Category: PREviews / REviews

Gear Up For Electric Daisy Carnival 2015

EDC Las Vegas, otherwise known as the “Christmas Day of the EDM culture” has almost arrived. This is good news for the thousands of people who anxiously look forward to this event all year long. About a month out from the festival, Insomniac has released its highly anticipated hard-hitting EDC 2015 lineup, and it definitely has something for everyone. The lineup first hit the Internet written in a secret code complete with a key to decode each artist’s name, and within hours was completely decoded in English by the excited fan base. It’s safe to say that with so much talent in one place, there will definitely be some time conflicts.

Crowd favorites such as Above and Beyond, Avicii, Bassnectar, Afrojack, Bingo Players, Kaskade, Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris, and Pretty Lights will be returning to the Motor Speedway. Additions like Flume, Brillz, Crizzly, Hotel Garuda, Protohype, and Disclosure along with so many other amazing artists set this up to be an epic experience.

So what is it about Electric Daisy Carnival that has kept it so popular for so long? Though the lineup every year encompasses some of the biggest talent in the industry, the atmosphere and energy of the festival keep people coming back year after year. We’re so excited to return and see what awesome changes and improvements Insomniac has made to the festiva. 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.

Info: http://lasvegas.electricdaisycarnival.com

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Striving To Break Through In The EDM Industry? Why You Should Attend EDMbiz 2015

*written by Crystal Garcia for Electronica Life
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After having attended Insomniac’s EDMbiz Conference & Expo the past two years in a row, I can attest that EDMbiz truly is the premier Electronic Music Industry gathering of the year in America.Taking place annually at the gorgeous Cosmopolitan Hotel June 16-18 , the 2015 installment is set up to be bigger and better than previous years. This year will see an added 3rd day of panels, keynote speakers, and presentations along with an expo hall showcasing the latest products and gadgets in the industry.

Whether you’re an aspiring artist, manager, agent, photographer, student or simply anywhere in between just trying to make your mark in the rapidly growing Electronic Music Industry, EDMbiz needs to be on your radar and here’s why.

A who’s who of the industry leading the conference

Panels and discussions of last years conference included a “Team Hardwell’ panel with Hardwell and his team of industry veterans explaining how they’ve worked together to catapult Hardwell into skyrocketing success as DJ Mag’s #1 DJ at the tender age of 25. Another informative panel led by Krewella’s manager and founder of Third Brain Management Jake Udell, included Director of Marketing and Talent Buyer for HARD Events Danny Bell, and CEO of Monstercat Mike Darlington, along with a few other young leaders of the industry discussing their success in the panel “#20something”. Trance superstars Above & Beyond also lead an entertaining artist discussion.

Unparalleled networking opportunities

As you may have already noticed, EDMbiz is teeming with industry head honchos and game changers. Even better is the fact that these are only a few of the names you can expect to see at the conference. Company and agency CEO’s and managers are abundantly in attendance for most likely the same reasons you are, networking. They’re there to meet new people and make business deals, so don’t be afraid to spark a conversation with that certain person you dream of working with. When else will you ever be in the same room with the biggest names in the industry? Start a conversation during the provided lunch buffet or invite them to talk over a coffee at the onsite coffee bar, you never know the possibilities that result when you take a chance.

Electric Daisy Carnival & EDC week

As if EDMbiz wasn’t already exciting enough, Electric Daisy Carnival takes place the day after the conference is over, and it is the kick off event for EDC Week. Lucky for you, each night of the conference, badge holders receive free admission to officially sanctioned EDC pre-parties at the best nightclubs in Vegas. Hakkasan, Surrender and XS among many other top notch nightclubs were included in last years roster. Once you’re all networked out after three full days, expect one last hoorah at the closing party taking place at the Cosmopolitan.

Make major strides in your career all while having fun, you’re in Vegas after all. Work hard, play hard and we’ll see you at EDMbiz next month!

More info & reservations: http://www.edmbiz.com

Affordable Hotels & Accommodations for EDC Vegas 2015

If you’re planning to attend the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Vegas 2015, Unity Travel is providing affordable hotels and accommodations with shuttle service and discounts on food/drinks during the 3-day event.

Built for EDM lovers by EDM lovers, Unity Travel offers hotels and shuttles at very affordable rates. Last year, EDC Las Vegas drew 400,000 attendees over a span of 3 days and is expected to be even bigger in 2015. Booking early is a must for the 2015 event scheduled for June 19th to 21st, as prices tend to climb higher when the event date nears and people pack into the city’s hotels and accommodations.

Event goers have the option to build their own hotel and shuttle package at the luxurious, newly renovated Downtown Grand Hotel. The hotel is located in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, with access to great food and good vibes more than anywhere else in Las Vegas. And, as Unity Travel’s community is growing, it’s a great way to meet other people from around the globe who share a passion for dance music festivals.

Additionally, the shuttle distance to and from the event is much shorter than leaving from the strip and the rooms are upgraded & luxurious for roughly half the cost of a strip hotel. Save money & have a better experience!

Using the Discount Code “ELDAISY5“, attendees can book many accommodation packages… but the most popular by far is the package which includes 3 nights at The Downtown Grand, and 3-day shuttle pass with the option to make group and deposit payments. Each room package comes with a festival inspired gift-bag that includes Raveolution Recovery Formula™ and party gear from the fashion partners at RaverSwag.com. Use code ELBEYOND5 at checkout or call / text Josh at 702-265-8166 and tell him Electronica Life referred you and he’ll hook you up with the discount as well.

Click here to secure a discount & for more booking information

Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) is an electronic music festival held several times a year in the United States, Puerto Rico and the UK as of 2013. The festival was founded by Insomniac Events, and was originally a one-day event in Southern California. EDC later spread to multiple venues in multiple states including Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Puerto Rico. In 2009, it expanded to a two-day event and lasted 3 days in Las Vegas in 2011 when 230,000 people attended.

 Check out the interview we did with Unity Travel

Lightning in a Bottle Festival 2015 announces The Lucent Temple of Consciousness Speaker Lineup

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The tenth annual Lightning in a Bottle music and arts festival presents a fantastic Lucent Temple of Consciousness lineup featuring speakers at the Temple’s main stage include the best-selling author of Conversations with God Neale Donald Walsch, Unified Field physicist Nassim Haramein, plant medicine expert Dennis McKenna, festival founder Dream Rockwell, Bob Marley historian Roger Steffens, director of the new Russell Brand documentary Ondi Timoner, Kundalini Master Guru Singh Khalasa,  Tibetan Buddhist master teacher Pema Khandro Rinpoche, Entrepreneurs and Daybreakers founders Radha & Miki Agrawal, author Daniel Pinchbeck, Mayan Astrologer and Wisdom Keeper Aiesha Cosmos, plus festival favorite Jamie Janover, Luminaries featuring J. Brave, Conscious Entrepreneur Chip Conley, Pandora Thomas, and Daniel San.

With multiple stages, the Temple provides a sacred space for transformative experiences through holistic talks, panels of experts, workshops, yoga and movement by day. By night, music and ritual performances including world and ethnic dance, belly dance, ecstatic dance and unique circus arts. Nearby structures house the expanded Learning Kitchen, a newly expanded Healing Sanctuary, Mystery School, workshops, yoga, movement classes and the Meditation Temple Lookout up on the hill.

Music lineup includes Mia Doi Todd, Marques Wyatt, Beautiful Chorus, Rocky Dawuni, Leah Song Solo (of Rising Appalachia), Astarius Miraculii, Janover & reSunator, Shamans Dream and much more.

New this year on the main stage, an opening night film screening features unreleased documentary about Russell Brand called “BRAND: A Second Coming”, where he dives head first into drugs, sex, and fame in an attempt to find happiness. It will be followed by Q&A with the award-winning director Ondi Timoner and moderated by director and producer Jodi Wille.

Two panels – Sustainability in Business and Thriving as an Artist – will enlighten the mind’s eye. The sustainability panel includes CEO and co-founder of Thrive Market Gunnar Lovelace, California Baby founder Jessica Iliscoy, and product Manager Ecofilter and founder of Eco superheroes Joey Mendelson. The artist panel called “Thriving as an Artist” consists of Mear One, Brent ‘Shrine’ Spears, Rachel Mandala, Christina Angelina, Daniel Bilmes, and John Park moderated by the Do Art Foundation’s very own Carmen Nunez.

Also at the Temple’s main stage, a discussion on Love, Sex and Porn that will include Tantra Master Mark Whitwell, Porn Director Dana Dane, Tantra Teacher  Kamali Minter, Relationship and Sexuality Coaches Eva Clay and Bryan Reeves, moderated by Dream Rockwell.

The main stage is the center for music artists Mia Doi Todd, Marques Wyatt, Rocky Dawuni, Leah Song Solo (of Rising Appalachia), Beautiful Chorus, Shamans Dream, Alessandra Belloni, Fabiano do Nascimento, Sheela Bringi, Babes, Astarius Miraculii, Janover & reSunator, Luminaries, Shawn Barry, Josh ‘Yehoshua’ Brill, Akal Dub, Rara Avis, Dragonfly, Ryan Herr, Itom Lab, Shawni and Friends, CUTTaRUGG, Maru, Becca Dakini, and Mental Physix. On Sunday, May 25th, the temple will present  Reggae Sunday! with historian Roger Steffens presenting the life and music of Bob Marley followed by an afternoon reggae dance celebration with Reggae legend Rocky Dawuni and secret undisclosed Dub Dj.

There are two, expansive yoga tents, Yoga OM and Yoga Namaste, where participants can reawaken their body and mind with Yogis Guru Singh Khalasa, Micheline Berry, Mark Whitwell, Felicia Tomasko, Michael Brian Baker, Cheri Rae Russell, Kishan Shah, Cristi Christensen, Joan Hyman, Tony G, Bizzie Gold, Pluma, Brian Campbell, Sita Devi, Jai Dev Singh, Shawni and Friends, Ari Kanamori, Aruna Rigdzin, Gianna de la Torre, Gloria Baraquio, Lara Berg and Kevin Heidt, Jaysea Devoe, Kurt Johnsen, LA Finfinger, Scott Winslow, Ry Toast and Kristina & Joerael, fitness guru’s Jen Ator and Brett Hoebel amongst many others.

Meditation and spiritual rituals at the Meditation Lookout will be led by Felicia Tomasko, Michael Brian Baker, Ladamira, Alix Txe, Nature, and Raul Rosiles.

At the Yoga OM tent, festival goers can freely dance and move with Ecstatic Dance and Movement presented by Shamans Dream with Rana Satori, Ryan Herr with Tyler Blank, RaRa Avis with Eva Clay and Dj CuttArug with Sita Devi. Plus more ritual, dance and performance with Banafsheh, Parashakti, Fernando Bright Feathers, Jen Shields, Jeffrey Boynton, Ayaserpent, Wilpower, Linda Borini, Tijae, Josie Keys, and Jacqui Lalita.

At the Mystery School and Pineal Playground, workshop presentations are Rising Appalachia “Vocal Playshop”, Cameron Bowman, Kamali Minter, Eva Clay, Magda Freedom Rod, Josh ‘Yehoshua’ Brill, Pema Khandro Rinpoche, LA Finfinger, Zat Baraka, Joanne Ameya & Achintya Devi, Robert Kandell & Michelle Wright, Jennifer Partridge, Naada Guerra & Gianna de la Torre, Ashley Booth, David Ede, Ashley Moon Stanfield, Luna Love, and Priya Deepika Mohan & James Barnard.

Interactive art offers an integrated, engaging experiences with the Healing Sanctuary, Mayan Rune Oracle Readings with Aiesha Cosmos, Dr. Deb ‘Ask the Elder’, Lightning Without a Bottle, Dr. Nick’s Essential Oil Wizardry, Human Design with Akasha, and Sacred Ritual Healing with Daniel San.

The Learning Kitchen by day and a silent disco by night, tickle the palate with experiential chefs Hemalaaya Behl, Meredith Klein of Pranaful, Magda Freedom Rod, Valerie Farcelais, N.C., Cheri Rae Russell of Peace Yoga, Cristina Urioste of Rasa Foods, Sarinya Pui, Aruna Ross of the Yogic Medicine Institute, Jacqui Lalita, Eviane Coton, and Aimee Gilchrist of New Belgium Brewing Company.

On May 3rd, 2015, the inaugural Lucent Temple of Consciousness will be brought to downtown Los Angeles as a 12-hour urban retreat and pre-event to activate your body, expand your mind, and open your heart. RSVP for the May 3rd Pre-Event at Facebook page. For more information about The Lucent Temple of Consciousness, visit this page.

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Jayceeoh Sparks Up 4/20 with Free DL “JIT GOING HAM”

Out Now via Buygore Records

Dance music hypebeast, Jayceeoh, teams up with Buygore Records for his latest single “Jit Goin’ Ham”. Just in time for the holidays, catch this free download for any and all 4/20 festivities.

Jayceeoh was first inspired by “Jit Going Ham: Little Boy Destroying A Dollar Store For No Reason!”, the classic viral video that’s reached almost 1 million views after being posted to World Star Hip Hop.

The recording follows a “jit” (courtesy of Urban Dictionary: Juvenile in training. Any juvenile who doesn’t know how to act right and still needs grown-up training) losing it’s damn mind in a convenience store and destroying everything within it’s short wrath filled reach.

Jayceeoh’s spin on this video pulls audio samples from the man filming / narrating the acts of this child-terror. “Jit Goin’ Ham” hits harder than a rage filled jit’s fists to a box of unsuspecting cereal, emulating the aggressive acts of the child with choppy heavy thumping bass lines. Guaranteed to get jits and proper players going HAM, Jayceeoh brings the noise to a more appropriate setting, the dancefloor.

“Jit Goin’ Ham”

Lightning in a Bottle Presents The Lucent Temple of Consciousness Pre-Event on May 3rd

 

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The tenth annual Lightning in a Bottle music and arts festival presents The Lucent Temple of Consciousness pre-event on May 3rd at The Springs in downtown Los Angeles. This pre-event is a 12-hour urban retreat offering a glimpse into the sacred Temple areas, which seeks to create transformative experiences through holistic lectures, workshops, yoga and movement, food, art and live performance. To purchase tickets for the May 3rd pre-event, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/temple-days-lib-pre-party-tickets-16238616138
and RSVP on the Facebook event page.

 

Festivities commence at 11 a.m. as Pluma, the Mistress of Ceremony, welcomes participants at the Opening Ceremony, followed by nutrition authority speaker David Avocado Wolfe. Yogis Mark Whitwell and Micheline Berry will gracefully loosen up the limbs before engaging movement and musical performances from the likes of Lucent Dossier Experience with Jen Shields, Maggie Lally & Alicia Marie; a DJ set from Shamans Dream,Fernando Bright Feathers, INGA, and Aya Serpent. The sustainability panel will include CEO and co-founder of Thrive Market Gunnar Lovelace, California Baby founder Jessica Iliscoy, and Joey Mendelson – product Manager Ecofilter- founder Eco superheroes

 

Workshops and classes are taught by Eva Clay, Robert Kandell, Michael Brian Baker, Miranda Rondeau, Wilpower, Francini, TIJAE, Zat Baraka & Joanne Ameya Cohen, and Naada Guerra & Gianna de la Torre and will culminate in a special sunset talk from Lucent Dossier’s own Dream Rockwell. Curated by the Do Art Foundation, visual artists Aly Timbuctustate, Deanna Graves, Jordan Nice, Radhika Hersey, Jef Logan, and Griffin One adorn the building creating live eye candy while roaming performers, dancers, and vendors add to the ambiance.

 
Lightning in a Bottle 2015 takes place Memorial Day Weekend (May 21 – 25, 2015) at the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA, and features The Lucent Temple of Consciousness with an expanded Learning Kitchen, Healing Sanctuary, Meditation Nest, Mystery School, Pineal Playground, two yoga tents, and world-class lecturers.
 

The pre-event takes place from 11am to 11 p.m. at The Springs, 608 Mateo St., Los Angeles, CA 90021. For more information on The Springs, visit http://thespringsla.com/

To learn more about Lightning in a Bottle visit, http://lightninginabottle.org or purchase tickets here.

 

ABOUT DO LAB / LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE

Based in Los Angeles, Do LaB’s mission is to craft experience as art and bring communities together. Aside from showcasing musicians throughout Southern California, Do LaB is well known for creating unique art installations/stages and curating cutting-edge acts at Coachella in addition to producing Southern California’s Lightning in a Bottle, and the 2012 Winter Solstice event The Great Convergence, which took place at the pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Do LaB’s work has also been showcased at Virgin Music Festival, Global Gathering, Portugal’s Boom Festival and many more.

 

New Stages & Changes – Ultra Music Festival (UMF) 2015

*written by Crystal Garcia for Electronica Life
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ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015, where do I even begin. First and foremost, it’s important I admit that I had my doubts about attending the 17th edition of Ultra in Miami this year. We all saw videos of the girl from 2013 dosed up on god knows what having her 15 minutes with a tree. Let’s also not forget about the photos that surfaced last year which are more risque than I’d like to mention here. I’m not one to believe everything I see, but I can’t say media coverage from prior years didn’t leave a bad taste in my mouth. Just as the saying goes “assuming only makes an ass out of you and me”, so I decided I needed to find out for myself what 3 days at Ultra is REALLY like.

After having spent a few days in Miami last week for the throng of events during Miami Music Week, it was finally Friday and time for Ultra 2015. Already on little to no sleep from prior late night shenanigans, another day of non-stop music seemed to be quite the feat. I entered the festival a bit past four just in time to catch a decent amount of Bakermat’s performance at the LIVE Stage, and I was pleasantly impressed. An outdoor amphitheater of sorts, the new stage boasted talented live electronic acts in the perfect setting for passers by to discover new artists they may not be used to seeing at most ‘EDM’ festivals.

The music was bumping throughout the festival at all eight stages as attendees began to filter in and then BOOM,  the absolute unthinkable occurred. Mother nature decided to pay Ultra a visit unleashing her typical Florida rainstorms throughout the festival grounds. Due to the severe rain, the Live stage and most stages closed for the night cancelling the Ultra premieres of acts such as Odesza and Chromeo. The rain most definitely put a damper on the first nights festivities, as I decided to wait out the rain backstage with friends. About an hour before midnight, the rain seemed to subside and I made a mad dash to the newly added RESISTANCE stage for a much needed fix of Maceo Plex.
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Once I laid my eyes on the Resistance stage, it was a sigh of relief after the chaos of the last few hours. Tucked away in a back corner at the very end of the festival behind mainstage, it was a trek that only true house and techno heads would consider. A stage that looked as though it could have came straight from Burning Man, The Resistance was a 360 degree DJ Booth spaceship structure of sorts fully equipped with self inducing smoke and fire flaming powers, and the crowd was welcomed to dance in and around the stage. Maceo Plex salvaged what was left of the first night with nothing less than his signature sound of straight up sexy techno. That one hour alone with the techno master made waiting out the rain for hours worth it a hundred times over.

Day 2 kicked off to a perfect start with clear skies, beautiful weather and good vibes. Once again the LIVE stage was on point with acts such as Gorgon City and Clean Bandit with Lulu James live performing their hit “Rather Be” a new track “Stronger”, and even a rendition of “Show Me Love” which had the entire crowd dancing in the bleachers.

Carl Cox took over the Megastructure stage for the 2nd night in a row with stunning visuals and dazzling displays of ever changing dramatically colorful lights. The likes of MK, John Digweed and Loco Dice joined the king of techno as he closed out the Megastructure for the second night in a row. Meanwhile at The Resistance stage Marco Bailey, UMEK and Joseph Capriatti played back to back sets of house and techno for those in the crowd opting for a change in music.
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Mainstage acts of the day included Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell and Axwell ^ Ingrosso who drew in the typical massive crowds as expected. At the Worldwide stage, a rare U.S. performance by Deep Dish aka Sharam and Dubfire unleashed a frenzy on the crowd opening with their hit “Say Hello” and all around incredible performance with remixes of classics including Pink Floyd’s “We Don’t Need No Education” and The Prodigy’s “Smack My B Up.”

Tropical house reigned on day 3 as acts such as Robin Schulz, Klangkarussell, Goldroom, Thomas Jack and Kygo headlined various stages of Ultra. German newcomer Robin Schulz kicked off the last days festivities warming up the mainstage with none other than his major 2014 hits “Waves” and “Prayer in C”. Goldroom played all but 20 minutes of his set under 120 bpm at the Worldwide stage while Ultra anthem’ creator Kygo closed out the night at the LIVE stage with a few new tracks and a stunning visual display in melody with the music. Netsky and Porter Robinson also wooed fans at the stage with appearances of their live shows, as the multi-talented Porter sang vocals on his own tracks with a full crowd singing along to a jubilant closing with “Language”.

Back at the Megastructure, A State Of Trance 700 took over with headlining trance acts Andrew Rayel, Markus Schulz, Andrew Bayer, Eric Prydz, Paul Van Dyk and of course ASOT founder himself, Armin Van Buuren. Andrew Bayer delivered a true trance set to fans long awaiting his Ultra premiere with his angelic new track “Superhuman” and ended the blissful set with none other than Above & Beyond’s “A Thing Called Love”. Prydz hit the decks next for yet another much anticipated and unexpected ASOT performance, and Armin followed with his signature sound and closed out his set with a beautiful acapella of John Lennon’s “Imagine”, which quickly brought tears to my eyes. I’m no longer the trance head I once was, but I most definitely got those trance feels of goosebumps and chills all over again as if it was my first ASOT show from years ago.

It’s obvious that I didn’t spend much time at Mainstage, if any at all. I passed by a few times throughout the weekend and attempted to stay put, but I just couldn’t do it knowing there was so much incredible music to be explored at the 7 other stages. Thankfully this is the reason I have an entirely new perspective of Ultra and the masterminds behind the brand. The additions of the LIVE stage and Resistance stage put an entirely new spin on things, as it’s a coming of age for Ultra ultimately. To break away from the mainstream and add a live music stage along with a stage infiltrated with underground sounds, is not a feat easily decided or executed. This is the future of electronic music, and I can only wait in anticipation for the changes that festival organizers have up their sleeves for Ultra 2016!
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Photos by Josh Payne

Techno Master Marco Bailey Discusses MATERIA and Ultra’s Resistance Stage

*written by Crystal Garcia for Electronica Life
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During Ultra Music Festival in Miami last weekend I had a chance to catch up with the Belgian born DJ, Marco Bailey right after his set at the brand new RESISTANCE stage. No stranger to techno and the underground sound, Marco has been behind the decks and producing music since the time most Ultra attendees could even comprehend the individuality of electronic music. Check out Marco’s thoughts on the new Resistance stage and future plans for MATERIA with Carl Cox in our interview below with the techno legend.

Crystal – Hi Marco, I was just watching your set at the Resistance stage earlier. How was it for you?

Marco – It was good! The sun was out and shining!

Crystal – It was best you played today versus yesterday in the Ultra rain storm then..right?

Marco – Haha..yes, I guess so!

Crystal – Have you performed at Ultra before?

Marco – Yes I have, twice actually! So this is the third time.

Crystal – What was your take on the Resistance stage and the movement that Ultra is pushing forward by introducing Resistance this year for the first time?

Marco – I’m really happy that they did this kind of stage for the first time and that they’re doing it for the underground sound.

Crystal – Likewise! I was really happy to see the lineup for the stage, and to see that Ultra is attempting a new direction.

Marco – Yes! I mean for years and years it was only Carl Cox bringing this sound and it was him putting it together, and now it’s Ultra themselves organizing it.

Crystal – I know that you’ve been touring Europe and if I’m correct this is the first time you’ve brought your MATERIA party to the states, so how was it to have the inaugural edition of MATERIA at Ultra?

Marco – It’s good to be here during WMC, but there’s just so much going on right now. Hundreds of parties just this week alone. We’re also doing an event tonight and bringing it to NYC soon.

Crystal – Where does the name MATERIA stem from?

Marco – Well it translates to ‘matter’ in Spanish and It’s easy to pronounce for many people who speak English. I’m from Belgium and I speak Dutch, but it’s easy even for me to say. We actually wanted to use the name ‘matter’, but it was also the name of a popular club in London that is closed now. I also wasn’t really feeling using the same name.

Crystal – Are you excited to have such a well-respected name as Carl Cox join you for MATERIA Belgium in May?

Marco – Yes, of course. Definitely!

Crystal – How did the connection between you two begin?

Marco – Ohhhh, we go way back to 1999. I started to make tracks for Carl’s label at the time, he asked me to and I was completely on cloud 9. Since then I’m producing a new track for him almost every year, sometimes maybe two. It’s now been 16 years, so automatically a great friendship is created and grows.

Crystal – Any surprises for your Marco & friends MATERIA party tonight at The Bank in downtown Miami?

Marco – GOOD MUSIC! And going on until…well I can not say right now. Haha.

Crystal – *Laughs with Marco* Well it is Miami after all right? It’s a mystery.

Marco – Here at Ultra we know what time it ends though,midnight is sooo early!

Crystal – Yes, way too early! Well I have an off topic question for you that I like to ask…

Marco –  UH-OH!

Crystal – Haha..it’s nothing crazy. What’s your best hustler story of when you were trying to make it as an upcoming artist?

Marco – OMG…well I’m still trying to make it! It’s still a hard fight and I’m fighting every day, but with love and passion you don’t feel it really. But it’s hard to work everyday, still now..ya know? Even for people who are considered big, they still have to work everyday to prove themselves and constantly deliver.

Crystal – I agree! It’s always an uphill battle.  Well thank you very much Marco, it’s been a pleasure. I’m excited to catch the MATERIA party tonight!

Marco – Thank you! See you tonight!

It’s safe to say that MATERIA that night in downtown Miami was quite the party.  My friends and I  arrived right before 4am and were told that we were “early.” I was trying to wrap my head around that comment right after, at home in LA I would have already left the club! The night, or shall I say morning, continued as Marco hit the decks around 5 am and the dance floor was packed from DJ booth to the bar. The beats were bumping while the speakers vibrated so forcefully that I could literally a pulsation throughout my body from head to toe. At this point I wasn’t sure what I had gotten myself into, but I knew that leaving anytime soon at a somewhat decent hour was no longer an option. With no sense or care for time, it was that much easier to just get lost in the music with the sea of techno heads surrounding me.

By the time we made it out of the dark hole, the sun was already out bright and shining. If this is what a MATERIA party typically entails, count me in! 😀
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Bursting the EDM Bubble: A Review of CRSSD Festival

*written by Crystal Garcia for Electronica Life
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A few months back when the first phase of the line-up was announced for CRSSD Festival, I immediately knew it was exactly what we Southern California music festival junkies needed in our lives. A break from the generically expected line-up, big-room drops, unnecessary confetti blasts and DJ’s that only actual words are “put your hands up in the air.” I have to agree with Lorde when I say that I’m kind of over getting told to put my hands up in the air, so there.

Taking place over 2 days on waterfront property in beautiful downtown San Diego last weekend, the inaugural edition of CRSSD festival turned out to be everything I already had in mind and so much more. With bayside views, dreamy sunsets and city backdrops, the festival landscape was a picture perfect scene that would have made even any seasoned world traveler jealous with envy. Throw in the mix of live performances, on point music, and beaming good vibes throughout the entirety of the weekend, and you’ve got festival utopia in the heart of downtown.

Day 1 of CRSSD began on Saturday with a speedy entrance and straight to the mainstage dedicated to live performances aka “Ocean View Live” stage for my first time seeing Goldroom live. After a few failed attempts to see Goldroom in LA that just never worked out for one reason or another, I was beyond thrilled to finally see Josh Legg and the band do what they do best. Performing their signature sound of mellow and easygoing tracks such as “Embrace” and “Fifteen”, Goldroom was easily the ideal performance for a spring breeze blowing on an oceanside sunny afternoon.

Damian Lazarus and the Ancient moons took the stage next with black and gold robe getups that fit perfectly with the techy, cosmic sound inducing a dance coma on every single body in the audience. As I glanced around, I noticed one girl having the time of her life wearing a shirt that read ‘music is the answer.’ I made it a point to give her a high five, because how can you not salute someone so in love with music and life, right?

After grabbing a beer from one of the many craft beer vendor tents, I made my way to the Palms Stage for a dose of tropical house with rising star in the scene, Thomas Jack. The Palms shade structure was a much needed break from the relentless sun of the past few hours, and fittingly adorned with shaded umbrella decorations. The sun slowly set in hues of lavender and soft pink over the ocean horizon as the atmosphere turned from day to night and the venue seemed to be at full capacity.

Closing out Saturday back at the Ocean Live stage was Empire of the Sun in an eclectic performance fully equipped with per usual over the top production, glitzy costumes and supporting back up dancers. Passing passenger planes landing into San Diego airport seemed almost a little too close for comfort while making an interesting backdrop for one of my favorite performances of the weekend. At one point I remember hearing others around me asking each other “ what is happening right now?”, and began asking myself the same thing as the show was so visually stunning that it was difficult for the mind to grasp what lay before it.

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(photo by Oliver Walker)

Day 2 of the weekend festivities seemed to flow in a more relaxed state, it was Sunday after all and the lazy afternoon feel was teeming throughout the grounds. Learning my lesson from the day before, I opted to beat the heat this time around and not enter the festival until around four o’clock when I knew the California sun would soon be taking it easy on us festival revellers.

The performances of Day 2 were saturated in deep and funky house and techno, and the vibes were fitting just right bringing on a whole new meaning to Sunday Funday. The Bixel Boys and Viceroy b2b opened with a rendition of Janet Jackson’s classic “Together Again” which turned out to be an unexpectedly fun crowd pleaser. Classic hits and groovy oldies were dropped for the next hour during the b2b, setting the tone right for the night at The Palms.

Soon after Jamie Jones and Seth Troxler hit the decks for their much anticipated B2B. Call me crazy, but I wasn’t mind blown as I had expected to be. The pair went for a darker and more textured sound than I’m used to hearing. Although I don’t believe the set was fitting for an outdoor daytime festival, it did make for a great set to watch as the sun set and the night stars began to twinkle.

For yet another and the last B2B of Day 2, Maceo Plex and Shal Ocin took over the City Steps stage closing out the weekend in a head bopping fury. Deep and contrasting sounds reverberated through the speakers, and as far deep as I could see, not one body in the crowd was still. The energy was so infectious, leaving all within its reach no choice but to move and groove. As the party ended and we slowly trailed to the exits, I overheard a few say that it was the set of the weekend, and with this statement I would have to agree :)

It’s truly inspiring to see a brand new type of festival sell out in it’s first year without any so called “headliner’ booked, and I full heartedly believe CRSSD festival is the revival the dance music scene in Southern California so desperately needed. If this is the needle that will burst the predicted “2015 EDM bubble”, count me in for the ride. The scene is changing, slowly but surely. Together we’ll get there, one CRSSD event at a time.
brian(photo by Brian Feinzimer)
brian2(photo by Brian Feinzimer)

Splash House Returns to Palm Springs June 13-14 & August 8-9

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Splash House announces its return to the desert June 13-14 and August 8-9 for another outrageous summer of poolside vibes and world-class music. Splash House will return to the Saguaro Hotel and Hacienda Beach Club, and for the first time take-over the expanded and remodeled Palm Springs Hilton.

Over the past three years, those in the know have flocked to this SoCal destination festival that has managed to retain its sense of community and summer-camp vibe, even as it adds to its ever-growing crew of discerning pool party devotees.

Blending poolside fashion, community and music, Splash House has presented artists ranging from Moby, Cut Copy and Chromeo to Anna Lunoe and Poolside through Eats Everything and Claude VonStroke. The festival has also served as a Southern California spring board for the likes of Flume, Kaytranada, Gorgon City and Kygo among others, giving attendees the chance to catch upcoming artists and established stars in intimate and unique environments.

Purchase Tickets and Packages Now!!!

“A notably suaver addition to the normal summer EDM fan-fare”

-LA Times

“Splash House promised a lineup of finely curated DJs, with pools instead of campgrounds, lounging instead traipsing…And, boy, did it deliver.”

-Thump

“The Best Pools To Cool Off In This Summer” -Refinery 29

Guests must be 21+. Pre Sale tickets start at $95. Travel Packages are available for the Palm Springs Hilton and The Saguaro starting at $170 per person; all packages include weekend tickets and a two or three night hotel room stay.

Highlight video from Splash House 2014:

 

 

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