VASSY & Afrojack team up for “LOST”

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After breaking into the Spotify viral charts in five countries and hitting #4 on Beatport in its first week, "LOST" has now accumulated over 3 million combined streams. Released by Armada Music, Vassy's new single “LOST” is made in collaboration with Dutch star Afrojack and Amsterdam-based producer Oliver Rosa, and may just require all three to clear some space in their respective trophy rooms.

A titanic team-up, brilliant composition and potential chart-breaker in one, “LOST” traverses the pop and dance music realms while remaining emotive and progressive at its core. Catching fire through the warmth of VASSY’s eruptive vocals only to see it’s burning flames kindled by its infectious piano chord stabs and well-crafted builds, “LOST” proves a song the whole world could lose itself in.

In an exclusive interview with fashionado, VASSY talks fashion, personal style, working with Afrojack and what's in her future:

fashionado: We live in a world where Image sometimes is everything. What image are you looking to portray to your fans a one of the leading vocalists in the world today? 

VASSY: I like to stay natural and be myself not trying to Portray any image in particular but one that shows people I’m comfortable in my own skin and proud of who I am and embrace all my qualities as a woman.

fashionado: As your fame and popularity climbs do you feel there is a greater focus on you and your personal style? 

VASSY: Yes. I do sometimes I feel like just being a bit of a tomboy other times I want to put on my Ferragamo stilettos and a fancy dress. It depends on how I feel; I like to just be true to myself and not force anything when it comes to style and fashion.

fashionado: How did the collaboration with you and Afrojack happen and what's the inside scoop on what it took to place? 

VASSY: We met a couple years back on a project and always talked about working on a record together so it was an organic process and this was the right record to work on. He’s cool, talented, easy to work with and he was very supportive.

fashionado: With the success of 'Lost' what is on the burner for you musically for 2018? What projects do you have in the works and will we see you on the MainStage singing 'Lost' during Ultra and Miami Music Week? 

VASSY: I’m working on my solo projects and I do have a couple of collaborations: one with Tiësto and one with Armin van Buuren & so on... Yes, you might see me in Miami :-)

fashionado: The cover of 'Lost' is stunning. When selecting the wardrobe for the cover did someone put it all together for you and if so what was their name, or did you put it together and if so what look did you want it to convey for the fans of your music? 

Yes I had an idea of what I wanted to wear. I wanted to do all black, slick and simple, a little lacy and feminine but strong. I worked with the stylist Madison Dixon based here in Los Angeles, she was so much fun to work with.

fashionado: If you had to pick who would your Top 5 fashion designers in the world? 

VASSY: This is tough!
I love Chanel - bags and make up.
Ferragamo for shoes. 
Ted Baker for (more) bags.
Prada for sunglasses.
Wow Couture for sexy clothing - they make incredible things that works for women with curves.
Express for cool shirts, believe it or not!
Adidas for sporty stuff.

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Steve Aoki Reworks Oliver Heldens’ Hit Single “What The Funk (feat. Danny Shah)”

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Oliver Heldens’ funkified hit “What The Funk (feat. Danny Shah)” gets an electro house face lift from Dim Mak label boss Steve Aoki, premiered on Billboard. Upping the ante with festival synths, big room drums and revved up basslines, Aoki takes Heldens’ groove on a neon future workout. The record marks the second project between the two powerhouses, following Heldens’ official remix of Aoki’s Bad Royale collaboration “$4 Million (feat. Ma$e & Big Gigantic).”

After signing with Spinnin' Records in 2013 at just 18, Oliver Heldens has been unstoppable. The Dutch wunderkind catapulted into dance music’s elite after breakthrough single “Gecko” caught the eyes and ears of legendary tastemakers Tiësto and Pete Tong. After revamping the original with the vocals of The Voice U.K. contestant Becky Hill on “Gecko (Overdrive),” the record became platinum-certified, eclipsing U.K. Charts at #1, and has since amassed 171 M+ on-demand streams to date. After premiering his Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1, Pete Tong named the rising star “one of the breakthrough producers of the year,” while Rolling Stone touted him as an artist to watch in 2014. Heldens now globally broadcasts his Heldeep Radio show on BBC Radio 1 and Sirius XM, in addition to residencies at prestigious venues in Las Vegas. A wearer of many hats, the young artist also produces under his darker house persona HI-LO, released under his label Heldeep Records.

Possessing an illustrious catalogue with countless chart-topping hits, award-winning electronic producer, entrepreneur, mogul and DJ Steve Aoki stands as one of contemporary music’s most timeless multi-hyphenates. Finishing off 2017 on a high note, Steve Aoki recently put out “All Night,” his entrancing buzzworthy collaboration with Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony. The single hit #1 on iTunes overall in 14 countries and #1 on the iTunes Dance Charts in 30 countries. A week later, Aoki joined forces with Korean-Pop supergroup BTS on an official remix of “MIC Drop” featuring Desiigner. Taking the world by storm, the rework peaked at #1 iTunes Overall in 44 countries while the remix video is #1 trending on YouTube, quickly surpassing 32M views. “All Night,” "MIC Drop,” and “What The Funk” follow Aoki’s critically acclaimed hip hop album KOLONY, which feature songs with Migos, Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty, 2 Chainz, Lil Uzi Vert and more.

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WiDE AWAKE Debuts New Single “How It Go (feat. Indiah)”

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London-based duo WiDE AWAKE team up with rising vocalist Indiah on genre-bending single “How It Go.” Crescendoing ambitious synthesizers and sultry vocals into an epic drop, the single merges trap, R&B and pop together into a euphoric production.

Ever since first stepping onto the scene in 2015, CJ Beatz and Jordan Crisp (better known as WiDE AWAKE) have proven that they are undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. In addition to notable production credits for Stormzy, Pitbull, and Will Smith, WiDE AWAKE has released numerous high-profile originals including their latest single “Down Up” featuring Wiley. Their tracks “Ready” and “Love Me (feat. Jacob Banks)” currently sit at 18M and 15.5M on-demand streams respectively, with the former frequently played by EDM heavyweights The Chainsmokers and Tiësto during their live sets. Through their unique sound, a fusion of rhythmic trap with bass, grime, and hardstyle, the duo has also earned support from Steve Aoki, Skrillex, RL Grime, Hardwell, and more. “How It Go” marks WiDE AWAKE’s third Dim Mak release in the past year, following their Lady Bee collaboration “Savages (feat. Doctor)” and their New Noise single “Crown” with UNKWN.

Growing up in a musical family where both her parents and two sisters were singers, 21-year-old Indiah has been surrounded by the craft ever since she was born. Her music draws upon her diverse British, African American, Czechoslovakian, and Native American heritage, creating a truly one-of-a-kind sound. After years of uploading acoustic covers on YouTube, the singer-songwriter released her first single “I Got You” in October of 2016. The track earned praise from The 405 and Wonderland with the latter calling her music, “a harmonious blend of catchy electro synth and trap inspired high-hats seasoned with some soulful pop vocals.” Although Indiah’s career has just begun, there’s no telling where her raw talent will take her.

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KRANE Unveils Highly-Anticipated Fallout LP

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Gifted electronic music producer KRANE spawns an auditory exploration into a dystopian abyss on his highly-anticipated debut album, Fallout. Through an episodic 10-track package boasting numerous stand out records including “Nobody But You,” “Next World,” “Hollow,” and “Feel It,” KRANE paints a cinematic backdrop saturated with hard-hitting yet musically sophisticated trap and anthemic future bass. Fallout is augmented by a talented collection of guests including SLUMBERJACK, QUIX and graves, amongst others.

In his own words, “Much of my personal sound and background, developed over the years of listening to and creating music, is represented in this album. It also draws widely from not only music, but also the aesthetics of movies, television and literature I love,” KRANE states. “But FALLOUT is as much a celebration of where my sound is today as it is a recognition that I will leave part of it behind now that this album is in the wild.

KRANE was enveloped in nostalgia as he prepared for his departure from the opulent electronic soundscapes he masterfully synthesized over the years. Taking inspiration from the dark frame of mind that followed, KRANE orchestrated a dystopian overture, setting the scene of an apocalyptic narrative perpetuated by the releases of singles “Monarch,” “Nobody But You,” and “Next World.” These productions soon caught on with dance music’s elite, garnering widespread support from Steve Aoki, Alison Wonderland, Diplo, RL Grime, NGHTMRE & Slander and Party Favor. Ahead of Fallout, KRANE previewed his discography on an exclusive Diplo and Friends mix on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

Since breaking onto the scene in 2015 via a TOKiMONSTA collaboration on “Put It Down,” featuring Anderson .Paak, KRANE’s innovative fusion of hip hop, jazz, and lush electronic tones has overtaken the industry. His unparalleled compositions caught on with distinguished artists such as Dillon Francis, A-Trak, Vince Staples, Bebe Rexha, Big Gigantic and Jai Wolf, tasking the Oakland-native with remixes and other productions. KRANE has since assembled numerous sample packs comprised of his signature sounds, used heavily by fellow producers, launching the rising artist into prominence. Believing in the power of community, he crafted a highly-acclaimed collaborative-imprint “SESSIONS,” where he links up with budding beatmakers to work on tracks together. As KRANE closes one door through Fallout, he looks ahead to the future, braving a new chapter of artistic rebirth.

After putting together this collection, I know I cannot repeat it, and I have to say goodbye to part of myself as a producer in pursuit of newness. But this is the welcomed aftereffect of pouring so much time and energy into this music. I know that by sharing this body of music with you, I am demolishing part of myself as a producer so I can reinvent myself again, and again."

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BROHUG Offer Fans a Treat With Free Halloween Themed Single "Boogieman"

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Swedish trio BROHUG return to Dim Mak with wicked bass house single “Boogieman,” just in time for Halloween. Fueled by ominous vocals and monstrous drops, the track haunts listeners with an eeriness suitable for the occult. Fueled by the spirit of not trick, but treat, BROHUG supports the single with a free download alongside a release day performance at FreakNight Festival in Seattle, WA.

Ever since breaking out just two short years ago, BROHUG relentlessly proliferated the  the dance music scene with their signature bass house sounds embellished by deep, tech-driven sensibilities. Charging into 2017, the Swedish trio trekked the globe, making festival appearances at HARD Summer, Electric Zoo, Electric Forest, and Sun City Music Festival, all while boasting an unrivaled release schedule. BROHUG made their Dim Mak debut earlier this year, putting out three EPs, Giggle JuiceKnuckles, and The Streets. The former dominated Beatport’s Electro House Releases chart at #2 while accompanying track “Droppers” racked up 1.8M on-demand streams and peaked the chart at #5. Showing no signs of slowing down, BROHUG unleashed hit after hit including “If I’m Wrong” and “Snap” through Tchami’s CONFESSION imprint, official remixes of  Martin Garrix and Troye Sivan’sThere For You” and Major Lazer’s “Know No Better,” a fresh rework of Moby’s “Natural Blues,” and “Brains” alongside Autoerotique via Spinnin’. BROHUG’s world tour continues through the winter with notable stops at FreakNight and Countdown New Year’s Eve.

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