Tag: coachella

Interview: Maya Jane Coles

Something of an enigma in today’s music world, Maya Jane Coles returns with her latest, and most complete, substantive album to date – “Take Flight”. Already well received via a slew of singles – including the BBC Radio 1 Essential New Tune ‘Won’t Let You Down’, the album sees Maya write, produce, engineer, arrange, mix and perform each and every track one of its 24 tracks, even designing its artwork herself. Released as a double disc/heavyweight triple vinyl pack, “Take Flight” continues Maya Jane Coles’ phenomenal year, which has seen her make appearances at the likes of Coachella, Tomorrowland, Parklife, ... Read more

Desert Hearts Goes International With Summer Tour

Emerging from their annual 72 hour festival and debut Coachella appearance, Desert Hearts pushes into the summer with an eleven date international tour. Culminating at Oregon Eclipse, the crew of Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Porkchop will also descend on Exchange (Los Angeles), Trade (Miami), Monkey Loft in (Seattle), a follow up to their sold-out alignment with Brooklyn’s Devotion family, as well as festival takeover stages at What The Festival?!, Sonic Bloom, and Eclipse. Additionally, Desert Hearts will continue to make waves off the North American continent, with Mikey Lion and Lee Reynolds traveling to Colombia and Ecuador for ... Read more

DHA Mix #247 By Booka Shade

2016 sees Booka Shade release their 10 year anniversary of their Movements LP, and also the new release of their supercharged edit “Movements 10”. In lieu of their celebrations and achievements they deliver DHA with a progressive yet funky mix. Booka Shade (Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeierthat) have caused quite the stir since they first started out back in 1995. They started off with 90s pop-synth experimentations in Frankfurt, releasing a number of their underground dance tracks, of whom most notable – “Una Musica Senza Ritmo” (90s synth diggers should give it an ear). Back in 2002 the duo set their sights on the techno ... Read more

What Dance Did Right: Coachella Team Campaigns For Native American Land

Finally, it’s not just talks about spirituality, yoga and getting to know your 2nd chakra. The organization behind the biggest electronic dance music stage on Coachella Festival has taken action and turned their community’s attention to the controversy over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Despite their disavowal to be perceived as a political organization or have a political stance, Do Lab along with Symbiosis decided to proactively support the protection of the Sioux lands and is calling for donations along with exercising civic democratic rights.  If you havent heard about the Dakota Access Pipeline protests its because the media ... Read more

Black Coffee Set To Release New Album

South Africa’s internationally renowned DJ Black Coffee (Nkosinathi Maphumulo) is set to release his highly anticipated album “Pieces Of Me” on August 26th. Already holding 3 award-winning albums, Black Coffee has been producing eclectic and soulful house for over a decade now. This year so far, he has performed at the massive Coachella and Ultra Music Festival‘s and was also awarded the BET Award for Best International Act: Africa. “Pieces Of Me” takes you along a path paved with organic instrumentation, driving beats, and stirring vocals, the 12 tracker does so with a collection rhythms reflecting Black Coffee’s soulful style. ... 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’s Craigslist Cravings

To most, Craigslist is a useful online market to buy/sell used electronic equipment, residential spaces, musical instruments, concert tickets, gardening tools, or Lorpen Merino Wool ankle socks. However, some are in the market for their more ‘intimate’ needs. Most are familiar with the online ‘Missed Connections‘ after festivals such as Burning Man: where sad romantics can congregate in search of their lost lovers – pleading the spiritual connection that ensued and all that bull shit. However, there are many who use use Craigslist as a quasi-Tinder-escort communication platform in the hopes to lose their godforsaken virginity. Some of the offers on here are ruthless. We are not ... Read more

Coachella: An Awkward (But Necessary) Conversation On Shame

Coachella is the staple music festival for most California festival goers: if you don’t go anymore it is almost surely where you started. With no age limit and two weekends of fun many young people go to experience their first festival event. For a lot of young people today experience goes hand in hand with experiment and, though the drug stigma in festival culture has been addressed before, it is time to shine a new light on this “taboo” subject and address what we are doing in the US by constantly shaming drug use. Yes, drugs are illegal. No, you are ... Read more

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

This past weekend in Southern California festival goers gathered in the Waterfront park of San Diego for the semi-annual CRSSD Festival put on by FNGRS CRSSD. Although this is a fairly new festival the attendees were not new to the festival scene. Everyone involved was a seasoned festival goer and this was obvious from outfit choices to the level of commitment to the party and the vibe curated by everyone involved. Firstly, after walking in the gates of CRSSD one notes how beautiful the location is. The waterfront park sits directly on the water and boasts pirate ships and fountains ... Read more

From The Creators Of Coachella, Panorama Festival Comes To NYC

Billed as “Three days of top tier musical performances, dynamic art installations, innovative technology, and some of NYC’s best local eats.” the new Panoarama Festival comes to New York City’s Randall’s Island Park this summer. Panorama comes from Coachella and CRSSD producers (and AEG owned) Goldenvoice and will take place 22-24 July. The name Panorama is taken from a 10,000 ft scale model of the city, which sits in the Queens Museum and is entitled “Panorama of the City of New York”. The event is not without controversy, as the space’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival, which takes place one month ... 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

Mix #161 By Kidnap Kid

Matt Relton, aka. Kidnap Kid’s music career started strong rather early: he must have been the only university student to ever have won the iTunes ‘Best Electronic Song’ in 2012 for his release ‘Vehl’ and went on to be the only postgraduate on tour with TEED and Disclosure the following year on a national ‘Hype Envoy’ tour of the United States. His stamp onto the electronic music scene continued last year with the release of ‘Stronger’ – a club-orientated track that stood apart from its vocal-led predecessors. It opened him up to a world of new audiences as well as ... Read more

Mix #149 By Gene Farris

A global ambassador of Chicago’s classic house music sound, Gene Farris has spiritedly contributed to the evolving house and techno culture of this century. He began playing Acid House, Disco and the classic Chicago style of his peers at a young age, developing a unique sound that lead him to performances at Chicago’s legendary underground warehouse parties of the 90s, and a residency at the Power House. These formative experiences solidified his artistry, launching him into a four-year residency in Amsterdam and an eight-year residency at Chicago’s infamous Boom Boom Room. A self-taught engineer and producer, his work with Cajual, ... Read more

Festivals Banning Selfie Sticks

With new technology often come new rules. The festival season is coming closer and closer and so a handful of considerable players in the industry decided to prohibit a gadget that has become an inflammatory subject on social media. Beginning of this year we reported about UK venues like the 02 Academy Brixton, 02 Arena and Wembley Arena banning selfie sticks. Yesterday Coachella and Lollapalooza banned selfie sticks from their festivals this year and have listed them as “prohibited items”. This includes monopods and other camera attachments. See also: UK Venues Banning the Selfie Stick According to Dutchscene the majority of the big Dutch Festivals have apparently followed this example. ... Read more