Skrillex’s studio sessions with Ty Dolla $ign, From First to Last, Sean Mendez, and more confirmed

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Perfect Sound Studios revealed that Skrillex has been busy in the studio with a variety of collaborators. In a post from the lavish Hollywood Hills studio founded by Jake Rodenhouse, it’s indicated that Skrillex has been working on a side project with his old band, From First to Last. The OWSLA helmer also brought Sean Mendez, Frank Dukes, and Ty Dolla $ign to studio sessions.

This summer, Skrillex released “Surrender” with his former post-punk band, From First to Last, taking the lead on vocals. Skrillex has been taking more of a behind the console role in 2018, nabbing production credits with K-pop star Key,  Mariah CareyElohimKelsey Lu, and a feature on the Kingdom Hearts  soundtrack. Then, following his long-awaited, “SICKO MODE” remix, the Skrillex launched a cryptic website overhaul making fans wonder what’s coming next from the dance music icon. Whatever it is, lots of new music is underway.

 

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KAYZO Gives Skrillex’s Remix Of Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’ A Major Upgrade In New Flip

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Two weeks ago we got our first taste of Skrillex’s 2018 remix productions with the release of his take on Travis Scott’s ‘SICKO MODE.’ The track by all standards was pretty dope, but many fans were hoping for a bit more. The common train of thought was that if the remix was released by anyone

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Skrillex and Hikaru Utada team up for Kindgom Hearts III Theme Song

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Skrillex had a quiet start to 2018, but the back half of the year has witnessed his return to the spotlight — and it appears there are no plans on stopping in sight. His Dog Blood project with Boys Noize recently resurfaced on Instagram and on the Buku Music + Arts Project lineup, he recently collaborated with Justice, and now he’s going in a whole different direction in producing for Square Enix and Disney’s game collaboration, Kingdom Hearts III.

Specifically, the crossover star worked alongside Hikaru Utada to create the Kingdom Hearts III theme song, which is featured in the newly released opening trailer for the game.  The game is set across a vast array of Disney and Pixar-imagined worlds, and follows the journey of Sora — a young boy and unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe.

Utada and Skrillex’s collaboration is titled “Face My Fears,” and the track is outside Skrillex’s typical atmosphere of cutting notes and hard drops. Instead, softer soundscapes and bubbly synth combinations make for the perfect backdrop for the video game’s storyline.

Listen to the Kingdom Hearts III Theme Song By Skrillex and Hikaru Utada

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As many of you know, the Kingdom Hearts III video game release date is quickly approaching. If you were already excited about the long-anticipated release, then you are sure to get even more excited after this news announcement. You can now listen to the video games theme song, created by Skrillex and Hikaru Utada. The

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Skrillex and Boys Noize’s Dog Blood Scheduled To Return at Buku Festival 2019

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Back in August of 2012, Skrillex and Boys Noize teamed up to release their debut single “Next Order / Middle Finger” as the super duo, Dog Blood. While taking on some festivals as the super duo, Dog Blood has been relatively quiet. In August of 2018, Dog Blood posted on Instagram for the first time

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Reddit Sleuths Discover Countdown Clock And More On Skrillex’s Website

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If you haven’t heard that Skrillex is teasing a new album then you are without a doubt living under a pretty sizable rock. Skrillex has started to once again release tracks under his own name after producing tunes for other artists for the past two years. So far this year we have heard his collaboration

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Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’ Achieves #1 on Billboard Hot 100 With Help Of Skillex

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Ever since Travis Scott released “Sicko Mode,” the track has been featured on Billboard’s Hot 100. Yet, just days after Skrillex’s remix, “Sicko Mode” has now reached the #1 position right in front of Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next.” “Sicko Mode” was created by both Travis Scott and Drake and appeared on Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’

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China’s Electric Jungle festival co-founder, Boyi Zhou, talks dance music culture, obstacles, and the wild time yet to come [Q&A]

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For the past few years, Boyi Zhou and his Jungle Events team have been toiling away, trying to carve out a vivacious, unfettered space in the Chinese event circuit for electronic dance music. While Zhou, the event brand’s marketing manager, and his team have tried to emulate a lot of the underground dance music culture they were indoctrinated into while studying abroad in LA, there is much about their nook of the EDM continuum that is inherently Chinese.

This month (Dec 8-9), Zhou and the Jungle Events team will return with another installment of what is now the largest dance music festival in all of China, Electric Jungle, projected to attract over 60,000 attendees. The team is combining its Goliath headliners, Skrillex and Martin Garrix, with a sundry of international, nuanced talent, like REZZ, Drezo, TroyBoi, and Illenium–just to name a few.

Like many electronic fests in the US, the Foshan Chuanlord Tourism & Leisure EXPO resort-residing Electric Jungle will be broken off into meticulously curated stages, including a Berlin-nightclub-themed techno stage, a bass stage, which will receive a one-day Monstercat makeover, and of course, a main stage. Zhou says, that while the nature of the festival may be unorthodox, especially within its respective culture, organizers want to preserve authentic Chinese tradition while on their home turf, wielding ancient Chinese monsters as a motif throughout festival grounds.

Also quite like in the US, festival organizers must fiercely delegate with local authorities to gain the privileges necessary for throwing an event of this scale–though, for Zhou and co., this is a much weightier burden. Standing on the precipice of, what is for the Chinese, still such an underground culture, the local government still doesn’t fully fathom Jungle Events and their counterparts’ intentions; though, Zhou says, that’s beginning to change. Zhou sat down with Dancing Astronaut to talk about not only how he’s mediating these profound obstacles, but also his initial infatuation with the LA “rave” scene, launching one of the first Chinese-language dance music blogs, and his observations of the Chinese electronic festival circuit at large.

Tickets to Electric Jungle as well as additional festival info can be found here.

How did the idea for the festival come about?

I was attending college in the US living in LA for six years and I went to a lot of raves. So I started a blog, Jungle EDM, one of the first all-Chinese electronic music blogs. Soon I had over 10,000 followers. Back then there were no blogs about electronic dance music in China. And there were no Chinese materials for translation. So I was the first one to translate all of the English dance music materials to Chinese. When I graduated, I came back to China and started my own festivals.

Can you compare the underground dance music scene you were indoctrinated into in LA to that of China?

I wouldn’t say it’s the same at all, but it’s growing really fast. In America basically, dance culture is the pop culture. But in China it’s a sub-genre or subculture of all other music genres.

Who are some of the biggest influencers in growing China’s dance music scene?

I would say the newer festivals, and the nightclubs. The nightclubs are doing really well. They’re hosting a lot of foreign artists bringing the culture to China.

Tell me about your Jungle team?

So the original founders are all from California. We all went to the same school. We met there. We all went to the community college first in Santa Monica and we transferred to different schools, but when we all came back to China, we decided to make the festival.

What do you predict your greatest challenge to be in executing a successful Electric Jungle this year?

Probably getting certain permits. It’s really strict in China. You can not go ’til after 10 pm, the curfew time. And the production is limited. You can not use certain effects like fireworks, or any variation of fire. Also, the audience capacity limits are very strict.

How are you guys working to mediate those issues?

Well, when we first came here to do this in China, the government didn’t really understand us. It’s getting better now. We are taking special precautions and working with the government to try to clear up the discord. They are trying to work with us and are working on giving us a little more room, so that we can ensure the production and safety are up to our standards.

Can you tell me about what your intentions were with lineup curation?

A lot of them fit the marketing needs. We selected a lot of the artists from the data analysis, from the stream players. In addition to them and the artists the founders selected for personal preference, there is also a lot of local talent. We are trying very hard to promote them. Those artists have a great advantage with the local demographic because of the language. A lot of the local artists are using Chinese language to make their songs, and they have their own fans.

Can you tell me about the theme and location of the festival?

It’s right next to Guangzhou. It’s the center of the Guangdong area: just one province in China. The benefits would be that it’s not the biggest city, so the restrictions are less. It’s close to the two biggest cities in China. Transportation and hospitality are a disadvantage, less hotels and trains, etc. It’s a small city to us, but would be relatively big in the US. I would say it’s something like Seattle. The festival will be held at a resort, complete with a theme park, mini zoo, and a hotel with a restaurant. We’re doing the festival in the parking, given its considerable size.

*This interview has been edited for clarity and readability.

Skrillex is up to something with cryptic website relaunch

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Just when it seemed like the Skrillex anticipation had reached an all time high, he dropped off his long-awaited and much-hyped “SICKO MODE” remix to quell fans’ voracious appetites. Now, the LA-based super producer’s website has essentially gone dark, and the internet is abuzz all over again, salivating at the OWSLA head honcho’s impending next movement.

On December 4, Skrillex’s website relaunched with nothing more than a purple skin and his ubiquitous three-strike logo. The site’s URL calls for a password, and while internet sleuths are hard at work trying to crack the code, there’s undoubtedly some deserved hype behind the website’s abrupt overhaul. What the supposed password unlocks, or where fans can search for it remains unclear. Skrillex’s web domain has previously teased a relaunch — and while this might just be a revamping of the artist’s online hub, something about the recently scrubbed site suggests something bigger is on the way.

Skrillex’s team did not return a comment at the time of publishing. For now, all eyes are on the “Agen Wida” producer, and hopefully another well-timed Skrillex delivery is underway.

See for yourself. 

 

Travis Scott Has The #1 Album And Single In America This Week

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Travis ScottTravis Scott’s Astroworld came out exactly four months ago today. The album already spent two weeks atop the Billboard 200 albums chart, but it may have reached its zenith just now: Not only has the album climbed back to #1 for a third nonconsecutive week, its big hit single has risen to #1 … More »