HARD Summer Wants To Get You Wet In Their Pools & Water Installations

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A franchise like HARD knows that at the end of July, HARD Summer can turn into HOT Summer rather quickly. So, in order to combat the summer heat, HARD has announced that water installations, as well as two swimming pools, will make debut appearances at the 2016 edition of the festival.

HARD Summer has overseen a number of alterations made to the festival this year, with the most significant being a change in venue. Now taking place at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, HARD Summer will also make room to accommodate two swimming pools, one for General Admission, and one for VIP ticket holders. In addition to the pools, HARD will also showcase a number of water features such as Water Walks, Palm Tree Misters, Free Water Stations, Cooling Garages and Misting Stations.

While engaging in any activity that involves prolonged exposure to the sun, it is important to stay cool, and hydrated, in order to combat the negative effects of heat stress. HARD Summer’s newly added water stations will be a welcomed addition to the two-day escapade taking place July 30th thru 31st. With the festival’s commencement a mere ten days away, the expectations and anticipation for HARD Summer have never been higher. Whether you’re camping on site, or have made other accommodations, be sure to pack a bathing suit (birthday suits not permitted) and get wet this year at HARD Summer! You know you want to… *winks*.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit HARD’s official website, here.

Photo Credit: Oh Dag Yo Photo

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Illstrtd – Pictures Don’t Fade feat. Mack Moses (Dugong Jr Remix)

Pictures Don't Fade

Illstrtd – Pictures Don’t Fade feat. Mack Moses (Dugong Jr Remix)

Illstrtd recently dropped off a gem on Melbourne-based Be Rich Records entitled Pictures Don’t Fade, featuring elegant vocals from singer/songwriter Mack Moses. Today they enlisted fellow Melbourne, Australian artist Dugong Jr to bring his own signature vibes to the table after having a stand out release on Moving Castle single. Employing a unique organ melody and sub-heavy bass line grind, then twisting the vocals on top into a very juicy remix.

Illstrtd – Pictures Don’t Fade feat. Mack Moses (Dugong Jr Remix)

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Yellow Claw – Nightmare (feat. Pusha T & Barrington Levy) [Ape Drums Remix]


Yellow Claw – Nightmare (Ape Drums Remix)

Coming in hot Ape Drums puts his own fresh remix on Amsterdam-based EDM trio Yellow Claw’s single “Nightmare”. Recently released as part of their Blood For Mercy album with several guest rap features on the project. DJ Mustard, Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga join them on “In My Room,” while Pusha T and Barrington Levy on “Nightmare.” Expect the most in Ape Drum goodness with attacking synth jabs, ominous chimes, and heavy heavy heavy drums. Stream the remix below, enjoy!

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Nick Martin Releases “Looking For Love” Remixes

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Nick Martin & Nat Dunn – Looking For Love (Remixes)

Greek DJ/producer Nick Martin is no stranger to the house music scene. While his progressive, blissed-out house rhythms have finally begun to make their way into the limelight, the young artist has been producing and performing for years in Europe’s distinguished underground scene under a different alias. The music he’s been creating under the name of Nick Martin steps away from his old sound, however there’s no denying that this new change of pace is leading Martin towards bigger and better things. His song “Looking For Love” with Australian singer Nat Dunn that was released last month signifies that he is more than capable of changing things up while still keeping his sound both fresh and intoxicating.

Now, Justin Martin is back to present two new remixes of “Looking For Love” from up-and-coming Los Angeles artists Culiner and Dirty Freqs. A brand-new face to the scene, Culiner is setting a high bar with his high-octane trap and dubstep numbers, which is fully fledged-out in his rendition of Martin’s original. Dirty Freqs revisits the track with a more electro-crazed approach, making it the perfect dancehall banger.

Stream the remixes below or download them here for FREE!

Nick Martin & Nat Dunn – Looking For Love

Nick Martin & Nat Dunn – Looking For Love (Culiner Remix)

Nick Martin & Nat Dunn – Looking For Love (Dirty Freqs Remix)

You can also catch Nick Martin on tour this summer!


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Dirty Doses x Savagez – Shere Khan

Dirty Doses x Savagez – Shere Khan

Phoenix, Arizona heavyweight Dirty Doses is no stranger to Uprise Music. With a previously huge release under his belt alongside 1DAFUL titled ‘Let It Spray’ he returns to the NYC imprint this time around with Savagez delivering ‘Shere Khan,’ an absolute festival bomb.

‘Shere Khan’ breaks outside the typical mainstage festival mold with a raw, explosive bassline that is sure to cause quite the stir. In addition to the powerful drop in the production is a commanding vocal coupled with a clever electric guitar riff and hard hitting kick drum patterns giving this track a one-way ticket to peak time DJ sets and festival plays this summer. Continuously pushing his sound forward, keep a close eye on Dirty Doses with 2016 looking set to be his biggest year yet.

Dirty Doses x Savagez – Shere Khan

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Autolaser & PLS&TY – Hiding From The Rain Ft. MARØ(Solstis Remix)

Hiding From The Rain

Autolaser & PLS&TY – Hiding From The Rain (Solstis Remix)

Trap Nation recently dropped a substantially sized remix pack for Autolaser & PLS&TY’s smash single “Hiding From The Rain.” The super pack includes up-and-coming artists in the game such as Kaptain, Solstis, Indingis, Wildfire, Maliboux, BRLLNT, Xan Griffin, Modi, Frankie Sanchez + more. Every cut had a unique vibe brought to the table by the remixer, out of the pack, Solstis’ remix really resonated with me. They’re a young Chicago duo who just played Spring Awakening and have been on the imprint Trap Nation before, have a listen below and keep them on your radar!

Autolaser & PLS&TY – Hiding From The Rain Ft. MARØ(Solstis Remix)

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Damon Albarn Says Gorillaz Album “Should Be Ready Fairly Soon”

It feels like we’ve been on a rollercoaster reporting on the forthcoming fifth Gorillaz album. At first, we were expecting the album to drop this year, but then Jamie Hewlett said that it, in all likelihood, wouldn’t be ready until 2017. Now, in a new segment with BBC 6 Radio over the weekend, Damon Albarn has given his own testimony on the album.

Albarn says that the album “should be ready fairly soon.” We expect to at least hear some singles before the end of the year; and with some collaborators on the album already announced, including Vic Mensa and Jean Michel-Jarre, the hype is likely to go through the roof.


via Consequence Of Sound

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Source: Damon Albarn Says Gorillaz Album “Should Be Ready Fairly Soon”

Industry Spotlight: Matt Abbott [Label Worx]


Ever wonder how world renowned record labels like Dirtybird, Armada, Toolroom, CUFF, and more get their music into online retailers such as iTunes, Beatport, and Juno Download? Or how a distribution service works? Well look no further. Label Worx has been one of the world’s leading distribution companies for almost 10 years, providing a crucial service that without, we wouldn’t have the record labels, artists, or the dance music revolution we’ve seen over the past decade. We got a chance to get some background and more information on Label Worx from their CEO, Matt Abbott.

What was the initial vision and concept for Label Worx?

We actually started Label Worx back in 2007 from the glamourous location of my bedroom. We had our own record label called “Alter Ego Records” at that point, back when we were producing Trance. We found that delivering digital music to stores was an absolute nightmare; a tedious task of filling in information for each store that was pretty much the same – it took a day just to fill everything out and get it to each place. Understanding that this was a problem, we built a system from scratch that allowed us to deliver our releases to stores in one go, along with one of the world’s first digital promo senders. At this time, CDJs had just arrived and labels had started sending mp3s instead of physical CDs and Vinyl to DJs; after a few of our industry mates saw what we had done, we started doing it for them too and realised quickly that we had a pretty cool business idea. A simple, easy to use, no fuss system for sending promos and delivering releases to stores: Label Worx was born!

Does Label-worx distribute music for genres other than dance and electronic?

We have always stayed true to our colours and generally only work with dance and electronic labels. Since 2007, we have built strong relationships with online stores which has cemented our name in the dance music industry, but as favoured styles of music have changed, so have we. We understand that stores love to receive releases from distributors with no errors and all the checking done – we do all of this in every different way for each store and they love us for it. We feel that it is important we focus on this area alone rather than distributing and servicing labels of all genres. We’re one of the best in this industry so why dilute it? Currently we distribute more dance and electronic music to Beatport, Traxsource, Juno and other stores than anyone else in the world.


A lot of the general dance music audience are not as familiar with distribution as they are labels and online retailers. What is your job as a distribution partner and provider?


Our role is to provide digital services to dance music record labels. Now we offer Distribution, Promo Sending, Royalty Accounting Software, Demo Management Software, Mixing, Mastering and Web Services. We have an all in one system that labels can use to manage their whole label. Because of our in-depth unique tools, and the fact labels only need to upload their audio once, with one set of meta data, the whole process is simplified for them and leaves less room for error. We’re the middle men who ensure releases are delivered to stores on time, pitched for store features, mixed and mastered well, and presented as a full package to stores. Not every label we work with uses all of our services as they have their own preferred methods for handling different areas; that said, the ones that do can’t thank us enough for making such important tasks easy to manage.

How has Label Worx expanded over the years?


As I mentioned earlier, the company started in my bedroom. Nine years down the line, we have nine staff based at our HQ in Hull, three Developers in our Hinkley office, headed up by Chris Chambers who I started the Company with, and more recently we have opened a Berlin office to help service any labels we work with over in Europe. We’re also currently in the process of employing two more staff members at HQ. We now work with over 8000 record labels in one capacity or another, including Armada, Toolroom, OFF Recordings, Simma, Snatch, Enhanced Music and have provided Mix & Masters for labels and artists that work with the likes of Universal, Warner, Sony, Ministry Of Sound, Spinnin Records and more. I’d say we have grown in to something we never imagined Label Worx to be: the world’s largest distributor of dance and electronic music.


From your perspective, how has the relationship between labels, distribution, and retailer changed in the past few years with Spotify and streaming services becoming more popular?


Some labels still have direct deals with stores and prefer to work this way based on the relationships they have built up themselves with these platforms, however stores would rather receive everything from a distributor like us as it makes their work load a lot less. On a distribution level, we are booming more than ever as labels start and succeed every day. The streaming platforms are a tougher cookie for labels to crack and that’s where companies like us can help out. Sadly, the number of purchased downloads is falling and we see this trend continuing each quarter; there are even talks of some stores completely stopping download by as early as 2017, pushing everyone to the streaming market. We are currently working with our labels to help them make the switch and still earn a very good revenue from it – in fact, some of our labels have done this so successfully that they are now earning more from streaming than downloads alone. We can’t stress enough how important it is for labels to begin making the shift, that working with us to build solid relationships with streaming platforms will help make up the revenue they will sadly lose as downloads decline. Even now, a DJ will still buy a download, whereas most consumers would rather pay for a service such as Spotify or Apple music and have all the music in the world at their fingertips.

How will Beatport’s recent developments in shutting down many of their branches have an effect on distribution for labels?


Personally I don’t think labels have anything to worry about with Beatport. They have stripped back behind the scenes to a level they used to be at, thus allowing them to focus on pushing and selling quality dance music -and now this part of the company is stronger than ever. When Baseware closed, we helped a lot of labels make the switch over to our services and successfully kept them online without having their content pulled from stores. (if anyone is affected by the closure of Baseware, please get in touch and we can help out).


Do the changes in the way Soundcloud operates effect business for distributors?


This hasn’t affected us and I can’t see that it will affect other distributors. There are regular shifts behind the scenes which are not as publicised as everything that’s happened with SoundCloud and Beatport – labels adapt and switch their habits to other platforms. For example, we’re seeing more labels take new tracks to platforms such as Spotify and premiere their music on there instead of SoundCloud – this allows them to start making money from a release before it is even released. SoundCloud could only offer that if their accounts were monetised, and the revenue only came from plays in the US.


Given your position and viewpoint in distribution, what direction do you see music as a whole moving towards?


Music as a whole is shifting to the streaming market. Downloads will be a thing of the past for most stores, except for the ones selling to DJs. Taking control of these shifts by adapting how you sell your music is so important because the streaming platforms are not as niche as those stores dedicated to certain styles of music, or at least they are not yet. We cannot emphasise enough the importance of building a strong presence on streaming platforms now, so that when the shift happens fast, labels are prepared and earning money from this. We will see the closure of a lot of labels that are not being savvy when it comes to this over the next few years.



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Source: Industry Spotlight: Matt Abbott [Label Worx]

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.

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ Breaks 1 Billion Views