It's easy to get lost in the numbers behind the meteoric rise of Martin Garrix.
At his tender age, Martin arrived as a lightning in our world bringing to us a lot of new ideas and sonorities.
His new track "Pizza" is the demonstration that Martin have every intention of innovating his sound always looking toward the future.
Combining an infectious violin with a dreamy melody, ‘pizza’ is bound to make serious waves throughout the winter of 2017 and beyond.
Pizza is absolutely gorgeous, a lovely “vintage” progressive house track, meant to be heard live: it becomes a beautiful choral piece with slight electro undertones. The violins in the intro are by far the best idea.
They add an elegant and classy mood to the song, making it unique and magic.
There are unexpected drops in his interludes between melodies and Martin lightens things up again, with more playful progressive synthesizers.
Martin has created a generational hymn, because his message is very simple and humble: to work hard and to don't stop believing in your dreams .
Written by : Simona
Everyone has their own career and with that being said, you understand that there is no rules or recipe for success. And obviously, everyone has their own perception of what success is. But after talking and having all theses interviews on Tomorrowland, with big names such as Armin Van Buuren, Don Diablo, Alan Walker, Mike Mago, Julian Jordan … You start realizing some facts that contribute to a solid career and eventually the success in the Electronic Music World. My way of seeing things is already different because as an artist, I’m not a Dj. I work with DJs, I’m a singer and songwriter with a passion for this music genre that makes me write and produce the most different songs and lyrics. But to make music a career, we are all in the same boat, and truly, information, research, and knowledge are the three things that will help us to prevent old mistakes.
Ok, until this point I haven’t share any tips that I pick up, so let’s press play and taking notes!
To the ones that last for the longest careers, they all know that their name is, in fact, a company, it means a great team of people working hard every day to keep building this structure that everyone sees as one person.
Side projects connected to your main product (Music), is a must. I’m not saying you should start building projects just to have them and look like a busy artist. I’m saying that you should explore your concept in other areas that will push your music even further as long as you have it all connected to what you want to say with your art. So if anyone tells you that you can’t do anything else but music if you want to reach success, you can prove they are wrong showing these names that are record labels, radios, clothing lines, and are always involved in new collaborations.
As an artist and a songwriter. for me one of the most important things are “ What do you want to say with your art?” and as a reporter, I ask many of them this same question. Every artist that have their answer clear, have the control of their career and really strong fan bases. I think that you should explore different feelings and sounds but music is a communication, so if you want people to understand you, you have to be clear. Even when you want to say you are confused.
Remember that you are not alone and many people can relate to this and become your real fans that will support you. When you have those people as your fans you will see how much love you will have to your heart. And as Don Diablo say “You just feel an obligation to make those people proud.”
Basically, you need to have your heart and brain ready to work. Your brain will tell you where you want to go and help you build up a strategy and your heart will fill your music with feelings and you’ll be sensible enough to catch and use that sound and lyric that connects all the hearts.
Sounds cheesy I know, but music is like falling in love. You have to be passioned to make it, for the feeling, for the sound, for the people.
Most of the times we only see the outside, we only see where our idols are at the moment. But believe me, the journey is not boring and is where the truth is, so the success you are looking for is, in fact, a journey.
@2017 DJ MAG MALAYSIA - THE KRAKEN MUSIC
Dutch DJ/Producer Don Diablo, currently #15 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 list, has become a major force in the dance music world where he is credited with being one of the founders of the Future House movement. After scoring multiple hits on Beatport with records such as "On My Mind,” “Universe,” "Anytime," “Chemicals" and "Cutting Shapes"; Don is working on his forthcoming artist album for 2017.
A hugely in demand remixer his portfolio includes Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Bastille, Madonna, Birdy, DJ Snake x Justin Bieber and many more. Don has collaborated and produced with artists like Kelis, Alex Clare, Example, Diplo and Tiësto to name a few. A packed global tour schedule playing in excess of 250 live shows a year has seen him play the mainstages of Tomorrowland, EDC, Creamfields, Mysteryland, Lollapolooza and Ultra, whilst selling out his 2016/17 Headline Artist shows in the UK, US & the rest of Europe.
Don's record label "HEXAGON" launched in 2015 winning Best New Label on Beatport with the most amount of Top 10 records in its first year. As a producer Don is also credited as the "best selling house artist of all times" on Beatport. The HEXAGON Radio Show is currently broadcast in over 35 countries globally, holding a weekly Top 10 position in the iTunes podcast section every week reaching millions of people across the planet.
The Dutchman also has huge passion for film & cinematography, producing all of his own music videos and is currently working on the title theme for a mysterious science fiction film, set for a 2017 release. In the past Don's music was used for series ranging from CSI to Teenwolf and Warner Brothers asked Don to create the worldwide theme song for the much acclaimed “Batman Arkham Origins” game. The track and accompanying video became an instant viral hit racking up millions of Youtube plays and global hype. With an eye for fashion and trends, Don's self designed HEXAGON merchandise line sells out within hours so it's no surprise 2017 will see him launch his first official fashion line.
About Future House, the way you created your own signature, reflecting on positive lyrics which was a strong pillar of electronic festivals, but in your case with sounds that make people dance. When before it was more about jumping. I understand, as an artist, every song has a particular process, but if could get in one simple sentence, what do you want to tell the world with your music, what it would be?
It's a very good question.
I think mostly the songs, like my biggest songs, they kind of tell the story of unity, they bring people together. You know?! If you listen to Chemicals, This Is What We Started, Children Of A Miracle. They kinda have that vibe of bringing people together, uniting them. That's my goal with music, bringing as many people together as I can and just kind bringing a smile to people's faces. And at the same time as a producer, I try to implement new production technics and come up with fresh sounds and try to push things into the future. So it's something that we can move on for instead of look back.
With a huge career and fans, with worldwide tours, with 15th in the Top 100 DJs – 2016 of DJ Mag, with the number one spot as Future House Artist of the Year on Beatport in 2016, tell us if you already accomplished one of your first goals when you started?
Oh.. When I started I thought I'll maybe play at a local club, you know? I never thought I would be this far. But it's like.. addicted. When you see that you have such a huge fan base and that keeps growing you don't want to disappoint them. You get up in the morning and you look at all those pictures, reactions, flags, shirts, there are a hundred people with the tattoo of my logo on their body. You just feel an obligation to make those people proud. You know? So for me, it feels like I'm just getting started.
What would you consider your next big goal?
I still have so many plans in my head, So much energy. I want to make the live show bigger, I want to drop the album at the end of this year maybe or early next year. I'm working on a film, the clothing line just dropped, I working on the next collection cos it's selling like crazy. It's like, I'm really excited, so it's like I' just started you know?! It's how it feels for me, so I never think about any goals. I think my main is when I'm laying in my dying bed and have the people around, and hopefully, I did that touched people in the hearts, so I would think my goal has been reached.
We notice that your songs have always a propose, and we love that. But we think your fans would like to know the story behind "Silence"?
Ah, That's a good question.
Well, I …
The short version of it is, I have been with the same girl for almost 7 years, the love of my life I guess...We were just crazy about each other but If you do what I do… I'm always from home, and she said when you are at home, - I have a studio in my house, so I was always working, I was always trying to... My focus was really on trying to create something that lasts for the years to come, and I think in that process I forgot about what we had. And I knew I had to spend more time but at the same time I always felt like "this is my moment, I need to do it now". And we came to a point that she was like "you have to make a decision" and that's what the song is about.
The decision made it self and one day I came home after a long tour and I opened the door and all the furniture was gone, there was no one there. There was just silence, so I sat down on the floor, and I looked at the window and I was like…
You know.. there's a lot you have to sacrifice to do what you do. There are a lot of things happening that people won't see from the outside. I know people have their own way to do things but for me, it's being a long journey, a lot of work and a lot of sacrifices …
It was eighteen months ago, now I'm happily single, enjoying life, enjoying music, whole new world.
Your new song, Save a Little Love is amazing, what would you like to share with your fans about your next steps?
It's difficult because every time you'll make a song, you think, that is the song I want to put it out next. It's always the song that you made last and you are so excited about it. I think tonight I'm maybe going to play two or three new tracks in my set but I cannot release all them this year and there's a lot of music also that are not typically Don Diablo. They are more like down temple, or a little bit sexier, some of them more aggressive. But I want people to hear all my sides, I always been making different styles of music, I guess now I'm known by the future house but the common thing is that they are all futuristic and they all have an emotional layer. So far is going well, my fans a very open minded, I hope they are ready for changes. I always see this very dramatic conclusions when you upload something new like "Oh no you are going to change to make this now!" and I always do me but I want to play different stuff too!
Don't be afraid! haha haha
The clothing line will expand and also I'm working on a documentary film right now…More news on that to come soon!
How was like to play in Asia? What is your favorite place to play and why?
There's not really a favorite place but I mean my mom is Indonesian, so it's always very special when I play there because is my mother's country.
The fans in Asia they represent, so much passion, you can't see they crying on the front and I'm like - Oh I just want to hug you! - Even if it's a new song, and for me, that's the most important thing, my fans should follow me on my journey and trust me if I'm playing something new. It might be my next big song in a year, sometimes people just have to get used to, but in Asia they love it.
How are your feeling after playing here on Tomorrowland?
It's always very emotional for me, I don't know why, but for some reason, everyone from around the world is here, and people there have such high anticipation. There's always some pressure because they do the live stream and broadcast all over the world when normally you just play records you like and whatever, you are just having a good time but here one hour goes out to the world and people can watch for the rest of your life. It has more pressure, more emotion! I started in the back in a small stage four years ago and now I'm on the main stage. That's why I brought my mother!
Amsterdam-based DJ Mike Mago has joined forces with the talented Tom Ferry to release 'Remedy', featuring ILY, out now via BMKLTSCH RCRDS. The track combines a hypnotic vocal chorus and deep thumping bassline to create an upbeat summer anthem.
With experience in both deeper house music, as well as mainstream sounds, Dutch producer and label owner Mike Mago has become known for his musical diversity. In 2014 Mago released 'Outlines' which turned gold in three countries, and went double platinum in his native Netherlands. The track gained over 10 million YouTube views and over 20 million Spotify plays. Mike also boasts remixes for the likes of Ellie Goulding, Avicii, Clean Bandit, and Bastille.
Currently in the midst of his summer schedule, Mago delivers ‘Remedy’ fresh off the back of his outstanding set on the Heldeep stage at Tomorrowland. A major name in the world of dance, the BMKLTSCH RCRDS label owner has played a number of huge stages in his career so far, including Tomorroworld, Amnesia, Ministry Of Sound, Mysteryland, O2 Academy, Pacha, New City Gas, Sound Nightclub, Creamfields, Hoxton, Heineken Music Hall, Summer Festival, and Zero Gravity.
Co-producer Tom Ferry has enjoyed a rapid rise through UK house, experiencing chart success with tracks such as ‘Plateau’, ‘Ur Love’ and ‘Out Of Sight’. Releasing with Armada Music, Ultra Music and Universal Music Group, he has accumulated millions of plays across YouTube and SoundCloud in the process. His recent original track 'By My Side', which features vocals from X-factor Australia alumni Michaela Baranov, has caught fire with support by Sam Feldt and Bakermat and we look forward to the Liverpudlian’s next venture.
Joining the duo on the track is ILY, a singer and songwriter born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. Her first release was a collaboration with Swedish house producers Albin Myers and John Dahlback, a song called ‘Vibe’, which became the anthem for Sweden’s biggest house festival "Summerburst" in 2015. She received critical acclaim for her single "Magic" with support from blogs all over the world, and new material and exciting collaborations coming up, ILY is ready to make a big impact on the pop music scene.
Mike Mago & Tom Ferry Release “Remedy” ft. ILY
Out Now via BMKLTSCH RCRDS
Stream via Soundcloud:
We met Mike during Tomorrowland and we had the chance to ask him few questions:
When and Why everything started for you?
I actually started playing because all my friends were DJs playing Hip hop, it used to be a Hip-hop kind of thing. They were always playing Hip-hop record and I was really into collecting the funks samples that were used on Hip-hop. To kinda like forming my habits, I started to play at pubs just to play whole night funk for 15 euros, so I could buy two more records and that's what I did. And slowly I started to play in more clubs, and this was like 20 years ago. I started to notice that when you play in clubs it's easier and better if you mix it a little bit with electronic and then I develop being a promoter for a long time as well and then I started my label BMKLTSCH RCRDS and them I started producing and then kind started to pick ups. I was producing for 3 years when "Outlines" came, to it was really fast.
About your crossing border EP and your song "Feel So Good" that is the Lit song right? There was premiered on Billboard. So what's the story about it?
With the crossing borders, I wanted to make like an EP that displays kind of the white skill I'm in, so I have one more ground track, one more indie with a singer and "Feel So Good" with is bit more up lifting hards track. My main goal is letting people know that when they come to gig of mine they won't only hear "Feel So Good" or "Outlines" but I also like and play more deeper darker stuff. But obviously "Feel So Good" is in, it's a little bit more energetic and it just started with the vocal that I got from the writer, a Sweden and I thought it was really catchy and started building a track around it. So the track was done and I say let's go and then I made a mistake by looping the Feel So Good drop. We call it the happy accident.
What are your next steps now?
I just released a tracy on Spinning called "One in a Trillion" which I'm gonna play today as well. We are going to released the music video of this one, the guy who made this music video is the camera guy for Oliver Heldens, so he's gonna be here, so Im; going to see the video today for the first time but Oliver Heldens already saw it. So I'm the third one to see it. Spoiler Alert! I have another track coming on my lanel BMKLTSCH RCRDS Records which I'm going to premier today as well. I hope the reactions gonna be nice.
How are you feeling playing in Tomorrowland?
Obviously I'm exited, I mean the Meca of of Dance festivals I think, specially now a days when they do it in more locations at the same time. I'm so bloom away by how big the event is because, like five years ago I played here and I didn't know so much about the festival, I played on a stage for like hundred people and I thought I had done really well. I was really happy and then somebody said "You finished now, let's walk around! " so we went to the main stage and I was like "Woww!! This is insane! my set was good but this is insane!" So after that I played every year and I'm just amazed by the festival. I'm pretty happy to play at Heldeep now because the artist are pretty similar to my sound and this is it. For me is what I am the best. I'm just going to enjoy and love every moment.
We've been talking about Deep Tropics for the past couple of weeks and finally got to experience it in all of it's glory August 5th-6th in Nashville, TN. It was the first ever installment of the festival and it couldn't have asked for a better debut. The two days were packed full of the best entertainment, with pool parties at The East Ivy Mansion, yoga at the Tranquil Temple, and massive sets from some of the best in the business like Mija, TroyBoi, Gramatik, Justin Martin, and the Desert Hearts Crew. Check out the video below to get a taste of Deep Tropics, and we'll see you there next year!
Written by: @Petey Mac
This year's Tomorrowland united EDM artists and music lovers from all over the world, in a high-quality festival organization dedicated to their iconic theme that resulted in creating a magical atmosphere in the entire festival space.
This years theme was the Circus, featuring intricate circus design along with circus artists performing throughout the DJ sets. It was like a ballet, everything perfectly choreographed. Below are a few highlights from this year:
Tomorrowland covered the most music genres inside the electronic music world.
With that being said, you could find artists and music lovers from techno to minimal, from EDM, House Music, Trap, Hardstyle, Dubstep and many other genres.
The very big news this year was the "Freedom" stage, who replaced the former "Opera Stage" and hosted artists from Axtone, Refune, ASOT and many other record labels from all over the world.
Tomorrowland has also truly become the Belgians people's pride. On your way to the festival you could see the city of Boom with all of the houses showing off their windows adorned with Tomorrowland's flag. Everything you’d buy during this time would have Tomorrowland's logo on it. Just by being there, you could really see and feel how Tomorrowland's concept, theme, and history has impacted the cities and people around it. Their love for music, respect, and care for the nature and the people of tomorrow are the real magic of the festival,making this an unforgettable experience for anyone who attends.
Everything was perfectly working, the festival was clean and with a great team of security ensuring the quality experience of the festival. Another extremely important point of the organization that was perfectly followed was the Line-Up Time. If you saw that your favorite DJ was going to play at midnight, he was, in fact, playing at midnight.
Tomorrowland offered a varied menu of restaurants from all over the world. The quality was very impressive and you could enjoy your food as if you were eating in whatever region or country you desired .
It seems unreal that all these details were perfect, but Tomorrowland it’s really something else. The experience is amazing in every moment you are they make sure to keep you reminded that you are an integral part of the Tomorrowland journey, from the airport to the festival. I'm grateful to have attended this year and we hope to see you next year!
@2017 DJ Mag Malaysia
The Kraken Music - Petey Mac - Jonny Chiappetta
Dutch dance luminary Fedde Le Grand is never short of surprises. Whether it be his groundbreaking 'GRAND' concept, which fuses live music with acrobatics, or his recent collaboration with designer sneaker brand Nubikk, Fedde has always managed to keep fans on their toes over his illustrious career. Now he is back with 'Firestarter', a link-up with reggae legend and Grammy winner Shaggy as well as long-time collaborator and Danish star Ida Corr. Out via Darklight Recordings, the track can be streamed and downloaded below.
Listen to Fedde Le Grand and Ida Corr feat. Shaggy - Firestarter
A reunion between Fedde and Ida after 2007 runaway hit 'Let Me Think About It' as well as another get-together between Ida and Shaggy following their collaboration on 'Under The Sun', 'Firestarter' successfully couples them all for the very first time, proving that three is certainly not a crowd. Shaggy's timeless flow and iconic tone neatly complements Ida's fierce diva vocals, while both parts are underpinned by jacked-up horns and a dancehall beat courtesy of Fedde. A blend of EDM, ragga and pop, this one will undoubtedly be getting the fire started on dance floors around the globe in the coming months.
Coupled with the track comes a comic book-style music video, storyboarded and directed by Dutch videographer Eauxby. Captain Darklight (Fedde Le Grand) uses his powers to stop Mother Nature (Ida Corr) from destroying the earth, but is overcome with her strength. Luckily, Diligitis, God Of Love (Shaggy), is there to save the day with his seductive ways. Tongue-in-cheek and also veering on the political, the video serves as the perfect accompaniment to this upbeat record.
Watch the official music video of Fedde Le Grand and Ida Corr feat. Shaggy - Firstarter
Having just rocked the stages of Tomorrowland and Ultra Europe, Fedde will be keeping the tempo high with a host of dates left to go on his summer tour, including stop-offs at Black Sheep Festival, Pacha Bali and Hï Ibiza.
See Fedde Le Grand Live:
July 28 – Adria Summer Festival, Medulin CROATIA
July 29 – Panama Open Air, Bonn GERMANY
August 03 – Blacksheep Festival, Novalja CROATIA
August 04 – Arenal Sound Festival, Borriana SPAIN
August 05 - RIO Budapest, Budapest, HUNGARY
August 08 – Aurora, Primošten CROATIA
August 09 – Tophill, Budva MONTENEGRO
August 10 – Culture Club Revelin, Dubrovnik CROATIA
August 13 – Guaba Beach Bar, Mouttagiaka CYPRUS
August 18 – Pacha Festival Bali, INDONESIA
August 19 – Cass Blue Playground, Seoul SOUTH KOREA
August 20 – Storm Festival, Hangzhou CHINA
August 23 – Club Sir. Teen, Beijing, CHINA
August 24 – Face Club, Guangzhou CHINA
August 25 – M2 Club Yun, Shenzhen CHINA
August 26 – Music Circus '17, Osaka JAPAN
September 09 – Darwin Festival of Colors, Chisinau MOLDOVA
September 13 – HÏ Ibiza, Ibiza SPAIN