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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Colorful. Melodic. Inspiring. Bubbly. Flamboyant with a dark edge. Vividly wild.
These are the first words that come to surface when thinking about Candyland, otherwise known as Josie Martin. Out of Santa Barbara, CA, Josie began producing music in 2011 with her close friend, Ethan Davis and together they formed Candyland; which in its origin was a bubbly electro house duo that produced uplifting, melodic bass tracks that featured a hint of dubstep and trap.
Josie began her career in music mastering turntablism, scratching and beat juggling. With no particular genre in mind to master, it was through a classmate that she was introduced to Basshunter, which led her to discover Steve Aoki and DJ AM, ultimately sparking her interest in EDM. Short after, Josie and Ethan integrated themselves into the dance music scene and won back-to-back Beatport remix competitions with their remixes of Skrillex’s “Make it Bun Dem” and Bingo Players’ “Rattle”. Listen here:
Skrillex “Make it Bun Dem”
Bingo Players’ “Rattle”
Together, Josie and Ethan produced and released their debut album, “Bring the Rain” in late January 2013. They went on tour playing at festivals and clubs all over the US and were asked to tour as the opening set for Krewella on their “Get Wet Live” tour.
“Bring the Rain”
As Candyland experienced greater success, Ethan began to distance himself. It was here in Ethan’s absence that Josie decided to pursue Candyland alone and Ethan went on to pursue other endeavors. Josie continued on as Candyland, steering the original colorful, bubbly melodic sound down a darker path. Redesigned, Candyland features a more aggressive jungle trap beat, with searing bass that compliments the original bubbly sound to create an exhilarating roller coaster ride of beats and drops that is sure to have fans raging.
Check out Candyland’s new sound here:
1. Rage in love
3. Speechless (most recent original // 10.30.15)
Continuing into 2016, Candyland will be headlining the Candy Clvb tour with Fight Clvb as the supporting act. Paired together, Candyland and Fight Clvb bring an intense jungle terror beat, working the crowd with massive builds and even more exhilarating drops. If you’re looking for a moombahton sound that features exotic bass, drums and quite literally jungle noises, then Candyland and Fight Clvb will not leave you disappointed. This tour is surely to be one of the most intense but highly intriguing, and it is not one you want to miss.
Prime Social will be hosting 3 stops on the tour, you can find event details, as well as tickets on the links below.
Should you be unable to attend one of the above three stops, here are the remaining tour dates, as of late. You stay updated with any additional shows by liking and following their social media accounts, linked below.
The anonymous identity behind one of EDM’s newest producers has been the gossip of fans for months now. Debates intensify as new theories develop in regards to the man (or could it be a woman?) under the mask: is it Dotcom? Is it Martin Garrix? Is it a group of artists? The list of theories is progressively growing and all of them seem to make sense in their own ways.
Despite the identity argument, Marshmello has unified fans in a rare way, creating an atmosphere that focuses on the music, which by the way, is extremely unique in its own sense. Marshmello’s songs consist of a hybrid trap production that feature a flare of future bass and house that humorously mimic his fluffy appearance. Each of his songs immediately put you in that feel-good state of being and are a perfect addition to any spring break playlist.
So, with spring break quickly approaching, and Marshmello on PSG’s Xtreme Spring Break lineup, here are 5 Marshmello songs to add to your playlist.
KeEp IT MeLLo Ft. Omar LinX
BONUS TRACK: Diplo & Friends Guest Mix
Also, if you haven’t, check out Mello’s remix to Adele’s “Hello”. The full version is available for download through this SoundCloud link or on his website as a free download.
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If you’re an avid follower of new dance music, it would be hard to miss some of the recent hits Slander has released. However, for those of you who don’t already know, Slander is an LA based electronic DJ duo who are also incredibly talented producers. Their names are Derek Andersen and Scott Land and aside from being passionate about their music, their stage presence and creativity combined assists in their enthusiastic live performances.
Attendees of the Breathe Tour will be introduced to a whole new genre experience which Slander is calling “heaven trap”. In a previous interview, Slander mentioned they take pride in their ability to spark emotion from the crowd with their music. The genre could be described as a fusion of trap and more euphoric trance sounds that tend to sooth the soul. To get a feel for their style, check out their latest released single with Adam K titled “Breathe”.
While their releases that are classified as “heaven trap” are some of the most angelic produced songs in dance music, Slander is also dedicated to heavy-hitting festival trap that crowds tend to worship. In other words, if you’re looking for a Friday night pre-game song, look no further than the link below to their collaboration with NGHTMRE called “We Like To Party”. You can catch both NGHTMRE and Slander at the 14th edition of #FEST this April.
If you can’t make it to #FEST this year (which should never be the case), you still have the opportunity to see Slander during their spring Breathe Tour during these upcoming dates:
You can also find the rest of the tour dates in the link below.
On Thursday Jan. 21st, NGHTMRE makes his second Columbus appearance at Sway. Ticket sales range from $15-$500 and according to Eventbrite, tickets are selling hot!
Following the incredible performance at Haunted Fest in October, many are ecstatic for his show in January. The letters spelling NGHTMRE followed by the multicolored light show made everyone’s heart lift a little higher–no doubt his upcoming performance will give the same effect. The drop aligning perfectly with the spirits of the audience was also an unforgettable experience and is something to look forward to.
Still considered an up-and-coming artist, NGHTMRE has so far made an amazing reputation for himself. He is well-known for his mash ups and original tracks. His remix of “Live This Nightmare” is an all time personal favorite of mine and something I hope to experience live. Remixes such as “It’s Alright”, “Limelight”, and “Dum Dee Dum” have also won the hearts of many.
Although Sway is a drastic size reduction from the Ohio Expo Center, there are no doubts for the upcoming performance. Some say the smaller the venue, the greater the vibes! “It sucks that the venue is smaller, but I’m not too worried about it. I, as well as many of my friends, will have a good time, despite the change of space”, says student Kendall Coffey.
With doors opening at 10 p.m. on a Thursday, be sure to arrive with plenty of time to dodge the late night campus traffic! Fortunately the venue is indoors, so weather shouldn’t take a toll on the show. Sway and all of Columbus welcome you, NGHTMRE!
On February 10th, less than one month away, Columbus has an incredible opportunity to see Black Tiger Sex Machine. The DJ trio that originates from Montreal, Canada are well known for blending heavy electro sounds, unique post-apocalyptic visuals, and signature masked tiger helmets which leads to a stunning stage presence.
BTSM first made their presence known in 2011 with the release of their EP titled “Drama”. Since their first release, they’ve shown little signs of slowing down. Within the last three years, BTSM has released two additional EP’s, two full-length albums, and not to mention an abundance of heavy hitting singles. In 2015 they also performed at some of the most prominent music festivals such as Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Lollapalooza, TomorrowWorld, and Decadence. Their undeniable thirst to dominate the music scene has so far, been quenched.
Aside from their success regarding their personal music, BTSM are also the founders of their independent record label called Kannibalen Records. Originally named after their sold-out monthly events at Belmont Nightclub in Montreal, the inspiration behind the creation of the label is aimed at allowing artists to gain visibility at an international level. So far, the label has accomplished signing some extraordinary acts including Snails, Dabin, Apashe, and a number of others known for their more eccentric taste.
There’s no doubt that one of the hottest live acts in dance music will create a one of a kind atmosphere during the BTSM 2016 Church Tour as they perform alongside with Dabin and Apashe. Tickets for the Columbus stop at Park Street Saloon on February 10th are still up for grabs here. Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the best lineups to kick off 2016.
Black Tiger Sex Machine
Think about graduating from college: you don’t just walk into the job market and take the CEO’s spot (unless your Dad owns the company, lucky). You have to start somewhere, and that’s why entry-level positions exist. Here is that equivalent for those looking to get their feet wet in the vast, refreshing pool that is Electronic Dance Music.
If you like “Where Are U Now” by Justin Bieber f. Skrillex & Diplo
A little music math: add more Diplo and subtract the Biebs. Now you’ve got the makings of a club hit that newbies can comfortably transition towards as a wavering toddler would when taking his/her first steps. This 90s-inspired track from Diplo is a departure from his other latest as one-half of Jack U, with a catchy AF sampling of Jade’s 1992 “Don’t Walk Away” and a dance hall worthy, synthesized baseline.
If you like “Renegade” by X Ambassadors
Crooning, reflective vocals take on an electronic edge with “Firestone” by Kygo and Conrad Sewell. This track is slow and smoldering, building only at each chorus much like “Renegade”. Both songs are soulful, relying on consistency throughout, and provide smooth melodies for chillaxing during a low-key weekend.
If you like “Downtown” by Macklemore
Kitschy is your middle name if you wore this song out with your stock model speakers on a sweet moped, and I can’t help but love ya for it. “Intoxicated” by Martin Solveig and GTA has the same retro vibe with plenty of cowbell (though I could argue that there’s never enough cowbell); however, it will help you explore entry-level electronic elements like a grooving set of house horns. Both songs are guaranteed to force you to publicly showcase your signature dance moves like the lawnmower or wax on-wax off.
If you like “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld
Congratulations! You’ve already been listening to a crossover hit… this whole time you thought you were basic, but turns out your foray into EDM started earlier this year with the upbeat, commercial house sound of “Love Myself”. Take it up a notch with the self-loving, playfully sensual sound of Galantis’s “Peanut Butter Jelly”. The lyrics beg for explanation similar to Steinfeld’s and the tracks share big builds with pulsating beats to give you all the good vibes.
If you like “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars
I see your funk factor and raise you with “Money Makin'” by Dillon Francis and A-Trak. There’s a ton of techno elements to this track but it also lends an irreverent feel similar to that of “Uptown Funk”. Keep your 70s-style burnt orange pimp suit on, Google basic shuffle moves, and you’re good to go.
If you like “Good For You” by Selena Gomez f. A$AP Rocky
Take the “love is a drug and I’m addicted” sultriness of this R&B song and add a little more vocal auto-tune…now you’ve got the oh-so orgasmic “Temptation” by Bondax and Erik Hassle. Both songs crave a replay with muted melodies and equally compelling, undulating beats that beg you to stay. You are officially not testing the waters anymore, young Jedi, you’re drowning and you definitely don’t want saved.
NGHTMRE has been creating a huge buzz in the bass music scene since his debut set at EDC Las Vegas this summer. With his crazy, screeching sounding synths and unique snare sounds he has made a rapid climb since his first appearance. Working with some of the top artists in the game, there is no sign of slowing down for this guy anytime soon. Read our awesome interview with NGHTMRE after he absolutely destroyed Haunted Fest this past Halloween here.
Together, NGHTMRE and SLANDER released an EP called Nuclear Bonds and has been a great kickstart to NGHTMRE’S expanding popularity. He also just recently remixed the funk master GRiZ’s “Stop Trippin” into a festival trap banger to get everyone up and dancing:
There is already a lot of talk and excitement on his “Lighters Up” tour that is coming and bringing some crazy bass lines and hard 808 kicks. I highly recommend you catch him when he’s at one of these two locations: