This past weekend, Swedish House Mafia reunited for three historic sold-out nights at Stockholm’s Tele2 Arena, breaking the venue’s attendance record with over 115,000 fans attending the shows. See footage of the epic performance HERE.
Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso gave fans everything that has made Swedish House Mafia one of the most compelling live acts in the world – a stunning production, their classic hits such as “Don’t You Worry Child,” “Save The World,” and “One” plus a special first listen of some brand new music.
Fans from around the world travelled to be a part of the spectacular shows and were treated to a massive production featuring a 54 metre long and 17 metre high screen, a vast floating stage, three giant circular lighting rings creating Swedish House Mafia’s signature logo and three huge circles of fire that were suspended above the packed crowd.
Swedish House Mafia’s story so far has been one of amazing highs, with the trio achieving global success that propelled them to the forefront of dance music. Despite later facing difficult times that saw the breakdown of friendships along the way, Swedish House Mafia has put the past behind them, coming back together as artists, friends and family. Their return to their hometown marks the beginning of the next chapter for the iconic trio.
Photo Credit: Hannes Söderlund
Fans can catch Swedish House Mafia this summer and fall as they bring their incredible live show all over the world. Please visit http://swedishhousemafia.com/ for additional info, and watch for more from Swedish House Mafia coming soon.
#ULTRA2019 continues to amp up the 2019 edition with every single announcement. The latest being the 2nd phase of artists that will thump the shores of Virginia Key March 29th through the 31st!
In addition to presenting an incredibly impressive RESISTANCE lineup and the RESISTANCE Island tri-stage concept, a new wave of headliners is added to the mix: Adam Beyer b2b Cirez D (OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!), Black Coffee ( LOVE him!), Dog Blood (Skrillex + Boys Noize), Eric Prydz (sssssooo excited for this!), Sven Väth and Tom Morello (Live) while still leaving extra room for more.
Ultra Music Festival Miami has also revealed the day by day lineup for the final weekend of March, unveiling a total of 7 stages. The 2019 edition will see the full rollout of RESISTANCE Island featuring the Carl Cox Megastructure alongside 2 NEW editions: the REFLECTOR and Arrival Stages. The new Live Arena will see the worldwide debut of deadmau5’s ‘Cube 3.0’ concept as well as Gigantic NGHTMRE’s new live show, not to mention massive performances from both ILLENIUM and ODESZA. The Ultra Main Stage will see closing performances from Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and The Chainsmokers throughout the weekend, while the Ultra Worldwide stage will see the return of Dog Blood (Skrillex + Boys Noize) and bass music pioneers, Zeds Dead. Rounding out the weekend, the UMF Radio stage will see label takeovers, with Foreign Family Collective, mau5trap & STMPD setting the lineups each day.
As the excitement for the festival grows, there seems to be an undercurrent worried energy of how transportation will work. The directions and information on the free bus routs and now the ferry (which tickets must be purchased) appear to leave a lot of questions:
How long will it take to get to and from the festival? Rough mathing it, lets say we have 100,000 attendees per day and it takes about an hour for a bus to make a full round trip (pick up, drop off, back to pick up location), and each bus can fit up to 80 people, there would need to be a total of 1,250 bus trips. Divid that by 3 (three different locations – not counting the ferries) each location will ‘produce’ 417 trips. Not bad really. Just be prep yourself for a 2-3 hour journey into the festival (pretty average wait time for a festival this size).
How will the VIP entrance experience differ from GA ticket holders? VIP tickets average to be about 3X more than GA, in the past there was a difference and fast entrance, elevating the whole VIP experience… Now, does the festival expect for these ticket holders to pay so much and not have an expedited entrance, shared buses and pay EXTRA for a ferry ride? Hopefully this is something they’re developing and will let ticket holders know separately.
What will leaving Virginia Key be like? Again, the rough math from above makes the idea of leaving a little tense. Leaving Ultra in the past was organized and fast, though it provided multiple exits… Virginia Key only offers 2. So this is something we for sure look forward to learning more about.
More announcements to come! But we’re just about 2 months away from the greatest weekend of electronic music and WE. CAN’T. WAIT!!!!!!
Carl Cox returns to San Francisco on March 22nd to perform at the Midway to raise funds for his theme camp, Playground.
Carl has become a fixture at the counter-culture event going on ten years now, and has a special place in his heart and mind for the both people and the experience itself. He knew after his first Burning Man experience, that he had the soul of a burner and vowed to attend every Burning Man he could.
Carl started his Playground Camp as a way to celebrate all that Burning Man is, and as a way to give back to a culture that he loves. It started small and most who landed in the camp that first year were those just passing by to get someplace else, but the music and vibe pulled them in. From that humble start it has steadily grown over the years and in a very organic way because the energy, music and people are what makes Playground so special. Each year the camp receives hundreds of requests to join and Carl makes every effort to include as many new members as possible.
When Carl returns to the playa with Playground this year, you can expect that he will make the experience unforgettable in every way possible and put every bit of raised funds toward an even more amazing production than last year. From Playground’s welcoming lounge area with space to chill and drinks on tap, to the now iconic Arrival stage, you can bet that Carl and the whole Playground team are always striving to deliver an immersive experience to remember forever.
Playground Cam Fundraiser Burning Man 2019 Lineup:
As the heat of Mamby on the Beach starts to cool off and the sounds of multiple artist blending in the background become a form of our weekend soundtrack, we were introduced to Ravyn Lenae. This beautiful, young, and incredibly talented Chicago native demanded attention as she walked on stage and her vocals started to penetrate the air. Her voice and vibe are the true definition of transportive, just hit play on her latest EP ‘Midnight Moonlight‘ and close your eyes… you’ll see what we mean!
We loved having the opportunity to chat with Ravyn about her music, her likes, and her upcoming US tour! Check out of full interview and captivate yourself with Ravyn Lenae:
The Norwegian musician, Sonny Alven, and I have something common… Music evokes an intoxifying feeling we can’t help but chase after. Now, I don’t know how to make music… so for me is about what I hear. For Sonny Alven is the creation of a something that fulfills him. In there, lies the artistry of his talent… He makes music for a feeling, for something to burst inside ourselves that’s personal while shareable with many. I love this about his passion and was incredibly excited when I got to interview him! Check out Sonny Alven, a guy who loves music… and has something in common with me!
Out of what I can remember, my first CD would have to be “Curtain Call” by Eminem.
3. What do you love about making music?
What I love the most about music is when I get that feeling, where it feels like I’ve made something really good. And I just want to listen to it over and over again, and I’m really proud of it. It doesn’t really matter if people like it or not, as long as I’m happy with it. Chasing that feeling is something that keeps me going.
4. If you could collab with any 3 musicians, dead or alive, who would they be and why?
Lana Del Rey, Michael Jackson and The Beatles. It would be so interesting to see how these super talented people work when it comes to music. I’m sure I could learn so much.
5. Tell us about your newest EP, Girls, and what inspired each track.
My EP ‘Girls’ consists of three songs, featuring only female vocalists. I was sent ‘Your Touch’ as a demo and fell in love with the vocals straight away. Olivera has such a great and nice voice which I really like! ‘Wasted Youth’ and ‘Too Late To Love Me’ came together in two different sessions, where I brought some instrumental ideas and we started to write on top of that. ‘Wasted Youth’ is about breaking the rules and going on your own path, not letting anyone else tell you what to do. ‘Too Late To Love Me’ is more of a love song where the boy in a relationship messes up too many times, and tries to get back with her, but it’s too late..
6. Now for raannt’s signature question: How do you define sexy?
Sexy can be many things… But when someone is really great at something, like they totally just own it. I think that can be very sexy (maybe depends on what it is though, haha).
7. What’s going on with Sonny Alven this summer?
I’m doing a lot of gigs, some big festivals and some smaller stuff. Mostly playing here in Norway, at places such as Stavernfestivalen, Findings, Stereo and Utopia. While also focusing on finishing up music that will be released after summer, which I am really excited about!
8. What’s your favorite social media app (snapchat, instagram, facebook, tinder) and why (also tell everyone where they can follow you and your music)?
I think my favorite social media app must be Instagram. I think it’s a fun and easy way to share pictures and videos. You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Just search for Sonny Alven! 🙂
9. What are your three simple luxuries?
I can’t really think of three simple luxuries…But my biggest luxuries is definitely being able to do music full time, and having a lot of fun a long the way. I feel very privileged!
Sonny, thank you so much for taking the time to let me interview you!!! Excited for the new beats and will have to make it out to Norway for one of your shows!
Sophie Francis has been on the electronic music scene for a little over a year now and is already hitting the Ultra Music Festival Worldwide state… THAT’S UNREAL! The freshly 18 yearold started her DJing career as a high school project. Her passion for music, love of people, and ability to create has brought her to live a dream she didn’t know she had. We found ourselves chatting with her at the backstage lounge of the SiriusXM Music Lounge Miami about her journey and what’s next. Check out our interview with her, you’ll fall in love with her, if you’re not already!
Sophie, you’re such an inspiration!! Can’t wait to see you at Ultra Music Festival 2017!
Kicking off Miami Music Week at the SiriusXM Music Lounge Miami at the beautiful 1 Hotel. While enjoying the sun and sipping on some well deserved drinks, we wait for our time with Dutch brother duo DubVison. We’ve loved their music and this time with them is pretty exciting.
Thomas Gold is known for his killer live house beats, incredible shows, and super awesome tunes… But what we know him for (thanks to the interview below) is that Gold is evolving and creating music that connects with us on every level. The ‘Magic’ of it all is that he can take the feeling of a great show and slow it down into a track that exudes greatness. Check out our chat with Thomas Gold and make sure you download ‘Magic’!!
Introduce yourself only using 5 words or less.
DJ, Producer, Berlin, House Music, Passion.
New single, tell us about it and what inspirited the new track?
It’s called ‘Magic’ , release date is September 30th. And it is the second single from my upcoming debut album (beginning 2017). This track is completely different from my previous releases, as it is very slow 105bpm, normally I used to do 128 bpm, and it is not a club track but rather a radio song. It features a beautiful vocal (from Jillian Edwards) and for me and my, musical work, it marks an exciting change in style.
We’re excited for your tour, Magic, what’s something new you’re bringing to this show?
I will bring a lot of new music to the show, including reworks of my own releases from the past years plus my latest track ‘Saints and Sinners’ – and of course ‘Magic’! People can expect a very energetic and uplifting DJ set!
Do you have a pre-show ritual to get you ready? If so, what is it?
Not really. The only thing I do is take a breath for a couple of minutes right before I go on stage. I might sip a drink but there is no real ‘ritual’ 🙂
What’s your favorite and must-have thing you need backstage before and after you show?
I love to have a green room where i can hang and listen to what the DJ before me is playing, this is a good opportunity to catch the vibe of the crowd.
What’s your favorite thing about touring?
To get to see so many places in the world and to meet so many new people. This is definitely something very special and I am grateful to have the chance to do this.
We’re known for defining SEXY… How does Thomas Gold define sexy?
I’d say if something really catches your attention, but in a very exciting and positive way – and if it makes you go like ‘wow, this is sexy!’…:)
If you could work with any musician, dead or alive, which three would you want to work with and why?
Prince because he had such a special and sexy style; Adele because of her incredible voice; Red Hot Chili Peppers because this could be very interesting…
What’s next for you?
I will be in at my studio in Berlin, working on my album for the next weeks. In between I will do a bunch of shows, in the US, South America, Europe and Asia.
What are your three simple luxuries?
Time with friends, sleep, healthy food.
Everyone! Check out Thomas Gold show if you get a chance! Find out more about where he’ll be here.
So this was cool… 1st time stepping into a tour bus!! We felt super cool! Chris & Jon were incredibly welcoming and friendly and cool dudes for sure! As we entered the bus (trying to stay cool, cuz you know it was our first time hanging with celebrities in their own personal space) the Texans & Patriots game was on two big screen tvs on each side of the bus. Providing the perfect, not really, lighting for our FacebookLive session with the guys.
So we talked about their shows, how they meat, music, future collaborations, what to expect from the Safe in Sound Music Festival and of course how they each define sexy. Check out our FacebookLive (Don’t forget to like us for more DJ interviews) session 👆🏽above👆🏽 and our audio interview 👇🏽bellow👇🏽:
Another night another rager? Hahahah well, we don’t rage as often as we would like to but let’s just say that Safe In Sound Music Festival provided a great reason (and music) to rage! The 3 year old traveling festival teamed up with Borgore to lead a pack of incredible DJs onto a 25 city tour. Allowing fans to experience the music festival on their own social playgrounds. Each city features a different set of DJs (sometimes not, but it has a great artist rotation) for a unique experience. For the Indianapolis chapter we had ETC(!) ETC(!), TERRAVITA, Zomboy & Borgore and were able to clock some one on one chats with the cool kids from TERRAVITA and the man himself Borgore! Each DJ was great and played some exciting tunes, some dropped new tracks and others really pumped up the energy of the crowd. So here’s to the many Safe In Sound Music Festivals left and if one is close to you or hitting your hometown, make sure you go!!!!!!