Exclusive Interview with the Unruly and Admired Netherlands DJ, Dyro- (ThatDrop)

Dyro, Dutch house artist is classified as one of the most talented DJs in the industry. From bedroom DJ to worldwide touring artist, Dyro builds his name reflecting as a successful individual. Since one of his first releases Daftastic on Hardwell‘s Revealed Recordings, his musical journey has been in a steady upward direction.

The busy musician is consistently booked performing at big-name clubs like Space in Ibiza, and also, at music festivals including EDC Las Vegas. With such an admirable success, the artist is ranked as one of the Top DJs on DJ Mag. We were intrigued with Dyros’ accomplishments, and eager to talk to him a little bit more about his musical career.

Check out our exclusive interview with Dyro.

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You were ranked twice back to back as the 27th DJ on DJ Mag Top 100, can you tell us a little bit how that makes you feel?

Landing in the Top 100 DJs poll really changed the whole prospect of my career early-on. At the time, I was the youngest ever, highest new entry and it completely gave me a new level exposure I’d never had before. It obviously felt great and was a big milestone that I appreciated so much, it really shows how behind you the fans are which as a young guy starting out, meant the world to me.

Have you always been interested in making music? What has led you here where you’re standing now?

Yes, I’m a very creative guy. Because I’m Dutch I grew up around all the different styles of big-room and trance that has now developed into the EDM boom – I sort of rode that wave in the beginning of my career. I was just inspired by the sounds I was exposed to. Hard work has for sure led me to where I am right now, I used to practice and practice making beats in my bedroom, spending hours learning techniques – I’m 100% self-taught and in the beginning, I always thought of myself as more of a producer than a DJ, but I think that was a case of getting familiar and comfortable with the next steps and how my career could evolve.

You’re also the owner of WOLV Record Label. What made you decide to create WOLV?

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I wanted to build a crew of like-minded producers to release some of the harder and more unique sounds that were out there. Some guys I’ve met at events like DanceFair in the Netherlands, where unknown guys have just submitted demos to me and I’ve signed them there and then on the spot, other – like Loopers for instance – are buddies of mine that I just think are totally dope and I wanna be working with. There are no rules with WOLV, and that is the exciting thing.

What do you envision for WOLV Record Label and everyone involved in it?

For us to be unruly and step outside the box by doing what we love.

I noticed you have a variety of sounds in your tracks. From electro to bass. When producing, what inspires your choice in the theme of a track you want to develop?

It really depends, sometimes I just want that bass to feel like a punch in the face, other times, I want listeners to ride out the more electro sounds overall. I’ve always followed my gut and the fans have stuck by me in that so I know I have the freedom to not experiment, but listen to my instincts.

What kind of mistakes have you seen DJs make when trying to make it in the industry?

Pandering to other artist, or labels and managers, thoughts and demands. Stay true to yourself, if you’re original and pushing yourself the hardest you can, you can have faith that you’ve taken the steps you need for you, artistically.

What kind of tactics do you use to prepare yourself for a successful show?

I wouldn’t use the word ‘tactics’ but I always make sure I have some hot edits and have an idea of some key tracks I wanna drop – that and just getting pumped, making sure I’m in the right frame of mind to give the audience what they want.

Listen to Dyro’s Daftastic Radio to get feel on how he mixes it up:

What should your fans look forward to this year from you?

New releases! A lot of them – my new collab with GTA and a huge solo one I’ve been sitting on for a while now are both coming very soon.

Any final words for our readers?

See you this weekend and don’t forget to cop ‘Talkin Bout’, my new collab with GTA January 29th!

Dyro without a question is a passionate artist thriving in the industry. Last year reflected a lot of his solid work, and this year will be an even greater uprising. He hasn’t let anyone down with everything he has crafted last year. So as he pointed out, stay tune for new releases, and including the collaboration with GTA coming out soon!

Listen to bonus track Good Feelin by Dyro:

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CRSSD Fest Spring 2018 Leaves Us with a Glow- (ThatDrop)

The semi-yearly CRSSD Fest made its stupendous reappearance in San Diego for its 2018 spring edition. The musical paradise proves once more it’s exclusivity to highlighting the talent that stays hidden within the shadows and bringing forward those who are familiar to our ears. Besides carrying its reputation for the prime location between city hall and San Diego’s ocean waterfront, CRSSD Fest 2018 resulted as a top favored event for house and techno aficionados.

With more than 35 + artists scheduled to perform, we feature some of our favorite moments and performances that occurred throughout the entire weekend.

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Day one kicked off successfully with an army of dancing souls overwhelming the courtyard of San Diego’s waterfront. You could feel everyone’s’ excitement from the start of the festival as for many it was their first time and others it was a local tradition.

The Palms Stage was decorated with natures finest leaves and trees setting a beach vibe atmosphere. Sets like Nora En Pure who welcomed the San Diego’s sunset and Honey Dijon made for a sublime space. Others who packed the Palm Stage include UK DJ Wiess, house producer MK and a closing set of Shiba San.

Listen to Shiba San’s remix of Chris Malinchak ‘So Good To Me’:

The darker underground vibes took over City Steps with techno performances that included Patrice BaumelCharlotte De Witte, and Cirez D (Eric Prydz’s alter-ego). If you wanted something more melodic yet energizing, you could walk on over to the Ocean View Stage.

GryffinLittle Dragon, and guitar smashing Empire Of The Sun, all had live performances with a stupefying production.

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Day One ended at midnight, yet the party continued into the nightfall. CRSSD hosted official Afterdark parties at numerous of locations like Bang Bang, Music Box, Spin and El Camino nightclubs in San Diego. Acts like Wax Motif, ArdalanTigaMark KnightCirez DCristoph, and Lee Burridge were all apart of the sold-out spectacles.

Listen to bonus track Feel by Cristoph:

Day two of CRSSD Fest approached quickly and with colder winds. Despite the fact that the sun never made its appearance and many had to layer up, the Sunday lineup assisted in cranking the heat.

The Ocean View stage had a variety of performances that kept the crowd coming. From the tropical house beats of SNBRNto instrumental heavenly melodies of Bonobo to transferring you into a dreamy state with Jai Wolf, Ocean View Stage delivered.

Listen to bonus track No Reason by Bonobo:

The techno underground vibes carried on at City Steps with Alan FitzpatrickAnnaNicole Maoudaber and an extended two-hour closing set of Sasha. Lastly, the Palm Stage was super fun in light of the DJs who influenced it. From Trippy Turtledressing in onesie outfits to the energetic set by This Ain’t Bristol founder, Billy Kenny and Dirtybird duo Walker & Royce. There wasn’t a moment in time at the Palm Stage that anyone stood still.

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Let’s not leave out all the music enthusiasts who pretty much made CRSSD Fest for what it is. This year seemed to really bring out many peoples’ inner child by dressing up in costumes or wearing their favorite label clothing to representing the ‘House & Techno’ family jackets. Even though it stayed overcast on both days, it seemed to remain bright and cheerful with everyone’s’ vibrant energy. From splashing their feet in the water fountain to sharing laughs and hugs, there was never a dull moment.

Once again, CRSSD Fest proved the best kind of family is the one and only House and Techno clan.

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Step Into Lane 8’s Deep House Storytelling Album, Little by Little- (ThatDrop)

In the recent years, Anjunadeep artist Lane 8 has been thriving on a successful and notable musical journey. The deep house artist takes steps in releasing pleasant singles like FingerprintMidnight, a remix of Innerbloom by Rufus Du Sol and albums, including Rise, and now his storytelling album, Little By Little.  

Little By Little characterizes a visionary story, track by track reflecting thorough craftsmanship and patience.

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Little By Little Album Cover by Lane 8

The 10-track collection infuses Lane 8’s particular elegant production that are both mystical and sophisticated intertwining instrumental club elements, pop-infused patterns, and meditative electronic. Mastering the storytelling album, Little By Little results the familiar artistry of Lane 8 that keeps fans coming back.

He exhibits variety featuring vocals by J.F JulyFractures, and Polica’s Channy Leaneagh in the midst of upholding his sound we all dearly love.

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I think that writing and releasing my first album, Rise, so early in the Lane 8 project was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. But at the time, it felt like albums were really on the out. A lot of people within the dance music industry said albums were a waste of time and effort – nobody listened to them anymore. Especially not from relatively new, low profile artists! Most artists within dance music were releasing single after single every few months – and having a lot of success with that formula.

Maybe it’s because I grew up on albums, but I’ve always felt that a good album tells a story and creates an experience that is impossible to replicate with a run of single tracks alone – no matter how good they are. When I listened to my favorite albums as a kid, one of the things I loved the most was entering the artist’s world – even if just for an hour, it felt like I was being taken on a unique journey that could really be savored, a journey only that artist could take me on…” -Lane 8

On top of the perception he conveys, Lane 8 also has a reputation for holding close to him the no-phones and no-filming event concept: This Never Happened. Delivering that approach, he has now embarked an extensive global tour taking in North America, Europe, and Australia.

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Words by Lane 8 on This Never Happened Concept:

Somewhere along the way, we as a society have lost the ability to experience those special moments. On the rare occasion that they do happen, we scramble to grab our phones in the time to capture them- but those moments cannot be truly captured-and they don’t need to be broadcasted or recorded. Sometimes, the best thing we can do is fully appreciate what is happening in that room, at that moment, with those people around us…

Listen to Lane 8’s album Little by Little below:

Tour Dates Below & Ticket Link Here:

  • January 25th – Ironwood Hall, Austin, TX
  • January 26th – Stereo Live Houston, Houston, TX
  • January 27th – Stereo Live Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • February 1st – Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL
  • February 2nd – Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI
  • February 3rd – El Club, Detroit, MI
  • February 8th – The Loft at Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
  • February 9th – Space, Miami, FL
  • February 10th – Gilt, Orlando, FL
  • February 16th – Republic New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  • February 17th – The Ritz Ybor, Tampa, FL
  • February 22nd – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
  • February 23rd – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
  • February 24th – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY
  • February 25th – The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
  • March 2nd – Corona Theatre, Montreal, QC
  • March 3rd – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
  • March 8th – Terminal West, Atlanta, GA
  • March 9th – The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
  • March 10th – The Novo, Los Angeles, CA
  • March 14th – WOW Hall, Eugene, OR
  • March 15th – VENUE, Vancouver, BC
  • March 16th – Holocene, Portland, OR
  • March 17th – The Showbox, Seattle, WA
  • March 23rd – Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
  • March 24th – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
  • March 25th – Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
  • April 20th – Sugar, Adelaide, AUS
  • April 21st – Max Watts, Sydney, AUS
  • April 24th – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, AUS
  • April 25th – Capulet, Brisbane, AUS
  • May 3rd – Phonox, London, UK
  • May 4th – Versions, Manchester, UK
  • May 5th – Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
  • May 6th – Voodoo, Belfast, UK

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Embrace the Sunshine State of Mind at CRSSD Fest [Playlist]- (ThatDrop)

With less than two weeks away, the semi-annual safe haven CRSSD Fest is almost here. The 7th edition returns to the impeccable location between city hall and San Diego’s ocean shore. Since CRSSD Fest never neglects to convey a divine experience, fans were already purchasing tickets and planning the weekend getaway before the music lineup was even announced. However, once it was released consisting established and emerging acts in the dance community, sure enough, it didn’t disappoint.

Feast your eyes on this Spring’s CRSSD Festival lineup.

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CRSSD Fest Spring ’18 Lineup

Being one of the most exciting times for techno and house enthusiasts, we created a playlist while you prepare for the weekend escape.

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The Next Chapter is Finally Here with Enter The Maze by Downlowd-(ThatDrop)

The computer head producer Downlowd is still on his trek dropping tracks that are pleasant to the ears. After featuring his first chapter debut Well Connected, Downlowd started the domino effect of delivering more storytelling music. Picking up where he left off, Unplugged was released soon before remixing a bonus track XL by Fly By Midnight.

Without a break in his developing career, Downlowd premieres a creative electro- bass house single, Enter The Maze.

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He implements a singular sound like no other introducing an animated and computerized world acknowledging his broad talent. The dramatic basslines actualize darker house tones in the deliverance of a suspenseful journey.

Enter The Maze is the third single as the next chapter coinciding his characters’ story in the Downlowd project.

Downlowd’s story behind Enter The Maze:

‘Enter the Maze’ continues our protagonist’s story directly after the events of ‘Unplugged’- with the help of what seems to be a new ally. Downlowd must now come to terms with his new reality as a computerhead and escape the treacherously vast Genesis facility. Unfortunately, the only way out is through the tech labyrinth… A cybernetic jungle, riddled with genetically modified guards, robots, and hologhosts. To escape and find his way home, Downlowd must ‘ENTER THE MAZE’.

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As part of the climactic story, Enter The Maze is the official third single embodying Downlowds’ new EP Origin set to be released late March. As the domino effect continues with back to back releases, he will be opening up for Feed Me aExchange LA in California on February 23rd.

Listen and download for free Enter The Maze by Downlowd: 

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Lucidity 2018: Rising Dawn, Awaken the New Story-(thatDROP)

“Imagine immersing yourself in a community that assists in transforming individual’s lives by experience. For the past six years, the transformational music festival Lucidity has done exactly that for our society. Lucidity 2018: Rising Dawn returns to Live Oak Campground in Santa Barbara, CA on April 6th-8th.

Lucidity continues to create a collective and personal story for global transformation.

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Monthly Artist Feature: Petit Biscuit

Mehdi Benjelloun better known as Petit Biscuit is a nineteen year-old French producer that is gaining worldwide recognition for his tasteful and sweet-sounding musicianship. He crafts a contemporary style of classical and modern music arrangements, forming a hybrid of ambient, techno, and house music styles.

Petit Biscuit’s musical curiosities at a young age paved his way for a remarkable future.

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Benjelloun began playing the cello at just five-years-old. He learned to play guitar and piano, years to follow. When he was twelve he began to learn audio production. Two years later he released his debut single “Palms” under his musical alias, Petit Biscuit. He coined the name after his love for French pastries, it was a nickname his grandmother would call him. At the age of fifteen Petit Biscuit began to gain popularity with his renowned single ‘Sunset Lover”. The single peaked at #13 on Billboard charts and currently has over 500 millions streams.

Petit Biscuit released his debut LP, Presence, in November, 2017 under his own record label Petit Biscuit Music.  With his infectious and melodic music brand, the French prodigy captures the essence of peace, beauty, and enchantment. His uniquely orchestrated synths and delicate vocal chops flourish throughout his music. His latest record can easily drift your mind to a natural setting. Imagine climbing a giant Sequoia tree or floating on a giant lily pad in the sea. His creative and ambient music style will take you there.

Presence will warm the soul with euphoria.

To support his full-length album, Petit Biscuit toured through major cities across Europe, Australia, and North America and sold out shows in major cities. On the stage, Petit performs his original tracks live using a keyboard, synth pad, electronic guitar, and drum pad. While on his tour Petit Biscuit released his Suffer | Safe EP in October, 2018. The two-song collection showcased another side of his versatile approach. Petit painted a light-hearted electro-pop piece, “Suffer”,  which contrasted with the darker and glitchy single “Safe. The electronic sensation continues to surprise audiences across the globe with his delicately crafted compositions. Still at the early stage of his career, we look forward to seeing how the young talent will grow his artistry.

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The Summary of My First Day in Bangkok

What’s my first impression of Bangkok?

Spiritually Beautiful, Friendly Community, and Ridiculously Affordable.

After a long trek from Los Angeles to Bangkok, Thailand, I’m talking about nearly twenty hours; I was agitated and irritated. Going through immigration and multiple checkpoints really tested my patience. I had an eight-hour layover in China, and somehow I ended getting lost for two hours during my transfer at the Beijing airport. Don’t ask me how this happened, but simply not paying attention and the jet lag taking over me led me to the wrong and opposite side of the massive airport. Already impatient, I had to go through the hassle of explaining that I was lost, but with the language barrier, it became a headache and difficult. Once I found my way back to the international terminals where I needed to be, without hesitation, I sat down at a restaurant and had a glass of wine.

My initial journey to Bangkok was a bit hectic. However, I arrived in Thailand, and my attitude was adjusted and simmered noting it was over and I made it. Calmly I walked outside of the airport ready to start the adventure. The warmth of the air and humidity forced me to take off layers. I removed my coat and scarf and quickly pinned up my thick hair. I instantly noticed a lot of other tourists and backpackers from different backgrounds. There was an enormous amount of commotion happening; however, it was the kind of commotion that exploited everyone’s excitement. I didn’t have much knowledge of how the transportation worked, but I was relieved to see a proper system to order a cab. I waited in a massive line filled with other curious travelers and groups for almost 30 minutes to take a position number which directed me to a cab pick up lane. I had the impression I wasn’t going to deal with traffic like in Los Angeles, but I was wrong. I spent almost an hour in it, and that didn’t include the instance when my cab driver got lost and had to ask for directions. I was tired and ready to lay my head down, but I had to remember this was only part of my experience. As a matter of fact, my curiosity woke me back up and sparked the great opportunity to gaze outside; familiarizing myself with the atmosphere of the city.

How would I describe it? Compared to what I have seen before in India and Vancouver, it met the middle of the two. There are well developed medium sized skyscrapers that were surrounded by what looked like lower class sheds of homes and stores. These were either decorated with gold and bedazzled religious statues or filled with floral arrangements. At every corner, there was the famed American Seven Eleven or Mcdonalds with an entrance filled with street food carts. I saw more modern vehicles, full-size cabs, and mopeds than tuk-tuks.

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After finally arriving at the Airbnb, I took moments to relax but on the patio. It overlooked what seemed like the countryside of Bangkok and had a spectacular view of the city skyline. Bangkok conveys a village vibe but with an aim to be a modern developed city. My hungry stomach interrupted, so I decided to head out to get some food. Thankfully I was close to the main road where a lot of the restaurants, stores, and other amenities was located. I had to walk down a smaller street to get there, and amid doing so, I ran into locals. Here is when my adjective of friendly community steps in. The locals of Bangkok didn’t seem to make a huge deal that I was a tourist or traveler. The community doesn’t stare because you looked different. Instead, they would glance at you with a grin and carry on. In comparison to my past experience like India, I was a ghost in the streets of Bangkok. Not once did I feel unsafe or worried about walking at night. The roads weren’t filled with homeless people begging for money. There would be odd smells here and there and stray dogs, but nothing too extreme forcing me to build a wall. The most obvious element I did recognize was that the streets were mostly clean. After a warm, delicious, and very cheap meal at a nearby restaurant, I was content and satisfied.

That was the wrap up of my first night in Bangkok. I decided to stay in, rest, and get ready for two full days I was going to spend in the city. It was a bumpy and long initial journey, however, what was to come, made it all worth it. So far at this point, in my mind, I already knew, this was going to be an easy trip to navigate, and one that was going to be the most memorable.
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Visiting Landmarks and Temples (Coming Soon)
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DJ Duo Ouno Get Raw And Emotional With Debut Single “Lost at Sea”

Hailing from the east coast is two emerging house producers who combined form OUNO. After a slew of releases debuting breakthrough remixes, OUNO recently announced their newest single “Lost at Sea” Ft. Keaton Lusk out today!

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This single captivates listeners with a delicate ambiance embodied by echoed vocals from Keaton and a simple live instrumental drop that hits the core. It characterizes the raw emotions audiences could authentically relate to by pulling a nostalgic despair.

With a passionate desire to revamp and invent their own signature sound, OUNO are the duo to keep on your radar. 

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Pronounced as “Oh You Know,” Ouno started buzzing in the local scene of Richmond and recently opened for the famed record producer and musician Gryffin. Their musical influences pull sounds from artists like Pink Floyd, Hotel Garuda, Armend Van Helden, and many more. Paving a path towards success, their vigorous passion will take them to the next level. So keep your ears alert, OUNO are the rising stars of tomorrow.

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Monthly Artist Feature: Odesza

Since starting off in college, the breakthrough duo Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight or well known as Odesza best decision were to join forces and build a music empire together. You would have to go hundreds of miles and dig deep under the rocks to find someone who doesn’t recognize the name Odesza.

Due to their prolific approach to live production, they remain at a constant pinpoint.

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Odesza’s music is characterized as cinematic instrumental electronic music continuing to remain unmatched. Their music is nostalgically euphoric while also balancing heavy percussion kicks as their drum line tend to spark the birth of an earthquake.

They began to buzz in the underground electronic scene once their first debut album was released called Summer’s Gone in 2012. Two years later, their In Return album followed and charted on the top of Billboard’s Dance/Electronic charts. The same album consisted of the breakthrough single ‘Say My Name‘ which later was remixed by RAC and achieved a Grammy Nomination in 2016. The duo remained quiet for what seemed like years but quickly grasped their fans attention with the debut of a third album, A Moment Apart. It was released right before embarking on multiple sold-out shows in a national tour while their album was charting at #3 on the Billboard 200.

There isn’t question as to why we decided to choose Odesza has the Monthly Artist Feature. On top of having fearless ways to develop heartfelt music, their presence when performing leaves imprints to the eyes. From fireworks to galactic space-time travel visuals, Odesza in totality with music and production has proved that they will be remembered for centuries to come.

After Odesza embarking on successful sold-tours last year, they come through to announce a new festival hosted by Foreign Family and themselves. Click here for more information.

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Get High With Hippie Sabotage In Our Exclusive Smoke Sesh Interview [EDM]

After rolling up blunts, Hippie Sabotage had a lot to say about positive mentalities.

There are only a few musicians that you can look at and confirm their love as an artist versus the benefits financially. Especially the ones who like to carry the peace and love mentality that is obviously needed in today’s world. There are two talented brothers that work together making beats who are acutely passionate to be artists. Meet Kevin and Jeff Saurer also musically known as electronic and Hip-Hop producers Hippie Sabotage.

The duo has been working together for over ten years and shown no sign of quitting. Despite already leading an attractive hippie lifestyle, they have devotedly built an empire of dynamic music. Hippie Sabotage is best known for producing tracks that could be defined as instrumental music but has hard kicks of Hip-Hop and Trap. They started buzzing in the scene once their breakthrough remix “Stay High” by Tove Lo was issued. After a slew of releases, they’ve retrieved in a combination of other singles over millions of streams. In recent news, they just announced their Lost California Tour this fall, and we couldn’t be more excited.

I can go on and on about their endeavors and image they portray, but we don’t know truly the facts unless we hear it from them. With a lot of laughs and giggles, I had a smoke session with the duo and discussed what their thoughts are on recent events in the industry and what’s behind their music. Enjoy!

First off, how was Hippie Sabotage formed?

K: It started when we were skateboard kids which is all we did. Then started making Youtube videos and we wanted to put music behind. So, our curiosity sparked on how we could make Hip-Hop beats. Anything that was related to that, we remained curious.

So, were you guys self-taught or did you go to school?

J: No, we didn’t take classes.

K: Jeff started making beats in middle school, and I watched him for years, and he even took guitar lessons but never went to them and so I just went to them instead.

How did you come up with the name Hippie Sabotage?

K: I had a lanier that had our dad’s initials and I always carried it around me. Those letters stayed with me in my mind, and after talking to each other, we came up with Hippie Sabotage. So, we rolled with it.

With over ten years of experience making music, seeing how much the music industry as involved and changed, how important is it to you guys to remain authentic to who you are and what you make?

K- For our fans, they just want to hear what our ideas are.

J- We don’t stress over about being ourselves. We love putting our ideas out there. The whole point of being an artist is being you and not trying to fit in.

It’s obvious you guys are doing well being who you are as an artist, I mean you’ve hit up a lot of the major cities in the US and now, have toured in different countries. What’s your experience been like traveling internationally?

J- The international shows are a lot smaller, so they’re intimate. It took us a couple of shows to adapt, but now we love those.

K- In the smaller shows, the energy is wilder.

What have been some of your favorite places to perform?

K- Brock, London, and Ireland are fun.

J- Paris and London.

You started off as Hip-Hop producers, then merged into electronic, what encouraged you to make that transition?

K- There was a time that EDM wasn’t really a thing. We would tell people that we made beats and they wouldn’t know what we were talking about. Once we started getting into making music, we wanted to blend in what we liked already which is Hip-Hop and other influences like instrumental music. At a certain point, we wanted to have our own vision so we implemented the experimental element to it.

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With that being said, what kind of inspiration exists behind your music?

J- It sounds corny, but just your feelings. It’s our outlet for what we have to say.

Then, when people see you perform or listen to your music, what do you hope they leave with?

K- First off, I hope they are having a great time and dance a whole lot. Also, maybe leave with a hope of the future.

J- We like to have an inspirational vibe in our shows.

When you first started off, social media wasn’t really huge, what was your alternative to expose yourself?

K- We were in Bandcamp.

J- More importantly, we were so focused on getting songs with people. We knew if we had this and this collaboration eventually it would lead somewhere.

With the recent events of artists opening up about being depressed or even leading to suicide, how are you guys able to manage the work-life balance to assure you have a healthy state of mind while being successful?

J- You have to find happiness without validation.

K- You gots to be happy within yourself and go from there. We are lucky that we look out for each other and our family does too. We are aware that there needs to be recovery time since we travel so much. Eating healthy and staying positive during the rough times.

J- Like he said, stay optimistic and have big goals.

To lighten up the mood some, do you guys have any hidden talents?

K- I can run the best democratic campaign right now.

J- Don’t get him started! (laughs)

K- I am ambidextrous. I can do things with my left hand and right hand.

What do you guys like to do when you’re not working?

J- We are working all the time, but it doesn’t feel like it’s working. We normally just chill and make music.

K- We wanted this, so it feels more like we have extra time to express our ideas.

What are some exciting news you can share with our readers?

K -We have two friends who are doing a California road trip to get us a bunch of artwork for our new songs we are working on. Once we feel like those tracks are good to rock n roll, we will put it out.

With new show announcements just released, don’t miss your chance to see them live. Purchase passes here for their Lost California Tour.

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Odesza & Foreign Family Unleash Breaking News of Sundara Fest

It’s been way long overdue for a festival to be announced and curated by the famed duo, Odesza. After several social media posts hinting at a new project to come, Odesza announced a brand new event called Sundara Fest to take place in Riviera Maya, Mexico at the all-inclusive Barcelo Resort. The festival will be a four-day/ 3 night event next March from the 13th through the 16th.

Sundara Festival will be hosting multiple sets by Bob Moses, Jai Wolf, Kasbo, Rufus du Sol, Golden Features, Alison Wonderland, and many more. 

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SUNDARA Festival Lineup via Facebook

In addition to Odesza headlining and confirming three sets to take place, Sundara Fest will be the must-be destination for die-hard fans. According to Rolling Stone, their performances will include an exclusive SUNDARA LIVE set, NO.Sleep DJ set, and also an intimate performance during a guided yoga class.

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“We spent a lot of time and effort in creating something that has these theatrical moments, ebbs and flows where it should, kind of has the whole broad spectrum of different sounds. I want it to have ambient moments, dance moments, theatrical moments.”

On top of the musical experience, Odesza has promised a stellar adventure which includes yoga, pool parties, snorkeling excursions, pop-up shop, beaches, and much more.

The duo is already known to be one of the top touring musicians breaking charts and always headlining sold out festivals and shows. With already proving what they are capable of, there isn’t a doubt they will deliver and exceed everyone’s expectations next spring.

Listen to their latest album ‘A Moment Apart’

Get all the details on tickets and packages here that go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. ET.

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Get Lost in Taska Black’s New Collab “Losing Our Minds” With Nevve

2018 sees an abundance of music from Taska Black, and we are stoked to say there is much more on the way. The German producer has received support from San Holo and Droeloe after releasing infectious singles: “Forever” and “Sandpaper”. This October, Taska Black teams up with Nevve to release another heartwarming track “Losing Our Minds”. This is the debut single from his forthcoming EP, Minds releasing through bitbird records.

“Losing Our Minds” entices listeners to make their fantasy become their reality.

“Losing Our Minds” opens with uplifting guitar plucks that gravitate throughout the song. Nevve’s airy vocals drift over empowering drums that build into a futuristic bass drop. The single highlights being lost in the mundane. However, Taska Black and Nevve remind us ‘life is a masterpiece’ so let go, and live.

Nevve is supposedly a Los Angeles based vocalist. However, her identity remains unknown. She’s been releasing music since 2015 and has been featured on tracks by 3LAU, Droeloe, Boombox Cartel, Manilla Killa and others. We’re excited to see more from this rising artist as well as the disclosure of her hidden self.

Taska Black continues to deliver the feels in each song he creates.

Antwerp (Germany) based producer, Taska Black is known to interlace styles from his classical background with bass music. He has released tracks through Lowly Palace, Monstercat, Seeking Blue, and most recently San Holo’s production imprint, bitbird. Already in 2018, Taska Black has toured through Europe and continues to perform in cities across North America. This is one rising artist to definitely keep your eye on.

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The Glitch Mob Conquer Success Behind Creativity and Music Production- (EDM)

After a successful performance at Shambhala Music Festival, The Glitch Mob proves again why they are the most talked about bass trio.

The American trio Glitch Mob displays their obvious uniqueness by only playing live sets which highlights some of the most advanced tech of production. Starting off in Los Angeles, performing in the city and in San Francisco, their creative skills and production led them to perform all over the West Coast and now internationally.

Famed in the bass scene, The Glitch Mob recently performed in Canada at Shambhala Music Festival which is held at the Salmo River Ranch. We had a chance to speak to the trio right before they jumped on decks providing us an otherworldly set. The trio gives us an insight into what’s behind their creative process, their most recent releases, and the relationship between each other.

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First off, where does the name The Glitch Mob come from?

It was one of those things that just happened and we ran with it.

Initially you started off with four members including Kraddy who is no longer part of the group, but how did you guys meet to form The Glitch Mob?

We were all DJing individually and became friends through life. We had an idea to experiment performing together instead of alone and we loved it.

Could you tell us what the creative process is like between the three of you when making a new track? Who brings what to the table?

The fun part is that it’s always changing. Since we’re all producers first and foremost and not particular instrumentalists, we’ll all do different things. We always start with a vibe, story or a sensation, and work from there. The message of the song is the most important part and the best stuff happens when we get out of the way and let the music do its’ thing.

Since 2006, the electronic music scene has evolved in many ways and it’s common to see artists adapt to new trends. Do you feel that you’ve been impulsed to do the same? If not, how have you been able to remain authentic in your creative process?

Our goal is to write music that stands the test of time. We tell our story as authentic to ourselves as we can. The best stuff happens when we get ourselves out of the way and let the music flow. We never intended to fit into a scene or genre, nor do we have anything against that. The idea is really to tell a story.

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In the beginning, you were DJs performing with laptops. What encouraged you to transition into more of a live act?

After we started writing our own music we wanted to find a way to perform it. We still DJ a lot and love it, but the live performance thing is at the core of who we are. There’s nothing like it.

You’ve recently just embarked on a tour with your brand new stage design: The Blade 2.0. How is this design different from the first version of the Blade Stage?

It’s our live customized stage instrument. The 2.0 version has an updated look, feel, and performance system.

Your album ‘Love Death Immortality’ had an amazing run and achieved the #1 spot on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart in 2014. What do you envision for this new album in the coming months?

It’s always a nice nod when our albums chart, but that’s not really the goal for us. That means that people are listening to the music, and for that we’re grateful. We’ve noticed that it takes a little while for people to get used to the music, to incorporate it into their lives. We’re looking forward to playing it on this upcoming leg of the tour now that people have had some time to sit with it.

What inspirations led you to create ‘See Without Eyes?’

The powerful thing about music is that it says things that words can’t. We’re always hearing new things in the music and it changes for us when people tell us what they hear. We try to tell a full story with the albums: to echo life. The full range of experience—love, triumph, spirituality, compassion.

Have you found it difficult to maintain a healthy relationship between the three of you- business and friendship wise after so many years of working together? 

The way we keep everything on track is the fact that we have a shared vision. Music is larger than us and connects us all. It’s not even about us, necessarily. It’s about this connective tissue.

From your experience, what is the best piece of advice you can give to other producers/DJs reading this?

Somewhere between discipline and inspiration is the sweet spot of creative flow. Spend as much time there as you can.

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CloZee Debuts Enthralling Music Video and Album “Evasion”

After releasing five EP’s and countless singles CloZee is ready to share to the world her debut full-length album, Evasion via Gravitas Recordings and Midnight Escape Records. To announce the forthcoming LP (dropping October 5th), CloZee publishes the title-track and an enticing music video.

The French producer is making a name for herself with her distinct style of World Bass music.

Many of CloZee’s songs incorporate her classical guitar roots and worldwide cultural influences. “Evasion” showcases this unheard of style. The subtle bass in the track compliments the buoyant melodies and intensifies the song’s vibrations. With melodic plucks and dream-inducing harmonies, CloZee sets a scenic and magical place for her listeners to evade reality.

Directed by Cedric Gleyal, the music video takes place close to where CloZee was raised in Southern France. The video opens with two childhood friends that seemingly lose touch later on in life. The enthralling video then reveals the pair reconnecting years later in an alternate reality. The dancers Gil The Grid & Wesley Vāyu showcase their unspoken bond with intricate movements.

“Evasion” reveals visual emotions without saying a word. 

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CloZee via Facebook

CloZee dove into the music scene with her Dubious EP back in 2012. Her eclectic style continuously transformed in future records. Quickly seizing attention from renowned festivals, CloZee began performing at Shambhala, Lightning in A Bottle, Oregon Eclipse, and most recently Electric Forest. The female composer attracts audiences from across the globe with her groove-oriented bass music and organic instrumentation.

Don’t miss this extraordinary talent as she supports her Evasion LP on her worldwide tour this Fall. Preorder Evasion here and purchase passes here.

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Things To Do In The Beautiful City of Vancouver

If you are ever looking to open your front door to the beach and your backdoor to the forest, Vancouver is the place for you. I visited Vancouver, Canada for a week and that wasn’t enough time to explore the entire city. Despite all the nature the city embodies with the beach only meters away, the locals have a southern charm. I had a chance to bike along the English Bay, hike up Grouse Mountain, dance to some good music on a weekday, and much more. After an adventurous week there, I know this won’t be last my time seeing Vancouver. If you are looking to explore the city and want to know what to do from someone who experienced it themselves, read on.

Bike in Stanley Park

In the west end of Downtown Vancouver, there are countless bike rental places to choose from. I rented one for $8 an hour and biked down one particular road straight into Stanley Park. The park is big enough to spend your entire day there; however, I biked in it for an hour and a half. You will find various bike paths and stumble upon animals like raccoons and ducks roaming around. The park seemed more like a forest with its towering trees and different hiking paths. The best part is that the beach was a minute away while on the other side, the city stood.

Take a stroll in Granville Island

I took a bus ride to the shoreline of Vancouver where the ferry would take you to Granville Island. A roundtrip ferry ticket cost only $5, and you could spend most of the day there. The island is small enough to walk around without needing a cab or a bike. It had an industrious artsy vibe to it while also, carrying a family friendly atmosphere. I had the opportunity to walk around after most of the stores closed, but I encountered random art structures. It features a brewery, art galleries, shops, theater, and a hotel.

Hike up the Grouse Mountain

If you are looking to get away from the city and mold yourself in nature, go to Grouse Mountain. Now, if you are like most travelers who don’t have a car when visiting, you can take advantage of their free shuttle service. Located in Canada Place, I was content with the service. Not only because it didn’t cost a dime, but because this was a great way to get to know Vancouver’s history and other activities since the driver educated the riders. Once you are there, you aren’t required to hike up the mountain, since they have a tram to carry you to the top. If you know a local, get their ‘local’ badge for the attraction. Many of them have it which allows you to take advantage of their activities for free or half price. At Grouse Mountain, you could see real live bears, watch some outdoor shows, zip line, or just enjoy the views.

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Go canoeing in North Vancouver

Located in the northern part of Vancouver is Deep Cove Kayak Centre. Here you can canoe or kayak on the waters and have a miraculous view of Downtown Vancouver. Besides driving a car, you can easily take the bus to drop you off with a few minutes of walking. You can rent it per hour or for the entire day. If you decide to make it a short trip, don’t hesitate to explore the area and try out new restaurants.

Go have a drink in Gastown

One of my favorite places I would have to say is visiting the Cambie Bar Pub in Gastown. The prices of food and drinks are affordable, plus other travelers surround you. They have games, patio, and live music to enjoy while drinking a brewski. Gastown is known for its indie art galleries, souvenir shops, and Victorian buildings. It had a historical element that could easily be featured in a classic film.

Go for a swim on the beaches

The best part of Vancouver is that the beaches are easily attainable no matter what part of the city you stayed in. There is Kitsilano, Third, Wreck, Jericho, Second, and much more. Each beach has its own vibe, and you can experience it by biking along the coastline in one day. If you are looking to loosen up a little bit more while laying out, check out Wreck Beach. Clothes are optional aka a nude beach. However, note, you won’t be out of place if you decide to keep your swimming suit on.

The activities mentioned above are from personal experience when I visited. Note, there is so much more to do in the beautiful city. Check out more things you can partake in here.

MK Heats Up the Fall Season With A House Collab “Back and Forth”, Feat. Jonas Blue & Becky Hill!

MK (Marc Kinchen) continues the summer vibrations well into fall with his new dancy soulful collab “Back and Forth”. The renowned house producer joins forces with UK’s platinum-selling artist Jonas Blue, and powerhouse vocalist/songwriter Becky Hill for the distinct collaboration released via Ultra Music and Area 10.

Each Collaborator Adds Their Own Musical Energy, Creating A Rousing Soulful House Track.

In “Back and Forth”, Hill reveals an endless mind game from a partner that continues to manipulate love. The singer-songwriter pleads that the partner only pulls her back once she starts to “slip away”. A story of recurring disception, Hill begs the question: “What we do this for?”

“Back and Forth” bridges the gap between house and soul. Becky’s stirring singing chops are interlaced with pulsing drums that continue the song’s momentum. Jonas Blue adds a pop flare to the single with vocal chants and infectious pop arrangements. Harmoniously, MK incorporates his iconic vocal loops and lively piano melodies to create one solid track that explodes with energy.

Accompanying the release, MK’s drops a revamped dub version. In the track, the Detroit based artist teases listeners with a prolonged breakdown of a capella. He then leads us into dreamy synths that continuously build into a bumping tech house beat.

“Back and Forth” Will Circuit Nationwide for MK’s Upcoming Tour.

In an interview with Digital Journal, MK notes: “I envision playing the song in a live set when creating the song.” MK gives you a chance to hear the new single live during his upcoming fall tour with CamelPhat. “The Big Fallback Tour” will kick off in Boston on October 25, 2018 and continue across the nation. Special guest, Will Clarke will accompany the tour on select dates. Grab your tickets here: http://thebigfallback2018.com.

The Big Fallback 2018 Tour Dates:

10/25 Boston, MA The Grand
10/26 San Francisco, CA The Midway
11/2 Chicago, IL The Concord
11/3 Miami, FL Club Space
11/7 Orlando, FL Celine
11/8 Columbus, OH Trism
11/9 Detroit, MI Elektricity
11/10 Brooklyn, NY LIGHT & LIFE – 99 Scott

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India: Transportation & Navigation

India’s transportation system might seem a little hectic once you get there. You will notice random mopeds dodging cars left and right while tuk-tuks (cabs) are squeezing through tight spaces between vehicles. One of the biggest things that became a massive shock for myself when I arrived was how big and spread-out the country is. I was taken back, and my concerns about getting to places and cities to cities did rise. Thankfully, I made mistakes and learned how to navigate.

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Rideshare Services

Coming from Los Angeles, I am accustomed to using Lyft or Uber to get to my destinations. I was afraid that I was going to spend a fortune on cabs, but thankfully, India has an app called Ola that works precisely like ride-sharing services app. The only important thing is that it must be registered under an India Phone Number. Either way, I would suggest in getting a sim card for your telephone needs while spending time there.

There are different levels of cabs you can order on the app. My favorite one that I loved using was the Tuk Tuk version. It was the cheapest, and also, it allowed me to dive into the culture. It’s the type of cab that doesn’t have doors or AC. It’s usually scorching in India, so I didn’t mind it. If that’s not your kind of way of transport, then luckily, they have options to order conventional vehicles up to an SUV. Lastly, the best part is that versus with USA ridesharing apps; you must always pay with a card- with Ola, you can pay with cash at the end of your ride.

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Trains

Here is the sad news I have to tell you about booking trains in India: it’s hard. But, no worries! I got you. Passengers book advance and most of the time waitlisted. My biggest tip for you is to book in advance. I made the mistake of not doing that, and I was stuck twice having to do either sleeper class or taking a bus. With gratitude, I didn’t mind it at all. But, it would have made my trip easier if I had a better class than the sleeper edition or faster route to my location versus bus.

The following are options for booking a train:

  • IRCTC IN Govt. Sitehttps://www.irctc.co.in/nget/train-search
    • This option is the most difficult to book. It most often doesn’t allow foreign cards to purchase. It’s not user-friendly since you have to know your train number in advance to book and it’s usually slow. I provide this option for those who feel capable of going this route. Thus, every traveler I’ve talked to state, stay away from this site.
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  • Cleartrip
    • This option is smooth and easy. Could be confusing in the beginning but once you complete the registration process, it will be seamless. You must register with days’ in advance to book a ticket. You are required to input your Indian Mobile # and have to wait for your account to be approved. You will be sent a couple of verification emails to verify your account including a one-time password.
      • My experience-I waited three days before leaving for India to register an account. Once I registered, I had to wait at least three days. I made sure I didn’t need to take a train during my wait time. Just because you register, it doesn’t mean you will get an immediate response and approval. I never got an approve or reject email from them to purchase a ticket. I was stuck having to get my hosts’ book my tickets for me. (Don’t let this happen to you). BOOK IN ADVANCE.
    • Avoid my experience mentioned above- prepare your trip days in advance. Once you have your account registered, make sure to download the app so you can book through your cell phone.

Buses

I took the bus once from Jaipur back to New Delhi when it was time to come back home. There are local buses that assist with transportation from your pick-up to drop-off location. However, those are the ones you want to avoid. The times that I would see the local buses, they were always overpacked and mostly looked out of date or too unsafe to be in. Luckily, I was assisted by the residents to find the right buses to take me where I needed. Note, taking the bus, will prolong your trip. So, this option is recommended if you don’t mind the long drive.

This website is user-friendly and made it easy to book a seat on a bus with comfortability and AC. Just like the trains, there are various classes to choose from. If you are looking for something comfortable to travel in especially if your trip is long, choose along the lines of an AC Seater / AC Sleeper. Secondly, which is more important, always go for the option that says Volvo. This advice is not only from experience but also, the same information I received from locals. The Volvo bus brands are usually clean and have AC… I can guarantee, you won’t be complaining about going this route.

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From my experience, it’s not going to be easy, but it will be worth it. The only reason why it could be challenging and frustrating to understand when you are trying to get somewhere is unfamiliarity. It’s utterly understandable that there will be times where you might feel hopeless when needing to book a train and there are none available to you.

One piece of advice I would have to pass along: be patient and don’t be afraid to ask. Remind yourself that you are in an unfamiliar place and the best tour guides are the locals. Don’t rush into things because it would be even more inconvenient if you end up in the wrong place and at the wrong time. Once you fill yourself with a lot of information after doing research, you can be at ease, that once you get there, you will at least be somewhat familiar with their transportation system.