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.

Snowbombing Canada returns for second year as winter sports and dance music wonderland (photography by Justine Trickett & Giles Smith)

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Snowbombing Canada announces headliners ODESZA and Cardi B for 2018 edition

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From Montreal’s Igloofest, to the gone-but-never-forgotten Brrrrr Winter Music Festival in Toronto, Canadians are incredibly fortunate to host a plenitude of outdoor-winter events throughout the years. Though winter is close to being over and the inaugural start to festival season approaches, Snowbombing Canada is here to remind everyone that there’s never a wrong time to party in the snow.

Fusing the worlds of winter-sports and dance music into a winter-wonderland for four days and nights, Snowbombing Canada takes place from April 5–9 amidst Sun Peaks Valley; one of the hidden treasures of Canada’s West coast. With success in booking distinguished and complementary dance/hip-hop headliners, last year’s event saw Kaskade and Ludacris close out the event.

As the 2018 edition nears, fan-favorite duo ODESZA and hip-hop queen Cardi B are set to headline the “Forest Stage”, appropriately located in between the panoramic views of snow-capped mountains and towering trees. Boasting a plethora of additional acts like Black Tiger Sex Machine, Gorgon City and Troyboi, Snowbombing has curated a detailed lineup that suits the festival’s exuberant vibe.

Snowboarders and skiers are treated to the best of both worlds; shredding during the day and dancing at night. Activities like ‘Alpine Yoga’, ‘The Snowlympics’ and some cheeky ‘Chair Life Speed Dating’ add unique attributes that turn guests from attendees, into Snowbombing veterans.

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Festival passes, accommodation and transportation are all available online

TroyBoi reworks Billie Eilish’s ‘my boy’ into astonishing trap-laden ‘MyBoi’

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Billie Eilish left an indelible mark on pop music in 2017 and proved to be a fervent artist whose haunting, harmony-filled ballads diminish any and all suspected innocence. Despite her young age, Eilish’s immensely talented and brimming with fervent passion. After the release of her debut album, don’t smile at me, mid-2017, she’s already seen an official remix for “COPYCAT” from the vastly-ascending indie-pop duo, Sofi Tukker, and now, London’s trap auteur TroyBoi has taken on “my boy.”

With vocals as sultry and dulcetly-delivered as Eilish’s, it’s small wonder TroyBoi was able to create a compelling rework. Though as much as Eilish’s vocals are compelling, TroyBoi’s tempo modifications candidly elevate “my boy” to the tempestuous “MyBoi.” With chopped vocals, intricate hi-hats, substantial kicks, and bass-laden flair, TroyBoi sees Eilish’s “my boy” and raises it to anthemic trap heights.

TroyBoi – Flamez (Alexander Lewis Remix)

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When TroyBoi‘s “Flamez” came out last August, fans were instantly drawn in by the infectious, heavy horns in the introduction. Though the track tapers off into a more trap-based tune as it progresses, the horns serve as an iconic lead-in to the Left is Right song.

Months later, trombone guru Alexander Lewis has honed in on the horn part of “Flamez.” He’s remixed the track into a horn-centric anthem, booming with both bass and intoxicating, brassy stabs. With a slight key change and a shift in focus, Lewis has given “Flamez” a praise-worthy reworking.

The full lineup for Costa Rica’s Envision Festival is finally here

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Costa Rica’s rising tropical festival, Envision, is just weeks away. In its eighth year, the festival continues its mission to awaken human potential with art, spirituality, yoga, music, dance, performance, education, sustainability and fundamental connection with nature.

From Feb. 21-25, thousands will flock to Uvita to experience a stellar lineup of music, which has been announced in full. In addition to headliners Xavier Rudd, Bob Moses, DJ Tennis and more who were announced in August, Envision has revealed the addition of acts like TroyBoi and The Russ Liquid Test to the lineup.

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“We really wanted to bring in best in breed artists from every corner of the globe,” says festival co-founder and music director Josh Wendel. “But we also wanted to create a platform for some of the best emerging talent in Costa Rica and its neighbors. In addition to being our most intentional lineup yet, the artists we’ve got coming for Envision 2018 are both world famous and driven to achieve the same impact we want to make in the world. Through language and culture we’re united by the dream we share, and that just makes the experience of coming together on the same dancefloor so much more special.”

Though Envision 2018 is already 70 percent sold out, four-day general admission tickets can still be purchased here.

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Bassnectar reveals first of four 2018 seasonal gatherings in Chicago

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After tweeting a short cryptic teaser that had the Bassnectar family clamoring over possible upcoming events, Bassnectar has officially revealed his return to Chicago, IL, March 30–31, 2018, after a seven year Windy City hiatus. The two-night run features an incredibly diverse cast of bass music’s most promising rising talent, including REZZ, TroyBoi, TOKiMONSTA, Ivy Lab, Danny Corn, and Bay Area newcomer Andreilien.

The theme of the spring time gathering, according to Bassnectar’s official blog, is set to “…celebrate the dawning of Spring: rebirth, regeneration, and a radiant gratitude for life.” The whole team promises to amp up all levels of art, music, interactivity, and community as well with staples like The Haven and The Gift Altar.

The spring announcement also comes as the first of four seasonal gatherings in 2018, of which Lorin Ashton presents as a bit of a jigsaw to be decoded by his devoted followers. The Bassnectar team will be planting tiny reveals and clues over the coming months as to dates, themes, locations, and line-up support. But for now:

 

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Pre-sale tickets for the Spring special event will go on sale Wednesday, November 15th at 12pm ET. Regular tickets will go on sale the following day, also at 12pm ET. Read the full announcement on Bassnectar’s official blog.

 

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TroyBoi releases a spooky, experimental single, ‘Creeper’

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London’s very own experimental trap producer TroyBoi has been hitting it hard with new releases lately — with his 20-track debut album, Left and Right, and an original single titled “Don’t Want.” The artist even made time to open up to Dancing Astronaut about his continuous rise in the electronic music scene. Now, TroyBoi is back with another brand new track while on his extensive North American tour.

The track, “Creeper,” comes as a Halloween night gift to fans featuring the artist’s signature trap-influenced undertones and dark, funeral paced progressions. The song’s true essence is built around muddled bass lines, hip-hop-styled 808 kicks, and breakbeat rhythms — all overlaid by the intro’s haunting vocal samples from the chorus of They’s “Jem.” From that point, the song progresses into a more ominous direction with a complexity that keeps listener’s glued to the track’s playful, spooky tone.

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Troyboi opens up about his debut album Left Is Right playing Webster Hall and his musical inspirations

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UK native Troyboi was often labeled as a trap artist back when he first broke into the scene. As his hard-hitting, bass-heavy beats crossed the Atlantic and spread throughout the American underground, it quickly became obvious that the exploding talent could not be pigeon-holed so easily. Troyboi has amassed a global following of fans who have fallen in love with his unique brand of music appropriately known as “mystyle,” which draws inspiration from a variety of genres and sounds.

Earlier this month, Troyboi came back to New York City and brought his ultra-stacked Left Is Right tour to Brooklyn Steel. The dynamic event and the lineup that came with it brought the same incredible energy and immersive atmosphere that propelled the bass explorer to super-stardom. He sat down with Dancing Astronaut ahead of his show for an interview about his musical inspirations, his hometown of London and creating a multi-sensory experience for his fans to dive into.

Welcome back to New York! How many times have you performed here now?

It’s a pleasure as always to be in New York — thank you for having me. I came to New York twice actually once in 2015 for my first ever show. Then, I came back last year when I did the Mantra tour, which was my first all-original set that I played that at Webster Hall.

RIP to Webster Hall!

I know! Absolutely legendary venue. I’m so glad I got to play it and manage to sell it out, which is just amazing. Being able to come back again, and to a venue like Brooklyn Steel, is next level. We’ve got a bigger show planned as well, so it’s actually perfect.

It’s quite interesting that the last time you were here, you performed at one of the oldest venues in the city. Now, you’re at a brand new spot in Brooklyn steel. What’s that like for you?

For me, I like to be a pioneer in my own right. Even though this venue is brand-new, I’m happy to be here and christen it in my own way. It’s still history regardless of whether you’re at the beginning or the end, at the end of the day we’re still making history no matter where we go. It’s amazing to be here and to create my own history in this building.

Awesome! On an unrelated topic, we’re curious about your feelings on New York as a city vs your hometown of London. Do you feel like there are any similarities between New York and where you are originally from?

Completely —  I was literally just having a conversation with my friend, who’s also here from London, about the exact same thing. Every time we come to New York I feel like I’m at home. It’s so diverse, and I love the “rough around the edges vibe” to New York because London is very much that way as well.  Life isn’t always so pretty, and even though both cities are beautiful, at the same time they truly capture the realness of life. You know what I mean? The people and the fact that it’s completely multi-cultural means there are a lot of quirky places to find. It’s very like London to in that way.

Keeping with that theme, what is it like when you come to perform in the states or in North America as opposed to in London and Europe?

There is definitely a huge difference because in my opinion in Europe the alternative music, especially the type of music that I make, there is a scene for it. However, it’s not as prominent there as it is in the States. I feel like the States are a bit more open-minded, whenever I come here it’s truly crazy even though in Europe is also wild, but in a different way and not really to the same degree. In America/New York, it seems like the crowd gets it more…

In your new album Left Is Right, you’re able to fit so many different sonic textures and genres together. How are you able to do it so seamlessly?

It’s very hard to explain but I just do. Whenever I make music I’m just inspired to make good music that people can relate to. I always start off with my drums because that’s my favorite part to build on, and the rest all comes naturally. Melodies and ideas just start to pop into my head. But as the great mentor Michael Jackson always says, never concentrate on the music and let it write itself. When I heard that ideology at a young age, that just stuck with me. I always felt like that I could relate to those words.

You always describe your music as “mystyle.” It seems electronic in general is moving away from concrete genres. Do you feel like this move away from genre categorization is better overall?

I do think it is good for electronic music because it allows people to grow and be more daring. It’s really going to highlight a lot of the people who are one-trick ponies, you know what I mean? I’m very happy and blessed to do what I want because for me, music is my expression. If someone told me I couldn’t make a certain type of beat I’d say, “what?” So for me being able to explore different types of music different types of genres, it’s key for any type of growth individually and for the scene..

Your album has a lot of features on it, from Ice Cube, to Icekream. In your opinion, what makes the perfect collaborator?

The most important thing is the music. I’ve got to be able to catch a vibe but also connect with the people too. Everyone I have done a collaboration with, apart from Ice Cube, I’ve met face-to-face. Especially with my boy Icekream — we are best friends,  so the chemistry is so important. You need to be able to connect with the person as well as connect on a musical level.

What advice would you give to a young producer just starting out?

Be comfortable and confident in your music. When you do start creating and start putting it out, make sure that you’re comfortable and confident with whatever you’re doing. Own it and don’t be afraid to experiment —
everything that I’ve produced, I’ve wanted to do it. Whether it is experimental or not, I’m so proud to share it with everyone. Keep pushing keep putting out your music and eventually if you are taking it seriously the right person will hear it and that can take you to the next level. Everything will fall into place, but you have to work extremely hard and be honest in your music.

 Finally what can people expect when they come to see you on tour?

First of all you are going to see an all-original set, with 100% original music this is for the fans. I want people to come out and see the Boi and not just hear the music but see it and feel it too. This tour especially isn’t just a regular show — it’s an experience and a journey it’s a celebration of my music, and it’s a way for people to see the music as well as hear it.Overall, I want to give people an experience they never had before via my own music.

 

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Photos from Troyboi’s “Left is Right” Tour in Brooklyn!

Unfortunately, Troyboi NOT pictured (Camera Batt).