Still riding the high from this year’s run of their flagship property, EDC Las Vegas, Insomniac has wasted no time in turning the page and setting sights on the event giant’s next festival date in Las Vegas. Lost In Dreams returns for its sophomore edition on September 30 and October 1 at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The festival takes on the same name of Insomniac’s melodic bass-driven label that was formed just two years ago.
The iconic Tiësto has unveiled his very first NFT at EDC earlier this month, further bolstering the impact of the Dutch DJ’s Saturday evening kineticFIELD performance. Coined as the, “introduction to the Tiësto digital universe,” the first-of-its-kind NFT is available to fans through LGND.ART, and will give owners priority VIP priority access to future drops from the superstar selector. The NFT is named Tiësto’s All Access Eagle and is only available until Friday, May 27.
Tiësto’s new NFT highlights the storied career of the GRAMMY-decorated musician. The exclusive non-fungible collectible represents the signature eagle that has followed Tiësto from the release of 2004’s Just Be LP, all the way to modern hits like “The Motto” on his own Musical Freedom imprint.
Discussing the exclusive NFT drop, Tiësto says,
“I’ve been invested in crypto-currency for many years and have been fascinated by all that is happening in the NFT space. I’ve been working on this project with my team for the last year to incorporate the blockchain with my art and music in new and exciting ways. This is only the beginning – as we continue to use this technology to do things that were never before possible. Welcome to the launch of the Tiësto digital universe!”
The NFT is named Tiësto’s All Access Eagle, and gives fans an exclusive preview of his upcoming track, “Repeat It.” For more information, or to purchase your own exclusive copy of the NFT, visit LGND’s official page.
Gorillaz, one of the world’s most emblematic sonic and visual crossover acts, announced their upcoming fall tour produced by Live Nation, with more than 20 stops planned for the group’s first stateside roadtrip in four years.
Close to half a decade has passed since the final show of the band’s 2018 tour, which memorably fell at their own Demon Dayz event in Los Angeles, featuring support from Erykah Badu, DRAM, Little Simz, and more. Now, the Damon Albarn-led crew takes North America by storm beginning this September, joined by supporting talent EARTHGANG from Vancouver by way of Atlanta, and Jungle in Orlando and Miami.
Albarn has already had a busy 2022, hitting the Coachella main stage twice, once with Flume performing his part in the titular track of the Australian producer’s new album Palaces, and again joined with headliner Billie Eilish for a modernized cover of “Feel Good Inc.” See the full list of upcoming Gorillaz tour dates below.
The world’s largest club-focused music week is back for another edition in Amsterdam, Netherlands from October 19 – 23. Amsterdam Dance Event, or ADE, is an annual five-day festival and conference, comparable to Europe’s equivalent of Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival. Featuring intimate club performances, production masterclasses, keynote speakers, and much more, Amsterdam Dance Event is a one-of-a-kind music experience.
Following a spectacular circuitGROUNDS closeout at EDC Las Vegas in Las Vegas this past weekend, Dancing Astronaut‘s 2020 Breakout Artist of the YearMoore Kismet is ablaze with artistic momentum. Gearing up to release their debut LP, UNIVERSE on June 24, the 17-year-old electronic music prodigy has dropped “Wasteland” as one last single to tide fans over until the full project’s summer delivery. Fittingly debuted at EDC this past October and featuring vocals from alt-pop songstress Carlie Hanson, the tune is a poignant one. Complete with emotive lyrics that reflect on a tumultuous relationship and a stirring, compelling soundscape by Kismet, “Wasteland” is one of the young producer’s most exciting outings to date.
“Wasteland is a song I wrote last year about finally having the strength to exit a toxic relationship. Making this song was very cathartic for me as at the time, I was stuck in a toxic relationship as well. It gave me the courage to understand that where I was at was wrong and I needed to be free. I hope that more people can listen to it and be inspired to understand their value in a relationship,” Kismet shared exclusively with Dancing Astronaut.
After making their debut at Ultra Music Festival and Coachella‘s DoLaB for the very first time this year, the eclectic dance producer is headed to Tennessee for their Bonnaroo debut this summer and then heading to NYC in September for their second performance at Electric Zoo.
ZULI and Rama have expanded upon their pandemic project irsh with a new compilation.
‘did you mean: irish vol. 2’ builds upon the video project launched in earlier stages of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, in which the two Cairo-based artists broadcast jam sessions with friends and other local artists. This led to the formation of the first ‘did you mean: irish‘ compilation in September that year.
The second volume presents a mix of returning artists and new irsh connections made in the time since the first compilation’s release, as well as since-emerging local talent. Among those returning are ABADIR, 3Phaz, El Kontessa and Itfll, with new contributions from Postdrone, Liliane Chlela, Seleem, Yaseen and Dakn, plus more.
Check out the full release and tracklist on Bandcamp, and listen to the lead track by ABADIR, ‘Kabbut’, which features ZULI and Rama.
In its most nascent stages, L8NCY was an anonymous undertaking.
Chandler Leighton, the voice and the writer of lyrics to lauded productions like “One More Day” and “Lonely,” wanted a creative outlet to indulge her dance/electronic sensibilities, one where her songs would stay hers, and one that could co-exist with her artist project—without interfering with it. The conditions for their concurrence, she concluded, would require her to be faceless and nameless in the context of L8NCY, pronounced “latency.”
“At first, I was gonna do L8NCY without saying anything. I wasn’t going to put my picture on it or attach my name to it. I was going to wear a wig on stage, like I was going to be completely ghost about it,” Leighton told Dancing Astronaut in her May Supernovas interview.
But plans change, and on the evening of May 21, the one part of this statement that remained true pertained to the wig; with a bright scarlet substitute set atop her head, Leighton strode onto EDC Las Vegas’ bassPOD stage to put both a name and a face to L8NCY. She debuted the side project with a live rendition of “Reflection,” distributed via Bear Grillz‘s Rude Service label, during his set with Kompany.
L8NCY, Leighton said, will embrace elements of pop, deep-house, and trance as it matures, marrying her inimitable vocal presence and lyrics with production aided by her producer and co-writer, Brennan Lony, as well as producers with whom she chooses to collaborate on the L8NCY project, like Bear Grillz. Eventually, the endeavor will translate to the events circuit in the form of DJ sets that couple controllers with guitar, drums, female vocalists, and of course, her own vocals, all live. And as Leighton continues to learn how to DJ while coloring in the outline of L8NCY’s longer-term steps, she’s giving shape to the project’s sound with “Reflections.”
“The person who I was with for a long time hated this industry I was in, which I can understand. It takes a certain type of someone to be with someone in the industry, because it’s tough, it’s time-consuming, and it’s a lot of late nights…but by being with that person, I was losing parts of myself trying to be a reflection of him. I didn’t even know how much of myself I was sacrificing to keep someone in my life,” Leighton explained in an exclusive comment to Dancing Astronaut on the impetus for the single.
The kinetic collision of melodic production and Leighton’s double-threat package of words and voice is available to stream below. Read her Supernovas profile here.
Up next in Finn and Local Action‘s Mixtape Club series is the New York-based DJ Voices with a mix called ‘Avoiding Bad Thoughts’.
The Nowadays crew member says the mix is inspired by the long drives of her youth in Florida. “Growing up in Florida, driving was a significant part of everyday life,” she writes in the mixtape’s notes. “It was also one of the most formative ways of listening to music for me. Some of my fondest musical memories involve driving, usually alone and for long stretches, completely immersed in the sounds I was hearing as the road stretched out ahead of me.”
“Largely for this reason, driving was also my favourite means of ‘escape’ as it provided emotional release and a way to get in touch with a deeper sense of imagination and creativity,” Voices says. “So for this mix I wanted to make something that I imagined I would listen to while driving, something literally transportive with plenty of dreamy sounds to zone out to… I think for me there’s a shared affinity between the club and the car as forms of escape through being totally consumed by the music you’re hearing.”
Across ‘Avoiding Bad Thoughts”s 90 minutes, DJ Voices, a founding member of the now-defunct NYC-based DJ group Working Women, blends music by Ayuji, Lowplay, Quelaan, Nathan Kofi, Wavesense and Nvs, whose track inspired the title of the mix.
This marks the ninth overall entry in Finn and Local Action’s free mixtape series, launched in 2021 to provide DJs with paid work in the pandemic. So far this year, DJ Wawa and Club Fitness have contributed mixes.
Listen to DJ Voices’ entry ‘Avoiding Bad Thoughts’ below, and learn more about the mix on Mixtape Club’s website.
Outlook is offering a pay-what-you-can discounted ticketing scheme for its two upcoming festivals in the UK and Croatia.
Ahead of the debut UK festival in Chesire, running from 30th June to 3rd July, and the flagship Origins event in Tisno 28th July to August 6th, Outlook is acknowledging the current cost-of-living crisis and offering fans the chance to apply for discounted tickets at varying rates.
“This year, the increased cost of living is making attending events a challenge for many people, and with the launch of our inaugural year of our first UK event, hosting all of our community is more important than ever,” the Outlook team wrote in a statement shared to Instagram.
“As independent promoters, we are also feeling the impact of these economic challenges but believe that ensuring our audience can still come together and celebrate the music we are passionate about is crucial,” the statement reads. “In the current climate, we appreciate that some of our audience simply will not be able to afford full price tickets to music events.”
The Outlook team hopes their audience will take this offer in good faith: “We ask for your honesty and support of one another and that you only apply if you genuinely cannot afford the current full price ticket.”
The inaugural edition of Outlook UK will host the likes of Kode9, SHERELLE, Congo Natty, Yung Singh, Scratchclart, NAINA, Ben UFO, Anz and more at Cholmondeley Castle next month. Outlook’s Origins line-up for The Garden Resort later this summer is still TBA.
For more information, see Outlook’s discounted ticket application form. Read Outlook’s statement in full below.
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