Nearly 21 years ago Stardust put out their timeless single, “Music Sounds Better With You”. It’s an immaculate tune that still reverberates at clubs and festivals to this day, and holds a special place in Petey Mac’s heart.
Coming off of a big year in 2018, the young Seattle-based artist established himself with big singles like “Dirty Birdz”, “Every Other Night”, and a remix for the grammy award winning Mr. Talkbox. His music earned club and radio play all over the world, with support from Daddy’s Groove, Billboard Radio, Data Transmission, and Shane 54.
He’s back and better than ever, kicking off 2019 with a brand new remix, dusting off this classic from Stardust in perfect fashion. The arrangement grips you right from the start, featuring careful sampling and an intoxicating groove that is going to shake dance floors all around the world.
“This remix is really special to me because this song is one of the reasons I got into producing house music in the first place. There’s so much soul and groove and just heart in it. I wanted to pay homage to it and also put a little spin on it. I’m really happy with the end result and cannot wait to share this with everyone!”
Petey Mac’s remix to “Music Sounds Better With You” will be released worldwide Friday, 2/1. Stream it below!
Stream “The Music Sounds Better With You (Petey Mac Remix)”
2019 is here and with it is the the brand new collab between two of Italy’s finest, Danny Ores & Flaremode. It’s titled “Nutty” and lives up to the name, packing enormous hype and energy into the full three and a half minutes.
Danny Ores had a massive year in 2018, releasing on Dannic’s Fonk label and earning
the attention of legends like David Guetta, Bingo Players, and Fedde Le Grand. Flaremode was on a roll too, cementing a residency with Billboard Radio as well as releasing huge tunes on Smash The House Records and capping the year off with the electrifying single “Front To Back” with Rivero.
Together, Danny Ores & Flaremode prove to be an amazing team and “Nutty” is a track you can expect to hear in heavy rotation all year long.
Stream Danny Ores & Flaremode’s “Nutty”
Carl Cox returns to San Francisco on March 22nd to perform at the Midway to raise funds for his theme camp, Playground. All proceeds go toward the camp with all DJ's donating their services. The fundraiser is the only such event done for the benefit of the theme camp and will be one of only a handful of US performances that Carl will do in 2019.
This will be his first US show of 2019.
Carl & the Playground Camp
Carl has become a fixture at the counter-culture event going on ten years now, and has a special place in his heart and mind for the both people and the experience itself. He knew after his first Burning Man experience, that he had the soul of a burner and vowed to attend every Burning Man he could.
Carl started his Playground Camp as a way to celebrate all that Burning Man is, and as a way to give back to a culture that he loves. It started small and most who landed in the camp that first year were those just passing by to get someplace else, but the music and vibe pulled them in. From that humble start it has steadily grown over the years and in a very organic way because the energy, music and people are what makes Playground so special. Each year the camp receives hundreds of requests to join and Carl makes every effort to include as many new members as possible.
When Carl returns to the playa with Playground this year, you can expect that he will make the experience unforgettable in every way possible and put every bit of raised funds toward an even more amazing production than last year. From Playground's welcoming lounge area with space to chill and drinks on tap, to the now iconic Arrival stage, you can bet that Carl and the whole Playground team are always striving to deliver an immersive experience to remember forever.
Carl counts his time in Black Rock City as some of the best times in his life.
Please join Carl Cox on March 22nd at the Midway in San Francisco for a night filled with family, music and the best vibes on planet earth.
While they last, you can get your tickets here
The myth of lucky is now a childish story. It was very useful for the major companies of the music industry to sustain that fairy tale concept so the investments in this sector would be through them. Most people in general, including some people that work with music, don't see this industry as profitable as Tech and Startups because most strategies and companies in the music sector don't share their studies and projects. It's not seeing as a popular investors sector, because it lacks of popular information. So every success is covered by untangible adjectives instead of clear study and improvement. But as the music industry had to evolve and accept technology not only on the production area but the distribution too, the numbers started to show and they are so big that is impossible to buy the idea of " You just need to find the talent " or "Good music speaks for itself " when you see that major companies invest 4.5 billion of dollars in marketing and A&R per year, so 26% of their music revenues goes to this sector, also pointing the average investment in the marketing and promotional sector is US$200,000 to 700,000 for a single emerging artist. If it speaks for itself why they invest more in marketing and promotion than the US$150,000 to 500,000 that is the average investment in the music production of the same emerging artist. You don't often see people talking about that music companies are spending more on consumer insights to take more advantage of marketing platforms, that one of the keys of using streaming services is to have target in a more effective way individual groups of consumers... And just by knowing that "The major labels combined have around 7,500 artists on their rosters and tens of thousands more are signed to independent labels." - IFPI - and the total investment in average to an emerging artist is US$500,000 to 2.000,000, is very weird that this is not a headline. If this is the usual cost of one of the 7,500 artists and is spend 4.5 billion per year in this sector, how much should be the profits? How much should be profits over a song, over a hit, since US$150,000 to 500,000 is invested on an album of 8 to 14 songs but only 2 to 3 songs will be really considered to be a hit. How many incomes a single artist can make that worths this usual investment in new names per year? Is not enough saying that the opportunities for incomes over the artist are really huge from live to merchandising. It needs to be clear that independent record labels are now startups, and more than 54% of our revenues are digital, we are the art with technology, not only on the distribution but also in the performances. Remembering that a song can earn royalties for more than a lifetime and faster than most products of most of the other industries since the payout of streaming is every 3 months and a good strategy, might take a song to more than 1.000,000 plays in a month, on an emerging artist. This represents one of the incomes and how fast is profitable without considering performing rights, tours and many others.
I'm 25 years old, I'm an artist of EDM, singer, songwriter, producer, writer, and columnist, I own a record label in the USA and one in Italy, and I've studied the music market for the last 5 years, my experience varied from independent to major record labels, from South America, Europe, and US market. I'm an insider, but many of these numbers are free knowledge, I'm just saying that things evolve and this is a Tech and Startup business, the strategy is successful, but some crazy ones wants more. I'm not afraid to reveal what is there, because entrepreneurs like myself want more.
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Singapore has taken the lead in Asia's booming dance music industry with the launch of a new state of the art music production studio, Titan Studios.
It takes a true leader to recognize a need find a solution and TITAN Studios is a perfect example, with the new venture formed between international star DJ and producer, DJ Adam Sky & Jupiter Labs. To them, TITAN Studios was born out of a necessity.
Sky has toured and performed all over Asia, and throughout his travel he began to notice that there was a gap in dance music production facilities within Asia. He noted that there were studios in and around Asia, but many were built around different ideologies and unable to offer the dynamic facility needs which many dance music producers need nowadays. Jupiter Labs saw the same thing, and together, they created the perfect solution: TITAN Studios.
TITAN Studios was built with the sole purpose to expand the horizons and creativity of every person that walked through the door. They've got it all, from vintage analog gear and setup to seamless interconnections with digital recoding and production capabilities. Planted right in the center of Singapore's creative epicenter, Duxton Hill, TITAN is now home to one of the region's few purpose built electronic dance music production studio facilities.
The pride and joy of the studio is the variety they offer through three different studio spaces, with the primary studio space priding itself on being analog to the core, offering a full suite of analog and digital production equipment. The other Studio rooms work as digital/MIDI hybrids, ideal for sessions when inspiration hits you and you need to put your ideas down.
The edge TITAN Studios carries is its versatility. Adam Sky & Jupiter Labs knew that in order to fill the gap in Singapore, they needed to create a studio that offered as much flexibility as possible to accommodate anyone's creative approach. Whether you're an Ableton user, Cubase, Studio One, Logic or Fruity Loops producer, TITAN offers digital interfacing via numerous digital audio interface options including Focusrite Sapphire Pro's, MOTU AVB arrays, a plethora of Native Instruments gear and several flagship studio items from Presonus. TITAN Studios also provides over 25,000 instruments and digital samples for you to work with and keep the inspiration flowing.
The usual sort of components and units are available on site such as an extensive Midi keyboard and synth line up, Maschine and Maschine Studio units, but their outboard hardware list is ever evolving. If it doesn't exist in their current line up but you would like to use it, all you have to do is let them know and they will source it for you through their partner network. They sky is truly the limit.
TITAN Studios is more than just a studio, they are invested in providing every opportunity to allow artists to create, which is evident through their 'on tour' support. They are available for last minute 'on tour' production, edits, mixdowns and mastering. They also have partnered with several boutique and leading hotel chains within walking distance of their studios in Singapore. Most importantly, they have a pantry full of energy drinks, snack food and coffee machines to keep you going all night!
TITAN Studios is the studio that lives up to every expectation. Whether you're an artist, producer, mix engineer, DJ, performer, or just someone who wants to be immersed in a highly inspirational culture, TITAN Studios is the place to be.
A revolutionary new music concept has changed the dance music landscape forever. The world premiere of We Are Connected 2.0 was launched on 16 December 2018 in Taiwan, and allowed the audience - for the very first time - to create their own festival show, via the world's first ever interactive DJ.
Over 10,000 dance music lovers joined Armin Van Buuren, Alesso, Vini Vici and many other artists in creating this exciting new experience with one of the event's headlining artists, DJ CNNCT. This unique DJ had created an app for the festivalgoers and had chosen the Taipei audience to become a part of the official launch during We Are Connected in Taiwan. The festival app enabled the crowd to control the show, interact with fellow visitors on site and meet new friends, as well as decide which tracks their all-time favorite set would consist of. With DJ CNNCT allowing the user to direct their unique experience, the special opportunity aimed to connect festival goers to those around them on a more intimate level than ever before, choosing the color of the lights, visuals, several SFX elements including fireworks, and to even put a photograph of themselves on LED screens behind the decks.
With DJ CNNCT building a special track list via a special vote on social media, We Are Connected truly bridged the barriers between performer and crowd.
What would the perfect festival look and sound like for you? How would it make you feel? Get ready for the future of the music experience where you are in control.
We Are Connected.
For more information on this extraordinary new concept visit https://weareconnected.com/
You’ve had ‘Music Rescues Me’, the single. Last month we gave you Music Rescues Me’, the preview show (presented at London’s titan Printworks). We reckon appetites have been whetted enough.
Main event time.
‘Music Rescues Me’ - the album - is the ninth collection to be delivered by pioneering electronic musician, composer and performer, Paul van Dyk. Containing artistic collaborations with Alex M.O.R.P.H., Sue McLaren, Jordan Suckley, Plumb, Saad Ayub, Lostly and a host of other talents, December 7 will see its release.
Commenting on the album’s context, Paul says: “though it might have been its seed, this new album is not about music bringing one person back from the brink. Its theme reaches beyond that. This is about music’s ability to open us up, to stimulate mental imagery, to unlock or bring back memories. It’s about its often hard-to-fathom capacity to support us, to get us through our tougher or more challenging times, as well as soundtracking the good ones, and making them even better. This, to me, goes beyond the mere ‘inspirational’. This is something else. That music can ‘unlock’ us, allow us to access emotions and places our mind might not otherwise go to is nothing less than extraordinary. It’s both force and a gift. I feel that’s a big part of what keeps it so magical for me - indeed for all of us. So this album is a celebration of this most mysterious, impalpable and wonderful aspects of music’s nature”.
Not for nothing is ‘Music Rescues Me’ the most swiftly followed-up-on PvD long-player (just 14 months separate it and the release of ‘From Then On’ in 2017). If ever “do today” was Paul’s guiding principle in ‘98 or ‘08, it goes a dozen times over in 2018. Stimulus driven by his recuperation from the now-well-documented events of spring 2016 has had the profoundest of effects on van Dyk’s life-view. That has been expressed most clearly through his professional work, taking the form of a tap-wide-open creative stream. Telegraphing Paul’s developmental, progressing and to-the-future outlook, it’s one that’s echoed by the vibrant state of the music scene in which he operates.
For the album, a number of last year’s co-producers have been invited back to the studio with Paul. Alex M.O.R.P.H., James Cottle, Jordan Suckley and Tristan D (under his new Delta One guise) are some of those who’ve returned to Berlin to write follow-up tracks. With even deeper roots in the PvD universe, there are also vocal contributions from Sue McLaren (‘Lights’/’We Come Together’) and Plumb (‘I Don’t Deserve You’).
Equally though you’re going to be hearing co-productions with artists Paul’s in studio partnership with for the first time. “Alan Wyse, Steve Deekay, Saad Ayub, Rafael Osmo, Project 8, Lostly - these are musicians from around the world who, week-in, week-out, we see lighting up the VONYC forums, he says. The producers who’ve really risen in estimation for me. Sound-wise, each one has their own area and represents a different sub-style within our shared field. It’s these shades, grades & tones, meshed with my own, that open up a whole world of new musical angles for this, my ninth album”.
With the album primed for release December 2018, Paul offers a final reading on ‘Music Rescues Me’s title. “The ‘Me’, he clarifies refers to ‘you, me, us - everyone’. ‘Rescue’ means less ‘save’, but more ‘liberate’ or ‘free’. My greatest aspiration for this release is that people - either now, or in years to come – listening to ‘Music Rescues Me’ will find that one of its tracks elevates, alleviates, opens them up, or takes them out of themselves. That’s the point at which I’ll consider it a success”.
Paul van Dyk’s ninth studio album ‘Music Rescues Me’ is released 07.12 and is available to pre-order here. (https://apple.co/2QBw2lb ). YouTube album preview also online here (https://youtu.be/XMAY9LEKIpc)
Tracklist: Paul van Dyk - Music Rescues Me
01. Paul van Dyk & Lostly - Amanecer
02. Paul van Dyk, Alan Wyse & Sue McLaren - You Are
03. Paul van Dyk & Alex M.O.R.P.H. - Voyager
04. Paul van Dyk & Chris Bekker - Solar Snapshot
05. Paul van Dyk ft. Plumb – Music Rescues Me (PvD Club Mix)
06. Paul van Dyk & Steve Dekay - Aurora
07. Paul van Dyk & Saad Ayub - Future Memories
08. Paul van Dyk & Rafael Osmo – Moments With You
09. Paul van Dyk & Delta One - Lost Angels
10. Paul van Dyk & Jordan Suckley - Accelerator
11. Paul van Dyk – Mission Control
12. Paul van Dyk & Project 8 – Made Of Stars
13. Paul van Dyk – Time Traveler
14. Paul van Dyk – Reprise
PAUL VAN DYK & ALEX M.O.R.P.H. - VOYAGER
‘We are dreamers. Soul searchers. #Voyagers. We drift along, deep in thought, our minds craving exploration and our eyes telling tales of mysterious adventures’. The latest joint venture from one of trancedom’s most dependable studio partnerships takes a look at life through a deeper, more philosophical lens this November.
Having bossed the Beatport trance chart with a record-breaking run on ‘We Are’, earlier this year Paul & Alex’s ‘Breaking Dawn’ reserved ‘From Then On’s best till last. Now, beating the expectation drum that bit louder for the arrival of the ‘Music Rescues Me’ album, the double Deutsch pairing reconvene on the profoundly atmospheric ‘Voyager’. Debuted as an ID during ‘MRM’s Printworks preview, Paul went on to hit Europe’s biggest trance room with the track, closing out his Transmission set - to the clear delight of 18,000+ fans - with ‘Voyager’.
The track itself, well if the above-mentioned singles took you to some special places, safe to say that ‘Voyager’s going to go way beyond. Paul & Alex build up its bass & drum resonance, before lighting up the thermals with shimmering, chiming sub-melody, plucked super-strings, zephyr-ish pads and air-spun piano notes. As the full reach of its irresistible siren-song harmony is felt, the pair gift ‘Voyager’ a heartfelt mainline, which ebulliently takes it to the heavens.
Helping you through the final days & hours before ‘Music Rescues Me’ drops in full, step aboard Paul & Alex’s ‘Voyager’ here, from today here. (https://apple.co/2QBw2lb )
01: ‘Voyager’ (Original Album Mix)
Started from humble roots in Kuantan, Malaysia; now successfully gaining global recognition for your multi-talented personas.
Being known for their straightforward and carefree personalities, here is what the hottest DJ sister-duo in town has to say during an interview session recently with our DJ Mag Malaysia representative, Alicia K.
1. Amongst the many talents that you showcase on social media, fans are aware that you started piano since a very young age; did that contribute in inspiring you to venture into the field of DJ-ing?
Leng Yein: I started playing since I was five years old and music had always been in my life ever since. All genres are beautiful in its [own] way and I respect all the artists and aspiring artists who put their time and focus and hard work so passionately into expressing themselves. In a way, yes. It does contribute to my career as a DJ.
2. How does it feel to have a sister duo on the team? Has it helped strengthen your sisterhood bonds when you perform together?
Leng Sisters: I needed my sister with me as a team because we are always a team since we are young. Our bond has always been very very close, strong and solid. Having different partners around the world I sometimes don’t feel the connection in delivering my 100%. With my sister as my partner, all our shows are always a perfect 10. Us working together or not isn’t the reason our bond is strong. We are unbreakable since we were born. She is the most perfect human being to me in my life and she will always and forever be. I am always confident and happy by her side.
3. Both of you are very active on social media, recently live-streaming about your adventures of learning to be a mermaid. *fun stuff* With a busy schedule like that, how do you manage to find time to groom & expand your DJ-ing skills?
Leng Sisters: Basically our shows are back to back so when we are on show it is real life practice. I did not aim to be extraordinary. We are just two hustlers trying to give our best to every crowd we have and so far we haven’t fail any and we are thankful for all the support and love from our fans. We are on world tour but we will always take time off for our family. And we always take time to learn new things because life is not just about mastering one. We can be anything we wanted to be because we are capable of doing that and we are thankful.
4. Whose music are you currently addicted to?
Leng Sisters: There are too many to begin with. So we don’t have just one.
5. We have seen both of you DJ & hype up crowds at crazy parties in the region. What’s the most important thing that comes through your minds when performing live on stage?
Leng Sisters: We have to bear in mind that different regions and countries love and prefer different genres and performances. So we have to sort of know or study about the crowd first, a little before we start our set. We only do live sets and I have a lot of songs selections so there will be no problem on performing to different crowds and age groups. Our experience taught us a lot.
6. For those who aren’t as familiar with your music, how would you describe your music style to them?
Leng Sisters: Unpredictable, because we only do live sets so there are no fixed styles or whatnot. But as usual, we play FOR the crowd so the normal crowd would love the billboards and the popular top chart songs. If its a huge rave, then it will be our remixes etc.
7. If given the chance to collaborate with any DJs in the world, who would you pick, and why?
Leng Sisters: I would appreciate any offer from any DJs in the world because I’m open format and I respect all the artists as a person. There are no favorites. To us, everyone is unique and special. We respect everyone. And we appreciate passion.
8. The Leng Sisters have always been seen as advocates for speaking out for what they believe in. Would you have any advice for those who view you as role models in pursuing their dreams/ careers?
Leng Sisters: Take a leap of faith, make no regrets in life. And Never ever stop being a better version of yourself, for yourself. Never listen to just everyone, never overthink of the what if’s, think of the why nots. At the end of the day, its YOUR life and no one is responsible for your life but yourself.
9. What can fans expect next from the both of you in the upcoming months?
Leng Sisters: We will be touring around most the time so get ready to see us in USA, around Europe, Indonesia, Taiwan, japan, china, basically around Asia etc. Follow us on social media for upcoming shows @lengsean @lengyein
Words & interview by Alicia K @aliciafireheart
ASIA'S LARGEST ELECTRONIC MUSIC CONFERENCE + FESTIVAL RETURNS TO KUALA LUMPUR & EXPANDS ACROSS BORDERS
WIRED MUSIC WEEK ANNOUNCES RETURN ON MARCH 2019
An honest initiative aspiring to connect the present and future generation of music industry leaders is making its way back to the community once again this coming March 2019. Wired Music Week aims to help lay the foundation for a sustainable career in the modern music scene. It serves as a one-stop hub for music enthusiasts to learn, network, develop, and advance as a community. The campaign was created in the mind of developing a solid platform to connect the Western culture to Asian cultivation within the music industry.
A initiative close to heart, put together by passion and soul, here is what John Beh had to say about this project, “Wired Music Week is a very special project for the team and myself. It’s great to know that we are able to assist those in the industry who are keen to learn while acting as a bridge to connect them within our resources and capability. We’re stoked for the second edition [of WMW] and are in works of planning more exclusive content and partnering with brands, sponsors alongside our elite team to create an extraordinary conference and festival, which will wow the hearts of many in Southeast Asia.”
// EXPANDING THE CIRCLE
After a successful kick-start of Wired Music Week during May 2018, the creator of this initiative decided to launch WMW Session. The new movement acts as a 1-Day Crash Course for Electronic Music Industry. It plans to host a range of seminars, panels, interactive sessions, and later, paired with an after-hours session at night.
WMW Session is an sub component which will be managed by the Team of Wired Music Week alongside local partners around the South East Asia (SEA) to curate specific content beneficial to fit each local market in their own unique way. The first venture in spreading the wings of WMW is to Brunei, Vietnam, Philippines, and Indonesia before the launch of WMW 2019: Second Edition takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
For more info, visit www.wiredmusicweek.com
Cast your mind back to July and Martin Garrix's standout Tomorrowland set. 8 minutes and 30 seconds in saw a glorious anthem explode into life for the first time, with many of the 15 million viewers to date clamouring over the identity of the track. Now this absolute gem emerges, ready to kick off ADE week.
This huge track is a collaboration between Garrix and STMPD family member Blinders, and goes by the name of Breach (Walk Alone). Powered by a lead line that recalls classic hard house, it's an enormous slab of electro house with a sweet female vocal at its core. A serious fist-pumper of a track, it's been one of the most sought-after tracks in the scene since Garrix dropped it on Tomorrowland.
ADE week next week is looking huge for Garrix and the STMPD RCRDS family. On October 17 at United Studios, he will hosts the STMPD RCRDS label night—with Blinders amongst lots of other artists on the bill—with the launch event of his book 'LIFE = CRAZY' on the same day. Then on October 19 and 20 he holds his two headline shows at the city's gargantuan RAI Amsterdam. And there's even more to come still...