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A brand new dance music experience will make its way to Romania this summer, as SAGA prepares to launch in Bucharest. Taking place between 5-7 June, the innovative festival is the brainchild of both ALDA & Insomniac, who partnered last year, and will follow in the footsteps of both brand's previous successes, such as the iconic AMF in Amsterdam and the world's largest dance music festival, EDC in Las Vegas. Marking a new beginning for the Eastern European festival scene, SAGA represents a landmark moment for the people of Bucharest, serving as the city's first-ever major music festival of such impressive scale. With more than 150 artists of various genres performing across 5 stages at the 3-day event, SAGA promises to provide something for every taste, with the worldwide ticket sale set to take place this Friday, 6 December.
SAGA looks set to revolutionize the festival industry with an immersive storytelling experience. With exciting visual spectacles set to take place, visitors will be truly blown away by the scale of this pioneering event. All will become clear over the coming months, as the secrets of the SAGA are unveiled. Playing host to over 350 shows and more than 30 brands for millions of visitors worldwide, ALDA's latest venture alongside Insomniac is sure to make a huge impact in Romania with their brand new venture, and as the SAGA begins, party-goers from all over the globe are sure to jet in for the inaugural edition of the annual musical celebration. Whilst plenty of details are still yet to be revealed, SAGA is anticipated to explode into life as one of the biggest festivals in the world during 2020.
With a very limited amount of loyalty 3-day passes starting this Friday at a special offer of just €21 (99 RON) as a welcome gift, pre-registration is open with fans able to gain early access via this link. With the worldwide ticket sale set to start on Friday 6 December, are you ready to experience the beginning of the SAGA?
BEAUZ WILL MAKE YOU 'FEEL THE LIGHT'
It's finally here, the debut release on brand new label Spinnin' Records Asia. Kicking things off in the most ambitious way is BEAUZ, the popular US based duo with Indonesian and Taiwanese heritage, delivering an exciting crossover sound with 'Feel The Light'.
Announced last week as one of Spinnin's most exciting new projects for the future, Spinnin' Records Asia is aiming to be the dance and electronic music specialist for the world's fastest-growing region. The label will discover and nurture musical talent from the Asian countries, as well as sign and work with artists of Asian heritage from every part of the world, bringing their music to a global audience.
BEAUZ is the perfect example, a US based brother duo coming from an Asian background, working its way up to become a worldwide acclaimed dance act. Following popular singles like 'Hide And Seek', 'Crazy' and 'Sayonara', the guys now return to close off 2019 with their most anticipated single to date: 'Feel The Light'.
It's a record that builds momentum with crystal clear vocals over beautiful, subtle melodies, before unleashing a rushed beat and chopped up vocal effects, marking the moment for the crowd to start dancing. Surely, a strong blend of pop and dance displayed here, not only an exciting step in BEAUZ burgeouning career, but also a promising, and best possible start of a highly ambitious new label.
“Imagine you were told a career in music is too risky. Imagine you were told that you were too Asian to make it. Imagine you and your brother back to back against the world, with nothing but hard work and raw talent to count on. We defied all odds, built from ground zero and we never lost faith. We only got one life and we strive to live it to the fullest by making an impact. We are BEAUZ, here to erase the bounds and differences between ideas, cultures, and races - beginning with our music.” - BEAUZ
BEAUZ - 'Feel The Light'
Out now on Spinnin' Records Asia
Having taken a break in 2019 to focus on their other project, MFMF., Malaysia’s very own DJ and Producer duo Spuds marks their long-awaited return by releasing a brand new single called ‘Ghost’, featuring Malaysian singer-songwriter Aina Abdul. Fans may
recognize Aina from her recent works, ‘Sumpah’ and ‘Shadow’.
‘Ghost’ has been over a year in the making, and it is arguably the most challenging song that the duo have ever had to work on. It was a tricky act juggling between the powerful leads by Spuds and Aina’s dominant vocals but the marriage of those two elements birthed a song that perfectly showcases the prowess and flexibility of both artists.
‘Ghost’ tells the sombre story of a person who is struggling to come to terms with her feelings of love, shame, and vulnerability in a relationship. The vocal performance being delivered in this track is full of emotion and passion, that befits the energy of this record perfectly.
The release of ‘Ghost’ marks the return of Spuds from their long hiatus, and is only one of the many singles being planned out in the pipeline for the duo.
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Regular and VIP tickets for the forthcoming ASOT950 event are now officially sold out, cementing the 2020 edition's spot as the fastest-selling ASOT of all time. With trance legend Armin van Buuren leading the all-night celebration on 15 February at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, the ASOT950 weekend experience will also include a special pre-party with Armin van Buuren headlining a warm-up gathering in Amsterdam on 14 February. The news follows the recent reveal of this year's theme for the celebration - titled 'Let The Music Guide You' - with the accompanying anthem of the same name set for official release tomorrow.
With demand for this year's event proving more insatiable than ever before, electronic music lovers are eagerly anticipating the scenes which await their February arrival, as Armin van Buuren's ASOT950 lineup includes an even more star-studded billing than usual, with the Dutch maestro ramping up the energy in preparation for the milestone event. As party-goers from all across the globe fly in for the revelry of all things trance, a series of special guests will perform at the Utrecht party, with a flurry of the finest names in trance joining the main man himself at the Amsterdam pre-party on Valentines Day. For those who missed out on tickets, travel packages and weekend tickets are still available in limited numbers.
Breaking records as the fastest-selling ASOT event of all time, ASOT950 is already shaping up as one of the most highly anticipated events on the 2020 dance music calendar. With all eyes now turning to the Netherlands for what promises to prove one of the most iconic nights of the year, fans who have missed out on ASOT tickets but still want to catch Armin van Buuren in 2020 can attend his special 'This Is Me' show at the Ziggo Dome in May. The unique once-in-a-lifetime show will draw together all facets of Armin van Buuren's sensational double-decade career, bringing the best from his mainstage performances and radio hits, as well as his iconic ASOT and 'Armin Only' events. Tickets for the special 'This Is Me' fan-show on 20 May have already sold out due to insatiable demand. The pre-sale will begin today at 16:00 CET for the remaining two shows on 21 and 22 May, and fans are urged to act quickly. The worldwide sale for these unmissable events will begin at 12:00 CET on 23 November.
Spinnin' Records looks to the future with Asia's upcoming stars
Spinnin’ Records is strengthening its global footprint with the launch of Spinnin’ Records Asia. The dance and electronic music specialist is bringing its winning recipe of discovering and nurturing talent to this fast-growing region. It will also sign and work with artists of Asian heritage from every part of the world, bringing their music to a global audience.
"We’re very excited about the launch of Spinnin' Records Asia", says Spinnin's CEO Roger de Graaf. "This is a region that’s already delivered groundbreaking artists, and is currently reshaping the dance and pop music environment with a burst of exciting new acts. We're proud and eager to start working with them, as they’ll surely help take the Spinnin' brand to the next level."
The debut single on Spinnin' Records Asia, 'Feel The Light', is scheduled for release on Friday 29th November. The track comes from U.S.-based DJ duo BEAUZ, who have Indonesian and Taiwanese heritage. “We are truly excited to be a part of this launch.” say the pair, “Spinnin’ Records Asia opens the curtain to a new era of globalized music and we can’t wait to show the world what we got!”
Spinnin' Records Asia will operate together with Warner Music Group (WMG), working closely with the company’s local affiliates to both sign artists and promote them on a worldwide scale. Subsequently, well-known artists from Spinnin' and WMG’s rosters will also work with the label on collabs with some of Asia's upcoming stars.
“There’s a dance music revolution taking place in Asia”, says Simon Robson, President, Warner Music Asia. “We’re seeing a new generation of DJs and producers coming through who are inspiring fans and building scenes that rivals those in Europe and America. The launch of Spinnin’ Records Asia will help ensure that we’re the first choice for these artists as they seek to build their careers at home and around the world.”
Following a successful year in which Spinnin' celebrated its 20th birthday, reached several milestones and saw many artists deliver their most successful singles, Spinnin' Records Asia represents a fresh new step into the future, harnessing the label's acclaimed methods and ability to build new music protagonists - this time working in one of the world's most promising music regions.
On Saturday November 30th (10pm GMT+8), Kueymo & Sushiboy will celebrate the 200th edition of their radio show The Kueymo & Sushiboy Show in a spectacular fashion featuring the latest Bruneian local ID’s and even a surprise guestmix to end the night on a high.
After launching their radio show in 2015 and having it syndicated to Brunei’s premier radio station Kristal FM, Bruneian DJ duo Kueymo & Sushiboy have revolutionized the way forward for the dance music enthusiasts in the country by providing them a voice and a platform to showcase their original productions which was previously not present before. To spice things up, the duo have also received countless support from international giants i.e. NERVO, Steve Aoki & The Chainsmokers to name a few, who have been on the show for either an interview or guestmix episode, or both.
From 10pm (GMT+8) listeners from all over the world can celebrate this milestone with them and tune in via kristal.fm/live. The offline episode will be available on their Mixcloud, Itunes Podcast & Spotify shortly after the show.
At 10pm (GMT+8) on Saturday 30th November 2019, come join Kueymo & Sushiboy in celebrating the 200th episode of one of the scene’s biggest weekly radio show.
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Thomas Gold takes his turn on Danny Ores’ “Ouch”. The track convinces us with a soundscape that canshine through a big variety of different synth sounds. Coming along highly dynamic, the song stimulates all of your senses and leaves none of its listeners unsatisfied.
Out now: https://fanfare.lnk.to/DO_OuchTGEdit
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The iconic Dutch DJ will bring all sides of
himself together at Ziggo Dome Amsterdam
Thursday 21 May & Friday 22 May 2020
WORLDWIDE TICKET SALES START 23 NOVEMBER - 12:00 CET
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Armin van Buuren is set to deliver a very special new live experience, 'This Is Me', his most personal and intimate show yet, at the iconic Ziggo Dome venue in his 'hometown' Amsterdam on Ascension Day, Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May 2020.
The milestone show will take fans on a journey through the peaks of Armin van Buuren's monumental career. For the very first time, all aspects of his professional life will be celebrated during two momentous once-in-a-lifetime shows, uniquely exclusive to the intimate and iconic setting of Amsterdam's famous venue, the Ziggo Dome.
Fresh from the release of his new studio album, Balance - a reflection of his many years as a producer - 'This Is Me' will bring all sides of Armin van Buuren together into a unique one-time only event. Amalgamating mainstage performances, nearly 20 years of A State of Trance, Armin Only, Radio Hits and more, Armin van Buuren will take his fans on a musical journey across every corner of his incredible professional career.
"Every song I make teaches me something new," added the Dutch juggernaut. "Informed by years of experience as a producer, it's an honest story of venturing into known and unknown territories, finding the balance in between. At this point, it's time to tell you my whole story. All of it: all of those different things that made me learn and grow as a person. This is what I want to create, and there's no one I'd rather share my story with than all of you. I'm Armin van Buuren, and This Is Me!"
Produced by global dance event giant ALDA, 'This Is Me' is sure to prove one of 2020's most unmissable events on the dance music calendar, with ticket sales starting 23 November at 12:00 CET via this official ticket shop link.
Vini Vici, Jean Marie and Highlight Tribe Join Forces For Thunderous Single, “Moyoni” [Smash The House]
Vini Vici, Jean Marie and Highlight Tribe are each in no need of an introduction. They all bring an impressive resume of releases, performances, and excitement whenever they release a new track. Together, these three artists are a powerhouse, a force to be reckoned with. “Moyoni” feels like a Tomorrowland-esque anthem the second you press play. The vocal sample sets the stage, as eerie synths seep in, building into a thunderous drop.
The guys created an incredible arrangement to make “Moyoni” a three and a half minute journey that you’ll want to repeat over and over again.
Vini Vici and Jean Marie have previously collaborated on “Gaia”, which came out a year ago and successfully rocked festival grounds all over the world since. “Moyoni” is the natural follow up of "Great Spirit" from Vivi Vici and Highlight Tribe and does not fail to impress. It’s the first time these three artists have come together and it’s nothing short of a massive success, already played by Vini Vici at Tomorrowland Main Stage and has been supported by Armin Van Buuren as the opening song during the AMF festival and by the #1 DJs duo Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike during their latests live shows around the world.
“Moyoni” is out now worldwide via Smash The House.
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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have won this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll. The duo return to the top spot after winning in 2015, toppling three-time winner Martin Garrix.
“I was caught off guard with the news that we’re No.1 again,” an excitable Dimitri Vegas tells DJ Mag from Ibiza, having just finished 14 weeks of a residency at Ushuaia with his brother Mike. “For us it was unreal, it was a big surprise, to be honest. We’re super-happy.”
The brothers had another banner year in 2019, with an exceptionally busy gig diary. Taking their distinctive blend of EDM, trap and other genres to huge venues across the world, they mention South America as being a particular highlight, with festival appearances in Chile and Argentina standing out.
“We did the Lollapalooza tour there,” Dimitri says. “We used to play South America so much, so that was like coming home. Next year we’re going to play there way more. We really miss the people, and the shows were so crazy.”
While the tag team also enjoyed shows in Asia and around much of Europe, their DJ residency in Ibiza was special for another reason. With Ushuaia occupying nearly the same spot in Playa d’en Bossa as a hotel Dimitri Vegas played at 16 years ago when he was just starting out as a DJ, the duo’s appearances over the summer at the world-famous club illustrate just how far they’ve come from humble beginnings.
The DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll is back and bigger than ever. In yet another record-breaking year, a whopping 1.3 million people cast their vote for their favourite DJs, that’s up 100,000 on last our 2018 poll. Once again Top 100 DJs partnered with UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation. Thanks to the kind donations of voters and DJs over the past three years, we have now raised over €112,000 for UNICEF. With this money UNICEF has been able to provide 150,000 life saving vaccinations to children in danger.
David Guetta jumps up two places to claim the bronze medal, and Armin van Buuren holds steady in fourth place, making this his 18th consecutive year inside the top five and claiming the Highest Trance award again in the process. Right behind him comes masked DJ Marshmello, climbing all the way from No.10 to make his first appearance in the top five, and Don Diablo — once again the Highest Future House DJ — is up one more spot into sixth. Dutchmen Tiësto and Afrojack both drop places but remain in the top 10, and Steve Aoki rounds off the list by climbing back up one place. The biggest change is Hardwell, who drops nine places down to No.12; however, given he’s currently on sabbatical, taking some time for himself this isn’t so surprising, and given all the talk of around mental health and the pressures of stardom this year we wish him all the best.
Moving down the poll and Brazilian favourite Alok is up two to No.11 — will he finally break the top 10 next year? R3HAB, W&W and Lost Frequencies each drop places, while KSHMR and Eric Prydz both climb three spots. The rest of the teenies is formed of three new additions in the form of Timmy Trumpet (up a whopping 20 spots to No.13, his highest placement yet), DJ Snake (up eight to 16) and Scotsman Calvin Harris (up 21 to 19th place).
Skrillex is unmoving at No.21, scooping the Highest Bass award once again in a year that’s seen him open his already teeming net of collaborators even further. Brit trance trio Above & Beyond are right behind him, hauling themselves up a huge 29 places, while NERVO remain the highest placing women in the chart at No.24. At the tail-end of the twenties, Headhunterz holds on to his Highest Hard trophy despite dropping one spot — his nearest competitor, Angerfist, this year down to 34th place.
In 35th comes the mighty Carl Cox, taking the Highest Techno gong again. Coxy is up 18 places, leading the charge for a new influx of house and techno artists. In fact, 2019 sees more house and techno artists in the Top 100 than there has been in almost a decade. Elsewhere, Drumcode boss Adam Beyer is up 31 places, just pushing into the top 50, while Claptone is up four and takes Highest House for the third year in a row. Nina Kraviz climbs a massive 37 places into 60th, while Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, Paul Kalkbrenner, Solomun remain in the poll too. South Africa’s Black Coffee makes a welcome return after yet another successful season at Hï Ibiza, and there’s a host of new additions: rowdy tech-house lads FISHER — this year’s Highest New Entry — and Solardo join the poll, as do Belgian techno spinner Charlotte de Witte, South Korea’s Peggy Gou, and masked German Boris Brejcha.
The addition of de Witte and Gou show another step in the right direction when it comes to gender diversity in the Top 100. Mariana BO and MATTN have both gained ground rapidly this year — climbing 19 and 21 places, respectively — and Aussie-born bass DJ, Alison Wonderland, claims this year’s Highest Climber award after scooting up a colossal 52 places.
Other artists making double-figure leaps up the poll include ATB, Mike Williams, Ferry Corsten, Breathe Carolina, Deorro, Carl Nunes, Cedric Gervais, Lucas & Steve, and Andy C, who takes home Highest Drum & Bass once again. Swedish House Mafia are up 21 places too, though Steve Angello has taken a hit and Axwell Λ Ingrosso have dropped out altogether. Overall, there are 11 new entries (one more than in 2018), six re-entries — the highest being Belgium’s Yves V, at No.56 — and five non-movers.
Votes came in from 179 different countries, with the most votes recorded from the USA once again, followed by mainland Europe — the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany leading the charge. Latin America is close behind, where fans from Mexico and Brazil, in particular, have been voting in droves. In addition to Facebook and Google, the SMS voting mechanism continued to open up voting to anyone with a mobile phone, with around 15% of all votes coming from this login in 2019. This is perhaps best reflected in the increase of voters from China, which is now second behind India in terms of Asian voting regions. Elsewhere votes came in from countries such as Monaco, Yemen, Sudan, Syria, and Iraq.
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