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!”

TheBigWonderful Beer Garden Concert

Photo Aug 13, 7 43 47 PMThis past Saturday TheBigWonderful hosted a combination outdoor concert to celebrate their move from the trendy River North district in Downtown Denver to a central warehouse near the Auraria Campus. Rose Quartz, Golf Clap, The Reminders and more played as guests enjoyed local food trucks, beer garden-style party games, and vibrant murals. Their recognizable “Wonderful” sign which was previously on 16th street for a mural festival lit up the main stage.

Started by Josh Sampson, TheBigWonderful is a three-part project including an outdoor sustainable market, a weekly artisan bazaar, and an urban farm fest. As it becomes increasingly popular to blur the lines between food, drink, and music, this event only emphasizes the versatility of this forward-thinking collective.

If you’re in the Denver area, don’t miss out on their weekly dynamic events.

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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.

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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.

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Tickets for this show can be found here.

Get Ready For A Magical Night At DC’s Echostage With Above And Beyond

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All trance lovers out there know about Above and Beyond. The trio has been respected in both the trance and larger EDM family alike for over a decade now since they launched their own label Anjunabeats, in 1999. Their success can be attributed to not only their dreamy music, but the remarkable way it brings people together from all over the world. In fact, they made history on Saturday, Oct. 18 when they became the first British group to sell out a show at Madison Square Garden-in just 12 hours. People travelled miles to come together to hear them broadcast the 100th episode of their weekly radio Group Therapy. Group Therapy draws in roughly 25 million listeners in more than 30 countries. If that’s not impressive, then consider the fact that they are still going stronger than ever since their latest album We Are All We Need. This album received tremendous success, and the first track of the album “We Are All We Need” (a collaboration with singer/songwriter Zoë Johnston) received a Grammy title nomination.

If you haven’t heard this album yet, I highly suggest you take some time to listen to the gorgeous melodies that have you transported into a ethereal trance universe wherever you may be. Furthermore, you should do yourself a favor and buy tickets to see their nearly sold out show at DC’s Echostage on July 1st and 3rd. It is sure to be a night you will never forget!

Get your tickets here today!

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Vindata Wants to Do WHAT with Pharrell? SAFARI EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Welcome to the first installment of Talk Tuesdays. Every week, I will post a conversation with an artist or someone affiliated with the electronic music industry for your viewing pleasure. 

It’s a Friday, and I’m tired. I’m thinking of calling it a night when suddenly, my phone rings. Turns out some of my good friends are on their way to Audio SF, one of the premier nightclubs in the city, and wanna know if I’m down. I contemplate for a split second, think to myself “why not?” and jump into some clothes. It is perhaps one of the better decisions I’ve made, as later that night I find myself ordering chicken wings with Branden Ratcliffe, one half of Vindata, in a hotel lobby south of Market Street.

Known to many as OWSLA’s up-and-coming duo, bass-heavy Vindata doesn’t hold back on their punches. They’ve toured Europe, worked with some of the top acts in the industry, and released Through Time and Space EP six months ago- anyway, I’ll let them speak for themselves. Check out the interview I had with them after their zealous set, opening for Manila Killa. 

Branden Ratcliff (Vindata, left), Danya Adib (author, middle), and Jared Poythress (Vindata, right)

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TL;DR: Both Branden Ratcliff and Jared Poythress came across as very easy going guys as they elaborated on each question with introspection and passion regarding their music. With each question asked, they bounced off each other’s answers and added onto each layer of thought thrown down.  This interview is broken up into reflections on childhood, musical influences, touring, the music industry, and the past & the future. Make sure to read till the end (or at least skip to the last page), because that’s where we really sort past the fluff.

 

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DA: Okay let’s get started. First of all, what are your birth names?

BR: Branden Ratcliff

JP: Jared Poythress

DA: Alright let’s get a little bit of background on you guys. Where are you from?

BR: I was born in Los Angeles and I was pretty much raised all over Southern California, so yeah pretty much stayed in California most of my life.

JP: I was born in Okinawa, Japan. I lived there till I was ten- my dad was in the military for about 26 years, so I moved around a lot. I lived in Colorado for about 4 years, Oklahoma for 4 years, and then I moved to California and met this dude. We’ve known each other for about what?

BR: 8 years.

JP: Yeah.

DA: Mm okay. So now did you two play any classical instruments growing up?

BR & JP: Not classical

BR: I mean we both played drums. We grew up in the church, like both of our families are heavily into gospel music and church music. We both played drums for different church functions so that’s kinda like where we started.

 

DA: Does your religious upbringing still influence your career, your music?

BR: Of course. I think there’s a foundation that we learn in religious studies and church but I think for us, we’ve personally built on top of that, we’ve grown from that; not just like keeping it the same way we were taught. We learn more, we’ve been heavily influenced by Eastern philosophies and different religions and belief systems, and we’ve seen universal truths now that we may have not seen before. But we still have that foundation we had with growing up in the church.

JP: It gave us a mentality of being very positive. I have this [tattoo], it’s a saying we go by: positive mental attitude… when I met [Branden], we worked on records, we’d go through our beginnings or our endings and we’d always have a positive mental attitude… at the end of the day, growing up, our main focus was being positive and being – I don’t wanna say hopeful –

DA: Optimistic?

Jp: Optimistic.

BR: Part of our music is supposed to inspire people. It’s not just to have fun. We have fun records, but a big piece of our music is inspiring people to really believe in themselves, stay positive no matter what, take that risk if they really believe in themselves to do it, take that risk and be the person they can be in the end. So with that whole positive mental attitude, you kinda have to keep that in mind while you’re going through your day to day stuff.

 

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The New Face of Excision: The Paradox

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If you’ve seen Excision in the last four years you’ve probably thought his live setup, The Executioner, was one of the best in EDM. Early 2015 he announced the last tour with his executioner stage. We wondered how Excision would step his game up, and if it was even possible. following his tour he announced they were building a stage called “The Paradox.” This stage has “A face-melting 150,000 watts of PK sound,” as stated by Excision, and a 420 square foot visual display. This last Friday December 11th he unveiled it at The Myth Nightclub in Minnesota. It was one of the most stunning and mind melting experiences. Mid show Excision even managed to set off the venues fire alarms, and the show went on hold for about 15 minutes before continuing to slay the audience.

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The hype is unreal! Other artists are tuning in and turning up:

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If you want in on this madness click here and pick a date before its too late!

Video credit: Joe Create

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Must See! Lido Does Amazing Performance in Collaboration with KORK Orchestra.

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Lido has proven to possess powerful musical talent through his imaginative and unique songs. Lido has taken things a step further by performing classical music live with the notable KORK orchestra. He has adapted his electronic tracks to be played with physical instruments, creating the perfect marriage between the two mediums of music making. The result is simply mind blowing—see it for yourself!


 

 

 

DJ Mag Releases Their 101-150 Top DJs, Including Flume, Zomboy and Infected Mushroom.

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DJ Mag recently released a new list of 101-150 top DJs that didn’t make the top 100. Many fans did not agree with their initial list, which listed the usual big names such as Avicci, Martin Garrix, and Hardwell but somehow left out important names such as Flume, Zomboy and Infected Mushroom, who you would think are good enough to make the top 100. Nevermind, at least their names get to grace the latter 50. The top 101-150 are clearly no less gifted in their “skills” or notoriety, they just happened to receive less than enough votes to make the cut. Do you agree with DJ Mag’s list? (I personally think Flume at least belongs somewhere in the top 30.)

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Dubstep king Doctor P discusses plans to start a duo with Flux Pavillion and more in his latest interview.

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We recently had the chance to speak with one of the original dubstep godfathers before his set at the DNA lounge in San Francisco. Shaun Brockhurst is a English dubstep producer who goes by the name Doctor P, and is most notable known for his songs “Tetris” and “Flying Spaghetti Monster”. He had much to say about the influences in his career, exciting plans for the future and the origins of his name.  Read on to find out more about this talented and unique artist!

How did you first get into music?

• I didn’t really listen to music until I was about 12. When I started to download a lot of songs, I discovered a world of music didn’t know existed. I started listening to artists like the Chemical Brothers, and lots of dance music from 90s. I was instantly intrigued at how they made it. I only really started making music at 16.

What are some influences apart from electronic music?

• When I was 13 I started having drum lessons. That led my interests to rock, then my musical taste got heavier and heavier, I was listening to bands like Metallica. Then my taste moved into hip hop a little bit in teenage years, I explored many genres.

When did you want to make electronic music?  

• It was never really a decision, it just happened. In my early 20s, my music had guitar and live drums. I guess I just realized I was better at making electronic music.

What does the P stand for in Doctor P? 

• When I was a teenager, my nickname was Picto because my name always autocorrected to Picto. That was my first DJ name then I changed it to Doctor P. Dubstep always had jokey names, and I wanted a name that wasn’t a joke, and sounded more hip hop.

What music did you grow up listening to?

• I mostly listened to the radio, Top 40s. Later influences came from music I listened to as a teen like drum and bass, hip hop and metal.

Where in England did you grow up?

• About an hour from London in Northampton. I also lived a couple years in Birmingham.

What song are you most proud of?

• “Tetris”. It took the smallest amount of effort to make. I actually threw it together as a joke. I made it to play once, in the middle of a set I played. It’s one of my most popular songs, yet the song I put the least effort into. Even the song artwork was a joke.

What makes you different from other dubstep artists?

• I try not to be part of the dubstep scene. Everyone does one thing and then changes to another. I just do my own thing. I don’t try to play up to it, I just make the music I like the most.

Biggest inspirations?

• Knife party. They are so creative. I listen to their tracks and ask myself “how?!”?

How has dubstep changed over time?

• The quality keeps going up and up. In the beginning it was easier to sound good but now the bar is higher and people have had years of practice. A lot more work is needed to make your music stand out. Before anything sounded unique, but now every kind of style has been done a lot of times.

Whats your favorite plug in/ software to use?

• I use Cubase. For plug ins, I try to mix it up. I used to always use Massive for everything, and sort of got set in my ways. Now I like to try new things.

Do you use sausage fattener?

• Ehh not really. Ok maybe once or twice. Can’t really tell what it does though.

Do you prefer producing from scratch or remixing?

• Remixing is a lot easier and quicker, since about 50% is done already.

How do you choose a song to remix?

• People usually email songs asking, and it’s a yes or no. If I listen to it and can envision where it can go it will accept. If I think I can’t make it better I usually won’t do it.

What artists influenced your career?

• Primarily Knife Party and their act Pendulum. They are the main guys I follow in my career. But everything I listen to has influenced me in some way. I would say Drum and Bass has had a large impact on my style.

Favorite artist to collab with?

• Flux Pavillion. He’s really good at making music. He’ll have an idea and can usually make it sound amazing, we have done 3 tracks together. We actually talked about starting a new project together as a pair but haven’t had the time yet…maybe next year.

Dream festival to play at?

• Glastonbury in UK. It’s the biggest festival in England and one of the top in the world. It is THE british festival. I’ve already played a lot of the American ones.

What is a Malaysian Safari?

• No idea…..going out to see some lady boys?

GOING GORILLAS TEASER

THE SCIENCE OF MUSIC

——Check out more of his awesome music on his soundcloud page below!——

https://soundcloud.com/doctorpcircus  

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