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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Marking the Halfway Point of Summer, Soulstice Delivers a Radiating Experience!

With two months left of summer, Soulstice leaves an impressionable mark on the season. Taking place at The Midway in San Francisco, the festival consisted of three stages equipped with stacked line-ups and glowing production sets.

Future bass influencers Manila Killa and ARMNHMR headlined the third annual event. The music gathering also saw hard-hitting performances by G-house master Wax Motif, trap and melodic bass craftsman Luca Lush, NightBass tastemakers Jack Beats, and more!

Each Stage Was Set with A Scenic Layout That Enhanced The Music.

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Soulstice featured a variety of current genres and rising talent at each of the three stages. The Sunset Stage was obviously placed outside and featured a backdrop of a giant hand that detailed Astro-palmistry, revealing the connection between planetary positions within the palm lines. The stage was dressed gorgeously with an arrangement of flowers, and featured a mix of future bass and house artists.

The Select Entertainment Stage (Friday)/Space Yacht Stage (Saturday) was placed indoors with a vivid square shaped LED platform where the bassy house producers performed. If the mind-bending visuals weren’t enough to lose you in a trance, Emazing Lights’ gloving members were brought out for the event to perform hypnotic light shows.

The Soulstice Stage included geometric shaped LED panels that projected visuals in a three dimensional aspect. This indoor stage was featured in the main room, and welcomed a mix of headlining future bass and trap artists. As you ventured between stages there were glowing art installations that radiated along the halls throughout your journey.

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Hungryboy at Sunset Stage, Photo by Frannypack

Soulstice Introduced Expanding Producers that will be on 2019’s Watch-List.

Kicking off the festival, SoCal based producer Kogeema opened the Sunset Stage and brought the grimy UK basslines and futuristic house beats to the speakers. Shortly after, beat stylist Hungryboy mixed it up with flawless transitions between techno, deep, and bassy house, and even dropped an appropriate remix to “San Francisco” by Scott McKenzie. The famished producer also began to follow a theme of food related tracks for his mix such as DJ E-Clyps’ tech house song ‘Pancakes’, which lit up smiles across the dance floor. Other artists that hit the Sunset Stage for the weekend were M3RC, Jackal, BENZI, to name a few. Gaining attention from AC Slater and the renowned music blog Earmilk, M3RC dropped a heavy NightBass influenced set that heated up the outside stage.

The Select Ent & Space Yacht Stage for Friday and Saturday night saw energy-filled sets by Maximono, Phlegmatic Dogs, London Bridge, Dom Dolla, Bijou, Wax Motif and more. Maximono played a killer tech-house set that undoubtedly left the crowd speechless; dropping hits like “Semi-Automatech” by Distinkt. Hailing from Australia, Dom Dolla has earned support from Pete Tong and Tchami. Safe to say, he did not come shy to the decks for his Soulstice set. He mixed in a slew of tracks from AfroJack’s remix to “Cool” by Spencer & Hill all the way to CamelPhat’s hit track, “Cola”. Wax Motif closed the house stage Saturday night with a bassy and wobbley mix that left the crowd jamming until the last second. He played unexpected crowd favorites as well as, tracks from his latest Forsaken EP.

After selling out shows in LA at the El Rey Theater, Manila Killa and Robataki took their success to San Fran and headlined the main stage for Soulstice. ARMNHMRLuca Lush, Luude, and Yetep graced the Soulstice Stage as well, and brought the heavy feels for the weekend. Manila Killa had zooming galactic visuals and dropped tracks by Big Wild, Jai Wolf, and Odesza. Smiles were infectious throughout the room and left goose bumps on many. Luca Lush diversified his mix as he built the crowd up with melodic feels and released them into trappy drops; mixing up emotions in the best way possible.

Soulstice Sent Eardrums to Cloud 9.

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Manilla Killa at Soulstice Stage, Photo by Steven Truong 
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Launching in Summer 2016, Soulstice flourishes yet again for its third annual event. Presented by White Rabbit Group and Vital Events, the founders continue to bring top quality event production and sensational artist selections. Years prior, they have showcased What So Not, AC Slater, Christian Martin, Mr. Carmack, and many more.

There is something special about the environment and vibe that Vital Events and White Rabbit Group creates. There is this intimacy that connects you with the other festival goers in the room. There’s also this underground impression that paints exclusivity, and makes you feel like you’re apart of something remarkable growing.

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Vujaday Music Festival Proclaims their Return to Barbados in April 2019

Vujaday Music Festival gathers electronic music fans and world travelers in the Caribbean Islands for its second year music event. The Barbados based music festival intends to take guests on a ‘remarkable journey’ and experience that is “nothing like you have ever seen or felt before.” The second annual music gathering will be held on April 3 – 7, 2019 and take place at multiple locations throughout the city.

Vujaday Music Festival Entices Attendees to Explore the Land and Introduce them to the Barbados Culture.

Vujaday Music Festival 2018 Official Recap from Vujaday Music Festival on Vimeo.

Vujaday unveils their official aftermovie following the announcement of their second festival. The video showcases the many activities and venues that inhabit across the island, providing an unforgettable experience of the Caribbean culture. One main attraction from the previous year included the 1735 Bellevue Plantation that featured polo fields, a pool, and rich gardens that surrounded the 100-acre property. Many other venues were placed directly on the beach where guests could view a stunning sunrise across the coast of Barbados.

An Unforgettable Journey.

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Mikey Lion and Russel Ward in Barbados. Photo Credit via Facebook.

Vujaday debuted its festive event gathering in April 2018 and delivered world-class house and techno producers for its first year. Stages were graced by Dirtybird beatmaster Justin Martin, techno craftsman Green Velvet, Desert Hearts prince Mikey Lion, Lee Burridge, Francesca Lombardo and many more. The organizers of Vujaday comprise of prominent Toronto curators in the electronic event scene such as Digital Dreams Music Festival, Electric Island, World Electronic Music Festival, All Day I Dream, Footwork Nightclub, Coda, The Hoxton, The Velvet Underground, and Further Future (USA).

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Best Vegan Restaurants in Los Angeles- Janet’s Picks

I’ve been living the vegetarian lifestyle for a little over two years now. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not an easy thing to do. Every single time I have a conversation with someone who isn’t, the response is usually a disgust face with an expression of how everything tastes like cardboard. Thankfully, living in Los Angeles, having vegan/vegetarian restaurant options is feasible. If you indeed have the same dietary lifestyle, traveling to or live in LA and wish to explore the options available to you, then read on.

Check out my favorite vegan restaurants in Los Angeles.

I’ve celebrated my birthday and my friends’ here at this Vietnamese plant-based restaurant. Located in Downtown Los Angeles, the modern look restaurant has a great selection of food with amazing taste. I’ve taken friends who do eat meat and have tasted their foods’ titled as chicken or fish and they’ve loved it. The chef knows how to spice it up or mix the ingredients very well to leave you satisfied at the end. This is a great date night or a special dinner spot.

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This restaurant takes gratitude and food to another level. Located at various places from Beverly Hills, Downtown Los Angeles to San Diego, Cafe Gratitude creates an ambiance that supports health for the community and planet. Their menu consists of the finest organic foods from local farmers, environmentally friendly, and sustainable agriculture. One neat thing they have the tendency of doing is having the caption on top of the menu which says, “I am…” and the menu options list phrases like “Lucky,” “Fortunate,” “Gracious,” and much more. The waiters/waitresses encourage the guests’ to order by starting off by saying I am… then indicating their dish name. Their menu offers from Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean, and many more. Without a doubt, there is an option to satisfy anyone’s taste buds.

You don’t have to worry about giving up Mexican food with this restaurant. Located in West Hollywood, Gracias Madre serves some of the best vegan Mexican Food like pozole, flautas, and tacos. It has a chic style with a very large drink menu that it’s really popular for. Don’t hesitate to also take advantage of their outside seating with a touch of nature and beautiful lighting.

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This 100% vegetarian restaurant is a gem in Venice. The design itself will lure you in. The menu carries all vegetarian food and without a hassle can adjust dishes to your dietary restrictions (gluten-free or vegan). The Butcher’s Daughter has a design of like if it was an old butcher shop with elements of feminine touches. On some weekends, while you’re enjoying your lunch or dinner, there is a live DJ playing tunes making the ambiance superior.

Review of The Butcher’s Daughter:

“I have had this restaurant on my list of must try for the longest and I am so glad I finally made my way there. I had the avocado eggs benedict and I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it. It was the BEST type of eggs benedict that I have ever had and I could eat this dish every single morning for breakfast and not get sick of it. The reason for my 4 stars though is because I wish the home fries were cooked a bit more, it definitely could have used a bit more flavor. My boyfriend was kind of on a juice fast so he didn’t eat but he ordered some kind of honey drink, which he was hoping to be freshly made but I don’t think it was and it was way too sweet. I would definitely come again to eat the same thing over again and hopefully this time, I would know to ask for the home fries to be cooked a bit more.”- Lilly F hailing from Brooklyn, NY.

This organic, plant-based and sustainable food is the place where you can bring your family and date to devour on its deliciousness. Sage is available at three locations which include Echo Park, Pasadena, and Culver City. The variety offered in the menu includes soy free, gluten free, and nut free options for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and even dessert. Sage is an ideal location for a brunch and mimosas on Sunday’s with $20 bottomless mimosas. Ninety percent of their food is delivered from local farmers to deliver dishes that are healthy for the heart and yummy to the tummies.

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  • Founded by the electronic musician and animal activist Moby, Little Pine is this cute restaurant in Silver Lake. Here you will have a chance to still enjoy Italian infused items with a beautiful earthy theme. Little Pine is also another great place to have dates or as Moby encourages to bring your folks in for a delicious meal that is healthy for the entire family. The restaurant space is not too big so reservations are highly suggested since it’s usually busy due to its beautiful interior design and food.

Things To Do In The City Of Angels

I have been living in LA for nearly four years now and every day I can still find something new to do. This City of Angels is notably one of the most popular cities to visit and live in and there’s a reason why. The amount of things to do in Los Angeles is beyond insane almost. There will never be something you can’t find to do in this busy city. Thus, it could get a bit pricey. If you are living or even visiting in Los Angeles and are looking for hidden gems or free things to do, read on.

Ease your wallet spending with doing some of my favorite things to do in Los Angeles.

Yoga is a common activity in Los Angeles. There are many classes every single day but not all of them are free. There are many donation-based but will still suggest a minimum. I would suggest coming to visit the yoga class held in front of Echo Park Lake. An instructor is a young man who gives the class for free or donation based which means literally from $1 to $1 mil. It’s held every Saturday & Sunday at 10:00 AM. If you are looking to meet other fellow yogis, come on the last Sunday of each month for Sunday Social. It’s a potluck right after class with other yogis’ and here you have a chance to mingle and make a new friend.

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Every second Thursday of each month, there is a gallery art walk held in the middle of DTLA starting on Spring and Sixth. Many local artists come out and sell their handmade artwork on the street and many art galleries open up for free public viewing. The starting point is at the Art Lounge where you would collect your map directing you where to go. You are welcome to come hungry and thirsty since food trucks are set up specifically for this. Come with dancing hips too because local musical artists like DJs will play music loud enough for the block while a drum circle is being held on the other end. It really is an adventure and beautiful to see a lot of creativity in several blocks of Downtown.

Hikes are amongst another favorite hobby for many in Los Angeles. Runyon Canyon in Hollywood is a hike always in the spotlight. However, get away from the crowds and enjoy literal nature at Eaton Canyon in Pasadena. This hike is not at all very difficult but actually very fun. You will stumble upon rocks and a creek as your pathway between huge rock hills. It almost feels like you’re in the wilderness in between canyons. It gets really crowded on the weekends towards the waterfall thus, it’s still a beautiful and wonderful time to enjoy. Once you are at the end of the hike, you will find a waterfall where you will be able to jump in to refresh yourself from the walk.

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Spend your Sunday Funday by renting a bike close to the pier in Santa Monica. Start at the bike lane from there and ride your bike all the way down to Venice. Prices for bike rentals are very cheap for one-four hours. This will allow enough time to explore on a bike along the ocean. You will notice all kinds of characters, artists, and performers during your biking. The Venice boardwalk has artsy stores and restaurants you can stop by to devour delicious foods and drinks. There is a sectioned off area where many locals come to rollerblade and dance for everyone. Sometimes there are even musical shows happening at the same time which is set up on a small stage. There are a limitless amount of things to see while biking.

Every first Friday of the Month, Abbot Kinney is turned into a walking maze to check out art and do some shopping. Located in the heart of Venice, many merchants and vendors unite to showcase the best artists, products, and music. Food trucks are aligned up for the hungry. It’s a very popular thing to do in Venice, so leave the car behind and Uber/Lyft it because sure enough you won’t find parking or want to deal with driving through the crowds.

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  • Lay Out Next To Rooftop Pools in DTLA

Los Angeles is known to have the best weather in the USA. Which means the chances to lay out by the pool any time of the year is high. There are rooftop pools located in DTLA at the Freehand Hotel (my favorite) and the Ace Hotel. All pools are free to layout by, however, sometimes if it’s crowded they will ask for non-hotel guests to give up their seats. The Freehand Hotel pool is much larger than The Ace Hotel and has a very tropical vibe to it with the LA Skyline behind it. The Ace hotel is also available to lay out on the rooftop. The only downside is the size of the pool if that matters’ to you.

  • Visit the Griffith Observatory in Hollywood

Get a chance to take advantage of viewing Los Angeles from afar while star gazing. The Griffith Observatory allows you to look through telescopes into the night, adventure off to the exhibits inside, and much more. It gets really packed on the weekends, so be sure to come prepared for limited parking. I suggest going during the week to avoid the hassle of parking or Uber/Lyft your way there. There are even surrounding hikes you can take to get there or just around the observatory for a workout. Visiting this magical cosmo of a place is free minus parking.

  • Visit Free Museums Scattered In LA

There are museums like the Hammer Museum, The Broad, and The Getty Center that is free all year round. You will have a chance to explore exhibits of all kinds and sometimes partake in exclusive special events/shows.

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These listed are only some of the favorite things I like to personally do in LA. Note, there are tons and hundreds of more things you are able to do. Many of the events I have attended to were found through Eventbrite. This is a huge suggestion for anyone looking for something to do any time or day of the week. You can also check out Airbnb Experiences section where you will find more that are lead by local LA residents. If that’s not enough, read here about the additional things to do in LA that eases your wallet spending.

Splash House Announces Their Hottest Lineup For August Weekend

Palm Springs’ massive hotel party Splash House returns this summer with one of the best lineups yet. The semi-annual festival has seen upcoming acts in its earlier years such as Odesza, Justin Martin, Hayden James, Chet Porter, and more.

Splash House has earned itself an award of excellence in artists selection. 

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For their sixth year, Splash House brings an enticing house and future bass lineup that includes renowned house group Gorgon City, Dirtybird’s deep house experts Walker & Royce, future bass prodigy Droeloe, soulful house master Gryffin, vocal house creator MK, and many more!

The multi-venue festival will continue to take over the poolside at three hotel resorts. The Renaissance hotel is known to host acts with the biggest following, where we could possibly see Gorgon City perform. Rivera will focus more on future bass acts, and the Saguaro hotel will present the tech-house artists.

The best part about Splash House’s GA tickets is that it includes admission to all three resorts and free shuttles that run between all venues the entire weekend. As the evening approaches, Palm Springs Air Museum will host their ritual after-party featuring The Black Madonna, FISHER, and Mija.

 

Known for providing the electronic industry’s arising talent, quality production, and a flawless setup – Splash House is one pool party you don’t want to miss.

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Oneohtrix Point Never Performs Myraid Along With The “Age Of” Album

Hailing from Wayland Massachusetts Daniel Lopatin, better known as Oneohtrix Point Never (OPN), celebrated 19 years of creating music and released his eighth full-length studio album, Age Of on June 1. The new project is seemingly the most different from any previous works by Lopatin.

Age of unveils a unique, experimental fusion that unravels various genres and musical eras that are cohesively blended into one otherworldly composition.

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This body of work showcases strains of Renaissance, electronica, melodic pop, folk, and glitch music. OPN settles us into a new world of the digital age. The 13-song collection is supported by OPN’s Myriad performance, which unravels a deeper meaning to Age Of. Stream here

A week prior to Lopatin’s album release, Oneohtrix Point Never debuted his live MYRIAD performance at Redbull Music Festival at Park Avenue Armory in New York City. He was supported by a full ensemble, visual performers, and abstract art installations.

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The entire performance was demonstrated in four parts as an ‘epochal song cycle’ and drew inspiration from Gargantua and Pantagruel, a novel by François Rabelais.

In an interview with Vivian Host on the podcast Couch Wisdom, Lopatin states:

“Rabelais is pointing out that during a very intense period of time, where you have…superstructures of power and order, you have a book that basically is really putting the focus on what he called “the laughter in the marketplace,” like people just telling fart jokes and being crazy and hanging out and whispering secrets to each other. And that is, to me, the Internet.”

Lopatin touches on how the Internet curates content for the user and displays trending topics, viral videos, and articles that are absurd for growing human’s intelligence. He relates this scenario inversely to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey where an advantage species evolves and becomes super intelligent. However, in this case, the species does the opposite. In the four chapters of the performance, you will see human’s unintelligence cycle through periods of time.

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Cazzette Releases “Missing You,” A Sneak Peek Into His New EP. (EDM)

The Swedish electronic producers’ CAZZETTE just released their latest track “Missing You” featuring Parson James. This release is the second track to be announced with his forthcoming Stereo Mono EP set to be out in a few months via PRMD Music.

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Words from CAZZETTE on “Missing You”“I’m very happy about my collaboration with Parson James. Parsons soulful vocals immediately took me back to an old-school house sound that I’ve been missing. The song came together very naturally after hitting the first note on the driving bassline dominating through the song. ‘Missing You’ is a homage to that old-school house/dance sound that I grew up on but with a modern twist.”

CAZZETTE first received the attention of many with “Beam Me Up,” that became an anthem track to hear at festivals in 2010. Sooner than later, CAZZETTE followed up with “Sleepless” that gained over 90 million Spotify Streams. CAZZETTE tends to stir things up with each release he comes out with by slightly touching a different genre. With a diverse way as a producer, he is considered as one of the most talented and underrated acts in today’s electronic scene.

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Meet The Successful And Very Meditative Trombonist Alexander Lewis- (EDM)

Alexander Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist known for implementing his trombone into his production of music in various genres like trap and hip-hop. Hailing from Brackettville California, he paved his way to the east coast and attended Manhattan School of Music in NYC. He later met and became apart of “Candid Music Group” curated by his close-friends and producers JNTHN STEIN and Brasstracks.

Being immersed in the nightlife of jazz music, Alex curated his very own signature art of music implementing live instruments into his own take of electronic jazz. Sooner than later, he started releasing remixes and original content turning heads and catching the ears from artists like TokimonstaRL Grime, and Alison Wonderland. Reaching close to over 10m music streams in 2017, Alex has become a favorite set to catch due to his production and live instrumentation performing as a live trombonist. Along with the release of his brand new EP OMNI, we had the chance to talk to Alex more in-depth about his musical career and what’s behind his new release.

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EDM: Were you always into making music since you were a child?

A:  I picked up the trombone when I was 11 and quickly after that got into jazz. Along the way learned a couple different instruments and in college started producing.

Why jazz? What makes this genre so attractive to you?

My grandma was a musician, she was also a trombonist and sang. She always had jazz playing in her house and I think growing up listening to big band music sparked my interest. My Grandma was and always has been my biggest influence.

I’ve noticed you played at various of places around the world like China and Europe. And, also playing at big festivals like Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle. What goes through your mind when performing at these big venues and for these vast crowds? 

The main thing that goes through my head is if I’m entertaining or energetic enough. I have crippling stage fright, and it takes a lot for me to step out on stage in front of a big group of people and put on a performance. I just want to throw the best possible show every single time.

I am sure a lot of our readers who are trying to get where you are now, are going to love knowing that. A lot of people think once you have the hang of things on performing you don’t get nervous anymore. So, it’s good you’re mentioning that. 

You just have to learn how to deal with it: you get better at that part. I have certain things that I do before a show that makes it easier for me to relax, and get into a headspace where I feel comfortable to go out and give the best possible performance.

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That leads me to my next question, is there anything you do particularly to prepare yourself before you jump on stage, routine or anything special?

Deep breaths and meditation. I also like being in the green room when doors open – I find it relaxing to walk around the venue as the club fills up, and listen to the music that’s being played beforehand.

Do you have any artist influences growing up that help you in a way whenever you are making music?

Growing up, I had a lot of influences from Jazz. JJ Johnson and Frank Rosolino, were my biggest trombone influences. I listened to a lot of Glenn Miller and Charles Mingus big band. My peers influenced me a great deal in my college years. I learned more from them than I did from my teachers. When I got into production I was heavily influenced by Team Supreme, Djemba Djemba, Mr. Carmack, and JNTHN STEIN.

Your new EP OMNI is coming out this Friday on the 1st, could you tell us a little bit about what inspired you to create this and what makes it different than anything else you’ve released in the past? 

This is the first body that showcases my talent in a lot of different areas. The definition of OMNI is “without limits” and/or “all”, and I feel this EP is a combination of different styles that I really love producing. There’s some trap, hip-hop, there’s a little bit of house and it flows all together in a weird way. My love for music goes beyond just one genre, and I think this project shows that.

Besides your EP, anything new and exciting your fans should be on the lookout this year? 

I can’t say too much, but I am following up with a cover with Brasstracks. Were gonna be working a lot together this summer. Then, I have a track coming out probably middle or late August with a rapper that is a big influence in the trap scene. That’s going to be the first single for the next project that I am already working on. Couple singles here and there followed up quickly by another project.

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A Sneak Peek into Lightning In A Bottle 2018: A Limitless Experience- (ThatDrop)

This past Memorial Day Weekend, Bradley, California was the temporary home to thousands of people attending Lightning in a Bottle 2018. Being my second year attending, LIB is officially one of my annual staple events to attend like many others since it proved to be a revolutionary one. The Do Lab team once again brought forward everything we love about the festival, but also introduced new elements exceeding our expectations. It’s easy to say that the music is what makes a festival outstanding, but in reality, LIB goes beyond and provides more than just gems to the ears. This year LIB offered activities and classes around Learning & Culture, Interactivity, Art, Yoga & Movement, Community Crafted Goods & Conscious Cuisines, Families at LIB, The Great Outdoors, and of course, music.

LIB 2018 is a conscious community that proves and thrives to make a better tomorrow for our future generations.

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Connections and ideas that bloom within these grounds has endless potential… After personally experiencing the four-day weekender, I believe everything it conveyed was only to improve ourselves and those around us. LIB had loads of classes and workshops led by teachers and speakers guiding us for a better self. The Learning & Culture element involved talks about plant medicine, relationship advice, the learning kitchen to feed the soul, water & fire prayers, and including crystal activation classes.

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The Interactivity pillar was a definition of an adult playground. Throughout the entire weekend, there were immersive games and activities to partake in. These include the Must-Dash 5k Run, 3rd Annual Invitational Soap Box Derby, Pots & Pans Parade, Do-Over! Beauty Salon & Barber Shop, Fire Flow Zone, The Hideout, and Rink-A-Dink Rink. There was also Interactivity options available all day and night for anyone like the White Library, The Zoa, Boogaloo City and much more.

A limitless experience.

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The musical element of LIB stood out the most out of all the particles of the festival.

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It welcomed once again the Lightning, Woggie, Thunder, Grand Artique, Pagoda and Favela Stage. The Lightning stage invited live performances of various genres like ZhuMonolinkAnderson .Paak & The Free NationalsSofi Tukker, and The Glitch Mob. The Woggie stage included acts from house to techno like Will ClarkePurple Disco MachineYottoNicole MoudaberRampa, and Patricio.

The Grand Artique had live instrumental performances and acts like The Herbert Bail OrchestraDragonflySurThe Dragon LightsCon Brio, and The Talent Show. The Pagoda Bar invited acts like KraddyVoloMansionEthan GlassPigeon HoleThe Librarian, and Gladkill. Lastly, The Favela Bar included artist like Patrik ZhackArmen MiranEnzo MuroLovecraft, and two surprise guests of Zhu and Sacha Robotti.

Sacha Robotti – ‘Melato Nina’:

 

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Photo by Jessica Bernstein

Art is undeniably Lightning in a Bottle’s backbone since it existed at every corner of the festival.

There was live painting & art-walk, creative workshops & classes, art installations, structures & stages, and performance art. This year there was the Artclave that was designed to wake the inner artist of each one of us by taking lessons that were offered at different skill levels. The stages either music or interactive ones were carefully designed and curated perfectly becoming orgiastic to our eyes.

The Yoga & Movement classes were offered in three tiers including yoga practices, meditation, and dance &  movement. Every day at almost every hour there was a class held providing you an option to unwind in various ways. Classes involved included acro-yoga, ecstatic dancing, astro-flow, earthing, and so much more! The meditation point was located on the outside rim of the festival providing quiet and peacefulness atmospheres for your own meditation sessions.

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The Community Crafted Goods & Conscious Cuisines included the marketplace, eats & drinks including beer, cocktails, and wine. There were options available for the health heads and those who wished to get wild with some sweets. This was considered as conscious eating and assisted on fueling our souls. Besides the food vendors, LIB provided three sit-down restaurants for either a date night or brunch with friends. Great place for a first date.

LIB welcomed all ages to the festival and for this, families at LIB was crucially important.

There was a set time and list of activities for the youth. These include games, exercise & play, freestyle flows, sound bath meditation, story time, face painting, and more. The parents had an option to sit in also on talks led by knowledgeable teachers in the Parent Portal in the Kids Village. Even us adults could sit in to really feel like a kid again.

The location of LIB is truly one of the favorites. Having the option to camp by the lakeside made it a peaceful and pleasurable environment. Everyone brought their A-game by converting the campgrounds to their temporary homes. From decorating their tents and hosting parties to having cook-outs with new neighbors.

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Enjoy the Lightning in the Bottle 2018 announcement video, while waiting on the official recap.

With all the components involved above, it’s obvious that Lightning in a Bottle stands out so different from other festivals. Everything that it conveys proves it wants to make history by being a conscious community making an impact for the generations of tomorrow.

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