The dust has settled, the glowsticks have gone dark, and thousands of EDM fans across Southern California have been forced to accept the fact that Nocturnal Wonderland is officially over. Over the next week, we’ll be ignoring the ringing in our ears to bring you full coverage of the festival, including the standout performances and the tracks you need to know about.
Our colleagues at digi10ve recently ranked Insomniac Events’ founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella 4th on their list of the 15 most influential people in the EDM industry. However, particularly here on the West Coast of the United States, we’d have to put the Insomniac boss at #1. Insomniac sets the standard for event production this side of Ultra, and the company has almost single-handedly brought EDM to the masses. But that doesn’t mean they’re perfect — though they do have a pretty stellar track record. Read on to hear what worked and what didn’t at this year’s Nocturnal Wonderland. (more…)
We always talk about the next generation of house producers, names like Madeon, Porter Robinson, and Alesso are a few of the youngsters we fully expect to take over the world some day in the future. Add these names to the list – Aki Nair (21 year old Canadian producer), Hanell and Rosberg (two 16 year old producers from Sweden). They are young, ambitious and loaded with talent, listen to “Funka” and you can see elements of Hard Rock Sofa/Swanky Tunes banging basslines and sharp hooks. The folks at Dancing Astronaut keep their eyes out for something fresh to hit the market and we think we may have hit the bullseye with these boys.
Via: YouTube (Spinnin Records)
Thrilling hard-hitting beats is probably the best way to describe the Belgian duo’s sound. Coming off stellar releases like “Generation X” on Size Records, and “The Way We See The World” on Wall Records, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike have released their latest head bumping track — “REJ.” The track’s mysterious and original sound comes from the tech house duo Ame. Jump to the 2:00 minute mark and you will probably have to get out of your seat with the pounding drums and rolling bass lines screaming through your speakers. Known for the constant build up in their tracks, the talented brothers continue to drive their sounds to new stretches of anyone’s imagination. At the 4:15 mark they add explosive synths and a continuous motivating build-up that exponentially gives the track more power. Keep an eye out for Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike’s next release, ”Stomp,” on Dim Mak Records. It’ll definitely be another successful club banger.
Via: Facebook (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike)
We’ve got a preview of the new remix from Dutch phenom R3hab!
Fadil brings his chainsaw madness to the new Benassi track “Close to Me,” grinding up the original with his signature energy and aggression. From what we can tell this is closer to his remix of “Dance Without You” — replacing the Dirty Dutch bleeps with a gritty, sawtooth synth. Expect a full length, 320kbps version to be released sometime in October.
Benny Benassi ft Gary Go – Close To Me (R3hab Remix) [PREVIEW] by R3HAB
Via: Soundcloud (R3hab)
Kaskade uploaded this mash-up to his soundcloud on Monday. It combines Kaskade and Tiesto’s “Only You” (with vocals from Haley) with Nicky Romero’s remix of “Flash”. There have been numerous mash-ups with “Flash” due to its festival appeal, the most notable of the bunch is Dirty South’s remix of “Coming Home” blended with the hook of Green Velvet’s anthem. Kaskade usually releases something every Monday, so hover around his social media sites to kick start your week in the right fashion!
Via: Soundcloud (Kaskade)
Strongly representing the young and new generation of EDM, Paris FZ and Simo T are the definition of hard working and fame deserving artists. Born and raised in Montreal, the two youngsters spent hours in the studio to finally create their noteworthy remix with Pierce Fulton — “I Ain’t Stoppin,” and an incredible progressive remix to Calvin Harris’s “Flashback.” A-list DJs such as Max Vangeli, Tristan Garner, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike supported those top charted remixes. This past year Paris FZ and Simo have also won the remix contest to Tiesto’s “Work Hard Play Hard.” Following the steps of arguably the biggest outbreak artist of 2010-2011, the two Canadians have released their massive original “Monk” on Hardwell’s Revealed Records. “Monk” is the definition of big room trouse very similar to Hardwell’s “Encoded” and “The World.” The mixture of accelerating build up synths, powerful piano chords, and addictive drum combinations are all the reasons you CANNOT miss this track!
Via: Facebook (Paris FZ & Simo T)
The Bassjackers have struck again with a mind blowing remix to Marcel Wood’s track “Inside Me.” After heavy support from Tiesto on “Mush Mush,” Marlon Flohr and Ralph van Hilst continue to prove their talent unequivocally. “Inside Me” includes great vocals with a forceful and euphoric lead synth. Unsurprisingly, the Bassjackers follow their synth-filled build up with a massive drop turns that euphoric feeling into a complete adrenaline rush. Coming off their stellar performance at Nocturnal, at this rate, the Bassjackers are bound for immense success this upcoming year.
Via: Facebook (Bassjackers)
Marcus Schossow has dabbled with trance productions and even a bit of electro in his decorated past. Recently, he has been creating more melodious tunes that are considerably more progressive. The ‘trouse’ movement is in full force and “Swedish Nights” embodies this fully. We love the addition of the female vocalists voice that has been inserted into various segments of the track. This reminds us of something Eric Prydz would create and has a similar playful bassline as “2Night”.
Via: Facebook (Marcus Schossow)
Dancing Astronaut got a chance to speak with arguably the greatest and most influential DJs of our era — Tiesto. We discussed his College Invasion Tour, upcoming gigs, new DJs, and the relevance of the DJ Mag Top 100 list which recently closed. Find out what Holland’s finest has to say after the break!
We at Dancing Astronaut have realized that our readership is teeming with talent that has yet to be discovered. We’re also incredibly enthusiastic that so many of you have begun to contribute to the EDM community with your own tracks and musical styles — and the incredible amount of promos we get on a daily basis can attest to that. Stargazers is a column that will showcase members of the DA community and recognize their talents as original EDM producers! We encourage all of you to support your fellow DA fanatics- any of you could be headlining Ultra’s Main Stage someday.
Our inaugural Stargazer selection is Michael Brun, who hails from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Brun is 19 years old and currently pre-med at Davidson College in North Carolina. He also happens to be a DA reader for just over a year. His remix of Calvin Harris’ “Awooga” debuted on Hardwell’s Sirius/XM radio show, Hardwell On Air, and his “Raining” remix has been recognized by Kaskade himself. (If you don’t believe us, just look at the comments.) Do yourselves a favor: Give the track a listen, and read our interview after the jump.