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!”

Berlin to Denver: Mind Against

Photo Courtesy of Mind Against on Facebook

Photo Courtesy of Mind Against on Facebook

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.

Bass to the Face With Delta Heavy and Apashe

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.

 

 

Third Time’s a Charm for Nicolas Jaar

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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.

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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.

Do not pass up an opportunity to see this great artist live. His newest album,  Sirens, was released in September of this year on his label Other People.

KAYTRANADA and Cashmere Cat Team Up For Wild Show

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.

Courtesy of Maria Jose Govea via Brookyln Vegan

Courtesy of Maria Jose Govea via Brookyln Vegan

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.

 

 

Rick Wade Goes Deep in Denver

Courtesy of acclaimmag.com

Courtesy of acclaimmag.com

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.

 

Flume Shakes Red Rocks

Courtesy of runthetrap.com

Courtesy of runthetrap.com

One of the most anticipated shows of the summer 16’ Red Rocks season, Flume played along with Vince Staples and Chrome Sparks at the infamous amphitheater on August 18th. The enormous venue with a capacity bordering on 10,000 was packed to the brim with a lively crowd. Opening with “Holdin On” and closing an encore with “Take a Chance” feat. Little Dragon, Flume primarily played songs from his newest album Skin.

Playing from about 9:50 to 11:20, his set did feel unfortunately short and left out a few singles such as “Some Minds” and “Collarbones” that could have rounded out a crowd-pleasing show. We all love Harley (Flume) for his goofy nature and light-hearted Instagram posts, and his commentary during the show was airy and fun. He echoed the common sentiment that playing Red Rocks drew an enormous crowd to which he received an enthusiastic response.

Flume will be headed east to continue his world tour, including ten shows in (his birthplace) Australia, with many dates sold out worldwide.

Courtesy of runthetrap.com

Courtesy of runthetrap.com

 

 

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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Excision Announces 150,00 Watt 2015 Tour Featuring Protohype and Minnesota

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They will be playing at least one show in Minnesota. Three years ago I saw my first Excision show in Wallingford, CT, featuring 100,000 watts of bass. Since then, I have seen Excision live four times, every time being louder and heavier than the previous. Yes this tour will feature a 150,000 watt pk soundsystem. Yes rising bass music stars Minnesota and Protohype will be joining the tour on select dates. Undeniably Excision will have new tricks up his sleeve with the visual team, and you can be dead sure this will be Ex’s heaviest tour to date. Excision will be hitting 44 tour dates, ending the trip with a Red Rocks show, which should be legendary.

Excision’s most recent song, “Night Shine”, showcases his taste for heavy bass wobbles and epic chord progressions. Produced alongside The Frim with vocals from Luciana, this song is exceptionally loud and crisp. Excision’s wobbles are always wet and dynamic. Listen to “Night Shine” on soundcloud and buy it here on iTunes.

Get tickets online at excision.ca and get a free pair of Excision high fidelity hearing protection.

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Mad Decent Block Party Tour Starts This Weekend!

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July 26th, 2014 begins the event of the summer we’ve all been waiting for.  Mad Decent Block Party starts its tour this Saturday in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, through September 21st, ending the tour in Vancouver, BC.  Mad Decent is excited to party with new cities that were added to the tour this year, including Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Berkeley, CA and many more. Originally started in 2008 in Philadelphia, Diplo’s record label has expanded  to 22 different dates featuring  50+ artists.  Every year the block parties are bigger and better, causing cities like Brooklyn and Philly to sellout.  This summer’s block parties will be unforgettable, so be sure to buy tickets before they are all gone!

Listen to this MDBP Mix by THUGLI to get pumped for a block party near you!