NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + more

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NMF Roundup: REZZ & Blanke share ‘Mixed Signals,’ Gareth Emery provides a trance haven, Martin Garrix teams up with Julian Jordan + moreDA WM 89

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.

This week’s slew of releases came in hot, kicking off with a formidable new collaboration between REZZ and Blanke. Gareth Emery again teams up with songstress Emma Hewitt for the gorgeous “Take Everything,” and Valentino Khan thrills on a new rework of RL Grime‘s “Pressure.” Martin Garrix and Julian Jordan bring the Friday feel-good vibes with their new collaboration, “Glitch.” Gryffin is back with a new one, bringing along Stanaj for the ride. Ferry Corsten and Ilan Bluestone refuse to leave the dance floor in “We’re Not Going Home,” and CAZZETTE keeps the dance floor rocking with “On My Mind.” Arty is one of the newest to release on Ninja’s NINJAWERKS compilation with silky “Velvet.” The Chainsmokers bring “Hope” with their newest, and Ookay drops off the five-track Nice! EP. In the dubstep realm, 12th Planet and PhaseOne deliver the heavy “Taco Bout It.” Over in the drum & bass realm, Culture Shock pull at listeners’ heartstrings with the emotive “There for You.”

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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The Chainsmokers Continue Their Experimentation Streak With New Single ‘Hope’

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The Chainsmokers has once again surprised fans by adding a new track to their episodic album release, Sick Boy. The duo’s latest single, ‘Hope’ is a collaboration with the vocalist Winona Oak. ‘Hope’ continues the trend of releasing alternative dance music which The Chainsmokers have continued to champion throughout the entire year. While they have

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Saturday Night Session 002: DJ Ruckus talks about how the evolution of electronic music has influenced pop and releases hard-hitting exclusive mix [Q&A]

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Saturday Night Session 002: DJ Ruckus talks about how the evolution of electronic music has influenced pop and releases hard-hitting exclusive mix [Q&A]DJ Ruckus W2

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.


Few DJs get their start playing high-profile celebrity parties as a teenager, and even fewer people use these opportunities as a springboard into a 15-plus-year career as a performer. New York-born Greg Andrews has done just that, and he’s still going strong despite playing more than 200 shows a year at high-profile events and as a resident DJ in clubs around the world.

Andrews, more popularly known as DJ Ruckus, is married to Victoria’s Secret Model Shanina Shaik. The pair make frequent appearances in mainstream tabloids, and Ruckus is known for various hip-hop-leaning originals. While it is often easy to write off someone in the public eye like Ruckus as a figment of the hip-hop and mainstream celebrity world, he sat down with Dancing Astronaut and surprised with his unique insights on the state of electronic music, along with his interesting collection of music influences.

Ruckus is an open-format DJ and sticks to no particular genre when performing. One night, he may play a hip-hop set, while the next he may mix Latin music with electronic drops, keeping his performances fresh and unpredictable. As someone who spends more nights a year playing than not, this is a way Andrews keeps things interesting for not only his fans, but himself. He has a diverse set of influences that speak to his varied show styles, spanning from The Notorious B.I.G and Drake to Mark Ronson and Flux Pavilion.

DJ Ruckus created an exclusive mix for Dancing Astronaut’s Saturday Night Sessions, and after learning about the artists’ affinity for Flux Pavilion, the heavy drops and trap notes start to make a lot more sense. On December 2, his wife Shanina will be walking in The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after a two-year hiatus from being an “Angel.” The show will also be a big moment for the electronic music industry, as The Chainsmokers will be featured performers during the show. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion show has historically featured multi-platinum artists like Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, and this showcases that electronic musicians now have a seat at this table.

As someone who has watched electronic music’s rise, Andrews speaks about how electronic music has not only come to the forefront of mainstream music culture, but it has also changed the musical formula behind a “pop hit.” He notes that “[electronic music] has also changed the arrangements of pop, like the breakdowns and crescendos in everything from Maroon 5 to Imagine Dragons. The electronic remix of a song is sometimes more popular than the original now, and The Grammys recognize remix submissions. Pop has almost completely done away with live drum sounds. It has also opened up songs to having instrumental portions, along with the lyrical part as the norm in a pop sound.” In the digital age that is the 2000s, it could be considered the natural evolution of pop music to lean more on computer-bred production backdrops, but Andrews could be onto an emerging trend as the industry reverts back to instrumentals in an artificial age.

While performing 200-plus nights a year pushes even the most resilient past their limit, Andrews responds to inquiries about next year saying, “You think 200 is a lot, wait until you see what we do next year. This is me just getting started.” He also mentions there will be more associated with his name than just music and live shows. Whether it is sneaker collaborations, modeling gigs, or Latin, trap, and deep house originals, Andrews alludes that there is a lot more to come for him in 2019. In the meantime, he’s provided the perfect backdrop for those looking to get ready for the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show with an eventful Saturday night.


You’ve been DJing since you were a teenager. How has your style shifted throughout that time? Have you gone through different phases?

The game has changed so much, although as I research the evolution I have gone through it is very similar to so many successful DJ and artists. I started out with whatever vinyl I gathered from family members… The Supremes, Bill Cosby Live, and very random soul disco from the ’70 and ’80s. I professionally DJed with hip-hop, R&B, funk, soul, and disco classics on vinyl 2 turntables with not very much microphone use. I always thought of having a “DJ career” as a big deal, and a popular and lucrative profession even though it wasn’t as big as it is now. It seemed massive to me as I was so young, and the scale I was allowed to perform seemed so huge to me.

Growing up in Miami, there was plenty to choose from in the nightlife territory. I moved to LA shortly after that, and witnessed the likes of DJ AM. I slowly watched the electro scene emerge, and then I started to gather a new piece to the puzzle through my travels and exploration of DJ culture from Europe, Asia etc. At a certain time, electronic music controlled pop radio airwaves. This is where we saw the boom in DJ culture. Now it seems to be evolving into all types of music, sort of a pangaea. That is in the commercial top 40 space. As for the underground, it seems to have always remained pretty pure niche and driven by a particular sound.

You play more than 200 shows a year. How do you do it?

The answer is a concoction of ambition, passion for the craft, love for travel, and a balance of health and fitness. Also choosing when to drink and when not to drink throughout the year is important.

What is the most over-the-top place or party you have ever DJed?

I like big shows, but I also love private events. I DJed on a temple in Egypt in the Valley of the Kings, which is a place where they don’t even allow tourist during museum visits.

We heard you recently wed Shanina Shaik. Given you were busy at the time, who DJed your wedding?

Haha, good question. I think that’s on Google. It was Rev Run run, DMC DJ kiss, and DJ Politik.

The electronic music industry has completely changed over the past 10 years, transforming into more of a mainstream phenomenon. What are your thoughts on its evolution as someone who has witnessed this from the artist side?

What a world it’s become. From the No. 1 hit songs, to the huge residency deals in Vegas and Ibiza, to the hundreds of festivals around the world, the business has become huge. Electronic music itself has changed in so many ways. It has also changed the arrangements of pop, like the breakdowns and crescendos in everything from Maroon 5 to Imagine Dragons. The electronic remix of a song is sometimes more popular than the original now, and the Grammys recognize remix submissions. Pop has almost completely done away with live drum sounds. It has also opened up songs to having instrumental portions along with the lyrical part as the norm in a pop sound.

It has ultimately brought much of the world together, which is beautiful to me. Electronic music has gone from not being part of hip hop to now almost all mainstream electronic DJs working with hip-hop artists and playing hip hop fusions in their sets. I believe that’s also a testament to how valuable hip-hop is, as it has maintained its presence throughout the reign of electronic music.

What do you think about The Chainsmokers performing at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show?

Chainsmokers are the homies – kudos to them and anyone involved in the evolution of dance  music, like Kygo, Snake, Diplo, Major Lazer etc. They all moved the tempo around and opened up some possibilities for the genre to maintain popularity when the trend of big room etc. was dying.

How did you choose your DJ name?

Ruckus was a word I heard in ’90s hip-hop a lot, by the likes of Das Efx, Wu Tang and most importantly to me, Busta Rhymes. I grabbed it and fell in love… it stuck. I got a little nervous when Rawkus records popped up, but I held it down and stood the test of time.

Who are some of your musical influences, both now and growing up?

Notorious B.I.G, Stevie Wonder, Mark Ronson, DJ AM, Marvin Gaye, Jay-Z, Flux Pavilion, Hermitude, Milky Chance, Wizkid, Goldcap, 4B, and Drake.

What is the best and worst thing about your job?

The worst part is never being home, being away from my wife, and the choices an open-format DJ faces – which means keeping up with too many genres and too much music coming out too fast!

The best part is the travel and seeing the world, the wonderful people I know everywhere, and making people happy or being able to change the mood of any gathering with my knowledge of music. At the end of the day, I get to do something I love every day with a bonus of getting paid to do so.

Are there any exciting projects or collaborations we should know about from you coming up?

Unfortunately, I can’t talk about them until they drop. But I assure you I will be starting to fulfill fans with all types of content to be happy about. This is from sneaker collabs and new crystal jewelry to new original music, including Latin, trap, and deep house. I will also have remixes,  live mixes, magazine shoots, and model vibes, to more great parties and events and live shows all over the world. You think 200 is a lot, wait until you see what we do next year. This is me just getting started. If I can achieve a goal, I would like to do a celebrity charity boxing match. If I can get into good enough condition, who would y’all like to see me fight?

If you could have picked the theme song for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year, what would it have been?

I’d say Ariana Grande’s “God is a Woman” seems like one of my favorite records. It speaks about the wonderful power of a woman, and it denounces our stereotype that God is anything in any shape or form.

Photo credit: Victoria’s Secret

Ultra Australia announces debut edition lineup featuring Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, and more

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In its inaugural edition, Ultra Music Festival‘s Australian lineup boasts some of EDM’s hottest names.

Kicking off in Melbourne on February 23, 2019, Ultra Australia will bring names like Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, Adam Beyer, and more to the Land Down Under. While these are the only names announced thus far, Ultra promises there are “many more” to come to the festival’s debut edition. The event will take place at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on February 23, followed by day two at Parramatta Park in Sydney.

Ultra’s Australia presence kicked off earlier this year with a Road to Ultra single-day, single-stage event back February, bringing names like Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Afrojack, KSHMR, and more to Melbourne. 2019 will mark the festival’s first multi-day experience in Australia.

“After watching the success of the event in Miami over the last 20 years and across the globe, it’s time we experienced this fantastic festival down under,” Ultra organizers said.

Tickets to Ultra Australia are available here.

Ultra Australia announces debut edition lineup featuring Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, and more

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Ultra Australia announces debut edition lineup featuring Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, and moreAustralia 2018 Og

In its inaugural edition, Ultra Music Festival‘s Australian lineup boasts some of EDM’s hottest names.

Kicking off in Melbourne on February 23, 2019, Ultra Australia will bring names like Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, Adam Beyer, and more to the Land Down Under. While these are the only names announced thus far, Ultra promises there are “many more” to come to the festival’s debut edition. The event will take place at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on February 23, followed by day two at Parramatta Park in Sydney.

Ultra’s Australia presence kicked off earlier this year with a Road to Ultra single-day, single-stage event back February, bringing names like Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Afrojack, KSHMR, and more to Melbourne. 2019 will mark the festival’s first multi-day experience in Australia.

“After watching the success of the event in Miami over the last 20 years and across the globe, it’s time we experienced this fantastic festival down under,” Ultra organizers said.

Tickets to Ultra Australia are available here.

The Chainsmokers rock Monday Night Football halftime show, performing ‘This Feeling’ with Kelsea Ballerini

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In the midst of a historic Monday night NFL game between the two best teams in football, the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams, The Chainsmokers rocked the halftime stage with vocalist, Kelsea Ballerini, to perform “This Feeling” off their new album, Sick Boy…Beach House.

Ballerini took center stage, while Andrew Taggart slowly made his way in with an acoustic guitar and his verse. The two vocalists combined their voices in a folksy harmony for the chorus, as Alex Pall and his synths jumped in for the second half of the hook.  Pall plays the part of DJ in the background, repping Rams quarterback Jared Goff’s jersey. Matt McGuire is opposite Pall on the drums.

With all the glitz and glam, The Chainsmokers showcased their ability to rock one of the biggest stages on TV. The timed fireworks certainly helped.

The Chainsmokers’ “This Feeling” Re-Enters iTunes Top 20 Following ‘Monday Night Football’

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It’s been rumored that The Chainsmokers have received a bid for performing at the Super Bowl and yet many believe that their performance during Monday Night Football was the true test to see if they would be right for taking the big stage. For the first time since its release in September, The Chainsmokers’ “This

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Chainsmokers to Play Halftime Show at Chiefs/Rams Game Tonight

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The Chainsmokers and Kelsea Ballerini are set to perform their hit song ‘This Feeling’, during tonight’s Monday Night Football Halftime Show, as the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs take on the 9-1 Los Angeles Rams in what is being called a potential “Super Bowl Preview”. With their massive worldwide fan base, The Chainsmokers were rumored to

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NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens remixes CHIC, SLANDER and Spag Heddy team up, Ray Volpe flips Ookay + more

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NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens remixes CHIC, SLANDER and Spag Heddy team up, Ray Volpe flips Ookay + moreOcaso Festival Tamarindo By Pablo Murillo 06 01 2018 0525

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

This week’s releases are true stunners. After announcing a collaboration with Lights back in July, deadmau5 has finally unveiled “Drama Free” as part of his mau5ville: Level 2 EP. Oliver Heldens throws it back four decades by remixing CHIC‘s 1978 hit “Le Freak,” adding in a pounding bass to accentuate the original’s groovy beat. Bingo Players and Bali Bandits bring the funk with “Body Rock,” and SLANDER and Spag Heddy waste no time setting “Running to You” on fire. Ray Volpe puts his own spin on Ookay‘s “In My Mind,” while Party Favor taps Naïka for the hefty “Blame.” As part of What So Not‘s Not All The Beautiful Things remix package, AC Slater‘s put his signature bass-fueled house spin on the famous “Goh.” Kill Paris has put his own laid-back twist on Alison Wonderland‘s “Easy,” and Ross From Friends thrills with a take on Thundercat‘s “Friend 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.

Photo credit: Pablo Murillo

The Chainsmokers go vintage electronic with new track ‘Beach House’

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The Chainsmokers‘ latest track, “Beach House,” may sound familiar to indie/dream-pop connoisseurs. That’s no accident, as the song indeed alludes to the unparalleled experience of listening to Beach House. Drew Taggart sings on the vocal-led song, while a wistful guitar pluck summon flashes of retro pop, ultimately giving the release a new dynamic than fans have yet to witness in recent memory through Chainsmokers’s productions.

“Beach House” is reminiscent of the pop-dance fusion releases that ascended Pall and Taggart into rampant stardom with Memories…Do Not Open. The track will undoubtedly be a contender for a fan-favorite with seasoned Chainsmokers fans, while further cementing their status as pop icons. In addition to continuing their stream of Sick Boy releases, Pall and Taggart recently performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, a performance slot previously held by the likes of Fall Out Boy and Taylor Swift.