Escape: Psycho Circus 2017

Halloween is creeping closer and closer, which means that it’s time to get spooky. And, what better way to celebrate pre-Halloween than dancing to some intense bass lines from over 75 artists that will have no mercy on your soul?

Enter if you dare: Insomniac Events will be holding the largest two-day Halloween music festival in Southern California on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday Oct. 28 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Calif.

This year will be the seventh anniversary of the electrifying EDM festival. It will feature a brand new Slaughterhouse (mainstage) where uprising artists, along with the heavyweights of EDM, will provide the soundwaves for the souls and ghouls to shake to on the dance floor.

Friday’s Slaughterhouse lineup consists of massive names such as Illenium, Marshmello, DJ Snake and Madeon. On the same night, Bassrush will host the Ghoul’s Graveyard with Flosstradamus, Datsik and Nero providing the tunes for the soon to be dead. Basscon, on the other hand, will host the Chopping Block on Friday night and will provide faster and harder BPMs, like Darren Styles. The Factory 93 will take over Cannibal’s tea party with sounds such as those of Green Velvet.

Saturday will be a deadly one with Tiesto, Afrojack, Slander and many other DJs taking over the Slaughterhouse. The equally impressive lineup at Ghoul’s Graveyard will feature tech-house legend Eric Prydz, the future house sound of Don Diablo and the well-known Zedd, as well as the electro-house beats of Firebeatz. Audiotistic will be hosting the Chopping Block on Saturday, with acts such as Slushii an Baauer performing. Chris Liebing and other tech-house artists will take over the Cannibal’s Tea Party, hosted by Factory 93.

EDM headliners from all over Southern California will be taking part in this celebration, and there’s no better way to escape reality and celebrate Halloween than to join the Psycho Circus.

Single day tickets, along with VIP (21+) tickets are still available, for those who dare to enter on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the event ends at 2 a.m.

Amsterdam Dance Event 2017

The main event of the year for the Electronic Dance Music community is back once again. Amsterdam is currently partying to the sounds of electro house, techno, trap, house, trance, big-room and many other subgenres that EDM has to offer.

Unlike other dance music events such as Miami Music Week or Ibiza season in the summer, Amsterdam Music Week not only becomes the spotlight for clubbing events and festivals, but it’s also a place where workshops, multi-genre showcases and networking events are held – and all are relevant to EDM.

The music festival side of ADE takes place in 115 clubs and venues where 450 events and 2,220 EDM Djs/producers are featured over the span of five days. ADE gathers and unites about 350,000 people from all over the world and creates an enormous electronic music community in the Dutch capital.

Many big EDM labels such as Armada Music, Revealed Recordings, Spinnin’ Records and OWSLA, along with local Dutch radio stations, are some of the main contributors for the club events, which lead up to the main event of the weekend: Amsterdam Music Festival 2017.

Amsterdam Music Festival, also known as AMF, will be hosting the reveal of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs for the fifth consecutive year. Within the show, awards such as Top House DJ, Top Trance DJ and the world’s No. 1 DJ for 2017 will be revealed in front 35,000 people in the Amsterdam Arena.

Past DJs who have had the honor to be ranked No. 1 DJ of the World include Martin Garrix in 2016 (youngest ever to do so at the age of 20), the Belgian duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike in 2015, Hardwell in 2014 and 2013, and Armin van Buuren in 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 for a grand total of five wins (the most any DJ/producer has ever won).

The lineup for the awards show includes artists such as David Guetta, Marshmello, Yellow Claw and a very special back-to-back set by Dutch natives Hardwell and Armin van Buuren as Two Is One.    

Amsterdam without a doubt knows how to create a party like no other.



Buying Concert Tickets Secondhand Sketches Me Out

In 2016, tickets to EDC Las Vegas sold out before I got the chance to buy my own. At that point, I accepted the fact that I didn’t get my ticket and planned to just go to EDC Las Vegas 2017 instead (which I did).

However, curiosity hit me and I started looking through the EDC lineup. With names such as Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Deorro, Alesso and Tiësto, I knew I had to find tickets somewhere. I started looking through Craigslist for people near my area who were selling their wristband for two days (EDC Las Vegas only sells 3-day wristbands), and it was a challenge. 

First of all, I had to find a person and make sure that they weren’t sketchy, which was a very difficult thing to do. Also, most people on the site ask for a deposit so they can have a form of assurance that you won’t back out – and that’s something I’m hesitant to do. But, I couldn’t find anyone who was willing sell me their wristband without a deposit, so I decided to go along with the precedent.

I found a woman from San Diego who was selling her wristband for the last two days. We set a day to meet up and were ready to go forward with the transaction. But then, an idea popped into my head. Since she was asking for a deposit, I should create a way to cover my a** – just in case she doesn’t follow through.

So, I wrote a contract covering every single loophole I could possibly think of, as well as consequences if any form of fraud were to occur. And, I included that I would require a picture of their I.D.

I contacted her and said I wrote a contract for the transaction so that I too could have some form of security. To my surprise, she did not agree to it and started acting all sketched out. She backed out of the transaction, leaving me without a potential EDC wristband.

I started looking through Craigslist again and decided to try it one last time. This guy from San Marcos was also looking to sell his wristband for the last two days and asked for a deposit for his wristband along with my social media.

I didn’t mention the contract that I made for the deal immediately, because I wanted to see his terms first. I then texted him saying what security I wanted. I sent him my contract and he actually agreed to it (upon some amendments to be made)! To my surprise, he was impressed by it, and thought that I was some lawyer because of the apparent complexity of the legal document I drafted. We agreed to meet up, and we signed the contract, took pictures of our I.D. photos and then I gave him my deposit.

At this point, I was relieved and hoped that I had placed trust on someone that wasn’t going to try to screw me over. Then I played the waiting game. It was a whole month of thinking about the worst possible scenarios and outcomes.

June finally arrived and it was time to drive to Vegas. I contacted the seller once I arrived, and he didn’t reply. I went to the location he told me to meet him at (his hotel) and he wasn’t there. I started worrying and was stressed out of my mind, because not only did I give him my money, but the sole purpose of my Vegas trip was in jeopardy (I was 19 back then so there wasn’t much to do).

An hour later, I got a text notification. It was from the seller, apologizing. He didn’t reply or show up because he had had a wild night, and wasn’t awake on time. He came down from his room to meet up with me and then gave me his wristband.

I did it! I was going to EDC Las Vegas!

Best of luck to any other dedicated fans just trying to go to a show. 

Kygo Releases a Surprise EP

Fans of the Norwegian tropical house producer were expecting just a new single on Sept. 22nd. Kygo had something else in mind.

“Stargazing” was released as a five track EP, which consists of “Stargazing” (featuring Justin Jesso) and “This Town” (featuring Sasha Sloan), two new songs that Kygo has not released before.

In addition, “It Ain’t Me,” with Selena Gomez, “First Time,” with Ellie Goulding and “You’re the Best Thing About Me,” with U2 make up the other three songs that are featured in the EP. All three of them have been released as singles earlier in the year, and are familiar to most of us. 

“Stargazing” remains closely tied to the producer’s tropical house sound. With Justin Jesso’s vocals complimenting the Kygo sound, the song becomes an emotional trip that can either be positive or negative, depending on personal interpretation.

The classic piano sound from Kygo’s past works is heard throughout the entire song, which becomes a contributing factor that helps create a happy, euphoric vibe.

The story Kygo envisions for the single “Stargazing” can be seen in the music video he released on Sept. 26. Like in some of his other music videos, a death is featured within the storytelling sequence.

In this case, “Stargazing” is about a boy whose dad passes away and tells him through a note he left behind to “find me in the stars.” Through the video, the lyrics obtain a concrete meaning, stirring up a combination of a sad, uplifting and happy feeling all at the same time.   

Something different is felt in “This Town.” Kygo experiments away from his tropical house sound and creates a smooth, relaxing background that fits perfectly with Sasha Sloan’s vocals. This new atmosphere may be confusing to the listener at first, but after a couple of repeats, an embracing of wanderlust through sound starts to form. A music video hasn’t been released for this song, but one can probably guess what the topic will be, based on the lyrics.

“Stargazing” is a nice little surprise that contained some familiar works and some new works from Kygo. Without a doubt, the EP is a tease for what is yet to come, considering that there are songs Kygo played at Ultra and EDC Las Vegas this year that are still unreleased.