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.
Thanksgiving 2013 may be officially over, but artists from all over the world spent all of yesterday tweeting what they were thankful for this year. Yes, even those who aren’t American and don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in their home countries, such as Chuckie, Dada Life, and Cedric Gervais. Below is a collection of Thanksgiving-themed tweets for an extra dose of turkey-induced candidness.
Although “Trancegiving” is not yet defined on Urban Dictionary, hopefully Paul van Dyk‘s 38-track Trancegiving playlist on Spotify can help further define the simple, yet brilliant idea. Included are original productions from the man himself, like “Together We Will Conquer,” and “Another Way.” The playlist also incorporates some more well-known tracks along the lines of “This Is What It Feels Like,” “The Code,” and “As The Rush Comes.” And of course, Above & Beyond‘s timeless favorite, “Sun & Moon,” is second on the list.
Click here to make up for the Trancgiving you missed out on yesterday.
Trance heavyweight Paul van Dyk has just announced the details of his seventh artist album to date. Politics of Dancing 3 will be released this fall and van Dyk will use the opportunity to bridge the first two volumes of the mix compilation series with this third installment. He cites both fan interest and the deep desire to work with his collaborators (whom have yet to be announced) as the reasoning behind POD 3. No word on a full tracklist yet, but he has revealed one of his songs from the album, “We Are Tonight,” is a collaboration with singer/songwriter Christian Burns. Eight years after the release of volume two, PvD will take the album on a live tour in the United Kingdom in October and November.
Though Paul van Dyk needs no introduction in the world of electronic music, for his latest release he tapped Australia’s youngest export to remix the PvD name to the forefront for some of the genre’s newer fans. Walden has proved no stranger to the Armada sound, having already taken on Michael S.’s “Broke,” but takes his skills one step further with his remix of Christian Burns & Paul van Dyk’s “We Are Tonight.” Keeping the sound in his bright and melodic vein, Walden does the opposite of what most progressive house producers would do when faced with a trance track: He strips it down instead of building it up. Still uplifting but more muted, Walden keeps Christian Burns’ iconic vocals but builds a new synth-laced storyline melody to back them. Released along with the original and a radio edit of both, the entire package is available now on Beatport.
One of Dancing Astronaut’s Artists to Watch 2013, Walden, takes on Christian Burns and Paul van Dyk’s pristine original “We Are Tonight.” The young star, most recently acclaimed for his Machine Land EP, builds a charming electro framework around “We Are Tonight’s” trance foundation and soaring top line. What looks to be another stellar output from the rising talent, Walden’s remix will be released via Armada on August 19th.
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…
At 12:45 Sunday afternoon, a voice cut across an edit of Hard Rock Sofa & Dirty Shade’s “Collapsar,” causing a still-filling Ultra Mega Structure to turn toward the sound.
“Good morning Miami!” the voice rang out. “Are you ready for The Expedition?” Heads started nodding. “Are you ready for 11 hours of A State of Trance?” A yes-shaped roar emerged.
The voice was Armin van Buuren’s, the set was Tritonal‘s, and the effect was pandemonium. Projected on screen from the on-site ASOT studio, the patriarch of the trance family beamed down at the crowd, encouraging them to give it up for their fellow Americans, the trance team from Texas that kicked off the live ASOT 600 experience and played the first of the day’s ten sets.
The episode saw Tritonal, W&W, Cosmic Gate, ATB, Dash Berlin, Markus Schulz, Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, and Markus Schulz all taking to the decks, hitting the crowd with wave after wave of the sonic sounds of today’s trance. Hop below the break to journey to Miami on The Expedition.
For those of you going the house party route for New Year’s Eve (any real nightlife junkie knows that New Year’s Eve is amateur hour anyway) the boys in black, Swedish House Mafia, will be providing 2 hours of listening pleasure to ring in 2013. From 10pm to 12am EST, IHeartRadio will be streaming a mix recorded by the guys for Pete Tong while they were on tour passing through Amsterdam. The second hour of the mix is the never-before-released audio from their legendary performance at Milton Keynes Bowl, widely regarded as one of the best shows they have ever performed. Alongside Calvin Harris, Pete Tong, Paul Van Dyk and Diplo, IHeartRadio’s New Year’s Eve programming is your best bet for experiencing one of the most dance music saturated New Year’s Eves in history — all without dealing with the crowds.
The stream is available exclusively via IHeartRadio’s Evolution radio station, so be sure to download the app or tune in here.
Insomniac‘s White Wonderland New Year’s Eve celebration will return for its second year at the Anaheim Convention Center on December 31st. The EDC promoter has cut the event down from two to only one night this year, but the theme and location will remain the same.
No word of a line-up yet.
Last year brought big names like Paul van Dyk, Kaskade (although weather prevented him from actually performing), Dada Life, Steve Angello, Benny Benassi, AN21 & Max Vangeli, and Thomas Gold. Tickets are now on sale for both general admission — $89 — and VIP — $175. Click past the break to get your tickets now. White attire is mandatory and the event is 21+.
Update: our observant readers pointed out Pasquale Rotella confirmed Dash Berlin, Above & Beyond, Hardwell, and Bingo Players on the line-up yesterday in a tweet: