Who Is Cuco?

“I never had connections at any point to the industry,” Cuco tells us. “This shit is real, no bullshit, raw as fuck, me.” The 19-year-old artist makes music in his bedroom in Hawthorne, South L.A., but that hasn't stopped him from building a dedicated fan base that sells out shows and knows every word to all his songs.

Cuco (real name: Omar Banos) is playing most of the major festivals this year, but financial success or fame for himself isn't what motivates him. What Cuco, as a first generation Mexican American, cares deeply about is providing representation in the music industry and helping his family. There have been obstacles on the way, like needing to prove to his parents that music was a viable career and major labels underestimating him and his manager, but in 2018 Cuco is in a great place.

We spent a day with Omar and his friends as they prepared to play a community oriented show in the Coachella Valley in between performing at the two weekends of Coachella festival and stopped by his home to meet his proud parents and grandparents. Watch the video above to learn about one of 2018's most exciting rising artists and read our extensive feature on the exciting new wave of artists with a DIY spirit here.

Cuco has already released two projects, but now he's working on his debut album. In the meantime his new EP Chiquito comes out May 4, featuring “CR-V,” “Sunnyside,” and four other songs.

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People Are Starting to Wonder About Frank Ocean After He Cancels Another Festival Performance

What's going on with Frank Ocean?

For the second time in less than a week, Frank has canceled his set at an upcoming festival. First, he pulled out of his headlining spot at the Sasquatch! Festival on May 26, citing “production delays beyond his control.” Earlier today, Frankie's team provided the same excuse reason for having to back out of the Hangout Music Festival on May 19. While both festivals have been able to find solid replacements in LCD Soundsystem and Phoenix, respectively, there are those individuals who purchased tickets for the sole purpose of seeing the 29-year-old singer. Now, people are wondering if “production delays” is really the reason behind the cancelations. 

There are those who are holding out hope that these festival cancelations could lead to his own tour. 

There was the brief thought that new music could be on the horizon. 

But ultimately, people are just pissed over these festival cancelations. 

Frank's next stop is going to be Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain on May 31. But that could always be subject to change.  

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Ja Rule and Billy McFarland Reportedly Barred From Attempting Another Fest in Bahamas

Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, founders of the failed Fyre Festival, have reportedly been “barred” from trying again in the Bahamas. Bahamas Ministry of Tourism sources told TMZ they were planning to start enforcing a “stricter vetting system” for music festivals in the future, an overhaul that will include checking in with organizers repeatedly throughout any event's development process.

The reason the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism didn't intervene during the Fyre Festival's planning process, according to TMZ, is that they didn't have the authority due to its status as a private event. On Sunday, famous lawyer Mark Geragos filed a $100 million lawsuit against Ja Rule, Billy McFarland, and the Fyre Media brand alleging breach of contract, fraud, breach of covenant of good faith, and negligent misrepresentation.

The suit, TMZ reported Tuesday, also alleges that Fyre attendees were locked inside the airport terminal “for hours” as security officials put up a fence around the building to make sure no one left the premises. Additionally, some attendees reportedly passed out due to lack of water while waiting for a departing flight. There was also, according to a photo, some sort of tiny fire fyre going on?

Burned Fyre attendees have two options, according to the New York Times' Joe Coscarelli. they can take their refund and get on with their lives, or they can pay it forward by receiving VIP passes for whatever the Fyre team is planning for 2018:

All bummers aside, at least we got some decent Twitter jokes and the Matt Skiba-provided nickname Lord of the Entitled Flies out of this.

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Kendrick Lamar May Have Just Announced His Fourth Album and Fans Are Freaking Out

Kendrick Lamar rarely posts on social media, so when he shares something, it's a big deal. This morning, the Compton rapper wiped his Instagram clean and posted up a new IG with Roman numerals “IV” and no caption:

 

A post shared by Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) on Mar 23, 2017 at 1:55am PDT

Fans immediately jumped to the conclusion that this is the beginning of the rollout for his fourth studio album. For what it's worth, the timing of this message is interesting. At the top of this month, Kendrick shared some details on his To Pimp a Butterfly follow-up with T Magazine, calling the project “very urgent.” 

There's also the low-hanging fruit of “IV.” Kendrick's next album would technically be his fourth studio release. This doesn't include untitled unmastered., which was considered a “compilation” or a “project,” not an album. 

Finally, Kendrick headlining Coachella could mean he's hitting the road this summer to promote a new project. That's probably the biggest stretch, but it also would be odd for Kendrick to perform at one of the biggest festivals in America and then go ghost.

But his fans? You can't tell them nothing.

We've reached out to a rep for Kendrick and will update when available.

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Pendulum Drummer KJ Sawka Talks Reunion Performances, Debuts New Drum Cover

KJ Sawka, esteemed drummer and producer for such legendary groups as Pendulum and Destroid, sat down with Nest HQ this week to discuss his personal history within the industry and the future of Pendulum itself. After several mysterious teasers and hints at Pendulum’s reunion were released last year, Sawka told Nest that the iconic group would return for at least four, confirmed festival stops in 2017.

“Pendulum as its always so secret, but I’m super stoked about Pendulum live. We have put so much work into it… Well, we have four confirmed and released festivals thus far. The hype is real and Pendulum is doing it LIVE once again. We couldn’t be more stoked to rock the world with a truly live Electronic music experience once again.”

Sawka said he’s most looking forward to playing at Nova Rock Festival in Austria and SouthWest Four, as “Any festival in the UK is always such a pleasure as it’s kind of the home of Pendulum.”

He went on to discuss his rise to stardom, and several acts that he participated in along the way, as well as his memory of the craziest live show experience he ever witnessed.

“Pendulum was in Russia. Of course the crowd was going fucking ape-shit and the mosh pits were surreal. Then there was this massive bomb-fire in the middle of the arena. I was playing and almost shitting my pants. I asked Gareth, ‘Dude, WTF!’ He’s like, ‘keep playing, thats what happens here’.. It was cray”

In celebration of Pendulum’s quickly approaching return to the live circuit, Sawka even uploaded a new drum cover for fans to enjoy. In the clip, he takes Skrillex’s iconic remix of GTA’s “Red Lips” and flips it into a heavy, almost-metal island of drum paradise.

Check it out in the player, and click here to view Nest HQ’s complete interview with KJ Sawka.

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Source: Pendulum Drummer KJ Sawka Talks Reunion Performances, Debuts New Drum Cover

Lost Frequencies Set To Join The Chainsmokers On Tour, Releases “All Or Nothing”

Belgian super talent, Lost Frequencies has been creating quite the stir in the dance music scene as of late, with platinum and double platinum singles for his tracks “Are You With Me” & “Reality.” Hosting his very own ‘Lost Frequencies & Friends’ stage at the world-renowned Tomorrowland festival in 2017, Lost Frequencies is a name that simply cannot escape the mind. Alongside the massive accolade of hosting his very own stage, Lost Frequencies will also be playing the mainstage at Tomorrowland this year.

The Belgian wunderkind steps back into the limelight upon the release of his latest single “All Or Nothing,” out now via Ultra Music. “All Or Nothing” maintains all the stylistic hallmarks that people have come to know and love Lost Frequencies for. Tropical house plucks, soft guitar notes and his signature deep house sound all accompanied Axel Ehnström’s catchy vocals. “All Or Nothing” is slated to appear on Lost Frequencies’ debut album LOST AND FOUND.

Stream “All Or Nothing” below and snag the track here!

After indulging fans with jaw-dropping live sets at the world’s biggest festivals including Tomorrowland, Coachella and Lollapalooza, Lost Frequencies is set to join The Chainsmokers during their forthcoming U.S. Memories arena tour, further solidifying himself as an international tastemaker.

Catch Lost Frequencies on tour:

Date City Venue
Thu 3/2 San Francisco, CA Audio
Fri 3/3 Seattle, WA Foundation Nightclub
Sat 3/4 San Diego, CA CRSSD Festival
Sun 3/5 Los Angeles, CA Wicked Paradise Pool Party (Mondrian Hotel)
Fri 3/10 Denver, CO Nativ Hotel
Sat 3/11 Austin, TX Kingdom
*Supporting The Chainsmokers
Fri 5/26 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion*
Fri 6/2 Boston, MA TD Garden*
Sun 6/4 Philadelphia, PA Liacouras Center*
Wed 6/7 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center*
Sat 6/10 Queens, NY Forest Hills Stadium*

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Source: Lost Frequencies Set To Join The Chainsmokers On Tour, Releases “All Or Nothing”

N A T N O I Z – Bumper

N A T N O I Z  returns with a heavy hitting house tune sure to tear up the dancefloor. Having already seen Aria Club Chart success, having remixes played out on Diplo & Friends, and appearances at some major festivals, “Bumper” is yet another addition to the ongoing success story of N A T N O I Z.

Starting with a deep house groove with pitched down vocals, N A T N O I Z  immediately introduces us to the bass we know and love her for. As we progress into the drop, N A T N O I Z packs in a heavy distorted bass line, mixed with some deep house hi-hats. This “rave-infused ride” will have you dancing all night long.

Take a listen below:

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Daft Punk Have 3:1 Odds Of Headlining Coachella In Beyonce’s Stead

After the announcement yesterday that Beyonce would not be performing at Coachella this year, the rumor began spinning at full force to try and figure out who would be taking her place. Guesses ranging from Daft Punk to Chance The Rapper have been dominating news feeds over the past 24 hours. Now, UK betting company Betfair has released odds on who will take over.

Stemming from the bevy of rumors surrounding their return, Daft Punk are clear favorites to take over, despite them not having been booked in the first place. Their last run at Coachella was actually in 2006, despite their live album being titled Alive 2007. It would still make sense for them to make an appearance, though.

Naomi Totten, a spokesperson for Betfair, said: “Rumours have been circulating about a tour for Daft Punk and what a spectacular way to kick off their revival than by headlining Coachella. With Beyoncé now officially very pregnant, she has had to rule herself out of the April festival and so all attention is now focused on who will be wowing the crowds in her absence.

Kanye West has been out of the spotlight since cancelling his ‘Saint Pablo’ tour last year and is likely itching for a comeback, the rapper is 7/1 joint second favourite with Lady Gaga who absolutely smashed her Super Bowl performance early in February. Beyoncé most famous fan girl Adele is also in the running at 50/1 but has always made it clear she isn’t keen on playing big festivals, so may be a nice fit but would be a surprising addition to the line-up.”

See the Betfair odds below.

Daft Punk 3/1
Jay Z 5/1
Kanye West 7/1
Lady Gaga 7/1
Green Day 15/2
The Weeknd 10/1
Rihanna 10/1
Bruno Mars 12/1
Katy Perry 12/1
Frank Ocean 12/1
Chainsmokers 12/1
Ed Sheeran 16/1
Taylor Swift 18/1
Justice 18/1
Drake 20/1
Coldplay 25/1
Solange 25/1
Clean Bandit 25/1
Dua Lipa 25/1
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man 33/1
Kygo 33/1
Zayn 33/1
Justin Bieber 50/1
Maroon 5 50/1
Robin Schulz 50/1
Martin Garrix 50/1
Ariana Grande 50/1
Adele 50/1
Major Lazer 80/1
Elbow 100/1
Donny Osmond 200/1

 

Image via DoLA

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Aspire to Inspire 176: Kaitlin Gigliotti

(Original Photo By: Q Brickell)

Music has the amazing power to bring people together. Electronic music, more than any other genre, is about that community and sense of inclusion. Deserved or not, EDM also has a reputation of being associated with drug abuse. For those who are fans of the music and don’t use, they might feel like they’re alone. They are not, though. That’s the story of this month’s fan feature, Kaitlin Gigliotti. Kaitlin has been through quite a bit in her life, but through storytelling, her career, and serving her community, she’s making a difference.

“My drive and goals have always been geared towards helping people. My mother found me in my room at six years old drawing a diagram of the brain – labeling each lobe for different emotions and motor skills. I would often give my couple dollars allowance money to homeless people on the street. I became an emergency medical technician at 18 years old and worked on an ambulance for two years. I currently work as a detox technician in a drug and alcohol treatment facility. I get to share my personal stories and experiences to help others.

When I was 14, my best friend at the time introduced me to Showtek (in their prime hardstyle days). It was different, upbeat, and the bass in his truck rattled my bones & stimulated my soul. We would dance and laugh until the sun came up. That man passed away tragically a year later and I continued to listen to EDM over the years, thinking of him and carrying him in my heart.”

Kaitlin had it rough; she’s battled addiction and depression at a younger age than anyone should ever endure. However, she did have a moment of clarity, where she realized that she was meant for something better. She sought help, cleaned up, and turned her life around. Now not only is Kaitlin clean and sober, she’s just as involved in her EDM community as anybody doing volunteer work for Insomniac Consciousness Group, which provides a sober sanctuary for EDC headliners. Her sister was also a big factor in her changing her life around.

“I’m 22 years old and probably have more life experiences and trauma than the average elderly person. I started drinking and using drugs when I was 11. By the time I was 13, I had become completely dependent on using to get through my days. The events that happened over the following two years, I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

I found myself waking up in my own vomit, with bruises I couldn’t explain, amongst very dangerous people. I was hiding in my closet smoking a meth pipe while my parents were asleep on the other side of the wall. I started stealing money, panhandling, and selling my body. At 15 years old, I became desperate and willing enough to change the way I was living and knew the key was to get clean. I started on my journey of recovery. A few days ago, I celebrated 7 years without a drink or drug! What a miracle.”

Despite the struggles and hardships she’s endured over her life, one of her passions is helping others through sharing her experiences. By sharing with others who might be going through something similar she has found a way to make a difference. It’s nice to have a safe space at a massive EDM festival, and for Kaitlin she takes pride in knowing she’s making a difference.

“While volunteering with Consciousness Group, I met a girl at the table who had her younger sister with her. She asked what we were and I gave her the spiel – ‘We are a group of clean and sober music fans that provide a safe place for anyone at the festival who isn’t drinking or using.’ Her face lit up and she had tears in her eyes. She mentioned being about a year in recovery and attending the same festival the year prior. Her story was…she got so drunk and high that she abandoned her sister and barely remembers what had happened.

This particularly touched my heart and brought me to tears because of the relationship I had and now have with my little sister. When I was drinking and using, I brought my sister with me to very dangerous and selfish places. I abandoned her a few times and I’ll never forget the look of fear and terror on her face when I returned. I’m not that person today. I get to be the “cool” sister and take her to concerts and festivals. I get to be responsible enough to drive her, make sure she’s safe, and enjoy the moment fully. I’m very grateful for that.”

You might wonder why someone would be this vulnerable in sharing so many of the terrible experiences they’ve had to endure. For Kaitlin, she enjoys being an example of someone in recovery who still has an incredible time dancing to her favorite artists. She still enjoys festivals and the music, especially hardstyle, and gets to help others. Having gone through many trials, she knows how important it can be to have a support network. Even better…at a music festival where we’re all looking for some way to belong. Thanks to people like Kaitlin, all that is possible.

“I enjoy being an example of enjoying the music without depending on any mind-altering substances. I devote a lot of my free time to helping young women get and stay clean and sober. I’m able to be a mentor for them and share my experiences – good and bad – to assist them in walking through life with grace and dignity. You are NOT alone. As cliché as that sounds, it’s very true. Reach out to people you love or find resources that can help. Whatever the struggle is, remember – this too shall pass.  One thing I’ve learned and am so very grateful for is that pain is temporary. Each struggle I’ve gone through has allowed me to share my experiences, strength, and hope with someone else, which hopefully inspires them to change their lives for the better as well.”
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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 Americahttp://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/finding-help

To Write Love On Her Armshttps://twloha.com/find-help/help-by-topic/addiction

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 176: Kaitlin Gigliotti

Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike Show off The Biggest LED Production Show In The World

Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike put on one of the biggest shows of 2016 last year with their Tomorrowland sponsored event Bringing The Madness. Featuring guest appearances from Lost Frequencies, Afrojack, and Steve Angello, the event sold 60,000 tickets and featured some of the dazzling production seen in dance music concert.

To be precise, the show actually boasts the biggest LED production in the world. Surprising right? In any case the Belgian-duo has just uploaded their full set on YouTube meaning you can check out the full visuals and 2.5 hour long set below.

The duo has also just announced a slew of international touring dates from now till the end of summer with mostly festivals, specialty curated events, and Las Vegas club nights. Check out the tour dates below.

 

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Source: Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike Show off The Biggest LED Production Show In The World