Groove Island marks the 1st land event on Paradise Island between Whet Travel and Groove Cruise, who have been showcasing events for 15 years.
Whet Travel, the award-winning innovators and leaders of the dance music cruise craze since 2004, are once again set to revolutionize an industry and are creating an unparalleled, fully-immersive new experience – Groove Island.
On the weekend of September 27th-30th, 2019, the picturesque paradise of Catalina Island will transform into a carefully curated celebration of love, life, positivity, and dance music.
Once at Groove Island, attendees will be treated to over 40 top-notch dance music artists from multiple genres across several island venues, all while participating in day and night costume theme parties such as the “Roaring ‘20s” in the Grand Casino Ballroom; the largest circular ballroom dance floor in the world.
Additionally, Groove Island “captains” (how they endearingly refer to event attendees) can indulge in an array of mouth-watering food available 24 hours a day, the Whet Oasis chillout experience with yoga, meditation, and wellness workshops, a silent disco, side-splitting standup comedy, and plenty of other adventures.
Although little information is announced so far, it’s very clear that Whet Travel has set out to create the ultimate island destination party. Groove Island will undeniably be a captivating and spectacular event that encourages attendees to leave the world behind and enjoy a truly magical weekend.
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By Real EDM — 6 months ago
From his latest release with Jeremy Renner to his efforts towards sustainability, we sat down and spoke to Sam Feldt about it all.
We missed him through the summer due to a massive accident that left him bedridden, but Sam Feldt is back. Performing, touring and producing full steam once again, he dropped a track with an unlikely collaborator just earlier this month.
Known for his unique collaborations, this time around Feldt collaborated with Hollywood star Jeremy Renner. Renner is mostly known for his role as the superhero Hawkeye in The Avengers and The Hurt Locker – for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Besides being an outstanding actor, a lesser known fact is that Renner is also a singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist and drummer. Listen to their collaboration “Heaven (Don’t Have A Name)” below:
We discussed not just music, but also Feldt’s plans for the ongoing Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), his efforts towards sustainability and his work on Fangage. Read what he had to say below.
EDM.com: We missed you through most of the summer, but we’re so stoked that you’ve fully recovered from your unfortunate accident. How does it feel to be back doing what you love?
Sam Feldt: It feels great to be back traveling and performing again! The accident really messed up the schedule for this summer. So yes, now that I’ve recovered I’m ready to get back to work and do what I love. These things happen, you learn from them, it could have been a lot worse. While slowly recovering from my broken leg, I had a lot of time to work on my music. So you see, there is always an upside to everything!
You’ve been known to hunt out some of the best collaborators in the industry to work with, and your latest release is no different! You just released “Heaven (Don’t Have A Name)” with two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner A.K.A. Hawkeye. How did this collaboration come around?
It was set up via my publisher, who reached out to me and said Jeremy Renner could sing and he was interested in collabing with me. I reached out to him and he recorded the vocals in his studio in L.A. We then bounced versions back and forth until we found the perfect take.
This song is very different from your other work, and it shows your ever-expanding catalog of work is only growing. What was the process of co-writing this track with Renner like? What would you say is the inspiration being this melodious and emotive track?
I wanted to show the world what I can do, that my music is not just one genre. This collaboration has been a great way to learn and expand my palette. It was something new for the both of us. With his background in Hollywood, I wanted the track to have a cinematic greatness to it. That’s the sound I was going for. His raw voice was really interesting to work with. The track turned out great; I’m really happy with it!
Are there more Sam Feldt live shows on the horizon in the near future? With your melodic deep house sounds, live instruments seem to really enhance the experience.
Absolutely, I love performing live with the band and it’s such a great experience. It really adds something different to the whole performance and to see the responses in the crowd is something different. Each gig is different and playing together with the band adds this whole new show element to the arsenal. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing my DJ sets, but I also love to challenge myself and spice things up a bit to see how the crowd responds to it. So far the shows have been amazing and the fans also love the addition of live instruments. Of course you have to think a bit more about how the show will progress beforehand but being able to do this next to my regular sets is a dream come true and another milestone that I wanted to accomplish.
Your music is versatile, and it took a bit of exploring before you found your sound. How do you best define Sam Feldt’s signature sound?
I would describe my sound as: melodic, vocal and emotional. I always try to add these ingredients in my music. The music needs to grab your attention and stick in your head by the use of some nice melody or vocal. Most of my songs have an uplifting character because overall I’m a pretty upbeat guy and I like to make music that makes people happy. There was a time earlier in my career when I was too busy looking at other producers and doing my best to mimic their style. Of course, you can learn a lot from other people, but it took me some time before I realized that I had to figure out more what my style was, instead looking too much at others to find these answers. I decided to just make the music I like and that represents me best. That’s the time when things really started to take off. No more focusing on trends or other DJs. Instead, I looked more at myself and started experimenting more within the realm of music making. That’s the moment I started to develop my own sound.
We know you’re always doing things to connect with your fans and make them feel special. With efforts such as Fangage, tell us how that’s going and the idea behind it.
Around two years ago, I was looking at my social media and I saw that I almost had 1 million fans combined over all platforms. I had, however, no idea who these people were or how I could reach them directly. The only option I had was paying large amounts of money to Facebook and Instagram in order to show my music to the people that already wanted to hear from me. For me, this was bizarre and kind of an eye opener. It was at that moment that I decided I had to create an independent platform for my fans where they could access all my content and where I could get personally in touch with them. After launching Heartfeldt.me, many other DJs followed and launched their Fangage portal – which proves to me that we are doing something right. So far we have a lot of companies, influencers, famous athletes and of course DJs that with the help of Fangage now reach a lot of their fans directly all via one portal that was tailor made and setup to fit their specific needs.
ADE is just around the corner and we hear you have some exciting plans in store for your Heartfeldt Fans. Tell us more about the exclusive, invite-only party you have planned for your fans.
My Sam Feldt Invites You party during ADE is truly something special. 200 of my biggest fans will have the chance to win tickets for the event. When they do, they’re in for a surprise. It’s gonna take place at an amazing historic venue in Amsterdam. It will be quite an intimate event, something completely different. I’m really looking forward to it and it’s a special way for me to give something back to the fans, who have supported me over time. Tickets can be won via radio and on the Heartfeldt fan portal.
You’re also slated to speak on some extremely interesting topics during ADE this year. One of them being about “The Future of Plastic” by ADE Green. We know you can’t give out much about that from now, but tell us a little more about how you feel about this and what steps we as an industry can be taking to do our bit.
I think for us human being it’s really important to not close our eyes and look the other way when it comes to the way we treat our planet. We need to address these issues on all levels. So, I hope that I can create more awareness on topics such as our carbon footprint, the usage of plastic, the way we use transportation and other things that have a huge impact on our environment. Being a part of these panels is just one step I’m taking this year in a journey to become more sustainable as an artist. I’m also launching my own foundation, the Heartfeldt Foundation, this year – that will be a platform for influencers to raise awareness around sustainability issues.
Here’s an obvious one to sign off with, but what are you most excited about that is happening in the near future? Between shows, releases, collaborations, or anything else, what is the most exciting Sam Feldt news in the works?
First of all, I’m super excited to be back on the road again after two months forcibly at home – so I enjoy all the shows even more! There’s one more release planned for this year that everyone is super hyped about, but more info about that soon. Touring wise my schedule is really full and I can’t wait to hit all these awesome places together with the live band.
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By Real EDM — 1 month ago
Porter Robinson’s Multiverse Music Festival bears striking similarities to a Bay Area event called the Multivrs is Illuminated.
Less than a week after Porter Robinson announced Multiverse Music Festival, he will reportedly need to change the name of the event. The organizers of another Oakland, California festival called the Multivrs is Illuminated have called out him and Goldenvoice in an open letter.
According to KQED, Jade Ariana Fair and Shawna Shanté Scroggins first organized the “black and brown punk fest” with the name The Universe is Lit in 2017 before changing it the following year. They write that Robinson and his backers failed to do their due diligence in determining whether a similar brand existed before launching their marketing campaign, which they say has eclipsed their own.
“To have an event put on by a mainstream, resourced white artist using the ‘multiverse’ concept in this form is infuriating and insulting, and a continuation of the ongoing violence and discrepancies in power that continue to produce disenfranchisement within cultural production,” reads a passage of their letter. Fair and Scroggins demanded that Robinson and Goldenvoice publicly apologize, change the name of their event, have the name redacted from all press outlets, and donate to the 2020 edition of the Multivrs is Illuminated.
Yesterday, a spokesperson on behalf of the organizers of Robinson’s festival told KQED, “We have been made aware of the Multivrs is Illuminated and are currently in the process of changing the name.” At the time of writing, no visible changes have been made to the event website.
The event previously named Multiverse Music Festival is slated to take place on Saturday, June 15th at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park and will feature performances by G Jones, Kero Kero Bonito, Nina Las Vegas and Anamanaguchi.
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By Real EDM — 4 months ago
“Everybody can listen to commercial stuff on the radio. Taking the commercial people into a deeper style of music is always more difficult”
‘The boy wonder of trance’ and ‘the modern-day Mozart’ are just two of the nicknames used to describe Moldavian DJ and producer Andrew Rayel. At 26 years of age, he is leading a new generation that is pushing the boundaries of trance music. Ever since he started releasing consecutive tracks in 2011, his career seems to be one big highlight. But health issues also prevented him from enjoying every second of it to the fullest.
Rayel has made it to main stages of Tomorrowland and several editions of Ultra Music Festival. Last year, the Moldavian added another highlight by launching his own label inHarmony Music. These are reasons enough to ask him everything about walking the fine line between trance and EDM, and how he tries to stay healthy as a DJ.
EDM.com: Compared to many other Trance guys, your DJ sets contain almost twice the number of tracks. You manage to squeeze 25 tracks into a onr-hour set, while others just play around 12 of them. Why do you take this approach with your DJ sets?
Andrew Rayel: I basically do so because there are a lot of tracks I want to play into my DJ sets. The one-hour sets are usually at festivals, which is where people expect to hear a lot of banging things.
For me, I want my live set to be unique and with as many tracks I can possibly fit in. I really try to make sure it is a different experience being there than listening to it a home. The Find Your Harmony radio show is approached similarly to make it stand out from all the other radio shows.
When playing longer sets, there is more room for each track to breath. I also play less commercial stuff in there. But still with the mashups that have proven to work for me and the crowd. I often play such longer sets at the Find Your Harmony events I am hosting. This year we celebrated 100 episodes with the theme “Trance Reborn,” and we took the celebration to Chisinau, Los Angeles and Amsterdam.”
These sets are different from an Andrew Rayel mainstage set. The core of the celebration shows is the genre that is close to my heart.
Why do you think you are one of the few Trance guys drawing this distinction?
I’m not sure, to be honest. Every artist has his own way and vision about his performance and I respect that. To me, it’s just the way I feel about making a distinction between different performances, the atmosphere that you are in, and how you want to present yourself in it.
I am not playing more commercial stuff on the main stage because I have to, but simply because at that moment I feel it is the right place to do it. And even though it might be a commercial track, it is always presented in the Andrew Rayel way.
On the other hand, people visiting a Find Your Harmony show know what they are coming for as well. It is different than a festival experience. They can expect a very trancey show with less commercial stuff. That is how I want to present the Find Your Harmony events.
How could the trance genre benefit from having more guys playing in a similar way?
By doing so, I think I can attract people from the more commercial world and bring them into the trance scene as well. The other way is pretty obvious. Everybody can listen to commercial stuff on the radio. Taking the commercial people into a deeper style of music is always more difficult, but it works.
Both sides of Andrew Rayel are also reflected in your own InHarmony Music. The label started more than a year ago under the wing of Armada Music. Can you talk us through that process?
At that point, I had a lot of music ready to be released, but we had some trouble with scheduling it on other labels. Obviously, there are other people in charge of those labels and they have their own release schedule. Both Armada and I were talking about this for a while as well, so we thought it was the right time for this new milestone.
But it also enables us to find new talent, promote them, and sign other great tunes. Some of the inHarmony releases even got played and supported by Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and W&W. It is a really cool feeling that these more EDMish guys also support some of the trancey stuff we released.
Having a wide variety of artists on the label also benefits my DJ sets. I can play a lot more exclusive and unreleased stuff in there nowadays. It is great to not just discover other artists, but build a family with them.
Just like many other DJs, you have suffered from an exhausting tour schedule. It even caused you health issues. What was the turning point that made you decide to change things?
These were physical health issues to be specific. Not mentally. So far. At least I hope so (laughs).
But yeah, we DJs are always walking on a very thin line. I have been sick multiple times when I got home from touring. Last year was pretty horrible because of issues with my teeth, then my nose, and my stomach. I have always had difficulties with my stomach, though. I have been on different diets because of that, something that does not really help when being on tour.
I can define a turning point every year I stepped to the next level in my career. Obviously, I was not used to touring before, so it was a matter of slowly adapting. The first years I was young, drinking alcohol, and staying the whole night to see the other DJs play. Through the years I slowly dropped these habits. Now I sometimes arrive 10 minutes before showtime, do not drink any alcohol, and stick to my strict diet.
What do you think needs to happen to get these common illness issues out of the DJ scene?
Physically it is literally impossible to create a system for everybody. Obviously, every person is different and his body reacts differently. I know artists that can drink and party all night and be completely fine the next day.
Sadly, our job can be quite stressful and, as you know, stress is something that will eventually hit you hard. It also does not help that I am known for being a perfectionist (laughs).
As a DJ, you just want to feel comfortable on tour. I am not asking for limos, I am not asking for fancy champagne. Making me comfortable is ensuring that everything we planned in terms of the traveling, the hotel, and my DJ equipment is sorted. It often starts with stress about these kinds of things.
Are you ready to dig further into the two sides of Andrew Rayel? Listen to his 2,5 hour set at Find Your Harmony in Exchange LA for his more trance-oriented side. If you’re more interested in his banging main stage sets, make sure to tune into his weekly radio show.
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***READ MORE HERE: Andrew Rayel on Walking the Fine Line Between Trance and EDM [Interview]
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