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YVONTI × MVRE

Electric Dance music phenomenon YVONTI has caught the attention of countless for their distinctive take on concealing their identity. Though mask mandates have slowly been lifted in the year 2022, YVONTI keeps themselves hidden by wearing a mask. That’s right; this artist’s true identity has been kept completely secret.

So, why exactly do they do it? Why did this choose this route for their career?

YVONTI decided to hide their identity to take a stand in opposition to societal norms, forcing audiences to throw away preconceptions revolving around race, gender and sexuality. In hopes to remind audiences that it doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, the true matter at hands matters is the music that is being produced. An artist unlike any other that we’ve seen modernly, YVONTI continues to break boundaries.

Adding in the likes of Swedish Dance Pop Music producer/artist MVRE, we see the two powerhouses collaborate on YVONTI’s latest single “Looking For Me” with a fresh remixed track. The track is full of modern, reimagined pop and dance music influences, showcasing the duos true mutual power.

MVRE, too, stands up for what is truly important to him through his musical endeavors. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, MVRE has continued to voice how he often grew up with no other artists inside of the Electric Dance music category that he truly connected with. Speaking on such important topics has cemented himself as an advocate within the musical realm.

The 360 team had the opportunity to chat with both YVONTI and MVRE about their artistic careers.

When speaking with YVONTI, we were able to learn more about their reasoning behind the choice to conceal their identity, their musical inspirations and so much more. Let’s dive in.

Q: When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in music?

A: Music has been a key part of my life for as long as I can remember. In my teens I discovered Electronic Dance Music and fell in love. After that I started producing and realized I wanted to pursue a career in music.

Q: What artists do you look up to the most?

A: I feel quite connected to bands like The Beatles when it comes to my message but musically my inspiration comes from artists like Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Marshmello, among others.

Q: Tell us a little more about your decision to mask your identity as an artist, and when did you make that artistic decision for your brand?

A: I believe that many uprising issues in the world revolves around preconceptions about colour, sexuality, gender, etc. and I’ve seen it affect the music industry as well. I want people to judge me for my music not judge me for the way I look or the way I act. People are different and if there was more acceptance around the differences there would be fewer conflicts. Strong forces are clearly trying to polarize our society and have so far succeeded since friends/families now can become enemies solely based on different political views. Though I understand that emotions are powerful in questions like these, it shouldn’t ruin those important relationships. I want to be a force to counter the polarization that is connected to preconceptions by letting people judge my music not my person. My plan is to reveal my identity in the future to prove my point.

Q: What type of artist would you describe yourself as? What genres are your favorite to create for?

A: My roots come from the EDM genre but recently I’ve enjoyed producing more pop-like music as well as hiphop.

Q: What does music mean for YVONTI?

A: When I was young, music took me to another place where I could escape reality for a while. I believe that many people feel the same as me, an example is when we’re on a bus or plane and we plug in our headsets and listen to music to escape the less entertaining reality. It’s a way to ”capture the moment” even when the moment isn’t the most enjoyable one. In these situations (and everywhere else) you can choose music after your current mood in order to make yourself feel the way you want to feel. Music is powerful, it can help people in all kinds of situations and my goal is to play a part in my listeners life by creating music that connects them to their emotions.

Q: Will YVONTI’s identity ever be revealed?

A: As noted above I will reveal my identity in the future and if you pay attention you might notice when I start dropping clues on who I am.

Q: What’s next for YVONTI?

A: We’re soon revealing my next release which I am really excited about and more news will follow shortly after. Stay tuned!

360 then got to speak with MVRE about their early beginnings, what LGBTQ+ representation truly means to them and about diversification in the electronic music scene. Let’s take a look at what they had to say.

Q: What was it like growing up in a small town with a lack of diversity and inclusion?

A: I guess you never think of it much as a kid cause all you know is your hometown, but as I got older I slowly started to realize that I didn’t relate that much to the people around me and that there were a few too many that I didn’t share views or values with. Anything that stood out in any way wasn’t really received or accepted particularly well amongst (not all but) most people. I do love my hometown and growing up there, but as with all small towns, however charming, people have a tendency to become cut off and conservative in a way. It’s very sheltered if you don’t actively venture out to see and experience “the real world”.

Q: Did you admire/look up to any artists while growing up that have influenced your artistic career?

A: I think Blink 182 were my first idols going into my early teens and pop punk was the first genre that I really fell in love with. I think I picked up a lot of my way of playing guitar from pop punk, something that I’ve carried over into my EDM productions. I always try to incorporate at least some guitar! Justice was a huge inspiration for getting into electronic music and still holds a special place in my heart and I’ll never forget the first time I heard Swedish House Mafia or Skrillex. I think that speaks a lot for how varied my productions can be, I really take inspiration from most music I like in some way.

Q: When did you decide to pursue creating dance pop music? Did you grow up listening to the genre?

A: No, not really. Like I mentioned, I got into Pop Punk early and from that more Punk and Metal as I started to play in bands. It wasn’t until High School when I heard Justice and similar acts that I started to dabble in making electronic music, though I knew nothing about how to do it. At the end of High School I had gotten into more House music and Dubstep as well and I had my first few DJ-gigs at small clubs. I practiced my productions and my sound started to slowly move towards the Dance Pop-ish sound it has today and 10+ years later here I am, still learning haha! MVRE didn’t come around until around 2017, which was when I decided that I wanted to get more serious about my music.

Q: How important is it for the youth, specifically LGBTQ, to see themselves in the people that they look up to the most?

A: I think it’s very important! It’s about feeling validated, that you belong and knowing you can achieve your dreams, the way you want, just the way you are. Seeing someone “like you” that you look up to can mean a lot.

Q: Do you think that the electronic music scene is making steps towards diversification, or do you think that there’s a long way to go?

A: Yes I do, I think that it’s moving in the right direction. You see more female DJs and artist-producers now than 10 years ago, and more LGBTQ representation too. The mainstream EDM scene is still very “straight-male” dominated, but again, I think it’s moving in the right direction. The more diversity in any genre or field, the more vibrant and meaningful the experience can be for everyone and we all learn and grow from it.

Q: What does electronic music mean to you?

A: I think it’s such a wide and interesting span of sounds, emotions and expressions. You can go deep and vibey, dark and distorted, uplifting and melodic and everything in between. To me I think electronic music is both freedom and constraint at the same time. I can express myself really freely and genuinely, but I also want to make you move, to dance, and that keeps me grounded in a way.

Q: What can we expect from MVRE in the future?

A: A lot of new music, I’m really excited for the projects coming up! Also it would be really fun to get out and start playing shows again. Nothing is in the books yet but who knows what the future holds!

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Arc Festival

For its 2021 debut, ARC Festival conjured the spirit of house music in the birthplace of the genre. The event united scenes and connected communities from around the world in a way that felt distinct to the creative history of Chicago. In 2022, ARC returns to the city on Labor Day Weekend with an expanded three day event and has announced its world-class lineup of movement leaders from around the globe.

ARC’s first edition offered a festival experience previously unknown to Chicago dance music fans. Aimed at fostering an immersive journey into the beating heart of the genre, attendees were guided between the technicolor containers of The Grid stage to the outrageousness of Spain’s Elrow, onwards to the deeper shades of Expansions. The result was a city-wide vibe that extended into premiere venues by night, earning the attention of the industry and leaving those out of the loop longing for ARC’s return.

This year’s lineup sees ARC further cement itself as a premiere stop on the global festival calendar. Some of electronic music’s biggest stars will take center stage including the inimitable Carl Cox, a special performance from Adam Beyer, Cirez D, songstress of the international techno movement Charlotte De Witte, Motor City icon Carl Craig, and UK mainstage originator Fatboy Slim.

Billing pushes into the avant-garde in 2022 with the Chicago debut of eclectic after hours maestro Ricardo Villalobos, Life and Death icon DJ Tennis, the deep and dark melodic sounds of Ann Clue, and The Other Side label head Maher Daniel.

The pinnacle of modern house remains a focus at ARC, as the show welcomes giants like Gorgon City, Chris Lake, Claptone, Get Real, Eats Everything, Justin Martin, and Vintage Culture. Melodic shades of house will also be on full display from the likes of Lane 8, Nora En Pure, Ben Böhmer, Boris Brejcha, and Gioli & Assia.

In accordance with global demand, some of the international techno scene’s most sought after producers and selectors will bring the hard hitting sound to ARC. Italian leader Joseph Capriati makes his Chicago return alongside ENTER’s Richie Hawtin, Brazil’s ANNA, Palestine’s Sama’ Abdulhadi and Enrico Sangiuliano rounding out the truly global affair.

Chicago house music remains the lifesource of the festival, the easel on which the city’s modern sonic history has been painted, and its unmistakable spiritual gift to the world. Fashion icon and midwest musical genius Honey Dijon will grace the ARC stage for the first time, alongside storied mentor of the Chicago sound Derrick Carter, Queen of Chicago house DJ Lady D, Farriswheel’s Gene Farris, Green Velvet of Get Real, Godfather of House music Chip E., fellow longtime veterans Ron Carroll and Mike Dunn plus next generation riser Kryptogram.

Spanish party outfit Elrow will make its return to ARC, bringing its renowned psychedelic production and outrageous surprises to Union Park in full force. Elrow’s signature stage design, performers and hijinx have made it one of the most celebrated brands in the world, touching down for bespoke events annually in Barcelona, Ibiza, New York, London, Dubai, Miami, Las Vegas, Sydney and many more key markets.

ARC will once again extend beyond the music, creating a cutting-edge experience that mirrors the culture and artistry of its host city. Attendees can expect curated production elements and art to guide them between each of the four immersive stage environments. The event will also act as a showcase of Chicago’s culinary prowess, offering an elevated and distinctly local event.

These efforts will be led by the Auris Presents team who bring collective decades of professionalism to the fold across their independent endeavors. ARC fans will also be treated to intimate after parties across Auris and ARC partner venues RADIUS, PRYSM and Concord Music Hall with others to be announced.

Getting a festival pass early doesn’t just lock-in Labor Day Weekend, it’s a ticket to stacking this summer with events in the spirit of ARC. Pass holders gain access to purchase tickets to sold out shows, private pre-sales, exclusively priced tickets, and the chance to guestlist at over 40 upcoming Auris Presents events this spring and summer.

Attendees can sign-up to be the first to get their festival passes HERE. General tickets will be on-sale March 17th with payment plans available now and travel packages coming soon.

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Calvin Harris × Ushuaia Ibiza

Multi-platinum selling artist and heavyweight producer, DJ, and songwriter Calvin Harris makes a highly anticipated return to Ushuaïa Ibiza for what is sure to be one of the most exciting residencies this summer, taking place on Fridays from June 3rd to September 2nd. His revered 6-date Ushuaïa Ibiza residency back in 2019 drew in record crowds and this season Calvin is going even bigger, with a 14-week residency that will feature a curated lineup of special guests.

Calvin Harris stands as the figurehead for modern dance music, having broken world records and dominated the charts.  He has over 35 billion combined audio and video streams in his career history, making him one of the most viewed artists on YouTube and one of Sony Music’s biggest streaming artists. Recent times have also seen him add a wealth of exhilarating club music to his arsenal under his Love Regenerator moniker, prime for the dance floor.

The stage is set for a momentous return in Ibiza this summer and there will be nowhere better for music lovers than Playa d’en Bossa‘s globally renowned Ushuaïa Ibiza. The venue is known all over the world for its explosive production and unrivaled party atmosphere, delivering the ultimate open-air dancing experience. The iconic poolside stage becomes a mesmerizing focal point that overloads the crowd’s senses with dazzling lights and lasers and world-class sound. This is all on a scale that is second to none. 

Calvin Harris at Ushuaïa Ibiza will be the perfect coming together of one of the world’s most distinguished DJs and a truly extraordinary dance floor experience. Early booking is advised to guarantee a place at what is certain to be one of this summer’s biggest and most in-demand events.

Book now HERE.

About Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel is a luxurious 415-room hotel comprising of two buildings: The Ushuaïa Club, featuring a world-renowned poolside stage, and The Ushuaïa Tower, offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel is dedicated to providing the best outdoor entertainment coupled with a modern, cutting-edge hotel experience. Designed for the discerning traveler seeking the fun and entertainment associated with Ibiza, the hotel continuously raises the bar from Swim-Up room options to daytime parties hosted by celebrated DJs, ensuring that the party never stops. Its collection of dining options is unrivaled, from Ibiza’s first premier steakhouse Montauk Steakhouse Ibiza and Minami Japanese Restaurant serving sushi and other Japanese delicacies, to The Oyster & Caviar Bar beside the pool and the renowned The Beach by Ushuaïa Ibiza providing the perfect fuel for Ibiza partygoers, or the Italian Sir Rocco Beach Trattoria.

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Rezz Spiral Tour

DJ/producer Rezz announces North American headline dates for her “Spiral Tour” which kicks off on February 5th, 2022 in Vancouver, BC. Tickets go on sale this week starting with Spotify pre-sale on Wednesday, September 29th at 10am local time (Password is Spiral) and tickets for the general public go on sale starting Friday, October 1st at 10am local time. Check out the tour dates below and tickets can be purchased HERE.

Rezz will be releasing her new single “Let Me In” with fknsyd along with the music video this Friday, October 1st. You can pre-save it HERE.

Rezz says, “I’m so excited to announce the Spiral tour as it will feature the biggest production I’ve ever had by far. “Let me in” with fknsyd is one of my favourite songs I’ve ever worked on , her voice & song writing is so incredible I can’t wait for you to hear. 

“Let Me In” with fknsyd follows “Chemical Bond” with DEATHPACT. Both tracks will be featured on Rezz’s fourth album spiral which is set to be released this fall via Rezz Music/RCA Records.

“Spiral Tour” Dates

Feb 4 – PNE Forum, Vancouver, BC 

Feb 18 – Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI 

Feb 19 – Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 

Feb 25 – Armory, Minneapolis, MN 

Feb 26 – Factory, St. Louis, MO 

Mar 4 – Terminal 5, New York, NY 

Mar 5 – Terminal 5, New York, NY

Mar 11 – The Met, Philadelphia, PA 

Mar 12 – Echostage, Washington, DC 

Mar 18 – Riverworks, Buffalo, NY 

Mar 19 – Express Live!, Columbus, OH 

Apr 1 – Bayou, Houston, TX 

Apr 2 – South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX 

Apr 30 – Frost Amp, Stanford, CA 

Over the summer, Rezz teamed up with Dove Cameron to release “Taste of You” which was declared “…the best electronic collaboration of 2021 to date” by EDM.com while Billboard stated, “Their combined efforts make for a catchy, fairly traditionally structured but nonetheless punch-packing track that demonstrates the skills of each artist…” Earlier this year Rezz released “Sacrificial” feat. PVRIS along with the video. Watch HERE. Alternative Press praised the track by calling it “…the perfect blend of both artists’ strengths and distinct artistry.”

About Rezz

26-year-old Canadian DJ/producer Isabelle Rezazadeh AKA Rezz has racked up tens of millions of streams, sold out legendary venues and headlined top festivals around the world. She oozes originality and produces genre-bending electronic works, striking a sharp balance between bass-heavy and minimal tech compositions. Her first independent project – the adventurous Beyond The Senses EP – was released in 2019 and garnered praise from Alternative Press, SPIN and Billboard who called it “her most impactful project to date” and went on to receive The JUNO Award for Electronic Album of the Year in 2020. She graced the cover of Billboard’s 2019 Dance Issue and has been attributed as being at the forefront of the dance and rock music crossover. 2020 marked a banner year for the producer who released her first single through RCA Records “Someone Else” with Grabbitz which has garnered over 50 million streams worldwide and reached #15 on Alt Radio in the US and #1 in Canada. Alternative Press praised the song upon its release, including it as the lead track in their weekly playlist. They called the video “another high point in Rezz’s canon,” saying, “…the song evokes a sinister groove that will appeal to dance music devotees as well as industrial rivetheads…Rezz is heavily featured in a documentary called “Underplayed,” available on Amazon Prime Video, which highlights the current issues female DJs face in the dance industry.

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Rezz – spiral

DJ/producer Rezz announces fourth album spiral to be released this fall via Rezz Music/RCA Records. The first single from the album “Chemical Bond” with DEATHPACT will be out this Friday, September 3rd via The Orchard. Pre-save HERE.

Rezz says, “My 4th album “spiral” will showcase an evolved version of my music while also maintaining a very hypnotic sound which originally captivated my audience” 

Rezz will be playing two sold out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO tomorrow Thursday, September 2nd and Friday, September 3rd.

Over the summer, Rezz teamed up with Dove Cameron to release “Taste of You” which was declared “…the best electronic collaboration of 2021 to date” by EDM.com while Billboard stated “Their combined efforts make for a catchy, fairly traditionally structured but nonetheless punch-packing track that demonstrates the skills of each artist…” Earlier this year Rezz released “Sacrificial” feat. PVRIS along with the video. Watch HERE. Alternative Press praised the track by calling it “…the perfect blend of both artists’ strengths and distinct artistry” while EDM.com said “It’s both sinister and ethereal in tone, expertly combining elements of rock and electronica into one powerhouse single.”

About Rezz

26-year-old Canadian DJ/producer Isabelle Rezazadeh AKA Rezz has racked up tens of millions of streams, sold out legendary venues and headlined top festivals around the world. She oozes originality and produces genre-bending electronic works, striking a sharp balance between bass-heavy and minimal tech compositions. Her first independent project – the adventurous Beyond The Senses EP – was released in 2019 and garnered praise from Alternative Press, SPIN and Billboard who called it “her most impactful project to date” and went on to receive The JUNO Award for Electronic Album of the Year in 2020. She graced the cover of Billboard’s 2019 Dance Issue and has been attributed as being at the forefront of the dance and rock music crossover. 2020 marked a banner year for the producer who released her first single through RCA Records “Someone Else” with Grabbitz which has garnered over 50 million streams worldwide and reached #15 on Alt Radio in the US and #1 in Canada. Alternative Press praised the song upon its release, including it as the lead track in their weekly playlist. They called the video “another high point in Rezz’s canon,” saying, “…the song evokes a sinister groove that will appeal to dance music devotees as well as industrial rivetheads…” Rezz is heavily featured in a documentary called “Underplayed,” available on Amazon Prime Video, which highlights the current issues female DJs face in the dance industry.

ZHU – Risky Business

Today, Astralwerks released ZHU’s new single, Risky Business. At once ominous and mesmerizing, the track unfolds by turns languid and propulsive but always with an underlying tension. ZHUߣs hushed vocals lure the listener to “risk it all” and enter into the dark, enticing world of the unknown. Download / stream Risky Business HERE.

Filmed in Los Angeles, the official video appears to be a piece of jumpy surveillance footage from an experiment known as Project 20201. The camera captures the provocative activities of a series of unknown subjects who frequent a bedroom. After a fade to black and a flip to black and white film, the surveillance continues. The subjects are gone and a team of fixers, clad in hazmat suits, descend on the location to remove any evidence of what transpired. Watch for ZHU’s appearance in the final frames, his role as mysterious as Project 20201 itself. ZHU directed the official video alongside Joey Vitalari. Kristin Schaefer produced. View Risky Business HERE.

To accompany the release of Risky Business, ZHU has launched new merchandise collection, inspired by the video. Offerings include an unreleased content hard drive, a hazmat suit, an evidence bag, safety glasses, a duffle bag and a variety of attire, including an orange faux fur coat. All items are available by chance in mystery bags. Browse the collection, which will be available for a limited time, HERE.

Last night, ZHU premiered Risky Business during the second installment of CLUB ZHUM, a livestream from the risky epicenter of the world of the Zhudio. During his set, he incorporated some of the Risky Business merchandise. Earlier in the week, he celebrated the second anniversary of the release of Ringos Desert with the release of limited-edition vinyl and associated merchandise in his store.

The artwork for the single features a series of stills from the video, shot by Joey Vitalari. Risky Business follows ZHU’s recent collaborations with Kito (Follow ft. Jeremih), Tinashe (ONLY), partywithray (CAME FOR THE LOW) and Bob Moses (Desire). EDM.com said, “ZHU has continuously impressed throughout 2020”; and noted, “catchy club anthem (Follow) is set to fill playlists around the globe with its snappy percussion, striking piano chords, and flawless vocal contribution from Jeremih.” Praising the dance floor burner, YourEDM said, “We couldn’t dream up a better collaborative trio.” ZHU’s recent performances have included Inside Lands, the virtual festival presented by Outside Lands, and Virtual Lollapalooza 2020. ZHU has also recently launched partnerships with Luminosity Gaming and Leica.