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What The Festival 2014

time June 15th by Molly authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

WTF!?! Super stoked to be attending this event for my second time. WTF is a really well put together and elaborate event, focused not only on showcasing some of the best electronic music from all over the world, but emphasizing the creation of a fully immersive festival experience. Nestled between striking views of Mt. Hood and an extensive valley, the festival grounds are literally surrounded by beauty, which is further highlighted by sculptures, interactive art, and live artists to complete the visual atmosphere. The event almost seems reminiscent of a festival much larger than it is, while still creating and supporting the sense of an intimate environment. There are 5 stages total, each hosting a unique feel and vibe. Due to the ridiculously perfect lineup at the Effin Stage last year, I hardly spent any time at the main stage a.k.a the WTF stage, but was impressed with it nonetheless. Placed on a sprawling grass meadow, the WTF stage holds up to everything I want out of a main stage: ample room to both dance and kick it, elaborate lighting and a simple, yet professional looking stage.

(All photos from the WTF facebook page; taken by the always amazing Daniel Zetterstrom (http://canphoto.zenfolio.com/) ) 


The aforementioned Effin stage is my personal favorite and is the perfect side stage, hosting most of my favorite acts from 2013’s event in an intimate yet poppin environment. The one big issue that I know was shared by many others last year was with the dirt dancefloor of the Effin Stage, which resulted in hacking dirt induced coughs, deeply dirty bodies, and unwelcomed dirt mustaches. BUT I’ve heard that the WTF has spent the year fixing this problem and the Effin Stage will be all grass this year! This was a major selling point for me returning this year and I’m really looking forward to getting down, hacking coughing free.

WTF’s pool stage (“The Splash Stage”) is truly the highlight of the event and one of WTF’s most unique elements. The pool stage pops off from 11-6 daily and the vibes are always right. The pool is about knee deep and gets changed every day, so the water stays relatively fresh and since it was quite hot last year and will likely be the same this year, the pool is super crucial to stay chill. The surrounding grass area and sandy dance floor leaves plenty of room for those not in the pool to still enjoy the party. I seriously CAN NOT wait for this year’s pool party, especially Friday’s lineup which includes Geno Cochino, Jobot, and Trippy Turtle!


I never made it into the OMG Lounge last year, as it was only available to those who purchased the OMG experience , so I was really happy to hear that this year the OMG lounge will be open for all people 21 and over! The OMG Lounge hosts an awesome lineup of local and visiting DJ’s throughout the day and into the night in a comfortable environment with drinks and food for sale.


And finally there is the Late Option Lounge (LOL Stage), which is coming back with a new and improved custom designed stage set up. The LOL stage is another relatively unique part of WTF, hosting a variety of types of performances from live music, to comedy, to beatboxing, to cabaret, to some like kind of weird but totally amazing, undefinable stuff. LOL Stage runs late, starting at 10 and going till sunrise!


One of the most exciting element of WTF is the 100% Funktion One sound . I really commend the WTF crew for recognizing the importance of this! It shows me that they truly want their festival to be of the highest level. Literally everywhere that the WTF crew has set up sound in this event is completely Funktion One. It’s nothing short of heavenly.


They also have a silent disco, movie screening area(Decked Out Cinema), hookah lounge, amazing vendors, and a wide selection of classes and workshops. Yes, I know, it sounds incredible…and it is! I can officially guarantee you, that you will not be bored at this event. There is something for everyone and the entire weekend is stacked with all the materials necessary for a good time.

(All photos from the WTF facebook page; taken by the always amazing Daniel Zetterstrom (http://canphoto.zenfolio.com/) ) 

Music by Day

FRIDAY:
Kaytranada
: Kaytranda is easily the act I am most looking forward to in this event. Kevin Celestin is a canadian producer who has taken the beat music world by storm over the last year. He’s young, his style is super fresh and unique, and overall innovative. His jazz influenced beats are just simply amazing and he’s won the hearts of thousands of fans all over the world. Including mine! Great booking on WTF’s part. Catch him right before Cashmere Cat and directly after Giraffage at 10 PM on the WTF Stage!

Cashmere Cat : I’m sure most of you are familiar with self declared “cute music” of Cashmere Cat, but if you haven’t seen him live, it’s an absolute must! He’s an amazing DJ and plays lots of unreleased tracks and remixes in his live set. Such a great artist, can not wait to get down to him on the WTF Stage at 11 PM!

Robot Koch: I’ve been a fan of Robot Koch for quite a few years now and have yet to catch him live. I’m stoked to see him still getting great sets at festivals and am excited to groove to his multi-layered, melancholic beats at 8 on the main stage, Friday night.

Also, make sure not to miss Giraffage, Trippy Turtle, Nightmares on Wax, Geno Cochino, Washed Out, Jobot, Noah D, and Natasha Kmeto!

SATURDAY:
G Jones
: DUH! This Bay Area producer is at the forefront of West Coast Bass Music. His almost all original live sets are epic every single time and he is certainly one of the performances I am most excited for. NOT TO BE MISSED! 7 PM at the Effin Stage on Saturday night.

What So Not: Australian producers have been straight killing it these last two years and none has received more recognition than Flume. What So Not is the brainchild of Flume and Emoh Instead and their tunes, especially massive hit “Touched”  have been getting tons of love over the last year. What So Not is a lot more hip hop influenced than Flume’s solo project and Emoh Instead’s DJ skills are legendary, so it should be a really high energy and fun set! Check em at 10 PM on the main stage.

Smasheltooth: BAY AREEEAAAA!!!! Being from Santa Cruz, I’ve been watching Smasheltooth sets since her very first at Freaker’s Ball 2009. You can always rely on her to put together a unique, dynamic, and straight up gangster set, chock full of good ol RAP MUSIC <3 She’s a great DJ with a ton of energy and steez for miles. Catch her in the OMG Lounge on Saturday night at 10 PM.

Also, make sure not to miss RL Grime, The Librarian, Pressha, Phutureprimitive, and Goldrush!

SUNDAY :
We Got This Showcase 
: We Got This is a collective of West Coast artists, headquartered in Portland. Their showcase on Sunday night starts at 3 and goes till 7, featuring the talent of Spekt1, Prism Lab, Exodub, Tiger Fresh, Chase Manhattan, Doc Riz, and a special guest at 6:30. The crew is generally hip hop and future bass oriented, so these will be some top notch dancing hours!

OTT : Ott is a long standing favorite in the West Coast festival scene and all over the world. Ranging from chilled out ambient dub to organic influenced psychedelic music, Ott is a widely experienced and dynamic producer who makes trippy, earthy, and soulful music. Come get down to him at 8:30 on the main stage, Sunday night.

Vindata : Vindata is a two person duo from L.A. Combining Hip Hop and R&B influences with more experimental Indie sounds, Vindata makes some really beautiful, rich, and soulful music and should be a lovely live performance.

Also, make sure not to miss VNDMG, Fort Knox Five, The Dirty Bird Pool Party, DJ Balance, and PRSN!

What The Festival is shaping up to be one of the best parties of the summer, so I really hope to see many of you out there. Tickets still available till Thursday and then at the gate Thursday and Friday!
BUY TICKETS HERE

(All photos from the WTF facebook page; taken by the always amazing Daniel Zetterstrom (http://canphoto.zenfolio.com/) ) 

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SONIC BLOOM 2014 Preview | South Park, CO | June 19th – 22nd

time May 31st by Clear Shadow authorTags: , , , , ,

Sonic Bloom 2014, the Unified Field, will be taking place at a new location, The American Safari Ranch in South Park, Colorado for its 9th annual gathering, an electrifying experience waiting to happen.  Sonic Bloom was my first music camping festival, an initial inspiration into my musical journey – a trigger of transformational light.  This is honestly, hands down, THE festival to experience during the Summer.  Not only does it consistantly showcase forth moving and ground breaking talent, but it is an eye-opening experience both inside and out.  It is a transformational gathering destined to nourish the mind, body, and soul.  Aside it’s stellar musical lineup this year, they will also be hosting, as always, a wide-variety of unique features such as live painting, performance art, yoga, movement, speakers & workshops!  Tickets are moving, time is passing, the moment is approaching…let’s all bloom creatively this summer!

Four predominant and forth moving headliners were announced in this vibrant lineup, a futuristic blessing: Tipper, Shpongle, Eoto, & Opiuo!  Tipper will be performing TWO sets, his only appearance in Colorado in 2014, so don’t miss out on this special synchronicity of uplifting sound waves- he is known for his mastery of electronic music ranging from mid-tempo, glitch hop to downtempo melodic composition and recently released a new album “Forward Escape“…so come out and listen to his latest sounds in a sweet sound setting provided by the largest Funktion-One sound system to ever be showcased in Colorado.  Along his set, will be the LEGENDARY visual artists Android Jones & Johnathan Singer…is this real life?  Shpongle (Simon Posford Dj Set), of Twisted Records, was the final headliner announced, the perfect addition.  I’ve caught his dj sets a couple times, and he never fails to satisfy with his downtempo yet psychedelic sound waves that will open new gateways within you.  I am so stoked on Eoto, and so should you.  Eoto, the dubstep duo that is 100% improvisational – a mix of organic sounds of live drums, bass, and guitar through a variety of programs come together to create a unique experience, and consists of members of The String Cheese Incident- Michael Travis and Jason Hann.  Opiuo, a blooming funk and bass producer who has given me the ultimate brain massage every time is currently on tour, “World Tour”, and his mid stop is in CO - I caught him recently here in Austin, TX and experienced yet another fresh set.

Over 100 more artists will be performing at this years BLOOM.  The entire lineup is too fresh, it consists of a plethora amount of rare talent surrounding the Zilla, Re:Evolution, familymoons, Merkaba Music, and sub.mission families.  Such artists are continually rising from today’s national/international conscious electronic music scene:  The Polish Ambassador, the premiere of Michal Menert Big Band, Zilla, OTT, Random Rab, Quantic (live band), Zion I, Break Science, Benji Vaughan (Younger Brother Dj Set), Quixotic, Vibesquad, Kalya Scintilla ft. Eve Olution, Desert Dwellers, Zoogma, Dopapod, Kaminanda, Mr. Bill, Supervision, Bird of Prey, Paul Basic, Fort Knox Five, Janover & Resunator, The Human Experience, Dirtwire, & Merkaba.  I honestly can’t wait for The Sonic Bloom Orchestra which will feature a collaborative performance with names such as Eoto, Break Science, Zilla,  ill-esha, Kaminanda, etc.  The rest of the bill still showcases VERY talented up and coming national and international artists, so be sure to look out for:  Skytree, Whitebear, Polar Vortex (a new audio-visual collab project from ill-esha & S∆UCEmonster), Mumukshu, kLL sMTH, Futexture, Deloscinari, Soulacybin, Dubvirus, Shwex, Quanta, Akasha, Psymbionic, D.V.S*, Sunsquabi, Marvel Years, Dynohunter, Michael Garfield, Sixis, and Living Light.  I’m getting all giddy over here just by looking over the lineup and writing about it… it’s like a dreaming state about to hit reality.  I’ve had the pleasure of catching a great majority of these artists live within the past few years and I can assure it’s worth your time, both mentally and spiritually.  I walked into this scene unexpectedly and am so happy I discovered this community.  If you happen to be unfamiliar with this lineup or are only familiar with some of the artists, I highly suggest taking little time to discover something rare that will inspire you and potentially ignite the fire in your life purpose.

Featuring a breathtaking 360 degree mountain panorama and views of the continental divide, the new site in South Park adds to the magical touch of Sonic Bloom. The size of the site will allow for a car camping option, allowing just a short walk from the stage to cars/campsites. There will be an indoor saloon with late-night music and VIP packages will include optional on-site lodging packages.  Among the many spaces and zones will be The Oasis Bath-house complete with private hot showers, a woof-fired sauna and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap “healing hub” where you’re able to kick-back, relax, enjoy the sauna, and get sprayed by delightful smelling soapy foam meant to rinse and cool you down.  The Glassblowing Dome by the Colorado Project, the interactive recycled glassblowing demos by the Nectar Collector, Boomtown by Jimmy Bleyer & Temple of Visions, and the Hammock Zone by the Elevated Movement will definitely be lively and interactive.  Beyond that, there are numerous amounts of other workshops, yoga classes, speakers, and live painters who will keep you learned and entertained.

A time to consciously unify on a beautiful weekend is approaching, so I hope you are ready for the ultimate life experience full of endless possibilities.  Unifying a cast of some of the world’s most electrifying musicians, performers, visionaries, and artists, SONIC BLOOM, is an inspiring showcase of Colorado’s forth moving Conscious Music Scene.  It has been credited for helping to break the careers of artists such as Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, Beats Antique and Pretty Lights,  so come out and engage in discovery of some of the most progressive electronic innovators and live electronic acts with styles that are out of this universe.  Words can’t express how excited I am to return to a place that initially inspired me and will continue to inspire me.  Thank you Jamie Janover and the whole Zilla and Sonic Bloom family for making this possible.

    • Watch Android Jones create the album art for the new Dave Tipper album “Forward Escape” in this time-lapse video:

Life Raft for a Death Trip from Android Jones on Vimeo.

 

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Euphoria Music & Camping Festival Review: April 25th-26th, 2014

time March 9th by Clear Shadow authorTags: ,

Euphoria Music & Camping Festival is back this year with a whole new and re-amped look, a futuristic mind set, and a fresh new feel. Taking place the weekend of April 25th-26th at a new location, Carson Creek Ranch, the master minds of Vivid Sound Entertainment, Inside Out Presents, and Havin’ a Ball Productions have you covered with a whole new experience. Kevin Woods, a Co-Owner of Euphoria and founder of Inside Out Presents, sets his expectations:

“This year, expect to see a lot more live music, live art, yoga, workshops and art installations. We’ve been working really hard to provide Euphorians with an experience unlike anything they’ve seen before.”

Aside from an incredible and forth moving music lineup and a variety of key features, Euphoria will be hosting a camping environment for the very first time.  This mixture of collaborative efforts has transformed and brought light to Euphoria’s third year with major diverse headliners already announced earlier this year: Beats Antique, Lotus, Zeds Dead, and Gareth Emery, and predominant acts such as Bonobo (DJ Set), Koan Sound, BoomBox, Singularity, The Motet, The Floozies, Bro Safari, Keys ‘N Krates, Luke the Knife, DVS*, Eminence Ensemble, SunSquabi, Late Night Radio and much more.

The second round of the music lineup was recently announced on Thursday, March 6th and my heart was instantly filled with music love. Artist additions include a wide variety of talented acts such as: The Crystal Method, MAKJ, Styles and Complete, Opiuo, Crash Alchemy, Earphunk, Daft Phunk, Yonic, and The Magic Beans. Let’s rewind a little bit…The Crystal Method, the electric music pioneers, will be making their first North American festival appearance of 2014, so get ready for some old-school break beats. Earphunk and Earphunk plays Daft Phunk are sure to put on unique and vibrant performances and will bring the funk out of you, these guys are truly something special and I can’t wait to see them live once again. A favorite producer of mine that is sure to give you the ultimate brain massage with his syrupy bass sauce and funk is that of Opiuo. I had the pleasure of catching one of his live sets when he toured with VibeSquaD in 2012 and I can attest that he will give your feet the dance of a life time.

A plethora of local favorites in the Austin, TX community has also given this roster more love and light. Local producers/dj’s such as Blunt Force, Cactus Bath, Brede, and DJ Manny are not to be missed as each of them will bring with them distinct and fresh sounds surrounding genres of glitch, bass, psychedelic, and downtempo beats. I’ve seen each of these artists multiple times since living in Austin and they’ve got me hooked with their fresh sets – never failing to entertain the crowd with their creativity. Live acts such as: A Live One, Dimitri’s Ascent, Holding Space, and Transcontinental Trip will bring powerful sounding vibes, so be prepared to be mind blown. Do you all like Phish? A Live One is a Phish tribute band and they are on point when it comes to recreating their musical improvisation, extended jams, and blending of musical genres.  Dimitri’s Ascent brings forth a celestial explosion of pure expressive art . They perform a wide variety of instrumental/vocal music ranging from jazz, disco, funk, rock, and electronica. Holding Space will transcend and fill up the Euphoria space with their powerful yet innovative style and bring light to your consciousness. Be sure not to miss Transcontinental Trip as they never fail to impress with their live sets, bringing with them loads of energy and funky grooves.

Euphoria Music & Camping Festival 2014 has a multitude amount of surprises and love in store for us, so be sure to get your camping pass as they are on capacity to selling out. A collaboration of creative minds came together and have brought an incredible music lineup full of fresh international, national, and local acts mixed with numerous visual artists and workshops which will be released in detail soon. Taking place in a new location, Carson Creek Ranch is one of the oldest existing ranches in Texas consisting of two 20-acre pastures separated by Carson Creek on the banks of the Colorado River. Conveniently located just minutes from Downtown Austin, the grounds provide a picturesque camping setting while still being close to the comforts of the city. Come get down at the “Live Music Capital of the World” on April 25th-26th, 2014 to experience cutting edge visuals, unique stage design, improved dance tents, top of the line talent, wide variety of work shops, and creative live visual artists. A sunny weekend sure to bring a one of a kind experience for all of us.

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The Tipper Quixotic Experience | Cirque de L’amour | Austin, Texas

time February 4th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , ,

Dave Tipper is one of the most talented producers alive. He has helped pioneer many genres of music including the Break and Glitch Hop sound. He has set the standard of recording in 5.1 surround sound and has released a collection of music that most would consider divine in nature.

I’ve had to luxury of seeing many live performances by him over the years. There’s two distinct sides to Tippers music. There’s the uptempo glitch-hop bass sets that will get you moving and then there’s the organic downtempo sound journey. I can say that his downtempo set at Symbiosis 2012 was the most unique and beautiful pieces of auditory sound that I’ve ever experienced in my life. I felt as if I was a small child rediscovering sound.

This February in Austin, Texas, Dave Tipper will be doing a special one time performance with the theatrics group, Quixotic. They are an artist collective comprised of aerial acrobatics, dancer, film makers, fashionistas, musicians, and visual artist. I had the pleasure of seeing them at Wakarusa and was totally blown away by the amount of production that goes into their show.

The Tipper Quixotic Experience is what they are calling it and assure you that it’s something you won’t want to miss. Once I saw the announcement of the show I immediately looked up plane tickets to Austin, Texas and bought a flight.

It is rumored that Tipper will also be moving more towards the live downtempo sets in 2013. There is no confirmation of this but you better believe that I’m praying with all my heart to get at least half set of downtempo. The event is a post Valentines Day called Cirque de L’amour. The events name translates to Circus of Love. I can’t tell you enough how excited I am to return to Austin, where I left a big piece of heart. It only seems like the proper time to revisit one of the most amazing cities in the States.

If you’re a follower of Tipper, enjoy theatrical performance, and never been to Austin, Texas I highly recommend considering flying or driving to this event. Many of you might have a strong opinion of Texas but I can create an endless list of why Austin is one of the greatest cities in the country. One of the best ways to describe Austin is by comparing it to New Orleans except it’s WAY CLEANER and super progressive compared to the rest of Texas. It’s the live music capital of the US and for good reason. There are tons of quality venues, bars, bands, DJs, etc that reside in the city. It’s also quite cheap and filled with tons of educated young people who attend The University of Texas.

Dave,
If you’re reading this. Thank you for what you have done for the electronic music community. I think I’m speaking on behalf of all your fans. We want another downtempo release (feel free to make it another surround sound album).

For more details visit the Cirque de L’amour FB event page.
Also if you plan on attending be sure to say Hi if you see me =)

If you need some convincing on why this man is one of the most talented.. Click this to stream one of the greatest pieces of music created in my opinion, Broken Soul Jamboree.

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Gem and Jam Festival 2013 | Tucson, Arizona | Feb 7th-9th

time January 10th by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

Gem and Jam Festival is celebrating its 7th year! It’s the largest gem and mineral show in the world! The event is held in Tucson, Arizona and features an large outdoor venue. The event also features a musical festival alongside it. The legendary visionary artist Alex Grey will also be doing live painting all three days as well as hosting a drawing workshop!

I’m really looking forward to attending this festival to start off 2013. I’ve never spent time in Tucson and can only imagine that it’ll be gorgeous. If you’re thinking of attending there’s a travel package that includes 3 day tickets, hotel, and poster for $450. It’s my understanding that there is only a limited amount of packages available so grab them A.S.A.P. You can grab a 3 day pass for $80 if you’re not interested in lodging.

BUY GEM & JAM FESTIVAL TICKETS

2013 MUSIC LINEUP
MICHAL MENERT
NiT GRiT
VibeSquad
RANDOM RAB
DJ VADIM
HeRobust
RUSS LIQUID
THRIFTWORKS
KAMINANDA
SIGNAL PATH
PROJECT ASPECT
OCTOPUS NEBULA
THE FLYING SKULLS
THE POLISH AMBASSADOR
SMASH & GRAB
THE DIGITAL CONNECTION
ILL MANNERED
FUTURE SIMPLE PROJECT
KRUZA KID
SMOKAVICH
KYMA
NVO
BOGL
kLL SMTH
SPOREGANIC
ENDOPLASMIC
8 MINUTES TO BURN
PHOSEPH
CORBIN DOOLEY
ELECTRIC FEEL DJs
UPWORDS MOVEMENT
THE BENNU
& MYSELF (AFRO MONK)

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Moksha Art Fair 2012 | The Eagle Meets the Condor

time November 16th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , ,

The Moksha Art Fair is one of the most unique events of the year in Miami. The event takes place during Art Basel week which is a big event all over Miami. Art Basel brings in thousands of talent artist from around the world. The main event takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center but you can find hundreds of galleries and events all around the city.

The Moksha Gallery is where you can find one of the most unique communities in Miami. You always hear about the culture and art of Miami but the one place I’ve found a true unique culture that promotes art and music is at Moksha.

I remember attending the 2009 Moksha Art Fair that featured Bluetech and Alex Grey painting live. It was one of the most memorable events I’ve attended in Miami. This year looks like it’s going to be something really special. The visual artist, musicians, and performing artist this year promises to deliver quite an event. I’m really looking forward to Govinda’s return and seeing Andreilien (Heyoka).

If you’re in town for Art Basel and looking for something more along the lines of a music festival, I recommend checking out this event. There’s plenty of speakers, artist, and music that will be sure to interest you.

Also be sure to check out the website I helped build for more information about Artist, Music, and Performing Artist.

Moksha Art Fair 2012

Grab tickets today and get 50% off. This deal ends Saturday November 17th!

BUY: Moksha Art Fair Tickets 2012

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RISE | X-Men Fan Movie | Age of Apocalypse Movie

time August 16th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , ,

RISE is a X-Men based movie idea that is trying to become reality by die-hard fans via Kickstarter. I grew up reading and watching the X-Men and always found the Apocalypse story to be the most fascinating piece of the X-Men story. I’ll never forget that shinny holographic card of Apocalypse. It’s great to see that some fans are trying to make this story come to life in their own interpretation of the saga. It so happens that I went to high school with many of the people involved and decided that I could use this blog to get them over this small last hurdle. The project is nearly 100% funded but just needs a few more thousand in the next 2 days.

I will admit that at first I was disappointed that this is just another comic book cop out since it seems like everything is going super heroes. The more I thought about it made me realize you know what… I want to see this. It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to movies just as it does for music but this story is one of my favorites in the comic book universe. Truth is I’d love to see more filmmakers make completely original new stories. There’s too much being redone or ideas recycled for my taste. It’s hard not to look up movies and see some sort of sequel or story revisited. Now if we’re talking some old friends from high school doing X-Men during the age of Apocalypse I’m all for it.

For more information and to help fund this project:
Rise X-Men Fan Movie

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Michal Menert | Even If It Isn’t Right

time April 24th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

Michal Menert just released his new full length release, Even If It Isn’t Right, today on Pretty Lights Music for FREE. If you’re a fan of Michal Menert or the sound that Pretty Lights represents I highly recommend grabbing this right NOW!

I had the pleasure of meeting Michal over WMC this year and got to kick it with him and take a glimpse into what the future holds on his side of things. This album defies a lot of the norm for most releases and tells his story in this long composition. Spending a few days with him and his manager I knew that I had to help them out. It’s not very often you come across such a talented artist with the ideals and vision that Michal has.

He’s your regular guy who likes to play video games, chill, make music, and eat tons of sushi. His story is quite a unique one and he’s the only person who could say that early Pretty Lights music was composed of Derek and Michal. It’s something that I believe isn’t noted enough.

I had the pleasure of being in Denver for Menert’s debut of his new fancy projection mapped stage. The moment I walked into Cervantes I was totally blown away. The team that put together is the same team that has put together Pretty Lights past stages but this one has been taken to a whole new level. The dedication and effort put behind Michal Menert is second to none. It’s a honor to have been brought in to take part of it. There’s much ahead and can’t even describe to you how incredible the experience was that night except by showing you a video of how wild it all came out below. The video was done by the Swaager team/website and is only a small glimpse into this magical stage represented by mountain like structures with a sun/moon center where Michal performs in front of.  The lasers, video clips, and seamless combination of music and visuals are some of the best I’ve ever seen in my life.

Dear promoters of all locations. This show and stage will be touring in the Fall. I HIGHLY recommend picking this up. It’s one of the most amazing stages I’ve seen. The production levels is on par if not higher than Pretty Lights and other projection mapping stages out there. Cervantes was completely slammed and no one had any idea that the stage was being showcased for the most part.

Now go grab the album for FREE and download Dreaming of a Bigger Life if you haven’t already!
Michal Menert – Pretty Lights Profile

Also the new website has had a soft launch and ready to check out if you haven’t seen it. Check it out and watch it grow as I work my magic on it.

Michal Menert Official Website

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Woofer Cookers Present Phobia

time November 1st by Mr Ed authorTags: , , ,

Whats your Phobia?  Do you have a overwhelming fear of Heavy Bass, Melodic synths, and Sick Beats then Woofer Cooker’s new release Phobia is going to drive you over the edge!  This compilation was created by the members of the Glitch Hop Forum Community.   The winners of the 2ed forum production contest were picked for the best original song following the theme, Phobias.  The results were across the board and were judged by some big names in the Glitch Community.  There were prizes and the such, but the selected were offered to be released for everyones listening pleasure!  After listening to this collection, I’m proud to be a member of our little community at Glitch Hop Forums and once again am totally impressed by how talented our members our!

Make sure you check out Noel Planet’s sick ink blots.  Each tracks gets its own orginal creation! Check Her out here!:

Here is a little Tease!

The release is going to be exclusively on Addictech for one month and then will be for sale through Woofer Cookers.  Grab it here!

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Lightning in a Bottle 2011 Review

time July 23rd by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

Lightning in a Bottle took place this year from May 27th-30th in Silverado, California. This was the second year where it was held at Oak Canyon Ranch. The layout of the festival was improved dramatically to allow campers easy access to the three immense stages. Last year one of the biggest issues was going up and down the mountain to reach the main camp area and stages. This year it seemed like The Do Lab figured out all the little kinks out and made for one of the greatest events I’ve ever attended.

Right when you drive into the venue an incredible force and vibe takes you. The community unites for this giant gathering of music, art, workshops, and more. People from all over the world unites and creates a small city made up of tents, RVs, renegade sound, shaded areas, grills, and beautiful people. There are three main stage areas that host some of the biggest and rising stars of underground music.

The Wookie stage is one of the first stages you see as you enter the festival looking for camp ground. It was an incredible sight to see. I heard the stage was rocking a FunktionOne sound system but to be honest I stayed clear of that stage. The Wookie stage is generally known for playing House music and too be honest I’m not a huge fan and there was way too much going on to even step onto that dance floor but it definitely was going off every time I came back to camp.

The Lightning stage is where the a lot of the big boys played. The area was massive with an enormous amount of room. This clearly was the main stage area. The production value on this stage was incredible with stunning pyrotechnics during Kraddy’s set. They also brought in giant LED screens for big acts like Pretty Lights and Mimosa. The vibe during the day was more of relaxed journey. I had great memories listening to Invisible Allies during the day on Sunday. I will say many of the opening bands were quite disappointing such as Metal Mother which almost made me wonder what was going on or if this all was just a sound check. The biggest crowd I saw was during Pretty Lights. The place was slammed and had to resort to going backstage to catch his set. Despite Pretty Lights set crashing and having dead air for about 2 minutes kids were still ready to party. Mimosa surprised me with his set as he is known for raging out and playing heavy popular brostep he kept it quite tame and one of the best sets I’ve seen from Tigran. It’s always a surprise though to see such a talented producer not play all originals or even more than 4-5 for hour and half set.

The Bamboo stage is practically where I lived. All my favorites and close friends were playing in this area. The first act I caught at LIB 2011 was Sex Pixels. They won the slot for the mixtape contest and wanted to see who these guys were considering I couldn’t find anything about them on the internet. Turns out they are a duo act and played mainly house music which I thought was odd they were placed on the Bamboo stage vs the Wookie stage considering the style of music they played. Going back to my initial shock of openers were Pussy Monster. I almost felt embarrassed for them as it was one of the worst sets I’ve seen on a major stage. Granted I don’t expect to love everyone but I was just shocked to see such a booking for the opening slot. The rest of the week-end everything I caught on the Bamboo stage was absolutely breath taking for the most part. The vibe and feel of the music being played in this area was clearly geared to more of my style and taste. Friday night NastyNasty stole the show for me. There was nothing that was going to top his set. Having a full 90 minute journey by Jasper was heaven. The way he flowed and broke his set into 30min pieces from dubstep to slow jams to 808 hiphop beats made his set my personal favorite of the entire week-end. A few of my friends also played on the Bamboo stage such as: Stephan Jacobs, Goldrush, Gladkill, ill-esha, Love & Light, Mimi Page, and Joey Mousepad. All of them did such an incredible job up there! Other notable acts were Emancipator, Phutureprimitive, Lynx, and Paper Diamond (which I only heard about and upset I missed Alex’s set).

Lightning in a Bottle doesn’t only cater to the people who are interested in the music but many other things. Many of the workshops I heard were incredible. The art and live painting going on all around the festivals created a real unique experience. Thousands of people dancing, hoola hooping, spinning fire, and sharing each others presence makes this festival one of the better communities to be around. All the vendors and food was excellent. I couldn’t get over how tasty the pizza was. Everything was done with thought and consideration. I never ventured up the mountain this year as it was something I didn’t need to relive. I heard it was gorgeous up there this year but I decided to pass and stay close to camp and others things going on.

Lightning in a Bottle truly encompasses everything you’d want in a festival. It changed my life for the better going last year and this year was nothing short of amazing. The community and people make this festival. The line up may change every year but what doesn’t change is the passion, love, and dedication put into everyone who is involved including you.

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