DUSK Takes Over Tucson!

DUSK Takes Over Tucson!

DUSK Music Festival takes over Tucson, Arizona for the weekend of November 11th and 12th. This annual festival never fails to impress with its curated lineup, vendors, and art installations. DUSK has been able to evolve over the years with the amazing support of many sponsors and community partners such as Rio Nuevo, Iridius Capital, HSL Properties, and more. To see the full of sponsors, click here.

Location, Layout, and Production

DUSK is a two day festival that is located within the boundaries of Jàcome Plaza in Downtown Tucson. One of the best qualities of DUSK is that it brings a big production of a major festival down the style of a neighborhood block party. This unique location was able to hold three main stages, various art installations, plenty of hang-out spots for attendees, and over forty vendors. The layout made it easy for attendees to move around and no area felt crowded. There was also street and garage parking in the surrounding areas and entry to the festival was easy to find.

Lineup

Over the weekend, DUSK featured many artists that come from a variety of genres such as Rock, EDM, Alternative, and more. 

Day 01: Griz, Young the Giant, Cannons, Nora En Pure, Zomboy, Aluna, Breakup Shoes, KennyHoopla, Kyle Walker, Slothrust, Spag Heddy, Nomadik, Ben Dro, Svnday Drvr, KOL, M-Okay, Tonight’s Sunshine, Gone Before Us, Que

Day 02: Alison Wonderland, Nghtmre, Sofi Tucker, 4B, Dillion Nathaniel, Dion Timmer, INZO, Lauren Sanderson, Ranger Trucco, Royal & the Serpent, Sophie Powers, Bummer Girl, Lubelski, Alice.km, Dennett, Tavatli, Aja Cruz & Posi, Gasp!, Big Meridox & Bonus, Noah Martin Band, Orchadia, Shifty

Food and Drink

DUSK featured some tasty food vendors such as Danny’s Vegan, Ray Ray’s Sonoran Tea, Dante’s Fire, Fresco Pizzeria, Barrio Brewing Co., Culinary Dropout, Gastronomic Union of Tucson, and more! 

One aspect of DUSK that I have always admired are the praiseworthy curated drinks they offer. These drinks are inspired by popular songs of the artists performing. For example, “Feel No Pain” features Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey, vanilla, pineapple, coconut, orange tea, and ginger bitters. “Silvertongue” features Don Julio Blanco Tequila, grapefruit, rose, lime, silver dust, and smoked chili bitters. “Purple Hat” featured Smirnoff Vodka, strawberry, blueberry, lemon, holy flower, and plum bitters. Lastly, “Gud Vibrations” featured Seedlip Garden 108 (zero proof), cucumber, mint, basil, and lime. 

Other drink options included Ciroc, Budlight, Crown Royal, Red bull, and more.

Art Installions and Vendors

Tucson ARTS, presented by Dependable Health Services, showcased various sculptures, digital art, lighting exhibits, and more at DUSK. 

Tucson PLAYS, presented by HSL Properties, had fun activities for attendees to enjoy such as cornhole, ladder toss, a mechanical bull, and more. 

Tucson SHOPS, presented by Rio Nuevo, had all kinds of foods including fashion, fun pet clothes, fun trinkets, and more.

Vendors included Funky Junk, Tarot With Sarah, Bookmans, Faux Co., Mestizo Studio, Moon Lvnding, Color Queen Art, and more. 

I also want to give a special shoutout to manicquins for their amazing custom mannequins!

Conclusion

I would highly recommend any of my fellow festival goers to attend DUSK! It has made great strides since 2016 and is constantly evolving. Be sure to follow all their socials to stay up to date with future news! 

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Slander’s Night One Of “Thrive On The Rocks” Was Exhilarating

The end of concert season draws near at Red Rocks Amphitheater, but not before hosting some of the most sought-after music artists in the world. Slander couldn’t have chosen a better time to debut their newest album, Thrive, in Colorado with two nights of “Thrive On The Rocks.” Excitement brewed as fans poured into the breathtaking venue under the gleam of a full moon. Glowing wristbands upon entry, paired with a heated lineup of talent leading up to Slander, sealed the deal for weekend vibes on a Wednesday night.

Supporting Talent

Saka

Saka kicked off as the opener for Thrive On The Rocks by slathering us with bass and eclectic beats. His energy was contagious, sending us into dancing fits under the moonlit sky. This rising star from Hong Kong is on tour across the nation, supporting artists like Slander, Mersiv, and Peekaboo. You can catch his amazing sound next at EDC Orlando on November 11th!

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Leotrix

Next up was Australian DJ Leotrix. Holding nothing back, he unleashed a barrage of heavy hitters and we couldn’t get enough. His signature bass and pulse-stopping drops landed him on festival lineups like Lost Lands and Dancefestopia this year. As Thrive On The Rocks is one of many stops on his tour, it’s clear Leotrix is on a fast track to success!

Moore Kismet

California-based Moore Kismet was next to grace the stage. Prismatic music from their “Universe” album and delightful stage presence left us reeling! 17-year-old Moore Kismet shows promise in their surging popularity and already boasts an impressive musician’s resume. International festival performances, their Universe album release, and their international tour, Universe, are just a few of their feats in 2022 alone!

Kompany

Kompany wasn’t originally scheduled to perform, but he did not disappoint and took Thrive On The Rocks by storm. Remixing tracks like “Lockdown” and “Elephant March,” Kompany sent headbangers into a raging dubstep frenzy! His collaborations with producers like Excision, Subtronics, and Wooli have become staples for any dubstep enthusiast. Although Kompany is also on tour, you won’t want to miss his next Colorado appearance at Decadence!

Slander

Slander took their place on stage at last while our wristbands glowed in sync like a sea of stars. As an LED stage structure reminiscent of their iconic “eye” came to life, Slander’s set began with a heated remix of their hit song “Back To U.” The contrast of lyrical elements with hard dubstep hit home runs with us all night long. Songs from their Thrive album like, “Love is Gone (Dylan Matthew)” and “Walk on Water,” also brought emotional depth to the experience.

In a drastic change of pace, Slander dimmed the lights in the venue and began dishing out invigorating techno music. Rows of elated shufflers could be seen dancing in the stands. The music then turned toward fan favorites like GUD VIBRATIONS (I shamelessly screeched with happiness) and Potions. Thousands of people could be heard singing lyric-heavy songs like “All You Need To Know”. When the time came for Slander to leave, they charmed chanting fans with an encore and played one last song “Superhuman”.

In short, Derek Anderson and Scott Land are the American DJ duo known as Slander. Their unique integration of melodic music with heavy bass drops has created a large footprint in the EDM scene. It’s not uncommon to witness an entire venue sing along to their chart-topping songs, which carry messages of love and GUD VIBRATIONS. Hosted by some of the most prestigious music festivals in the world, Slander’s innovative music and global fanbase are a testament to their impeccable talent as a team.

Walking away with more than memories

Overall, the range of different genres at Thrive On The Rocks was incredible. It was pure joy to share these moments with up-and-coming artists and established producers. Slander’s “Thrive” debut in Colorado proved more meaningful than just a concert. Before we traveled home we were reminded to live in this happy moment together, hugging our friends and loved ones around us. “Thrive” seems to convey that, despite the pain and obstacles we may face, it’s okay to hold on to a cherished moment and celebrate it. To enjoy it. To thrive in it.

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Slander’s Return to Red Rocks on the Thrive Tour For a Second Night

On November 10, 2022, Slander made their return to Red Rocks on their Thrive tour.

Who is Slander?

Since 2014, Slander has steadily been making a name for themselves through their uplifting and vibey sounds. Slander is a duo consisting of Derek Andersen and Scott Land, based out of Los Angeles, CA. Derek and Scott attended Icon Music Collective together, where they met their good friend and biggest inspiration, Tyler Marenri, also known as Nghtmre.

Gud Vibrations

Nghtmre and Slander performed, toured, and collaborated as “Gud Vibrations” while also developing their own unique sounds. You are probably familiar with Slander’s earlier heaven trap hits dating back to 2014 with their We Like to Party remix, Love Is Not Enough remix, and Up All Night remix. Shortly after, Slander and Nghtmre released their first single, Gud Vibrations, which elevated their rise into the spotlight.

The Rise of Slander

After this, Slander released banger after banger with massive hits like Love AgainSuperhumanYou Don’t Even Know MeFirst TimeLove Is Gone, and many more, moving away from the heaven trap side and more into the future bass and dubstep side. Their sound is described as either soulful, euphoric melodies with beautiful lyrics or heavy, girthy bass with a punch. Nonetheless, Slander has become a household name in the EDM community for their ability to make one both headbang and cry in the same set.

Opening Support
Nitepunk

Nitepunk opened the second night of Slander’s Red Rocks stop with some funky and vibey trap that helped the crowd get moving. With breakbeat buildups and deep trap drops, Nitepunk started the night in a significant way.

Leotrix

Leotrix switched up the vibe a bit with some high-energy riddim! It was such a refresher to elevate the energy early in the night and bring in the heaviness. Leotrix definitely satisfied the bass heads in the crowd.

Dimension

For a complete switch-up, Slander booked Dimension as one of the openers for some old-school drum and bass! With the rise of the sub-genre creeping into the bass scene, people could help but get moving with Dimension’s lively sounds. They helped people get moving to stay warm throughout the progressively cold night. 

Eptic

 A staple in the bass music community and Denver fan favorite, Eptic pulled up as the last opener and brought some old-school bass into the mix. He played out some of his older classics and perfectly mixed in his newer tunes to make for a super fun dubstep set. 

Slander

Slander’s return to Red Rocks went a little something like this. Starting with a beautiful intro to Walk On Water and slowly creeping into a fiery bass-filled Move Back drop, Slander did not come to play around. The first half of the set was filled with heavy bass bangers dropping one after another! Slander threw in massive tunes like their collab with Svdden Death called Blood On MeBack to You, and Gravity. Later on, in the set, they moved into their popular sing-song tracks like First Time and Potions. The crowd was singing and screaming at the top of their lungs as they held their friends tight. Later in the set, they switched it up and played their newer dark techno song, Before Dawn, as everyone danced. The night ended with Superhuman as the crowd became illuminated with light. Overall, the crowd’s energy proved to be unbeatable, and the night was filled with many smiles, tears, hugs, and headbanging.

Production

Production this year was still excellent but, compared to previous years, could have been a bit more involved. The infamous Slander “Eye” was in the middle of the stage, always equipped with fire and lasers. The Slander logo was projected onto the rocks as well. The late announcement and weekday dates for the shows may have been indicators of late production planning, but Slander still came through and threw down a fantastic set.

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There Was Nothing Natural About Supernatural Festival

There Was Nothing Natural About Supernatural Festival

There has been an ongoing tradition in Denver that no matter which corner you turn, the best artists will show face. This is all because Global Dance ensures each holiday is spent dancing under the stars. This year’s Halloween shindig was no exception, with headliners Subtronics and Madeon. Most importantly, the lineup was stacked all the way around for Supernatural.

The Lineup

There must be an extraordinary mention that the lineup was a thriller worth traveling for. Pulling Gareth Emery, Ray VolpeLil Texas, and Madeon is a huge pull that not most festivals can make. Most of these acts are headliners alone, but pulling them onto one lineup is a game-changer. It really showcases the power that the Global Dance scene has.

Madeon Gave A Performance Of A Lifetime

Madeon is one of the most exciting acts on the scene. He showcased his versatility by playing heavy dub and his own classics. In a total trance, the crowd was always left guessing where Madeon was going next. From Flume to 80’s hits, he came out in full strength and kept the audience jumping. There also was no holding back as he went into heavy dub to bless the bass capital with what we’re known to love. This showcased why he is a top talent in the scene and how lucky we were to have him come to Colorado hot on his tour.

Subtronics Showed Why He’s Atop Of The Game

There’s no more prominent name in the dubstep scene than Subtronics. This is because he has consistently proven that he can show up to the most prominent stages and put on a show. Coming in hot off of Lost Lands and other major music festivals, he was able to make a stop in Denver for Supernatural. An artist that has sold out Denver venues showed up with poise. There was not a drop in his set, and he even incorporated new elements into his groups.

He showed his style’s versatility and brought dubstep into the light while having party tunes. Only the most skilled can bring this to the table, and he proved exactly why he was the right person for the job. Nevertheless, Subtroncs has a solid future headlining Denver, which was a testament to that.

Global Dance Throws the Best Parties

What would almost seem impossible to bring these top artists together on one lineup, Global succeeds. Not only did they make it sexy, but they went above and beyond. Pulling this caliber of artists was something of the stars. With their headliners putting on sets to remember for years to come, there is no doubt that the place to be is Supernatural Festival.

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Rezz Rocks Returns for its 4th Year

On October 28, 2022, the legendary producer Rezz returned to Red Rocks Amphitheater for the 4th annual Rezz Rocks and captivated the crowd. 

Who is Rezz?

Isabelle Rezazadeh is the creator of Rezz and is also known by fans as the infamous space mom. Canadian-born and raised, she got an early start in music at 16 with DJing and soon moved on to producing by teaching herself the basics. After catching the attention of massive stars like Skrillex and Deadmau5 in 2015, she released an EP on Skrillex’s nest imprint and then signed to Deadmau5’s label, Mau5trap.

Musical History

Rezz’s notoriety multiplied with her 2016 EPs and led the way into her full-length debut of Mass Manipulation in August 2017. She quickly became a household name in the EDM world with songs like Selector, Plague, Edge, and Relax. In 2018, she released Certain Kind of Magic with high-profile collaborations with Deathpact, 1788-L, and Fytch. Come 2019, she released her fourth EP, Beyond the Senses, followed by one of her most popular singles, Someone Else. Then in 2021, she banged out her third full-length album, Spiral, which features many fan favorites like Sacrificial and Taste of You.

Music Type

At the beginning of her career, Rezz’s music came to be considered the first of its kind and a new wave of bass music. It’s described as futuristic and dark mid-tempo bass with mild crossovers to techno. Rezz’s music and production are known to induce hypnotic, trance-like states and create a wicked, extraterrestrial atmosphere. A legend in her creations, Rezz always leaves her crowds mesmerized. 

Opening Support
Fise

Fise was the first opener of the night, and many were not sure what to expect! But he did a great job setting the mood with some heavy mid-tempo bass heaters. I’m sure many people are excited to see more from him in the future.

Canabliss

Fans were so excited to see Canabliss on the support lineup! She came on during an incredible pastel sunset and threw down some deep wubs that got the crowd moving. She also switched it up with a good amount of drum and bass, which was refreshing to hear.

Kill Script

Kill Script was a great addition to this support lineup, providing some dark, dirty techno! Featuring an excellent visual production with futuristic machines, Kill Script raised the energy with heavy kicks and kept the crowd warm when it started to get cold!

Chee

Many were also excited to see Chee on the lineup! He was a great addition with his profound experimental bass beats and track diversity. Chee made for a smooth transition into the next opener. 

Of The Trees

One of the most anticipated openers, Of The Trees, came ripping through next and did not disappoint. A fan favorite and Denver local, Of The Trees, played an incredible set with a super trippy visual production that pumped the crowd with energy.

Rezz’s Set

It’s safe to say that this was a Rezz fan’s dream set. Rezz Rocks opened with the classic voiceover saying, “Rezz, the humans, they won’t understand. They communicate in a different way.” As the crowd screamed, she started playing her first song, Chemical Bond, which is a huge heavy hitter. This set was full of fan favorites like Edge, Taste of You, Sacrificial, Purple Gusher, and so much more. She went back to 2016 and played songs like Plague, which made the crowd go nuts. Rezz also played tunes from other artists like Pretty Lights, Zeds Dead, and Charlesthefirst! It’s important to note that the songs she chose from these other artists were mixed seamlessly into her set and fit perfectly. Footage can be found on Instagram here!

Production

The Rezz Rocks visual production was also top-tier, but who’s surprised about that? The stage was set with fog machines blowing downwards onto the stage and cauldrons of fire surrounding Rezz. There were live cameras on her as she played that projected onto the stage and were incorporated into the visual production that, made for a wild sight to see. As she stood in the middle of the stage with her bright red swirly glasses and her legs swaying under the decks, it was almost as if she became engulfed in the hypnotic visual experience behind her. At any given moment during the set, you could hear screams from left and right in the crowd due to the absolute madness that Rezz was causing! You can catch a glimpse into this crazy setup in her Instagram post here.

Conclusion

Overall, this was an incredible experience! From the support lineup to the legend Rezz herself, the night was filled with grimey music from start to finish. We are so lucky to have seen such a jam-packed Rezz Rocks, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for all the artists involved.

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REZZ Rocks Bewitched Us With A Nightmare On REZZ Street

The queen of Halloween has returned to claim her throne in Colorado for two nights of REZZ Rocks VI. On October 27th, REZZ summoned us to Red Rocks Amphitheater to behold the most memorable Halloween party of the year: a special Nightmare on REZZ Street set. Leading up to this spectral experience, a wicked lineup of artists would slay the decks to induce booty shaking and head-banging all night long.

J|Adore

We were met by the electrifying talent of J|Adore as soon as the gates opened. Although snow had fallen earlier in the afternoon, her music cut through the chill and started off her REZZ Rocks debut piping hot. Her deep, rhythmic electro beats sizzled in the crisp air, leaving no question of her growing success as a local DJ in Denver. Not only has she headlined Temple Nightclub in Denver, but she has also supported many prestigious artists, such as Benny Benassi and Green Velvet.

EDDIE

A dark, entrancing bass flooded the venue as EDDIE took over the decks next. He satisfied thirsty bass heads with his captivating hit, “Still Healing,” then unleashed one heavy hitter after another. His sound was hypnotizing and kept the crowd going wild! Talented Australian DJ EDDIE debuted on the mau5trap label in 2017, releasing tracks with artists like ATLiens(Closer) and REZZ (Time, Stress). “Still Healing” has amassed over one million views on YouTube and nearly four million plays on Spotify. No wonder we couldn’t resist his sound!

Mary Droppinz

Mary Droppinz followed, taking us to the sweeter side of the spooky season with breakbeat electro, techno, and house. Purple lights mellowed the stage while she led us on a booty-shaking adventure. Her groovy, eclectic style filled our good vibe cups to the top. Mary Droppinz, hailing from Nebraska, is touring across the U.S. to the best parties around. You can catch her in Denver at The Church Nightclub on New Year’s Eve and EDC Las Vegas in May!

EAZYBAKED

Then, DJ duo EAZYBAKED appeared and brought weird, wonderful wubs for all the wooks. As their REZZ Rocks debut, this proved to be a special set. I couldn’t hold back my “bass face” as deep, organic music flowed from the hands of these bass masters. Seeing as they have track collaborations with Of The Trees and G-Space, it’s clear they’re on a fast track to success. Just in the last six months, Florida-based EAZYBAKED has headlined shows in several states, as well as supporting artists like GRiZ, Sullivan King, and Ganja White Night!

Wreckno

Wreckno graced the mainstage next with show-stopping entertainment. We were dazzled with a fabulous choreographed introduction featuring Wreckno and incredibly talented dancers. To our pleasure, Yvie Oddly made a guest appearance to perform an amazing rap/DJ’ing duet! We loved this high-energy set loaded with Wreckno’s signature combination of DJ’ing, bass, and rapping. This Michigan-born star is currently on tour across the country and has proven his talent at large festivals like Lollapalooza and Electric Zoo!

REZZ

Finally, REZZ took her place on stage, and we were gushing with excitement. Eerie, unearthly music began as the stage came to life like a real horror movie. Unsettled but unable to avert our eyes, we watched as REZZ and her production team swept us from REZZ Rocks into another dimension. The shackles of our reality were broken as we were plunged into the tantalizing visual and audio experience of Nightmare on REZZ Street.

Haunting characters and nightmarish scenes led us through this spectral journey. With REZZ guiding at the helm, her hypnotic bass and mesmerizing beats created a truly immersive event. Her impeccable talent was on full display, incorporating her newest release, “Nightmare On REZZ Street 2,” as well as tracks like Selector, Flying Octopus, and Puzzle Box– just to name a few.

REZZ has gained popularity worldwide for her otherworldly sound and supernatural-like concert experiences. She recently launched a new record label, HypnoVizion, with Nightmare on REZZ Street 2 Mix as its release debut.

We’ll see you in our dreams

Night one of REZZ Rocks came to an end, but not before REZZ played some of her most requested songs to appease her fans- what a treasure. Photos and videos don’t always capture the full essence of a concert, so we will be reliving this Nightmare on REZZ street in our dreams long after everyone travels home.

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