Mat Zo is an artist who has always been well-respected for his detail-oriented production work spanning across multiple genres. His most recent endeavor, the 3-track MAD EP, shows him exploring bass-heavy sonic territory while utilizing broken-beat rhythms, from hip-hop beat vibes to faster juke-like sounds. In conjunction with the release, the studio wizard also announced his MAD North American tour, which takes him across the U.S. and Canada through November 25th. Check out the EP and full list of dates below. The EP can be purchased here and tickets are on sale here.
In recent times, there has been a lot of chatter about the famed party paradise, Ibiza, and its current state with dance music. Carl Cox famously announced that this summer season will be his last on the White Isle, and stories about parties getting shut down by police have been making the rounds. But what exactly is happening in Ibiza? I know most of us over here state-side could definitely use a little more context…
Billboard has released a 5-part mini-documentary series, The Real Ibiza, that covers all angles, from artist residents to the actual nightclubs, underground vs. mainstream, and more. Watch the all of the parts in succession above to be in the know about Ibiza, and to hear from Claude VonStroke, Seth Troxler, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, and more on the pressing matters at hand.
After a successful inaugural festival just last year, the Billboard Hot 100 Festival returns to New York’s Jones Beach Theater from August 20th-21st with a lineup consisting of some of music’s biggest talents, including everyone from Calvin Harris and J. Cole, to Hippie Sabatoge, Paper Diamond, Team EZY, and more. The 2015 Hot 100 Festival shattered attendance records for Nikon at Jones Beach Theater with over 40,000 attendees, and this year is expected to be just as in-demand, if not more. With Billboard-charting artists spanning multiple genres, there will surely be something for everyone, so don’t sleep on this and buy a ticket here.
Say hello to Dance Tonight, a new music event app for the electronic music connoisseur. The LA-based team set out to bring together further connectedness to underground music scenes around the globe. The app offers a one-stop experience where you can discover shows, purchase your tickets, and connect with fellow partygoers for afterparties and more. Check out a few reasons why this app might be for you.
One of the East coast’s prized festivals, Mysteryland USA, is shaping up for its best edition yet this year on the Woodstock ’99 grounds in New York during June 10-13. Today, they just announced their full lineup by day and stage with additions of Amtrac, Autograf (Live), Infinity Ink (Live), Machinedrum, Mikey Lion & Deep Jesus, Penguin Prison, and Roman Flugel, on top of Lee Burridge, Claude VonStroke, ODESZA, Skrillex, Emancipator and more. To make matters even more exciting, Mysteryland USA also dropped news about the return of their speaker program (Curated and hosted by NPR personality, Anya Kamenetz), the Healing Garden (Curated by Sarah Schroder and back by popular demand), and for the first time in the U.S., a comedy tent has been added with Saturday Night Live’s Kyle Mooney headlining. Check out the full artist breakdown below.
Buy tickets to Mysteryland USA here and for every 3-day ticket you buy, the festival will donate $10 for bottled water for the Newark School System in New Jersey affected by the lead levels.
Pete Tong & BBC Radio 1 aren’t wasting any time in bringing their legendary broadcasts stateside. First, it was the announcement of a special Essential Mix show featuring Richie Hawtin at Exchange LA on January 22nd, and now Pete is set to broadcast his Friday night show from LA and Miami rooftops in the coming months. For the first broadcast in Los Angeles on January 22nd (10pm-1am UK time, 2-5pm LA time), Pete will be be hosting his show on a rooftop in West Hollywood with gorgeous views of downtown LA, which is the perfect venue for a show that will reflect on the local electronic scene. To sweeten the deal, Pete even invited some special guests to perform, including Eric Prydz, MK (with a special guest), Claude VonStroke, and Richie Hawtin will also be stopping by. More names are expected to be announced during Pete’s Radio 1 show this Friday (1/15).
Part two of Pete’s American broadcast will continue on March 18th during Miami Music Week, and he’ll be accompanied by Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Danny Howard for the special broadcast, as well as some of the biggest names in dance music. Stay tuned to BBC Radio 1 for more details to come.
“I’m very excited about my show coming live from LA on Jan 22nd. Los Angeles has become a creative hub for electronic artists from all over the world during the past few years and California and Las Vegas a hot bed of ground breaking festivals and some of the world’s leading clubs. Bringing the show out of Hollywood and being able to reflect some of the exciting things going on is a great way to start the year.”– Pete Tong
Point Blank have teamed up with FIA Formula E, the all-new global entertainment brand with city centre motor racing and music at its heart, to bring you a very exciting Music Producer Competition! They’re giving music producers the chance to create an original track and have their music featured on a TV broadcast of over 200 million viewers globally, as well as win some great prizes. To find out more and enter this unique competition, head to the competition page. The winning track or tracks will be professionally mastered and get amazing exposure if featured in the Formula E global TV broadcast. The winner will also be able to choose from any of Point Blank’s 8-week Online Courses, together with a cash prize of £500, tickets to a Formula E race of their choice and Formula E merchandise. The competition closes on 4th January 2016, so head to the competition page now to register and get started!
The first of Fabric’s legendary FABRICLIVE compilation series for 2016 was announced this week and at the helm is none other than house-music stalwart and general good dude Jesse Rose. It’s been a rollercoaster year for Jesse, with a new label A-SIDED now in effect, a seemingly endless tour schedule, an induction into BBC Radio 1’s Hall of Fame, and a particular low point when the majority of his belongings were stolen in Ibiza this summer. But somehow, in-between gathering back the pieces and traversing the globe on tour, he’s put together and mixed FABRICLIVE 85, set to release early next year on January 22nd 2016.
The lead single from the compilation sees Jesse collaborating with the talented vocalist and fellow producer Seven Davis Jr. “It’s Not Over” glistens with late-night feels, a musical and literal encouragement to keep doing… whatever it is you’re doing towards the end of the night ;).
Of course, “It’s Not Over” sees itself nestled between some true house classics along with a good flavoring of tracks from Jesse’s label imprints. There’s Henrik Schwarz’s “Leave My Head Alone Brain” all the way to a remix of Mathias Kaden from STAYGOLD, which is Jesse’s newly formed collaborative effort with Junior Sanchez.
You can read more about the Fabriclive 85 release HERE.
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.
Getting vocals to sit in the mix is one of the most challenging aspects of music making. When working with electronic music, it becomes even more difficult as you attempt to balance a dynamic, real-world source with a more consistent, sample-based bed. For Point Blank’s latest FFL, JC Concato took a track by PB student Gutto Serta and rebalanced the vocals. The track ‘Smokey Mirrors’ had some classic vocal issues that Point Blank address over the course of the video. Find out more below and make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel so you never miss another FFL. If you want to learn more mixing and mastering techniques, as well as composition and even music business, Point Blank’s online Diploma course is perfect for you. Taken for up to 64 weeks and from anywhere in the world, it’s one of PB’s most comprehensive courses. With graduates including Claude VonStroke, Nicole Moudaber and Plastician, you know you’re in good hands. Find out more about Point Blank’s online Diploma courses here.