Swedish DJ, artist, and producer Avicii has died at the age of 28

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Swedish DJ, artist, and producer Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, has died at the age of 28.

Avicii was one of the reasons behind the inspiration that propelled Raver Magazine to come into existence. I remember the first time I saw him perform on the rooftop at Club 50 in Miami during Miami Music Week. I will never forget how his music got the crowd bumping all the way to the Main Stage at Ultra Music Festival. His story and his music will live in my own heart, but I know for a fact that it will also live in the hearts of every Raver that loves dance music. Regardless of your faith, belief or creed, Avicii and his presence will undoubtedly never end – his spirit will reign on forever.

Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this challenging time…

Swedish DJ, artist, and producer Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, has died at the age of 28.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” reads a statement from his representatives.

He was found dead in Muscat, Oman, on Friday afternoon local time, the statement said.

“The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.” The statement didn’t give a cause of death.

Avicii was known for hits like “Wake Me Up,” Hey Brother,” and “Levels.” He was nominated for Grammys for Best Dance Recording in 2011 and 2012, for the songs “Levels” and “Sunshine.”

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Dillon Francis Releases New Music Video for "VEN" (Feat. Arcangel & Quimico Ultra Mega)

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Platinum-selling artist, DJ, and producer Dillon Francis has shared a new music video for “Ven” (feat. Arcángel & Quimico Ultra Mega), the first single off his forthcoming Spanish language studio album. Francis premiered the clip last night during the Los40 Dance Music Awards in Mexico City, where he also performed. Directed by Michael Garcia, the clip was shot in Washington Heights, NYC and stars Francis alongside vocalists Arcángel & Quimico Ultra Mega.  

Arcángel is one of the most respected artists in Latin music, a pioneer of the reggaeton movement. The Puerto Rican rapper/producer/songwriter began his career as a member of the duo Arcángel y De la Ghetto before embarking on a solo career with his debut album El Fenómeno. His latest full length Los Favoritos was released in 2015, debuting inside the top 10 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. Quimico Ultra Mega is rapper/trap vocalist from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. His latest album Deluxe was released in 2017.

Francis’ forthcoming album was executive produced by Toy Selectah and recorded in New York City, Miami, Dominican Republic, and Mexico City. Harkening back to his 2011 breakout Westside! EP, the album sees him revisit his early Latin influences and moombahton roots. The album is due for release later this year via Francis’ own IDGAFOS record label.

IDGAFOS originated from Francis' 2011 song of the same name, which at the time, reflected the culmination of his signature musical productions. The term has since evolved into a rallying cry for all things Dillon Francis -- his clothing line, epic live show, and now an outlet with which to release his new music. In his own words, IDGAFOS is "to be spirited and happy... to never give a f*ck or sh*t about anything but remaining positive."

This year, Francis will perform at numerous international music festivals and resume his residency at the Wynn Las Vegas for the third consecutive year. A complete list of upcoming live dates and ticket information can be found HERE.

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RELENTLESS BEATS AND SURREAL ANNOUNCE PHOENIX LIGHTS FAN EXPERIENCES WITH MARTIN GARRIX, GTA AND CHRIS LAKE

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Relentless Beats is pleased to announce the return of its partnership with Surreal, a fundraising platform that works with festivals and musicians to offer fans once-in-a-lifetime experiences, with proceeds benefitting a charity of its choice. Bringing even more excitement to Phoenix Lights, a two-day music festival taking place at a brand-new, custom-built, permanent venue- The Park at Wild Horse Pass on April 7 and 8, 2018, Relentless Beats and Surreal have created three exclusive artist-based experiences which fans can enter with one winner chosen for each. Each winner will receive a VIP ticket to Phoenix Lights for themselves and a friend, roundtrip airfare, 2-night stay at the Phoenix Renaissance, as well as the artist experience they entered. Net proceeds from the campaign will benefit Childhelp, a national nonprofit organization which exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children.

Utilizing the lineup from Phoenix Lights the artist-based experiences are to include: a meet and greet with Martin Garrix and on-stage access during his set; the ultimate Escape Room experience with GTA; and a carnival ride with Chris Lake. Running from March 6th through to March 23rd, fans can enter by submitting a mail-in entry or through several different donation tiers.*  The various tiers include: one entry for $5.00, 6 entries for $20.00 or 25 entries for $50.00 into any individual experience. Additionally, a fan can also donate $10.00 and receive one entry into each of the three experiences.

Relentless Beats is presenting its biggest lineup to date, including: Diplo; Gucci Mane (AZ Festival Debut); Martin Garrix (AZ Festival Debut); Travis Scott; Autograf; Bad Decisions; Beats Antique (DJ set); Chris Lake; Goldfish; Gramatik; Joyride; Kasbo; Kuuro; Melvv; Minnesota; Morgan Page; Oshi; Seven Lions; Zomboy; Arius; ATLiens; Bear Grillz; Boombox Cartel; Brownies & Lemonade; Gerry Gonza; GTA; Krane; Metro Boomin; Midnight Tyrannosaurus; Ray Volpe; Soulection, featuring: Esta & The Whooligan; Um.. and Wuki. A final burst of artists has recently been announced, including: Hijakk (First Encounters DJ Comp. Winner); Kandy; Ubur; Fisher; Wax Motif and Justin Martin. Fans can visit www.givesurreal.com for full details and to enter.

General Admission passes are on sale for $159, before fees for a single 2-day pass. VIP passes will be available at two levels: Standard VIP, including everything that a GA tickets provides, plus express VIP entrance, a commemorative lanyard, access to VIP lounge, access to VIP viewing deck, premium restrooms and passed desserts in the VIP areas. Gold VIP includes everything that the Standard VIP pass includes, plus: complimentary drinks, side stage viewing at the main stage and access to artists.

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UP-AND-COMING NYC PRODUCERS DELIVER A TASTEFUL, CLUB-PROVEN REWORK OF THE SPINNIN’ RECORDS SMASH

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As winter begins to release its icy grip on the East Coast, Noorlind and Weekend Rendition have reworked one of the year’s biggest vocals into a melodic future house smash with a bouncy bass line and a concise, quick-hitting arrangement that already has us dreaming about Miami Music Week pool parties.

“When I first heard the original, I instantly knew I wanted to put my own spin on it”, says Noorlind.

I re-pitched the vocal, wrote new chords, and got in the studio with Weekend Rendition the next day to flesh out the rest – we wrapped the project from start to finish in a little under four days.

Our aim was to create something unique, feel-good and accessible, while true to the vibe of the original, and that would fit just as well in our DJ sets as on someone’s morning Spotify playlist. We’re really happy with how the track came out, and it’s been getting great reception on the dance floor!”

Q&A:

There are so many ways on how producers and DJs collaborate. In this case Weekend Rendition and Noorlind came together to work on a sick remix of Mike Williams "You and I." What's the story behind how this remix came together?

Noorlind: I’m always on the hunt for strong vocals that I can remix and somehow make my own. I was a big fan of the original track and was playing it in my sets when I came across the vocal stems, pitched them down a few semitones, and felt inspired to start remixing the track. I had a session with Michael (Weekend Rendition) scheduled the following day – he liked the direction it was going, and we decided to collaborate on the remix and finished the whole thing that week.

Working with another person can be really useful to maintain focus and help streamline the production process, and I think Michael and I really complement each other’s skill sets – it’s always fun working with him!

What's it like playing with some of the biggest names in the dance music world, especially at some of the hottest clubs in the world? What is one experience that you personally will never forget?

Noorlind: It’s really a rush like none other. I never thought I would be playing shows with my favorite artists at venues I used to attend as a concert-goer just a few years ago… it’s still surreal every time I play. While I’ve been DJing for nearly eight years I’m always trying to pick up new things and improve as a performer, so it’s really cool to be able to play with and learn from artists at the top of their game – it pushes me to push the bar even higher.

I’ve had some really memorable experiences, but a recent favorite was being asked to DJ Paris Hilton’s birthday party last week at her loft in Manhattan – she’s super nice, and I had a blast! It was kind of strange getting to know the personal side of such a public persona… I was so used to seeing her on TV and in magazines that it was funny to walk into her loft and see her running around fluffing pillows and putting out snacks just like anyone else hosting a birthday party.

You studied law at the University of Miami. That is no small thing. How did you manage studying at one of the toughest Law schools in the USA and play and perform as a producer and dj? 

Weekend Rendition: Believe it or not, music was essential to having the stamina and focus to do well in law school. Any type of graduate program is a mental drain. You need something outside of school to balance you out. For me it was music.  Music gave me an escape for an hour or two every day. Playing on the weekends gave me something to look forward to every week - it kept my mind sharp and my body feeling healthy. I don’t think I would have been able to get through school if I didn’t have music and DJ'ing keeping me level.

As you know Fashionado is a Fashion news blog. From a style perspective, what’s trending in your own personal world of Fashion? What brands are you sporting on the decks? And what’s going to be your style of preference now that Festival Season is about to kick off down in Miami for Miami Music Week? 

Noorlind: DJing is all about self-expression, and I believe that what an artist chooses to wear on and off-stage is just as important as the tracks they play.

I’m all about re-interpreting classic menswear pieces in a contemporary way. My go-to outfit when I perform consists of black patent YSL high-tops (pre-Slimane era), black IRO jeans, and a fitted T-shirt – and now that spring is approaching, I like throwing on a cool graphic jacket to break up the color scheme and add some “pop” on stage (I have one from Golden Goose that I love). If I’m feeling fancy, I might go with a black turtleneck and a Luciano Barbera blazer – it all depends!

For me, MMW style is about merging form and function – I need to be able to move and stay cool during the day, but then seamlessly transition to dinner and a nightclub without having to run back to the hotel in-between. White jeans are a warm-weather Miami classic and pair nicely with pastels, or black shoes and a bomber jacket for an edgier going-out look.

What’s next? Are you both going to be working any more collaborations or B2B sets for the summer? Or are you each going to be going on your ways producing music for us to enjoy. What does 2018 have in store for Weekend Rendition and Noorlind? 

Weekend Rendition: 2018 is going to be a big year for both of us. We obviously have our own independent careers, but we enjoy working together and the results have been really good. So yes, there are more collaborations coming down the pipeline. Just this week, we put the final touches on an original that we are both really happy with. We’ll be pushing that record during Miami Music Week and I’m sure you’ll be seeing the release sometime in early spring.     

Noorlind: What he said! I have a really busy year lined up - I’m doing my first European show in Stockholm in two weeks, and have some cool stuff lined up for the summer that I can’t talk about yet... I think this year will be a big one for music in general, and I’m excited to see what kind of boundaries I can push over the coming months.

About The Artists:

Mike Regina (Weekend Rendition) began his music career eight years ago as a student at University of Miami Law, where he balanced his DJ schedule with 70—hour workweeks. Since relocating to New York City and trading in his law office for a recording studio, Weekend Rendition has made waves in the dance community as a producer and remixer. In 2017, he landed his first Beatport Progressive Top 10 track with “Bass Player”, which received full support from several major artists including Fedde Le Grand, and his next single “Your Love” peaked at #17. With a diverse quiver of upcoming releases in his arsenal for 2018 including a few official remixes, we are ready for the Weekend indeed!

Brooklyn-bred DJ/producer Nick Noorlind Rouner (Noorlind) has been rocking the biggest clubs on the East Coat since before he could legally drink. A classically-trained jazz bassist with a degree in international economics and Arabic, Noorlind got his first taste of electronic dance music in high school and instantly knew that he had found his passion. With seven years of experience behind the decks, the 25-year old has already amassed an impressive resume; landing residencies at Marquee & Lavo New York and making appearances at EDC, Life In Color, Echostage, and Wall Miami to name a few. Noorlind regularly performs with some of the biggest names in the business including Galantis, Afrojack, Nervo, & Jauz and is the personal go-to for The Chainsmokers, who tapped him to perform at their debut album release and post-tour after parties this past summer. Now, after spending a year honing his chops at LA’s distinguished production school Icon Collective, Noorlind is taking his dance floor expertise to the studio with a diverse catalogue of productions that will make 2018 his biggest year yet!

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DAVID GUETTA AND MARTIN GARRIX JOIN FORCES AGAIN ON “LIKE I DO” WITH BROOKS

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Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning DJ/producer David Guetta joins forces yet again with the unstoppable Martin Garrix delivering a new collaborative single“Like I Do” featuring Brooks out today via What A Music/Big Beat/Atlantic/Parlophone.

The track showcases a blend of progressive house and pure pop combined with beautiful vocals.  

David Guetta''When we hit the studio we were already working on several tracks. After we saw the great response on So Far Away we thought f*** it we will release another track together straight away.''

Martin Garrix: ''David is a legend. I have a lot of respect for him as an artist and I’m very happy we were able to release another track together with the amazing Brooks who I have worked with on other records before. I think he’s one of the most talented producers out there.'”

“Like I do” comes hot off the heels of David Guetta’s last collaboration with Garrix, “So Far Away, which peaked at #18 on the Spotify charts, #21 on iTunes and has acquired more than 56 million views on the official music video. Guetta’s other recent mega collaboration with Afrojack “Dirty Sexy Money” featuring Charli XCX and French Montana has since garnered 16 million views on the official music video (watch HERE) and is celebrated alongside his newest collaboration with Sean Paul on “Mad Love” featuring Becky G out last week.

David Guetta wrapped his 2018 European stadium tour and he is currently gearing up to perform on the mainstage at Ultra Music Festival on March 23rd in Miami, Florida alongside a string of Spring live dates in Las Vegas during his Wynn residency at XS and Encore Beach Clubs—see itinerary below.

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IMAGINE MUSIC FESTIVAL RELEASES 2017 OFFICIAL AFTER-MOVIE

The Aquatic Fairytale Set To Return To Atlanta Motor Speedway, September 21 - 23, 2018 - Tickets Now On Sale For Southeast’s Largest EDM Camping Festival

Ramping up to release their biggest lineup to date, Imagine Music Festival, a 3-day camping electronic dance music festival in Atlanta, Georgia, has released the 2017 Official After-Movie for fans to re-live the aquatic fairytale. 

 The 5th Anniversary of Imagine Festival will return to Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 21 through 23, 2018. One of the fastest growing festivals in the country, the 2017 festival hosted approximately 90,000 attendees over the weekend and anticipates even more guests in 2018. Located on 887 acres, with the infrastructure and amenities yet to be seen by a music and camping festival of its size in the U.S, Atlanta Motor Speedway is the ideal venue to support the rapidly growing event.

“Watching the After-Movie and re-living last year has us even more excited for what’s to come in 2018,” says Iris Presents founders Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand. “If there is one word that can describe Imagine, it’s magic and with our fan’s help- we look forward to creating even more in 2018. "

As one of the country’s last remaining independent festivals, Imagine is an all-encompassing, 360-degree sensory experience that blends music, circus troupes, performers, dancers, art, workshops, classes and more. The festival will continue to build on its immersive aquatic fairytale with an abundance of performers, live acts, unique atmospheres, amusement rides, vendors and The Imaginarium’s variety of sacred teachings, ceremonies, and transformational workshops. Based on customer feedback, Imagine will continue to improve on lines and wait times to make sure their guests have the best experience and most efficient and safe entry possible. Other improvements include bigger stage designs, more art, and additional infrastructure and guest amenities. Fans can anticipate Imagine’s biggest lineup to date, early Spring.

Tickets are available now starting at $150 for a 3-day pass and $202 with camping. Payment plans are also available with monthly payments as low as $31.67. VIP passes, with front row pit access, elevated viewing area, VIP (no line) access, air conditioned chill lounge, bottle service, cocktail service, complimentary champagne toasts, private security, clean trailer bathrooms with running water and air conditioning, giveaways, meet and greets, and more are available starting at $299 for a 3-day pass. Camping Add-Ons including RV passes and Sky View VIP RV Camping are also available to purchase now. Tickets are available online at www.imaginefestival.com. Imagine Music Festival is an 18 and over event.

Imagine Music Festival is produced by Iris Presents. Visit www.imaginefestival.com for the most up-to-date information. 

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Steve Aoki and Lauren Jauregui Release Their Music Video For "All Night" Collaboration

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On January 8th, Grammy-nominated DJ/Producer Steve Aoki and Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui released the official music video for their hit single "All Night," which premiered exclusively on Buzzfeed.
 
The video, directed by Mike Harris, entrances the viewer with a flashy vibe tempered by a very personal message of love and wanting. Jauregui breathes life into the club track, elevating its melodies with a vulnerability rarely seen on the dance floor but still maintaining the hook's earworm magic. It also marks Aoki’s return from hip-hop style on his recent Kolony LP to the bright-light, electro-house roots of his forthcoming Neon Future III album.
 
The ‘All Night’ collaboration announced for the first time last March, binds both Aoki and Jauregui’s strengths in their genres, peaking at #1 iTunes overall in more than 14 countries amongst its November 2017 release and having debuted at #1 iTunes Dance in over 30 countries.
 
“All Night” is available now on Spotify/iTunes/Apple: http://smarturl.it/All.Night
 
STEVE AOKI is a 2x Grammy-nominated international producer/DJ, electronic dance music entrepreneur, and founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company and apparel line Dim Mak. Since launching in 1996, Dim Mak Records has become a launch pad for seminal acts such as The Chainsmokers, Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots and The Gossip through deftly marketed single and full-length releases and now has well over 900 releases to date. As a solo artist, AOKI has become a force of nature averaging over 250 tour dates per year. Known for collaborations ranging from Snoop Dogg to Linkin Park to JJ Abrams to Migos and Louis Tomlinson (One Direction), AOKI's debut artist album was nominated for the Best Electronic/Dance album Grammy while his follow ups NEON FUTURE I & II featured his Gold certified single "Delirious (Boneless)" with Kid Ink.  Most recently “Just Hold On” with One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson became a global smash after the pair debuted the song with a performance on X Factor. The song debuted at #1 in 43 countries and has since achieved Gold or Platinum status in 18 countries. AOKI recently received his second Grammy nomination in the Best Music Film category as the subject of the 2016 Netflix Original documentary “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” which premiered to a sold out audience at the Tribeca Film Festival. Steve has also both donated and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various charitable organizations including his own AOKI FOUNDATION with a primary goal of supporting organizations in the brain science and research areas with a specific focus on regenerative medicine and brain preservation. Steve Aoki released his latest album Kolony on July 21 (via Dim Mak Records / Ultra Records) debuted at #1 on the Electronic Album charts. Kolony marks Aoki’s first full turn into rap music, with nearly 10 years of hip-hop collaborations, which he describes as “bridging the gap” between genres and is stacked with hard-hitting rhymes from some of the most prominent lyricists today, including Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Migos, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, ILOVEMAKONNEN, T Pain, and more.
 
Lauren Jauregui continues to find her footing as an unstoppable powerhouse talent with an impassioned and inimitable voice that rings out far beyond the stage. From her fan-favorite feature on Ty Dolla $ign’s Beach House 3 track “In Your Phone” to her critically-acclaimed duet with pop songstress Halsey entitled “Strangers,” the singer, songwriter, activist, and member of multi-platinum supergroup Fifth Harmony continues to showcase her incredible vocal versatility.  Lauren officially stepped out with her first collaboration in 2016, teaming up with indie pop duo Marian Hill for the sexy and sultry “Back To Me,” racking up over 20 million streams on Spotify alone and paving the way for future collaborations.  Her recent projects add to an already hugely-successful career with Fifth Harmony, a group that is no stranger to the top of the charts.  The foursome’s third studio album Fifth Harmony was the No. 1 pop and second-best overall selling album in the U.S., debuting at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart and peaking at No. 1 on iTunes in more than 50 countries.  Fifth Harmony’s first two albums also arrived in the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200 chart and reached gold status, while spawning inescapable smashes such as the 5x-platinum “Work From Home,” the triple-platinum “Worth It” and platinum “BO$$,” “Sledgehammer,” and “All In My Head (Flex)”.  Along the way, Lauren has always made the most of her podium, urging change and social consciousness whenever possible.  Following the 2016 election, the singer architected a poignant, and powerful open letter to Donald Trump supporters, touting social justice and bravely and courageously acknowledging her bisexuality for the first time in public. Igniting praise across media and from critics, peers and fans alike, Lauren possesses the power to become a change agent for this generation, and she’s on her way to doing so through music and activism.

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