HARD EVENTS—the world-renowned event and festival producer recognized for landmark festivals such as HARD Day of the Dead and the three-day electronic music cruise Holy Ship!!!—has today (April 23) announced the full line-up for the 2013 edition of HARD SUMMER, Los Angeles’ biggest summertime music event. Returning this year for its sixth annual edition as a two-day festival Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 at Los Angeles State Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles, HARD SUMMER will feature performances from leading artists in the electronic and hip-hop worlds, including Knife Party, Justice (DJ Set), Duck Sauce, Dog Blood, Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun, 2 Chainz, Zedd, Crystal Castles, Baauer, Dillon Francis, Azealia Banks and many more.
The complete line up for HARD SUMMER is:
SATURDAY AUGUST 3
KNIFE PARTY | DUCK SAUCE | DOG BLOOD
FLUX PAVILION | FLYING LOTUS | 2 CHAINZ
SBTRKT (DJ SET) | DISCLOSURE | TNGHT | TOMMY TRASH | KILL THE NOISE |
RL GRIME | ALVIN RISK | JUST BLAZE | OLIVER
DESTRUCTO | JULIO BASHMORE | DUKE DUMONT | TJR | ALEX METRIC
RYAN HEMSWORTH | BONDAX | KEYS N’ KRATES | XXYYXX
GREEN LANTERN | DANIEL AVERY | PHIL KIERAN | JEROME LOL
SAMO SOUND BOY | DVBBS
SUNDAY AUGUST 4
JUSTICE (DJ SET) | BASSNECTAR | EMPIRE OF THE SUN
ZEDD | CRYSTAL CASTLES | BAAUER | DILLON FRANCIS | AZEALIA BANKS
GESAFFELSTEIN | MR. OIZO | BUSY P | FLOSSTRADAMUS
BREAKBOT | CLAUDE VONSTROKE | BRODINSKI
RUDIMENTAL (LIVE) | JUSTIN MARTIN | EATS EVERYTHING | CLOCKWORK
PAPER DIAMOND | J. PHLIP | FRENCH FRIES | FEADZ
SO ME | GORGON CITY | JUSTIN JAY | GLADIATOR
To announce this year’s lineup, HARD EVENTS has unleashed a specially created trailer video featuring the HARD SUMMER Dawgs, a pack of playful pups styled after some favorite HARD SUMMER 2013 artists. The video shows images of Justice as punk rock pooches, a fabulous canine Bassnectar, a hip-hop hound as 2 Chainz, a dapper doggy Gesaffelstein and of course the pup duo of Dog Blood, plus more. Watch the HARD SUMMER 2013 official trailer here:
Directed by Agata Alexander, whose credits include past work with Marilyn Manson, Black Light Burns, Five Finger Death Punch, Clint Mansell and many more, the HARD SUMMER 2013 official trailer was shot in Los Angeles and features over 25 dogs. “Skrillex always calls his friends ‘dogs’ on Twitter,” explains Alexander about the idea behind the video. “I figured it would be cool to take it literally. Many of these acts have signature looks so I thought it would be fun to adapt those traits into the canine world. When Dog Blood came along, it was just too perfect to ignore.”
HARD SUMMER will also serve as the only U.S. stop of the Ed Banger 10-Year Anniversary Tour with the Ed Banger 10th Anniversary Stage featuring Justice (DJ set), Breakbot Live, BUSY.P Ed Banger Megamix, Feadz, Mr. Oizo, So Me and special guest Brodinski. HARD SUMMER will also host the Dirtybird Players Stage featuring Claude VonStroke and members of his Dirtybird Records crew.
This year, HARD SUMMER will expand the festival running times for each day by adding four extra hours per day, starting from noon and ending at midnight Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4. The festival will host four stages featuring the world’s best electronic music today.
Since launching in 2008, HARD SUMMER has become the largest ticketed music festival in the city of Los Angeles, expanding as a two-day event last year for the first time in the festival’s 6-year history. In 2012, the festival drew over 50,000 party goers to downtown Los Angeles for high-octane performances from the likes of Skrillex, Bloc Party, Miike Snow (Live), Boys Noize, Bloody Beetroots (DJ set), NERO (Live), Magnetic Man, Squarepusher, James Murphy, Little Dragon and many more.
Bassnectar kicks off the new year with a stellar remix of UK greats, Underworld. The original has an incredibly chill and relaxed vibe to it. However, the versatile producer transforms the song with a monstrous bass line along with a well-balanced chord progression that is sure to blow your face off! Check it out below. The song will be released officially on Lorin's record label Om Records on February 12th.
New Year’s weekend saw the much-anticipated Phase 1 Lineup of Ultra Music Festival’s Miami showdown make its way around the World Wide Web like wildfire after Avicii leaked the lineup online. If there was ever an excuse to slap ‘viral’ on an announcement then this was it! One week after the Internet frenzy, and the world’s premier electronic dance music festival can now confirm artists that will be performing throughout the 6-day/2-weekend marathon of sound, light and dance. Over the weekends of March 15-17 and March 22-24, Downtown Miami plays host to the event’s 15th year with an unparalleled bill of the best DJs, live acts and future talent this planet has to offer.
The world is already aware that this year’s edition of the iconic festival will mark the final curtain for Swedish House Mafia, who’ve chosen Ultra Music Festival as the ‘One Last Tour’ finale to end where it once began (Ultra Music Festival at Bicentennial Park in 2010). Expect an unforgettable performance created specially for Ultra Music Festival by deadmau5, one of the industry’s most in-demand talents who returns to close out both Saturday nights. Luminaries who have aided in shaping the movement make appearances across BOTH weekends include Tiësto, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren and Avicii as well as (in alphabetical order): Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Bassnectar, CalvinHarris, CarlCox, FatboySlim, Kaskade, KnifeParty and RichieHawtin. Of course, Ultra Music Festival wouldn’t be complete without the essential Carl Cox & Friends Arena, which has been announced in addition to Armin van Buuren’s (the world’s #1 DJ) A State Of Trance 600 Arena. Mixmag—the world’s indispensible clubbing bible—will also slam into the sunshine with an area of their own and who can forget the #1 club in the world, Space Ibiza, bringing Phase 1 of Ultra’s 15th Anniversary to close with the return of their own Space Ibiza Arena.
It is not only the cosmic DJ talent that ensures Ultra Music Festival’s growth year after year, it’s also the LIVE elements that entice thousands of revelers to the Festival’s sun-kissed terrain. This year, and again in alphabetical order, live performances includes: The Bloody Beetroots, BookaShade, BoysNoize, Crystal Castles, Disclosure, DJFresh Live, Hot Chip, Major Lazer, Matt & Kim, Modestep, Rudimental, Thievery Corporation, and Yeasayer. All acts are confirmed to make appearances; some returning after more than a year’s absence and some making grand debuts, thus proving the forward-thinking and finger-on-the-pulse nature of Ultra’s festival organizers. These lineups showcase Ultra’s ability to consistently deliver on talent, both fresh and established!
The complete Phase 1 line-up for the 15 Annual ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL is:
Above & Beyond
Armin Van Buuren
Swedish House Mafia
The Bloody Beetroots
DJ Fresh (Live)
Matt & Kim
A State Of Trance 600 Arena
Carl Cox and Friends Arena
With all this in mind, let’s not forget this is only Phase 1 of a complete line-up of what is surely to go down as one of ULTRA’s greatest line-ups ever! Building on the excitement is the newest piece of viral content for UMF TV, the video, created and directed by Final Kid’s Charly Friedrichs, director of the ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL experience film “CAN U FEEL IT.” Get ready for a no holds barred indulgence!
In anticipation of his upcoming "Freestyle EP"(set for an October 16th release), Bassnectar, as he is so often inclined to do, has graced us with some more free bass to put in or around our face. I know that this was released several days ago, but it has taken me some time to really digest this one. It isn't that it is so different from his old stuff, it just has a different feel. I can't really put my finger on it.
This mix really showcases his versatility, and brings us tracks that are almost all either his, a collaboration, or a remix he did. It has everything and more that you would expect from him, a little dubstep, some DNB, and even some newer style Trap with a little Dub/Trance fusion to top off this womp womp sundae. Since he is one of my all time favorites, I'll be keeping this on repeat, and I hope it brings you all the same joy. Now, have at it.
01. Dancer In The Dark Intro - Audiovoid Remix
02. Bassnectar - Freestyle feat. Angel Haze
03. Jantsen - When The Beats Drop (Bassnectar Remix)
04. 6 Blocc - Ammunition Sample Pack (Bassnectar Recut)
05. Bangladesh - 100 [Acapella]
06. Dead Prez - Hip Hop [Acapella]
07. Bassnectar - Rap with a T [Instrumental]
08. Hudson Mohawke - Thunder Bay (Bassnectar Edit)
09. Zed Bias ft Juiceman & Simba - Jigga Up (Bassnectar Remix)
10. Ming & FS - Madhattan Bound (Bassnectar Remix)
11. Zion I - Human (Bassnectar Remixxx)
12. Bassnectar - Infinite
13. Bassnectar & DC Breaks - Breathless feat. Mimi Page
14. Son of Kick - From Here
15. Bassnectar & Double You - I Am A Laser (2012 Remaster)
16. Dusk & Blackdown - Kuri Pataka
17. Ed Solo - Egyptian Horns (Bassnectar Remix)
18. Bassnectar - Butterfly feat. Mimi Page (Bassnectar Remix)
19. Bassnectar - Hologram
Fresh off of celebrating his 24th birthday at EDC Las Vegas, dubstep producer/DJ Troy Beatles, better known as Datsik, has been making huge moves in the EDM, not only launching his own record label, but also taking his new-found talent and closest friends along with him on tour in support of Firepower Records. With support from AFK, Getter, Delta Heavy, Terravita, Bare Noize, and xKore, the Firepower crew has already taken over such as Denver and Baltimore, with Datsik showcasing his state of the art 3D vortex visuals during his headlining sets (be sure to check out the video below the interview). Lucky for us, we were able to catch up with the man himself before anything got too hectic, as he prepared for a show out on the East Coast -
DxE: So the tour is just getting started, how’s it going so far?
D: It’s going sick man, all the shows have been awesome. We’re traveling with a crazy ass sound system so we’re pretty much breaking lights and windows around the country and it’s really a lot of fun.
DxE: Where are we talking to you from right now?
D: I’m in Worcester, Massachusetts. Walking around the venue right now, completely empty and I’m just looking at the vortex.
DxE: Tell us a little about that vortex. Is that something you guys designed specifically for the Firepower Tour?
D: Ya, totally. We needed to travel with something this time around and it was an idea I came up with when I was on a plane. I drew it on a piece of paper and it was just the shittest drawing ever. I thought about how it would have to work in terms of, you know, having front projection mapping, but basically the concept is that I’m standing in the middle of this tunnel light and all these visuals are rushing in towards me, putting me as, I guess the focal point and then behind me is another big piece of lycra and there’s a rear projector as well shining on the back of that. So it looks like I’m completely immersed in visuals and it looks seamless.
DxE: Wow and then are you having a VJ actually perform live with you or is this something you guys are planning out ahead of time/during soundcheck?
D: I got my friend, Jesse, who works with V Sqaured Labs – he’s my VJ and he’s been killing it so it’s been great. It’s makes job a bit tricky though because I’m changing my set nearly every single night so he kinda just has to go with the flow and, you know, try to match up as I’m doing my thing but it’s working.
DxE: That’s make it more fun for the both of you though, no?
D: Ya, exactly. It makes it more exciting.
DxE: Very nice. How did you decide on your crew to go on the tour with you?
D: Well AFK and Getter have put out releases with me already. Bare Noize, I feel like, you know, they haven’t really had a solid US tour yet, the same with Delta Heavy and I know there’s a high demand for both of them so we figured they’re both really cool groups of people – there’s two of them in each little posse – I’ve played with all of them on separate occasions and they’re all really cool dudes so I figured having them all in one spot would be a lot of fun and they’re also really amazing DJs so I was really excited to have these guys on tour with me, they’re killing it at the moment so it’s really cool to put it altogether with a huge sound system, crazy production. I just felt like it was the right move and the right fit so everyone coming to the shows are stuck in bass music and that’s what they’re gonna get.
DxE: Is this a bus tour or are you guys flying from city to city?
D: We got 2 big ass tour buses and we're traveling with a crazy sound system too. It's really dope. We got the best crew ever for the tour. I have my girlfriend doing merch, friend's doing my photography he's really sick, my roommate is doing production assistant stuff, another friend I met at Shambhala doing the production lead and then our tour manager, Jim, is just the shit. We have all these really cool, eccentric, you know, outgoing people, on this one tour and it just makes it a lot of fun.
DxE: Tell us a little about the actual label itself. Is this something you came up with recently or have you always wanted your own label?
D: I’ve always wanted to have my own label, I just felt now was the right time to do it. I’ve always wanted to have my own imprint on the music scene, whether it be EDM or whatever, and it’s just cool that the timing worked out epicly. As the label, when we started, it was just me doing everything – from picking artists to uploading their releases to mastering their tunes to everything, I was handling the business side of things as well. Now I’ve delegated jobs to everyone so I’m really just picking the tunes, confirming the masters, confirming all the artwork and making it as easy as I can on myself while making sure that the artists get as much as they can out of the label. On top of that, what we’ve also done, is hire a PR company that works closely with Firepower. What they do is basically do press blasts, which we pay for on behalf of the label, just so the artists get more exposure and, you know, in the end if the artist is gaining more exposure, the label is as well.
DxE: Taking a step back. How did you first fall in love with bass heavy music and realize that was the kind of music you wanted to make?
D: I was making hip-hop for a long time. I first heard dubstep at Shambhala and it just totally changed my outlook on the music I wanted to make because it was so bass heavy and there was just nothing else like it. When I got home, I pretty much obsessed over it for a long time. Excision is from the same town as I am, I had met him before but had never really seen what he did all the time as a DJ and producer. We ended up linking up just through music, started working together a lot and here we are now.
DxE: One thing we’ve noticed about you is that you really enjoy collaborating with people, don’t you…
D: Ya, I love it. I think it keeps it interesting, always having other producers bring their sound and style to the table. It creates a challenge, you know, and it’s not always doing the same thing. It’s really cool to find a creative balance between two people.
DxE: What was it like working with Infected Mushroom?
D: You know what’s funny about that is that was probably one of the easiest collaborations I’ve ever done which is really weird to say because, you know, you’re taking a group of psy trance producers for the most part and a dubstep producer and putting it into one pot, along with Jonathan Davis. Somehow it just worked out – they were like ‘hey, you wanna collab?’ when I said sure they just sent over some parts, I literally cracked it out in two days, sent it back and they were stoked on it. Then like a week later, I was on the Korn tour bus with Jonathan Davis and I was like ‘dude you should sing on this’ and he was just like ‘fuck ya!’ It just kinda happened and all worked out. Honestly, that was probably one of the easiest collaborations I’ve ever done, especially considering the angles we were all coming at it from.
DxE: It’s the best when it all just falls into place like that
D: Totally and then other collaborations, you know, take forever to finish. I have a couple more in the works with Bassnectar and same with Bassnectar and Excision, we’ve done a couple three-way collabs which we still haven’t finished because we’re all just so busy it’s so hard for all of us to sit down together. I think we’re gonna try to make it happen so that once a year we all link up and get in the same room, drink some wine and, you know, try to crunch out the creative process and then me and Jeff can just finish the mix down.
DxE: You really are turning into one of the biggest components of the dubstep scene.. where do you see it going from here and what are your hopes for what this genre will become?
D: Umm, honestly, I hope it evolves, I hope it just keeps moving. We’re seeing new and exciting things coming out, you know, like trap music has been around for a long ass time but now it’s finally starting to get popular in the EDM world. It’s cool because with the whole evolution of trap, it’s pretty much bringing everything back full circle. Now in my sets I’m dropping trap tracks from like 2008 that people have never heard before because they were too busy listening to all the new stuff back then, like Skrilly and whoever else. So it’s really cool to see everything kinda coming back around and there’s a bunch more minimal type shit that’s seeming to emerge and pop up. It just makes it exciting because it sort of creates more dips and valleys in your sets, you know, because you can get away with playing those really deep, dark tracks in the middle of your set, people mistake it for trap and then it just works, you know what I mean.
DxE: Exactly. So obviously you’re dipping into other genres, but are you focusing primarily on your new tracks for the tour or are you mixing it up differently every night?
D: I try play as different as I can every night. I mix in a bunch of different shit, a lot of hip-hop and I’m playing a lot of my old stuff too because I know a lot of people love my old stuff the most so I play some of that. I just try to find a good balance of promoting my new album while, at the same time, keeping it OG and playing all the old school shit.
DxE: Speaking of old school shit, one of our favorite tracks of yours is the remix of ‘Animale.’ How did that project come about with Don Diablo?
D: He hit me up and basically wanted to do a track together but the timing didn’t really work out. Then he was like, ‘I have this new single, I was hoping you would wanna remix it.’ I listened to it, loved the vocals and everything. It’s always really fun to get those kinda tracks with really cool vocal parts, it just makes your job as a remixer was easier. I just got this track from Linkin Park off their new album that they wanted me to remix and I did, it turned out really cool. It’s got a lot of influences from Bassnectar, the direction I wanted to take this one in. It’s really cool, been going off and such a good feeling to have a track that you’ve never really played out be played out, you know, and it’s everyone going crazy for it – it’s an awesome feeling and what I think we’re all doing this for.
DxE: Gotta ask you, what’s it like being on your own tour and knowing that people are coming out primarily to see you perform?
D: It’s exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time. Obviously, the genre is changing and, in my opinion, dubstep has probably plateaued and that’s why all these new genres are starting to kind of emerge, you know. It’s really cool though, the shows so far have been doing sick, we have a solid lineup really wicked talent on this tour, it’s doing well. We’re just hear to leave an impression and that’s why we’re traveling with a mega sound system, sick ass production and a ton of crazy music. At the end of the day, it’s really sweet because it’s like, my own thing. The fact that I’m doing a record label tour already when I just launched the label 2 or 3 months ago, maybe a bit later, I dunno and I’m already doing a tour with all these other DJs – it’s awesome, it’s such a good feeling.
DxE: So what can we expect going forward from the label, from your name, just from you in general?
D: I’d say just switching it up. I really like taking different scenes and trying to apply that to my music. So if I’m really feeling this vibe from Basssnectar, for example, maybe make a track that sounds like him but in my own way or if I’m feeling a track that’s by Noisia, maybe I’ll track to make a really kind of dark tune. The label is just really getting started, we have so much new insane talent coming out over the next couple months. Just keep your eye on the label and you’ll really be impressed.
DxE: Just one last question – does Datsik have a favorite ice cream flavor?
D: Bubble gum and cotton candy
The Firepower crew has also been kind enough to make everyone feel at home, just releasing a video highlighting all the festivities from the first week of the tour. Also featured is the new remix mentioned in the interview of the Linkin Park track "Until It Breaks."
Last spring Lupe Fiasco and Bassnectar hooked up on a great original, that highlighted both of their immense talent and passion in their respective genres. Lupe has always been one of my favorite hip-hop artists, his flow is hypnotizing and lyrically he's simply on another level; combine that with Bassnectar's audaciously hardcore heavy-hitting style, that is perfectly exemplified with his banger, 808, & well the rest is history...I love the fact that these two came together to make a filthy original (which wasn't their first, as they previously released 'Lightwork'). Apparently so does Bassnectar, as he's gone and remixed the hell out of the original, slapping some good ol' trap on it. I'm not sure how I feel about the remix, but I can't say I'm fully on board with the trap movement, however, for those of you who are [and I know there are a lot of fans out there] this remix should come out sounding like straight fire! Since I'm still on the fence about it, I've included both releases for your listening pleasure, which one's best? Well, that's for you to decide. Enjoy ladies n gents!
Now typically I post House music on here because that IS my favorite genre of electronic music but lately I have been all about Glitch Hop. Having worked with the likes of Bassnectar and Datsik, ill Gates is one of the more talented Dubstep/Glitch Hop producers to date. His track TriLLogy featuring Opiuo & Vent has been stuck in my head since I heard it the for the first time last week. Get ready for a funky ride.
Quick fix for the weekend that you and ur girl can nod ya head to, featuring some massive sounds from none other than bassnectar and pendulum - both old news, but had to throw em up just in case you missed out on the releases. Enjoy and be safe ladies n gents. cheers
After all the hype and day-by-day previews for Winterfresh, the festival ended up being a huuuuuge bust. Not only was Fresh forced to move the event all the way out to San Bernadino and split it into 2 days, but, on top of it all, the venues were over capacity an hour after opening their doors so most people didn't even get in. Oh well though, there's plenty more to look forward to the rest of this month. But for now, it's finals time and we all know how finals really stands for Fuck I Never Actually Learned this Shit, which means time to hit the books for a week. Here's a few of my favorite tracks right now that'll hopefully help you get through the week.