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Less Than Two Weeks Until Wakarusa!
It’s almost time for the 10th annual Wakarusa Music Festival! Wakarusa takes place on Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, AR from May 30th to June 2nd. With four days of awesome music on five different stages, Wakarusa will definitely be one of the season’s best festivals.
This year, Wakarusa is hosting sets from artists all across the genre spectrum. Acts include Widespread Panic, Dispatch, STS9, Snoop Lion, Zeds Dead, Gramatik, Icona Pop, and many more! Click here for Wakarusa’s full lineup.
On top of the music, Wakarusa also boasts a unique and extensive activities schedule. This includes a parade, rides, games, daily yoga classes, music workshops, interactive art, and a food drive for Conscious Alliance! See the full list of activities here.
Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be an amazing experience! Grab your tickets here.
Mix Spotlight | Sunglasses & Advil
Last week we brought you the launch of DJ Noodles exclusive ‘SOLD OUT’ podcast narrated by international superstar, Pitbull. With nearly 3000 plays on our platform, the mix was easily one of the most popular of the week. Nevertheless, DJ Noodles himself felt compelled to provide us with the latest installment of his hit podcast series Sunglasses and Advil to keep our hungry ears fed. Containing some of today’s hottest club bangers, this mix is sure to get any party started and moving. But wait for it……he even went as far as to give us a very special, exclusive VIP mix that contains some of his favorite TRAP songs from today. Titled ‘Sunglasses and Advil 19.5’, this VIP mix can only be found on Thefuture.fm and showcases another side of the already vast arsenal of tracks that DJ Noodles has in his library.
If you aren’t familiar with trap, I’ll explain it in the simplest way possible: booty-dropping music. This fusion of hip hop and EDM drives music enthusiasts of all ages into a wild frenzy of dance. (look up ‘twerking’) Needless to say, your search for weekend party tunes ends here. Whether you are hitting up the local bar, club, or going big with EDC in NY, DJ Noodles has once again brought us and you two mixes that will keep your feet and body movin’ and groovin’. Below you will find Sunglasses and Advil Ep. 019 and 019.5. Stay tuned to his channel on Thefuture.fm to gain access to all exclusive content and mixes to come. Now get to TWERKIN!
Mix Spotlight | MAKJ
MAKJ officially has released his incredible single “Hold Up” on Robbie Rivera’s prestigious label, Juicy Music. Already garnering support from some of the industry’s biggest players like Tiesto, Hardwell, Bingo Players, and more, “Hold Up”, truly is a testament to MAKJ’s charismatic and dynamic production style. When asked about the inspiration behind making such a club-smasher, MAKJ responded with a touching story to tell.
“I was on a plane when I made it, and I saw a hot flight attendant…”
Rich and compelling. Thefuture.fm and MAKJ will be partnering up to be the home to exclusive mixes and content to come. To launch his channel and promote his new single, MAKJ agreed to record a 15 min. mini-mix for his channel. Enjoy the mix below, stay tuned to his channel on Thefuture.fm, and be sure to support and buy his latest release.
For more info on MAKJ:
website: DJ MAKJ
Bonnaroo - Less Than A Month Away!
In just a little less than a month, the infamous Bonnaroo Music & Arts festival makes its way to Manchester, TN for its annual four days of good music and good times. With about 80,000 campers, 150 performances, 10+ stages of music, and 700 acres of beautiful Tennessee nature, there’s no way to deny the incredible experience one has during their time at Bonnaroo.
You can expect to see Mumford & Sons, Paul McCartney, Pretty Lights, Passion Pit, Animal Collective and plenty of other recognizable names and acts during this year’s festival. Tickets are priced at $269.50 (+ applicable fees) and you can grab them right here: http://www.bonnaroo.com/tickets/
For the full lineup, click here: http://lineup.bonnaroo.com/
Fore more info, click here: http://www.bonnaroo.com/festival-info/
5 For The Future | Gina Star
Toolroom Records artist Gina Star is one of the dance music industry’s rising stars. After moving to LA in 2006, she immediately gained attention and began to be considered one of the most talented and sought after DJ’s in the city. Her distinct style of bigroom-progressive house had some of the most exclusive clubs scrambling to book her. In 2009, Gina moved to the UK and began to focus on and further her production skills. Her production style and talent earned support from some of the industry’s most legendary artists like Cirez D, David Guetta, Tiesto, Mark Knight and more. There are some artists that you can’t really place a ceiling on because their potential is literally limitless; Gina is one of those artists. With the launch of her podcast in 2012, Gina was featured on the front page of Beatport and heavily supported on radio shows around the world including BBC Radio 1, Capital FM, iHeart, Sirius & in club charts such as Music Weeks Coolcuts & DMC’s Buzz Chart. We are very excited to be hosting her “Gina Star Podcast” on Thefuture.fm and were lucky enough to have her as our 5 For The Future feature artist of the week. As always, enjoy a short interview and make sure to stay tuned to her channel on Thefuture.fm for exclusive mixes and more.
1. Introduce yourself in one simple sentence.
Hi, I’m Gina Star and I’m a DJ and producer based out of Los Angeles, CA.
2. If you had to compare your style with any other producer, who would it be and why?
I really like the style of Axwell, Dirty South, and John Dahlback. They all lean towards the more melodic side of progressive house and they often incorporate big vocals.
3. Tell us your opinion on the explosion of EDM in the United States.
I think it’s great that people in the US are being exposed to dance music. The rest of the world already listens to it all the time because it’s on their radio, which is slowly happening here. I hope that Americans can have an open mind and see past the drug culture that’s in the clubs. There’s such a huge back catalog of incredible dance music and I hope people will dig into it and get past the extremely commercial sounding stuff.
4. If you could perform at any festival in the world, which would it be and why?
I would love to play at Coachella in the next couple of years. That festival is so much fun and the dance tents are set up in such an epic way.
5. What can fans most look forward to from you in the upcoming months?
I have a lot of new music coming out in the next few months. I’ve been able to find some very talented vocalists to work with and I really think people are going to enjoy the songs!
EDC NY is This Weekend! Will You Be There?
Electric Daisy Carnival is taking over Citi Field in New York this weekend for two days of non-stop, amazing music!
EDC NY has released its official schedule, including set times for each performance. Check it out here, and plan your weekend!
If you’re going to be there, be sure to tweet us your photos @thefuturefm!
Daft Punk - BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix
DJ Noodles - Sold Out (Hosted By Pitbull)
Kascade - It's You It's Me Redux Tour
The Magician - Magic Tape 32
DJ Lexey - Live @ STK NYC
Event Preview: Electric Candyland ft. Hard Rock Sofa & DJ Bambi
As we all know, Electric Daisy Carnival will be making it’s annual stop in NYC on the road to Vegas this weekend, 5/17 & 5/18. The New York Mets have graciously vacated their prized stadium, , to host this mega festival featuring the best EDM dj’s that this world has to offer. However, what we’re most excited for is the after-parties and we have got a great one for you. This Friday, 5/17, Electric Candyland Events has Hard Rock Sofa and DJ Bambi playing at Stage 48 in NYC. BUY TICKETS HERE: TICKETS
Hard Rock Sofa: Hard Rock Sofa is a popular Russian duet famous all over the world. They are great DJs and producers whose tracks always blow up the dancefloors of clubs, fests and raves. Their unique sound and style achieved by hard work and outstanding talent keep conquering the hearts and souls of clubheads worldwide which results in releases on famous house music labels proving that Russian house music DOES exist.Their tracks are played and supported by Pete Tong, Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Roger Sanchez, Markus Schulz, and more. Enjoy a mix of theirs and be sure to catch them at Electric Candyland this Friday, 5/17.
DJ Bambi: Bambi is no stranger in the spot light of entertainment. This Dutch-Canadian now lives in New York City, and has established herself as a major player in the world of the professional electronic dance music industry. Bambi’s genre consists of mostly Progressive & Electro house. Bambi brings a unique image and vibe to house music nightlife. Her energy keeps dance floors moving until the early hours without fail. Bambi has recently graced the decks with some of most recognized producers in the game, such as David Guetta, Avicii, Steve Angello, Dirty South, Zedd, John Digweed, Congorock, Serge Devant, Paul Oakenfold, and Bob Sinclair. Be sure to check out her Bambicast on Thefuture.fm and come check her out live at Electric Candyland this Friday, 5/17.
BUY TICKETS HERE: TICKETS
Artist Spotlight | DJ Noodles
DJ Noodles is a man who has done it all. His experience in radio, production, mixtapes, remixes, and more make him one of the most diverse DJ’s to walk the planet today. So many dj’s get caught up in which genre they’d like to identify themselves with but that doesn’t hinder him. With the unique ability to use records in the way that he wants, whether it is live performing live at the club or in the studio, DJ Noodles has the ability to influence crowds on truly wider scale. His “Sunglasses and Advil” podcast has over 10K Itunes subscribers and his “Fix Your Face Radio” on Sirius XM is the most listened to mix show in America. He has produced for stars like Pitbull, Akon, and Lil Wayne, as well as remixes for Maroon 5, Mary J Blige, and more. From NYC to Boston to Miami, DJ Noodles has held down residencies at many of the premier venues in the U.S. Currently, he is the resident DJ at Vain Nightclub in Orlando, FL. If you want to catch him live, there is no shortage of monthly residencies all throughout the state of Florida. Along with hosting his previously mentioned “Sunglasses and Advil” podcast on Thefuture.fm, DJ Noodles has teamed up with Thefuture.fm to launch his brand new mix series “Sold Out” with international superstar, Pitbull. DJ Noodles “Sold Out” mixtapes are a series of open format party/club mixes, with a heavy focus on exclusive remixes and bootlegs, with celebrity crossover appealing hosts and music from different genres, specifically House/Dance, Top 40, Hip Hop, R&B, Trap and DubStep. We’re pleased to present this week’s Artist Spotlight containing an in-depth interview and the first installment of “Sold Out” with the man himself, DJ Noodles.
1. Introduce yourself in 1 simple sentence.
Whatup, my name is DJ Noodles, and I rock parties, produce records,and fix faces everywhere I go.
2. It seems like you can spin any genre. If you had to classify yourself under one, which would it be?
I hate to have to choose just one, but I am probably most known for the stuff I have done on the hip hop side of things. For years all I played was hip hop, but as I saw the average person start embracing more than one genre of music, I knew that’s the space I needed to be in, and lately I take pride in being known more as an “open format” or “multi format” DJ- I try to blend genres together and not be limited by one label.
3. Did you always want to become a DJ? What would you be doing if you weren’t?
Yea pretty much, I started djing when I was 15 years old, and since then I have been lucky to not just have a great career DJing, but also a radio career and my work as a producer making music.
4. Tell us about the worst gig you’ve ever had. Why was it so bad?
I think any DJ that came up the way I did, really working the club circuit in the cities they lived in, probably can give you a long list of “worst gigs”, it’s something I think everyone goes through especially while on their come up… Any time you have a gig that gets cut short, those are the worst ones. As a DJ I try to have an arc to a set, and theres records and things I really want to get to, and if you get cut short, you are left just anxious to get to the next gig- almost like you were not able to complete a thought. So wether it’s the fire marshall coming in because the venue is too packed, or maybe someone gets in a fight or something stupid like that, any time you get cut short sucks.
5. Do you have any musical influences? DJ’s? Singers? Rappers?
Musically I’m influenced by all types of musicians… From the old music of Motown to Michael Jackson to today’s talent. As a producer I’m a member of an emerging team called Therapist Music, founded by my man DJ Buddha who has produced tons of huge records and has helped Pitbull put together his last several albums— within the Therapist collective there are some dope producers who all inspire me- we have writers and producers from all over the world on the team, and each brings their own sound and flavor.
6. We understand that traveling and late nights are part of the job. What’s your favorite late night meal?
I’ve been trying to be a little healthier out there these days and try to get some fruit late night after gigs instead of the traditional fast food options… But nothing beats a good hot dog guy outside of a club - shout out to the stand on Magnolia in Orlando outside VAiN tho… Lol
7. How long do you plan on DJ’ing for? With all your connections, itseems like you’d make a natural transition to the business side after it’s all said and done.
I don’t have a specific end date in mind, I’m having as much fun out there as I ever have and I have been so inspired on the DJ side I feel like there’s no end in sight!! But at some point, my plan is to let my production career take the forefront and focus on music and my work with the Therapist team.
8. If you could perform at any festival in the world, which would it be and why?
I would love to play Coachella- it’s a place where you have such a wide range of acts, I feel like I could bring a great show that the Coachella-goer would love because its a festival not dedicated to only one genre. We could turn up with some crazy top 40 and house bootlegs… then rock some classic DMX… Then get into a crazy TRAP set… Really do anything and just put a great show and set together. Lets get that #NoodlesAtCoachella2014 movement going!!!
9. Sunglasses and Advil is possibly the best name for a podcast we’ve heard. Any stories behind that?
Well I heard Kanye say it in “No Church In The Wild”, and I immediately knew I found the title for my new podcast I was developing. I feel like that phrase is like a testament to the lifestyle we live in these clubs… out all night, loud music, alcohol, the morning after sometimes the only two things you want in the world before you walk outside is a pair of sunglasses and some Advil… And with this podcast, the format is really club music, lots of house bootlegs, progressive house and trap stuff, it just fit right away.
10. Give some advice to the upcoming DJ’s/producers in the world.
For DJs I will tell you this… it’s real easy these days to get set up - Macbook, Serato, maybe a midi controller, for a couple thousand dollars in a few hours you can be set up and call yourself a DJ… but at the end of the day, unless you really learn the skill side, you will eventually always lose out to DJs that really know how to rock. Coming from being a Hip Hop DJ for most of my life, I have been able to apply the hip hop dj skillset to playing other genres- so at a DJ Noodles show you get cutting and scratching, even rocking doubles of records, but done with all different kinds of music- It’s always a trip to come up with new things.
For Producers, just keep grinding. The whole business is relationships, and those relationships are how you get your music heard by the people that need to hear it if you are trying to place records. Be open minded, and LISTEN to the people who have advice for you. I’m so fortunate to be a part of a collective like Therapist Music because I just know that there is a whole group of people that have accomplished either more, or different things than I have, so we all bring something different to the table.
PB&J Announces Contest: Win Two Tickets to Gregori Klosman
Our bros at Peanut Butter and Jams are giving you another chance to win a free pair of concert tickets! Dance.Here.Now. teamed up with NYC’s legendary Cielo nightclub to bring back Gregori Klosman on Thursday, May 16th.
All you have to do is click here and follow the rules to maximize your entries! You have until May 16th at 8pm to enter, so get to it!
The winner will be contacted via email. Good luck!
5 For The Future | JES
There is something magical about festivals and shows that cannot be defined in words.. But there is that one moment that captures the magic better than any other. The moment when the beat fades away, the crowd eagerly holds their collective breaths, and all of a sudden, it hits you. The most beautiful, tantalizing, soul and heart lifting vocals flow from the speakers and take you to a place, a special place, your happy place. Pure bliss. In this exact moment, you lose yourself in the music but have never felt so found. In this exact moment, you are home. If I sound like a crazy person, I apologize. But chances are, if you understand what that feeling is, you’ve experienced it before. Better are the chances that the voice you were hearing, is that belonging to world-class vocalist, Jes Brieden, better known as her stage-name, JES. For dance music enthusiasts, Jes needs no introduction. Just look at the artists she has worked with: Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, BT, Cosmic Gate, and more. She’s collected awards from the prestigious International Dance Music Awards at Miami’s WMC and topped Billboard’s “Most Played Dance Songs of the Decade” chart (2000-2010). She has toured across 6 continents and enriched the lives of millions through her truly unique and priceless vocals. To this day, “As the Rush Comes” and “Awaken” remain one of my personal favorites to listen to on any given day. It is our honor and distinct privilege to feature Jes as our 5 For the Future artist of the week with a short interview and of course, the latest mix from her weekly series, Unleash the Beat. We touched upon various issues like her opinion on the state of EDM, festivals, alternate jobs, and more. We hope you enjoy it!
1. Introduce yourself in one simple sentence.
2. You are a veteran of the industry and have worked with arguably the biggest names in the industry. What is your opinion on the explosion of EDM?
3. If you could perform live at any festival in the world, which would it be and why?
4. We’re curious, if you weren’t currently a world-class vocalist, what would you be doing full-time?
5. Give some genuine advice to the upcoming/aspiring singers in the world.
Event Re-cap: The Bounce Boat 5/3/13
Last Friday, we had the privilege and pleasure of attending one of the more unique events that NYC has seen in a while. From smaller lounges to mega clubs, what used to be a constant struggle to find out where and when your favorite DJ is playing, is now a struggle to decide which of your favorite DJ’s to see on any given night. Now, If you’re lucky enough, you’ll even get to see several of them in the same evening. Such was the case for us. Size Records star Tim Mason and the reigning queen of NYC house music, Miss Jennifer, graced the decks on a party thrown by our friends at Bounce Boat. Beautiful weather, a 3 floor yacht, and 4 hours of amazing music made for an incredible night cruising around the NYC harbor with the sun creating a stunning backdrop upon our departure from Pier 40.
First off, let me say that the guys at Bounce Media Group are easily some of the nicest, cooperative, and helpful professionals in the business. The event was run very efficiently and it was evident how much care they put into every aspect from planning to execution. We sincerely look forward to working with them again in the near future.
After getting to the boat around 7pm to set up some equipment, we were promptly given VIP passes to access all areas of the boat. The crowd was understandably diverse. You had your neon-clad EDM enthusiasts, your older/classier fans, and more. One thing was for certain, everyone was here to have a good time and to hear some great music.
Let’s make this as clear as possible: Tim blew the roof off the boat as the headliner. With his endless enthusiasm, energy, and with the help of a guest appearance by the crazy lazer and co2 wielding robot known as Jascha The Robot, Tim managed to single handedly drive the crowd into a massive frenzy of dancing. He continued to please the crowd and pump electro bombs through the speakers like his original tracks The Moment, Anima, and more. Rather than tell you more about it, I’ll take this second to direct you to our platform where Tim’s mix has been exclusively uploaded and hosted. Enjoy.
On the top deck, the vibe was completely different from the main floor. It was very evident that the crowd up top had come specifically to see Miss Jennifer perform and to experience her smooth and groovy sounds. She isn’t commonly referred to as the Queen of NYC house music without reason and there is absolutely no way that a set of hers will not make you move. Not everyone can dance but when it comes to music this good, everyone tries. The cool night breeze combined with the incredible music pumping from the subwoofers made it nearly impossible to decide which floor had a better atmosphere. Either way, we were more than satisfied with the quality of music and people the entire night. Stay tuned for Miss Jennifer’s set from the Bounce Boat but in the meantime, enjoy access to her summer mix series on Thefuture.fm.
R.I.P. Peter Rauhofer: 05.07.2013
The world was hit with heart-breaking news today as word spread like wildfire of internationally renowned DJ Peter Rauhofer’s passing from brain cancer. One of the most beloved figures in not only the dance music sphere but the music industry as a whole, Rauhofer’s achievements are simply unparalleled. DJ. Remixer. Producer. Label Head. Grammy Winner. He is a true hero of the industry and a beloved figure by many. He was a man who always poured his heart, energy, and soul into everything he did. Throughout the course of his brilliant career, he truly became a professional that so many young producers looked up to and drew inspiration from. Through his music, Peter’s legacy and legend lives on. Rest in Peace Peter Rauhofer; your life, music, and passion left the world a much better place to live, listen, and dance in.
We are proud and honored to feature a mix by Peter Rauhofer himself from 2010 on our new “Tribute Radio” channel. This dedicated channel will shine a light on industry legends on occasions that they deserve recognition and respect for. Even with heavy hearts, we encourage everyone to listen, enjoy, and smile in remembrance and celebration of all DJ’s.
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Jules Schimmer - April Mix 2013
Electric Zoo | Phase 2 Artist Headliners & Introducing Friday Combo Paks
With summer just around the corner, Electric Zoo: New York’s Electronic Music Festival is excited to add more headlining artists to the three-day festival taking place over Labor Day Weekend from August 30 - September 1. Featuring two Main Stages for the first time ever, Electric Zoo’s fifth anniversary offers the ultimate summer festival experience, as the world’s top-ranked electronic DJs and live acts take over beautiful Randall’s Island with the hottest beats to keep festival attendees dancing from day to night.
New additions to the lineup include Big Gigantic, Baauer, Kill The Noise, Skrillex’s & Boys Noize’s joint project “Dogblood,” Datsik, Mat Zo, Fedde Le Grand, Adventure Club, and many more! More artists to be announced soon!
Electric Zoo also introduces the new Friday Combo Pak, available for a limited time only at a special price. Sign up now to get your unique Pre-Sale access code so you can grab this deal before sales open to the general public! The Private Pre-Sale date will be announced soon. The Friday Combo Pak includes: Your choice of 2-Day General Admission Pass to Electric Zoo 2013 (Fri/Sat or Fri/Sun), Round-trip shuttle bus transportation, and $15 worth of credit towards non-alcoholic beverages encoded on your wristband for use at the festival.
Official Travel Packages, General Admission 3-Day Passes, VIP Experience 3-Day Passes and Platinum Experience 3-Day Passes are available now at www.electriczoofestival.com.