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    Amsterdam Music Festival Live Sets: Armin b2b Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and More

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    Amsterdam Dance Event is all about mixing music business with pleasure — and the latter part of the equation, Amsterdam Music Festival (AMF), saw some absolutely incredible acts this past week!

    An instantly legendary b2b set from Armin van Buuren & Hardwell, known as II=I or Two Is One, was certainly the highlight of ADF 2017. Thankfully for fans all around the world, the entire performance was live streamed so no one has to live life without seeing these two work their magic together on stage.

    More of the world’s leading acts including Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Vini Vici also played the coveted music festival, making for the biggest and best year yet. Armin van Buuren also appeared solo during the ADF festivities for a 2 hour performance. All of which can be heard below.

    Although Amsterdam Music Festival popped off on the other side of the globe, we can all catch up on the action right here!

    Armin Van Buuren b2b Hardwell (II=I)

    Armin van Buuren

    Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

    Vini Vici

    Photo via ADE/ADF

    This article was first published on Your EDM.
    Source: Amsterdam Music Festival Live Sets: Armin b2b Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and More

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      Right now I have a 2016 MacBook Pro and I edit in Lightroom Classic CC. Since I travel so much, I exclusively must edit my photos on my MacBook Pro and abandoned editing galleries at home, just for conformity sake.
       
      How important do you believe a social media profile (mostly Instagram) is to a photographer’s public profile?
      It’s necessary nowadays as it shows a window into the photographer’s life and doubles as a portfolio. At the same time, it’s always difficult dealing with the horrible reach most social media has nowadays, though.
       
      You’ve travelled the world doing what you love and seeing how wild some parties can be in different cities.  Can you name two or three cities that have stood out to you and why?
      Tokyo is my favorite city in the world by far, I always love going there. The crowd is always fanatical.
       
      Other than that being a personal choice, there are just a lot of cities that have crazy crowds. Ultra Korea last year had one of the craziest crowds I have ever seen at a festival. Mexico, India, Indonesia and more always have active crowds.
       
      Which cities do you believe the electronic music scene is booming?
      That’s a tough one since it’s kind of in a holding pattern right now. Most places are set in their popularity and continuing. Places like South America and China which had a huge boom are starting to lessen events due to government pressure. Australia is a good opposite where for years it’s been without major festivals, and now Ultra Australia and Festival X are poised to bring it back, even though the government might not like that too much.
       
      Still, Asia is still where most electronic music is booming. Bangkok, smaller cities in China, Japan are all still growing very well with more and more events.
       
      Our own Sydney has recently been stripped of much of its electronic music culture due to political interests under the visor of safety.  In your worldly travels, have you seen this in other cities, how did it impact your gig in those cities?
      A few places. China and most of South America are the major places where this has happened. You used to be able to easily do gigs in places like Chile, Argentina and Brazil but it’s a bit difficult. China, especially Beijing, is very difficult. I have done festivals where they only are allowed to sell very few tickets compared to the venue size.
       
      You probably get asked this a lot, but what advice would you give to someone who is in their early stages of photography and are hoping to stand out from the rest?
      Always work on photos the way you want to. Only take inspiration from other photographers. Don’t copy them unless it’s learning how they did it. People want unique work and not work they can get from someone else.
       
      Thanks Rukes for taking the time to chat with us today!
       
       
       
       
      Ultra Australia is touring on Sat 23rd Feb 2019 and Sun 24th Feb 2019 in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.  Tickets are available by visiting https://ultraaustralia.com
        You can see more of Rukes' work by visiting http://www.rukes.com/ or see some of his work from Ultra Australia 2018 below.
       





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