5 artists not to miss at Lightning in a Bottle 2017

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5 artists not to miss at Lightning in a Bottle

Lightning in a Bottle has become a veritable institution over the past several years. Held annually in the expanse of Bradley, CA, the annual gathering has gained a reputation as California’s premier Memorial Day Weekend festival.

Upon the desert landscape (which will include a lake for the first time ever this year), musicians from across all areas of the electronic music realm. It’s a difficult exercise to single out a mere five artists to not miss, given the plethora of incredible artists slotted to perform at the event. Indeed, while there are innumerable exceptional artists which are not on this list, here are five artists which we recommend making a point to see.

Tickets for Lightning in a Bottle are available here.

Words by Will McCarthy and Michael Sundius.

Featured image by Daniel Zetterstrom. 

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5. Hernan Cattaneo

In the world of progressive house, Hernan Cattaneo is dancefloor royalty. The Argentinian veteran has been captivating audiences for multiple decades with his spell-binding, multi-hour DJ sets. With a keen sense for narrative arc, Cattaneo can lead a true dancefloor journey like no other.

Hernan’s US appearances are few and far between. Luckily, LiB has given him a proper platform to showcase his one-of-a-kind talent: the closing set at the Woogie on Saturday night.

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4. Bassnectar

In many respects, Bassnectar is an utterly obvious choice to include on this list. After all, the Sunday Lightning stage headliner has by far the largest US following of any artist on the festival’s lineup. However, Lorin Ashton is more than a simple large-typeface name on the LiB roster – he’s been a recurrent fixture on lineups throughout the event’s rich history.

In 2007, before he or Lightning in a Bottle had anywhere close to the renown they have today, Bassnectar was there – and he hasn’t been far since. While Ashton has been known to hop onto unofficial sets in disguise in recent years, 2017 marks the first time he’s been on the lineup in five years. The chance to watch him close out the festival, should prove to be nothing short of legendary.

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3. Barclay Crenshaw

Known to most as Claude VonStroke, the Dirtybird founder took on another identity in the music industry in 2015: his own. Operating under his real name, Barclay Crenshaw has established a new reputation, veering away from the pounding club beats which define his famed imprint in favor of quaking, hip hop-driven percussion. Ranging from cerebral, to ambient, to formidable,

Crenshaw’s music resonates widely enough that he has begun to play many festivals under his birth-given alias in lieu of his renowned pseudonym. The eclectic musician proved his compatibility with the Do LaB during his set at Coachella last month, and stands as one of the most enticing billings of LiB’s Thunder stage this coming weekend.

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2. Stephan Bodzin

Stephan Bodzin is easily one of the most riveting live performers in the electronic space. The German techno stalwart has the charisma of an inspired conductor, and performs his coveted live sets with a impassioned sense of bravado. His actions and gesticulations are matched in grandeur only by the dramatic compositions over which he lays command.

To catch Stephan Bodzin live is truly to witness a master at work. In the outdoor setting of the Woogie stage, Bodzin is sure to provide the kind of dramatic, awe-inspiring spectacle of which only he is capable.

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1. Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin is a legend among legends. Indeed, modern day techno would not be what it is were it not for the veritably brilliant artist and his Plastikman alter-ego. At Coachella, the iconic artist debuted his avant-garde “CLOSE” performance – a technically dazzling showcase which conceptually paired the robotic nature of electronic music with its innate humanness.

Though Hawtin will not be bringing the CLOSE rig to Lightning in the Bottle, any set by the Canadian techno übermensch is essential to witness. Under the electric trees of the Woogie stage, Richie Hawtin’s set is guaranteed to be a spectacle to behold.

Photo by Julian Bajsel.

Bassnectar announces line-up support for Freestyle Sessions

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Lorin Ashton, known to most under his Bassnectar moniker, has just revealed the full line-up for his Freestyle Sessions event taking place at 1st Bank Center in Denver, Colorado this July 7-9, 2017.

Ashton took to his official blog this morning, May 19th, to elaborate on the Bassnectar team’s creative vision for the special three-night event. According to Ashton, the Sessions will be taking on a rare and unique “interactive approach” with omnidirectional lasers and lighting, along with rare tracks, throwbacks, and customized remixes of specially requested tracks from fans.

Backing up Bassnectar on the bill for Friday, July 7th, is Truth, Thriftworks, and Goopsteppa, followed by ill.Gates, CloZee, and AtYyA on Saturday, July 8th, and, finally, Beats Antique (DJ Set), Aztek, and Mr Projectile on Sunday, July 9th. As always, come armed with no expectations – but also expect to experience a “dynamic free-for-all” featuring DJ sets from amazing line-up support, and three specially themed sets from the King of Sound himself.

Read Bassnectar’s full blog entry to learn more about his nightly themed sets, including “Freestyle” Friday, “Dreamtempo” Saturday, and “Wildstyle” Sunday. All remaining GA/VIP three-day and single-day tickets are available here.

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Celebrate Throwback Thursday with a formidable Bassnectar mix from 2012

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Roughly two decades have passed since Bassnectar began his career, yet his impact and leadership within the electronic community has proven to be timeless. Lorin Ashton released his twelfth album last year, alongside his supplemental successes of transforming Bass Center into a two-day festival and becoming an official Electric Forest resident.

Keen Redditors have dug deep into Ashton’s archives to unearth a mini-mix from 2012. Featuring an array of classic original tracks and remixes from the bass lord himself, including “Freestyle,” “Infinite,” and more, each minute of the mix provides a stimulating and well-engineered listening experience that further proves Bassnectar’s abilities in creating tracks that retain their glimmer through time.

H/T: Reddit (r/bassnectar)

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Decadence Colorado reveals its final NYE lineup

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With New Year’s Eve being one of the top days of the year for concerts and Colorado’s established reputation as a mecca of sorts for electronic music in the United States, it goes without saying that the celebrations in the state will be appropriately impressive. Decadence, a two-day event held in Denver, rose to that occasion by unveiling an absolutely stacked Phase 1. Featuring artists that run the gamut of genres, from Eric Prydz, Bassnectar, Snails, Flume, The Chainsmokers, Tiësto, a special Baauer vs RL Grime set, and many more, they have almost assured that no other city in the world can compete with such a concentration of talent.

The event hasn’t stopped adding to their talent pool, however, announcing the additions of Adventure Club, Sean Tyas, Borgeous, and Sunsquabi — signees of All Good Records boss GRiZ, who will also be performing. Kicking off on December 30, tickets are still available with the whole lineup available to view here.

H/T: YourEDM

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Listen to every track that Bassnectar plays in his sets

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Today we are thankful for the diehard fans over at the Bassnectar reddit for creating this extensive playlist of highlights from Bassnectar’s prolific performances. Compiled by Cole Hughes, the playlist contains only non-Bassnectar productions and at 378 tracks deep it is chock full of bass gems that will blow out your ear drums just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

This is a must listen for anyone who considers themselves a Basshead.

Check out the playlist here.

Mysteryland USA unveils 2016 recap video

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There aren’t many festivals out there quite like Mysteryland. Hailed as one of the longest-running dance festivals in the world, with over 20 years of experience behind the trademark Netherlands edition, the festival’s newer U.S. offshoot has proven just as successful as its European counterpart. Mysteryland USA incorporates another special draw, taking place each year at the iconic Woodstock festival grounds, where some of rock n’ roll’s most legendary acts of all time gathered over 50 years ago. Matching the historic setting with cutting-edge modern festival production, Mysteryland USA continues its annual upward trend into 2017, announcing run dates of June 9-12 next summer.

With the year winding down, the festival has shared the official aftermovie from this year’s edition. The video captures Mysterlyand’s larger-than-life appeal, from sweeping drone shots high above the campgrounds to crowd shots of Odesza, Skrillex, and Zeds Dead.

Clips from performances by Mija, The Chainsmokers, Rezz and Bassnectar help recount some of the highlights from this year’s event, but in order to really grasp the unmatched Mysteryland USA energy, you’ll just have to make your way to Woodstock for the 2017 edition. Trust us, its worth it.

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5 DJs who actually deserve to win a Top 100 DJ list

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It’s that time of year again: the influx of DJ rankings has begun. Last month, for instance, DJ Times announced America’s Top DJs, and now DJ Mag has released their annual Top 100 list.

Is it just us, or are all of these lists unequivocally unsatisfying? It doesn’t help that the majority of these rankings have essentially been turned into popularity contests. What’s more, very few of these lists actually measure DJing ability. Rather, they seem to focus on how big an artist’s brand has become as opposed to actual talent behind the decks.

In an effort to shine the spotlight on some of the best living DJs, we’ve created our own list (in no particular order).

Here are 5 DJs who actually deserve to win a Top 100 DJ list:

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1. Eric Prydz

Anyone who’s seen Eric Prydz live can attest, it’s a surreal experience. The Swedish progressive house legend has a tremendous command over the booth; his presence can be felt in every subtle change in the music. You’ll never be hypnotized like you will at a Prydz show. Whether it’s an outdoor festival stage or an intimate nightclub, Prydz knows just how to work the crowd into a frenzy. One of the most consistent — and spell-binding — DJs around, Prydz is a clear standout in the field of mixing.

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2. Carl Cox

The mighty Carl Cox is one of the best loved DJs around — and for good reason: the man is a machine. At 54 years old, Cox has been obliterating dance floors for over 30 years. A master of multi-deck mixing and a behemoth presence in the booth, Cox is the definition of a living legend. Like a fine wine, his mixing has only grown more exquisite over the years, and he continues to thrive as one of the most in-demand talents in the world.

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3. Bassnectar

Lorin Ashton, better known by his Bassnectar moniker, has bred a dedicated cult of followers, so much so that in 2016 he earned a permanent residency at Electric Forest and threw his first music festival, Bass Center. What sets him apart from the rest of his peers — outside of his tremendous catalogue of music — is his near-perfect live show, which finds him mashing songs and improvising selections on the fly. Wielding a complex live setup, his DJ sets never fail to excite audiences with their relentless energy and masterful track selection.

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4. John Digweed

John Digweed has been a dance icon longer than a good portion of his fans have been alive. Breaking out into the UK club scene in the early ’90s, Digweed quickly earned notoriety for himself not just for his impactful club residencies, but also for his pioneering work in progressive house alongside Sasha. These days, the living legend carries on a consistently busy tour schedule each year where he frequently enchants crowds with well thought-out extended sets. His multi-hour performances are some of the best in the business, and Digweed is a veritable master of his craft.

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5. A-Trak

Reaching a nearly 20-year career milestone in dance music sounds arduous, yet A-Trak has achieved this accomplishment with extreme prowess that includes turntablist talents, various production work, and label management. At the age of 15, he became the youngest winner of the DMC World DJ Championship, and went on to win several more competitions, yielding five World Championships total. Before establishing his Fool’s Gold Records label in 2007, A-Trak served as Kanye West’s personal tour DJ, and even contributed scratching on West’s ’Late Registration’ and ‘Graduation’ albums. Nowadays, A-Trak remains one of the most talented DJs around, both for his unparalleled turntablism and dexterous track selection.

Bassnectar premieres new music in hour-long Night Owl Radio mix

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This weekend saw some of the world’s best music, food and art come together for Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas. Beginning last year, Insomniac became a partner with the festival in order to curate electronic dance music on the Troubador stage.

In order to attend the festival himself, Insomniac’s founder and head honcho Pasquale Rotella, the usual host of the Night Owl Radio, passed off the reins to Bassnectar, just in time for his set at the aforementioned festival on Saturday night.

Lorin Ashton, as Bassnectar is personally known, takes advantage of the hour-long show to premiere some new music, including a collaboration between himself and ATLiens, titled “Interlock,” as well as one track from a forthcoming EP that Lorin is working on with who he calls “a mad scientist in his own right,” and one of his “favorite collaborators out there right now,” G Jones.

Find the complete tracklist below.


Tracklist:

  1. Bassnectar – Bass Head
  2. Bassnectar & G Jones – Mind Tricks
  3. A$AP Rocky – LSD (Bassnectar Bootleg)
  4. Bassnectar & Jantsen – Red Step
  5. Eprom & Alesia – U Guessed It (Bassnectar Remix)
  6. Levitate – God Status (Bassnectar Remix)
  7. Benga – Dirty Face (Bassnectar Remix)
  8. Reso – Spooky (BNRMX)
  9. Bassnectar & ATLiens – Interlock
  10. Joker – Midnight (Bassnectar Remix)
  11. Lafa Taylor – Heaters (Bassnectar Remix)
  12. Sibot – Row Row (Bassnectar Remix)
  13. Afrodite ft. Barrington Levy – All Over Me (FreQ Nasty Remix)
  14. ID – ID
  15. Gucci Mane – First Day Out tha Feds (Bassnectar Version)
  16. Marz Leon – Fire (Bassnectar Remix) 35:40
  17. Bassnectar – Speakerbox
  18. Beats Antique – Roustabout (Bassnectar Remix)
  19. Krust & Die – Kamanchi
  20. iLL Gates – Ice Bucket (Bassnectar Remaster)
  21. DJ Die – Bright Lights (Bassnectar Version)
  22. TC ft. MC Jakes – Deep
  23. Rusko – Bring It On (Bassnectar Remaster)
  24. Raw as Fuck – Punks
  25. EBE Audio – Energy

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Bassnectar will kick-off the festivities on Friday, January 27, while Anderson Paak. and The Chainsmokers will perform on Saturday, January 28, with G-Eazy closing out the weekend on Sunday, January 29. In recent years, the Winter X Games have been an avid supporter of dance music with past headliners including DJ Snake (2016), Deadmau5 (2016), Kygo (2016), Skrillex (2015), Chromeo (2015), Tiesto (2014), and Axwell (2014).

Admission into the sporting events are free for the public, however, the weekend’s musical performances will cost $125 for general admission and $175 for Preferred All-Music passes. Tickets can be purchased here.

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