Electric Forest was easily the best festival of 2017 by many measures. The people, the sights, the music and the grounds all added up to be one of the most intoxicating and beautiful natural experiences of this past year. It was the first time the festival was hosted over two separate weekends, and fans were
UPDATE: The dates of both weekends have been announced. Check bottom of article for details. Electric Forest was easily the most impressive festival we had the privilege to cover this year. The magical wonderland which takes place deep in the northwest Michigan woods is a paradise of music and freedom. What happens in the forest
The Electronic Music Awards are coming to Los Angeles on Sept. 21 for their inaugural awards show. Dubbed he EMAs, the co-produced event by Paul Oakenfold and Hunt & Crest has just released its 2017 nominations.
Winners will be chosen across 11 award categories, including “Record of the Year,” “Remix of the Year,” “Festival of the Year,” “Club of the Year,” and “Live Act of the Year.”
Album of the Year: Justice — Woman The Chainsmokers — Memories…Do Not Open Cashmere Cat — 9 Tycho — Epoch Bonobo — Migration Gorillaz — Humanz
Single of the Year: · Skrillex & Rick Ross – “Purple Lamborghini” · Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MØ – “Cold Water” · The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” · DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You” · Porter Robinson & Madeon – “Shelter” · Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa – “Scared To Be Lonely”
Record of the Year: · Kidnap Kid & Lane 8 – Aba · Kölsch – Grey · Todd Terje – Jungelknugen (Four Tet Remix) · Låpsley – Operator (DJ Koze Extended Disco Version) · Rüfüs Du Sol – Innerbloom (Sasha Remix)
Remix of the Year: · Flume – Say It (Illenium Remix) · Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (Medasin Remix) · Rüfüs Du Sol– Innerbloom (Sasha Remix) · Låpsley – Operator (DJ Koze Extended Disco Version) · Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (NOTD Remix) · Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (Major Lazer Remix)
Festival of the Year: · EDC – Multiple Cities · Tomorrowland – Boom · Electric Forest – Rothbury · Movement – Detroit · Lightning In A Bottle – Bradley
Club of the Year: · Berghain / Panorama Bar – Berlin · DC-10 – Ibiza · elrow – Barcelona · Fabric – London · Omnia – Las Vegas · Output – New York · XOYO – London · XS – Las Vegas
Radio Show of the Year: · Above & Beyond – Group Therapy · Annie Mac – Annie Mac Presents · Claude VonStroke – The Birdhouse · Danny Howard – BBC’s Radio 1 Dance Anthems · Diplo – Diplo & Friends · Liquid Todd – Beta BPM · Nicole Moudaber – In The Mood · Pasquale Rotella – Nightowl Radio · Pete Tong – The Essential Selection
New Artist Of The Year: · Alison Wonderland · Kungs · Marshmello · Mura Masa · Rezz · San Holo
DJ of the Year: · A-Trak · The Black Madonna · Claude VonStroke · Diplo · Eric Prydz
Live Act of the Year: · Bob Moses · Bonobo · Eric Prydz · Flume · Porter Robinson x Madeon · Rüfüs Du Sol
Producer of the Year: · Cashmere Cat · Hot Since 82 · ODESZA · Sasha · The Chainsmokers
If you’re into electronic music in any way, shape, or form, it’s very likely that you have heard the name Bassnectar before. That name, and the man behind the project, Lorin Ashton, seem to be floating away from each other in their definitions. Bassnectar as a musical phenomenon has turned into a cult-like following where fans from
Electric Forest has cemented its name as one of the more unique festival offerings within North America. Set inside the beautiful outdoor setting of Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan, the event offers 4-days of top notch electronic music curation alongside a plethora of live and jam band acts. In such a crowded events space, standing out among the competition is no easy feat, yet year in and year out, Electric Forest attracts thousands of revelers for its mid-summer affair.
This year proved Electric Forest’s most ambitious yet, with the event expanding to back-to-back weekends at the end of June. Fresh off last week’s conclusion, we’ve compiled 5 reasons why Electric Forest should be on your festival bucket list.
All photos courtesy of Electric Forest
1. An abundance of live electronic music
Electric Forest is not your typical large-scale electronic music festival. For one, it boasts an exceptional amount of live electronic acts versus purely DJ-driven performances. Across both weekends, hybrid acts like Bob Moses, Thievery Corporation, ODESZA, and Big Gigantic enraptured crowds with a mixture of sequenced electronic beats and improvised live elements. Bolstered by the festival’s emphasis on jam band acts like Lotus and Lettuce, along with purely electronic acts like Bassnectar and Rezz, these hybrid electronic artists ultimately proved the perfect middle ground to satisfy all fans’ cravings.
2. Surprise collaborations abound
The spirit of collaboration runs strong at Electric Forest. Nowhere is this more evident than the plethora of guest appearances, stage collaborations, and back-to-back performances that inevitably spring up throughout the weekend. This past weekend, for instance, Big Gigantic and The String Cheese Incident teamed up to become ‘The Big Gigantic Incident,’ while Matisyahu joined Trevor Hall on stage to perform “Unity.” What’s more, during Matisyahu’s own performance, a member from Preservation Hall Jazz Band filled in to play keys. These kind of surprise collaborations were pervasive throughout the weekend, and wholly appreciated.
3. Discovering new artists
It’s easy to fall into the routine of only capturing the more noteworthy artists at a festival, but at an event like Electric Forest, half the experience is discovering brand new acts. Much of this is facilitated by curiously wandering the massive venue, blindly stumbling into different theaters and tents. Such is the case with one performer, Dixon’s Violin, who many attendees might never have experienced were it not for his 3-night successive run from the outdoor Observatory stage. Those who chanced upon his late-night musical musings were fortunate enough to discover a virtuosic violin performer blending classical music tropes with live electronic looping for a truly spell-binding show.
4. Activities and art at every corner
Outside of the music, Electric Forest provided an endless amount of options to pass one’s time. From slacklining, to Sanskrit mantra meditations, every corner of the forest seemed to provide a new adventure. The center of the forest itself was akin to a teeming bazaar of art, with painters showcasing their work live to a backdrop of curious spectators buzzing about. Mornings began with yoga and meditation, while night time offerings include things like silent discos or renegade campsite parties.
5. The Forest itself
At the end of the day, what truly sets Electric Forest apart from the pack, making it a necessary addition to anyone’s festival bucket list, is its one-of-a-kind venue: Double JJ Ranch. While the prospect of a festival set in a forest is tantalizing enough, Double JJ Ranch is uniquely suited for a large-scale concert experience. With its massive clearings, wide walkways, and towering trees, it’s as if the forest itself has been perfectly tailored to the needs of a music festival — or rather yet, more likely, it’s vastly evident that the team behind Electric Forest has gone above and beyond to build the perfect festival within a forest.
Bassnectar’s 2017 has been an extremely consistent one. Not only did the mercurial producer drop an extremely competent remix of Noisia’s ‘Get Deaded,’ as a part of the Outer Edges remix EP, but he also released a bold new EP of his own, titled Reflective.
Continuing in his recent stylistic vein, Lorin Ashton recently delivered a memorable live performance at Electric Forest – essentially a master class in bass music. A fan-made video captured the raucous action in its unadulterated form, as attendees can be seeing cutting loose to Bassnectar’s selection of hardcore bass music which features some low frequency monsters by Noisia, Datsik and of course Bassnectar himself – further cementing his formidable reputation as a fan favorite.