As the festival circuit and the weather start to warm up, west coast festival goers know it’s getting close to HARD season. The LA-based electronic events giant has announced the official lineup for their sixth annual Red Rocks event slated this year for August 2 featuring a headlining performances by DJ Snake, Virtual Self, Mija, GG Magree, and Hekler. HARD generally offers their Red Rocks lineup as a primer ahead of their flagship summer event billing, usually around the time of Coachella. If this year’s Red Rocks talent roster is any indication, expect HARD to deliver another top-notch lineup later this month.
Roping together a well-rounded bill of exciting electronic talents, HARD comes through with a characteristically bold lineup ahead of their return to Morrison, Colorado. With Porter Robinson returning to HARD Red Rocks and longtime friends of the brand in DJ Snake and Mija topping the bill, expect this year’s event to exceed the hype.
The weekend-long event applies meticulous focus on creating an inclusive, inviting, and creative space not only for performances and visual showcases, but for education and social discourse as well. This year FORM has partnered with the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Chance The Rapper’s youth-empowerment initiative SocialWorks.
The fifth iteration of FORM is scheduled to take place from May 11-13.
(Photo courtesy of Mija’s Facebook page) Amber Giles, a.k.a. Mija, is a DJ and producer like no other. First making waves in the scene in 2014 with mentor Skrillex, Mija has gone on to do amazing things. From producing numerous singles, touring with artists like Anna Lunoe, going b2b with Dirtybird favorites like Billy Kenny, headling her own incredibly
If there is one element that define’s Mija‘s career, it’s a genuine desire to explore new creative avenues and constantly reinvent herself. As 2017 came to a close, the producer made an understated, yet bold claim for the new year: fans would “meet Amber,” her given name and a hint at more personal releases.
Mija’s first release of 2018, “Notice Me,” lives up to her proclamation, as it is her first release that features the producer’s vocals. Keeping in line with her impossible-to-pin-down style, Mija also experiments with a number of sounds, from gentle piano arpeggios, sitar samples, woozy synths, and grinding bass. Though it may seem like too many disparate elements to form a cohesive track, Mija accomplishes the tightrope act with aplomb, crafting an introspective, beguiling original that is heightened by her introspective, effortless vocals.
Luckily for fans, “Notice Me” is just a vanguard for new music from Mija, as she is set to self-release a new EP, The Distance Between Lovers, on February 9.
DJ Gina Turner has been arrested after attempting to board Holy Ship! 10.0 with illegal substances on her person. A host of morning yoga classes on prior Holy Ship! iterations, Turner was apprehended at 5:17 PM at Port Canaveral, the place of the boat’s boarding, and later charged with one count of possession of cocaine, and two counts of possession of another controlled substance. Police did not reveal the name of the secondary controlled substance.
Turner’s bail was set at $15,000. Turner was to play an early morning set on January 6 from 4 AM-6 AM, in addition to a b2b style Drum & Bass set with Mija later in the weekend. Turner was additionally scheduled to head a Numerology Workshop on Tuesday, January 9, but will no longer meet any of the 10.0 weekend’s bookings.
Turner spoke out shortly after the charges in a tweet that has since been deleted. She expressed therein that she will indeed return for Holy Ship! 11.0 from January 10-13, highlighting the alleged charges to be “invalid.” Turner maintains that the two controlled substances in her possession at the time of the arrest were marijuana and a natural vitamin. The DJ cites a “false positive reading” on the natural vitamin as a culprit in the arrest, while stating that she has a “medical card” for the marijuana then on her person.
As 2017 comes to a close, Mija has decided to reveal a new direction to pursue in the coming year. The DJ/producer first alluded to her new direction with the announcement that she would be releasing her debut EP, titled How to Measure the distance Between Lovers, while dropping its first track, “Bad for You.”
In a recent announcement on Twitter, Mija, real name is Amber Guiles, told fans that in 2018 she planned on showing the world who Amber was as opposed to what fans have come to know from her artistic pseudonym. She also hints at a new project titled ‘Amber’ with her twitter announcement.
If “Bad for You” is any indication of the quality of the forthcoming EP in addition to the introduction of Amber, then we can certainly expect for the producer to have her biggest year yet.
Portland-based DJ/producer Electric Mantis is back with another intriguing original track titled “Lying & Loving,” featuring Mothica on vocals. Hailing from Alaska, Wyatt Pearson is certainly heating up some icy roots here in 2017, remixing tracks for Mija and Alina Baraz ( “Electric” featuring Khalid), as well as a few originals that have accumulated millions of streams.
Pearson proves why he is worthy of those numbers on this new release, with eclectic synth elements and an off-beat drum rhythm that somehow fits perfectly under Mothica’s echoing verses. Mantis ultimately chops up her verses for some pitch-vocals, and for leading into an even more dynamic drop.
Each year hundreds of artists go above and beyond in their merch releases, putting in creative efforts that offer their fans the opportunity to show their love in a vast variety of ways.
This gift guide celebrates theunmissable, unique merch of 2017. From ‘Tweeter paper’ to a limited-run comic book, this complete collection of product prowess is the perfect place to finish out the Holiday gifting. And while there’s sadly no longer an opportunity to “Have Dillion Francis Babysit Your Kid” or buy Diplo‘s limited-run “Cowboy” shirt, we’ve gathered an impressive merch array sure to bring plenty Holiday cheer.
Words by Grace Fleisher
Daft Punk Robot Helmet Ring
Robot rock? No — but a robot ring might do. The GM08 Helmet Ring is the only ring left in stock, but be sure to snag this sterling silver keepsake sure to withstand the most alive of raves.
REZZ’s 60-page psychedelic comic book is the most artistically sound, unique merch release of 2017. Not only is it true to her vision, it cements both her poised takeover of music and Planet Earth alike.
Mija continues to bend the boundaries of a multitude of genres with her new track “Bad For You,” featuring Kelli Schaefer. Fashion designer, musical curator and entrepreneur, Amber Giles continues to be a creative force in the dance music realm (or whatever realm she chooses to participate in).
Connected by a mutual friend via the Internet, Mija produced the song and linked up Portland DIY artist Kelli Schaefer, who wrote the vocals and lyrics. The track is being released in correlation with the announcement of Mija’s upcoming debut EP How To Measure The Distance Between Lovers, set to drop in early 2018.
Schaefer, a frequent member of the indie rock scene, is a perfect fit for Mija’s experimental production elements on the track, which includes a downtempo bassline, subtle pitched vocals, and a variety of electronic samples that words cannot describe.