Watch the Wild Animated Video For Craig Xen and Yung Bans’ “Killa”

Houston native Craig Xen has lived in L.A. and Miami and worked with many of the new school of rap's key names, including Ski Mask The Slump God, Denzel Curry, XXXtentacion, and Pouya. Now, he has a mixtape on the way, and “Killa,” produced by Diablo and featuring fellow rising star Yung Bans, is the first single.

The track has been racking up plays on SoundCloud but the video takes things to the next level, matching the wild energy with violent, colorful animations. The video was directed by Somber Somni, and you can watch it above. “Working with someone who loved their art as much as myself gave me the ease that I was in good hands,” Craig Xen explains of working with Somni. “I knew when I got the first screenshots that it was going to be HARD as fuck. If anything it made me want to do a complete project in animation; being my own cartoon character!”

Craig Xen's Hell Bent mixtape drops May 18 via EMPIRE, and he tells us, “Working on this project, my life became my art. I recorded on bad and depressed days, and recorded on good and motivating days. I just never gave up until I couldn’t give anymore. I wanted to give a meaning and a voice to someone that would hear a song and hope it translated into emotion.” Pre-order Hell Bent here.

Check out Yung Bans' video for “Out” below too.

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HARD Summer Is Now A Two-Day Camping Festival, Headliners Major Lazer & Ice Cube

HARD Summer just made some massive changes to their festival for 2016 after treating fans to an intense teaser. For starters, HARD Summer is now a two-day camping festival. Yep, you did not read that wrong. HARD Presents will take over the Auto Club Speedway between San Bernardino and Pomona on July 30 and 31 for two days of epic music.

The second change, which is more so just regular news, the festival will be headlined by Ice Cube and Major Lazer. HARD has been leaning toward hip hop for years now, but this marks the first top-billed hip hop performer. (Last year’s The Weeknd was nearly there.) Dillon Francis, who headlined HARD Summer last year, has been pushed down in favor of Major Lazer, an unarguably bigger name that has been absolutely dominating the festival circuit.

Making our way down to the supporting acts, on Saturday we have: Flosstradamus, Porter Robinson (no mention of live vs. DJ set), DJ Khaled, Claude VonStroke, Baauer, Tchami, Dizzee Rascal, Destructo, and Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals. On Sunday we have: Dillon Francis, Travis Scott, Zeds Dead, Madeon, Boys Noize, DJ Mustard, AlunaGeorge, Kill The Noise, Kaytranada, and – damn, sonJai Wolf making his way to the second tier! (Congrats are in order, there.)

Going further down on the supporting acts, we have first time appearances from Slushii, Drezo, Kayzo, Ghastly, Oshi, Mura Masa, Bear Grillz, Slumberjack, Rezz, Unlike Pluto, Herobust and more.

Lastly, the event will return to 18+.

HARD Summer must have been working tirelessly to put this all together. And while this definitely isn’t a dream lineup (in all honestly, nothing ever really is), this lineup is absolutely massive and there’s no way around that.

Tickets On Sale 4/29 @ 9 AM PST: http://bit.ly/1pBycSZ
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The Holy Ship! FOMO Is Real [Video]

As HARD events’ spectacle of the seas, Holy Ship! is now in its fifth year, and damned if I don’t get to sail on its glorious seas and rave to its ravenous beats before I leave this Earth. It’s rare to see such camaraderie during shows, but the Shipfam rolls thick with the best of vibes. Honestly, everyone is just hangin’ out, both artists and fans alike in an environment unlike anything else. Impromptu Griz and Odesza busks, Holy Ship Allstar B2B sets, an ocean breeze flowing over a topdeck stage… hard to believe all of this is a real thing. Once again aboard the MSC Divina, Holy Ship! has returned from its first journey of the year, and we’ll never know what exactly happened on the magical voyage. But thanks to Glenjamn, at least we’ll have some kind of idea.

The handcam videographer has taken it upon himself to document the ship’s behind the scenes happenings and share them with the world. Now that the MSC Divina has returned to shore, Glenjamn has uploaded things like Valentino Khan and crew questing for some grub…

Holy Ship Allstars serving up a rowdy topdeck set…

Destructo’s revered sunrise sermon…

Rudimental slaying the crew with some jungle…

And that epic back2back known as Dillstradamus (Dillon Francis + Flosstradamus).

 

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App Attack: How Fans, Musicians, and Festivals are Coming Together with New Tech

The world of music festivals and massive concert lineups has changed dramatically over the last five to ten years. There was once a time where attendants went to concerts like Ultra Music Festival and Coachella to discover new artists and remember old favorites on a lineup. There was once a time where you would hear an amazing song in the middle of a DJ’s set and if nobody around you could identify the tune, it was lost from you indefinitely. There was a time where communication between you and your favorite musicians or concert management was exceedingly difficult and rare. There was even a time where going off to a music festival meant having to make your schedule to see different artists the moment your hands acquired the nearest pamphlet with all the different set times throughout the day or weekend. However, these problems have been solved thanks to this generation’s generous acceptance and overzealous utilization of smartphone apps and the world wide web.

The Internet and the hundreds of applications and websites that every laptop, tablet, and smartphone has access to have morphed the music festival scene in a way that forces these brands to pick and choose artists based not on their content but on their number of followers. If there’s an artist you’ve never heard of on a lineup for a concert you’re venturing to, a few clicks on SoundCloud, Spotify, Mixcloud, or even YouTube can take care of that in a jiffy. Fans don’t have to wing-it and decide to go see an artist, band, or DJ they’ve never seen before when they can just surf the web or their smartphone to hear their studio material or their live performances from the past. Because of this, major music festivals can focus more on their special visual effects and customer satisfaction, while worrying to acquire the names with the most likes and followers on social media (as long as their not already performing elsewhere).

All these new applications have also given us the opportunity to take the music from these shows and bring them home. Thanks to apps like Shazam, audiences across the globe can go to any show and pull the song currently playing and rejoice in the fact that now they can have these songs that were once unobtainable. If you want to discover more than just one song from an artist’s set, apps like Kuvo allow listeners to see what songs are playing or have been played during a set. More and more, apps like these are enabling music fans to bring the concert experience from the main stage and transport it into cellphones and computers for their personal entertainment.

Another major mode that has boosted the growth of electronic music in the mainstream media is the online interaction of fans with the artists. Social media apps and sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine have bridged the physical gap between audiences and musicians and connected us to our musical heroes via their online activity. The greatest examples have sometimes become stories on blogs like ourselves from Deadmau5‘s Twitter escapades to Dillon Francis‘ Instagram mischief. Even corporations and festivals like HARD, Ultra Music, and Insomniac can have their audience reach out to them and in return respond to them without struggling to find their contact information. Fans can be updated with information about their musical destinations weeks or months away with full knowledge of what they can and can’t bring and not getting blindsided with finding out the day of after traveling miles to have the time of their lives.

What makes all of this frenzy of helpful apps crazier is that it doesn’t stop here by any means. Even music festivals have released applications that give out set times for different musical acts, artist profiles for every name on the lists, maps of the event, and much more. Festivals including but not limited to Ultra, Coachella, Electric Zoo, and almost all the Electric Daisy Carnivals have released an app of their own catering to their fan-bases in order to reel them into their top-tier events. This generates something new and cozy for fans already well accustomed to their technology and who are grasping it faster as they are handed each new app. Just this past year, EDC Las Vegas gave attendants free wifi to hold up a tremendous deal with selfie-central Snapchat where plenty of screenshots taken of the event were placed in a grand collection where fans could see all the photos taken by anyone who put it in that folder (or story according to Snapchat).

The explosion of electronic music in the United States and their influence intertwined with apps has shaped the way concerting is approached by entertainment companies and attendants forever. The musical equipment such as synthesizers and digital audio workstations have pushed electronic music to be discovered as spectacular milestones in technological advancements. However, the envelope was propelled farther than anyone could have anticipated with its collision with the rise of social media. The average music festival and the artists who perform their is more than enough proof of this phenomenon. Even outside massive three-day music festivals, high-end clubs have morphed into concert venues for those searching for a smaller music experience or cannot pay for the big price tags these festivals come with. Clubs like Hakkasan or XS in Vegas are paying between $200,000 and $300,000 a year for DJ residencies based on their meteoric popularity. Meanwhile, locations in Ibiza, Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago are becoming the temples for electronic music to thrive all year long between the festivals that summon those who are denied club entry. The gears grind harder and the machines run bigger every year and it is changing other music festivals that aren’t just on EDM. Rock, country, reggae, and blends of all music festivals are rapidly adjusting in this super technologic upgrade to the average festival goer. Whether it’s Lollapalooza, Tortuga, Reggae Sumfest, or Bonnaroo, they are joining in and bringing fans everywhere to their stages by invading their smartphones.

The game has been flipped for everybody and they’ve already adapted astonishingly well to the technology and the masses. Keep in mind that as the apps continue to take up space in our iPhones and Androids, they will develop deeper ties to the people downloading them and increase the followings of the individual music festivals and all the musicians, DJs, and bands who perform in all of them. The question that pops from this ludicrous success is how much bigger can this industry get before it becomes too overwhelming? It’s not so much a question that needs an immediate answer, but it does raise some food for thought.

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HARD Releases Day Of The Dead 2014 Aftermovie [Video]

This year’s HARD Day of the Dead featured the most stacked lineup since its inception in 2012. With mainstage acts like Knife PartyPretty Lights and Calvin Harris and other major acts taking over the surrounding stages, there was something for everyone. Personally, I had trouble staying at one stage for more than a single set; I was at a different stage nearly every hour.

Rather than Insomniac’s Escape: All Hallow’s Eve that same weekend, HARD focused less on pageantry and more on a wide range of genres and styles of music. Check out the epic aftermovie below and read our review of the event HERE.

 

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BOOMRAT x YOUR EDM Present ZEDS DEAD HARD Day of the Dead 2014 Playlist

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With Halloween coming up quickly, California is never one to disappoint with nights of mischief, mayhem, and good music. HARD’s Day of the Dead festival in Southern California this year being no exception. With a massive two day lineup, this is not something to miss out on! But hey, sometimes my word may not be good enough for you so I’ll give you a taste of some of the acts you’d get to enjoy over the two day’s of shenaniganery. Night one is giving you a heavy dose of bass with the likes of Knife Party, Diplo, Gesaffelstien, Odesza, Pretty Lights, and if that doesn’t sweeten the deal, there will be a special back-to-back set with Eric Prydz vs. Deadmau5. Remember, that’s only night one! Night two will certainly bring you to your knees with joy from sets by Bassnectar, Tchami, Borgore, Calvin Harris, Zedd, and the list goes on. You get it. It’s “stacked!”

But today’s special treat comes to you in the tune of a specially curated playlist by Zeds Dead themselves for this year’s HARD Day of the Dead festival by our good friends at BOOMRATZeds Dead, if you haven’t heard, is a Canadian DJ duo from Toronto, Ontario, comprised of Dylan Mamid (DC) and Zach Rapp-Rovan aka “Hooks”. DC and Hooks have been producing music together since 2004 and have had such hits as “Rumble in the Jungle” (Mad Decent) & “Ruckus the Jam” (DIM MAK).

This exclusive playlist gives us a rare inside look into the duos favorites, both on and off the decks. Take a scroll through the list below and you’re bound to find some new tunes to add to your ever-growing iTunes collection today. You won’t be disappointed.

The festival is likely to be one of the best in the Fall season and for good reasons. Tickets can be found HERE and highly I recommend snagging them quickly, because this one will sell out. Check out the hilarious trailer HARD produced for this year below.

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Major Lazer and Skrillex Announce Collaborations With Flume

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The Australian DJ and producer Flume has announced separate collaborations projects with both Skrillex and Major Lazer. Recently Gary Richards, founder of HARD events announced that Skrillex had completed a two-track collaboration with Flume during an interview with the Miami New Times, but now we find out that Major Lazer has also been announced after hanging out at the 2014 Big Day Out.

inthemix asked if Major Lazer would team up with Flume in which Walshy Fire said “Yeah man, believe it or not we’re actually leaving Flume’s house right now, we had a nice time there. We just went over to his apartment for a BBQ. He’s an amazing producer, great guy, so, for sure.”

[H/T: Mixmag]

Skrillex And Flume Have Completed a 2 Song Collaboration

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As Skrillex and Flume met up in the studio during Skrillex’s trek to Stereosonic in Australia, it now seems that the two have completed a “two-track collaboration” according to an interview between HARD Events founder Gary Richards and the Miami New Times.

“Skrillex is what they call an “OG.” He hasn’t missed a year and has since worked with fellow shipmate Boys Noize, as well as just wrapped up a two-track collab with Flume, a Holy-Ship-virgin-no-more,” said Gary Richards.

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LA State Historic Park Will Endure Renovations This Next Year

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The L.A. State Historic Park has become home to what many of us know as the place where Swedish House Mafia performed One Last Tour as well as where HARD Day Of The Dead took place. Now an official with the California State Parks Department announced last week the the 32 acre park will close for a year-long makeover that will bring in a welcome pavilion, amphitheater, permanent bathrooms, two 75 space parking lots all at the cost of $18-$20 million.

“We’re not exporting excavated soil. We’re using it around the park, so it’s efficient and saves money, but that means the entire park has to be under construction at the same time.”

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Eric Prydz Says ‘I Feel An Album Coming On’

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Eric Prydz finished 2013 strong with his EPIC 2.0 tour, HARD Fest and gaining notoriety as BBC’s Essential Mix of the year. Just yesterday Eric Prydz updated his Facebook status to let his fans know that 10 years had past ever since beginning Pryda. He then continued on to say the words that we have all been anxiously waiting for “I feel an album coming on…”