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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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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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Borgeous + Morgan Page @ The Bluestone

Borgeous And Morgan Page Ready To Rock Ohio

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It’s our time to turn up, Columbus!

Borgeous and Morgan Page will be in town Friday, February 12th for the hottest night in dance music at The Bluestone.

This is your chance to dive into the realm of EDM elite.

You like to dance? Say no more. Borgeous and Morgan Page are notorious for getting their crowds up on their feet and pumping pure energy into the air with heavy bass and rhythmic textures. Borgeous brought the house down in Pittsburgh with his signature blend of D&B, Trap, and Trance. Check out the video below for a taste of what will happen February 12th. I don’t think you’re ready.


Get your tickets at primesocial.com and make sure you do not miss this once in a lifetime show at Columbus, Ohio’s premiere venue The Bluestone.

Also, Check out this new Morgan Page remix of “Souls” by Borgeous.

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A-Trak’s Killer Return to Columbus

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The crowd on Saturday was a mix of die-hard A-Trak fans (one I talked to traveled from Indiana to see the Scratchmaster himself) and young professionals hot off their weekly business bender of 9 to 5 shifts. Whether there for the music, the madness, the mocktails, or all of the above, they were all there at Sway and ready to see the place burn down in proverbial flames from the heat anticipated off smoldering spins, scratches, and samples.

At midnight, as if the sea of people was transformed bibbity-bobbity-boo style courtesy of Cinderella’s fairy godmother and a trio of talking mice- #squadgoals- the vibe immediately went from typical Saturday night to totally turnt as A-Trak appeared a la Prince Charming. The intimate space of Sway felt more sophisticated and culturally ahead of the curve of its High Street competitors, as if it was the Royal Ball and those not in attendence were in for some major FOMO.

The Canadian born DJ is known for his flexible sets and intuitive mixes based on the crowd’s reactions… this night was no different and perhaps one of the highlights. His ability to switch from old school hip-hop to a hard dub step mix of Martin Solveig’s “+1” then back to a Top 40 rap banger satiated the ear-candy cravings of all involved. He transitioned from song to song organically and in the moment. An overall A-grade night out can be completely created off an effortless atmosphere alone in which each song played is “your” song…. A-Trak did just that.

He began with a scratch and bass-heavy track followed by a series of phenomenal drops of which the beat would build and held onto just long enough to keep the crowd on their toes (and anxiously awaiting to press the button to record their Snap Chat videos). “Place On Earth”, by the artist and Zoofunktion, began with its peppy piano-rich house sound but was then masterfully mixed to further funkify the synths and repetitive kick bass. It went from a big, bright anthem to a moombah tribute…but wait, it got even better. From there he spun it into Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” for one of the most raucous moments of the night.

While cell phones were held high and inhibitions on the low, the DJ then went into a series of newer rap chart toppers like Rae Sremmurd’s “Come Get Her” before putting his thing down, flipping, and reversing it with, wait for it, Will Smith’s 1990 “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” theme song. Mind blown and so many nostalgic feels (cut to me doing the “Carlton” pressed up against other 80s babies thoroughly enjoying the flashback).

I could argue that A-Trak is best at his hip hop and rap-influenced mixes, but what he wrapped up with makes me question not only that, but also my entire human existence. He busted out nearly every recent single of his, from “Place On Earth” to “Out The Speakers” to “We All Fall Down”. Literally the only cherry that could have topped his double-decker extra fudge sundae of a set would have been “Ray Ban Vision”, a 2010 collab he did with Cyhi the Prynce.

Sweaty and satisfied. That’s my takeaway. If it’s not quite eloquent enough, I’ll leave you with the parting words of one club goer that went from stranger to instant bestie within a moment of exchanged wide-eyed glances…. “It is lit, fam.”

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Hardwell in Pittsburgh and Columbus February 2016

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The two-time DJ Mag crowned #1 World DJ is eponymous with the big house genre while also daring to delve into progressive trance. Although his title was taken from him in 2015- with much scrutiny from fans and fellow DJs- Pittsburgh and Columbus are both awaiting his February arrivals like the royalty he has become.

Out of the 11 stops on Hardwell’s North American Bus Tour, he’s spending time with Prime Social Group and friends for two. He will take the stage at the 31st Street Studios in Pittsburgh- which not too long ago threw a Kaskade concert so full of love, lasers, kandi, and confetti that I’m still trying to pick my jaw up off the warehouse space’s floor. This is a must-see venue and artist. Hardwell’s special guests will be Thomas Newson and Kill The Buzz. Newson is a spry 19-yr-old DJ with recent release “Pallaroid”- which was rumored to be an unreleased Hardwell track originally. Kill The Buzz rounds out the Three House-kateers with an electro twist on songs like “Dreamin” available on his SoundCloud page.

The Dutch DJ (also referred to as my “rave bae” unbeknownst to him) then makes his way to The Bluestone in Columbus for a Feb. 28 set that one can only hope will be as spiritual of an evening as the event space itself. If so, consider me Hozier and take me to church (Lord forgive me for my synths). The Bluestone is a 19th-century Baptist church converted to a music worshippers haven. Insert praying hands emoji here if Hardwell concludes the transcendental journey with “Birds Fly”, a futuristic ballad the artist himself considers one of his most “special tracks” on the We Are United album released in January 2015.

His heavy four-count hits can also be expected, to which we can all agree will bring down the house (Jesus’s house, mind you). “Chameleon” with Hardwell and Wiwek is a big sound club anthem starting off hyphy from the get go. What unifies Hardwell and his music to fans is the message he sends both prolifically and also literally that we are all united (hint from Captain Obvious: his debut album artist shares this sentiment). Songs like “Survivor” with Dannic ft. Haris and, well, basically his entire Ultra 2015 set showed that Hardwell is a total team player putting no “I” in “team” and for that we are thankful. And to bring it full circle, check out the Miami music festival clip above to see his bomb remix of “Take Me To Church”.

Buy your tickets to see Hardwell in Columbus and/or Pittsburgh here

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The Perfect Playlist for an Entry-Level EDM Listener

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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.

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Must-Haves For Your #NYE16 Playlist

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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!

Stream: Ken Loi – Amorphous EP

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Starbright Records is proud to announce the Amorphous EP, the label’s fourth release and first ever EP. The Amorphous EP includes “Gunsmoke Eyes” and “Rage” – two melodic, anthemic tracks featuring the vocally-gifted Audrianna Cole. You’ll be taken for a ride with swelling chord progressions and perfectly executed builds laden with vocal performances that will fill you with emotion. Also included is the previously released Zashanell and Infitinee collaboration “Too Late,” which already has received widespread support the DJ community.

Case in point: Ken Loi’s Amorphous EP features an electric vibe that’s reminiscent of raw remixes by The Chainsmokers and Hyperbits‘s music. His style of house is swanky and very refreshing to listen due to it’s exciting builds and harmonious vocals. This project is very well done where Ken Loi could get spins from big djs in the nightclubs and at festivals. Take a listen to Ken Loi’s Amorphous EP, below and download his 4 undiscovered gems off beatport. Enjoy!

Beatport: Ken Loi – Amorphous EP

Stream E-V’s Debut Single “Good Time” Ft. Lorine Chia & Machine Gun Kelly!

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E-V joins forces with hometown friends, Lorine Chia and Machine Gun Kelly, to record his debut single “GoodTime”. After countless years filled with mixtapes, radio shows and tours, E-V takes the next step as an artist in the Electronic scene by producing/releasing his own music. Being his biggest release to date, E-V shares, “Everything I have done so far leads up to this point.” The single will be accompanied by a video, filmed by Danny Manhattan in Los Angeles.

iTunes: E-V – Good Time (Ft. Lorine Chia & Machine Gun Kelly)

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