As we find ourselves in the midst of an era marked by internet fame and Instagram, the game has changed as it paves the way from humble beginnings to international acclaim for young prodigies like Madeon.
While for most of us, the word "career" at 17 meant little more than muddling through high school and maybe a part-time gig on the side for those that were feeling really ambitious. These provincial ambitions are a far cry from the viral acclaim that Madeon received at such a young age with the whirlwind success of his first single, the aptly named "Pop Culture" which made major waves across the interweb. Shortly after, the fresh faced talent joined Lady Gaga on her 2013 Arena tour as a supporting artist, spinning tracks in colossal venues alongside a pop icon. Only three years later, he embarks on tour to promote his inaugural album, "Adventure", and we're sure he'll deliver nothing short of that eponymous claim.
The 17th edition of the Miami-based Ultra Music Festival succeeded again by showcasing world-wide talent, first class production and positive vibes from a more mature audience (thumbs up for the new 18 and over only policy). From humble origins (the first Ultra festival drew in about 10,000 people), this year’s three-day festival was nearly sold out with well-over 100,000 very happy fans attending the mother ship of both Ultra festivals (there are now nine Ultra “franchise” festivals worldwide) and EDM concerts.
Per norm, it was not so shocking for Ultra Music Festival to throw in a few surprises on top of their already top-notch production. With guest performances by celebrity musicians such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Usher, Diplo, CL and Diddy, the festival truly exhibited prominence in the electronic festival spectrum. However, the real testament to this year’s rendition laid in the depth of talent attributable to the performances of the non-headliners and side-stage acts. With the inclusion of the Resistance stage, along with “live” performances (more than a dude spinning a disc or pressing playback buttons) throughout the March 27-29 weekend, it’s safe to say Ultra veterans or first-time festival attendees were satisfied in that they had the option to experience their favorite SoundCloud producers regardless if they played at 2 pm or 10 pm.
Maroon 5's highly anticipated worldwide tour is in full swing after kicking off this Tuesday, March 31st in San Jose, California. The superstars hit up San Diego next on Wednesday, April 1st, and bring back-to-back shows to L.A. on Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th.
If you haven't already, now's the time to mark your calendars and purchase your tickets to witness the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-Award winning, pop quintet bring their signature magnetic live performance to a city near you. Get info, a complete list of shows, and tickets here.
La Dispute is no laughing matter. The contemplativeness of lead singer Jordan Dreyer’s lyrics border on a realm of unmitigated melancholy. His musings resemble the thoughts one has on a solitary drive on a lonely highway, when the mind ponders the nature of the vast forests and the infinite towns passing you by on the highway. There is also a rhapsodic quality to La Dispute’s music, which is fashioned by Dreyer’s lyrics and the minimalist backing instrumentation. Both they and their fans and critics loosely label the band as punk, but the definition of "punk," much like the contemporary punk beau monde, is derelict and nonuniform. This is, whatever the genre, simply good music.
Garrett Borns has had a whirlwind couple of months.
Like lightening in a bottle, BØRNS exploded onto the scene last November with the release of his debut EP Candy. The Michigan-bred LA transplant is in a league of his own, bringing a personal blend of sunshine pop to the table, complete with super sweet, feel-good vibes. BØRNS' peppy tracks have won over late-night audiences (you can check out his killer Conan appearance HERE) and celebrities alike (Taylor Swift is a huge fan, #justsayingggg) - so naturally, we HAD to have a chat with the budding star before he invades NYC with MisterWives on March 31st (tickets HERE). Check out what BØRNS had to say about living in a treehouse, his super-secret side project, and California love...
Day one of BUKU Music + Art Project set the bar high for festival attendees, but wait till you hear about day two.
Taking place in New Orleans’s very own Mardi Gras World, over 50 artists performed over the two-day span of the festival. After experiencing an incredible first day on the river, it was hard to believe Saturday would come close to matching up. Yet, with a diverse lineup ranging from underground beat-connoisseurs like Hudson Mohawake and ILoveMakonnen to idolized DJ’s such as Bassnectar and Porter Robinson, fans could’ve easily spent the day between stages as every group put on a headline-worthy performance. Make sure to check out Joonbug's full review of BUKU Day 1.
The power of music lays in its ability to transport you – to a memory, to a place, to a feeling. For Surf Rock Is Dead, it's the nostalgia within those endless summer nights, on that open road, of the wind grazing a face. The dreamy duo, Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg, create a sound that leads you to a feeling of lostness within memories, that you can’t help but lose sense of it all.
By way of Chicago (Kevin) and Australia (Joel), the now-Brooklyn natives joined musical forces after a chance meeting in the studio. Working independently of one another for a while, surfing through solo stuff and band-hoods, the two started jamming together without any real thoughts of making something legitimate out of it. “I never thought it was going to work…I figured if we were going to work together, it wouldn’t be fun. We’d just be both posted up behind computer screens programming beats,” said Kevin. After one of Kevin’s gigs and/or a rehearsal (depending on whose memory is more accurate), the sessions became more serious. Sans computer screens, it was a guitar, a bass, and a drum machine that started the sublime sound and hazy harmonies that is Surf Rock Is Dead.
It’s rare that you come across a band that you can’t seem to find the fitting band to compare them to. Fin-Folsom is that rarity. Brooklyn trio Conor Walsh, Joshua Gottesman, and Jeremy Nakamura “went to school together, didn't hang out, graduated, didn't enjoy working, started playing music, and are still working”. This ordinary path of most twenty-somethings lost in the limbo of life led to the extra-ordinary sound that the band describes as “Animal Pop”. What Animal Pop is, no one knows - not even the band - but that doesn't stop us from knowing that Fin-Folsom is going places, and you should probably tag along.
Thousands of music lovers invaded New Orleans on March 13 and 14 for the fourth annual BUKU Music & Art Project, each looking forward to enjoying prominent headliners and fresh faces. As 58 talented acts performed across six entirely unique stages, the two-day project exploded with excellent music that exceeded all expectations.
When someone realized that rap, dance and indie beats could not only coexist but unite and blend, the BUKU Project was born. By combining these genres, BUKU has created its own niche in the festival scene, attracting an entirely new demographic altogether.
David Guetta, Zedd and Alesso- three names that in medical circles are synonymous with a heavy bruising of the feet, due to excessive or over-enthusiastic raving. This Friday night, the three heavy-hitters come together to form a turntable triumvirate for the party to end all parties aka 97.1 AMP Radio's annual music fest Amplify 2015
David Guetta is an internationally renowned DJ who needs no introduction. His influence in the EDM scene has extended in to mainstream pop of late and his most recent album features huge collaborations with Nicki Minaj, The Script and John Legend to name a few.