“…It’s become obvious to me that we are falling short, and I’ve been left with an impossible choice.”
Kaskade has been forced to share bad news with his SoCal fans. The superstar DJ/producer has revealed that the third annual SunSoaked in Long Beach, California has been canceled with only three weeks left before the event was slated to take place.
The event – which Kaskade (real name Ryan Raddon) has described as “…a personal love letter from me to summer” – was to include such supporting acts as Logic, Grimes and Quinn XCII. In a statement, Raddon wrote that he had enlisted help to make necessary changes to the 2019 event but has been unable to execute them.
Although Raddon did not go into the specifics, a recent controversy may point to one of the factors that prompted the decision. After ticket prices dropped (likely due to low sales), fans who had purchased them at the higher price point aired their grievances publicly. Raddon has said that all ticket holders will receive a full refund within 21 days.
Neither Kaskade nor any of the other SunSoaked organizers have made comments indicating whether the event will return in 2020.
***READ MORE HERE: Kaskade Reveals that 2019 Edition of SunSoaked has been Canceled
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By Real EDM — 12 months ago
Thomas Gold has been a legend in the scene for many years now with countless hit tracks released. He recently announced a brand new alias called AU-1 where he will be displaying his techno and tech-house music. As he stopped by to perform at Marquee in New York City, we had the chance to sit down with him to discuss his new project as well as his upcoming releases.
Thomas, you’ve always been a techno guy with plenty of tech-house releases. You recently announced your new alias AU-1 as your techno project, can you tell me more about this new alias?
AU-1 is going to be all about tech, tech-house and tribal-house music, I am going back to my roots with to when I was producing releases on Toolroom and CR2. I’ve always wanted to start this project but it was hard for me to fit it into the Thomas Gold profile and format because it just doesn’t match music wise. I actually started working on it last year in March, I had to find out what I wanted it to sound like in the end and what kind of productions will I start with and yeah it’s all about this techy music and it will be totally separate from my Thomas Gold project. I also won’t be mixing my projects either so when I perform under Thomas Gold, you won’t hear any AU-1 stuff and vice-versa. I’m actually already in talks about doing some AU-1 sets and it’s amazing how much positive feedback I have been receiving on this. To add on to the project, we are setting up a whole new label based in Berlin, the techno city of the world, and I am doing it with a bunch of Berlin guys who have a ton of experience with techno music so yeah, can’t wait to put out my next releases!
As you just mentioned, you have been receiving a ton of positive feedback for this AU-1 alias, is there a chance that this becomes your dominant project?
Well, everything is new and very exciting with AU-1 but Thomas Gold will remain the primary project for now. I have a new single called ‘Orinoco’ releasing next week and I just finished a brand new vocal track which will be coming out in September. But I mean I hope to balance both of them out together, it would all just depend on how AU-1 develops itself and what kind of reaction and feedback I receive going forward but I will always want to continue the Thomas Gold project as it is my passion.
You have a new single in ‘Orinoco’ coming out this Friday. Steve Angello played it so we already kind of have a taste of it. It sounds a lot like your old stuff like ‘MIAO’ and ‘What’s Up?’, can you tell me more about the production of the song?
It definitely goes back to my roots of when I was with SIZE and Axtone. It’s a collab with Corey James and he came up with this bassline and I just said “hey man, this is awesome, I would love to work on this with you!” and I sent him back some stuff and we just sort of put it together. This kind of music is definitely something I want to do more of but I am also doing songs like ‘Begin Again’ and ‘Dreamer’. I also just finished another club track like ‘Orinoco’ so I think I will keep it balanced between with vocals and club tracks.
This past March, you announced that your radio show, Fanfare, will come to an end after the 300th episode. At the end of the episode you said that you have big news coming for all your fans with a potential new show, could you tell us more about your upcoming plans?
Yeah, I am actually still thinking about what I want to do. I ended Fanfare because we have done so many episodes and I just want to start something fresh but maybe it was just worn out to me. I actually was looking into a possible podcast, I had a name in mind and everything but then the AU-1 project came along and it took a lot of time so I was focusing on that first. After discussions with my team though, we decided that it won’t be a weekly show, that’s for sure, it will more likely to be a monthly thing. Hopefully by the end of the summer, I will have something ready for you guys.
In an industry filled with drinking and poor habits, how do you manage to stay fit and balance out yourself?
When I am not playing/traveling, I am staying very healthy. Even when I am traveling, I always eat really healthy, I look at what kind of nutrition I am taking and it helps me get over my jet-lag. I eat a lot of veggies and lean meats and once you get into the habit of it, it’s pretty easy to keep it going. Even when I am at the airport and I have to choose between a burger joint and a salad bar, I don’t even have to think about which one I am going to go for. I actually got rid of all the sugar, flour and bread products from my own kitchen at home now too. My diet is kind of inspired by the Mediterranean diets with more healthy fats, proteins and less carbs.
In the past, you’ve mentioned how New York is like a second home to you. You’ve had huge shows at venues including Pacha, Roseland Ballroom and Governor’s Island. Have you ever considered making New York your permanent home?
I have considered that of course, but I actually built my house about 10 years ago in Berlin and I just kind of don’t want to leave it. I’ve built my own studio in there which is quite expensive because I had to custom build it. More importantly is that the music world has now shifted towards the east. I have been spending a lot of time in Asia actually. China, Indonesia and Malaysia have all been coming up so it wouldn’t make sense to move to New York just to fly to Asia. But in the end, I also just love Berlin so I can’t see myself leaving my hometown.
You have been performing all around the world for many years now, what is the craziest experience you’ve had at one of your shows?
One time, I was performing at a club in Russia and suddenly the lights in the ceiling caught fire and everyone started running out of the club, the music shut off and people just fled. But it was interesting because after about 10 minutes, they put the fire out and people actually came back into the club and the owner said to me “Come on, what are you doing? Play some music!”. I was just like “Wow, are you kidding?” (laughs) But yeah that was probably one of my weirdest experiences.
What is your favorite ice-cream?
Chocolate! Nice and simple. (laughs)
Be on the look out for his new single with Corey James, ‘Orinoco’ coming out this Friday as well as for his upcoming shows as his AU-1 project continues to pick up steam.
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By Real EDM — 12 months ago
Autograf chatted with us before their big show in LA tomorrow.
This trio is a force to reckon with. For the past 4 years, Autograf has been pushing the envelope for electronic music, melting genres and making us feel damn good. Jake Carpenter, Louis Kha, and Mikul Wing are continuously perfecting their craft and openly showing their weaknesses along the way. Jake Carpenter recently shared with fans he was on a 5-month hiatus from touring in order to focus on his well being. This touched fans and other artists around the world, inspiring us to never feel ashamed of our personal struggles.
Tomorrow, Autograf will be playing an epic set at Skybar in Los Angeles, California and we got to sit down and chat with them before the big event.
EDM: Who were the first artists who drew you guys into dance music?
A: Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, The Faint, Felix Da Housecat, lots of the early electroclash and indie dance stuff
EDM: I have watched you guys develop in the past 4 years and it’s amazing to watch. How has your creative process evolved from making remixes like “Cool” to new remixes like “Hold Me Down”? And also your evolution with original tracks like “Dream” to “Gravity”?
A: It’s still all about trying to make music we love and experiment with new sounds. As time has gone we have made new sounds and synths that we continue to try to interject into our music.View the original article to see embedded media.
EDM: You guys have played all over the place. How many shows did it take for you guys to get comfortable with crowds or did it come naturally?
A: We were all playing music before, not as Autograf, starting with rowdy – probably illegal, loft parties so it wasn’t like we went from the bedroom to Coachella overnight. There was never really a point where we were uncomfortable do to the steady growth along with just being in the moment. Sometimes you get lost in the music yourself.
EDM: I think it is so awesome of Jake to share his personal struggles with your fans, a lot of artists don’t have that type of courage. What aspects of tour life can you share with us that fans wouldn’t understand from the outside?
A: Jake taking time off has really helped him appreciate everything we get to do again but lots of people might not understand the struggles of touring and the toll it can take on you both physically and mentally.View the original article to see embedded media.
EDM: What piece of advice would you give fans/artists who are struggling with life right now?
A: It’s hard to give blanket advice but one thing is to try and look at things in perspective. There are always people out there that have it worse than you and it is important to be thankful for just being alive.
EDM: You’re playing in LA this weekend at Skybar, what’s your craziest LA story?
A: LA is a crazy place and all I will share is the amount of times we have pulled sleepless nights from playing a show to partying till our flights about to board. Tomorrow maybe being another one of those haha
EDM: Lastly, would you rather miss a drop or have a cough attack on the mic?
A: Not really sure what either would consist of but probably a cough attack since it’s easy to turn the mic off and let the music take people on a journey.
Check them out at Skybar Saturday afternoon for a chance to win this hoodie! Grab your tickets here!
***READ MORE HERE: Autograf Continues To Inspire Us With Their Strength, Passion, & Tenacity [Interview + Giveaway]
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By Real EDM — 8 months ago
Grab some tissues and get ready to tear up with JACKAL’s new twist.
Get ready to get into your feels with Mikey Pennington A.K.A. JACKAL‘s newest single, “In Love With Nobody,” released via Lowly Palace. It’s a new twist to Pennington’s traditional production as it captures a nostalgic sense of despair.
The U.K.-born and L.A.-based artist decided to take his usual sound for a more futuristic and mellow bass spin. The intro smoothly transitions to the song’s goosebump-inducing future bass drop.
After coming out of hiatus, Pennington appears to have taken a new direction with his sound. Driven by his passion as an artist, he moved to L.A. following the debut of his 2013 single “Shakedown.” Having such courage and desire to achieve great things has led to his music finding a home on labels like OWSLA, Buygore, and Mad Decent. Pennington’s performances are diverse but he remains under the bass music umbrella.
Breaking down the walls of limitation, JACKAL’s latest single and those to come will reflect a different side of him.
***READ MORE HERE: JACKAL Introduces New Sound with “In Love With Nobody”
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