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Avicii’s Family Release A Statement

It’s been three days since the loss of the beloved Avicii (also known as Tim Bergling) and the dance community is still recovering. From tributes at Coachella to moments of silence in the Swede’s hometown of Stockholm, Avicii’s passing has sent shockwaves throughout the world.

Moments ago, Tim’s family has spoken regarding the loss of their family member:

We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim’s music and have precious memories of his songs. Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world. We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way. With love, The Tim Bergling Family”

This has been a painful moment in the electronic music community and not one to easily recover from. One can hope that with this statement from the family we can all begin to heal from the tragic loss.

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We’re just a few days away from the start of Desert Hearts Festival 2018 and we’re itching for the notorious 72 hours of house and techno basslines that they’ve become so well-known for. With an absolutely stunning lineup of artists – from the Desert Hearts crew of Lee Reynolds, Porky, Marbs and Mikey Lion to Sacha Robotti, wAFF, Atish, Lauren Lane, Serge Devant and many, many more – this will undoubtedly be a weekend for the books.

Though every single artist on this lineup deserves the limelight – as so many are immensely talented and unique beyond belief – we’ve picked five our our favorite acts that you should definitely catch this weekend.

1. Dance Spirit

Los Angeles-based duo Dance Spirit brings a unique vibe that combines minimal house with tribal-infused layers of sound, intertwining dreamy melodies with a rhythm that keeps you moving.

They’ll be playing an epic live morning set – ideal for your morning dance floor mimosas – on Sunday at 9:30AM.

2. Evan Casey

If you’re ready to step into a world of alluring darkness, you should meet Evan Casey. His taste in heavy techno and house will bring you into a wormhole of powerful beats and lose you in a spell of mystery. He hits the decks at the festival Sunday night at 2AM – the perfect time to techno.

3. Kenny Glasgow

Canadian DJ and producer Kenny Glasgow – also half of electronic music duo Art Department – has a knack for bringing dark, driving beats to light up any dance floor he touches. He’s played a massive role as a prominent pioneer of electronic music for over two decades, and his prowess behind the decks speaks for itself. Find him bringing us into the darkness at 10:30pm on Friday night.

4. Damian Lazarus

Leader of the Crosstown Rebels imprint and house and techno extraordinaire, Damian Lazarus needs no introduction. His music is filled with deeply entrancing layers of sound that intermix to tell a story – and his four-hour sunrise set on Sunday morning will be exactly that. He offers a mystical take on a four-on-the-floor beat that will undoubtedly captivate your mind and body as we watch the sun peek over the horizon.

5. Sunshine Jones

This San Francisco-based producer is perhaps one of the most extraordinary house music makers we have ever stumbled upon. His sets consist of a live-DJ infusion that combines live singing and mixing, re-editing on the fly and combining an array of creative elements that artfully combine to tell a immersive, captivating story.

Catch him playing one of his legendary live sets on Sunday at 4pm.

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Desert Hearts‘ annual festival in the mountains of Southern California is kicking off this weekend, and the hype that’s growing throughout this week is too real. With nonstop music starting Friday afternoon and lasting through midday Sunday, it’s a house and techno haven for music lovers and Desert Hearts family from across the world.

With only a couple of days before we head out to the Reservation, we got the best Monday gift we could’ve asked for: set times.

A few highlights include a Sunday morning four-hour sunrise set from Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus, a sunset set from Desert Hearts head honcho Mikey Lion on Saturday afternoon, and live sets from Tim Englehardt, Dance Spirit, Sunshine Jones and Rybo + Anabel Englund dominating the Sunday dance floor.

Check out the set times below, and we’ll see you in the dust soon!

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Will the newest masterpieces Avicii was working on before he passed away ever see the light of day? Neil Jacobson shares his take on what the future of this unreleased music might be.

April 20, 2018, a day the music industry will not forget for some time as the day the music died. Or the music of 28-year-old Swedish talent, Avicii, that is. 

The impact of how large an inspiration Avicii and his music have been on multiple major artists in the industry came to light when the news of the young artists passing shook the industry down to the bone and struck us all with grief. 

While the condolences and tributes have been pouring in aplenty, there’s no doubt that this young start made an impact on the industry! His 2011 release of “Levels” was Avicii’s ticket to immediate stardom, and suddenly his life went into overdrive. This eventually took a major toll on the 28-year-olds health and he read the signs and hung up his boots from touring in 2016.  

However, the musician in him continued to do what he did best as he took time to recuperate and then hit back to the studio with a vengeance and gave us another taste of the Avicii vibe we all loved in 2017 with the release of the stunning Avīci (01) EP. From sources close to him reveal, he was dedicatedly working on a whole new body of work which was perhaps meant to be a new Avicii album. 

Friends and collaborators have gone ahead to share out their unreleased works with the artist. One such as American DJ and producer, Starkillers, went on to release an entire 12-track collaborative piece of work he and Avicii had worked on back in 2012. The collaborative album never saw the light of day due to contracts and commitments they were bound to etc. What the future of Avicii’s original unreleased masterpieces, however, still remains uncertain. 

In addition to many of Avicii’s close friends, team members and collaborators speaking out after his passing, Variety recently caught up with Geffen Records president Neil Jacobson, who was a close aide of Bergling from his very early days. After he gave up touring, Avicii’s sole focus was producing new music and he used to often times spend hours in the studio accompanied by Jacobson. A veteran A&R executive, Jacobson had started working with Avicii on “Levels,” the international smash hit that went on to launch the DJ’s career into the stratosphere, and on through his subsequent releases. Jacobson also went ahead to reveal to Variety that Avicii, in fact, had a new album finished. The two had just talked some 48 hours before Bergling’s body was found in a hotel room in Oman. And as he also went on to explain, it was not uncommon for the artist to drop off the radar and travel to exotic locales, particularly after long stretches of intense music-making.

When asked about the future of the aforementioned new album of unreleased music, Jacobson went on to say, 

“We were working on it and it was his best music in years, honestly. And I know because I [A&R’d] all of his albums. He was so inspired. He was so psyched. We had done a month of grinder sessions. We had to actually put end times on the sessions because Tim would just work for 16 hours straight, which was his nature. You had to pull him out. Like, “Tim, come on. Go to bed. Get some rest.” … It’s just a tragedy. We have this incredible, magical music.”

It would be ruthless and unfair to subject his family to such decision making so soon after the producer’s unfortunate passing. Elaborating on this, Jacobson said,

“I’m going to sit down and talk to the family once everybody has a chance to take a breath. I’ve never actually had this happen with an artist I’ve worked with before and this closely. So, I don’t know. We’ll try to get some advice from the family and everybody’s going to put their heads together and try and do what we think Tim would want us to do.” 

To check out the entire interview in detail, click here

While we have most of his classics on repeat across our playlists these past few days, here is one the most stunning tributes from the Coachella mainstage to the legend by Kygo. 

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Tomorrowland 2018With less than 100 days until the start of Tomorrowland, the festival’s organizers have started releasing full artist line-ups for each stage. Today, we are getting a look at the music that will go down both weekends at the Garden of Madness, Rose Garden and Tulip stages. Whether you’re attending the festival or not, perusing these lineups may introduce you to some artists you’ve never heard of. You may even find some tunes you may fall in love with.

Garden of Madness- Weekend One

Taking over the Garden of Madness on Friday, July 20 will be none other than Above & Beyond’s label Ajunabeats. On Saturday, July 21 Solomun’s deep house label Diynamic will take the stage. To close out the first weekend of madness, techno ANTS colony will take over.

Weekend Two

For some sexy sounds, head to the madness on July 27 for a stacked lineup. Featuring Grammy winner Cedric Gervais, legend Laidback Luke, Sam Feldt, and Sander Van Doorn. The next two days in the Garden will be home to some deep house and techno. Saturday will see Tale of Us, Vaal, and Mind Against. While Sunday will bring the return of the ANT colony.

Tulip- Weekend One

Belgium’s very own CAFEÍNA party will take over the Tulip stage on Friday July 20, with deep house sounds. On July 21, Trance Classics brings Fred Baker, an extended set from Johan Gielen, and MC Gunner hosting. Last but not least, closing out weekend one at Tulip is hardcore way of life, Thunderdome.

Weekend Two

In its second weekend, Tulip will be home to Ajunadeep on July 27, with deep house beats. Egyptian trance radio show, Future Sound of Egypt will host on July 28. To finish off the final weekend of Tulip on July 29, the dark techno party Ketaloco will take the stage.

The Rose Garden – Weekend One

Independent record label Monstercat will begin the Rose Garden festivities on July 20, with an array of music. From SLANDER to Rezz to Seven Lions, this lineup could be its own festival. July 21 will be hosted by progressive trance pioneers Bonzai, with MC Pyro & MC Reign leading the sets. Finishing up on July 22 is Robin Schulz & Friends with some deep house spins.

Weekend Two

For the final weekend at the Rose Garden, drum ‘n’ bass producer Netsky will host July 27, with shows from Alison Wonderland, Jauz, and San Holo. Bonzai will return for a second weekend for those that missed out on the fun. And finally, dutch record label Spinnin’ will host their famous Spinnin’ Sessions with Lucas & Steve, Jay Hardway and a special guest.

Stay tuned for the rest of the lineup tomorrow.

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Gone too soon, but police are now saying that there was no foul play detected in the devastating death of Avicii last week. As we continue to mourn his loss, a photo from TMZ has surfaced of him with a drink in hand. Just one day before his death, he was vacationing on a yacht with some friends in Oman. The ominous picture surfaced at the same time police told Sky there is ‘no criminal suspicion’ surrounding the musician’s death. 

In the past, Avicii struggled with alcohol addiction and suffered from acute pancreatitis due in part to excessive drinking. He combated his anxiety via drinking. As a result of his health problems, he had his gallbladder and appendix removed in 2014. It is with this knowledge in mind that we are uncertain what the clear beverage is that Bergling had in hand. During the trip, sources said he definitely seemed to be in good spirits while enjoying his time.

Police say the body of the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ will be flown from Muscat, Oman to his native Sweden this week. How will we ever find peace of mind over what happened this past weekend? Thousands have taken to social media to honor him, and it is clear that his death has had a massive impact on fans and artists alike.

Fans flooded to Sergels Torg to pay tribute to the DJ this weekend, listening to his music and celebrating his memory together. Vladi Mart captured a great moment of the event, pictured below.vladi

Swedish reports say Tim had checked out of Muscat Hills sometime last week and his brother, David Bergling, will be investigating just what happened in the days leading up to his death.

Avicii’s final heartbreaking tweet, which reads ‘Thanks for the nomination! @billboard #BBMAS’, has gained new poignancy in the wake of his death. No more details about his death have been provided. Oman police and state media had no immediate report either after discovering the artist’s death that Friday night.



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It was just three days ago that news broke about the sudden passing of Avicii. The news shocked everyone around the world. Fans and fellow musicians and DJ’s alike sent their prayers. With his death came the question of what would happen to any unreleased music. Fans love the opportunity to listen to anything Avicii may have put in countless hours of work into. Enter the unreleased album announcement from Starkillers.

What came next was such a bittersweet feeling of being able to listen to something Tim had worked on and never released. The excitement was real until more light was shed on the situation. In a matter of a few posts, an act of good faith and remembrance was quickly exposed to be nothing more than an act for personal gain.

Fans were quick to pick up on a unusual disconnect between Starkillers tweets sent about Avicii in the past and his sudden good faith behavior tweets and called him out on it. One of those fans happened to be DJ Tegi who took things one step further and DM’d the artist himself. Check it out below.

While the current photo painted by all the allegations come off as shady, many are waiting to hear exactly what the true story reveals including us here at EDMTunes. According to Starkillers we should be finding out later today when he explains all in a live feed as mentioned below.

We’ll keep you all updated when the true story is revealed soon.

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Martin Garrix & Loopers – Game Over

Dutch producers Martin Garrix and Loopers have teamed up to compete against each other in their new track ‘Game Over’. The song has a serious feel to it, and brings you back to the Seven mixtape. If you watch the video though you realize it’s nothing but fun.

Full of big house vibes, the drop is a hollow screeching synth, warbling back and forth. The video shows Garrix and Loopers in serious black and white cinematography, only to end up on a badminton court of all places. Instead of perhaps a boxing match or something more substantial, the rest of the video is slow motion shots of a dramatic badminton game between the two artists. You can’t do anything but laugh at the misdirection. The video ends pulling out of a Pong screen that the two are playing on a tiny TV.

Martin Garrix is still going strong touring, you can catch him at dates here.

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The latest jams from your favorite EDM artists

Welcome back to Word of Mouth, where the hottest dance music tracks are compiled and brought straight to you. Get your weekend playlists ready with a handful of new tunes from some of the most talented producers in the game.

Ghastly – Black Mamba

Ghastly’s hot streak looks to have no end. Following an abundance of killer new tunes such as “LSD” and “Fake U Out”, he’s back to impress with “Black Mamba”. A longtime heater he’s used to destroy crowds during his sets, Ghastly will surely continue to unleash it. If this wasn’t enough for you, his album drops on May 4th. Stay tuned.

Felix Cartal – Worry feat. Victoria Zaro

It’s looking like Felix Cartal’s impressive 2018 isn’t stopping anytime soon. The Juno-award winning producer has released another house jam featuring the enchanting vocals of Victoria Zaro, entitled “Worry”. Without a doubt, the hype around his album isn’t dissipating anytime soon.

Rickyxsan – This Feeling feat. Kalibwoy

Rickyxsan has made his Monstercat debut with a banger and we couldn’t be more excited. Featuring Kalibwoy, “This Feeling” is a trap smasher that’ll sneak it’s way into every set this festival season. Without a doubt, the 23-year-old producer is setting himself up to take over the game this year.

Rainer + Grimm – Talk of the Town

Rainer + Grimm are back with a new dancefloor cut fans will be rinsing for months to come. Rainer is known for co-writing The Weeknd’s hit, “Wicked Games”, as well as Drake’s “Shot For Me”. With the help of grime artist Plain English, this impressive collaboration is truly one for the ages.

Robotaki – Science EP

Robotaki has brought us one of the most emotional and heartfelt EP’s so far this year. Science is groovy and moving. It’s a compilation of jams that truly capture Robotaki’s sound, passion, and drive. This young Canadian producer is set to have a career year in 2018.

Vera Blue – Lady Powers/Power Ladies Remix EP

Vera Blue’s “Lady Powers” is one of the best anthems to drop this year. To bolster its status, she’s now enlisted the help of a group of talented girls to remix the track. TOKiMONSTA, Maya Jane Coles, Alice Ivy, and Maria Marcus have all taken their own spin on the tune. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out.

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This week was rough for the dance music scene.

Beloved EDM pioneer Avicii passes away at 28

Tim Bergling, better known by Avicii, was found dead in Muscat, Oman on the morning of April 20, 2018. He was only 28-years-old. 

His publicist issued a statement, asking for respect and privacy as the family mourns and deals with the devastation of his passing. 

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” states his publicist. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.” 

He collaborated with artists like Madonna, Adam Lambert, Rita Ora, Nicki Romero on tracks like “Lay Me Down,” “Lonely Tonight,” and “Girl Gone Wild.” But his most successful tracks were “Wake Me Up,” “Levels,” and “Hey Brother.” 

Rest in peace, Avicii. 

One is not gone because they have passed. One is gone because they are no longer remembered.

ASCAP pays out $1 billion in performance royalties

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) has officially paid out $1 billion in performance royalties to its 660,000+ members. This marks the first time the music publisher has paid out that much in royalties. In fact, it’s up 10% since last year. 

ASCAP is a performance rights organization (PRO). For every song, there’re two royalties that are paid: the royalty for the sound recording and then for the songwriters. The sound recording is usually owned by the label. The actually melodies, chords, etc, are owned by the songwriters. When their songs are played via a broadcast or live performance, ASCAP collects the royalties and distributes them to their rightful owners. 

Vivendi is looking at publicly listing Universal Music Group

Vivendi, the parent company for Universal Music Group, is currently working towards a deal that will “present the benefits of a potential listing of UMG to the supervisory board,” states Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine. 

Universal Music Group’s revenue, which came in at $6 billion, equated for roughly half of Vivendi’s total revenue for 2017.

Universal Music Group has recently penned a deal with Facebook, Messenger, Oculus, and Instagram to provide content creators the ability to use copyrighted material in their content. 

Universal Music Group is one of the three major music labels, among Sony Music and Warner Music Group. The label is home to artists like Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and many more. 

H/T: Digital Music News

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Andreas Henneberg – Password Invalid EP

Berlin-based DJ and producer, head honcho of both Voltage Musique and SNOE Records and one of the newest members of the legendary Desert Hearts family – the one and only Andreas Henneberg – has released a bumping new EP on the DH label titled “Password Invalid”.

The three-track feature offers stunning insight into the production ability that Henneberg has under his belt, layering funk-filled, groovy overlays on top of uniquely infectious basslines.

Take a listen to the EP below, grab it on Beatport here and catch him playing at the annual Desert Hearts Festival happening in Southern California this upcomign weekend.

Andreas Henneberg – Password Invalid EP

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Armin van Buuren – Therapy

Armin van Buuren has done it again – he’s dropped a stellar new house track titled ‘Therapy’ along with a music video, which has met high expectations since his departure from trance. Some of his dedicated fans miss his trance vibes, but other fans are obsessed with the new Armin sound.

This new song is beautifully produced and James Newman’s hypnotic vocals are a perfect fit for Armin’s new house takeover.  There is such a summer ready feel to this song, bringing in some tropical house with a mix of progressive house. Though, the music video is slightly cheesy, it’s also quirky, cute, and hits the feels.

This song is the ‘Therapy’ we need – watch it below!

Armin van Buuren – Therapy

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It seemed like just yesterday that 2018 had just begun – but believe it or not, the summer will be here in just a blink of an eye. While New York City has been struggling to find a primary house music venue for a long time, Brooklyn Mirage has been hosting many events in the past few months and is beginning to show a strong house music presence. Now that summer is just around the corner, the venue has revealed Phase 1 of their summer schedule consisting of 11 events produced by Reynard Productions (the team behind The Cityfox Experience events).

Brooklyn Mirage is the venue that house and techno fans from The Big Apple have been waiting for. The 80,000 square foot venue, also known as Avant Gardner, features views of the Manhattan skyline and palm trees to define itself as the place to be this summer. Music labels and party brands including Dixon and Ame’s Innervisions, Tale of Us’ After Life, and Jamie Jones’ Paradise just to name a few. More are to be announced as well – and you can expect to kick off their summer-long schedule on May 19th with The
Cityfox Experience.

Check out Phase 1 of this summer’s Brooklyn Mirage events below and start planning your trips out to the new East Williamsburg venue now!


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With the sudden passing of EDM legend Avicii late last week, fans and DJs alike tuned into SiriusXM‘s BPM channel as they broadcasted a tribute to celebrate his life. BPM hosts, Rida Naser, Mallory Lynne, Ben Harvey, Liquid Todd and Danny Valentino went live on 2PM Friday afternoon and did not get off-air until 11PM. During the 9-hour tribute, many DJs, fans, and various other individuals called in to share their personal memories of Avicii. Whether it was the last time they had dinner or just a special moment they had shared, all the DJs that called in that day were broken.

Tiesto was one of the first to share his thoughts. He stated that Avicii actually had a serious case of stage fright. He added that “it was very tough for him to be on stage and perform, so he loved to be in the studio. But DJing, he liked it but it was very hard for him to actually DJ because he felt so stressed and so looked upon, I think. It was definitely not his favorite thing to do. He was definitely a guy who loved to sit behind a piano and be in the studio for days and make the music.”

Avicii actually even had plans of attending Ultra Miami this year to watch Swedish House Mafia’s performance. Although he ended up not being able to make it to the reunion, Tiesto mentioned that Avicii was inspired by their performance to potentially make his own comeback to touring. Now that a return is no longer possible, all we can anticipate for is the finished music that has yet to be released.

Steve Aoki followed and called in to share that Avicii not only inspired him, but was also one of the people who made the term “EDM” even possible. “When I really go back to what Avicii did to electronic music, I literally can hear him in all these songs even if they aren’t his songs,” Aoki told BPM. “He is one of the most important figures for EDM, that term, to even exist. That term is maybe 10 years old, and Avicii broke that term into existence. You know there’s a few artists who can do that, and he is one of them.”

Laidback Luke, who was one of Avicii’s first mentors in the dance music scene, had a few words to share as well. “I could have given him so much advice to turn this whole thing around,” Laidback Luke said. “What you need to realize is that performing was his biggest anxiety, and so each and every single night he needed to face his biggest anxiety. That will get you at a certain point.”

Avicii definitely paved the way for many of today’s biggest EDM stars to be who they are now. This includes Alex Pall and Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers who called in to share how they were inspired by Avicii to become DJs from the vey beginning.

“He was the actual reason both of us fell in love with dance music and started,” said Pall. “He was the first EDM act that we saw and felt that a career in this was possible and worth the struggle and working our asses off and dedicating everything to making it happen. Just watching the music that he was making and the way it made us feel, the way it made the people around us feel. And you know he is literally the reason why we do this, and it’s a very devastating day for us and many like us.”

Kaskade later dialed in and told BPM that he remembers Avicii as a very shy individual. “He was always pretty shy and pretty reserved,” he said. “I think a lot of people know and understand that and that lead to some of the problems that he had. I think he was trying to cope with the situation he was in. He found fame relatively quick and at such a young age. He was always such a nice guy.”t

These are just a few of the many DJs that called in to share their thoughts on the passing of Avicii. Others who called in included Nicky Romero, Armin van Buuren, Like Mike, and Alan Walker.

SiriusXM’s Avicii tribute ran on BPM Channel 51 all weekend long and was filled with many  incredible stories from DJs and fans alike. Friday was a whirlwind of sadness in the EDM world with the tragic passing of such an icon – one that can never be replaced.

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Fall in love with these festival gems.

Aside from the amazing music, my favorite part of Coachella are the people. 

Being one of the biggest festivals in the world and the most anticipated event of the year, Coachella cultivated a rainbow festival enthusiasts. The holy land has manifested itself into a lifestyle event, becoming the mecca of fashion, food and great music, old and new. 

Last weekend at Coachella, I met a chef, a devil, a fashionista, a Coachella veteran, a Pinterest enthusiast, a Cardi B fanatic, a Virginia native and an inflatable Tootsie Roll lover… (uh you’ll understand later). 

These people were all unique in their own way but all shared a similar commonality, the love for a new experience. Some of them made me laugh, some surprised me and some left me… a little confused. LOL. 

Check out these 8 beautiful people who embodied the music festival utopia!

Meet Matt

photo by Alya Khan What’s your name and where are you from?

M: My name is Matt and I’m from Los Angeles, Westwood, UCLA go bruins! Why are you here?

M: Beautiful women, absolutely! What artist are you the most excited to see?

M: Migos! Absolutely, we’re cooking it like a stir fry! (stirs his pretend food w/spoon) What inspired your outfit?

M: Migos! From the song “Stir Fry”!

Meet Cailee

photo by Alya Khan What’s your name and where are you from?

C: My name is Cailee and I’m from San Francisco, California! Why are you here?

C: For fun, to enjoy myself with my friends! What artist are you the most excited to see?

C: Cardi B, baby! What inspired your outfit?

C: Just to look extra. (laughs)

Meet Sean

photo by Alya Khan What’s your name and where are you from?

S: I’m Sean and I’m from San Francisco. Why are you here?

S: I love Coachella, this is my 11th time being here. I’m always going to come. What artist are you the most excited to see?

S: I’m most excited to see Kamaiyah, a bay area hip/hop artist and Barclay Crenshaw closing out the festival. What inspired your outfit?

S: We do one of these signs for The Do Lab every year and the outfit is from Santa Cruz, the dopest place in Santa Cruz.

Meet Sam

photo by Alya Khan What’s your name and where are you from?

S: I’m Sam and I’m from Pasadena, California. Why are you here?

S: I’m here for Russ. What artist are you the most excited to see?

S: Russ for sure! What inspired your outfit?

S: I look at Pinterest a lot and there’s a lot of different people, I like to get inspiration from there!

Meet Scott

photo by Alya Khan What’s your name and where are you from?

S: I’m Scott and I’m from Napa, California. Why are you here?

S: I want to hang out with Teresa!! My girl! (hugs the giant Tootsie Roll named Teresa) What artist are you the most excited to see?

S: Eminem for sure! What inspired your outfit?

S: America, the greatest country on earth and the bay area!

Meet Jasiah

photo by Alya Khan What’s your name and where are you from?

J: I’m Jasiyah and I’m from Charlottesville, Virginia! Follow me @siysiy_baby Why are you here?

J: I’m here for my first Coachella! Woo! What artist are you the most excited to see?

J: I’m excited for Beyonce who will be dancing on fire-scapes with no wires and popping that ass! What inspired your outfit?

J: Today is metal day with my sisters!

Meet Ezekio

photo by Alya Khan What’s your name and where are you from?

E: My name is Ezekio and I’m from Los Angeles, California! Why are you here?

E: Because Eminem is here, the rap god! What artist are you the most excited to see?

E: Eminem, absolutely. What inspired your outfit?

I don’t know, I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch for a long time so denim on denim is a regular thing over there. (laughs)

Meet Ashley

photo by Alya Khan What’s your name and where are you from?

A: I’m Ashley and I’m from New Jersey. Why are you here?

A: Because I love Coachella! What artist are you the most excited to see?

A: I honestly don’t have a specific artist… I just come and do whatever I feel like doing. (laughs) I just love being with my friends. What inspired your outfit?

A: (smiles, and points to horns)

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We just excitedly ran a story on EDM Chicago regarding the release of previously unheard Avicii tracks in collaboration with Starkillers. The album, entitled Killers & Rockers, was created back in 2009, only to be released on April 21, 2018, one day after Avicii’s sudden passing. Starkillers previously stated that the album was unreleased due to […]

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Last year was a big year for hardstyle as a genre. Not only did Headhunterz make his official return, but the most iconic duo in all of hard dance, Showtek, made their way back to the genre. On December 16th the duo laid down a full 75-minute set of hardstyle at Knockout Circuz in Sydney. And just like Headhunterz return, Showtek’s return set was everything you could have ever wanted and more.

Showtek Knockout Circuz 2017

Kicking off their set with The Prophet’s remix of ‘Cannonball’ really got the crowd going. And the set only got better from there. From ‘The Colour of The Harder Styles’ to ‘Get Loose’ to ‘Black’, they played all of their classic tracks and everything you could possibly have wanted to hear from them. Naturally they saved the best for last, closing with Sound Rush’s recent remix of their iconic ‘FTS’. From start to finish, this set was nothing short of incredible.

Does this mean the duo is back for good? There’s no official word yet but we certainly hope they’ll be announcing their return in the near future. In the meantime, give all 75 minutes of their massive set an early watch below.

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an Ultra Angel? Or maybe you’ve got no idea as to what the title even signifies.

Ultra Angels are essentially the face of Ultra, they’re a stunning group of versatile dance performers—but don’t mistake them for just a pretty face—they go through rigorous training and dance rehearsals to be in tip top shape for their Ultra Music Festival debut.

Ultra Angel, Brittany Mars—or BMARZ—on her YouTube channel, has shared her personal journey to the Ultra 2018 mainstage. In her vlog, she documents the intense choreography practices and standards that the Ultra Angels are expected to abide by. In her video, we get to see some exclusive backstage moments and a look at what it really takes to be an essential part of the Ultra experience. Take a look at her video below.

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Markus Schulz – In Bloom EP

In times of uncertainty, we can all use a little hope and light in our lives. That’s exactly what Markus Schulz delivers with the arrival of his In Bloom EP. The five-track album features trance legend Andy Moor, up-and-comer Dave Neven, and Lithuanian standout Anske. The album accompanies his yearly Global DJ Broadcast In Bloom special, the first of four yearly concept mixes. The other three specials are Sunrise, Afterdark, and Classics Showcase.

In Bloom focuses solely on vocal, uplifting trance. The goal every year is to highlight the best and brightest female vocalists in the genre. In the first track, “Calling for Love,” Schulz calls upon JES to take reins the some mighty lyrics. The euphoric tune has all the makings of an opening set song, setting the tone with a great beat and the passionate, driven vocals of JES.

While “Safe from Harm” is playing on ASOT, WYM and many other radio shows, the Club Mix takes the song to another level. Featuring the iconic Emma Hewitt, this version utilizes a darker driving bass line before letting Hewitt take over. Deeper percussion enhances the vocals and lyrics, creating a wonderful rise and peak.

Moor’s “Wild Dream” showcases the deeper and more urgent vocals of Adina Butler. She delivers a standout performance that brings light to Moor’s crescendo. Neven teams up with Romanian Ellie White for “Try for Me,” a powerfully written melody about hardships in relationships. The lyrics resonate with any couple who fears taking that next step.


Anske’s closing track “Love Won’t End” pairs with the seductive tones of Victoriya. Alongside a stunning piano melody, this song provides an epic conclusion to the album.

Markus Schulz lives up to his ‘Unicorn Slayer’ monicker with his In Bloom release. Give a listen to the full EP below, and get your tear ducts ready.

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Slander & SAYMYNAME I Can't Escape (Computa Reboot)Slander & SAYMYNAME – I Can’t Escape (Computa Reboot)

Computa is a dude who seems to have come out of nowhere. He has just a single release, his reboot of Slander & SAYMYNAME’s ‘I Can’t Escape’, on his SoundCloud page. It is no wonder why he is getting so much credit for this track; it’s pure fire.

The dynamics in this song are what make it stand out. The breakdowns and introduction are soft and laid back. They lull you into a false sense of security while the vocals drift over the top. The tune slowly adds momentum until it hits the drop, which is a massive wall of subsonic energy. The sound design of Computa comes to the front of the mix, and it hits you with gnarled and twisted synthesizers that are dance floor killers. The drop gets in and does its damage, before the soft swing of the breakdown takes the energy back down.

Slander & SAYMYNAME – I Can’t Escape (Computa Reboot):

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Zennik Around YouZennik – Around You

Zennik is a name that is quickly rising through the underground scene, making a name for himself with high energy grooves and soothing deep house melodies. His latest release is a free download titled ‘Around You’, and it’s a pleasant mix of vocal chops and low-end energy.

Filled with summertime flavor, this track has some great musically and dazzling vocal chops. A gliding bass line is the main focus of this track, with a sparkling chord progression over the top to keep the melodics moving along. To bring it all together, this Zennik crafted a melodic vocal chop that is the cherry on top of the cake. The minimal approached to the percussions lends all the focus onto the synth lines.

Zennik – Around You:

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Armin Van Buuren feat. James Newman – Therapy

Armin Van Buuren had quite the weekend.  He played a ‘garage set’ inside the Redbull Garage ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix. It was a site to behold, as Armin went live on his Facebook page during the set. It was odd in many ways, as he was literally dancing by himself while mechanics and employees were doing their jobs, On a brighter note, ‘Therapy’ comes out on Friday the 20th, and many fans wonder if it will cater to the new school fans or his old school Trance heads.

Armin posted the picture on his Instagram today, teasing fans for the Friday release. There’s certain artists that you know put out strictly well produced music, and you know you aren’t going to get a bad track from Armin. Add the vocals of James Newman, and you know that you’ll be getting something special. As a matter of fact, go listen to ‘In The Rain’ by the Dutch DJ, and get all the feels ahead of Friday’s release of ‘Therapy’.

Armin Van Buuren feat. James Newman – Therapy

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As the world still processes the shocking and sad passing of Avicii, many are also taking the time to reflect on the warning signs over the past few years and wishing somebody had done more to help the tormented star. In 2016 Laidback Luke penned an op-ed about a time in 2015 when he envisioned Avicii joining the infamous “27 club” of musicians or actors that die at age 27. This was around the time Avicii decided to retire from touring.

Laidback Luke called in to SiriusXM to talk about his reaction to the sad news and he shared this story:

“This must’ve been in 2015 when he invited me to open for his show in Ibiza, and it was there and then where I watched his show on the sidelines, where I got the actual vision of — I wrote this for Billboard — where I saw him joining the rock star elite group of legends that all passed away at around the same age, the age of 27, and I had this vision and I needed to write about it and make people aware.”

I can’t believe it actually freaking happened.

Laidback Luke also shared the struggles of a fast-paced life of touring and he said he wished he could have shared advice with him on how to cope with those difficulties. You can hear the full snippet below.

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Bad Decisions

Bad Decisions – Too High

Australian duo comprised of Cameron Breen and Andrew Ghisoni, or better known as Bad Decisions, have released ‘Too High‘. The trap infused with hip-hop track has been released under Tiesto’s label, Musical Freedom

The unique track is like no other, especially under Musical Freedom. From the beginning, you feel like it is a hip-hop song, but then it turns into a future bass/trap banger with the drop. The simplicity of the track is what entices the listener to want more. The superb vocals will actually make you feel some type of high.

Keep your eye on this Australian group, as they are making heads turn into their direction.

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Take A Look Back At Some Of Avicii’s Best Moments

For most of us, Avicii has been a crucial part of why we love electronic dance music. His unique sound and incredible music are like none other in this scene. We want to share with you some clips and some of his best live sets.

Pier 94 NYE 2011 – New York City

With a rare three hour set, the Swede brought his A game to welcome 2012. In my opinion one of Avicii’s best live sets.

EDC Las Vegas 2011

The Swede premiered his most popular track to date “Levels” in this set. Many consider this set to be the starting point of his fame.

Ultra Music Festival 2012 – Miami

One of Avicii’s most recognized live sets due to his opening song featuring Madonna live. This would be his last ultra before changing his sound to what we know it to be today.

Tomorrowland 2013 – Belgium

One of the festivals biggest headliners at the time. With classic mashups and the Swede anthemic sound, Avicii delivered a spectacular set.

Ultra Music Festival 2013 (Megastructure) – Miami

Without a doubt, one of the best unknown sets from the Swede. He got to rock the megastructure at Ultra in 2013 and delivered a set filled with the best EDM of the time to make up for his main stage performance.

Ultra Music Festival 2013 (Main Stage) – Miami

Yes, two set from the same festival and same year. He debuted the highly criticized album “True” at his main stage performance. With live instruments and live singing performances, he turned the page to his Swede sound with this set.

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