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Unparalleled Festival Networking at XLIVE 2016

*Written by Carlos Rodriguez for Electronica Life 

LAS VEGAS, NV –  A winter trip to the desert proved to be a festival journey unlike any other.  While other festival conferences have either stagnated or fallen off the map in the last few years, X-Live has rebranded, expanded, and hired an all-star team to bring together true innovators in the festival market. X-live now includes festivals of multiple genres, like food & beverage, music, film and more. Several thousand festival producers, operators, vendors, agents and more descended upon the Tropicana for three days of non-stop conferences, workshops, keynote speakers and meetings.

Attendees ran the full gamut, ranging from newly minted entrepreneurs with just business cards and ideas, to full scale festival promoters, to venture capitalists looking for new additions to their portfolio. No matter what you were looking for, if you looked hard enough you could find it. Of course the higher value individuals typically make a quick pass through the event, so you have to be well connected & well planned to grab them at the right moment to get a couple words in. Luckily XLIVE attracts enough of these people, that no matter what you are looking for, you are likely to find at least a few connections that will add great value to your organization.

Networking is the primary reason any business person ventures to an event like this, and XLIVE knows it. They help you set meetings with other attendees if you are a sponsor. They will reach out and discuss strategy and do their best to connect you with the people you want to be connected to. They even run their own meeting room and assist with scheduling in between parties.

Breakout sessions were numerous, running through the different challenges that each festival faced, while trying to keep the conversation to the similarities between us all. The X-live EXPO hall was one of the better, if not the best in the festival conference space. Many of the booth’s were vendors selling competing products, but despite being competitors, many felt they were meeting the right people and building their networks.

Heatwave Havasu Spring Break & Music Festival – Phase 1 Lineup Announced

Here is your Phase 1 line up for Heatwave Havasu Spring Break & Music Festival Music Festival!

Carnage | Slander | Bear Grillz | Dr. Fresch | Lookas | Party Thieves

Packages start @ $219! Our friends at Unity are producing this epic Spring Break experience with JusCollege & Revelation!  It takes place over 4 weeks in Lake Havasu City, Arizona over the month of March! Use code “electronicalife” at checkout in the “referred by” section to receive a discount on your purchase. For tickets & info, click here!

 

Global Dance Festival Sets the Tone for Arizona’s Growth with Relentless Beats

*Written by Lizzie Rose for Electronica Life 

Global Dance Festival wrapped up it’s third year of production with an incredible night of festivities put on by Relentless Beats. This festival was one day long, but provided weeks worth of awesome memories. I traveled into town for this event, as did three of my friends who reside in other states. Global Dance has become a tradition for us after graduation, conveniently joining us together right by Arizona State University. This year we were so impressed by the improvements in venue set up and lineup.
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Arriving at Rawhide Western Venue is such a unique experience. Like a ghost town turned rave, the decor is completely fit for a cowboy, yet sounded like the bass pod at EDC. The fusion of country and EDM is such an odd breath of fresh air, not to mention the three stages and all of the vendors that amplified the energy. Walking around the venue I expected the college kid vibe, but was actually met with the maturation of the music scene that I am used to seeing at events across the west coast. One thing was clear- Relentless Beats and it’s gatherings had matured drastically since my days at ASU. Their events have grown larger and larger and significantly more organized and enjoyable to attend. As a place someone ostracized from the California and Colorado music scenes, Arizona is often overlooked. Relentless Beats has personally brought talent to the area that would have never landed there otherwise.
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I actually stayed at the main stage for most of the night, which is unlike my exploratory nature, but the music was amazing all evening. Galantis was light and fluffy and beautiful feel good music followed by Bassnectar absolutely wrecking the crowd. His set was dirty and intense, just how his loyal following of bassheads was begging for. I’ve experienced more relaxed and mellow sets from Lorin, but this one was just the amount of adrenaline the crowd needed. Afterwards, I was able to meet him and snap a photo of him with one of his biggest fans- which was an absolutely awesome experience. It’s always a rush getting to meet an artist you admire, and you could tell he felt grateful for the love the crowd was throwing at him throughout his set.
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We meandered over to Datsik for awhile and enjoyed the intense sounds of modern dubstep, thinking about how far the genre has come. It seems like these artists are always somehow inventing and mixing in new sounds- continuously finding ways to bring the heat more and more intensely. Thank you so much to Relentless Beats for helping so many awesome people experience a taste of the unifying and uplifting events that have created our festival scene today. Without you we would still be paying 40$+ per artist on the off chance they happen to be stopping in Phoenix.
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Global Dance & Relentless Beats Bring Bass To The Arizona Desert

Arizona’s thriving electronic music scene has grown exponentially over the last three years, mainly due to the influence and hard work of Relentless Beats. By initiating the organization of events that pull talented artists together on one festival lineup, Relentless Beats has seen incredible success with events like Global Dance Festival. Global Dance is gearing up for it’s third year, boasting artists that perhaps only stopped by Phoenix individually in the past. Global Dance Festival, a one day gathering in Chandler, Arizona on Friday November 19, is set to turn up the volume at Rawhide Western Town & Event Center.

This year, the artist lineup is an unreal combination of bass, dubstep, and melodic sounds. With the king himself: Bassnectar headlining followed by Nero, Galantis, Alison Wonderland, Datsik, Herobust, Louis the Child, Mat Zo, and Valentino Khan. Not only is there something for everyone, but there may be scheduling conflicts because the experience created by every artist on that lineup is so desirable. Especially with festival season winding down for the winter, this event couldn’t come at a better time for those of us who just can’t get enough.

General Admission passes are available for $89. VIP passes, with preferred main stage viewing area, bottle service, restrooms and separate entrance are available starting at $149. Tickets are available online at www.globaldancefestaz.com. Global Dance Festival is an 18 and over event.
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A Bangin’ New Years Eve with BangOn!NYC

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When choosing how to spend your last day of 2015, NYC is nowhere near short of options. We’ve decided to join BangOn!NYC on a journey into the New Year for their Time + Space event in Brooklyn. Taking place at an un-christened 30,000 sq ft warehouse, the event features 2 stages and a silent disco powered by Function-One sound, 3D projection visuals, art cars, and a midnight rocket launch. Dirtybird label’s finest, Justin Martin and Kill Frenzy (and many more TBA!) will be throwing down beats until the dawn of 2016!
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Infinity NYE 2016 – Above & Beyond, Michael Woods, Crizzly, UZ + More!

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INFINITY NYE 2016

From the creators of Heaven & Hell Halloween, we are bringing in the New Year at Town & Country (San Diego, CA) and this time we are taking over the entire Resort and all it’s Ballrooms!

ARTISTS LINE UP:

ABOVE & BEYOND

CONNECTION. If one word sums up the phenomenon of Above & Beyond then that is surely it. Whether it’s the thousands of A&B fans singing their lyrics back at them at gigs from Beirut to Brixton, or the millions that tune in for their weekly Group Therapy radio show, connection – real human connection – is at the heart of all things that define Above & Beyond. Like just about everything they turn their attentions to, it is a labour of love as well as a collaboration of the trio’s energies. De La Soul weren’t wrong. Three really is the magic number: and in Above & Beyond’s case the magic is spreading faster than ever before.

CRIZZLY

”I’m Crizzly. I’m from Texas. I make Crunkstep.”
Music became a part of Chris Lee “Crizzly” Marshall’s life at a very young age. As he recalls, he discovered it as a child-insisting on making his kindergarten class listen to the Space Jam soundtrack during naptime-but he didn’t formally embrace it until high school. Picking up a set of turntables, he scored his first gigs at birthday parties. At 19-years-old, production began to inspire him, and he started remixing rap songs from YouTube with a distinctive flare. He released his own takes on Waka Flocka Flame’s “Hard in Da Paint” and “Snap Back Swag” from AJ Hernz, and suddenly he set the blogosphere ablaze. Numerous web sites began reposting these cuts, and Crizzly developed a fervent following.

UZ

After The mysterious ƱZ came up on the soundcloud scene about 1 year ago, with the amazing Trap Shit series. With huge support from DJ’s worldwide, the likes of Diplo, Flosstradamus, Skrillex, Toddla T, Baauer, and Craze to name a few, UZ’s debut EP was released on Jeffree’s, a sub-label to Mad Decent. “UZ tunes are drunken energy sub bass and cartoon horn stabs that make my stomach feel weird and my feet shuffle,” Diplo writes.Raw and powerful, but with a laid back tempo, UZ gives listeners a chance to slow down without losing momentum.

MICHAEL WOODS

After first breaking onto the scene, as a then teenager, with 2000’s top 20 UK hit ‘Warrior’, going on to produce Example’s only UK #1 & 1.5 million selling single ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’ and holding down his new Las Vegas residency at LiFE at the SLS, Woods is a well and truly established force to be reckoned with. 2015 kicks off with new material already slated for a consistent year on Diffused, and an exciting collaboration with UK Drum and Bass legend Roni Size. Stay tuned!

BAD ROYALE

Bad Royale is a Southern California based DJ and producer group who, in the last year, have pushed and broken the boundaries of dubstep, bass, moombahton, and have gone as far as serving up their own genre known as “kingstep.” Bad Royale are known by those close to them as some of the hardest working producers in the industry, constantly trying to break molds and experimenting with new sounds to push their “kingstep” to new heights. If they are not playing a set, they are guaranteed to be found in the studio from morning to dusk.

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Awakening Ft. Don Diablo At Exchange LA – December 11th, 2015

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Insomniac invites you to explore a world of synesthetic rhythm where anything is possible, uncovering the mysteries within the music and within ourselves. Rediscover a sanctuary of sonic unity and awaken your senses every Friday night at Awakening. Friday, December 11, 2015, Insomniac presents Awakening ft. Don Diablo. We, elctronicalife.com will be hosting the “gallery” room – which will be called PLANTAS – and will have green Plants & Trees along with deep, jazzy, funky beats for you to vibe with. 21+ only…

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Don Diablo’s hectic tour schedule has taken him to UK, USA, Australia, Japan, Brazil, Israel, and playing at clubs and festivals like “Passion” club in London as resident DJ in 2002, to Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher, Dancevalley, Godskitchen, Impulz, Mysteryland, Creamfields, Haoman 17, Turnmills, Innercity, Extrema Outdoorn, ElectroNation and Razzmatazz and Space (Ibiza) to name a few. Enjoying great diversity, he has produced for diverse number of artists such as Kelis, Alex Clare, Diplo, Example, Dragonette and Noisia. Other artists include Rox, Sidney Samson, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and remixes for Tinie Tempah, Mika, The Chemical Brothers, Cassius, Gorillaz, Public Enemy, Iggy Pop, Plump DJs. Don Diablo has been very active in the blog scene. According to North American music blog aggregator The Hype Machine, he was named “Most Blogged Artist” in the world several times which brought publicity to the producer. – from wikipedia

Henrix Talks Miami Music Week & Performing at Avalon Hollywood Saturday April 25th

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Fresh off performances during Miami Music Week and a new track release “Alright” off Laidback Luke’s label MIXMASH, Henrix prepares to play Avalon Hollywood this weekend followed by a few residency tour dates at THE LIGHT Las Vegas. We caught up with the Miami native to hear all about his experience at MMW, and thoughts on the LA electronic music crowd.

Crystal: With the hecticness of MMW and WMC ending just a few short weeks ago, how did your experience differ this year and what was it like performing at Laidback Luke’s ‘Mixmash’ pool party?

Henrix: It’s always crazy for me, this year I guess there was a lot more running around, so many gigs and other parties to attend to, plus a ton of interviews so I barely had time to breath. Not that last year was much different but this one was a bit more..haha. It was amazing playing at Luke’s Mixmash pool party, this was my third year in a row and its always fun. The party is usually sold out so thats always good.

Crystal: Being that you actually live in Miami, how would you describe the changes that you’ve witnessed occur during MMW with each passing year?

Henrix: It’s gotten way bigger and more commercialized thats for sure. It’s become this massive global phenomenon.

Crystal: Would you consider these changes positive or a detriment to the electronic music scene in the U.S.?

Henrix: To me, it’s a good thing. You get a lot of new fans that will discover the sub genres of dance music that way. Some underground artists don’t like it but they don’t see the positive in it

Crystal: Speaking of positivity, your new single “Alright” is a message of love and good vibes for the scene. What was the inspiration behind the lyrics of this track?

Henrix: Honestly the vocals were all Zashanell. When I work with her I let her do her thing. She’s a true artist and she writes what she feels at that moment. She definitely nailed it thats for sure!

Crystal: Besides “Alright”,  do you have any upcoming tracks to be released?

Henrix: Ah Yes! I have a few upcoming tracks. I have a collab with Laidback Luke, a solo original coming up in May, a collab with Digital Lab coming out on Kaskade’s label Arkade, and another collab with Adrien Mezsi on Size. Also got some other tracks finished but not signed yet. So there’s a lot coming, plus there are a few remixes.

Crystal: What was your reaction when you found out that Kaskade played your upcoming track “Drop Low” during BOTH of his much anticipated sets at Coachella these past two weekends?

Henrix: It felt great! Especially being able to see it on Youtube live when it was happening. The crowd reaction was amazing so it felt amazing.

Crystal: I know that you have an upcoming show at The Avalon in Hollywood this weekend, do you enjoy performing in LA? Also, do you feel that the audience is different in any way considering that LA is said to be the new global ‘EDM’ hub?

Henrix: I love LA. Its one of my favorite places to play in the U.S. The energy is always so intense and Avalon is just so crazy, the crowd and the sound system there is so dope! It is different from other cities, they know their music so thats always good

Crystal: Do you have any advice for aspiring DJ’s and producers?

Henrix: Keep working your ass off! Sometimes it feels like you’re not getting anywhere but success is right around the corner. Before ‘Hit It’ came out I was pretty much in debt and things changed completely with one song. I worked my ass off for many years before that one song that everyone played came out.

Crystal: What is your best hustler story from when you were trying to make it as an artist?

Henrix: At one point I had a full time job and produced when I got home and only slept 4 hours a night everyday so I can keep perfecting my craft. It wasn’t easy but I knew it had to be done.

Crystal: Can you tell me one thing you’ve never said before in an interview?

Henrix: mama say mama sa mamakusa

Crystal: Haha..Please don’t stop the music! 😀

With a plethora of new music soon to be released on noteable labels and the support of dance music’s golden boy Kaskade, it’s clear that 2015 is set to be an explosive year for Henrix.Be sure to catch him at an upcoming show and witness the meteoric rise of this upcoming star!

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Henrix upcoming dates:

4/25 2015 – Avalon Hollywood – Los Angeles/CA

4/29 2015 – The Light – Las Vegas/NV

5/06 2015 – The Light – Las Vegas/NV

5/15 2015 – Chi Gamma Epsilon at Dartmouth College – Hanover/NH

5/30 2015 – Mur Mur at Borgata – Atlantic City/NJ

6/06 2015 – The Light – Las Vegas/NV

Henrix social channels:

https://www.facebook.com/HenrixMusic

https://twitter.com/HenrixMusic

https://soundcloud.com/henrixjams

Chuckie at Create Nightclub April 3rd, 2015 Tickets – Chuckie Metamorphosism 6 Hour Set

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::CHUCKIE::

Having risen to fame with chart successes such as ‘Let The Bass Kick’ and ‘Aftershock,’ Chuckie’s career has continued to develop thus turning him into a global phenomenon who never fails to win over legions of fans with his upfront approach to making and playing music. Taking dance and urban music by storm in Europe, The United States, and South America and beyond, he is spreading the Chuckie flavour with his explosive beats, surprise FXs and adulated climaxes. Although Amsterdam based, this truly international DJ and producer works tirelessly to fit everything into his hectic schedule whether he’s on a plane or in a hotel room as he travels the globe performing to millions of fans in the world’s best clubs.

Born in South America’s Suriname as Clyde Sergio Narain, Chuckie later moved to The Netherlands where his passion for hip-hop and electronic music grew and eventually manifested itself in his decision to become a DJ and producer. His energetic mixing skills coupled with his ability to effortlessly cross over into various different musical styles and his understanding of how to work a crowd has made Chuckie one of the most in demand DJs in the world. A strong purveyor of Amsterdam’s ‘dirty house’ sound, Chuckie has helped spread the sound of the city to the global dance scene, marking Amsterdam as an important player in this global industry. His own ‘Dirty Dutch’ club concept has evolved over the years from a solid urban event for 6,000 people into a massive house music night for 30,000 people and now even consistently sells out Amsterdam’s RAI stadium in record time.

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Groove Cruise Miami 2016 – Setting Sail to Jamaica!

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