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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

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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.

Stream or Download “Waste My Time” today.


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Kesh and NEVRMIND Join Forces For Future House Single “Skyline”

The single comes one year after their massively popular track together, “Girls Like You.”

Just one year after the release of “Girls Like You,” which amassed over 10 million streams in the first year on Spotify, Kesh is back again with Emmy-nominated NEVRMIND (real name Dudley Alexander) to release their new future house single “Skyline.” It’s out now via ChillYourMind.

“Skyline” confirms Kesh and Alexander’s perfect chemistry and undeniable talent to make hit songs together. The track opens with a mesmerizing atmosphere and quickly the lush vocals of Alexander are heard. Progressive chords build up to a dreamy future house drop which is complete with a chopped vocal topline and addictive, bass-driven beat.

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Being that Kesh has received the support of EDM legends such as Hardwell and Tiësto – and seeing how quickly he has built an audience for himself – it’s safe to see we can expect to hear much more from him as he rises to the top. The Limerick-based artist posted to his Instagram in March that he plans to spend the rest of 2019 on original tracks and releasing via larger platforms. 

Stream or download “Skyline” by Kesh featuring NEVRMIND, out now on CYM.


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Martin Garrix Announces JRM Collab "These Are The Times"

Martin Garrix has revealed the official release date of his collaboration with JRM.

Martin Garrix has announced that his collaboration with JRM, “These Are The Times,” will come out on Thursday, July 18th.

Fans have been impatiently awaiting the release of the latest from Martin Garrix (real name Martijn Garritsen) since he teased the track at Ushuaia Ibiza earlier this month. The aforementioned performance also marked the Dutch superstar’s first show back since injuring his ankle during his set at OMNIA Nightclub in Las Vegas.

A popular fan page dedicated to Garritsen posted footage of the then-speculated track. Although the audio quality leaves something to be desired, you can hear uplifting vocals alongside another catchy, main stage-friendly melody. 

Last week during his headlining performance at Main Square Festival in France, Macklemore came out to perform their collaboration “Summer Days.” In addition to the first live rendition of the track, Tiësto recently released his own remix of their summer hit.

It was also revealed that during Garritsen’s EDC Las Vegas performance he played the title track of Knife Party‘s upcoming EP.

“These Are The Times” by Martin Garrix featuring JRM is out July 18th on STMPD RCRDS. You can pre-save the track on Spotify here.


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Skrillex and TroyBoi Announce Upcoming Track with Ludmilla, Lan, and Ty Dolla $ign

Skrillex and TroyBoi are set to release another huge collaboration featuring Ludmilla, Lan, and Ty Dolla $ign.

TroyBoi just revealed that he’s about to drop another track with Skrillex, and this time they’ll be joined by Ludmilla, Lan, and Ty Dolla $ign.

Last month, the duo shocked the bass music world with the release of their highly anticipated collaboration “WARLORDZ.” There’s no word on what genre the upcoming track will be, but fans have been speculating wildly considering it includes two EDM artists, a pop singer, a funk artist, and a hip-hop artist.

It remains to be seen how the different musical backgrounds and cultures from the international team blend on a single track. It’s worth noting that each of these artists has been known to cross genre lines, so fans should have little to worry about. 

Just two days ago, Skrillex and Ty Dolla $ign were featured on Lykke Li‘s track “two nights part ii.” In addition to their recent releases, the duo are rumored to have another song on the way, which has been featured in some of Dog Blood‘s recent sets.

At the time of writing, the artists involved have not announced a firm release date. TroyBoi simply stated the track is coming soon.


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David Guetta and Martin Solveig Stun in Progressive House-Inspired "Thing For You"

David Guetta and Martin Solveig have linked up on a summer anthem.

Two French EDM superstars who need no introduction have delivered a track fit for the airwaves and festival main stages alike. “Thing For You” marks the first official collaboration between Frenchmen David Guetta and Martin Solveig, and the place where their styles meet is perfect for the summer season.

Driven by an infectious vocal that lingers long after the song ends, “Thing For You” bears distinct progressive house influences. Between its classic-sounding synth work and four-on-the-floor drum pattern, the collaboration has enough that would cater to dance music fans with maturing tastes while still retaining a measure of mainstream appeal.

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“Thing For You” contrasts sharply with Guetta’s previous release. Wading into the waters of reggaeton, he and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike teamed up with Afro Bros, Daddy Yankee and Natti Natasha on a radio-ready single titled “Instagram.”

Stream or download “Thing For You” by David Guetta and Martin Solveig across platforms here.

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Swedish House Mafia Premiere A$AP Rocky Collab at Ultra Europe

After teasing the track on Instagram, Swedish House Mafia finally revealed their A$AP Rocky collaboration.

During their headlining Ultra Europe performance, Swedish House Mafia debuted the A$AP Rocky collaboration they recently teased

The trio had all the lights turned down and showed nothing but #JUSTICEFORROCKY on their display before hyping up the crowd. After preparing their audience for what was about to come, they dropped a chaotic hip-hop track featuring the recently incarcerated artist. The latest from Swedish House Mafia is certainly a switch up for fans expecting another progressive house anthem, considering it’s more hip-hop than EDM.

A$AP Rocky (real name Rakim Mayers) is the subject of major controversy after his arrest in Sweden earlier this month. According to sources, he’s being detained and subject to unsafe conditions with little food. Due to his controversial arrest, he was forced to cancel his performance at Tomorrowland while Swedish House Mafia members Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso are rumored to play.

At the time of writing, there is no word on a release date for the unnamed Swedish House Mafia and A$AP Rocky collaboration.


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Rezz Releases Deathpact Collab "Kiss of Death" from Upcoming EP

Rezz and Deathpact’s collab is one of six entries on her upcoming EP, Beyond The Senses.

If you’re not already excited for Rezz‘ July EP Beyond The Senses, she’s shared an entry from its tracklist that ought to do the trick. “Space Mom” had previously tested out her Deathpact collaboration “Kiss of Death” on live audiences, and now it’s officially released.

Both Rezz (real name Isabelle Rezazadeh) and Deathpact’s signature styles are on display in “Kiss of Death.” The track begins with what sounds like a death rattle sampled in such a way that it transforms into one of the latter artist’s metallic bass lines. When the gravelly midtempo bass drop makes its way into the arrangement it evokes mental imagery of Rezazadeh’s iconic LED goggles bobbing behind the decks.

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Deathpact has remained anonymous since the launch of their project last year – in which Rezazadeh herself played a role. The former artist’s debut release was “Life & Death,” a collaboration between the two that appeared on the latter’s 2018 album Certain Kind of Magic.

The remainder of Beyond The Senses by Rezz is due out July 24th. Pre-order it on iTunes here.


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