Stimming crafts dreamscape ahead of Lightning in a Bottle [Exclusive Mix]

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Stimming

It’s quite fascinating to know that, when arranged a certain way, something as simple as a four-note progression can make a profound impact on those it touches. A Hamburg-bred Stimming, whose classically-trained roots gave way to electronic production at a young age, is hyper aware of this fact, and each of his productions indicate the careful thought process behind them. This prowess, intuition, and passion, have also allowed the modest artist to put out four seamless LPs, each one refusing to diminish in quality.

Stimming will be bringing his evocative brand of house to Lightning in a Bottle‘s iconic Woogie stage come Memorial Day Weekend. Before he lures his audience into his hypnotic, melodic realm, the Diynamic regular has provided a special recording to us to get the party started. The hour-long clip was taken by a recent live set in Argentina, in which Stimming expertly crafts his music on the fly with live synthesizers.

“I played t his live set in Cordoba, Argentinia. I had a moog little phatty without any midi, so all the additional synth playing is done by my hands.” – Stimming

 

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Tor lays down an eclectic, low-end wonderland ahead of Lightning In A Bottle [Mix]

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Tor

Amidst a blanket of monotony in the bass world, Tor has risen as one of the new wave of forward-thinking talent introducing an aural breath of fresh air.

The producer wriggled his way into the spotlight not too long ago thanks in part to Emancipator, and quickly made a name for himself thanks to his creative arrangement and fearlessness around pushing his own musical boundaries. His debut album on Emancipator’s Loci imprint, Drum Therapy, was met with critical acclaim, thus leading him to land a second album on the label in 2016 that most would say conquered the Sophomore slump.

Tor will be making his Lightning In A Bottle debut come Memorial Day weekend, where he will be delighting his crowds with a multifaceted performance. Before seeing him, however, he decided to make an official “introduction” to his work:

“I wanted to make this mix as bit of an introduction for people who maybe haven’t heard my music before, mixed in with some songs I’ve been enjoying lately as well as a showcase of what I’ve been up to recently with some unreleased remixes and hints of what you might hear at my LIB set this year. Cheers!”


Tracklist:
Tor – Two Suns
Tor – Two Suns (CloZee Remix)
IHF – Departure
CloZee – Secret Place (Tor Remix)
Tourist – Hush
Maya Jane Coles – Bo & Wing
Nuage – Every PPL
Tor – Vaults
??? – ??? (Tor Remix)
RUFUS DU SOL – Innerbloom (Tor Remix)
??? – ??? (Tor Remix)
Edamame – Sable (feat. Tor)
Affelaye – Whir

Lightning in a Bottle drops off diverse 2018 lineup

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Bradley, California’s uniquely immersive festival, Lightning in a Bottle, has revealed the first phase of its 2018 musical line-up, set to take place May 23–28.

In an increasingly monotonous festival market, LiB defines itself in defying the norm. The festival’s forward-thinking curation has presently landed a diverse array of acts from Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, to Zhu, GriZ, Fever Ray, The Glitch Mob, Sofi Tukker, TOKiMONSTA, Modeselektor (DJ Set), Emancipator, Nicole Moudaber, The Black Madonna, and more.

Lightning in a Bottle’s strive for diversity in its programming can be best summed in music director and co-founder Jesse Flemming’s words:

“We’re definitely not trying to play the same game we are seeing with all the massive festivals these days when we book our music programming. Forget the big names you can see at 10 other festivals this year. For us the goal is to craft a musical playlist that will perfectly guide people along the experience we’re trying to create. We book each stage to be its own separate journey on any given day and we try to diversify it as much as possible so when you’re wandering around during the weekend you can always find something just right for you. This has been our goal since day one and it continues to shape how we book today.”

More information and tickets to Lightning in a Bottle, which go on-sale January 18 at 10 am PST, are available here.

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Featured image by D Zetterstrom

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The 2017 Oregon Eclipse Gathering: An event in totality [Event Review]

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As thick dust clouds covered the secluded desert terrain of Big Summit Prairie, Oregon, flocks of eclipse chasers converged onto Ochoco National Forest with its 360 degree views of mountainous pines for the Oregon Eclipse festival that would soon unfold. Their ultimate mission was to view the magic of totality, which occurred between 9-10am on Aug. 21, 2017, among thirty thousand like-minded people.

In an off-year of their globally renowned festival, the producers of Symbiosis Gathering teamed up with 13 of the world’s premier independent festivals — Lightning in a Bottle’s Do LaB (California), Rainbow Serpent (Australia), Sonic Bloom (Colorado), Origin (South Africa), Envision (Costa Rica), Beloved (Oregon), and many more—for a seven day global synaesthesia of art, ideas, music, dancing, community, and profound transformation.

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Photo courtesy of Jacob Avanzato

An international melting pot of people were represented at the festival, including infants perched atop their mothers’ chest, families of four or more enjoying “Kids-biosis,” and retired burner folks with their decked-out light-up walkers. In addition, strangers speaking every language from French to Japanese at the Sky Stage as it pumped deep desert house, and Native American tribes and spiritual leaders from the countries of Ecuador, Columbia, and Peru were in attendance.

Tribes from Standing Rock also traveled to Ochoco to give political demonstrations at the organically constructed arena, 1Nation Earth, as well as to ignite the three sacred fires placed throughout the festival grounds. One female shaman even journeyed from Okinawa to conduct ceremonial water blessings, in which she anointed willing participants.

Every installation paid such keen attention to detail that it was hard to believe most of Oregon Eclipse’s structures were constructed from raw materials used from the very land that housed each structure. Old moss covered branches and rocks formed the pathways and walls of the festival’s many temple-esque domains, with curtains draped from the ceilings, and walls of stained glass windows suspended into thin air. Sacred geometry artwork was the centerpiece of most installations. Live painters abounded, while Burning Man installations made guest appearances.

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Photo courtesy of Juliana Bernstein

Symbiosis’ bold endeavor far exceeded any expectations, despite having never received money from a sponsor — ever. The production was massive and breathtaking, because this independently-assembled team of unique global collaborators constantly pushed out maximum effort to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience during the entire process. It’s safe to say they achieved their goal. Installations and exhibits were being completed all throughout the week, even as attendees arrived day-by-day. Construction never really ceased, nor did the grounds ever stop growing. Ochoco remained a constant collaborative community at all times, whose psychedelic installations came alive at night.

As for the festival’s music lineup was held across seven stages: one main, four slightly more specialized stages, and two stage dedicated solely to live performance.Its main musical attraction, dubbed The Eclipse Stage, was utilized as a gigantic harp suspended from the tips of the stage onto its side structures that also would become integrated into live performances throughout the week. This stage hosted Bassnectar, Beats Antique, Emancipator, Random Rab, TroyBoi, The Glitch Mob, and many more.

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The Eclipse Stage, photo courtesy of Jacob Avanzato

The infamous Desert Hearts clan participated in a 5-hour takeover on The Sky Stage, pumping deep, dark tech house into the forest and hypnotizing house heads there with pulsating shamanic drum rhythms. Meanwhile, Dirtybird player Justin Martin delivered a 4-hour extended set of soul-penetrating house and techno that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.

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Photo courtesy of Juliana Bernstein

But, make no mistake, the house stage DJs were guests in this global arena of trance and downtempo. International eclipse festivals are generally based around trance and downtempo insofar that the bass, jam, and eclectic circus acts were actually guests in this experience. In fact, The Sun Stage, which housed the beautiful blue spaceship-like structure used at the LIB gathering, pushed psy trance until 6am everyday. Even if you didn’t come for the trance, as one attendee put it, you were getting dosed with it daily anyway — courtesy of the full FUNKTION ONE system populating the stage.

Photo courtesy of Jacob Avanzato

Photo courtesy of Jacob Avanzato

While the sun baked the Prairie well into the high 80s each day, The Earth Stage pumped world-influenced glitch into the freezing desert nights, which reached into the low 40s. The Moon Stage served as the festival’s bass head haven, housing Bleep Bloop, French glitch supreme Clozee, EPROM, Minnesota, and, of course, Lorin Ashton’s coveted secret ‘West Coast Lo Fi‘ set.

Photo courtesy of Jacob Avanzato

Photo courtesy of Jacob Avanzato

As far as transformational festivals go, the Eclipse Gathering raised the bar on all counts. In workshop spaces like The Parlor and The Hub, lectures and dialogues ensued over mind-expanding topics ranging from permaculture, nutrition, and consciousness, to elemental alchemy, psychoactive substance, sexuality, and astrophysics. Entire structures were dedicated to yoga and dance shala, where hourly sessions were held of everything from bass yoga and vinyasa flow to belly dancing.

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Each interactive installation offered diverse round-the-clock activity at every turn. The Mud Dance Experience, for example, invited attendees to strip down to their skivvies and bathed each other in wet clay. The Sound Immersion Experience, housed hammocking meditators in a 360-degree healing cocoon of sound emanating from surrounding gongs and dijiridoos.

Perhaps the most inspired interactive digital attraction was Android Jones’ MICRODOSE VR dome installation, which opened up each night after dark. Participants would enter the large, white structure for a 30-minute sensory-engulfing cinematic experience featuring Android Jones’ psychedelic artwork coming to life before their very eyes. The kicker: the ‘film,’ of sorts, was being controlled by four audience members in virtual reality.

Photo courtesy of Jonkillz Photography

Photo courtesy of Jonkillz Photography

Then, of course, there was the main event. Most attendees stayed up through the night to experience the event in totality. An early Random Rab sunrise set was going off just before, as ecstatic hippies performed yoga in the morning sun. Hot air balloon rides peaked over the trees as they tethered over the grounds’ massive lake. Picture-ready burner clans turned up decked out in their flashy garb, as giddy festival goers filed the space between the sacred Sun and Moon Temple grounds wherein the native tribes lit their final sacred fire.

As morning turned into night, birds scattered, temperature plummeted, the sky went dark and eyes swelled as a ring of fire filled the sky. Attendees stood in awe as if a portal had opened up into another universe. A Woodstock-esque character shook his maracas. A young infant looked bewildered in his stroller. Delirious party-goers clanked their mimosa glasses. Strangers embraced, tears fell, and a deep sense of gratitude filled the air — Oregon Eclipse attendees had finally manfested what they intended to do, learning that the power of intention was the most important takeaway on these sacred grounds.

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Justice, Cashmere Cat, Gorillaz among nominees for 2017 Electronic Music Awards

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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.”

Among the artist nominees are The Chainsmokers, Tycho, Bonobo, REZZ, Mura Masa, Flume, ODESZA, and Eric Prydz. View the full list of nominees by category below.

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

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Dancing Astronaut’s Soundtrack to Lightning in a Bottle 2017

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Dancing Astronaut’s Soundtrack to Lightning in a Bottle 2017

Once again, The Do LaB did their absolute best to create lightning and shape it within the bottle that is Lake San Antonio Recreation Area. This year, a host of brand new, beautifully-designed structures joined the ranks of breathtaking stages and art pieces for which Lightning in a Bottle is known.

Combined with a lake full of water and a particularly captivating lineup of artists and speakers, the festival grounds had an electricity in the air that was palpable and infectious. Adventures were had, minds were opened, bonds were made and strengthened, faces were melted, lessons were learned, skin was tanned – the communal intention of having the weekend of a lifetime did just that.

To capture a sliver of the magic that was created and experienced this year at LiB, we’ve chosen a handful of tracks from a small, yet quite notable portion of the momentous lineup of artists for the Soundtrack to Lightning in a Bottle 2017.

Photo by Arran Alps.

Featured image by JB Photo.

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Sylvan Esso – Hey Mami (Big Wild Remix)

Back in 2014, Lightning in a Bottle was held for the very first time at Lake San Antonio. This was also right around the time when a young artist by the name of Big Wild began to gain some serious traction on SoundCloud with releases such as his remix of Sylvan Esso’s track “Hey Mami.”

In the ever-evolving music world, three years can easily be an eternity, and for Big Wild, it must seem so. His addictively carefree style of funky electronica has grabbed the attention of listeners all over the world, and for those who hadn’t seen him before, his set at LiB this year made it obvious why.

Photo by JB Photo.

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StéLouse – Lovers (feat. Brave)

Hot off of the release of his debut LP, Denver-based producer, musician, and DJ StéLouse decided to step it up this year for his set at the Thunder Stage. This year was his third year in a row playing at Lightning in a Bottle, and his first set ever playing with a full live band.

Although at the beginning of the set the band struggled briefly with technical difficulties, they made up for it, and then some, with a rotating roster of singers and other musicians that all contributed to make StéLouse’s funky, futuristic vision a reality. Every track in the set was memorable in its own right, though “Lovers” did a particularly great job of showcasing the intricate mélange of styles that make up StéLouse’s sound.

Photo by Aaron Alps.

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Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun (Master Kev and Tony Loreto MKTL Remix)

As the second artist to take to the Woogie Stage on Friday, Marques Wyatt played an integral role in setting the tone for the weekend. The DJ’s party-starting set took an emotional turn when he made a dedication to the late musical genius Chris Cornell. As Wyatt played the Master Kev and Tony Loreto MKTL remix of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” many tears were shed as love was shared in remembrance of the late musical hero.

Photo by JB Photo.

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Brasstracks – Lemme Put This Cup Down (feat. S’natra & Alexander Lewis)

As the sun began its final descent into the hills beyond Lake San Antonio, lovers of loose, fast, fun music could be found at Lightning Stage being serenaded by the live trumpet and drums of Brasstracks.

Throughout their set, Brasstracks brought onstage two special guests: the rapper S’natra, who took over the stage for quite a few tracks, and fellow producer/brass player Alexander Lewis. Near the end of the set, they all came together to lay down their funky collaboration, “Lemme Put This Cup Down.”

Photo by Sherman Wellons.

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Monolink & Acid Pauli – The End

One of the many aspects of festival production that is done extraordinarily well by The Do LaB is the experience curation – scheduling the right artists at the right stage at the right time. In a weekend full of flawlessly scheduled sets, Monolink’s sunset set at the Woogie on Sunday was particularly well-done.

A fitting mixture of laid-back, cheerful, melodic, and deep vibes was exactly what the doctor ordered to set the mood for the last night at the Woogie. Every face in the crowd was simply brimming with a content happiness, yet everyone there was ready to get down and dirty in a heartbeat, and did so frequently when Monolink brought the funky live guitar and vocals.

Photo by Get Tiny Photography.

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Stephan Bodzin & Marc Romboy – Atlas (Adriatique Remix)

Taking the stage at Woogie immediately following Monolink, the charismatic Stephan Bodzin took the vibe and ran with it to an appropriately deeper and more melodic place. While the moon and stars took on their full brilliance, the Woogie followed suit with layer after layer of bright cloth catching the myriad brilliant pinpoints bursting from the disco ball over the center of the crowd.

The stage occasionally seemed to take on an Atlantis-like quality – the lights, stage design, and Bodzin’s sound all creating the feeling of being deep underwater. One track in particular that made this happen was near the end of Bodzin’s set when he played the Adriatique remix of his collaboration with Marc Romboy, “Atlas.”

Photo by Marco Prelic.

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Chloé – The Dawn (Dixon Remix)

The eclectic lineup at LiB, throughout the weekend as well as within each individual night, meant that there was always something for everyone. For example, Sunday night saw bass music icon Bassnectar close out the Lightning Stage while techno legend Richie Hawtin did the same at the Woogie.

Those inclined to find themselves at the Woogie were graced with track after track that seemed to be built for that sound system – or vice versa. Hawtin’s utterly seamless mixing and mature song selection took the Woogie on a journey through the best techno the world has to offer, such as Dixon’s brand new remix of Chloé’s track “The Dawn.”

Photo by Arran Alps.





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Bonobo – Kerala

Taking to the Lightning Stage after Big Wild and before Bassnectar was one of the most highly-anticipated artists of the weekend, Bonobo, who played his first of two sets Sunday night. Bonobo’s live set at Lightning was a testament to his versatile use of live instruments, effects, samples, and synthesizers, while his DJ set at Pagoda afterwards showed his mature selection of influences.

Tribal and rhythmic, yet simultaneously electronic and deeply melodic, Simon Green and his band held the audience entranced and dancing with a spiritual electricity. His track “Kerala” encompasses his versatility as a producer and musician, and was a force to be reckoned with when played live.

Photo by JB Photo.





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TroyBoi – Do You?

For those who enjoy trap and similar bass music sub-genres, the Thunder Stage was heaven on Friday night. None other than TroyBoi capped off the night, and to say things got weird – in a good way – is a gross understatement.

Unique and aurally fascinating production underpinned TroyBoi’s set, which is not to mention anything about the obscene amounts of sub that the Thunder Stage provides. In particular, his track “Do You?” made an impression, with its varied use of instrumental and vocal samples and tasteful bass combining for a tribal-tinged party-maker.

Photo by Arran Alps.





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Machinedrum – Angel Speak (Feat. MeLo-X)

Machinedrum has that name for a reason: his drum work is very impressive, especially with the power of the Thunder Stage behind it. Those who have experienced the twilight at Thunder will know how magical it is to see the lights of the stage come into full effect while the natural light is fading. Machinedrum’s set was during this magical time on Sunday, and his unique style of bass, as heard in his track “Angel Speak,” was the perfect transition from day into night.

Photo by Arran Alps.





Family Member Speaks Out Against Lightning In a Bottle After Death of Attendee

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Tragedy struck over memorial day weekend for a fan attending Lightning in a Bottle. Baylee Gatlin, 20, passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning after attending the festival. The Tribune News reports that the Ventura College student, was taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton at 2:12 a.m. and pronounced dead only

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5 artists not to miss at Lightning in a Bottle 2017

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5 artists not to miss at Lightning in a Bottle

Lightning in a Bottle has become a veritable institution over the past several years. Held annually in the expanse of Bradley, CA, the annual gathering has gained a reputation as California’s premier Memorial Day Weekend festival.

Upon the desert landscape (which will include a lake for the first time ever this year), musicians from across all areas of the electronic music realm. It’s a difficult exercise to single out a mere five artists to not miss, given the plethora of incredible artists slotted to perform at the event. Indeed, while there are innumerable exceptional artists which are not on this list, here are five artists which we recommend making a point to see.

Tickets for Lightning in a Bottle are available here.

Words by Will McCarthy and Michael Sundius.

Featured image by Daniel Zetterstrom. 

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5. Hernan Cattaneo

In the world of progressive house, Hernan Cattaneo is dancefloor royalty. The Argentinian veteran has been captivating audiences for multiple decades with his spell-binding, multi-hour DJ sets. With a keen sense for narrative arc, Cattaneo can lead a true dancefloor journey like no other.

Hernan’s US appearances are few and far between. Luckily, LiB has given him a proper platform to showcase his one-of-a-kind talent: the closing set at the Woogie on Saturday night.

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4. Bassnectar

In many respects, Bassnectar is an utterly obvious choice to include on this list. After all, the Sunday Lightning stage headliner has by far the largest US following of any artist on the festival’s lineup. However, Lorin Ashton is more than a simple large-typeface name on the LiB roster – he’s been a recurrent fixture on lineups throughout the event’s rich history.

In 2007, before he or Lightning in a Bottle had anywhere close to the renown they have today, Bassnectar was there – and he hasn’t been far since. While Ashton has been known to hop onto unofficial sets in disguise in recent years, 2017 marks the first time he’s been on the lineup in five years. The chance to watch him close out the festival, should prove to be nothing short of legendary.

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3. Barclay Crenshaw

Known to most as Claude VonStroke, the Dirtybird founder took on another identity in the music industry in 2015: his own. Operating under his real name, Barclay Crenshaw has established a new reputation, veering away from the pounding club beats which define his famed imprint in favor of quaking, hip hop-driven percussion. Ranging from cerebral, to ambient, to formidable,

Crenshaw’s music resonates widely enough that he has begun to play many festivals under his birth-given alias in lieu of his renowned pseudonym. The eclectic musician proved his compatibility with the Do LaB during his set at Coachella last month, and stands as one of the most enticing billings of LiB’s Thunder stage this coming weekend.

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2. Stephan Bodzin

Stephan Bodzin is easily one of the most riveting live performers in the electronic space. The German techno stalwart has the charisma of an inspired conductor, and performs his coveted live sets with a impassioned sense of bravado. His actions and gesticulations are matched in grandeur only by the dramatic compositions over which he lays command.

To catch Stephan Bodzin live is truly to witness a master at work. In the outdoor setting of the Woogie stage, Bodzin is sure to provide the kind of dramatic, awe-inspiring spectacle of which only he is capable.

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1. Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin is a legend among legends. Indeed, modern day techno would not be what it is were it not for the veritably brilliant artist and his Plastikman alter-ego. At Coachella, the iconic artist debuted his avant-garde “CLOSE” performance – a technically dazzling showcase which conceptually paired the robotic nature of electronic music with its innate humanness.

Though Hawtin will not be bringing the CLOSE rig to Lightning in the Bottle, any set by the Canadian techno übermensch is essential to witness. Under the electric trees of the Woogie stage, Richie Hawtin’s set is guaranteed to be a spectacle to behold.

Photo by Julian Bajsel.

Meet the artists of Lightning in a Bottle 2017: Perfect Stranger

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Lightning in a Bottle has become a veritable institution over the past several years. Held annually in the expanse of Bradley, CA, the annual gathering has gained a reputation as California’s premier Memorial Day Weekend festival. The eclectic billing of the Lightning stage, formidable bass of Thunder, and exceptional house and techno selection of Woogie combine to make LiB a haven for tasteful electronic music fans of all creeds. This year, Bassnectar, Richie Hawtin, and Bonobo are among the many acts which will draw a broad crowd into the festival. To take a closer look, we’ve tapped some of our favorite acts on the roster for an interview series leading up to the weekend.

Perfect Stranger is the stage name for Russian-born, Israel-based musician, producer, and DJ Yuli Fershtat. His sound is a mature mélange of progressive house, techno, and psytrance that appeals to a wide range of listeners. Case in point: Fershtat is headlining the Thunder Stage at Lightning in a Bottle this year, which usually caters to the more bass music-oriented crowd, but will no doubt welcome him and his intense energy with open ears.

A very decorated and active member of the global electronic music community, Fershtat is the owner of the Digital Structures record label, and has released 8 albums between his Perfect Stranger alias and his previous stage name, BLT. Fershtat’s touring schedule continually takes him around the globe playing at many of the world’s prominent music festivals, and has been for the last decade.

Perfect Stranger will close out the Thunder Stage this Saturday/Sunday from 12:30AM – 2:00AM.

Perfect Stranger LiB Press ShotTickets for Lightning in a Bottle are still available here. Enter for a chance to win two 4-day festival passes below the interview. 

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

I believe that my first label release was under band name of BLT back in 1997 I think it was end of 1997 and track name was Soul Sacrifice that opened a compilation CD named Forum, and no – I wouldn’t play it today. However, my first Perfect Stranger track that was released early 2005, it was called “Nobody’s Perfect” and I think it’s pretty nice – check it out! it’s remix made by me released only less than a year later on my debut album, Learning = Change, on Iboga Records.

What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?

Hard to say – probably my album Free Cloud. That was the first attempt of bridging between melodic techno and progressive trance. I guess it was a milestone for many, and only these days I understand that.

What are you looking forward to most about Lightning in a Bottle?

I know it’s a great festival and this year it hosts quite a few artists I am keen to listen to, but mostly I am excited and looking forward to represent psy-trance/progressive trance genres that never been in the lineup of this festival up till this edition – it’s really something I am looking forward to.

Is there anything that you think festivals and the music industry in general should be doing to help the environment on a larger scale?

Maybe stop the use of CDs as this media is un recycle-able. And, of course, push forward the “leave no trace” [message] and educate the crowds throughout the festivals.

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

I’d like to be Steve Aoki cause I’d like once and for all to see how does it feel throwing a cake at someone’s face – and actually, the technicality of this move is the one that interests me. It’s not easy to aim with the whole cake from a distance and hit that well… I have to try one day.

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

Stephan Bodzin, Guy J, Bob Moses.

If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2017, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out?

Perfect Stranger – Manifestation.

This is one out of many sets on the amazing Thunder Stage that should not be missed this year at LiB. For those curious about what his sets are like, check out the exclusive mix he spun for the festival below.

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