Costa Rica’s Envision Festival delivers impeccably curated full 2019 music lineup

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The world’s most eco-friendly festival is returning to Costa Rica, and for their 2019 edition, Envision Festival has programmed one of their finest lineups yet. While the event is branded as a music festival, Envision would be more appropriately described as a permaculture and yoga retreat, offering attendees a tropical jungle getaway, accented with music, art, exploration, spirituality, and education.

Now in their ninth year, Envision is bringing saxophone-wielding electro-soul factotum GRiZ to the festival’s shores, along with Tycho, each for headlining duties, as well as additional sets slated through the four-day event. Lee Burridge will bring All Day I Dream to Uvita, Random Rab will return for his ninth edition of the festival, along with French wave maker CloZee, The Floozies, reggae star Trevor Hall, and more.

This year’s Envision lineup also places a special emphasis on Latin American sounds, representing the festival’s hosting region in with a blend of bass, techno, electro, and more. The festival’s three stages, Sol, Luna, and Lapa, will host a massive crop of talent from February 28 – March 3, with a few planned surprises baked into this year’s roster. Envision founder Josh Wendel expressed,

“This year, we went bigger with our top headliners, and took more risks on up and coming artists. We also intentionally plan to throw a few curveballs into the schedule to keep guests on their toes not knowing when their next favorite artists might be playing.”

See the full music lineup for Envision 2019 below, and grab your tickets to the festival here.

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Costa Rica’s Envision Festival delivers impeccably curated full 2019 music lineup

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Costa Rica’s Envision Festival delivers impeccably curated full 2019 music lineupGRiZ Live Sa Facebook

The world’s most eco-friendly festival is returning to Costa Rica, and for their 2019 edition, Envision Festival has programmed one of their finest lineups yet. While the event is branded as a music festival, Envision would be more appropriately described as a permaculture and yoga retreat, offering attendees a tropical jungle getaway, accented with music, art, exploration, spirituality, and education.

Now in their ninth year, Envision is bringing saxophone-wielding electro-soul factotum GRiZ to the festival’s shores, along with Tycho, each for headlining duties, as well as additional sets slated through the four-day event. Lee Burridge will bring All Day I Dream to Uvita, Random Rab will return for his ninth edition of the festival, along with French wave maker CloZee, The Floozies, reggae star Trevor Hall, and more.

This year’s Envision lineup also places a special emphasis on Latin American sounds, representing the festival’s hosting region in with a blend of bass, techno, electro, and more. The festival’s three stages, Sol, Luna, and Lapa, will host a massive crop of talent from February 28 – March 3, with a few planned surprises baked into this year’s roster. Envision founder Josh Wendel expressed,

“This year, we went bigger with our top headliners, and took more risks on up and coming artists. We also intentionally plan to throw a few curveballs into the schedule to keep guests on their toes not knowing when their next favorite artists might be playing.”

See the full music lineup for Envision 2019 below, and grab your tickets to the festival here.

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Envision Festival announces 2019 lineup with GRiZ, Tycho, CloZee, and more

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Costa Rica’s Envision Festival has announced the musical lineup for 2019, and it’s clear from their bookings the festival plans refine even the purest form of “Pura Vida.”

Since its inception nine years ago, the ocean-adjacent jungle paradise has steadily upped its game. By creating stages and structures inspired by and made in the local Tico way and hosting a reforesting program which has planted more than 12,000 trees in the past seven years, Envision has constantly challenged the status quo, both in relation to music and community. Through hard work and positivity, the festival has built a committed fan base. It’s clear the organizers have no plans on letting them down.  

The music and arts festival’s tide is set to draw in some of the most eclectic underground and hard-hitting acts from around the globe. San Francisco’s Tycho will serve silky sweet psychedelic ambiance. Denver’s GRiZ will be Chasing the Golden Hour, Hawaii’s troubadour Trevor Hall will surely serenade many back tent-side, and as the sun goes down and the stars come out, the music and the loving won’t come to a halt.

Envision plans to deliver the sounds of Burning Man, with Robot Heart and All Day I Dream leader Lee Burridge alongside latin house master Nicola Cruz. A fan favorite and France’s greatest export of bass blasting tunes CloZee will be making her fourth appearance tucked under the jungle shade of Uvita. This is truly a festival with a focused intention: to educate, entertain, and awaken higher consciousness all in an organic fashion. Join the natural harmony, flame spinning, ocean waves, and incredible music from February 28 to March 3 — even the howler monkeys will be getting down. 

Tickets are available here.

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Ocaso stacks its roster high with talent for 2019 edition

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Fall is arriving, which means anticipation is finally beginning to brew for Ocaso Music Festival. Serving as a winter refuge of sorts due to its warm and picturesque home of Costa Rica, the January gathering has also become a Central American institution for top talent booking in just a few short years.

Its first wave of artists has been announced, and it looks likes the bar has been set high yet again for the house and techno-based affair. Jamie Jones and HOSH are the headliners, and its undercard is even more enormous. For one, Desert Hearts will once again be staging a takeover during the festival weekend, with the whole crew in tow. Other Diynamic regular Magdalena has also made the bill, along with Nathan Barato, Doc Martin, M.O.N.R.O.E., and many more.

Ocaso will be taking place once again in Tamarindo Playa, this year from January 2-7.

 

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Scene rising: Ocaso Music Festival is a testament to the searing underground potential of Costa Rica

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica’s Ocaso Music Festival is already finding its sweet spot.

Such a feat is not an easy one to accomplish — especially in an increasingly saturated festival market where success rides a fine line of talent booking, production, and risk-taking. Nailing a major festival production can take years, even with a strong team and a prime location. However, Ocaso only took two editions to get its footing in the contemporary event-organizing arena.

 

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What originally began in 2017 in Tamarindo as a free event has since transformed into an unparalleled, explorative venture diving deep into the realms of underground house and techno. This year, Ocaso Festival focused on delivering a more concise lineup of house and techno artists than it had last year. 2017’s lineup boasted artists like Hot Since 82Art DepartmentLee Burridge, DJ Tennis, Doc Martin, Cristoph, Anthony Attalla, Dance Spirit, Edu Imbernon, and Andreas Henneberg. Although 2017’s curation doesn’t appear to be any less concise than this year’s artistic assemblage, the main shift for 2018 was allowing extended DJ sets from a plethora of acts throughout the weekend.

Found on the 2018 lineup were underground house and techno pioneers like Doc Martin, Hector, Claptone, and Carlo Lio, plus live sets from Rodriguez Jr and Tone Of Arc, as well as a local takeover from Costa Rican DJs like Javee, Oneiro, Maria Wabe, Samu, and more. The rambunctious, SoCal Desert Hearts party crew featuring Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, MARBS, Porkchop, and RYBO also held it down for two surprise nights of the festival.

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica’s appeal lies in a multitude of offerings: great weather year-round, a party atmosphere near the beaches, ease of air travel, and a somewhat equidistant geographic location to major markets such as North America, South America, and Western Europe. Aside from the music, the Tamarindo Playa can be explored in a number of ways, from snorkeling the coral reef to scuba diving, surfing, or zip lining through nearby jungles. For those looking to err on the side of relaxation, Tamarindo offers luscious, local cuisine, as well as a superfluous number of bars and spas.

What Tamarindo’s nightlife lacks, one could argue, are the gargantuan dance venues similar to those of Ibiza. Though Costa Rica’s San José does bolster an array of nightlife institutions and party organizations, Club Vertigo and ANTIK being on the leading edge of the scene, the city is significantly less developed than much of the leading destination festival world. Rolling green mountains stretch beyond the city limits, where the jungles carry on as far as the eye can see. In this regard, one could argue that Costa Rica is ripe for its growth in the scene, but cities like Las Vegas and Dubai are light-years ahead. Even other “would-be Ibizas” such as Punta del Este in Uruguay, Cyprus, Bali, Romania, and Croatia, are too.

Though it’s important to understand: Costa Rica’s not aiming to be “the new Ibiza.”  

Unlike other destination festivals, Tamarindo’s Ocaso Festival points to a budding underground and a scene whose deserving musical and cultural celebration is deeply embedded in the country’s very livelihood.

Costa Rica will likely not in two lifetimes approach what Ibiza has done for the dance music — it’s unlikely any new “hotspot” will, for that matter. Providing a niche destination and unique attraction between that of a boutique and underground festival experience for the scene though is growing increasingly appetizing. To this effect, Costa Rica is well-positioned, and Tamarindo’s Ocaso Festival is leading the front.

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Tamarindo is the biggest beachfront city in the area on the Pacific side, also within an hour drive of the new international airport in Liberia, making the ease of travel to Ocaso Festival a major attraction. Being on the Pacific side of the country is also incredibly important, the festival’s founder Devin Ellis has articulated to DA; Costa Rica’s dry season occurs only on the Pacific side of the country from mid-December to May, making the destination a key player in attendee’s delight.

Having organized underground warehouse style shows in the early nineties, “We have always had house and techno as our main attractions but added genres like hip-hop, drum & bass, and jungle at some of the bigger events,” the sonically well-rounded founder of Ocaso Festival is unequivocally rinsed in the underground scene.

After traveling to Acapulco Mexico in 2001 for an event called the ACA Soundfest, Ellis became drawn to the hedonistic and ground-breaking open-air possibilities a music festival could offer, and so he incorporated these elements into Ocaso.

It was “unlike anything I had ever experienced,” he’d said of ACA, also telling the Huffington Post prior to Ocaso, “I wanted to find a similar setting for my own destination festival. Removing people from the everyday stresses of life, and immersing them in an isolated setting produces a truly paradisaical experience full of freedom. In my first full night in Tamarindo a few years ago, I knew then Costa Rica was going to be home for Ocaso.”

After traveling extensively for a few years, Ellis remembered how much he enjoyed good music and its versatility no matter where he was.

“We just wanted to throw a destination festival to give people the opportunity to listen to world-class techno and house music in some of the most amazing locations on the planet,” Ellis told us of the mission behind Ocaso.

To pull off a world-class party, Ellis and the Ocaso organizers capitalized on a threefold relationship with the natural environment.

Beginning with the beach, the lifeblood of Ocaso festival was the relationship cultivated between the attendee and musical setting. Named after the Spanish word for “sunset,” it was incredibly apt that Ocaso’s second incorporation of an environmental element was a driving force of the country’s ethos: its sunsets. Ocaso’s decision to move from the opening party on the beach to a rooftop of a hotel for its days and final evening was a masterful one. In doing so, they displayed a threefold understanding of the need to entertain, but also to delight with the country’s natural beauty, and aid in attendees’ cultivation of a memorable experience with one another.

The most integral piece of Ocaso’s environmental planning though was its ascendance into the Costa Rican jungle for two nights. A sublime union between attendees and their environment, Ocaso’s underground roots were elongated with the use of the “La Senda” venue. Ocaso’s organizers paved the road leading from Tamarindo to La Senda, which was previously a dirt path, and quite literally allowed attendees to descend into the festival’s jungle accolade.

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Citing natural beauty as one of the number one attractions of Costa Rica, Ellis’ move of Ocaso to a natural amphitheater and next to an open Labrinyth structure for two evenings was immensely felicitous.

Besides the musical venue lied the Tamarindo Labyrinth, which according to both its website and locals, serves as “a maze you get lost [in] and have to find your way out, a labyrinth has only one path which symbolizes our life’s journey and takes us inward guiding us to find out who we really are. ”

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Translated into the design of a labyrinth by Ronald Esquivel, the jungle’s labyrinth uses sacred geometry and the number three, uniting two opposing centers — the feminine and the masculine into a third center, the Vesica Piscis — which is believed to be the point of creation.

In sacred geometry, the Vesica Piscis is the passageway from “the One to the many,” or the portal through which all forms and patterns of our universe are created. Since symbolism flows so deep within many, this figure is intended to allow inner expansion, exploration, inspiration, and spiritual self-discovery.

Respectively, Ocaso didn’t disrupt the landscape of La Senda, instead, they laced the jungle stage beside it, but the natural labyrinth’s proximity to the music and the natural amphitheater where it instead took place still beckoned an embracement of the country’s holistic energies — indeed propitious to the festival’s spiritual ideology.

Other than Ocaso’s optimal choice of venues, and its oneness with its destination, the festival soared in its palpable energy, although such a feat is rendered impossible without a diverse booking of world-class acts like Doc Martin, Claptone, Kenny Glasgow, Desert Hearts, and more.

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Ocaso’s not looking to make any drastic changes in its programming in the years to come, though Ellis hopes to continue to build on the vibes that have exploded since they began. 

Ultimately, it’s the energy of the underground that will keep people coming back to Ocaso. After all, that’s what’s kept the underground scene bubbling beneath the surface worldwide. With both Ellis’ and Ocaso’s investments in the Costa Rican scene, as well as their dedication to creating goosebump-inducing moments, and allowing the spaces to do the rest; its no surprise that Ocaso will be returning to Tamarindo next year with the same devotion to its natural environment, and most importantly, with the same love for the music that keeps it going.

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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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Meet the artists of Costa Rica’s 2018 Ocaso Music Festival: Doc Martin

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Costa Rica’s new underground getaway, Ocaso Music Festival, is preparing to soundtrack the pristine Pacific playa with some of the underground’s most sought-after house and techno artists, January 4-7. In its second edition, Ocaso has become a prime destination for the global underground elite, offering a who’s who billing of beaconing industry titans. This year’s bill includes the infamously secretive Claptone, West Coast house originator Doc Martin, as well as Kenny GlasgowCarlo LioHECTORDirtybird’s Sacha RobottiHuxley, the Desert Hearts crew, and many, many more. Ahead of Ocaso, Dancing Astronaut’s teamed up with the festival for an ongoing interview series spotlighting the cultural hotbed’s alluring, world-class acts.

Doc Martin has served as one of the most innovative and integral DJs on the West Coast club circuit across a career that’s spanned far beyond two decades. Having started spinning house records in the early nineties in San Francisco, Doc Martin quickly began to ascend in the West Coast warehouse party reigns with his eccentric flair at the forefront of his music.

Years of spinning epic sets that amalgamated deep house, cosmic disco, acid, techno, garage, and soul at clubs in the district earned Martin acclaim for presenting a seamless intersection of what many believed to be vastly disparate genres. Martin began to play for large crowds at Flammable Liquid and Sunday Love in 1996, where he then relocated to Los Angeles.

By the mid-90s, he’d already had one Essential Mix and a club residency under his belt and was a rousing favorite amongst crowds around the world. In 1996 he contributed to the fifth volume of the United DJs of America compilation, and in 1998 he followed up with the rousing release of The House Music Movement.

His mantra may very well be to be spin everything, and he truly shys away from nothing. It should come as no surprise then that he’s toured with a surreal array of acts. From artists like The Basement Jaxx and Daft Punk, to shows with James Brown, Grace Jones, and Inner City, Doc Martin is “an artist’s favorite artist” type — adored worldwide for his barrier-breaking soundscapes.

The icon has held a multitude of residencies and played at virtually ever underground club in the world. From the Panorama Bar at Berghain, to Grasshopper in Detroit, and Q Bar in Thailand, he’s deservingly doused many of the most renowned institutions in the world with his fervent productions.

Doc Martin will be taking his tantalizing talents to Costa Rica’s Ocaso festival, where he will be playing at La Senda, in the Costa Rican Jungle on Saturday, January 6.

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What was your first label release? Would you still play it in a show?

“It was Doc’s Daily Funk on Groovalicious, Which was part of Strictly Rhythm back in the day : ).This Record was made in a Estate APT.(The Projects )in Hackney, London. I don’t know if I would play it, but I heard a few DJ’s in Europe drop it in the last couple of years.”

What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?

“There were a few. Being one of the first west coast guys brought over to the UK, and Playing Basics/Ministry/Cream/Full Circle/Ultimate Bass for Carl Cox. Being a tour DJ for Deee-Lite didn’t hurt either. I think I was the first California guy to hold residencies in NYC, which was unheard of at the time. Flammable Liquid was major as well. I got to experiment and build a new sound there. Way to many things to mention.”

What’re your thoughts on the potential of Costa Rica as a cultural hotbed for underground house and techno?

“Costa Rica has been great for a while now! I think it’s the rest of the world, that’s finally catching up. The people are into the music bigtime, and the vibe has been good every time I’ve played there.”

What are you looking forward to most about Ocaso Festival?

“If it was anything like last year, all of it. Everyone rose to the occasion. The Vibe was so thick last year, and getting to do 5hr’s on the Main stage to close it out was extremely special!”

If you could be another artist for a day, whom would you pick?

“Bob Marley of course! He put out the right energy to the world, Which is probably needed more than ever now! Especially if I got to do a live show on that day as him(Mind Blown).

If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?

“This is really an unfair question, as there are no weak links on the line-up. I would say Desert Hearts(See I was able to squeeze four into 1).Their vibe is thick! When we get together, Look Out!!!! Rodriguez Jr. is just in another world with his live show. Sublevel Live for the vocal, and vibe strength. Aargh there are too many good people on this line-up!!! Seriously for the musically inclined!!!

If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2018, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave
out and why?

“I’ve been extremely fortunate to have two essential mixes under my belt. One of the unreleased tracks that Maceo Plex gave me, would be on there for sure!”

Ocaso festival will be held January 4 through January 7 in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Tickets, lineup, and more information are available here.

 

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Meet the artists of Costa Rica’s 2018 Ocaso Music Festival: Carlo Lio

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Costa Rica’s new underground getaway, Ocaso Music Festival, is preparing to soundtrack the pristine Pacific playa with some of the underground’s most sought-after house and techno artists, January 4-7. In its second edition, Ocaso has become a prime destination for the global underground elite, offering a who’s who billing of beaconing industry titans. This year’s bill includes the infamously secretive Claptone, West Coast house originator Doc Martin, as well as Kenny GlasgowCarlo LioHECTORDirtybird’s Sacha RobottiHuxley, the Desert Hearts crew, and many, many more. Ahead of Ocaso, Dancing Astronaut’s teamed up with the festival for an ongoing interview series spotlighting the cultural hotbed’s alluring, world-class acts.

Known for his emblematic assortment of cosmic house and captivating, minimal techno, Toronto’s Carlo Lio deservingly runs with a prodigious pack of producers. Having teamed up with Nathan Barato in 2005, the two formed the aptly-named Rawthentic Music label. From its inception onward, Rawthentic’s aimed to redefine the true meaning of cutting-edge tunes. The label takes pride in its gritty sound and it’s surely evident in their artistic cultivation. Over the years, Rawthentic’s gained the vast support of dance music icons. Artists like Nicole Moudaber, Pig&Dan, Monika Kruse, and more, have even released on Rawthentic.

Traveling the world and spreading the gospel of pulsating tech-house, Lio credits artists like Dubfire, Carl Cox, and Loco Dice as his influences. He kickstarted his career with a remix of Dubfire and Oliver Huntemann’s “Diablo,” which without his hesitation, dominated the charts. A year earlier Lio had released “Breakfast In A Bag,” which had sparked the interest in him on the international circuit. After the Cocoon Recordings mix in 2011, Lio’s discography began to amass a multitude of labels. Dubfire’s SCI+TEC, Bedrock Records, MOOD, Desolat, Suara, Intec Digital, and Mindshake Records are just some of the few he’s released on.

While Lio’s talent in the studio spans over the last ten years, his music has also been captivating dancers, and touching down on dancefloors around the world in the midst. Though he looks to both Toronto and Barcelona as his home bases, Lio is the epitome of an international artist. Earlier this fall, he released a sinister techno EP called Psychout, showing once more that he lacks any intentions of ending his time in music. Lio’s stylistic curveballs in fact signify that he’s still batting high, and he will continue to be up for quite some time.

Carlo Lio will be playing at La Senda, in the Costa Rican Jungle on Saturday, January 6.

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What was your first label release? Would you still play it in a show?

“The first track I’ve every released was called “EVERYBODY”.. and it was on my label Rawthenic. But at that point it was Nathan Barato who owned Rawthentic and he actually signed my first track. Yes i would still play it in a show.”

What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?

“As for breakthrough, I would have to say in 2010 when I release a track called “Breakfast in Bag” which really got attention a lot of international attention & support and really set off my career.”

What’re your thoughts on the potential of Costa Rica as a cultural hotbed for underground house and techno?

I’ve always loved Costa Rica’s vibe and passion for the music. It always gets better and better every time I come back. I feel the potential is massive.”

What are you looking forward to most about Ocaso Festival?

“Just to feel the unique vibe the Costa Rican people have to offer. I’ve never played an actual festival there so I’m anxious to see how this goes on a much larger scale.”

If you could be another artist for a day, whom would you pick?

“Tough question, but I would have to say Luke Steele from Empire of the Sun. I love their music and would love to see how his mind works.”

If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?

“I would have to say Kenny Glasgow, Doc Martin & Rodriguez Jr. Huge talent these guys!”

If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2018, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave
out and why?

“Well with essential mix you always need to showcase your depth as a DJ and I think Boris Werner “Set it Off” (Makam Orchestra Drama Remix) is a timeless classic that would fit perfectly into the mix!”

Ocaso festival will be held January 4 through January 7 in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Tickets, lineup, and more information are available here.

 

 

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Meet the artists of Costa Rica’s 2018 Ocaso Music Festival: Weiss

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Costa Rica’s new underground getaway, Ocaso Music Festival, is preparing to soundtrack the pristine Pacific playa with some of the underground’s most sought-after house and techno artists from January 4-7. In its second edition, Ocaso has become a prime destination for the global underground elite, offering a who’s who billing of beaconing industry titans. This year’s bill includes the infamously secretive Claptone, West Coast house originator Doc Martin, as well as Kenny Glasgow, Carlo Lio, HECTOR, Dirtybird’s Sacha Robotti, Huxley, the Desert Hearts crew, and many, many more. Ahead of Ocaso, Dancing Astronaut’s teamed up with the festival for an ongoing interview series spotlighting the cultural hotbed’s alluring, world-class acts.

Championed by the likes of Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, the Dirtybird flock, and more since an outpouring of early releases in 2013, London’s Weiss has established himself as a real house music mainstay.

His revered approach is a melange of delectable, old school jackin’ Chicago house sounds — rich in compelling percussion, funky basslines, and chopped up samples. Trends in house music come and go, but Weiss has withstood them all. His sonic garb is made of one-of-a-kind fabric that’s woven into the very seams of the genre’s ethos. From his funk-dabbling early hits like “You Treat Me Right,” to the disco-tinged, poignant vocals on numbers like “Man Gone,” to his more recent full-on tech house domination, Weiss has done it all with fervent flair.

In 2014 he ascended to entirely newfound heights when his “Guitar Man” release dominated the Beatport charts and went on to dominate the underground club circuits for the months to follow. Since then, he’s continuously surmounted his successes in a critically-acclaimed reception of each and every release. Weiss’ remix of Green Velvet and Riva Starr‘s “Robots” from 2013 and his Beatport-dominating single “My Sister” are still raved about and thrown into sets to this very day. Weiss ripped into the underground circuit with flair in 2014 and he hasn’t left since.

More recently, he’s showed no signs of slowing down. Weiss has released four EPs in 2017 and dominated an array of festivals over the last 12 months. After charting his continual success, it’s easy to see why Weiss’ popularity has withstood itself over the years. He’s an ambassador for real house music, the genre’s emotional impact, and is always sure to imbue his love for the craft in his work — which is surely something the dance world can always use more of.

Weiss will be playing at La Senda, in the Costa Rican Jungle on Saturday, January 6.

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What was your first label release? Would you still play it in a show?
“My first Weiss release was with Toolroom Records back in 2013 and it was an E.P. called Old School Bizz. Yes I would definitely still play it today and I still do play it in my sets! The track “Baby Talk To Me” did really well in terms of DJ & radio support but my favorite from the EP to play out to this day is ‘Old School Bizz.’”

What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?
“That’s a tough question! Each time you achieve something you set as a goal is seen as a breakthrough! But I guess when the track ‘My Sister’ was released it really changed things for me, it went Beatport No.3 and was a pretty big club track across the summer back in 2013, DJ bookings started to increase quite a lot and it gave my career a real boost. I’ve also been lucky enough to have a lot of support from the get go from lots of major artists who I see as my heroes, DJ’s like Pete Tong and Carl Cox, so that’s been a big thing for me. Getting nominated for best breakthrough act at The DJ Mag awards a couple of years ago was pretty cool too.”

What’re your thoughts on the potential of Costa Rica as a cultural hotbed for underground house and techno?
“I heard music is a staple of Costa Rican life, so it comes to no surprise that when they put on a festival it’s talked about a lot with the locals. I know there are a handful of good venues that put on House & Techno nights but I think the potential could be great for House music to grow bigger and bigger in this country especially having that salsa, calypso vibe.”

What are you looking forward to most about Ocaso Festival?
“Well it would be the first time in Costa Rica for me so I’m very much looking forward to visiting this beautiful country and it would obviously be the first time playing in Costa Rica so I’m not sure what to expect which is always exciting. And just to experience the culture, people and the food!”

If you could be another artist for a day, whom would you pick?
“Probably Dr Dre or Quincy Jones, their studios are on another planet and the artists they have worked with over the years is like a who’s who list of the worlds best artists.”

If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
“Rodriguez jr., Carlo Lio & Huxley and of course, myself haha ;).”

If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2018, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out and why?
“Quite often with the Essential Mix artists tend to do a current mix of songs but I’d definitely have to drop a classic or two in the mix, I always do when I DJ so it wouldn’t be right not to have one included! This classic would have to be Gat Decor “Passion”. Every time I hear it I’m taken straight back to the early 90’s and my memories of clubbing and record shopping as a young teenager! I play it every now and then in my current sets and it always goes off too!”

 


Ocaso festival will be held January 4 through January 7 in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Tickets, lineup, and more information are available here.

 

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OcasoThose with house and techno tastes will find warmth ‘underground’ this January.

Ocaso Music Festival will return to Tamarindo Playa, Costa Rica for its second year of production on Tamarindo Playa’s ‘pristine Pacific coastline,’ where bass lines will meet coastline come Jan. 4-7, 2018.

The temporal site of Ocaso’s sequel, 2018 represents Ocaso’s opportunity to further establish its brand as a choice destination festival dedicated to underground sound, and as such, Ocaso has rolled out a 2018 lineup rife with house and techno heavy hitters. Claptone, Doc Martin, and Sacha Robotti top Ocaso’s extensive lineup, finding it far from lonely at the lineup’s peak — Ocaso’s lineup boasts a range of underground’s elite.

An event that elevates the traditional festival experience to a luxurious Central American getaway punctuated by house and techno tones, Ocaso Music Festival is an occasion housed under the destination festival header that will only grow increasingly beloved over the years. Tickets to Ocaso Music Festival are currently on sale, available for purchase here.

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