UPDATE: HARD has confirmed this lineup is not the official lineup
Los Angeles electronic events giant HARD recently made headlines with the return of their once defunct Day of the Dead property, bringing the festival back to its original home at LA Historic Park this November. The news set the rumor mill ablaze, speculating which HARD alumni might make their return for the festival’s re-inauguration, and now a lineup poster has surfaced. At first glance, it looks like one of the most stacked dance billings of the year, though upon closer examination, some minor fractures in the unconfirmed lineup may reveal this one is too good to be true. No harm in putting our eggs in this basket for the time being and hoping it actually materializes though.
The rumored lineup features a rare 2018 performance from Skrillex — fans might remember the last time Sonny Moore rested the Skrillex project to link up with Boys Noize for Dog Blood in 2013, Moore’s comeback performance was at none other than Day of the Dead. Boys Noize is featured on the lineup as well, and anytime Skrillex and Boys Noize are in the same hemisphere, there arises a glimmer of hope for Dog Blood fans. Gesaffelstein is tapped as a DJ headliner and a Bixel Boys reunion in the undercard are some red flags. Again, this could either be the greatest lineup of the season or a certified fake. Deadmau5, Kaytranada, Bloody Beetroots live, and Baauer all make appearances on the rumored roster as well, with a grip of additional dance music power players. For Day of the Dead’s highly anticipated return to LA, we’re betting HARD pulled out all the stops — fingers crossed this one is confirmed official.
New York, Los Angeles, and London will serve as the sites of three concurrent Childish Gambino events the weekend of July 14 – 15, as the “This Is America” producer brings his enigmatic Summertime Starts Here event experience series to each city in staggered intervals.
Summertime Starts Here initially debuted in New York on July 13 at Union Square, and will remain in the ‘Big Apple’ into Saturday, July 14, where the second day will commence at Fort Greene Park from 12-4 PM EST. Los Angeles will also receive the Summertime Starts Here experience on July 14. The West Coast edition of the event will take place at California’s Santa Monica pier from 12-4 PM PST. On Sunday, July 15, Gambino’s nomadic fan eventwill relocate to Fairfax High School from 12-4 PM PST.
Last but certainly not least, London will also be privy to Summertime Starts Here, with the UK version occupying Gunnersbury Park from 1-10 PM GMT. Although Gambino shared little detail about the specifics of the Summertime Starts Here series, each event will supposedly be free of charge. It is unlikely that Gambino will perform live in each city, given the overlap of the three events, though if any mortal man could do it, it would be Donald Glover somehow.
The Summertime Starts Here run follows the July 11 release of Gambino’s new EP, Summer Pack.
Pastry hurling international dance icon Steve Aoki has decided to temporarily halt the on-stage cake throwing gimmick and pick up the dough roller. The 40-year superstar DJ/producer has just announced the opening of Pizzaoki in his hometown of Los Angeles. As the son of Benihana’s founder, who once told Yahoo Finance he has never received a penny from his father, the inventively named new restaurant seems like a fitting next move for the entrepreneurial mogul.
A themed restaurant in it’s conception, much like the theatrical Japanese chain started by his late father, Aoki says that customers will be able to enjoy quality pizza recipes named after his hit songs — for instance, a classic cheese dubbed “Just Hold On” or the “Mayhem,” a supreme with all the toppings. The new concept also relies heavily on technology for delivery, as Pizzaoki currently lacks a brick and mortar location. Customers can currently place orders through Postmates and Uber Eats.
Shortly after announcing the opening of an in-house cannabis dispensary, vinyl capitol Amoeba Records has confirmed the swirling rumors that it will relocate its longtime famed Hollywood location.
Drawings of a new tower intended to go on the current site were published in 2016, starting the rumors of Amoeba’s demise. Planning documents were unearthed confirming the sale of the property to the real estate development firm GPI Properties in 2017, and Amoeba co-owner Marc Weinstein confirmed to Varietythat they are indeed scouting out new locations for the historic music store. Currently reviewing three different 20,000 square foot options for the new space, Weinstein confirmed that Amoeba will stay in Hollywood and will also pursue a dispensary license for the new location. Amoeba Records’ Hollywood location currently employs about 200 people, and its lease runs out in early 2019.
Los Angeles is not just Sacha Robotti‘s new home, but also his residence.
The news is out that Sound nightclub has officially booked the Dirtybird veteran and Sloth King for a summer residency beginning on June 23. To boot, each show will also be an open-to-close affair, allowing him to showcase his full essence as an artist.
Ahead of this expansive collaboration, Robotti has prepared an exclusive Sloth Sanctuary mix for Dancing Astronaut ears to consume. He fits quite a large breadth of tunes within its one hour span, starting off slow and grooving before heading into the dark and driving techno realm. It breeds further interest as to what a six hour set by this stalwart might sound like while also packing in a high charged mix of tunes that is sure to boost any pre-game.
Alex Bandes & Steven Girardi of West Coast Massive met at a college party in Virginia during the Spring of 2015. After knowing each other for just a week, they decided to move in together for the summer and spend all their time producing music. It’s a good thing that they did: ‘Until We Die Young’ marks the 4th single release from the LA-based duo, and is a sign of more to come.
Alex and Steven also gave Dancing Astronaut a deeper look at the track from the producers’ point of view:
“We walked into our session off Melrose avenue in Los Angeles with Dia Frampton and Scott Effman and started talking about the summer. It’s hard to forget the weekends that we spent in New York City visiting friends and getting into trouble. The city has such a majestic allure that causes you to think big and daydream which is what we decided to write the song about.
Steven played a chord progression on the piano that was influenced a lot by deadmau5 which gives it a melancholy beauty. From there we wrote the song over the chords and tried to truly capture the time we spent bonding together and exploring. We layered different textures, synths, and instruments to achieve this rock/electronic feel.
Whenever we start a song, we don’t really know where it’s going to end up. Sometimes we get something really cool and other times we have to start fresh and try something new. After the first round of production we thought we didn’t want to release the song because we weren’t sure how it would be received. A few months later we opened up the session files to see if we could freshen up the production. Once we played this new version in meetings and saw the reactions we knew we had to put it out.”
James Blake has taken a trifecta of new tracks on tour with him. The singer/songwriter surprised San Francisco and Los Angeles audiences by previewing three unheard songs, “I Can’t Believe That We Float,” “Asking For A Friend,” and “Black Lung” during his recent performances.
Blake released his last album, The Colour in Everything, back in 2016. While Blake’s recent trifold debut of new content does not necessarily signal an impending follow up to his last album, Blake’s unexpected presentation of new music only conveys that Blake has not stalled in the studio.
Over the past two decades, dance music pioneer Paul Kalkbrenner has become one of electronic music’s bonafide superstars, filling arenas with his live shows and headlining major festival’s worldwide On Friday, November 3rd, the Berlin-based producer will venture to Los Angeles to deliver a singular journey through the history of techno.
The live show, titled “Back to the Future,” underscores a previous three-volume project in which Kalkbrenner personally curated over 5000 underground works in Berlin between 1987 and 1993. The compilation was meant to channel the freedom and abandon felt in the warehouses of East Berlin during this seminal period.
By proxy, Kalkbrenner’s US debut will showcase the evolution of techno and rave culture throughout the late 80s and early 90s. “Back to the Future” marks a rare chance to witness one of electronic music’s true pioneers in an intimate setting, and become exposed to the music that shaped not only Berlin’s club culture, but the global techno landscape.
Reminisce on dreamier times with these ADID LA photos (Event Gallery)
Lee Burridge aimed to “make people smile” when he created his All Day I Dream parties, according to a recent interview with Billboard. Over the past six years since he started the organizing events on a summer Brooklyn terrace, All Day I Dream has since grown exponentially to be heralded as both one of the most well-loved events on the underground house circuit and as one of the top labels for melodic, ethereal music.
Summer has officially wound down, but the landing has been made considerably more graceful for All Day I Dream fans. Lee and his motley crew of fellow dreamy house purveyors have been making one last round of stops across the United States and the world, providing fans with blissful tunes that match the surrounding weather.
On September 23, the party touched down in central Los Angeles, where the following images captured just how magical the afternoon and evening were.
Amidst the numerous Halloween-timed events popping up across North America, Minimal Effort has taken a step forward to ensure their All Hallow’s Eve show remains one of a kind with the release of the second phase of their lineup. Already populated by influential hard-hitters MK, Damian Lazarus, and Dusky, attendees can expect a night full of steady techno and house tunes, incorporated into an immersive Halloween experience.
Already at an advantage with this praised lineup, Minimal Effort’s second phase satisfies every dream and desire of house-heads in the vicinity. The latest additions include Claptone, Lee Burridge, Eagles & Butterflies, Adam Auburn, Bones, and Matt Ossentjuk, solidifying one of the grandest lineup for this seasonal event. Hosted at the recently opened ENOX Event Center in Los Angeles, this warehouse location offers the perfect surrounding for this underground event.
Tickets for All Hallow’s Eve are on a flash-sale for the next 24 hours, and can be purchased online.