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Trapfest Tucson Releases 2017 Lineup

Trapfest Tucson 2017

Presented by Relentless Beats, Specto Entertainment and CrowdSurf Concerts, Trapfest Tucson will be dropping at Club XS in Midtown Tucson on Friday, July 14, 2017. Doubling the dose of trap headed to Arizona, Trapfest Tucson comes just a day before the festival stops in Phoenix, at The Pressroom on Saturday, July 15th. The lineup for the Tucson stop will feature: Party Favor, who is a remix favorite for dance music elite, explosive, rapid-fire beat prodigy, Loudpvck, the bi-costal production duo who recently released the monster track, “Bones”, Hard Trap pioneer, SayMyName and quasi hip hop/electronic producer, JSTJR.

“We are psyched to be bringing Trapfest back to Tucson,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “The scene is growing so fast, we felt it was necessary to bring one of the country’s premier trap and bass events back here.”

Trapfest will will take place at Club XS in Midtown Tucson. The indoor 1200 person capacity event space has been a fixture of Tucson for over 27 years and is a regular host of Relentless Beats events. Attendees can expect expanded beer, wine and bottle service offerings from three bars, exclusive VIP accommodations for parties of four or six and much more. Visit www.relentlessbeats.com for full details.

General Admission passes are available now for $25. VIP passes, with preferred main stage viewing area, bottle service, restrooms and commemorative lanyard and poster are available starting at $45. Purchase tickets online at www.trapfest.com. Club XS is located at 5851 E Speedway Blvd #141, Tucson, AZ, 85712 Doors open at 8 p.m. Trapfest is an ages 18 and over event.

Trapfest is produced by Relentless Beats, Specto Entertainment and CrowdSurf Concerts. Visit www.relentlessbeats.com for the most up-to-date information on Trapfest and all Relentless Beats events. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RelentlessBeats and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RelentlessBeats.

Christian Alexander at Sunset Music Festival 2017

Christian Alexander - Sunset Music Festival 2017

It’s 4PM on Day 1 of Sunset Music Festival 2017 and local DJ/producer Christian Alexander has just wrapped up his first set of the weekend: a short set that serves as a precursor to his main performance on the Sunset Stage of Day 2. The 22-year-old artist and resident DJ at The Amphitheatre/The Ritz moved from New Jersey to Florida at the age of 12, where he started playing the piano. His interest in dance music stretches back even further, to about the age of 6, thanks to his two aunts from Miami. He recounts a particular experience when he was at their house in Miami: “They were playing Ultra 2004 the DVD. I was so little at the time, I was like ‘What is this? This is amazing!’ ‘This is Ultra, it happens every March in Miami.’” That was enough to capture Christian’s interest. When he turned 13, his two aunts took him to his first music festival experience. “I loved it. You know, Ultra was all-ages back then, so anybody could go. I guess 13 was an ok age.” He’s careful to point out that the setting was a little bit different back then. “It wasn’t as crazy as it is now. The biggest stage was the main stage, and that is where the live stage is now,” referring to the Bayfront Park Amphitheatre.

Although Christian took an early interest in dance music, he’s quick to point out that punk rock has a big influence on his creative style: “I went to Warped Tour in high school. I loved it,” noting that one of his favorite effects to add to his tracks is a guitar pluck, which he says helps maintain the flow of the track and keep it unique. Some of his biggest influences are Fall Out Boy and Blink 182, with Take Off Your Pants and Jacket being one of his favorite albums. If you catch one of his sets, there’s a good chance you’ll hear a little punk rock thrown in the mix.

While punk rock and the guitar play important roles in his tracks and DJ sets, he’s confident that the piano is the most critical element of his songwriting process. “The first thing I do is write chords for every track on the piano. I write chords, record them into Ableton, and then I’ll build the song out from there. I would say the piano is definitely the biggest part of my creative process.” In addition to Ableton, Christian also mentions how he enjoys working with Sylenth, a virtual analog synthesizer, and Serum, a wavetable synthesizer. However, Christian also notes that he’s been fortunate to work with a local mastering engineer, KC Gilmore. As a result, he’s come to appreciate “that analog sound is very important.” Although digital tools like Ableton, Sylenth, and Serum have had a big impact in shaping his creative process, he adds: “there’s still nothing better than a nice analog studio.”

Christian has been spending time both in his personal studio at his apartment and KC’s home studio in preparation for some new releases, including “Do Not Disturb” ft. Athrs and “I’m Free,” two songs that he debuted at Sunset Music Festival and that will be available on his Soundcloud and Spotify accounts in the near future. He mentions that he’s been hard at work producing new tracks to showcase his production skills, admitting that “one thing I’ve been lacking over the last couple of years has been posting original music on my Soundcloud, which is why I’ve been working so hard in the studio the last couple of months, trying to get music out there for people to realize I’m not just a DJ, I’m a pretty good producer as well. I want to show that.”

On top of his new music releases, you can also hear him live at upcoming shows, including an opening set for ATLiens on July 7 at Myth Nightclub in Jacksonville, FL. This will be Christian’s first Jacksonville show. “I’ve never partied with the Jacksonville people, so I’m excited. I heard they go in.” In addition to his upcoming set at Myth Nightclub, Christian Alexander regularly performs on Saturday nights at The Amphitheatre/The Ritz, while also venturing to Orlando to play at Gilt Nightclub and Miami for Miami Music Week. He’s previously opened for artists like Slander, Shaun Frank, Kygo, Galantis, Tritonal, Jauz, and more.

When asked what draws him to Tampa, he emphatically says: “The people. There’s nothing like Tampa people. They go in. It can be the slowest house show ever—there will still be 1000 people there jamming no matter what.” That connection to the people is the same aspect that he enjoys about playing at a club like The Amp or Gilt. Compared to playing the main stage at a major festival like Sunset Music Festival, he says: “I really like the intimacy of the club vibe, you’re right there, you kind of hear them yelling sometimes, but you know, nothing beats a good festival crowd.” The intimacy is particularly evident in Orlando: “At Gilt, I’m 4 feet away at the most, right behind the subwoofers. So the crowd is right there. They’re a very educated scene. Every time I play in Orlando, I prepare a lot for that set, making sure that I’m opening correctly for the artist.”

Christian Alexander Performing at Sunset Music Festival 2017

Christian Alexander Performing at Sunset Music Festival 2017

Just like the proximity and connection to the crowd holds Christian accountable while he’s performing, the modern age of social media reinforces an artist’s connection to listeners, presenting benefits and challenges to succeeding. “I think one of the biggest challenges is being a musician and a marketing specialist, because you have to use social media 24/7.” It’s an added challenge for an artist like Christian, who already has his hands full as he works towards completing his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida Tampa in Biomedical Sciences. He would have already completed his degree, but decided to pursue an additional minor in Biomedial Physics, which he will complete in December 2017.

He balances his workload with a strict time management regimen using his calendar on his phone. “Everything by day is broken down by time.” He breaks down his days between studio time, homework assignments, live performances, class, and everything else that comes his way. “That list is my life. I stick to it, I don’t deviate from it, and if it wasn’t for that, or just having time management skills, I would get lost in everything. I would have flunked out of school, maybe would have been lazy with my music.” With his schooling almost complete, Christian will have more time to focus on his music, where he hopes to expand his reach. Some festivals on his radar that he would like to perform at include Imagine Music Festival in Atlanta, GA and Okeechobee Music Festival in Okeechobee, FL, two independent music festivals that put a heavy emphasis on visual and performance art, and supporting local talent.

The sun has set on another successful Sunset Music Festival, which boasted increased stage production, a world-class lineup, and upcoming local talent like Christian Alexander. If you missed Christian at Sunset Music Festival, you can catch him playing regularly in the South Florida area and beyond as he expands his reach.

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Inaugural Deep Tropics Music, Art & Style Festival 2017

Deep Tropics 2017 Lineup

A new festival is coming to Nashville, TN and it looks like a blast! Deep Tropics will bring the island vibes to Nashville, August 5th & 6th 2017. Deep Tropics will be the first electronic music, art and style festival of it’s kind in the city, hosted at the historic War Memorial Auditorium & Courtyard. It’s concrete landscape will be transformed into a sustainable eco-system of lush, tropical bliss hosting 2,500 people per day (Ages 21 and Up).

Two days with two eye-catching stages featuring performances by forward-thinking artists, musicians, muralists, and tastemakers from all over the world. Discover a deeper sense of self, a deeper connection with community and a deeper experience through music and art.

The lineup features artists like Gramatik, Bob Moses, Paper Diamond, Troyboi, Mija, SNBRN, Justin Martin, The Gaslamp Killer, and many more. Pre-sale tickets will be available Tuesday, June 13 at 11AM CDT, while regular on-sale tickets will be available Thursday June 15th at 11AM CDT. For more information, check the festival website and frequently asked questions.

III Points Festival 2017 Lineup & Information

III Points Festival 2017 Lineup

III Points Festival has released its 2017 lineup, which takes place this October 13-15 at the Wynwood Convention Center in Miami, FL. Featured artists include The XX, Gorillaz, Richie Hawtin, Bonobo (Live), Lane 8, Rufus Du Sol, Kaytranada, Danny Brown, and many more. III Points curates a line-up of cutting edge international performances paired with the best of the Miami’s music scene. Over the three days of the festival and 85+ performers, III Points takes over the town with lectures, labs, tech talks, music & gallery showcases and a fully immersive main festival ground. Tickets are currently available, with 3-day General Admission tickets starting at $190 (not including taxes and fees) and 3-day VIP tickets starting at $295 (not including taxes and fees). For more information, check the festival website and frequently asked questions.

5th Annual Trapfest Lineup by Relentless Beats

Trapfest Arizona 2017 Lineup

Presented by Relentless Beats and CrowdSurf Concerts, Trapfest returns to The Pressroom in Downtown Phoenix on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Celebrating its 5th year, past editions of the country’s premier trap and bass event have featured: UZ; Brillz; Bro Safari; etc! etc!; Green Lantern; GTA; Ookay; Oshi; Sikdope; Stööki Sound and Troyboi, amongst others. Expanding the lineup, this year will feature: Montreal-based, bombastic bass-drop designer Snails as the headliner with main stage support from Party Favor, who is a remix favorite for dance music elite, explosive, rapid-fire beat prodigy 4B, quasi hip hop/electronic producer, JSTJR and hard hitting bass duo Two Owls. The Pressroom outdoor patio will feature ATLiens; Bailo; Havok Roth and Woolymammoth, for a deeper look into the more experimental side of Trap.

“It only makes sense that we had to go bigger for the 5th Anniversary,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “This year’s lineup includes some of the hottest acts in the trap and bass world and will make for a scorching fest.”

Trapfest will return to The Pressroom in Downtown Phoenix. The indoor 1000+ person capacity and outdoor event space has served as the backdrop for a myriad of Relentless Beats events, including Trapfest 2015 and 2016. Located in the heart of Phoenix, the venue is just 5 minutes west of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, AZ. Attendees can expect expanded beer, wine and bottle service offerings, elevated VIP table accommodations for parties of four or six and much more. Visit www.relentlessbeats.com for full details.

General Admission passes are available now for $45, before increasing to $50 at midnight on June 2nd. VIP passes, with preferred main stage viewing area, bottle service, restrooms and express entry are available starting at $60. Tables with bottle service are available, starting at $375. All tables and VIP level passes are 21 and up. Purchase tickets online at www.trapfest.com. The Pressroom is located at 441 W. Madison Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003. Doors open at 8 p.m. Trapfest is an ages 18 and over event.

Trapfest is produced by Relentless Beats and CrowdSurf Concerts. Visit www.relentlessbeats.com for the most up-to-date information on Trapfest and all Relentless Beats events. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RelentlessBeats and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RelentlessBeats.

Sunset Music Festival 2017 Artist Preview

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Sunset Music Festival takes places this Memorial Day Weekend at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, May 27-28, 2017. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, single-day and weekend GA passes are still available, however, VIP passes are now sold out. As you gear up for Sunset Music Festival, check out some of the artists we are excited to see.

Goldroom (Live)
A multi-instrumentalist originally from Massachusetts, Josh Legg is an LA-based songwriter and producer performing under the alias Goldroom. He credits his inspiration to his childhood, where he spent countless hours sailing around New England with his dad, listening to music. As a result, his style is serene, yet energetic. He performs on Sunday, May 29 from 11:00PM-12:00AM at the Horizon Stage.

Dusky
This duo hailing from London began performing under the name Dusky in 2011. Since first breaking into the underground UK music scene, the duo has pushed their sound forward, becoming a household name. Their wide-ranging musical influences include everything from Polish orchestral music, to soulful jazz, French house, and everything in between. They perform Sunday, May 29 from 9:30-10:45PM at the Horizon Stage.

G Jones
This California native has been crushing the bass music scene lately, having opened for and collaborated with artists like Bassnectar. He credits his growth and influence to the bustling music scene of the internet. His style can be described as dark genre-bending bass music. G Jones plays on Saturday May 28 from 7:30-8:30PM at the Eclipse Stage.

Yotto
This talented artist from Helsinki, Finland has music in his blood, having started his musical career at the age of 12. The son of an ex-rocker, he grew up listening to blues, classic rock, and disco. He lists his inspirations as artists like Moby, The Chemical Brothers, John Digweed, Royksopp, and more. Yotto will be playing on Sunday, May 29 from 7:00-8:15PM on the Horizon Stage.

San Holo
This Dutch songwriter/producer refined his craft at Rotterdam University, where he studied guitar and music production. In addition to his San Holo music, Sander van Dijck also runs the record label and artist project, bitbird. 26-year-old San Holo has been injecting the dance world with his unique brand of uplifting music. He will be performing Saturday, May 28 from 6:30-7:30 at the Eclipse Stage.

While we’re particularly excited to catch these five artists, Sunset Music Festival features a full lineup of great musical talent that you don’t want to miss. As you prepare for the festival, make sure to check out the festival guide, wristband information, and schedule.

Phoenix Lights 2017 Official After Movie

Phoenix Lights 2017

Last month, Phoenix Lights took over the Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, Arizona, with a stacked lineup featuring artists like Above & Beyond, Alesso, Tiesto, GRiZ, Zhu, Zeds Dead, STS9, Pete Tong, and more. We previously posted the unofficial Dancebreak recap video. In addition to the unofficial Dancebreak recap video, an official Phoenix Lights After Movie has been released, featuring the song “Traffic” by Loudpvck & Botnek.

Shakey Knees 2017

Shaky Knees 2017 Lineup

Shaky Knees Music Festival is just around the corner and 1-Day General Admission Tickets ($99) and 1-Day VIP Tickets ($225) are currently available at www.shakykneesfestival.com. Shaky Knees will bring more than 60 bands across three stages to downtown Atlanta, GA in celebration of 5 years as a world-class festival. The stacked lineup includes The xx, LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix, Cage The Elephant, Pixies, The Shins, Nick Murphy, X Ambassadors, Third Eye Blind and Portugal. The Man, in addition to the recently added Ryan Adams and Saint Motel.

Friday will bring fans performances from LCD Soundsystem, Cage The Elephant, Pixies, Portugal. The Man and more, while Saturday’s lineup deliver a diverse bill including The xx, Nick Murphy, X Ambassadors and Moon Taxi. Sunday will close with unforgettable performances from Phoenix, The Shins and Ryan Adams. The entire listing of the Lineup by Day is available here: www.shakykneesfestival.com/lineup.

Fans can sign up for the Email List to be the first to get new information at www.shakykneesfestival.com/connect and follow social media to stay in the loop for all festival announcements.

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Shaky Knees Schedule 2017

Moonrise Phase 1 Lineup 2017

Moonrise Phase 1 Lineup 2017

Moonrise Festival returns to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland this August 12-13, 2017. The two-day music festival will feature DJs, live bands, and performing artists performing on different four stages. The Phase 1 lineup has been released and features artists like Afrojack, Big Gigantic, Carnage, Excision, Madeon, Porter Robinson, Zeds Dead, Gramatik, Flux Pavilion, and many more. Tickets are currently available from the ticketing website, with 2-day GA tickets selling for $159.50 (not including taxes and fees) and 2-day VIP passes selling for $274.50 (not including taxes and fees). Additional information is also available through the information and FAQ pages.

Finding Euphoria 2017

Alesso at Euphoria 2017

Earlier this month, about 50,000 music enthusiasts gathered at Carson Creek Ranch for the 6th annual Euphoria Music Festival, held from April 6-9, 2017. Tucked away along the Colorado River and on the outskirts of Austin, this year’s event included a diverse lineup of live music, DJs, and hip-hop artists, including artists like Alesso, Chromeo, Zeds Dead, Pretty Lights Live, The Floozies, Oliver Heldens, Moby, Papadosio, Yotto, Wiz Khalifa, and a slew of other musical talent. In addition to the music, Euphoria continued its successful Ecophoria initiative: a comprehensive program that aims to preserve Carson Creek Ranch and its surroundings. The Ecophoria initiative tackles some of the issues that affect music festivals by setting up donation bins drop-offs (to keep campers from leaving unwanted items behind), encouraging carpooling and recycling, setting up water stations for filling up reusable containers, employing a Green Team to manage waste and encourage mindful participation, organizing river cleanups, and more.

With the venue being so close to Austin, one might wonder how Euphoria could serve as a traditional escape from the mundane and normal life that many attendants tend to look for in a music festival, but upon arriving at Carson Creek Ranch, all doubts would be washed away upon seeing the musical sanctuary that hosts Euphoria. The festival features three stages, the largest of which is aptly named Euphoria, sporting pyrotechnics, fireworks, and a traditional array of lights and lasers to complement the musical performances. Due to unfortunate circumstances with flights, The Knocks were left grounded in Atlanta, with The Disco Biscuits filling in on Friday. In addition to the two sets of The Disco Biscuits, Pretty Lights Live closed out the main stage on Friday, putting on a display of live music, lights, and lasers—a relaxed way to kick-off an eventful weekend.

Pretty Lights Euphoria 2017

Pretty Lights closing out the main stage Friday night at Euphoria 2017

The weekend kicked it up a notch at the main stage on Saturday evening. Poolside put on a show that was naturally appropriate for an early pool party vibe. Towards the end of their set, the percussionist jumped out into the crowd to join the dancing fans and to preach a message of love and friendship. Artists Bakermat and Bob Moses continued the trend of live instruments mixed together with DJing as Bakermat incorporated a live saxophonist, while Bob Moses performed with a live guitar, drums, and keyboard. The tempo increased later in the night as Oliver Heldens and Alesso played the last two dance-heavy sets of the main stage. Meanwhile, Chromeo’s Sunday performance felt retro with their Nu Disco style.

The Elements Stage displays a large colored cutout of a coyote’s head, with lights projecting onto the cutout, and illuminated eyes that scan the crowds at night—watchful eyes overlooking the dancing madness of the weekend. Friday night, Chet Porter put on a sunset performance, which was followed up by heavier acts like SPAG HEDDY, Minnesota, Mija, and Knife Party. Saturday night saw a mixture of dance music like CID and Alan Walker, mixed in with some hip-hop and rap like Post Malone and Young Thug. Sunday’s Elements Stage worked its way through some crunchier sounds, with artists like BREDE, The Widdler, and ill-esha, giving way to more dance-centric artists like The Funk Hunters, Lost Kings, and the legendary Moby. Zeds Dead closed out the main stage Sunday night with a grimey dubstep set that had the whole crowd going wild.

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Z’s up for Zeds Dead, closing out the Elements Stage on the last night of Euphoria 2017

The Dragonfly Stage sits adjacent to the Colorado River, with crowds facing the river. At night, projected lights bounce around the amphitheater and onto the river behind the stage, setting the tone for an immersive musical experience. FKJ (short for French Kiwi Juice) took full advantage of the Dragonfly ambience, getting the whole place groovy on Friday night. Meanwhile, Prince Fox incorporated his signature style of remixing old pop tracks into contemporary dance tunes. Later in the night, Yotto took the crowd on a musical journey through trance and house music.

Yotto at Euphoria 2017

Yotto at the Dragonfly Stage at Euphoria 2017

With a weekend full of musical diversity, taking place on sprawling fields and along the Colorado River, we found our euphoria at Euphoria Music Festival. Did you find yours?