How A-Trak Went From Teenaged Battle Champ To Global Ambassador of DJ Culture | Blueprint

As a kid, A-Trak was a natural turntablist who became a five-time world champion by age 18. His love for DJing and knack for remixes put him in connection with Kanye West at a pivotal time in both their careers. He would go on to launch Fool’s Gold Records and enjoy tremendous success due to the global popularity of EDM, while continuing to reinvent himself.

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Justin Bieber Teases First Solo Song in Years

Even though it’s been almost two years since Justin Bieber’s last official album, the radio waves have not lacked for new Bieber music. He’s on two song of the summer contenders this year alone. But, fire features notwithstanding, it’s been a minute since we got new solo music from JB.

That’s about to change this week though, as the megastar tweeted out what appears to be the cover art for a new track he plans to drop on Thursday. The song is titled “Friends,” and along with Justin, the artwork lists Bloodpop, which serves as a major indicator to how this new track might sound.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Blood appears several times on the liner notes for Purpose, with production credits on “Mark My Words,” “I”ll Show You,” and most importantly, “Sorry.” It stands to reason then, that “Friends” will be more in that vein: tropical, summery, with an EDM/dance twinge and radio catnip. AKA, Bieber doing what he does best.

The move comes just weeks after Bieber made news by abruptly canceling his tour, so it’s a little surprising to see him releasing new music when we all assumed he was going to fall back for a while. For Bloodpop’s part, since working with Bieber he’s logged significant placements on Lady Gaga’s most recent album, as well as Haim’s latest single “Want You Back.”  So far, the two are 3 for 3 on collabs, so it's basically a scientific guarantee that “Friends” will be fire as well. For more on what we expect from Justin's new song, watch the video above.

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Former Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek has transformed from an emo meme into an EDM king thanks to Viceland’s spoof series “What Would Diplo Do?’

Everything We Know About Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘Luv Is Rage 2’ (So Far)

During this weekend's Billboard Music Awards, it was Sway who point-blank asked Lil Uzi Vert what was up with Luv Is Rage 2. Uzi's response was a simple… and confusing: “It'll be out soon. Like, really soon. Like sooner than soon.” 

What does soon mean in rapper time? That's hard to say. Travis Scott recently said he'd be dropping new music “in a few days,” which turned into three songs being posted on his SoundCloud… 10 days later. With his insane tour schedule (and some legal trouble), we can understand Travis not being able to make it to SoundCloud-dot-com to bless the masses with new material. Uzi? Uzi's been teasing Luv Is Rage 2, the sequel to 2015's Luv Is Rage, since late 2016, though.

For true Uzi fans, how soon is “soon”?

And while we're on the subject, what do we really know about Luv Is Rage 2? If you've followed Lil Uzi Vert on Instagram, you've probably heard a grip of tracks from this project, and the anticipation is high as hell right now, especially for diehard Uzi fans (including those of the “shoot up my school because I don't have your project” variety). Let's cut the bullshit and figure out everything we know about Luv Is Rage 2.

Release Date

Again, let Lil Uzi Vert tell it, Luv Is Rage 2 is going to be out “soon.” His Twitter bio says “coming Soon,” he told Sway that it'd be dropping “sooner than soon,” and while I don't know what it means to tweet your project title next to a sleepy face emoji and a fire emoji, something tells me that too might just mean “soon.”

Let DJ Don Cannon (who co-founded the Generation Now label that Uzi calls home), though, the project isn't coming out “no time soon.” At least, that's what he said in April of 2017. “If you didn’t hear, Luv Is Rage [2] is not dropping no time soon. It’s not going to be a long time from now, but not within this month. We still working on the album. It’s a process. You got to make the album, mix the album, master the album. Put it out. That takes time when you’re perfecting it.”

Features

During his livestream, Don Cannon also spoke on how Uzi's massive hit “XO Tour Llif3” would be getting a special guest when it hits Luv Is Rage 2, but as of right now, there's no word on WHO this guest will be. Judging by his recent output, Uzi could have everyone from Migos to ASAP Rocky to Iggy Azalea to Travis Scott and Gucci Mane on Luv Is Rage 2. Hell, he might get on his EDM shit and do something new with Steve Aoki. Both Young Thug and Wiz Khalifa were on the first Luv Is Rage release as well, so it'd be safe to assume that one of them would be on this.

In terms of producers, we'd assume that Don Cannon would be all over it, as well as Sonny Digital, TM88, FKi, and the other producers from the first Luv Is Rage. Uzi's Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World also featured beats from Metro Boomin and WondaGurl, and beatsmiths like Zaytoven and Nard & B were on The Perfect Luv Tape. We feel like somewhere in the middle of these producers (plus some surprises) will make up how Luv Is Rage 2 will sound.

Songs

This is the area we know least about. The only confirmed track on Luv Is Rage 2 is “XO Tour Llif3,” but it was also a part of the four-track Luv Is Rage 1.5 EP that dropped on Feb. 26, 2017. During the last few months, Uzi has spent time previewing track after track on Instagram. Of course, none of these have had track titles, but there's some heat in these snippets.

 

Love your girl more den I love myself 😌❤️® LUV IS RAGE 2

A post shared by @liluzivert on Dec 9, 2016 at 5:42pm PST

 

🤘🏾😉🔥®

A post shared by @liluzivert on Jan 11, 2017 at 8:35pm PST

 

Forreal ? 🙄 LuvIsRage2🔥 coming soon® OldFlow

A post shared by @liluzivert on Dec 21, 2016 at 2:15pm PST

 

🔜 2.®

A post shared by @liluzivert on Nov 27, 2016 at 6:45pm PST

Hopefully most of these are on Luv Is Rage 2… or drop at some point.

Expectations

This is an important moment for Uzi. After making a name for himself via his 2016 grind, this is truly the year he should be shining in. “XO Tour Llif3” proved without a shadow of a doubt that he has widely-appealing tracks at his disposal. Problem is, he's going to have to raise the bar in terms of his hit-making ability. “XO Tour Llif3” can't be the only gem on this project.

Uzi will also have to prove that he's bigger than the hype surrounding him, which usually has to do with what he has on and how he acts on stage than for his actual tracks. Uzi's feeling like the next rap superstar, and a strong showing with Luv Is Rage 2 could bode well for those claims.

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Spinnin’ Signs Their First Ever K-Pop Artist

Spinnin’ Records has long been touted as EDM’s home of bigroom house, but in recent years they’ve really been pushing the envelope in terms of finding new sounds and styles that fit the label’s new creative direction. Now, they’ve made perhaps their boldest signing yet with their first ever K-Pop artist Hyolyn from the all-girl group Sistar.

Hyolyn not only marks the label’s first ever K-Pop artist on the label, but according to her management, marks the label’s first ever Asian signing as well. In the past, Hyolyn has worked with Far East Movement and DJ Soda, so she does have a bit of experience working with dance music in the past.

In recent years EDM and K-Pop have started to crossover with artists like SkrillexDiplo,  Baauer, and Alesso leading the charge.

 

H/T: Dance Music NW | Featured Image Source: Koreaboo

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Source: Spinnin’ Signs Their First Ever K-Pop Artist

Calvin Harris Has A Ton of Unreleased Music Under His Name On ASCAP

Earlier this week, we briefly discussed the rumor of a potential Calvin Harris and Beyoncé collaboration that first surfaced on Breathe Heavy. Thankfully for EDM fans everywhere, EDMSauce went the extra mile on their end and graciously dug through the ASCAP database to find some details.

ASCAP, or the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, is one of the three main American PROs (performing rights organizations) where producers, songwriters, musicians and more can register their works to ensure proper royalty payouts for public use of copyrighted material.

While EDMSauce didn’t find anything that specifically pointed to a collaboration with Beyoncé, they did find plenty of already registered, and currently unreleased, material to his name.


One simple explanation could be that the collaboration between Calvin Harris and Beyoncé just isn’t finished yet, and thus the label and Calvin’s team saw no reason to prematurely register it. Works can be registered really at any time – depending on what your specific PRO requires of you for registration – so maybe we can expect to see more material here in the near future. As for the registered works, could these be the 10 tracks that we’re expecting for the rest of 2017? Only time will tell.

 

H/T: EDMSauce | Featured Image Source: Rukes

 

 

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Source: Calvin Harris Has A Ton of Unreleased Music Under His Name On ASCAP

Oliver Heldens Gives His Thoughts On New Chainsmokers Collab & Marshmello

Oliver Heldens has been in his fair share of Twitter spats recently, most notably a hilariously nonsensical argument with Diplo over Major Lazer’s remix of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You.”

Though this time isn’t really a “beef,” it certainly has the potential to be. Heldens started off by offering some criticism against The Chainsmokers’ newest collaboration with Coldplay, “Something Just Like This,” saying, “imo I’ve heard waaay[sic] better stuff” by either artist. We also remarked that the song should have been better, considering who was involved, and the similarity to “Roses” was too close.

He then actually went on to say that he “finally” understood the hype around Marshmello, adding that it’s “very different,” blending the Flume cool wave with “happy EDM.” We can say he pretty much hit the nail on the head with that one, as Marshmello’s music definitely caters to a set of fans that love future bass (but aren’t all about sound design) and just want to have fun at shows.

He leaves off with a comment on top melodies, expressing dissatisfaction with those that don’t really have anything to say. “When 1 easy melody brings different/controversy emotions, that’s the best imo,” he tweeted.

Apparently, a bunch of fans called him a “savage” for these tweets, but he doesn’t see the fuss.
“I’m not hating, just analyzing.”

 

Image via Rukes.com

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Source: Oliver Heldens Gives His Thoughts On New Chainsmokers Collab & Marshmello

Sebastian Ingrosso’s Cousin Is An Insanely Good Pop Artist

Sometimes, talent just runs in the family.

While Sebastian Ingrosso has made his name known in the dance music world, his cousin, 19-year-old Benjamin Ingrosso, is making his name known in the world of pop and we absolutely love it. His work is incredibly well-produced, an ear for quality we’re sure comes with help from Seb. But it’s also impeccably written, not to mention Benjamin’s own talent as a vocalist.

At only 19-years-old and already a rising star, we’re extremely excited to follow along with young Benjamin’s career… even if he’s not technically EDM. Check out this most recent two tracks below:

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Source: Sebastian Ingrosso’s Cousin Is An Insanely Good Pop Artist

Aspire to Inspire 178: Andrew Wilson

Life sometimes has a funny way of getting in the way of our expectations. As they say, “life happens.” Outside factors whether they be family oriented or not, can easily steer us off the path we had originally set out on, leaving us with an unclear grasp of what lies ahead.

For Andrew Wilson, moving around a lot had a significant effect on him and the manner in which he interacted with others. He was born in Southern California, but also lived in Texas and Arizona for a time as well. His father is a pilot for Southwest Airlines so moving from place to place wasn’t out of the ordinary. For a lot of kids that relocate frequently, it can be tough to open up and form deep connections with others when the possibility of leaving again could be just around the corner. This led to Andrew developing a rather shy personality.

That shyness seemed to dissipate, however, when music came into question.

“My first love was alternative music – bands like Paramore and Panic! At the Disco was really my scene back then. I would go to the meet and greets, be against the bar the whole time, and I was young. I was in junior high at that point. That was what started my love for music. I’ve fallen out of love with these genres a bit now unfortunately, but that was what I really enjoyed to do back in my earlier life. I was moving around a lot, which really made me shy so being able to go to these concerts made me feel happy and accepted. I was really having fun and could actually be myself even at a young age.”

Andrew’s interests soon shifted to the electronic music scene as he got a bit older and started to follow the footsteps of his older family members. When his older brother and cousins planned to attend EDC 2008 at the LA Coliseum, he jumped at the opportunity to experience something new.

“We naturally look up to the people that are older than us and I just looked up to them and wanted to do what they did. I was very intrigued. I’m not sure exactly how it came about, but the summer after my freshman year of high school they were planning to go to EDC at the Coliseum and I got a ticket to go with them. That was my first ever EDM show or rave. I felt the love and thought ‘Oh my gosh, what is this?’ That was the major transition for me. I had finally found a place where I felt so happy and so accepted. It just instantly changed my life.”

From that moment on, music became a constant in Andrew’s life. Unfortunately, he had not realized how much of a role it was playing until after he had fallen on hard times.

Change can be a lot for a young kid, especially when there is a lot of it at once. Andrew’s parents had divorced, leaving him feeling torn between them. He had moved again, which felt like he was starting all over from the beginning, and soon had to deal with the illness and eventual loss of his mother. All of this happening within a year’s time made Andrew feel as though his life had been turned upside down.

As he searched for something in the world to make him feel centered, or at the very least, a sense of normalcy, it led to legal trouble as he started to look in more dangerous places.

“All of it happened so fast and then led to legal trouble because I was searching for something bigger than myself and trying to feel accepted and noticed. I unfortunately did not find acceptance as I got into more and more trouble. I was abusing drugs and alcohol. It was probably one of the darkest chapters of my life where I was just using everybody, stealing, and just not the person that I want to be ever again. I went to shows under the influence and did a lot of things that were dangerous. I put my friends and me into situations that were unsafe as well. There were times that something really bad could have happened. That was my way of doing what I needed to do and it was just a really dark time. I am very grateful that all of this is behind me. My hope is that I can show somebody that no matter what they’re going through, as long as they keep working hard and make positive life changes, it is all going to be worth it. It will be hard, but it will be worth it in the long run.”

At the young age of 20, Andrew made the tough decision to get sober and turn his life around. It wasn’t until then that he truly realized how important music was in his life and how it provided an unrivaled amount of support and therapy for him. He tells us, laughing, that even now his friends give him a bit of a hard time at shows and events because he usually ends up shedding a few tears.

But that is what music does. It heals, but isn’t afraid to bring out our deepest emotions in the process. Artists like Above & Beyond and Kaskade have lent a hand in that process for Andrew.

“I actually have two Above & Beyond-inspired tattoos. I just feel like their music has always promoted a lot of positivity in a world that is so filled with hate. It’s easy to get sidetracked by all of that and this gave me the ability to love myself and others. I had the honor of meeting Kaskade as well last year and he is one of my idols. I know that he’s sober for I think religious reasons, but it was really cool for me to meet him and say ‘hey the first rave I ever went to when I was six months sober was one of yours on my 21st birthday.’ I was blown away and it was the best time I’ve ever had. Those are definitely people that I look up to.”

There are a lot of Andrews out there in the rave and dance music community. There are stories upon stories that involve dark times and loss, but what most of them have in common is healing. It is tough to support the case of the rave scene’s unfortunate stereotype when there are so many individuals with stories of inspiration and bravery.

By sharing his story, Andrew hopes that some of the stigma will fade and people will understand that there is so much more to it than partying. Beyond that, he wishes that his story helps others find a way out of their own dark times.

Here we leave you with Andrew’s final thoughts on the power of music.

“Music has always been something that has allowed me to connect with people that are not here anymore. That includes my mom and unfortunately, one of best friends Evan who passed away from drug addiction. Music has allowed me to connect and feel them with me on a deep level. I did want to share one of my favorite song lyrics from Above & Beyond’s song “Peace of Mind”…

“It will be only a matter of time, before your life comes through for you.”

Life happens but as long as you hold on and push forward you can overcome anything. Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me. Music has connected me to complete strangers, even for a moment, and allows us to forget about the problems of the world and live in peace.”

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If you or anyone you know is suffering from any form of substance abuse or addiction, do not hesitate to act. Taking a screening can help determine if additional help is required. Visit www.mhascreening.org to take a free, confidential, and anonymous alcohol or substance use screen. Visit Mental Health America to learn more about recognizing addiction symptoms and offering support before and throughout recovery. Several global online and regional recovery support communities can be found at the links below:

Mental Health America
To Write Love On Her Arms

Visit JED’s Mental Health Resource Center for information, resources, and tips for how to help yourself or a loved one.

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Source: Aspire to Inspire 178: Andrew Wilson

Listen To Lorde’s New Single, “Green Light” [OUT NOW]

Lorde hasn’t released a single since 2014’s “Yellow Flicker Flame,” and we were all pretty much on the edge of our seats waiting for “Green Light” to finally drop today. After being teased with epically short clips on Twitter and a custom website over the past two days, “Green Light” is now available in full and it’s a great return to form.

Although it lacks some of the traditional house elements, influences of EDM at 128-130ish BPM can clearly be heard in the bridge before the chorus, and even in the main chorus thanks to a steady four on the floor kick. Regardless of classification, there’s no doubt that Lorde’s clout and the quality of the track will make this an instant radio hit.

Listen to Lorde – Green Light below:

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Source: Listen To Lorde’s New Single, “Green Light” [OUT NOW]