Today, Becky Hill released the third episode of her podcast, TheArt of Rave. Over the course of the series Becky discusses rave culture with some of its legendary pioneers, including DJ Zinc, Andy C, Pete Tong, Sister Bliss, Groove Armada, Fabio & Grooverider and more.
In episode three of TheArt of Rave Becky and Roni Size cover a wide range of topics including: how the ‘Size’ in Roni Size came from “a dating game vibe”; the 90s Bristol music scene, the evolution of Reprazent and their groundbreaking ‘live’ sound, winning a Mercury Music Prize, why Roni’s first record was released under someone’s else name, how Margaret Thatcher killed the free party (with the criminal Justice and Public Order Act in 1994), ‘digital reggae’ and David Rodigan, how the rave scene has moved on and ravers’ dancing has moved on with it(from “giraffes” to mosh pits).
As with all Becky’s guests on The Art of Rave, Roni Sizebrings along records that mean or say something to him, whether that’s because they’re by an artist that influenced him, remind him of a specific place or time, or feature a beat that defined his sound. These records are: “Under Me Sleng Teng” by Wayne Smith, “Pressure Dub” by Ability ii, “Rhythm Takes Control” by Unique 3 and “Wicked Ones” by 3 Way Split with DJ Easygroove.
Meanwhile, Becky selects the Roni Size (& Reprazent) record that exemplifies why she handpicked him as a guest for the series: “Brown Paper Bag.”
While Becky Hill has an irrefutable aptitude for writing chart smashing pop music, her roots are firmly ensconced in electronic music. The Art of Raveprovides the perfect platform for Becky to delve deep into the dance music scene she is so passionate about.
Episode 3 of Becky Hill’s The Art of Rave podcast is available here.
Hot on the heels of her new single “Heaven On My Mind” breaking into the UK Official Charts Top 40, hit-making singer-songwriter Becky Hill releases the first episode of her podcast, The Art of Rave. Over the course of the series Becky discussed rave culture with some of its legendary pioneers, including Andy C, Roni Size, Pete Tong, Sister Bliss, Groove Armada, Fabio & Grooverider and more.
In episode one of The Art of Rave Becky and DJ Zinc cover a wide range of topics including: Pirate Radio, how technology has transformed the landscape, the evolution of drum ‘n’ bass and jungle, being a “human Shazaam,” the definition of a “golden era,” genre bending and hopping within the scene, and parenthood.
As with all Becky’s guests on The Art of Rave, DJ Zinc brings along three records that mean or say something to him, whether that’s because they’re by an artist that influenced him, remind him of a specific place or time, or feature a beat that defined his sound. These records are: “It Is What It Is” by Rhythm is Rhythm, “Terminator” by Goldie and “Jack Got Jacked” by AC Slater (Jack Beats remix).
Meanwhile, Becky selects the DJ Zinc record that exemplifies why she handpicked him as a guest for the series. “Creeper” (ft. Dynamite MC) is her “biggest and favourite” track of his, citing the life-changing moment she heard it blasting through her elder brother’s bedroom door, which sparked her long lasting love for drum n bass.
While Becky Hill has an irrefutable aptitude for writing chart smashing pop music, her roots are firmly ensconced in electronic music. The Art of Rave provides the perfect platform for Becky to delve deep into the dance music scene she is so passionate about.
Episode 1 of Becky Hill’s The Art of Rave podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, the Acast app, and all other podcast platforms today.
Following the enormous success of the first Digital Mirage Festival, Los Angeles based independent electronic music brands Proximity and Brownies & Lemonade have announced their return to the virtual festival community with Digital Mirage 2, slated to take place June 5-7, 2020.
Over the span of three days in April, Digital Mirage made its mark as one of the first major live-streamed music festivals, drawing in over one million attendees across the weekend. The event raised over $300,000 to benefit Sweet Musicians Relief Fund, a charity committed to supporting musicians and music industry professionals whose primary income source has been severely affected due to the effects of COVID-19. Audience members were graced with fifty performances from artists like Alison Wonderland, SOFI TUKKER, Valentino Khan, TOKiMONSTA, Louis the Child, Chet Porter, Mija, Ghastly, Keys N Krates and more.
As part of the June event, streamers that tune in can once again expect a heavy hitting lineup with artists and producers representing all walks of the electronic music industry. Performances will include a live loop set from turntablist extraordinaire A-Trak, bass legend Baauer, hard-edged label boss Boys Noize, electro-pop selector Elohim, saxophone wielding GRiZ and a Redux set from renowned house veteran Kaskade. Further streams will be provided by leading Aussie export and
Beats1 broadcaster Anna Lunoe, GUD VIBRATIONS leader NGHTMRE, a unique Concertgebouw Set from Oliver Heldens, pristine future bass from San Holo, melodic mastery by SG Lewis, genre blending by Two Feet, a singular set from electronic powerhouse ZHU, and dramatic alt-pop from breakout star EVAN GIIA amongst many others.
Digital Mirage was one of the pioneering digital music festivals that shaped the direction of the live music industry at the start of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order. All proceeds will be donated to Plus1’s Fund for COVID-19 relief and artists performing the festival. The festival, completely free of charge, generates funds through participant donations.
With a prior reputation for fostering dedicated internet-based communities, Proximity, Brownies & Lemonade and Keel represent the next wave in music entrepreneurs aimed to foster the future of the global music industry.
RSVP for the festival here and find more information here.
At the peak of the year, music, beats and dancing brought together a crowd of 10,000 attendees to Costa Rica for 2020’s Ocaso Underground Music Festival – the world’s largest rave in the jungle. Even the leatherback turtles, howling monkeys and crocodiles were head bobbing.
The Ocaso Underground Music Festival, which engaged on January 9th – 13th, united travelers, ticos and seasoned ravers alike to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, off the coast of the Pacific Ocean for five days of electronic music bliss. The jubilee was established by founder Devin Ellis in 2018; and it just culminated its fourth semester, with plans to return in January 2021, proving a successful run for one of the most emerging EDM festivals on the planet.
What makes this carnival so sui generis, aside from a stellar bill of DJs including Maceo Plex, Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, Shiba San, Seth Troxler and Artba, might just be the visually striking and lushful setting of CR. The grounds, known as the Lesenda Retreat, centers around a trilithic stage composed of metal trusses for performers, complete with a towering geometric visual screen synchronized to the music, pulsating lasers, fog machines, pyrotechnics and go-go dancers. Apart from hypnotizing technical components conjured up by architectural wizards, the surrounding landscape and warm weather provided a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy the fiesta in, enhanced by art installations sprinkled throughout, providing a truly remarkable habitat.
Let’s talk about the sound! Imagine being at the On The Run II tour with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, state-of-the-art subwoofers and tweeters pinging throughout the venue, delivering clean and crisp vibrant instrumentation. Of course, this added fan excitement to every set.
Viewers were able to use tokens for transportation, food and drinks, providing added security from petty theft and loose cash. Overall safety was key with tons of guards at every entrance alongside of roaming escorts. We all wore sparkly color-coded wristbands to identify our level of participation – GA vs VIP. Staff members wore official reflective tanks and shirts to be easily accessible.
A short 15 minute-bus drive on a vintage yellow school bus brought participants to the festivities. Guests were offered an assortment of carte du jour options to replenish their prance-exhausted bodies with a number of locally and globally known chefs preparing flatbread pizzas, gyros, keto bowls, tacos as well as protein shakes.
Saturday was the most distinctive night of the event, with people from all over the globe, dressed in their most eye-catching ensembles, echoing the avant-garde fashion of other fairs such as EDC, Ultra, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella. Ocaso brought a parade of colors infused with futuristic and organic elements blended seamlessly into garbs straight out of an alien planet, welcoming and embracing all.
The festival wrapped with a pool party at base camp, the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas. After a five-day outer body experience of infectious dance music, a sort of culinary delights, cozy lodging options, and the beautiful backdrop of the rugged rainforested, Central America, this is one masquerade which many should add to their list.
Missed out on the fun this year? Don’t fret, as the festival plans to return the weekend of January 7-11, 2021. Ticketing packages from this past year ranged from $19.00 to $59.00 for single day passes, a two-day Friday and Saturday pass for $89.00 and a 5-day-full-weekend pass for $119.00, a great deal for those who can’t get enough from just one night. So ravers, start planning your next vacation, because this is an experience any party animal should dive into.
Besides the #RaveInTheJungle, The city of Tamarindo itself possesses a plethora of thrilling activities: ziplining, horseback rides on volcanic trails; ATV tours; surfing and dolphin-watching sailing tours.
If you are seeking additional dining/nightlife options outside of the fête, be sure to check out the following:
Pacifico Club (http://www.pacifico-costarica.com/beach-club/), Sharky’s Bar (http://sharkysbars.com/), Long Board BBQ, Chinese Food (directly across from Vista Villas) and Bamboo Sushi Club.
Just down the road was the luxurious Tamarindo Diria hotel, which features a lobby side pool/hot tub, an array of cabanas with an outside bar/dining deck as well as private beach access to make any jovial attendants experience an unforgettable rave-cation.
6,000 EDM-loving college students filed into the Shrine Expo Hall Thursday prepared to dance the night away. The floor and balcony were packed as Chris Lake and Fisher took to the stage at their sold out show. Throughout the evening, a horde of fans pulsed to every beat the B2B DJ’s created.
At 10:00 pm, the mob of music lovers got rambunctious in anticipation of their performance. Minutes afterwards, the lights were dimmed and the audience began to cheer. Bright lights flashed, the beat began to intensify and the EDM lovers got even rowdier. Fisher and Chris Lake came out and started to perform mixes of different songs. The duo kept the audience engaged by switching between different beats and songs like “Crowd Control.” As soon as the track commenced, the fans began jumping up and down as well as singing along to the lyrics.
Chris Lake then played hit song, “Turn Off the Lights,” featuring Alexis Roberts. The LED lighting technology was in succinct to every beat of the record. At times, almost blinded the hypersensitive congregation, but they didn’t appear to mind. The night came to a culmination when Fisher played “Losing It.” He added synthetic melodies which made it more enchanting than the studio version. The crowd absolutely lost it, singing at the top of their lungs until the lights turned back on.
Exchange LA [EXLA] is one of Los Angeles’ premier performance venues with an occupancy of 1500 people – it’s architecturally stimulating with a Vegas-style ambience.
Lots of A-list celebrities, top level corporations and Grammy award-winning EDM DJs like Benny Benassi (former 360 cover star) have held celebratory events and/or headlined the space. State-of-the-art sound system alongside of projector screens and pyrotechnics will leave a permanent impression on your cerebral cortex.
‘The Wall’ which sits directly behind the DJ booth is literally loaded with LED clarity.
Unlike many of LA’s emerging venues, Exchange LA offers not only bottle service, but also VIP entry and rooms to savor an intimate night with close friends inside this four story venue. For just approximately a $100 (prices vary every weekend depending on the artist and show) – you’ll receive 3 drink tickets, unlimited non alcoholic beverages with balcony access.
Situated at 618 S. Spring in downtown Los Angeles, this will continue to be one of LA’s best nightlife experiences with an attractive diverse 21+ crowd that’s dressed to impress.
Every year music lovers are inundated with obnoxiously priced festivals featuring notable artists. Over the past few years, Splash House [SH] seems to have cured our summer woes with a three-venue, a Vegas – style mirage in Palm Springs: the Renaissance, the Riviera Resort and the Saguaro properties.
For those of who appreciate deep house and bubbling under the radar EDM artists like Mija and Fisher, this is your destination. With no dirty turnstiles or porta potties, plenty of in and outs (depending on capacity) alongside of actual local and franchised eateries at your fingertips, SH has the brightest future of any experience introduced in recent years. Some packages include all properties while others encompass lodging as well as after hours at the Air Museum. And, the producers have made it super easy for half-clothed partygoers to hop around to each location with complimentary shuttle buses. Over the past two seasons, Splash Mates have witnessed sold out dates with trendy +21 tamed crowds.
So if you are seeking a forum to nurture lasting friendships coupled with groovy music, fun and non-stop activities, then list Splash House on your calendar for 2019.
Tonight, American Airlines and Mastercard presented The Chainsmokers (consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart)
at The Wiltern in Koreatown LA. The event was easily accessible via Metro LA [subway/trains] and ride-sharing apps. It was truly a whimsical experience coupled with pyrotechnics and special effects. Upon entrance, VIP guests were provided oversized glow sticks alongside of gift bags. The venue exhibited eye-catching architecture both inside and out. After gaining access, rewarded guests quickly made their way to various open bar stations sprinkled throughout the complex. Small bites in conjunction with numerous step and repeat banners constantly kept us alert with a plethora of blinking lights. The overall execution was an EDM fan’s dream and encapsulated the innate energy of the electronica genre. Their set was absolutely phenomenal, performing crowd favorites like “Closer” and “Don’t Let Me Down.”
The Chainsmokers will return to LA on July 24th at the Hollywood Palladium. You can check out their latest video “Somebody” here.
Danish producer-performer Kölsch is performing today on the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The DJ set is being streamed from 1800 CET – 1915 CET. Watch the live stream on Kölsch, Cercle Music, and Eiffel Tower‘s Facebook pages. Over 15 million viewers are expected to tune into the captivating sunset spectacle on October 16, so don’t miss out on being one of them!
Rune Reilly Kölsch is coming off of an extremely successful summer. Following a string of high profile festival shows and the release of critically-acclaimed album “1989”, his 3rd and final chapter in an autobiographical album trilogy with German label Kompakt, this Eiffel Tower performance is a great cap to a perfect summer for the DJ. Kölsch will set off on a worldwide tour to promote “1989”. He will be touching down in major cities like Miami, London, Berlin, New York, Melbourne, and more. Check out Kompakt’s site for more information on Kölsch and how to score tickets to see him perform at one of the stops on his tour.
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