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Interview

Syn Cole on inspiration: "I often listen to film scores due to my classical piano background"

By Matt Ferry
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In a world where almost anyone can become a superstar overnight, there are few in the “big-room” game that have risen with such subtlety and decorum as Syn Cole. Avoiding the unscrupulous tactics of some of his contemporaries such as buying likes and hiring ghost producers, this Estonian DJ and producer (born Rene Pais), 26, has stepped out from beyond Ash and Avicii’s shadow with only a few original tracks and a handful of big name remixes. Following the recent release of his glowing remix of Zedd’s “Find You,” 2014 is set to be the year Rene transcends the Le7els brand that built him and make the melodic electro world his own.

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Power of Ten

A-Trak and Armand Van Helden's 10 essential moments

By Joshua Glazer
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Duck Sauce have just released their long-awaited debut album, Quack, on Fool’s Gold. The dynamic duo of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden have been delivering crossover hits like “aNYway,” “Barbra Streisand,” “Big Bad Wolf,” and “It’s You,” for half a decade, but their individual careers span back much further. Below are the 10 essential musical moments by A-Trak and Armand that help to illustrate just how their current Duck Sauce sound came to be.

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Festivals

Ultra Music Festival releases wrap video of 16th edition entitled U Are Beautiful

By Beatport News Editors
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Nope, it has nothing to do with the refrain of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”—but it does have to do with “you.” “Thank U for a great 16th edition of Ultra Music Festival Miami,” says the intro to the festival’s wrap-up clip, just posted on YouTube. “This video is for you, and all the rest of the Ultra fans worldwide that attended the event at Bayfront Park Miami or viewed the UMF TV live-stream on YouTube.”

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Music News

Laidback Luke fires back at his detractors with an active live performance

By Beatport News Editors
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Every once in a while, DJs get caught in moments of apparent vulnerability. One such moment occurred recently when Laidback Luke, Sander Van Doorn, and Steve Aoki all simultaneously took to the decks at a Mixmash party in Miami for a little threesome fun in the booth. Naturally, things were pretty, uh, laid-back up there (it being a daytime outdoor party and all), but one YouTube user took the opportunity to take some lighthearted jabs at the trio, and uploaded some video of them entitled “What DJs Actually Do,” with captions that drew attention to their seeming lack of activity when it came to keeping their hands busy with playing music.

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Moving Pictures

Deadmau5 hits the road with Eric Prydz in Miami

By Beatport News Editors
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Deadmau5 seems to have stockpiled a ton of “Coffee Run” footage over his time in Miami. In fact, in just the last week, he’s released episodes featuring Steve Duda, Laidback Luke, and Vanilla Ice, so he’s probably got even more in the can that we don’t yet know about. Today, however, he unveiled his mobile chat with Swedish producer/DJ Eric Prydz.

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Festivals

HARD Red Rocks returns with Nero, Dillon Francis, and Rudimental; get tickets now

By Beatport News Editors
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There’s no better place to see the stars—and a show—than at Colorado’s Red Rocks. That’s one of the main reasons why HARD is returning to this idyllic, open-air amphitheatre for its second year on July 31st. This time out, UK electronic act Nero and American moombahton pioneer Dillon Francis, 26, will share headline duties alongside special guests Rudimental, Destructo, Julio Bashmore and Samo Sound Boy. Get tickets here now.

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