Taylor Swift May Be Launching Her Own Streaming Service

In 2014, Taylor Swift decided to remove her music from Spotify, saying that in her opinion, “the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace.” One year later, she held off on adding her fifth album, 1989, to Apple Music after their three-month trial run that would result in no funds going to writers, producers, or artists during that period. “I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company,” she wrote at the time.

While her music has since been added to streaming services, her defiance appears to be manifesting itself in a different way: a streaming service of her own.

According to TMZ, Taylor Swift is looking to start a site that will feature “non-downloadable multi-media content in the nature of audio recordings.” The site might not just be for streaming, though; the documents that feature her plan for a streaming service also include talk of a line of guitars, guitar picks, straps, and drumsticks, as well as plans to organize retreats, educational camps, and self-guided online courses. 

TMZ is saying that said site might be called “Swifties,” which I guess works if you're a fan of Taylor Swift like that.

The question is, will this be that big of a game-changer? There's no doubt that diehard Taylor Swift fans will be all about a one-stop shop for everything Swift (hell, it's what the Kardashians have done with their apps). But most consumers like the ability to get everything in one spot, right? Will Swift, at the very least, need to maintain having her music on the more recognized services like Apple Music and Spotify just to satisfy the demand?

Or, on the flipside, could this be the beginning of more artists (and even labels) taking the “Swift” approach and Kickstarting their own singular streaming services for their acts and/or brands?

Whatever the case may be, Taylor's on some real bold sh*t right now.

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Deorro Drops New Song And Announces Debut Album, “Good Evening”

Deorro turned heads at the end of 2016 when he dropped “Tell Me Lies” with Lesley Roy. The distinctly un-Deorro track was a far departure from the bounce that had made Deorro famous.

Now, Deorro has dropped a track which should make the bounce heads a little more comfortable, “Rise and Shine.” With some vocals reminiscent of 1920s speakeasy’s, there is a lot to love about this one.

And Deorro came out with even more big news – he’s releasing his debut artist album, Good Morning, on Ultra Music on March 31! Complete with an intro and multiple interludes, Good Evening is a 24-track concept album which has been three years in the making. From start to finish, it’s a culmination of uncountable genres and influences ranging from progressive house, to funky bass, to future and even harder dubstep.

Pre-order the album here and check out the tracklist below.

TRACKLISTING
1. Good To See You (Intro)
2. Guide Me.mp3
3. If You Go First (Interlude)
4. Turn Back Time
5. Steady Rise (Interlude)
6. Goin Up
7. Miss You (Interlude)
8. Find A Way
9. Prove It (Interlude)
10. Butt Naked
11. Colorblind
12. Feeling Pretty Good
13. Hands Up
14. Drumline (Interlude)
15. Bomba
16. Reality (Interlude)
17. Tell Me Lies
18. Honest Man
19. Me, Myself and I (Interlude)
20. Rise and Shine
21. Sometimes (Interlude)
22. Let It Go
23. Lady
24. Pause

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Source: Deorro Drops New Song And Announces Debut Album, “Good Evening”

Vigiland – Let’s Escape (Brynny Remix)

Completing a neat set of four this week comes the Brynny remix of Vigiland’s ‘Let’s Escape.’ Universal Sweden have been steadily releasing a slew of remixes of this viral track over the past few weeks, and now all four available to purchase.

The Brynny remake is another super catchy addition to the pack, and it has been made with consistency and great production throughout. Carving out progressive yet musical riffs and electro bassline feels, the Australian ensures that energy levels are kept high.

This one can be streamed here. 

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Source: Vigiland – Let’s Escape (Brynny Remix)

Your EDM Premiere: Tim Mason & Capa Collab For Euphoric Anthem, “Never Be” [ZeroThree Records]

ZeroThree Records never fails to disappoint with incredible progressive house and euphoric, timeless anthems. The latest from this label is from the talent of Tim Mason and Capa, featuring Kelli-Leigh’s beautiful vocals, titled, “Never Be”. It’s a tune you won’t be able to get out of your head the minute you press play. The melodies surround you, whisking your mind away to reminisce of those late nights, dancing with your best friends.

Simply put, “Never Be” is beautiful, right to the core. With Ultra Music Festival being right around the corner, you can expect to hear this single all weekend long.

Stream “Never Be” below!

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Source: Your EDM Premiere: Tim Mason & Capa Collab For Euphoric Anthem, “Never Be” [ZeroThree Records]

Your EDM Premiere: Third Party – ‘Hope’ [Full Album]

For years, Third Party has been steadily climbing the ranks with impeccable production and emotive songwriting, earning them a well-deserved place in the upper echelons of dance music. After constructing an early legacy with explosive solo releases and high profile remixes, the London-based duo went on to form their own imprint, Release Records, and have since worked with the likes of Martin Garrix, Steve Angello, and more. Now, all those years of work culminate in their debut LP, Hope.

The album’s title says it all, and this 11-track collection is formed around just that, to motivate and inspire fans to move persevere no matter what life throws their way. The music itself is everything you love about Third Party, packing everything from pounding electro to gorgeous progressive, chilling piano-driven house, and even tossing bits of acid into the mix.

Kicking off the album on a high note, “Without You” is an absolute monster of a tune, blaring a euphoric melody that’s enough to make even Dr. Scrooge himself crack a smile. The mood quickly bounds on to “Live Forever,” and as the lead single off the album, the track hasn’t lost an ounce of allure since we first heard it back in December. “Veins” continues the uplifting themes of Hope with a hint of nostalgia in the arpeggiated synthwork, which offer a subtle nod to turn-of-the-millennia records that form the roots the modern soundscape.

Considering this is dance music, what album would be complete without a dose of soul? “Guiding Light” seamlessly blends sultry vocals with the explosive vigor of bright-eyed synths supported by insatiable mids, all of which carry over to the tones of “Waiting.”

As a welcome mid-point, Third Party’s heavier leanings begin to shine through on”Arrival,” an electro-inspired demon that’s going to absolutely break crowds this festival season. It’s not hard to imagine what the boys were going for with this one; shimmering embellishments, laser assaults, and driving bass place listeners firmly into the realm of science fiction.

Next up, threading together nostalgic hits with a fat twinge of acid, “Get Back” is going to get your blood pumping just right. This gem is a proper throwback with delectable sequencing, ebbing fills, voluptuous risers, and a heavenly balance of tension and release. And we’d be fools to forget about Third Party’s collaboration with Martin Garrix “Lions In The Wild.” This main stage weapon remains the powerhouse anthem we know and love, now with over 17 million collective plays to date.

“Hurt” is by far the most pop-friendly track off the album, but despite being of a different cut, it fits in beautifully in the context of Hope. The arrangement’s piano arrangement is chillingly appropriate, each element is given plenty of space to breathe through the mix, and the vocals are simple, yet oh-so powerful.

Then it’s back to the arena-filling sounds of “Have No Fear,” boasting an enormity as befits its message. Oh, and take care your heart doesn’t crumble with the fresh VIP mix of “Everyday Of My Life.” Placing the remix of this iconic tune at the end of the album was no accident, and all the emotion you’ve felt throughout Hope is revisited once more in this certified tearjerker. Don’t worry though, they’re happy tears, we promise.

This is easily one of the best electronic dance albums we’ve heard in years, and we couldn’t be more proud to present the World Premiere of Third Party’s Hope, available tomorrow 2/24 on your favorite digital platform.

Prepare your ears for an over-the-counter dose of auditory bliss, and read on to hear Third Party’s thoughts behind the album, and what’s in store for 2017.

Congratulations on the album! I can honestly say it’s one of the best progressive works I’ve heard in the last couple years. How long have you guys been working on this and how does it feel to finally release it into the world?

“Thank you! We probably started the project about 18 months ago, that was when we really committed to the idea of doing an album and to have it finally finished is an amazing feeling!”

You’ve got a history of successful singles under your belt, what has been different about working on a full-length LP?

“The main difference is working out what your overall concept is, making sure all the tracks have the same feeling and can work as a body of work together. We hate seeing albums that are obviously just a load of singles stuck together without any real meaning of what the bigger picture is.”

The album’s namesake says a lot about the material, but can you describe the concept and what you wanted to accomplish?

“We came up with the title ‘Hope’ as we felt this represented what we wanted the message of the album to be as a whole. We want people who listen to the album to be inspired the way we were inspired by music we listened to growing up. Also from a human level, music has the power to create ‘Hope’ for someone in any aspect of their life, so if any of the songs can motivate/inspire/help anyone in anyway we will feel it was all worth it!”

I’m a sucker for “Without You”, but there’s something for everyone in ‘Hope’. What are your personal favorites from the album and why?

“Tricky question, we probably change our mind every week so maybe ask us later on in the year!”

What can fans expect from Third Party and RELEASE in 2017?

“We have a lot planned for 2017, we’re announcing an album tour very soon which includes our residency at Ministry of Sound where we’re back at on March 10th for a ‘Release’ night. Then we’re putting on our biggest show to date in Liverpool with a brand new concept called ‘The STAGE’ which we’re really excited about! It’s a big new custom made stage being made, we’re putting in a lot of work with our visual team to create the best visuals to fit with the music, which hopefully creates an unforgettable experience for the fans!”

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Your EDM Premiere: Third Party – ‘Hope’ [Full Album]

Your EDM Premiere: Mokita X The Ready Set – Broken Parts (APEK Remix)

APEK first caught my eye when his last single, “Traces,” was featured in a boatload of dance music playlists across Spotify. Emotional and delicate, “Traces” served as a great introduction to APEK’s throwback progressive house sound. Now, I’m happy to premiere his latest work, an official remix for Mokita X The Ready Set entitled “Broken Parts.”

Like “Traces,” APEK’s “Broken Parts” remix really stands out with its strong melodies and pleasant chords. APEK works wonders around the vocals to create a wonderful build-up before we’re given the perfectly euphoric progressive house styled drop. I can’t wait to hear what else APEK has in store for us, but judging by the success of his last few tracks you should definitely expect some big things in store!

Stream the single below.

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Source: Your EDM Premiere: Mokita X The Ready Set – Broken Parts (APEK Remix)

Ken Loi Releases Euphoric Single “Deja Vu” ft. Sam Tinnesz

Every now and then, an artist creates something that strays from the path of their usual work and the result is undeniably catchy.

Ken Loi, who is known for his roots in trance and expansion to major anthems in the progressive and electro genres, has out-done himself yet again with his latest project “Deja Vu.” Accompanied by vocals from Sam Tinnesz, the track has an overwhelming euphoric vibe with hints of nostalgia as the lyrics tell a story that many can connect with.

With hopes of “Deja Vu” reaching the same success as his 2016 single “Coming 4 U,” Ken Loi has released the track with major west coast label, Thrive Music.

Sit back and enjoy the positive vibes embedded in Ken Loi’s new release “Deja Vu” on Soundcloud below!

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Source: Ken Loi Releases Euphoric Single “Deja Vu” ft. Sam Tinnesz

Deadmau5 Debuts Second Episode of BBC Radio 1 Residency [LISTEN]

Deadmau5 has returned to the airwaves this week to deliver the second episode of newly established residency on BBC Radio 1 (remember, he was on Beats 1 before). Chock full of originals and remixes from his friends, collaborators and label mates, the mix features a healthy blend of styles ranging from techno to progressive and everything in between.

Deadmau5 includes tracks from Lane 8, No Mana, Blue Mora, Moonwalk and Olivier Giacomotto, as well as remixes from the likes of Maceo Plex, Seven Doors and Clear Skys. To close things out, he even added “Final Credits” from the increasingly popular Midland.

Listen to the full two-hour mix below, and check further down for the complete tracklist.

1. Kölsch – Oma
2. Lane 8 – In My Arms
3. Olivier Giacomotto – Bipolar Star
4. Moonwalk – Landscape
5. Sailor & I – Black Swan (Maceo Plex Remix)
6. Drunken Kong – Chanted
7. Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (Enrico Sangiuliano Remix)
8. Steve Bleas – Annex
9. No Mana – Fade
10. Popof – Serenity
11. Jeremy Olander – Caravelle
12. Icarus – Don’t Cry Wolf (Seven Doors Remix)
13. Guy Gerber & Deniz Kurtel – Here Comes The Rain
14. Cubicolor – Dead End Thrills (Patrice Bäumel Remix)
15. Blue Mora – Life
16. Matt Lange – Lying To Myself (Clear Skys Remix)
17. Oneohtrix Point Never – Chrome Countr
18. Midland – Final Credits

 

Image: Matt Barnes

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Source: Deadmau5 Debuts Second Episode of BBC Radio 1 Residency [LISTEN]

Arty Releases His First Track As Alpha 9 In Seven Years

It’s never easy for an artist who’s spent nearly a decade honing their craft to cope with the demands of fans; this is especially true in electronic music, when sticking to one style or genre of music can be crippling to an artist’s creativity. Such was the case for Arty, who began to fall out of love with the passion of producing a couple years ago.

As he wrote in a letter to fans on Facebook, the pressure from wanting to create what he wanted and to please his fans simultaneously created a rift in his creative process, and it became more of a job than a passion. And that wasn’t good anymore. But last year, he managed to find a foot hold and regained that innocent teenage love for production, leading to his first production as Alpha 9 in 7 years.

Read what Arty has to say below, and listen to “The Night is Ours.”

Hey everyone, Arty here and I wanna share some thoughts with you that I’ve been living with for a while now.

First, thanks to all of you for being with me in this amazing musical journey, I just realized it’s already been 9 years since I’m doing what I love the most and your support is the one of the few things that keeps me motivated and inspired,
I appreciate it so much and I always will!

But I also appreciate the desire to explore myself in different musical styles, trying something new and pushing this idea forward all the time. Since the beginning of my career I’ve always been saying that I don’t wanna stuck in one certain genre, and the reason is not because I don’t like it anymore. The real reason that is for me as an artist, listening, getting inspired and making as much diverse music as possible is one of the things that helps my creativity and keeps me from being stagnated as a musician…which is the worst.

That’s why at some point the music I was making has started to go further and further away from its original roots.
Some of you accepted it, some if you didn’t. Yet all of the records I made always came from my soul, whether it’s trance, dance or pop. Over these years I’ve been always listening to your feedback. You might think that for an artist it’s extremely easy to start ignoring his fans, their demands and just do what his heart or mind says.
Well, it’s not. And that’s where idea of discovering new sound clashes with listener’s voice and all of this happens in my head. “IN MY HEAD”, so don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about it. Your feedback and support was always with me throughout this journey, but when some of my records didn’t match your expectation, unconsciously I started to build this pressure on my shoulders and I started to compromise my music in an effort to make both me and my fans satisfied.

2016 was amazing year for me. It was a year of re-discovering myself as an artist and as a person as well, considering it took me a minute to get out of my album’s routine and its aftermath, which was close to a nightmare. But the freedom afterwards felt like nothing else. I didn’t feel myself so inspired and productive in a long time, and it was probably the first time I opened my eyes so wide. Closer to the end of last year I noticed how much my music was different from what I’ve done in the past, and I felt like I had been neglecting my long-time fans and it didn’t feel fair. And that’s how I came up with idea of bringing the Alpha 9 alias back. It gives me the freedom to not be bounded to a specific genre, allowing me to experiment and keep pushing my boundaries with Arty, while I can be as close as possible to my long-time fans using Alpha 9 moniker.

I remember myself as a 17 year old kid, running back home from university classes every day, absolutely blinded by just the idea of making music. No pressure from managers, labels or promoters, just pure passion. For the first time in a long time I feel like that kid again and I don’t feel this pressure anymore.

Also I wanna make it really clear, although Alpha 9 is still me, it’s a totally separate project from Arty, focused on totally different music. I’m taking Arty music further towards the dance scene, while Alpha 9 will be a progressive/trance oriented project, this applies to branding, releases and live sets.

Below is the link for my first track back as Alpha 9 “The Night is Ours” that came out today on Armind. As a sign of appreciation for your support, the first 1000 downloads on this link are free.

 

Image via Rukes.com

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Source: Arty Releases His First Track As Alpha 9 In Seven Years

Astrix Stirs The Never-Ending Genre Feud, Says Hardstyle Is Easy To Produce

Astrix loves his psytrance, and its no wonder, seeing as he’s one of the genre’s top producers. However, he’s expressed some harsh reasoning as to why hardstyle has failed to gain the mass traction that genres like progressive house have enjoyed.

“I don’t think it’s the same story here. Hardstyle is a very easy genre to produce, and I think there were a lot of low-quality productions that flooded the market, and people just lost interest. Psytrance is more complex and deeper by nature. As for the future, we’re talking about art—who can really say what the future holds? But psytrance has more depth and offers a lot more for the listeners and dancers to discover. It’s a real culture.”

Atmozfears was quick to gun down Astrix’s comment, citing deadmau5′ past attempts at trolling the genre.

Unfortunately, it seems Astrix’s statement got taken wildly out of hand, and he’s issued an apology and clarification to anyone he may have offended. Read his statement below, and we can’t help but agree with his sentiment to “Enjoy the music that touches your heart!

“Music is not a contest !!!

Seems that there are some people who for their own interests (getting likes on social media…) want to start a “war” between psytrance and hardstyle (as if genre names mean anything…) with me in the middle. So, I will clarify. I’m in war with no one. Especially not when it comes to art. When I was asked in an interview by Insomniac why has hardstyle flopped in the US and said that hardstyle was an “easy” genre to make and that the market got flooded with low quality productions, I meant that the genre got formulated when it became so popular and started seeing a flood of low quality cut and paste preset productions that got people fed up with it. That’s what I thought happened and it’s just one person’s opinion. I didn’t mean that there aren’t real artists making good hard style music, and that the leaders and innovators of the style don’t have good production. I’m on my way to Australia to play an amazing festival in the outback, so no Internet and I can’t indulge you in online duels, and anyway I don’t spend my life in online ‘wars.’ So I will finalize this and say that if you know a little about me, you know that I can only respect anyone who makes their music from their heart. I meant no disrespect to anyone. Enjoy the music that touches your heart! – Astrix”

 

Source: Global Dance Electronic | Image via Bruno Camargo Fotografia

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Source: Astrix Stirs The Never-Ending Genre Feud, Says Hardstyle Is Easy To Produce