All has been quiet on the Mako front ever since the duo of Alex Seaver and Logan Light saw Light depart. Seaver has now released his first single as a solo act, and the track, “Breathe,” is out now on Ultra Records.
The melodic track mixes rock, pop, and electronic elements to create a flowing track that can only be describes as pleasant. Seaver commented on his feelings that helped to shape the track.
The track is built around a pained style: a personal and soft voice telling an uplifting story…it’s ultimately something that’s powerful and moving, but it doesn’t come without a little bit of pain attached to it as well.
Upon the release of “Breathe”, Mako will head out on a 33-date North American tour in January of 2018 that envisions the project as a live four-piece featuring a guitarist, violinist, and drummer alongside Seaver on vocals and keys. See if Mako is coming to a city near you here.
While the formidable trance trio Above & Beyond has yet to embark on their forthcoming “Common Ground” tour in honor of their upcoming album of the same name — to be released in January —the group’s already announced an incredibly exciting denouement of the tour.
Fans of the ensemble can expect a cinematic deliverance from the three, now set to conclude in Miami at the famed RC Cola Plant during Miami Music Week on March 22, 2018 alongside Seven Lions.
Abandoned in the early ’90s, the RC Cola Plant has since become a haven for street and graffiti artists alike. Above & Beyond’s takeover of the venue will follow-up their two previous sold-out jaunts there in previous years.
The “Common Ground” tour is poised to be Above & Beyond’s biggest tour to date, and includes massive headline slots at The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Alexandra Palace, London, Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome, The O2 Arena, Red Rocks and The Gorge Amphitheater, and many more.
Attendees are sure to see the new, expectedly evocative album play out before their eyes. Currently, three singles are available for listening off the album including, “Northern Soul,” “Tightrope,” and “My Own Hmyn.”
Above & Beyond ‘Common Ground’ Tour Dates: 12/29 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Convention Center 12/30 – Calgary, AB – Big Four 12/31 – Minneapolis, MN – Armory 1/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Fillmore 1/26 – Washington, DC – Echostage 1/27 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center 2/1 – Toronto – Rebel 2/2 – Toronto – Rebel 2/3 – Montreal – Place Bell 2/6 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground 2/8 – Syracuse, NY – Sl Hall at the Fairgrounds 2/9 – Worcester, MA – Palladium 2/15 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues 2/16 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre 2/17 – Chicago, IL – Navy Pier Festival Hall 2/18 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit 2/21 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant 2/23 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 2/24 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center 2/27 – Phoenix, AZ – Rawhide 3/2 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 3/7 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre SOLD OUT 3/8 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre SOLD OUT 3/9 – Boise, ID – Revolution Concert House and Event Center 3/13 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland 3/15 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works 3/16 – New Orleans, LA – The Joy Theater 3/17 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy 3/18 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte 3/22 – Miami, FL – RC Cola Plant
Pre-sale tickets are available December 5. Get more information here.
Since setting up his landmark non-profit label Blume, Las Vegas’s own 3LAU have made fans of the electronic dance act seamless philanthropists along the way. Having dropped album lead-in single “Star Crossed” earlier in the year, the young artist returns this month with the album’s second single and news of an extensive North American tour for 2018, with support from SNBRN, Throttle and ELEPHANTE. Kicking-off in his hometown on December 30, the Ultraviolet tour leaves few national stones unturned, mustering 20-dates across the country and concluding on April 27. The announcement lands just days shy of latest single ‘Walk Away,’ with the landmark album anticipated to be out by the time 3LAU concludes this national romp. Catch the full itinerary of the Ultraviolet 2018 tour below and stay tuned for the new single this Friday!
ULTRAVIOLET TOUR 2018 Dec 30 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Feb 08 – Bloomington, IN – Kilroys Feb 09 – Chicago, IL – Prysm Feb 10 – Columbus, OH – Dahlia Feb 16 – Atlanta, GA – Opera Feb 17 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 Feb 22 – New Orleans, LA – Republic Feb 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Noto Feb 24 – Washington D.C. – Echostage Mar 02 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Mar 03 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Mar 10 – Seattle, WA – Sodo Mar 16 – Toronto, ON – Uniun Mar 17 – Montreal, QC – New City Gas Apr 06 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Apr 13 – Boston, MA – The Grand Apr 14 – St Louis, MO – Ryse Apr 20 – Houston, TX – Spire Apr 21 – Dallas, TX – Lizard Lounge Apr 27 – Portland, OR – Roseland
With six stunning original hits, his killer weekly Hexagon radio series, a packed global tour schedule that took him to the main stages of Tomorrowland, EDC, Mysteryland, Lollapolooza, and Ultra Music Festival, in addition to selling out his headline artist shows in the UK, US and European markets, it goes without question that Don Diablo has had his biggest year to date.
Don Diablo started 2017 by releasing vibrant, high energy singles such as “Switch,” and “Children of a Miracle.” His more recent tracks of the year include “Momentum” and “Don’t Let Go,” along with his latest piece featuring A R I Z O N A, “Take Her Place.” Producing an eclectic array of sounds, while staying true to his signature style, Don Diablo’s innovative production craft always brings fresh, invigorating elements to the table.
In light of his overwhelming success, Don Diablo has announced his North American tour with special guest Lost Frequencies, which will begin on Feb. 8 in San Diego, making stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. The Future tour will showcase a timeline of Don Diablo’s work, as he will play out classics such as “Tonight,” and “On My Mind,” along with his newer creations that show an evolution in his artistry. With his forthcoming album on the way, it’s safe to assume that Don Diablo will not hold out on fans, but rather drop previews of his unreleased work, as is tradition with the Dutch superstar. Undoubtedly, Don Diablo’s Future tour will be a memorable experience, as the distinguished artist’s expertise is giving fans an unforgettable taste of both his past and future.
Feb 8The Observatory, San Diego, CA Feb 9The Regency, San Francisco, CA Feb 10The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA Feb 15Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL Feb 16New City Gas, Montreal, Canada Feb 17 Echostage, Washington, DC Feb 23Terminal 5, New York, NY Feb 24Marquee Nightclub, Las Vegas, NV
After a monstrous slew of sold out shows in China under his belt for 2017, Tiësto has just announced two upcoming tours for Australian and European in 2018 — which may prove to be the biggest year for one of dance music greatest innovators yet.
The maestro’s momentous announcement also includes an enormous London show in May of 2018.
Dubbed the Northern Lights Tour, Tiësto will make several stops in Norway at Trondheim, Bergen, Tromsø and Stavanger plus an additional show in Reykjavik, Iceland from January 16–22, 2018. The intimate run of shows also marks the artist’s follow up to his sold-out tour of the region in 2016.
Shortly after, Tiësto will carry on with an array of shows in Australia, where he’ll be playing the country for the first time since December of 2014. The artist will be hitting Festival Hall in Melbourne February 3, 2018, and Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on February 10, 2018.
The run of shows arrives on the heels of Tiësto’s latest release, CLUBLIFE VOL. 5.
JAN 16 TUE- Scandic Lerkendal Trondheim, Norway JAN 17 WED- USF Verftet Bergen, Norway JAN 19 FRI- Fløyahallen Tromsø, Norway JAN 20 SAT- Sørmarka Arena Stavanger, Norway JAN 22 MON- Harpa Reykjavik, Iceland FEB 3 SAT- Festival Hall Melbourne, Australia FEB 10 SAT- Hordern Pavilion Sydney, Australia MAY 27 SUN- Finsbury Park London, United Kingdom JUN 1 FRI- World Club Dome Frankfurt, Germany
Now, the two superstar producers have joined forces for the first time, dropping off two tracks ahead of their stage-sharing debut. With “Fern Gully” and “Dumbo Drop,” Baauer and A-Trak find the common ground between their respective production styles, proctoring two groovy club cuts that were designed to bring a little fun down to the dance floor.
Catchy, upbeat jungle inspirations flourish on “Fern Gully,” a set tool that’s perfect for beachside bonfire dance parties. Things pivot slightly on “Dumbo Drop,” roped together by off-kilter clinks and breaks. Free of explosive drops and pitched down sample work, Baauer and A-Trak deliver two quirky cuts that mesh both of their styles without taking themselves too seriously.
Beyond the Booth is a feature dedicated to the hidden side of artists that exists outside electronic music— a side rarely discussed with those outside their immediate circle. We venture “beyond the booth,” so to speak, and dive into their deepest passions that tie into their unique personalities. After some self-introspection, each participant then returns to the booth, providing an exclusive mix for the Dancing Astronaut audience.
Every successful brand is held up by people working ardently behind the scenes to maintain its vision and prosperity. For Desert Hearts, that role largely belongs to Marbs — lovingly nicknamed ‘Papa Marbs’ by his followers.
Marbs’ humility and focus behind the decks gives him a commanding energy that fills the room as soon as he takes his turn to perform a set. He becomes a shaman of sorts, with his witnesses becoming hypnotized as he keenly works his way through dark and psychedelic shades of house, tech house, and techno with finesse. His intense focus on his craft is magnifying, making him a crowd favorite and one that attracts many to his sets alongside his other Desert Hearts family members.
The technoshaman’s creativity expands far beyond his music, however. In fact, Marbs is more or less the primary creative force behind Desert Hearts, creating all of the brand’s visual artwork while also playing a significant role in events organization. Art is instilled in his blood — since early childhood and through his school days, he’s been known as a “doodler.” His skills have since translated into an extensive portfolio of breathtaking artwork across multiple mediums. In fact, Marbs’ passion for art helped catalyze his immersion into the transformational circuit as a party purveyor. He constantly feels an itch to create, which led him not only to find his other Desert Hearts founders, but also to deepen his own visual skills with the help of music. He was never meant to follow the status quo.
Before he sets off on an extensive City Hearts tour (information and tickets here) with his colleagues across the US, with one stop being the inaugural City Hearts Festival in LA, we caught up with Marbs to discuss his intense connection with visual art, music, and his vision for Desert Hearts’ future. Marbs has also provided a brand new mix filled with grooving pieces that set the tone for what to expect on the tour.
When did you get your start in visual art, and what was your first major art program? I’ve been doing art since before I can remember. Drawing came very naturally for me and was always very calming. I didn’t take any classes until I was in high school, and even then I didn’t apply for them. The major moment that really sparked my artistic growth was when my sophomore English teacher from La Costa Canyon High School walked me out of class for not paying attention while drawing. I was often in trouble for this during lectures. This specific English teacher was a cool, older hippy and an absolutely wonderful teacher. She loved my art, but at the same time wanted me to pay attention in class. One day, after having told me many times to stop drawing, she said, “If you’re not going to pay attention in class and you’re just going to draw all day then you might as well put it to good use.” She then walked me out of class right then and there, took me down to the AP art teacher and had me placed in honors art for the semester. I was able to skip all the prerequisite courses and immediately join the class. The art teacher was absolutely incredible and basically told me that I didn’t need to follow the curriculum because I understood most of the lessons already; all I needed to do was turn a project in on the dates that the rest of the class had work due, but I could do whatever I wanted with my assignments. She also gave me full access to all the art supplies, let me build canvases in class, and would let me work after hours as long as she was there. At the time, I was doing illegal graffiti on the streets, but once I started building 10-foot canvases in class and working in the alley, I didn’t really need to go hopping fences and running from security guards anymore. This was when art really excelled for me. I wish more teachers in public schools focused on magnifying the good qualities kids have instead of forcing them into a subject that they’re not interested in. If it weren’t for these two teachers, I may have never started painting and who knows what else I may not have experienced.
Do you come from an artistic family, or were you sort of an “outlier” in this regard? For the most part, I was an outlier. My mother’s grandmother was a great artist, but in a more traditional way. Her son, my grandfather, could draw but only did it when I wanted him to. It wasn’t something he did on his own. My sister, Megan Marabella, is passionate about performing arts. She focuses on dance choreography and competitions.
What mediums do you prefer to work with best, and why? My absolute favorite medium is simple pen, pencil, and paper. I love how detailed you can get with a fine-point black pen, while adding space with pencils for the shading and textures. You can really create a lot of depth and complexity with it. I also love to work on big surfaces. As I mentioned, I used to break into places to do graffiti murals while we skateboarded around North County San Diego. I loved doing that; it was exciting and working with cans was always fun. I also got into acrylic painting when I was in AP art. Then combining everything is where it became the most fun. I would layer spray paint as the background, use acrylic over the top to create depth, and then use paint pens and drawing techniques to further deepen the projects. I’m now getting more into digital media as well, which is a whole new world. Now that I do all the artwork for Desert Hearts Records, it’s pushing me to get into working digitally and even trying to learn animation.
Is there a particular era or style of visual art that you’re drawn to the most? Such as Roman Fresco paintings, impressionism, modern, etc. Honestly not really. I love street art – the more trippy the better. Surrealism is one of my favorites for sure, and anything psychedelic of course. I think good art is timeless though. I was never drawn to a specific era or style. Funny story actually, the only art class I ever failed was a college Art History course.
Who are some painters (or visual artists) that inspire you the most? Salvador Dali, Leif Podhajsky, Chuck Close, Ben Ridgway, Storm Thorgerson, our Desert Hearts artists of course 😉 … There’s so many. I think if you truly love art, it’s really hard to pick favorites. Inspiration comes from everywhere and everything.
What helps stimulate creativity to paint/create visual art? Life experiences, traveling, psychedelics, and (maybe most importantly) music. Inspiration can come from anything though – from bliss, from heartbreaks, from love, from pain – it’s all part of the flow.
Is there a pattern of the type of imagery you feel compelled to place in your work (your stuff is amazing, by the way)? Ideally, I like to have one organic object or a few organic objects as the focus, with complex line and detail work coming off of the objects in psychedelic patterns. The organic objects are often animals, people, portraits, skulls or bones from various species, partial landscapes, or plants. It all depends on what’s going on in my life at the moment, my emotions, the music I’m listening to, the chapter of my life I’m in. I often tell people that the art comes to me instead of me searching for what to make into art. There are periods when all I do is create all day and night, and then there are lulls for quite some time. To me, it’s all about the flow. You can’t force the creative process.
Let’s switch gears a bit – did your love for music come before, after, or at the same time as your love for art bloomed? I think visual art and music are symbiotic – at least to me. I never make art without music playing. I think looking back, you could probably see the types of music I was listening to when you look at various projects from different times in my life. When I was listening to a lot of punk rock, my art was a little more raw or dark. When I was listening to a lot of hip hop, I was doing graffiti. When I was listening to Pink Floyd and psychedelic rock, the art became more abstract and trippy. Now, I think it’s a combination of everything I love, everything I live for, and everything I don’t.
Does the sound/vibe of Desert Hearts releases help you decide what its artwork will look like? Definitely. I listen to each EP while I create the artwork; it helps put my mindset and mood in the right place, allowing my emotion to translate into the artwork. I think the best art, like most things, come when more energy and intention are put into it. The stories, emotions, feelings, environments, and influences that help us to create art clearly show through in the final product.
You’re about to throw the first City Hearts Festival – tell us more about that, and how it must feel to have grown so much that you’re able to make a mobile fest of sorts. The City Hearts Festival is a big stepping stone for the story and journey of Desert Hearts. For one, it marks our 5-year anniversary – and to look back – it’s mind boggling. We’ve experienced, learned, and grown so much in this time. On the other hand, it also marks a new chapter for us as we begin bridging into more philanthropic work. We want our message of love and good energy to reach as far as it can. That means we want the ripple to travel outside of our direct community as well. We’ll be donating 25% of our proceeds to the LA Mission to help support the homeless communities of Skid Row and downtown LA. We have a platform to really make an impact, not only to the people who are part of our Desert Hearts community, but also for the wonderful communities that surround us. This is our chance to start giving back to those who live in the backyards of the beautiful places we get to share our music and art with. I like to use the analogy of our community being like a massive ship. We might be driving the ship, but without the crew, the engineers, the contractors, the boat, and everyone else who contributes to the ship, it would go nowhere. We’re honored and humbled to be the ones who get to direct this ship, but we’d be nowhere without our community. That feeling of true community is indescribable. We want to take this thing as far as we possibly can.
Are there other cities in the works for a City Hearts Festival? At the moment, we’re just focusing on the LA festival, the spring festival, and our tours. Eventually, once we have the roaming festival dialed, we want to bring it to other cities of course; maybe Denver or Brooklyn, or even in another country. As we see it, the sky is the limit, but we want it to happen organically just like we’ve done with everything else in our community.
What’s next for you and the Desert Hearts brand? Personally, I’m really focused on creating as much art, music, and positive energy as I possibly can. I’m digging deep into music production, learning digital media platforms including animation, and focusing on growing my DJ projects as well. For Desert Hearts, we’re just trying to continue spreading our ethos as far and wide as we can. We’re aiming to get over the pond and start bridging into Europe and Spain soon. Also, the record label is booming and we’re constantly working towards it being the best label available for our types of music. We’ll be starting to get into gear for organizing our spring festival right after the City Hearts Festival. Onward and upward!
For the week preceding the release of his album, Kids In Love, Kygo has dropped one track off the LP per day. Set to bow on November 3rd, the tracks released so far have covered a wide range of sounds and genres.
The last track before Kids In Love is released is “I See You” featuring Billy Raffoul, a production that continues the trend of diversity the album is set to debut. “I See You” can only be described as indie rock with its mellow guitar and slow tempo centered around Raffoul’s unique vocals.
The Norwegian producer also announced an accompanying world tour with the album release that is set to kick off in Helsinki, Finland in February of 2018. Pre-sale tickets for his tour are available here with the password “love.”
Getter has surprised fans by releasing a new dubstep track, “Big Mouth” — available for free download. The nearly five minute long track has many different elements, with hard dubstep drops in the beginning that later on veer into a more trappy vibe.
“Big Mouth” even goes funk before slowing down the bpm for a softer segue back into heavy drops. Although the timing of the track’s drop was unannounced, the LA-based producer was bound to release it this fall as he is currently in the midst of his Big Mouth Tour.
Getter’s next show will be at EDC‘s epic Florida stop in Orlando on November 11.
Grammy-winning artists The Chainsmokersare currently mid-way through their Memories… Do Not Open Worldwide Arena Tour. With 71 stops in total, their tour has sold out venues in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Marking the release of their new studio album Memories… Do Not Open, the worldwide run of shows has included YouTube sensation Matt McGuire, a drummer who gained notoriety after posting drum remixes of several Chainsmokers anthems to the social sharing platform. Their successful new tour builds on the success of their early 2017 EP, Collage, for which the American duo won a Grammy Award.
Enjoy some exclusive photos from their Memories… Do Not Open Worldwide Tour that were snagged for your viewing pleasure…!