Tom Swoon & Maximals have released the music video for their new track ‘Helter Skelter’.
The video parodies a certain viral clip of a BBC Newsreader, being gatecrashed by his children, while live on air - albeit with some animal interpretation.
The track, which dropped last Friday on Blasterjaxx’s Maxximize imprint, is gaining momentum following support from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Bob Sinclar and many more.
Blasterjaxx have teased their forthcoming EP entitled ‘XX Files’, due to drop 10th March via Maxximize Records, with the release of the single, ‘Collide’.
The eight-track EP consists of both brand-new tunes and tracks that have graced their live sets over the past few months, with ‘Collide’ the anthemic first single of the collection.
The Dutch duo will follow up ‘Collide’ with the second single, ‘Black Rose’, on 27th February ahead of the release of the full ‘XX Files’ EP on 10th March.
Balaton Sound has announced the first wave of acts for the 11th edition of the festival, which takes place from Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th July 2017 on Eastern Europe's largest freshwater lake, Lake Balaton, Hungary.
Hardwell, Afrojack, Alison Wonderland, Kygo, Blasterjaxx, Dave Clarke, Sasha and many more are all set to spin at the Hungarian beach festival.
As Europe's biggest beach festival, Balaton Sound attracted visitors from a whopping 63 countries last year and features over 2000 square meters of stages and dancefloors built on water.
Diplo and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike collaborated on the track ‘Hey Baby’ with vocalist Deb’s Daughter last year, which was released through Mad Decent in October.
Now Diplo’s label has dropped a remix package of the track, featuring reworks from Steve Aoki, Blasterjaxx and Lost Frequencies.
Hardwell On Air celebrates its 300th episode tonight (Friday 20th January), with live stream performances from Blasterjaxx, Wiwek, Jay Hardway, Kill The Buzz, Suyano and Hardwell himself.
Hardwell On Air 300 kicks off at 10pm CET (9pm GMT) with Suyano’s set, before Hardwell wraps things up with a 30-minute mix at 11:30pm CET (10:30pm GMT).
WiSH Outdoor festival in Holland has just released its full line-up — with Dutch electro-house don Chuckie topping the bill.
Other big EDM DJs on the line-up include Sander Van Doorn, Dyro, R3hab and Blasterjaxx, who all feature in DJ Mag's current Top 100 DJs poll — voted for by the international clubbing community.
Harder dance styles are represented by Headhunterz, Brennan Heart, D-Block & S-Te-Fan and B-Front, amongst others.
From: The Hague, Netherlands
DJ style: “Big room, electro-house.”
Best known for: “‘Snake’, ‘Mystica’, ’Rocket’, ’15’, ‘Bigroom Never Dies’, ‘Beautiful World’,‘Faith’.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Armin van Buuren ‘Blah Blah Blah’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Will K and Ben Nicky.”
That Blasterjaxx finish their 2018 with studio work still unreleased, which will eventually appear on their highly-anticipated long-player, is surprising. After all, the Dutch duo have been a near constant presence in the global dance charts over the past 12 months.
Work has arrived via their own Maxximize Records and Hardwell’s imprint, Revealed — the latter a collaboration with the bossman himself, ‘Bigroom Never Dies’. Anything but an ironic title, the gargantuan tune could easily fill a stadium or three, and is typical of the pair’s approach to crafting tracks, explaining why they have risen to the top of the EDM scene over the last decade.
Also known as Thom Jongkind and Idir Makhlaf, while the latter continues to avoid live performances after bravely opening up about mental health issues and backing away from touring in 2016, the former holds it down on stage for both, unleashing sets packed with energy and titanic drops, from European mega-festivals like Tomorrowland and Mysteryland, to Don’t Let Daddy Know in Chile. Look out for their debut album — coming soon.
Words: MARTIN GUTTRIDGE-HEWITT
Dutch duo Blasterjaxx are currently winding down from a solid festival season that has seen them consolidate their longevity as big room favourites. They‘ve supported appearances at festivals like Tomorrowland and Dance Valley with several high-profile releases.
“Music-wise, we had a really productive year,” they tell DJ Mag. “We released lots of new music on our own Maxximize Records imprint, and the response of our fans has been great.” The label is doing really well, they add, with their next label event scheduled to take place at ADE.
It’s approaching two years since Idir Makhlaf withdrew from touring due to mental health issues, leaving Thom Jongkind to assume DJing duties while they both continue to produce together. While they say it took some getting used to, it’s been a change for the best. “In the end we can both say it works better for us personally, as well as for Blasterjaxx in total.”
“Turbulent” is Blasterjaxx’s adjective of choice to describe their year, speaking to DJ Mag all the way from Shanghai. “But we’re very happy to look back and say that we’ve really established our place in the dance scene.”
Debuting in the Top 100 in 2013, Thom Jongkind and Idir Makhlaf met at the gym and, since that fateful workout, haven’t once looked back. Treating their fans (or “Blastersoldiers”) to their ‘Maxximize On Air’ podcast and an array of festival appearances (Tomorrowland, Ultra, Sziget) this year, the pair prove they're still going strong.
One project this year saw them teaming up with Electric Family to develop a bracelet, with all proceeds going towards helping millions of blind adults and children.
The trance, hardstyle and house producers have spent the past six months building their own studio and in there have been “raising the level compared to the years before. Not only as Blasterjaxx, as artists, have we grown but definitely have also matured on a personal level,” they say.
A recent Facebook post of theirs promised that for each ‘Like’, they’d do one push-up — meaning that by now they should have done 33,712. Good luck guys!