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Damian Lazarus’ Day Zero is undeniably one of the most sought-after events that takes place in the midst of BPM Festival, and it’s looking like this year’s edition on January 8th will be one for the books. Featuring a stacked lineup of Acid Pauli, Bedouin, Blond:ish, Damian Lazarus, DJ Three, Eduardo Castillo, Felix da Housecat, Fur Coat, LUM, Metrika, and Serge Devant, this event will have the perfect soundtrack for your mystical experiences at its new Tulum jungle location. On top of the world-class talent, and the one-of-a-kind location, Day Zero has partnered up with the visionary event crafters Red Moon, spearheaded by Cirque Du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberte, for immersive environments fused with the area’s wilderness. Trust us, don’t sleep on this party and buy tickets here.

“There is a magical and irresistible energy about Tulum that has really affected how I live my life. When you combine amazing music and wonderful people in a place like Tulum, it becomes much more than just another party. Day Zero is a chance to connect with loved ones, re-engage spiritually with the stars and planets, engage in some ancient and primal rituals, and generally experience something you simply can’t find anywhere else. I am profoundly happy to announce our return in 2016.” – Damian Lazarus

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In case you missed it, Paradise Garage, NYC’s legendary dance club, is coming to Los Angeles for one night only at the Hollywood Palladium this Saturday, December 19th! Ever since this show was announced, we’ve been looking forward to the club’s triumphant return to the west coast, and this weekend can’t come soon enough as we’re ready to get down to house and disco classics selected by two of Paradise Garage’s original residents, Joey Llanos and David DePino, and more.

In celebration of this rare event, we’re giving away a pair (2) of VIP tickets to this show and Paradise Garage merchandise! To enter, please follow the steps above.

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For the latest episode of their Fixtape series, our friends at Solé Bicycles have recruited Chicago’s Autograf, in anticipation of SnowGlobe Music Festival taking place later this month over NYE. Both Solé and the Autograf boys have been on a tear this year, so it makes sense for them to join forces as the year comes to a close. With tracks from SNBRN, Moon Boots, Zimmer, Gryffin and more, Autograf’s 50-minute mix provides a great warm-up for what you can expect from the trio during their anticipated SnowGlobe performance. Enjoy above and download it here!

“The beauty of traveling the world is experiencing contrast. One moment you’re on a beach in Malaysia, the next you’re on a snowcapped mountain on Lake Tahoe. After spending the last couple weeks in the sweltering heat of places like Thailand, India, and Singapore, it’ll be a baptism of sorts to finally experience a proper winter at Snowglobe Festival. We made this mix with the idea of contrast in mind because without darkness there is no light and without silence, there is no music. So what a beautiful world it is to have contrast.” – Autograf

TÂCHES returns! Aside from a pair of jams, “Prints of Whales” and “Yours,” the mysterious house music aficionado has been staying relatively quiet on the production front this year, so he’s making his releases count. In between tour dates this year, TÂCHES has been hitting the studio, cooking up tracks like this remix of Elk Road’s “Not To Worry” featuring Governors. For the remix, he’s traded the original’s broken beat for four-on-the-floor, while supporting the edited vocals with detailed percussion, subtle arpeggiated synth work, and a smooth, bouncy groove for yet another jam. Enjoy!

The swiftly emerging electronic music-focused trio, Arbitraire, consists of Andrea, Adrian and Genji, and they’re already making some serious moves. The groups members have been putting their minds together for a fusion of their influences in hip-hop, jazz, classical music and electronica, which yields a genre-bending blend of sounds wrapped up in an evocative package. Their latest track, “Compound,” is a female vocal-driven slow burner that incorporates spacey atmospheres, evolving synths, a shadowy vibe, and plenty of bass to tie it all together. Listen above and download it here.

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LA’s Justin Jay keeps on trucking through the year, even after several EPs, remixes, singles, a new project, Justin Jay & Friends, and a world tour. On top of it all, this recent University of Southern California graduate is going back to school to impart his wealth of music industry knowledge to students at Harvard, Northeastern, and The New School starting this Friday. In college, Justin was able to focus his studies on the music industry, so he was able learn about all facets of the industry, while also applying his knowledge and gaining real-world experience with his own artist career. Since he has this unique experience of being a world touring artist while in school, he’s taking the opportunity to give back, and teach people all that he has learned over the past four years. If you’re attending or around one of those schools this weekend, go try to crash some classes with Justin Jay.

Over the years, Desert Hearts has arisen out of the dust to cultivate a community of devout followers bonded together by House, Techno, & Love. Whether it’s record label, festivals, City Hearts events, or stage takeovers, everything that they do radiates their genuine intentions of bringing transformational experiences to the world through their own, humble means. The driving force behind Desert Hearts is a group of people that are often working behind-the-scenes, in addition to the select DJ/producers who also perform. Two people in that group that happen to do both are Marbs, aka Matt Marabella, and Deep Jesus, aka Ryan Orey.

Originally from Encinitas, California, Marbs is a Desert Hearts resident DJ and graphic designer, as well as the operations manager for their City Hearts events and festivals. Behind the decks, he’s trusted for his typically deeper, darker, and more moody sound that’s often injected with a touch of psychedelic classic rock as an ode to his influences. Much like Marbs, LA-based Deep Jesus has deeper tendencies in his DJ sets and productions, while also working in more melodic elements and many different vibes in one seamless, journey-like package. Aside from his artist work, Deep Jesus takes care of the stage management at the festivals to ensure everything runs smoothly at the helm.

We had the chance to chat with Marbs & Deep Jesus about something that people would be surprised to hear about them, what Desert Hearts means to them, their top artists to watch in 2016, and of course, what they like to drink, amongst many other things. Head after the jump to read the full conversation, but as you do so, be sure to press play on Marbs’ fantastic Beating Hearts YIN 01 mix that marks the launch of his new mix series that he describes with his own words here:

“Life is all about balance. There is no light without darkness, there is no day without night, there is no good without bad … the yin and the yang. This mix explores these concepts and inspired me to start a mix series based on the yin and yang theory of life. The first edition to this series explores sounds that I love, but if you were to remove these tracks out of the mix and compare them to each other most would sound totally different emotionally. I think there’s something beautiful about that. This one leans more towards the Yin side of the theory … a little dark, a little earthy, deep, and great for winter weather. At the same time you will find beauty, light, and calmness within it. It has everything from deep house, techno, and rock to everything in-between. This is why the yin and yang theory inspired me to begin a series of mixes to express the various types of sounds I love so much and how they are all related to each other. I hope you enjoy the first edition <3″ – Marbs

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It’s about that time for EDX‘s return to Los Angeles! It’s been a massive year for the Swiss-based house maestro as he’s played major festivals and top nightclubs around the world, in between topping Beatport/Hype Machine charts, throwing his own No Xcuses parties, and crushing his No Xcuses radio show/podcast on a weekly basis. On December 19th, the Swiss-based house maestro is capping off 2015 in the U.S. by making his way back to Southern California for a performance at the famed Sound Nightclub, and he’ll be ready to throw down with an arsenal of new music, including his latest smash, “Revered.” If you’ve seen EDX, you know he always delivers, but if you haven’t, we recommend that you go check him out, especially since this is his last state-side show this year! Buy tickets here.

These last few months of 2015 have been a busy time for Gryffin. The up-and-comer kicked off the summer with a dominant run of releases, including his remixes of Years and Years’ “King” and “Desire,” before unveiling his stunning take on Josef Salvat’s “Open Season,” and capping off this phenomenal run with his remix of BORNS’ “Electric Love.” The multi-talented star even debuted his inaugural “Flight Log” mix series as a precursor to his first-ever live appearances in New York, Los Angeles, and SnowGlobe Music Festival. Now, with the temperatures dipping and the winter officially upon us, Gryffin’s bringing some of his trademark summer melodies to warm things up with the “Winter Solstice” episode of his Flight Log mix series.

On the mix, Gryffin maneuvers through a series of sun-soaked jams featuring the likes of Hotel Garuda, Jerry Folk, and more. Like any good mix, the NYC-based artist even speaks in a few surprises – most notably, his VIP edit of Calvin Harris’ “Pray to God” and an ID to close the mix. Check out the mix and download it here. Tickets for Gryffin’s upcoming live tour are available here.

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The year is winding down and everyone has their sights set on NYE, but there’s something much more exciting than your typical night on the town… Electric Paradise Music Festival is going down on a gorgeous beach in the Dominican Republic on the 19th, and it’s expected to be a stand-out electronic music-driven event featuring acts like Major Lazer, Nicolas Jaar, AlunaGeorge, Chromeo, and even Skrillex, amongst others. In addition, the festival promises a bunch of other fun activities if you need a break from the music, and many food/drink options to keep you happy, satisfied, and healthy.

In celebration of Electric Paradise, we’ve put together a list of what you need to know about Electric Paradise.

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