There is less than a week left until Global Dance Festival takes on Sports Authority Field in Denver, CO for two nights filled of bass. Although this has been a big move for the festival, the improvements and expansions it offers will make it even more unforgettable. In order to help our readers, Malaysian Safari is putting together a Festival Survival Guide filled of tips to help fully enjoy Global Dance.
Some pro tips are listed below for attending festivals. Here is a link to specific rules for attendees.
- Always bring a refillable water bottle or camel back. Stay hydrated!
- Fanny pack, fanny pack. A necessity to making your life 100% easier and more accessible.
- If you’re anything like me, always remember to put sunscreen- even if it’s cloudy!! Those rays will make sure to get your gorgeous self.
- Make sure to explore the festival grounds to discover hidden gems. Global Dance will have food trucks, arcade games, and more!
- Buddy system is probably one of the most important things you can have. Always travel with a buddy so you’re guaranteed to not lose all your friends.
- Going along with that, have a meeting spot that is easily found and not confused if you do get separated.
- Portable charges are a must- because phone batteries always drain so quickly at festivals. You can even go the extra step of writing everyone’s numbers down in case of an emergency.
- For our rail riding headbanging freaks, pack your earplugs so you can still hear after being blasted with bass for hours.
- Although you would think it’s common sense, wear deodorant. We all sweat, but smelling all natural body odor is not pleasant. Your mother, Malaysian Safari, and fell headbangers will thank you.
- Wear comfy shoes that you don’t care getting ruined. Open toed shoes at your own risk 100% guarantee you will be stepped on.
- Don’t go too hard too quick. Pace yourself, enjoy the day. Your pocket and stomach will thank you.
- Always stash some emergency money somewhere. We recommend, if you have a solid color, your phone case.
- Wear pants with zippers. That way if you do put something in it, it is easier to keep secure and safe.
- Always know what is going on around you. Some people suck and will try to steal stuff. Be aware, and even though its cliche, see something, say something.
- Plan ahead for the festival by making a schedule for yourself of all the artist you want to see with set times and stages. Make this your home screen so its easy to access and uses less battery.
- Take advantage of shade and seated areas. It’s important to take a moment to breathe and get out of the sun.
- Prepare for the weather. If its cloudy or chance of rain, pack a clear poncho to show off your outfit but stay dry.
- Make sure to have a good healthy food and drink plenty of water leading up to the festival. Helps with energy and being prepared!
- Watch your drinks and only take things from people you trust. No reason to get freaky from the unknown!
- Be kind to everyone you meet! If you see someone who may need help or not having a fun time, reach out.
In just one month, Colorado will welcome back Global Dance Festival on July 21 and 22 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. Previously, the festival has been hosted at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. From this move comes a silent disco area, free arcade games and rides, art gallery, and more. The lineup is stacked with a variety of artist from two of the biggest dubstep artist, Datsik and Excision, playing a back-to-back set to Hardwell for house music fans. Everyone attending the festival will be guaranteed to have an amazing experience from the lineup to the extra activities to do. Below is a full lineup including silent disco. To check out attractions or questions, go to this link.
Malaysian Safari took the opportunity to interview people from across the country to ask them about Global Dance and this is what they have to say.
Q: To get an idea about you guys, what is your age, location, and what you do?
Parker: “I am 25 years old and from Baltimore, Maryland. I am a student and work a number of jobs including catering, promoting, and marketing for a computer programming startup.”
Vance: “I am 19 years old and from Durango, Colorado. I am a full time student studying economics at CSU.”
Josh: “I am 23 years old, working full time, and from Miami, Florida.”
Joe: “I am from Chicago going to school in Colorado and 20 years old.”
Q: What are your expectations for Global Dance based on previous experience or by reviews?
Parker: “I have heard a lot of great things about Global Dance. Although I have never been before, the line up is incredible and can’t wait!”
Vance: “The positive energy brought by fans to connect as one and freedom to express yourself.”
Josh: “I expect to listen to some of my favorite artist, dance a lot, and meet new people.”
Joe: “I plan to have a lot of fun and put out a lot of energy.”
Q: How do you feel about it being moved from Red Rocks Amphitheatre to Sports Authority Field at Mile High?
Parker: “Red Rocks is a very cool venue but I think Mile High Stadium will be a lot of fun. The festival will still be out doors and that is a big draw for me.”
Vance: “This is going to be my first Global Dance Festival and honestly was looking forward to Red Rocks. On the up side I am excited to see how it changes and grows being at a bigger venue.”
Josh: “I am really disappointment because Red Rocks is a beautiful venue. On the other hand, its more about the people and the music rather than the venue so on that note I’m excited to see more people at this venue.”
Joe: “I would prefer to have a it at Red Rocks but it will be cool to have it at a larger venue.”
Q: Other than the music, what part of the festival are you looking most forward to? Rides, arcade games, etc?
Parker: “One of my favorite things about festivals is the food! I think many cool vendors will be at Global Dance and hopefully I’ll get to try some new things.”
Vance: “Rides will be a really cool thing to experience at a festival, I have never been to one with rides before.”
Josh: “I look forward to seeing all the different outfits that people will wear.”
Joe: “Positive vibes and energy plus meeting new people.”
Q: What artist are you most excited to see and why?
Parker: “I cannot wait to see Ephwurd or Funtcase,they have always been some of my favorites.”
Vance: “I am so excited to see the back-to-back with Excision and Datsik, I have been waiting for along time for them to come together.”
Josh: “Porter Robertson is who I am most looking forward because of the vibes his sets bring.”
Joe: “Nero and Kaskade are my top two artist and they got me into EDM.”
Q: When attending a festival, such as Global Dance, what is your ritual for getting ready?
Parker: “I always make sure I’m hydrated for the few days running up to the festival and make sure I have all my gear together; Camelback, sunscreen, ear plugs and some dope outfits.”
Vance: “I enjoy getting ready with friends and eating a good meal before we go.”
Josh: “Showering, always eating an over-easy egg sandwich before every festival, and drinking water.”
Joe: “I worry about my personal hygiene then get decked out in my rave gear including LED shoes and bandanas.”
Q: Any additional comments you’d like to make regarding the festival?
Parker: “I have never been to a festival this far away from Maryland. I am super excited to see the different type of set-up and people it brings.”
Vance: “I’m excited to see the set up for a festival at a football stadium.”
Josh:” I love going with a good group of friends and have a great time.”
Joe: “Rave on and be safe- come find me fellow ravers!”
Ethereal, mysterious, psychedelic, and eclectic are some of the words used to describe Thriftworks’ unique sound. Jake Atlas AKA Thriftworks started making music when he was just sixteen, living in his hometown of Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania. He moved to the East Bay of CA in the fall of 2008 to attend Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. He now lives with two roommates who he closely collaborates with. Jacob Van Leeuwen, aka Jake Lion creates all of Atlas’ album artwork and Diamond Harris, aka Mythicalifornian is a rapper he has worked with since 2009. Harris’ voice is featured in a few of Thriftworks’ songs, although so distorted it can be hard to recognize as even human. This mutilation of sound is what makes Thriftworks’ music so mythical and intriguing.
His latest album; The Feather and the Sword brings listeners through a unique journey with every song having it’s own special character. A magical foundation of bass, along with multiple bizarre and trippy layers of vocal samples come together to create a sonic adventure. This album has a more tribal feel than his other songs, deeply rooted in percussion and featuring several flute like samples that carry through the album. Each song has a meditative, calming beat that drives and unites the rest of the melodic samples. Bone Roaster’s anthem stood out to me in terms of rhythm and repetition that sends you into a trance like state. Ultimately, this is a meditative album that explores both the recognizable and unrecognizable sounds of nature. The last song of the EP; Vanilla Pea Milker is the most liquid and mesmerizing of them all. The rhythm is much more subtle in this song, with soft vibrations of a distant guitar, bells and synths that later come in to drive the song to a blissful conclusion.
After releasing this album, Thriftworks is touring through the US and is playing at Wonderbar in Allston, on April 16th. Tickets are just $12 – a steal for the incredible experience his live performance will be. Grab your tickets now, this is a concert you don’t want to miss.
Check out his latest album below:
This track blends a beautiful vocal performance by Albi and the intricate production skills of Sober Rob & Pham. We’re big fans of Sober Rob here at Malaysian Safari, check out our previous article to hear some of the best songs by Sober Rob. Pham is a less-familiar name so we did some research. Pham is a Polish producer who has been releasing music for no more than a year. We specifically like the track, “Talk To Me (ft Anuka)” – listen to the song here.The decision to team up with Sober Rob, an equally new producer, exemplifies the value of young, talented minds.
This song, as released on Zeds Dead’s label, Deadbeats Records, marks a huge step towards Sober Rob and Pham’s visibility as artists. Clearly Deadbeats is investing in fresh, diverse artists so looking forward to hearing more – in the meantime be sure to check out the artist tracks on Soundcloud and show support for these expert producers.
The musical duo Mind Against hailing from Berlin performed for Proper Sundays at Beta Nightclub in Denver. Their strong house and techno roots make for great dance floor anthems, and inclusion of psychedelics hooks makes them a chameleon in the techno community. Their three EP’s on Life and Death can attest to their contagious sound that is difficult to define, and that versatility was visible all night on the floor. Those 80’s soundtrack hooks often emulate Green Velvet before plunging into layered mixes suggesting neon lights, leather jackets, and street racing.
Mind Against will be continuing to Montreal and New York before venturing to warmer weather in Sao Paolo and Rio. Don’t miss a chance to see this dance-able duo live.
On November 25th, the dub and the wubs were with us at the B-side Complex in Philly for Adventures Through The Multiverse. Based off the hit show, Rick and Morty, the line-up consisted of many big names in the dubstep and bass music industry. Four different stages, all different themes, had music going for hours. The main stage was on the second floor and provided a small club feel- although there was 3 other stages downstairs. Two of the stages were in rooms across from each other, and the other one downstairs was outside.
Malaysian Safari got to interview Helicopter Showdown. Their set was definitely a refreshing change and easily was one of my favorite for the night. Walking around the main stage room, there were many fans wearing merchandise and pushing their way to the front to experience the music. Regardless of your location during the set, people were headbanging and having a great time. Towards the end of the night, I asked some attendees who some of their favorite sets were, most included Helicopter Showdown’s set. Keep reading below for the Interview and listen to one of their newest songs.
Q: What inspired the creation of Helicopter Showdown and where did the name come from?
A: We all grew up in the same circles of music and in the close proximity in the bay area. We had been all doing our own things musically and at the same time we were promoting our own shows in the bay area and northern California. Once we sat down and produced our first release with Point.Blank ( Whistle Tips ) it was clear we had a good dynamic working together. The originated friend of ours that had a metal band he was jotting down names for and it was one they had crossed of the list. We liked it so much we jumped on it with his permission of course.
Q: What is it like to work as a team compared to just yourself? Positives/negatives?
A: We all have Our own Ideas and strengths a weaknesses when it comes to production. Over the years we have found a very nice sweet spot and middle ground to what we do that is some what unconventional for this type of music. At this point it is all positive. In the end we are all friends that feel blessed to have had the opportunities we have had and we love what we do together!
Q: Any artist, from any genre, specifically influenced your music the most?
A: Man that is tough question because there are so many great artists out there in this bass music scene. We have always had mentors and people who have helped us do what we do better. We tend to look for unknown producers that we feel deserve to shine and play out their tunes and help in anyway we can. As far as what we listen to outside of bass music we all have very diverse tastes and listen to all kinda of genres. If we were asked to shout out some of our favorites right now to name a few, YAKZ, Al Ross, Codd Dubz, CHMST, Oolacile, Curro, Xaebor, Mantis, Dack Janiels, Virtual Riot and Barely Alive. I could keep going but there are too many to name.
Q: Do you have hobbies/passions other than music? What might you be doing if you weren’t a producer?
A: We all have great jobs outside of music and love what we do. Blake is an excellent graphic designer. Devan is a jack of trades and a mountain of fun to be around. Josh is one of the most intelligent and kind people with knowledge of all things that really knows no boundaries. I myself ( Ryan ) have an 11 year old daughter that is my world and a deep passion for wine and food.
Q: Who are some artists/producers you would like to collaborate with and why? Any future plans?
A: We have a ton of stuff in the works which we would prefer not to mention until the tunes are done, but stay tuned cause 2017 is gonna be big!!
Q: What inspires you to create music? Describe how you create it start to finish.
A: Music is what inspires us or any emotion that one might feel. Happy, Sad, the whole spectrum. Most importantly our fans which we would prefer to call our fam cause we could not do what we do with out your support. Every time we step on stage it’s like the first time and we give it our all. As far as production there is no rhyme or reason to how we produce. We all start project on our own but always make sure everyone gets a chance to put in their 2 cents so to speak before the tune is finished. HS is acolaborative effort and we have huge respect for each others ideas.
Q: How do you believe dubstep has changed?
A: All music is ever changing, but iin the electronic realm it seems to happen faster. There are many trends, things that come and go and a lot of incestuous sound design and strutures that seem to play to the cliche term ” it all sounds the same ” we have always tried to stay on the outside of that. In return a lot of our tunes are a bit crazy and a.d.d. so to speak but thats us and we embrace that.
Q: Lastly, is there anything else you believe your fans would like to know?
A: Anything our fans would care to know feel free to message us on Facebook we respond quick and love that interaction. We would more like to thank anyone who has ever supported us because we could not do this with out you and we owe this all to you. You are our drive and if there was time we would hug each and everyone of you!!
Drum-and-base artists Apashe and Delta Heavy destroyed at Beta Nightclub in Denver on Friday night. The state-of-the-art sound system at Beta was the perfect setting for the bass-heavy show. The high octane sets kept everyone head banging for hours.
John De Buck (Apashe) recently released his first album “Copter Boy” on Kannibalen Records. The debut LP features eleven tracks, numerous collaborations, significant hip-hop and electro influences, and a whole lot of wubs. As a part of the album tour, he played the show wearing the signature copter snapback from his album art. Apashe’s visuals included a psychedelic melting Morty of Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty” in the style of Blockhead’s “The Music Scene“.
Normally consisting of both Ben Hall and Simon James, Hall played solo to represent the London duo Delta Heavy. Hall regaled the crowd with the tale of his last set at Beta where he left on a stretcher after hitting his head on the glass partition of the DJ booth. Nine stitches later, we’re happy to say there was no such accident this time around and the scar has all but vanished.
Both artists loved the responsive crowd and ideal venue. It’s safe to say that Denver was a memorable city for both DJs on their individual tours. You can catch Delta Heavy and Apashe in a number of US cities before they head out of the states later in the holiday season.
Anyone asking around for a spare ticket was out of luck: Nicolas Jaar had sold out the Gothic Theatre in Denver, CO. Some attendees were seeing him for the first time. Some were following his tour and had seen him multiple times that week. Many in the crowd were Spanish-speakers and had a personal connection to the Chilean-American DJ who often sings in Spanish, his native language.
The artist came onto a hazy, back-lit stage in an unassuming hoodie and ball-cap. Using an upright synth set-up reminiscent of a switchboard, he began a slow build of experimental layering. A mesh of high distorted instrumental samples reached a climax, flickered, and broke into intense deep house.
Nicolas Jaar is known for his improvisational style, sometimes playing unprepared music for hours. Constantly changing tempos and incorporating a menagerie of influences, Jaar’s music was incredibly interactive. Often playing at an unusual 80 b.p.m., his music was anything but slow. From rockabilly to African jazz to glitchy techno, the whole set was diverse and memorable.
Denver wasn’t ready to let Nicolas go after the set. He came back on for a first encore, continuing his rolling house and deep, driving beats.
The second encore was entirely experimental improvisation.
The third encore began with his iconic “Mi Mujer” on which he sings in Spanish and kept everyone shuffling to the last note.
Cashmere Cat and KAYTRANADA gave an incredible performance at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO this past Saturday despite having no visuals due to technical problems. As unfortunate as it was to miss Cashmere Cat’s trippy visuals and KAYTRANADA’s 90s inspired scenes, it was a night that really was all about the music.
Cashmere Cat (real name Magnus August Høiberg) dropped his classic sexy grooves along with the song “Wolves” that he produced for Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo”. Høiberg was being his typical goofy self, changing the pace between heavy hip-hops beats and smooth baby-makin’ jams. Cashmere has an unusual intimacy live and everyone, from the front row to the furthest back barstools, can somehow feel like they’re the one that Cashmere is making cat gestures at.
KAYTRANADA (Louis Kevin Celestin) is one of my personal favorite DJs of the year (and decade and my lifetime) played an incredible seamless set. The Haitian-Canadian DJ had everyone, and I mean everyone, shuffling hard from start to finish. Predictably, the whole venue went wild for songs like “GLOWED UP” feat. Anderson Paak and “GOT IT GOOD” feat. Craig David. I’d like to compare KAYTRANADA to Rick Wade (who I recently saw at 1010 Workshop in Denver) for his commitment to the music and his strong jazz influence. Celestin spoke just twice to thank us for coming out and apologize for the lack of visuals. Head bobbing and beats banging, KAYTRANADA gave such a performance that the music standing alone was more powerful and genuine than what many artists provide now.
Big ups to two great artists for a real show despite technical problems.
Detroit house legend Rick Wade made his Colorado debut thanks to Deep Club and the Playground. Accompanied by fitting acts like Roger That & John Tyler, DJ Drew, and Ponyrok, the balanced show played well into the next morning.
Hosted at 1010 Workshop in the Baker district, this intimate venue was an ideal setting for the dedicated deep house fans that came out from the woodwork for this Detroit legend. Hours of underground house kept people shuffling in a hazy basement, where all lights except the glow of old TV sets and lights over the record stacks were discouraged. It was impossible not to get lost in the seamless sets as Rick Wade’s driving basslines and disco samples tend to encourage.
The commitment to playing music for music’s sake and the authenticity of a (literally) underground show combined beautifully with a crowd that came ready to dance all night. We hope that Rick Wade returns to Denver soon to keep the grooves coming.