Only a few days ago, KSHMR released the full track of “Touch”, which features a collaboration with Felix Snow and vocals from Madi. Those of you who have yet to listen to the Californian producer, you should start to. Also known as Niles Hollowell-Dhar, he started his career with his friend David “Campa” Singer-Vine, the duo was formally known as The Cataracs. The former duo focused their producing on hip-hop and indie pop, which proved successful. KSHMR was created as Niles’ solo alias and has become the EDM sensation known today. His tracks have been topping Beatport charts and setting his name beside other well known producers. In 2015, KSHMR collaborated with Tiesto to create “Secrets” which held high positions on the charts. If you have yet to tune into KSHMR’s new track “Touch”, tune in:
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Getting ready for a fun-filled New Year’s Eve can be stressful; even more so if you’re dubbed the official host of the party. Getting your finger foods and hors d’oeuvres chosen can be easy. Alcohol, another easy choice, but what about your music?
Music is the MOST important part of a party; it keeps people moving and livens up the place. The right music selection creates the right ambiance which will determine the mood of your guests. Play some Céline Dion at your NYE party if you want people to cry softly and hold each other’s hands. Play some A-Trak, DJ Snake, or Deorro, and your guests are sure to have happy spirits and be lively and energetic–none of that sappy-crap–even though we should all appreciate Céline Dion.
So, for the up and coming New Year’s Eve, I have my personal top 10 EDM tracks you should consider using at your party. A small selection of Deep House, House, Electro, and Progressive for all hours of the night. Kygo is the perfect closer, And Major Lazer will start your party with a track everyone knows, even those poor souls who are out of touch with EDM. A-Trak’s “Push” (remixed by the Chainsmokers) will get the energy going through the night, even better when the drinks are flowing. Of course my favorite, “Perdóname” by Deorro, is a sure way to move and groove! I hope you enjoy these selections as much as I do!
Have a great New Year’s Eve, fam!
Ever since I first became lost in the music at my first EDM event, I have been pursuing that feeling over and over again. From small time gigs to the big stage, it all is so richly satisfying. Kaskade is the name everyone should have on their music playlist. He has been breaking the sound barrier for years now in the EDM industry and stands up there with the big guns like Tiesto and Armin Van Buren. I remember one of my favorite songs of his, “4AM” which was released in 2007, instantly drilled his name into my head. Its release date was actually around the same time I first began listening to this type of music. I would find the latest music and buy it on iTunes and walk around my school with Kaskade flowing out my headphones. Years went on, new music was released, and his album “Dynasty” (2010) stole the show once again. Then “Fire and Ice” (2011) came out the following year. So like the big fan I was, I kept his music in my personal playlists and enjoyed them week in and week out.
It wasn’t until I grew older until I decided to make the effort to go to events. It was hard being young as so many great events were 18 and up. Luckily my first event was for 16 and up and I was 17, what are the chances? So off to Steve Aoki and Datsik I went! The lights, the people, and the sound! Tantalizing! That night forever changed the way I looked at EDM, in only the best way possible. The summer of that year I had missed the chance of being able to go to the Digital Dreams Festival in Toronto, Canada (my hometown). The lineup was huge and Kaskade was to perform on the main stage. So instead, I scoured YouTube and watched the highlights of what I had missed. Since 2012 I have been patiently waiting Kaskade to perform local (which I live in Pittsburgh). Sure enough, a few years later Kaskade shows up on the event list in Pittsburgh and my ticket is purchased IMMEDIATELY. Nothing would prevent me from making it to the event.
Two days before the big night, my partner in crime became sick, unable to make it to see Kaskade with me. Since I paid for my ticket I did not want to have to miss out on the night. I tried to work something out with another who wanted to go but could not acquire a ticket. So I was stuck with the choice of going alone or missing out on a rare opportunity to see a childhood favorite. I was constantly working up the courage to go alone; from reading others experiences alone on Reddit, to speaking with friends who ventured to events alone. It seems everyone has such a common feeling about being alone and worried that they won’t fit in. But believe me when I say this, YOU FIT IN. I am a true blue EDM scene person so that wasn’t much to worry about. In a sense it was what others would perceive seeing me all by myself. Would they point you out as a loner? Would they think you’re weird? No! It’s all the negative questions that fly through your head that lead you to feeling down about going alone, and once you realize that you feel fine.
So, I find my way driving to 31st Street Studios that Thursday evening, music blasting in my car, glow sticks at the ready, and my party face on. Getting to and through the line was a breeze. First thing you hear walking in to the giant warehouse venue is CID laying out some good mixes. I showed up a bit after the doors opening. I made my way to the bar and had a few drinks to loosen up before heading into the crowd of people dancing around the stage. I had a few people walk up to me and compliment me on my shirt, BOOM, some of the anxiety taken away within the first 20 minutes! CID was mixing, the crowd was jumping and the people were great! I had worked my way into the masses fairly close to the stage, and by masses I mean thousands of people. It was there where I had the pleasure of meeting a small group of people who were friendly enough to have myself join them in shuffling. They were kind, energetic, and eager to have a good time. These are the people you meet at EDM events, which cycles back to PLUR (peace, love, unity, and respect). It was only minutes later I had met a few other people who taught me how to glove. For those of you who are not familiar with gloving, I highly recommend you to check this video out here. When CID wrapped up, Milo & Otis shook the stage. These guys know how to get the crowd jumping. They shook the building with their vivid trap remixes like Skrillex’s “Recess”. And then of course my favorite song, “Trap Arms”, which had me and my new found friends just losing it! Their set left my arms feeling like rubber, unable to move.
All of this time went by and the biggest fear of going alone had disappeared. When I thought about it at the time of the event, I couldn’t even remember what I was feeling a few hours ago. It was like all the fear and disconcerning thoughts had left, and I was lost in the music. Kaskade only made my mind chase the music even more. He opened with a beautiful, yet simple screen show to “I Remember” which Deadmau5 and Kaskade worked together to release. It was the perfect opening. Every single person was focused on that stage. He dropped the track said “What’s up Pittsburgh” and the rest was history. Laser lights, stobe lights, fog cannons, and confetti made this old warehouse into Kaskade’s perfect Atmosphere. My favorite track he played had to have been “A Little More”. I let my lungs push out all the air they could to sing along to the lyrics and when the beat dropped, I remember jumping so high trying to reach up to the ceiling. Lasers soared over our heads, and the confetti dropped from above, making that moment perfect. A moment that will be everlasting.
If I had to regret anything, it would be that I didn’t make my sick friend go. An experience like this doesn’t happen often so sometimes you just need to grab hold and stay along for the ride. Going alone was probably the best decision I made all year. It brought new light into the EDM scene for me and made me truly experience the music first hand since you don’t have anything to worry about! I look at going to other events know by myself, if someone wants to tag along its still going to a good time. But regardless, going alone is the most fun you will have while keeping most of your clothes on. I encourage anyone who ever had doubt, or has doubt, to just do it! Shia Labeouf would say the same thing… or many Shia Labeoufs… Your choice.
Photo Credit: Jeff Forney and Mitchell Mathews