Artist Spotlight

All You Need To Do Is SMLE [Artist Spotlight]

Whenever I listen to any of the tunes from this next artist, SMLE, I can't help but notice that this producer has an overwhelming sense of musicality, unlike any other producer I have come across. While most electronic producers rely on the popularity of other EDM tracks for their own remixes, SMLE has decided to step out of the box a bit, producing Future Bass remixes to pretty much any genre imaginable. From Alicia Keys to Michael Bublé, from Gwen Stefani to Train, from T-Pain to Owl City, it would appear that there isn't a style of music that SMLE cannot spin…

View More

Artist Spotlight: StéLouse

This next enigmatic, neo-futuristic producer by the name of Ross Ryan is unlike any other EDM musician whose sound I’ve been fortunate enough to sonically indulge myself in. Utilizing his years of experience in studying and creating music (both on the computer and in various bands), StéLouse, pronounced “Stay Loose,” has hybridized a unique stylistic approach to production that I simply adore. I feel as if his music possess a certain quality that many claim is the lacking factor in most EDM productions, and that is the idea of “soul.” Not only do his impeccably unique tunes sound good, but…

View More

Artist Spotlight | Kasbo [Future Beauty]

Coming from one of the biggest Dubstep (and overall heavy, bass-driven music) fanatics, yours truly of course – it was rather difficult to make the transition to a more downtempo, Hip-Hop influenced type of production method. Considering that a handful of my own friends simply wouldn't stop playing artists like Flume, Cashmere Cat and 123mrk, it would seem I was destined to groove straight into a style of music that I was previously too closed-minded to even give a chance on my own. Today, a large smattering of Electronic Dance Music producers possess their own unique approach when it comes to creating these…

View More

Artist Spotlight | Dirt Monkey [Dubstep Is What?]

Sadly, due to various circumstances, one of which includes an increase in the accessibility of production related materials (DAWs, plug-ins, YouTube training videos, etc.) and thusly, a spike in the number of unqualified producers flooding the scene. I now find the unfortunate phrase “dubstep is dead” appearing in much higher frequencies, from all corners of the EDM-o-sphere. With an over-saturated market producing less that average tunes, I certainly understand the frustration coming from current and former fans of this perhaps “endangered” production method. Despite the fact that I will unabashedly admit to being a tremendous fan of this particular genre,…

View More

Juno Reactor Premiere: “Invisible (Ritmo Remix)”

Goa Trance/Electronica master Juno Reactor is preparing release the highly anticipated companion album to The Golden Sun of the Great East, The Golden Sun... Remixed, featuring remixes from Extrawelt, GMS, Bliss, Ritmo, Zeologic, Cylon, Modus, Tortured Brain, and Jitter June, 2015 via the legendary Metropolis Records.  Check out "Invisible (Ritmo Remix)", a Psy Trance reinterpretation of the Middle Eastern inspired original track.  With a pulsating bassline and ethereal vocals, "Invisible (Ritmo Remix)" is a stand out on this masterpiece album! With The Golden Sun… Remixed, Juno Reactor presents a companion album to its most recent opus, The Golden Sun Of The Great East. An exotic mix of reinterpretations, this stunning…

View More

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…

View More

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?…

View More

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…

View More

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…

View More

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…

View More

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.…

View More

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…

View More

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…

View More

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…

View More

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…

View More