Ultra Music Festival Smashes Records On Its 20th Anniversary

ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL

SMASHES RECORDS ON ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA REUNITE TO CLOSE FESTIVAL

SURPRISE PERFORMANCES FROM ABOVE & BEYOND,

WILL SMITH, HALSEY, DESIIGNER, YO GOTTI AND MORE

165,000 ATTENDEES FROM OVER 60 COUNTRIES

ULTRA LIVE ATTRACTS OVER

30 MILLION VIEWERS WORLDWIDE

#ULTRA20 ACHIEVES #1 TRENDING TOPIC

ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS WORLDWIDE

OVER THE WEEKEND

ULTRA 2019 CONFIRMED FOR MARCH 29, 30 & 31 – 2019

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WATCH: ULTRA MIAMI 2018 (OFFICIAL 4K MEMORIES CLIP)

A completely sold-out Ultra Music Festival saw its most memorable show to-date this past weekend at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami with the celebration of its landmark 20th anniversary. Swedish House MafiaWill SmithAbove & Beyond, HalseyDesiigner and Yo Gotti were just a few of the surprise performers that captivated 165,000 attendees from over 60 countries around the globe.

STREAM: ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018 – LIVE DJ SETS (4K)

 

After much speculation and with anticipation at fever pitch, Swedish House Mafia reunited with a surprise performance to close the Main Stage and the festival on Sunday night. The historic reunion came almost five years to the day after the groups’ farewell performance at Ultra Music Festival in 2013. The legendary trio, consisting of AxwellSebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello, opened the set with ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’, and closed off the night in spectacular fashion with an encore of their globally renowned track ‘One’ to the delight of festival goers and the millions eagerly watching the live stream at home.

Saturday night was equally filled with a range of mind blowing and unexpected performances. Marshmello brought out special guests SlushiiYo GottiG-Eazy, and Lil Uzi Vert who all performed to a packed crowd, followed by a sensational appearance from the one and only Will Smith who performed his international hit ‘Miami’.

Tiësto, The ChainsmokersDavid GuettaCarl Cox, Axwell Λ Ingrosso and Steve Aoki are just a few names among the leagues of legendary performers who took to Ultra’s iconic stages at Bayfront Park. Ultra veterans Rabbit In The Moon and Josh Wink also graced the festival, having both performed at the very first Ultra Music Festival 20 years ago in 1999.

The gargantuan Ultra Main Stage once again showcased an unrivalled sound system, mesmerising pyrotechnics and a lighting rig that can only be described as out-of-this-world.

The RESISTANCE Carl Cox MEGASTRUCTURE received a huge upgrade to its already mind-blowing production this year, with one of the most outstanding lighting structures ever seen at a festival, creating a wormhole effect that stunned attendees and live stream viewers at home alike. The man himself, Carl Cox, closed both Friday and Saturday night in spectacular, trademark fashion, and hosted a massive back-to-back set from giants DubfireNicole MoudaberPaco Osuna. The MEGASTRUCTURE lineup also saw a heavy presence from artists slated to play RESISTANCE Ibiza this summer, including Adam BeyerJamie JonesJoseph CapriatiMaceo Plex, and Pan-Pot.

Complementing the MEGASTRUCTURE was a second stage for RESISTANCE with the Arcadia Spider, featuring heavyweight pyrotechnics, moving limbs propelling fire and dry ice, and piercing lasers that projected impressive displays across Bayfront Park. The weekend saw a slew of b2b performances from techno royalty including Technasia b2b HectorPatrick Topping b2b Nathan Barato, and Guti (Live) b2b wAFF. Closing out the stage on Sunday after performances from house and techno’s elite guard was the supergroup J.E.S.u.S, the b2b2b project from Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream and Seth Troxler.

The MEGASTRUCTURE was then taken over by Armin van Buuren for an historic 850th ‘A State Of Trance’ on Sunday. Surprise headliner and legendary trance group Above & Beyond joined the momentous occasion as they closed out the festival with one of the most captivating and euphoric sets of the weekend.

For the fifth year in a row Ultra Music Festival was the #1 trending topic on social platforms worldwide over the weekend, with millions of mentions across all platforms. The festival is officially and firmly down as the most tweeted about electronic music event in history.

ULTRA LIVE’s record-breaking live stream presented by UMF TV attracted over 30 million viewers from around the world, many of which tuned in for Swedish House Mafia’s Sunday night headlining set.

The Ultra Worldwide stage saw closing sets from FlosstradamusLaidback Luke, and RL Grime throughout the weekend, while the UMF Radio Stage was taken over by respected electronic labels: Revealed and Jacked as well as LA events group Brownies & Lemonade.

After extensive coordination with various local, state and federal authorities, which collectively led the effort on executing safety and security measures and precautions, the number of arrests dropped to an all-time low, continuing the trend of declining arrests for the 5th consecutive year as reported by the Miami Herald. Encompassing the entire weekend, EDMTunes reported, ‘this year’s Ultra Music Festival was labeled the safest Ultra ever’, with both arrests and medical transports significantly reduced.

Yet again, Ultra Music Festival exceeded expectations. Amongst the reunion of one of the most beloved electronic acts the world over, surprise performances from legendary artists, and unparalleled production and lighting, the festival has its sights firmly set on 2019.

Ultra Music Festival 2019 takes place on March 29, 30, 31 2019 and is an 18 + event.

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CMW PRESENTS IHEARTRADIO FAN FEST & SIRIUS XM HOUSE FT. FRENCH MONTANA, BELLY, RIA MAE & MORE!

CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK PRESENTS IHEARTRADIO FAN FEST AND SIRIUS XM HOUSE FEATURING FRENCH MONTANA, BELLY, RIA MAE, KIEFER SUTHERLAND AND MORE

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CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK (CMW) is back once again for it’s 36th year and presents the most anticipated event of the week, iHeartRadio Fan Fest and the Sirius XM House! May 10 & 11 is when these events will be taking place for concert goers to watch their favourite artists perform in Downtown Toronto. Some headlining artists include French Montana, DVBBS, Ria Mae and many more!

The Sirius XM House will be taking place this year at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on May 10 and 11 with headlining performances by Kiefer Sutherland and Monster Truck. Canadian Music Week always guarantees an incredible week filled with professional industry networking events, amazing showcases and performances, and a week full of fun for music fans across all genres at over 40 live venues in downtown Toronto.

Below you will find the lineup for the iHeartRadio Fan Fest and the Sirius XM House.

Nas Media will be on-site for these exciting festivities throughout the week and will be posting on our blog with each showcase/event we attend. Stay tuned for more updates and posts, and let us know who/what you would like to see during Canadian Music Week!

iHeartRadio Fan Fest:
Tyler Shaw
Elijah Woods & Jamie Fine
Shawn Hook
Ria Mae
Belly
Marianas Trench
French Montana
DVBBS

SiriusXM House:
Kiefer Sutherland
Crown Lands
Monster Truck
Blackie Jackett Jr
and more TBA

SiriusXM House
Pre-sale: Thursday, March 22nd at 10am
General on sale: Friday, March 23 at 10am

iHeartRadio Fan Fest
Pre-sale: Wednesday March 21st @ 10am – Thurs March 22 10pm.
General on sale: Friday March 23rd @ 10am EST

ABOUT CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK
Now in its 36th year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premiere entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 7 nights of performances, with hundreds of showcasing bands at more than 30 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto.

LINKS
http://cmw.net/music 
https://twitter.com/CMW_Week 
https://facebook.com/canadianmusicweek 
https://instagram.com/canadianmusicweek

 

Italian Duo Gioli & Assia Release 2nd Single “Far Away Roads” Off Forthcoming Album

GIOLÌ & ASSIA RELEASE SECOND SINGLE ‘FAR AWAY ROADS’

OFF UPCOMING ALBUM ‘ISTANTANEE’

OUT TODAY VIA DIESIS RECORDS/BELIEVE DISTRIBUTION SERVICES Untitled.pngThe dynamic Italian duo Gioli & Assia have just released the second single “Far Away Roads” off of their forthcoming debut album, Instantanee. With only a week until the official March 30th album release date, “Far Away Roads” is another sneak peek into what the LP has in store for listeners.

LISTEN: GIOLI & ASSIA – “FAR AWAY ROADS”

Following the well-received release of “Borderline”, the explosive lead single off their debut album, Gioli & Assia are back with an intriguing electronica record, “Far Away Roads”. The track sees the girls experiment with a fusion of soothing classical melodies and a tropical inspired twist. Assia’s powerful vocals and a smooth, rhythmic drum sequence tie the piece together. It is their most emotionally enthralling track yet.

Natural musicians since birth, Gioli & Assia have been turning heads worldwide by incorporating the popular Caribbean instrument, the handpan, into their tracks. The fusion of Caribbean beats and progressive electro instrumentals makes for a remarkably refreshing and unique listening experience. ‘Instantanee’ sees the Italian duo tell their musical journey through their forward-thinking production style. It will be coming out via their own label, Diesis Records.

2018 is shaping up to be a monumental year for the duo. In addition to releasing their debut album, Gioli & Assia will be traveling around the world to perform a string of live shows and at a series of music festivals.

Followers can keep up with the duo’s upcoming releases and live show dates via their social media channels linked below.

GIOLÌ SOCIALS

Facebook

Instagram

Soundcloud

ASSIA SOCIALS

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

DAZE – Sony France Signed Artist Releases Milestone ‘Elevations’ EP

FRENCH DANCE MAESTRO DAZE RELEASES “ELEVATIONS” EP ALONGSIDE ANIMATED LYRIC VIDEO FOR “SO GLAD” FEAT. COOL COMPANY

OUT NOW VIA SONY FRANCE

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After snagging a top spot in the charts with his first 2018 release, funk-fueled “Oh” Feat. Fanny, DAZE is back with his first 4-track EP of the year, Elevations.

LISTEN: DAZE – ELEVATIONS EP [SONY FR]

Rising talented producer DAZE is determined to make French electro cool again through his captivating mysterious persona and his undeniably groovy ‘French touch’. Earlier this year he released the joyful record, “Oh” Feat. Fanny, which raided Spotify France’s Top 30 Viral Chart, Deezer’s Fresh Dance chart, and charts in Switzerland, Turkey, and Germany. The masked producer was simply giving listeners a taste of what he has been brewing for 2018.

Elevations will be DAZE’s first EP release since dropping his debut album, Variations, in 2016. The LP certified him as one-to-watch after remaining on the Top 10 iTunes France electro chart for 3 weeks. The track “You & I” caught the eye of beauty mega-brand Garnier and became a staple in their advertisements.

LISTEN: DAZE – VARIATIONS LP [SONY FR]

The lead track off the EP, “So Glad” ft. Cool Company, sets the tone for Elevations. An infectious, funky tune with major “feel good anthem” potential featuring vocals by Cool Company. The track is an effortless blend of R&B, funk, electro, pop, and soul that is complemented by the Brooklyn based duo’s airy vocals. In anticipation on the single and full EP release, DAZE created a beautifully designed animated lyric video. 

WATCH: DAZE – SO GLAD FT. COOL COMPANY [SONY FR]

 The final two unreleased instrumental tracks ‘Colorz’ and ‘Hey You’ maintain the funk and synth-pop elements while carrying forth smooth, house grooves. The EP as a full EP is both well-curated and composed, raising the bar for both DAZE and French dance music as a whole.

Keep an eye on what DAZE does next by following his socials below:

DAZE

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

SOUNDCLOUD

INSTAGRAM

 

 

 

 

CMW Announces next wave of artists featuring 2 Chainz, Alice Glass, Matt and Kim, Sango and more!

CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK ANNOUNCES NEXT WAVE OF ARTISTS FEATURING
2 CHAINZ, ALICE GLASS, MATT AND KIM, SANGO AND MORE
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CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK (CMW) is thrilled to announce the next wave of artists performing at this year’s festival taking place May 7-13, at over thirty official CMW venues across downtown Toronto. Atlanta MC, and trap rap king 2 ChainzCanadianelectronic solo artist Alice Glass, Seattle based DJ and producer Sango and indie-pop duo Matt and Kim, all join previously announced acts Sloan, Cupcakke, The Rural Alberta Advantage and more for the 36th edition.

CMW prides itself on partnering with local promoters, labels and venues each year on hundreds of showcases. Some of this year’s collaborative events include: Jim Beam and Indie88 present The Indies, Gorilla vs. Bear present Heavy Trip Agency at The Baby G, Pleasance Records at The Garrison, Mississauga Music Showcase at The Hideout, Road to Riverfest at Longboat Hall, Lisbon Lux Showcase at Monarch Tavern, Double Denim Showcase at Smiling Buddha, Paquin Agency Showcase at The Dakota Tavern and more. Stay tuned for additional showcases and programming in the coming weeks.

Next wave:

2 Chainz
Alice Glass
Anemone
The Funk Hunters
Beauts
Billy Moon
Bridgette Bardon’t
Chippy Nonstop
Don’t Bother
Helena Deland
Isla Craig
J Blissette
ZONES
Heaven for Real
Jaunt
Johnson Crook
League of Wolves
Matt and Kim
Mauno
Moon King
Motel Raphael
Natalie Lynn
Petra Glynt
Possum
Sango
Shred Kelly
The Boom Booms
The Used
Tough Age
Goosebump
TRAITRS
Mundy’s Bay
Twin Bandit
WHIMM
WHOOP – Szo
WLMRT

Previously announced:
Acid Dad
Altameda
Amber Mark
Annie Hart
Birds of Bellwoods
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Christophe Mae
Cleopatrick
Cupcakke
Hinds
Iskwe
Jared & The Mill
Jess Williamson
Kaelin Ellis
Keys N Krates
Lil Tracy
Lindi Ortega
LOMA
Lydia Lunch
Mad Caddies
Madison Beer
Modern Space
New Swears
Pictureplane
Previously announced:
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Said The Whale
Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
Sango
Single Mothers
Sloan
Slow
Steve Gunn
Stuck On Planet Earth
Taylor Knox
The Beaches
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Dirty Nil
The Drew Thomson Foundation
The Rural Alberta Advantage
The Sword
This Will Destroy You
VALLEY
Wine Lips
Yonatan Gat

Ticket Info: 
Explorer Wristbands and tickets now on sale on cmw.net/music and Ticketweb.

ABOUT CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK
Now in its 36th year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premiere entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. TheCanadian Music Week festival spans 6 nights of performances, with hundreds of showcasing bands at more than 30 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto.

RESISTANCE IBIZA ANNOUNCES HEADLINERS [HEARD IT FROM NAS]

RESISTANCE IBIZA ANNOUNCES HEADLINERS,

PROMISES BIGGEST PRODUCTION ON THE ISLAND IN 2018

 ADAM BEYER, CARL COX, DUBFIRE, EATS EVERYTHING, JAMIE JONES, JOSEPH CAPRIATI, LOCO DICE, MACEO PLEX, NICOLE MOUDABER, PACO OSUNA, PAN-POT,

RICHIE HAWTIN, SASHA | JOHN DIGWEED, SETH TROXLER TO HEADLINE

TUESDAYS 17 JULY – 11 SEPTEMBER

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The second annual edition of RESISTANCE Ibiza has announced the headliners for its nine-week, blockbuster residency at the biggest club in the world – Privilege – this summer.

Watch: RESISTANCE Ibiza Announcement

Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Dubfire, Eats Everything, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Loco Dice, Maceo Plex, Nicole Moudaber, Paco Osuna, Pan-Pot, Richie Hawtin, Sasha | John Digweed and Seth Troxler will headline, boasting the event’s biggest lineup to date.

Speaking about the residency, Carl Cox said “I am looking forward to coming back to Ibiza and playing for Resistance at Privilege for their second season. When I played there last, it felt like a brand-new club. The Funktion-One sound system and the lighting on this night makes it feel like no other club – it was truly amazing. I cannot wait to party and make history once again on the White Isle.”

RESISTANCE Ibiza’s ‘wildly impressive debut’ [Pulse Radio] was felt around the world in 2017, as critics lauded the ‘truly immersive experience’ [Deep House Amsterdam] for the festival-esque ‘mind-boggling custom production and phenomenal sound’ [Ibiza Spotlight] brought to the gargantuan venue. Returning this year every Tuesday for a full 9 weeks from 17 July – 11 September, the concept is bound to make even bigger waves this season.

Ticket registration is now open exclusively at resistanceibiza.com

RESISTANCE Ibiza

17th July – 11th September

Tuesdays | Privilege

 

Jason Ross On The Road To Miami! (MMW) [Heard It From Nas]

Jason Ross On The Road To Miami! #MMW

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Progressive/Trance DJ Jason Ross is making his way to Miami for Miami Music Week (MMW) this March! Miami is a stop on his current North American tour. Miami Music Week is coming up at the end of this month taking place on March 20-25th. There will be major day parties to be attended in five star luxury hotels throughout South Beach as well as Ultra Music Festival (UMF) closing the festivities of Miami Music Week (taking place on March 23-25 for their 20th anniversary). If you can’t make it to Ultra, don’t fret. There are all sorts of events happening that will be sure to get your groove on while partying at the best day parties and pool parties in America!

If you love Electro and you love Jason Ross, you’re going to want to check out the events that he will be performing at alongside some wicked talent! Ross will be playing at two events during MMW, the first event being Cosmic Gate & Friends: Sunset Cruise on March 24th. This event will be taking place at the Biscayne Lady, headliners include Jason Ross, Cosmic Gate, and Roberto Gonzalez.

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No record label sends hair-raising, electrifying waves of emotion with rhythm and passion more than Anjunabeats. Founded by Jonathan “Jono” Grant and Paavo Siljamäki in 2000 and later joined by Tony McGuinness, the trio would band together to form Above & Beyond, one of progressive trance’s most heavily recognized groups. 2016’s edition was hosted at The Raleigh, with performances from Andrew Bayer, Genix, Grum, Ilan Bluestone, Jason Ross, Maor Levi and others. Be sure to “trance around the world” at this year’s rendition taking place at 1 Hotel Beach!

The second event Jason Ross will be performing at is Anjunabeach Miami, on March 25th, taking place at 1 Hotel Beach. There’s a massive artist line up with talented DJ’s performing such as Alpha 9, Jason Ross, Fatum, Genix, Grum, and more! Anjunabeats always knows how to throw a party, so needless to say that this one will be all that you’re expecting and more!

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For more information on these events and where to find tickets, please visit the link here. Celebrate Miami Music Week with us and let’s all show the 305 where the heat is!

Read on below for Jason Ross’ new song “Through It All” out now via Anjunabeats!

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Jason Ross releases “Through It All”

Out now on Anjunabeats

Stream on Soundcloud here

Support on all platforms here

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The first release of a packed 2018, Jason Ross returns to Anjunabeats with the vocal smash “Through It All,” featuring Fiora.

 

Some productions take longer than others, “Through It All” was just such a track. “This one was kind of a journey for me,” Jason explains. “It started 2 years ago as an intro song for my sets. It always got a great reaction, and I knew it was something I had to build into a full track.”

 

The instrumental went through over 50 different versions, until this past September when it was finally complete. “When I played it at The Gorge with Jeff (Seven Lions). Seeing the crowd’s reaction there, that’s when I knew it was done,” he recalled.

 

But the tune needed a vocal. Enter Fiora. “She came to my studio and we just got in this flow and it all just came together then and there. Her vocals really hit the core of what the track was about for me: overcoming obstacles and staying true to who you are and where you’re going.”

 

Jason has multiple releases planned for the next 6 months, the result of a fall and winter spent deep in studio work. Some boast the classic Jason Ross sound, while others will see the producer breaking new ground. What made sense to him though, was to begin it here, with “Through It All.”

 

Jason Ross is on tour this spring, dates below and tickets available here.

 

Upcoming Tour Dates
March 2 Vancouver, BC @ Celebrities Nightclub
March 8 Portland, OR @ 45 East
March 10 Magna, UT @ Get Lucky Festival
March 24 Miami, FL @ Cosmic Gate Boat Party
March 25 Miami, FL @ 1 Hotel South Beach (Anjunabeats Miami Party)
May 12 Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theatre (Seven Lions Chronicles)
May 19 Las Vegas, NV @ EDC Las Vegas
June 23 Toronto, ON @ Dreams Festival
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The Low Anthem To Play The Great Hall [T.O] On April 4&5!

The Low Anthem Play The Great Hall On 4/5

Announce New LP The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea’, Share Video Trailer

Out Now On Joyful Noise Recordings

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Photo Cred: James Joiner

WATCH & SHARE: The Low Anthem – Album Trailer

The Low Anthem have announced their new LP ‘The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea’.

One second you’re dozing off in the passenger seat on the way to a gig, and the next, there’s fire and hell flames and black smoke and your face is bleeding and you can’t see, and you can’t process information, and you think it’s all over.” Jeff Prystowsky is describing one of the scariest moments in his life, as The Low Anthem’s tour van crashed and subsequently wiped out Prystowsky for several weeks, as well as wrecking loads of their gear and instruments in the process.

However, the accident also acted as an inadvertent impetus for their latest record whilst Prystowsky was in recovery: a John Cage-influenced concept record. A beautiful, elegiac and largely acoustic – though peppered with subtle yet immersive electronics and humming ambience – album of twelve tracks that barely stretch past the two-minute mark. Recalling the more progressive moments of artists such as Sufjan Stevens and Lambchop, it’s a record of a deep richness, loaded with extreme subtleties and with a space and delicacy counter to the group’s previous dense and complex album.

The album feels like a new palate for the group and comes at the end of a period of profound change and evolution. Not only did the van crash cancel their tour (after just four dates) but, combined with some record company troubles, it led to the album they were due to tour all but disappearing. Eyeland was the group’s deeply experimental 2016 album, one that was their first in several years and one that was also a direct response to a world in which they had found themselves but didn’t really want to be.

Prystowsky formed the band with Ben Knox Miller and after the huge success of their 2007 debut album, What The Crow Brings, the band found themselves signed to Nonesuch and Bella Union for their even more successful follow-up Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. They toured the world and were reluctantly lumped in with the so-called “folk revival”. However, night-after-night of performing their early material was not ultimately where they wanted to land. “The moment was losing its mystery. We were scared of becoming robots,” the band said after six years of reflection.

They returned to their hometown of Providence, Rhode Island back in 2012 and instead poured their energy into their local community by restoring a vaudeville-era theatre and building their own recording studio within. The band were still enamoured with music itself and holed down here for years experimenting and learning to record and produce what would become Eyeland but they were no longer the group that they had once been. “It’s like eating stale bread,” Prystowsky says. “Fresh bread is better. You want to cook with fresh ingredients and eat it while it’s still warm. If you wait too long, the moment is gone. So you reheat it but with each reheating, a little bit is lost…until it can’t be reheated anymore.”

The pair are involved with the running of The Columbus Theatre, they help book and promote shows and are in attendance for every new production, burrowing themselves at a grassroots level into their community. It has become an important place for them in terms of an inspirational creative space. “It’s a magical place with a long history,” Prystowsky says.  “I like to call it a palace of music. You’re walking into a theatre from almost a hundred years ago, still intact, built for the acoustics of music, pre-the invention of the PA. It’s so unlike anything in the 21st century that it ignites your creative muscles to work. You immediately lose your frame of reference, in a good way.”

Five years on since moving back to Providence, building a recording studio then recording a deeply experimental, stylistic u-turn of a record in Eyeland before having to ditch the whole thing after a near miss accident, the band are now finally into a groove of their own, under their own terms. They are settled and have found themselves again both in terms of a sense of place as well as musically.

This feeling of comfort, confidence and newfound identity shines through on The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea, an album that was triggered when Knox Miller was reading John Cage’s biography Where The Heart Beats, by Kay Larsen. He soon became transfixed by the salt doll fable he came across. The salt doll fable basically tells the story of a doll that wants to know itself, and what it’s made of. A teacher tells it, “salt comes from the ocean,” so it goes to the sea.  When the doll puts its toe in, it knows something, but loses its toe. Then it puts its foot in, knows even more but loses its foot…and so on, until it’s completely dissolved, never to return to the shore.

This fable soon blossomed into a full album that Knox Miller wrote on stripped down equipment (given that all the band’s usual stuff had been destroyed or damaged in the crash) and the end result was an album that, according to Prystowsky: “Is a concept album with a story arc weaving through the songs like a constellation. It’s an underwater circular journey to the bottom of the sea following the salt doll who, attempting to measure the sea (and thus, know its true origins), in the end, becomes part of it. Along the way this non-human, conscious chemical compound, encounters all kinds of fantastical oceanic things.”

Knox Miller wrote the song cycle whilst Prystowsky was recovering from a concussion and it became a part of him in the process. A project to immerse himself into completely, mirroring the tale of the salt doll but also filling the void left by the absence of his usual creative partner (who soon returned to good health to help finish the record.) “I ate it, I slept it” Ben says of the process.

It finds the Low Anthem of 2017 a vastly different band from the one that emerged 10 years ago with their debut.  One that has experienced more ups and downs that many would manage in an entire career but also one that now feels settled in their skin and only interested in venturing toward the horizon instead of re-treading old ground.

TOUR DATES

US Dates
Mar 23 – Pittsburgh, PA, The Andy Warhol Museum
Mar 24 – Nelsonville, OH, Stuart’s Opera House
Mar 25 – Charleston, WV, Mountain Stage
Mar 27 – Louisville, KY, Zanzibar^
Mar 28 – St. Louis, MO, Off Broadway Nightclub^
Mar 29 – Milwaukee, WI, The Back Room at Collective Coffee^
Mar 30 – Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall^
Mar 31 – St. Paul, MN, Turf Club^
Apr 1 – Madison, WI, High Noon Saloon^
Apr 3 – Indianapolis, IN, Hi-Fi^
Apr 4 – Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark^
Apr 5 – Toronto, ON, The Great Hall^
Apr 6 – Montreal, QC, Le Belmont^
Apr 7 – Kingston, NY, Bsp Lounge^

* – w/ Mega Bog
^ – w/ Haley Heynderickx

UK Dates
Aug 31-Sep 2
 – Dorset, UK, End of the Road Festival

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‘The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea” – TRACKLISTING
1. Bone of Sailor, Bone of Bird


2. River Brine


3. Give My Body Back


4. Drowsy Dowsing Dolls


5. The Krill Whistle Their Fight Song


6. Toowee Toowee


7. Coral Crescent


8. Dotwav


9. Cy Twombly By Campfire


10. Gondwanaland


11. To Get Over Only One Side


12. Final Transmission From The Diving Umbrella

LINKS
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Gioli & Assia Talk Borderline and Producing! [Heard It From Nas: Interview]

We had the chance to chat with Italian tech-house DJ’s and producers, Giolì & Assia! We asked them about their new single ‘Borderline’ and learned more about their producing process. Read on below to learn more about this Italian duo!

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We know you have just come out with your new single ‘Borderline’. What was it like for you and Assia writing this song? What was the creative process/inspiration behind it?


‘Borderline’ is the second track in our upcoming debut album, Instantanee. It tells the story of someone who can’t live with or without their partner because they are both the poison and the cure of their illness. The storyteller has to live with an unstable sense of self-identity and the feeling of emptiness that they would experience if their partner were to leave them. Although they know the pain that remaining in the relationship is causing them, they can’t give it up and instead choose to escape reality by telling themself, “close your eyes and try to leave the world behind”. However, unlike the lyrics, the music communicates a sense of revolt. The ethnic percussion and beat create a pressing rhythm, which conveys strength and recovery.


What do you need to have around you and/or a location that you need to be in for you to start your song-writing and producing process?

Giolì: We are used to producing in our studio where we have all the instruments and gear that we need. We usually begin the production process by creating the music and melody first, followed by the lyrics. However, sometimes we’ll do things a little differently. For instance when I started working on “Paradise To Share”, I wrote the lyrics with the help of the guitar in my little room. It really depends on the moment.

Assia: Sometimes it depends on finding new sounds and how much they inspire us. If they inspire us everything comes easily.

What is one thing that your fans don’t know about you?

So many. We love puppies and Disney cartoons. We both love Indonesia, and we love to draw and paint.


What made you decide to go the non-traditional route and create your own label agency [Diesis], instead of being signed to a major agency like other artists in your genre?

We didn’t have a choice. We had to do it to be able to share our music with our fans because no other label wanted to put our records out. We are very proud of our path! Having a label is very comforting, but the downside is that we’re limited in our audience reach, which is something that a major label doesn’t have to struggle with.


How has your music evolved since you first started producing and song writing?

We started producing about two years ago. Since I’ve been playing instruments for so long, composing music definitely came naturally. The most difficult part was learning how to use Logic Pro X. Our music has evolved since we first start producing but you can definitely find elements of our old tracks in our new ones.

 

Who is your biggest music inspiration? Who do you have a lot of respect for?
We’ve answered this question so many times. We listen to many different kinds of music so we draw inspiration from lots of artists ranging from Paul Kalkbrenner to The XX to Alt-J.


What is one song that never gets old for you, no matter how many times you hear it?
Giolì: Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen 
Assia: I’m in love with all Coldplay songs, especially “Lovers In Japan”.
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ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL’S PHASE 2 LINEUP IS HERE

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ADAM BEYER, ALAN WALKER, BENNY BENASSI, BETTER LOST THAN STUPID, FISHERSPOONER, JAUZ, MAETRIK, MATADOR (LIVE), MODESTEP (LIVE), OLIVER HELDENS, PAN-POT, SAM PAGANINI, STEPHAN BODZIN (LIVE) & MANY MORE 

JOIN MILESTONE 20 YEAR CELEBRATION

Fans who managed to secure tickets to Ultra Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary can rejoice at an epic phase two lineup, with more still to come!

The second phase of artist announcements brings a unique, refreshing array of talent to Bayfront park this March. A star-studded list of headliners warmly welcomes the addition of Drumcode techno don Adam Beyer in the RESISTANCE Carl Cox Megastructure while the Live stage sees the addition of Fischerspooner and Modestep. Providing support is dance music legend Benny Benassi, future house chart topper Jauz and firm favorites Oliver Heldens and Cedric Gervais.

The RESISTANCE lineup, once again powered by Arcadia Spectacular’s infamous Spider stage and the Carl Cox Megastructure, sees Better Lost Than Stupid (David Squillace, Matthias Tanzmann and Martin Buttrich), Coyu and the legendary Danny Tenaglia join HectorMaetrik, Matador (Live)Pan-PotPete Tong, Sam Paganini, Stephan Bodzin (Live) and others across the weekend.

With the festival now less than a month away, the countdown to Ultra 20 has officially commenced. In anticipation of the upcoming anniversary, Ultra has released 2 episodes of their 5 part 20 Years Of Ultra’ documentary series, detailing the early development of the festival, role of Miami in the American dance scene, and Ultra’s unique incorporation of both DJs and live bands in their yearly lineups. 

 

An extremely limited number of VIP tickets are still available. Purchase one of the remaining packages still available to ensure your spot at the 20th Anniversary of Ultra Music Festival.

Ultra Music Festival is an 18+ event. For tickets and more information, head to ultramusicfestival.com.

HEADLINERS

Adam Beyer
Afrojack
Armin van Buuren
Axwell /\ Ingrosso
Carl Cox
The Chainsmokers
David Guetta
DJ Snake
Dubfire B2B Nicole Moudaber B2B Paco Osuna
Eric Prydz
Flosstradamus
Hardwell
Jamie Jones
J.E.S.u.S (Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream, Seth Troxler)
Joseph Capriati
Kaskade
Maceo Plex
Marshmello
Nicky Romero
RL Grime
Sasha | John Digweed
Steve Aoki
Tiësto
Virtual Self

LIVE HEADLINERS
Azealia Banks
Empire of the Sun
Fischerspooner
Infected Mushroom
Modestep
Tchami x Malaa: No Redemption
Rabbit in the Moon
The Wailers featuring Julian Marley

SUPPORT
Alan Walker
Andrew Rayel
Andy C
Audien
B.Traits
Bassjackers
Benny Benassi
Better Lost Than Stupid (Martin Buttrich, Davide Squillace, Matthias Tanzmann)
Blasterjaxx
Brohug
Brownies & Lemonade All Stars
Carlo Lio
Cedric Gervais
Christian Smith
Coyu
The Crystal Method
Danny Tenaglia
Fedde Le Grand
Frank Walker
GTA
Gabriel & Dresden
Ghastly
Guti LIVE
Hector
Hot Since 82
Jauz
Josh Wink
Joyryde
Julian Jordan
Kayzo
Keys N Krates LIVE
Kungs
Laidback Luke
Lost Kings
Luigi Madonna
Maetrik
Marco Bailey
MaRLo
Matador LIVE
Matoma
Nastia
Nathan Barato
NGHTMRE + Slander present Gud Vibrations
Nic Fanciulli
Oliver Heldens
Ookay LIVE
Pan-Pot
Patrick Topping
Paul Oakenfold
Pete Tong
Popof
Quintino
REZZ
Sam Paganini
San Holo
Sick Individuals
Slushii
Stefano Noferini
Stephan Bodzin LIVE
Sub Focus
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
Technasia
Valentino Khan
Vini Vici
wAFF
What So Not

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
Afrobeta
Andrew Luce
Cesqeaux
Cheat Codes
Cray
D.O.D
DubVision
Ducky
Ekali
Elio Riso
Emily Estefan
Estiva
Frankie Bones
Grandtheft
Henry Fong
Jillionaire
Jon Rundell
Kevens
KIIDA
Krane
Kura
London on Da Track
Manila Killa
Matisse & Sadko
Merk & Kremont
Moksi
Mykris
Myrne
NLW
Nora En Pure
Paris & Simo
Quix
Raiden
Ravitez
Salvatore Ganacci
Tommie Sunshine
Wuki
4B