Yolanda Be Cool assemble breezy new playlist ahead of Splash House [EXCLUSIVE]

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Palm Springs will undergo it’s semi-annual transformation into a dance-fueled desert oasis come June 8, as Splash House‘s first edition makes its rounds through its usual home resorts.

The Goldenvoice institution turns five this year, and to switch things up, lineups are staggered as well. June’s roster has just been unveiled, revealing a bevy of acts like What So Not, Duke Dumont, Dusky, and more that will take help guide festivities in the most raucous of fashions.

Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool will also be taking the decks over the weekend; however, they simply could not contain their excitement for the upcoming festivities. Appropriately, they’ve created a fresh new playlist for Dancing Astronaut that is pumped with tunes matching their musical aesthetic: mellow, grooving, and sunny. Within minutes, the vibe will be too infectious not to dance along to!

 

[CONTEST] Win a VIP Bottle Service Package for 5 at Day Club Palm Springs / Coachella

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Day Club Palm Springs is back again this year with another round of pool parties, and Dancing Astronaut is excited to hook up one lucky winner with a VIP Bottle service package!

The event takes place over two weekends, April 13-15 [Weekend 1] and April 20-22 [Weekend 2].

This year features performances from AC Slater, Justin Martin, Deorro, Cash Cash, Space Yacht, ODESZA, Illenium, and more.

Daily tickets start at only $20, or get a full weekend pass for only $50! More information and tickets are available here.

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Exclusive: KITTENS gets candid ahead of her Coachella debut

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Dancing Astronaut recently spoke with Los Angeles based Lauren Abedini, aka KITTENS, about her career, her activism, and her favorite artists.

In addition to her performances at Coachella, KITTENS will also be performing during the Space Yacht takeover at Day Club Palm Springs on April 20th. To win a VIP Package for Day Club Palm Springs, enter the contest here.

We spoke with you in the summer of last year, ahead of your performance at Hard Summer Music Festival. What has changed for you since then?

SO MUCH. I literally feel like my life changed so quickly. Mentally I feel just like a more grounded balanced person. I went on my first bus tour with RL Grime and Gravez which was incredible. I’m playing Coachella. I’m playing EDC. I got a Vegas residency. I’ve got releases in the works with two of my favorite labels, Fool’s Gold and Insomniac. I’ve been able to focus on activism and charity work which is my deepest passion. I redecorated my house lol. I just feel GOOD. Like life is so good.

What’s your touring schedule looking like through the rest of the year?

Ima be everywhere.

What does the LA Club scene look like these days?

Honestly, I haven’t been going out in LA that much. I’ve kind of just been trying to stay home and work on music and my self growth. When I do go out it’s usually more of a party situation versus a club situation. So the music and vibe is a bit different but in a really refreshing way.

You made some great artist predictions when we asked last. Who are you co-signing the most these days?

I stan RL Grime so I’m super excited for his new album to come out. I really love this rapper Flipp Dinero who I actually have featured on one of my tracks. Gravez continues to just release fire. I’m super excited to see him get more and more recognition.

You are a self-described “Intersectional Feminist.” This is a highly evolved view on the matter, but can you spell out what that means for everyone?

Intersectionality is complicated but simple. It basically means you take into account all the other factors that might make someone’s life a bit more difficult. Like for example, ya, women face inequality, but a black woman who is living below the poverty line without access to resources is ABSOLUTELY going to deal with more inequality and struggles than say a rich white woman. So then when we want to talk about progress and how to move towards equality, we don’t just leave the conversation at “women need to be paid the same as men” for instance, we factor in ALL the different levels of oppression people face and address how to fix those too. It also means people with less struggles should check their privilege. Like my life isn’t as hard as a darker skinned butch woman for example. 

Another huge part about intersectional feminism is that we focus on issues outside of women. LGBT, race, poverty, gender…all these things can affect how difficult the lives of HUMANS are, so taking time to educate people on being compassionate to all of those bits will eventually lead us towards true equality. It helps men, it helps women, it helps people who don’t identify as either. In simple terms, intersectionality helps everyone be aware and compassionate of other peoples struggles in life.

Billboard recently featured you along with Krewella and Dani Deahl on “Dance Music’s Gender Gap in the Age of #TimesUp and #MeToo.” What’s been the reaction since that was published?

So far so good! I think it was an important conversation to have. I’m glad we were able to focus on progress and “how do we move forward” topics versus just how messed up things can be. Also it was just really amazing to connect with such dope women.

Are you seeing growth in your PWR series? What do you think is causing that change?

PWR is booming more of a social movement outside of just the charity DJ women’s workshops. This year I’m going to be launching PWR 2.0 basically which will really focus on those intersectional issues and focus on educating everyone in simple to understand ways. I’m really really excited. I feel like this is my main purpose in life so I can’t wait to share it.

What’s coming up from you on the music front?

STUFF COMING OUT lol 

Releasing a couple little projects that I’m excited about because I’ve literally been working on making stuff I like for YEARS and I finally feel like I’ve made stuff that I’m like “OK this is good this is ok enough to put out! I don’t hate it!” which is a big deal when you’re the most hyper critical person ever.

Anything else you want to impart to the DA fam?

2018 is a cool ass year.

Thanks KITTENS, keep doing you in 2018!

Splash House embraces poolside desert revelry in June 2017 edition

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Since its inception five years ago, Splash House has been thriving in the heart of the southern California desert due to its high-class catalog of music and inexhaustible sun-soaked revelry. Fit with a more laid-back, intimate atmosphere compared to its Coachella counterpart, the booming Palm Springs affair has spent the last couple of years perfecting the venerable art of mixing top-of-the-line musical talent with resplendent poolside leisure.

From June 9-11, the bi-annual festival supplied a select palate of subgenres that catered to a consistently rowdy, yet high-spirited crowd. This year’s weekend one edition of Splash House returned to the Saguaro and Riviera with the addition of a new venue at The Renaissance, and featured a top-notch billing of talent consisting of Bonobo, Hot Chip, Thomas Jack, and Sam Gellaitry. Much like years past, a growing attendance and neighboring venues were cared for with non-stop shuttle services to each hotel, giving attendees the leisure of hitting up one party to the next with ease.

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J. Phlip rings in the weekend at Palm Springs’ Air Museum.

The weekend kicked off with a windy introduction at the Palm Springs Air Museum Friday night as the anticipation of the festival allowed the crowd to experience the magnetic energy of J. Phlip‘s delectable grooves and the beat-driven bedlam of Malaa. As the show drifted into the night, the After Hours party reached its prime level of debauched celebration and the jamboree of this year’s Splash House was in full swing.

Saturday experienced more celebratory vibes as festival-goers enjoyed balmy temperatures and the airy decadence of bouncy synths and boisterous beats across the Palm Springs locale. Los Angeles-based producer Bones heated up the day with a dirty house and techno set at the colorful Saguaro venue, later followed by an effervescent performance by Hayden James to a sprightly audience at The Renaissance. The day was further highlighted by Sam Gellaitry’s poolside production at the Riviera, where he dove into his signature experimental trap mastery with carefully selected features from his Escapism trilogy.

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Sam Gellaitry soaks up some rays at the Riviera.

Leading into Sunday, one would expect the heated revelry of the weekend would have taken its toll on its festival attendees; however, there was no stoppage of sun-dipped celebration and sonic divinity.  The bulk of the festival crowd wrapped up the festival with Lane 8‘s set at The Saguaro, where he played prime releases like “In My Arms,” “With Me,” and “Little Voices,” before Bonobo rounded out the weekend with an entrancing, organic performance that solidified another successful run of the enamored Palm Springs festival.

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Lane 8 mesmerizes The Saguaro.

In many respects, Splash House remains an exclusive oasis with much to offer.  The boutique festival takes advantage of its desert-encased environment and spring break-tinged atmosphere to create a provocatively good time, giving attendees the pleasure of experiencing the hottest acts in music while partying in the gaze of the summer sun.

Luckily for those who missed out or want to repeat the madness, Splash House will return on August 11-13 with a stacked billing featuring Big Gigantic, Bob Moses, Kaytranada, and more. In the months remaining until Splash House circles back at the end of summer, fans can tide themselves over with Splash House’s tailored “Splash House Guest List” Spotify playlist.

Photos courtesy of Goldenvoice.

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