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HOUSE OF BOOM PRESENTS: LOADSTAR

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Loadstar

Winning over the hearts of old school junglists and new lovers of bass music hasn’t proved too much of a feat for Loadstar. Comprised of the immensely talented duo, Gavin Harris (Xample) and Nick Hill (Lomax) their musical development took two very different paths. Inspired by a wide range of artists such as, Prince, Quincy Jones, Ed Rush & Optical, Roni Size and Dillinja it was clear that fusing both of their sounds would result in major success. The darkest most experimental Drum & Bass juxtaposed with thought-provoking insatiable melodies proved to be the trademark of this wildly talented duo.

Fate had introduced Xample and Lomax before they knew they would become the new darlings of RAM Records. Initially, they meet in 2004 when Gavin booked Nick, one-third of the production trio, ‘Holdtight‘, for a Drum & Bass night he was promoting. Shortly after, Gavin came home from university and bumped into Nick who had also just moved to Bristol igniting the idea of working together. Nick was actively producing and releasing a lot of tracks for major labels so it was no mistake that he landed on the Ram Records with a VIP for the track, ‘Artisan’. Gavin was also noticed by Andy C and co-founder Scott Bourne when he sent them demos of tracks over instant messenger. Ten minutes later they replied and ultimately, signed him to the prestigious label.

Subsequent to joining forces and releasing more music together, they realized they would have to come up with a moniker to reintroduce themselves to the drum and bass world as a unit. After sifting through old rave tapes and outdated technology, they came across an old E-mu synthesizer. While the E-mu was taking some time to load, it displayed a spinning star. There it was. They had their ‘eureka’ moment and decided to name themselves, ‘Loadstar‘. It was the beginning of a new era that would change their careers forever.

Beginning to work together in 2006 they released tracks like, ‘The Latter/Lowdown‘ which was their first B-side and ‘Contra‘ another relevant single in their history. However, their debut track as Loadstar titled, ‘Link to the Past‘ released in late 2010, would prove to be the best start any duo could ask for. The track became critically-acclaimed and resulted in them winning ‘best new single‘ at the Drum and Bass Arena Awards. Continually releasing new music and producing for other artists like Hadouken! & P Money, kept them busy and engaged in all areas of bass music.

The most pivotal year for them would be 2013. Releasing their debut album, ‘Future Perfect’, a 15-track exploration in creating a cohesive project as a duo was beyond successful. Standout tracks including, ‘Black & White’, ‘Refuse to Love’ and ‘Warrior‘ were well received by fans and supported by their peers. The waves of dark, deep aggressive bass contrasted by the beautifully euphoric melodies were executed seamlessly. They also released their smashing 2-hour essential mix that year highlighting their inspirations, the music they like playing and everything in-between. The feedback from their label, and media outlets including, radio and magazine confirmed that the direction they have taken thus far, has been favourable.

All of Loadstar’s success has been the by-product of patience, learning and passion. Purveyor of all things hot, Zane Lowe called them ‘superstars in the making’ and dubbed them with, ‘the hottest record in the world’ one two occasions; for their remix of Ed Sheeran’s ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ in 2012 and ‘Warrior’ ft. Jakes in 2013. Never shying away from a challenge, they’ve done endless remixes all over the musical spectrum. From doing a mash hit for Annie Mac on BBC Radio One for Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’, to remixing Noisia’s ‘Tommy’s Theme’ there is no project too difficult for them to take on. They have continued to explode in the bass music scene and proved to be a massive, versatile duo.

No more wishing upon a star! They’ll be making all of us starry-eyed inside the House of Boom alongside the RAM RECORDS family: Calyx & Teebee, DC Breaks, Rene Lavice and none other than the executioner himself, ANDY C. 

Words By: Saha P

 

 

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No.19 SOCIAL EXPERIMENT: GREEN VELVET

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It’s hard to believe the wait is almost over! The No.19 Social Experiment stage is new to the Digital Dreams festival and will host only seven unique, genre-bending artists including, Green Velvet, Guy Gerber and Art Department. As the countdown continues, take the time to get acquainted with one of house music’s pioneers. The lovely, talented, Green Velvet.

Green Velvet:

Who needs black velvet when you can have green? Curtis Jones otherwise known as Green Velvet has constructed a career based on persistence and passion. Leaving his academic life behind while studying chemical engineering at the Univeristy of Illinois, proved to be a ticket to a career of satisfying success.Already musically inclined, by playing the saxophone and having a father that was a  part-time DJ, it was no mistake he would fall into the world of electronic music. Now revered as being a pioneer of the Chicago House scene he’s got quite the impressive list of achievements. Earlier in this career, he first released music under the moniker of ‘Cajmere‘ the ‘CAJ’ standing for the initials of his name. Experimenting with the  growing Chicago House sound and finding his place within the genre, he started his own self-entitled label, ‘Cajmere’, and released the classic track, ‘Coffee Pot’ (It’s Time For the Percolator). Follow-up tracks include the immensely popular, ‘La La Land’, ‘Gendefekt’  and ‘When’ with subject matter ranging from drugs to racial unrest. As house continued to diversify and sub-genres gained steam in the dance music circuit, he started his second label, Relief. Under this label, he took on the persona of ‘Green Velvet’ and earned a slew of No.1 hits in the U.S. and abroad. More recently, he released his smash-hit, ‘Bigger Than Prince.’  which ignited dance floors around the world and was featured on various compilations LPs this year including, ‘A Tribute to Chicago, Vol. 4′ and ‘Cajual vs. Relief Compilation’.

What is so alluring about Mr. Jones is his capacity to keep pushing himself. Constantly creating music under a variety of aliases and record labels is something that he is used to. For over twenty years he’s been multiple different artists, such as Cajmere, Half Pint, Curran Stone, Geo Vogt and more. Most artists feel they have achieved a certain level of transcendency by taking on difficult projects, expanding their references or collaborating with artists in different genres. Green Velvet on the other hand, has done all of this as a host of different people. Taking his time between projects, finding his niche, and creating the ultimate experience for new fans and old is why he is such a massive force within our culture. Recently, His unique style and diverse sets make him one act you do not want to miss at Digital Dreams this year! It’s always time for the percolator. Get your tickets and come jam with us in a few short days!

Here’s a little taste of Green Velvet just tearing it up on his weekly ‘Electric Playground‘ podcast. See you all at the No.19 Social ExperimentStage! Enjoy!

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Words By: Saha P

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DIGITAL DREAMS SURVIVAL KIT

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After a year of patiently waiting Digital Dreams is finally here. This weekend marks the kick off to the Third Annual Digital Dream Music Festival, meaning come Saturday afternoon, revelers will be flocking to the MCA Flats to enjoy beats, bass, booze and babes. While in theory this all seems like the best combination of things since, like, ever, not everyone knows how to go about enjoying these things responsibly.

We are not here to preach to you like your mother (I think everyone is aware that we here at Destiny are far from being saints ourselves) but I am going to take advantage of this cyber platform and lend some helpful pointers to help make this your best weekend possible.  Everything from ensuring you drink enough water  (you’re going to be raving in 30+ weather mmmk?) to how to use your futuristic wristbands. So sit back, put on some tunes, and take a few minutes to read up on the tips that will make this weekend everything you hoped for.

Stay Hydrated

Do I really even need to mention this? The thirst is real folks. You are going to be dancing..  in the sun.. with very little shade..  for a very long time with a brain full of whatever and a liver full of booze, you owe it to yourself to keep your water game strong. Do both yourself and your wallet a favour and bring ONE SEALED water bottle with you which you can refill at one of the free refill stations. You are more than welcome to bring in any of the following: empty canteens, empty camelbacks or empty water bottles as long as they are not glass.

My Tip:  Head to Rexall. They sell these giant 1.5L water bottles for around $2. Grab it and bring it in. Next, enjoy the delisciousness that is the packaged Rexall water and when its all gone, head to one of the refill stations to top it up then repeat as much as your thirsty little soul desires. Yes these obnoxiously sized water bottles are not the most convenient thing to carry around but trust me. You will a) make so many new friends from people asking for sips in the middle of the crowd b) thank me when you are walking past the refill station line and see how long it is c) use that extra bit of water in your oversized bottle to pour on yourself, your bros or your babes when you’re sweating worse than Rob Ford when he’s going through withdrawals.

Feed your stomach – then your liver

Sometimes when you are dancing and having a blast with friends the last thing on your mind is to eat. I think everyone has been on a bender or two when they finally realize that they haven’t consumed anything not in liquid form in over 24hrs. Don’t make this mistake. This year you are allowed to bring in your own food as long as its factory sealed. Bags of chips, trail mix, pre-packaged sandwiches/wraps (7/11 steeze) and stuff like that is totally acceptable. The PB&J your mom made you? No. I definitely recommend bringing in at least a few snacks. Protein Bars are amazing for events such as this and are small enough that they can fit in your neon coloured fanny pack. I am not suggesting you pack an entire picnic to bring in because really, who wants to boogie with a bag full of food, so budget enough that you can scan your band for some of the amazing hot food that will be available on the grounds and pack a few factory sealed snacks for when you need to get your munch on.

Wristbands

So I guess when planning Digital Dreams this year Kruger embraced the inner-Marty McFly and planned some forward thinking back to the future kind of shit to make paying and raving that much easier. The Intellitix Cashless Wristband is an awesome feature that we can expect to see become standard at the majority of festivals. However, fully understanding how they work is another thing. So here is the run down:

1. Get your wristband. Tickets purchased online (prior to June 15) will have had them shipped to you. If you bought your tickets after, take ticket/e-ticket to the box office at MCA Flats starting June 26th from 12Pm-8Pm and exchange it for your wristband.

2. Do us all a favour and wait to put it on. So many people have messaged saying that they put it on too tight, or they put it on and it was damaged. If you can, wait to get to the festival grounds and have a friend or worker put it on for you leaving about one finger’s width of space between the band and your wrist.

3. Register your wristband: Stop what your doing right now, including reading this, and click HERE to register your wristband. Do this as soon as you get your band and then you can add funds to your account. Don’t wait to get there and have to stand around glued to your smartphone trying to register – you’re there to party.

** Top-up stations will be available throughout the festival grounds so you can spend as much of the cash  your heart desires (the money on your wristband is being called “dream dollars” but in reality its just regular boring dollars..  don’t ask.) When adding funds you have the choice of using the smartphone app or even top it up with cash, debit or credit at one of the multiple kiosks **

4. These bands are pretty indestructible. So whether they get covered in your rave gravy or your bro spills his Budlight on it, the band will still scan. But don’t take this for granted (even superman had kryptonite) so guard it and treat it like you would your wallet.

5. Remember: Not only is this your wallet – it is your ticket. Don’t lose it. Don’t wreck it. Just don’t be stupid. Okay? *see below for more stupid details*

Save Time and Don’t Be Stupid

It is expected that there will be some questions from many of you, such as what you can and cannot bring into Digital Dreams. One thing you shouldn’t forget at home – common sense. Save everyone the time and energy when going through security at the gates and just use your head. No, you cannot bring in any weapons. No, you cannot take your wristband off and give it to someone else and no you cannot bring your own booze (*tear WEMF memories*). The beauty of festivals such as this becoming successful is completely dependent on the crowd in attendance. Respect the grounds you are partying on. Use the trash cans. Dont start fights.  This shit is basic guys, so save us all the headache and party smart. Below is a list of what you can and cannot bring into Digital Dreams with you.

What You Can Bring In:

  • Point and Shoot Cameras
  • Empty Water Bottles and Water Containers, Including empty Camelbaks
  • Sealed Water Bottles up to 2 liters MAX
  • Small Collapsible Umbrella
  • Small Towels
  • Small Backpack or Bags
  • Personal Amount of Food in a Factory Sealed Package
  • Flags of Any Size (provided they are not fixed to a pole of any kind)
  • Good Vibes

 

What You Cannot Bring In:

  • Outside Alcohol
  • Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia
  • Lawn Chairs
  • Weapons of any Kind
  • Glass Bottles or Cans
  • Hard Shell Coolers
  • Megaphones or Air horns
  • Laser Pointers
  • Footballs, Soccer Balls, etc.
  • Animals (Service Animals an Exception)
  • Large Backpacks
  • Large Wallet Chains or Spikes
  • Tents
  • Flag Poles
  • Aerosol Cans of any Kind
  • Professional Cameras (anything with a detachable lens)
  • Professional Audio/Video Recording Devices
  • Any Object that can be use as a Projectile or Weapon
  • Drones
  • A Bad Attitude

 

Now that the basics are outlined for you all. Rest up. Gear up. And we will see you all on Saturday June 28th!

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HOUSE OF BOOM PRESENTS: BRO SAFARI & DC BREAKS

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As the countdown continues to two glorious days under the sun when Toronto is taken over by the best electronic artists in the scene, we continue to highlight all the stages at Canada’s biggest electronic festival. Here at Destiny, we are more than proud to be apart of the *cough* best stage, the ‘HOUSE OF BOOM’! Where all things beautifully, dark and bass-heavy will be experienced by a plethora of ‘PLUR-ers’ and baseheads uniting to create a symphonic sound under the sun. The ‘House of Boom’ this year is expanded to hold more revellers and create more space for utter pandemonium! So get ready Toronto!

Bro Safari:

I have no idea why Bro Safari hasn’t turned into a household name within the electronic music community over the past years..  but I am confident that after the set he will be bringing us on Saturday June 28th this is going to change. True fans of drum and bass should be well acquainted with the group ‘Evol Intent’ who brought us the sounds of hard DNB throughout the years. Always wanting to diversify their sound in any way possible, the individual members have developed their own solo careers outside of the drum and bass genre, bring us a mix of electro and disco house as well as moombahton, trap and dubstep, the latter of those being crafted by one third of Evol Intent, Nick Weiller, famously known as Bro Safari.

Rather than hopping on the band wagon when moombahton went on the rise in 2012, Bro Safari was in the background building the very wagon that so many hitched their stars to. Seamlessly blending the existing sounds of dubstep with the airy and light heartedness of the emergening moombahton genre, Bro Safari was quick to make a name for himself on the festival circuit. With support from the likes of Diplo, Dillon Francis, Knife Party and more, we can expect a high energy set full of creativity and forward thinking goodness. Currious to hear what a Bro Safari set entails – check the video below for a flashback of his preformance at Ultra ’14.

DC BREAKS

Come on..  you know them. I know them. Every drum and bass loving individual and their mother knows them. DC Breaks are a pair of leading DNB producers and DJs signed to the masterful force that is Ram Records. These two have been making quite a name for themselves over the years with powerful releases on Ram time and time again. In the last year alone the releases these two put out were all massive in their own right. Shaman, dropped in 2013, became an instant anthem – opening almost any DNB set that was played throughout the year. As if Shaman and Let it Go (the B-Side) didn’t set the bar high enough, the singles to follow kept getting better and better. Gambino/Burning was up next with Swag/Proton following. To call the latter amazing is an understatement and Swag proved to fans that DC Breaks are, and will always be, a force to be reckoned with.

On Sunday, June 29th Ram Records takes over the House of Boom – turning it into a haven for the jungelist inside all of us. THIS is where you want to be – DC Breaks taking the stage alongside RAM heavy weights: Rene Lavice, Loadstar, Calyx and Teebee and of course, none other than sir Andy C. 

 

Purchase online tickets here: http://bit.ly/DigitalDreamsTickets

DJ LINE UP (alphabetical order):

Saturday, June 28th

Dreams Stage:
Andy Ares
Carnage
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Dyro
Joe Ghost
Justice
MAKJ
Nervo
TJR

Echo Beach Stage:
Carlo Lio b2b Nathan Barato
Claude Van Stroke
Daniel Dubb
Danny Tenaglia
Deep Dish
Nicole Moudaber
Plastic Plates
Sebastian Leger
Stefano Noferini

Bicardi House of Boom:
Bro Safari
Flux Pavilion
Hydee
I Am Legion
Keys ‘N Krates
Noisia
The Crystal Method
Thugli

Fantasy Land:
Alex M.O.R.P.H
Andy Moor
Arnej
Baranov
Fleming & Lawrence
Simon Patterson
Super 8 & Tab

Sunday, June 29th

Dreams Stage:
Chainsmokers
Dash Berlin
Eric Prydz
Fedde le Grand
Jelo
Paul Oakenfold
Tiesto

Echo Beach Stage:
Addy
Destructo
Jay Lumen
Luciano
Paco Osuna
Sharam
Sydney Blu
Victor Calderone

Bicardi House of Boom:
Andy C
Calix & Teebee
DC Breaks
Dirtyphonics
Excision
Loadstar
Lush
Marcus Visionary
Rene LaVice

No 19:
Art Department
DJ Sneak
Eric Volta
Green Velvet
Guy Gerber
My Favourite Robot

Visit: www.digitaldreamsfest.ca to watch the 2013 official recap video!

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ECHO BEACH PRESENTS: DEEP DISH

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Echo Beach, one of my favourite summer venues to enjoy music whether it be electronic or alternative. Shoes off and raving in the sand is what summer is really about. This year if there is one thing you must do at Digital Dreams, it is to tear yourself away form the Dreams Stage (the stage that is now the biggest erected in Canada) and make your way to the heaven that is Echo Beach. Along the beautiful waterfront and in the sand you can enjoy the sounds of techno to deep house with every stunning sub-genre in between. The echo beach line up reads like a whose-who of  legends of the electronic music, with some of the most influential DJs and producers gracing the stage. This year we have the likes of Victor Caldrone, Claude Von Stroke, Danny Tengalia and even the techno queen Nicole Moudaber. Most notably we see the reunion of Deep Dish the powerful techno duo comprised of Dubfire and fellow Digital Dreams artist Sharam.  

Take a minute and refresh your minds with the legendary Deep Dish!

(Next up…   Luciano)

DEEP DISH

For lovers of deep house, the news of Deep Dish reuniting in 2014 was the best news they could hear. For Deep Dish fans residing in proximity of Digital Dreams, hearing that they would be headlining the first night of Digital Dreams was even better news. The duo, comprised of Dubfire and Sharam, first joined powers in ’92 before disbanding in 2006. Their catalogue is impressive and includes a wide array of remixes, collaboration projects and original productions. It was their debut album ‘Junk Science‘ which catapolted Deep Dish into popularity – effortlessly assisting in transporting the underground to a bourgeoning  mainstream community. Their original productions were numerous however it was their countless remix projects which gained the most attention. Following the success of Junk Science the offers began pouring in from famous artists to have their records receive the ‘Deep Dish‘ touch, two of such projects landing both Grammy wins and nominations for “Remix of the Year.”

The pair became regarded as the superstars of their time and toured tirelessly across the globe bring the sounds of deep house to the masses. In 2006 Deep Dish disbanded, with Dubfire and Sharam off to pursue equally successful solo careers. On Saturday March 22nd, the duo reunited for the first time since 2008 to record a coveted mix for BBC – the legendary Essential Mix. The announcement of the Essential Mix put Deep Dish fans at ease, and signalled to the masses that they were back. On Saturday June 28th experience history in the making when Deep Dish brings opening night of Digital Dreams to a close as they headline the stage at Echo Beach.

If for some reason you are yet to grab your tickets, HEAD HERE and grab your fancy wristbands which are allowing for you to rave cashless for the entire weekend.

More details can be found on the Digital Dreams Facebook Page 

LESS THAN A WEEK ! ! 

- Liv Weir

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HOUSE OF BOOM PRESENTS: Excision & AndyC

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As the countdown continues to two glorious days under the sun when Toronto is taken over by the best electronic artists in the scene, we continue to highlight all the stages at Canada’s biggest electronic festival. Here at Destiny, we are more than proud to be apart of the *cough* best stage, the HOUSE OF BOOM’! Where all things beautifully, dark and bass-heavy will be experienced by a plethora of ‘PLUR-ers’ and baseheads uniting to create a symphonic sound under the sun. The ‘House of Boom’ this year is expanded to hold more revellers and create more space for utter pandemonium! So get ready Toronto! 8 More Days!

 Excision:

He’s precise. He’s heavy. He’s Digital. Jeff Abel better known as Excision, has graced us with his powerful presence twice at Digital Dreams and he’s about to make third! His fusion tracks that include everything from drum and bass to glitch hop make him one of the most versatile, exciting DJs to watch. With two successful record labels, Rottun (started with Downlink) and Destroid which is both a group consisting of KJ Sawka and Downlink as well his label. Outside of his own DJ persona the group Destroid has exploded onto the scene with their unique live-shows, fist-raising debut album entitled, ‘The Invasion’ and fan-focused interaction online. In just over a year they’ve managed to score almost 4,000 fans who are referred to as the ‘elevated’ that promote the music of the group. The Kelowna, B.C. native who’s played Shambhala for 6 years in a row and has inspired such amazing talent as Datsik and continues to push the boundaries and create exciting music. With over 30 releases including double A-sides, 4 LPs and six years of mixes for the Shambhala music festival there is no denying the magnitude of Excision. His current Executioner Tour introduced arguably one of the best production set-ups that have ever been constructed not to mention the 150,000 watt system that goes along with it. His latest offering with ‘Destroid – The Invasion (Remixes) released at the end of May has exploded on SoundCloud. with over 47,000 followers and 326,000 plays on the track below there is no stopping Excision and the rise of Destroid. Get ready to put those X’s up because his set is sure to be triple X-Rated!

Andy C

This man doesn’t need an introduction. With nicknames like ‘The Executioner’ and the ‘Armin Van Buuren of Drum and Bass’ there’s no doubting what this man means to the world of electronic music. With a career spanning over 20 years Andrew Clarke has achieved the unimaginable. The technical mastermind started RAM Records alongside his friend Ant Miles at the age of 15 with 1000 euros and a whole lot of faith, but he didn’t need to rest his laurels and ‘what-ifs’. Working steadily, he has continued to uphold his a prodigy-like status in the world of drum and bass with the release of the now classic, ‘Valley of the Shadows (31 Seconds) in ’93 which is now toted as the ‘darkcore’ prototype. Other than managing his label and creating cutting-edge music, he had his own show on a pirate radio, and gained residencies at big raves like ‘Dreamscape’ and ‘Innovation & Telepathy’. 20 years later, Andy runs one of the most successful record labels in the world home to a large cast of drum and bass elites. His prolific Nightlife Compilation albums (now in the sixth session) are highly revered and DJs continue to construct sets using them as references. Outside of his achievements within the label his personal awards are incredible. He’s been recognized by over 17 media outlets and received over 34 awards. Some of those include, holding the top spot as the only drum and bass DJ to be the highest ranked on the ‘Top 100 DJ’s list’ as well as winning at the Drum and Bass Arena awards for ‘Best DJ”, ‘Best Label’ multiple years in a row. On June 29th the mecca of drum and bass will land at your feet. Do not miss out on this one, it’s going to be unforgettable!

If for some reason you are yet to grab your tickets, HEAD HERE and grab your fancy wristbands which are allowing for you to rave cashless for the entire weekend.

More details can be found on the Digital Dreams Facebook Page

Words By: Saha P.

 

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DREAMS STAGE PRESENTS: Justice & Paul Oakenfold

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As we head into the final stretch before what is easily the best weekend of the summer (yea, its only June but nothing is going to top this) the Destiny Family thought it would be a good idea to take a journey through each stage of the festival to get you acquainted with some of the artists who will be behind the decks on each stage. Over the next week we will be highlighting  one of the stages every few days giving you a brief bio and some of their tunes, just incase you all weren’t already excited as hell.

Read.

Listen.

Rave.

Repeat.

See you all next weekend! x

JUSTICE 

Justice, two of the greatest French exports since Merlot and the ménage à trios, is easily regarded as one of the greatest electronic duos of all time. Comparable to their good friends, the legendary Daft Punk, the two have mastered the art of seamlessly blending rock and indie influences with electronic dance music. Forming in 2003 the band took their time in releasing their debut album, † (alternatively called ‘Cross’), in 2007. The wait was completely worth it for the recognition the pair gained was unprecedented. Nominated for the 2007 Grammy’s for ‘Best Dance/Electronic Album’ as well winning  MTV Video Award ‘Video of the Year’ for D.A.N.C.E.  the the same year, the pair rose effortlessly to success. The duo also had their chance at another Grammy in 2009 for their remix of MGMT’s ‘Electric Feel.’ The remix pressure has always been one of their strongest areas with reworks of Fatboy Slim, N.E.R.D, Britney Spears as well as their french peers Daft Punk. The year 2011 brought the second studio album from Justice titled ‘Audio, Video, Disco’ followed by a Live album titled ‘Access All Arenas.’

Make sure to catch JUSTICE close down the DREAMS STAGE on the first night of Digital Dreams.

PAUL OAKENFOLD 

This man needs no introduction. Alas, some individuals (generally the younger revellers) are not aware of why this man is regarded as a legend. Paul Oakenfold has been a part of the electronic music community since its early years and has helped shape the landscape for many others DJs and producers to develop life changing careers.  At the golden age of 50, Oakenfold has seen it all throughout the years, watching the music industry rise and fall from every corner of the scene possible. In his early years he relied on fake press passes to gain access to nightclubs and concerts where he interviewed the likes of Bobby Womack and Bob Marley. By the mid-eighties Oakenfold began working for Champion Records, where he preceded to sign legendary acts such as DJ Jazzy Jeff and Salt n’ Peppa followed by a short career working as the agent for The Beastie Boys and Run DMC. While his professional career was heavily based within the R&B and Funk genres, by the early 90′s the sounds of Acid House had nested in his years and electronic music became his focus. Following taking home the 91′ Brit Award for ‘Best Producer’ the accolades started to roll in, releasing two Essential Mixes in ’94 and in ’95 became the first DJ to headline Glastonbury Festival.  Oakenfold was also the one who started the highly regarded radio station ‘Ministry of Sound’ birthed from the infamous London nightclub. Throughout his career Oakenfold has not only been a producer and DJ, but has also worked as a composer for movie scores and soundtracks for television (Bourne Identity, Californication.. need I say more?). It has been years of relentless studio time and touring the world and on Sunday June 28th you can catch this legend in real time when he touches down on the Dreams Stage as part of his ‘Trance Mission’ tour.

Check out the latest episode of Planet Perfecto – his weekly 2 Hour radio show – for the latest in everything from progressive house to techno, electro to trance!

If for some reason you are yet to grab your tickets, HEAD HERE and grab your fancy wristbands which are allowing for you to rave cashless for the entire weekend.

More details can be found on the Digital Dreams Facebook Page

 

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DATSIK: FRIDAY THE 13TH

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Datsik

When you think of the artists within the dubstep genre a few names jump out and catch your attention. One of those names, is none other than, ‘Datsik’. Known for his dark yet playful and effervescent tracks he has single-handedly created an empire that is well respected and formidable in the dubstep arena. Troy Bettles was just like any other teenager growing up in Kelowna, British Columbia. He played his Xbox under the infamous gamertag, ‘Datsik’ (which he was influenced to keep as his stage name) and had a love for music. Heavily influenced by Wu-Tang Clan and hip-hop he decided to try his hand at making music.

During his experimental stage he used the popular production tool, FL Studios and was quite impressed with his creations. However, he couldn’t pinpoint his funky basslines to a genre and also couldn’t complete the package with an MC or vocalist the way he envisioned. Although disappointing at first, a trip to Shambhala in 2008 opened his eyes to the world in which he’s now celebrated within. After seeing Excision play he realized what he was creating had a name and it would turn from a desirable hobby into something much bigger. Motivated and encouraged, he dove into research and met the likes of, Trolley Snatcha, Doctor P, FuntCase and Cookie Monsta while communicating back and forth on a forum about dubstep production. This was the beginning of a fast-paced, whirlwind of achievements and entering an unknown realm.

His career started when he began working with Excision on a Double-A Side which resulted in the massive dubstep anthem, ‘Swagga’ . Working steadily whilst releasing tracks such as, ‘Hydraulic‘, ‘Overdose‘, ‘Firepower‘ and ‘Boom‘ Datsik earned his rite to passage in the electronic music scene as the purveyor of all things bass. Release after release he was turning the heads of seasoned and inspiring artists as well as cultivating a serious following of bassheads.

It was 2012 that proved to be the most important year of his life. Faced with apprehension and the fear of failure, he released his first LP entitled, ‘Vitamin D’. This instantly catapulted him from the DJ who can make a single track, to the artist that can tell a story with fluidity and take us on a musical journey. The album was successful in doing all of that and more. The featherweight vocals and composition against the distorted, hip-hop bounce tracks were infectiously mesmerizing. Even with the stress of the album release, Troy wanted more and at the age of 23 he did what some people dream of doing at that age, he started his own record label naming it after one of his earlier releases, Firepower. In a mere two years it has become home to 30 of dubstep’s finest artists to-date including; Bare Noize, Delta Heavy, Terravita, Trampa and Getter just to name a few. With new chart-topping tracks and EPs being released, Firepower Records has taken over the dubstep scene and is already revered as a label carrying young, adventurous artists whose sounds are likely to diversify and drive the future of bass music. With his plate seemingly full after starting his label and playing protege to newly signed talent, he launched his Firepower Tour in 2013. The tour was very successful and featured ‘The Vortex’ a stage design described by Datsik as a, ‘three dimensional worm-hole’ which he coupled with the earth-shattering ‘PK sound’ system

His uncompromising love for the craft and his knack for developing new ways to express his passion through music, he has gained international success and recognition as part of the elite artists we attribute to the ‘dubstep boom.’ He’s had seven #1 tracks on Beatport over the years and continues to dominate the charts with his gripping, infections undertones that appeal to a wide range of bass lovers. His ability to fuse the gritty, loud overtones of dubstep with the cool 808′s we so familiarize with hip hop, has undoubtedly been a success. This year the release of his second LP, ‘Let It Burn’ highlighted his range as a producer. From upbeat bigroom tunes like, ‘Closer to the Sun’ to the low, deep undertones we love on the smash-hit, ‘Hold it Down‘ ft. Georgia Murray. All of it is just, well… SIK (get it?).

On Friday June 13th join us inside the main room of The Guvernment and get lost in the vortex to some dirty bass vibes. Tickets are still available so grab them up quick!

Words By: Sahara ‘Saha’ P.

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HOUSE OF BOOM PLAYLIST!

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We are coming down to the final stretch as we lead up to Digital Dreams. The weather is finally on our side and most of us have already began to get lost in the thoughts and sounds of shaking our asses in the sand of Echo Beach, or throwing our hands up at what is going to be Canada’s Biggest Outdoor Stagethe ‘Dream’s Stage.’ Echo Beach is guaranteed to bring you the biggest in the minimal and ‘techier’ side of things, and Im sure we will all be caught fist-pumping to some of the mainstream sounds in front of the Dreams stage. But if you are wanting to experience the gully, dark, dirty, bass heavy sounds while celebrating Canada Day weekend, then inside House of Boom is where you will head. Featuring artists ranging from wobble bass and dubstep to neuro-funk, trap and drum and bass; House of Boom is going to be your first stop when you walk onto the festival grounds of the MCA Flats.

To get you ready for the beautiful chaos thats to come, we’ve complied a playlist of the artists playing in the ‘House of BOOM’ along with the massive tunes lighting up dance floors around the world! We can guarantee that you will catch yourself skanking along to the majority of these tracks as they are guaranteed to become anthems of the House of Boom.

Don’t forget to peep the classic Dirtyphonics tune at the end! Enjoy!

London Grammar & Andy C – Sights (Andy C Remix)

Friction & Skream ft. Scrufizzer, P. Money & Riko Dan – Kingpin (Calyx and TeeBee Remix)

Noisia ft. Calyx & TeeBee – Hyenas

DC Breaks- Lock In

S.P.Y. ft. Total Science & Rene LaVice – Dark Shadows

Loadstar – Stepped Outside

I Am Legion – Make Those Moves (Teddy Killerz Remix)

Flux Pavilion – Exostomp (Jump Up High)

Excision, Downlink, Space Laces & Funtcase – Destroid 3 Crusaders (Funtcase Remix)

Excision ft. Bassnectar & Crizzly – Put It Down (Crizzly Remix)

Carnage ft. Migos – Bricks

Wilkinson ft. Tom Cane – Half Light (Audio Remix)

Dirtyphonics – Tarantino

The tunes above are guaranteed to be some of the killer tunes that will be heard at Digital Dreams inside The House of Boom. Alongside the unreleased dubs to the classic bangers, hearing some big time tunes like these is what makes a music festival something truly special! Both weekend passes and single day tickets are available both from retailers, online and through promoters but make sure to grab yours because they WILL sell out. Make sure to grab yours now and get ready for the BEST Festival of the summer – DIGITAL DREAMS: JUNE 28th and 29th – and we will see you all there!

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Words By Liv Weir
Playlist Stylez By Sahara ‘Saha’ P
(teamwork makes the dreamwork)

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PROJEK: ED RUSH & OPTICAL & MARKY TEASER – MIXED BY DJ SPINZ

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For those of you not familiar with the productions of these amazing DJ’s, Toronto’s own DJ Spinz has compiled a mix of a lot of their tunes for you to give you a ‘Crash Course’!

TRACK LIST:

  1. Schraders Dice – Ed Rush & Optical
  2. Swerve (Marky & SPY Rmx) – Jakes feat TC
  3. Perfect Drug – Ed Rush, Optical, Matrix
  4. Kontraband – Marky & SPY
  5. We Want Your Soul (Ed Rush & Optical Rmx) – Adam Freeland
  6. Fang Face – Marky & SPY
  7. Pheromone – Ed Rush
  8. Mystic Sunset – Marky & SPY
  9. Slip Thru (Spor Rmx) – Ed Rush & Optical
  10. Time Moves On – Marky & SPY
  11. Sick Note – Ed Rush & Optical
  12. Open Your Eyes (Marky & Bungle Rmx) – Snow Patrol
  13. Bullit – Ed Rush & Optical
  14. Break The Spell – Marky & Invaderz
  15. Pacman – Ed Rush & Optical
  16. LK Vocal – Marky & XRS
  17. Riff Raff – Marky & SPY
  18. ChubRub – Ed Rush & Optical
  19. Jazzy – Marky & Makoto
  20. Flightpath – Ed Rush, Optical, Matrix

See you at the party!  More info: CLICK HERE!

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