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If there are two things French duo Dirtyphonics (aka Charles Barranger and Julien “Pitchln” Corrales) and renowned vocalist Micah Martin know well, it’s that every journey comes with both costs and rewards, and that music has the power to guide us through the peaks and troughs along the way.  This is the story of “Coming Home,” the group’s latest metal-fueled drum and bass track.

The emotionally riveting single evokes joy and pain as the trio leads the listeners through the process of finding solace after a long journey, whether it be months of touring or breaking through a personal struggle.

The piece not only offers a window into the artists’ souls, it also puts Dirtypohnics and Micah Martin’s genre-bending skills masterfully on display.

Dirtyphonics and Micah Martin alike share deep roots in the world of metal as Barranger and Corrales tout collaborations with Sullivan King, Linkin Park, and Marilyn Manson, and Martin’s vocalist career spans back to his Battle Of The Bands days.

Martin proudly displays his trophy on camera as the artists dive into the story of their collaboration and talk about their projects with EDM Maniac: 

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EDM Maniac: Hi guys, thanks for joining us! Micah, it looks warm and sunny where you are; where are you calling in from today?

Martin: Hi! So I’m in Malibu right now. I just moved out here last month and I live with Pixel Terror and a group of others in the Collective house of rock and roll and EDM.

EDM Maniac: What are you guys doing there?

Martin: It’s a bunch of different artists that make EDM, rock and roll punk music and we all live, work, and collab together, it’s pretty fun!

We’re also shooting a reality show while we’re out here too; it’s Called Hyper Punk. We’re pitching it and working on the pilot episode right now. We got a couple of letters of intent from different production companies that, if we got big investors, they would pick it up and pitch it for reality shows like on MTV or something like that. But we’re probably gonna do a bunch of YouTube stuff first.

EDM Maniac: Wow very cool! So, what brought you all together to do this collab in the first place?

Barranger: Basically, we’ve been thinking about working with Mica forever. Then somehow Mica hit us up on socials saying, hey guys, we should do something together, and it happened to be at the right time that we were working on “Coming Home” The very first versions of the song that Mica sent us back gave us an edge of grit–a feeling that was missing in the song that we were looking for without knowing we were looking for it. So it was a, you know, perfect match.

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EDM Maniac: With its melodic style of Drum and Bass and Metal vocals, this is a pretty emotionally charged song, what inspired you to take that direction?

Martin:  Yeah when I first heard this song as Charles and Pitchin were working on it, it definitely pulled some emotion out of me.  I was in a pretty bad place mentally when I was writing it and I felt like this song really helped me pull myself out of it. The song is called, I’m ”Coming Home”, so I felt like I was coming home mentally in terms of being in a good place and like, getting through these tough times that I was going through and this song actually helped me get through that.

EDM Maniac: Dirtyphonics, metal, and hard rock music have always been a big part of your lives, what first inspired you to fuse your passion for that style of music with electronic music in your careers?

Barranger: Well we both were playing in metal bands when we were teenagers, and at that time, the electronic music scene was just popping off in France and we were just inspired by the technological possibilities–when you’ve been touring with a rock band and hauling around drum kits and stuff, the idea of being able to make music by yourself with just a laptop is amazing. So that and just the love for music and the sounds made us want to play with it– and the funny thing is that, as soon as we started getting serious with electronic music, we created a band again, and we have this duo because that’s the way we like to create and share music.

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EDM Maniac: Speaking of “Coming Home,” where would you say you guys feel the most at home?

Martin: Honestly? I feel like I’m home right now. Like I just moved out here, I’m surrounded by people I love and my whole mental state has changed since. I  feel at home when I’m working on music when I’m surrounded by my friends and when I’m here at my nice crib in Malibu.

Barranger: Yeah, Mica, it’s so important what you’re saying because there’s a lot of people talking online about self-development shit and how you should live your life and whatever. And I feel like the most important of any advice you could give is to feel at home with yourself and get to know yourself and love it, embrace whatever you are, whatever your past was, wherever you’re trying to go more than trying to please anyone else around you.

Corrales: Yeah, especially as artists, every single time you release something, criticism is coming, so you better be in line with yourself to just be able to understand and take the criticism or protect yourself and just not give a shit.

But also speaking of coming home, this is a story I can’t personally relate to but I’ll probably remember for the rest of my life– some fans came up to us at a show and they explained that they were soldiers who were drafted to fucking Iraq or Afghanistan, and every single day they drove around in their Humvee doing convoys, they listened to our music to keep from going crazy basically. And when they made it back to the US and made it back home they were like, holy shit– the music made us go through something insane. So when I listen to the song, I think about things like that too sometimes–times when you go through something insane and you finally come home, and you’re like, holy shit. I fucking pulled it off. I fucking did it. That’s so important.

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EDM Maniac: That’s an amazing story. So you guys started the Dirtyphonics project in 2008, what do you think has helped your music stand the test of time?

Barranger: Probably the fact that we’ve never really tried to hit any trend. Obviously, we’re influenced by the music that’s being written by everyone else at the moment. But we’ve never put ourselves in one little frame and we’ve never conformed to what the times said we were supposed to do.

EDM Maniac: And turning to the future, what upcoming projects do you have in store for 2024?

Corrales: We’ve been working on a lot of music over the past year and a half, and Coming Home stems from one of these projects that we started. So, uh you can expect a lot of music to come out in ‘24 including our new album. Then on top of normal touring, the club season, and the festival season, we’re trying to design special shows for specific cities where we have a lot of fans who’ve been following us for more than 10 years. That’s something we’ve never done before so we’re pretty excited about that.

EDM Maniac: That all sounds very exciting! Thank you guys so much for sharing your story; we can’t wait to see what’s next for you!

Listen to “Coming Home” here:

Monstercat · Dirtyphonics – Coming Home (feat. Micah Martin)

Images courtesy of Dirtyphonics, Micah Martin, and Rukes Photography

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A State Of Trance Top 1000 #1 Is Revealed!

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After 30 years of nothing but Trance excellence, with all the feels, and all the incredible talent, Armin van Buuren‘s legacy prevails. A State of Trance Top 1000 Award revealed the number one track of the label. We can’t imagine how hard it was to pick their top track ever. Cue the drum rolls please… The award goes to none other than Dutch Trance producer RAM and German DJ Jorn van Deynhoven. The honorary title is thanks to their remix of the 2009 masterpiece ‘RAMsterdam’.

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The Duo took it on their social medias to showcase the plate they received to commemorate the award. We can’t forget the track has earned over 10 million streams on spotify. The track embodies Trance in its rawest form. Its true nature and drive summarize the power the genre carries from decade to decade. Naturally, ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) reigns supreme over 999 other songs that have moved millions of people since the inception of A State of Trance. Furthermore, RAM mentioned on his Facebook post that after he earned the title, DJ Mag announced his residency in the number one Trance club in China for 2024.

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Both artists are one of a kind, and the award deeply recognizes the mark they continue to leave on a State of Trance and the scene itself. ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)paved the way for more unique sounds to evolve and develop to this day. RAM and van Deynhoven have what it takes to carry the title of worldwide phenomenon.

Congratulations to these two legends! Now, go ahead and leave ‘Ramsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) on replay. After all, it is the number 1 ASOS Top 1000 track.

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[EVENT REVIEW] Ultra Chile Returns After Nearly A Decade, And In Full Force Too

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The large ‘U’ festival celebrated a fantastic return to South America recently.

When you think of Ultra Music Festival, you likely gravitate towards Miami straight away. But we’re lucky enough to have them all over the world, celebrating parties far and wide. That is certainly a blessing for energetic crowds living in somewhat further places in the globe, like South America.

I’ve been here for a while, and it’s safe to say it’s growing a strong community of Dance-devoted madmen like me. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know the Argentinian scene fairly well, and also those in its neighbouring country, Chile. This is a country where Hardstyle reigns supreme, and genres like Techno and its branches are seeing a roaring uptrend in the number of fans and followers. So much so, that Ultra themselves decided to pay a visit. A two-day visit, mind you.

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Ultra Chile: Its History

Chile had its first Ultra in 2013, with the next two years also calling artists from around the world to come together on the far southern end of the globe for Ultra Chile 2014 and 2015. The year after, Chile received a more compact Road To Ultra, as well as in 2017, for the Ultra host of those years was the continental giant, Brazil. After that, Chile would have to wait some time before the brand set foot on it again.

2023 saw Road To Ultra return to the long country for a Halloween party, headlined by Marshmello, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, and Two Friends. And this year, the acclaimed main branch returned in full force, with two days of unstoppable beats coming from a handful of places, and showcasing an impressive plethora of talents, established, up-and-coming, returning… everything.

It was held on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, in Santiago’s iconic go-to place for massive events, Espacio Riesco.

Day One: Friday

Day One kicked off late in the afternoon, at 7 PM to be precise. The crowds started to appear from very early on. Once inside, it was time to have a look at the place, and, oh dear, they truly made the most out of the venue. Three of the four stages were on that day, the Mainstage, on the back of the property and boasting an impressive open-air setting, the Resistance stage, a blacked-out, massive former plane hangar to welcome the best Techno represents in the world, and the Carolina stage, a local-lineup filled stage out on the open.

Day One Winners

Jumping between the Mainstage and the Resistance stage allowed me to watch basically all artists for a little. That’s life at a festival, you can’t really marry one particular DJ. That said, I think I’ve got my favourite artist of the night, and it is Stephan Bodzin.

I had never watched him play, so I was basically going in not knowing what to expect. Add to that, I was at the Main seeing Armin before, so I didn’t really know what I was about to witness. Walking into Resistance, the first thing I noticed was that there was A TON of space to dance and just be yourself. The Mainstage was filled to the brim with people, and well, that left the Techno-devoted stage with a crowd that was truly enjoying Bodzin’s magic. I did too.

I swear, ten minutes in I was already fully hooked. Eyes closed, moving side to side, that kind of hooked. Him playing a live set was a tenfold amplifier as well, since he was interacting a lot with the audience, and the audience interacted a lot with him back. Ask me to name one track from his set, I can’t. But what I CAN recall vividly is how happy he was managing his instruments, and how happy the people dancing beside him were. I was one of them, fully gone away in a trance. A star for you, mate.

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Day Two: Saturday

Day Two started quite earlier, promising twelve endless hours of good music. My friend — who flew in from Buenos Aires for the festival — and I entered the place just past 2:30 PM. And after a little day tour of the venue, we headed straight to the brand-new Resistance Square stage. Reason being, Daniella Da Silva was on at 3:00.

The stage itself was really interesting to me, since the Ultra guys turned this giant conference place into the host for the darkest, most energetic beats of the entire day. I remember my highschool once took me for University speeches or something of that kind literal years ago, and seeing it changed to fit a literal Ultra festival blew me away.

The other stages were just as breathtaking as the day before, and now places like the Mainstage enjoyed the geographic surroundings of Espacio Riesco: mountains for days. It was another level. Point for you, day parties!

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Day Two Winners

Daniella Da Silva

My friend wanted to see her so badly, and I wanted to learn from someone new to me. Good. Lord. Those were 90 minutes of nonstop dancing. There are pictures and videos of me absolutely losing it during her set which I won’t show for, reasons, but let me tell you, her energy is sensational. Dark, Hard Techno. I’m not of the kind to enjoy that in a car ride or on a normal day, but I for sure allowed myself to enjoy her beats at Ultra. I felt slightly sore after that, and that should tell you enough of how good of a set hers was.


My childhood hero. How wouldn’t I have enjoyed Hardwell’s set when he was my role model when I was in school back in the day? Growing up loving ‘Encoded’, ‘Spaceman’, and his remix of ‘Man With The Red Face’, it was about time to see him again. Absolutely nuts. Lots of what he played I had heard before at his Ultra Miami set from earlier this year, but far from taking away from the experience, it allowed me to sing my lungs out. Special shoutout to that ‘Strobe‘ x ‘Save The World‘ mashup which nearly got me crying.


These guys take the gold for me, no question. Seeing Hardwell, you know beforehand that it’s going to be a phenomenal show, but I had never seen Kasablanca before. I’d only heard their Anjuna tunes. And so my friend and I got to the very front of the Mainstage to see them. We could not have decided better.

They played a live set, just like Bodzin had done the day before. The difference here was the setting: While Stephan Bodzin played inside the warehouse vibe of the Resistance stage, Kasablanca did it out in the open. And their set just so happened to occur during the last hours of the day and into the night, sunset included.

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They absolutely rocked it. From synths to vocals to literal choreography, their set had it all. They truly made good use of the Mainstage speakers as well, with their fat-bottomed tracks. I can’t tell you just how magical that time was, even the landscape fit the vibe of their music. Mountains all around, the clouds turning slightly red at sunset (see a few pictures above), and the moon reigning high aloft by the time they dropped their remix of Above & Beyond’s ‘Black Room Boy’. The duo take the gold, and my heart with it. I won’t turn down the possibility of seeing them in the future.

Final Thoughts

It had been a while since I last attended a big festival, since I’d been much more inclined to go to artist-focused events. It was a refreshing treat to come to Ultra Chile and soak in the festival experience again. My mate and I had a great time, enjoyed the food (shoutout to Papa John’s), the Gin Tonics, and the feel-good atmosphere. For now, be right back, I’ll be listening to Kasablanca!

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Adriatique’s ‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix) Is a Mystical Voyage

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As time goes by, some songs become timeless classics. Even more when artists reimagine different emotions and moods. This is the case with Eynka‘s ‘Beyond Us‘. It wasn’t long until Swiss Electronic duo Adriatique made their own renditions of the track. They amped it up a notch when they immortalized their rendition at the Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt last year for Cercle. Finally, we’re delighted to get an even more magical version of the track, brought to you by Deep House Parisian Icon Alex Wann.

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‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix)

How do you remaster and refresh a track that has so much influence and power, you may ask? Well, it seems like Alex Wann found the right formula for his ‘Beyond Us’ remix. From Eynka’s melodic touch, to Adriatique’s deeper and darker undertones, Wann manages to deliver an ethereal track with powerful afro elements. The percussion calls out to your ancestors, and the groove represents the vast deserts phenomenally. After a successful run with his Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ Remix, the producer continues to influence the world around him.

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A star in the rise, Alex has received the support from House legends Keinemusik, Pete Tong, Swedish House Mafia, Diplo, and Blond:ish. This remix furtherly proves his ability to produce with different elements and styles, such as Adriatique’s unique sounds. Earlier this year he embarked in a North American tour, visiting major musical capitals such as Miami, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Montreal. Next Up, Alex Wann will make his rounds around Ibiza, Milan, Dubai, and La Bourget.

Watch out for Alex Wann this summer! He will most likely reign supreme with this delicious version of ‘Beyond Us’.

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