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Hardwell’s North American Bus Tour Continues

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Hardwell has been topping charts and setting his name in stone as one of the best DJs in the world. For those of you who don’t know him, it’s about time you do… at least a little bit.

Robbert van de Corput, a.k.a. Hardwell, is a big room house DJ hailing from the Netherlands. His career started at the age of 12 when he DJed his friend’s birthday party. That was his first ever gig. With the help of his parents, Hardwell began to DJ at numerous clubs between 14 and 18 years of age. His parents were the only way he would be allowed into the clubs. This was about the time he had his first record signing, at 14 years old. Fast forward to 2008, Hardwell claimed the #1 spot six times in a row on the Dutch dance chart… yes six times in a row! In 2010, Hardwell moved up from the local club scene for a shot to play at Privilege in Ibiza for Tiesto’s Club Life event. That year also sprouted Revealed Recordings, Hardwell’s very own record label which now is home to a handful of artists such as Dyro and W&W.

For those of you who enjoy listening to BPM on Sirius XM, you may have heard of “Hardwell On Air”, which is Hardwell’s weekly aired show. What started as a Podcast in 2011, has now grown to become one of the Top 10 Podcasts on iTunes in over 40 countries, and is now broadcasted to over 65 international radio stations. His collaboration with Tiesto on “Zero 76”, which claimed #1 on Beatport, helped him to earn the #24 spot on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs.

“Spaceman” was released in 2012 (I urge you to check out the Carnage remix), which has been remixed more times than you can count with your hands and was his biggest solo-track. 2012 also brought Hardwell the honor of playing main stage at Tomorrowland, which he has been a contender of every year since then. He entered the DJ Mag Top 100 again, except this time he took the #6 spot. The 2013 DJ Mag Top 100 was a different story though, Hardwell claimed the #1 spot over the five time in a row winner, Armin van Buuren. This was the same story for 2014, claiming #1 yet again.

Today, Hardwell continues to release chart topping tracks, with the most recent release being “Blackout”. His tours are massive; consider the I Am Hardwell tour, where the entire first phase sold out, and again with the Canadian Bus Tour with Dyro and Dannic, which was a nationwide sell-out. Now Hardwell is knocking on our doors with his North American Bus Tour, accompanied by Thomas Newson and Kill The Buzz.

Be sure to get your tickets fast! Hardwell is someone you don’t want to miss out on!

February 27th @ 31st Street Studios – Pittsburgh, PA

February 28th @ The Bluestone – Columbus, OH

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SNBRN’s SoCal Vibes Bring “Sunset House” To The Mid-West

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“Feel the Bern” has a whole new meaning (totally unrelated to progressive politics) with newcomer on the scene, SNBRN. The Ultra Records artist is in the midst of a North American tour, stopping at two hot spots on Prime Social turf this spring. Pack extra aloe, because this April’s gonna hurt so good.

Laguna Beach all grown up is what I consider the effortlessly electronic, SoCal sound of Kevin Chapman better known as SNBRN. He’s released several singles, all garnering attention for different reasons. “Raindrops” has nuances of nu disco folded into the melodic musings of singer Kerli on the track. SNBRN has branded this very sound as “Sunset House”, a kind of house music that is the pre-gaming soundtrack to a night out and perhaps set on the California Coast. Friends, music, sun setting in the background…it has picturesque appeal and is delightfully light and fun yet feels indulgent.

The Los Angeles native is also known for his playful remixes of “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye and “21 Questions” by 50 Cent. SNBRN’s twist on hip hop and r&b hits takes the gangsta edge off while adding mass playability (similar to drinkability, for all you Bud Light fans…but not quite as watered down). There’s a nostalgic quality to his classic house interpretations of these chart toppers that I think is refreshing and easy to listen to for hours on end. SNBRN’s most recent release, “Gangsta Walk”, is a salute to late 70s funk mixed with slow-burning builds and lyrics courtesy of Nate Dogg.

After making pit stops playing for giant crowds at Holy Ship and Ultra, SNBRN will ease his way to the Mid-West for shows on 3/5 in Madison [tickets here], 4/29 in Cincinnati [tickets here], and 4/30 in Columbus [tickets here]. With music perfect for sipping on all night at either venue, SNBRN and guest Speaker of the House are guaranteed to lay tracks that will do a significant amount of (sun) damage.

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Black Tiger Sex Machine Is Taking Over Columbus

It seems like those helmets have been everywhere these past few months, and Black Tiger Sex Machine just dropped their debut album to continue the charge. Titled Welcome To Our Church, it’s all about aggressive sound design coupled with weighted bass and inventive arrangements, transporting your ears to their vision of a post-apocalyptic world. BTSM has also embarked on a massive 40+ stop Church Tour, complete with support from album collaborators Apashe and Dabin. Word is the Canadian trio is working on new helmets, too…

The tour is well under way, and the trio has given a healthy dollop of love to the usually forgotten Midwest. Their next show is on tonight at Park Street Saloon in Columbus, Ohio, so if you’re in the area and looking for some bass therapy, Prime Social Group would love to see you there! snag tickets here, and scope the video below to see what you’re in for.

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Hardwell Remixes To Hold You Down Til February

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If your love for intricate laser shows and heart-happy house music is so strong you think you may burst before Hardwell’s shows in Pittsburgh and Columbus (Feb. 27 and Feb. 28), here are some remixes by the Revealed Recordings label head to keep you contained:

Quintino – Scorpion (Hardwell Edit)
This artist has been on every electronic music lover’s radar for awhile now; having Hardwell add his touch to the fellow Dutch-born DJ is an electro house equation you need to hear.

Hardwell – Spaceman (Carnage Festival Trap Remix)
Hear “Spaceman” as you’ve never heard it before with a house-turned-trap remix by the delightfully dirty DJ Carnage. It’s got that rolling 808 bass and constant, tight drum kick that keeps the tempo totally dance-friendly just a little more chill than thrill.

Armin van Buuren – Ping Pong (Hardwell Remix)
If you’re having heart palpatations just thinking about the Dutch DJ, maybe save this song for last (and get the shock pads ready). Hardwell’s remix of this trippy, quick-hitting track makes it a progressive house hit like no other. I love his addition of atmospheric effects and heavy reverb.

Hardwell x Matthew Koma – Dare You (Cash Cash Remix)
This peppy, electro pop remix by Cash Cash takes Hartwell’s uplifting house track even higher with an anthemic, mainstream feel that can fill a room (as well as many a Spotify playlists).

Tickets are available now for both stops on Hardwell’s North American Bus Tour (click here for 31st Street Studios, click here for The Bluestone). Don’t miss your chance to see him; tickets are selling quickly! Support from Thomas Newson and Kill The Buzz.

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A-Trak Slated to Slay at Sway

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As a DJ who has won several world titles, only the most epic of performances can be expected of A-Trak, as his current tour makes a stop at Sway in Columbus next month. A-Trak’s reliable track list is full of methodic, building bass lines and highly-contagious melodies but also big sound club bangers worthy of a few ear-gasms like “We All Fall Down”.

His latest releases seem to blur the lines between electronic, dance, and pop with house influences marching masterfully to each clean chord progression. This should be no surprise by the guy who commonly speaks out against pigeonholing artists into genres. What matters is that his technique is on fleek- as the cool kids would say- and even the most mild EDM enthusiasts (hello Beliebers) will find something to latch on to.

A-Trak is slated to play Jan. 2 downtown at a newer space on the scene, Sway. The part tapas lounge, part nightclub has had a steady stream of reputable DJ’s spin including Eric Prydz and Sidney Sampson. Michael Mercer, Director of Operations and Marketing at Sway, said A-Trak has brought in the largest “day one” ticket sales since opening; impressive with everything going on around New Years Eve and that weekend.

For avid A-Trak listeners, myself included, here’s to hoping he brings his signature scratching to Ohio. Watch his YouTube channel original “Short Cuts” videos to get up to speed on the mind-blowing madness that is his undeniable skill set below. A personal favorite is Episode 8: Beat Steady where he rips apart “Beats Knockin” by Jack U then sews it back together with the agility and precision of a master tailor. That’s one bad ass seamstress. “Landline” is another scratch-heavy hit that only A-Trak can be accountable for, as his transitions are virtually seamless.

A-Trak as a whole is such an amalgam we may even hear a hint of trap or full-on hip hop to his set (he has, after all, work with Yeezus himself Kayne West). You never know with the DJ and yet you do know all at the same time…make sense? Expect songs you can sip on all night like a high-quality liquor of your choosing but also what I call “treadmill tracks” which you can take straight to the dance floor.

Buy your tickets to see A-Trak @ Sway on 1/2/16 here

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A-Trak in costume at Haunted Fest 2014

Kaskade Automatic Tour Pittsburgh

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kaskade Until Now

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kaskade Until Now

I think where I’m at in my career coincides with where peoples’ ears are at right now with electronic music. The sound has matured, I’ve matured, and people are ready for that next layer, something deeper. Dance music doesn’t have to be bubblegum for people to enjoy it. So much of dance music has been that up until now, and it’s a shame. There’s more out there. The good news is I think people are finally ready to hear it. They’ve scratched beneath the surface of what this electronic music thing is and they’re ready for what’s next. I’m going to give it to them.

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If you don’t know then now you know: Kaskade is coming to Pittsburgh Thursday, October 15. Haven’t gotten your ticket yet? No problem, you can get yours here. He’s playing at 31st Street Studios in Lawrenceville. Doors open at 7pm.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 fun facts about Kaskade that you probably didn’t know until reading this. See you Thursday!

No. 1

Born Ryan Gary Raddon on February 25, 1971 in Chicago, Illinois. He’s 44 and has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s best EDM artists.

No. 2

In 2013 he was nominated for two Grammys for his song “Atmosphere” for Best Dance Recording and his album Atmosphere for Best Dance/Electronica Album.

No. 3

Kaskade is a devout Mormon and speaks Japanese.

No. 4

In both 2011 and 2012, Kaskade was named America’s Best DJ. He first appeared on the list in 2009 in 4th place then again in 2010 in 2nd.

No. 5

Upon coining the name “Kaskade” his wife feared that people would confuse him with the dish detergent.

No. 6

According to Forbes, Kaskade is the 8th highest paid DJ in the world earning $17 million in 2014.

No. 7

Kaskade has his own record label, Arkade.

No. 8

Kaskade has had 6 tours, Automatic being his seventh.

No. 9

He attended the University of Utah and studied communications.

No. 10

He frequently collaborates with deadmau5, Skrillex, Porter Robinson, and Tiësto.

Here’s a sneak peak on what you can expect during his Automatic tour…

7 Reasons Why You Need To See Seven Lions

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Born in Santa Barbara, CA, Jeff Montalvo, or Seven Lions, is coming to Pittsburgh June 11 at Diesel.  Some of his more popular songs are “Don’t Leave” feat. Ellie Goulding and “Days To Come” feat. Fiona.  If you’re still unfamiliar check out the following reasons why you should buy tickets to Seven Lions’ next show below.


 

He’s played at tons of major festivals

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Some festivals that Seven Lions has played at include Ultra (2013), Camp Bisco (2013), TomorrowWorld (2013), Electric Daisy Carnival (2014), Electric Daisy Carnival (2014), Electric Forest Festival (2014) and Imagine Music Festival (2014).

His name has a cool origin

No, seriously. It comes from the book Latro in the Mist. It’s a fantasy book by Gene Wolfe that is greatly influenced by Greek mythology.

Who has he collaborated with?

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Seven Lions has produced remixes for popular EDM artists such as Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren and Skrillex.

Who has he toured with

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He toured with Porter Robinson, which leaves one word I have for you: whoa.

Where does his inspiration come from

According to several interviews and articles, he pulls a lot of his inspiration from the metal and punk rock scenes. A teensy bit unusual for an EDM artist but that’s why we love him so much!

He produced “Strangers”

Only a year ago, Seven Lions teamed up with Myon and Shane 54 with Tove Lo vocals and released “Strangers” that I heard play at every single party I went to for the following months.

He’s played WoW

According to an interview on NesQ, Seven Lions used to be an avid video gamer, oftentimes indulging in games such as Oblivion and Dungeon Siege and although he mentioned he hasn’t played in three years, he also was a fan of World of Warcraft (who isn’t?).

Hooked on Seven Lions’ sound? Click here to buy tickets to his upcoming show in Pittsburgh and explore his SoundCloud!

Show Announcement: Porter Robinson’s #WorldsTour Coming to Madison, WI and Urbana, IL

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Porter Robinson has announced his #WorldsTour, and will include stops at The Canopy Club in Urbana, Illinois on September 24 and at The Orpheum in Madison, Wisconsin on September 27. The tour, named for Porter’s upcoming album, will be headed all over North America starting in late August.

The hype for the album WORLDS is massive, and Porter has been on record to say that this tour will be just as big. Promising huge production, and sets likely filled with tracks from the new album, each show sounds like it will be an out-of-this-world experience.

Porter’s sets are high energy but don’t use a lot of the “standard” tracks that are typically used in sets. He also loves throwing curveballs in his sets; at his Breakaway Festival 2013 set, he went from playing some of his first tracks into a medley of hardstyle jams, seamlessly transitioning back into some classics from his discography.

As one of the leading creative minds in electronic music, you can guarantee that each Porter Robinson show will not just be show, but will truly be an experience that you must be there for.

Tickets are currently on sale for both shows:

Click here for tickets to Porter Robinson in Urbana, IL on 9/24

Click here for tickets to Porter Robinson in Madison, WI on 9/27

LISTEN to “Sad Machine” off of WORLDS, the second single released from the upcoming album due out this August.

Event Preview: Skrillex To Headline At The Bluestone (Columbus, OH) W/ Bro Safari & Valentino Khan!

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Skrillex will arrive in Columbus, Ohio on November 12th for his Fall Club Tour. Any person holding a ticket is undoubtedly ecstatic to take part in the high energy, bass pounding show that DJ/producer Sonny Moore brings to each set. The tour is compiled of a focused blitz of sold-out concerts that only span nine dates; Five in America, and four in Europe. A blinding barrage of lights and thundering bass will curate a memorable experience, but it is the supporting talent that pushes the tour even further.

 Currently in the midst of his Animal House Tour, Bro Safari has quite the resume and his sets will without question set the tone for Skrillex. Bro Safari is the dubstep moniker of tenured DJ Nick Weiller. Weiller has been throwing down sets over the past decade under different stage names and styles. Evol Intent was a three man drum & bass act, which was comprised of Weiller, Ashley Jones and Michael Diasio. Weiller then embarked on a mashup project with Kill the Noise called Ludachrist. The current Animal release by Bro Safari and UFO! is a free download, and is sure to receive heavy rotation across the U.S.

 Valentino Khan may not be a household name, but he has production credits for a wide array of A-List artists including B.o.B, T.I., 2 Chainz, Bruno Mars and Tyga. Official remixes have been produced for Kreayshawn, The Bloody Beetroots, Benny Benassi as well as many more notable acts. One project worth highlighting is Mark the Throne, a complete remix of the Watch the Throne album by Jay Z & Kanye West. The project showcases Valentino’s eclectic style, and only further cemented his name on the list of top EDM producers. Valentino’s work embodies the EDM crossover into hip hop & pop music.

 Between the aforementioned acts, the Fall Club Tour boasts one of the most impressive lineups of the fall. The assembled talent carries considerable significance to the EDM scene. Each night of the tour will be comparable to a raver’s oasis. From the opener to the closer, each artist has left an impactful footprint in their own right. The tour is only a testament for what is yet to come for EDM.

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Timeflies Returns to Columbus

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Timeflies preforming at The Bluestone 10.4.12

Timeflies is returning to Columbus after nearly a year since their last visit. Prime Social Group is partnering with PromoWest to present the fall show, which will be at the LC Pavilion on November 12th. Top-notch artist Chiddy Bang will open for the group, in a bass-popping night you won’t want to miss.

The duo, featuring producer Rob Resnick (Rez) and vocalist Cal Shapiro, put on a top notch PSG performance last time they were in the capital city. They preformed at the Bluestone to a near sold out crowd that went crazy when the two hit the stage. The two delivered jaw-dropping beats and poptastic vocals that had the jam-packed dance floor sweating all night.

The still fresh group formed in 2010 and released their premiere album “Scotch Tape” in 2011. Since then, they have released a mixtape entitled “Under the Influence,” and an EP called “One Night,” which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes overall charts. Their most recent release, single “I Choose U,” is an upbeat electro-pop track that is sure to get dance floors moving.

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