Just a few weeks away from hectic holiday season, Insomniac has finally confirmed their White Wonderland New Year’s Eve celebration. Lineup rumors and concerns about the event’s absence in the NYE events roster can finally be laid to rest, as the full overlay of headliners has been unveiled. This Southern California event stays true to tradition by asking attendees to dress in all white attire to ring in 2014 with their headlining talent and a strictly 21+ crowd. This year, ATB, Congorock, Cosmic Gate, Dash Berlin, Laidback Luke and Steve Angello will light up the stage at the ‘New Year’s Eve gala.’ Tickets will go on sale on November 23rd here.Posted by
Serious noise is coming from Ultra Records‘s newest collaboration. Powerhouse electro producers Congorock and Nom De Strip have partnered for their latest tune, “Minerals,” out on Beatport November 22nd. A one-minute preview snippet released today gives us just a hint of the explosive energy to expect from the upcoming single. After a playfully ominous synth build, a thundering bass line erupts to create a big room, electro house song. Stay tuned for more details on the “Minerals” release.Posted by
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.
In our first installment of Before the Beats we showed off shots from artists including Brodinski, Dillon Francis, and Sebastian Ingrosso. For the second edition, we’ve collected even more photos which run the gamut from cute and cuddly to funny and predictive of their musical futures. New additions to the baby photo retrospective include Ferry Corsten, Hardwell, Laidback Luke, and Sander van Doorn, but we also have new pictures from artists previously featured in our first installment; repeat offenders include Steve Angello, Chuckie, and A-Trak. Click below the break to find out what your favorite artists looked like before they were big stars.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from Kaskade, Skrillex, Seth Troxler, and more.
Dance music veteran Laidback Luke officially released “Pogo” last month, giving fans an electro house beat with an infectious vocal hook from MC Majestic. A fitting name for the bouncy beat, “Pogo” is a combination of Laidback Luke’s dirty Dutch roots and Majestic’s grime-style vocals creating a hard-hitting production with mass appeal. Fellow Dutch house champion Chuckie gives the track an entirely new feel, allowing Majestic’s lyrics to take center stage. Incorporating a Latin-flavored drum line with cascading synths, Chuckie forms a remake ready for the main stage. The remix package also includes works from Congorock, Deorro and H.P Vince.
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Social media has greatly enhanced the connection between fans and artists by allowing them to connect on a level far greater than that of a spectator. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have given us an unprecedented look into the lives of our modern day rockstars by taking us behind the booth, into their homes and studios, and even sometimes into their pasts. Click below the break to check out some of your favorite artists in their younger years and find out which superstars got an early start by strumming guitars or tickling the ivories. We have shots from Steve Angello, Chuckie, Skrillex, Nervo, A-Trak, and more.
Last year Zeds Dead and Omar Linx gave away the stems of their “Cowboy” collaboration for a remix contest with Beatport. Butch Clancy, who recently gave away his A Beautiful Mind LP, wound up winning the grand prize with a glitchy remix. Now, several months later, Congorock has unleashed his grinding rendition on the world. The producer is best known for “Babylon,” but this remix proves that the world should be paying him more attention. Its swirling electro synths and sped up beats are perfect for the festival audience.
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Clockwork is back at it again, this time revealing his remix of Congorock‘s “Bless Di Nation.” The bass-heavy producer has been playing out his rendition of the bubbling dancehall production in live sets and now he is ready for listeners to hear the mastered version.
Using Sean Paul’s original vocals, Clockwork turns “Bless Di Nation” from dancehall reggae into electro-house with ease. Keeping the Jamaican vibes intact, Clockwork turns up the BPM and muffles the bassline forming a big room production driven by the beat. The track is officially due out January 8, but listen for yourself before it’s released.Posted by
Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything!