Month: July 2019

DJ Snake Shares Release Date for 2019 Album, Carte Blanche

Carte Blanche by DJ Snake is due out later in the month.

After teasing his upcoming album for nearly two months, DJ Snake has finally offered up an official release date for the effort. The Parisian DJ/producer has announced that Carte Blanche will arrive on July 26th of 2019.

DJ Snake (real name William Sami Étienne Grigahcine) has remained tight lipped about the songs comprising Carte Blanche. If a rumored tracklist serves as any indication, however, collaborations with Tchami, Malaa and Zomboy will be among the music included on the album.

Grigahcine has proven himself a consistent hitmaker – not only in the world of EDM, but in hip-hop as well. In addition to wildly popular releases like his 2013 remix of Alunageorge‘s “You Know You Like It” and his 2015 Major Lazer collaboration “Lean On,” he’s joined forces with rappers like Tyga, G-Eazy and Rich The Kid.

Meanwhile, DJ Snake will resume touring with a performance at Boom, Belgium festival Tomorrowland on July 20th, 2019.



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Illenium Debuts New Single "Blood" at Audiotistic 2019

“Blood” is among Illenium’s more energetic recent releases.

With the release of his 2019 album Ascend not far off on the horizon, Illenium seems to be letting songs trickle out from the effort. The Denver DJ/producer recently took the stage at Insomniac festival Audiotistic in Mountain View, California, and he tested out a track apparently titled “Blood” that many speculate will appear on his upcoming release.

“Blood” exhibits a harder, heavier iteration of the Illenium (real name Nicholas D. Miller) sound. Underneath its dissonant, screeching wobbles and visceral percussion remain the distinct melodic elements characteristic of his growing body of work, however.

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Ascend follows Miller’s 2017 album, Awake, which peaked at #3 on Billboard‘s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. This fall also marks his first-ever headline show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, followed by three consecutive sold-out nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.

Ascend is due out August 16th. Illenium still has yet to confirm whether “Blood” will appear on the upcoming album.

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The Rationale for Global Dance Festival’s 18-Year Reign

Tomorrowland continues to suck the air out of the room as it inches ever closer to its opening night. So much so that even details about production build-outs have dance music junkies chomping at the bit. Thus it’s easy to accept the lull in action striking the industry annually around this time. Contrarily, that early summer shortage of EDM isn’t something anyone living within 200 miles of Denver can relate to. The build-out for Global Dance Festival is underway too, and it’s luring some industry heavyweights to Colorado as a result.

Granted, this may be a side effect of organizers opting to avoid the sweltering July heat in favor of hosting spring/fall engagements. While that may be true, the event’s 18-year reign and unequivocal thriving suggest there’s more to the story. As another weekend of GDF approaches, we examine the main reasons why we all keep coming back for more.

Global Dance Festival owes a big part of it's 18-year reign to the vibes it has helped create over the years.


Indeed, Global Dance Festival’s place in the annals of CO dance music history is firmly cemented. Longevity aside, their contribution to the growth of the industry in CO can’t be denied. In similar fashion to that of other EDM production companies like Insomniac, Global Dance’s roots are old school. It too was part of a robust Denver underground rave scene which many people can attribute as being the foundation of their affection for the music.

Certainly, it’s remarkable how many people have been affected by the event in its 18-year reign. Likewise, there is an endless number of EDM junkies who credit Global Dance Festival with providing their first exposure to the music. Furthermore, Global Dance has stood the test of time as a purveyor of dance music, delivering consistently when other companies falter. Thus, every year when the lineup drops, we reminisce about falling in love with the music all over again.

The Lineup

Throughout Global Dance Festival’s 18-year reign, lineups have typically stirred up heated discussions. This year is no exception, as the flyer is missing some of the biggest acts tearing up the festival circuit right now. Again, Tomorrowland should bear any brunt of the ire about the bill. Not to mention, Red Rocks gobbles up quite a few of the biggest names of the year as well. With that in mind though, Global Dance and AEG still managed to hammer out a fantastic roster for GDF. If anything, people should be griping about having to decide who to watch and who to skip over during the course of this jam-packed weekend. Diplo, Galantis, Kaskade, BTSM, and Chris Lake alone make this a solid two-day outing.

How does this tie into GDF’s 18-year reign in the region? Specifically, the bill is full of fresh names and some familiar ones who’ll be back for the first time in a while. It’s a departure from the common formula of festivals which is to bring the same heads every year. For example, the Monstercat stage is gonna be bonkers! Dirtyphonics, Riot, and Snavs will be putting on a show no doubt. However, rising stars like Notaker, Case Closed and CloudNone are hungry, and on the grind. It’ll be interesting to see if they channel that energy into a bangin’ set similar to what 1788-L did at Red Rocks last week. Also, no mumble rappers this year.

The Mission Ballroom is set to open this August, further solidifying AEG’s dominance in the region.


Newsflash! Anschutz Entertainment Group is everywhere. Anywhere Live Nation isn’t, AEG is. Indeed, Global Dance Festival is a beneficiary of this expansion. The two conglomerates have an ongoing battle for Denver entertainment services supremacy which shows no signs of deescalating. AEG whose ticketing arm Axs currently controls all ticketing for venues owned by the city and county of Denver seems to be gaining the upper hand. Aside from controlling the big four massive area venues, (Fiddler’s Green, Denver Coliseum, Red Rocks, 1st Bank Center) in some capacity, it also holds down several smaller intimate venues as well.

If you want EDM, or any genre of music really, you have to go through them. From this, it’s easy to see where GDF might benefit. With all of the other popular dance music venues locked up, Global Dance Festival faces no major competition. This stretches beyond Colorado borders too as AEG has major holdings in States within the region like Kansas, Texas, and Washington. Regardless of your opinion on the matter, one thing is certain- AEG intends to see Denver continue its rise to the upper echelon of entertainment hubs. The major investment they’re making through building a brand new state-of-the-art venue from scratch is surely a sign they won’t be going anywhere soon either. Therefore, it seems safe to predict that Global Dance Festival will continue far beyond its 18-year reign over the CO EDM scene too.

The Vibes

Above all, Global Dance Festival is Colorado’s celebration of its love for electronic music. It’s a great time of year for the music scene in general. In particular, all of the local performers or DJ’s who rock the decks night in and night out get to shine during the massive event. It’s one of the few times each year where a massive cross-section of the population comes together for the love of a commonality- EDM. Even if you don’t hit up the festival, or one of the numerous after parties, it’s just an all around dope time to be in the city. Truly, if for no other reason, the 18-year reign is a testament to the underlying vibe that is Global Dance Festival.

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Diplo Teases More Jack Ü

Jack u

Diplo and Skrillex have been hard at work putting out music of their own. But Diplo’s recent Instagram post suggests more Jack Ü music could be on the way.

News regarding the duo has been quiet over recent years. It’s been four years since the release of Jack Ü’s one and only album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü. The album included the hits ‘Take Ü There’ and ‘Where Are Ü Now’. And the last talks of a Jack Ü revival covered by EDMTunes were in December of 2017. During an interview with the Argentine newspaper La Nación, Diplo hinted at when fans could expect more music.

“Skrillex is working on a new album … I think that after that and the new album that we are preparing with Major Lazer, we will make music together again.”


Diplo addressed the lack of releases in a Q&A with Nina Las Vegas. He stated that major labels played a big factor in new music from Jack Ü. Diplo claimed that Skrillex being signed to Atlantic makes it “difficult to do anything with that”. Skrillex has been signed to Atlantic Records since 2002 according to his Atlantic Records artist page.

With the history of huge hits from the duo, fans can only hope more are on the way from Jack Ü.

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Burning Man Art Installation Revealed

Burning Man Art

Every year at the end of August, Burning Man attendees, known as Burners look forward to returning to Black Rock City, NV. For the duration of the 9 days, attendees inhabit this newly built city on a vast barren desert. Then at the end, they return everything as is; leaving no trace.

Burning Man is a big festival that celebrates music, art, and the unique culture they’ve established. The festival has a clock-like layout of the grounds with art installations in the middle and camp grounds extending out. Other than a big statue of a man in the center of the space (that’s set on fire and burned yearly on Saturday evening), there are no set art installations that reappear each year. So seeing and interacting with these unique large scale art installations are a big part of the experience.

Take a look below to see what might be at the Playa!

Although most of these are funded and guaranteed to be at Black Rock City, some of these aren’t fully funded yet. There are also other art proposals that aren’t included. The full list of proposals are online. You can donate to art installations through their Gofundme link.

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Insomniac Announces 2019 Debut of Escape: Psycho Circus Korea

Escape: Psycho Circus will expand to Seoul for the first time in 2019.

As the EDM boom has slowed down Stateside compared to a few years ago, East Asian festivals are the move. Insomniac will increase their presence on the continent by expanding their Halloween event brand, Escape: Psycho Circus, to Seoul, South Korea.

Escape: Psycho Circus Korea, as it’s billed, will take place on October 25th and 26th at Seoul Grand Park. The headliners announced for the event thus far are Galantis, Jauz, Kaskade, Kungs, Marshmello, Seven Lions and Slushii.

The announcement follows that of the Beyond Wonderland Bogotá debut, which Insomniac Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella recently announced will take place at Parque Salitre Mágico on November 9th.

“The ability to bring the Insomniac experience to a new city is an honor and a privilege,” said Rotella in a statement. “We’ve been very fortunate to host EDCs across the world, and I can’t wait to introduce Escape, Beyond Wonderland, and other Insomniac experiences to our friends in South America, Asia and soon across Europe. This is just the beginning.” 

Rotella launched Insomniac in 1994 as a weekly Los Angeles party series that grew to include larger gatherings like Nocturnal Wonderland and Electric Daisy Carnival. The original incarnation of Escape: Psycho Circus was branded as Escape From Wonderland; every year except for 2013 it has taken place at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, California.

To purchase tickets or find more information on Escape: Psycho Circus Korea, visit the event website.

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Best Sets Series: Hardwell

In any artists’ dedicated fan group, you’ll come across a discussion about their best performances. We decided we would do the same thing here at EDMTunes and give you the Best Sets for a range of DJs and producers. This series will highlight each artists’ best and most memorable live performances. The ones that really make their career and the ones any fan should know about. This edition features the king of big room, Hardwell.

Ultra 2013 Weekend 1

This is regarded by most as Hardwell’s most career-defining performance. It was the set that catapulted him from a daytime set to a festival closer and world’s #1 DJ. This set established the model he would follow for years to come.

I AM HARDWELL Kickoff – 2013

This was the beginning of Hardwell’s multi-year world tour. It was one of the few opportunities to see Hardwell play for 2+ hours. This set introduced a number of big room smash singles like W&W’s “Thunder”.

Ultra Miami 2014

After Swedish House Mafia broke up, it was left to Hardwell to close down Ultra Music Festival. Luckily he was riding high after being crowned #1 DJ by DJ Mag Top 100. This set was rip-roaring from beginning to end and a great example of a festival closer set.

Hardwell b2b Tiesto @ Tomorrowland 2014

For Tomorrowland’s 10th Anniversary the festival united Tiesto and his prodigy, Hardwell for a Zero 76 back-to-back. At the time, Big Room was king and these two dutchmen were the kings of big room.

Hardwell b2b Armin van Buuren @ AMF

After going back to back with Tiesto, Hardwell’s other most notable b2b was with fellow Dutchman Armin van Buuren. Fresh off their “Off The Hook” collaboration, this b2b set deftly combined both artists’ catalogs for a special one-off set.

Hip-Hop Mayan Art Car Set @ EDC 2015

One of the stranger sets that Hardwell has done went down at EDC Vegas in 2015. For those that don’t know Hardwell started off as an open format hip-hop DJ. In a surprise move, Hardwell played a hip-hop set on the Mayan Art Car during the festival.

Tomorrowland 2018

After headlining Tomorrowland in 2015, Hardwell and Tomorrowland had a bit of a falling out related to DJ Mag and TML residents Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. As a result, Hardwell was not invited to Tomorrowland in 2016 or 2017. That’s why his return in 2018 was met with such fanfare. In fact, he kicked off his Week 1 set with his bootleg of Eminem’s “Guess Who’s Back” and revealed his followup to the smash “Apollo”.

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Desert Hearts Celebrates 5 Years With Mikey Lion’s Best Picks

The iconic Desert Hearts crew has finally reached a milestone: their five-year anniversary of sharing House, Techno and Love with the world. In honor of this, the label has put out a 5 Year Compilation featuring crew ringleader Mikey Lion‘s favorite cuts from the label’s history.

Get ready for this bad boy and carve out some time in your day to groove. The release is a 40-track playlist filled with a ton of gems. You can hear tunes from Latmun, Jacky, Andreas Henneberg, SHADED, Lee Reynolds, and RYBO to name a few.

Mikey shared this note with the release:

What’s Up Desert Hearts Family,

I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since I started Desert Hearts Records. It was always a dream of mine to have my own record label that I could curate but it was one of those things that I wasn’t sure would ever come to fruition, let alone become what it is today. Looking back I’m so happy no one would sign my music because that was the motivation I needed to build my own platform.

The whole point of this label has always been to push the Desert Hearts message of love and positive energy as far and wide as possible while giving our friends and family an outlet to express their art. To think that we’ve been able to release music from absolute legends like Doc Martin and Joeski, to international talents like Joyce Muniz and Andreas Henneberg, while helping establish some of our own rising artists like Lubelski, RYBO, and many more, feels like a real blessing. I couldn’t be more grateful to be running this beast alongside my best friends and brother — Lee Reynolds, Marbs, & Porky.

In celebration of 5 years of our label, I’m proud to announce Marbs will be spearheading our new sister label, Desert Hearts Black, which will focus on the darker, more melodic sounds that you’d find on a Desert Hearts dance floor. This is for the heads that like their music trippy.

I want to thank you all for all the love and support you’ve shown us over the years. We have the power to change the world through music. So don’t be afraid to start your own label, throw your own party, or foster your own community. That’s how we grow, baby.

House, Techno, & Love… We Are All Desert Hearts.

Love Always,
Mikey Lion

You can stream the full compilation below or listen here.

5 Years of Desert Hearts Records

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Mark Knight & ToolRoom Present: ODYSSEY – A Short Film About the Art of DJing

Mark Knight Odyssey

Dance music has come a long way. From warehouses in Detroit to the opulent isle of Ibiza, this genre of music literally spans the globe. At the root of it all, is the art of Djing. Today, we bring you a short film by Mark Knight & Toolroom entitled Odyssey that’s based on just that.

The seventeen-minute long short film is directed by Mikey Whyte, and features some of our favorite DJs and Record Producers. Throughout the film, we get some insight from legends such as Danny Tenaglia, Roger Sanchez, & Andy C, amongst others. They touch on how they feel about their profession and the state of DJing in current times. What an Odyssey.

A few of them state their distaste for short, “one-hour sets”, and we couldn’t agree more. I couldn’t imagine being accustomed to playing 4-hour sets, traveling to a gig 8,000 miles away, to only play for an hour. Roger Sanchez hits the nail right on the head when he stated:

“DJing is about creating a journey; it’s about telling a story. And to do that you need time.”

Marathon Sets

Speaking of time, a third of the way through the video, Danny Tenaglia takes the stage to speak on how he regularly played 8+ hour sets. These “marathon sets” are unheard in most places within the United States, other the underground.

You can usually find such spots in House & Techno Hotbeds like Miami, Chicago, & the like. I’m sure this has to do a lot with the popularity of “EDM”, and the public love for “the drop”. As well all know, this is not exactly what house & techno are known for.

The video features a few words from Travis Rogers who worked out of the now-defunct Heart Nightclub in Miami. He states that Heart held the record for holding a 40-hour-long party and that they regularly had DJs play 6-20 hour sets.

He continues on to talk about how Heart had one of the few 24-hour permits in the United States. It is unfortunate to hear that Heart shut its doors earlier last year, thankfully, 24-hour parties continue to live on in Miami.

The Art Of DJing

Overall, there is a lot to be said about the Art of Djing, and this short film does an exceptional job of hitting all the spots. With veterans like Mark Knight & Danny Tenaglia giving their two cents, this just might be one of the better films out there on this topic.

If you’re a fan of dance music, djing, or just curious about what these legends have to say, I highly recommend checking it out. It is quite the “Odyssey”. I’ll leave with some closing words from Mark Knight himself, enjoy.

“The project has been a labour of love and features some of the best DJs I know working today. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.”

-Mark Knight

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Ultra Europe Breaks Attendance Records, Announces 2020 Event

Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 edition of Ultra Europe.

Last weekend saw the seventh edition of Ultra Europe come and go, marking another milestone year for the Split, Croatia iteration of the iconic Miami, Florida festival. Accompanying the news that the event drew upwards of 120,000 revelers is the official on-sale for tickets to the 2020 edition.

Despite a change of locations that left some of the EDM community skeptical about the 2019 edition of the event, Park Mladeži afforded organizers the opportunity to expand in size and scale – and looks to do so for years to come. In addition to notable sets by such acts as NGHTMRE, SLANDER, Armin van Buuren and The Chainsmokers, Swedish House Mafia delivered perhaps the most highly anticipated performance of the weekend to close out the festival.

Ultra Music Festival inaugurated in 1999 at Collins Park in Miami Beach before relocating to Bayfront Park in mainland Miami, where it’s taken place for most of its lifetime. The brand has also expanded to include gatherings in such countries as Brazil, South Africa, Singapore and Taiwan. Following this year’s relocation to Virginia Key, the flagship event’s 2020 location still remains a topic of discussion between festival organizers and local lawmakers. 

The 2020 edition of Ultra Europe will take place from July 10th-12th. At the time of writing, a limited number of tickets are available on the event website.



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Up-and-Coming House Duo Joluca Bring in Thomas Garcia for Nobody Else EP

The masterly crafted two-track effort is out now via Psycho Disco.

Both making serious waves in the house scene, Canadian-duo Joluca (real names Adam Johan and David Luca) and rising star Thomas Garcia have combined talents to create the Brazilian-inspired, supercharged track “Beleza” off of Joluca’s Nobody Else EP, out now on Psycho Disco!.

Since joining forces in 2016, the duo have been bringing their unique sound to notable labels such as Desert Hearts and Perfect Drive, as well as Gene Farris’ imprint Farris Wheels. After recently being featured on Treasure Fingers‘ label and Psycho Disco!’s compilation album Psych 303 back in March, the two are back again to release their second EP of 2019.

On Side A is the title track, “Nobody Else,” which is a groovy, tension-building, six-minute-long experience. The song features bright melodies, trippy production elements, a moving beat, and an overall crisp mixdown to make for an elevated, top-tier release. 

Side B enlists the talents of Thomas Garcia for the slick and high-energy “Beleza.” Packed with intricate vocal edits, the song is nothing short of playful and creative. “We decided to go make a tech house tune with a Brazilian flair to spice things up,” said the Santa Ana-born producer on the making of the track. “We sampled Alessandra Ambrosio to complete the vibe and then added some nice 808 basses that people will love in the clubs.”

“This one is a little different, and more special, because we got to bring in our friend,” Joluca said. “Bonus for the nerds out there, the crazy vocal breakdown in that track came about by running a sample of people talking outside a club through a real-life Roland Space Echo and chopping up the results.”

Thomas teased that “Beleza” was the first of several songs they created together, possibly alluding to more upcoming releases from the talent pair. 

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Indie Electro Duo Dance Yourself Clean Release "Waste My Time"

Known for their internationally touring indie-pop club nights, Dance Yourself Clean have released “Waste My Time” on Lights & Music Collective.

Dance Yourself Clean is an indie-pop dance party created by music lovers, for music lovers. What started in 2013 as an intimate gathering in a tiny local bar in Seattle has since evolved into a globe-spanning musical movement. With a dedicated celebrity following and scores of loyal fans around the world, the Dance Yourself Clean nights are known for their sets consisting of dance-punk, electronic rock, and dance-pop acts such as Glass Animals, LCD SoundsystemTove Lo and more.

In 2016, Dance Yourself Clean introduced their very own record label, Lights & Music Collective, where they are now releasing their own new music as a duo under the name of their highly sought-after and infamous dance parties. Most recently, they released the brand-new single “Waste My Time (featuring The Fame Riot),” a striking indie dance-pop record with warm and summery electro soundscapes, fiery vocals, anthemic chords, and evocative, impassioned keys. 

“Waste My Time” details the relatable story of the struggle one goes through in coming to terms with the ending of a relationship. In a joint statement, the duo noted that, “the single is an expression of realizing you can’t be in love with that person forever while admitting that you would if they let you… Or even acknowledging that the only way you’ve loved this person for so long was that you were blinded by the power of your human emotions.

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