Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall expectedly raved about Ballerini, and how her voice carries their production. The duo seemed surprised when asked about their “Paris” film project with Pitch Perfect author, Mickey Rapkin. Taggart went on to explain how Rapkin brought the story to their friend Dan who runs the Chainsmokers’ new production company, Kick the Habit. Parts were re-worked, and the team worked on the project and pitch for about a year. Finally, the major film studio TriStar, a subsidiary of Sony, bought the movie. Taggart went on to explain Kick the Habit has tons more in the works with TV, film, and Internet content. They seemed excited to hone their creative abilities into more than just music, noting creativity should work down multiple avenues.
Fans of Martin Garrix know to expect the unexpected from the producer, whose musical output has increasingly become more diverse over the years. Not even a week after his full BYLAW EP release, the Dutch producer showed off his Mike Yung collaboration, “Dreamer.” Yung, whose soulful voice elevated him from homelessness to America’s Got Talent fame, adds a completely new dynamic to the Garrix production that stands out from past releases. The uplifting track was performed live on Good Morning America, where both Garrix and Yung got to speak about creating the song.
“Dreamer” focuses in on the idea that people can find strength as long as they have something to believe in, which is fittingly displayed through Yung’s own personal story.
After streaming platform go90 shuttered at the end of July, it seemed the world might never see Dillon Francis’ much-anticipated series, Like and Subscribe. The show kicked off its promotions in June with a mural in Los Angeles that only allowed access to verified influencers and those with more than 20,000 social media followers. Like and Subscribe was supposed to follow shortly after on July 9, but the show lost its network when go90 ceased to exist on July 30. Since then, Francis has been at work finding a new place for the show to live, and it’s finally found a home on Funny or Die.
Like and Subscribe stars Francis as Skyy Goldwynne, the most powerful manager in Hollywood. “Somewhere along the line he signed a bunch of influencers and then forgot about them,” reads the show’s promotional blurb. “When he sees an article in the trades about how terrible he is for representing them, he is left with no choice, but to lock them all in a house together, and film it.”
The 23-minute inaugural episode, titled “The House,” is out now on Funny or Die’s YouTube channel.
A performance of the ages at Sydney’s Metro Theatre has been immortalized. Trap legends RL Grime and Baauer threw down what will likely be considered a legendary B2B in Australia’s largest city. To start things off, the electronic trap trendsetters began the set with a crowd rattling mix of Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” and RL Grime’s “Era.”
The set lasted for an hour and 40 minutes, unearthing loads of trap gold and accompanying genres while also making sure to include creative edits, crossover collaborations, and cult classics. While keeping with up-to-date hype with “Mo Bamba” by Sheck Wes or rewinding back to the electro trap glory days with Baauer’s remix of Rollup by Flosstradamus, the set was quite the holistic exploration between the two veteran electronic musicians.
Amazon studios have released a new drama series titled Beat. The show follows promoter Robert “Beat” Schlag, who embodies the essence of the deepest depths of Berlin’s underground techno scene.
After Beat is recruited by the European Secret Services for his connections, he discovers how dirty the floor is when the lights come up. The show, which is entirely in German, appears to aim to be an honorable depiction of the Berlin underground, while adding all the gunfire and suspense viewers have become accustomed in today’s streaming series.
According to Amazon Prime Video’s description, “Beat works as a promoter in Berlin’s most famous techno club and does not miss a party himself.” The promoter is forced to push his mental and physical limits to expose a human-organ trafficking ring and the true extent of corruption in his immediate network.
As of November 9, the first season of Beat is available for free to Amazon Prime members.
Move over Swedish House Mafia, there’s another electronic act that’s hot on the comeback trail.
Gesaffelstein‘s three year hiatus is officially coming to an end, with the French luminary recently finalizing a deal with Columbia Records for a comeback campaign due to begin any minute now.
The first sign of Mike Lévy’s potential resurfacing came with a grip of mysterious billboards that cropped up in major cities across the globe. Shortly thereafter, the news of a newly inked Columbia co-sign essentially sealed the deal. Now, we have a brief, tantalizing taste of what Gesaffelstein is working on. So far, it is unclear whether the “Control Movement” producer is gearing up to deliver a long-awaited follow up to Aleph, or if his resurgence will bring an entirely new line of work, though a video posted to Gesaffelstein’s newly revamped social media pages might give the first glimpse into what we can actually expect to hear on the fully actualized upcoming project.
The clip is short and sweet, leaving a lot of room for intrigue, though the tense, glitchy build is already enough of a hair-raiser for fans eager awaiting Gesaffelstein’s impending return. Stay tuned.
Taking place in the experimental micro-city of Arcosanti in Arizona, the festival boasts breathtakingly intimate performances with zero overlap, an inspiring community of capped participants to ensure intimacy, devoid of VIP sections, accented with immersive art, cliffside pool parties, and more – not to mention the fact that the festival is backdropped by Arcosanti’s otherworldly architecture and natural landscapes.
Now, the Hundred Waters‘-curated FORM has announced a limited number of early bird passes are on sale for the festival’s 2019 edition. The festival has also shared stunning visuals that capture the 2018 edition and showcase the Arizona eco-city in an impeccably tantalizing light, albeit in just 60 seconds.
With a brilliantly evocative new album titled Battle Lines in tow, Bob Moses have brought their latest era to cities across North America this fall. Their Battle Lines Tour is set to wrap after one final show November 16 in Los Angeles, following months of international touring. “Back Down,” a breakaway hit from the new LP, has quickly become a streaming and crowd favorite–and the genre blending duo were kind enough to premiere the song’s official music video here at Dancing Astronaut.
The music video is an intimate glimpse into the Bob Moses tour experience, with various black-and-white scenes from the road contrasting beautifully with the bright red-orange lights of the stage. Behind-the-scenes footage ranging from hotel room jams to views from the tour bus are sprinkled between shots of Bob Moses tearing through a spirited live performance. Almost imperceptibly, black and white and full color shots converge on the stage for the track’s climax. The duo gave some insight into the music video’s documentary-esque origins:
“We spent a while thinking about what we wanted the ‘Back Down’ video to be. We wanted to be in it which inevitably ended up meaning that the video came to us. It’s a few days in our lives so that means on the road, in the bus, and onstage. No middle of the night truck stops made the final cut. It was filmed at the very beginning of our most recent US tour so they caught us performing the song for our very first times. We got to shoot some of this in our hometown of Vancouver too which was special.”
The going has certainly been tough for the internationally celebrated Ultra Miami to obtain new stomping grounds after the city stripped it of its longtime Bayfront Park housing this past September. The tumultuous process has reached new levels of discord after the Mayor-Elect of Key Biscayne Mike Davey issued the festival and its organizers some overtly captious remarks, characterizing it as a potential “disaster.” Ultra has recently zeroed in on Virginia Key—which is adjacent to Biscayne—as a potential dwelling place for its 2019 installment, hence the resentment.
Davey assigns his scruples with Ultra’s intended move-in to environmental impacts, a likely traffic influx, and “an increase in alcohol and drug-related violence.” Ultra organizers issued a lengthy response repudiating these accusations.
It is deeply regrettable that Mayor-Elect, Mike Davey and the Village of Key Biscayne have elected to publish statements that are knowingly false and misleading rather than to first seek to collaborate with either Ultra representatives or its City of Miami partners (if for no other purpose but to gather accurate facts and to gain an understanding of Ultra’s commitment and obligations respecting, traffic mitigation and environmental and historical preservation planning).
The statement tackles the delivery of the Davey-narrated public announcement, which Ultra affiliates have contended is misleading and inaccurate in its entirety. Ultra spokesperson, Ray Martinez went so far as to say it, “potentially criminalizes [Ultra’s] patrons.”
By opting to instead circulate what appears to be primarily stock photos (unrelated to Ultra) featuring used needles, polluted shorelines, traffic gridlock, by falsely and intentionally reporting that potentially hundreds of thousands of attendees will be converging on the Rickenbacker Causeway and by falsely stating that the City of Miami had purportedly evicted Ultra for environmental destruction, increased alcohol and drug-related violence, safety risks and by reporting other untruths is blatantly disreputable.
In the video, Davey also alludes to his concern for the sanctity of Virginia Key’s unique historical significance, and the potential harm he believes the festival could bring to the Key’s beachfront, specifically. It should be noted, however, Ultra has and continues to consult environmental authorities, civil engineers, and conservation experts in order to assess and subsequently mediate the event’s potential impact on its surroundings.
Davey isn’t alone in his scrutiny of the festival either, as Ultra already received thorough contest from the Virginia Key villagers after organizers released a draft of agreement plans for venue proceedings. An official vote on Ultra’s move to Virginia Key is slated for Nov 15.
Read Ultra’s full statement below:
It is deeply regrettable that Mayor-Elect, Mike Davey and the Village of Key Biscayne have elected to publish statements that are knowingly false and misleading rather than to first seek to collaborate with either Ultra representatives or its City of Miami partners (if for no other purpose but to gather accurate facts and to gain an understanding of Ultra’s commitment and obligations respecting, traffic mitigation and environmental and historical preservation planning). By opting to instead circulate what appears to be primarily stock photos (unrelated to Ultra) featuring used needles, polluted shorelines, traffic gridlock, by falsely and intentionally reporting that potentially hundreds of thousands of attendees will be converging on the Rickenbacker Causeway and by falsely stating that the City of Miami had purportedly evicted Ultra for environmental destruction, increased alcohol and drug-related violence, safety risks and by reporting other untruths is blatantly disreputable. The offending publication(s) by Mayor-Elect, Mike Davey and the Village of Key Biscayne is patently false and inaccurate and was made with reckless disregard of the truth. “It unfairly disparages our brand and potentially criminalizes our patrons,” says Ray Martinez, Ultra’s spokesperson. The publications made by the Mayor-Elect are believed to be defamatory, as are the horrendous images that were published in an effort to purportedly inflame and scare residents and stakeholders. Ultra condemns this conduct and cautions that such leadership is irresponsible and wrongful on multiple factual and legal grounds including that the disturbing images were not associated with the Ultra Music Festival brand.
Today, November 10, as the Orlando installation of Electric Daisy Carnival in Tinker Field entered into its second night, a fire brought festivities to a temporary halt. Bass music producer Kayzo had recently begun his set on the Kinetic Fields stage when a fire erupted on the top right corner of the structure, as seen in video footage captured by a writer for EDM Saucebelow:
Orlando Sentinel reports that the fire was caused when pyrotechnic effects ignited a portion of the screen display, at which point the DJ cut his set short.
Wow guys there was a major fire on the maisntage during the beginning of my set at edc Orlando. Had to stop but the team here at edc and the fire deprartment were swift and are doing their best to get the stage up and running. I love you guys. Thankful everyone is safe
Orlando Fire Department spokesperson Ashley Papagni states that the fire was contained upon OFD’s arrival, the Sentinel reports. In a tweet, Insomniac head Pasquale Rotella reiterated this statement, encouraging fans that the show would resume once the conditions are confirmed to be fully safe to do so.
Heads up, EDC Florida Headliners. The small fire at kineticFIELD has been contained and we are working with the fire department to make sure everything is safe before the music resumes. Hang tight!
No evacuation has been ordered, and Papagni told the Sentinel that no injuries have been reported. Kayzo is set to play another set at the venue’s Corona Beach Stage later in the night, as well as an afterparty for the event.
We working hard to get this set back up on the maisntage. On the bright side I’m gonna play from 8:30 – 9:30 on the corona electric beach stage here and then an after party from 1:30-3:00 at gilt