It first happened at a media dinner about five years ago. I was sandwiched rather uncomfortably between two older international journalists — one from Amsterdam and one from New York. As we sat watching a slideshow about a dance-music-meets-yoga festival heading to Thailand that following summer, Mr NYC commented that he hoped Carl Cox was playing because he was his “favourite EDM DJ right now”. Heads swivelled and hands were raised to mouths as Mr Amsterdam and I let out a gasp of unadulterated horror. “Carl Cox and EDM?
Hardwell, who is currently working on a rather secretive project with Steve Aoki, is to play New York City venue Brooklyn Mirage on Saturday 23rd June, with pre-sale for tickets beginning this Monday 19th March at 11AM Eastern Time.
Tomorrowland has launched a new festival, Tomorrowland Winter, set to take place in luxury ski resort Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps next year.
Tipped to run 13th to 15th March 2019, the festival’s theme is “The Hymn of the Frozen Lotus” with organisers promising a "fantasy wonderland for over 30,000 music lovers from around the world” alongside "a sensational line-up and state-of-the-art decor".
“We’re not a normal kind of two people coming together.” It’s 2pm on a Tuesday in Brazil at the height of Carnival. Olivia “Liv” NERVO has just woken up to a day’s worth of unread emails, missed text messages and countless social media notifications.
It sounds like 2018 will be the year of NERVO. Are you aiming for world domination this year?
What is the label’s driving ethos?
Liv: “We’re doing our very best not to fit in a box. You know what kind of records are going to come out on Revealed. You know what records are going to come out on Protocol. You know what records are going to come out on Musical Freedom. I hope that Got Me Baby! keeps people guessing and listening and intrigued.”
Speaking of Fallon, you just had your first-ever late-night TV performance in America. How’d it go?
Liv: “We played on X Factor, but we DJed. [On Fallon], we were singing, we had microphones, we had dance moves.”
Mim: “And we only found out the day before that we weren’t gonna play behind a DJ booth.”
Liv: “We thought we were DJing. And we get there and they’re like, ‘Nah, we’re all singing.’ And we’re like, ‘Whaaaaat?!’”
After Miami, you’re hosting your #NERVONation stage at Tomorrowland over the summer. Any special surprises?
Liv: “We’re really pushing for a live element, because we always love a live element on our shows. We’re really excited to work with the Tomorrowland crew to build the line-up.”
What is the role of men in all this?
Mim: “Men have to be gentlemen, as always. A good man is a gentleman. The manners make the man. It’s just up to strong women to teach weaker women, and it’s the people to be taught from young ages what respect is, what boundaries are. It’s horrible that a few men in positions of power have muddied the waters, because there are a lot of good men out there as well. So it shouldn’t be a man-hating decade or year. It should be [about] uplifting women.”
Dutch festival Mysteryland has locked an absolutely baffling line-up of over 300 acts from across the dance music spectrum for this year’s edition, running between 24th and 26th August.
Steve Aoki has reportedly used a yet-to-be-titled collaboration with Hardwell as an intro track during recent live dates. First recorded during Aoki’s 11th February performance in Philadelphia, PA, few of the single’s details have been confirmed by either team.
“This is my new track with Hardwell!” exclaimed the polarizing dance music figure at the 2:10 mark of the live recording. Lacking further dialogue from the DJ/producer and any significant track vocal, the single’s title remains unknown.
In an interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 show this week, pop production polymath Diplo discussed his ever-turbulent relationship with EDM.
In telling Mac about his new EP ‘California’, which will find the producer veering away from his EDM palette, he admitted that both he and Calvin Harris were opportunistic when it came to adopting the immensely popular style when it was on the rise.
EDC Las Vegas has revealed the 2018 line-ups for its eight stages. Aside from Kinetic Playground and Circuit Gardens, each stage has an official host, including the return of HARD. EDC takes over the Las Vegas Motor Speedway 18th through 20th May.