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Whyte Fang and the “Very Weird Side” of Alison Wonderland She Couldn’t Hide Anymore

Alexandra Sholler is weird. Her words—not mine. When I caught up with Sholler, whose fans know her as the superstar DJ and singer-songwriter Alison Wonderland, one word popped up more than any other: “weird.” On a radiant day in Los Angeles, we’re ironically talking about Whyte Fang, her secretive nom de plume by which she’s writing the darkest music of her career. Profound but lost, Whyte Fang has always been veiled beneath another skin. Making woozy beats that could soundtrack a fever dream out of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, she predates Alison Wonderland and she’s subconsciously influenced the chart-topping artist all these years. But she’s a completely different person. They just happen to look alike. After all, who are we if not doppelgängers of...

Every Space Is a Safe Space With EDM’s Bass-Bumping, Bar-Spitting Pop Star, Wreckno

Everyone is welcome to a Wreckno show, so long as you are welcoming everyone. Enter a Wreckno concert and you will see posters reading, “This is a Safe Space, We do not tolerate: Racism, Sexism, Anti-Semitism, Ableism, Homophobia, Transphobia, Xenophobia, Body Shaming.” In other words: don’t be an asshole.” That is not a coincidence. It’s by design. Venues are required to put up these posters for Wreckno’s shows.  “I would think of the things I didn’t see when I would go to many of the mostly straight men’s shows,” Wreckno tells EDM.com. “I spent a long time going from a teenager at Electric Forest to someone on the main stage curating a vibe, and then getting to headline shows. I was like, ‘How can we make it known to everybody ar...

Rezz On Grappling With Mental Health and Insomnia: “Nobody Knew What I Was Going Through”

It seems Rezz was all but able to relax this year. The Canadian electronic music superstar recently appeared as a guest on KITTENS’ podcast, “She/Her/They,” to open up about the adversity that came with a grueling touring schedule, among other topics. She’s typically not one to appear on podcasts or do video interviews, let alone speak so intimately about her own personal mental and physical health, touring and finding healthy love. Rezz begins talking about her struggle with her mental health right before the “Spiral” tour, the biggest and most expensive headlining tour of her career. She said she really struggled with the tour and was reluctant to do it because the music was two years old and didn’t represent her as an artist ...

Inside Perry Farrell’s Enduring Mission to Popularize Stateside Warehouse Culture

Losing a million dollars will teach a man a few things. Just ask Perry Farrell.  Farrell has maintained just the right combination of DIY attitude and an appetite for controlled chaos to continue effectuating his lifelong ambitions in music—but it hasn’t always been sunshine and roses for the legendary rocker. Today the Jane’s Addiction frontman is planting the seeds of a promising global event series, “Heaven After Dark.” While the event itself has the makings of a hit, Farrell needed to apply decades of experience and intangibles to make it so.  Ahead of the upcoming “Heaven After Dark” takeover of Los Angeles’ Catch One in early December 2022, Farrell caught up with EDM.com for a candid interview wherein he shared his view on...

After ‘Embracing the Darkness’ & Confronting K-Pop Concerns, VERIVERY See Breakout Hit ‘Tap Tap’ as ‘A Fresh Start’

While making your debut into the K-pop industry is a battle in and of itself, carving your place in it is another conversation entirely that VERIVERY found required a series of experimenting and ultimately confronting harsh realities about themselves and their futures. Explore Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news After VERIVERY hit the K-pop scene in early 2018 with their feel-good, throwback-pop single “Ring Ring Ring,” the K-pop boy band dipped into singles that spanned into hard-hitting EDM, smooth-groove R&B, experimental electronica and more. The septet always had international expansion top of mind with a DIY mindset being hands-on with music they felt was relatable beyond core K-pop fans and creatively directing and editing some of their ...

The travel that changed me: Mark Vanhoenacker

As a commercial pilot and best-selling author, Mark Vanhoenacker has seen the world from a rare perspective. Here, he tells us about life in cockpit Growing up in the small town of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Mark Vanhoenacker spun the illuminated globe in his bedroom and dreamt of distant cities. Streets unspooled, towers shone and anonymous crowds bustled in cities where Mark could be anyone – perhaps even himself. Now, as a commercial airline pilot, Mark has spent nearly two decades criss-crossing the planet, touching down in the cities he imagined as a child. Mark revisits these cities month after month and year after year, and has seen them grow and change in a way few of us ever will.  Mark first wrote about his experiences in the best-selling Skyfaring, followed by How to Land a...

Music Is the Drug: A Deep Dive Into Substance-Free Raving With “The Sober Raver”

From non-alcoholic cocktail bars to substance-free music festivals, there has never been an era for sober raving quite like this one.  To most people, ecstasy, LSD and vodka Red Bulls are practically synonymous with the “EDM” acronym. But over the last few years, a cohort of sober concert-goers have slowly brought their lifestyle to the mainstream, like the organizers of a “detox” music festival in Colorado and Electric Forest’s Camp Traction Sober Group Camp, which caters to those who want to get high off the music alone.  Chelsie Cahoon has partied hard—and sober—since her late teens. Now she owns a clothing brand called Music Is The Drug and hopes to continue bringing awareness and acceptance to all corners of dance music culture, one t-shirt...

Nicki Minaj Talks Motherhood and More For ‘Interview’ With Jada Pinkett Smith

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Arturo Holmes/MG22 / Getty Nicki Minaj is a legend and a superstar. She is also a mother and by some recent accounts a bully to the many female rappers who have come in her wake. She sat down with Red Table Talk host, Jada Pinkett Smith for Interview Magazine to talk about these issues and more.  The “Super Freaky Girl” rapper shared that she had delayed returning to work after the birth of her son with husband Kenneth Petty. The baby was born in September 2020 and she said that she experienced “real bad separation anxiety.”  Nicki Minaj notes that a lot of that anxiety derived from her own childhood when her mother left her with relatives in Trinidad to pursue job opportunities in the United States. “So I’m reliving all of those things now beca...

The travel that changed me: Melanie White

In a new memoir, former yacht chef Melanie White examines the dark side of luxury travel. Here, she explains why her story had to be told At age 22, Melanie White is flying high. Good grades at school? Check. Reliable university degree? Check. Steady graduate job? Check. Her feet are firmly planted on the ground until she finds herself plunged into the superyacht industry – despite having been on a boat only three times in her life. Melanie White As a yacht chef, Melanie must devise, develop and deliver fine dining menus for some of the wealthiest people on the planet, all while learning how to run, sail and race a multi-million-pound yacht on the job. She is forced to adapt to a wholly unnatural life, largely confined to a crammed galley and bunk bed with live-in colleagues. Amid the...

How Bebe Rexha and David Guetta’s Complex Bond Creates “Incredible Chemistry”

Siblings fight but—much more importantly—they love each other. That dynamic is at the core of what makes Bebe Rexha and David Guetta such a dominant duo. Rexha and Guetta have an intuitive bond as musicians, the sort of innate ebb and flow typically reserved for lifelong friends. That level of compatibility can cause friction, but the tension is eclipsed by cohesion. The pair have repeatedly churned out smash songs together: “Say My Name” (with J. Balvin), “Hey Mama” (with Nicki Minaj) and, most recently, “I’m Good (Blue).” The chemistry between Rexha and Guetta is world-class, but their journey has been rocky at times. Rexha’s name was originally left off the marquee for “Hey Mama,” a song that—unbeknownst to the general public—w...

How SLANDER “Thrive” by Leaning On Each Other

SLANDER know first-hand how invaluable a good co-pilot is. The duo of Derek Andersen and Scott Land recently released their debut studio album, Thrive. Released on September 22nd, the record is a culmination of a decade of touring in tandem, co-producing songs and putting their creative heads together. It’s a formula that has brought SLANDER no shortage of success. In fact, brief deviations from their shared journey have been uncomfortable and unwelcome. “When we’re performing, we can lean on each other,” Andersen tells EDM.com. “I think that’s super huge. We’ve both done a couple of solo shows over the course of this journey. Personally, I remember doing a show. Scott was having surgery and I think it was in Thailand a couple of years ago for 25,0...