STREAM NOW: Zeds Dead rocks the Circuit Grounds stage at EDC

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STREAM NOW: Zeds Dead rocks the Circuit Grounds stage at EDCZeds Dead Live Billboard Credit Scott Legato

Zeds Dead are veterans and trendsetters in the electronic space, creating their own lane of new sound both produced and supported by their own Deadbeats imprint. Innovation is currency for the two dubstep flag bearers, combining different amounts of rumbling, melodic low end with dynamic synths and powerful energy for an ever-evolving, idiosyncratic sound.

Dylan Mamid (DC) and Zachary Rapp-Rovan (Hooks) mentioned on Twitter about their upcoming EDC performance, “This’ll be the most unreleased music we’ve had in a set I think.” For these Toronto-based artists who defy categorization brought Bassmentality to one of Canada’s most storied club nights and the rest was history.

Throw tour Z’s up and listen to Zeds Dead rock the Circuit Grounds stage at EDC below.

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Zeds Dead join forces with Dion Timmer on fiery new single ‘Rescue’

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Zeds Dead join forces with Dion Timmer on fiery new single ‘Rescue’Zeds Dead

After releasing a slew of remixes including a rework of Billie Eilish‘s “bury a friend” and Diplo‘s “Close to MeZeds Dead finally drop their second single of the year “Rescue,” preceded by the duo’s Delta Heavy-assisted track “Lift You Up.” Joining the production capabilities of two dominating bass acts— veteran dubstep producers Zeds Dead with the ripe, but explosive talent of Netherlands-based Dion Timmer—”Rescue” embodies the complements of old and new talent lending a hand to each other. With Delaney Jane providing the track’s vocals, the collaboration between the Deadbeats label heads and the Monstercat power player prove to be the latest Zeds Dead heater fit for the live stage.

“Rescue” begins with a plucky guitar riff and beating drums that almost echo the structure of an alt-rock song before descending into a wobbly bass-driven soundscape. Jane’s breathy vocals sing “It’s only you coming to my rescue” inter-weaved into a thumping drop, laced with high and low frequencies that make for a chaotic rush. Zeds Dead and Timmer have given the all-familiar dubstep anthem a refreshing makeover in their collaborative efforts on “Rescue.”

Zeds Dead release the remix Billie Eilish’s ‘bury a friend’ needed

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When listening to the “bury a friend” by Billie Eilish, you’ll note that the vocals stand out as percussive elements that you might find in a horror movie. Around the two minute mark, a heavy synth glides by, leaving bass heads yearning for more low-end action. The track works with so much empty space that a remix to fill the original’s sonic voids seemed only a matter of time, and now, Zeds Dead deliver a rework that does just that.

The Deadbeats label bosses add their classic spin to Eilish’s track, which hails from Eilish’s debut LP, WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? The result is a gritty, downtempo bass remix of the aforementioned album inclusion. The remix has an “Eyes On Fire” feel, evocative of Zeds Dead’s highly acclaimed take on the Blue Foundation original. Playing with a dynamic percussion patterns and sustained bass notes that rest among Eilish’s sultry vocals, this collaboration fits like a glove.

Diplo, Above & Beyond and Rezz headline 2019 edition of Imagine Festival

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Above the influx of summer festival lineups being released, Imagine Festival has placed itself in the top echelon of these events with their phase one announcement. Taking place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway over the September 20-22 weekend, the festival returns for its sixth year to bring festival goers together for one last weekend before the unofficial commencement of the festival season. The phase one lineup introduces a multi-threat combination of headliners including Diplo, Rezz, Above & Beyond, Alison Wonderland, and Zeds Dead, accompanied by a handful of surrounding support over the three days.

Festival attendees will find themselves immersed within the festival’s underwater fairytale theme, displayed in all areas from the Oceania and Amazonia stages, to the extravagant decorations that adorn the venue’s parameters. Complete with their very own campgrounds, Imagine Festival combines top-notch musical talent and production to temporarily submerge attendees into their own aquatic wonderland.

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Zeds Dead lay a walloping spin on Diplo’s ‘Close To Me’

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Zeds Dead lay a walloping spin on Diplo’s ‘Close To Me’Zedsdead

Zeds Dead give Diplo, Ellie Goulding, and  Swae Lee‘s unconventional love song, “Close To Me,” a bass upgrade in their new remix of the late 2018 collaboration. The Canadian bass gods pepper the rework with grainy dubstep drags in the song’s heaving breaks, while quickening the original’s tempo, and slightly inverting Goulding’s vocal contribution. While the trappings of Diplo’s original aren’t wholly absent in Zeds Dead’s remix, the Deadbeats helmers’ version is audibly distinctive from the original “Close to Me” mix that quickly made its way to radio airwaves last year.

As in past Zeds Dead productions, the flip’s climactic build and bass-laden drop serve as the focal points of the re-imaginative effort. The new “Close to Me” remix is classic Zeds Dead—forceful in its tone, and rife with musical energy that packs a heavy-handed punch. The new take will undoubtedly work its way through DJ sets this festival season, the revamp a potent showing made for loud listening.

Diplo presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, led by Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, Miguel

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What Diplo wants, Diplo gets, specifically the first-ever Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival. If the length of the name tells us anything, it’s that the seminal Mad Decent festival is sure to be one hell of a doozy, as the newly minted event’s lineup confirms. Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, and Miguel head the festival, which will manifest as a fine balance of highly sought electronic acts and equally illustrious hip-hop artists alike.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kodak Black, Pusha T, and J.I.D. round out the festival’s hip-hop inclusions, while Dillon Francis, RL Grime, Zeds Dead, REZZ, Ekali, Troyboi, Baauer, and Whethan comprise some of Diplo’s dance picks. The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival also casts glances at talent from genres beyond the electronic and hip-hop spheres, to draw the stylistically malleable Quinn XCII, R&B’s Pink Sweat$ and Jesse Reyez, and Finneas out.

Needless to say, the inaugural Mad Decent Block Party branded affair is a must attend for many reasons, primary of which—at least, for dance music fans—is Major Lazer’s occupancy of a headlining slot. Diplo previously intimated that Major Lazer will likely dissolve after delivering their fourth—and probably final—album together, in a January interview with Complex. As such, The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival might well be one of Major Lazer’s last large-scale performances.

The unveiling of The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival’s lineup comes just after Mad Decent Block Party Festival tweeted out a video with a particularly suggestive caption on April 5: “IT’S HAPPENING.” While the far from subtle warning altered past attendees of Diplo’s multi-city Mad Decent Block Party party series to be ready for a followup announcement regarding the fate of a MDBP festival, Diplo’s presentation of a full-fledged lineup has presumably taken many by surprise, given how quickly it succeeded the preliminary Twitter hint that a MDBP festival was in the works.

The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party will descend upon Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts for two days of fun, come July 20-21. Tickets to the festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. EST April 12.

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Sunset Music Festival releases dynamic phase two lineup featuring Zedd, Tchami, Illenium + more

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Sunset Music Festival is set to return to Tampa, Florida for its eighth iteration this Memorial Day weekend, and after releasing a heavy-hitting phase one lineup, festival organizer Disco Donnie is here with the phase two lineup.

Sunset Music Festival’s phase one lineup announcement included artists ranging from Kaskade and Audien all of the way to Chris Lake and Ilan Bluestone. Dog Blood‘s second show announcement after their lengthy hiatus was a spot among Sunset’s phase one announcement, and after their recent Ultra performance, fans certainly have something to be excited about.

Sunset Music Festival’s phase two announcement includes an equally diverse collection of artists, ranging from Zedd and Phantoms to Dion Timmer and Zeds Dead. Additional artists included in the phase two announcement are Illenium, Tchami, 4B, and DROELOE, among others. The event is slated to take place on May 25 and 26 at Raymond James Stadium, and tickets for the festival are available here.

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Stream Ultra day three sets by The Chainsmokers, Armin van Buuren, Charlotte De Witte & more

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Stream Ultra day three sets by The Chainsmokers, Armin van Buuren, Charlotte De Witte & moreUltra Alive Coverage Main Stage

After a shaky start to day one at Ultra Music Festival‘s new Virginia Key location, things started to return to normal as the weekend progressed. Rectifying the transportation errors with extra sets and extended hours, Ultra was successfully able to return the focus of the festival to the music. Between the main stage area and Resistance Island, day three of the festival included performances from a slew of Ultra favorites, including Carl Cox, The Chainsmokers and David Guetta.

From Zeds Dead‘s wonky bass takeover to Armin van Buuren‘s three-hour exploration of all things trance, the talent that closed out Ultra’s final day have left fans itching for more. Whether you were at the festival and want to relive those moments, or missed out while at home, revisit some of Dancing Astronaut‘s favorite sets from day three of the Miami festival.

Armin van Buuren

David Guetta

Oliver Heldens

The Chainsmokers

Zeds Dead

Charlotte de Witte

Lost Kings

Shambhala Music Festival reveals its 2019 lineup, featuring Silk City, GRiZ, Zeds Dead, and more

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Shambhala Music Festival is recognized as the longest-running music festival in Canada. It is known for its eccentric art installations, educational workshops, and unique blissful experiences that soothe the soul. The wait for the 2019 lineup is over, and Shambhala has delivered a promising set of talent for their 22nd anniversary, returning to the Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada on Aug. 9-12.

Heavy-hitting dubstep acts like Excision, Zeds Dead, Downlink, Liquid Stranger, and Boogie-T will bring their forceful bass to the ranch for the fest’s forthcoming iteration. The lineup also includes bass house favorites such as Jauz, Cazztek, Jack Beats and Volac, along with sultry electronica and nu jazz sets from Bonobo and Grammy-nominated producer ZHU. The roster is blessed by legendary veterans from around the world, including Kaskade, Diplo and Mark Ronson‘s Silk City project, Nero, and Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo as Anti Up, who are undoubtedly putting together an unforgettable performance.

Attendees can expect an all new installation called “Shambhala Favourites,” which feature the talents of A-Skillz, Father Funk, Smalltown DJs, Stickybuds, and more. Over the course of April, Shambhala will be adding 200-plus artists to the lineup that will fulfill all six stages, The Amphitheatre, The Fractal Forest, The Grove, The Living Room, The Pagoda and The Village.

Learn about payment plans and get tickets here.

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Cardi B, Skrillex, Kygo, Tiësto, and more top phase one of 2019 VELD lineup

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A veteran of Toronto’s electronic events circuit, VELD Music Festival will bring a balance of dance and hip-hop acts to Downsview Park for the the festival’s 2019 iteration. The first phase of the two-day affair’s lineup features headliners Cardi B, Skrillex, Kygo, and Tiësto. Alesso, Loud Luxury, Zeds Dead, 3LAU, Ekali, FISHER, Shiba San, and Gryffin comprise just another handful of VELD’s additional electronic talent.

On the hip-hop end, VELD so far is locked to see performances from Kodak Black, Jaden Smith, Rich the Kid, and Ski Mask the Slump God, among others. While the star power is evidently in no short supply from start to finish of the phase-one lineup, more remains, as VELD has promised to reveal succeeding phases over the next few months. The all-ages event will take place on August 3 and 4. Tickets to the festival are now available, here.

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