After electronic music broke out into one of its most pivotal years in 2012, expectations for what’s next have been through the roof. With the start of the new year, all eyes were on HARD‘s festival cruise aka Holy Ship. The staggering lineup that Gary Richards (Destructo) procured took many of the biggest names from across the board and set them out into the middle of the Atlantic ocean to kick off 2013. But why was it different than any other festival? Sure, it went from cruise ship to island hopping and back again, boasting an all-star roster – but how was that gonna set the tone for the year?
Never underestimate the power of friendship. Cheesy, I know, but for the sake of dance music and live performances, it’s what’s gonna save this year from being another circuit of the same festivals with the same stage lineups and the same sets… ENTER: the back-2-back DJ set.
HARD returned to NYC (and LA) this past weekend to bring us a bangin’ showcase of Wolfgang Gartner, Proxy, L-Vis 1990 and Popeska at Terminal 5. Already a huge fan of HARD events, I jumped at the chance to see this power lineup and to finally get a glimpse of Wolf’s awesome stage production that I kept hearing about from his Love & War tour. Continue Reading
The man behind it all. Gary Richards AKA Destructo heads up HARD and does a bit of DJing on the side as well, which is why he’ll be coming to VS tonight at The Central in Santa Monica with some very special guests that will be playing the festival this Saturday. Get more info on the event here, and read on for Gary’s answers to our quickfire! Continue Reading
Today, we have our second edition of the HARD Day of the Dead Quickfires, and this time we welcome Miami duo, GTA. The pair of producers consisting of Van Toth and JWLS will have the second slot on the Moombahton Massive stage — playing from 6:55-7:50PM. Read on after the jump to see what they had to say to our Day of the Dead questionnaire. Continue Reading
We’ve been sitting on a bomb ready to burst… and now we can finally announce!
Halloween doesn’t end on Wednesday – We’ve teamed up with HARD to host the official HARD DAY OF THE DEAD PRE PARTY, featuring Hardfest maestro Destructo along with “Friends” of his (which means some BIG surprise guests) dropping by to hop on the decks.
Come out early, Destructo’s good friend and our very own Bones will be kicking things off for what is looking like one of the biggest VERSUS nights in the books. Don’t forget to wear your costume and RSVP for FREE ENTRY before 11!
*This event will reach capacity quickly – please RSVP and arrive very early to guarantee entry!
In what could be one of the fastest come-ups in 2012, Brooklyn’s Baauer has become globally recognized in a matter of months, with the mammoth Harlem Shake EP supported by every major mainstream DJ you could think of. Perfect time, perfect sound seems to be the #1 reason for success with this young producer — hopping aboard the rocket ship that is the Trap movement. On Saturday, November 3rd, Baauer will perform at HARD’s Day of the Dead here in Los Angeles, most likely to a massive early crowd. Unsurprisingly, the HARD folks quickly commissioned a mixtape from the young lad to promote his set, and it’s chock full of bass-heavy Trappers. Get turnt.
Another August and another HARD Summer in the books. As you may have read from our HARD Summer 2012 Review, we felt that the 2-day event a couple weeks back was one of HARD’s best events yet, and today they’ve unveiled the video recap of the stellar festival. Next up, Day Of The Dead.
To kick off the countdown until HARD Day Of The Dead, a new artist mixtape series has been launched – starting off with an incredible exclusive mix from the Italian powerhouse Crookers. This one is stacked with unreleased and forthcoming tracks from the duo, and we’ve even got a littler personal note from Phra + Bot themselves: