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|Major Lazer at The Observatory|
October 18, 2012
On Thursday night, EDM trio Major Lazer brought everything from dance hall, reggae, hip hop, house, electro, dubstep, moombahton, trap and drum & bass to The Observatory in Santa Ana. This bass-heavy bacchanal was unlike the typical dance music shows we attend, with lots of crowd interaction and get down music all night long. The venue which holds over 1,200 people was packed (yet not sold out) and felt like sauna with all of the sweaty, booty-popping fans in attendance. Not to mention that half the girls there were just wanting to express themselves to Diplo or drool over his hotness. And of course there were plenty of hot girls on stage twerking it for the guys as well.
Flashy lights and lasers adorned the room when Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire took to the stage to "get the party started," as they yelled over the mic around 12am. Everyone followed suit putting their hands in the air and jumping up and down to all of the hard electro. The mic was noticeably on too loud as Walshy's voice echoed over the jamming reggae inspired sounds which were carefully spliced together with all of the banging EDM. It really didn't seem to matter however, as he incited everyone to put their lighters and cell phones up while their heart rates increased to the rhythms. They even incorporated hip-hop classics with this years hits like Jay-Z's "N*ggas in Paris."
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|"Notice To All Opening DJ's" Posted Backstage at the Yost Theater|
Look what someone sent us from backstage at the Yost Theater in the the downtown Santa Ana Art District. A "Notice to All Opening DJs" laminated and taped on the speakers backstage. If you'll remember, we posted a very similar list (almost identical, actually) a couple weeks ago called "Top Five Codes of Conduct for Opening DJs at EDM Shows." We're hoping it was a decent conversation starter that prompted opening DJs to be creative with their sets and respect their headliners. Our list was spammed all over the internet a few days after we posted it, which tells us the topic of DJ etiquette is a real issue in the dance music scene in Orange County. But kuddos to the Yost Theater for at least doing something about it and continuing to bring respected DJs to OC week after week...and for paying attention to our blog.
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On the eve before 4th of July, LA-based promoters Giant brought Grammy-nominated DJ/producer Morgan Page to the Yost Theater in the Santa Ana Arts District for a special Orange County holiday event. Currently touring to promote his latest album In The Air, Page recieved an enthusiastic OC welcome to this sold out Tuesday night event. The excitement from electronic dance music fans and party people echoed through the crowd as lines formed outside the venue wrapping around the corner.
Giant DJ Ryan Sage did a solid job of warming up the crowd as EDM lovers filled the venue and swarmed the dance floor. At one point, you couldn't even go down the stairwell onto the floor because it was so packed. As house and electro boomed from the Yost massive sound system everyone was slamming shots and pounding drinks as it felt like a Friday night since most people had the 4th off. The entire upstairs was filled as well and the VIP tables were packed with glow stick armed partiers ready to rage and get their dance on.More »
Brenton Ho, Powers Imagery Nicky Romero at Tao Beach
Now that the dust has settled in Sin City, it's time to take a look at all that went on during this long week of electronic dance music madness, including most of the parties you didn't see. From the time we arrived at the inaugural EDMbiz Conference at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, the strip was filled with a plethora of events from club nights, pool parties, festivals and massive events all over Las Vegas from Tuesday, June 5th - Monday, June 12th. Insomniac partnered with the TAO Group for EDC Week Events at LAVO, Marquee, TAO and Drais after hours. That doesn't even include all the events at the surrounding properties. Here is our run down of the top five events.
Courtesy of SpyOnVegas.com Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten at Tao Beach
5. Tao Beach at the Venetian Hotel with Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten Back to Back--Sunday, June 10th
Tao Beach was the place to be on Sunday for these two legendary DJs teaming up at the infamous pool party at the Venetian Hotel. Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten's style are complementary and it's no wonder that they kept the crowd going crazy at this party for over five hours. Schulz' deep, hard progressive style compliments Ferry's melody-infused trance sound. The pool party was packed as trance fans from all over the world came together on this amazing day of music and good weather. Corsten dropped his songs like "Check it Out" and "Punk," which were followed masterfully by Schulz's darker tracks from "Coldharbour" and "LA12." Possessed by the sound system (and plenty of alcohol) high-rollers spent the day dancing up and down in their cabanas, while the half-naked masses swarmed the dance floor and the shallow end of the pool to live out their MTV Spring Break fantasies.Two signs that shit was popping off: the party lasted until well after 6:30pm (two hours later than it was scheduled for) and at one point, Schulz grabbed a unicorn mask from the crowd and started DJing with it on.More »
Twenty years ago this month, Sublime released their first album: 40oz. to Freedom. At that point drummer Floyd "Bud" Gaugh, bassist Eric Wilson and singer-songwriter Bradley Nowell were just three guys from Long Beach. No record deal, no tour, no nothing. They sold records at shows and out of the back of their car.
But the album they created was a unique mix of hip-hop samples, furious punk, Spanish raps, and strange songs that were fueled by Nowell's rough brilliance. And the cover of 40oz. to Freedom -- a drawing of a depressed sun tripping out on itself -- would go on to be forever associated with a band that has now sold over 17 million albums internationally.
We caught up with Tomorrows Bad Seeds' lead vocalist Moises Juarez and guitarist Sean Chapman at the Vans Warped Tour press conference last week. Juarez had this to say about their upcoming album, The Great Escape: "A lot of music is desensitized these days. You really have to pick and choose what you want to listen to," shared Moi. "I just feel that music is such a tool to help people cope with daily life and struggles. That's what I like to write about. Our new album has a lot of stuff like that. I just want people to continue to relate to it."
|Wayne Coyne's Twitter account|
Spending 22 hours in a car is a crazy idea in itself. Match that with driving halfway across the nation to knock on the door of rocker Wayne Coyne's house is taking stalker status to the next level.
"Some weirdos just showed up on my porch...They drove all the way from LA to bring me a birthday gift!!!" said Coyne on Twitter last week.
Those weirdos were newly-formed Orange County band, Hott Mt. Not only did the trio, made up of Adam Ashe (formerly of Dahga Bloom), Nick Logie (of Telegram) and Ashleigh Allard show up unexpectedly at Coyne's home in Oklahoma City on Jan. 13, SPIN.com also reported that the members got to sleep on Coyne's couch and floor for four days.!--EndFragment-->More »