Figure crushes his remix on Dion Timmer’s Textacy Remix EP

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Dion Timmer has built his catalog up with face melting bass products, all marked by his gritty, energetic production style. Dropping off an extended experience of his recent Textacy EP, the young talent enlisted a grip of artists to re-imagine each song, resulting in a six-track remix EP.

Overall the remix package packs a handful of highlights, but standing above the rest is Figure‘s remix of Timmer and Excision‘s “Hoods Up” ft. Messinian. The venerated bass factotum has become a legendary name in bass music over time by releasing over 100 tracks that showcase his characteristically heavy, dirty bass offerings. On his “Hoods Up,” remix, Figure introduces the track with an eerie lead, the crispiest of snares, and explosive synths that will is designed to level dance floors. If you’re wearing headphones, proceed with caution.

From dusk ’till dawn under the Electric Sky — EDC’s first camping venture

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As a festival built on an ethereal foundation of acceptance, imagination and an appreciation for dance music, Electric Daisy Carnival has contrived and solidified their elusive reputation in the realm of music festivals. It has grown to become one of the most distinguished dance music festivals throughout the globe, after years of creating transcendental experiences that manage to remain unique to, and a principal facet to the festival’s essence.

Some may say that EDC’s success can be ascribed to its core focus on the principles of unity, love, self expression, and respect. Others may attribute it to the touches of creative ingenuity in every aspect of the festival, along with their perpetual nature of outdoing themselves with the passing of each year.

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Though EDC excels in all areas of community creativity, and growth, their success innately derives from their focus on the festival attendees — thoughtfully referred to as the “Headliners” behind the weekend. No festival is able to thrive without balancing their hiccups with accompanying improvements, and this one is certainly one of those that learns from their mistakes.

From its very first edition held in 1997, to the colossal three-day takeover just over two decades later, EDC has risen to the top of the international festival landscape with little competition along the way. The 2018 edition proved to be nothing short of what is known as the “EDC experience”, as the team worked magic to pull off 72+ hours of unprecedented extravagance.

With prior years of facing issues with shuttle transportation, and being at mercy to the desiccant, desert heat, one of the largest additions (and solutions) to this years event included the introduction of Camp EDC. Positioned just outside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Camp EDC hosted over 20,000+ attendees over the course of the weekend, kicking off a lineup of widespread festivities right from the get-go. Campers were given the choice between the GA Moonstone, and VIP Desert Rose tenting accommodation, each priced within reasonable grounds to the accustomed price-hike that Las Vegas visitors typically assume. RV Camping was available for  those who weren’t fans of traditional camping, offering a more “cushy” outdoor experience.

While Camp EDC was an excellent solution to alleviating the traffic load to the venue, it came at the cost of long entry wait times to the campgrounds.

Campers took to social media to relay their dismay behind the circumstances, tweeting both EDC and festival owner, Pasquale Rotella, about the 8+ hour wait times, and the risk of running out of gas/car battery. For those who were the lucky few that managed to be in the right place at the right time managed to breeze into the campgrounds, and get set unpacked before the weekend madness commenced.

Camp EDC’s first-ever campground kick-off party took place in their common-grounds, known better by “The Mesa.” Well prepared for the daily heat and incoming profusion of happy campers, “The Mesa” was characterized by colorful landmarks, non-stop daily activities, and weekend-long pool parties hosted by fan-favorite groups like Space Yacht, Insomniac Records, and Brownies & Lemonade.

Thursday’s pre-party was one for the bassheads (and was definitely met to bewilderment from campers seeking a more tame pre-EDC night), hosted by Excision, G Jones and Habstrakt as they played out on the illustrious Parliament Art car. To add to the already stacked evening, NGHTMRE went b2b with Slander in the early evening; adding to the large case of FOMO that non-campers, and campers who weren’t yet inside experienced. Camp EDC 2018 - Skyler Greene

With the good came the bad, and EDC was not exempt from the common camping festival struggles. Desert Rose campers were promised their own 24 hour, VIP bathroom/shower facilities, yet these were unaccessible at different points throughout the first day. Shower lines for the rest of the weekend were rarely scarce, pushing people to head back to their tents and resort to a good ‘ol-fashioned baby-wipe shower. Bumps on the road aside, no festival is complete without a few mishaps, especially when accommodating to 20,000+ thousand people in the middle of the desert.

Between the daily pool parties, and influx of group activities aiming to address the mind, soul and body, Camp EDC was a cloud nine destination for those looking to fulfill their EDC experience. Just as Insomniac prides themselves on centralizing the principles of positivity and respect, staff and security showed ample enthusiasm and genuine concern to the needs of festival-goers, making for smooth and sweet conversations all around.

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An attribution to the countless hours placed before the festival’s success, campers left tired, yet fulfilled at heart from the three-night spectacle. A daunting task which proves difficult to face, EDC deserves credit where it’s due. Corralling over 20,000 individuals amongst 3,400 tents and 1,100 RV’s requires far more than extraneous planning and meticulous calculations. A project of this caliber requires patience, unwavering dedication and a love for dance music; drawing back to the founding pillars behind Insomniac’s success.

Photo credits: Skyler Greene and Jake West.

Insomniac fills out robust 2018 EDC week with over 25 artists and 14 new shows

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Insomniac added over 25 new artists and 14 events to the fifth annual EDC week in Las Vegas, coinciding with the festival’s 22nd annual installment. 

In doing so, the festival welcomes 14 signature party experiences during the week of May 16–23, including the hardstyle focused Basscon Pool Party and two dubstep-fueled Bassrush parties, along with a variety of diverse headliners throughout the week. New programming includes a vast array of parties across the cities hottest nightclubs, including Elephante, Porter Robinson, NGHTMRE, Gryffin, Hot Since 82, Illenium, Yellow Claw, and many more.

Full programming details, more information, and tickets are available here.

Slander and Wavedash team up for dubstep track ‘Move Back’

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Excision‘s Lost Lands just announced the addition of Slander to its 2018 festival lineup, and on cue, Slander have released a new dirty dubstep track with Wavedash titled “Move Back.”

With its hard drops and cutting dubstep chords, the track is sure to be a hit in the bass community, and a feature of Slander’s Lost Lands set. Those who are a fan of the duo’s earlier heavy collaborations with NGHTMRE will certainly be drawn to this new track. Wavedash are quickly ascending into notoriety in the electronic music scene, and they are rumored to have a heavy slate of releases in store for 2018. “Move Back” is out via Insomniac Records.

Headbangers, rejoice: Lost Lands’ second lineup is here

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Headbangers’ head honcho, Excision, has unearthed the lineup for the second edition of Lost Lands.

Following last year’s installment of colossal proportions, Lost Lands returns to Thornville, Ohio with a monumental 1,000,000 watts of bass, two full-size main stages, performances by Flux Pavilion, REZZ, Ganja White Night, Illenium, Jauz, Slander, NGHTMRE, Excision himself, and many, many more.

If the event is anything like last year’s fervent installment, attendees can expect a wallowing wonderland of extinction and bygone friends to be made. Excision will perform an exclusive b2b with Downlink, there will be late night camp parties, and three times as many dinosaurs.

More information and tickets are available here.

 

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Sunset Music Festival returns to Tampa, with headliners Excision, The Chainsmokers, and Marshmello

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It seems the festival circuit never sleeps in the Sunshine State. Tampa’s Sunset Music Festival, held in the Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium, will return for its seventh year over Memorial Day weekend (May 26-27) via Sunset Events and Donnie Disco Presents. The festival has steadily risen through the festival echelon, evolving from its single-day origins, now with its most prolific two-day lineup to date.

This year’s lineup covers all the essential bases in EDM – with Marshmello, Excision, and The Chainsmokers headlining – as well as pulling out quite a few hip-hop and R&B stops. SMF will feature two unique stage takeovers, wherein the festival’s premier electro will team up with its top-notch hip-hop acts. Destructo will be joined by past fellow collaborator and performer, Yo Gotti at the All My Friends stage, while A-Trak will pair up with YehMe2 at the Brownies & Lemonade stage.

See the full lineup and get tickets here.

Lollapalooza announces 2018 edition with The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Vampire Weekend, ODESZA, more

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The Midwest’s premier music festival, Lollapalooza, returns to Chicago’s Grant Park August 2–5 with a newly announced lineup for the behemoth, 4-day affair. Topping the 2018 bill are The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Logic, and ODESZA, and, most notably, Vampire Weekend — the band’s first live performance in four years.

Other high-profile acts include Tyler, The Creater, CHVRCHES, LL Cool J, Portugal. the Man, and Brit superstar Dua Lipa. The festival’s electronic and dance music bookings are just as thrilling, with a comprehensive roster of veteran and rising acts: Zedd, ExcisionDillon Francis, Galantis, Illenium, REZZ, Chromeo, Hippie Sabotage, Tycho, Zomboy, WhatSoNot, Malaa, Valentino Kahn, Petit Biscuit, Ghastly, Chris Lake, Herobust, and Space Jesus.

Lollapalooza also boasts an impressive undercard with Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, St. Vincent, and Aussie one-woman band Tash Sultana, who rarely tours the US.

With over a hundred names set to appear over the weekend, Lollapalooza truly has become an American institution with something to satiate everyone’s musical tastes. GA and VIP passes to Lollapalooza can be found here.

LAXX unveils track ‘Join Me’ featuring Dion Timmer in anticipation of forthcoming album [Q&A]

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UK-born DJ/producer LAXX (aka James Churchill) gears up for his forthcoming debut album with the release of “Join Me,” featuring Amsterdam-native Dion Timmer. Churchill, who’s gone from creating original film soundtracks to producing hard-hitting bass music and remixing for some of the best in the game — including Jauz and Slander — decided to team-up with the Excision favorite to hype up his very first artist album.

Timmer, who’s had a knack for dubstep since the age of 10, saw his career sky-rocket at the age of 16, with releases off Monstercat, an approved remix for Skrillex‘s OWSLA imprint, and more. After catching the attention of bass-head legend Excision, along with a few explosive collaborations and a debut EP, Timmer is now set for a massive 2018, already embarking on “The Paradox” tour alongside Excision with dates booked through March.

In light of the release, DA sat down with Timmer to discuss the new single, his growing career and plans for 2018:

Hey Dion! Thanks for hanging with us for a bit. Let’s start off by talking the new release…how did you and LAXX link up for this?
Whats up! Me and Jamie have been good friends for a while and we’ve been working on this tune for a good while as well. It started out with a demo I sent him a while ago. He revamped it and made a drop for it and we finished it off going back and forth.

What went into the creation process? Did LAXX’s focus on Internet culture for the upcoming album play a big role?
The creation process really links with the theme of the album; we have never sat in a studio together. The entire tune was made by sending each other bits and pieces over this year.

We were listening to some of your releases over the past year (the ‘Textacy’ EP in particular). It seems like you dabble into electro/house on tracks like “Textacy” and “Cyan” with The Arcturians. Other than your signature hard-hitting bass sound, is there any genre you’ve been trying/would like to experiment with a bit more?
I’m definitely looking into doing a drum and bass/halftime tune.. really love those vibes.

Growing up in the Netherlands, what was the music scene like for you and what were you listening to?
I grew up listening to a lot of Eurobeat and happy rave stuff. The Dubstep stuff started to catch my attention around 2012.

You’re still young in your career, now touring around with Dubstep legend Excision with some great years ahead of you…Where do you think the dance music scene is headed and what do you hope to accomplish this year?
I feel like dance music is pushing itself into the mainstream right now.. I’m definitely trying to push out this new stream of unique material I’ve been working on.

Laxx’s debut album Fake Friends will be available to stream on February 2nd. Click here for the Spotify pre-save.

Ever After Music Festival drops stacked 2018 lineup

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Ever After Music Festival will be returning to Kitchener, Ontario for its fourth installment this June, and yesterday the festival dropped a stacked bass-heavy lineup. Basshead highlights include Excision going b2b with Datsik, Getter, Flux Pavilion, Illenium, and essentially the entire rest of the lineup. Claude VonStroke will be there bringing it in for the techno crowd adding some diversity of the lineup.

The festival will also have a waterpark, rides, and camping. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Virtual Riot offers a satirical outline of ‘EDM News in 2055’

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Monstercat alum Virtual Riot offers a potential shape for “EDM News in 2055” in a recent slew of tweets that show shades of the producer’s futuristic sense of humor.

Highlights of Virtual Riot’s vision of the electronic future include a “half-robotdinosaur-half-human surgery” for Excision, a Skism-secured Guinness World Record for a 20 CDJ-supported set, and the sale of EDC Las Vegas “virtual reality tickets,” for tech-transcendent “owls.”

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