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The Inaugural CRSSD Festival Brings Ibiza Vibes to San Diego [FESTIVAL PREVIEW]

I’ve only been to San Diego once in my life. It was about ten months ago during my road trip that moved me from Boston to San Francisco. I spent 36 hours, give or take, in “America’s Finest City” and while I certainly received a good taste of what San Diego has to offer, I knew there had to be a return trip planned. When I heard about the first-ever CRSSD Festival, and saw the subsequent lineup, I immediately knew I’d be returning to San Diego on March 14 & 15, 2015.

FNGRS CRSSD is a promotions company focused on electronic music headquartered in California. The company hosts recurring weekly events at San Diego’s Bang Bang, regular events at LA’s Sound nightclub, and has thrown pop-up events at Coachella and Splash House. FNGRS CRSSD’s booking policy revolves around noncommercial live acts and DJs. FNGRS CRSSD has produced stand-alone events in the last twelve months for Dixon, Seth Troxler, T. Williams, Cajmere, Scuba, Claude VonStroke, The Martinez Bros, as well as the likes of Gorgon City, Kygo, TEED, Ryan Hemsworth and many more. In December 2014 FNGRS CRSSD announced CRSSD, a two-day 21+ festival on the Bay of San Diego, taking place March 14/15, 2015. Taking its cue from festivals like Sonar and BPM, CRSSD is defined by forward thinking electronic artists, combining live and DJ performances.

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Treasure Fingers – Honey Dip [Original Mix]

The remix master hailing from Atlanta, Treasure Fingers, is back at it again with a rare but much welcomed original production. Todays track entitled Honey Dip couldn’t be much more fun, including a humorous vocal sample and a plethora of equally interesting sounds and effects. Blurring the lines between a very upbeat house or nu-disco track and or a relaxed trap type track, regardles we are addicted to this original piece from Treasure Fingers. Big thanks to Treasure Fingers for providing us with yet another free download below, and be sure to check out his new tracks with Anna Lunoe and Motez also up on his Soundcloud.

A Short But Sweet Interview With Australia’s House Queen: Anna Lunoe

The beautiful and talented Anna Lunoe has been absolutely exploding in the dance music world over the past couple years. Though I started to really take notice when she dropped her tune “Breathe“, Anna Lunoe has been entrenched in music since the age of five. These days Anna is all business with a little fun on the side (spotted at the World Cup in Brazil). Anna’s recently released tracks with Treasure Fingers and Alex Metric & Yuksek (called the Alexanders), in addition to her non-stop tour schedule. Anna Lunoe even just got announced as a new member of the #shipfam and will be aboard Holy Ship in 2015. Now based in Los Angeles and with new music on the horizon (and perhaps even a live show in 2014), it’s easy to see why we wanted to ask Anna Lunoe a few questions. Let’s see what she had to say… (MMIBTY): How has coming from Australia helped to shape your sound and your style as an artist?
Anna Lunoe: I think being in Australia meant that I got well-versed across a lot of different genres more than I might have if I lived overseas. Australians are all across different genres popping off all over the world but we don’t always have the scenes to have the luxury to be the kind of DJ who only plays one style, so that made me really versatile and flexible. It made me want to make music that sat between various scenes and trends because I spent so many years always trying to move through a few genres at a time! And that in itself really influenced how I like to structure my songs. I know from DJing what I need out of a song structure and I’m really thinking about that. I think that’s super important.

MMIBTY: You played the OWSLA party in Miami. How was that and how did you get involved? We were there and you killed it! (check out this vid, it was supposed to be in slo-mo)
Anna Lunoe: Ha! That video is funny. That was a crazy party. I was so excited when I was asked to play, was such a great line up!

MMIBTY: What’s your #1 DJ weapon right now?
Anna Lunoe: BDD! [Bass Drum Dealer]

MMIBTY: Do you think you’re treated any differently being a female DJ? Do you get any perks that the guys don’t get?
Anna Lunoe: I don’t know! I guess I will never know exactly how it has effected my career path in both negative and positive ways. All I can do is just try to be the best I can be.

MMIBTY: Not many producers sing their own songs. How long have you been singing for?
Anna Lunoe: Well, as a kid I was in choir a bit, as a teenager I used to write terrible songs on acoustic guitar. I still do sometimes. I always knew I could sing. When I started DJing I didn’t really tell anyone but I always secretly hoped people would find out, but a few years went by and they didn’t. Then I just decided one day in 2010 or so that I wanted to sing on this Justin Martin song [“Sad Piano”], so I did.

MMIBTY: What’s one goal you have for yourself by the end of 2014 (career or personal)?
Anna Lunoe: I want to do a live show. Personal goals, I planted a garden this year on my balcony and I am obsessed with it. I want to grow my own food! But I think I need a bigger balcony to really make that happen… so I guess I need a hit to career goals!

Check out some of Anna’s sounds below, including her brand new track “All Out” and her head-turning mix for Diplo & Friends.

Anna Lunoe – Bass Drum Dealer (B.D.D) [NEST031]

This past April, Anna Lunoe kicked off the festival season on the Sahara Stage making her Coachella debut. The set was a sophisticated genre-bending thrill ride winning her legions of new fans. A particular tribal club record in her set caught the attention of Skrillex, resulting in him signing, mixing and mastering the track himself. Now Anna has teamed up with Nest to bring you the Bass Drum Dealer (B.D.D) EP. With B.D.D, Anna takes us on a journey through house-inspired jungle rhythms, industrial synths, and a slamming half-time breakdown, with the song punctuated by Lunoe’s hypnotic vocals.T he B-side features the collaboration between club maestro, Treasure Fingers, and Anna titled “Bad MF” — a West Coast-inspired House record with serious dancefloor potential. “Bad MF” might take the cake for me, but either way, the entire EP is available for free download so get clicking and become your own bass drum dealer!

Treasure Fingers & The Knocks – DYWT

Say it ain’t so! The team that brought us one of the best nu disco tracks (and cover art) of 2013 with My Body has decided to bring back their slinky bass-laced grooves one more time. Teaming up with the boys at Fool’s Gold Records, Treasure Fingers and The Knocks are giving the exclusive release (and free download) to the Clubhouse dance series. Continuing to bringing the sensual beats to the sunsets and pool parties, the guys ask the quintessential rhetorical question on this one, “Do you want to?” The answer always better be affirmative when referring to these disco dancers. Get down with DYWT this weekend and never be afraid to ask that every so important question when at the club!

2013 in Review: Indie & Nu-Disco

2013 has been an amazing year for the EDM industry as a whole, Indie Dance and Nu-Disco are two genres that seem to have truly exploded this year as we witnessed tracks such as Royals and groups like Disclosure reach every radio station and musical outlet around the world. With Daft Punk and Pharrell’s track Get Lucky crushing charts and album sales since its release there is no doubt that EDM skeptics from previous years are finally coming around and truly enjoying these more approachable genres. Clearly there were the obvious five or six tracks from the list below that just couldn’t be left out as they quickly climbed to the top of Billboard’s top 100 list and often remained there for months. Then there was also a new generation of lesser knowns that have truly broken out of their shells and caught the worlds attention this year such as Duke Dumont, Hot Natured, Russ Chimes and many more.

The list below is filled with some of the years most creative and fun tracks, containing uplifting beats sure to get just about any dance floor moving and vocals that even your parents can relate too. We couldn’t be happier with the diversity of this years list it is great to watch as young guns like Anna Lunoe, Amtrac, and Thomas Jack make their way alongside the likes of Daft Punk, Boys Noize and Dillon Francis. With many of these tracks gaining a lot of momentum in the music industry as a whole we are witnessing more and more sold out shows and events and hearing more and more of our favorite artists on all sorts of media outlets be it radio, film, or television, 2013 has truly been a huge year for the Indie Dance and Nu-disco Movement. Have a listen to the tracks below which are in no specific order what so ever, but all of a quality we at MMIBTY carefully deemed as the years best. Be sure to support all the artists on the list and check out the continuos mix below from EASTablished!