Friday, November 1
Steve Aoki w/ Borgore & Waka Flocka @ Hammerstein Ballroom Steve Aoki's new tour will start on Halloween Weekend in NYC with two dates. The first being at the Hammeristein Ballroom and the second being at pier 94. Get tickets for the first date here. 311 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001
Halloween Monster Ball As part of the Sweet Dreams Tour, Sharam will take over the Sweet Dreams Ballroom, along with Bejamin Noise and Max Layn for a Halloween themed night. Get tickets here.
621 West 46th, New York, New York 10022
Saturday, November 2
Steve Aoki w/ Borgore & Waka Flocka @ Pier 94 The second night of Aokify Halloween will take place at Pier 94. Get tickets here.
711 12th Avenue, New York City
Justice @ Hammerstein Ballroom Justice will be performing a DJ set this Saturday at the Hammerstein Ballroom, along with Busy P and Breakbot. Get tickets here.
Ed Banger Records is throwing down for its 10th Anniversary this Saturday at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and you’re invited! The massive bash will include performances by Justice, Busy P, Breakbot, and other special guests, and is promised to be one awesome party!
It is tough to stand out in a business endowed with so much genius, but multi-talented, multi-genre, DJ/producer, Loren Moore, aka IDestiny, is standing tall and may very well be on his way to becoming a household name. The Dallas-based sensation has taken the world by storm with his unique work, as well as with his remixing skills. Joonbug recently had the opportunity to speak with Loren about his current projects, musical influences, and the future of EDM:
As the first weekend in August approached, the hype around the two-day sold out HARD SUMMER festival peaked. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all other social media outlets were filled with posts that ended with the hashtag "#HARDSUMMER.”
The vivacious atmosphere surrounding HARD SUMMER was infectious as we made our drive into downtown Los Angeles. The already crowded streets were flooded with festival-goers decked out in neon and glow-sticks. We made our way through the entrance of LA Historic Park, passing by the large, luminous HARD SUMMER sign which quickly became a hotspot for photo shoots.
The festival boasted an impressive roster of talent, with headliners such as Knife Party, Ducksauce, Dog Blood, Justice, Bassnectar and Empire of the Sun taking center stage. Not only did HARD curate an insanely diverse lineup, but the festival’s organizers also made great use of the park by strategically spreading out the four stages: HARD, HARDER, SUMMER and UNDERGROUND.
We rushed into the festival-grounds, pushing our ways through the monster crowd Disclosure had drawn to their performance at the Underground tent. The UK brothers opened up with their track "F For You" and received roars of approval from the fans who were ready to groove. The crowd stretched far outside of the tent, filled with people of all ages screaming louder and louder each time a new track started. By the middle of Disclosure’s set, the audience had grown so massive that security guards began removing people from the stage “for their own safety.” Alas, Disclosure’s live vocals, incessant drumming and funky electronic beats left fans overjoyed as they sang along to hits like "When A Fire Starts To Burn," "You & Me" and "White Noise." The duo closed their set with “Latch,” evoking applause and cheers from the remaining audience members.
Next stop for day one was Dog Blood, a side-project comprised of Boys Noize and Skrillex. Dog Blood’s set was filled with raw energy that drew the crowd at HARD SUMMER to the HARDER stage. The two legendary producers gave the crowd a taste of new music as they performed tracks off of their recently-leaked EP.
Following Dog Blood was the musical duo TNGHT, made up of DJ/producers Hudson Mohawke and Lunice. TNGHT touted their distinct sound of electronic instrumental hip-hop beats and gave an incredibly energetic performance on the HARD stage. The crowd went absolutely insane when the duo’s hit track "Higher Ground" started blaring though the speakers.
After TNGHT we made our way back to the HARD stage to catch Duck Sauce. A collaborative effort from Armand Van Helden and A-Trak, Duck Sauce brought their “A” game as they spun hard-hitting bangers while standing in front of a massive duck statue. Hot off the heels of their summer release “It’s You,” the duo set gave a mesmerizing performance filled with funky jams including their hit, "Barbara Streisand," which left the crowd boogying down to the ground.
We finished our night in the same place we started the day, the Underground tent. Oliver's funky beats gave festival goers a breath of fresh air and motivated them to keep the party going after the long twelve-hour day. Their set of groovy tunes, which included their hit song "MYB," had fans in an all-out dance frenzy that brought day one of the festival to a close.
While day one was truly amazing, day two brought the festival to a whole other level, showcasing the progressive energy that makes HARD events so special. While the grass that once covered the park had turned into pure dust from our dancing, festival-attendees ignored their stuffy noses and continued to party on.
Our first act of the day was Paper Diamond, a Denver-based producer who’s helped to shape the electronic music landscape of both Colorado and the entire country. His set of bass-heavy tunes incorporated influences from nearly every end of the dance music spectrum and had the crowd going wild despite his early 3:15 p.m. time-slot.
After catching most of Brodinski's mind-blowing set at the SUMMER stage, we returned to the HARDER stage to catch Clockwork. Henry Steinway, who most know as either Clockwork or R.L. Grime, is a LA/NYC based DJ/Producer whose skills have made him into one of dance music’s top heavy-weights under either alias. Clockwork's recognizable, bass-heavy, big-room sound attracted one of the largest crowds of the day, stretching nearly from the Summer Stage all the way to the Underground stage. The massive sea of people did not move an inch as Clockwork ended his set with a bootlegs of DMX's "Party Up" and Dada Life's "Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker" before finishing with Migos and Drake's anthem "Versace."
If the HARDER stage wasn't already turned up, Flosstradamus certainly cranked the heat. Their rap-influenced style of trap music, or "underground" music as they refer to it, had the crowd cruising, twerking, and of course, rolling up! Twerk teams assembled through out the crowd and the Hoodie Boyz got turn't up while the Hoodie Girlz repeatedly shook their bubble butts.
Dillon Francis took the stage next, immediately starting his set off with one of his famous antics of making a special guest appearance from his Dutch alter-ego “DJ Hanzel”. The crowd’s energy exploded as his team brought out all kinds of silly props such as blow-up Dillon faces with signs that read, "Where's my Dad?" Dillon opened up his set with an edit of Daft Punk's "Doing It Right" before transitioning into his hit tracks "Not Butta" and "Masta Blasta." About half way through his set, Flosstradamus came back out to perform along side with Dillon for one of their famous "Dillstradamus" collaborations. Around this same time, Dillon stopped his set to wish Craig from Flosstradamus a happy birthday and proceeded to get the crowd singing happy birthday the HARD way. After Dillon, we caught a little bit of Zedd before having the hardest question of the week, who were we going to end our night with?
The headliners for the second night, which included, Bauer, Bassnectar, Justice, and Claude Vonstroke, left us struggling to decide which route we wanted to take. While a majority of our group decided on one over the rest, I couldn't justify that decision, so I decided to catch a little bit of them all.
First, we saw Claude Vonstroke performing at the Dirtybird stage takeover happening on the Underground stage. Vonstroke's set was filled with funky beats, groovy samples and good vibes, making for the ideal closing set atmosphere. Next, we made our way over to Baauer. His set was filled with trap-anthems that couldn't have been a more perfect way to end the out of control party that took over the HARDER stage for all of Sunday.
Following Baauer, we traveled across the festival grounds to catch the King of Bass himself, Bassnectar. We have seen Bassnectar perform live over 20 times, yet we are still amazed by every one of his sets. His wobbly basslines along with trippy visuals grew a massive crowd that consumed the HARD stage.
After Bassnectar, we finished our night with Justice. Our decision to make my way over to the SUMMER stage was undoubtably the best decision of the weekend. We could only stand in pure amazement as an LA Metro car zoomed by while the French-duo performed a medley of fun-loving 80's songs that invited the crowd to sing along. It was unquestionably the most enjoyable way to bring closure to the amazing two days that were HARD Festival 2013.
This past weekend we attended HARD SUMMER, where an estimated 70,000 attendees took over the Los Angeles State Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles for one of the best music festivals of the year. The two-day sold out event featured a variety of artists in the electronic and hip-hop worlds: Justice, Bassnectar, 2 Chainz, Empire Of The Sun and Knife Party were just a few acts that filled this stacked lineup.
HARD Events began in 2007 under the direction of Gary Richards, known widely by his stage name, Destructo. Long before his start as a DJ, Richards became deeply imbedded in the music industry. Richards' father worked with radio and concert promotions in Washington, D.C., and gave him his first insight to the scene at a young age.
By the early 1990's, Richards organized his first two major music events. In 1991, his team put on "Magical Mickey's Holy Water Adventure" at Wild Rivers in Irvine, CA, and in 1993 "Rave America" at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA. His love for dance music led to the creation of a weekly event titled, "The Sermon," which began at 6 am on Sundays. The early start stemmed from the culture surrounding the Los Angeles warehouse parties that ran till the early hours of the morning. "The Sermon" not only filled the void for those who didn't want the party to end, but it also became the birth place of his stage name, Destructo, which describes the sound of his hard techno beats.
Richards continued his work within the music industry when he was hired by Rick Rubin as an A&R in the electronic-music division of Def American Recording. Richard's ability to find new music and expand within the industry led to the establishment of his own record labels - Nitrus Records and 1500 Records. After focusing on his career as Destructo, Richards returned to concert promotion with the first ever HARD Events festival in 2007.
Since it's beggining, there have been massive changes made - both in the music industry and within the company. Electronic dance music, better known as EDM, has exploded in the United States over the past few years. This eruption has carried the music from underground warehouses to massive festival main stages, turned DJs in modern day rockstars, made shows and festivals priority destinations, and created a constantly growing multi-million dollar industry. Given the extreme amount of growth over the past few years, major corporations like SFX Entertainment and Live Nation have made moves to cash in on a market that up had previously been ignored.
Live Nation became one of the first major corporations at the dance party when they purchased Cream Holdings Limited, a major player in the EDM circle in May 2012. With this acquisition, Live Nation also gained the rights to Creamfield Festivals, which have been held worldwide since 1998. Soon after, Live Nation struck a deal with HARD Entertainment in June of 2012. Live Nation's deal with HARD came only a month after Robert F.X. Sillerman announced his plan to spend $1 billon in acquisitions of local and regional dance-music promoters to rival Live Nation within the EDM market.
Sillerman, the media executive who started SFX Entertainment, was famous for changing the music industry by using this same idea of acquiring local and regional promoters under SFX Entertainment during the 1990’s. Surprisingly enough, he is now rivaling the company that he started, before he sold it to Clear Channel Communications for $4.4 billion where it later became Live Nation.
Sillerman first acquisition after SFX's revamping was Louisiana's Disco Donnie Productions, a company that was started by legendary rave promoter, Donnie Estonpinal. In a New York Times interview in June 2012, Sillerman explained his intentions to negotiate with the upwards of 50 different companies, 15 of which he had already struck unconfirmed deals with. Following Disco Donnie Productions, he acquired the tour Life In Color (previously known as Dayglow), as well as the Miami Marketing Group which owns eight nightclubs including LIV and Story.
While Live Nation and SFX have been duking it out for control over the rising market, many EDM advocates, including some DJs, are concerned with some of the decisions that are being made in the industry. Some believe these acquisitions may too heavily commercialize the once underground scene, and hinder the creativity of the music and its culture.
World-famous DJ and producer Deadmau5 explained his frustration in 2012 by posting the statement, "E.D.M has turned into a massively marketed cruise ship, and it's sinking fast. Not because of all the passengers, but perhaps there are too many cooks in the kitchen," on his Tumblr page. He finished by stating, " All I'm trying to do, is put on my life jacket and swim as far away from this ship wreck as I can."
Likewise, Richards describes how the term "rave" differs in Europe from America in a 2012 interview with Pure Volume by saying, "Rave has a different meaning in Europe -- a raver in Europe is not a 15-year-old girl flying out of her head wearing a G-string and furry boots. A raver over there is an average music who wants to go out and have a good night, listen to cool music, and dance or whatever." Richards continued, “I feel like the culture in America around dance music has always given it a bad name, between what people wear, how they look, and the drugs."
Closing the interview he says, "I just wanted to bring it back around and have it be more about the music and the artists, and not have it be about little kids getting wasted. I thinking that's always overshadowed the music in America and I think that's a big reason why it never went to the next level. So just when it's about to peak and break through, then it gets shot down by whoever because the kids act stupid that are going to these things. They're not responsible, so I am trying to change that."
After attending HARD SUMMER we are sure of one thing, Gary Richards and HARD haven't forgotten about the music. They have been leaders in helping to reverse the commercialized sinking of the EDM cruise ship. HARD is evidence that being acquired by a major corporation does not mean your company has to lose it's character. Richards’ and HARD's ability to provide a diverse lineup has served as the foundation for their success, proving that music will remain the heart and sound of their festival.
With the growing popularity and the money that surrounds this scene, we should be extremely thankful for people like Gary Richards who keep originality feeling alive. His dedication to creating his own path through pushing passed generic boundaries has not only resulted in successful and unique events, but also has also made him one of the most powerful people within the dance music world. Richards is a staple in making sure this movement breaks through to the next level and becomes so much more than just a fad of the decade.
It may not be socially acceptable for 20-somethings to trick-or-treat, but that doesn't mean we can't extend Halloween like we used to do when we were kids. If you're feigning for a way to prolong this year's wicked celebrations, look no further than Hard Haunted Mansion. The fifth annual one-day festival returns Saturday, November 3 to ensure wickedness prevails throughout the week. After four years at the Shrine Expo Center, Hard Haunted will move to the Hard Summer location - Los Angeles State Historic Park. French production duo and Hard veterans, Justice, will headline along with Major Lazer and Knife Party.
Written by Alexandra Tillotson
Our cold brother to the North is known for a lot of things: winter, hockey, poutine. What Canada is NOT known for is music festivals, but Osheaga Festival may change that. Located in the Paris-meets-New York culture clash city of Montreal, the festival celebrates all that is the good in electronic, rock, and hip-hop music.
The three-day concert begins on Aug. 3 and will be held at Parc Jean Drapeau, the location of Montreal’s weekly Summer Sunday outdoor electronic music series, “Piknic Électronik.”
Good news for New Yorkers: if you missed electro-duo Justice’s Terminal 5 show in March, you’re getting a second chance to catch them in action! The French producers will spin at the Hammerstein Ballroom on October 21 and presale tickets go on sale today.
Following the success of their recently released “New Lands” EP, it’s no surprise Justice wants to share their studio-savvy skills with their fans across the world. The EP features five different versions of the track, including the original, a live version, and remixes from Falcon, A-Trak and Sebastian.
Ragers get your sea legs ready, because electronic music is setting sail for a weekend. Hard’s electronic music cruise Holy Ship!! will return for a second edition of madness on January 4, departing from Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades for three nights of dance-floor dynamite.
The Bahamas-bound boat boasts an impressive roster, with headliners such as Major Lazer, Knife Party, Justice, Boys Noize, Diplo and a myriad of other music-makers voyaging to a private island in Nassau. Attendance is projected to top last year’s 2,500+ guest list of music lovers who enjoyed unlimited boogying, relaxing and sun-bathing.
In Los Angeles it's hard to cypher through the talented and the unfortunately talentless. Everyone claims to have the skills to make it to the big time, but let's be honest, in this day and age everyone thinks they can DJ. This is not the case for LA's newest young talent Agendas, who is a producer/ singer/ drummer/ guitarist/etc. The artist, formerly known as Jake Weary, has proven through his eclectic and exciting sound that he is a truly talented musician. Hailing from Montclair, New Jersey, Agendas has been working hard to produce top notch tunes. He released his self titled EP in April 2011. Yes, he is from New Jersey but before your mind wanders to the Jersey Shore buffoons, think twice, you won't be seeing a bundle of Bros obnoxiously fist pumping on the dance floor. This artist keeps his beats classy.