Tropical house powerhouse Matoma steps into the big leagues with his most recent collaboration “Try Me”, which features vocals from Jason Derulo and Jennifer Lopez. Is this the tipping point that will launch Tropical House into the mainstream?
There’s no denying that the music industry, especially in this era, is one of the hardest industries in the world to break into as a young professional. Countless industry hopefuls spend year after year on the grind, working hard, without seeing any real, tangible results until much further down the road. Whether you’re an aspiring manager, agent, or artist, there is an extremely real, inherent risk of chasing your dreams in the music industry, especially in the early years.
Take Insomniac CEO, Pasquale Rotella, for example. Rotella heads one of electronic music’s largest event production companies in Insomniac, and the LA-based company has since expanded into nearly every aspect of dance music, including starting its own record label, Insomniac Records, and its own blog, Insomniac.com. Over the course of a year, Insomniac throws over twenty events, including their flagship festival, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, and all of its satellite events, including EDC New York, EDC Orlando, and more, as well as smaller events like Nocturnal Wonderland, America’s longest-running dance music festival, and club events in Los Angeles at nightclubs like Exchange LA and Create.
While Rotella is a major power player in dance music now, that wasn’t always the case. For many of his formative years, Rotella began as a small-time event promoter, organizing and throwing his own underground raves in Los Angeles. The very first Insomniac event took place in 1993, and only had 300 attendees, whereas Insomniac pulls over 1 million festival-goers a year now. Like most industry hopefuls, Rotella spent his early years in rent controlled apartments living off of Top Ramen, but through hard work and perseverance, Rotella was able to become a figurehead for electronic music in America.
To truly understand the impact that Rotella has had on the music industry, it’s important to not only look at the growth of their festivals, but also in their ancillary events, like EDMbiz. In a time where there are more people aspiring to work in the music industry than ever, Rotella has created a conference that brings together the entire dance music ecosystem, including executives, artists, managers, agents, and industry hopefuls – a tremendous opportunity to jump start your music industry career that the Insomniac founder never had.
Coming into its fourth year, EDMbiz has brought together countless industry heavyweights with artists and fans alike to open up a dialogue about the positive impacts that dance music can have on the world. The conference pulls together the industry’s brightest minds for four nights and three days of panel discussions, keynote presentations, and networking opportunities, and not only brings together industry executives and their peers, but also provides aspiring industry hopefuls a channel to meet and network with the biggest power players in music. Past speakers at EDMbiz have featured Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki of Above & Beyond speaking with Jason Bentley, James Grant, CEO of Anjunabeats, and Matt Rodriguez of AM Only about balancing their success as artists with running a successful record label.
While the speakers and keynote presentations provide valuable insight in the minds of the industry’s most connected and most knowledgeable players, the true value of EDMbiz lies in the networking opportunities at the conference. There are few, if any, places in the world where all of dance music’s major players gather over the course of a week, both at the conference, and at the nightclub events after the conference. The conference isn’t split up by segment, rather, everyone sits together, eats together, and talks together, whether you’re a superstar artist, big shot manager, or major label head.
With dance music growing in popularity year after year, and more and more young professionals hoping to break in, EDMbiz offers a unique opportunity to jump start a career in the music industry and get your name out there. Badges to EDMbiz 2015 are still available, and you can get yours here.
TomorrowWorld Releases Phase 1 Lineup, Adding Tiesto + Steve Angello, Single Day Tickets Now On Sale
United States’ premier dance music festival, TomorrowWorld, announces the Phase 1 Headliner lineup including the additions of Tiesto and Steve Angello. Additionally, single day tickets are now on sale. More Headliners and artists will be announced soon.
Just a few months out from its September 25th opening, TomorrowWorld is gearing up for its massive third edition that’s set to transform Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia into an other-worldly experience unlike any other. Attendees should be prepared to step into the fairytale and immerse themselves in the mythical festival grounds, seven stages of madness, and hundreds of the world’s best artists.
You can find more information and get your tickets to TomorrowWorld here.
Australian producer UV boi teams up with Fionn Richards (Vocals) and Brasstracks (on co-production + live horns) for a new original collaboration called “LUV” and it is sounding great. UV boi’s very new age, internet influenced production style comes together with Brasstracks’ soulful, authentic acoustic sound to create something truly beautiful for Richards blissful voice to elegantly glide over. “LUV” proves why UV boi continues to gain support heavy hitters such as Kaytranada, Cashmere Cat, Lido – he has a distinctive sound that is super innovative. Listen to UV boi latest below now!
Fresh off the release of “Beyond the Surface,” featuring Aloma Steele, the infinitely-talented producer, Varien, is back with the last single, “Aether & Light,” before the release of his debut album on Monstercat. Varien has always valued complexity and depth in his music, as his sound doesn’t fall within traditional genre boundaries.
On “Aether & Light,” Varien delivers a stunning glitch-hop track with its roots in the fundamental belief of creation. In his own words about the track, Varien said, “‘Aether and Light’ was based on the idea of creation, and a deity-like figure creating a universe, and what that may sound like. Hence the drop is very heavy and pounding, like a blacksmith using his hammer.”
Stream “Aether & Light” below and get your own copy on iTunes here.
I first heard about Kasum a while back with his 90s remixes of Sum 41, Blink 182, and more. His creativity to find a balance between the pop nature of the songs and a big room instrumental really struck me, and he’s done it again with his remix of Flo-Rida’s single “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” with Robin Thicke & Verdine White. Its almost like he put a supercharger onto the original and reworked the instrumental to give Flo-Rida the kick he needed. This one is sure going to be turning up clubs left and right, so bump it below!
Hunter Siegel drops off a dirty new deep electro single, recruiting the lovely Delaney Jane for vocals on the relentless future banger. The track is being released on the recently revived Thrive Records, but for now it’s a free download so get it while it’s hot.
With producers like ZHU reaching unprecedented levels of success in just a few short months, it seems as if anonymity is the newest trend to hit dance music producers. Within the last few months, mysterious producers like HI-LO and marshmello made their debuts, and others, like ATTLAS, finally unveiled their true identities. One of the latest talents to remain anonymous is LVNDSCAPE, a big player in the growing melodic deep house movement who exploded onto the scene with his jaw-dropping bootleg of Rudimental and Ed Sheeran’s track, “Bloodstream.”
His latest output is a breathtaking re-imagination of Redondo and Bolier’s track, “Every Single Piece,” featuring vocals from She Keeps Bees. The captivating vocals float through the nimble xylophone melodies, fluttering arpeggios, and subtle bass line, giving the track a happy-go-lucky character. Check out the remix below!
With more and more producers trying their hand at future house, many of these producers have had to think outside the box to create something unique and truly their own. This forced experimentation has led to the creation of more subgenres in dance music, with “bass house” being one of the more popular sounds, championed by the likes of Ghastly and Jauz. The genre’s newest contender for the throne is the newcomer, HI-LO, who has chosen to remain anonymous, in the mold of ZHU, his music speak for itself.
His one and only original, “Crank It Up,” has already received support from a number of dance music tastemakers like Green Velvet, Diplo, DJ Snake, and Knife Party, and this mysterious producer’s talent is evident. HI-LO layers together snarling synth stabs, massive bass wobbles, and twisting effects that give this track a larger-than-life personality. “Crank It Up” is slated to be released on June 25th via Mad Decent, but check out the tune below!
With the second rendition of Mysteryland USA around the corner, there’s a lot to think about and a lot to plan. Over the course of two days, the festival will be home to over 100 artists, including headliners like Dillon Francis, Kygo, and Diplo, as well as up-and-coming acts like Sweater Beats, Anna Lune, and Giraffage, spread across six stages. With such an extensive lineup, schedule conflicts are sure to occur, and if you’ve been to a multi-day festival like Mysteryland, then you know that they are an unnecessary source of anxiety as you try and plan out who you’re going to see.
In a new series leading up to Mysteryland, we’ve decided to shine a spotlight on an artist from each stage that we consider a “must-see.” Whether it be because of a brand new album on the way, the introduction of a new live show, or just a great DJ set, these artists know how to bring it while they are on stage.
The fourth episode of our Artist Spotlight series is on dirtybird’s very own Kill Frenzy, who will be playing at the Zeitgeist stage on Saturday.