Seismic Dance Event 2019 brought massive tech and house vibes to Austin, TX – photos by Alexis Sturm, Mario Garza and Edgar Valdes

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Seismic Dance Event unveils daily lineup, topped by Cirez D and TESTPILOT

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For the second year, Seismic Dance Event makes its return to Austin, Texas to bless attendees with two days of world-class performances. In September 2018, the inaugural event brought a stellar lineup to the Travis County Exposition Center, including Lane 8, Drezo, Golf Clap, Green Velvet, Sacha Robotti, and more.

In 2019, festival organizers look to build on last year’s success by bringing in headliners Cirez D and TESTPILOT, along with a piping hot array of other artists like Bicep, Idris Elba, Nic Fanciulli, Gorgon City, Nora En Pure, and more.

Now, the festival has revealed its daily lineups, featuring deadmau5’s TESTPILOT alias topping day one and Eric Prydz’s Cirez D moniker at the top of day two at The Statesman. Saturday, Nov. 16 will also feature acts like Chris Lake, i_o, and Rinzen, and Sunday, Nov. 17 will bring performances from Lee Burridge, Gorgon City, Dom Dolla and many more. Along from the dynamic lineup, the festival will also feature live painting and art installations, live performers, totem, and costume contests.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the glowing feedback from our debut year and now with this year’s lineup,” said RealMusic Events & Seismic co-founders Kelly Gray & Andrew Parsons. “Many US festivals tend to have very similar lineups so we really wanted to switch it up and cater to the more seasoned, underground connoisseur – and yes, believe it, in Texas.”

View the full lineup below and get tickets here.

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All My Friends festival to bring Justice, Black Coffee, Busy P, and more for second edition

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It typically doesn’t take long for a Gary Richards (HARD, Holy Ship! founder) brainchild to become a new standard in dance music.

Richards (aka Destructo) and his newfangled All My Friends event crew are gearing up for another two days of West Coast festival nuance, on Richards’ native Los Angeles stomping grounds, no less. The October 19-20 festival will return to downtown LA for its second year, this time with performances from French Grammy winners, Justice, South African DJ extraordinaire, Black Coffee, Dillon Nathaniel, Idris Elba, Shift K3Y, and Destructo himself in tow.

“Leave Your Ego at the Door and Join Me on the Dance Floor,” says Destructo.

Last year’s installment invited an across-the-board collection of electronic and hip-hop, including Mija, Jamie xx, Gucci Mane, RL Grime, and dozens more. Tickets to AMF 2019 at Skylight ROW are available here. Interested parties can sign up for access to limited one-day ticket pre-sale, here.

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Meet the talent of Ocaso Festival: Gene Farris

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica will ring in the new year with another dose of underground dance music with Ocaso‘s arrival on January 2 to the coastal town. The five-day festival has grown over the years into a veritable institution within the Central American house and techno scene, with curious travelers from around the globe visiting each year. 2019’s billing is a strong mixture of veteran and new performers per usual, with notable headliners including Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus, Loco Dice, and Guy Gerber. Ahead of the festivities, Dancing Astronaut spoke to the artists to get to know them a bit better, and hear what excites them most about Ocaso.

Chicago is the birthplace of house music, and Gene Farris is an artist who helped raise the genre to thriving adulthood. He got his start in the warehouses of his Midwestern hometown, coming to prominence in the 90s for his keen taste in records and ability to work his crowds into sentimental euphoria. It didn’t take long for his abilities to become known outside Chicago, and by the millennium, Farris had become a globally renowned talent whose name has taken him everywhere from famous venues like the Royal Albert hall, to festivals like Movement, BPM, and beyond. His unrelenting passion for house music emanates out of him with each set, perpetuating demand for his live presence.

Farris knows his way around a record in more than just a DJing success. The artist boasts a discography that’s as expansive as his career, with multiple LPs under his belt, and prolific singles like “We Work It” and “Meditation” that show off his penchant for creating infectious house tunes. His work has found its way into the crates of Cajmere, Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, and beyond. He’ll soon be bringing his knowledge and passion for house music to the shores of Tamarindo, where he’ll be charming the Ocaso crowds. Ahead of the his festival domination, however, we picked Farris’ brain for some bits on his early days, what he’s got planned for the show, and more.


Tell us about the moment/time period where you decided that a full-time music career was the only way to go.
The exact moment when that happened for me was when I was in college in North Carolina, and I heard my first record on the local House Music Show. I decided that I should I go and follow my dream, and if it didn’t work out I would go back to college. I’ve not returned to college yet.

What’s your favorite part about the Costa Rican dance scene, if you’ve played there before? If not, what are you most curious about regarding the crowds, club culture, etc?
I love the dance scene there when I played the Ocaso Festival last year, I got a amazing response from the crowd. I can’t wait to return.

Which of your records are you most proud of, and why?
I love them all in different ways to be honest, but I would say the one I’m most proud of is “Move Your Body” on my Cosmos album on Relief Records. This song for me was were I defined my sound, the entire album actually.

What’s in your crate right now that is knocking the dancefloor off its feet?
I have this new song I just finished with Tim Baresko coming out on DIRTYBIRD Next year called “Fly With Me” and it’s been ripping dance floors to pieces. I’m very excited about the music I have coming in 2019.

What are you looking forward to most about Ocaso festival?
The weather and the people!

Which artists do you recommend most from the lineup, aside from yourself?
Loco Dice, Jamie Jones I’ve done music with both of them and there amazing DJs also and great people.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that audiences might not know.
I’m 6’5

 

Purchase last-minute Ocaso tickets here

Claude VonStroke announces new Birdhouse Festival in Chicago this fall

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Claude VonStroke announces new Birdhouse Festival in Chicago this fallClaude Vonstroke Djing Dirtybird Campout

While Claude VonStroke‘s skill for DJing and producing is a given, the Dirtybird boss has also become known for his knack for throwing some truly unique parties and festival experiences. With Dirtybird Campouts now on both coasts and Detroit’s Dirtybird BBQ still running strong, VonStroke and the label have now announced their newest event, the inaugural Birdhouse Festival.

Taking place on September 8 in Chicago, the show is headlined by VonStroke himself, who will be bringing along a legion of Dirtybird’s top talent. Will Clarke, Christian Martin b2b Ardalan, and J. Phlip b2b Gene Farris are just a few of the hotly anticipated sets to come at this event. In addition to the music, the event will be hosting a street fair, with carnival games, prizes, and food. Lineup support comes from London’s Zombie Disco Squad, Fancy Fux, and new Dirtybird artist and Chicago native Teknicoz, bringing music, food, and fun together for a comprehensive festival experience.

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