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Phoenix Lights 2017 Artist Preview

Phoenix Lights

Phoenix Lights 2017 takes place April 8-9, 2017, and this year’s line-up has a strong showing of talent. This event will take place at the Margaret T Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix and you can get your tickets from Relentless Beats. Here’s the break-down of some artists that are going to be there.

Saturday Lineup
Above & Beyond • Asadi • Bro Safari • Codeko • Dr Fresch vs Bijou • Ekali • Felix Da Housecat • Grum • Hucci • Illenium • Jax Jones • Josh Wink • Keys N Krates • Loudpvck • Low Steppa • Pete Tong• Sacha Robotti • Said the Sky • Shaun Frank • Sirus Hood • Tchami • Tiësto • Tiga • Vindata • Wingtip • Zeds Dead

Asadi
Young Columbus, Ohio Dj, producer, singer, songwriter, and musician Daniel Asadi is just starting to perform for big crowds. Don’t let that fool you though Asadi absolutely knows how to work that DJ booth. He also has some big shows coming up this year: Electric Forest, Euphoria, and Elements Lakewood Camping Festival to name a few. He makes Persian trap sound amazingly flawless. Some artists that have influenced his sound would be Travis Scott, Mura Masa, and Kendrick Lamar. It will be exciting seeing what this young man has to perform at Phoenix Lights.

Illenium
Denver resident Nick Miller, better known as Illenium, began making EDM in early 2008, but didn’t become passionate about releasing his
own work until after he saw Bassnectar in 2012 at Red Rocks. Some music influences are Bassnectar, Adventure Club, ODESZA and Porter Robinson. Nick actually launched his own label, Kasaya Recording, to release “Ashes” with Seeking Blue. In Illenium’s live shows, he engages fans with his with future bass originals and he has a hybrid set up of drum pads, keyboards, and CDJs. He loves to incorporate as many live elements to his shows as he can. This live show will be something to see and hear.

Tchami
French producer and DJ Martin Bresso, known as Tchami, is the pioneer of Future house. Tchami began using this stage name in Africa and became recognized after releasing a remix of “Go Deep” by Janet Jackson. He was the first to start using the term “future house” in his SoundCloud post tags which eventually become recognized in the electronic music industry. He launched his own record label, “Confession”, in 2015. Tchami is bringing a stunning church stage with a live choir, which will bring another level to his stage presence at Phoenix Lights.

Sunday Lineup
21 Savage • Alesso • Billy Kenny • Cashmere Cat • Coyu • Crizzly • Ganja White Night • Go Freek • Griz • Helena Legend • Justin Martin • K?D • The Knocks • Lane 8 • Manila Killa • Oliver Heldens • Pig & Dan • STS9 • Thomas Jack • Tokimonsta • Unlike Pluto • Viceroy • Vince Staples • ZHU

Thomas Jack
This Aussie DJ is known for his tropical house fusion. Thomas Jack’s music makes you feel like you are lost in an endless summer. Some inspiration for his sound is Enya, Pleasurekraft, Jack Johnson, and Paul Kalkbrenner. For Jack’s music he likes to use live flute, saxophone, piano, and guitar. You expect to feel like you are having some Sunday fun, some where in the warm sunny of some gorgeous beach when you hear him perform.

ZHU
Steven Zhu is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and electronic musician. Zhu remained anonymous until mid-2014, he asked to be judged for his music. This Chinese American choice to release his music anonymously, because he believed race played a role, saying: “Some of us don’t even know the limitations of our own prejudice. Rather than put those limitations to the test, we’ve created an engaging way for fans to focus on the music rather than who’s behind it.” Zhu has a dark, moody, dreamy, and sometimes cinematic vibe to his live performances.

This weekend don’t forget to stay hydrated things will be heating up in Downtown Phoenix and as always have fun at Phoenix Lights.

If Phoenix Lights isn’t enough for your music fix, there are several after-parties that will be happening this Saturday and Sunday.

April 8: Hannah Wants – Dark Matter at Monarch Theatre
April 8: Illenium + Crywolf – Supernova at Monarch Theatre
April 8: Josh Wink – Stargazer at Bar Smith

April 9: Keys N Krates + Crizzly – Supernova at Monarch Theatre
April 9: Coyu + Pig & Dan – Dark Matter at Monarch Theatre
April 9: Griz – Planet X at Shady Park

Euphoria Music Festival Just One Week Away

Euphoria Music Festival 2016

With just a week to go before the leading electronic/rock music festival in Texas and throughout the Southwest opens its gates, Euphoria Music Festival is reminding fans why they keep coming back year after year. From its humble beginnings six years ago through to today, Euphoria has made a name for itself by seeing past the music and lasers by building a community. Activations such as its “festival within a festival” partnership with Art Outside or the ever impressive greening initiative known as Ecophoria help to nurture this community and make it into a true Euphoria Family. Below are just a sampling of the top activations that fans can expect at Carson Creek Ranch, April 6 – 9, 2017:

ART OUTSIDE: Working with the producers of Art Outside to take a deeper dive into art and workshops, the Art Outside Villagetruly is a festival within a festival. Featuring curated art installations, workshops, yoga, music, performances and more, the village is a way for Euphoria’s family to connect with each other and learn.

ECOPHORIA: Launched as Euphoria’s greening initiative in 2016, this year sees the festival increasing its commitment to the sustainability community. Focusing on the three main tiers of sustainability education, waste reduction and community engagement, Euphoria has partnered with Austin Permaculture Guild, Keep Austin Beautiful and and other local organizations to make sure the message carries on beyond the festival.

SILENT DISCO: Keeping the party going for campers, long after the last note has played on the main stages, this year’s lineup includes: Audyssey; Brede; Brian Banner; Capyac; CF Word; DJ Mancub; DJ Manny; Feature Cuts; Flying Turns; Funkstatik; Gamma; Gooty; Happy Happy James; Jay Fresh; Max the Intern; Motion Potion; Notorious Conduct; Rupert the Duke; SOLM8; Toddy B; Travis Breaks; Unfold; Willgood; Wolf-E-Wolf and Zenturion.

WORKSHOPS: One cannot live off of music alone. Over the last few years, workshops have been a fan favorite, allowing attendees to experience and learn about new things or just start the day off right, like with one of Euphoria’s yoga sessions. This year’s workshops will include: educational sustainability programming with Austin Permaculture Guild, yoga, hooping, meditation, activism talks, acrobatics, DJ instruction, the Carson Creek River Clean Up, botanical medicine talks and more.

WEDDINGS: Taking the belief in the power of music and community to evoke emotions and forge connections that reach far beyond the festival itself, Euphoria created a space to host weddings.Teaming up with local partners to provide couples with a rich and unforgettable experience, including hair and makeup for brides and grooms, event photography, and a reception featuring sweets and a champagne toast, this will be the first time the festival has offered marriage ceremonies for couples. Even if fans aren’t getting hitched, they’re invited to swing by and celebrate their love for each other.

If that hasn’t sold you, visit www.euphoriafest.com for a complete rundown of Euphoria activations, the festivals biggest lineup to date or to buy tickets. A limited amount of General Admission passes are still available for $189, plus fees for a 3-Day festival pass and $289 for a 3-day festival pass with camping. 3-Day “Fly Life” VIP packages with preferred viewing areas, private bars, VIP restrooms and showers, concierge service, luggage drop off, and express entrance are available starting at $309 (without camping) and $459 with camping. Single day passes are also available for $79, plus fees per day for general admission and $129, plus fees per day for “Fly Life” VIP. The Early Entry pass, which allows Wednesday access for up to 2,500 fans is available for $30. Tickets are available online at www.euphoriafest.com. Euphoria is an ages 18 and over event.

Euphoria Music Festival is produced by Vivid Sound Entertainment. Visit www.euphoriafest.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/EuphoriaFest and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EuphoriaFest.

Panorama Music Festival 2017 Lineup & Info

Panorama NYC 2017 Lineup

Panorama Music Festival returns to Randall’s Island Park in New York City for its second year this July 28-30, 2017. The music, art, and technology festival builds off of its debut year and will include features like the Panorama Stage (30′ tall and 170′ wide main stage) , THE LAB (a music, art, and technology playground curated by local New York artists), and The Point (an open air club celebrating NYC’s prominence in dance and club history). Panorama 2017 will host the likes of artists like Frank Ocean, MGMT, Justice, Girl Talk, DJ Shadow, MØ, Alt-J, Tame Impala, Matoma, Nine Inch Nails, Cashmere Cat, Snakehips, and many more. Tickets are available with 3-day GA tickets selling for $345 and 3-day VIP tickets selling for $745. A variety of other purchasing options are available on the ticketing website, including hotel packages, ferry passes, and payment plans. Panorama is an all ages event, with children under 2 allowed free admission. Additional information is available from the information website.

Governors Ball 2017 Lineup & Info

Governors Ball 2017

Governors Ball Music Festival returns for its 7th year this June 2-4, 2017 on Randall’s Island in New York City. The 3-day event will feature a variety of music and a multitude of New York City restaurants and food trucks. Governors Ball 2017 will feature artists like TOOL, Chance the Rapper, Phoenix, Childish Gambino, Lorde, Flume, Wu-Tang Clan, Logic, Marshmello, Phantogram, Tove Lo, Gryffin, Eden, and many more. A variety of ticket options are available, with 3-day GA tickets going for $305 (plus fees) and 3-day VIP tickets for $900 (plus fees). Additional purchasing options like single-day tickets, Platinum, Suites & Cabanas are also available. If you’re interested in the festival, take a look at what to expect of the experience and be sure to check out the festival information.

Sunset Music Festival 2017 Lineup & Info

Sunset Music Festival 2017 Lineup

Sunset Music Festival returns to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL this May 27-28, 2017. The lineup includes artists like Major Lazer, RL Grime, Above & Beyond, Zeds Dead, Cedric Gervais, Dusky, Gareth Emery, G Jones, San Holo, MaRLo, Slander, SNAILS, Aly & Fila, Kill the Noise, Louis the Child, Yellow Claw, and many more. Tickets are currently available with 2-day GA tickets going for $159.95 (plus fees) and 2-day VIP tickets for $259.95 (plus fees). Included on the ticketing website are various other merchandise and offers, including locker rentals. Make sure to also check out SMF’s info pages, including their guide, safety, and location information.

Euphoria Music Festival 2017 Artist Preview

Euphoria Music Festival 2017

Euphoria Music Festival takes place in just over a week at Carson Creek Ranch, outside of Austin, Texas, April 6-9, 2017. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, a variety of options are still available. As you gear up for Euphoria, take a look at our list of artists we’re excited to see.

Moby

Moby is widely considered one of the most important and influential figures in dance music of the 1990s. He helped bring dance music to the mainstream in the UK and in the United States. His appearances at music festivals are relatively sparse these days, so we’re particularly excited to see this veteran perform Sunday at Euphoria.

FKJ

FKJ, short for French Kiwi Juice, unsurprisingly hails from France. His signature funky and mellow sound gets the crowds groovin’, especially in a live environment. His smooth style will leave you wondering at the end of the show where all the time went. FKJ will be performing Friday.

The Funk Hunters

This duo from Vancouver have a dynamic style, capable of mixing and producing heavier styles of bass and glitch, as well as sounds reminiscent of funk and soul. Their versatility should make for a great performance on Sunday at Euphoria.

The Widdler

Alright dubheads, this one is for you. The Widdler is known for his slow and methodic low frequency sub bass. His style is much more reminiscent of UK Dubstep from the mid-2000s. If you like low frequency bass vibrating through your body, you won’t want to miss The Widdler on Sunday at Euphoria.

Poolside

This disco duo aptly hail from Los Angeles, which you might have guessed based on their style of music, which they label on Soundcloud as “Daytime Disco.” Check them out on Saturday for a feel-good disco-dancing session.

Full Lineup

Boston Calling 2017 Lineup

Boston Calling 2017 Lineup

Boston Calling 2017 makes its debut at the Harvard Athletic Complex this year. Boston Calling previously took place twice a year (in May and September) at City Hall Plaza. 2017 marks the first year that the event will be held at the Harvard Athletic Complex. The new location at Harvard Athletic Complex will feature more music stages and a film festival component, curated by Natalie Portman. This year’s event will take place May 26-28, 2017. The three day event will host the likes of TOOL, Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper, Bon Iver, The xx, Major Lazer, and many more. Tickets are still available with 3-day GA tickets starting at $269 (plus fees), and 3-day VIP at $529 (plus fees). A range of other ticket options, including single-day tickets are available from the ticketing website. Also be sure to check out the information page to get up to speed with the festival ahead of time.

Tipper & Friends Nocturnal Edition 2017

Tipper & Friends Nocturnal Edition 2017

Tipper & Friends Nocturnal Edition returns to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground this May 19-20, 2017. This year’s event will feature an eclectic mix of art and music, including 3 sets of Tipper, Shpongle (Simon Posford Live), Cut Chemist, Shield, Klo, LTJ Bukem, Jade Cicada, Hullabalo0, Vinja, Charlesthefirst, Detox Unit, Ovoid, Sortof Vague, and Foxtail, and visual artist Android Jones. Tickets are currently available, with GA + Primitive Camping for $99, with some camping upgrades available. This is an all-ages event; children 12 and under may attend free when accompanied by an adult. For additional information, make sure to check out the FAQ page.

BUKU 2017 Takes Over Mardi Gras World

Jauz at Float Den, BUKU 2017

The forecast called for 75-degree weather, clouds, and rain, but it was BUKU weekend and the weather was not about to put a damper on a weekend of music and art. As I arrived on the first day, the sun peaked through the clouds—a positive sign of the weekend to come. The rain held off for most the weekend, save for a few light sprinkles, a far cry from the forecast of weekend showers.

As I made my way through security, my jitters gave way to excitement as the booming of the main stage, the Power Plant, intensified. BUKU Music + Art Project takes place at Mardi Gras World, overlooking the last stretch of the Mississippi River as it winds towards the Gulf of Mexico. Making my way towards the Float Den, I observed the adjacent Ballroom Stage, merchandise tent, and vendors, anxiously waiting for the sun to go down and the festival to light up. K?D was performing at the Float Den, essentially a large warehouse at the back of the festival, which would serve as the hub for bass music that weekend. After K?D wrapped things up, San Holo took the stage. At the same time, security guards drove through the crowd with two large industrial dehumidifiers towards the Float Den stage. The bass-heavy music of the Float Den got the crowd quite energetic. Combined with the large crowds that the Float Den attracted and the mediocre airflow of a mostly-enclosed space, the Float Den got hot and sweaty.

As the sun dipped lower in the sky, the Float Den turned up the energy. TroyBoi threw down a performance as gnarly as the air in the room—heavy bass combined with smooth transitions and seamless mixing. Looking for a reprieve from the heat, I found Opiuo at the Ballroom Stage, an indoor stage with much-needed air conditioning. The Ballroom was dimly lit with minimalist lighting and an electroluminescent wire chandelier that set the tone of room. The environment proved suitable for hula-hoopers looking for room to dance, and people just looking to soak in the sounds of the music without being distracted by the lights or crowds.

After Opiuo, I made a quick stop to see Whethan at the Back Alley stage, literally a back alley, tucked away from the madness of the rest of the festival. The Back Alley served as the home for House and Techno, with an illuminated gazebo viewing area for those wanting to escape the crowds. Friday night, the Back Alley saw performances from artists like Clams Casino, and a Shiba San B2B Justin Jay set. Unfortunately, Nora En Pure would miss the festival due to issues with her flight.

Back Alley at BUKU 2017

Back Alley Stage at BUKU 2017

On the way back to the Power Plant, I stopped in to catch a bit of Slushii, who was throwing down some wonky beats at the Float Den. After a quick listen, I continued to one of the main attractions of the weekend—the funky and saxy Grizmatik, whose saxophone sounds complemented the local New Orleans music scene. After Grizmatik, I split my time between two of the closing performances: a packed Zeds Dead show at the Float Den and a more chill and groovy set by Shiba San & Justin Jay at the Back Alley.

Grizmatik at BUKU 2017

Grizmatik performing at the Power Plant Stage

The second day saw light precipitation and a drop in temperature, a welcome treat to cool down the crowd. The Float Den continued its bass theme with early performances by Minnesota B2B Space Jesus, the alien-esque Rezz, and the mystery man, Malaa.

Back at the Power Plant, Tycho (Live) put on an incredible melodic sunset performance, accompanied by the design and photographic visuals of Tycho’s primary composer, Scott Hansen, also known by his design alias, ISO50. The strong hues of magenta and red complemented the sky as the sun dipped below the horizon.

Tycho at BUKU 2017

Tycho (Live) performing at the Power Plant Stage

Jumping from stage to stage, I spent more time hanging out at the art carts. BUKU creatively utilizes art carts, which are smaller in size compared the larger art cars seen at bigger festivals. Pedicabs and shopping carts adorned with lights, speakers, and DJs made the rounds at the festival, giving attendants a chance to stop and take a quick dance break in between stages. Or, if the music caught your ear, a quick dance break would turn into quite a long one.

Art Cart at BUKU 2017

An art cart at BUKU 2017

I jumped between performances of Lane 8, Cashmere Cat, and deadmau5, all masters at building musical tension, and then releasing it in a dance extravaganza. deadmau5 performed in his signature style—long build-ups in the beginning making way towards more intense music towards the end, often accompanied by some trolling on the mic. He apologized for not having his signature Cube stage display, and then made a plug for his afterparty, exclaiming “I hope you like techno.”

Back at the Float Den, the mysterious Zhu closed out the night. Starting with minimal lighting effects, his performance turned the Float Den into a dance hall as his set progressed, and with it, the lighting intensity. He jumped on the mic several times to perform vocals for his songs, a signature characteristic of his producing and DJing style. Zhu’s performance was a flawless way to end the weekend—an intense dance music experience that is simultaneously low-key, a perfect embodiment of BUKU Music + Art Project.

BUKU Music + Art Project Photos Day 1
BUKU Music + Art Project Photos Day 2

Okeechobee & the Future of Music Festivals

Okeechobee Music Festival Pavilion Palace

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival concluded its second year earlier in the month, which also happened to be its second sell-out year. This is an admirable achievement for a young festival, especially given the current competitive festival atmosphere, where many festivals are struggling to retain the attendance numbers they enjoyed just a few years ago. Okeechobee’s success should come as no surprise to anyone who has attended the event, but to get the details on the role that Okeechobee plays in being a leader of a movement that is changing the face of music festivals across the world, we spoke to Tyler Hanson, owner and founder of Kulturehaus.

In 2017, Kulturehaus was responsible for the curation of 40 acres of land, which included Chobeewobee Village and Aquachobee, with a total of eight stages that hosted workshops, yoga, music, and performances. Kulturehaus worked with multiple large-scale visual artists and their crews plus an eclectic assortment of performers, musicians, builders, volunteers, and production staff. The crew of about 500 worked to create a 24-hour experience spanning the start of the festival on Thursday, to its conclusion on Monday morning. Included in the 500 people are Kulturehaus’ staff of six, who spent six months onsite preparing for the festival. As Tyler explains, “Kulturehaus is a modern day guild for modern day artists.” He takes pride in the fact that they didn’t build a single normal stage: “we created environments for performers and people to come and participate in.” The success of the project is evident. Take GRiZ for example, who played six sets (is that the final tally?) at Okeechobee, including a sunset performance at the Be Stage, and a collaborative PoWoW! performance at the Here Stage (two of the main stages). But the performance that seemed to get everyone talking the most was his late-night back-to-back set with 12th Planet and SNAILS at the Incendia Stage, one of the hallmark creations of Kulturehaus at Okeechobee.

Griz Performing at OMF Incendia Stage 2017

Griz at the Incendia Stage, photo by DV Photo Video

The reason for success is that Kulturehaus puts the artists first and the music second. Kulturehaus first employed the idea through the creation of Art Outside, a festival that Tyler founded in Texas in 2005, which served as a proof of concept. As Tyler notes, they “split the paradigm.” He asks: “What would that environment look like” when art is the main attraction and music is secondary? Tyler saw that a lot of festivals looked the same. The market has become so saturated that Bonnaroo’s sales are down 40% and Austin City Limits is hovering around non-growth. “We are at peak festival,” Tyler says. “What do you do when everyone else is doing the same thing?” For Tyler, the answer was clear. He notes that he was fortunate to have the producers of Okeechobee reach out to him and give him the funds to “create a festival inside of a festival.” This has been the product that he has been working towards for the last twenty years. “Okeechobee is very unique in that it sees the vision of the future of music festivals, which is not music, it is art and they are supporting that.” Tyler’s goal was to reinvent festivals, to “put art and music in front of people in a new way that is meaningful and registers and does something.”

Okeechobee 2017 The Living Tree

The Living Tree, photo by Jorgensen Photography

He expands, noting that at the festivals of the future, DJs and bands will take a backseat, to make room for an immersive experience.

“They’re interactive, they’re fun, they’re participatory, they’re unique, they are something else. Being able to go to Okeechobee is a blessing because Soundslinger LLC, the producers of Okeechobee, are so supportive of creating an environment where they really let us run wild.” The point of which, is to get people excited and involved, to “wake people up” with immersive worlds that go beyond just a stacked lineup.

The larger goal of Kulturehaus is “creating equal basic rights for artists and supporting their business.” Of the fee that Kulturehaus collects for their part in Okeechobee, two-thirds went directly to artists, while the remainder went to materials and other costs. Kulturehaus aims to close the gap with headlining musicians, noting that a single headlining act that performs for 1.5 hours on the main stage will charge 3-4 times that amount. Compare that to Kulturehaus’ 500 artists and builders working 24 hours a day for 4 days straight (not including setup and tear-down). The mission is to get festivals to divert their attention from headlining acts towards “creative visual and interactive art that runs for the duration of the festival.” His vision is that five years from now, Kulturehaus is a “multi-million-dollar job, where we’re getting paid as much as a headliner is, to make things that are far more memorable and amazing.”

Tyler argues that artists are the next rockstars: “Headline acts of festivals get paid upwards of one million dollars to play a set. That’s not sustainable. That’s not art. That’s just a shit-ton of money going to a bunch of management and agencies.” That’s less of a criticism of the music and more a criticism of the business model. Tyler recognizes the importance of music: “you go to a music festival for music, but actually you’re there for the art. And music is art. The point is to make art democratically applicable. Democratize the art and give it equal value.” Democratizing the art will change the dynamics of festivals, so that the future of festivals is not about stacked lineups, pyrotechnics, lasers, and lights. All of those features will still play a role in music festivals, but they will take a backseat so that hundreds of artists can build interactive artistic musical playgrounds for adults to participate in.

If you are interested in being radical, creating or changing the culture of your festival so that you are not like all the rest: now you know Kulturehaus exists. Principals Kevin KoChen and Tyler Hanson have been at the forefront of the independent festival movement, being intimately involved in the West Coast scene by working on Symbiosis Gathering and Lightning in a Bottle from their inception. In addition, their exploits have led them to working with public and private entities from NASA to Google and all sorts of entities in between, looking to make a scene. But it is their massive artisanal network of doers, makers, dreamers, and imagineers that they have cultivated over the past 20 years that truly make Kulturehaus unique.

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Photos