[The Audiofiles] My Heart Is With Oakland

Artwork from Elizabeth Reyes

Dance Music evolves at a lightning fast pace, and as we rush into the next moment, next song, next event and next festival at an exponential speed it somehow feels easier to forget the humble beginnings of the scene.  Now in 2016, EDM has bulldozed its way into the mainstream while the population has evolved into all inclusive hodgepodge of every type of soul the world has created.  But, a decade ago – two decades ago?

Dance Music was for the freaks and the weirdos, minorities and queers, artists and poets, lovers and friends, people questioning their social identity, people questioning their gender identity and people questioning life.

The dancefloors are full of personalities that felt they couldn’t fit in anywhere else, so instead of retreating into our loneliness, we used that feeling to bring us together, curating a safe space for us to coexist; it just so happened that we coexisted in the modern trenches, in warehouses, in pseudoaffordable units that more resembled a bohemian commune of like-minded individuals rather than the imposed housing infrastructure of common society. Because let’s face it, most forms of societal infrastructure seem null and void to many of us.  For a group of individuals that have stopped finding value in the monetization of life, the community gave something of actual value to us.

Our community was born in the dark recesses of abandoned spaces, decorating them with their technicolor energy and otherworldly grooves.    And the more underground the event? The better the crowd, and the beautiful ethos the events created felt palpable – like a silent passion by which each of us lived.  It’s easy to forget where you ended and the rest of the dancefloor began, as hot, sweaty bodies boldly paraded every which way around the dance floor as we slowly became one breathing, loving, living, dancing, conscious organism.

On Friday, December 2nd – the Dance Community was shaken by tragic news out of Oakland. An artistic collective known to some as Ghost Ship, others as Satya Yuga, caught on fire around 11:30 with dozens of people inside, with stairwells made of pallets, wooden decoration haphazardly strewn throughout the venue and exposed electrical cords.

 Image From Ghost Ship’s Website

From New York City to Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and more high-density metropolitan areas – the popularity of Warehouse Parties has never dwindled, and the power of the internet has propelled their popularity while keeping some of their elusive secrets. Like many of my friends, when I first caught the news out of the Bay Area, my first thought was it that could have been any of us.  I was at a warehouse party just two weeks ago, I’m going to another on Saturday, and I’ll probably go to a handful every year, for the next decade. If you don’t go to warehouse parties, chances are you have a friend that goes, or will go – a best friend that delights on the dance floor, a lover that lives for the nightlife, a brother, a sister, maybe even a parent – because that’s the thing, unlike the way the real world feels every now and again, these events actually are all inclusive, they let you breathe, they let you be free and live precisely within the moment.  They’re a wonderful, whimsical ride – and to think that lives were taken away in the middle of one of those moments is enough to bring a grown person to tears.

The fire also highlights something that artists have felt in large urban areas forever – the financial pinch for housing.  Prices are astronomical and starving artists who live, breathe and eat their work will do anything, live anywhere, to fuel their creative fire.  Live with 10 strangers in a makeshift home? Sure.  Build a personal space in a loft with a dozen other creatives? Of course! Because artist housing isn’t afforable.

The unfortunate circumstances of the fire evoke a menagerie of feelings, from sorrow for my Bay Area dance community, to the empathic horror of the victims and victims families, to understanding the true nature of both the events we go to and the community we choose to thrive in.  From all accounts, Ghost Ship was as beautiful as it was a safety hazard – with exits boarded up, flammable decorations and a staircase made of pallets.  Things that from now on it’s up to the rest of us to call out, because again – from all accounts – this could have also been avoided if we chose to truly hold each other accountable.

As it stands, this is one of the deadliest structure fires in recent United States history. To assist victims of the Oakland Warehouse Fire, San Francisco’s Grey Area Art + Technology Group have put together a Donation Page while Professional Sports teams from the Oakland Warriors, who play at Oracle just a few miles from the venue, as well as the Oakland A’s and Raiders have a donation page as well. As of today, they have combined to raise over 600,000 for victims and victims families.

Grey Area Donation Page

A’s + Warriors + Raiders Donation Page

The nature of the fire has pushed Dance Music and Warehouse culture into the mainstream, and in an unfortunately negative light.  Event production companies will have to think twice, maybe even three times about the safety of their patrons and the venue, and the crackdown on both the artist collective lifestyle and warehouse parties themselves is almost inevitable… but please – don’t stop dancing.

For your own copy of the Oakland print, please head to our talented DJ List photographer Elizabeth Reyes’ ETSY. – all proceeds go towards the relief fund for the victims of the Ghost Ship fire

[The Audiofiles] The Road to the Desert Hearts Spring Festival is Paved with House, Techno and a Whole Lot of Love

Over the last five years, Southern California’s Desert Hearts troupe has blossomed from a homegrown hub of House and Techno into a global party sensation. After taking the Fall season off this year, much to the dismay of Desert Hearts fanatics all over – Desert Hearts is proud to announce their triumphant return to the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation from March 31 to April 3, 2017.

Playing host to an intimate number of attendants, the festival is capped at 3,500 and the warm, bubbly ethos that the size of the event curates is delightfully palpable. Between the various Desert Hearts virgins and assorted Desert Hearts vets, the weekend is as much a festival as it is a family reunion…with the grooviest soundtrack on the West Coast. Musical tastemakers to grace the decks have included Tiefschwarz, DJ Harvey, Monkey Safari, Rodriguez Jr., DJ T, Claude VonStroke, Marc Houle, Olivier Giacomotto, Mark Henning, M.A.N.D.Y, alongside the usual suspects – Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs and Porkchop.

The road to the Desert Hearts Spring Festival is paved with House and Techno from coast to coast as the squad heads out on their 21 tour date City Hearts Winter Tour. The mobile micro-festival vibe will takeover premiere festivals in previously unexplored markets for the burgeoning brand including Brazil’s Som & Sol Festival, Costa Rica’s Ocaso Festival, Tucson’s Gem and Jam, plus return trips to Brooklyn, Denver, Miami, Salt Lake City, its prized home turf of Los Angeles and San Diego, and many more standout shows.

Tickets for the highly anticipated and long awaited Spring 2017 Edition of Desert Hearts go on sale Tuesday, December 6th at 12 PM PST.

RSVP on Facbook and Rally Your Squad | Snag Tickets Here!

For more on the Desert Hearts squad and their upcoming roster of events, head to their social media channels –

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[The Audiofiles] Lane 8 Blossoms on Redux of ‘Innerbloom’

If you’re ever stuck with the question of how to make a fantastic track even better, the answer as of late has been to hand it over to Lane 8 and let him work his musical magic. Already an ethereal and emotive track, Lane 8 pulls at our heartstrings with his moving redux of a tried and true favorite. Slow, synth fueled vocal echos build into a euphoric, driving melody befit for all dance floors.

 

Part of the ‘Innerbloom’ remix package forthcoming from RÜFÜS DU SOL, this little tease has us wanting and needing more. In that respect, North American fans are in luck – they’ve embarked on their Fall 2016 tour and are heading towards a city near you.

FALL 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
October 29 Live Oak, FL Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
November 2 Asheville, NC New Mountain Asheville
November 3 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
November 4 Boston, MA Paradise
November 5 New York, NY Terminal 5
November 6 Montreal, QC Theatre Berri
November 8 Toronto, ON The Phoenix
November 9 Columbus, OH Skully’s
November 10 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
November 11 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
November 12 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
November 15 Madison, WI The Miramar Theatre
November 16 Milwaukee, WI Majestic Theatre
November 17 St. Louis, MO Delmar Hall
November 18 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
November 19 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
November 20 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
November 23 Whistler, BC (DJ SET) Maxx Fish
November 24 Vancouver, BC Celebrities
November 25 Seattle, WA Neptune
November 26 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
November 30 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
December 2 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
December 3 San Diego, CA Music Box
December 6 Los Angeles, CA The WilternBuy Tickets to Fall 2016 North American Tour  

You can also catch Lane 8 on his ‘This Never Happened’ tour – inspiring you to put down your phone and pick up a real connection with the music; a concept that we hope will catch on! For more details on Lane 8’s tour, head here.

For more on Lane 8 and RÜFÜS DU SOL, head to their social media channels:

Lane 8: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

RÜFÜS DU SOL: Website | Facebook | Twitter | | Soundcloud

[The Audiofiles] The Daft Punk Rumors Have Come Alive for 2017

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Ahhh, 2016 – another year, another Daft Punk rumor; yet, for once, the rumors of touring, studio work and new projects might have some sound footing.  Coming hot of the release of The Weekend’s new track ‘Star Boy’, it’s very evident that the French duo has been back in the studio and laying down a little something something.  Regardless of your personal raves and / or rants about the quality of the track, it begs the question: how long have they really been in the studio?? And now, there’s the website; if you’re a tried and true DP fanatic, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

But first, a little history.  Deep in Birmingham’s  Que Club, back in 1997, Daft Punk recorded the audio for their Alive 1997 – later released in 2001.  Then, a decade later in 2007 – Daft Punk released a long anticipated follow-up album, aptly titled Alive 2007 (surprise). Both of these albums were accompanied by tours. With 2017, and their twenty year alive-aversary just a few short months away – could they be teasing a third live album, and mayyyybe even a tour?? A techno kitten can dream, can’t she? So when I saw the website for Alive2017.com – I might have freaked out, just a bit.

The website itself is a bit bland at first glance; however there is a little, itty bitty number sequence hiding right behind the I.  Plus if I’ve learned anything about the way the world works: you should never judge a book by its cover, but you can definitely judge a website by its code. So,  I dipped in – below, I break it down.

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The first set of numbers looks like code, and the last four lines really look like location coordinates (I might watch a lot of CSI…).With a little plugging and chugging of each line of data, and slight manipulation like inserting a . between numerical segments, the first line 48 51 24 2 21 03 becomes 48°51’24.0″N 2°21’03.0″E, which is the longitude and latitude of Paris – France’s château de Techno. Plugging in the rest, you get:

48 51 24 2 21 03: Paris
34 03 118 15: Los Angeles
51 30 26 N 0 7 39: London
40 7128 74 0059: New York
35 6895 139 6917: Tokyo
23 5505 46 6333: Sao Paulo
39 0200 1 4821: Ibiza
33 7206 116 2156: Indio

That last location might be the most important: ARE THE COACHELLA RUMORS FINALLY GOING TO BE TRUE?!

Then, we get to the end of the code – the first thing I noticed was the ‘Wake Date 2016-10-27’; put a reminder, make a note, draw with permanent pen or get a damn tattoo – this date is important.

Last, but not least – ‘Shep Logged Out’: Shep was a character in the esteemed anime movie Interstellar 5555.  And, as if we needed another nod, deep in the source index there’s an interval of 5555.  Is it fate?  Is it phony?  Either way, I’m going to put on Homework back to back with Discovery and pray to the music gods that I’m not just addicted to Mr. Robot and this is all real.

[The Audiofiles] Chet Faker: From Drop the Game to Dropping the Name


Known as the crooning sensation that seemingly drops as many falsettos as panties, the voice of many features and collaborations with Flume including the ‘Lockjaw’ EP and ‘Drop the Game’ – plus the brainchild behind albums like ‘Built on Glass’ and ‘Work’ and – Chet Faker – is now working under a new pseudonym: Nick Murphy. Who’s name is that you ask? Well, for starters – it’s his given name. That’s right, after five years of immeasurable success as Chet Faker, Nick is ready to shed that snake skin and come back into the music circuit renewed, rejuvenated and ready. The announcement came through both Facebook and Twitter last night.

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For now, his social media channels have slowly taken to the currents of change – his profile and cover photo from Facebook have gone dark, his given name on Twitter has officially been switched to Nick Murphy while the Twitter handle has stayed, and his Soundcloud offers a nod to the name change as well. Music fans, let’s face it: no matter what name he works under – Chet Faker, Nick Murphy, Santa Clause, The Cat in the Hat – with his raw, emotive tone, moving lyrics and delectable delivery, he could sing me the alphabet and it would sound like gold. Keep on keepin’ on, Nick – we can’t wait to see where your musical prowess takes you next.

For more, head to Nick’s socials and catch up on the latest.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

[The Audiofiles] Feast Your Ears & Eye’s on Flume’s Latest World Tour

This coming weekend, Australian dance music phenom and Future Music pioneer Flume is on a mission to light up Los Angeles with not just one, or two performances – but four incredible nights of music and magic at the fabled Shrine Expo Hall. The delectable and delicate tones paired with ethereal vocalists and seductive basslines on Flume’s second album ‘Skin’ have reinvigorated his fanbase tenfold and left us all eagerly waiting for more, existing as an audiovisual masterpiece that should be both seen and heard.

‘Skin’ Interactive Album Site | Buy ‘Skin’ on iTunes

Now that the album has had a chance to marinate in the ears of fans around the globe, it’s only right that Flume depart on a World Tour to bring the ‘Skin’ experience front and center. The North American leg of the World Tour began Seattle, then bounced out to our neighbors in the far North in Vancouver – and finally, this week – Flume lands in Los Angeles, and our city is ready for liftoff. For four nights, Flume’s musical prowess will grace the stage to the delight of eager audiophiles and music lovers. Details on each date below.

Wednesday, August 10 at Shrine Expo Hall
18 & Over
Doors 8:00 PM
Show 8:30 PM
On Sale Friday, 5/20 at 10AM
Support: SOPHIE & HWLS.
8/10 Show Info

Thursday, August 11 at Shrine Expo Hall
18 & Over
Doors 8:00 PM
Show 8:30 PM
Support: Vince Staples & HWLS
8/11 Show Info

Friday, August 12 at Shrine Expo Hall
18 & Over
Doors 9:00 PM
Show 9:30 PM
Support: Shlohmo & HWLS
Friday 8/12 Show Info

Saturday, August 13 at Shrine Expo Hall
18 & Over
Doors 9:00 PM
Show 9:30 PM
Support: Mount Kimbie (DJ Set) & HWLS
Saturday, 8/13 Show Info

Rally our squad and RSVP on Facebook!

Though the Los Angeles shows are technically sold out, when there’s a musical will – there’s a way – head on over to a third party vendor like Stub Hub, scour CraigsList or make a last minute Facebook plea for help. Flume’s World Tour is a stunning audiovisual masterpiece that will be talked about for years, don’t miss out on your chance to be part of this fantastic, four night affair.

For more on Flume, head over to his socials –

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

[The Audiofiles] Dirtybird Campout Serves Up Salacious Phase 2 Lineup

How do YOU Dirtybird? This Fall, the Dirtybird Campout makes it’s triumphant return for it’s second annual romp in Silverado, California from October 7th through the 9th. It feels like it was just last week that their epic Phase 1 lineup was released with amazing Dirtybird labelmates, Internationally renowned artists and blossoming Domestic talent.

With Claude VonStroke’s hip hop alterego Barclay Crenshaw on the lineup, we were just waiting for them to announce the head honcho himself. Joining Claude on the decks are the esteemed Green Velvet, Justin Martin, Tourist, Ardalan, Justin Jay + Friends live and Will Clarke. As usual, the Dirtybird Campout isn’t showing all their cards at once – paving the way for at least one more epic lineup reveal before October hits.

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Though audiophiles and music fans flock to the Dirtybird Campout, festival highlights and standout memories truly encompass all parts of the event. This year, the Dirtybird squad has over 50 games up its sleeves for inspired and energized campers including moonlight capture the flag, karaoke, wood carving and even making root beer floats (or just beer floats if you swing that way). Each camper this year will be assigned a Team Color – and each team victory will put you closer to this year’s Ironbird Championship and of course, bragging rights.

But wait, there’s more! Stay tuned for last minute additions, extra special guests and of course those epic camp activities that the DBC is so known and loved for. I’ll tell you one thing – our team? We’re excited. Stay up to date with the Dirtybird Crew for the latest and greatest on their label and this year’s Campout.

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