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Shilo’s September Events

Posted in Events, Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2009 by worldromper

As always, I keep this post updated throughout the month and you can find it by looking in the right-hand column on my main page under “Shilo’s Event Calendar.”

With Burning Man, Symbiosis Gathering and Decibel Festival, it is going to be one hell of a September!

  • 1-7 Burning Man, Black Rock City, NV! SEE YOU ON THE PLAYA!
  • 2: Low End Theory w/Peanut Butter Wolf (video set)
  • 6: Brainfeeder Sessions @ Downtown Independent w/Dorian Concept & Strangeloop
  • 5: Pure Filth presents BASSFACE w/Benny Page
  • 9: Low End Theory w/Hudson Mohawke, Dorian Concept, Mamiko Motto, Cinnaman & residents
  • 10: Friends of Friends Party @ The Echo w/LAZER SWORD, Ghosts on Tape, Rainbow Arabia & Hecuba
  • 11: Compression @ King King
  • 12: DESTROY LA w/Flying Lotus, Daedelus & Gaslamp Killer @ Henry Fonda Theatre
  • 15: Emu & Geno Cochino @ Zanzibar
  • 16: Low End Theory w/SamIYam, Take, Sacred, Lefto & more
  • 16: Scion House Party @ the Roxy w/N-Type, Pinch, Gaslamp Killer & 12th Planet
  • 17-21: Symbiosis Gathering, Camp Mather
  • 18: Pure Filth presents BASSFACE w/MALA, The Professionals, more
  • 19: CASPA, Matty G, Rod Azlan & more @ Smog
  • 23: Low End Theory w/Mary Anne Hobbs
  • 25: HieroGlitch w/Ill Gates, Audiovoid & more
  • 26: ABSURD in LA
  • 26: Break Open LA w/Teebs, Matthew David, Strangeloop, Kutmah, Remo & more @ Junction Block
  • 24-27: Decibel Festival in Seattle
  • 29: Breaking Atoms w/Take & Free the Robots
  • 29: Pure Filth @ the Airliner w/Special Guests from the UK
  • 30: Low End Theory w/Tokimonsta, Devonwho, residents & more TBA

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Symbiosis Gathering: Not Your Average Festival

Posted in Events, Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2009 by worldromper

Symbiosis Gathering is not your average festival; these days even one-night outdoor events are calling themselves ‘festivals’ when everybody knows it is nothing more than a corporate event where most of the attendees are there to party, and not much more.

Symbiosis is different. With a focus on environmental consciousness and ecological sustainability, this celebration has a deep respect for our natural world as well as the community it sustains. Besides green living, Symbiosis is very much about transformational learning experiences and the aesthetics of co-creation, from visual arts to performance, rituals and dance.

And then there is the music. Not only does Symbiosis Gathering provide a meaningful backdrop to showcase our beloved West Coast artists and their evolving future sound, but we also create a welcoming environment for musicians, bands, DJs and producers from all over the world. From dubstep legends and jam band rockers to abstract beat scientists and street bass pioneers, there will be many old favorites to dance to as well as plenty of new discoveries to make.

Just to name drop a few: Les Claypool, Coco Rosie, Amon Tobin, Bassnectar, Freeland Live Band, Caspa, Flying Lotus, Glitch Mob, N-Type, Pretty Lights, Beats Antique, Bluetech, an-ten-nae, Heyoka, Lipp Service, Mimosa, Of Porcelain, Vibesquad, Welder, Babylon System and over a hundred more. Check out the entire lineup here.

Visual arts are also a major focus of Symbiosis, and you will find large-scale art installations, body art, a graffiti mural, a full-size art gallery space and live painting and workshops from many talented creators including Alex and Alyson Grey. Performing artists will also roam the venue and inject the community with the wild, the weird, and the wonder-inspiring. Come and join in the fun!

Transformational learning and integrated education is also central to the Symbiosis philosophy, and there will be workshops, playshops, discussions and presentations on a wide variety of subjects from esoteric philosophy and embodied movement to sacred geometry and composting alchemy. Our “Wellness Oasis” has a variety of resources to rejuvenate your body, nurture your spirit, and expand your mind with reiki, acupuncture, tai chi, Capoeira, juggling and much more.

And more! We have organic food vendors, sustainable arts and craft merchants in the tribal market, a kids’ area, guided nature walks, eco-arting, a lake for splash wars and water wings, and dishwashing stations to help you make this a no trash, carry-in, carry-out event.

Join us at historic Camp Mather on the edge of California’s treasured Yosemite National Park; the beautiful outdoor location is a gracious player and its natural splendor will inspire all who encounter it. It is with great respect that we will dance upon this land.

Please click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Photos from Symbiosis Gathering website.

Decibel Festival Showcase Spotlight: dB in duB Part 2: DUBSTEP MASSIVE

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2009 by worldromper

Are you ready for the biggest dubstep show the Pacific Northwest has ever seen?

Happy Decibel!With a climate of overcast skies and damp, chilly nights quite similar to that of dubstep’s birthplace of the UK, the Pacific Northwest is a natural fit for the dark, dank genre. Like the rest of the West Coast, dubstep has monsooned this evergreen land with an ocean of wobbly bass. Here and around the world, leagues of dubsteppers are forming and uniting with producers and DJs to celebrate a growing passion for the bassline-driven rhythms and violent whomp of the fresh new sound.

Monkeytek and Dubtek represent Portland and Seattle, respectively, delivering a double dose of dubstep with a distinct regional flavor alongside the lyrical stylings of DJ Collage. From the UK Boxcutter brings a bag of tricks to lay over the dubstep structure, inventively and intelligently using a broad palette of inspiration from acid techno to jazz and pushing the genre forward over the edge of experimental electronica. Award-winning DJ, producer and radio host N-Type brings his weight to the massive; this club legend champions the latest dubplates on his RinseFM show, sending the message of clean beats and pure filth all over the world. Wiping up the rest of the brains dripping out of your ears is Caspa, who takes no prisoners. This London dubstep king’s label Dub Police is dominating the genre. Caspa’s crispy sound is a wild and dirty-fun party that pops out of the top of your head and at the same time caresses that dark streak down your back like an illicit lover. His music doesn’t step, it stomps.

Adding to the frothy mix are two of the world’s finest MCs, Rod Azlan and Juakali, who bomb-drop their rhymes like agents of peace, spreading positive vibes with each utterance. Three of the UK’s biggest names in dubstep backed up by local Green Coast talent guarantees dB in duB Part 2: Dubstep Massive to slap you in the face with impossible bass, move your body in ways you have never seen, and grind your soul down deep into the dance floor. In the very best way possible.

dB in duB Part 2: DUBSTEP MASSIVE takes place Friday, September 25 at Motor. Click here for ticket sales and more information.

Symbiosis Gathering Changed My Life

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2009 by worldromper

This is a story of DF5K.

2007 Fall Seattle DMB Symbiosis Halloween 037It was nearly two years ago now that I moved back to the States from New Zealand. Summer in Seattle was swelling to the crusty-hot days of August and I had a shit job doing shit bartending work at a shit hotel downtown, working long into the night scrubbing bar mats and serving drunk tourists. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing with myself whatsoever. None.

I had never listened to electronic music before in my life.

new zealand is freaking epicWell okay that is not entirely true; I had stumbled upon the dub and reggae scene in New Zealand, and high on rotation in my iPod were Katchafire, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Pitch Black and Salmonella Dub as well as anyone who had remixed them. Guys in the Auckland record stores were always happy to school an interested American girl on their island music.

I had also spent many happy nights out on the town with my flatmate Ian, dancing for hours in Auckland’s happenin’ Viaduct area, and had walked home more than once from these “Heels Only” clubs with bleeding feet. Before in my life I had glided past a thousand dance clubs drooling out lame house music onto the streets, but for some reason, I started going in towards the beats and shaking what my momma gave me for the first time ever.

116I left Auckland, and months of traveling around New Zealand led me to discover pockets of counterculture dotted all over the two islands. Tiny camp towns like Marahau, barely even a freckle on the map, are nestled next to insane national parks and were populated by a swirling mix of artsy locals, hikers who were about to tramp the mountains or who had just returned from a month in the bush, world travelers, hippies, neohippies, surfers from Santa Cruz, stoners, seekers, searchers, and freaks like me.

These havens were full of people whose life was centered around sharing art and creating a sustainable and beautiful life, such a stark contrast to most Americans I knew whose only goals seemed to revolve around bigger cars, bigger houses, and more more more.

But soon enough I was back in the US of A and fairly floating through space and time with no plans and no idea whatsoever. I wondered where the beautiful spirits congregated on this continent, and if I would find them.

2007 Fall Seattle DMB Symbiosis Halloween 033And then a friend invited me to this music and art festival in the woods of Northern California called Symbiosis. It would be a very long day’s drive from Seattle with him and his girlfriend and we would stay for three nights at  place called Angel’s Camp. The festival was focused on sustainability and would be a pack-in, pack-out affair. Did I want to go?

Hell yes I did. I had the slight problem of a jobby-job, but I have never been one to let a bullshit job get in the way of my life. So, I faked pneumonia. I went to the hospital (to be fair I did have a cough) and when the doctor said he could write me a note to get off work for two days, I said, “well, how about until next Tuesday?” The doctor agreed and I was off work for a very long weekend, bound for my first true outdoor party experience.

I think you guys know how this story goes.

2007 Fall Seattle DMB Symbiosis Halloween 046Arriving early to the isolated location, my friends and I set up our tents in between the two stages, and what happened for the next four days in that remote wooded spot changed my life forever, as I now write to you deep in the thick of what will be my life’s work, writing for and promoting the music that I love and the artists who make it. It was not just the music I experienced that shook my spirit and lit my soul on fire, but the thick saturation of artistic expression and the community around it. It was a haven for freaks like me; I had finally found a home in this life, and it was beautiful.

When I look back at the lineup for Symbiosis 2007, it blows my mind: Shpongle, Flying Lotus, Ott, Bluetech, Glitch Mob, BLVD, Souleye, Ana Sia, Zilla, Lazer Sword, Audiovoid, Danny Corn, Hallucinogen in Dub, Chris de Luca, Mala, Bassnectar and dozens and dozens more. These artists were my first toe-dip into the world of EDM, and I think you can see why I turned out the way I did.

2007 Fall Seattle DMB Symbiosis Halloween 045I can’t remember if it was the first or second day, but around about five in the morning one night these four guys were up on the second stage, just tearing up the dance floor. They were slamming sound down with such force I thought my neck might break; I had never before experienced any type of music, electronic or otherwise, that was so fresh and unique and unlike anything else out there. I was not hearing this music, I was living it: I was breathless and losing clothes by the minute and probably had a long string of drool dripping off my lower lip.

I turned to a new friend next to me on the dance floor and asked, “What do you call this music? With the really heavy, fucked-up bass?”

You call it GLITCH,” was the reply. And a fiend was born.

2007 Fall Seattle DMB Symbiosis Halloween 035

Since that night I have seen the Glitch Mob dozens of times and have devoted my life to sharing not just glitch hop and its bass-slutty cousins, but the whole music and art and community experience that has meant so much to me in this life, which I think I can say, a DJ saved.

I returned to Seattle with an insatiable hunger for the beats and began going out six nights a week to electronic music shows, meeting new friends with open arms at every turn. While I might possibly have found another road to the electronic arts that I now so adore, I did not. Symbiosis opened my eyes and set me on my current life path of promoting and writing for musicians and artists. I am eternally grateful for the past, and forever stoked for the future.

2007 Fall Seattle DMB Symbiosis Halloween 036Now, after a year’s respite, Symbiosis Gathering is back for 2009, this time at Camp Mather on the doorstep to Yosemite from September 17-21 and with a lineup that will slap you across the face, pour fireworks into your soul and call you a cheesemaker. Check the whole lineup here; I am most looking forward to hearing Caspa, Amon Tobin, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, the Glitch Mob, Shpongle, Flying Lotus, Hallucinogen, Mala, N-Type, an-ten-nae, Mimosa, Of Porcelain, Vibesquad, Heyoka, Kether, Lazer Sword, Lipp Service, Souleye, Welder, Random Rab, Babylon System, Jupit3r, Mozaic, Mr. Rogers, R/D, Treavor Moontribe, Sleepyhead, Sexytime, Nikola Baytala, Noah Pred and about eight zillion more.

2007 Fall Seattle DMB Symbiosis Halloween 042I will no doubt discover several new favorites, and I am more excited about this outdoor festival than any other this year. Not to be rash, but I have heard several people talk about how much more fun Symbiosis is than Burning Man. Whoa. That is almost party blasphemy, right?

Whether you are just hearing about Symbiosis Gathering or have been waiting with baited breath for this year’s installment, one thing is certain: the music will blow your mind, stamped and approved by DF5K.

And it just might change your life.

10 DJS I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS WEEK

Posted in 10 DJS I AM IN LOVE WITH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2009 by worldromper

DJs, Producers, Live Mad Scientists, MCs, God’s Gift to the Dance Floor, you know…

In no order, and I am going to update this once a week.

  1. DJ Degree & Phatcat
  2. Eskmo
  3. Odeed
  4. Oscure
  5. an-ten-nae
  6. Megasoid
  7. Caspa
  8. ill gates
  9. Pretty Lights
  10. Pandai’a

Pandai'a at Dubtroit 28 JulyAnother sweet photo by Kelly Dean taken at Dubtroit July 28.

Decibel Festival Announces Preliminary Lineup

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2009 by worldromper

CHECK IT OUT! And there are no doubt many more names to come:

Alex Under (ES)
Alter Ego (DE)
Andrew Weatherall (UK) 
Benga (UK) 
Boxcutter (UK) 
Bruno Pronsato (DE) 
Caspa (UK) 
Daedelus (US)
Goldmund (US) 
KiloWatts (US)
Lusine (US)
Mad Professor (UK)  
Martyn (US) 
Mary Anne Hobbs (UK)
Megasoid (CA) 
Mikael Stavöstrand (SE) 
Monolake (DE)
Mountains (US) 
Move D (DE)  
N-Type (UK)  
Nosaj Thing (US)
Pezzner (US)
Reagenz (UK / US) 
Spacetime Continuum (US)
Sub Swara (US) 
Tadeo (ES)  
Tanner Ross (US) 
Voodeux (US) 
The Wighnomy Brothers (DE)

Discounted passes ($50 off) are available until July 24th. BUY YOUR PASS NOW!

Find out more out Seattle’s Decibel Festival of Electronic Music, Visual Arts and New Media here.

Symbiosis Gathering Announces Lineup!

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2009 by worldromper

The 2007 Symbiosis Gathering changed my life and set me on the path I now follow. At 4AM the first night of the party I asked one of my new dance floor friends: “What do you call this music, with the really heavy, fucked up bass?”

His answer? GLITCH.

And a fiend was born.

More of that story later; for now, here is the festie’s initial lineup. After taking a break last year, Symbiosis is back and will be held September 17-21, 2009 at Camp Mather, just outside Yosemite National Park.

  • LES CLAYPOOL
  • COCOROSIE
  • YARD DOGS ROAD SHOW
  • AMON TOBIN
  • BASSNECTAR
  • DJ SHADOW
  • SHPONGLE
  • CASPA
  • FLYING LOTUS
  • GLITCH MOB
  • HALLUCINOGEN
  • MALA
  • PRETTY LIGHTS
  • AN-TEN-NAE
  • BEATS ANTIQUE
  • BLUETECH
  • HEYOKA
  • LAZER SWORD
  • LIPP SERVICE
  • MIMOSA
  • RANDOM RAB
  • VIBESQUAD

This is just a partial lineup of the artists I am really excited to hear; please click here for the entire list, and of course- more music will be announced in the months to come. Stay tuned.

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