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We are proud to announce the launching of our new Skye Energy Radio App / Apple Store / Play Store

03/07/2018
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We are proud to announce the launching of our new Skye Energy Radio App.
Within our Skye Energy Radio mobile app we’ve launched a music discovery and recommendation tool that covers all of dance.
Listen to the audio you love and let the moments move you.

Download from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skye-energy-radio/id1404906277?mt=8
Soon On Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iosresonce.skyeradio

App Information
Size 9.6 MB
Category : Music
Compatibility :Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Languages: English

Music

Tomorrowland tickets have started to arrive in this year’s treasure chest

30/06/2018
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Tomorrowland tickets have started to arrive in this year’s treasure chest, themed around 2018’s The Story of Planaxis.

Each year the festival sends tickets out in an elaborate package that contains themed goodies. You can see this year’s ticket treasure chest below.

The festival, which runs across two weekends in Boom, Belgium, from 20th to 22nd and 27th to 29th July, announced this year’s theme last October and shared further details of the concept with a lush looking video earlier this month (June).

Earlier this week (25th June), Tomorrowland creative director Christophe Van den Branden revealed that the festival is set to look “totally different” this year.

Check out the Tomorrowland 2018 ticket treasure chest below.

Tomorrowland Tickets

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Deadmau5‘s orchestral album ‘Where’s the Drop?’ is given full release

30/06/2018
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Deadmau5‘s orchestral album ‘Where’s the Drop?’ is now available everywhere following a period of Tidal exclusivity. You can listen to it below.

The mau5trap boss – real name Joel Zimmerman – releases ‘Where’s the Drop’ after months of teaserssnippets and previews.

Zimmerman also landed the No. 49 slot in our DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll last year.

Listen to Deadmau5’s ‘Where’s the Drop?’ below.

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Nicky Romero reveals he has “two folders full” of unreleased Avicii material

30/06/2018
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Nicky Romero has revealed that he has “two folders full” of unreleased Avicii material in a new interview.

Speaking to Ultra Singapore, Romero also explained that he may never release the music out of respect for the late EDM megastar.

“I don’t know if it morally feels right to me to work on songs that the original composer has not approved,” Romero told Ultra Singapore.

“I know that Avicii was really a perfectionist, and I kind of feel bad if I put something out not knowing if he wants to put it out. So that’s kind of what holds me back, out of respect for him.”

Romero paid tribute to Avicii at Ultra Singapore earlier this month (June) by playing the late EDM superstar’s unreleased Chris Martin collaboration, ‘Heaven’.

Tiësto also paid tribute to Avicii with 12-minute megamix live from EDC Las Vegas last month (May), whilst Pete Tong gave an opening address at International Music Summit (IMS) Ibiza in memory of Avicii.

Avicii was found dead in his hotel room in Oman last month (20th April) with his family releasing a statement implying he had taken his own life. He was 28 years old.

Since then, tributes for Avicii have poured in from fellow DJs, friends and fans with Nile Rodgers saying he was “one of the best, if not the best” producer he’s ever worked with. Last weekend at EDC Las Vegas Tiësto paid tribute to Avicii by playing a 12-minute megamix of some of his biggest hits.

Read DJ Mag’s obituary for Avicii here and watch the full Nicky Romero interview at Ultra Singapore below.

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David Guetta and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike announce Two Is One Collaboration for AMF

28/06/2018
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David Guetta and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have been announced as this year’s Two Is One performers at Amsterdam Music Festival (AMF).

The Two Is One concept was launched at AMF 2017, as Hardwell and Armin Van Buuren joined forces for an exclusive dual performance. This year’s pairing, which sees two former Top 100 DJs winners join forces for the first time, will be eagerly anticipated by fans of both artists.

AMF takes place on Saturday 20th October at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam. As the flagship event of ADE, the one day showcase features stadium-sized performances from the world’s biggest DJs and culminates with the Top 100 DJs Awards Ceremony in front of an audience of 35,000 dance music fans.

This year’s event also features the launch of the AMF Hotel (located at Corendon Village Hotel Amsterdam). The AMF hotel is said to be an exclusive space where fans from 108 countries who visit AMF can hang out before, during and after the show.

The full line up will be announced shortly. Early bird tickets are available now from amf-festival.com..

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Streaming is coming to the booth: here’s how it will change DJing forever

28/06/2018
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Soon DJs will be able to stream millions of tracks directly to their software and hardware. DJ Mag explores the impact on DJing tech, creativity and culture…

Imagine the scenario – you walk into the booth with nothing more than a pair of headphones, login with your username and password to the always-connected CDJ and your whole music library, playlists, cue points and every track ever released on Beatport is at your fingertips, immediately recalled from the cloud and ready to play within seconds. No USB sticks, no SD cards, just a username and password and an unlimited supply of records.

It’s not a fanciful vision of the future – Beatport have already announced that users will soon be able to stream their catalogue directly into “leading” DJ software “from 2019”, though no details have yet been released. Their acquisition of cloud and storage service Pulselocker earlier this year – a platform that was seemingly too ahead of its time to succeed – paved the way for what will inevitably become the norm in DJ equipment and software of the future. Beatport won’t be the first to provide streaming into apps though – Spotify has been part of Algoriddim’s djay and a few other software and iOS apps for a while – but they’re the first pro-DJ-focussed platform to hint at it, which means it’s time to take it seriously.

Native Instruments have also announced that Traktor has been redesigned “from the ground up”, with the new wares expected to be shown later in the year. Although they didn’t initially adopt Pulselocker – Serato, rekordbox and Virtual DJ all did – with a re-design from scratch and their iOS platform already syncing cue points, BPM, key and hotcues with iCloud Drive, surely NI will join the party soon.

No specific announcements around hardware have been made but given the rapid development of Pioneer DJ’s whole range, as well as Denon’s forward-thinking SC5000 and the way in which both are influenced by their software counterparts, it’s by no means a leap to suggest the next versions of both will incorporate some aspect of streaming, even if it’s initially just cloud analysis.

The pros and cons are wildly diverse and their impact on DJing is huge, on both sides of the coin. The first and most obvious point being stability.

STRONG AND STABLE
The idea of a track losing connection and dropping out in the middle of a packed dancefloor is enough to deter any self-respecting DJ – it took years of crashing laptops and embarrassing moments before computers and their software became stable enough to be trusted in the booth. Even then, a huge number of DJs looked (and still look) at them with suspicion.

Since then, the laptop has gone out of favour as a DJ tool, with the industry standard CDJ-2000nxs2s now offering all the playlisting, analytics, searching and portability that made laptops so appealing in the first place. Will Pioneer DJ really risk their reputation for stability, one they’ve been building since the original CDJs were introduced in 1994 and one that tops the priority list for most professional DJs? Stability has dictated how almost all industry standards came to pass with the Technic SL-1200/1210, CDJs themselves and software like Serato and Traktor all making it a fundamental priority, and sticking around in the process.

Of course, the way in which the technology is implemented will dictate that stability – it’s unlikely the tracks will stream in real-time and more probably will cache on loading, the same way they do when played from a USB stick, SD card or CD. Fail-safes like emergency loop will still stand, with a few others likely implemented. However, as you’re only ever one high-profile crash or dropout away from setting the concepts back years, it’s got to be the highest priority for everyone involved. Inner-city internet might be strong enough to stream a lossless file in real-time, but dessert festivals or small-town clubs and bars might not be so advanced.

RECLAIMING ROYALTIES
One positive outcome of our new streaming overlords is the detail and accuracy of royalty reporting. It’s an open secret that producers are not being accurately paid. Exact numbers are hard to come by but the Association for Electronic Music has earmarked £100m they feel needs to be correctly allocated.

That’s a lot of money the independent music landscape is not seeing, though technologies like Pioneer DJ’s KUVO box are working hard to tackle the issue. With cloud-connected DJing hardware and software, every single track played in any club around the world can be registered and assigned to the right producer automatically and in real-time. This information could also fuel analytics, showing artists and producers what DJ is playing their music and in what part of the world it’s most popular on the dancefloor – invaluable metrics for booking agents and labels.

As always with automated royalty technology, there’ll no doubt be gaming issues, similar to what we’ve seen on Spotify but surely it’s a step in the right direction to begin to right the wrong that’s been plaguing dance music for 25 years? Just in case streaming wasn’t enough of a contentious point already, this type of royalty accounting and tracking will no doubt turn heads of those who despise track ID culture and long to keep their music to themselves. Regardless of what side you’re on, it will be interesting to see that discussion evolve.

INFINITY AND BEYOND
Another aspect to the always-connected booth is more of a personal, creative and cultural one. What would it do for you as a DJ to have access to everything, all the time? We’ve seen the rise of analogue hardware in the studio, and the resurgence of vinyl for DJs partly off the back of the fact that creativity thrives when we limit our options.

Of course, this is a personal thing and there’ll be plenty of DJs who would jump at the chance to have a million-plus tracks to choose from – it was exactly that that partly triggered the growth of digital formats. For those who regularly play smaller bars, weddings or multiple genres night-to-night, it’s particularly appealing to have everything at your fingertips – as long as the crowd don’t find out.

For everyone else though, it’s hard to argue it’d be more challenging, creative or rewarding. The happy accident – so often the catalyst behind great ideas – could see itself replaced by the predictable and the easy. You could argue opening up millions of tracks to DJs would surely bring about more versatile, esoteric sets, void of genre, but on the flipside, unless we’re happy to go back to squinted at screens, franticly searching and RSI-inducing scrolling, it’s likely DJs will simply embrace what’s presented to them at the top level. From Beatport’s perspective, that could be charts, banners and promotions, selling us music right into our mixers.

We’re not suggesting any DJ is going to play something they’ve never heard before simply because it’s in a chart on their CDJ, but it’s nothing new to suggest when presented with everything, we often choose the most familiar path. How many times have you found yourself playing the same tracks over and over, despite having thousands on your stick or laptop? If it’s the abundance of choice that’s overwhleming, expect streaming to add to that ten-fold, and therefore encourage ubiquity further.

FULL STREAM AHEAD
Disclaimer: This article is pure speculation based on trends and technologies that have and continue to emerge over the past few years. DJing is notoriously slow to adopt new tech across the board – the basic concepts the majority of DJs employ every weekend are only a small step ahead of those that were implemented at the dawn of the art. With something as drastic as streaming, it won’t change things overnight. More likely, we’ll see incremental differences, starting with cloud analysis, cuepoints storage and custom notes and information. Even Beatport’s announcement – as forward thinking as it seems now – mentions nothing of file format, sound quality or cost, all of which could deter large groups of DJs.

But there are real benefits and real challenges ahead for the user and the tech companies who create the tools. It’s clear streaming is going to make its way into the booth eventually and when it does, expect it to split the camp the same way the first laptops in the booth did. Either way, like those laptops, it will change the DJing landscape for good.

Events Music

Like the DJs do: your ultimate guide to Ibiza in 2018

27/06/2018
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No one knows the island like those who’ve been playing here every week — residents who’ve made Ibiza their home and the party-goers who’ve been coming every week for decades. DJ Mag Ibiza shows you where to eat, sleep, rave, repeat on the White Isle…

EAT
Benirras beach on the north of the island is always a good shout, but head up to the remote cove on a Sunday to experience one of the island’s most enchanting sunsets, soundtracked by the hippies and dwellers who made the island what it is through the ‘60s and ‘70s as they play their drums as the sun drops into the sea. Once the enchantment is over, head to Pizzeria for some of the finest ’za you’ll taste on the island, with the echoing drums still ringing out long after the sun goes down. Elsewhere, Ibiza Town’s Miss Saigon on Ave d’Espanya is an affordable and delicious Vietnamese if you’ve had enough bread and allioli for one season (unlikely).

One of DJ Mag Ibiza’s favourite sunset spots has to be Kumharas in San An bay. On a clear evening, the view of the sunset is jaw-dropping, only topped by the remarkable food and service they have on offer. There’s also boutique shops dotted around the restaurant so you can top up on vibes, garms and great food before you head out. Highly recommended.

SLEEP
Tropicana Suites Ibiza is a new art deco hotel in Playa d’En Bossa, with a focus on chic, colourful and flamboyant décor, inspired by Miami and all things neon. It’s not a party hotel though, they focus on peace and quiet, with only a 200m walk to the nearest beach. What else would you find at the bar in a hotel inspired by 1970s Miami than the finest cocktails? There are over 30 on the menu, so you can sip the day away or enjoy a Mai Tai during one of the many cultural and music evening events.

Despite the name though, drinks are not free. If you’re after something more private, Ibiza Villas 2000 has some of the best villas on the island. Whether it’s a few couples looking for a luxury getaway or a large group of friends who need a place to chill between clubs, Ibiza Villas 2000 gets the DJ Mag Ibiza stamp of approval — we even hosted an epic Carl Cox stream from one of their villas! If it’s good enough for Carl…

RAVE
Well, if you’re looking for a rave you’ve come to the right place. Throughout this magazine you’ll find the ultimate guides to everything happening on the club-front this summer. But while the main clubs will dominate the clubbing conversation, there are more smaller, esoteric events popping up every year. Island expert Nightmares On

Wax will be bringing his live show to the unique setting of Las Dalias this summer, and all for a good cause — working with the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life foundation, an organisation that helps create positive opportunities for children living in crisis. Last year Wax Da Jam events raised enough money to build a well in Uganda, with 330 people now benefiting from access to clean drinking water. It kicks off on 28th of June and runs through to Thursday 6th of September. Why not have a good time while giving back to a good cause? Ticket to Wax Da Jam can be found here.

REPEAT
Yes, before you’ve had time to catch your breath, it’s time to do it all again. But with a focus on looking after your wellbeing rightly permeating through dance music, remember to take care of yourself. Another opportunity for woke raving includes Cosmic Pineapple at one of our favourite places to visit and stay: Pikes Ibiza. Cosmic

Pineapple features inspiring talks, classes, yoga, dances and workshops by day to “activate your mind and invite you to connect with our hearts”. By night though, they’ve invited key selectors like Ida Engberg to provide the legendary hotel with cosmic sounds and dancing through ’til 4am. There are a total of four events throughout the year, running to 6th of September. There’ll also be opportunities to donate to worthy causes like the Ibiza Preservation Fund. Tickets to the Cosmic Pineapple at Pikes Ibiza can be found here. 

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BCM Planet Dance reopens in Mallorca

25/06/2018
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BCM Planet Dance has reopened in Mallorca, with punters walking through the doors daily since 9th June, marking the return of a true legend to the island.

The monolithic club boasts a capacity of around 4,000, Function One sound and a renowned lighting rig befitting the scale the place. Danny Howard, Nothing Else Matters and Cream are amongst the names set to be involved for this, its 30th season.

The Magaluf venue— which in the past has hosted Creamfields Mallorca amongst other major events— was closed for summer last year, but is now back in action. Prior to its hiatus the address had been a regular fixture in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs poll, ranking 10th in the world in 2016, with the likes of Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Deadmau5, Hannah Wants, David Guetta, Erick Morillo and even Snoop Dogg making appearances in the past.

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Kvarteret, Sweden’s new 2,200 capacity club, locks Larry Heard, Jackmaster and Avalon Emerson for first season

07/06/2018
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Kvarteret, Sweden’s new 2,200 capacity club has now opened, with Gerd Janson, Jackmaster and Avalon Emerson locked in for its debut season.

Located in the Slaughterhouse district of Stockholm, Slakthusområdet, an area known for its nightlife, we first reported on the venue last month. Operating five days a week from June to September, the likes of Carl Craig, DJ Seinfeld, Mall Grab and Jayda G are all confirmed to play, as is Larry Heard, who just shared his first Mr. Fingers album in almost 25 years.

The opening sessions, from 1st – 3rd June, saw locals such as Karima F, Daniel Savio and Zernell Gillie providing the soundtrack, and supporting fresh domestic names is apparently a key part of the plan.

According to an interview in Totally Stockholm with one of the founders, Alex Drewniak, the music policy will involve everything ‘from indie, disco, house and techno presented by mostly local talent’ from Sweden on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Thursdays will be centred on larger shows, such as Guy Gerber’s first date in the Swedish capital for ten years.

 

Kvarteret Stockholm club opening season line-up

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Het Magazijn is hosting a marathon 36-hour techno and electro rave this summer

29/05/2018
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Het Magazijn is hosting a marathon 36-hour techno and electro rave this summer to mark its one year anniversary, kicking off on Friday 6th July and running through the following day.

The club, located in the regal capital of the Netherlands, The Hague, is marking 12 months by doing what it does best, and while plans fall short of the ridiculous 87-hour session in Berlin we reported on last month, they still sound impressive. In addition to the usual 150-capacity, Funktion One-equipped and 24-licensed Dutch venue, a roof terrace and additional areas will also be used.

“We will throw an extended party with more than 36 hours of music, among different rooms of the Bleyenberg building, yielding plenty of time to reflect on and celebrate the past year,” the club said in a statement on Facebook.

The line-up is yet to be confirmed, with District25, ‘advocates of the Hague night culture’, partnering on the party. That’s the crew behind Dutch festival The Crave, which this year welcomes Skee Mask, Aurora Halal, Blawan and DJ Stingray, so expect serious stuff. Not least as Het Magazijn has itself set a high standard with guests such as Matrixxman, Tijana T and Anthony Parasole in its first 12 months.