A Moment To Catch Up With Colorado’s Talented SLASHA

A Moment To Catch Up With Colorado’s Talented SLASHA

I got a chance to catch up with SLASHA before he embarked on a stop to Kansas City to show what he’s been cooking recently. Fresh off signing with “WASTELVND Records“, and expanding his brand across states, he’s someone that is bound to blow up overnight. This seemed like the perfect chance to spend some time with him to pick his brain.

Originally known as “Slimee”, “SLASHA” has had huge endorsements from big names in the dub-step scene. Most notably from SNAILS when he came through for his headlining Red Rocks show. The rebranding was to have something that provided more uniqueness and better represented the energy that he is aiming for. Not a lot of artists are confident enough to make these changes, but this is why I couldn’t have asked for a better person to interview in our Colorado music scene.

Now The Questions

Party Guru Press: I first want to thank you for your time to sit down and answer a few questions. What were the short-sight consequences of rebranding from “Slimee”?

SLASHA: It was unfortunate, but it has only made my craft stronger. Having someone in the scene with a similar name posed the problem of sticking out. I believe that it would’ve been easy for me to see it as a step backward, but it only provided me with time to look back and really handle everything more calculated. In moments like this, as long as you’re prepared for those short-term consequences, you can achieve your dreams.

Party Guru Press: It is pretty amazing what you’ve accomplished after the rebranding, as far as breaking the mold of just being a part of the local scene and pushing outside of your comfort zone. What has been your biggest performance to date?

SLASHA: I was fortunate enough to play a stage at “Paradiso” in Washington, which happened to be one of the larger-scale music festivals that year. It was absolutely insane, but that ties back to following your dreams to accomplish them.

Party Guru Press: I noticed that you’ve been pushing out music like crazy, with “Dark Side” being the most recently released on the 14th through “WASTELVND Records“, what is the inspiration for your style of music?

SLASHA: I initially got into producing in high school, but then I got very big into Illenium, which led me into EDM music. I was blown away when I started going to my first shows with how hype the crowd could get off of just one track. This led me into wanting to find a way to create that same energy throughout the whole set. This is where I really got into producing heavy hitters.

Party Guru Press: Where do you see the future taking you?

SLASHA: I really hope that I’ll get a chance to play at my favorite music festivals, Lost Lands and Bass Canyon. That is my main goal at this current point, so I’m gonna keep on pushing till we get there.

Party Guru Press: I’m sure with how focused you’ve been on your craft, that you’ll accomplish that with no problem. Is there any advice that you would like to pass on to anyone who’s trying to break into the scene or is just starting?

SLASHA: It’s insane what you can accomplish if you keep on pushing no matter what roadblocks you may face. It’s very surreal what you can control by working hard and never losing track of where you want to go. It’s not an overnight process, but you can take it day by day by working hard.

Party Guru Press: Besides Kansas City, do you have any upcoming shows that should be on everyone’s radar?

SLASHA: I’m actually playing the Black Box on April 27th for the WASTELVND takeover, and I’ll be performing a lot of new mixes with my most recent releases.

Party Guru Press: I’m sure we’ll be seeing you there and thanks again for your time, we’re very excited to see what the future has in store for you!

To Conclude Time Well Spent

Slasha showcased where hard work can take you as he was able to open up about the challenges that he’s recently overcome to get onto the map. It’s refreshing that we have faces like this in our music scene that acknowledge that it’s a process. For mostly everyone, it is not an overnight thing, which helps represent how hard work and dedication are needed to pursue this craft. Check out Slasha at the Black Box to see first-hand what he has been pushing himself for.

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An Inside Look To Kosmic Kingdom 2022

An Inside Look To Kosmic Kingdom 2022

Kosmic Kingdom Music Festival returns to Sleepy Hollow Sports Park in Des Moines, Iowa this summer. Headliners include CloZee and G Jones, two of the most popular and innovative DJs in the world today. Kosmic Kingdom will bring a massive range of great artists to Des Moines, while also bringing out some local legends.

Looking at the headliners, G Jones is coming in hot as one of America’s most promising bass producers. We also see CloZee, a powerful female presence in electronic music, bringing together incredible visuals and emotionally charged live performances. We can expect to see many more incredible artists. Party Guru Press was recently lucky enough to have the chance to chat with the producer of Kosmic Kingdom. Check out the entire interview below!

Getting Started

Party Guru Press: What differences can attendees see this year that haven’t been seen in previous years?

Kosmic Kingdom: We are actually experimenting with some new stage ideas and layouts for 2022. Might even be a new castle stage but we can’t say too much yet. One goal for this year is to incorporate even more of a medieval vibe. In 2019 we introduced our knight fighters who fight with REAL weapons and armor, it’s absolutely insane.

We had some renaissance-themed characters walking around last year and we are looking to really push as hard as we can on the theme this year. I think every year we try and really improve aspects of the festival that might have been slightly lacking so we’ll, of course, be making changes that are needed to improve the festival goers’ experience as a whole.

Past To Present Headliners

Party Guru Press: With previous headliners such as Liquid Stranger and Caspa, to now CloZee and G Jones, what made you choose these two as headliners? Seeing that G Jones was also the headliner in 2018, what are some of the biggest changes that have been made since then? 

Kosmic Kingdom: This niche is extremely hard to find proper headliners for. I’ve told my partners many times that there are maybe 6-8 true headliners in the underground bass world that the fans would consider actual top card acts. CloZee was a super obvious choice for us this year, she is absolutely crushing it. Amazing sets and we think her ethos and brand fit really well with what we believe in. We also love seeing a woman in this space getting the attention she deserves and with so many amazing female producers and DJs out there right now, we thought it was only fitting to have a true queen on the top of the bill this year.

As for G Jones, the man is iconic. A producer’s producer if you will. He’s the guy that every producer idolizes and looks up to, also pushing the limits and the sound. He’s grown right along with the festival, we’ve gotten bigger and so has he. The festival has more than doubled in size, increased production on all fronts, and has become an even stronger family since he first played. I remember him tweeting “Iowa needs more parties like that.” after his set and I think he is going to be even more impressed now. It’s truly a special festival that is different than any other I’ve attended (or organized).

Party Guru Press: What was the heaviest inspiration behind the lineup for 2022?

Kosmic Kingdom: This year the inspiration was 100% the underground bass scene. Putting together a full card of national acts for the ones that know, the real heads. There are acts on here that may not be known by a lot of people, but the ones who are fans will fly across the country to catch them in a club. I went from the commercial EDM world to the underground bass world really fast when I discovered electronic music over a decade ago and that’s really where my heart has always been.

Iowa also loves the weird and deep stuff, it’s crazy. We’ll have as many people at a Yheti headline show in a club as we will for a Zomboy tour. Very few markets are like that. So not only do we get to give the people what they want, I’m able to book what I truly love. Plus we can show some new faces a different side of bass music which I love.

Tickets, Lineup, Merchandise And More

Party Guru Press: As tickets are on sale right now, will festival-goers see single-day tickets available for purchase closer to the event?

Kosmic Kingdom: Yes they will. Generally, we do single-day passes about 30-40 days before the festival.

Party Guru Press: Will there be a phase 2 or maybe even phase 3 addition to the lineup for this year?

Kosmic Kingdom: So we may or may not still have some open slots. There will definitely be more announcements like the after-parties for VIP and the pre-party but you might just see a couple more acts slip on the main card as well. 

Party Guru Press: All talent from small to large on this lineup is great, what sort of spotlight would you say this gives to someone who might be playing their first festival with you all? When looking to social media a lot of fans are just as excited for the smaller names as they are for the larger names.

Kosmic Kingdom: I think attendees really love to explore the festival grounds and stages so most will find themselves in front of some speakers with an artist playing that they have never heard. A lot of people may find their new favorite artists during the fest. Being how niche the event is, it allows them to play in front of people that really are into this style of bass music. Can’t even count how many people I’ve seen post “omg I saw ____ at Kosmic and I had never heard them before and it was my absolute favorite set”. I think it just gives these artists a platform in the midwest to really showcase their true sound to people who will understand it and take it all in.

Party Guru Press: What does Kosmic Kingdom bring to Iowa? Can we expect to see any local food trucks, breweries, clothing, etc?

Kosmic Kingdom: To be honest, one of the biggest things I would say it brings to Iowa is new faces. There are a LOT of people that travel to Iowa from outside states to come to this festival. Most assumed that nothing happens here and we don’t listen to this kind of music. They all leave realizing we have a proper scene with people that really know their bass music and an incredible community of music & festival lovers. Outside of that, we do have local breweries at the event as well as a lot of local vendors that showcase their products. People leave here ready to come back to Iowa for more.

Party Guru Press: Will fans have a selection of all-new 2022 Kosmic Kingdom merch this year?

Kosmic Kingdom: Absolutely, we will be working with past Kosmic Merch collaborators as well as some new ones. The merch for Kosmic is really starting to become a thing. In 2018 when we started we had one terrible T-Shirt and basically, no one bought it. In 2019 we made a few jerseys and shirts and they sold out before 8 pm the first day. Last year we had a pretty big selection of hoodies, shirts, pashmina’s, jackets, pins, etc and almost everything sold out again. Expect even more options and we’ll try and keep them in stock longer.

Party Guru Press: If you could summarize this festival in one sentence, what would you say?

Kosmic Kingdom: A magical experience from another generation in time during the day and an insane party at night with the perfect amount of beauty vs. chaos.

Medieval Times Are Ahead

Party Guru Press: Being hosted at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, where haunted houses are hosted around Halloween, can we see any themes to each day? Obviously besides the medieval surroundings. Should fans prepare to dress in certain themes?

Kosmic Kingdom: Funny you ask cause we had actually planned on doing a theme for each day in 2021 but with how crazy covid made planning it just never happened. Definitely planning on doing something fun for that this year.

Party Guru Press: What is one word of advice you’d give to someone thinking about attending the festival or even traveling to the festival?

Kosmic Kingdom: Just come and really be a part of it. Meet your camping neighbors and go check out sets with them, hang out in the weird little areas and buildings when you need time to relax, dress up like a crazy person for the medieval ages and get weird and most of all come to bring a positive vibe only. And drink water!

Party Guru Press: When will gates open up for campers to set up?

Kosmic Kingdom: 2 pm for pre-party attendees on June 2nd and 9 am for regular attendees on June 3rd. See you all at Kosmic!

Ticket Information

There are a few things that every visitor needs to know when attending Kosmic Kingdom in Des Moines. 1) Get ready for some sweet music and funky vibes. 2) Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and wear comfortable clothing. It gets hot out here during festival season! 3) Drink plenty of water.

If you’re curious about what it costs to attend Kosmic Kingdom, there are two general admission ticket options. The first is a GA two-day pass with camping for $168.59. With that package, attendees will have access to both days of music as well as camping. The second option is for a VIP two-day pass with camping and it cost $273.46. This gives you access to VIP areas and after-hour parties amongst other gifts. Ticket upgrades including pre-party add-on and premier camping are available also. Finally, RV hookup is offered as well.

We hope to see you all at Kosmic Kingdom this June. Follow the link below for tickets!

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A Sit Down With DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ

A Sit Down With DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ

DJ Sabrina The Teenage: EDM’s Next Big Thing

DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ is not your average DJ. She has not gotten your typical widespread exposure on the major music festival circuit, but she is unique in that she’s your artist’s favorite artist. Any chance Porter Robinson got a chance, he was spinning DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ.

DJ Sabrina The Teenage is London-based, and can seamlessly blend the euphoria that was so present in the ’80s-’00s. You instantly get hooked on the starting track Next To Me, then the energy carries right through to the title track Charmed. It is truly a sight to see, as that one moment in each song has a way of connecting with each different individual. Party Guru Press had the opportunity to chat with DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ, keep reading below to find what drives this passion, that is soon to pioneer the wave of EDM.

Party Guru Press: It’s amazing how you worked out The Other Realm  and The Makin’ Magic Album IIin the same year. What was your thought process on releasing them at the same time?

DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ: I wanted to hedge my bets by releasing a couple of albums that were pretty different so as not to disappoint anyone after Charmed”. It was far, far better received than I ever dreamed of it being (it was just another album for me, one that was going to be a bit bigger to finish the pentalogy) and any single album was going to be a bit of a letdown, I’d imagine. If I did an album that was more of the same if I did an album that was totally different. I sorta wanted to do an album that built on the lighter, emotive sound and another that built on the harsher, minimal sound rather than mixing them together. It also worked as a way to continue on the story from where the “Charmed” novelization ends, where she dies and lives in a reverse timeline in the The Other Realm  (which begins where “Charmed ” closes), then returns to the mortal realm in the forwards’ timeline that begins as Realms end.

Party Guru Press: It is absolutely incredible to hear that you have such a detailed concept, and your music carries that vision straight through. This leads me to my next question,  when did you start producing/DJing?

DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ: A few years ago, but nothing really stuck until lo-fi house kinda made me figure out the right kinda sound to lead with, otherwise, I don’t think anyone would still be listening, lol!

Party Guru Press: It’s insane that you are accomplishing such a unique sound in such a small amount of time. There has to be a huge inspiration that is fueling this, what is that? 

DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ: Listening to music, I think, I always loved music as a kid and just kinda imitated life, haha! I would have LOVED to make movies but it’s a lot harder to make movies without a huge team of people and music gives me the same creative, cinematic satisfaction or something, lol!

Party Guru Press: You say that you listened to a lot of music, what were the artists that inspired you the most to be doing what you’re doing so confidently?

DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ: The Avalanches, Genesis (love all their music, but their late 80’s/early 90’s and solo albums are a big influence), 90’s R&B and Nu Soul, late 70’s/early 80’s West Coast/AOR/MOR/AC, millennium pop, 90’s country rock, 00’s rap, so much!

Party Guru Press: Let’s talk about the artists that you’re seemingly inspiring to use your music in their sets. How did it feel knowing Porter Robinson played you so much both days at Second Sky Music Festival? Did he have any contact with you at all prior? 

DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ: Haha, nah, I just got a lot of messages and comments from people telling me Next To Me and some other tracks were being played, otherwise I’d probably still be completely unaware, haha!

Party Guru Press: Speaking of music concerts/festivals, are there any tours that are on the agenda for you?

DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ: Not right now, but hopefully eventually!

Party Guru Press: What would be one place that you’re dreaming of playing the most?

DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ: I love the Red Rocks Amphitheatre where Fatboy Slim and Chemical Brothers played live in 1999, it looks like an amazing place to play!

Party Guru Press: That would be an absolutely insane show to witness, and I myself am jealous of all those that got to see that live. If you could curate your own music festival lineup what would it be?

DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ: Norman Brown, The Avalanches, Jai Paul, Haim, and Kaori Kobayashi.

Party Guru Press: To conclude this interview, what is your favorite pastime? 

DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ: Old video games and making music!

Party Guru Press: Thank you very much for your time to sit down and talk with me, and we certainly hope to see you in Denver sometime soon!

DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ: Hopefully someday, it would be amazing to come to Colorado!

An End To A Great Sit-Down

It’s safe to say that we all hope that DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ, can get the opportunity to showcase her talents to the world. Perhaps, we’re all a bit behind the 8-ball at the moment, but she’ll make sure that we notice her.

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Sunsquabi Takes Over Mission Ballroom

Sunsquabi Takes Over Mission Ballroom

After finishing up their Midwest tour, Sunsquabi finishes off their run in CO. Hosting their final date at Denver’s very own, Mission Ballroom, they have a few surprises up their sleeves. From giving out signed posters with the purchase of a discounted ticket to having most of the proceeds go to the Boulder County fires, this is a very amped-up show. Let’s not forget about that insane lineup they are bringing with them. Party Guru was lucky enough to have a chat with the band before the big Denver show.

Check out everything they had to say below! 

Finishing a Tour

Party Guru Press: Seeing that you all will be finishing up the midwest tour with a stop at Mission Ballroom, how will this set be different from the sets played before? What can attendees be on the lookout for? 

SUNSQUABI: Our hometown shows will forever be like a benchmark of what’s next for us. We design this setlist and production just like a Red Rocks show, and it will be the culmination of all of the touring we’ve been doing lately + new songs from our album that will be coming out later this year.

Party Guru Press: Any surprises for the Denver show that you can tease us with?

SUNSQUABI: Well that wouldn’t be very much of a surprise then, would it now? The production for this show is probably bigger than anything we’ve ever done. I will say that.

For a Cause

Party Guru Press: Very great concept selling discounted tickets and giving away signed posters with ticket sales. You all also accepted non-perishable food items, where did the idea come from? Will we see any opportunities like this at the show on February 4th, such as signed posters or a bin for food item donation? 

SUNSQUABI: We felt like we had to help in any way that we could after what happened in Boulder County. We will also be taking donations for Marshall Fire assistance at our merch booth at the show.

Party Guru Press: Dreamers Delight and The Funk Hunters will be support for this Mission Ballroom show, what made you choose those acts? Any other special guests that might not be on the lineup that will be there?

SUNSQUABI: Both Dreamers Delight and The Funk Hunters are some good friends that we have a lot of history with and we really wanted the vibe to be a homie vibe for this show. We have really been diving deep lately as a trio so we are excited to do a big show as just the 3 of us.

Party Guru Press: To get us all even more excited for Mission Ballroom, what is a sentence or two that you all would like to say about the upcoming show? Any changes in production for the upcoming Mission show?

SUNSQUABI: This show is a culmination of 2 years of planning and a lot of energy that we’ve all experienced together over the last 2 years. This show is a launchpad for us to a whole new level of shows and we love our fans so much!

Looking Ahead

Party Guru Press: Domefest was the latest festival announcement among a few, can we expect to see Sunsquabi at a good amount of festivals this 2022 season? Legend Valley is a very well-known venue, how will you all make that a special event for not only yourselves but attendees? 

SUNSQUABI: We have a very strong connection with legend Valley in particular from festivals in the past like Resonance and The Werk Out. This summer will be a busy one for us with Electric Forest, High Sierra, and a ton more that are announced every day.

Party Guru Press: From a live recording at Red Rocks to the last album, fans love your pieces of vinyl. Can we be on the lookout for any repressings? If you all could repress one piece of work, which would it be? Your merch also FLYS off the shelves, can we be on the lookout for any new merch? Can fans purchase merch at the upcoming Mission show? 

SUNSQUABI: I think we will probably do a re-issue of all of the old records, and we have a new album coming out this year so look out for lots more vinyl soon!

Party Guru Press: After a long tour can we expect to find you all in the studio, maybe working on something new? Or is that more of a time to relax and ground yourselves? 

SUNSQUABI: We just finished a new album and we’re already started on the next one. Always writing and working.

Party Guru Press: With having over 4.6 million streams in 2021(Congratulations!) and being listened to in over 129 countries, where is the “dream performance” at? Has it already happened, if so where? What can Sunsquabi fans be on the lookout for in 2022? Anything you all have up your sleeve? 

SUNSQUABI: We enjoy every single show so much that it’s hard to say. Red Rocks last year and this show at the Mission this year…every year gets better. We want to tour the whole world.

Party Guru Press: Would you all consider yourselves Party Gurus?

SUNSQUABI: We are just students yall are the Gurus, thank you so much!

Conclusion

After reading this we are nothing less than excited for the event. Bringing along an abundance of talent, we are in for a treat. Tickets are still available here, we hope to see you all there dancing under the disco ball! 

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Late Night Radio: The Exclusive Interview

Late Night Radio comes to The Ogden for his long-awaited return on November 20th. Joined by the infamous Michael Menert, Bad Snacks, Def3, and Kaptain, the electro-funk DJ is a local favorite and never fails to put on a blast of a show every time. The budding producer and DJ, who’s real name is Alex Medellin, grew up around music, attending church and experiencing live music from a very young age. Gospel progressions, hip-hop, and funk sounds have played a huge role in influencing Medellin’s sound.

The multi-faceted and genre-bending DJ brings a fusion of live instrumentation plus the more electronic elements which combine to create sets of pure magic. We sat down with the artist to chat about his upcoming Ogden show in Denver! Check it out below.

The Man Behind The Beats

Getting Into the Interview

Late Night Radio: The Official Interview

Party Guru Press: Hey there! We’re stoked you’re coming to The Ogden. What do you remember about your Denver fans that you’re ready to experience again on November 20?

LNR: The feeling of community and family.

Party Guru Press: What is one memory you have from Denver that you’ll always remember?

LNR: The Sunday release party will always have a special place in my heart.

Party Guru Press: How would you say your style has evolved since you first became an artist?

LNR: Really I’m just more comfortable in doing whatever I feel at the moment.

Party Guru Press: How will this set differ from your last?
LNR: New music….

Party Guru Press: Do you have any upcoming releases or projects we should know about? What about merchandise?
LNR: Ya, I’m in the process of wrapping up my new bass heavy Ep Back Around 

Party Guru Press: What does a typical day in your life look like?
LNR: I’m pretty much either holed up in the studio or romping around a river somewhere in the mountains fly fishing. 

Party Guru Press: If you could describe your sound in 3 words, what would they be?
LNR: Keep Soul Alive

Party Guru Press: Where do you see yourself as an artist in the next 5 years? 10?
LNR: 10 years ago I could have never imagined being able to have the life I have now so I have no idea. 

Party Guru Press: Any upcoming festivals or events you’re playing?
LNR: NYE Philos Takeover in Detroit is going to be one for the books. 

Party Guru Press: Last question…do you consider yourself a Party Guru?
LNR: Well since I can count the amount of afterparties I’ve been to my entire career on two hands I’d say no. 

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We’d like to say thank you to Alex for taking the time to chat with us before his headlining show. We’re stoked to check out the infamous Late Night Radio at one of Denver’s best venues, The Ogden Theater. If you enjoy funky beats and DJ’s that bring a level of talent unlike any other, this show is for you. Grab your tickets below before they sell out!

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Exclusive Interview With Anjunabeats Newest Signing: Euphoric Nation

Euphoric-nation

From twitch DJing to ABGT464, Euphoric Nation reaches the upper echelon of progressive trance with their latest single “Stranger”. Found on the latest edition of Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy 454, the Minneapolis-based duo collaborated with Michael Fearon and vocalist Lya Adams for their first big hit. Staying true to their sound, this uplifting track combines soothing vocals with a melodic beat that will keep your mood jovial or even… euphoric.

Euphoric Nation was founded in 2010 by Don Ortega, E.N. He is well-known in the Minneapolis trance scene but evolved to new levels once Justin Zanish joined in 2019. Shortly after the duo gained enough notoriety to gain many bookings including direct support for Laserface. Party Guru Press was able to catch up with Don from Euphoric Nation to hear more about their journey to ABGT. Check it out below!

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The Offical Interview

Party Guru Press: Tell me about the track “Stranger”, How did it develop with your collaborators?

Euphoric Nation: This was actually our 2nd track with Michael Fearon. We previously released “Lost at Sea” on Ava recordings and people liked that track a lot so we planned to follow it up with something special. We started working on the track earlier this year and brought it to Mike Shiver who has a knack for finding amazing vocalists which is how we were able to connect with Lya Adams. The rest is history.

Party Guru Press: What inspires Euphoric Nation‘s music?

Euphoric Nation: Trance is a tough genre that has started to move in a new direction. What inspires Euphoric Nation is an uplighting feel and happy vibe, and we try to carry that forward. We like to combine that happy feel with a dance beat. 

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Party Guru Press: How did you navigate the pandemic?

Euphoric Nation: We were definitely on a high in 2019. The last show we played was the Laserface show at the Armory. “Lucky for me, I already had my online format radio show for a couple of years, Trance Paradise, so I was familiar being behind the camera doing live streams and so I rebooted it on Twitch. We started to play consistently and got a couple of big raids including Gabriel and Dresden. Recently we started working with Final Fantasy 14 and got our own virtual club in there (Club Poncho).”

Party Guru Press: Wow! A virtual club? Can you tell me a little more about that?

Euphoric Nation: When we first started doing it we were only able to purchase a small plot in the game. So it only allowed a certain number of characters to come through and we would literally “sell-out” the club. People wouldn’t be able to get in since the club was at capacity. So they had a line out the door. Our group of friends would look forward to it and still be able to ‘go out’ together in the game. We did get a small plot and we had people frustrated after multiple weeks of being sold out and asking us to upgrade. When the server upgrade happened we were able to buy a large plot and accommodate more characters.

Party Guru Press: A couple of fun questions to share with the world. What is your go-to pizza topping?

Euphoric Nation: It’s weird 🙂 Canadian bacon, mushroom. My father used to order it and just liked it.

Party Guru Press: What is your dream booking?

Euphoric Nation: The Mecca or Dreamstate for sure.

Party Guru Press: If you were to make any other genre of music besides trance what would it be?

Euphoric Nation: During the lockdown, I was introduced to tech-house. I found some on twitch sets and liked it a lot. It’s really groovy and “dancy”. Makes me want to get up and rave. 

Party Guru Press: What is your new favorite track right now?

Euphoric Nation: Jody6 – rabbit hole. I love the matrix sound bits they sampled in it. 


Where can you find Euphoric Nation next? They just had a release party show in their resident venue REV in Minneapolis on October 15th and have more bookings in the works. Check out their Instagram page for the latest announcements on tracks and shows coming soon!

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HEYZ – The Man, The Laughs, The Legend

Mike Hayes, a.k.a HEYZ, has been seen gracing the recognition and labels of MAU5Trap, Circus Records, and Deadbeats, just to name a few. The energetic (and particularly hilarious) social media star brings an energy to his performances and a sound design that is highly underrated, and hard to come by. The multi-faceted creative and bass music producer hails from Greensboro, North Carolina, and is rising to the very top of the electronic music scene with no plans of slowing down. We had the opportunity at Party Guru to chat with the viral legend as he prepares for his Temple Nightclub debut this Thursday. Check it out below!

The Official Interview

Party Guru Press: Maddi

Artist name: HEYZ

Temple, Denver

October 21, 2021

1. Hey Mike! It’s great to finally meet you and watch your come up as an artist. From MAU5Trap, Circus Records to DeadBeats…how would you say your journey as an artist has evolved since you began? You were recently here this summer opening up at the DeadBeats BBQ… how have you applied your knowledge/experience towards your sets here?

Nice to meet you too! Oh man, from mau5trap to now Deadbeats, my journey has changed a lot. I got signed to mau5trap so quickly after I started making music I was thrown into figuring out what kind of artist I wanted to be and what music I wanted to make WHILE just starting my journey. So I’ve pretty much changed in every way possible from when I started to where I am now, just growing and getting better and figuring out who I am! The DB BBQ was sweet! I just know Denver is spoiled with good bass music so every time I play here I know I need to and WANT to bring my absolute A-game. Temple is about to get it 😉

2. We’ve got some questions for you about Denver here. How do you feel about playing Temple Nightclub tonight? [It is your Temple debut…?]

It is indeed my Temple debut and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s my first Denver headline show so that makes it extra special. I see a lot of amazing artists playing Temple so I definitely want to come in and throw down and that’s exactly what I plan on doing. I’ll be playing a ton of cool edits and a bunch of unreleased music!

3. What makes Denver, Colorado stand out in your eyes?

The amount of amazing music that comes through Denver is incredible. I landed the other day and checked my BandsInTown and there are like 10 shows a night with quality stuff, it’s almost overwhelming lol. The FOMO must be strong here! Beyond that, I just really like the city and the people. Great vibes all around and there is a ton of fun stuff to do on a daily basis.

4. Denver is nationally recognized as being the Bass Capital of the U.S. Got anything planned in your set tonight for us? We hear your style has evolved into a very bass-forward sound, which has been awesome to watch over the years. Tell us a little about this.

I’m pretty much playing all my favorite bass records with a number of edits I’ve made to spice it up. I just try and pack my set full of energy and always leave covered in sweat and very happy and hope that goes for the crowd as well! My sound evolved from a Techno to a Bass-forward sound because it just felt more “me”. I love the energy and genuinely geek out over bass music records, and it’s super fun to make. It’s definitely more my world.

5. Can the Mile High City expect to see you here in Denver before the year ends? Or should we be on the lookout for next year?

I doubt by the end of this year BUT, I’m probably going to move here next year so expect to see me A LOT haha!

6. So, the funny thing is — I know I myself and others actually have found you on TikTok first. Explain a little bit about your journey on social media. Your TikTok has earned you over 361,000 followers, and 6 million-plus liked videos.

Yeah…it was insane. It was a result of boredom during quarantine and my strange personality, which apparently resonated with Tiktok. I started blowing up and yeah, now it’s just part of who I am I guess. I definitely want to branch out in the type of content I make but Tiktok makes it hard. They pretty much reward you for repetition and making more of the content you originally got virality from. I do really love Tiktok though, once you tailor your feed enough there is some absolutely hilarious stuff on there.

7. What is a dream collaboration you’d like to see happen? At a show going b2b, or on a project/song?

A dream collab for me would absolutely be Zeds Dead, hopefully, one day I can make that happen! I also love GRiZ and LSDream and think they bring a unique style to bass music which is really refreshing. I would love to do a b2b with one of my best friends Sippy just because I know we would absolutely go wild on stage together haha.

8. Tell us a bit about the musical plans you have planned for the rest of this year, and possibly into next year? Can we be looking out for any new music on the way?

I have a very sick Halloween mix coming out with Deadbeats next week that I’m stoked for. Beyond that, I have a lot of music lined up for next year with the first release coming very early 2022. I think next year is going to be big for me, the music I have planned and finished is definitely the best I’ve ever made.

9. Have any merch or special drops (any NFT’s?) this year?

Merch next year for sure! Haven’t explored the NFT space yet but feel like I’m missing out haha.

10.  Be honest – do you think you’re the ultimate Party Guru?

DUH, JUST WAIT AND SEE THURSDAY AT LVL TEMPLE!

We can’t wait to see HEYZ perform at Temple Nightclub this Thursday. Make sure to check out his socials below to keep up to date with HEYZ!

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BIJOU’s Fire New 6-Track Release: Street Knowledge EP

House heavy-hitter BIJOU (Benjamin Dorman) continues to dominate the electronic music scene with his hip-hop and bass house-infused style, releasing countless bangers off of his very own label Do Not Duplicate Records, and strengthening the G-house genre with his constant production talents. This year is no different, with his new EP, Street Knowledge which was released on September 17th this month. The 6-track masterpiece features rhythmic bass paired with notes of hip-hop and rap, each song better than the last. Street Knowledge features a refreshing twist to the oversaturated bass music scene by adding rappers into the mix, including Rick Hyde, Tony Watts, Youngworld, ElCamino, and more.

House Heavyweight Brings the Heat

The Phoenix, Arizona-born house DJ has risen to fame in recent years and continues to push the boundaries of what defines house music in today’s growing electronic scene. “Roots are a nod to where it all started, and that’s what this project is all about. I took it to my roots in Phoenix and Buffalo. Two cities that are often overlooked and slept on,” saysBIJOU.

“I had the opportunity to work with some of my favorite rappers each one having their style while keeping things raw, street, and no BS. “Street Knowledge” is unequivocally every piece of me, what I’ve been through, and where I am now.”

Party Guru Press: The Official Interview

Artist name:BIJOU

We had the chance to chat with Ben Dorman (BIJOU) at Party Guru Press about the release of his EP. Check it out below!


Maddi: Thanks so much for chatting with us today. So this EP is a pretty big deal – 2020 was a crazy year for all of us, especially artists – and some might say 2021 has been equally as challenging. How would you say the past two years have influenced or shaped your sound? Or your vision for this EP?
Dorman: I would say it really gave me more time to sit back and dial in a full-on concept. From the music to the art, to the artists that I worked with on the project, the vision included every single piece of the puzzle and allowed me to really flush it out how I intended to.

Maddi: Where do you see BIJOU heading next – any merch drops or concert tours we should be looking out for?
Dorman: I’ve been on the road pretty much every weekend since mid-May its been CRAZY. There have been glimpses of time off but we’ve been full force playing shows to really get back into the market we didn’t have for almost two years. Merch wise we’re going hard this year. We did the BIJOU The Valley Jerseys last month and they sold out in 4 days. Next up we have hats and quite a few concepts this year. Everything is going to be super limited so once it drops you only can get it during that one time on sale.

Maddi: Where do you see yourself at the end of this year? What about in 5 years?

Dorman: At the end of this year I see myself really digging into the next body of work for me musically. I already have the concept dialed in so now it’s all about executing that vision. In 5 years I see myself deeper into the hip-hop world. It’s something that Has been part of the plan from the beginning.

Maddi: How would you say hip-hop has influenced your sound as an artist over the years? And how does this ties into Street Knowledge specifically?
Dorman: I think it’s allowed me to think outside of the box. I bring sounds and different parts of that genre into what I do which is totally separate from your usual dance or house music lane.

Maddi: What would you say your number one inspiration in your life right now is?
Dorman: My mom and dad. They continue to support and push me to the next level.

Maddi: How do you remain motivated to create?
Dorman: My love for the music. I LOVE producing so it’s easy to sit down and be like okay I’m making this today. Part of it too is that I don’t only produce house music so I never really get burned out on one thing.

Maddi: Where is one place/venue you’d like to perform that’s on your bucket list?

Dorman: Tomorrowland – looks like such a cool festival.

Maddi: What is one goal of yours as a DJ?

Dorman: To have my own festival.

Maddi: Name 3 words you think best describe your sets.
Dorman: Energetic, smooth, & intoxicating.

Maddi: The last question… do you consider yourself a true Party Guru?
Dorman: You Know The Vibes.

BIJOU has been consistent in proving to his fans he is one to keep on the radar. We are so excited to see his international and national performances come this Fall. Be sure to keep up to date with his recent releases and all press coverage right here at Party Guru Productions.

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An Interview With Future Joy

Up and coming musical duo Future Joy has been blazing a trail of success for themselves for the past 2 years. They’ve began making quite a name for themselves in a relatively short amount of time and have become one of the most exciting funk and bass music duos to keep our eyes on. 

We’re thrilled to say that we’ve recently had the chance to get to know them a little better and ask a few questions in the form of an email interview. The eclectic duo filled us in with the details behind their newest single “Triple Stack” featuring Vibe Street. They’ve also let us in on some of their biggest musical inspirations as well as some backstory on themselves as artist on their journey into and through the music scene both as individuals and as a duo.

Interview: Future Joy

Party Guru Press: Lets start by talking about your newest single “Triple Stack” with Vibe Street. The song is funky and upbeat and seems like it would’ve been a lot of fun to work on…

-What was the best part of working on this new release?

-Is there anything worth telling telling about the creative process that shaped this one?

-What is your relationship with Vibe Street like and are there any plans to work with them again in the future?

Future Joy: We met Ben, aka Vibe Street at Mad Mountain festival in Casper, WY the summer of 2020. We brought our RV/renegade stage and were able to jam with him after his sets. We hit the road full-time shortly after.

In November we headed back to Colorado for some other recording sessions and got word that Ben and our friend Austin were working on music. We drove straight through from Arizona, arrived around 2am and started recording. We spent the whole weekend working on a few different projects but this song was the most fun.

Austin started with a ukulele bass line, Zach laid Baritone sax, Ben did the rap, Emily played the synth line and sang the backups, Kyle was there for moral support- the song was starting to take form. It was truly a family collab! We enjoyed our time hanging at Ben’s studio and I think we would all enjoy making another song together sometime soon.

 

Party Guru Press: So how did you two meet? what initially sparked your creative flow as a duo?

Future Joy: Zach attended a karaoke night that Emily was hosting in May of 2019. We both sang, then Zach asked her to sit in with his band the following night, and we’ve been making music together ever since. This was just the beginning. Now we’ve been living on the road in our RV for over a year and have played 80+ shows!

 

Party Guru Press: You are clearly both quite musically inclined; not just with music production but with actual instruments as well. Of course we know you love to incorporate the saxophone, which you seem to feature feature throughout the majority of your songs…

-So where did that all come from? What got you started playing music and specifically saxophone in the first place?

Future Joy: Zach started playing saxophone in fifth grade. Emily started piano lessons in grade school and classical vocal trining in high school. We both spent the last 10 years as club/bar DJs. So we were well trained in the dj/electronic side, as well as many other genres of music.

Zach has always been playing sax with DJs, so combining the live element with the tracks just made sense. Emily had been singing in bands, and playing bedroom piano, so it also made sense to start combining everything. We added the piano to the set last winter and its been fun to watch the project grow.

 

Party Guru Press: How has your creative process evolved since you originally began your musical journey? Do you have a routine for producing? Also how does that reflect in your newest project?

Future Joy: Our only routine for producing is to get friends involved. Collaboration is really what takes our songs to the next level. On this project Ben and especially Austin wanted to stay behind the scenes though, so you only get his first name and no artist name. Hehe..

Party Guru Press: Who are your biggest influences or other artists within your genre that have helped inspire your style of music? And do you ever take influence from artist that aren’t necessarily in the same realm or genre that you produce? Have any of them added any additional inspiration to your new release? Or any of your releases?

Future Joy: Zach grew up in Denver playing funk, jam, and electronic. The scene in Denver is so eclectic it really helped him expand his sax playing and enjoyment of many genres. In electronic Music; Daft Punk, Deadmau5, and Excision are early inspirations. On the Sax Sonny Rollins, and Skerik are his big inspirations.

Emily grew up outside Chicago and House music runs through her veins. She had the chance to see world-class acts come through the city and takes inspiration from Anabel Englund, Nicolas Jaar, and Disclosure. She spent the past 9 years DJing and singing at weddings and corporate events so musical diversity was important. It’s fun to be able to play funk, pop, dance, house, rock, hip hop, dub, and bass all at the same party. We strive to stay eclectic in our Future Joy sets too.

Party Guru Press: So 2021 looks like it has been a busy year for you two… Whats been some of the biggest highlights so far?

Future Joy: We had some great shows and festivals this year. Notably: Fool’s Engagement Festival in Branford, FL and being able to fill-in last minute for Russ Liquid, opening for Manic Focus in Gainesville. FL. We also had a blast at our Denver homecoming at Your Moms House in July.

Party Guru Press: We see that you have a show coming up in Denver on October 15th at Summit Music Hall… Are you excited for this one?

-What can we expect to hear from you that night?

-Any chances of bringing out Vibe Street when playing that new tune?

Future Joy: We are sooooo excited for Summit! We got to link up with Float Like A Buffalo in Tulsa, OK last week and the show was huge energy. Denver get readyyyy!!! We plan to play high energy and show Denver a taste of everything we got. We brought Vibe Street to play the collab at our headliner back in July, but since we’re opening we probably won’t have features on October 15th at Summit. We may or may not be joining the Float guys for a special encore though, wink wink. Its also our last show in town before we head south!

Party Guru Press: Anything exciting happening for the remainder of the year? What plans or goals can you share with us regarding performances or new music leading up to 2022 and beyond?

Future Joy: Performing at Summit in Denver and then we truck it to 10.23 at VooSwar in Atlantic Beach, FL and then 10.28 we’re bringing our renegade RV stage to Hulaween. After that we have some festivals in December and February already coming together in Florida. We don’t want to see anymore snow, so find us down south for winter. 🙂 We have big plans of hitting every festival we possibly can next summer!

Party Guru Press: So tell us… how is your biggest canine supporter, Gus doing? Still Repping the “Future Joy” merch?

Future Joy: Gus is the best!!! We adopted him last October while on the road in Virginia. So he was there while the song was created. He loves the road and we truly think he saved ussss!!! FurrGusSon Joy our saviorrrr!!

Party Guru Press: Lastly, we’d love to know… would you two consider yourselves “Party Gurus”!?

Future Joy: We Definitely consider ourselves Party Gurus! We linked up for a stream back in 2020 and we’ve been on the guru train ever since. Woo! 

With all the excitement around their newest single as well as their ambitious plans for the coming year, Future Joy is without a doubt among the most exciting up and coming duos to look out for. Their future shows featuring their marvelously wide range of genres and high energy performances are something worth getting excited about. 

Their desire for a friends and family environment within each of their projects is admirable and inspiring, as is their passion for collaboration with equally exciting artists. Its clear that they thrive off of the creative freedom that comes with sharing thoughts and ideas with like-minded artists who share similar musical visions. That is something that reflects highly throughout their latest release. 

We’d like to thank them for their time spent getting back to us for the interview, and we thoroughly look forward to watching the progress of this incredibly promising duo. We’re wishing them the very best with all of their future endeavors. Thank you, Future Joy!

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LISTEN TO THEIR NEWEST SINGLE: “TRIPLE STACK FT. VIBE STREET”

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Same Same But Different Fest: Post-Set Q+A With LSDream

The sights and sounds of music returned to Lake Perris, California for a festival that is all the same as many fests yet truly different. In its third year rendition, Same Same But Different Festival overcame the many difficulties of the pandemic with a strong lineup featuring SSBD first-timers Big Gigantic, STS9, LSDream, Clozee, and Polish the Ambassador. Along with the return of Boombox, Dirtwire, COFRESI, and Megan Hamilton for a great representation of many artists who refuse to be categorized in a genre. 

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