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These are 10 hype-building songs to listen to ahead for Moonrise Festival 2018

Moonrise Festival 2018 is shaping out to be one of Baltimore’s most exciting events of the year. The two-day festival — held at the Pimlico Race Course – is preparing for its 5th installment, which will feature a wide and diverse range of artists, catering toward fans of almost any dance music sub-genre. Performers include Kaskade, Zeds Dead, […]

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Producer Sessions 004: Chad Hugo Sample Pack

CLICK HERE TO TRY OUT THE LATEST SAMPLE PACK BY CHAD HUGO.  Producer Sessions is a series from Dancing Astronaut meant to shine a brighter light on the producer community. Each volume will guide producers towards some of the freshest sample packs, plugins, FX, and presets out there.  Chad Hugo, hitmaking producer of The Neptunes […]

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DJs chime in on France’s World Cup win

France defeated Croatia in the World Cup finals on Sunday by a score of 4-2, marking their 2nd ever world cup victory. Countless French DJs took to social media to share their support and excitement. Below are reactions from some of them. DJ SNAKE With the Wolrd Cup trophy and FIFA’s Young Player Award winner, Kylian […]

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These are 10 filthy, yet underrated techno acts you should be listening to

A new era of dance music is settling into the United States — the commercialization of mainstream dance music known as the “EDM Boom” is slowly dying down, boutique and destination festivals have become the newest types of trendy gatherings, and moreover, we’re seeing tech house and live-infused electronica rise up as the new favored sounds […]

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Good Morning Mix: Deepbass invigorates the senses with atmospheric techno

Deepbass is one of the UK’s exploding new techno talents pushing the sound forward. He has a contemplative brand of music, soothing the mind with even percussion, celestial sampling, and deep, hollow arrangement that pleases the ears. It’s difficult not to feel sucked into his vortex once he takes control of the decks. On today’s […]

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Whethan and Oh Wonder talk Mamby On The Beach, new collab, + more [Q&A]

Since 2015, Mamby On The Beach has been allowing Chicago’s festival-goers to relish a diverse roster of acts right from the lakefront, the awe-inspiring Chicago skyline as its backdrop. Perched atop the sands of Oakwood Beach, Mamby is known for its eclectic lineup, which this year featured everything from Chicago rap deity, Common, to the indie accents […]

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 47

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure. What better […]

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The psychology of planning one of the most successful party series in the world: elrow [Interview]

To witness inversion of the underground at its most ingenious, house and techno listeners need not look further than an elrow event. Long associated with the dimly lit dance floors of dark clubs, underground sound goes open air under the oversight of elrow, a family-founded party brand that dates back to 1870. As attendees of previous elrow […]

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Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new music

“Apparently I don’t share enough,” joked Mat Zo on Twitter ahead of his latest Reddit AMA. The iconic producer and proud has always has quite the cheeky sense of humor. It hardly feels like he needs to share much at times, however, given his track record of bold, yet pristine releases that have made their […]

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Producer Sessions 003: Noer the Boy – ModPack Vol. 1

CLICK HERE TO TRY OUT THE LATEST SAMPLE PACK BY NOER THE BOY.  Producer Sessions is a series from Dancing Astronaut meant to shine a brighter light on the producer community. Each volume will guide producers towards some of the freshest sample packs, plugins, FX, and presets out there.  This week, Splice released a unique sound pack […]

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 46

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure. G-house guru […]

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Techno Tuesday: Fur Coat on the right time to start a label, the state of melodic techno, and their future

Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music. Sergio Muñoz and […]

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Drai’s Beachclub July 2018: Full event calendar

Photo courtesy of Drai’s Beachclub The summer momentum is still in full force following a memorable June at Drai’s Beachclub, a strong contender in the Las Vegas dayclub scene. Featuring high-profile acts in dance music, July’s roster offers a number of exclusive co-headlining shows like Zeds Dead + A-Trak, Destructo + TroyBoi, JSTJR + TWRK […]

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Inside Iceland’s Secret Solstice: five moments that ruled the festival

Photo courtesy of Tobias Stoffels // @neon-event Long admired for its picturesque landscapes, Iceland has grown to be a top destination among globetrotters and festivalgoers alike. Beyond landmarks like Blue Lagoon and tours of The Golden Circle, the country’s music culture is deeply embedded across countless genres and generations. The remote island of only 330,000 […]

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Toronto’s Dreams Festival captivates attendees with a striking trifecta of music, art, and atmosphere

Dream on, Dreamers. With years of refinement and change shaping its creative direction, what was once known as Digital Dreams led the commencement of Ontario’s annual music festival season. Digital Dreams became a staple weekend over the span of years, fluctuating between the months of June and July. Besides being one of the lasting music […]

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Tiësto’s iconic ISOS series has been resurrected by Gabriel & Dresden, Andy Moor, & Markus Schulz in the most powerful of fashions [Album Review]

Back when Tiësto was still “DJ Tiësto,” the trance pioneer, he created what soon became one of the most iconic compilation series in the genre’s history: In Search Of Sunrise (ISOS). Each release, meant to take listeners to each location that inspired its creation, earned wide acclaim for its impeccable track selection and mixing. Richard Durand took over […]

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 45

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure. Dutch drum […]

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Billy Kenny makes a storied return to Canada’s annual “Electric Island” series

It’s undoubtedly hard enough for producers and DJs to achieve a balance between performing and producing music, let alone take on the daunting task of co-owning their own label. Though it may be a seemingly rare occurrence in this day, Billy Kenny has shown admirable skill and talent in conquering this triad of musical prestige. UK-born and raised, Billy Kenny has hurtled his […]

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8 facts we learned in Diplo’s interview with Oxford Union

DJ, producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur, it’s no question that Thomas Wesley Pentz, aka Diplo, has risen to A-list status in the music and entertainment industry. So, it’s only fair that The Oxford Union — one of the world’s most prestigious debating societies — welcomes him as a guest on their Q&A series. Oxford Union has […]

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