As the energy of electronic dance music continues to spread across the world, Asia reminds the rest of the globe that this Eastern contender won’t be left behind. Returning in March of 2014, Future Music Festival Asia opens its doors in Mines Wonderland in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 18+ three-day event invites attendees near and far to celebrate the ‘rumble in the jungle’ with both live and DJ sets from a wildly diverse set of headliners: Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Knife Party, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan, Rudimental, Chase and Status, Naughty Boy, Porter Robinson, Baauer, Sub Focus, Tinie Tempah, Gesaffelstein, Paul Van Dyk, ATB, Adventure Club, Arty, Brodinski, Carnage, Deniz Koyu, Markus Schulz, Monsta, R3hab and more, along with a special spotlight for Eric Prydz‘s first music festival appearance in Asia and the return of Armin van Buuren‘s celebrated ‘A State of Trance 650: New Horizons.’ There’s a little something for every type of music lover at Future Music Festival Asia, from heavy bass-step and trance to hip-hop and pop 40.
Tickets are available here for this March 13th to 15th event.
Your Thanksgiving feast probably left you in a food coma, and with the help of Dim Mak Records, we present you with a smooth solution that’ll get you back up and running. If you’re crazy enough for a Black Friday shopping spree, this sampler series will serve as the perfect background music to pump you up for the day’s big sales. Featuring 15 tracks, Dim Mak’s “Thanksgiving Dinner Roll” sampler includes a range of genres and sounds that transform from mellow beginnings to a full out party by the end. With a few remixes, like Bare‘s take on Carnage & Tony Junior‘s popular track “Michael Jordan,” and some originals like Angger Dimas‘ “Jump Floor,” the “Thanksgiving Dinner Roll,” all available for free download, is definitely something to be thankful for.
It’s difficult to forget the majestic butterfly that hosted Tomorrowland’s Laidback Luke’s Super You & Me stage this past July in Belgium. Serving as the second largest stage at the festival, the powerful sound system and dazzling effects flickered above the crowd for a truly memorable experience. DJs dressed up as your favorite superheroes rocked the decks throwing the crowd into disarray. Luckily for American fans, the stage will make its way across the Atlantic and will support a plethora of talent spread across different genres.
While he initially gained notoriety for trap remixes to familiar tracks like “Spaceman,” Carnage has since come to embody festival music. From circus-like melodies, to darkly satisfying house drops, to surprise trap arrangements, Carnage’s music is designed for events like Electric Zoo. There’s a distinct merriment evoked in his sets, and in an arena or outdoor stage setting, it’s near impossible to not be engaged by Carnage’s riotous selections.
A self-reflective mini-documentary, Carnage recounts the angst, excitement, and symbolism behind his first Electric Daisy Carnival performance. Few producers have had a year quite as impressive as the humble Chipotle connoisseur. As the harbinger of the festival trap movement, Carnage brought his own energy and style to festival house with chart-toppers like ”Incredible” and most recently, “Michael Jordan.” Galvanized, the up and comer unloaded his bundle of bass for an eager EDC’ crowd. Afrojack, Dillon Francis, Morgan Page, 12th planet and more all make cameos in the inspiring aftermovie.
Carnage continues to provide plenty of festival music fodder for the summer season, this time teaming up with Dutch producer Tony Junior on a main stage offering out this week on Dim Mak. “Michael Jordan” is every bit as overblown as the stages it was intended for, featuring a carnivalesque lead melody, a chopped vocal sample and a straightforward drop intended to induce crowd bouncing in the aggregate. Amid a wacky rollout campaign that included Carnage’s head photoshopped on His Airness’s shoulders and no shortage of #chipotlegang refrains, the track should be a hit with his fan-base and turn up in more than a few festival sets over the second half of the summer. Check past the break to hear the first episode in Carnage’s newly launched Sirius XM radio show.
When he’s not making cameos in comedic YouTube series, Borgore is slaving away in the studio. Though we’ve come to expect an unbarred spontaneity from Asaf, his last few collaborations have surprised even the most devout fans. What started with “Incredible” has culminated in several more collaborations alongside fellow festival music advocate Carnage, the newest of which is a remix to Borgore’s own “Legend.” While the original “Legend” is Asaf’s attempt at a solo trap production, the Borgore and Carnage remix is a bit of festival house mixed with a wrenching trap midsection (and arguably a better track). The Legend EP will be released on June 25th, with Borgore and Carnage’s remix being released on June 18th.
Premiered back in March on the main stage of Ultra, “Hey Now” serves as Martin Solveig’s new catchy single that is sure to be wedged in your head all festival season long. From seeing exposure like Pete Tong’s Essential Selection, to undergoing remix treatment from Laidback Luke and Carnage, the dance-pop headway is on its way to becoming a universal summer anthem. Adding to the sugary synths and airy aesthetics synonnmous to the Frenchman’s style, the high-energy, infectious summertime vibes come by way of Californian band The Cataracs, while emerging American rap artist Kyle adds his laidback-vibe.
After a slew of original collaborations including “Signal,” “Mr. Lover,” and “Incredible,” Carnage continues on with his big room metamorphosis on his own rendition of Martin Solveig’s latest “Hey Now.” Lending his newfound festival talents to the Frenchman’s bouncy summertime vibes, Carnage douses the track’s dance-pop aesthetics and sugary-sweet hooks in a tidal wave of thunderous synthwork. The reworked break sets the mix ablaze with Dutch-tinged, heavy electro stabs and pads transforming the candy-coated original into a razorblade-riddled Jolly Rancher – this is one time you should take candy from a stranger.
“Hey Now” will be released on May 28th with the official remix package soon to follow.
Carnage continues on his festival music production tear with his latest original “Signal.” Sharing production duties with New & Used, Carnage deftly assembles a squealing big room blitz of anthemic chord progressions and thunderous kick drums. Blaring horns and a wonky phasing synthesizer build into a drop designed for the summer festival season, adding another impressive outing from the re-imagined DJ Carnage to his ever-expanding back catalog.