It’s been a long time since we’ve heard about any new projects from Skrillex. His last EP, Leaving, released about half a decade ago, and four years since his debut studio album, Recess. However, now it looks like the producer is returning with anew surprise after splitting from Jack U. In a recent interview with Argentine newspaper La Nacion, Diplo revealed that Skrillex is working on a new album. “Skrillex is working on a new album. I think that after that and the new album that we are preparing with Major Lazer, we will make music together again,” said Diplo. Not only can fans expect some new music in 2018, but it also sounds like Diplo and Skrillex are planning to revive Jack U.
Miami-based producer Lookas has been steadily teasing fans with songs from his forthcoming EP on Monstercat, Lucid, first releasing the track “Eclipse”, a bass-driven banger with dark, wonking rhythms. The second single from the EP, “Alarm” shows a lighter side to the three-track work. Teaming up with dynamic duo Krewella, Lookas embraces a more pop-style production with “Alarm”, as the tunes nostalgic guitar strums lead into a smooth drop of hi-hats and sharp pumps of bass. “Alarm” also marks Lookas’ first vocal track since releasing his four-time platinum hit “GDFR” alongside Flo Rida and Sage the Gemini back in 2015.
Lookas has been an impressive talent in the dance music world since his introduction, rising as a self-taught producer in 2013 and immediately having his remix of “Tsunami” by DVBBS and Borgeous picked up as an official remix. Having been named a Top 10 Act to Watch by Rolling Stone and a Top 10 Rising Artist by Billboard, Lookas continues to show audiences what he’s made of. Fans have yet to see all of the phenomenal tricks up Lookas’s sleeve, but each release from his EP on Monstercat, Lucid can give just a little taste on the punch he’s packing.
Chicago-bred and LA-based act Krewella are no strangers to working with Lookas or Monstercat. Lookas produced their recent single “Be There,” proving the already existing synergy among the artists, meanwhile Monstercat has been home to Krewella’s early successful single “Killin’ It” and “Superstar” with Pegboard Nerds & NGHTMRE. The duo just wrapped up their North American ‘New World’ tour, which took on nearly 30 cities by storm with support from Crankdat, Party Favor, Shaun Frank, Unlike Pluto, Wavedash and more.
Having welcomed over one million fans to forty-five events internationally in 2017, the world’s largest, most international and most successful remaining independent electronic music festival brand is just three months away from its biggest show ever – ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL’s twentieth birthday. Incredibly, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018 will see the Miami event alone exceed two million attendees spanning over twenty consecutive years since its inception in 1999. Kick-starting the most anticipated lineup in the event’s history, Phase One has been released just in time for the holiday season.
Returning to Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami on March 23, 24 & 25, 2018, at the end of Miami Music Week, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL’s Phase One is layered with the expected and the unexpected, with nods to the past, present and future of electronic music. Featuring an incredible array of world-class talent across seven state-of-the-art stages, ULTRA is pulling out all the stops to ensure that its flagship show will head straight into the history books.
Festival greats Armin van Buuren, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, David Guetta, Eric Prydz, Hardwell, DJ Snake, Tiëstoand many more will all be present in 2018, with the likes of The Chainsmokers and Kaskade set to return for the first time since 2016. Marshmello and Virtual Self are among the headliners making their ULTRA MAINSTAGEdebuts in March, with bass dons Flosstradamus and RL Grime returning for the first time since 2014.
ULTRA’s twenty-year anniversary will again see RESISTANCE dominate two arenas across the park as both the Arcadia SPIDER and Carl Cox Megastructure return. In addition to headline sets from Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Maceo Plex and Sasha | John Digweed, a special B2B2B set between Nicole Moudaber, Dubfire andPaco Osuna and a four-way performance from Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream and Seth Troxler (under their ‘J.E.S.u.S’ moniker) are guaranteed to draw crowds across the weekend. Another notable RESISTANCE highlight will be All Day I Dream’s head honcho Lee Burridge, who makes a welcome return to the festival having not played since 2014. The full RESISTANCE lineup will be announced early next year.
As ever, ULTRA’s LIVE Stage receives extra special attention, with headliners Azealia Banks, The Crystal Method, Empire Of The Sun, Infected Mushroom, Rabbit In The Moon, Tchami X Malaa: No Redemptionand The Wailers feat. Julian Marley all confirmed. Many more live acts will be confirmed in the coming months.
In addition to the ULTRA MAINSTAGE, Carl Cox Megastructure, Arcadia SPIDER and LIVE Stage, the UMF Worldwide and UMF Radio stages will also return. Furthermore, ASOT, Brownies & Lemonade, Jacked and Revealed will also be hosting arenas across the weekend.
ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL began as a 10,000-person beach party in 1999 and has since grown to a 165,000-person mega-festival, surrounded by skyscrapers in the heart of Downtown Miami. The legendary Josh Wink and Rabbit In The Moon were both part of the very first Ultra Music Festival at Collins Park, Miami Beach in 1999 and will return in March 2018. With thirty headliners and over forty additional support acts making up Phase One, the twentieth anniversary is shaping up to be a truly historic event.
ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL is an 18+ event. For tickets and more information, head to ultramusicfestival.com
A special Halloween weekend kicked off in Miami with the popular Wynwood Fear Factory on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29th at the RC Cola Plant. Not only did thousands of ravers attend the two-day festival with haunted attractions and a mainstage with some of the hottest acts, but 100% of proceeds went to Global Empowerment Mission in light of the natural disasters that have occurred in the Southeast U.S. On day one, despite the rain, music lovers without a doubt enjoyed their favorite artists such as Porter Robinson, The M Machine, Cedric Gervais, Andrew Rayel, Bad Royale, Madds, Dave Sol b2b Unomas and Kyro! b2b Eric Arraoyo. On the second day, due to weather conditions from the previous day, performances were switched around with a back-to-back performance by Oliver Heldens and Fedde Le Grand. The day continued with other special performances by GG Magree, Drezo, 3LAU, Martin Solveig, Yellow Claw, Big Gigantic and DJ Snake. Aside from the music, many attendees got in the spirit of Halloween dressing up in fun costumes, enjoying crazy graffiti art and delicious food. The graffiti art added an urban vibe for everyone to get into the spirit of the spooky holiday. Despite all the tropical storm warning on day one, that didn’t stop South Florida from having fun, even though the gates opened two hours later. After all the rain, day two was perfect with the sunshine and temperature being in the mid 70’s. Unfortunately DJ Snooko b2b with Loky were unable to play, but the event kicked off with DJ Sub Zero. Yellow Claw’s set was still a bass lovers’ dream despite the lights going off. At one point one member from Yellow Claw stood on the table and held their phone over the controllers, just so the other could keep playing. Now that’s team work, and the party kept going. DJ Snake ended the night with a fire set, and while the power and sound went off on the stage right at the beginning of his set, that didn’t stop him at all. He started over and jumped back up on the table and started dancing to get the crowd going. All photo credits go to The Poselski Brothers. www.PoselskiBrothers.com
With several releases on imprints including Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings and tour performances at clubs such as Souk Singapore, Manse has grown a great fan-base with his popular tracks. Recently, he released “Where We Want To Be” on Armada, which gained him even more recognition in the industry. We were lucky enough to catch up with Manse to get to know more about his musical background and upcoming projects. Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into producing music? My name is Michael Hansen and I go under the artist name Manse. I’ve been producing for almost 9 years now, for 6 years it was only a hobby, but the past 3 years I’ve been making music and touring full time. I first got into creating music when I was in High School where a friend of mine introduced me to Acid Pro which is a sampling program, and he taught me how to make hip hop beats since he was producing that genre. At this time I went to my first 18+ rave which was Sensation White in Denmark, I saw DJs like Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Tiga etc and I fell in love with the sound but also the creativity and challenges I was facing with creating a song and I kept making music. After just a few months I felt I wanted to create something from scratch and not just work with samples as you do in Acid Pro, so I started working in FL studio for around 2 years but then moved over to Logic Pro 8 and have been with Logic Pro since that day. Who are some of your biggest music influences? When it comes to the genre I do my biggest influences have been Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Axwell, Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Eric Prydz, Deadmau5 for sure. I’ve been a huge fan of these guys since 2008 and I am proud to be supported by most of those names 🙂 What do you do to get the creative juices flowing when you have writers block? I usually try to relax and not worry about it, its a pretty common thing amongst music producers and songwriters and the worst thing to do would be to get stressed up about it. I usually watch a Drama movie to get into a emotional state where I feel something sad, I found that this way gets me so much inspiration and this usually works if I want to make the writers block disappear. What would you be doing if you didn’t pursue music? While I was making music I was studying Real Estate Management so if I wouldn’t pursue music I would work within the real estate business of some sort, less fun than travel the world and do shows and produce music haha.. You recently released, “Where We Want To Be” on Armada, can you tell us about the inspiration behind the track? This song was made quite a while ago honestly, I think almost 1-2 years ago. I was asked to make a song around a vocal, which is now known to be Where We Want To Be, and I initially made a deep house song, which I loved, but I felt something was missing. I then decided I wanted to incorporate more of the Manse uplifting Progressive House energy but also keep some of the deep house vibe to it. So eventually what we hear today, is a mix between the classic Manse sound with alot of Deep House vibes in it as well which makes it a cool crossover song With the soft vocals, the track gives off a summery vibe. How is the track different from previous music you’ve created? What would you say really sets this track apart from other tracks out there? As I wrote in the previous question this song has more of a chill, summerish deep house vibe while from the first version this version was 10 times more calm since it was a 100% deep house song. Usually I am releasing 100% Progressive House which is very uplifting & energetic but for my past releases this year, I wanted to release something more relaxed and experimental, where this release is part of this idea and I had to be more experimental. I think nowadays most artists focus on following trends, I’ve always been focusing on creating something I love and want to do, rather than listening what’s trending on the radio or spotify. This way I think this release is a pretty timeless song which can be played in many years and still feel like it was made yesterday which I am always aiming for and of course to touch peoples heart with beautiful vocals Tell us 5 things we don’t know about you (fun facts, hobbies, funny stories while DJing…etc…)
- When I was younger I used to dance professionally in different Swedish TV-shows and theaters.
- Once I starred in a TV-show where I acted as a young boy in love with a girl where the song is pretty hilarious, search on youtube – Nicke & Nilla – Diggar Dig and you will see a young Manse appear haha 3. There have been many accidents while DJing, but I remember one time when I was DJing for one of the first times, this was in a local bar in my hometown Stockholm back at the time when we still DJ with CDs. I already made a transition to a new song and I was proud it was so good, I was about to eject the CD of the previous song I played to start finding a new one, but since I was quite nervous I accidently pressed EJECT on the player of the song who was playing at the moment, it became quiet in the club and many people started to shout and laugh, I decided to just brush it off my shoulders and play along with the crowd, then eventually start to play a new song… super embarrassing but it was a fun story. 4. I used to compete in Skiing since an early stage in my life until my late teenage years.5. Recently on my last show during my China tour I just bought a new hoodie with these very heavy straws, I was jumping as I usually do but little did I know was that the right side of the straw accidently hit the PLAY button on the CDJ what happens is when you press the play button while a song is playing it makes a horrible sound where it sounds like a KICKdrum is being looped very short, luckily I was in the zone so I pressed play again fast to keep the song going, but lesson of this is: Make sure that you wear the right clothes and shoes otherwise these things can happen lol…
DJ and producer, Alan Walker, announced on Billboard that he will be releasing a new single, “All Falls Down” on Friday, Oct. 27th. The announcement came through the release of a trailer for the song’s video. The news comes after a busy month for the artist. Just last week, fans were able to catch Alan Walker in Amsterdam during ADE, where he did an incredible sold out performance at Paradiso with Gavin James to perform the track “Tired.” Alan also participated in a panel for YouTube. On Oct. 21st, DJ Mag announced their annual poll where people from all over the world voted for their favorite DJs. Alan moved up to 38 places to land at No. 17 on this year’s chart. The magazine also awarded him their highest Climber award, which celebrates the DJ that moved up the list the most number of places. In just two years, and with only a handful of singles under his belt, the 20 year old British-Norwegian artist has gained the certified attention. He quickly racked up over five billion streams worldwide by blending lively, energetic beats and harmonic, sentimental melodies. Alan is certified gold and platinum in 32 countries and has quickly gained over 15 million followers across social media. With his latest track, “All Falls Down,” it seems to be an action-packed adventure of epic proportions including romance, kidnapping, cult-like burials and a time capsule that looks like a casket, along with explosions and dramatic strings.
One of the most popular Trance producers, ATB, has been in the music industry longer than we can remember. His tracks such as “9 PM,” “You’re Not Alone,” “Killer 2000” and more, have gained popularity and is some of the most recognized tracks during sets today. We were lucky enough to catch up with ATB and find out more about his view on the EDM industry and his latest album!
- Tell us about yourself and how you got started as a DJ/producer?
- Who are some of your musical influences?
- You’ve been in the scene for over 20 years, how have you seen EDM evolve as a whole? Do you think it’s a good or bad change?
- What would you say sets you apart from other Trance DJs out there?
- You recently released your album, neXt,how would you describe the tracks on this album to be different from pervious tracks you’ve released?
- I feel like the album gravitates more towards a trance, pop music sound compared to your other tracks like “9PM[Till I Come],” or “My Dream.” Is this the direction you plan on going with your music?
- What’s next that fans can look forward to as far as new music or a tour?
- Tell us 3 things we don’t know about you (hobbies, funny stories, fun facts, likes/dislikes…etc…)
The award-winning Dutch DJs and producers have teamed up for the monumental “Hands Up” transcending the best of signature Dutch house music and big room aesthetics. Released by Wall Recordings, the dynamic track spans between classic big beats to well-crafted progressive builds and catchy vocals from MC Ambush. Afrojack and Hardwell are having a huge year, simultaneously celebrating over 300 episodes of their popular Sirius XM radio shows to performing record-breaking headline shows around the world, with Hardwell even turning up as the surprise DJ guest at Afrojack’s recent birthday event NO PLACE LIKE HOME on Sept. 9 in Rotterdam Ahoy. Now together, the global dance music artists and friends are set to turn club floors on fire with their latest collaboration. After a short preview on Hardwell’s global radio show Hardwell On Air, the audience response was wild and clearly a sign of the song’s catchy vibe and huge appeal. Having earned the coveted title of No. 1 DJ according to DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll two years in a row by the age of 26, Hardwell’s proven record of success and versatility makes him a formidable force in the music industry. The multi-talented producer, musician, label owner, documentary film maker and DJ began his successful career at the age of 14 and has since been nominated for and received a wide accolade of awards including the 2014 MTV European Music Awards for “Best Dutch Act,” “Best Global DJ” at the 2016 IDMA’s in Miami and recently winning “Best Big Room House” and “Best International DJ” at the 2017 DJ Awards in Ibiza. His 18-month world tour “I Am Hardwell” featured at cities such as Singapore, Istanbul and Jakarta, earning him worldwide recognition and contributed to Hardwell becoming one of the electronic scenes most “clicked on” artists with over 753 million hits on YouTube and 8.9 million likes on Facebook. Having worked with many of the music industry’s most recognizable artists such as Jason Derulo and Craig David, his new single with Afrojack promises to be another runaway success. Afrojack has been one of dance music’s front-runners and has an incomparable reputation as a DJ and producer. Born Nick van de Wall, the Dutch electronic music phenomenon collaborated with the likes of David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Diplo, Pitbull and The Black Eyes Peas, won a Grammy for his (and David Guetta’s) remix of Madonna’s ‘Revolver’. He is known to always be dedicated and devoted to bringing the best music experience to his listeners and rocks stages everywhere from Ibiza’s finest venues to globally acclaimed music festivals. He spent six years on the top 10 of DJ Mag’s coveted Top 100 DJ’s list and found his own record label called Wall Recordings. He’s been nominated for a wide variety of awards such as “Best Electronic” and “Best World Stage Performance” at the MTV Europe Music Awards and the NRJ Awards. Recently, he was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Dance Video for “Gone” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and spent 4 weeks at #1 on the US Dance Charts for “Another Life” with David Guetta. Afrojack has a long record of surpassing expectations and successfully making a place for himself in the music industry.
“Jamurai” from Nick Richards, also known as Starchasr, is one of the latest releases from Austin-based label Brawla Records for the DJ arsenal, guaranteed to start a mosh pit. If hard-hitting and reverberating bass is your thing, then “Jamurai” is the track to scoop up. You can preview the track below on Soundcloud or stream it on Spotify. “Jamurai” is the first track to be released from Starchasr’s Magnata EP and it is quite the introduction. Nick Richards started off as a musical maverick at 15 years old, choosing to experiment with bass music and craft his own sound on his laptop. A lot has taken place since Nick began to toy and tinker with beats in Garage Band. The name Starchasr is a moniker Richards used for video games. Now he is part of The Dirty Collective in Houston, Texas and is signed with Brawla Records, an Austin Texas based label that describes itself as “a music label with a curated point of view.” Brawla Records is where you will find Nick Richards’s upcoming Mangata EP, a mix of dubstep, trap, and experimental, future bass tracks. There are two sides of the musical coin in this EP. “Skwish” and “The Witch” make up the dubstep/trap side of the EP. Big Cats, Dot Matrix Demo, and Shoreline are on the future bass/experimental side of the EP.”Big Cat” is one of my favorite joints on the EP. It’s solid future bass. I love how the vocal hooks fit into the track and are made into part of the beat. The artwork for “Big Cat” is fitting. A woman blends into the night sky and out of the corner of her left eye is what appears to be some sort of aura or spirit soaring up into the cosmos. The track does have a spacey feel. “Shoreline” is one of those put-your-top down songs you play on the way to the beach. The song is stripped down and accented with finger snaps. The melody drops in this one are on point. “Skwish uses expertly timed hi-hats and atmospheric sounds like gunshots to deliver a nice hip swaying trap beat. There’s a little something for every bass music head on this EP. Look out for it on Brawla Records in the fall. Purchase “Jamurai” on Apple Music and Beatport. You can check out Starchasr’s other tracks here. Follow Starchasr on Facebook and Twitter.
Munchie Squad, consisting of Julian Propst, nico Winkler and Luca Pivetz, have had an impressive rise in the music scene since 2016, and their work speaks volumes of their attention to detail and talent. Their quirky style certainly makes them unique, and they’ve honed in on their signature sound to a tee with their productions to prove that. The producers have previously released their remix of Sam Bruno’s “Tip Of My Tongue” on Atlantic Records in 2016, “No Sleep” featuring Chelsea Collins and “Black Hole” featuring Cali. They continue to create melodic and intricate beats while showcasing their creativity and versatility in their latest track, “Keep Callin” featuring YMTK. The trio goes in a different direction with their newest hip hop influenced track featuring the L.A.-based rapper. Munchie Squad perfectly fuses together an irresistibly catchy mellow electro-house melody featuring classic hip hop beats. “Keep Callin” is full of high energy and the track comes full circle with YMTK’s hot vocals, bringing together the upbeat and bouncy vibe to create the ultimate party track. The song is set to release on Oct. 6th on FYE Music.