I have never done this before, but today I’m going to reveal my best kept secret of the nu-disco/indie dance space. A DJ named HENDO is a surf-loving, photographing vibe master who sporadically pumps out mixtapes of the best indie, indie dance, nu-disco, soul house, tropical house, and everything in between. He is a curating genius and his latest mixtape I just had to share called “Life On The Road | A Mixtape For Drifters.” Its perfect for the beach, hanging out at home, or even a pregame before a party because its only good vibes in this one. Check it below and you’re welcome.
There’s no denying that within the last five years, dance music has made a surge into the forefront of the public’s eye, as it has slowly overtaken other genres of music like hip-hop and rock to become the pop music of this generation. Festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival went from a 5,000 person rave held in Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium to a massive festival in Las Vegas welcoming over 350,000 festival-goers over the course of three days. The dawn of the electronic era has also shifted the public perception of DJs and producers – they no longer operate in the background, setting the foundation for the success of many pop stars, rather, they thrive in the forefront, playing sets in front of hundreds of thousands of screaming fans.
With so much public focus and media attention on electronic music, a scene that has thrived in the underground for so long is now thrust into the spotlight. While many media outlets report on the drug culture of dance music, many fail to shine a spotlight on all of the good that dance music brings – its welcoming culture, emotion-filled music, and tight-knit community.
For the first time in its history, electronic music is growing and evolving hand-in-hand with pop music, impacting not only the underground scene, but also influencing the social and cultural issues that are being dealt with around the world. EDM DJs and producers are no longer hiding in the shadows, rather they are considered pop stars and role models, and it’s important to open up a dialogue that positively impacts our society – and that’s what EDMbiz does.
Recently, Catz n Dogz have been stirring up the underground dance scene ever since they announced their forthcoming album, Basic Color Theory, that’s due out this summer. Today, they’ve unveiled yet another tune off of the anticipated release, and it happens to be a collaboration with none other than the famed Green Velvet. On “Keep On,” the trio of masterful producers put their minds together for a bouncy, stripped down groove accented by pitched down vocals and repetitive synth elements. Keep an eye out for this one coming soon!
Herobust’s new single “Skurt Reynolds” is a huge new hip-hop injected trap anthem. The combination of squawking synthesizers, grimey bass, and trapped out drums pair up alongside the self-made vocal samples (herobust’s voice being pitch-shifted) to create a banger of a tune. Pick up your free copy of “Skurt Reynolds” by Herobust after streaming it below, enjoy!
Mysteryland USA is beginning to sum up to one of the most anticipated festivals of the year. Breaking ground on Memorial Day weekend for its second year, the Culture & Arts festival is set to bring some of the biggest names in dance music to play on the site that the legendary ’69 Woodstock took place. Outside of the big-league headliners of Empire of the Sun, Porter Robinson, Diplo, Dillon Francis, and Kygo, this year’s talent below the Main Stage first line is almost as impressive.
In the second article in our Artist Spotlight series, we have a producer who is on an absolute tear since Skrillex took her on to his OWSLA imprint. This week’s Artist Spotlight is Mija and our recommendation to see her set at the Webster Hall Presents Girls + Boys stage on Sunday.
Trivecta has a way to make us feel like we are astronauts floating through galactic wormholes. Usually through means of melodic dubstep creations, the Sunshine State-based producer turns to a new genre, progressive-trance, to really get our adrenaline-pumping. Called “Evaporate,” Trivecta asks his vocal partner in crime Aloma Steele – who he has teamed up with before – to enter into new soundscapes that the two nail directly on the head. Check it out and grab a copy.
Following a summer that saw the Dutch titan complete his debut residency on the world famous island of Ibiza, the Revealed Recordings head honcho and global DJ star Hardwell now returns to his adopted party home of Ushuaïa Ibiza for another season of spectacular summer fiestas. Always keen to push the envelope of his production as well as his events, summer 2015 will see Hardwell launch an all-new event for his exclusive Ibiza show – Hardwell’s Carnival!
Embodying the sound of a modern generation of dance-lovers, rave-worshippers and electronic enthusiasts, Hardwell announces his return to Ushuaïa Ibiza every Tuesday, for 12 epic weeks of Hardwell’s Carnival. Picking up from last years hand-picked roster of talent which spanned a range of fresh, upcoming artists mixed with a selected group of heavyweight star DJs, Hardwell and his team have been busy working on choosing an impressive array of A-list artists and emerging new talent for this years season on the White Isle, with full line-up details to be announced very soon.
Taking the Carnival concept to a whole other realm, as this exclusive new clubbing experience collides with the festivities of dance, culture, costumes and most importantly, music, expect to hear the peak-time workings of Hardwell and friends soundtracking the moments of the summer season, surrounded by stilt walkers, masquerades and carnage-creators, that are unlike anything else Ibiza will see in 2015.
Hot off scooping 5 IDMA awards this year with accolades including ‘Best Global DJ’ and ‘Best Podcast or Radio Mix Show’ for his globally syndicated ‘Hardwell on Air’ show, Hardwell takes his total of industry-recognized IDMAs received to 11 – a rare and impressive feat for any world-class electronic artist, only signaling his sparkling future ahead. With his debut album ‘United We Are’ shooting up the global charts to claim the #2 position on the iTunes Album Chart worldwide, Hardwell’s next offering is set to follow in similar suit as he readies for the release of his brewing Summer anthem ‘Follow Me’ featuring Jason Derulo.
Since his first trip to the island of Ibiza in 2010, Hardwell’s career has swelled to arena-dominating status with his latest colossal offering being the launch party of his ‘United We Are’ album, as well as his world tour kick-off, which took place at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome with 2 sold-out events to rapturous applause on both nights! During the weekend’s launch event Hardwell beamed his sound global once again as hundreds of thousands tuned into the livestream across all four corners of the globe to watch one of the most in-demand artists of a generation deliver a show of truly memorable proportions and the Summer season madness in Playa d’en Bossa is next in line…
LA-based DJ / producer, JayKode, has effectively positioned himself as one of dance music’s brightest rising stars. His rapid growth as an artist has developed organically, letting the music do all the talking. Combining elements of trap, hip hop, and future bass, JayKode’s inimitable sound distinguishes himself from any preconceived genre-limitations. His latest single,“Whoop!”, is a boisterous auditory experience. Catch this free download today via Buygore Records.
“Whoop!” instantaneously demands the listener’s full attention with an explosion of clapping that revs into a bass filled frenzy. The track samples hip hop vocal chops from Pitbull’s “Bojangles”, including the notorious “bring it bring it back” sample typically associated with the original. The throwbacks continue as JayKode slides in the Rich Boy anthem, “Throw Some D’s”, which further evokes fond memories of these certified hood classics.
So I first heard of Throttle while listening to Avicii’s Ultra 2015 set with the tracklist nearby and I had to see what this kid was all about after hearing his “You Make Me” remix. He has everted back to an old school disco sound with a modern flair that is too catchy to keep away from. Taking on Kyo-collaborator, Conrad Sewell, Throttle lays down a slick disco guitar melody, accenting horns, and a wobbling bassline that make this remix a crossbreed of disco house and pop. Check it out.
“Roses” by OutKast is a timeless classic for our generation of music listeners, so to say I was hyped when I heard the new remix by PLS&TY would be an understatement. The up and coming producer turns up the intensity on his remix by bringing together swelling synthesizers, a huge drum section and bass line layer, and some sultry keys to top it off. Of course all of this is just the back bone for the untouched vocals from the original that perfectly float on top of the new, heater of a beat, produced by PLS&TY. Stream and download the new “Roses” remix below, it’s the perfect way to start your weekend!