Shows of Note – Darkstep

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Excision is an artist we talk about quite frequently. Ever popular with the college crowd, Excision has returned to Washington again and again, pleasing fans every time. Excision takes dubstep and makes it dark, grimey and dangerous.

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Excision

It’s been a while since Excision has produced a new album. X Rated was released in 2011 and he has yet to follow it up with an album or EP though there have been a handful of singles including “Headbanga”, “Brutal”, “Raise Your Fist” and “Vindicate” to name a few. Many of Excision’s most recent singles are in collaboration with other artists like Datsik and Space Laces.

Constantly on tour, Excision has listed The Gorge right here in Washington as one of his favorite venues.  Dropping out of school isn’t advice most people would give, but Excision’s decision to drop out of his business degree program ultimately paid off.

Excision is playing in the northwest January 22 at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, January 23 at The Roseland Theater in Portland and January 24 at The Paramount Theater in Seattle.  We’re giving away tickets to the Spokane show tonight between 8 and 10 p.m. and 10 and midnight. Tune-in for a chance to win!

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Shows of Note – Our Resolution

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Some people want to lose weight, some people want to break a bad habit and others just want to get plurnt. USC Events is making the latter resolution easy with Resolution 2014.  A lineup of over 15 artists, the EDM extravaganza looks to continue its tradition of being the biggest party in Washington state this New Year’s.

Everyone is obviously stoked for headliners Knife Party and Above & Beyond, but there are a few other artists on the playbill The ‘Burg is particularly excited about.

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Figure

Figure is the poster child for making your way through the ranks of EDM. Making a name for himself in the American dream fashion, Figure, aka Josh Gard, is originally from a small town in Indiana and has gradually gone from traditional DJ techniques of scratching vinyl to dubstep production.  When asked in an interview with SimplyGigantic.com if he thinks DJs make better producers he had to admit that if you do one it will help with the other, and we agree.

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Lazy Rich

Electrohouse DJ, Lazy Rich (Richard Billis), is a Canadian import who has caught our attention. Influenced by Wolfgang Gartner, Deadmau5 and Zero 7, the man claims to have a hankering for evil sounding music as opposed to the bright and fluffy.  His career on the rise, Lazy Rich has worked with Deadmau5, Lady GaGa, Fatboy Slim and many more on remixes and other projects. Lazy Rich isn’t stopping anytime soon and we’re glad he isn’t.

NERVO

NERVO

It isn’t common to see female producers in the EDM scene. It’s even less common to see twins. NERVO is truly a breath of fresh air. Talented, sexy and blonde, they may just be on their way to becoming EDM icons. Originally songwriters for stars like Ke$ha and the Pussycat Dolls, twins Mim and Liv co-wrote “When Love Takes Over” by David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. The Australian born NERVO twins are now COVERGIRLS and have had quite the year in 2013. It will be hard to top their success in 2014 but Resolution will be a great way to start trying.

The ‘Burg is giving away multiple pairs of tickets to Resolution 2014. Listen between 10 and midnight tomorrow (12/6) for a shot at winning. Check out our Resolution Ticket Giveaway Blog and Facebook event for details on how you can be entered into a Resolution ticket drawing.

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Shows of Note – Adventure Wub

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It’s a good thing Christian Srigley and Leighton James decided to ditch their hardcore punk sound for EDM. The Canadian duo is now a major figure in the dubstep dance genre. Thank goodness for easily bored teenagers because the switch from punk to EDM was the start of Adventure Club.

Adventure Club

Adventure Club

Influenced by artists such as Tiesto, Flux Pavilion and Skrillex, Adventure Club has made EDM even more user friendly. The duo’s dubstep isn’t so heavy that it can’t be aired on mainstream pop radio. Adventure Club isn’t afraid to collaborate with other pop/electronic artist such as Yuna and Krewella helping to expand their appeal past the traditional EDM crowd. Adventure Club has remixed a lot of pop artists like Britney Spears and Mike Posner to the praises of fans.

Not only does the duo make head bangin’ music but they are somewhat philanthropic. Supporters of Fu$% Cancer, a charity based out of Canada, Adventure Club hopes to reach out to their young audience to encourage early detection and treatment. The duo has also partnered with Electric Family, a charity that sells bracelets to fight hunger in America.

Adventure Club will be playing in the northwest December 2 in Eugene, Ore. at the McDonald Theatre, December 3 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, December 4 at Showbox SoDo in Seattle and December 5 at The Knitting Factory in Spokane. Listen to The ‘Burg tonight (11/22) between 8 and 10 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show!

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Shows of Note – An Electric Monster Mash

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EDM fans in the Pacifc Northwest have been a-buzz with excitement over USC Events’s annual Halloween themed show, Freaknight 2013. Freaknight has become a staple in the Pacific Northwest EDM culture and is headlined by some pretty big names including Benny Benassi, Calvin Harris and Baauer. The whole lineup is excellent, but below are our three picks, for DJs you don’t want to miss out on this year.

Metrik, (no, not the female fronted Canadian indie band) aka Tom Mundell is a London based producer who specializes in the sort or liquid-funk drum and bass that makes you stop what you’re doing and jump up and down.

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Metrik

Signed to Hospital Records in 2012, Metrik has been pushing EDM into listening arenas one would never expect. Metrik’s track “Technicolour” was used as a sound bed for Barack Obama’s victory speech on Radio One.

Metrik’s most recent works are found on his self-titled EP released in April of this year. The EP was praised for balancing aggressive bass lines with soft melodies. It appears Metrik is only getting bigger and better while fans eagerly await a full-length album under the Hospital Records label.

Delta Heavy is our second Freaknight pick and the duo is also out of London, made up of DJs Ben Hall and Simon James. The two formed Delta Heavy in the hopes of avoiding the cubicle grind and white collar lifestyle. The gamble certainly paid off for the pair as they continue to garner respect and loyal fans all around the world.

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Delta Heavy

An article by Music.com cited Hall as saying that he and group-mate James feel as though bass music had degenerated into something “quite noisy and really quite loud and in-your-face.” Hall went on to state that Delta Heavy is “moving towards something a bit more musical.” While the trend of EDM may be headed in that “noisy sounds” direction, we are happy to say that Delta Heavy doesn’t mind taking the road less traveled.

On their own website, Destroid states the following:

“Bringing forth the next stage of the electronic movement, Destroid is the new mega collaboration led by Canadian bass master Excision featuring Downlink and KJ Sawka. A full-on live dubstep band executed in a way bass music has never seen, Destroid are ready to obliterate all that stand in their way.”

Destroid

Destroid

The dark EDM group combines the forces of dubstep/electro producers Excision and Downlink as well as ex- Pendulum drummer KJ Sawka, united as a full-on live dubstep band. The group can be a little intimidating to those who are not veterans of the EDM scene. Intense, loud and explosive, Destroid has the ability to awake you from a nightmare or haunt your dreams.

Feaknight has expanded to a two-day festival this year, which will be held at  WaMu Theater in Seattle, October 25 and 26. The ‘Burg will be giving away not one, but two pairs of tickets tonight (10/18) between 8 and midnight. Remember, you must tune-in to win so switch the dial to 88.1 The ‘Burg tonight for the opportunity to attend one of the most coveted EDM shows in the Pacific Northwest.

 

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Shows of Note – Not Dead Yet

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Electronic Dance Music is no longer a genre that is passed off as something a small group of weird kids like. The genre has seeped into almost every form of music from rock to country. EDM DJ’s are now mainstream and the average college student can probably name at least one EDM DJ whether David Guetta, Calvin Harris or some other artist that has “featured” popular pop singers or rappers in their music.

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The Hot Sauce EP

Zeds Dead is one of many EDM artists slowly creeping its way into mainstream status. Now a regular on the USC playbill, the duo formed in 2009 and are from Toronto, Canada. The group is made of DC and Hooks and specializes in grimey dubstep and house music. In their own words, Zeds Dead “balances on the line that separates chill listening music and dance floor.”

January of this year the duo released an EP titled Hot Sauce, named after a scene in “Pulp Fiction.” The EP showcases Zeds Dead range, merging drum & bass, tribal and glitch. The opening track on the five song EP features spooky noises, starts off slow and builds into the next song preparing the listener for the sirens, cymbals and hip-hop vocals on the rest of the EP.

After asked about their influences in an interview with Earmilk.com the duo said this:

There’s no formula really. I [we] usually just mess around until I stumble upon something I like. Sometimes an idea just pops into my head and I rush to jot it down very simply and then elaborate on it later. I listen to a lot of music so it naturally influences my music in one way or another.

Zeds Dead is performing with openers Paper Diamond, DJ Green Lantern and Branchez at Showbox SoDo in Seattle, Saturday, October 19. Tune-in tonight (10/11) between 8 and 10 and 10 and midnight for a chance to win tickets! 

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This Could be Para-Para-Paradise!

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Paradiso promises to be an experience like no other. There’s no venue in the world quite like The Gorge Amphitheatre and there aren’t concerts in the world quite like EDM concerts.

7496978538_3102512517_bDigital will meet nature June 28 and 29 when some of the greatest DJs in the world will take the stage alongside trapeze artists, acrobats and breathtaking art on stage and off. The Gorge/Paradiso experience will include full amusement park rides, stilt walkers and plenty of paint as well.

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Aside from the unparalleled atmosphere of The Gorge, the event promises to bring fans some of the best EDM music in the world. With over 50 artists on the bill we could write a book including all the awesome DJs set to perform. Instead we’ve picked out our top three choices, these are the guys you should be excited about.

Porter Robinson is someone The ‘Burg is familiar with. The young electro house DJ is rising to fame at an astonishing rate. We’ve seen him perform at smaller venues such as Foundation and Paradiso is something the man has definitely earned. The man started producing when he was 13 years old and still isn’t even old enough to drink legally. Robinson was introduced to EDM through the popular game, Dance, Dance Revolution. Robinson loved the music so much he bought the soundtrack to the game. Robinson’s most recent work is the Easy (Remixes) EP which he co-produced with Mat Zo and was released May 7 of this year. Robinson’s full length album Spitfire dropped in 2011.

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Porter Robinson

Dubstep fans should pay attention to our second Paradiso pick, Adventure Club. The Canadian duo of Christian Srigley and Leighton James is based out of Montreal, Quebec. Originally a pop-punk group, the boys got bored of the punk rock sound and moved on to dubstep. Adventure Club’s vibe often includes female vocals with heavy drops. The lovely thing about Adventure Club is that they effortlessly balance dubstep with the softer side of EDM. While dubstep can get too heavy for some, fans at all ends of the dubstep spectrum can find solace in Adventure Club.

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Adventure Club

Adventure Club isn’t the only duo we’re pumped about. Those of us who like progressive house we’re particularly thrilled to see CAZZETTE on the Paradiso bill. CAZZETTE is made of Sebastian Furrer & Alexander Björklund. Only a couple years young, CAZZETE is already supported by David Guetta, Tiësto, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii and Martin Solveig. While they can be labeled as progressive house, their taste for dubstep inspired CAZZETTE to refer to their style as Dub House. Still building a growing fan base, CAZZETTE is one to watch at Paradiso.

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CAZZETTE

While the show isn’t sold out yet, we’re guessing it will be soon. Get your tickets online or listen to our EDM lineup every Friday night. Our EDM DJs will be giving away multiple pairs of tickets to Paradiso as well as telling you the latest news on artists and music for the event.

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Live Your Life in Color

EDM fans all over the state are drooling over USC Events’ next big show. Life in Color :: Rebirth Tour (formerly Dayglow), which claims to be the “world’s largest paint party” will be taking place at the Tacoma Dome on May 18th. The event is not only a paint party but will include soaring aerial acts, stilt-walkers, contortionists and fire shows… so your usual state of the art EDM production only USC is capable of putting on.

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Usually regular tickets are enough but concert-goers may want to consider purchasing VIP tickets to this event. The VIP package includes a t-shirt, sunglasses, CD, bottle of paint and complimentary bag and coat check. Regular tickets are $48 while the VIP ticket is $80.

The event will feature Flux Pavilion, Chuckie, Mat Zo and David Solano.

Flux Pavilion is probably who folks are most excited about. Flux started getting attention in 2009 when he hit the scene out of Towncester, UK. An EDM artist with a specialty in dubstep he released his most recent album titled Blow the Roof, January 25 of this year. Known for his superb rhythms and insane bass lines Flux has successfully woven traditional instruments and vocals into his music. Interestingly, Flux grew up with other EDM DJ’s Doctor P and Trolley Snatcha. All three DJs produce dubstep and Flux and Doctor P have worked together quite a bit.

Flux Pavilion

Flux Pavilion

Born and raised in Paramaribo in South America DJ Chuckie’s  mixing skills and general charisma have made him a crowd favorite during live performances. Chuckie’s music is definitely something you can dance to and he sticks to the more house style as opposed to the harder dubstep. Born with the name Clyde, DJ Chuckie rose to fame when he started deejaying at house parties under that name. Now selling out shows and gaining a worldwide fan base, Chuckie is someone who is still continuing to rise in the EDM genre.

DJ Chuckie

DJ Chuckie

Trance fans will be pleased to see Mat Zo on the bill for Life in Color. Matan “Mat Zo” Zohar is part of the British EDM invasion, the U.S. is all too happy to accept. Zo was attracted to electronic genre when he fell in love with Daft Punk. After he got his first computer in 2001, Zo started producing his own music and thanks to the power of the internet was able to develop a fan base. In 2006, at only 16 years old Zo had his first signing of a track and his career has been on the rise ever since.

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Mat Zo

The only American based artist to be featured at Life In Color is David Solano. From Miami, Florida he is a producer, DJ, remixer and relative newbie to the electronic dance music scene. The most unknown artist on the lineup he has worked with R3hab, Brass Knuckles and Starkillers.

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David Solano

Life in Color :: Rebirth Tour is May 18th at the Tacoma Dome.

Listen to our electronica block every Friday between 6 and 10 p.m. every Friday night for a chance to win tickets. Check out our Facebook and mobile app for details and updates on how you can win.

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Not Too Close

As Alex Clare’s website points out, you can tell a lot about someone by asking them what the greatest album ever made is. What is Clare’s answer? The album that first comes to his mind is Radiohead’s OK Computer. But upon further thought, Clare admits that OK Computer may be the best album ever made based simply on production, but musically, it isn’t his top selection. After musing over a couple different choices Clare decides In The Key of Life by Stevie Wonder is the greatest album ever made.

Agree or disagree, it’s clear that Clare has great tastes regardless and it’s no wonder he has exploded all over the electronic, alternative and pop music scene.

Alex+Clare+AC04Alex Clare first caught the attention of the masses when his smash single “Too Close” was used in an Internet Explorer commercial. That commercial may have single handedly saved his career and any musical aspirations he had.

A strict Orthodox Jew, refusing to perform on the Sabbath and high holy days, Clare was originally signed with Universal Island Records. After the label discovered how truly devoted to his faith Clare was, (he had to decline an opening slot for Adele because it was at Passover) the label dropped him. A lack of significant album sales and radio play also contributed.

It wasn’t much later that Clare received the call from Microsoft and his career did a 180. The success of the commercial and single lead to Island Records “groveling” for Clare to return to the label.

Alex exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ”They were groveling and very apologetic, it was brilliant!”

Originally from London, the hometown of dubstep, Clare is known for his infusion of dubstep and electronic sound into alternative music. Fun fact: Clare dated Amy Winehouseamy-e-alex in his early days as a musician after meeting her at a performance in North London.

Clare grew up with guitar-based songwriting and perhaps the electronic influences in his music can be explained by the production team of Clare’s first and only album The Lateness of the Hour which consisted of Diplo and Switch.

Alex Clare will be playing in the northwest April 25th at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, April 28th at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Canada, April 29th at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and April 30thth at The Knitting Factory in Boise.

Listen to 88.1 The ‘Burg this Thursday between 6 and 8 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show. Check out our Facebook and mobile app for details and updates on how you can win.

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Wub Wub

Although dubstep has become immensely popular in the U.S., let’s not forget where the genre originated. In the late 1990s, dubstep was born in South London, England. The term “dubstep” was first coined in 2002 in Croydon, London but its actual roots are a little tough to pinpoint. Dubstep is the merge of dozens electronic music genres and its origins can be traced back to the growth of the Jamaican sound system party scene in the early 1980s.

Because of its London roots, it’s no surprise that some of the top dubstep acts in the world come from England. This includes North London based 4-piece act Modestep. The band includes brothers Josh and Tony Friend who cover vocals, keyboards, turntables and guitar between the two of them. Matthew Curtis is on drums and other percussion while Nick Tsang rocks the guitar.

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The quartet debuted in February 2011 with “Feel Good,” which reached the Top Ten of the U.K. dance chart and crossed into the Top 40 of the main pop chart. Although they had previously released singles and remix EP’s the band’s debut album Evolution Theory wasn’t released until February 12th, 2013.

In an interview with contactmusic.com, Modestep guitarist Nick Tsang had some insightful things to say about the dubstep genre and electronic music scene. When asked whether he thought the relatively young genre of dubstep would survive and thrive, or slowly go out of style, guitarist Tsang responded:

“I think it’s been around longer than people think, it’s just been lurking underground until recently when pop artists have started taking influence from that kind of sound. We’re trying to put a live twist on the traditional sound of dubstep, we’re trying to make it more rocky and I can see more genres spawning out of this frankly, in the same kind of way we’ve done. A lot of the genre seems to have become more dance-orientated so I don’t know where it will go next, we might even see a jazz take on things soon, who knows. But I definitely think its influence will go on and it will be here for a while to come.”

Wherever dubstep goes next, it’s clear it will be around for a while and its loyal fans around the world will attest to that.

Modestep will be playing with Mimosa on April 15th at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and April 16th at Roseland Theater in Portland on April 16th.

Listen to Electropolis on 88.1 The ‘Burg this Friday between 6 and 8 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show. Check out our Facebook and mobile app for details and updates on how you can win.

 

 

 

 

 

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