Fresh off two incredible performances at Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA, Channel Tres has been having quite the moment. Hailing from Compton, Channel developed his love of music at an early age, experiencing a wide selection of musical styles as a child. Having since realized his ambition to become a music creator himself, Channel has already released a string of club classics such as “Controller” and “Topdown,” dazzling audiences with high-level collaborations and unforgettable live performances, including a set this month at NYC’s iconic Governor’s Ball Music Festival. Recently, BMI’s Nia Aglipay & David Streit caught up with Channel Tres to discuss his recent tour, musical inspirations, and creative philosophy, among other things.
Hey Channel, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us! We’re big fans and would love to get more insight on your music and overall artistry. Everyone has their own creative process, where does yours start when diving into a new project?
It usually starts with some internal inventory, see what’s going on with myself. Maybe see what experiences I’ve had, or what things are popping up within that. It also depends on what I’m listening to and influenced by in the current moment.
Your music has been described as blending the drive of Detroit techno and the slinky smooth grooves of Chicago house with the snarl of West Coast rap. How was your music taste influenced by where you grew up in Compton, CA and what were you listening to back then?
My musical influence came from going to church and just being around musicians. In my mom’s house, it was more rap and R&B. In my great grandmother’s house, it was more Gospel music and old hymns, Motown, and Marvin Gaye and different quartet groups. At my grandmother’s house, she played smooth jazz and Herbie Hancock, maybe some John Coltrane. Personally, Kanye was a big influence, and so was OutKast. I really liked music from down south, I was a big Nelly fan as a kid. Ice Cube and Doctor Dre were always in the streets and the anthems of the west coast- DJ Quick- were culture.
We read that August 08 of 88 Rising is a childhood friend of yours and has been instrumental in connecting you with other artists at the start of your career bringing you along for studio sessions. When did you first meet each other, and did you ever make music together as kids?
I’m a year older than him. I was in the seventh grade and he was in the sixth grade. We met in middle school; I was the drummer for the school band. One morning, someone was playing my drums in the band room. They were really good and I was like, “Who’s that?” It was August, and we built up the friendship from there. We were the two nerds in the school that were always in the band room. I had a drum set that I set up in my garage that my great grandmother got for me. He would ride his bike to my house, and we would just jam out. That was the foundation of our relationship. We started skateboarding and dancing just being the weird kids in the neighborhood. That relationship continues to this day.
Your list of collaborations is pretty extensive. You’ve worked with some of the biggest names in hip-hop like Tyler, the Creator and JPEGMAFIA, as well as massive dance artists like Duke Dumont, SG Lewis, and TOKiMONTSA, to name a few. How do these collaborations and ideas come to fruition? And do you have a favorite person/artist you’ve worked with so far?
Those connections just come through being available mentally and creatively. Vic (Wainstein) who’s a great engineer, one of Tyler’s engineers, has worked with the late, great Mac Miller and a bunch of other people. I would just send him some beats and he would play them for people. Maybe my management might be like, “Hey they want to work together?” and I’ll pull up. August was one of the ones that took me to a bunch of sessions where I got to work with Wale and do different things. It comes from being available and just having beats ready. A lot of it comes naturally, it’s not something I plan. I kind of just show up and work with whatever comes across my radar.
Last year was the first time you were back on stage after a while. You got to join Thundercat in the fall for his North American leg of the “It Is What It Is” tour. Any crazy stories from your time on the road that you could share?
That was a really dope dream come true. Thundercat’s music has helped me through a lot of things in life, and his music is soothing whenever I’m sad or going through a tough time. It’s got me through lot of breakups. During that time, I was struggling coming out of the COVID fog. He was a great influence on me to make the decision to switch some things in my life. Musically it was beautiful, a lot of stories about Mac Miller, a lot of stories about his upbringing, Leon Ware. Being around musical geniuses, his band, being able to have close moments, and he’s a funny dude. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. It really healed some things and made me focus on music in the right way. I think the universe does things sometimes to push you in the right direction. And I think that’s what it was - A nudge for me to get my head back on straight.
You’re fresh off the Coachella stage having played both weekends in the desert. Knowing that people come from all over the world to see Coachella’s legendary artists and performances, how would you say this festival spot differed from other performances? Was it extra special as an LA native being on one of the world’s premiere festivals?
It was definitely a dream come true and definitely the start of a new chapter in my live performances. It let me know that manifestation is real. I went to Coachella in 2016 I stayed on the grounds that night and I remember in the middle of the night at 4 in the morning at the silent disco just saying, “I’m gonna f__king play Coachella one day” and people were looking at me crazy. Channel Tres wasn’t even born yet and I knew that I was going to be there, I met my current manager there and it was a crazy slip of energy. It inspired me to want more in life and manifest more. Six years later, I’m on the stage and performing in front of a big crowd at 4pm. I just saw myself as the person I’ve always wanted to be. The work started on the Thundercat tour and when I got home, I just got in training and started dancing, started studying and it just came to fruition. It let me know that you can really get what’s for you. It felt right to be up there, it felt right to be there. It felt like this is what I’m supposed to do, so it was a great moment of clarity for me. I hope the people really enjoyed it and it felt like a blessing.
What’s the biggest difference between the Channel Tres live performance vs one of your DJ sets? Is there one performance style you prefer over the other and why?
I see the live performance as a way for me to be out of my body and my head and to encourage people to dance and move and be free; to really enjoy the music. I feel like dancing is lacking. People should just try to move their body. Sometimes you just have to move. I use the live show to cultivate that in my own life and try to give that energy out to other people. It’s a way for me to see my songs come to life with movement and production things. The DJ set is when I get into my moody man personality. Stuff that I listen to or stuff that I know is gonna make people move. Taking songs and mashing them with other songs and changing the pitch of it. It connects me to the roots of house music and warehouse and that space. I love Carl Cox and Omar S. I love watching people Shazam something at a party. I don’t really take requests like just listen to the story; I’m telling you a story with the music right now. You need to submit to the grooves. I’m more prone not to play your request because I might have gotten to it and you wouldn’t have heard the transition, you know, just chill. DJing is just a way for me to do what I want to do, inviting people into my mind. It’s a “take it or leave it” attitude, you know? It’s my free time to play what I like to play.
Color, community, and dance all play a big role in your visuals from your music videos to onstage performances. Is that inspiration pulled from anything in particular?
Yeah, I grew up in church, in the black church. I was with my great grandparents all the time so you have to come. My thing was that I got into the arts. We used to do plays and write songs, put on things for Easter and Christmas or for the summer. In school, I was a drama kid and I grew up playing with my cousins in the backyard. We would play hopscotch and double Dutch and there as always music involved. It’s just something that comes with my culture and the way I grew up. It’s just a part of me. The arts give me an outlet and gave me room to have fun.
During the pandemic, you launched your own label called Art For Their Own Good. Can you talk a little about what the catalyst for creating this label was? How important was it for you to create that space and release your third EP “I can’t go outside” that way? What was the biggest lesson you’ve learned putting that project out?
I created that label when I was 18 and during covid, it was hard. I didn’t want to take any deals and sometimes it’s a lot. You know you don’t want to take anything early and I’m still developing. I just wanted my own freedom and I was still learning the ropes on how to put a project together, how to get features, how to sit with the engineer, and how much budget I need to have the studio for the amount of time to create it and package it. I really wanted to take charge on my own and learn the ins and outs of it for myself. It was a way for me to study and learn all the aspects of the music business and not just the musical part. You know, what goes on behind the scenes. I had a set budget that I was given, and I used that to make the project. I did some of the work at home, I did some of the work at a studio, I started working on the project and I didn’t even know I was working on the project because I was making music and cranking out ideas. It just came together. My boy did strings for it, and I used that as a time to pull together resources and be well rounded
This year you’ve already put out an EP called “refresh” and followed that up with two other tracks “Acid In My Blood” and “Ganzfeld Experiment” along with their instrumental versions. You also teased a new song with Ty Dolla $ign during your Coachella set so we can say it’s safe to assume there are more projects waiting to be released in 2022, right?
My goal is to finish the album this year, but you can’t really put a time on that because I’m just working. I have some more singles coming and my fall tour. I’m just going with the flow and rolling stuff out. I did other features and other things so I’m just cooking.
Where do you see the future of the dance genre, and music in general, going?
I don’t know, honestly. I think there was a time when dance music became something weird or corny, and you see when dancing is corny, weird stuff starts to happen. But I think we need to continue to make people dance and continue to hold dance music to a higher regard and don’t let it become corny or let people think it’s corny because it’s too important. When people don’t dance, they think too much. I consider myself a Black star which we don’t really have. We like to watch people move their hips and be free and be themselves like Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Michael Jackson. People that made us go “Wow!” and you just want to watch them. We need to get people dancing and I’ve seen it happen over the last couple years and I’m happy to be a part of that. My favorite artists don’t make me think too much, they make me move, that’s my opinion.
And lastly, what is the best advice you’ve received, and do you have any words of wisdom for those first starting out?
The best advice is today, this too shall pass and just go follow your dreams. Find what you like to do and just do that. Don’t try to do something that you don’t feel like you’re not supposed to be doing.
After only a few short pandemic years, Diplo’s house music label, Higher Ground, is already a towering force to be reckoned with. Higher Ground’s recent release “Can You Feel It” by London-based DJ/Producer trio, JADED, is certainly helping to keep the bar high. The track features funky syncopated keys, insistent drums, and soaring, soulful vocals. Augmented with laser blasts and some surprising brass flourishes, dancefloor denizens will certainly be feeling it.
Norwegian liquid house duo, KREAM, team up with UK-born, Amsterdam-based rising star, Jake Tarry, to rework the classic A Tribe Called Quest Tune, “Once Again.” Released via Tiesto’s Music Freedom imprint, the track features blistering hi-hats and chunky drums which blare over a sample of the hip-hop classic, reintroducing it to a new generation of discerning club-goers.
Since their first collaboration in 2008, mega-dance artists and pioneers Deadmau5 and Kaskade join forces to form Kx5. “Escape,” their debut single released under this new duo name, features vocals by UK singer songwriter Hayla, who brings a haunting feel to the trance-like melody. Deadmau5 and Kaskade showcase their own unique styles to set the landscape for the track. Futuristic synths float over a pulsing stream of steady beats, while a thumping bass propels the listener for a truly ethereal escape.
Hailing from the other side of the pond, UK artist and DJ Franky Wah joins rising dance/electro newcomers AR/CO. Leo Stannard and Mali Koa, who make up AR/CO, are steadily establishing their own signature style, which can be heard on “Under the Sun,” the third release under this collaborative project. The vocals are layered to mimic an echoed choir, while Franky Wah sets the big room vibe with his laser-like production, creating an almost post-apocalyptic atmosphere. Although this collaboration feels seamless, each of the contributors add their own distinctive flare.
Multi-faceted NYC-based producer 3LAU showcases his deep-house chops on this collaboration with the Sydney-based artist, CXLOE, who gets to flex her electronic side beneath her ethereal vocals. The ends results are a poweful combination, highlighting both 3LAU’s hypnotically bouncy production style with CXLOE’s flair for emotionally charged pop. Expect to hear this track on the main stage festival circuit for years to come.
Three years after their 2018 collaboration, “Stay,” DEVAULT (a.k.a. Sage Devault) aligns once again with ascendant UK singer/songwriter Bipolar Sunshine (a.k.a. Adio Marchant) for this infectious amalgam of techno, funk and acid. Bipolar Sunshine’s swaggeringly cool vocals cut right through DEVAULT’s insistent bass, beats and synths until the track breaks open into a lushly widescreen, melodic dancefloor anthem.
Giants of their genres, GRAMMY-nominated EDM producer ZHU and top-charting pop songwriter John The Blind (who has penned hits for One Direction through Pitbull) join forces for a single that transcends their respective categories, pairing a soulfully swooning lyrical narrative with the mysterious producer’s propulsive, deep-house production. A landmark recording for 2021.
Re-wiring Celeste’s infectious 2020 single “Stop This Flame” as a boisterous Chicago House workout, Detroit-born/L.A.-based producer MK retains the original song’s soulful assertiveness while giving it some serious dancefloor horsepower and some trancey synths that let the track periodically take flight.
This newest collaboration from house-music titans Duke Dumont and Channel Tres blends influences of house, acid and techno into a fusion that’s both infectiously funky and dryly funny. Featuring vibey vocals and a laid-back, witty narrative from Tres, “Alter Ego” is a journey with a pumping bass line that perfectly captures the rhythms and atmosphere of the club experience.
With huge, emotional choruses and heavy drums, this latest collab between L.A.-based producer WizG and Billboard #1 singer/songwriter Jantine perfectly pairs future-bass stylized production with a sweeping, heartfelt melody that tells the story of star-crossed romance. Released via Thrive Music, this single is the third collaboration between these two, following “When I Didn’t Know” and “Never Be The Same,” and it continues their streak.
After his breakout hit in 2019 with “ily (I love you baby) (feat. Emilee),” Surf Mesa teams up with British singer/songwriter Bipolar Sunshine for this new single. Surf Mesa’s signature production bounces beneath the light, airy vocals, underscoring the track’s sunny mood and swooning sentiments of love soaring over the driving four-on-the-floor tempo.
Specializing in trap beats and catchy keyboards, South Korean-born, L.A.-based producer/DJ Park Hye Jin has established herself as a versatile artist to watch. The second single off her highly anticipated album Before I Die, due September 10, “Watchu Doin Later” is a slow-grooving monologue in both English and Korean about desperately wanting to make a meaningful connection with someone and wrestling with self-doubt. The lyrics ricochet between the two languages, framed by a downtempo soundscape that perfectly matches the brooding, lovelorn sentiment.
With brighter days ahead, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike team up with London/Los Angeles based songwriter, producer, DJ AZTECK and Italian DJ/producer Angemi for an uplifting dance track just in time for summer. The monolithic brotherly duo have taken AZTECK and Angemi under their wings and their influence can definitely be heard. While listening to “We’ll Be Dancing Soon”, you’ll picture yourself dancing in the sunshine with your friends at a festival. The smokey vocals on the track bring the lyrics to life, “we’ll be dancing soon, we’ll be singing songs…all the love lives on”. This song gives us hope for better days when we can all gather together again safely.
Known for their melodic hip hop and electric R&B sound, Los Angeles based duo MIKNNA bring the late night vibes with their latest release “Downtown”. Reva DeVito takes the song to the next level with her vocals that can only be described in three words: dreamy, buttery, and lush. MIKNNA’s very own Mike B. can be heard as the harmony while Ken Nana provides the production with a light airy feel through flutters and funky guitar chords. Overall, the track has the smoothest of grooves and we can only hope to be as cool as these guys one day.
For nearly a decade, the beloved North London based electronic duo, Gorgon City, has blessed the dance community with tasteful house music and unforgettable DJ Sets at some of the world’s biggest dance festivals. Their September single, ‘Burning’, is a collaboration with their talented Astralwerks labelmate and rising star, EVAN GIIA. EVAN’s voice is absolutely mesmerizing when heard over Gorgon’s City’s pumping house baseline and the hook is dangerously catchy, so proceed with caution!
Moore Kismet is having a moment, and rightfully so. Since breaking onto the dance scene in 2019 at the tender age of 14, Moore has exceeded all expectations and is now being called dance music’s new rising star. Now 16, having signed to Thrive Music, his single, Rumor is a jaw-dropping collaboration with Australian Producer/DJ, WYN. The track opens with WYN’s eerie vocals, only to abruptly shock the listener with a series of mind-blowing drops featuring the heaviest drums imaginable. With so much promise at such a young age, the sky is the limit for Moore Kismet.
Legends in their own right and a dream team if there ever was one, Chris Lake joins Armand Van Helden for “The Answer,” a beat-filled, pumped-up track that is causing a sensation. This song, along with three others, is featured on an EP of the same name the pair released off Chris’s own label, Black Book Records. Featuring bouncy beats, funky hi-hats, soulful vocals and a sample of lines from 1991’s “Why Can’t We See” by Blind Truth, “The Answer” has already streamed over 3 million times on Spotify alone, and the EP has been well received, setting the stage for much more.
Ever since exploding onto the dance scene in 2014 with multiple Hype Machine #1 remixes, New York-based producer Jai Wolf has been a name to watch among electronic music fans around the world. Now linked with legendary indie label Mom + Pop Music, Jai Wolf’s recent releases have been causing a stir. His newest single, “Moon Rider” boasts powerful melodies, huge drums, and stylish vocals, courtesy of Wrabel, whose angelic voice pairs beautifully with the moving co-production of Wolf and Cobra Starship’s Ryland Blackinton.
Despite their mysterious moniker, 53 is actually two singers and two producers releasing seamlessly dreamy songs through the aptly named Majestic Casual Records. Their latest single, “southside,” filled with fluttery beats and smooth, sultry vocals, comes off the quartet’s second EP. Though intel suggests they were working separately even before the pandemic, it’s striking to realize that the four individuals responsible for this music have never been in the same room together. Regardless, having already reached 10 million streams on Spotify with their previous single “dreamin,” this enigmatic foursome is undeniably making a name for themselves.
After the 2018 release of his celebrated debut album, The Evening, 18-year-old ford. garnered critical acclaim for his emotional, textured, and ethereal productions. Now with a GRAMMY nomination under his belt before the age of 21, ford. continues to be something of an anomaly. His new collaboration “Hold On” with Swedish-Iranian artist, Ayelle, is no less mesmerizing. Ayelle’s whimsical vocals float above a flurry of organic drums and a layered collage of melodies that have become ford.’s unique signature. It’s a winning combination that promises great things to come.
Detroit native Marc Kinchen, better known as MK, has had a lengthy career that stretches back to the late 80s, but don’t let that fool you. From b2b sets with DJs like DIPLO and Sonny Fodera to festivals like Tomorrowland and Creamfields with his own Area10-curated stages, he’s a house producer that continues to innovate and stay relevant, no matter the decade. In his most recent single, “Underwater,” MK has teamed up with Anabel Englund whose 2018 track, “So Hot,” peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Dance/ Mix Show chart, and spent eight consecutive weeks at no. 1 on U.S. Dance Radio. With Anabel’s sultry vocals and MK’s signature sound, this track makes us miss the dancefloor and staying out until 2AM.
After becoming a bit of an internet legend through a string of DIY Singles and official remixes over the years, Aseem Mangaokar — otherwise known as Hotel Garuda — has finally released this amazing debut EP for Mom + Pop Records, and it does not disappoint. Seamlessly blending indie pop, synth-pop, and electronic styles, Hotel Garuda’s music can be hard to classify. The lead single, “Rush,” is a perfect example of this versatility. Rife with aspects of electro-pop and acid house, the track fuses a pumping bass-line and syncopated electronic drum fills with an old-school 70s-inspired interlude replete with funky guitars and vocoder vocals, culminating with a blazing solo at the song’s crescendo. Aseem once again manages to mix all these disparate musical elements together into a cohesive and undeniably unique listening experience.
“Unattached” is Le Youth’s most recent release from his own label, PRGRSSN Records. Wes James — better known as Le Youth — has made the move to more deep, melodic, and progressive house music over the past year, which is evident on this track. Analog synths mixed with energized beats are what we love about it. Le Youth’s previous track “Gemini” was one of his first originals on Above & Beyond’s, Anjunabeats. 2020 has been an interesting year for Wes and BMI is excited to have him as this edition’s Spotlight Interview.
Since 2015, Nick Winholt and Austin Woo have collaborated under the name Win and Woo to release awe-inspiring cuts and remixes that have gone on to become club classics. Rising to prominence in the Chicago dance scene with the likes of Louis The Child, Win and Woo forged a lane of their own in the last five years, amassing a dedicated fanbase around the world. After listening to their mesmerizing new single “Feel Em All,” out via Armada Music, it’s no mystery as to why they’ve earned such a following. Blending underground EDM production with intricate melodies and catchy pop hooks, “Feel Em All” is the perfect addition to your quarantine dance party playlist.
Las Vegas DJ/producer 3LAU (pronounced “blau”) is all about giving back. Since his rise in the DJ world, he has helped raise money to build schools in Guatemala through Pencils of Promise, donated money to Cancer research, and has launched the world's first not-for-profit dance label, Blume. That alone should be enough to earn respect and admiration, but he also happens to make mind-blowingly great music. His latest single "Tokyo (feat. XIRA)" combines a catchy vocal from Sydney-based indie pop songwriter XIRA with 3LAU’s signature sprawling production, guaranteed to instantly inspire spontaneous dance moves.
Adam Dyment — better known as UK-based DJ/producer Duke Dumont -- has been on the scene since 2006. Somewhere between receiving a GRAMMY nomination, having a worldwide smash hit single with Katy Perry and becoming an internationally revered figure in clubs and festivals across the world; Adam has cemented himself among the top echelon of House Music producers on the planet. His new single "Therapy", via Virgin EMI, continues to impress with a mesmerizing vocal and high-energy production. True to its title, the track is a therapeutic experience on the dance floor.
Given his reluctance to adhere to any single genre, electronic musician Rome In Sliver (Vincenzo Pisciotta, to his mother) frequently leaves listeners not know what to expect beyond the knowledge it will be amazing and unique. The Orange County-based DJ/producer’s latest single, “Yoko” — released by San Holo’s able imprint, bitbird — furthers the intrigue, mixing robotic rhythms with dreamy pads to set your mind reeling until the bass synths drops in and brings you back to reality.
As a young bedroom producer hailing from the small Pennsylvania town of Hollidaysburg, it's seemingly a mystery how pluko (aka Sam Martinsen) rose to prominence so quickly until you listen to his music. With undeniable mastery of electronic production, pluko continues to surprise his fans with amazing sounds and catchy melodies he constructs out of thin air. His latest single, "the lovely one." is no different with its mesmerizing rhythms and explosive synth arpeggios.
After first meeting in a Philadelphia bowling alley, Troy Hinson and Jared Piccone formed a partnership to create amazing music under the moniker Black Caviar. Their latest track, “Kubrick Faked The Moon Landing,” fuses punchy drums with futuristic effects and mysterious melodies into an instant house classic.
As a bit of a departure from his typical sound, Prismo’s new remix of Haywyre’s “With You” is particularly magical. While the original track invoked a retro-80’s dynamic with vocoder vocals and sequenced synthesizers, Prismo adds some distinctive, heavily distorted synth drops, and it all meshes together perfectly. “With You” is one of those tracks you’ll want to put on repeat for the coming months.
Los Angeles-based AOBeats has been the golden child of electronic label Moving Castle for some time now. His newly released (and highly anticipated) sophomore album, I Have Trouble Sleeping, comes packed with featured cameos from such names as Mark Johns, LIZ, EXES, SAKIMA, Ravenna Golden, Luka Kloser and more. The album’s title track, meanwhile, is a solid, one-man show that showcases AOBeats’ truly unique production style.
New Jersey’s 4B is at it again with another hard-hitting party anthem, released via Ultra records. With a skillful blend of trap and hardstyle production, 4B continues to push sonic boundaries and defy expectations on dancefloors around the world. The fire extinguisher on the cover says it all, this track is combustible.
GRAMMY-nominated producer, Andrew Bayer, has released his ode to trance music. Influenced by some of the classic Euro-trance anthems of his childhood, Bayer continues to experiment with his sound. Infused with classic trance references, catchy synth lines, and impressively complex production, “Bottle Top Trance” is simultaneously modern and nostalgic.
Fresh of signing with management company, The Shalizi Group (who also handle Marshmello, Jauz, Slushii, etc), Alesso has unleashed his newest single “In The Middle” with the mysterious newcomer, SUMR CAMP. With an incredibly catchy hook, this deep house cut is sure to become a classic on dancefloors and car stereos alike.
Rippling with a mesmerizing, melodic intro, a huge future-bass crescendo and their signature distorted synth sound, Toronto’s Zeds Dead are back with “Stars Tonight,” a monster collab with Dutch production duo DROELOE. This lush track’s slow-building majesty is the perfect marriage of grit and grandeur.
Having established herself with four memorable sets at this year’s EDC, house music maven VNSSA (a.k.a. Vanessa Barns) is continuing to make serious waves with her latest single. Co-written with longtime collaborator Eric Mark and released on Australian label Box of Cats, “This and That” pairs a distorted vocal sample from the 90’s with seriously gritty drums for an energetic romp to be enjoyed on dancefloors around the world.
House-music legend and Dirty Bird founder Claude Vonstroke joins forces with Barcelona-based Eddy M to forge this spicy banger for the summer. Rife with piercing hi-hats, a pumping bassline and some suitably scalding synths, “Getting Hot” is ideal for turning up the sizzle at your next weekend barbeque.
Fresh off an amazing couple of set at EDC in Las Vegas, Insomniac-affiliated producer/DJ/songwriter Chris Lake continues to impress with this stunning new single, released through his own label imprint, Black Book. Brimming with Lake’s signature tech house style, infectious synths and massive vocals courtesy of Lake’s own spouse, Gita Lake, “Stay With Me” is perfect for the main stage.
Time and again, Los Angeles-based DJ/producer/songwriter Slushii demonstrates that he can tackle any style he sets his mind to. On this latest release on Big Beat Records, Slushii goes fully tropical in collaboration with Latin GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Sofia Reyes for a sun-kissed slice of steel-drum-buffered dance-pop that’s as sweet as a frozen cocktail on a sultry summer night.
Pair the soulful swoon of Alec Chambers with the sparkling, propulsive production of Stavros, and you’re bound to get something truly special. Sure enough, their latest collaboration, “Starting Fires” has been making consistent waves since its February release as a seamless fusion of romantic, melodic pop with an undeniable EDM pulse.
After releasing a slew of memorable dance singles since 2011, NYC singer/songwriter Alicia Madison has joined forces with production duo, The Golden Pony. Bolstered by an warm, inviting melody and Madison’s honeyed vocals, the track also boasts a secret weapon in the form of a deeply infectious, whistled hook that will cement itself in your head.
When NYC-based producer/DJ KANDY and Denmark-based production trio, Nonsens, collaborate, good things are bound to happen, and their newest creation “Like This” is a very good thing. Released on the Mad Decent sub-label, Good Enuff, “Like This” is a huge, propulsive track that is bound to see some heavy rotation in clubs and festivals around the world.
Known for his amazing remixes for high-profile artists like Cher, Jason Derülo, John Mayer, and Smallpools, L.A.- based DJ and producer Zookëper has released a succession of impressive singles throughout 2018. His latest release on Spinnin’ Records, “From Me,” is just as impactful, featuring strong vocals and huge synth melodies that are sure to get stuck in your head for the next twenty-four hours.
As the first single from the full album Nova, “Pressure” is an audacious opening shot for Los Angeles-based DJ/producer RL Grime. While the album is filled with a variety of musical styles ranging from Dance to Pop to R&B, featuring the likes of Miguel, Julia Michaels, Ty Dolla $ign, Daya, Jeremih, & Tory Lanez, “Pressure” is a callback to his classic signature brand of distorted synth-based dance music. With the song first appearing in his Halloween mix released last year and later featured in a 2018 Apple iMac Pro ad campaign, it’s release last week has been highly anticipated.
In anticipation of Whethan’s Life of A Wallflower Tour kicking off this fall, the highly-touted producer has released the amazing “Superlove” with the London-based Alt-Pop masterminds Oh Wonder. According to Josephine and Anthony of Oh Wonder, the song was written in just 30 minutes by the three of them while in a Los Angeles Studio session. The fun energy of the production and catchy vocals of Superlove makes it the perfect soundtrack to any sunny afternoon by the pool.
As the fourth single from their much-anticipated third album, See Without Eyes, “Go Light” by The Glitch Mob is almost the perfect distillation of the L.A. trio’s sound, fusing infectious, glitched-out synths, booming chords and anthemic chord progressions. As a final warning shot prior to the high-impact arrival of the full-length album, four years in the making, “Go Light” ushers in a new phase the electro band’s already formidable journey.
Originally hailing from Washington, DC, but now based in Los Angeles, Shallou is an artist and producer specializing in atmospheric electronic music. On this latest single, he’s teamed up with indie-pop vocalist Riah and the effect is mesmerizing. By pairing minimalist synths and pulsing beats with a light, winsome melody, Shallou’s signature happy/sad production aesthetic strikes the perfect balance with Riah’s lilting voice to create a truly unique dance song, ideal for a rainy day. Be sure to keep an eye out for Shallou’s impressive live show, which seamlessly blends dreamy electronics, loops, and live instrumentation.
A lush amalgam of sparkling synths, sweet vocal harmonies, Caribbean flourishes and an irrepressible Latin rhythm, “No Love” by Ultra Music’s Salt Cathedral is a breezy tribute to the power of love and dancing over hate and violence. As a NYC-based duo of native Colombians, Salt Cathedral has been making waves in the dance community with their uniquely distinctive blend of sumptuous, tropical pop.
A seamless mix of crystalline pop and cutting edge production, “I Need You” is the infectious brainchild of super-producers and DJ’s Fernando Garibay and Armin van Buuren. Concentrating on their considerable strengths, while van Buuren’s more renowned for his trance work, Garibay’s midas touch as a versatile producer and songwriter, having worked extensively with everyone from Lady Gaga through U2, shines through on this track. Paring the soulful vocals of Olaf Blackwood with a compelling pulse, haunting chorus and wide-screen sonic expanse, “I Need You” is a genre-straddling confection that transcends the dance floor.
L.A.-based producer, APEK, closes out an eventful year of chart success, streaming achievements, high-profile collabs, and a Tritonal tour with his new song, “Traces.” A richly melodic new track, “Traces” pairs broken-beat innovation with soaring synths and ethereal vocals, courtesy of the incredible Karra. It offers a seamless dance-floor experience that reinforces APEK’s name as one to keep an ear out for.
Buffalo natives and self-proclaimed “taco aficionados,” Solidisco have been lighting up dancefloors and festivals around the globe with an arsenal of originals and remixes out via big player labels, Universal Music & Big Beat/Atlantic, Ultra Records and taste-makers A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold & Laidback Luke’s Mixmash Records. Playing homage to the roots of house music, Solidisco reps the culture, while keeping the dancefloor rocking in the current landscape of dance music.
As co-founder of the Soda Island collective, 18-year-old Canadian producer/DJ Ramzoid established himself as a fresh new force in electronic dance music with a distinctive sound that has garnered the support from acts such as Jauz, Jack U, and Baauer. Breaking away from the DJ standard, his live show is augmented with launch pads, midi-controllers, and a drum kit, so make sure to check the dates for his upcoming tour with Jai Wolf. Blazing ahead with an EP of his own, Universe, Ramzoid is continuing to put his own spin on Future bass.
Unlike Pluto is an Atlanta-born/L.A.-based DJ/producer who infuses his obsession with electronic dance music with influences and instrumentation from well beyond the conventional realm of the dancefloor. Rightly celebrated as one of Billboard’s Dance Artists to Watch, this multifaceted music creator has only started to reveal his capabilities. “Show Me Love” arrives with vocalist Michelle Buzz’s silky cooing before the track bursts open with spiraling synths, a soulful chorus and a big, expansive drop.
Initially meeting as students at music school in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mexico-born artists Americo Garcia and Jorge Medina recognized the potential of their collective chemistry and pooled their musical resources as Boombox Cartel to swiftly drive their informed, innovative sound to the height of the Minneapolis DJ scene. A quick succession of self-releases proved them a force to be reckoned with.
Abandoning chilly Minnesota for the sun and scene of Southern California, the duo has continued to crank out influential singles, catching the ears and accolades of names like Diplo, Skrillex, DJ Snake and Martin Garrix. Their most recent effort, “Supernatural,” finds Boombox Cartel merging with the bass power of QUIX and the sinewy voice of Canadian singer/songwriter Anjulie for a cinematic dancefloor epic.
DJ/producer No Way Back (a.k.a. Anthony Pisano) has earned a reputation for a style that deftly fuses house, hip-hop and soul, as evidenced on his acclaimed debut single “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay,” which stormed the Top 10 of the UK Music Week Club Chart. This latest track, meanwhile, finds him putting a cutting-edge spin on the sound of the hedonistic 90’s via a collaboration with fellow Los Angeleno DJ/producer Le Youth (a.k.a. Wes James), himself renowned for filling dance floors with a cool blend of house and R&B. Keep your eyes and ears out for more of this blissful brand of dance music from both Now Way Back and Le Youth.
Having already established himself as a globally recognized force on the turntables, L.A.-based producer Jayceeoh has earned the respect from celebrated fellow DJ/producers like A-trak, Bassnectar, Boregore and Flosstradamus, and released original trap and bass-driven remixes on influential labels like Dim Mak, Fool’s Gold, Ultra Records, Buygore and more. His latest track, “Elevate,” is poised to only push him further forward, featuring a head-turning vocal performance by Nevve over Jayceeoh’s lush, synth-laden production and propulsive beats.
Not just an accomplished DJ and producer, Goldroom (a.k.a. Josh Legg) makes sparklingly lush electronic dance music, but the soul of a bona fide songwriter lurks just beneath the beats. Layered under the sweeping synths, soaring vocals and “nostalgic production tones” of his new single “Silhouette,” Goldroom dreamily hearkens to another age. Straying from the DJ norm, Goldroom’s been known to bring his music to festivals around the world with a full live band. Could crossover success be far behind? Stay tuned.
A strong contender for song of the summer, “Wheels in Motion” pairs New York City’s TWRK with Amsterdam’s Lady Bee. Initially an anonymous duo, TWRK were already cranking out dance floor hits for Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint when the influential DJ/producer revealed their true identities on his BBC Radio program as Benzi and Esentrik. “Wheels in Motion” is a haunting, mid-tempo jam that will only further their growing reputation.
This New Jersey-native-turned-LA-transplant may be a new face in the DJ world, but he’s no stranger to the stage. As a former member of pop/rock-gone-EDM trio, Cash Cash, Zookёper spent more time touring the globe before his 21st birthday than some acts do in a lifetime. Released by Hysteria Records, “Gunz” has already received support from some of the top DJs around the world, including Martin Garrix, David Guetta, and Morgan Page.