News | Billboard Dance Senior Editor Matt Medved Discusses The Global Growth of Dance Music

Posted by on October 5, 2016

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Recently, Senior Editor of Billboard Dance Matt Medved met up with the people at Billboard Radio China to sit down and talk all things relevant in today’s rapidly growing dance music scene. Medved’s reputation in the industry alone is astounding; he reveals that becoming a DJ in 2008 has helped him with his extensive music discovery, eventually leading him to becoming one of the most reputable music news reporters in dance music. His interview also touches on the recent closing of the notorious London club Fabric and its impact on the dance community, as well at the developing expansion of music on various digital platforms.

“There’s never been another time where so much music was being made and music was so accessible,” he says. “With streaming and all these platforms, you are a click away from hearing different worlds of music. I think that’s really inspiring.”

See more about the interview here and stream it below.


Posted by on July 20, 2016


Last year, producers Slander and NGHTMRE released the explosive “Nuclear Bonds” EP on Mad Decent featuring hit single “Gud Vibrations”. The release became a massive hit with audiences around the globe with its bouncy, synth-heavy bassline and support running the gamut from Jack U to Zeds Dead.Now Slander & NGHTMRE have announced the “Gud Vibrations” bus tour, which will span 30+ stops from November 10th to December 23rd this winter.


News | Billboard Hot 100 Festival Announces 2016 Lineup Featuring Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, and More

Posted by on May 18, 2016


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Coming off the success of their inaugural festival, Billboard’s renowned Hot 100 Music Festival is making its triumphant return to New York City this summer, welcoming over 40 top-tier artists spread across three stages. This year’s festival will be headlined by the likes of Calvin Harris, Ariana Grande, and J. Cole, with a slew of undercard artists stellar enough to rival even some of the biggest festivals in the country. With artists like Gryffin, Madeon, Prince Fox, Niykee Heaton, and more, all slated to play at Nikon Jones Beach Theater this summer, Billboard’s Hot 100 Music Festival is one you don’t want to miss. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, but if you have a presale code, you can get them here.


News | The 2016 Mysteryland Lineup Is Officially Complete

Posted by on April 19, 2016


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It’s here…it’s finally here! After spending weeks slowly leaking out headliners before unveiling the first and second phases of its lineup, Mysteryland USA has just unveiled the entire thing, and it’s an absolute monster. The New York-based festival has always been known for stepping out of the box when it comes to its musical programming, and this year is no different, as the headliners, Skrillex, Bassnectar, and ODESZA, are joined by some of the underground scene’s biggest stars in Joris Voorn, MK, Mikey Lion, Deep Jesus amongst others. Not only did Mysteryland unveil its world-class lineup, but the festival also announced the return of its prominent speaker series and famed Healing Garden. Those looking for something else at Mysteryland this year need to look no further than the brand new comedy tent hosted by Kyle Mooney. You can take a peep at Mysteryland’s massive lineup below the jump, and make sure to get tickets to the festival here, as $10 of the purchase will go towards providing clean water to the Newark Public School System.

News | EDX Continues His Dance Music Domination With 4 EMPO Award Nominations

Posted by on April 7, 2016


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It’s no secret that we’re pretty big fans of EDX here at FreshNewTracks. There’s no one in dance music quite like the Swiss-based producer, as he blends smooth melodies with a deep groove that he showcases front and center in his productions and in his live sets. The Italian native has been on an absolute tear as of late, touring the North America and Canada on his first-ever NoXcuses vs. Enormous Tunes bus tour that culminated in a jam-packed Miami Music Week. Earlier this year, EDX was named Beatport’s #1 charting artist over everyone from Hardwell and Tiesto, to Maceo Plex and Nicolas Jaar, further cementing his reputation as one of dance music’s elite. Now, EDX is primed to add a few more incredible accolades to his trophy case, as he’s been nominated for 4 EMPO Awards, including Producer of the Year, Remix of the Year for his remix of “Show Me Love”, Best Label, and Best Indie Dance/Nu Disco Artist. EDX may have nothing left to prove in his career, but he’s still showing that he’s at the top of his game.

News | Mysteryland USA Announces Travel Packages With Villa Roma Resort

Posted by on April 7, 2016


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Looking for a place to stay in upstate New York for Mysteryland, but you don’t know anyone up there, and camping isn’t an option? Luckily, Mysteryland has got you covered, thanks to a brand new partnership with one of upstate New York’s premier lodging options – the Villa Roma Resort. Located in Catskills, NY, the Villa Roma Resort is an all-inclusive hotel with amenities like room service, a pool, a spa, an ice cream parlor, horseback riding, golf, and more, and all of these incredible activities are available through an exclusive Mysteryland USA travel package. The ID&T-produced festival is offering three distinct packages – Nomad, Premium, and Platinum – and all three packages include a 3 night stay at the Villa Roma Resort, between 2 and 4 tickets, free shuttles to and from the festival, and a limited edition MLUSA flag. Packages are available for those 19+ and 21+ and start at $1800.

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FYI, News | Best Soundcloud Alternatives for 2016

Posted by on March 23, 2016


Ok, there’s been lots of news over the past few months about the end of Soundcloud and we wanted to put together a quick list of our favorite Soundcloud alternatives to check out. With all of the uncertainty, here are some great places to diversify where you’re connecting with fans:

Bandcamp – This has been around for a while now, and a great place to sell music. It definitely lacks some social features like repost’s and comments, but definitely a great place to sell music if you have a loyal fanbase. It might seem a bit old fashioned to use Bandcamp, but it’s a sure thing for selling music.

Mixcloud – An amazing place to post mixes, maybe not the best place to put all of your music, but a great home for your mixes. Lots of radio shows and DJ’s are using it and seems like an obvious fit for your set.

Fanburst – The newcomer we recently discovered with an awesome way to share Albums and EP’s. The best part about Fanburst is that it’s totally free and has a powerful set of analytics tools. Definitely worth checking out, it’s pretty much Soundcloud but free for artists.

YouTube – Let’s not forget about the king of music and video sharing, with the recent launch of YouTube Red and a massive user base, Youtube is a tip top place to put your music. While YouTube lacks some social features, it makes up in the userbase. YouTube should definitely be in your swiss army knife of services.