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Our RnBae, Ekali

May 27, 2016
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Vancouver-based artist Ekali has only been producing electronic music for a few years now, but between accruing a lifelong musical resume filled with classical violin, guitar, bass and jazz and touring with the band Said The Whale for four years, Ekali has harnessed more than enough musical experience and knowledge to afford him his current, well deserved spot in the electronic music limelight. In 2014, Ekali was invited to Red Bull Music Academy’s 16th year alongside 29 other musicians who participated in lectures, workshops, and live performances across Tokyo. On top achieving this admirable feat as a budding artist, Ekali has also earned himself a place in the global electronic music collective, Flow-Fi, and Vancouver’s local Chapel Sound.

With a style that boasts warm atmospheres and conjures nostalgic emotion through textural layers, unique soundscapes and thoughtful melodies, Ekali shines as a vibrant up-and-comer in Canada’s thriving electronic music scene. Songs like his remix of Tinashe’s Drake cover, “Days in the West,” and an “in progress” EP with Sydney-based aywy. have earned Ekali thousands of plays and followers in an impressively short amount of time, offering the young producer enough affirmation and encouragement to continue exercising his boundless potential and vast musical ambitions.

Ekali will be migrating down south to grace the stage at SOhO on June 5th. Tickets for this 18+ event are available here, and be sure to RSVP and check out event details here.

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Baauer Turns Our Music High

May 24, 2016
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Harry Bauer Rodrigues, a.k.a. Baauer, has been producing dance music since the tender age of 13, but it wasn’t until 2012 that this colossal trap artist officially exploded onto the dance music circuit with his debut on LuckyMe Records. His infectious, 808 infused production style first reached the masses with his three-track, 12-inch LuckyMe EP, entitled Dum Dum, and only continued to gain footing with thunderous, crunk hip-hop releases like “Infinite Daps” with RL Grime, and remixes of Flosstradamus’ “Rollup” and What So Not and RL Grime’s “Tell Me.” On top of this already exceptionally stellar musical resume, the brightest moment in Baauer’s career thus far came in 2013 when his viral track “Harlem Shake” debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and was later awarded Dance Song of the Year and EDM Song of the Year at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. His collaboration with legendary hip-hop acts Just Blaze and Jay Z, “Higher,” followed suit, making for a monumental year for Baauer. Since then, Baauer has only furthered his musical exploits with 2014’s five-track EP, ß, and most recently, the release of his full length studio album, Aa.

Baauer will grace the stage at EOS Lounge on Friday, June 3rd for an intimate and bass heavy performance. Tier 1 tickets for this 21+ event are already sold out, but Tier 2 and 3 tickets can be purchased here! And be sure to head to our Facebook event page to RSVP and check out details for the show.

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"Get Down" To Jack Beats

May 11, 2016
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Trailblazing, London based house duo DJ Plus One & Beni G, a.k.a. Jack Beats, have spent the better part of a decade flipping the traditional 128, 4×4 sound on its head with the help of wonky, wobbly basslines, big breakdowns and edgy acapella cuts. Hailing from similar backgrounds in turntabilism as multi-award-winning DJs in their own rights, DJ Plus One & Beni G fuse together their highly nurtured and electrifying live technical skills with one-of-a-kind production perspectives to spearhead their bass heavy, floor-filling brand of British house music. Jack Beats’ plan of attack is as clear as it is impactful: taking the very best, most spectacularly effective pieces from a vast array of different musical genres, whether it be from a drum & bass breakbeat, hip-hop loop, dubstep bassline, old rave riff, or vintage house sample, and blending them together to curate an irrepressible sonic force that detonates dance floors on contact. Put simply: Jack Beats are making exactly the music they want to make and the world is flocking to them.

Jack Beats have graced many of the world’s most prestigious DJ booths and festivals including Coachella, Fuji Rocks, Glastonbury, EDC and Sonar, as well as released on labels such as OWSLA, Rinse, Night Bass and Columbia. And now, it is the pleasure of Music is Love and RedEye Presents to welcome Jack Beats to our very own hometown stage at EOS Lounge on Wednesday, May 18th. Grab tickets to witness the exhilarating, pacemaking stylings of Jack Beats live in action here, and check out the event page for more info!

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Lucidity Countdown 2016: Week 4 – J Phlip

March 31, 2016
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Counting down the last days until “Crossroads” Lucidity can be stressful! Packing the right clothing for unpredictable weather, making sure your headlamps are ready to rock for hours, meal prep, crafting, getting those gifts ready… tis the season ya’ll!

To help you close up those loose ends and at least feel like you are prepared, we have a three simple tips to make your weekend fun, comfortable, and conscious.

First things first, weather. Santa Barbara is pretty temperate, but the nights can be surprisingly cold. Make sure to bring boots, plenty of socks, mittens and a warm hat or scarf to keep toasty throughout the night. Lucidity offers a Silent Disco for those of you who like to get groovy late night, but after about 2AM the temp drops significantly for the next few hours.

Next, water and food. Lucidity has water stations around the festival. Make sure to bring reusable water bottle to eliminate plastic bottle waste. Bring your own cups, bowls, plates, and silverware for grubbing- the food vendors encourage and appreciate this. Meal prep is an awesome way to cut back on food costs and ensure you are eating what you know your body needs.

Last, plan ahead for your camp’s trash situation. Trashcans are an easy way to localize camp trash and keep it contained. Large, pop-up laundry hampers work beautifully. Try to make signs for your recycling, trash, and compost so everyone is on the same page. If you smoke, bring an empty Altoid container to put those butts in.

Though brief, once you have the above points checked off your list, it’s pretty much smooth sailing with the promise of a good time from there on out.

Though some festival patrons are lucky enough to call Santa Barbara their home, others are commuting from all over CA. To kill the inevitable anxiety as we await our Lucid journey, we have been releasing a mix a week featuring artists from Music is Love’s Nomad’s Stage. Starting with San Francisco’s Sex Pixels, we have taken you to Utah with X&G, to central CA with LA’s with Wood Holly, and now back to the Bay with Queen Dirtybird, J.Phlip.

It is pretty safe to say that J.Phlip (AKA Jessica Phillippe) has secured the spot as everyone’s favorite house-loving princess, and if not, it’s probably because you haven’t been #blessed enough to see this superstar behind the decks. Snagging her first DJ rig at the tender age of 19, Illinois-born Phillippe started making a name for herself in Chicago. In 2008, J.Phlip signed with Dirtybird, often seen opening for heavy hitter Papa Claude. Driven and full of life, it wasn’t long before J.Phlip was traveling the world, residing in Berlin for a bit she acquired a fresh sound to bring back to the Bay. Coming back to the States at the perfect time, when Dirtybird was finally getting the recognition it deserved, worldwide.

J.Phlip’s sets are always ones to look out for. She plays off the environment creating a personal and rather intimate experience with her listeners. Whether that be breakbeat, tech-house, or the deepest shit you can find, this babe will not let you down, and will feed into your audio desires.

If J.Phlip is anything, it’s versatile, Jess just gets it. Her exclusive mix for “Crossroads” shows her range as an artist making you wonder, “How many tracks does she have in her library?!” A softer side of house, indie-inspired, enchanting, and fanciful, while still incorporating that funky bass you crave, transiting to worldly tech-house, gently picking up the tempo to soulful house. Easy listening, you can play this out wherever and whenever.

Grab our last promo mix for Lucidity 2016 and if you haven’t purchased tickets to the event, grab them here.

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Track list:

01  T_A_M – esthar

02  justin martin – hello clouds (feat. femme)

03  ??? (upcoming on omnidisc)

04  silvestre – floresta

05  kenton slash demon – dok

06  bruce – steals

07  bwana – muscle power’s final hours

08  justin martin – midnight (feat. christian martin)

09  leon vynehall – paradisea

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Alumni Weekend 2016 BBQ

March 29, 2016
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Santa Barbara’s annual, highly anticipated adult playground, a.k.a. the Alumni BBQ at EOS Lounge, is back in full force for UCSB’s 2016 Alumni weekend celebration on Saturday, April 30th. Complete with an outdoor stage showcasing nonstop world renowned musical talent, live art from local artists Chadillac Green, Gone Gallery and Martin Leyhe, specialty cocktails, BBQ-style drinking games like corn hole, beer pong, life sized Connect 4 and Jenga, eye wear demos by Fello Eyewear, and food provided by Mony’s Mexican food truck and 805 Boba, EOS is once again transforming its outdoor patio into a full fledged festivity under the sun.

This year’s outdoor gathering will coax Santa Barbara’s beautiful party people to move their feet and shake their hips to the musical stylings of globally beloved acts Just Blaze, Cut Snake and Wuki as well as local sets from alumni residents Tyler Robinson, T-Fresh, Convex, Don P, The One Timers and Zeek Beats. While hip hop’s Just Blaze has left a permanent mark in the music world by lending his refined production talents to huge names like Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Rick Ross and Baauer, Cut Snake chooses to bring a different kind of heat with their unabashed, fuck-all attitude that translates to their lush, atmospheric and deep-leaning sound suited for any and every environment. Wuki, on the other hand, uses his trademarked genre-blending musical perspective influenced by the sounds of Detroit ghettotech and Chicago footwork scenes to seamlessly deliver booty, breaks, electro, and house into hard-hitting club-shakers.

Those who caught wind of the initial launch of this year’s Alumni BBQ lineup announcement have been anticipating the irreplaceably uplifting and beloved stylings of Pumpkin at this year’s gathering, however, due to inexplicably tragic events, Pumpkin, a.k.a. Nicholas Alvarado, unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, March 26th. With his passing, our community has experienced a loss of epic proportions, as Nicholas radiated as a highly influential champion of music, passion and a collective, conscious togetherness. Pumpkin’s music emanated with the unfathomably intense power of bringing everyone together in a fervor of true bliss and both outward and inward acceptance. Those who had the pleasure of experiencing his brilliant, exuberant energy firsthand carry with them the permanent blessing of his insurmountably splendent influences for the rest of their lives.

We will pay tribute to the truly inspirational life of Nicholas Alvarado at this year’s Alumni BBQ to honor the loss of our dear friend.

Tickets for Music is Love and RedEye Presents 2016’s Alumni BBQ at EOS Lounge Saturday, April 30th from 2:00 to 8:30 pm can be purchased here, and be sure to grab tickets for the BBQ’s Pre Party on Thursday, April 28th featuring Sleepy Tom and Dr. Fresch.

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Lucidity Countdown 2016: Week 3 – Wood Holly

March 23, 2016
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Crunch time music lovers! In just a couple weeks, we will be pitching our tents and making a temporary home under the coastal Santa Barbara sky blanket for a weekend of dancing, loving, sharing, and creating.

While last week we were praising the diversity of Lucidity, this week we want to focus on the intimacy of this magical festival. If you have been once, you probably recognized Lucidity’s huge focus on local community. Lucidity is the kind of festival you walk around and are constantly, and wonderfully, bombarded by friends- everyone from old classmates, to your favorite local bartender, Lucidity is the homie festival, highlighting the collectiveness of this beautiful city, whether you have been blessed enough to live here or not, you will feel right at home.

For all you just about an hour away in La La Land, we have one of your very own, Wood Holly for this week’s promo mix. Gathering recognition just a few years ago from Dirtybird heavy-hitters, Holly’s hip-hop and electronic background proved the be the perfect addition to the San Francisco based booty-bumping tech-house crew, allowing him to release “Ass Out” with Sage Armstrong under the label last winter. In addition, Holly is a member to the Perfect Driver label. Based in LA, Perfect Driver is an exiting new label focusing on nu bass house from talent world wide.

In this week’s mix, you can expect a trip from deep house to West Coast bass-forward house to the transcendental sounds of Berlin inspired tech, Holly is all about that dark, sexy, full-bodied house music.

Grab this week’s mix below, and if you haven’t (shame on you) grab your ticket to Lucidity 2016 here.

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Track list:

Guy Gerber & Puff Daddy – Floating Messiah

Beth Lydi – Jump The Couch (Adrian Hour Remix)

Get Real – Snuffaluffagus

Ciszak – I Want

Ardalan – Thunderdad

m.O.N.R.O.E – On Fire

Aaron Snapes – Sausages (Walker & Royce Remix)

The Glitz – Dirty Bride

Dilligas – Pinball

Hoagie – Don’t Touch

Yerboi – Freak That

Wood Holly – Booty Camp

Eyes Everywhere & Wood Holly – Snow Birds

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