Top 10 Artists To See During Groove Cruise Cabo

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Just a few days ago I announced that I’ll be attending Groove Cruise Cabo, and ever since I literally can’t stop thinking about how insane this experience is going to be.  I’ve always dreamed of attending a music festival at sea, and I know it’s going to be 5 epic days of superb music.

The Groove Cruise just announced the schedule + set-times for this upcoming Cabo edition, and it’s honestly just too insane for words.  It truly is 120 hours of non-stop tunage.  I’ve been to a few 5-day festivals before, so I’m well aware of the party marathon I’m about to embark on…

The line-up is stacked with 50+ world-renowned DJ’s, but these are my top 10 acts that I know I’ll be checking out…

The Full Line-Up

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1 )  Lee Foss

Having just seen Lee Foss absoltuely crush it at CRSSD Festival in San Diego, I couldn’t be more excited to see him spin once again.  This Hot Creations founder really knows how to keep a crowd dancing throughout an entire set, and his song selection and mixing skills are truly fantastic.

2 ) Uner

This is an artist I’ve wanted to see ever since living in Barcelona back in 2012.  This song below was one of the anthems of my time in Spain, and got me truly hooked on that sweet tribal tech-house sound.  His productions have earned him world-wide respect in the underground scene, and I’ve heard his DJ sets are something special.

3 ) Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano

Having seen this Dutch duo twice before, I know that they put on one hell of a show.  They spin really fun and heavy house music that is built for the big room without the mainstage EDM feeling.  Their Sexy By Nature parties are something special, and I’m looking forward to seeing them crush it on the Groove Cruise.

4 ) Dubfire

Dubfire is another DJ whom I recently saw just a few weeks ago at CRSSD Festival, but I’ll never pass up the opportunity to see this techno legend spin.  He plays some really heavy tracks and I know he’s going to destroy his set at the ME Resort pool party in Cabo.

5 ) Mendo

Funky, groovy, tribal tech-house.  This is exactly the kind of style that makes me miss raving in Barcelona at ELROW events.  I’ve heard a few of Mendo’s tracks and they are always dance-floor killers.  I’ve never seen him play, and actually very rarely notice his name on line-ups, so I’m particularly excited to see what he brings to the decks.

6 ) Mark Knight

Toolroom Records has always been one of my favorite labels when it comes to proper house tracks, so whenever Mark Knight comes around you know I’ll be catching his set.  I saw him play once a long time ago at Sensation White, and have just been waiting for the day to catch him again.

7 ) Pirupa

Pure sounds of the underground tech-house that I love so much.  I’ve been jammin’ to a few of Pirupa’s tracks for years, and it’s going to be my first time seeing him play.  This Italian born DJ has made a massive splash on the underground dance music scene, and I know he’s going to absolutely destroy the place.

8 ) Pierce Fulton

Not to be “that guy”, but I’ve been a fan of Pierce Fulton for a long damn time.  I remember when he was just getting started and had only a few thousand Facebook likes.  I’m even friends with the guy on his personal account, and it’s been really cool to see his progress in the electronic dance music industry.  He seems like he’s just a really chill dude who’s a truly talented musician.  With all that being said, I’ve never seen him actually perform, but that all changes during the Groove Cruise.

9 ) Gareth Emery

This man is simply a legend.  “Concrete Angel” will always be one of the most beautiful vocal trance songs that’s ever been produced, but Gareth Emery is no one-hit wonder because his productions just seem to be getting better over the years.  As well, I think he might be one of the funniest people in the industry, because his fake EDM duo “CVNT5” is absolutely hilarious.  Did you know Gareth could act…?  Because holy shit… 10/10 skills right here:

10 ) Audien

Last but not least, I couldn’t leave Audien off this list.  His style is unique and beautiful, and his set will leave you happy and dancing the entire way through.


I had to leave a few artists that I know are going to play great sets, but I wanted to keep this to my personal Top 10 List.

Check out the individual day-schedules below for when these artists are playing below.


Day 1| Friday

SUNNERY JAME & RYAN MARCIANO – 12:00 A.M – 1:30 A.M

UNER: 2:00- 4:30 A.M

PIRUPA: 4:30-6:30 A.M

MENDO:  6:30-9:00 A.M

When are people supposed to sleep…?

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Day 2| Saturday

SEXY BY NATURE POOL PARTY

SUNNERY JAMES & RYAN MARCIANO – 4:00 – 6:00 P.M

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Day 3 |Sunday

ME RESORT IN CABO

DUBFIRE – 8:30 – 10:45 P.M

SIAN – 10:45 – 12:00 A.M

TOOLROOM AFTERHOURS

MARK KNIGHT – 2:30 – 5:00 A.M

PROK + FITCH – 5:00 – 8:00 A.M

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Day 4 | Monday

HALLOWEEN

PIERCE FULTON – 4:00 – 5:00 P.M

GARETH EMERY – 12:30 – 2:30 A.M

LEE FOSS – 3:00 – 7:00 A.M

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Day 5|Tuesday

FINAL DAY!

PIERCE FULTON 9:30 – 11:00 P.M

ARTY B2B AUDIEN – 1:15 – 2:00 A.M

AUDIEN – 2:00 – 3:30 A.M

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This is going to be hectic…

If you take a look at these schedules, you’ll notice that the party really never stops…

It’s going to be a really difficult task to see all of these artists play, but I’m definitely going to try my best…

No matter what — I know this is going to to be the experience of a lifetime..

V-A-M-O-S

The JATW Playlist: Top Ten Tracks of April 2014

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Well…music festival season is over in Australia — and I’m officially bummed.  If you went to any of the top 5 music events in Sydney in April, I’m sure your month was quite a damn good time.

I found myself crossing off Groovin The Moo last weekend off my Australian Music Festivals bucket list.  I’ve had a busy month, so I haven’t actually been downloading too much new music the past month, so this month I’m really going to focus on the music that I’ve just been jammin too.

1 ) SAFIA — Make Them Wheels Roll

I had heard the name quite a bit, but never really knew much of their music.  Then when I saw them at Groovin, I realized how much my squad listens to them.  This recent release from Safia is a solid tune, and them vocals get me every time.


2 ) RL Grime – Aurora (NGHTMRE Remix)

After Alison Wonderland destroyed the mainstage to close out Groovin, I cruised over to her SoundCloud to see what she’s been playing.  I recognize this track from her set, and it’s a trap banger.  I don’t listen to too much trap anymore, but this one is definitely a tuunnneeee….


3 ) The Chainsmokers Ft. Daya – Don’t Let Me Down (Win & Woo Remix)

The Chainsmokers are probably my favorite duo in the “EDM” world.  They consistently put out amazing house tracks that are perfectly paired with sweet ass vocals.  Thanks to my friend Cass who showed me this remix, because it’s pretty sick.  Listen to this one on big speakers, and you’ll be feeling the electronic grooove.


4 ) Kaskade – 4am (Adam K & Soha Remix)

THROWBACK.  This song just celebrated it’s 5th birthday, and it’s always been one of my top progressive house tracks.  This brings me back to the good ol’ days, when I just first started going to music festivals in America.  That chord progression paired with that beautifully smooth vocal — goosebumps.


5 ) Enrico Sangiuliano – X-Pollination

Thanks to Beatport for this techno banger.  Currently sitting at #2 on the Top list, you’ll definitely understand     


6 ) Childish Gambino – Sweatpants

This song has been on repeat all month.  I know it came out years ago, but hot damn.

“Yeahyou got some silverware, but really are you eating though?”


7 ) Ultraista- Small Talk (Four Tet remix) *Justin Martin Rework

Anything Justin Martin touches turns to gold.  He released this song as a free download this month, and it’s gotten quite a bit of play from my speakers.


8 ) Duke Dumont – Need U (100%) (Jauz X Marshmello Remix)

Jauz just recently toured again through Australia, and I’ve always been a fan of his productions.  This Duke Dumont remix is a banger, and will easily get you in the mood to party.


9 ) Riton Feat. Kah-Lo – Rinse & Repeat (Shoe Scene Remix)

The original is already a great tune, so I was very keen to listen to any remix.  This is some dirty basshouse that will definitely leave you wanting more.


10 ) DZ – House Every Weekend (Original Mix)

I have to throw this in this month, because this is our SQUAD ANTHEM.  My mates here in Sydney are some of the best people I’ve met a long my travels.  When I’m and gray, and I hear this song — I’ll think of you guys.  #HouseEveryWeekend #TuneSquad

*Bonus*  NEW FLUME – Say It feat. Tove Lo

Truly an Aussie legend…


MIXES OF THE MONTH

Carl Cox – Live & Direct `


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The JATW Playlist: Top Ten Tracks of March 2016

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Tons of solid tunes this month.  Here are 10 that have been on rotation for me a lot this month.  Some amazing tracks in here to add to your playlists!  Listen and enjoy.


Bjarki – I Wanna Go Bang (Original Mix)

Okay.  Let’s start with a bang.  I feel like I had heard this song live before at a festival, but never found the ID until now.  I was listening to Mano Le Tough’s set from Dekmantel, and he dropped this towards the end of his set.  It’s a knocker for sure.  I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to listen to this with BASS.  Fair warning, this song is heavy.  Pure warehouse techno.


Young Franco — Drop Your Love

Feel good summer vibe.  Real Aussie style kind of track.


DJ Vivona feat. Rahjwanti – Till Dawn (Tristan Case & Tom Barlow remix)

I’ve now seen Tristan Case spin twice since living in Sydney, and it was only just a few days ago I finally wondered over to his Soundcloud to check out his production style.  His most recent track is an absolute dance-floor killer.


Kurtis Blow ft. Jazz Voice – Let’s Move It (Gary Caos vs Nihil Young Remix)

Deep-house filth right here.  The vocals add a huge fun element to it, and will definitely have your feet moving the entire time.


Sons Of Maria – Our Love (Radio Mix)      

Just a happy deep-house / almost tropical house tune.  That saxophone though…smooth and sexy.


Kotelett & Zadak – Crave Dave (Original Mix)

The first time I listened to this, I wasn’t completely sold — but it definitely grows on you.  You have to jam to this one from start to finish, and really sink into it.  This one is all about the progression and melody.  Really beautifully done.


Lee Walker ‘Freak Like Me’ (DJ Deeon vs Lee Walker Remix)

“Need a freak like to me to make love to your body”.  Classic house tune with a deep-house twist that will definitely have you pressing repeat.


Tube & Berger Ft. Ghost Loft – Set Free     

Tube & Berger have one of those styles that is just so damn groovy.  This one could be played just about anywhere.  Whether you’re chilling poolside, or raving in club basement.  Tune.


Deadmau5 – 4ware 01

Deadmau5 released a ton of random tracks and edits the past month.  I haven’t listened to many of them, but I’m really digging this track.  It definitely has that classic Deadmau5 sound


Paul Simon – Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes (Ame Private Edit)

If you were at Return to Rio, you’ll fully understand the magic of this song.  This was the 2nd to last song Dixon played at the end of his 4-hour mind-blowing set.  The vibe at Rio during this song was unbelievable.  If you’re just listening to it, you might have the same connection to it that I do.  But trust me — this song can be powerful.  What a feel-good vibing tune to end a set.  On massive speakers in the right atmosphere, this track is a beast.


MIXES OF THE MONTH

LIFE BEFORE LOCKOUTS

#KeepSydneyOpen

Uone Live at Rainbow Serpent

This set is absolutely nuts.  Been listening to it on repeat for weeks now.  I could only imagine what it would have been like to experience live.


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Top 5 Music Events in Sydney [April 2016]

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There’s never a dull moment when you’re living in Sydney.  Every weekend there’s heaps of different options of club events, parties, and festivals  .  It actually kind of sucks sometimes when it comes to my financial situation.  Every weekend I try to tell myself I won’t go out and party, but I can’t resist a quality event if there’s good music…

I honestly could have extended this to make it much longer, but there are other websites for that.  For all you Sydney party folk, these are the top 5 events you should be attending this April.


1 )   Distrikt *SASH* – Sunday, April 3

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After a wildly successful 5 year anniversary last weekend, SASH is throwing possibly an even bigger event this upcoming Sunday.  Combining the energy of Burning Man, Subsonic, and SASH — this is a Sunday party that will definitely be worth calling in sick on Monday.  If you haven’t been to a Sash Sunday Session before, then this is the perfect time to change that.

“In alignment with the spirit of one of our home-grown events, Subsonic have teamed up with S*A*S*H to play host to Ben Seagren, DJ Kramer and Paul Geddes under the DISTRIKT banner as the Australian summer begins to cool.
Whether you’re gearing up for it, reminiscing about it or want a taste of it the DISTRIKT stage is one of the most sought-after highlights at the infamous Burning Man event with a style, pizazz and sound truly their own.”

Music Inspiration — Ben Seagren Live @ Desert Hearts

 

2pm till 10pm / $15 all day on the door

Join the Facebook Event 


2 )  Civic Underground Saturdays

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If you’re keen for a solid party on Saturday night, than you can’t go wrong with heading over to Civic Underground.  They’ve got great events every weekend in April, but I’d definitely recommend April 2nd, April 9th, and April 30th.  Any chance to attend a Blueprint Entertainment event will be a night of non-stop quality tunes, and having just seen Murat Kilic & Robbie Lowe at Return to Rio, I know the event on the 9th is going to be incredible.

2/4 – Blueprint
9/4 – Trinity & Phil Smart
16/4 – Sessions
23/4 – We Love
30/4 – Blueprint

Music Inspiration – Uone Live at Rainbow Serpent

Robbie Lowe Colour Sessions Mix

 

Tickets:   https://goo.gl/PsDiSx  // Guest-List:   https://goo.gl/nazBfC

Join the Facebook Event


3 ) Grooving The Moo — Saturday / Sunday April 23 -24

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Okay…so not technically in Sydney…

One of the biggest touring festivals in Australia is coming up in April, and Sydney party folk have two solid options to choose from.  Neither of these are actually close to Sydney, but it’s definitely going to be an event well worth the drive.  With a line-up this stacked, you’re definitely in for an epic one-day festival!  I’ll be making an appearance at the Canberra event, and I can’t wait to see Golden Features, Alison Wonderland, Ratatat, and Odesza!

Music Inspiration – Golden Features Hidden City Mix

 

Purchase Tickets — $110

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4 )  Carl Cox Presents Pure — Saturday, April 23

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For all the techno fans in Sydney — this event is a no-brainer.  Carl Cox & Joseph Capriati are two of my favorite DJ’s to see live.  Their skills behinds the decks are impeccable, their song selection is perfect, and they are definitely going to put on one hell of a show.  With tickets being so cheap (relatively speaking), this is an event that should not be missed .  I’ll already be in Canberra getting ready for GTM, but if I wasn’t — this is exactly where I would be spending my Saturday night.

Music Inspiration — Mixmag Live & Direct — Carl Cox

 

Purchase Tickets ( $80 First Release / $90 Second Release)

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5 )  Godskitchen Presents “The Last Dance” — Saturday, April 30

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TRANCE FAMILY.  ASSEMBLE.

This is arguably the best trance line-up that has ever been brought to Sydney.  It’s been quite awhile since I’ve been to a quality trance festival, and I’m definitely thinking that Godskitchen is going to change that.  I’ve seen almost all of these DJ’s before, and they are all incredible.  Funny story, when I was naming my little travel blog, I was listening to heaps of trance at the time.  #TranceAroundTheWorld

Line-Up:

COSMIC GATE
ATB
SIMON PATTERSON
SUPER8 & TAB
JASON ROSS
SUSANA (live)
ARTY
MENNO DE JONG

Music Inspiration – Cosmic Gate Live at Dreamstate San Francisco

Purchase Tickets ( $167)  **SOLD OUT**

Join the Facebook Event (try and buy tickets there)


Venue Listings + More Events

Get Together w/ Robbie Lowe, U-Khan, & Tristan Case — April 1st @ The Jam Gallery

Zoo Project — Dave Seaman (April 2nd)

Chinese Laundry — Grillz, Alex Niggermann, Mija, Will Clarke, and more…

Pacha Sydney Events — Elk Road, Party Thieves, Purple Disco Machine, Sigala, U2 & Oski

Marquee Sydney Events — Marlo, Tigerlily, Stafford Brothers

Argyle Turns 9 – April 15-16


Going to be an amazing month for music!  My bank account is going to hate me…

See you on the dancefloors.

For more Sydney Party information check out:

Resident Advisor — The best nightlife events in Sydney.

House And Techno Sydney (H.A.T.S) — Nightlife events for electronic music


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The JATW Playlist: Top 10 Tracks of February 2016

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To be perfectly honest, I haven’t been doing as much music researching and downloading as I had planned this past month.  With that being said, I have discovered at least some really great tracks.  A lot of these definitely won’t be for everyone, as I’ve been listening to lots of techno recently — but the underground fans out there, check out these songs.


Premiere: Pleasurekraft – Defiler (Original Mix)

TECHNO BANGER.  It’s music like this that makes me want to move back to the Netherlands or Barcelona — where there’s solid techno festivals / events every weekend.


Hannah Wants – Just (Annie Mac, Radio 1 clip)

Another artist that I saw at a festival here in Australia — Hannah Wants just released a new track, and it’s JUST awesome.  It’s real techy, bouncy, and would perfect in the basement of a club — or even better on festival speakers.


Thomas Schumacher & Victor Ruiz – Satellite

This new track will definitely take you up to space.  Really awesome techno tune that has a really solid flow to it.  Not quite a banger of any sort, but an epic tune for sure.  Take a listen.  I love the breakdown and the minimalistic drop in the middle.  It’ll take you on a bit of a journey.


Claptone – The Only Thing (Tube & Burger Remix)

I saw Claptone back in November at Stereosonic, and really love their groovy deep-house sound.  Add a Tube & Burger spin to it, and you got a great tune.


Matador – The Enemy ft Felix Da Housecat (Original Mix)

Techno beats.  Plain and simple.  Dancefloor ready.


Lane 8 – Midnight (Original Mix)

Okay.  So the first time I listened to this song — I had it on repeat for days.  Do yourself a favor and listen to this with great headphones or loud speakers, and let yourself sink into this one.  It’s a deep/ progressive house gem that has a very euphoric and uplifting feel to it.  This song makes me want to go camping underneath the stars, and think about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.  Lane 8 crushed it with this production.


CID – No!

NO.  I DON’T WANT NO SCRUBS.  This house track is just really fun with the hook thrown in by the popular TLC hit.  The drop played on big speakers is sickk.


HONOR – Never Off (Hot Since 82 Remix)

Hot Since 82 played a show in Sydney a few weeks ago, but unfortunately tickets sold out super quick so I wasn’t able to go.  When it comes to deep / tech-house, Hot Since 82 is definitely one of my favorite producers.  He puts out tracks that are monsters for the club — this one included.


ALOK & SEVENN – I NEED THE BASS

I’m really digging this style.  It’s just kind of mellow electro, but with bit of a deeper feeling.  Definitely been enjoying this track a lot lately.


Throwback:  Deadmau5 – The Veldt

I honestly don’t know why, but I re-discovered this song a couple weeks ago and have been listening to quite a bit.  This was one of my favorite songs when it came out 4 years ago.  I remember I was living in Barcelona, and played it all the time.  This the classic Deadmau5 that I’ve always loved.

MIX OF THE MONTH

The Yacht Social Club Promo Mix – ED WELLS

Attending the Yacht Social Club in Sydney Harbour was one of the best arties I’ve had in Sydney!  I have to give a shoutout o

 

The JATW Playlist: Top Ten Tracks of January 2015.

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One of my many New Years Resolutions has been to start focusing on music again.

A lot of people probably don’t know this, but I actually started out my blogging career by launching an electronic music blog.  After spending the majority of 2015 traveling, I realized that I have really lost my passion for researching, downloading, and sharing new tunes.  It was simply too hard to stay on top of music with bad-wifi connections, and always being on the road.

I’m no longer a nomad, and I’ve had more and more time to find new tunes, and music I want to share.  So each month I’ll be sharing my top 10 tracks that I’ve been listening to.

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Flume – Never Be Like You feat. Kai

The first track released from Flume’s new album is absolute fire.  Seriously, it gets better and better after each listen.

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Jade Blue & Frequency – Lately

So this song came out early 2014, and  I just head for the first time.  It’s a BANGER.  This is the type of song I would lose my mind to at a festival.

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Riton — Rinse & Repeat

“Time to make club go up, time to shut the club down”.  Really fun track.

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Alok & Sevenn — BYOB

Really fun deep-house / electro tune with a wicked minimal drop I can’t stop listening to.

PACO, Return of the Jaded – Nights Watch (Original Mix)

I’m obsessed with this dance floor ready deep house groove.  This would be perfect for a summer day open-air party.

Jack LNDN — All I See

This down-tempo house track is groovy and oh so sexy.  Rainy day vibes.

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Golden Features — Tell Me ft. Nicole Millard

Take me back to Field Day!

Tale of Us & Mind Against – Astral (Original Mix)

Meet me at the warehouse party.

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Sidney Charles- Black Sun

This is the sound that makes me want to move back to Barcelona.  Don’t stop that tech-house until the sun comes up.

Hermitude – Ukiyo

My friends introduced me to Hermitude when I first got to Australia, and this tune is still on repeat.

**Bonus**

Golden Features —  No One Ft. Thelma Plum

I can’t stop listening.

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Mix Of The Month

Nic Fanciulli presents Worlwide Sounds (10 Years of Saved Records)

Download this 90 minute mix of incredibly blended tech-house and techno.

Real dance music.

Travel Tunesday #05

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If you know me, you know I’m all about my music.  It’s hard to stay up on the latest music while always traveling, but I finally found some time to download some tunes, and also re-discover some old favorites.  Travel and Enjoy!

Carmada – Matches (Jesse Slayter Remix)

Incredible new deep house track!

24 hour Techno Mix 

I was bored and made a quick mix of a few of my favorite techno tracks.  This mix goes HARD!  For the warehouse raver in you!

What So Not – High You Are (Branchez Remix)

This song is an absolute banger.  It’s a bit old, and already very well known, but it’s been on REPEAT the past week.  I just can’t stop listening.

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Travel Tunesday #04

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So some of you may or may not know this, but I used to run an electronic music blog.  That’s why in the About Me section, my motto in life is that “I’m a simple guy; I love traveling, electronic music, and hummus”.

When I started this blog, I started a Travel Music category where I could still share my passion for electronic music.  It kept slipping my mind, and I put it on the backburner, but I’m restarting to post this now, so welcome to #1 of the series.

Track of the Week

Raumakustik- Raider (Original Mix)

This track is a dance-floor killer.  The industrial tech-heavy sounds are perfectly mixed with catchy drums and a calling bell.

Mix Of The Week

Elektronic Force Podcast 225 with Joey Beltram [Free Download]

This is for my Techno warriors out there.  You’re not going to be hearing any EDM or commercial tunes in here.  This is for the warehouse parties.  The German industrial pumping techno that I love so much.

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Traveling is so much better with music correct?  What are some of your favorite tracks and artists while you are traveling?  I know there’s probably a bunch, but I would love to hear all about it!  Let me know in the comments section!

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Wonderfruit Festival 2014: Festival Review

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LIVE.  LOVE.  WONDER. 

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It’s only been a little over a week since the first day of Wonderfruit, and I’m already counting down the dates to next year.  This “3-Day Journey Through The Arts” was one of the most fun and unique festivals I’ve ever experienced, and I’m so pumped I was in attendance to “Asia’s First Lifestyle Festival”.

Wonderfruit Festival occurred at the Siam Country Club in Pattaya, Thailand on December 19, 20, and 21st.  I honestly can’t even remember when I first found out about the festival, but once I heard about it, I literally based my south-east Asia travels around attending.  What initially sparked my intrigue was the techno line-up with heavy hitters like Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Subb-an, and Damian Lazarus, but this festival was more than just hearing some amazing music.  It’s a 3-day camping festival with a similar vibe to the “Do-Lab” festivals like Lightning In A Bottle or Burning Man.

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Before I go into any major details, I have to congratulate the UK company Secret Productions for having a completely successful inaugural festival.  I’ve been to many new festivals, and it always seems that there are a lot of things that go wrong.  Wonderfruit was a complete success though, and I have give them props for pulling of such an amazing festival and atmosphere.

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Let’s Start With The Venue

When most people think of Pattaya, Thailand — there minds instantly go to a horrendous city with a disgusting amount of sex trafficking, but the hills of the Siam Country Club were the absolute ideal place for a music festival.  A large open field covered with amazing trees, flowers, and rolling landscapes in the distance.  It was a short 16 KM ride away from the city, but it seemed much further.  Like you stepped outside of Pattaya, and entered into a wonderful and welcoming place.  The festival dragged you in, and made you never want to leave.  Wonderfruit was also beautifully decorated from head-to-toe.  Amazing art-installations, lights and colors all over the place, and so many different areas to explore.  You could walk around Wonderfruit for hours just exploring the different areas, exhibits, and stages.

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The Music

Wonderfruit had 5 actual stages, but there was so much more than that.  Everywhere you went there was a DJ playing a different kind of music.  There were chill out areas, the Tiki Beach Bar DJ, and various drinking hubs spread throughout the festival that had their own DJ’s with their individual sounds.  I think pretty much every genre of music was represented at this festival, with amazing live acts and incredible DJ’s.

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Food, Drink, & Well Being

Wonderfruit definitely strived to be a unique experience for it’s attendees, and offered a ton of different activities.  From yoga workshops, meditiation, belly dancing, mountain biking, etc.  There was also a ton of amazing food and drink options.  Wonderfruit was also all about conservation, and you could see that by the way they ran the festival.  Plus, who doesn’t love free water?

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The Green Quarry

This was one of the biggest surprises of the festival for me, because I thought that all of the stages would be playing music throughout the night, but that is not how the festival worked.  The four main stages had artists and DJ’s playing from the morning all the way to 11.  That’s when the techno junkies would make their way into the jungle, a.k.a “The Green Quarry Stage”.  This is where the best techno sets were played.  From 11:00 P.m all the way to 6:00 A.M, it was prime time party.

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BEST SET  — C I T I Z E N

I would normally consider myself a well informed electronic music fan, and have been to tons of festivals with all sorts of stacked line-ups.  But I have a confession to make:  I had never heard of Citizen before.  When I was looking at the program, and I saw he was closing out Saturday night, I knew he had to be bringing some major heat.  My festival crew knew about him, and said that we definitely could not miss out.  I was there the entire time, and have to say Citizen put on my favorite set of the entire weekend.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT — SUBB-AN

This guy had been on the top of my list of DJ’s to see for quite some time.  I’ve got a decent amount of his tracks in my library, and really like his style.  With that being said, Subb-An was a huge disappoint for me.  It’s not that his set wasn’t good, it just lacked any sort of “wow” factor.  While watching him on stage, it just looked like he was putting in zero effort.  The song selection was adequate, but there were only a few stand out tracks.  In my opinion, for having arguably the best set time of the festival, Saturday Night from 2:00-4:00, I expected a lot more from Subb-An.

Highlight of the Festival

After rocking out to Citizen until 6:00 A.M in the quarry, a lot of festivals would simply end– but not at Wonderfruit.  The afterparty sunrise set at the Solar Stage was by far the highlight of the festival for me.  Tons of different Dj’s playing different styles varying from techno, tech-house, deep-house, dubstep, etc.  People dancing on the different levels of the stage, and nothing but the best vibes.  For the people I shared those few hours with, thank you!  What an amazing time, and I got that feeling everyone searches for when going to a festival.  Pure happiness.

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In conclusion, I couldn’t recommend this festival enough to anyone planning a trip to Thailand next year.  This is the first of it’s kind out in Asia, and I’m really hoping to see some more festivals like this pop up around my favorite corner of the world.

Some of these photos were taken from the Wonderfruit Facebook.

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