Exclusive: Space Jesus & Digital Ethos – Gang Fire

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Space Jesus has been called the “bass messiah” by Bassrush. Digital Ethos, whose recent collaboration with Bassnectar has quickly amassed him a sizable following, is a newcomer who fuses minimalist dubstep with a West Coast bass sound design. Both are masters of the experimental bass category, with Jedi-like senses for moving their crowd slow and low to the ground. So it was only a matter of time before the two joined forces on a weird and wonderful space bass project.

Dubbed the Mars EP, out June 15 on WAKAAN, the two-track EP flaunts the unabashedly experimental sound that Liquid Stranger’s imprint is famous for. Packed with meticulous sound designs, chunky drums, and earth-shattering bass lines, the Mars EP blends the signature styles of the two producers to mind-blowing effect. Space Jesus and Digital Ethos elevate the listener to sonic planes unknown with the Mars EP — driving forward a diverse soundscape that touches down on territories previously unchartered in the bass world.

Ahead of their highly anticipated EP, the two artists have shared one of their two newest tracks, “Gang Fire,” which sees it’s 24-hour exclusive window on Dancing Astronaut. Upon the song’s opening, listeners are caught mid-landing on some alien planet with the use of heavy, hydraulic synths and ragga voice samples. The track remains minimal throughout, reminding listeners to stay a while and explore the rest of the forthcoming body of work, which is not only technically incredible, but far beyond the boundaries of the musical imagination.

Space Jesus and Digital Ethos’ Mars EP lands tomorrow, June 15 on WAKAAN.

Electric Zoo announces ferocious phase two line-up additions: Alesso, Tiësto, Chris Lorenzo, Destructo, and more

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Made Event‘s titanic New York-based festival, Electric Zoo, is celebrating its tenth birthday this Labor Day Weekend, August 31st–September 2nd. To mark the momentous double-digit occasion, the wildlife-themed event has added two more headlining artists in Alesso and Tiësto to join the star-studded cast of talent that already tops the 2018 bill: KaskadeMarshmelloMartin Garrix, and Virtual Self.

Other notable acts joining on phase two include: Alexander Lewis, Bonnie x Clyde, Boogie T, Chris Lorenzo, Chuurch, Crankdat, Destructo, DNMO, Dubfire, G Jones, Habstrakt, Jauz, Kayzo, Lost Frequencies, Luzcid, Medasin, Party Favor, Petey Clicks, Space Jesus, Spencer Brown, Squnto, Stööki Sound, Whipped Cream, and YehMe2.

Electric Zoo’s ‘Big 10’ birthday bash will feature additional stages curated by Anjunabeats, Deadbeats, Hyperhouse, and Sunday School.

Tickets to Electric Zoo are currently on sale to the general public, and can be purchased here.

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Liquid Stranger recruits heavy weight line-up for 23-track WAKAAN compilation, ‘Convoy’

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By definition, “convoy” is an “escort for protection.” In other words, a resourceful, armed group of likeminded individuals who travel together and uphold the same values. This is a concept that Liquid Stranger’s WAKAAN imprint retains with it’s 23-track compilation, Convoy.

The compilation features a variety of artists who share the same vision – from the bass scene’s biggest names to its finest newcomers. Featuring tracks from Space Jesus, LUZCID, Truth, Digital Ethos, TLZMN, Champagne Drip, Yheti, Shlump, Freddy Todd, Esseks, and many more, Convoy is a statement showcase of the carefully defined sound that WAKAAN has been championing from the start.

Prepare to be taken on a galactic bass journey as the Convoy touches on its true otherworldly form, pushing WAKAAN’s “freeform bass music” mantra to the next level. As listeners prepare to lose themselves in WAKAAN’s mysterious world like never before, it’s clear that the left field bass community won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon. Things are about to get real strange…

Coupled with the album compilation is the Convoy release show, touching down in Milwaukee, Denver, and Athens, Georgia.

Dancesafe to host #WeLoveConsent Showcase, ft Ana Sia, Digital Ethos, Huxley Anne, Space Jesus, Yheti, & Zen Selekta

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In light of the recent allegations of sexual harassment against Datsik, and the ensuing discussion about sexual assault within the electronic music community, Dancesafe is partnering with React Presents to host a #WeLoveConsent event. Their goal is to host several artists who want to garner support for a new movement rooted in awareness, education, and gender equality. The most prominent name on the bill is Space Jesus, who was initially implicated along with Datsik, though the focus quickly turned from him.

“We as artists find ourselves in a unique position to enact real change,” says Jasha Tull of Space Jesus, “Dance music culture is rooted in love and respect and we, especially as men, need to do our part to work with everyone within the community to stand by that. I’m really excited to do this show with a lot of good friends, and I’ve been working with my team to make sure that we pay attention to what we learn here and implement this knowledge in all future events.”

The special event takes the name of DanceSafe’s new program, whose mission is to dismantle rape culture and build a consent culture within the electronic music and nightlife communities. Before the show, all artists, venue staff, and members from artists’ management and agency teams will participate in bystander intervention training hosted by Good Night Out Vancouver, an organization dedicated to providing the nightlife industry with the capacity to respond to and prevent harassment and sexual assault when they think it may be happening. There will be also educational literature posted throughout the venue and distributed to participants.

“Regardless of where each one of us is in our understanding of consent, there’s always room for improvement,” states Kristin Karas, Director of Operations for DanceSafe. “If we remain humble and create space for our own growth, we have the opportunity to band together to dismantle rape culture and build a consent culture within our community.”

Given the recent surge in deliberative discussion around consent lately, the show arrives as a proactive and meaningful step towards addressing the issue of sexual assault in nightlife settings, specifically, and further acts as a refreshing launching pad toward enacting social change on a wider cultural scale. Real progress begins the top, with artists using their voices as platforms for change, and to see artists and promoters willing to take “the first plunge” is the first step toward effectuating real, concrete change. However, it is not the end all-be all; that is why all show proceeds will be donated to DanceSafe in support of #WeLoveConsent and its mission.

The event will take place at Magic Stick in Detroit, March 31, 2018. For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.

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Lollapalooza announces 2018 edition with The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Vampire Weekend, ODESZA, more

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The Midwest’s premier music festival, Lollapalooza, returns to Chicago’s Grant Park August 2–5 with a newly announced lineup for the behemoth, 4-day affair. Topping the 2018 bill are The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Logic, and ODESZA, and, most notably, Vampire Weekend — the band’s first live performance in four years.

Other high-profile acts include Tyler, The Creater, CHVRCHES, LL Cool J, Portugal. the Man, and Brit superstar Dua Lipa. The festival’s electronic and dance music bookings are just as thrilling, with a comprehensive roster of veteran and rising acts: Zedd, ExcisionDillon Francis, Galantis, Illenium, REZZ, Chromeo, Hippie Sabotage, Tycho, Zomboy, WhatSoNot, Malaa, Valentino Kahn, Petit Biscuit, Ghastly, Chris Lake, Herobust, and Space Jesus.

Lollapalooza also boasts an impressive undercard with Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, St. Vincent, and Aussie one-woman band Tash Sultana, who rarely tours the US.

With over a hundred names set to appear over the weekend, Lollapalooza truly has become an American institution with something to satiate everyone’s musical tastes. GA and VIP passes to Lollapalooza can be found here.

BREAKING: Datsik accused of multiple sexual assaults, issues statement [UPDATED]

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Early in the afternoon of March 14, Twitter user PortersWorlds reported that he’d received multiple direct messages from underage women who had accused both Firepower Records head Datsik and EDM artist Space Jesus of sexual assault and rape. Though users clarified Datsik was significantly complicit in the actions, Space Jesus, too was implicated in the alleged actions, in at least more than one occasion.

In the moments since the reported incidents, a thread on reddit has begun and Datsik has reportedly began deleting suspicious tweets. One example includes a joke he made referring to rape as “a struggle snuggle”.

Datsik has reportedly been giving women at shows “escort needed” backstage passes labeled “TUL$A,” for years, which some allege is code for “a slut,” or the word spelled backwards.

As of now, Space Jesus has yet to comment on the allegations, though Datsik has officially released a comment on Twitter negating the allegations and condemning the associated behavior.

Dancing Astronaut has reached out to Datsik for a comment but no statements have yet been made. This is a developing story and will include live updates.

 

[UPDATE 3/14/2018 7:58 PM ET]: Datsik has posted the following Tweet, apparently confirming the nature of “Tulsa passes.”

 

[UPDATE 3/14/2018 10:07 PM ET]: Space Jesus has released his official statement, committing to cease the rest of his tour until investigations around the allegations have been made, and the case settled. “I was raised by a strong mother who taught me the importance of valuing and respecting women, and I would never knowingly act in a way to compromise a women’s integrity,” he asserted.

Meanwhile, a source who allegedly worked for Datsik messaged Twitter user Ashlee Johnson to tell his side of the “Tul$a” story. The source’s name has been redacted by the Twitter user for their protection:

Another Twitter user stepped forward on behalf of a friend with the following story, which matches many of those popping up about the allegations all over the web:

Backwoods unveils initial 2018 line-up, announces move to former Wakarusa grounds

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When Wakarusa announced the cancellation of its annual event due to legal/financial woes, faithful attendees were heartbroken. No longer would they be mining for quartz in the rivers twisting through Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, stumbling upon waterfalls around every bend, or taking in scenic views of Mulberry Mountain. Wakarusa would become nothing more than a storied legend.

Wakarusa attendees can now revel in the fact that another bass-and-jam-heavy production company has picked up the baton to showcase three full days of “good music, good people, good times.” Such is the driving philosophy behind Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain — which has uprooted it’s gathering place in Shroud, Oklahoma to Middle America’s storied venue for it’s third annual event — taking place April 20–24, 2018.

Backwoods has earned a reputation of showcasing some of the country’s top rising electronic talent, alongside nationally-renowned artists, stunning visual production, and now has the shiny allure of a gem venue. Included in the phase one line-up are headliners STS9 and The Floozies, alongside jam band heavy weights Papadosio, All Good Records‘ very own Sunsquabi, and electro-funk rising stars Zoogma. The bill include a heavy helping of bass music with Figure, Space Jesus, Yheti, and a very special late night series from ThazDope Records, and more.

Attendees can also take advantage of activities such as helicopter rides, hoop workshops, yoga classes, interactive art installations, and a vast array of food and shopping vendors. Limited pre-sale tickets are on sale now, starting at $184 with the option of pre-party and RV upgrades.

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BREAKING: Volcano at Lost Lands Festival catches fire, festival resumes

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Excision‘s inaugural Lost Lands may be the most lit festival on the horizon after all, as one of the volcanoes next to the main Prehistoric Paradox stage caught fire Saturday night during Destroid.

Around 11 PM a small fire began at the top of the volcano, where Destroid played their first live show together since Ultra 2016. Personnel acted quickly and the situation was handled in a number of minutes. Dancing Astronaut was on the scene and captured the footage below.

After a brief closure of the main stage and subsequent approval by the fire marshal and sheriff, the festival resumed with Zeds Dead. Albeit, the volcanos were then dormant. No word has been given on whether the awe-inspiring pyrotechnics will resume. Luckily, zero injuries were reported as a result.

Lost Lands festival concludes tomorrow with Space Jesus, Liquid Stranger, REZZ, Illenium, and more. 

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