Illenium quickly rose to fame as a result of his emotional spin on future bass and melodic dubstep originals. 2019 was his biggest year yet, featuring the release of his Ascend LP, which peaked at No. 14 on the BillboardTop 200, and the accumulation of over one billion streams across all platforms. Additionally, Illenium joined a small and prestigious group of musicians this year, becoming one of few electronic music acts to sell out Madison Square Garden during his headlining Ascend tour. Congratulations to Illenium on a wildly successful year—see the full Forbes list here.
Midnight Kids have had a swift ascension into notoriety within the electronic music scene, and this is part in thanks to a stream of remixes the LA-based duo released that garnered widespread attention. This included their take on The Chainsmokers‘ “Young,” which ended up being featured in the group’s Tommy Hilfiger campaign.
After releasing a stream of singles, Midnight Kids are now back with a another remix to add to their collection. This time Girard and Lee try their hand at remixing San Holo‘s “Right Here Right Now” featuring Taska Black.
They take Black’s humming and turn it into an electronic layer that they layer over the top of the single’s production backdrop. They then keep Black’s vocals a focal point of the release, and unsurprisingly, Midnight Kids find a way to amplify the feel-good nature of the song.
The duo wrote about the release within the Soundcloud description, noting, “The moment we started this ‘Right Here Right Now’ remix, we loved it. We definitely wanted to have this one be a bit different from the rest. We pulled from various parts of our own inspirations, such as pop punk/rock music, and came up with this, one of our favorite remixes yet!”
Midnight Kids have recently been on tour supporting Loud Luxury‘s North American headlining tour.
If 2010 to 2020 was the golden decade of dance, it was also an equally gilded pop span. That’s what DJ Earworm asserts with his “Decade Of Pop 100 Song Mashup.” A three-minute collection of the pop genre’s most noteworthy releases over the past 10 years, the mashup features chart favorites such as Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” Drake’s “One Dance,” and Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next”—and that’s just scratching the surface. Earworm’s retrospective celebration of pop also shuffles through beloved pop-electronic crossovers; Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” The Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” and David Guetta’s “Titanium” are examples.
Although the retrospective mix is sure to spark nostalgia, the strength of its 100 inclusions, particularly those of the latter half of the decade, should also inspire within pop enthusiasts an excitement for the releases to come.
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It’s one thing for a DJ to hit a home run with a timely placed solo single, but according to Billboard’s Electronic/Dance charts of the decade, it’s the collaborations that hit the grand slams over the course of the 2010s.
In fact, the list’s top five slots are comprised entirely of collaborative singles. Landing on the list are The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, whose cushy, melodic “Something Just Like This” reigned supreme for 25 weeks at the No. 1 spot in 2017, with ZEDD, Maren Morris, and Grey earning a stop in the top ten with everyone’s guilty pleasure “The Middle.” The late Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” which features the uncredited vocals of Aloe Blacc and Major Lazer’s joint with DJ Snake “Lean On” round out the decade’s top tunes, painting a vibrant picture of what’s delivered the heat in the 2010s.
In the scope of full-length LPs, it was Lady Gaga who took gold, as her debut LP, The Fame, logged a total of 62 weeks at the top of the charts during the 2010s. Daft Punk’s decade-blurring Random Access Memories and David Guetta’s Nothing But The Beat took the two and three spots, arguing that traditional DJs are capable of more than hit single after hit single.
Win and Woo stem from humble beginnings remixingBryce Fox‘s “Burn Fast” and an official edit for The Chainsmokers chart-topping hit “Don’t Let Me Down.” Since then, they’ve received widespread acclaim, with key looks including a sync during NBC’s Sunday Night Football and the Blue Moon “Shine Brighter” campaign. With the increased traction, it’s no surprise that they were selected for an official Katy Perry rework.
The remix alludes to the originals’ slower tempo, yet adds a darker, punk-inspired touch with bold guitar chords on the verses layered over light piano riffs. The duo’s pop-influenced sound is driven by strong bass lines and melodic drops—evident on the drop with looped vocal samples—and maintains what can wholly be described as an electronic rock-band arrangement.
Win and Woo are fresh off an edit of the iconic Otto Knows track “Million Voices” and will be direct support for Gryffin in Saint Petersburg, FL November 23.
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.
After months of anticipation, Audien’s debut album, ESCAPISM, is finally here, bringing with it tunes like “Escape” with Nomra. G Jones kicks off the weekend in style with an acid mix of “Drift,” and Diplo adds a groovy backbone to Niall Horan’s “Nice To Meet Ya.” CamelPhat and Jem Cooke whip up “Rabbit Hole,” and drum ‘n’ bass powerhouse DJ Fresh taps Doctrine for “Control.” SNBRN brings the bass with “DMs” featuring Lucati and 1993, and Blasterjaxx links with Junior Funke for “Monster.” Grabbitz delivers another dynamic single on Ultra Music, “Roam With You,” and Nora En Pure continues her tour de force with “Fibonacci.” The Glitch Mob and 1788-L drag listeners to the depths on “Momentary Lapse,” and Tritonal and Henry Dark deliver “Shivohum.” The Chainsmokers release “Push My Luck,” and Dada Life take no prisoners on “Table Flipping Machine.” Friend Within can “Feel It” on his latest, and MUST DIE! unleashes some formidable dubstep on “FUNERAL ZONE.”
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.
The Chainsmokers have released a sultry new addition to their third studio album, World War Joy. The track is titled “Push My Luck” and it is the sixth single off of the 10-track compilation. World War Joy will be The Chainsmoker’s third studio album, and it serves as a continuation of their steady output of music since debut album Memories…Do Not Open in 2017.
“Push My Luck” leans on Drew Taggart‘s vocals, and light instrumentals carry a majority of the track. A simple yet catchy synth note progression creates a delicate drop that doesn’t detract from the sense of calm the track instills.
The release falls on the pop-leaning side of the production spectrum from Pall and Taggart. A release date has not been confirmed for World War Joy, but the album is set to be released in full in 2019. This means the duo have a month-and-a-half before the remaining four releases should be out.
Hard Rock’s emerging DAER concept is less than two years old and the team behind Atlantic City’s newest club is already prepping a major expansion. DAER’s new dayclub/nightclub hybrid concept anchors the new Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood. Championed by the Hard Rock brand’s deep musical legacy, DAER has been drawing in top-tier talent since it opened in June 2018. Now, for the grand opening of their latest property, the club is going all out with Tiësto, Dillon Francis, and as if the lineup wasn’t stacked enough, they’ve added some additional star power with The Chainsmokers.
The Halloween-themed grand opening weekend includes a performance from DJ Five and a costume contest on October 31, followed by Francis and Tiesto on November 1 and 2. The Chainsmokers round the grand opening festivities out on Sunday, November 3, officially introducing south Florida to its newest marquee dance club. DAER has already staked its claim on the national club circuit with major bookings including Drake, Tiësto, Alesso, Travis Scott, Above & Beyond, and more in Atlantic City. Former Hakkasan figures have brought their know-how to Atlantic City, starting the entertainment hotspot’s long awaited resurgence. Now, the team is planting their flag in south Florida and they’ve got a stellar lineup to set things off.
Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.
Justin Caruso has only been releasing music for two years, but in that short time period, he has already made a name for himself on the touring circuit and on the radio. A commercial crossover producer through and through, Caruso started his electronic music career with one of the best mentors an aspiring artist could ask for with Justin Blau, better known as 3LAU. The two went on tour together in 2016, and Caruso hasn’t looked back since.
The now 23-year old proceeded to amass over 50 million streams on streaming platforms across his collection of releases, and he has since gone on tour with the likes of Tiësto, The Chainsmokers, and now Loud Luxury. Few acts have the opportunity to tour with such a heavy-hitting roster of artists at the initiation of their careers, and its a tribute to the quality of Caruso’s original releases and remixes. When asked which tour Caruso would repeat aside from his own previous headlining tour, he notes, “I’d say I would repeat my first ever tour with 3LAU. It was such a wild feeling playing shows for the first time, and I’ll forever remember that tour!”
Caruso’s first headlining tour was in 2017, which he dubbed the ‘Can I dropout yet?’ tour. The producer, who was enrolled in University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, did ultimately make the decision to put college on hold in an effort to focus on his music career. He notes this is one of the hardest decisions he has ever made, stating, “This was very difficult not only for me, but for my parents as well. They weren’t fully on board at first, but once music became a full time job, they began to understand I needed to drop out. It really hit me when I physically had zero time to go to class as I was too busy touring.”
Caruso is out with new release “Can’t Live Without” featuring Wyn Starks ahead of his fill Good Parts Tour. Opening with soft keys and a melody that compliments the velvety vocals of Wyn Starks, ‘Can’t Live Without’ serves as the ideal end-of-summer track. The smooth transitions from silky melodies into an upbeat, future-pop driven sound shows Caruso’s strength at enlisting a top of the line vocalist and blending their voice with an atmospheric backdrop that creates a melodic whole.
He speaks on the new release, stating, “I couldn’t be more excited about this new release! I think ‘Can’t Live Without’ expresses the most raw form of love possible, and a lot of people can connect with that.”
Caruso also crafted his Saturday Night Session to highlight the best of his own releases blended with dance-worthy pop releases. The end result is an infectious mix that the listener can sing along to just as well as they can dance to. According to Caruso, his Saturday Night Session prepares the listener for a Saturday night that is, “whatever they want it to be, but for me, I’d say meeting up with your best friends and having a fun night you all always look back on.”
You’ve been on tour with some pretty great acts- The Chainsmokers, Tiesto, and 3LAU to name a few. If you could only choose 1 tour to repeat (not including your headlining tour), which one would you do again?
I’d say I would repeat my first ever tour with 3LAU. It was such a wild feeling playing shows for the first time, and I’ll forever remember that tour!
Have you always been musical/what got you into music in the first place?
I’ve always loved music, but I didn’t really grow a passion for making it or DJing until highschool after a basketball leg injury. I had so much time to kill laying in bed that I started to mess around making mashups on my computer, and thats where the love began.
The theme of your previous tour is “Can I drop out yet?” We know you made the decision to put school on hold in order to focus on your music career. How difficult of a decision was this for you?
This was very difficult not only for me, but for my parents as well. They weren’t fully on board at first, but once music became a full time job, they began to understand I needed to drop out. It really hit me when I physically had zero time to go to class as I was too busy touring.
Let’s go into the future and imagine you are now 40 year old Justin. What kind of a career are you hoping to look back on?
I’m hoping my career is still going, and I’m owning a label at that time. I want to look back on a career that made me happy and something I can be proud of. I hope to continue to make music I love and enjoy.
What is something about you that your fans probably don’t know?
I’m a big gamer, and basically any free time I have goes towards video games. I usually bring video games on the road too!
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
One of my guilty pleasures would be loving Taylor Swift’s music, especially her new album
What kind of a Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session getting fans ready for?
Honestly whatever they want it to be, but for me, I’d say meeting up with your best friends and having a fun night you all always look back on.