GRiZ and Boogie T have a stacked EP surrounding their new collaboration.
GRiZ may have just come off the release of his sixth studio album, but that didn't stop him and Boogie T from dropping their collaboration. Better yet, the two made an entire EP out of their new offering "Supa Fly" enlisting Rusko, Gentleman's Club, Dirt Monkey x Jantsen, and COM3T for official remixes.
The colorful track combines reggae chord plucks, a signature of GriZ' funky sonic palette with the gritty grinding bass lines of Boogie T. The track is a heavy hitter, with a playful melody that can't help but get stuck in your head.
The setup of the original allowed Rusko to take "Supa Fly" the rest of the way. Putting his classic dubstep spin on the track, adding his unearthly wobble bass front and center. Rusko's sound has been in high demand this year, from the release of his 2019 EP MEGARAD, to teasing multiple collaborations with Ducky, we're loving every minute.
Overall, the EP is very dubstep oriented with remixes from Gentleman's Club, Dirt Monkey x Jantsen, and COM3T rounding things out. For several unrelenting bass-heavy takes on this smashing summer original, the EP's full remix pack is worth a listen.
Check out GRiZ and Boogie T's new original "Supa Fly" and hear the full serving of remixes here, all part of the Supa Fly EP out via Drama Club Recordings.
From Beachside Cabanas and a VIP spa to a full-service concierge and even a waterfall adventure tour, the Envision Festival VIP Experience pulled off what Fyre Festival only promised.
By now, everyone has heard of the massive failure of an event called Fyre Festival. Designed to be the ultimate VIP luxury musical festival experience, ticket prices ranged from $4,000 to over $250,000, with headliners such as Blink 182, Major Lazer and Migos.
Guests, who arrived at the 'privately owned island' prepared to enjoy what was promised to be a weekend of lavish luxury, gourmet catering and a once-in-a-lifetime music experience were shocked to find that the festival was actually a chaotic mess. It failed to deliver on even the most basic living needs, let alone the luxury getaway they were promised.
Fyre Festival attendee describes chaotic experience - YouTube
On the other hand, although Envision Festival in Costa Rica didn't implement a strategy of all-out media hype and an outrageously glamorous (and ultimately misleading) influencer blitz like Fyre Festival, they made many equally bold and exciting promises and managed to deliver on every single one of them. Like Fyre Festival, Envision's VIP Experience offered attendees a once-in-a-lifetime luxury experience in a pristine tropical location. Unlike Fyre Festival, however, Envision Festival delivered everything they promised and more.
Immerse Yourself In Envision Festival 2019 - YouTube
To further illustrate the point, let's take a look at some of the things Fyre Festival promised, and then look at how each event delivered on those expectations. Although we all know the end to this story, it's pretty incredible to see the staggering difference between expectation and reality when comparing the two events.
Expectation 1: Luxurious Beachside Cabanas
Fyre Festival - Offered VIP Accommodations Ranging from $15,000 to $250,000.... only showed attendees 'blueprints' and sketches of the accommodations and ultimately provided soaking wet disaster relief tents instead.
Envision Festival - Offered VIP Cabanas for $10,000 to $20,000... provided luxury accommodations that matched the images available on the website and met or exceeded all of the listed specifications.
Expectation 2: Hanging out with all your friends
Fyre Festival - Locked attendees in an airport, trapped people on an island, and subjected them to an every-man-for-themselves experience likened to The Hunger Games.
Envision Festival - Provided extensive community-building opportunities, not to mention gorgeous beachside get togethers, yoga gatherings, and team activities with all your friends (both new and old).
Expectation 3: Delicious Dining Experience
Fyre Festival - Promised authentic island cuisine with “local seafood, Bahamian-style sushi, and even a pig roast” catered by the massively successful restauranteur, Stephen Starr... delivered cheese and lettuce sandwiches and an abandoned concierge tent.
Envision Festival - Promised family-owned, fairly traded and ethically sourced local food, as well as an array of onsite and offsite dining options... delivered a wide array of organic local produce, an extensive on-site marketplace, as well as a wide variety of offsite local dining options.
Expectation 4: Beautiful Beachside Location
Fyre Festival - Promised a location on Pablo Escobar's private island with "blissful white sand beaches and crystal-clear seas..." Provided an unfinished parking lot "campsite" surrounded by rocks, and covered in disaster relief tents.
Envision Festival - Delivered jaw-dropping sunsets on a stunning tropical beach located directly next to the Costa-Rican rainforest.
Expectation 5: Picturesque Photo-Ops
Fyre Festival - Promised a beautiful private island with unrivaled photo-ops and unforgettable views... delivered a spectacular view of tipped-over Porta-Potties, abandoned shacks, and some scenic trash-strewn beaches.
Fyre Festival - Promised a "truly magical place where the rainforested mountains meet the warm Pacific ocean"... delivered a tropical paradise perfectly perched where the rainforest connects with a pristine tropical beach.
So what is the moral of this story? It's by no means impossible to pull off a truly magical, once-in-a-lifetime music festival experience in a picturesque tropical paradise. The trick? Only promise what you can deliver, plan everything well in advance, pay everyone what they are due, and don't try to put together a massive multi-million dollar event in a few short months.
Envision Festival pulled off what Fyre Festival couldn't even begin to imagine, and they've done it consistently, year after year - and the experience has only gotten better.
Alesso, deadmau5, Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Excision, Gryffin, TOKiMONSTA, Yellow Claw and more.
At the end of last year, Insomniacannounced plans to debut the inaugural edition of EDC Korea. The newest addition to the EDC brand will take place in Seoul, South Korea Saturday, August 31st through Sunday, September 1st.
Headliners will congregate under the electric sky at Seoulland, a theme park that opened in 1988. Over 30 of dance music's finest artists will take the stage amongst 11 carnival rides, lights galore, and the iconic art installations fans have grown to know synonymous with Insomniac productions.
Insomniac Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella released in a statement saying “Right now, there’s an energy around dance music in South Korea that inspires us to bring EDC there." He continued, "We have a great venue, an amazing partner, and most importantly, a community that is embracing dance culture in an exciting way,”
The flagship Electric Daisy Carnival festival takes place every year at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Since it's inception in Los Angeles, the brand has expanded globally to include stops in Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, India, China, and Japan. Those headliners stateside can also rave it up in Orlando, Florida.
The Lucky Owl pre-sale sold out in just one day, but GA and VIP two-day tickets are still available. Purchase them here.
Steve Aoki joined forces with Brazilian superstar Alok on the collaborative single “Do It Again” for Ultra Music/Spinnin' Records.
Two-time Grammy-nominated DJ and Producer Steve Aoki has teamed up with Brazilian superstar Alok to pay tribute to The Chemical Brothers on their brand new single, “Do It Again,” out now with Ultra Music and Spinnin’ Records. The single showcases the collaborators paying homage to The Chemical Brothers’ classic hit of the same name, reviving “Do It Again” as a contemporary anthem that is both infectious and heavy-hitting, a perfect fit for the next generation of ravers and festival-goers.
With booming big room bass and punchy, high-energy percussion, the legendary producers have created a dynamic four-to-the-floor hit, ushering fans of both artists into burgeoning festival season.
Hot on the heels of Aoki and Alok’s performances this spring at Miami Music Week, Tomorrowland Winter and Lollapalooza Brasil, “Do It Again” has spread like wildfire across dance floors worldwide, continuing the powerful legacy of the revered original single.
The new music videos for "Pray" and "Crashing" are out now.
Denver-based DJ/producer Illenium (real name Nick Miller) is here to deliver fans of his latest release, "Pray," some official remixes. He enlisted the help of Blanke, Sam Lamar, and Frequent to deliver fresh takes on the highly acclaimed track.
The original has already garnered a massive five million global streams since it's debut late last month. The soulful ballad was just calling out for some impressive remixes, and these three made sure to deliver.
The Australian producer known as Blanke (the 'e' is silent), seems to keep with the format of the original as the opens. Once we hit the drop it's clear he is going to turn the octane with a different type of energy and power. Breaking down almost three minutes into the song is a mix of quick punches to your face of grime quickly transitioned back into the smooth vocals of Alexander.
Miller joined up with a fellow Denver native to deliver the next official remix. Frequent changed the vibe up right off the bat. The producer creates a much more atmospheric rendition to the track. It's beautifully glitchy, dark, and drawn out.
Sam Lamer, a producer out of Montreal, turns up the bass for his haunting twist on "Pray." The vibrations are electrifying. Three minutes in there is an insane dubstep break that makes you feel like you're in a completely different song. Each remix gives fans a new look into what Alexander's vocals can handle.
Along with the remix drop comes the unveiling of both the "Pray" and "Crashing" music videos. "Crashing" features vocals from Bahari and is a continuation of the "Pray" storyline, though it came out prior to the aforementioned song. Both tracks are beautifully cinematic and the visuals provide the perfect platform to convey their message.
Duo ATLiens and Blanke (real name JP Orchison) have released their collaborative effort, "Contact," via Downright.
"Contact" is just what fans of ATLiens and Orchison should expect. The robotic drums are accompanied by an interstellar synth, leading to a hard-hitting drop when contact is established. ATLiens' usual, extraterrestrial vibe stays intact while Orchison's unique and recognizable sound is scattered throughout.
Although the identities of ATLiens remain a mystery, they've found no trouble garnering a loyal fanbase. They are no strangers to collaborations, as they've released joint efforts with the likes of Bassnectar, Tynan, and Party Thieves. They even managed to throw together their own showcase at Miami Music Week this year.
Orchison's young career has been a prolific one. The Australian born producer has had a successful stream of releases such as his ALT.COLOUR // VOICE IN THE MACHINE EP out on Deadbeats. He's also found major success with his previous collabs, such as "Mixed Signals" with REZZ, "Destiny" with 1788-L, and "Hacker" with Black Tiger Sex Machine.
Zack Martino and Dyson have outdone themselves with this one.
Zack Martino and Dyson (real name Mia Dyson) have teamed up to bring us "MOOD" via Armada Music.
"MOOD" is right in Martino's ballpark. Dyson's sultry vocals build perfectly into Martino's laid-back, feelgood drop. This anthem was built for the club circuit and fans of Martino will be jamming to this all summer long.
"'MOOD' to me is a feeling," Martino said. "It's how your emotions play a huge role in the music you love. I hope whenever you hear 'MOOD,' it brightens up your day and makes you want to dance."
Martino has had no problem establishing himself in a short amount of time. The young New York native's hit singles "Hold On To Me" and "Doomsday" featuring VASSY were nominated for a Grammy Award and he's had the opportunity to whip up some impressive remixes for Armin van Buren, Galantis, and The Chainsmokers.
Anna Lunoe and Wuki (real name Kris Barman) have teamed up once again for "What You Need."
"What You Need" is business as usual for Lunoe and Barman. The catchy track features Lunoe's usual intoxicating vocals layered across a deadly, dance floor-commanding bass line. Fans of either artist will certainly appreciate this one. In Lunoe's own words, this track is "a stripped back, straight banger, everything u need, nothing u don't [sic]. Eat it!"
Anna Lunoe & Wuki - What You Need (Official Visualizer) - YouTube
Lunoe's presence in the dance music scene can't be ignored. She's consistently billed on some of the most premiere festivals in the world, such as Electric Forest, Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, and many more. Her next appearance will be on the second weekend of Coachella.
Barman has become a legend due to his series of edits he aptly named Wukileaks. His singles such as "Bed Squeak" and "Chop It" have also been well received. Fans can catch Barman on tour with Party Favor over the next few weeks.
Released through Never Say Die: Black Label, this 19-year-old's debut EP is not one to miss.
Producer and DJ NAZAAR, known by friends and family as Farhan Zahir, currently resides in El Paso, Texas. His current project was created roughly two years ago, with the name taken from the Urdu word for “evil eye.”
Zahir's extremely unique sound is formulated by combining Arab melodies with intricate rhythms and heavy, gritty bass. Since releasing "Full Speed" in 2017 and "A Dance With Death" in 2018, he's caught the attention of various influential producers including Alison Wonderland, The Chainsmokers, and Excision. In fact, Excision has been giving NAZAAR a lot of publicity on his recent Apex Tour by including his music in his sets.
On April 12th, NAZAAR kept the ball rolling by releasing his debut EP titled The Legacy EP. Featuring a total of five tracks combining dubstep, riddim, and trap, this EP was released via Never Say Die: Black Label. Each track is highlighted with Arab and Pakistani elements which typically make an appearance in the intro. This is especially seen in the track "Whiplash", which already has over twenty-two thousand streams on SoundCloud since its release.
With intense buildups, each track has a massive, energetic drop. Zahir combines essential dubstep grime and bass with occasional lyrics and unexpected sound samples to keep listeners on their toes.
NAZAAR also carries this high energy with him onstage during live sets where his stage presence is off the charts. His performances don't slow down at all, allowing the audience to headbang and show their bass faces for the entirety of his set.
Currently, NAZAAR only has one upcoming set scheduled for May 10th in Austin, Texas. Keep an eye on his official Facebook page for additional dates, but for now, stream The Legacy EP below.
The German trance duo open up about their friendship, recent Grammy nomination and the legacy they wish to leave
The melodic beats and emotionally charged breakdowns of trance music have grown and evolved over the last few decades. From the early days of fist-pumping hard trance to the sentimental chords of uplifting trance, the genre has always offered varied ways to convey its euphoric sounds.
Encircling those etherial beats and embracing each emerging tune is Cosmic Gate. The German duo have embodied the essence of trance music over the last two decades.
Cosmic Gate (real names Claus Terhoeven "Nic Chagall" and Stefan Bossems "Bossi") have always been one step ahead of the ever-changing trance scene. Positioning themselves as a hard trance acts in the late 1990s, the group found a more progressive sound in 2006.
Cosmic Gate perform at the Hollywood Palladium. Photo: ODAGYO Photography
The resurgence of trance music in the early 2010s found Cosmic Gate's sound changing yet again, this time finding a more broody tone to their tracks. Today, both of them find themselves ready to advance their musical form yet again, as they revel in their successful twenty-year career.
The milestone is being celebrated with a new tour titled Forward Ever, Backward Never. the pair have been traveling the world allowing fans young and old to partake in their festivities.
Los Angeles played host to one of their biggest shows on the tour, where the boys performed at the legendary Hollywood Palladium. Their extended three-hour set included guest performances by JES, Eric Lumiere, and Emma Hewitt, who have lent their vocals to some of the duo's biggest tracks.
We had the opportunity to catch up with Cosmic Gate prior to their Hollywood appearance. In the green room of the renowned music hall, Nic and Bossi shared stories of how the two became friends, their greatest achievements, and what they hope their legacy will be.
Cosmic Gate - 20 Years Tour, Palladium, Los Angeles, CA (05.04.19) After Movie - YouTube
EDM.COM: Take us back to when you both first met. Was there ever an expectation that Cosmic Gate would be in your life 20 years later?
COSMIC GATE: No, not at all. We actually met by total chance. We were in the studio with a few friends working on separate projects. There was no intention whatsoever for us to start Cosmic Gate. The track that we eventually started working on was also never planned. In fact, we forgot about the track until it managed to see daylight - and then it blew up.
Since this was never planned, are you happy with where the project has taken you in life?
Very happy. We still enjoy doing this because it’s what we love to do. We don’t feel like we’re going to work. We’re also feeling pretty good in our skin because don’t have to prove anything to anyone.
During a recent interview, the reporter who interviewed us said, "you’re like two boys on the playground just playing around." We want to keep that vibe.
What has been your proudest moment these past two decades?
The Grammy nomination for sure. Other big moments were playing Tomorrowland for the first time and the first time our tracks made it to the top ten charts in England or Germany.
Thank you! Gabriel & Dresden actually asked us to pick any track off their album and remix it. The singles were too obvious of a choice, so we looked at the other songs that had vocals that worked on the dance floor. When we decided on “Only Road” we knew the song had this insanely great vocal but the music itself was very minimal. We knew there was a good opportunity to build upon that vocal.
Did you ever have any expectations that the remix would garner a Grammy nomination?
Zero. Our manager called us and asked us to sit down because she said she had big news. I said to her, “I’ve heard a lot of things in my life; do I really need to sit down for this?” She said, “Yes, yeah sit down. You’re nominated for a Grammy!”
We couldn’t believe it. The fact that we would ever get nominated, it never crosses your mind. There is no warning to this.
One of your biggest hits just so happens to be considered an anthem for trance music. What’s the story behind “Exploration of Space?”
We had no idea it would become as big as it is. The reaction wasn’t the greatest when it was first getting played. In fact, we felt that “Exploration of Space” may not be strong enough, so we had a second track, “Melt to the Ocean,” prepared. Sometimes really great songs need time, and that’s what it needed.
In a previous interview, you had stated that your latest double album, Materia, would be the defining sound of Cosmic Gate. Does that still ring true?
It’s always true for the time it was said. At that moment, the combined years of Cosmic Gate were defined by the tracks that were in Materia. It made sense that Cosmic Gate sounded exactly like it did at that moment.
Right now, as we’re working on another album, we feel like we want to push the boundaries again. It feels like our sound is taking yet another step forward.
How have you guys managed to keep your friendship alive over two decades?
We were actually joking around earlier, saying we started the project twenty years ago but have only been friends for ten.
We became friends through the project. Other DJs work together because they’re friends or they grew up together, but we were not friends when we first started Cosmic Gate. We knew the same people and they pushed us to work together. We developed our friendship alongside working on Cosmic Gate.
You can see your friendship on full display when you’re performing on stage. How do you feed off of each other's energy?
Nic Chagall: Good question, I never really thought about it. I think you have to remember that we’re both different humans and we will not always be on the same page. Sometimes one will be on fire, forcing the other to push a little harder.
Bossi: Sometimes when you’re DJing solo, the pressure builds because you have to come up with something on your own. With us, we can look at each other and say “Hey, I’m a little stuck here. What should I play?”
How do you guys handle disagreements when it comes to music production?
We handle it like a democracy, even if it’s just two people. In the end, the one rule is if one of us doesn’t feel good with a song, or the production of it, we won’t go any further with it.
What do you guys love most about each other?
Nic Chagall: He has a really good heart and he always means well. He can be a dick, but he means well. He’s more organized and I’m more creative and all over the place.
Bossi: I like that, it’s true. It’s a huge compliment. I know he’s always gonna be late, but he’s always gonna be there to have my back.
What kind of legacy do you guys want to leave with Cosmic Gate?
We want our music to touch people. We want people to realize that there are true emotions in music and that it can put a smile on your face. Maybe make you sentimental, maybe make you dream, but the most important thing is that we touched.
Having accomplished so much already over twenty years, is there anything that you haven’t achieved yet that you would like to?
That’s a big question. There’s a lot, really. We’ll email you the answer.