1. The Good
So, first of all, to inaugurate the EDMTunes Livestream Awards, we wanted to give a shoutout to the artists, organizers, and festivals which completely nailed it and made our quarantine a million times better. Thank you for making such a huge effort and helping us reunite with the music we love.
Rookie Of The Season: The Biggest And Most Likeable Surprise
Calvin Harris Love Regenerator Sets
Hundreds of DJs have been streaming on their own during this quarantine. Calvin Harris, however, took it to another level. The DJ decided to show us that, apart from being a best-seller records maker, he also has extensive knowledge of the big groove of the old school. Through a series of live streams and a performance at Defected Records Festival, Harris gave us nothing but the best during his sets. A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.
The Da Vinci: Most Creative
Following up on these EDMTunes Live Stream Awards. During this quarantine, some people really let their talent and creativity fly. Some decided to take us to places never visited before, and others dropped us inside the places which remind us of the good times before quarantine. Unlike the last award, EDMTunes nominated multiple artists and festivals for this one, so let us know in the comments who do you think is the creative MVP!
Oliver Heldens’ EDC Rave-a-thon Under The Sea Set
This one was just hilarious. Oliver Heldens went undersea surrounded by some odd fish companions for his EDC Virtual Raveathon set. Aside from the set being as good and enjoyable as a Heldens set typically is, the surroundings made for an even more memorable set. You can relive that one here!
David Guetta @ Downtown Miami
This youtube comment sums up David Guetta’s set perfectly:
The French legend delivered an amazing set from Downtown Miami for many to enjoy. The fundraiser event has over 6 million views on YouTube and made Miami return to the era when you could actually see the person playing music for you with your own eyes. Truly a memorable one. Hats off to David Guetta. Go watch it here!
Chet Porter: Digital Mirage 2 Underwater Set
So, yeah. Heldens took the green screen and made himself appear as if he was playing underwater. Then, Chet Porter came. After declaring himself a fan of DJs playing at weird places, the DJ did the first underwater stream inside a pool. Yeah, you read that right. By far my favorite and in my opinion the most creative moment.
Well, of course. This is the literal definition of creativity. Bringing hundreds of thousands together, into a series of breathtaking virtual stages, with a virtual crowd, and your favorite DJs. Pāpiliōnem brought us together into a whole new place in which we united throughout the world and experienced something like never before. Even if you don’t like livestreams, you’ll appreciate this one, as Tomorrowland really outdid themselves and delivered the most complex live stream festival of the season.
If by some strange reason you missed this one in a lifetime event, you can buy your relive Tomorrowland ticket here!
Traveling From Home: Best Setting
A couple of months after the pandemic started, some artists decided to up their game. Locations for live stream sets improved drastically, and in this section, we bring some of our favorites to you!
Kaskade @ The Grand Canyon
How high? Well, canyon high. That’s how high Kaskade decided to go for this one. One of the most amazing and breathtaking landscapes we’ve ever seen, along with a platform that shined with the brightest colors, and of course, an amazing set from Kaskade left us wordless. Kaskade entered one of the wonders of the world and made it even more beautiful through his music.
Nora En Pure’s Purified 200 @ Gstaad Switzerland
Beautiful. No other way to describe it. Nora En Pure took us to a place straight out from a fairy tale – one of those places you only see in movies such as The Lord Of The Rings or in a Game Of Thrones chapter. She then continued on to deliver a 2 and a half-hour set, completely mixing her sound with the magic of her surroundings. Relieve this very special set here!
Martin Garrix Live On Dutch Waters
One of the things this pandemic allowed us to do was appreciate the beauty of the world without people on it. Martin Garrix knew exactly how to capture this beauty and took us on a boat ride through the landscape of his country while gracening us with an amazing set. If you want to watch Garrix deliver his powerful beats while traveling through Dutch waters, click here!
Meduza Live At Terraza Martini, Milan
Just as we love nature’s landscape, mankind’s work is nothing but breathtaking. For this one, Italian DJ Meduza took us into the rooftops of one of the most beautiful and majestic cities in the world. Milan, Italia Surrounded by imposing buildings that showcase the best of the Renaissance, Meduza dived deep into the heart of house music.
Oliver Heldens live from The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam
One of mankind’s wonders. Only one little thing. This one was built specifically for music. The Royal Concertgebouw is where we head to once more, find two names that appear multiple times on this superlative awards editorial. Oliver Heldens & Digital Mirage. The DJ put on his best clothes and then proceeded to fill this Opera Hall with one of the best house sets of the quarantine.
Charlotte de Witte’s ‘New Form’ II: Return To Nowhere @Beatport Live
Speaking about humanity’s greatest constructions, is there something as amazing as a Castle? A majestic fortress, filled with history and tales of old times. That’s exactly where Charlotte de Witte delivered one of the best techno sets for Beatport, and you can relive it here!
Carnage (Afterhourse Set) – Beyond Wonderland At The Gorge Virtual Raveathon @ Gianni Versace’s Mansion
Last, but not least, there’s Carnage. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a video for this one. However, think about this: Carnage, playing a livestream techno/house set at Gianni Versace’s mansions? Flex of the year. Whether or not you enjoy the artist, the setup was on a whole other level.
Represent Your House: Best Record Label Livestream
So, you’re still here? Lovely! Moving on. EDMTunes Livestream Awards brings you on to our ‘Best Record Livestream’ awards. There were a series of labels who took this opportunity to have their artists showcase the best of their music catalogs during the quarantine, and here at EDMTunes, we think the following deserve a very special shoutout!
Heaven for trance lovers. Anjunabeats, Above and Beyond’s label had many live streams, many delivered by their founding members (shoutout Tony). If you need new music in your life, this is the place to go. From meditations to throwback,s you’ll definitely enjoy it.
Seven Lions’ label has done nothing but grow. Their artists are some of the best in their respective fields and their music is something completely different from the rest of the industry when it comes to designing sound.
Delivering nothing but class and magnificence during their live stream for Beatport, Swedish techno label founded by Adam Beyer delivered in a big way with some of the most enjoyable sets in which it was all about the music.
Another one you’ll see a lot in this article. It was hard to find a weekend that didn’t have an Insomniac live stream. From repetitions to genre specifics, to some of the best live events, Insomniac was undoubtedly the quarantine’s king.
As Tough As An Old Nokia Phone: Endurance Award
Artists always talk about how hard finding the right music is. Now, can you imagine doing it for multiple, consecutive days? On this one, we wanted to recognize those artists who really shown us that they’re music gurus. Duration is no the only thing taken into accountability, but also the diverse flavors each stream had. Let’s get to it!
Myon’s 24-Hour Twitch Set
Myon‘s 24 hour Twitch set was a highlight for many inside our team. Being able to play nonstop good tracks for 24 hours is crazy, and yet, Myon managed to pull it off. The DJ played everything he’s enjoyed in the last 20 years, and the result did not disappoint at all. You can stream this one here!
Neptune Project – A Magical Journey for Ayesha & Apollo Aid 2020-06-13
We were unable to find a video or link for this one. However, after checking the 1001tracklist link, I think things are pretty clear. 267 songs. Yeah, you read that right. Neptune Project, the duo from the UK played for a whopping 28 hours, delivering an astounding set filled with some of the most magical tracks I’ve heard. If you haven’t listened to these guys, do yourself a favor and check them out.
Bob Sinclair: 55 Days In Paradise
At almost two months, Bob Sinclair gave us a series of sets that were just so unique. Disco, Funk, House, Tracks of the Moment, Africanism. This man did it all for almost two months and proved legends still definitely got it.
The last stream, which took place almost 3 months ago, is one of my favorites. You can check it out here!
Soffi Tukker’s 1 PM Daily Stream
Over a hundred days of streaming! Over a hundred days of the finest music! A hundred days+ of two best friends enjoying their company and delivering the ultimate groove into our houses. Aside from surprising us with some of the funniest outfits during these days, Soffi Tukker delivered thousands of tracks with the highest quality. Who knows how long they’ll continue doing so, but while they do, we’ll have something to dance and enjoy every day at 1 pm. You can catch all their sets here.
Heisman Trophy: Most Likely To Become A Real Festival
Raise your hand if you watched an online festival during quarantine. Yeah, thought so. Lucky for us, this quarantine brought us some digital festivals which did such a good job, we just can’t picture them not having their own live edition after this is all over. So, without further ado, we present the festivals which we are sure will one day remove online festival from their lineup announcements.
This is one of, if not the, best festivals of the season. Through its two editions, Digital Mirage, organized by Proximity and Brownies & Lemonade, brought a huge amount of DJs who completely named into their festival. Malaa, Mercer, Gryffin, Louis The Child, Oliver Heldens, Nitti Gritti, Flosstradamus. The list goes on. Digital Mirage was undoubtedly the most successful online festival, and we are sure we’ll see the festival land into our reality and our physical space as soon as we return to normal.
Dreamworld Online Festival
Over 5 million viewers. Over 70 hours of content. And more than 10 of the biggest sponsors out there. For 3 days Dreamworld Online Festivals streamed some of the best DJs in every genre! Sam Feldt, Party Favor, Luca Lush, Crank Dat, ARMNHMR, and Darude were just some of the artists who joined this amazing festival. Hopefully, next time we see their lineup announcement, the money they used to donate the fight against COVID will be used to bring up one of the best online festivals into the physical world.
Award For Best Actor: Best Set
We enter the Top 3. The best performance given by an artist. This one was hard. Many choices, many excellent performances. But in the end a choice must be made. However, we’d like to give a shoutout to every single DJ who took their time during this quarantine to delight us with their music. Thanks for saving the quarantine for all of us.
Charlotte De Witte B2B Enrico Sangiuliano
All hail the new royal couple of techno. Whether it might be the love in the air, or a close friendship, Enrico Sangiuliano and Charlotte De Witte are our new favorite techno couple. The two partnered up for an amazing performance! Hopefully, we’ll be seeing more of the two, behind decks or not is up to them to decide.
Eric Prydz Cell @ Tomorrowland
As if Tomorrowland’s festival wasn’t already good enough on the virtual side, Eric Prydz decided to give it an extra push. The Swedish DJ announced that his brand new show, CELL, would be performed during the online festival. This set has been picked by many inside our team as the ultimate quarantine set, and, what else can you expect from a genius such as Prydz? We can’t wait for the day when we are able to experience CELL live.
Are you deep? I mean, are you deep enough? I don’t think so. And Dj Hanzel certainly doesn’t. Dillon Franci’s way better alter ego (jk, love you Dill) came out during the quarantine to delight us with his deeper style. Through 2 sets, we dived into a deeper world. There’s no doubt, DJ Hanzel’s return was one of the bests things of the quarantine, and hopefully, he’ll stay around to teach us the true meaning of going deeper.
Gryffin @ Digital Mirage 1
This was one of the first authentic online festival sets. Gryffin took over Digital Mirage’s first edition joined by Gigi, who’s a very good boy (or girl) and delivered an astounding set, with an outstanding view. Simply amazing. For me, that was the time where we realized, not all was lost. Music always finds a way into our hearts. Until the time we can hug each other again, music will unite our souls. Catch this one in a lifetime experience here!
ZHU @ EDC Virtual Raveathon
My personal favorite. Everything was in place. Amazing set up: check. Awesome outfit: check. Mad collaborators: check. Good music: Why even ask? ZHU delivered what, in my opinion, was the best set during the online festival season. Through his amazing voice, crazy mind, and unmatchable talent, the DJ managed to leave his mark with a performance that made us feel as if we were one of the mannequins standing inside wherever he was.
Award For Best Director: MVP Of The Season
An actor is good. However, a director leading him into the right setting should get a shoutout as well. With this award, we wanted to recognize the organizers, the event planners. Those who took into their hands the task of entertaining us during this quarantine. And so, let’s get to it!
Beatport was one of the first to jump into the livestream venture. David Guetta, Destructo, Carl Cox, and many more joined Beatport to deliver an amazing mirage of sets with nothing but the highest quality. Think that’s not good enough? Well, Beatport decided to allow everyone to crosspost their events. This way, we and many others were able to share the magic of their events, bringing way more viewers into what turned out to be an amazing party. Here at EDMTunes we spent hours and hours praising the events and the DJs involved. Good job on that one Beatport. Definitely nailed it!
Proximity X Brownies & Lemonade
Seriously, is there someone not waiting for a third Digital Mirage? Good guy Proximity and Beatport came together for one of, if not the best festivals of the season. Through a super extensive range of artists we experienced the best EDM has to offer right now. Amazing settings, fun, and love were all over the place the days Digital Mirage 1 and 2 took place. You’ll catch me buying my Digital Mirage tickets as soon as the physical festival is announced. What Proximity and B&L did during this season truly showcased they’re ready to take the big step into the festival industry. The best duo of the season!
If you made it into this list as a name, not a label, a corporation, or a collective, but by yourself, well, that’s something special. Good ol’ Pasquale Rotella, EDM’s favorite uncle. I mean, seriously, this man did it all. He streamed some of the audience’s favorite past sets, organized genre-specific events, and put up one of the best online festivals of the season. EDC Virtual Raveathon was amazing, not only due to the performances and setup, but thanks to a host who put everyone into a good mood as soon as he grabbed the mic. Pasquale showed that, after all this years, the music is the most important thing for him. He’s not in it for the money, but to make people happy. Knowing guys like this are in charge of the industry allows us to trust we’re in good hands, and heading down a good path.
Best Movie Award: Best Festival
Ah, yes. Here’s our final award – or at least our final good award. Online festivals saved our quarantine. Plain and simple. Can you imagine if we had to spend these last months without them? I just can’t even think about it. Lucky for us, festivals were there for us, and while we wait for them to come back to us, we want to recognize those who did the best job.
Here at EDMTunes, we love Porter Robinson. So, it was obvious the EDMTunes Livestream Awards would nominee anything Porter Robinson was doing. Secret Sky, organized by, you guessed, Porter Robinson meant the second coming of a festival that captivated everyone in the scene. With its beautiful art, a lineup that contained some of the hottest and most diverse acts inside the scene right no according to Robinson and a special performance by the one and only DJ Potaro, Secret Sky was a beautiful festival and one of a kind during this season.
There’s really not much to add after all that’s been said. Beatport came, curated some of the best quarantine music for us, and delivered some of the best sets out there, always sharing through crossposts. Their reconnect festival was one of the firsts to come into the spotlight, and allowed millions to unite through every social network to enjoy music for days.
One we’ve also mentioned before. The Tomorrowland experience was different from anything else. Taking DJs and placing them in front of such a complex digital experience certainly deserves recognition. More than a million people united during this last weekend as the effort behind the biggest festival inside the industry of dance music made its best effort to showcase what the Tomorrowland experience is all about. The result? Magnificent. They absolutely nailed it. Even after Tomorrowland returns, a trip to Pāpiliōnem will still be something people will be down for.
Another one we’ve mentioned extensively before. We’re serious guys. We’re waiting for that Digital Mirage physical edition announcement. If you put half the effort you put into this amazing experience, we’ll have an amazing new festival in our hands. We see you, Digital Mirage. And we tip our hats to you.
EDC Virtual Raveathon
My personal choice. From Svdden Death’s Voyd hard-hitting dubstep to Zhu’s mysterious journey to Tchami’s and Malaa’s unique house sound, EDC Virtual Raveathon had it all. Even the cleaner was good! Shout out Disinfecto! Pasquale, you simply nailed it. Here’s to more events!