Before we know it, December is going to be here, and the countdown to the second edition of the Electric Paradise Music Festival in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic can officially begin, if it hasn’t already. On December 19th, this annual festival will be taking over its unique beach venue with the help of world-class artists such as Guy Gerber, Hot Since 82, Chromeo, AlunaGeorge, Major Lazer, Matador, Moon Boots, and more. Another artist that will be playing amongst the art, food, design, technology, paradise, and more is the New York-based studio wizard, Nicolas Jaar, who was just announced, along with the full Stage 3 lineup.
There are only a handful of artists that are held in such high esteem as Nicolas Jaar. Known for his eclectic, far-out style of electronic music intended to take listeners on a journey, this Chile-born mastermind has built a large cult following through his one-of-a-kind releases, and mind-bending DJ/live sets that can include everything from ambient, to disco, to techno – all artfully woven together. Jaar is a true artist that strives for perfection in his craft, and he makes this apparent in everything that he does, while also going against the grain to push a transcendent sound unlike any other. There is a reason why he plays some of the biggest music festivals around the world, and if you’re not familiar with that reason yet, we highly recommend seeing him live, especially in a setting like Electric Paradise. Buy tickets to the festival on the official website.
Now that HARD’s successful Day of the Dead Festival is in the bag, Destructo has his sights set on the future, specifically his endeavors from land to sea in January and February of 2016. The sold-out HOLY SHIP!s will be happening on January 3-6 and February 10-13, but in between, the DJ/producer/festival founder will be throwing down on the Ship2Ship Tour, alongside dirtybird mainstay, Justin Martin, and up-and-comer Rezz, across the U.S. from January 14th to February 5th.
In addition to the tour news, Destructo is also staying busy on the release front with a forthcoming track, “Bodyback,” on AC Slater’s Night Bass label. Check out the darker, bass-fueled g-housey tune below, and pick it up on Friday on the This Is Night Bass Vol. 2 compilation.
If that wasn’t enough, you can enjoy Destructo’s Diplo & Friends guest mix that features a grip of unreleased tracks of his own, as well as jams from Justin Jay, AC Slater, Jauz, and many more (tracklist after the jump).
Electric Paradise is shaping up to be quite the beach-side winter affair. Today, it just unveiled its phase 1 lineup featuring everyone from Gorgon City, to AlunaGeorge, to Major Lazer, and several other acts that will be at the helm of this multi-stage festival that also features art, food, design, technology, and more. The other artists that are rounding out the phase 1 bill include Hot Singe 82, Cashmere Cat, Moon Boots, Matthew Johnson, Steve Angello, and Cash Cash. With this diverse group of some of the most in-demand artists, Electric Paradise is setting itself up for an excellent second edition in Punta Cana, and there are still 15 more artists to be announced! Tickets are available here.
Emerging as a dominant brand in Los Angeles, Minimal Effort will return this Halloween to create a haven for dance music connoisseurs with no boundaries once again. A certain commonality will exist between those in attendance, those that are performing, and the entities that may or may not be present. Three stages will be curated for your enjoyment and entertainment and hosted by some of the most extraordinary brands in dance music. A plethora of artists will provide sounds for your enjoyment, some of which will be known to many and some which might be unknown to all. Taking place at the magnificent Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, this is not going to be your ordinary Halloween event. For nearly 30 years, Belasco Theater was resurrected as a church and rumor has it that phantom footsteps were heard by members of the congregation coming from the stage as well as odd rustling sounds from back stage when the area was completely empty. A former organist tried to explain these sounds and believed that people actually heard a very elderly lady who lived under the stage who was “inherited” from the previous church. Occasional sightings of this woman eventually diminished and she did as well. Her true identity was never known and her spirit may still linger until this day. The sounds you hear might not be coming from the speakers, the essence you feel might not be from within, the spirit you embrace might not be your own. Get ready for the most magnificent and extravagant Minimal Effort yet and proceed with caution.
Next Saturday, November 7th, EDX will be descending upon LA for his anticipated No Xcuses party at the famed Create Nightclub. If you haven’t been able to see him live before, this is the perfect time to check out the house maestro, as his No Xcuses event brand has been around the world and back, providing people with a one-of-a-kind experience that had them buzzing through the following days. This upcoming event looks to be one of his best yet, and he’s bringing along his friend Antonio Giacca as direct support, so prepare for a full night of revelry and get your tickets before they’re gone. Buy tickets here and enjoy a track from EDX that’s amassed over 50 million plays.
For those blissfully unaware of this juggernaut of a gettogether, The Cityfox Experience has been uniting NYC partygoers for some time now. With 17 events under their belt, they’ll be rolling into Los Angeles in style. Uniting unique performers to satiate the tastes of house and techno lovers across the spectrum, the party promises to be a success.
This Friday, the famed Control night at Avalon Hollywood will be one for the books as Matoma, Dropout, Prince Fox, Bryce Vine, The Interns, and resident, Sam Hiller, will be throwing down for some pre-Halloween festivities. With an eclectic mix of styles throughout the night, including everything from future bass, to tropical, to house, the event is sure to have something for everyone trying to get down after a long work week, and for those trying to stay warm in a club environment as we slowly transition into the fall season. Buy tickets here and get ready with The Interns’ “Wet Hot Los Angeles Summer” mix.
Despite summer coming to a close, there are still several festivals that we have to look forward to. HARD’s Day of the Dead, Desert Hearts’ 3rd year anniversary, and now Electric Paradise. On December 19th, this annual festival in Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), will be taking over its unique beach venue for the second year in a row. With multiple simultaneous stages, it’s the biggest festival in the region, and last year, they saw 12,000 people come through to enjoy its fusion of music, art, food, design, technology, story-telling and paradise. The lineup for Electric Paradise promises 20+ world-class artists, so it will surely hold its own in the competitive festival landscape. If you’re looking for tickets and more information, visit the official website.
Desert Hearts just keeps on getting better. As expected, the infamous San Diego-based crew and festival brand have put together their biggest lineup to date featuring the Dirtybird don, Claude VonStroke, minimal techno pioneer, Marc Houle, UK legend, Eddie Richards, burgeoning tech-house maven, Olivier Giacomotto, Barcelona’s Dance Spirit, and London’s jozif, amongst the Desert Hearts DJs Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, Porkchop, Deep Jesus, and more. After attending this festival twice, I can say with confidence that it is one of the best transformational festivals around, not only because of the world-class house & techno talent, but also because of love and energy that Desert Hearts pours into each aspect of the event to ensure attendees have an outstanding experience. This 3rd year anniversary sees the festival growing to 100 hours of music, in addition to yoga, healing, art, fire dancers, and more, so be prepared for the all day and all night madness at the always wonderful Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. Buy tickets here.
This Thursday, September 10th at Sound Nightclub, Mau5trap’s studio wizard, Matt Lange, will be celebrating the release of his first full length artist album, Ephemera, with a highly anticipated performance, alongside the new LA transplant, Fritz Carlton, and Chris Wolfe. It’s looking to be one of the most exciting nights to hit Hollywood in recent times as Lange will be bringing his unique blend of dark, house and techno grooves that have won him coveted slots at some of the most prominent festivals in the world, such as EDC, TomorrowWorld, and SXSW. Not only will he have all of his new album material to showcase, but he will also be bringing a grip of private edits and unreleased tracks that are sure to light up the dance floor.
If you’re trying to attend, we have a special giveaway for you! Enter to win a signed vinyl of Matt Lange’s new album, Ephemera, and two tickets to the show this Thursday below. If you’re not feeling lucky, or need some security, you can pick up tickets here.