With another summer comes another round of one of the most unique, pretty, and talent filled music festivals on earth. Yes, it is that weekend in July that dance music fans wait for all year. A weekend where we know we will have three days in a row to party our asses off to one of the most diverse and talented line-up of artists. From the production to the fabulous location at our very own Red Rocks, there is just something special about this festival that makes it feel like home. Maybe it feels that way because this is the 12th year that GLOBAL DANCE FESTIVAL has showcased all of its magic in the rocky mountains. This year the magic continues as the masterminds behind the scenes have put together an explosive line-up that is sure to please almost anyone. Whether you are a huge house fan, a huge dubstep fan, a big time trap fan, a trance fan or anything in-between there is something for you. Aside from the top notch talent on the bill, what I love most about this festival, and the people that put it on, is their expertise at booking up-and-coming artists that are on their way to stardom. Below I will break down the five artists that I am most excited to see throughout the weekend. Let us know which artists you are looking forward to most and more importantly let’s get ready to GLOBAL DANCE!
Who likes FREE MUSIC? Okay that was a dumb question, everyone likes free music – especially us here at MMIBTY. And for that very reason I’m excited to feature Electro-House wunderkind Popeska and his new campaign to release awesome music to the world, for free, every day during the month of July. For those who may not have been paying attention, Popeska is the brilliant understudy of the also-brilliant Wolfgang Gartner and is signed to Wolfgang’s label Kindergarten Records. Popeska, whose real name is Ralph, is just 20 years old and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. His production style is Electro-infused but quite melodic at the same time and features that perfect balance upbeat dance music is all about. Popeska even recently released a track with Wolfgang Gartner called “We Are The Computers“, also for free download. It was pretty awesome. July 1st’s just-as-awesome release was called “Bang On Some Shit” and the rest, well, that’s for you to hear.
Here’s Ralph, aka Popeska, to tell you all about his #OneTrackADay campaign:
“For those who have been with me since the beginning, you would know that I started producing just for fun, putting up a song for free download every few days. In fact, the sole reason I even made a Soundcloud was just so I could share tracks with a couple of my producer friends, and the fact that people started even following it was definitely just like, ‘huh, well that’s weird that people are actually listening to this.’ Well, long story short, it kept catching on and growing to the point that I got an amazing opportunity to do the music thing full-time, so naturally, I grabbed that opportunity and never looked back.
That’s why I’ve decided to put out a free song every day for a month. Yep, 3 albums worth of music, just being put out there for kicks. And the weird thing is that there’s PLENTY more where that came from. I think now would be a good time to mention that I am/have been working on an album for a while now. So basically what all these “track-a-day” songs are in addition to the songs I’m putting on my album.
I really want to people to hear this music. They might not all be bangers. They might not appeal to everyone. But I put myself into every one of my songs. I want people to hear how much music I’ve made, to hear the sounds I’ve developed, and to hear where the sound of “Heart of Glass” and my other album tracks came from. But above all, I want to give something to my fans. The support I get is absolutely AMAZING, and I hope to support my fans back with some of the most genuine music I’ve made. And lots of it”.
Keep it locked here to catch each song as it comes out this month. And thank Popeska for all the free tunes!
Today Wolfgang Gartner and his understudy Popeska released their song “We Are The Computers” for free download. This marks the first time in Wolfgang Gartner’s outstanding career that he’s released an original track for free. I’ve always been willing to pay for Wolfgang’s top-notch productions but I’ll gladly take one of his tracks free of charge. If you haven’t heard of Popeska, he’s an extremely talented member of Kindergarten Recordings (Wolfgang Gartner’s record label). Popeska hails from Atlanta, Georgia and is just 20 years old. His name is also Ralf. “We Are the Computers” is a melodic collaboration between Wolfgang Gartner and Popeska, with a robotic chorus that exclaims “We Are The Computers”. The drum beat was clearly constructed by Wolfgang, as it resembles other drum patterns he has used in the past. The melodic parts are likely influenced by Popeska, since many of his tracks have layers of, well, melodic synths over them. I’ll admit I don’t love the track the way I’ve loved past Wolfgang Gartner productions, and I certainly yearn for the days of “5th Symphony”, “Hook Shot”, “Montezuma”, “Space Junk”, “Illmerica”, and so much more but I’ll certainly take a song that highlights the skill of an up-and-coming Electro-House artist.
Check out the track below and enjoy the free download!
In the category of ‘artists who rarely disappoint’, Wolfgang Gartner is back with yet another masterpiece called “Piranha” out today on his label Kindergarten Records. If you’re wondering who else I think falls into that category, you can include Eric Prydz, Mat Zo, Mark Knight, and a few others (scroll through my previous posts to see). Wolfgang Gartner has so carefully crafted and perfected his sound and many elements of “Piranha” will sound familiar to you if you’ve heard his songs over the past couple years. Though Wolfgang tends to produce Electro-House songs, as “Piranha” can be considered, he always adds hints of funk, melody, and grooviness that few other dance producers can create. If you listen extra closely to “Piranha”, you even hear a Reggae-infused drum roll that you’d find in a typical Bob Marley song. Adding to the energy of the song is female vocal cuts singing “higher, higher, higher”. I love the piano breakdown in the middle only to build things up to an end-of-song explosion.
Wolfgang Gartner was one of the first real discoveries for me when I was getting into dance music and it’s nice that his sounds are still incredible yet refreshingly new.
When I saw two of my favorite Electro-House producers (and quite frankly two of the most talented producers in the dance music game) were teaming up on a track I couldn’t have been more excited. Personally I thought it was long overdue for producers Tommy Trash and Wolfgang Gartner to work together, but I suppose the cliché holds true in that good things come to those who wait. I knew the Hounds of Hell Tour was coming around, featuring not only Tommy Trash and Wolfgang Gartner, but also Bass Kleph and Charlie Darker, so it only made sense that the track “Hounds of Hell” was released in an effort to generate additional buzz. The result is nothing short of spectacular, and exactly as good as I was hoping for. I think the most impressive aspect of “Hounds of Hell” is that you can hear an equal balance between Tommy Trash’s sounds and Wolfgang Gartner’s sounds. Plenty of Wolfgang Gartner synths fill up the intro and breaks, while Tommy Trash’s signature devastating drops are ever-present in this high-energy banger. As dance music fans we’ve come to expect greatness from Trash and Gartner and “Hounds of Hell” exemplifies this perfectly. Make sure you go to see the Hounds of Hell Tour if it’s coming to a city near you, because I can attest that both these guys put on amazing shows. Plus everything I’ve heard of Bass Kleph live is phenomenal.
This extraordinary Drum and Bass, 4-man band from the UK (Piers Aggett, Kesi Dryden, Amir Amor, and DJ Locksmith) called Rudimental, was easily one of my top 3 favorite performances that I had the privilege of seeing during my wild Electric Zoo Festival weekend in New York. Especially after seeing countless amazing acts throughout the last few days, it’s always overwhelmingly difficult when trying to pin point which performances were your favorites. In this case, Rudimental came to mind right away with no hesitation.
Something about their performance had a hugely inspiring and uplifting impact on me and I loved every second of it. They performed at one of the many Official Electric Zoo After Parties, on Saturday night at the Best Buy Theatre alongside Modeselektor and Delta Heavy. A lot of big names were also playing shows that night including Wolfgang Gartner and the Dirtybird Label artists, so I don’t think this particular show the majority of the EZoo-animals’ top choice for an after party. The place wasn’t balls to the walls or anything; but there was definitely a good crowd there. My friends and I immediately got sucked into staying after hearing only a few minutes of Modeselektor’s set. Rudimental came on after and I literally had the best time of my life. They played such awesome music, and at the end they even spun in some oldies, including Marvin Gaye‘s, “Let’s Get It On”, which made it and unforgettable and hilarious evening. They also play some live instruments and it really makes their music and entire package that much better. It was something totally unexpected and beautiful to bring to the stage, and the crowd seemed to be all about it. The band had a great, positive energy, seeing as they were laughing and dancing with the crowd. It was fun to watch them have as much fun as we were. At the very end, they even walked out to the end of the stage and high fived everyone and took a bow–NSYNC/Backstreet Boys style. That’s when your know they’ve really got somethin’ there. I’ve been raving about them ever since that night and I probably won’t stop!
Rudimental debuted their first studio album called “Home” with Warner Music UK this past April and it has already been huge for them. It delivers a list of beautifully written and produced D’n'B tracks that seem to have some influence of R&B, funk, soul, and UK garage. Including their breakthrough number one hit single “Feel The Love”, the album also includes other awesome singles such as “Spoons”, “Not Giving In”, “Waiting All Night” and “Right Here”. The quartet also chose a number of absolutely flawless vocalists to accompany them on the album, and Foxes, John Newman, Ella Eyre, Becky Hill, and Emeli Sandé, are just to name a handful. Their music is a cool mix between relaxing and energizing. Every single track out of the total 12 is flat out dope. It’s a must-listen-to album. Get it on iTunes here!
They also just recently announced their big, upcoming tour for 2014 which they were really excited about. They’ll be packing their bags and heading out to see their fellow fans in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia starting in February. Don’t miss them when they come back to the U.S! I promise you’ll love these dudes. Listen to some of my favorite tracks off of their album, “Home” below!