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Sonic Bloom – 1 Week Warning!

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From the scenic setting in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains…To the impressive and diverse lineup that only Sonic Bloom could provide…To the beautiful people who make their way to Colorado for this trend setting festival…Sonic Bloom has almost everything it needs to make it’s 10 year anniversary the best celebration ever.  The one thing it’s still missing is…YOU!

Sonic Bloom is only 1 week away!  For all of you who have not yet purchased tickets for Colorodo’s favorite music festival, you’ve still got time.  Click HERE to get your Sonic Bloom ticket!

While you wait for the gates to open…Enjoy a few of our favorites from a couple of this years Sonic Bloom artists!

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Sonic Bloom Artist Highlight – Andreilien

One of the West Coast pioneers in the ‘bass music’ world, Andreilien, is coming to Colorado to throw down some glitched out beats for ya this summer at Sonic Bloom!

Having just released a brand new album, Ergot Curry, on Muti Music, Andreilien is set up for an exciting summer of performances across the country.  All of his fans have been anticipating the release of this album, and with it’s debut just a few days ago, I don’t think anybody is disappointed.  Ergot Curry is funkier than ever, and is gonna have people kickin’ up dust at festivals all summer. Have a listen for yourself below!

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Bass Coast 6 MUTINY – Lineup Revealed!!

The Basscoast Mutiny lineup has been revealed, and as expected, it’s stacked with an impressive array of musical talent. For the past three years the Ganjaology team has adventured north into the Canadian wilderness to share in one of the highest vibes parties this side of the Kootenays… and you better believe we’re gearing up for another round!

Year after year the Bass Coast Project continues to amaze, enliven and inspire. Once again, this year The Bass Coast Girls (organizers Andrea Graham and Liz Thomson) have outdone themselves. Performances for this year’s bush session include Addison Groove, Tribe Called Red, Bogl, Cure, D Bridge, Danny Corn, G Jones, J.F. Killah, Kir Mokem, Mat The Alien, Max Ulis, Natasha Kmeto, Nick Wisdom, Philthkids, Self Evident, Sweater Beats, Tank Gyal, Librarian, and Yan Zombie among others!! We’ve listed music from many of the musicians below.

Listen to the sounds and imagine yourself in the forest, the beats filling your auditory field. Notice how you feel as these frequencies are filtered through your receiving centers. Are you inspired? Does the music make you move, make you bow your head and hum… Do these sounds suggest to you love or lust, laughter or longing? Are you sick with excitement?

Whatever the case, our physicians here at Ganjaology Institute prescribe one fat dose of BC trees combined with all manner of creation from raw to refined (super pun here, please smirk responsibly). Coincidentally you can get all this at Bass Coast. Do your body a favor and get up to Merritt, BC this August for Bass Coast 6 Mutiny!

8PRN

A THOUSAND YEARS

A TRIBE CALLED RED

ADDISON GROOVE

ADHAM SHAIKH

ANDREW VAN HASSEL

BLONDTRON

BOGL

BORDELLO

CAL BASS

CALAMALKA

CHADIO

CLAIRE

CLYPHS

COMMODO

CRAIG MULLIN

CRIMSON

CURE

DAEGA SOUND

DAN SOLO

DANNI G

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DANNY CORN

DBRIDGE

DJ DUBCONSCIOUS

DJ K-TEL SUNDAY SOUL SESSIONS

DJ LORNE B

DUBTECHA

EL PAPA CHANGO

EMMA STAR

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EMOTIONZ

FORT KNOX FIVE

FOXY MORON

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G JONES

GEMMA LUNA

GRAZE

GYPSY PHANTOM

HEART TO HEART (BRON AND MOE LOWE)

HEARTBEAT(S)

HRDVSION

HUMANS

ISIS GRAHAM

J.F.KILLAH

JANOVER & RESUNATOR

JESSE BRU

JPOD THE BEAT CHEF

JUBILEE

JULIA GRACE

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JUST SHEILA

KIR MOKUM

KLINE

KMLN

KRYSTLE LOVE B

 

LONGWALKSHORTDOCK

LUCITERRA & CHRIS MURDOCH

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LUKE MCKEEHAN

MANDAI

MAT THE ALIEN

MAX ULIS

MICHAEL RED

MIRAGE INC

MONOLITHIUM

MR. WU

MYLES AWAY

NAASKO

NATASHA KMETO

NICK WISDOM

OCTABAN

PALEMAN

PHILTHKIDS

PUMPKIN

RENNIE FOSTER

RHYTHMICON

RYAN DALEY

RYAN WELLS

SABOTA

SAM DEMOE

SELF EVIDENT

SERGIO LEVELS

SHAMIK (BEATBOX)

SKIITOUR

SMALLTOWN DJS

SPILT MILK

STEFAN Z

SWEATER BEATS

SWEET ANOMALY

SWEET SOUL BURLESQUE

TAAL MALA

TANK GYAL

THE FUNK HUNTERS

THE GAFF

THE LIBRARIAN

THINK TANK

THUGFUCKER

TOLTEK

VINYL RITCHIE

WAX ROMEO

WESTERLEY

WILLISIST

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YAN ZOMBIE

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Decibel Festival 2013 – Ten Year Teaser

– DECIBEL FESTIVAL IS COMING . SEPTEMBER 25-29, 2013 . SEATTLE, WA . BE THERE –

FrumLater – Live at The Living Room :: Shambhala 2012

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Here’s a nice heady dance mix for ya… Caught this set by FrumLater last year on the Living Room Stage at Shambhala Music Festival in Salmo, BC. He was filling for someone. Someone awesome, which is why I was there. But honestly, I don’t remember who that was now. I do know that this man waxed the dance floor that evening. DAMN.

Catch him at Shambhala again this year. See you there!

Bevvy Swift – Feelings Mix Series [Ganjaology Exclusive Interview]

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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?

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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

Lightning In A Bottle – Rush N Get Em Tickets On Sale!

There is only 24 hours left to purchase your Rush-N-Get-Em discounted presale tickets for The Do Lab’s legendary music festival in Temecula, California, LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE.  Having moved locations this year, the energy at this festival is going to be like few other in the world.  Music, art of countless different forms, people from every corner of the planet, positive vibrations, and a beautiful landscape, will create an unforgettable and magical memory for all participants alike.

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The lineup is still unannounced but stay tuned for more about Lightning In A Bottle….

Decibel Festival…It’s Almost Here!

Our beloved hometown of Seattle, WA, is hosting quite possibly one of the greatest and most musically diverse electronic music festivals in the world.  It goes by the name of Decibel Festival.  If you’ve been out of the loop on what’s going on in the music world in the North West, I’m sorry.  But you’re reading this so you’re not TOO late!  Decibel Festival is hosting more than 160 artists from around the world and will be taking over 14 different venues for 5 days starting this coming wednesday.  Passes are still on sale, will run you about $240 after taxes, and get you into MOST events. Check out the line up!

Bass Coast 2012 – A Weekend of Wonder

It’s been three weeks, and whispers of Bass Coast can still be heard echoing through the old growth forests of the Pacific North West. For miles the trees have been in conversation about a consciousness that is beginning to manifest itself in human space. Bass Coast is a cosmic gathering of like minded individuals brought together to share in this new understanding. Through music and dance, creation and collaboration, healing and heart; Bass Coast supports this progression toward a new paradigm.

Held in Squamish, BC along the banks of the Elaho River, Bass Coast 2012 was paradise. Imagine a beach party beside a winding river, overshadowed by glacial mountain peaks under a diamond sky. The festival was an extra-ordinary gathering of beautiful smiling faces, enveloped in lush forest, dancing to dastardly beats. Bass Coast participants were consumed by prodigious beauty, natural and synthetic alike.

Oh, and don’t forget the full moon vibration holding strong through the weekend…

For three days, we were immersed in an environment conducive to the highest forms of art and expression. Whether relaxing by the water, tuning in to one of the many conscious workshops, or collecting and connecting in the village; every Bass Coast participant could find him or herself involved in exciting and enlivening daytime activity. The festival offered a shaded workshop space on the beach for early morning yoga, daily dance instruction, and group meditation; a geodesic dome space for knowledge sharing which included workshops on unified field theory, Ableton Live, and Chinese astrology; and a pyramid housing a larger-than-life alter to promote alter-native expression and enlightenment. All this was amplified by an abundance of art installations of all shapes and sizes.

Days filled with creativity and conscious conversation created a perfect platform for the nights ahead. As the sun dipped behind the mountains and the stars began to reveal the light behind their glittering gaze, the real excitement ensued. Three undeniably awesome stages complete with superior sound systems, held space for an awesome array of local and international musicians. The DJs represented at Bass Coast are easily some of the most progressive and enthusiastic producers and performers of our time. The Canadians came in steaming hot with sounds by Daega Sound, Bevy Swift, Calamalka, Neighbor, Jpod The Beat Chief, Librarian, Kir Mokem, HxDB, Mat The Alien, and the Lighta! Crew, just to name a few. Among the internationals was Machinedrum, Lafa Taylor, Noah D, Justin Martin, and Danny Corn, along with many more.  One could not have been at all of the performances if she wanted to. That said, there were times at which we found ourselves aligned on so many levels it felt as if we were at multiple places at once.  With the high level of conscious expansion demonstrated at Bass Coast, this scenario is certainly not outside the realm of possibility.

The energy at Bass Coast was high to say the least. Organizers Liz Thomson and Andrea Graham have outdone themselves in their fourth year with the Bass Coast Project. In their mission to support the local electronic underground arts community, the Bass Coast Project is surpassing expectation. The people are beautiful, the music phenomenal, and the workshops exciting and informative. Kudos to all that helped to make Bass Coast what it has been – an opportunity…

To contemplate, to educate, to innovate and to CREATE!

We’ve listed some music for you guys to check out below, and look out for some specific artist highlights to come over the next few weeks.

See you in Squamish next year for Bass Coast 2013!

SPAAAACE TOOOAAASSST!

Big up to Zac Cirivello of Black Rock City, LLC for sharing the photos seen here.

Check out a few more below!