Event Report: Insomniac’s Escape: Psycho Circus Festival 2016

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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.
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Horror Highlights: Escape: Psycho Circus, American Murder Song, The ID Autograph Signing, Blanc-Biehn Productions, Beyond The Walls

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,
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Gavin DeGraw Premieres Video For “She Sets The City On Fire”

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
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Watch The Imagine Music Festival Livestream Here

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.
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Skrillex Drops An Epic Two Hour Owsla Mix

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.
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Benny Benassi Announces Upcoming New Album Danceaholic

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
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Exclusive Interview: Vassy Talks “Secrets,” “Even If” And Her Solo Project

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,
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Imagine Festival 2016 Announces Phase 1 Lineup An Hour Early

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.
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Benny Benassi Enlists Chris Brown For Snooze-Worthy “Paradise”

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
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DiskoLab Reveals Full Lineup For No Sugar Added 2016

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.

Saturday, meanwhile, is equally as exciting, with DJs such as Bingo Players, Benny Benassi, Shaun Frank, Lost Kings and Hotel Garuda all spinning sets, to name but a few.

Taking place on March 18th-19th,
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Marquee Las Vegas Announces 2016 Residency Roster

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:

Andrew Rayel Benny Benassi Carnage Cash Cash Cedric Gervais Duke Dumont Eric Prydz Galantis Kygo Loco Dice Porter Robinson Thomas Jack Timmy Trumpet Tritonal DJ Vice
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Contest: Win 2 Tickets To See Benny Benassi In Toronto

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.
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You Can Stream Skrillex’s Full Edc Brasil Set Right Here

It’s reassuring that even after spending a large chunk of 2015 making radio-ready pop music with the likes of Justin Bieber, Skrillex can still throw down a set of bone-rattling bass music when the situation calls for it.

Now that Edc Brasil has wrapped up, a direct recording of his performance at the festival has begun making its rounds on social media, and it’s definitely worth watching. Mixing grating bass wobbles with saccharine melodies and borderline chipmunk-esque vocals in the style that Skrillex is known for, the performance succeeded in energizing the thousands-deep crowd in attendance on the evening he played.

Replete with remixes and edits of tracks from the likes of of Avicii, Fetty Wap and A$AP Ferg as well as a whole host of originals, his set made for a spirited return to the style that made him famous back in 2010-2011.

Considering that artists like Dash Berlin,
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Laidback Luke Announces New Album For November

Laidback Luke has announced that he’ll be releasing a new album on November 6th via his Mixmash Records label.

Titled Focus, the disc will be his first full album since 2002’s Electronic Satisfaction and is set to include 16 tracks, with artists like Benny Benassi, Yellow Claw, Trevor Guthrie and more all slated to feature.

“Focus will contain a combination of various styles, because electronic music is still all the same family to me. Commercial or underground, I love it all!” said the producer in a statement to Billboard.

“What I love about the album is that I can say it’s real,” he added. “It’s not me selling out and it’s not me staying in old habits. It’s me enjoying my producer time and making tracks that I would both love to listen to and dance to.”

The first single from Focus, titled “Let It Go,
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Jack Ü Set To Headline Houston’s Something Wicked

With no shortage of events to choose from, Halloween has steadily become one of the biggest party nights of the year in North America. California is always set with Hard Day of the Dead and Insomniac’s Escape, but now, Houston, Texas is getting treated with Something Wicked.

Featuring Jack Ü and Above & Beyond as the festival’s closing headliners, the two-day festival will also feature The Chainsmokers, Botnek, Benny Benassi, Tchami, and a slew of other world-class talent. The more I look at it, the more I’m in awe of how this festival has low-key assembled such an incredible lineup.

Something Wicked will take place in at Sam Houston Race Park on October 24th and 25th. Check out the full roster below, and don’t forget to grab tickets before this one sells out.
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Benny Benassi And Chris Brown Release Paradise

A legendary pioneer of electronic music, Benny Benassi has consistently pushed the envelope with production, whether it be for the esoteric listener or pop-minded masses. His latest collaboration with Chris Brown certainly caters to a mainstream crowd, but remains true to the quality we’ve come to expect from him.

Featuring a processed recorder, dance focused breakdown, and mindful chord progression, “Paradise” is a clever infusion of the two artists’ respective styles. The resulting atmosphere is sure to be the object of much discussion as the track continues to gain plays, already breaching the 100,000 mark after just one day.

Check out Benny Benassi and Chris Brown’s “Paradise” above and let us know your thoughts on the collaboration in the comments section.
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TomorrowWorld’s Phase II Lineup Is Here And It’s Fire

The strongest newcomer to the North American festival circuit, ID&T and SFX Entertainment joint venture TomorrowWorld celebrates its third edition this fall. And, as always, its organizers are pulling out all the stops to maximize its draw; a phase II lineup for the festival has surfaced which proves that the massive will feature something for everybody.

Aside from all having names that start with B, Bassnectar, Borgore and Bro Safari have in common that they are among the announcement’s bass music representation. Meanwhile, Kaskade, Dvbbs and Benny Benassi will bring some main stage flair to the occasion, and underground acts like Maya Jane Coles and Guy Gerber provide some incentive for old heads to check out the festival as well.

As always, though, there’s a lot more where that came from. TomorrowWorld has yet to announce the remaining artists on its 2015 lineup, but before they do, we
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Soothe Your Edc Las Vegas Fomo By Catching The Live Stream Here

If you didn’t get to make it to Electric Daisy Carnival‘s flagship festival in Las Vegas this year, we know what you’re going through. You probably don’t even want to get out of bed and start your day, food doesn’t even taste good, and life has lost all meaning since you don’t have a massive of such a scale to look forward to anymore. Well we’re not going to tell you that we can put you there – that would be a lie, and not even a remotely believable one – but we can do the next best thing: link you to the live stream.

That’s right, it’s time to get out of the tub and put those razor blades away because starting at 8:30 Pst many of the biggest performances happening at Edc Las Vegas will be available by live stream through Yahoo Live.
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Insomniac Announces Full Schedule Of Events For Edc Week 2015

Edc Las Vegas is returning for its fifth outing this year and along with it, we’re also getting Edc Week, which will take place on June 15-22. Much like Miami Music Week, there will be pool parties, club nights, conferences and expos all week long, which will all serve to compliment the main event, which is, of course, the festival itself.

There really is a ton going on this year and whether you’re in the mood for some sunshine and daytime partying, or prefer to save up your energy for night and head out to world-class clubs like Xs and Hakkasan, the city of Las Vegas will have all your Edm needs covered.

Take a look at the full list of Edc Week events below let us know what you plan on hitting up.

Monday, June 15

Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Borgeous

Tuesday, June
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4th Annual NYC Memorial Day Weekend Dance Festival Electric Daisy Carnival Announces Artist Line-up

Insomniac, the company behind the dance music festival Electric Daisy Carnival (Edc) New York, has announced the exciting line-up of talented artists that will perform at the 4th edition of the festival this Memorial Day Weekend. Edc New York will return to MetLife Stadium for two unforgettable nights on Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th, 2015 featuring over 70 of the top acts in dance music across four breathtaking stages. This year's lineup will bring an amazing soundtrack of music to the festival environment and includes: 12th Planet Afrojack Åme (DJ Set) Andrew Rayel Andy C Armanni Reign Armin van Buuren Art Department Arty Audiotistic Stage Bassnectar Bassrush Experience Benny Benassi Blasterjaxx Brodinski Calvin Harris Calyx & TeeBee Camo & Krooked Carl Cox &...
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