Made up of three very talented individuals - YB, Eka Gustiwana and Gerald Gerald, Weird Genius is the biggest it gets when it comes to electronic music in their homeland. Following on from the success of their previous single ‘Peanut Butter’ they recently unleashed ‘LATHI’ - their first release of 2020, and their biggest release yet.
The trio who played over 200 shows in 2019 and have supported the likes of The Chainsmokers were set to go even bigger this year with debut performances slated around Asia. However shortly after performing at the Indonesian Billboard Music Awards they were forced to cancel all their upcoming shows. While the dancefloors may have been empty, the meteoric rise of their club focused track “LATHI” has since proved to be inevitable.
The new single is an ode to the sounds of Indonesia’s region of Java and it features local singer and rapper Sara Fajira. Since it’s release they have garnered over 35 million streams online and ‘LATHI’ has now held the #1 spot on Indonesia’s Top 50 Spotify chart for over two weeks - outperforming global superstars such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Melanie Martinez.
In addition to Spotify, it’s also claimed #1 positions on platforms such as Apple Music, YouTube, Joox and TikTok. Now it’s going international, entering Spotify’s Global Viral Top 50 and flying up to #1 in their neighbouring country of Malaysia while charting similarly in Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and more.
The captivating music video which was released with the track offers up a stunning visual and it’s spawned into a viral trend of it’s own with fans recreating the haunting make-up seen within it. So far the video has had more than 25 million views and is the most viewed music video in the country.
The lyrics of LATHI speak of a relationship full of lies and egos that ‘says’ love but only hurts. Despite exploring the dark side of a relationship, upbeat music and honest lyrics bring the meaning of courage and a strong will in the face of ‘a toxic relationship’.
‘LATHI’ is available via download and streaming on all digital music platforms.
Join the world’s biggest online conference for electronic music for FREE*
Is there still any unexplored territory in the vast landscape of electronic music conferences? Globally renowned music conference Dancefair thinks so as they announce the biggest online music conference the world has ever seen with over 200 program parts, all available for free at the click of a button. In unprecedented times where most events around the world have closed their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, Dancefair has taken it to the next level by announcing this first ever virtual online edition will take place on 5th and 6th of September 2020.
And the good thing is attendees are admitted free of charge during the whole 48 hour, non-stop conference. There will be 16 virtual rooms packed with masterclasses, workshops, panels and a virtual expo floor will be accessible. Next to all of this there will be virtual demodrops, 1-on-1 sessions, countless chat rooms for like minded music makers in their own genres and loads more is to be expected.
Over the last 9 years the event has grown to become the go-to gathering for 7000 music makers and music professionals from all around the globe. 500 artists like Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Pan-Pot, DJ Sneak, Armin van Buuren, Wildstylez, Kevin Saunderson and Joris Voorn shared their musical knowledge at previous editions at their Dutch conference venue have have given insights on music production, and their road to success as artists.
Also a variety of industry professionals like bookers, promoters and labels have been sharing their ideas on the industry and how to stay physically connected. And now, the same will happen online for everyone to attend from anywhere in the world. The organisation opens its virtual doors for an expected 10.000 attendees. Dancefair virtual is free of charge. A registration is all there is to it.
Dancefair founder Norman Soares: “We found a way to keep everyone safe and to still deliver the connection and celebration that have brought so many of you to the event each year. We have decided to hold Dancefair virtually and we’ll release details about what that will look like over the next month.”
What can you expect:
• Music production masterclasses by some of the biggest artists in electronic music
• Virtual expo floor featuring renowned gear brands
• Mixing and mastering workshops by leading audio engineers
• Live Q&A’s with some of the hottest artists
• Music publishing panels
• Music label panels
• Music business keynotes
• Event industry talks
• Virtual Demodrops
Want to participate in this historic event? Make sure you sign up at www.dancefair.nl. The offline conference is planned for 31st October to November 1st 2020 in Utrecht in the Netherlands.
World renowned social media brand Mr. Afterparty and BSH Events hosted the first of their new series “Steam City Live” in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on May 24th. People from all over the world tuned in, with a reach of 500,000 and more than 200,000 views in all.
This inaugural event came live from the ancient walls of “The Pearl of the Adriatic” and 1st World’s Quarantined City back in 1377 and will be followed by more special streams from some of Europe's finest cities. It was a high quality affair with HD sound and vision and DJ sets that really took viewers on a journey and gave them a colourful window into the beautiful city.
This new series is a blend of music and culture to emphasise the historic heritage value of the cities, their highly modern character, culture and unique architecture, through impressive ad hoc recorded cityscape images mostly taken during lockdown by advanced drones as never seen before, so is more than just a visual exploration.
Stay tuned for more announcements and upcoming episodes bringing you different locations from around the world, produced in partnership with local promoters & government bodies specially for "Stream City Live”.
R3HAB teamed up with British pop sensation HRVY for his new single "Be Okay," a dance-pop gem that is sure to lift your spirits. With organic, breezy melodies that softly roll into a groovy breakdown, "Be Okay" evokes images of those times spent with loved ones and friends old and new that can seem so far away given the current state of the world. HRVY's soulful vocals give the heartfelt lyrics life, and the track's accompanying music video is just the type of feel-good content we need right now. The song sends a simple and yet powerful message - that we're all in this together, and everything is truly going to be okay. R3HAB and HRVY weight in on the new single below:
"When Harvey reached out to me, I sent him the song, and he recorded his vocals in no time. From the first time I heard it, I knew we had something special to give to our fans. I hope they like the end result as much as we do, and 'Be okay' will make the quarantine period more bearable for everyone who listens to it." - R3HAB
"I heard this song months before I recorded it, and it put a smile on my face. I reached out to R3HAB to be on the song and recorded it to see how I sounded. Everyone really liked it, so I'm super excited to see "Be Okay" coming out. I hope this puts a smile on everyone's face during quarantine, excited for the video too, as its a homage to the fans." - HRVY
Over the last eight years, the Dutch/Moroccan artist Fadil El Ghoul - better known as R3HAB - has established himself as a leader at the forefront of modern electronic music. His talent has been called the "future of the craft" by the likes of Forbes and Billboard, and he's circuited the globe's best clubs and festivals, all without the backing of a formal record label. In 2017, R3HAB independently released his debut album "Trouble" through his imprint CYB3RPVNK, which amassed over a half-billion streams globally and officially placed R3HAB among electronic music's heavy hitters. He made number 14 on DJ Mag's Top 100 list in 2019, topping the charts with tracks like "Lullaby" and "Hold On Tight," while his sophomore album "The Wave," revealing more complex, emotional and experimental layers of himself, has amassed over 250 million streams on Spotify alone. In 2019 R3HAB's "All Around The World" with A Touch of Class quickly became his biggest ever record already topping 200M streams across platforms and achieving gold & platinum status in 8 countries. It was followed by "Flames," R3HAB's collaboration with ZAYN. Stay tuned to see what this ever-evolving artist has up his sleeve next!
Agoria returns to his Sapiens label with a fantastic new single that comes with remixes from Stereocalypse and Andhim.
Agoria is in the middle of a real purple patch that includes his original soundtrack for French comedy Lucky plus brand new EPs including this one on his own Sapiens label. The long time French electronic icon also recently finished his critically acclaimed debut solo art show during Art Basel Miami at Scope, curated by Santiago Guggenheim and shows now signs of slowing down. '3 Letters' is a perfectly emotive pop-dance track with catchy finger clicks and warm, summery chords complete with a pained vocal sample rising out up top. It is a heavenly groove and one that stays long in the memory. The release features the amazing vocals of Blasé who Agoria worked with on his huge summer release last year ‘Your Not Alone'
Stereocalypse is an Italian duo that has found great success on labels like Innervisions and they re-work that track into something more suited to the club, with edgy snares and a tense lead synth line that eventually explodes in cosmic fashion to take you on a real trip. Enduring German house specialists Andhim then step up with an S Computer Love Mix that flips the track into something futuristic and spaced out, with far-sighted pads and pixelated melodies lighting up the whole track with real color. An Instrumental is also included and strips out the vocal for a more direct impact. This is another standout single from this long time French wizard.
Agoria - 3 Letters Ft Blasé
Agoria - 3 Letters (Stereocalypse Remix)
Agoria - 3 Letters (Andhim S Computer Love Mix Instrumental)
Agoria - 3 Letters (Andhim S Computer Love Mix
Streaming live on the W&W Facebook and Twitch
on Saturday 23rd May at 17:00 CEST
Globally renowned DJ & producer duo W&W will deliver a very special extended reality livestream via a partnership with Dutch events brand ALDA, in which an entire 3D virtual world will be created from scratch. The pioneering move will see the pair play an eagerly anticipated set inside a custom-made stadium, with animation helping to craft this extended reality on Saturday 23rd May at 17:00 CEST, for all the world to see. Those who want to be notified can subscribe here.
For this unique occasion, W&W and ALDA will partner up with China's premier sports brand Li-Ning, world's leading live streaming platform Twitch and globally renowned dance music magazine DJ Mag. Unicef has been chosen as a global charity, working to provide relief and recovery to communities impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). With the future of dance music continuing to find innovative paths in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, W&W's virtual world marks a seminal point in the history of the industry, as the Dutch duo implement green screens to enhance the illusion of their creative 3D reality. Set to secure an iconic legacy as the debut XR extended reality livestream in the electronic music scene, the broadcast will showcase many futuristic elements, with a nod towards a potential future route for the events industry during the global lockdown.
Becoming one of the most sought-after duos the world of dance music has to offer, W&W are best known for their dynamic DJ sets - packed with raw intensity - and the energy of the powerful production prowess they flex with every release fresh from their studio. Crafting a unique signature sound, their productions have been championed by the likes of Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, David Guetta and many more, rising as high as number #18 in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll. Continually performing at leading festivals across all corners of the globe, such as Tomorrowland and EDC, the debut of the hugely exciting live-stream is certainly not the first time the Dutch duo have paired up with ALDA, after performing a truly iconic set at AMF 2019, when the pair helped own the night during a sensational b2b performance alongside Timmy Trumpet.
With the duo continuing to prove their status as innovators and tastemakers in the scene, all eyes will be firmly fixed on this revolutionary premiere of the augmented reality performance, in which Willem and Ward will surround themselves with a series of mind-blowing special effects. Striving to push the dance music scene to a new limit, by creating a space that welcomes everyone to pave the way for the industry's future, this very special performance from W&W, in partnership with ALDA, will take place on Saturday 23rd May 17:00 CEST, with fans able to tune in via Facebook and Twitch.
The two-day festival will start at 4PM PST, May 16th and 10AM PST, May 17th on OS Studio’s Twitch Channel.
We had VR. We had AR. Now, we have the idea of Virtual Real Estate.
With lockdown impeding on people’s lives, the concept of virtual hangout spots is now more prevalent than ever; places in which people can meet and engage in activities like graduation ceremonies are no longer bounded by physical attendance.
From wanting to host a simple graduation party for UC Berkeley students to making history with the biggest music festival on Minecraft to date, a team of Berkeley seniors and (mostly) alumni made Blockeley Music Festival, the first in-game Minecraft music festival, jointly hosted with #1 public university of the world UC Berkeley and the hottest artists in the modern Dance & EDM scene. Notable artists on the line-up include Sam Feldt, Cash Cash, Vini Vici, Bakermat, Michael Calfan, Brooks, EDX, Dannic and 40 more artists.
Produced and executed by the first-class production team at OS Studios, the star studded Blockeley Music Festival will happen after the official Berkeley Graduation Commencement featuring speeches delivered by Chancellor Carol Christ (UC Berkeley), Steve Wozniak (Apple), and Bill Gates (Microsoft).
Born as a project for UC Berkeley’s, Blockeley came by the hands of Founders Elliot Choi and Luis Juarez, Nick Pickett & Bjorn Lustic who lead a team of volunteer engineers and builders and many others to build the first of its kind, 1:1 replica of UC Berkeley Campus inside of Minecraft, with the scope of raising funds for COVID-19 relief.
Notable mentions include Trevor Noah’s Daily Show:
BEAUZ is a DJ/producer duo known for being the genre-bending pioneers of Psy-Pop in Electronic Dance Music. The extent of the involvement of BEAUZ and Blockeley has been integral to the project from ideation to launch. In fact, Johan, (1/2 of BEAUZ) is an alumnus of UC Berkeley. Together with his manager Antonio Di Puorto from KEYTEM, the team laid down a framework of operations that allowed the whole event to take place in less than 2 weeks. In fact, Bernie Yang, Johan Yang, and Antonio Di Puorto have been contributing to turn the 1:1 replica into a Music Festival by securing A-List talent and strategic partnerships with labels and brands, such as Musical Freedom, RAZER, NBC.
Discussing the event, BEAUZ and his manager remember, “When Elliot and his team reached out to ask us to join such a groundbreaking event. A 1:1 replica of Johan’s campus to celebrate 2020 graduations? We had to do whatever we could do to help make this happen.”
Joining in as a strategic partner, Asia's number 1 nightclub brand ONE THIRD will be broadcasting the Festival in China exclusively through their Official Douyin livestream channels, which average 2 Million+ viewers per livestream.
Special thanks to Luigi Porcari, Adriano Romitti, Cindy Gu, Alessandro Dimitrio, Iris Gao, Lorraine Lu, Harrison Miao, Hunter Hall, and Lucas Jimenez who have all contributed to making this charitable event possible.
*All proceeds from the event will be donated to Covid19 relief.
One of the latest releases that really deserve your attention comes from the italians talents “Zheno” in collabation with “NO-ONE” with a brand new song called “For A Minute”. The club vibes in this tune drop are high, combined to an agressive breakdown inspired to Drum & Bass and touch of Hip Hop the song is a 10/10 banger. The song has been released the 8th May by Revealed Radar (Revealed Recordings). Check it out on the world famous radioshow “Hardwell On Air- Episode 466” and enjoy the Revealed sounds.
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