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Getting Ready for Deadrocks 2015

Do you hear that rumble? The rocky mountains slightly shaking in the backdrop as mind bending bass beats and melodic melodies bleed into the mile high air. It’s DEADROCKS, the epic takeover of Red Rocks Amphitheatre, led by two bass heavy boys from the 6, DC & Hooks, better known as Zeds Dead, baby. Zeds Dead and friends will be commandeering Red Rocks on Thursday, July 2nd, brought to you by AEG Live and 95.7 The Party. Along for the ride will be co-headliner Dillon Francis, Paper Diamond, Haywyre, Mija, and Hunter Siegel.

Zeds Dead has blown up over the past few years, with non-stop touring and countless hits, including their newest EP “Somewhere Else,” which was accompanied by an international tour de bass. DC and Hooks are two of the hardest working DJ/producers in the industry and their action-packed shows and versatile style have created a loyal following of “deadicated” fans. Zeds Dead’s music ranges from heavy dubstep, to reggae, hip-hop, drum and bass, electro, house, and more. Their hard hitting live shows are a one-stop-shop for those who enjoy spontaneity and auditory surprises, and have secured them as one of the most multifaceted artists in electronic music today.

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This genre bending mindset is further represented by the array of artists joining them for this monumental summer event. Co-headlining is Dillon Francis, the prankster of the EDM scene and the IDGAFOS lifestyle. With music ranging from moombahton to deep house, you never know what you will get from this powerhouse (in both personality and set direction). One thing’s for sure though, it will be a party. D. Fran delivers high energy sets that get crowds jumping and singing along, leaving any and all worries to fade far into night sky. Then there is Paper Diamond, this up and comer was a fan favorite at festivals last season, and has been hard at work on his newest album throughout the winter. Never one to disappoint live, he seamlessly mixes today’s hottest tracks with his signature, smooth, fun-loving style. He will surely put a smile on your face and get some serious sweat dripping down your back. Haywyre is another artist to make sure not to miss. He uniquely melds current electronic beats with classical jazz sounds to create a mastery of fresh musical pieces. Next, the newcomer Mija will be representing all ladies that get down (holla)! Her music lends to a perfect summer set, with poppy vibes, and swaggy female vocals scattered throughout. Rounding us out is Hunter Siegel, last on our list, but certainly not least, he has been hitting the charts hard this year with dancy originals and refreshing remixes. Coming off collaborations and shared history with the headliners themselves, I speculate we may be in for some sweet treats from this Torontonian. In addition, rumors of some special guests will be the cherry on top of this epic EDM sundae!

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Whether you are coming to see what the hype is all about or have been a die hard Zeds Deadhead for years, everyone is welcome with open arms (and Z’s up). Each artist represented is alike in their love of music and FUN, and they do an exceptional job of removing the frills, providing raw, heartfelt performances. With loving and loyal fans that feed the artists’ energy, it is a symbiotic relationship, so fluid, that the line between performer and fan are blurred, resulting in the feeling of one massive house party. Bringing back those nostalgic feels of when school gets out, when there is magic in the air…that feeling that anything could happen. Then of course, there is the fact that this house party is being held at one of the most awe inspiring venues in the world with an impeccable sound system to display expertly curated sets from some of the most talented artists out there- BONUS! Join us for Deadrocks, this is your home for the night, this is your family, this is YOUR party, let’s dance!

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Sunset Music Festival | The Rewind

While the 2015 Sunset Music Festival (SMF) has come and gone, the vivid memories of the music, lights, pyrotechnics, and eclectic outfits that took over Raymond James Stadium this past weekend remain. Although Sunset is a relative new-comer in the world of electronic music festivals, there is a lot to be said about this Tampa production.

Large music festivals that feature electronic music, like SMF, have a tendency to draw polarized criticism from a variety of groups, especially if the festival doesn’t carefully balance the many demands of interested parties. Electronic musical purists and fans of underground music often gripe about the commercialization of a genre(s) that was once considered entirely underground and far removed from the mainstream. Purists point to some of the changing demographics and attitudes towards electronic festivals, which now regularly attract average radio listeners. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise though, as electronic music has fully cemented itself into American (and global) pop culture. With the attention of a diverse audience at stake, festival promoters need to ensure that the music is popular enough to draw large crowds to remain profitable and allow the opportunity for growth, but underground enough to attract the dedicated fans that keep the life in the music when it’s not just a trend. At the same time, electronic music festivals have come under fire for their association with recreational drug use, and on top of that, the competition has been getting stiffer. With options for festivals growing, festival promoters are increasingly competing with each other over the market.

This year marked the first year that Ultra Music Festival Miami lowered ticket prices, after years of expensive tickets. That trend will continue in 2016 as ticket prices will be lower for the second consecutive year. The promoters claim that the decrease in price is a result of listening to fans’ criticisms, but it’s hard to imagine that increased competition didn’t play a role in that decision. Ultra Miami now competes with other wildly popular Florida festivals like EDC Orlando and Sunset, as well as other national and international productions. There’s quite a lot that goes into putting on a festival of such size and in the midst of such a balancing act, Sunset Music Festival appears to have found its balance. Last year’s SMF drew some pretty heavy criticism from fans. Although the music was great, the logistics were lacking. Security was unnecessarily harsh and inconsistent. While some fans didn’t have many issues, others reported security requiring attendants to remove their shoes, and in some cases, their socks. They confiscated everything from glow toys to personal items like gum, chapstick, and tampons, even in cases were items were factory sealed. As a result, security lines were long and personnel seemed particularly unhelpful. On top of that, water lines were quite long and attendants with VIP passes had issues of their own when one of the VIP platforms collapsed.

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SMF 2015, however, was markedly different. Festival promoters have a tendency to make claims of responding to fans’ criticisms, but sometimes one wonders if they even make any changes. Actions always speak louder than words, and SMF’s actions spoke loud and clear, in the best way possible. Will call and security lines were a breeze, water lines were strikingly shorter, and personnel seemed more willing to help out attendants in need. Security was more reasonable, allowing attendants to bring in personal items that would have been confiscated last year, glow toys were allowed for all the glow fanatics, as were hula-hoops and totems. There was a noticeable atmosphere of positivity that propelled fans into a fun weekend of dancing and enjoying music.
Even the extreme weather couldn’t stop the fun. Day 1 saw a short interruption in music due to a passing lightning storm, but in the midst of the weather, fans were still cheery. The interruption lasted about an hour from about 5:20PM-6:20PM. Ironically the storm blew threw as SNBRN was finishing up his set at the Horizon Stage. As soon as the weather cleared, the music started back up and so did the dancing; the fans didn’t miss a beat.

Just as the fans picked up where they left off, so did the artists at their respective stages. Where SMF excels is in having stages with coherent flow of artists and music styles that allow for a seamless experience. While the Sunset Stage was dedicated to the usual festival headliners and crowd pleasers like Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Skrillex, etc., the Horizon and Eclipse stages had their own select genres.

Day 1 of the Horizon Stage was packed with House, Future House, and some experimental styles with artists like Duke Dumont, Tchami, and Cashmere Cat, while the Eclipse Stage was dedicated to Trance, with artists like Astrix, Andrew Rayel, MaRLo, and more. Day 2 of the Horizon Stage saw similar styles with House, Tropical House, and Deep House with artists like Robin Schulz, Thomas Jack, Sam Feldt, Viceroy, and an incredible closing live set by Porter Robinson, capping off an exceedingly successful weekend for the Horizon Stage, which had stunning performances all weekend. Day 2 of the Eclipse Stage was more bass and hardstyle oriented with artists like Flosstradamus, Headhunterz, Sub Focus, Keys N Krates, and more.

Like most festivals, Sunset is all about what you make of it, and the overwhelming feeling was that fans and promoters made the most of it. Despite some inclement weather on Day 1, the festival proved to be a fun experience for most, and it was nice to see the promoters follow-through with their promises of making logistical improvements. SMF 2015 certainly proved to be a success—now let’s see what 2016 brings!

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Stay tuned for a follow-up interview from this past weekend with one of SMF’s trance artists, MaRLo!

Dancebreak’s most anticipated sets of Mysteryland USA 2015

With Mysteryland USA 2015 just a few days away, we are becoming increasingly more excited about the incredible lineup that awaits another amazing weekend of music.


Bondax

This amazing duo of young men grabbed my attention when a friend showed me their XLR8R mix a couple years ago. They are stunning in their mixing ability and their producing. Their tracks consist of smooth melodies and grooves that make you move your feet and touch your heart.


Kill Frenzy

Dirty Bird artist Kill Frenzy is one artists we never miss. Being and advocate of “minimalist” producing, one of our favorite things about him is his deliberate lack of flashy (perhaps cheesy) build up drop structures that have permeated electronically produce music today. Arranging his tracks to build up to space before a drop is something that adds a cool contrast that isn’t regularly found elsewhere.

Minnesota

Minnesota has been in the scene for quite awhile now thrilling fans across America with his melodic and beautiful bass music. We’ve been following his career for the past two years


Anna Lunoe

Breaking out into the scene a couple years ago, she has been crushing deep house stages around the world. We had a the pleasure of seeing her in Boston about a year ago. We are excited to get a another chance to see her.


Sweater Beats

One of the greatest downtempo/future trap producers in my opinion, Sweater Beats is making revolutionary music in the genre. Stacking up to Soulection artists such as Mr. Carmack and StarRo, he is one of the biggest future trap producers around today.


Nicole Moudaber

The Lebanese queen of techno is an act we will always see, anywhere, at every opportunity. Known as the first person to bring techno to Lebanon, she is recognized world wide as one of the most talented techno DJs today.


Adam Beyer

The founder of Drumcode Records, Adam Beyer, has been dazzling the techno scene since the 90s. His beats and song selection is dark, penisve, erie, and most importantly, incredible. The often imitated, but never duplicated.


Netsky

Netsky is one of the legendary drum and bass live groups out there. We’ve been unable to catch them live of the years given their limited touring in the US, so needless to say this is a set we are ecstatic to have the chance to see.


Oliver

Oliver is an artist you see every chance you get. Their beats are as groovy as it gets and they have something for anyone. Whether it be up beat with high energy, mid-tempo and groovy, or downtempo with the feels. Their remix of Mayer Hawthorne’s “Your Favorite Song” is a great example of their production prowess.


Gramatik

This Gramatik show will be a little bit of a redemption for us. Regrettably we have been unable to see him perform since his EZoo set back in 2012. He is one of our favorite producers, he requires no introduction, and we are stoked to finally see him again. It has been long over do.


Tickets are still available on the website, so Grab yours and join us at the get down!

Sunset Music Festival 2015 | Artist Preview

Sunset Music Festival is just days away and if you haven’t grabbed your Tickets, make sure you do before it’s too late, and check out the daily artist lineup. As we gear up for some fun in the sun next weekend, we’d like to draw your eyes and ears to some artists that we are excited to see. While Sunset has some of your usual festival headliners playing like Tiesto, Skrillex, Armin van Buuren, Cedric Gervais, Flosstradamus, Showtek, The Chainsmokers, and more, we’d like to point out some of the guys that are making fresh waves in the dance music world.


Duke Dumont

British producer Duke Dumont could be credited as one of the artists that helped bring back the resurgence of popular House and Deep House in the United States. With songs like Need U and I Got U, you can expect Duke Dumont to bring some fun, feel-good, groovy house music to Tampa next weekend.


SNBRN

Coming out of LA, SNBRN is a relative newcomer to the festival scene, which is all the more reason to hear him play some new sounds at SMF this year. Producing feel-good music that could be described as House, Deep House, and Tropical House, his name seems to suite him appropriately as it draws connotations of good times in the sun.


Porter Robinson (live)

No stranger to the dance world, Porter Robinson has been making his rounds since 2011 when he seemed to explode on the scene overnight. You may remember some of his older bangers like Vandalism, but the Porter Robinson as of late is a new artist. If you’ve seen one of his DJ sets, but not his live show, you’re in for quite a departure from his original style. Last year he debuted his live show during his Worlds Tour and it was quite a spectacle. With a heavy emphasis on live instruments, live sampling, and complementary lights that set a magical atmosphere, his live show is something different that needs to be seen!


Claptone

Hailing from Berlin, Germany, Claptone is another European that has helped popularize House music in the United States in recent years. Make sure to check out his set for some fun music that you can undoubtedly find yourself getting completely lost in.


Sam Feldt

This Amsterdam native had an explosive rise to fame. In the course of just a year, Sam Feldt has become a dominate force in the dance music scene, rising to fame with his signature Tropical House sound with bubbly beats. Fresh off of a successful week at Miami Music Week in March, where he played at a number of pool parties, sharing the stage with the likes of Don Diablo, Oliver Heldens, Robin Schulz, Kygo, Thomas Jack, and many more, Sam Feldt is certainly someone you will want to pay attention to at SMF. Check out one of his latest songs, Midnight Hearts.


Sub Focus

Rounding out the list is one of the older and more experienced artists of this list, hailing from Britain is Sub Focus. Like some of the other artists on this list, Sub Focus has made big splashes in the American dance world, primarily due to his remix of Rusko’s Hold On, back in 2010. Though his music style has evolved quite a bit since his remix of Hold On, he still knows how to bring the energy. Make sure to catch Sub Focus’ set for what is sure to be nothing short of high energy!

Tickets are still available for purchase so grab yours so you can experience these and many other artists perform live at Sunset Music Festival.

Mysteryland 2015

Mysteryland, the world’s longest running festival, returns to the Bethel Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY. Last years event had some of the biggest names including a Vision Quest take over; an opportunity to see all the members of Vision Quest (Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Lee Curtiss and Shaun Reeves) perform together. Iconic Q-Dance and Vinyl Only stages were among the best stages to see.

This year’s event promises to boast another great year with artists Richie Hawtin, A-Trak, Josh Wink, Maceo Plex, GTA and Tropkillaz starting the festival right at the exclusive opening parties for campers only.

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With headliners include Empire of the Sun, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Porter Robinson, Kygo, Madeon, Netsky, Bro Safari, ILoveMakonnen, Adam Beyer, Matthew Dear, Nicole, Moudaber, Damian Lazarus and many more. Adding new stages Verboten Nightclub, BangOn! NYC, and French Express. All promise to bring great line ups for disco dancing and the late night shufflers.

Mysteryland will be held Memorial Day weekend (May 23,24,25) with a holy ground camping theme of “Camp DoYouWannaDance” including classic games (giant drinking Jenga, Connect Four and beer pong), hamster ball soccer, a 20-foot inflatable slide, both morning Deep House Yoga and AcroYoga classes.

Tickets are already on sale and going fast! Grab yours before they run out.

Big Guava 2015

Big Guava Music Festival returns to Florida State Fairgrounds and MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater for its second annual event, which takes place May 8th – 9th. Headliners include The Strokes, Pretty Lights, Pixies, and Hozier with additional performances from Passion Pit, Awolnation, TV on the Radio, James Blake, Run the Jewels, Death From Above 1979, Iration, and many more.

GA Pit and Super Guava Pit tickets are sold out, however, you can still pick up two-day GA tickets for $115 (not including taxes and fees) and Super Guava Reserved for $350 (plus taxes and fees). Single day GA and Super Guava Reserved tickets are also still available. Super Guava Reserved gets you some nice upgrades including private restrooms, preferred viewing areas, access to two Super Guava Lounges, and more. Check their website for a full list of ticket options and prices.

In addition to the musical acts that will be performing, the festival will also have unlimited rides for all ticket holders, food trucks, art vendors, and craft beer. For more information, check out Big Guava’s FAQ.

Sunset Music Festival 2015 | A Snapshot

It’s that time of the year when rising temperatures across the country signal the start of the summer festival season. This year, Tampa, FL will see the return of Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What started in 2012 as a small single-day festival has grown into a destination two-day event, drawing crowds from across the region. On its steady rise to prominence, Sunset experienced a bit of a breakout year last year when the festival spanned two days for the first time since its inception. Last year’s show touted headliners of Zedd, Benny Benassi, Hardwell, and Krewella, along with a range of other artists like Alex Metric, Tchami, Adventure Club, Candyland, The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake (with a special guest appearance from Lil Jon), and many more.

This year, Sunset continues its growth as a major dance music festival in Florida and the South East United States with the lineup being billed as the biggest in Sunset history. This year’s lineup includes headliners of Tiesto, Skrillex, and Armin Van Buuren, with other artists that are familiar to the festival circuit like Flosstradamus, Porter Robinson, and Showtek. However, Sunset will also see some relatively new faces that have been experiencing success with the resurgence of House music in recent years. Expect artists like Thomas Jack, SNBRN, Viceroy, and Sam Feldt to bring the tropical beats that helped kick their careers off, a sound that artists and fans have dubbed Tropical House. We’ll also see the return of Tchami to Sunset this year, who rose to prominence with music that he’s previously described as Future House. Expect similar styles that of Tchami with artists like Don Diablo and Oliver Heldens, the latter of which has seen breakout success in the last year. We’ll also see performances from a slew of other artists ranging from genres of drum & bass to trance and everything in between. Check out the full lineup for more.

Responding to criticism of VIP amenities and security issues that occurred last year, the organizers have stepped up efforts to make the experience a memorable one. Sunset has highlighted some of the improvements made this year, which include VIP amenities, security and entry improvements, water facilities, and more shade structures. While festivalgoers enjoyed shaded areas and free water last year, expect shade to be more abundant and water lines shorter with increased shaded areas, additional water stations, and increased personnel to cut down on wait times for water and security checks. You’ll also be able to light the night up this year with LED hula hoops and glow toys, which will be allowed this year, a move which will help satisfy fans that were not allowed to bring their glow toys in last year.

Remember that this festival is rain or shine! Despite some inclement weather last year, the festival still spanned both days (aside from a short break to allow for some thunder and lightning to pass). Food vendors will be available across the festival grounds. For more information, check out the festival guidelines and information.

Tickets are currently on sale for $149 (not including $13.19 fee, $5.50 shipping, and taxes), but prices are slated to increase this Friday, April 17. VIP tickets are available for $219 (not including $17.04 fee, $5.50 shipping, and taxes). Hotel packages, lockers, and other amenities and merchandise are also available at the website.

BUKU 2015: The Rewind

The pace of my on-trend sneakers eagerly increased as I stepped from the paved streets towards the muddy fields lining that beautiful Mississippi River. The energy of the crowd was crunching paths of freshly placed gravel to a beat, a high-energy electronic beat. I was ready to check out what summoned beaucoup believers to the Buku experience. Game on New Orleans, let’s go.

Mardi Gras World was the scene of a play and diverse in its characters and stages. Sexy youthful girls geared with hula hoops and highwaisted booty shorts playing to dudes sporting perfectly mismatched prints and muscle shirts. The smell of vaping was in the air. I had my eye and ear on one of the outdoor stages ‘Power Plant’ which yes had a most awesome vintage and seemingly abandoned power plant behind it. The breeze from the river was hitting as I scanned my wristband and entered the madness. I was smitten by the chill funk ST69 was emitting but had to explore the rest of the fest before relaxing to those perfect sunset beats. Right past the Power Plant Stage was a docked paddleboat, the VIP S.S. Buku. It’s tall vertical exhaust stacks were dressed in black costumes mimicking those of the electronic Blu cigarettes, smoke emitting and all. One thing that’s certainly a staple at all fests are the tabacco industry. Interestingly I think this was this fest that confirmed for me that those dirty, smoky, cumbersome cigarettes are out and electronic is now the way. A kid came up to us and opened his backpack ready to sling us his homemade oils and solutions 5 minutes later. Call me old-school, but I was intrigued and took his card. I wasn’t cool enough to make it on the S.S. but I certainly heard that a local talent Boyfriend 69 played one hell of a show.

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As we veered past the Ballroom, the scene took a dive towards urban, “gangsta” vibes. Straight ahead was a bold, beautiful wall boasting live action graffiti readying to be auctioned off at the end of the fest. It was organized, well displayed and impressive. I love art and this art was worth every penny. The prices for some were as low as several hundred dollars and these pieces were like 10×20’. A scene like this next the flowing river waters was sweet and definitely a moment in our era that I savored. There were other arts for sale as well. Technicolor, highly saturated hats, tights, tapestries, and glasses galore. I was tempted to strip and go full on makeover but I decided to spend my money on booze and food instead. Note to self: if you’re going to New Orleans, you must remember – this is what they do. Well too. Just ask Lil Boosie, LA native, who was giving a triumphant return performance since his recent release from prison. After grabbing some grub, we headed to the float den, a warehouse where the traditional Mardi Gras floats are created and stored all year long. Remanants of the décor remained on the outskirts, but the space was now overflowing with lasers perfectly highlighting hundreds of jumping, moving, girating silhouettes. Zomboy was hittin it and an overall crowd pleaser where I was standing, but I had to hit up Portugal The Man as they’re all over my playlist at home. I headed to the Ballroom and was stoked to hear them play some of my favorite jams as well as some really fun covers. They’re cool, it’s true. Rounded out the rest of the evening with some Flosstradamus and Empire of the Sun.

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Who caught Empire of the Sun’s incredible #PowerPlant performance last night? #BUKU2015 #TOOBUKU

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Round 2 on Saturday yielded most of the same crowd with the addition of more costumes. Unicorns, Robots, Globots, and who knows nots roamed about the crowd ready to rev it up. I enjoyed all of the above and once again considered a costume change. The weather was still rockin, a little cooler than Friday and a little greener too…. It was St. Patrick’s Day Parade time in New Orleans after all. While TV On The Radio was rocking out, an influx of green locals came pouring in. The energy leveled up. I felt it. All of this was leading up to one act though and it certainly made itself known without introduction needed. From across the festival I could hear it loud and clear – Bassnectar. All electronic music sounds the same, huh? No way in hell. My body felt the rhythm, the buildup, the blow out, the rush. They are royalty for a reason. Beaucoup thanks to Bassnectar as I wouldn’t have been nearly as satisfied without you.

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Mind Blown Always, Cheria.

BUKU 2015 | Initial Line-Up Announcement

Last year we had the opportunity to travel down to good ol’ NOLA to cover the Buku Music and Art Project 2014 and we were completely surprised by the high caliber production that was packed into the little area of Mardi Grais World near the Port of New Orleans. We couldn’t be more excited to see BUKU continuing to book a widely diverse and MASSIVE line up for the event in 2015.

This year’s event returns to the warehouse district continuing its tradition of bringing hugely iconic artists spanning many genres of music from hip hop to funk to electronic music. Some of the biggest artists to preform are bass guru Bassnectar; arguably the biggest name in downtempo, GramatikEats Everything and Justin Martin with a Dirtybird B2B set; the masterful production duo Odesza in the wake of their huge LP release, “In Return;” the face of tropical house, Thomas Jack; hip hop soothsayer A$AP Rocky; and Soulection super star Mr. Carmack.

Coupled with this heavy hitting line up, BUKU is also set to feature a number of pop up street artists (hopefully including the graffiti wall that they have every year), local food vendors bringing you authentic tastes of Louisiana, and a number of art installments to round out the aesthetic of the festival.

Tickets are now on sale for the gracious price of $179.50 for general admission along with an array of VIP options including regular VIP and Too BUKU. Click the buttons below, grab your tickets, and we’ll see you in beautiful New Orleans in a few months.

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