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Afrobeta Shares First Track, Debut EP This Summer

Miami’s avant-dance duo Afrobeta have been tearing up dancefloors their hometown since 2006, with the Miami New Times even naming them Best Band in 2010. After the success of their debut EP, Do You Party?, which came out last July, the band is ready to announce the details of their full-length debut- Under The Streets will see a release in Summer 2011 via Do IT Music Group (details coming soon)! Check out the first free track from the album, “Nighttime,” for a taste of what Under The Streets has in store for the world!

Cuci Amador and Smurphio formed Afrobeta in 2006 as a means to attain an ultimate form of artistic self-expression. Their mutual love of classic songwriting, Cuban pastries and dancing till 5AM inspired them to make music together. The thirteen tracks that make up their debut album will undoubtedly ignite dance-floors around the world- the band has a sound that is universally irresistible.

Afrobeta’s unique (and diverse) sound transcends genre classifications. Cuci’s rapid-fire delivery, combined with Smurphio’s funky synths and head-bopping basslines, will keep you moving from start to finish on Under The Streets.

Afrobeta is taking their joyous beats and dazzling live shows across the nation and abroad! 2010 included high profile performances at the 40th Anniversary Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, the 12th annual Ultra Music Festival, Burning Man, Ultra Brazil and Space Ibiza.

Download the FREE MP3 “Nighttime” HERE!

deadmau5 to release new album '4x4=12' december 6

Anyone that attended a deadmau5 show in North America this year would have experienced electrifying live renderings of material from his first full length artist album 4x4=12, due out December 6 on Ultra Music.  Performing in front of hundreds of thousands at major festivals and venues from coast to coast including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Electric Daisy Carnival, Austin City Limits and Treasure Island to name a few, electronic music’s most talked-about artist and producer unveiled a wide range of new songs to accompany his roof-raising visual show.

With his revolutionary LED mau5head which flashed space scenes and robot smiley faces, deadmau5--at his full production shows and extended sets at his “unhooked” gigs--highlighted his sets with tracks like “Cthulhu Sleeps,” “Some Cords” and the atmospheric track “Raise Your Weapon” featuring Picture Book singer Greta Svabo Bech.

Also included on 4x4=12 is the deadmau5 vs. Wolfgang Gartner collaboration “Animal Rights,” which Beatport described as “…a huge club record that combines the styles of both producers and has been heavily compared to Daft Punk. We here at Beatport welcome the new direction and give it our thumbs up.”

The album’s next single “Sofi Needs A Ladder,” featuring a vivacious delivery by vocalist Sofi, made its live debut this past March at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami where deadmau5 was joined by Sofi and iconic drummer Tommy Lee in front of 50,000 fans and the track has been the opening piece on his current tour. Ultra Music will make it available on October 31.  Other highlights from the album include “One Trick Pony,” which Sofi also appears on, and the Michael Woods remix of “I Said,” a deadmau5 collaboration with U.K. DJ/producer Chris Lake.

In addition to many of the high-profile performances, 2010 has been a spectacular year thus far for the Toronto-based deadmau5.  He served as the MTV Video Music Award’s House Artist in September where Travie McCoy, Jason Derulo, and Robyn performed never-before-heard mau5-mixes of their current hit singles with him during the show.  He also made guest appearances on hit television shows “Gossip Girl” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Meanwhile, gaming fans can now find deadmau5 starring as an in-game playable character in Activision Publishing Inc.’s DJ Hero 2. (His smash #1 Billboard single “Ghosts ‘n Stuff”—which appeared on his last mix album For Lack of a Better Name (Ultra Music)—is also included on the game’s soundtrack.)

Recently profiled with a feature in Rolling Stone’s “Hot List” issue, deadmau5 will make his last North American appearances this year with three shows at New York City’s legendary Roseland Ballroom October 28, 29 & 30, the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans October 31 and a New Years Eve show December 31 at the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton, Canada. The first two nights of his Roseland Ballroom ‘trifecta’ shows will feature his powerful festival show supported by a fantastic cast of guests such as Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Erol Alkan, Afrojack and JDH & Dave P.  The final night, for his “unhooked” show, will feature his hit smash “I Remember” collaborator Kaskade as well as Calvin Harris, Pete Tong and Sleepy & Boo. deadmau5 will bring his full production show to Voodoo and his Edmonton ‘Mau5quarade’ NYE night also featuring guests Skrillex, Showtek, Mike De Rosa, Mikey Wong and Seelo Mondo.

In addition to a full album format, Ultra Music is also making 4x4=12 available via the iTunes Complete My Album program which permits single purchases through the digital retailer to apply for the full album when it releases.  Following “Sofi Needs A Latter” on October 31 will be “Some Chords” on November 7, “Right This Second” on November 14, “Bad Selection” on November 21 and “Raise Your Weapon” on November 28.

The complete track listing for 4x4=12 is:

1. Some Chords

2. Sofi Needs a Ladder

3. City In Florida

4. Bad Selection

5. Animal Rights

6. I Said (Michael Woods Remix)

7. Cthulhu Sleeps

8.  Right This Second

9.  Raise Your Weapon

10. One Trick Pony

11. Everything Before

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deadmau5’s North American tour dates for the remainder of 2010 are:

Thu      10/28   New York, NY              Roseland Ballroom (Full)

Fri        10/29   New York, NY              Roseland Ballroom (Full) – Sold out

Sat       10/30   New York, NY              Roseland Ballroom (Unhooked) – Sold out

Sun      10/31   New Orleans, LA         Voodoo Experience (Full)

Fri        12/31   Edmonton, CANADA   Shaw Conference Center (Full)

Groove Armada announces Tour Dates

Andy Cato and Tom Findlay, better known as Groove Armada, have announced a spring U.S. tour in support of Black Light, their sixth studio album releasing March 2 on Om Records. The tour will find them dropping by the U.S. for multiple dates in New York, California, and Florida, including appearances on Morning Becomes Electric and at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. The highly anticipated Black Light sees the duo stepping in bold new directions and featuring an impressive list of guest artists, including silky smooth guest vocals from Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry on the single “Shameless,” vocal turns from Kate Bush-evoking chanteuse SaintSaviour, and appearances on several tracks from Nick Littlemore of the Aussie electronic sensation Empire of the Sun.

Prolific remixer Classixx has produced a light and playful remix of Black Light highlight "Paper Romance," replacing the hard four-to-the-floor of the original track with bubbling synths, softly skittering drums, and delicate, swooning guitars that bring out the passionate vocal takes from SaintSavior and Fenech-Soler.  Download the remix here, and feel free to post and share!  In addition to Classixx, several tracks from the album have already been remixed by other such luminaries as Mock & Toof, Bloody Beetroots, and more, all currently available on iTunes. Keep an eye out for a remix from the always fun Dan Deacon!

In case you missed them the first time around, don’t forget to catch the videos for singles I Won’t Kneel, and Paper Romance here!  Don’t miss your chance to see this legendary duo live when they stop by the U.S. this spring!

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Groove Armada 2010 U.S. TOUR DATES:

03/18: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
03/19: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

03/20: San Bernardino, CA @ NOS Events Center  (DJ Set)
03/21: Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre
03/22: Los Angeles, CA @ KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic
03/24: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
03/26: Miami, FL @ Ultra Music Festival 

The Disco Biscuits Announce New Release Date for Planet Anthem

After plowing through four sold-out dates in Boulder, CO’s Fox Theatre, The Disco Biscuits are getting ready to release their long-awaited new album, Planet Anthem, which will be available March 16th.  The album marks the beginning of a new chapter for the band.  Since they formed in 1995, the guys created their own movement by fusing the jam band and electronic music scenes.  However, their forthcoming release prominently features elements of pop, indie dance, hip hop, and straight up rock music. The Biscuits also collaborated for the first time with multiple producers, songwriters, and outside musicians, including Don Cheegro and Dirty Harry(LudacrisChris BrownBeanie Sigel).  The result is an album filled with sing along melodies and infectious beats.

Don’t miss your chance to see the band perform their new material when they hit the road again starting in February, including a headlining performance at Ultra Music Festival.  The band has also just announced details for the annual music festival they put together, Camp Bisco, which is now in in 9th year.  Past performers have included Snoop Dogg, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, The Roots, MSTRKRFT, Nas and Damien Marley, Girl Talk, and Kid Cudi.  This year, the event will take place July 15 – 17 in Mariaville, New York.  Tickets go on sale January 29th at 10am.

Lastly, the Biscuits will be hosting their even Bisco Inferno at Red Rocks on May 29th. This year's lineup will feature Aeroplane, Pnuma Trio, The Crystal Method (DJ Set), Booka Shade, The Glitch Mob and of course 2 sets of the Biscuits.  Stay tuned for an announcement regarding the onsale and other shows in Colorado prior Red Rocks.

 

2/18 @ Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore, MD

2/19 @  Lupos, Providence, RI

2/20 @ Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA

2/21 @ Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH

3/17 @ Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY

3/18 @ The Egg Center For Performing Arts, Albany, NY

3/19 @ House of Blues, Boston, MA

3/20 @ Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ

3/26 @ Ultra Music Festival, Miami, FL

(w/ Deadmau5, Tiesto, Will.I.Am and others)

4/14 @ Charleston Music Hall, Charleston, SC

4/15 @ Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NC

4/16 @ The National, Richmond, VA

4/17 @ The National, Richmond, VA

4/18 @ The NorVa, Norfolk, VA

4/20 @ 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

4/21 @ The Jefferson Theatre, Charlottesville, VA

4/22 @ The Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport, CT

4/23 @ Kirby Center For Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre, PA

4/24 @ House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ

4/25 @ Webster Theatre, Hartford, CT

05/29 @ Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, CO (Bisco Inferno)

07/15 – 0/17 @ Camp Bisco, Mariaville, New York

Ultra Music Festival | Returns for 2010

ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (UMF)--the world’s leading two-day electronic and alternative music experience--returns for its 12th year Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27, 2010.  Recognized as the ninth Top Grossing Concert by Pollstar’s mid-year issue in 2009, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL is easily one of music’s most anticipated annual events and will take place as the official closing event of the Winter Music Conference at the beautiful waterfront location of Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami (the same grounds it has occupied since 2005).

Tickets are officially on-sale NOW via www.ultramusicfestival.com.  Members of UMF’s fan community will receive an email with information on how to purchase Early Bird 2-Day Tickets, which usually sell out in a matter of days. Details about UMF’s highly anticipated line-up--once again being the only place to see a vast number of exclusive artist performances during WMC--will be unveiled later this winter.

Tapped “Best Overall Event” by URB.COM and heralded by the Los Angeles Times as bringing “out raucous revelers as well as electronica’s elite,” UMF had its biggest year yet in 2009. With a line-up that included the launch of The Black Eyed Peas’ massive single “Boom Boom Pow” and exclusive performances by a wide range of DJs and electronic-influenced artists, last year’s UMF saw 85,000 attendees coming from 56 countries & territories, 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

As the world’s most famous outdoor electronic music event, UMF has won “Best Music Event” by the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) in 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2005, “Best International Dance Music Festival” by the Ibiza DJ Awards in 2008 and “Best Festival” by the Village Voice Media New Times consecutively five years running from 2005 through 2009.

Originally created as a pure EDM (electronic dance music) festival in 1999, Ultra has grown through the years to present not only the genre’s hottest, biggest and best headline artists (The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Tiesto, Underworld, MOBY, Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Paul van Dyk, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Erick Morillo, Deadmau5 and Paul Oakenfold, to name a few), but also crossover headline bands that incorporate EDM elements in their music and have a history, or new beginning in the EDM community and culture (The Cure, The Killers, The Black Eyed Peas, Santogold, The Ting Tings, The Bravery).

Tiësto Releases "Kaleidoscope" TODAY On Ultra Records

The world’s biggest electronic artist and critically-acclaimed DJ/ producer, Tiësto, joins forces with some very special guests on his latest full length album ‘Kaleidoscope’ out TODAY on Ultra Records.

After a run of four top-selling artist albums, Tiësto offers his fifth and most ambitious album to date, Kaleidoscope. A stunning collection of songs written and recorded in collaboration with a variety of music’s brightest talents from the worlds of dance, pop and rock that include Nelly Furtado, Jónsi Birgisson from Sigur Rós, Tegan & Sara, Kele Okereke from Bloc Party, Emily Haines from Metric and Calvin Harris just to name a few.  Kaleidoscope is an artist album in the truest sense and has already been making waves via exclusive song premiers on Pitchfork, Stereogum, CosmoGirl, and Myspace along with a newly launched remix contest of “Knock You Out” Feat. Emily Haines in conjunction with dance music heavyweight Beatport.  A number of Tiësto’s new songs will also be featured in the launch of new Tap Tap Revenge 3 top Iphone application coming out in the next few weeks as well.

Along with this release of the album, Tiësto embarks on a worldwide tour in 2009-2010, taking the sounds and sights of Kaleidoscope on the road for 175 live performances across 5 continents. Enlisting the talents of Montreal’s Moment Factory (NIN, Cirque Du Soleil), Tiësto has created the biggest and best live show to date leaving fans and critics breathless, evident from the 3 SOLD OUT shows at NYC's legendary Hammerstein Ballroom to launch the tour.

Tiësto’s career highlights to date are many, with recent exploits including a GRAMMY nod for his last artist album, ‘Elements of Life’, headlining both Coachella and Bonnaroo Festivals and performing live in front of over one-billion people during the Parade of the Athletes at the official opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Having over 1 million Facebook friends (the largest of any electronic artist on the planet), global brand sponsorships deals and sell out shows around the world, Tiësto is on the crest of a wave which is only set to continue.

Just Announced LA Shows
November 25, 27, 28 in Los Angeles, CA - The Shrine

North American Tour

Sat 10/10 Atlanta, GA - North Atlanta Trade Center

Sun 10/11 Washington, DC - Fur

Mon 10/12 Cleveland, OH - Aura

Tues 10/13 Columbus, OH - Boma

Weds 10/14 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory*

Thurs 10/15 Charlotte, NC - The Forum

Fri 10/16 Orlando, FL - UCF Arena *

Sat 10/17 Ft Lauderdale, FL – NSU Arena

Sat 10/17 Miami, FL – Liv

Sun 10/18 Tampa, FL - The Ritz

Monday 10/19 Naples, FL – Sway Lounge

Fri 10/23 Houston, TX - Reliant Arena*

Sat 10/24 Dallas, TX - the Palladium

Sun 10/25 San Antonio, TX - Cowboys

Mon 10/26 OK City, OK - City Walk

Tues 10/27 Nashville, TN - Limelight

Weds 10/28 St Louis, MO - Home

Thurs 10/29 Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater*

Fri 10/30 Minneapolis, MN - Myth

Sat 10/31 Chicago, IL - The Congress

Sun 11/1 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave

Saturday 11/7 El Paso, TX – Cohen Satdium

Sunday 11/8 San Diego, CA – 4th and B

Monday 11/9 Denver, CO – Beta

Tue 11/10 Edmonton, Canada - Shaw Conference Center

Wednesday 11/11 Winnipeg, Canada – Duckworth Center

Thu 11/12 Calgary, Canada - Big Four Building (Stampede Grounds)

Friday 11/13 Calgary, Canada - Big Four Building (Stampede Grounds)

Sat 11/14 Vancouver, Canada – PNE

Friday 11/20 Salt Lake City, UT – Saltair

Saturday 11/21 San Francisco, CA – Cow Palace

Sunday 11/22 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater

Wednesday 11/25 Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine

Friday 11/27 Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine

Saturday 11/28 Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine

First Leg Of Latin Tour & Dates

December 4 in Bogota, Colombia at Coferias Convention Center
December 5 in Medellin, Colombia at Plaza Mayor Convention Center
December 7 in Cali, Colombia
December 9 in Panama City, Panama
December 11 in Porto Alegre, Brasil
December 12 in Sao Paulo, Brasil
December 13 in Brasilia, Brasil
December 16 in La Paz, Bolivia
December 17 in Lima, Peru
December 18 in Santiago, Chile at Espacio Riesco
December 19 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Stay tuned for more information on Tiësto’s forthcoming artist album and other news!

Tiësto wins big in IDMA Awards & headlines Ultra Music Festival in Miami

"It's Tiësto Time" was the headline of NBC Miami's coverage at the start of this week, which covered the arrival of the international dance community to Miami for the 24th Winter Music Conference festivities.

The 24th annual International Dance Music Awards winners have been announced last night and Tiësto won an unprecedented amount of 4 awards in the following categories:

Best Artist (Solo) - Tiësto

Best Global DJ - Tiësto

Best Podcast -"Tiësto's Club Life"

Best Full Length DJ Mix - "In Search Of Sunrise 7: Asia"

"I'm very excited to have won this many awards tonight! The IDMAs are very important to me since the fans are the ones who vote. Thank you so much for your support!"

To see the full list of winners go to

http://www.wintermusicconference.com/idmaballot/nominees/2009.php

The superstar DJ/producer headlined the world's leading two-day electronic music experience, Ultra Music Festival on Friday. Other acts on the bill are Black Eyed Peas, The Prodigy, Bloc Party, Santigold, The Ting Tings, David Guetta and many more.

More Tiësto live dates:

Saturday     4/4     Blu4Dance Festival, Eilat, Israel

Saturday     4/11     Queen Club, Paris, France

Sunday       4/12    Circus Club, Nancy, France

Saturday     4/24     Edition Bangkok Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

Sunday       4/25     Embassy Superclub, The Fort, Taguig City, Philippines

Saturday     5/2     Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim, Norway

Saturday     5/9     Queen Club, Porrino, Spain

Saturday     5/16     Olympiahalle Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Sunday       5/24     Jet, Las Vegas, USA

Monday       5/25     Bank, Las Vegas, USA

Friday         6/5     Beach Party, Skive, Denmark

Saturday     6/6     Forum Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Saturday     6/13   Pyramide Vosendorf, Vienna, Austria

Friday         6/19   Ciney Expo, Ciney Belgium

Saturday     6/20   Steel Arena, Kosice, Slovakia

Friday         7/10   Bullmusic Festival, Pamplona, Spain

Saturday     7/11   Breda Live, Breda, The Netherlands

Friday         7/17   Foroya Festivalur, Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Friday         7/31   Victoria Park, London, UK

MSO coming to Ultra Music Festival

The ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (UMF)--the world’s leading two-day electronic music experience--has announced the dates for its 11th consecutive year: Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, 2009. South Florida’s favorite music festival, internationally renowned for its memorable live performances and DJ sets from the world’s top electronic and alternative rock artists, will take place during the 24th annual Winter Music Conference at the beautiful waterfront location of Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami. The initial line-up for the first night of the festival includes Miami exclusive performances from: The Black Eyed Peas, Tiësto, Bloc Party, The Ting Tings, Santogold and--making their first US appearance as a full band in seven years--drum and bass legends Roni Size Reprazent. Miami exclusive artists confirmed for the second night of the festival include Cut Copy, Deadmau5, Crystal Castles, The Presets, Hercules and Love Affair, Simian Mobile Disco and Busy P.  Carl Cox will also return to perform on both Friday and Saturday and will host the legendary Carl Cox and Friends arena with a full complement of special guests TBA.  Many additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Last year over 55,000 dance music enthusiasts coming from the entire United States and over 50 countries around the world were in attendance, marking it as the largest ever UMF event and ranking at #14 on Pollstar’s 2008 Mid Year Top 100 Concert Grosses.

BOOKA SHADE

Berlin-based BOOKA SHADE (Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier) leapt to the forefront of contemporary dance music in 2005 with their classic singles “Body Language” (with M.A.N.D.Y.) and “Mandarine Girl,” as well as  their debut full-length Memento. Since then, they’ve released a string of hit singles and have become one of the world’s most sought-after electronic live acts. This spring, the duo will return to the United States for a run of exclusive dates in support of their new offerings: their iTunes exclusive album Cinematic Shades (The Slow Songs) (released Dec 2008) and "Donut," a new BOOKA SHADE vs M.A.N.D.Y. single which will mark Get-Physical's 100th release during WMC.

CYBERSUTRA

Producers, performers and radio hosts, CYBERSUTRA is the live electronic music project from West Coast-based DJ and percussionist Scott Binder (via San Francisco) and producer Nathan Heal (via Seattle).   Weaving together elements of electro house, melodic trance and live improvisation, the duo have designed their sound by fusing live performance with dance music while reaching out around the globe to collaborate with top vocalists on sensational new tracks.  Their most recent single “I See Fire” featuring Jacinda debuted on Billboard’s Club Play Chart and is available now through KULT Records/BeatPort with remixes by Karmatronic, Gabriel Robella, Brian Gionfriddo and Asi Givati.

DEADMAU5

Closing out an immensely busy 2008, where his massive ‘World Tour’ took him around the globe, electronic music's fastest rising star, prolific producer and electronic artist DEADMAU5 is set to dominate 2009 with his highly anticipated North American spring tour, bringing him to both days of the Ultra Music Festival. In other news, DEADMAU5 (pronounced ‘Dead Mouse’) has released an innovative and interactive application on the iPhone and iPod Touch for music enthusiasts. In association with Future Audio Workshop, the Deadmau5 Touch Mix application allows users to mix DEADMAU5 music using an iPhone or iPod Touch. Users can download the DEADMAU5 content onto the application's track players, where they can then apply effects, cross fade between tracks and scratch and mix songs to create a realistic and easy-to-use mobile interface.  Recently nominated in this year's Grammys for his remixed rendition of producer Morgan Page’s "The Longest Road" in the "Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical" category, DEADMAU5 anxiously awaits his potential wins at the Canadian Juno Awards, where he is nominated twice in the “Dance Recording Of The Year” category for his ULTRA EMI single “Move For Me” (Deadmau5 vs. Kaskade) and his 2008 debut album, Random Album Title. 

KASKADE

KASKADE is one of electronic music's most sought-after emissaries and one of its most beloved figures. Unaffected and laidback, he's known per BlackBook magazine as "…the man [who] gets his sh*t done with an unassuming demeanor, and usually in flip flops." Otherwise known as Ryan Raddon, the San Francisco-based electronic artist continues the ongoing march to his special brand of beat, a style that is instantly recognizable both musically and technically. On March 24, he will continue his musical progression and follow-up last year's chart-topping long player Strobelite Seduction with a new mix album titled THE GRAND (Ultra Records).  The album features a various assortment of original productions and remixes by KASKADE as well as Deadmau5, Misha Daniels, Jes, Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty Vegas and others. 

KRAAK & SMAAK

Holland’s breakthrough band KRAAK & SMAAK will be returning to the United States as they continue to support their critically acclaimed sophomore album PLASTIC PEOPLE. Don’t miss out when their live band comes to the ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL!   Released in North America on September 9, 2008 via Ultra Records, Plastic People captures the K&S brand of future funk and features the hit single “Squeeze Me,” which has been gaining great exposure via a Rhapsody national TV ad campaign and the band’s recent performance on ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” View their performance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzCQ3tTQeBY KRAAK & SMAAK has quickly become one of the hottest live properties in electronic music. Original founding members Oscar De Jong, Mark Kneppers & Wim Plug are joined by the additional live band members of Andre Kemp (drummer), Rose Spearman (vocalist), Sebastian van der berg (MC) and Marc Baronner (bass). With keyboards, FX and percussion played by the band themselves, they bring their distinct brand of funk to the dance floor. During this limited US tour, the live band will make appearances at SXSW and the Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

MORGAN PAGE

MORGAN PAGE--the hotly sought after producer/remixer nominated for two IDMA’s this year--is currently putting the finishing touches on BELIEVE, his first artist album of all original material featuring an array of new collaborations and vocals by Morgan himself. Collaborators on the album include Angela McCluskey (telepopmusik), Natalie Walker, Samantha James (Om Records) and Dave Dresden (Gabriel & Dresden). BELIEVE is his much-anticipated follow-up to 2008’s Elevate (Nettwerk) which featured the GRAMMY-nominated song “The Longest Road (Deadmau5 Remix)” and seamlessly weaved highlights of his prolific production career with his organic, melody-driven tracks.

SHARAM

One of only a handful of producers of his kind that can move effortlessly between the nocturnal world of underground dance floors with acid house gems like “Get Wild” (Essential Miami WMC Tune of 2008), his techno infused summer anthem “Texi” (hailed as one of the top Ibiza records of 2008) and its darker sibling stormer “Crazi” (hammered by the who’s who of the techno scene as the sleeper record of the fall of 2008), all the way to the crossover radio hits with releases such as “PATT” and “The One” (both of which hit top 20 in many international markets). Always unpredictable, SHARAM (known to many as one half of seminal electronic music’s Deep Dish) will never conform to anything other than his own high standards, so one can help but to wonder what he is going to come up with next.  On April 4, 2009 he’ll release his long-awaited debut solo album GET WILD (Ultra Records) which features the above mentioned gems plus many more original tracks featuring guests like Diddy, Daniel Bedingfield, Tommy Lee, Kid Cudi and more.

PAUL VAN DYK

Grammy-nominated artist and internationally acclaimed DJ and producer PAUL VAN DYK (PvD) has dominated electronic music since the early 1990’s.  He is renowned as one of the world's hardest working artists, with sold-out tours that cross each continent, headline spots at every major festival and for having a hugely successful recording career.  This spring the Berlin, Germany-based artist will celebrate his musical achievements with the release of VOLUME, an album of his best works to date.  Set for release in stores June 9 and digitally May 26 on Ultra Records, the album will encompass selections from his massive, 15-year catalogue.  VAN DYK is currently finalizing the track listing but fans are sure to find works from his studio albums 45 RPMSeven Ways (1996), Out There And Back (2000), the Grammy-nominated Reflections (2003) and In Between (2007).  Volume will also include the long-awaited remastered and remixed classic “For an Angel” and a brand new song titled “Home” featuring vocals by Johnny McDaid of Vega 4 who also collaborated with VAN DYK on the single “Time Of Our Lives” from Reflections. (1994).

ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINE-UP ADDITIONS

The ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (UMF) - the world's leading two-day electronic and alternative music experience set for Friday March 27 and Saturday March 28, 2009 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami - has announced more exciting additions to its lineup.  Promoters for the festival have revealed that The Prodigy (who will release their new album Invaders Must Die on March 2) and Pendulum, two of the most anticipated live acts for 2009, have been confirmed along with DJ titans Paul Van Dyk and Armin Van Buuren.  Moby

ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 11 RETURNS TO MIAMI MARCH 27 & 28

The ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (UMF) - the world's leading two-day electronic music experience - has announced the dates for its 11th consecutive year: Friday March 27 and Saturday March 28, 2009.