Category: PREviews / REviews

Desert Hearts Presents: City Hearts Summer Of Love Tour 2015

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Desert Hearts is gearing up to take their scene sweeping mantra of ‘House, Techno, & Love’ on the road this summer hitting 6 cities across North America. The City HeartsSummer of Love Tour will offer an urban taste of the unique vibe their Southern California desert festivals have become renowned for. Featuring the Desert Hearts Crew DJs and a few surprise guests, the Summer of Love Tour will touch down in San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, Toronto, and Brooklyn.

Forged by a group of passionately creative Californians, the Desert Hearts movement is rooted in the ideals of Burning Man and soundtracked by the tones of the underground. Their bi-annual Desert Hearts festival series calls upon radical self-reliance, intimacy, and forward thinking marathon style musical programming to create an idyllic community of music lovers and party-goers.

With City Hearts, the crew offers up an urban interpretation of their festival. Marathon take-overs from the Desert Hearts DJs ensure the music and vibes are on point. And while they can’t recreate the forest and desert wilderness, the DH crew go to great pains to only work with venues that allow them to bring in their own production, going so far as to dress and breakdown the venue themselves in order to create that special Desert Hearts vibe.

The City Hearts Summer of Love Tour comes on the wake of an East Coast Fall Tour that captured the dancefloors and hearts of New York and Washington, D.C, as well as selling out both Good Room and Flash.

The crew’s imprint, Desert Hearts Records, represents a digital manifestation of their ethos – promoting universal love and creative inspiration through music by offering free downloads of each and every release. Listen to Desert Hearts Records HERE.

In Desert Hearts founder Mikey Lion’s own words, “The whole point of Desert Hearts is to spread love through music and community. We’ve tapped into something that’s extremely special and our family continues to grow. City Hearts is our way of sharing this message of love with the rest of the world.”

The City Hearts Summer of Love Tour will feature Desert Hearts crew DJs Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, and Deep Jesus, plus soon to be announced special guests.

CITY HEARTS / SUMMER OF LOVE TOUR / 2015

San Diego, CA – July 4 (Spin Nightclub)
Los Angeles, CA – July 24 (Beyond The Stars Palace)
Denver, CO – August, 1 (Warehouse TBA)
San Francisco, CA – August 15 (Public Works)
Brooklyn, NY – August 28 (Good Room)
Toronto, Canada – August 29 (SummerDaze)

Leading The Way For Years To Come: An Interview w/ Distinguished Talent Agency Founder, Sylvie Barnett

*written by Crystal Garcia for Electronica Life
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A trained musician and vocalist, Sylvie Barnett fell in love with the underground electronic scene the summer before her freshman year of college in LA, before EDM truly hit the mainstream. Sylvie was heavily involved in USC’s film program and shortly after graduation, she also became heavily involved in organizing street teams throughout the LA area and began representing artists over five years ago after being approached by several underground electronic artists.  Since then she has helped contribute to the careers of artists such as Thriftworks, Random Rab, Bird of Prey, Plantrae, TastyTreat, Lafa Taylor, EOTO (String Cheese Incident) and Govinda.

Currently residing in LA, she recently launched her own agency Distinguished Talent. A recent graduate of California State University Northridge’s new Music Industry Administration program, she represents a diverse roster of over one dozen artists in various genres such as experimental hip hop, trap, indie pop and house.  Key clients include Thriftworks, Pumpkin, Huglife, Mike Gao, VibeSquaD and numerous others.  Her clients perform at hundreds of shows per year including key festivals such as CounterPoint, Camp Bisco, Electric Forest, Wakarusa, Lightning in a Bottle and Shambhala.

Sylvie also currently works as the key talent buyer for The Grateful Generation, an LA based electronic promoter based in the conscious music movement sweeping the city and is very passionate about working with developing nations.

Crystal – What inspired you to work in the music industry?

Sylvie – I grew up as a musician and have always loved music, it’s the universal language.  Nothing has the ability to move you the way that music does.

Crystal – What do you believe sets Distinguished Talent apart from other agencies?

Sylvie -We’re very focused on building the careers of artists and breaking emerging talent.

Crystal – What do you enjoy most about working with artists?

Sylvie – What I enjoy the most is my ability to have a positive influence on others and help them achieve their dreams. Also, my ability to help get new music out there into the public. It’s incredibly fun and exciting.

Crystal – What is it like to be an independent agent?

Sylvie – It’s grinding work but also super enjoyable.  I get to make my own schedule.  I also get to choose my own clients and hire my own staff. It definitely provides some really great flexibility.

Crystal – What is your favorite kind of music? Who are some of your favorite artists?

Sylvie – I love the “beat” stuff like Soulection and Brainfeeder. I also love trap and disco or happy house. I also love indie pop and rock. I am proud to represent some of my favorite artists. I have too many favorites in total to name but some key names that come to mind are The XX, Lapalux, ODESZA, Flume, Radiohead, Flying Lotus, Boards of Canada, Phantogram, FKA Twigs, Sweater Beats, and the list goes on…

Crystal – Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Sylvie – I draw my inspiration from all of the strong role models, amazing friends and family that surround me.  I am lucky enough to be friends with other artist managers, agents, filmmakers, bloggers, truly incredible people who are up to big things in the world.  I also draw my inspiration for my clients. They inspire and motivate me to constantly work harder.

Crystal – What type of impact would you like to see yourself having on the world, and how does distinguished talent fit into that picture?

Sylvie – I want to help develop artists and help them achieve their dreams.  Distinguished Talent is definitely a powerful platform for pushing artists careers forward. I also want to give back and throw large-scale fundraisers for developing nations so that I can truly make the world a better place while uniting people to share music.

Crystal – With all the new talent constantly emerging now, how do you see that influencing the electronic music scene?

Sylvie – There’s definitely a boom of good music currently on SoundCloud.  It’s like the renaissance period for electronic music. It’s a very exciting time for the electronic music scene.

Crystal – Where do you see EDM music in 5 years?

Sylvie – I see EDM moving even more into the mainstream.  Electronica is having a massive influence on mainstream music right now. I expect that that trend will continue to amplify.

Connect with Sylvie & DTA: Website | Facebook
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STARX & Sultan Saunders Team Up For ‘THOTH’ – A Bass Thumping Festival Style Anthem

*written by Corey Schrade for Electronica Life

If you happen to be a hardcore electro fan that loves high-energy, adrenaline fueled dance music, then don’t stop the rave with “THOTH”, a collaboration between two powerhouse producers, STARX & Sultan Saunders. This record is a perfect Summer Anthem worthy of main stage display at any club or Festival worldwide. It’s drum heavy as the backbone with sharp synths patterns as the melody and a beautiful building chorus that raises your excitement all the way to the drop. When it drops you can’t help but feel the bass surge through you making it nearly impossible to sit still.

I can relate the spirit of “THOTH” to that overwhelming feeling of fireworks on a summer night. Definitely a knockout homerun from this duo and we hope they’ll continue with many more to follow. This release has the potential to become incorporated into festival sets worldwide and capture the attention of many listeners as well. With a release like this one as two independent producers, the potential and opportunities for the future are limitless. After you feel the energy of this wonderfully mixed production, you can’t help but be anxious to see what they’ll drop next.

The BPM Festival Returns To Playa Del Carmen, Mexico – January 8th -17th, 2016

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(Photo: Blue Parrot Beach Club | Jeff Corrigan for TheBPMFestival.com)

Marking its ninth anniversary, The BPM Festival returns to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico on January 8-17, 2016. Kicking off the global festival calendar as the preeminent destination for dance music enthusiasts, The BPM Festival delivers an incomparable festival experience while providing the essential winter getaway along the picturesque Caribbean coastline. Stretched across ten days of continuous musical programming with an ever-growing calendar of events and roster of global talent, The BPM Festival continues to solidify its stature on the international festival circuit.

New for 2016, The BPM Festival unveils the official BPM crest spotlighting the Black Jaguar in traditional mask form, as one of Mexico’s national animals. The Black Jaguar  (also known as “panther”) is an endangered species and a magical beast with mythology dating back to the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. BPM is spotlighting the plight of this iconic cat and supports big cat rescue from the tourism trade in Mexico.

Last year’s programming showcased over 375 artists during 10 days and nights, with more than 60,000 attendees from over 60 countries descending upon the festival. A dance music affair like no other, The BPM Festival is the perfect kickoff to the year for industry professionals, artists, and fans of all forms of underground dance music.

The BPM Festival offers festivalgoers an unmatched setting in Playa Del Carmen, amidst the scenic landscape of the Mayan Riviera. The cosmopolitan beach town is home to stunning beaches, breathtaking ecotourism sites and attractions, ancient archaeological wonders, and world-class nightlife.

The BPM Festival official travel portal is powered by Orbitz.com to offer the absolute best prices for flights and hotels for traveling to Playa del Carmen, and will refund the difference for users who find a lower price. By booking through the festival, users can find the best, most direct flights available, see how far each hotel is from all the main festival venues, and utilize a travel portal help section that includes all the need-to-knows about traveling to Mexico. Book your hotels, condos, and flights here.

BPM Festival Information: Website | Facebook | Twitter

1 On 1 With Spanish DJ Abel Ramos On Recent Success & Performing At Tomorrowland 2015

*written by Corey Schrade for Electronica Life
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Spain is home to many beautiful forms of art and the same goes for DJ and Producer, Abel Ramos. Set to perform this month at the Mecca of Electronic Dance Music festivals Tomorrowland, the Madrid based artist will be making his mark on that stage and throughout the  summer, while spreading his unique style of House and Techno, both groovy and deep. With his eclectic style he has found continued success on the rise since 2008 . Performing at some of the most sought after clubs and festivals around the world, Abel has remained on the radar and worked  alongside some of the biggest names in the industry. We recently had the chance to link up with Abel in a one on one regarding his upcoming future as he prepares for a career defining moment at Tomorrowland.

Corey Since releasing on Axwells ‘Axtone Records’, you’ve been conquering some of the world’s leading venues, and now this summer you’re performing at Tomorrowland, one of the world’s largest and most prized dance music festivals. What is your preparation and mindset going into the festival?

Abel – The truth is that I have no preparation prior to an event and I won’t do it there either. I’d much rather improvise with the public, I really like the crowd to be the one who drives the set with their emotions. When you finish a set where your connection with the crowd has been 100%, its simply like…WOW!

Corey – With so many fans coming from around the globe, what does performing at Tomorrowland mean to you, your music and your fans?

Abel – Its a real honor. To play at Tomorrowland is just as if someone called you up to play the World Cup in Football! You know thousands of people will be there looking out for your set and that gives it an extra added excitement.

Corey – In regards to preparation for Tomorrowland and your set list, is there a difference for you between club performances versus festival performances?

Abel – It will surely have a variation, if only small. The music might be more direct as it is a big festival and in these cases, normally sets are much shorter. You have to go more straight to the point. I am a DJ who likes to develop through my sets and in one hour I nearly haven’t started the warm up!  I prefer longer sets, a minimum of 2 or 3 hours.

Corey – In 2009, Roger Sanchez named you Breakthrough DJ/Producer of the year, what did that recognition mean to you and how has it helped shape who you are today as an artist?

Abel – The words of a big maestro such as Roger is something that makes you feel great and makes you carry on working  harder. The truth is that I have those words present in my career, they are a big stimulus in the studio.

Corey – You’ve had continued success since ‘Rotterdam City of Love’ and with your most recent release ‘Get Back’ on Doorn Records. What is your motivation that continues to inspire you today?

Abel – The crowd is the best possible motivation. I think they are the engine of the music. For me, it is very important to gauge the reaction of the crowd when I first try a track just released from the studio. I use the dancefloor as my main screen of results.

Corey – It’s very clear that you have a distinct and eclectic sound, what do you feel is the foundation of that?

Abel – The base of a track is a priority for me. It is very important that everything I do has its own groove and personality. If not, you can fall into the mediocrity of copying others and that is something I do not like.

Corey – You’ve worked and collaborated with some of the biggest names in the game. If you could pick any 3 artists from any genre and era to collaborate with, who would they be and why?

Abel – Without any doubt Axwell is to me, the most complete artist. Randy Katana also because no one can create a good groove like he does, and Michael Jackson because he is the biggest artist the music industry has ever given us.

Corey – What is the most important, rewarding and meaningful thing about Electronic Dance Music to you?

Abel – I love to see people happy in my sets or when listening to my music. It is something that makes me feel extremely good! I think that the final assignment of music is to ultimately make people feel good, so I like to deliver that wherever and whenever I can.

Connect with Abel Ramos:
Website | Soundcloud | Youtube | Facebook

There’s a Phoenix Rising – Interview With Up & Comer Tony Chen

*written by Cody Jandrok for Electronica Life

Phoenix Rising brings his own unique sound to the ever-growing dance music scene, and along with a refreshing take on what makes us dance, he also has a refreshing outlook on life as a whole. Hoping to live his dream of playing some of the biggest stages around the world, reaching people in new and exciting ways, changing the foundation of dance music and what PLUR really means, Phoenix Rising is without a doubt on the rise and it won’t be long before he’s soaring above the Electric Sky, dropping massive tunes for the masses to enjoy. In this interview, we’ll be getting an inside look at what makes Phoenix Rising tick and what he has in store for us in the future!
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Cody – What was your first introduction into the electronic scene like?

Phoenix Rising – Ever since graduating from highschool in the year of 2008, I moved on to go to school in Las Vegas at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This was the first time in my life in where I got exposed to the electronic music scene. My whole edm experience started like this, I remember unpacking bags inside my dorm room on campus one day and suddenly in the room next door I could hear my suitemates blast music from their rooms. At first I was thinking to myself what kind of music does not have lyrics? I ignored it, but then when I met more and more people during my 2008 year to 2011 I finally got introduced to house music. This was the first time that I had listened to this type of music. I remember that I would go to clubs and they would play house music too. But I didnt think much of it, until the week of EDC 2012 when almost everyone in vegas was talking about it and how they were going. The streets of the Las Vegas strip where even advertising it on their bill boards.

I was getting a little curious and when edc came I missed the first night, but then my friend got in contact with me and said that she would sell me her ticket for saturday and sunday night. I bought the ticket and went on saturday night, but the winds were very strong so they closed down saturday night. I ended up finally getting inside the Las Vegas speedway on sunday and what I saw blew me away me away with excitement. The scenery, the carnival rides, the way people dressed truly introduced me to what a rave was for the first time ever in my life. I saw many well known artists such as Armin Van burren, Kascade, Avicii, and of course Porter Robinson. The experience was both exotic and amazing to me and I loved every single moment of it very much.

Cody – When did you realize that you wanted to start making music?

Phoenix Rising – The time that I realized that I wanted to start making music, was when I saw Porter Robinson for the first time ever at mainstage during EDC 2012. His electro and progressive house set was absolutely amazing and breathtaking at the same time. He really got the crowd moving and dancing during his set. I would also hear some comments like this kid has got some serious talent or he is just simply amazing. I could tell alot of people were really into it and his name would only grow in the coming years. At this same moment a thought struck me in my heart and I realized going through college and getting a degree could only take me so far in my life. I didnt want to live just a ordinary life, but I strongly desire a life where I can put my creative thoughts into action. Music was the one thing that allowed me to implement all my creative ideas and when I do it I feel so in love with it that that I could sit there for hours not knowing what time it was. Nothing in my life could have ever kept me as interested as making dance music could. I just

Cody – Who are some artists that inspire you?

Phoenix Rising – Porter Robinson was the one that really inspired me to make music, but he wasnt the only artist to really spark ideas in me. Artists like Zedd, Tiesto, Hardwell, and Nicky Romero really did it for me as well. When listening to Porters music for the first time I was completely blown away by his art and it puts chills down my spine every time I listen to it.

The energy that all these artists portrayed when showing a stage prescence was amazing because you can really tell that they really love doing what they do and they do it with a purpose to influences others. Another thing that I love is how they interact with the crowd and this is something that I hope to accomplish in my own professional career as a dj/producer. Seeing this made me feel inspired and knowing that I to can do these exact same things as they can. All these artists really made me feel motivated and I know that I can achieve the same greatness by putting forth the time and effort to achieve what I believe in.

Cody – Do you enjoy producing or performing more?

Phoenix Rising – I would have to say that as of right now I have had more experience when it comes producing then djing. From the begining I had the choice to start out as a dj or a producer. I chose to start out and grow as a producer first because Ive learned that when it comes to dance music you just have to start out as a producer in order to achieve a career as a dj/producer. The reason behind this is because If I started out as a dj then it would take more time for me to play catch up to build the skills to the same level as djing. So in this case I chose to spend alot more time on producing rather then djing which I enjoy very much doing.

On the flip side when it comes to djing, I have been adding in time on my controller as well to grasp djing and learning to transition, beatmatch, using cue points, and etc. I have only about 5 months of experience when it comes to djing compared to two years of music production. Professional live performances are something that I am working on achieving in the near future as a touring dj/producer at clubs and festivals around the world. As of right now the only performance experience I have is in front of my friends, family, and gigs that I have been called for when making local connections here in MD. To sum things up I enjoy both producing and performing very much so far from my experiences thus far.

Cody – What is your dream gig?

Phoenix Rising – There are many dream gigs that I wish to play at, but I think my number one gig would have to be headlining mainstage at EDC Vegas. Going to EDC 2012, 2013, and 2014 gave me the opportunity to witness amazing artists such as Hardwell and tiesto perform for the first time. I wish to become as great as them someday and headline every major festival. Aso to play at other festivals as well which includes tomarrowland, Nocturnal wonderland, and etc.

Cody – Your song, “Spirit” was shared on 3 of the biggest EDM sites and is arguably one of your top songs at the moment. How long did you work on that track and did you expect it to take off like it did?

Phoenix Rising – Spirit was a track that took me sometime to think up because I spent a week trying to come up with new ideas and this idea just popped in my head!

It took me about two to four weeks to accomplish because I really had to dig deep and find the right sounds to match the idea that I had in my head.

Mix and matching sounds together to see if they fit well together and then arranging them to form a track really took up most of my time. When I had it done I was really confident that it was going to do well but had no idea that it was going take off like it did.

My friend said dude I can see this being your biggest track yet and I believed him when I saw the results after being out for just a few weeks! I had around about 890 plays and it continued to grow past 1000 plays and skyrocketed to about 3k and it’s still growing today!

Cody – Tell me about what’s in store for your next song. Are you staying within your comfort zone and working to establish your signature sound? Or are you going to try to branch off and create something new and fresh?

Phoenix Rising – After spending two years producing my music and finally coming up with my sound, I can definitely say that I am still in the concentration of maturing my sound to the next level. I really believe that the world needs to see the sound that I have created and once i am touring professionally and put in a good 2 to 3 years in the scene I will probably expand my vision of bringing something new to the table. I really want to establish my signature sound so that people will know me for it.

Cody – What is your goal of bringing music to the masses? For some it’s to inspire and touch the hearts of their listeners, for others it’s about making people dance their ass off and have fun. What kind of effect do you hope to have with the music that you create?

Phoenix Rising – I really believe that making music is a combination of connecting with people emotionally and also delivering a message. My music not only will touch the hearts but present a message that will be legendary to inspire people to persue their dreams. too often I hear people say to me that this or that is impossible to achieve. I believe any dream that people may believe to be insurmountable is actually achievable if a person steps out of his comfort zone and breaks free of the hold that he/she has on themselves. Yes I want to touch the hearts and inspire people!

Cody – What’s something that you’ve never told anyone in an interview before?

Phoenix Rising – I think there is one thing that I have never told anyone in a interview before, and that is, ”Thank you so much for a wonderful and amazing interview experience”. The reason I say this is because there was never anything that really motivated me to live my life to the fullest every single day… but when it comes to music that I can say that I feel complete and motivated for every single day to pass by. At the end I can say that I lived my life to the fullest and feeling proud that I accomplished something that others deemed impossible.

Be sure to also checkout Phoenix Rising’s latest release “Blaze”!!!

Connect with Phoenix Rising:
Facebook | Soundcloud

Symbiosis Gathering Official L.A. Pre-Gathering Celebration At The Malibu Institute July 12th

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Symbiosis Gathering, the multifaceted lakeside music and arts event held at Woodward Reservation Regional Park, has announced the official Los Angeles regional pre-gathering celebration to take place July 12 in Malibu, California.

Symbiosis will head down to Southern California on July 12th for ‘Symbiotic Sunday’, an afternoon celebration featuring D-Nox, Desert Dwellers, and Treavor Moontribe. Tucked into the Malibu Hills, the gathering will take place at The Malibu Institute and feature panoramic views, a Funktion One soundsystem, and the finest avant-garde electronic music available. ‘Symbiotic Sunday’ will be an intimate affair limited to 500 attendees, and will also mark D-Nox’s first appearance in Los Angeles.

D-Nox heads up heads up both Sprout Music and Plastik Park, two respected German labels known for releasing cutting-edge records that sit somewhere between house, techno, and trance. This will mark D-Nox’s first appearance in Los Angeles. Treavor Moontribe, one of the instrumental founders in the infamous California desert Moontribe gatherings will play two sets – one under his psy-dub Desert Dwellers project, and one under his techno and trance-focused Treavor Moontribe moniker.

Symbiosis Gathering offers its community an awe-inspiring portal into a creative utopia, a glimpse of a more united future. The 10 Year Re:Union will fuse a finely curated musical lineup that includes artists like Nicolas Jaar, Cocorosie, Tipper, Four Tet, and The Acid, with otherworldly art installations, permaculture education programs, live performance, yoga, gourmet food, and a slew of interactive activities.

Symbiosis Gathering has established its reputation and built its ethos on an unmatched combination of cutting edge talent, and a stunning natural location. Held near the border of Yosemite National Park, the vibe is set with Woodward Reservoir’s sandy beaches and lakeside stages, built around a naturally occurring 5-pointed peninsula. Attendees can literally swim between stages to catch headliners. The fusing of these elements means Symbiosis is one of those few festivals that can legitimately claim to offer a potent multifaceted experience.

For More Information and Tickets to Symbiotic Sundays in Malibu visit:
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Ryan Farish’s “Spectrum” – A Kaleidoscope Of Emotion

*written by Cody Jandrok for Electronica Life

Spectrum has a very tropical, very chill vibe throughout and is absolutely perfect if you’re looking for study music that isn’t bogged down by mind-clouding vocals. The soundscapes are very dreamlike and make you feel like you’re floating above a chain of islands, looking down through fluffy clouds, down into crystal waters. If I could describe my own journey, it was that and more. I was sent diving through those waters, through incredible and gorgeous scenic underwater locations including a coral reef and even a sunken ship, with sun rays piercing the darkness and showing the beauty of all that surrounded me. It made me feel at peace with myself and with the world, it made me feel relaxed and calm, but also powerful and inspired.

I probably sound like I’m on some kind of drug, but the reality is music is my drug and Spectrum is a perfect example of why I’m addicted to it. Every sound, every piece of the songs were chosen carefully to create this incredible experience that will grasp anybody lucky enough to hear it. The level of production that went into creating this work of art shows me that there’s still hope when it comes to finding music that people can connect with. We’re so ingrained with festival bangers and which song has the sickest drop, but this album has neither of those and it’s still better than a lot of the music that gets mainstream attention these days.

At the time of writing, Ryan Farish only has 2500 followers on his Soundcloud page which I’m not surprised at honestly. He doesn’t present himself with a mainstream sound and allows the music to speak for him and his passion for it. After listening to the first track on this album, Ryan has a fan for life and I hope that those of you who get to listen to the whole thing listen well, because this is what real music sounds like and it’s what really deserves love and appreciation. No words can do justice for the amount of passion I recognize in the songs on this album.

Ryan Farish isn’t a name I’m familiar with, but boy have I been missing out! Going into this I didn’t know what to expect, and coming out of it I realized just how incredible music can be when it’s produced with such vigor and attention to detail. Ryan Farish has produced a masterpiece, a kaleidoscope of emotion came over me while listening to this 20 track compilation that sounds like it was ripped from God’s own playlist.

In conclusion, Spectrum is easily one of the best pure instrumental albums I’ve heard in a very long time. The level of detail and richness in the soundscapes presented hooked me immediately and instantly began jogging my imagination, conjuring incredible things that you can only really experience with the right mood. The mood presented with Spectrum is incredibly positive, incredibly inspirational and that’s why I believe everybody should give it a listen.

Checkout our interview with Ryan here!!!

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Arno Cost’s New Single, “Coming Home”, On Armada Music – Out Now On Beatport!

*written by Cody Jandrok for Electronica Life

‘Coming Home’, the latest release of French House juggernaut Arno Cost is a powerful and epic summer song with massive appeal. It plays like a festival banger, and pulls at your limbs just begging you to dance. A captivating performance by James Newman tops the tune off with heartfelt vocals and a smashing chorus, catchy, and easy enough to sing along to after listening to it a few times (or few dozen like I have!).

Armada Music is known for only having the best on their roster, and adding Cost to their ranks was a wise decision indeed. His huge influence in French House and his worldwide appeal, coupled with Armada’s legendary music selection and massive cult following only spells good things on both sides of the coin.

‘Coming Home’ is easy to dance to with a very Disco vibe to it, a calling card for Arno Cost and is without a doubt a harbinger of things to come. Their thirst for a pure dance track will easily be sated with this release, but with a recent string of massive tracks over the past year, how long must we wait until the next great Arno Cost choon is upon us?

Get it on Beatport

Love & Happiness Are Yours For The Taking Under The Electric Sky: EDCLV 2015

*written by Lizzie Moore for Electronica Life
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Electric Daisy Carnival aka EDC, wrapped up it’s 19th consecutive year at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the weekend of June 19th-21st. With three nights of music, art, vendors, food, good vibes and love, the festival attracts over 100,000 people each night. It is the largest festival in North America and holds years and years of tradition represented within it’s name that speak volumes of it’s reputation as a highly coveted experience.

I believe a few of the reasons why EDC has amassed widespread popularity revolves around the festivals accessibility and welcoming nature. First of all, Electric Daisy Carnival represents all that is friendly and accommodating with it’s attendees, still holding true to the age old PLUR mantra. Whether it is your very first EDC or your tenth, you will be welcomed with the genuine excitement of the festival revellers just like you. People will run up to you just to tell you how much they like your outfit, while taking pride in making a connection and friendship with you, and often times go out of their way to make sure you are having an exceptional time as well.

Secondly, The lineup has such a wide array of artists that there actually is likely something that everyone would enjoy.  Packed with rides, intentionally designed art installations, and 8 stages, it’s practically impossible to feel bored or unentertained at any time. With so much stimulation, there is always opportunity for discovery and entertainment. Just like a true carnival, there are thrills around every corner and the opportunity to choose your own adventure.

Lastly, EDC is an experience that allows you to attend for hours on end and then return to the comfort of your hotel room rather than a tent or an RV like most festivals. Being able to take a shower, use a microwave, and sleep in an actual bed, makes this festival so much more appealing to those trying to ease into their first festival experience.

Electric Daisy Carnival 2012 was my very first experience attending any type of music festival. I was nineteen years old and just getting into dance music with artists like Avicii, Steve Aoki, and Bloody Beetroots moving the particles in my body in an entirely new way. I planned my outfits for months, bedazzling pieces of clothing and making kandi and picking out the perfect colored fluffies for each ensemble. I was so excited and so so ready to welcome this experience into my life. My best friend flew in from New Jersey and two of my girlfriends and I started the trek from Phoenix to Las Vegas. My first time in Las Vegas as well, this truly was a completely new world to me.

As we arrived at the Speedway my eyes were opened to so many aspects of rave and festival culture. This year, I felt like I was in a time capsule. I had changed over the last three years but EDC remained it’s crazy, buzzing, colorful, and energetic self. EDC was  literally exactly how I had left it. As I ran around taking photos and exploring the venue people insisted on giving me kandi, asking me how my experience was going, and connecting with me on social media so they could see what I was capturing.
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On the first night of EDC 2015, Kaskade and Oliver Heldens lit up the main stage aka Kinetic Field, with fireworks and pyrotechnics creating a larger than life experience. This stage has recently become the largest in North America, with the trademark Insomniac owl watching over the crowd as if protecting it’s nest. Being at mainstage feels like you are part of something so much bigger, especially once you retreat for the night and later see aerial shots of the crowd from up above.

Later that night, I checked out Carnage’s set at the Circuit Grounds and definitely was not disappointed. The energy fueled by the bass and the willingness of that crowd to get down shamelessly made the set one of my favorites. Lastly, we watched Carl Cox close out the Neon Garden with his legendary style of slowly sucking the crowd into an alternate universe with his magical techno beats.

On the second night, I shamelessly ran to Avicii as soon as I got to the venue. There’s something so amazing about a place where you can indulge in some of the more mainstream artists in today’s music industry and be surrounded by so many other people doing the same. This was so cool for me, as Avicii was the first EDM artist that I introduced me to the scene just a few short years before. Above and Beyond and Pretty Lights were up next, both generating an awesome response from the crowd as always. In retrospect, Pretty Lights was probably my favorite set of the entire weekend. There’s something about his music that stirs up a lot of great memories for me and make me so happy. Excision and Adventure club lit up the Bass Pod stage and I watched the sunrise to the upbeat soundtrack Showtek was slamming down at the mainstage. This had been a really, really awesome night.

​The third night started with indulging in a little Calvin Harris and then continuing on to the Cosmic Meadow stage to see Bassnectar in the throes of his hair whipping glory. Calvin stirred up the feels as always and Bassnectar pretty much shook the entire venue. Markus Schulz, Seven Lions, and Galantis played through the early morning with special guest Dillon Francis closing out the festival. We left EDC happy that we had experienced it and ready to crawl into bed for hours on end. Our feet were tired and we were physically beat, but a sense of accomplishment came over me driving away from EDC. This was undoubtedly an unforgettable weekend that had created some lasting memories.

In a world where festivals are heading into many different matured versions of experiences, it was refreshing to return to EDC. With thousands upon thousands of people attending, I’ve seen post event discussions from people who had both negative and positive experiences. Some people claim that the vibe has been lost and others stay positive and state that it was better than ever before. I think it’s so important that these topics are even being discussed. No experience is perfect and the fact that EDC has caused discourse about how we should be treating each other, and the result of those discussions always being that we should hold each other to the highest level of humanity, is doing far more to change the human race for the better than many other movements today.
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I’ve noticed a lot of backlash stating that EDC is a mainstream festival that books mainstream artists. What I think is so cool about the word mainstream is that it simply means that that event or that artist has the power to affect thousands, if not millions of people. So many people have resonated with the lyrics played, with the entire experience of EDC, and with what it means to come together as a festival community. If EDC has the power to affect so many with offerings of intense love, than the fact that it is a “mainstream” thing, is undeniably an asset to our society today. We have a better world in our hands with events like Electric Daisy Carnival taking place.

I saw weddings take place at EDC. I watched a man get down on one knee and propose to his girlfriend. I saw same sex couples and I saw best friends. Anything fueled out of love is possible and accepted at Electric Daisy Carnival. It is a festival that creates amazing memories and infuses every detail of production and entertainment with love, love and more love. Your experience is 100% what you choose to make it at Electric Daisy Carnival. All the pleasure and happiness in the world are always yours for the taking, under the electric sky.

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