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Show Review: Skylab 2013 and Morgan Page Interview

 Heading into Skylab this year I knew what I was in for and was well prepared, but I will say I was happily surprised to discover the “Beer Garden” was no longer and that the generally crowd seemed much more mature then previous years. I imagine the amazing line-up consisting of Morgan Page, Dillon Francis, Kaskade, Luminox, Vinnie Maniscalco and more brought in an older group. Although there was no shortage of tutu wearing tweens holding down the front row, each one seemingly craving a sip of my cold beer more then the next as they let the epic 3 dimensional light show by Morgan Page steal their minds. After an epic set from Morgan and truly mind blowing visuals it was time for some Dillon. Senior Francis brought the noise for sure, dropping a plethora of moombahton and expressing his everlasting love for Colorado. Kaskade finished the night out in typical fashion, sending chills down everyone’s backs with his gorgeous vocals and truly unmatched drops leaving us all in a state of peaceful awe. Over at the Got Bass Music stage the homie Vinnie Maniscalco tore it up with some truly awesome new remixes, which you can grab below, and was followed up by another great performance from the guys of Luminox. This years Skylab was a 100% improvement on last year in my mind and I am truly excited for 2014, if you have any doubts just check out the full photo album here!

We were lucky enough to be able to sit down with fellow Vermonter Morgan Page before his set and pick his brain about his brand new Morgan Page Presents 3D tour and his plans for the future check out the full interview below.

MMIBTY: First of all welcome back to Colorado! Last time we saw you was back in 2012 at Beta Nightclubs Super Duper Secret DJ where you put on quite a show. What do you have in store for us tonight, we have heard lots about tonights light show?

Morgan Page: Well tonight is the second time we have had a venue large enough to be able to set up our new 3D light show, the initial idea and project was created for Michael Jackson’s last tour but we have brought it to the next level essentially. The show creates a immersive landscape and each song has its own environment, lyrics pop right out at the crowd creating a natural extension of the music.

MMIBTY: Who helped out with the creation of these next level visualizations?

Morgan: Well we had a lot of help, worked with some of the animations and graphic designers from the film Avatar and even had James Cameron stop by for rehearsal who was very excited about the project and offered some insight of his own, so we definitely had some big players in the film industry contributing to this project.

MMIBTY: Well we couldn’t be more excited to see what you have in store for us.

Morgan: Yeah this is actually the first DJ tour with full high resolution 3D visuals, there have been a few lower resolution 3D tours but nothing on this level, just wait and see its pretty amazing!

Full interview after the jump!

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Skanky – 1 More Night (Amtrac Rave Dub)

Amtrac continues to develop and improve as he is on course to win the breakout artist of the year in my opinion. Amtrac’s ability to create such original music is on a class with greats like Kaskade, who conveniently has hired on Amtrac to open during his Atmosphere tour this past summer. Amtrac started, like most others, making edits and remixes of classic and unheard of music and releasing via Soundcloud for free. Feeling the need to give back to his fans, Amtrac recently released a “rave dub” edit of Skanky‘s breakout single, 1 More Night. The edit is, for a lack of better words, AWESOME! As the title of the edit hints, this rave based reworking speeds up the beat, looping in a repetitive feel to the track all while keeping the sexy lyrics intact.

In Case You Missed It: Kaskade – Atmosphere (GTA Remix)

The boys of GTA have been keeping us up to date with their tour life via Insatgram and Vine while they have been away for the past two months touring with Rihanna on her Diamonds in the Rough Worlds Tour. But now, they have finally made their way back to Miami, and we can be expecting a lot from the duo, who are arguably one of the most sought after collaborators now a days, with huge singles like “Booty Bounce” “Hit It”  ”Turn it Up” and “Boy Oh Boy.”  While their original productions almost become instant hits, their remixes have also put them on the map, most recently with their electro house remix of Kylie Minogue’s “Skirt” and with the Trap remix to Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner’s “Channel 42″. This time around they put their own progressive Electro spin to the Indie House hit “Atmosphere” by none other than fellow American, Kaskade. They seriously put the edge and kick that this song needed in order to be playable during festival season, take a listen below.

This one dropped on July 5th in case you missed it. The original mix can be found HERE.

Kaskade – Atmosphere (GTA Remix)

In Its 2nd Year, Wavefront Music Festival Sets Itself Apart From the Pack

We captured tons of great pictures. Click for: Day 1 photos | Day 2 photos | Day 3 photos

Last weekend Chicago’s Montrose Beach, located on the massive Lake Michigan, played host to the second year of Wavefront Music Festival. There were a few reasons the MMIBTY team couldn’t have been more excited for July 5-7 to arrive:
1.) Only one of us lives in Chicago while the rest of us either hadn’t been or we had visited and fallen in love with the city only to have returned home at a later time
2.) Wavefront is a three-day music festival that is literally on the beach, making it like no other festival in America
3.) It’s one of the few festivals that books big name acts (such as Rusko, Diplo, and Justice) while also focusing on more underground names in Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones/Damian Lazarus, and dOP to name a few. [Check out dOP's live set HERE]

The key takeaway from our experience with almost 75,000 dance music fans was this festival was so much fun and truly a fantastic time – maybe the best dance music festival in the U.S. But since we had a handful of writers in attendance I’m going to let you hear about it from each one’s perspective.

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Kaskade – Atmosphere

We first heard it on the main stage as Kaskade opened up what was to become a flawless set at Ultra, we heard a deeper, toned down version when he got intimate with his much acclaimed Redux Tour, and now it’s finally here for those staying at home. Along with a massive arena tour announcement, the release of “Atmosphere” has begun the whirlwind of excitement we last felt before “Fire & Ice” as Kaskade headed up the legendary Identity Tour two summers ago. In the world at large, it’s Kanye season. To the electronic music diehards, it’s officially Kaskade season.

Atmosphere keeps up with Kaskade’s transition to big room sounds that we saw emerging in “Fire & Ice,” and it hits hard. Massive progressive synths build from the bare piano that made “No One Knows Who We Are” such a hit. This time, however,  Kaskade keeps his feet even firmer in the emotional realm, especially when it drops. Turning the BPM down to 123 and using his own vocals for the track, he keeps it real while turning it up to 11.

Kaskade – Atmosphere

Pick it up on iTunes or Beatport and be sure to try and snag some tickets if you’re lucky enough to live in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, or Chicago.

Kaskade & Adam K – Raining (Late Night Alumni Redux Mix)

Well it’s finally NOT raining here in Boston but I figured I’d highlight a fresh take on Kaskade & Adam K‘s 2010 signature track “Raining”. A couple weeks ago I posted Kaskade’s live set from San Diego, featuring 100 minutes of his It’s You It’s Me Redux tour. That tour was a rare treat for fans of Kaskade’s earlier work, with Deep House and Lounge tracks occupying a majority of the setlists. One of the stand-out tracks from the San Diego set, in my opinion, was the Late Night Alumni Redux Mix of “Raining”. While the original is quite good the way it is, the Redux mix turns the anthem into a Deep House cut that’s both funky and sexy at the same time. For those of you who don’t know, the Late Night Alumni are a House group formed in the early 2000s with Kaskade, Finn Bjarnson, John Hancock, and vocalist Becky Jean Williams. Check out both tracks and see how they are both great in their own ways, but drastically different. The Redux mix was released last week for free on Kaskade’s SoundCloud page.

Kaskade – Raining (Original Mix) | Purchase on Beatport
Kaskade – Raining (Late Night Alumni Redux Mix)