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.
It all began in March 2012 when Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz played their first back-to-back set at Godskitchen in Birmingham, which inspired another collaborative set at Tao Beach, Las Vegas. In Novemeber, the duo’s third ever tag team occurrence took place in Washington, DC. Arguably, that seven-hour back-to-back set, which garnered SiriusXM’s attention and was aired live in the US on Electric Area, made history. Believe it or not, their simultaneous bookings at Echostage in 2012 were a complete coincidence. At the time, they were still just Ferry and Markus.
Just several days after releasing “Remember This” to the public on Mainstage Music, Markus Schulz is now offering fans his visual take on the big room record. The music video, which was shot primarily in South Beach, delineates a typical gig night in Miami. But what makes this video less typical is that it’s shot in reverse, beginning at the tail-end of the night and ending before the night has even begun, in Markus’ studio. When he’s not spinning for thousands of screaming revelers, the German DJ and producer’s life is nothing short of ordinary – grabbing fast food and taking pictures with fans along the streets of Miami compose his daily agenda.
Markus Schulz’s newest effort reveals an unprecedented intensity to his work. “Remember This” incorporates the big room festival sound with a cascade of trance melodies. From W&W’s handpicked label Mainstage Music, the song gradually progresses from an enormous big room beat into an elegant chord progression. The track will be released on November 11th.
Schulz has also joined forces with Ferry Corsten for their New World Punx Tour that kicked off late last week. With fresh releases from both trance megastars, the tour is guaranteed to give the proper showcase to the duo’s beautifully mastered production skills.
Ready to embark on his New World Punx Tour tomorrow with sidekick Markus Schulz, trance powerhouse Ferry Corsten has yet another new single headed our way. “Many Ways,” ft. Jenny Wahlstrom opens with the sounds of delicate piano keys, paired with Jenny’s divine vocals, and drums just after the 20 second mark. She belts out the lyrics, “Cause I’ll be fine as long as I know/There are many ways to change a life,” just before the crescendo. “Many Ways” is slightly reminiscent of Ferry’s big production, “Wknd,” in that they both illustrate powerful drops that catch listeners off guard. The Dutchman’s new single is different from past productions because it incorporates a softer, more symphonic opening. Yet, at the same time, the track’s familiarity lies in the infinite feeling its provides listeners, a skill that Ferry has mastered decades ago.
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Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
Meet the contenders
Tomorrowland might be over but that doesn’t mean the magic has to end. In the days since the festival closed its doors livesets from the adult playground have begun to make their way onto the internet. So far Steve Angello, Nicky Romero, Laidback Luke B2B Sander van Doorn B2B Dimitri Vegas, Nicky Romero B2B David Guetta B2B Afrojack have shared their sets, but now we have some additions to a list already spotted with big stars. Click below the jump to check out Cosmic Gate, Sebastian Ingrosso, Thomas Gold, Steve Aoki, and Markus Schulz’s performances.
The clock struck noon in Boom, Belgium, and fans from DreamVille and afar rapidly filled into the Tomorrowland grounds to catch a glimpse of what they had waited 364 days to witness. Flocking to culturally themed food stands, onsite jacuzzis, poker tables and, of course, any of the fifteen stages in full effect early into day one.
Tomorrowland will once again invade Belgium this weekend, marking its ninth chapter with an expected attendance of over 180,00 fans hailing from over 214 nations around the globe. With a lineup vast enough to boast over 400 artists, the pool of headliners alone trump rival events, no single dance music genre is left unacknowledged, and the odds of discovering new talent are in favor of the attendees. Before TomorrowWorld touches down in Atlanta this September, Boom offers a heavenly opportunity for festival-goers — but with endless options come difficult decisions.
Want to visit all 15 stages, see your favorite DJ, experiment with new sounds, all while taking the time to witness sets in full? Navigating Tomorrowland will be no easy task, but one all fans should be excited to attempt — and that’s where DA has you covered. In the midst of an endless sea of talent, here are ten moments you won’t want to miss…
Markus Schulz has pieced together a Summer mix for 2013 in preparation for his hectic touring schedule and 12-hour, open-to-close, marathon set at Tomorrowland in Belgium. Both for practice and to ease his trouble sleeping, Schulz prepared 2 hours of what is essentially a best of selections from his performances the past few months. In typical Schulz fashion, the mix is deeply in tune with establishing a sonic journey through a variety of tempos, genres, and styles. At times ambient and immersive, and others energetic and driving, the mix shifts and pivots in a way that only Schulz is capable of delivering. Do yourself a favor and press play; this is 2 hours we highly suggest spending.
Tracklist after the break.