Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Decadence NYE: Denver, CO Does it AGAIN!


The homies at Global Dance Music DEFY knows how to throw a party. This is year three of the epic NYE celebration Decadence held in downtown Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. This year the party has been extended to a 2 day MASSIVE, and they are not fucking around on the lineup. BASSNECTAR and PRETTY LIGHTS?!?! PLUS DAMN NEAR THE WHOLE PLM CREW?? PLUS BEATS ANTIQUE, LATE NIGHT RADIO, DATSIK, KEYS N KRATES, AND 12TH PLANET??? HELL YES, I bought my tickets two months ago as soon as I heard! I'm a dirty bass head, but my roots are defy in trance and house music; and with Tiesto, Dada Life, Above and Beyond, and BT in the Global Dance Arena, both nights will be tough picks on which arena to stay in. I do have to say, I was a little apprehensive about going back to Decadence after I went the first year only to stand in line for nearly two hours to get in. I missed Feed Me and was SUPER sour about it, but I'm hoping to chalk that experience up to first time in a new venue with 10,000 rave rats running around. I'm sure by now, they've got it together :) Here's a playlist I've put together featuring all artists from the BASS ARENA -

Show Reviews: Nightmares on Wax | Marvel Years w/ Jk Soul, Krooked Drivers and More

How was my week long Denver trip over Thanksgiving break, you ask? So fucking awesome, I decided to move there :) I can't lie, its been a long time coming. I always have such a great time and coming back to Junction is always so hard. Most everything has fallen into place at once, so I have finally decided jump in with both feet and head out there to chase the future.


Nightmares on Wax

The awesomeness started at the VERY special E-Tuesday at Cervantes presented by Sub.Mission. It was a dual venue show between the Masterpiece and The Otherside. It was the Nightmares on Wax debut in Colorado, and the vibes were flowing in the Ballroom for sure. He jumped around his whole catalog and touched on some of the finest tracks in his arsenal, and even played a couple of my favorite jams :) If you still haven't heard of this cat, educate yourself right meow!!






kLL sMTH

I caught up with another favorite artist, kLL sMTH, in The Otherside for the E-Tuesday weekly show. Something about his brand of gooey glitchy goodness that gives me the jitters!! I've been following him for a minute too. Here's an interview I did with him a few months back before the 710 Cup in Denver this summer.



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Cory Wythe aka
Marvel Years
Mikey Thunder
The next night back at Cervantes Otherside was by far, the most fun I had all week!! Another solid event hosted by Mikey Thunder, the lineup was unreal. Marvel Years has been on my watchlist for a hot minute: he's young, but talented as fuck! You guys know I'm kinda obsessed with Krooked Drivers, so let me remind you: I found out about KD at Sonic Bloom Festival earlier this year after they were introduced during Mikey Thunder's set in his infamous "15 Minutes of Fame" spot where he showcases his new favorite up-n-comers. This night was no different. This time around, the artist DELUXE played the 15 minute spot, and KILLED it, so keep an eye on this cat :) I also did a pre-show artist interview with Mr. Bugatti who opened the night, and coincidentally, used to go to school in Grand Junction! He knew a slew of the same peeps as I do! Small Fucking World we live in :) And I gotta give Mad Props to Mikey Thunder, he brought over JK Soul all the way from Slovenia, and dude was a beast!! His set reminded me of the first time I saw Gramatik play: soulful, soothing, sexy smoothness.










Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I am thankful for DENVER: THE MECCA


It's no secret; Denver, CO straight up murks the bass music game. I live in Grand Junction, CO and am doing everything in my power to bring the fun to the valley, but it's hard work and fuckin A expensive. Sooo, five or six times a year, I treat myself to a week long Denver trip, laden with more shows than I can handle. Thanksgiving week will be no different. Time to spend some quality time with my friends and family, hitting bass shows and at many different venues as I can. SUPER STOKED that this year has a STACKED lineup for me. The festivities start on Tuesday night 11/26/13 at Cervantes Masterpiece for Nightmares on Wax featuring JK Soul, Mikey Thunder, and CurlyOnE thanks to the Sub.Mission crew for another solid E-Tuesday. I'm covering the event so you KNOW I'll be getting some dope video for you all to vibe on. Oh say what? You never heard of these cats? Well that just won't do, familiarize yoself :)




Wednesday (11/27/13) its back to Cervantes, this time on The Other Side for Marvel Years with Krooked Drivers, JK Soul, Lidsky, and Mr. Bugatti hosted by Mikey Thunder. Marvel Years aka Cory Wythe is an east coast producer from Vermont that has been crushing the game with his soulful glitchy sample based tunes and getting LOTS of love from the Colorado scene, thanks in a big way to miss Bronzy Wizzle, the owner of The Daily Steeze, another prominent Denver music blog. Ya'll know I've been on the Krooked tip for a minute, and it's no secret that having the PLM family man Mikey Thunder in their corner has done nothing but great things for them. SOOO JAZZED on their new EP dropping today on Gravitas Recordings, shit is FIRE!! I saw them open for Artifakts, Late Night Radio, as well as Marvel Years earlier this year at Cervantes before the two day Pretty Lights run @ Red Rocks. Never seen Lidsky or Mr. Bugatti live, but their tunes or dope and if they are sick enough to share a bill put together by Mikey Thunder, I'm sure it's gonna be epic. Check out their music!!






And Thanksgiving Night: Porter Robinson @ Beta for NRG Thursdays. This is going to be a very special show for me, as I have NEVER been to the world renowned nightclub Beta Denver. Mostly because I'm nearly 30 years old and going to clubs chalk full of 18 year olds hasn't been my thing for a grip, but for Porter, I think I can make an exception :) He's been one of my favorite mainstream electro house producers for a while now, and to hear him play "Say My Name" on a primed Funktion 1 sound system should be a real treat!


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Pretty Lights: I would tattoo that shit on my face!

Its true. I love Pretty Lights. He's my favorite producer of all time. I love his music, his light shows, his record label, his business model, process, you name it, I love it. His brand new album, A Color Map of the Sun, dropped today. And its fucking awesome. He's had the preview of the album up on his soundcloud account for a while and I tried my best not to listen to it and wait until I could hear it on vinyl first, but today I broke down. I'm not sorry, only to myself for not breaking down earlier! I won't paraphrase the AMAZING documentary I watched made by Derek and his creative director/girlfriend Krystle Blackburn, but when you get some spare time, WATCH IT. It's truly amazing what he has put together. He worked with hundreds of different instruments and  musicians to create his very own samples pack pressed to vinyl. Genius.Did I mention that it's all recorded in ANALOG? Derek is a BEAST!!!

Being the obsessive nut that I am about Pretty Lights, I've seen most of the interviews he's done, this one here from the Steve Renman Show is one of the classiest, most informative interviews I've seen, def worth a watch if you love PL like I do. The new album is available for Pay-What-U-Can @ prettylightsmusic.com

Friday, June 28, 2013

The 710 Cup Denver...Yummy


In the last ten years Denver has become a MECCA for marijuana advocates. What started with a few select Medical Marijuana Centers, RED cards, and a lengthy interview/doctor approval process; has now transformed in a hazy city with more pot dispensaries in the city than McDonalds and Starbucks combined. A midst the hype of the legalization, a new form of smoking the centuries old plant has also emerged. It's called "dabbing", and if you haven't heard about it, you are either living under a rock or in complete denial. What the hell is dabbing, you ask? In short, it's smoking the pure THC in oil or wax form that is extracted from the plant via butane(BHO). For a more in depth look at dabbing; it's dangers, and advantages, here is a link to a rather interesting and VERY informative article I just read this morning: 'Is "Dabbing" the new Crack of Pot?' This July, the new movement of the pot culture is gracing the Wright Group Events Center in downtown Denver with a new kind of Cannabis Cup.
    The 710 Cup is a competition, hosted by Grassroots CaliforniaHitman Glass, and WeedMaps.com, in search of the best THC concentrates with several categories including wax, shatter, edibles, and more. Think you got what it takes? If you got the dopest dope you ever smoked and want to enter in the 710 Cup, there's still time! July 3rd is the final cutoff for entries and you can get a form HERE.  The best part about stoner fests? LOTS of great music and amazing food. You know me, I'm in it for that wompy goodness :) I'll be there catching all the good vibes, interviewing whoever I can, and hopefully even melting some faces on a side stage Lucid Visions Video style :) Speaking of, if you haven't seen the new Lucid Summer Promo video, check it out here, if you like it - spread the love :) 

    I'm so excited about the lineup for the Cup! A LOT of homies on it, and quite a few peeps that have been on my list to see for a while! I'm mostly jazzed for M!NT, Fresh2Death, Krooked Drivers, Freddy Todd, OG Status, and all the Mile High Sound Movement cats like Cloud D, kLL sMTH, Late Night Radio, Unlimited Gravity, and Kruza Kid. I saw a few of them at Sonic Bloom, but unfortunately missed several of their sets, so I'm WAYYY stoked for a second chance so soon :) Here's a playlist I put together with a few tracks from each of my favorites on the lineup. Enjoy!! 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Official Sonic Bloom Recap Video is Finished!


Well, I finally finished it. I updated my Official Review post which you can view in it's entirety here, but in case you didn't see it, here it is :)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Bloom Review: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Renegade Sound: Camp Fix Your Face @ Sonic Bloom 2013


Camp Fix Your Face
Well, the Sonic Bloom Festival 2013 has come to an end. My personal experience was unfortunately, completely jaded by a huge barrage of unrelated car trouble bullshit that came my way, but I will do my best to remain objective :) The crew and I got in early Thursday afternoon and spent the better part of the evening setting up CAMP FIX YOUR FACE. We had one of only two renegade sound systems in the campground and we were DEFINITELY the loudest. My homie Mikal Dark was resident DJ for the weekend, and we still had a slew of talent roll thru and throw down sets as well! Samuel L. DabsonProper Motion, SoDown, Treaphort, Tripmendous and NADASOUND Here's a little taste of the flavor we had goin on at homebase!


The Musical Performances


No one is more mad about it than me, but I missed A LOT of great sets this weekend :( My truck breaking down on the first day really ruined my trip. Being on the phone with the insurance company and AAA is a way no one wants to spend their festival time, but it had to be done. Regardless, I did catch some really amazing sets on Thursday and Friday. It's safe for me to go ahead and say, Krooked Drivers was hands down my favorite set of what I saw. Maddy and Donnie aka Krooked Drivers played only a short 30 minute guest spot during Mikey Thunder's set alongside the wax cuts master himself. Here's my favorite bit of footage from their set:

Another up and coming producer than I was super excited about seing at the festival was kLL sMTH. I missed his set. I know, I know.... I'm pretty upset about it too. That's not going to stop me from sharing his amazing Pre-Bloom Mixtape he dropped right before the festival. It's fire, I promise you that :)


From what I heard from everyone, the top headliners of the weekend were hands down Polish Ambassador and OPIUO. I saw TPA last year at Desert Rocks and he simply crushed it. I first saw him mobbing around the campground in a flying saucer-esque renegade sound system on wheels. I chased it. :)  I was able to score some photos of TPA's set from Miss Bronzy Wizzle from The Daily Steeze. If you don't know about it- check it out @ www.dailysteeze.com or check out the rest of the photo album HERE.  And here's a little taste in case you live under a rock or something....:)



Enough crying over spilt milk. I still caught some great sets and I will now share them with you. This here is a playlist of all my raw footage of the sets I caught on Thursday and Friday. It includes videos of The Digital Connection, Samples, Cloud D, Krooked Drivers, Kruza Kid, ill-esha, Wick-It the Instigator, Marcutio, Minnesota, and more. ALSO!! Here is our OFFICIAL Fix Your Face Radio Sonic Bloom Recap Video that includes footage straight from the press conference with artists like Random Rab, Bluetech, David Starfire, Lucent Dossier Experience, The Werks, and more!



Between the Vibes: Vendors, Production, Food/Beverage, Festival Staff, etc.



First off, I'd  like to tip my hat to the Media organizer, Ami Heinrich of Tsunami Publicity. I've been a press attendee of more than my fair share of concerts, events, and festivals, and Sonic Bloom was BY FAR, the most organized as far a Press was concerned. The "Press Conferences" were something I'd never seen done before at an event like this, and I think its a great idea and it worked out very well. It was great to get a chance to sit with several artists and get lots of information in a more relaxed setting than a 1 on 1 interview. And they even provided us with Sonic Palmers in an already composting eco-friendly cup to help ease the flow of our questions!

I must say that the sheer amount of art brought by the attendees was amazing! Between the handmade jewelry, trash to treasure sculptures, and live light installations, the eye never had a dull moment. There was even a vendor tent doing custom funky haircuts and trim designs! While I didn't do any yoga, there was definitely plenty of it going on, I saw more yoga butts attached to dreadlocked ladies than I thought was humanly possible.

The food was hit or miss; a $7 Pad Thai was a mound of delicious food, however, everything from the pizza cart was overpriced and a small/shitty portion and the employees rocked out of theirs minds on god knows what was semi unpleasant to deal with.  The coffee was FANTASTIC, although I never had the patience to actually wait in line to get a cup of it for myself ( thank you friends for bringing me my juice :))

The "no booze on the campground" rule kinda blew. I had a hard time catching a buzz on $12 double whiskey gingers, in spite of the advertised "heavy handed bartenders of Cervantes". If you brought a cup back it was only $10. Yay. $5 per shot. I realize everyone wants a piece of the action and liquor laws are tough, I'm just sayin, as a consumer: I'm camping; I NEED to get drunk enough to fall asleep on ground.

Chaotic Sunday Bloom

I left the festival early on Sunday to deal with my broken down truck, so I can report to you only from what the festival press release said, and some stories written by other journalists in attendance of Sonic Bloom this year. This video is of a happy go lucky streaker being repeatedly shocked with a taser pistol by Clear Creek County Police Officers.

Yes, he is probably on drugs. But does that make this okay? You can't have the light without the dark, but this is some pretty repugnant shit. This video, coupled with the eye-witness account that I read in the Westword BackBeat was eye-opening, to say the least. Here is that story in its entirety:

 Michael Kroog, the man who shot the cell phone video of the still-unnamed nude man being tased, got in touch with [Westword Backbeat] yesterday in response to our original post, and wanted to offer up his version of the events and also to add some context to the clip. According to Kroog, it was just after 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon when the whole thing went down. Continue on to read his full eye-witness account, which, aside from adding a few paragraph breaks for readability, is completely unedited and in his own words. 
From Michael Kroog, via email (unedited):"From what I can best remember, I was on the phone with my father at the time reminding him of my appreciation for him as it was Father's day. While on the phone I first witness a man with what looked to have one of the happiest expressions I've ever seen running naked down the street which sandwiched some of Sonic Bloom's camping and the festival grounds itself. After my father realizing I was distracted I told him I had to get off the phone and this is when I saw one of the (rather large bodied) security guards side check the happy naked man into the shoulder of the road and that is when the police stepped in.
I would like to first mention that there was already a heavy presence of police at Sonic Bloom and I noticed this after being told about Sonic Bloom's policy on Amendment 64. There was in the schedule in clear writing saying that Sonic Bloom was considered public property' and that you could still be ticketed for having/smoking marijuana. I noticed at least 3 sets 3 cops (at least 9) on Friday evening in the grounds. So there was already a heavy presence of police at Sonic Bloom. 
So again, after seeing the 2 police officers headed towards the naked man now laying the street, I immediately apologized to my father and hung up the phone (with 1% battery left) and began shooting video and ran towards the scene on the other side of the fence. At this time the 2 police officers rolled the man into the ditch and he began squirming and a crowd gathered. As the naked man obviously confused and still smiling one of the police officers (in my opinion felt alarmed by the crowd) and began electrocuting the naked man with his taser. 
As far as I know, tasers are to be used when under 'the most alarming' situations'. I personally was more alarmed by the police than anything else...The officer tased the man repeatedly and if you watch the video you can see the fear escalate with the officer with the taser as he continues to electrify the helpless man. This is of course my opinion and you should ask the questions for yourself in order to determine what was going on in the police officers mind. 
After at least 8 electrocutions and one of the EMT's screaming at the officer "you are going to kill him, stop" (which you can see in the video) the man was finally taken into an ambulance. After standing along that fence still trying to figure out What the Fuck just happened, roughly 30 minutes after everyone cleared a big unmarked SUV drove down the street with 8 heavily strapped SWAT officers on the side of the vehicle. I didn't realize until later but I am fairly certain this was called from the officer with the taser in hand asking for backup... 
I lastly would like to state that for future situations such as this, for those in the crowd to do their best to remain calm and try and calm the situation instead of helping escalate it. I am certainly not blaming the crowd for yelling at the police but this policeman was obviously terrified and because of that there is now possible risk of brain damage. Please, in terrifying situations remember to act on volition and not impulse."
“They brutally took him down, tackled him into a ditch and repeatedly tasered him,” Sonic Bloom spokeswoman and witness Ami Heinrich told The Denver Post on Monday. “I believe they may have overreacted and detained the man in a way that could be considered excessive force.”

“I am very disappointed that the option of the taser was utilized in this incident,” said Sonic Bloom producer Jamie Janover in a statement. “It was an incredibly challenging day for all of us, as this was a disturbing and heartbreaking thing for us to witness.”

And that's not all. There was also a man by the name of Nolan Farrel found dead in a strangers tent early Sunday morning. I heard several rumors about two deaths that were heroin and nitrous related, respectively, but as of today, only one death has been confirmed and the festival spokespersons are saying that at this time, "there's no reason to believe drugs are involved". A 400-500 person group hug broke out Sunday at the festivals opening to honor their fallen fellow concertgoer.

There was also a sort of miniature tornado called a "micro burst" that ripped through the festival grounds on Sunday, overturning an RV parked near the Media check in booth. Some people were trapped inside until being cut out and rescued, and thankfully, no serious injuries were sustained.

All in all, I'd say the festival organizers were dealt a pretty rough hand on Sunday. But despite all the tragedy; the festival was a success with over 3,500 attendees, over 100 magical performances by some of the most talented musicians in the electronic music realm, tons of artists of too many mediums to count, grips of motivational speakers, and workshops on more than a dozen different subjects.

The term "transformational" is definitely a good word to use to describe the 2013 Sonic Bloom Festival. Many people transformed their way of thinking, some will transform their way of living. For me, this festival changed the way I feel about myself in relation to the community I once held so dear. I am no longer a spectator; strung out on more acid than I can handle. That is a part of me that I have had a hard time letting go of. I am now only interested in this community if I can be a positive moving part; crucial to the movement. I leave you with that idea. Are you simply a spectator in the community you love? Think again, if your community doesn't move you in a way that forces you to get out there and be an important part of it, than it probably isn't the community for you. - FIX YOUR FACE RADIO





Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pre-Bloom Interview/Mix with The Digital Connection



We are super excited to release an exclusive Sonic Bloom Mini-Mix and interview with our good friend Ricky Shine aka The Digital Connection. Ricky has been surging in the Denver bass music scene the last half decade with his all original take on melodious yet crunchy bass heavy music. I've been following Ricky's career for the last year pretty closely, watching him perform multi state tours, BIG festivals like Gem and Jam in Tuscon, AZ, and I even brought him to Grand Junction with Joman for a show at Mesa Theater earlier this year. I'm a HUGE fan of his music, and am pleased to present you with another Fix Your Face interview, AND his super dope Sonic Bloom Minimix FULL of BRAND NEW ALL ORIGINAL tracks!!!

FYFR:
Ricky,
For those who don't know, tell us a little bit about your sound?



Ricky:
I go by the alias The Digital Connection, I’ve been producing electronic music for about 5 years now. I would describe my sound best as being a combination of a little of everything, mainly Melodic Dubstep/Glitch Hop/Drum&Bass. I come from a background of playing guitar inbands and listening to lots of Metal/Rock growing up, it’s had a huge impact on the sound that i’ve been able to develop over the years. One of my goals with this music project is to break the barriers of the norm and leave the comfort zone completely to explore new untouched areas of both composition and sound design. I want to make something unlike anything out there right now.


FYFR: 
I for one am SUPER excited about Sonic Bloom, the lineup is STACKED.
What artists are you most excited about seeing this year?

RICKY:
Sonic Bloom has been my favorite festival over the last couple of years, they never disappoint with the lineup. I’m most excited about getting to see Opiou, Bluetech, Truth & Thriftworks. Plus some awesome friends of mine will be playing as well such as NastyNasty, Ill-Esha, Phutureprimitive, Russ Liquid plus many more, it’s gonna be such a blast!!

FYFR:
This is your second year playing at the festival correct? How does it
compare with other festivals you've played? Please describe the difference,
if any, in crowd vibes at the festies in other states?

RICKY:
This is actually my 3rd year playing, I’m so happy i could be apart of this amazing festival again. The thing that’s awesome about Sonic Bloom is that people are so open to hearing new things that it’s a perfect environment to really test the potential of your music. It’s also really great that it’s a unity of both artists and fans camping/partying/enjoying live music together. It’s something totally unique from the big name festivals , we’re all family here.

FYFR:
With all the advancements in technology over the last decade, especially in
the realm of electronic dance music, what are your weapons of choice?

RICKY:
Guitar will always be my primary instrument, but when it comes to Electronic Music there are a few select plugins that are my goto tools. I use Ablton 9 for all my production and live sets, the plugins I use the most all come from Native Instruments Komplete instrument bundle. My plugins of choice would deffinitley be Massive for any lead/midrange bass tones, Studio drummer for layering with my drum sounds, and Reaktor which features a wide array of complex synths to choose from. Probably the coolest thing to me about making electronic music is creating sounds completely from scratch and twisting and bending and splitting frequencies until you get something that’s out of this world. I never get bored of making music because everytime i still learn something new, I can’t imagine what sort of tools we will have 10 years from now.

FYFR:
I'm dying for some Digital Connection swag, where can I get some??

RICKY:
I’m actually working on a few things right now, I just made some stickers which will be available for free from my website  (TheDigitalConnectionMusic.com) and at shows. But a few other things are in the works such as T-shirts/Hat’s/Hat Pins which should start being readily available online/at tour dates around fall time.

www.TheDigitalConnectionMusic.com

www.facebook.com/sonicbloom
www.sonicbloomfestival.com

END FEED

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sonic Bloom: Final Lineup Announced!

It has finally arrived!!! The final wave of artists was announced earlier today with some VERY pleasant surprises :) Some of my favorite cats in the Denver game: The Digital Connection, Samples, Cloud-D, Late Night Radio, Kruza Kid, White Robot, and more! Check out the full additions list on the Sonic Bloom FB Page. Plus, with SOOOOO many other things to do at the festival, is there ANY reason you don't have your ticket yet?? I'll make it easy for you, go get one NOW, because if you don't, you will probably regret it for the rest of your summer. And did I mention they are nearly sold out?! BUY A TICKET HERE

So just in case it's not painfully obvious as usual, here's a comprehensive list of the artists I will be covering this year (schedule permitting). I will also be doing interviews with as many artists as possible, as well as holding shows at camp FIX YOUR FACE on the late night tip. I will have my portable Lucid Visions Video rig and doing visuals for anyone who will let me. I'm hoping to also interview one of the resident festival VJ's Jonathan Singer or Aeonchild. (Click any links to visit the artist FB page)




Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Shadowboxing Remix EP Drops!


I been listening to Zion I since the True & Livin album dropped several years ago. Since then, I've seen them perform at many festivals, and even if I don't see them live, someone during the show manages to drop a track or a remix of one of their SICC tracks. Today, their Shadowboxing Remix EP was released for Name Your Price on Bandcamp, and IT IS DOPE. Remixes from my homie Timeline of Pretty Ugly, Robotic Pirate Monkey, Bassnectar, Butch Clancy, and many more.  Peep Game :)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sonic Bloom Wave 3 Artist Lineup Announced!


Where to begin? I've been to a lot of Colorado festivals, but Sonic Bloom 2013 is looking to be the most involved, across the board awesome festival I have ever been to. The lineup: AMAZING. Wave 3 was released last week and with Wave 4 still to come, I couldn't be more excited. The lineup runs the gauntlet of EDM genres; from IDM to Trap, Glitch to the grimy Dubstep, Downtempo, Livetronica and everything else in between. I've seen the festival circuit evolve in the last few years into something very different from the general idea of what you might think even a four day concert is like. Sonic Bloom is an entirely different beast all together. Complete with over 10 workshops packed into 4 days ranging from sound therapy to beginners aerial gymnastics, and that doesn't even include the daily dose of sunrise yoga sessions.  There's river rafting, hiking, art galleries, live painters, inspirational and informational speakers, festival film viewings, even a Silent Disco where everyone in a big tent has their own headset with a feed from the DJ instead of a big sound system. I tried this at Snowball earlier this year- very cool!
Of all the different festivals I have been to in Colorado, I have to say that Sonic Bloom is by far the most impressive in terms of variety of activities. I spend a lot of time defending these big shows I go to from criticism across the board. Many people, younger and older feel like these big shows and festivals are just another excuse to get buck, drop dangerous designer drugs, and have unprotected sex with strangers. While this still holds true for some, EDM has been around now for over 20 years, and most of us true heads are getting too old for that shit. We have real jobs, real families, and real responsibilities. I'm so happy that we've found a way to keep the music in our lives without needing all the sub culture bullshit that goes along with it. That's going to be a big subject of conversation in  my interviews with artists at the festival this year, so stay tuned :) Here's my part 3 of the Preparty Mixtape. Tickets are still available (BUT NOT FOR LONG) on the Sonic Bloom website. See you all in a few weeks :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Exodus: Daytona's Bon Voyage


Well, the time has come. Our good friend Daytona Velasquez is leaving Grand Junction to finally take grasp of a bigger scene. I have been following Jays career since I moved to GJ over four years ago. I was immediately impressed by his DJ skills from the first house party I saw him play, only to find out the most of his tracks were original productions. Now's he's got originals on Beatport Top 20, and exclusive releases on the hottest blogs and music sites. His collaboration with another homie, Paul TimeLine Jarvis, became known as Pretty Ugly. Some of my favorite tracks of all time are written and performed by these two gents, and I am proud to be sending Daytona off PROPER with a RAGER at Audio Underground @ 601 Pitkin this Friday, May 17th. We are bringing down from Denver one of Beta Nightclub's Resident DJs JONTRON, along with Daytona himself, and Chris Epic, with S.Mayjor kicking things off at 10pm. A full size Lucid Visions Video installation will be in effect, and the beautiful ladies from Pandamonium GoGo will be in the building breakin hearts :) RSVP to the Facebook event HERE. It will be sad to see him go, but even better to see him live out his dreams :)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sonic Bloom Wave 2 Lineup Announced! (For Real This Time)


The Aprils Fools joke Sonic Bloom Festival played on us all yesterday via Twitter set the bar pretty high for the actual Wave 2 Lineup Announcement released today, but they did not disappoint! Even though a reunion party featuring Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, and STS9 would be super rad, I was definitely excited to see that Lucent Dossier Experience had been added, along with TRUTH, The Floozies, SubSquabi, Robotic Pirate Monkey, The Werks, Luke the Knife (Luke Miller from Lotus), Unlimited Aspect ( ProJect Aspect x Unlimited Gravity),and more! For more information about this amazing 3 day, 4 night festival, head to www.sonicbloomfestival.com 

As promised, here is Part 2 of the Sonic Bloom Preparty Podcast. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fix Your Face Podcast to air on Sub.Mission Radio!


Sub.Mission has been running the Dubstep game in Denver, CO for the last 6 years, and the sole reason that Denver is now known as the dubstep capital of the USA. So it's no surprise that I was ecstatic when I heard my fans were requesting that I do a podcast for Sub.Mission Radio. Well, I'm very excited to announce I have just finished up an hour long podcast to be aired soon-so stay tuned! The mix is not yet public, but just for my loyal blog readers- I'm letting you be the first to hear it!! It's all tracks produced/remixed by local COLORADO based artists, cause you know I like to keep it in the family :) Enjoy!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sonic Bloom Festival 2013!!


Very excited about the first wave announcement from the 2013 Sonic Bloom Festival in Georgetown, CO. This week I'm on Spring Break from Colorado Mesa University, so I thought I'd put together a mix for you. It's Part 1 of what will be several Podcasts all featuring fresh tracks from the headliners of Sonic Bloom. There's some Polish Ambassador, Thriftworks, VibeSquaD, ill-esha, Russ Liquid, Opiuo, and Wick-It the Instigator on this mix, with an overall chill sound. Stay tuned to Fix Your Face Radio for Part 2- and  Enjoy! 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

BIG DEVELOPMENTS/SNOWBALL!!!!

OH MY FUCK. Snowball 2013:Success. I didn't end up with press access, but I certainly managed to get plenty of video anyway :) Got my ticket the day before the festival started, dope condo in Granby, so many great friends old and new! All in all a great time. Grounds were a little smaller this year in response to the venue change from Avon, CO to Winter Park , CO, but hey, I'm not complaining about walking less. Too many favorites to comment, but SUPER impressed by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Shlomo, Run DMT, and Robotic Pirate Monkey : Who I am excited to announce we bill playing here for us in Grand Junction on May 4th at Mesa Theater on their Booty Snatch Tour along with Alpha Data, R/D, and Daytona! I'm doing a custom mapped stage with my homie VJ Coltrain as our new collaboration Lucid Visions Video. Also, Fresh2Death was a HUGE success! I have the video recap from the show as well for you today! What follows is all my Snowball Music Festival footage organized by the day. Enjoy! Also, BIG favor to ask- PLEASE holler at Sonic Bloom Festival and get Lucid Visions Video / Fix Your Face Lazer Patrol on their stage!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New track from The Digital Connection

Ricky Shine aka The Digital Connection has been a busy boy so far this year. He's fresh off a multi-state tour, including Gem & Jam Festival in Arizona (featured right), and even a stop off in our humble little town of Grand Junction, CO. His already super sexy time take on all original bass music shines right through his latest remix of  "Let Go For Tonight" by Foxes. Check it out here and even grab a free DL:

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Snowball 2013? You Bet Your Sweet Ass


YEEEAAAAAYAARRRRRSS!! Year Three of the EPIC Music Adventure Party has finally released the last phase of the line-up!!!! I've been every year so far, last year with a press pass and got so close to MartyParty on stage I could smell him slayin the crowd with that gangster funk! I got a lot of amazing footage last year- check out my coverage here:


and the Fix Your Face Snowball Afterparty Show

This year the festival is being held in Winter Park, CO since the City of Avon finally gave in and said they couldn't handle it. I have mixed feelings about this, I had finally started to feel comfortable in the Vail area, met some cool people, and found the dope spots to hang after the festival in town. New Town, New Bars, New Cops, New Vibes. Plus, lodging in Denver might be too enticing pricewise to ignore, but we all remember the shuttle fiasco from last year. Could spell disaster for alot of people if they are not careful and don't plan ahead, but, with every year's mistakes comes new knowledge and ideas: I'm excited for the new experience! AND- This year proves to be just as awesome as the last two with a CRAZY SICK lineup!
Who will I be covering in particular this year you ask? Well if it's not painfully obvious...
  • Pretty Lights
  • STS9
  • Big Gigantic
  • Porter Robinson
  • Datsik
  • GRIZMATIK
  • Flosstradamus
  • Zion I
  • Crizzly w/ Lil Flip
  • SHLOHMO
  • Michal Menert
  • Run DMT
  • The Floozies
  • TRUTH
  • ISHE
  • ChrisB.



And that's just who I'm excited to see!! My crew always ends up finding the dopest side shows at random times that straight melt faces. I REALLY hope the Afterparty scene is as hyphy as it was last year!
For now, check out the tracks I dug up on some of these cats. 





BOOM!!!. See all of you there FAM!!!! Stay Tuned to find out where Fix Your Face Radio will be covering AfterDark in Winter Park this year!!