Tag: California

CRSSD FEST: A(nother) Step Forward In The US Dance Music Scene

This past weekend Southern California house and techno aficionados came together at the Waterfront park in San Diego to prance, dance, and drink craft beer at the bi-annual CRSSD Festival. I hadn’t been back myself since my trip in March of 2016 for their spring addition and honestly, not much had changed in the year and half I was away. The festival may be in its seventh instalment, but it’s not changing or growing too fast to fit the crowds. Instead, the festival remains the same small size with three stages: The Palms stage, focusing on house artists; The City ... Read more

Dirtybird Campout Announces Booty Bouncing 2017 Lineup

Is there anything better than camping with friends? Yes, when your friends also include world class DJs and producers like Claude Von Stroke, J Phlip, Christian Martin, and more from sunny California’s Dirtybird crew. The epic lineup for their annual campout was released today including those mentioned above and other Dirtybird staples like Shiba Shan, whose set last year had every booty bouncing on the dance floor. This year they have moved the event from Orange County to a more central location at the San Antonio Campgrounds in Bradley, CA which many festival friends will recognize as the same venue ... Read more

Lightning In A Bottle: Where Experience & Environment Headline

One of my favorite things about Lightning in a Bottle is going for a walk. We walk so often daily it becomes mundane: to our cars, to grab a coffee, across the street. We forget that each walk is a tiny adventure. In the Neverland that is LIB we connect viscerally as we move through each other. We form a constant river of consciousness: flowing over bridges, brushing hands in gentle high fives, respectfully shifting through the crowd to rejoin your friends. Here we do not just numbly pass from one task to the next, so glued to our screen ... Read more

Desert Hearts Is Dress Up For Adults Set To The Pulse Of House Music Heart

Most people in California are currently prepping for the “beginning” of festival season next week at what most consider the mecca of Californian festival culture, Coachella. However, for those of us who have become part of the intimate Desert Hearts community we know festival season is already well underway. Last weekend this blossoming community of desert dancers and fashionistas came together to celebrate living through music, art, and fashion. Unlike massive festivals like Coachella, Desert Hearts feels more like a family reunion. The venue is surrounded by trees and in the shady corners friends come together under a bright pink ... Read more

Desert Hearts Announces Lineup Featuring 72 Hours Of Transcendental House and Techno

Desert Hearts announced the line-up today for their intimate spring festival at Los Coyotes Indian Reservation (Orange County, California) March 31st- April 3. We knew it was going to be an amazing collection of house and techno artists, but honestly had no idea it would be this packed with so many artists to play 72 hours of music for an intimate crowd. The lineup features way more than just the traditional Desert Hearts crew, made up of Mikey Lion, Porkchop, Lee Reynolds, and Marbs — this year the festival features a versatile mix of house and techno acts: like the ... Read more

Lightning In A Bottle Balances Superstar And Underground With Stacked 2017 Lineup

From 24 – 29 May, Bradley California once again plays host to Lightning in a Bottle, on of the US most colorful and beloved festival experiences. Organized by The Do Lab, Lightning in a Bottle has provided unique and trendsetting lineups over the past couple of years, selling out its previous editions. This year sees the festival carefully crafted a complement to the community spirit of the multi-faceted festival where participants gather to learn about environmental stewardship, elevate cultural awareness and unleash art across the landscape. See also: Lightning In A Bottle: The Family Festival Spread across 4 stages, 2017 ... Read more

Review: Splash House

This past weekend 5,000 attendee’s donned inflatable alligators and sailor hats to celebrate the end of summer in Palm Springs, a California oasis in the middle of Palm Desert. Despite the blistering 43 (110 F) degree temperatures party goers floated about in pools “hydrating” with vodka and dancing the day away. Although, it was a good time, it felt more like a frat party than a music festival. See, I’ve become accustomed to festivals where music is a huge part of what creates the community. This was a sensation that was lacking at Splash House. It was not an event ... Read more

California’s Woogie Weekend Celebrates Sunshine, Beats, And Yoga With Official Aftermovie

Over the weekend of July 8-10, Los Angeles’ Do LaB returned to Oak Canyon Park for the second annual Woogie Weekend. With two reimagined stages (The Hive and Kaleidoscope), an eclectic collection of revellers and, of course, House and Techno’s finest representatives braved the soaring temperatures and descended onto the intimate, carefree playground where they would be welcomed by a plethora of activities: frisbees punctured the skies, vendors provided healthy offerings that crossed the spectrum of diet and desire, an (infamous) slip n’ slide, pop up water balloon battles, morning yoga sessions led by Gigi Snyder, Kishan Shah, Michelle Nayeli ... Read more

Dirtybird Campout Drops Second Phase And We’re Officialy Excited

Growing up in Maine one of my favorite parts of the summer every year was the week when I got to go away to camp. It meant meeting a bunch of new friends with common interests, playing games, and of course staying up way too late telling stories. A lot of the friends I made at such camps were friends I kept for life. As I have gotten older I certainly see that attending music festivals every summer has taken the place of camp. I get excited planning and packing and preparing. I make friends I’ll never forget and open ... Read more

DHA Mix #220 By Jey Kurmis

Having honed his production skills over the past seven years, Jey Kurmis career has steadily been on the rise since his debutrelease on Phobic Records. Jey Kurmis name kicked into overdrive after the ‘Lil’ Nic French EP’ dropped on Hot Creations last year. Since that day, Jey has had tracks featured on Defected, Resonance, ViVA, Wow!,, and Moon Harbour, while also supplying a steady stream of remixes. At this point in 2016, Jey can be found once again on Hot Creations, where he has cemented himself as a firm favorite, with the “Not Too Flabbeh” EP that features an additional ... Read more

Lightning In A Bottle: The Family Festival

This past weekend in Bradley, California festival culture had its annual family gathering at Lightning in a Bottle (LIB). This festival in its seventh official year has grown into a movement with roots in many cultures and as it grows it extends its arms to embrace more of those truly seeking connection.This is not a place of discrimination, but a place of deep understanding of other and of self. It is a festival about awakening. This year, for the first time in history, LIB sold out. This left the community of dancers, yogis, chefs, and children alike wondering: will lighting ... Read more

Lightning In A Bottle: The 5 Things I Learned Last Year

Last year I attended Lighting in a Bottle Festival in Bradley California for the very first time. I was a Coachella veteran and thought I knew everything about festivals and what they could offer. Truth: I could not have been more wrong. A random speaker series on the first day drew my attention it was titled “The Art of Letting Go”. It sparked something in me. I felt I had so much clutter in my life. After this talk I recognized the clutter was in the palm of my hand. That’s right. I’m talking about how much I learned from ... Read more

Coachella Drops House Heavy 2016 Lineup

Dropping a few days before anticipated, and with rumours swirling over the last few days, Coachella has officially unveiled its full lineup for the multi-week California festival. Of course, the lineup is stacked with heavy hitters across genres, as well as much anticipated reunions, but it is the prominence of house music and, specifically, some of our favorite artists, which have us excited. Firstly, the big news are the reunions. Yes, Guns N’ Roses will be there, original lineup in tow, but it is the return of LCD Soundsystem that peaks our fancy. Furthermore, live acts like Underworld, M83, Disclosure, ... Read more

Los Angeles Proposes Festival Ban Following Recent Deaths

Following the death of two female festival attendees at Los Angeles’ HARD Summer festival, a temporary ban on outdoor, public property held, festivals has been called for. The city of Los Angeles has held a task force on drug related incidents of this nature after the death of a teenage girl at the 2010 edition of Electric Daisy Carnival. At the time, EDC was a Los Angeles institution, however since being forced to its new Las Vegas home. The task force recommended a slew of overdose preventative measures added security, intense entry search, clear passageways for medical personnel, and free ... Read more