Meet the Underground Talent of CRSSD Fest: PNAU

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CRSSD‘s 8th edition continues celebrations of the festival’s third year around the sun. Hosted at its usual location at the picturesque Waterfront Park in San Diego, the semi-annual event certainly hasn’t faltered in its lineup curation, inviting the likes of Guy JHelena HauffSofi Tukker, and Claptone onto its bill across September 29 + 30. Dancing Astronaut joins organizers in digging a little deeper into its roster to unearth its top underrated performers to find out their backstories thus far.

Those who reached adolescence in the Aughts have more than likely heard the name “Empire Of The Sun.” The supergroup rose to prominence when indie electro pop reigned supreme, and have continued to enjoy widespread success since their break. What they might not know, however, is that half of the super duo — Nick Littlemore — actually has a side project. The project in question is called PNAU, and alongside his brother Sam Littlemore and fellow Aussie producer Peter Mayes, the group have emerged as one of the more groundbreaking acts to come out of the island continent.

PNAU have a long history stretching nearly two decades to when the group was merely a duo creating disco-tinged dance music in the late 1990s. Throughout their long-standing career, the trio continues to exceed expectations, most recently with their last album Changa. From their music to their live hows, they are not artists one quickly forgets. From those first few beats of a PNAU track, it is almost impossible to stay still. Leading up to their performance at the September 2018 edition of CRSSD Fest, the trio took time to chat with Dancing Astronaut about performing at festivals, a new album, and more.

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What catalyzed your love for dance music?
LSD, Carnival Ov Thee Mind, a want for better things and independent life, young forever, stay out late
sleep all day, outsiders for all time.

What was your first label release? Would you still play it?
Frisk – 4 303’s over a fake 808 and anthropophagi

Describe the moment or event that made you realize that you were meant to be a full-time DJ/musician.
Hasn’t happened yet, or it’s being occurring over and over again and we’re yet to wake up and realize it

If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2018, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out?
Building the Myth: https://open.spotify.com/track/4lSJxSlIAdFr2ccpqELge9?si=gDlu-Mc_SWCPHnKkMWpCMA

What is different about your experience performing at festivals now as opposed to the beginning of your career?
Youth is a whirlwind, fresh faced, carded for days or because I was dazed. Everything passed us by, we were oblivious to the life lost outside while we were sleeping off the night never ending.

What are you looking forward to most about CRSSD Fest?
Channeling the cosmos, playing our first ever festival in America! Our re-entry into the multiverse,
popping our west coast cherries collectively.

If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
All of them! We came to meet all of these great artists.

What are the biggest things in your pipeline at the moment?
New PNAU album which is very exciting. Taking the brain to inner reflection and remembrance of dimensions lost at any cost.

Photo credit: PNAU’s team

CRSSD Fest Announces Lineup for Fall 2018

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Following a string of successful events, CRSSD Fest has established itself to be the premier house and techno biannual event in San Diego. Set alongside San Diego Bay in the city’s downtown, the picturesque venue has also solidified it as a destination festival drawing thousands of fans to America’s Finest City. The fall event will

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PNAU- “Go Bang”

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Dance trio Pnau are back and ready to tear up the dance floor after a four-year hiatus. “Go Bang” is the new single off their highly anticipated album, “Changa”. The Australian collective continue their momentum that grew from their previous three singles, “Chameleon”, “Young Melody” and “Control Your Body”. The video for “Go Bang” is

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New Music Friday: Sigrid at the top, Third Eye Blind cover (?) at the bottom, various songs in between

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Song of the week:
Sigrid — ‘Strangers’ 
If you’re judging it only on this year’s run of songs, of which BloodPop®-esque techpop corker ‘Strangers’ is the fifth, Sigrid’s probably 2017’s best new popstar. This week she’s also released a Leonard Cohen cover (!) as a pivotal part of the Justice League soundtrack, which isn’t the sort of showcase moment that exactly lands in the lap of every hasn’t-actually-had-a-hit-yet new artist, so we think it’s fair to say Sigrid’s team are upping the ante as 2018 comes into view.

Wrong of the week:
Timeflies — ‘Semi-Charmed’
This is a semi-cover of Third Eye Blind’s ‘Semi-Charmed Life’, a song that in 2017 is only remembered with any fondness at all by two members of Busted.

Additional notes:

  • There’s a barrage of new Sia material this week, and there are some quality control issues. This involves a pretty good song from her Christmas album (but she’s still holding back the best ones for some reason — ‘Snowflake’ in particular is a real moment), but it also involves a sub-par song that’s ended up with Dannii Minogue, and another underwhelming appearing on a TQX single.
  • There are also three songs out today (none of which are on our playlist, apols) involving Ed Sheeran — a remix of one of his own songs, a song on the Taylor Swift album, and an underwhelming Fuse ODG track.
  • Oh and Nick Littlemore‘s been busy too — Empire Of The Sun and Pnau both have new music out today. The Empire Of The Sun song’s pretty spectacular, but the Pnau album’s worth a listen too and includes a good track with Vera Blue.
  • We’ve included an Adam French song called ‘The Rat’ on this week’s playlist. It’s shit, but the first two seconds sound like it’s going to be ‘No Scrubs’ which is quite funny.
  • Taylor Swift‘s new album is out today but Taylor and her team want to make as much money as they can from it so sadly you can’t hear it on any streaming services.

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