Lady Gaga has teamed up with an unexpected collaborator.
Lady Gaga‘s ongoing Las Vegas residency will feature new music and sound design from world-famous German producer Boys Noize. Her critically acclaimed show Enigma features over-the-top production coupled with a story about an otherworldly, robotic entity.
On Twitter, Boys Noize (real name Alexander Ridha) shared a short teaser video featuring new music created for her residency.
In the cryptic, anime-inspired video, viewers are treated to visuals of a robotic figure flying and battling through space, layered over the sounds of some bass-heavy electro courtesy of Boys Noize. In an additional tweet, he has clarified that he also provided sound design for the A Star is Born lead.
With 2018 coming to a close, fans of Ridha can look back and reminisce on one of his biggest years to date. In March, he released eight tracks of stripped-down techno on Strictly Raw, Vol.2. Along with the new album, 2018 saw a string of singles and headlining performances all over the world, including the soon-to-be-closed Beta Nightclub.
Recently, Ridha has teased pictures and videos of himself in the studio with Skrillex, hyping up fans for the return of their supergroup, Dog Blood.
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By Real EDM — 1 year ago
What makes A State of Trance the highlight for Trance fans all around the world?
Each and every year the A State of Trance festival in the Netherlands is the musical highlight for Trance fans all around the world. Last Saturday, 32,000 people from over 90 (!) countries joined one of the 5 stages in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, and shared their love for Trance music. EDM.com joined the party to discover why Armin’s celebration party has been this popular for 8 years straight.
Back to 500 in Den Bosch
After hosting smaller celebration events in Rotterdam, Toronto, New York and more, ASOT 500 in Den Bosch was the first major celebration event. On no less than 5 stages, Armin was joined by Above & Beyond, Arty, Paul Oakenfold, Cosmic Gate, Aly & Fila, Rank 1 and 34 other acts we still regularly hear in his weekly radio show.
Since 2011, each edition dedicated a smaller stage to the future of Trance music, which features producers that can be expected to fill the radio shows in its road to episode 1000. Artists like MarLo, Orjan Nilsen, Sneijder and David Gravell all started on such stages several years ago, while now playing the big ones all around the world.
Talking about the big stages, Gareth Emery and W&W (with their NWYR alias) both played the main stage on the 500 edition as well as last weekend. It indicates both the greatness of these artists, as well as the ability to innovate and diversify from the ASOT festival. This year’s mainstage also featured established talents by the likes of Ilan Bluestone, David Gravell, and Ben Nicky. However, everyone that visited the event before, knows that it is so much more than just the mainstage you see on the video screen. Especially this edition.
ASOT suits all tastes
The main stage is by far the biggest stage, it features the most epic visuals on the festival, and it is the only stage Armin performs his sets. Since his two-hour set is mostly considered the highlight of the night, the main stage is usually being closed 45 minutes in advance for the people inside to still be able to move while they get ready in anticipation. Despite all this, lots of people still choose to avoid the main stage and its more commercial sound altogether, to stick with the stage of their beloved Trance style.
The Who’s Afraid Of 138 stage is one for the addicts that like their Trance pure and banging, by getting uplifted by acts like Solarstone, Chris Schweizer B2B Heatbeat, John O’Callaghan, and Bryan Kearney. These last two giants were playing the same timeslot as Armin, which does not give room for diehard 138 fan to doubt whether he or she should leave for the mainstage.
The same applies to the Psy-Trance stage, which featured the legend Neelix and Liquid Soul at that same slot, followed by an absolutely smacking set from Ace Ventura. Since Psy left the underground to pop up on the major Trance festivals and radio shows last year, it deserved the awesome stage they got at ASOT this year. Despite it is the festival’s third stage, the production was on point and featured everything to take you into another dimension. With also adding the first ever Progressive stage to the festival, ASOT manages to present the crème de la crème out of every sub-genre.
The diverse Trance community
Besides having a variety of Trance styles, ASOT also features a diversity of nationalities and ages. From one moment to the next you can land in a conversation with an 18-year-old Spaniard who just discovered the beauty of Trance, to a fifty-year-old from Canada on how he visited Trance parties at the time the Spaniard was still walking in diapers.
Worldwide, The Netherlands is known for being the birthplace of mainstream Trance music since the late 90’s, by the likes of Ferry Corsten, Tiësto and of course Armin himself. Many Dutchies that were clubbing twenty years ago are revisiting these Trance events to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane. For these seasoned veterans, it’s a chance to reminisce about evenings spent at Trance Energy, which was the main indoor event at that time, hosted in the same venue ASOT is currently taking place.
Yet it certainly doesn’t look like an elderly party. Even though his career already takes twenty years, Armin is still extremely relevant to the younger EDM crowd. Therefore more and more youngsters are attending the event as well, discovering new artists and styles. The spectrum of fan generations also allows foreigners join the celebrations, without having to doubt their age. This often leads to great talks on our shared love for Trance music. Together this blend of nationalities and experience leads to a great atmosphere where everyone grants each other an amazing time.
It’s All About Love
A State of Trance Utrecht is still able to present its fans a diversity of artists and Trance sounds, a great atmosphere with people from all ages and corners of the world, and amazing production across all stages. This combination means that the event can be seen as an event that every Trance lover and open-minded EDM fan should visit at least once in their lives. It’s safe to say that A State of Trance Utrecht is the Mecca for Trance music.
Do you want to relive nine hours of mainstage madness or listen to other sets? Check out the YouTube and Soundcloud links below.
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By Real EDM — 7 months ago
The 14-track LP embodies why music is a personal savior to many.
Recently, the legendary trance DJ Paul van Dyk released his ninth studio album, Music Rescues Me. Not only does it reflect his new world view following a near-fatal accident, but it also shows one of the many reasons why music is so powerful and why we might even listen to it in the first place.
The 14-track album goes beyond the theme of music as it takes you on a beautifully laid-out trance journey that may just be what you need to get you through some tough times. On the album, van Dyk told EDM.com that the tracklist was somewhat easy to decide on because he wanted it to be like a DJ set. He went on to say, “It’s about a flow that ‘takes you away’ for awhile while you’re listening and puts your mind at ease, or simply ‘rescues you.'”
Delving into Music Rescues Me and its flow, it’s clear that both van Dyk and the artists with whom he collaborated were very passionate and worked hard to make each and every song enough to “rescue” the listener on their own. Take, for example, the very first track, “Amanecer” (which translates to “dawn” in Spanish). It automatically whisks you away from reality with its chilling and magical ambient introduction.
Next comes the track that came out previous to the album release, “Voyager.” Working with his good friend, Alex M.O.R.P.H., van Dyk said that they share a “mutual understanding” of what each other likes, so they had a general sense of what a collaboration between them would sound like.
“Voyager,” with its mesmerizing melodies and racing bass lines, takes you on a journey all its own. And the idea behind the song actually mirrors that voyage. van Dyk told us that both of them met in different places all of the time on tour, hence the spark to give this song a sense of adventure.
It may be obvious, but perhaps the best representation of the album’s message is the titular song, “Music Rescues Me.” Right from the get-go the track enthralls you with its sparkling melodies and then later with its warm synths. To top it all off, Plumb‘s blissful vocals blend in perfectly with the song’s uplifting and optimistic motif. With all of the elements, the hope-evoking track accomplishes what van Dyk hopes his fans will take away from this album: “a good time and a smile.”
Music Rescues Me seems to have a straightforward meaning and message, however it actually goes way beyond that. To get a better sense of why this album is so powerful and emotional to both the trance legend himself and his listeners, van Dyk clarifies that the “me” is all of us and that “rescue” isn’t quite “save,” but more “liberate” or “free.” He said, “My greatest aspiration for this release is that people, either now or in years to come listening to Music Rescues Me, will find that one of its tracks elevates, alleviates, opens them up, or takes them out of themselves.”
Van Dyk went on to say:
“Though it might have been its seed, this new album is not about music bringing one person back from the brink. Its theme reaches beyond that. This is about music’s ability to open us up, to stimulate mental imagery, to unlock or bring back memories. It’s about its often hard-to-fathom capacity to support us, to get us through our tougher or more challenging times, as well as soundtracking the good ones, and making them even better. This, to me, goes beyond the mere ‘inspirational.’ This is something else. That music can ‘unlock’ us, allow us to access emotions and places our mind might not otherwise go to is nothing less than extraordinary. It’s both force and a gift. I feel that’s a big part of what keeps it so magical for me – indeed for all of us. So this album is a celebration of this most mysterious, impalpable and wonderful aspects of music’s nature.”
Whether it’s electronic dance music, pop, rap or rock, any avid music listener can agree that music has saved us in some way or the other. That’s one of the reasons why we keep searching for new songs and discovering olds ones, making music a meaningful part of our lives.
If there’s anything else to take away from Music Rescues Me, it’s that even after almost a thirty year and continuing career, van Dyk is still passionate enough about trance and music in general to create and share it in a way that retains the very essence of why we all are enamored by it.
“I believe everyone has had moments when music simply changed the way your day’s going and in the bigger picture, music has the ability to influence your life generally,” van Dyk said. “To me, music is an essential and central part of my life and therefore has essentially “rescued me” from the small moments when I’m smiling to the larger scale.”
Continuing from that thought, van Dyk pinpointed when music rescued him. He said, “Probably when I discovered music for myself, when I was about 10 years old. I used to always listen to the radio while doing homework and one time there was suddenly this very different sound. That’s when I realized there is much more to music than the blur of sounds that I was used to, that’s when I realized I wanted to become a musician.”
Listen to Music Rescues Me here and discover for yourself the saving power of music.
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By Real EDM — 7 months ago
This is the second time ADGRMS and Jackswan have teamed up on an Indie Select release.
Every time ADGRMS and Jackswan join forces on a track, the result is nothing short of breathtaking. Last month, the two producers delivered a future bass soundscape titled “Runaway” featuring Burnheart via Indie Select. Today, the EDM.com partner label proudly hosts their latest collaboration, “Lies” featuring Eighth.
The duo are no strangers to incorporating instrumental samples into their productions, but the sound design in “Lies” is virtually outweighed by its organic elements. Piano and guitar melodies counterbalance Eighth’s breathy vocals as a subtle bass line ties the whole of the arrangement together.
ADGRMS has collaborated with the likes of Jinco and F4ST, boasting releases on labels as prominent as Spinnin’ Records. Jackswan is a relatively newer project, but bears great promise if his recent work is any indicator.
ADGRMS and Jackswan’s “Lies” featuring Eighth is out now via Indie Select. Stream or download it across platforms here.
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