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All you need is LOVE at City Hearts LA

*written by Crystal Garcia for Electronica Life
It’s only once in a very rare blue moon that I may come across an electronic music event that has the power to leave me literally speechless and questioning what I’ve been doing with my life as of late to have not already attended such a mind-blowing occasion. It’s been an entire week of living in the post event afterglow and although I’ve tried numerous times since, I’m only now able to find the words to describe the magic that took place this particular night.

What type of event could possibly have this numbing effect in this day and age of overhyped and dramatized “EDM” you may be wondering? Behold the magnificence of City Hearts LA.

Hosted by the festival family behind the fastest growing Southern California festival Desert Hearts, the 2nd annual City Hearts LA sold out and serendipitously took place on the same night as Valentine’s day.

Occurring on none other than the one day of the year dedicated to love, the vibe throughout the night can only be described as nothing short of pure LOVE. It’s still unknown to me as to exactly what it was about the night that completely enthralled me, but I do know that thanks to this mysterious subject, I was enveloped in an abyss of bliss until the wee hours of the morning. From the very moment I walked in, I felt the warm and loving energy that exuded from every dazzling soul that filled the dance floor from wall to wall. Art displays adorned the walls of the venue as live artists painted the night away and crafty vendors exhibited their most beloved pieces with everything from handmade jewelry to luminous crystals.

Fire dancers graced the only stage during portions of the night as Desert Hearts founder Mikey Lion along with resident DJ’s Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Pork Chop and Deep Jesus along with Tara Brooks took City Hearts attendees on a 10 hour journey of lessons in the Desert Hearts teachings of “House, Techno and Love.” The non-stop music was deep and soulful all night long, while almost being too good to be true that I found myself dumbfounded at some moments looking around just to check if everyone around me was having the same experience, or if I had somehow unknowingly teleported to a youtopian land of enchantment. Sure enough they were, as every single person I saw was passionately grooving to a deep beat in unison until sunrise. We were much more than just a crowd on a dance floor that night, but instead a community bursting with positivity, love and light vibing off each others radiant energy creating magic through the self-expression of music.

In the current state of electronic dance music in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, there are a plethora of events to choose from on any given night of the week. It’s truly refreshing to see an underground movement based in the theories of love,music, art and community gain so much momentum that it dominated even the Hollywood scene on a Saturday night. If City Hearts is an indication of anything besides the love vibes that are created when like-minded individuals gather together, it’s a clear indication that Desert Hearts have made their presence known and valued in the Southern California scene. Mikey Lion and the Desert Hearts Family are here…and they’re here to stay for years to come. Until next time, we are all Desert Hearts <3

For more info on Desert Hearts festival on March 27th-30th, visit:


Ravealation is Taking the Vegas EDM Scene by Storm

**RVLTN One-year anniversary with Bro Safari, Snails, and Kayzo**

Ravealation is a Las Vegas based company that has a passion for EDM and the community it brings. Their goal is not just to have shows with the “big-names” but also have emerging artists on the line-up. Three friends, Chris Kelley, Marcel Correa, and Daniel Jones, started these events back in March 2013 at Aria’s Gold Lounge, which led to more events in the club and downtown Las Vegas scene.  However they wanted to expand out of the typical 21-and-over Vegas’s experience.

On December 27th, 2013 they broke ground (and ear drums) at their first 18-and-over show at the Hard Rock Café.  With Crizzly as the headliner and legendary street team promoting the show, they sold out, and at that point they knew they had something. They have had eight more 18-and-over shows since then, and every single one has sold out.

They have been killing it by bringing artists to Vegas such as Crizzly, Brillz, Mercer, Jauz, and most recently Zomboy  (Not your typical Vegas DJs eh?).  They are supported by a talented line-up of local resident acts such as Bombmakers, Halfway House, Martin Jane, and Wyldsyde. Since the start of the company here in Vegas they have used venues such as the Gold Lounge, Insert Coins, Hard Rock Café, and most recently Brooklyn Bowl.  Their fans can’t get enough and have been there all along the way.

They have come a long way since the beginning when it was just the three friends with a wild plan. The Ravealation team now commands multi-thousand person crowds on a regular basis.  After having such success here in Sin City, they are now thinking about expanding to other areas such as Reno, and they give credit of their success to the loyal fans that keep supporting them. Which brings us to our next point…


**Mercer, BARE, and Jauz event at the Hard Rock Café**

TONIGHT RVLTN is doing it again!  This time with a Hard Dance event, Apocalypto, and they are taking it back to the Hard Rock Café on the Las Vegas Strip where it started. Get ready for an epic night with sets by The Pitcher, Lady Faith, and Darksiderz, as well as supporting acts by Happi, Jack Spaidz, Kinekt, and System Malfunction.

This venue is perfect for a Hard Dance show. Just imagine the bass hitting so hard you can feel it vibrating your body, and the lights all in your face. And don’t worry because it goes from 8 p.m.- 3 a.m., so you can dance all night.

For anyone who has been before you know how awesome these events are, and this one shouldn’t be any different. Make sure you don’t miss out on this sure to be unforgettable night.

Lucent Dossier Experience: Unleash Your Legend – Los Angeles on Feb 21 and San Francisco on Feb 28

Electro-circus troupe Lucent Dossier Experience announces a dramatic new show, Unleash Your Legend, which opens at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on February 21, 2015, followed by The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on February 28, 2015.

In Los Angeles, Lucent Dossier will be supported by bass-heavy DJs MartyParty, Dirtwire and Nico Luminous on the main stage. Mikey Lion, Marbs and Deep Jesus of Desert Hearts will take over the upstairs stage with their deep house. San Francisco opening acts will be announced soon.

Lucent Dossier heads in a powerful new direction with Unleash Your Legend. This new show is inspired by the troupe’s recent Cotton Club-style production for The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, which exhibited a strong urban and street feel. With the addition of new members, Lucent Dossier’s troupe configuration now features incredible Los Angeles battle dancers that incorporate a multitude of dance styles: crunking, breaking, voguing, bone-breaking, hip-hop and parkour. In total, the 70-minute spectacle showcases 16 performers, plus Lucent Dossier’s trademark innovative choreography, fire, aerials, acrobatics and contortion. Unleash Your Legend delivers all the madness and beauty of Lucent Dossier in one truly unique and amazing new performance.

Music also takes a new turn in Unleash Your Legend, merging the deep bass that Lucent Dossier is known for with new influences pulling from deep house, hip-hop, jungle, techno and melodies inspired by world music. The two shows will celebrate the release of Lucent Dossier’s forthcoming album Light of the World, which drops February 21.

Lucent’s ultimate goal of creating transformational experiences through theatrical art continues with Unleash Your Legend. As founder Dream Rockwell explains, “Unleash Your Legend is about recognizing that our greatest challenge here on Earth is to get our legend out into the world as purely as we can. When we achieve that goal, our very core rings with energy and love, because we are fulfilled. We hope to inspire our audiences to unleash their legend, no matter what age, no matter what background, because we have all come here with something important and fun to share.”

Purchase Tickets Here

Watch the video teaser to get a taste for Lucent Dossier

About Lucent Dossier Experience

As ambassadors to a creative revolution, this world-renowned act seeks to redefine the live experience by tearing down walls which separate artists and observers. Lucent Dossier Experience shows embody a futuristic turn towards high-art, with the overarching goal of creating transformative experiences for their audiences. Their shows craft a window into a new vision of humanity where other-worldly conceptions can be realized. LA Weekly describes their performances as “a world that doesn’t exist, a place where the future and past happen simultaneously.” Throughout their 10-year rise from the LA underground to international limelight, Lucent Dossier’s journey has been forged by the creative genius of Dream Rockwell, a visionary within both transformational art events and avant-garde performance communities alike.

Los Angeles: Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Location: Club Nokia

800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Doors: 8:00 PM

Show: 9:00 PM

*All Ages

Event Page

San Francisco: Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Location: The Regency Ballroom

1300 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94109

Doors: 8:00 PM

Show: 9:00 PM

*All Ages

Event Page

Connect with Lucent Dossier Experience: Website | Facebook

100 DJs and Live Acts Confirmed for the Seventeenth Annual Edition of Ultra Music Festival

*written by Crystal Garcia for Electronica Life
The seventeenth annual edition of Ultra Music Festival returns to Downtown Miami March 27, 28 and 29, 2015 for three days of the best in today’s electronic music at Bayfront Park. With the phase one lineup announcement having already been released, it’s evident that the team behind UMF is delivering one hell of a stacked roster this year.

After cancelling his performance last year due to illness, AVICII will make his return to the newly designed Ultra main stage, while Fellow Swedes AXWELL /\ INGROSSO will be making their eagerly anticipated debut as a duo at Ultra Music Festival Miami. Ultra mainstage acts will also include AFROJACK, ALESSO, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, DAVID GUETTA, ERIC PRYDZ, HARDWELL, KNIFE PARTY, MARTIN GARRIX, NICKY ROMERO, SKRILLEX, STEVE AOKI, STEVE ANGELLO and TIËSTO.

No electronic music festival lineup these days is complete without a taste of deep and tech house in the mix. Thanks to artists such as ADAM BEYER, CARL COX, DEEPDISH, DIXON, JAMIE JONES, LOCO DICE, MACEO PLEX, MARCO CAROLA and TALE OF US, expect to have more than your fill of heart thumping deep house and techno than you may know what do with. This year, Ultra also introduces the brand new RESISTANCE stage, which will boast some of the very best techno and house from the world’s most exciting underground talent.

Ultra Ambassador and festival favorite CARL COX takes over the ULTRA MEGASTRUCTURE for the eleventh running year on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. On Sunday, March 29 the MEGASTRUCTURE stage is to give the reigns of trance favorite ARMIN VAN BUUREN, as he brings his ‘TOGETHER IN A STATE OF TRANCE’ show to the ultranauts in attendance and worldwide.

Let us know if you will be joining us at Bayfront Park next month for one of the most anticipated festivals of the year!

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Electronic Words – An Interview w/ Mydo

*written by Vix for Electronica Life

Self taught producer Mydo has been catching a lot of big named attention over the past year and was recently signed to Hardwell’s very own Revealed Recordings. With support from Hardwell & Dannic (alongside his enticing production skills), Mydo has set a clear path to rise to the top of EDM charts everywhere. Although he has not performed over here in the US quite yet, I highly recommend putting this upcoming musical genius on your radar, as he has a very promising future in Dance Music.

Vix – When did you start producing EDM?

Mydo – I started when I was 16 years old. I wanted to DJ because I saw Axwell on a TV show here in Sweden. I heard his music and I said “I want to make music like this.” So that’s how I got into Dj’ing & when I was about 19 is when I actually started producing.

Vix – How did you discover Dance Music?

Mydo – There was a blog here in Sweden where all they talk about is music that I used to use in my sets. Also, my friend Marcus Schossow who played at a local club here in Sweden so i went and checked it out and I really loved it.

Vix – What’s your favorite track that you’ve made?

Mydo – I would say as Mydo, my favorite would probably be “Push”, but there’s some projects I’m working on now that I love a lot more than the other ones, so it’s going to be a good year! (LOL)

Vix – Do you have any upcoming projects you can talk about?

Mydo – I just recently finished a track with a great vocalists named Gavrielle, which I am really proud of. I’m in the middle of working on three more tracks now but they’re not quite ready yet. One that I am really excited for is a collab I’m doing with the Canadian duo, Friendzone. I think that will really be something special when it’s done.

Vix – What was it like for you to be signed to Revealed?

Mydo – It’s pretty much amazing! (LOL) I mean a year ago, I would’ve never thought I would be getting signed to Hardwell’s label and be able to talk to Hardwell, Dannic, and all the other guys.

Vix – Have you ever collaborated with Hardwell or Dannic?

Mydo – We haven’t worked on collabs or anything, but I’ve been showing him the tracks I’m working on and he gives me feedback. Hopefully in the future! It’s just great to have their support.

Vix – What’s your biggest career definer?

Mydo – I want to say that it’s my production skills that lead me to be released on Revealed; that’s like my biggest moment yet! I also perform at local clubs over here, but I really want to go perform in the US! I think that would be big for my career.

Vix – Have you ever been to the US?

Mydo – I traveled over there in the summer and I checked out EDC in Las Vegas and I was like “OH MY GOD, this is SICK!” I really want to play there some day! I think I’ll be attending this coming one as well.

Vix – Whats your feelings on the Deep House craze?

Mydo – I love the music! I like how people explore more genres of EDM, because there’s more than just Progressive House; there’s Electro House, Deep House, Dubstep so I like to see people exploring other areas — as long as they come back to listen to Progressive stuff! (LOL)

Vix – Have you tried to produce any other genres?

Mydo – When I started out, I tried to produce dubstep but it just didn’t work out. (LOL) It’s just hard. I also did some pop and tech-house but I really felt a stronger connection with the more progressive stuff.

Vix – Who have been big inspirations to you?

Mydo – Well obviously Hardwell & Dannic; when I met them in Amsterdam, they were really cool guys. Back when I fist started out, I heard  Axwell’s “I Found You,” and it was a big inspiration for me. His tracks are made at such a high quality and really have a feel good aspect to them.

Vix – How long does it usually take for you to complete a track?

Mydo – Well, I worked on that track “Push” for about 2 weeks before I sent it to Dannic, but it can take anywhere from a week to months. I actually have a track that I’ve been working on for 3 months & another track that I’ve been working on for 8 months.

Vix – Were you a self-taught producer?

Mydo – Yeah, it was pretty much self-taught. My friend introduced me to Logic Pro, CuBase, Reason, but really Logic is the one that fit with me and he taught me how to mix down in it. I’ve also checked out Ableton and the quality is really good, just confusing. (LOL)

Vix – What about the EDM scene attracts you the most?

Mydo – It’s everything about it; it’s the music, the production, the passion, just everything about the scene in general is amazing. The scene is getting bigger & bigger and it won’t stop which is awesome!

Vix final words…

If you haven’t already heard any of Mydo’s music, check him out on Facebook or Soundcloud and be prepared for some of the most riveting Dance Music you’ve yet to hear! This is a very down to earth artist that’s filled with nothing but skill & potential which needs to be showcased over in the US as soon as possible! It’s hard to even anticipate with this versatile artist has in store for his fans. Mydo will soon be an inspiration to artists everywhere as he works his way to #1.

CRSSD Festival Makes a Splash at San Diego’s Waterfront Park on March 14 & 15

*written by Crystal Garcia for Electronica Life

CRSSD Festival, presented by FNGRS CRSSD and Goldenvoice, is a one of a kind forward thinking electronic music festival experience catering to the 21+ up crowd next month.

Just imagine this: chill festival vibes with a picturesque view of the San Diego bay as you sip a cocktail provided by the onsite mixology program or one of the many selections of craft beer, while watching live acts such as Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex and Thomas Jack grace the stages providing the sounds that lead day into night as the backdrop to a breathtaking California sunset by the beach.

Sounds beyond heavenly doesn’t it? Sooo my next question is…what are you waiting for?!

Get yourself over to the CRSSD website to snag your tickets before they sell out, and while you’re at it… check out travel packages for the weekend provided by our friends at UNITY Travel. See you on the waterfront! Use “ELCRSSD5″ to save 5% at checkout online or over phone/text by contacting Josh: 702-265-8166. Just tell Josh Electronica Life referred you, and he’ll hook you up with the discount.

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Flume, SBTRKT, Tycho and RL Grime join over 100 other artists for Do LaB’s Lightning in a Bottle’s 10th Anniversary Festival

*written by Crystal Garcia for Electronica Life

Do LaB’s Lightning in a Bottle, California’s premiere music, arts and camp-out festival, announced the lineup for their 10-year anniversary including international favorites Flume, SBTRKT, Tycho, RL Grime, AlunaGeorge, Odesza, Panda Bear, and Goldroom.

A talented corp of house musicians is highlighted by Germany’s Ame, emerging Australian DJ Thomas Jack, UK legend John Digweed, Shiba San and Bakermat and many more. Bass enthusiasts will be pleased to see GRiZ, The Opiuo Band, Zion I and KOAN Sound on the roster. Indie favorites Made In Heights, Polica, Active Child, Les Sins (side project of Toro y Moi) and SOHN will also take the stage, while festival mainstays like Lucent Dossier Experience, Random Rab, and The Human Experience return for Lightning in a Bottle 2015.

The 5-day camping festival will take place 25 minutes north of Paso Robles on California’s central coast at San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, CA over Memorial Day Weekend (May 21 – 25, 2015).

In addition to world-class music, Lightning in a Bottle is also known for its mesmerizing stage designs, stellar performance art and one-of-a-kind art installations alongside opportunities to engage with yoga and dance classes, motivational speakers, and health-conscious workshops. These are held at the festival sanctuaries – The Temple of Consciousness, The Village, and The Learning Kitchen – and create an overall sense of connection making Lightning in a Bottle one of the most innovative and beloved festivals on the planet.

Lightning in a Bottle, or LIB for short, sets the standard as the most environmentally conscious festival in America. It has received the Outstanding Award four years running from A Greener Festival for its healthy food vendors, free water stations, composting and recycling infrastructure, pack-it-in/pack-it-out policy and other green initiatives. This year will also see other improvements including additional large-scale shade structures, upgraded boutique camping packages, bigger installations and a new festival layout design to ease and enhance everyone’s LIB experience!

Tickets are on sale now at Lightning in a Bottle’s website.

Full weekend passes start at $260.

Check out the Official video from 2014:

Be on the lookout for the official 2015 video, additional lineup announcements, pre-party news and more coming soon.


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.





RL Grime


John Digweed


Panda Bear

Thomas Jack

Lucent Dossier Experience


The Opiuo Band






William Close & the Earth Harp Collective

Mano Le Tough

KOAN Sound



Les Sins

Rising Appalachia

Shiba San


Jason Bentley



Random Rab


Active Child

Danny Howells

Bob Moses

Made In Heights

Zion I

Fur Coat




Lee Curtiss

Little People

Shaun Reeves



G Jones


Slow Hands

Stylust Beats



The Human Experience


Lindsay Lowend




Dance Spirit

Mortar and Pestle


Mikey Lion

Sammy Bliss

Jesse Wright




Ellie Herring


Isaiah Martin


Wu Wei



Connect with Lightning in a Bottle: Website | Facebook | Facebook Event

 Connect with Do Lab: Website | Facebook

Fxcking to the Bassline & Mainstream EDM Culture – An Interview w/ X-VERTIGO

*written by Vix for Electronica Life

From his native France to California,  upcoming artist X-VERTIGO has been catching a lot of attention lately in the Electronic dance music world from guest appearances on Tiesto’s “club life”, to running his own independent record label, X-VERTIGO ATTACK. Releasing soon under the label, is his new music video for the track “Fxck to the Bassline”, which was not only composed, but also directed by X-VERTIGO himself. We recently sat down with the triple threat DJ/producer/label owner on a sunny Hollywood afternoon to get a glimpse  of what he has in store for 2015.

Vix – How did you take the news when you heard Tiësto was playing your track “Kings?”

X-VERTIGO – I was really shocked and excited to hear that he played my track during every single show of his college invasion tour. I was just speechless because that’s Tiësto, it doesn’t get any bigger than that!

Vix – Since you run your own label, is it hard to find time to work on music and promote yourself?

X-VERTIGO – Right now to tell you the truth I’m focused on my own stuff because it’s been about a year and a half I was running my own label and I still do but I stepped back a bit and let my team handle it more nowadays.

Vix – How did you get the idea for the track “Fxck to the Bassline” that you’re currently making a music video for?

X-VERTIGO – Where do you think the inspiration came from? **Laughs** I asked a friend of mine who has a really sexy voice if she could just breath on the microphone and maybe say a couple words and surprisingly I thought “hey, I can make this work and maybe I can make a track out of this.” I used her breathing as part of the build up and put a baseline behind it, so as the track builds up, it gets faster and faster, and at one point even hits 300 bpm.
Vix – Have you previewed the track in any of your shows?

X-VERTIGO – I previewed the track in McAllen (Texas) and people were going nuts over it! The cool part about it was that earlier that day we worked with the visual and lightning people to match each breath with strobes, it was pretty cool!

Vix – What was the idea behind the track “Fxck to the Bassline?”

X-VERTIGO – Well the whole idea behind the track is, of course, fxcking to the bassline **Laughs** BUT most importantly it was about combining video and audio together to create some sort of a short musical film. I don’t consider this a music video at all, but more so an art project in which I had an idea and wanted to publish it.

Vix – Have you always pursued a career in the EDM industry?

X-VERTIGO – I actually took a break from music at one point and I went on to play poker professionally, that was back when online poker was legal and allowed in the US.

Vix – Is there anything about you that not a lot of people know?

X-VERTIGO – I went to film school for four years, and I’ve always liked old-school/vintage movies. In ‘Fxck to the Bassline’ you kind of get to see an idea of that as it’s really everything I like in one single project!

Vix – What’s your personal opinion on the current state of the EDM scene?

X-VERTIGO – There’s no doubt that the scene has become mainstream, and with that comes change, you can’t avoid that. You’ll have people who hate what it’s become, you’ll have corporations looking at sponsorship, as well as a lot of politics in the industry, but the end result is still always the same. When I step on stage all of the politics and haters are drowned out by the music, because I love this scene.

Vix final words…

In his upcoming short film, X-VERTIGO takes you on a unique journey that will leave you salivating for more. Coming up later in 2015, is his new album along with his own fashion based clothing line. To stay updated on his FXCK TO THE BASSLINE film, make sure to keep tabs with X-VERTIGO on all of his social channels!XVertigo-OnSet_126
Connect with X-VERTIGO: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | SoundCloud

Casey Rasch Announces New US Based Trance Label “UNRSTRCTD RECORDINGS”

*written by Crystal Garcia for Electronica Life

January 19, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA – Casey Rasch has announced the launch of his new record label, UNRSTRCTD Recordings.  The Los Angeles native trance producer and DJ envisions the label to be focused around trance including tech trance and psy-trance but as the label name states, it has no borders on the genres that it will feature.

Casey Rasch is no stranger to running a label and regarding the establishment of his new label he states, “With new influences that have grabbed my interest, I wanted something new”.  Rasch also hopes that through this label, he will be able to help and develop undiscovered talent.  “There are a lot of talented guys even within our local area of LA,” he says.

The label has distribution rights through Black Hole Recordings, a prominent trance and progressive trance record label in the Netherlands.  UNRSTRCTD Recordings will have its first release “Twisted Realities” an original by Casey Rasch feat Taranhawk in February.  For more information visit

About UNRSTRCTD Recordings: UNRSTRCTD Recordings – the name says it all.  Founded by Los Angeles native trance producer and DJ, Casey Rasch, the record label sees no limits on the musical possibilities and is based on the simple philosophy of pushing the boundaries to create pure quality – UNRSTRCTD – music.

About Casey Rasch: Casey Rasch is a Los Angeles native producer and DJ with a residency at LA’s premier nightclub, Exchange LA.  He has a primary focus on tech/psy/uplifting trance but crosses genre into techno and deep house for a full journey during his sets.  He has released from labels such as Pharmacy Music, Discover White/Dark Records, Black Hole Recordings, Lost Language and Blue Soho with support from many artists in the trance industry including but not limited to Armin Van Buuren, Simon Patterson, Christopher Lawrence, Paul Van Dyk and John Askew.

Sharkoffs… And His Daft Punk “Around the World” DnB Remix

Drum & Bass heads… Sharkoffs is back with another treat. This time styling a remix to Daft Punk’s “Around the World”. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

Connect with Sharkoffs here: Soundcloud | Facebook | Youtube | Twitter | Site

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