Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center is quickly emerging as a hotbed for electronic music in 2018. Following the collective’s recent announcement that they’ll hold a new Halloween event with GRiZ, ODESZA, and RL Grime, called JAWBREAKER Festival, the venue has unveiled they’ll also be throwing a New Year’s Eve soiree to match: RADIANCE NYE.
The NYE extravaganza, to be held Monday, December 31, will be brimming with bass. Zeds Dead and Excision protrude from the list of performers as self-evident main events, and are backed with noteworthy support from Bear Grillz, Spock, and Whipped Cream. The heavy-handed bass lovers of the Midwest needn’t travel far to ring in the New Year at full throttle this time around.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Lost Lands Music Festival has confirmed the death of two attendees in a post newly published to Lost Lands’ Facebook page. “Today we send our deepest thoughts and condolences to the loved ones of two male attendees who passed away after being transported to local hospitals this weekend,” festival organizers wrote. “While the causes of these tragedies are still unknown, our hearts are with their families and friends at this time.” The post went on to acknowledge the festival’s 24-hour medical facilities, free of charge to all ticket holders, and equipped with “the best emergency room doctors, EMTs, and roaming paramedics in the country.”
Lost Lands’ statement follows rumors that the second year of the festival was the site of multiple overdoses and deaths during its 2018 return to Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio. Although speculation across social media platforms alleges that the death count is as high as nine people, Lost Lands has currently only confirmed the passing of two of its attendees.
Dancing Astronaut will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
After releasing his emotional new single “Take You Down,” Denver-based producer Illenium has launched the first episode of his new web series “Ignite,” which goes behind the scenes of Nick Miller’s crazy life on the road, producing as one of the most in-demand dance acts of the day. According to the pilot’s YouTube description, “these videos will showcase the beliefs, work ethic, and story that brings depth to the team behind the music.”
Filmed by Nainoa Langer, the 3-minute episode delves into Illenium’s tour stop in Shanghai, as his manager Sean Flynn describes an insanely busy schedule of shows, meet-and-greets, and more before hopping onto another 12-hour flight to London. Towards the end, viewers also get a quick message from Miller himself, where he explains his goal of trying to “reach as many people as possible.”
Headbangers were thrust into the ultimate state of anticipation when bass legend Excision recently announced an upcoming new album. The project will be called Apex, and the release date is just around the corner on August 14. Rumors had been circulating that the producer had been working on a new album, with the Lost Lands proprietor eventually taking to Twitter to cement the news.
Headbangers! Stoked to announce my new album Apex is dropping August 14th!!!
— Excision (@Excision) August 3, 2018
The 14-track collection will feature collaborations from dubstep heavyweights Dion Timmer, Space Laces, as well as Sullivan King. Fans have already heard hit collaboration, “Gold (Stupid Love)” featuring Illenium and Shallows from the impending new LP, and if this track was any indication of what to expect from the album, Apex will not be in short supply of bone-rattling bass hits.
See the full Apex tracklist below:
2. Slodd (Feat. Space Laces)
3. Wake Up (Feat. Sullivan King
5. Gold (Stupid Love) [Feat. Illenium and Shallows]
7. Home (Feat. Dion Timmer)
8. Where Are You (Feat. Dion Timmer)
11. Die For You (Feat. Akylla)
12. Hoods Up (Feat. Dion Timmer and Messinian)
13. Fight Through the Pain (Feat. Sullivan King)
14. Rumble (Feat. Space Laces)
Featured image: Rukes
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.
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.
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.
— FestiHeads EDC Las Vegas (@FestiHeads) May 18, 2018
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.
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.
#CampEDC diary, Friday, 10 am. Since all of the showers and toilets have been closed all morning, we have had to resort to washing ourselves with Red Bull, since it is cheaper than water. The trick is to ask for a cup when you order the Red Bull so you have somewhere to poop.
— Fiji Quay (@ARPdid911) May 18, 2018
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.
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 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.
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.
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.