Whohooo…we’ve got another UMF 2018 mainstage premiere by Armin van Buuren!!
This extremely catchy melody and huge psy-trance drop followed by a powerful hardstyle drop of Luke Bond – ‘U’ already shook the crowd at ULTRA and there sure are more crowds to come!!
We are ready to blast it out lous during the weekend, and you?
A stellar crossbreed anthem made to dazzle crowds of thousands strong, ‘U’ sees Luke Bond tap from his bottomless well of inspiration to come up with this massive speaker buster. Complete with a devastating bassline, infectious melody and even some hardstyle-scented elements, this cut will top your favorite playlist for months to come.
It’s here!!! We are super thrilled to present you the brand new album by Orjan Nilsen, the super versatile artist really has something for each taste with ‘PRISM’ , are you ready for this ear candy? We have it on repeat already today at the office 🙂
Having been a mainstay in the electronic music scene for what seems like an eternity, Ørjan Nilsen is a man whose musical vision knows no equal. By choosing his own path to success rather than the one already carved out by others, he secured himself a signature sound that’s known and loved across the globe. And that trademark brand – those brilliant colors of sound The Viking calls his own – shines through in the first part of ‘Prism’, his third artist album, released today on Armada Music.
Following debut album ‘In My Opinion’ and its successor ‘No Saint Out Of Me’, ‘Prism’ sees Ørjan Nilsen combine
his beloved sound with new musical flourishes. Harboring known favorites such as ‘Iconic’, ‘Drowning’ and a new
vocal version of ‘Hi There Radio’ as well as fresh, occasionally pop-scented material that includes productions
such as ‘Million Miles Away’, ‘Navigator’, ‘In A Thousand Ways’ and ‘Nothing Here But Love’, ‘Prism’ shows how
one man’s vision can take on many different forms.
Additionally, ‘Prism’ also sees frequent collaborator Mike James play a big part in many of the album’s singles, cowriting
and/or singing on cuts such as ‘Hi There Radio’, ‘In A Thousand Ways’ (feat. Rykka) and ‘Nothing Here But
Love’. The Canadian singer-songwriter and Ørjan Nilsen struck up an amazing friendship after first working
together, which is evidently paying off big time with every ensuing link-up.
Ørjan Nilsen: “I have always been a very brave kind of producer; I’ve experimented and tried different styles,
genres and techniques. No matter how much I love DJing, I will always be a producer first and I will never stop
transcending the barriers of music production. This is what ‘Prism’ is all about. It’s about exploring different points
of view, different perceptions. Prisms have the unique ability to reflect light and disperse darkness into color, and
that’s exactly what I do through music; I express my feelings and my thoughts. I disperse the darkness, turn
negatives into colors and reflect the light. Or at least, I try to. ‘Prism’ is a combination of the many stories I have
and want to share with you. Singles do not create a storyline, so it was only natural to weave them into an album,
which I will be releasing in two parts.”
01. Swoosh (Intro Mix)
02. That One Night
03. Hi There Radio (Been Too Long) (feat. Mike James)
05. In A Thousand Ways (feat. Rykka)
06. Million Miles Away (feat. Rico)
09. The Last Goodbye (feat. Matluck)
10. I See Spots
12. Drowning (feat. IDA)
13. Nothing Here But Love
Right after the release of his stunning EP ‘Elementos’ we cauht up with the young Colombian that has been turning awe-inspiring Armin van Buuren originals (e.g. ‘Hystereo’, ‘The Expedition’) into monstrous stormers since the start of 2013, reeling in the support and frantically held breaths of an extensive selection of renowned DJs alongside ever-increasing numbers of clued-up clubbers.
With thrilling dancefloor-destroyers such as ‘Asylum’, ‘The Dark Knight’, and ‘Dusk Riddles’ raging over the festival grounds of Tomorrowland, Ultra, Global Gathering, A State Of Trance, and many more, the high-octane sounds of KhoMha are the ones of an EDM star in the making. It’s Columbian captivation at its finest.
Transcending the limitations of traditional Dance music, speeding to the top as one of the scene’s most promising artists, and following up on infectious tunes with even more impressive records faster than you can say “Marvelous Music”; KhoMha has been up for a chat with us about his new concept Ep and his future plans in the music scene:
TBA: Hi Robert nice to catch up with you, first of all, how are you?
KhoMha: Hey guys I’m doing well. Currently in Jakarta getting ready to travel to Kuala Lumpur to play at Zouk this weekend.
TBA: We’re still buzzing about ‘Tierra’ here at the office,can you tell us how it came to life?
KhoMha: Thanks a lot for those words and im glad you guys are enjoying it, hope you’re playing it loud! Tierra was the last track that I created for my ‘Elementos’ EP. I wanted to create a track that resembled all of the other 3 elements. I wanted a track that was melodic like ‘Aire’, progressive and driving like ‘Agua’, and energetic like ‘Fuego’. I wanted to show that all of these elements coming together could create something beautiful.
TBA: Would you let us know a bit of your creative process in the studio?
KhoMha: I think creativity comes to you when you least expect it no matter where you are. Sometimes I’ll be out on the street and come up with a melody and I would have to hum it and record it on my phone. When I’m in the studio however I get up early like 7 or 8 am and start my day. I either work on new ideas or old ideas that I may have in my hard drive. Usually my team and I try to set a calendar with possible single releases, collabs and remixes for 6 months at a time. So that’s the way that I focus on my work.
TBA: What is your studio set up like?
KhoMha: In my studio I have the essentials. Two Yamaha HS8 monitors. KRK 10S subwoofer. Focus Rite 2i2 Audio interface. A Blue Microphone. My studio computer that I custom built myself and my Daw’s that I produce with which are FL Studio and Ableton Live.
TBA: Armin van Buuren is giving you a massive support on his set, how does it feel to have such a mentor?
KhoMha: Pfff I mean what can I say, its an amazing feeling. Armin has always been an idol of mine he’s a legend in our genre and a legend for electronic music in general. Working so close with him has helped me evolve as an artist and as a business person.
TBA: Where does your EP ‘Elementos’ come from? What is the concept about it?
KhoMha: My team and I wanted to create something, we wanted to create a concept that would expand beyond music or beyond a release. We wanted to create something that identified me and my music. ‘Elementos’ marks a new beginning and a new way for me to perform. My show is divided into 4 parts, each of these parts correspond to one of the elements in which the visuals, the lights, and the style of music I play all fit into that specific element.
TBA: What are your future plans musical wise?
KhoMha: The idea is to finish this year strong. There are some new remixes on the way, as well as new releases. Hopefully we can release two new vocal tracks before the end of the year is over. Talks about a debut album are also going on for the next year or two. 🙂
TBA: Where are we seeing you next?
KhoMha: I will be playing in Kuala Lumpur this weekend at club Zouk, afterwards I will be in Amsterdam for business meetings, I will then head to Chicago to play at the mid, Avalon in LA the day after. Lizard lounge in Dallas is also in the schedule then its time for ASOT Poland. Super excited for whats coming.
TBA: Where are you seeing yourself in…let’s say 5 years from now?
KhoMha: Well I hope to still be doing what I love which is produce music and perform far beyond those five years. Within five years however I want to have my own label and my own themed nights.
TBA: If you have to choose one, what was the most important moment of your career?
KhoMha: The most important moment of my career without a doubt would have to be when I was discovered by Markus Schulz. Markus has been my biggest mentor and was the reason I left Colombia and moved to Miami. He supported my music since the very beginning, believed in me, and thanks to this I’m able to do what I love every day of my life. I will be forever grateful with him.
TBA: If you were to arrange a party, what would be your dream line up?
KhoMha: Hehehe. This one is kind of out there but these are my favorite artists so here we go.
– Daft Punk
– Kanye West
– Kendrick Lamar
– Swedish House Mafia
– Chemical Brothers
– Massive Attack
TBA: Name 3 fellow djs you just love touring with and why…
KhoMha: I love touring with Andrew Rayel, Orjan Nilsen and Armin Van Buuren. Andrew and Orjan are my closest friends here in the scene and touring with them is always a great time. Touring with Armin is also amazing he’s an amazing mentor and a great professional, every time I tour with him is an excellent opportunity to learn new things.
TBA: 5 tunes you can’t live without (regardless the genre)
KhoMha: Oxia – Domino
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams
Daft Punk – Something About Us
Daft Punk – Voyager
Reflekt – Need To Feel Loved (Adam K & Soha Remix)
TBA: Thanks a lot for taking the time and hope to see you soon somewhere.
KhoMha: Thank you guys for having me 🙂
After giving rise to crowd favorites such as ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Rain’, Russian dance music star ARTY has upped the ante with another brilliant, summer-tinged production. Complete with warm vocals and infectious melodies, ‘Couldn’t Be Better’ arrives just in time to spruce up this summer’s beach parties.
Telling a story of heartbreak conquered and time-healed wounds, ARTY’s ‘Couldn’t Be Better’ “was inspired by everyone who’s been through a tough relationship, struggling to overcome it, but finally finding happiness either on their own or with a new person in their life”. A mash of strong lyrics, addictive vocals and super-danceable rhythms, this song will lift you up both on and off the dancefloor.
ARTY: “I think this is the most summer-ish song I’ve ever made and the sounds complement this feeling. It’s a bit different from the music I’ve released earlier this year, and the reason is because the shape of the song helps to translate the message in the best possible way. And even though the lyrics are a bit melancholy, it’s still a positive song that will make people feel good.”
Born Artem Stoliarov (or Arty for short), ARTY is without doubt one of electronic music’s most consistent acts. After breaking into the scene in 2009 at the age of 19, he quickly began to turn heads across the dance music realm, releasing his music on a range of top-tier labels while churning out remixes for the likes of Halsey (‘Hurricane’ – over 47 million streams), OneRepublic, London Grammar, Above & Beyond, Porter Robinson and Years & Years. Now residing in Los Angeles, ARTY performs at the biggest festivals and clubs in the world (e.g. Ultra, Electric Daisy Carnival, Tomorrowland, Ushuaïa, Amnesia Ibiza, Creamfields), clocks up millions of streams on Spotify and keeps his Trance roots alive by churning out top-drawer singles under his globally acclaimed ALPHA 9 moniker. His discography is teeming with top tunes and its next addition ‘Couldn’t Be Better’.
Touching down on Armada Music with his third stellar offering of 2018, Maor Levi offers a tune of cosmic proportions. Steeped gorgeous harmonies and mind-boggling chord progressions, ‘Nova’ will shine bright in any dance music environment.
After the multi-million-stream success of his previous releases – including the wildly fruitful melodies and raw vocals of ‘Crazy’ – Lost Frequencies has returned with another definite dance music staple. Today, the Belgian superstar took to his own Found Frequencies label to release ‘Melody’, his highly anticipated team-up with U.K. singer-songwriter, chart breaker and Grammy nominee James Blunt.
Drawing on his expansive electronic pallet and rare talent to pull in influence from outside the dance music spectrum, Lost Frequencies pays homage to country sounds by imbuing ‘Melody’ with melodic guitar strums and by twisting Blunt’s soaring vocal into a unique loop come the chorus, which flows around the rhythm like a waterfall.
Spotlighting a stellar vocalist-producer fusion in this merger of disparate sounds that has grown into a beautifully individual record, Lost Frequencies said of the release: “I’ve been a really big fan of James Blunt these past years; I love his voice and music. To make a track together is something I wouldn’t have even dreamed of a few years ago, but here we are. James sent me the demo he had of ‘Melody’ and I started working on it immediately. I did a bunch of different versions of the track until the final version was made and everybody loved it. It was a fairly quick process considering we were both gone a lot on tour and doing a lot of other projects, and I’m super happy we found a version of the track where both our worlds are perfectly balanced.”
Equally excited with the union and its productive results, James Blunt said: “I’d been in the studio writing with Steve Mac (co-writer/co-producer of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’) and Ammar Malik (co-writer of Maroon 5’s ‘Move Like Jagger’), and we wrote a song called ‘Hey, Melody’. It didn’t quite fit my album, but I loved it, so when Lost Frequencies approached me asking to work together, I was thrilled – I was already a fan of his and really wanted the song to be heard. He plucked the chorus, worked his magic and made a great summer track out of it.”
Days like this….
It looks like an ordinary day….. I am just sitting at my desk doing my usual tasks, sipping a cup of tea…
But hey, wait….it’s Trance Thursday, a magical day when everything can happen…
And so it does…
I’ve just received this personal message from Armin van Buuren!!! The living legend himself, the artist who inspires me the most, took some time to say thanks for my ongoing support…..pinch me…I must be dreaming!
Armin and his fantastic Armada Music team are the reasons why this blog exists and keeps going, I could not be more grateful for this sweet thought!!
Days like this…
The hard work, the challenges…they all make sense!!
As one of the latest stars to sign exclusively with Armada Music, Brussels’ Stereoclip sure knows how to make a big impression right off the bat. Today, the Belgian talent indulged the Amsterdam-based record label with ‘Feel The Game’, a haven of splendid grooves and above all magnificent first single from his upcoming second artist album.
The second Stereoclip release to hit Armada Music after ‘Don’t Try’ (feat. Tessa Dixson), ‘Feel The Game’ epitomizes a groove-laden masterpiece. Helmed by gliding synth swirls and hooking vocals, this record cements Stereoclip’s position at the pinnacle of dance music and marks a huge new addition to the electronic music realm that will serve a telling precursor of the rest of his upcoming sophomore album.
Through his own brand of deep, vocal-oriented and mysterious techno music, Stereoclip has been making waves in the dance music scene for quite a while. With the success of his 2016 album ‘Hometown’ as a crown to his hard work, the Belgian has been pulling out all the stops both in the studio and on the live front to further his career and to please the thousands of fans that have been hooked since they first learned of his masterstroke productions or peerless live performances. ‘Feel The Game’ proves that Stereoclip is gearing up for a mind-boggling homerun in album form and this song should already get fans mightily excited for the times to come.
Check out the official music video
This goes for all the dutchies 🙂Na zijn twee laatste zomerhits (‘I Need You’ en ‘Sunny Days’) en de superfunky ‘Sex, Love & Water’ heeft Armin van Buuren opnieuw een onweerstaanbare plaat aan zijn repertoire toegevoegd. Vandaag bracht de vijfvoudig #1-dj in de wereld zijn nieuwe single ‘Therapy’ (feat. James Newman) uit en daarbij ook meteen een prachtige, en vooral herkenbare music video.Met ‘Therapy’ slaan Armin van Buuren en James Newman de spijker op de kop en zetten ze een sublieme sfeer neer. Dankzij de opzwepende vocalen, romantische songteksten en warme akkoorden is ‘Therapy’ dé plaat voor het zomerseizoen en de perfecte track om op maximaal volume te draaien zodra de zon begint te schijnen.Met de officiële music video van ‘Therapy’ blikt Armin van Buuren terug op zijn jeugdliefde, waar hij destijds zo gek op was dat hij haar zag waar hij ook keek. Gecombineerd met de prachtige beelden van de Marokkaanse stad Marrakesh (en het Nederlandse tintje middels shots van het Spoorwegmuseum te Utrecht en de hoofdrol voor voormalig Miss Nederland Zoey Ivory) levert dat een bijzondere music video op waar ontelbare fans zichzelf in zullen herkennen.
Off the back of several super-catchy singles such as ‘I Need You’ and ‘Sunny Days’ plus the funk-infused ‘Sex, Love & Water’, Armin van Buuren just added another summer-tinged song to his repertoire. Today, the five-time #1 DJ in the world released his next seminal single ‘Therapy’ – made in tandem with James Newman – as well as the song’s stunning music video.
Musicwise, ‘Therapy’ sees Armin van Buuren and James Newman nail every bit of that irresistible summer vibe. Showing off its addictiveness through the smooth vocals, romantic lyrics and uplifting chords, it is a song that sticks and one that will embellish the airwaves every time the sun starts shining.
The official music video of ‘Therapy’ pertains to a cheeky little story of Armin van Buuren himself about his high-school crush, whom he had once fallen head over heels in love with. Combined with the shimmering beauty of Moroccan city Marrakesh through innumerable breathtaking shots, it made for an amazing music video many fans will undoubtedly be able to relate to.
Seeing as the collaboration between Allen Watts and Armada Music has been going
strong since 2014 with over a dozen of mind-bogglingly colossal releases, it was only a matter of time before the
two parties would indulge in a more definitive partnership together. Today, the Dutch DJ, producer and creator of
some of the most devastating Trance records of the past decade signed an exclusive recording agreement, tying
him to the Amsterdam-based record label on the same day of release of his latest tempestuous cut, ‘Midnight’.
Bulldozing sound systems in signature Allen Watts style at the flick of a wrist, ‘Midnight’ supplies fans with
rampant basslines and uplifting melodies able to maximize dancefloor damage. Chosen by Armin van Buuren
himself for inclusion on his highly anticipated ‘A State Of Trance 2018’ mix album, this blistering record makes
listeners push in repeat mode without hesitation and will no doubt prove a staple at Trance events across the
Allen Watts: “I am so happy to have joined the amazing Armada family and I’m very pleased to hear that Armin
loved my track so much he chose it for his new A State Of Trance compilation. It has been a long journey for me
since I started learning to produce as a hobby, signed my first tracks to a label and eventually got what feels like
weekly support by Armin on pretty much anything I release. Signing with Armada is a great next step to take in my
career and I’m really looking forward to find out what the future has in store for us during this wonderful