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TBD Fest – Festival Preview

It has yet to be determined what’s in store for us when the inaugural TBD Fest hits the streets of Sacramento this weekend, October 3-5. What we do know is that we’re damn excited—and for good reason. This isn’t the first rodeo for the fine folks at Launch Events. What was once a one-day hotel party known  as Launch Festival has evolved over the years into a week-long Sacramento showcase of music, art, fashion, technology, and lifestyle. This year, Launch has been rebranded and renamed as TBD Fest, and it’s an entirely different beast, though the Launch spirit remains in tact.

We don’t expect this 3-day festival to have the roughness of a typical first-year fest. I mean, just look at the lineup: an eye-catching list of headliners with a juicy supporting bill as well. These guys know what they’re doing. This weekend, a world-class event is coming to California’s capital, and as a NorCal native, I couldn’t be more excited. TBD aims to be an evolution of music festivals, and I’m excited to see what they have up their sleeves. It’s going to be more than a music festival– it will be a festival of art, life, and forward-thinking. But the soundtrack is going to be pretty killer.

On that note, let’s take a look at that soundtrack. Dance music fans will have their plates full with mega-headliners Moby and Justice, who will have support from the likes of Dillon Francis, Gramatik, Keys N Krates, RAC, The Gaslamp Killer, Viceroy, and more. Hip-hoppers will be stoked to see local legends Deltron 3030 as well as one of my personal favorites, Danny Brown. The live acts are what really set TBD Fest apart from other festivals though. A truly unique and exciting bill of awesome rockers and indie poppers ensure that we’ll be getting down on the dance floor. Empire of the Sun, Blondie, Kurt Vile, DIIV, Cherub, MS MR, MNDR, Goldroom, and a hefty group of local artists will have us partying like it’s 2014. Oh, and Explosions in the Sky is going to absolutely annihilate our faces and bodies with loud, emotional, instrumental masterpieces.

So yeah. The lineup is insane. What’s more insane is that this party is going to be happening right along the Sacramento River in the Bridge District of West Sacramento, just minutes away from downtown. The event is going to have a heavy emphasis on food, art, yoga, technology, and lifestyle. This is taking place in the state’s capital, after all, not exactly known as a party destination. But we will party. And we will think. And we will live. This is going to be the real deal. A true sensory exploration and one hell of an audio/visual adventure. TBD Fest, we don’t know what you’re going to be, but we’re ready for you. See you on the other side.

Check back next week for our official review. Until then, check out the full schedule, which was released this morning, and get your ears warmed up below.

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HARD Red Rocks & HARD Summer 2014 Super Preview!

The weekend we’ve been waiting for is finally just a couple weeks away. On Thursday July 31st, the HARD team drops down on the famous Red Rocks amphitheater – featuring sets by Nero, Dillon Francis, Rudimental, Destructo, Julio Bashmore, and Samo Sound Boy. Then, just two days later, HARD returns to its home base of Los Angeles for HARD Summer 2014 – a two-day festival at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area featuring a massive lineup of some of the best DJs in the world. Headliners for HARD Summer include Jack U, A$AP Mob, Axwell, Flosstradamus, Tiesto, Disclosure, Dillon Francis, and Nero. Tickets for both events are still on sale but they are going fast! Let’s dig in to HARD Red Rocks and HARD Summer 2014 a little deeper and see why these have the potential to be the biggest parties of the Summer.


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Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Dillon Francis Remix) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

I’ll admit that I’ve kind of gotten over Dillon Francis as of late. I used to love his productions and had a blast seeing Dillon Francis DJ live on multiple occasions. Maybe it’s because I started getting into the more underground side of Dance music, better suited for Dillon’s alter-ego DJ Hanzel, or maybe it’s because Dillon has gotten away from his Moombahton roots, but either way he hasn’t had my attention. Well that all changed today when a new Dillon Francis remix popped up on my SoundCloud feed. And it wasn’t a remix of just any song – it was a remix of the classic track “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” by Daft Punk. I’ll put aside my disappointment that this remix isn’t of the Moombahton variety (a dying genre?), because Dillon Francis’ Trap remix is extremely well-done. I love the chopped up vocals and I think it has an original sound for a genre that has been beaten into the ground over the past couple years. It takes a special producer to successfully remix a dance classic and I think Dillon Francis nailed it. He writes:


Dillon Francis X DJ Snake – “Get Low”

While Dillon Francis wont be dropping his first full length album until July, this week he has given us a gem and a little preview of what to expect. The collaboration with DJ Snake was first debuted at Tomorrow World last September, at both of their set. “Get Low” is a perfect example of what a collaboration should sound like. When you take DJ Snake’s chart topping Trap drops and combine them with Dillon Francis’s original Moombahton drum programming, you get great fusion of sounds that reflects what MAD DECENT is all about. Pick up the new single below and be on the look out for upcoming singles from Dillon Francis on the road to his album release this summer. Dillon Francis also debuted a track with Diplo at Tommorrow World, who also collaborated with DJ Snake on another track that debuted at the festival, so be on the look out.

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Dillon Francis Remixes “KNAS” [FREE DOWNLOAD]

With the anticipation of his new album growing by the day, Dillon has given us a little something something to tide us over.  Taking a break from his album production and his daily social media personae we are once again reminded how talented he is.  Transforming Steve Angello’s ever popular club hit KNAS, Dillon has given it a Trapped out “Re-birth.” With his classic hard hitting synth work and tight production we can only get more more excited for what is to come out on the album. Grab this one for free now and be sure to stay tuned for Dillon’s full length album that will be dropping this spring.

2013 in Review: Remixes

As to be expected, a year such as 2013 which has included a ton of amazing new production has yielded a handful of awesome remixes. The twenty or so tracks below were all chosen because we felt the remix had truly elevated the song to the next level. The art of the remix requires a good ear and a level of creativity that improves on the original piece and can grab the listeners attention even though they may already be familiar with the orginal. Another great thing about remixes is that no artist really seems to outgrow the practice, this list is filled with young guns as well as some of our timeless favorites such as Alesso, Tommy Trash, and Cedric Gervais.

The goal of any remix is to breathe new life into a track that may have fallen out of the spotlight such as the Brillz and Z-trip take on the legendary Jay-z song Dirt Off  Your Shoulders or Vinnie Maniscalco’s remix of The Champ’s original Tequila. The tracks below are in no specific order but this is the perfect playlist for any pre-game or party as just about anyone should be able to find a song here they can relate too. Be sure to support all the artists below with a follow on Soundcloud and we cannot wait to see what refixes, re-takes, and remixes that 2014 will bring us!