It’s been nearly a week since we first stepped into Golden Gate Park for Outside Lands, but with the return to the daily grind it feels like even longer for most of us. This year’s festival, yet another record-breaking one by attendance, featured all the amenities that make OSL special–amazing food, craft beers, a star-studded comedy lineup, the beautiful backdrop of Hellman Hollow and of course a top-notch bill of musical performances. With its rapid expansion came some growing pains as well, though, and our main gripe was the inaccessibility of the Heineken House, which featured some great DJs, due to overcrowding. At the same time, the greater depth of the lineup made the previously overlooked Panhandle stage the place to be and when the crowd came together at shows, the energy was unbelievable.
In the stupor that follows music festivals, it can be easy to allow your precious experiences to fade in the rearview of your memory bank, but there will always be sets that you’ll never forget. We’ve recounted 14 sets that have been stuck in our minds all week and also tried something a bit new with this review by asking random fans to review our favorite sets. If you were in attendance this year, we hope this brings you back and, if not, it might just make you want to check out OSL next year.
G-Eazy‘s ascension to hip-hop stardom has been anything but typical. In just four years the Bay Area native has gone from indie rap darling to selling out nationwide tours. It’s difficult to pinpoint an exact moment where fantasy crossed over to reality for the rapper, though if you take the name of his debut album literally, you may be inclined to just assume These Things Happen. Except they don’t. Whether you enjoy his music or not, you have to respect the man’s hustle and the way he’s been able to expand his fanbase organically through a steady release of free music on his SoundCloud page. The hype is very real, so much so that G-Eazy was the only hip-hop artist to headline a stage at this year’s Lollapalooza, a testament to how far he’s already come.
I had a chance to catch up with Gerald prior to that performance as he prepared to take the stage Friday night at The Music Lounge 10 Years After-Party presented by Renaissance Hotels, BMF Media Group and Billboard. Having just landed in Chicago after playing a set at Osheaga Festival earlier that day, Gerald was about to dive in to dinner when we first shook hands. Like many rappers, Eazy’s persona is one that’s built on bravado, but in reality Gerald is an incredibly humble and pragmatic dude. At one point during our interview we were interrupted by a few friends and admirers who wanted to snap a couple pics, which G was more than happy to oblige as he posed with a huge grin while hilariously flaunting a stack of $2 bills (which he subsequently used to make it rain during his set about half an hour later). During this exchange an older gentleman pulled me aside and assured me that in all his years working in the industry, Gerald was one of the nicest individuals he’d ever met, also emphasizing that he was special and always made time for people. Perhaps it’s that charisma and magnetism that draws fans to him in the first place. It certainly translates to his live performance, as G-Eazy had one of the more entertaining sets all weekend. In my conversation with Gerald we touched on what it meant for him to be closing out the festivities on Saturday night, along with plans for his new album and some of his early Bay Area influences. Find out what he had to say below.
Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over two years now. We know you’ve had some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:
– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)
Venessa Michaels is one of those newer artists that every one is jumping on. She’s got the talent, she’s got the brains and she’s got the look to continue causing a stir in the music industry. She’s had a string of originals recently, but now she’s here with a futuristic jersey club influenced remix of “Weight In Gold” by Gallant. Her signature style is infectious, packed with the spunk you want in a true dance record. After all, that’s why we’re here for this music right? Venessa is a breath of fresh air, and every time she releases something, ears gravitate. If you haven’t heard of her already, then this track will have you hooked like no other. Even better, it was released as a free download so you don’t have to shell out cash for it. And if you’d like to catch her live, check out her upcoming dates below!
8/12 WORD Presents
8/15 Space Yacht
8/22 Echo Park Rising
9/3 Yost Theater w.Trippy Turtle
9/4 Echoplex w.Stooki Sound, Astronomar, Promnite
Happy Thursday everyone! Here’s something you can look forward to on this day. That’s right, it’s another segment of the Deep & Disco Dojo! This week’s compilation features some superstars in the game including Chris Lake, Anna Lunoe, and Blonde. Each of them represents a unique sound that will get you house heads going. On the flip side of things, how about some fresh remixes of familiar tracks by these hot producers? Check out Moonlight Matters‘ remix of a Hot Chip tune, Lash‘s remix of Years & Years‘ “King”, or Action 52‘s take on Missy’s “Lose Control”. From deep bassline to melodic chords, these tracks will definitely set your mood right for whatever festivities you’re indulging in tonight or this weekend.
Let’s all take a second and admit something – summer is coming to a close. We’ve already noticed the days starting later and later each morning, which is a strong indicator that our favorite season is waning. The best way to hold onto those sweet, sun-soaked vibes is to go out and live it up, and “Teeth” is a solid addition to wherever your final summer adventures might take you.
Crafted by up-and-coming, Long Island-based producer/DJ Tyler Roper, “Teeth” is the first single off his upcoming EP, The Cognition. Listeners will immediately get hooked by this shimmering, warm-weather original which features a sultry, rolling bassline, rapid drum hits, glowing synths, and a set of catchy-as-hell lyrics. Coming together perfectly, the smooth, lush, and inviting tone from M F L R, and flirtatious nature of the lyrics fit the overall laidback nature of “Teeth”
Teeth started out as me tinkering and experimenting with some new ideas. I wanted to make something that had a strong vibe with some ‘thick’ bass, – but still light and easy on the ears. I was fortunate enough to be put in contact with Tyler (M F L R) through my manager, and the stems he shot back were exactly what the song needed. I feel like this song was a huge step for me, and a great learning experience. All I can hope is that it gets peoples’ heads bobbin’! – Tyler Roper
Make sure to keep an eye out for Roper’s upcoming EP, The Cognition, which drops on 8/27 via Jam Family Records.
Back in April we had a chance to feature a piece of the club-ready sound evolution of London based electronic savant Digital Farm Animals on his single “True”, and judging from our review, we’ve been completely enamored with the savvy producer’s directional shift. Today, Digital Farm Animals has released a debut visual piece in the form of “True”‘s official music video, and its visual aesthetic works just brilliantly with his synthetic sonority. From the video’s protagonists pulling heists in pig masks (see DFA’s above logo) to the actual levity portrayed through wolf-cops; there’s a certain playfulness underlying a very serious tonality that echoes DFA’s simple, yet layered and complex instrumentation. Nick Gale’s DFA project has certainly come a long way since its earliest rumblings, and seeing everything come full circle and begin to take shape in the form of a complete concept is like a music writer’s dream. But, as we can’t do the video justice with words, we’ll go ahead and leave it right here for our Ninjas to enjoy.