Category: Events / Shows

EDC 2017- Same Same, But Different.

*Written by Lizzie Rose for Electronica Life

Electric Daisy Carnival just wrapped up it’s 21st year of production and hung up it’s fluffies for another year. Spanning three days in the steamy Vegas Motor Speedway, attendees flooded the I-15 each night hoping to dance under the electric sky. Many who attended EDC this year would agree that it definitely did not disappoint. If you’ve been to EDC, you understand what the experience is like. Stimulating and exciting, it is like the peak of joy and high energy all condensed in one space.

Each year, I know what my experience at EDC will be like. In many ways I have moved on in life to different jobs, friends, and perspectives- but walking into that speedway on Friday night will always feel the exact same that it did five years ago when I went for the first time. It was my first festival, and I was absolutely blown away at the production and energy of the space. I remember sitting in the grass by the Cosmic Meadow looking out over all of the people trading kandi, meeting each other, and dancing together. I was in way over my head, and from that point on I was obsessed with Dance Music Culture.

Standing in the same space five years later is an interesting experience. Tens of thousands of humans had experienced EDC since I had last attended. If I could watch the events of the past five years on a time lapse it would be a blur of technicolor vibrancy and fireworks. While so much had stayed the same on repeat, the production each year has been growing and morphing into more than attendees could imagine. The main stage this year was completely wild. A goddess stood with her arms open while the entire stage moved and lit up in many different ways. A hidden gem this year was the art cars, with The Kalliope and The Dancetronauts (among others) hosting an underground vibe that never stopped bumping.

I once saw a quote written on a wall at Bonnaroo, and it said: “Life is so scary, theres planes gone missing, there’s people getting shot, there’s wars going on- Anytime you can get thousands of people jumping up and down in a field together that is the most beautiful feeling.” I think that this quote defines why EDC is so special. Why is it that I, having gone to countless smaller festivals and multiple years of Burning Man, desire so strongly to return to EDC each year? It feels like returning to my roots, helping others along their journeys, and being part of what started it all for me.

The largest selection of music diversity available at a festival, I heard everything from house music to drum and bass. Walking from one side of the festival to the other is like visiting EPCOT in Disney World- You can dip into one culture for awhile and then move on to another. Highlights for me were Space Jesus, Liquid Stranger, Griz, Dillon Francis, and Sacha Robotti.

A whirlwind of different sounds and feels, the energy at EDC is amazing but can definitely be intense. I want to formally thank The Zendo Project and commend EDC for having them onsite. This year someone close to me needed their help, and I am so thankful that we are part of a community that is conscious of making sure each attendee is safe and as comfortable as possible. Overall, EDC was everything I had hoped for and more.

The Global Journey DJ Battle – Presented By Brussels Airlines

Four DJs will battle it out at HAUS (NYC) July 12th, 2017 for their chance to win a slot at this years Tomorrowland!

According to DJTimes, the four competing DJs are as follows:

1) Fatum
– Grammy-nominated artist
– Releases on Anjunabeats, Armada Music, Ultra Records, and Big Beat/Atlantic
– Performed Escapade Festival on Anjunabeats Stage
– New hit single, Fatum feat. Angel Taylor: “On My Own” (Armind)

2) Damien Anthony
– Resident mixshow on the nationally syndicated “Weekend Throwdown with Jagger”
– Collaborator with the Disco Fries and JayCeeOh
– Releases on Perfecto Records
– Billboard magazine’s #1 charting remixer

3) Sheni Doko
– Beatport “Top 25” charting artist
– Collaborator with Laidback Luke
– Winner Discovery Project: EDC 2016

4) Mike Saint Jules
– Former Pacha NYC resident
– Performed EDC NYC & Dreamstate 2016
– Supported by Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten and Armin Van Buuren

The DJ competition will have two (2) winning DJs who will be each awarded an expense-paid travel package for two to Belgium and a DJ time-slot on the Brussels Airlines Stand at Tomorrowland.

The two grand prizes include: round-trip flights from NYC to Brussels, private accommodations for two at Dreamville, weekend festival passes and the DJ-set for two (2) winning DJs – one DJ on weekend #1 of Tomorrowland (July 21-23), and the other DJ on weekend #2 of Tomorrowland (July 28-30).

Tickets for the Global Journey DJ Battle can be purchased by clicking here

Dance Music Based Social Justice Organization Give A Beat Hosts Airbnb Experiences In LA & SF

*Written by Crystal Garcia for Electronica Life

Los Angeles based dance music organization, Give a Beat recently became one of the very first nonprofit organizations to curate and host a social impact experience on Airbnb’s new Trips platform, a people-powered platform designed to make travel both easy and magical by bringing together where people stay, what they do and who they meet all in one place. Through booking Social Impact Experiences offered on the Trips platform, guests can support great causes alongside passionate people and 100 percent of the funds go to the cause. As part of the Trips launch, Give a Beat experiences were one of the very first featured on the platform.

Since last fall, Give a Beat is currently hosting two experiences, “Life-Changing Music” in Los Angeles, and “Inside Out Music Experience” in San Francisco that both support their mission by bridging the dance music community with youth and families impacted by mass incarceration.

“We had a great time at the DJ lesson with the group. It is catered to anyone regardless of their past exposure to music and DJs. Sean’s passion for music and DJing is infectious and I walked away with great interest and respect for this art in addition to the things I learned.” -Kaiyi

The LA Experience: “Life-Changing Music” is a one-day immersive hosted by founder of Give a Beat, Lauren Segal. The experience includes a tour of Homeboy Industries, lunch at Homegirl Café, a private DJ lesson at Point Blank Music School, and ends with a night out at one of LA’s best nightclubs. To learn more or to book a date, visit the experience here.

The SF Experience: “Inside Out Music Experience,” is hosted by Zach Reisler, a freelance journalist for SF Station. This experience includes a private two-hour DJ lesson at Pyramind Music Production school, followed by VIP access to one of SF’s grandest nightclubs. To learn more or to book a date, visit the experience here.

About Give a Beat: Give a Beat is a nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for social change by bridging electronic dance music culture with youth and families impacted by incarceration. Through DJ workshops and mentorship programs, they offer creative outlets for youth and job creation opportunities for the formerly incarcerated.

About Mass Incarceration: The U.S. is the world leader in locking up people for minor offenses for excessive lengths of time, in inhumane conditions, without proper legal representation, and at a stunning cost to the U.S. economy of $1 trillion a year, according to the new study from Washington University in St. Louis. Due to the launch of the war against drugs in 70’s, the criminal justice system has been called a “Holocaust in slow motion.” It has had global repercussions such as the disenfranchisement of Black voters heavily impacting the outcome of the last election. Give a Beat aims to represent the dance music community’s response to mass incarceration through innovative grass-roots driven music programs.

Connect with Give a Beat: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

EDC Las Vegas 2017 could NOT come soon enough!

EDC Las Vegas, one of the most anticipated events of the year, has almost arrived. Occurring from June 16-18th, this event is basically Christmas day for the thousands of people who anxiously look forward to it all year long. About a month out from the festival, Insomniac released its highly anticipated hard-hitting EDC 2017 lineup, and it definitely has something for everyone. This years lineup is being called one of the best, and those who used to attend EDC years ago are talking about returning to their roots. EDC is often the introduction to electronic culture for many people, and this year it is attracting young and seasoned listeners.

The lineup this year boasts something for every listener. A wide range of genres tucks mini communities into each stage of the festival. Artists I am excited to see include Above and Beyond, Liquid Stranger, Space Jesus, The Desert Hearts Crew, Hardwell, Major Lazer, Oliver Heldens, Gramatik, Griz. Datsik, and Bleep Bloop.

Every year, EDC’s lineup encompasses a selection of the best diverse talent in the industry. The energy at EDC is unlike any other festival, as there are so many different types of people gathered from all over the world. We’re so excited to return and see what awesome changes and improvements Insomniac has made to the festival. Electric Daisy Carnival represents all that is happy in the world, the guilty pleasures that society causes us to shy away from, and the utmost essence of childlike wonder. Oh yeah… and A LOT of glitter.

Lightning In A Bottle 2017 Has Returned When We Need It Most!

*Written by Lizzie Rose for Electronica Life

Woah – It feels absolutely crazy that it’s already almost May! More specifically, we at ElectronicaLife are filled with excitement that it’s time for Lightning in a Bottle! Rapidly growing in popularity, the festival has truly become an iconic event that you don’t want to miss on the American festival circuit. The festival is occurring from May 24-29th in Bradley, California and is the perfect fusion of the best music, amazing food, stimulating workshops, and engaging speakers and panels.

The child of transformation and high stage production, LIB is truly unique in it’s ability to welcome all festival goers. From those who just found out about The Do Lab through Coachella to those who have been attending religiously over the years, Lightning In A Bottle is sure to provide the perfect atmosphere for whatever experience you need at the time.

Over the last two Lightning in a Bottle festivals that i’ve attended, I have been a different person each time. I’ve grown and learned different things, with various experiences drifting me around in life like the tides. When going to this festival, you drive far away from your reality, eventually landing nestled up in Bradley, California.

No other festival has managed to pull such incredible talent while remaining cozy and maintaining comfortable family vibes. Lightning in a Bottle manages to retain the small gathering vibes on a large scale. This year’s lineup includes major hitters like Bassnectar, Bonobo, Rufus DU Sol, Troyboi, Paper Diamond, Jhene Aiko, and Paper Diamond.

With beautifully designed stages, The Lightning Stage hosts the biggest acts, followed by the Thunder Stage, The Pagoda Bar, The Grand Artique, and The Woogie. The bright colors that make up the different stages present a vibrant atmosphere complete with the pulsation of a stellar sound system.

Lightning in a Bottle is definitely not to be missed! You can snag tickets here. Get em before they sell out!

Andrew Rayel Announces ‘Moments’ (Armada) Album & World Tour

MOMENTS is the second full-length studio album from the internationally recognized electronic dance music DJ and producer, Andrew Rayel. The first single from the album is out now and it’s titled, Andrew Rayel featuring Eric Lumiere, “I’ll Be There.”

“Unstoppable. Ferocious. Magical. The live DJ-performances of Andrew Rayel are an art form and all the world’s a stage. Rayel’s ever-expanding legions of admirers have been clamoring for his next full-length studio album since 2014’s Find Your Harmony. After a three year period of nonstop touring and stints of intense focus in the recording studio, Rayel is ready to release his second studio album, Moments (Armada) on May 5th, accompanied by a world tour. The first single from the album is out now and it’s titled, Andrew Rayel featuring Eric Lumiere, “I’ll Be There.” – prweb

Listen to Andrew Rayel, Moments: here

Tour dates:

Minimal Sessions Los Angeles Is Gaining Speed

*Written by Lizzie Rose for Electronica Life

Detroit is often known for its excellent techno and minimal house. There is one promoter in Los Angeles who is quickly establishing itself as the premiere promoter for techno and minimal house music events – Minimal Sessions. Over the course of the past few years, Minimal Sessions has quickly gained a solid fan base of techno and minimal house lovers in the LA area. Minimal Sessions prides itself on exposing people to the best minimal and tech house artists at its monthly residency at Outspoken (formerly Couture) in Hollywood, CA.

On Saint Patrick’s Day I had the pleasure of attending the latest installment of Minimal Sessions featuring acclaimed tech house producer and DJ Matt Sassari. The Saint Patrick’s Day event marked a landmark date for this event. With over 500 people in attendance, it was by far the largest Minimal Sessions event to date, and the crew was elated. Outspoken provided an intimate environment and the dance floor was absolutely packed. Attendees showed up in green to celebrate the holiday and united together to share their love of techno.

The Minimal Sessions crew decorated the DJ booth in giant four leaf clovers and provided drink specials in honor of the holiday. Sassari played an amazing set, as did Durtysoxxx of Funk’N Deep Records (co-presenter on the show), and Minimal Sessions label owners, Shmitty and Tyler Rouse who played a special B2B set. Tyler Rouse of Minimal Sessions said, “It’s so exciting to see so many people excited about techno in LA, especially on a holiday when there are so many other choices. It seems like it’s actual techno fans, not just holiday fans”.

Be sure to catch the next Minimal Sessions event featuring Barbuto and Remmington on May 19th. Minimal Sessions also has a boutique record label that is renowned for its excellent minimal and tech house releases.

Visit Minimal Sessions on the Web for More Info!


m.O.N.R.O.E. + Daniel Dubbs’ EP Around the Black Rock has Officially Dropped on Desert Hearts Records

With Desert Hearts Festival around the corner, we can’t stop listening to the artists on their label. One that we can’t stop vibing with is m.O.N.R.O.E. + Daniel Dubbs’ new EP Around the Black Rock.

Inspired by BurningMan, the 2 track EP is beautiful, melodic, and thought provoking. For me, It brings up deep emotions of synchronicity and flow in a constantly changing world. Listening to these tracks takes me to another place completely, one where different scenes flash through my imagination.

The Desert Hearts team states “If getting lost in a dust storm while rallying with the homies had soundtrack, the title track would fit perfectly. It’s a gorgeous track that stirs the dance floor pot every time. The B-Side titled “I know” is a beautifully deep piano laced track synonymous with the vibe you’ feel during sunrise. It’s almost time to get dusty in the desert.”

We can’t believe Desert Hearts is this upcoming weekend! See you out at Los Coyotes! 

Tickets and Info


Desert Hearts 2017 is Here at Last!

After Desert Hearts skipped their fall festival this year, we knew we had to wait a whole year until we’d be back on the speakers at Los Coyotes. This was not an easy thing to swallow, as Desert Hearts has become something that allows us to check in with ourselves and our friends and express ourselves in a comfortable space. My last two Desert Hearts experiences i’ve experienced deep, deep learning about myself and perspective shifts that have changed my life thereafter. As living and breathing humans, experiences shape our personalities every day. Our cells regenerate and we change our hair, clothing styles, and favorite songs. Events like Desert Hearts, with pure vibes and good intentions, help us to pull back to center and observe these changes.

The fact that we get to celebrate with the Desert Hearts crew in a few weeks (March 31st – April 3rd) has us like little kids on Christmas. The weather is getting warmer and the sunsets are coloring the skies later and later, as festivals are beginning to bloom all throughout the country. Desert Hearts kicks off the festival season engine, bringing an awesome lineup to Los Coyotes Indian Reservation once again for three days of techno. Deep Jesus, Justin Martin, Marques Wyatt, Sacha Robotti, Taches, Tara Brooks, and Terrakroma and many more headline the gathering, with the beloved Desert Hearts Crew with Mikey Lion, Porkchop, Lee Reynolds, and Marbs keeping the “hometown vibes” strong.

Desert Hearts is such an incredible display of creation and art. A walk throughout the venue will have attendees crossing paths with many live artists, installations, lounge areas, and carefully chosen vendors. Everything about the Desert Hearts vibe is on point, which is probably why such a loyal family has grown from the events. When you are at a Desert Hearts event, you are family.

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Last year’s photo album : click here

Thailand’s Wonderfruit Festival Knows How To Party with Purpose

*Written by Jacqueline Khoury for Electronica Life

Wonderfruit is exactly what happens when your dedicated squad produces a massive Burning Man stage, houses deep sunrise parties with Robot Heart veterans and expresses progressive foresight in its ethos like Further Future. It was not only loved by the 10,000 people who made it this past February 16-19th, but exceeded expectations with impressive world-class production and an eclectic line-up of artists who really knew how to throw down unforgettable sets. This too-good-to-be-true mash-up went beyond those trippy sunrise parties and beautiful fashion by following their ethos for sustainability and positive change.

This year featured three exceptional stages and countless other spots to enjoy live sets throughout the day. Each of the main stages had its own energy and housed different styles based on their unique themes. The Solar Stage, which appeared at Burning Man in 2012 and 2013, was shipped in from California by legendary Burning Man architect and engineer, Gregg Fleishmann. His climbable, multi-leveled and multi-dimensional arrangement using the Lost Triangle of Pythagoras was Wonderfruit’s clear choice for sunset and sunrise house parties. Acrobats and fire performers lit up the stage as body-painted wonderers danced and climbed in and around the puzzle-pieced wooden frames. The stage’s mystical and stunning sets always attracted diversity with the intention of oneness.

The Solar Stage became the epicenter for my daily relax sessions and the primary hub for us house heads to journey through deep cosmic sets. Eric Volta, a London-based psychedelic DJ whose technical range has mystified spots like Boiler Room and Robot Heart at Burning Man, masterfully set the house tone for the entire weekend. Jason Swamy, Further Future Co-Founder and Director/Co-Founder for Wonderfruit, also played a set on Saturday, proving just how involved and vibrant the creators are from start till finish. Yokoo, a deep house beast who’s recently been releasing tracks on Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream label, graced the stage with beats that expressed truthful melodies and sincere love for the art, making his Sunday sunrise set one of the best.

“This structure was designed for exploration through climbing to allow the community to come together and contemplate sacred geometry and the sacredness of existence. – vents like Wonderfruit that bring people together to appreciate their connections and surroundings, are the perfect place for this installation.” – Gregg Fleishmann

The Farm Stage was a big testament to the ethos Wonderfruit followed. Designed by Thor. Kaison, this visually striking stage was built entirely of rice from local farmers’ yield and based on traditional ceremonial structures to celebrate Thailand’s historic rice farming culture. Located right beside the on-site farm, it naturally channeled a grassroots energy, making it the perfect layout for his culturally diverse musical line-up. Each night the crown of the stage transformed into a psychedelic light performance that illuminated the entire Wonderfruit sky. To be in Thailand and see the creators working with the land, guided by their traditional roots, sparked a natural oneness with the people, soil, and stage.

This year Wonderfruit allowed campers to bring food, so I brought some snacks and saved my meals for the phenomenal choices I remembered obsessing over last year. Choosing and experiencing all of the different food options was a festival of its own. Besides getting my 4:00 pm fix of sauce-smothered chips from the Pattaya-based burger bar Junk, I vowed to try a different meal each time I was hungry.

Straight Outta Thonglor was a personal favorite food spot. It had the largest selection, featuring all-day-breakfast, 4 types of noodles, 3 broths, fried chicken, cold-pressed fresh juices, and 6 types of pizzas. This special collaborative crew definitely kept the food as funky as the hip-hop beats they dropped. Marcel, a casual French cuisine and festival favorite, had its own special DJ line-up and served up some bangin’ mussels. If you happened to be sipping on wine during sunset at Marcel, chances are you stayed for the fabulous dance parties. Rocketfruit’s funky crew served up healthy Scandinavian flavors, but I stayed for the live daytime deep house sets and fresh coconuts.

The festival’s ethos for sustainability and making a positive impact on society was of leading importance to the creators, making Wonderfruit a true catalyst festival for positive change. They took the initiative three years ago to turn the fields into a living and breathing community that strives for personal responsibility and progress. The festival’s ethos was not only a literal guideline, but a necessity in our global community today. Wonderfruit has proven again to be a festival for those seeking more than great music and art, and from seeing the stellar dedication through action and presentation, it is only going to get better with each passing year. On that note,

Here’s a list of Wonderfruit’s praise-worthy projects and methods successfully used to make a direct influence on the people and planet.

● It became a net positive event by investing in Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve in Borneo, Indonesia. Rimba Raya is the largest REDD+ project and privately- funded orangutan sanctuary in the world.
● Biodegradable water bottles were used.
● As a result of the #wewillkeepwalkingcampaign, over 1,000 mangrove trees will be planted along the delta of Mynammar in effort to offset carbon emissions.
● Cash proceeds from the Rainforest Pavilion went directly to saving rainforest land for permanent conservation through Cuipo.
● Scratch Talks held during the days at Rainforest Pavillion centered around inspirational and powerful eco-centered presentations by regional heroes.
● Wonder Kar, Wonderfruit’s first art car, was made entirely of reclaimed junk.

See you in December!

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Wonderfruit 2017 official after-movie:

**Photos without a watermark are credited to Wonderfruit.