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Dubstep and Dinos: A Look at Lost Lands

Lost Lands 2017 Lineup

Guest Post by: Jordan Miller, Madison Burr, and Tory Njardvik

Calling all Ragin’ Raptors, Basseontologists and Party-voures to join the prehistoric, head banging, good times at Legend Valley, Ohio this September 29th to October 1st. Hold onto your butts, and prepare to be transported back to the Cretaceous Age where dinosaurs will once again dance among us at this bass boomin’, boogie bustin’ Lost Lands Festival. It’s dinosaurs and bass; what more could you want?

Excision, the bringer of the bass and visual virtuoso, has brought together some of the filthiest names in the bass scene to create a prehistoric themed festival so heavy that it is guaranteed to leave even the most experienced head bangers sore. Excision, in true head banger fashion, will be headlining all three nights to ensure festival goers get a healthy dose of the legendary Paradox Stage while simultaneously getting the maximum usage out of their official Lost Lands earplugs, which are included with every ticket. The ear plugs are free of charge, but the neck braces are not standard issue. Newbies out there should consider picking up a neck brace from a medical supply store or snagging one from a free listing on craigslist, because you are sure to need one after this heavy, head banging hangout! Protip: get some rhinestones to bedazzle your neck brace or bring sharpies so all of your new friends can sign your brace, and remember, wear it with pride!

Aside from Excision and his neck breaking beats, festival goers will be able to bask in 500,000 watts of downright dirty bass while enjoying the musical stylings of Cookie Monsta, Kill the Noise, Slander, Snails and many more bass extraordinaires. The lineup is totally rexcellent it will surely delight dirty beat seekers and get those dino feet dancin’!

Dubstep has gone through a major revival this year and we are beginning to see more festivals catering to the heavier music scene. Moonrise and Insomniac’s Middlelands both had some heavier headliners, various non-musical activities, art and productions, but these festivals were not centered purely around dubstep, like Lost Lands. We are excited to be attending the inaugural year of Lost Lands and to check out a festival that is curated by bass heads for bass heads.

If you can’t get your Bassasaurus butt to Lost Lands, we will have post festival content for you to check out. And for those of you traveling back in time to dance with the dinos, check back after the festival to find yourself and your friends in our prehistoric people album.

Camping passes are currently sold out, but a variety of other passes, including general admission, are still available for purchase from the ticketing website. Before you dino-stomp your way to Legend Valley, make sure to check up on all of the festival information.

Imagine Music Festival 2017 Full Lineup

Imagine Music Festival 2017 Full Lineup

After dropping a first phase lineup that would exceed most other festival’s full rosters, the three-day music and camping festival is releasing the next round of performers for its 2017 event. Returning to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia on September 22 through 24, 2017, Imagine has put an exclamation point on its performer lineup with a mix of new heavyweights, including:

Big Gigantic: Perennial fan favorites, Big G, has made a name for themselves by pairing electronic beats with their signature live saxophone and drums. Tracks from their latest release, last year’s Brighter Future that included a bevy of collaborators, is currently getting the remix treatment from acts like Luca Lush, Kasbo and Naderi.

STS9: Originally from Georgia and affectionately known to fans simply as “Tribe”, this tight knit group of electronic rock instrumentalists with a meteoric rise to fame, is now nearly 20 years into their illustrious career. Perfecting their self-described “post-rock dance music” through live rock instrumentation on one of their many tours, STS9 is one of the top-grossing live acts globally.

Claude VonStroke: A producer obsessed with the cross-pollination of genres, Claude VonStroke has made a name for himself as a house and techno pioneer with the chops to craft pristine, albeit laid-back remixes. This year, as the owner of Dirtybird Records, VonStroke will be joined by Shiba San, Will Clarke, Ciszak and Dateless on the label’s branded stage at Imagine.

G Jones: A favorite of the underground bass scene, G Jones has emerged as a staple on the festival circuit having played such notables as Bonnaroo, Euphoria, Camp Bisco and more. His unique blend of distorted bass and trip visuals make for one of the more energetic shows on the circuit.

Illenium: As a relative newbie to the game, Illenium has taken big strides since the release of his debut Ashes in 2016, having remixed Dawn Golden, ODESZA and Oh Wonder, amongst others.

NGHTMRE: Originally a trap and house producer, NGHTMRE released an eponymous EP in 2016- considered by many to be one of the top dance/electronic contributions of the year. The recently released “End of the Night” is a collaboration with Ghastly that is an epic example of what to expect at Imagine.

Additional artists new to the lineup include: Ciszak; Dateless; Hippie Sabotage; and The Funk Hunters, as well as local talent: Alex Lucas; Bandikook; Blunts & Blondes; Corey Von Waters; Daddydough; Daniels Jack; Deep Technicians; Devious; Domii; Exit 9; Flats Stanlie (theUntz Winner); Higher Learning; Jordan Gervais; Kevin Flum; Lucidea; LYFTD (theUntz Winner); Organik; Riven; Robbie Dude; Sejva; Space Kadet; Stranger Candy; Sylo; Teriyaki Noize; White Rhino; Yuki; and Zen Selekta. Additional music blocks will be provided by: Bass Family, Slow & Low and Trance Family.

Oceania Stage at IMF 2017

Oceania Stage at IMF 2017

Featuring over six stages, each with its own distinct musical focus and vibe, there will not be an inch of the festival grounds that will not be bathed in Imagine’s immersive aquatic fairytale. Previously announced artists on the 2017 performer lineup include: Headliners: Above & Beyond; Deadmau5; Tiësto; Pretty Lights Live and Gorgon City. Oceania Stage: Datsik; Deorro; Flux Pavilion; Seven Lions; Zomboy; 12th Planet; Black Tiger Sex Machine; Liquid Stranger; Marc Kitchen; Codeko; Fransis Derelle; Leah Culver; and Ying Yang Twins, with Pyramid Schemes. Amazonia Stage: The Floozies; Bleep Bloop; Minnesota; Rob Garza; Spag Heddy; Boogie T; Buku; Esseks; ill.Gates; Ott; Squnto; and Yeti. Disco Inferno Stage: Chris Lake; Claptone; Nora En Pure; Shiba San and Will Clarke. Aeria Stage: Netsky; Noisia; Planet of the Drums, featuring AK1200, Dara, Dieselboy and Messinian; Black Sun Empire; Andy Bruh; Bryson Taylor; Daily Bread; Eddie Gold; High Kalliber; Ployd; Ra & Adara; Sunday Service and music blocks by: Torch DNB and Wiggle Factor.

Disco Inferno Stage 2016

Disco Inferno Stage at IMF 2016

Imagine will be returning to Atlanta Motor Speedway this September 22-24, 2017 for the fourth edition of the festival. The return to the venue means fans can expect plenty of upgrades, based in large part on feedback from its 2016 attendees. Expanded water stations, camping upgrades, improved VIP areas, shade and charging stations, food options, dancers, art, workshops, the return of the Imagine splash pool and of course an even bigger and better lineup. As one of the country’s last remaining independent festivals, Imagine creates an all-encompassing, 360-degree sensory experience that blends music, circus troupes, performers, dancers, art, workshops, classes and more.

Tickets are available now starting at $163 for a 3-day pass. VIP passes, with front row pit access, an elevated viewing area, VIP (no line) access, air conditioned chill lounge, bottle service, cocktail service, complimentary champagne toasts, private security, clean trailer bathrooms with running water and air conditioning, giveaways, meet and greets, and more are available starting at $299 for a 3-day pass. Camping passes are also available to purchase as an add-on to the festival tickets with prices starting at $99. Four camping packages are available including GA Camping, VIP Camping, Easy Life Pre-Set Souvenir Tents, The Glamp Life Premium Tents, Geo-Dome Luxe Tents, GA RV Camping and VIP RV Camping. Tickets are available online at www.imaginefestival.com. Imagine Music Festival is an 18 and over event.

Imagine Music Festival is produced by Iris Presents. Visit www.imaginefestival.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/imaginemusicfes and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/imaginemusicfestival.

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
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BUKU Music + Art Project 2017 Artist Preview

BUKU Music + Art Project 2016

BUKU Music + Art Project 2017 is right around the corner. If you’re interested in attending, but haven’t purchased tickets yet, all ticket options are still available for purchase. Make sure to check the schedule and plan accordingly. BUKU is slated to be an incredible exhibit of music and art. Check out some of the artists that we’re excited to see.

Malaa
The mysterious Malaa broke into the scene in 2015 donning a black ski mask. The identity remains a secret, but the project seems related in some way to DJ Snake, Tchami, and Mercer, three artists that share the same manager, and have similar roots in the French House scene. Malaa regularly releases his Who Is Malaa mix series, showcasing his style. Malaa is scheduled to perform from 6:00-7:00PM on Saturday at the Float Den.

Chet Porter
Chet Porter’s releases go back to 2014, with his remix of The Chainsmokers’ Kanye. Since then, he has honed his signature, chilled out dance style. Chet Porter continues to rise in popularity as people catch on to his feel-good aura. His recent release, Stay, was released on the Foreign Family Collective label. Expect a good show of talent from this budding producer. Chet Porter will be performing Friday from 9:00-10:00PM at the VIP S.S. BUKU stage.

Grizmatik
Grizmatik is the collaboration project between GRiZ and Gramatik. Both artists have hugely successful solo projects, but occasionally join forces to “show you how to weaponize the Uranium and cause Electro Soul devastation.” Their jazzy saxophone sounds will surely complement the local New Orleans jazz scene. Grizmatik will be taking the stage from 7:45-9:00PM at the Power Plant.

Lane 8
Daniel Goldstein, better known by his stage name, Lane 8, hails from Denver, CO and is signed to Anjunadeep. He made headlines last year on his “This Never Happened” Tour, when he had all attendants place a piece of tape over the cameras on their phone, so that people spent the show dancing and listening to music instead of on their phones. This move was generally well received; Lane 8 was widely applauded by attendants for the positive effect this had on the event. Lane 8 exhibits a style that seems rarer in the dance music world these days: extended sets that take you through a gradual musical journey, drawing on traditional House and Trance styles. Lane 8 will be performing from 8:45-10:00PM on Saturday at the Back Alley.

Opiuo
Hailing from New Zealand, Opiuo describes his sound as “Broken-frog-stomping-funkadelic-hippo-hop-monkey-crunk-chunky-bouncy-stomach-morphing-bassdolloping-scrumptious-bowl-of-glitchy-bass-love.” Opiuo has been gaining a strong foothold in the US music scene recently, joining festival lineups that cater towards Bass, Glitch, Funk, and Dubstep styles. Opiuo keeps things fresh with his genre-defying sound. Opiuo performs from 6:30-7:15PM on Friday at the Ballroom.

Zhu
Zhu was thrust into the limelight in 2014 with his release of Faded. Although his identity is not a secret like some of his contemporaries, he puts the emphasis on his music and keeps the focus away from his personal identity. Zhu is now a household name. He draws influences from seemingly all styles of music, with a penchant for remixing classic pop and hip-hop songs with his dark style. One’s for sure, Zhu knows how to throw a late night party, which will be perfect for his 11:45PM-1:00AM set on Saturday at the Float Den.

BUKU Music + Art Project 2017

BUKU Music + Art 2017 Lineup

BUKU Music + Art Project returns for the 6th time to Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, LA. The two-day event takes place March 10-11, 2017 and features a variety of music and visual artists. This year’s event includes artists like deadmau5, Grizmatik (Griz and Gramatik), Travis Scott, Run the Jewels, Zeds Dead, Tycho, Zhu, Jauz, Lil Dicky, Cashmere Cat, Malaa, Rezz, Big Wild,  San Holo, Lane 8, and more.

BUKU is held on the New Orleans riverfront, within walking distance of the Warehouse District and the French Quarter. In addition to musical performances, BUKU will feature art installations from local and national artists. Tier 3 General Admission passes are on sale for $189.99 (taxes and fees not included). GA Plus tickets are on sale for $289.99, while VIP tickets are on sale for $419.99. For a list of all ticket options, check the ticket website. If you’re attending the festival, make sure to check out the FAQs, travel information, lodging information, and safety information.

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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