One Tribe Festival Performers & Focus DJs Create a Mix for OC Weekly

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Focus DJs: Josh Billings & Nonfiction
If you can get down with the finest acts in electronic music such as Kygo and Gramatik, dig activities like stand up paddle, peddle boats, swimming and yoga, and you are in need of a seriously stunning backdrop to redefine your dance floor experience then you're in for a treat-- it's called One Tribe Music Festival. Located on Lake Perris State Park in Riverside, ID&T (the producers behind TomorrowLand and Electric Zoo) and B3 Production (famous for their '90s events like JuJuBeats) have put together five stages and one Friday night camping experience with the Desert Hearts Crew featuring Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Deep Jesus, Marbs, Porkchop and guests Pumpkin and Diamond Saints to serenade you by the campfire.

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Elsewhere Man David Bernal, One of the Internet's First Dancing Stars

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Paging Gene Belcher...

Describing his dance style, David Bernal punctuates each sentence with an arm wave or a pop of an isolated joint as he sits on a high barstool at the Iron Press in Anaheim. The Santa Ana native effortlessly flows between seated vignettes of much larger styles, including "liquid mantis" and "psychedelic alien," which he began to develop as a student at Saddleback High School. In Tuesday's post-lunch-rush crowd, not too many people notice, but in the Internet's infancy, these styles made him a star.

David Elsewhere, as he's known online, is part of the first wave of Internet celebrities borne not of YouTube and jump cuts, but of discussion forums, word of mouth and eBaum's World.

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Downtown Boogie is Way More Than a Typical B-Boy Battle

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Damien Blaise
By: Damien Blaise

Last night in Santa Ana, Diego's hosted Konsept's first breakdance-based event, Downtown Boogie, done in collaboration with the Feel Good Collective. Konsept is an event-organizing company with a real focus on community and charitable events in and around Santa Ana. The show wasn't the kind of thing you see very often, a mix of b-boys and girls vibing all over the space alongside unique vendors, artists, live body painting, and even a barber's chair and station where event-goer's could get their fade's cleaned up.

See also: Will Diego's Be the Next Big Local Venue in Santa Ana?

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Why Sweden's Next EDM Prince Would Rather Be in LA

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Adrian Lux
Some artists and celebs are born with names that are destined for greatness. Swedish Grammy nominated producer and DJ known as Adrian Lux is no exception. Born Prinz Adrian Johannes Hynne he may not be governing his Stockholm hometown, but he's surely reining as one of Sweden's super star DJs alongside Avicii, Eric Prydz and of course Swedish House Mafia. Lux went from sifting through his dad's record collection discovering Massive Attack at 11 years old to picking up DJ equipment and playing at local bars and clubs while in high school.

He joined the Ultra Music family four years ago with singles "Strawberry" and "Can't Sleep" while garnering remix credits from his work wit Britney Spears, the TRON soundtrack and more. But it wasn't until the single "Teenage Crime" dropped in 2010 that the now 28-year-old artist became an overnight EDM success. His self-titled album was released two years later following extensive tours all over the world and collaborations with EDM royalty. Now he celebrates the release of his highly anticipated second EP Make Out as he strolls the streets of LA, his new home since November. We caught up with Lux in the midst of his "Make Out West Tour" in anticipation for his gig tonight at Sutra.

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The Five Must-See Local EDM Shows in June

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Fans at EDCLV 2013

Any EDM fan knows that this month marks the 18th annual Electric Daisy Carnival - the US's largest dance music festival held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 20th - 22nd. But if you're not one of the 400,000 fans waiting for their EDC package with tickets in the mail this week, then fear not. With so many artist being routed through Orange County these days, you can get your EDM dance fix every week to some of electronic music's biggest names and favorite local DJs. We did all the hard work for you and picked out the five must-see shows happening right here in your own backyard. The only thing missing is carnival rides and fireworks, but with fourth of July and the OC Fair right around the corner, we think you'll survive.

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Dirtyphonics (DJ Set) - The Observatory - July 18th, 2013

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Dirtyphonics (DJ Set)
The Observatory
July 18th, 2013

In the aftermath of their four month plus tour, the French quartet Dirtyphonics continues to support their debut full-length album Irreverence on Dim Mak Records with gigs at the biggest festivals and clubs around the world. Last night, members Charly and Pitchin made a stop in Orange County to the Observatory in Santa Ana for a special DJ set as part of InnerVision Events, Bassrush and LA Beatdown's Bassology dub infused 18 and over night filled with bass-in-your-face goodness which ignited a crazy moshing rage fest in the smaller Constellation room of the venue. The sold out event featured opening sounds from Dip Vertigo with MC Ridda and Neuropunk.

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Kastle Creates Futuristic EDM Sounds to Benefit the Present

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Kastle at Casselmans Bar & Venue in Denver

Some artists are just born to be visionary forward thinkers who create ideas, styles and genres long before they are the "popular" thing. Barrett Richards, the producer/DJ better known as Kastle, comes from a small town in northwest Pennsylvania where he got into playing music at the young age of 12. Inspired by the early house sounds of Moby, he picked up synthesizers and ditched his guitar to create futuristic "forward thinking" music. Later he moved to San Francisco to be further influenced by things like philosophy and science. It's fitting considering most of the great thinkers in both of those disciplines were considered "ahead of their time" despite creating theories and inventions to improve the present.

"I think a lot of people describe my music as futuristic but for me its very now," says Richards. "I guess because it's so different people tend to think it's futuristic but it's very much where I am." People tend to label things that they don't understand especially when it's breaking molds and creating something that sounds very unique. Also being on tour with dubstep master 12th Planet probably further created his acceptance in the dub community. "You can maybe say I'm an extension of that scene a little. I have definitely been influenced by the dub and bass scene," the DJ adds. Fusing together bass, dubstep, house, electronica and R&B Kastle has created his own unique sound which is clearly shown on his first self-titled album which came out in April on his label Symbol Recordings. Tonight, he's wrapping up his 15-stop North American live tour with a DJ set at Focus Tuesdays in Newport Beach, live set at Low End Theory in LA tomorrow and then heading to Mexico City on Thursday.

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The Five Best EDM Shows in April

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Coachella Sahara Tent 2012

Festival season is upon us and that means not one, but two weeks of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival with enough electronic dance music to keep aficionados fist pumping in their sleep with anticipation. With one of the biggest music events of the year just around the corner, why bother doing anything else all month? Well, for those not willing to shell out the $350 for three days or others who weren't lucky enough to score a ticket before it sold out fear not because there's plenty of EDM shows right here in OC and in LA to get your party music fix. We did all the research for you to ensure you don't miss the five best dance music shows of all genres to ensure you spend your hard earned money on the right events.

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Five Must-See Artists at Beyond Wonderland

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Steve Aoki with Travis Barker at Beyond Wonderland 2012

This weekend, Insomniac takes its fourth journey down the Alice & Wonderland-themed rabbit hole to Beyond Wonderland Music Festival, held at the San Manuel Amphitheater after the city of San Bernardino complained from previous wonderland events at the NOS Events Center. Don't be fooled by the new location however. If anything, it means a new venue for Insomniac's CEO Pasquale Rotella to curate into a magical world filled with art installations, performers, rides and some of electronic dance music's biggest stars including David Guetta, Steve Angello and Afrojack. For fans excited to roam the hills of the San Manuel Amphitheater and discover its new found home, we have put together a list of five must-see acts amidst all of the heavy dose of spine-rattling basslines.

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Maceo Plex: The Deep House Dark Horse of Beyond Wonderland

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After falling in love with electro in his native Miami, Eric Estornel began deejaying in the early 90s. Like most EDM enthusiasts he later got into techno and began making house beats in 1996. He moved his family to Dallas where he made a name for himself as a local DJ, but it wasn't until he fled to the European dance music scene that things started to take off for him four years ago. He released an LP on the infamous Crosstown Rebels label and his appeal has since skyrocketed. Tonight, going by his DJ moniker Maceo Plex, the soulful, underground producer is headlining the official Insomniac Beyond Wonderland pre-party alongside Maya Jane Coles at Exchange LA and playing the Crosstown Rebels Rave stage at Beyond Wonderland Saturday only to make his way back to Miami for his Ultra Music Festival debut on Sunday!

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