Queen of Techno Nicole Moudaber to Perform at Awakenings NYC

AWAKENINGS NYC, the visually dynamic techno event that’s set to take place on Valentine’s Day at the Hammerstein Ballroom, has just announced that “Queen of Techno,” Nicole Moudaber, will perform alongside another industry heavy-hitter, Victor Calderone, for back-to-back sets.

The inaugural EDM spectacular marks the first stand alone production for the AWAKENINGS brand in North America, which comes as a highly-anticipated follow-up to the event’s showcase, produced by founder Rocco Veenboer, at Electric Zoo 2015. Moudaber joins other confirmed, back-to-back line-ups on Feb. 14 by Adam Beyer B2B Ida Engberg, Julia Govor B2B Kamran Sadeghi and Pan Pot.

2015 was a big year for Moudaber, who finished with lauded remixes for Pan-Pot, Carlo Lio, and landed big bookings in North American. Her weekly radio show, InTheMOOD, is now also broadcast to over 64 FM stations worldwide. BlackBook hunted Moudaber down at her recent New Year’s Eve week set at Output, where she played from open to close.

“I long to do these long sets, especially at Output,” she said. “I like to build a story for eight hours; it allows me to grow and open up both musically and creatively sharing what I love in all styles of music I’m into. Once I’m locked with everyone, we all transform and get transported.”

Output, with its honest mission to feature the best techno and underground talent, resonates well with Moudaber.

“Me, you and the music,” she said. “Their policy works for me—no distractions. The sound system is incredible, as well as the crowd that comes to see me there. They’re clued up musically; they get every meaning of every single record I play. Output is made for the people who appreciate the music. There’s no show off, no rent boys or escorts with bottle serviced table, this is the complete opposite.”

Rent boys notwithstanding, at Awakenings NYC 2016, fans can expect a more intense experience in terms of scope and scale, considering the production values of previous European incarnations. The event is slated to feature unparalleled light shows, sound systems, and special effects, making full use of the Hammerstein Ballroom’s vaulted 75 foot ceilings until 6 a.m. That signature “dark, powerful and mysterious” atmosphere that Moudaber attributes to Output’s magnetism will certainly be felt.

When asked what her biggest achievements were—professionally and personally—in 2015, she surprised us.

“Personally, I just passed my racing license,” she said. “I can officially be on the circuits now, I just need to train. In fact, I’m heading to test the new Porsche. I also learned to control myself a little bit more, I’m very fiery.”

It’s that fire that her fans crave in her dense, deep techno.

“Festival and club appearances were a highlight, as well,” Moudaber admitted of her triumphs in 2015. “I’m feeling so much love out there.”

EDM Festival ‘Groove Cruise Miami’ Sells Out Before Mid-January Departure

This weekend, some of EDM’s most coveted acts will board the Norwegian’s Jewel Class mega ship, “Pearl,” to set sail from Miami to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and back, from Jan. 22-26 as a part of the world’s first and biggest cruise festival dedicated to dance music, the Groove Cruise. Organizers credit this year’s strong lineup for the sold-out, weekend-long event and EDM music magicians like Dada Life, Bingo Players, Markus Schulz, Sander van Doorn, Michael Woods, Dash Berlin, Roger Sanchez and Chus & Ceballos are all headlining.

When it first debuted back in 2004, the “Groove Cruise” consisted of just over 100 friends who were also house music fans and embarked on a rowdy cruise together to rave out. Today, it is literally the “world’s largest floating dance music festival.” The 96-hour, non-stop experience is marketed as a high-level production, multi-themed, EDM spectacular and currently runs two yearly events out of LA and Miami. Revelers on the Miami to Jamaica route will enjoy endless parties and concerts for four consecutive days and nights, including pool parties and a special beach party in Jamaica. Whet Travel, the producer of such dance music debauchery, oversees six unique themed cruises, including Groove Cruise Miami and LA, Inception At Sea, Ship Rocked, Motorhead’s Motorboat and The Zen Cruise.

Aside from rambunctious, fabulous parties, the Pearl cruise liner won’t snub party-goers who will undoubtedly be looking to indulge in other activities or relax while nursing their hangovers. Thankfully, there is a spa, bowling alley, on-board water park, pools and upscale dining venues, readily available for leisure fun.

One highlight of the Groove Cruise’s Miami sailing will be an open-to-close, eight-hour, birthday set from Markus Schulz. Schulz will be releasing a new album in April and while he has been tight-lipped about details, he will be hosting an exclusive, invite-only, first-listen playback to the album onboard. 
BlackBook will be aboard the Groove Cruise and has the chance to select five readers (who already hold tickets for Groove Cruise Miami) to attend the invite-only listening party for Markus Schulz this Friday, Jan. 22. To win, simply share this article with hashtag #BlackBookGrooveCruise on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

 

Armin van Buuren’s Trance Protégé, Andrew Rayel, Announces New Album

Photography: Linda Van Den Broek

In our minds, Andrew Rayel’s remix of “Save My Night” by Armin van Buuren is the best trance track of 2015. Rayel, still young at 23 with a very promising career as an EDM music producer, first signed onto AvB’s music label, Armada Music, in 2010. He has since blossomed and is regarded as a master for orchestral-heavy, melodic remixes. Today, he can count such successful milestones as headlining at Ultra Music Festival, EDC Las Vegas, A State of Trance Ibiza at Ushuaïa, Tomorrowland and having been ranked #24 in 2014’s  DJ Mag Top 100. With a commendable library of remixes under his belt from star trance DJs Tiësto, Hardwell, Markus Schulz and Dash Berlin (his most recent work “Till The Sky Falls Down” just dropped in December), Rayel is piecing together his second artist album for release in 2016.

“It’s still in process, and I really can’t say much right now, but expect something big,” Rayel said to BlackBook during his holiday set at New York’s Marquee. He did divulge, however, that the album would be an energetic and emotional mix.
“I really can’t wait for the entire process to be done,” he continued, seeming reasonably drained from the tolling creative process.  Yet, this winter he will power through, touring across the U.S. by making stops in LA, Toronto at Direct Energy Centre for A State of Trance 750, Philly’s Soundgarden, as well as a playing at the Armada Beach party in Mar Del Plata, Argentina.

No matter where he ventures, his heart appears to remain true for the urban capital of dance these days, telling BlackBook: “New York is for sure one of the places that I simply love to come and play for. It’s such an amazing city that has lots to offer from music, tourism, business, the whole package deal.” When asked what his New Year’s resolutions were, Rayel replied: “I don’t have an exact one to be honest but it would be: health, happiness, and success to my friends and family, and hopefully another big year in the scene.”

 

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Damian Lazarus to get ‘Spiritual’ at Tulum’s Day Zero Festival this Weekend

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“Playing Verboten in Brooklyn has become something of a tradition for me on New Year’s Day,” confessed DJ/producer Damian Lazarus of last week’s big NYC gig. The musician, who launched his own live band in 2015, Damian and The Ancient Moons, while simultaneously moving his solo career forward and running Crosstown Rebels record label, has gained prominence in the EDM world over the past two years.

Currently, his main focus is this weekend’s Day Zero Festival in Tulum on the verdant Yucatan peninsula. Now, a co-production with Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberté and his creative firm Red Moon, Day Zero has poised itself in just four years to be a profoundly unique and outer-worldly underground electronic music experience. (Think visually a blend of circus futurism with Mayan cultural themes and pulsating big beat house clashed with subversive techno).

“Day Zero is an event like no other,” Lazarus said. “We leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of creating the most vibrant, unique and beautiful party you could experience anywhere in the world.”

This EDM festival was first conceived in 2012 to coincide with the final day of the Mayan calendar and, since then, has taken off. Previous memorable acts have included Massive Attack, Acid Pauli, who returns in 2016 after a two-year hiatus, Jamie Jones and Trentemøller.

 

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“The fact that it’s set in Tulum at the center of the Mayan world and beneath a glistening cosmos adds to the anticipation of this incredible joining of music and performance,” he said. “This will be our fourth Day Zero and it promises to eclipse the madness and wonder that has gone before.”

Thankfully there’s a lineup to support his enthusiasm. This year, festival-goers can also expect to take in sets by Felix da Housecat, Bedouin, DJ Three, Fur Coat, Metric and Serge Devant.

“Damian and I have been becoming close friends over the years and we share a kindred spirit for fun, good times and extraordinary experiences,” Lailberté said. “I have always been impressed with his Crosstown events. They have a special way of bringing tribes together from all over the world and creating magic moments.”

 

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At sunset, Day Zero’s Spiritual Guide, “Carlos the Reindeer,” will kick-off the festival with a special blessing, soundtracked by Mexico’s leading sitar player Sidartha Siliceo. The subsequent days will see hundreds of individual performers entertain attendees with a variety of creative acts, music and dance, in addition to the concerts taking place on the main stage. Organizers claim that these temporal spaces and performances “will encourage discovery and exploration throughout the site’s jungles, waterways and caves.”

Lazarus is set to perform on Jan. 8 with a cast of cohorts from Crosstown Rebels as the label celebrates 13 years.

“When you combine amazing music and wonderful people in a place like Tulum, it becomes much more than just another party,” Lazarus said. “Day Zero is a chance to connect with loved ones, re-engage spiritually with the stars and planets, engage in some ancient and primal rituals, and generally experience something you simply can’t find anywhere else.”

Tickets to Day Zero are still on sale, here.

 

Paul van Dyk Goes on Tour with ‘Politics of Dancing 3’

To promote his most recent album, The Politics of Dancing 3, legendary German electronic producer Paul van Dyk (Matthias Paul) has embarked on a significant world tour. It’s been more than a decade since his last Politics of Dancing project and, according to van Dyk, it took a lengthy three-year creative process for the collaboration to come to fruition.

“So many things have changed within the music industry since the last Politics,” he announced ahead of the compilation’s Dec. 11 debut. “The way we make and produce music, how we release music and, of course, how we all consume it, that’s natural—that’s evolution. The third Politics of Dancing needed to address that and have a different approach [than] the first two. The answer in how to do that lays in musical cooperation and artistic collaboration. To me, making music is one of the most stimulating, fun and fulfilling things to do in this world.”

For this project, van Dyk worked in the studio with 23 other producers, singers and songwriters, including Aly & Fila, Ummet Ozcan and Giuseppe Ottaviani. BlackBook spoke with him after his recent New York stop at Terminal 5 to hear more about his creative process and musical innovation as a departure from the genre that made him most famous: trance prim.

The Politics of Dancing 3 is a massive undertaking. How were you inspired to make the tracks on the album? 

My inspiration always comes from the fans. They are the ones that keep my passions and motivations running at the levels they do is.”

What were your biggest challenges in producing it? 

“The third Politics of Dancing had a different approach to the first two. There are 23 different co-producers and singers featured on the album. People like Aly & Fila, Roger Shah and Ummet Ozcan, Sue McLaren, Trisha McTeague and others. These are the people whose music I’ve admired. As a result, there was an immense amount of ‘moving parts’ to its production process. Aside from the actual in-the-studio production time, though, staying on top of all the ‘who’s doing what, when and where’ was pretty intense. That was the biggest single challenge. The greater the challenge, the greater the satisfaction in its end result.”

How do you feel it shows your progression as an artist? 

Politics of Dancing 3 is pretty much my idea of what electronic music should sound like. ‘Politics 3’ is almost like a ‘sound dictionary’ of where I’m at musically today.”

Are sub-genres of EDM even relevant today? 

“From an artist’s standpoint, they’re almost, if not entirely irrelevant. ‘Electronic dance music’ is the only classification [or] bracket that I personally subscribe to. For the press, fans and other quarters, though, they’re reference points and thus serve a purpose. Sub-genres multiply and become more diluted and harder to define by the day, so there’s certainly a paradox occurring there.”

You’re on a grueling tour schedule; what’s the importance of touring with the new album? 

“Oh, the importance to me is massive—huge. It’s 50 percent of the equation. Actual album promotion is really only the tip of touring; it’s far more about the artistic synergy. A musician produces to make music to move people. He then performs it so he or she can enjoy sharing that music with audiences. People react to that, prompting the process to begin again. It’s an entirely recurrent [or] reciprocal relationship, which is exactly they way it should be.”

How are fans reacting to your sound?

“Six months after its release and, what has it been now, 30 different countries and, I think, 60 or so shows, it’s pretty safe to say that it’s the album that fans wanted to hear.”

How do you clear your mind after working for so long to create and perfect such a big album?

“You don’t. After the album’s complete, you’ve in essence only completed the first half of the equation. It’s when the tour’s done that you really need to break out the mental squeegee. When that time comes, I do the same as [anyone else]. I put down the phone, turn off the laptop and take myself somewhere as far off the map as possible.”

Gareth Emery on the Sold-out, New York Launch of his ‘Electric For Life’ Tour

Just a day ahead of his Terminal 5 gig this Saturday, English producer and DJ Gareth Emery can confirm the show’s pretty much sold out. This is a major feat for the progressive trance artist who’s rapidly earned a top-roost status for his melodic and uplifting interpretation of EDM. The Saturday show in New York is also the official launch of his Electric For Life tour and will precede stops in both Los Angeles and London.

“I’ve never played Terminal 5 before, so I absolutely cannot wait for the show,” he marveled to BlackBook in a pre-concert exclusive. “It’s sold out, so [there] will be an absolutely incredible atmosphere.”

(For those who missed out on tickets, he’ll be at Pacha tonight for a pre-party).

Emery’s four-hour set promises to pack a punch, though the larger venue is a departure for the DJ as a solo act in New York.

“I’m playing an all night set [with] lots of different genres,” he explained. “EFL represents the best of electronic music—it’s a celebration.”

The Road to EFL, a sold-out, warm-up tour which took Emery everywhere from Miami to Toronto, Chicago to San Francisco, was already met with overwhelming success.

“We have loads of fun extras like face painters, glow sticks and custom visuals to really give the crowd an amazing experience,” Emery promised. “Fans should also note that the tour will be somewhat of a departure from just trance music, representing ‘a full spectrum of dance music, while breaking down the boundaries of genres.”

The Terminal 5 show is in support of his new radio platform Electric For Life, which can be heard on Sirius XM’s Electric Area Channel 52 in North America.

It will take a flashy turn at the tables for Emery to truly impress the Terminal 5 crowd, but our past experiences tell us this should be no problem.

 

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Cash Cash’s Live Show is ‘Like a Fucking Circus’

Photography: Jimmy Fontaine

New Jersey’s own Cash Cash rocked Terminal 5 hard last Saturday for their tour stop alongside Texas Electro house duo, Tritonal. Having just dropped their latest track “Devil” featuring Busta Rhymes, B.o.B and Neon Hitch, the band treated the audience to some of their new material. Times are good for the group these days. Since gaining worldwide attention for their charting singles “Take Me Home” and “Surrender,” Cash Cash has headlined with major acts like Hardwell, Tiesto, Zedd and Nicky Romero.

BlackBook spoke with Jean Paul Makhlouf, frontman from the EDM/pop trio, to hear how the group’s music is progressing, what to expect from their tour, and his Thanksgiving plans with his dog.

What makes Terminal 5 a relevant and exciting place to stop on the tour?

“We’ve seen so many of our favorite artists play Terminal 5 and it felt absolutely amazing to be able to sell it out as a hometown show. The sound system there is pure fire and the stage was big enough for us to bring all our production in. It was a no brainer stop. Given it was a hometown show, we had all our friends and family come out, making it an unforgettable night.”

Tell us about your B2B set with Tritonal.

“The Back to Back sets are a lot of fun. Our style goes really well with Tritonal, so it makes it easy spinning together. We definitely step up the energy toward the end of the night and interact with the crowd even more making it something special to look forward to each night. There’s been crowd surfing and we threw massive blow up balls into the crowd at some of the shows. We also completely drench the crowd in water beyond normal expectations. Basically our B2B set is like a fucking circus.”

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How have you tweaked and developed your live shows as you’ve achieved more recognition?

“We’re always evolving our live show. It’s based on trial and error. We constantly work new songs into our sets and more moments where we engage with the crowd.”

How do your live shows differ from most EDM artists?

“We’re all about the audience. We don’t consider our sets to be a performance. We look at it more like we’re just picking the soundtrack to the night and can kick it just like everyone else there; it’s easy for us to do that because it’s not work to us. It’s our passion, so we enjoy it the same way the person in the crowd does—especially when we play clubs. We’re up there drinking and partying just like everyone else. You can’t take yourself too seriously as a DJ. We’re not up there conducting 30-piece orchestras or flying a plane. Although some DJ’s will flick their fingers enough times in a song to make you think they are doing something as complex as flying a plane. I always find that extremely amusing.”

Where else do you hope to take the show in terms of creativity and energy?

“Every show has been different and it’s been a lot of fun improvising each night. One of the shows I climbed up the ceiling to hold the mic over the crowd as they sang back ‘Take Me Home.’ Luckily I didn’t fall. We’ve also been doing a lot of live mash-ups with acapella and one-shots that keep us on our toes. It’s fun because sometimes we’ll mash something up on the fly that works out great but other times it turns to shit and I’ll just look at Sam and laugh because that’s what DJing is all about: trying new things and just having fun.”

Your videos are sultry and sexy. How do they speak to your music and themes as a group?

“Sex and love go hand-in-hand. Sex is one of the most beautiful acts we have in this world. Sometimes society and religion spin it off as something to be ashamed of, but we’re firm believers that people should explore their sexuality and not be afraid of it from something or someone they might have previously been brainwashed by.”

Making “Devil” was a bit of a cross over single. How did that come about?

“We love working with features that force us to try something new. We’re all about experimenting. Making ‘Lightning’ with John Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls got us moving in a whole new dimension of songwriting. It was inspiring merging styles like that. Busta & B.O.B were a lot of fun because we got to dive into different groves and production that we were not familiar with. As producers, you can’t make the same song 10 times in a row and actually feel good about yourself. Two or three—sure, maybe—but we knew it was time to make something different and feel very confident that we succeeded in doing so.”

 

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What new projects are you guys interested in outside of making great EDM/pop?

“We consider ourselves producers before any genre. We love all types of music and always have from rock to pop, rap to jazz. We will always be trying new sounds and exploring different styles. We love working with all types of artists, as well. Our upcoming album includes some awesome new collaborations with many different style features that wouldn’t typically be associated with dance music.”

Thanksgiving is around the bend. You’ll be out at Marquee Nightclub in Las Vegas. How will you give thanks and celebrate the holiday outside of your set?

“Vegas is going to be poppin’ that weekend at Marquee. Marquee has truly become our second home, so there’s nowhere else we would rather be playing Thanksgiving weekend. Luckily we get to be home on Thanksgiving Day so we can have that classic T-Day dinner with our families. There’s been years when we were touring and physically couldn’t make it home in time. I’m just grateful we get to spend this year with our family and that everyone is healthy and happy, including my dog Spanky.”

“Devil” is available now on iTunes. 

 

Brooklyn: Where Halloween Tomfoolery Goes After Hours

Claptone (Sabrina Feige)

It’s no secret that locating any truly late night New York fun these days requires a trip into Brooklyn. You needn’t search much further than the explosion of secret raves, underground parties and crowded venues from deep Bushwick to trendy nightspots in Williamsburg. Take, for example, earlier in October when Chris Lake performed alongside Nero at the Brooklyn Hangar as part of their North American tour. (On Dec.14 Gratitude*NYC will present “Cosmic Mirrors,” a trippy, experimental affair at the same location). Hours after Nero’s show ended, techno master Guy Gerber hosted an all-night rager with BLKMRKT that continued until sunrise.

“I said, ‘I needed to come to Brooklyn,’ and I was looking for the right partner,” Gerber told BlackBook of the BLKMRKT event. “I was surprised at how they come up with the party and literally no one knows the address until an hour before it starts. I thought the sound was great for a warehouse—it was probably one of my best shows!”

Manhattan remains commercial king for EDM with glossy clubs, lounges and arena concerts like Zedd’s recent stop at Madison Square Garden. That being said, finding a balance of mischievousness and euphoric, high-quality electro beats—especially during Halloween week—is never a true challenge. But as soon as the clock strikes 4 am, your options dwindle disappointingly fast. This year felt especially telling. It was perhaps the first Halloween since the clubbing ascent of the outer borough where the action in Brooklyn completely trumped the Manhattan scene.

Not to say Manhattan didn’t deliver the goods—for the less adventurous, but equally as boisterous and discerning, Pier of Fear, produced by top-shelf agency RPM, set the bar high. The special effects, lights and organization of the weeklong mayhem could only be outmatched by roster of world-class DJs.

“As we approach our fifth year at the Pier, we’re doing it bigger and better than ever,” commented RPM founder Eddie Dean (also behind the secret parties for Nero). “New York is in for a real treat.” Right he was; Kaskade had a refreshingly dynamic set the weekend before Halloween. (Queens native CID certainly got the crowd lubricated with his high-octane warm-up).

Armin van Buuren, who stormed the scene on Oct. 30 after releasing his album EMBRACE, delivered the best large concert of spooky season. It was a shame, however, that his Friday night positioning wasn’t swapped with Skrillex’s primetime Saturday set—a more progressive and forceful performance than usual, especially considering he had to jet to SoCal’s Fairplex that same morning for one last set at HARD Day of the Dead.

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The real setback with the Pier of Fear is that it starts far too early and ends way before most attendees want. Organizers should consider pushing on past 5 am, although the NYPD and proponents of noise complaints would surely put up a fight.

Naturally, there was plenty of other competition throughout Halloween week. Paco Osuna held court at Space Ibiza NY; Lavo, obnoxious as that joint is, offered guests QuestLove; Marquee booked Bingo Players and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano for back-to-back weekends. In fairness, one could indulge in the Pier of Fear and then Uber off to greener, darker and rowdier pastures in Brooklyn. And that’s exactly what Halloween night called for.

Borgore’s creepy and steamy, House of Gore, the “Ultimate Haunted Halloween Warehouse Party,” attracted a crowd that was commendably jovial, troublesome and hardcore at a location deep in the bowels of Brooklyn.

“I love masquerade balls,” DJ/producer Claptone mused to BlackBook as he tried to convince us to swing by his affair in the more gentrified milieu of Williamsburg’s Verboten. “One essential characteristic about a mask is that it dissolves social or cultural differences for a certain time. The East End boys can make out with the West End girls like the Pet Shop Boys would put it.”

Claptone, who always performs under the veil of a golden mask, has earned a sturdy reputation for his soulful house.

“The mask extends your personal freedom,” he confessed. “It exceeds your personality and sparks your imagination—so dress up and join me.”

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Unmoved, we reminded him that it would be a busy night in Brooklyn and making wise decisions during the wee-hours would be crucial. “I’ll have a lot of other surprises in store for my guests, musical as well as non-musical, ” Claptone replied, baiting us. “Don’t tell me I didn’t give you a heads up.”

Indeed, Claptone was the surprise hit of the night (morning, at that rate). His masquerade boasted an enticing assortment of costumed revelers getting down and dirty to every single amazing, underground house beat he played.

A Dutch entourage shared treats with dancing neighbors as a coven of witches caressed a brawny, shirtless stud dressed as a Trojan. It’s precisely such an international, pansexual gathering of the curious and the intoxicated that kept our Halloween spontaneous until well past 7.30 am. When the plug was pulled and daylight swooped in, Brooklyn had succeeded beyond expectations yet again.

“Do you have the address for Loco Dice?” a model dressed like a woodsman asked, as he limbered toward our car.

“Yes,” we said, sharing the Sunset Park warehouse location near Industry City that was slated to endure until noon. “An underground party with a covert vibe” was how Loco Dice’s publicist had described it.

“Let’s share a car!” he said presumptuously.

“Nah—we have to go cheer on our friends running the marathon,” we mumbled, firmly closing the door.

The race had already started.

Where to Get Your NYC Halloween EDM Fix

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Headliners have been announced, promises of more explosive and elaborate sets have been pledged, and now, it all boils down to figuring out exactly which Halloween electronic dance music bashes are must-dos. Indisputably, at the top of the roost are the massive, all-night raves put on by RPM at Pier of Fear. However, a smattering of notable, but smaller scale gigs will also go down around Manhattan and Brooklyn. Here are our top 5 picks for where you should be, in-costume, partying your ass off.

 

Pier of Fear

The Best of the Best

This Halloween season, none other than Kaskade, Skrillex and Armin van Buuren will grace New York’s penultimate Halloween EDM stage: Pier of Fear at Pier 94. In cahoots with Pacha NYC, the ghoulish mayhem officially started on October 24th at this colossal warehouse space with New York’s own CID, who warmed up the crowd before Kaskade took the reins deep into the early morning hours. Next, on Friday, October 30, Armin van Buuren, fresh off the release of his album EMBRACE the day before, will seek to one-up last year’s epic Pier of Fear set with a full roster of friends: Orjan Nilsen, Khoma and No Mana. The spooky revelry concludes on Halloween Night with six-time GRAMMY-award winner, DJ Skrillex, who headlines after the anonymous Marshmello, Jahlil Beats, DJ Sliink, Vindata and Brooklyn’s own Leikeli47.

Bottom Line:

About as top-notch as it gets for Halloween.

 

The Buygore Show: Borgore & Friends

Coolest Underground Haunt

Producer and provocateur Borgore (Tel-Aviv born Asaf Borger) will host his “House of Gore” well into the devilish hours at an undisclosed Brooklyn warehouse on Friday, October 30. In addition to shots of Jagermeister and a #KeepItSexy costume contest, Getter, Styles & Complete, and Valentino Khan, are all slated to perform.

Bottom Line:

Ideal for those on the hunt for a subversive mix of hip-hop/trap, heavy house, dubstep and maybe, a touch of sleaze…

 

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Marquee

Flashy and Splashy

Between their impressive tour schedule in Belgium, USA and UK as well as their summertime residence in Ibiza, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, have easily been cruising to the top of the EDM totem pole. Expect no less from this boisterous October 30th affair. If you’re really committed, head back on Halloween for (Sean Comb’s) Diddy’s The Emperor’s Costume Ball.

Bottom Line:

The place to see and be seen, but you’ll surely pay dearly for it.

 

Creeping It Real: Halloween with Loco Dice & Friends

Party like Spaniards

Loco Dice—whose HYTE residency wreaked havoc at Amnesia Ibiza all summer-long—delivers more than you’ll bargain for at this marathon rave, also to take place at a secret Brooklyn location. Anticipate the weird and insane at this raucous shindig.

Bottom Line:

Just imagine what party-goers must do to last from 10p.m. until 12noon? They won’t be running the marathon…

 

Space Ibiza New York

Techno Terrors

Paco Osuna rarely disappoints; add to that the venue’s state-of-the-art sound and lights and you’ll want to score tickets early for this knock-down, which is co-hosted by Space Ibiza and Joonbug.com on October 31st. Nick Curly and Barem round out the set-list for this Halloween techno binge.

Bottom Line:

A solid option for those craving a mix of all-things-frightful, without over-doing it.