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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Nicky Romero’s Highly Anticipated ‘Redefine’ EP Is Here!
Protocol label head and iconic artist Nicky Romero just released his highly anticipated ‘Redefine’ EP, featuring two brand new club tracks as well as January’s single “I See.” He delivers high-energy gems “Time” and “Replica” to complete the holy trinity of club-ready records that comprise the EP, following a sonic path that both takes him back to his roots and propels him further into the realm of modern dance music. Running on an intense progressive buildup and a big, bouncy drop with percussive synths, “Time” keeps the energy high that “I See” established as the opening track. The EP finishes strong with “Replica,” which brings up images of dancing crowds in packed clubs, sending a message to the world that Nicky Romero is not even close to relinquishing his hold on electronic music. The “Redefine” EP is just one facet of the “Redefine” concept, which also includes a world tour, 3-part documentary series, themed website, and merchandise line.
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, Timmy Trumpet 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. Stay tuned!
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Dance-Pop Music By 5ofclubs To Enjoy While You’re Self-Quarantined
5ofclubs brings joy with his dance-pop music during these quarantined days. It is no wonder the anonymous producer is a big fan of playing cards. Despite the excessive working hours, he is taking a break in order to explore his artistic skills. Believe it or not, 5ofclubs’ source of inspiration revolves around the positive effects electronic music had in his life. More specifically, this genre is a simple way to put your mind at ease. Besides being convenient due to the Coronavirus outbreak, his songs are also great to deal with isolation. The newest single “Right Direction” featuring Josh Dreon on vocals, is emotional and uplifting at the same time. What else could we ask for?… Stay tuned for more exciting announcements as he plans more sonic gems in 2020.
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R3HAB & GATTÜSO Unveil First-Ever Single On Spotify’s Inaugural ‘mint Singles’
R3HAB and GATTÜSO team up on their new collaborative version of “Creep” – a cover of one of Radiohead’s most iconic tracks – redone with a vocal big-room house vibe, marking the first-ever recording for Spotify’s inaugural ‘mint Singles” program, a companion to its flagship dance playlist, mint, and a spin-off of the popular “Spotify Singles” series. Opening with angelic vocals over a barely-there bassline, we soon discover that this track packs a punch of attitude when the breakdown dives into a bouncy, groovy soundscape intermixed with upbeat melodies. “Creep” will feel at home on the radio and during live performances, which might make it your new go-to track for any occasion. R3HAB first worked with GATTÜSO on his track “Lullaby” and most recently tapped him for a remix of “Flames,” slowly integrating the emerging DJ/producer into the CYB3RPVNK family. “Creep” is out today.
Over the last eight years, the Dutch/Moroccan artist Fadil El Ghoul – better known as R3HAB – has established himself as a leader at the forefront of modern electronic music. His talent has been called the “future of the craft” by the likes of Forbes and Billboard, and he’s circuited the globe’s best clubs and festivals, all without the backing of a formal record label. In 2017, R3HAB independently released his debut album “Trouble” through his imprint CYB3RPVNK, which amassed over a half-billion streams globally and officially placed R3HAB among electronic music’s heavy hitters. He made number 14 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 list in 2019, topping the charts with tracks like “Lullaby” and “Hold On Tight,” while his sophomore album “The Wave,” revealing more complex, emotional and experimental layers of himself, has amassed over 250 million streams on Spotify alone. In 2019 R3HAB’s “All Around The World” with A Touch of Class quickly became his biggest ever record already topping 200M streams across platforms and achieving gold & platinum status in 8 countries. It was followed by “Flames,” R3HAB’s collaboration with ZAYN.
Since his first release, “Who We Are” in summer 2018, GATTÜSO has rapidly made a name for himself in the dance music scene. He has twice charted top 10 on Billboard Dance Radio, his songs have been streamed over 70 million times on Spotify and Apple Music, and his music has been endorsed by top artists such as Tiesto, R3HAB, Galantis, Sam Feldt, Steve Aoki, and many more. GATTÜSO has released music with leading international dance labels Enhanced Music and Armada Music, R3HAB’s label CYB3RPVNK, as well as through his own label, T&T Records. GATTÜSO launched into 2020 will a ton of momentum which includes his recently released remix of R3HAB, ZAYN and Jungleboi’s “Flames,” his single “Walk On Water featuring Kat Nestel” (the first release from a new label deal with Ultra Music) and a new live representation agreement with William Morris.
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Shaun Frank Releases Groovy Dance/Pop Gem “On Your Mind” With Alicia Moffet
Canadian artist Shaun Frank teams up with singer/songwriter Alicia Moffet for their new single “On Your Mind” a funky house gem with an upbeat attitude and soulful appeal. Frank gives his signature sound to the track’s smooth opening piano melodies that develop into a rich, energetic breakdown with a groovy bassline. Moffet’s vocals lend an emotive aspect to the wistful and yet optimistic lyrics, making “On Your Mind” a feel-good track for radio play, warm weather chilling, and beyond. The new release is Shaun Frank’s first collaboration with Moffet, who previously worked with Kaskade, and a fantastic addition to his already impressive discography, which includes several Platinum tracks and a GRAMMY nomination.
Shaun Frank began his musical career as the singer of a Canadian pop/rock band, and though he plays in a different circuit these days, the talented artist has become a household name for his sophisticated production and writing abilities in addition to his musical skills. He co-wrote The Chainsmokers’ massive 2016 hit “Closer,” and went on to put out notable remixes for them as well as Duke Dumont and Louis the Child. On the singles side, his releases on Ultra Music, including “No Future,” “Upsidedown” and “Addicted,” have amassed over 50 million streams. Frank’s collaboration with Digital Farm Animals and Dragonette, the indie-dance anthem “Tokyo Nights,” now is Gold certified in Canada and has over 20 million streams. With releases on some of the industry’s biggest labels – Dim Mak, Spinnin’ Records, Ultra, Sony, Size Records, and more – Shaun Frank has quickly established himself as an absolute force to be reckoned with. His packed tour schedule had him playing some of the world’s most iconic festivals and venues, thrilling fans with every set. Now debuting “On Your Mind” in 2020, this is just the start of what Shaun has planned for this year! Stay tuned by following him on social media.
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WATCH: Pax Japonica Groove Shares Lyric Video For “Untouchable”
Turn up the volume and enjoy this hyper-energetic vocal anthem from Pax Japonica Groove. If you are staying at home, sing-along to his new single “Untouchable”, which comes accompanied by a striking lyric video. In short, it talks about falling in love platonically. Most importantly, the song’s extremely fast–paced rhythm will make you dance no matter what. Sonically speaking, it feels like something from outer space. Likewise, Shuhei Kurosaka (real name) has pushed the boundaries of electronic music by experimenting with varying tempos and flawless vocals. Believe it or not, many of his productions have ranked #1 on the iTunes Japan dance charts. With this in mind, he’s ready to conquer the international music scene with his signature sound and dynamism. Press play below and enjoy it!
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