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EDM Origins: “10’s House Music [House/Trance:] Kaskade – Start Again (feat. Becky Jean Williams) // [Club Dance/EDM:]


[Progressive Trance-House:] Kaskade feat. Becky Jean Williams – Start Again


The EDM Origins post for today focuses on house music, particularly the mish-mash of progressive house, vocal trance and dance music typical of super-producer Kaskade. In “Start Again,” enchanting and uplifting female vocals commence the ride and journey into tech-house beats melded with trance-like melodies. It’s hard to pinpoint any one stand-out track from Dynasty. Most of the album has this signature sound of Kaskade’s. More epic even, are the remixes of EP’s popular tracks and, as is common practice in EDM, the whole album (see Kaskade’s Fire & Ice (Double EP Album), other self-remixers include Diplo and DJ Tiesto to name a few)


[Dance / Club House:] Kaskade & Adam Sun feat. Sunsun – Raining (Dance.Love Edit)

Raining” is EDM producers, Kaskade and Adam Sun‘s dance-house masterpiece, filled with intoxicating vocals, bass heavy synths and a quite dance-able rhythm. The “dance.love edit” is featured on Kaskade’s remix compilation album, dance.love, alongside a host of other amazing remixes of Kaskade’s songs and other artists such as Alex Gaudino, Samantha James and Adrian Lux (see below:)

Samantha James – Waves of Change (Kaskade Remix)

Kaskade featuring Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode)

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[Atmospheric Instrumental] Clams Casino – Gorilla // [Dream Music] XXYYXX – DMT | Instrumental Throwbacks


Make sure you do not sleep on these two standout tracks from two of the hottest producers in the music game right now. The first “Gorilla,” comes to us from EDM/chillwave/hip-hop producer Clams Casino, who gained much recognition after producing several songs for Lil’ B and A$AP Rocky (Lil B’s “I’m God and A$AP’s “Wassup”) as well as Mac Miller’s “Angel.” Clams is well known in the hip-hop and electronic community and his beats are revered as being very unique, different, often hauntingly good. His self-released instrumental EP, Rainforest, was very well-received. Featuring original beats and instrumental versions of his tracks artists have rapped over, his instrumental tapes became a series (Instrumentals) which is available fore free from his website.

Our second highlighted producer is a god in the indie music community and is celebrated as one of the most prolific and youngest electronic producer to date. “DMT” is one of XXYYXX’s more atmospheric, entrancing and aurally euphoric instrumentals from his popular sophomore album. XXYYXX first gained popularity following the release of his first album Still Sound and his very successful, influential self-titled EP, XXYYXX in 2012. One of the standout singles “About You” (see below) was extremely popular with its calming yet repeating, expounding beat. The song was so popular that a remix featuring rapper 2 Chainz surfaced shortly after the originals’ release.

ATL Artist Industry Mixer Event @ Sledge Lounge Fri 12/20


So today I finally attended a Schweinbeck Music Industry Mixer event.  I had been meaning to go for awhile as the woman who runs it also went to the same university as I, and had been inviting me to these events on Facebook for forever.

Come to find out, the most recent one (not sure about all) was hosted at the Sledge Lounge off Buford Hwy near Chamblee and Doraville and in planning what to do for the night Google Maps conveniently “told” me “Yo ninja Darris. This mixer event is like 8 min. from you and you aren’t doing anything. Dat move is?)” and I agreed with G.M.

Sledge Lounge was actually quite a welcome relief to some of the bigger venues I’d been going too and was very chill and intimate, despite the heavy playlist of street and gangsta rap from Local ATL Artists. Prospects attempting to make their way into the music scene of Atlanta were on stage and members of the industry itself, journalists, and PR agents were all there networking as well. I arrived somewhat late (around 11 p.m., two hours after it started) and proceeded to the bar before snapping pictures and videos which will be uploaded soon,

Diana Schweinbeck, business and artist management agent, hosts the Industry Mixer events and has been holding them in Atlanta for the past two years. Many up-and-coming and even established artists, producers, radio personalities and DJs attend her “mixer” events. As someone breaking into the industry myself #BIGTHUMBSUP