And so the countdown to Halloween begins. Next week we will bring you all the corresponding insanity—both GWAR and Skeletonwitch will be in Brooklyn, for one—but for now here’s a little something to whet that everlasting bloodthirst.
Springtime Carnivore‘s second album, Midnight Room, was released earlier this month on Tone Records and is already one of my favourites of 2015. The solo alias of Greta Morgan, Springtime Carnivore will be making stops at Mercury Lounge on Saturday the 22nd of October and a matinee at Baby’s All Right the following day on her joint-headline tour with La Sera, she was kind enough to answer a few of our questions.
Truth be told, I wasn’t always into bass music. I spent most of 2012 cringing to dubstep while most of my friends got down like dinosaurs. But that all changed when I first heard Flux Pavilion’s, I Can’t Stop. Those prolific vocals over moving melodies made from grimy synths bridged the gap between me and bass music. Even four years later, this track prevails as a closing anthem cherished by bassheads everywhere.
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Much of mainstream music is fueled by visual media. Those snippets of confetti falling on an ocean of flailing arms stirs excitement, but how many videos have you ever taken that actually capture what that moment felt like?
Up until this interview, I had never seen Lane 8 perform and I had only enjoyed his most recent summer mixtape on soundcloud. Though that’s enough to take note of an artist, what drew me into pursuing an interview with him was hearing about his “This Never Happened” tour. It’s not the name of his next hit single, it’s the idea that he wants you to embrace while witnessing his performance, a traceless night of fun that will live on solely through the memories of his attendees.
FREEwilliamsburg: What was your inspiration for your “This Never Happened” Tour?
Lane 8: While I was on tour last fall and my wife and I noticed at a lot of the shows, whenever the better known tracks from the album were playing, all we could see was just a sea of phones and iPads. The screens were just so overpowering you couldn’t even see people’s faces. We decided while we were wrapping that tour up that we wanted to fix this. Our goal was to get the audience to listen to music for 90 minutes straight without checking their Instagram and hopefully interact with other people inside the venue. All because, when you’re at a music show, even though there are strangers around you, in theory you all share a love for that type of music.
Claude VonStroke is the master of good times and a keeper of fine traditions. This Sunday, the San Francisco-based Dirtybird Records label will once again bring their chill west coast vibes to the Brooklyn waterfront for a day of drinking, dancing and chowing down. Known for their infectious house beats and solid reputation as festival fan favorites, a stacked lineup of Dirtybird players returns to Brooklyn for the annual Dirtybird BBQ – an event that promises to be as delightfully filthy as it sounds. Dirtybird newcomers and beloved veterans like J. Phlip, Justin Martin and of course, the head of the flock himself, Claude VonStroke, will provide a bumpin’ soundtrack for the day’s festivities, which boasts a “County Fair” theme, fan-fueled costume contests and enough hamburgers to feed an army of (actually) hungry ravers.
I had a chance to chat with label head and hard core party animal, Claude VonStroke, about why Dirtybird BBQ is the ultimate day party, his newest musical project and what he and Ben Affleck have in common. Check it out!
Gina Turner is not your average disc jockey. On top of producing original house music and traveling the world as a performer, often alongside her husband Lucas aka Laidback Luke, she’s also a certified yoga instructor and a full-time mom. Her high energy sets have earned her coveted time slots at music festivals worldwide such as Holy Ship!, Ultra Japan, and too many more to list. This week she returns home to kick off the eighth annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival taking place Nov. 4th – 8th, but first we chatted with the talented New Yorker about fashion, new music and why she shows no signs of slowing down.
FREEwilliamsburg: As an avid yogi, I love that you are a certified instructor on top of being a powerhouse performer. How do yoga and meditation help you balance the rest of your packed and exciting life?
Gina Turner: Yoga is way more than just a workout, it’s also a way of life! I wouldn’t be able to juggle my DJ career without yoga and meditation!
You probably caught wind of The Chainsmokers in 2014, when they released the playful single #SELFIE poking fun at the rise of social media and the youth’s not so secret addiction to self-satisfying posts . . . And please, let me take a MOMENT to gush about this dynamic duo’s rise to fame. [Read more…]