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Lucidity Countdown 2016: Week 2 – X&G

March 14, 2016
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Three weeks out until Crossroads! Our family is so excited to share another collective and transformational experience with friends old and new.

Will this be your first Lucidity? Or are you on your 5th chapter? Whatever your Lucid experience may be, you can enter Crossroads knowing that you are going to have an enlightening and magical experience. Lucidity caters to all artists, whether you are there for dance, healing, visual art, or food, aside from the music, this festival is extremely personal and allows you to tap into an artistic area that may interest you, furthering your personal skill-set and/or knowledge.

As for the music, Lucidity boasts a wide arrange of genres and vibes. Weather your an early morning hooper looking for live music to greet the day, or a late night groover itching for some silent disco to keep you up all night, you will find something that is perfect for you.

This week, we are taking our promo series from West Coast tech-house brought to you by Sex Pixels in San Francisco, to electro-trap future bass brought to you by duo X&G (Xian & Gaszia) from Salt Lake City.

Featured on Music is Love previously, member, Christian (Xian) spent the beginning of his music career in Santa Barbara. Upon moving to SLC, Christian met Aaron (Gaszia) under shared record label “Damn Son!”. The duo shares a common love for experimental soundscapes and a desire to stand out in a scene where artists can easily become stagnant or copycats.

Perfect for the inevitable tiredness we are all feeling from Daylight Savings, this one will wake you the f*ck up! We are excited to have Xian back in Santa Barbara and we welcome Gaszia to Nomad’s Stage!

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Track list coming soon…

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Lucidity Countdown 2016: Week 1 – Sex Pixels

March 7, 2016
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Time to tell your mom you’re off “camping”, festival season is creeping up on us quickly, and we couldn’t be happier!

We invite you to Lucidity’s 5th chapter in their ongoing 6-part saga. Initiating our collective journey with Awake In Your Dreams, the first chapter introduced awareness and self-discovery. Following, “Totem’s Return, encouraged it’s patrons to delve into themselves a little deeper, finding our totem, our personal strength, and self-confidence. Once we had focused on healing and understanding ourselves, the third chapter reveles itself, Universe. Here is where we realized that it is all in the same, we are all one, we are everything, everything is us. This recognition does not come without the initial chapters, reminding us to love ourselves before we can fully be whole-heartedly accepting and completely free. Next, Kindred Quest brought us from the Universe, back to Mother Earth, grounding us, reminding us, not only that we are not going through this life-thing solo, but that our actions and words affect those around us. While the journey feels subjective, it’s ultimately objective, a collective. In Kindred Quest the importance of tribe, family, friends, community- whatever you want to call it- comes into focus.

This year Lucidity’s chapter arguably mirrors the current state of our nation. Entitled Crossroads, this chapter is where you are tested. A combination of cleaning out and planning, “Crossroads” challenges you to focus on what strengthens you and your soul and what doesn’t, encouraging you to rid yourself of anything that doesn’t benefit not only you, but your tribe. It is not an easy chapter, but possibly one of the most important.

Only a few weeks before we embark on this extremely important chapter together and we need music, right?! To help initiate the intent you plan to set for this festival, we will be promoting four artists performing at Music is Love’s curated stage, Nomad’s Nook during this year’s adventure, Crossroads.

Our first mix of this year’s promo series features San Francisco DJ duo, Sex Pixels. We are excited to begin our series with a wildcard, dare we say “crossroad”? House or big-bass trap: what are these bay babes going to whip up for you? Generally when you seek out a DJ, you know what you are doing to get, they are a dubstep DJ, a techno DJ, an electro DJ… they all seem to maintain their “place”. Not these boys, they truly love all forms of music, which, as a listener is not only exciting, but reassuring as their broad spectrum of taste enables them to successfully put together sets that completely capture the moment.

Comprised of bay area locals, Tyler Tan and Brendan Trudell, the duo claims they don’t have a favorite genre, and it definitely shows at events like Burning Man where you can find them playing chilled out daytime house at Pink Mammoth, or a 3Am trap heavy set at  Basshenge. Put simply these two are “equal opportunity” employers when it comes to the music game, truly promoting what we are all about- Music is Love, all of it!

Going on to play their 4th Lucidity, the Pixels have been impressing us with their West Coast inspired house sets featuring deep, booty-bumping tech house that’s as fun to dance as it is to listen to. No clue what they will be playing at their set at this year’s Lucidity, but as for now, we have a their set from last year at Nomad’s Stage to get your brain noodle into fest gear.

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*Montez – Call My Name (Mankinde Remix)
*Trent Cantrell – Any Way I Want
*Rudimental – Right Here (Hot Since 82 Remix)
*Wehbba – Machines
*Shingo Nakamura vs Jody Wisternoff & James Grant – Another Tone
*Sammy W, Alex E, Dubfound – Inamorato (Nikitin Remix)
*Sirus Hood & Still Boyz – Jango (Original Mix)
*Intermodal – Mr Business (Original Mix)
*Wen & Parris – Caught
*Mark Starr – Bass Chant
*Claude Vonstroke – Who’s Afraid of Detroit (MunniBrotherz 2011 rework)
*Phil Kieran – Saturdays
*Daniel Avery – New Energy (Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve Re-Animation)
*Escape – Just Escape (Justin Martin Remix)

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Party With A Pixie

February 29, 2016
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Mija, the Spanish term of endearment meaning “my girl” gives off an air of cuteness for a DJ that throws down some of the heaviest tracks we have heard. Adorable and small, but her appearance doesn’t denote anything of her DJ or production style- quite the opposite really…

Raised in Arizona, Amber Giles AKA Mija dipped her toes into the industry as a local DJ and promoter. Not necessarily a big music state, Giles didn’t receive her big break until she was thousands of miles away in TN at an annual music festival called Bonnaroo. There, Mija was approached by Skrillex, asking if she wanted to go back-to-back with him.

Flash-forward a few years, and Mija is LA-based and still working closely with her B2B bud, Skrillex and his Major Lazer partner, Diplo- lucky gal!

Mija, much like her mentors, enjoys putting out big bass, electro-forward tunes and remixes, with a fondness for hip-hop, rap, and trap. With two of the world’s most renown DJ’s teaching her along the way, the future looks bright for this teal haired fairy.

Want to dance with one of the cutest DJ’s to hit the scene? With Giles on the deck, you will be sure to be partying until the morning. Catch Mija March 9th at SOho in Santa Barbara.

Purchase tickets here <3

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Low End Killer

February 24, 2016
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Alternative hip-hop/instrumental psychedelic electronic pacemaker, The Gaslamp Killer, is far from ordinary and revels in the unhinged, unconventional and unorthodox. Once primarily known for his atomic live sets and hypnotic mixes, The Gaslamp Killer has evolved into a boundless musical wild card able to electrify masses with any project he touches, as he’s released a swathe of productions on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint, co-founded LA’s legendary weekly club night Low End Theory, wowed festival goers around the world with DJ sets fused with infectious energy and eclectic tastes, and traveled the globe as the conductor of an incredible 15-piece band that recreates and performs his own electronic productions before live audiences.

Despite undertaking a vast array of different musical projects, The Gaslamp Killer still retains his status as a highly coveted, explosively transcendent DJ. His live sets are as unpredictable as he is, as they bludgeon the basic shit by seamlessly fusing rock, jazz, bass music, funk, hip-hop and everything in between into a cohesive musical experience able to captivate listeners of all music tastes, supplemented by his now trademark dance moves.

Be sure to catch the volatile stylings of this Low End Theory resident for an intimate DJ set on Saturday March 5th at SOhO! Tickets are available for purchase here.

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The Big Trip

February 24, 2016
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As die-hard Dirtybird fans, we have had the pleasure of watching Justin Jay grow-up within he past few years from the prodigal producing teen to one of the coolest young DJs to catch in LA.

It feels like just last week the lanky teen was putting out “Femme Fatale” on the (now) world-known house label, Dirtybird. Favoring the label’s crew as a baby high schooler, Jay was barely legal when he put out his first track with DB, making his premier tracks in his dorm room Freshman year. That’s all it took and since then, his audience has been on the edge of their computer seat eagerly waiting for what he releases next.

So, where is Justin Jay today? What does an artist who fulfilled every aspiring house DJ’s dream before he could buy beer do with his time now? Our man is continuing to grow as an artist, expanding his skill-set, and collaborating with his friends in his newest gig, “Justin Jay & Friends.” Funky, danceable, indie rock kissed by something electric, the new project features Jay on the keys and a full-on band that completely embodies cool California vibes.

Despite our influx of mainly electronically focused tracks, we find live music extremely important, influential, and pertinent. We need more artists like Justin Jay- artists that are not afraid to prove their musical talents past the decks.

So, music lovers, “Are you with the band?”

Grab your tickets to Justin Jay’s first docking on his “Fantastic Voyage” tour this Friday 2/26.16  at EOS Lounge HERE and peep some tunes from Justin Jay & Friends below:

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Risk-y Business

February 21, 2016
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Hailing from Washington D.C., Marcio Alvarado, a.k.a Alvin Risk, has been tearing up the electronic music world for over a decade now, beginning as co-founder of the drum & bass group Corrupt Souls, then venturing into a solo career under the alias Telemetrik, and finally blossoming into the world-renowned DJ and OWSLA/Dim Mak artist that we all know and love today. Risk’s musical outputs have run the gamut of genres in his short yet prolific career, thanks to his obsession with making all sorts of noise, dating all the way back to his childhood. Whether he’s cranking out dreamy soundscapes, earth shattering dance floor anthems or expertly DJing a multitude of tempos during his live shows, Alvin Risk always aims to bring as much energy and versatility as possible.

Be sure to catch the electrifying stylings of Alvin Risk during his return to Santa Barbara on March 3rd at EOS Lounge. There will be a $15 – $20 cover at the door, so in order to avoid lines scoop your pre-sales w/ VIP entry here!

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