Photos By Shane Duncan
Summer Set Music & Camping Festival (SSMF) is thrilled to announce the 2017 artist lineup for its sixth annual installment! The festival will return to the Somerset Amphitheater on Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 13, where attendees are invited to experience a truly unforgettable weekend of camping and fun under the sun in the picturesque fields of Somerset, Wisconsin.
This year’s headliners include the infamous bass music duo ZEDS DEAD (Friday), coming hot off the heels of their highly acclaimed 2016 debut LP Northern Lights, the chart-topping pioneer of dance-pop ZEDD (Saturday), heading to Summer Set fresh off his ACLU benefit concert, and the undisputed master of funk GRiZ (Sunday), still reeling from the success of his 2016-released studio album Good Will Prevail.
A wide spectrum of heavyweight acts include hybrid hip hop pair RUN THE JEWELS, deadly South African beat scientists DIE ANTWOORD, grandfather of trap music RL GRIME, Canadian dubstep powerhouse DATSIK, fiery up-and-coming hip hop star POST MALONE, champion of melodic dance music SEVEN LIONS, and energetic UK bass producer ZOMBOY.
Additional notable acts include soft-serve extraordinaire and rising dance music hero SLUSHII, vomitstep pioneer SNAILS, live electronic trio KEYS N KRATES, mysterious masked house wizard MALAA, acclaimed genre-bending beat maker responsible for the hit single "Thief"OOKAY, twisted scientist of dark and thrilling creations WOLFGANG GARTNER, ghoulish experimenter of bass music’s many forms GHASTLY, and founder of the West Coast’s HARD series DESTRUCTO. Alongside them fans will experience performances by soulful live beat crafter BIG WILD, coming off his celebrated 2017 EP Invincible, Brooklyn’s own explorer of futuristic feels and fire beats SPACE JESUS, the superman of off-the-wall bass music blissBLEEP BLOOP, groove-blasting trumpet maestro RUSS LIQUID and many more!
Known for showcasing an eclectic mix of hip hop, indie, and jam-style artists alongside some of electronic dance music’s most sought after producers and DJs, Summer Set continues to deliver a legendary and diverse lineup year after year. In 2016, Summer Set provided all-in-one ticketing options for the first time ever, and this year, festival-goers will have another chance to lock in their festival tickets and camping accommodations with one swift payment.
Festival Camping and VIP tickets are now on sale! Head over to summersetfestival.com to secure your tickets at the lowest available price.
In the coming weeks, fans can expect official after party announcements and the release of single day tickets. For the most updated information regarding Summer Set 2017, visitsummersetfestival.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.
*this article is a press release and the content is not original to Bass Feeds The Soul*
A Bass Feeds the Soul preview by: Soren Pietrangelo
Colorado will go intergalactic this weekend when bass music producer Jasha Tull, AKA Space Jesus, walks over the snowcapped mountains and steps behind the decks for a four-part tour through the bass capital. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jasha found his roots in hip-hop. The culture influencing the glitch-hop style sound that can be heard in throughout his productions. With a focus on a bass-line sound like no other, the one true son of the bass gods and goddess leaves many of his spectators in a state of suspended animation. They stand and watch in awe, their brains, minds, and bodies rewired and elevated to a new level of being through sound. Many others experience similar effects. However, they are alternatively found hanging off railings and balconies around Jashas loudest speakers, violently throwing out their backs.
Space Jesus encompasses you in futuristic sounds that are as vast as space itself. Jasah sells out shows all over the nation and has played some of the biggest festivals in this known galaxy, including Mysteryland USA, TomorrowWorld, Shambhala, and Electric Forest. He brings with him a cult following that is as dedicated as the most devout ministry, so while online sales for the remaining shows may be sold out it is worth braving any weather conditions or reaching out to friends to find your golden ticket. Space Jesus will resurrect Colorado bass heads from their post-Bassnectar slumber Feb 1st at the Animas in Durango, Feb 2nd at Agave, Feb 3rd in Boulder at the Fox, and lastly Feb 4th at the Scarlet in Central City. Keep an eye on the Bass Feeds The Soul Instagram for Live streams and videos of the experience. - Jesus Christ
Brothers Matt and Mark Hill (The Floozies) are bringing their special
brand of Funk to the Red Rocks stage Saturday October 8 th along with
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It's been nearly two years since Gramatik dropped his seminal album, The Age of Reason, in partnership with BitTorrent, quickly becoming the platform's third most downloaded artist in 2014. Since then Gramatik has embarked on several world tours, leaving only the occasional weekend off to record. He used the downtime wisely, crafting his most sonically sprawling and ambitious record yet. Today, fans are treated to the Slovenia-born producer's long-awaited new album, Epigram, released via his own label, Lowtemp Music.
Staying true to Gramatik's belief in "freeing music by making music free," the collection is available for free download, as well as at traditional paid download outlets, including iTunes and Beatport and streaming sites such as Spotify and Apple Music. He even treated his fans to an advance Epigram stream via THUMP a day early and discussed his reasoning for giving his music away for free in an exclusive interview with .Mic
With each new release, Gramatik further refines his approach to writing, recording and beat-making, constantly evolving, yet never losing focus of his roots. With Epigram, he's pushed this concept even further, delivering his most diverse collection yet with tracks ranging from soul to electro, pure hip-hop bangers to trap/dubstep hybrids. Much of Epigram was created by recording live musicians and then sampling and reimagining their parts into finished tracks.
"On my first few releases, I would sample music from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s that could be flipped in a cool way. I specifically like combining samples from like 5 or 6 different songs from different genres and different eras of music, taking bits and pieces of each song and warping and tuning them all together to form a new song. We call that collage sampling," explains Denis Jašarević aka Gramatik. "I still do that sometimes, but for Epigram I sampled my musician friends. It's a bigger challenge to make a good song that way, which helps me progress as an artist. You're also able to achieve a higher level of originality, if you're successful."
Epigram features collaborations with many notable artists, including NYC-based singer Leo Napier, and Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon who both dig deep on the album's socially-charged first single "Native Son." Napier is also featured on "Native Son Prequel." ProbCause lays down several verses over Gramatik's driving beat on "Back To The Future," and later joins forces with Adrian Lau for "Satoshi Nakamoto." Other collaborators include the famous Slovenian underground group Laibach, Luxas on the cinematic electro funk protest anthem "Corporate Demons" and Russ Liquid on downtempo "Anima Mundi."
The album title also holds special significance and influence on the recording. "It's called Epigram because making a funny, bold and lucid point in just a sentence or two is an art form," says Gramatik. "They're like a punch in the brain and often a key inspiration when thinking about a new song."
Gramatik is coming off his biggest year yet in 2015. He performed at festivals around the world, including Coachella, Bonnaroo, BUKU, Hangout, Electric Forest, Electric ZOO, Decadence, Sonar, Rock En Seine, Sziget Festival and more, while selling out theatres from New York City to Paris, and even the legendary Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado. It was at Coachella where Raekwon joined Gramatik on stage to premiere "Native Son." Another stand-out moment was Gramatik's track "Torture," with Eric Krasno on guitar, being used in the trailer of the critically acclaimed Netflix series,Narcos. Gramatik was again honored when award-winning journalist Lisa Ling featured him on her CNN show, "This is Life with Lisa Ling," which profiled the current EDM scene. In 2016, he's already confirmed to appear at festivals includingExit, Roskilde, Open Air St. Gallen, Dour, Amsterdam Open Air, Montreux Jazz 50th Celebration, Mysteryland USAand Osheaga.
Gramatik Tour Dates
Mar. 26 - Paris, FR - Zenith
Apr. 23 - Lille, FR - Zenith
May 27-29 - Chillicothe, IL - Summer Camp Festival
Jun. 3 - Clemont Ferrand, FR - Europa Vox Festival
Jun. 4 - Amsterdam, NL - Amsterdam Open Air
Jun. 5 - Bulligny, FR - Jardin Du Michel
Jun. 10-13 - Bethel, NY - Mysteryland
Jun. 17 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre ***
Jun. 30 - St. Gallen, CH - Open Air St. Gallen
Jul. 1-2 - Saint Denis De Gastines, FR - Au Foin De LA Rue Festival
Jul. 8 - Pont Du Gard, FR - Lives Au Pont Festival
Jul. 8-10 - Vallee De Ville, FR - Decibulles Festival
Jul. 14-17 - Bern, CH - Gurten Festival
Jul. 20 - Florence, IT - Decibel Open Air
Jul. 22 - Milan, IT - Market Sound (Chemical Brothers After Party)
Jul. 23 - Collegno, IT - Flowers Festival
Jul. 29-31 - Montreal, CA - Osheaga Festival
Aug. 11-14 - Darrington, WA - Summer Meltdown
***w/ Hippie Sabotage, Sweater Beats, The Geek X VRV
Gramatik Online & Socials
***This content is a press release and is not original to Bass Feeds The Soul***
Madison House Presents, best known as the organizing group behind Electric Forest, just confirmed the establishment of Colorado’s first 4-day music camping festival.Read More
There’s an undeniable truth that humanity is causing a lot of hurt to Mother Earth. As more people realize this fact, the niches for “being green” are becoming more populated than ever before. Some festivals such as Summer Camp Music Festival, Coachella, Outside Lands, Lightning in a Bottle, and ARISE (just to name a few) have taken initiatives to be worthy of being called a “green festival”. However, what these festivals truly depend on, to be considered sustainable, is for their attendees to think green as well. This festival season, let’s be the most eco-conscious generation that’s ever lived and maybe together we can start making global change.
Here are tons of easy tips to be nice to Mother Earth during your festival tour.
Minimize & Carpool
As almost a no-brainer, the easiest way to make your festival tour more eco-friendly is to carpool to and from the festival. If you insist on driving, try to pack as many people as comfortably possible in your car. Splitting gas costs between more people uses less fossil fuel, makes the economics of the trip more affordable, and it’s also a great opportunity to meet new friends. Additionally, if you can minimize the amount of stuff you bring along, your vehicle will have less weight in it, which means better gas mileage. Perhaps you have to rent a car – consciously look for a car with better MPG and more compact. If you’re flying in, do your research on eco-conscious airlines (Virgin America, United, JetBlue, Delta in that order).
Choose festivals that are eco-friendly and make obvious effort to be sustainable
There are hundreds of festivals across the globe, but only a few have made conscious effort to cut back waste. Take ARISE Festival in Colorado for example: they plant a tree for each ticket sold. Envision in Costa Rica has their Leave No Trace initiative coupled with a ban on plastic water bottles. If a festival is considered “eco-friendly”, they will most likely have a page on their website that describes exactly how they are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint.
Bring reusable or recyclable materials
Avoid the SOLO cups if you can, and definitely bypass the styrofoam when shopping for supplies. Gather some reusable items such as water bottles, plates (which you can simply rinse off after you’re done using), and a towel instead of paper towels and plates. If you just don’t think it’s realistic for you, then by all means buy the plastic and paper supplies, but please make sure you are putting it in the recycling bins located around the festival grounds at the end of the weekend. If the quality of water on the festival grounds is questionable, rather than stocking up on plastic water bottles, know that there are lots of affordable, reusable water bottles with filters built in.
Share between people/friends/nearby campsites
Speaking of campsite supplies, many of the items not used during the festival just go to waste. Either bring just enough that you know you’ll need, or take the opportunity to share your supplies with your neighbors if you do happen to bring too much. Really it just comes down to reducing the trash you create.
Charge your phones, lanterns, and other electronics on solar panels
Everyone should have a solar panel regardless. Solar panels come in use for so many different scenarios, so imagining all of its potential uses for a festival is easy. Don’t be caught tied up to a charging station when your phone finally dies. Why not have a solar panel that is working all day off the energy of the sun rather than sucking more electricity out of the festival’s supply? There’s truly no downside to this one.
Donate unwanted goods
Perhaps you didn’t go through all of your food, or for some reason there isn’t room for the tent when packing up or maybe you’re even just so burnt out from the weekend you can’t muster up the energy to pack it all up. Instead of leaving it on the grounds for volunteers and staff to pick up once everyone’s left, take it with you and drop it off at a local charity or Goodwill on your way home. It will most likely end up as trash if it’s just left behind, when there are plenty of people in need.
Bring fresh food without wrappers
It isn’t always the most convenient or easy thing to do, but if there’s an option to buy something fresh rather than preserved in a wrapper, take it. Fresh food is better for you and the environment.
You already fit food into your budget, so why not make it a conscious effort to buy locally? Avoid KFCs and McDonald’s chains while on the road to and from the festival – supporting the local population helps their economy and in turn, makes it more enjoyable for the community when the festival hits each year. And again, it’s better for you, the environment, and it takes the money out of corporate hands and into the hands of locals to feed their families with – meanwhile stopping your support for factory farming as well.
It’s always a more genuine feel for the place you’re in if you check into a hotel that’s locally owned, from the quaint little rooms to the friendly staff. However, in any hotel you can remain eco-conscious by doing simple things such as making sure the housekeeping staff knows to not wash all the linens every day and turning off all the lights when you leave for the festivities. Unplug any chargers or styling tools and turn down the heat/AC when you’re not in need of it. Also, take your trash to the hallway trash receptacles if you can to minimize the amount of plastic trashcan liners being thrown out.
There are so many ways to think about the environment when on your festival circuit this summer. I mean, we only have ONE planet and too many people in this world have proved themselves to be complacent when it comes to being eco-conscious. Think about it this way: if we continue on our destructive and ignorant path, there will be no more nature to hold festivals on. We will all have to wear toxic gas masks and SPF 1000 to dance to our favorite musicians. Okay, dramatic, but… possible, so make 2016 the year that you care more about Mama Earth.
Written By: Jaelyn Kohl
Los Angeles based producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, David Block (a.k.a. The Human Experience) is back in Denver this month sharing the Cervantes stage with The Polish Ambassador and Ayla Nereo's collaborative duo, Wildlight.Read More
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(January 12, 2016 – New York, NY) A Great Big World announce dates for their Kaleidoscope 2016 North American headline tour today.
The jaunt sees the Grammy Award®-winning multiplatinum pop duo perform in major markets, beginning March 1 at The Mod Club in Toronto, Ontario Canada. The full itinerary is included below. Tickets go on-sale Friday January 15 atwww.agreatbigworld.com.
The group—Ian Axel and Chad King—will be on tour in support of their recently released second full-length album, When The Morning Comes [Black Magnetic/Epic Records], available now in stores and at all digital retailers [http://smarturl.it/WhenTheMorningComes].
A Great Big World consistently deliver engaging and energetic performances every time they hit the stage. Make sure to catch them on this tour!
Upon release, critics and fans enthusiastically embraced When The Morning Comes. Out claimed, “When The Morning Comes is an utter delight. For a quick fix, its optimistic take on love can take you through the emotional gauntlet that is cuffing season, but the record has more longevity than that and has more than a few evergreen indie pop standouts.”
Beyond The Stage Magazine said, “With their sophomore album, A Great Big World impress the listener with a stunning tracklist of pop melodies and heart wrenching songs that are perfect for any mood.” Idolator praised the record writing, “Instead of being suffocated by the weight of expectations, A Great Big World stick to their creative guns on sophomore LP When The Morning Comes and deliver an overwhelmingly optimistic collection of pop songs that are shaped by the joy of Ian’s upcoming nuptials and the honesty of Chad’s coming out.”
Stay tuned for more from A Great Big World very soon.
3/1/16 – The Mod Club – Toronto, ON
3/2/16 – The Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
3/4/16 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
3/5/16 – Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
3/6/16 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
3/8/16 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
3/9/16 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC
3/11/16 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
3/12/16 – The Loft – Atlanta, GA
3/13/16 – The Firebird – St. Louis, MO
3/17/16 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
3/18/16 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
3/19/16 – The Irenic – San Diego, CA
3/20/16 – The Center for the Arts – Grass Valley, CA
3/22/16 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
3/24/16 – The Rio Theatre – Vancouver, BC
3/25/16 - Star Theater - Portland, OR
3/26/16 – The Crocodile Cafe – Seattle, WA
3/28/16 – Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
3/29/16 – Belly Up Aspen – Aspen, CO
3/30/16 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
4/1/16 – Wooly’s –Des Moines, IA
4/2/16 – Fine Line Music Cafe – Minneapolis, MN
4/3/16 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
4/5/16 – Musica – Akron, OH
4/6/16 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
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Known for bringing a fun in the sun vibe to legendary dance venues, Electric Beach is an EDM focused concert-event series sponsored by the legendary alcohol brand Corona.Read More
INSOMNIAC AND MARQUEE DAYCLUB ANNOUNCE LINEUP FOR FOURTH ANNUAL ‘HALFWAY TO EDC’ LAS VEGAS
BUY TICKETS NOW AT insom.co/Halfway2EDC16
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 13, 2016) – Insomniac, the producer behind Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), in partnership with Marquee Dayclub, have released an incredible lineup for the fourth annual ‘Halfway to EDC,’ scheduled to take over the Marquee Dayclub Dome at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to sunset. The two music-filled days will give partygoers the chance to experience a small taste of the whimsy and positive energy of EDC Week and EDC Las Vegas 2016. Colorful décor, appearances by Insomniac’s iconic theatrical performers and many more surprises await fans over Valentine’s Day weekend.
The lineup for Halfway to EDC includes:
Saturday, Feb. 13
Sunday, Feb. 14
Local DJ talent performing: Brett Rubin, Crespo, Kiddo, Lema, Lisa Pittman, Mike Attack and Paul Ahi
Marquee Dayclub Dome’s 22,000 square foot blueprint offers vibrant lighting, high quality sound, eight grand cabana lounge areas, climate controlled dual-heated pools and more. A limited number of tickets for this 21 or over event are still available at insom.co/Halfway2EDC16. Single-day passes start at $25 for females and $35 for males, including fees.
From June 17 through 19, North America’s largest dance music festival will return to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to celebrate it’s landmark 20-year anniversary. EDC Las Vegas is now on sale here. For the most updated details regarding ‘Halfway to EDC’ and EDC Las Vegas, please visit Vegas.ElectricDaisyCarnival.com.
Audiotool is an up-and-coming online, digital music workstation and community, this means that it’s basically the school of rock for aspiring EDM artists. If that doesn’t catch your attention, then just know that it’s free- available to anyone with a computer and internet connection! If you’ve ever wanted to give producing a shot but lacked the cash or experience needed to start using professional music production softwares like Ableton or Logic Pro, you should consider Audiotool.
Based out of Cologne, Germany, the developers of Audiotool have been consistently updating it with new features and improved functionality since 2010. Its community has grown slowly but surely over the years, cultivating a group of talented artists and passionate followers numbering in the thousands. Users can remix each other’s work or share what they’ve made on other media platforms like Youtube, Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter. What’s even more amazing is the ability of users to collaborate with each other from all over the world.
As I mentioned before, it is free and available through your browser. Lack of charge does not at all detracted from the quality of the application. The developers have put countless hours of hard work into giving the community several synthesizers, drum machines, samplers, mixing devices, and effects to play around with. This adds up to a total of 50,000 device presets that the user can tinker with to find their ideal sound. On top of that, users have access to “an ever growing, community fed cloud-based library of over 250,000 samples.”
Aside from what the developers and community provide to Audiotool, you too can contribute your own sounds to the community. Through a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), you can create and upload your own melodies and beats with any synthesizers or drum machines you may have lying around. If you don’t have any of that fancy DJ equipment you can always upload recordings of acoustic instruments and vocals to use or remix in a track. Literally, the possibilities are endless when it comes to the potential that this application provides to its users.
The company welcomes beginners and insists that those without experience can manage the program well. It definitely takes some time to learn about all of the features that are available through each device, but the community is there to help. There are plenty of video tutorials on Youtube detailing the specific function of each obscure knob or button on the instruments and mixing devices that are available to the user. Audiotool also has its own wiki to explain the general function of each device, however it is less specific than the aforementioned video tutorials. If you hear a track posted by a fellow Audiotool member that you really like, you can always click the “remix” button to open up their work in the application to see how they produced the sounds that they did. Sometimes this can be more helpful in discovering how to produce a specific sound or effect that may not be explained in any video tutorials.
Audiotool is a powerful platform for aspiring artists to get their feet wet with digital music production.They plan on making some great leaps forward this year, hinting at the possibility of a brand new version of Audiotool being delivered to the community later this summer. They are promising to bring brand new features and improved performance. One such feature, which is quite a game-changer, is the possibility for live collaboration between users. So, I call on all music lovers, regardless of your musical taste, to join this community! Whether you choose to simply listen to what other users have published or create some music of your own, Audiotool is a wonderful online community to share your passion for music.
Written by: Pierre LaBelle
*Note none of the photos used in this article are property of Bass Feeds the Soul and Belong to their respective owners.
Who wouldn’t want to get monthly care packages in the mail? And who wouldn’t want to be sent a package are full of original art, t-shirts, stickers, and more? FestiDrops, a brand new company out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, does just that. Go online, choose your monthly subscription, and soon a festibox will be dropped at your door!
There are a few different options when it comes to your monthly subscription, ranging in price and package deals. Tier One, “The Simple Life,” is the most affordable going for only $10 a month! In the package you are sent one pin and a poster or print of original art. Tier Two, “The Good Life,” goes for $20 monthly. This option guarantees 2 pins, a piece of art in the form of a print or poster, a sticker pack, and the artist of the month piece. Tier Three “The High Life” goes for $35 a month and includes three pins, a piece from the artist of the month, a sticker pack and a festival clothing item or accessory which can be anything from a t-shirt to glass blown pendant. For $50 a month you can subscribe to a tier 4 package, “The Sweet Life,” which is loaded with festival goodies. Tier four includes 3-4 pins, a piece from the artist of the month, a sticker pack and festival apparel, which could range from t-shirts and pants to snapbacks!
There are also specialty packages, a Third-Eye Pinecone Package and a Couples package. The Third eye Pinecone package goes for $100 a month and sends you a pinecone (which retails at a minimum of $70) each month along with five pins, an article of festival clothing, a sticker pack and art of the month! The Couples package includes 4-6 pins, art of the month and one male and one female article of festival clothing!
Once you decide what package is the best for you, you sit back and wait for your goods to arrive! Once it does, it will look something like this:
The FestiDrop box will arrive at your door looking something like this the second week of every month.
Sticker Pack: The tier four option includes a sticker package, which gives tons of stickers featuring original art and designs.
The festival item can range from being a t-shirt, to a pair of pants even a snap back! This awesome Dead Bear t-shirt came with mine!
Artist of The Month piece:
You will also be sent a piece of art for the featured artist of the month! My package included these awesome prints:
Pins: Also included in my box were these awesome pins! The Kygo dreamcatcher is definitely my favorite!
Festival season is right around the corner, and that means music, hot weather and road trips, lots of road trips. Being in the car for hours at a time with friends can be a blast, but the traffic, late nights, and being in such small quarters can be rough. However, if you’re in Colorado looking to make it to Euphoria Music Festival in Austin, Texas you have a different option. The non-profit company Bus to Show is offering buses from both Denver and Boulder to and from the festival. Sit back and relax during the 14 hour drive and get your whole crew together to go! With headliners like Pretty Lights, Ghostland Observatory, STS9, RL Grime and more it’s sure to be one of the best festivals of the season. The buses are set to leave Thursday April 9th, and return Tuesday April 14th. Reserve your spots here!
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Music is who I am. Music has contributed to who I am as an individual. If you are like me you understand that music is a lot more than just lyrics and a beat. Music does so much for us, but so many of us are unaware of what it is able to provide. There are a lot of things in life that we cannot control. From the people we are forced to co-exist with on a daily basis to the obstacles thrown at us last minute, there a lot of things that are out of our range of control, which is why it is nice to be able to tune in, plug in, and turn up YOUR music.
Your playlist becomes this creation, this project that you somehow invested so much time into because music brings it all together. Think about the endless nights spent with the homies and the stories you are able to come up with; it is with certainty that there was a specific song or playlist associated with each and every one of them. These songs are filled with memories that create nostalgia when they come on shuffle. The instant that song comes on your mind rushes to that moment to reminisce, reflect, and depending on the stories, maybe regret a little too. These songs stay close to us because not only are they there to remind us of the good times, but they are there to remind us continue to make memories and stories to tell. As we grow up and get tossed around by life along with everything that comes with it, music is constantly growing with us and evolving, making it an even more exciting journey.
Sometimes the world can get a little hectic. Being able to tune out for a little is a soothing technique that allows us to take a step back and a breath. Whether it is on your way to class, work, or in your room cramming for either one of those music makes it that much more enjoyable. I think putting life on pause and playing the music is the best way to clear your head and be away from it all momentarily. Countless athletes, artists, and other performers use music to pump them up before the big game or the opening show, and just be ‘in their head’. Athletes specifically are proven to have a better game after listening to their entire prepared playlist that provides motivation for the player.
Our music proves to be a valuable element in our everyday lives, for it is something that is universal. Life is uncontrollable and the situations we are put in are sometimes unexpected and sometimes long awaited, but at the end of the day music is there to make it all seem a little easier. So appreciate music for what it is and see it for the simplicity that it brings to a world that is so complex.
Written By Taylor Robinson
When young people of the 2000s think of their grandparents, they often picture unfashionable plaid button-up shirts, the smell of mothballs, uninformed questions about technology, and all things outdated. One of those outdated things, usually, is music. However, the rise of a genre called electro-swing has made possible a shared taste in music between young people today and their grandparents. It is definitely a genre to look out for.
The original American swing music was most popular from 1935 to 1946, during a period known as the Swing Era. Bands were comprised of a section of brass instruments such as trumpets and trombones, and woodwinds such as saxophones and clarinets. Swing music often abandoned the string orchestra and used simpler, sometimes considered "edgier," arrangements with improvised melodies. With double-bass and drums underlying the brass and woodwinds, swing was characterized by its medium to fast tempos, and a swing-time rhythm that was easy to get up and dance to. The name “swing” came from the phrase “swing feel” which described the music’s emphasis on the off-beat, one of the components of swing that made it so different from classical music and gave it such groovy feeling.
By the late 1940s though, swing had either morphed into traditional pop music or evolved into new jazz styles such as jump blues or bebop. Be that as it may, the 1990s brought a surprising revival of swing, fusing it with modern music and creating the genre now called electro-swing. Electro-swing combines vintage swing with contemporary production techniques and the styles of house music and hip-hop. For this reason, it is also commonly referred to as “swing-house”. It incorporates loops, samples, and melodies that either reference or pull directly from the Swing Era, but layered with and supplemented by modern electronic music. Electro-swing creates a dance-floor focused sound catered to the modern ear but also retains the feeling of live brass, woodwinds, and most importantly the fun and energy of early swing. It is almost impossible to listen to electro-swing without smiling or feeling an urge to move with the music.
Two leading artists of the electro-swing movement are Parov Stelar and Caravan Palace. Austrian DJ and producer Parov Stelar released one of the first electro swing albums in 2004. The album is called Rough Cuts, and is considered to be the pioneer of electro-swing. Stelar has since released 8 albums and many other EPs. He is currently touring throughout Europe, and is known globally as a leader of swing-house. French electro-swing band Caravan Palace released their debut album in 2008, which reached #11 on the charts in Switzerland, Belgium, and France. They released another album in 2012 and went on an international tour, and are currently working on a third new album to be released sometime in 2015.
Though Parov Stelar and Caravan Palace are the big names of electro-swing, there are countless other producers entering the genre and gaining followers of their own. To mention a few: Boogie Belgique (Belgium), The Carlson Two (Germany), Shakti Bliss (U.S.), Grant Lazlo (France), Tallulah Goodtimes (UK), and Gangsterish (U.S.). These artists are part of a growing movement of electro-swing, bringing the liveliness of swing to the energy of electronic music. And who knows, perhaps soon it will not only be fans of EDM grooving to electro-swing, but nostalgic grandparents as well, who can show their grandkids what it was really like to get down to swing.
Written By Ashley Poindexter
Living in Colorado, we are blessed to have amazing shows come through our state every month! May is just around the corner, and these are the top 5 shows you need to make sure you attend!
5.) Primus and the Chocolate Factory with Fungi Ensemble w/ special guest Beats Antique
Red Rocks Amphitheater - May 7, 2015
It seemed equal parts genius and obvious when Primus decided to throw a Willy Wonka-themed show on New Year’s Eve last year. During the second set, Primus performed the soundtrack in its entirety. There were no words to describe the perfect combination of elements at that show, “It felt good. It felt like we needed to be doing this”, Claypool recalls seven months later during an interview. I guess it felt so good, that he decided to take Primus into the studio to prepare the soundtrack for an album release. Claypool has become Willy Wonka in order to get the full depth that he envisioned for the music, and is about to bring it all to Morrison, Colorado. He has added two celebrated players from his multi-band roster -- Mike Dillon and Sam Bass with the help from these two artists the show now incorporates the marimba, vibraphone, tabla and various strings, to bring some depth to the sonic landscape and really shift the mood around during his performance. The new sound gets dark and creepy yet maintains the groovy danceable music they are known for. This reinforced version of Primus featuring the Fungi Ensemble after Les’s last solo bandOur project is a remembrance of Gene Wilder and David L. Wolper’s, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This show will be an experience you will not want to miss, being able to see Claypool in a purple, velvet waistcoat and brown top hat is a must-see.
Get Tickets: http://www.axs.com/events/268577/primus-and-the-chocolate-factory-with-the-fungi-ensemble-tickets
4.) Global Dub Festival 2015 w/ Excision and Zomboy
Red Rocks Amphitheater– May 15, 2015
For the fourth year in a row, Global Dub is returning to Colorado at Red Rocks. Veterans of the festival, undead bass peddler Zomboy and Excision are the first to be revealed for this sub-shattering and ear-splitting adventure. Equipped with 150,000 watts of earth shattering bass, courtesy of PK sound, Excision is coming to Red Rocks ready to go past the sound requirements and blow everyone away. Zomboy will be taking on the heavy influence of “trap” but also incorporate some of the dirtiest dubstep beats that his fans will be mindblown to hear by his first drop.
Get Tickets: http://www.axs.com/events/256144/global-dub-festival-excision-tickets
3.) Tipper joined with the mystic visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey and the spellbinding performance with Android Jones
Red Rocks Amphitheater – May 16th, 2015
Expected to be one of the most out-of-this-world performances of the entire year, Tipper includes artists that offer a variety of psychedelic visuals unlike any that have ever been seen at Red Rocks before. Add these visuals to the sound of the Funktion One sound system – a legendary sound system never used at Red Rocks before, and you can guarantee a wild ride. While Tipper’s unique mix of glitch-hop, glitch-step and downtempo psychedelic music plays the live paintings of Alex & Allyson Grey will tie this entire experience together. With one of the most unique, jaw dropping light shows the world has ever seen, the show does not stop there, with the “Electro-Mineralist Art” of Android Jones, this beyond the traditional art work will leave the fans speechless.
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2.) Gramatik w/ Cherub and Opiuo and the jazzy multi- instrumentalist, Russ Liquid
Red Rocks Amphitheater - May 9th, 2015
The Slovenian producer is fresh off one of his most successful years as a musician, marking himself as the third most downloaded artist on BitTorrent in 2014. Previously nominated for “Best chill out artist” and “Best Chill out track” at the 2013-2014 Beatport Music Awards, with his song “Sumthin”, Gramatik is sure to sell out Red Rocks like he has many times before. With the help from the electro-pop duo that is the dance love-child of 80’s funk, and pop-music from the future, the collab that is about to go down with Cherub and Gramatik is going to be better than ever. With the help from Russ Liquid who has recently played along with gramatik, the performance will be nothing short of groovy, incorporating his take on disco synths and finger popping bass the two of them will be unstoppable. Be the first to witness Cherub and Opiuo take on Red Rocks for the first time ever, you will not be disappointed with this show.
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Get tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1E004E28B595195F
1.) Bassnectar w/ special guests, Joker, G Jones & Late Night Radio, ESKMO & Lindsay Lowend
Red Rocks Amphitheater - May 29th-31st
“Basses” are loaded with this three night show Bassnectar is about to throw down in Morrison, Colorado with on deck musical guests that include: Joker, Benga, Nightmares On Wax, G Jones, Son Of Kick, Eskmo, Lindsay Lowend, Late Night Radio and jackLNDN. While Bassnectar has played two nights at the venue before, this is the first year that he’ll be hosting a three night takeover. And seriously, this one of the best collections of talent in one place we’ve seen in awhile; night one features the sounds of Late Night Radio,G Jones and Joker while night two showcases another blend of bass music from jackLNDN, Son of Kick, and the recently returned Benga, I Will Never Change, have been overwhelming. Despite being only a teaser of what’s to come from Benga, this wobble some slice of meaty bass. Last, but most certainly not least, night three’s lineup consists of Eskmo, and the revered Nightmares on Wax and Lindsay Lowend, with his own unique soundscape of bright synthesizers, chords, and melodies overtop very rhythmic and often times unpredictable beats.This three day venture will leave the “bassheads” begging for more.
Get Tickets: Tickets have long sold out for this epic run, keep an eye out for tickets, but be sure you don't support scalpers!