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#CNL2016: Get To Know Brett Eldredge

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When I’m not drooling over DJ’s, my guilty pleasure of soulful and sexy country musicians comes out from the closet (along with a pair of denim cut-offs and my hometown southern drawl). Picture an atmosphere as energetic and free-wheeling as #FEST but add a little twang and you’ve got Country Night Lights. If I only learned one thing in my formative years living in a small West Virginia town, it’s country kids know how to have a damn good time.

With instant attention from Rolling Stone and Billboard online, #CNL2016 looks like it will send a shiver down your saddle and a shot of moonshine straight into your bloodstream (I highly recommend George Washington’s original recipe, only for sipping). Let’s keep it Country 101 with an introduction to headliner Brett Eldredge, a three-time chart topper who is more mainstream pop than Merle Haggard.

The 29-year-old Illinois born artist was recently nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music while also revealing a new unnamed single that will be out early next month. With so-catchy-it-kills melodies and chart topping tracks like “Lose My Mind” and “Mean To Me”, the Country Night Lights headliner and Atlantic Records artist seems to be having his best year ever. His brand is a blend of soulful sound with lyrics laced of a classic country POV and an Abercrombie & Fitch model appeal…like a polished Marlboro man. This is 21st-Century Country, and it’s highly contagious.

Preview what you’ll see in September with some of Brett’s bests below, then head over to www.countrynightlights.com for an array of ticket options (GA, VIP, camping, and RV passes).

Use the hashtag #CNL2016 to tweet @cntrynghtlghts who else you want to see on this year’s lineup!

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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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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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Preview W&W’s Upcoming Single “BIGFOOT” Out February 10 Via Mainstage Music!

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Dutch superstars W&W have unleashed “BIGFOOT” – a beast for the dance floor born in a polar vortex. “BIGFOOT” is an ice storm of smothering sound that builds with pulsating synths before the mountain cracks under the weight of a titanic drop. The monster’s coming for you…“BIGFOOT” marks W&W’s first release of 2014 and continues on from 2013’s massive wave of success that saw then reach #14 on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll.  From staggering #1 chart-positions on “The Code,” crunching collabs(including “Jumper” w/ Hardwell), devastating remixes (highlighted by Armin van Buuren ft Trevor Guthrie “This Is What It Feels Like)” and the renowned Mainstage Radio show, W&W is one of the most exciting acts in dance music today. They even performed post game for a crowd of 10,000 fans at Citizens Bank Ball Park in July with a return planned for the upcoming season.

“BIGFOOT” is released February 10th on W&W’s Mainstage Music label. Keep an eye out in the coming months for info about new W&W releases and North American tour dates.

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Preview: Sandro Silva and Junkie Kid Team Up On “Miraj” Out January 27th On Doorn Records !

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Dutch wunderkind Sandro Silva is back at it again with a new collaboration with Junkie Kid entitled “Miraj.” The track is a super blockbuster, delivering the electro shock that Sandro is known for, and featuring a breakdown so catchy you’ll be humming it in every possible situation. Grab “Miraj” January 27 on Sander Van Doorn’s DOORN Records imprint.

After being introduced to each other by Carnage, Junkie Kid and Sandro Silva found a common bond in music and decided to have a go at it in the studio. After hearing “Miraj” Sander van Doorn quickly signed it to his bourgeoning Doorn Records label where it’s already received airplay on the radio shows of dance music superstars including David Guetta and W&W, among others.

Sandro Silva has been producing since he was 15 years old, and at the age of 21 has accomplished much more than many artists twice his age. With releases on Revealed, Spinnin, Dimmak, Mixmash and Ultra Records and stage pounding performances at EDC Las Vegas, Electric Zoo NY, Tomorrowworld, Amnesia Ibiza, plus several North American tours in 2013, its undeniable that Sandro is on a meteoric rise.

Supported by Mixmash icon Laidback Luke, Sandro Silva also gained status as a breakthrough artist on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection show with “Prom Night.” His track “Epic,” a collaboration with Quintino that was released on Musical Freedom, received over 15 million views on YouTube, hitting platinum in Holland and Gold in Belgium. Sandro’s track “Puna” on Spinnin’ Records and “Payback” on Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings were both released in 2013 to huge acclaim from both fans and peers alike.

Sandro recently came off the Clarity tour, which Zedd hand picked him for after experiencing his set at David Guetta’s F**k Me I’m Famous in Ibiza. Additionally, off the back of an epic Electric Zoo show in New York, Sandro also recently took his sound across the US on the Mixmash tour with label-mate Oliver Twizt.

Preview AN21, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman’s Upcoming Collaboration “Rebel” Out January 20th On SIZE Records!

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On January 20th SIZE presents “Rebel” – a three-way-dance between heavy hitters AN21, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman. “Rebel” is dark and dramatic; packing a stone punch that rattles through your mind and body.

Balancing the realms of A&R soldier to globetrotting house visionary, a remarkable array of melodic peak time anthems have come to establish AN21 as an outstanding leader of the universal house music explosion. At the eve of this exciting release and the dawn of another stellar year for himself and SIZE, the driving momentum behind this talented young producer has never been stronger.

Also hailing from Sweden, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman have quickly exploded onto the progressive house scene, garnering support from some of the biggest names in the industry. Having remixed AN21 & Max Vangeli vs Tiesto Feat. Lover Lover “People Of The Night” to huge results, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman headed back to the board with AN21 for an exciting original production that became “Rebel.”

Afrojack Previews Upcoming Dutch-House Single “Musician”!

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Afrojack has been on a tear with his most recent releases. His single “The Spark” and his “Wrecking Ball” remix rounded out 2013 as two of the year’s biggest songs. For a producer with such a remarkable collection of songs, he continues to stockpile the hits and “Musician” will be his latest one. “Musician” is a party song, featuring a lovely big-room sound. It builds softy with a catchy piano-based melody before shocking audiences with a drop that THUMPS. Afrojack’s “Musician” has no release date set, but take a listen to preview below and stay tuned for the official version.

Hard Rock Sofa & Eva Shaw Preview Upcoming Collaboration For Spinnin Records

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Hard Rock Sofa and the artist formerly known as DJ BAMBI, Eva Shaw, dropped the preview to their upcoming collaboration “Get Down”. What’s great about this song is that as soon as it plays the rave sound hits you. With its upbeat tempo, catchy samples, and knocking bass-lines expect Hard Rock Sofa and Eva Shaw’s “Get Down” to become an ultimate dance records next year. Mark your calendars for its release December 30 and  be sure to check back here for the full version of this Spinnin Records release.

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Preview Arty, Matisse & Sadko’s “RIOT” Out 12/12 Via Spinnin’ Records

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Simply put, Arty and Matisse & Sadko new collaboration entitled “Riot” is filthy. The preview of the song just dropped and once this beast is finally released it has the potential to soar the dance music charts. When Arty’s other newly released title, “Flashback,” dropped on Anjunabeats I was impressed but “Riot” sounds like it could be out of this world. Take a listen to the preview below and mark your calendars for December 12th when the song officially releases via Spinnin Records.

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