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One thing that sets San Francisco apart, as far as cities on the west coast go at least, is its illustrious history. From the gold rush to the tech rush; from earthquakes to fires; from skyscrapers to monuments; the city has been through it all, and for that reason, has a lot to offer. Of the offered, the Palace of Fine Arts is one of the most sensational. The monument was built in 1915 for the World Fair, and I bet they would never have guessed, 100 years later, it would host the premier hip hop and eclectic soul collective in the world: SOULECTION.

 

Being born and raised in southern California, Soulection’s rise to international acclaim has been nothing less than a wild ride to watch and be a part of. When they come to town, no matter who of their collective will be selecting, we’re there. This time, though, it will be with the historic backdrop of one of San Francisco’s most admired treasures.

 

Best part? This event is only $20. $20 is a steal just for the lineup: The Whooligan, Sasha Marie, Mikos Da Gawd, and Ryury. I’ve included some music below if you need any more coaxing. Saturday night is going to be about the experience. Come one, come all!

 

 

 

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Just as the sun rises, so too does Oregon Eclipse near. With 7 stages each boasting a lineup worthy of an entire festival, we’ve decided it wise to feature our top picks by stage. Some we love. Some we just discovered. All essential.
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To start the series off, we begin with the Sun Stage’s smattering of psychedelic or Goa trance and all of its unrelenting drive and experimentation.

 

Marcus Henriksson

Marcus Henriksson is one half of Minilogue and Son Kite (the other half is Sebastian Muellert, in case you were wondering). Under the Son Kite moniker, they delved into the ambient spheres of psytrance. Now he also produces under the moniker Nobody Home. Suffice it to say, he is a legend in the scene and will definitely bring a lot of influence to his set.

 

Dark Whisper

Throw hints of world music and poignant commentary into psy-trance and you get Dark Whisper‘s messages of juxtaposition and self examination. Music and enlightenment are all we’ve ever asked for; come August we need just be.

 

Antix

The brother duo of Antix and Fiord are no strangers to the entire musical spectrum from dancefloor trance to dark psytech. Their DJ appearances definitely give light to this.

 

Perfect Ace

Perfect Stranger and Ace Ventura are perhaps the busiest DJ’s on the psytrance circuit and regulars of Symbiosis. Together, you can be sure they’ll be putting on a spectacle.

 

Shadow Fx

If you find yourself wandering the grounds in the wee hours, listen for the mellower melodies of Shadow Fx. His steadier and deeper progressive style is often reserved for the select few that are on the sunrise hustle.

 

Hallucinogen

Simon Posford’s (of Shpongle fame) Hallucinogen alias is one of the most influential leaders of the Psy-trance movement. This is a DJ set so expect to hear the evolution of the genre during it.

 

Killerwatts

Killerwatts is Tristan and Avalon. The duo has seen their share of Psytrance and all of its nested styles. They’ve made sure to keep all of the driving basslines that define it while adding their own prominent flair. Be sure to catch them both during their solo sets!

 

 

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Jai Wolf’s newest track featuring Mr. Gabriel calls to form his 2016 breakout hit – Indian Summer. Both call to mind the triumph of setting forth into the great expanse. Starlight incorporates the vocals of Mr. Gabriel to drive the “explore-some-more” point further. And we’re all about ‘splorin.

 

Be sure to catch him at Coachella!

 

Jai Wolf – Starlight ft. Mr Gabriel

Jai Wolf – Kindred Spirits EP

 

 

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This Friday, one of my biggest inspirations makes his way to San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom. Jackson is a hell of a dude, and his music has a very unique way of giving you energy while immersing you in a plethora of synths in a drum-filled frenzy. Check out what he had to say about his path and process so far:

 

 

C+A+D: Let’s start with how I found out about you, through Odesza and when you opened for them about 2 years ago at SXSW. How did that relationship come about and how do you think that made a change to your career?

 

Big Wild: Our relationship definitely helped a lot, because there’s a lot of crossover between their music and my music. Odesza’s fans were able to connect with their music and they become my fans too. It was just a really beneficial relationship for both parts. It’s been cool to get tips and advice from them. Not to mention working with Foreign Family. It was a big difference maker in pushing me to where I am today.

 

C+A+D: The invincible EP is a perfect summation of you and how your sound developed over the years…My favorite song is between Empty Room and Invincible, which are unmistakably you. What was the most challenging part of putting this EP together? Where did you see the most improvement to your process?

 

Big Wild: The hardest part about it was just its completion. I had been working on some of these songs for over a year; on and off. It’s really easy to run into roadblocks or writers-block. Through this process, I’ve made changes on how I make music now, so I can make music a lot faster than before.

 

There would be times when I didn’t know how to make the drop hit harder…or how to tweak this or that. I think that was the hardest part. Accepting that I could keep making changes to the song forever, and it’s never going to be perfect, and to just finish it. That’s a really big part of putting together any kind of project, EP, or even a single. Just knowing when to say, “OK. I’m not really improving the song. I’m just making it sound different.” And that’s crucial.

 

C+A+D: What other equipment makes up your live rig? Did you evolve your rig from a more basic set up, or has it remained the same since you began performing

 

Big Wild: I really try to focus on not piling up a bunch of gear and keeping it fairly minimal. I don’t want to clutter my stage with gear and separate me from the crowd. My set up over time has pretty much the same amount of things. I used to use a nord keyboard but on this tour I’m using a keyboard that also triggers samples off my computer as well. I’m happy with how it brings my songs to life in front of a crowd.

 

C+A+D: If you had a time machine and were able to talk to yourself before your first show as Big Wild, what advice would you give?

 

Big Wild: Oh that’s a good question. *thinks for a few seconds* If I had to give myself advice, it would be not to overthink everything. Don’t make music more complicated than it needs to be, because I definitely tend to do that. Another thing is to understand the importance of different elements in all types of music and why people would like those things.

 

For example, when I started out I was really into hip hop. I would make hip hop instrumentals, and I was 100% all about producing. That’s what I was listening to and focusing on in songs. By doing that I wasn’t focusing as much on vocals, or what type of voice this needs, or what the lyrics are. When I first started out, because I didn’t pay attention to that, I had holes in my musicianship. When I would go to make a song and try to focus on vocals or a lead instrument, it would be really difficult.

 

It’s important to not get sucked into one part of a song, and focus on all the parts; like the melody of the vocals for example. Understand what goes into making a FULL song, rather than get too obsessed on one specific part of a song. Which I guess goes back to not overthinking it. These are all things that were goals for me on this EP. Get involved with writing the lyrics. Get involved with writing the melody for the singers. Work on these other things that I never cared much about, but now I’m very much into. This EP was a learning experience for that, and I’m at peace with how it came out.

 

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Touted as “A Harvard for Culture”, WORLDZ is a culture marketing summit and community that follows the ideal of bridging worlds to change them for the better. They do this by gathering thought-leaders, social-provokers, and change activists in Music, Tech, Entertainment, Media, and Entrepreneurship under the prominent umbrella of Culture to break down barriers and help guide the world through blue ocean initiatives toward a positive future.

 

Their mission: To Reinvent the World.

 

Their offer: Learn from the best how to create world shaping projects and ignite transformational partnerships.

 

The invite-only summit takes place July 31 and August 1 in Los Angeles and will host speaker series, workshops, mentorship and networking opportunities at the forefront of the world. Apply now to begin your personal journey toward transformation!

 

5/30/2017 PHASE TWO release:
Tony Robbins – Entrepreneur, New York Times Best-Selling Author and Philanthropist will.i.am – 7x Grammy Award-winning Artist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Diana Nyad – Record-Breaking Endurance Athlete & Sports Journalist Stephen Attenborough – Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Galactic Shelley Zalis – CEO & Founder, The Girls’ Lounge Nick Foster – Head of Industrial Design, X Randy Freer – COO & President, Fox Networks Group Donny Makower – President, RED Interactive Agency Rives – Co-Host, TED Joe Desena – CEO & Founder, Spartan Race Marlies Dekkers – CEO & Founder, Marlies Dekkers Lingerie Jim Kwik – Founder, Kwik Learning & SuperheroYou Kevin Bailey – President, Asia Pacific, VF Corporation Mark Weinstein – SVP & Global Head of Loyalty & Partnerships, Hilton Worldwide Charlie Engle – President, Charlie Engle Inc. & Ultramarathon Runner & Author of “Running Man” Jeff Kearl – CEO, Chairman & Co-Founder, Stance Ryan Wilson Street Artist ThankYouX

 

The entire PHASE ONE line up boasts:
(RED) CEO Deborah Dugan – GIRLBOSS CEO & Founder Sophia Amoruso – VaynerMedia CEO Gary Vaynerchuk – Maverick Music President Greg Thompson – 11 Time World Surf League Champion Kelly Slater – TV Personality Sal Masekela – National Poetry Slam Champion & Multi-Platinum Winning Songwriter IN-Q – Polar Explorer, Climate Advocate & Photographer Sebastian Copeland – Microsoft Chief Storyteller Steve Clayton – Discovery Communications Chief Creative Officer Derek Koenig – Revilo Park CEO & Founder Oliver Luckett – United Nations Foundation CEO & President Kathy Calvin – Shaun White Enterprises CEO & 2x Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White – REVOLT Media & TV Vice Chairman Andre Harrell – Pandora CMO Nick Bartle – PTTOW! Co-Founder Terry Hardy – Samsung Chief Engagement Officer Werner Brell – Buscemi LLC. Founder, Head of Creative Jon Buscemi – 100 Things Inspirationalist Sebastian Terry – Homebrew Partner Hunter Walk – XPRIZE CEO Marcus Shingles – H.Wood Group Co-Founder John Terzian – Billboard/The Hollywood Reporter President John Amato – Deutsch Inc Chief Digital Officer Winston Binch – Teavana (Starbucks) President Bernard Acoca – Interlude CEO & Founder Yoni Bloch – Laurel & Wolf CEO & Founder Leura Fine – Mobilium CEO & Chairman Ralph Simon – Omaze CEO & Co-Founder Ryan Cummins – Two Twelve Management & Marketing CEO & President Scott Feldman – Malala Fund CEO & Co-Founder Shiza Shahid – SPMB Partner Becky Stein – Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian – Gen Next, Inc. CEO Michael Davidson – uBeam CEO & Founder Meredith Perry – The DoLaB // Lightning in a Bottle Festival // Lucent Dossier Experience Co-Founder & Founder Dream Rockwell – AllSaints CEO William Kim – Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc CEO Dirk Ahlborn – Audi Chief Communications Officer & SVP Jeri Ward – Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Marketing Co-Head David Messinger – BIG Bjarke Ingels Group Founding Partner Bjarke Ingels – Universal Music Group EVP & Head of Universal Music Group & Brands, USA Mike Tunnicliffe – VICE Media Chief Commercial & Creative Officer Tom Punch – Blade CEO Rob Wiesenthal – Amusement Park Chief Creative Officer & Chairman Jimmy Smith – Life Is Beautiful CEO Justin Weniger – Gumball 3000 CEO & Founder Maximillion Cooper – LAZEROW Ventures Founder Michael Lazerow – Viacom Media Networks EVP, Marketing Strategy & Engagement Ross Martin – Halo Neuroscience CEO & Co-Founder Dr. Daniel Chao – Fast Company Editor & Managing Director Bob Safian – Dubfire DJ Ali Shirazina – Tender Greens CEO & Co-Founder Erik Oberholtzer – Claire’s Place Foundation // The Clairity Project Founder Claire Wineland – Chester French Vocalist and Songwriter David-Andrew Wallach – Thankyou Co-Founder & Managing Director Daniel Flynn – Marlies Dekkers CEO & Founder Marlies Dekkers – Sword Swallower Brett Loudermilk – ThankYouX Street Artist Ryan Wilson – Square Former Co-Founder & Director Jim McKelvey – Misdirectors Guild, Inc. Magician, Puzzler, Producer David Kwong – Two Bit Circus Founder Brent Bushnell – Turner Sports VP & General Manager, eSports Christina Alejandre

 

WORLDZ 2016

 

 

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Bi-annually, the gorgeous San Diego Waterfront Park plays host to one of the most unique and certainly by far one of our favorite festivals in existence: CRSSD Festival. CRSSD Festival can mostly be described as a fusion of electronic and indie pop acts with a good mix of rising young talent and seasoned veterans. Going into the weekend, we were highly anticipating this year’s March iteration. Not only have we been craving the delicious gourmet tri-tip selection but this specific line-up had our mouth’s watering all the same. Let’s take a look at who threw down the hardest sets last weekend:

 

Josh Wink

 

Many people have no idea who Josh Wink is. This is a damn shame. Not only is he a native Philadelphian but he’s also been one of the the biggest godfathers and pioneers of acid house as we know it. Just as mean on the 303 as he is on the decks, Wink’s CRSSD set was hard, gritty, and pure acidic bliss. Tracks like “I’m Talkin to You” and Ben Klock’s remix of his own record “Are You There” thundered out of the speakers at the City Steps stage on Saturday to an elated crowd who ate up every beat.

 

Jackmaster

 

Jackmaster is a unique soul. Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland this legend of the underground is known for his crazy afterparty shenanigans and his insane crate diggalicious song selection. Probably one of the best selectors of the weekend, Jackmaster featured an eclectic mix of house, acid, tech house, and everything else under the master of jack’s dirty bass heavy rainbow.

 

Justin Martin

 

Dirtybird’s lieutenant of the dance floor is making a strong push for General. Justin Martin has been perfecting his own brand of bouncy bass house for well over a decade now and his meticulous attention to detail of his craft was put on display for the San Diego crowd in full force. In our opinion Martin’s biggest track of the night was actually Christian Martin’s remix of Justin’s original track “Back to the Jungle.”

 

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What else is there to praise that hasn’t already been praised about the brothers Dewaele a.k.a. 2manyDjs. The Belgian duo (who are also both in a little band called Soulwax threw down our favorite set of the whole weekend. We have been big fans for as long as we can remember and their closing set on Saturday night was a testament to our love for their emphatic style. You can tell these guys are just huge fans of music. They played everything from the techno classic “OG Trommer Bass” by Andre Bratten to “Underwater” by Harry Thumann and seamlessly blended dark and light-hearted tones.

 

Aluna George

 

British electro-pop superstar act AlunaGeorge is actually a duo comprised of Aluna Francis and George Reid. Facts of the day aside, their performance at CRSSD was simply magical. Incorporating stunning visuals, well-choreographed dancing, and Aluna’s remarkable singing voice. They truly owned the main stage using every square inch of it to connect with the crowd and belt out classics like “White Noise” and “You Know You Like It.”

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SoCal’s favourite sleepless Spring soireé is back come March 31. And the 72-hours that the Desert Hearts crew has prepared is as House, Techno, Love as always. From Dirtybird All Stars to cool Suara cats, there is sound enough for everyone to enjoy and the famed one stage to let it all out on. In the 4 years since conception, the Desert Hearts family (also playing to their hearts content) has clearly defined itself as a proper host and fine selector.

 

And with partygoers dancing this way and that way all housed in a boutique environment, it’s hard to miss making a connection – one of the other primary reasons why Desert Hearts still continues to thrive. Get your tickets and come rediscover why We Are All Desert Hearts.

 

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