Bonobo Stops in Miami for North American Tour

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Over the course of his 15-year career, Bonobo has grown to international critical acclaim. His organic and detailed sound mixed with a modern electronic feel keeps him on the forefront of the musical frontier.

After a massive live tour with a 12-piece band in 2013, Bonobo has begun a North American tour that will feature his DJ set. He will be performing with support from Kastle on October 4th at Grand Central in downtown Miami. 

Bonobo is nothing short of hypnotizing. Born Simon Green in Hampshire, England, an early interest in music has made Bonobo into the genius he is today. Green’s music is complex, vibrant, and always has the listener in mind. It does not stick to one particular sound or scene, but it has garnered hundreds of thousands of fans.

Green knows how to insert the human element into his music, and that makes the idea of his DJ set just as exciting as his live show. His wide range of knowledge about different genres has given him the ability to perform well in many different musical situations, including DJ sets.

Even though he is first and foremost a solo artist, it should be interesting to see how he translates different music into a one-man performance without the accompaniment of live vocals or instruments.

Green’s thoughtfully layered songs whisk you away to a different place and time, making you forget all of your worries. No matter what genre of music you like, Bonobo is sure to captivate and amaze you. Don’t miss out on your chance to see him in Miami. Tickets are currently $20 and can be found here.

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Nightmares On Wax Takes Us Through 25 years of Music with New Tour, Interview

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Nightmares On Wax, otherwise known as George Evelyn, is not your average DJ. Unlike most of the musicians you see in electronic music today, Evelyn has been a part of the industry for the last 25 years, and he’s celebrating with a massive European and U.S. tour that started earlier this year. Born in England but currently residing in Ibiza, Evelyn has seen the evolution of music into what we know and love (or hate) today. With such an expansive career, he has surely played a role in this progression.

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Creativity spews out of every pore of his body every chance it gets. As one of the musical innovators of our time, Evelyn took a look on the past 25 years of making music, something he rarely does due to the fact that he is always looking forward, always looking to create something new.

“If you’re going to say something, say something good because you just don’t know how you are affecting people. And you are affecting people. For me, it’s not about preaching. It’s about putting good vibrations out into this world because the world needs it,” Evelyn said in a recent interview with Joonbug.com.

The N.O.W. is the Time tour gave the audience a taste of Evelyn’s musical past and present. Instead of performing solely as a DJ, he managed to effortlessly merge that with an intimate live performance. There was a drummer and two other live singers, including former Zero 7 vocalist Moses. Evelyn carefully divided his time between the decks and smoothly rapping along with his beats.
The band started the set with his more recent hits “Be, I Do” and “Now Is The Time,” but quickly, as he put it, transported the audience back to 1987.

“I’m performing songs I’ve never performed live before, performing songs that I haven’t performed for maybe 20 years. I’ve added an interesting twist to it because you can’t expect the same songs. It was a really long time ago, and I’m reliving it again,” Evelyn said about this most recent tour.

The large crowd started dancing immediately and didn’t stop until the very last song. The energy from the room radiated off every performer and attendee. The band made the performance personal and profound; it was almost like we were at a jam session in Evelyn’s Ibiza studio. “I feel it’s important to be connected to the people that support [the music],” Evelyn said. They were able to prove that you don’t need much more than a couple of singers, a drummer and a computer to make good music for a good time.

Evelyn’s mixture of infused funk, reggae and downtempo provided the chillest of vibes. The band knew when to bring high and low energy. You could sway to the rhythm of “Give Thx” and “You Wish” or rock out to “African Pirates” and “70s 80s.”

Musically, everyone one was on point throughout the entirety of the show. It was nothing short of soulful. Towards the end of the night, the band got the crowd to sing along with them for a couple of songs, including “Flip Ya Lid.” They played a five-song encore that went longer than expected, but nobody was complaining. This was the last stop on their North American tour, and no one wanted the night to end.

You can hear past and present influences in all aspects of Evelyn’s productions. He may be continuously looking forward, in life and his music, but he’s also building on top of his past to create new and interesting sounds.

 

Read the full interview below:

You’re smack dab in the middle of your “N.O.W. is the Time” tour. You’ve traveled Europe and the U.S. How has it been so far? Have there been any highlights?

I think every gig and every town has had a different edge to it. I’ve always felt really, really good and got wonderful customers come out, lots of fans and people who have been listening for the last 20 years. It’s been great. I can’t pick out one highlight, if you know what I’m saying.

 

Tell us a little bit about your new live show and how it compares to what you’ve done in the past.

I’m performing songs I’ve never performed live before, performing songs that I haven’t performed for maybe 20 years. I’ve added an interesting twist to it because you can’t expect the same songs. It was a really long time ago, and I’m reliving it again. When I pull them from the carton, it’s like, “Wow,” because most of my career is looking forward and going forward. This sheer good amount is definitely the journey.

 

Yeah, your sound is always progressing and evolving. How do you combine your past music with your present music in these shows?

The thing that we do that we highlight and also turns out to be awesome is the energy, the pocket of the energy field, good throughout the music. Also showing some of the stories that go with some of the songs to the audience as well because I think it’s kind of an important thing to bring to the picture. The people who just got into it [Evelyn’s music] don’t really know about the last 20-25 years, so there are some people who don’t really know the story to it. We kind of grew up with a bit of the story, but with the story there it won. Anything to escalate the bass really. So, it’s definitely a different way of doing a show than I’ve done before.

 

We’ve heard you do a lot of live rapping in this tour. What made you shift away from spinning records?

When I started out years ago, I was MCing and DJing, break dancing and everything. The more I got into producing and things like that, I kind of took a backseat from the microphone and worked with singers and all kinds of musicians. I’ve been working to cop up feelings of my past that I’ve kind of gone back there again. This is my foundation. This is where I’m from. It’s been a gift in doing it. It’s felt great doing it. There’s a song I perform that I wrote when I was 18, which was back 1988. To be performing a song from when I was 18 is kind of surreal.

 

We like how you are still able to maintain your own signature sound, but also make it something new as your career moves on.

I’ve always got ideas. That’s why this kind of journey has been different because it’s the first time anybody has really been able to look back. I’ve spent so much time thinking of new ideas and stuff that looking back, it’s the first time you go, “Oh, actually yeah, I think I did it.” [Laughs] And I spent most of the time thinking that it’s not been enough. For me, that, musically, and going to new places was exciting because there’s always stuff I want to do. There’s always something else, somewhere I want to go. I think it’s that fact that I’m like that and the fact that this journey has been like that is a testament to what matters most about me.

 

Has it been a challenge to work with vinyl in this modern music world?

Eh, It is challenging. I have to buy vinyls at that concert to DJ with, just so I can cleverly do the show that day. Unless I’m on the island of Ibiza where I live, and I’m going to DJ somewhere locally and I’ve got an opportunity to take a box seven inch vinyls up just like that, then I’ll do that. But traveling with them in public transport creates all forms of concerns. It’s just a no-no in the vinyl community. I’ve just really never took the risk and ever felt comfortable doing that nowadays anyways.

 

With streaming and downloading being the main medium for people to listen to music now, what do you think the future of vinyl recording is?

I think the future of vinyl recording is strong. I think we’ve been going through this phase of going, “Oh, vinyl is over. I’m not interested anymore.” But that’s not true. Even at my concerts, the majority of merchandise that is selling is vinyl. Everybody wants vinyl. I think it’s the fact that it’s something tangible. The fact that we do have streaming and the fact that we do have downloadable things; they’re just other options. They might be good, and for some people, it could complete their lifestyles. Then, you have to buy a record that compensates well. Those kind of deep collections, likes to have a record collection, likes to have a library of music. I think it’s coffees for coffees really.

 

You’re doing a free DJ set at Sweat Records before your performance at Grand Central. Is this something you’ve been doing on every stop of your tour?

No, I don’t think so. I think it was something like eight record stores on the whole tour. There’s only a select few stores that I’m doing it in. I would advise everybody to come down because there’s a little surprise there when I’m DJing I’ve fixed up. Come and join me.

 

Why did you decide to do this? Was this another chance for people to see you in a different environment? What was the driving force behind this decision?

There are a number of reasons. One is we got to get close to these fans, the people who go out of their way and actually go to a record store to buy our music, who show the respect to the record stores that are supporting that music. I feel it’s important to be connected to the people that support. There are record stores that have been selling my music for years that I’ve never been to. I think it’s good to connect to those people as well because these are the people that are supporting our music. Whether it’s a concert, whether it’s a festival, whether it’s in-store, whether it’s a DJ or a live show, I think they’re all really relevant and really important because all of these elements are what is important in my music. When I was anxious to go be in a store and do a record store, but I was like, “Yes. Yes,” because I knew that was closer to the point, the real outlet of where my music was going.

 

We think it’s a great idea. You’ve just been nominated in the electronica category for the 2014 DJ Awards that is held in Ibiza. You won the downtempo category in 2011 and 2012, and you’ve been nominated since 2009. How does that feel? Has it become a commonplace thing for you, or is this a validation of making good music?

I appreciate that at least I’ve been recognized for all the hard work I’m doing. That’s how I feel. It’s not just about winning. I do what I do because I love it. From another arena, the recognition comes for what you’re doing, especially when it comes to DJing because that’s the backbone of what I do and what really got me into making music. I’m just grateful that people are listening and really, really recognizing me as a DJ, especially in the mix of the DJs I’m in the category with, which we can go into all types of subjects on that one. Just to be recognized as a DJ is a great honor.

 

You’ve lived in Ibiza for over seven years now. How has your environment there, especially your Wax Da Jam party, influenced your sound?

Massively, massively. I moved to Ibiza for the quality of life. I wanted to get out of the UK just for a bit of a newer life. Living in Ibiza, for me, was not based on the music industry at all. That’s the first point. The second point was that once I got to Ibiza, my life had changed. My environment had changed, and there was one person to look at, which was me, looking at me. I had to look at my music. I had to look at my DJing. I had to really get back to the blank canvas of what that was about.  Then I developed a platform called Wax Da Jam and Wax Da Beach, which then really opened me back up to how I interact with music, how I interact with making beats. I think it really gave me a blank canvas, a fresh look at myself – I don’t want to say reinvent myself. I would say really reconnect with myself. The island has been really special for me in that way. Being able to do Wax Da Jam and incorporate live musicians, which when your jamming and playing together, you realize ideas come about, which includes coming up with new songs. That’s how it started out. Back in the day when I was making my first demo, I was playing at my own crib, packing demos down there. I always had a residency. Once I started touring and releasing albums, I didn’t have a residency for years because I was always touring all over the world, always playing different venues. Now I have Wax Da Jam that is my home base. This is our sixth season this year. This is how I started, so it feels like it’s gone full circle, and I got all this welcome experience and longevity along the way. But I’ve gone back to the essence of me DJing my own night. DJing that night not only just to be sure of those tracks, but also to get the inspiration and the influence into the studio to make new songs.

Would you say that Ibiza has been the biggest influence on your music thus far?

I would say the biggest influence on my music has definitely been my lifting up and where I come from in my hometown, Leeds. The last eight years have been massive for me. It’s not just a massive change in music as it were. I would say it’s a massive change in me personally, as a person, how interact with my music, how I interact with the world, everything really. It’s been an amazing gift in my life.

Definitely. Ibiza is paradise.

It is. I can’t wait to get back there. I’ve been enjoying the tour as well, but I’ve got that to look forward to at the end of the tour.

Exactly. New influences on the road and then you can go back to a great influence in your life. You said that “Smoker’s Delight” is your baby, the album that changed your life. Has your latest album, “N.O.W. Is The Time,” changed your life in any way?

I think that’s a question you would have to ask me at the end of the year. Every day there’s something happening with this journey. From being at some of these shows and hearing some of the testaments of some of the fans – People that have heard my baby or people that watch the show and then listened to my album or my album reminded them of something. You know? These really big and meaningful testaments that come from fans are really, really affecting me right now. People are telling me that this album has been the soundtrack to their life. It’s been a page in their life, whether it’s helped them through troubles or dark notes or whether it’s helped them through beaten counts, all kinds of crazy stories. And I’m like, “Shit, you don’t really know what you’re doing,” until you get these testaments and connections to people. I would say my answer to that question is this is ongoing right now. It’s still like I don’t know what the next testament is going to be. Right now, I’m really, really humbled by it. I’m really, really blown away by it. As musicians, I don’t think we really, really know what we’re doing as far as thinking about fans until you get that kind of testament. That, to me, has been really, like I said, humbling.

It’s that feeling that artists feel when their art affects other people.

Yes, especially when you unearth new music. You’re not making it with any conscious. I’m not making it with any condition. I’m making it because I’m expressing myself. But once that expression is put out for the world, you don’t know how that perception can be related. This is why music matters. If you’re going to say something, say something good because you just don’t know how you are affecting people. And you are affecting people. For me, it’s not about preaching. It’s about putting good vibrations out into this world because the world needs it.

Definitely, especially now. So you’re primarily known for Nightmares On Wax, but can you tell us a little more about your alter ego DJ E.A.S.E and why that was created?

Just because I come from a hip-hop and a B-boy background. When you’re trying to start out as a DJ, you always have a DJ name. The actual name, that’s been around for years, since 1985. It’s just that cool thing; you always have a DJ name or a producer name. Originally, my name was DJ EZE (pronounced Easy E). And then N.W.A. came about. I think that was at the end of 1988. There’s an Eazy-E in N.W.A. and I was like, “I can’t be EZE.” A good friend of mine said, “You should just call yourself Ease, just like that.” I was like, “Yeah, but what could that mean?” He came up with the actual meaning of the name and it stood for “experience a sample expert.” I said I would go with that because it was something that was easy sounding and what I was going for. I’ve gone under that name ever since and used it as a DJ name. It’s all connected really. It’s all the same thing, but that comes from more of a hip-hop background that what I grew up on.

 

Yeah. You have a huge catalog. What has been the one track that you’ve made that has personally influenced you the most?

The track that has influenced or changed my life – I would say it had a massive influence on my life because it changed my life and also because I’m still amazed how it came about when the song was made and what I cover originally with Kevin Harper and a guy called Robin Taylor-Firth. It was a song called “Nights Interlude.” I remember writing that song and coming out of the studio that day thinking, “Wow. We just made a baby. I don’t know where that baby came from, but we made a baby.” That song grew and I did a rendition on it. That’s when I got the song “Les Nuits,” which you get with a 52-piece orchestra. That was when my whole world opened up to production. My whole world opened up to what was possible. To this day, performing that song, I still can’t believe it. I still don’t know where it came from. There are two versions of the song. On the first album, “A Word of Science,” there’s a song called “Nights Interlude.” On the “Smoker’s Delight” album, there’s “Night Introlude.” Then when I did the “Carboot Soul” album, becuase of the success of “Smoker’s Delight,” we were able to invest in the 52-piece orchestra and perform that song. What stemmed from “Nights Interlude” to “Les Nuits,” there’s a clear connection. That was the song that really, really changed my life.

 

It’s probably one of your most famous songs too. Do you prefer producing or performing?

You can’t have one without the other. I produce first. If I don’t produce, I can’t perform. [Laughs]

 

Finish this sentence: “Now is the time to…”

Live your life to the highest point possible because you have the right to.

 

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Top 5 Tracks: Summer Is Coming Edition

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Summer is right around the corner and that means a plethora of new music is coming with it. Musicians have started announcing, releasing and previewing some of the hottest tracks you’ll hear in the next few months in hopes that their song will be the next hit during the summer festival season.

With so much music coming out so quickly, it can be hard to find just what you need to kick off summer properly. Here are my top five tracks from the last week or so that will pump you up for the best season of them all.

Boston Bun makes electronic music his bitch with this big first single off his new EP,We Got Soul/Time Bomb, due out June 16. In a Facebook post, he said this genre-defying track was a homage to Da Mongoloids, a defunct collective that originally started solely as Armand Van Helden and evolved to include Daft Punk, DJ Sneak, Junior Sanchez and many more stately names. The title track is an amazing display of Boston Bun’s unique take on house music. The vocals, the beat, everything about this attention-demanding track goes perfectly together. Boston Bun and Bear Who? definitely got that soul.

When you see John Roman‘s name on anything, you know that it’s going to be good. I was surprised and excited to see him collaborate with the newest addition to Boys Noize Records, BS1, on this Blood Music release. The result is a masterfully produced and developed EP. There’s light, dark and everything in-between. The two original songs on this EP are strong enough to stand alone, but the LeBreton remix is an added bonus. Dumbbell/Barbell is perfect for workouts that will help you get that summer beach body.

Let’s get this straight: I don’t like Katy Perry. At all. However, Le Youth is able to make me like her with this chilled-out remix of “Birthday.” The chopped-up vocals and the dreamy bass line turn this pop hit into a beach-like house song that is not overwhelming, yet distinct enough to know it’s not the original. It can be played in the club or just relaxing by the pool. Perfectly executed, this is definitely a summer tune, like much of what Le Youth is known for, and he nails it again.

It’s more than just a feat to successfully remix this Sam Smith hit, but Soul Clap does so in a way that mesmerizes. They emphasize the beautiful background chorus vocals instead of Smith’s for a majority of the track, which I think was the right thing to do. When Smith sings, he demands the attention of the listener as he takes complete control of the song, making whatever beat seem insignificant. Using the background vocals along with Smith’s smooth and impressive cooing allows Soul Clap to make this a Soul Clap song and not a Sam Smith song. This tribal house, beach vibe is the perfect way to start summer.

Riton is back and better than ever with the upcoming release of his new EP, Bad Girl RiRi, on May 26. Mixmag exclusively premiered the first single, and I definitely want to hear what Riton has in store for us after listening to it. “Aloha Surfers” is a Gesaffelstein-like techno/electro track that is hard-hitting and full of energy. The rumbling bassline and high-pitched beat take me back to old-school Ed Banger tunes. The first drop comes within the first 50 seconds of the song, setting a tense, industrial and chaotic setting for the rest of the song. Fast-paced and intense — just how we like it.

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Grand Central’s Extensive 2014 Miami Music Week Lineup

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Keeping track of all the WMC and MMW parties can be intimidating and crazy (Check out our 2014 Miami Music Week guide). The list of things to do during this exclusive week of music seems never ending. Deciding which events you should go to is even more daunting. But one venue in Miami has a little something for everyone.

From March 22 through March 29, Grand Central and The Garret will showcase a number of shows with the hottest acts in electronic music today. With some of the best lineups of the week, it is hard to say that you won’t end up at Grand Central at least once during Miami Music Week.

The Grand Central family starts off WMC with a bang! Slap and Tickle’s weekly party, Bodega, will feature the up-and-coming Kaytranada, a youngster that has been DJing since the age of 14. His remixes are one of a kind, and he has developed his own distinct sound that makes you want to move your feet. Disclosure recently mentioned him in a Facebook status saying, “When will he make a bad tune??… Like it has to be soon surely??? Probably not!!” I would have to agree with the Disclosure bros; Kaytranada has yet to produce something just mediocre. Support will be provided by S&T resident DJs Pirate StereoSantiago Caballero and Panic Bomber. Tickets are currently $15 and can be found HERE.

If Kaytranada isn’t your cup of tea, Seven Lions will be performing downstairs at Grand Central on the same night. The progressive dubstep artist has blown up in the last couple of years and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. This is evident in the tremendous amount of collaborations he has been involved in, whether it be supporting Porter Robinson on tour or remixing legendary Röyksopp. Doors open at 11 p.m. Tickets are currently $22 and can be found HERE.

Trap is nothing new when it comes to music. Many younger listeners don’t realize that its origins began with hip-hop and rap. Mannie Fresh is known for bringing Cash Money Records into the limelight, and he’s bringing his original style of trap to Miami with hip-hop artist Juvenile. Support will be provided by Heroes X VillainsBrenmar,Speakerfoxx and Miami Marci. Early bird tickets have sold out, but tickets are $20 for 21-year-olds or $25 for those under 21. They can be found HERE.

With one of the best lineups of this years Miami Music Week, Bromance Records is back with an arsenal of musicians from the label, most of them coming from France with the exception of a couple of Americans. When it comes to electronic music, the French know what’s up, and Brodinski and his crew are no exception. Even though this event will be held on a Monday, it is one that you don’t want to miss. The headliners (Brodinski, Ed Banger founder Busy P and super group Club Cheval) are enough to make you already want to go, but the supporting acts are the icing on the cake. Support will include Gesaffelstein vs. The HackerJimmy EdgarLouisahhh!!!Para OnePipesSurkin, The Kore, Zimmer and special guests. Early bird tickets have sold out. Tickets are currently $25 and can be found HERE.

Circus Records, led by Doctor P and Flux Pavilion, will bring their Grand Central Tour to, well, Grand Central. Celebrating the launch of the Circus Records compilation, Grand Central, the duo will bring a night of dub guaranteed to keep the dance floor moving all night long. Support will be provided by Lets Be FriendsMizukiFox StevensonNezzoThugli and Mutrix. Tickets are currently $25 and can be found HERE.

Just when we thought Grand Central was holding out on us this MMW season, they drop this bomb. Good Times Miami is a festival with only back-to-back sets, pairing up some artists that you never thought you’d see spin together. And mind you, the match ups are pretty on point. The lineup is too extensive to even begin to go into details, but along with OWSLA, seven other record labels (MTA RecordsJeffree’sBNRFool’s GoldSlow Roast RecordsSMOG and Bromance) will be there to let the good times roll. This is a 21+ event, and it will be held in Wynwood on NW 24th St. in between 1st and 2nd Ave. Tickets are currently $30 for a one-day ticket or $55 for a two-day ticket and can be found HERE.

                                 

If there is any one event that you shouldn’t miss, Hard Miami is it. One of the only times of the year that Miami is graced with a Hard event, Gary Richards, the father of Hard, continuously brings fresh and new talent to the south with this event. The first night, dubbed the Rump Shaker, is already sold out, but that doesn’t mean the second night’s lineup isn’t just as great. Basement Jaxx (DJ set) and Brodinski will be headlining the second night with support from Julio BashmoreDuskyDestructo,BreachMKAmine Edge & DanceClaptoneT. WilliamsAmtrac and Wax Motif. Tickets are currently $35 and can be found HERE.

The Fool’s Gold party has become a Miami Music Week staple. The free cover with a simple RSVP has made this party one of the most popular MMW events. Arrive early; The line will surely go down the street and around the block as it does every year. This year the Fool’s Gold founders, A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, have brought a massive lineup including TchamiGladiator b2b LoudpvckAnna LunoeDestructoTrippy TurtleWave RacerCarliHigh Klassified and Sleepy Tom. If this event reaches capacity, the weekly party Peachfuzz will be going on upstairs with DZA and friends. RSVP for free entrance to Fool’s Gold Miami HERE.

Everyone needs a pool party during WMC week, and this one seems like the one to go to to chillax by the water with some bumping beats. Brought to you by Super Music GroupThump and Poplife, Tiki Disco versus The Deep End will have AmtracAnna Lunoe and Treasure Fingers as headliners, and support will be provided by Tiki Disco resident DJs Eli EscobarLloydski and Andy Pry. It will take place on South Beach at the Mondrian Hotel (1100 West Avenue, South Beach, FL, 33139). Don’t miss your chance to splash around before going out on Saturday night. And to make things even better, this pool party is free. You know where we’ll be next Saturday afternoon.

The Windish Agency has been known to showcase innovative and new talent. Started in 2004, the booking agency is involved with almost every sector of music. For their annual party this year, they will take over both Grand Central and The Garret to accommodate the huge lineup they have put together for the biggest night of WMC.Alex YoungAntiserumCashmere CatKill ParisKaytranadaLuminoxNadastrom,Twrk and Uberjak’d will take over the main room, while BranchezBixel Boys,CursesJuan MacLeanKlangkarussellMaxxi SoundsystemMK and Waze & Odyssey hold down The Garret for S&T’s Bodega. Tickets are currently $20 and can be found HERE.

Who knows what else Poplife and Grand Central have in store for the week ahead? Be sure to check back for updates and changes to any Grand Central or Poplife parties during this year’s Miami Music Week. Hope to see all your beautiful faces smiling and dancing at all of these events!

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CounterPoint 2014: Back and better than ever

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When the creators of Tomorrowland announced that TomorrowWorld, the American edition of their festival, would be held in the Chattahoochee Hills, many wondered what would happen to the other festival that was previously held at the same location. After a wildly successful first year in 2012, CounterPoint Music Festival is back with a new venue and a massive lineup. From indie, chillwave and electronica to electro, hip-hop and trap, CounterPoint has covered every genre a modern-day music lover could want. There is, literally, something for everyone.

CounterPoint moved to its new home in Kingston Downs, Ga., and will be held on April 25-27. Advanced general admission tickets are currently $180 (plus fees) and on sale at the CounterPoint website. VIP packages start at $600. Outkast, Pretty Lights, Foster The People and STS9 will be headlining the festival, but the fun doesn’t stop there.

As you read the 2014 CounterPoint lineup, it seems to get better as you go along. They have the perfect balance of different styles of music. Mainstream, underground: You name it, they’ve got it.

Outkast, J. Cole, Chance The Rapper and more if you’re a rap fan. A-Trak, Boys Noize, Wolfgang Gartner plus many more if you’re an electro fan. Foster The People, Thievery Corporation, Sleigh Bells and others if you like indie. Nosaj Thing, XXYYXX and Shpongle for the experimental ones.

And there are more, of course. The lineup consists of musicians that many know and love, and then, there are musicians that many have never heard of. MCP Presents and C3 Presents, the companies in charge of the festival, always have a good ear for fresh and new artists. This is evident in the multiple festivals they produce yearly, and CounterPoint is no exception.

MCP and C3 have revived the Dirty South as a prominent player in the music industry. They continuously are bringing groundbreaking music to an area that is relatively underestimated and unknown. The south needed a diverse and unique music festival and they hit the nail on the head with this one.

CounterPoint will be held at Kingston Downs for the next 10 years, but that doesn’t mean you should wait to buy tickets. Early bird tickets have already sold out and the advanced tickets are headed in the same direction.

For a taste of what the first CounterPoint was like, read our review.

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Disclosure Brings DJ Set to Grand Central for Official After Party

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As the biggest breakthrough artist of 2013, Disclosure took the music world by storm with their debut album Settle and their subsequent explosion in popularity. Two young brothers from England have single-handedly influenced and changed the direction of modern electronic music, appealing to both a younger and older crowd.

After selling out The Fillmore on Miami Beach with their live winter tour, a surprise after party has been announced at Grand Central where they will perform a DJ set on Jan. 25. I’ve heard many good things about their live show, but their DJ set is just as impressive.

Poplife is partnering with Slap & Tickle to bring S&T’s weekly night, Bodega, from The Garret to the main room at Grand Central. Support will be provided by local talent Pirate StereoPanic Bomber and Santiago Caballero, with special guest Samo Sound Boy. Tickets are currently $25 and available here. This is an 18+ event and doors will open at 11:30 p.m.

via Bionic Beatlab

Get #ShipFaced AFTER Holy Ship

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Just when you thought that Holy Ship!!! couldn’t get any more rowdy, some local promoters decided to throw a #ShipFaced #ShipFam after party in downtown Miami. After shippers return from a unique four-day musical excursion in the Bahamas, they, along with everyone in Miami, will have the opportunity to see L-Vis 1990Gina Turner,French Fries and more at Vagabond on Monday, the 13th.

The BBQ is an all-day event, starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. It also doubles as the launch party for Secret Sauce Collective, an underground music and arts group in Miami. A general admission ticket for $28.50 gets you into the party all day and night with a free CD. But for just $35 more, you can get a VIP ticket that includes free food, massages, goodie bags and more.

L-Vis 1990, aka James Connolly, is one of the co-founders of the label Night Slugs. Formed with longtime friend Bok Bok, Connolly is not new to the music scene. He was putting together events in the UK when he was just a teenager. Since then, he has gone on to develop his own sound and style that sets him apart from others. He has a forthcoming EP, Dance System, due to be released through Clone Records.

Gina Turner is one bad bitch. Not only is she Laidback Luke‘s wife, but she has a side project with him (Nouveau Yorican) and is in charge of Turn It Records as well. Turner got her start in music with radio and studied audio production and radio broadcasting at Emerson. Even though she has become more popular recently, she has stuck to her roots and still has her own radio shows. Not to mention, she’s playing b2b with her hubby on Holy Ship and at this after party, all while being extremely pregnant.

French Fries is one of those artists that seems to fly under the radar because of his low-key persona. However, this native South American, who now lives in southern Paris, has been in the industry since he was 14-years-old. He’s been doing this for almost half of his lifetime, and he’s only 22! No wonder he has co-founded his own record label,ClekClekBoom Recordings, and his original tracks have been remixed by the some of the best.

On top of the three exceptional headliners, Secret Sauce is stuffing the line up with local Miami DJs, like Dude SkywalkerCHALK. and t.k.Lo. Hosted by a pair of veteran shippers, this show is going to bring out the true party people. Who needs work on the Monday after Holy Ship? Let’s keep the party going for as long as we can!

 

via Bionic Beatlab