One of EDM’s original trance artists, Darude is making his grand return to Denver. On April 16th, Darude and Kristina Sky will return to Denver this spring to entertain the masses.
Darude Trance Legend
Darude remains one of EDM’s most influential artists. He was named one of EDM’s most influential artists when he was only 24 years old. The Finnish artist has transformed artists for over two decades and will make a big impact upon his return to the mile-high city. Over the years, he has appeared on many influential TV shows including BBC, NBC, and MTV. He is also a 3x Grammy-winning artist. Performing at worldwide festivals, he has most recently made his return to the festival circuit with a performance at SoCal’s Dreamstate festival in 2021. Darude has withstood the testament of EDM and proved that this genre of music is here to stay.
For support, Darude will bring Kristina Sky for support. Another important player in the early stages of trance music, Sky has been making waves in the trance scene since 2002. She has played festivals such as EDC, Ultra Miami, and has also found herself playing Dreamstate. Kristina Sky created and runs the United We Groove/United We Trance brand. This is a 6-year-running annual rooftop party in Miami during Miami Music Week.
Reelwork, a Perfect Venue
Reelworks is the perfect venue to host this legendary night of trance. They boast a custom JBL sound system. Reelworks is a fully immersive venue and is the perfect intimate environment to host these two trance legends. With large-scale light installations, it would be a wise idea for anyone to travel to this event to see Darude and Kristina Sky on April 16th.
It started in the deep end with the gloomy possibility that John Summit may have been stuck in Chicago. With the travel industry being so fluid, he had almost missed his chance to give everyone the time of their lives. From top to bottom the show was one for the ages at the Ogden Theatre.
Time was certainly not anyone’s focus as we waited for John Summit’s entrance. Flashback to when he first played Denver, it was three years ago for a much smaller crowd. This was before he became the Beatport/extended mix legend that is on the scene. In 2020 he had established residency at the #1 spot with “Deep End.”This is still a staple to the 4.3 million active monthly listener’s catalogs as it embraces the best parts of Chicago’s scene, while it also holds a fresh take. This is someone that has a fantastic way of blending together songs.
The Opening To A Great Night
Alana English got everyone in the mood early, as she was bringing it from the jump. It was hard not to find someone dancing as they walked into the venue. From spinning back-to-back heaters, it was impossible to deny how blessed you were to be there right off the jump. Everyone was looking around in straight bliss, and that was only the start of the evening. Seamlessly, Kyle Walker and Josh Fedz only continued the energy. The Ogden filled up within a blink of an eye, as everyone was anticipating where else the night would take us.
John Summit Arrives
Right off the jump, John Summit laid down the foundation of his performance. Constantly keeping everyone on their toes, while bringing back his rhythmic intentions. For someone that is of his age, he’s light years ahead of the curve. Without a care in the world, he brought fresh takes on his already classics.
“Human” to “Deep End” may have been the highlight of the whole evening, and we got a chance to hear completely fresh takes on both. Club staples from Deadbeats were getting mixed with Sofi Tukker who just crushed Denver themselves. John Summit is someone who exuded confidence and wanted to show why he will be around the scene for a while. Hours passed by and we still were wanting more. Ending the night on a high note with Dombresky, and Gorgon City, it was a shame that all good nights have to come to an end. Who knows what John Summit has in store for us all with his next mixes, but this all hints that he will have a residency on top of the charts with these soon-to-be-released mixes.
This will be a wild ride to look back on because the trajectory is pointing towards Red Rocks Amphitheatre or Mission Ballroom.This will be the year where John Summit establishes himself as a festival favorite, and anyone that can catch his shows on the way won’t regret it.
This past weekend at Mission Ballroom was an absolute party. With Yung Gravy and Dillon Francis at the lead, a rather large crowd of fans quickly filled the venue in anticipation of what was to come. As a result, the energy in the room was palpable as the opener for the evening, J|Adore, took the stage to kick things off. The crowd wasted no time getting rowdy to the hard-hitting bass music being amplified throughout the building. Once DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip took the stage, things took an unexpected but very well-received turn. The crowd began to sing in unison as DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip played one sing-along track after the next. Songs like, “Country Roads” by John Denver, “Africa“ by Toto, “Stacy’s Mom“ by Fountains Of Wayne, and even “Let it Go“, the theme song from Disney’s animated film Frozen.
This sudden shift in energy set up a big entrance for Yung Gravy. By the time he took the stage the room was basically a madhouse. Dozens of bras were thrown on stage throughout the performance though he preferred to call them “Banana Peels”. This type of fun interaction showed how comfortable Yung Gravy was on stage. He was talking to the crowd in between performances of his popular tracks like “oops!“ and “The Boys are back in town“. Afterwards, Dillon Francis put a solid cap on the evening with his widely popular dance tracks. Lots of newer songs were played out and seemed to be well received.In addition to a slew of throwbacks for any long time fans in the crowd. Songs like “Candy” and “Get Low“ really got the dance floor moving.
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.
Photos Provided By Late Night Radio
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!
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 Knowledgewhich 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.”
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.
Live music is back and a three-night run in Colorado is an outstanding start for five-piece livetronica band Sound Tribe Sector 9’s return to live performance. The Sky World tour – rescheduled from last year – is the second part of their 2019 Push The Sky tour. Traditionally, STS9 plays a multi-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheater over Labor Day weekend. However due to the pandemic, the band had not played for well over a year until now. Having the opportunity to witness Tribe kick off this special tour at one of the best venues in the world and a place I call home was an outstanding live music experience. Tribe delivered a true night to remember.
Red Rocks is operating at full capacity again. So, it wasn’t long before both Friday and Saturday’s STS9 shows were sold out. I attended the first night this past Friday, July 23rd. The show consisted of three sets. One of the three sets was Classic Tribe hits, that included some lesser-known songs, and new content alike intertwined in a magical, funky, and at times a spooky musical journey. Exemplifying the true jamtronica sound, STS9 carried songs into the next, seamlessly blending sound.
Starting The Night Off
The show kicked off with a smoky horizon and a low-hanging early evening sun. A melodic voice rang out. The song “Sky World” by Theresa Bear Fox of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation played, a song of remembrance for those who have passed on. Screams of excitement emerge in a wave from the crowd of nine thousand and some attendees. The illustrious Red Rocks stage was graced with keyboardist and synth master David Phipps, percussionists Jeffree Lerner and Zach Velmer, guitarist Hunter Brown, and badass bass playin’ babe Alana Rocklin.
Tribe played some of their best bangers in the first set, including “Better Day”, “Breathe In”, “Poseidon”, and “Ramone & Eglio”. Also Tribe played “When the Dust Settles”, which transformed into their rendition of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Family Affair”. The second set included “Out of this World”, “Strange Games”, and “Lift You Up”. A blanket of light on the rocks from Friday’s full moon blended with the ambient colorful beams of STS9’s top-notch lighting production. Which painted a perfect backdrop for the final set – my personal favorite of the night. “World Go Round” metamorphosed into “Dusk”, “Monkey Music” into the soul-churning “Golden Gate”, and “Arigato” mutated into “Orbital”.
One of the most notable experiences of seeing an STS9 performance is witnessing the raw love and passion these musicians have for their art. An undeniable look of pure hypnotic bliss possesses Rocklin’s face as she crafts the basslines. David Phipp’s serene expression as his fingers effortlessly glide across the keyboard. The sweaty, beaming focus on Jeffree and Zach’s faces as they hammer and thump the drums. Hunter biting his lip, somehow grimacing and smiling at the same time, when he masterfully takes over the song for a moment with his guitar. And the crowd – the fan base of Tribe – is so special in itself. “This is my 150th tribe show”, said one of the guys standing next to me. His eyes tear up a bit as the song Golden Gate creeps into fruition.
Tribe encored Friday with the song “We’ll Meet In Our Dreams”. A final pulse of energy exploded from the stage in the ending drum solo. Then came the typical moments of a Red Rocks show after the encore is over – “back to life, back to reality”, we heard. A bittersweet sadness ascended on the crowd as the realization set in that the show was really over for the night. Although, it only felt as though so little time had passed since the journey began. I reluctantly pulled myself off the side planter box, following the herd down the stairs in a pure joyous haze.
Overall, I highly recommend experiencing an STS9 performance at least once to those who haven’t yet. After more than two decades of making music, Tribe is an expert at producing a truly original sound and presenting live music in a way that offers so much substance to fans of electronica and rock music alike. Upcoming performances for STS9 include Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Illinois August 20th – August 2021, and three additional October shows in Lake Perris and Napa, California.
Doctor P and Funtcase, dubstep heavyweights based out of the U.K, brought an absolute heater of a show this past weekend at the annual Global Dance Festival in Denver, Colorado. Shaun “Doctor P” Brockhurst and James “Funtcase” Hazell have been some of most popular names in the dubstep scene for over a decade now, bringing nothing short of heavy-hitting filth to the Bass Capital every time. Their styles wonderfully infuse the gritty, beloved UK dubstep sound with more modern riddim-based synths which has their fans rightfully positioning them as some of the best and biggest names in dubstep today. The two sat down for an exclusive interview with Party Guru Productions right before their set on Day 1 of Global Dance Festival. We got all the details, some never-before heard facts, and stories from the artists you won’t find anywhere else – keep reading below to check it out!
Getting Into It : Let’s Chat!
Maddi: We are so excited over here at Party Guru to be able to sit down and learn a little bit more about you guys! So – Global Dance Festival is Colorado’s largest dance music festival – Shaun (Doctor P) you were here in 2018 with your b2b with Flux [Pavilion] and James [Funtcase], here in 2017. So you’re both been here before, you’re both super familiar with the Denver territory and this venue in particular. What’s memorable about this city that you’re excited to see tonight? What do you remember about Denver that you’re ready for tonight?
Shaun: Denver, ever since the first time I’ve ever came here has just been like, the biggest shows every time without fail. I think the first show I ever played in Denver was about 5,000 people…and I’d never played a show like that before – ever. It was like my first big show basically, ever was in Denver so- there’s some cities where i ‘m questioning if it’s gonna be good, I don’t know? With Denver, I just always know it’s going to be good – I don’t even give it a second thought – it’s going to be good. (laughs)
James: I agree, it’s like – Denver is just one of those places where it’s just like, the crowd pretty much eats up everything you play. It’s a very unique situation. They call themselves like, the Bass Capital – and it’s for a good reason. Usually, I think Montreal is starting to catch up but Denver, it’s just one of those places where you just know whatever you drop is just gonna go off.
Shuan: The pressure is on though because they are so in tune with the music, you can’t turn up and play a bunch of boring old songs.
Maddi: Right, like we expect it.
Shaun: Right, you’ve got to come here to impress.
Maddi: Love that. Well, we’re so ready for tonight, so that’s a good answer. Alright, so you both are some of the earliest earliest artists to have been on Circus Records, Shaun obviously being the co-founder of the label, Funtcase you joined in 2010. How would you say Circus Records has changed over the years musically and as a label?
Shaun: Ehm, it’s been quite a strange journey because obviously in the early days we started the label with mo expectations, we just wanted a platform to release our music. And then we had loads of really early successes – like with Flux [Pavilion] ‘s releases, and then mine, and then everyone else coming on and it just came much bigger than we could have ever imagined. But then, the dubsteps scene just kept on getting bigger and NeverSayDie got huge and disciple got huge, and all these other labels came along. So it’s been quite strange like, trying to eh – trying to figure out our place in all of it, so em, it’s been strange – I feel like we’ve found quite a nice niche now, where we kind of know what Circus is now…music, not all dubstep. We basically just have a set of parameters, and if the song fits it – we’ll release it.
James: Yeah. The thing was when Circus first started it was literally a platform to put out what we made, we didn’t aim for styles anything – I was just making stuff. I wasn’t aiming for anger or anything like that…it was literally just, here’s the track I made and Circus went, let’s put it out and that’s literally how it started. But it’s kind of honed itself into its own little beast now where it’s like, doing a lot more musical styles – and I think that’s really reflecting on a lot of the artists inside…I’m writing a lot more musical stuff now.
Shaun: It’s nice to have a platform where you can kind of release what you want – like, Circus is such a non-specific style now.
Maddi: Right, super diverse.
Shaun: Yeah, as long as we dont come with like a death metal track or something…(looks at James)
James: I’ll try.
Maddi: Right, I mean it’s questionable…so we’ll see where that goes. Alright, who would you say are your biggest influences in music right now? More of an open-ended question.
Shuan: I have been really enjoying all of the like melodic riddim as they’ve been calling it , like – all of the stuff Chime has been doing and like, SkyBreaks, Ace Aura…just all of that melodic stuff..it feels like everything I really liked about early dubstep, just done really well.
James : I think for me, the word inspired is almost like a platform to explain like, how you shaped your style in a way to sound like. If you like an artist, you go, “I like what they’re doing, I’ll do my version of that.” For me, there’s so much new amazing new talent around hence DPMO, uh – t’s just inspiring to be able to find so much talent and be able to play it out and represent it rather than have that shape my music in a way. So for me that end of it…that’s exciting stuff…in terms of other dubstep – I think Spaces Laces, that’s an obvious mention. Leotrix is doing some really cool stuff. Maurada is doing some really cool stuff, so you know – just the usual names I think, really.
Maddi: Alright, before you became DJ’s for a living.. what were your original career or sort of life plans before becoming full-time artists?
Shaun: Well, I was an ice cream man.
James: Were you really? I did not know that!
Shaun: Yes, well…it wasn’t like, a career plan. I wanted to be a graphic designer, that was always my thing – I was still doing my own artwork and stuff. So, yeah.
Maddi: Were you still making music when you were an “ice cream man”?
Shaun: Yeah, yeah. I started making music when I was like 12, so I was kind of always doing that – but it just didn’t seem realistic, being like a “rock star”. So, I never thought it would actually work out. So yeah, if this hasn’t worked out…I’d probably have been a graphic designer right now.
James: I worked two jobs before Funtcase – I was working in an office folding papers and answering the phones and every other crap administrative job you can think of. And I was also looking after the elderly in my other job – I was working 69 hour weeks and in between not sleeping, I was writing drum and bass on a tiny laptop. It was a great/miserable time to be alive. But before that I didn’t really know what I wanted to be. I think music was just something i enjoyed, I never aimed it to be a career. I was always in bands before that- and I’d produced, just for fun/hobby sort of stuff…what I used to do when I was younger was game design, but i never pursued it, obviously.
Maddi: Nice, that’s awesome. We’ll do the last group question here then we’ll move to individuals. So, if you were to have an alter ego musically, what genre or type of music would it be?
Shaun: So I’ve just started an alter ego – I’ve started a new act called Freaks and Geeks which is drum and bass – just very, very English sounding drum and bass. It’s kind of what I started doing before I did dubstep, I was always on the drum and bass side. I’ve kind of like, reached a point now where it’s like, I’ve always wanted to be a drum and bass DJ and I thought, now I need to actually do it.
Shaun: So yeah, ehm. It’s me and Phil from RockSonics, we started it aout 2 years ago and we’ve been putting out music for about 9 months now. So that’s my alter ego.
Maddi: Nice. And what about you (James)?
James: Hmm, I’ve done alter egos already, like I said I started drum and bass and I moved to dubstep…I’ve also got a secret house alias which I don’t tell anyone about. (laughs)
Maddi: Secrets, secrets…
James: Yeah, but I mean – if someone said you’re banned from doing dubstep, I think I’d go be in a band. I don’t think I’d stay a DJ.
James: Yeah, I think it would drive me crazy to have to go all the way back to square one and have to build something up again…
Funtcase: The Man Behind the Mask
Maddi: Cool, alright. So, we’re going to move to individual questions, we’re gonna start with James here. So, your record [label] DPMO has been growing significantly in recent years, I know we touched on that a little earlier. Tell us a little bit about how DPMO came to be and where you see the label going in the near future.
James: DPMO was originally all ideas I had years ago and has just never executed, and so I just decided to execute it. So at first, it was only supposed to be like, a clothing label, which I originally called Ghosts — (explaining to Shaun) well, the reason it’s called that is because DPMO is after my track Don’t Piss Me Off, so I was trying to name my brand after a track that was what’s popular, so at the time, Ghosts was popular…but Ghosts…the name, it was so cheesy, and with the label, you couldn’t really do much.
Shaun: Yeah, DPMO sounds like a cooler name.
James: Yeah, exactly – but [DPMO] kind of started off as a clothing label and then, we ended up doing a compilation with Circus. There’s this thing in Drum and Bass called “Andy C’s Nightlife”, where Andy C literally just finds all of this amazing music and puts it in a compilation. We didn’t have that in dubstep, so I kind of thought – why don’t we be the “Nightlife” of that? So this is what DPMO has been doing…and then, we just decided to turn it into a record label.
Maddi: Very cool. Okay, so your style is often described as “hyper-aggressive” (laughs) or “extremely aggressive” – what is something you wish people knew about you that most people don’t see behind the mask?
James: I don’t write dubstep. LIke if it wasn’t my job, I wouldn’t write it I don’t think. LIke, I write such a mixed bag of music that no one hears and only every now and again I’ll be like “oh, yeah, that track” and put it on Twitter, just to show people, but like…for instance, when I’m not on tour, I don’t listen to dubstep whatsoever when i’m just like, being me. I’ll listen to it like, I was listening to the first Coldplay album on the plane. I’m a big fan of someone like, Ed Sheeran, for instance. I like, my styles and tastes and what I write is so vastly different. But then I can go from like, Ed Sheeran to like, Deftones to like, Cannibal Corpse in the same day…I kind of switch between music styles, honestly.
The Doctor Is In: Sitting Down With Doctor P
Maddi: Yes! That’s awesome. Alright, Shaun, we’ll bust through these last couple of questions for you. What would you say your biggest accomplishment in your DJ career thus far has been?
Shaun: Ehm, making a track with MethodMan has probably been the pinnacle for me. He was like, the number one artist I wanted to work with and when we made it happen, I was like ah – I just did it quite quickly. It was amazing, I think everything just came together just really by chance, and we managed to make it happen. I think it was just the right timing. Yeah, that was definitely my biggest sort of like, bucket list thing.
Maddi: Very cool. Alrighty, and to finish it up, one last question – what is one short-term goal of yours as an artist, and one more long-term one?
Shaun: I really want to do a proper full album. I did like a sort of album last year, but it was more of like an extended EP than an album. So yeah, i want tto at least once I want to release an album, and an album I’m proud of, as well. I feel like a lot of dance artist when they release an album, it’s just 12 random tunes, content. They just make 12 songs…so I really want to make an album that sort of encompasses everything that I do. And I’ve been working on it. (draws quotations in the air)
Maddi: Air quotations?
Shaun: At some point, it will be done!
James: The thing about albums is that, albums should be a place where you can spread your wings and do whatever you want to do…It should showcase your skill and what you’re about as a whole, rather than like, here’s 11 club bangers which a lot of artist do because they go oh, here’s a lot of tracks, album content!
Shaun: Yeah, exactly.
James: We’re not calling anyone out, they can do what they want – I just feel like an album is more of an expression than just content.
Shaun: Yeah, I want it to be a meaningful sort of thing, something that’s worth people’s attention’s sort-of-thing. But yeah, my manager was like, let’s get that done, do it this year, and I was like, hold on! It’s gonna take me a while, yeah. (laughs)
Wrapping Everything Up
Thanks for tuning in to the exclusive Party Guru Productions interview, readers! What an incredible experience it was to sit down with two of the best. Global Dance Festival is always such a treat for Denver, so we are hoping to see the return of these two dubstep heavy hitters in more future lineups to come!
Global Dance Festival is Colorado’s largest and most anticipated electronic dance music event of the year. After a year of waiting in solidarity, we are back. Thousands of EDM lovers from all across the US were eager to dance this year’s weekend away!
Being based in Denver, Colorado, Global Dance Festival has been held outside of Empower Field since 2017. Previously GDF could be found at Red Rocks, the festival was moved to expand capacity and follow sound limits. This year, the fourth official rendition of Global Dance Festival fell nothing short of amazing. The festival also exceeded all expectations – bringing some of the heaviest and biggest names in EDM today. Headliners for the two-night event included Excision, Doctor P B2B Funtcase, Zomboy, Kaskade, Illenium B2B Said The Sky B2B Dabin, Green Velvet, and Tchami (just to name a few)! The festival was filled with art installations, carnival rides, food trucks, bull riding, temporary tattooing, and much more. Stages were complete with full LED’s and high-quality sound systems. Those stages were where the experience and magic of the night really began.
Night 1 – Here’s The Recap
Night 1 started off strong with all four stages filled with different types of music. Each one holding their own unique vibe. Local heavyweights Paws, MPORT, Decadon, and Brondo were some of the openers with packed sets which filled all the way to the very back of the Northern Lights stage. If this wasn’t your thing, a silent disco was held at the Crystal Caverns stage. There was truly some place to be for every single person, no matter what your vibe was!
As the sun began to set, the Summit stage began seeing artists such as Tchami, who brought an insane house set complete with pyrotechnics. The Illenium triple B2B followed, which brought super peaceful, melodic bass music vibes to the main stage. Kaskade closed the night out at main stage with a garage-house infused set. Paired with all of his beautiful original songs, the crowd was singing at the top of their lungs. Meanwhile, on the Northern Lights stage, Funtcase and Doctor P were giving one of the heaviest sets of the weekend. Bringing their original filthy UK dubstep sound to Denver dubstep lovers. Be on the lookout for an interview coming out later this week!
Zomboy finished off the night by closing out with even more heavy originals and never before heard tracks. They don’t call Denver the bass capitol for nothing. This stage showed that all night! On the other side of the festival, Mersiv took over the Tundra stage and closed out the night with some crazy wubs and deep bass sounds. The eclectic mix of music selected this year was the perfect mix to satisfy any raver at any point in the night.
Global 2021 Was the Event of the Year
This year’s event felt much different than any before. Maybe because of the fact that music lovers were able to unite once again. It might have been the fact that this was the heaviest and most diverse group of artists to ever see the GDF lineup. The festival itself is always seeming to impress its guests. Being incredibly thought-out, it was musically balanced the entire weekend with a wide range of musical experiences to go see, and plenty of space to dance around at the stages. The festival is hopefully going to remain a Colorado raver tradition for many years to come.
There was something for everyone here at all times of the night – everyone was dancing, the vibes were high and the music was loud. This was an unforgettable experience. 2021 was one of the best years since its origin without a doubt! Colorado is proud to be the home to Global Dance Festival. We at Party Guru Productions can’t wait to see how the festival continues to grow in the future – what an unforgettable weekend it was.