Winter Music Festivals

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!

Written by: Alexandra Gex

Recent Music Releases and Must-Hears

Looking for new music? Check these out!

This year has been an absolute hit for new music. There have been a lot of new releases within the past couple of weeks and I wanted to highlight some of my favorites. For anyone looking for some new music, I hope you enjoy these!

Tame Impala – “It Might Be Time

I absolutely loved this song and I can’t wait for the rest of the album to come out on February 14, 2020. Tame Impala is coming to San Diego’s Pechanga Arena on March 9.

Arise Roots, Slightly Stoopid, Eric Rachman – “Come and Get It

This one is art. Reggae is good for the soul. 

Frank Ocean – “DHL” and “In My Room

I love these. I’m so excited that Frank is finally releasing new music after his recent album “Blonde.”

Logic – “OCD” (ft. Dwn2earth)

This one is definitely a vibe. I haven’t listened to Logic in a while, but after hearing this one, I have to check out more of his new music.

Tennis – “Runner

This is such a pretty song. Her voice is beautiful. I’ve never h

Louis The Child – “Free” (with Drew Love)

I will always love Louis The Child and their sparkly sound forever.

Coldplay – “Everyday Life,” “Orphans,” “Arabesque

These definitely hit the feels. Coldplay’s music is always so beautiful and needs to be extra appreciated.

Omar Apollo, Dominic Fike, Kenny Beats – “Hit Me Up

Definitely liked the song and its vibe. Omar Apollo has some good music and I love his voice.

Selena Gomez – “Look At Her Now

This release was a huge one for Selena. It is very emotional and vulnerable, and I believe it’s about her ex Justin Bieber. I was a huge Belieber in middle school so this one still hits my heart. I wanted them to be together so bad.

Labrinth – “Like A Movie

I definitely have been listening to more Labrinth lately. Love his style. Go check him out!

These were my favorite song discoveries from the past couple of weeks. I hope everyone enjoyed and saved some of these songs to their music library!

Written by: Alexandra Gex

REZZ: Beyond The Senses Tour

With her “Beyond the Senses” EP released this summer, 24-year-old Canadian DJ and producer Isabelle Rezazadeh started her U.S. tour this September.

Also known as “Space Mom,” Rezz has her own defining sound in the world of EDM which makes her stand out from the rest. In my opinion, I would call her sound dark mid-tempo bass music or electro bass. It’s hard to place her in a proper genre because she is so unique. Many look up to her as an electronic music artist and producer, especially up-and-coming female DJ’s. Rezz began to DJ when she was only 16, and with the help of stars such as Skrillex and Deadmau5, she released her “Insurrection” EP in 2015 and signed to the Mau5trap label. After that she released her debut with her single “Serenity.”

Fans from all over bought tickets to Rezz’s Beyond The Senses Tour before the full EP was released. She started by releasing one single from the EP called “Dark Age” in May, which she played live a couple of days later at EDC Las Vegas. During this performance, she played another song from her EP that hadn’t been released yet. “Falling” featured Rezz along with the rock band Underoath who also made an appearance onstage, and the single was finally released on June 12. The next single of the EP, called “Kiss of Death” was released on July 12 and featured the artist Deathpact. The rest of the EP, which featured three other songs, was released on July 24.

I drove home to Las Vegas for the weekend to attend her show at the Thomas and Mack Center on Sept. 28. I bought my ticket during the pre-sale back in June, so I had been anticipating this moment for a long time. Rezz was one of the first artists I had listened to when I was discovering the unending variety of electronic music.

I got to the venue very early to find a good spot to stand in the GA section, and I ended up getting– front and center– on the rail. I had only been on the rail for a show on one separate occasion. It was for Snails in 2016 at the Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas. I had seen Rezz already twice in the past, and I was not close to the rail for any of them. I knew it was going to be awesome from up close.

It’s crazy seeing one of your favorite electronic music artists in action from up close. You get to see them press buttons and move switches to control what the audience hears and sometimes sees. You also get to see their funny dance moves.

But before I talk about how awesome Rezz was, she had two iconic DJ’s perform before her. First up was the artist BlackGummy. I wasn’t very familiar with his music, but I occasionally listen to one of his tracks called “Plucking Technology.” BlackGummy is the stage persona of Los Angeles producer Iman Marouf. He is also signed to the Mau5trap label, which happened in 2015 along with Rezz. I would say his music is more electro house and dark techno, with some trance. One song I really loved that he played live was called “Superhuman,” featuring vocalist Colleen D’agostino. This was released in 2017. His set definitely had a dark techno/house vibe, and I love house music. I want to see him again and what more he has to offer in a longer set. I really enjoyed his performance and production along with his gummy bear visuals behind him.

Artist BlackGummy, taken by Alexandra Gex

After BlackGummy, the artist known as Peekaboo came onstage for his set. I am more familiar with Peekaboo, and I absolutely love him. Known as Peekaboo, Matthew Lucas is an American producer. He mainly plays dubstep and freeform bass music. He got the crowd very pumped up for Rezz, and he played many songs that electronic music fans are familiar with. I seem to always hear his track “Babatunde” with artist G-Rex at festivals. He played “Motion” and “Maniac” which I was very excited to hear, and even threw in his “Lights Go Down” Zeds Dead and Jauz remix for us. Another well-known song of his that he played was called “Illusion,” which he helped on with the artist Bassnectar. I loved his set and his visuals, and I hope to see Peekaboo live again.

Peekaboo, taken by Alexandra Gex

After Peekaboo finished his set, the backstage team started setting up the stage for Rezz to come on. They put an inclined DJ table up for her on a separate stand which I really liked because sometimes people in the crowd can’t even see the DJ from the back (short people like me). The lights for the stage were already set up, and I noticed right as I walked into the venue that it was very interesting. I watched a video before the tour about how the stage was made, and her team put a lot of work into it. After experimenting with virtual reality over summer, this is what Rezz is known for. Visual artists designed this tour from the ground up. They prepared a full rig, a full video wall, lasers, and her team wanted the art design to be much different than anyone had seen before to give us a new Rezz experience. They wanted to make it as unique as possible– and it was.

Needless to say, seeing Rezz from the rail was EPIC.

Right when she came onstage and her video wall lit up, I was in shock. BlackGummy and Peekaboo were using only a small part of her screen for their visuals and I hadn’t really realized how massive it was. I had never seen anything like it, and from the rail was crazy. She walked up the stairs onto her DJ stand and immediately played “Kiss of Death” from her Beyond The Senses EP.

Rezz, photo taken by Alexandra Gex.

Rezz made sure to play a span of songs from her history. She played tracks such as “Edge” from The Silence is Deafening EP, and “Purple Gusher” (my favorite), “Selector,” and “Melancholy” from Something Wrong Here EP. At the beginning, she played her hit “H E X” with artist 1788-L, and of course “Witching Hour” with the iconic visuals of her staring into a crystal ball. She also made sure to play “Teleportal” which I love to see live. She even played in her set “Creature” by Liquid Stranger and “Blacklist” by artists MeSo and SPADES, which I thought was totally awesome. Towards the end, she also played an unreleased track that she collaborated on with house artist Malaa, which I really liked and I am excited for it to be released. My appreciation for freeform bass and mid-tempo went up after attending this tour.

Rezz is known for her trippy visuals and LED goggles. Her visuals and production were insane, and I am so happy I got to experience her set from close-up. After more than half of the set though, I wanted to appreciate her full stage from farther back. Her set was awesome from any area in the venue and you could see her perfectly as she was elevated on her stand.

At the end of the show, Rezz said, “Okay guys I have one more song for you” four times. This made me so happy. I’m pretty sure that she played some unreleased tracks at the end because I did not recognize some of the songs. But I am happy that she enjoyed the crowd as much as we were enjoying everything she played.

This was the third time I saw Rezz, but it definitely won’t be the last time. She blew me away with this tour and I recommend anyone to go see one of her shows. It is interesting to see how diverse electronic music is, and her sound is definitely different than the rest. It might not be for everyone, but it was very cool to see the production and how her songs were reflected through visuals, lights, and lasers.

Rezz has many future dates for her Beyond The Senses Tour in big cities across the United States. She is also scheduled to play during many festivals at the end of this year. Check out her music here.

Written by: Alexandra Gex
Photos by: Alexandra Gex