A Journey Through Transformational Festivals is an online documentary web series that is being put together mainly about west coast music festivals. The four part series focuses around the festival community and events that took place over the summer of 2012.
The last post I made was about Electronic Awakening and covers the history and community that has evolved over the years. It seems like this webseries seems to be covering a lot of different topics as well but targets the festivals of 2012.
This year I’ve attended nearly 10 festivals across the States. I can’t tell others enough about my journey this year. The summer of 2012 will never be forgotten in my life. The adventures that I had this summer will forever impact who I am and who I will become. The trailer above is comprised of footage taken from Symbiosis 2012. Symbiosis 2009 I missed but made it a point to make sure that I attend this years event. Out of all the festivals I attended Symbiosis is the one gathering I’ll never ever stop talking about. There have been ideas running through my head about putting something together that I can show others to help showcase all these event.
A Journey Through Transformational Festivals will be released in four episodes over the course of 2013. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they put together. The first episode won’t be out till February 2013 but they recently put out a small video together titled The Bloom which can be found below.
The Bloom gives us a bit more insight into the different areas each video will concentrate on as well as a collection of festivals they were at. It’s great to see coverage of all these events as many people are completely aware of these events. The outdoor festival community is quite a unique tribe as it’s a completely different experience from traditional club/bar events. The attire, dance, food, personality, spirituality, music, etc is something that I believe everyone should experience. I hadn’t attending an outdoor camping event till Lightning in a Bottle 2009 and it changed my life forever. I had been to events like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra, and others but these events are so vastly different when it comes to these west coast festivals.
I can’t wait till February 7th, 2013 as it is the confirmed date for the first episode, The Peak Moments of Our Lives. Based on my personal accounts of this summer I know that the title seems quite fitting. Be on the look out for more information at The Bloom
EPISODE 1: “The Peak Moments Of Our Lives” (February 7th, 2013)
EPISODE 2: “The Parties Are Practice”
EPISODE 3: “A Sense Of Mythos & The Sacred”
EPISODE 4: “Reinhabiting The Village”
Electronic Awakening is documentary put together by Andrew Johner about the rave/festival culture. It’s one of the better films I’ve watched about the current scene today. The focus is on overall community that has been built and the culture it has started across the world.
The documentary covers tons of interviews from key players in the community from visionary artist, authors, musicians, promoters, and many others who have contributed to this giant movement. If you’ve never been to a large outdoor electronic festival this film will give you a glimpse into the festival scene.
I can’t tell you how many flashbacks and amazing memories rushed back into after watching the film. It’s astounding how big the culture and community has grown. There are small tribes and groups of people coming together all across the world building these events and coming together to celebrate life, love, music, art, and creativity. I’ve had to luxury of attending my first festival in 2009 which changed my life. Growing up in Miami, FL and big city life I never had been exposed to such events or strong community. Lightning in a Bottle was when I discovered this massive awakening inside. There is nothing like sharing these moments in time dancing, networking, sharing ideas, and coming together. I’m very isolated living in Miami and must travel to these events to feel like I belong. These events bring all of us together and awaken a deeper consciousness to the things around us. There are so many unique and different people out there who we may never encounter in our day to day life but these festivities give us an outlet of expression in any which way we want to use.
This film is something I recommend to many as it shows that even if there are politics, popularity contest, and more that we deal with in this community we need to focus on the greater good. There is more than drugs, sex, and music in this culture. Despite as tainted as it seems and almost a revitalization of the hippie movement there is a greater good at work which brings us all together. This films covers so many different aspects that make me proud to be part of this movement. All the interviews, music, video footage, etc… really give you a small taste and glimpse of this giant community.
jOBOT is back for more! After releasing a FREE ep, Gratitude, he’s releasing another one! I didn’t expect this but it makes a lot of sense. This EP is a lot more focused on the dance floor and it bumps.
The first intro track, Be You Auto, seems to have left off where gratitude ended but as soon as you’re getting all cozy the vibe of the track warps into hyper drive. It’s a great intro track that warms you up and blast you into a crazy funky tornado. There’s no end to it once you’ve been sucked in. I Can’t Keep Doing This takes you into a 8bit arp storm filled with wet bass all over the place. The balance and flow of this track has some dynamic range which will allow you to experiment with on it on all sorts of levels. Hundos picks the beat back up and sends you into a funky midtempo vibe. This track is where I feel Joe really shines and showcases his understanding of bass music. It’s weird, groovy, and fun but most of all, it’s a dance party. Until Tender is the title track and probably my favorite off this EP. It’s your signature midtempo bass track that makes you want to move. The textures of the bass really add a lot to the track. It’s as if Love and Light, Skrillex, and Opuio had a child together. Those wet bass lines mixed with electro disco thrash make for a great combination I’ve been hearing more often. Overall this release was not something I had anticipated but it comes at a great time where I’m spending a decent amount of time with midtempo dance moods.
I’ve had the luxury of having a few encounters around this dude. I purposefully use the term Dude because this guy is pretty much that. He’s one of the funniest people I’ve been around in this community. Always goofing around and making everyone laugh. Not to mention the guy is one of the prime players in the Steak Tribe. One thing that I’ve always found interesting about Joe is that he’s an exceptional bass player. It’s something I hear you have to experience yourself to fully grasp. I can’t wait till something comes of that. Another thing that I can’t help but mention is this guys spectrum of music. There’s a few tracks that I have of his back from the day and it’s some of the most beautiful stuff I’ve heard. This guy has one hell of a voice. I had the pleasure of seeing him play an early morning set at LIB 2011 thanks to ill-esha yelling at me to wake up and I’ll always thank her for that because it was one of the best sets I’ve experienced in a festival environment.
Be sure to keep a watch out for the release of Until Tender on November 5th!
The Do Lab does it right as always! This years line up looks incredible! I can’t wait to see all your faces and see all my friends on the West Coast. You will find the AfroMonk.com family there in full force! I’ve bolded all the acts i’m most excited about!
We will have more coverage as time progresses!
Much Love to The Do Lab and everyone part of this event
So first things first – how can you not want to give a listen to a group that calls themselves Robotic Pirate Monkey? This fun trio from Boulder, CO brings the heat in their 4th release, Colors in Disguise. The nine-track album is upbeat, unique, and all-embracing; it provides an easy listening, soundtrack of your life kind of feel. Sprinkled with vibrant melody, tasteful samples, and resonant bass, the dynamic album leaves you with a feeling of bliss and exuberance. I have already been consistently listening to and really digging Rio de Fuego, which they released quite some time ago. The rest of the album is nothing short of brilliant! I love the deepness of Moon on the Man; the pulsating bass had me grooving in my chair at work. I think that Pantone Polygamy might be my favorite overall as I tend to lean towards synthy vivacious tunes.
I caught these guys at Lightning in a Bottle 2010 and have to say I really enjoyed their live set. They seem like the kind of guys you’d want to kick back and crack open a beer or light one up with. I’m also stoked to see them again at SnowGlobe on New Years Eve – if you’re at the festival (which you should be – the lineup is insane), make sure you don’t miss Robotic Pirate Monkey!
Grab Robotic Pirate Monkey’s free new release, Colors in Disguise, here.
Of Porcelain aka Josh Mayer is no joke my favorite producer. Anyone who has ever talked to me about producing music eventually knows that my biggest influence would be Of Porcelain. The downtempo trip-hop artist is most well known by his other alias Ooah of The Glitch Mob. He also has other projects he is part as well such as PantyRaid and The Seedling Escape.
Josh has created such an impression with me that he’s probably one of the few artist out there that still feel starstruck whenever something appears from him. Despite recently seeing him preform with MartyParty as PantyRaid at Lightning in a Bottle he regained my faith that there’s a possibility of some more Of Porcelain or melodic sexy music still inside him after that underwhelming Superior EP. Watching him play you could see Marty jumping up and going crazy during the heavy aggressive basslines and you could see Josh just chillen grooving. It was obvious when Josh picked a tune as you could see him swaying to the chill beat and getting into it and see Marty just standing there. It’s interesting to see and hear the obvious differences in their music today. You can really tell the parts Marty wrote and the parts Josh wrote.
This new track by Of Porcelain brings so much faith back into music and where I first fell in love with chill glitchy beats. Ooah’s most recent track on soundcloud The Love I Need almost left me questioning if he was just experimenting or changing his sound towards this new direction PantyRaid was going for. He is extremely busy now with the upcoming Glitch Mob tour and has quite the insane life touring with Marty as well so I can only hope after the tours tone down we will see Of Porcelain revisited or hell even The Seedling Escape. Kitty D has been on a role as well and still has that unique sound which continues to stray away from the heavy bass beats. I can’t tell you how disappointing it is to see so many others fall to the trap of making heavy dance floor bangers.
Josh, Thank you for what you do and the music you create. I think I speak on behalf of many of your fans and lovers of music when saying this: PLEASE Of Porcelain album is way long overdue and in this brostep era something beautiful is needed baddddd. Take your time. BUT please everyone is craving something new with those hypnotic tones you’ve shown in the past. See you at the Dallas date if not out of town for a show. Much Respect & Love.
Grab the NEW Of Porcelain tune off the Seek Sick Sound Comp Vol. 2
Gladkill, will always be a legend in my book. I’ll never forget when he first caught my ear when he entered The Glitch Mob contest. I was completely star struck once I spending more time checking out his work. I made it a mission of mine to push this guys sound like no other. I’ll never forget getting his short mix for his last release Ghostwork. I had just moved to Dallas that week-end and I must of listened to it 10x in a row. I played it to my good friend Gooddroid and she even was impressed considering she is one of the pickiest out there like myself.
Fast forward to todays world and I just was in California for Lightning in a Bottle where I got to see Boris aka Gladkill show the west coast bass scene how it’s done proper. It was his debut of his new release to a large crowd. It was a honor to see him received so well. Boris has become one of the closest people to me whether he sees it or not haha. He’s the one dude that I see walking around and can relate to the most. His attitude and take on this whole thing is one of the most humbling I’ve seen so far. He is one of people I always enjoy running into and just kicking while walking around and lightning up with whoever is around. It doesn’t hurt that his music and style is probably some of the best in my ears.
Boris has matured a lot in this EP since his last Ghostworks release. You can hear a deeper and more developed sound. The release flows smoothly with tones you are familiar with when it comes to Gladkill yet has a bit more depth and feel to it. I had the pleasure of hearing some of this while it was being finished up and wow you can really hear a difference in quality and improvement over the past couple months of following his music.
I can’t wait for you all to experience Lovelost! June 13th marks its official release on Made in Glitch. Also expect to see his remix of ill-esha’s Only Fair to appear as it instantly became an instant classic in my book after my first listen of it. Keep watch for Gladkill coming to a festival near you. He’s on fire right now melting hearts on stage at many of this years major events. Expect a mini mix of Lovelost to appear soon as it will be added here once I get it =)
Nothing but tons of respect and love for my good friend Boris.
Truly one of the great producers of our time.
I’m glad to call him a friend and have had opportunity to spend a good amount of time around him.
ill-esha, one of the most talented and beautiful women in the business has recently put out a small EP, Cherry Blossoms, out on TrueScoreTheory. The title track features her hypnotic vocals and signature bass sounds we have all come to love.
Along with her title track comes a group of all stars that take their stab at what they’ve taken from this track. All of the remixes are full throttled with extra bass and dance floor ready. The legendary Trillbass squad dialed in a heavy hitting remix that builds up and drops seamlessly. East coast bass king Mindelixir produces another mind tingling remix which gives you a small preview of what his next full LP might sound like. Lastly Dan Wall and Ron Gee close this EP off with some fire business.
Be sure to catch ill-esha while she’s tour all over the States. Can’t wait to see her again on my adventure to Lightning in a Bottle this year!
Stephan Jacobs is interesting in his fans to help him out a bit. He is getting ready a lot of shows ahead and his laptop is on verge of dying due to all the changes. After talking to him a bit he told me that as he is gearing up a whole new live setup with some new toys and now running solely WAVs instead of Mp3s and his laptop is starting to give up.
Stephan decided that he’d put some of his work hard work up for sale to help raise the money for a new laptop. He is selling some of his NI Massive patches that he has built. Any starting producer or even experienced one could get a lot of value out of this $15 package. This is a way to help a fellow musician out as well as gain some knowledge on what one of the rising stars has been doing.
Not only has he decided to sell this product he put together but he’s also giving away his Emancipator – When I Go remix as a sign of good faith. This track explodes and has such great depth to it.
Be sure to be on the look out for Stephan as he embarks on some exciting shows such as Coachella next week and Lightning in a Bottle at the end of May. I’m looking forward to catching up with him as it seems like awhile now. Also word on the street is he has been working closely with Love and Light on some tunes… Who knows what’s ahead with that… A collab EP, tour, etc… ? The world may never know but expect something…
Lightning in a Bottle Pre-sales are available TODAY only (Monday 2/28)!
If you’re not familiar with Lightning in a Bottle you might have heard people calling it LIB. It’s a festival hosted by The Do Lab in California and promises some of the best music related in the Glitch-Hop, Whomp, Dubstep, Live Electronica, and Bass. This year the event will take place May 27th – 30th.
I am constantly asked about festivals and if I ever recommendation any it’s going to be LIB every time. Imagine top quality production with some of the freshest producers and DJs featured along with tons of breathe taking art, workshops, speakers, and more!
Pre-sales are $175 and will be at that price for only 24hrs. This post is a little late but JUMP ON THIS ASAP!
Official ticket sales begin tomorrow and will be priced at $195. The final price at the door if it doesn’t sell out will be $225. I’ll be honest with you, it won’t surprise me if this year it sells out.