Meet the Saturday night headliner of BangOn! NYC’s 10th Anniversary celebration – Klingande [Q+A]

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It’s that time again where costumed revelers come out to rave. A time where the best DJs take over venues and warehouses to host a gigantic costume party. BangOn! NYC stands out this spooky season as a key place to celebrate for 2018.  The brand is honoring its Warehouse of Horrors’ 10th Anniversary with a two-night Halloween bash, complete with full production and a haunted manor to amplify the mood.

Hosted at its usual location in Brooklyn, the weekend lineup does not disappoint, inviting guests like Gramatik and Walker + Royce on October 26, and Space Jesus and Klingande on October 27 to its signature Earth and Fire stages. Dancing Astronaut was able to sit down and speak with one of the Saturday headliners, Klingande, about collaborations, favorite plugins and of course, new music.

DJing at small, private, student parties made Klingande (real name, Cédric Steinmyller), dream about playing his own music during sets — this in turn sparked his interest in dance music production and performance. The French producer is known to incorporate piano and saxophone in his original mixes that create a “tropical feel” in his music. “Jubel” and his redemption of “Pumped Up Kicks” are only a couple singles that showcase Steinmyller’s raw talent when it comes to writing and producing music.

In the beginning of his career, Steinmyller experimented with all types of genres and was not specially drawn to “tropical house. But, he later found his sound, which would continue to evolve over the next few months. He branches out more than ever with his new single, “Wonders,” and is preparing to continue this motif while preparing for the release of his debut album sometime next year. He’s offered some details so far — like his Kygo collaboration, who is one of his artistic influences —along with Flume and pop rock bands such as Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Purchase last-minute tickets to BangOn! NYC here

 

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What sparked your love for producing tropical dance music? 
I started producing after being a young DJ. I was playing in small parties, private and sometime student parties, and at some point, I wanted to play my own music. It naturally led me to learn production. I love producing all kinds of music. I wasn’t driven to tropical dance music from the beginning, and even if my music is often qualified as tropical I think it’s going further than that.

Who are your musical influences?
It’s very large from pop rock music like Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers, to progressive house and dance like SHM or Avicii and many more. In the past few years I’ve been impressed by artists like Flume and Kygo. I really value the quality and the melodies in music.

Who would you like to collaborate with?
Kygo would be great, right? As I’m working on my album I’m thinking more seriously about artists I’d love to do collabs with. I love voices like Julia Stone and Justin Jesso.

Congrats on the new single, “Wonders!” Any other projects coming up before the year’s over?
Yes, I just came back from 10 days in studio. I locked in with my team to develop my first album. It’s a work in progress but I’ve never been so close. New music will come in January and the album should come out next year as well!

What are you looking forward to most about BangOnNYC! 10th Anniversary at Warehouse of Horrors in Brooklyn?
A lot of things, the crowd from NYC is always amazing, the lineup is dope with Goldfish, Aston Shuffle. It will be a great party with everyone in costumes, I’m sure we will have a lot of fun!

Tell me about one of your favorite performances.
My favorite performance this year might have been Tomorrowland last summer. I played the new live stage, Organ of Symphony, with the band and we had singers Broken Back and Krishane come out. It was a very special one and once we started it was thrilling! Really gave me and the crew goosebumps.

What hardware/plugins are you loving right now?
I am a huge fan of UAD plugin for mixing my tracks and my favorite synths are Sylenth1, Spire and Omnisphere.

Do you have any favorite artists on the BangOnNYC! lineup?
I love Gramatik, Goldfish and FDVM are friends as well, and I love the sound of Aston Shuffle.

 

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Space Jesus and Esseks reunite for trippy new track, ‘Professor Genius’

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Space Jesus has had himself a busy summer, laying down multiple sets at Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, and a host of other festivals. Coming in hot with a release for the second half of the summer, Space Jesus has teamed up with past collaborator Esseks for their new heavy-hitting track, “Professor Genius.” It gives credence to the notion that he’s one of the most creative purveyors of bass music today.

Out on Deadbeats, Space Jesus and Esseks pair an ominous vocal sample with a simple build, before the track drops into a deep, explosive growl that raises neck hairs. Sharply designed vocal stabs and psychedelic samples make this short track an exhilarating ride from start to finish. A bass-heavy offering typical of these two producers, this track is expected to destroy festival crowds and at-home listeners alike.

 

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Exclusive: Space Jesus & Digital Ethos – Gang Fire

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Space Jesus has been called the “bass messiah” by Bassrush. Digital Ethos, whose recent collaboration with Bassnectar has quickly amassed him a sizable following, is a newcomer who fuses minimalist dubstep with a West Coast bass sound design. Both are masters of the experimental bass category, with Jedi-like senses for moving their crowd slow and low to the ground. So it was only a matter of time before the two joined forces on a weird and wonderful space bass project.

Dubbed the Mars EP, out June 15 on WAKAAN, the two-track EP flaunts the unabashedly experimental sound that Liquid Stranger’s imprint is famous for. Packed with meticulous sound designs, chunky drums, and earth-shattering bass lines, the Mars EP blends the signature styles of the two producers to mind-blowing effect. Space Jesus and Digital Ethos elevate the listener to sonic planes unknown with the Mars EP — driving forward a diverse soundscape that touches down on territories previously unchartered in the bass world.

Ahead of their highly anticipated EP, the two artists have shared one of their two newest tracks, “Gang Fire,” which sees it’s 24-hour exclusive window on Dancing Astronaut. Upon the song’s opening, listeners are caught mid-landing on some alien planet with the use of heavy, hydraulic synths and ragga voice samples. The track remains minimal throughout, reminding listeners to stay a while and explore the rest of the forthcoming body of work, which is not only technically incredible, but far beyond the boundaries of the musical imagination.

Space Jesus and Digital Ethos’ Mars EP lands tomorrow, June 15 on WAKAAN.

Electric Zoo announces ferocious phase two line-up additions: Alesso, Tiësto, Chris Lorenzo, Destructo, and more

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Made Event‘s titanic New York-based festival, Electric Zoo, is celebrating its tenth birthday this Labor Day Weekend, August 31st–September 2nd. To mark the momentous double-digit occasion, the wildlife-themed event has added two more headlining artists in Alesso and Tiësto to join the star-studded cast of talent that already tops the 2018 bill: KaskadeMarshmelloMartin Garrix, and Virtual Self.

Other notable acts joining on phase two include: Alexander Lewis, Bonnie x Clyde, Boogie T, Chris Lorenzo, Chuurch, Crankdat, Destructo, DNMO, Dubfire, G Jones, Habstrakt, Jauz, Kayzo, Lost Frequencies, Luzcid, Medasin, Party Favor, Petey Clicks, Space Jesus, Spencer Brown, Squnto, Stööki Sound, Whipped Cream, and YehMe2.

Electric Zoo’s ‘Big 10’ birthday bash will feature additional stages curated by Anjunabeats, Deadbeats, Hyperhouse, and Sunday School.

Tickets to Electric Zoo are currently on sale to the general public, and can be purchased here.

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Liquid Stranger recruits heavy weight line-up for 23-track WAKAAN compilation, ‘Convoy’

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By definition, “convoy” is an “escort for protection.” In other words, a resourceful, armed group of likeminded individuals who travel together and uphold the same values. This is a concept that Liquid Stranger’s WAKAAN imprint retains with it’s 23-track compilation, Convoy.

The compilation features a variety of artists who share the same vision – from the bass scene’s biggest names to its finest newcomers. Featuring tracks from Space Jesus, LUZCID, Truth, Digital Ethos, TLZMN, Champagne Drip, Yheti, Shlump, Freddy Todd, Esseks, and many more, Convoy is a statement showcase of the carefully defined sound that WAKAAN has been championing from the start.

Prepare to be taken on a galactic bass journey as the Convoy touches on its true otherworldly form, pushing WAKAAN’s “freeform bass music” mantra to the next level. As listeners prepare to lose themselves in WAKAAN’s mysterious world like never before, it’s clear that the left field bass community won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon. Things are about to get real strange…

Coupled with the album compilation is the Convoy release show, touching down in Milwaukee, Denver, and Athens, Georgia.

Dancesafe to host #WeLoveConsent Showcase, ft Ana Sia, Digital Ethos, Huxley Anne, Space Jesus, Yheti, & Zen Selekta

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In light of the recent allegations of sexual harassment against Datsik, and the ensuing discussion about sexual assault within the electronic music community, Dancesafe is partnering with React Presents to host a #WeLoveConsent event. Their goal is to host several artists who want to garner support for a new movement rooted in awareness, education, and gender equality. The most prominent name on the bill is Space Jesus, who was initially implicated along with Datsik, though the focus quickly turned from him.

“We as artists find ourselves in a unique position to enact real change,” says Jasha Tull of Space Jesus, “Dance music culture is rooted in love and respect and we, especially as men, need to do our part to work with everyone within the community to stand by that. I’m really excited to do this show with a lot of good friends, and I’ve been working with my team to make sure that we pay attention to what we learn here and implement this knowledge in all future events.”

The special event takes the name of DanceSafe’s new program, whose mission is to dismantle rape culture and build a consent culture within the electronic music and nightlife communities. Before the show, all artists, venue staff, and members from artists’ management and agency teams will participate in bystander intervention training hosted by Good Night Out Vancouver, an organization dedicated to providing the nightlife industry with the capacity to respond to and prevent harassment and sexual assault when they think it may be happening. There will be also educational literature posted throughout the venue and distributed to participants.

“Regardless of where each one of us is in our understanding of consent, there’s always room for improvement,” states Kristin Karas, Director of Operations for DanceSafe. “If we remain humble and create space for our own growth, we have the opportunity to band together to dismantle rape culture and build a consent culture within our community.”

Given the recent surge in deliberative discussion around consent lately, the show arrives as a proactive and meaningful step towards addressing the issue of sexual assault in nightlife settings, specifically, and further acts as a refreshing launching pad toward enacting social change on a wider cultural scale. Real progress begins the top, with artists using their voices as platforms for change, and to see artists and promoters willing to take “the first plunge” is the first step toward effectuating real, concrete change. However, it is not the end all-be all; that is why all show proceeds will be donated to DanceSafe in support of #WeLoveConsent and its mission.

The event will take place at Magic Stick in Detroit, March 31, 2018. For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.

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Lollapalooza announces 2018 edition with The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Vampire Weekend, ODESZA, more

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The Midwest’s premier music festival, Lollapalooza, returns to Chicago’s Grant Park August 2–5 with a newly announced lineup for the behemoth, 4-day affair. Topping the 2018 bill are The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Logic, and ODESZA, and, most notably, Vampire Weekend — the band’s first live performance in four years.

Other high-profile acts include Tyler, The Creater, CHVRCHES, LL Cool J, Portugal. the Man, and Brit superstar Dua Lipa. The festival’s electronic and dance music bookings are just as thrilling, with a comprehensive roster of veteran and rising acts: Zedd, ExcisionDillon Francis, Galantis, Illenium, REZZ, Chromeo, Hippie Sabotage, Tycho, Zomboy, WhatSoNot, Malaa, Valentino Kahn, Petit Biscuit, Ghastly, Chris Lake, Herobust, and Space Jesus.

Lollapalooza also boasts an impressive undercard with Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, St. Vincent, and Aussie one-woman band Tash Sultana, who rarely tours the US.

With over a hundred names set to appear over the weekend, Lollapalooza truly has become an American institution with something to satiate everyone’s musical tastes. GA and VIP passes to Lollapalooza can be found here.

Datsik Cancels Remaining Tour Dates And Festival Appearances After Sexual Assault Allegations

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Yesterday was a whirlwind of activity in the dance music world. Datisk was accused by over a dozen women, some estimates lie over 50, of sexual assault and misconduct. Specifically most of the accusations are coming from his Ninja Nation tour where him and artist Space Jesus shared a tour bus for the last months.

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Space Jesus Responds To Allegations, Removes Himself From Ninja Tour

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Multiple women have come forward accusing Firepower Records head Datsik of sexual assault earlier today. DJ and producer, Space Jesus, was also implicated in the actions although his level of involvement remains unclear. The Twitter user PortersWorld updated his tweet stating “Clarification@SpaceJesusBASS didn’t do anything to the extent that Datsik did. He was initially lumped

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BREAKING: Datsik accused of multiple sexual assaults, issues statement [UPDATED]

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Early in the afternoon of March 14, Twitter user PortersWorlds reported that he’d received multiple direct messages from underage women who had accused both Firepower Records head Datsik and EDM artist Space Jesus of sexual assault and rape. Though users clarified Datsik was significantly complicit in the actions, Space Jesus, too was implicated in the alleged actions, in at least more than one occasion.

In the moments since the reported incidents, a thread on reddit has begun and Datsik has reportedly began deleting suspicious tweets. One example includes a joke he made referring to rape as “a struggle snuggle”.

Datsik has reportedly been giving women at shows “escort needed” backstage passes labeled “TUL$A,” for years, which some allege is code for “a slut,” or the word spelled backwards.

As of now, Space Jesus has yet to comment on the allegations, though Datsik has officially released a comment on Twitter negating the allegations and condemning the associated behavior.

Dancing Astronaut has reached out to Datsik for a comment but no statements have yet been made. This is a developing story and will include live updates.

 

[UPDATE 3/14/2018 7:58 PM ET]: Datsik has posted the following Tweet, apparently confirming the nature of “Tulsa passes.”

 

[UPDATE 3/14/2018 10:07 PM ET]: Space Jesus has released his official statement, committing to cease the rest of his tour until investigations around the allegations have been made, and the case settled. “I was raised by a strong mother who taught me the importance of valuing and respecting women, and I would never knowingly act in a way to compromise a women’s integrity,” he asserted.

Meanwhile, a source who allegedly worked for Datsik messaged Twitter user Ashlee Johnson to tell his side of the “Tul$a” story. The source’s name has been redacted by the Twitter user for their protection:

Another Twitter user stepped forward on behalf of a friend with the following story, which matches many of those popping up about the allegations all over the web: