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Listeners ‘See The End’ to wait for Seven Lions and Above & Beyond collaboration

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Two of the most pronounced titans of the trance/uplifting house music trades, Above & Beyond and Seven Lions have unveiled their joint effort, premiered a day early on Proximity‘s YouTube channel, “See The End,” featuring Opposite The Other.

Ears were fully perked this past installment of EDC Las Vegas, when the Anjunabeats owners invited Seven Lions onstage to debut the track under the 2019 electric sky. Recurring back to the larger-than-life, 2010 era electro/big room golden age, “See The End” drums up a wealth of nostalgia, with its resounding, euphoric synth line and blaring kicks.

Seven Lions first tipped his hat to the trio over half a decade ago, with his “You Got To Go” remix, which the trio embraced emphatically. Earlier this year, as an ostensible foreshadowing of the collaboration, Seven Lions released another revamp from the Anjuna bosses’ auspicious archives: a “Sahara Love” remix.

“See The End” is officially out tomorrow on Anjunabeats.