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Meet our amazing BeachGlow Music Festival 2016 lineup! Coming from all over the world, these artists will be bringing you the best weekend of your summer! More artists still to be announced!
In the middle of a global explosion of Electronic Dance Music, a genre that thrives in the most exclusive nightclubs of the world’s cosmopolitan cities, a prodigious producer has emerged from the unlikeliest of places. The small seaport town of Mystic, Connecticut, has been the home of Audien (AKA Nate Rathbun) for his entire life, and it’s in a small apartment in Mystic where Audien began creating music in 2008. Using a very basic set up, and a secret cocktail of plug-ins, Audien worked diligently to hone his craft. By age 17, while his friends were either preparing college applications or teeing up jobs, Audien began to test the waters by sending his unsolicited music out to producers, labels & bloggers. Though confident in his sound, Audien carefully managed his expectations, suspecting it was unlikely that he’d hear back from a random demo submission. An enthusiastic response came, however, from Flashover Recordings, the trance label owned by beloved Dutch Producer/DJ Ferry Corsten. Audien’s single “Rise & Shine” was released, and soon thereafter he was off to the races.
Over the next two years a slew of renowned labels came calling, gravitating to Audien’s stunning melodies & innovative sonic landscapes. Audien worked meticulously, but prolifically, churning out anthems & remixes for labels including Enhanced, Perceptive, Armada, Black Hole, Nervous, with tracks routinely charting on Beatport. Audien’s tracks also began to appear on compilations assembled by some of the genre’s giants, including Corsten’s Countdown, Tiesto’s Club Life, Above & Beyond’s Trance Around The World, and Armin Van Buuren’s A State of Trance. A particularly exciting opportunity presented itself in May of 2011, when Audien had the opportunity to open for Van Buuren at New York’s Roseland. In just 3 years, Audien had gone from idolizing Van Buuren to sharing a stage with him.
His music has evolved to include elements of Progressive House. The monster 2012 release These Are The Days was lauded by influential blog Dancing Astronaut as a “catchy summer anthem,” while The Top Sound noted “the combination of flawless evolution, beautiful piano chords, & trance-y plucks makes this an absolutely brilliant track.” Never straying far from his roots, Audien released his highly acclaimed song Eventide on Anjunabeats in August of 2012. Elsewhere in November 2012, Audien released the incendiary progressive house track SUP, via Trice Recordings. Commenting on the track, Elektro magazine declared, “… this production takes its listeners on a roller coaster ride of uplifting synth progressions, chaotic builds, and hard, bouncing drops that holds the ability to move crowds wherever this banger is played.” Shortly after the track’s release, Audien joined Hardwell on tour for dates in New York & Boston.
With his ability to create fresh tracks in auto-pilot, Audien has turned his attention to performing live, a craft he takes just a seriously as his production. Audien recently performed at some of the hottest clubs in the US including L.A.’s Exchange & Lure, San Francisco’s Ruby Skye & Harlot, New York’s Pacha, XS in Las Vegas, and Miami’s LIV. With more big shows forthcoming, Audien is ready to continue his rapid rise out of Mystic, and around the world.
Though Derek and Scott have been perfecting their craft since 2010, Slander has entered the dance music scene with the feel of an overnight success story. Veteran DJs and skilled producers, Slander has crafted their own genre dubbed "Heaven Trap" with a devout following.
Despite their rapid rise, they are no stranger to the industry's top producers, including Skrillex, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Diplo, Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, RL Grime, Yellow Claw, Bro Safari, Snails, and Carnage. Their Nuclear Bonds EP was a stand-out release from Dance Music’s top underground label, Mad Decent. After dozens of remixes, their first big vocal hit, a Heaven Trap original entitled “Love Again” featuring vocalist WAVZ, garnered over one million listens on Soundcloud.
With past performances at EDC Las Vegas, Nocturnal Wonderland, TomorrowWorld, Electric Zoo, EDC Orlando, EDC Mexico, Something Wicked, Sun City Music Festival, Contact Music Festival, Sunset Music Festival, Il Soniq, Moonrise, LifeInColor, and Global Dance at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater primarily on the main stage, Slander has had the opportunity to show that their tracks are festival worthy. They’ve headlined every AAA venue in North America including LIV, Pacha, Create, The Mid, The Hoxton, Ruby Skye, Foundation, Elektricity and Beta. They did this all while holding down a monthly residency at the #1 nightclub in the United States, XS, whose other DJs include Megaclub juggernauts such as Avicii, Deadmau5, David Guetta, and Zedd. Besides the top clubs and festivals in the U.S. scene, they've headlined in Paris, Geneva, Milan, Athens, and other European cities, then hopped over the Pacific to hit up legendary Australian clubs such as Pacha, Oh Hello, and HQ. Undeniably the fastest growing act in dance music, they’ve lived up to all the early hype and then some. After spending 2015 playing almost exclusively on main stages at every festival in North America, don’t expect to see them anywhere else for the rest of their career.
Nico & VinzNico & Vinz
Nico & Vinz are an international music sensation who have already set the European entertainment scene on fire. Hailing from Oslo, Norway, the singing/songwriting duo, made up of Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery, has tapped into the heart of global culture by writing and performing songs that joyfully speak of life, love and identity. Though it’s hard to name their sound, consider it reminiscent of The Police and Paul Simon’s Graceland.
The pulse of good music throbs powerfully through their Afro-Norwegian veins. These exciting new songwriters of Ivorian and Ghanian backgrounds respectively have come together fusing their varied eclectic influences—from pop to reggae, West African dance to hip hop, rock to soul—to create an engaging sound featuring soul-stirring messages that claim high hopes for the future. “We are Norwegian and African,” Vinz says, “It is important for us to inspire. We sing about things we’ve been going through and about finding ourselves. To us it’s important to have a message, and the goal for us is to inspire people to find happiness.”
Coming from a small country that has welcomed immigrants from all over the world has influenced these artists, pointing their vision toward what is possible if you put your heart to it. At first for Nico music was not his passion; it was soccer. For Vinz it was rapping. Since Nico & Vinz began working together five years ago, their mission has been laser sharp: to make magic in the studio, dream up the most imaginative videos to illustrate their ideas and travel the world to share their artistry with everyone they can.
Their combined focus has evolved into a movement and a message. In their song, “Am I Wrong” that flew to the top of the charts in Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden last year, they speak about a universal theme following your own heart. Says Nico, “It is our hope that people who are asking ‘should I go the safest way that everybody says I should go, even though my gut says to go where my true happiness lies?’ to be happy. We want to inspire them to follow their heart.”
The “Am I Wrong” music video, directed by Kavar Singh, already has more than 60 million views on YouTube, and over 16 million for its lyric video. The single has won an NRJ Award for “Song of the Year,” and a Spelleman Award nomination for “Hit of the Year.” To date, “Am I Wrong” has a 20x Platinum combined certification in Scandanavia, and almost Double Platinum in the US! Nico & Vinz’s second Scandinavian single “In Your Arms” charted in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. The duo performed both hits at the Nobel Peace Prize concert at the end of 2013. Vinz describes that experience as surreal. “I will never forget it. It was one of the all-time highlights. We had dreamed about it four years earlier, and then it happened.”
With hardly any formal training, these two are mastering their craft by collaborating skillfully as they create stories to share with the world. “We take our differences and use them to our advantage,” says Nico. “We never force things.” ”Our goal,” according to Vinz, ”is for people to feel and think at the same time” when they listen to their music. Without question, Nico & Vinz honor their heritage of being both Norwegian and African. They also see the universality in the human experience and feel no pressure to conform to any particular way of being.
In early 2014, Nico & Vinz received the European Boarder Breakers Award (EBBA) at Eurosonic Festival, performed at the Spellemann Awards, completed a Scandanavian tour, and launched “Am I Wrong” worldwide. When “Am I Wrong” made its American radio debut in April of 2014, it was the #1 most added record at the Top 40/mainstream format with 90 adds, a rarity in first-week airplay for a new artist. It has already made it to #1 Top 40 and Hot Ac airplay charts. And, as THE most Shazamed song worldwide, “Am I Wrong” held #1 on Shazam’s Top 100 Worldwide for 2 months, and #2 North American charts. “Am I Wrong” continues to skyrocket up both streaming and download charts – Top 5 iTunes Singles Charts (#2 peak on iTunes Pop), Top 5 on Billboard Hot 100, and Top 5 on Spotify US and Worldwide charts with 135 million global streams to-date.
As Nico & Vinz expand their artistic reach, they admit that it’s happening because of their big dreams. Says Nico, “We set such high goals because we have to...We want to show people that you can become whatever you want if you believe and work hard.”
Robert DelongRobert Delong
Robert DeLong has a thing for tarot, but that shouldn't be too surprising. The rise of the Los Angeles dance-pop provocateur and one-man band seems fated thus far. In 2013, his self-fulfilling "Global Concepts" single became an international hit and he's been following it around the world since, from dives to clubs to nearly every festival you've ever heard of. Now the man returns from the neon wilderness with his most diverse and beat-driven work yet: In the Cards. DeLong's second album boldly swirls electronic strains—techno, house, drum & bass, electro, trip-hop—with rock composition and emotive soul. Each song is an aural world unto itself where DeLong probes a different angle of the record's theme: Is the story of our lives written "in the cards" or are we free to make our destinies? Ultimately, is there a difference?
In the Cards is another step forward—a leap into the digital abyss. The tranquil chimes that open the titular track are a red herring. The song goes full rave fast, with DeLong's crisp vocals soaring over a wild soundscape of surging bass, acid-washed synth, and percussion that runs the gamut from jungle to trap. That the entire album feels huge and alive like this shouldn't be a surprise. DeLong's sound is tempered by the road, and he's opened his process to other producer/songwriters like Wax Ltd. (Best Coast, Miley Cyrus), E. Kidd Bogart (Beyoncé, MKTO), Belief (Sia), and MNDR, who sings on the pitch-shifting slow jam, "Born to Break." From the noir-ish groove of lead single "Long Way Down" to the cyber-punk balladry of "Pass Out," the record is both immediate and intricate—catchy, yes, but chock full of substance too.
Elephante is a progressive & electro house producer/DJ based in Los Angeles. With a string of #1 remixes on Hype Machine (including Clean Bandit's "Rather Be", Calvin Harris's "Summer", Lorde's "Team", Katy Perry's "Dark Horse", he is one of dance music’s fastest rising producers and hailed as one of its brightest new stars. His sound combines big room melodic house with influences from pop, electro, and trap, has been compared to Alesso, Madeon, and Avicii. He has garnered support from nearly every top dance music media outlet and played sold out shows across the country.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Elephante started his music career as a classically trained pianist and singer-songwriter. Since graduating from Harvard in 2011, he has been honing his craft as a producer and DJ. Already known as one of the hottest young producers in Los Angeles, he is sure to make a splash in the dance music landscape in the months to come!
Music supported by: Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Dyro, Adventure Club, Candyland, Carnage, Jay Hardaway, Firebeatz, Matisse & Sadko, Tom Swoon, MYNC, Kennedy Jones and many more.
With fast-growing support from top artists and an incredibly loyal fan base, New Jersey native and BeachGlow alum Michael Gazzo is poised to be one to watch in 2015. “What got me excited about dance music is the possibilities are endless,” Gazzo reveals.
Major artists across the spectrum from Rudimental, Jessie J, and Tegan & Sara to Ariana Grande and Dimitri Vegas/Like Mike started seeking him out for official remixes, while he received support from Hardwell, Fedde Le Grand, Cash Cash, and Tiësto. His remix of American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life” racked up over 20 million streams, while his “Centuries” remix for Fall Out Boy received a high-profile sync from ESPN during College Game Day. Seven of his productions hit #1 on The Hype Machine, making him a mainstay in the tastemaker aggregate’s upper echelon, and he also landed at #12 on Billboard Chart Indicator "Next Big Sound.” In late 2014, SiriusXM's "BPM" picked up Gazzo's single "Never Touch The Ground," which landed in regular rotation.
In the end, Gazzo is breaking boundaries on his own terms in more ways than one. “Music is an escape,” he concludes. “Everyone has problems in life. Sometimes, life throws you hills. Other times, they’re mountains. I want my music to give everyone an outlet to express themselves and let loose. For that moment, you forget how difficult life is and just live. That’s what music does for me. I hope listeners feel that even within the club bangers with the big drops. It’s more than just bass.”
Jay CosmicJay Cosmic
Jay Cosmic describes himself as an 'intergalactic rave wizard.' Rolling Stone Magazine describes his sound as, "a thunderstorm descending upon an unsuspecting EDM fest." Jay Cosmic topped the magazine's '10 New Artists You Need To Know' list from this past fall. In the article, Rolling Stone states, "This year's Tomorrowland was one of his first high-profile gigs — but that hasn't stopped headliners like David Guetta and Afrojack from spinning his tracks. The 21-year-old from Manchester, England became obsessed with dance music when his dad gave him a trance compilation around the time of his 12th birthday, and he took to producing the following year. Back then he tried to make happy hardcore and Cascada-influenced Euro-schlock. Now, he's taking over main stages with big tunes that are both pummeling and melodic. His remix of Dvbbs and Bourgeous' "Tsunami" uses hardstyle fallout sirens to channel the high-BPM hits of his youth, and his latest track, "The Tunnel," is buttressed with some of the biggest, most ominous kick drums of the year. "It's like dark big-room," Cosmic says of the latter. "It's much more England-inspired, because everything here seems to be much more underground-based.""
You probably don't know much about Fareoh and -- until now -- that's the way he liked it. "It was kind of intentional," says Fareoh, born Ian Spurrier. "When I first started putting tracks out, a lot of people started assuming who I was. So I just left it that way, for the mystery."
Two FriendsTwo Friends
Matt Halper and Eli Sones, the young masterminds behind Two Friends, have quickly revamped from high school bedroom producers to one of the most promising dance music duos of 2016. Known for their viral remixes of “Trap Queen”, “I Miss You” and “Cool”, the two have, in unprecedented time, mastered a wide range of genres from deep, melodic house to harder progressive cuts. With their Spotify and SoundCloud views now exceeding 17 million and with eleven #1’s on Hype Machine, the boys are well on their way to becoming the next big dance act to come out of America.
Kicking off their musical journey in senior year of high school, the boys honed their skills through remixing, taking on the likes of The Chainsmokers, Blink 182, Tori Kelly and Alesso to name but a few. Perfecting their distinct “Soul House” style, Two Friends were quick to prove their versatile production techniques, drawing upon a wide variety of live instrumentation to create a truly multi-faceted sound with every release. After receiving the “Award of Independent Excellence” from Hollywood Music in Media Awards, Two Friends swiftly exceeded their influence beyond the online sphere, attracting the spotlight on stage and radio. While Don Diablo was dropping Two Friends remixes on Hexagon Radio, their remix of Lana Del Rey’s hit “Born To Die” scored airplay on Sirius XM, securing the boys a top ten spot in the BPM Hits Chart in 2014.
Following multiple performances at San Francisco’s Ruby Skye, as well as shows at New York’s illustrious Webster Hall and the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, the boys soon branched out to venues in Denmark, Mexico and Canada, showing off their potential in the international arena.
With support now coming from the likes of The Chainsmokers, Krewella and Tritonal, and with a whole host of original releases locked in for 2016, Matt and Eli undoubtedly look set to dominate this year and beyond.
Synchronice, the two brothers from New Jersey, have been turning heads since their first release in 2012 with their detailed and powerful sound.
Since then, Synchronice have gained support from Tiesto, Datsik, Porter Robinson, Krewella, and many more. Their genre defying releases can be heard in influential clubs around the world and on the main stages of festivals like EDC and Ultra.
Within days of its debut, Synchronice’s Countdown’ EP hit the #1 spot on Beatport’s dubstep chart. The duo followed up that success with their remix of Imagine Dragon’s ‘Radioactive,' which has since accumulated over 10 million plays on YouTube alone.
Their latest releases draw from their experience playing guitar in drums in various bands to incorporate live instrumentation and vocals over their signature electronic sound.
Dane is the founder of BeachGlow: Concerts for Charity, Inc. He’s a full-time undergraduate student at The Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary in Virginia. When Dane is not busy with schoolwork, he’s managing an amazing team of volunteer managers who work tirelessly to bring you the BeachGlow Music Festival. With whatever time he has left, Dane produces original music and mixes in the EDM musical genres of House, Progressive House, Electro House, Tropical House, and Electronica / Chillwave. BeachGlow fans will remember Dane as “Get Kunked” from BeachGlow Music Festival 2014.
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Our Beneficiary: Little Kids Rock
BeachGlow is dedicating its 2015 and 2016 efforts to helping national nonprofit Little Kids Rock bring music programs and instruments to under-served public schools. BeachGlow and Little Kids Rock agree that music is more than just fun...it is an essential part of a well-rounded education that every child has the right to explore. Its benefits go far beyond the walls of their classrooms and last for a lifetime!
Over the past 13 years, Little Kids Rock has transformed more than 325,000 kids' lives across the U.S. by giving them access to free and engaging music classes rooted in the popular styles that kids know and love, like rock, pop, hip-hop, country, reggae and R&B. Kids learn to perform, improvise and even write their own music. All children deserve the chance to unlock their inner music makers, and Little Kids Rock is dedicated to ensuring that they all receive this opportunity!
In 2015, BeachGlow's funding helped Little Kids Rock launch Modern Band programs in 19 new Philadelphia-area schools, which served more than 4,000 kids this school year, and two Atlantic City schools, which served 750 kids this school year! Thanks to the support of BeachGlow, Little Kids Rock had a banner year in Philadelphia, bringing the total number of Philly schools served to 47, and bringing the Modern Band program to Atlantic City for the first time.
This funding provided curriculum, teachers, and instruments to each of the following schools: Richmond Avenue School (AC), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School (AC), Nebinger Elementary School (Philly), East Norriton Middle School (Norristown), G.W. Childs (Philly), George Washington High (Philly), Jay Cooke (Philly), John Marshall (Philly), High School of the Future (Philly), Franklin Learning Center (Philly), Abraham Lincoln High School (Philly), Greenberg Elementary (Philly), Furness High School (Philly), Tacony Academy Charter School (Philly), Memphis Street Academy Charter School (Philly), Universal Bluford Charter School (Philly), Imhotep Institute Charter High School (Philly), General George G Meade School (Philly), and Northwood Academy Charter School (Philly).
We're hoping to do even more in 2016, and with your help, we believe we can!
We are beyond excited and thankful for the support from BeachGlow and the opportunities their generosity will provide for students in Philadelphia, particularly to study modern instruments and music. As we work to ensure the musical tastes of our students are represented in their music education, the ability to partner with a world leading music festival showcasing some of today's brightest and most groundbreaking talent is invaluable experience. In addition to the contributions provided, Dane Kunkel is an incredible inspiration for what our students can achieve in their college and career endeavors, and the innovation the BeachGlow team employs to organize and grow the festival is a model for 21st century entrepreneurship that we are thrilled to share with our students.Frank Machos
Director of Music Education
School District of Philadelphia
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