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Emissions: West Coast Bass Culture Festival 2014

time April 9th by Molly authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

Proud to present the Afro Monk press release on Emissions Festival 2014!


Emissions is one of our favorite festivals here at Afro Monk. Check out what Tara had to say about last year’s event here! AND We love Emission so much, we’re also giving out TWO free tickets! Check HERE for more information on the contest!

Camp ? has graced the West Coast with so many amazing parties and events over the years, not to mention five legendary Emissions and some seriously epic Burning Man camps. I am super grateful for what they have contributed to the community and love to support them in any way. Their brainchild, Emissions, is a one of a kind festival that I look forward to every year. It’s relatively small in number, keeping it quite intimate; it’s casual, yet well organized; and it’s high energy, heavy hitting array of bass music is unmatchable. The family vibe is strong, seen and felt in abundant smiles, laughs, and hugs; the music is fresh and poppin all day; and the PK rig, BANGIN, to say the least.

It is being held for it’s second year at the lovely Belden Town, an adorable mini town nestled in the Feather River Canyon in Northern California. Belden is an excellent host for festivals with it’s shady camping and flowing river.  The beach stage is an awesome space and I can’t wait be to kickin it there listening to bomb music in what’s sure to be gorgeous weather. Mmmm….perfection.

Emissions’ lineup this year has shaped up to be, in my opinion, their best ever. I love and admire Camp ?’s dedication to bass music. They’re not trying to be overly trendy or #toofuture4you, nor are they adhering to what seems to be the standardized festival lineup we have become oh too familiar with on the west coast. They’ve instead done what hardly anybody else has been able to really grasp thus far this summer and created, simply, a solid lineup of high quality producers and DJ’s that are killing it right now. Let’s look closer at some of those artists:

Doshy: Long before I became a writer for Afro Monk, I was an avid reader of the blog. JM (Afro Monk)’s posts introduced me to a ton of music in 2010-2011, but by far the best discovery I ever made from the blog was the introduction to bass music producer Doshy. Hailing from Germany, this is Doshy’s first ever U.S. appearance! This a huge deal to me, being a crazy fan of Doshy since JM’s article in 2011, and I was starting to think I would never catch him live in the U.S. I’m sure there’s a grip of other Doshy fans feeling the same way. Sure to be a highlight of the weekend.

Deltron 3030: A man who needs no introduction, Bay Area native, Deltron, is the perfect headliner for this event. The influence of hip hop on bass music is evident in the work of essentially everyone on this bill, so I think it’s definitely crucial to have such a prominent and incredible rapper headlining. His most recent album has a super fun, higher energy feel throughout so I’m sure his set will be super tight(of course I’m hoping he’ll play hella from Deltron 3030 though!)

NastyNasty: A bay area bass music scene legend and one of my favorite producers of all time, NastyNasty sets have been a consistently amazing part of my experience within the west coast electronic music scene for 4+ years now. A cultivator of science fiction influenced sound design and polyrythmic soulfuness, his unique take on bass music is always on that next level tip. His live sets are flawless and always a great time. Can’t wait for his set!

G Jones: Anyone who reads Afro Monk regularly is well versed in the work of G Jones. I consider him to be at the forefront of the West Coast bass music sound, killing it harder than pretty much anyone right now.  I love his music and am always impressed with new releases. His performance is sure to be one of the best of the weekends and you can catch him a second time alongside Minnesota.

Starkey + Dev79: What can I even say about Starkey?? His signature Street Bass sound defines everything I love about future bass music and his live sets have been some of the hardest I’ve danced in my life. I’m super stoked to see him alongside Dev79, who I have yet to see live. Unmissable for sure!

DJ Pound: Another proprietor of the “street bass” sound, DJ Pound is sure to be a seriously epic set. I’m really stoked on this booking and to get to catch some of DJ Pound’s monstrous tunes played by the creator himself on a PK system. Associated with some of the most forward thinking and respectable labels in the game, Seclusiasis and Saturate , DJ Pound has been making moves this last year and his music speaks for itself.

Perkulat0r: I was just recently introduced to the sounds of  Perkulat0r when he played a show in Seattle and I can assure you he’s not to be slept on. I would consider him to be one of the most exciting up and comers in the scene, rockin an already highly developed sound, reminiscent of the type of glitch hop I used to really love but don’t hear as much anymore. Don’t miss this one!

Quarry: Dark, dreary, beautiful Quarry. I frequently go through phases where I lean towards darker sounds and Quarry’s post-sad aesthetic fits in perfectly with my current obsession with that feel. I was stoked to see him on this lineup and can’t wait to get catch his set!

Some more artists I look forward to seeing are The Widdler, Bleep Bloop, Boats, Cestladore, J:Kenzo, Guttstar, Hypha, Smashletooth, The Pirate, Pressha, Intellitard, VNDMG, Yheti, Son of Kick, Bogl…realistically I could go on and on, as the talent is rich this year and the lineup is nothing short of stacked! And as usual, the Bay Area and Northern California are being represented in their fullest majestic form by everyone from the headliners to the local favorites. Big ups West Coast artists and everyone else coming through for the event. And huge ups to Camp ? on their epic choice in lineup.

This is sure to be one for the books! Tickets available now but selling fast! First and Second tier already sold out, so get on the third ASAP.  You can buy tickets here and follow the Emissions Event Page for information and updates on the event. And as mentioned before, don’t forget we are doing a contest for two tickets! This festival is not too be missed and entering only takes a sec! ENTER HERE!
Can’t wait to see everyone on the dancefloor!!

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Emissions Festival Ticket Giveaway!

time April 9th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , ,

“It is time to gather in the forest and dance in the trees. To immortalize this moment through sound, expression & people. In its 6th year, The Emissions Festival is a celebration of the rich, creative culture surrounding the west coast’s bass music & festival community. A reflection of the appreciation felt from these. It shares both a forward thinking lineup that stands out, and an intimate communal festival experience. All within a welcoming atmosphere of true enjoyment for the music & everything surrounding.
May 16th through 19th | Held in beautiful Belden, CA.”

You don’t want to miss this festival! Follow the instructions below; 2 random winners will receive full weekend tickets for Emissions.

By simply liking Afro Monk on Facebook, you are granted 3 entries to the contest.
By tweeting about this contest you are granted 2 entries.
By sharing a post about this on Facebook, you are granted 1 entry.
See below for instructions…. Now get going!

Afro Monk – Emissions Festival Giveaway

Purchase tickets to Emissions here!


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Sonic Bloom 2014 | June 19th-22nd | South Park, Colorado

time March 27th by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

Sonic Bloom 2014 has moved to a new location, The American Safari Resort, and tickets are selling faster than they have ever sold over the 9 previous years.

I’ve been attending Sonic Bloom for over three years straight now. It has a special place in my heart due to the intimate nature of the festival and the fact that it is one of the main events in Colorado. Year after year the artist they book, the vibe created, and the community of people from all over come together to make it one of the premier summer festivals. I’ve done my fair share of traveling all over the US and believe that Sonic Bloom is the go to festival this year.

It has been awhile since I have writing about something and had decided not to write blog post anymore but Sonic Bloom I hold dear to my heart. This year I’ve decided to cut my festival travels down significantly but told myself that this is the one for me. Why? Tipper! The fact that there are TWO Tipper sets means there will be a chill downtempo set which is worth the cost of the travel and ticket easy. There are so many other talented artist worth mentioning as well but I can’t express how excited I am to see Tipper this year considering the new album just around the corner.

This year The Road to Sonic Bloom has officially kicked off. Here are the remaining dates and the talented artist that will be performing all over the States to help build the hype for the main event! I’ll be playing at the Miami, FL date so be sure to come out to The Nest =)

April 4th – 1904 Music Hall, Jacksonville, FL
The Malah, Futexture + Deloscinari, Spankalicious

April 5th – The Nest, Miami, FL
The Malah, Futexture + Deloscinari, Spankalicious & Afro Monk

April 10th – The Parish, Austin, TX
The Malah, Janover & reSunator

April 11th – Easter Island Festival, Keetonville, OK
The Malah, Futexture + Deloscinari, Spankalicious, Psymbionic

April 12th – Sons of Hermann Hall
Janover & reSunator

April 25th – Omaha, NE – Abbott Sports Complex
Kaminanda, Nadis Warriors, MuzzY, Marvel Years, Krooked Drivers

May 2nd – 3rd – The Unified Field: official SONIC BLOOM pre-party at Cervantes, Denver, CO
Opiuo, Random Rab, ill-esha, Zoogma, Janover & reSunator, Whitebear, Defunk & more TBA

Be sure to grab tickets ASAP since pre-sales and tier one tickets have already sold out! The one thing that really stood out to me about this year is that due to the new location you won’t have to worry about taking shuttles to and from the parking area since there will be car camping available. The location also features an indoor saloon with a bar and DJ booth for some of your favorite artist to entertain. I’d also recommend looking into VIP passes as this year they include tons of goodies!

Keep checking back for the final announcements of artist and possible gives aways! This poster is for the 1st and 2nd wave of artist announcements. Believe it or not they still have additional artist to add =D

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Lucidity Festival: Universe | April 11-13 | Live Oak Campground

time February 20th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

What happens when you fuse together festival masterminds, transcendent melodies, awe-inspiring art, sage healers, and inquisitive imaginations in an extraordinary wooded location? A complete synergy that is Lucidity Festival: Universe. This joyful jubilee, held at Live Oak Campground in the Santa Barbara hills on April 11-13, will be sure to please all revelers in attendance. Now in its third year, Lucidity Festival has sprouted from its primary seed and blossomed into an immersive and thriving ethos. Everyone is a participant in this open-source journey; all you need bring along is a sense of curiosity, an open heart, and intentions set on growth and awakening. We will cultivate harmony and collaboration and nourish our souls in unity. Expect the unexpected and be ready to experience a formulaic chaos like none other. Lucidity will be a pleasant reminder for our spirits not to take life so seriously while embodying our truest essence. Prepare for mind warping music and visuals, elaborate art and stage design, thought-provoking workshops, rejuvenating yoga, delectable organic and locally-sourced food, holistic soothing healing, and soul-warming connection.

Tipper. Need I say more? I will never tire of Dave’s intricate and lush soundscapes; seeing him at the Lucid Stage may very well be the highlight of my experience. Love and Light’s bubbly thwomping bass is sure to please. The Human Experience’s “prismatic” stunning melodies will be happily soaked in by listeners. I am beyond excited to witness Haywyre’s performance as I have yet to be graced with his presence. Kalya Scintilla’s tantalizing eclectic bass never lets me down. Other favorites on the Lucid Stage bill include Bird of Prey, Mr. Rogers, Digital Rust, Nominous, 2Nutz, Mumukshu, Soulular, Nanda, Alia, and the homie Irieyes. The Alive stage incorporates some most excellent live vibrations with incredible lyricist Eligh, the ever-enchanting Quixotic acrobats, and the positively energetic Poor Man’s Whiskey. The Rainbow Girls will bring some boisterous fun into the mix. Cello Joe will grace the stage with his unique “Classical Hip Hop”.  The party will be continually thriving at the Audiowaska Stage; we’ve got passionate, genre-paving Trevor Kelly, effervescent and melodic MiHKAL, hyphy Stylust Beats, and many more.

Partake in one of Lucidity’s seven villages and its respective archetype; there’s the Vivacious Jaguar of the Goddess Grove, the Courageous Dragon of the Family Garden, the Humble Tiger of Warriors’ Way, the Wild Monkey of Nomads’ Nook, the Loving Dove of Lovers’ Nest, the Wise Owl of the Healers’ Sanctuary, and the Playful Coyote of the Tricksters’ Playground. These niches will each be alive with their unique mood and identity.

Art will be much of the fabric of Lucidity Festival, weaving together a story between the music and the environment, the people and Gaia. With aesthetics ranging from luminous textured installations to obscure and thought-provoking creations, your eyes will feast on the art that is intertwined so seamlessly into the gathering.

Workshops & Healing
Learning is a perpetual process. Expand your mind and senses to ideas unknown before and leave the woods a different and more enlightened being than as you came. Workshops at Lucidity will be inspiring, uplifting, meditative, interactive, creative, informative, empowering, musical… you name it. Don’t miss your chance to grow and perceive together with Wisdom Keepers in the most stunning of outdoor classrooms. Nothing is beyond our cognizance. I can’t wait to practice yoga among the trees with amazing instructors. Healers will also aid in the well-being (mind and body) of participants.

So the Lucidity saga continues, full to the brim with synchronicity and a beautiful sort of pandemonium. Awaken your senses to the visceral thrill of letting go completely among the timbers and sunshine of the rolling Santa Barbara hills. Discover the exquisite divinity that resides within you and all beings alike. Get your tickets for Lucidity here; please contact me at if you would like a discount code.

~~Tara Dactyl~

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Symbiosis Gathering 2013 | Review

time January 9th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Empire of Love Stage at Symbiosis Gathering

Was Symbiosis a dream? I truly felt that I had to pinch myself throughout the weekend to ensure that what I was experiencing was reality. Well… some sort of twisted, exquisite, surreal reality at least. What does “reality” denote anyways? Symbiosis Gathering encouraged participants to question it, play with it, and create their own universe. All while having the best soundtrack imaginable. Every facet of Symbiosis was a delight and it made me feel the most free I have been. My senses were awakened to a height beyond belief… Just when I thought that my eyes were tricking me because of the astonishing sights, an aromatic enchantment would cross my path. Just following that sweet sweet smell I would hear booming eclectic bass echoing my way. Just as I was drawn to that soul-quenching music I would feel soft blades of grass brushing up against my legs or the refreshing lake water on my skin. This, my friends, is LIFE at its best. I get swollen up with zealous emotion just thinking about the weekend.

I will be honest, I was a skeptic when I first heard that the gathering would take place at a reservoir near Stockton, CA. I imagined smelling cow shit, feeling so hot that I would die, and having to look at brown mounds of dirt. I could not have been further from the truth… Woodward Reservoir was one of the best venues I have been to for a music festival. There were oak trees lacing the lake shores, dainty foothills surrounding the vicinity, and beautiful blue skies. Probably the most wonderful aspect of the location was the crystal-clear lake that was just asking for you to frolic in. During the daytime we all delighted in floating in the rejuvenating waters. We were lucky enough to have a badass lakeshore camping spot, just close to and far enough from the main action.

The stages were all set out on their own sort-of islands as the peninsula was broken up into bubble-like spaces. If you tired of one stage another completely different environment with its own unique mood and ambiance was just a short walk away. The location of Symbiosis was definitely a large part of what made the weekend so amazing. I hope that the rumors I have heard about signing a 5-year contract have some validity; in that case I would feel no qualms about attending each gathering.

One day at Symbiosis the heavens suddenly turned ominous and chatter of an oncoming lightning storm was rampant. The sky indeed was grey and drops began to fall. It then turned into a torrential downpour, forcing us to batten down the hatches and gather at camp. We thought the lovely day might be ruined, but what happened next….. the skies gradually cleared, making for a spectacular sunset followed by a warm jubilant twilight. It felt as if we had all survived the crazy storm together and were bonded even more by this. It was magical!


Symbiosis’s lineup was uniquely satisfying. Performances ranged from live all-encompassing concerts to tribal percussive jamborees to booty banging bass to galactic melodic dubs, and then some. Many of my all-time favorites played and I was also stimulated by some previously unknown sounds. This is important for a festival – having the ability to revel in the comfort of those who have nurtured your passion for music but also venture out to experience fresh music with confidence that it will satisfy. Some of my favorite sets of the weekend included Odesza, Lapalux, Phaeleh, STS9, Mount Kimbie, Cashmere Cat, Michael Menert, Kalya Scintilla, and Pumpkin.

The Jabba Barge by night

Probably my favorite moment was while Pumpkin played at the Juke Shack during the sunset after the storm that I spoke of before. The Juke Shack was just what it sounds like – a janky cabin with a disco ball spinning through the window at the top and playful lighting, all surrounded by tall waving blades of grass. Pumpkin’s masterful fun mixing combined with this atmosphere was unbeatable.

I was stoked to camp and kick it with the masterminds who created the Jabba Barge. I had the pleasure of literally barging around on this badass art car with Funktion One sound, rad people, and the best views of the festival from up top. While riding around on the mutant vehicle you feel as if you are voyaging to uncharted lands (or dimensions for that matter) with your comrades. The sound effects made it amusing and delightful. Also, those guys know how to party!

Art was embedded in every inch of Symbiosis. It was almost the flowing lifeblood of the festival, weaving everything together to remind us of the world’s splendor. Everywhere you looked there was beautiful artistry to soak in. Everyone used their unique imaginations and then brought them together to co-create something unbelievable. I particularly enjoyed the expansive mandala of crystals, the Empire of Love stage’s incredible tin can pyramids, the luminous spinning cube calendar, the portals, the climbable wolf installation, and the barbed-wire heart fence with flames. Every creation was breathtaking and thought-provoking.

Overall I was blown away by Symbiosis Gathering; the weekend far exceeded my expectations which frankly does not always happen at music festivals for me anymore. The gathering was like an escape from reality into an alternate universe filled to the brim with beauty, connection, nature, and eternal frequencies.


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Art Outside 2013 Recap/Visual Artists

time November 21st by Sofia authorTags: ,

Welcome to a place filled with endless possibilities– welcome to Art Outside. I say “endless possibilities” because of the immense amount of creativity and inspiration I felt and witnessed this October weekend. The seventh annual music and arts festival that was hosted by Art Seen Alliance took place on October 18th-21st 2013 at Apache Pass, TX – about an hour drive outside of the nation’s music capitol –Austin, Texas. Alongside music and art, other features included: onstage performances, yoga, workshops, and camping, which brought light to this collaborative effort of like-minded individuals.

One of my favorite aspects of this year’s musical lineup was its showcase of a wide variety of musical genres! Walking through the grounds of this family-friendly gathering, my ear-pineal was in for a treat. Dispersed over three stages (The Main Stage, The Dome, and Folk stage) were the sounds of folk, psychedellic, funk, glitch, down tempo, and bass – all which encompassed a soulful approach. Musical acts included both local and national acts such as: Bluetech, Bird of Prey, Brede, Desert Dwellers, Earphunk, Erika Maassen, Flying Balalaika Brothers, Happy Happy James, Ishi, Itchy-O, Kayla scintilla, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Love & Light, Luminaries, Michael Garfield, Nadis Warriors, One4All, Psymbionic, The Fungineers, The Polish Ambassador, Thriftworks, Wildlight, Zoogma and tons more!

The art installations surrounding the entire campsite were remarkable. There was literally Art Outside. Some favorites included “The Cathedral of Celestial Mathgic”, -an interactive mathematical musical experience like none other designated as the Cafe Portal for Burning Man 2013 and created to expand your mind. Also displayed was visual artist Jason Smith’s (aka Bild ∞D’s, a member of ‘Third Coast Visions’- a collective of live artists) 9-foot watermelon tourmaline installation, which triggered lighting by an RGB LED, creating interchangeable coloring throughout the weekend. Other creative visual artists collaborating throughout the fest included the names of Tourmaline Todd, Miranda Lewis, Todd Bot, Chance Roberts, Michael Garfield, and Erin Guthrie. These Austinite artists live-painted throughout the event -some having their personal art displayed throughout the fest and/or having their art featured in an air art open gallery that was built by the Main Stage.

Aside the music, visuals, and décor, there was more yumminess in store: food and beverages. Favorite meals of mine were the mouth-watering savory and sweet crepes. One could also find themselves devouring on organic and luscious nourishment such as homemade chocolate smoothies, gyros, fruit, veggie meals and other treats. One sweet new feature at this year’s Art Outside fest was a Tea House, which featured rugs for lounging, a very peaceful environment featuring mind-blowing artwork.

I walked out of ArtOutside feeling inspired and rejuvenated. It’s like everyone I interacted with during the fest was feeding off of each other, communicating on another level, and growing together with collaboration. I definitely recommend this local festival to anyone and everyone of all ages, all of my out-of-staters. Come get down in downtown Texas and come experience an intimate setting full of fun, creativity, friends, and talent…but be sure to bring your own piece of the puzzle. Thank you Warren McKinney and the whole Art Seen Alliance crew!


**Check out what some of the visual artist’s at this year’s Art Outside had to say!

“Art Outside is an artist’s paradise, which provides free range to paint whatever, wherever and whenever. It invites patrons to reflect and participate in the experience of the weekend.”     -Tourmaline Todd


“It’s rare to feel so at home at a festival but AO really makes you feel like you just don’t want to leave. My favorite part, honestly, was the people –the artists and the guests. They were the most beautiful souls I’ve had the pleasure of co-creating with in a great while (since last year’s AO)…I could go on tirelessly about how brilliant all of the visual art was that I saw on display throughout the grounds and especially inside the gallery. In the meantime, I’ve noticed a resurgence of inspiration and motivation from myself and fellow artists of wanting to prolong the feeling that we shared at AO. I’m sure I speak for many of us when I say that Art Outside was, in fact, a transformational event.” -Todd Bot


“Watermelon Tourmaline” Art Installation

“Art Outside 2012 was the first time I had ever built an installation. I went into it feeling very unsure and apprehensive, wondering if I even had any business doing it at all. I left AO feeling very different. I was so welcomed as a new artist and inspired by literally everything, that I couldn’t wait to work harder to be able to contribute more to this electric, eclectic environment. I still feel this urge today and it drives what I do artistically. I adore Art Outside for giving me this… but the best part is… this year.. I was given the pleasure of witnessing the same confidence and inspiration being sown into countless others, and I am beyond proud to be a part of it all. Art on my friends. Art on.” –Jason Smith




“Art for me is all about those feel good endorphins you release when you are doing something that is creative and unique. Laying down colors, images, and patterns that represent my day and night. Dreams are what really gets me going creatively. I juxtapose my inspirations from various artists such as Alphonse Mucha and Gustav Klimt, images I photograph on hikes, and patterns from fabrics that I have collected either physically or digitally. I have chosen painting as a medium because you can even get up to your elbows in it if you need to and really feel the energy. Get messy. Show your process. Cover it up. It’s me that I’m painting in one way or the next. It’s a window. I don’t even know what it means most of the time. And that’s life.” – Miranda Lewis

“I make art because it’s the only thing that feels right, it connects me to things I cant begin to describe in words; sometimes it even looks good and can take other people on the journey with me. There is something to be said in the power of making something with your hands, and then sharing that experience with people; it dissolves barriers and allows you to connect in a very personal way. It’s the only way I know how to open my heart to people, in all honesty. I am beyond blessed with the company I get to share life with, and my art is my offering to all of them; it’s an attempt to raise the vibrations of everyone involved and to help us grow into the best humans we can be.” – Chance Roberts



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Bass Mtn Festival | September 13-16 | Stone Bear River Camps

time September 11th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Bass Mtn Festival, held September 13-16 on the Yuba River outside of Truckee, CA, is exactly what everyone needs to wind down after the Burn yet stay funky and get down. If you weren’t at Burning Man… well, all the more reason to get that much needed bass fix with the fam! Bass Mtn is an intimate gathering designed to cultivate deep seeded friendships old and new. Rather than purchasing a ticket as a commodity like most festivals, participants get memberships for a tribe or family like arrangement that thrives on community and nurturing vibes. In its third year, this festival is going to knock everyone’s socks off with its attention to detail and unparalleled ambiance. Prepare for mind warping psychedelic bass and visuals, elaborate stage design, thought-provoking workshops, unbelievable art (both live and gallery), rejuvenating yoga, organic and delicious food, holistic soothing healing, and a soul-warming tea lounge. What more could you ask for out of a weekend in the stunning tree groves and crystal clear waters of the Sierra Nevadas? Nothing, if you ask me! It’s a weekend that is set up perfectly for pure bliss and connection…. All you have to do is show up with an open heart and mind.

Among the countless nooks there will be two stages, the Reflection Stage nestled in the pines and Crunk Creek Stage down by the undeniably refreshing waters of the Yuba River. Both will provide music blessing our eardrums with some of the best music I can think of, period. Kalya Scintilla’s tantalizing eclectic bass never lets me down; add the overall atmosphere that will be Bass Mtn and we will be howling at the moon in exuberance! Love and Light have always been favorites of mine (and they’re just so damn loveable) and I can’t wait to get down to their bubbly womps. David Starfire has blown me away multiple times (the one that always comes to mind is BM 2012 when he played an incredible Beatles remix set at Fractal Nation). Knight Riderz will bring the dirty gangster bass that is sure to please. Andreilien will melt our pineal glands with his twisted bass lines. I’m always stoked to see Stephan Jacobs with his percussive dirty bass that is impossible to stand still to (check out his newest tunes on his Soundcloud…. I am DIGGIN’). Sugarpill will always be in my top 5… I can never get enough of his futuristic party bass and enjoyable demeanor. I might be most excited to see the ever-rising Digital Rust, whose productions are flawless and put me into a trance. Lately I’ve been so into the effervescent gangster bass that The Originalz have been putting out (and they’re the best peoples!). The homie Zeb always throws down super badass reggae infused bass sets that get you moving.  I could go on forever about how stoked I am on this stacked lineup that also includes a plethora of local talent, all such good peoples that deserve only the best.

Big ups to the Mindful Massive crew for working so diligently to make this event as beautiful as I know it will be. These guys are based out of South Lake Tahoe and have been killing it for three years; they started from just a seed that has been cared for with love and just the right amount of water to grow from a seedling and bloom brilliantly. If you’re ever in South Lake Tahoe on a Tuesday do not miss their Massive Tuesday event… they are constantly bringing in awesome talent and providing vibes and frequencies that will make you go home feeling better than ever before.

Check out the Bass Mtn website for information about the extremely reasonable memberships (note – memberships at the door are cash donation only, no ATM or cards accepted), music, directions, preparations, and more. See you in the woods… surround yourself with love and frequencies at Bass Mtn this weekend!


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Symbiosis Gathering | September 19-23 | Woodward Reservoir

time September 9th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , ,


Symbiosis continues to create unique and all-sensory experiences for its participants that cultivate human growth, collaboration, and community. Symbiosis Gathering, held on September 19-23, looks to be the most spiritually transformational gathering of 2013. Last year Symbiosis was incredible and unforgettable, and this year’s is guaranteed to blow your mind just the same or more! The gathering coincides with the Harvest Full Moon, the Autumnal Equinox and the International Day of Peace. Nestled in rolling hills at Woodward Reservoir just outside of the bay area, its location is prime; imagine listening to unparalleled groovy beats while wandering on grassy knolls or floating in the water with family new and old. The experience, however, will not only be pleasing to your eardrums. It will likely cause all-sensory gratification – visual, mental, aromatic, tactic, even your taste buds may do a little dance once or twice. It’s all about connections; all are welcome and participants will transcend any mental boundaries they may have had coming into the festival. Everyone is encouraged to get involved to create a mutually contributive and interwoven community. The aim is to co-create something beautiful that will never be forgotten… and surely that will happen.

The music lineup for Symbiosis Gathering is extraordinary; it’s unlike any lineup that I have ever seen, and that’s saying something! There is a completely diverse array of sounds and rhythms that will resonate throughout the forest and hills. Including some of the world’s most talented live musicians among the likes of STS9, Shpongle, Mount Kimbie, Hudson Mohawke, Emancipator, and Star Slinger, the bill is stacked and sure to please. The performances that I look forward to the most include RL Grime, Cashmere Cat, Lapalux, Ott, Phaeleh, Sun:Monx (one half of this duo is Opiuo and I have never seen them on a lineup), Kalya Scintilla, Michael Menert, Guadi, Random Rab, Bluetech, The Coup, Bird of Prey, Djemba Djemba, G Jones, The Human Experience, Kaminanda, Mr. Carmack, Zeb, Wala, and Thriftworks. There will be plenty of unique and quality sounds surrounding you, including elements of dub, IDM, eclectic bass, galactic, sacred dance, Edwardian ball, shamanistic, percussion, ambient, beatboxing, wind instruments, strings, lyricists… the list goes on. I really think that each of the musical acts will be stunning, thought-provoking, and the flowing lifeblood of the festival.

Another awe-inspiring aspect of Symbiosis Gathering will be art installations and stage designs (on four stages!). Everywhere you look there will be artists at work in tune with the rhythm of the gathering, as well as intricate yet vast installations open to interaction and interpretation. Other aspects of the gathering that I look forward to are ceremonies, comedic acts, delicious organic foods, healing, yoga, workshops, a marketplace, and psychedelic bingo (sounds intriguing!).

I am looking more and more forward to Symbiosis Gathering each day. I know it will be life-changing in more than one way and am excited to open my senses to new possibilities! Check out the Symbiosis Gathering website for more details and to purchase tickets, and get ready to drink some delicious liquid sunshine by the lake with us!

If you have any doubt in your mind that you want to come expand your soul and awaken your chakras at Symbiosis, check out the recap video from last year!

Bless your eardrums with this free mix of Symbiosis artists – you will not be disappointed!

Give this Symbiosis trailer a peek also… It’s whimsical and hilarious! “There are 100% less scorpions than last year!” 

Symbiosis Gathering 2013 with Micha and Leighton from Symbiosis Gathering on Vimeo.

See all of your shining faces there!

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Sonic Bloom 2013 Schedule | Afro Monk’s Custom Schedule

time June 11th by John-Michael authorTags: , ,

This years Sonic Bloom looks quite promising. Now that the schedule is out. I have decided to put together a list of recommendations and schedule for myself. There’s a lot of music to see and want to make my time there the most optimal. Every festival I have to decided what I want to see and get annoyed looking or finding the damn schedule. I usually make one for myself and take a picture of it or save the file to my phone so I can access it quickly and save battery life by putting my cell on airport mode. That way I can take photos, look at schedule, use flash light, and more while not draining my battery.

Here is the FULL Schedule as well as individual days:





I’ll be uploading my own personal schedule before the festival!
Be sure to be on the look out for it.

- Afro Monk

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Emissions West Coast Bass Culture | Festival Review

time June 5th by Taradactyl authorTags: , , , , , ,

Wow… Emissions! I haven’t stopped beaming since I left Belden Town. Still vibing off of that incredible weekend! It was seriously soul melting, mind bending goodness…. the kind of soul melting wherein a massive pot of glistening liquid gold is created from radiant auras fusing together as one.  I could feel everyone’s true essences around me. Throughout the festival the stoke was so high everywhere you looked. Shenanigans, good cheer, and beauty were all breathed into Belden that weekend. Actually, I think our spirits still resonate in the woods there.

Since Emissions I still daydream of wandering aimlessly throughout the grounds… under lovely tree arches and into the camp of some gnomes or wood pixies or river goddesses, along the flowing water where lovers lie in hammocks, through galleries of awe-inspiring four-dimensional artwork, to a bumpin’ renegade cabin party, through the marketplace with masters of artisan craft, to the beautifully made stages laced with body thwomping bass, to the everclear river waters with friends galore on floaties. Never a dull moment in that place. One thing I really loved about Emissions was observing (well… partaking in rather) the juxtaposition of day and night. One moment it was pleasantly hot and we were all frolicking in the icy yet refreshing river… the next it was dark so the freaks and night wolves came out to play and howl at the moon. The collection of people was as amusing as it was inspiring. We’ve got grungy gremlin types who are looking for trouble, giggling day trippers sipping on mimosas, elder wanderers with wisdom etched into the wrinkles in their skin, straight ragers doing beer bongs on rafts, gorgeous wood nymph ladies dancing, artists seeking a canvas for their next masterpiece, and a plethora of other characters. And the beauty of it is that I never witnessed any sort of clash between these vastly different individuals; we came together as one in harmony and appreciation for life and bass. Weekend warriors unite.

The performers and PK Sound systems were ON PAR. I will admit that I can be picky with my music and am not one to hesitate to express when I’m not really digging something. I don’t think that happened once throughout Emissions… there wasn’t a moment where I wasn’t feeling the groove of the music and amazing people surrounding me! I guess that’s what happens when you bring the vital forces of the west coast bass music scene together as one in collaboration and manifestation. I know that I as well as every other participant wholeheartedly recognize and appreciate what went down that weekend!

Big ups to Camp Question Mark, PK Sound, all of those who worked hard to make the weekend what it was, and especially to the bass family for joining in for an unforgettable time. Oh, and also to the guy who acquired a loving pet squirrel while on acid during The Polish Ambassador’s set. Too good not to mention.


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