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Dubstep Producer Doctor P Isn't Excited About New Eminem Album

San Bernardino, CA – Any fan EDM knows Doctor P is one the original godfathers the bass-driven Dubstep movement. For Hip Hop fans, the triple threat (musician, producer and DJ) has recorded with Method Man, Far East Movement and Jarren Benton throughout his career. 

Having performed sold-out arenas in L.A., the legendary Coachella festival and a mind-blowing show at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, Doctor P told HipHopDX this was his first time performing at HARD Summer.

Speaking with P (real name Shaun Brockhurst), at his artist trailer on Day 1 Destructo’s 10-year anniversary HARD festival on August 5, DX asked about his passion for Hip Hop and how that ties into dubstep.

He explains, “I originally listened to Hip Hop. Before I discovered electronic music, I was always listening to Hip Hop. It was always like Wu-Tang, D12 and stuff. I kinda grew up in the whole Eminem thing in the early 2000s, so I was like probably 14 or 15 listening to Eminem’s first album. That was the first thing I heard that wasn’t like pop music — so it blew my mind.”

With recent news Eminem’s new project coming as soon as this fall, Doctor P was far from intrigued.

“I don’t really follow Eminem anymore,” he explains. “I’ve gotten quite bored him. I feel like he was really angry when he was in his early 20s and all his music was insanely angry. But nowadays he’s like middle-aged and not angry anymore. He’s faking the anger now — so the music doesn’t have quite the same passion for me anymore that it did.”

This led into P’s current stance on old Hip Hop vs. new Hip Hop.

“I definitely prefer the older stuff. It’s cliché to say that the oldies are the best. But you got the odd track now like Rich Chigga … He’s a new guy but he’s got that old school vibe, big time.”

With Rich Chigga recently hopping on a trap record called “Gospel” with XXXTENTACION and Keith Ape, DX asked if Doctor P would be interested in a collab with the 17-year-old.

“No, not really,” he answers. “I would if he did the vocals on a banging dubstep track. But he’s a nice crossover for me. He’s got the vibe an old school vocalist (sort ). Whereas Future and people like that, I can’t really listen to that stuff. I don’t know. They’re not cool enough for me. They’re cool in a different way. People like Wu-Tang and those guys, they were so cool in like a gangster way. But I feel like that gangster-ness is gone and that’s what I liked about Hip Hop originally.”

Still on the topic collabs, Doctor P linking with Method Man on “The Pit” back in 2013 meant he needed a new Hip Hop artist to look forward to.

I’d love to work with Pusha T. He’s got the coolest voice I’ve ever heard. He’s like the new Method Man for me. You know, Method Man, you hear his voice, and it gets you straight away. I feel like Pusha T is like that as well. Every time he does a verse on someone else’s track, it’s the best bit on the song. I’d love to work with Pusha T.”

When asked what his fav Pusha song was, P answers, “’Burial’ is the one that everyone knows. It was the first one his that really got my ears, so that’s the classic for me.”

As with any festival, the later the set time, the better. Before P was brought out to perform at 9:30 p.m., he quickly drew the connection between dubstep and Hip Hop.

“I feel like the vibe dubstep is very Hip-Hop-y, like the grooves. I feel like if you take away the vocals from a Hip Hop track, there’s still a dubstep-iness to a lot the beats. So, you take the vocals and put it on a dubstep track and it works.”

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Parookaville proves itself as a true European festival contender

Something special just happened outside Düsseldorf: Germany’s largest electronic music festival, . The festival just had its third annual anniversary, and it was, in a word, insane.

Parookaville proves itself as a true European festival contender

Founded in 2014, Parookaville has had great success in delivering the world’s biggest DJs straight to Germany’s largest dance music scene. This year, the ground served home to more than 80,000 attendees, complete with 10 stages and more than 200 artists on the lineup.

As one Europe’s largest electronic music festivals, it was interesting to compare the experience here to that American festivals. In comparing a festival like Parookaville to something like or even , some obvious differences were apparent.

One big difference seems to be drug use. I don’t know if it’s Germany’s love  beer as an alternative, but I was shocked at how few drugs were being consumed at Parookaville. Speaking solely for American festivals, almost every attendee can share some kind story by weekend’s end where they witnessed someone at the festival deep in a “K-Hole” or heard a friend buying “fake molly.” In Germany, however, I did not witness a single person noticeably intoxicated on drugs. After making a note this at the end the day one, I chalked it up to “Germans love beer” and maybe I just didn’t see enough the festival yet. Stiff security, maybe? Wrong. Parookaville had some the most lax — yet most pressional — workers I’ve ever seen at a festival. Aside from a group friends who posed as “stage crew,” only to be almost immediately busted during the artist’s set, the weekend went without any major hiccups. Note to “stage crew”: if you’re going to make it in, don’t give yourself up by jumping on stage and trying to dance with . Parookaville provided a fun and safe atmosphere for all, and it was so memorable. Music lovers came out to truly listen and enjoy.

Parookaville provided a great environment for a festival, combining both immaculate and historic grounds, with a stacked and diverse lineup. Parookaville proves itself as a true European festival contenderWhile the lineup was techno-heavy, it catered to many other genres electronic music as well, including what possibly might be one the most epic bass-heavy stage days we’ve seen yet, thanks to BOOTSHAUS. Check out the lineup (at right) just for Saturday alone.

If you’re looking for that festival “second-wind” in an industry that is always searching for new and fresh material, Parookaville is the answer. In their third installment, they truly have built something special in the hills  Germany.

One major thing to note about Parookaville was the stellar production quality their live stream and set replays. Quite honestly, this may be the best-looking live stream I’ve ever seen. From the camera work to the quality the stream, I haven’t seen many that can compare with the job their production team did this year. Bravo! MagentaMusik 360 provided full coverage for Parookaville 2017 and a select number set replays can be found .

To get your tickets for Parookaville 2018, click .

Check out set highlights on ‘s Instagram, and view .

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Armin van Buuren returns to Mysteryland after a 10-year hiatus

When it comes to top-tier electronic acts,  has built his name on exquisite live performances. From playing in front thousands people during his , to closing out iconic venues like , the venerated dance legend compels crowds with eclectic song selections, flawless transition maneuvering, and characteristically high energy. Now, after a decade, Armin van Buuren will return to another iconic stage, , revealing that he will give fans an exclusive festival finale performance to celebrate his reappearance as a live act.

In a statement discussing his 10-year break, he explained,

Other highlights confirmed for the festival include , Nastia, Sven Väth, Kölsch and more. Mysteryland 2017 will conclude on August 27 with Armin’s exclusive closing show, and undoubtably, it will be one for the books.

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Live Nation introduces new electronic music division in Asia

is expanding the reach its electronic music branch Live Nation Electronic Asia, a new electronic-focused events division that will aim to meet the continent’s increased demand for large-scale dance music events.

Jim Wong, an independent promoter in Hong Kong will head the division, drawing on his comprehensive experience in the electronic music industry as he supervises the division’s overall development. Wong is notable for his orchestration more than 500 concerts, festivals, and club bookings in Hong Kong and Mainland China over the past three years.

Live Nation Electronic Asia intends to broaden Asia’s accessibility to electronic music events “through both concerts and festivals.” will appear in Shanghai in October as Electronic Asia’s inaugural performer in promotion his next album, Clublife Vol. 5: China. The Tiesto led tour will span eight total dates across the continent.

Tiesto’s billing will be joined by a Creamfields Festival in Hong Kong from December 15-16. Another Creamfields Festival will be hosted in Taipei, Taiwan on December 17.

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DOOM Announces 1st New KMD Album In 24 Years With "True Lightyears" Featuring Jay Electronica

After almost 25 years and dozens projects, DOOM is back with a fresh KMD track. “True Lightyears,” which features Jay Electronica, is part Adult Swim’s The Missing Notebook Rhymes series, which promises 15 weeks new DOOM collabs and singles. The Jay-assisted track marks the second week and follows “Negus” with guest vocals from the late Sean Price.

In addition to “True Lightyears,” DOOM has also revealed he’s releasing another full-length project under the KMD moniker titled Crack In Time, the first new KMD album in 24 years. It’s reportedly being distributed  Metalface/Nature Sounds, DOOM’s own imprint.

Back when DOOM was known as Zev Love X, the enigmatic rapper was part a Hip Hop group called KMD. Formed in 1988, the group began as a graffiti crew, but eventually turned to music. A year later, MC Serch recruited them for the seminal 3rd Bass LP, The Cactus Album, which led to a deal with Elektra Records. 

KMD released its debut project, Mr Hood, in 1991, but the label shelved the group’s sophomore album, 1993’s Black Bastards. After DOOM’s younger brother and KMD member DJ Subroc was killed by a car when he was crossing a New York expressway, the London-born MC disappeared for years. He eventually reemerged in the late ’90s as the villainous MF Doom.

Listen to the KMD track above.

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Madeon slid into Rezz's DMs with the best of intentions – Dancing Astronaut

2017 has turned into a banner year for  with the debut her new album  along with the announcement her . She has taken the electronic music scene by storm, and this has not gone unnoticed by industry peers.

One such artist to take notice Rezz is world renowned French producer , who slid into the Canadian phenoms DMs yesterday to tell her what a fantastic job she was doing. Rezz in turn took to Twitter to say how excited she was to receive the kind words from Madeon, who told her he was impressed by the fact that she was going her own direction and not giving into making ‘Spotify friendly’ pop tracks.

The entire exchange is available below.

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Madeon Slides into Rezz's DMs with the best of intentions – Dancing Astronaut

2017 is the year with the debut her new album along with the announcement her . She has taken the electronic music scene by storm, and this has not gone unnoticed by industry peers. One these industry peers is world renowned French producer , who slid into Rezz’s DMs yesterday to tell her what a fantastic job she was doing. Rezz took to Twitter to say how excited she was to receive the kind words from Madeon, who told her he was impressed by the fact that she was going her own direction and not giving into making ‘Spotify friendly’ pop tracks. Read more below.

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Porter Robinson's seminal 'Worlds' is now three years old – Dancing Astronaut

Three years ago this month, unleashed an iconic collection songs that for many defined an era electronic music.

Robinson released on Aug. 12, 2014. The 12-track compilation, highlighted by standout tracks like “” and “,” topped the charts that year and was enthusiastically received by Robinson’s fan base and the dance music scene alike.

Worlds, Robinson’s debut studio-length album, marked a shift — somewhat unexpectedly — in his music from heavy electro to a more alternative form electronic music. Tracks like “” brilliantly showed the influence Japanese culture had on Robinson’s work, while “” with Urban Cone delivered more a synthpop feel to the album. Fans previous emotion-packed hits like “” weren’t totally lost in this new feel from Robinson, however. Worlds elegantly emulated the beauty Robinson’s music and perfectly showcased his incomparable emotive style.

What’s perhaps more interesting is the fact that Worlds represented a massive left turn for the producer at the time. Up until its release, he was something an electro house wunderkind. To so aggressively abandon that sound for something else, something pioneering would in and itself be an accomplishment artistic growth. To pull it f so astoundingly, however, raises Worlds and Robinson himself into another stratosphere was a musician.

Since Worlds, Robinson has kept busy. The release “” with French producer , its , and the accompanying tour had Robinson flying all over the globe performing a glorious blend his and Madeon’s music, much to the delight fans who have been vying for the two to work together for years.

From “” in 2010 to the wild Shelter tour, Robinson has proven time and time again that his music mastery knows no limits. At only 25 years old, the producer is sure to thrill us for many years to come.

Revisit the quintessential album below.

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Meet Hamster: the latest masked producer on the scene

Inspired by the illusion rapidly moving forward only to discover one’s stuck in the proverbial hamster wheel comes Hamster, Los Angeles’ newly rising mysteriously masked-producer.

Debuting the solo moniker live just last month July 8 at LA’s Troubador alongside local collaborators Ari, Lee, LeyeT, and Serena Foster comes a electronic pop heavy masked figure who— here at Dancing Astronaut— is raising a lot questions.

First and foremost, why the hamster head?

While Hamster’s been producing pop and EDM tracks for rising stars in the LA scene now over the last few years, the artist only began releasing his own tracks under the unbeknownst solo moniker in August  last year.

Digging through the artist’s YouTube yields his earliest video below featuring Tosh, titled “Anthem Of The Summer,” a club-ready track which after listening through is indeed living up to its name.

Landing on Spotify’s Viral Hits playlist with his song, “City Limits” and at number eight on the streaming giant’s United States Viral 50 back in April, it’s clear Hamster’s wheels have been spinning for quite some time now.

Sixteen videos currently grace his YouTube page including a stellar track entitled, “City Limits” and a new song featuring longtime LA-based artist Serena Foster titled “On The Run,” that was released just last week.

Watch the two videos for those tracks below, and be sure to keep an eye out for this Hamster who will likely be rotating the musical release wheel again soon.


 

 

Meet Hamster: the latest masked producer on the scene
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