Article by Lilly Kofler
Get ready L.A, Pretty Lights is coming to the Shrine Auditorium on September 15th!
Colorado based producer Derek Vincent Smith's 'party rocking beats' not only swell dance floors but combine genres unlike any other producer out there. Currently on Pollstar's Top 50 tours chart, Pretty Lights has kept audiences dancing at some of the biggest festivals in the country including Ultra, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Identity, Norway’s Oslo Live and Poland’s Audioriver, as well as a sold-out concert at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Trying to blend hip-hop underbellies with breakbeat tempos and electro-funk beats can quickly turn into a clusterfucked disaster, but for Gramatik, it’s just another day in his life as a producer. Hailing from the tiny country of Slovenia in central Europe, the 28-year-old production genius closed out Camp Bisco with his impressive bounty of tracks that cut across genres with ease.
Dennis J, known to the musical world as Gramatik, sat down with Joonbug to discuss pulling inspiration from TV, digging for sample snippets and a living through a summer full of festivals.
Interview by Alexandra Tillotson
Eliot Lipp’s album release party for Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake at Mercury Lounge on June 29th welcomed an amazingly eclectic audience that mirrored the artist’s dynamic sound.
Bekim, the opening artist, brought dubstep and d’n’b fans out to play, but it was obvious that Lipp was the main attraction when he stepped onto the stage. The artist commanded attention from everyone in the room - from the bro in a polo, loafers, and khakis to the very posh lady in a sexy backless blue dress.
If video killed the radio star, then file-sharing surely drowned the record label industry. In this day in age when music is readily available at the click of a button, many artists have grown frustrated with falling album sales. But those who have remained positive and innovative, like Derek Smith (the mind behind electro-hip-hop project Pretty Lights) have embraced technological advances and used them as fuel for their creative fires.
Pretty Lights releases all of his music for free, because he believes everyone should be able to listen to what they love cost-free. Backed by this philosophy, the Colorado-based producer has thrown his energy into crafting live shows that are spectacularly unique experiences and more than worth the ticket price. Pretty Lights is taking this show on the road once again this fall, traveling the country to give music-lovers the concert of a lifetime.
Fusing funktastic live instruments with bass-heavy beats, Big Gigantic has created a uniquely addictive style of music that leaves listeners’ hearts palpitating faster than the band’s drum rhythms. Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken skyrocketed to success in the EDM scene in 2010 and have only improved on their sound since. While their glitchy-drum sound tickles the ear when aired via computer speakers, it’s their animated live performances that truly melt faces.
Joonbug sat down with the DJ duo after their dubstep-crazed set at Bonnaroo and talked about reviving the saxophone, new collaborations and the uber-supportive Boulder music scene.
Ten miles of darkness and 2000 cars separated us from the festival we had only dreamt about. As we stared forward, excited and anxious, there was a faint flicker towards the sky and then the familiar explosion of fireworks in the distance. A roar ripped through the desert from the cars around us. Indian chiefs and their topless girlfriends yelled and cheered out their windows, as packs of neon spattered fur boots ran by on foot. This was the scene I had heard so much about. The one that would save dance music events
Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival has consistently been remarked as the premier Electronic Music festival in the country. With steady competition from Ultra Music Festival , and the multitude of other events that have developed in the past few years, claiming that title is quite a feat. Insomniac’s founder, Pasquale Rotella, has rose through the ranks of California promoters to a point of utmost success. He has absolutely earned his stripes, with the immense scale of his events and consequences this sometimes brings. The risk involved with such massive gatherings as these has made it necessary for Pasquale to impose a new standard for safety at these events, both at the gates and in the festival. In both appearance and functionality, EDC proved to be nothing less than the world-class event that was beckoned for.
If there was a competition for a festival with the best word play, we'd imagine that the Summer Set festival, in Somerset, Wisconsin, would take the cake. Unfortunately, that's not how things like this are judged, so we must differ to the standard measure: the lineup.
Luckily for us, Summer Set delivers on both fronts, boasting a pretty impressive lineup over its three days of music, camping and more. Headliners Pretty Lights, Umphrey's McGee and Big Gigantic are supported by rap legends NaS and Black Starr (Talib Kweli + Mos Def) and tons of others.
Summertime is all about the amazing slew of music festivals scattered around the country. And what better way to close out a season of musical magic than the North Coast Music Festival - a Chicago fest boasting a lineup filled with electronic, hip-hop and indie-funk acts.
Imagine if Lollapalooza had an baby with Electric Daisy Carnival, with a smidge of Bonnaroo festi-feelings thrown in and you would have North Coast Music Festival. The three-day outdoor rave, starting August 31, has booked a spectacular balance of acts including Pretty Lights, Axwell, Atmosphere, Steve Aoki, Big Boi and more.
It's always exciting when a new festival comes around. Here in the US, this is happening more often these days, helped by the huge increase in the popularity of EDM. Enter Counterpoint which stems from a collaboration between MCP Presents (Camp Bisco, Light All Night) and C3 (Lallopalooza, Austin City Limits), two of the biggest festival promoters in the US. With their knowledge and sway, they've attracted what may end up being one of the finest lineups of the year. Including Bassnectar, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, AVICII, Steve Angello and over 50 others, this multi-day, camper friendly festival is sure to cause quite a splash. Heading to Atlanta on September 27-29, the city will never be the same again.
Electric Zoo's Phase 1 Festival lineup has just been announced! Taking place Aug 31 - Sept 2 on Randall's Island here in NYC, this year's festival has THE biggest names in EDM. Check out the killer lineup that includes Pretty Lights, Above & Beyond, Laidback Luke, Hardwell, Martin Solveig, Tiesto, Steve Aoki, David Guetta, A-trak, and more. Get your tickets while you still can!