• Noel Gallagher
    Who better than Avicii to stand as a man of the people – the people of the dance community specifically – and fire back at intolerance and severe misunderstandings held by some of music’s veterans? Earlier today, Mr. Bergling took to his Instagram to respond to some recent commentary from Noel Gallagher, most known for his role as the lead guitarist and co-lead vocalist of Oasis. Gallagher insinuated that folks like Avicii – “The dude in the hat” – sit behind fake decks and simply “pressing play” is leading the youth of today towards a “bleak future.”

    Gallaghers’ comments essentially assert the current state of the music industry (the music itself, the fall of record stores, the rise of streaming) isn’t real, commendable, or something to take pride in. That we don’t wake up being proud of our producers, that it’s all for not. He even goes as far to insult acts in his realm of music, the Arctic Monkeys, calling them “too cool for school.” Perhaps this is just an old guard who can’t keep with the times, but this sort of behavior doesn’t foster the love of music for everyone. Elitism isn’t welcome, and Avicii has made it very clear in his calm and professional statement below. You can check the full Instagram post below the break (as well as a Deadmau5 response to Gallagher), as well as the Gallagher Interview (start at 7:21).

    “Sounds like youre playing the wrong festival if youre at the same time dissing its entire audiences music taste you silly sausage! :O. (PS: Guess what: There are still good bands, still making great music that changes peoples lives, – what is really “sad” is hearing a old time musician like yourself confessing so bluntly and openly to not having an open mind to new music by dissing shit u havnt even heard , I really didnt think someone whose whole image is being witty would turn all stereotype ‘bitter ol timer rocker’ like that lol. I Wish you nothing but the best and hope you one day will broaden your music taste and keep developing urself as an artist and musicians.

    I would actually love to preview you my album song by song and hear your honest feedback but I dare you to say the same thing afterwards // ‘Dude in a hat’ “

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    Music is very unstable entity. Trends come and go like the seasons, but the ones that can adapt and change are the ones the see their lifespans multiply. Dance music is a very big umbrella with many sub-genres evolving into sizes that could live on for years in the commercial mainstream.

    Right now, the dance music landscape is growing at an exponential rate and not only do artists and record labels have to adapt, but with the increase in live events and festivals, they need to adapt at the same rate. Festival lineups have diversified since big room house exploded the EDM movement in America, and Tomorrowland stood as one of the world’s most desired events. When it moved over to America with TomorrowWorld, the Atlanta-based festival spiked in popularity much faster than any other festival because of its international stature due to its mother festival.

    Although it had a helping hand, TomorrowWorld must still represent the tastes of the American market to survive just like any other festival. Its meteoric rise in popularity and current stature amongst the top tier of festivals like Ultra and Lollapalooza was not due to luck. It was because TomorrowWorld mirrors the evolution of dance music and continually adapts to trends.

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    Hayden James – Something About You (ODESZA Remix)

    ODESZA and Hayden James are no strangers to each other. The two artists spent a hefty amount of time together when the Seattle duo took the young Australian with them on their In Return Tour last fall. It was around this time that James also released his smooth remix of ODESZA’s hit “Say My Name”. Now, nearly a year later, the duo has returned the favor by putting their own spin on James’s single “Something About You”.

    ODESZA does what ODESZA does best when they remix tracks, flipping them entirely into something new. The duo raises the pitch of the vocals from the original, giving the illusion that there is another vocalist behind the remix, and switch out the minimal vibes for euphoric and lush melodies. With all this together, the guys successfully create another signature feel-good ODESZA track for the books. ODESZA’s remix of “Something About You” will be released as part of the remix package for the song, so until then, enjoy the stream below.

  • A few years ago, three to be exact, Sam Smith and Disclosure, both relatively unknown at the time, connected to produce the massively successful hit “Latch”, which launched both parties into stardom. Fast forward to 2015 and while still floating on the success of their respective albums Settle and In the Lonely Hour, they’ve come together again to produce “Omen”, another single featured on Disclosure’s sophomore album Caracal that drops this fall.

    With “Omen” being the second installment of a four part video series featuring the story of a rebel named Mariella as she makes her way through a dystopian society, set two weeks after the first single “Holding On“, Sam Smith showcases his stunning vocals once again atop some sensual Disclosure beats; continuing where they left of with “Latch”. With Ryan Hope directing the series and the first two videos being exquisite, Disclosure’s audience should be far from disappointed on the first offerings from their highly anticipated second album.

  • Cosmopolitan fire
    One of Vegas’ most popular hotels, The Cosmopolitan, was engulfed in flames on the 14th floor near their Bamboo Pool on the West End tower (the Marquee Dayclub Pool is safe). All the residents at the West End tower were evacuated in a timely manner. It’s been found that the fire was started by the pool’s cabanas and artificial plants due to over 100 degree weather. It then spread throughout the decorative palm trees and even to the canopy covering area. It took over 30 minutes to take out the fire and there were only 2 recorded hospitalizations for smoke inhalation (no burn victims). The Cosmopolitan closed parts of the hotel indefinitely until further notice and the situation has been stabilized.

    FOX5 Vegas – KVVU

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  • Watermät & MOGUAI – Portland (Original Mix)

    Watermät is an artist who needs more recognition. The French artist has been responsible for some of the most viral house cuts over the past year – “Bullit,” “Frequency” – and he continually set the bar higher. Team him up with MOGUAI who has collaborated Benny Benassi, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and more, we couldn’t anticipate the colossal piece of music they would produce.

    Originally surfacing on Spinnin’ Records as an ID, “Portland” turns out to be the product of the dynamic duo hitting the studio together, and it may be the hit of late summer. When you can’t place a finger on the genre of a track, you know it’s something special. Watermät and MOGUAI do just this and produce an anthemic original that has remnants of deep house, Balearic house, big room, and maybe even future house. Whatever it is, it’s a creative example of what these two rising names are capable of. “Portland” will be officially released on August 14th via Spinnin’ Records.

  • Dirtybird Campout

    When Dirtybird boss Claude VonStroke announced earlier this year that the label would be adding a new multi-day festival style, “Dirtybird Campout,” to its already-strong roster of 2015 live events, we promised you “one hell of a time,” even though we had no details at all. We just knew it would be amazing. Now the lineup has been released and, as much as we hate to tell you we told you so, well…we told you so.

    Not only is the lineup totally stacked–featuring the usual battery of Dirtybird stars (Justin Martin, J.Phlip, VonStroke, Christian Martin, etc) as well as non-family tastemakers like Hot Creations founder Lee Foss and D.C. duo Benoit & Sergio–but the event also promises “3 days of campfire tales, lakeside s’mores, late night dance-offs, and all the fun and games you expect from the greatest summer camp there ever was.”

    If that wasn’t enough, iconic artist collective The Do LaB will be bringing their Coachella magic to the Campout. Do LaB founder Jesse Flemming released a statement earlier this week expressing his excitement about the partnership.

    Head on over to Dirtybird’s official Campout site for more details, and start making plans for a trek to Oak Canyon Park, like right now. Tickets are on sale here.

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  • World Record audience of 3.5million at concert in Moscow.

    This week has already been quite good for trance music lovers, but it’s about to get even better. Armin van Buuren has been working on new music for his upcoming fall album and while some of his newer tracks don’t always please the trance purists, he always manages to put out tracks for them as well. For Armin’s latest pure trance effort he had to look towards a producer who makes crowds of 100,000 seem tiny. Jean Michel-Jarre is a French producer who not be a known quantity to dance music’s newer fans but he is already a legend. He holds the world record for the largest-ever audience at an outdoor event (3.5 million!), and his musical events have been world spectacles themselves. He is known for huge fireworks displays and projecting insane visuals onto buildings.

    The reason you may have heard this name recently is because Jean-Michel has been working on his own new album. Over the past few months you might have heard his his name in collaboration with names like M83, Steve Angello, 16 Bit LolitasTangerine Dream, and Above & Beyond. Now Armin van Buuren and Jean Michel-Jarre have created a track called ‘Stardust’, which will be premiered at Tomorrowland. From the buzz currently surrounding the track online, it has the potential to be the trance track of the year. There will also be several versions of the track, including a festival/club mix which Armin will be debuting at the incredible Castle stage this weekend. Check out the the entire story behind the collaboration below and look out for this one over the weekend.


    Watch Armin van Buuren debut his collaboration with Jean-Michel Jarre at Tomorrowland below.

    Armin van Buuren and Jean-Michel Jarre just debuted their brand new track “Stardust” LIVE at Tomorrowland. www.tomorrowland.com

    Posted by Tomorrowland on Saturday, July 25, 2015

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    VÉRITÉ – Wasteland (Gabe Almeda Remix)

    New talent is always a great thing. It’s what keep music progressing forward, keeps the listeners engaged, and pushes other artists to set the boundaries beyond what people think is possible. Gabe Almeda, a new name out of Philly, takes the plunge into the realm of progressive house and sees his biggest release yet with a re-imagination of VÉRITÉ’s “Wasteland.”

    Before this remix, Gabe Almeda has been honing in on his craft and started releasing his first originals on both Spotted and Belushi Records. Now taking on a budding vocalist like VÉRITÉ, Gabe Almeda has the perfect starting point to let his talent take flight and really show people his talent. Boosting her voluptuous vocals into the stratosphere with an intense synth engine, the Philly-based rookie masters the use of simple melodies over complex arrangements. This is a remix that is truly impressive for such a young artist and it will be exciting to see what’s next for Gabe Almeda.

    VÉRITÉ – Wasteland (Gabe Almeda Remix) | Download

  • invincible

    These last few months have been anything but quiet for up and coming artist Marshmello. After a scorching Diplo & Friends mix and a slew of impressive remixes, the still unidentified producer is on to his next project. With upcoming plans to release his instrumental track “INvinCibLe”, the white mystery is offering fans a chance to feature their vocals on it.

    The Future Bass instrumental features a simple yet punchy synth layered over a snapping beat to keep a steady pace. Its basic song structure is an open canvas to fans, inviting creativity and originality with their vocals. Marshmello made stems (individual sections of a track) available and left his fans with this encouraging message:

    “We’ve been sitting on this track Invincible for a while now and haven’t been able to find the perfect vocal to finish it with. So I figured what better way then to give the #mellogang a chance to take a shot at it and let the rest of the mellogang vote for what they think works the best. I’ve uploaded the track here; download it, record something on it and upload it back here as well as send your demo to joytimerecords@gmail.com . I’ll be listening to everything :).

    The winner will be featured on the track and some more hidden surprises. Good luck and have fun!”

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