New World Punx, the collaboration between Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten, was birthed following their performance at ASOT 600 in March. Now, four months later, Dancing Astronaut and Talenthouse are giving aspiring DJs the chance to get in on the action. In honor of the newly formed group’s first single, “Romper,” producers are invited to submit their best remix of the track for a chance to open for New World Punx on their fall tour. In addition to the once in a lifetime opening slot the winner will also receive: an official release of their remix on Spotify, track exposure across New World Punx and Dancing Astronaut’s social media platforms, as well as a feature on our front page.
An additional winner selected by fan votes will win two tickets to a New World Punx show nearest the winner’s location, as well as exposure for their remix on NWP’s Facebook page.
Submissions are due by August 12th and voting will run from August 13th to August 19th with winners announced on September 6th. All phases close at 1PM EST. To see the full guidelines and submit your track head here.
With no shortage of landmarks behind him and reputation for cutting quality albums throughout his long serving career, Dutch trance icon Armin Van Buuren has stepped to the mark with fifth artist album Intense to test the preservation of his craft once again. Even after selling out Madison Square Garden and showing no signs of slowing down his presence on the summer festival for circuit for 2013, this cultural minefield was certain to meet the follow-up to 2011’s Mirage with apprehensive eyes.
Hundreds of DJs, seven stages, two weekends. Where do you start? Who do you see and who do you skip? Dancing Astronaut has you covered. We’ve filled you in on the acts you can’t ignore for Weekend One, spearheaded by dubstep and deep house-heavy rosters. The second weekend, however, sees another two genres at the forefront along with some of the biggest names in popular dance music. From the whopping trance offerings to the invigorating trap overture, to the best in progressive and electro, here are the stages you can’t ignore at Ultra Weekend Two.
Over a decade in the making (12 years to be exact), Armin van Buuren is amidst celebration for the 600th episode of his A State Of Trance radioshow. After knocking out the first two stops of his global movement known as “The Expedition,” the godfather of trance took the time reminisce on his career, open up about ASOT 600, and spoke of an upcoming full-length artist album.
“Radio is not only meant to please your ears but also to challenge people to stay open to new sounds.” – Armin van Buuren
As Armin van Buuren continues to bring the official ASOT 600 anthem live to fans around the world, fans at home now have an opportunity to experience “The Expedition” in four new ways. Released this week on Armada’s A State of Trance label is the official remix EP for Armin and Markus Schulz’s modern trance anthem. With remixes from Norway’s Ørjan Nilsen, Poland’s Indecent Noise, Columbia’s KhoMha and Moldovian producer Andrew Rayel, the tracks range from progressive house to instrumental classic trance to unrelenting progressive trance. By featuring the sounds and stylings of the new generation of producers, “The Expedition” remixes serve to celebrate where trance is going as ASOT 600 celebrates where it has been. Click past the break to hear “The Expedition” re-imagined.
Armin van Buuren won’t be the first DJ to perform at a sold out Madison Square Garden, but he will be the first to perform there while video chatting with his fans. The legendary trance producer has announced that during all live shows on his upcoming A State of Trance 600‘The Expedition’ world tour, fans will have the opportunity to attend a virtual Goolge+ hangout. These sessions will allow members of the trance family to interact with, and ask questions of, not only Armin van Buuren but also Markus Schulz, Dash Berlin, and W&W. While only select fans will have the opportunity to actually participate in chat, all will be able to watch.
“Every week, more than 20 million people tune into my show, so for these special live shows I’d like to take it one step further. Via the Google+ Hangouts, I can turn the listeners into viewers and offer them a front row seat.”
Even if you were unable to snag tickets to the show, you now have three ways to participate — radio broadcast, video broadcast, and/or Google+ hangout. Click below the jump to find out how to get involved.
W&W is back with signature Dutch big room sound in the latest Revealed Records release, “The Code”, this time collaborating with Turkish trace producer Ummet Ozcan. First heard on Hardwell’s Essential Mix, this powerful track drops just in time to build anticipation for their appearance with Armin Van Buuren at A State Of Trance 600 celebrations. The punchy synths and hard-hitting drops will be sure to leave an ample impression across dance floors and festivals alike.
With every new ASOT tour comes a new ASOT anthem. It’s customary for Armin van Buuren to recruit one of his many trance peers to produce an official anthem for the tour (last year was W&W‘s “The Invasion”), and this year Armin collaborated with big name American trance producer Markus Schulz to create “The Expedition.” The track is classic Armin & Markus – rapidly building melodies and uplifting breaks perfectly cooked for a big room smörgåsbord. The track will be available on Beatport on January 28th, but click past the break for a nice little preview. As of this week, we’re only four shows away from first stop on Armin’s worldwide celebration of his 600th episode of the A State of Trance radio show so get in the mood with “The Expedition.”
Earlier this month Armin van Buuren announced that his ASOT 600 celebration would touch down in New York City to take over Madison Square Garden on March 30th. Today, Armin has announced the event’s lineup on his weekly radioshow of the same name. Before van Buuren headlines the world’s most famous arena, Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten, W&W, and Alex M.O.R.P.H. will play sets of their own.
Pre-sale registration is now open, but closes Saturday, January 19th before tickets go on sale to the general public on January 23rd.
In case you missed it, Armin van Buuren graced Manhattan with his trance god presence on New Year’s Eve. Not only were we lucky enough to get a front row seat to his four-hour set at Pier 36, but we also got some time with him earlier in the day to sit down and pick his brain a little bit. We asked him how he’s seen the role of the DJ change in his long career, his thoughts on the controversial trend of ghost-producing, his big plans for ASOT 600 (specifically in NYC), his future plans for the “state of trance” and his peers and mentees, and his analysis on whether he’s a “DJ” or an “artist.” His answers were thorough and thoughtful and we think you’ll really enjoy getting a peek inside the mind of this prolific figure in dance music.