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Kaleena Zanders is a dynamic and soulful vocalist, songwriter & DJ who’s been making waves in multiple genres while carving a path for similar artists like her self to receive the recognition they deserve.

For many years, the industry wrongfully relegated her to the diminutive title of “dance music vocalist,” but she has always been more, producing her own music for labels like Helix Records and a FEMME HOUSE compilation on Insomniac Records, while performing her own DJ sets at EDC Las Vegas, Bass Camp, and Splash House.

All of these impressive achievements come on top of her vocal collaborations with artists such as Morgan Page, AC Slater, Anabel Englund, Sunday Scaries, and others.

We had the opportunity to sit down and chat with her at Breakaway San Francisco about everything from her Bay Area roots, her love for superheroes, and even unveil a bit of backstory behind her recent single “Nightmares.”

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Kaleena Zanders

EDM Maniac: Coming from such a diverse scene like the Bay Area, are there any memories or experiences you can share that stood out as instrumental in your development as an artist? 

Zanders: Oh, absolutely. In San Jose, when I was in college, I used to go to this, not a club, but like a bar hangout, college thing. And there used to be a live band, I think it was called Cafecito.

We used to jam and I used to improv sing. There was a lot of funk influence, a lot of rock and everything. I think that’s where I got my first notion to be front and center. 

EDM Maniac: Your work with Anabel Englund on “ANYTHING 4 U” was a hit. I’m curious, what was it like working with another vocalist? 

Zanders: Honestly, it was pretty easy. <laugh>, we speak the same language, literally. So I think it was coming from the same struggles in the industry and it was just really sweet for us to get together and be able to do anything we wanted.

We also became really strong friends through that. So it was actually a pretty easy process. There was no “diva diva” drama or anything like that.

EDM Maniac: Your music embodies such a sense of empowerment and positivity. Can you describe the emotional journey of performing that music live? 

Zanders: Well, it kind of feels like you’re surfing on a wave, even though I’ve never surfed, but it feels like you’re surfing. And you’re at the highest point, that highest vibration.

Or you know when you watch those YouTubes of those really huge waves that you’d never encounter? It’s kind of like that <laugh>. 

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EDM Maniac: Now I heard you’re a fan of superheroes, so I’m gonna assume you’re a Marvel fan? So from nerd to nerd, what character’s storyline are you most invested in?

Zanders: I am a Marvel fan, absolutely. It would be Jean Grey because I think once upon a time I had so many crazy emotions that I felt like I couldn’t control. Also a lot of strength.

I feel like I had such power, but I didn’t know how to use it. And now I feel like I can use it in music. She’s fiery and has a lot of passion, and that’s how I am. 

EDM Maniac: Let’s talk about your new single “Nightmares” which is coming out next week. Is there any backstory or inspiration behind it you want to share?

Zanders: Absolutely. When I was a little kid,  my cousins used to show me a ton of scary movies when I would go visit them and I’d be so scared, like crying and terrified, but I couldn’t stop watching them because I really loved it.

So every time I would go back home, I would pull the covers over my head, sweat profusely, and cry. But I was so excited to watch these movies. 

I think early on I was a thrill seeker. I was just like, “I must watch this, but I’m scared.” I think that’s where I developed my early courage and trying to get rid of my fears.

So I was like, “I’m gonna become the fears” <laugh>. I don’t know if that makes sense, but it’s like becoming what you’re scared of in a way. Just embody it and then let it go. 

EDM Maniac: How would you sum up your personal and professional journey in 2023?

Zanders: Honestly, this year I grew the most in my skill and in my performance. I got an agent last November, so they’ve been throwing me into a ton of shows and I’ve learned so much about curating for people and then also telling a story.

I’ve learned so much about the art of music, even though I’ve been doing it for years. 

And I’ve learned a lot about myself too and how possible it is to do anything. I really pushed myself this year, so I’m really proud of myself. I am proud of myself for pushing myself outside my comfort zone. 

EDM Maniac: Following that, how do you envision your artistic path evolving in the coming year? 

Zanders: In the coming year, it’s going to be more of just honing in my language, voice, and communication to the audience. Darker tones, more soulful tones, more church tones.

Also in the future, I’d like to go back to being in a band. Cause I was in a band, so I want to have the Kaleena band at some point. That’s what I want my live experience to be. 

All images courtesy of Kaleena Zanders.

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ARTBAT Teams Up With Another Life For New Track ‘In Your Arms’

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Electronic Music powerhouse, ARTBAT, joins forces with Another Life, a German DJ and producer, to deliver a follow-up to their latest collaboration. This highly anticipated release showcases once again a perfect fusion of the styles of both artists. Titled ‘In Your Arms‘, ARTBAT’s new song is set to conquer the dance floors and the airwaves.

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In 2021, ARTBAT unveiled the UPPERGROUND imprint, a label that has swiftly become an influential presence in Electronic music. Renowned for impeccable taste, UPPERGROUND has hosted groundbreaking events globally, drawing thousands to destinations like Spain, Poland, Mexico, and beyond.

Another Life, the rising star from Cologne, has firmly established himself in the electronic music landscape. A veteran inside the label’s release history. Through the release of his latest EP, Another Life has placed itself right in the center of ARTBAT’s current collaborating list.

‘In Your Arms’

‘In Your Arms’ is a powerful and uplifting anthem. It mixes 80s electro-infused vibes led by a set of vocoder-treated vocals from Another Life himself.

The collaborative effort between ARTBAT and Another Life creates a synergy that is destined to captivate fans globally. Lately, it would seem as if the duo has fallen a bit behind in comparison to other massive forces inside their genre. The truth is, ARTBAT keeps going as strong as ever. The quality of their work has done nothing but progress and become even more complex and well-crafted than before.

2024 has just begun, and we’ve already seen ARTBAT at its finest. We’re certain that this will be yet another strong year for one of Dance music’s favorite duos. New year, new music. Same old amazing ARTBAT.

Stream ARTBAT’s latest release, ‘In Your Arms’ featuring Another Life out everywhere now and let us know what you think!

Watch the official music video for ‘In Your Arms’ out now!

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EddyThron Further Explores His Aloft Moniker On New Release ‘Callao & Santa Fe’

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Here’s a track in which groove and Dance meet the melancholy of a long-gone past.

Starting off the year, we’ve seen a handful of artists unveil their first compositions during January, hyping up the entire season for their fans and listeners alike. John Summit already shared his remix of ‘Sweet Disposition’ alongside Silver Panda, ARTBAT and Another Life released ‘In Your Arms‘, and, just before February, rising artist EddyThron released a piece of his own repertoire.

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Entering his fourteenth year involved in Dance music, EddyThron, originally a Trance producer, has brought his alternative, slower, Organic House subalias, EddyThron pres. Aloft, to complete yet another heartfelt single.

The Aloft project has had a couple of interesting months lately”, says Eddy. “After the initial ATOP set premiered in April, I came back to Argentina to play Organic House, which has seemed to resonate with the audience. In September I debuted in Merlo, a beautiful town full of amazing people, and just recently, I had a wonderful mini tour with two gigs in Buenos Aires and one in Mar del Plata”.

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“Argentina will always have a special place in my heart. Its people have been watching — and launching — my career since the very beginning!”


‘Callao & Santa Fe’

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On the heels of his latest journey in the Land of Tango, Eddy now released a warm, yet slightly nostalgic tribute to Buenos Aires. ‘Callao & Santa Fe’ is a track meant to forever remember that very intersection of the city in which Callao Avenue meets Santa Fe Avenue.

I always wanted to see that place from up above, and one day I met a girl who was actually residing on the fifth floor of an apartment right there”, he comments. “It was a very elegant and beautiful place, I enjoyed it every time we hung out in its halls. Until she told me she would be moving elsewhere. For the last night we would spend there, I promised myself I’d bring something special to play, as a last goodbye. This song was that goodbye. Between laughs, drinks, and a tad of sadness, we bid farewell to that unreal flat”.

Released through Madloch’s prestigious record label 3rd Avenue, the latest in the Aloft catalogue comes as part of the label’s biannual compilation, We Are The Future. The track itself is very minimalistic, and focuses its efforts on making a sad piano the star of the show. This piano, says Eddy, represents the feeling of being in that apartment for the last time. Paired with, yet not overshadowed by, groovy, dry percussion, ‘Callao & Santa Fe’ is the perfect song to reflect upon those small moments Life gives you.

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Listen to EddyThron pres. Aloft’s ‘Callao & Santa Fe’ by hitting ‘Play’ on the Spotify button we’ve attached above. Also, listen to the entire We Are The Future 2024, Vol. 1 compilation down below, for a plethora of talent showcased as the next generation of 3rd Avenue’s history. Finally, click here to support the release on your platform of choice. And stay tuned to our blog for the latest regarding the EDM industry!

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Awakenings Introduces New Event : Awakenings Upclose


Awakenings just announced the launch of a new festival: Awakenings Upclose. As a matter of fact, the brand embarks on an exciting journey to create a unique concept that will begin this spring.

Scheduled for May 18 & 19, 2024, this distinctive event vows to deliver an intimate encounter that transcends the usual rhythmic beats, placing a strong emphasis on fostering a close-knit connection between the dance floor and the performing artists. Awakenings Upclose marks a return festival’s roots, as it will take place at Houtrak (Spaarnwoude-park) in the Netherlands. Prepare for a fusion of Techno powerhouses experimenting with diverse sounds, underground favorites, 16 cutting-edge b2b performances, and the introduction of over 25 up-and-comers.

Some of the marquee names on the lineup include Colin Benders x Speedy JROD x StrangerGigi FM x Kanding RayPerc x Wallis (live) and Amoral x Beste HiraJoris VoornNina Kraviz, 999999999RebekahAnDI Hate Models and Azyr. Moreover, at least 25 artists will play Awakenings for the first time such as Marlon HoffstadtFunk AssaultPolar Inertia (live), Azyr and Marie Montexier to name a few. Take a look at the full lineup below.

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Join thousands of others at Awakenings Upclose on May 18-19, 2024, for a sonic expedition. Tickets are currently available via Awakenings, so make sure to visit the official website.

Stay tuned for more news!

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