Once in a while, there is a moment in time where music becomes so powerful that it can transport someone back in time. For instance, remember that feeling of being a kid in the car with your friends blasting the radio up and jamming to track after track singing along at the top of your lungs not having a worry cross your mind? This is the feeling that is mirrored fromSlushii‘s THERE X2 Tour. Julian Scanlan, more commonly known by his stage name Slushii, sold out his show in Portland, Oregon at 45 East. Slushii has been selling out venues for this tour such as Stereo Live in Dallas and Houston and even the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. It goes without saying that there is a reason why Slushii’s THERE X2 keeps selling out and this review explains why.
The beginning of the tour started off with an opener who goes by the name of VOLT, also known as Rob Dawson. VOLT is the true definition of how an opening act should be and is everything and more. He brings the bass but delivers his own taste with it by changing the speeds and tempos of each drop. He also is really good at making sure each build up is different than what is normally to be expected. His high energy is easily transferable into the crowd and keeps everyone alive and awake before the main act of the night.
Once VOLT stepped off the decks, it was time to get slushed up. The club was ready for Slushii to take the stage. The visuals that he supplies for this tour are bright, colorful, and whimsical. They go hand and hand with all of the tracks that he drops and fit the overall theme of the tour. The overall vibe of the show was like a party vibe with a mixture of his own personal tracks along with a bunch of old-school classics. For example, the club united together as he dropped Panic at the Disco‘s “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi. His infectious playful energy from the stage is easily contagious and it helps raise the energy in the club to an all-time high.
Slushii’s stage presence is out of this world and really helps with the excitement during the show from start to finish. The reason why it feels so real is that he is being his true self-doing what he loves and is not there to act any different than if he was not on stage. That is a theme with this tour that no matter where you come from, who you are, the color of your skin, or sexual orientation there will be people there for you ready to have a good time at the club ready to sing along and dance. There is even new music that is dropped during this tour that hasn’t been released yet!
The final verdict here is that if the THERE X2 Tour is headed to your city buy the tickets to the show the moment they go on sale. This was a show that keeps replaying over and over in my head and nowadays that is hard to get. Slushii takes everybody on a fun wild journey during his show and it’s worth every penny. It is a tour that has everybody walking into the club as strangers but then by the end of the night, everybody will be walking out as a family.
Tickets for his tour can be found by visiting his website. Find out where Slushii is headed next and get ready for a rollercoaster ride of epicness.
You will have access to the Governors Ball at your fingertips.
New York City is the place to be this weekend with their 8th annual Governors Ball Music Festival! They will have an official live stream of the festivities all weekend long with legendary performances by Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Halsey, N.E.R.D., Khalid, Chvrches, The Gaslight Anthem, Post Malone, Silk City (Diplo + Mark Ronson) and many more. You can catch the live stream through DIRECTTV NOW and television broadcast presented by AT&T. The fun will take place Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd at Randall’s Island Park. Fans who are missing the action can watch live performances from countless artists throughout the weekend. Beginning tomorrow, here are several ways to catch your favorite acts:
Goldrush Music Festival is stepping up their festival game with this insane lineup announcement. This is only their second year and they are already putting themselves in the big leagues. The first phase of artists are headliners Deadmau5, and Steve Aoki, followed by Illenium, Kevin Gates, Vince Staples, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Slushii and many more. Not bad for second timers. The grand event returns to Chandler, Arizona September 29th and 30th, channeling the Wild, Wild West!
Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner says:
“The energy and excitement behind Goldrush are unlike anything we do, as the lineup continues to grow, I have no doubt we will be attracting a new group of fans to join the Goldrush family.”
Stay tuned for the full lineup! Passes are now available here.
Our favorite DJs have tweeted their opinions about Drake & Pusha T.
If you haven’t heard about the Drake and Pusha T beef, here’s the short story to catch you up. It all started last weekend with a diss Pusha T made about Drake on a track from his new album Daytona. Drake immediately made a rebuttal with a freestyle track called “Duppy Freestyle”, dissing the rapper and mentioning Pusha T’s fiance.
Drake then followed with an invoice he made that was charging Pusha T $100,000 for giving him publicity. He shared that invoice to Instagram, awaiting Pusha T’s comeback.
Our favorite electronic duo, Porter Robinson & Madeon played their final Shelter show at Coachella 2017. Despite closing the chapter of their collaborative partnership, Porter Robinson and Madeon remain close friends and still actively support each other online.
Porter Robinson has in the past delved into the story of their decade-long friendship and discussed the influence it has had on their respective music. Both artists always have nothing but kind words to say about each other’s music and personal impact on each others careers.
Just yesterday, Porter shared a loving birthday message for Madeon, who turned 24—which also marked 12 years of friendship between the two. Porter took to Twitter to give praise to Madeon’s growth both musically and personally in the heartfelt tweet below.
happy birthday @madeon! you’re now double the age since we met. you’ve achieved at the highest level, and yet hearing your unreleased music, i still feel like you’re only getting started taking over the world
Fans in the comments were quick to show support and focus on the “unreleased music” point of the tweet. Some even suggested another Porter/Madeon collaboration. One can only dream. Happy Birthday Madeon, and hopefully we’ll get to hear some of that unreleased music very soon.
In two weeks, Splash House 2018 will kick off the summer festival season. The event welcomes a massive collection of star studded artists from all across the electronic dance industry. The event will be hosted at these iconic Palm Springs venues: The Renaissance, Riviera, and Saguaro Hotels; with an incomparable after hours party at the Palm Springs Air Museum.
To get you excited for this poolside weekender, here’s a list of the top 5 artists and their tracks we highly recommend. Prep your ears and stretch your legs because come June 8-10 it will be one of the year’s best party weekends.
Composed of DJ/producer duo ManilaKilla & Candleweather, HotelGaruda have epitomized the DIY culture of modern dance music. They are well known for scaling the online tastemaker world with a variety of remixes and remakes. It is their versatile, deep house sound that continues to attract attention far beyond music lovers and their communities. This is one unique duo. Below is their remix of JaiWolf‘s track ‘Gravity‘ ft. JMR. Tune in to more of their music here.
Jai Wolf ft. JMR – Gravity (Hotel Garuda Remix)
Just a Gent
Straight out of Newcastle, Australia is 16 year old producer JacobGrant. This talented young lad performs under the moniker Just a Gent and is yet another hidden gem out of recent house producing artists. He is responsible for starting one of the newest sub genres in electronic dance music dubbed “love trap”. That’s right, his unique Just a Gent sound combines the high energy of progressive house and the laid back trap kick that has taken the music scene by storm. The insane upbeat twists in his tracks send a rush of energy through your veins. Experience the diversity of his sound here. Expect top hats, mustaches, euphoric music, and a great time at his performance. Check out one of his latest tracks ‘404’ below.”
Just a Gent – 404
Nora En Pure
South African-Swiss deep house producer, Daniela Niederer, also known as Nora En Pure will be performing for the after hours party at the Palm Springs Air Museum. She is the goddess of indie house/melodic deep house sound. Weaving her influences of South African roots, her music is a creative inspiration. It is accompanied by tribal percussion beats and a melody composed by wind instruments, piano chords and harmonious synthesizers. Listen closely to her songs as they also tend to integrate organic nature sounds. Listen to her track ‘Sphinx‘ below. For a taste of what she will bring to the night, follow her page here.
Nora En Pure – Sphinx
Kevin Andrew Chapman is an American DJ and musician from Los Angeles. After a series of viral remixes and covers in 2014, Chapman started performing under the alias SNBRN. He has quickly become an up-and-coming dance and house music artist. His hit single ‘Raindrops‘ catapulted his career. Now, he produces music under his own label ‘Sunset House‘ on SoundCloud–it’s all deep house, indie dance, and nu disco mixes here. Get a feel for his rhythm with his remix of Peking Duk‘s track ‘Wasted‘. Follow more of SNBRN and his music here.
Peking Duk – Wasted (SNBRN Remix)
Yolanda Be Cool
Sylvester Martinez and JohnsonPeterson are the coolest cats to see at SH. Spearheading their career since 2009, these two have more experience than their time as Yolanda Be Cool suggests. In their music, juxtaposition is everything. Hip hop and techno. Animal noises and nightclubs. Pretty girls and tattoos. Or in their words, “party tech.” Below is a new track of theirs entitled ‘Hacia La Noche‘. It truly sums up the rooftop summer pool party in Hollywood vibe. This duo never disappoints; more of their music can be found here.
The desert dust hasn’t yet fully settled from the festivities of Coachella 2018, but that hasn’t stopped them from already gearing up for next year with the announcement of 2019 dates and pre-sale info. The Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival will make their return to its lush stomping grounds of the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California.
The 2019 dates are for the most part, the same as 2018. Weekend one will take place April 12-14 and weekend two will run from April 19 to 21. As always, the lineup won’t come until the early months preceding the festival.
For those who want to guarantee their spot at this iconic music event, advanced sale begins Friday,June 1st at 11am P.T. over at Coachella’s official website. This sale marks the only opportunity to purchase tickets through the payment plan option, so be prepared to wait in a long queue.
Coachella will be rolling out their new preferred car camping option for their 2019 installment, which will essentially provide easier access and closer proximity to the venue entrance. This option will be $325, a two-hundred dollar difference from the traditional car camping option.
Creamfields is once again setting the bar way high for production value. Just over a month ago, they announced the first of its kind SILOStage, a 360 degree arena with the latest technology in sound and light production. Today, another surprise has came along and it looks totally epic, to say the least: Ladies and Gentlemen, get ready for Generator.
Some might say that we’re talking about the Space Race here, but we’re not. Generator is Creamfields’ latest concept, an incredible megastructure to turn your festival experience into a futuristic adventure. Entirely made of scaffold and shipping containers, the industrial design of Generator allows a multi-tiered stadium and multiple viewing galleries, so everyone will be able to have a unique and unforgettable journey from every corner of the stage.
As for the visuals, Creamfields is also going beyond expectations:
“Generator will provide an all-round spectacle that will include an enormous all-encompassing and multi-dimensional wall of LED screens at the stage end, not to mention an abundance of lights, lasers, and pyro that will spanthe length and bredth of the structure. Once again, the bar has been raised, with Generator proving that when it comes to pushing the limits of what is possible, Creamfields remains way ahead of the curve.”
With these brand new stages, going to Creamfields will not be simply attending to a music festival, it will be more like taking a trip to the future. For its 21st edition, the lineup has every artist you could ever hope for: Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Axwell & Ingrosso, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim, just to name a few.
Creamfields is happening from August 23rd to August 26th at Daresbury, Cheshire, U.K. Limited tickets are still available on their website. You can also enter on their Facebook contest to win a Gold 4 day Camping for five. Good luck and see you at Creamfields!
The festival and concert series will celebrate Canada Day.
After a sold-out season opener, The Electric Island concert tour announced their second stop of this year’s run – their fifth – to Hanlan’s Point Beach in Toronto, Canada bringing a newfound element to Canada Day, July 1, 2018.
The day will feature a diverse line-up of international acts. On the main stage, catch the heavy-hitting sounds of Brazilian techno export ANNA, UK garage house producer Billy Kenny, the wildly diverse Jackmaster and the underground’s favorite bros; The Martinez Brothers. Supporting this roster of dance music experts will be Canadian No. 19 mistress Jade and Toronto favorite Simon Jain.
Over at the Moog Audio Stage attendees will get their groove on to the deeper, harmonic sounds of Robert Babicz. A strong line-up of local talent including tech house act Andy Cue, Bohemian Yacht Club’s Brian Johnson, and techno act Jeremy Stott will provide the perfect tunes for an intimate dance party.
Tickets for the event and more information can be found on the festival’s website.
It’s that time of year again, where the dust settles after EDC Las Vegas and headliners get back into the rhythm of every day life. One thing InsomniacEvents is good at is making sure the next festival is ready. Prepare yourself for NocturnalWonderland2018.
Returning to the Glen Helen Regional Park on September 14 & 15, Nocturnal Wonderland will bring a world of vibrant sights and unique sounds. Those who come, year after year, know it beholds fantastical mysteries. In this place, creatures of all shapes and sizes move curiously to the vibrations of the night.
Venture with us through 3 stages of extraordinary sound and audiovisual production. Wolve’s Den hosts all the main acts in a scenic presentation. Wander the pathways through the Labyrinth, a maze of sound, and all those who hunger for music are welcome here. Immerse yourself in a lush valley of sound as you revel in the audible flora of the SunkenGarden. Past headliners have included Dillon Francis, DJMustard, Dombresky, WillClarke, and many more.
Tickets go on sale Friday, June8 here. Tier 1 starts at $99.95 plus fees with layaway plans available. Don’t delay as tickets will increase in price.
Gather your pack and get ready for two nights of dancing PLUS three days of camping. Don’t limit your fun to just the festival. The campground at Nocturnal is more than just a place rest between shows—it’s your home for the weekend! With bustling entertainment, activities, and amenities for all to enjoy, campers experience a whole different side of festival life.
Get ready to enjoy the art, performers, and your Nocturnal dance family. View the latest trailer for Nocturnal Wonderland below.
In an announcement just a few hours ago, ticketing agency Ticketfly stated that all operations have been temporarily shut down due to a large-scale information hack. While they are calling the event a “cyber incident,” all website and app functionality is at a halt. The official statement from their website reads as follows:
“Following a series of recent issues with Ticketfly properties, we’ve determined that Ticketfly has been the target of a cyber incident. Out of an abundance of caution, we have taken all Ticketfly systems temporarily offline as we continue to look into the issue. We are working to bring our systems back online as soon as possible. Please check back later.
For information on specific events please check the social media accounts of the presenting venues/promoters to learn more about availability/status of upcoming shows. In many cases, shows are still happening and tickets may be available at the door.”
While there is no concrete information on the exact scale of the hack, it appears critical and private information is at risk. The hacker, calling themselves IsHaKdZ, claims to have access to Ticketfly’s “backstage” database. This database stores client information for the thousands of venues, promoters and festivals that use Ticketfly. This may also be where credit card information is stored, but that is still speculative. For the time being, it appears that previously purchased tickets and shows are unaffected.
After months of speculation, it appears Google has let the cat is out of the bag. After successful releases of the Pixel and Pixel 2 through an in-house OEM, electronics industry giant Foxconn will handle manufacturing operations for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Foxconn is the Japanese group behind Apple’s iPhone, marking a huge shift for Google’s Pixel series. This also marks the first time that all the specs and designs will be handled internally by Google. Apparently Google has been shopping around for sometime for a new manufacturer for their line of smartphones. As a result, Foxconn sees yet another huge bump to their infrastructure.
The Pixel 3 will not feature many aggressive design changes. However, the Pixel 3 XL will now feature an edge-to-edge screen. In line with the iPhone development, it will also now feature a notch. A “notch” is the cutout at the top of the screen that allows room for a camera, microphone, etc. Many complaints around the iPhone X revolve around how the notch gets in the way. However, Google appears ready to embrace it as part of their new technology. The new design is receiving mostly positive review on social media.
It was noted that embracing the notch appeared inevitable by Google, especially since Android P (their new operating system) has brought better support for it. The Pixel 3 XL has promised to have dual front camera lenses, optimizing photo and video output. It also appears that Verizon Wireless will maintain exclusive right on contract services in the United States. Companies HTC and LG handled previous contracts for the Pixel and Pixel 2. Google poached some of HTC’s smartphone team back in September 2017.
A single word can convey a lot of meaning. That’s definitely something rising producer Parker recognizes as he titles all of his productions with only a single word. And speaking of, he’s just released his latest one-word creation, ‘Lemonade‘, to kick off the summer with.
“‘I created ‘Lemonade’ to give you those Happy Vibes. When you’re down, ‘Lemonade’ can pick you and make you feel happy. Love you all. Enjoy <3”
Like its namesake, the track is nothing if not a bright & sweet piece laden with some delectable melodies. And just as lemonade is representative of the summer, Parker’s ‘Lemonade’ is definitely representative of that ideal summer sound. Give the track a listen and be sure to grab your copy via Lowly Palace in the link below.
The popular rap duo have released a remix of “Stay Gold” through Adult Swim’s singles program.
Everybody knows the drill nowadays. If you have a track you can’t wait to share, chances are, you have your streaming site of choice to share the music you love. Have a playlist you want to put together? No big deal. Put it on Spotify. Have a great track you just discovered and want to share with the world? Repost it on your Soundcloud account. While the era of music streaming is firmly in bloom, that doesn’t mean that other forms of music releases are irrelevant. In this case, rap duo Run The Jewels decided to take a unique route for their latest release.
In collaboration with Adult Swim, Run The Jewels have released a remix of their track, “Stay Gold” via the programs singles program. For those of you not familiar with the format, Adult Swim has a program where every week, they release a new song for free. The group also released the remix on vinyl for Record Store Day this year. As for the remixers themselves, the duty of re-imagining Stay Gold was done by long time RTJ collaborators, Smiff and Cash.
This release is just the beginning for Run The Jewels this year as they have also been announced as the headlining act for Adult Swim’s inaugural festival. Other acts confirmed to perform at the festival include Thundercat, Dan Deacon, Big Freedia, Code Orange, comedian Hannibal Burress and many others. The duo will also be performing at the Provinssi Festival in Finland, Finsbury Park in the UK and the Float Festival in Texas throughout the summer. For more info on those shows and to get tickets, visit the group’s website .
To listen to Smiff and Cash’s remix of Stay Gold, you can find the streaming link below. The track can be found on all of your major streaming platforms and on Adult Swim’s singles site. As for Adult Swim’s festival, details can be found on the festival’s website.
Big Gigantic will be making futuristic moves at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Big Gigantic is stepping things up this year! They have just announced their 7th annual Rowdytown festival, but this time, you get an interactive 3D experience by 3D live. The electronic duo will be making history, being the first 3D show at the iconic venue. 3D Live will compliment Big Gigantic’s legendary set. The fun doesn’t stop there. They will be bringing along San Holo, 3LAU, Louis Futon, Boogie T.rio, Droeloe and Party Pupils for the ride as well.
Big Gigantic states:
Rowdytown is a place where we have always been able to push ourselves and our boundaries as musicians. This year is no different. We have a bunch of new, unheard, unreleased music for you and we can’t wait for you to hear it. For the first time ever at Red Rocks, we will be bringing the best in 3D technology, which will create a unique, personal experience for every single person each night. We are carefully crafting our setlists each night to take you on a Big Gigantic audio and visual journey from start to finish. This sensory odyssey is something we have been working on for years and we are ready to bring it to life! Prepare for the craziest Rowdytown you’ve ever experienced! #BigG3D #Rowdytown7
It’s safe to say we cannot wait for this spectacular 2-night event! Mark your calendars for September 28th & 29th for a legendary performance! Grab tickets here!
The popular ticket company Ticketfly has been hacked by an unknown source. According to Twitter, they had to pull down the website for the sake of clients and fans. They said:
The hacker by the name of IsHaKdZ took over Ticketfly’s website with a picture of Guy Fawkes and a message that read: “Your Security Down I’m Not Sorry.” The critic message has the company worried about the hacker gaining access to their client database as well.
We hope Ticketfly finds this hacker and has a smooth recovery!
As our world continues to depend more and more on technology, it comes as no surprise that people often have a preferred website to satisfy their daily knowledge craving. According to Alexa, the Amazon-owned virtual assistant and web traffic analyzing platform, more users now visit Reddit than Facebook in the United States.
Reddit is still a little foreign for some users. With that said, here is a quick description, according to Wikipedia, to give the unfamiliar readers a quick glimpse into the great site – it’s “an American social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website”.
The platform has recently undergone a momentous re-design which included small, but important updates, such as a side panel, a banner image, and several different ways of viewing a subreddit. Although users aren’t entirely pleased with the overall fresh design, the statistics speak for themselves.
Google is still ranked as the most visited site, followed by YouTube, Reddit, Facebook, and Amazon locking down the top five choice picks. Jumping into even more interesting facts, on average, Reddit users will spend 15 minutes and 10 seconds of their days cruising the site, resulting in a figure substantially higher than its competitors.
Check Out The Competitors Daily Stats Below:
YouTube: 8 minutes 31 seconds
Facebook: 10 minutes 50 seconds
Amazon: 7 minutes 37 seconds
Facebook seems to be the true losers in this situation. Their audience is ageing and shifting to other platforms, not to mention, they lost a good amount of their users due to the Cambridge Analytical scandal.
Like every situation, there are always positives and negatives. Facebook still owns WhatsApp and Instagram, so you know that Mark Zuckerberg isn’t dwelling on these stats too much.
The Reddit fam is one that isn’t easily pleased, however with the increased traffic, one can assume that bigger and better things are coming.
Jonnie Macaire and Harry Bass met while pursuing educations in music and Third Party began. The Progressive House producers based in London began releasing music in 2010 with their first single, ‘Release’. Their first studio album Hope, released in 2017, is partly a collection of previous singles and showcases the duo’s impressive musical talents. They also run Release Records, a partner of Armada Music. And their newest track ‘Free‘, out on Release follows up with an impressive dance floor anthem just in time for the summer.
The euphoric synth melodies and swaying breakdown of ‘Free’ create a sensation of floating along a current of air. The vocal hook “Everybody’s free to feel good” compliments the song’s texture, heightening the feeling of freedom built by the instrumental. As the track builds back up it drives the energy, exploding into a big room, progressive house banger. Definitely made to be played on the largest of stages, Third Party’s newest track will have you dancing your heart out into the early hours of the morning.
As the kings of the Pacific Northwest, USC Events never fails to impress with stacked lineups, killer venues, and amazing production quality. This year, they’ve pulled out all the stops for the number one event on their roster: Paradiso.
Taking place at the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington, Paradiso is an experience unlike any other. Camping opens on June 14th and the festival takes place on the 15th and 16th. Some of the best DJs and producers from across the globe will be playing out to a crowd of 25,000.
Split into three stages, acts like G Jones, Ekali, Gramatik, and Valentino Khan will be destroying The Wreckage stage, while Claude VonStroke, Hotel Garuda, and Matroda will be taking over the Digital Oasis. The Mainstage is in for a treat, with legends like DJ Snake, Armin Van Buren, Deadmau5, and Virtual Self headlining. Take a look at the full lineup below:
Don’t forget to check out their Road to Paradiso Mix featuring AC Slater as well:
Undoubtedly, this isn’t a festival you want to miss out on. With a breathtaking venue, a world-class lineup, and an abundance of exciting vendors and attractions, Paradiso 2018 will be one for the books. Grab your tickets here. For more information, follow this link.
ETC!ETC! is also taking over our Instagram Friday!
ETC!ETC! did a cool thing today. He created a Spotify Takeover with yours truly, EDM.com! If you are in the head-banging, floor shattering music mood, check out this epic playlist with the best of the best. Prepare your ears for bangers, with hits by Matoma, Deorro, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Dada life, Alan Walker, Yellow Claw, Valentino Khan and the very best, ETC!ETC!. These are certified festival favorites that you have definitely heard at a stage or two.
ETC!ETC! has been taking the trap world by storm, creating heavy, fast-paced sounds to shake a crowd up. His tracks can be heard on radio stations around the world, and he has cultivated massive support from Diplo, Krewella, Borgore, Skrillex, Steve Aoki and many more! He has releases on countless labels, making this a great year for the artist.
Take a trip to the mainstage and check out this amazing playlist!
Slushii explains how he came up with his DJ name, what it felt like playing the main stage at EDC Las Vegas, and more!
The year is not even halfway over yet and Julian Scanlan, or more commonly known by his stage name Slushii, has already headlined a majority of the large festivals this season with more still to come. He is currently on his THERE X2 Tour that is selling out like hot cakes and he just played the main stage at one of the biggest dance music festivals in America. It is safe to say that Slushii is the future of electronic dance music and many artists and people in the world could learn a thing or two from him and his personality.
Slushii is a young man who really appreciates life and everything around him. He took up music at a young age by joining a psychedelic power-pop band for three years until 2012. However, 2013 is where he finally dipped his feet in the electronic dance music scene using “DJ Swoon” as an alias. Due to an issue with Soundcloud’s automatic copyright system his track was taking down which then lead to his most recent project.
“How did the concept of Slushii actually come about? What really inspired the whimsical character/ cartoon that has now become an international icon and role model to so many people?”
“I had an alias before. I was making music under another alias “DJ Swoon” and Soundcloud went ahead and terminated my account. They were doing the whole purge thing with the remix and copyright stuff. I was broken up about that. So I was like you know what, I am going to start fresh. Maybe this is life’s way of telling me I should start new. I have all the experience from my past projects. If I start fresh with this it will be a more steady project. I love anime and visual characters and I always wanted to do a project that had a companion character with it. Slushii is a liquid, and he can morph into anything, so my idea well if Slushii can morph into anything then it can translate into music. House music, dubstep, future bass, and anything and it will just fit.”
“Speaking of music, your “Out Of Light” album was your first debut studio albums and that came right after your first EP “Brain Freeze,” did you do anything differently when creating that album that you did not do while working on “Brain Freeze?”
“Brain Freeze” was a combination of songs that were previously released. At the beginning of the Slushii project, I only had a finite amount of songs. “Out Of Light” was a combination of years of storytelling and me curating a specific set of songs that tell a story. “Brain Freeze” was an EP full of songs to turn up to. It is an EP for different moods whereas “Out Of Light” one linear mood where you feel the same from start to finish.”
“The new Find Your Wings EP is a little different than your traditional all melodic soft tempo future bass tracks and it dives deeper into the heavy dub bass genre a little more. Why the sudden change up and shift into that genre and was it challenging to do so?”
“I come from listening to albums like “Bangarang” where every song is a banger. My goal with this EP was to just make an album full of bangers. Coming from just making an album that was on a deeper level and in its context, you had to digest it in multiple listens whereas with “Find Your Wings” you can just throw it on in the car and just start headbanging to it. It’s something where you can just turn your brain off and just get smacked by it.
“EDC Las Vegas just took place a couple of weeks ago and according to an article one of your recent tracks from the Find Your Wings EP was the sixth most played track (Level Up) during that weekend. That is huge since that festival is not only one of the largest music festivals in America, but also in the world. Did you anticipate this track to gain so much attention and appreciation?”
“The funny part about that song is I actually wrote it as a DJ tool. In 2013, that would have been the biggest room single at Ultra. That whole EP is my retro kinda of throwback EP. The fact that David Guetta and Tiesto were playing it was huge. I wrote it for those guys to play as an anthem and they did. It is awesome it worked out like that because I wrote almost as a joke and it ended up being a thing.”
“You also played on the main stage of EDC Las Vegas did you do anything different before during or after that set that you haven’t done before?”
“Something that I have been doing more is actually have been playing a lot more of my own music. I am infamously known for leaving out a lot my own songs just by mistake because I forget. Now I just try and play everything. Fun fact, I do not remember any of the EDC set. I was so nervous that I mentally blacked out. I got on and got off.”
“I want to talk about the recent passing of Avicii, many people in our community are still grieving this tragic loss. Would you say any of his music helped inspired any piece of are you have produced?
“I think my reaction was less extreme than a lot of people. I do not come from the scene. Before djing, I was never really going to shows or festivals. I loved Avicii‘s music. I was a fan and the “Levels” remix by Skrillex was one of the first EDM tracks I downloaded from iTunes. If it was a CD it would be burnt out. I have seen so many posts how impactful he was to the scene and to dance music in general. He truly flipped dance music on its head. It is a huge loss and I think now more than ever mental health needs the attention it deserves.
“I have three scenarios for you but you get to only choose one? The first one is thatPokémon are real, you just got invited to the real Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry or the last one you are allowed to use the force? You can only pick one. Choose wisely.”
“That is such a hard question. Hogwarts is cool, but Voldemort would probably be after me. As far as lightsabers go, my friends and I get drunk sometimes and we have a Samari sword around the house and we cut cardboard so probably not the best idea if we did that with a lightsaber. Pokémon in real life seems like the most plausible. To catch a Gyarados in real life and train it would be dope. So I would have to choose Pokémon in real life.”
“If you could be a Pokemon which one would you be and why?“
“I would totally be Mewtwo. He is cool and purple and kind of looks like an ancient cat. He is really powerful and cosmetic.”
“You just recently turned 21, so happy belated birthday. Did you do anything fun for the big 21?”
“I went to dinner with my manager and my best friends and we just went to the club. It was one of those hip-hop bottle service clubs and then I actually dj’d too. My manager asked me if I wanted to dj and I was like it’s my birthday, so yes, I would and it was a blast and a very fun night.”
“You have been traveling to so many different cities for this THERE X2 tour so far, any specific cities stick out to you that really took your breath away?”
“I think the two cities that were the craziest during the tour were Echostage in Washington D.C. and Stereo Live in Dallas. Those two shows had an out of control crowd response. I felt like a mini Justin Bieber. I was like wow I am loved that much!?”
“Your music video for “I Still Recall” is truly touching, how much involvement did you have with the video?”
“My friend Daniel, who works a lot with Marshmello and his videos, actually directed that video. Many of my family members have gotten cancer, diabetes, and diseases like that. He brought the vision to me and knowing how that feels and having that personal connection with that subject matter just felt like it worked.”
“Festival Season is in full swing and you have already played Ultra’s 20 anniversary and EDC Las Vegas which are two big-name festivals. You are scheduled to play several other festivals this year anyone in particular that you are more stoked for?
“There are two. Spring Awakening, which I have never played before. Then, of course, Tomorrowland because it’s Tomorrowland.”
Slushii stands for so much that he really is a light that shines brightly into the dance music scene. He is humble beyond words and really strives to help individuals find their happy place with his music with what he produces. He has created a fan base that is known for finding their light during their dark times. It goes without question that Slushii is truly a one of a kind soul that is helping improve the community step by step and day by day. The future is bright for him and the accomplishments will be endless and we cannot wait to see what he does next.
͞Bass Camp in the Park Brings Headliners and More to Wingfield Park.
Bass Camp Festival, Lake Tahoe’s largest summer
electronic music festival, brings a full day and evening of national DJ headliners, art cars,
live art, exhibitions, a vendor village and food trucks to Wingfield Park in downtown
Reno for the first Bass Camp in the Park while kicking off this year’s Artown festival.
Revelers can celebrate the inaugural Reno event along the Truckee River on Saturday, June 30 from 3-10 p.m.
To serve as its main stage for the Reno event, Bass Camp Festival brings its acclaimed
Dancetronauts Bass Station Stage/Art Car, a rocket-ship-style stage, replete with sound, lighting and flaming special-effects, dubbed for the Las Vegas-hailing DJs performing at
It has also been featured at the South Lake Tahoe Bass Camp Festival, Electric
Daisy Carnival (EDC) and Burning Man over the years.
Australian DJ Thomas Jack, known for his upbeat dance tracks laden with live
instruments like flute, saxophone, and guitar, headlines the event.
In direct support of
Thomas Jack is global trailblazers in modern dance music, Hotel Garuda. Comprised of DJ/producers Manila Killa and Candleweather, the acclaimed duo will serve up an array
of remixes that helped garner them four consecutive number one ratings
on the Hype Machine charts, more than 25 million streams on SoundCloud alone and
praise from Billboard, Harper’s Bazaar and Complex.
Ibiza-born Kryoman, now a northern Nevada local residing in Incline Village, brings his
globally celebrated trap, EDM and future house music techniques and breathtaking robotic production—including two enormous, dynamic robots—to the festival stage.
Kryoman has performed with industry legends like Aoki, Guetta and the Black Eyed Peas.
Dancetronauts bring their riveting, multi-sensory production that includes dancers,
lighting effects, world-class DJs and a pair of engaging frontmen to Base Camp in the
Park. Other headliners will be announced closer to festival time.
Tickets are available now at Basscampfest.com and Eventbrite.com, with no-fee hard
copy tickets also available at the Melting Pot in Reno. Early-bird tickets are sold out, but
advanced tickets are still available for $35, plus taxes and fees, or for $50 on the festival day
for walk-ups, subject to availability.
An all-ages event, tickets for kids 12 years and under
are available at the gate the day of the event with proof of purchase of an adult ticket.
In a statement released by A State of Trance just hours before his set, Dash Berlin was pulled from the ASOT 850 Poland lineup due to what’s being called “health-related issues.” In his steed, label boss Armin Van Buuren is filling in with a three-hour set. As a mini tribute, Van Buuren played Dash’s iconic song ‘Waiting‘ on the main stage. 30-minute live streams of each artist can be viewed here on Facebook.
While no further details have emerged, the Polish crowd was stunned to learn the news. They took to social media immediately to show support for Jeff (aka. Dash Berlin), expressing their well wishes. Dash was set to return to ASOT following a four year absence. His last performance was at ASOT 650 in Utrecht in February 2014.
He has been reviving his old school trance sound of late on his Legend of the Feels tour, and was going to play a “Classics” set at ASOT 850. His classics set at the Quantum Valley stage of EDC Las Vegas last week nearly brought the structure down. Trance fans flocked to hear him take a dive back to his original sound.
If he is recovered in time, fans can next catch Dash June 15 at Exchange Los Angeles for his next Legend tour date. I know I speak for all of us when we say – GET WELL SOON, JEFF! Checkout his ASOT 650 set from Utrecht below.
On May 16th, YouTubeannounced two major additions to their website that would make them enter the music streaming industry. Now, Google has finally launched Youtube Premium and Youtube Music.
This move allows YouTube Music and YouTube Premium to bring Google into the music streaming industry and compete with Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music. Additionally, YouTube Red would become YouTube Premium resulting in a refreshed way to watch videos.
Instead of having one service for listening to music and watching videos on YouTube, Google has created two options. If you are only interested in listening to music, YouTube Music is for you. On the other hand, if you want upgraded video viewing options, YouTube Premium is for you. It is reported that both services will allow music streaming in the background, which is great so users don’t necessarily have to pay for both services.
YouTube Premium will be priced at $11.99 and YouTube Music will cost $9.99 a month. Below, you will see what each new service will provide once released to the public. Will you be staying with your current streaming service or will you try out YouTube Music and/or YouTube Premium? Check out the details below.
Less than a year ago bedroom pop star Claire Cottrill, aka Clairo, took the internet by storm when her song ‘Pretty Girl‘ went viral. With its meaningful lyrics, simple video, and charmingly lo-fi sound it’s pretty easy to see why. And now, fellow wunderkind Whethan is officially putting out his unofficial remix of the song.
‘Pretty Girl’ was definitely an amazing choice of songs for him to remix. The track’s nostalgic sound and chill vibes mesh perfectly with Whethan’s own. So much so that it definitely would not be surprising if these two artists officially collaborate in the future. And just as the original was an overnight success, this remix is surely going to be one as well. Give it a listen below.