Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight: DANi iVORY

While a new name for many of you, she's not new to the music industry. DANi iVORY has worked behind the scenes as an in demand singer and musician. While her work has been heard by millions, her name recognition is about to catch up with that number. Recently added to our HOUSE NATIONHouse Nation Channel channel, Pittsburgh native, D A N i comes equipped with a voice that can fit house music, rock and more. Growing up a Steelers fan, DANi was also a fan of a wide variety of music including classical. Her body of work highlights her…

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NGHTMRE: Beats and Bad Dreams

It's pitch black. You awake in a confused state, struggling to breathe as beads of sweat drip down the back of your neck. A bitter chill fires down the length of your spinal cord as incandescent lights illuminate the room around you. Your pupils shrink to the size of pinholes as awkward, shadowy figures continually jostle you from all directions. All of sudden you begin to hear the echoes of a gargantuan speaker system blasting bass from a raised stage in the back of the room. No it's not a bad dream. It's not a nightmare, but rather, it's NGHTMRE. See the difference yet?…

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No Need To Panic, It’s Vanic

If I had to pinpoint one specific quality of this next artist that sets him apart (and above and beyond for that matter) from any other electronic musician it is this: Vanic has never released a track that I was disappointed with. In fact, I've been absolutely enthralled with each and every one of them. I find this to be the rarest of qualities in today's current EDM market. Of the 400 and some odd producers I follow on SoundCloud, not a single one of them could dare boast this feat. If you're not already aware of Canadian producer Jesse…

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Age Is Just A Number: Starring Mr. FijiWiji

On the first occasion in which I stumbled across anything vaguely related to this next artist, Mr. FijiWiji, it was actually a remix of “Fire Inside” by Skrux, a track that The Fij had also remixed, originally done by Gemini. After a few awe-inspiring listens, I made it a point to expand my horizons and find other renditions of the already legendary original. I was captivated by Brendan Galdo’s (Mr Fijiwiji) ability to synthesize this uncanny, lush beauty on each of his tunes (including the “Fire Inside” remix), while maintaining a rather minimalistic production method throughout. Methodical and deliberate – two…

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Different Heaven: Dubstep At The Pearly Gates

If you're just like everyone else who listens to EDM right now, you're probably pretty sick of Dubstep. I can't tell you how many times I've read the words “Dubstep is dead” smeared all over the internet. However, if you are anything like me, you most certainly haven’t written off the genre that single-handedly re-popularized Electronic Dance Music in America and quite possibly the entire world as a whole (Skrillex, brah). I will openly admit to being a bit disillusioned with the overall repetitious and uninspired nature of an overwhelming majority of current releases bearing the Dubstep tag. Nevertheless, it…

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Maxx Baer: The Future of Future

For the purpose of attaining some style of consistency (and in my own case, sanity), I will always refer to the genre of this next artist (and any other artist for that matter) as: Future Bass. I'm not saying that my own denomination of what others may dub “Chill Trap,” or “Melodic Hip-Hop” is correct however, I am simply sticking with the first thing I had heard. If you want to complain, or tell me that I am wrong, start your own damn website. Let no one care about what you have to say there, instead of spamming the comment box below.…

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Louis The Child: Chicago’s Homegrown Heroes

When it comes to the future of Chicago-natives Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett of Louis The Child, the sky’s the limit. Fresh off of their break-out year in 2014, which included receiving the go-ahead to play Chicago’s biggest electronic music festival, Spring Awakening, it would appear that these 17 year old boys have been hitting the studio with conviction as of late. Let’s step back for a moment. “17 years old”...holy shit. After you check out the playlist I have included below, that number will seem entirely more significant. I find it rather hard to fathom just one seventeen year…

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Rootkit: Monstercat’s Production Prodigy

Mike Darlington, CEO of Monstercat, has done something truly remarkable over the past few years. Besides successfully transitioning his YouTube channel into a full-blown music label, Monstercat has sold over one million albums as of last July (I can only imagine what this number has grown to now). What is most astounding to me, is the idea that Mike accomplished all of this without the backing of any major label whatsoever. In fact, he indirectly feeds those major labels with the artists that Monstercat discovers. They should consider themselves lucky. How did he do it exactly? Well, for one, Monstercat…

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Artist Spotlight: Acer Vantes

Up n' coming Chicago born artist Acer Vantes has the ear for electronic dance music. Angel Cervantes aka Acer Vantes is a 20-year-old musician who was born in Chicago, IL, but is currently living in Saint Marys, KS. Before he graduated high school, Angel had gone to his first concert, Tiesto was the headliner, from that point on, Vantes knew that he wanted to be a producer of electronic dance music. Angel's influences have been drawn by many styles of EDM featuring Dyro, Deadmau5, Tiesto, Hardwell etc. While he has no desire to be a clone of these monsters of…

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This Is What History Sounds Like: DJ Set From U.S. Dance Music Hall Of Fame DJ Mickey Mixin’ Oliver

Way back in the day, after Steve Dahl's lone claim to fame was blowing up dance music records during a White Sox game in 1979, dance music was dead. (Disco Demolition) After the days of disco, the Hot Mix 5 and WBMX AM and FM in Chicago would be the catapult for how and where we got to where we are today in dance music. In fact, many of today's biggest DJS often cite our sister site WBMX and the DJS heard 'in the mix' on 102.7 FM WBMX for their influences. Their 'hot mix tapes' were recorded and sent…

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U.S. Dance Music Hall Of Fame Honorary Inductees Above & Beyond

There's a reason Above & Beyond are in in the U.S. Dance Music Hall of Fame. What they've done for dance music is nothing short of spectacular. Showing that 'Dream House' and Trance can bridge the gaps and bring people together around the world was no small feat for Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki. As Above & Beyond, they have played for millions of people including over 1,000,000 fans at Barra Beach in Rio De Janeiro back in 2007 - that alone gets a big foot in the door of the U.S. Dance Music Hall of Fame. They…

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Dvnk Sinatrv Prove That Button Pushing Is An Art

What goes on "Behind The Decks" is important when you're working a room or a crowd at a festival. But what exactly goes on "behind the decks"? Some people are just full of shit, we've seen it before, Paris Hilton comes to mind. She may be able to suck the chrome from a trailer hitch at 50 yards but if weren't for a 'stick', she's probably have to take off her clothes while doing a set to calm the room down - and even then, I'd throw her a few bucks to put them back on but that's for another…

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Artist Spotlight On ODESZA

Back in 2012, ODESZA emerged with their "Summer's Gone" releaes which featured fresh new sounds and tracks that were simply released on the internet. Harrison Mills (aka CatacombKid) and Clayton Knight (aka BeachesBeaches) met at Western Washington University. Shortly thereafter the two met they began to work on projects and music together. Once "Summer's Gone" was released it was off to the races. Two tracks from that release - “How Did I Get Here” and “iPlayYouListen” – went #1 on the Hype Machine Popular Chart. When 2013 came around, they were ready with more heat as they released their My…

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Artist Spotlight: Nervo

There was a bad-ass jam back in the 80's by Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox titled Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves. That's exactly what Nervo does day in, day out. Their shows sell out in minutes, they have millions following them on Facebook and they're still down to earth. With an album released in 2014, these two sisters from Australia can tear a room up. In an earlier career, they were models. Yes models! While in their "model mode", they were also writing songs and in 2009, they co-wrote the David Guetta song When Love Takes Over sung by…

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Artist Spotlight: Sonique

The DYTO remix of "Feels So Good" by the one and only Sonique hits just in time to finish this glorious summer off with an anthem to end all sets with. DYTO stands for Dance Your T**s Off and there is no-doubt that's exactly what this production will do. Welcome back Sonique :-) On June 27th, 2008, the Official Charts Company named "It Feels So Good" as the best-selling dance song of the 21st century. It has sold over 650,000 copies in the strong>UK. What makes Sonique so unique as a DJ is that she has blended her excellent powerful…

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