Albums | Billboard Dance’s Matt Medved Spilled the Beans on Reddit, and We’ve Got the Highlights

Posted by on January 21, 2016


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Last week, Matt Medved, Billboard Dance editor-in-chief and the DJ / producer, Sicarii, hosted a special “AMA” (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit’s r/electronicmusic subreddit, where he was able to share his experiences as a dance music journalist and building Billboard Dance into the respected publication it is today. Medved began as a Berlin-based freelancer in 2014, but quickly established himself as one of Billboard Dance’s most important assets before joining the Billboard team for good in March of 2015. Since then, he has penned pieces with an eye towards ending the fight between the underground and the mainstream once and for all, in addition to trying to help keep cell phones in your pocket and off the dance floor. In addition to Medved’s work with Billboard, he recently unveiled his DJ / producer persona, Sicarii – and he’s already played Billboard’s Hot 100 Festival and remixed Maroon 5’s “Sugar.”

On his AMA, Matt Medved answered questions on a plethora of topics ranging from the role of ghost producers in dance music, to his favorite genre at the moment, to his favorite artist to see live. It’s not often that casual fans get a first-hand look at the experiences of someone as integrated in the scene as Matt Medved, so we’ve put together a list of our favorite moments from his AMA below the jump. You can check out Matt Medved’s full AMA here.


Future House | Christofi Unveils Future House Remix of Baby Bash’s “Baby I’m Back”

Posted by on July 7, 2015

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There’s an interesting irony when it comes to dance music’s newest genre, future house. The genre, which was championed by the likes of Oliver Heldens and Tchami, is characterized by its groove-driven bass lines that borrows vintage sounds from dance music, while delivering a main stage punch. The genre, which is supposed to be the “future” of dance music, actually relies on the past, and some future house producers have even taken to looking to the past to draw inspiration for their music. Since he made his debut in 2014, Christofi has steadily grown to become one of Los Angeles’ most promising house talents, and today, the serial remixer has delivered his latest effort – a groovy remix of Baby Bash’s “Baby, I’m Back.” On the remix, Christofi increases the tempo and weaves together uplifting piano melodies with thumping kicks and intricate synth work to create a remix that will have you out of your seat and grooving on the dance floor.

Free Download: Baby Bash ft. Akon – Baby I’m Back (Christofi Remix)

News | Hardwell Returns to Ushuaïa Ibiza for 2015 Summer Residency and Brand New Event – Hardwell’s Carnival

Posted by on May 18, 2015

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While the dawn of summer in America is the unofficial kickoff to festival season, summer in Europe signals the beginning of Ibiza’s renowned pool party season. Each year, hundreds of thousands of passionate dance music fans make the trek to the dance-centric island off of the coast of Spain to catch one of the many superstar DJs who hold a residency at one of Ibiza’s many nightclubs. This week, Hardwell announced his return to Ibiza for his second summer residency at the Ushuaia Beach Hotel, the world’s largest open air nightclub. Picking up right where he left off at the end of 2014, Hardwell is bringing an exclusive event series to the island paradise – Hardwell’s Carnival.

Featuring a handpicked lineup of exciting, up-and-comers in addition to a slew of superstar DJs as well, Hardwell’s Carnival will be a show by the Dutch titan that has never been seen before. Stilt walkers, masquerades, and carnage-creators will all be venturing around Ushuaia, much like any regular carnival. Hardwell’s Carnival kicks off on June 23rd, and will take place every Tuesday, and you can get tickets here.


Deep House | KREAM Takes Us Deep On Duke Dumont’s “Need U 100%”

Posted by on May 8, 2015

Coming off a string of insanely infectious remixes (Lean On, Champagne Kisses, etc.) KREAM takes on Duke Dumont’s monster “Need U 1005” single that took 2014’s summer by storm. It’s never easy remixing this big records, because it’s hard to improve on them. KREAM did the impossible, bringing us deeper than we ever thought. We hope we brought your scuba gear. We’re hitting the ocean floor with this one. Pick up the free download by following him on Soundcloud. Shout out to Deep De Musique!

Preview, Progressive House | Dimitri Vangelis Preview Emotional New Single ‘Live Love Die’

Posted by on April 24, 2015

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After a banner 2014, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman have kicked off 2015 in style with the release of their freebee “Survivor” and then a return to Size Records with “Zonk”. Now they are back to hit you in the feels with a new single “Live Love Die” featuring the angelic vocals of Swedish vocalist Sirena. Continuing to play to their strengths, the pair craft another emotionally charged track with soft piano accentuated by Sirena’s soaring vocals that eventually crescendos into a moving synth-laden drop.

“Live Love Die” will be released on May 1 through Sony Music. Preview it below.

Hip-Hop | BENJ – I’m A Bad Mutha (Official Video)

Posted by on March 31, 2015

Premiered by our friends at FITA, Latium Records’s BENJ drops drops “I’m A Bad Mutha” off his recent “Snackpack Volume 1” mixtape that released in 2014. In a sea of aspiring white rappers, BENJ stands out with his signature sound and knack for catchy hooks. Beginning to makes waves in the blogosphere, this Canadian rapper, singer, and producer delivers a set of visuals in “I’m A Bad Mutha” that we’ll be watching over and over again. Keep an eye on BENJ and the team behind him.

LISTEN: Snackpack Volume 1


Albums | Ultra Music Releases Ultra Dance 16 Compilation + Minimix

Posted by on February 24, 2015

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Last week, Ultra Music, one of dance music’s premier North American record labels, announced the release of Ultra Dance 16, a huge compilation showcasing the imprint’s year of music in 2014. The compilation was released today – the same day as the 20th anniversary of the launch of the iconic record label – to commemorate the accomplishment of such a monumental milestone. Ultra Dance 16 illustrates Ultra’s distinguished roster of dance music influencers including Calvin Harris, Clean Bandit, and Hardwell in addition to their promising list of newcomers with Oliver Heldens, Kygo, and Robin Schulz leading a new wave of talent for the label.

As a complement to the compilation, Ultra Music has also delivered a brilliant ten-minute minimix, showcasing select tracks off of the huge, 24-track offering. Check out the minimix above and make sure to snag a copy of Ultra Dance 16 now on iTunes.