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DANCEFESTOPIA 2015!

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Borda productions brings you Dancefestopia in the city of fountains – Kansas City. This will be our first time at the festival, and we couldn’t be more excited. 3 days and nights of pure rowdiness at the Berkley Riverfront Park with Massive Bass, helicopter tours, ziplining over crowds, fireworks and so much more – this festival is down to be a regular for many midwesterners and more! A camping experience you want to get down with, the lineup is no joke, bass heavy, starting with one of our all time favorites – Bassnectar! Other acts that you don’t want to miss: Zomboy, Snails, Keys N Krates and more!

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Sunrise Festival Poland [Recap] –Rowdy Beats Exclusive

 

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***Festival Website***

Here’s something we couldn’t wait to tell you guys about!! We got to go do media coverage for Sunrise Festival about a month ago. Our polish friend, Krzystof Walczak, at BOME Productions had this to say:

My dear fellow American friends. Let me tell you a story. Story about a place, or a land, rather. A land some 8, 000 miles away from your beloved Mid-West, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. A land with over one thousand years of history. Land of people with hearts bigger then all the wars that hunted their homes throughout the years. Land of beyond delicious home-made food composed of finest meats, breads and of course potatoes. Land of world’s best vodkas. Land of a man who became a Pope and most influential person of his time. Land of men who fought their country’s way out of every oppression and foreign rule, and of women that resemble angels, who has served as muses to the greatest of artists and musicians, such as Frederic Chopin. Yes, let me tell you a tale about Poland, and an event, which attracts people from all over Europe to the country’s finest sea shore beach.

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Once a year, Polish sea shore city – Kołobrzeg, turns into home of the rising sun, flowers in wind-blown hair, unconditional love, sweat running down everyone’s moving in euphoria bodies and people without whom all of it would be dead silent – World’s Greatest DJs. My dear American friends, I have the pleasure to tell you all about the Sunrise Festival – a place where there is no scene and a DJ, it’s heaven and there is a God, who unites 20,000 people gathered by two out-of-this-world looking scenes. Electronic Dance Music enthusiasts, including me, had been awaiting for this moment to come ever since the last sound that came out of the speakers a year ago. Let me start from the beginning…

Day 1–Friday

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Sunrise Music Festival in Poland. Hundreds of people still waiting in lines for the last tickets available for today (Saturday has been sold out for months now). Me – surrounded by the noisy, enthusiastic, really diversified and already little drunk crowd. I’m following increasingly louder base, which hits my ears as I am approaching the two scenes situated in the forest. Everything takes place some 1000 feet away from the Baltic Sea’s beautiful, wide, yellow-sanded beach. I am sweating from excitement and not being able to stop thinking about which scene to go visit and rage at first. I walk in. Even though I had my journalist pass swinging left and right on my neck, security is not giving me any slack and searches for anything suspicious, illegal or dangerous I might have. I feel safe. People around me feel safe too. I pass the gates. Shivers have risen my arm hair all the way from wrists to my shoulders. Everything seems to be sped up a notch. People run in circles, girls lean on each other, rushing from the “Parking” to the “Amphitheater” (names of the two scenes, because the crowd literally dances on either an enormous parking lot, or a funnel of historic amphitheater). Air smells like the perfect mixture of pine trees, sea breeze, grilled sausage with ketchup and bread, beer, theatrical smoke and of course sweat. I decide to go right…the amphitheater. I am following the crowd underneath the short tunnel leading to where the music comes from. It’s Don Diablo and his heavy dance beat with some house to it. I speed up. Suddenly, in front of my own two eyes, the wall made out of people keeps getting taller and taller as I enter the half-circle of the Kołobrzeg’s Amphitheater. The atmosphere is like I have never seen before. Everyone is standing up, but not on the floor, but on their seats. Girls with feathers in their hair, jacked shirtless bros waving the Polish flag and drinking beers while jumping up and down to the insanely good beat. Here comes the Drop! I find a spot for myself and … the party begins! Diablo delights us with some best remixes I have ever heard and it’s only beginning.  Next is Tujamo. I can’t possibly imagine, how can it get any better, but Mr. Matthias Richter (his real name) as he once said “love[s] the atmosphere in the amphitheater” knew how to make me fall off my spot dancing and some girls loose their voices screaming their lungs out.  It’s getting darker. When Oliver Heldens and his genius tracks like “Gecko”, “Koala”, or “ Can’t stop playing” make people faint, I decide to go and check out what’s happening on the parking scene. I already know that I missed Tom Swoon – a rising Polish DJ, Julian Jordan, and Sander Van Doorn – both great producers native to Netherlands and good Martin Garrix’s friends and collaborators. I am here just in time for the last minutes of Fedde Le Grand.  Parking is Rowdy. It’s a much bigger space and much more spread out crowd (but still packed). I can’t stop dancing …it’s only day one. It’s around 4 am, music slowly stops, the gates are closing, and most of us head towards the beach to rest. See you tomorrow Sunrise Festival.

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Day 2 – Saturday

Today is supposed to be even crazier. No one seems to be tired, no one seams to be fully sober either. Let’s Get Rowdy. I decided to start at the Parking scene today.  I get there at around 9pm. Gate, Security, sausage and a cold one, all of it accompanied to the warm-up provided by Blinders – another fast-growing Polish DJ … I am ready. Just as a digression, since there were so many great acts, we weren’t able to see all of their sets. The place is not full yet, which is easy to notice thanks to how large the perimeter of empty space around me was. Last night I had maybe 5 inches on each side at the parking scene. Thomas Gold and Megamix are warming us up before the Australian twins. Yes! Nervo are next! I run quickly to see what’s happening in the mystical amphitheater. Turns out that Tchami is amusing even more electrolyzed crowd then last night there. I am back at the parking again. Nervo have always loved Sunrise Festival and for the past couple years learned some polish words to appreciate the great and thankfully jumping Polish crowd. Their music is as beautiful as they are themselves. Thank you Nervo!

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Suddenly, something changes. The overall feel of the place and the atmosphere here got somehow different…mysterious, everything got less noisy and I can now hear people chatting around me. The Sunrise festival is Awaiting for something. Officials said that the storm is coming. It’s getting darker with every minute and mysterious music comes out of the speakers introducing someone special. Suddenly, Speakers fill the park with a raging beat. Steve Aoki jumps out from behind the DJ booth! “Boneless”, “No beef,” and his version of The Lion King’s “King of Africa”! Audience is in heaven and so am I! Although, I feel the need to be in the amphitheater for the closing part of the night. The wind starts blowing and single raindrops start hitting my shoulders and top of my head. Firebeatz just ended their truly godly performance. I am waiting for the two people or whom I might be flying to every single EDM Festival out there – Kryder & Tom Staar. R3HAB is already bringing people all the way to the stratosphere with his track “Samurai” for example. Kryder here, on the other hand, steps in front of the people-made wall, or a funnel as I described it before and starts beating his chest. Just like Jordan Belfort in the film “Wolf of Wall street“, he leads around 6 thousand people with “The hum” … it is a truly mystical, almost war-like experience. Drop! The arena shook. It’s starting to rain! I am not at the rave anymore. I am in heaven, and they are Gods.

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4am, me and a small group of people (couple thousand) make our way to multiple after parties and to the beach, where the official Sunrise Festival after party takes place starting 10 am Sunday, and ends again at 4 am … in the amphitheater. And with that, the festival ends.

Thank you MDT Production for organizing such an amazing gathering of the best Electronic Dance Music and Inviting Rowdy Beats to document and pass onto the American People how Europe does it! Let’s get Rowdy next year!

Rowdy Beats Exclusive—written by Krzystof Walczak

 

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Bassnectar Lollapalooza 2015

Ethereal as always, and bass heavy – one of our favorites, Bassnectar does it time and again. Dropping Childish Gambino in the beginning of this video, then moving onto his gold “Into the Sun”, and then to heavy metal – Slayer/Pantera?!? This set is just straight ROWDY!

Bassnectar – Live @ Lollapalooza 2015 (Chicago) Full Set by Traumzauberwald on Mixcloud

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Top 5 Acts to see at Summer Set Music Festival

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#5. Odesza 

Just barely beat out Zeds Dead for us. Two friends, Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight combine together to become one of the most popular electronic groups in the game. In 2013, they debuted their album My Friends Never Die and it quickly became #1 on Hype Machine. After touring with Pretty Lights and Emancipator, they became extremely popular. Today, they can be seen on almost every huge festival line-up for this festival season. Their newest album, In Return debuted at #1 on the Billboard Electronic Chart and #42 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, which is noted to be remarkable for electronic music. Their breakout single, “Say My Name (feat. Zyra)” reached #1 on the Spotify US viral Chart and was named iTunes Single of The Week in several countries around the world.

#4. Lotus

One of our favorite jam bands (the other two being STS9 and Zoogma), the last time we saw Lotus was their (unexpectedly short) set at North Coast Festival when they got rained out. We’ve seen ‘em before on their tour and at Summer Set a few years ago as well. As our Rowdy Rep had mentioned, “It was a moment of perfect freedom”. Few other bands can keep you hips swaying and face smiling during an entire set, but Lotus will do it.  Originally formed at Goshen College in Indiana in 1999. There were five original band members (Mike Greenfield, Mike Rempel, Luke Miller, Jesse Miller and Steve Clemons) but it was not until Chuck Morris took over percussion in 2001 that the band became what it is today. Their first album, “Vibes” was released in 2002 and was actually just a simple compilation of their live performances in the year previous. Nonetheless, people quickly began to take notice and not long after they signed to Harmonized Records. They went on to produce several new albums, one of which, “Nomad”, was nominated for a “New Groove of the Year” award. The band then signed with SCI Fidelity and produced notable albums such as “Escaping Sargasso Sea” (nominated by Guitar Player magazine for “Best Album of the Year”) and “Hammerstrike”. Lotus is most known for their unmatched ability to mix sounds from many different genres including rock, electronica, jazz, jam, funk and others. If we had to pick one word to describe Lotus’s music is would be spiritual. Get out to their set at the Grove stage, and let your mind get lost in the forest.

#3. Big Gigantic
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We’ve been lucky enough to see Big Gigantic over 5 times now, but they always stay near the top of our hit-list. Watching Dominic Lalli bust his lungs playing soulful sax, and Jeremy Salken keep the beat with live percussion never gets old. We’ve seen their music evolve from mysterious vibes to swanky trap.  It’ll be great to see what direction their new tracks take!

#2.Bassnectar

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For any one who has been to a Bassnectar concert, it’s pretty obvious why he’s always headlining great shows. NO ONE has blended electronic with hip hop as skillfully as Lorin Ashton. His loyal followers, or Bassheads, can be spotted at any festival through Bassnectar logo tattoos and totems. Bassnectar is returning to Summer Set Festival this year after a somewhat disappointing set last year. Maybe it was because he wasn’t allowed to get loud enough, or maybe he was still experimenting playing tracks from the album he had just released last year. Whatever it was, we don’t expect any issues at all. His Spring Awakening 2013 will go down as top 5 best sets ever for us. Get ready to be hypnotized by his hair whipping all over the DJ booth!

#1. Deadmau5

It was tough to push Bassnectar down to the #2 spot, but we knew the Mau5 had to take the cake. Despite being a straight up jackass multiple times this year (he’s a very opinionated person), we couldn’t let that get in the way of these rankings. A legend in the scene for many years, Deadmau5 is touring a few festivals with a killer new stage. Although Summer Set won’t be the first to see it (debut at Governor’s Ball in June), it will most likely be more refined. Hopefully we won’t experience the same premiere snafu:

We’ve been wanting to see Deadmau5 for many years now, it’ll be interesting to see how his music holds up live still.

Honorable Mentions:

Purity Ring

These guys killed it at North Coast Festival. The ethereal live vocals, the mellow sounds, and the freaky stage come together for one of the most unique bands you’ll see at Summer Set. One YouTuber had commented, “this music feels like taking a submarine to the ocean floor and finding neon-colored aliens hosting an underwater dance party for all the sea creatures.” Yeah, we couldn’t make something up like that if we tried.

The Weeknd

Silky vocals and some of the most popular songs this year, have put the Weeknd on the radar of thousands of people. On Saturday, we recommend checking out The Weeknd at the grove stage at 9pm, then head over to see the last 15 mins of Carnage’s set on Main Stage (9:45-10:00).

Vaski/Manic Focus

Local favorites, these guys will be/are doing big things. Make sure to show em some love. Vaski, a Midwest native who recently moved to the west coast recently played a surprise set with Skrillex and friends at Electric Forest VIP. See him before he goes huge.

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Ratatat, ‘Magnifique’ [FULL ALBUM]

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Featured on NPR, Ratatat’s new album is where it’s at. Summer vibes flowing through these tracks. Full Album: BUY HERE“So much of Ratatat‘s appeal lies in what it doesn’t do: On the band’s fifth album, Brooklynites Mike Stroud and Evan Mast built sleek, propulsive instrumentals using a spare palette of guitars, synthesizers and simple percussion in such a way that the music sounds both triumphant and understated. These are rock instrumentals that needn’t overcompensate for their lack of words; they don’t strain to be heard or scramble to stand out, but instead convey coolness that seems effortless.

What Magnifique — Ratatat’s first album since the more experimental LP4 five summers ago — lacks in showy flamboyance or wholly surprising sounds, it possesses in breezy smoothness that proves versatile. The first single, “Cream On Chrome,” has the most overt zippiness to it, but even it never works up a sweat or wastes a breath. When Ratatat kicks up a few ’80s-style hard-rock guitar solos in “Pricks Of Brightness,” they function as some of the most easygoing heroics you’ll ever hear.

Elsewhere on Magnifique, the duo’s instrumentals seem suited to accompany mixed drinks at a beachside restaurant: At several points in “Drift,” Ratatat calms down enough to emit a noise that closely resembles a cat’s purr, while “Supreme” sways softly such that it attracts a chirping bird. If Magnifique unfolds like a snappy summer movie, “I Will Return” is there at the end to burble euphorically over the closing credits, even going so far as to promise a sequel right in its title. Here’s hoping so.” – NPR

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Skrillex and Diplo – “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber (Official Video)

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“We are being overwhelmed, in a good way, by the success of “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber, so with the video we wanted to just take it back to the beginning of the record & essentially create an ode to our fans. Doing what we do, it’s entirely all about the fans. We walk a fine line by being “famous” and in the public eye but we are only here because of you, the fans. Justin wrote this record during a tough time in his life and it comes to us that sometimes, as artists, we are also just objects and we have to take that as much as we have to use that to create. We all do this for you, respect that you put us here and it’s Ü that made the video.” – JACK Ü

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Skrillex: The Making Of A Superstar [Yahoo]

“He introduces himself as Sonny Moore, but to his millions of young fans, he’s Skrillex — one of the biggest names in electronic dance music (EDM). Since he first found success as an EDM DJ and producer in 2011, Skrillex has collected six Grammys, 19 million Facebook fans and an estimated $20 million — all while giving away most of his music for free.

And at just 27 years old — an age he characterizes as “not young” — he says he has no plans of slowing down. The EDM prodigy is churning out new collaborations with superstars both inside and outside his genre, testing the limits of his craft — and his fan base — with every new innovation.

One of his boldest, and perhaps most polarizing new partners: pop heartthrob Justin Bieber. Moore and fellow EDM DJ Diplo, under the moniker Jack Ü, teamed up with the Biebs in early 2015 to produce the single “Where Are Ü Now.” The track quickly shot to the top of mainstream charts, drawing the ire of some EDM fans who were vocal with their criticism that Skrillex was “selling out.”

Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric met up with Moore at his studio in downtown L.A. to give him a chance to respond to the criticism and to take a rare, intimate look into the life and career of one of EDM’s biggest stars.” - Yahoo

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