Designed for poolside playlists with summer written all over it, ALWZ SNNY and TyeRiffic’s new single, “Stupid Love,” is primed for repeated listening as the season of swelter inches closer. The pop-dance single features ALWZ SNNY turning in one of his most commercially viable productions, met with upbeat vocal energy from singer/songwriter TyeRiffic. Bringing together a blend of different influences, drawing from European house sub-genres, country dance, and heaping dose of pop-EDM, “Stupid Love” has all the makings of a radio hit.
Catchy, bright, and energetic, “Stupid Love” notches another successful outing for ALWZ SNNY as the producer continues sharpening his commercial EDM sound. What’s more—ALWZ SNNY is positioned to deliver more breakout material throughout 2021, as this rising producer’s sound draws nearer to finding the perfect stride.
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Armada Music‘s co-founder and CEO Maykel Piron has what many would refer to as ‘the golden touch’ in dance music. Piron has had a storied career building multiple successful businesses, and the industry’s monumental growth can be credited in part to his vision and dedication to commercializing dance music just as one would with pop or hip hop. He is credited with signing Above & Beyond to their first major record deal at Warner/Chappell, and as CEO of the largest independent dance music label in the world, he continues to discover and grow the careers of countless artists.
While he knows how to successfully build and run a company, Piron is not a traditional music executive. His business acumen is second to his passion for music, which he credits as the reason he wakes up every day excited to work. He remains an active contributor when it comes to deciding which artists to sign, and he has become a tastemaker in his own right. For him, “work” has always been about the music, which is why he is constantly looking for the next artist to sign. This is also why he is a firm believer that a true passion for music as opposed to enjoying the perks of the music industry must be the driving force for a person wanting a successful and sustainable career.
Piron approaches his work with an open-minded attitude, which he believes is vital. He shares, “I think you’ve got to be open-minded. The music industry changes every time you blink, so you can’t keep doing things a certain way simply because it’s how you’ve always done things. You need to be able to adapt in an instant, and that requires you to be open-minded.”
Piron’s open-mindedness translates to his musical preferences, and he does not discriminate when it comes to genre. If it falls into dance music, Piron will be open to signing an artist or a release as long as he feels that the sound is unique. His personal musical preferences are expansive, but he has gravitated towards downtempo electronic music because it provides him with tangible relief from the stresses of work and life. When the pandemic hit and resulted in widespread lockdowns in 2020, Piron became inspired to share his own musical inspirations with the world, believing that his affinity for downtempo music was exactly what many needed after the drastic shift in life.
He shares, “I’ve always been a fan of chill music. I’ve been creating my own playlists for decades, to listen to at home during our dinners, when you wake up, when we’re on holiday on Ibiza and so on. I simply love playing some downtempo tunes in the office to wind down.” He continues, “When the pandemic took on global proportions, I was listening even more to the music. At a certain point, I simply thought: ‘Why not create a series out of it?’ Listening to downtempo tunes is all about curation, and I can now finally share my personal taste with more people.”
This was the inspiration behind Piron and Armada Music’s new ‘Chill Executive Officer’ series. The ‘CEO’ picks his favorite chill and deep house releases and compiles them into playlists, giving listeners a calming change of pace.
In addition the curating his own playlists and albums, Piron truly does it all. Armada’s chief executive has assembled his own hour-long Saturday Night Session to celebrate the launch of his new series. When asked what kind of a Saturday Night it would get listeners ready for, he shares, “My Saturday Night Session gives listeners the chance to really prepare for a night out. I can’t wait to go out again in Ibiza. I miss the nightlife there and hope the CEO series get you in the mood even though most of the clubs in the world haven’t yet reopened their doors.”
You have achieved a lot and have many milestone moments throughout your career. Do you have a ‘proudest’ moment?
I think I’m most proud of the company we built together: Armada Music. Every time I step into the office, I am met with such warmth and positivity from so many passionate people it’s hard not to consider every day a milestone. There’s an incredible team there I just love working with, and I’m beaming with pride every time we achieve something great together.
What about this job and working for Armada gets you up every morning? What do you most look forward to?
Every day, I look forward to working with the people I love on the music I love. I’ve been doing this for so many years, and it just doesn’t get old. People with similar career paths will know that it’s the best feeling there is. I love dance music in every shape and form, so I get to do the things I love every single day. How could you not get excited about that? It’s all about finding the music you like and sharing it with the world. I simply love it!
Tell us about your ‘Chill Executive Officer’ series and the inspiration behind doing this project?
I’ve always been a fan of chill music. I’ve been creating my own playlists for decades, to listen to at home during our dinners, when you wake up, when we’re on holiday on Ibiza and so on. I simply love playing some downtempo tunes in the office to wind down. When the pandemic took on global proportions, I was listening even more to the music. At a certain point, I simply thought: “Why not create a series out of it?” Listening to downtempo tunes is all about curation, and I can now finally share my personal taste with more people.
Is what we are listening to on the Chill Executive Officer playlists the main types of music you are currently drawn to? What else is in your personal listening library right now?
It is definitely one of the main types of music I currently listen to at home, yes. It’s not the only one though. I love listening to any type of dance music. I listen a lot to my “demo” playlists that only include new music from our artists or music that has been offered to us. As you know, Armada Music releases music from almost all genres within dance, so those playlists are incredibly diverse. Discovering new talent this way always gives me a rush, and I also frequently listen to our Trance & Melodic Techno Top 1000 and the House Top 1000 playlists.
As someone who has identified some of electronic music’s top talent early (Above & Beyond comes to mind here), what are some of the things you look for as you shape the next generation of acts?
I still believe that you deserve to be heard if your music is good. Opinions can vary of course, but when I really feel a track, I want to sign it. It doesn’t really matter if it’s from an A-list artist or from someone who’s only taking his or her first steps as a producer. One of the things I do look for is a unique sound. Obviously, the artist needs to have a good work ethic too in case we want to go all the way. I am a people person and want to work with nice people who’ve got a good attitude and the drive to succeed.
Tell us something about you that many people don’t know?
I love riding a road bike and making tours of 50 miles or more. Especially in Ibiza! You would think I’d spend all my time in clubs there, but you can also catch me climbing the mountains by bike!
For those looking to get their start in this incredibly competitive industry on more of a corporate level, is there advice you can share after becoming one of the top dance music executives in the world?
In terms of a corporate career in music, I truly think you’ve got to be passionate about music. That seems like a no-brainer, but there are still a lot of people out there who want a career in the music industry because it’s cool rather than because they’d be miserable without music in their lives. This special kind of passion translates to commitment as well as a great attitude in how they go about their work. Now I understand that that’s not really “advice” in the sense that it’s something people can work on, but you’ve got to be in it for the right reasons.
Apart from that, I think you’ve got to be open-minded. The music industry changes every time you blink, so you can’t keep doing things a certain way simply because it’s how you’ve always done things. You need to be able to adapt in an instant, and that requires you to be open-minded. Besides that, it’s a global industry. Traveling helped me develop my network and cultivate a global understanding of our scene. I’ve been doing this from day one, when I started working in the industry.
What kind of a Saturday Night is your ‘Saturday Night Session’ going to get listeners ready for?
My Saturday Night Session gives listeners the chance to really prepare for a night out. I can’t wait to go out again in Ibiza. I miss the nightlife there and hope the CEO series get you in the mood even though most of the clubs in the world haven’t yet reopened their doors.
After pervading the festival circuit throughout the past decade, the Californian trio’s adrenaline-spiking take on The White Stripes original takes the form of a music video. Following a man who enters a portal, the visual encompasses all of the magic found in the fan-favorite remix. Running from a skeletal army, the lead character traverses a multi-verse of alternate dimensions, The Glitch Mob’s gritty remix acting as an ideal soundtrack for his heart-pumping turns.
The full-fledged release of the seminal effort comes in the wake of The Glitch Mob’s recent celebration of the 10-year anniversary of their debut album, Drink The Sea, with a highly-anticipated reissue.
Nicky Romero‘s 2021 mantra is to seemingly put out as much music as possible. The Dutch producer continues to churn out release after release, and his newest output “World Through Your Eyes” with Teamworx and Joseph Feinstein confirms that he can make head-turning offerings at this rate without sacrificing quality for quantity.
A buoyant progressive track, “World Through Your Eyes” logs Romero’s fourth lap around the collaborative circle with Israeli duo Teamworx, who collided for their third tie-up, “Techno,” in May of 2020. Both the regular and the extended release of “World Through Your Eyes,” which carry Feinstein’s vocals, are out now via Romero’s own Protocol Recordings.
After earning a spot on Dancing Astronaut’s list of the Top Electronic Albums of 2020, Whethan has followed his debut album, Fantasy, with an array of music that continues to elevate his career to new heights. Since its release, the project has seen immense critical acclaim, as well as key sync placements, such as an Apple iPhone commercial that used “Drumdown Mambo.”
In March 2021, the multi-talented producer unveiled highly anticipated reworks of the project on Fantasy: Remixed, which collated contributions from Tchami, Flux Pavilion, and other A-listers. He also visited City National Grove of Anaheim in California for a drive-in concert, his first live show in over a year.
As we head into what looks to be a safe and vaccinated return to festival season, Whethan is showing no signs of slowing things down, as his new single “Warning Signs” illustrates. Featuring rising idiosyncratic rapper/producer/songwriter Kevin George, the single’s auto-tuned vocals complement the eccentric bass and dark synthwork that Whethan provides. Fans know that Whethan rotates all over the spectrum when it comes to genre, and this release rings no different, experimenting between old-school hip-hop samples and electronic leads alike.
With 89 million Americans already fully vaccinated against COVID-19, calling would-be concertgoers “eager” to get back to the dance floor is a bit of an understatement. Thanks to Singularity, a live, three-day experience from Music Mutiny Collective that’s bringing bass music back to the Southwest, attendees will have the opportunity to do just that, from the safety of their own pods.
Presented in collaboration with SoEpic, the innovative new experience is scheduled to touchdown at Utah Motorsports Campus from April 30 – May 2 and will enable music lovers to purchase general admission pod passes for themselves and their friends to enjoy the shows together. The pods are fitted 10 ft by 10 ft sections that accommodate up to five people per pod. Pod passes are available for $275 per day (or $55 per person); however, groups of eight (maximum) can be accommodated for an additional fee.
Given that several events have been cancelled just days after the announce of their return, it can understandably be difficult for fans to get excited about an upcoming show. With that said, Music Mutiny Collective brings a proven track record to the table, reporting a total of zero COVID-19 cases following their previous pod event in September of 2020. As such, those attending Singularity can expect the event to adhere to all local and state health mandates, and should prepare to follow these guidelines when on the grounds.
For more information about the event and the safety guidelines, visit Singularity’s official website. To top things off, Dancing Astronaut has partnered with Mutiny Music Collective to giveaway a pod pass (for five people) on a night of choice.
Resorting to his tried-and-true twofer—his pure, unadulterated vocals and a piano—Matthew blunts the jagged dubstep teeth of the original in a recasting that makes “Run” more accessible to the listeners who wouldn’t necessarily be categorized in the headbanger crowd. Transformatively trading the walloping bass and dubstep growls of “Run” for soft piano notes that extract an emotionality from “Run (Acoustic),” Dancing Astronaut‘s inaugural Supernova pads his playbook of acoustic reconfigurations as his latest settles in among conversions of “First Time,” “Another Me,” “Love Is Gone,” and “Happy Where We Are.”
That the “festival mix” format is working its way back into relevancy can be read as a sign of the times, which trend to the return of live events. In a nearly four-minute acknowledgment of the consequential need for pyro-synching artillery for crowd play, David Guetta doubles down on “Bed” with a festival mix that takes the house and pop co-informed number to a livelier height.
De-emphasizing RAYE’s fan-favorite topline for more sonic emphasis, Guetta derives from the RAYE and Joel Corry-aided original a heady alternative with plenty of firepower to illuminate the main stage, the Vegas pool parties, and any electronically leaning settings in between. And, with the dance crown fixed ever firmly on his head, that’s precisely what we’d expect from David Guetta. Hear him deliver below.
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The techno producer is offering bidders the chance to book him for an exclusive live event
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UMEK has announced a new NFT drop, which includes remixes of his 1999 hit ‘Lanicor’ and even the chance to book UMEK for an exclusive gig. There are five NFTs up for grabs – three remixes, one livestream performance and one IRL live gig. It’s the first time the agreements for a live performance have been minted as an NFT.
Of the auction, UMEK said: “I wanted to approach NFTs in a unique way, so I included a business angle – booking gigs through them. Live events will be returning soon, hopefully in the next couple of months, so having a secure booking in the future is great. Not to mention that live gig NFTs and livestream NFTs are a great way for fans to support their favourite artists and even book them for their own private events.”
While the gigs and one of the remix NFTs are one-offs, one of the remixes is a one-of-10 and the other is a one-of-30, meaning there’s more than one NFT of each to get your hands on. The bidding starts at $750 all the way up to $5,000 for the live gig NFT. You can bid on the NFTs here – the auction starts on Thursday, April 29th at 8pm GMT and runs for 24 hours. Good luck!
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