Electric Forest Releases 10th Anniversary Lineup Before Ticket Sales

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This past week, Electric Forest has been at the center of conversations within the dance music community. After announcing last week that ticket sales would begin this week, everyone has been talking about it. Today, to take things a step further, the festival has officially released its 10th anniversary 2020 lineup. The lineup features headliners,

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EDC Orlando 2019 [Event Review]

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Last weekend, the 9th annual EDC Orlando took place at its annual home, Tinkerfield. This year’s event was truly a special edition due to many of the positive changes that were added to the festival. This event took place for three days instead of its usual two and it was extended by 10.5 acres, making

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Tchami and ZHU share back-to-back performance from HARD Summer

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The house music stars aligned over California this summer. Tchami and ZHU swept the decks, side by side, at the now Insomniac-owned HARD Summer for an hour of four-on-the-floor insanity amid the August heat.

Such a venerated pairing isn’t surprising in the least for those who’ve been following HARD’s iconoclastic narrative for the past decade (and change); and the titillating twosome certainly rose to the brand’s legacy. The dexterous duo treated the audience to standout renditions of each DJ’s eminent discography, like a “Guilty Love” remix and an Umek “Vibrancy”/”After Life” mashup.

The hour is chock-full of revered house cuts, alongside Tchami and ZHU staples. The performance is undoubtedly among the best sets of not only the bygone weekend, but the entire 2019 festival season.

Photo Credit: ZHU’s merchandise site

EDC Mexico reveals 2020 lineup featuring Diplo, Tiësto, Knife Party, Madeon, and more

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Less than a day before EDC Orlando 2019, Insomniac has revealed the full lineup for EDC Mexico 2020. Returning for a seventh iteration, EDC Mexico will take place at its home venue Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez from Feb. 28-March 1 as a three-day event this time around. In concurrence with its other Insomniac variations, EDC Mexico’s lineup packs a punch in offering an extensive selection of acts across all genres—featuring a spectrum from mainstream artists to rising talent and everything in between.

Diplo, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Zedd, and David Guetta are among a few of many DJs gracing the festival’s bookings, as well as comeback artists like Knife Party and Madeon. Other beloved artists including Carl Cox, Vini Vici, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Walker & Royce, and Wax Motif are also slated to perform.

Tickets for EDC Mexico 2020 are on sale here. General admission three-day passes begin at $1,950 MXN. The Comfort Pass, PLUS • Enhanced Experience Pass, and SkyDeck package are also available to purchase.

Here’s Our EDC Orlando 2019 Must-See List

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Headliners, EDC Orlando 2019 is officially less than a week away and that means it is time to officially prepare your setlist schedule. Set times were released a few days ago, so you can freely choose which artist you want to see and what times they are scheduled to perform. If you didn’t already know,

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EDC Orlando 2019 Set Times and Map are Officially Released

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Headliners, EDC Orlando is officially a week away! Insomniac has just released the set times, so it’s time to start getting your lineup schedule together. Not only this, but the event map has also been released. To look over the set times and the event map, make sure to download the Insomniac App. In the

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Here is the EDM Sauce EDC Orlando 2019 Preparation Guide

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Headliners, EDC Orlando 2019 is officially two weeks away and there is so much excitement in the air. This year’s event is officially expected to be bigger than ever with more stages, more space, and more days! There are so many surprises in store and you definitely don’t want to miss out. In preparation for

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Secret Project 2019: SoCal’s premiere house and techno event [Festival Review]

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Secret Project 2019: SoCal’s premiere house and techno event [Festival Review]Juliana Bernstein For Insomniac Events 9

For the underground dance music community, it’s commonplace to opt away from the perceived bigger forces in the scene. It’s all in the word “underground,” after all. Finding people who believe the best of the best is within in the lesser-known corners is not a difficult task; they reside in the dark warehouses, the hidden rooms protected by passwords, or in clandestine desert or forest clearings. These type of environments are held sacred among the community, and many wish they scene had never left them in favor of a more “corporate” direction.

What this aversion to the supposed mainstream doesn’t change is that these forces know what they’re doing, and Insomniac proved their excellence in underground dance music tastemaking once again with Secret Project 2019.

Since Factory 93 really began hitting its stride, the response in Los Angeles has been massive. Dozens of club nights and larger events have been popping up around the city all year. But all those events culminate in this one weekend that brings a lineup no Euro-snob could brush off. Not only were there some heavy-hitters like Insomniac books for their other huge offerings, but so too was a swatch of artists that represent every facet of underground dance music who were showcased in new, exciting ways.

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In general, at Insomniac events, it’s typical to see some sort of house or techno-oriented stage hosted by Drumcode, Moodzone, La La Land, or Paradise. Secret Project did not tap any of those. The only themed stage was DJ Tennis’ Life and Death on Saturday, or the day when the music fell just a bit flat to some attendees.

The common consensus around the festival was that Sunday packed most of the real heat, and this idea was reinforced by the fact that detractors of Saturday’s selections felt that the most anticipated artists of the day did not deliver at the top of their game. Some on social media voiced their opinion that Dixon played a bit meagerly set for his closing slot. Others argued that Loco Dice and William Djoko played it safe in their back-to-back. That isn’t to say Saturday was total bust by any means; one artist who really came through on Saturday were Ben UFO, the sole pure DJ on the lineup, who once again proved that producing your own music is completely separate from putting on a great show. Jayda G played an incredible disco set to a cheery daytime crowd, while Gerd Janson’s prowess in skillfully eclectic mixing was on full display.

Sunday, however, made up for any mediocrities and then some. From minute one all the way until the end of the night the music was dynamic and seductive. Beginning with Denis Sulta and his effortless nonsensical transitions (he closed with “I Remember”), everyone from there felt the need to top each other. Modeselektor introduced a kind of energy to the dancefloor that was equal parts punk rock and heavy techno. Ame and Kink shared a live set that broke all musical boundaries. And Four Tet, well he displayed a level of musicianship that is almost entirely absent from electronic music all while Nina Kraviz and Helena Hauff were dealing out earth-shattering techno.

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As good as the music was though, the music isn’t what made Secret Project the best house and techno event in SoCal. Every event out here books top-notch artists. From heavy-hitters like CRSSD and Insomniac events to those in the aforementioned password-protected hidden rooms. It’s easy to find a good party.

Secret Project rather, through its lineup and aesthetic, attracted the best people in the SoCal scene into one spot for the weekend. That’s what made it really special. Even someone with the most pessimistic impression of raves and ravers couldn’t say anything negative about the crowds. This was a group of thousands of close friends who all knew how to handle themselves. Everyone was there to enjoy the music and each other. Rudeness didn’t exist. Sloppiness (almost) didn’t exist.

Beyond that, the extra space for dancing was appreciated to the highest degree. There was no pushing. No shoving. No struggling to find your spot again. It was so easy to leave for whatever reason and come back five minutes later. The one water station almost never had a line, and using the bathroom was a painless experience. Some overzealous security guards were the only logistical snag, but everyone can understand the reasoning behind that.

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In truth things only improved from last year. Insomniac clearly knew they were on to something special after the inaugural edition and just made some slight edits that made all the difference.

Rather than go all-in on sensationalized VIP experiences, the upscale Arts District watering hole Apotheke was now open to all ticket types. And because this crowd was in it for the music, there was practically never any wait to get inside. If you wanted to take a load off and enjoy the lounge’s plush couches, simmering space heaters and impeccable service along with a delectable signature cocktail, all you had to do was take a jaunt. Plus the overhead view of the Spring Stage from the lounge was immaculate.

Secret Project was not an event meant to display the titanic influence of Insomniac. That’s EDC Las Vegas, and those events certainly have their place (EDC sold out faster than ever before this year). Secret Project was a labor of love. Love for underground dance music culture. Love for the Los Angeles dance community. Just pure love. It was in the air. It was in the music. It was in our hearts.

Photo Credit: Get Tiny, Banfy, Ivan Maneses for Insomniac Events

Dustycloud unveils dynamic 3-track EP, ‘Skyfall’

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Parisian Insomniac recruit, Dustycloud, has been making his mark in heavy house circles since his festival-affronting “Rebel,” of 2016. Over the last handful of years, he’s materialized on some of the most auspicious label housings in the electronic realm, including Ultra, CONFESSION, Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats, and OWSLA.

His latest showing with Insomniac, his triple-tracked Skyfall EP, is testimony that his style may be ever subject to flux, though his cornerstone aural ingredients are here to stay. While “Find A New Direction” employs an uplifting vocal cut and groovy bass pluck, “Mighty” cuts right to the ear-chiseling chase, with serrated, staticky bass abound. But all three tracks harken back to the producer’s rumbling basslines, while still managing to range from funky to fierce within Dustycloud’s eternally danceable four-on-the-floor format.

“As time goes on I continue to find myself experimenting with new things, pushing my vision of what house music can be,” Dustycloud says of his latest aural offering. “With three really different tracks, the Skyfall EP is a culmination of my journey as an artist up to now.”

Photo Credit: Janice Renee

Charlotte de Witte and Chris Liebing deliver silky, acid-tinged EP, ‘Liquid Slow’ [Stream]

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Friendships born of techno are friendships that last. It’s a true statement that applies to casual listeners as well as two of the most prominent techno artists working today: Charlotte de Witte and Chris Liebing.

Ever since these two announced they were working on a track together at the end of 2018, they have never been apart for too long. The following March, the pair played back-to-back during Miami Music Week, and their set was broadcast as a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Then a few months later, they were booked to play together again at an official Movement Detroit after party. Now, they will soon play as a duo again at Insomniac‘s upcoming Halloween festival, Escape: Psycho Circus.

All of these collaborative encounters indicate that these two share a specific chemistry as artists, catalyzed by their time in the studio. Now the fruit of their labor is finally available to the public in the form of their Liquid Slow EP, out now on de Witte’s KNTXT imprint.

For those who haven’t seen de Witte and Liebing on the decks together, this EP makes their chemistry immediately clear. De Witte is known for her ability to revolve a set around tinges of acid, and Liebing is a champion of all things deceptively heavy. This EP is the middle-ground between those two descriptors.

Photo credit: Fille Roelants