ANGELZ RELEASES ‘SAINT THUG II’ EP | OUT NOW ON CONFESSION

ANGELZ RELEASES ‘SAINT THUG II’ EP

OUT NOW ON CONFESSION

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Having previously released the initial Saint Thug EP on Confession to rapturous applause, Quebec born ANGELZ returns to the prodigious label to release Saint Thug II now available on all digital service providers.

STREAM & PURCHASE: ANGELZ – SAINT THUG II EP

This Def Jam Records producer turned G-house aficionado has truly been making a name for himself ever since he debuted on Confession. Consistently pushing out a frenzy of tracks over the past couple months and now releasing yet another intense slice of dance music on Tchami’s label, ANGELZ’s 3-track Saint Thug II EP continues to push the envelope in quality and innovation.

Kicking off the EP, ‘So Fly’ features the renowned Kaleem Taylor on vocals atop low frequency bass hits and tumbling percussion before diving into a frenetic drop riddled with swirling sirens, vocal cuts and a gritty melody to drive the track home. The follow up track ’98 J.Lo’ arrives in true G-house fashion seamlessly blending rap verses amidst high-pitched synths and staccato kicks. Upholding the trend of pairing rap lyrics to his tracks, ANGELZ also linked up with SLATIN and Hanz Gable to effortlessly round out the EP. Filled with a catchy hook and a funky melody, ‘Supafly’ serves as the penultimate record showcasing ANGELZ commitment to quality and production value.

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Hitting a Home Run with WayHome 2017 [NAS MEDIA REVIEW]

Friday, July 28th – It’s festival season and one of the biggest overnighters; WayHome has come and gone but not forgotten. The weather was perfect with sun in the sky & clouds for shade from time to time.

Starting WayHome off on the Waybright stage were some cool rocking vibes by Gabrielle Shonk followed by Grace Mitchell. From 3pm to 4pm you could check out the rock duo Haerts or the soulful hip hop R&B vibes brought by Noname.

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At WayHome stage (main stage) you could catch your old favourite high school band, the alt-rock group Dashboard Confessional playing those crowd pleasing throwbacks such as “Vindicated” & “Belle of the Boulevard”. After Dashboard Confessionals the Constantines brought some cool tunes you immediately want on your play list such as “Young Lions” & “Our Age.”

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Also on the main stage, popular New York duo Phantogram came out in a cloud of smoke playing bangers such as “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” and “Running From the Cops.” Taking us back to some high school nostalgia again, Foster the People take over the Waybright stage. Lead vocalist Mark Foster came out looking like Danny Zuko from Grease with a tight black leather jacket and slick back hair. Playing those sweet Foster the People songs like “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Houdini.” Definitely getting the crowd excited and energetic for the rest of the evening.

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The next act, our personal favourite of the weekend, Cage the Elephant dominated the WayHome stage with their first live performance of their new release Unpeeled. A performance the audience will not forget anytime soon. One of the founding brothers Brad Shultz, walked off the stage, straight into the audience and started the show from the moshing crowd. Lead singer, Matt Shultz stormed the stage with energy and charisma that reminded you of the likes of Iggy Pop and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. Matt moved, shaked, and sang all around the stage, teasing the audience he was going to crowd surf from the speaker towering over them, which he inevitably did at the climax of the performance. The band played hits such as “Whole Wide World”, “Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked”, “Trouble”, “In One Ear”, “Spiderhead” and the list goes on. This show left you wide-awake wanting more!

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From the lively performance that CTE gave us, the Shins brought in a sobering calmness to the festival with their acoustic harmonies. After the Shins, the Day 1 headliner Flume lit up the WayHome stage with a cool set design of 3D LED cubes that would light and synchronize to the bass kicks. The lights and loud music would take over your senses of sight and hearing while losing control of your body. Flume kept the dancing nonstop with their hundred million view hits such as “Say It”, “Never Be Like You” and “Drop Game.”

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To keep the dancing going Justice brought out “D.A.N.C.E.” and the crowd went wild! They had a very smoky stage with cool lighting. To end day one off, the crazy Danny Brown brought his A game to the WayAway stage with his non stop flow. Rapping songs such as “Grown Up”, “Lost”, “Ain’t It Funny” and “Kool-Aid.”

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With day 1 coming to a close with tons of amazing performances and music it left you with enough energy to last the whole weekend!

Saturday, July 29 – With day two starting, the weather was a cloudless sunny day bringing joy to all the WayHome fans. The grounds opened to festival goers at 1PM and music started at 2PM, giving everyone ample time for nourishment from all the different food vendors for the full day of music ahead.

With a quick walk to the Waybright stage you could catch the sultry sounds of Charlotte Cardin with songs such as “Like It Doesn’t Hurt” &”Dirty Dirty”. Right after Cardin you could catch the high energy & good vibes that Flakes was sending out! With his unique producing style, he used an electric drum set to create each rhythm making it great to watch! He also brought out a friend Cheryl to help on some hits such as “Onward”.  Nas Media was fortunate to talk to Flakes after his performance and the interview can be seen here.

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Darcy’s takes the Waybright stage after a WayHome wedding! The couple decided that this beautiful day would be the day they wed and their first taste of live music, as a wedded couple, was the Darcy’s! This gave the band and crowd an extra bump of enjoyment & participation with a performance full of love and passion. The Darcy’s definitely delivered a special day for everyone!

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The British rock group Blossoms rocked out over at the WayAway stage playing some very cool old school British rock sounding songs such as “Charlemagne”, “Honey Sweet” & “Getaway.” After Blossoms, the free spirited Magic Giant perform taking the stage looking like a hippie troupe from Woodstock. The band was amazing moving from left to right of the stage and climbing into the audience while performing from the heart of the crowd. The band ended their set from the heart of the crowd, leaving the guests chanting for an encore from this incredible band.

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On the WayHome stage the heavy hitting hard rock duo Death From Above 1979 rocked out with some gnarly bass solos and some of the best drumming of the festival! The band definitely gained a few more fans after their performance “Trainwreck 1979” being the crowd favourite.

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After DFA79, we enjoy a few hours of hip-hop, starting with rap group THEY! The duo stormed the stage jumping onto the speakers, an arms length from the roaring crowd and performed their entire set from there! This made everyone go even crazier when “U-Rite” came on. At the WayHome stage the hugely popular rapper Schoolboy Q came out with his song “Gangsta” getting the crowd turnt and ready to party! He delivered hit after hit making the crowd go their craziest yet this weekend. Especially once he started “That Part” and covered Kendrick Lamars “Humble”, making it a show that you will be telling your friends about.

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Canadian hiphop artist Jazz Cartier followed Q and did not disappoint. Cartier came out as a ball of energy jumping up and down and showering the crowd with water from water bottles on stage. He kept the crowd hyped through the whole set with bangers like “Dead or Alive” and at the end of Cartier’s set he ran through the crowd to a poutine truck and then crowd surfed from the top, leaving everyone ready to exploded with excitement and joy.

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After those happily intense hours of hiphop, Vance Joy and Solange brought a cool calm sound over the festival. With Vance Joy on the WayHome stage and Solange on Waybright stage, you’d find enchanting sounds everywhere you go. Vance playing his soothing hits like “Riptide”, “Georgia” & “Mess is Mine” and Solange playing “Cranes in the Sky”, “Don’t Touch My Hair” & “Mad”.

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PUP is up next on the WayAway stage bringing back the hype with some great punk rock, getting the crowd to mosh and sing along to almost all of their songs. The top two favourites possibly being “Reservoir” & “DVP” with lead singer Stefan Babcock finishing the performance from high up on the stage scaffolding.

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The next performance is what a lot of WayHomies were waiting for… Imagine Dragons!! They started the set with their new hit single “Thunder.” After that they paused for a humbling moment to address recent tragic happenings at the Ariana Grande concert and other events. Reminding us how lucky we are to experience these nights and events in Canada. Followed by lead singer Dan Reynolds speech they started “Believer” and jumped into the front row of the crowd and did the song from there.  From that point on, the band did not stop giving 100% to their fans playing, “Sucker for Pain” and “Demons”. Performing like it was the last rock show ever!  It was a memorable once in a lifetime experience.

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Following up Imagine Dragons; Mura Masa on the WayAway stage brought some great dancing tracks to get you ready for Marshmello, who brought to town an unbelievable light show and tons of great mashups! Also ending the day off, Russ brought out some awesome hip hop tunes to get you moving. Especially to his song, “What They Want.” Russ even did a song acapella from the heart of the crowd. With day two coming to an end the excitement for Day Three was keeping everyone up.

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With Day Three starting, the sadness of Wayhome coming to an end begins to kick in, but the lineup for the day is too good to keep you down!

Sunday, July 30th – The music started off with Clairmont the Second on the WayBright stage, kick starting everyone’s day with some new hiphop tracks like “No Favors”. After Clairmont, the breezy sounds of Skott on the WayHome stage enchanted us with her songs like “Porcelain”, “Wolf” & “Mermaid”. The Drums were up next playing some great Indie Pop for the masses who heard favourites like “Lets Go Surfing”, “How It Ended” & “Money”.

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Next, the up and coming yet already hugely popular Rag’N’Bone Man starting his set off with “Skin”. Bringing tears to some of the audience with such a peaceful melody.  He then kept the joy coming with “Grace” and especially when he sang his hit single, “Human”.

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The mesmerizing sounds of bands Mitski and Hundred Waters could be found playing next. Both bands and their lead female vocalists created an euphoric experience. To top off theses great female leads, Banks came out wearing a black veil that was held by two pure red female dancers creating an Eye’s Wide Shut aesthetic. You could imagine being in some sort of a psychedelic movie.

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The iconic Charles Bradley was up next on the Waybright stage coming out with an aura that drew the entire festival to his stage. Playing unbelievable covers such as “Changes” which was originally performed by Black Sabbath. It was almost like he put you in a time machine with his performance, outfit, moves and vocals. Some of my favourites he played were “Stay Away” & “Heart of Gold”. Then at the end of the set Bradley tossed roses into the audience.

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Porter Robinson followed up Bradley by bringing some awesome dance tracks to get you moving and pumped up for Car Seat Headrest and Tegan & Sara. CSHR played a great folk rock set and he even wrote a song minutes before the set about Oro-Medonte (where WayHome is held) which was amazing! Later on, Tegan & Sara played a great set with so many hits with some being “North Shore”, “Closer” & “Where Does The Good Go.”

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Overall, WayHome does it again with an incredible weekend filled with so many fun memories and spectacular performances by artists worldwide. We are already counting down the days until WayHome next summer!

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EDX Releases New Single ‘Bloom’ out now on Spinnin Deep + International Tour!

EDX ‘BLOOM’ – OUT NOW ON SPINNIN’ DEEP

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Continuing his growing relationship with Spinnin’ DeepEDX turns into the latter half of 2017 with brand new single ‘Bloom’, out now to stream and download worldwide.

After the old-school vibe of 25-year-anniversary marker ‘Voyage’, ‘Bloom’ sees the Swiss super producer return to a darker, more contemporary core. The stripped back cut shows hints of minimal tech-house that fluctuate confidently against EDX’s trademark deep, sonic basslines. Blooming in and out of the composition as the title suggests, the bass underpins chugging percussion elements and vocal stabs that work together to create a constantly driving, pushing, expanding rhythm.

With a concentration of dates in Europe over the summer festival and Ibiza season, including the legendary Tomorrowland as part of Spinnin’ Sessions, EDX returns to North American shores later this year with dates including Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, DC and Chicago.

EDX ‘Bloom’ is out now on Spinnin’ Deep.

 

For full details on all EDX Tour Dates, see below:

July 18 – Tomorrowland pres. Garden of Madness, Ushuaïa IBIZA

July 26 – HÏ Ibiza, IBIZA

July 28 – Tomorrowland – Spinnin’ Sessions, Boom BELGIUM

July 29 – Euforia Festival, Boszkowo POLAND

August 1 – Tomorrowland pres. Garden of Madness, Ushuaïa IBIZA

August 4 – Dance D-Vision, Zottegem BELGIUM

August 12 – Dance Valley, Spaardnem THE NETHERLANDS

August 14 – Sziget Festival, Budapest HUNGARY

August 15 – Tomorrowland pres. Garden of Madness, Ushuaïa IBIZA

August 19 – Kygo, Ushuaïa IBIZA

August 19 – Music On The Rocks, Positano ITALY

August 23 – Surrender, Las Vegas NV

August 25 – The Grasshopper, Ferndale MI

August 26 – Sound Nightclub, Los Angeles CA

August 27 – Encore Beach Club, Las Vegas NV

August 27 – Phoenix Hotel Pool, San Francisco CA

August 28 – XS, Las Vegas NV

September 7 – Intrigue, Las Vegas NV

September 8 – Soundcheck, Washington DC

September 12 – Shrine Nightclub, Mashantucket CT

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Marc Scibilia and Stadiumx Release New Track “Those Were The Days” Out Now via BMG.

‘Those Were The Days’ the collaboration from Hungarian progressive house duo, Stadiumx and US singer/songwriter Marc Scibilia is out now via BMG.

Stream – ‘Those Were The Days’

An irresistibly fun and smooth production, Stadiumx have delivered on all fronts with ‘Those Were The Days’, as they combine warm pads and an upbeat tropical house percussion with Marc Scibilia’s undeniably and emotional catchy topline.

Released via BMGs newly focused dance division, ‘Those Were The Days’ is bound to be played out across the airwaves this summer, and will be receiving remixes from the likes of Tocadisco, Plastik Funk and Oliver Moldan over the next month.

Check out the lyric video below!

Bud Light Dreams Festival 2017 [NAS MEDIA Review]

Friday, July 7 – The day that we have all been waiting for has finally come, Dreams Festival 2017! The festival doors opened at 4PM with a line up of excited fans waiting to enter back into the place where their hearts are stolen every year. The sun was shining down bright on all of the dreamers and they were ready to get their groove on. We headed over to the Dream House stage to watch DJ Hydee put everyone in the Drum and Bass mood. While Hydee was delivering all the DnB, Ryan Shepherd and Jamie Kidd were bringing over some great techno and house vibes to the Echo Beach and Waterfront Stage.

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As the day continued more and more great acts began to hit the stage, such as What So NotSteve AngelloThomas JackBaauer, and many more!

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When the evening began to hit, the clouds started to get darker and sounds of thunder were approaching. Unfortunately rain took over the area for about an hour and 45 minutes, and all stages had to shut down briefly while this weather warning took place. Guests began to find cover and everyone was allocated to the Budweiser Stage area to wait out the weather warning.

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Shortly after, the sun decided to make its entrance once again, and the music started right back up. A little rain won’t stop these dreamers!

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As the guests made their way back to the main area, the headlining acts took over the three stages, Loco Dice, Andy C, and Above and Beyond. Each stage held different sounds but nonetheless the hype and the fun was definitely present all throughout RBC Echo Beach. Day one closed off with fireworks in the sky, which left Dreamers counting down the hours until they can get their dancing shoes back on for day two.

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Saturday, July 8 – Day two is here, with the doors opening earlier at 2PM, Dreamers are already pumped and looking forward to the days activities. As Dreamers are entering the grounds, there are a bunch of different vendors, jumping castles, Bud Light Living stations and much more! There were also beautiful art installations on the hills where guests can lounge and hangout with their friends when they needed a little break from all the grooving. Now, let’s get to the music! Day two started off with openers such as Saad Ayub, Mark Oliver, House Yoga, and more!

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Toronto decided to bless us with some incredible weather and gave us blue skies and full shining sun throughout the day. Not a drop of rain was in sight, thank you 6ix God! We headed over to the Dream House stage where Infected Mushroom were playing their electronica beats, leaving the crowd raging and wanting more. If you’ve ever seen Infected Mushroom play live, you know what we’re talking about. They truly bring the energy to another level during their sets.

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We decided to make our way over to the Waterfront stage, where a completely different vibe took place throughout this area. The stage was covered with a variety of leaves representing a type of jungle/forest aesthetic. There was a little hill that guests could sit/lounge on while watching their favourite DJ’s perform in front of them.

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As we arrived to this stage, we were lucky to see the one and only DJ Hanzel (aka Dillon Francis) head onto the stage dressed in his German persona, wearing Ray Ban sunglasses and a buttoned up black dressed shirt.

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He brought all of the deep house vibes and literally left the fans screaming for more. There were signs that fans made of DJ Hanzel throughout the crowd and a lot of die hard fans ecstatic that DJ Hanzel made his first appearance in Toronto. [We’re definitely the lucky ones, here.]

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We grooved over to the Echo Beach stage where DVBBS was performing and without surprise, they already had the crowd going wild within just a few minutes of their set. CO2 cannons blasting and the heat of fire blazing out from the stage was more than enough to have fans even more ecstatic while listening to DVBBS big room house tunes. Watching DVBBS perform live is always a fun time because the energy they bring to the stage is always at level 100.

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As the evening hit, the headliners came through… MalaaMarkus Schulz, and Dillstradamus entered onto their stages. Malaa brought the dance and electronic music to the Waterfront stage where guests were packed side to side waiting to see the French producer. Moving on to the Dream House, Markus Schulz brought the trance vibes and had the Dream House tent full to capacity with fans raving to their favourite tunes from this German-American DJ.

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Last but not least, over at the Echo Beach stage was Dillstradamus, where two incredible DJ’s Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus paired together for an unimaginable trap/house set. It was the duos first time performing together as Dillstradamus in Toronto and boy, were we in for a treat. The main stage was packed with ravers chanting for their favourite trap and Moombahton DJ.

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Their entrance to the stage was unlike no other, with deep bass vibing through the speakers and lines of fire repeatedly covering the front of the stage, both of the DJ’s entering the stage separately on two risen platforms. As soon as they stepped up on the platforms the crowd went wild, the fire was still blazing throughout the stage and the trap beats began to come through.

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They were playing songs from hip hop artists such as Lil Uzi VertDrake, as well as some original songs by Dillon Francis and by Flosstradamus. The two DJ’s of the hour ended their set with fireworks in the sky and a lot of big thank you’s to their Toronto fans.

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Dreams Festival continues to show that year after year, the City of Toronto continues to stand out with their events and nightlife. This was only the first festival of the summer and there are still many more to come. We may be biased, but nobody holds a festival like our city does. Toronto ravers and fans will forever go hard for their favourite artists and our music scene is still stronger than ever. Thank you Dreams Festival for having Nas Media out once again and we are already looking forward to next year!

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For the full album of photos from Dreams Festival, click here.

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VOLAC ANNOUNCES 10 DATE US TOUR & PREVIEWS NEW TRACK ‘NO LOVE’

RISING RUSSIAN BASS HOUSE DUO VOLAC

ANNOUNCE DEBUT 10 DATE US TOUR 

PREVIEW BRAND NEW TRACK ‘NO LOVE’

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Fast rising Russian bass house duo VOLAC announces their debut North American tour, with a mind-blowing 10 shows in just 11 days.

PREVIEW! VOLAC ‘NO LOVE’ ON HITS HARD 07/13

Showcasing their single ‘No Love’, set for release later this month and previewing exclusively here, the pair will hit US dance floors from August 3 through to August 13, with dates including HARD Fest, Elements Festival, The Mid in Chicago and Washington DC’s Flash.

The pair, whose heavy sound and animated ‘VOLACAST’ podcasts have won them an army of fans around the world, jet into the States having just completed a whirlwind tour of Australia. Known for their energetic grooves and floor-shaking basslines, tracks like ‘UZI’ on Amine Edge & DANCE’s CUFF Records, and ‘Grow Up’ and ‘Do Ya Thing’ on AC Slater’s Night Bass imprint have kept them up front and centre in the explosively popular bass genres. With just one more date left to be confirmed on the tour, VOLAC are more than looking forward to destroying sound systems up and down the country.

The No Love Tour is more than ‘just a tour’ for us,” said Stas and Sasha of VOLAC speaking on the road in Australia, “and at one point something like this seemed nearly impossible. Apparently, nothing is impossible nowadays! We’re so excited to play for our American fans.”

As the tour name suggests, ‘No Love’ will drop on label Hits Hard just before the pair land on US soil, ensuring interest in the boys is at fever pitch. For more information on VOLAC, including ticket links and music release news, connect with them at:

https://www.volacmusic.com/

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VOLAC ‘NO LOVE’ TOUR DATES:

03.08 – EOS Lounge, Santa Barbara CA

04.08 – Maya Day & Nightclub, Scottsdale AZ

05.08 – Bang Bang, San Diego CA

06.08 – HARD Fest, Fontana CA

08.08 – TBA

09.08 – La Cave, Orange County LA

10.08 – Ethics Music Lounge, Austin TX

11.08 – The Mid, Chicago IL

12.08 – Flash, Washington DC

13.08 – Elements Festival, New York NY

 

NXNE GameLand, One of the Largest eSports Events in Canada at Yonge-Dundas Square June 16-18

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OMEN BY HP PRESENTS:
NXNE GAME LAND, ONE OF THE LARGEST ESPORTS EVENT IN CANADA AT YONGE- DUNDAS SQUARE
JUNE 16-18

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Game Land is Free to Fans of All Ages
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North By Northeast (NXNE) announces Canada’s largest free e-sports event ever with Game Land at Yonge-Dundas Square. Brought to you by NXNE Omen by HP, and car2go, Game Land will welcome over 30,000 gaming enthusiasts, novices and pros in the heart of downtown Toronto to witness the best professional gamers in the world to kick off the 2017 edition of NXNE. Fans are invited to take part in the all ages free event, celebrating gaming and technology from June 16 – 18. For more information, please visit nxne.com/game.

Top North American players in Starcraft II, will compete at this year’s Game Land for a $10,000 cash prize. The event will be broadcast live on NXNE’s twitch.tv channel with top industry experts serving the live play-by-play.

“The gaming phenomenon is something we are really excited to be a part of and share with the fans in Toronto,” said Michael Hollett, NXNE President/Managing Director. “We are going to transform Yonge-Dundas Square into a gamer’s paradise and whether you’re a professional, amateur or just a fan, there will be something there for everyone to experience and enjoy.”

Additional highlights of this NXNE Game Land include:

  • Street Fighter V: 128 player tournament – 12 systems and a free play area;

  • Super Smash Brothers: 128 player tournament – 16 systems and a free play area;

  • A viewing party for the CEO Fighting Games Championships being held simultaneously in Orlando, Florida;

  • VR demonstration

  • Exhibitor zone.

Players sign up on the provided links, and check-in 30 minutes prior to the event starting:

http://challonge.com/GameLandEU – May 24th
http://challonge.com/GameLandWC – May 25th

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on Port Lands, the Club Land Curator Seriesand Future Land respectively.

About Omen by HP
Dominate the game.
Deep inside, true gamers, like true athletes, know that it takes hard work and dedication to win. The hardware they use are the tools of their craft. It needs to be powerful, reliable, and long-lasting. They’re on a journey to not just push their boundaries of performance, but break through them, and refuse to let technology hold them back.
It’s that level of passion that drives us to create the best products and experiences that gamers not only love, but can’t live without. 
We aim to inspire gamers everywhere to never stop improving. 
To be better today than they were yesterday. 
To DOMINATE THE GAME.

About car2go N.A., LLC
car2go N.A., LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, offers an innovative mobility solution in rapidly growing urban areas via a carsharing network of affordable, eco-friendly Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles. A flexible and “on demand” mode of transportation, car2go complements existing public transportation by bridging the gaps between the “first and last mile” of a member’s commute. Today, car2go’s global operation is the largest, fastest-growing carsharing program in the world with more than 2.3 million registered members and a fleet of nearly 14,000 vehicles in 26 locations in North America, Europe and Asia. Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com/NA/en/press/.

About NXNE
Founded in 1995, North By Northeast is an annual 10-day music festival and interactive conference. The festival includes four main streams of programming including Club Land, Game Land, Future Land and the Port Lands, a three-day outdoor music festival.NXNE utilizes over a dozen venues across Toronto including Yonge-Dundas Square, The Garrison, The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern and more. Partnered with SXSW,NXNE is the premier Canadian destination for bands, innovators, artists, industry insiders and fans. This year’s NXNE takes place June 16-25, 2017. For more information, please visit nxne.com.

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Toronto DJ/Producer Saad Ayub: Interview with [NAS MEDIA]

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We had the chance to chat with Toronto DJ and producer Saad Ayub before his anticipated performance at the upcoming Bud Light Dreams Festival this July 7-8th. Ayub discussed his biggest inspirations, some tips for up and coming DJ’s, and what’s next for him and his music in 2018. Saad Ayub will be playing Toronto’s ‘Dreams Festival’ on Saturday, July 8. Tickets & more info click here.

If you can’t wait until Dreams Festival to hear Saad Ayub, he will be doing a street mix on Z103 this Monday, June 26 on the Drive @ 5, listeners can tune in!

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Read on to learn more about Saad Ayub and what he will be up to.

We know that you will be performing this summer at Dreams Festival this upcoming July. How does it feel to perform at one of the biggest festivals in Toronto and showcase your music to thousands of fans?

 It is an absolute honour and privilege to play any major festival: Dreams is definitely top of the list for me as far as fests to perform at. The hometown crowd always brings a special vibe and energy, and I’m super excited to showcase some fresh, unreleased tracks I’ve been working on.

How has your music evolved since you first began producing?

If you follow my radio show you can hear on the intro jingle that I try to tell my life stories through my music. The sounds I produce revolve around how I feel and which direction my life is taking at any given time, and I feel I connect with my fans in great depth due to that. It’s hard to describe the evolution of my sound, but constant change is definitely there, and one of my main focuses is to push and try new things.

Who is your biggest inspiration? / Who do you have a lot of respect for?

Armin Van Buuren for giving me the opportunities to showcase my music on his label, Ferry Corsten for his unique sound of music and Aly & Fila for pushing that harder style of Trance Music.

What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? As an attendee?

As a DJ, the most memorable night for me was my closing set for the Digital Dreams 2013 After Party at Footwork. People were lined up to see me till 4am and the place was a jam-packed until the very end. As an attendee, there have been too many great ones to mention, but they mostly involve nights at Guv with my crew.

What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJ’s making? What advice would you give to aspiring DJ’s?

CC-ing all DJs in a single email to support their tunes. Not going to lie, I was guilty for doing that too, early on. My advice is to send personalized emails and to know who you are pitching. It is key that you show you know what they’re into, and aren’t just spamming them along with hundreds of others. Never take a spray and pray approach when pitching your tracks for support!

Where do you think the scene is headed? One year from now? Five years from now?

 Globally scene is becoming more Performance based again. In Toronto, its really unpredictable market – even to look ahead six months – but normally after Summer you can have an idea of what’s new and hot. In five years? I think and hope that Rebel will become the hub for Dance Music in Toronto just like how The Guvernment used to be.

What is one sub-genre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?

Liquid Drum and Bass

What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?

I have two, since I couldn’t pick just one 😉

Aly & Fila – First Sun

Armin Van Buuren – Safe Inside You

What are your future plans in producing for 2017?

My 2017 productions are now pretty much finished and I’m now starting to plan for 2018. I have just released two new tracks: one with Sylvia Tosun called “Welcome to the World” on Sea to Sun, and the other one, “Revolution” with Elevation, released on A State of Trance. I have some big tunes lined up to be released starting in August and every 4-6 weeks until the end of the year. Words can’t describe how excited I am to release the upcoming ones. Some big news is coming soon!

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If you love Saad Ayub’s music as much as we do, you can stream Saad Ayub’s latest track ‘Revolution’ released on A State of Trance: https://soundcloud.com/saadayub/saad-ayub-elevation-revolutio-1

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Red Bull Sound Select: Block Party Gives You Wings [Nas Media]

Saturday June 17th – Red Bull Sound Select threw quite the block party this past Saturday at the Drake Commissary in Toronto. The day party was scheduled to start at 3PM, however Toronto’s weather had something else planned for the city. There was an issued tornado warning for about two hours over the city but thankfully the Red Bull gods came through and brought some sun over the 6ix, with only a couple hours of the block party being delayed.

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Photos by Harrison Haines.

As the rain clouds began to part and the sun started to shine through, more and more guests started to arrive, ready to get their groove on to some great local acts and performances. Collectif Nude curated the event and they did a great job with all of the decorations, merchandise on site, and bringing their own style to the party.

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There were featured performances by MADDEE, Shagabond, Ralph, and Young Clancy. All of these artists brought a great crowd in front of their stage and brought some wicked vibes to the block party filled with positive energy and created a chill atmosphere with their upbeat pop and synth rhythms. There were also three DJ’s Jayemkayem, Max Melanin, and Ganbei, who brought some great hip-hop and deep house tunes for the crowd in between sets.

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Towards the evening, more and more guests started to show up and the entire lot was filled with smiling faces and happy dancers. This Red Bull Sound Select show was a complete success and we’re glad that we got to be a part of it! We’re hoping Red Bull Sound Select visits our city more often, they sure know how to throw a party.

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Danger Drops Epic Music Video for ’19:00′ Ft. Tasha The Amazon

DANGER DROPS EPIC MUSIC VIDEO FOR ’19:00’

(FEAT. TASHA THE AMAZON)

TAKEN FROM HIS DEBUT STUDIO ALBUM ‘太鼓’

OUT NOW VIA 1789 RECORDS

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DANGER, the enigmatic alter ego of Franck Rivoire, today releases a boldly innovative video for ’19:00’, a track taken from his debut studio album ‘太鼓’, out now on Rivoire’s own label, 1789 Records.

WATCH: 19:00 – Danger (feat. Tasha The Amazon)

Since bursting onto the scene in 2007 with a dark sonic identity and a captivating masked performance persona to match, Danger has developed into a unique global phenomenon. With ‘19:00’ he delivers on the expectation of an expansive and provocative soundscape, using Tasha The Amazon’s sultry vocals to offset a steady, tribal drumbeat that gives a nod to the title of the album – ‘Taiko’, meaning percussion in Japanese.

The video for ‘19:00‘ provides us with visual representations of the interrelationship of nature and technology, childhood and adulthood, good and evil, darkness and light. At the centre of this visual dystopia is the idiosyncratic masked man, Danger himself. The dynamic camera action coupled with the beat-driven scene changes add to the sense of foreboding and drama found in the track.

Using his experience as a graphic designer and his long-standing fascination with anime, Danger and his 1789 team have created a stunningly obscure graphic world to compliment this single. By having a hand in making his own videos, graphics, costumes and artwork, Danger maintains creative control and ensures the intended themes are felt throughout all aspects of the album.

In support of the album release, Danger will be on tour in North America. Tickets are available here. Stay up to date with all new announcements via his socials.