Tag: EDM

Lido – This Is Not An EDM Show

Wow!

Saw Lido for the first time live and boy was he amazing!..

Well.. For those of you that don’t know, Lido also goes by the stage name Trippy Turtle. I’ve seen Trippy Turtle a couple times, at 1015 Folsom and EDC at the 7 UP stage, however Lido has a totally different sound. Plus the show that Lido put on was ‘not an EDM show’ and far from the Jersey Club sound.

Lido performed last Thursday at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, this definitely was not an EDM show. There were no lasers, untz untz, or glovers on site. Lido sang many of the songs that he remixed in the past while playing various keyboards and drumming away on his percussion pad.

Lido taking us to church! Yes he did, Amen! Love how Lido explains growing up Gospel music at church and that he has a true connection to the gospel, not just sampling and exploiting the chords and sounds of gospel music. Lido truly has the Holy Ghost in him.

Lido ended his Sunday Service with an encore performance of 4 5 Seconds. What more can I write but to end with a huge thank you to Lido for stoping by San Francisco.

EDC Day 3, I am the one who knocks.

EDC Day 3 ended last Sunday and I’m only getting this post out now, Wednesday. Oh well, it was a long journey back to the Bay and I was spent. Anyway, Enjoy!

EDC Day 2, OMG!

What another awesome day at EDC! W started the day a little late, didn’t get past the gate till about ten but still managed to see a ton of headliners and have some fun.

On a tiny journalist news reporting note, there was a small isolated fire last night that involved a golf cart, which was probably caused by a short circuit. Firefighters responded to the scene quickly and were able to extinguish the flame before anyone could get hurt and too damper the mood of the revelers.

I did make a small time lapse that didn’t turn out to well due to the lighting condition. However if you’d like to view the time-lapse video, you can view it here.

When we got back to our hotel we checked out the Bamboo Pool here at the Cosmopolitan where we played around with the GoPro to get some cool and neat shots. Now I’m off to get some rest; it’s about noon and hasn’t slept since we got back.

EDC Day 1

First day of EDC was amazing, music and venue was to die for, but very hot. Couldn’t stay under the Circuit Grounds to long cause of the heat trapped under the tent. I stayed well hydrated and had to step away from the stages a few times to cool down. Wished that my GoPro battery hadn’t died, or invested in a second battery pack, because I was unable to capture as much video as I would have like. I did miss the large meet up yesterday at 9 and was disappointed about that, was in the middle of R3hab’s set where I lost the track of time. Anyway, had a blast and still have 2 more days of amazing experience to look forward to!

Live105 Spookfest 2012

This past Friday, Live 105 held their 4th annual Spookfest, the Bay Area subsonic Halloween massive event at Oakland‘s Oracle Arena.  All I have to say is “Damn! This shit was off the hook!”

Live105 Spookfest Subsonic Halloween Massive

Got to the Oracle Arena right before 8 so the first set that I caught was from Benny Bennasi. After Benny was R3HAB. Then Datsik for for all the dubstep folks in the arena. Finally we had Calvin Harris to close out the night.

Enjoying the sets
The Lights
Some fire
And great company!
Where’s Waldo?
Thank you LIVE105 for Spookfest!

What a night! Wished that Spookfest lasted longer than 1 am. Oh well.

Up next POP NYE!

Beyond Wonderland – Bay Area

This past Saturday in Oakland there were almost 400 noise complaints for a rave that was happening at the O.co Coliseum. This rave that lasted till 2 in the morning had headliners that consisted of Avicii, Alesso, Sander van Doorn, Chuckie, and much more. This rave that caused so much noise that can be felt and heard for miles was called Beyond Wonderland. And what a wonderful experience it was!

Beyond Wonderland has been around for sometime however this was the first time that Insomniac has decided to bring it north to the San Francisco Bay Area. The line to enter the venue moved fast, the weather wasn’t to cold, the Dj’s were killing it, and my ears were ringing till this afternoon 🙂

Going crazy in the Madhatter’s Castle!

I have included a map (courtesy of Insomniac) of the venue below so you can get an idea of the venue. For those of you unfamiliar with O.co Coliseum and the Oracle Arena, the O.co is the home of both the Oakland Athletics and the Oakland Raiders while the Oracle Arena is the home of the Golden State Warriors. The O.co is set to the East of the Oracle Arena where they are both flanked by parking to the north and south. The venue was set in the south parking lot. There were 3 stages; the Caterpillar Garden which was to the north east of the venue, the Madhatter’s Castle set in the middle, and the Queens’s Domain to the south. There was a ferries wheel, drinks, and other “attractions” that were set between the Madhatter’s Castle and the Queen’s Domain.

Map of Beyond Wonderland

With the name Beyond Wonderland I was coming to the venue expecting to go down the rabbit hole and find myself in a whole new world. Instead I ended up at the Madhatter’s table sober. Beyond Wonderland was like a bad regurgitation of the Electronic Daisy Carnival. I didn’t feel energy in the air, the ferries wheel and the picnic area seemed like an afterthought, and there wasn’t enough lights… What I mean by not enough lights is that the physical experience wasn’t all there. This is my opinion and I know that it aint fair to compare Beyond Wonderland with EDC.  With that said, the sets were amazing! Which is the very reason why people come to these events/raves/festivals. To hear and see their favorite DJ’s perform and fuck them sideways.

Sander van Doorn.

Oh man, where do I start? I saw Avicii for the first time and his set was crazy! Craziest part of it was that in the middle of his set, someone ignited a tear gas or let lose a fire extinguisher. I was to the right side of the tent when what ever it was went off and as soon as it did, many of us cleared the tent fast! People were running while covering their face, some were chocking and coughing, and there were still people enjoying the music. So I’m sure that what ever it was, was not tear gas. If it were, I’d be dying and more people would had been affected. The music kept on going and once the ominous cloud cleared, everyone went back in the tent to enjoy the night.

Avicii throwing it down!

I can’t stop saying how wonderful the DJ’s were. Cazzette, Thomas Gold, and all the other DJ’s that I saw that night. I wished that there was better timing with the different set times and less overlapping. Since there were overlapping set times I caught the tail end of some sets. For example, after Aviccii I went from the Queen’s Domain to the Madhatter’s Castle to catch the end of Chuckie‘s set. I wished that I saw all of Chuckie’s set since he was killing it.

Chuckie getting down in the Madhatter’s Castle!

The best DJ of the night would be Sander van Doorn. This. Guy. Killed. It. WOW! Sander’s set at EDC was one of my favorite form that weekend. But the set that Sander played for Beyond was a godly amount better! Holy shit! Can you say wow! Damn, damn, damn. Here’s a tease of Sander’s set from my girlfriend.

I’m thankful that Insomniac brought Beyond Wonderland and these wonderful DJ’s to the Bay Area. Over all the night was bad ass! I know that I’m being ignorant for writing that my ears were ringing the next day but I earned those damage ear drums. Next time I’ll bring ear buds. Which means that next time Beyond Wonderland is up here in the Bay Area, I’m going.

YEAH!

EDC 2012

WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!

Sander Van Doorm
Sander Van Doorm doing it big at EDC

This was my first time ever attending an event of this magnitude! Great music, fireworks, lights, fire, lasers, friends, and wind, I loved it!

If you do not know what the Electric Daisy Carnival is, click here to see a trailer to the event.

Yes, I am STILL bummed out on  missing Steve Aoki performing with Blue Man Group, Tiesto, and Avicii (Avicii did perform on Sunday) but glad that Insomniac did the right thing by cancelling the event.

For those of you going through EDC withdrawals, here’s the set list from EDC: http://www.electricnation.net/edclv/

“Get the sets you missed and the ones you love” – Jon Nguyen.

I’ll let my Instagram pics do the rest of the talking 🙂

We're here!
We’re here!
Through the gates and into the carnival!
The beast at the Q Dance Stage.. What the history behind this guy?
Lights and more lights!
Enjoying Nicky Romero in the Kinetic Field
Lights and rides
Private light show 🙂
Going wild to Calvin Harris
Kinetic Field being cleared out for our safety against the mighty wind
Q Dance stage cleared out as well

Sadly that above was my last EDC pic of the whole 3 day event. I ended up selling my Sunday ticket to a buddy that drove down but didn’t have a ticket. We should had found one on CL so that we all could had enjoyed the experience together. My only regret for the weekend. I’ll post more pics and some videos up from my camera when I get a chance later this week… Or weekend since it’s Design Week here in the City. Until then, dance the night away 🙂

I Love This Shoreline

Like many of you ticket holders, I received an alerting email from Ticket Masters stating that there are some changes to I Love This City. The news was shocking to me that I had to read the email twice to believe what I was reading. For those of you that have not purchased a ticket and are waiting for the right opportunity to purchase a ticket, You can click here to read the venue change. Below are the key changes:

  • ILTC venue will be moving from the At&t Lot to the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mt. View
  • The age limit to the event has been lowered from 18 to 16
  • The event has been extended from 11:00 to 11:30
  • Tickets that are available are for Lawn tickets

Some of you may be ecstatic that the venue is moving to a larger and more suitable location, while there are some that may be upset by the whole turn of events. I, myself, am upset.

Yes, the Shoreline has 3 stages that each will be expelling a plethora amount of energy and music. However now I have almost an hour commute that I have to account for to attend this event. My original plan was to get off work, catch the 22 to the Church station and take the T to the Park. Now after work I have to get to the park and then catch the shuttle to the Shoreline or find someone who I can carpool with. With the commute I will be missing 2 – 3 hours of the event. Then I have to head home either on the shuttle or with some friends.

With the age limit being lowered to 16, ILTC will be like going to an 18 and over club such as City Nights. That’s all that I am going to say about the age limit being lowered.

11:00 to 11:30. An extra half an hour. Wow. Really? Is that all that Live Nation is going to give us for their poor event planning skills? If I’m going to be out of the City having fun, I might as well do it right and stay out the whole night. Extend ILTC till midnight or 1 am! That would be great.

If you haven’t noticed, I’m really bitter about the change of venue. I’m sure that folks in the South Bay, East Bay, and Peninsula are stoked that they don’t have to drive into the City. I just moved into the city from Walnut Creek and was excited to go to my first SF event as a San Franciscan. Whoever was in charge of the logistics of the event should be fired. I emailed Ticket Masters to please explain why the venue has been change and hope to hear back from them soon. I should email Live Nation as well.

San Francisco already has so much events that take place in the city that I believe that ILTC could had still added much-needed revenue for the city and reaffirm that San Francisco is the go to destination for events in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As bitter as I am about the venue change, I will still be attending ILTC. When I get there I will enjoying myself to the fullest and not have negative vibes from the change of venue.

I Love This City!

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I saw this advert on a MUNI street car while waiting for the 22 on Church and Market for I Love This City (ILTC) and I got excited all about it that I had to take the above picture with my HTC EVO. I have liked electronic dance music (EDM) for several years but only started going out of my way to see certain dj’s perform at places like Ruby Skye and Vessel because of my girlfriend, @VVH1T, which is a great positive thing that we both enjoy.

This past Monday ILTC released their Phase 2 line up which is sick! If you haven’t seen it, here it is for Friday and Saturday. I look forward to seeing folks such as Madeon, Tiesto, The Crystal Method, Steve Aoki, David Guetta, and many more! Madeon, wow! That kid is sick and one of THE people who I really want to see at ILTC. The sucky part about ILTC is that I already know that I wont be getting the days off since it Memorial Day weekend so I plan on going both days after work and trying to see as many folks that I can.

However if worst comes to worst, ILTC one day pass goes on sale today May 4th at 10AM PST. ILTC is a great event and even better warm up event to the upcoming Electric Daisy Carnival this June!

Back to the subject. ILTC! I’m super stoked for this event, the crowds, the energy, and the fun that I’ll be having with my friends and @VVH1T. Follow @ILTCFestival for more info.

For those of you going, I’ll see you all there!!