I know it's a bold claim, but I think it's true. Bonnaroo has officially kicked off and with it a massive lineup, which will undoubtedly include many surprise performances. They've promised everyone from Bassnectar to Eminem, with special late night sets from Kaskade, Virtual Self, and Bon Iver. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. The infamous Kalliope stage, which is a quintessential feature of the Bonnaroo experience, will feature a variety of dance music (and yes, more secret performers) that will keep the party going until sunrise. Then, to cap it all off, The Killers are slated to close out Bonnaroo Sunday night. I honestly don't think it could get much better than this.
We're excited to provide exclusive coverage all weekend long, including interviews with some of the best DJ's in dance music, like Shiba San and Chris Lake. Stay tuned here and if you're at the festival, be sure to let us know!
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ONYX Club Bangkok really know how to throw on a party, so it Is no surprise they are running or top spot in the gauntlet of mother-all-Songkran events in the capitol city over in Thailand.
After the massive success of last year’s Aquafest it will come as no shock either that they have gone one step further in their bill for party central. After achieving number 77 in our DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs in the world, they just had to raise their game for the longest party season of the year. Pushing the boundaries of the celebrations in the city; they decided to host a 5 day event which is already getting warmed up as my fingers bounce off the keys.
Tomorrow, however, the punters lucky enough to grab their tickets will be doing a whole lot of bouncing themselves when the first of three major headliners take the water soaked ravers right up the to the highest heights of musical liberation. Much loved in Thailand and across Asia, Yellow Claw will be decimating the party soi with his hard style smashing through the bass boxes and tweeters alike. Then on day three Swanky Tunes will be aiming to make his mark on the latest watery madness to hit Songkran’s central city.
Then LNY TNZ are sure to keep it all lit whilst the ravers push on through into the fourth day and it won’t end there…. Day five is more of a cool down in the sea of water cannons but the party won’t be over as top talents from across the Land Of Smiles gather together to pump up the volume and so much more on RCA Street.
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Not got your Songkran planned already? Well it is not too late as there is so much happening in and around Thailand that we really are spoilt for choice. However, if you are an EDM fan and you love bass down low with you tweeters bouncing off your inner ear then Songkranzonic might just be the ticket for you.
Kicking off today, on the first day of the Thai New Year celebrations, the four day event over in Oasis Arena at Show DC Bangkok Is set to be lit but don’t take our word for it – just check out the stage they have built to host the immense line-up of local and international superstars to raise the bar, the vibe and the year with team Chang pouring on the event.
Oh, and don’t forget the water, there will bucket loads of the stuff right on through the four days, so if you like to remain dry, then stay indoors for the remainder of the week… ha ha ha
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Diving into a magical world where music is the only thing that matters is the escape in which all ravers, plurs and all-out musos journey to any festival. The team at Kolour create just such a place, from the moment you overcome the mild formalities of the security checks and redemption of your ticket, you enter a mystical land of music.
You can imagine being Alice, chased down into that little room where the choice is to be made, which pill should I take to enter which door? However, at this Wonderland, you don't have to choose, just let go and fall down the rabbit hole into an uplifting and elevating world of musical fantasy.
Even the trip past the guard towers (so to speak), down the narrow path into Thai Wake Park sets the tone for your experience before you. Journeying past two lakes, one of which is filled with party people bathing in the cool waters, each tree along the path holds one word to an enchanted message to get you in the mood for the bohemian experience that Kolour creates.
The venue offers so much in addition to the main stage, with wakeboarding going on right through until the early hours of the morning, dips in the lake, face painting, Thai food market-esque dinning, free massages and much more. And to enjoy any of these services, including the bars, of course, you don’t even have to dip your hand into your wallet or purse, oh no, all thanks to the team at Pouch Nation. Kolour, as many of the festivals in the region now, have taken advantage of this new world service. Just go to the cashier at the start of the festival, dish out your dollar – in this case, Thai Baht – and get your festival wristband topped up and you are away, free to spend at all the festivals extras including the merch stores without a care in the world. So, no more money dropping out your pockets when getting your swag on, or rolling in the grass with that fellow plur, you can just let loose knowing that your cash is secure, all locked in the most precious thing to any festival head – their access to the weekend’s action. Confident in the knowledge that your dosh is safe and sound, there is plenty of open areas to cool off your heels also – from custom built artistic masterpieces to lounge around in with the aid of some chilled beverages and open grass verges where you can soak up the atmosphere whilst kicking it with friends.
Adding to the core principles of the festival - “An Annual Celebration of Creativity, Art and Sound.” – the main stage decoration is hand-crafted and there are none of the large-scale lighting rigs and special effects most would expect to see at such an event. No - the core value is to focus on the music, which lends the entire weekend to a totally new experience to any seasoned festival head and a really nice touch too. However, when it comes to sound, there is no questioning the team’s motivation, as the audio rigs are sensationa -l to say the least - and the soundwaves pumped out from the main stage roll through every molecule of your structure.
The event took a slight deviation from previous years with the introduction of live music acts such as Peking Opera to add another layer to the regular House and Techno in which Kolour laid its foundation. These were welcome additions for certain and take the event one step further in their evolution, we also hope to have more of this next year as the event continues to expand its horizons.
The main stage was also host to a number of local talents both homegrown and native – Mendy Indigo, Nakadia, Ekception, Dan Buri and many more. Pumping out anything from House (in a variety of formats), to Techno with quite a mix of both underground and commercial elements in most sets. Right from the middle of the afternoon on the first day until the closing hours of Monday morning, there was music to be enjoyed by all who were lucky enough to be there. Just take a look at the video below to catch a feel of what this land of musical madness has to offer…
Amongst the headliners shipped in from abroad, Pomo the Canadian multi-instrumentalist, Alle Farben, Berlin based DJ and Producer and Nils Hoffman the 16 year old rapidly up and coming German producer, was the main man himself - Coran. Not only is Coran the lead organizer and founder of the event but he also finds the time to take to both the main stage and then push the celebrations on until sunrise with sets on the second stage as well. We managed to grab him on the second day, to get familiar with Kolour and what drives him to create such an absorbing experience as the one “… In the Park”.
Briefly, before the interview, we mentioned the second stage, a unique little cut away from the main festivities. This smaller, but by no means less energized, dancefloor lent itself to a collection of local Record Labels/DJ/Producer Bands who showcased their talents and musical creations right through the night and beyond sunrise. We were able to steal some time with one of the boys from Night Ride (local BKK based Record Label), right after his set to get the lowdown on his experience at Kolour and a teaser for some more to come with DJ Mag Asean in later additions.
Steeling a little time on the second day after a few beverages from the main sponsor Singha, we caught up with another top act after his performance on the main stage. Wellknown Bangkok Producer and DJ and member of the popular SLum Disco Soundsystem in the underground scene of the city. Won’t say too much though as plenty is covered in the brief interview below.
The event was a raving success and kudos to the Kolour gang for hitting all the right cues for this mystical land of art, music and creativity in all its glory. Many of the people we met had been going to the festival since its creation 4 years ago and so many more were already looking forward to next year’s event. As for us, we will be sure to call up the team for another bash at the park next year but in the meantime, Kolour are host to a whole collection of events right through the year - from beach parties to warehouse raves - so keep an eye on them via the links below so you don’t miss out on their magic. Also, of course, keep your eyes on us as we continue to follow the rapid expansion of the EDM scene across the Land Of Smiles here at DJ Mag Asean.
Kolour In The Park online:
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Well, you’re sure to be soaking – probably more like soaking wet - up at AmBar on the second day of the Songkran festivities. Not that that will be it all up on top of the Four Points Sheraton, uh uh…
Jaxx Entertainment run a well-oiled machine when it comes to putting on pool parties for the masses right throughout the year across Bangkok and are, let us say, just a little popular… So if they are throwing the buckets to the wall and going full pelt on just the day two of the New Year celebrations here in Thailand then you will understand it will be one to remember – at least partially that is. We say that as the beverages are sure to flowing just as rapidly as the water cannons when the music starts pumping.
Adding a touch of bass to the ripples created through the afternoon will be none other than UK born DJ/Producer Swindali of Breakout Records, who currently holds a few residencies in a handful of the most notable clubs across the city. Also bouncing on the spinners will be local DJ JUGGADI and DJ Pepe from Spain pushing the afternoon to even higher heights…
We know where we will be at 12 pm on the 13th of this month and not just to catch first glimpse of the models and, well, ladies who get free entrance in the first hour.. cough, cough, cough. No, because we know it is going to be a party to begin all parties for the rest of the wild week.
Find below all the dates:
March 30: Playhouse, Chongqing, China
March 31: Playhouse, Guiyang, China
April 6: Matahaari, Mumbai, India
April 7: Artistry, Hyderabad, India
April 8: Club Boudoir, Kolkata, India
April 11: Main Room, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [DJ MAG TOUR]
April 13 - 9mm, Johor Bahru, Malaysia [DJ MAG TOUR]
April 14 - Velvet, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [DJ MAG TOUR]
April 21 - LivSuperClub, Cebu, Philipines [DJ MAG TOUR]
When this summer 400,000 visitors from all over the world gather in Boom for the double edition of Tomorrowland, more than 100,000 People of Tomorrow in 7 countries get the chance to experience the magic in a unique way. On Saturday, July 28, during 7 exceptional celebrations 'UNITE With Tomorrowland' will connect Tomorrowland in Belgium with Abu Dhabi, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, Spain, and Taiwan, alternating an impressive DJ line-up with a live satellite connection. It is for the fourth year in a row that in this way the world becomes a bit smaller.
UNITE With Tomorrowland' is much more than a live stream event, because among other things a stage that appeals to the imagination, enchanting decorations and special effects ensure an extraordinary experience. Technically, the festival is also a masterpiece, because thanks to the satellite connection, the show will run completely synchronized at all locations. Everything during these 7 events revolves around the escape from reality, partly thanks to the spectacular Tomorrowland MainStage, and the connection between the People of Tomorrow across the continents.
The pre-registration for ticket sales is now open via tomorrowland.com. There you can also find all practical information about the 7 events, including the dates of ticket sales. Everyone who registers now can take part in a pre-sale to be in pole position when the tickets go on sale.
The names of the international and local DJs who will perform in the 7 countries will be announced in the coming weeks.
‘UNITE With Tomorrowland’
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Abu Dhabi, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, Spain and Taiwan
Shiba San is on fire. He's already had quite the year, playing the biggest clubs and festivals, including Lollapalooza South America, EDC, and recently enjoyed his debut at Bonnaroo this past weekend. There's no denying his talent as both a seasoned producer and DJ, which radiated from both of his sets at Bonnaroo.
I had the chance to sit down with him and talk about Bonnaroo and also catch up with his very busy life right now. It was a very inspiring conversation and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Hey Shiba, I'm super pumped to talk with you and thank you for taking the time. To start, what are you most excited about for your debut here at Bonnaroo?
I've heard about Bonnaroo for a few years now and I was really happy to be booked here. I've made new tracks and edits that I want to try tonight and am really excited to showcase.
What artists or styles of music are currently having an influence on you and your music?
I listen to a lot of different music all the time, like R&B, Soul, Funk, Techno, just lots of stuff. I don't like to stay confined to listening to just one style of music. Listening to a variety allows me to keep progressing my sound and set.
What's does your creative process for making music look like?
Usually, I'll make a lot of music for a month straight. After, I'll stop for a little bit, listen to a lot of different music for 1 or 2 months, and then I'll come back and make more music. This can be why my sound changes and evolves the way it does.
I really like doing this because I'm usually very inspired, so I do a lot of tracks. I work and work, and I've learned when to take a break from it. I know when to give myself time to listen to new music, then once I'm refreshed, I come back and tackle these ideas, or make something new.
I remember "Okay" was the first track I ever heard from you, back in 2015, and it made me an instant fan. Can you tell us a little story behind the track?
It's funny about this track because it may have been my best one, but when I was creating it I didn't really know what it was (laughs). I didn't know whether it was disco or house or some other genre. I know when I made it and when I make music in general I don't try to make specifically house or tech house: I just make music. After that, I try and put it into something that can work at the moment.
Your music is unique in so many ways, but what sticks out to me most is the sampling. It's incredible. How do you go about finding these? Do you ever sample your own voice?
I have a huge library, but a lot of it comes from listening to a lot of music. If I hear something I really like, I'll cut it and sample it. Yes, sometimes, I'll even use my own vocals. I've also featured other friends, which has been fun. In one track, I actually featured my agent (laughs) he has a great voice with good flow, so I brought him in and recorded him. You can hear it on the track 'Burn Like Fire'.
I don't have one way of producing and sampling. I really love to explore everything, everything is possible. If I find good talent, I try and work with them.
Both you and Green Velvet put out the incredible 'Fearless' EP last year. Are you guys going to be getting back in the studio together for some more music this year?
We haven't talked about collaborating yet this year, but we love working together. I hope we will work together again in the future. Right now, I've just got done completing a ton of music that has kept me very busy and am excited to share that with all of my fans.
What are some of your goals for the rest of 2018?
Honestly, I'm in a really good mood. everything is going very well. I do the best festivals, the best clubs, so the only goals I have is to keep this up and keep my fans, who are amazing. I just want to keep doing what I'm doing. I love it!
Is there anything else you'd like to say to our readers?
I'd like to say thank you for listening to me, supporting me, and coming out to see me. I love you guys and can't wait for you to hear all the new music that's coming!
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The game has changed a lot in recent months when considering the Electronic Dance Music scene here in Thailand, as the warriors storm in from all corners of the globe to evolve the love of the scene. The battle grounds on which they play have also expanded from the familiar Bangkok and Phuket warzones with a reach to other provinces across this most blessed of nations.
Not to shy away - Bone Club, in partnership with promotors Gotham, just brought the fight home to Pattaya. Pulling out the big guns – we would say the biggest – when they asked the ultimate EDM Warrior to come throw down a set in the beating heart of the city. Yep, our very one number one in our Top 100 DJ, Martin Garrix blasted his way into the history books of this sleepless city of entertainment when he took to the sage at Bone for his foray in Pattaya. And guess what? Hmm, yeah, we got passes to take our places in the trenches of this historical (even hysterical – at least I was) moment.
So let us flashback to the night when Martin Garrix put Pattaya on the map of hot destinations for all things EDM.
Before we even entered the club, collecting our fancy one of a kind Martin Garrix branded Bone tickets (now a welcome addition to my key chain), the night was buzzing. There was a sea of Garrix fans donning merch (Merchandise for those in the know), so you instantly knew this was going to be a rave like no other seen in the city. I recall a Japanese dude flashing his MG/Japanese flag (which he had obviously traveled with) plus his +X hallmark shades, posing for a selfie whilst letting out a war-cry and it was only 9 pm. Slipping into the club past the stunning Chang and Smirnoff dollies – who would be the envy of any Formula One starting line – we enter with free-flowing refreshments before stepping into the arena where the bass boxes where already rattling the frames of the early birds.
Upon entering Bone, instantly, your eyes are drawn upward to the jaw-dropping modern take on a chandelier which virtually covers the entire dancefloor – dripping ethereal light on all onlookers. Snapping out of the trance it became obvious we wouldn't be going thirsty during the evening's fun as the floor was surrounded by water holes – known in lay terms as bars - to keep us hydrated.
The floor was already bouncing to the banging beats of future and big room house pelting out of the festival-friendly stacks, courtesy of a collection of homegrown talents from far and wide.
Most notable of the warm-up DJs was a guy going by the name of Wonder – his finely tuned selection of tracks had the crowd going wild – elevated more when he jumped on the stage to call out to all the mental cases amongst them. Noted, this took the night to the next level and just when we thought he had pulled out all his tricks – ohh no... an angel took to the stage, in the form of local singer/songwriter Tookta, to serenade the crowd with her magical tones. Covering a range of popular tracks from the likes of the Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris and the like to perfection, whilst Wonder seamlessly pumped out the instrumentals to accompany her – united on stage, this pair drastically lifted the atmosphere in Bone just before the main act.
You are sure to hear more from these two in later publications of DJ Mag Asean but for now, back to the action and what everyone on the night was there for really, or who in fact...
For the first time in the night, silence befell the arena creating an odd atmosphere of suspense and anticipation. Though not for long, as a small army of Garrix foot soldiers took to the stage to prepare. They began to set the ambiance with a selection of deep melodic waves, signature of Martin's recent style, to warm up the crowd but the animals rocking the floor had another idea entirely... Not waiting for MG to take to the stage they were already totally mad for it. So you can imagine the reaction once Martin emerged to own the night – yes, it was totally electrifying!
The crowd went completely mental before he even dropped his first beat. Taking to the decks, Garrix sent the crowd wild for a night of euphoric hysteria – limbs almost detaching from the torsos of fans – as drop after drop rolled through every element within the confines of Bone Club's superstructure.
Martin simply owned the ravers for the rest of the night as they reacted to his every action, and he dropped some numbers that even had my mind popping into the furthest reaches of the universe – the White Stripes Seven Nation Army Remix being one such tune. The man mastered the atmosphere perfectly and even managed to pull a cheeky selfie whilst in the mix – kudos – probably an instant insta...(Instagram, youth will know this) Wasn't hard to see why he is the number one in our Top 100 DJ list. Even the V.I.P was totally raving away – bopping on tables and going wild, which anyone who has been to these type of events in Thailand would know is a rare event.
Bone Club broke every rule, and some, with this introduction of the highest caliber in the EDM world and have set the bar for Pattaya's club scene... With plenty more acts on the cards- such as Sick Individuals next weekend - and expecting a lot more, this venue will be one to watch and you can hook up with them on any of the links below.
2018 DJ MAG ASEAN
From Berlin to Gulf of Thailand: Thaibreak Celebrates 20th Anniversary with The Most Outstanding Thaibreak FESTIVAL EVER
Partysan the Berlin-based team behind the annual 14-day vacation escape Thaibreak is proud to announce for its 20th year anniversary Thaibreak Festival an exclusive event with a limited capacity of only 500 special guests. The event is scheduled to take place from the 22nd – 26th of March 2018 at Koh Mak Island in the Gulf of Thailand. Tickets and hotel accommodations are available athttps://www.ticketmelon.com/event/thaibreak-festival-2018 Early Bird tickets are THB 3,000 then will move onto Standard Advance tickets for THB 3,500.
On this occasion of their 20th anniversary, the organizers of Thaibreak are set to introduce the most outstanding and unique experience under this festival series to date. This year, the gates to paradise will open to only 500 friends and friends of friends who all share the same spirit. Separate from the established annual escape, the new festival is an exclusive intimate party held over four nights. Expect 3 days & 4 nights full of electronic music, beach & boat parties, breathtaking sunsets, cozy after hours, sports, relaxing massage treatments and food offered by local vendors in a carefully decorated environment. But perhaps best of all is the opportunity to kick back on the golden sands, paddle in the clear blue waters and sip cocktails at the beachside bars.
The team unveils the exciting international line up showcasing the finest in House and Techno music; Sonja Moonear, André Galluzzi, Mathias Kaden, Tobi Neumann, Dana Ruh, Klang Kuenstler, Monkey Maffia, Marmosets (TH), Niko Schwind, Chris Wood & MEAT, Metaboman, Christian Prommer, Rafael Da Cruz, NK Chan, Dorian Paic, Mendy Indigo (TH), Julietta, Sarayu (TH), ZEEK, Domenic D'Agnelli, Superstar Panda (TH), Markus Fix, and LOVRA. So you can be sure there will be no shortage of dancing on the beach.
Of the Thaibreak's 20th edition, CEO Akarapon Nateratanakul, aka DJ Superstar Panda, said, "Our vision is creating a magical place for love, music and celebrating life, really. Our festival is tiny but remarkable. We offer 3 days and 4 nights in paradise, filled with beach and boat parties, delicious food and exceptional electronic music. We have the finest, world-renown electronic musicians, including only the best local Thai artists, delivering magical sets to 500 party lovers in a tropical paradise on the water."
Partysan Central is a festival agency based in Berlin, Germany. Founded in 1993, Partysan has created and hosted countless events and festivals in various countries around the globe. 1998 Partysan launched Thaibreak for the first time on Koh Samui.
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