12 items from 2016
Over the past weekend (or Halloweekend, as many horror fans lovingly refer to as that final Friday through Sunday of October), over 110,000 fans descended upon the Nos Events Center in San Bernardino to celebrate the electronic music scene and everything we love about Halloween.
During the festival, Escape’s stages hosted over 60 live acts performing for thousands of attendees on four stages, including the likes of Kaskade, Benny Benassi, Tiesto, The Chainsmokers, Duke Dumont, Joyride, Tchami, Firebeatz, Yellow Claw, and Claude VonStroke (who opened with a killer mix of John Carpenter’s Halloween theme—the perfect way to celebrate the season).
The entire Nos Events Center grounds were decked out to the nines for Halloween, complete with a circus midway that brought a small-town feeling into the center of the sprawling festival, featuring a tented area where oddities and other entertainers performed throughout both evenings, with Psycho Circus actors posing for pictures with fans. »
- Heather Wixson
Residents of southern California, get pumped! Insomniac presents its annual Halloween festival and its centerpiece is Escape: Psycho Circus! This two-night event kicks off in San Bernardino on October 28th. Also: American Murder Song's extended tour dates, The ID autograph signing at Dark Delicacies, She Rises and Hidden in the Woods news, and a new trailer for Beyond the Walls.
Two-Night Escape: Psycho Circus Event Details: "Insomniac’s annual Halloween festival in Southern California, Escape: Psycho Circus is an over-the-top two-night nightmarish circus featuring some of the biggest DJs in the world – The Chainsmokers, Benny Benassi, Duke Dumont, Kaskade, Martin Solveig, Tiesto and so many more will join together for two nights of wicked fun at the Nos Events Center in San Bernardino October 28-29 this year.
Last year’s festival drew 90,000 attendees for an unforgettable psycho weekend, taking guests on a haunting musical journey and this year is likely to, »
- Tamika Jones
Gavin DeGraw gets romantic in the music video for his newest single, “She Sets The City On Fire,” which is off his upcoming record, Something Worth Saving. The album will be DeGraw’s sixth overall and is set for release on September 9th through RCA Records.
Daniel Cz took directing duties for the video clip, which shows the growth of the relationship between DeGraw and his love interest, played by supermodel Jessica Vargas, over the years. Cz has directed notable videos in the past, including G-Eazy’s “Drifting” and Benny Benassi’s “Paradise.”
Something Worth Saving is shaping up to be yet another quality release from DeGraw considering we’ve already been introduced to another song from the record, “Making Love With The Radio On.” DeGraw will be promoting the album during a number of future television appearances, such as Good Morning America on September 5th and The Late Late Show With James Corden »
- Joe DeAndrea
Imagine Music Festival is Atlanta, Georgia’s premiere electronic music event, and has become a staple of the East Coast’s festival season. The aquatic themed festival runs for three days in August each year and is always guaranteed to feature a stacked lineup full of the biggest and best in dance music.
Imf 2016 is no exception, and this year’s roster is filled to the brim with plenty of notable talent, including Benny Benassi, Nero, Borgore, Dillon Francis, Steve Angello, Excision, and Zeds Dead, just to name a few.
If you aren’t making it out to Atlanta for the final weekend of August to enjoy Imagine Music Festival in person, you’re in luck. A number of the best sets from the three day festival will be aired via livestream, meaning you can still enjoy the music from the comfort of your own home. »
- Connor Jones
Skrillex dropped the twelfth episode of his bi-weekly Owsla radio show this week, delivering an epic two hour mix brimming with expertly selected dance music. The new mix was put together for a party for clothing line Pink Dolphin, and features 91 tracks packed into a cohesive listening experience.
The new Owsla mix plays like a who’s who of dance music, featuring an eclectic blend of artists and styles. The Chainsmokers, Mija, Autoerotique, Getter and more appear throughout, while a number of Skrillex remixes grace the tracklist as well.
The produced debuted his Owsla radio show back in January, using it as a platform to expand on his Skrillex Selects SoundCloud series that saw the famed DJ curating his favorite songs of the moment. You can check out the staggering tracklist for latest episode below, and as always, feel free to leave a comment letting us know what you think. »
- Connor Jones
Dance music icon Benny Benassi has announced his first studio album in five years. Titled Danceaholic, Benassi’s new record is set to be released later this month, packed with sixteen tracks and a number of high profile collaborations.
Danceaholic weighs heavy with featured artists, with the likes of Chris Brown, David Zowie, Serj Tankian of System of a Down and more all gracing the effort. A new edit of “Dance The Pain Away” with John Legend is slated to make the cut on Danceaholic as well.
To promote the upcoming album, Benny Benassi has released a trailer which features a man in a self-help group who admits that he is a proud “danceaholic.”
Danceaholic will be released July 15 on Ultra Music, and you can check out the tracklist below to see what’s in store.
01 Benny Benassi & Chris Brown – Paradise
02 Benny Bennasi – Danceholic
03 Benny Benassi feat. Richard Judge »
- Connor Jones
It’s safe to say that last year marked a major turning point in Vassy’s career. The Australian vocalist (whose real name is Vasiliki Karagiorgos) became a household name in the Edm community thanks to her contributions to “Secrets,” which catapulted her and DJ/producer Kshmr into mainstream awareness due in no small part to Tiësto’s celebrity.
By the looks of things, however, Vassy isn’t content to let one track alone define her career. In addition to another Tiësto collaboration, she also recently released a song with Benny Benassi and has some very exciting things coming up that are part of her solo career.
We caught up with Vassy during Miami Music Week to discuss her upcoming endeavors in further detail. She even shared some insight into what factors might have led Australia to become the electronic music superpower that it is today.
Check out what she had to say below, »
- John Cameron
Atlanta, Georgia music fans have cause for celebration today. Imagine Festival mistakenly announced the phase 1 lineup for its 2016 edition an hour early, and after screenshots made their rounds on social media, the event’s organizers went ahead and committed to the announcement.
Benny Benassi, Borgore, Dillon Francis and Excision make up the highest rung of entertainers on the three-day event’s roster, and bass music seems to take the spotlight for this year’s edition, as names like Gramatik, Zeds Dead, Beats Antique and 12th Planet seem to occupy a sizeable distribution of the lineup every step of the way down.
Imagine Festival takes place from August 26th – 28th, meaning that its organizers still have four more months to release additional lineup details to the public. Until then, check out the phase 1 lineup announcement below – and make a trip down to the comments section to let us know if you plan to attend. »
- John Cameron
It’s hard to find anything positive to say about Benny Benassi‘s new Chris Brown collaboration, “Paradise.” Even if you ignore that it’s a prime example of electronic music culture being appropriated for mainstream audiences, its style is dated by a number of years that makes it far from relevant even by those standards.
Don’t get me wrong – there was a window of time when collaborations between artists like David Guetta and American top 40 hip-hop and R&B artists helped to introduce U.S. audiences to electronic music. However, that window opened with Akon’s “Sexy Bitch” and closed with Rihanna’s “We Found Love.”
As talented of as performer as he is, nobody should be tricked into thinking that Chris Brown was intimately involved in the creative process behind “Paradise.” That’s just not how pop music works. As such, the responsibility to come up with »
- John Cameron
Well, DiskoLab has done it again. For the past five years during Miami Music Week, the company has put on the No Sugar Added beach festival at Nikki Beach. Returning for their sixth outing next month, they’ve just revealed the full lineup and once again it provides a nice alternative to what the main event, Ultra Music Festival, is offering.
As is usually the case, the list of artists here is mostly made up of those who aren’t playing at Ultra – and if you ask us, it’s a pretty impressive group of talent. On the Friday, No Sugar Added boasts Arty, Audien, Cash Cash, Adventure Club, What So Not, Dyro and Makj, among others.
Taking place on March 18th-19th, »
- Matt Joseph
Following hot on the heels of Wynn Las Vegas, another one of Sin City’s top hotels has announced their residency lineup for 2016. This time, it’s Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub that’s being thrust into the spotlight, as the company’s Instagram account dropped a video earlier today outlining the artists that we can expect to see at the venue over the course of the next year.
Along with returning talent like Cash Cash, Porter Robinson and Cedric Gervais, Marquee has welcomed several new additions into the family, such as Kygo and Thomas Jack, who will be making their Vegas residency debuts, Eric Prydz (who’s switching over from Life), Timmy Trumpet and many more.
The full Marquee residency roster for 2016 is as follows:
- Matt Joseph
With roughly 20 years of experience under his belt, Italian producer Benny Benassi is truly a pioneer in the Edm industry. With his trademark house/electro sound selling millions of records worldwide, he’s one of the few artists in the field who you could appropriately apply the term “legend” to.
While it was really his song “Satisfaction” that catapulted him to worldwide fame, Benassi has continued to impress throughout his accomplished career, releasing multiple, acclaimed artist albums and headlining some of the biggest festivals in the world. Of course, he’s also got a Grammy Award under his belt as well as several high profile collaborations with mainstream artists like Chris Brown and John Legend, proving that he truly is one Edm’s greats.
Recently, the producer dropped his hot new single “Even If,” and to promote it, he’s been hitting the road to play a couple big shows. »
- Matt Joseph
12 items from 2016
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