The first ever Vinyl World Congress launches in Brighton this summer

Filed by Ellamae AlewineEllamae Alewine

With vinyl sales continuing to rise, Brighton will host the world’s first ever Vinyl World Congress which aims to bring the vinyl manufacturing industry together under one roof.

The conference will focus on the format’s continued resurgence, issues surrounding lead times and the growing need to facilitate trade and co-operation within the industry.

The first event, taking place 15th-16th May 2018 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, UK is sponsored by the machine manufacturers Pheenix Alpha, Viryl Technologies, Newbilt Machinery, Dugdale and CAF.

All of the manufacturers will be demonstrating their machines and products for prospective record labels, managers and investors who want to bring vinyl manufacturing in-house or expand globally.

During the three-day conference, there will live demonstrations of the latest vinyl manufacturing machines, which cost anywhere from £150,000 to £300,000 depending on specs.

There will be speakers from all the major stakeholders in the music industry including Universal, Sony & Warner as well as Ninja Tune, PIAS, XL Recording, Cooking Vinyl and more.

Trade associations from the music industry will be well represented too, with the likes of BPI, MMA, ERA and AIM all confirmed to be in attendance.

The conference will also take a deep dive into future threats to the sector, including the possible impact of Brexit on the vinyl manufacturing sector.

The event’s Director, Connolly Mellon said: “Demand for vinyl is higher than it’s ever been with lead times between 2-6 months for some to get it manufactured.

“Both ends of the spectrum (indie and major) have different concerns about the future but right now it’s happy days for most manufacturers. We want to see more pressing plants in Asia, South America, Africa, BRIC and beyond, that is where the untapped potential is.”

In addition, Vinyl World Congress is planning a Japanese edition which will launch in Tokyo in October, with a Latin American event in Brazil pencilled in for 2019.

For tickets and more information head here.

Mija Drops 'Notice Me' As The First Single From Her Upcoming EP

Filed by Donte DishnerDonte Dishner

Mija Drops 'Notice Me' As The First Single From Her Upcoming EPMija – Notice Me

Mija, the Fk a Genre genius just dropped her second single ‘Notice Me‘ from the highly anticipated EP How To Measure The Distance Between Lovers. Fans have been awaiting another single since December when she released  featuring Kelli Schaefer.

Then, a few days ago, Mija had more exciting news in store for them when the Arizona native released the   her EP in a series tweets- ‘Notice Me’ is number one. On this single however, it’s Mija laying down the vocals, lyrics and production.

If you’ve been following this EP since she announced it, then the style this song shouldn’t come as a shock. Mija has been pretty outspoken about this being a very personal EP, and as the Fk a Genre mastermind, she owns the contrasting sounds like no one else.

Stream the song below to get ready for February 9th, when the rest  How To Measure The Distance Between Lovers gets released.

Nipsey Hussle – The Midas Touch (Ep. 1)

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

With just about two weeks to go until the arrival his Victory Lap album, Nipsey Hussle kicks f a new series called The Midas Touch. Episode 1 finds Nip treating a longtime employee named Bruce to the day his life. Check it out above and pre-order that LP here.

Wiz Khalifa Captain

Filed by Antonio AlbertyAntonio Alberty

Wiz Khalifa checks in from the studio in the video for his new track “Captain” produced by E. Dan, which bumps, but also reminds me this commercial.

Egzod & Heuse – Breathe Again (ft. Helen Tess)

Filed by Rene MayfieldRene Mayfield

French transplant Egzod is on the rise and his latest release is cold hard evidence. After moving to Florida three years ago, he’s quickly risen the ranks America’s future bass scene. A solid stream remixes and originals led to rounding f the year on the decks at Insomniac’s EDM Orlando. He’s not slowing down as his first release 2017 features New Delhi-based Heuse for an internet connect big bass.

Landing on Snav’s Riotville Records, ‘Breathe Again’ is yet another vocal anthem. Helen Tess lays a simple verse intertwined with gritty bass cuts for an emotic dance tune you can bet will get rinsed on the main stage. Marking release number 55 for the Danish label, Egzod is becoming a global name in festival-ready dance production. Smash that follow if ya dig, he’s not going anywhere.

Lisboa Electronica locks Nina Kraviz, Raresh, Helena Hauff, more

Filed by Kelli MichelsonKelli Michelson

Lisboa Electronica is set to return this coming April with a veritable smorgasbord of electronic artists, industry talks and workshops for the festival’s second year.

Kicking off on Wednesday 4th April, the first day of the forward-thinking festival will be an industry focussed day, comprised of conferences and workshops at Ministerium Club in Lisbon.

The festival’s music offering kicks off proper on 5th April with Werk Discs’ Actress showcasing his jaw-dropping AV live show. He’ll be joined by the queen of electro Helena Hauff alongside performances from Tellik’s Baby Ford and Alex Celler.

Moving onto Friday 6th April, the festival has secured the services of Nina Kraviz, Raresh, Robin Ordell, Sonja Moonear to name just a few.

Saturday’s line-up with see the likes of TiNi, Legowelt, Topper, Serge and more closing out what is one of Portugal’s most forward-thinking festivals.

Tickets for Lisboa Electronica are already on sale, with the Musiculture Pass, which gives access to all days and conferences, starting at a very reasonable £80.

Check out the full line-up below, and head here to purchase tickets. 

Lisboa Electronica locks Nina Kraviz, Raresh, Helena Hauff, more


All Points East adds Justice, Chromeo and Hunee to its already stacked line-up

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

All Points East, a new London festival from the organisers behind Coachella, has added a further 38 new artists to its already stacked line-up.

Joining current headliners LCD Soundsystem, The XX and Bjork, the festival has added the likes of Justice (live), Chromeo and Hunee to the festival’s already impressively diverse line-up.

Elsewhere, the festival will host performances from the likes of The Black Madonna, Omar-S, Shanti Celeste, Hercules Love Affair, DJ Tennis, Roman Flugel, Gerd Janson, Call Super, Mr G (Live), Fort Romeau and many more.

All Points East is a new ten-day event which encompasses a three-day festival experience at London’s Victoria Park, alongside a further 4-day community focussed mid-week programme of comedy, outdoor cinema events and more.

On top of that, there will also be three further shows with Catfish and Bottlemen, The National and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

The festival portion of All Points East will be taking place 25th – 27th May.

For tickets and more information, head here.

All Points East adds Justice, Chromeo and Hunee to its already stacked line-up


Above & Beyond: "Whatever we do, not everybody's going to like it"

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Above & Beyond have given a new in-depth interview as part of DJ Mag Insight. In it, the world-renowned trio discuss moving away from trance, embracing live sets over DJing, touring life, getting in trouble with the police and being joined by ‘Walter White’ on stage. 

Filled with live clips, snippets of the band’s history and great stories, Above & Beyond prove in this interview just why they are one of the most innovative and important acts in the trance world right now. 

“I think we figured out pretty early on that whatever we do, not everybody is going to like it,” says Paavo Siljamäki of the trio’s decision to move away from their trance trademark into a more acoustic, live sound. “As we started having more fans around the world that became ever more evident. Whatever we choose to do, some people are going to love it and some people are not going to love it. So the only thing we’re left with is what we really want to do.”

Above & Beyond released their new album ‘Common Ground’ via their own Anjunabeats label last week. They released a video for the single ‘Always feat. Zoë Johnston’ earlier this month. They will host their own festival entitled Anjunadeep Open Air: London this August at Three Mills.They are set to perform at a 15,000-capacity stadium gig this summer as part of Creamfields’ Steel Yard event series. Recently, the group outlined details of a documentary titled Above & Beyond Acoustic—Giving Up The Day Job, that is set to land in 2018 and will focus on their 11-city live tour in 2016.

You can watch the full Above & Beyond DJ Mag Insight interview below. 

Louis The Child & Whethan Team Up For New EP 'Honey'

Filed by Elsa MajewskiElsa Majewski

Louis The Child & Whethan – Honey EP

No better way to start the year f than with good music. The Louis The Child has teamed up with Whethan to drop their new EP ‘Honey’. It is not every day that you get to see two musical acts get together to drop an EP.

The album is nothing short its own name. The 6 track EP is filled with songs that will brighten up your day. With happy melodies and chord progressions to bass heavy drops that will make your head bump. The is diverse and the three producers have showcased their versatility when it comes to producing music in the Future Bass/Trap area.

Overall, the ‘Honey’ EP is a must listen to if you enjoy melodic bass songs or just want something fresh to listen to. Kudos to Louis The Child and for creating a refreshing EP and starting f 2018 with a bang.

Listen to the EP down below!

Cocoon Ibiza will move to Pacha this summer, Sven Väth announces

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Cocoon will start a new residency at Pacha in summer 2018 after an 18 year-year spell at Amnesia. 

Sven Väth’s legendary weekly party will be moving from its slot on Monday nights in Amnesia to the equally iconic Pacha. The statement was made by the DJ today over social media. 

“Ibiza will never stop changing and nor will Cocoon,” he said via Facebook. This is metamorphosis multiplied by two and I am so excited about this collision of visions. Lets turn this page and get on the dancefloor.”

“Eight incredible years with Amnesia and not a moment to take back,” a statement made on Cocoon’s official Facbeook page added. “Visual innovations and concepts that drank deep from the passion and colour of Ibiza that had entranced Sven Väth all those years ago. Cocoon with Amnesia made some extraordinary parties. This is a new Pacha meeting the 19th season of Cocoon and it is time to make some parties that could be nowhere else in the world but Ibiza. This really will be a new Pacha experience.”

Of course, Papa Sven is no stranger to Pacha, having played an unforgettable b2b with Solomun there last summer.

More information and line-ups to come in the coming months. Meanwhile, take a look at the teaser video that corresponded with the announcement. 

Underworld, Todd Terry, Nervo, more locked for Tomorrowland 2018

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

Tomorrwland have announced another selection of massive names for their July festival.

Underworld, Todd Terry, 2manydjs, Armand van Helden, Pan-Pot, Nervo, Steve Aoki, Rodhad b2b Âme and Roger Sanchez join an already stacked bill as part of the eigth line-up announcement made by the festival. Just yesterday, Andrew Bayer, Ida Engberg and Anna Lunoe were among the seventh wave of names to be announced. More names announced today include pop superstar Dua Lipa, the infamous Lil Pump, Sub Zero Project, Bedouin, Curtis Alto, Nora en Pure and Sam Feldt (Live).

Last week, Carl Cox, Alan Fitzpatrick, Aly & Fila, Martin Garrix, Mind Against, and Paul van Dyk were officially locked in while we were still getting hyped about the announcements of Ben Klock b2b Marcel Dettmann, Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Jamie Jones and Eric Prydz and many more. 

Belgium’s rising techno star Charlotte De Witte has also been set to curate her own KNTXT stage. Eric Prydz is also set to bring his Pryda Arena back for its second installment at the festival. 

Weekend one of Tomorrowland is set to run from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July, whilst weekend runs from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th July.

While registration for pre sale tickets for Tomorrowland closed earlier this week, you can now register to buy tickets to the Belgian mega festival on the its website.

Virtual Riot Releases Heavy New EP Titled German Engineering

Filed by Abbey ShoreAbbey Shore

Virtual Riot Releases Heavy New EP Titled German EngineeringVirtual Riot- German Engineering EP

The wait is over as Virtual Riot‘s new EP, German Engineering, is finally here! This album features six new bass heavy tracks from the German artist. The German DJ and producer Virtual Riot was born and raised in Marl, Germany, and was inspired at a young age by artists such as Skrillex and BT.

Known for his impeccable sound design and engineering, Virtual Riot has skills that shine through on each his tracks. Opening up the EP is ‘Pray for Riddim’ which sets the mood the album with slow melodic organs that open up the floodgates for a heavy bass rhythm. ‘Show Up‘, featuring Virus Syndicate, takes you through a slow journey that turns into a Fast N’ Furious adventure. Riddim/dubstep tracks like ‘Jump The Gun‘ and ‘The Darkest Night‘ switch to a more upbeat yet chill tempo tossing you for a double take in the mix. ‘Chop Chop‘ brings the steady beat back down to create a dark vibe to the EP. It’s no wonder that fans are never bored with him.

In 2018, Virtual Riot is going to launch his diverse range sound into a new era bass.  Feel the rush the bass with another fantastic EP in a long series releases from Virtual Riot. We wouldn’t expect anything less. Check out Virtual Riot’s German Engineering EP below.