Suwannee Hulaween unveils another cutting-edge boutique lineup for 2018: String Cheese, ODESZA, Tipper, STS9, Gramatik, REZZ, more

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Suwannee Hulaween is one annual boutique gathering that is developing a devout following with its expert curation and wildly magical grounds. The Halloween weekend festival, running from October 26-28, 2018, hosts an impressive talent roster that brings an exceptional mixture of jamtronica, emergent bass, and deep house to The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida.

Set in the midst of 800-acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress along the black Suwannee River, and complete with the largest bat house in the southeast US, the storied festival grounds have earned a reputation of inexplicable imagination and exploration. 

Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the longtime host band of the festival The String Cheese Incident, plus a top billing of Grammy award winners and nominees featuring live-electronic front runners ODESZA, a South-East exclusive by modern funk icons Jamiroquai, and very special showing by singer-songwriter Janelle Monae on the wake of her blowout Dirty Computer record.

The star-studded billing continues with the reigning king of west coast bass Tipper, five piece American funk band Vulfpeck, multiple sets by leaders of the post-rock dance movement STS9, the alternative radio chart topping wonder of The Revivalists, dark-electro wunderkind Rezz, plus the unique electronic stylings of Gramatik, NGHTMRE, Troyboi, Snakehips, Emancipator Ensemble, Manic Focus & the MF’n Band, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Eats Everything and many more.

Tickets on sale now.

Years & Years introduce new cryptocurrency, YearCoin

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Cryptocurrency creation continues to grow more prevalent among producers active in the electronic sphere, as evidenced in Years & Years’ development of their very own currency. The British band’s gravitation towards digital currency mimics that of 3LAU, Don Diablo, and Gramatik, artists who’ve exhibited interest in crypto-currency. 3LAU notably wrote his own beginner’s guide to cryptocurrency, while Don Diablo and Gramatik devised their own currencies, HEXCOIN and GRMTK, respectively.

Years & Years are clearly in good crypto company as they introduce the ‘official cryptocurrency of Palo Santo,’ YearCoin. Participants in the group’s digital currency will have the ability to ‘mine’ YearCoins by performing tasks relative to Years & Years’ catalogue. Streaming the artists’ single, ‘Sanctify’ on Spotify, pre-ordering their forthcoming sophomore album, ‘Palo Santo,’ and sharing the cryptocurrency online, for instance, all count towards users’ YearCoin counts. Once a player garners 1,000 Year Coins, that user will earn a ‘Palo Santo’ ID card.

Those interested in learning more about YearCoin can visit the cryptocurrency’s official website, here.

Photo Credit: The Guardian

H/T: NME

North Coast boasts diverse 2018 lineup featuring Miguel, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Jamiroquai & more

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Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival unveiled the diverse lineup for its ninth edition, returning to Union Park August 31–September 2.

This year’s headliners include Jamiroquai, Miguel, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, DJ Snake, The Revivalists, and Yellow Claw.

Additional artists performing at “Summer’s Last Stand” include Vulfpeck, Snails, RL Grime, Gramatik, and more. This year, North Coast will also debut all-new daily showcases curated by industry collectives, showing off the best sounds in hip-hop, house, rock, and beyond with sets from the likes of The Cool Kids, Lyrical Lemonade, and more.

Tickets and more information are available here.

Featured Photo Credit: Michele D’Amaro

Life is Beautiful returns in 2018 with a comprehensive, star-studded fifth anniversary line-up

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Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival is set to return to downtown Las Vegas with another comprehensive line-up, September 21–23, 2018. Now in it’s fifth year, the festival boasts some of the music world’s most sought-after headliners in The Weeknd, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, DJ Snake, ODESZA, N.E.R.D, Deathcab for Cutie, Tyler, The Creator, and Justice.

If this group of star-studded talent doesn’t somehow tickle the ear drums, there truly is something for every musical taste this year. Also gracing the bill in 2018 is Bastille, Cold War Kids, Foster The People, and Wolfmother for the rock-minded music seekers. As the music industry’s most rapidly growing genre, rap and hip-hop is also well represented on the bill in Miguel, A$AP FergT Pain, and more.

Of course, electronic artists continues to dominate the event with trap extraordinaires RL Grime, What So Not, DVBBS, tropical house saxophonist Sam Feldt, rising star Elohim, Galantis, CHVRCHES, Alison Wonderland, Cashmere Cat, Gramatik, Lane 8, Party Favor, and Chet Porter.

Tickets go on sale April 26th, with general admission passes starting at $295 + fees. All information can be found on the Life Is Beautiful website.

Premiere: Kotek releases official remix for Balkan Bump’s ‘Aymo’

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Coasting off a 2017 debut release, “Aymo,” the multi-instrumentalist Balkan Bump, known for his live trumpet playing, is set to release an accompanying four-track remix EP via Gramatik‘s Lowtemp label — including an intense offering from Lowtemp native, Kotek.

The Slovenian Gramatik not only collaborated on the original track but has been seeing the project to fruition, debuting Balkan Bump on his 2018 Re:Coil Tour.

In his remix of “Aymo,” Kotek, leaves some of the Balkan-influenced nuances intact, strips down much of the instrumentation. Instead, he infuses his own offbeat style, adding huge bass kicks between glitchy synth stabs and reforms the tune into a raucous, unique number.

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Shambhala announces initial 2018 lineup: Claude Von Stroke, Destructo, Feed Me, Gramatik, Christian Martin, Mr. Carmack, Opiuo, & more

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After celebrating a historic two decades last year, Shambhala Music Festival returns to the pristine Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada, on August 10–13, 2018. Organizers of the transformational event have already dangled some tantalizing teasers in REZZThe Glitch Mob, Kyle Watson, and DJ QBert. Today, the festival announces the first phase for its 21st annual edition. 

This year’s roster will boast the first-ever Canadian debut of UK hip-hop legend Dizzee Rascal!, Dirtybird founder Claude VonStroke and his hip-hop leaning project Barclay Crenshaw, legendary UK dubstep aficionado Feed Me, renowned bass renegade DESTRUCTO, crossover hip-hop/electronic producer Mr. Carmack, mysteriously masked Malaa, world-class producer Gramatik, British creator of the “purple sound” sub-genre Joker, French world-music producer Fakear, UK drum & bass duo Camo & Krooked, melodic dubstep duo Adventure Club, the electrifying 2¢ project from DJ CRAZE and Four Color Zack, Mad Decent’s Boombox Cartel, electro house trio Black Tiger Sex Machine, Montreal bass music phenomenon Snails, Grammy winning live duo Brasstracks, and the glitched out Australian act OPIUO, plus many more.

Arriving as the most intriguing act of the weekend, arguably so, is 29 Palms, a collaborative side-project between Ooah and Boreta of The Glitch Mob.

Shambhala’s full line-up will arrive April 9th. Tickets and travel packages are almost sold out, grab yours here

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Gramatik announces highly anticipated return to Red Rocks with Gryffin, Haywyre, and Ramzoid

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Gramatik has been situating himself as a cutting-edge headlining act over the past few years. When the former Pretty Lights Music signee isn’t busy pioneering the way in crypto-currency culture, Denis Jašarević has been hard at work with his new Re:Coil Part 1 EP project in addition to some monstrous collaborations with GRiZ on “As We Proceed” and Ramzoid on a remix of Flume’s track “Wall Fuck.”

Having just embarked on his album-supporting Re:Coil tour this past December, Gramatik has just announced he will be capping the year’s festival season with his annual return to the legendary Colorado venue Red Rocks Amphitheater. The Lowtemp Records boss will be joined by fellow NYC producer and multi-instrumentalist Gryffin, Monstercat favorite Haywyre, Canadian future bass beat- maker Ramzoid, and recent Lowtemp-signee Balkan Bump, who has just released his debut EP and will be joining Gramatik on stage during the main act. The live event is set to take place Sept. 1, 2018.

General on-sale begins Friday, March 16. More information can be found here.

150+ artists sign petition in support of net neutrality protests

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More than 150 artists, actors, and musicians have penned a letter endorsing the hundreds of protests set to take place today at cell service providers and congressional offices nationwide.

Tom Morello, Incubus, Evangeline Lilly, Bassnectar, Against Me!, Alyssa Milano, Michael Stipe (REM), Wil Wheaton, Talib Kweli, Gramatik, Graham Nash, The Glitch Mob, Downtown Boys, Speedy Ortiz, STS9, and Anti-Flag are among the letters signatories, which includes artists from nearly every genre and artistic medium.

“We support the people from across the political spectrum protesting across the country on December 7,” reads the letter, “and we echo their call for our members of Congress to do their jobs and take action to stop the FCC vote that’s planned for December 14.”

Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers should not be allowed to selectively speed up or slow down internet services in exchange for monetary compensation.

See the letter and a full list of signers here.

H/T: Fight for the Future

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Bassnectar, Halsey, Arcade Fire top Okeechobee’s massive 2018 lineup

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2018’s festival circuit is already heating up, with Florida’s Okeechobee Music + Arts Festival dropping off a well-rounded lineup teeming with talent to jump start the spring season from March 1 – 4. Now, in its third year, Okeechobee is boasting perhaps its biggest lineup yet, led by Halsey, Arcade Fire, Travis Scott, with Bassnectar returning to pull double duty this year, slated for two headlining sets. Offering a more curated, hip-hop and rock inclusive alternative to Miami’s EDM festivities at Ultra around the same time, Okeechobee is bringing The Flaming Lips, Khalid, Zeds DeadGramatik and Illenium along for support among many others.

From Foster The People to Denzel Curry, Tycho to Big Gigantic, the four-day camping festival is aiming to satisfy a wide range of musical taste, along with top-notch programming including workshops, visual art installations and more. View the full lineup and purchase tickets here.

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Gramatik goes public with his new cryptocurrency, builds a $9 million GRMTK entertainment economy

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One month has passed since Gramatik announced his very own cryptocurrency, alongside the release of his fourth EP project, Re:Coil Pt. 1. In so doing, the technologically inclined electro-funk producer made a historic move in becoming the first artist to have his intellectual property tokenized, thereby creating a new funding model for artist-fan relationships.

“Embedded in the GRMTK token is not only the rights and royalties of my creations, but the ideals and philosophy of freedom and liberty for all artists, for all people. This is a movement of not only art, but of the mind and of the spirit.”

At the 24-hour launch party for his GRMTK coin, which took place in Zurich on November 9, Gramatik raised $2.48 million (7500 ETH). 25% of the total tokens were released in the token sale, and sold-out within 24hrs, putting the total valuation of his burgeoning GRMTK entertainment economy at $9 million. Fans purchasing coin shares will now have a stake in the revenue of his work as he produces music and scores films.

“GRMTK isn’t just a cryptocurrency, it’s much more than that, now my audience can share in my inspiration and…anything I create and distribute on my upcoming channel.”

Gramatik hopes to revolutionize the music and blockchain spheres, showing the world the fundraising potential of artist tokenization. “Even the big names with massive worldwide fan bases like Skrillex have an interest in creating without intermediaries, getting rid of major labels when they’re not helping,” says Gramatik.

Watch the launch party livestream (above) via the decentralized entertainment channel, Singular DTV.

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