Kris Barman has been making music professionally for almost two decades, but since starting his solo project as Wuki in 2012, he has truly received his flowers.
His 2020 remix of Miley Cyrus’ “Mother’s Daughter” earned him a Grammy-nomination, and the remix madness hasn’t stopped. In a fast-paced digital landscape that he says is not far from dance music’s bootleg roots, Wuki’s sound is a perfect fit.
Fresh off of a big summer in which he played Red Rocks, Sunset, Shambhala, HARD Summer and more, Barman joined us from his home studio during a well-deserved break from touring to talk HARD’s LA homecoming, his viral edits, and his newest release.
EDM Maniac: It’s been a busy summer for you. What was it like to play a packed set in a city that you largely consider a second home, on such a momentous occasion as HARD returning to LA?
Wuki: It was such a cool experience to be at the Coliseum and see them bring it back there. It felt like a celebration in a weird way.
I think maybe because there were just so many of my friends there. So many LA friends and industry friends. It just felt like a huge hang.
EDM Maniac: As many people know, your live shows are always a party, but you’ve really connected with fans off the stage as well—sharing bootlegs and edits on Instagram and TikTok with your “Beats I Can’t Release” series. How has this engagement impacted you?
Wuki: I think I’ve benefited from it. It was kind of a random thing I stumbled into when the pandemic hit. I was always known for bootlegs and stuff.
And I remember at the time, TikTok was just started buzzing. So I was like, “Well maybe I’ll just post them on here; see what happens.”
It’s pretty awesome. I’ve gotten to build a little community that loves my edits. It’s helped me build more of a core fan base, which has been really helpful.
I think it’s also helped me find my sound even more, in a weird way. I still make a bunch of crazy edits and I play a lot of faster stuff in my sets, but as far as releases, it’s pretty much just straight house music now.
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EDM Maniac: You’ve been making music professionally for a long time now. In what ways does this new digital landscape compare to earlier days in the industry?
Wuki: Back when I was in my band, Innerpartysystem, you could blow up overnight with MySpace. That’s actually how we got signed. And I think there are some similarities now with TikTok and reels, and being able to go viral within a couple of days.
We’re seeing a lot of artists pop off because of it. It’s a tool that everyone should use because you could get tons of followers and fans from it.
I think it’s important to stay up to date on these things. It all affects the music industry. But at the end of the day, you still want to just focus on making music. That’s the most important thing.
EDM Maniac: One of these songs that first featured on your page as a “Beats I Can’t Release” video is your new single “Sunshine (My Girl),” a beautifully upbeat edit of “My Girl” by The Temptations. What was it about that iconic vocal that struck a chord with you?
Wuki: I think I’m always trying to do something different than everybody else. For the past couple of years, the trend has been to take R&B or rap vocals. And I was just like, “Well, why stop there? Why not go back in time?”
I was on a ’70s kick, ’60s kick, looking through old playlists, and that song came up. And I was like, “Oh man, no one’s ever flipped this. No one would think to flip this.”
It was right in house tempo. It’s not swung. And then I just did my thing. When I remix stuff I try not to do too much—let the song breathe on its own. I’m really stoked that it’s finally getting out there. FISHER has been playing it, which is, to me, such a dope stamp of approval.
EDM Maniac: This isn’t the first time you’ve taken a classic and put it into party mode. What is it about sampling in this manner that is so fun for you?
Wuki: I mean, it’s kind of like a hack, right? You might be introducing new people to the song who don’t know it, or you might already be getting people who are fans of the original song.
And also, I’m just a huge fan. I’ve been playing guitar since I was 11 years old. A lot of that music influences me anyway. Dance music started out sampling —like Daft Punk is all sample-based. So to me, it stays true to what dance music is about.
EDM Maniac: Also on the docket is your aptly named, Sunshine Tour. What are the shows going to be like? What can we expect from your performances?
Wuki: Oh, man, great vibes. I think there are four or five headline dates. So it’s mostly a festival run to close out the end of the year.
I’m just excited to just get back out there. I just had like three weekends off, which was really nice. I’ve been chilling, working on my set. I have a bunch of new edits to play.
I’m going to Hawaii, which I’m excited about. Lots of sunshine, lots of vibes. And then I’m also doing a Christmas show in LA. We’re going to call it Wukmas.
EDM Maniac: What else can you tell us about this show?
Wuki: I do tons of Christmas edits or holiday edits. So I’m excited to do a theme, just make it really fun. We’re gonna do something crazy. I’m not really sure what yet, but it’ll be funny.
All images courtesy of Wuki. Image 2 Credit: Terry Beeman.
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Published Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2023 22:42:56 +0000
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Creamfields To Build Largest Indoor Stage Ever For 2024
Creamfields is going big for 2024, really big. The UK Music Festival took to Instagram to announce an incredible new stage for 2024. The APEX Stage will be the largest indoor festival superstructure ever.
Called ‘APEX’, it will have a capacity of 30,000. The stage will be open Friday-Sunday of the festival with an extended 4 am close time on Saturday. This is the latest end time of the festival to date.
Previous mainstages of Creamfields always featured a giant LED screen and plenty of production around it. However, given the unpredictable weather in England, this structure will shield festival-goers from the elements.
The pictures of the proposed stage look stunning. Creamfields will take place from August 22nd – 25th at Daresbury, Cheshire. It has a daily attendance of 70,000 over the 4 days. There are limited tickets available here.
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Title: Creamfields To Build Largest Indoor Stage Ever For 2024
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Published Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2023 21:47:05 +0000
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Tomorrowland Winter Confirms Full 2024 Lineup With Vintage Culture, Nina Kraviz, + More
Just because it’s getting colder outside doesn’t mean excitement for festivals has to slow down. Tomorrowland Winter has confirmed the full lineup for its 2024 return to the French Alps.
From March 16-23, 2024, over 150 artists spanning the entire electronic spectrum will ascend to the Alpe d’Huez ski resort for a week of dancing on the highest peaks surrounded by panoramic, snow-capped views.
New additions include underground titans like ANNA, Yulia Niko, Mind Against, and Sama’ Abdulhadi, alongside champions of bigger sounds like Alesso, Laidback Luke, Vini Vici, and Blasterjaxx.
A cornerstone of the Tomorrowland Winter experience is dancing in complete cold weather gear, which attendees will be able to do on the stage aptly titled Top Of The Mountain (which sits at 3,300 meters above sea level). This comes in between hitting the slopes and even having the chance to go dog sledding or paragliding over the icy peaks.
However, throughout the week, attendees will also be able to dance indoors as the festival takes over the entire Alpe d’Huez resort. Many of the stages are covered and heated, and guests can enjoy all the other amenities the resort offers like fine dining and spa experiences.
Check out the full lineup for Tomorrowland Winter 2024 below. Click here to purchase tickets.
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Title: Tomorrowland Winter Confirms Full 2024 Lineup With Vintage Culture, Nina Kraviz, + More
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Published Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2023 17:38:49 +0000
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Swedish House Mafia To Play Exclusive New Track In Roblox
On December 1st, at 6 pm EST, DJ’S World is bringing you an extraordinary experience – the Swedish House Mafia Roblox Concert Interactive Experience. Get ready to be immersed in a world where music transcends boundaries and brings people together.
For those who might not be familiar with Roblox, it’s a platform where users can create and play games, as well as socialize with others in a virtual environment. It’s a place where imagination knows no limits, and now, it’s becoming a hub for unforgettable musical experiences. The Swedish House Mafia Roblox Concert Interactive Experience promises to be an event like no other, blending the worlds of music and gaming in a way that will leave you in awe.
The Swedish House Mafia
Let’s take a moment to dive into the incredible journey of Swedish House Mafia. The trio, consisting of Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso, burst onto the electronic dance music scene in the early 2000s. Their top songs and energetic performances quickly captured the hearts of millions around the world.
Swedish House Mafia’s unique blend of Progressive House and Electro-House created an unmistakable sound that set them apart from the rest. Tracks like ‘Don’t You Worry Child‘, ‘Save the World,’ and ‘One‘ became anthems of a generation, filling dancefloors and festival stages with unparalleled energy. Their music became a symbol of unity and celebration, bringing people from all walks of life together.
Now, imagine being able to witness the magic of Swedish House Mafia’s music in a virtual environment. The Swedish House Mafia Roblox Concert Interactive Experience will transport you into a world where you can relive their greatest hits, surrounded by fellow fans who share the same passion for music. It’s an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and create memories that will last a lifetime.
A New Era of Virtual Concerts
The Swedish House Mafia Roblox Concert Interactive Experience is not just another virtual concert – it’s a groundbreaking event that pushes the boundaries of what is possible in the digital realm. Through the power of Roblox, DJ’S World has created a fully immersive experience that will make you feel like you’re attending a real-life concert.
But the Swedish House Mafia Roblox Concert Interactive Experience goes beyond just visuals. Thanks to the interactive nature of Roblox, you’ll be able to dance, jump, and interact with the environment, making the experience feel even more immersive. You’ll have the chance to explore different areas of the virtual venue, meet other fans, and even participate in mini-games and challenges. It’s a concert experience like no other, where you become an active participant, not just a spectator.
How to Join the Experience
Now that you’re eager to be a part of this groundbreaking event, let’s talk about how you can join the Swedish House Mafia Roblox Concert Interactive Experience. The first thing you’ll need is a Roblox account. If you don’t have one yet, don’t worry – creating an account is quick, easy, and free.
Once you have your Roblox account read. On the day of the concert, simply login to Roblox and search for the event. DJ’S World will provide a dedicated space for the Swedish House Mafia Roblox Concert Interactive Experience, where you’ll be able to join in the party.
The Swedish House Mafia Roblox Concert Interactive Experience is set to be an unforgettable event that brings together the worlds of music and gaming. Get ready to dance, jump, and connect with fellow fans in a virtual environment that will leave you in awe. The birth of Swedish House Mafia’s music, the new era of virtual concerts, and the steps to join the experience – it’s all coming together on December 1st, at 6 pm EST. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to be a part of something truly groundbreaking. See you on the virtual dancefloor!
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Published Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2023 19:34:47 +0000
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