According to his bio, Ian Mikel has always felt a little different, like “an outcast trying to find myself amidst the noise that was slowly and swiftly swelling inside my head.” DEELYLE’s Era is a little different, too. It’s a dark and atmospheric alternative rock
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James Murphy might get all the press, but LCD Soundsystem boasts 8 incredible active band members. Included in that roster are two incredible women, Gavin Rayna Russom and Nancy Whang, who own synths on stage and in the studio. The ladies, following LCD’s recent Grammy
Last night, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board issued an “up to 180 days” emergency suspension of Foundation Nightclub’s liquor license. A notice was posted on their front entrance, following what the Seattle Police Department now describes as a multi-location, broad-reaching seizure of “date-rape drug,
Yesterday, a persistent Austrian developer named Peter Steinberger managed to get his entire data archive from Spotify, revealing immense tracking of every possible interaction…down to how you resize the app’s window. Since the GDPR was implemented in May, many tech companies are now required to
Fans and detractors alike took to Twitter today to denounce (and in some cases, defend) revered bass artist Datsik, after screenshots surfaced of allegations that he has engaged in an ongoing pattern of sexually-inappropriate conduct with fans before and after shows. The allegations appear to
Seattle is lucky to have so many amazing independent bass events. Since 2010, one of your best bets on this front has been FilthFest. This year the crew is back with a huge event at Virtual Sports in Tukwila, on Cinco de Mayo no less. DMNW
Spotify is known for its many algorithmically-powered features, but this may be the most interesting one to date. A journalist at Music Ally spotted a Spotify drum n’ bass playlist that is being auto-mixed, with beat-matching, automatically – even on shuffle. This isn’t the crossfading
Antelope Audio is one of a growing number of pro audio manufacturers making investments into hardware-based mic, preamp, and equipment emulation. These high-quality, low-cost products approximate the recording world’s most lusted-for (and expensive) units, and often do it quite well. Antelope Audio has just announced
Zedd, along with electronic duo Grey, have just released The Middle, featuring country superstar Maren Morris on vocals. It’s an awesome track. It’s a bouncy, just-complex-enough pop/EDM crossover, and surely it’s going to take over Top 40 and dance radio everywhere. But as I listened
The life of a touring DJ and producer, while rewarding, is plagued with long nights, insane travel, countless interactions, and way too many assholes. Today we’re sorry to say that the touring grind has claimed another DJ to retirement, as Trippy Turtle announced on YouTube
Now that the new year has passed, ravers across the Northwest await Spring’s largest massive: Lucky! We’ve just received some of the basic Lucky details from USC Events, including date, location, and on-sale date. Lucky will be taking place at the Tacoma Dome on March
There are very few artists that capture the carefree, all-is-love, arm-in-arm singalong emotion of EDM’s heyday quite like Tritonal. Tritonia has long topped lists of the best electronic music podcasts, and Tritonia 200 at Seattle’s Showbox Sodo was no exception. Even as their style evolves,
Two weeks ago, Dance Music Northwest broke the post-Paradiso news that FreakNight would be making a triumphant return to WaMu Theater in Seattle. Now, we’re excited to inform you that USC Events is announcing that early bird ticket sales go live this Friday! The soft
“I see flowers grow in the cracks of concrete, but before this — there was the chaos.” With that pointed message, TeZATalks’ new Chaos EP is unleashed. As a leitmotif it’s strong and destabilizing, and as a statement of intent it’s spot on. The exceptionally-produced
It’s finally here! Capitol Hill Block Party has released the first wave of artists in their 2017 lineup, and it contains heavyweights like Diplo, Run The Jewels, Snakehips, and more! In Seattle, a city known for its rich arts community and extravagant music festivals, Capitol
In the ongoing debate around artist royalty payments, nobody is in the news more often than Spotify. You don’t need to look far for story after story of artists claiming Spotify doesn’t pay them nearly enough money. Now industry expert and regular keynote speaker Bob
The dates are here! Paradiso 2017 will be held, as always, at The Gorge Amphitheater Friday and Saturday, June 23rd and 24th. Ravers throughout the Northwest and the country wait patiently to mark this date on their calendars, and now we have our answer. While
A universe of memories in one hour.
It’s always easy to spot a labor of love. People make music for multitudinous reasons, but the ones who are putting their souls into it in the name of art—you can spot them from a mile away. When Justin approached DMNW about reviewing CODA Palette
Featuring prizes from USC Events, Unity Travel, and Delta Heavy!
New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and that means one thing: Resolution is right around the corner. And while that always guarantees a night of amazing music, this time around, it also comes with a whole lot more. We teamed up with Unity Travel and
It's the Above & Beyond homecoming we've all been waiting for.
At around 5pm today, we stumbled across a little New Year secret: USC Events had spun up a Resolution 2017 event page on Facebook. As dogged music journalists, we’ve been wise to USC’s surprise Resolution lineup announcements in the past. Soon after, USC released the below
Barbershop quartet, toy piano, and trap drums? Yup.
It’s 1:15am on a Saturday, and you’re in the club. Your DJ set has been going great, there’s a dusting of snow outside on the ground, and Christmas is only a week away. You really wanna show off your swag and hit the turbo button
November is packed with exciting shows at Foundation Nightclub. From Ephwurd to Arty, there’s a veritable gold mine of artists to see, making it tough to choose what to spend your money on. This leads to the inevitable question of which shows can you afford
Looking for the ultimate FreakNight experience? We got you.
Halloween is fast-approaching and for ravers here in the Northwest, that means one thing: FreakNight is almost here. Celebrating the event’s 20th anniversary, USC Events has unveiled a massive lineup, packed with both new faces and popular headliners. It’s safe to say that there’s something
Despite our most fervent android dreams.
Give people a rumor spark and some kindling (especially about Daft Punk), and the internet will go berserk — even if there’s virtually nothing to go on. The latest case, revealed over the weekend, involves a Redditor who found a Daft Punk page on the
Enter the 'Gloria' meme contest to win a free Magnifique ticket!
Anyone who plays electric guitar remembers the first song the ever learned. Simple songs with a simple repeating pattern to vamp over. Green Day’s Brain Stew. Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water. Van Morrison’s Gloria. These songs aren’t timeless because they’re simple. Their simplicity and
Plus win tickets from us before they go on sale!
Halloween is always cause for celebration in Seattle, and that goes double for music fans. It’s a night for revelry, and more than that, letting out your stranger side. That’s where Upper Left comes in, delivering the latest in a long line of amazing new
Pricing, U.S. shipping changes, outlets, and more!
While we’re happily reminiscing about the memories made just a few short weeks ago at Shambhala Music Festival, it is time to plan for next year. It may seem soon, but Shambhala-veterans know that planning for a trek to the Farm is a year-round task,
A look at the future of good nightlife relationship building (and great music)
Last month we told you about Altered Visions and Etopia Events, a label and events collaboration respectively headed by young upstarts Dominic Fowlkes & Alex Mckenna and Peter Forster & Austin Languille. The two duos have found a partnership with The Underground, organizing a series of events
Time to pay the piper, Bob
Everyone in the EDM community has been watching the very public downfall of SFX Entertainment. Once the proud parent company for Tomorrowland, Q-Dance, Disco Donnie Presents, Beatport, and a host of other EDM properties, SFXE is now embroiled in a brutal Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Less
Huge wins if you sequence orchestral or beat slice
The time we’ve all been waiting for has arrived: Native Instruments is releasing the next version of their seminal music production suite, Komplete 11. The gigantic suite comes along every few years, adding new players to the mix and updating stalwart offerings like Massive, FM8,
Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle are the first two dates on the list
Following a series of cryptic social media posts, graphics with lat/long coordinates, and videos that seemed suspiciously like a tour video, Seven Lions has officially announced ‘The Journey Tour!’ While Jeff Montalvo has been a mainstay at Northwest festivals for years, the announcement of a
Squeeze and slam your mix right
Compression is many things. Pivotal. Necessary. Underused. Overused. Misunderstood. Ignored. But at the end, compression is one thing above all else: essential. It can be tempting to think that in EDM, with all it’s mechanical parts, you wouldn’t need compressors. It is, however, just as
Partnering with Etopia Events, it's all uphill from here
The Pacific Northwest is not short on great local event producers, and often the best new acts come from outside the major cities. Such is the case with Altered Visions, a label and production company run by the boys behind Tacoma’s ‘Filthy Fridays.’ The company was founded
It’s no secret that our scene has arrived as something of a turning point. While larger festivals with massive stage production certainly have their place within in, there’s immense value in alternatives that take us back to basics. Enter Outlines, Upper Left’s upcoming warehouse show
If I have taken one lesson from losing a dearly-loved friend, it is that for however long you keep their memory alive, they are gracious enough to stay with you. My memory of Beefer was also my first, attending the BT double-header at Q in 2013. He
If you’ve been to Aston Manor, you’ve already experienced the Sharps phenomenon. He’s a resident DJ there who, along with a battery of residents nicknamed the “Aston Mob,” bring the low-end heat night after night. What you might not know is that Sharps, aka Winson Sharps, is
Announced today in a press release, Foundation Nightclub will be rebranding Progression Saturdays beginning June 4th, 2016. The new night, called “Elevate Saturdays,” will be kicked off by Party Favor, and introduces a more open format that includes electro, trance, bass, and house music. Foundation’s Progression
In which two producers demonstrate their true potenial
It’s been virtually impossible to avoid the hype surrounding the Darknet EP release. Justin Hartinger and Levitate (real name Connor Campbell) are experiencing stratospheric career growth, thanks both to polished, daring production and the glowing support of the bustling Q Nightclub hype machine. If you’re a
“What if we only played dance music that we thought *wasn’t* appropriate for a typical club night?”
Burning Man occupies a special place in the hearts of many EDM lovers as the true mecca of electronic music, togetherness, and free expression. Even the most mainstream artists can find bliss there, with artists like Above & Beyond finding a path all the way
"We're at a critical point, and we have the power to truly turn things around."
No matter how you feel about the Trance genre, it’s hard to deny the signs of its rapid growth. Large-scale events like Dreamstate and Bliss are quickly becoming commercially viable as mainstream EDM begins to age, and with them comes a whole new generation of
"No comeback is necessary for something that has never left."
The Seattle trance scene. Growing slowly, gaining steam, non-existent, all-powerful. Opinions run the gamut depending on who you ask, but it’s hard to ignore the signs of growth. Club nights featuring local titans of the genre are springing up at Contour, The Underground, and other clubs.
A paid Soundcloud tier is only a matter of time now.
The day has finally arrived, Soundcloud fans. After a long, sometimes bitter holdout, Sony Music (along with independent distributors The Orchard and RED) has signed a deal with Soundcloud. This is pretty much the final step in Soundcloud’s process of legitimizing their platform, and a
Millions of bootlegs and club mixes are about to go live—yours might be next.
This week Apple and a company called Dubset announced a partnership that will bring an onslaught of unofficial remixes and DJ mixes to Apple Music. Thousands and thousands of mash-ups, bootlegs, club mixes, and more are set to launch on Apple’s streaming service. It’s a
The best in underground dubstep, coming April 1st to Studio 7.
We know you’ve been looking for the best underground dubstep and bass music this year. Since 2010 one of your best bets has been FilthFest. Known for its grimy late-night action, as well as incredible lights and visuals, this year the bass festival is moving to Seattle! DMNW
It's shaping up to be a major event for EDM fans
Our readers know that Capitol Hill Block Party is one of our most anticipated events. Since 1997, the streets of Broadway and 12th Avenue to East Pine Street and East Union are shut down each year for one weekend of music, great food, and general
Their investors and the music industry wouldn't allow it
Earlier this week Soundcloud posted its 2014 financials. They weren’t pretty. Music Business Worldwide called the company “a broken business model in desperate need of a fix.” Admittedly the numbers look grim: $15.37M revenues, $44.19M net losses. To see the numbers charted, you’d think Soundcloud
The coolest EDM meet & greet of the month
Paradiso attendees will remember Pierce Fulton’s incredible Paradiso set in 2015. When we spoke with Pierce during his visit to the Northwest, he told us how much he loves the region and the people here. Rightly so then that he’s back for a round of
Every now and then, EDM fans get treated to artists with enough classic musical know-how to rip us out of our comfort zones. Our readers will have no trouble identifying KJ Sawka, drummer and programmer for Destroid, Pendulum, Unsung Heroes, and of course, KJ Sawka.
Are you a fan of “Footwork * Juke * DNB * Beats * Bass?” Live in Portland? Christmas may be over, but January is the month for you! Local crew Tenth Degree is bringing the heat to The Rose Bar and The Liquor Store for
You hate Soundcloud, but it's not Soundcloud you should hate.
We get it, EDM world. Everybody hates Soundcloud. The interface is outdated, tracks often don’t play, and artists routinely get their own music taken down by the Copyright Police. Just a couple days ago artist Maor Levi was the latest victim of Soundcloud’s insane copyright