NorCal’s boutique electronic festival, Northern Nights, turns 5 in the coming weeks. Having been before, we can say it is a splendid festival experience. The event organization in itself is something to behold; never a rush, never too far to go, never too crowded, and just right temperature-wise.
This years lineup boasts return acts in the glitch, bass, beats, and house scene as well as newcomers and well-deserved features. Justin Jay will definitely bring the house party vibes with his Fantastic Voyage team, The Range will have you swaying to his masterful beat-making, Moon Boots will have you disco bouncing, and G Jones will bring you right back down with all the heavy bass. Of course, the number one rule of music festivals is to follow whatever sound appeals to you – so get out there and find something new. The River stage chill zone is perfect for just that. To top it all off, one of our very own is on the bill; check out Starfari for scinematic soundscapes as you soak in the fresh NorCal vibes!
In terms of logistics, we recommend getting their early to get yourself a good campsite and that coveted “finally-made-it” excitement. Be sure to check out the Village areas throughout the day and night to get in on yoga and camp activities (or spend your time lifted by the 215 Lounge)! Remember to pack warm clothes as it can get quite chilly once the sun settles over that awe-inspiring Redwood Canopy.
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. Click here for more from this series. 75 Days
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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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Select WORLDZ Masters & Titans scheduled to participate: Marcus Shingles – CEO, XPRIZE Foundation Gary Vaynerchuk – CEO, VaynerMedia Chris Altchek – CEO, Mic. Sharon Profis – Executive Editor, CNET Bob Pittman – CEO & Chairman, iHeartMedia Dr. Deepak Chopra – Founder of Chopra Foundation Marc Ecko – Chief Brand & Creative Officer, Complex Networks David Baga – Chief Business Officer, Lyft Tom Punch – Chief Commercial & Creative Officer, VICE Media Werner Brell – Chief Engagement Officer, Samsung Raja Rajamannar – Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, MasterCard Sid Mathur – Chief Strategy & Development Office, Mattel, Inc. Peter Pham – Co-Founder & Partner, Science Inc. Alexis Ohanian – Co-Founder, Reddit David Messinger – Co-Head, CAA Marketing, Creative Artists Agency Jon Buscemi – Creative Director, Buscemi LLC. Bob Safian – Editor-in-Chief & Managing Director, Fast Company Camille Hackney – EVP, Brand Partnerships & Licensing, Atlantic Records Cristina Mancini – EVP, Technology & Creative Strategy, 21st Century Fox Michael Lazerow – Founder, LAZEROW Ventures Jeff Miller – Head of Creative Strategy, Snapchat will.i.am – 7xGrammy Award-winning Artist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Kandee Johnson – Beauty & Lifestyle Expert & Creator, Kandee Johnson Hunter Walk – Founder, Partner, Homebrew
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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.
Remember Symbiosis 2016 and the ensuing creation of the Global Eclipse Gathering consortium? The mystery behind that was quickly cleared as news came in of a Total Eclipse passing over Oregon on August 21, 2017. More specifically, Big Summit Prairie (52,000 acres of flatland and a 52-acre lake) in Crook County falls under the Eclipse’s viewing path and will thus play host to our beloved traveling gathering’s next installment.