Insomniac‘s trance brand Dreamstate has grown unbelievably over its short time on the dance circuit, expanding from its singular stage flagship event in San Bernadino to an international brand with festival stops in Australia and Central America — plus an ongoing rotation of themed events to boot. However, the aforementioned home of the brand remains as a steadfast leader of its events, and a good indicator of what’s to come. This year, Dreamstate bookers have picked quite the fresh lineup for the Southern California event’s fourth edition.
A variety of fresh, new acts have made the roster this time around — a usual for Dreamstate SoCal, which last year hosted the world debut of Key4050, among others. This year, Gareth Emery‘s new audiovisual Laserface show is indicated to be the most anticipated headlining performance, with other huge names like Paul van Dyk, Sander van Doorn‘s Purple Haze alias, and Ruben de Ronde likely joining van Dyk on the main stage. Two notable resurrections — First State, and Ferry Corsten under his System F moniker — are also on the list.
Two other notable new duos making their California debut are Gentech and Lost In Noise. The former is comprised of Mark Sherry and Scot Project, while the latter is a combination of Indecent Noise and Lostly. They’re joined by a multitude of other B2B performances as well, like Arctic Moon & RAM, Chris Schweizer & Heatbeat, and Sneijder & Sied van Riel, among others.
It’s also worth noting that there are fewer acts appearing on the lineup than usual. Pasquale and the Insomniac team have yet to reveal if they’ve scaled the event down to fewer than four stages, or if they’ve granted fan requests of longer set times — potentially to compensate for the wide array of B2B performances on the bill.
There’s an undeniable air of showmanship The Martinez Brothers put out with each gig. Born performers, the two are masters at filling the room with infectious, pumping house for hours on end. Their peer Loco Dice has an equal flair for expressing himself behind the decks, putting his head down and using his hip-hop influences to put forth spastic, yet carefully thought-out voyages through gritty soundscapes.
When these stalwarts come together, it becomes difficult not to get ensnared in their captivating rhythms. Take their b2b at Movement, for example, which Dancing Astronaut has successfully nabbed to become this edition of AXIS. Listeners who were there are immediately transported back to the packed mainstage that they dominated while closing down the festival on Sunday night, May 27. One need not have been in attendance to fully enjoy the pleasant melange of house and tech they’ve selected, however; the energy pouring out of the speakers is palpable, and it becomes easy to melt into the grooves and become part of the cheerful crowd while listening.
Eric Prydz will go b2b to b2b…to b2b to b2b with Adam Beyer under his Cirez D alias come fall. The legendary duo will play two dates in Los Angeles and New York respectively, stopping by LA’s Hollywood Palladium on November 23 and 24, before collectively making their way to Brooklyn for two succeeding performances on November 30 and December 1.
Factory 93 will head the LA events, while Teksupport will handle New York’s. The masterminds behind the technics of Prydz’s EPIC shows will head the production of the b2b appearances, promising an “essential rave experience” guaranteed to “push the boundaries of how techno can be presented.”
Cirez and Beyer notably linked up for a sold out b2b appearance in March 2018 for Miami Music Week.
Tickets to all b2b dates will go on sale on August 3. Those interested in purchasing tickets to the LA b2bs can do so here, while those looking to attend the NY based b2bs can do so here.
HARD Summer is pulling out all the stops for the upcoming edition of the festival, led by one of the event’s most memorable lineups to date. Slated for August 4 – 5, and returning to a familiar venue at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, HARD’s flagship event is sticking to their tried and true playbook of marquee dance and hip-hop match ups, laced together by the underground’s finest newcomer talents, dropping off a lineup of over 70 acts. Best of all, 2018 now is officially the year of the back-to-back.
Additional firepower from Mija, k?d, Tokimonsta, Madam X, Joyryde and many more round out one of HARD’s best bookings to date. And with the festival boasting added amenities, updated safety and comfort features, plus a hilarious trailer that pins Diplo as the “Dawson’s Creek looking motherf****r” he is, we’re looking at what could be the most over-the-top edition of HARD Summer yet.
Now, the two superstar producers have joined forces for the first time, dropping off two tracks ahead of their stage-sharing debut. With “Fern Gully” and “Dumbo Drop,” Baauer and A-Trak find the common ground between their respective production styles, proctoring two groovy club cuts that were designed to bring a little fun down to the dance floor.
Catchy, upbeat jungle inspirations flourish on “Fern Gully,” a set tool that’s perfect for beachside bonfire dance parties. Things pivot slightly on “Dumbo Drop,” roped together by off-kilter clinks and breaks. Free of explosive drops and pitched down sample work, Baauer and A-Trak deliver two quirky cuts that mesh both of their styles without taking themselves too seriously.
There are few better duos to kick off one of the best parties of the year than Mikey Lion and Porkchop delivering the Desert Hearts mantra of “house, techno, & love.” Currently taking their fervent parties far and wide, the globetrotting party brigade may have been split up with half the crew at Groove Cruise, they nonetheless threw down, and there’s finally proof.
Recently Baauer announced he’d be hitting the road with What So Not on a short run of joint co-headlining shows through the month of October. The news came as a pleasant surprise, with fans betting on new collaborative material likely coming out of the woodwork there. Now, the “Kung Fu” producer is following up on those road dates with another short run of co-branded shows, this time alongside Fool’s Gold Records head honcho, A-Trak. The duo have lined up a small batch of performances together, teasing the mini tour with the promise of highly-anticipated back-to-back DJ sets featuring both selectors sharing the decks.
Along with announcing shows in Arizona, Colorado, and New Orleans, the all-star pairing have also confirmed new music is in the works as well. A-Trak and Baauer are both artists who maintain steady outputs, but come in on the lighter end in terms of releasing extended play projects. A short joint tour is about to be exciting, but a short joint EP is what the world needs. We’ll have to wait and see what A-Trak and Baauer have up their sleeves.
Though those three come from seemingly disparate ends of the dance music spectrum, their set lived up to the impossible hype. Throughout their hour the producers cycled through VIP edits of their own hits alongside a fair crop of random throwback tracks from the past few decades like Akon’s “I Wanna Fuck You,” DJ Casper’s “Cha Cha Slide,” and even some classic Spice Girls.
Somehow, their triplicate effort yielded a eclectic but cohesive result, that was more purely fun than almost anything the weekend had to offer festival goers at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Trap fans were in for a surprise earlier this week as Flosstradamus prepared to perform their second show for the night at Toronto’s intimate Hoxton nightclub. Admission was set at around $20, and headliners — in addition to Flosstradamus — included Slushii and Toronto-based artist Thugli. Little did guests know however that that was just the beginning.
After wrapping up their iHeartRadio concert at the Air Canada Centre, The Chainsmokers decided to swing by and throw down themselves along their colleagues. Shaun Frank, Grandtheft, Keys n Krates, and more followed suit, resulting in what quickly became a 12-DJ back-to-back performance and what is quite possibly the most extraordinary impromptu lineup the Bathurst Street venue has seen in its five years of operation.