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Since introducing his new "hard bounce" style sound last year, Deorro has hardly paused in his steady stream of successful releases on imprints like Panda Funk and Dim Mak. His latest release is the heavy-hitting "Sonar" with Australian duo SCNDL, which combines the best elements from both Melbourne bounce, hardstyle and drum'n'bass. Synthesized piano chords comprise the dreamy, digital breakdown that leads to a frenzied, high-energy bassline that makes "Sonar" an absolute dance floor slayer. "Sonar" is certainly not for the faint of heart, but this is one track that will be on constant rotation at festival stages and clubs this summer. SCNDL's penchant for top notch electro productions complements Deorro's bouncy, dynamic style, so we hope this first collaboration will be one of many more. If you're one of the many music lovers descending upon Palm Springs this April, catch Deorro's set at Coachella and the Day Club at the Hilton's pool party on April 14th.
American producer Deorro is the perfect example of magnetic dynamism in music production. His impressive discography including a myriad of original tracks, from his early hits "Yee" and "Five Hours" to last year's "Rise and Shine" and more, as well as collaborations/remixes with Chuckie, Axwell, Krewella, Laidback Luke, Carnage, Diplo, Tommie Sunshine, and more. Last year, he took listeners on the ultimate journey with his incredibly successful full-length album, "Good Evening," a 24-track pilgrimage that showcased many versions of Deorro's style. "It's more than an introduction to a creative mind, it's a story of sound and feeling," quoted Billboard of the album. His prowess behind the decks have earned him headlining spots at some of the world's craziest festivals and clubs, like Coachella, Ultra, Lights OFF, and Electrobeach. Now with a renowned debut album under his belt and more new music on the way, the future is looking very bright indeed for Deorro.
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Riding the hot streak of his recent single "Runaway" and the immense success of "Get What You Give" and its B-side "Hold Tight," Felix Cartalhas released another stellar track that will captivate listeners worldwide. On "Walking By," Cartal partnered with singer/songwriter Iselin Solheim, whose vocals provide the perfect breathy foreground to his signature groovy, emotionally-stirring production. The breezy melodies and use of instrumentals give "Walking By" an organic vibe that seems appropriate for the serendipitous summer romance that the lyrics describe, while Solheim's voice encapsulates the song's wistful, "what-if" nature. "Walking By" and "Runaway" are just two of the eighteen new tracks on Felix's forthcoming album, "Next Season," which drops in May. Watch the lyric video for "Walking By" here (insert link).
With his dreamy, melodic and yet dance-floor friendly sound, Felix Cartal has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in modern dance music. 2017 proved to be a monumental year for the producer, who was included in Billboard's "13 Dance Artists Who Dominated 2017" feature and whose Spotify channel has over 75 million streams. Felix's appeal lies in his ability to convey complex emotions through his music, like the hopeful angst of "Get What You Give," leaving listeners with a positive emotional catharsis. To this effect, "Get What You Give" has soared to the #1 spot on Sirius XM Chill and the Hype Machine and rapidly climbed the US and international charts, becoming a Certified Gold record in Canada and named one of Billboard's "50 Best Dance/Electronic Songs of 2017." The track recently earned nominations at the prestigious Canadian Juno Awards, for Dance Recording of the Year as well as Producer of the Year. Shortly after, Felixreleased "Hold Tight," the swoon-worthy B side track to "Get What You Give," which also received support from Billboard and experienced similar success. With such immense recent successes, we can't wait to see what's next for Felix Cartal. Catch him live during his new residency at the famed Drai's Beach Club in Las Vegas, which kicks off on April 8th!
Music Against Animal Cruelty (M.A.A.C) launches a global music directive to aid wildlife conservation.
With 90% of the worlds Rhinos lost in the last 40 years, 97% of the Tiger population since 1900, 30,000 elephants slaughtered for their ivory each year and trade in illegal wildlife estimated to be worth over $15 Billion USD per annum, Music Against Animal Cruelty (M.A.A.C) launches a global music directive to aid wildlife conservation.
M.A.A.C. are a non-profit organisation with one simple directive; to aid wildlife conservation.
Conceived by Jonny White, international DJ and producer of Art Department and Wade Cawood, CEO/Founder of Pulse Global, the new organisation aims to raise revenue from worldwide music events, rallying support from the entire music community to aid its primary cause. White & Cawood will work alongside Jack Baucher from the Tears for Tigers Foundation.
M.A.A.C will stimulate international music fan bases and galvanise the help of the entire music industry, using a worldwide collective of likeminded individuals and influential voices. The organisation will launch valuing a trusted and united relationship with artists, DJ's and industry alike, tapping into an indefinite network and creating a vital source of revenue for international wildlife conservation. Focussing on community led initiatives that will provide support to grassroots conservation projects and further wildlife conservation worldwide.
At the present rate, 20% of the world's 15 million species could be gone in the next 30 years. This is an unprecedented rate of extinction, which has not been apparent since the disappearance of dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
With 50% of the world's population living in urban areas, it may be that we are losing our connection with the natural world. It is the mission of M.A.A.C. to create opportunities for artists to travel and experience conservation for themselves.
With the music industry uniting on this global cause, ambassadors for the organisation are already coming forward, as the project garners support from many influencers in the electronic music scene includingAdam Beyer, Apollonia, Art Department, Audiofly, Chris Liebing, Dubfire, Ida Engberg, Jamie Jones, Nicole Moudaber and Tiga.
OUR VISION: A WORLD WHERE WILDIFE HAS A VOICE AND RIGHT TO THRIVE AND SURVIVE
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London based Dj and producer ilan Bluestone has grown to become one of the most sought-after artists in the dance music space. After joining the Anjunabeats family back in 2011, the prolific producer has been creating musical magic through genius instrumentals and harmonious chords. Today, ilan returns with another impeccable peice of production “Let Me Know” alongside singer / songwriter Giuseppe De Luca out now on Anjunabeats.
Filled with addictive bouncy bass, sweet synths, euphoric vocals, and an electrifying drop “Let Me know” purely displays Bluestone’s mastered progressive house and melodic trance finesse. Undeniably an audio sensation “Let Me know” is set to ignite every club and festival dance floor around the world.
Ilan Bluestone’s full ‘Scars’ album will be released April 27th on Anjunabeats and can be pre-ordered HERE.
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Fans may have had to wait for a while, but their patience is soon to be rewarded as Estiva has finally announced his second artist album, 'Spectacle'. Live on the ASOT stage at Ultra Music Festival Miami past Sunday, the Dutchman unleashed the first few tracks of his forthcoming album, including a phenomenal team-up with longtime friend Ruben de Ronde: 'Rainbow'.
Listen to Ruben de Ronde X Estiva - Rainbow
Lighting up the sky with its shimmering colors, 'Rainbow' sees Ruben de Ronde and Estiva return to Statement! for another brush of brilliance. Able to make any dance music fan's day a whole lot brighter, this formidable collaboration between the two Progressive Trance mainstays should prove a great sign of things to come from Estiva's long-anticipated second artist album.
Estiva: "'Rainbow' pushes our melodic limits; we both wanted to add something substantial. The track is a perfect example of that sparkling magic you can achieve when working together. Think of it this way: we both gathered our tastiest ingredients, put them in a blender and got a delicious 'Rainbow' smoothie as a result."
Remarkable. Dynamic. Absolute. The music of mainstage electronic dance music DJ and producer, Andrew Rayel, shines bright in a crowded music marketplace. Now a full-fledged phenomenon, Andrew Rayel casts a lasting impression on the dance music scene, the scope of which grows bigger by the day. Last year he delivered a successful full-length studio album, Moments (Armada Music), followed by two separate remix E.P.s that came out on his newly launched record label, inHarmony Music. With reworks by the likes of Manse, Spencer Brown and De Hofnar, Moments Remixes E.P.3 is another trendsetting effort. Andrew Rayel's Moments Remixes E.P.3 (inHarmony Music) is out now.
Listen to Andrew Rayel – Moments Remixes EP 3
The first entry on the tracklist of the Moments Remixes E.P.3 is Alexander Popov and Rayel's reimagining of the title song itself. Save for the breakdown, the two artists trade-in the original's orchestral grandeur for stadium-rocking synths and menacing kick-drums. Next is the Estiva remix of "Tacadum," a 140 BPM tech-trance scorcher that speaks to Rayel's roots in classical music. Estiva's version clocks in at a markedly slower tempo along with elements equally fit for the festival circuit. "I'll Be There" made for one of the most anthemic songs from Moments, and Super8 & Tab's take on the track is utterly divine. Closing out the E.P. is Vedde's remix of "Forgiven," an emotive ballad on which Jonathan Mendelsohn delivers an iconic vocal.
About Andrew Rayel
Hailed by Armin van Buuren as "the future of trance music," Andrew Rayel (real name: Andrei Rata) is a classically trained electronic dance music DJ and producer from Moldova often referred to as the "modern-day Mozart." As a DJ, Rayel exudes an unbridled enthusiasm for the music he plays and his onstage performances are electric and filled with physical energy. Drenched in a well-earned sweat after every set, Rayel earns his position as a bandleader, stirring up his crowds' passion as much with his music selection as with his bodily vigor. He has DJ'd the world's biggest festivals, including: Ultra Music Festival in Miami, TomorrowLand in Belgium and TomorrowWorld in Atlanta, Stereosonic in Australia, Global Gathering in the UK and other countries, Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Electric Zoo in New York, Transmission Festival in various countries, Ministry of Sound in the UK, Dreamstate in San Bernardino, Electronic Family in Amsterdam, Zoukout in Singapore and Together Festival in Thailand. Rayel is a regular on the lineup at various ASOT stages around the world. Nightclub residencies have him performing onstage at super-clubs, including: Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub in Las Vegas, Marquee and LAVO in New York, Ushuaïa Beach Club in Ibiza, Zouk in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Escape in Amsterdam and Ministry of Sound in London.
About inHarmony Music
Launched in September, 2017, inHarmony Music is the record label headed by Andrew Rayel and distributed by Armada Music. As label chief and head of A&R for inHarmony Music, Rayel is the key decision-maker when it comes to signing new artists and music. Fulfilling a lifelong dream while on his never-ending career quest, Rayel is now able to do for new artists what Armin van Buuren did for Rayel years ago. The circle is complete and there will be an abundant supply of lovingly curated new music ahead.
Swedish House Mafia reunited after a five-year hiatus this evening (Sunday 25th March) to close out Ultra Music Festival’s 20th anniversary celebrations in Miami.
The famous trio, consisting of Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello, played the final set on the main stage during Ultra’s third day, opening the set with their mega-hit ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’.
It’s been five years since the Swedish DJs played together as a group, with the trio playing the final performance of their ‘One Last Tour’ shows on Ultra’s main stage back in 2010.
Rumours that SHM would reunite at Ultra have been circulating for the past few months, despite several statements denying the reunion from the group’s manager Amy Thomsonand SHM member Steve Angello.
Dutch EDM DJ Hardwell and Don Diablo also weighed in on the debate over the last seven days, while reddit users claimed to have cracked a secret code which revealed SHM as Sunday’s surprise act, plus supposed headline sets from Deadmau5 and French duo Daft Punk.
Earlier today, a reunion was all but confirmed by friends and collaborators of the groupvia Instagram, while new and simplified SHM logos have been popping up around Miami over the last 24 hours.
DJ Mag was on the ground at Ultra Music Festival in Miami as Swedish House Mafia took the stage tonight — check out Swedish House Mafia's set below.
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British artist Luvian delivers his A Time & Place EP, which includes brand new single 'Rooms' featuring UK singer/songwriter Amber, both out now via Ultra Music.
'Rooms' flaunts soft melodies and catchy percussive elements, underpinning the smooth vocals of Amber.
"Overall, the track is about one side of a relationship. The vibe of the track definitely isn't happy, but it also isn't sad. It's more of the middle ground, more about contemplation and thinking." says the British artist."When I wrote the track with Amber, we had visions of somebody looking in a mirror, also imagery of the late nights when you seem to be the only person awake with your thoughts."
A Time & Place showcases Luvian's wide-spreading sonic palette, complete with synthetic sounds, guitar riffs, and playful keys, to form an eclectic production filled with character and atmosphere.
The 5-track production also includes previous singles 'Bones' featuring Jack Hawitt and 'Trips In Magenta', the latter song continues to receive hundreds of thousands of streams online since its release last month. Dreamy and cathartic 'After It Rains' succeeds the downtempo 'Something About You'which completes the EP.
A producer, songwriter and musician who burst into the public consciousness after quickly amassing a wealth of recognition through his Soundcloud uploads such as 'Valley Girl' and his unofficial remix of Bon Iver's 'Holocene', Luvian released his debut EP 'Memories' in 2016, with tracks 'Forest' and 'Dayglo'surpassing 6 million Spotify streams collectively.
Luvian's latest EP is a solid display of his superb production abilities. With an eclectic music video for'Rooms' yet to come, 2018 is already shaping up to be the producer's biggest year to date. A Time & Place EP is set to feed into the excitement already surrounding his flourishing career.
Out Now via Ultra Music
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Today, Ultra Music Festival announced its acquisition of the Winter Music Conference (WMC) and the International Dance Music Awards (IDMAs), further broadening its already expansive footprint in the dance music industry.
Now in its 33rd consecutive year, WMC has a long and storied history as the preeminent conference for the dance music industry. With Russell Faibisch’s branding ingenuity, this acquisition will reboot WMC’s status as a leading conference by expanding and innovating the format. Bill Kelly, WMC’s Co-Founder, will remain involved to ensure the conference’s original spirit is preserved. Ultra’s acquisition pairs two Miami-based dance music icons to create an energizing week of music. Plus, it forever cements Miami’s status atop the list of global dance music destinations.
“For over thirty years, WMC has been integral to Miami’s storied relationship with dance music. The conference was where some of the biggest deals in dance music history were made and we look forward to working with Bill to pair WMC and Ultra into one extravagant Miami Music Week.” - Russell Faibisch, Ultra Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
“I’ve been astounded to watch Ultra grow from a small, local festival on Miami Beach into the largest festival brand in the world. Russell and I are lifelong dance music fans who both call Miami home and we thought it made a lot of sense to finally combine efforts.”
Bill Kelly, Co-Founder Winter Music Conference
The 2018 edition of WMC is currently in progress at the spectacular Faena Forum located in the heart of Miami Beach. The IDMAs, which generate thousands of votes annually from music enthusiasts in 209 countries and territories, recognize and honor exceptional achievements in various award categories, are running concurrently with WMC.
WMC will be the official presenter of the 2018 Ultra Music Festival Live Stream — an insiders’ look at the sold-out festival featuring an unparalleled combination of cutting-edge production and the world’s best electronic acts. It’s a must-watch for dance music fans who cannot be in attendance. The Live Stream is available March 23-25 via www.ultramusicfestival.com.
About ULTRA Worldwide™
ULTRA WORLDWIDE™ IS THE GLOBAL EDITION OF THE WORLD’S PREMIER ELECTRONIC MUSIC EVENT, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL®.
The ULTRA brand in relation to live events was founded in 1997 in Miami by Executive Producer, President & CEO, Russell Faibisch, who began by producing electronic music events which led to the inaugural Ultra Music Festival® in 1999 on the sands of Miami Beach.
The internationally renowned festival, which has taken place every March since its inception, celebrated its nineteenth anniversary on March 24-26, 2017 by bringing over 165,000 music enthusiasts to the sold out waterfront event in the heart of the City of Miami. Ultra Music Festival®, recently voted the world’s #1 Festival by DJ Mag for the second consecutive year, returns to Bayfront Park for its twentieth annual edition on March 23-25, 2018.
Choosing to follow a unique and creative vision and a wholly organic growth focused on its true love for music, artists and fans alike, the ULTRA and ULTRA Worldwide™ brands represent not only the world’s biggest and most successful remaining INDEPENDENT electronic music festival brand, but also the most international festival brand in the world. Event organizers continue to transport the unrivaled experience from the Miami flagship festival to an ever-growing number of destinations and Ultranauts all over the globe.
Over the past twenty years, thousands of the world’s most iconic DJs, producers and live acts have mesmerized audiences with awe-inspiring sets at ULTRA festivals in ARGENTINA, BALI, BRASIL, CHILE, CHINA, CROATIA, IBIZA, JAPAN, KOREA, MEXICO, SINGAPORE, SOUTH AFRICA and of course MIAMI, as well as ROAD TO ULTRA® events in AUSTRALIA, BOLIVIA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, HONG KONG, INDIA, KOREA, MACAU, PARAGUAY, PERU, THE PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO, SINGAPORE, TAIWAN, THAILAND and the USA. Each new global edition has been founded on the same successful recipe that has been perfected over twenty years in Miami, combining the most diverse electronic talent with the most technologically advanced, large-scale festival productions in the world.
The ULTRA brands have pioneered the live stream experience with ‘ULTRA LIVE’ (with over 650 million live stream and recorded set views from Ultra Music Festival Miami since 2013) and the audio broadcasting platform ‘UMF RADIO’ (syndicated to FM Radio in over 62 countries and reaching more than 22 million listeners weekly). Also UMF FILMS’ collaboration with FINAL KID has seen some of the most visually breathtaking festival aftermovies in the music space, including a feature-length documentary exploring the explosion of dance music, entitled CAN U FEEL IT™, which was premiered on the red carpet at the Klipsch Amphitheater in Miami in 2012 and was exhibited in over 500 theaters across the United States.
2016 and 2017 saw the ULTRA and ULTRA WORLDWIDE™ brands continue to push the boundaries even further, bringing an unparalleled combination of cutting edge productions and the world’s best electronic acts back to previous strongholds and new frontiers across the globe. With the SOLD-OUT edition of ULTRA Brasil®, ULTRA Singapore™ having become a full scale two-day festival, RESISTANCE’s debut standalone South America Tour, and the debut of ROAD TO ULTRA®’s Hong Kong, 2016 was one of the brand’s most successful years to date. A RESISTANCE summer residency began at Privilege Ibiza in 2017, while ULTRA China debuted in Shanghai on September 9-10, 2017. Also in 2017, two ROAD TO ULTRA® events took place in New Delhi and India. ULTRA® revealed further expansion into México October 6-7, 2017, Melbourne for Road to ULTRA Australia February 24, 2018 as well as ULTRA Beijing for June 16 and 17 of 2018. The ULTRA brand will be present in at least TWENTY-FOUR COUNTRIES across SIX CONTINENTS worldwide by the end of 2018.
For more information about WMC, its 2018 program and the IDMA’s please visit www.wintermusicconference.com
After giving budding producers and aspiring artists the chance to pre-enroll for several weeks, Armin van Buuren has launched his highly-anticipated masterclass on dance music today. Enrollment for Armin van Buuren's class is available at the price of $90 for lifetime access, or $180 per year for the All-Access pass, which grants unlimited access to all new and existing masterclasses on masterclass.com.
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As one of electronic music's most influential figures, Armin van Buuren offers students an intimate look into his creative and technical process as he creates a track from scratch during his masterclass. He shares many of the lessons he has learned in his twenty years as an artist about what it takes to gain a foothold in the ever-changing business of dance music and how to stay afloat. Aspiring producers will have unprecedented access to Armin's insights as he breaks down his pillars for becoming a world-class dance music artist: production, performance and promotion.
Frequenting the world's most prestigious charts, Armin van Buuren attracts tens of millions of worldwide listeners to his radio show 'A State of Trance' every week and landed a record-setting five No. 1 DJ awards via DJ Mag's annual, fan-voted Top 100 DJs poll. The Grammy-nominated artist's work spans major evolutions in dance music, from spinning vinyl in small clubs to headlining global dance festivals, such as Ultra Music Festival in Miami today, Friday, March 23, 2018 (livestream at 7.45 - 8.45 PM GMT-4 on www.ultra.tv).
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