There’s a reason Holy Ship! is regarded so highly among those who have attended, whether on the original ship or on the newly minted Wrecked! varietal in Mexico. Everyone booked for the event is already at least someone close — of course some more than others — but it always gives way to some of the most surprising and one-of-a-kind circumstances across the festival circuit.
One of the producer/DJs who regularly shows up and creates a wonderful sort of chaos is Valentino Khan. We reached out to Holy Ship! to have Valentino provide us with some of his favorite photos from across the years, as well as his thoughts on each occasion.
Below, you’ll see impromptu b2bs with Phantoms & GG Magree, or Diplo, as well as his WWF event, and just some general rambunction. Check it out below and visit holyship.com for more info about festivities next week!
The back 2 back sets are always very impromptu at Ship. Here I am playing with a country western DJ who says his name is “Diplo.”
Best part about the few days is hanging with buds you don’t get to see too often. I think we all ended up getting dinner after this pic.
Last year they had these coconuts filled with rare Dominican liquor and I couldn’t stop drinking them. They always seemed to spur conversation.
I always try to play a ton of house music during my sets at Ship. Never fails to set the mood right.
It’s become a tradition for me to referee World Sumo Wrestling Federation. Basically a tournament of people in inflated suits trying to destroy each other.
When you play Holy Ship, half the fun is hopping around and checking out all your friends’ sets.
Sometimes you link up with your homies and your bottles collide to create an incredible mix.
And sometimes you stumble into something random. I was walking the beach and pulled up on Phantoms hosting a cocktail contest & got in on the action.
Photo via Rukes.com
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Valentino Khan Shares Favorite Photos From Holy Ship Ahead Of Wrecked! Next Weekend
NGHTMRE and Zeds Dead have just unveiled their highly anticipated collaboration “Shady Intentions.” Featuring vocals by the talented Tori Levett, two of the biggest names in electronic music collide once again.
Although it’s been more than five years since NGHTMRE and Zeds Dead last teamed up on a single, “Frontlines” with GG Magree off their debut album Northern Lights, “Shady Intentions” masterfully highlights each artist’s abilities resulting in a standout track. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the official release of their latest song for most of the year as news of the collaboration made the rounds on social media. Now, the wait for “Shady Intentions” is finally over.
The three-minute track opens with Tori Levett’s tranquil vocals over peppy synth work that seamlessly transitions to a heart-pounding rise of powerful bass. NGHTMRE and Zeds Dead pull listeners back and forth from interludes of dreamy melodies to bass-driven breakdowns that build up to a satisfying drop that envelops listeners in an energetic blend of snappy sound design and thundering drums. “Shady Intentions” is sure to be the epic collaboration fans have been waiting for all year long.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: NGHTMRE & Zeds Dead Reunite On “Shady Intentions” feat. Tori Levett [LISTEN]
In anticipation of Excision‘s upcoming staple event — The Thunderdome 2022 — the bass music authority has unleashed his live set from The Thunderdome 2020.
Running over an hour and 20 minutes, the performance is laced with plenty of Excision favorites, including collabs with Subtronics, Illenium, Slander, and more. Plus, music from Peekaboo & Calcium, YOOKiE, Spag Heddy, Hydraulix & SWRVO to name a few.
Excision’s production is top notch, offering a full on audio/visual experience and showing future audiences what to expect from The Thunderdome. As mentioned in the video’s description, “It’s as close as you can get to being in the crowd!”
Excision Presents: The Thunderdome 2022 soon returns — set to take place at Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA over February 4th and 5th.
Watch below and explore the lineup / secure tickets here!
Excision Presents: The Thunderdome 2020 Live Experience
Photo via Rukes.com
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Excision Presents ‘The Thunderdome 2020 Live Experience’ In Stunning 4K [WATCH]
Following their successful North American return in July 2021 with their sold-out 10-hour extravaganza, among the first large scale events back in NYC, today international party purveyor elrow announces it will be closing out the year with its most in-demand sci-fi pop culture-themed winter festival RowsAttacks! elrow’s final blow-out of the year will bring Ibiza to New York with an interplanetary post-apocalyptic invasion taking over two stages at Avant Gardner in Brooklyn, NY on December 11 for a mothership’s worth of partying. elrow also announces an exciting, otherworldly lineup including Grammy Award-winner CID, Jackathon party curator Heidi, and Barcelona’s Rendher. This is one of elrow’s strongest lineups in years so it’s sure to be a special night for music-loving creatures from all corners of the galaxy.
In addition to Kings Hall and the Great Hall, elrow introduces a new theme, elrow City, making this the first time elrow features two themes in one event. Bringing the intergalactic vibes to Avant Gardner’s two stages are: Andrea Oliva b2b Cloonee, Archie Hamilton, Bastian Bux, Chelina Manuhutu, Ilario Alicante, LP Giobbi, and Jeff Arita b2b Luna Mar. elrow city’s debut hosted by Repopulate Mars will feature CID, J. Worra, Martin Ikin, and Westend. Lee Foss and Detlef will do double duty playing their own individual sets and a special b2b closing set. Also going b2b are these elrow exclusives with Charles Meyer b2b Inphinity, Bastian Bux b2b Rendher, and Adam Braimin b2b Shalev.
“We’re excited to have our first indoor festival in New York since pre-pandemic days! We’ll be making up our RowsAttacks tour as this has been the most requested theme by our American fans. Last but not least, this is my most favorite lineup ever in elrow North America.” – Michael Julian, Head of elrow North America
Adding to the outer space spectacle, elrow’s otherworldly performers and cosmic acrobats will immerse audiences in an interplanetary experience while dressed as extraterrestrials, astronauts, monsters, Yoda, and other sci-fi beings. With UFO sightings and space alien visitors in the news, and William Shatner blasting off into space, elrow’s futuristic outer space theme is on point. Expect larger-than-life props of UFOs, rockets, and more as the design team goes all out for this multisensory, interplanetary battle between Planet elrow and the evil Planet Sensible. The trendiest DJs in the house and techno universe will be spinning out-of-this-world beats to keep the international elrow crowd moving. Earth may be an apocalyptic wasteland but Planet elrow is teeming with friendly aliens of all types seeking out the best party in the galaxy.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: elrow Announces Final Line up for Winter Edition in New York
A year ago yesterday, Garrett Lockhart, known to fans as i_o, tragically passed away. It’s hard to believe it’s been a full year; then again, the past 12 months have seemed like a fever dream to a lot of people. However, to those close to G, it’s been a year bereft of their best friend.
In honor of the one-year anniversary of his passing, No Mana set out on a journey to recreate the two’s iconic B2B at the parliamentARTCAR from EDC Las Vegas 2019. The set ended up more packed than either of them would have expected (story on that from No Mana below) and it’s a tribute that only No Mana could make.
summer of 2019. it’s 12:55am and i’m at edc las vegas about to drink on the job with g at the parliament art car. it happens to be so windy that the kinetic field had to close. we were that crowd’s next option as we were literally right next to it. this is the most people i’ve ever imagined at an art car. without having said a word, i signal him for a cigarette. i’m not a smoker but i sarcastically do this every show with him so he knows the drill. enter second stage of our routine: rock paper scissors. i lose to him for the hundredth time in a row. now that our totally non-plur, bad-vibes intro has finished we start actually doing the thing. i work the faders while he stands on the dj tables. he works the faders while i spill 3 beers within 10 minutes (sorry sian). the whole hour was such a vibe that besides almost losing my socks and sandals from dancing the only words said between us during the set was “holy shit” and “hey play your track move so i can drop my dumb daft punk bootleg right after”; the rest was horseplay and kandii trading. no words can describe how fun this set was for us, the best i can do is say what happened. rest in peace you idiot. no tears only techno now.
The recreation may not be entirely accurate, but at this point, that’s not important. What’s important is the thought and intent behind this moving tribute that you can now, to the best of everyone’s ability, live over and over again. Listen below.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: No Mana Recreates B2B With i_o From EDC 2019 In Honor Of One-Year Anniversary Of His Passing
Martron’s twist on Niiko X SWAE’s “Eeny Meeny,” takes an already tasty trap song and makes it exquisite. The artist clearly sensed a side of the sound that had not been brought out yet and made the magic happen. Martron’s version adds a bit more melody and eased groove to the pallet, while still holding on to the trap and bass roots of it all which is at it’s core. The remix works across a variety of scenerios and activities – whether it be when you’re ready to go hard at the club, ankle-deep in mud at a festival, or hitting your daily peak at the gym – this remix would improve the situation across the board.
Martron · Niiko x SWAE – Eeny Meeny (Martron Remix)
Martron has had plenty of experience putting in the work with both remixes and originals, his streaming channels showcase both of just this. For example, his alias has amassed 724K streams on SoundCloud and over 407K streams on Spotify. On top of this, Martron has had music supported by Nervo and NGHTMRE, has been invited by Dash Radio and Lizzy Jane’s Mix Series “XO Radio” to do mixes on their show, and indicates no sign of slowing down as we begin to lean into the new year.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Martron Drops Fresh Bass Twist On Niiko X SWAE’s Eeny Meeny
“The One,” isn’t just an upbeat original house track from USA based artist RONCO, it’s the next chapter of an artists realization of his talents and thus took things to the next level. His November 2021 single contains all the hallmarks of a sound primed to pop off in the club. The peak of the moment is the rhythmic basslines in the drop, this layered with crisp house percussion and a silky smooth pop vocal captures a perfect balance which sets a good mood. RONCO, real name Kendrick Acken, has been a life long music lover – after getting exposed to electronic music heavy in high school and then being moved by a Skrillex show in 2011, he knew what he was meant to do.
RONCO began to immerse himself in the culture more than ever, soon learning to DJ and then starting the alias RONCO in 2018. He took notice to truly achieve his dream, he would need to improve his production game and begin releasing original music while continuing to do to events. In 2020, quarantine allowed him ample time to up his production development and unite his skillset of live performance and studio prowess. Today, he’s brought those 2 folds as one and is already gaining recognition, getting signed to labels like Bring The Kingdom, now Uttermost, and others.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: RONCO Releases Energetic Club Anthem, ‘The One’
You have two sides of a coin. On one side is the DJ Mag Top 100. On the other are the Grammy nominations. The coin, most times, seems to be flipped by an idiot. But like all games of chance, there are still a fair amount of people who are interested in the results.
Both awards/lists are markers of success or popularity in some sense and there is definitely a degree of pride to be gleaned from inclusion on either one, the Grammys a bit more than the DJ Mag Top 100. Still, a lot of times, they both seem to be stuck in the past. Take for instance the 2022 Grammy Nominations which noticeably leave Nurture from Porter Robinson off the list. Tsk tsk.
Best Dance/Electronic Music Album noms are given to Black Coffee, Illenium, Major Lazer, Marshmello, Sylvan Esso, and Ten City. Recording (aka singles) noms are given to Afrojack & David Guetta, Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo, James Blake, Bonobo (again) & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Caribou, Rüfüs Du Sol, and Tiësto.
Many of those nominations are valid and deserved. Some definitely could have gone to other artists. But hey, that’s how it is.
One interesting update to this year’s awards, as pointed out by Variety, “Having every producer, writer and featured guest suddenly included in the album and record of the year categories also makes for some interesting disparities. At one extreme, nearly 200 people are nominated for helping make [Justin] Bieber’s Justice album; at the other end of the scale, [Billie] Eilish’s Happier Than Ever album sports just five nominees for album of the year.”
You can see the full list of nominations here and
Best Dance/Electronic Recording
Afrojack & David Guetta
Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo
Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
5. YOU CAN DO IT
Rüfüs Du Sol
7. THE BUSINESS
Best Dance/Electronic Music Album
2. FALLEN EMBERS
3. MUSIC IS THE WEAPON (RELOADED)
5. FREE LOVE
Photo via Rukes.com
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Grammy Nominations 2022: Porter Gets Snubbed, Big Noms For Illenium, Marshmello
A couple years ago, there was Fisher. Last year and this year, it’s Sidepiece. This year and next, it’s ACRAZE. All of these artists are destined for bright and successful futures if they continue putting in the effort, but it’s hard to argue against the fact that Sidepiece and ACRAZE are two of the hottest house artists this year, especially with “Do It, To It” just surpassing 50,000,000 plays since it was released just three months ago.
This past weekend in San Diego, both were scheduled to perform at Insomniac’s Audiotistic festival. And by some miracle, they both descended on Bang Bang for an unannounced afterparty and shook the rafters.
There are some sets that, when they happen, you know that being there is a privilege and you were there at the right place and right time. This was one of those moments. Check out a couple videos from the night below and stay tuned for 2022 as both Sidepiece and ACRAZE are destined to have huge years!
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Sidepiece & ACRAZE Surprise Fans With Unannounced B2B Set After Audiotistic SD
Something Something, a new face from Germany by way of London, seemed to have sort of sprung onto the scene in 2019 when she won the DJ contest at that year’s Hospitality at the Beach festival in Croatia. Her skills on the decks were proven that day, but according to an interview with UKF back in 2020 just after her debut single “Another Reason” featuring Nicole Thalia on Friction imprint Elevate’s Quadrant vol. 4 compilation EP, her entree into D&B was already in the works by then. Now with singles and a remix under her belt with fellow underrated producing duo Klue on DeVice, Uncommon and Right Good Records, Something Something is making her Euro label debut with her new solo track, the aptly named “Someone,” due out on Korsakov Music this Friday.
While she’s already proved herself to be quite diverse, from the melodic, Elevate beginnings of “Another Reason” to the grinding, tech-and-old school-inspired “All My Life” and “Keep Me From You” to the deep bass of “Know You,” Something Something deigned to beat the style spread on “Someone.” Combining melodic vocals and break synths, vintage UK hardcore rave pianos, that expertly-crafted deep bass synth and some seriously sexy syncopation at the phrase transitions, “Someone” is the full package.
Korsakov Music · Something Something – Someone
As fans listen to this premiere, we can also see the evolution of style for Something Something. The tracks are composed differently and thus, by “Someone,” despite all its moving parts and divers styles, it doesn’t feel as screwed together as “Another Reason,” and certainly it seems like this budding talent feels freer to put all the sounds she loves from D&B into her work. With “Someone,” the old adage of seeing the artistry rather than the effort certainly rings true here. From her nods to raves past to the very futuristic bass synths that are already her signature, Something Something has a little something for everyone.
“Someone” drops Friday, November 26 on Korsakov Music. Click here to pre-order or per-save.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Your EDM Premiere: Something Something Is Really Becoming ‘Someone’ [Korsakov Music]