Latest imported feed items on Black Music Scholar <![CDATA[Adventure Club Teases Collaboration With Seven Lions]]> 2020-02-19T18:37:19Z

There’s a difference between when smaller producers and bigger producers on Twitter ask for or tease collaborations. For the former, it’s usually a “shoot your shot” scenario; for the latter, when something like that comes up on social media, it’s usually already a done deal.

Last night, Adventure Club asked if it’s time to make a song with Seven Lions, so you know that’s already happening, and it’s going to be absolutely beautiful.

Hello, is it time to make a song together @SevenLionsMusic 😌

— Adventure Club (@AdventureDub) February 19, 2020

Adventure Club are one of the most well-known pioneers in the melodic dubstep realm, while Seven Lions came a little later and has made just as big a name for himself over the years, also dabbling in a little folk and psytrance from time to time. A collaboration between the two of them would be something truly incredible to behold, as it’s been years and they still haven’t gotten in the studio together.

Stay tuned for more info on this collab.


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This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Adventure Club Teases Collaboration With Seven Lions

<![CDATA[Zeds Dead & Rezz Drop New Collaboration, “Into The Abyss”]]> 2020-02-19T17:26:19Z

What do you get when you have two artists who are both from Canada, on the same management team, and make complementary music? You get “Into The Abyss” from Zeds Dead and Rezz, out today via Deadbeats.

This one has been teased since last year, a bass-fueled attack on the senses that climaxes in a bass heavy display of wobbles and classic dubstep style. With little vocal effects characteristic of Zeds Dead and a sort of atmospheric mystery that Rezz has expertly cultivated, the track is an absolute smash hit live.

Check out their heavy collab below!

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Zeds Dead & Rezz Drop New Collaboration, “Into The Abyss”

<![CDATA[Purity Ring Reveal New Album Release Date & Tour Dates]]> 2020-02-19T02:58:56Z

The third album from Purity RingWOMB, will come out April 3.

It’s been five long years since the duo’s last album, another eternity, and fans have been yearning for new material from them. Apart from 2017’s lone single, “Asido,” Megan James and Corin Roddick have been quiet. That silence was interrupted at the beginning of this month with a cryptic website and new single, though “Pink Lightning” still isn’t available on any streaming service.

here’s a song for your warm hearts — WOMB comes april 3rd, tour de womb begins may

— PURITY RING (@PURITY_RING) February 18, 2020

Now, fans can listen to “stardew,” technically the first official single from the album due out in less than a month and a half. If you’ve heard Purity Ring songs before, then this single should feel familiar to you. Sweeping synths, beautiful melodies, and charming harmonies from James give “stardew” its vivacious identity.

Listen to the new single below, and go here for tour dates.

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Purity Ring Reveal New Album Release Date & Tour Dates

<![CDATA[Solis Festival In Pakistan Halted After Fake Ticket Holders Storm The Gates, Collapse Stage]]> 2020-02-19T02:56:14Z

Solis Festival in Pakistan came to an abrupt halt over the weekend when attendees stormed the gate.

On Saturday, chaos struck at the music festival held in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, as hundreds of fake ticket holders broke through the barricades. After being denied entry, outraged music fans broke into the venue, and many climbed onto a VIP stage. Unable to withstand the overcrowding, the stage collapsed and resulted in injury.

It gets worse, as described in an account from an Instagram user by the name of Shanza…

[The stage] was almost 7ft [3m] high and I lost consciousness for a minute. All I remember is me struggling to get up and a guy starts snatching my bag. We’re getting stamped upon and literally no one’s helping… [people] start touching, groping and harassing us.

Another woman, Fatima Ahsan, told a similar, horrific story…

When I regained consciousness, a guy had ‘fallen’ on top of me… moving his hands all over my body ‘trying to get up’. I pushed him and [then] he spit on me. I tried to get up but I couldn’t.

Many blame the ordeal on “poor planning” and “security management” and believe the festival should be held accountable, but Solis organizers believe they did everything they could.

The festival has since provided a statement:

Posted by Solis Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, February 15, 2020


Source: BBC | Photo: Solis Festival

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Solis Festival In Pakistan Halted After Fake Ticket Holders Storm The Gates, Collapse Stage

<![CDATA[Pretty Lights Is Back In The Studio]]> 2020-02-19T01:49:22Z

After some speculation toward the end of last year, Pretty Lights has been seen back in the studio and we could not be more excited for his return.

Jahn Hooks of Illuminati Congo posted on his Instagram with a photo of PL, captioned, “Sound sorcery with the G’s @prettylights and @motifvmusic.” Motifv is actually Pretty Lights’ younger brother, which makes whatever this sorcery is even more magical.

We’ve reached out to Hooks to get some more information on what exactly they’re doing in the studio — whether it’s really some new PL material, if he’s just helping out with production, starting a new project, what have you. Hooks hasn’t responded at time of publishing, but we’ll update as soon as we hear back.

Until then, it’s safe to fire up the hype thrusters.

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Sound sorcery with the G’s @prettylights and @motifvmusic

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Photo via HARD Summer

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Pretty Lights Is Back In The Studio

<![CDATA[Four Tet’s Brand New, Trippy Production Boasts 42,000 Lights]]> 2020-02-19T00:09:27Z

Four Tet is upping his production game for a very special live performance!

The DJ/producer has announced a collaboration with Squidsoup, a company dedicated to designing immersive experiences in digitally augmented spaces. They’re dressing Berlin’s famed Velodrom arena October 17th with 42,000 hanging lights — and yes, you read that number correctly.

Four Tet, real name Kieran Hebden, recalls what it was like the first time he played in the city…

“The first time I played in Berlin in the early 2000’s no one came. I think it was just me and the sound engineer and someone from the record label.”

With 12,000 spectators and 42,000 lights, this will be quite the change of scenery.

Check out more via the Squidsoup website here. It’s a trip and a half.

Four Tet x Squidsoup

Four Tet + Squidsoup 2020. Details coming soon.

— Four Tet (@FourTet) February 16, 2020


Source: Stoney Roads | Photo via Coachella

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Four Tet’s Brand New, Trippy Production Boasts 42,000 Lights

<![CDATA[WMC’s International Dance Music Awards Nominations Are Severely Lacking In Bass]]> 2020-02-18T22:33:16Z

The 34th annual International Dance Music Awards just released its list of nominations for 2020, and one thing is immediately and sorely apparent: bass music wasn’t given any consideration in the industry categories.

According to the awards’ website, the Industry Categories are powered by the IDMA Advisory Board: “The IDMA Advisory Board is composed of major players within the electronic music community, including notable artists, managers, agents, publicists, and promoters, among others.” And yet, despite being an “international” awards event, it seems that its focus is still majorly euro-centric.

Not a single bass song is nominated under best song in dance or electronic (and also, what is the difference there?), nor label. Whipped Cream is nominated under Breakthrough Artist and Chase & Status are nominated for their remix of “Original Nuttah 25” by UK Apache and SHY FX feat. IRAH, but that’s the extent of the attention that is paid to bass. One could argue that Illenium’s album, Ascend, nominated for Best Album, is under “bass music,” but the argument could also be made that it isn’t.

Elsewhere in the IDMAs, bass genres are given their own categories separated by gender, so at the very least, they aren’t ignored entirely. But the clear lack of consideration toward the biggest bass song of the year, “Griztronics,” or the label it was released on, Deadbeats, demonstrates a clear bias against bass music and how popular it has become in recent years.

Especially with bass-dedicated festivals like The Untz, Wakaan, Lost Lands, Bass Canyon, Forbidden Kingdom, High Caliber, and more popping up in the past few years, the fact that any high-profile bass acts are entirely overlooked is a real shame.

You can go here to cast your votes for nominees. Illenium, NGHTMRE, RL Grime, Skrillex, Yellow Claw, Alison Wonderland, CloZee, Lucii, REZZ, WHIPPED CREAM, Andy C, Bou, Chase & Status, Enei, Sub Focus, Changing Faces, DJ Rap, DJ Storm, Kyrist, and Mollie Collins are nominated in the bass and drum & bass specific categories.


Photo by Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: WMC’s International Dance Music Awards Nominations Are Severely Lacking In Bass

<![CDATA[Ultra Miami Reveals Stacked List of Main Stage Artists for 2020]]> 2020-02-18T21:58:12Z

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The iconic music festival just announced its stacked lineup of Main Stage artists for 2020. There’s all the usual suspects, plus some surprises and plenty more in store. Remember: It’s Ultra so anything could happen.

Here’s the full list via the teaser video below:

Above & Beyond
Armin van Buuren
The Return of Dash Berlin
David Guetta
DJ Snake
Eric Prydz
Fedde Le Grand
Frank Walker
J. Worra
KSHMR Presents Dharma
Laidback Luke 
Major Lazer
Martin Garrix
Nicky Romero
Oliver Heldens
Vini Vici
and more…

Ultra Miami returns to Bayfront Park March 20 – 22.

See more artists on the lineup and get tickets here.

Ultra 2020 Main Stage Artists

Ultranauts, open the gateway to the sounds of the future that you’ll discover at the #Ultra2020 Main Stage!

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— Ultra Music Festival (@ultra) February 18, 2020


Photo via PIKZELZ for Ultra

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Ultra Miami Reveals Stacked List of Main Stage Artists for 2020

<![CDATA[REPORT: YouTube Generated Over $15B in Ad Revenue & Paid Out $3B to Music Industry in 2019]]> 2020-02-18T20:12:30Z

YouTube, with its 20 million premium subscribers, generated $15.15 billion in ad revenue last year.

This, according to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki‘s latest blog post. Her quarterly update not only discusses company principles and highlights from the past few months, but a brief rundown of the overall journey and how it relates to the music industry.

YouTube started up on February 14, 2005 — and years later it’s a massive money maker with the power to break new artists. Everyday, we see the way musicians interact with the platform, including documentary-driven content from Martin Garrix (The Martin Garrix Show), Justin Bieber (Justin Bieber: Seasons) and more.

As it concerns the music industry, “YouTube offers twin engines for revenue with advertising and subscribers, paying out more than $3 billion to the music industry last year from ads and subscriptions,” Wojcicki said.

Wojcicki also stated, “…from its early days, YouTube has been a home for artists who found creative ways to use the platform to help expand their reach.”


Sources: YouTube Official Blog, Pulse 2.0


This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: REPORT: YouTube Generated Over $15B in Ad Revenue & Paid Out $3B to Music Industry in 2019

<![CDATA[Mt Eden & Hi I’m Ghost Team Up For New Collab, “Next Gen Riddim”]]> 2020-02-18T19:53:03Z

Coming from the golden age of dubstep, it takes a lot for me to fall in love with a modern riddim tune these days. Thankfully, riddim is getting increasingly self-referential, and self-deprecating, which takes the edge off. And no one is more hilariously self-deprecating than Hi I’m Ghost — the bass duo has just teamed up with Mt Eden, of “Sierra Leone” notoriety, for this “Next Gen Riddim” beast.

I have a quest for you, Ghost. Take this compass and set sail to the mountain of Eden. There you will find a golden vape. A single toke, if worthy, will rise the army of the dead. Ghost, may the riddim gods be with you. And good luck.

That’s literally the intro for this track, which sets it up perfectly for the wild bass-fueled right that you’re about to embark upon. Squelchy bass notes and crisp drums in classic quarter notes are launched through your speakers. A quick guitar riff break in the middle helps to break up the overwhelming bass before it comes back in, giving listeners a much-needed respite while they bandage their necks.

The outro again reminds you of riddim’s self-referential style as Ghost complains, “We have at least three more drops to make!” before trying and then deciding to “leave it to the pros.”

As Hi I’m Ghost continually pump out addictive tunes like this, “Spooky Riddim,” and “Death Rail,” and Mt Eden making their grand return (only their second new original since 2017), “Next Gen Riddim” is sure to find its way into sets all year long.

Check it out below!

This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Mt Eden & Hi I’m Ghost Team Up For New Collab, “Next Gen Riddim”