Dirtybird Campout Is The Wet Hot American Summer of Music Festivals

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Mary Carreon
Samo Sound Boy spinning at the Dirtybird Campout
Dirtybird Campout
Oak Canyon Ranch

Last weekend, Claude VonStroke and his team at Dirtybird Records took over the lush oasis at Oak Canyon Ranch for the first annual Dirtybird Campout. With activities like archery and potato sack races, the themed festival did more than just recreate the traditional sleep-away summer camp: It brought a fresh spin to the festival circuit and bridged the gap between festival goers and performers putting them on platform to interact with one another.

"[The Campout] is really different," said English DJ Billy Kenny, one of Dirtybird Records newest additions to the roster. "They really broke all the rules, man," he said. "It's fucking wicked vibes."

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Droog Reunite to Wreck the Dance Floor at Splash House

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Courtesy of INFAMOUS
Andrei Osyka, Brett Griffin, and Justin Sloe of Droog
An attorney, a tech guru, and a finance mogul walk into the room. Their respective backgrounds may not be the most conventional stepping stones to becoming the kings of Los Angeles deep-house, but success is no accident for the DJ collective of Andrei Osyka, Brett Griffin, and Justin Sloe, also known as Droog. It's a name that translates to 'friend' in Russian, Osyka's native tongue, but more cleverly a name that nods to the 'droogies' of A Clockwork Orange. "They misbehave in a very sophisticated way" Osyka laughs. "We loved the book and film, in particular. When we started the project, we had a fourth person who was't a DJ but was a close friend--Matt. He was very influential in conceptualizing our collective and he suggested the name," Osyka continued. "We're not making direct parallels with these characters but we thought the name was very tongue-and-cheek."

The trio began by throwing their own parties a decade ago. Sharing a common sensibility and feeling the strength in numbers, they formed a partnership in 2006 and just a few years later formed dance music label Culprit. In a way fans have become droogies of the dance floor, entranced in a post-futurist groove, orchestrated by infectious beats and synthesized baselines. This has enabled them to hold down a residency at the Avalon for four years and The Standard Rooftop for six. They've played Coachella twice and five years ago they became fully touring DJ's traveling internationally to Moscow, Barcelona, London, Ibiza and every other city that demands a badass party. While it has become somewhat of a rarity for the trio to juke together, this weekend at Palm Spring's epic pool party, Splash House, you may just get to see all three.

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Tropical House is Hot Now, But Will It Last?

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Andy Hermann
By: Sarah Purkrabek
The first time I heard Kygo, it was like breathing in fresh air after leaving a sauna. The song was a remix of Passenger's "Let Her Go," and I heard it just as I was getting to the peak of my jadedness with big room house, well-known for its predictable build/drop formula and prominent place in mainstream EDM.

Tropical house -- sometimes referred to as melodic house -- seemed to go with everything. Quickly, it became my go-to driving music, writing music, chillout music, and cheer-up music. It was like the friendlier twin of deep house: light and happy, it incorporated steel drum-like sounds (reminiscent of The Little Mermaid's "Under the Sea") and saxophones, usually accompanied by low-key vocals. As Ultra Music's Doug Christman put it to me, "Who doesn't want to listen to music that reminds them of being on the beach?"

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Meet Skittles, the Master of Gloving

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Davis Duong aka Skittles at the first IGC
Originating in the early rave days, the first well known instance of gloving could be credited to Hermes who put 10 Rav'n lights into a pair of white gloves. Few could've guessed that the simple act of making his fingers dance in the darkness would be the beginning of an entire scene in today's EDM culture. Today, companies like EmazingLights sell millions of gloves, orbits, poi and other light show related items in a plethora of colors with much more advanced variations and modes. Aside from bringing gloving in the hands of consumers, Brian Lim (EmazingLight's CEO) and his company are pioneering the gloving movement into the skillful expression of art and dance that it is becoming today.

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10 Best Costumes at HARD Day Of The Dead

Timothy Norris / LA Weekly
Borgore in a Onesie at HARDDOTD2014

This weekend, HARD's Day of the Dead celebration took place at a new location at the Fairplex Pomona Saturday November 1 through Sunday November 2. Way better than its old home at the LA Historic Park, the new venue gave attendees plenty of space to explore the five stages, attractions and revel in the Halloween weekend hoopla. With one of the most staked line-ups of the year, the fest brought out a diverse crowd ready to see everyone from Deadmau5 b2b with Eric Prydz, Pretty Lights, Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, to Jamie Jones and RL Grime with Cam'ron.

With plenty of real womens' restrooms with toilet paper, warm beer gardens and free charging stations, everyone was in happy spirits and the good vibes were infections. But the best thing were the costumes. Stepping away from the usual sexy raver outfit that we see at most EDM events, the HARD Day of the Dead crowd really stepped it up with creativity and humor. Here were the 10 best people we saw over the weekend:

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Five Best Things at Escape All Hallows' Eve

Alex Perez for Insomniac
Escape All Hallows' Eve 2014

Escape All Hallows' Eve
NOS Events Center
October 31 - November 1, 2014

This weekend more than 90,000 Insomniac fans attended the 4th annual Escape All Hallows' Eve, which used to be known as Escape from Wonderland. With the new re-branded name came the expansion of two days of pulsating dance music featuring over 80 world renowned artist from Moby, Tiƫsto, Armin van Buuren, Richie Hawtin, Steve Aoki, Oliver Heldens and more. The sold-out event felt like a mini Electric Daisy Carnival reunion with a dark eerie twist to go along with the holiday celebrations.

Here's the five best things about this year's Escape All Hallows' Eve.

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Five Reasons Not to Miss HARD DOTD 2014

Courtesy of Rukes.com

One of the biggest party weekends of the year is finally upon us and you know dance music enthusiasts love to stretch this holiday out like it's nobody's business. With so many EDM shows at nightclubs and festivals starting tonight until Sunday, it makes you wonder. Is everyone calling in sick on Monday?

Regardless, we put together this convenient list to give you five reasons why you shouldn't sleep on this years massive HARD Day of the Dead festival, which takes place at a new Pomona Fairplex location on Saturday November 1 and 2. The only thing you need to worry about is what creepy costume you're going to wear nightly.

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The Best Local EDM Shows in October

Courtesy of Insomniac
Escape From Wonderland 2013 

Next to New Year's Eve, Halloween is probably the second biggest party night of the year. But with the copious amount of party goers come the amateurs who aren't really there for the music and are just looking to rage the night away. Sure there are plenty of epic Halloween EDM shows this year (we'll get to that list later), but we suggest saving some of your dancing budget for some of these top five electronic dance music shows that should also be on your radar. From trance fans to the biggest bass music massive, we've got you covered this month all the way up to All Hallows Eve.

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Lady Casa: Queen of the Ravers

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Stian Roenning
Lada Casa.
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek

Lady Casa is perhaps the country's most famous raver, and something of a cult leader to her tens of thousands of fans. When the Miami native makes a pilgrimage to LA and hosts an event on Venice Beach the day after seeing DJ Armin van Buuren, it quickly turns into a mob scene.

Not far from the guy who walks on glass and an Italian tour group, hundreds of ravers wait for hours in a snaking line to get Lady Casa's autograph, hear her wisdom and, most importantly, hug her. The event is billed as her 26th birthday party, as well as a benefit for local animal shelters.

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Eight Guidelines You Should Follow if You're Going to Take Drugs at a Show

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Timothy Norris
Music Festival responsibly, people.
Editor: We've chosen to keep the author of this story anonymous to protect everyone involved from incrimination. The names below have also been changed.

I struggled with Lacey's pants. She didn't know what was going on, and she did not want me to take them off -- she resisted, clamping her legs together and pushing at my shoulders. I paused, closed my eyes, took a deep breath and then tried to make eye contact with her.

"Lacey," I said, in as soothing a voice I could muster. "Your pants are wet. I have dry ones right here for you. Let me help you change."

I lost track of the number of times I took Lacey to the bathroom to change. I'd been awake for about thirty-six hours and was exhausted, my head still buzzing with the drugs I'd ingested the previous evening. Definitely not my idea of a good way to come down.
My roommate's sister had attended a rave with us the night before. I'd seen her throughout the party, smiling and dancing, pupils blown.

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