Check out these tunes if you like electronic dance music.
In this blog, I’m going to highlight electronic music that has recently been released, as well as those that are soon to be. Mark your calendars and open your music libraries because you will definitely find some good music in here!
Upside down (feat. Grouplove) – Whethan, Grouplove
I love Whethan and I love his new song! It’s definitely a happy beat to listen to.
Get By – Medasin, Cautious Clay
This was the first single released from Medasin’s upcoming album. I really love the vibe of this song, and how Medasin and Cautious Clay combined their sounds into it.
“Es Isso” – Habstrakt, Asdek
If you like bass house, you’ll love Habstrakt’s new song! It definitely gets you hype.
Free Your Mind – Big Gigantic
I really love Big Gigantic’s new album! It is so pretty and highlights Big Gigantic completely. Definitely give it a listen!
“Every Color” (with Foster the People) – Louis the Child, Foster the People
I really liked this song. I like the collaboration between these two artists, because they fit together! Foster the People and future bass are an awesome combo.
“Never The Same” – STRFKR
This song is definitely a chill vibe. One of my new favorites.
“Ghosts” (feat. Hana) – Tchami, HANA and “Proud” (feat. Daecolm) – Tchami, Daecolm
Tchami is one of my all-time favorite house music artists. Both of these songs are so good and I’ve listened to them nonstop! Check these out if you love house music vibes.
RIPPLS – Medasin (album released March 6)
Medasin comes out with his new album RIPPLS on March 6! I read other people’s tweets reacting over his listening premiere and they have only good things to say about it. I am excited to see his creativity and soul projected in this album.
“The Difference” – Flume, Toro y Moi (song released March 11)
For those of you that don’t know, Flume is my absolute favorite electronic music artist. I am so excited to see what he has to show us with this new song — I heard it was drum and bass!
I hope some of these songs have expanded your music library! Check out these artists for some awesome new music.
JAUZ and his Dangerous Waters Tour stops at the Observatory North Park in San Diego on February 8. Artists TYNAN and Habstrakt opened his performance.
After getting back into the spring semester grind, it was time to attend a new electronic show.
Jauz announced the dates for his Dangerous Waters Tour over winter break, and the tour stopped at San Diego’s Observatory North Park on Feb. 8. The show was sold out days in advance.
Along with tour dates, Jauz announced that he was excited to reveal a new stage production for his tour: The Fin.
Sam Vogel, known as Jauz on stage, is a DJ and electronic music producer from San Francisco. He founded his own label in 2017, called Bite This. He’s mainly known for his bass house, trap, and dubstep.
Each stop on his tour had different opening special guests for Jauz. San Diego got to experience TYNAN and Habstrakt before Jauz took the stage.
TYNAN is an upcoming electronic music artist and producer who I was very impressed by. I had listened to some of his music occasionally before seeing him live, and he put on such a good show. His sound stood out to me and I would describe it as dark trap/dubstep. He definitely has a weird style but it was very unique. It was cool hearing what he had to play for this show.
I liked TYNAN’s performance so much that I was a little disappointed with the Observatory North Park for not putting a spotlight on him. From the audience you couldn’t see him on stage because it was very dark. The screens behind him weren’t on, and there were only a couple lights that were active onstage. I’m not sure how they operate with opening artists but I would have enjoyed that a lot more.
After TYNAN, music artist Habstrakt began his performance. I was more familiar with Habstrakt and I listen to his music all the time. I was super stoked that I got to see him perform.
Habstrakt, also known as Adam Jouneau, is a French DJ and producer. He plays more bass house music, which is what Jauz is also known for. He has his own style of bass house and I really liked his performance. I knew most of the songs he played, such as his new recent release “Free,” his “GUD VIBRATIONS” remix, and “Infinite.”
The Observatory North Park also didn’t have a spotlight on Habstrakt but you could see him a lot better. The screens behind him were on and he had his own visuals projecting his stage name. I would definitely see him again and recommend everyone to as well.
When Jauz came onstage it was super cool. The fin and his entire stage production were amazing and I really liked how it was set up. When he opened his performance, the fin moved across the stage in a circle to reveal him and his DJ booth standing behind it.
Throughout the show, the setup of the fin and his DJ booth kept changing. At first, the fin was positioned behind him as he was on the ground with his booth. Then, his booth became elevated on a platform. He was positioned at the top corner behind the fin so everyone from the audience could see him. His stage setup continued to alternate throughout the show which made it very interesting. There were screens both on the fin as well as on the back of the stage.
Jauz played many of his popular songs and he swept through different sub-genres of electronic music. He played dubstep, trap, psytrance, mid-tempo, techno and of course bass house. It really showed how dedicated he is to the music he plays and he made sure to give everyone a variety of his music. He even played some songs that haven’t been released to the public.
Jauz closed his show with my favorite song- his remix of Trampoline, by SHAED. That was the main song I wanted to hear so I’m so happy that he ended with it.
I really loved going to this show and I would definitely see Jauz, TYNAN, and Habstrakt again. Jauz made sure to really hype up the audience, and everyone that attended was having a good time and enjoying his music. His production and overall show definitely made me appreciate it more and acknowledge what these artists go through to put on a good performance. I recommend that everyone see these music artists if they want to expand their knowledge of electronic music, or even just have a good time with friends at a concert!
Looking for a last-minute music festival to attend this winter break? There are many festivals going on to bring in the New Year. Check these out!
It’s always the best to attend music festivals with your friends, especially after finishing a long and busy college semester. You just can’t beat listening to your favorite music with the people you love the most.
There will be many music festivals going on the west coast this winter break, and they contain mainly electronic dance music artists. Electronic music is very diverse, so you will get many different genres at once. These festivals are coming up close, but it’s not too late to buy tickets–especially if your favorite artists are on the lineup!
In our very own city, OMFG! NYE 2019 will be taking place at the Pechanga Arena San Diego from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31. This is the festival’s ninth year in San Diego. Tickets vary in price as you can purchase single-day tickets (around $150) or a 2-day bundle (around $270). If you are staying in San Diego for the new year, this is a must. The lineup looks amazing and I’m sure it will be awesome!
On Dec. 28, Audiotistic SoCal 2019 will be taking place at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, CA. Tickets are not too expensive (about $70) since it is a one-day event, so if you are looking for a cheaper event this is it. The lineup looks pretty good as well, so I’m sure it will be very fun!
A couple days later on Dec. 31, Countdown NYE 2019 will also be taking place at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, CA. I am attending this festival so I am very excited! Tickets are a little more expensive than Audiotistic (GA is around $130), probably since it is on New Year’s Eve. If you are looking for a NYE event, this one looks very exciting to go to!
Moving to NorCal, MTV’s SnowGlobe Music Festival will be taking place in South Lake Tahoe, CA from Dec. 29 to Dec. 31. Tickets for this festival are almost gone, and they vary in price as you can get a 3-day pass (around $250) or a single day pass (depends on the day). I have heard only good things about this festival and wish I could go. I heard it was very cold though since it is outside, so make sure to bundle up!
Moving east, Decadence Arizona will be held on Dec. 30 and 31 at the Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, AZ. Tickets vary in price, and there are 2-day passes (around $250) as well as single-day passes (around $150). I attended this festival last year with my two best friends and I had an awesome time! It was very cold and packed with people though, so make sure to bring extra layers of clothes. There are a lot of really good artists performing this year.
Decadence Colorado will be held on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 at The Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Tickets are available in 2-day passes (around $280) or single day passes (around $150). This lineup looks better than Arizona’s in my opinion. I wish I could go since I have not seen many of these artists. This festival looks very fun to be at!
Make sure to dress warm if you are attending a music festival this winter break. If you are looking for last minute New Year’s plans with your friends, definitely attend one of these music festivals!
In this week’s blog, I am going to focus on my favorite sub-genre of Electronic Dance Music: House Music.
Most of you know of house music from parties, clubs, or festivals. It has a catchy beat that you can’t help bobbing your head or moving your arms to. Others know how to shuffle to this music (I am still learning but I am impressed with everyone who can break out in shuffle).
House music originated in Chicago at a club called The Warehouse in 1977. Frankie Knuckles, who opened The Warehouse, mixed old disco classics and new Eurobeat pop together. Many of these music experiments took place there, and House became the first descendant of disco.
House music is funny to me because there’s usually a couple of words in the song followed by a beat to dance to. It is repetitive, but that’s what makes it fun. It is usually in a range of 115-130 bpm (beats per minute). I know whenever I hear house music in public places, I can’t help but dance to it.
My featured image for this post shows my favorite house DJ, Tchami, during his back to back set with ZHU. This happened this summer at Hard Summer Music Festival. I was in the crowd for this set and it was a huge moment. ZHU and Tchami had never shared the stage before so everyone got to hear their iconic sounds combined.
Tchami usually shares the stage with Malaa, who I saw at EDC Las Vegas last year. I first saw Tchami in 2017 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas — I fell in love with house music and I hope to see him five thousand more times.
In this post, I’m going to highlight some of the different types of house music. I will name some artists associated with the each type and some song suggestions to listen to.
Some different types that I am familiar with are Deep House, Bass House, Big Room House, Tech House and Future House.
For some popular house music titles, most of you probably know of these artists and their songs:
This type of house music tends to have a lower bpm (around 120 bpm) and has greater influences from soul, jazz, and funk. I intertwine Deep House with Progressive House because they are both very similar. They are closely related to Trance music, as it has long accelerating peaks and troughs that progress throughout the track.
This form of house music combines techno styles with house. It has more techno sounding beats with the rhythm of house music. I don’t listen to much tech house but here are some examples I came up with.
Future house emerged in the United Kingdom around 2010. It fuses deep house, garage house and other elements of electronic music into it. Garage house is known to have pitch-shifted and time-shifted vocals.
These are just a small amount of the many types of House music. This shows how vast the electronic music genre is. I’m still constantly learning about each one and I love to hear the differences. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Written by: Alexandra Gex
KCR College Radio: The Sound of State
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