Insomniac and Go Ventures did it again!
Together As One boasted a festival to remember, and it certainly was. The massive event went off without a hitch and each artist delivered a set that was unique, massive, and memorable. Whether you witnessed the giant banana that was passed around when Dada Life Unleashed The Fucking Dada, Laidback Luke‘s 2011 countdown or Rusko smashing the Bassrush Arena, this year’s TAO couldn’t have been more epic.
This year I wanted to get the full TAO experience, so I decided to skip the VIP treatment and throw myself into the sea of people to gain a true perspective of this massive event.
So, this is how my night panned out at Together As One 2011…
Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to attend DJMag‘s Top 100 DJs award ceremony at London’s highly acclaimed Ministry of Sound. I’ve never seen a club so rammed, as thousands flooded the streets, in line to catch sets from some of the world’s top acts. Afrojack opened up the second room, with a pretty tight two hour dutch house set, but the vast majority were there to find out who’d be crowned the world’s number 1 DJ. Armin Van Buuren received the award for the fourth time in consecutive years, as several hundred in the club appeared to groan at the lack of change.
For the past month or so, my obsession with big room and tech house has grown into an insatiable and undying need for more booming tracks. In come house masterminds Gregor Salto and Hardwell. These two very talented artists from Holland have been making some huge splashes in the EDM pond this year. Gregor Salto has pumped out three separate releases on three different labels (including one on his own label G-Rex) just since the end of June; the most notable being his collaboration with Afrojack titled ‘I’ll Be There.’ His tech influence mixed with Latin flavor is brilliant and unlike anything I’ve ever heard. Hardwell has shown that age does not equate with talent as he has already co-produced tracks with the likes of Chuckie as well as produced commissioned remixes for Laidback Luke, Steve Angello, and Sharam; all at and before the age of 21! Needless to say, I’m sure the rest of 2010 will prove to be a huge year for these Dutch producers, and if they keep up their creative and groundbreaking ideas, 2011 won’t be so bad either.
I’ve carefully selected a few goodies for you guys that I have been pumping in the GDD™
Penthouse all day. All are 320 and definitely √+
I had Sneevs put this in The Dirt a few weeks ago, but I had to put it up here again in case any of you missed it. One of my favorite tracks of the summer by far.
Wonderkid and Miami resident SonicC will be joining myself and Damaged Goods this Saturday along with the Overthrow badboys at Whiteroom for your usual dollop of misbehaving and degeneracy. Pre-sale tickets are $10. For reduced admission at the door, say the magic word ‘overthrow’ to save you some shekels. And since I’m feeling frisky, the first two people to email email@example.com will pay nothing because your precious first and last name will be on my list. One last thing, I’ll be bringing a bundle of GDD stickers for you to slap all over dade county, so come get some. *tix have been won*
• Laidback Luke – My G.O.D. (SonicC Remix)<--- stuck in a rave
• Jeuce – Flavour (Southbound Hangers Remix) <--- grimy dubstep destroyer
GDD homie SPINSTYLES is back at it again with dubby renditions of two tracks that have murdered club goers for a couple months now. Get amongst it.
• Laidback Luke & Diplo – HEY! (Spinstyles Remix)
• Chuckie – Moombah (Spinstyles Remix)
Hate on twitter all you want, but it’s a goldmine for finding out about new tracks from your favorite producers. In this case, Calvin Harris spilled the beans on the existence of this Laidback Luke remix of Dizzee Rascal’s “Holiday” and our friends at TechnoColorKids showed me the way there. Thanks guys.
Hope you like 2009 ravehall, the new Calvin Harris, and Mega Man!
(all pictures taken with my lil cam)
Aside from being a slacking blogger I still love to share the best. To to share a bite size of what my saturday night was like at the 2009 nocturnal festival, taking place in beautiful (ahem) San Bernadino, California. (It actually was great weather) With media/photo passes to myself, GDD took Nocturnal by one man storm. After the 2 hour wait on the 10/215 freeway change (and the retardation of parking at raves) I got the privilege of taking great photos onstage, and I had time to ask a couple questions to a few familiar names:
Me: What do you like most about playing in California?
RUSKO: Everything, thats why I moved out here!
Me: What? Really? You moved here?
RUSKO: Haha, Yeah man, everything for this music is in LA.
Me: You were absolutely brutal man, LA loves you – you killed it!
RUSKO: Haha thanks man, I’m a Cali-resident now, you know that!
and Dave Taylor….
Me: Do you think there is a decline of dubstep in the UK with all the thriving genres of electronic music there? Do you think maybe thats why the dubstep scene has become so popular in the states?
Switch: (Laughs) …What do you think?
Me: I think no one can stop the dubstep.
Switch: (Laughs) Well there you have it man, grab yourself a drink. (motions towards his bucket of alcoholic treasures)
Me: Is it true afrojack is suing diplo for stealing the ‘pon de floor’ riddim and giving him no credit?
Switch: I’ve actually heard about that yeah… (laughs)
Heres your dose cadets:
Murdering the dub stage at 1 in the morning, Rusko brought the bass pain we know and love, and He was a really cool guy to talk with. This jam is that pure filth.
This is a Switch mash up from his essential mix, cutting up Jayou’s ‘Crack Hands’ and Major Lazer’s ‘Keep it goin louder,’ Then dropping into the dubby King Jammy’s ‘Judgement Day.’ He was hilarious to meet and stuff like this makes him above the curve.
Laidback Luke was the best performance by far, owning the crowd by clashing his rave anthem house tracks with fresh new electro jams we all know and love. Here was the kicker though, in all its California Massive glory.
The hypnotizing of Dirty South brought the crowd into that 2am-4am trance that he loves to finish the rave tents off with, leaving you in a satisfiable coma when you hear him close with this song.