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There are almost no words to describe Deadmau5 live at the Palladium.  Incredible. Mind-blowing. One-of-a-kind. Insanity.  The show this Sunday was sold-out & once the show started, it was completely clear why.  This wasn’t even a show or a performance… it was a once-in-a-lifetime multimedia experience engineered by Joel himself.  Started with sets by Zedd as well as Tommy Lee & DJ Aero, even with a surprise performance of Warp 1.9 by the Bloody Beetroots straight from England!  A look inside the cube showed just a little of what the mastermind was dealing with during the show.

The most incredible part was when Joel’s friend Adam brought out the Moog Theremin while sporting a white ghost ensemble and began to play it alongside Deadmau5 during his transition to ‘Ghosts ‘n Stuff’.  I wish everyone watching this spectacular duet would have known what was actually going on and how incredible it really was.

The theremin is almost unique among musical instruments in that it is played without physical contact. The musician stands in front of the instrument and moves his or her hands in the proximity of two metal antennas. The distance from one antenna determines frequency (pitch), and the distance from the other controls amplitude (volume). Most frequently, the right hand controls the pitch and the left controls the volume, although some performers reverse this arrangement. Some low-cost theremins use a conventional, knob operated volume control and have only the pitch antenna. While commonly called antennas, they are not used for receiving or broadcasting radio frequency, but act as plates in a capacitor.

As well as a few stellar performances by Sofi, Joel even got on stage with her and did a little dance for the crowd before running back up to his cube to continue the show.  The graphics on the four cubes (one huge cube that Mau5 was in as well as one above and one to each side) looked like they were actually compressing and rotating to the beat of the music.

There are so many that go to see Mau5 but there are few that actually know what goes into his shows, or should even call it a performance.  He isn’t just playing CD’s, spinning records, he truly is orchestrating his own symphony; from his bass line’s that make your feet rumble, to every kick that makes your heart jolt.  His 5sound’5 are so clean and untouchable, he is truly a sound engineering God.  Deadmau5 is our generation’s Mozart, Beetles or Beethoven. Our generation’s Einstein.

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Something very crazy and exciting happened last Tuesday evening: we were invited to attend the EDC Experience movie premiere in Hollywood as well as the after-party at Supperclub in LA from Kaskade himself!!  The movie was incredible, with cameos by huge names such as Swedish House Mafia (Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello & Axwell), David Guetta, MSTRKRFT, Will.i.Am, Steve Aoki, 12th Planet, Moby, Major Lazer, Afrojack, Atrak, Benny Benassi, Travis Barker, Deadmau5 and of course Kaskade, as well as a heartfelt tribute to DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) who was unfortunately taken way too early from us.  The incredible documentary was directed by Kevin Kerslake (who has directed such music videos as “Fallen,” Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, & Rise Against) and not only captured the love of music from everyone involved, but also the behind-the-scenes insight to every aspect that brings the entire production to life.  The crew followed a few of the artists, crew, and dancers into their homes, workplace, and performance preparation.

Unfortunately, none of that made the news, headlines or blogs.  The “riots” that occurred outside of the Chinese Gromin’s Theater in Hollywood due to Kaskade announcing that he was going to play a block party before the movie premiere.  This announcement caused riots, riot police and tons of madness which eventually caused most of the people invited to the premiere not to be able to get in, including the owner & CEO of Insomniac, Pasquale Rotella.  We are extremely fortunate to have been able to not only to be invited, but also to actually make it in to the premiere around the riot police and insanity!

Be sure to check out your local showing of the EDC Experience on August 4th.  Trust me, it’s worth it.

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The former Electric Daisy Carnival  Los Angeles has been moved to Las Vegas and is making the now out-of-control festival a possible Miami style 3-day weekend event.  Festival-goers will have 3 days of raving from 8 PM to sunrise as well as a multitude of pool parties at every Vegas pool with special appearances by many of the DJ’s playing at the festival.  Our guess is that this event will soon become a mini-Miami during WMC/Ultra, but only time will tell.  Here are some of the events outside of EDC, so start planning accordingly!

THURSDAY

  • Wynn – Tryst Night Club // Dada Life
  • Venitian – Tao Nightclub // ATB

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

MONDAY

If anyone is still looking for transportation from Southern California area/San Diego to Las Vegas be sure to book a ticket on the first ever private plane with a DJ spinning live on board at Envy Thys.  A few packages for the private plane and charter buses still available at a discounted rate on their website.  Party responsibly.

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EDC Dallas Ends Early

Posted: June 19, 2011 in Events

DALLAS, June 19, 2011 — “Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to the family and friends of the man who passed away tonight. To go from a moment of happiness and enjoyment, to the loss of life, is very heartbreaking. We would like to ask everyone to keep the concertgoer and his family in their thoughts and prayers. Along with the independent local promoters in Dallas, we will work with the authorities to understand how this tragedy occurred.”

Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac Events

The Dallas County Medical Examiner says the person who died was 19-year-old Andrew James Graf of Argyle. Dallas Fire-Rescue originally said the deceased was a 15-year-old boy, but that appears to be an error on their part.  The huge festival was shut down during Skrillex’s set, where he yelled over the mic that he would be arrested if he didn’t stop playing, which encouraged many boo’s and yelling from the large crowd.

Not sure how this is going to affect EDC Vegas next weekend, but it will be interesting to see how this turns out for Insomniac and the cities relationship.  This same incident is the reason why EDC is not in Los Angeles this year and why they have tried to implement the 18+ rule.  Please party responsibly.

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We felt as if we were at Miami Music Week resulting from the magnitude and talent at this show. Van Toth, Deth Hertz & Sandro Silva opened for Funkagenda, Chris Lake & Laidback Luke. What a spectacular Memorial Day weekend it was! Funkagenda surprised the crowd with some pop song samples and the incredible Chris Lake blew them away! The biggest track we heard him drop was a remix of Lady Gaga‘s ‘Edge of Glory’ which, rumor has it, is going to be released alongside the release of the single. Since the Beatport beach party in Miami, more specifically when Chris Lake threw down incredibly hard, we could never forget his ability to get the energy through the roof. Yet again, with an amazing set filled with a few tracks we had never heard before, we were blown away. It was a non stop barrage of Chris Lake remixes that got the packed crowd dancing & sweating up a storm. Peaking the moment was Laidback Luke coming onto stage. Near the end of his set was like a firework show finale including System of a Down and his own Sundown remixes.  The energy from the crowd was incredible. We have never seen that many people that were just there because of their love for the music, dancing their hearts away with not a care in the world. Nights like these are why we love the music and the EDM world growing relentlessly here in San Diego.

Turbulence (Sidney Samson remix) – Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke ft. Lil’ Jon
Mortal Comeback – Laidback Luke
Sleepwalker – Chris Lake
Secrets in the Dark – Chris Lake
Splinter – Funkagenda
Black Chrome (Vandal remix) Deth Hertz Edit – Circuit Freq

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This incredible event just announced the dates that it will be taking over each city across the US, so clear your schedule & start saving for when the tickets and venues are announced so you do not miss this!  The new festival will feature a huge handful of the top DJ’s & producers in the world including Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Rusko, Avicii (limited shows), Steve Aoki, Disco Biscuits, DJ Shadow, Skrillex (one show only), Pete Tong (limited shows), Chuckie, Booka Shade, Modeselektor (limited shows), The Crystal Method (DJ set), Holy Ghost!, Nero, Datsik, Erol Alkan, Chad Hugo (N.E.R.D.), Aeroplane, LA Riots, Doorly, Nervo, White Shadow, Jessie and the Toy Boys, The Eye + more to be announced!! We feel like heaven just exploded and threw up the most perfect, ridiculous and beautiful lineup in the form of this summer tour that “is taking over 20 cities in North America this summer!”

Here are the dates & details announced so far:
8.11 Noblesville, IN
8.12 Clarkston, MI
8.13 Burgettstown, PA
8.14 Holmdel, NJ
8.16 Charlotte, NC
8.18 Bristow, VA
8.19 Camden, NJ
8.20 Mansfield, MA
8.21 Wantagh, NY
8.23 Atlanta, GA
8.24 Tampa, FL
8.25 Miami, FL
8.27 Woodlands, TX
8.28 Dallas, TX
8.30 Albuquerque, NM
9.02 San Diego, CA
9.03 Mountain View, CA
9.04 Los Angeles, CA
9.05 Las Vegas, NV
9.10 George, WA
Just let that sit for a second… and buy your Discounted General Admission tickets here now!

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Another amazing year for the Country Music festival in Indio, CA took place this past weekend. This was my first year attending the festival so I had no idea exactly what to expect. The headliners were Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts. I was lucky enough to make it to each of these performances and can honestly say that I was blown away. Darius Rucker, who I remember fondly as the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish, has made the full transition to county badass and rocked the show. The best act of Saturday was without a doubt Kenny Chesney. Chesney has been doing the country thing since I was just a little kid, but at ripe age of 43 I can confidently say that he’s still got it. Running around on stage, high-fiving the entire front row, the show was one giant sing along. When he played one of his hit songs “When the Sun Goes Down” I think he had at least 60,000 people singing every word right there with him.

Josh Turner

Sunday sealed the deal for me, as I became a diehard country music lover. Josh Turner had every beautiful girl in the venue madly in love, but one act later the boys were in the same situation when Carrie Underwood took the stage. Not only is she arguably one of the most beautiful women on this planet, but her voice is better live than it is on the radio or even on a high quality iTunes download. I wasn’t a big fan of her music before this past weekend, but her pipes and good looks have me sold now. By the end of Carrie Underwood, rumors were going around the 100,000 person crowd that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. Only problem with the 100,000 person crowd is cell phone internet, regardless of 3G or 4G is nearly nonfunctioning. Nonetheless, the patriotism was on the rise and the people were getting excited for the concluding band, Rascal Flatts. They were celebrating their 10 year anniversary as a group and as the most successful country group of all time. The lead singer announced to the crowd, “that son of a b**** Osama Bin Laden is dead” and when the roaring from the crowd settled, he followed up by saying, “Osama Bin Laden, may you rest in pieces!” I don’t think there was a better place in the world to find out this amazing news, surrounded by some of the mot patriotic people in our great country while listening to 10 years of great Rascal Flatts music. Towards the end of their set, they played a phenomenal version of the Star Spangled Banner. Not only did everyone sing the words at the top of their lungs, but not a single cowboy hat was left on the heads of the fans. It was either resting on their hearts or raised as high in the air as possible. All together an amazing weekend for country music and for this great country of ours.

-Jerome Fried