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Q-dance announces spectacular 3-day online experience ‘Defqon.1 at Home’

Q-Dance stage img via Rita Barros Seixas

Q-dance, founder of the hardstyle sound and organizer of the most popular hardstyle events worldwide, has announced today that the largest dance event in the Netherlands will get an online edition this year.

The organization is organizing the three-day online experience ‘Defqon.1 at Home‘ especially for its fans. All the beloved elements of the festival will return on this ultimate online Defqon.1 event, and it will feature over 80 artists in various locations. Defqon.1 at Home takes place from June 26th to 28th and can be experienced from the living room by every fan worldwide.

Program & line-up

Q-dance wants to connect fans in these difficult times by bringing the signature Defqon.1 feeling to people’s homes in the last weekend of June. The festival weekend promises to be a true spectacle with energetic performances by the most famous artists from the harder styles. Every major part of the popular dance event makes its appearance during the three-day online festival.

Defqon.1 at Home

The weekend traditionally starts with The Gathering, fans can go from left to right in their living room during POWER HOUR: Six years of Insanity, and Defqon.1 wouldn’t be Defqon.1 if it didn’t end with a special endshow called The Closing Ceremony.

For the first time ever, fans will also be able to participate in The Q-dance Quiz: A live, interactive show element where fans around the world can compete against each other and test their knowledge within three themes, namely The Ultimate Hardstyle Quiz, The Defqon.1 Weekend Warriors Quiz and The Legendary 20 Years of Q-dance Quiz. Participants will have the chance to win legendary prizes.

To unite hardstyle fans all over the world, Q-dance created a special anthem moment on Saturday night. All weekend warriors will play this year’s anthem at the same time on maximum volume to make sure hardstyle is heard.

A special weekend full of emotions

While Defqon.1 in 2019 was the busiest edition ever with 78,000 people, this year, for the first time in 18 years, there won’t be a physical edition of the festival. Nevertheless, Q-dance is doing everything to make it a special weekend:

The world is turned upside down. We live in a bizarre time in which our industry has been hit hard. This applies not only to our organization and the people who work there but also to the hundreds of creatives and artists with whom we organize our beautiful events every year. That’s why we’ve pulled out all the stops to make it a special weekend this year, together with our fans from all over the world“, said Jonas Schmidt, Creative Director Defqon.1.

Positive development

Q-dance is no stranger to live streaming. Not only were major festivals always broadcast live for those who stayed home, a couple of months ago the organizer also launched Qonnect. A new concept that’s viewed by an average of one to two and a half million fans per broadcast worldwide. Q-dance wants to continue this positive development with this special edition of Defqon.1 at Home.

Defqon.1 at Home takes place on June 26th, 27nd, and 28th and can be viewed live on Q-dance.com. More information about the program and line-up will be announced soon on Q-dance’s social media channels and the official website.

Watch the trailer below.

MEDUZA deliver huge remix of Lifelike & Kris Menace’s classic Ibiza Anthem: ‘Discopolis 2.0’

Lifelike & Kris Menace’s ‘Discopolis’ is about as evergreen as a dance record can get. Originally released in 2005 (and re-released as ‘Discopolis 2.0’ in 2015), the world-renowned Ibiza anthem was picked up by BBC Radio 1 figurehead Pete Tong, breached into the Top 100 of the U.K. Singles chart and sold over 30.000 vinyls, cementing its status as a staple House track for decades to come.

And now, fifteen years later, global superstars and leading tastemakers MEDUZA up the ante with a huge remix that’s set to create the same shockwaves in the scene that it did back then.

Breathing new life into Lifelike & Kris Menace‘s classic Ibiza anthem, MEDUZA skillfully rework this seminal record for contemporary dance floors. With the iconic melody floating atop the signature MEDUZA sound with their galvanizing grooves, this remix lays the foundations for the resurgence of ‘Discopolis‘.

MEDUZA: “We chose to remix this track as the original is really influential for us. We always thought the track gave us the perfect balance between the electronic music and ’80s music that we grew up dancing to, so this track was an honour to remix, hopefully for this generation to continue the dancing!

Lifelike & Kris Menace: “‘Discopolis’ is a special record for us and many others. This makes it a difficult one to remix but we have to say that MEDUZA have done an amazing job. They have given it a fresh, contemporary sound whilst managing to keep the vibe of the original!”

MEDUZA have spent the year leading the charge in returning house music to daytime radio, with great success. Their debut release, ‘Piece Of Your Heart‘ featuring Goodboys, has now seen over a billion streams globally, reaching double platinum in the U.K. alone and peaking at #2 on the Official U.K. Charts.

This trend has followed MEDUZA globally, with multiple diamond, platinum and gold certifications around the world and a GRAMMY nomination. The follow up, ‘Lose Control‘ with Goodboys and Becky Hill, has made an meteoric impact, reaching the U.K. Top 40 in its first week, now exceeding the milestone number of 500 million cumulative streams with another U.K. platinum sales award to boot.

Listen to the remix below!

Goldbrg drops his debut track ‘Feel This Good’

LA based DJ and producer Goldbrg drops his debut cut, ‘Feel This Good’ – delivering a chunky dose of vocal driven House music.

Hot on the trails of his recent hyped quarantine DJ sets lighting up social media and notching up an average audience of 20,000-30,000 viewers per stream, Goldbrg has quickly gone onto amass an engaging audience across a multitude of Facebook groups – most notably ‘Zoom Memes for Self Quaranteens‘.

Building on the buzz, Goldbrg is now looking to take things to the next level as he drops his debut release. Entitled, ‘Feel This Good‘ – the cut features an infectious vocal hook and catchy drop, accompanied by a bassline that’s sure to fire up airwaves worldwide.

Goldbrg Feel this Good

Listen to the track below.

Rebūke drops remix of Fatboy Slim & Eats Everything’s ‘All The Ladies’

Rebūke

The disco-tinged house anthem from monster pairing Fatboy Slim and Eats Everything sees a superb remix from fast-rising Irish DJ and producer Rebūke.

Rebūke brings his stylistic fusion of industrial techno and acid to this fiery disco hot-cake. Dashing tripped-out vocal snippets from the original across his palate of diligent kicks and crisp hi-hats, his wiggly acid lead swells and widens across a spaced-out breakdown that hurls us back into his stripped-back blend of wavey acid and racing 909 drum grooves.

Fatboy Slim & Eats Everything (Rebūke Remix)

Here’s what Rebūke had to say about the remix:

I’ve been a fan of Fatboy Slim & Eats Everything for years, so when they asked me to remix their new record ‘All The Ladies’, it was a big buzz. The remix was written in lockdown at my home studio in Letterkenny, which is a first for me.

I wanted to twist the original and make something new, whilst still keeping the energy and groove from the original track. I’ve been playing it on all my live streams the last few months and it’s been going down a treat!

Listen to the track below.

Tomorrowland festival is going virtual with “Tomorrowland Around The World”

Because the regular edition of the majestic Tomorrowland festival in Boom, Belgium cannot be organised as planned this summer due to the coronavirus outbreak, the team behind the world’s best electronic dance music festival will organize a digital 3D edition just for your listening pleasure!

While we won’t be able to experience the magic of Tomorrowland festival this summer due to the ongoing health crisis, organizers appear to have something else in store for the People Of Tomorrow.

Taking place on Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26, Tomorrowland’s digital festival “Tomorrowland Around The World”, will be a spectacular entertainment experience open to people of all ages and places, unfazed by borders or boundaries – a world premiere and a major step in the future of digital music festivals.

Over recent months, Tomorrowland has received many requests from its worldwide community to do something special during the two sold-out weekends of Tomorrowland Belgium. This global connection has inspired Tomorrowland to introduce and create a brand new platform through which visitors can participate in an unprecedented two-day festival experience.

Tomorrowland Around The World
Tomorrowland Around The World

Tomorrowland fans will be able to navigate easily through a magical and newly created Tomorrowland location with a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet (you don’t need special VR goggles) and explore the entire festival site in an interactive way together with friends. The two-day festival weekend will offer its guests a packed schedule with plenty of things to do, see and experience.

As with the other editions of Tomorrowland, music and spectacular shows will be central to this event. The festival will feature plenty of signature Tomorrowland stages – 8 different stages in total – including Atmosphere, Core, Freedom Stage and Elixir, joined by 3 new stages, which have been specially created and designed by the creative team and 3D artists behind Tomorrowland.

Each stage will feature music from the world’s best artists in dance and electronic music – from all genres – and a large portion of the fireworks and laser shows characteristic of Tomorrowland. As icing on the cake this year’s iconic Mainstage, embodying the theme of 2020 ‘The Reflection of Love – Chapter 1’, will be unveiled to the world during Tomorrowland Around The World.

Besides the performances there will be all kinds of interactive experiences to choose from, including inspirational webinars, games and workshops related to lifestyle, food, fashion and the Tomorrowland Foundation. Together with the performances, Tomorrowland Around The World will be a full day/weekend experience between 15h00–01h00 CEST. There will be a ‘time-zone-friendly’ option for visitors from Asia and North or South America.

Tomorrowland is using the world’s leading technologies in 3D design, video production, gaming and special effects to bring together 8 different stages with a stellar line-up of the most prominent artists in dance music, all of them premiering brand new content to be discovered exclusively on tomorrowland.com over the course of the weekend.

Here’s what Michiel Beers, co-founder of Tomorrowland had to say about Tomorrowland Around The World:

“Tomorrowland Around The World is the result of a gigantic team effort of hundreds of people who are working around the clock to create a never-before-seen interactive entertainment experience. Since we started this project and all ideas came together, we immediately felt an enormous energy and lots of positivity from everybody involved. For us it’s a bit re-inventing the festival experience, but we truly believe that we can bring the spirit of Tomorrowland and entertainment at the highest level to people and homes around the globe.

We hope that hundreds of thousands of people will unite in a responsible way and that small Tomorrowland gatherings at people’s homes – from Canada to Australia, from Japan to Brazil and everywhere in between – will be organised. Especially during the weekend where normally Tomorrowland Belgium would take place, we really have the power to unite the world.”

The People of Tomorrow are invited to experience this unique event together with friends: dressing up with your best festival outfit, putting up tents in your back garden to create your own DreamVille, setting up a big screen, inviting your beloved ones for a nice barbecue with music and an amazing festival experience, decorating your balcony or throwing a party in your living room – this weekend is all about uniting through the power of music in a responsible and safe way.

More about this all-new Tomorrowland location will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Tomorrowland Around The World, the digital festival

• Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26, 2020.
• Between 15h00–01h00 CEST.
• ‘Time-zone-friendly’ for visitors from Asia and North and South America.
• Open for people of all ages and places.
• Accessible exclusively on tomorrowland.com.
• Line-up will be announced on Monday June 15.
• Ticket sales start on Thursday June 18 via tomorrowland.com.
• Day ticket costs €12.50.
• Weekend ticket costs €20.00 and includes a week of video-on-demand content to relive the entire experience.
• Special People of Tomorrow packages and Home Party packages will be available.
• Info and updates: via link.

Discover the Official Tomorrowland Around The World Trailer below!.

Illyus & Barrientos return to Toolroom to deliver ‘Body Movement’ ft. Lizzie Nightingale

Illyus & Barrientos

Hailing from Glasgow, Illyus & Barrientos have truly become two of the most respected artists to breakthrough the UK electronic music scene in recent years, with stellar releases on the likes of Defected, Glasgow Underground and their home label Toolroom gaining regular support from leading tastemakers including Annie Mac, Danny Howard and Pete Tong, whilst also featuring as part of Radio 1’s legendary Essential Mix series.

The duos formidable career has seen them play sets around the globe whilst holding residencies across Ibiza and beyond, and following on from their recent single ‘Promise’, the pairing now return alongside vocalist Lizzie Nightingale to deliver their latest single, ‘Body Movement’.

Body Movement’ is signature Illyus & Barrientos; packed with energy and a slight hint of 90’s nostalgia thrown in for good measure. Once Lizzie Nightingale adds her exquisite vocals you’re on to sure-fire winner from one of Toolroom’s favourite duos.

Illyus & BarrientosBody Movement’ drops via Toolroom on 12th June 2020.

Listen to the preview here.

Purple Disco Machine remixes Claptone and Mylo’s 2020 reimagining of ‘Drop The Pressure’

Purple Disco Machine

Disco-house don Purple Disco Machine has remixed the recent Claptone collaboration with Mylo of the classic ‘Drop The Pressure’, out now.

Tapping into the trademark Purple Disco Machine sound, the German DJ and producer’s remix is a polished slice of European disco, ramping up the original’s vocoder vocals and adding the funkiest of looped basslines.

Crowned as the ​#2 Beatport artist of all time​, ​Purple Disco Machine has been responsible for some of the biggest remixes of recent years, reworking tracks from pop icons Dua Lipa, Mark Ronson, ​Calvin Harris & Rag n Bone Man​, Foals​, Weiss,​ Years and Years​,Fatboy Slim ​and Rufus Du Sol amongst others.

Claptone Mylo – Drop The Pressure (Purple Disco Machine remix)

Amassing an array of releases on ​Positiva​, Defected​, Spinnin Deep​, Sweat It Out and ​Club Sweat during his career so far, the German DJ’s 2017 debut album Soulmatic would go down as one of the most celebrated releases of recent years – with crossover hit singles ‘​Devil In Me​’ and ‘Body Funk‘ amassing over ​75 million combined streams​. In total, ​Purple Disco Machine has a global combined total of over 250 million streams now​, solidifying his status as one of the most innovative producers of our time.

Best known for his remix work, including his reimagining of Gregory Porter‘s ‘Liquid Spirit‘, after releasing ‘Fantast‘, his second studio album last year, Claptone‘s uplifting and vocal heavy style of house has gone on to rack up millions of plays on YouTube, with his Spotify currently enjoying 2 million monthly listeners. More recently he has remixed tracks from superstars Dua Lipa, Mark Ronson, Michael Kiwanuka and more, as well as launching online cooking series ‘Quarantine Canteen‘.

The Venetian mask-donning producer launched the immersive and otherworldly ‘The Masquerade‘ events in 2017, with guests including Black Coffee, Claude von Stroke, MK, Dennis Ferrer and Pete Tong joining the fun across showcases in Australia, South America, North America, London and Amsterdam, to name a few. He then took the series to Ibiza for a summer residency at fabled nightspot Pacha, bringing the likes of Purple Disco Machine, Kerri Chandler and Duke Dumont along for the ride.

Claptone and Mylo‘s ‘Drop The Pressure‘ reimagining is given the remix treatment from one of the best in the business. Don’t sleep on this one.

Listen to the track below.

Tom Staar remixes classic Ferry Corsten track: ‘Punk’

Not everyone knows how to take charge on remix duty and simultaneously preserve the essence of the original record, but DJ and producer Tom Staar has proven himself to be more than capable.

Mere moments after committing his foreseeable future to Armada Music on an exclusive basis, the Ibiza-based DJ and producer has issued another slam dunk by remixing a long-standing classic from the early 2000s: Ferry Costen‘s ‘Punk‘.

Bringing Ferry Corsten‘s 2002 original back into the current dance music era ahead of the song’s twenty-year anniversary, Tom Staar‘s remix of ‘Punk‘ isn’t pulling any punches at all. With the iconic melody leading the charge and sturdy beats providing the backbone, this 2020 interpretation is as rebellious and fiery as you can expect.

Ferry Corsten Punk (Tom Staar remix)

Here’s what Tom Staar had to say about the remix:

I was a huge fan of the record, so I jumped at the chance to remix it. I was really into Trance back in the early 2000s and Ferry Corsten was a producer I really looked up to; he made pretty much all of my favourite records back then under various guises. I knew I wanted to give it a big room techno kinda feel along the lines of my recent record with Armin van Buuren called ‘Still Better Off’, so I started off working on some drums like that. Once that was done, the remix pretty much wrote itself.

Ferry Corsten continued: “Tom Staar gave ‘Punk’ a great new treatment! I really like the crossover element he has added to this remix, pushing its boundaries to live within multiple genres. I can’t wait to play this live when we’re given the green light again!

Listen to the remix here.

waitwhat collaborate with Samsonite on new single called ‘Somebody’

Waitwhat

‘Somebody (feat. Kristen Scheltens)’ by Samsonite & waitwhat is OUT NOW and available to stream on all major streaming platforms!

Samsonite, otherwise known as Sam Kalt, is an artist that began establishing himself on the music scene back in 2016 with the release of ‘Youth Culture’. Since then, Samsonite has released fourteen singles, as well as two albums: ‘The Occult Vinyl’ and ‘My
Neighbor Samsonite’.

With his unique take on the lofi hip-hop chill beats genre, Samsonite has had signifiant success with hits like ‘Ivory Tower’ achieving over thirty-thousand streams on Spotify alone.

waitwhat is a DJ and Producer duo from the Bay Area, consisting of Troy Skinner and Damon Dokhani. Initially meeting at UC Berkeley, the pair inevitably joined forces in June of 2017.

The amalgamation of Troy’s production skills with Damon’s solo experience under
NomaD, created a unique style that combines elements of “Hip-Hop, Alt-Pop, Trap and Bass Music”. One of the most successful tracks from the duo to date was ‘Alive (feat. Rielle)’ which achieved over three-hundred and ten thousand streams on Spotify.

Somebody (feat. Kristen Scheltens)’ sits at a smooth 92bpm and commences with a clean vocal coupled with some light percussion and spacious instrumentation. Kristen Scheltens’ vocal colour is relaxed yet also emotive. A partial delay on various lines throughout the track create a depth and creative flare that suits the mood the track perfectly.

Strongly panned elements of instrumentation create a body of sound that is a pleasure to listen to. The production of this single allows for each sound to pierce through the mix seamlessly without detracting from the prominent vocal line.

The rhythmic synth sounds that systematically spread out throughout this single are a real stand out feature. Fans of Dance and EDM will love this track. Make sure you follow Samsonite and waitwhat on Spotify to keep up to date with their upcoming releases!

Listen to the track below.

Sonarworks announces sale on individually calibrated headphones

Now, at a time when it’s more important than ever to support music makers working outside their typical studio environments, European audio software developers Sonarworks have announced a sale featuring a range of individually calibrated headphones for use with best-in-class audio correction software Reference 4, including sets from popular headphone manufacturers, such as Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic and Audio Technica.

The sale begins on Thursday, June 4th, and runs through Tuesday, June 9th via Sonarworks‘ online web-store, with discounts up to 30% off.

Reference 4 has been embraced by music creators at all levels, from Grammy-winning mix engineers like Aamir Yaqub, Mark Needham, Koen Heldens, and Ariel Burojow, to artists and audio engineering students at higher-ed institutions, like the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Berklee College of Music, and SAE Institute.

Using Reference 4 along with individually calibrated headphones improves accuracy even further, ensuring a tailored listening-while-working experience, so studio engineers and music creators can trust what they are hearing in their headphones — whether working from home in a temporary professional setup, or working “in the box” while on-the-go.

So, even in times when an engineer is forced to work outside of the client’s studio, Reference 4 with individually calibrated headphones allows engineers to deliver the same reference sound, making cooperation between clients and engineers easier — even letting engineers mix tracks remotely for clients on the opposite side of the globe.

At Sonarworks, our mission is to deliver reliable reference sound wherever and however music creators work,” said Sonarworks Co-Founder Martins Popelis.

“All of our existing headphone calibration models ensure that you’re getting the ultimate accuracy out of your headphones, with increased precision on each pair we calibrate. By measuring and calibrating headphones individually, we can account for left and right channel differences between drivers as well as ensure that we’re providing improved accuracy across all frequency ranges for each set. This way we’re tailoring the response to each individual set of headphones and accuracy is improved to +/-0.9dB.

The sale applies to the following models:

– Sennheiser HD 650
– Sennheiser HD 600
– Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro
– Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro
– Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 250 Ohm
– Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80 Ohm
– Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

For more information on the sale, please visit the link.

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