Thursday, November 14, 2019

Dimitri Vegas on 2019 DJ Mag #1: "It Actually Caught Us Off Guard this Time" [Interview]

EDM.com caught up with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike about music, their Garden of Madness events, the DJ Mag Top 100 and more.

Few names in EDM carry the same weight as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. The Belgian brothers recently took home their second #1 in the annual DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll - and apparently they didn't even see it coming.

Perhaps they were simply too busy to give it much thought. Between high-profile collaborations, gaming crossovers, and the first-ever Stateside Garden of Madness event, the DJ/producer duo have been active to say the least. Be that as it may, they recently took the time to catch up with EDM.com about their recent goings on.

Read on to see what Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike told us, and don't miss their Tomorrowland Presents Garden of Madness event at Creamfields Steel Yard London on December 7th, 2019.

EDM.com: Not long ago you wrapped up your first Garden of Madness event in the U.S. How did U.S. fans receive your performance compared to those in the U.K.?

Dimitri Vegas: It was our first Stateside show with the GOM concept, and it went extremely well! We were joined by 7,500 wild fans who were down to party. It was a complete sellout.

Like Mike: The fans really love the Garden of Madness concept. Whether we’re taking it to Liverpool, New York or Ibiza, ourselves and the entire team behind these events always want to deliver a unique experience. And the crowd in whatever location are always so receptive to what magic comes, so it’s amazing to get up there and share it with them.

Speaking of the other side of the pond, what do you have planned for your Tomorrowland Presents Garden of Madness event at the Steel Yard Liverpool?

Like Mike: we’re bringing a whole new show. We want to blow the fans minds with the production, pyrotechnics and music we’ve got planned for this night. It’s going to be a bigger and crazier night than the last time!

You joined quite the list of collaborators on "Instagram." How did you get involved, and what elements did you contribute specifically?

Dimitri Vegas: Well, the whole thing really stemmed from David Guetta and ourselves talking back and forth over a period of time about doing another track together. Our last single, "Complicated," was such a big record and the fans still love it so much, we felt we needed to do a follow up. 

The Afro Bros have been making some awesome music lately so thought it would be fun to get them involved. It was off the back of this that the idea of doing a bigger collaborative project started to grow. Why not get an all-star lineup and just go huge with this record? Natti Natasha is one of the most exciting female singers in the world and just a huge artist right now, whilst Daddy Yankee is an icon all on his own. It felt like a great fit and the record continues to be a hit. We’re over 200 million streams across all platforms with the record now.

Like Mike: on this one David, Afro Bros and ourselves just handled the instrumental. Lyrics and vocal parts were Natti and Daddy Yankee.

Although it's been out for a while, we also have to ask about "Best Friend's Ass." What was it like working with Paris Hilton?

Like Mike: Paris is a good friend and is a lot of fun to hang out with, but equally somebody who works hard to get projects done. It was a cool experience doing that track together, vibing off her ideas and all of us just going crazy with what we could each bring to the table to make this fun idea for a track work.

On the heels of your second DJ Mag Top 100 DJs win, how does it feel this time around?

Dimitri Vegas: To be honest it actually caught us off guard this time. It has been an incredible year for us, we’ve achieved some spectacular highs and had some really cool releases out and an awesome run of crazy gigs, but then we look around and there are so many other artists crushing it, too. It’s really cool to see dance music in such a healthy place and still growing! So, when we got the call that we were #1 again, it was a big surprise - but we’re super happy and grateful to our amazing fans for the ongoing and amazing support they give us.

Do you have any other big collaborations in the works that nobody's heard about yet?

Like Mike: We have new music coming with Ummet Ozcan and Brennan Hart soon, as well as Timmy Trumpet, Carnage and a host of other incredible artists.

Dimitri, you have now made cameos in a Spider Man movie and a Mortal Kombat video game. Can fans expect more of these kinds of crossovers?

Dimitri Vegas: 100%! I’m in talks with a couple of directors at the moment about some potential roles. I’ve just appeared in the last Rambo film and have a cameo in Men In Black International. It’s an industry I’m super passionate about, and I'm excited for what the future holds for me there.

Is there anything else on the horizon that you two are excited about?

Dimitri Vegas: Too early to confirm it yet but we have some very big projects coming up which we’ll be announcing soon, as well as some very cool and interesting (oh, and different) music to be released that the fans are going to love!

Tomorrowland Presents Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike's Garden of Madness takes place on Saturday, December 7th at Creamfields Steel Yard Liverpool. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

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Excision Announces Massive Lineup for The Thunderdome 2020

The 2020 festival includes a slew of top bass back to back sets.

Dubstep king Excision recently announced that a new stage production called The Evolution will replace his previous The Paradox audiovisual experience, and that it he would debut it at The Thunderdome 2020 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. He has now revealed the massive lineup for that event, and bass heads are already ecstatic. 

Thunderdome 2020 will include a slew of some of the biggest back-to-back sets imaginable within the realm of bass music. 12th Planet will play with Riot Ten on Friday, January 31st, in addition to a Trampa and Marauda set. Those are only a couple of the sets planned for this stacked lineup, which also includes some artists making appearances on both days of the festival. 

PhaseOne's metal-infused sound will fit perfectly with Wooli's heavy style, and a B2B with PhaseOne and Kai Wachi on Saturday, February 1st will likely be just as satisfying for fans. Wooli appears on day two as well, playing a set with Spag Heddy. Even more heavy bass favorites are included in the lineup for the two-day event.

Needless to say, Excision fans are already chomping at the bit to get their hands on tickets for The Thunderdome, and witness The Evolution as well as the gargantuan lineup for each night. 

Tickets for The Thunderdome 2020 are available now and can be found here

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Marshmello Drops "Tongue Tied" ft. YUNGBLUD and blackbear

The massive collaboration follows Marshmello's acclaimed Joytime III album.

Marshmello has been riding high off of the July release of his acclaimed album, Joytime III. Since then, the man in the helmet hasn't put out any new material, which is unusual for him. That changed today, however, with the release of his new collaboration with YUNGBLUD and blackbear, "Tongue Tied." 

This new single is a notably pop-oriented release, not unlike some of his previous collaborations. It's got a summery vibe for being released in the middle of November, but the Marshmello (real name Chris Comstock) sound has always leaned in that direction. "Tongue Tied" is a fine addition to his catalogue in that regard, bringing his signature sound while integrating the vocals of two talented pop artists. 

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blackbear's verses add a hip-hop element, and the chorus sections are sung in a catchy and memorable manner by up-and-comer YUNGBLUD. Overall, the track is perfectly poised to be a hit with Mello diehards as well as fans of his two collaborators. 

There's no word on if a bigger body of work like an EP or a possible Joytime IV album will be released in the near future. For now, "Tongue Tied" will stay on repeat for Marshmello fans. 

The new single is available now and can be found here.

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Flume Feeds Vera Blue Grapes in Official "Rushing Back" Video

The visual accompaniment to "Rushing Back" has arrived at last.

Flume has made his triumphant return to music releases count in 2019, not the least of which was "Rushing Back" featuring Vera Blue. The Australian DJ/producer debuted the song at Lollapalooza, and now he's delivered the official music video.

In the colorful visual accompaniment, Flume (real name Harley Edward Streten) and Vera Blue (real name Celia Pavey) sit in a Day Glo-painted car whose doors appear to be removed. As the camera travels in an arc around them, the lighting transforms to simulate changing times of day.

Streten played no small role in influencing the future bass movement, with his self-titled album and Skin appealing to post-EDM fans. Since ending his release hiatus, he's proven himself as much of a trendsetter as ever. His 2019 mixtape, Hi This Is Flume, has arguably raised the bar on production values in the lo-fi hip-hop genre.

Stream or download "Rushing Back" across platforms here.

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MindMassage Unveils New Music Video for Lead Single, "Indecisive"

Delve into the complex and emotion-laden love story portrayed in MindMassage's new music video.

Tap into a well of raw emotion with “Indecisive,” the new video from MindMassage featuring soulful EDM vocalist Rosa. The sensual feel of this song is represented well by the vintage, crimson aesthetic captured in the video. “Indecisive” is the lead single from MindMassage’s forthcoming album, Emotion. The song speaks to the trials and tribulations of a complex love story while providing a musical environment of intoxicating house beats and chill grooves to paint the setting. This is a fantastic video to delve into a deeper mood for listeners who are feeling “some type of way.”

Manchester’s Alexander Golombeck, better known as MindMassage, creates, composes, and produces his own heartfelt works with the intention of inspiring his listeners toward social change. The feelings presented in his music are refreshing to discover. “Indecisive” is a beautiful follow-up release to “Sailing Away,” his recent colorful and melodic single that pulls on your heartstrings in a very different sense. Whatever Golombeck touches, you can be sure it is executed with sincerity. Whether you’re in the mood to kick back or cut a rug, MindMassage’s “Indecisive,” along with the accompanying music video, is an indulgent choice to set the tone.

Stream or Download MindMassage's "Indecisive" today.

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KDrew and Alter. Unite for Captivating House Single, “Bring Me Down”

KDrew and Alter. have joined forces to release their dynamic ambient house track, “Bring Me Down” out now on Lowly.

The latest “next-big-thing” track to come from the beloved Trap Nation’s Lowly. imprint is Alter. and KDrew’s new collaboration, “Bring Me Down.”

Though KDrew and Alter. have previously been known to produce different genres of music, together they unite their sounds for an impactful house track that tells an empowering tale of heartbreak. “Bring Me Down” marries dark lyrical storytelling with nostalgic alternative sounds creating for an atypical, entrancing tune. The angsty vocals delivered by powerhouse singer, songwriter and producer Alter. intensify the tone as KDrew’s euphoric beat carries listeners throughout the entire track. 

"Bring Me Down" opens with a serene yet passionate intro made evoke an ambivalent mood. As Alter’s vocals build to KDrew’s massive drop, the energy symbolizes a change of sentiment through the unforgettable melodies and vocal stress. Produced with fans of ambient house music in mind, “Bring Me Down” is an inspired, well-executed release for those in search of peace of mind during or after a breakup. 

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“['Bring Me Down'] meshes well with playlists like Creamy and Bass Arcade,” said Alter. “This song is perfect for fans of artists like Illenium, DROELOE, Devault, and Elohim.”

With KDrew’s hit single “Bullseye” approaching nearly 23 million streams, "Closer" following close behind, and Alter.’s “Dancing with the Devil" breaking 1 million, it will be no surprise when the single makes its way across Spotify and Apple Music’s top global dance playlists. 

Stream or download "Bring Me Down," out now Lowly.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

BLESSUS debut New Single and Video for “ELEPHANT”

Who is BLESSUS? Shoot, they’d rather you figure it out. In fact, the media has been going crazy trying to guess. BLESSUS is the anonymous project from two of dance music’s most well-respected producers, hoping to unveil a total departure from their original sound and style.

Their goal? “Create music that speaks for itself without prejudice or expectations.”

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Now, they unleash their debut single titled “ELEPHANT,” with a corresponding visual to match. The cinematic video pairs nicely with the pulsing track, featuring strange and terrifying characters surrounding a cult-like symbology.

To push the new record, BLESSUS “disciples" have been popping up in cities all across the States. As BLESSUS get bigger, they suggest you sleep with one eye open.

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