Parallells duo launch their A Day In series with a fantastic first film from Essaouira in Morocco, during Moga Festival
The Parallells duo are proud to launch their A Day In series with a fantastic first film from Essaouira in Morocco, during Moga Festival. The film features a new and exclusive track “A Day In Essaouira” which will be available for purchase on Bandcamp and profits will go to the Associations Yerma Gnaoua and Issaouas in order to help Moroccan traditional musicians and their families to overcome the CV19 crisis.
Julien and Thomas de Bie, former students of the Academy of Music, grew up influenced by jazz and classical music and are now underground electronic stalwarts who are based in Amsterdam. They perform at major festivals such around the globe, manage Klassified Records and the Klassified Music Festival and have just opened “The House of Klassified” in Amsterdam; a creative hub for their artists combining: studios, recording facilities, an art gallery and co-working spaces.
With this ambitious new project, Parallells have taken their musical venture even further by discovering different cultures, tribes and their specific sounds. This episode is the first one of the video series “A Day In” where Parallells translate, through field recordings, a specific culture, city or country. It is said that “Music is the universal language” and Parallells aims to show how it connects people as well as showing the world’s beauty and use music as a force for change. This video was filmed by friend Arnaud Moro who does a remarkable job of capturing the process through his lens.
This last October, Parallells, Maalem Omar Hayat and his crotales players performed a unique show combining Gnawa music infused with electronic music. It came about as an initiative from Moga Festival called Moga Creation. Creating bridges between tradition and modernity, perpetuating the heritage of Essaouira, a city of mixed cultures, highlighting local creativity and hospitality, this project is what Moga Creation aims for.
Parallells rehearsed in the middle of Essaouira’s Medina, in a sacred place where the synergies were shivering when electronic music met traditional Gnawa’s rhythm and culture. After 3 days together, they played this memorable live at Moga Festival, a performance forever engraved in many people’s hearts.
Gnawa culture is a centuries-old Moroccan practice rooted in African rituals, Sufi traditions and music played with the guenbri, a type of lute with three strings, and steel castanets called krakebs or crotales. Gnawa refers to a "set of musical productions, fraternal practices and therapeutic rituals where the secular mixes with the sacred"
Essaouira is an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context. Since its foundation, it has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco and its Saharan hinterland with Europe and the rest of the world.
Maalam Omar Hayat is delighted with this collaboration with Julien and Thomas, because it perfectly reflects the cultural exchange between Gnaoua music and electronic music. It was a truly unique experience with, as a highlight, this superb live performed at Moga festival, which perfectly symbolizes this alliance. "Moga création". It is the DNA of Moga festival and a great opportunity to represent these different worlds in the hope of future collaboration, because it was really magic.
This is a fantastic way to launch this new video series which will breakdown borders between music, culture and people all over the world. Watch out for the second episode which finds the pair immersing themselves in the Huichol culture in the Mexican mountains later this year.
Festival organisers have been closely monitoring the worldwide situation for the past few weeks and a decision has been made that the debut edition of one of 2020's most eagerly anticipated events, SAGA Festival, will be rescheduled to September this year due to COVID-19 concerns. This postponement is the best option for SAGA Festival with the health and wellbeing of visitors a main priority.
SAGA Festival will now take place between 11-13 September at Romania's stunning Izvor Park location. It will be an immense moment of celebration of a brand new dance music experience taking over the cultural hub of Romania. The innovative festival - a brainchild of both ALDA (AMF) & Insomniac (EDC) - marks a new beginning for the Eastern European festival scene, with a whole host of the finest acts in the world across 3 days of musical celebration. Festival organizers have noted that the soon to be announced lineup may be slightly different due to artist scheduling, but they assure visitors that it will be up to ALDA and Insomniac standards. There will also be an amazing surprise act added to the line-up, which will also be announced soon.
This stunning festival experience will now take place under the lush late-summer air, with sun shining as ravers from all across the world touch down in Romania to taste an iconic moment in dance music history. Filled with exciting visual spectacles - a small selection of which were displayed to guests at the recent SAGA launch event - visitors will be truly blown away by the scale of this pioneering event, with 'the story of SAGA' focusing on writing a new chapter in electronic history as we fill the blank pages of our story with the tales that will be told for generations to come regarding the antics enjoyed at SAGA Festival 2020.
Previously playing host to over 350 shows and more than 30 brands for millions of visitors worldwide, ALDA's reputation in the electronic industry has elevated the brand to the summit of the scene, where they proudly sit alongside partner brand, U.S giants Insomniac. With party-goers from every corner of the globe jetting in to experience the inaugural edition of the annual musical celebration, all eyes now turn to September. Are you ready to experience the beginning of the SAGA?
Monday, the team behind 1001Tracklists announces the launch of Songstats, a cross-platform music analytics service for artists, labels, and industry professionals.
Songstats is a mobile-first data solution that delivers important insights in real time. Currently tracking data from Spotify, Apple Music, Shazam, Beatport, Traxsource, iTunes, SoundCloud and 1001Tracklists, Songstats offers a comprehensive picture of the performance of each release.
The Songstats platform is a powerful tool that enables creators to save time and capitalize on their success. Subscribers receive push notifications when their tracks are added to major playlists, reach new milestones, and chart in different territories and genres. Custom artworks can automatically be generated and shared directly to Instagram, allowing artists to create momentum, celebrate accomplishments with their fans, and recognize supporters.
Both the website and mobile app present an activity feed to display important updates across an artist's or label's entire catalog. By displaying chronological insights for every track, Songstats makes it easy to highlight key performance metrics without needing to dig further.
Artist and label dashboards provide an overview of the most important all-time and recent achievements. For an in-depth look, individualized track pages showcase detailed analytics for each data source. Interactive tables empower users to dive deeper into the moments that matter most, while graphs allow for easy visualization of the growth of each release. Songstats regularly fetches the catalogue of artists and labels and leverages proprietary data merging mechanisms to compile statistics across all versions of a track in one combined place.
From CEO Oskar Eichler, "In today's landscape, there are so many different sources of information for your music, and it's difficult to know how you can use this data strategically.
Songstats was born out of a desire to aggregate everything into a single app, notify you straight away on what's most significant, and make it easy to understand
the many ways in which you can take advantage "
Songstats offers a free trial for all new users, and premium accounts can be shared across an unlimited number of team members at no additional cost.
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It's time for another Future House/Progressive track on Revealed Recording ! This time “Zheno”in collaboration with talented guy “Leo Teran” and with the wonderful voice by “Nino Lucarelli “deliver their latest fantastic collaboration called 'Eyes'. The song is characterized by acoustic sounds, such as the guitar, and electronic synthesizer, merged to create a emotional vibe and give off a lot of energy in the refrain to convey all the emotions that had been recorded in the track. With its danceable and emotiv vibes, “ EYES” is the perfect track to set the tone in the radio ! Check it out “Hardwell On Air 457” for listening the premiere of the track.
Martin Garrix is back with a long awaited new single, this time collaborating with rising singer Clinton Kane. Martin is never one to sit still and has been releasing one track after the other, now kicking off 2020 with the beautiful sound of ‘Drown’.
Kane’s powerful vocals gather weight and is the perfect fit for the characteristic Garrix style. By combining forces, they have managed to establish a very powerful sound which will win hearts and minds the world over and is yet another shining example of his natural talent for working with brilliant vocalists from all over the world.
Born to Norwegian and Filipino parents and living in between multiple countries—primarily the UK and Australia, Kane grew up teaching himself to sing, play guitar, piano and the drums. Signed to Columbia, this huge talent makes for a great match for Garrix, and the pair got on like old friends when they collaborated on this track.
Martin Garrix: “Making this track with my friend Clinton Kane was amazing! He is crazy talented and we get along very well making the studio sessions loads of fun! I’m really happy with the end result.”
Clinton Kane: “Martin is such a warm human and a mad talent. It was heaps of fun writing and working with him on this track. We actually only met after the song was fully finished due to logistical issues and volcanic eruptions. Thank god for technology! Love him to death.”
With Garrix’s recent exploits including a life-changing trip to Antarctica and working on UEFA EURO 2020, his 2020 is just getting started and this new track will blast it into overdrive!
Two of dance music’s talented acts, KRAIZ & AASH, have come together for the second time to release an electrifying single that’s ready to shake dance floors, titled ‘Drop The Cat’, signed exclusively to Red Lizard.
KRAIZ has enjoyed quite an incredible career thus far, playing alongside some of the biggest acts in dance music including Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, to name a few. He’s also known for “The Sound of Kraiz”, his own residency show at Illuzion Discoteque (#33 Club in the world for 2019). KRAIZ is a master at blending both the mainstream and underground into his live sets and into his productions. He’s a great example of how a DJ and Producer can use a wireless synthesizer to create remixand mashups live on stage during his show. It’s an incredible sight and it’s safe to say KRAIZ will have a massive year ahead for him.
AASH is French a DJ & Producer who is also in no need of an introduction. He is ranked #5 best French DJ in 2020 according the MusiboxLive Community and rightfully so, as he brings a unparalleled dynamic to both his live shows and his productions. Already earning support from artists like Dannic and Leandro Da Silva, AASH is proving that he’s a force to be reckoned with. Keep an ear on this rising star throughout 2020!
‘Drop The Cat’ is a thunderous single from KRAIZ and AASH, and its origins may peak your interest. There was a cat always meowing during KRAIZ & AASH production sessions, so “Drop The Cat” was born, proving that you can make music with everything around you!
“Drop The Cat” by KRAIZ and AASH is a certified smash and is out now!
Stream 'Drop The Cat' https://red-lizard.lnk.to/dropthecat
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5, 6, 7, June
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As the hugely exciting debut edition of ALDA & Insomniac's SAGA Festival draws ever closer, the eagerly anticipated event amazed party goers even further last night, revealing star-studded lineup additions for the festival during a special SAGA launch party in Romania.
Unveiling the insight into the festival's theme via 'the story of SAGA', the telling of the mythical adventure set to greet ravers between 5-7 June at Izvor Park, Bucharest, the Romanian launch party saw a flurry of the finest names from the world of electronic music in attendance during the evening. SAGA also announced plans to go green with the debut edition of the festival focusing on reducing the carbon footprint, and providing waste sustainability through a plastic smart policy.
During the launch party event, SAGA declared the latest billing for its inaugural edition, catering for a wide spectrum of tastes within the dance music world. Australian party starter, DJ, and instrumentalist, Timmy Trumpet has joined the lineup, in addition to psy-trance kings Vini Vici and multi-million selling Swedish songstress Zara Larsson, who will perform a spectacular live show. With a selection of high-profile names added during the Phase 3 announcement, trance maestro Dash Berlin will bring his euphoric sounds to Bucharest, as well as eagerly-anticipated sets from technically skilled DJ and producer Laidback Luke, and powerhouse duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.
Joining them in Romania this summer will be Drumcode founder and techno stalwart Adam Beyer, Dutch producer ADIN, dynamic Ukranian duo ARTBAT, Frankfurt legend Chris Liebing, and eclectic Glaswegian selector Denis Sulta. As well as a hotly anticipated performance from multifaceted artist Enrico Sangiuliano, there'll also be sets from progressive techno master Joris Voorn, young Berlin producer Kevin de Vries, melodic maestro Kölsch, and Berghain resident Len Faki. This latest announcement also includes a special LIVE show from diverse Dutch musician Reinier Zonneveld, and a typically atmospheric showing from iconic German selector Sven Väth.
These names join the already announced cast, which will see a glittering ensemble of names from house, trap, and progressive, head to Romania between 5-7 June 2020, with GRAMMY winning DJ and producer Tiësto performing a Romania 2020 summer exclusive. The lineup is also set to include Norwegian superstar Alan Walker (Romania 2020 summer exclusive), future house supremo Don Diablo, British brothers Disclosure, acclaimed trance act Faithless (DJ Set), American masked mogul Marshmello (only Romanian performance of 2020) and the Bucharest debut of one of the hottest new names on the scene; Meduza. With the likes of tropical house pioneer Sam Feldt (Romania 2020 exclusive performance) and pop-dance master Sigala (first time in Bucharest) also in attendance, SAGA party-goers will be on hand to experience the beginning of a brand new era for the Romanian festival scene, with more than 150 artists performing across 5 diverse stages during the weekend.
SAGA GOES GREEN
In addition to a scintillating Phase 3 billing, SAGA has also revealed a new partnership with WWF, with the purpose of enrolling as many people as possible to act for preserving Romanian biodiversity and the quality of air, water and food. The agreement, which will see SAGA aim to be a sustainable event, will see the Romanian spectacle bid to secure a low 'festival footprint', a term made up of the waste management, carbon footprint compensation, sourcing of local food, use of public transport, and much more. As figureheads of the environmental change movement, WWF Romania wants to promote a great understanding of the issues facing the world as we know it, with half of all forests and coral reefs globally already lost, together with 80% of wetlands, and two-thirds of the world's long rivers.
SAGA will also work with Reciclad'OR, the green partner of the festival, to encourage all festival goers to reduce their impact on the environment. Aiming to reduce the carbon footprint, through a plastic smart policy, and sustainably managing waste, the organisation looks to protect the local area, urging party goers to recycle and become more responsible in ensuring the safety of our planet, environmentally. Reciclad'OR prepares plenty of creative activities to stimulate the eco-conscious and eco-curious and offer innovative ways to solve the problems of waste and pollution during the entire festival, and thanks to a partnership with Green Point, a special 'Eco Island' will be created every day at SAGA.
ALDA is a global producer, concept developer, and promoter of electronic music and DJ concepts. The company organizes events like AMF, SAGA Festival, Armin Only, A State of Trance, Electronic Family, We Are Connected, New Horizons, and The Flying Dutch. At ADE 2018, ALDA joined forces with Insomniac. Together the two premier production companies will expand the dance music scene to a broader international audience.
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Talented italian trio Meduza have celebrated a huge year in 2019 with their silver, gold, platinum, diamond and grammy nominated record 'Piece Of Your Heart'. Their recent single 'Lose Control' has already accumulated 200m+ online streams and has celebrated 7 weeks straight on the BBC Radio 1 A-List. Whilst being the #5 most Shazammed track in the world. In just one year, the Meduza have managed to achieve all the goals that every artist can dream of.
"Born to Love" starts off with thumping basslines and organic stabs that will surely make you feel the rhythmic house groove until hypnotizing vocals kick in, creating a mesmerizing house bomb that will definitely be heard this festival season and beyond.
The captivating vocal don't lose their hypnotic effect on the listener, with the quality essence of every Meduza release contained throughout. The progressive and subtle variation throughout gives the original more kick, more power, placing it well to suit the club scene worldwide. "Born to love" seems to be a declaration of love for house music.
Check out the full stream below and be sure to save it in your playlist.
@2020 - DJ Mag Malaysia - Simona Nardone
Caprices presents Modernity Festival
April 17-19 & April 24-26, 2020
For its 17th edition, Caprices presents its new concept: Modernity 2 X Higher, spreading over two weekends on April 17-19 & April 24-26, 2020. Marco Carola, Jamie Jones, Luciano, Sven Väth, Guy Gerber, Lee Burridge, Ricardo Villalobos, Adriatique will be amongst more than 53 of the most prominent artists of the moment, who will gather in Crans-Montana. Three new stages have been announced, one new daytime stage at Cry D’Er plus two new night stages that will host various national and international festival and club brands.
Modernity 2 X Higher
Located 2,200 meters on the Cry D’Er terrace with a breath-taking panoramic view in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the Modernity stage continues to attract more customers from around the world wishing to live this unique clubbing experience. For its 17th edition, the event's organizing committee wanted to extend the festival over two weekends from April 17 to 19 and from April 24 to 26 in order to offer not 3 but 6 Modernity events. A second daytime stage, located in the Club Cry D’Er on the Modernity site, will be offered to the public in order to offer them a choice of programming.
The most influential artists on the scene responded to the call for the new concept. The first weekend of the festival will notably welcome artists such as Sven Väth, Adriatique, Guy Gerber, Lee Burridge, Behrouz, Chaim, Yokoo, Lunar Disco, Parallells (Live), Guti (Live), Traumer, Archie Hamilton, Ion Ludwig, Britta Arnold, Mira & Chris Schwarzwalder and more.
On the second weekend, the mountains will vibrate with the sounds of Marco Carola, Jamie Jones, Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Sonja Moonear, Marco Faraone, Osunlade, Mathew Jonson, Magda, Agents of time, Michel Cleis, Alex Kostic, Skizzo, Steve Rachmad, Cesar Merveille, Shaun Reeves, Ryan Crosson and many more.
New Night Stages
Caprices's Moon stage from previous years will give way to two new stages — the Forest Stage and the Chalet Stage — which have been imagined and programmed in collaboration with renowned national and international festival and club partners. On the international side, you will find party labels such as: Esto Es Tulum from Mexico, Epizode from Vietnam, Pyramid from Ibiza, Gypsyland from Italy, Aum from Paris, Slapfunk Records from Nethereland and many others. On the national side, the leading players on the Swiss scene will be associated such as the D! Club and Folklor of Lausanne, Secret Society of Geneva, Terrazza of Zurich. The full programme for each evening will be announced shortly.
Maxime Léonard, in charge of the artistic part, comments "It is an immense honour for us to be able to bring together around the festival so many important artists / festivals / clubs on the international scene. It’s a huge sign of recognition for us! In addition, on the artistic level, this allows for extremely interesting sharing work, and allows us to offer programmes from recognized artists and newcomers from all over the world.”
WEEKEND ONE 17 – 19 APRIL
GIVEN (JAMES MC HALE & GIORGIO MAULINI)
ION LUDWIG (LIVE)
MIRA & CHRIS SCHWARZWALDER
WEEKEND TWO 24 – 26 APRIL
AGENTS OF TIME (DJ SET)
BRUK BOOGIE KRU
MATHEW JONSON (LIVE)
PLUS MORE TBA
Zonderling’s 2019 was one to remember- successfully pleased crowds across the world with releases on leading electronic music labels like Spinnin’, Armada, Hexagon and Heldeep Records. Not to mention Zonderling rocked stages from Europe to Asia, swinging through Africa, at some of the most prestigious clubs and festivals including Tomorrowland, Mysteryland, Electric Love, to name a few.
Having spent most of 2019 in their musical lair strategizing for an epic 2020, the Dutch duo Zonderling is ready to unleash the first release of this exciting new year in collaboration with German producer, NØ SIGNE, on a smashing new track ‘Clouds’. ‘Clouds’ is a unique combination of both artists’ worlds - with a hard-hitting drop and smooth analog synth breakdown to perfectly balance the track. What started as a small idea, turned into a stunning result! This first collaboration between Zonderling and NØ SIGNE will definitely shake the start of this new decade! Set to release 16 January on Martin Garrix’s imprint, STMPD RCRDS.
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