Tonight at Subduktion some West coast favorites are gonna be providing you with a full night of bass music backed with an exceptional local lineup. California’s Lafa Taylor and Nico Luminous will be sharing the stage with The Digital Connection, coming from Colorado. With fire dancers, live painting, interactive performers, a superb selection of musical acts and an all around awesome vibe at this space, the night is looking good!
Subduktion is collecting blankets, tarps, canned food, socks, and tents to donate to Burners Without Borders, who will then donate the collected items to the homeless community. If you bring two or more items you will receive a $5 discount at the door!
Check out the brand new video from Lafa Taylor entitled, Mixed Emotions, Nico Luminous’ G Crunk Mixtape, and a free download from The Digital Connection while you get ready for the evening.
The Ganjaology team recently returned from an enlivening journey down the blessed coast, where we traveled to Oakdale, CA to participate in one of the summer’s most inspiring events – Symbiosis Gathering. For those that are not familiar, Symbiosis Events is a production team which hosts gatherings around the world focused on music, art, healing and collaboration: all necessary elements which will launch us into our new collective paradigm.
From the larger-than-life art installations, to the live painting and stunning galleries… From the the variety of workshops, dance classes, and theatre performances to the magnificent marketplace of fashion and food… From the perfectly tuned sound systems to the astounding musical talent which kept us moving through the night – Symbiosis Gathering was a glance into our freely floating cloud-based foundations of the future.
With respect to the music… (breath) Wow. Words cannot describe the level of talent represented at Symbiosis this year. Six major sound stages were on the scene with superior sound systems to carry us through the weekend. Each stage had it’s own flavor, hosting many artists, all of whom were top notch in their respective fields.
To highlight, The Juke Shack was a favorite with the team, hosting artists like Max Ulis, Shawna, Ana Sia, Pumpkin, Samo Soundboy, Sabo, Brodinski, T. Williams and Popof. Surrounded with water on all sides, The Empire of Love held space for Lapalux, Vibesquade, Christian Martin, Love and Light, Delachaux, and more. Maybe the largest of the stages was The Big Island which was home to some of the biggest acts including STS9, and Poliça, plus performances by Vau De Vire Society, Sambadrop, Saul Williams, Shakti Bliss, Odesza, and Pyronauts.
The Pantheon was one of the most magical of all the stages with it’s jaw dropping design, mixing the future with the ancient. Artists represented here include Thriftworks, Kilowatts, Desert Dwellers, Kalya Scintilla, Ott, Kyrstyn Pixton, Dakini, Bird of Prey, and The Human Experience, plus workshops on bass mantra, mycology, comedy, slam poetry, Qi Gong, and the sought after class with Claire Thompson & Freq Nasty, Yoga of Bass.
For a more relaxing environment in which participants could experience both live and digital music alike, The Living Room zone was a meeting place for participants who wanted to have a coffee, grab a slice and just kick back before heading from the camping zone into the main festival arena. The homies Lafa Taylor and Nico Luminous performed here to close things out Monday morning.
Last but not least, my personal favorite stage was The Cove. With two side by side platforms for the performers, this stage was literally TWO GOOD! The audience was setup with a large grassy hill which fed into a sandy dancefloor beside a beautiful beach. The stage was packed with insatiable sounds all weekend, but Saturday night was certainly a scene to remember. The lineup, in order, starting at dusk included Bluetech, Starslinger, Cashmere Cat, Lunice, RL Grime, BOGL vs. Dials, Danny Corn, The Librarian, and Random Rab to set the morning off right. Others to perform here were Gaudi, The Coup, Mr. Carmack, Phaeleh, Shpongle, El Papachango, Dirtwire, Sidecar Tommy, Emancipator, Plantrae, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Chet Faker, Ryan Hemsworth, Mount Kimbie, Laura Low, Secret Bass Guest – Mimosa, and the digital dancefloor don An-Ten-Nae who dropped strictly bangers. God bless great music.
All in all, the gathering was a huge success. Those that made it out will continue to spread the word about the symbiotic breath that we shared this weekend. We are moving, stretching, pulsing and perspiring with newly found energy to build, to collaborate and to create. Symbiosis Gathering was an opportunity for the many levels of participants to engage in this new space and to put forth what he or she could muster to add to the already incredible alchemical production of idea into matter. From the organizers, volunteers, musicians, and vendors to the the sound techs, the production crew, and the ticket holding festival participants; everyone had a hand in making Symbiosis Gathering the cornucopia of creativity that it was.
We are standing at the edge of a sparkling sea of creation. In our hands are the stones that will ripple our very souls into the future. Use your imagination. Hold your base. Define your stone…
Big thanks to The Confluence Group and all the photographers who’s works are represented here. Scroll over each image to see the name of the photographer. Photographers include Zipporah Lomax, Setareh Vatan, Samantha Rhea Lawson, Piak Boonlert, and Mario Covic. Also, catch more footage of the gathering by The Confluence Group here. Thanks![vimeo http://vimeo.com/75804580 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75432727 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75820660 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75818588 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75430003 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75428198 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75426041 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75425261 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″] [vimeo http://vimeo.com/75806751 color=3f1548″ width=”600″ height=”337″]
We’ve been searching, listening, longing and laughing – and now it’s time to sound the alarm… Welcome to the West Coast! Here in the belly of the beast, we find the California producer SaQi with his latest creation – the title track to his new album Quest’s End. As the newest addition to Jumpsuit Records, headed up by The Polish Ambassador, SaQi is poised to take the summer by storm. This past year I caught his set at Lightning in a Bottle which came equipped with a superior team of musical backup including Russ Liquid, Lafa Taylor and more. This track is beautifully crafted, with a bass line built for baby making. Enjoy!
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Today is the day on which we celebrate the birth of Christ, and this year it seems all too appropriate. As the Mayan calendar ends and the Age of Aquarius flows in, we stand on the shores of an ocean of truth. We are ready to honor Christ for the values that he truly embodies. Forget the bible – Here at Ganjaology, we know what Christ was really all about…
CREATIVITY – POSITIVITY – BASS MUSIC
And with that, we will revamp, refresh and renew the music we sing to celebrate this stellar holiday. For starters, here’s Lafa Taylor’s rendition of the classic tune, “Sleigh Ride”.
HAPPY HOLY DAZE!
California based performing artist Lafa Taylor is making a name for himself this season, appearing at all the major Best Coast bass music gatherings. Performing at events including Symbiosis, Lightning In A Bottle, Raindance Campout, Eugene Bike and Music Festival, Techno Tribal, Sonic Bloom, What The Festival, and most recently Bass Coast – Lafa is taking the scene by storm. Next up is Canada’s famous bass music festival, Shambhala. And yes, we’ll be there!
While Lafa mixes it up at his shows, tracks from his recent EP Mixed Emotions are certainly to be expected. Soulful, intelligent, and sexy, the Mixed Emotions EP is a collection of high vibe bass-centric beats overlaid with vocals by Lafa and others. Sincere in his message, Lafa exhibits real freedom in his creative expression. The Mixed Emotions EP touches on real situations dealt with by real people including love and loss, serenity and sadness, and elation, elevation, laughter and life.
The Mixed Emotions EP is available for free download here.
While you wait for the download, listen up!
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