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Exclusive Interview: Nick Hakim

If James Brown's voice and Frankie Valli's voice had a bearded voice-baby, it would be the incomparable sound of Nick Hakim. With his soulful songs and haunting melodies, the D.C.-native-turned-Brooklynite has made a name for himself by invading a music space that seems empty with monotony.

Drawing from the roots of R&B and blues, Nick Hakim creates music that is both raw and emotive. And with the release of two separate EP-turned-full length albums this past year, you won't find a shortage of tunes to be captivated by.

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Exclusive Interview With Riot Ten: The Man Behind The Mask

Christopher Wilson, better known by stage name Riot Ten, is set to have his best year yet. He came to relevance after dropping his rambunctious remix of A$AP Ferg’s “Murda Something” - a remix so undeniable that the Trap Lord himself started playing it at his shows. Since then, Riot Ten has been getting support from some of electronic music’s most prominent names such as Krewella, Adventure Club, Flux Pavilion, Victor Niglio, etc.

Wilson, who sometimes dons a mask while performing, started producing hip hop at the age of 16 and began, around 2011, to experimenting with more electronic sounds. When the lovechild of southern-influenced hip hop and electronic dance music - which would come to be known as the subgenre trap - was born a little later, Wilson took full advantage. He quickly started making a name for himself playing local gigs in El Paso, Texas. Now, the man who admits he’s had shows where there was no one in the crowd is performing in front of thousands at music festivals and is getting ready for his Spring Fling Tour.

EARGASMIC
Dirtyphonics Scheduled to Release 'Write Your Future' in February

Popular for their unusual blend of rock and electro house, Dirtyphonics first hit the scene in 2006 as a metal band. That's right, a metal band. With the motive to transcend the energy of a rock show, over the next few years, the band evolved their sound by fusing house music, drums & bass and dubstep to create the perfect balance of electro rock. The last few years have brought the band to music festivals both in USA and worldwide to lead to this moment: their brand new EP, Write Your Future.

ALL ACCESS PASS Taken at BUKU Music & Art Project 2014.
BUKU Music + Art Project 2015: A Must Go-To Festival This Season

Come one, come all, for this is a festival you don’t want to miss! The fourth annual BUKU Music + Art Project will be commencing on March 13 and 14 in the birthplace of soulful music, New Orleans right along Louisiana's very own Mississippi River. With an eclectic line-up featuring big-name headliners including Bassnectar, A$AP Rocky, Passion Pit, and Porter Robinson, music connoisseurs will be satisfied to say the least. More than 30 acts are set to perform over the festivals four stages fusing the likes of traditional Nola talents, award-winning electronic DJs, hip-hop artists, and indie rock groups including Big Freedia ,Odesza, Flosstradamus, Thomas Jack, G-Eazy, Empire of the Sun, and Robert Delong to name a few.

EARGASMIC
Ferry Corsten Drops Three-Part EP Series called 'Hello World'

With all the new artists that we see entering the EDM scene, Ferry Corsten is one to make sure that the early pioneers of Techno and EDM are still alive and kicking! Corsten is one name that's been in the game since 1999, remixing some of the most iconic music we've heard over the years, co-creating his own dance label named Tsunami, of course, seven albums and now, his much-awaited EP.

Hello World is the first segment in a series of three. With seven tracks on the list, the EP features some of the most exciting names in the world EDM and Trance. The first single, released in 2014, is the quickly popular electro-pop track, "Hyper Love" featuring Nat Dunn. "Back to Paradise" is another track to look out for with vocals by Haris. As seasoned as Ferry Corsten is, this EP is definitely a sure shot party-starter!

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Weekend Picks: Alvin Risk performs Venture at Webster Hall

This Friday night, prepare to fully immerse yourself in Alvin Risk's latest musical Venture. As part of a special tour starting this Wednesday at the 930 Club in Washington D.C., Alvin Risk will be bringing his recent released EP to life in a whole new way. Very much different from the DJ sets we've seen Alvin rock on multiple occasions, this Venture tour is, at its core, a performance of art and music in combination with each other to tell the incredible stories created by Alvin.

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Free EDM Streaming Service BEATGASM Launches With Miami Music Week 2015 Giveaway

Today, the dance music world gets its first taste of an all-new, EDM only streaming platform called BEATGASM. It’s available for free at BEATGASM.com and has already grabbed the attention of artists and fans alike. Sign up HERE.

BEATGASM’s music library is completely hand-curated, which makes the platform stand-out from the pack at a time when music steaming is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Their team of curators includes DJs, sound engineers, radio connoisseurs and more, who work to carefully categorize and tag each track on the platform. The result is a unique listening experience that is completely tailored to the user.

Could this be the answer to the dance music industry’s streaming woes? Read on for more about the features of the platform and be sure to sign up for a free account at BEATGASM.com.

BEATGASM is so excited about their launch that they want to send one lucky person and a friend to Miami Music Week 2015. Head over to Dancing Astronaut for contest details and how to enter HERE.

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Weekend Picks: Dillon Francis at Terminal 5

Money Sucks, Friends Rule. Truer words have probably never been spoken, and no one could make that statement more believable than Dillon Francis, one of the funniest and most talented artists in the electronic music community. After the release of his debut album back in October, Dillon set out on a massive tour in support of the album, and although this tour has already hit a number of major locations, none of it compares to Dillon's upcoming three-day escapade at Terminal 5 in New York City. Starting Friday, January 16th, Dillon Francis and the Money Sucks, Friends Rule tour crew, which includes Anamanaguchi, Bro Safari, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED), will be getting all sorts of weird for three nights in a row.

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Weekend Picks: Tiesto Presents Club Life at Lavo NYC

Tiesto is to Club Life what air is to breathing: essential. Tiesto's Club Life series has been an integral part of dance music culture for longer than almost everything else out there, which subsequently makes his live events some of the most unforgettable experiences imaginable. This week, Tiesto's Thursday night Club Life performance at Lavo NYC will double as part of the Club Life headphones launch party celebration series. The Club Life headphones line came about as the result of a collaboration between Tiesto and Audiofly, the products of which are three amazing in-ear headphones built with quality and expertise to the specifications of one of the most legendary DJ/producers in history.

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Weekend Picks: Marcus Schossow at Lavo NYC

Emergency! Marcus Schossow's recently launched record label, Code Red, has set out on a celebratory mini-tour with support from Sebjak, and their next scheduled stop isright here in New York City. Why the sense of urgency? Well, for starters, Marcus Schossow has made quite the name for himself over the years, especially in 2014, with major releases on Revealed Recordings, and remixes for artists like Charli XCX and OneRepublic. In an effort to combine his relentless effort and well-earned success, Marcus Schossow decided to start 2015 off strong with the launch of his own radio-show and record label combo, codename Code Red.

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Exclusive Interview: Miles Calder of Miles Calder & The Rumours


New Zealand has given us Streets of Laredo, Lorde, Broods, and now, Miles Calder & The Rumours. The band released their debut EP, The Crossing Over, just last year and is currently living in New York City finishing production on their first full-length album due out sometime in 2015. While living and working the Big Apple, the folk singer/songwriter, who often times draws influence the Americana music scene, has been finding himself inspired by the historic yet excitingly new city streets.