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Symbiosis Gathering 2013 – Skipping Stones Into The Future

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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.

Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group

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.

Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group 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.

Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group

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.

Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group 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.

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.

Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group

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…

Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group

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!

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Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group

Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group

Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group

Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group

Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group

Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group

Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group

Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group

Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group

Ganjaology, Symbiosis Gathering, The Confluence Group

Bevvy Swift – Feelings Mix Series [Ganjaology Exclusive Interview]

Bevvy Swift - Feellings - Ganjaology

When it comes to music that resonates your soul as deeply as it rattles your speakers, the frequencies radiating from Vancouver native Bevvy Swift are truly turned up and tuned in. Since his start as a DJ and producer in 2004, Bevvy has focused primarily on creating hip hop influenced bass music. Incorporating sounds from the future into rhythms of the past, Bevvy’s compositions are as deep rooted as they are high tech.

His work with DJ partner Shaun Galaugher and their duo Glitchy & Scratchy has been a platform for which Mr. Swift has been able to turn up the dial on his musical output. Together, through a combination of in depth studio work and many club and festival dates across Canada, the pair has an impressive resume of both performance and production. We had the distinct pleasure of catching these two together for the first time at a NYE after-after-house-party on New Years Day in Vancouver in 2011.

Though much of his creations may be dance focused, siding on the glitchy trip hop – Bevvy Swift is by no means a man of shallow ears. His mix series Feelings, which we are featuring here, can attest to his deep knowledge of the power of sensitivity, emotion and love when incorporated into music. The three part series features songs which paint emotional landscapes for the listener. With an intimate connection to each tune, Bevvy has moved from DJ to story teller with this series. Let these sounds sink in as they wash over you, and pay attention to what you feel. Are you too, moved by this music?

DOWNLOAD ALL THREE MIXES HERE

We had a chance to speak with Bevvy about the Feelings mix series, giving him the opportunity to provide his own account of the project. We also touched on his recent endeavors, upcoming projects and plans for 2013. Let’s here what he had to say!

GANJAOLOGY : What’s up. Let’s start with what’s your name, where you from? Any musical affiliations to note, labels, partnerships, etc.

BEVVY : Bevan Marco Ruebsaat Bartlett, born march 3rd, 1986, Grace Hospital, Vancouver BC. I’ve been going by Bevvy Swift since I started DJing in 2004, while Glitchy & Scratchy came about a few years later. I’ve released music with San Francisco’s Muti Music; Vancouver-based label East Van Digital; and GlitchHopForum.com’s sister label, Woofercookers.

GANJAOLOGY : How long have you been involved in music? Tell us a bit about your roots.

BEVVY : My parents were traveling folk singer/teachers before they settled down to have kids – so needless to say music has been a huge part of my life since day one. I started collecting records at age 5 (the beatles mostly), and started playing guitar at 13. Around the same time I fell in love with hip hop, and was lucky enough to be in a high school that was just starting a digital music composition program. I wanted to make beats for lyrics, but most of the rappers in my school either sucked or wanted some mainstream ass beats or both, so production at that phase was not taken too seriously. I was experimenting with sounds and having a great time doing it. Once I got out of high school I got my first job, and turntables were the first thing I bought. I spent the next couple of years gigging around vancouver’s rave scene mostly, playing breakbeats, hip-hop, and drum n bass. During that time I met and befriended DJ Global (aka El Mongoose, aka the Greenskeeper, aka the other half of Glitchy & Scratchy) and he lit a little fire under my ass to get writing beats again. Our idea was to take the elements we liked from the rave stuff (big bass, punchy drums, blippy, drippy synths) and write hip-hop beats for the future. Once we realized that someone, somewhere might actually want to hear what we were doing, it was game on!

GANJAOLOGY : Your bio says, “Bevvy draws from the electronic sounds of the past to make the hip hop of the future.” Tell us about some of these influences.

BEVVY : Videogames and sci-fi mostly. I grew up without TV, and thus found myself very susceptible to its influence when exposed. I was deeply intrigued by people in the past speculating about what the future was going to be like. Games like Metroid, Contra, Chrono Trigger; movies like Dune, Star Wars, Total Recall… It was like this beautiful marriage of nostalgia and possibility, and i think those are two things that influence my music more than most.

GANJAOLOGY : Tell us about your involvement in the BC Bass scene. What makes the culture so rich?

BEVVY : As soon as I started going to raves around age 16, I knew I wanted to get my hands dirty. I used to help promoter friends flyer, that kind of thing; started DJing very soon after that. I didn’t put on any shows of my own until 2007, when Global and I teamed up with fellow glitch hop producers J.Me.J and Application to form the Integrated Grime Unit, whose purpose was to make sure everyone in Vancouver knew about this awesome new style of music… haha, and then the world! At that time, the old guards of broken beat – DnB & breakbeats – were fast losing peoples interest, and dubstep was just catching hold of vancouver’s underground. It is much thanks to other local sound pioneers (namely vancouver’s “Lighta!” boys), and the musical open-mindedness of the day that we were able to reach anybody.

GANJAOLOGY : I caught your sets at Bass Coast and Shambhala this past year. What other festivals did you play? 2012 highlights?

BEVVY : In 2012 I played at Loki Music Festival, Diversity, Sync, as well as Basscoast and Shambles… hope i’m not missing any. Diversity was my fave time this summer i think. So low key and relaxed, only getting ravey when called for. Shambles & Basscoast are always a good time too, no surprises there. I love driving long distances – and post-festival driving, when everyone else is passed out. It’s one of my favorite times to be alive!

GANJAOLOGY : Today we are listening to your Feelings mix series. The selections are a bit more deep and lovey than what you usually play. Any words to go along with the sounds?

BEVVY : Big personal paradigm shift for me this year, further in the direction of disclosure and honesty. Disclosure as in saying what you truly feel, and honesty, as in truly meaning what you say. The tunes included in the series are all very close to my heart, so much so that if asked, I could tie a specific emotional experience to each one… but don’t ask. My first few weeks in montreal left me listening to my “on repeat” playlist and steeping in all these feelings, and it felt like i needed to do something to release – to get it out there – so i could move forward, musically and personally. I never thought recording mixes would take so much out of me, but i am infinitely glad it did. If we dont let music affect us, what’s the point in listening? And by the same token, if we don’t let life affect us, what is the point in being alive? Open that heart thingy. You’d be surprised what finds its way in.

GANJAOLOGY : The wisdom creeps in. This is very true. Any upcoming events or festivals on the horizon?

BEVVY : Late march will see me open for NASTYNASTY in Montreal; all night, secret location! That same week I’ll be playing at a graffiti battle. I had a chance to play at the last graff event my first week here, and was blown away. Montreal has a really diverse arts scene, one I wish I had more time to get deeper involved in. As for summer 2013, only time will tell…

GANJAOLOGY : Surely it will. You have an upcoming release, want to talk about that?

BEVVY : Sure! on March 12th, Muti Music (home of Herobust, ill-Esha, Mimosa, Ill Gates, R/D…) is putting out an EP of remixes from my first album, Monochrome. On the release are diverse re-workings from label boss Dov, BC future music homies HxDB (who is going to be here in MTL soon), and the Philthkids, with a leftfield/dancefloor hybrid from cali native, Hypha. as i said, its pretty diverse for a four track ep, but thats the true beauty of remixes.
I also have a remix for the homey Mylesaway coming early summer on Mat the Alien’s imprint, Really Good Recordings. Myles goes deep and dark with this release, and my remix of his Badman Drone is probably one of the heaviest tunes ive ever written – so much so, that i was considering releasing it under one of my many yet-imaginary aliases.

GANJAOLOGY : Looking forward to hearing all that! What more can we expect in 2013?

BEVVY : My next album for muti is in the works, keep an eye out for that later this year. Chunky drums, neck-snap rhythms, and funky ass basslines. Future retro shit. I also have a couple of side projects on the go, which may at some point this year become front projects. Late night stuff, vocal stuff. Late night vocal stuff.

Big Shout to Bevvy for all his hard work and willingness to share his thoughts.

Today he celebrates his 27th birthday.

Happy Birthday Bevvy!

Much love and respect from the whole team here at…

GANJAOLOGY

Bevvy Swift

FEELINGS (a love story) full tracklisting:

AND THEN IT WAS OVER….

Lift You Up………………………………………ViLLΛGE
Noname………………………………………….123Mrk
Cycles…………………………………………….M. Constant
Highest Jump…………………………………..OL
Motivation……………………………………….Frank Grimes
Another Girl [Machinedrum rmx]…………Jacques Greene
Pyramids (epic ass video version)…………Frank Ocean
Birds……………………………………………….Subp Yao
Bottle Service [ft. Shlomo]…………………..Groundislava
Points……………………………………………..Zodiac
See You In The Morning……………………..Anxious Forbes
Alone [Kastle rmx]…………………………….JMSN
Columbia Clock & Dagger Pt. 2……………Aalo Guha
I’m God…………………………………………..Clams Casino

PT. 2 – OVER (& over & over)

Tokyo……………………………………………Beaumont
3rd Soul…………………………………………Jim-E Stack
Nothing Between Us…………………………ViLLΛGE
Combination…………………………………..OL
Roll With The Punches………………………Peverelist
Seven…………………………………………….Max Ulis
Subatomic………………………………………J-One
Sunshine………………………………………..Submotion Orchestra
Forgive Me (for messin’ up)……………….Two Inch Punch
Saudeleur……………………………………….Sick Whips
On My Roost……………………………………Shoulda
Ol’ Lady Love Songs………………………….Imaginations Treetrunk

PT. 3 – HEAD (over heels)

Ode to Bear……………………………………Mount Kimbie
Fifth Ave………………………………………..Gold Panda
Andrew’s Dead………………………………..Jonwayne
Indica……………………………………………BUG
Candyman……………………………………..Prison Garde
Right on Time…………………………………B.Bravo
Trying to Get Over…………………………..Prison Garde
Pad Kontrol…………………………………….Georgia Anne Muldrow
Afternoon Soul………………………………..Gramatik
Orbit162………………………………………..Decepticon Bootleg Machine
Obsidian…………………………………….Arclight
Get Free……………………………………..Major Lazer ft. Amber

Bevvy Swift

Post Decibel Artist Highlight – MIMOSA

 

Remember when dubstep first hit the states and all of your favorite DJ’s were playing this new sound from the UK?  That’s pretty much what is going on with ‘TRAP’ at the moment.  Producers and DJs who are definitely NOT from ATL have taken the Dirty South sound stemming from producers like Lil’ Jon, Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, and Lex Luger, and given it a new spin that incorporates all sorts of EDM genres into the mix, ultimately creating a new EDM sub-genre, appropriately entitled, TRAP.

Thursday at Decibel Festival I spent the day and night running around from party to party and literally EVERYWHERE I went I heard the distinct sprinkler snare drum rattling and the ever so distinct Trapaholics sample “DAMN SON WHER’ED YOU FIND THIS!?” before I entered each venue. Oh yes.  I was entering the trap.  I heard a quite a few DJ’s dropping a LOT of the same songs from artists like UZ, Flosstradamus, and Bauerr, which is cool…all the songs are hot, but their stage presence and energy didn’t quite compare to the music they were playing.  I wanted to see hands up in the air, DJ’s singing along to the songs they were playing, I wanted to see them on the mic, and most of all I wanted to see the DJ getting the crowd hyped!

My last destination of Thursday night was The Showbox to go check out Mimosa.  Now…I’ve been keeping up with Mimosa for a while now and having heard some of his newer mixes over the last year I already knew that the young Californian bass prince was going to be bringing a next level energy for this Decibel Festival, and would outshine a lot of artists due to his ability to captivate the crowd.  As I was walking up to The Showbox, I didn’t hear any snare drums…no Trapaholic samples…no 808 kicks…was I at the right place?  As I got inside Tipper had just finished up his set and Mimosa was walking on stage.  I had arrived at the perfect moment.  Mimosa came on stage and blew everyone out of the water.  With a joint lit, he proceeded to play more than an hour of next level, future trap beats, most of which I had never heard.  I’m pretty sure a lot of them were unreleased original tunes that he was saving for that night.

My homie Galen, of The Confluence, was there shooting video of Mimosa and got this SICK shot of Mimosa dropping Antiserum and Mayhems Brick Squad Anthem (which is the PERFECT example of trap), with the tightest images of the Space Needle, Smith Tower, and other Seattle buildings booming in neon colors behind him.

As I expected, Mimosa absolutely destroyed (I mean that in a good way) the showbox and left everyone sweaty as ever with a smile on their face.  If you’ve got talent…might as well use it! Big ups Mimosa.  You did it again.

Photo Credit : Eva Blue

4 Days ‘Till Decibel…Mimosa

Mimosa is no stranger to this city and DEFINITELY no stranger to festivals.  Touring nationwide for the last few years and selling out shows on a number of occassions, Mimosa is going to be making yet another Decibel Festival appearance.  He will be playing at the Bass Cadets show alongside Starkey and Tipper, which is the Starborne showcase, taking place at the Showbox at the marketplace.  This is going to be a night of Dubstep, Glitch, Trap, and beyond.   Basically, a show you don’t want to miss.

Buy Tickets HERE…

…or buy a whole Decibel Festival Pass HERE

MiMOSA – FUTURE TRiLL MIX

 

What does the future hold? Only we can determine our destiny. Close your eyes and find your still space. Open your ears and find your trill space.

1. NiNA SiM0NE – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
2. THE T0UCH – Bodies Waiting (FRENCH FRiES REMiX)
3. DARK SKY – Be Myself
4. MiM0SA – Pink Sprite
5. DiSCL0SURE – I Love… That You Know
6. STAGGA – Wild For The Night (D0SHY REMiX)
7. LUNiCE – I See U (GiRL UNiT REMiX)
8. TEETH – Shawty
9. JAY-Z KANYE WEST – Niggas In Paris (MiM0SA REMiX)
10. MiM0SA – Ice Box
11. AFRiKA HiTECH – Out In The Streets
12. MiM0SA – Dirty Money
13. Sleepyhead – Summer Lovin

Image by Kris Tate.

Teebs and Jackhigh – Rains

As promised… Here’s another video produced by Diagram Design. This time featuring music from Teebs and Jackhigh. I recently found Teebs while sifting through some beats music on our magnificent and expansive world wide web. It so happens that my friend with whom I’m currently spending some time in the California Central Valley has connections with Teebs through his younger brother who lives in Oakland. From what I understand, Teebs is doing his thing on the pro hip hop sin lyrics thing in the Bay Area with some other hot DJs like Mimosa and Shlohmo. I really like the sound this guy is pushing, so look out for new releases and old releases from the crew. If I’m lucky, I might make it down to the bay this season to kick it with these cats. Big ups to the west coast connection!

Mimosa – Sanctuary LP

Today Tigran Mimosa has released his new, long awaited, LP, Sanctuary.  The first time I heard Mimosa was a couple years ago (2009) when Hostilis was freshly released and his sounds were revolutionary to the bass scene.  His energy, his bass, his melodies…nobody was making music like this.  Since 2009 Mimosa has stayed at the top of my charts as being one of the most influential and original bass producers to make it out of the US.  You all know him, now support him and grab this amazing new LP on iTunes!

Mimosa – Out My Mind

The first thing that comes to mind when I click play is that the intro sounds like a twisted carnival re-make of the wobbles from Noah D’s Serious.  THIS track is serious!! It’s way heavier on the hip-hop side of the purple sound than a lot of the music Mimosa has been producing lately, and with the 808 kick drum thumpin’ hard you can’t help but love this one.  “SIPPIN’ SYRUP, BLOWIN’ DRO!” Even your mom likes this.  Big ups to all the moms blastin’ this out of the van.  SWAG.

Seattle might as well be a music festival…

Well folks, once again, we had another weekend stacked with an amazing musical lineup for Friday, Saturday, and tonight, Sunday.  The music scene in this city is absolutely outstanding and now that summer is right around the corner all the hibernating bass-heads are starting to make their way out of their caves and into the light…the light of the disco ball on the dance floor that is.

          To start off the madness David Starfire headlined a show Friday night, with support from HZ Donut and J-Sun, at Countour, down in Pioneer Square.  The whole party was put on by Bassdrop Music, which a  notorious record label in Seattle known for their heavy bass shows (hence the name Bassdrop).  They pulled a good crowd to the show once again! Big ups to that whole crew!  Anyway, back to David Starfire.  I had heard of him previously, but was not prepared for the type of sound he was bringing to the table for Fridays show.  Mashing up dubstep, world beat, breakbeat, and hip-hop, Starfire got the crowd on the dance floor instantly and held the captivity of the crowd until the bitter end, which happened to be quite pleasant as the night was not over yet.  Here is a track David Starfire did with Freq Nasty called  Sita Ram-Dub Kirtan All Stars.

As 2am was rounding the corner and Contour was closing down, ManAmen and myself made a quick move up to the Electric Tea Garden for the T2-B2 birthday bash that was going on all night! All night meaning until 10am!  That is Miami style poppin’ off in the North West for sure!  Upon entering, the sounds of tech-house filled the air and a sea of colorful and passionate dancers was before us being led by the good sounds and vibes of the local Seattle DJ legend Sean Majors.  This was my first time seeing Sean Majors, as it was my first time seeing David Starfire, and also my first time at Electric Tea Garden!  I found out a lot on Friday about music along with where the best after-parties are at!  Sean Majors has been a DJ from the age of 16 in the early 90’s and has since made an huge impact on the dance scene in the North West.  He has played almost every major venue in Seattle many times over and can be seen in a variety of settings including 1000+ people shows all the way down to the small intimate after party at 4am.  Majors beats keep you groovin’ unitl the sun is on the rise and the bass is nice and deep at all times.   He is a little guy with a big presence and I look forward to seeing him again at Electric Tea Garden.  Check out this mini mix by Sean Majors and Gene Lee!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZa5JImv-rY]

Saturday

After a very late and successful Friday night with the high energy level set by David Starfire, I woke up with beats still in my head and the need for a Dance Party cupcake from Cupcake Royale.  After getting some giant super wet burritos from Taco Guyamas on Broadway and cupcakes from Cupcake Royale, ManAmen and I prepared for the evening ahead of us in different ways.  I burnt the rarest of ganja and got my maximum level of relaxation on while he prepared himself for a 12 hour work day ahead of him. Ouch!  Only one of us could make it to Neumos later in the night for Mimosa and Paper Diamond.  I pre-gamed the day away and when ManAmen and I split ways I was prepared for the evening to come.

When I got to the show Paper Diamond was halfway through his set and was tearing the speakers up!  His set consisted of almost all original tracks and was bringing a huge sound with his next level beats and heavy heavy drops.  It was yet another first for me seeing this brilliant producer/DJ and he was truly impressive with his technique and musical taste.  His music is very original and his stage presence is very positive and brings a fun feel to the show.  I really liked the fact that he was using an Ipad to dj his set!  Here is Paper Diamond’s hit Paper Cuts.

Paper Diamond finished his set with style and Mimosa came on and…OPENED UP HIS SET WITH A GUNSHOT AND THE FIRST DROP FROM DOCTOR P’S BIG BOSS!!!!  That was a highly unexpected and huge intro.  With red lights going off in the background, Tigran Mimosa took the show from a dance party to a madhouse in a matter of seconds.  The theme of the next hour and a half was set and Mimosa made sure the last stop of his tour was the best stop.  Dropping banger after banger and incorporating massive dubstep hits of his own mixed with tracks such as Doctor P’s Watch Out, and Flux Pavilion’s Bass Cannon, Mimosa left the crowd crippled from the bass and did some serious damage to the sound system at Neumos. Needless to say he will be back again after getting such a large amount of love from Seattle last night.  58 Degrees is one of my favorite new Mimosa releases with it’s beautiful melody, and it made the crowd rage extra hard last night! Enjoy his sounds and check out his soundcloud for more new tracks!  This is just the start of a beautiful summer…


Dirty Vegas – Days Go By (Mimosa Remix)

What a tune! This heavy remix of Dirty Vegas’ 2002 hit record “Days Go By” has one of the nastiest driving bass lines I have ever heard Mimosa lay down on a track. Even though I have heard “Days Go By” throughout my teenage years and well into my 20’s, this remix gives the song a fresh new look and will stay on a few of my playlists for years to come.