QUIX returns to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak imprint with his new single “Make Up Your Mind,“ featuring Nashville singer/songwriter Jaden Michaels, a Drum & Bass gem with QUIX’s signature emotive punch. The heavy DnB influence pays homage to QUIX’s homeland New Zealand, where this dynamic music genre has always had a powerful following. “Make Up Your Mind” opens with a heartfelt, soulful voice by Jaden and rides on a steadily building bassline that culminates in a high-energy, goosebump-inducing drop. The track follows QUIX’s earlier release “IDK Vol. 2” from earlier this year and is his second collaboration with Jaden Michaels, after 2018’s “Giving Up” who released recently her solo single “Every Last Thing.” Read on for QUIX’s story on how “Make Up Your Mind” came to be.
“I actually started writing this beat last year during a twitch stream; funnily enough, Jaden had already sent me the topline months before. Essentially, I mashed up the beat with her vocal and surprised myself with how well they worked together. I’ve never made a DnB song like this before, and I wanted to challenge myself to incorporate the mainstream style with my signature style. Thank you for listening, and hope you enjoyed yourself, especially on that last drop” – QUIX
Hailing all the way from New Zealand, QUIX initially traveled to North America in 2017 for 10 shows and finished up doing an astonishing 42 stops. He has been tearing up the trap scene ever since, continuously shaking the new ground with his unique sound design. Coming off three headline tours in 2018, including Coachella and support on Steve Aoki’s Kolony tour, QUIX had a break-out year with his “Illusions EP” on Dim Mak. It has racked up millions of plays and creatively merged genres with powerful vocals while staying true to QUIX’s signature sound. He has also been honored by Spotify to feature on the cover of their two biggest international dance playlists, “Mint” and “Dance Rising,” and officially remixed the likes of Steve Aoki, GASHI, RL Grime, and more. Jaden Michaels is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. In her career as a songwriter, she has collaborated with some of pop music’s biggest stars, including Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Carly Rae Jepsen, Robin Thicke, and more. In 2012 and 2013 Jaden co-wrote one of the songs performed on the season finale of American Idol. Her songwriting work on Carly Rae Jepsen’s album “Kiss” received the 2013 Juno Award for “Album of the Year.” Stay tuned for more music coming from these exciting and talented artists very soon.
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Nicky Romero & NIIKO X SWAE Team Up On Summer Dance-Pop Smash
Nicky Romero teamed up with American Los Angeles-based producers NIIKO X SWAE for their new track “Easy,” an upbeat and feel-good fusion of Pop and Dance music. With dynamic melodies and soulful vocals, the summer anthem brings to mind happy and simple times that will forever remain favorite memories. The release comes just after Romero launched his new venture – Protocol Lab sub-label on the 10th anniversary of Protocol Recordings, as well as his recent “Perception” EP. On the other hand, NIIKO X SWAE are hot off their “Save Me” single on Armada Music and earlier releases on Revealed, Warner Music, Hexagon, and Thrive Music.
“We connected a while back ago, and the guys sent me some music. ‘Easy’ grabbed my attention immediately as it had these very positive vibes, giving me a feeling of happiness. They did amazing work already, but the original demo was a bit slower and needed some more tweaks. I took the stems back to my studio and spent some time on the production, reworking it. After going back and forth a few times with NIIKO X SWAE, ‘Easy’ was done! We just played it together at my Academy show in Los Angeles on June 18, and we can’t wait to give it more spins and see how people react to it.”
— Nicky Romero
“‘Easy’ is an ode to the little things in life, like the laid-back summers we all experienced in our youth. Whether it’s carefree moments with your friends or cherishing a memory for the rest of your life, ‘Easy’ is set to invoke a sense of nostalgia that takes you back to that special place in time. Working with Nicky has been a dream come true for us as he has always been one of our biggest inspirations since the day we started producing music. When we got back his version of ‘Easy,’ we knew we had a summer anthem on our hands, and we’re so excited for the world to hear it.”
— NIIKO X SWAE
After taking the world by storm with early hits such as “Legacy” with Krewella and the #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 collaborations with Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&W, Timmy Trumpet and Steve Aoki to remixes for the likes of Robin Schulz, Kygo, Rita Ora, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Jess Glynne and more. While showcasing his label’s roster via his weekly Protocol Radio show, Nicky Romero continues to innovate and evolve, and with his annual “Nicky Romero & Friends” ADE showcase and the launch of Monocule alter-ego, he keeps proving his ability to turn into gold everything he touches.
Childhood friends and LA-based duo NIIKO X SWAE spent their early days learning to produce and dreaming of pioneering a new lane in house music. Flash forward to today, they are regulars on dance radio, recently releasing their debut “Field Trip” EP on Armada Music and seeing two of the singles hit worldwide radio via Sirius XM’s BPM, Evolution Radio, and more, with “I Ain’t Going Home” charting on the Billboard Dance Airplay Chart. In addition to their aggressive release schedule, the duo also hosts their own global radio show NXS Radio via Insomniac Radio. Furthermore, the Hakkasan Las Vegas residents have become a staple to any successful remix package, releasing remixes for Bebe Rexha, Charlotte Lawrence, Bryce Vine, Cheat Codes, and more. NIIKO X SWAE’s remix of Bebe Rexha’s “Sacrifice” has seen a multitude of success, topping 3M streams, earning a top spot on KIIS FM’s “Top 20 Beats of the Week”, helping lead “Sacrifice” to #1 at dance radio. The guys have also been tapped for high-profile collaborations alongside Deorro, Kiiara, Adventure Club, and more.
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WizG Heads To Future House Cloud With Summer Bop “Dangerous”
After setting the tone for the season with his buoyant party-starter “Don’t Wanna Need You Now,” WizG makes a big return with his second major single of the year. Strap on your dancing shoes extra tight and hold on for the ride, because WizG is getting “Dangerous” with Future House Cloud.
An upbeat Dance-Pop record, “Dangerous” fuses WizG’s evident songwriting talent with a sensual synth bed and catchy guitar strums. Oozing lighthearted melodies and a hook and chorus listeners won’t be able to get out of their heads, WizG graces his fans with yet another irresistible summer festival track. “Dangerous” builds off the scintillating energy in the more recent release “Don’t Wanna Need You Now,” while serving as a slightly moody, yet fun and flirty addition to WizG’s danceable arsenal.
“With summer and festival season approaching, I wanted to release my favorite production to date. A record I believe can be listened to in any setting. ‘Dangerous’ is filled with guitars, synths, vocal chops, catchy lyrics and more. Enjoy!” — WizG
Continuing to lift spirits and ignite sparks with alluring releases such as “Dangerous,” WizG continues to build an exciting tracklist for upcoming summer appearances. Previously sharing stages with industry leaders like Matoma, Lost Kings, and Dada Life, WizG’s career is hurtling toward stardom as he continues to fuel the dance-pop space.
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WAVEDASH & James Ivy Cross Paths On “Chicago Loop”
Continuously showcasing their creativity and versatility, WAVEDASH and James Ivy’s friendship, tracing back to their teenage years, has intersected at a crucial point in their musical careers for the release of “Chicago Loop,” out now via Create Music Group.
Debuting on Skrillex’s label OWSLA in 2015, WAVEDASH has since developed their own style of electronic dance music. Receiving industry-wide praise from artists like Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Madeon, and many more; in 2021, their 12-track debut album, World Famous Tour, left a bold and positive mark on the dance music community. Now liberated from label stipulations and creative control, the trio look onwards to seek artistic fulfillment in the next chapter of their careers. The release of “Chicago Loop”, a track that was initially introduced 3 years ago, thus, carries great meaning to both the artists and their fans, as the trio collabs with their long friend, and rising artist James Ivy.
James Ivy, a 23-year-old Korean-American singer/songwriter/producer from New Jersey, since his debut in 2020, with “Staring Contest”, has been developing his artistic presence in the PC music scene. Receiving praise from the likes of MTV, Flood Magazine, NYLON, and continued releases of singles, and in 2021, his debut EP, Good Grief, James Ivy has impressed both media and the fans. Crossing between genres and facing new frontiers in his career, his addition to “Chicago Loop” is something that once again proves his indefinite musical capabilities.
“Jimmy (James Ivy) has been one of our best friends for over 8 years now. During that time we’ve grown up together and came into our own as artists. We help each other out with everything, whether it be Jimmy lending his voice to us or Me, Michael, and Gavin lending Jimmy our production skills. When we made“Chicago Loop,” we thought it was just another one of the hundreds of songs that would never see the light of day, but thanks to the overwhelming response from fans we are unbelievably excited to share it with you guys.” — WAVEDASH
“Chicago Loop” was a song born from an ironing board acting as a makeshift desk and a Bluetooth speaker in a hotel room in Chicago. Me and the boys had flown out to Chicago for Lollapalooza and it ended up being the biggest let-down of a weekend ever. Me and the boys started a song purely off of the desire to make sure the weekend was not a complete waste. The lyrics, that were mostly freestyled on the spot, ended up being an ode to this feeling we had this weekend, of being at a shitty party and being like “let’s get outta here”.” — James Ivy
An upbeat indie/electronic track, WAVEDASH immerse listeners in a dreamy electronic instrumental. The production heavily lies on funky drums, synths, and futuristic effects that add to the colorful display of WAVEDASH’s adventurous sound. James Ivy further decorates the track with layered vocals as his catchy melodies gracefully merge with the lively instrumental. WAVEDASH and James Ivy stand to face a new chapter in their exciting career. As WAVEDASH moves on to the post-album era as they now create music truly without limits, this collaboration with James Ivy is something that fulfills both the sonic endeavors of the artists and the expectations of their fans.