The 14th Annual Sonic Bloom Festival Announces Final Lineup

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Now having become on of Colorado’s staple music festivals, Sonic Bloom is about to launch its 14th annual installment with a little help from a stacked lineup and some amazing workshops and installations. This years festival features performances by Opiuo, Emancipator Ensemble, Yheti, Spoonbill, The New Observatory, Of the Trees, Ana Sia, Yak Attack, and

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Orbit Playlist: Opiuo lays it the funk down before heading back to Lightning In A Bottle

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Orbit Playlist: Opiuo lays it the funk down before heading back to Lightning In A BottleOpiuo Press Shot 1 1 1

Bass breeder of a most funk-infused variety, Opiuo has cooked up a special playlist for Dancing Astronaut ahead of his performance at central California’s next round of Lightning In A Bottle festival, on May 8.

The New Zealand-born, Australian resident, Opiuo takes listeners through the chromatic length of his aural crates, with tracks spanning tender, melodic house (Lane 8‘s “Atlas”) to foreboding mid-tempo electro (1788-L‘s “Cyberspace”). Like-minded funk and experimental bass producers run abound, with additional offerings from CloZee, G Jones, Big Gigantic, and of course, some innovative firepower from Opiuo himself to adequately ready Lightning In A Bottle attendees for a splendidly strange DJ set.

I’m so excited to be back at Lightning In A Bottle, one of my favourite festivals in North America,” says Opiuo. “Here are a bunch of songs I love from a bunch of friends and legends playing on the weekend. You can expect a tonne of brand new music from me on the night as we dance away into the bass heavy funkadelicoblivion.

Tickets to Lightning In A Bottle, held at Buena Vista Lake, as well as general festival information, can be found here.

Suwannee Hulaween unveils another cutting-edge boutique lineup for 2018: String Cheese, ODESZA, Tipper, STS9, Gramatik, REZZ, more

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Suwannee Hulaween is one annual boutique gathering that is developing a devout following with its expert curation and wildly magical grounds. The Halloween weekend festival, running from October 26-28, 2018, hosts an impressive talent roster that brings an exceptional mixture of jamtronica, emergent bass, and deep house to The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida.

Set in the midst of 800-acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress along the black Suwannee River, and complete with the largest bat house in the southeast US, the storied festival grounds have earned a reputation of inexplicable imagination and exploration. 

Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the longtime host band of the festival The String Cheese Incident, plus a top billing of Grammy award winners and nominees featuring live-electronic front runners ODESZA, a South-East exclusive by modern funk icons Jamiroquai, and very special showing by singer-songwriter Janelle Monae on the wake of her blowout Dirty Computer record.

The star-studded billing continues with the reigning king of west coast bass Tipper, five piece American funk band Vulfpeck, multiple sets by leaders of the post-rock dance movement STS9, the alternative radio chart topping wonder of The Revivalists, dark-electro wunderkind Rezz, plus the unique electronic stylings of Gramatik, NGHTMRE, Troyboi, Snakehips, Emancipator Ensemble, Manic Focus & the MF’n Band, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Eats Everything and many more.

Tickets on sale now.

Shambhala announces initial 2018 lineup: Claude Von Stroke, Destructo, Feed Me, Gramatik, Christian Martin, Mr. Carmack, Opiuo, & more

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After celebrating a historic two decades last year, Shambhala Music Festival returns to the pristine Salmo River Ranch in British Columbia, Canada, on August 10–13, 2018. Organizers of the transformational event have already dangled some tantalizing teasers in REZZThe Glitch Mob, Kyle Watson, and DJ QBert. Today, the festival announces the first phase for its 21st annual edition. 

This year’s roster will boast the first-ever Canadian debut of UK hip-hop legend Dizzee Rascal!, Dirtybird founder Claude VonStroke and his hip-hop leaning project Barclay Crenshaw, legendary UK dubstep aficionado Feed Me, renowned bass renegade DESTRUCTO, crossover hip-hop/electronic producer Mr. Carmack, mysteriously masked Malaa, world-class producer Gramatik, British creator of the “purple sound” sub-genre Joker, French world-music producer Fakear, UK drum & bass duo Camo & Krooked, melodic dubstep duo Adventure Club, the electrifying 2¢ project from DJ CRAZE and Four Color Zack, Mad Decent’s Boombox Cartel, electro house trio Black Tiger Sex Machine, Montreal bass music phenomenon Snails, Grammy winning live duo Brasstracks, and the glitched out Australian act OPIUO, plus many more.

Arriving as the most intriguing act of the weekend, arguably so, is 29 Palms, a collaborative side-project between Ooah and Boreta of The Glitch Mob.

Shambhala’s full line-up will arrive April 9th. Tickets and travel packages are almost sold out, grab yours here


First Listen: Opiuo on new EP, ‘Syzygy 01’: ‘It’s a journey-filled, funkadelic party pie’

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From the outset of his highly innovative act, Oscar Davey-Wraight introduced the world to a mind-bending blend of glitch-hop, breakbeat, synth-led funk and bass. What began as a humble bedroom act has evolved into the extremely diverse, immersive live experience that fans have come to know as Opiuo.

Now from the Australia-based artist comes his highly-anticipated seventh EP, Syzygy 01. With the singles “Botrok” and the groove-packed floor filler “Ginger Lizard” released ahead of the full EP, the 5-track production represents an aural embodiment of Opiuo’s zippy tones and cheeky party appeal.  “The music [comes] from inspirations like Prince,” says Davey-Wright, “all morphed into Opiuo styles with some real New Orleans horns thrown on top for quality measure.” 

From the sinister sounds of the album’s leading track, “Huckaloogee,” to the vibrant, old school funk- and disco-influenced track, “Boogie Latch,” Opiuo’s newest EP is packed with stark contrasts, wild sonic experimentation, and some of the loudest-yet-crisp electronic music productions we’ve heard to date. Syzygy 01‘s most memorable quality is perhaps the album’s outro, “Dalmations,” with its use of deep horns and more emotive, cinematic-tinged sounds — providing a memorable storybook ending to not just the new project but Opiuo’s entire discography up to this point. 

Dancing Astronaut spoke with the New Zealand-born artist ahead of his Syzygy 01 EP release to gain a clear sense of Opiuo’s origins and evolution since 2007, how he came into his funkadelic bass music sound stamp, and what to expect from his upcoming headlining US tour which includes a headline show at the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheatre with SunSquabi, Flamingosis, and Anomali.

First off, can you tell us where the name Opiuo originated?

From my mind. Haha. Nothing too crazy to be honest. I used to DJ as a kid, started when I was 14 or so. I was always getting billed at festivals as Oska, or Oskar. I hated it having my real name up on the poster. So one day in graphics class at school I accidentally wrote OPIUO in the computer while working on a project. It looked cool. I love symmetry. I tried it out at the next festival I was playing and it felt good. It stuck I guess. I love that it has no real meaning. To me it allows people to create their own meaning, with whatever or however the music makes them feel.

You seem to have an interesting knack for playing with words. Can you enlighten fans on what exactly “Syzygy” means and how you arrived at this idea for the title of your EP?

Syzygy means: “a conjunction or opposition, especially of the moon with the sun. e.g. the planets were aligned in syzygy.” It also means “a pair of connected or corresponding things.” I think what I make is always a connection between myself, the music, and the listener. Once it is heard by anyone, its not only mine anymore, its theirs too. And that in turn influences me. The listener makes this music real. I love that everything we do always relies on multiple factors to give it its energy, its vibe, its feeling. Both opposition & connection push us forward. Especially in music.

Tell us what the EP means to you in just a few words.

Journey filled funkadelic party pie.

So the official EP title is “Syzygy 01” — does this mean the project is the first of more parts to come? If so, can you give us any insider details on any future plans?

Yes indeed. I plan to release more this year. That’s all I’ll say.

Your sound is a highly original and infectious blend of glitch-hop, funk, and bass. How did you come to join these genres into your own unique sound stamp? Any influencers?

Back in the day I used to DJ and make drum n bass & breakbeat. I also grew up going to festivals in the late nineties and early 2000s that had crazy big high energy trance. I love the ridiculous and dirty bass lines of drum n bass, the groove of breaks and hip-hop, and the euphoric nature of trance pads and short sharp stabs. I guess I just tried throwing it all together in 2007 or so. I was terrified to play my early music in amongst my sets, but to my surprise they ended up going off the most. So I just kept going. Always sticking to making what I wanted to, not what I thought I needed to. A few top influences at that time were Noisia, Chris Carter, The Rogue Element, Bassnectar, and Tipper.

You’ve evolved from bedroom producer to full live band in just several years time. How has the live band effected/evolved your overall sound?

The band was always a challenge I wanted to take on. I grew up in a band through my high school years, and I’ve always loved the element of playing shit on the spot, knowing it could go wrong at any moment. It’s something I love to do in my solo sets too as they’re always live, with me playing my bass lines, synth lines, vocal chops, drums, all on the spot on my multiple drum machines. It makes the show so much more fun to do day in and day out, always performed a little different every show. The band is just an extension of that. It allows us to expand sections, creating extra tension and release, layer horn parts on the fly, add vocals to songs that were previously instrumental, shred on guitars and get more power in the drums. In case you didn’t notice I fucking love big drums! haha. Plus touring with friends is always more fun.

Tell your fans what they have to look forward to on your upcoming headlining US tour.

So much new music. You will dance, I 100% guarantee it. It’s a wild funkadelic party of epic proportional matter flying through space aboard a wobble ship, with some extra awesome special things I can’t mention right now… Basically the funnest party in the galaxy night after night. Yup, that’s right!!

Syzygy 01 is available for purchase here.

Opiuo’s US tour dates are available below:
4/12/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Coda – Tickets
4/13/18 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall – Tickets
4/14/18 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s – Tickets
4/21/18 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater – Tickets
4/24/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall – Tickets
4/25/18 – Reno, NV @ Bluebird – Tickets
4/27/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine – Tickets
4/28/18 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room – Tickets
5/3/18 – Portland, OR @ 45 East – Tickets
5/4/18 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos – Tickets
5/5/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Celebrities Nightclub – Tickets
6/7/18 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival – Tickets

Official video for Opiuo’s ‘Ginger Lizard’ bows

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Opiuo Releases The Official Music Video For His New Track Ginger Lizard

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New Zealand-born/ Australian based producer Opiuo, has released the official video for his brand-new single ‘Ginger Lizard’​. With the production centring around visually striking choreography of black-and-white checkered patterns in a small room decorated in the same colours. Taken from his eagerly anticipated Syzygy 01 EP, scheduled for release on 2nd March, ‘Ginger Lizard’ ​is

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Opiuo – Ginger Lizard

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New Zealand-based producer Opiuo carved out a niche for himself with a number of thoughtfully crafted gems that are heavy on the funk. Now, the artist born Oscar Davey-Wraight has revealed the second cut from his upcoming EP, Syzygy 01.

A building intro gives way to a crunchy bassline that builds a grooving foundation for “Ginger Lizard.” It doesn’t take long for the bass to be accompanied by swirling horn lines, twirling guitar licks, and a plethora of propellant synths. “Ginger Lizard” weaves between numerous styles in its over five minute runtime, and it is a testament to Opiuo’s talent that they form a cohesive final product.

Opiuo Announces A Red Rocks Headline Show

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So, it’s out. April 21, 2018 OPIUO will finally headline Red Rocks. He’s obviously been there a few times in a solo capacity and with his band earlier this year, but it’s been a meteoric rise to be headlining one of the all time top venues on the planet. SunSquabi, Flamingosis, and Anomalie are all on support duties

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Pretty Lights is slowly & successfully building his movement [Event Review]

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Pretty Lights is slowly & successfully building his movement (Event Review)

When Pretty Lights announced his record label was evolving into the newly-minted Pretty Lights Movement, many caught a tiny glimpse into what Derek Vincent Smith had in store for the evolution of his growing family. It was around the time of his Episodic Tour: Season Two Premiere at The Gorge Amphitheater – followed by a series of constantly evolving, innovative live band performances that took place across the nation.

Dancing Astronaut was invited to attend the final episodic event of the tour at Whitewater Amphitheater in the small hill country town of New Braunfels, Texas, wherein we witnessed the raw energy of the live band, the regional beauty of small town hidden gem of a venue, and the sheer vitality of the Pretty Lights Family. Here are five reasons why Pretty Lights Live is more than a mere musical experience, but a way of living.

All photos courtesy of Press Pause



1. The Pretty Lights live band experience

Smith’s creative decision to put the decks on the back-burner (and, yet, keep them front-and-center) takes his live shows to the next level. The stylings of the live band – made up of Brian Coogan, Borahm Lee, Alvin Ford Jr. and Chris Karns — are spotlighted, as each member aids Smith in bringing the organic analog aspect of his musical stamp to life. In addition, each show features a heavy dose of amazing special guest talent. Whether the heavy bass beats of Ganja White Night, the soulful stylings of up-and-comer Maddie O’Neal, or the funk-driven glitch-hop of Aussie producer Opuio, the Episodic Tour was jam-packed with amazing talent conforming to a clear sound stamp and an accompanying vision of which direction these shows are driven.


2. The PL Family

A heavy sense of family, community, and kindness among this close-knit group of Pretty Lights followers permeates the parking lots and showgrounds alike. The sheer feeling of euphoria and jovial admiration for their leader and their lifestyle is easily one of the most genuine and welcoming that any newcomer to this scene will experience. Take the Pretty Lights Illuminators, for instance, who are tasked with creating special activities, caring for their fellow attendees, or just generally spreading the good energy around each gathering. An emphasis on the small (yet out of this world) aspect of the crowds along these Episodic Tour stops likens them to an early Bassnectar following before it became too big to manage. Hard as it is to capture in words, experiencing is truly is believing with the PL Family.



3. A sense of heady spiritualism pervades

Smith freestyles about crystal children, hyper-dimensional space, positive vibrations, and metaphysical energy whilst refracting light with crystals on stage. Essentially, his antics and overall outlook on life embodies the spiritual self-awareness that guides Pretty Lights shows and the people living within these spaces. Burning Man principles like radical inclusion and self-reliance, gifting, and communal effort  guide social interactions at these Episodic Tour stops.



4. The venue(s)

The Pretty Lights team chose a wildly picturesque venue in Texas’ Whitewater Amphitheater for the final stop of Episodic Tour. Its breathtaking hill country views, fresh smells of nature, its friendly easy-going staff, and its setting along the Guadalupe river made the experience feel almost surreal, wherein attendees would float into the venue with new stranger-friends as they shouted their hellos to Smith himself across the river banks. Couple this with other world class venues such as Washington’s legendary Gorge Amphitheater, and one has a series of shows where attendees are guaranteed a weekend of re-connection with the earth.



5. The production value

Pretty Lights’ Episodic Tour is not a typical large-scale electronic music festival, but the production value sure feels like it. For one, every stop along the tour offers rare tracks and unique flips catered to each location. The lighting show  — courtesy of LazerShark —  is one “not to miss” in the electronic music realm. Whether it’s the wall of lasers projected across the stage, the abstract, psychedelic visual displays, or how they become amalgamated into one with the analog sound, these creative, oft-times improvisational elements are at the forefront of cutting-edge performance in the electronic music world.



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