Electric Zoo announces 10 year anniversary dates & pre-sale ticket information

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New York City’s pre-eminent electronic music festival Electric Zoo has announced the dates for its milestone 10th anniversary edition.

Taking place Labor Day weekend August 31 – September 2 at Randall’s Island Park, Electric Zoo: The Big 10 promises to be a birthday blow-out of the most epic proportions. The Big 10 will celebrate the wild ride the festival has seen over the years, featuring the world’s finest DJs and mind-melting production.

Pre-sale launches February 15 at 11:00 am ET here.

Electric Zoo Announces Official Dates, Logo, Presale & More For 10th Anniversary Of The Festival

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2018 marks New York City’s pre-eminent electronic music festival Electric Zoo’s 10th birthday and be sure that it will be the biggest, wildest fiesta ever thrown down in its history. Taking place August 31, September 1 & 2 at Randall’s Island Park, ELECTRIC ZOO: THE BIG 10 will be a blow-out of epic proportions, featuring

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Electric Zoo 2017: Thomas Jack on the ‘discovery and curation’ that drives his career [Interview]

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Thomas Jack is in the midst of a transformative musical journey. The Australian DJ and producer rose to prominence in early 2013 after coining the term tropical house and leading the trend in the buoyant and breezy melodic genre. The evocative atmospherics of the genre grew so quickly, in fact, that it could be heard in every corner of the globe, eventually finding its roots in mainstream pop music.

However, for someone who has a taste for consistent experimentation, Thomas Jack’s leading status in tropical house was only one phase in his course for creative ascendancy.

Last month, Jack released The Versus, a genre-defying EP, which showed off a more embellished side of his artistic sense. The project, which built upon songs from RY X and The Acid, communicated a heavier, more profound scope of his musical intuition — something that has, until recently, only been witnessed through his assorted deep and progressive house performances. The Versus solidified the Jack’s steps toward a broader range of directions that will, ultimately, see the artist presenting his extensive proficiencies both in his production and behind the decks.

As Thomas Jack returns to this year’s edition of Electric Zoo, fans can fully anticipate a gratifying and colorful display of the artist’s mellifluous catalog of music. Leading up to his set, the forward-looking artist connected with Dancing Astronaut about his new music and anticipation for his headlining Sunday performance at this year’s Elrow stage at “The 6th Boro” of New York.

Read our interview with Thomas Jack below.

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This isn’t the first time you’re performing at Electric Zoo. Do you have anything special planned to set this weekend apart from other festival sets?

I think all sets I play are different but for sure have some surprises and loads of new tunes for this one. For me, it’s a real honor to be asked to close Elrow. I am such a big fan of their party – so there will be some fun vibes for sure.

What excites you most about joining the elrow lineup this year? What is it about the legendary party series that differentiates it from rest of the stages at Electric Zoo?

I think its got its own special vibe of crazy shit going on I’ve been going to them for awhile and always had a good time. They have such a long tradition and legacy of entertaining, they really understand all the elements that combine to make a great party, and how to make it fun for the artists and the fans. It’s a special group of people!

With this year’s festival theme as ‘The 6th Boro,’ what’s your favorite part of playing to NYC crowds? What’s your favorite thing about the city that never sleeps?

Normally when I’m in New York I stay in Brooklyn. Love all the food around that area and the night life. This is one of the world’s best cities, and it has such a rich history of electronic music and clubbing – from disco, to house and techno. It’s always fun to come back, and great that we get to play a festival of this size in the city.

The new ‘The Versus’ EP that you released last month presents a shift from your former tropical house output. Compared to your previous releases, what made you want to switch things up in this EP?

I always want to continue to evolve throughout my career and for me I felt this was the vibe I wanted to go, there’s loads more to come. Tropical house for me was just a moment in time, a new sound I found. That’s really what I’m all about, discovery and curation, it just happened that one blew up. But I’ll always be searching for what’s next, and the chance to get to work with folks like Ry-X and The Acid was so exciting, they are amazing talents I’ve admired for years.

If you could give some advice to your past self just entering the music business, what would it be?

Don’t second guess yourself, do exactly what you think you should be doing. I’m enjoying living my own advice at the moment!

What are your plans for the future of Thomas Jack? Any exciting releases or performance in the works?

Yeah there is load of new music, I haven’t toured as much this year so I’ve had a lot more time to create. I’ve filled my studio with analog gear which has been amazing. I have been in Europe at Hi with a residency all summer, and that’s been really inspiring to be based over there. I’m really excited about the future, and eager to hear what people think of the new stuff.

Photos by Neil Favila.

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Electric Zoo Is Going Bollywood Sept 3rd With The Elrow Stage & It Looks Insane

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elrow, the legendary party series produced by Spain’s Arnau family since the 1800’s, is one of the most beloved dance music institutions in all of Europe. This Labor Day Weekend on Sunday, September 3, elrow’s Bollywood spectacular dance party returns to NYC’s longest running and largest electronic music festival–Electric Zoo: The 6th Boro–marking its only

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Party Favor reveals future collaborations, his craziest tour stories and more [Interview]

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Dylan Ragland, known by most as Party Favor, has cultivated an edgy, exhilarating and thrilling style that has helped pioneer the festival trap genre. With anthems such as “Bap U,” “Booty Loose,” and his latest release, “Caskets,” the young artist has garnered support for his signature trap style that infuses different musical elements in each release, creating a diverse lineup of tracks in his arsenal of original music. The Mad Decent regular delivers an energetic, innately danceable sound, and his high-energy live performances, are exhilarating and unforgettable.

This Sunday, July 23, Party Favor will deliver a headlining set at Hakkasan Nightclub in Las Vegas where he is rumored to drop several IDs that have been in the works. The Los Angeles producer has numerous upcoming shows planned, including appearances at HARD Summer Music Festival and Electric Zoo. Party Favor will undoubtably bring passion into his set, moving the crowd with his eclectic song selection and seamless transitions. In an exclusive interview, Party Favor sheds light onto some of the projects he is currently working on, and mentions who should be on our radar in 2017.

Read our interview below and get tickets here.

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Photo by Joe Janet, courtesy of Hakkasan.

Your new song “Caskets” has that radio crossover appeal. You deviate from your traditional sound but keep your signature elements in the track. What was your inspiration for the piece?

For me I’ve always been trying to evolve my sound and everything that I’m doing in terms of music, and what’s fun for me is that I’m able to make a song like WAWA a couple months ago which is kind of a crazy big festival trap banger and then I can make something like this which is really fun for me, and is more of like a song, and I’m trying to build my songwriting abilities and different production for other people and other producers and pop stars and it was really fun for me to make a summer song, it was a challenge for me to make a fun summer vibe song that made me feel good, and hopefully people can still hear me in the song, I don’t think I sold out at all.
FKI first, who you collaborated with on “Caskets” is a producer from Atlanta known for his trap infused melodic instrumentation. What was your experience like working with him?

It was great, he and I have been working on a lot of stuff, so it was really cool to work and get with someone who sits more on the other side of things of the isle on the hip hop world. I actually mainly worked with him and he originally recorded the vocal for it, so I took the acapella and made the song my own, and then I kind of brought him in last minute and he added a couple of things and that’s what became the track, for me I wanted everyone who had a hand in the song to get credit for it.
You starred in the HARD Summer Music Festival trailer which was the center of some controversy. It is true, that 97% of producers in DJ Mag’s top 100 are men. How do you think we can achieve equal representation of men and women at big festivals?

I think creating a place where women feel more comfortable, where women can get out there and make their voices heard in terms of what their making music wise. There’s a lot of talented female producers out there, but a lot of times they aren’t heard or get chosen over by a man. A lot of times women get discouraged because if you look out it’s kind of man’s game, in a lot of music genres as well, its not just a problem in Electronic music, I think creating a dialogue and creating more opportunities for women to be able to showcase their skill, because obviously they have just as much talent as men do, I think the trailer is what they were trying to push, and it pushed some buttons but that’s what the directed (who was a female)’s goal was to get the conversation started. And Its never going to be an easy cakewalk.
How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?

Hectic, in a good way. I like to say that just because I love stuff that has a lot of energy, I love dance music because it makes me feel a certain way and it makes me feel happy and energized, you don’t even need coffee or a Redbull when you have those heavy beats. I think for me I like when people can come and they can get a little bit of twerk, get some trap vibes, some house, some poppier throwback elements all in one, and for me I try to mash everything up together.
After you graduated college, you worked at NBC and you originally aspired to be an actor. What changed that led you in the direction of making music?

I kind of stop going after the actor thing when I was a freshman in college because I was like there is no way I’m going to make it because its really hard to make it in that industry, so I gave up on the actor thing.  I had always loved making my own films and went to film school and graduated and worked in the film industry and i still love it, I’d love to go back and work there again, but I’ve always wanted to do music as well and I hadn’t found the outlet that was right for me. It turns out I really fell in love with dance music in the end of high school and through college and started kind of dabbling and making my own, and after a long time of making bad music, here I am now.
What’s your favorite thing about the Mad Decent label?

Diversity in the music and how they are always pushing forward sounds and vibes and styles. You look at all the guys and girls on the label and they are always on the forefront of whats next. For me, its an honor to be a part of a group of people that are always pushing me to be better.
What is the craziest thing a fan has done at your show?

There have been people that have climbed on the rafters and jumped off into the crowd. Two girls took off their underwear mid-set and threw them onstage, and one actually hit me in the face. I saw a girl who was sitting on top of a subwoofer at this ratchet warehouse party in New York and just orgasming. Things have definitely calmed down once I began to play more legitimate events. One time a couple was having sex in the crowd during one of my sets, if they had a kid I hope they name it after me.
You’ve worked with a number of artists in the past including Dillon Francis, Sean Kingston, Gucci Mane, and Rich the Kid to name a few… Any future collaborations you may be doing?

I’m doing some stuff in the hip hop world making some hip hop beats with some really big names such as 2 Chainz and Lil Jon among others, so it’s really exciting for me to not just put my name on it but being the producer and trying to branch out and do a lot of different stuff. I have a lot of bigger collabs coming out later this year but I’m keeping tight lipped for now. Kendrick if you’re reading this, shoutout, I’d love to collab with you
Who are you currently listening to, and who, in your opinion should be on our radar?

I was actually listening to Tom Petty on the plane ride over here… but someone on the radar who I’m listening to is Awoltalk who is based out of San Diego and is making some crazy stuff. He’s an awesome dude who’s done a remix of “Caskets” for me which is going to be really cool. There is a lot of talent out there, I make the mistake of not paying attention to up-comers because I’m so focused on my own stuff. But I love hearing new songs from people because it makes me work even harder.

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Electric Zoo Is Going To Brasil!

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After a successful 2016 season for Electric Zoo, selling out their flagship festival in New York as well as introducing the festival to Shanghai this year, the major festival brand is looking to expand even further.

For the first time, Electric Zoo will be heading to Brasil in 2017. Joining the ranks of Ultra, Tomorrowland, and Lollapalooza, Electric Zoo will touch down in São Paulo on April 21, 2017. Pre-sale registration begins January 7th. The festival is a collaboration between Made Event, ID&T and plusnetwork.

Check out the video below!

 

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Electric Zoo 2016: Its Best Year Ever [Review]

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This year’s Electric Zoo Festival at Randall’s Island, New York City was the best year it’s ever had without a doubt. The 8th annual 3-day zoo extravaganza saw a total of 83,000 attendees marking its overall highest attendance since 2013. Tragedy and weather shortened the last few Electric Zoo events but this year was their complete comeback.

I unfortunately arrived a tad bit late on day 1 due to the hardships of trying to find parking around New York City. The Electric Zoo team had mentioned there would be no guaranteed parking on Randall’s Island where the event would be taking place, so the primary ways to make your way over to Randall’s Island would either be by walking over the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge or by purchasing tickets for the ferry. Once I made it beyond the festival gates coming from the backstage the first thing I noticed was the newly designed cobra mainstage the emanated over the crowd with a sense of animalistic influence upon all the zoo attendees.

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While walking around the festival grounds to get a feeling of where everything was spaced out, I noticed that one animal seemed very clearly over-proportionally represented than others. Through costumes and signs, festival goers all throughout the Electric Zoo had been showing their love for the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla, Harambe.

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Electric Zoo even had its own art installment of a very colorful & peaceful sitting gorilla (I would like to think this is how Harambe looks in gorilla heaven) that multiple fans lined up around to take pictures with.

electric-zoo-2016-harambeThe first full set of E-Zoo that I was able to witness was Spor’s. Also known as Feed Me, Spor threw down a fast paced, intense drum and bass set. Unfortunately, to be honest, the crowd seemed like it wasn’t really feeling it. I personally thought the musicality and the mixing were on point, but the set took place around 3pm and people had still been passing through the festival gates in droves. Spor had even mentioned on the mic near the end of his set, “It’s kind of early for this type of music but whatever.” It was quite sad to see such a legendary UK drum and bass producer barely able to fill up the bass tent, but again, this is America, not the UK where drum and bass is a staple genre in their electronic music scene.Screen Shot 2016-09-25 at 6.51.54 PMUp next at the same stage was another hard hitting UK based musical duo, Funtcase B2B Cookie Monsta. The duo was able to to perfectly craft a set specially designed for the time of the day. Funtcase was mainly in command behind the decks whereas Cookie Monsta would do more of the MC’ing to a crowd that just warmed themselves up from some drum and bass. It seemed as if the entirety of the crowd was waiting for the prolific heavy dubstep duo as the energy and movement throughout the crowd was very representative of their yearning to get down to the dirtier sounds.

If any of the bassheads werent yet feeling it after Funtcase & Cookie Monsta’s back to back set, I could assure almost all of them were about to unleash their inner animal while waiting for Zomboy. I’ve been a huge fan of Zomboy’s work for the past couple years now and this was finally my first time that I would get to see him, so I was more enthusiastic about his upcoming performance. The man of the hour threw down many of his popular dubstep bangers, including tracks like “Like A Bitch” (to which he opened his set with), “Don’t Let me (Zomboy Remix),” and his most recent track on the Never Say Die Records: Black Label, “Invaders.”

Not only was the song selection absolutely phenomenal by Zomboy, the overall enthusiasm from Zomboy with the crowd was definitely a nice little added feature to his set. It’s nice to see the man behind the decks as into the music as the crowd he’s playing it for.ezoo2016_0902_190258-6262_dlgAfter Zomboy’s set, everything had been setting into midnight. All the elusive raver acts had been coming alive, whether it be the glovers or hoopers. I had stayed at Datsik’s set for about 20 minutes only, but boy were those 20 minutes dirty. The Canadian dubstep legend played out to the sound of all things industrial, raw and gritty. Unfortunately, I left Datsik’s set early in hopes of getting a good spot for one of the most anticipated sets of the night, Bassnectar.

We got to the mainstage around 5 minutes before Carnage was finishing up his set and doing all the wrap up conversations with the crowd. Notably near the end of his set, when all the bassheads starting flooding in and around the mainstage, Carnage gave a quick little shoutout to Bassnectar saying he’s a “fucking legend” and then said “you were just in a state of Carnage,” getting minimal applause. Nonetheless, he did pay homage to unanimous king of the lower frequencies.screen-shot-2016-10-08-at-6-40-29-pmThis was my second time seeing Bassnectar. Although I am a pretty big fan of Bassnectar’s musical productions and appreciate his festival live sets, I was pretty let down by this one. Don’t get me wrong, the production was on point. But the song selection and crowd were nothing in comparison to the first time I saw him back in Baltimore. Bassnectar touched into his more trappy selection and even slipped in a Marshmello track, as compared to playing out his bass-laden bangers that everyone knows and loves him for. It was a good set, but not a good Bassnectar set to which I simply expect more from when you’re at that level; nonetheless he was closing the E-Zoo mainstage so I completely understand why he played more mainstream appropriate tracks.ezoo2016_0902_224544-4564_ppI woke up on day two with probably the same amount of excitement as I had the previous day. I got to see Zomboy and Funtcase B2B Cookie Monsta which was a great day for heavy dubstep, and day 2 was filled with more jammy & emotional vibes coming from the with great sounds from the likes of Big Gigantic, Porter Robinson and many more!

By the time I got to Randall’s Island, the first act I was able to check out was Headhunterz. All though I love his music, I wasn’t paying full attention to his set as I was more preoccupied with situating myself with checking out all the day 2 festivities. Regardless of whatever was going on in my head at the time, tons of fans were having a blast jumping to the post hardstyle DJ’s crunchy electronic bangers.

After Headhunterz set, I thought I would walk around the festival for a little bit until there was an act performing that I was actually looking forward to, so off to the Dim Mak stage I went. Playing on the Dim Mak curated stage mid day was the ex-Krewella member, Rain Man. The sounds I were expecting to come from the Dim Mak stage were exactly that: ratchet, trappy-dubstep, hybrid style music Dim Mak is best known for. After stopping in at the Dim Mak stage for a little while, it was time to go back and check out what was happening over at the mainstage.ezoo2016_0902_165801-7783_ctlAfter Headhunterz concluded his set, one of his recent collaborators took his place: KSHMR. The two had previously worked on the eastern inspired electro banger “Dharma” which was heard in both KSHMR’s & Headhunterz sets.

KSHMR’s set was filled with a ton of big room crowd pleasers and electro bangers which resulted in a ton of good vibes and swept people’s feet off the ground as nearly everyone reciprocated KSHMR’s jumping in unison.

Up next was the infamous “I share pictures of your sister” DJ, Borgore. Even though I saw his set from afar, I was still able to enjoy some of the tracks he put forth. Borgore perfectly straddled himself between an almost half trap-rap, half dubstep set that definitely reached out to the average festival goer looking for a good time. His set included a lot mc’ing and rapping out his tracks such as “Daddy” and “100s.”

Once Borgore’s set had concluded, I rushed over to see one of my favorite sets of the day by none other than Big Gigantic. It was my first time seeing the the Colorado funk/dubstep electronic duo, and even though I only saw them for a mere 20 minutes, they completely blew me away. The live stage presence combined with their stellar song selection and an overall really pumped up crowd things were bound to get funky – and especially with the release of their latest album, the tracklist was fresh.

The reason I had only stayed there for about 20 minutes was due to the fact that my favorite act of the the festival was about to create for the most epic performance of the night, and his name is Porter Robinson.

This was my second time seeing Porter, an artist I would include definitely in my top 10 favorite producers at the moment, just to give you an idea of how ecstatic I was for this set. Porter played a bunch of his classics including “Flicker,” “Language,” “Sad Machine,” and many more. He also dropped a bunch of the newer live edits he’s been working on, like the one below.

The crowd, at one point, did get really packed and uncomfortable, clearly based on the fact that everyone wanted to get “closer to Porter.” Nonetheless, it was a great, emotional and uplifting set. After Porter had finished his set, festival mainstage champion Tiësto had begun to prepare for closing out the second night in NYC. I’ve seen Tiësto before back at EDC New York in 2015, and it was definitely one of my favorite sets back then, but truthfully this time around I just didn’t care so much to see him. I had the mentality of “I just want to see Tiësto once and move on” and open myself to new experiences, thus I went to go check out London-based techno duo, Bicep.

So, up the hill I ventured to the techno tent. I knew relatively nothing about Bicep before hearing them and I came out a believer. I’ve always been open to listening to new and unfamiliar sounds, thus I found myself in the middle of techno set. It’s honestly one of my favorite things to do in terms of quality musical experiences, absolutely no regrets. I’m sure Tiësto was killing it, closing out the mainstage, but the new musical experience I got to listen to during my basking in the techno tent was an unrepeatable experience.

Day 3 saw the likes of Pierce Fulton, Lil Dicky, Juicy J and many more. The few rappers on the day 3 lineup most certainly attracted a different crowd compared to the day 1 crowd filled with a bunch of bassheads for both Bassnectar and the dubstep acts of the day. Pierce Fulton threw down a good amount of his uplifting progressive house and electro bangers which is why we love him. A Pierce Fulton set is exactly how one would imagine, all good vibes with a side of immense energy portrayed through his signature music.

The next act of the day was Lil Dicky, who attracted a largely diverse crowd of fans. He was one of the only two rappers to find himself on this year’s E-Z00 lineup, the other being Memphis, Tennessee rapper, Juicy J. Lil Dicky was a tad bit late to his performance but his dance moves and overall comedic enthusiasm with the crowd most definitely made up for that. He even led the crowd for the national anthem because no one else at the festival had, and clearly that’s what you’re supposed to do when you’re at a festival, right?

Juicy J was the next act, and although I’m personally not a huge fan of rap or even listen to his music, it was a new experience, so why not give it a chance. The man of the hour asked the crowd if they wanted a Three 6 Mafia reunion, as if it was even a legitimate question, to which was met with unrelenting “yes!” The set was filled with a bunch of tunes from his Three 6 Mafia days and his classics like “Bandz A Make Her Dance” & “Slob On My Knob.”

The night was setting in and it was time to check out what seemed to be one of the festival’s favorite acts of the event, especially based on the fact of the festival’s location, New York City. It was time to glory in all that is a Chainsmokers set. Although they are currently based in Los Angeles, The Chainsmokers have their roots founded in New York City, so whenever they touch down in the Big Apple the crowds always show up in their best possible moods for the NYC-bred duo. If It wasn’t already obvious, they would go onto play all their radio top 100 hits such as “Roses,” “Closer,” and “Don’t Let Me Down.” Besides hearing the inevitable Chainsmokers originals, they also were extremely keen to mix in some dubstep and trap bangers such as Lookas and Crankdat’s “Game Over.”

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-4-47-29-pmOnce The Chainsmokers had finished their set, Hardwell was about to prepare for the final set of Electric Zoo 2016. I’ve seen Hardwell once before and I could say with no remorse that I simply did not enjoy his set. Nothing against the man, just not my type of music, plain and simple.

So up to the techno tent I went, once again, to check out Dutch tech house DJ, Joris Voorn. Boy, oh boy, I don’t know where to start. There is just something about techno sets and the atmosphere that totally separate themselves from the rest of the traditional festival atmosphere. I specifically remember talking to Oliver Heldens about techno a couple months back and he said he was a big fan of techno and tech house because it would just keep you dancing and moving for hours on end into the night; the same experience was felt at Joris Voorn’s 2-hour ending set. Once I had enough of the techno, I went back to center field to see how things were wrapping up at the mainstage and it seemed like Hardwell was dropping everything from trap to trance and even some hardstyle. Hardwell concluded his set with his classic track “Spaceman” and during which the grand finale of fireworks covered the night sky to create for one last memory before the conclusion of Electric Zoo 2016.

As quickly as it had begun, the three-day zoo experience was over as everyone packed up and said their goodbyes (for now). After an extremely successful Electric Zoo in 2016, 2017 is bound to happen again! Electric Zoo was a very well run festival, however one of my major gripes was the festival’s decision to implement “EZ-bucks” which made those who didn’t sign up for the program not able to buy food with simple cash, definitely a regressive thinking idea. The simple fact that you’re mandating that a product can only be bought one way is just cutting off potential buyers like myself. Despite the minor unfortunate decisions by those who implemented that decision, Electric Zoo is moving forward not only in the USA but also abroad!

 

 

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Source: Electric Zoo 2016: Its Best Year Ever [Review]

WATCH DIM MAK RECORDS’ 20TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE FROM ELECTRIC ZOO [STREAM]

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Today, we at Your EDM are exceptionally happy to announce that we’ve entered into an exclusive partnership with Dim Mak Records and UphoricTV to simulcast the Dim Mak 20th Anniversary from Electric Zoo: Wild Island right on our Facebook page!

From Saturday, September 3 at 3 p.m. EST, fans will have the opportunity to tune in to the festival fun from the comfort of their computers or mobile devices. By logging in to UphoricTV’s official website or subscribing to their Youtube channel, viewers will be able to witness Dim Mak’s exciting 20th Anniversary roster of performing acts and antics. Alternatively, you can turn in to Your EDM’s own Facebook page for the live simulcast.

If a live broadcast isn’t enough, we’ll also be partnering up with UphoricTV for a very special virtual reality experience to be filmed in conjunction with the weekend’s events. For a full look and a free download, visit here after the festival has ended.

Throughout the weekend, our Facebook stream and Instagram will be awash with exclusive interviews, behind the scenes action and more exciting content for fans of EZoo and Dim Mak to enjoy.

Watch the stream below, and join in on the fun!

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Source: WATCH DIM MAK RECORDS’ 20TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE FROM ELECTRIC ZOO [STREAM]

How Sunday School catalyzed a house and techno revolution in the US

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Long before Winter Music Conference morphed into a sensationalized mecca for electronic music lovers, two New York party promoters started something special: Sunday School. The event began as a whisper of a thing in the early 2000s. American audiences, unfriendly to their own creations, weren’t quite ready to embrace the dance music of European club culture. But Mike Bindra and Laura DePalma wanted to change that.

The event took form as a WMC closing party in downtown Miami, arm’s length from the sleaze of South Beach, in a venue called Pawn Shop after the building’s former incarnation. Complete with rows of airplane seating, a converted 18 wheeler DJ booth, and an old school bus moonlighting as a lounge, the venue often packed hundreds of bodies into their eclectic space. The crowd was largely European and desperately hungry for the trance, house, and techno rotation they just couldn’t get elsewhere.

Before long, the party caught fire in underground circles, growing ever larger with the help of Facebook — a then revolutionary tool which amplified word of mouth. The party itself blossomed organically. The name was almost a colloquial quip from designer Jeff Wright who’d never experienced an event of such magnitude. “Man,” he thought to himself, “this is like Sunday School for degenerates.”

He thought of both the madness of the parties and their brand’s enduring desire to educate the then dance music illiterate American public about what was happening just under the surface. “Man,” he thought to himself, “this is like Sunday School for degenerates.”

“Those nights were truly legendary,” says longtime Marketing Director Michael Julian. Though he spent those first few years at the Pawn Shop dancing along as a fan, Julian jumped at the chance to get involved. Above all else, Sunday School was the first to define what would become underground club canon with back to back sets from legendary artists on the cusp of international fame and a music-first attitude.

“It was the first big party in America for many of the DJs. We had guys like Solomun playing outdoors in the rain and two guys covering his head with a sheet. Sunday School is only associated with really fun memories. It was all one big family.”

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Classic posters from Sunday School’s Miami days

The parties grew wilder and longer, ballooning into 36 hours of delicious madness and eventually began making appearances in New York. 2008’s party, for example, involved guests being shuffled between Manhattan boat parties and Brooklyn warehouse ragers in school busses. Bindra and De Palma helmed the inaugural Electric Zoo the following year.

“We were helping this music evolve in America,” says Julian. “It’s what Mike and Laura had been doing for many years. That was their passion and the music they loved. In those moments, they couldn’t be happier.”

In a hacked to death turn of events, dance music experienced a resurgence in American mainstream popularity with the voraciousness of a rabid animal. Electric Zoo took off. South Beach became a caricature of itself. Sunday School’s popularity was growing too fast to sustain and the burgeoning models & bottles scene seemed like a confetti canon shaped warning sign for the beloved underground party.

So, in 2011, the brand pivoted. Though they had hosted a stage at Electric Zoo since its inception, the party’s organizers set about creating a niche for house and techno lovers in the festival’s staple Sunday School Grove.

“It’s really a core group of people that come and spend their weekend at the Sunday School tent… we wanted to make sure that it is part of the DNA of Electric Zoo. This music will always have a place at the festival,” says Wright. Wright looks to last year’s school bus art installation as the perfect metaphor–lurching up from the depths of the underground, its grill pointed up over the grounds to the main stage.

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2015’s Sunday School art installation

As the brand has grown, their vision has remained the same: to provide support and promote discovery of underground talents. This year’s Electric Zoo pits mainstream success stories like The Chainsmokers alongside hometown heroes Alex English and Hiyawatha and underground prophets like Anjunadeep’s Lane 8.

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Mockups of the Anjunadeep, Ants, and Elrow hosted stages in Sunday School Grove at this year’s Electric Zoo

Sunday School has also partnered with three boutique guests: deep house heads at Anjunadeep, the techno legends at Elrow, and Ushuaia’s homegrown party series Ants. Together, the institutions will bring a little bit of the underground to Randall’s Island.

“If you go to any show with multiple dance music artists, the trend is that you will hear at least a couple of tracks multiple times,” says Julian. “You’ll hear pieces of sets from dozens of artists at the same festival and they play songs over and over and over. If you go to a marathon techno party that goes for 24 hours, I can almost guarantee you that you will never hear the same track twice.”

Electric Zoo will take place Labor Day Weekend on Randall’s Island. Tickets are still available for purchase here

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Electric Zoo Is Making Sure That This Year Is Its Best Yet

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Despite being a highly recognizable and esteemed name in the EDM circuit, New York-based festival Electric Zoo has inched dangerously close to the edge of failure in recent years, according to a report by Forbes. Following the two overdose-related deaths on the grounds in 2013, an entire day of the festival was forced to be cancelled due to rain the next year. In the wake of parent conglomerate SFX Entertainment’s bankruptcy and the abandonment of CEO Robert Sillerman, the event has faced a continually uphill battle to emerge as a stable and confident brand.

But according to SFX Entertainment VP Adam Richman, “You need to stick with us, give us one more shot here.”

Made Events, the promoter purchased by SFX several years ago that now is in charge of EZoo, is doing all it can to create a memorable and successful installment this weekend. If they aren’t able to make a lasting impression on attendees and business leaders, it may turn out to be their last chance.

As Forbes pointed out, modern music festivals must exhibit much more than an interesting lineup to remain competitive in the scene. In order to keep the hype alive, the event needs to differentiate itself from others like it while simultaneously cultivating an atmosphere that highlights the full weekend experience over just the performing acts.

As part of their efforts to do just this, Made Events is centering this weekend’s EZoo around a Wild Island theme. Stilted performers, animal parades and appropriate decorations will litter the grounds, immersing attendees in a world far removed from New York City.

“It’s all those little experiences, the micro-experiences,” Richman said. “Those make it worth a lot more than just the headliners. That’s really but our focus for the last two years.”

According to Forbes, the investors that involved themselves in salvaging the mess that SFX left decided to dedicate as many resources as necessary to ensure a successful EZoo weekend, rather than cut funding as many anticipated. With the company’s commitment to keeping the event afloat and profitable, the team might just see the kind of event they’ve been hoping for.

As of now, however, the festival has still not sold out, despite being up 30% in sales from 2015.

“This year’s Electric Zoo is going to be an overwhelming success . . . knock on wood.”

 

Source: Forbes

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