From ‘Insomnia’ by Faithless returning to Trance Top 100 Tracks on Beatport to Junction 2 unveiling its line-up and dates for 2023, here’s this week in electronic dance music –
‘Insomnia’ by Faithless Returns to Beatport Top 100
‘Insomnia,’ first released in 1995 by Faithless, has returned to the Trance Top 100 Tracks on Beatport. The track stood at number 1 at the time of writing. This comes following the death of the iconic frontman Maxi Jazz. The British singer-songwriter and DJ drew his last breath on December 23, 2022, at age 65.
“We are heartbroken to say Maxi Jazz died peacefully in his sleep last night. He was a man who changed our lives in so many ways. He gave proper meaning and a message to our music,” the British electronic band shared in a heart-wrenching post on Instagram.
“He was also a lovely human being with time for everyone and a wisdom that was both profound and accessible. It was an honour and, of course, a true pleasure to work with him,” the caption on the post read. “He was a brilliant lyricist, DJ, Buddhist, a magnificent stage presence, car lover, endless talker, beautiful person, moral compass and genius. Rest in peace dearest Max.”
Faithless also remixed the theme song of Netflix’s hit series ‘The Crown’ in November 2022.
SXM Festival Unveils Phase 1 Line-up for Sixth Edition
SXM Festival, which takes place annually in St. Martin, has announced its line-up and dates for the sixth edition of the festival. 25 acts have been unveiled so far as part of the first phase of the full 2023 line-up. Iranian-American house and techno DJ/producer Dubfire, GORDO, Sonja Moonear, and Brooklyn-based DJ/producer AMÉMÉ will head to the island in the Caribbean Sea for the SXM Festival.
“Phase 1 for the 6th Edition of SXM Festival is here and it’s rather special 🤗 From superstar DJs to red-hot newcomers and some thrilling surprises,” SXM wrote on Instagram. “We’re dreaming of our 2023 reunion… March couldn’t come any sooner! 🙌🙃🎧🎵”
English DJ/production duo Camelphat, Italian electronic musician/DJ Marco Carola, Ukraine-born DJ/producer Jenia Tarsol, and Astra Club (DJ Tennis B2B Carlita) are also set to get behind the decks at SX.
Martin Garrix Announces India Tour 2023
One of the biggest and most popular dance music acts Martin Garrix is returning to India! The ‘Scared to Be Lonely’ hitmaker is set to embark on an eight-stop Sunburn Arena Tour. “INDIA I’ve missed you guys 🇮🇳❤️ excited to announce my biggest ever india tour!!” he said on Instagram while announcing the tour. Fanned out over two weekends, the Martin Garrix India 2023 Tour commences on Friday, March 3, 2023, in Bengaluru.
He will then to Hyderabad (March 4), and Chennai (March 5), before stopping in Pune and Mumbai for two shows in a SINGLE day on the occasion of Holi, a festival celebrated with much enthusiasm across the country which falls on March 8 this year. The Dutch DJ/producer will play in Kolkata and Delhi NCR on March 10 and 11 respectively before his final stop of the tour in Ahmedabad on March 12. The venues for this tour are yet to be announced.
His latest musical release is a collaboration with singer-songwriter Jvke released last month. The electronic music star also rolled out ‘Sentio,’ an eleven-track album, in April 2022.
Junction 2 Drops Line-up for 2023 Festival
Junction 2, held at Boston Manor Park has tapped world-class acts including Belgian DJ/producer Charlotte de Witte, Palestinian DJ/producer Sama’ Abdulhadi, and Nina Kraviz for the two-day techno festival. “The much-loved British duo Underworld, renowned for their truly groundbreaking explorations into the outer realms of electronic music headline this year’s festival, making their first performance in their home city in 4 years,” the festival announced Underworld as the headliner.
Ben UFO is set to do a B2B set with German DJ/producer Helena Hauff at Junction 2 on Friday, July 21 while Astra Club (DJ Tennis B2B Carlita) will play at the festival on Saturday, July 22. German house and techno DJ/producer Dixon, Jeff Mills, and Dax J will also get behind the deck at Boston Manor Park this July with DKDJ Stingray 313 doing a B2B set with Berlin-based DJ/producer Objekt.
Carl Cox Reveals His Motorsport Team Will Enter Extreme E Championship
The legendary British house and techno artist Carl Cox has revealed that Carl Cox Motorsports (his motorsport racing team) will compete in Extreme E, an electric car racing series. He founded Carl Cox Motorsports in 2013 and its entry into the Extreme E championship is his first journey in electric racing. “Carl Cox Motorsports is here to take on all comers and we are going to jump straight in. We are in it to win it,” he said in a video shared on Instagram.
Carl Cox is set to join the Extreme E Season 3 with his team Carl Cox Motorsport which starts March 11-12. In December 2022, the star released a twenty-four-track album ‘Electronic Generations’, his first album in over a decade.
Insomniac Events Unveils First-Ever EDC Party Cruise EDSea
Insomniac Events has announced EDSea, a five-day festival cruise slated to sail from Miami to the Bahamas this November. This nautical event kicks off on November 4 and will sail to Nassau and also stop in the Great Stirrup Cay. You can enjoy non-stop music, Go-carting, themed parties, immersive art, comedy shows, and artist activities.
There will also be eight “themed musical areas,” a glam station, wellness workshops, and much more onboard. Interactive gaming, casinos, and live performers are among some experiences you can enjoy at this 21+ event. The line-up for EDSea is yet to be announced.
Follow EDSea on Instagram for more information and updates.
Calvin Harris, Eric Prydz, Underworld, and More Are Confirmed for Coachella 2023
One of the most popular festivals in the world – Coachella finally unveiled its line-up for the 2023 event. Among artists of various genres, some incredible electronic acts are also set to take the Coachella stage this year. Grammy-winning Haitian-Canadian producer/DJ Kaytranada, Brazilian DJ/producer Vintage Culture, Nora En Pure, a DJ and deep house producer, and Oliver Koletzki will get behind the deck at this music and arts festival on April 14 and 21.
Calvin Harris, Swedish DJ/producer Eric Prydz, Jan Blomqvist, German DJ/producer Boris Brejcha, and GORDO are also on the line-up. Camelphat, DJ Tennis + Carlita, and Fisher +Chris Lake will also perform at this event. Coachella 2023 will be held across two weekends – April 14, 15, & 16 and April 21, 22, & 23.