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.

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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.


Eddie Halliwell is bringing back BOSH! – Past, Present & Future

Cast your mind back to 2002… Dance Music is reaching a never before seen high, Super Clubs have been born and dominate the UK nightlife, Mixmag’s readership teeters towards 100,000 and then came the almighty BOSH! The legendary cover mount album that changed everything.

A sound that had been bubbling underground came punching to the surface thanks to the right hook of the scratch maestro himself, Eddie Halliwell. At this point in his career Eddie had reached the highs of superstardom but this CD took him to a whole other level. Named as Mixmag’s ‘DJ of The Year’ in both 2003 and 2005, nominated as one of ‘The Greatest DJ’s’ of all time, snapping up a coveted Radio 1 residency and selling out BOSH! shows up and down the country. This was followed by another BOSH! album and then a 2015 re-release on Mixmag Recordings. Not to mention all the other accolades that have littered Eddie Halliwell’s long-standing career.

The time has come to acknowledge the insatiable appetite generations of revelers have had for each edition of the BOSH! album series and for every gig that has come before – BOSH! is back on tour.

On 18th December, Eddie will be heading at the iconic Digital nightclub in Newcastle to give you some past, present and future BOSH! With talents like Alex Di Stefano, Jordan Suckley, Marcel Woods and Shan to put on a show-stopping rendition of everything everyone has ever loved about the album that struck the right cord with so many.

The next night, the 19th December, BOSH! will catapult further north to Glasgow and thrash the floor at the O2 academy with the full force that everyone would expect from this formidable brand.

These events will mark Phase One of the BOSH! return, come 2016 Phase Two will be launched and it will take no prisoners.

BOSH! is most definitely sizzling again.

BOSH! Newcastle
18th December
(In Alphabetical Order)
Alex Di Stefano
Eddie Halliwell
Jordan Suckley
Marcel Woods

BOSH! Glasgow
19th December
(In Alphabetical Order)
Alex Di Stefano
Eddie Halliwell
Jordan Suckley
Marcel Woods
Valentino Kanzyani


Behind the tunes: Cannavo & Nesse

Two of the Progressive scene’s fastest rising talents, Cannavo & Nesse recently took 5 with us to talk on their new release with Speed Limits, first albums and studio routines…

Hi guys, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us! Lets get into it: at what age did you both know that you wanted a career in music and why?

C&N: I guess we both wanted to make music from a young age. But I think we decided to do it professionally in 2009 when we started studying music production.

What was the first record you bought?

Cannavo: I remember buying the Darude album after ‘Sandstorm’ was released, haha. I was very disappointed when it was the only good track on it.

Nesse: I bought Bomfunk Mc’s – ‘In Stereo’ back in ’99 and what a great album!

How did you both first meet and what was it about one another that made this duo begin?

C&N: We met through a mutual friend at the age of 13. At that point we both had begun making music independently. We started by exchanging each others project files from an early version of FL Studio (Back in the day when it was called Fruity Loops). We soon discovered that we had similar taste in music and decided to work together. Things are pretty much the same now, except we are using Cubase instead of FL Studio.

Whats a normal day in the studio like for Cannavo & Nesse?

C&N: We have always worked independently on different Apple Mac computers. In the last years we have worked in the same studio every day. This way we can double the workload and efficiency. When we are doing specific projects like ‘Push’ or ‘Apollo’ we may send the project back and forth between our workstations just to brainstorm and get down specific ideas. When we have a bit of a structure to the track we concentrate on working together on one workstation, to get things like mixing just right.

So in other words; in the creative phase we usually work separately, while the technical phase (mixing. structure of the track and mastering) is always better to have four ears and two brains working at the same time.

For recent ‘Enhanced Progressive’ release, you teamed up with Enhanced regulars Speed Limits. What was it about the collaboration that made this track so special?

Nesse: I had spoken to Espen (Speed Limits) for a while before we started this track. We discussed music and different styles and found out we had the same taste in electronic music. He had an idea for a breakdown and we instantly fell in love with it.

Speed Limits really have an ear for nice, euphoric melodies and breakdowns, but the track was missing the momentum. So since we love making growling, rough, and chuggy basslines it was a perfect match. That´s what made this track so special.

Which ‘Enhanced’ producer´s would you like to collaborate with in the future?

C&N: We would really love to work with Wrechiski on a track or two. His music is always inspiring.

Alongside being awesome producers, you have an extremely successful career as sound designers. Tell us about what you are working on at the moment?

C&N: In the last two years our music and sound design has been aimed directly towards the media industry. This has resulted in work for major radio and television stations here in Norway. But in the last 5 months we have focused mainly on our music career and that has resulted in tracks like ‘Push’ and ‘Apollo’.

Lastly. what’s next for ‘Cannavo & Nesse’?

C&N: We continue to produce great music. It really is inspiring to get all the support from our fans and Enhanced Recordings.

Source: enhancedmusic

SoundCloud Pulse for Android users… against all odds

Despite SoundCloud’s cyclical battle with major labels, the company seems to continue pushing forward to play an integral role in the online music community. Many producers and musicians have been limited on SoundCloud’s mobile front as the platform’s iOS and Android apps have been directed more towards the listener experience with its simplistic nature. However, the German company has now launched a new version of their app for Android users with the creator in mind – SoundCloud Pulse.

With SoundCloud Pulse, users can now use a plethora of functions from SoundCloud desktop version including replying to comments, viewing track statistics, sharing tracks privately and publicly, and following other users. Unfortunately for iOS users, SoundCloud Pulse is only available on Android for now, though there is hope for later versions. You can check the app out and download it on Google Play.

Fedde Le Grand And RTL Live Entertainment unveil ‘Grand’ Documentary

On February 5th 2015, Fedde Le Grand cemented his name in dance music lore with GRAND – a stunning audio-visual performance at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam. The historic location played host to Le Grand’s theatrical masterpiece over a 6 date, back-to-back run; blending live vocalists, moving stages, indoor fireworks and acrobats into a grandiose spectacle, all to the tune of his exquisite musical selection. Now this whole experience can be re-lived with an exclusive inside-look at the making of the show.

For the first time fans of Fedde can follow the creation of the premiere edition of GRAND from its inception to the fall of the curtain on opening night.

Documenting the auditions, radio appearances, rehearsals and more, viewers are taken on a 20 minute journey that follows Fedde and his team as they organize and integrate thirty Dutch show-ballerinas, live trapeze acts and a legion of break-dancers to form the extra special spectacle of the concert. Preparations begin around a table as ideas and suggestions are bounced around the room by choreographers, creative designers, and representatives of RTL Live Entertainment. Once the general format of the show has been agreed casting follows, with a wide variety of performers showcasing their weird and wonderful talents to the judges. From fire breathers and contortionists to ballerinas and belly dancers, Fedde and his team do their best to sift through the huge amount of talent on offer.

With casting done, rehearsals get underway to make sure that all the visuals, music, choreography, and singers are interwoven seamlessly and that a balance is struck between the songs and the performers. Three weeks later and its opening night. Tensions are high and hours of sleep low, but the show is ready for its debut. After over a year in the making, weeks of rehearsals, and countless adjustments and fine-tuning, the curtain drops, and history is made…

After selling out all six shows earlier this year the only logical step was to put the whole thing on again a year later, but bigger and better than all previous shows combined. In March 2016 GRAND will be taken to the 17,000-seat venue of the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam to make dance music history once again. Few can guess what Fedde has up his sleeve for these new performances but rest assured if the first time round was anything to go by, then we should be expecting another revolutionary take on the ordinary DJ Set. Head to WeGoGRAND for tickets/info and Destination Clubbing for special travel packages to the event!


Danny Howard and Nigel Harding announce new label in partnership with RCA UK

RCA UK yesterday announced an exciting new partnership with music innovators Danny Howard and Nigel Harding and their pioneering dance project, Nothing Else Matters.

As a result of this agreement, Nothing Else Matters Records will now officially launch with RCA. The first release on the label, in partnership with Resilience Records, will be the much-anticipated 99 Souls, ‘The Girl is Mine’ featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy – a track that has already attracted a great deal of hype in the blogosphere and has already been supported by key tastemakers including Radio 1’s Pete Tong.

Since debuting in 2011, Danny has exploded to the fore of dance and underground music – and become one of the UK’s most high profile DJs.

He has achieved stand-out success with his weekly Dance Anthems Radio 1 show as well as playing two full US tours, headlining nights all over Europe and hosting a much lauded residency in Ibiza.

Danny has partnered with his former Radio 1 colleague Nigel Harding for this new venture. Nigel is renowned for giving new acts career-changing exposure. He has played a pivotal role in breaking some of the UK’s biggest artists of recent years including Years and Years, Clean Bandit, Biffy Clyro and Florence and the Machine.

In the past four years, he has also entered both The Guardian’s ‘Music Power 100’ and GQ’s ‘Most Influential Men in Britain’ lists.

This new venture was agreed with Sony Music UK Chairman and CEO Jason Iley and RCA President Colin Barlow. It will see, RCA, Danny and Nigel partner to discover the best new dance music talent.

Danny Howard says: “Every day I’m discovering new tracks and extremely talented artists. Aside from supporting them on air and on the dance-floor, I’ve always wanted a way in which I can help even more people hear these incredible sounds.

“With Nothing Else Matters Records, we will focus on releasing tracks, curating events and representing dance and electronic music as the lifestyle we all live and breathe.

“We’re extremely proud to kick off with ’99 Souls – The Girl Is Mine’ as the label’s first release.

“After all, Nothing Else Matters…But The Music.”

Nigel Harding says: “Having really enjoyed working with Danny on his Radio 1 show, I jumped at the chance to work with him on this record label.

“We share the same passion for dance music as well as the excitement of discovering and breaking new artists.

“We couldn’t hope for a better launch than ‘The Girl Is Mine’, a track that totally encapsulates the sound we want for the label: credible dance music with massive appeal.”

Sandro Silva & Futuristic Polar Bears BYOS Competition!

To celebrate the release of their massive collaboration BYOS (Bring Your Own Speaker) on Armada Music, Sandro Silva and Futuristic Polar Bears have joined forces again to run a very special competition for their fans across the globe!

Giving away one set of KRK RP6 monitors, and one set of Cerwin-Vega SL12 monitors, this competition is one you do not want to miss out on! ‘BYOS’ ON BEATPORT For your chance to win, upload a photo of your current set up to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #BYOSWIN before Friday 30th October, and Sandro Silva and the Bears will select a winner at random!

Still making massive waves since its release, BYOS has made a home for itself in the Beatport Electro House Top 100, and has already received strong support from some of the biggest names in the game such as Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Hardwell and many many more. With just a few days until the winner is announced, it is time to get hashtagging – #BYOSWIN!