One of Pryda‘s best friends, Fehrplay, is coming back to New York City to make his debut at Cielo Nightclub on Friday, January 31st to kickoff the Super Bowl Weekend. We are very excited to announce that we are giving away a pair of tickets to this intimate event in the ultra chic Meat Packing District. Fehrplay has grown to fame over the past two years releasing hit after hit as he helps define to the present day progressive house genre. Only making five stops on his current North American tour, this event is not to be missed! Support is coming in from a rising star in the area Sevag, who has claimed residencies and top gigs at some of the most notorious clubs in the tri-state area. We recommend getting there early to ensure a long, fun night of heavy beats. Winners will be announced the day before the show and remember the more entries you have the better chance of going for free!
Bringing in the New Year is always a big event, deciding on what you are going to do can be even bigger. This year I certainly made the right choice and was able to bring in the New Years at the legendary Roseland Ballroom in New York City with the legendary Paper Diamond.
Paper Diamond, also known by the name Alex B, deserves nothing less than the title exceptional. At hello its easy to grasp Alex’s calm, collected and straight forward demeanor. Electronic music is blossoming and the artists contained within its realm are as diverse as it is large. There are many individuals that I have interacted with in this sphere of music that, and you can’t blame them, treat this life style like a party. Sometimes living the party is a necessary means to bringing the party and selling tickets to those who want to. Alex has his mind elsewhere, he is here for the music, for the art of sound and for the lifestyle of the culture he has helped build. A term bestowed upon me in my studies of Art History at the University of Vermont “Art for arts sake” represented the mentality of the baroque period, a time of exploration in the visual arts that deviated from the ritualized production in the renaissance era, Alex captures that mentality, he is “music for music’s sake”.
Well there is definitely no shortage of absolutely amazing live music events here in Denver this weekend. Holy Underground, Megafauna, Early Bird //Night Owl, Imbibe and The IndiCard are thrilled to present the first Holy Underground Block Party this friday at 27th and Larimer streets in Denver’s RiNo district. Working together with the folks over at Final Friday the Holy Underground Block Party will feature everything from live art to street vendors and delicious food trucks. With four different stages and an extremely diverse line-up of local musicians there will definitely be a little something for everyone to enjoy. Larimer Lounge, Cold Crush, Our Mutual Friends Malt & Brew, and Laundry on Lawrence’s Outdoor Stage will all be taking part in this great event to help send Holy Underground artists to the CMJ Music Marathon in NYC mid-october. In its 33rd year, the CMJ Music Marathon has become the nation’s most important platforms for discovering new music. Every fall, CMJ invades New York City with over 1,300 artist performances, filling more than 80 of the city’s greatest venues, nightclubs and theaters.
A $10 wristband gives attendees access to all Holy Underground Block Party activities, music, discounts at participating businesses, drink specials at all venues and of course an awesome afternoon of live music. The block party will run until about midnight at which point the MMIBTY team will be headed over to NORAD to catch house gods Dusky and Cassian doing their thing. It is truly a blessing to be able to catch both of these international powerhouses under the same roof and is sure to be quite a show. Be sure to grab your tickets for both events below as they are going fast, also check out some of Fridays featured Holy Underground artists below!
Look, what happened this past weekend on Randall’s Island is a tragedy – there’s no way around it. It was a tragedy for a few reasons, mainly because two people died, but also because of the national coverage it received and how it negatively affects the dance music scene as a whole. Oh yeah, and also because it was the fifth year of Electric Zoo: an event people from around the country had been looking forward to all Summer and a milestone for its founders. Sunday was a highly anticipated day of the festival, featuring sets by some of dance music’s biggest DJs, a world-record twerk wall, a Dim Mak stage, and a Drumcode stage. But due to the “safety concerns” by Mayor Bloomberg and the city of New York, Day 3 was shutdown and EZoo5 came to an abrupt end. Sure, fans are getting a refund but that’s a huge letdown all around. I could sit here and tell you how people must educate themselves and look after one another, but that has already been shoved down your throats thanks to guys like Tommie Sunshine. While I side with guys like Sunshine, A-Trak, and Kaskade (click that link to check out their Ecstasy PSA) , I also think situations like recent “overdoses” and arrests in Boston are getting out of hand. But I’m not here to focus on that. I’m here to talk about the two days that DID make the beginning of EZoo5 an enjoyable time. (I’ll say, however, I am a bit surprised we haven’t received much of a statement from the founders of Electric Zoo… but that’s for another discussion.)
So, Electric Zoo was in its fifth year this past weekend. I had attended all but the first year, making this the fourth year in a row I’d be trekking to Randall’s Island NYC for Labor Day weekend (check out 2012 and 2011). Electric Zoo has always held a special place in my heart. It was my first music festival ever and it was what I consider my first real exposure to dance music. I let my friends, who later became the MMIBTY founding team, introduce me to DJs and music I’d never heard of, taking me around to different stages and giving me doses of “must-see” experiences. I’m talking about guys like Rusko, Wolfgang Gartner, Boys Noize, and Armin Van Buuren among others. Not a ton has changed about the festival over the years. Starting year 3 EZoo expanded to three days and more and more people started getting involved, up to 100,000 people last year. This year the biggest change with Electric Zoo was the addition of a second main stage (oxymoron?). The designs of Hilltop and Riverside changed. The Hilltop stage was placed in the middle of the tent while rotating 360 degrees. The Riverside stage was very long across the width of the tent, with an intricate stage design that went 3-D with each night’s closing performance. Sunday School Grove stayed exactly the same as last year, allowing fans of Deep House, Tech-House, and other Underground music to experience sets in front of a lit-up neon school bus.
click through to read the rest of my thoughts plus you can listen to my top-3 sets from the weekend!
Compared to festivals like Ultra and Coachella, both having celebrated their 15th anniversaries in 2013, Electric Zoo is a infant. Yet the impact made by the festival cannot be overlooked. What started as a relatively small celebration of dance music in 2009 with only 26,000 attendees has grown to be one of the largest destination festivals in the country and expects to see well over 100,000 fans in attendance this year. As comes with recognition and tradition, the lineup has grown to almost 140 DJ’s and artists announced for this year’s event to date, with a few surprises sure to crop up in the coming month.
Having personally attended three of the five years of Electric Zoo, I have, like many others, come to experience the transformation of the festival from a niche celebration of dance music to a (sometimes gross) representation of the enormous popularity of “EDM” and the droves of young, irresponsible kids and illicit drugs that it attracts. And while this may have led many purists to turn their back on the festival to avoid such things, the fact remains that Made Event, the NYC-based promoters of the festival, consistently put their best foot forward to deliver an experience and a lineup that can appeal to just about everyone.
In order to accomodate what will probably be their biggest crowd yet, Electric Zoo has implemented two main stages this year in addition to the regular players: the Hilltop Arena, Riverside and Sunday School Grove. Perhaps also to host what may be their most massive lineup as well. Delivering almost every major DJ in the world in one three-day weekend, Electric Zoo promises to satisfy the mainstream EDM fan’s wildest dreams, at least until they get to the scheduling conflicts.
But if hearing Avicii drop his latest electro-country track or seeing David Guetta press play on his decks isn’t your bag, Electric Zoo makes up for it with a long list of must-see artists spread across the stages. Here’s some of my picks for each day, away from the madness of the main stages: