Not long after his breakout single, ‘Let It Be’, JAHKOY is back with more genre blurring beauty for you to enjoy this summer, in the form of ‘Still in Love’. This single is a carefully arranged mixture of R&B and classic house, a fusion that further lays the groundwork for his signature “bipolar sound” style. There are hints of the 80s with a plucky retro bassline that stands behind some ethereal synth work up front, and it all fits seamlessly with his creamy vocals, making for an audible aphrodisiac of a track. With ‘Still in love’, the Toronto-born, LA based singer, songwriter, producer continues to assert his place as one of the top artists to watch for 2015. Who knows, by years end we could see this blossoming artist break into the ranks of the likes of the Weeknd and Kaytranada. You can now purchase “Still In Love” on iTunes.
The 4th annual EDMbiz Conference & Expo will be taking place June 16th – 18th in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. The conference is not only a gathering of the industry’s most influential executives and artists, but also offers a chance for the entire dance music ecosystem, including artists, executives, and fans, to come together to discuss current happenings and issues facing the industry as a whole. EDMbiz marks the start of EDC Week in Las Vegas, a weeklong party in Sin City hosted by Insomniac, that leads up to its flagship festival, EDC Las Vegas.
The onus of the conference lies in its two days of progressive and insightful panel discussions and keynote sessions, as the industry’s top managers, artists, agents, publishers, and label heads, amongst other respected executives, come together to share their insights on important topics and issues related to the music industry, including technology, music festivals, branding, licensing, social media, and more.
The Insomniac-hosted conference recently released the first wave of panelists and keynote speakers slated to take the stage at this year’s EDMbiz. This year’s conference will feature two unique keynote sessions – James Barton, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation, and Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com and founder of Downtown Project, an initiative geared towards turning Downtown Las Vegas into the world’s largest community-focused city – in addition to a handful of panel discussions.
The 4th run of EDMbiz will feature the return of the iconic Artist Panel, a gathering of emerging and legendary artists who take the stage to discuss their experiences as artists and share industry insights. Last year, the Artist Panel at EDMbiz featured Steve Angello, Carnage, Borgore, Carl Cox, Arty, Destructo, and Posso, in addition to KCRW’s Jason Bentley, who moderated the panel.
The Artist Panel is one of the most unique, and forward-thinking, panels in dance music, as it offers executives and fans a chance to hear the insights of those most involved in the music industry, the artists themselves. SIZE Records head honcho, and former Swedish House Mafia member, Steve Angello took the stage to discuss the importance of developing up-and-coming artists, and how he uses SIZE Records to help bolster the career of emerging artists. The legendary house producer, Carl Cox, discussed his forty-year path to superstardom, his lengthy 35 year career, and the track that started it all for him, while HARD CEO, Destructo, shared his inspirations and the success he’s seen at sea with Holy Ship! Other panelists like Carnage spoke about the importance of support from family and friends, while POSSO touched upon live performances and the early struggles he had to endure as an artist.
This year, the Artist Panel at EDMbiz will feature a group of influential and well-respected artists who have a tremendous amount of experience in the music industry. Jason Bentley will return as the moderator, alongside the Chicago-based duo, Krewella, emerging electro house sensation, 3LAU, and the LA transplant Hook ‘N Sling.
The Artist Panel allows these artists to share their insights and their thoughts, and this group of artists is sure to have insight unlike any others. Jahan and Yasmine Yousef of Krewella have been embroiled in a heated legal battle with their former producer, Kris Trindl, who has spun off from the group and embarked on his own solo career. Justin Blau has been attempting to break through alongside the growth of dance music, and has done a phenomenal job of it. Hook ‘N Sling has more experience in the music industry than Krewella and 3LAU combined, as he’s been nominated for countless ARIA awards and is a multi-platinum producer.
While the Artist Panel is just one of many speaker sessions that will be featured at EDMbiz, it offers one of the most unique perspectives of the music industry, and it’s one you don’t want to miss. Badges to EDMbiz 2015 are still available for purchase here.
On the heels of unveiling its phase I headlining artists last week, TomorrowWorld, the world’s largest 21+ music festival and largest event of any kind in the state of Georgia, has unveiled data around the 2014 event’s economic impact. A truly international affair, last year’s event drew 160,000 passionate music fans from more than 75 countries and all 50 states over the course of three days, with more than 40,000 attendees staying in the onsite camping city, DreamVille.
TomorrowWorld returns with its third edition, The Key To Happiness, this September 25-27 to 8,000 acres of lush farm and woodland in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, just outside Atlanta.
Below is a summary of statistics illustrating Georgia economic growth from TomorrowWorld 2014:
This equals a 9% increase in Atlanta economic activity from TomorrowWorld 2014 vs. 2013. This is largely due to the increase in the number of participants, but also because per-participant spending increased 56% from 2013 to 2014.
“We are passionate about bringing beauty, positivity and unforgettable experiences to TomorrowWorld’s visitors each year,” said Jamie Reilly, project director of TomorrowWorld. “These numbers are a humbling reminder that our work has a significant impact to our local community and home.”
Originating from the legendary Tomorrowland festival, TomorrowWorld debuted in 2013, generating $85M in revenue for the state of Georgia in its inaugural year and setting a new bar as a truly international music festival on a massive scale in the United States. The magical 3-day music festival and 5-day camping experience combines nearly 300 DJs, mind-blowing décor, animation, A-class camping, eccentric comfort areas and gourmet food amid a breathtaking fantasy world backdrop. TomorrowWorld is currently the nation’s most popular music festival on Facebook with more than 6 million likes.
EDMbiz Conference & Expo, electronic dance music’s premiere industry event addressing the most significant topics and issues specific to the business, unveiled the first phase of speakers and programming today. Keynote speakers include James Barton, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation; and Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com and Founder of Downtown Project. Speakers for the Artist Panel will include dance music duo Krewella, 3LAU and Hook n Sling. KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley returns as host and co-curator of the 4th annual music conference taking place at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Tuesday, June 16 through Thursday, June 18. Additionally, attendees will have access to EDC Week shows that feature headliners Alesso, Afrojack, Avicii, Carl Cox, Duke Dumont, Lil John, Nicky Romero, Showtek, and others.
Up and coming producer duo Gold Dash released a glistening, bouncy new record last week and it’s an awesome introduction to their music. “Wanna Make” is an electronic hybrid of Jersey Club and future infused beats Akon flip of sorts that is built around a vocal sample from the pop star’s 2008 single “Right Now (Na Na Na)” and I can’t stop hitting that play button on this one. Stream and download the new track by Gold Dash below – it’ll be stuck in your head for the next week like it has been inside mine.
OxV is the collaborative project between Oji and Volta. This new “All Time Low” remix is the first time I heard of them but I am now a life long fan because it’s down right amazing. Their official remix of the Jon Bellion single is a massive, uplifting take on the originally melancholy record. A little bummed there is no free download on this one, looks like I’ll continue to stream this one via the link below and you should too! Enjoy;
Pep & Rash return to Spinnin’ Records with their newly claimed single, “Red Roses.” Premiered on MistaJam’s and highly-teased over the past couple of months, Pep & Rash reveal that they are the geniuses behind the track. Beginning with a slow, country build, the duo quickly turm the gears into overdrive and send “Red Roses” into a deep house hurricane full of sporadic plucks and a gritty backing. You can purchase “Red Roses” on Beatport.
EDX’s “Want You” was an absolute spring smash this year with its club-driven backbone. For the first day of summer, June 1st, the international talent keeps his 2015 monumental year barreling forward with the full release of his Sam Feldt remix, “Show Me Love.” Kept at a constant rate throughout and a consistent melodic pattern entrancing listeners, EDX shows off that he is more than just a dance floor guru but an ambassador of tropical house as well. EDX’s ‘Indian Summer’ remix of “Show Me Love” is now out on Spinnin’ Deep and can be bought on Beatport.
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.