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Brace yourselves, fellow readers, for we have one great guest today! We had a chat with the man of the moment, the one and only Modapit. We caught him right before quite the week for him, as the mysterious producer behind tracks like ‘Dancing’, and ‘Time To Run’, is about to star in this weekend’s EDC Orlando.

Still coming back down to Earth after his acclaimed debut album Devotion, and an official remix for an iconic blast from the past, ODESZA’s ‘It’s Only’, Modapit, the man behind the dark veil, sat with us for an exclusive interview regarding absolutely everything from his origins as his current name, his firework-like rise to fame, his ways in the studio, and even his vision going forward as an artist.

Without further to do, here’s our chat with Modapit:

1. Where does the name ‘Modapit’ originate? What’s the story behind it?

Modapit: It was completely made up. I only found out later from a friend that “Moda” actually means “fashion” or something similar in Italian and Spanish. I might have been listening to Passion Pit when working on a name and identity, as well. Those two words just sounded good next to each other to me, so that’s what it ended up being! I like that it just sounded like a name, but also entirely made up. 

2. When going down the route of covering your face to give way to the music, why did you choose the veil instead of, say, a mask?

Modapit: The veil just seemed like a really weird idea that I had not seen anybody else do yet. I was one of those peculiar goth kids in my younger years, so I am very inspired by goth-influenced fashion. 

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Putting a fishnet on my head was kind of an accident, but it felt so cool. It was actually just a fishnet shirt that we draped over my head, and when I took a picture of that, I was obsessed. Fishnet and leather remind me of techno events, as well, which is another genre of music I’m extremely inspired by. It just all made sense to put it together like that.

3. In the studio, what’s your go-to process towards crafting new tunes? What inspires you to create a new idea?

Modapit: I don’t really have a process. I sit down, and I’ll start playing on a keyboard, messing around with melodies and chords and at some point. Eventually, something just sparks. I will get an emotional response from something I’m playing, then I record it, then I put drums down. Next thing you know, I have a song. Sometimes, I’ll have an acapella from a vocalist that I like and I’ll make a song around that. It depends on if the vocal sounds like something I would write.

4. Do you have a favourite VST/Analogue synth?

Modapit: A lot of the synths I make are just in Serum. Serum’s versatility is truly remarkable. It kind of feels like an analog synth sometimes. My truly favorite analog synths are the Korg M20 and the Prophet-6. It is hard for me to deny the sound the Prophet-6 creates. They both create such rich sounds that I end up captivated by anything I create on them.

5. Your rise has been explosive! Did you expect to be at the point where you are now in your career when you released ‘Dancing’ back in January?

Modapit: I honestly had no idea what to expect. When you start a project, you can have goals and expectations, but it is impossible to predict whether fans and listeners are going to connect with it or not. Things feel fantastic right now and I’m happy with how fans are connecting with it. Every show I play, it seems more and more people keep coming out to see me who are actually interested in my music. 

I saw a few people actually singing the words to my songs at Freaky Deaky in Austin, Texas, this past weekend, and that truly blew my mind. It definitely gave me validation that the music is connecting and that people are listening. I am truly grateful we can unite with people that way and that Modapit is reaching listeners in that same manner.

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6. What are some of your bucket list venues/festivals to play, and have you played on any so far?

Modapit: My goal is to be able to do Brooklyn Mirage or the Shrine. Those are legendary venues in my eyes, and it marks a point in an artist’s career. Being able to play circuitGROUNDS at EDC Las Vegas was a pretty huge deal for me as well. circuitGROUNDS is a pretty unique stage for their lineups, yet I would like to get to the point where I’m one of the main acts on circuitGROUNDS. I hope we will get there eventually! 

7. About your debut album Devotion, what led you to produce an entire album instead of, say, a handful of EPs?

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Modapit: An album just feels like such a huge level of effort that not a lot of artists are doing in the electronic space. I think debuting an electronic project with an album, not only did I want to show a really thought-out body of work, but I wanted to make a statement. 

10 songs is a lot to produce. When you put it all together in an album and make sure they all fit together seamlessly, it is very tough. Also, not even knowing how people are going to receive it is such a huge risk from a business standpoint. But I think this is what separates art from business. 

8. We heard there’s a special edition vinyl pressing currently happening for Devotion. Could you tell us a little about what makes it stand out from other pressings?

Modapit: Well, there’s only 50 of them available for purchase and once those 50 are gone, we are never printing them in this color again. We have already had a bunch of them gone. It is crazy to see them go since they are so limited. It’s also in my favorite color, Royal Blue. I love how it came out and I hope people appreciate it!

9. Are there plans about new singles/collaborations/EPs/remixes you can tease us about in the near future?

Modapit: I have at least two more albums worth of music that is unreleased. Are they going to be collaborations or EPs or even a next album? We are just going to have to wait and see. Just know, there are a ton of songs waiting to be released. A lot of them exist in the mixes I have posted online. 

10. What’s your ultimate goal as Modapit? How would you want people to recognise you in a few years’ time? In other words, what image would you want to carve into the EDM industry in the following years?

Modapit: My hope is to transcend the EDM space and reach audiences that aren’t just restricted to Dance music. I would love to bring people from Hip-Hop, Indie, and Pop into my music. By working with a bunch of artists outside of Dance music, we can start experimenting with the music Modapit is making and opening up different audiences to Modapit’s music. 

11. How will your EDC Orlando debut differ from your EDC Las Vegas debut? What are you most excited about for the upcoming performance?

Modapit: EDC Orlando is going to have a mess of new music. My plan is to bring EDC Las Vegas to Orlando but with new music. EDC Orlando is going to hear music that hasn’t been heard by anybody yet. I hope that’s exciting for people because it makes me nervous! 

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Thank you, Modapit, for the lovely chat. We wish you the best this weekend in Orlando!

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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.

Hardwell

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.

Kasablanca

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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