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We are thrilled to debut our new website, www.ravermag.com The new site is the culmination of a lot of hard work by our dedicated team. While our new look is very cool, our goal remains the same – to provide the very best coverage of #EDM events and artists for our ever growing group of dedicated visitors and readers. Raver Media continues to publish Raver Magazine, a monthly digital magazine that features articles on the top DJs and Producers in the dance music world, worldwide event and festival coverage, outstanding photography, reviews of new EDM tracks and spotlights on up and coming new artists. It is important to note that the company’s previous website, raver magazine .com, is no longer on-line. Visitors looking for Raver Media’s digital platform should go directly to http://www.ravermag.com Raver Media now has an on-line platform that is very attractive to EDMFestivals, venues, apparel companies and others wishing to connect with the dance music community, The response from our fan base and commercial partners has been uniform – our new site rocks and the Digital Magazine is poised to quickly one of the best in the world of Electronic Dance Music. Raver Magazine, Raver Mag, and Raver Media is a United States Registered Trademark All Rights Reserved. Peace,

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RAVER MAG EXCLUSIVE:

interview by: AMANDA COWAN interior photos by: MICHAEL BEAS This fall, Seven Lions embarked on his Journey Tour, which took him and a crew of other producers (Pegboard Nerds, Grum and Unlike Pluto) around the nation for a few months, performing for fans who had been anxiously awaiting the sold out shows since being announced over the summer. We had the opportunity to catch Seven Lions on tour during his stop in Cleveland, Ohio in early November. Our takeaways from the show were - the visuals were on point, the hits were played and new tunes were introduced (“Cold Skin” featuring Echoes, released 11/9 via Monstercat). Our only complaint was that the show had to end before sunrise! What made the evening even more bittersweet was that we had the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with Jeff Montalvo, a few hours ahead of his performance at The Odeon. Jeff has released remixes under some of the largest labels in dance music, including OWSLA, Anjunabeats, Republic Records and Monstercat - which shows his unique and individualistic sound. A composition of Electro, Dubstep, Trance, Drum and Bass and Progressive, Seven Lions endures quite the creative process when it comes to choosing specific elements to craft his songs and remixes. “I like all different kinds of music, so I think that comes across in my work. It’s very eclectic. When you listen to my music, you can tell it’s all very different. I listen to a lot of metal, and a lot of Trance. I incorporate all that into my own work,” Montalvo explained.

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With a metal and punk background, Seven Lions is experienced in playing bass, guitar and the drums. Talk about multi-talented! But has he ever thought of doing a live set that incorporates him playing the instruments he’s so well-versed in? “I used to think about it all the time,” Montalvo explained. “After a while, though, I’m just so used to traveling with my backpack. It feels more versatile having a DJ setup opposed to loading and unloading a whole set of instruments and equipment.” Every musician has their inspiration - it’s what kick starts their career. Everyone who knows and loves Seven Lions is familiar with how he followed his love for Above & Beyond, and vocalist Zoe Johnston, and how he downloaded the parts to their “You Got to Go” single and entered the song’s remix competition using a copy of Fruity Loops. Inspiration aside, Seven Lions explained that “maintaining a love and passion for music” is what continues to drive him to create new and fulfilling work. “I’ve always just loved music,” Jeff told us, “ever since I was a kid - and I know that I always will.” “Day to Come” to “Worlds Apart”, “Throes of Winter” to “Creation”, his music takes you on a journey through different dimensions, to a new atmosphere - but you may be surprised that the world-renowned Santa Barbarabased DJ and producer, Seven Lions, is really just a man who appreciates craft beer and Game of Thrones, and who considers his pup, Khaleesi, his spirit animal. We totally appreciate that name inspiration!

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Though The Journey Tour recently wrapped up earlier this month, we still have a few endof-the-year shows to look forward to. Catch Seven Lions performing at Winter Fantasy on 12/29, Countdown NYE on 12/30 and at Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis on New Year’s Eve. Also, don’t fret - a creative genius like himself is always on the move when it comes to creating new music. Just days after ending the tour, he is already back in the studio whipping up some new tracks for us to look forward to in the new year. In 2017, you can expect, “a lot of new stuff,” Seven Lions told us - much of which he played during the tour. “Some new Psy-Trance, a lot of new melodic music, and also another EP.”

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E L T T O R H T lusive Interview Exc

by: KYLIE PARHAM

Kylie: What influenced you to begin making music?

Throttle: It was awesome! I mean I didn’t get to work with them directly, but just remixing their stuff was

Throttle: I started really young. I was a huge JT fan,

awesome, and getting to go through their stems.

so I had a real music phase. I got into dance music

Especially Sam; that was ages ago, but his isolated

when I was 12 or 13 and started DJing when I was

vocals are incredible.

13 or 14 and everything went from there. I kind of got into Dance Music pretty late and then started

Kylie: How many times have you played EDC?

DJing and Producing. Throttle: This is number three. I did New York earlier Kylie: I’m just curious, how did you learn about

this year, then Vegas, and now Orlando. EDC Vegas

dance music?

was insane. I really enjoyed the nighttime aspect of the festival. You stand on one side of the Speedway

Throttle: Ministry of Sound, compilations, mixtapes

and you can see the lights for miles.

and annual discs; I used to listen to the hour mixes broken into little parts. They were individual tracks,

Kylie: What is your favorite part of playing a festival?

but when you listened all the way through it was a continuous mix. I was like, “How do they do

Throttle: Seeing all the DJs. Because you don’t get

that?” So that’s how I got into it and started making

to catch up with everyone regularly, but at a festival

mashups and that sort of thing.

when everyone’s here for the day you get to see each other.

Kylie: How was working lately with major artists such as Sam Smith and Aluna George?

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With twenty four years in the studio and fourteen years behind the decks, the duo of Rene and Gaston are without question distinguished creators and innovators of House music. Raver Mag had an opportunity to catch up with them after their live main stage performance at EDC Orlando. This is what they shared with us. RM: What influenced you two to start making music? Gaston: When I first heard electronic music back in the 80’s I didn’t know what it was but it fascinated me. What were these noises? And not long after that someone at my school had a synthesizer and then I realized that these records were made with equipment like that. So I was like “I want to make this”. That’s how I became interested in electronic music. René: Yeah for me, I was already DJing before electronic music was born. I wanted to be a musician so I tried guitar, keys, singing, drums but it didn’t work out. So then we had the first House records and they were made with sequencers and computers. I bought some equipment and started fooling around until we met and then it got serious.

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RM: You’ve been making music for about twenty-five years. How does it feel to have made music a career? Gaston: I could’ve never dreamed about it, I actually never did! I just liked making it and all of the sudden lots of other people liked what we did, so okay now we have a career. René: And then suddenly it’s twenty-five years later. Gaston: It’s amazing that we can do our hobby and make our living out of it and make people happy with what we do. RM: It’s never much of a job then is it? Gaston: Well sometimes it’s a job. René: The job is the flying part, airports, waiting, traveling that’s the job part. But when we are on stage or in the studio, its fun. RM: How many times have you played for EDC? Rene: This is our second EDC. We did Vegas as well. At one point we were walking from our trailer to the main stage to see Laidback Luke, and everything looked like another planet. We are so impressed with the production. This is not something you see in Europe actually. RM: What is your favorite part of playing a festival? Gaston: Getting on stage, doing your thing, playing your music and you see the crowd go mad. Especially when you play your own tracks or a new track they don’t know and they love it. You know you’ve done a good job.

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? h g u o n E g oin D e W e r A – es r a C c a i n m Inso L BEAS by: MICHAE SOMNIAC IN : Y B S O T PHO

All of us have a responsibility to help and give back to those who are less fortunate than us. We come and rave and take part in the beauty of living in a PLUR community that teaches us to love those around us. We are part of a dance music culture that is naturally inclined to love and respect one another. The result is a memorable experience not only with our friends but also with a rave family that supports and loves us back for doing nothing more than just being ourselves. Globally the EDM market is a 4 billion dollar industry, yet only a small percentage of that money goes back into the community to those who need it most. We can all do more, myself included. I was astonished to learn about Insomniac Cares. Insomniac is doing what most organizations don’t have the courage to do. They are at the forefront of a global effort to help those who need it most by delivering financial assistance to nonprofit organizations that focus on arts and education, health and well-being, and environmental sustainability. The Insomniac Cares initiative that began in 2011 has already managed to work with thirty different local and national nonprofit organizations and to date has donated over 1.1 million dollars. In 2016, the EDC Week Charity Auction raised over $119,000. The money was donated to The Shade Tree, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the lives of women, children and their pets affected by domestic violence. Learn more about Insomniac Cares, the EDC Week Charity Auction and The Shade Tree below: https://youtu.be/WWP0sxA7ZNw Find it in your heart to make a difference. Stand tall above the glue that snares the crowd. Insomniac allocates $1 per ticket transaction and $10 per guest list attendee to raise funds for important nonprofit organizations. If you would like to submit a charitable organization, please email InsomniacCares@insomniac.com. Michael Beas Founder and CEO Raver Magazine

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interview by: KYLIE PARHAM Raver Mag: Tell me how you enjoyed playing EDC this year? Ephwurd: Yeah it was f***ing crazy; we played for like 10,000 kids, it was mental. It’s always really fun playing for new crowds and not actually giving a s**t and just doing our thing and having them respond to it. I think that is most of the joy that comes from DJing, just doing your thing and hoping that people grip onto it and it seemed like it worked. Raver Mag: What influenced you guys to create your sound as a duo? Ephwurd: I think the reason why we started Ephwurd is that we were trying to do something different. We threw ourselves in the House world without trying to be cheesy and sh***ty. There’s a level of cheese to it coming from the Bass world that doesn’t really fly.

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Raver Mag: You’ve done so much amazing work on your own, how do you like working together? Datsik: I mean, it’s a natural progression ‘cause Bais and I have been good friends for six years now. We’ve joked that we should probably get married to each other for tax purposes. It’s a thorough bromance. We’ve been traveling together for a long time, and usually when you hang out with a good friend you get sick of them, but in this case we get along well. He drinks a little bit too much champagne and I drink a little too much vodka and sushi unites us. Raver Mag: So tell me about your track vibrations. What was your inspiration? Ephwurd: We were working on a track that ended up being a train wreck. Long story short it was definitely not happening, so we tried writing a melody and within three hours it was done.

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Cosmic Gate Announce Release Fate For New Artist Album

MATERIA And Phase 1 Of 2017 US Tour Shows: by: ZACH LEETE

Mark you calendars for January 20th, something big is coming. After months of hints and teasers, Cosmic Gate has finally revealed that their seventh studio album will be ready early next year. “Materia� is on the horizon, promising to add another epic chapter to the Cosmic Gate portfolio. The duo will begin touring in Los Angeles alongside the album release on January 20th through March 25th. So far, only phase 1 of the Materia Tour has been announced; expect more announcements and brand new music soon!

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Stranger Candy produces and performs a broad range of music. During a Stranger Candy set, you can expect to hear Chill Trap, Future Bass, Progressive House, Electro House and Bass Music, plus tracks from their upcoming self-titled EP, Stranger Candy. Alex and Andrew are two young forerunners producing and sharing plenty of ear-catching music, making them one of Atlanta’s hottest dance music performers. With a large festival resume including Tomorroworld, Counterpoint Music and Artist Festival, Atlanta’s Imagine Festival, and overseas performances in Japan, Stranger Candy is on track to become one of the most distinct and massive DJ groups in the EDM world. Raver Mag was fortunate enough to grab some of their time recently for an exclusive interview. Raver Mag: Tell us a little bit about Stranger Candy. How did the name come about and how did you guys get together to become Stranger Candy? Stranger Candy (Andrew): Well, before I teamed up with Alex Gresham, I had been DJing around the city for a couple years. Initially, Stranger Candy was a singular entity. I had been performing under the name “Avarice” for a while, but nobody could seem to spell it correctly on event flyers and so forth, so I changed it up. During that time, Electro House and Electronic Dance Music as a whole started receiving some love from nightclubs that didn’t typically take to that style of music. Given this new circumstance of “acceptance,” I saw it very much as taking candy from a stranger. Alex had been a solo entity as well within the city under the name “Orphin,” but he was very much an underdog at the time, whereas I already had residencies at several of the nightclubs. We had heard of one another before because we had dated the same girl in the past. We started seeing one another around at gigs and that ended up turning into a lovely friendship. Alex started tagging sets with me around the city and I figured, why not make us a duo? During Imagine Music Festival 2014 we decided to cement our partnership and we played that set as a duo. We’ve been great since. Raver Mag: You have a versatile style of music in that you can play pretty much everything and anything from Chill Trap to House. The way we see it, your music shines most when you are playing Electro & Progressive House. If you could play with any Electro & Progressive House Producers who would they be and why?

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Stranger Candy: Dyro is one of the biggest ones for sure! His production work is absolutely killer! Every song hits the nail on the head and the work he’s doing with WOLV records is great. Showtek is another standout; they’ve been doing their thing for years and have maintained such a strong sound that stands the test of time. Raver Mag: You guys have played at Tomorroworld, Counterpoint Music, Artist Festival and Atlanta’s Imagine Festival (to name a few).Stranger Candy even toured in Japan. What’s the one experience during your travels that has left the most lasting impression? Stranger Candy: We could go on with gig tales for months, but honestly being in a different country and seeing the high regard they held for our music is unbelievably uplifting; watching that universal acceptance of music in play is essentially what we live for. Also, everybody always thinks we’re in a band and Japan was no different! Raver Mag: The Atlanta community supports you guys on another level. How are the ATL fans different from those you’ve had an opportunity to meet on tour? Stranger Candy: There is a different sense of love received from fans here in Atlanta. While many fans across the world regularly keep up with our music and are able to watch us grow as musicians, Atlanta is the only city that hears constant updates every time we perform. We always have something new to bring to the table whether it be a new song, edit, intro or even a new genre of music we just heard. Atlanta (mainly Iris Presents) almost always gets to hear it first. Raver Mag: Walk us through a day in the life of Stranger Candy. Stranger Candy: (Alex) First thing I do when I wake up is honestly try to go back to sleep! After I finally get around to being entirely awake and productive, I go straight to Ableton Live to see if I can get out some direct inspiration

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from a dream or something I had heard the day before. After that, I’ll usually study production for at least an hour or so through YouTube tutorials and articles. Sometimes I’ll even try to just recreate a song from scratch. As long as I’m productive with my time, I’m happy. The music doesn’t always come so quickly, but when it does, it’s because the work put in can finally be expressed. Raver Mag: When someone sees you guys perform, perhaps for the first time, what is the one thing you hope they take away from your set? Stranger Candy: That goes back to why we play so many genres and styles within a set. We don’t want anyone to see any rinse - wash - repeat factor to DJs or to our performance as a whole. We want everybody to hear songs they like regardless of genre. You know, flexibility. People who come to a Stranger Candy gig can expect anything and ride the tide with it. We hate hearing people saying things like “Oh [insert artist here] played the same set at EDC & Electric Forest.” That’s no fun. Raver Mag: What’s next for Stranger Candy? What does 2017 have in store for you guys? Stranger Candy: 2016 has without a doubt been one of the most important years for us. We became comfortable enough with our production techniques to finally start releasing music on Soundcloud, we began more to travel for work, met some amazing people and really showed off some of our potential. 2017 is the year to put ourselves in action. All of our time spent learning, practicing, testing, and perfecting all feels like it’s finally coming together in a way that it hasn’t quite felt like before. The music is going to be harder. The shows are going to be bigger and Stranger Candy is going to be sweeter than ever.

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“What’s in a Name?” by CHAD DAVIS

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose.” This famous line from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet speaks volumes to the sincerity of a very talented artist known as Kill Paris. After the tragic attacks in Paris last year, the Electronic producer changed his name to “Chill Harris” to diffuse any negative stigma wrongfully associated with his thirteen-year-old moniker. In our exclusive interview, he explains the name change “was just as confusing for me as it was for my fans.” As it turns out, Chill Harris didn’t stick, and his fans are stoked to see the DJ returning to his original Kill Paris roots. RM: You just released a brand new track, “Junkie,” featuring Nevve & Monstre -- what was it like working on that collaboration? KP: It was really fun! Nevve and I wrote the lyrics very quickly. I had an idea of what I wanted to say before we started writing, and it all just kind of came together. RM: You first created a name for yourself thirteen years ago using the well-known moniker from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Kill Paris. What about this name spoke to you? KP: I’ve always been a bit of an outcast, or rebel, or whatever you want to call it. Romeo and Juliet’s love was a forbidden love. Forbidden because of the “social standards.” So the name “Kill Paris” has always represented

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being the weirdo, or the person who doesn’t fit in. The idea of being real and down to earth, rather than just chasing fame and other fickle pursuits. RM: Did you receive any negative publicity shortly after the Paris attacks that first made you consider changing your name to Chill Harris last year? KP: Yes, some very disturbing ones. “You did this” “Are you happy now?” Stuff like that. Was a real bummer. RM: How did your original name change affect your image among your fans and the music industry overall?

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KP: I think my fans felt like me, confused and alone. I dunno, it was a really strange thing to go through. I feel I learned a lot and gained some new perspective from it. It has reminded me that the whole reason I started doing music was just so I could be myself and be goofy and have fun. I think I lost sight of that for a while. RM: Was it difficult to push the name change across so many digital platforms and social networks? KP: Oh yeah, a nightmare, but it all worked out. RM: What made you decide to change your name back to Kill Paris, just one year after the tragic attacks in Paris (which took place on November 13th, 2015)? KP: Because it’s who I am, it’s what I’ve been working on for so long. The fans missed the music and the name. It felt very strange going about things under a different name. It was just as confusing for me as it was for my fans. RM: You’ve worked with some incredible artists in the Colorado region, such as GRiZ and Illenium. How do you feel about how the Electronic music scene has evolved in Colorado? Are there any local artists you’d like to give a shout-out to? KP: Colorado is such a beautiful place with wonderful people. I feel like the music just oozes this unique funky style. Big G has been holdin’ down the scene there forever. RM: Do you have any significant musical or professional influences that have inspired you in your career? KP: Bjork Bjork Bjork Bjork. Every time I list her as an influence people laugh, but for real. She’s the real reason I ever got interested in Electronic music. She still to this day inspires me all the time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to Vespertine and gotten the chills. Her and the band Mew are my biggest influences as far as pushing myself to make more challenging pieces of work. RM: Last year you released your first full-length album last year, “Galaxies Between Us,” do you have any big projects you’re working on for 2017? KP: Another album for sure... and some comedy skits and fun stuff. RM: Finally, who is your favorite superhero? KP: Batman, no contest. We’re looking forward to a bright future for Kill Paris. Listen to “Junkie” ft. Nevve & Monstre, below. Cheers to Kill Paris -- the artist formerly known as Chill Harris -- the artist formerly known as Kill Paris. Glad to see you back where you belong!

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INTERVIEW AT DREAMSTATE SO-CAL Interviewed By: RobRoy

Dreamstate, one of the biggest trance events in North America, made its highly anticipated return to Southern Califo

Thanksgiving Holiday weekend this year. There were lots of changes from last year’s incredible event including three featured designs enhanced by top of the line production elements. It was sure to be a once in a lifetime experience best trance music on the planet.

Raver Mag’s Sr. West Coast Correspondent Rob Roy was on hand at the two-day phenomenon. He had an opportuni sit down with MaRLo, Australia’s recently crowned #1 DJ. Here’s what MaRLo had to share about his music in 2016 current productions, and a new chapter in his life.

RM: Welcome to California! Thank you for taking the time to sit down with us at Raver Mag before your set. How hav you been? How are you feeling about your set tonight? MaRLo: I want to thank you for having me here in Southern California. Although it’s a little rainy outside, the trance family is in full effect. I love the California trance family and they always come in full support. I’m excited about my set tonight! I have a couple of edits made especially for the Dreamstate crowd. I’ve heard plenty of great things about Dreamstate, so I’m thrilled about playing on the main stage. RM: How has 2016 been treating you? MaRLo: Twenty-sixteen has been great to me. I put out some new productions that were well received by my fans. I played at some of the world’s biggest shows. But my proudest achievement was having my own show, Altitude. RM: Speaking of your own show Altitude… What is the creative process behind it and what was the inspiration behind the name Altitude? MaRLo: It began a long time ago at the start of my musical career. No one would book me to play or even give me a chance. I handed out demos and I got no response. It was really frustrating. I remember telling my mom that I felt like I was standing in the desert yelling out and no one could hear me. I figured that if no one was going to help me, which they weren’t, I knew that I had to just do it on my own. I said to myself, “You know, I’m going to get my friends together and we’re going to start our own club and invite everyone from the universities. We’re going to make ticket prices really low and offer really cheap drinks just so people will come to our club.” It actually worked out really great! The name of the night event was called Altitude and we kept it going strong for about a year until I started working on more productions and traveling to perform gigs. I thought, what a better way to go than to call my own show Altitude because of the impact that it had to me. This is isn’t about branding, but rather something personal with meaning that I want to share with others.

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RM: We follow your social media and we see that you’ve developed a brotherhood with the guys you perform with. Tell us a little about the bond you share together. MaRLo: We see each other all the time. We share plane rides, drinks at airport lounges, life on the road. We all miss friends back home. We have become really close and we look after one another. What a better way to do what you love than with some of the best guys imaginable. RM: Give us a little insight on your plans for 2017? MaRLo: I don’t want to give too much away, but I have a couple of productions set to release before the year is over as well as more touring. I am also welcoming my baby and the newest member of our family! I am currently working on building a new studio. Twenty-seventeen is going be a great year! RM: What would you like to say to the fans of your music and new listeners that discover you every day? MaRLo: Without diehard supporters, I would not be where I am now. Their voices are loud and heard. It’s actually mind-blowing to me. I have such a tremendous love for them! I go above and beyond trying to make them feel a part of my family which is what they all are to me. --Dreamstate So-Cal definitely did not disappoint this year. Although the weather conditions were not ideal, the spirit of trance and our dance community filled the air with energy and love. The Dreamstate experience is like none other on Earth. There where plenty of Trance Family totems and A State Of Trance flags spotted in the crowd, alongside a sense of camaraderie unmatched by any other Insomniac event. Glad to see that trance is alive and better than ever! For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/marlomusic

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by: STEPHANIE PIEDRAHITA photos by: MYKIEA NAVARRA The whole Dirtybird family brought their talents to sunny South Florida on December 3rd for its renowned Dirtybird BBQ after Miami was selected as the final stop of the tour. Miami fans voted and surpassed other U.S. cities like Phoenix, Washington D.C. and Austin which were all expected to be strong contenders, but it just goes to show that the local love of G-House and Booty Tech lives on.

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Of course, the big man himself Claude Von Stroke made an appearance along with fellow comrades J. Phillip, Kill Frenzy, Christian Martin, Walker & Royce and special guest Justin Martin guaranteeing an exceptional night of music. The venue itself, Smashed Canvas, which is located in the heart of the art district Wynwood, was perfectly intimate and provided enough space for shufflers, glovers and old school House lovers to dance the night away. The music was infectious and the energy was warm, a trait very common to Dirtybird events which prides itself on the feeling of familiarity and inclusion. In between sets, Justin Martin and Claude Von Stroke would take breaks from eating the mouthwatering BBQ provided by the legendary Grillson to take pictures with ravers over the backstage rail. After taking a quick snap, they would make it a point to say hello and speak with their fans, truly showing how much these artists care about the people who invest their time on seeing them. To think that the Dirtybird BBQ series all began with a small grill, a teeny set of speakers and a close-knit group of dreamers only ten years is phenomenal. Make it a point to include this event in your Miami Art Basel plans in 2017, you won’t regret it.

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The Radio Show - Mix & Select by DJ Chiavistelli 10 Dec 2016 DJ Set

MIXMASH SPINNIN’ 2 Sam Feldt & Deepend ft Teemu - Runaways (eSquire Remix) B1 3 Bakermat ft Alex Clare - Living (Hugel Remix) DO IT YOURSELF 4 Croatia Squad - Waking Up The Neighbors (Original Club Mix) DISCO BALLS 5 Angelo Frezza - I Can See (original) COLUMBIA 6 John Legend - Love Me Now (Dave Aude Club) HELDEEP 7 HI-LO & Sander Van Doorn - WTF (Extended Mix) MIDNINETIES 8 Luke - Everybody (origInal mix) *** 9 Pic Schmitz & Brannco - Longtime (Original Mix 2016) WAREHOUSE 10 Jeff The Jacker - You Know What Time It Is (original) HUSSLE 11 The Potbelleez - Shout (Say That You Want Me - House Re Rub) VIRGIN 12 Offaiah - Trouble (Tom Budin Remix) *** 13 Bob Sinclar & Daddy’s Groove - Finally Burning (Gianni Coletti & Frankie P) SPINCREDIBLE 14 Rudedog & iNi Kamoze - Hotstepper 2017 (Lee Butler Club Edit) HI-BIAS 15 Benny Camaro, Chris Marina & Nick Fiorucci - Smalltown Boy (original mix) 1 Jack Wins ft Francci Richard - I Used To Love You (Original Mix)

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DJ QBERT Gets Metaphysical by: MIKE PFEIFFER

DJ Qbert has been called the greatest scratching DJ on earth. Since his battling days back in the 90’s as part of the Invisible Skratch Piklz crew, Qbert has been demonstrating his skills and schooling the world on the art of scratching. On his most recent tour with Craze, I caught up with Qbert about his life and music between bites of fruit and sushi. RM – Let’s start at the beginning. What was the first record you bought with your own money? Qbert – With my own money… it would have to be a Devo record. I was big into Devo back when “Whip It” came out. They were so weird and I was into weird music and stuff. My nickname in middle school was Devo because I liked them so much. I played it like a million times. RM – What was the first record you scratched with? Qbert – That would be Egyptian Lover’s “What Is A DJ if He Can’t Scratch.” That’s a good question, no one has asked me that. The beginning of the record has that “wha..wha.. wha..” and that was it. I should call him up and tell him. RM – There’s been a significant evolution in the art of turntablism. How have you changed? Qbert – At first my crew was like forget that I’ll always stick to records. But then I saw all the possibilities the new technology could bring. So all the ideas started popping

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in my head of what I could do. So now we have vinyl that on one side is digital and on the other is analog scratch sounds. The world is endless on the possibilities. RM – Do you miss carrying around lots of vinyl? Qbert – Absolutely not. Minimalism is awesome. Do what you can with what you got. We are in the process of developing a mixer with a computer in it. So my partners and I are working with Intel to make our dream mixer. That’s the next step. Back when I was first scratching, I knew things would change. There might be a day when you’re scratching with your mind. There will be a machine that plugs into your mind to project your music. It’s a few steps forward, but this is how we get there. RM – You have been scratching and making music for more than a few decades. Over time, the music and scenes have radically changed. Is there a favorite period for you? Qbert – It would have to be now. I have learned so much. I can’t stand to hear my scratching from back then. It sounds so ancient. I’ve been studying a lot of music theory and jazz and all these spiritual things that go into the music that I didn’t have back then. All of it is beautiful, but I’m always living in the moment.


RM – How different is your set from night to night? Qbert – It’s about 50% unplanned. There’s preprogrammed beats I use every night but the scratching is all improv and I change things at the last minute. RM – You have worked with a lot of MCs throughout the years. What’s the process? Qbert – Mostly today they will email me a rap and I’ll track it. Which is easy then I don’t have to kick it with them. They are all weird and I’m weird too, but some of them have bad breath or smelly feet. Very talented people but a little hygiene would help (laughs). Some them I see, like Kool Keith, Mr. Lif and Del (the Funky Homosapien) but sometimes they just live too far away. RM – What is a regular day for Qbert? Qbert – I get up and go onto my meditation mode. I’m still half in the dream world and half in reality, so it’s a perfect time to make up ideas for what I am working on. Your mind warps things and the warpiest time is in your dream state. Then, before I eat anything else, I do my sit-ups. After that, I eat breakfast and exercise more. Eventually, I get to the office and work on my new records. I have meetings and all my meetings have the same focus, how can I make the world a better place? Even in small ways. I’m working with a luggage company to make carrying DJ equipment easier. I go home and practice the rest of the day. There are so many projects I’m working on. RM – And playing on stage still excites you? Qbert – Absolutely! Especially with everything new I am learning. Before I used to be all about battling on the turntables. But, I found out music is about healing. So I want to heal the audience and make them feel good. Kind of shoot beams of love to the audience with this invisible ray of energy that makes everyone happy.

to the next dimension and I’ve been learning a lot from monks on how to prepare yourself. I’ve been getting into a lot of outer body experiences and astral traveling. RM – You have traveled everywhere in the world. Is there a place you have been to that has changed your perception on what you do? Qbert – Well, just seeing that every scene, no matter where, has this b-boy or b-girl breakdancing scene. They all love breakdancing and scratching music. It’s not just the big cities, it’s everywhere. I guess it’s the internet, everyone is so connected and it’s beautiful. There’s also this thing about playing around the world. Do you know what a chakra is? The earth has like seven chakras and it’s my goal to visit each one. There’s one in Maui, one in South Africa, they are all over and I’m going to get to them.

RM – You seem to have gained a very holistic view of the world.

RM – Where can people catch up with you?

Qbert – Yes. Everyone is eventually going to go on and pass

Qbert – Go to my Instagram @Qbert or the website thudrumble.com it’s all there.

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INNER CIRCLE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MEGA PUBLICIST EMILY TAN By Michael Beas Emily Tan is one of the top EDM publicists in the world. She is always in demand and constantly on the go. She makes things happen for artists who are fighting a global battle to stand out amongst the endless sea of DJs and Producers. Emily is the best in the business at helping artists overcome the nearly impossible odds and reach the apex of the dance music pyramid. There is not one person in the upper crust of the dance music industry that Emily doesn’t know on a first name basis. She is the definition of what can make you, or break you, in a business that takes no prisoners. It is no wonder that artists and media outlets flock to her for work, coverage and advice. The Emily Tan brand took years to create and requires constant diligence to maintain. The trust and love that artists have for her know no limits. Emily literally eats, breaths, lives and sleeps dance music.

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“Emily Tan was my publicist (for my DJ project with Aero) and she works really hard!!! We’re still good friends to this day. Emily’s got a sick drive and energy and she just won’t quit! She’s great to have around!” ~TOMMY LEE (Motley Crue) Raver Magazine had an opportunity to catch up with Emily Tan for an exclusive interview. She gave us the inside scoop into the inner circle of the EDM hierarchy and what it takes to make it in this ultra-competitive and often unforgiving industry. RaverMag: When did you know that you wanted to become a publicist and why? EMILY TAN: I get asked this question a lot. I’ve long worked in Public Relations and Communications; first the fashion industry and then for the last decadeand-a-half, in the entertainment industry. All told, 2016 was my twenty-sixth consecutive year working in PR. During that time, I was also on the flip-side of the media working as air-talent on SiriusXM Radio, as a print journalist for DJ Times Magazine, and as a TV host on bpm:tv. I earned a Business degree from Parsons School of Design and I suppose that was my earliest formal indoctrination into the business side of the creative industries. RaverMag: You represent and have represented some of the biggest names in the world of dance music today, including: Armin van Buuren, Andrew Rayel, MaRLo, Giuseppe Ottaviani, RedOne, Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten, Aly&Fila, Cosmic Gate, Thomas Gold, John Dahlback, Dash Berlin, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Cedric Gervais, and many, many more. You’ve even represented rock icon Tommy Lee (of Motley Crue, in his DJ side project), superclubs Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub in Las Vegas and Marquee New York, and manufacturers and super-brands like Pioneer DJ (for their Art Mix project) and iZotope Inc. You’ve even worked with hip-hop and rap stars, and we hear you just did a deal with Eastside Boyz (formerly with Lil Jon) for their EDM career! We also know Akon and his team were in talks with you recently. Armin van Buuren went on-the-record about you, saying, “Emily Tan is extremely passionate about life and she gives total dedication to her work. Emily’s always so full of positive energy! It’s a joy having her on my team. She’s like a lion when she’s fighting for you. Most importantly, Emily remains a close friend.” Record labels like Ultra Records and Big Beat/Atlantic and fashion lines like Oscar de la Renta, Giorgio Armani Corp. and Estee Lauder Corp. at one point or another have employed Emily Tan. Is there nothing you haven’t done? Is there no mountain that you haven’t yet conquered? EMILY TAN: I’m always on-the-hunt for talented new artists to work with and great companies to work for. I always have multiple projects and clients happening at once. As soon as one project wraps, I’m already on to the next. From the moment I wake ‘til the moment I fall asleep, my days are literally a race against time because there’s so much to be done. I have this burning drive and a constant desire to get - shit - done. I still have lots I want to do! I’m not yet even at the halfway point in my working life. RaverMag: You seem to have two homes, one in New York and the other on an airplane traveling the world working with artists either in the U.S. or on some distant continent. Is there ever a down week for Emily Tan? And when you do have a moment to yourself, what is the one thing that you enjoy doing the most?

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EMILY TAN: Only once-a-year do I allow myself a ten-day holiday in Hawai’i with my darling hubby and soul mate -- Jim Tremayne, editor-in-chief of DJ Times -- and our family. The great thing is, Hawai’i is six hours behind Eastern Time. So, I wake up at 7:00 am on Oahu and do a good five hours of hardcore emails, hit “send all,” shut my computer and head outside to the beach/pool/nature. This means I’m still working five hours a day on vacation, so you’ll never even notice I’m away. I play hard with my adorable little nieces and I love being with my family on holiday. Physical fitness is also crucial to me and I carve out time to exercise every day, even while traveling. My daily workouts are a micro-vacation. I also eat healthy and I love fine dining. I truly love what I do for a living. I savor all the different moments and experiences of each and every day. RaverMag: You have seen the rise of dance music, lived it and experienced its growth. Not many people can say that. In your opinion, where does it all end or does it? How far will this booming industry go and do you feel that some genres of the dance culture will eventually phase out? EMILY TAN: Electronic dance music literally speaks to me. There’s a lot of crap EDM out there now, but I’m referring to electronic dance music from the golden era in 1997 and thereabouts when all dance music was just called “techno” or “house.” This was music made with synthesizers and computers, meaning music that was not rock, hip-hop or country. There are many releases from 1997 that still give me goosebumps and can bring me to tears in the right setting. It’s rare nowadays for music to evoke those emotions in me. It’s not because I’m jaded. I just think software and the overall accessibility of production tools make it infinitely easier for more people to create music...and the majority of it is mediocre. To stand out nowadays, you need to produce in addition to perform. Formal music training and songwriting skills go a long way. This music that we love -- I’ll call it dance music -- will never die. The music itself will keep evolving just as all previous genres of music before it. The industry and business may change, but dance music will always exist in some form. It’s human nature to want to gather in a communal setting and share a transcendent experience. It’s in our DNA. Dance music will end when life itself ceases to exist. RaverMag: What are some of the things that drive you crazy and some of the things you would like to see more of from the media? EMILY TAN: I’d like to see more independent investigative journalism from the media. Don’t just jump on a news story because you think it’ll get clicks or views. Dig into a story you think is relevant or interesting. Don’t tell me something that merely reinforces my perceived biases; show me insight and a side of the story no one thought of shining a light on before. I’m speaking of the media as a whole. RaverMag: It seems everyone has a website or EDM blog these days. Do you feel that more and more artists are shying away from blogs? Are artists looking for a new form of media outlet? EMILY TAN: Some artists may be pulling back from blogs in favor of social media and speaking directly to their audiences, but EDM blogs are essentially what fanzines were to the early punk rock bands. The majority of EDM bloggers are passionate and opinionated about the music of which they write. When you look at artists like my dear friend Armin van Buuren, or Lady Gaga or Taylor Swift, or even people like Kim Kardashian, they have so many followers on their social media accounts that they’ve essentially become their own media outlets. RaverMag: I can only begin to imagine some of the things you have seen on your travels. This is probably a tough question, but I have to know, what is one experience you can remember that made you realize you have finally reached the pinnacle of perfection?

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EMILY TAN: You flatter me. I don’t think of myself as having reached the pinnacle and I’m far from perfect. Human beings are inherently imperfect. I intend to never stop striving. RaverMag: Last question: In your words, define success? EMILY TAN: Being loved by the ones I respect the most.

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thomas turner FOUNDER OF RELENTLESS BEATS RaverMag: Tell us about the rave scene in Arizona.

Thomas Turner: We are constantly looking for new

How has it changed in the last five years?

talent, but we also keep in mind what is popular and relevant at the moment. As a frame of reference, in

Thomas Turner: Arizona’s rave scene has been strong

2016 we booked 368 artists that are not local and

for many years, but in the past five years we have

another 30 to 40 local ones, with tons of debuts.

taken our events to the next level. From booking bigger and better artists to production and expanded

RaverMag: Dancers from around the globe come

events - we have seen much larger and diverse

together at events like Global Dance Festival

attendance across the board.

and Decadence. Are there any plans to expand internationally?

RaverMag: How do you feel the commercialization of electronic dance music has affected the kind of talent

Thomas Turner: I think the focus is to showcase what

and artists we see come up every year?

a destination Arizona is and to become a target on their travel schedules. For the most part, Arizona

Thomas Turner: Honestly, it’s a really diverse crop

boasts year round good weather and has some of the

each year. With more people enthusiastic about

best resorts in the country. Why not build off that and

electronic music, we see all genres flourishing as fans

showcase Arizona to the world?

navigate their way around things and figure out their own taste.

RaverMag: Many people look up to you. You’ve done things that people only dream of achieving. Yet, I find

RaverMag: What is the key to curating a successful

that success is seen differently by different people. In

dance music event?

your words, define success.

Thomas Turner: Relentless Beats strives to have our

Thomas Turner: For me, success is truly what

events remembered as one of the best nights of our

happens at home with my family. With regards to

fan’s lives. It has to be truly anticipated for the entire

Relentless Beats, we’ve built a fantastic team of

year.

people. It’s been really fulfilling to see so many people work so hard alongside me on something that I fell

RaverMag: How has changing trends in dance music

in love with so many years ago. The community

charts influenced the bookings for your events? Do

that Relentless Beats has here in Arizona is truly

you like to feature local DJs or undiscovered talent

remarkable from both an internal and external

from around the world?

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“Secrets” by AFSHeeN is a great example of skill in creating a balanced song. There are a lot of elements to the song, from popping synths to bouncy basses to silky smooth vocals, but no piece of puzzle overshadows the other. By blending all these parts perfectly together, AFSHeeN is able to create something that is pleasant and easy to listen to over and over again. This only makes sense as he has worked with and produced for many A-list stars in the music industry and his experience shows. I am ready and excited to hear more of his work in the near future.

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68 E. Pine Orlando FL 32801 941.928.5152 TheAtticOrlando.com I took photos for CID that night. Breaking away briefly, I noticed Brandon running all over the place welcoming in VIPs, talking with artists, making sure all of the pieces of the puzzle were in place. I thought to myself, so many things need to come together to work out correctly. It’s almost like a groovy dance-infused track that has to be done just the right way for us to enjoy. CID on the turntables spun some Future House beats while overhead the disco ball shined on those below. Confetti popping, Champaign corks flying, green lasers like that one out of the matrix tore through the heat of the night, all to perfection. We were all together as one and we were taken away in what is now a memory that will not be forgotten. Shortly after that night, I followed up with Brandon to get an inside look at what it is like to walk a day in his shoes and what it takes to run one of the best venues in Orlando. This is what he shared with us‌ RaverMag: As the managing partner of not one, but three different Orlando hot spots; Attic, Basement and Treehouse, how do find the time to keep things fresh for both existing and new fans that are demanding the best, week after week? Brandon: It is all about the team we have in place at each venue. We are always strategizing and looking for the next hot thing. I encourage everyone to continually keep an eye out for what is popular wherever they are. It does not matter if you are at a beach bar in Sarasota or Omnia in Las Vegas, there is something positive you can take away from every bar or nightclub in the world. RaverMag: What made you realize that this was the career path that you wanted to forge for yourself?

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Brandon: I have always been intrigued by nightlife. My freshman year in college, my roommate and I set up a popup bar in our dorm room every weekend and called it Bar 213. How we never got caught for that still makes us laugh. It’s fun going to work knowing people are coming to your club to have a good time and to forget whatever problems they have. My dad once gave me a piece of advice when Attic first opened that I still think of daily: “It’s not rocket science, just throw the best damn party in town!” RaverMag: The Attic Orlando is the #1 party spot in Downtown Orlando, hands down. When I visited for the first time, it reminded me of an underground hip New York style club. The strobes, the disco ball, the lasers and the brick wall behind the DJ booth give it that raw feel that people can lose themselves in. From your perspective, what do you think makes The Attic Orlando different and unique from the other venues in Downtown? Brandon: I could not agree more. The bones we have are priceless; the building is over a decade old for God sakes. The brick walls and the beat up wood floors add so much character. There is something different about a space that was built and designed to be a club, vs. a club that was created to fit an existing space. When we took over the location six years ago, I did some digging around and found out the craziest stories about the building. It was originally a

horse and buggy repair shop that eventually evolved into a ballet studio. It is also said to be haunted. We have a ghost tour that comes through every weekend before we open. It’s kind of cool and creepy at the same time. RaverMag: Your brand is building and the word is out that The Attic Downtown is the place to go. Why do you feel that your venue connects so closely with the Orlando crowd? Brandon: The music scene in Orlando has exploded since we opened our doors. When Attic first opened, I envisioned an entirely different party than the one we have now. I thought it was going to be a venue that played a mix of open format music; that did not last more than a month. We soon became the home of the best dance music in town. It was a wild party no matter when you came. People always ask me why I went 100% EDM. With Chris Bushnell, DallasK, Henry Fong, and Milo and Otis as my resident DJs when we opened our doors, open format did not stand a chance at Attic.

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RaverMag: So many DJs and Producers are looking to get booked at clubs all over the world. There is an overabundance of talent in every city and across the world these days. What do you look for when selecting an artist to perform? Is there a certain genre of music that connects more with the Orlando crowd? And is the A list coming to Orlando to perform? Brandon: Our team is constantly talking about who we need to book next. I love when my staff shows me new music and says, “They would be perfect.” Everyone jokes around how “Attic should be its own genre of music. We call it “confetti music”; big room songs where you want confetti in your face every drop. Booking DJs is one of the biggest perks of my job. I’m able to hand pick my personal favorites and have them come take over Attic for the night. RaverMag: EDC Orlando just wrapped up in November. Chocolate Puma, CID and others performed to jampacked crowds. For those who couldn’t make it out to The Attic Orlando, describe in a few words the overall vibe of the people and crowd.

Brandon: I often think the biggest drawback of Attic is the limited size. On the flipside, there are nights that it’s clearly the greatest attribute. The energy and intimacy in Attic are through the roof. People know what they are getting every time they come. To date, my favorite Yelp review we have is, “Nothing but pure unadulterated House music Saturday nights.” Between the confetti-filled balloons and robots with thousands of lasers walking around, we make sure we are throwing a party crazy enough to make your Snapchat story night after night. RaverMag: With three successful businesses in the works and a massive influx of growth that is absolutely exploding for you, what’s next for Brandon Geers? Brandon: We would love to expand to a new city soon. I am always meeting people that tell me how bad they need a club like Attic in their town. Venturing to a new city is not as easy as most think. We know the struggles of entering a new market so the time and place will have to be perfect for us, but we see it happening sooner than later.

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MADONNA RAISES OVER MIAMI BEACH, FL – December 4, 2016 – Madonna’s evening of music, art, mischief and performance raised over 7.5 million dollars for the superstar’s Raising Malawi foundation during Art Basel on Friday, December 2, 2016, at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach, FL. Is there is anything else that needs to be said? Truly? At what point in an artist’s career does one shift focus and attention to helping others in need, to making the world a better place for all of humanity? Madonna in a genuinely heartfelt manner has given back to others who are in desperate need. Everything, even a chair that she danced on was auctioned off at the event. Money, money, money and this time not for herself, but for others.

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For those of us that don’t know… Fifty percent of the population of Malawi is under the age of fifteen. That is incredible when you think it. Madonna showed videos of Malawi and asked everyone in attendance to help build a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at a Malawi hospital. In response to the desperate situation, she said, “It just really makes me feel ashamed… ashamed to be an American, ashamed to be a human being really.” Money does make a difference if used the right way. All of us can do more. When all the hype and show and dazzle is over, the real cause and the reality of those truly in need becomes all too apparent. We at Raver Magazine tip our hat to the Material Girl. Please donate because together, all of us can make a difference! http://www.raisingmalawi.org/#home

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