Felix Cartal has become the king of energetic, electronic dance music, and he’s pulled out all the stops with a new motivational video project titled “Right Now” which he created in collaboration with Jacob Crawford. This time the Canadian DJ and producer tackles an issue that all artists know too well: feeling stuck at a creative roadblock with no end in sight. To encourage fellow creatives to push through their dark times, Cartal took a trip to Los Angeles and recruited some friends for insight into what has helped them when they’ve been struggling artistically. Over the backdrop of Cartal’s uplifting melodies and simply inspiring vocals, music icons including Kaskade, ZEDD, Lights, Anna Lunoe, and Chris Lake open up about their mechanisms to get through creative blocks, what success means to them and more. In the end, “Don’t wait, just do it Right Now” is the best advice. No matter how experienced, every creative person can find the motivation to keep going from this touching video. Check out a message from Felix Cartal himself as well as the full list of featured artists below:
“I’ve always wanted to make a video to help inspire artists who are just getting started. Sometimes it feels like being stuck is something that only happens to you. It’s not true. Everyone feels that way sometimes. This video has been over a year in the making, and I’m so proud of it finally coming together. TO EVERY SINGLE ARTIST, CREATOR, OR HUMAN WHO’S EVER BEEN STUCK. THIS VIDEO IS FOR YOU!” – Felix CartalSTREAM/DOWNLOAD
Full artist list: ZEDD, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Galantis, Tokimonsta, K. Flay, GREY, Lights, Chris Lake, SNBRN, 3LAU, Anna Lunoe, Phoebe Ryan, Daniela Andrade, Dada Life, Lexy Pantera, Jauz, Sonreal, Luna Shadows, Milk & Bone, Naderi, Veronica, Frank Walker, REGN, Chet Porter, Sophie Simmons, Ofelia K, STINT, Gabrielle Current, Whipped Cream, Kasey Lum (Video Director), Andy Dixon (visual artist), Emmet Sparling (photographer), Matt Komo (director), Jacob Crawford (director), Gina Shkeda (YouTuber).
With his combination of melancholic indie vocals and dance-floor friendly sound, Felix Cartal has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in modern dance music. The last years proved to be catalytic for the producer, who was included in Billboard’s “13 Dance Artists Who Dominated 2017” feature and whose Spotify channel has over 200M streams. Felix’s appeal lies in his ability to convey complex emotions through his music, like the hopeful angst of “Get What You Give,” which went top 5 on multiple radio charts, was named one of Billboard’s “50 Best Dance/Electronic Tracks of 2017”; and became a Canadian Certified Platinum record and Juno Award nominee. 2018’s release of Felix’s poignantly self-reflective album “Next Season” further upped the ante for the producer which has reached 100M streams and earned him a 2019 Juno Award nomination for Electronic Album of the Year. Between the release of “Love Me” with Lights, which went top 5 on radio nationwide and is certified Platinum; “Over It”, “More” with Kaskade, official remixes for Ellie Goulding, Diplo, Astrid S (to name a few), 2019 has seen a series of brand new tracks from Felix from his upcoming album. This year has also seen the launch of Cartal’s “club music only” project Glass Petals, which has been releasing music on Spinnin’ Records, Arkade, and Heldeep Records.
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Skytech And Emdi Release Feel-Good Anthem “By My Side”
Skytech teams up with his fellow Polish producer Emdi for their new upbeat anthem “By My Side” on R3HAB’s CYB3RPVNK imprint. Delivering soulful, sultry vocals that carry a romantic and uplifting message, Skytech and Emdi employ driving, bouncy basslines to give the track a party-ready vibe. Whether you are with that special someone or merely dreaming of the day you meet them, “By My Side” is a feel-good gem that feels at home on the dance floor or through your headphones. The new release follows Skytech’s previous CYB3RPVNK single “Saturday Night,” and Emdi’s “My Love” (released on NCS) and “Obsessed” (Lowly Palace). Check out what Skytech had to say about the inspiration behind their track.
“We started the verse idea around Christmas time last year. After the studio session, I thought we made a lovely song that anyone in a relationship can easily relate to. All we needed was a nice and current electronic drop that would embrace our passion for EDM. It took us a while to make, but finally we made the right melody. Please welcome our ‘By My Side.'” – Skytech
Mateusz Dziewulski – better known by his artist name Skytech – is already a household name in his home country of Poland, and the rest of the world is soon to follow. His name first appeared on the map when R3HAB discovered his original track “Tiger” and then helped Skytech to put final production touches on it, proving to be a winning team after “Tiger” skyrocketed to over 100M streams on all platforms. Since then, the two have worked on numerous tracks together via the CYB3RPVNK imprint, such as “Fuego,” “What You Do,” “Hyperspace,” “Starflight,” and more, fusing their sounds to make music that is club and festival-friendly while never sacrificing substance and soul. Since then, Skytech has been touring around the world, increasing his global footprint with every electrifying live performance. In 2017, he was the most-streamed Polish act on Spotify and debuted at Tomorrowland, while in 2018 he came in a close second on the Polish Spotify charts right after Frideric Chopin. Emdi’s most prominent releases are “Lonewolf,” “Hurts Like This” (both on NCS), and remixes for Bebe Rexha’s “I Got You” and Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino’s “In My Mind,” that have amassed respectively over 6M and 4M streams on Trap Nation’s YouTube channel. Follow CYB3RPVNK to see what R3HAB, Skytech, Cityzen, Waysons, and the rest of this talented crew are up to!
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“Nobody” Can Give You A Good Dose Of Dance Music Like Borgeous
Believe it or not, “Nobody” by Borgeous is an amalgam of Tech House, Bass, and Hip-Hop rhythms. The platinum-selling producer and DJ delivers a good dose of dance music for those of you who like to party hard. Definitely, 2019 was one of the best years of his career. Compared to his previous releases like “Alcohol” and the ‘Lights Off’ EP, I believe this new club heater is quite different in a positive way, plus, a bit more housier to please underground realms. So, he has proven his remixes for the likes of Marshmello and Anne-Marie were just a small piece of all the great work he can do with his original productions as well. Without further ado, stream in full down here.
✔︎ Tour dates
December 13th, 2019 – The Marc – San Marcos, TX
December 22nd, 2019 – Time Nightclub – Costa Mesa, CA
December 31st, 2019 – Stereo Live – Houston, TX
January 11th, 2020 – Park City Live – Park City, UT
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Phantom Boy Previews Forthcoming “Quiero Amarte” Euro Club Remix
It’s been a while since we haven’t heard about Phantom Boy. Nowadays, he’s dominating the international club circuit with a new mix of his previous single, “Quiero Amarte”. The renowned artist has shared in advance this exclusive track with DJs from Italy, Romania, Australia, and Latin America. To the surprise of many, party animals out there are loving the way he reworked the classic “Tarzan Boy” anthem from Baltimora. There’s no doubt, this jam is absolute fire because Latin vibes match perfectly with fresh pumping beats and the signature chant, whoa oh oh oh oh… Be the first to listen to a preview of this excellent remix right here. So far, I know it will be available on December 10th via all major streaming platforms.
Moreover, the music video is still in the production process held by 305 Stage Studios Film. Locations like Atlanta and New York were considered for this clip. On a side note, Phantom Boy is working on soundtracks for different TV shows in America like Despierta America by Univision. But that’s not all, his music will be part of the upcoming romantic film, Ser Papa Joven. What more could he ask for? I bet 2020 will be his year!
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Electro Wow Exclusive Guest Mix: Raved
Using a unique combination of electronic and synthwave sounds, Raved is one of the most promising up and coming artists at the moment. His debut remix of The Black Eyed Peas “I Just Can’t Get Enough” was released to critical acclaim as he beautifully blended a mixture of House sub-genres such as French, Progressive, and Classic.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Daft Punk, Avicii, Paul Kalkbrenner, Vangelis, and Eric Prydz, its exciting to see an artist with such a broad taste in electronic styling who is brave enough to include all of them in his productions. Raved has put together an exclusive guest mix for Electro Wow that sums him up as an artist.
1 – The Black Eyed Peas – Just Can’t Get Enough (Raved Remix)
2 – Sandro Cavazza – So Much Better (Avicii Remix)
3 – Ofenbach – Rock It
4 – Peking Duk ft. SAFIA – Take Me Over
5 – The Chemical Brothers ft. Beck – Wide Open
6 – Daft Punk – Da Funk
7 – Carte Blanche – Gare Du Nord
8 – Burns – Lies (Otto Knows Remix)
9 – SebastiAn – Beograd
10 – DJ Mehdi – Signatune (Thomas Bangalter Edit)
11 – Lost Frequencies – Sun Is Shining
12 – Mahmut Orhan – Game Of Thrones
13 – Aaron Smith – Dancin (KRONO Remix)
14 – Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris – I Found You
15 – Axwell λ Ingrosso – More Than You Know
16 – Armand Van Helden ft. Tara McDonald – My My My
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Nicky Romero Remixes Armin van Buuren & Ne-Yo’s “Unlove You”
A link-up as epic as Armin van Buuren and NE-YO‘s recent collaboration deserves a remix of equal significance, and that’s exactly what fans are getting. Today, Dutch electronic music powerhouse Nicky Romero offered up a top-notch remix of “Unlove You”, delivering the very best of what dance music has to offer. Unleashing his own touches onto the buzzing “Unlove You,” Nicky Romero pushes out into the night with his club-tailored interpretation. Enhanced with a hands-in-the-air melody and seamless arrangement, this remix is the perfect counterpart of Armin van Buuren and Ne-Yo’s smash hit.
“I’m very happy with this incredible remix from Nicky Romero. I’m a long-time fan of his work, and I feel that he did the original song justice whilst giving it an energetic, mainstage-ready twist of his own. Top-drawer stuff!” – Armin van Buuren
“Armin van Buuren and I have been colleagues for a long time, so it’s about time we started working together. I was in the studio listening to the songs of his album ‘Balance,’ and his track with Ne-Yo struck a chord with me. I coincidentally had a project open that matched the vibe and key of the record perfectly, so it was just meant to be. It’s a magnificent song, and I’m glad I got to make it my own.” – Nicky Romero
After taking the world by storm with early hits such as “Legacy” (with Krewella) and #1 single “I Could Be The One” (with Avicii), Nicky Romero quickly proved that his talent is ever-evolving and here to stay. After launching his Protocol Recordings imprint in 2012, the renowned performer, producer and label head continued his personal successes with a string of high-profile releases, ranging from collabs with Mike Williams & Amba Shepherd, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&W, DallasK & XYLØ and Steve Aoki & Kiiara to remixes for the likes of Kygo, Rita Ora, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Jess Glynne and more. All the while showcasing his label’s roster via his weekly Protocol Radio show, Nicky Romero continues to touch down across the globe for his incredible live performances, including residencies at Las Vegas’ Hakkasan and Omnia and forthcoming shows at Medusa Festival in Mexico, Temple in San Francisco, Marquee in New York City, Prysm in Chicago and more.
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