Tchami Unveils His Brand New Label Confession
Previously premiered on Billboard, the announcement of Tchami’s brand new label Confession had fans buzzing about this new venture. Now, to celebrate the launch of the label and give his fans a preview of what’s to come, Tchami has blessed his fans with a free download of ANGELZ – “Hey Girl” which serves as the debut track from the promising label.
The former Def Jam Records producer has fully immersed himself into the genre of G House creating an impeccable example of what he does best; fusing rap lyrics with banging house beats. Hailing from Quebec, ANGELZ has truly made a new name for himself in the scene and utilizes “Hey Girl” as a prime example that he’s here to make a statement. Exclusively premiered on Complex the track features pounding kick drums and rimming percussions intertwined with the distinguished lyrics from Ying Yang Twins “Whisper Song”, turning “Hey Girl” into one anthem primed to get a ton of airplay in the clubs.
I’ve always liked the rawness of hip-hop mixed with the repetition of house beats. In my live sets, I’ll take some obscure techno tracks and make edits, maybe add acapellas over it, and make them into new tracks. It helps people digest complex genres….” – ANGELZ
With a brand new label dedicated to presenting innovative and forward thinking music, rolling out stain glass artwork for every release and a global loyal fan base ready to indulge in everything from this French future house producer, it’s looking like Tchami is going to have a big 2016 ahead of him. Be sure stay up to date on Tchami’s socials and listen to his Confession mini-mix, which features upcoming releases from this prodigious new label.

Hardwell and Armin Van Buuren immortalized with their own action figure

Today, Hardwell and Armin van Buuren received the first copies of their own action figures. Dutch stand-up comedian (and friend of Hardwell) Guido Weijers handed over the first few figurines to the musicians. Even though major international stars such as Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Kiss, and The Beatles have been immortalized this way before, Hardwell and Armin van Buuren are the first DJs to have received their own action figures.

The action figures have been created through the use of the latest 3D scanning and printing technology. With a hi-tech multi camera setup, the artists have been scanned and 3D printed. The result is a stunningly detailed figurine.

Armin van Buuren:It’s impossible to embrace all my fans in the world, even though I want to! Through this figurine, I can get even closer to my fans.”

Hardwell:I’m  very proud to be one of the first two DJ’s ever to receive an action figure! I can only hope  my fans are as excited as I am.”


Vh1 Supersonic goes ‘Above & Beyond’ this November

~Multi-talented London-based trio to ‘connect’ with their Indian audiences as part of Vh1 Supersonic Arcade s across Pune, Mumbai&Bangalore on November 27th, 28th& 29th

Mumbai: English dance music group consisting of members Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki are all set to return to India to get music fans delirious with joy and dancing with the latest music from their new album We Are All We Need, thanks to Vh1 Supersonic Arcade. Held as a series of city concert tours in the run up to the main ‘Supersonic’ festival, Vh1 Supersonic Arcade will see renowned London based DJs promote their latest studio album ‘We are all we need’ with electrifying performances on November 27th, 28th& 29thacross cities of Pune, Mumbai & Bangalore. With a special ticket launch of 1000 tickets at Rs 1000, fans can grab the opportunity to see their favourite band up close and personal across venues in India. A band first and foremost, Above & Beyond are songwriters as much as they are DJs with ‘real human connection’ being at the heart of all things that define this multitalented trio. From thousands of fans singing their lyrics back at shows around the world, or the millions that tune in for their weekly Group Therapy (ABGT) radio show, the impact that this London-based trio has on their fans is unfathomable. While so many superstar DJs place themselves at the heart of their performance, Above & Beyond’s focus is always on getting closer to their crowd and making them part of the action. Whether that’s by bringing fans up on stage to press the play button on their CDJs, or communicating with the crowd via visual screens and messages typed out on the spot, the effect is to make everyone in the room feel like they are part of an experience that is at once epic, immersive and interactive.

The only dance act in history to win the Essential Mix Of The Year award twice (for their 2004 and 2011 efforts), the London-based trio have played to one million people on the Barra Beach in Rio de Janeiro (New Year’s Eve in 2007), sold out the Hollywood Palladium faster than anyone in history, and even had their track “Buzz” chosen to soundtrack the launch of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave desert. As these landmarks rack up, the non-stop pulse of their global touring keeps them connected to their growing international fan base.

Commenting on their India tour, ‘Above & Beyond’ said, “We’re so pleased our friend Nikhil Chinapa and Vh1 Supersonic invited us to bring our We Are All We Need world tour to India, the birthplace of our Group Therapy radio show and the spiritual home of our label, Anjunabeats. We’ve travelled all over the globe this year, but playing for our Indian Anjunafamily is always extra special.

Conceptualized by LIVE Viacom18 and Nikhil Chinapa as an extension to one of India’s superior EDM festival, Vh1 Supersonic Arcade will widen the reach of the property, thereby allowing more people to experience the craze and excitement in their home town with performances by the top domestic and International DJs.

So save your date and be prepared to experience music beyond just EDM with the maestros of dance music @ Vh1 Supersonic Arcade


VH1 Supersonic India Lets Fans Announce Festival for 2015

Tickets live on www.gosupersonic.in

Something truly unique happened on Tuesday – India’s VH1 Supersonic festival decided to use it massive worldwide fan base to announce its mega line up. The festival itself takes place 27th to 30th December on the beach in Goa, India, but the people behind it really embraced the modern age by offering up a toll number for fans to call.

Upon doing so they found out a bunch of clues about who was playing and then had to tweet their guesses. Any correct ones were retweeted by the festival and it proved a fun exercise for all concerned as fans took pride in being the ones to announce the line-up to the world. The reaction from press and punters alike was sensational and the news has now spread like wild fire about who is playing.

Commenting on this new concept of leveraging YOU, i.e. the consumer, Mr. Jaideep Singh, Sr. Vice President and Business Head-Viacom18 Pvt. Ltd. said, We are thrilled to give music fans the opportunity to experience and be a part of the excitement surrounding one of our biggest properties – Vh1 Supersonic. Music is an emotional touchpoint for our community and our fans are the ones who are at the heart of it all. Without them we have nothing. Thus by engaging with them in an interactive and innovative manner, we give them a sense of belonging thereby  building a community for dance music.” 

The headliners can now be officially confirmed as global house stars Disclosure, Swedish king pin Axwell, EDM stars Nervo and W&W and a wealth of underground stars such as Drumcode’s Adam Beyer and Ida Ingberg, Dutch techno titan Joris Voorn, plus Defected man Frankly Ricardo, Bart Skils, Don Diablo, Foreign Beggars, Breed, Luigi Madonna, Nic Fanciulli, Paul Ritch, Kolsch and more besides.

VH1 Supersonic is not just the year end festival, it is an experience that is now pan throughout the year. Conceptualised and organised by Live Viacom 18, Vh1 Supersonic 2015 promises the audience to take them on a joyous musical ride and make them groove to the music of their favourite artists. Dance music fans get an opportunity to re-live their favorite beats from VH1 Supersonic through over 100 gigs and concerts in the form of VH1 Supersonic Arcade, VH1 Supersonic Club Nights and VH1 Supersonic Campus 101, all leading up to the eagerly awaited main event in Goa.


Avicii hints a new album coming in 2016!

Over the last few weeks, EDM DJ/producer Avicii has been hosting a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) panel, where he’s invited fans to quiz him on his new album ‘Stories’, production tips and more.

One of the burning questions from Avicii fans was the prospect of a third LP from the Swedish producer in 2016, to which Avicii responded that a new album was ‘highly likely’.

He also answered questions about his musical heroes (naming acts like Eric Prydz, Michael Jackson and Ray Charles), his tips and tricks for using FL Studio and lots more.

Source: Billboard

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Jewelz & Sparks – I Can Fly (Preview) [Musical Freedom]

Well, this is pretty awkward and confusing. Musical Freedom decided to upload an official preview of  “I Can Fly” recorded by Jewelz & Sparks and ripped from Tiesto‘s last podcast. But, there is something familiar about it….

The problem with this track is obviously the fact that it’s an exact copy of Tiesto‘s and KSHMR‘s collaboration “Underwater“, which was uploaded by Spinnin’s official soundcloud account. We are talking about the same melody, same drop, the same track. You can listen to “Underwater” below and probably wait for Musical Freedom’s announcement in order to clear this up. Have a look also on the comment section below, because obviously we are not the only ones who feel a little confused about all of this.



Spinnin’ Records took down the original stream of the track “Underwater“, which is pretty weird….

Luckily, there are enough uploads (among them Viralbpm’s on Veatures section) of the track in order for you to check it out and you can also take a look at one of our older posts about this “mysterious” single.

It seems that from now on, we have to refer to it as “I Can Fly”.




I can Fly

Martin Garrix reportedly preparing to sue ex-manager

The plot has thickened for Martin Garrix and his recent bid for professional independence. Having announced his departure from Spinnin’ Records and its management leg MusicAllStars back in August, reports now suggest that Garrix (real name Martijn Garritsen) plans to take Spinnin’ founder and ex-manager Eelko Van Kooten to court surrounding matters that led to the termination of their professional relationship this year.

Garrix alleges that, as a 16-year-old new to the music industry, he was wrongly convinced into surrendering his rights to his music. Furthermore, he claims that Kooten gave misleading and false information at the time of his signing to the dual label and management company. Neither party has made any formal statement regarding proceedings and no concrete evidence of wrongdoing by Van Kooten or his business subsidiaries has been proven, though was hinted at during Garrix’s public announcement of his parting back in August.

Source: De Telegraaf

Secret Solstice Festival Announces First Phase Of Its Lineup For 2016


“The three-days of midnight sun, natural Icelandic mystique, and pagan Norse iconography, set this festival apart from established giants like Coachella and Glastonbury.” – Huffington Post

“Secret Solstice finally felt like a festival of soon-to-be regulars, who had just witnessed something special.” – Thum

“If you’re in for a complete different and new experience, then Secret Solstice Festival is where you need to be this summer.” – Examiner

From June 17 – 19, 2016, the inimitable Secret Solstice Festival makes a return to Iceland’s metropolitan capital, Reykjavík, for its third annual edition. For three days, and 72 hours of consecutive daylight, some of music’s finest talents will take over the world’s most northerly capital city, for what critics have dubbed “the most unique festival on Earth”.

Using Iceland’s incredible landscapes, volcanic springs and jaw-dropping glaciers as fitting backdrops to some of the world’s best music, the breathtaking natural scenery of this Scandinavian island is an obvious sell for any adventurous festivalgoer seeking a party destination like no other. For a glimpse of what’s in store next June, check out Secret Solstice Festival’s Official 2015 Aftermovie below.



Primed and ready for its biggest year yet, Secret Solstice now presents Phase One of its eclectic lineup for 2016 including Of Monsters And Men, Kerri Chandler, Deetron, Högni Egilsson, Amabadama, Lady Leshurr, Benoit & Sergio, Maxxi Soundsystem, Droog, Will Saul, youandewan, Voyeur, Stephane Ghenacia, Herra Hnetusmjör, Glowie, Axel Flóvent, Lily the Kid, and Lily of the Valley. If the previous year’s lineups were anything to go by, be sure to keep an eye out for Phase Two, as Secret Solstice has booked around 130 acts for this year’s rendition.



In addition to the main event, Secret Solstice Festival will once again be throwing some of the most innovative and forward thinking parties imaginable, including the return of this year’s standout party “ICERAVE”. Dubbed “the world’s first rave inside an ice glacier” Secret Solstice prepares to take over Langjökull (Europe’s second largest glacier) once again in 2016, for a series of super exclusive ‘once in a lifetime’ shows, giving festivalgoers the chance to party inside a mile-long tunnel carved from ice thousands of years old!



Other parties include the likes of “Midnight Sun” where guests will be able to head out into the Atlantic Ocean aboard a boat to continue partying well after midnight, enjoying eclectic DJ sets in a volcano-powered geothermal pool! Stay tuned for more events like these, due to be announced in the coming months.


Tickets for Secret Solstice Festival are now on sale. With limited early bird tickets available at 15,900kr (approx. $126USD), be sure to grab yours here while stocks last.


Over a dozen airlines now fly direct to Iceland from North America and Europe for as little as $99 USD each way, making the trip to Secret Solstice 2016 easier than it has ever been.

To make life as easy as possible, the team behind Secret Solstice has also teamed up with various hotel partners to give festivalgoers incredible deals on travel and accommodation packages, available here.

Conveniently nestled in the center of Reykjavík, the event is just a 10-15 minute walk to all the best hotel, hostel and AirBnB accommodation in the city. For those wanting to stay as close to the action as possible, Secret Solstice also offers a camping package for just 9,900kr (approx. $76USD).

One of the ultimate destination festivals in Europe, and with feasible options for every type of budget, Secret Solstice Festival is now a very affordable alternative to the stalwart North American festivals that stack calendars each year.

For up to the minute information and all festival updates, stay tuned to Secret Solstice’s social channels below.

Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman are starting up their own label!

With a short post like this, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman decided to make a very interesting announcement couple days ago:

We are starting up our own Record Label. This is why it takes time.

Running with Ron Carroll will be our first release and after that you can expect loads of music from us and artists we respect and like!


These news are pretty huge, regarding the fact that their much anticipated release with Ron Carroll will make probably an excellent debut. We will keep you updated as soon as more information will be stated publicly by the talented producer duo and you can also check out the Facebook post regarding their upcoming label.


808 Festival Announces Lineup and Ticket Information

Following a massively successful event in 2014, together with Retox Sessions and Contango, 808 Festival is proud to announce its return on Wednesday December 9th, 2015. The event will once again take place at the BITEC Convention Centre in Bangkok, Thailand with doors opening at 5pm. Last year saw 808 Festival in Thailand expand to include the addition of a second stage and a lineup that included more underground music, and the event returns this year with the same format but boasting a star-studded lineup that is jam-packed with Grammy nominated producers and the electronic dance music industry’s biggest DJs.

The 808 Arena is the event’s main stage that is dedicated to EDM and boasts a lineup that is massively bigger than it’s ever seen before. On the bill are some of EDM’s heaviest hitters, including Grammy nominated Armin van BuurenAxwell Ʌ Ingrosso who make up two thirds of the now defunct Swedish House Mafia and Oliver Heldens. The lineup will be added to in the coming weeks.

The Sunn Arena, previously the Retox Area, is 808 Festival’s exclusive underground dance music concept stage. Some of the most exciting names from around the world are slated to play this year, including Ibiza resident Jamie Jones as well as Dirtybird Records label boss Claude VonStroke. Additions to the lineup will also be made in the coming weeks.

For only its third year, the unveiling of such a prolific lineup signifies that 808 Festival has undoubtedly become the largest and most diverse one-day festival in Thailand, marking a progression in Thailand’s dance music community and putting it on the map as a destination for music lovers in the region.

Tickets are now available for purchase on the official website for ฿2,500. They can also be purchased in conjunction with tickets for a TBA show on the 29th of December for ฿4,600. Both events are for ages 20+.

Keep up-to-date with more lineup announcements and relevant information by visiting the official website and Facebook page.

For media enquiries, interview requests and high-resolution images send queries to: tharika@retoxsessions.com. Send all other inquiries to info@retoxsessions.com.



ARMIN VAN BUUREN is a DJ who needs little introduction. The Grammy-nominated DJ has been championing the global dance music scene for more than two decades and has spent five cycles in the number one position of DJ Mag’s illustrious Top 100 DJ poll as well as receiving a groundbreaking number of other various accolades. He placed fourth in the 2015 poll. Although the name Armin van Buuren is synonymous with trance music, which is defined by his legendary long running radio show A State Of Trance, his ability to evolve and adapt his style with changing trends makes him one of the most influential figures in EDM while remaining a purveyor of trance music. The performance energy that the Dutch DJ brings to an event is extraordinary and unparalleled which makes him one of the most exciting additions to the lineup of 808 Festival.

After Grammy-nominated Swedish House Mafia disbanded in 2013, there were many sad souls left around the world but two of the group’s former members are doing a very good job of filling the void. It didn’t take a lot of time for AXWELL Ʌ INGROSSO to surpass the celebrity status of their former supergroup and now the two Swedish childhood friends have emerged with their own sound that’s driving them even further into the mainstream. Not only do they belong to Def Jam alongside artists like Kanye West but they’re also headlining nearly every festival on the circuit that fits into their hectic schedule, from Ultra to Coachella to everything in between. They also placed 17th on this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJ poll. Their live performances are frenzy inducing and designed to stimulate all the senses and to share a stage at 808 Festival with Armin van Buren is going to evoke goose bumps in fans in Bangkok.

OLIVER HELDENS is relentless. He’s got the advantage of age and that fuels a kind of energy that is long gone in the big guns. He’s put out more singles in his short career than many DJs have in a lifetime. Perhaps it’s his Dutch background but more likely it’s his raw talent that piqued the ears of Tiësto and at the ripe age of 17 he was signed to the superstar’s label Musical Freedom and just like that he became his prodigy. His single Gecko was deemed an Essential New Tune by Pete Tong in 2014 and with that he cemented himself as a serious artist well on his way to becoming an leader, mover and shaker of the EDM industry. This year also saw the young artist jump 22 spots to number 17 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ poll, far exceeding many of his established and veteran counterparts.


When it comes to the majestic island of Ibiza, Jamie Jones is the headliner that is synonymous with the White Isle. He is one of the island’s most prolific mainstays and whether it’s sunset or sunrise sets, or both, you will find him firmly rooted there every summer season playing with artists like Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers. His career spans over a decade and already the Welsh DJ has managed to achieve what every DJ sets out to do from scoring a recurring Ibiza residency called Paradise at DC-10, relishing the reign of being hailed the number one DJ in the world by Resident Advisor in 2011, overseeing the illustrious Hot Creations record label or just being an all around chill guy.

Just saying the name CLAUDE VONSTROKE gets the party started. Known for being an advocate of a downright good time, Claude VonStroke and his Dirtybird label mates take their music and their parties to the next level. If you’re lucky enough to be in attendance at one his famous Dirtybird BBQs, campouts or even if it’s just a tightknit basement after-party, the Detroit native but California based DJ brings the bass. His unique perspective on music means he cracks tunes that defy genres and blend together instead with one objective in mind – to get people to put their hands up and dance. Long before breaking through in their own respective hometowns, his ear was responsible for a lot of the music put out by Justin Martin, Julio Bashmore, Catz ‘n Dogz, Riva Starr, Tim Green, Breach, Eats Everything, Maetrik, Italoboyz, Justin Jay, and Shiba San. More good guy points – both his Dirtybird and Mothership labels donate 10% of all profits to a children’s music school in Detroit. Expect Claude Von Stroke to bring the bass, and a lot of it, and shake things up over at the Sunn Arena of 808 Festival.