SHOW REVIEWS || BEATS ON THE BANKS – DJ SNAKE @ RUTGERS

IMG_7868What happens when you put DJ Snake in the State University that’s the definitive center of the United States of EDM? You get a concert that everyone scrambles to get tickets for and ends up being a place where twerking is virulent and musical madness is the only emotion in the air. Pure insanity is how I’d describe it, actually. Continue reading

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SHOW REVIEWS || MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY M-GLOW (04.19.2013)

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Friday, April 19th kicked off Montclair State University’s 2nd ever “M-Glow” paint party.  This year’s party, organized by Student Life at Montclair (SLAM) and The SGA Programming Board, brought in a large number of Red Hawk students eager to be doused in neon-colored paint; a number that definitely surpassed last year‘s inaugural party. Music was provided by 92.3 NOW’s DJ David S who played a ton of crowd-pleasing anthems ranging from electronic to hip-hop/pop. The party ran from 6-10PM. Just as the show ended, the students got a head start to their paint-removal process as the sky opened up and dumped heavy rain.

Photo Credit: Carley Hussain

SHOW REVIEWS || BEATS ON THE BANKS FEAT. ALESSO – RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

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World famous DJ Alesso stopped by the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) in New Brunswick, NJ on 4/19/2013 to drop an hour-long whirlwind set as part of his Spring 2013 tour. Why so short, you ask? Seb Ingrosso’s protegé tweeted that he was heading to DC right after to play another show. Regardless, this was a jam packed set that included mostly all of the major hits like “If I Lose Myself” and “Calling.” Read on to get the full scoop…

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SHOW REVIEWS || SYNCHRONICE AT WASHINGTON THEATRE, NJ – 01.11.2013 [BROLIC BEATS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW/RECAP]

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The Brolic Beats crew took a mini road trip out to Washington, NJ last Friday to see the recently discovered Synchronice and what they had in store. Brothers Will and James Saulsky are only 17 and 20 years old, respectively, but don’t let those numbers fool you. The duo has shared the stage with many big acts including Dillon Francis, Above & Beyond, Clockwork, Dada Life, and many more. Their remix of Dirtyphonics’ “Dirty” earned an official release on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label. Additionally, their “Idol” remix by Messinian & Skunkshaft was recently released on the Polish label Sick Slaughterhouse. Just the other day I saw that dub heavyweight Datsik played one of their tracks in a recent show.

We arrived just minutes before Synchronice’s set. I can’t even begin to describe the tracks they played as they literally touched every elctronic genre; everything from dubstep, drum and bass to trap, electro, and even some progressive. They also dropped tons of awesome bootlegs, one even incorporated Zombie Nation’s “Kernkraft 400”  (The ‘O’ song if you will). The atompshere got real when Synchronice apparently cranked out too much bass for which the theatre could not handle. This happened a couple times but didn’t phase the duo one bit as they continued to deliver heavy bass.

We were fortunate enough to grab a quick interview (see below) with the guys after the show. Huge things in store for the duo as they have an upcoming Far East Movement remix coming out on Interscope, as well a Helicopter Showdown remix. All in all, an awesome group of guys with incredible passion and potential. Brolic Beats will keep you on top of their every move! What producers can say that their mom went to more Skrillex shows then they have. Need I saw more?

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SHOW REVIEWS || FIGURE AT WEBSTER HALL’S ZOMBIE RAVE 2

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The Zombie Rave 2 at Webster Hall on 12.12.12 was everything that you would want at a dubstep rave: great music, nice venue, and half naked girls dressed like zombies. Once Figure came on a little after midnight, the crowd was going insane, especially to “Must Destroy“, “The Werewolf VIP” and “Super Sonic Brain Waves VIP.” Figure also threw in a little bit of hip hop and trap, but mainly stuck to his strengths which is delivering huge drops after some creative vocals/unique noises. Check out the the mini recap video below as well as photos from the show!

Special thanks to Tom George of FiXT Publicity

SHOW REVIEWS || MIDNIGHT CONSPIRACY’S “EYE LIVE” SHOW AT WEBSTER HALL NYC 11.30.2012

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Let’s face it – Electronic Dance Music has officially gone mainstream. From the outside, one may view the increased participation as a success, but what is it really doing to the scene as a whole? Those DJ’s we saw crawling out of the underground EDM basement and became obsessed with are now playing set after set of essentially the same music in their shows. To make matters worse, event coordinators have been raising ticket prices to unheard of levels for shows and festivals over the past few years. So today, we are paying more and getting less in return. It doesn’t take a businessman to understand the lack of sense that makes. If this trend continues, not only are people going to be turned away from going to shows they once loved to go to, but the so-called EDM “bubble” will burst sooner that most predict.

Meet Midnight Conspiracy. The goal of the Chicago EDM/Heavy Bass producers is to prevent the bursting of any EDM bubble by going beyond the traditional techniques of live performances. Your ears, of course, are the focus of attention of any show. Clubs and venues will seek out the largest sound system they can cram into the given space in hopes you not being able to hear anything the following morning. But is bigger always the way to go? Midnight Conspiracy seeks to engage another sense – vision. With the exception of the occasional jumping and arm-moving gestures by the DJ, your eyes aren’t treated to much. Why not treat your eyes to a 16-foot bastion of eye-popping lasers in addition to the pre-existing “brain-melting” bass. Cue Midnight Conspiracy’s “Eye Live” show.

New York City got its first taste of the “Eye Live” show Friday November 30th, 2012 at the renowed Webster Hall. The group took to the decks inside their triangular stage around 3AM after solid opening sets by Sebastien Drums and Revolvr. Thanks to EyeParty, we got to maximize our viewing pleasure with their laser-enhancing glasses (especially when viewing the Eye stage). The lively crowd danced as bass became infused into their bloodstream and eyes fixed to the pounding lasers. Mark it down on your to-do list to see the “Eye Live” show for yourself. Click past the break for a live video of Midnight dropping their VIP Mix of “The Eye” and more photos…

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SHOW REVIEWS || BASSNECTAR 11.16.2012 AT THE WELLMONT THEATER IN MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY

SPECIAL GUEST POST WRITTEN BY ROB PRMAVERA, BASS ENTHUSIAST

Days went by so slowly as we waited and waited to see Bassnectar. It was the only thing there was to think about. Then it happened…

BASSNECTAR BLEW MY MIND. There will never be another November 16th as good as this past one. The opening acts were Gladkill and Gramatic. During Gladkill, who I have never heard about before, the crowd was not even close to capacity, maybe some people were waiting for Bassnectar, I don’t know. Gladkill was just ok, he didn’t really get the crowd going. When I looked around, I thought, “I just wanna rage,” but no one was moving just standing still. Once Gramatik came on, the music got heavier, louder, and more exciting. Also, the crowd was actually moving! Then came Bassnectar, the act everyone was anticipating.

Personally, I had only heard a handful of Bassnectar songs before the show. Some of the songs I already knew were Basshead, Timestretch, Teleport Massive, and Wildstyle. I had no idea what to expect but I knew it would be awesome. As Bassnectar came on, the crowd got massive. The stage set up was great for bassnectar. There was a huge screen behind him which would play a slideshow of different animations, pictures, and visuals. Bassnectar’s set was ridiculous, the songs he played and the transitions from one to another were perfect and there wasn’t a time during his set where the crowd wasn’t going crazy. LIGHTSHOW?! Yep, that was another sweet feature to Bassnectar’s set. Overall: Hands down, best show I’ve been to.

– Rob Primavera, Montclair State University student/ Professional Rager

For more of Rob’s  videos from Bassnectar’s show click HERE

SHOW REVIEWS || WOMP4THEKIDS’ #WOMP101 CHARITY EVENT @ SANTOS NYC 10.13.2012

Saturday, October 13th, 2012 marked a historic night in the rapidly growing field of electronic dance music. WOMP4thekids, the only electronic music charity of its kind, hosted New York City’s first ever “Fundraver” at Santos Party House in downtown Manhattan. For every ticket purchased for the event, WOMP4thekids promised to send 1 child to school in Ghana, Africa through the Unlock Foundation. The event had a tremendous turnout- approx. 250 tickets purchased directly translates to 250 African children receiving the gift of a proper education.

The event was sponsored by EyeParty and Rave Juice. EyeParty is a revolutionary movement sought to change the visual impact of music. Through extensive research, EyeParty developed glasses that take your visual senses to a completely different level during any party or rave setting. The glasses were distributed to everyone in attendance and were enjoyed thoroughly. That was my first EyeParty experience and I couldn’t believe my eyes (literally).

Our good friends at Rave Juice also served as a strong sponsor of the event. Rave Juice is a specially formulated recovery solution that helps you recover from club life, or even normal partying. The juice contains 5-HTP plus a slew of other vitamins and antioxidants that revitalize both your mind and body and ultimately eliminate any negative effects felt after a night of partying or raving (Check out our review of the juice here). Rave Juice flooded every square foot of Santos from the bathrooms all the way to the DJ booth. Every raver there got to take some home and were probably itching to come back the following day thanks to Rave Juice.

Music was provided by DJ D’Anconia (Andrew Taggart) who served as the headliner. D’Anconia is a 22 year old producer/DJ based out of LA and Syracuse, NY. He started DJing at the age of 18 in his Syracuse University dorm. His music and DJ skills exploded in a relatively short amount of time. To this date, D’Anconia has opened for some huge acts including Steve Aoki, Dirty South, Crystal Method, Dada Life, R3hab and David Guetta. The set he played for the night was incredibly energetic. He dropped some of the latest progressive and electro tracks that gave off a great vibe on the dance floor. This youngblood producer has huge potential and I expect him to continue to rise amongst his class and entire field.

Overall, a great turnout, great atmosphere, and a great cause on top of it all. It’s unfortunate to see these big time DJs, who make an incredible amount of money, not doing much for the community or organizing any events like this. It’s great to see the motivation to explore beyond the music itself amongst the EDM world; the accused EDM “bubble” that some people currently refer to will not pop with efforts like these. Talking with one of the event coordinators, I received word that they plan on hosting similar events in the future; Brolic Beats will certainly keep you posted so we can see you at the next one!

Check out a mini recap video below of some (cell phone) footage captured by Brolic Beats at the event:

ELECTRIC ZOO FESTIVAL 2012 – DAY 3 ROUNDUP


Well, all good things must come to an end. Sunday concluded the final day of the 3rd Electric Zoo Festival and it certainly went out with a bang. That bang could be no one else but Skrillex and his mind-blowing visual effects and bass-infused set. Tiësto delivered a great set as well just before Skrillex took over the decks in his spaceship-like DJ booth. Over 100,000 people were in attendance for all 3 days combined, completely smashing the 85,000 from last year’s festival. Click past the break for the available live sets from day 3, as well as embedded downloads…

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ELECTRIC ZOO FESTIVAL 2012 – DAY 2 ROUNDUP

Day 2 of the Electric Zoo Festival made the record books thanks to the man they call Axwell. The combination of his actual set and his incredible visual graphics/effects resulted in a memorable show for everyone in attendance. His set featured a lot of tracks himself and the 2 other members of the Swedish House Mafia, somewhat expected as the group nears its end. I closed my eyes for a moment during his set and I could have sworn I was in heaven and that it is no exaggeration whatsoever. This occurred during his mashup of Coldplay’s “Every Tear Is A Waterfall” and his edit of Michael Calfan’s “Resurrection” (see video from the show here).  Check out the set after the break along with other notable sets from the day as well…

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