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    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd
      Swedish DJ Avicii, one of the world's biggest dance music stars, has died in Oman at the age of 28.
      Avicii's club anthems include Wake Me Up, Levels, and recently, Lonely Together with Rita Ora.
      His representative said in a statement: "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.
      "The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time."
      No cause of death was announced, and Avicii's representative said no further statements would be issued.
      The superstar DJ behind some of the decade's biggest hits The electronic dance music (EDM) star, who reportedly made $250,000 (£180,000) a night on tour, had struggled with some health issues in the past, having his gall bladder and appendix removed in 2014.
      He announced his retirement from touring in 2016, partly because of the health problems.
      "I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist," he said at the time.
      Avicii's Wake Me Up breaks a million Avicii sixth on DJ rich list Avicii recovering after an operation
      Who was Avicii?
      One of the biggest names in dance music of the last 10 years, he had a catalogue full of pumping, uplifting, house smashes He started his career when he won a production competition held by Pete Tong in 2008 He went on to notch up 11 billion streams on Spotify and was the first EDM DJ to stage a worldwide arena tour He was nominated for two Grammy Awards and had nine UK top 10 singles, including two number ones He suffered from health problems including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking  
       
      He later announced a return to the studio, and released a new self-titled EP in 2017.
      The EP, Avĩci (01), was nominated for a Billboard music award for top electronic album just days before his death.
      As well as working with the likes of Aloe Blacc and Rita Ora, Avicii collaborated with artists including Madonna and Coldplay.
      Former Radio 1 DJ Judge Jules, who often performed alongside him, said his biggest achievement was being the first electronic dance star to break America.
      "He was the first huge commercial star," Judge Jules told the BBC. "He really became someone who couldn't go out on the street, he was so heavily recognised."
      Other leading electronic artists wrote tributes to Bergling after the news of his death.
       
      Singer Dua Lipa tweeted: "Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans."
      US band Imagine Dragons tweeted: "Working with him was one of my favourite collaborative moments. Far too young. The world was a happier and fuller place with his presence and art."
      "No words can describe the sadness I'm feeling right now, hearing about Avicii passing away," offered DJ Zedd, while singer Adam Lambert, who collaborated on the track Lay Me Down, called him "a brilliant composer and a gentle spirit."

      An enchanting artist
      Analysis by Mark Savage, BBC Music reporter
      At Avicii's last ever show in August 2016, one crazed fan climbed a 100ft-high (30m) scaffolding tower, just to get a better view.
      That's not something that happens that often during a DJ set (who needs to see the stage anyway?) but it was a testament to Avicii's ability to enchant an audience.
       
      Confetti cannons and bass drops aside, his shows encapsulated the inclusive, everyone-welcome philosophy that led him to collaborate with Coldplay, Nile Rodgers and Antony Hegarty as well as bluegrass and metal musicians in the studio.
      That final show, at Ushuaia Ibiza, was a two-hour greatest hits set, featuring crowd pleasers like Levels and Wake Me Up alongside his remixes of Robyn and Dizzee Rascal.
      But the DJ, who famously let the cat out of the bag when he revealed most major DJs pre-programmed their sets (comments he later walked back), was also known for dropping unexpected, whimsical tracks into his performances. A bit of Smokey Robinson here; a dash of Chicago there.
      He approached it all with an energy and optimism that permeated his own recordings. It's no surprise he was one of the most beloved DJs on the circuit.
      More about Avicii on BBC Music
      Avicii in his own words
      To Billboard Magazine in 2016: "When I look back on my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price - a lot of stress, a lot of anxiety for me - but it was the best journey of my life" Post-retirement on his website: "[Creating music], that is what I live for, what I feel I was born to do... The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new." Prelude to music video for hit The Nights: "When I was 16, my father said, 'You can do anything you want with your life, you just have to be willing to work hard to get it.' That's when I decided when I die, I want to be remembered for the life I live, not the money I make."  
        Source: BBC
       
    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd
      TITLE: NEED ME (FEAT SAMMI CONSTANTINE) 
      ARTIST: MASHD N KUTCHER
      LABEL: CASABLANCA RECORDS AUSTRALIA
       
      WATCH VIDEO: http://bit.ly/2CuWHIi


      ‘Mashd N Kutcher’ have kicked off the year with the release of their brand new single ‘Need Me’ (feat. Sammi Constantine).  With its infectious chorus and summer laden beat, ‘Need Me’ pays homage to The Cardigans’ international hit ‘Lovefool,’ a “song that stuck with us as kids growing up,” says the duo.  The NEW video has just dropped & meshes Art, Dance & Music.
       
      The boys play ‘Road to Ultra’ this Saturday in Melbourne – the First time the Mega brand ‘Ultra Music Festival’ hits Australia!!
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      #1 LIVE Electronic DJ Duo in Australia Writing & Performing Pop / Electronic / Dance Records for 6 years 2x Gold Certified Records in 18 Months: ‘Do It Now’ & ‘My Sunshine’ ‘Do It Now’ Top 10 Track on iTunes, #1 Shazam Chart, reached over 3 million+ streams and added to every major commercial radio station across the country ‘My Sunshine’ Top 5 on iTunes - #1 Most Played track on Australian Radio and reached #5 on iTunes In 2017 the duo completed a 5-month World Tour including: Asia, North America, Europe and Australia Mashd N Kutcher on Socials: 250 million video views in all, 1.2 million followers Facebook, 65,000 Instagrammers, 100,000 viewers on Snapchat and over 350,000 YouTube subscribers Mashd N Kutcher join AFROJACK, AXWELL /\ INGROSSO, KSHMR and more at ROAD TO ULTRA AUSTRALIA next month  
      In Brief:
      The fresh pop track ‘Need Me’ is destined to be one of the early hits of 2018, which is not unfamiliar for the Brisbane grown classically trained pianist and drummer aka ‘Mashd N Kutcher.’ While their live-shows keep the dance floors jam-packed, their two Gold Records: ‘Do It Now’ and ‘My Sunshine’ have achieved chart-topping radio activity and video streams. ‘My Sunshine’ was a #1 Most Played track on Australian Radio and reached #5 on iTunes while ‘Do It Now’ has now reached over 3 million streams to date and was added to every major commercial radio station across the country.
       
      Mashd N Kutcher have progressed from local DJs, to one of the most prominent electronic acts to grace the music scene in recent years.  2017 saw the pair complete a 5-month World Tour taking them across Asia, North America, Europe and Australia.  With an ever-growing list of successes including being voted Australia’s #1 DJ duo (inthemix 2015), producing multiple Gold selling records, achieving viral video success for their infamous ‘mashups,’ making waves across the globe with their exhilarating live-electronic performances, MNK have one of Australia’s biggest social reaches online in music.  With a growing 250 million video views in all, 1.2 million followers on Facebook, 65,000 Instagrammers, a whopping 100,000 viewers on Snapchat and over 350,000 YouTube subscribers, there is no slowing down for these two.
       
      Mashd N Kutcher join AFROJACK, AXWELL /\ INGROSSO, KSHMR and more at ROAD TO ULTRA AUSTRALIA next month.
       
      MASHD N KUTCHER LIVE SHOWS:
       
      FRI 23rd FEB – PlayGround, WAGGA WAGGA
      SAT 24th FEB – ROAD TO ULTRA AUSTRALIA – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, MELBOURNE
      TUE 27th FEB – Club Co Crown, MELBOURNE
      SAT 10th MAR – Platinum, BROADBEACH
      SAT 17th MAR – Cartel Nightclub, MACKAY
      SAT 24th MAR – Flinders HQ, TOWNSVILLE
      THU 29th MAR – Carmen’s Nightclub, MIRANDA
      SAT 31st MAR – Gilligan’s Nightclub, CAIRNS
    • OzClubbers
      By OzClubbers
      MasterClass, the premier online education platform, announced today that legendary DJ Armin van Buuren is teaching his first ever online class. The class is open for pre-enrollment starting today at www.masterclass.com/avb. Enrollment in the class is $90, or $180 per year for unlimited access to all new and existing MasterClasses with the All-Access Pass. Each enrollment option can also be given as a gift.
      Armin van Buuren, one of the most influential figures in the global dance scene, has topped the Billboard charts, attracted tens of millions of worldwide listeners to his weekly radioshow “A State of Trance,” and landed a record-setting five No. 1 DJ awards from DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs. The Grammy-nominated artist’s work has spanned major evolutions in dance music, from spinning with vinyl in small clubs to headlining global dance festivals.
      In his 20th year as an artist, van Buuren will share insights about what it takes to get established in the competitive and ever-changing business of dance music. Students will get an intimate look into the artist’s creative process as van Buuren creates a track from scratch specifically for his MasterClass. Aspiring producers will learn his pillars for becoming a world-class DJ—production, performance, and promotion. The class dives into the more technical aspects of producing, including mixing, arranging, and building dance-worthy drops.
      “Nowadays, to be a successful artist and DJ, it’s not enough to just know how to spin records. If you want to stand out, you need to make your own records, write music, and make remixes and mashups for your DJ sets. I’m truly excited to share my passion for producing music and DJing in my MasterClass,” said Armin van Buuren, MasterClass instructor. “It’s the first time I get to show you my secrets and tips, and everything I’ve learned in my twenty years in this business.”

       
      “Armin is an international icon of dance music. Despite his musical genius, he has stayed humble, hard-working, earnestly connected to his fans, and has never lost sight of the joy in his work. His passion for teaching is infectious. There really is an art and science to making people dance — it has to do with sculpting sound, mixing, and arranging songs for maximum impact — that’s Armin’s mastery, and he’s certainly one of the best to ever do it,” said David Rogier, CEO and Co-Founder of MasterClass.
      MasterClass is an online education company which provides classes from world-renowned instructors, making it possible for anyone to learn from the best. Each class offers a unique learning experience which includes video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises, course materials, peer interaction, and more. All classes are available online for individual purchase at www.masterclass.com.
      The post MasterClass Announces Armin van Buuren to Teach Dance Music appeared first on Trance Hub.
      Source: Trance News
    • OzClubbers
      By OzClubbers
      Décalé. celebrates the launch of their labeland first release : Nar’Chiveol – Esperance Music Wir with a bit of a mini-tour starting Thursday, 7 December in Amsterdam Oost’s intimate Oosterbar
      Join a special combination of artists – Gilb’R (VERSATILE / Amsterdam) and Tako (Music From Memory , RedlightRecords Amsterdam) will close the night with a 3h back to back, while Master Phil b2b Alan Briand kick things off.
      Décalé. is a newly formed label that focuses on reissuing worldwide “french speaking” music from the 80s & 90s across multiple genres: Synth-Pop , West Indies , New Beat , Occitan Folk , Afrobeat, alonsgide a healthy dose of the weird and wonderful

      7 December | Décalé. Apocalypse Tour w/ Gilb’r b2b Tako | Tickets | Oosterbar
      The post Celebrate The Launch Of Obscure Imprint Décalé. At Oosterbar To Kick This Weekend Off appeared first on Deep House Amsterdam.
      Source: Deep House Amsterdam
    • OzClubbers
      By OzClubbers
      BE-AT.TV will premiere a brand new live series – Off/BEAT – 2pm CET on 7 December, taking viewers to Berlin’s iconic spy tower complex Teufelsberg with exclusive live performances from Mathew Jonson with Isis and Einmusik with Jonas Saalbach.
      Off/BEAT will showcase the music of innovative and celebrated electronic performers at spectacular locations around the world. This first episode sees multiple drone cameras encircling the famous Teufelsberg (Devil’s Mountain) spy tower, providing unique 360° views of two live performances.
      BE.At.TV BE.AT.TV Page
      The post BE.AT.TV Launch New Series ‘Off/BEAT’ With Mathew Jonson, Einmusik & Jonas Saalbach From Teufelsberg, Berlin appeared first on Deep House Amsterdam.
      Source: Deep House Amsterdam
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