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Dream Big–A Big Gigantic Story

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“I want to win a Grammy someday” -Dominic Lalli

You’d think that selling out Red Rocks two nights in a row would be enough for Big Gigantic’s saxophonist Dominic Lalli. But settling for less than the best never made anyone go big, and that’s no different for the Dom and Jeremy. We’ve had the chance to see Big Gigantic​ over 7 times now, each time they surprise us. Like the time they played a surprise set on top of an RV at Electric Forest’s GA Camping But this might be the most in-depth look into the duo as some of the dopest, most humble people in the scene. And tastemakers in bringing back real instruments to electronic music. Check out the short film, centered mostly around last year’s Rowdytown III, and focusing on Big G’s start after The Motet. Oh, and how they gave a high school marching band the best concert of their lives. Get ready for Rowdytown IV Sep 25-26th.

***Get Rowdytown IV tix here***

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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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[NEW ALBUM] Magnifique – RATATAT

The wait is ALMOST over! After teasing us with “Cream on Chrome”, the duo gave us a taste of the new new with “Intro”. With the first two songs already released, the new album entitled appropriately as Magnifique is set to be out July 17. A production of over 4 years, the cover features a series of sketches by Mast and Stroud that were made during their work.  Musicians, artists, and geniuses…we can’t wait!

Magnifique:

01 Intro
02 Cream on Chrome
03 Magnifique
04 Abrasive
05 Countach
06 Drift
07 Pricks of Brightness
08 Nightclub Amnesia
09 Cold Fingers
10 Supreme
11 Rome
12 Primetime
13 I Will Return
14 Outro

Is Ratatat coming near you? Check out their tour:

5-30 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
05-31 Paris, France – We Love Green
06-05 New York, NY – Governors Ball
07-24-26 Seattle, WA – Capital Hill Block Party
07-27 Vancouver, British Columbia – The Vogue Theatre
07-29 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
07-31 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
08-02 Pomona, CA – Hard Summer Music Festival
08-14 Saint-Malo, France – Route Du Rock Festival
08-17 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega Festival
08-19 Cologne, Germany – C/O Pop Festival
08-21 Charleville-Mezieres, France – Cabaret Vert Festival
08-22 Paredes de Coura, Portugal – Paredes de Coura Festival

 

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PSY Breaks YouTube!

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“The “Gangnam Style” music video has been viewed so many times, not even YouTube can keep up.

Yes, people still watch “Gangnam Style,” and they have pushed the view count on Psy’s viral music video to more than 2.15 billion since it was first posted in 2012.

Yes, billion.

YouTube never expected one of its videos to garner such a large number of views. In a post on Monday, the company said the YouTube system wasn’t prepared. “We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views),” the post reads.

As a result, the YouTube view counter stopped counting views after 2,147,483,647. The company said it plans to upgrade the number.

 

Now, when you hover your mouse over the number of views on the site, the counter goes crazy to signify that the record has been broken. Here’s what it looks like:

Kim Kardashian may have tried to break the Internet, but it turns out Psy actually did it.”

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/03/gangnam-style-youtube_n_6261332.html

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Wanna play a game? Ghosts ‘n DJs

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Devil Gueta, Steve Sushi, Parish Sheraton, Pauly Douchebag, Pit Bullshit and more…with names like that how can hilarity not ensue?! This game features some retro backdrops in an amusing, satirical/parody frenzy of modern day DJs. Look forward to more and test your skills as a Bedroom DJ to the most difficult level of Producer. Check out the full story at the genius behind this and DONATE: Dr. Kucho!

Play this demo inspired by the original game Ghosts n’ Goblins:

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Top 10 Gnarliest DJ/Producer Masks

10. 2 Faced Funks

Up and coming Dutch Duo say:  “We had been DJing as a duo for quite a while, when we decided to throw a special birthday party for one of us.  We bought some cheap, pink masks and advertised with the fact that we managed to book 2 world-famous DJ’s.  That night sold out completely, with 1500 people dancing to our set.  That was the moment we decided to take the 2 Faced Funks project to the next level.  And it works!  We’ve had several masks in the meantime, but really wanted to cut loose from the alien-image some people had of us.  So we emailed Rogier Samuels (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) and he worked on a more friendly-looking, gentlemen type of mask.”

9. Slow Magic

A fox, a zebra, a cat, Slow Magic’s songs bring out moments of bliss that drive an ethereal imagination. He says: “before I even had the mask I wanted it to be music by your imaginary friend and I was posting my music online just as anonymous. People wanted me to make shows and I wanted to make a mask that, kind of, could be the thing people look at. So, I had a friend of mine design a mask of an imaginary animal. It’s a mix of a lot of things. A zebra, fox, cat, anything you sort of wanted it to be. Sort of how I think I am and the music is; I want it to be owned by the person who listens to it.”

8. The Bloody Beetroots

Some say a venom mask while others a luchador, Sir Bob Cornelius, a Italian producer wears this as “a declaration of ominous anonymity that defers the spotlight to his long list of productions, projects, films, art, manifestos and musical incarnations emanating from his Bloody Beetroots production epicenter.”

7.  DJs From Mars

Italian Duo take a household item and turn it into a DIY project on steroids. With the glowing eyes, the devious smiles, they say:  “It was from one of our first videos called “Who Gives a F**k about Deejays”…. a boxhead man was the main character of the video concept…when we started doing our first gigs we tried this weird idea, and it worked immediately!  Everyone wanted to take pictures with us, everyone wanted to stay in the front of the two boxhead weirdos, it was very different from usual DJ sets when everyone dances like no one’s spinning….so we kept it going on.”

6. Black Tiger Sex Machine

Canadian trio in the Tiger masks throw a wild party with their part dj and part live set. “We were looking around and we wanted to keep this dark minimal…more like German or European way of doing things mixed with the big live shows that are created in North America, so we were trying to find the right mix between both worlds. I was thinking helmets”

5. Myndset

A cross between Iron Man and Darth Vader, fully equipped with LEDs and a ventilation fan, Myndset hails from LA and throws down heavy beats. The dude keeps it real by letting us know: “The significance of the mask was simply to separate myself from a previous DJ persona I went by and start a new side project. I also wanted something that would capture peoples attention.”

4. Squarepusher

Futuristic without a doubt, Squarepusher’s new age mask jives with the stage backdrop during a glitchy, techy and visually mesmerizing performance. Down to earth, he says: “I’m trying to make myself a way of displaying images, rather than be an image myself…The mask allows me a different visual space; the images can be delivered in a two-part form. There’s the element that’s show on the mask, and the element that’s shown on the screen behind me. That offers quite a bit of potential. You can have a kind of polyrhythmic visual approach, by bouncing the images between screens. There is definitely rhythmic potential for counterpoint between sound and image.”

3. Cazzette

The Swedish Duo has captured a wide audience with this retro yet futuristic design in the age of mp3s and digital media. A portion of the mask lights up to display texts to the audience! “That was Ash – he came up with it.  It was really inspired by Daft Punk, of course.  The cassette is pretty cool as a theme.  It’s not like our production is very big right now, but we hope to build it up in time.  That’s what’s cool about Cazzette as a name – you can take it and build things around it.  The heads are just the beginning.  We don’t wear them the whole time – just for 30 minutes out of an hour-long show. They get heavy, and they make it hard to breathe.  You can get pretty dizzy after a while. Seeing can be a problem, too: I can’t wear my glasses under the mask, so I’m blinded a little bit.  But you know, it’s part of the show.”

2. Daft Punk

Perhaps considered the pioneers of revolutionizing electronic music and becoming a symbol through their songs and LED helmets, Daft Punk are iconic and evergreen. With helmets possibly ranging around $65K-$70K, they say: “We’re interested in the line between fiction and reality, creating these fictional personas that exist in real life…We’re not performers, we’re not models – it would not be enjoyable for humanity to see our features…but the robots are exciting to people.”

1. Deadmau5

A brand, a logo, a symbol, the Mau5head might be THE most recognizable and marketable product in EDM. In 2011, Deadmau5 actually held a fan contest to come up with the new Mau5head design, and the infamous cheesehead mau5 was born.  Although his name comes from an actual dead mouse that he found in his computer, the helmet was his original idea that he designed used 3D modeling software. The versatility of this helmet, and the sheer popularity puts Joel at our number one spot.

 

 

 

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Let’s Make A Spaceship!

Skrillex’s tale:

 

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Mau5 Fight

Repost from ThisSongisSick.com.

Disney-Deadmau5

So a few days back Disney decided to file a lawsuit against Deadmau5 claiming that his mau5head mouse logo was too simliar to their Mickey Mouse logo and infringed on their rights. You can see the two images compared side to side above.

While there is obviously some similarities with the 3 circles, smile and minimalstic design, it seemed pretty insane. Also with the fact that he has registered for a trademark in 30 other countries already. Well since America is America, when he tried to apply to get it in the US, he in return is facing a potential lawsuit with Disney.

Well just an hour ago Deadmau5 unleashed onto Facebook that Disney has actually done the unthinkable, in the middle of this heated debate between the two, Disney has decided to use his popular song “Ghosts N Stuff” without permission in a new online Disney “Re-micks” video edited to some Mickey cartoons. 

Here’s the video:

Deadmau5 seems to be very confident about the situation. Here’s the Cease and Desist letter as well as his twitter rant.



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SummerSet Lineup Released

The line up for Summer Set Music Festival 2014 has been released and it is a thing of beauty. Headlined by two of our favorite performers in the country, Bassnectar and Big Gigantic, the line up also includes a vast array of electronic, hip hop and local artists including the likes of Cherub, Chance The Rapper, Wu Tang Clan, the Disco Biscuits and SchoolBoy Q. Safe to say that the line up is on point and it feels like August couldn’t be any farther away. Summer Set is entering into its third year as a festival and though there have been some ups and downs, we are confident that React will put together a great weekend. Surely one we will not forget!!

 

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Spring Awakening Music Festival 2014–Lineup Announced!!

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!!!!!!Get Your Tickets Here!!!!!!!

Ever since 2012, its first year as a two-day music festival, we knew Spring Awakening would be one of the biggest festivals in the US. Last year the three main headliners were Moby, Bassnectar, and Calvin Harris. And this year they are definitely not turning it up another notch! Another year with absolutely massive names coming to Chicago. Check out the lineup video below, and be sure to get your tickets, they’re not going to last for long! React Presents is bringing in the biggest EDM artists in the world to the heart of the USA. Are you ready?!

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Future Of Stage Projections

The future of stage projections is here. With stupendous projection-mapping of 3D computer graphing, the geniuses from Bot & Dolly present “The Box”. Based in the hub of technological advancements San Francisco bay area, the engineers use an actor, two high-resolution projectors, two 2D monitors, and three industrial robots combined with comprehensive 3D animation software to bring you this revolutionary piece of modern marvel. Although there is a lot of heavy machinery being operated, we see tremendous potential for these theatrical techniques incorporated in the EDM world – next Bassnectar show?

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ROWDY BEATS T-SHIRTS!

GET YOURS AT OUR ROWDY STORE

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Zeds Dead Concert Review

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Last Thursday we had the opportunity to get out to Zeds Dead at Mill City Nights and it was one wild ride! Zeds Dead is currently on a three month, 40 city tour that includes openers Branchez, Green Lantern and Paper Diamond. We have only good things to say about all these guys, especially Paper Diamond. It’s been amazing to see his music and his performance develop from last year in Minneapolis, to this summer at North Coast Music Festival and now back in the twin cities once again. Zeds Dead absolutely murdered their set and they have one of our favorite sounds. Mill City Nights again impressed us as a venue. We’ve heard mixed reviews about the venue from different people but both of our experiences there (Lotus and Zeds Dead) have been great! Most importantly, we got some dope photos of the show and all you wonderful people and we hope that we got a chance to meet you and say what up! Catch yall at the next show!! Get Rowdy.

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2013 Ultra Music Festival Miami After Movie

For all of us who regrettably did not get to experience Ultra Miami 2013, the after movie has been officially released! Ultra is one of the biggest EDM music festivals in the world occurring in the US, Europe, Spain, Brazil, South Korea, Chile, and  Argentina. In the US Ultra is held annually in Miami. With big time artists such as Avicii, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Deadmau5, Krewella and many more! Ultra 2013 was the 15 year anniversary of Ultra and was a very special one because Swedish House Mafia preformed for their last time as a group at Ultra!! Watch this video to witness a very moving last speech by Swedish House Mafia and the last Swedish House Mafia Sit Down EVER!!

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Jack U @ Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party!

Two of EDM’s best have joined forces and formed the group Jack U. Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party 2013, which was in San Diego this past Sunday, was where the group made their first public collaboration together. Jack U was among the many much anticipated groups on the line-up such as Big Gigantic, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, and Zeds Dead. Skrillex is one of the few artists who successfully combines electro and dubstep music into unimaginable, trance- like songs with destructive drops and beats that we can’t get enough of. Along with much acclaimed producer Diplo who brings different dance music aspect to the table, like hip-hop and trap, such as his song ‘Express Yourself’. The differences between these performers is what may ultimately make them unforgettable as a group. With two of the greatest tastes in EDM together there is no doubt that we will be hearing a lot of great things from Jack U in the future!

Watch their first performance together and check out Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party tour schedule to see if they’ll be making it to your hometown!

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Zeds Dead releases Altered States Tour Teaser

Our boys Zeds Dead are about to begin the largest and wildest tour of their lives as Dylan and Zach will be hitting over 40 cities all over the continent. To get everyone pumped up they have released a teaser video and we must say that it is really, really sick. If this tour happens to be coming anywhere near you, do NOT miss these two boys because they throw down. We saw them last year at Somerset and they put on an incredible performance. We will most definitely be getting rowdy with these guys in Minneapolis on September 19th!!

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PSA: Bassnectar Live Blog

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Ever wanted to talk to the bassgod himself? Bassnectar is doing a live Reddit style AMA right now on his website. Go talk to Lorin. Ask him whatever. Right now. Live.

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Tomorrowland Releases Official 2013 Aftermovie

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The most prolific music festival in the world Tomorrowland has come and gone for 2013. Luckily, for those of us that did not get a chance to get out to Belgium this year, they’ve released an After-movie to give us a glimpse of the magic. Tomorrowland took place on July 26, 27 and 28th with over 180,000 people in attendance. It looks like heaven on earth.

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North Coast Music Festival 2013 Recap

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North Coast Music Festival took place last weekend in downtown Chicago at Union Park. Rowdy Beats was lucky enough to get out there for summer’s last stand and we must say that Chicago threw down!! As with all festivals, there was some stuff that didn’t go exactly according to plan, but there ain’t no use fighting against the stream of life! As with Somerset, we thought we would give all our wonderful followers a little recap of our time in Chicago so that everyone knows what was going on.

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Day 1

This was probably the most frustrating of the three days and all the difficulties were due to one thing and one thing only: Weather. We arrived in Chicago a little before 6 pm and we had been booking it to make sure that we caught Zoogma’s set. As we arrived at the festival grounds, we found that the entire festival was shut down and that everyone was standing outside. The reason being that a massive storm was about to hit Chicago and it was too dangerous to allow the festival to go on under those conditions. We sat around for about an hour and then the rain began. In fairness, it rained really hard and there was some small hail, but nothing compared to what was expected. Unfortunately, it would have been impossible to predict exactly how the weather would turn out and the precautions taken by North Coast were reasonable and the right thing to do. Around 8 pm they began allowing people back into the festival grounds and we were psyched to find out that they had pushed all the shows back an hour. Which meant…. ZOOGMA!! Forreal, if you ever get the chance to see these cats preform don’t miss it! We caught there set at Somerset as well and they are going places. Beyond them, our first day was full of some incredible shows. Paper Diamond was unbelievable and we cannot believe how much his music has continued to improve. The surprise of the evening though was Passion Pit. They decided to play a DJ set and they really put on a great show.

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Day 2

We were back kicking it in Downtown Chicago in the early afternoon for Day 2 of this party. We spent most of the day running around meeting people, taking some pictures and catching shows from Conspirator and Future Rock. Gramatik was one of our favorite sets of the entire weekend and we absolutely loved what those two dudes had going on!! The incredible combination of the guitar and the dubstep made for some sweet music to get down to. We caught a little bit of NAS’s show and then came the big decision, Afrojack or Big Gigantic? How about BOTH?! We were pretty upset that these two were playing at the same time but that’s how it worked out. Luckily, the festival grounds were small enough that we were able to catch both sets, but it took some effort. We started at Afrojack and have to say, that was one of the craziest openers we have ever experienced. The countdown to the first drop had us getting out of our minds. About halfway through his set we decided to sprint over to Big G and snap some pictures and then ran all the way back to catch the end of Afrojack’s set. All in all, it was a rowdy night.

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Day 3

The music didn’t let up for Day 3 and neither did we. This was definitely the most beautiful day of the weekend. The sun was shinning, all the people were out getting groovy, and we were having ourselves a great time. Early on, we caught sets from Midnight Conspiracy and Emancipator. Emancipator had a really cool sound and we loved the violin. Datsik showed up to party and as always, he brought the bass. Madeon and A-Trak both held their own and both sets had some pretty incredible moments. Purity Ring was perhaps the most intriguing set of the weekend and this duo that had a super chill yet intense feel, had us vibing pretty hard. We closed out the weekend with one of our favorite groups Lotus, but unfortunately they had to end their set about 20 minutes early due to weather. As we stated earlier the weather was causing some problems, but you have to be able to roll with the punches. In the end, we were super pumped to have gotten out to Chicago and would love to come back next year. Keep it real Chicago!!

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North Coast Music Festival 2012

Check out this wrap up video from North Coast 2012, this is looking so real! If you’re going to be in Chi-Town over Labor Day weekend then most definitely come out to the festival and get down with us. We’ll be rocking our Rowdy Beats sign all weekend long, so come find us so that we can get a picture with all you beautiful people!!!

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Summer Set Music Festival 2013 Recap!

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Summer Set Music Festival has come to a close and it was one wild weekend. We had the chance to attend the inaugural year of Summer Set last August and it was cool to hit the festi once again. As with all festivals, there were up and downs, highs and lows, but overall it was an amazing weekend filled with awesome music and incredible PEOPLE!!  Each day was filled with a lifetime of experience and such an incredible array of music that it would be impossible to encapsulate it all in one post. Nonetheless, we thought it would be cool to give all our loving fans a little recap of the weekend so that those who weren’t there can live vicariously through us and those who were, could relive the magic one more time!

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Day 1

There were a couple Rowdy Reps present at the festival and maybe you caught one of our boys dancing his face off with the official Rowdy Beats sign or our professional photographer snapping some pictures of all you wonderful people! In any case, they were both there all weekend long and we hope you had the chance to meet them and take a picture. Starting at 1 pm each day there was music bumpin all over the festival. The first show that really blew us away was Beats Antique on the Main Stage. If you’ve ever had the chance to catch Beats Antique, then you know what we’re talking about. The Egyptian style music combined with the thumping of the drums was entrancing. Friday night couldn’t have been much better with Adventure Club, Griz and then Big Gigantic closing out the night. We had the opportunity to interview Dom and Jeremy from Big G during the day and we got nothing but good vibes from those two cats. Dom and Jeremy our both really chill, down to earth human beings who are some cool shit! We can’t wait for their new album next Spring. Make sure to check out our interview with them!

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Day 2

The first and last days of the festival had such increbile line ups, that we didn’t think day two would hold the standard. But WOW were we wrong! Daytime was full of summertime jam sessions from Papadosio and Kill Paris and our boys Doomtree had a thing or two to say as well. Our Rowdy Reps split up on Saturday and so we were able to catch almost every show that day. Zedd came to play Saturday evening and got the crowd ready for a night of straight partying. Saturday night was highlighted by the ambient performance of Passion Pit and then two monster sets by Wolfgang Gartner and Girl Talk.

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Day 3

Speaking strictly of musical performances, day 3 was one of the better days of music we have ever experienced. We were already starting to tire from 48 hours of nonstop partying and dancing and we knew that the festival closing sets of Diplo and STS9 would require everything we had. What we did not expect was that absolutely mind bending day performances of Minnesota and Zoogma. If you ever get the chance to see either of these two perform do NOT miss it!! Minnesota was arguably the best set of the entire festival, the dude absolutely threw down. He was followed an hour later by Flosstradamus and then came the great decision: Diplo or Sound Tribe? It was really unfair of the festival to put Diplo and the Tribe at the same time, but when there’s so much good music, these things happen. Well, our Rowdy Reps refused to compromise and after the first half of Diplo’s set, we quite literally sprinted across the festival grounds to catch the last half of Tribe’s set. After seeing Sound Tribe’s pyramid light show, they were glad they did.

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The Rowdy dudes were actually camping at the festival and that added a whole other aspect to the experience. Camping in general and especially at a festival is such a special experience and you develop an inexplicable bond with the others around you. Having the chance to meet new people and learn about others lives in such a special atmosphere was something we will never forget. As we said at the beginning of the post, not everything at the festival ran soundly. There were a few problems with the organization of the festival grounds – the walking between stages and campsite areas was a bit brutal. The dust was also pretty intolerable at moments. These difficulties, however, are understandable and foreseeable considering the fact that this is only the second year of the festival and there was a major change in the layout of the grounds. Overall, we had a great time and are already waiting for the Summer Set 2014 line up. GET ROWDY!!!

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Top 12 Highest Paid DJs

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When it comes to the music industry, money flows like the Niagara Falls. With countless shows and festivals, the EDM industry is turning out to be a lucrative hobby/business. We were fairly surprised by some of the names on this list, especially with #1. We also thought that Hardwell or Zedd would be on this list along with some other big names.  Nonetheless, there are some that consider these top DJs to be “sellouts”, what do you think? Check out this video below by Forbes:
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Top 5 People You See at EDM Festivals

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Summerset Music Festival is just around the corner. The 3-days and 2 nights of awesomeness is less than a month away. Sure we’re stoked to see Big Gigantic, GRiZ, Diplo, Adventure Club, STS9, and Girl Talk in the span of just 3 days. And if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, get them HERE. But besides the spine-tingling music and the eye-popping lights, the people will be just as memorable as the headliners. Amongst the hula girls, the raver chicks, the fist pumping guidos, and what have you, here are the Top 5 people you’ll see at a Music Festival this year:

#5. The Pharmacist

If you’re having problems with your glaucoma or your external acoustic meatus, this person with no professional healthcare training has you covered.

Look for: a small group of people in the forest, it’ll look like they are having a business meeting, but they’re always looking for investors. (**WE DO NOT ENDORSE OR ENCOURAGE ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES, YOU WILL GET KICKED OUT/GO TO JAIL IF YOU ARE CAUGHT WITH ILLICIT SUBSTANCES**)

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#4. Guy Who Came to the Wrong Place (But Played Along With It)

This will be the guy asking you for directions on how to get to the Aquafresh commercial in the middle of a set.

Look for: A huge opening in the crowd of the main stage, the budding entertainer needs as much attention as he can get.

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#3. The people who went too hard (or just hard enough)

Bravo to those people that jump up and down or sit on a shoulder fist pumping the night away. However, there is a breed out there that put the rest of the crowd to shame. The people in the circle are doing it right (although, not sure if it’s the euphoria of the music or something else that gets these people Rowdy!). Do we dare tell them to “take it easy”?

Look for: You’ll find these guys where ever there’s grass. Because doing headstands and somersaults is only fun when you don’t get bruised and battered.

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#2. PLUR Ambassadors/Kandi Kids

The unofficial spokespeople of the EDM world, Kandi Kids are the ones who go around talking to everyone, doing their best to make new friends and swapping Kandi with their new friends. The swap is usually done by holding hands and sliding the bracelet from one person to the other. In their plush toy backpacks (maybe if you’re lucky you’ll see a Pikachu backpack) they carry toys, candy, sometimes drugs (again, we do not endorse this), and any assortment of other things to entertain not only themselves but also others.

Look for: Usually located on the opposite side of the stage, or near the campgrounds. Sure they love the music, but making friends and welcoming new people into their rave family is their real purpose.

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#1. The Deadmau5 Fan (even though Deadmau5 isn’t in the lineup)

When was the last time you went to a festival and DIDN’T see a fan wearing a Mau5head? It’s not surprising that the ultra cool helmet has become a symbol of EDM festivals around the world – even if it’s 100 degrees outside. Mau5fans are always super chill and love to have their photo taken with you, so don’t be shy!

Look For: If you’re having difficulty seeing the stage, there’s probably a giant Mau5head in front of you.

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Top 5 People You See at EDM Festivals

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Summerset Music Festival is just around the corner. The 3-days and 2 nights of awesomeness is less than a month away. Sure we’re stoked to see Big Gigantic, GRiZ, Diplo, Adventure Club, STS9, and Girl Talk in the span of just 3 days. And if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, get them HERE. But besides the spine-tingling music and the eye-popping lights, the people will be just as memorable as the headliners. Amongst the hula girls, the raver chicks, the fist pumping guidos, and what have you, here are the Top 5 people you’ll see at a Music Festival this year:

#5. The Pharmacist

If you’re having problems with your glaucoma or your external acoustic meatus, this person with no professional healthcare training has you covered.

Look for: a small group of people in the forest, it’ll look like they are having a business meeting, but they’re always looking for investors. (**WE DO NOT ENDORSE OR ENCOURAGE ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES, YOU WILL GET KICKED OUT/GO TO JAIL IF YOU ARE CAUGHT WITH ILLICIT SUBSTANCES**)

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#4. Guy Who Came to the Wrong Place (But Played Along With It)

This will be the guy asking you for directions on how to get to the Aquafresh commercial in the middle of a set.

Look for: A huge opening in the crowd of the main stage, the budding entertainer needs as much attention as he can get.

toothpasteman

 

#3. The people who went too hard (or just hard enough)

Bravo to those people that jump up and down or sit on a shoulder fist pumping the night away. However, there is a breed out there that put the rest of the crowd to shame. The people in the circle are doing it right (although, not sure if it’s the euphoria of the music or something else that gets these people Rowdy!). Do we dare tell them to “take it easy”?

Look for: You’ll find these guys where ever there’s grass. Because doing headstands and somersaults is only fun when you don’t get bruised and battered.

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#2. PLUR Ambassadors/Kandi Kids

The unofficial spokespeople of the EDM world, Kandi Kids are the ones who go around talking to everyone, doing their best to make new friends and swapping Kandi with their new friends. The swap is usually done by holding hands and sliding the bracelet from one person to the other. In their plush toy backpacks (maybe if you’re lucky you’ll see a Pikachu backpack) they carry toys, candy, sometimes drugs (again, we do not endorse this), and any assortment of other things to entertain not only themselves but also others.

Look for: Usually located on the opposite side of the stage, or near the campgrounds. Sure they love the music, but making friends and welcoming new people into their rave family is their real purpose.

raveygoround

 

#1. The Deadmau5 Fan (even though Deadmau5 isn’t in the lineup)

When was the last time you went to a festival and DIDN’T see a fan wearing a Mau5head? It’s not surprising that the ultra cool helmet has become a symbol of EDM festivals around the world – even if it’s 100 degrees outside. Mau5fans are always super chill and love to have their photo taken with you, so don’t be shy!

Look For: If you’re having difficulty seeing the stage, there’s probably a giant Mau5head in front of you.

mau5mash

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