Trinidad & Tobago’s favorite electronic music artist, Jillionaire, took to Australian radio to announce that the next Major Lazer album should be done by the end of this year. After so recently dropping Free The Universe, the individual members doing immense amounts of solo work, and participating in a heavy touring schedule, one would expect that the group may take a break. However, Diplo and the Black Chiney star Walshy Fire join Jillionaire in their desire to continue writing and producing high quality music.
“We’ve had a crazy [touring] schedule,” he said. “I think we’ve been touring for the last 18 months. It’s been crazy, it’s been hectic, it’s been a lot of fun. I think that once this year shuts down we’re gonna pull it back in and do a lot less touring. Right now we’re going in to a bunch of writing sessions for the next album, and hopefully we’re gonna finish that off by the end of the year. It should be out sometime next year.”
Via: ABC AU
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Dancing Astronaut wraps up October for you with another edition of our top 10 tracks of the month. October’s list features massive tracks from reader favorites Alesso with Calvin Harris, Hardwell with MAKJ, Diplo, and more. Not to be missed are also fantastic efforts from Junior Sanchez, Chromeo with Oliver, and Gesaffelstein. Click past the break for our top 10 tracks of October!
As we patiently anticipate more details of Diplo’s 20th Century Fox movie, little tidbits of development make their way to the surface. Within the last day, we’ve learned that Fox has begun negotiations with Sascha Rothchild to rewrite the tale described as “8 Mile meets Project X.” In short, Rothchild is a television and film writer, known for her entertaining, comedic, and sometimes offensive blogging for Politics Daily and Psychology Today Magazine. She’s been featured on This American Life, published in Simon & Schuster’s Mortified book, and found further successful with her comedic memoirs entitled “How To Get Divorced by 30”; an established writer indeed. While we still wait for a title and more details on the film’s plot and casting, we’re excited to see what Rothchild’s pen can lend to the project.
It’s no surprise that Hollywood is looking to exploit the exponential growth of dance music, with a feature film now spawning from the genre. We’ve seen documentaries released in the past, such as Ultra Music Festival‘s Can U Feel It and Insomniac‘s Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, which was shown in theaters on one August night in 2011. However, what director David Katzenberg has in store for us is slightly different.
David, son of DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg, is best known for his work in MTV’s “Awkward,” Fox’s “Ben and Kate,” and MTV’s “The Hard Times of RJ Berger,” which he co-created with Seth Grahame-Smith. We’ve recently learned that Katzenberg has jumped on Diplo‘s ship to direct his previously-speculated 20th Century Fox’s movie.
Adam Weinstock and Andy Jones co-wrote the movie, which will be produced under the guidance of Trevor Engelson of Underground. Noah Rothman, also of Underground, will act as executive producer with Diplo and his business partner, Kevin Kusatsu.
While it still has yet to be titled, Katzenberg will supervise the next draft of the script. Not too much information has been released concerning the movie yet, but it has been portrayed as a crossover of 8 Mile and Project X. The film will supposedly revolve around three teens as they attempt to “get into Diplo’s Electronic Music Festival,” which sounds much like an EDM-based version of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. At the moment, the film’s plot may seem a bit contrived; however, Diplo’s rash humor and over-the-top antics will definitely work well on the big screen.
With the name this dynamic Dutch duo dubbed themselves years ago, they sure have been relatively quiet as of late. The Partysquad is known for an outside-the-box sound that separates them from the average EDM act, sometimes catching us off guard by incorporating reggae, trap or hardstyle influences. With strong work released earlier this year, including their collab with The Death Set and Diplo, “POV 2.0”, the pair has now teamed up with the up-and-coming fellow Dutchman Mitchell Niemeyer. Right away we can tell “#Pantsdown” is meant to electrify and get you moving. Released today, Spinnin’ Records must have recognized this team as a match made in heaven. Heavy kicks, cloudy progressions, and percussive synth stabs is the formula, but only this trio has the intuition to compose a record as full and lively as this one. And thanks to the wonders of Google, we can confirm that none other than Hardwell helped out on the track as well.
Mad Decent’s label head and resident celebrity has earned his stripes as dance music’s most interesting man. A man of many hats, Diplo has become the forefront trailblazer for the twerking pop culture phenomenon, just released his latest Revolution EP, is currently producing for the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, and still manages to find time to sit down and focus on the heart of his fame by releasing two-hour long jam session mixes.
Today Diplo takes to the Internet’s most popular forum and opens up the table for questions and discussions during his live AMA (Ask Me Anything) on r/music at 12 PST/3 EST. Watch out for the conversation and join in here!
Earlier this month, a friendless Diplo took to the duties of his Diplo & Friends BBC Radio 1Xtra slot and delivered a mix solo that, truth be told, didn’t need a supporting cast. Mad Decent‘s mad scientist compiled a twerk saturated, bouncy mix that features plenty of big room/festival sounds, incorporates dance hall and moombahton elements, is packed to the brim with hip-hop inspired remixes, and offers a heavy dose of bass and trap music. This mix screams Diplo, demonstrating exactly why he has become one of the most relevant and sought after music producers around right now.
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It has been over a year since Diplo graced the universe with his Express Yourself EP, and after starting a movement, throwing a handful of badass block parties and launching a career or two, the Mad Decent label head has finally released his latest body of work and put it all on SoundCloud for your listening pleasure. His Revolution EP features ten collaborators, four originals and two remixes, and is kicked off by the “Express Yourself” follow-up, “Biggie Bounce.”
Though that opening collab with Angger Dimas & Travis Porter could have set the booty-shaking tone, each of the four originals adds its own distinct flavor. From “Revolution’s” surprisingly soft vocal to “Crown’s” hard trance meets trap meets synth pop melody to “Rock Steady’s” pure hip-hop beat and all-star cast, the new material is as unexpected as we’ve come to expect from the producer. Throw in remixes from Boaz van de Beatz and TWRK and you’ve got an aurally stimulating way to spend 23 minutes: How you express that excitement is up to you.
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As the music industry is quickly changing direction from downloading to streaming services, Dancing Astronaut provides you with our favorite dance music Spotify playlists from labels, artists and miscellaneous sources to suit different tastes and genre.