Gashi enlists DJ Snake and French Montana for new track

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DJ Snake‘s collection of releases just got even more diverse thanks to a new collaboration with Gashi and French Montana. The track is titled “Creep On Me,” and its radio-hit potential is apparent with this stacked line up of collaborators. Gashi has been teasing the release on his socials, building excitement for the unexpected trio’s collaboration. A smooth opening highlights Gashi’s vocals, and Snake’s production touch becomes apparent with a Caribbean-chord infused electronic drop. The track is the perfect tune to close out summer with its downtempo chords and infectious vocals.

DJ Snake has been busy preparing for his sophomore album release, and this collaboration serves as a continuation of Snake’s diverse collection of artists he has enlisted for the compilation. He is working with everyone from Yellow Claw to Cardi B on the forthcoming album, and “Creep On Me” only builds everyone’s excitement for what is to come.

Enter to win a VIP trip to Produktworld with flight and accommodations [Contest]

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Enter to win a VIP trip to Produktworld with flight and accommodations [Contest]Producktworld

New City Gas has teamed up with Dancing Astronaut to provide one lucky winner with VIP passes to its Produktworld festival in Montreal, as well the ultimate fan experience.

The 2018 edition of Produktworld will be headlined by EDM fan favorites like Yellow Claw, Galantis, and Virtual Self — just to name a few. In addition to world-class musical acts, the festival is characterized by its unique carnival theme and coinciding state-of-the-art pyrotechnics, acrobats, and an abundance of street art.

In addition to a twin set of three-day VIP passes to the festival, the winner will receive free roundtrip air fare from surrounding major cities, a comped hotel, and a meet and greet with the artist of his or her choice, plus a whole lot more.

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[Q&A] North Coast’s founder, Michael Berg, talks new developments and acquired wisdom

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[Q&A] North Coast’s founder, Michael Berg, talks new developments and acquired wisdomNorth Coast 1

Every year, some of Chicago’s most all-embracing EDM, funk, rap/hip-hop, and indie event promoters—Silver Wrapper, Metronome, and Cold Grums—unite to piece together “summer’s last stand,” North Coast Music Festival. Since 2010, the festival has returned to Union Park each Labor Day Weekend to house not only world-class acts from nearly every crevice of the musical continuum (deadmau5, Widespread Panic, Portugal The Man, Gucci Mane, Pretty Lights—just to name a few), but also a myriad of visual art installations, ranging from a live, psychedelic graffiti demonstration from Chris Dyer to a unique pop up gallery showcasing solely local Chicagoans.

Tucked between some of Chicago’s most vibrant and energetic neighborhoods, including Wicker Park, West Town, West Loop, and Pilsen, North Coast’s Union Park atmosphere is a happy paradox: a serene, intimate park setting, encapsulated by trees, penetrated by the awe-inspiring urban skyline seen overhead and some of the most in-demand performances of the summer. This year, North Coast touts a larger focus, including its first-time poolside pre-party each day, which itself will host a number of installations, as well as a stark increase of visual performers, like the Bam Creates crew.

Co-founder of North Coast, Silver Wrapper talent buyer, and longtime Manic Focus manager, Michael Berg, sat down with Dancing Astronaut to discuss how the festival has grown throughout its nine years of successfully capping off the brimming Chicago summer events season. He explains how the festival has garnered its serial-attendees by catering to the “original coasties,” who tend to prefer jam and indie acts—like this year’s securing of The Revivalists and funk legend, Jamiroquai, in his first midwest performance in over a decade—while not making the mistake of neglecting the younger crowd, booking budding Chicago rapper Juice Wrld and fan-favorite dance acts like DJ Snake, RL Grime, and Axwell ^ Ingrosso.

What was your initial vision for the festival? Did it turn out the way you conceived it nine years ago?

It did at first. What I’ve noticed is as the market and the festival landscape changes, our goals are shifting with them. As our fanbase ages, things change. We’re still very proud of it. It’s definitely under a metamorphosis right now.

Can you expand on that?

I think that if you went to the festival in the first year, and you were 21-years-old, now you’re 30. That’s a big difference in life as far as maturity and priorities. We’ve always tried to curate the show with a little bit of a younger audience in mind. When we’ve leaned toward the older demographic’s music in the past, it hasn’t translated as well.

But we really saw a different response this year with some of the stuff that we booked. It made us realize that our fans are growing up. You just have to be conscious of who you’re servicing, which goes all the way up and down the ladder from the artists and their agents, to the lifeline of the festival, the fans, who buy the tickets and represent the brand.

We want to be loyal to the original coasties; but we also want to find the balance between doing that and keeping forward-thinking, like booking acts that are maybe for our undercard this year, but are maybe going to be headliners in a year or two. A lot of times the people we book [for North Coast] a year later, will be on the main stage at Lollapalooza.

Aside from lineup curation, what other areas would you say the event has evolved in over the years?

Definitely the experiential part has changed dramatically. We’ve got a much bigger presence of visual performers and art installations. Something we’re introducing this year that we’ve never done before is a daily pool party. There will be a full curation of art inside the pool. It’s just going to be for a few hundred people per day, including the artists and their guests. But a few hundred people per day will have the opportunity to buy tickets to come to this four or five hour pool party. Bam Creates is going to take over the art and do a lot with that.

The one limitation we have with it is that the festival ends at 10 pm every night. There’s only so many hours of darkness, so the types of installations that we have at something like Suwannee Hulaween, our other festival down in Florida, where things glow at night or things with fire, we can’t really do as much of that at North Coast because the majority of the fest is daylight. So you have to do installations and activations that work in the day time.

What about the venue and the location has kept you there since the first year in 2010?

First of all, we have a great relationship with the city and the park district. It’s really just the perfect location and the perfect size for this type of show. The majority of people who are coming to this show, probably 85 percent, are coming from the greater Chicago area. If you’re looking at Chicago proper, it’s right in the middle of West Town, the West Loop, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Pilsen—all those neighborhoods that are hot spots. It’s very centrally located: easy to find parking, it’s right off a train line. If you’re coming from Northbrook, or you’re coming from the West suburbs or the South Suburbs, it’s right off the highway.

The neighborhood has been generally welcoming of us. So, it’s kind of one of those things like if it’s not broken don’t fix it. If we were to sell out in advance five years in a row, maybe we would consider moving up to a bigger location, but it seems to sell out by the weekend of the fest every year. It feels like we have the right size park for the right size crowd that we’re generating.

Another thing that I really like about it is it is a park and a lot of the festivals in the city feel very urban. North Coast is definitely an urban festival, but there’s still trees and it still feels like a park when you’re there. I love how when you’re watching the main stage, you can see the Willis/Sears Tower poking up beyond the trees. So it’s just this little visual reminder that you’re in the city of Chicago.

What’s the thought process behind the lineup, stylistically? I know a lot of people see it as a predominately electronic fest, but you guys bring so much variety.

It’s a pretty diverse festival. If you look at our top ten acts this year, there is definitely a handful of electronic acts. You’ve got Axwell ^ Ingresso, DJ Snake, Yellow Claw. On the immediate undercard, you’ve got RL Grime. So those are clearly our big dance acts. But then you also have Jimaroquai, Moon Taxi, Vulfpeck and the Revivalists, the Strumbrellas, and Robert DeLong which are more alternative, funky, indie types. Then Friday, we’ve got Miguel, who, on paper, is an r&b act, but if you’ve ever seen him, he’s more of a like a live act who plays with a sick full band. Then on the undercard that day you’ve got Byrce Vine, and Juice Wrld who is just exploding right now, a local Chicago guy in that emo rap/r&b style that’s so big right now.

On Sunday, we’ve got the return of Jamiroquai to Chicago for the first time since 2005. It’s the Midwest exclusive for them. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen, but he’s a huge 13-piece funk orchestra. It’s gonna’ be crazy and will close out the festival as the final set of the weekend. He’s doing five shows in the states for the first time in 13 years, and the only one that’s not on one of the coasts is us. It’s special to us as event curators that they chose us as their Chicago show.

We really are a diverse festival. I think there was more of an electronic presence early on. But right now it’s not too much of just one thing.

What other areas have you guys tried to improve on in more recent years?

If you look at the schedule, it all makes a little more sense. We’ve really honed in on, like if you’re there for dance music, and you get there at 2 pm you go from this stage to this stage and then you stay at one stage for the last two, or whatever it is. Or on the other hand, if you’re there for jam bands, you start at one stage then go over here for two sets. Basically every hour there’s non-conflicting stuff for you to see. Obviously once you get into a diverse lineup and a diverse crowd, which North Coast is a diverse crowd, inevitably there’s going to be some ‘Why’d you put this person on at the same time as this person?”

So you’re trying not to make it too hard on people who just want to go one day?

No, I think we’ve embraced the fact that it’s a single-day market, and that everyone wants to go to as many festivals as they can. Somebody might not like North Coast’s [lineup] on Friday, but maybe they’re not going to miss it on Sunday, and that’s cool with us.

Michael Berg is North Coast Music Festival’s co-founder. Tickets to North Coast are still available here.

Stream sets from day two of Tomorrowland 2018 from Axwell, Armind Van Buuren and more

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Arguably the year’s most coveted dance music festival is currently underway in Belgium, bringing EDM’s finest to the first weekend of Tomorrowland. Ravers come from all over the world, and even more tune in to enjoy the festival’s programming remotely. Now, with day two of Tomorrowland in the books, one of the top highlights for at-home fans has been the plethora of live streams offered by the festival. Check out some of Saturday’s top sets from Armin van Buuren, Axwell, Yellow Claw, and more.

Yellow Claw:

Solomun:

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike:

Armin Van Buuren:

Axwell:

Alesso:

Adriatique:

Tchami x Malaa:

Matisse & Sadko:

Brooks:

 

Yellow Claw explore breadth of their sound ‘New Blood’ LP [Stream]

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Bass heavyweights Yellow Claw had an interesting concept in mind when announcing their third album, New Blood: “Rather than trying to make some grand statement,” they began, the duo instead are using the body of work as an expression of their life on the road. Doing so allows the Dutch outfit to venture out beyond their tougher, festival-geared sound and show a new dimension of themselves in the process.

New Blood has finally arrived, following a bevy of high-charged singles and a wave of controversy following their choice of EDC surprise cameos that thrust Yellow Claw squarely back into public view. The tracklist is brimming with A-list collaborations — per their usual fashion — making it even more appealing to the eye.

It certainly meets the expectation of not making a “grand statement;” though more diverse in scope than what one would usually experience at a Yellow Claw set, they more or less fall in line with their signature sound without stretching too far outside their comfort zone. That isn’t to say it’s a terrible listen; in fact, New Blood is more than entertaining, with its future bass valleys and rap-assisted, trap peaks.

“Public Enemy,” a DJ Snake collaboration, is a heady production with a fierce drop and choatic sirens that will more than likely cause a frenzy on festival dancefloors throughout the season. Meanwhile, its downtempo opener “Lost On You” is a warm, feelsy hit that evokes beachside imagery and carefree sentiments. Alongside A$AP Ferg and Creek Boyz, Yellow Claw forged quite the climax for the LP in the explosive “Fake Channel.”

Rising vocalist STORi also plays a prominent role in New Blood, appearing on two tracks. Ultimately, the album is an enjoyable collection of tunes that are good placeholders for a more ambitious album endeavor, if one occurs.

 

NMF Roundup: Yellow Claw bring the heat, Elephante tugs at heartstrings, SLANDER remix Above & Beyond, and more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. 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.


Sydney producer JVLY teams up with the sultry SARAI to create a groovy atmospheric tune full of pulsing synths and clean high hats.

The production trio known as Brohug take the original “Too Good To Be True” and turn it into a vibrant house heater that entices dancing from beginning to end.

Blasterjaxx and Bassjackers perfectly execute a dynamic big room track, with a heavy kick and mesmerizing lead synth. Festival-goers will stand no chance.

If future house is on the agenda for the weekend, then Jay Hardway and Mesto are claiming their spot with a track that bounces with stuttering synths and a catchy repeating vocal, leaving some of us not wanting to be saved.

Building anticipation for their new album on June 22, the Yellow Claw duo release yet another silky tune featuring Rochelle, full of brassy horns and a fat snare.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa sound like a dream duo, until Valentino Khan comes along and puts his spin on “One Kiss,” turning it into a classic house beat riddled with alluring piano.

Elephante taps on the powerfully elegant Nevve to bring “Otherside” to life, that speaks about trying to remember a dream you had and the pursuit of getting back to it.

1788-L creates a literal “CYBERSPACE,” by building an epically cinematic and intricate track full of gritty synths that makes one feel as if they really are in the future.

SLANDER create their own emotional rendition of Above & Beyond‘s “ALWAYS,” that dramatically builds from minimal elements to an all encompassing drop.

Melbourne duo Two Can deliver a melodic beauty “Got Habits” in the form of one knocky wood block, a hypnotizing vocal, and strategic synths.

Delicate guitar riffs ring, as deep bass slowly take over on Tom Budin and Kopa’s splendid new track “Things Change.”

Australian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Mickey Kojak, delivers a refreshingly unique tune full of retro vibes from the arpeggiating pluck to the funky bassline.

The mysterious In.Drip. project feels something like driving in the rain. With his crispy yet mellow beats, laden with his effortlessly gentle voice that delivers verse after verse, he makes any drive a pleasant one.

ZAXX pulls on the heartstrings in “Together” with playful xylophones and a huge synth drop, that leaves the listener in a world of their own.

Newcomer OTHER creates a catchy tune from his soulful voice reminiscent of Blackbear and Mike Posner, to the clean guitar and exciting electronic drop.

DJ Snake Saves The Day In New Yellow Claw Collaboration – ‘Public Enemy’

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You have probably heard a bit of this song before when it existed as ‘Rawhide’. Before DJ Snake come into the project, the record existed as a collaboration between Skrillex and Yellow Claw. For some reason, that remains unknown, Skrillex could not see the project through to the end, but luckily DJ Snake stepped in

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Yellow Claw Scraps Collaboration With Skrillex, DJ Snake Finishes Project – ‘Public Enemy’ [Out Friday]

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Skrillex and Yellow Claw’s collaboration ‘Rawhide’ was one of the most anticipated releases this year. Fans were dying for the track to be finished and officially drop. But at some point, the wheels fell off the project. We are not sure if it was conflicting schedules or a loss of interest but it quickly became

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Yellow Claw teams up with A$AP Ferg and Creek Boyz on ‘Fake Chanel’

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Yellow Claw is cruising their way into a massive summer, setting up the season with the release of another party-primed collaboration, “Fake Chanel” featuring A$AP Ferg and Creek Boyz. The new drop comes hot off the heels of the Dutch duo’s recent joint effort, “BITTERSWEET” featuring Sofia Reyes.

The new tune packs a bumping dose of Yellow Claw’s signature heavy bass, laying down an aggressive trap beat as the backdrop for catchy bars from Ferg and the Boyz. Coming through with some high-octane set list ammunition, Yellow Claw is gearing up for the release of their upcoming album New Blood, available on June 22, and if “Fake Chanel” gives an accurate preview, we’re in for an exciting new LP from the Barong Family mainstays.

Yellow Claw brings out ‘Cash Me Outside’ girl at EDC – much to crowd’s dismay

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DJ, turn it down.

Amsterdam trap duo Yellow Claw has long been a crowd favorite when it comes to bass-boomin’ beats, but their recent performance at EDC Las Vegas flopped among attendees when the DJs brought the infamous “Cash Me Outside” girl, Danielle Bregoli, as their surprise special guest.

Although Bregoli has enjoyed success in rap circles under her stage name of Bhad Bhabie, EDC-goers clearly didn’t take the reality-personality-turned-rapper as an emblem of peace, love, unity, and respect, booing Bregoli off the stage.

Better luck next year, Yellow Claw.

H/T: EDM Sauce