Adventure to Global Dance Festival: Malaysian Safari’s Festival Guide

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.

Attendees will soon take over Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Some pro tips are listed below for attending festivals. Here is a link to specific rules for attendees.

Survival Tips:

  1. Always bring a refillable water bottle or camel back. Stay hydrated!
  2. Fanny pack, fanny pack. A necessity to making your life 100% easier and more accessible.
  3. 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.
  4. Make sure to explore the festival grounds to discover hidden gems. Global Dance will have food trucks, arcade games, and more!
  5. 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.

    Make sure to always have your buddy.

  6. Going along with that, have a meeting spot that is easily found and not confused if you do get separated.
  7. 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.
  8. For our rail riding headbanging freaks, pack your earplugs so you can still hear after being blasted with bass for hours.
  9. 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.
  10. Wear comfy shoes that you don’t care getting ruined. Open toed shoes at your own risk 100% guarantee you will be stepped on.

    Well these girls probably had their shoes trashed.

  11. Don’t go too hard too quick. Pace yourself, enjoy the day. Your pocket and stomach will thank you.
  12. Always stash some emergency money somewhere. We recommend, if you have a solid color, your phone case.
  13. Wear pants with zippers. That way if you do put something in it, it is easier to keep secure and safe.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

    Relaxing in the shade is always a good way to recoup before the next artist.

  16. Take advantage of shade and seated areas. It’s important to take a moment to breathe and get out of the sun.
  17. Prepare for the weather. If its cloudy or chance of rain, pack a clear poncho to show off your outfit but stay dry.
  18. Make sure to have a good healthy food and drink plenty of water leading up to the festival. Helps with energy and being prepared!
  19. Watch your drinks and only take things from people you trust. No reason to get freaky from the unknown!
  20. Be kind to everyone you meet! If you see someone who may need help or not having a fun time, reach out.

    Love and be kind to each other.

    For more information about Global Dance you can go here. Don’t forget to purchase tickets (GA and VIP still available) before Friday!! Have fun and stay updated through our Facebook page.

Countdown to the 15th Global Dance Festival

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.

Get your tickets now at this link for GA and here for VIP.

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!”

Travel Through The Multiverse with Helicopter Showdown: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

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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.

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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.

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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!!

Helicopter Showdown | Soundcloud | Facebook | Instagram

Baltimore Swept Away By Adventure Club

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On July 22nd, I had the pleasure of covering the amazing duo, Adventure Club in Baltimore, MD. Supporting them that night was RaceCarBed, Droosie, Bee Bot, and Kcik. These artist played great sets during the night, priming the crowd for the one and only Adventure Club. Soundstage is personally one of my favorite venues in Baltimore. It is a smaller venue but provides an open floor plan making it a great place to get close with all your friends and dance the night away.

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The crowd’s mood was positive and full of life the closer it came Adventure Club’s set time. The energy in the place had increased on many levels as more people flooded in. Looking around the crowd you could see people dressed up in many different types of super hero and comic character costumes, including other attire. Throughout the set, Christian and Leighton dropped some crowd favorites and headbangers. Some of the songs included Cinema, Eyes on Fire, and Crave, to name a few. Hearing the variety of music played also reflected how they have grown as an artist since coming into the EDM scene.

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The dynamic duo will be appearing for their second Moonrise Festival this upcoming weekend in Baltimore,MD. The first year they played was in 2014, the opening year of the festival. Besides playing in DC, this was their first headlining show in Baltimore.  I cannot wait to see their set this upcoming weekend. Every time I have seen them, they play a different set. The variety makes me enjoy their show so much more.

Thank you to Adventure Club and their team for allowing me to cover this great show! Also a shout out to the photographer, Adam Green, who took all the photos in this article. Check out his page for more photos of the event.

Adventure Club | Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

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LO’99 Makes Mark in U.S.

 

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Welcoming the month of July, LO’99 visited DC, his 4th stop on tour. The U.S. is a new territory for this up & coming Australian DJ, but he sure made his mark on July 8th. To get a taste of LO’99, here is a link to a recent mix, you’ll definitely feel the future bass and house vibes!

Personally, after hearing this mix and seeing him live, I do believe he is an artist to watch! This was my first time at Eden Lounge in DC but for LO’99 it was perfect. It was an intimate space and really got the positive vibe off everyone including the employees.

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Most of the night, everyone was in a circle with one person showing off their shuffling moves. As soon as LO’99 came to the stage, it got crazier and even those who didn’t know how to shuffle were trying. While adding his own music and vibe, LO’99 added in mixes of classics such as Jump Around and crowd favorites from artist like Zeds Dead. As far as set up, there was an alarm clock blinking with “LO’99” as well as 3 red siren lights. It was a night to remember with a great new artist emerging in the scene.

LO’99 | Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter

Baltimore Awaits Adventure Club

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Bass Nation returns with Adventure Club to Baltimore Soundstage on July 22. This dynamic duo has played at Moonrise Festival 2014 and DC before. They bring the heat and wubs whenever they play a set hear in the DC/MD/VA area. I have seen this duo twice before at a festival and show. Each time they threw a completely different set which had my appreciation grew from them deeper.

Christian Srigley and Leighton James came together in 2011 to create Adventure Club. The title of the duo was inspired to keep a superhero theme throughout. Recently they have been releasing mixes titled Superheroes Anonymous. Below is a link to their eighth addition to these mixes- this is definitely one of my favorites.

These Canadians have been known for their unique style of dubstep, remixes, and collabs with major artist in the industry. Adventure Club originated with roots in pop punk music. As they grew, the stayed with their record label BMG. They have played at festivals such as Electric Forest, EDC, Electric Zoo to just name a few. This past June they made another appearance at EDC Las Vegas. Below is their mix to their set, I did not go but listened when it was released. It shows the variety of music they are able to play and harmonize together all at once.

Adventure Club | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Tickets for this show can be found here.

Mega DC: Datsik Steals the Night

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On June 11th, the bass wubs were in the air as Datsik came to DC to play Mega DC. He headlined the show with Crizzly, Lookas, MitiS, JSTJR along with local support from The Banditz and Rawle Night Long. The night before Datsik played Spring Awakening Music Festival in Chicago as well as playing the same festival as Ephwurd on Sunday. The DC crowd is extremely thankful for the night he gave us although it meant additional traveling.

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This Canadian producer has been working with artist such as Excision since the early 2000s. Datsik has always advertised as bring in old west coast hip hop style into his music as well as some headbangers. He has played multiple festivals as well as going on several tours. Spring Loaded Tour came to Baltimore in April and was Datsik’s most recent visit to the DC area. He has played for previous Megas as well as playing at Moonrise Festival in Baltimore. Several fans awaited the night where this bass god would once return to an area that dearly loves him.

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I arrived early to the venue, around 930pm, and Datsik went on at 130am. The crowd slowly grew throughout the night and was packed when it came for Datsik’s set time. As soon as he hit the stage, everyone got their groove on which, for me, included a lot of headbanging. Standing back, I watched how his set got everyone dancing in unison and purely enjoying themselves. He took old classics, some of his new music, and remixed some popular of the most popular songs today. Along with the music, the lasers and visuals on the screens were impeccable. They added a new dynamic to the show which allowed everyone to emerge themselves in the music even more. Every time I see Datsik, his mixing style of combining all of these different sounds into and usually some sort of visual show always leaves me wanting more.

After the show, I caught up with some attendees and asked a few questions. Here are their responses:

Have you seen Datsik before, and if so how many times? Elaborate on your experience.

Avery B.: 4 times, first time was at echo, listen to for a year before seeing him, lived up to every expectation

Parker R.: 2 times before tonight, he was my first EDM event/ concert at Echostage for a Mega DC in 2013, also caught him at Rams Head Baltimore a few months ago

Sara B.: It is my 8th time seeing him, he’s my favorite artist.

Nick H.: Datsik headlined the first show I ever went to.

Tom B.: First time seeing Datsik was at his ninja nation tour last year then not too long after seeing him at EDC NY, he became one of my favorite DJs to see. I have seen him a total of 5 times now.

What’s your favorite thing about seeing Datsik?

Avery B.: Each time I see him, the sets get better and better. Always makes me fall more in love with his music.

Parker R.: Datsik has a great sound you can feel the wobbles and rhythms and its paired incredibly well with visuals

Sara B.: My favorite thing about seeing Datsik is that he can play just about any genre in his set and it’s still flawless. Not to mention he’ll throw in his old jams in it and it makes happy every time and his sets are never the same.

Nick H.: The absolute filth that comes with his sets.

Tom B.: His style is perfect. It’s deep, dark, funky, just like how he describes the roots of his music generated from old school west coast hip hop.

What was your favorite part of his set tonight?

Avery B.: The laser show was insane as well as the visuals on the screen. They went perfect with the music and just made the show so much better.

Parker R.: Tonight’s set had some great throwbacks. Datsik dropped a few of my favorite songs including Scum, Yes, Katana, and Robo Kitty

Sara B.: My two favorite parts of his set tonight was that I finally got to witness him drop Nuke Em, which is the song that got me here today, without it being mashed up with Head Crush, he ended dropping that afterwards. The other part was that he double dropped Get Back and Party In The Sewer, my mind was BLOWN.

Nick H.: There was way too much I loved about his set, it was all filthy and golden.

Tom B.: The set was all around great. He played a little bit of everything from old to new, I think his mixing was perfect.

What kind of things would you want to se from Datsik over the course of the summer and the next year?

Avery B.: New music is always a must. I would like to see a fall tour, or just an every season tour.

Parker R.: I would love to see Datsik at an outdoor venue near Baltimore. New music is always good and maybe some collabs with artists we wouldn’t necessarily expect.

Sara B.: I would want to see Datsik, because absolutely refuses to drop it, I would cry if he dropped Firepower.

Nick H.: I would love to hear Datsik and Downlink’s song Against The Machines, that was one of the first Dubstep songs I’ve heard. I would lose my mind if I heard it live.

Tom B.: I am really just waiting for another tour to kick off over the summer of at least be on the Safe in sound tour if that’s going to happen again. Also another EP would be nice, but some new collabs with Midnight T and Spag Heddy would be ideal.

Any additional comments on Datsik’s performance tonight or in general?

Avery B.: I just love how he always out does himself, hands down one of my favorite artist to this day and will continue to be. Totally stole the show tonight too.

Parker R.: Datsik had a great show tonight he kept the energy high and everyone was loving his set. Datsik is one of the best bass artists out there.

Sara B.: Datsik is life, nuff said.

 

Thank you to Datsik and his team for allowing me to cover the show this past weekend!

Datsik | Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Bear Grillz Rises to The Top

 

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The Paradox Tour just concluded on March 25th in Kansas City, Bear Grillz toured with Excision and Figure. This tour has been the breaking out for Bear Grillz as an artist, signed with Firepower Records. He made a break into the EDM scene after his first EP release in 2014.

Concluding the tour, his fan group has grown immensely to across North America as well as other continents across the world. Along with the growing popularity of this artist, people have been asking who is Bear Grillz? This 28 year old’s identity has remained a secret while wearing a bear costume since starting this adventure. Before embarking on his adventure as an artist, Bear Grillz managed multiple other producers and has done collaborations with people big and small. Only a select few have been able to see the Bear exposed, and if pictures are requested, he covers his face to make sure his identity remains a mystery. Recently several fans got tickets to the Bear Grillz reveal on the Jerry Springer show to be aired in the coming months.

This dubstep artist has been releasing many new songs during the tour and has announced that his EP Mo Honey Mo Problems including 4 songs. The song Going Down (Under) premiered on April 8th and will be included in his upcoming EP release. Concluding touring with Excision, Bear Grillz will be doing a short Australian Tour mid-April also announcing several tour dates across North America. He has already been booked in large festivals such as Dancefestopia and others to be announced.

Malaysian Safari is excited to see the future of Bear Grillz this summer and in the future.

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