Monstercat Releases 5 Year Anniversary Mix by Didrick

Just when you thought Monstercat‘s 5 year anniversary celebration was over, the producing/performing mastermind Didrick has come out of nowhere here to prove us all wrong.

In 2014, Didrick amazed us all with his wild 78-track mashup for Monstercat’s 3rd anniversary, which featured a number of Monstercat’s biggest hits, commemorating 3 years of releases in just under 3 minutes.

Didrick and his gang are back at it once again, with an entirely new lineup of songs and a live performance that is somehow even more bonkers than his first. Since some of Monstercat’s biggest releases have been found in the last two years, this mashup is absolutely packed, featuring instantly recognizable tracks like Hellberg‘s “The Girl,” Marshmello‘s “Alone” and Stonebank‘s “Stronger.”

Do yourself a favor and don’t miss out on this absolutely stunning performance. Watch below:

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Source: Monstercat Releases 5 Year Anniversary Mix by Didrick

Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ Breaks 1 Billion Views

When Avicii released True back in 2013, with an unexpected combination of dance and country music, people didn’t know what to think. Some praised the move, some hated it, but everybody heard it. Now, just shy of its three year anniversary, “Wake Me Up” has joined the coveted billion views club.

This has Avicii joining the likes of PSY‘s “Gangnam Style,” which was the first YouTube video to clear 1,000,000,000 plays.

The video itself marks a special point in dance music, documenting Avicii’s quizzical Ultra performance which drew both acclaim and criticism. That Ultra also happened to be the final performance of Swedish House Mafia, further engraining a spot in electronic dance music’s rich history. Click below to re-live one of the most omnipresent tracks of 2013.

“Wake Me Up” is the second EDM track to breach the One Billion club, after the wildly successful “Lean On” by DJ Snake and Major Lazer with MØ.

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Source: Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ Breaks 1 Billion Views

Charlie Puth – We Don’t Talk Anymore feat. Selena Gomez (Lash Remix)

Lash has once again joined forces with Charlie Puth to deliver a breathtaking remix of “We Don’t Talk Anymore.” Removing the original’s fingerstyle guitar and tweaking the arrangement with an unprecedented Dominican flair, Lash has crafted a delectable new single.

“We Don’t Talk Anymore” chronicles a souring love affair, juxtaposing the melancholy lyrics with warm percussion and effervescent synths. Selena Gomez lends her vocal talent to offer the piece a female perspective, and the entire atmosphere takes on the emotional grey area that goes hand in hand with a breakup.

Have a listen below, and be sure to give Lash some love on Hype Machine.

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Source: Charlie Puth – We Don’t Talk Anymore feat. Selena Gomez (Lash Remix)

Your Texts May Actually Send At Festivals Thanks to AT&T

We all know the ultimate struggle of music festivals and cell phones rarely having enough service to make calls or texts. It’s all too common and requires coordination of meet-up points, walkie talkies, or just the general acceptance that, once you lose your friends, you won’t find them again.

Well, that could change sometime soon. Telecom company AT&T has proposed using drones to help boost reception, meaning AT&T users would be able to have functional cell phones at festivals again. The drones would hover over festivals, acting as temporary mobile cell towers to help create a stronger network by using AT&T’s 4G network.

Beyond music festivals, this usage of drones could also play an important role in emergency scenarios. Drones would be able to fly into an area where a cell tower has lost power, allowing residents to let their friends and family know that they are okay. They would also be able to evaluate the damaged tower in a way that humans are not and would move more quickly and efficiently. The company explained this more:

Connecting drones to our nationwide LTE network lets us capture data and feed it directly to our systems. In turn, this can allow us to make changes to our network in real time.

By using drones to inspect a cell site, we’re able to conduct inspections more quickly and safely – and even access parts of a tower that a human simply could not. We anticipate this will allow us to improve our customers’ experience by enhancing our cell sites faster than ever before.

Ideally, this new drone scenario would be a win-win for all of us at music festivals and otherwise; those who have AT&T will have the benefit of the drones, and the amount of network usage removed because of the drones will allow those without AT&T to have more service.

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Enchanted Forest Will Sell Medical Weed This Year

Enchanted Forest Gathering, a NorCal boutique festival happening July 22-24 in Laytonville, CA, has announced that they will have Emerald Pharms, a medical cannabis dispensary and resource center, vending at the event for the first time this year. In its sixth year, Enchanted Forest is well-known for offering other alternatives to stimulation besides alcohol, so this comes as no surprise. They will be the first venue to allow this.

For Enchanted Forest, offering medical marijuana for sale at the festival will be a growing conscious movement across the country, as many festivals are shifting to embrace more natural forms of healing and focusing on the creation of events that offer exploration and opportunities for individual growth. Emerald Pharms, a local Mendocino company, fits right into this, as their intention is to advocate and promote holistic practices of vitality through access to cannabis. They aim to help inspire healthy lifestyle choices and the usage of marijuana as a form of herbal and energetic healing.

This move by Enchanted Forest opens the door to a larger conversation: the selling of medical, legal drugs at festivals and, with it, the need for responsible usage of those drugs.  As Enchanted Forest is an alcohol-free event, they focus on creating opportunities to try other forms of stimulation responsibly. It is important to consider that alcohol, too, is often deemed as a legal drug, and time and time again we see individuals at festivals not knowing how to use it responsibly. With the offering of medical marijuana at the festival instead, the presence of marijuana as a legal drug in California grows larger, and it is something of a test; attendees, who are taking the weekend to find new ways to heal and grow, now have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to be responsible.

Enchanted Forest Gathering returns in less than a week; you can purchase tickets from their website.

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ZHU – Palm of My Hand

In May of 2015, ZHU blew away his fans with the release of his BBC Radio1 AfterHours Mix. The mix was seamlessly crafted to create a dark and mysterious vibe with an irresistibly catchy groove. In the mix, ZHU dropped a silky smooth ID which has finally been released: as a single off his new album Generationwhy,” titled “Palm Of My Hand.” This is now the third single that has been released off the album, as ZHU has already teased his fans by showing them “Generationwhy” and “In the Morning.” He has also included “Working For It” as a bonus track on the album, a hard-hitting, high-powered collaboration with Skrillex and the soulful R&B duo THEY.

“Palm of My Hand” begins with an ominous soundscape that gently builds, as police sirens are slowly accompanied by a soul piercing electric guitar. After an extended guitar solo that brilliantly introduces the track, ZHU painlessly transitions into a serene and infectious house beat that maintains the song’s cryptic and noir vibes. “Palm of My Hand” is just the latest installment in ZHU’s catalogue that showcases the depths of his artistic creativity and his unmatched musical prowess. His fans will finally be able to hear the entirety of his debut album later this month, which drops on July 29th.

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Monstercat Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary

Variety is the spice of life. It’s also the key to success. The saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” applies to many facets of our lives as a way to minimize our risk, yet maximizing our efforts. The same goes for the music industry, specifically, record companies. In our generation alone, we’ve seen a drastic evolution that has demanded change from these companies and one that’s handling it quite well is the independent Canadian based label Monstercat.

Monstercat was founded in 2011 and since inception has diversified their portfolio, not only with their artists, but with their connections to their audience as well. To start, they have an event series, AFK (Away From Keyboard), designed to connect gamers to one another IRL (in real life). Additionally, they have a successful Twitch channel and 24/7 radio and their very own platform called the Monstercat Connect which allows various online streamers the ability to use the Monstercat artist’s music in their streams without putting their page at risk.

All of this and we haven’t even mentioned the roster of artists that have releases on Monstercat. Krewella, San Holo, Slushii, Unlike Pluto, Pegboard Nerds, Marshmello – any of these sound familiar? The combination of up-and-coming artists and powerhouse producers gives the fans exactly what they are asking for: great dance music. This week is Monstercat’s 5-year anniversary and, to commemorate, they’ve delivered a compilation playlist filled with an eclectic mix of artists including Rogue, Muzzy and Pegboard Nerds. Be on the lookout for more stellar releases from Monstercat the rest of this year and as they move onward into next year. But until then, check out 5 Years of Monstercat in the playlist below!

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Britney Spears Releases First Single “Make Me” Produced by BURNS & G-Eazy

Make Me...

It’s the 90s all over again: Pokemon is popular and Britney Spears is at the top of the music charts. However, an electronic producer breaks the nostalgia with a modern-day twist. It was revealed that Britney was collaborating with LA-based producer BURNS when the two posted pictures of themselves together in a studio on Instagram last October. “Make Me” is the first single from Brit’s upcoming ninth album, and is quite a shift from her career of making pop music. By bringing in a new R&B-leaning sound to Brit’s repertoire, Matt takes her raspy voice to another soothing dimension. Rising rapper and producer G-Eazy cements the R&B turnaround with his brand of rhymes before the final chorus.

It’s only a matter of time until Brit drops her much-anticipated album. Hopefully, she’s creating new material with more producers we love as well. But, for now, you can listen to her first single “Make Me,” produced by BURNS and featuring G-Eazy, below.

Britney Spears – “Make Me” Featuring G-Eazy | iTunes

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Felix Jaehn – Bonfire


Bursting onto the scene last year with his remix of OMI’s “Cheerleader,” Felix Jaehn has effortlessly defied the “one hit wonder” status as he continues his rise to become one of top producers in the game. While a packed international touring schedule keeps him busy, it hasn’t stopped the young German artist from turning out a steady stream of new tunes in the past couple of months.

His latest single, “Bonfire,” calls upon the incredible vocal talents of Finnish up-and-coming singer ALMA. Giving the much needed fire to “Bonfire,” ALMA’s dominating lyricism takes us on a mesmerizing ride as Felix Jaehn showcases a fiery display of deep chord progressions and spiraling vocal splices. The track will easily find its home among some of the top festivals sets of the remaining summer season.

Stream the track on Spotify below!

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Hitting the Books With Hyperbits: Week 5


As the weeks go by in our Masterclass series, Hyperbits continues to hold our hand as we delve further and further down the rabbit hole of music production. We have covered ideas such as creativity, sound design, mixing, and as we move into week five, we start putting all these pieces together to make our tracks come alive while still sounding massive and in your face.
To achieve a sound that is commercially viable, it can take a lot of very minor tweaks and decisions. The best way to achieve this is by layering sounds together. This method can apply to anything from percussions (layering two separate kick drums together) to layering synths together to achieve a warm, fat bass line. But there is more to this practice than simply chucking a few patches of Serum into Ableton and calling it badass. The subtle art of layering is what separates the amateurs from the professionals, and after this week was complete, the whole class was more than on their way to achieving this.
Hyperbits stressed the fact that contrast is key in this. Stacking two similar sounds to achieve what you’re looking for will more likely just end up with a muddy and washy-sounding instrument, creating phase cancelation. The truly groundbreaking concept that was introduced in this week was four characteristics that you should be aiming for in every layer. While you may not need every layer characteristic for every instrument, having at least two of the four will put you in good standing and get you to where you want to be.
1 – Weight: This layer of the instrument will be the low lows. This is that sub-bass boom or that wicked thump that will hit you in the chest. 
2 – Body: Any layer that is in this range will likely comprise the tonality of the instrument. The mid-range frequencies are where you will find the warmth of the sound you are aiming for, so the main sound and tone of your instrument will likely fall in this range. 
3 – Crispness: These upper-mid frequencies are a great way for the attack and initial transients to live. This layer will provide the presence and coloration for your instrument, and can often give the sound and overall edge shine that make it sound up against other commercial records.
4 – Polish: This upper frequency layer will provide that glossy shine to the instrument. Overall it can add a bit of air and breath to the instrument as well. But these high frequencies can easily become fatiguing to a listener, so use these ranges sparingly or else too many of your instruments will build up here and become tiresome. 
Once we got a chance to put these concepts to use, they quickly become game-changing practices. All our leads thickened up, our basses became fatter, and our mixes became warmer and more lively. As we move into next weeks concepts, we are geared up and have all the necessary tools to start pumping our commercial master tracks that will set the dance floors on fire.
Until next week, happy producing! Head over to Hyperbits’ website for more information on upcoming masterclasses and webinars hosted by our phenomenal teacher.

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