Month: July 2018

Los Angeles DJ Elephante is known for creating some serious catchy tunes. His expert skills in combining pop with electro elements has become a signature sound for him and can be seen in hits like ‘Troubled‘ and ‘Come Back For You‘. Just this June, he released his Glass Mansion EP which earned over 10 millions streams on Spotify in a few weeks. The party doesn’t stop there however, as Elephante is getting ready for a jam-packed Fall tour in support his sophomore EP.

Appropriately dubbed the ‘Glass Mansion’ Tour, it will cover 33 cities all around the U.S. Included on the tour are a number of festivals where Elephante will be playing some of his biggest sets. These include Moonrise, Breakaway, and Prime Music Festival. Other stops include Atlantic City, New York, Portland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and more, but more cities have yet to be announced so keep a lookout for those.

The first stop of the tour will be at the Hakkasan in Las Vegas where Elephante continues his annual residency. Tickets are available now and can be purchased here. Check out the full tour schedule below.

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Being able to live full-time from my music is an absolute privilege which I am truly grateful for. Because of it, I’m constantly asked how I got a job at, and how I’m able to travel so much. This article aims to answer both of those questions. But in order to get to the root of the question, it’s worth going all the way back to my origins. 

I had quite a normal upbringing. We weren’t rich. But we weren’t poor either. As a family, we were able to get by financially pretty well. I ended up going to a place called Broadstone Middle School. As we lived in the area, it was generally pretty convenient for me to attend there. But around 2008 I think it was, I encountered quite a lot of bullying. Admittedly, I can’t remember what it was for. But at times, I felt like an outcast. Sure, I had a few friends that I stuck close by. But there were always gonna be days in which I felt lonely. And I just had to accept that.

When I was 11 or 12 years old, my mum moved us to Highcliffe as she grew up there as a kid. Essentially, she wanted to be close to her roots – which was fair enough. I don’t blame her for that. For the people unfamiliar with UK geography, Highcliffe is about 2 hours south-west of London. Anyway, I ended up going to a school which was about 10 minutes up the road. It was cool. But once again, I encountered some bullying troubles now & again. I couldn’t help it. I couldn’t stop it. I guess I just kinda accepted it. Because deep down, I knew that although they were making fun of me, I’d be able to stick it to them in a few years time when they saw my success. Many many people in Highcliffe doubted that I would become successful in the music industry. But I had a passion for it. And so any hate was simply converted into motivation. I loved it. 

During October 2016, I made a Charity single called “Beautiful”. Here’s a quick clip of it:

I teamed up with some people in the local area, and a vocalist from Greece to create the track. In aid of Cancer Research UK, it actually did pretty well. The song was alright. It was an acoustic track. But I knew that there was no mainstream appeal. Therefore, I brainstormed ideas of how I could make this project into a commercial success. 

After days of solid thinking, I came up with a solution: EDM. After contacting 20-30 producers, and getting a lot of messages saying the song sucked sh*t, I eventually was able to get a remix from my favorite producer at the time: Klaas. He was a multi-platinum selling producer from Germany that created Infinity 2008 with Guru Josh – a dance classic. 

I remember being in the car on the way back from West Quay (a shopping centre in Southampton) when he sent me the final version of his remix. I put my earphones in, and listened. A smile went across my face. I was so impressed that I almost cried. It was amazing. I felt a sense of achievement. HOLY SH*T. My favorite produced remixed MY song. This is incredible. I didn’t know what to say. But I was happy. Here’s a clip of the Klaas remix:

As well as Klaas, I also got a remix EP from producers in multiple genres. My thinking was that by covering different genres of music, I’d be able to get it heard by a sh*t tonne of people with different interests. MRVLZ, Dan Domino, White Vox, and several others just to name a few. The strategy worked. They were supported on tonnes of YouTube promotion Channels. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike supported the Klaas remix. The MRVLZ remix made it into Spotify’s “Fresh Electronic” playlist. Oh, and it was also played at Tomorrowland. Not bad considering it was my first song. The feeling of knowing that my song was helping out a charity was truly wonderful.

Following that, I ended up getting a writing job at The Wall Of Comedy. Although I was working for free, I was able to generate tonnes of connections within the music industry, and other aspects of entertainment. I got a complimentary press pass to see Stormzy, Giggs, Professor Green & a few more in Liverpool. As The Wall Of Comedy was under the Unilad domain at the time, I was able to go into the Unilad office, and understand social media analytics, how posts go viral etc. That kind of knowledge was absolutely incredible – and lead to me being hired within the music industry to run extremely successful social media campaigns, and many other opportunities. 

I guess that’s the thing. If you’re willing to work for free, you can accomplish pretty much anything you want to within the industry. Like imagine being able to intern for Richard Branson or Gary Vaynerchuk. The amount of knowledge and contacts you’d gain would be phenomenal. I was thinking exactly the same thing. 

In August of 2017, I moved to Australia. This was quite possibly the most difficult thing that I ever did within my life. Having lived with my mum for almost 2 decades (I was 18), It wasn’t exactly easy moving to the other side of the world. It wasn’t like I was just going to London for university. I was literally thousands of miles away. But the reality shock it gave me was incredible. It forced me to grow up a lot faster, and establish a full-time income from my music career. 

Even to this day, I get messages asking if I’ve ever worked “a proper job” in my lifetime. The answer is no… kinda. The truth is that upon Landing in Australia, I tried to find a job in Melbourne so that I was able to financially sustain myself. Hey, it wasn’t easy being an 18 year old kid on the other side of the world with no stable income. I ended up getting an interview to potentially work at a grocery store on Southbank (a popular area of the city). It went pretty well considering they offered me a trial shift for the following week. I turned up, and said to myself that I was prepared to work extremely hard in order to stay in Australia. My shift time was really awkward. I started at 3pm, and finished at 8. It meant I couldn’t do anything during the day – as I would have to be at work by 3. But also, the train from the city centre to my cousins house was at 8.10pm. So I literally had to sprint 10 minutes in order to catch the train. 

But within the first 3 hours of working there, I knew that it wasn’t for me. I hated working for someone else. I felt suffocated as I wasn’t in control of my income, or what I did during those hours. I was bound to one location. One job. Repeatedly. Over & over again. It was at this moment, I knew that I was destined to be an entrepreneur. 

A couple of days later, a realization came over me that I was still a young kid in a foreign country with hardly any income. But thanks to a dude called Gary Vaynerchuk, I knew exactly what to do: flipping. The basics of the 2017 Flip Challenge was that you had to make $20,170 during that year from flipping items on eBay. It was game on. This process is what taught me sales.

I went to garage sales, thrift stores, and Facebook marketplace to find some pretty good deals. TV remotes, games, sports merchandise, anything. If it could be flipped for a profit, I was buying it. Dollar by dollar, my bank balance was going up. I was actually making a decent amount of profit, and was able to sustain myself financially in Australia. I was happy. 3-4 times a week, I went out shopping for things to sell on eBay. Books seemed to be pretty popular if you knew where to look. I found a boxset of 50 shades of grey for about $6. Sold it for $35 Australian dollars. On that sale, I would have made around 25 dollars profit due to the purchase cost and shipping fees etc. Not bad. I was just thinking of ways to turn $5 into $50. You get the idea. 

But my best flip was undoubtedly some AFL scarves. They cost me around $1.50 each, and I sold them for $15. Considering I purchased at least 50, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that I was using sales skills to flip my inventory pretty quickly and turn a good profit. 

Whilst in Australia, I actually ended up collaborating with the government on a music project. That was interesting. Basically I was the A&R for Chillyourmind, a music channel and record label. During the promotion of a release, I decided that I was going to contact a few tourism boards to see if they’d be interested in featuring the song. After speaking with Visit Queensland, the song ended up being featured… twice. The videos gained over 8 million Facebook views which was pretty sweet. LTGTR & GAB – Midnight Cruise was the name of the song.

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It’s also worth mentioning that I got into artist management last year. I had an artist called Axol who was a producer & vocalist on NCS. But after a few disagreements, we ended up parting ways. Now managing an artist called Anikdote, we’re doing some pretty awesome things. Anikdote recently did a soundtrack for an Amazon TV Show, and is about to do a stadium performance in South Korea. On top of that, we’re releasing loads of new music with influencers, and aiming to release a track once a fortnight. It’s going to be intense. But defenitely worth it. I can’t wait to see what happens over the coming months.

So now you have a good idea of how I ended up in the music industry, let’s talk about how I got a job at Having really enjoyed my time at The Wall Of Comedy/Unilad, I decided that it would be amazing to do something similar within the music industry. Therefore, I did some research into the biggest platforms within the EDM industry. Of course, was the top result. After contacting the company regarding an expression of interest for working here, I ended up speaking to the owner about my ambitions within the music industry. Due to my previous portfolio of work as a journalist, I was accepted as part of the family. To this day, it was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. 

Now I’m able to travel the world off the back of my music career, and it’s truly a wonderful experience. I’ve met so many amazing people, and have strengthened a lot of connections within the music industry. For example, I’ve met the Australian ambassador to the USA, Grammy Award winning producers etc. I’ve traveled to 3 Canadian provinces, and 13 states in the USA. I’m also planning trips to the UAE & Australia soon.

The entire process of getting into the music industry was not easy. It involved multiple sleepless nights, constant networking & hard work. There were many times in which I almost gave up. But as Mohammed Ali said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now & live the rest of your life as a champion”.

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Illenium opens up about how he overcame his battle with opiate addiction.

It seems like each day we learn more and more about artists we care so deeply for so much. Their music has become an outlet for them to let it all out but sometimes there is more to it than what meets the eye. Illenium has taken a huge step with just recently posting his struggles with a heroin overdose and opiate addiction when he was young. This confession comes to light just before his new track ‘Take You Down’, which is set to be released on August 3rd. He originally premiered the track at Global Dance Festival in Denver, Colorado and it was full of pure emotion. Take a look at the message from Illenium himself and take a sneak peak of the track. Much love and respect to you Illenium. 

Never be afraid to ask anyone for help. Someone is always willing to listen.

The Drug Abuse Hotline provides toll-free calling and its available 24/7 and confidential. (844) 244-3171.

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Illenium has been on a huge roll this year. Combined with an international grand prize for ‘Crawl Outta Love’ and multiple stellar collaborations with Excision, Kill the Noise and 1788-L, he has shown to be one of dance music’s leading artists. Every artist is human however, and like everyone they can have weaknesses.

Recently, Illenium took to social media to release a heartfelt statement about his struggle with opiate addiction. In the sincere post he gets very personal sharing his overdose on heroin, loss of direction and how music saved his life.

The statement also give background into his new single ‘Take You Down‘ that is to be released this Friday. While the track focuses on addiction and how it can ruin families, it is specifically about his mom and how she never gave up on him. Illenium gets even deeper by making connections to others who are struggling. In summary, the melodic bass producer is thankful for other for sharing their stories, aiding him in finding his passion and ultimately leading music to save his life.

With such an emotional prelude to his next track, we can expect it to possibly pull on some heartstrings. Read the full statement below.

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Lollapalooza returns to Chicago’s historic Grant Park between August 2-5. This year’s Lolla will offer four live channels on Red Bull TV. Live broadcasts starts August 2 at 6 PM CDT and continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM CDT. There’s three channels of festival coverage hosted by Sal Masekela and Hannah Rad. Also, new this year there’s a dedicated channel on the Red Bull Music YouTube page broadcasting a virtual reality experience.

Lollapalooza’s stacked lineup melds genres, and this year’s is phenomenal. A few of the EDM artists on the lineup include Odesza, Dillon Francis, Illenium, Rezz and Rusko. Also, there’s hip-hop artists like The Weeknd, LL Cool J and Gucci Mane.

lollapalooza live broadcast Red Bull TV

Furthermore, the live broadcast can be accessed on Red Bull’s website, Lollapalooza’s website or on the Red Bull TV app. The Red Bull TV app is available for free on all connected devices or Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.

Photo credit: Charles Reagan Hackleman/Lollapalooza

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Swardy Here On My Own EP

Swardy – Here On My Own EP

You might not be familiar with the name Swardy yet, but chances are you’re already familiar with his productions as one half of the acclaimed duo The M Machine. As part of that duo he’s made a name for himself performing all of the major festivals as well as remixing tracks for everyone from Bruno Mars to Kill The Noise. And now he’s looking to make a name for himself as a solo act with the release of his debut EP, Here On My Own, on Mat Zo’s Mad Zoo imprint.

With Porter Robinson citing him as one of his influences you already know this EP is going to be amazing. And it’s exactly that. From ‘Begin At The End’ through to ‘Ol’ Starpluck’ Swardy takes listeners on a whimsical journey that’s a treat the whole way through. So give his debut EP the listen it deserves and be sure to grab your own copy in the link below.

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Over Miami Music Week 2017, the best DJ performance (or maybe any performance) took place in a warehouse in Wynwood, Miami. Eric Prydz donned his Cirez D alias for a (we thought) one-off set with Adam Beyer. The crowd reaction was nearly unanimous – jawdropping mindblowing amazingness for 3 hours until 5am.

Speak to anybody who was there and they will talk your ear off endlessly. The production team behind EPIC rigs a warehouse type space into a dark, hot, but incredible venue. The light and laser rig creates a high level of production to match the pulsating beats. Now the two are once again teasing another event. Just like Miami, Eric Prydz shared the exact same photo. Where will it be? At this point nobody knows but for some reason New York feels like a strong contender. At this point we feel confident it won’t be Miami again.

One thing is for sure though. It will sell out within a day and it will be the best set you’ve ever seen in your life…ok that was two things. Check out 1 hour that was released officially below and a fan made video above.

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Each year, HARD Events puts on your favorite August festival: HARD Summer 2018. Making its way back to the Fontana Speedway in Southern California, get ready for two days filled with some of the best electronic music and hip-hop acts. Wander the new layout where five outdoor stages bring raving pleasures of L.A.’s finest head bangers. This is the EDM fest of summer — here’s everything you need to know.


This year features headliners Marshmello, Zeds Dead b2b Jauz, Yellow Mustard, Louis the Child and Flosstradamus for Saturday. Travis Scott, Diplo b2b Dillon Francis, Virtual Self, and Virgil Abloh take Sunday. Future bass sensation, San Holo, is returning this weekend alongside a few artists you haven’t seen at HARD before. Fresh from the DIRTYBIRD house is OMNOM who will be debuting for his first HARD appearance this weekend. Similarly, infamous Dutch duo, Yellow Claw, will also premiere and you can bet they’ll be swaying your bodies.


Fancy the main acts of the weekend? Head to the HARD stage for talent including Louis the Child, Marshmello and your favorite B2Bs. If house time is any time and any time is house for you, make your way to the Pink Stage where the likes of Fisher, Felix Da Housecat and others will make you shake. The Corona Electric Beach is here to give you a lime while you get lit to the acts on this stage. All you bass heads, find the no longer hidden Green stage and break those necks! Hidden talents of the electronic dance music world will play on the Purple stage. Go hard or go HARDER at this stage with a healthy mix of the trap/hip hop and hardest acts of the summer.


The weekend is looking to be in the high 90s with lows in the mid 60s so be sure to bring your sunscreen and stay hydrated! The HARD Splash Pool is available to VIP pass holders. Upgrades anyone? Have the time of your life but remember this means being safe, responsible, and respectful to yourself and others. As an extra added bonus, the stages will be set on cool, infield grass where camping used to be. Take advantage of the additional free filtered water stations and shaded areas!

Functional Fashion

Come dressed for all types of weather, and definitely for comfort. Wear lightweight, breathable clothes so you feel good! Comfortable sneakers are the way to go since you’ll be tearing up the dance floor.


We know that getting to and from a festival is madness. This year, skip the traffic and the hassle of parking with the Official City Shuttle Program! Picking up from various locations in Southern California, these comfy, spacious coach buses will get you there and back safely at a fraction of the cost with Uber, Lyft, or any other service. For more info on locations, click here. Neat right?

Learning from previous renditions, this year is going to be unforgettable. Insomniac’s health and safety, Ground Control, security, traffic and logistics team will be on site. Make no mistake though, the HARD vibe is very much intact. Have a safe, smooth and fun HARD Summer everyone!

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Make 'M Bounce / Put It Down Chocolate Puma – Make ‘M Bounce / Put It Down EP

The Dutch DJ/Producer duo of Chocolate Puma have been on fire since the early 90’s. From the look of things they have no intention of cooling down. Puma, which is made up of René ter Horst and Gaston Steenkist, are two of Holland’s most revered producers. The duo’s influence on the global dance scene is exemplified by their 25+ years in the industry and 400+ releases. Today they are furthering said influence with their new ‘Make ‘M Bounce / Put It DownEP.

Always known for creating quality House Music, ‘Make ‘M Bounce / Put It Down‘ continues this trend. This EP is definitely on the more bassey side, similar to the ‘Get Out Of The Way / Wan Tu’ EP they released earlier this year. The first track on the EP is titled ‘Make It Bounce‘. The second track is called ‘Put It Down’. This is yet another quality release from the veteran duo, and is highly worth checking out. The EP can be streamed below, and is out now on Spinnin’ Records.

EDMTunes recently caught up with Chocolate Puma at the Doheny Room to conclude their 25th anniversary world tour. You can check that out here.

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Kaivon takes Soulstice by storm

Your first live performance is something you’ll never forget. That moment came this last Friday for the artist Kaivon. The young Los Angeles producer took the stage for the first time at Soulstice Festival in San Francisco, California. Stage fright clearly wasn’t an issue here because he held his own like he was a seasoned vet. Just look at that crowd! 

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His music is the perfect amount of trap and chillwave that will truly flourish at live shows. I love music that you can go hard a.f. to at a festival and the next day listen to it while you’re at work. That’s the special ingredient titans like Flume and Odesza have been able to tap into. If Kaivon keeps killing it with these live acts who knows, maybe we will be seeing him commanding the crowd at the main stage.

Kaivon started gaining attention with the release of his debut singles all following a theme of “rebirth“. Through these single releases, Kaivon aimed to tell the story of how one can lose themselves over the course of their lives, and then be reborn into their true beings. Among these originals, he has garnered high praise with some amazing remixes! However, Kaivon has emphasized that he only wants to put out solo originals for the time being because he wants his true, vulnerable self to be conveyed to the world. 

I respect that.

“I want to make music that inspires people to be the true versions of themselves. That makes people feel feelings they have never felt before. To make people live in the present moment for just a second because those moments when we are all hand in hand and time stops… are the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.” -Kaivon

His latest track entitled “Can’t Keep Loving” featuring Stella Smyth is a beautiful, dark melodic number that bangs hard. Does anyone else think Stella Smyth sounds a little like Billie Eilish? Huge compliment by the way. The heavy drop and sharp twang balance out the ethereal vocals in a really nice way. Top notch production here.

Keep a look out for the name Kaivon. No doubt he will be doing some big things soon. 

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While he just concluded the Asia leg of his ‘Beautiful Things‘ World Tour, it seems there is no rest for Chris Emerson, otherwise known as What So Not. After finishing what seemed like the entirety of a long and grueling world tour, Emerson, who also goes by Emoh Instead, has just announced a second leg of his North American tour.

Making stops in 16 cities, What So Not will share his brand new Not All the Beautiful Things album with those who did not get the chance to see the magic on the first leg. On the first leg he brought along his exceptional new live show, featuring himself on drum pads as well as occasional live guitar and vocals to perform songs from his new album, as well as his past classics.

Among the standout dates on the new tour announcement are his appearance at Lollapalooza Chicago, along with a Saturday afterparty that will precede his set on Sunday at the festival. Additionally he will play at Colorado’s Red Rocks Ampitheatre, Mad Decent Block Party in Brooklyn, and Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas. Take a look at the rest of the dates on the tour below, and make sure to grab tickets on his website.


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In 2018, more than any other year, mental health has been taking the forefront in EDM. The tragedy of Avicii’s suicide put a spotlight on how we, the fans, treat our favorite artists and what they go through to deliver the music we enjoy and the insane performances we pay money to go see. While […]

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No matter what side of the fence you are on the issues, this year’s motif in the music industry has been more or less the year of sexual abuse scandal. From the murder and VERY heated debate on how to remember XXXtentacion after his death, to Chris Brown supposedly beating ANOTHER woman (FFS man), to […]

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At only 19 years of age, he’s already played at Tomorrowland and is supporting Martin Garrix on his Ushuaïa Ibiza shows!

The Dutch are born and bred to be stellar DJ’s aren’t they just? Well, there’s no exception to the stunning talent coming out of the region. 19-year-old Todd Helder saw his claim to fame kick off with a Marshmello remix contest and there was just no looking back from there on for this young man. 

With a number of stellar releases on acclaimed labels like Martin Garrix‘s STMPD and Trap Nation, Helder also happened to play his first ever set at Tomorrowland Weekend 1, just last weekend! With his most recent releases, a single called “Pixel Love” and an official remix for Martin Garrix and Khalid’s “Ocean”  the up and coming youngster has shown a lot of versatility in his soundscape all while marking it with his signature trap sounds infused with smooth chord progressions and complemented with choppy vocoder vocal lines. 

We had a chance to grab a quick chat with the Dutch bred DJ and producer and here’s what he had to say! – So, how did your musical career kick off and who would you say was your biggest inspiration starting off?

Todd Helder – Remixing Marshmello’s ‘Alone’ really kick-started it all for me, the track was picked up and played by him all over the world in almost every one of his sets. He’s also a big musical inspiration for me.

How did you crack your debut release on a major label like STMPD Recordings? Tell us a little more about “I Need” and your journey there. 

It started out as a bit of fun, recording my brother’s voice and building the track in around 4 hours. The next day I sent the track to my manager to see his reaction. He had the track on repeat for the next 2 days and pitched it to STMPD!

You’ve been supporting Martin Garrix at his iconic Ushuaïa shows this summer, how does that feel for a start?

Ushuaïa Ibiza was the one that really did it for me. The fact that I got to play on the same stage as some of the most iconic musicians of all time was surreal. It was also one of my favorite sets I’ve ever put together. Ushuaïa is definitely my favorite show to date.

You played at one of the largest music festivals this year, Tomorrowland; many DJ’s take years before they achieve this mean feat, what does it feel like to have checked this off so early in your career?

My Tomorrowland performance came just one week after my Ushuaia debut so it felt like a dream. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to play there. I had never actually been to Tomorrowland until now. Of course, it came with a lot of pressure because the DJ’s who were playing there are some of the best in the industry so I had to really step up my game!

What would you say is Todd Helders’ signature style and sound of music?

In 3 words, Electronic, Dark & Happy. I love blending genres so you can definitely hear elements of Trap, EDM and Instrumental Hip Hop in my tracks.

Tell us a fun fact about you which not many know.

Well, this isn’t really about me but my manager is a professional yawner, he is actually a record holder for the most yawns in 1 day.

What’s in the pipeline regarding new shows, releases and more? 

 I just released my first official remix for Martin Garrix’ and Khalid’s ‘Ocean’ and my next STMPD single called ‘Smile’ will be released on August 3rd!

If you had to pick one artist to collaborate with in the near future, who would it be?

 I’d love to work with Dua Lipa because she just has the most beautiful voice. Skrillex would also be high on my list of dream collabs.

His veristality within the genres of dance music and unique signature sound are sure signs that make Helder an artist to watch out for as he steamrolls his way to sucess! 

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Tropical house sensation meets latin pop sensation meets a Jamaican dancehall star – Sounds like a sure-shot recipe for a hit! Listen to “I Don’t Dance (Without You)” here and figure for yourself!

When a producer gets to collaborate with an artist who’s been on his bucket list from his early days, as well as someone who has inspired his early work,  it’s a sign enough that he’s made it. And Matoma has been proving that to us over and over since the past few months. Releasing banger after banger from his debut album One In A Million which is due to be released on August 24.  

After numerous fresh collaborations already on the album which features four of Matoma’s biggest tracks to date: ‘False Alarm’ (with Becky Hill), ‘Lonely’ (with MAX), ‘Slow’ (with Noah Cyrus) and ‘All Night’ (with The Vamps). Those four tracks have already been streamed a staggering 525 million times at Spotify alone. With his newest release today, the Norwegian Tropical house producer has teamed up with two distinctive names, Latin pop sensation Enrique Iglesias and Jamaican dancehall star Konshens.

“I Don’t Dance (Without You)” is a dream come true for Matoma and a tick off his bucket list as he tells us. When Matoma was signing his Publishing deal, he was asked who his dream collaborator was, to which he answered, 

“If you can get me in the studio with Enrique for an original collaboration together I would have achieved one of my bucket list goals.” 

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise since a lesser known fact is Matoma’s rise to fame began with his remix for Enrique’s track “Bailando” which got him a lot of plays as well as accolades on Soundcloud. 

Speaking about the track and the entire experience of working with someone who inspired him so heavily, Matoma went on to say,

“When we created the song I remember being nervous in the studio because I was working with someone who I’ve admired for so long,” But after meeting him I’m so happy and grateful for his energy and his vision. He is unbelievably humble and a truly good man. Now after our months working together on this release I not only have the honour of collaborating with one of the most influential Latin artists of our time, but I also gained a friend. I am forever grateful for that.”

The track features the signature Matoma uplifting melodies, perfectly complemented by the stellar vocals from the king of Latin Pop, Enrique Iglesias, coupled with some much needed island flavor courtesy Konshens. While this track is sure to burn the dance floors for times to come, get ready to have this ear-worm on repeat ATLEAST all summer long. 

Catch Matoma on tour previewing his album prior to its release on Big Beat Records on August 24!

JUL 27 | Exchange LA – Los Angeles, CA

JUL 28 | Pool, Talking Stick Resort – Scottsdale, AZ

JUL 28 | Audio – San Francisco, CA

AUG 4 | Stereo Live – Dallas, TX

AUG 10 | Stereo Live – Houston, TX

AUG 11 | Omnia Nightclub – San Diego, CA

AUG 12 | Hakkasan, MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV

AUG 18 | Billboard Hot 100 Festival 2018 – Wantagh, NY

SEPT 8 | New City Gas – Montreal, Canada

SEPT 9 | Hakkasan, MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV

SEP 13 | Venu Buffalo – Buffalo, NY

All we got to say in the spirit of the track is, we “like the way that you’re moving, baby don’t stop what you’re doing” Matoma! 

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Primoz – Over & Over (ft. John Bloom)

Electronic duo Primoz just released a new, uplifting single titled ‘Over & Over‘ featuring vocalist John Bloom. Formerly known as Cuzzins, the pair combine elements of pop, electronica, bass, trap, moombahton, and R&B in their music.

This pop track is feel good music we all need for the summer. You can hear the Latin heritage influences incorporated into the trap dance production. John Bloom’s seductively rich R&B vocals perfectly compliment the single’s infectious melody. Everything came together in the studio when Bloom listened to the instrumental version and created lyrics on the spot. 

Marty Matamoros and Lance Villa grew up in Los Angeles. The 90s and early 2000s had a huge impact on their careers as PRIMOZ. Their love for hip-hop and rap served as a gateway to productions under this new moniker. By 2011, they wrote, produced, mixed and mastered their own records. It’s their (massive) sound and remixes that have earned them worldwide exposure and they’ve been supported by Borgore, The Chainsmokers, Deorro, and Krewella. 

In Spring of 2017, the duo released their ‘The Legacy EP’ via PandaFunk Records. It was premiered by Insomniac, Dash Radio, and SiriusXM. Last September, Far East movement gave them an opportunity for an official release of their buzzworthy single ‘Irreplaceable’ on BrednButter and Trapcity Records. 2018 shows no signs of stopping for them as their latest single ‘Cahuenga’ released on Tommie Sunshine’s Label ‘Brooklyn Fire Records’. When Dillon Francis supports this, you know bigger things will come. Their musical productions make them unique as they have no boundaries in their style. From moombahton, trap, melodic bass, latin music, and hard style, their music is limitless.

They’ll show you just how new artists enter the scene. Enjoy the track below and their monstrous sound; now available on all platforms.

Primoz – Over & Over (ft. John Bloom)


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People in the UK, specifically young adults aged 16 to 24, are taking more Class A drugs than previous statistics in over 25 years. Class A drugs include crack cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), LSD, and methamphetamine (crystal meth). Because cocaine prices have dropped, the number of powder cocaine and ecstasy cases has increased.

New statistics released by The Crime Survey of England and Wales’ Home Office reveal some disturbing numbers that have only worsened over the past decade. According to their statistics, 8.4 percent of 16 to 24 year olds used Class A substances during the 2017-2018 period. Compared to 4.3 percent in 2016-2017, youths today are more involved in these dangerous drugs than we think. It’s also reported that 3.5 percent of people aged 16-59 had taken Class As, an increase from 3 percent in 2007 and 2008.

Addaction, one of the UK’s prominent drug, mental health, and alcohol charities has been watching these number meticulously each year. Jacqueline Baker-Whyte, a worker at Addaction stated the dangers of these drugs saying, “The ‘quality’ is usually poor and the side effects can be horrendous.”

While a majority of users surveyed claimed they only took the substances once or twice a year, organizations must find a way to combat lethal drugs from hitting the streets. At music festivals, drugs have always been an item on the top of the list to keep out. Too many people have lost their lives due to these substances that are either sold or brought into major events. If you or someone you know needs help with drug addition, alcohol, or mental health, check out the Addaction website here to find support.


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Image result for skrillex japan 2018Skrillex made his way over to Japan for the Fuji Rock Festival this past weekend to play an explosive show. Being one of his only major festival stops, it provided a platform to show how he can still rock a huge crowd. Fans at Fuji 2018 were lucky to see this set because Skrillex premiered a track that has been in the works for some time now and he finally debuted the mysterious ID.

As he opened his set with the highly anticipated tune, fans and industry folk alike went nuts over it. There are no details about the song yet, but watch below and stay tuned for more details.


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Belgian police are investigating an incident which allegedly took place in the front of Tomorrowland‘s Main Stage on Saturday, reports RTL. Festival organizers have confirmed the reported information.

In a post that circulated through social media online, a woman claims to have had her phone, her ID card, as well as her bank cards stolen. This all occurred after someone sprayed pepper-spray into the crowd and line that she was waiting in.

According to an official Tomorrowland spokesperson, organizers have not yet received an official complaint about the incident. We are reminded that this year in particular saw security boosted, in response to events stateside. More times than not, organizers do everything in their power to ensure the festival is safe for attendees. Obviously, no weapons of any sort are allowed in.

The Tomorrowland spokesperson had the following statement to share:

 ” We carry out standard checks at the entrance, the pepperspray is a prohibited weapon and therefore prohibited, it is clearly stipulated in the regulation “.

For more information, check out the official Tomorrowland website. The original article can be found here.

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Investigation was initiated back in November, now multiple drug related charges have been made against six midshipmen

A festival ending is always sad, but the ending of Firefly Music Festival was extremely heart-breaking for six midshipmen. Firefly Music Festival just took place in Dover, Delaware between July 14 and July 17. Zachary Williams and Edward Hartmann of Canal Fulton were inside the campground when an undercover cop spotted Williams snorting cocaine. Then, the undercover cop bought three bags of ecstasy off of Williams; in addition Williams also offered him some cocaine.

“The United States Navy and the Naval Academy both have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to the use of illegal substances and take all allegations of misconduct seriously,” Cmdr. David McKinney said.

Williams and Hartmann were arrested shortly after they sold drugs to an undercover cop. Also, they had their vehicle searched where the officer found 33 grams of ecstasy, 4.6 grams of cocaine, 1.1 grams of marijuana and a digital scale, according to a police report. Williams and Hartman have been charged with possession with intent to deliver ecstasy, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, second-degree conspiracy and possession of marijuana. They were released on $142,000 bail. The Naval Academy announced on Tuesday that charges were based on an investigated that began back in November.

In conclusion of the investigation, six midshipmen have been kicked out of the Naval academy for using illegal substances. An additional five midshipmen were disciplined for drug-related violations. The illegal substances involved were cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

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Find out which dinosaurs your favorite Lost Lands DJs compare to – like Jauz, Excision, and Rusko!

Starting September 14, dinosaurs will be walking among the humans once again. The bass goliath who goes by the name of Excision, has recruited the best and brightest in bass music to take over the historic Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio for the second edition of his already-legendary music festival, Lost Lands.

We just couldn’t contain our excitement for this year’s party so we decided to have some fun with the lineup. We put our heads together and re-imagined the Lost Lands headliners as dinosaurs. Plus, this year will have 3 times as many dinosaurs as last year so it will be good to brush up on your dino knowledge. 

Jauz – Mosasaurus

With a name like Jauz (pronounced “jaws”) and a record label named Bite This, there’s really no other prehistoric creature that’s better fitting. This bass house master is ready to give headbangers a chance to get funky at Lost Lands 2018. Despite seeming friendly and helping the crowd groove, I still wouldn’t go near any bodies of water when he’s around… something tells me he might bite.

Zomboy – Majungatholus

One of the only dinosaurs proven to be a cannibal, the Majungatholus has a lot in common with zombies. Coincidentally, Lost Lands has a real zombie on the lineup this year. British superstar Zomboy is preparing to unleash terror on your squad with his nuclear set this September. 

Flux Pavilion – Parasaurolophus

Like Flux Pavilion and his fellow Lost Lands headliners, the Parasaurolophus was a respected leader of the dinosaurs despite being non-violent. Although Flux Pavilion can throw down when needed, prepare to get emotional and feel the love during his Lost Lands set. 

Plus, they both have killer hairdos…

Check out the official trailer for this year’s Lost Lands!

Rusko – Nyasasaurus

Many consider the Nyasasaurus to be one of the first dinosaurs to roam the earth, just like how Rusko is one of the first modern dubstep musicians to rule the airwaves. Without Rusko, Lost Lands might not have been possible. Be sure to pay tribute to the OG at Lost Lands this year and see why he is one of the original dubsteppers. 

Snails – Campanile Giganteum

The Campanile Giganteum was literally a giant snail. Snails is literally a giant vomitstep producer. The Campanile Giganteum was found in France. The human Snails speaks French. We might be on to a conspiracy here. Is Snails really just a giant snail in a human costume? We’ll have to find out at Lost Lands. 

Ganja White Night – Velociraptor

Known for hunting their prey in packs, the Velociraptor wreaked havoc in the Mesozoic Era similar to the way Ganja White Night will demolish the main stage at Lost Lands. With two sets of hands and an array of hits at their disposal, be prepared for Ganja White Night to bring the madness to Legend Valley. 

Rezz – Titanoboa

The Titanoboa was a giant snake who would fill her enemies with fear, similar to how Rezz and her demonic sounds haunt concert goers. Rezz’s unofficial mascot is a “snek” so there is absolutely no better choice than a giant, terrifying snek to represent one of bass music’s most exciting new artists. Get ready to lose your soul to Space Mom on the main stage this year. 

Slander – Spinosaurus 

Capable of producing immense power, the Spinosaurus was one of the most explosive dinosaurs to roam the earth. If you’ve ever listened to Slander, you know exactly why the Spinosaurus was chosen. Their incredible ability to unleash absolute power on the stage is the reason why they were invited back to Lost Lands for this year’s edition. 

NGHTMRE – Stegosaurus  

Although the Stegosaurus was a herbivore, it’s spiky body and weapon-like tail made it a fearsome foe. From the outside, NGHTMRE appears to be a happy, melodic producer, but beneath the gentle exterior lies a producer capable of unleashing violent bass at breakneck speeds. It’s easy to see why Excision picked this young superstar to unleash ferocious trap at his festival. 

Nero – Brachiosaurus

Though their diet consisted of plants and not other animals, the Brachiosaurus’ giant stature made it a legend in the Jurassic Period. Just like their Jurassic counterpart, Nero did not need bone-crushing sound to become bass music legends. The sheer epicness of their sound helped elevate this bass music trio to Brachiosaurus-sized proportions. Prepare for their giant sound to flood the airwaves at Legend Valley this year. 

Illenium – Pterodactyl 

Although the Pterodactyl wasn’t exactly a phoenix, this bird of prey was one of the most agile birds to ever soar through the skies. Like the Pterodactyl’s flying, Illenium is prepared to send festival goers on a journey through the skies with his uplifting melodies. 

Excision – Tyrannosaurus Rex

Obviously, Excision is the T-Rex. There’s no one more deserving of the title “King of the Dinosaurs” other than the literal king of bass music. Without him, bass music wouldn’t be the unrelenting force that it is today. While the T-Rex had the strongest bite in the animal kingdom, Excision has the hardest-hitting bass. 

Most people need a neck brace after just one Excision set, but at this year’s Lost Lands, the King is playing FOUR sets. I’d suggest buying a full-body cast… you’ll probably need it after four rounds with the king. 

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The guys poured their hearts into this one!

Ever since DROELOE burst into the scene a couple years back, they’ve shown immense focus and consistency; marking only some of the reasons behind their massive success. The bitbird signees – producer Vincent Rooijers and visual designer Hein Hamers – always managed to turn heads with their melodic, textured and extremely well written productions, that repeatedly showcased a sense of progression, a desire to evolve. 

During an immensely successful and busy 2018, DROELOE are gearing up for the release of their sophomore EP The Choices We Face, out on August 7th on bitbird, as well as their first headline tour this Fall. “Looking Back” is the title of the EP’s leading single, and it’s definitely among their best work yet.  

Mellow plucks introduce the track before Vincent’s voice takes over. His radio-ready hooks take the listener off guard and lead to a series of unique drops, utilizing DROELOE’s signature heavy bass, gritty synths and layers of melodic elements, that seamlessly blend together into a colorful result. 

The idea for “Looking Back” came about a while back when Vincent was in LA and met another artist in the Trap Nation creative house:

“For some weird reason we’ve never met before and we just started talking and it inspired us to create a track. But it was really late at night so we didn’t record a good version of his voice. So the next day when he was gone I was like, ‘fuck it I’ll try it myself’. When I started doing it, I thought ‘yo this could actually be something’ and that’s how this came about. I found out that I really enjoy singing now, so that was nice. Conceptually this track is like reminiscing over the whole roller coaster ride that has been the past year and mostly appreciating the people that helped you get through it and the hard times. The people who you are happy are part of your life.” 

Stay tuned for the release of DROELOE’s The Choices We Face EP and their upcoming headlining tour. 

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DROELOE – Looking Back

The Dutch duo DROELOE is back with another unique tune. Known for the variety in their musical styles and intricate visual accompaniment, the two Dutchmen are creating a unique and dedicated fan base. After a string of releases on the Monstercat label, Vincent Rooijers and Hein Hamers have returned to bitbird. Their newest tune ‘Looking Back‘ continues their journey of producing cutting edge projects.

The emotional story of a narrator who has been “kicked down to the ground by the voices in my head,” ‘Looking Back’ actually has an incredibly positive message. With a mix between bass and breaks, the production on the track first creates a sense of being lost. Then as the narrator is encouraged to “fight this battle till the end” the instrumentation becomes clearer, more focused.

Listen below to the newest release by DROELOE. ‘Looking Back’ will definitely be popping up in all their live sets for the time being. This emotional journey is sure to bring out all the feels the crowd has to offer.

DROELOE – Looking Back

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High On Life

Martin Garrix – High On Life (feat. Bonn)

It is without a doubt that 2018 is the year that progressive house makes a return. Martin Garrix does not hesitate and releases “High On Life” featuring vocalist Bonn and we could not be any happier. After several pop releases from the young producer, we get an energetic and emotion-filled progressive house track.

Undoubtedly, the song reminds the listener of previous Garrix releases such as Dragon, Lions in the Wild, and Forever. The big room progressive house drop combined with the beautiful vocals from Bonn give the track a unique energy. Additionally, Martin does a great job infusing his classic progressive house sound with his new pop sound. After being premiered in Martin’s Tomorrowland closing set, “High On Life” will leave a mark in 2018.

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Hard style Fans Unite

If you’re a hard style fan, you’ve probably heard that Insomniac launched Basscon Records

Blasting onto the scene in 2013, Basscon has been the epicenter for hardcore, hard style, and all other strains of high octane dance music. Since its inception, the brand has found a home at multiple Insomniac festivals, namely the infamous wasteLAND stage at EDC Las Vegas, and has collaborated with bass music brand Bassrush on the multi-day Project Z festival.

Well now with the creation of Basscon Records, hard dance fanatics can rock out to their new Wasteland Compilation.

It’s featuring heavy-hitters Adrenalize, ADN, STARX, Bass Modulators, Timmy Trumpet and more.

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