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!”

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!

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Protohype Talks Puppies, Dub-Hop and Life on Tour in a New Malaysian Safari Exclusive Interview

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“When people come to see my show, its not just a dubstep show. It’s a Prototype show.”

We recently had the chance to talk with the talented dubstep producer, Protohype who opened for Excision’s Executioner tour this past week in Boston. Unlike his music would suggest, Protohype proved to be very friendly and down to earth, in addition to being extremely modest about his music and career. He revealed interesting stories about how he originally started producing hip hop beats, donated over 1000$ to the SPCA and where he finds his musical inspiration.

Read the interview below to discover more about this humble producer of “Dubhop” and what makes him a successful producer and DJ.

How did you begin producing?

• I started playing guitar at 12 with some friends, then got into drums. In 9th grade, my friends had a rap group and I learned to create beats for them on fl studio. 9 months later I was discovered and signed onto a local hip hop label in Nashville. When I was in college, I first listened to artists like Caspa and Rusko and found my love for dubstep, then Protohype was born. I then dropped out of Arizona state and moved to study at a music school in LA, where I mentored students and taught Ableton.

How did you find your style?

• I started with hip hop, and always loved hip hop. Everything I create has a hip hop influence. I love blending dubstep with hip hop, which led me to call it Dubhop; hip hop influenced dubstep.

What song are you most proud of?

• I’d have to say Fly. I made it a long time ago, originally as collab with CRNKN until he bailed on it. I then revisited song, got vocals and made music video which was featured on MTV and virgin airlines. I allowed me to be exposed to wider audience than just the dubstep world.

How do you feel about using vocals in your songs?

• I love vocals, if I could I would have them on every tune. Most of my tunes are melodic and fit well with vocals, they make a song more memorable.

What genre would you label your music?

• Dubhop when I first started, now it depends on tunes. I am leaning more towards pure dubstep. When people come to my show, its not just a dub step show, its a prototype show.

How’s touring with Excision?

•Pretty low key, Excision is a production genius. He’s an introvert at heart, but extroverted when he performs. His brand is everything….in terms of visuals, auditory experience and of course that bass.

What music do you listen to on your own time?

• When driving I usually listen to oldies or something very different because it refreshes your ears. When you get back to studio, it’s nice to have a new fresh perspective on music.

What is the #puppycrew?

• I have always loved animals and one day I started a tweet where every retweet it got I promised to donate a dollar to ASPCA which is an animal shelter. When I woke up the next morning, I found out that Bassnectar had retweeted it and it had gotten like 1000 retweets. Definitely a lot more than I anticipated, but I ended it and gave over 1000$ to ASPCA.  I found out that 12$ saves about 5 animals, so I saved an animal a day for a whole year which felt like a great thing to do. I am currently working on making a non profit organization of my own.

Why do you represent the west coast? (Even though you’re not from there.)

•Because thats where everyone thinks I’m from. I was born and raised in Nashville and left at 18. When people here that they are like; “but you don’t look like a redneck!” I’ve been in cali for about 4.5 yrs, and the southern boy in me has pretty much disappeared. Still comes out when I get angry though.

Whats hardest part of being on tour?

• This is my third bus tour. There are several stages to a bus tour, in beginning its getting to know the squad. Then two weeks in everything gets dialed in, and a month in people start to get a little edgy because you know how long you have left. 11 shows in, I asked my manager how many shows we had done, expecting like 25. You lose track of time and live in a coffin. Staying focused and continuing to work on music is crucial. I make a promise to myself to keep making music every night of the tour. I also have to miss Ultra this year which sucks.

Do you prefer producing or performing in general?

• I love producing, depends on how good song comes out though. When everything comes fast and easy, they are fun and inspiring moments. But when there is an amazing crowd, it feels amazing as well. I never really wanted to be a DJ, I always just loved creating music, and then it became a thing where I had to learn how to DJ.

Do you change your sets at every concert?

I work hard on keeping my sets fresh . It’s tough to switch is up completely because I play mostly my own stuff. I spend like 3 hrs every day finding new songs to add into the set. The first 40mins are pretty pre planned though.

What made you ditch Ableton for DJing?

• I used to use Ableton then it got boring. I started using CDJ then eventually added 3 more. I also felt stupid opening up a computer and plugging it in, just doesn’t feel right. I’d rather come on stage with a couple USBs and headphones in hand and start DJing.

When did you first use CDJs?

• First on the Minnesota tour. I also used them at 12th planets place, and I collab with Datsik a lot. Datsik’s a good friend of mine, he lives a couple blocks away. Love that dude!

What are your goals for the next year?

I want to do something unique, production-wise that I can afford while being super original. I also want to continue keep going up, even at a snail pace.

Do you ever plan to headline your own tour?

I dream about headlining a tour all the time but i’m not ready or big enough yet, and still need to save up. When i tour,  I want to do it right. I want people to be like “protohype’s first tour was fucking dope!”

Who are some people who have influenced your career?

• Paper Diamond was the first guy to really support me. He’s also one of my best friends. He’s been a big inspiration to me since day one, both music and business wise. Datsik is also another homie, and my first big release was on Rottun (Excision’s label).

What major festival to you hope to play at?

• Tomorrow World, although I don’t see that ever happening but it would be dope!I played at Electric Forest last year which was awesome.

What’s your favorite synth/plugin?

• Massive and Serum

What inspired the song Downfall?

• I wanted to make something different. I spent a lot of time with the UFK guys and Trolley Snatcha. I spent a random day screwing around and it came out really cool. I enjoyed trying a new side of production. I also made a couple other ones and they weren’t as good.

What is your spirit animal?

• A Penguin. I love penguins. I’ve always loved penguins.

What is a dubtep?

• I don’t know, sounds like a dance or more of a head bob maybe?

What is a Malaysian Safari?

• I think of some Zoolander shit.

 

Malaysian Safari Gets to Know DATSIK Before His Big “Ninja Nation Tour”

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A couple days ago I got the opportunity to talk to Troy Beetles or DATSIK, as most of you have come to know him. He was a really nice guy who was fully invested in his music, and the heavy, hard-hitting persona that DATSIK has evolved into. DATSIK was cool enough to do this interview in hopes that it will help promote his upcoming Ninja Nation Tour, a tour which I think anyone who loves electronic music can enjoy. Read more about the tour after the interview! For now see what the man behind DATSIK is all about.

Full name and age?

You’re speaking with Troy Beetles aka DATSIK and I’m 26 years old.

Where are you from/currently based out of?

I’m currently walking around outside of my studio and I am in sunny, Los Angeles California.

Are you planning on putting out any new music in the near future?

I’m basically on the grind the right now. I’m trying to get all my shit done before     this big tour coming up. I just wrote this new track, that I’m working on right now; it’s called Capital K. It’s like trap combined with wompy rythym shit. It’s pretty heavy. It’s different; it’s combining a lot of different things. I think you guys are gonna like it.

How do you try to stand out as a live performer and an artist?

Let me see, I try to stand out by making really intricate sets that you can’t really do with CDJs. I play on CDJs when I’m doing like after parties and stuff, but when it comes to a Datsik show I try to make really technical sets. I try to cover all genres. People usually assume I’m gonna play all 140 or dubstep, I play pretty much everything right now. I play quite a bit of dubstep, but then I push to drum and base, and drumstep, a bit of electro. You know, I just try to do everything because for me, it keeps it a lot more interesting. For example, you know breakfast? We all love breakfast, but that doesn’t mean we want to eat only breakfast all day, every day. No one wants to eat the same type of food all the time. I feel the same about music; you have to switch it up a bit.

What inspired your artist name?

I used to play a lot of Halo. Halo 2 was the shit! I got up pretty high in level. I was like 45 in Team Slayer and 43 in Team Snipers. DATSIK was my gamertag.

How is the Ninja Nation Tour compared to the Digital Assassins Tour last year?

This one is different, we’re rolling with a bit more sound, and we got a different lineup that’s coming with me. It’s gonna be pretty awesome man. Basically this is my longest tour yet, this one we’re doing is 60 days, which is insane. That’s a lot of shows consecutively. It’s gonna be fucking awesome, I’m really excited. I’m really stoked to have a few guys on tour as well, let’s see we got: Truth, Bear Grillz, Fox Stevenson, Twine, Barely Alive, ETC!ETC!, Kennedy Jones, Trolley Snatcha. A couple shows we also got LOUDPVCK, as well. There’s a lot of good people.

How do you feel about playing in Oakdale? How see the culture here?

Honestly, last time I was there it was one of the sickest shows on the tour. It was packed out! I love that venue a lot. It’s a really nice venue. I think it was the third time I’ve played that room, and it was awesome man. You guys go hard as fuck! We are rolling out with a new-and-improved version of the Vortex. It’s bigger, it has a different lighting package with it, it’s gonna be awesome.

What inspires you to create music? Describe how you create a song get from start to finish.

I basically got into music when I was younger, like 15 years old or so. I was making beats on Frooty Loops. I was doing that and snowboarding a lot, it was basically going hand in hand with me. From there, I went to audio school and there I switched to Logic Pro Tools, and now I’m in Ableton. As far as the process goes for making a song for me, it really doesn’t start from any specific point. Every song is different. Sometimes I find a really cool sample, I’ll start building drums around that cool sample, or I’ll make really cool bass line, make a loop and try to get a groovy going, then I’ll build drums on that. Every song is made a different way, and that’s the beauty of it. You don’t have to make it any specific way. Continue reading

Datsik Announces “Ninja Nation Tour” and Dates

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Just a few minutes ago Datsik announced his new 4-month tour, “Ninja Nation Tour,” which will be coming to [hopefully] a place near you in between January and April! In his Facebook post, Datsik said

  • “I’m really excited to be going back on the road for what is undoubtedly going to be the biggest tour I have ever done. We are gonna be on the road for four months with some insane new talent as well as some names you’ve grown to love. We will have the infamous [100,000W] PK sound system with us again and the new Vortex 3.0 at most of the shows.”

I think I can let that last sentence speak for itself. I don’t know about you guys, but after reading that, this show became top priority for me, especially since I plan on attending the very first night of the tour in Boston. Get excited everyone! Datsik never fails to blow everyone’s minds.