SIIINES transcended NYC's Bowery Electric this past Monday night, and basked in the glow of not one, but two major music genre spotlights; rock ‘n’ roll and EDM! Hailing from Los Angeles, the trio; Traviiis Triiip, Morgan Morgan, and DJ Gene (not pictured), blend aggressive rock 'n' roll rhythms with EDM instrumentals to create some colossally trail-blazing electro-rock!
After descending the stairs into the basement of Bowery Electric, we pushed our way through a thick black curtain which led us into the intimate Room. Immediately, our senses were assaulted by the smells of dust, cigarettes, and beer. We huddled in closely to see SIIINES quietly constructing their entirely Plexiglas set. Morgan stood to the left, his brows furrowed as he skillfully tuned his transparent guitar, while Traviiis skittered around the modest stage, arranging heaps of wires which endlessly streamed from their equipment.
It’s been roughly twenty years since Pasquale Rotella began his Insomniac Events empire with an underground warehouse party in downtown Los Angeles. The music mogul spent the last two decades cultivating America’s premier electronic music events brand which now hosts over a dozen festivals across the country annually. Growing from humble beginnings organizing underground raves, to heading up the world’s largest electronic music festival, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Rotella has been a trailblazing force behind the domestic dance music explosion. Joonbug.com caught up with the Insomniac head honcho who dished on EDC’s history, alphabetizing festival lineups and what's next for the historic events brand.
Being one of MTV's Artist to Watch is a pretty big deal. Last year's illustrious list was a stellar selection of the year's major movers and shakes, including the likes of Bastille, Danny Brown, Iggy Azalea, HAIM, Lorde, and many more. Representing for the electronic music community were The Bloody Beetroots, Dillon Francis, Disclosure, Martin Garrix, and Zedd, just to name a few. This year, the MTV Artist To Watch lineup gets a whole new list of players, two of which we had the pleasure of seeing perform at the Highline Ballroom in New York City this past Monday. Who are they? None other than '#Selfie' kings, The Chainsmokers, and Australian electronic music phenom, Flume.
With only a week left until Moogfest kicks off in Asheville, NC on April 23rd, more and more announcements have begun rolling out and revealing some juicy details about the upcoming festivities. In the latest update, Moogfest has also revealed that MAKE Magazine will be sponsoring the 4th Annual Moogfest Circuit Bending Challenge. Circuit bending combines technology, sonic artistry, and creativity by experimenting with the inner functions of electronic devices to create new sounds and effects that were not original intended, which is exactly what Bob Moog started out doing before giving birth to Moog Music. The winner will be selected on site from one of the four finalists on Friday, April 25th, and will receive two passes to Moogfest and a Moog Sub Phatty as the Grand Prize.
Hailing from the small country of Moldova, Andrew Rayel is a world renowned DJ/Producer who is unique for a variety of reasons, one mainly that he was classically trained in music. This has led to his being called "a modern day Mozart."
We were lucky enough to sit down with the 21 year old producer before his show at Cielo Nightclub in New York City last Thursday night, April 10th.
Is this your first time to New York City?
That’s right, that’s my first time in New York, so I’m so excited about it
Legend is probably the only word that could even attempt to describe the illustrious and prolific Bob Sinclar. The Frechman has been a pioneer in bringing the grooves back to the dance floor, constantly pushing the boundaries of DJing and producing music around the world by trying his hand at anything and everything that tickles his fancy. Whether it’s the discotastic beats that got him started way back when, or it the deep reggae and dance-hall sounds that he's recently become so obsessed with, Bob Sinclar's name is synonymous only with greatness.
As of late, riding on the wave of fame is a Parisian by the name of William Grigahcine – DJ Snake, to be correct. A worthy member of the Mad Decent camp, DJ Snake has brought some color back to the inevitably waning trap scene within the last year. Though it is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment that he began to turn heads – both of industry leaders and fans alike – it could be argued that his 2013 original mix with Alesia, 'Bird Machine,' along with his remixes of Duck Sauce’s 'It’s You' and Major Lazer’s 'Bubble Butt,' are what began to give him some extra leverage. Needless to say, it was 'Turn Down For What' in collaboration with Lil Jon that defined DJ Snake as a commendable producer – one to keep an eye on in 2014.
Rumor’s dance floor on Thursday night was filled with a crowd consisting of the furthest thing from the venue’s typical club frequenters. To the pleasant surprise of Boston’s younger EDM fans, Rumor opened its doors to an 18+ crowd to see trap DJs, Ookay and ETC!ETC!. The under 21 crowd took full advantage of the opportunity, overwhelming the club with kandi-clad wrists holding up black X-marked hands.
Ookay, the first of the two headlining DJs, deftly read the young eager crowd’s desires. Instead of playing something similar to his Ultra Music Festival set’s exclusive presentation of big room house drops, Ookay took an approach which could have been startling to his more diverse Miami festival audience, opening with an alternating selection of sharp trap drops and familiar dubstep tracks. The crowd reacted raucously, encouraging Ookay to continue his assault of aggressive tracks before finishing his set with a more standard, crowd-pleasing batch of house music.
Jazz, Afro-Latin music fans of NYC have been anticipating Concha Buika's one night performance at Town Hall for months. A performer that transcends language barriers and connects with audiences across the globe with her deep and blusterous voice, Buika, voted one of the great 50 voices in the world by NPR, was greeted by an enthralled audience cheering and clapping for her when she took the stage Wednesday night.
Foxy Shazam has gone GONZO! After releasing a surprise album for FREE, as well as unveiling future tour dates, their fans are in a frenzy! The band, well known for their tremendous sound and air-tight musicianship is opening up in a big way. Armed with vocals that would make Freddie Mercury green with envy, one seriously talented band, and some sweeeeet dance moves, Foxy Shazam is ready to begin their reign as rock’s biggest and brightest stars.