The house music stars aligned over California this summer. Tchami and ZHU swept the decks, side by side, at the now Insomniac-owned HARD Summer for an hour of four-on-the-floor insanity amid the August heat.
Such a venerated pairing isn’t surprising in the least for those who’ve been following HARD’s iconoclastic narrative for the past decade (and change); and the titillating twosome certainly rose to the brand’s legacy. The dexterous duo treated the audience to standout renditions of each DJ’s eminent discography, like a “Guilty Love” remix and an Umek “Vibrancy”/”After Life” mashup.
The hour is chock-full of revered house cuts, alongside Tchami and ZHU staples. The performance is undoubtedly among the best sets of not only the bygone weekend, but the entire 2019 festival season.
Unflinchingly danceable Frenchman, Dombresky recently shared his hour-and-a-half house set from HARD Summer, gracious grooves abound. Needless to say, it’s the ideal vessel to rock listeners into a carefree weekend. The Parisian producer has racked an impressive set of releases this year along with major festival play. His standout singles from recent memory include “Meli-Melo,” the free-flowing, four-on-the-floor wave with a thumping bassline and filtered melodies, as well as an official remix for Diplo‘s LSD supergroup, by way of their single “No New Friends.”
Within the recent HARD Summer sonic affront, the DJ crafts an infectious and well-timed web of house music, to no longtime listener’s surprise. Fans have been expressing their desire for a more permanent slice of their memory from LA’s premier electronic music festival; and Dombresky delivered.
Dombresky is currently on tour finishing up shows at France’s Amnesia Cap d’Agde and Ushuaïa in Ibiza. Soon, he’ll bring down the house at New York’s Electric Zoo on Aug. 31. Catch an extended glimpse below of what to expect from a four-on-the-floor maven.
Their 72-minute set took attendees through an array of both artists’ tunes, sprinkling some IDs and songs from friends like Green Velvet, Valentino Khan, Wax Motif, and many more.
The iconic duo seamlessly wove one heater into the next, no doubt thrilling all who were fortunate enough to be in the crowd. Luckily for the rest of the world, the set has surfaced on DJ Snake’s SoundCloud and is now streamable for all.
The explosive dance music duo formerly known as GTA have officially changed their name to the full version of their moniker, Good Times Ahead.
Alongside the makeover arrives their announcement of a new mixtape launched through Insomniac’s HARD Recs to celebrate their upcoming extended set at HARD Summer: entitled, Good Times Bad Times at HARD Summer. The first single from the project features a friendly face in the dance space, by the name of Diplo, ever heard of him? Their buoyant brainchild, “Milky Cabrera,” serves as a hyphy intro to the new veil.
Bolstered by a hefty kick right off the bat, Diplo’s vocal fodder takes center stage for a unique interlude to the aggressive pre-chorus. The drop hits home with that Bay Area-style bounce, accompanied by high-pitched vocal contortions.
Other collaborators on the impending project will include Flosstradamus, Black Caviar, TwoGangs, and more. It’s set to arrive in full August 16. The duo will also be launching their label namesake via Insomniac. Their extended two-hour set at HARD Summer this August will stand as a harbinger to the artistic revamp from the already-successful electronic/Latin crossover artists.
HARD Summer is nearly upon us, and as the staple Southern California dance event ramps up for one of it’s biggest billings yet, the festival is rolling out its annual mixtape series with veteran beatsmith YehMe2.
The former Flosstradamus proponent split from his longtime producer partner Curt Cameruci in late 2016 to launch his new alias in early 2017. Since then, he’s built a massive catalog of heavy handed heaters and remixes, from hisSteal This Mixtapeseries to collaborative cuts with A-Trak, WHIPPED CREAM, and more. Now, YehMe2 is primed to return to HARD Summer, a festival he’s dominated countless times over the years, and he’s locked in to deliver one of the most exciting—and hyped— performances of the weekend.
Ahead of YehMe2’s HARD Summer performance, vibe out with a new hour-long mix from the Chicago-native DJ below.
HARD Events’ hallmark, HARD Summer will return to Fontana Speedway this August for its 12th year of multifarious musical mayhem.
The SoCal staple’s 2019 lineup is colorful and cold-blooded as ever, bringing major players primarily from electronic and bolstered by hip-hop. From the former of these realms comes Alison Wonderland, Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, and a seemingly interminable length of others. And from the crest of HARD Summer’s rap/hip-hop current brings Kid Cudi, Juice WRLD, Sheck Wes, and more.
This year running the weekend of August 3-4, HARD Summer has long lived as a source of sonic foreshadowing of talent, particularly in the electronic space, showcasing acts like Skrillex and Diplo ahead of their rises to super stardom. Tickets to HARD Summer go on sale Friday, April 26 at 9 am PST. Additional festival information can be found here.
Summer and festival season might be approaching their close, but aren’t going down to easily. Artists across the dance music board are operating at full throttle, maintaining extensive tour schedules until the final moments and keeping the heat alive musically with an array of fresh singles and numerous gig recordings. Valentino Khan is one of those juggernauts keeping energy levels up, and he’s just granted fans with an expeditious release of his HARD Summer set.
Though the festival itself passed by not too long before Khan shared his hour of throbbing, house-based beats, it easily stands as a highlight of the season for the performer. The producer puts himself and his tastes on full display, whipping his young audience into a frenzy with his raucous brand of electronic. He also threw in a few choice originals from the season, including “Deep Down Low.” Originally broadcasted live on Insomniac Radio, his time behind the Green decks is officially immortalized for all to enjoy.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has reported that one person died and 23 were hospitalized at the 2018 edition of HARD Summer, which took place at Fontana, California’s Auto Club Speedway the first weekend of August.
Nineteen-year-old Andrew Cole Click from Tracy, California was taken to an area hospital on Sunday, Aug. 5, where he was later pronounced dead. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
“It is with great sadness that we have learned a festival attendee has passed away following HARD Summer this weekend. We extend our deepest sympathies to the individual’s loved ones, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts. The health and safety of those who attend our events is HARD’s utmost priority, and we take every measure to create a safe and enjoyable environment. We have no further information at this time, but we encourage the community to come together, support each other, and always look out for one another in light of this tragedy.”
Twenty-three other attendees were hospitalized for various medical issues. According to Los Angeles’ ABC7, two women remain in the hospital and are continuing to receive treatment. Eleven festival-goers were arrested over the course of the weekend, primarily for drug-related incidents.
The 2018 edition of HARD Summer brought more than 150,000 people to the speedway over the course of its two days.
HARD Summer 2018 has come and gone — the festival’s first year without founder of the HARD brand Gary Richards (a.k.a. Destructo) at the helm — and all seemed to go as planned. Recruiting some of today’s top talent in house, future bass, dubstep, and hip-hop, the weekend featured some powerhouse back-to-back sets from Dillon Francis & Diplo, Zeds Dead & Jauz, and A-Trak & Baauer. Travis Scott celebrated the release of his new album, Astroworld, and Mija dropped another set that completely embodies her “Fk A Genre” mantra.
With more sets from Marshmello, Ghastly, Louis the Child, and others, this weekend marked the beginning of a new chapter for the HARD organization. Check out some of the top sets of the weekend below.
After announcing that he would debut his collaboration with 1788-L at HARD Summer on Twitter, Ekali piloted the promised ID during his set at the festival’s Green Stage on August 5.
The trap oriented number sources its intensity from wallops of potent bass and gritty, grabbing rhythmic halts. Although Ekali did not offer an official release date for the single just yet, the joint project from the Vancouver favorite and 1788-L packs a powerful sonic punch that proves that the collaboration’s formal arrival will be well worth the wait.