Grabbitz – Metronome #33


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Grabbitz explores the depths of human emotion on his recently released ‘Friends’ EP, out now on Monstercat. It’s a definitive release that progresses the evolution of modern electronic music through actual artistry, songwriting sophistication and layered complexities. For his Metronome mix, Grabbitz drops the deep feels and instead takes listeners on a bass-heavy, bone-shaking ride. Strap in; it’ll be bumpy. I lost my shit @ 9:29.


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BUKU Music + Art Project 2015 Single Day Lineups & Tickets Released


We have been blessed by the BUKU gods. The wizards of Winter Circle Productions have dropped the Friday and Saturday lineups right on our heads. Start to plan accordingly, because we believe these daily lineups might have even been released in order  by set times. It’s great to see that with such a stacked lineup, it looks like most of the headliners and artists have been treated properly in terms of popularity. Friday is looking solid, with such a diverse group of artists it will be great to feel out the vibes and link up with friends before the weekend flies by us. The icing on the cake is definitely ‘Pineapple Saturday’ (shoutout @YoungAndSick). Such an insane amount of talent, obviously with the undisputed closer at the Power Plant Stage, Bassnectar. In less than 30 days, nearly one month from today, we will get #toobuku. SINGLE DAY TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!


Power Plant:

A$AP Rocky, Empire of the Sun, STS9, Robert Delong, Big Freedia

Float Den:

Die Antwoord, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Claude Von Stroke, Zomboy, Mr. Carmack


Portugal. The Man, Boosie Badazz, Run The Jewels, Gramatik, Yung Lean & Sad Boys, Pell

Back Alley:

Jamie Jones, Thomas Jack, Bob Moses, Suicideyear, Musa, Herb Christopher B2B Ryan Deffes, ChrisCross



Power Plant: 

Bassnectar, Passion Pit, TV On The Radio, Raury, Sweet Crude

Float Den: 

Porter Robinson (live), Borgore, Odesza, ILoveMakonnen, XXYYXX, Slander


G-Eazy, Lil B, Hudson Mohawke, BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah, DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire), Zella Day, In The Valley Below, Devon Baldwin

Back Alley:

Benoit & Sergio, Justin Martin B2B Eats Everything, The Range, Carneyval, Hyphee, Klutch, SFAM






BUKU Music + Art Project 2015 Full Lineup Release

buku-music-arts-festivalBuckle your imaginary seat belt, and prepare for things to get weird. BUKU is my bread and butter, easily one of my Top 3 Favorite Festivals, and this lineup alone carries serious weight. My jaw is still actually on the floor though.

The BUKU Music + Art Project is a unique boutique festival that delivers an underground house-party vibe tucked right in the heart of New Orleans’ burgeoning Warehouse District. BUKU’s intimate post-industrial setting fits perfectly with the festival’s fusion of electronic, hip-hop and indie rock. You already know we’ll be there.


 Without further adieu, your BUKU Music + Art Project 2015 Lineup:

  • Passion Pit
  • Empire of the Sun
  • A$AP Rocky
  • TV On the Radio
  • Bassnectar
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Porter Robinson
  • Borgore
  • Die Antwoord
  • Gramatik
  • G-Eazy
  • Flosstradamus
  • Zomboy
  • STS9
  • Robert DeLong
  • Justin Martin
  • Jamie Jones
  • Run The Jewels
  • Eats Everything
  • In the Valley Below
  • Yung Lean
  • The Range
  • Raury
  • Mr. Carmack
  • Big Freedia
  • Thomas Jack
  • Bob Moses
  • Pell
  • Boosie Badazz
  • Suicideyear
  • Sad Boys
  • Klutch
  • Musa
  • Carneyval
  • Chriscross


  • RL Grime
  • Claude VonStroke
  • Hudson Mohawke
  • Ghostface Killah
  • ILoveMakonnen
  • Benoit & Sergio
  • DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire)
  • Zella Day
  • Slander
  • Devon Baldwin
  • Sweet Crude
  • SFAM
  • Hyphee
  • Herb Christopher B2B Ryan Deffes


Like. What. I honestly can’t even imagine a better place to see this lineup. I’ve said it before, but my favorite thing about BUKU is probably the location. Not only being in NOLA, but it’s position on the river by the smokestacks creates a incomparable eclectic atmosphere that you can only experience once you’re there. The location sets the vibe for an absolutely unreal experience. BUKU also carries an aura of exclusivity as hands-down one of the most underrated festivals in the US, and maybe one of the best kept secrets. Across 4 stages and less than 15,000 attendees total, every set becomes something far more intimate than you ever imagined.



Spag Heddy – Fiddy Kay [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 12.08.18 AMLet’s get back to the basics. This grimey, filthy, alien banger will pulsate through your veins and the little vocal chops keep things very tasty. Spag‘s new heavier style might prove this is one of his best yet with no excessive melody needed, because this one goes straight to work. That twisted horn build in the beginning just echoes through my skull, then you have to brace yourself for the madness that happens at @2:27… it’s like… something between tripping balls and angry dophin sex.

2015, you better keep watch, and cop this FREE DOWNLOAD.

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Dirty Heads – My Sweet Summer (Borgeous Remix) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

artworks-000087224734-fxcei0-t500x500My sweet summer’s gone. :) Why in the world is this a good thing? Because Borgeous just delivered possibly the biggest summer anthem right on time. How do we even define a multi-genre banger like this… Big room festival trap? Doesn’t matter… we could get used to this. Borgeous, the Los Angeles-based producer behind the massive hit “TSUNAMI,”  just shut down your pool party. The familiar vocals of California-based rock group Dirty Heads progress into an insane build that does not disappoint. Colossal trap horns fused with a dirty bass stomp is the only way to properly end your summer on a good note. My sweet summer’s not just gone… its f*cking destroyed. | GET IT. 

Monster Of The Week: Virtual Riot

artworks-000087745488-mtem46-t500x500This has been a long time coming. We’ve been following Virtual Riot for a couple years now, and he deserves all the fame in the world. What makes Virtual Riot great? He brings to the table everything that the Dubstep/Electro game is lacking. The familiar crunch or sample pack wobble is seriously no match for his properly executed complextro productions. Recently signed by Disciple Recordings, Virtual Riot made waves in the scene this week with his release of his WE’RE NOT ALONE EP. I believe this cat has the potential to headline his own major tour… from main room bangers to ethereal bass music, this German producer is completely ignoring genre constraints. This is the future, as epic orchestral scores fuse with punchy, crunchy, filthy dubstep, this is one of the biggest releases of the year. GET IT.

Oh you’re hungry for more Virtual Riot? Check out this recent mix that he dropped for our buddies over at YourEDM.

Mercer & Autoerotique – Murda Dem (Luminox Rework) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

artworks-000087905357-v2d3n5-t500x500Luminox is back. He didn’t really go anywhere, but damn I feel like I’ve been missing this bad boy in my life. Seriously, when I think of the beginnings of our new wave of trap music, I instantly give credit to Flosstradamus, Carnage, Heroes X Villians, and Luminox, amongst others. If this isn’t a festival banger, my name isn’t Dopeboy. Taking the original production and cranking it up a notch from 128 to 140, Luminox has the crowd going nuts. The second drop still makes me want to bang on pots and pans in my kitchen. The whole thing is a juddering jam drizzled with tribal drum patterns and boisterous hi-hat sequences. GET IT.



She got a booty like… BANG BANG! This collab screams Las Vegas. If you’re not on the strip, you better be in the strip club. And if you’re not on that high school musical pop radio tip, the original sample comes from the bad girl trio: Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj. This twerk anthem might have just redefined the term ‘BANG’er. Shots fired. The chorus reminds me of roller skates and ice cream on a hot summer day, but quickly punted into the club with some nasty, gyrating, bubbly, chopped southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. Don’t lose faith, stay CAKED UP & GET IT.

How to make your own BANG BANG CAKE = 1 part CAKED UP, 1 part MEAUX GREEN.


Carnage Ft. Migos – Bricks (Victor Niglio Twerk VIP) [FREE DOWNLOAD]


I can’t lie. The original ‘Bricks‘ is my alarm clock. There’s something really special about waking up flexing. It’s one of the most banging hybrid-festival trap bangers I’ve ever heard, and I’ve listened to A LOT of festival trap. I don’t know about you, but when I’m at a festival, I prefer to have my elbows up in the air and beautifully shaped female backsides jiggy-ing in my direction. Don’t blame me though. Jiggy made me do it. Jiggy Who? *Ahem* Excuse my twerkish. The party animal Victor Niglio not only produced one of the crunkest twerk anthems to be heard by ratchet ears, but apparently he’s also a mind-reader because he knows your darkest secret… to get “figgity figgity figgity figgity figgity figgity fucked up.”

Not your darkest secret? Maybe you should set your goals a little higher.

We didn’t see this coming. It’s like getting slapped in the face with a hundred bricks. Victor Niglio cranks the original ‘Bricks’ up to a crazy 100bpm heater. Literally turning up, taking the original from a street banger to a booty-bouncing heater. This is gold. Shoutout to the ATL Migos!

BONUS: Victor Niglio – Jiggy (VIP)

SUPER BONUS: Carnage ft. Migos – Bricks (Official Video) [Explicit]

Monster Of The Week: G Jones


He takes you from the streets, and drops you into the final stage of Super Mario NES… on a beautifully spooky mushroom trip. It’s great. And G Jones just made his BASSMONSTER debut as Monster Of The Week. Are you not sold yet?
Greg Jones, better known as G Jones (see what he did there?), is doing his part to push the future sound of electronic music. His style is a unique combination of dreamy, trippy, and purple trap sounds, collectively creating future bass music. The sounds are as surreal as anything in your imagination, yet as raw as diamonds. His street cred runs deep with Crew Camp Questionmark, and he has gained the support of some of our favorite producers – Minnesota, Zeds Dead, UZ, and Bassnectar, just to name a few. One week ago he released “Ring The Alarm” into the wild, as the first banger from his new Ring The Alarm EP. I kind of see it as his way of saying ‘roll out the red carpet,’ or f*ck it – roll up the grass. “Ring The Alarm” is a heavy-hitting horn anthem that brings the hype. The bubbly toms and killer snare work is already guaranteed to shake some dust up. Actually, the entire EP is some serious crunkwave… nine original tracks, including collaborations with Minnesota, Doshy, and Mad Zach.

Down below I’ve added the Free Download link, a couple tracks from the new EP, a couple of my personal G Jones favorites, and a legendary live mix at Low End Theory LA. Much love to G Jones and the crew at Saturate Records. Keep crushing.

Ring The Alarm EP —> ***FREE DOWNLOAD***

My Top 10 Must-See Artists at BUKU Music + Art Project 2014

1459764_445634082204345_841304714_aVIBES… I’m telling you guys, I can already feel them. The energy in New Orleans during the BUKU Music + Art Project is unreal. Why? One thing that I believe that makes one particular artist better than the next is their raw emotion and ability to ‘move’ you. After all, it’s all about feeling something, right? Sometimes I catch myself dreaming about jambalaya and voodoo dolls, but the eclectic atmosphere is unforgettable. Undoubtedly, every artist on the bill will give a killer performance, but I believe these particular artists will not only give you chill bumps.  They’ll burn an image into your mind. Above all, I promise you these acts will do something special, and you’ll want to be there – trust me. Here’s my list of the top 10 must-see artists at BUKU.



(10) Tyler the Creator – I already know this one is going to be out of control. Tyler is literally going to start a riot, and it’s going to be legendary. You’re going to want to take off your CamelBak for this one because you might find yourself in the middle of a mosh pit. Tyler takes weird to a whole new level, and it’s going to be beautiful ratchetry.


(9) Kaskade – The man, the legend. This OG delivered one of the most epic headlining acts I have ever seen at a festival at EDC Orlando 2013. His classic stuff is all golden, and his newer release, Fire & Ice, was on repeat for months. His Atmopshere album brings tears to every babe’s face, and holy sh*t can he drop some festival bangers. If we’re really lucky, Kaskade‘ll grab the mic and lay down some vocals over Atmosphere. I can’t wait to see what secret weapons he pulls out for this one.


(8) Chromeo – Traveling from the mothership down to Earth, the funk lords will bless your ears, and don’t say I didn’t warn you. In my mind, these guys stack up with Daft Punk, Justice, Treasure Fingers, MSTRKRFT, Bag Raiders, Cut Copy, & Holy Ghost! Every single one of their productions teleports you back to the days of vinyl; trust me, disco never died. I’ve been trying to catch Chromeo for years now, and I can’t wait to come alive.


(7) Zeds DeadZeds Dead, baby. I will argue all day that the Canadian duo is not even capable of delivering a less-than-mind-blowing set. Their arsenal of remixes and productions must be days long, so you know they’re always prepared. Zeds Dead was one of the first acts I ever saw over 5 years ago, and they still deliver more ravey dubstep than most in the game. I place them alongside Bassnectar because I swear their LIVE mixing skills will seriously leave your face on the floor more than once. Don’t forget to pick it up if you make it out alive.


(6) GRiZ – Oh, Grant. The Mad Liberator. I’ve seen GRiZ come up from a room in Alabama with 50 other people to the Tabernacle in Atlanta on the Budweiser Made in America Tour to selling out the Masquerade in Atlanta on his first headlining tour. He’s made it big, and he deserves every second of it. I don’t know about you, but when I think of Louisiana and New Orleans, I think about brass and horns. His saxophone is going to be electric and literally send sex down your spine. This could be his biggest performance yet.


(5) Baauer B2B RL Grime – Sweet Trap Jesus. We thank you for the 808′s, but especially for sending your sons Baauer and RL Grime. Elbows up… amen. Two of my favorite performances at ‘Bisco were Baauer and RL Grime, this really is the best of the best. I see them as superheroes, but not like Batman & Robin, more like Batman & Batman. These two might top Diplo’s performance at BUKU 2012. It’s going to be filthy, steamy, and grimey. If you’re not the biggest fan of trap, you’re about to be converted. It’s set to be a religious experience.


(4) Cashmere Cat – We are not worthy. Seeing this guy on the lineup sold it for me. I speak for my Soundcloud nerds out there when I say his creativity and production quality makes him one of the most anticipated acts of 2014. In laymen’s terms, Cashmere Cat is literally changing the game, bending genres, and inspiring a generation of musicians. He’s been working nonstop for the past two years with an all-star lineup including, but not limited to, Lana Del Rey, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, Jeremih, Ludacris, and Hudson Mohawke. The kid is hot, and you will regret missing his set in the Back Alley for the rest of your life. Don’t sleep.


(3) Nas + DJ Premiere – How much more legendary can you really get? Two of the most important hip hop icons EVER are set to throw down a very special performance of their album Illmatic in honor of its 20th anniversary. If you’ve never listened to Illmatic, do yourself a favor and just leave this page, go to google, search for a torrent, and download it. Trust me, it’s much more important that you actually educate yourself with a work of art than anything else you have planned for the weekend. If you already know what’s up, this is going to be one for the books. Everyone else is talking about Outkast on this years’ festival run, but I’m talking about Nas and DJ Premier.


(2) Explosions in the Sky – I literally thought I would never get a chance to see these guys…and I literally had accepted the fact until I SH*T MY PANTS when I saw them on the artist announcement. Surrounded by electronic and hip hop acts, Explosions in the Sky is one of the most important acts of the festival. I’ve been following these guys since 7th grade and literally used to meditate before football games, listening to The Earth Is Not A Dead Cold Place. I can’t wait to feel some type of way. I might shed a tear – it’s going to be beautiful.


(1) The Glitch Mob – It’s been four years. They’ve returned with a vengeance, and everyone’s talking about it. BUKU will be their first festival stop and biggest performance of the year so far. The Glitch Mob is one of those acts that don’t just push buttons, but flipped the ‘live-tronica’ world upside down and crushed it. No questions asked, The Glitch Mob is creating work that’s ahead of our time, and honestly, they might make the world stop spinning for a minute. I already see illuminated triangles flashing in my mind… Buckle up, and Drive It Like You Stole It.

Who are you excited to see at the BUKU Music + Art Project this year?



BUKU Music & Art Project 2014 Final Lineup Announced

1459764_445634082204345_841304714_aThird time’s a charm. BUKU 2014 has seriously positioned itself to be one of the most legendary festivals of the year. The BUKU Music & Art Project is unlike any festival you’ve been to before; it’s exclusive (less than 12,000 people), and very special. Just picture yourself with your friends nestled between some railroad tracks, a dilapidated power plant, and the Mississippi River with barges rolling by throughout the night… add to it the New Orleans skyline and Crescent City Connection bridge looming in the distance… yep, that’s #tooBUKU. Speaking of too buku, I still vividly remember catching my first Figure set ever at BUKU 2012. I was raging beside my best friend at the front rail in The Ballroom, as I witnessed him headbang so hard that he broke his nose on the rail. First Figure show, front rail, broken nose, blood, eclectic buku vibes… just take me back.


One of the most well-rounded (and stacked, forreal) festival lineups to be announced this year, just got even better. Give a big BUKU welcome to: NAS performing Illmatic in its entirety with DJ Premier, Sleigh Bells, Chance The Rapper, Carnage, GRiZ, Clockwork, Dan Deacon, CLASSIXX (Live), Treasure Fingers, Young & Sick and a few more surprises. On top of that, if you can afford a spot on the S.S. BUKU, you’ll catch rare VIP-Only performances from THE GASLAMP KILLER, New Orleans’ own Preservation Hall, Holy Ghost!, Miami Horror, and DJ Soul Sister. (Rumor has it, there will even be a Big Freedia Twerk Lesson.) <— This is seriously a game-changer. :)



Monster of the Week: Candyland

candyland-dj-200x200This is like EDM junk food, and we got a sweet tooth. Ethan Davis and Josie Martin, the Santa Barbara-based duo known as Candyland, have been a long-time BASSMONSTER Staff favorite. We most recently caught a killer set from Josie this year at EDC Orlando, as the sun fell into the night sky. Literally jumping for 60 minutes straight. Anyways, grab a pen, grab a sheet of paper, and take notes. They’ve reached the #1 spot on Beatport in Dubstep, Electro House, Drum N Bass, and Glitch Hop. They started a record label, Sweet Shop Records, and have multiple releases on Spinnin’ Records. They just announced the “Killer Fro Tour,” co-headlining with another favorite, Kill Paris. They just secured a new residency at the Marquee in Las Vegas. AND they got the internet goin’ nuts. Seriously though, welcome to Candyland’s “Freebie Week.” Five free and downloadable tracks, JUST BECAUSE. They’ve already made 2014 their b*tch. DAT FRO THO.

Day 1: Butch Clancy – Russian Lullaby (Candyland Remix)    GET IT.

Day 2: The Prodigy – Breath (Candyland Remix)    GET IT.

Day 3: Candyland – Breathless Ft. Michelle Quezada (Candyland’s OG Remix)    GET IT.

Day 4: Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie (Candyland’s Groovin’ Remix)    GET IT.

Day 5: Little May – Hide (Candyland Remix)    GET IT.

*BONUS*  Candyland – Rave Party (Unreleased)


Flosstradamus – B⚠NNED 3D

artworks-000068063554-bteywk-t500x500#HOODIEBOYZ AND #HOODIEGURLZ, let’s get #PLURNT. This is the third installment of the B⚠NNED series, and the boyz went in on this one. Dope, dirty, crunk, call it what you want, they made this to turn the club to a mosh pit. The track selection is on point, and the mixing stays trippy. Speaking of trippy, if you want the full B⚠NNED 3D experience, Flosstradamus recommends copping one of the Official Flosstradamus Vaporizers, which features an 8GB hard drive. Herbs and hard drives, they were meant for each other. <3 Throw this mix on for your pregame and have a wild Friday night, BASSMONSTERS. Be safe, don’t drink and drive, and stay flossy.






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Counterpoint 2014 Artist Announcement

1377580_518554821563761_1521352684_nIT’S BACK. The legendary Counterpoint Music Festival returns to Georgia, with mother-f*cking OUTKAST. I don’t want to say that I called it, but I called it. Even though the #Outkast20 festival tour will be hitting plenty of other spots, it’s all about the hometown love, and the Atlanta crowd will surely be getting ratchet as hell. I CAN’T WAIT. The lineup is refreshing, features multiple genres of music, and is exactly the kind of acts you’d want to see with your best friends. It’s still my favorite festival. Only 99 days away and counting down… COUNTERPOINT FAM WASSUP!

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Monster of the Week: CAKED UP

avatars-000055311699-a64hg8-t500x500B*itches love cake. Do I really need to explain? Ok, fine. Las Vegas duo Oscar Wylde and Vegas Banger, also known as CAKED UP, have been making some serious moves. In less than a year, they’ve assembled over 318,000 followers on Soundcloud, millions of plays, and even gained the attention of, reaching the #1 spot in “Uncharted,” and #4 spot in “Next Big Sound.” They’re currently on tour with Ookay and booked with Big Gigantic at the end of February/ beginning of March. How’d they do it? Consistently crunk and quality twerk sh*t. Oh yeah, and four tracks in four weeks. Happy Friday, BASSMONSTERS. Let’s get CAKED UP.



Monster of the Week: JSTJR

avatars-000056321370-hhzlyu-t500x500Happy New Year, ya filthy animals. Let’s get the first Friday of the year started off right – remember the name, JSTJR (pronounced “gesture”). He’s on fire right now, and recently has been dubbed the “King of 100bpm.” Listen to the new sound of twerk. I’ve supplied you with his most recent mix (in collaboration with our friends over at Do Androids Dance), his most recent production, and a mega-banger. Yes, mega-banger. I witnessed the don Flux Pavilion drop the remix @ Zydeco in Birmingham, Alabama, the same day it was released. Let the bass cannon kick it.


The Road to Bisco: Part 3

Ladies and gentlemen, CAMP BISCO IS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY! Dear god, I’m excited.

If you haven’t read Part 1 and Part 2, do yourself a favor and catch up.

I have the absolute pleasure of being a ‘Camp Counselor’ this year. I essentially have the same responsibilities as a ‘Bassnectar Ambassador’ – that is to make sure everyone is having a great time and well-hydrated. If you look thirsty, I’ll probably give you some water, and if you recognize me, I’ll probably give you a BM sticker. :)

There’s still so many surprises yet to be unveiled, it’s insane. All of the anxiety, excitement, and emotion that you’ve been brewing for the past few months is going to double, if not triple, in the next few days. The entire production team is already on-site preparing the location, and things are already looking better than expected. That reminds me… let’s all keep our fingers crossed that this might be the first festival this season that won’t be rainy. (plz)

First things first, ART. My family over at ABV ATL are providing the artistic direction for Camp Bisco this year. Not only are they hand picking the best contemporary artists in the nation, but creating an experience that EVERYONE will enjoy. How? Let’s just say you’ve never been to a music festival in the shade and at multi-level art gallery… all at the same time. GREG MIKE is leading a team of 11 visual artists to construct live artwork pieces, as well as collaborating with motion media artist, Mr. Div, and typography artist, NEVER.

I’m not done yet. There’s going to be multiple unique shaded fabric structures installed by Function Forms, and multiple large scale outdoor balloon installations known as the ‘balloon chains.’ Trust me, you’ll know it when you see it. The entire art movement as a whole is interactive and meant to be a place to catch your breath, get some shade, or serve as a meeting point for your friends. Don’t be a stranger, these artists are friendly and are some of the best in the biz.

If that’s not your vibe, then you might find yourself at one of the daily Bisco workshops. These special experiences range from Daily Yoga to Gloving, Go-go Dancing, Concert Lighting, Meditation, Sonic Healing, DIY Festival Clothing, and more! Basically, if you have a passion for anything, you will find ‘your people’ here.

Last but not least, the music. (There’s music?!) You’ve seen the lineup, you can’t wait to see a particular artist, and you know there’s going to be surprise special guests. Beyond that, you want to be with your friends, your crew.

Here’s the site map…

Memorize it, print 10 copies, and save it to your phone. The setup is slightly different from last year, and the map appears to have more vegetation than usual, but don’t worry – it’s all for the best.

That’s because the Bisco crowd IS the best of the best. Those who choose to take the pilgrimage to New York are always rewarded. See you there, my friends. Safe travels.

EDC Las Vegas 2013 – Live Sets

Electric Daisy Carnival: Las Vegas happened this past weekend. If you went, you’re probably still recovering – physically and financially. If you want to go next year, prepare yourself for TWO WEEKENDS of raging and raving. This year, over 320,000 attendees witnessed some of the world’s greatest DJs lay it down for the largest electronic music festival on American soil. If you missed the party, no worries. EDC just came to you (Or on you). Here’s some of my favorites. Welcome to the jungle in the desert. Enjoy.

Wired Music Festival 2013 Recap

Athens, Georgia.

We did it.


DOPEBOY: Shoutout to New Earth Music Hall! Not only was the entire staff very helpful and friendly, but the place looked awesome. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. At New Earth, the outside area featured a popup stage that just blasted bass into the sky of Athens. This new outdoor area features a few wooden seating areas separated by some greenery, hanging light fixtures zig-zagging across the patio, and an outdoor bar! The inside area featured one large main stage space and a backroom area with the main bar. This venue really was the perfect size for the crowd that showed up – I’m guessing around 1,000 people. At the end of the night, it was crowded, but you could always find a spot to dance or get some fresh air, if you needed it.

MR. RAGER: With two different stages, Wired Music Festival 2013 took over the New Earth Music Hall in true eager style with an outdoor festival feel with an indoor original main stage.  You might be looking for the tell-tale festival attributes (go-go dancers towering over the pit, or sparklers and lasers shooting smoke into the clear, night sky), but this was anything but normal.  Large artistic installations lined the walls, giving a down-to-earth, urban vibe, and there was a lone armchair in the corner that RATCHET swears that sitting in that chair during Smookie Illson was one of the top five craziest experiences with acoustics, as the bass bounced off the walls and shook his world in waves of sonic earthquakes.


DOPEBOY: As the sun went down, you could grab a beer, have a conversation at the bar, get blasted by some sound and lights, or catch a live ultraviolet painting in the back corner. I’m not sure when this guy left, but cheers to him for setting up shop at New Earth as the only live painter. It always nice to see the addition of unique visual artists at festivals and shows. Back on the main stage, we caught very impressive sets from Organik, Hyperion, and Natasha Fox. These DJs are all very underrated, and within no time the crowd began to grow larger and larger. Shoutout to the lighting crew – they were killin’ it by 7pm.

PROF. RATCHET: The lights outside and inside were breathtaking.  Whether it was the ultraviolet paint exhibit (shown above) or the high-intensity lasers on the outdoor stage, the production of each installation was exquisite.  There was better lighting outside under the overhanging light fixtures, but the dirty things happened inside by the main stage.  Each set leading up to the headliners (MUST DIE! and Smookie Illson) were unique in both style and crunkness, but as the primary focus for all artists seemed to be “bass and rage,” we couldn’t help but constantly move.  The age-old adage is so true – when the lights go down, the ratchet comes out to play.  Athens had some wonderful people in attendance, which led to one of my favorite live event experiences in Georgia to-date.


[MK Ultra on Main Stage, Saturday Night]

DOPEBOY: Suddenly, as if the heavens opened up above us, MK Ultra was lowered to the stage in beam of light and bass. She was goin’ in, and looked f***ing beautiful as usual. I love catching sets from MK Ultra because she is so genuine and talented, you can feel the energy in the space. There’s something very special about not only her track selection, but her presence. It’s only a matter of time before she explodes. On top of everything, she came down into the crowd after her set, so fans and friends got a chance to talk to the rising star.

RAGER: I was speechless after MK Ultra did dirty things to my mind.  You can just feel the love she bears for her fans as she went from “on-stage performer” to “in-crowd supporter” without any difficulty.  After I gave her a side hug and a sticker, I fought the urge to be starstruck (couldn’t help it) and appreciated how her set turned this festival up on its head.  When Angry Digweed came on the stage, it was game over.  Shirts started flying, sweat started dripping, and innocence was left at the door.  Game on.


[Angry Digweed on Main Stage, Saturday Night]

DOPEBOY: Flexin’ and finessin.’ It was 10pm, and Angry Digweed took the main stage. He played a dirty combo of rave trap and hype. College girls were dancing on speakers and the crowd couldn’t help but turn up. I have to be completely honest that I thought Angry Digweed was Smookie Illson for a minute (he was that good), until I looked at my clock. The beats were hard the party was in full effect.

RATCHET: Yeah, we were confused about this one, but when you tear a crowd up like this, being confused for a “major player” is to be expected.  S/O to Flash.  If you weren’t ready for big things, this was the point where we knew we weren’t coming back to Earth for a few more hours.  Asses were shakin’, and sex eyes were EVERYWHERE = Athens was turnt.


[Smookie Illson on Main Stage, Saturday Night]

DOPEBOY: Grab your Pokeballs. A wild Smookie Illson just appeared! This rare and nearly debut sighting of Smookie Illson literally tore the club up. Flawless back-to-back mixing from the team of two could have had a crowd larger than the population of Athens bouncing. The nasty and unqiue set laid down by the duo was much more than ‘trap music.’ The amount of creative productions left me in awe with a feeling that these guys have been putting in work at the studio and really perfecting their craft. It was energizing to witness their twerk-like build-ups, chopped vocal drops, and future sound. I remember anxiously awaiting the their track ‘Club Action,’ and the second I heard the familiar sound, I turned to the crowd and smiled like a f***ing little schoolboy. No one could anticipate the level of crunk that was about to happen. I can’t wait to see/catch these boys live again soon.

RATCHET: Whenever I hear a track by Smookie Illson, I imagine what the track would be like in a live setting.  Will it be as impressive? Will it steal the show? Will it live up?  Let me save you some time.  They do.  Literally.  It got so dirty that I had to excuse myself to go wash my hands.  For a first time live performance, Smookie Illson were dropping panties on the dance floor, like an original Don (the true OG).  We expect their live career to blossom like wildflowers.


[DJ Sorted in the Backroom, Saturday Night]

DOPEBOY: After a noise complaint on the outside stage, the entire festival moved inside the venue. Ployd took the stage in the backroom and in typical-Ployd-fashion, no one was safe. He always delivers, and you never know what he’s going to do next. The place was packed like sardines, but nobody was complaining. After Ployd, we caught a set from the legendary DJ Sorted. This guy has opened up for Knife Party and Borgore and just being able to catch him in a small room with a large supply of Sweetwater Beer was almost too good to be true. I ran into him on Friday Night at a local show and remember asking him what to expect from Athens. Without hesitation said he always loves playing for the Athens crowd. No questions asked, on Saturday night, he shut it down. I’m still laughing at the facial expression of the guy’s face standing in front of Sorted just staring at him.


[MUST DIE! on Main Stage, Saturday Night]

DOPEBOY: Oh MUST DIE. You dirty boy. The most anticipated set of the night. It was hard for me to take photos of MUST DIE. Why? Because I couldn’t stand still. MUST DIE blasted the New Earth Music Hall with banger after banger. As soon as he dropped one bomb, he was building another in the background. The highlight for me was looking around at the end of his set to see nearly everyone sweaty and just trying to catch their breath. The bros at the front of the pit were shirtless and just dying to give MUST DIE a high five. It was one hell of a roller coaster ride and this was the grand finale.

RAGER: Expect to see MUST DIE! headlining your festivals in the near future.  Honestly, I’m always shocked by how little this guy tours, especially for how massive his productions are.  When you hear back-to-back tracks of slaying baselines and killer synth leads, you just know exactly why you became a fan of his in the first place.  You compare other artists (especially the ones that were on the stage before him), but you know this guy is one-of-a-kind in both demeanor and presence.  He destroys you, but you are sitting there begging him to do it.  It’s a unique situation, but as satisfying as it is, we expect the demand for his live events to skyrocket (if they haven’t already).  I <3 MUST DIE!


[MUST DIE! on Main Stage, Saturday Night]

DOPEBOY: I mean, the guy is a machine (or alien, but I really don’t think he’s human) and produces so many incredible tracks – it really is mind-blowing to hear one after the other in succession. Of course the place went absolutely bonkers when he dropped ‘The Final Cut,’ ‘The Drop,’ and one of his new tracks from the upcoming Fever Dream EP, coming out July 8th. He’s literally one of my top 3 favorite DJs AND producers. Success.

RAGER: A festival you should all experience.  Just goes to show you that it’s not about the size.

Thank you so much to all the extremely helpful and friendly staff at New Earth Music Hall, as well as the WIRED staff who helped set up and make sure everything was running very smoothly. Moreover, it was very exciting to meet and greet with some of the DJs and I can’t wait to work with you guys in the future. WIRED was most definitely an impressive showcase of local and regional talent in the electronic music scene. See you next year! -Ross