Good Morning Mix: Fred again.. puts on an ID-loaded Boiler Room debut in London

Good Morning Mix: Fred again.. puts on an ID-loaded Boiler Room debut in LondonMaresdefault

The decision to name Fred again.. as one of Dancing Astronaut‘s Artists to Watch in 2022 seems to be paying off thus far in the year. Fred again.. has undeniably ascended towards being a household name in dance music—even more so after his two Mojave Tent sets at Coachella—and he’s now continuing to pile onto his growing solo resume. To pair with the arrival of his biggest release to date—”Turn On the Lights again..” with Swedish House Mafia and Future—Fred again.. rewound back to the end of June to share the complete recording of his debut Boiler Room set in London.

One walkthrough of the set and it’s clear as to why the YouTube video is flooded with comments that tout it as one of Boiler Room’s single most iconic performances of all time. While he continues to finish up Actual Life 3, Fred again.. opens the absolutely electric 70-minute appearance with the ID he previewed in his album’s teaser post on Instagram—which he all but confirmed on Dancing Astronaut‘s TikTok to be another meeting with Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello—before powering through a slew of his own IDs, a confirmed Skrillex ID at the 21-minute mark, a handful of potential collaborations with the OWSLA founder, and plenty more. And it wouldn’t be considered one of Boiler Room’s greatest sets without an equally as electric crowd surrounding the booth, with one attendee even accidentally stopping the music during the forenamed Skrillex ID before Fred again.. plays it off flawlessly and saves the moment.

While we wait for more updates surrounding Actual Life 3 and ahead of his fall run in the U.S., stream Fred again..’s full Boiler Room set below.

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Drum & bass MC Tali is taking control of her future

This isn’t the first time Tali has shown her production ability, which is maybe why she’s exuding confidence right now. Alongside remixes and productions for other artists, she produced her 2015 electro-pop album ‘Wolves’. But it becomes apparent Tali has been feeling “scared and apprehensive” about ‘Future Dwellers’, as the album features the first self-produced d&b works she has released.

It’s surprising to hear an artist who’s been in the industry for over 20 years, and is on their eighth album, is feeling scared about their new release. But Tali highlights the “underlying insecurities telling me to prepare for people talking shit because I’m a girl or an MC doing something different”.

Imposter syndrome has plagued artists forever, but when combined with having to deal with sexism in the industry, it can be particularly debilitating. Women have been subjected to horrific attitudes in the music business, like being accused of working with ghost producers, or sleeping their way to the top, or as Tali remembers, being told she has a “magic vagina” — a memory she can’t help but laugh at. The fear of being “fraudulent” initially held Tali back from pursuing ‘Future Dwellers’. 

It wasn’t until Dynamite MC stayed at Tali’s in 2021 that she finally shared her productions with someone who wasn’t her partner. Tali tells the story: “Dynamite was on his bed reading, and I came in and started playing d&b. He was like, ‘This is cool T, what’s this?’ When I said it was me, he jumped off the bed and said ‘This is fucking mean!’ Then he began MCing over the top. Dynamite has been my sensei since Full Cycle, so his encouragement helped me to believe in myself.”

Tali is taking control of her future

This isn’t the first time Tali has shown her production ability, which is maybe why she’s exuding confidence right now. Alongside remixes and productions for other artists, she produced her 2015 electro-pop album ‘Wolves’. But it becomes apparent Tali has been feeling “scared and apprehensive” about ‘Future Dwellers’, as the album features the first self-produced d&b works she has released.

It’s surprising to hear an artist who’s been in the industry for over 20 years, and is on their eighth album, is feeling scared about their new release. But Tali highlights the “underlying insecurities telling me to prepare for people talking shit because I’m a girl or an MC doing something different”.

Imposter syndrome has plagued artists forever, but when combined with having to deal with sexism in the industry, it can be particularly debilitating. Women have been subjected to horrific attitudes in the music business, like being accused of working with ghost producers, or sleeping their way to the top, or as Tali remembers, being told she has a “magic vagina” — a memory she can’t help but laugh at. The fear of being “fraudulent” initially held Tali back from pursuing ‘Future Dwellers’. 

It wasn’t until Dynamite MC stayed at Tali’s in 2021 that she finally shared her productions with someone who wasn’t her partner. Tali tells the story: “Dynamite was on his bed reading, and I came in and started playing d&b. He was like, ‘This is cool T, what’s this?’ When I said it was me, he jumped off the bed and said ‘This is fucking mean!’ Then he began MCing over the top. Dynamite has been my sensei since Full Cycle, so his encouragement helped me to believe in myself.”

Win two VIP tickets, signed merchandise, and more for DJ Diesel’s two California shows [Giveaway]

Win two VIP tickets, signed merchandise, and more for DJ Diesel’s two California shows [Giveaway]FYyIycGoAIOD2n

Dancing Astronaut has teamed up with none other than the legend DJ Diesel for back-to-back giveaways for both his San Jose show on August 5 and his Los Angeles show on August 6. Both hosted by Insomniac Events, the August 5 show will be hosted at San Jose Civic Center with Rusko, Yookie, Chee, and Celo while the August 6 date will take place at the Hollywood Palladium with Whipped Cream, YEHME2, Chee, and Celo.

One winner will be selected for each show, with each winner set to receive a pair of VIP tickets, one signed basketball, one signed jersey, and one selfie with the NBA Hall of Famer better known as Shaquille O’Neal. To enter the contest, you must follow both Dancing Astronaut and DJ Diesel on Instagram and tag a friend on the giveaway post below. Winners will be announced on August 4.

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