Some of you may remember Deadmau5 hitting Chicago to perform an unhooked set at Studio Paris back in May, and before we saw the madness that was his set, we stopped by the Trump International to sit down with the beautiful Audrey Napoleon before she opened for him. We got the low down on where she came up with her name, her EP Ornamental Egos she just released yesterday, new material she’s working on, and much more.
If you’re not familiar with her music, we highly suggest you make yourself familiar. 2012 has already been a great year for her and she’s showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Head over to iTunes to purchase her EP Ornamental Egos and stay tuned because she’s dropping another EP in just a few months! Thanks to Audrey and John Ochoa!
I’ve encountered some sort of EDM overload lately which I attribute to the heavy doses of womps and wobbles I took at Electric Forest and Spring Awakening. Since WebMd has not been able to give me a cure for too much bass in my face I decided to take it upon myself to self medicate my ears with some smoother sounds at the Pitchfork Music Festival. The Pitchfork tastemakers didn’t skip a beat this year bringing an incredible lineup of hip hop and indie acts to town for an unbelievable weekend of music, fashion, and hipsters. This was my first year attending the festival and it was just what the doctor should have ordered for my EDM overload.
“If you a trill bitch get your motherfucking hands up”
I was indeed a trill bitch and arrived just in time for the A$AP mob to request my hands in the air before a rowdy rendition of “Pretty Flacko.” Since I missed the opening of his set I decided to quickly make my way into the thick of the crowd in order to get the full effect of the madness. Luckily I was schooled in all things A$AP Rocky by Zwalkk since the debut of his mixtape late last year and was easily able to part the seas of bodies spitting along with Rocky and bopping to the beats as I made my way front and center. As the rain started pouring I looked around to see a familiar scene of a high school and college aged crowd dancing wildly to “Bass” and shooting finger glocks in the air. I was home.
Continue reading our Pitchfork recap after the jump.
With an incredible influx of music festivals happening all across the states due to this whole “EDM invasion” or whatever you want to call it, more and more festivals are popping up but lacking key elements to make them memorable. Sure the music will be great (maybe), sure you’ll see a few of your favorite artists, but is the festival really creating an experience that will leave a lasting impression on your psyche? Probably not. Two companies however seem to have all their ducks in a row and fully grasp what it takes to create the ultimate festival experience, Insomniac and Madison House Presents. Together, they brought 20,000 music lovers the second year of the Electric Forest Music Festival and we’re pretty sure it won’t be the last time either.
Perhaps best known now for its unparalleled attention to the seamless integration of music, art and community, Electric Forest continually takes the festival experience to the next level. The festival’s now-legendary Sherwood Forest, located in the heart of the festival site, each year raises the bar of patron expectations with its state-of-the-art, jaw-dropping light displays, intricate and earthy artful touches, and everything in between. – Madison House Presents
And they couldn’t be more correct. We embarked on a four day journey to the forest complete with a 13-car caravan, tents, food, and more boxes of glow toys than we knew what to do with. Follow us as we recap our journey to Electric Forest.
Everyone made it back from the 2012 Electric Forest Music Festival alive and well. That’s not to say that there weren’t a few hiccups along the way, but we survived as did our cameras. Moving forward, our schedules are so packed and we’re about to embark on a journey to Denver later today, we decided to make a little trailer with our friends at Wava Media to tie you over until next week. Sad I know, but at least you get this sneak peek. Without further ado, a brief look into what you may have missed at this year’s Electric Forest.
After hearing that Foster The People sold out Congress Theater back-to-back nights a few weeks ago, we had to go see what all the hype was about. I’m someone who isn’t too versed in the art of the indie band, being quite the EDM and Hip-Hop head, but our good friends at React Presents let us step in and see what it was all about. So I took my camera, a few ladies, and we embarked on our journey to Congress Theater for what was sure to be a night of the complete opposite from our norm. The norm being a bunch of kids running around head-to-toe in Neon, tutu’s, and some pretty wild lights.
We hit the venue at 8:15, snagged our tickets, and headed in. This is typically the part where you encounter the TSA as I refer to them, or Congress security to the average show-goer. We went through with a breeze despite it being a sold out show. I’ve been to a few sold out shows at Congress and if there’s one thing you expect to see, it’s organized chaos. Foster The People clearly brings a different crowd and I should have expected this but I was still a little surprised considering it was sold out.
The band hit the stage at 8:30 so I squeezed my way through the somber crowd to the front so I could snap a few photos before slipping back into the masses to enjoy the show. The venue was packed to the brim, the entire balcony’s seats were filled, but the people were sitting down (the entire time). Shocking, I know. I don’t know if it was because of the heat (you sweat just standing still), or that’s how Foster The People shows are meant to be enjoyed. Either way, everyone seemed to be loving every song they went through from their debut studio album Torches. Can you guess what the encore was? You probably did, but in case you didn’t it was “Pumped Up Kicks” and the crowd went crazy.
If I came out of this show with one suggestion for you, the average concert goer, it’s to step outside the box and go see a show or something you wouldn’t typically go to. While it may not be your cup to tea, go into it with a positive attitude and experience something new. Who knows, you may come out of it a new fan or at the very least, happy you tried something new. Hit the jump to see the rest of our photos and then head over to our Facebook page for a few exclusives!
The first days anticipation was at an all time high as the blue line approached Jackson so we could hop onto the Red to our final destination and enter the mother ship at Soldier Field. Being that it was my first actual festival that I got in legitimately I was mad hyped that I didn’t even notice the hordes of scantily clad neon bodies filling the train and roads leading to the Spring Awakening Music Festival. I couldn’t register or even start to comprehend that I was going to rage out to sounds of Bart B More, A-Trak, Dillon Francis and Skrillex all in one day; then come back the next day to rebuild and then destroy myself once again to the incredible sounds of Will Joy, Diplo, Shermanology, Felix Cartal, DIPLO and Moby! What a feeling. As Soldier Field peeked out from behind the Field Museum, literally looking like a space ship had landed on the lake front, sending out messages to the thousands making the pilgrimage to SAMF.
The aftermath of what was the Spring Awakening Music Festival still reverberates within my collective EDM soul. As I close my eyes the bass kicks, the treble spits, bright and shiny sun rays pound down on thousands of neon clad bodies, love mixed with a few other herbal essences in the air and the absolute grandness and uniqueness of the venue made for an experience like no other. Yes you can go to Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, and the countless other outdoor events in Chicago this summer but who can say they raged out to Skrillex in the rain on the 50th yard line of Soldier Field… well I know of a few thousand that did and we all got a story to tell, so sit back as you part take on my journey through my words and the visuals of Zach into the house of EDM at the Spring Awakening Music Festival.
Last week we had the pleasure of checking out the uncapped series from vitaminwater and FADER Magazine. The Chicago stop was held in a small warehouse in the west loop and guests were greeted with an open bar and all the vitaminwater they could handle. After some tunes courtesy of De La Soul’s Maseo, Santigold made her way on stage with her band and dancers following close behind. Her set was composed of bright floral outfits, dancers included, a horse, and a few wardrobe changes to compliment her music.
After a short break in sets, the energetic crowd anxiously awaited Maybach Music Group’s Wale to hit the stage. His DJ appeared and began to ask the crowd if they were ready for Wale in the midst of playing “Mercy”. The crowd promptly began shouting “Lamborghini Mercy”, the DJ wrapped it up, and Wale hit the stage dropping some of his early records like “Pretty Girls” and then moving along to some of his new material like the Ross infused “Fuck Em”.
After a great evening it left me thinking, wow, this was so much better than last year’s uncapped event and I know I wasn’t the only one who left thinking that. If you missed out this year, you have next year to look forward. Be a little more swift on that RSVP and you won’t get left behind. In case you did, we have some photo-goodness after the jump!
Photos By Andre Velez
Summer Camp held a number of unanswered questions as we traveled our way through the cornfields of Central Illinois towards our home for the next 4 days, Chillicothe, Illinois. Having virtually traded in my piles of Phish, Moe., and Umphrey’s albums and compilations after years of high school and college jam sessions for a more electronic-based library a few years ago, I knew Summer Camp would be a trip down memory lane, and hopefully one that I would still enjoy. What I found at Summer Camp were the people, sounds, and adventures that made me fall for music and especially music festivals in the first place. While I still spent a majority of my time hunting down my bass music fix, the jam-based festival as a whole was an excellent one that combined about as many elements of the fantastic culture as it could. Here were just some of the highlights.