The Five Best Local EDM Shows in April

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James Caleb Cornette aka Amtrac was on everyone's radar after opening for Kaskade on his Atmosphere Tour late last year and remixing the hit single of the same title. The Kentucky songwriter, producer, vocalist, instrumentalist, and DJ is one of the HARD dawgs playing events like HARD Miami, Ultra Music Festival, Day of the Dead, and Tomorrowworld! The up and coming 25 year old fuses deep house with nu disco and is the perfect fit for Posch's new Maison Saturdays which caters to the more mature sounds of dance music.

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Why Is It So Frustrating to Be a Local DJ in OC?

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MAKJ at Yost Theater
While the rest of the EDM world is in South Beach celebrating Miami Music Week and the 16th Annual Ultra Music Festival this weekend, we're stuck here in OC trying desperately to stay off social media with envy. With the explosion of dance music the past several years and the shift from open format to the banging basslines of dance music at most major clubs, Orange County has been involved in this transition for almost half a decade now. But what does it really mean for local DJs who have been playing electronic music for years and trying to make it big to the new guys hopping on the EDM train? We talked to some local promoters and DJs to find out what it's really like to play in OC and open for artist like Tiësto and Gareth Emery with dreams of events like Ultra and EDC.

From Focus Tuesday's in Newport Beach who just celebrated their 10 year anniversary in 2013 for bringing deep house to OC to Sutra who partnered with mega festival promoters Insomniac to bring EDM every Thursday, for the past several years the electronic music scene has been thriving here. "Well it's kind of funny how trends have worked out, but I feel OC is constantly playing catch-up. LA and SD have always been trendsetters with companies like Giant, LED and Eventvibe," says Alex "Precept" Castro. "A lot of it is about who you know, the relationship you have with people, how good and dependable you are. But with OC it's a lot more about how many people you can bring. To be honest I've never really been asked to bring a certain amount of people elsewhere."

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10 Walking Raver Cliches at EDM Festivals

Categories: EDM Takeover!

Photo by George Martinez
By: Sean Pajot
Ravers are like snowflakes, right?

Wrong. It's actually not uncommon to find two (or twelve) who look (and sometimes behave) almost exactly alike.

In fact, we've spent a lot of time wandering around EDM fests in a state of perpetual déjà vu, encircled by thousands of party people who seem to be nearly identical human copies of specific stock types.

Here, for instance, are ten walking raver cliches you meet at Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

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We Survived EDC Mexico. So, How Did it Go?

Categories: EDC, EDM Takeover!

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EDC Mexico Main Stage
Over the weekend, the grandiose Electric Daisy Carnival made its way to Mexico City to what became the largest dance music festival in Mexico's history! 80,000 EDM lovers filled the Autodromo (speedway) Hermanos Rodriguez over their holiday weekend from Saturday to Sunday. Proving that dance music's stadium-filling popularity stretches far beyond the borders of the states, Mexico's capital embraced the culture as they immersed themselves in an experience they would have never imagined. From babies, kids, teenagers, to parents and even old school techno loving grandpas - everyone wanted to experience what El Carnaval de la Margarita Eléctrica (EDC) is all about.

We made the journey to the inaugural EDC Mexico to see how it compares to EDC Las Vegas and get a glimpse on how Mexico views dance music culture. As we roamed the festival grounds, enjoyed some of the top names in EDM, rode the carnival rides and even shuffled our way across the dance floor, we couldn't help but feel like we were at our first ever EDC all over again. Here's what caught our attention as we joined the all around elated festival-goers.

See Also:
Pasquale Rotella on the Future of EDM in 2014
Ultra or EDC: What's the better EDM Festival

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Pete Tong's Thoughts on EDM of the 'Grand Theft Auto Generation'

Categories: EDM Takeover!

Fabian Ortiz / OC Weekly
Pete Tong at the Yost Theater

There's a reason why Prince William recently honored Pete Tong with the title of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his work in broadcasting music at Buckingham Palace. After years of dominating European airwaves and radio streams via the internet, the BBC Radio 1 host has brought a similar radio show stateside with Evolution. The show can be heard on iHeartRadio daily on over 90 FM stations across the states including our own KIIS FM on Sundays. He recently moved to LA, the current mecca of dance music and DJ transplants, to expand his many businesses as FFRR label head, spearheading William Morris Agency's electronic division and hosting his own monthly DJ residency at Sound Nightclub in Hollywood.

After years of being Europe's gatekeeper to dance music, he's making that same transition stateside as the popularity in EDM has skyrocketed. He's played every major festival which includes his own arena at Creamfields in London and upcoming gigs from Spring Awakening in Chicago to Electric Zoo, Mexico. It's a treat that he makes his way back to Orange County at Sutra this Saturday. We spoke to Pete Tong last time he was in town at the Yost Theater to get a better understanding of what this LA move means to him and where he thinks EDM is headed.

See also: Pasquale Rotella on the Future of EDM in 2014

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Top Five Local EDM Shows in March

Fabian Ortiz / OC Weekly
Ultra Music Festival 2013

From March 21-30, thousands of people from all over the world will congregate in Miami for it's annual Winter Music Conference. With pool parties, panels, and special events surrounding the 29th annual International Dance Music Awards (voting ends tomorrow), this is the premiere EDM event ending with the infamous Ultra Music Festival March 28-30. But for those of you who can't make the pilgrimage this year, fear not. You don't have to suffer from major FOMO this month, as there are plenty of EDM events locally to get your music party fix. After all, every major DJ and producer has decided to take up residency in LA now, giving us access to some of the biggest electronic dance music shows in the US.

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HARD Summer 2014 Announces New Venue

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HARD Summer 2013 at the LA Historic Park
Today, HARD Summer, LA's largest electronic dance music festival, will announce its new venue for the seventh annual installment of their two-day event. Taking place Saturday through Sunday August 2nd and 3rd, this year's bacchanal promises to be "harder, groovier, hotter, wilder, bolder, and bigger" as it makes it's way to the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte.

HARD's usual home at the Los Angeles State Historic Park is being closed as part of an $18 million dollar effort to renovate the 32-acre facility which hosts several concerts and festivals throughout the summer. This year approximately 20 minutes and 13 miles East of the usual Chinatown location, will be flooded by thousands (70,000 were in attendance last year) of EDM lovers ready to dance the weekend away as HARD takes over with five stages and 75 performers. "It's such a great park with more room to do things that have not been possible for HARD in the past," says HARD CEO Gary Richards in a press release.

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LED Anniversary - Valley View Casino Center - February 16, 2014

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LED Anniversary III

LED Anniversary
Valley View Casino Center

San Diego-based EDM promotion company LED took over California with three events in three different cities this Presidents Day weekend on Sunday February 16th. Celebrating their third anniversary in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center, they also simultaneously launched their new Finger Lickin' party in LA at the Shrine Expo Hall and in San Francisco at Fort Mason.

Featuring their first venture in San Francisco, LED kicked off festival season in full force with artist like Laidback Luke, Showtek, Adventure Club, Ummet Ozcan, Firebeatz, Chuckie, TJR and more playing their sold out multiple events. It was as if all 20,000 of us were united for an evening of bangers and big room EDM in all different parts of California. Here's what caught our attention as we danced our asses off for seven hours straight in classy San Diego.

See Also:
Top Five Local EDM Shows in February

Insomniac Presents Crush @ NOS Events Center (Semi-NSFW)

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Robert DeLong - The Constellation Room - January 30, 2014

Katrina Nattress

Robert DeLong
The Constellation Room

I do not like EDM concerts. A DJ masking the fact he's simply pressing "play" on his laptop by distracting his audience with mind-bending visuals does not impress me. Rolling on ecstasy to enjoy live music does not appeal to me. That sick bass drop does not make me lose my shit. Let's face it, we all saw it coming. But these are generalities, and as with any genre, EDM is more than the sum of its stereotypes. It has an underground. There are outliers. And one of those is Robert DeLong.

The Los Angeles by way of Bothell, Washington electronic musician is not your typical EDM mascot. Sure, he flashes safety-cone-orange "X"s on his clothing, his gear, and his face (or at least a variant thereof). Yes, the average age of his standard fan is 20 years old. It's true, his songs are poppy and dance-inducing. But here's where he's different: He's actually a musician, and a damn talented one at that. The 27-year-old studied drums at Azusa Pacific University and played in numerous indie rock bands while in college. Last night, both of these influences and more shined at The Constellation Room.

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Top Five Local EDM Shows in February

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Where did the first month of 2014 go? As we slowly head into festival season (a music lover's favorite time of year) it's also time to think about which shows you're going to attend in between saving for Coachella to EDC. Since EDM parties love to revolve around holidays you can bet that there are enough shows this month from Valentine's Day to Presidents Day Weekend to keep you shuffling until dawn. After all, what's a party without an excuse to celebrate something, right? We searched the top five local electronic dance music events this month in all genres. From deep house to dubstep, we've got you covered this February.

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