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Thursday
Jun072012

Your Guide to Friday at EDC Vegas 2012

EDC Week is already among us, and with the release of the set times for Electric Daisy Carnival last night we have been diligently working to sort out the festival for all of you. Below is where you'll find me tomorrow at the festival, with all the can't miss sets (sorted by time) and much, much more.

Hardwell: 8:30-9:30 PM (kineticFIELD)

If you're eager to start your EDC experience early, there's no better place to be than at mainstage for the Dutch Hardwell. With his consistently unique Progressive House productions and hard-hitting mixes, Hardwell is sure to make the sea of people bob their heads to the beat. Get ready to get down, Las Vegas. 

Knife Party: 9:30-10:30 PM (kineticFIELD)

Rob and Gareth know how to bring down the house! After playing one of the most impressive sets at this year's edition of Ultra Music Festival in Miami, the entire Vegas crowd will be eagerly awaiting their arrival to the craziest party of 2012. With the recent release of their new highly-acclaimed EP Rage Valley, the Dubstep/Electro House duo will be on top of their game at this year's EDC. Don't miss this set!

Sebastian Ingrosso: 10:30-11:30 PM (kineticFIELD)

Ingrosso blew me away with his afternoon set at EDC New York, and tomorrow will surely be no different. With a crowd of 100k+, this Swedish House Mafia Progressive House superstar will be sure to blow the roof off the desert sky! 

Mat Zo: 11:30-12:30 AM (circuitGROUNDS Group Therapy Stage)

Mat Zo is one of the most creative people in EDM, so it would be a shame to miss his set! Constantly experimenting with new styles and sounds, Zo is at the forefront of the #EDMRevolution. Don't skip out on this hard-hitting Trance genius, and let him get your ears ready for the bliss to come as he opens for Above & Beyond!

Datsik: 11:25-12:05 AM (neonGARDEN)

If you're after that #BASS sound, then head to neonGARDEN for three killer back-to-back Dubstep sets by the three leaders of the genre. Get ready for some heart-throbbing filthy basslines and kicks, and drops that will make you shit your pants. Really. Datsik doesn't mess around, and I doubt the crowd tomorrow will either. This guy is serious.

Borgore: 12:25-1:05 AM (neonGARDEN)

Borgore's all about his trademark Hardcore-influenced "Gorestep" sound. Get ready to be blasted by some bass, and plug those ears. The multi-talented rapper, producer, and DJ will keep you on your toes the entire set. Borgore blew me away at EDC New York this year and tomorrow should be no different.

Excision: 1:25-2:05 AM (neonGARDEN)

Excision will slice you in half with his grimy, violent sounds, making you move in ways you never possible. Cover those ears and prepare for the madness ahead, and bow down to the bass god

Above & Beyond: 12:30-2:30 AM (circuitGROUNDS Group Therapy Stage)

An Above & Beyond set is beyond words. The English trance trio has definitely been around the EDM-block, starting the massively successful Trance label Anjunabeats and radio show Trance Around the World. But apart from their commercial success, an A&B set is truly one of the most spectacular things you'll ever see. These masters of melody are at the core of the EDM movement, and I've never seen such loyal fans to any other Electronic artist. Get ready for some Group Therapy!

Kaskade: 1:30-3:00 AM (kineticFIELD)

Shit is going to go crazy when Kaskade hits kineticFIELD tomorrow night, and we couldn't be happier he's playing a 2.5 hour set! The American DJ and Producer has been at the top of his game since his burst of popularity came with his Deadmau5 collaboration "Move for Me." And that was a while ago. With a whole new array of sounds and killer visuals, this one's going to be crazy. Being the undeniably best set at Ultra Music Festival, I couldn't expect anything less from him tomorrow under the electric sky. We can't wait for Kaskade!!!

Steve Aoki & Afrojack: 3:10-4:10 AM (neonGARDEN)

If you were worried you'd miss Afrojack for A&B Friday night, don't worry - this set will be better anyways. Afrojack has been a touring machine these past years, so it's great that he's going to spice things up with a little bit of Aoki! I can't wait to see what crazy antics are in store for the Vegas crowd when the two "No Beef" collaborators show us a little of what they got.

Alesso: 3:00 - 4:00 AM (kineticFIELD)

Teaming up with Sebastian Ingrosso for the smash-hit anthem "Calling," the Progressive House star Alesso has quickly jumped from unknown to superstardom. And that's no surprise once you hear this guy mix. He definitely gets my vote for the fourth addition to the SHM clan. I have no doubt that Alesso will keep the crowd happily dancing and swaying until morning.

 

 

Sidney Samson: 4:10 - 4:50 AM (neonGARDEN)

One of the true masters of the Dirty Dutch genre, Sidney Samson has been around a while. With his groovy progressions and repetitive yet refined House sound, we couldn't think of a better person to take us from night to morning. 

Fedde le Grand: 4:30 - 5:30 AM (kineticFIELD)

It's going to be a shitshow tomorrow when Fedde le Grand closes kineticFIELD, and I couldn't be more excited! Fedde had one of the best mainstage sets at Ultra this year, and with all the hype this guy's been getting I expect the crowd to be still full of energy by the time the sun rises over the desolate Nevada desert. Get ready to shuffle until the morning to some killer Progressive House! And then head back to sleep for a little until it's time for round two on Saturday!

By Edward Fancher

Don't miss our other EDC coverage:
A Trance Head's Guide to EDC Vegas 2012
EDM Lounge Guide to EDC Week

& Much More Coming Soon!

Wednesday
Apr112012

Coachella 2012 Friday Preview

Are you excited for Coachella this weekend? We sure are. The country's best music festival is back for a crazy two weekends this year, and we will be there to cover the madness in Indio, California the entire weekend, so look forward to reviews next week. Coachella has slowly become more and more dominated by electronic dance music artists, so get ready to rage!

Can't Miss Electronic Dance Music Artists at the festival this Friday:

R3hab (House, Sahara Tent 1:15-2:10) - Some of the dirtiest house beats out there.

 

Breakbot (Electro/Disco, Sahara Tent 2:30-3:30) - One of my favorite electro producers, Breakbot is also great at mixing live. And his sets are harder than you'd expect.

SebastiAn (Electro, Sahara Tent 3:50-4:50) - One of Ed Banger Record's most talented artists, SebastiAn is sure to put on a groovy show this Friday. 

Feed Me (Dubstep, Sahara Tent 5:10-6:10) - Guaranteed to melt your face off with his heavy beats and dubstep progressions. 

Alesso (House, Sahara Tent 7:55-9:05) - Rising house star Alesso, who recently teamed up with superstar Sebastian Ingrosso for the single "Calling" will definitely reign in the crowd at the Sahara tent with his progressive house melodies.

Afrojack (Dutch House, Sahara Tent 9:35-11:20) - The dirty dutch house master Afrojack always puts on a good show, and this Friday in the desert will be no exception. Crazy times ahead.

Swedish House Mafia (House, Coachella Stage, 11:30) - Do not miss this performance! Shit's going to go nuts at the Coachella main stage Friday night when the three house superstars Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso take to the stage together. Their performances at the Masquerade Motel at Madison Square Garden and in Miami during Miami Music Week this March were off the charts, so don't miss the opportunity to see the three together this Friday.

Datsik (Dubstep, Sahara Stage, 11:50) - Going to be a bass-driven orgy at the Sahara tent when Datsik closes Friday night at Coachella.

 

Full Friday Lineup:

Sunday
Apr082012

Electric Daisy Carnival 2012 Phase 1 Lineup Released!

300,000 people are expected to flood Las Vegas this June (8, 9, 10) for Insomniac Event's massive 3-day Electric Daisy Carnival.

The newly released flyer really got us excited: "America's Largest Dance Music Festival. 3 Nights. Seven Stages. Immersive Audio & Visual Production. Interactive Art Installations. Hundreds of Theatrical Performances. 300,000 Fans. Dusk Til Dawn."

But this lineup is what's getting me excited! Insomniac really knows how to put a lineup together, and hopefully, with this lineup and this many fans, this edition of EDC will be the biggest and best to date.  

Who we're excited is making the trip this year to Vegas, and why:

  • The English trance trio Above & Beyond - besides being the brains behind the popular radio show TATW (Trance Around the World), Above & Beyond really knows how to rock the house. Their popularity has risen in the past year as more and more people discover the great talent under the Anjunabeats label. We also missed seeing them at this year's edition of Ultra Music Festival, and can't wait for them to get the crowd going at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway!
  • The French electronic band Dirtyphonics LIVE is guaranteed to get the Vegas crowd's energy going with their dirty drum and bass lines and heavy electro rhythms. 
  • The lesser known progressive-trance DJ Eco. I've seen him play some great sets at raves in NYC, and it'll be exciting to see how he does with such a massive crowd. 
  • The tried and tested Excision. Why were you not at Ultra?! Absolutely guaranteed to be a filthy bass-driven, head-banging good time.
  • The king of dubstep, Flux Pavilion - One of my absolute favorite dubstep artists. Hoping he'll bring down the house with his collaborator Doctor P.
  • The rising progressive-house star Hardwell. Recently named an "EDM artist to watch" by MTV, Hardwell is guaranteed to melt the faces of EDC attendees with his heavy, danceable house beats.
  • The Colorado glitch-hop, funk star Pretty Lights. Guaranteed to be a great set filled with jazz and rock- inspired beats. 
  • The American king of dance Kaskade! He killed it at Ultra. He will kill it at EDC again this year. Here's a video of his performance at last year's Electric Daisy Carnival.
  • Zeds Dead, baby! The ultimate dubstep act is still going strong after producing track after track of pure, filthy bass-filled genius.

 

Complete Lineup: 16 bit, Above & Beyond, Adventure Club, Afrojack, Alesso, Aly & Fila, AN21 & Max Vangeli, Andy C: Alive, Angger Dimas, Armin Van Buuren, Arty, A*S*Y*S*, ATB, Avicii, Bassjackers, Bassnectar, Benny Benassi, Blue Man Group, Borgore, Brennan Heart, Calvin Harris, Camo & Krooked, Carl Cox, Chase and Status, Chris Lake, Chuckie, Circuit, Coone, Cosmic Gate, Crizzly, Dada Life, Danny Tenaglia, Darksiderz, Dash Berlin, Datsik, David Guetta, D-Block & S-te-Fan, Deco, Delta Heavy, Dennis Ferrer, Dieselboy vs Bare, Digitalism, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dirty South, Dirtyphonics Live, DJ Ammo, Dodge & Fuski, Downlink, Doctor P, Dubfire, Eco, Ed Rush & Optical, El Pulpo Mechanico, Emalkay, Endymion, Erick Morillo, Excision, Feed Me, Fedde Le Grand, Felix Cartal, Ferry Corsten, Figure, Flux Pavilion, Flaming Lotus Girls, Funkagenda, Funtcase, Fury, Gabriel & Dresden, Gaiser, Gareth Emery, Green Velvet, Hardwell, Harvard Bass, Headhunters, High Contrast, Hype, Isaac, Jack Beats, Jaytech, JDX, Joachim Garraud, Jochen Miller, John Digweed, John Rundeli, Josh Wink, Kaskade, Kill the Noise, Knife Party, Koan Sound, Kristina Sky, Kyau & Albert, Lady Faith, Laidback Luke, Little Boots, Loadstar, Loco Dice, Magda, Manufactured Superstars, Markus Schulz, Martin Solveig, Mat Zo, Michael Woods, Moby, Modestep, Morgan Page, MSTRKRFT, Mt Eden, Nervo, Nicky Romero, Nicole Moudaber, Noisia, Paco Osuna, Porter Robinson, Pretty Lights, Q-dance, Rank 1 Live, R3hab, Richie Hawtin presents Enter., Sander van Doorn, Sebastian Ingrosso, Sidney Samson, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Technoboy, Thomas Gold, Tiesto, Tommy Trash, Tritonal, UMEK, W&W, Wilkinson, will.i.am, Zany, Zeds Dead, Zomboy + more to be announced!!!

By Edward Fancher

Sunday
Apr082012

Review: Pretty Lights at Ultra Music Festival

I made my way over to the Live Stage insearch of glitch-hop star Derek Smith, or Pretty Lights as he is popularly known. The Colorado-based artist has reached a new height of popularity this year after his track "Finally Moving" (a track he didn't play at this set) was sampled by Avicii in his hit house anthem, Levels. Smith opened the set and got the crowd going with the insanely dirty "Hot Like Sauce."

The setup at the live stage was far from ideal; Pretty Lights really should have played main stage, as the Live Stage was mostly seating only, leaving it very crowded in the standing area. Nevertheless, the entire Live Stage arena lost control when Smith unleashed his sensual, bass-heavy beats on the Miami crowd. Smith owned the audience, impressing me with a great set filled with many songs I hadn't heard before.

Smith really killed it in the visuals department (that is why he's called "Pretty Lights"), incorporating fast-paced visual sequences and laser shows that outdid any visuals I saw at the main stage all weekend. Smith closed out his hour set with his powerful "I Know the Truth," the song that has become a YouTube sensation for its crazy bass drops and soulful lyrics after its popularity at Bonnaroo 2011.

The crowd went crazy when Smith grabbed the mic telling the Live Stage "I know you know what's up because you're over here, and not over there," referring to the main stage, which by that time was packed with fans of the massively popular progressive-house king Tiesto (someone I could skip seeing). "Make some fucking noise!!!" he continued as the track started to play, "I'm too blind, to see the light" echoing through the amphitheater.   

Live Set:

 

 

Review by Edward Fancher