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 :)