Elements Music & Arts Festival in Lakewood (NE), Pennsylvania is thinking outside of the box with how attendees can purchase tickets. Even though Cryptocurrency has begun to crash in the recent weeks, many are still holding firm in hopes of a rebound. If you are someone still invested in cryptocurrency then you can purchase your
(Photo courtesy of Elements Facebook page) ‘Tis the season for festival lineup reveals, and BangOn! has outdone themselves once again with the unveiling of their Memorial Day Weekend festival; Elements Lakewood. Similar to last year’s lineup, BangOn! is bringing together the hottest, biggest and newest names from just about every sub-genre of EDM. The sophomore year
Elements Lakewood Camping Music & Arts Festival will be returning to Lakewood, Pennsylvania this upcoming Memorial day weekend 2018. After their successful inaugural festival last year, BangOn! will be returning better than ever with lots of expansion and improvements. See what we had to say about Elements Lakewood 2017 here. Over the past ten years,
Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music.
French Express conductor Jonas Rathsman is a wizard when it comes to house music of the melodic variety. His love for such sounds runs deep, beginning at a young when the Gothenburg native got introduced to underground electronic whilst organizing hip-hop parties. By 2011, he’d been fully broken into the international scene, having made his name over singles like “Tobaggo” and “Love Is My Middle Name.”
Rathsman’s organic, heartfelt approach to music is more than working for him. He was named “Future Star of 2013” by Pete Tong on Radio 1, and has since climbed to the upper echelons of the house and tech realm with consistently high quality releases on labels like Crosstown Rebels and Diynamic.
His future is only looking brighter as he continues to grow into himself not just as an artist, but almost a “jack of all trades” type of participant in the electronic music industry. Having created his ELEMENTS brand initially as a mix series, it’s now grown into a full-on label, as well as a name for one-off parties around the concept that have been met with success.
The Swedish icon graciously provided Dancing Astronaut some insight into his career explosion and ELEMENT’s growth ahead of the newest podcast episode’s release.
You’ve always had a tendency to enjoy music that is more on the melodic side; whether soulful, piano house or melodically-infused tech. What has drawn you to this type of music in particular, and would you agree that these sounds are beginning to come “back into fashion?”
I feel like right now it’s very much about banging techno, at least in Sweden it is. For me, I need something with some sort of melody – uplifting or dark, it doesn’t matter. I can’t really listen to rolling, generic tech-house for more than a few hours as it doesn’t really speak to me. I guess I’m an emotional person and I need to have emotional music to be satisfied.
Innervisions is one label that I think is doing everything right and have been doing so for a long time. Every track on the label has its place – they worked out a winning recipe which is the perfect balance between romantic techno and emotional house. They’ve released so many amazing classics like Frankey & Sandrino’s “Acamar” or the Âme remix of “Howling”, priceless!
Tell us about your ELEMENTS mix series – did you start that up as a way to almost force yourself to seek new music from unexpected places? Or have you always had aspirations to create a consistent mix show?
I’ve always enjoyed making mix tapes. It’s tough and challenging, but it’s a really good way to keep you updated on new music; it’s easy to be lazy and just keep playing the same tracks over and over (this has never worked for me).
I wanted to make an ongoing mix series for a long time, it just didn’t work while having really young kids and touring – any spare time I had I want to spend with my family. Now that the kids are a bit older, I have some more time on my hands. About 18 months ago it was a good time to launch the ELEMENTS series and I wanted to do something that was an extension of my personality in a way. We are surrounded by so much nature here in Sweden, and I’ve always felt a connection to the natural surroundings – I miss that when I am away in big cities! So this is where the name ELEMENTS came from.
It’s really gone above and beyond my expectations as I get so much new music sent to me now! I listen to everything that is sent, so much of it is really amazing – it’s a really nice way to come across new talent. A lot of the artists who have submitted their tracks I’ve ended up signing on the label and because of that they keep coming back and sending me more material. I really feel like these newcomers who understand my family vision for ELEMENTS.
One guy that I’m really excited about is Mario Bianco that I recently signed and another is Mimram. They both make incredible music and will be featured in the next mix – I’m really excited about their stuff.
Where are your favorite places to find the best new music?
A lot comes from demos and promos, but I also buy a lot of music. I use WhatPeoplePlay a lot. Their staff picks are usually really good and it just suits me better. I also often reach out to DJ friends to see if they have anything fresh they’d like to share and that usually works quite well.
Speaking of ELEMENTS, you also launched your own record label by the same name. What was the moment that made you realize it was time to venture into this territory? What are some of the obstacles that have come as a new label owner, and how have you overcome them thus far?
Since day 1 I’ve wanted to turn the mix series ELEMENTS into a label, but I wanted to build the brand organically. We decided to launch it as a mix series at first and let people get to know the sound so that the connection with the releases would feel more natural.
People started to send us music for the mix series that was unsigned, and there was just so much good music that I really felt a need to start the label. When Kincaid & Sinal sent me “Long-Haul Flight Bathroom Romance Scene”, I knew it was time, it just had to be the first release on the label that didn’t have my name on it! My management team also provide a promotional service so it’s very easy for me to work with them in-house as they do all of the promotion for the label on top of managing me. It is really exciting what we can do for artists through the label with that in place. I want to help make a difference to artists careers and I feel that we can do that through the label, mix series and events. It was great to see Kincaid & Sinal get to number one on Beatport with their release – it is a testament to the quality of the music.
Setting up a label does come with its challenges though, as I feel it takes a lot of releases to become that ‘established’ label that every artist wants to release on. It’s up to us to do our work on the records and build it organically. I am really excited about what is to come with ELEMENTS.
Aside from your own lovely label, what are some other up-and-coming labels we should keep our eyes on?
There are a few for sure. Kindisch, MoBlack and Rise to name a few. A label that keeps coming back in my mixes is Oleeva – there is probably one track from each series that comes from that label as they are doing amazing stuff at the moment.
What does a day in the life of Jonas Rathsman look like? How do you balance out your label, mix series, studio time, and all your increasing gigs?
It is tough at times, I have to be honest. I have two boys aged eight and ten, so first and foremost I am a father and I really try to spend as much time with them as possible. The oldest one likes to sing, and the younger one likes to play bongos on pretty much everything. My youngest also wants a banjo and I was like ‘what?!’ I will buy him a banjo one day, probably when he’s grown up and moved out! They are so much fun at this age though,we’re best friends!
As I said, number one priority is always my family, so the day revolves around them really. I get up at 6:30am to make breakfast and take the boys to school. I try to keep my working day in the studio to 9am-5pm – I can’t be in the studio 24/7 and stay up all night, it just doesn’t work! I like to be back at home in time to cook in the evening, and I help the boys with their homework or whatever needs to be done, so my working day is actually quite short.
Between the hours of 9-5, time flies by so fast so it can be hard to find time to finish music. During these hours I have to make time for management talks and label planning as we speak regularly on planning the releases and what’s happening with my career. Plus, for the last few months I have been building a new studio space, which is finally nearly finished! If you follow me on Instagram, then you might have already seen some pictures and videos, but I’ll share something properly once it is done. The day is just way too short for me, but I try to make the most of it. I make sure that I stick to deadlines and get the mixes, label tasks and my own music done within them.
I also don’t like to be on tour for too long, so I try to make sure I’m never away for more than ten days in a row because I miss my family and of course they want me back home. It might sound strange, as a large part of my career is touring, but I try not to take gigs every weekend as I like to also spend time with the kids on the weekends. I always feel a greater sense of balance when I am at home more, and that helps to drive everything else.
Moscow duo, VOLAC, are known for producing deep, textured cuts featuring samples of rhythmic, otherworldly undertones. From collaborating with Destructo, to releasing on major house labels like Tchami’s Confession and CUFF, the Russian pair have been garnering support for their place in the darker realm of house spectrum.
“We’re fknn excited to drop our banger ‘Wait A Minute’ on Night Bass, it’s been getting a ton of love out on the road in Australia and in the States,” VOLAC told Dancing Astronaut. “We’ve got tickets to giveaway for Elements Festival too, if you’re lucky enough to win them, you’ll def hear ‘Wait A Minute’ there too, fa sho!”
VOLAC has also announced that ticket giveaway winners will get to see the duo perform at Elements Festival, with a killer package including a 2-DAY VIP Pass for Saturday and Sunday that includes General Admission Entry to the Festival plus expedited VIP entry, main stage VIP lounge, and bar.
Full Tour Dates: 08.03 – EOS Lounge, Santa Barbara CA 08.04 – Maya Day & Nightclub, Scottsdale AZ 08.05 – Bang Bang, San Diego CA 08.06 – HARD Fest, Fontana CA 08.08 – TBA 08.09 – La Cave, Orange County LA 08.10 – Ethics Music Lounge, Austin TX 08.11 – The Mid, Chicago IL 08.12 – Flash, Washington DC 08.13 – Elements Festival, New York NY
Elements Music & Arts Festival, the acclaimed all-day Brooklyn water-front dance-a-thon, is back August 12-13 for its fourth year running. Organized by the good folks at BangOn!NYC, the phase two lineup addition boasts an impressive roster of artists, including New Jersey house legend Kerri Chandler, Brainfeeder boss Flying Lotus, and Dirtybird star Shiba San.
Located in a secret NYC industrial location, the festival will feature five stages (one for each of the elements) and plenty of activities to keep you entertained, such as interactive & large-scale themed art installations and 3D projection mapping.
In between climbing on top of the decked-out art cars and exploring the pirate ship (new for this year), there certainly is plenty of music to be taken in, with DA favorites Damian Lazarus, Brodinski, and Catz ‘N Dogz filling out the stacked lineup.
Check out the teaser below and purchase tickets to the festival here before at the early bird price until next Friday, June 23.
(Photo courtesy of Elements Facebook page) Since the announcement of BangOn!’s Memorial Day Weekend Festival back in January, we at EDM Sauce have been counting down the days. Finally, it was here. Our squad embarked on our 4 hour journey to the middle of absolutely no where, that is, Lakewood PA at Camp Lavi. As
If you weren’t already stoked for this upcoming festival season, this lineup will definitely change that. Filled with Techno, Jam-Bass music, Dubstep and much much more, Elements new festival; Lakewood, has it all. Brought to us by, Bang On!NYC, which is the East Coast’s favorite party crew known for throwing art filled warehouse parties. Now they are throwing an entire three
Elements festival has become an integral part of New York City’s party landscape over its eight years of existence, building a reputation for putting together an enchanting festival experience populated by world-class musical and artistic talent. This year, Elements has big news to share: they’ll be moving to Northeast Pennsylvania and entering into the camping festival realm in the process.
Event producers BangOn! have revealed the first phase of artists for the 2017 iteration’s lineup, promising a weekend of enticing music to complement the festival’s other attractions, which include games and live art among “open fields, hidden forests, green valleys, and a sparkling lake.” Justin Jay, Claptone, and Claude VonStroke are among the affair’s headliners. Lee Burridge will also be contributing a live sunrise set complete with fireworks, according to Elements’ announcement.