Tom Swoon & Maximals have released the music video for their new track ‘Helter Skelter’.
The video parodies a certain viral clip of a BBC Newsreader, being gatecrashed by his children, while live on air - albeit with some animal interpretation.
The track, which dropped last Friday on Blasterjaxx’s Maxximize imprint, is gaining momentum following support from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Bob Sinclar and many more.
Blasterjaxx have teased their forthcoming EP entitled ‘XX Files’, due to drop 10th March via Maxximize Records, with the release of the single, ‘Collide’.
The eight-track EP consists of both brand-new tunes and tracks that have graced their live sets over the past few months, with ‘Collide’ the anthemic first single of the collection.
The Dutch duo will follow up ‘Collide’ with the second single, ‘Black Rose’, on 27th February ahead of the release of the full ‘XX Files’ EP on 10th March.
Balaton Sound has announced the first wave of acts for the 11th edition of the festival, which takes place from Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th July 2017 on Eastern Europe's largest freshwater lake, Lake Balaton, Hungary.
Hardwell, Afrojack, Alison Wonderland, Kygo, Blasterjaxx, Dave Clarke, Sasha and many more are all set to spin at the Hungarian beach festival.
As Europe's biggest beach festival, Balaton Sound attracted visitors from a whopping 63 countries last year and features over 2000 square meters of stages and dancefloors built on water.
Diplo and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike collaborated on the track ‘Hey Baby’ with vocalist Deb’s Daughter last year, which was released through Mad Decent in October.
Now Diplo’s label has dropped a remix package of the track, featuring reworks from Steve Aoki, Blasterjaxx and Lost Frequencies.
Hardwell On Air celebrates its 300th episode tonight (Friday 20th January), with live stream performances from Blasterjaxx, Wiwek, Jay Hardway, Kill The Buzz, Suyano and Hardwell himself.
Hardwell On Air 300 kicks off at 10pm CET (9pm GMT) with Suyano’s set, before Hardwell wraps things up with a 30-minute mix at 11:30pm CET (10:30pm GMT).
WiSH Outdoor festival in Holland has just released its full line-up — with Dutch electro-house don Chuckie topping the bill.
Other big EDM DJs on the line-up include Sander Van Doorn, Dyro, R3hab and Blasterjaxx, who all feature in DJ Mag's current Top 100 DJs poll — voted for by the international clubbing community.
Harder dance styles are represented by Headhunterz, Brennan Heart, D-Block & S-Te-Fan and B-Front, amongst others.
Rising star DJ/producer of 2021: “MORTEN.”
Almost from the off, Blasterjaxx have occupied a treasured space in the upper echelons of the Nethelands’ evergreen EDM scene. With their signature brand of hi-def bigroom house, the duo has spent a decade blowing the roof from arenas and sending festival crowds into mosh-pit pandemonium, and become mainstays on the Top 100 DJs poll in the process.
With more than 20 releases and remixes to their name in 2021 alone, it’s clear the only way Thom Jongkind and Idir Makhlaf knew how to deal with the enforced break to touring was to get busy in the studio, and it’s no surprise they’ve been getting the shows under their belts since then. Having overseen the release of more than double that many releases on their Maxximize imprint, a subsidiary of legendary Netherlands label Spinnin’, you would be forgiven for finding it hard to believe that the last year has seen them develop a more balanced relationship with work.
Either way, the steady stream of quintessential Blasterjaxx bangers has been a godsend for big-room fans.
How was your first gig back after lockdown?
Thom: “Absolutely amazing! Even though I was a little bit nervous, it all felt ‘normal’ again after five minutes on stage.”
How have the last 18 months changed how you view your work/life balance?
“We both found our balance back, which was long gone. Both work and our private lives are now way more efficient, we have more drive, more fun and we are full of positive energy.”
What further steps should the industry take to combat climate change?
“Use recyclable cups!”
What’s the best bit of tech you’ve added to your studio or DJ setup this year?
“Mostly new plug-ins. We bought a lot of new digital mixing tools.”
What’s the best album you’ve heard this year?
“Even though it was released back in 2020, we recently discovered the album ‘Andro’ by Tommy Lee. It's amazing!”
Thom Jongkind and Idir Makhlaf have been staples of the Top 100 DJs poll since first debuting at No.71 back in 2013. Over the years, their high-energy productions and DJ sets have seen them hop about all over the chart, and this year they land in a very respectable 36th place.
So what have the boys been up to in the last 12 months? Well, alongside headline shows at the likes of Academy LA, Budapest’s Sziget festival, and their Maxximize label night in Amsterdam, the biggest news is, of course, the release of their debut album ‘Perspective’. “After working on it for two years, it was so relieving to share this with our fans,” Blasterjaxx say of the whopping 23-track collection. “Also, Maxximize Records is going very strong, and we have plenty of releases from colleagues as well ourselves lined-up for the next months,” they continue, so keep your ears peeled for all that new material heading into 2020.
What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?
“Talk more, and step aside from the egos. We all deal with the same problems, but most are too afraid to open up and share their difficulties.”
Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?
“Absolutely! If it’s for line-ups of our own events, or tracklists for our weekly radio show, we always try to give equal chances to both genders.”
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“I’ve got solar panels installed on my home this year. Other than that, I am always aware to not shower too long and eat mostly biological products.”
What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
“That badass T-Rex toy from the first Jurassic Park!”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
“I have a habit to eat very salty liquorice before bedtime… Before brushing [my] teeth of course!”