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Techno Makes Its Mark At Escape: Psycho Cirucs

Bradley Callison

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As by now we have recovered from Escape: Psycho Circus, the memory of that frightful weekend is still fresh in our minds. As ravers descended upon San Bernardino, CA for the 7th installment of Insomniac’s Halloween themed event, it still remains their largest attended event besides EDC. As the size of Escape seems to grow every year, so does the lineup. Artists representing various styles of electronic dance music are represented and off a little something for everyone. And if you’re a techno lover like me, there was plenty of dark tech to be found among the graveyards and haunted houses. As Joseph Capriati, Green Velvet, Jaime Jones, Pan Pot, Nicole Moudauber, Detlef and Shmitty took over the Factory 93 stage at the Cannibal’s Tea Party. As I stood behind Jaime and Joseph during their b2b set, I took a moment to realize that techno has certainly come a long way in the recent decade. As long as I can remember, techno has always been dwelled in the underground and often not taken as seriously as whatever is popular at the moment. Even Eminem had to point out the fact that “no one listens to techno” back in the day. But now it seems the underground is a blurred gaze upon the state of the music scene these days. What was once underground is now mainstream and in some cases vice versa. As trends come and go, house and techno have always remained constant. Was this a nod to that fact by Pasquale? I saw the man himself at Jamie and Joseph’s set and thought of asking him this question himself but was too entrapped by the magnificence of this rare b2b set. As techno made its mark on Escape and with any luck turned a few ravers into techno snobs, I can only hope that the trend of putting techno on a stage at a festival like this can continue but in the most tasteful way, as done by Insomniac to perfection.

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Vujaday Adds Mark Knight, Atish, Behrouz To Barbados Fest

Bradley Callison

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This spring something new and exciting is taking place in Barbados. From April 4th-8th the stunning Caribbean island will be graced with a new week long music festival. Vujaday, which is defined as “an entirely new experience” and “like nothing you have ever seen or felt before,” will take place in a variety of unique locations around the island, leaving the first and last day of the week-long journey for travel.

Vujaday initially dropped their Phase One lineup back in November, which included Toronto electronic legend Art Department, All Day I Dream founder Lee Burridge, Chicago house hero Green Velvet, San Francisco resident and Dirtybird favorite Justin Martin, Life and Death founder DJ Tennis, Crew Love members Wolf + Lamb, Lonely C (Soul Clap), Nick Monaco and The Fitness & Pony, Hot Creations founder Lee Foss, Brooklyn duo Bedouin, Mikey Lion and Lee Reynolds from Desert Hearts, Italian electronic DJ Francesca Lombardo, Los Angeles house DJ Lauren Lane, UK electronic duo Solardo, and Nottingham tech house producer Latmun.

With the festival only a few months away, Vujaday has now returned with a stacked phase two lineup that includes Toolroom Records founder and a legendary name in the world of electronic music Mark Knight, San Francisco based house DJ atish, Toronto resident and Hot Creations signee Nathan Barato, Berlin house aficionada YokoO, Burning Man favorite Behrouz, Vienna based techno DJ Cassy, Brazilian born DJ Gaby Endo, New York resident and Ibiza favorite Salomé, renowned Canadian DJ Nitin, dreamy Toronto based project Lost Boy, and rising Miami house and techno producer m.O.N.R.O.E. To top things off, there will also be a rare B2B2B set with veteran DJs Danny Howells, Darren Emerson, and Dave Seaman.

The five primary events will run from Wednesday through Sunday during Vujaday with the largest event on Saturday. Events will take place on the Southern, Eastern and Western coasts of the island. More information related to specific events and venues is scheduled to be announced in the next few weeks.

An electronic event of this scale has yet to take place in Barbados, and is meant to create an unforgettable experience for locals and travelers. Locals will get the chance to experience techno and house DJs from around the world, many who have never performed in Barbados, while those new to the island will receive a much wider experience than they would normally get on a typical visit.

The team behind Vujaday will be bringing decades of experience in the festival and event space to the beautiful island of Barbados. This includes industry veterans that have been involved in the creation and operation of Toronto based events like Digital Dreams Music Festival, Electric Island, World Electronic Music Festival and All Day I Dream. Grab your tickets here for this special gathering and we’ll see you beach side.

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Grammy Nominee Elderbrook Starts North American Headline Tour

Carlos Martins

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You certainly heard that song last summer on the radio or at a festival. The singer of the smash summer dance track ‘Cola’ just started his North American headlining tour. He was nominated at Sunday night’s GRAMMY Awards for Best Dance Recording as a featured vocalist on the summer dance hit song ‘Cola’ produced by the British producer/DJ duo Camelphat. Undoubtedly the biggest and most addictive dance music record of 2017, ‘Cola’ has captivated tastemakers, DJs and clubbers alike – currently sitting at #1 at US Dance Radio after reaching #1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. The song celebrates 55 million streams to date, and was the highest selling track on Beatport in 2017.

On Tuesday night, I had the chance to watch Elderbrook play his first show of his North American headlining tour in Miami. His live performance was incredible and full of energy. Here is a little preview of what he is able to do on stage.

Elderbrook is definitely one to watch in 2018! Make sure to follow him on social media.

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Ultra Music Festival Drops RESISTANCE Miami Lineup For 2018

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RESISTANCE has announced their stacked lineup for Ultra Music Festival 2018. As it continues to grow into its own festival within a festival, RESISTANCE will once again dominate two colossal areas of the festival this year.

In addition to welcoming back Arcadia Spectacular’s legendary ‘Spider’ stage for the third consecutive year, RESISTANCE’s global ambassador Carl Cox will again host the Megastructure on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24.

As expected, The Megastructure will welcome back some of the biggest names in house and techno across the first two days of the festival, with headliner sets form Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Josh Wink, Nastia .

The ‘Spider’ stage will run across all three days of the event, headlined by heavyweights including Better Lost Than Stupid (Davide Squillace, Mattias Tanzmann & Martin Buttrich), Chris Liebing, Guti b2b wAFF, Hot Since 82, J.E.S.u.S (Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream and Seth Troxler), Nic Fanciulli, Patrick Topping & Special Guest, Sasha & John Digweed, Stephan Bodzin (live) and many more. More names are due to be announced across both arenas in the coming weeks. Watch the RESISTANCE Miami 2018 lineup announcement video below.

RESISTANCE takes place at Ultra Music Festival which is an 18+ event during Miami Music Week on March 23, 24 and 25, 2018. Tickets to Ultra Music Festival 2018 are still available. The festival is 90% sold out so purchase them at ultramusicfestival.com now before it’s too late.

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