Month: December 2018

Calvin Harris Shocks Fans By Confirming He Previously Consumed 2 Bottles of JD A Night

It comes as no surprise that Calvin Harris has a reputation for making most of us thirsty. This fact has recently brought fans to inquire about the Scottish musician’s drinking habits because, truly, how does a babe like him stay quenched?

During a recent revelation, the ‘Promises‘ producer dished that he used to consume 2 entire bottles of Jack Daniel‘s a night when touring. In addition, the EDM superstar would sleep off numerous Gregg‘s pasties (a British pastry) in his “stinking bus” throughout the course of the year.

One would think that his statement may have been exaggerated, however the multi-millionaire repeated himself, stating:

A mere 55-minute set must feel like a blur to most DJs, but for the former partying pro, we are positive that this statement is more than accurate.

Congratulations are in order: Calvin Harris, it’s been truly a pleasure seeing you escape the dark side of the electronic dance music scene. Your sobriety is a leading example to all. We wish you continued success. Lastly, we want to send our positive thoughts to those who may be living through a difficult period in their lives and are choosing alcohol to cope.

The New Year is quickly approaching – it’s never too late to start fresh!

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Dash Berlin to Release New Music in 2019 Without Jeffrey Sutorius

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2018 was a roller coaster of a year for the Dutch group Dash Berlin. Until June 2018, DJ Jeffrey Sutorius and producers Eelke Kalberg and Sebastian Molijn had made up the powerhouse group.   

After a series of cancelled shows in late spring of 2018, frontman Sutorius broke the silence to tell fans that he was splitting from the group. Sutorius stated that Kalberg and Molijn forced him out of the group after the two registered the “Dash Berlin” name under their own names without Sutorius. This left Sutorius legally unable to DJ and perform under the name “Dash Berlin”.

Thus a bevy of well-publicized drama ensues, including Sutorius being blocked from his social media accounts, his announcement to perform solo, and his second press release stating years of mismanagement and neglect. The infighting and drama has left many Dash Berlin fans wondering if the group was over for good.

However, on December 28th, Kalberg and Molijn replied to a fan’s tweet that more music is coming out in 2019. do you feel about Jeffrey Sutorius leaving the group? Are you excited to hear more music from Dash Berlin without Sutorius? Let us know on our Facebook / Instagram / Twitter!

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Spinnin’ Records Releases Star-Studded 2019 Future Hits Mix

On behalf of EDMTunes, we want to wish our readers a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve. In celebration of this exciting day of festivities, Spinnin’ Records has gifted the world a wonderful mix to blast at your parties.

The 2019 Future Hits mix is now live and incorporates some of your favorite artists’ music. It leaves quite the game for listeners, though – the team behind the mix has challenged listeners to guess which musicians are featured.

We’re positive that our clever followers will discover who the producers behind the catchy tracks are. We look forward to hearing your feedback regarding this perfectly blended mix.

Once again, enjoy tonight, and thank you for your ongoing support. We appreciate you all very much. Stay safe, and happy listening!

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Mike Tyson Announces New Cannabis-Themed Music Festival

The first day of 2018 marked the official date of legalized marijuana in California. Today, on the last day of the year, we’re quickly approaching the 1-year milestone. In celebration of this victory, Mike Tyson has announced that he’s hosting his own cannabis-themed music festival in early 2019.

We’re positive that this new pop-up style fest will pack a punch (certainly due to the fact that Tyson’s name is featured in the creation process). On February 23, 2019, the event will be unleashed on the grounds of the Desert Hot Springs, California – aka the future location of Tyson Ranch Resort.

Christened Kind Music Festival, the new concert series event will also include a cannabis research and design facility, a fun haven with inflatable rides and obstacle courses, a vendor village, a “Chillville” bar zone, and much more.

You’ll have to ensure to weed out the earlybird tickets here before you miss your opportunity to snag the cheaper prices, compared to the ones that’ll grow in price like weeds.

The 412-acre entertainment complex also includes a luxury glamping experience! The festival stakes have never been higher.

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Year In Tunes: Trends That Defined EDM In 2018

Another year has come and gone. This past year was filled with new beginnings and the highest of highs, but also gut-punching goodbyes and the lowest of lows. We saw tech-house and techno burst out of the underground and onto the mainstages, and we saw huge changes for one of EDM’s biggest festivals. Click through to see what trends defined dance music in 2018.

Tech Yes

Every year we try to track the trendiest subgenres in dance music, and without a doubt the biggest growth came in the techno and tech-house realms of dance music. The underground sound grew to immense popularity this year. Leading the charge were Ultra’s RESISTANCE sub-brand and Drumcode’s Adam Beyer.

In 2018 RESISTANCE truly came into its own and began hosting its own events outside of the Ultra umbrella. Now in 2019, RESISTANCE is taking full advantage of Miami’s 2 venue setup and growing into its own festival within a festival. Adam Beyer pushed the envelope as well by performing at practically every European festival there is and launching the Drumcode Festival. Perhaps the biggest step he took to bring techno to the masses was team up with Eric Prydz to introduce techno to one of dance music’s most die-hard fandoms. Not one to be outdone, Insomniac made a big push in 2018 to grow their Factory 93 techno subbrand in the wake of RESISTANCE’s popularity.

If you didn’t realize 2018 was the year of tech, look at the biggest tunes of the year. Camelphat’s “Panic Room” was an early hit, but 2018’s festival season was absolutely dominated by Adam Beyer & Bart Skills’ “Your Mind“. And of course, nothing signifies the takeover more than Fisher’s “Losing It“. This tech-house banger launched intro the stratosphere when Hardwell dropped it from Ultra Europe’s mainstage. The crowd loved it and the internet loved it even more- now practically everybody throws the track into their set. Tech became so big that David Guetta revealed himself as Jack Back and dropped an EP of tech-house music. Armin van Buuren has stated that his Gaia project is going to feature a lot of tech-trance as well. If everybody’s listening to techno, we’re not complaining. Sorry Eminem.

Give Trance a Chance

Where fortunes rise for some they fall for others. The subgenres of trance and techno have a lot of overlap, as they are both complex subgenres with their own niche and a much longer tradition that whatever is playing on mainstages now. Only a few years ago we were celebrating the return to trance and its explosion as a reaction to Tropical House and Future Bass. Now we are seeing a major contraction in the overall trance scene (at least in the US), at the same time as a new trance act is headlining mainstages.

In 2016 Insomniac’s Dreamstate trance brand launched with festivals in New York City, SoCal, and San Francisco. In 2017 Dreamstate expanded to EDC and other Insomniac events as its own dedicated stage. Dreamstate got a full takeover of the Circuit Grounds megastructure at first. That same year Ultra’s ASOT Miami introduced W&W’s return to trance as NWYR, Arty’s return as Alpha 9, and Sander van Doorn’s return as Purple Haze.

Fast forward to 2018 and Dreamstate has expanded into international events but abandoned NYC. Insomniac gave Dreamstate its own stage, but it has been seen largely as an afterthought in terms of size and production value. Florida’s EDC Orlando dropped its Dreamstate stage completely, replacing it with 2 days of Factory 93 techno/tech-house (and opting for some trance on an art car stage). In fact Florida’s other medium sized festival, Sunset Music Festival, similarly dropped its trance stage for almost all bass music.

If you have friends in the trancefamily from maybe 2 years ago, chances are they are listening to a lot of techno right now. Being honest, it really feels like the trance fans moved over to Techno. Perhaps that is because trance has been dominated by Vini Vici‘s aggressive psytrance style. Vini Vici is fun and they are one of the few trance artists to migrate over to mainstages, but the copycatting has become overwhelming. The Vini Vici tribal psytrance all begins to sound very similar and trance has taken a step back from those ssssserious uplifting vibes fans love. On the other side of the spectrum, trance has embraced deeper proggier sounds like Estiva, Rodg, and Ruben de Ronde. Once you’re enjoying that, it’s easy to take steps into Anjunadeep or Eric Prydz. From there it’s only a few steps to reach the deep dark rabbit hole of techno. So techno has grown through trance’s contraction. Hopefully we see some re-invigoration when that Gaia album comes.

Swedes Dominate

For the first time in a long time the Swedes are once again dominating the dance music scene. We love the Dutch, but its time for some change and some freshness to reinvigorate a scene that many felt was growing stale. The Dutch have held the #1 DJ slot (on DJ Mag’s List) every year since 2007 with the exceptions of David Guetta in 2011 and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike in 2015. Seriously the two biggest performances of 2018 were without a doubt Swedish House Mafia and Adam Beyer x Cirez D.

So clearly the purpose of this section is the epic reunion of Swedish House Mafia. Besides the wave of 2010-2013 Anthem House nostalgia that swept over dance music veterans when they took the stage, that was not the only reason their reunion is so important. They came back and played their classic hits, but mixed in with the newer music styles of 2018 in way that made it feel like they never even left. Now the long rumored world tour is on the horizon and the Axwell Ingrosso project has been put out to pasture. In 2019 we will probably get new SHM music and we still have no idea how it’ll sound, but you’re gonna fawn over every tidbit of news that the Swedes give us.

Swedish House Mafia are not the only Swedes to dominate 2018. In fact, the best show you could see in 2018 had to go to another pair of Swedes we can call the Swedish Techno Duo – that is Eric Prydz and Adam Beyer. Adam Beyer x Cirez D was, without question, the most transcendent and hypnotic musical experience of most people’s lifetimes. The two complimented eachother perfectly with dark and foreboding techno that reverberated in your soul for 3 hours. It would be hard to find another B2B combination that could even come close to this level of quality. As if Miami wasn’t enough, the shows continued in LA and an amazing Brooklyn warehouse. The duo is returning in 2019 and you can’t miss it.

Condos In, Nightclubs Out

It’s been an incredibly tough year for the nightlife world, as we’ve seen the sudden closing of multiple iconic nightclubs across the world. Leases renewals have been denied, buildings have been bought with plans of replacing with expensive condos or restaurants, and legends in the nightlife world are shut down in the blink of an eye.

2018 has seen announcements of doors closing on San Francisco’s Mezzanine, who’s been a heavy contender for one of the best venues in the city since they opened 15 years ago. New York said goodbye to Cielo and Output, Chicago and Denver lost Mid Chicago and Beta Denver respectively, and Miami lost Heart, Ora, and Electric Pickle. Ultra Music Festival was booted from Miami’s Bayfront Park, and Toronto’s Uniun shuttered too.

Deborah Jackman, owner of Mezzanine, explained about the closure:

“I was disappointed that the owners of the building didn’t give me an opportunity to renegotiate a new lease. I was further disappointed that my request for a three-month extension, so that we could close out 2019 was rejected. What I find most disturbing is that Mezzanine, like so many other cultural institutions, has fallen victim to corporate greed and commercial development.”

The closures are painful for the community and have come as a shock to most of us – so many of these venues have held some of the best nights of our lives. But at the end of the day, the money that has entered these cities with hopes of creating their own selfish, fruitful ventures do not care about the community’s passion for music and culture. These legendary venues are being taken away by the need to build more, make more, fit more. Culture is being killed by corporate selfishness. Institutions that we’ve grown up in, that we’ve developed tastes in, that we’ve gotten lost in – they’re gone. In 2019, we can’t imagine that it’ll get any better, either.

Forest Festivals Had a Tough Year

Clubs aren’t the only EDM venues going through massive changes. The festival market continues to change in interesting ways, some positive and some not as good.

First off we have to talk about Ultra. The same forces closing nightclubs around North America actually took down one of the world’s most iconic festivals. The locals in Downtown Miami have always hated Ultra, most notable in 2013 when it expanded to 2 weekends. However, nobody ever expected the city to cave to their cries and boot Ultra out – even when the festival was experiencing attendee deaths and security guard tramplings. In 2018 the expensive condo community finally encroached enough to force the local politicians to pull the plug. By now the story is well told, and Ultra is embarking on a new chapter in a new venue further away from the bustling downtown. We all fear that at some point Club Space will be next. The same forces took down Solomun’s Diynamic Festival in London after locals complained.

In 2018 the marquee festivals like Ultra, EDC Vegas, and Tomorrowland continued to dominate, but the medium-sized and/or less prestigious festivals took some major hits. Australia’s Stereosonic successor, FestivalX, was cancelled before it even started. For some reason forest/nature camping festivals had a really rough year.  Insomniac’s Sacred Valley festival concept and Above & Beyond’s extremely expensive Anjunabeach Riviera Maya. In the US, Florida’s Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival went the way of TomorrowWorld. Medium-sized festivals that didn’t get cancelled had to significantly cut back, as Electric Forest went back to 1 weekend and festivals like Tampa’s SMF cut back on their lineups. Just this past weekend Dirtybird Campout East Coast was cancelled for 2019 as well.

At the same time the super niche events continue to thrive, so we saw Insomniac’s Factory 93 grow this year and launch their Secret Project techno festival in LA. Dreamstate Festival continued on in SF and SoCal along with its international stops and RESISTANCE is growing into its own powerhouse event worldwide. As these niche events thrive the medium sized festivals decided to drop trance or other genres and unify around bass music and techy sounds. Europe, already home to plenty of techno, saw brand new techno festivals sprout like Drumcode Festival and CONNECT. It’s only a matter of time before one of the techno festivals hops the pond. Now Insomniac is about to try something super niche with its PLAY Festival, and we will have to see how that goes.

DJs Focus on Mental Health

While 2018 was a year of new beginnings for Ultra and Swedish House Mafia, it was one heartbreaking end that forced the entire community to take a new focus on mental health. We will touch more on Avicii‘s tragic passing in the next section, but through that painful loss the dance music artists became much more open to talking about mental health and hitting the pause button.

In the wake of Avicii’s passing SiriusXM hosted a range of DJs coming on to talk about their own struggles with the touring life and how it can take a toll on a young mind and body. We heard from Armin van Buuren about how he fought his own demons years ago and learned that he needs breaks every so often to refresh. Laidback Luke penned a heartbreaking editorial about his warnings for Avicii and the need to slow down.

As the year went on, Hardwell decided to hang take an indefinite hiatus for some of these very reasons. Known to be a workaholic he wanted to take time to just have some fun, relax with family, and be a regular person. We know he’ll be back. Skrillex similarly made mention on social media that he needed these past few years to lay low and be a person for a little while before he splashes back onto the scene in 2019. Countless other DJs like slushii, deadmau5, Max Vangeli, and even Carnage had their own dealings with mental well-being issues.

Heartbreaking Goodbye

As 2018 had us riding high on the new beginning for Swedish House Mafia, our world came crashing down on April 20, 2018. On that date we were forced to close a chapter in dance music history and say goodbye to Avicii.

Click here for our President’s own personal send-off for this dance music legend.

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DJ Snake Releases Free 2018 Compilation Album

DJ Snake Compilation Album

We are still in the festive season and DJ Snake is celebrating a successful year by releasing a free 2018 compilation album! DJ Snake established his own record label, Premiere Classe Records, in March this year. Being influenced by different cultures growing up, DJ Snake launched Premiere Classe to represent and showcase all genres of music.

DJ Snake Compilation AlbumSince then, his label has found success in supporting a variety of artists around the world. Ultra Miami favorite, ‘Whistle‘ by 4B and TEEZ, was the label’s first release, kicking off rising support. From 4B and TEEZ in the Tristate area, Premiere Classe got French producers Aazar and Bellecour together for the smooth beats and bass track, “Da Vinci.”

The quest for, “no politics, just dope music”—famously DJ Snake’s mantra—continued as Premiere Classe sallied up in Asia with Chace’s, ‘Never,’ and Masayoshi Iimori’s, ‘Flow.’ Seamlessly transitioning from one song to next, flow is the perfect term to describe each track of this album. With a total of six singles, Classe of 2018 will surely take you on a ride. Listeners will quickly enter hard-trap realm with ‘Burn’ from LA producer SAYMYNAME, and ‘Out With the Old’ by Gammer. Just enough head banging before wanting to calm down a tiny bit. This well rounded album, finishes off perfectly on a chiller note with Mercer’s recently released, well received, single, ‘Boss.’

With the booming success of Premiere Classe Records logging over ten million streams, DJ Snake’s vision to unite all genres and cultures is surely coming into place. Classe of 2018, dropped on December 27 and can be found on Premiere Classe online. Be sure to check out the teaser below for a quick peek. In the meantime, we will be eagerly waiting to see what uniquely fresh beats DJ Snake and his team has in store for us! Congratulations, DJ Snake, for a banging year!

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This Is The Life As An EDC Production Designer

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Ever wonder what it’s like to be the production designer behind some of the biggest music festivals in the world? Steve Leiberman, owner of SJ Lighting, is the lighting and production designer behind Coachella, EDC, Ultra, and many other internationally acclaimed music festivals. In a short interview with PetersonsPodcast, he too talks about his journey and experiences in this unique job.

It’s not all fun and games:

The first thing Steve warns everyone about is that the backstage of a festival is anything but glamorous. It’s full of stagehands, machinery, and trailers with production office personnel. In other words, it’s a working environment, so don’t expect to be partying if you ever land a job in a festival’s backstage.

Setting up for shows can take a long time:

According to Steve, shows can take anywhere between 2 days to 2 months to set up depending on the scale. A huge festival like EDC Vegas takes over 2 months because of the logistics involved.

So what goes into all those months of work?

For starters, securing the site and then bringing in all the steel needed to build structures. In addition, bringing in personnel and setting up for all the different disciplines, such as audio and video, merchandising campsites, entry portals, and food and beverage vendors. In other words, everything.

For EDC Vegas, Steve mentions that while it’s one of his most unique festivals to produce, it’s also the one that requires the most work. What makes EDC Vegas special is the amount of intricacy and details that goes on into the design. Steve designs the festival so that everything is tied into the themes. This way, the audience gets a fully immersive experience even when walking between stages.

So how do you land such a cool job?

Steve mentioned that he had worked in the nightclub scene in the 80s and started doing lighting for the rave scene in the 90s. Although he got a college education and had plans to go to law school, he decided to take a turn and follow his passions into the electronic music industry instead.

What are some of the things that future aspiring festival production designers can do to get there? According to Steve, there are a couple of things that he looks for when hiring a designer: creativity, drafting skills (ie Autocad, Cinema 4D), graphic design, and resource management so that the person knows what’s possible within constraints such as finances and time.

Steve’s closing words for anyone who wants to be involved in the electronic music industry: find the discipline that works for you since there are multiple platforms to get into it. Be diversified and experience the scene through festivals and shows for yourself, since you’ll learn through these experiences. Now, who’s inspired to gain more experience and attend Ultra Miami?!?

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Beats 1 One Mix Ends Year with 24-Hour Session of 2018's Best Mixes

There’s something for everyone with mixes from electronic music mainstays The Black Madonna, Carl Cox, and Moby, modern stars Martin Garrix and Alison Wonderland, and rising producers SG Lewis, M22, and George Fitzgerald.

Beats 1’s weekly radio show One Mix is celebrating the New Year with a day’s worth of electronic music mixes on December 31st. The 24-hour session will be hosted by singer/songwriter, DJ/producer, and Sydney native Anna Lunoe, and U.K. house producer Jax Jones. Both hosts will have exclusive mixes during the session as well.

Tune in here, exclusively on Apple Music.

From trap to techno, legendary to up-and-coming, One Mix has hosted artists from all across the electronic music spectrum this year. The 24-hour mix session will replay the year’s best mixes, with electronic music mainstays like The Black Madonna, Carl Cox, and Moby, as well as modern stars like Martin Garrix and Alison Wonderland.

Plenty of rising producers are featured as well, including SG Lewis, M22 and George Fitzgerald. Those looking for distinct takes on classic genres can turn to mixes from artists like Lane 8 and Tchami, while those who prefer no-nonsense electronic music can tune into mixes from Claptone and Claude VonStroke.

Check out the full schedule for Beat 1’s 24-hour New Year mix session on December 31 below:

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Mike Tyson to Host Marijuana-Themed Music Festival in California in 2019

From the Hangover to music festivals!

Former undisputed world champion boxer Mike Tyson is set to host a new music festival centered around California’s 2019 cannabis laws. Next year’s party has been dubbed Kind Music Festival and is set to take place at Tyson Ranch – his very own entertainment complex, cannabis research facility, and resort hybrid. 

There will be no sales of cannabis products onsite. In the FAQ section of the official Kind Music Festival website, the question “Can I consume cannabis onsite?” is listed. The official answer is: “KMF salutes California’s progressive stance on cannabis and its updated recreational/medical laws that go into effect on January 1, 2019.”

The festival will feature VIP options which will give attendees free food and drink along with a reserved area in the front of the stage. Kind Music Festival promises to donate $1 from every ticket sale to Standing United, a non-profit organization focused on assisting the homeless and those who suffer from drug addictions.

There’s no word on what type of music will be featured at the festival as the lineup will not be announced until January 2nd, 2019. Tickets are on sale now on the Kind Music Festival website.

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Barack Obama Shares his Favorite Songs of 2018

We’d definitely let him DJ our next party!

Similar to how many of us gave our 300 Twitter followers a detailed breakdown of our 2018 songs of the year, the former leader of the free world, Barack Obama shared his picks. Featuring a wide-ranging selection of songs, the 44th U.S. president’s list features some of the biggest artists in the world alongside a handful of music’s hottest up-and-comers.

A multitude of genres are represented in Mr. Obama’s 22-track playlist. Hip-hop, R&B, indie, Latin, and country are some of the genres that make up the former Commander-in-Chief’s end of the year selections. 

Massive stars like Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, J. Cole, The Carters (Beyoncé and Jay-Z), PrinceChance the Rapper, and more make up a significant portion of the list. Lesser-known stars like Tom MischFatoumata Diawara, Anderson East represent the heat-seekers. 

In a Facebook post, the former president shared that his end of the year lists have become one of his favorite traditions and explained how he loves to be able to highlight some of the artists he admires.  

Along with his favorite songs, the former President revealed his favorite books and movies of the year. Find the full playlist below. 

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Boys Noize Teases Upcoming Collaboration with Lady Gaga

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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Malaa Releases 23rd Installment of Mix Series "Who Is Malaa?"

It’s the eternal question.

Malaa continues to span the house music spectrum in the latest offering of his popular mix series, “Who Is Malaa?” Despite heavy touring throughout 2018 that will continue into 2019, the masked producer has delivered yet another 30-minute mix chock full of heavy hitting house releases and IDs.  

Much of Malaa’s 2018 has been spent on the road, with worldwide touring on the No Redemption Tour and subsequent Illegal Tour this year. Still, the enigmatic producer has delivered a flow of memorable singles – and most notably,  the No Redemption EP with Tchami back in April. With the new “Who Is Malaa?” installment, he focuses on some of house music’s heaviest offerings from the latter half of the year. 

Based on this mix, it’s hard to say we’ve come any closer to answering the age old question: who is Malaa? Whoever he, she, or they are, they have an appreciation for house music in its entirety. Lacing seamlessly between G-house, tech house, and of course, bass house, Malaa continues to demonstrate a knack for identifying heavy hitters within the scene. 

If this mix is any indication, Malaa will continue keeping listeners on their toes for the foreseeable future. Listen to the 23rd episode of “Who Is Malaa?” out now.

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