Author: Brian Bonavoglia

Slushii has not only dropped a new tune but “Turn It Up” comes along with the announcement that his next highly-anticipated album will arrive on Monstercat in 2022! Being an album that has been in the works for three years now, his upcoming will see the bass enthusiast his roots with his latest offering being a taste of what’s to come in addition to previously-released hits “All I Need,” and “Valhalla.” His new single “Turn It Up” serves as a relentless dubstep production that might just blow your speakers! In addition to the news of his next album and the…

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Still riding high following the release of their first studio album, Found In The Wild , Eli & Fur look to close out the year strong hand-selecting Maya Jane Coles to deliver a remix of their hit single, “Come Back Around.” Serving as the first release since dropping her album Night Creature back in September, the UK talent injects the British duo’s original with a lethal dose of her signature darkened production style in addition to pumping up the BPM creating a truly captivating club-ready weapon. Stream Maya Jane Coles’ hypnotic remix of Eli & Fur’s “Come Back Around” below.…

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Audio specialist Sennheiser has launched a new pair of professional headphones for mixing, editing, and mastering coming in the form of the HD 400 Pro. The Sennheiser HD 400 Pro headphones are an ideal companion for creators seeking natural and precise sound reproduction to accurately assess their audio mixes. The HD 400 PRO features a wide frequency response of 6 to 38,000 hertz to give music producers the full account of their mix. The Sennheiser-developed 120-ohm transducers include a diaphragm made from a special polymer blend which combined with the driver magnets, is designed to deliver deep yet clear and…

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After teasing fans with this one during her multiple sold-out shows at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Chicago’s Lollapalooza, Alison Wonderland’s highly anticipated single “Fuck U Love U” has finally been released to the world! Always being one to deliver tunes that provoke true emotion, the Australian talent’s latest offering a is booming bass anthem fueled by a fragile vocal offering that highlights themes of polarity and duality of man as Alison sings of her journey through the music industry. Adding to her already lengthy discography, “Fuck U Love U” is another vocal-driven gem that stays true to her…

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When it comes to being one of the hottest names in house, Dombresky has found himself in the conversation for quite some time now and for all those who haven’t been sold yet, his set from EDC Las Vegas 2021 is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. Dominating the club and festival circuit throughout 2021, the French talent showcased his masterful mixing skills, impeccable track selection, and a bevy of his own productions at cosmicMEADOW for what can easily be considered one of the most talked-about sets of the weekend. It’s no surprise that he’s decided to upload it to…

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It’s that time of the year again already! What did your 2021 sound like? Well, now Spotify users can share what they’ve were tuned into this past year with Spotify unveiling their annual 2021 personalized Wrapped experience for listeners. In addition to the user’s top artists, genres, songs, and podcasts and the minutes listened, the user’s personalized Wrapped experience includes several all-new features: 2021: The Movie – This feature pairs your top songs with classic scenes from a movie that’s all about you. Your Audio Aura – We worked with an aura expert to visualize your audio aura based on…

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Considering the bass music scene is currently thriving here throughout the United States, there always seems to be a wide variety of events to choose from this you considered yourself an avid headbanger…but there is nothing quite like the audio/visual experience that is Excision’s Thunderdome. While the next edition won’t be taking place until February 2022, Excision has uploaded his full set from The Thunderdome 2020 to Youtube in 4K! Taking place in Washington’s Tacoma Dome, the Canadian dubstep icon delivers a truly awe-inspiring performance fueled by a relentless barrage of bass and mind-bending production with there being certainly no…

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If you’re looking for a little something to help power you through the middle of the week, Anamanaguchi and Flux Pavilion’s angelically uplifting new tune “Dreams” is one you need to hear! After making their celebrated Monstercat debut just two weeks ago, Anamanaguchi is back with their second single that sees the group put their creative minds together with influential UK producer to deliver a truly blissful beauty. Radiating a vibrant, feel-good aura throughout coming equipped with soaring synths and heavenly vocals, this is simply a dreamy gem of a production. Flux Pavilion describes the track as, “A sweeping love…

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Still buzzing off the release of “Wouldn’t Change A Thing” with Thirty Seconds To Mars, ILLENIUM looks to continue dominating 2021 with his newest offering coming in the form of “Story of My Life” alongside Sueco and Trippie Redd. In what can easily be considered the biggest year of his career, his 2021 highlights include playing Allegiant Stadium back in July in addition to receiving “Favorite Dance/Electronic Artist” at the American Music Awards and a Grammy nomination for “Best Dance/Electronic Album” for Fallen Embers, the Denver native looks to close out his unforgettable year with the release of the heavy…

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Looking for your festival fix to help power you through the middle of the week? Well, you’re in luck! Blunts & Blondes has taken the time to upload his full set from EDC Orlando for all the world to enjoy. Undeniably one of the most in-demand names in the world of bass music, the cannabis aficionado put on quite the show at the jam-packed circuitGROUNDS unleashing his fury with a lethal dose of womps and wobbles that have quickly become synonymous with his name. The Tampa native proved to be a man on a mission throwing together one of his…

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Still buzzing after the announcement of the all-new 50,000 capacity two-day camping festival, Creamfields South has added to the excitement flame with the unveiling of the festival’s phase 1 for 2022. With Creamfields being on every avid election dance music’s bucket list when it comes to festival destinations, its southern expansion will also feature a star-studded lineup of epic proportions. Making the way to Hylands Park in Chelmsford the weekend of June 2 – 4, 2022 for the festival’s debut will be industry heavyweight’s David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, deadmau5, Fatboy Slim, Amelie Lens, Jamie Jones, Charlotte De Witte…

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Wasting no time after making quite the first impression with her Monstercat debut last month, Skyler Madison has returned to the label with her beautiful new original, “Chasing Stars.” Showcasing her unique style and ever-evolving production skills to the electronic dance music community once again, Madison’s latest offering draws inspiration from her inner monologue, with the personal lyrics serving as a reminder to herself to slow down, stay grounded in the present moment, and appreciate the beauty of what surrounds her. With her signature “future trap” sound being the forefront of this striking production, it is driven by pulsating chords,…

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Have you heard the news? The new firmware ver. 2.0 update for the Pioneer DJ CDJ-3000 introduces a new feature, rekordbox CloudDirectPlay! This means it is now possible to directly play music stored in the cloud using the Pioneer DJ CDJ-3000. With cloud file storage continually growing in popularity, more and more DJs are looking for ways to manage their music online; so it was only a matter of time before DJs wanted to play that music directly from the cloud without needing to download it to a computer and export it to a USB storage device. Now, with rekordbox…

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Serving as quite the club weapon with Chris Lake and FISHER began playing the record in their throughout their summer sets, Chris Lorenzo’s “California Dreamin’” featuring High Jinx has now been pumped with new life as we prepare to close out 2021 with the dance-floor filler receiving a remix from one of the hottest in the game, Vintage Culture. With Lorenzo’s reimagined version of The Mamas & The Papas classic 1965 hit being a certified hit that certainly won’t be going away anytime soon, Vintage Culture’s rendition of the fan-favorite is more of a deeper and darker take on the…

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If you’re familiar with the Pakistani-American bass mastermind NAZAAR, it’s safe to assume you’re well aware of his speaker destroying productions but he has decided to switch things up with his newest offering, “With U.” While his new single stays true to his name being a relentless trap-tinged bass behemoth, it tells a deeply personal story of finding self and purpose. “In February of 2020 I was in Los Angeles, trying to find my purpose within dance music. On one of these days during the trip, I found myself at Santa Monica beach at 2:00 AM with my laptop and…

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They’re at it again! After taking the electronic dance music scene by storm with their collaboration “Frontlines” featuring GG Magree back in 2016, NGHTMRE and Zeds Dead have unleashed the follow up to their hard-hitting anthem with the release of “Shady Intentions.” These three have each been on quite the tear when it comes to releases of their own in addition to having quite the vigorous tour schedule as of late so fans will certainly be hearing this back boy plenty as we prepare to close out 2021. Connecting with vocalist Tori Levett on this one, this colossal collaboration serves…

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Wasting no time after uploading his set from EDC Orlando to Soundcloud, John Summit has struck again this time dropping one of his most anticipated singles to date with the release of “Human.” Captivating crowds for quite some time now, John Summit’s secret weapon is both club-ready and festival-friendly which can already be considered a fan favorite even with its official release coming today. “Human is easily my most anticipated single to date. This record has taken months to perfect, and with it having over 100 different elements, my laptop has crashed many times during the process,” John Summit explains.…

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When it comes to the world of electronic dance music, it’s pretty much common knowledge at this point Gammer and Darren Styles are a dynamic duo that never seems to disappoint when it comes to collaboration with “Superhorn” being another prime example. Always two to offering high-octane productions, this time around they unleash their fury with a relentless barrage of bass that will have listeners bouncing off the walls provoking a true adrenaline rush delivering an irresistible dancing urge from start to finish. “Me and Darren have made plenty of anthems over the years but this is the first time…

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With the world coming to a complete halt back in March 2020, the DJ community was left with plenty of free time on its hands, as club and festival dates got wiped away.   Of course, everyone handed the global lockdowns differently. Some took time to recharge their batteries and others began to pivot by spinning live-stream sets or diving into their preferred DAW. Canadian DJ/producer Nostalgix did a little bit of both.  Already considered a promising talent with releases on esteemed imprints like Tchami’s Confession and AC Slater’s Night Bass, the Vancouver native – aka Negar Hamidzadeh, 24 – delivered a number of live-stream sets and spent a majority of her time working on new music, looking to hit the ground…

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Making his way back to Insomniac Records, powerhouse producer Bleu Clair has teamed up with fellow Indonesian talent Teza Sumendra to invite listeners on a intergalatic journey coming in the form of “Hyperspace.” Adding to what seems to be an evergrowing discography fully equipped with club-ready weapons, “Hyperspace” serves as a silky smooth production that packs quite the punch. Fueled by a sultry vocal offering, suffling drums, and shimmering chords, this is one captivating house hit that will teleport those who tune in straight into the stratosphere. “I’ve been a fan of Teza for the longest time I feel, and…

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Certainly no stranger to lighting up clubs and festivals across the world, Dom Dolla has struck again teaming with Mansionair to deliver “Strangers.” Speaking on the collaboration, Dom shares, “I’m so excited to finally get ‘Strangers’ out there into the world. The Mansionair guys and I met in Sydney just as the city was coming out of lockdown for the first time in 2020. When we met we instantly clicked. After writing a few ideas together they remembered an old vocal idea they had sitting on a hard drive they weren’t sure what to do with. As soon as I…

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When it comes to emotionally charged tunes, Manila Killa and San Holo always seem to deliver with the same being said about their new collaboration “Mean It” featuring Nick Lopez. Manila Killa shares, “‘Mean It’ is such a special song because it represents the intertwining of several people’s worlds. San came over to my house one day to shoot some content for our upcoming show which was supposed to happen in March of 2020, but the world shut down soon after his visit. Kwon and singer/songwriter Nick Lopez were also present in the house and we all started talking, San…

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With there being no shortage of talent in the world of electronic dance music, DJ Life has started a monthly series where we will showcase some of the finest blossoming artists who we’d like to consider in the on-deck circle because we believe they’re next up when it comes to changing the game! In case you missed it, click here to check out our complete list dating back to our inaugural edition. (For those who don’t know, the on-deck circle is a baseball term that refers to being next in line to bat.) Synymata With melodic bass music continuing to…

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In the Mix: Anabel Englund After Earning Big Success as One of Dance Music’s Top Vocalists, Anabel Englund Has Found a Home in the DJ Booth, Too By Lily Moayeri DJX Highlights DJX ’21: Industry Reinvigorated in AC 24 Hours with Nostalgix Canada’s Young House Talent Triumphed at HARD Summer Fest & We Tagged Along By Brian Bonavoglia Rehearse This Do You Attend Wedding Rehearsals? We Asked Mobile DJs Why They Do or Don’t — And What They Charge By Stu Kearns Festival Spotlights HARD Highlights SoCal’s HARD Summer Brought the Beats Back to the Festival…

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Being a true electronic dance music icon, Armin van Buuren has already rocked the stages of the biggest festivals and clubs across the globe but last night he switched things up with a surprise performance during a Chicago Bulls halftime show. While his brief set during the Bulls’ home game against the New York Knicks at the United Center was unexpected, it makes sense considering his recent collaboration with AVIRA, “Sirius,” is a rework of The Alan Parsons Project’s iconic track of the same name….which was the anthem of the Chicago Bulls in the ‘90s. “Last night felt like a…

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After taking the festival circuit by storm with their mind-bending collaboration “Griztonics” back in 2019, GRiZ and Subtronics look to put your speakers to the ultimate test once again unleashing “Griztronics II (Another Level).” It’s hard to argue that one of the biggest tracks in the world of bass music the last few years wasn’t “Griztonics” with what seemed like the whole world singing along “Ooh, this shit be hittin’ different” thanks to a viral trend on Tik Tok but these two bass masterminds are primed to light up the airwaves once again with their newest offering. The follow-up to…

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After making an appearance on Illenium’s latest album alongside SLANDER for “Lay It Down,” Krewella has returned in a big way with the release of “Never Been Hurt.” Always keeping listeners on their toes thanks to their versatility, the Chicago-bred duo teams with Asian-American duo BEAUZ to deliver a club-ready collaboration that is a house hit with pop tendencies. “The inspiration of ‘Never Been Hurt’ comes from the feeling of the body and heart slowly opening its doors again after being calloused by the pain of love. Surrendering to intimacy is a leap of faith, and in a way, memories…

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While electronic dance music fans were wishing they were back flocking around Florida’s Tinker Field soaking up the sun during EDC Orlando, the world can now relive one of the highlights of the weekend with John Summit uploading his full set to Soundcloud. In what he considers his favorite set ever, the Chicago native and festival fan favorite did indeed but on quite the clinic down in Orlando once again proving why he remains one of the hottest names in the game. As expected, John Summit’s set at neonGARDEN was chock-full of tech house heaters such as Disfreq’s “All My…

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As the weather continues to get colder as fall soon turns to winter, RÜFÜS DU SOL has electronic dance music fans thinking about fun in the sun thanks to the announcement of their new immersive four-day destination event, Sundream Tulum. Teaming with Papaya Playa Project to make it happen, the Grammy-nominated live-electronic trio will be paying a visit to the white sand beaches of Tulum from March 10-13 and bringing along their favorite artists. The Sundream Tulum musical lineup is topped of course by two performances from RÜFÜS DU SOL, showcasing both live and DJ sets. The trio will be…

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Mark your calendars and make your late-summer plans, DJs – because registration for DJ Expo (DJX) 2022 is now open. DJX, America’s largest and most impactful gathering of the DJ community, proudly announces its continued commitment to the DJ industry with the launch of a dynamic, new, market-facing event website, www.djxshow.com. Additionally, show registration and hotel room blocks are now open for DJX ’22 on its new site at www.djxshow.com/registration. Set for Aug. 8-11 at the Etess Arena at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, N.J., DJX ’22 will again bring the DJ community together with its spectacular…

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Refusing to take his foot off the gas since catapulting himself into the global spotlight back in 2012 with the release of “Toulouse,” Nicky Romero has since been a household name in the world of electronic dance music. Not only does he continue to add to his evergrowing discography with his sound continuing to evolve, but he’s also launched his alter-ego Monocule which focuses on the sounds of the underground in addition to being quite the avid gamer with quite the collection of cars and motorcycles. Always being one who is always up to something and keeping quite busy over…

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Making his presence felt rather quickly in the world of electronic dance music popping onto the scene with his debut single “Came For The Low” alongside ZHU, partywithray looks to make some serious waves once again with the release of his #Partystarters EP. Featuring 4-tracks including his reunion with ZHU coming in the form of “Lil Mama,” this blossoming talent’s latest offering showcases his production prowess and versatility throughout once again proving he is one to keep a close eye on going forward. “I’m so excited for the songs on the #Partystarters EP to be out!!” partywithray enthuses. “The four…

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After selling out the world’s biggest venues and lighting up the festival circuit, ILLENIUM will be hosting his very own festival this December, Ember Shores, and he has just dropped the lineup for his three-day event. Set to take place at the all-inclusive Four-Diamond Paradisus Resort in Cancun, Mexico on December 3-5, this bass music fan’s paradise with feature sets from the likes of 3LAU, Said The Sky, Big Gigantic, Bijou, Blanke, Dr. Fresch, Jason Ross, Cosmic Gate, CloudNone, Wooli, Golf Clap and many more! “I’ve always wanted to create an event where Illenials from all over the world can…

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After dropping his booming trap-tinged anthem “Save Me,” Party Favor has returned in a big way joining forces with Elohim for “Losing My Mind” and this is one tune you need to hear! Being a truly menacing and sinister collaboration, this vocal-driven gem completely engulfs listeners immediately with Elohim’s singing about losing her mind taking centerstage while seamlessly complimenting Party Favor’s minimal production. “It’s a perfect example of a song that on its head is very simple, right? It’s very driving and repetitive and energetic,” Party Favor explains. “But I want ‘Losing My Mind’ to feel sonically as though you…

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After dropping a steady barrage of singles leading into the release of her debut Summer Solstice EP on her newly launched label Stabby Records, it’s safe to say Sam Blacky is looking to make a lasting impression on the electronic dance music community as we close out 2021. Keeping quite busy during the global pandemic delivering a bevy of live streams as part of her “A New World” series spinning sets from of her favorite spots in Mexico, she has hit the ground running with club shows and festivals getting back to capacity (at least here in the United States)…

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After setting the blogosphere ablaze with The Weeknd posting a teaser of his collaboration with Swedish House Mafia, the legendary electronic dance music trio kept things cryptic sharing the dates “9.16.21” on their social media channels. Well, today is the big day and Swedish House Mafia has announced their new collaboration with IKEA. The collection is planned to launch in September 2022 and consists of home furnishing solutions designed to make it easier to get into a creative flow for producing, playing, and listening to music at home. “We both wanted to reach out of our comfort zones and create…

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It’s safe to say the last 18 months have been a whirlwind of uncertainty for everyone across the globe and now things are slowly getting back to “normal,” this includes Bingo Players embarking on his first tour of the United States in nearly two years. Still buzzing off the release of his new collaboration “Do What You Like” with Zookëper and now being able to play out his recent productions in front of a live crowd once again, we took the time to chat catching up with Bingo Players to discuss the past, present and future! DJ Life Mag: What…

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When it comes to the world of electronic dance music, we’ve seen a number of genres get pumped with new life as of late with No Mana continuing his efforts to pump some momentum into the realm of electro house with the release of his colossal new Electromag compilation. Calling on a number of his friends and a handful of the genre’s biggest names such as Tommy Trash and Wolfgang Gartner, this compilation comes equipped with 19 electrifying tracks that encompassed everything the electro house stands while also hitting listeners with a lethal dose of nostalgia throughout. “I gathered a…

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Wasting no time after dropping his collaborative album, A State Of Trance FOREVER, Armin van Buuren has now reconnected with Dutch songstress Davina Michelle to deliver “Hold On.” First joining forces back in 2019 alongside distinguished Dutch singer Marco Borsato for “Hoe Het Danst,” the duo recently made an appearance at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Zandvoort with an unannounced performance and have now unveiled their pop-dance crossover to the world. “About two-and-a-half years ago, when we released ‘Hoe Het Danst’ together with Marco Borsato, I couldn’t help but shout from the rooftops how much I loved Davina’s vocal…

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Looking to stay hot following the release of his recent V!BEZ Vol 4 EP and teaming with DESTRUCTO for “You’re The One For Me” their disco-inspired collaboration, Troyboi has now joined forces with amaican dancehall artist Chris Marshall for his first-ever reggae production, “GYAL.” “I’ve loved reggae music from a very young age,” TroyBoi says. “There is a huge West Indian community in the area that I grew up in South East London so I would alway hear the music being blasted from my neighbours houses or in the local shops I’d go to. I remember my parents played a…

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Considered a timeless classic, Roger Sanchez has called on Oliver Heldens to deliver 20th-anniversary remix of “Another Chance.” Speaking on the collaboration, Roger says: “I’m excited at the approach Oliver has taken to ‘Another Chance’ – he has kept the spirit of the original but added his vibe to it and the result is epic! It’s been great collaborating on this version with him, and I’m looking forward to seeing the reactions on the dance floor!” Oliver adds: “Roger’s ‘Another Chance’ is one of my all-time favorite House/Dance music records, so it’s such a big honor for me to do…

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They’re back! Seven Lions’ psytrance alter alias with the duo Dimibo, Abraxis, has released their first single in over a year with “Black Rainbow.” With the trio originally joining forces as a trio in 2019 then releasing three originals together, “Old Gods,” “Night Rider,” and “Half of It,” Abraxis looks to close out the summer strong with another high-octane single that arrives just ahead of the the third installment of Seven Lions’ festival Chronicles at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Staying true to the unique hybrid psytrance sound that has become synonymous with their name, Abraxis’ newest offering is an explosive barrage…

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Still buzzing off the release of his recent collaboration “Amani” with AC Slater, Bleu Clair has reunited with Jargen for “Amani.” Continuing to prove to be one of the most promising producers in the electronic dance music scene, the Jakarta-bred talent has connected with his longtime friend and fellow local to cook up yet another impressive club-focused record which is fueled by ritualistic chanting alongside pulsating basslines. “Dani (Jargen) and I go long way back,” says Bleu Clair. “We’ve known each other for eight years and I was from always amazed by how well he produced music. A couple of…

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The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) announced that The NAMM Show will be postponed and reconvene in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center in June 2022. Set to take place January 20–23, the new dates are set for June 3–5, 2022. The news of the return of the Show and the change in dates addresses ongoing concerns about pandemic activity, new product development and launches, available in-store inventory, and current travel restrictions. With the move of The 2022 NAMM Show to June, the organization has decided not to hold Summer NAMM in Nashville, Tennessee, for the 2022 year,…

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Arriving just in time for her return to Red Rocks for the latest edition of “Rezz Rocks,” Rezz has added to the excitement announcing the release of her fourth album spiral in addition to unveiling her new collaboration with Deathpact, “Chemical Bond.” Serving as the lead single off her upcoming album, her reunion with the mysterious talent is yet another haunting piece of production fueled by blasting bass that will leave listeners in awe being fueled by striking synth stabs and dastardly kicks radiating a chilling aura throughout. This is one mind-bending tune that when paired up with her usual…

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Following 18 months of uncertainty and cancellations, avid music lovers finally were able to gather again, making their way to San Bernardino’s NOS Events Center this past July 31/August 1 for a fun-fueled weekend under the sun at HARD Summer 2021. With over 160,000 attendees soaking in the sounds from top electronic dance music and hip-hop acts across the festival’s six stages, Insomniac’s HARD Summer delivered in a big way, making for an unforgettable weekend that was much needed for many. Even though the temperatures crept up over 100-degrees each day, the plethora of free water and misting stations kept…

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