Go Big or Gourd Home with Temple Denver

Fall is heating up here in Denver. With another month, there is another amazing lineup at Temple Denver. The first phase of the October lineup has been announced, and it is JUICY! Peep the details below!

Borgeous, October 1st

Kicking off the month is Borgeous, who is hitting the stage Saturday, October 1st. Hailing from Miami, he is bringing the heat with bass house. Known for his amazing stage presence and great music, this party is gonna be popping. For a sneak peek, peep his track, “You’re Not Mine,” which dropped earlier this month. It is a banger!

Naughty Ball, October 1st

Kicking off the Halloween madness is the 22nd anniversary of Kevin Larson’s Naughty Ball. Grab your Halloween costume and head to Temple! This ball isn’t your ordinary ball. Rather it is an evening full of exotic and interactive events for your senses. We welcome you to the Art Gallery and invite you to partake in the interactive activities. Descend to experience the ethereal Nightclub and ascend to the VIP floor filled with unique experiences and delights.

Calussa, October 8th

Next on the lineup is Calussa, who are hitting the decks on October 8th.  This Miami duo is bringing the beach party to Denver with their Afro-house. You can hear their Cuban roots in all of their tracks. Their track, “Damelo”, dropped earlier this year and is so smooth!

Lucy Presented by Afterhours Anonymous & Temple Denver, Oct. 9th

Afterhours Anonymous is partnering with Temple to bring a very special Sunday evening to Temple on October 9th. Lucy, an Italian-born techno DJ, is hitting the decks. His track, “Wanton Witch 9 (Nervous Burial),” dropped earlier this year, and it’s so good! Known for his unique, industrial techno, this is sure to be a rager!

Sam Feldt Presented by Global Dance & Temple Denver, Oct 15th

Global Dance and Temple are partnering to bring another fun night with Dutch DJ Sam Feldt. Known for his feel-good and uplifting sound, this is gonna be one happy dance party. For a glimpse at what the party is gonna be, peep his track, “Future In Your Hands,” featuring Aloe Blacc, which dropped last month.

Lil Jon, October 29th

WHAT!? OKAY!!! wrapping up the Phase one lineup for October is Lil Jon. He is bringing the crunk party Halloween weekend to Temple with a renowned DJ Set! Known for his hyphy songs, such as “Turn Down for What” and “Vamos a Beber,” this is sure to be a party you don’t want to miss!

October Wrap Up

This is such a hot first phase of the October lineup at Temple Denver. With more artists to be announced, this is one month you will want to spend every weekend at Temple Denver! For more info on the shows and to purchase tickets, visit their website.


Carl Cox Brought High Energy To The Fillmore Auditorium

Carl Cox Brought High Energy To The Fillmore Auditorium

Who Is The Legendary Carl Cox?

Carl Cox is a staple in the techno scene. He was born in Oldham, England and started with a mobile DJ setup at the age of 15. Being inspired by disco, Carl Cox had a knack for dance music and keeping the party going. Simultaneously, this is where we saw the rise of the Chicago House scene and the Detroit Techno scene. Afterwards, Carl Cox pioneered both genres into the Britain rave scene. From there, he immediately became one of the mainstay names whenever brought up in a conversation.

In his prolific career, we have seen Carl Cox on the top of many major EDM music festivals lineups. Carl Cox even had his own stage, “The Carl Cox and Friends Stage” at Ultra Music Festival. His influence is so strong that he has influenced DJs such as Loco Dice, Maceoplex, and Richie Hawtin. Now, he has graced us with a special night at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado.

The Production

The last time we saw Carl Cox, he was playing at the EXDO center. Many wondered how the Fillmore Auditorium would be able to replicate that classic warehouse vibe. The sound system was so heavy, that there wasn’t a spot in the venue where you couldn’t stop dancing. A large amount of space allowed Carl Cox to go free with his lasers and provided enough space for the crowd to move freely.

The Juicy Part

Kicking off the night was Denver local fan-favorites The Bordas Brothers. They just came off opening for the legendary Boris Brejcha and have been crushing it. The Bordas Brothers started off playing some deep hits with Connor Mac, which was the perfect start to the party. Now, queue the fantastic UK grime queen Maya Jane Coles. Everyone once her mix of Bubble Gum, by Uniiqu3 came on immediately got lost in the music. She brought everything out on the table, which was so special to see in such a short span of time.

The Legend Takes The Stage

Carl Cox started off with heavy Techno to keep the energy at an all-time high. As soon as you think that the show is slowing down, he picks it right back up with Tech-House. This is someone who is a master at their craft, and he proved that at the Fillmore Auditorium. The most special part is how Carl Cox, was able to create a theme halfway through his set kicking it off with “Better Off Alone” by Alice Deejay. This carried straight through to “(You Are My) All and All” by Joyce Sims, showing his absolute insane range of knowledge of music. We ended up in Carl Cox‘s house, and it’s a shame we couldn’t stay in it till the sun came up.

This Was His House

The Fillmore Auditorium broke ground this weekend on something special. They proved that they can handle providing a very strong warehouse experience, with the bonus of their insane production. We certainly hope that this is a continuous trend for larger-than-life techno acts across the board. The only downside is the limited set-times due to city ordinances, but that’s something hopefully, can be worked out for the future.

The performances by all artists Saturday night were something special, as they all brought it. Carl Cox provided one of his strongest sets to Denver in a very long time. He proved that he is aging like fine wine, and is continuing to grow his craft. Now with the growth of the scene, it’s even more fantastic to see what Carl Cox is doing with all the production capabilities. It was amazing seeing how immersed the crowd was, and everyone truly was in his house. Would we give everything to do this all over again? “Oh-yes-oh-yes-oh-yes”.

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Moving To The Sounds Of The Underground: Body Language Festival

Moving To The Sounds Of The Undergound: Body Language Festival

The first ever Body Language Music Festival popped off without a hitch. This three day festival is hosted by Relentless Beats and RBDeep. They brought the house down to Tempe, Arizona this past weekend. House heads and Techno fans from all over the country were ready to get their fix at this new festival. Overall, RB’s vision for Body Language was perfectly executed.

Location, Layout, And Production

Body Language called Downtown Tempe home for the weekend of March 4th – 6th. This unique location was able to capture the essence of a big festival, while bringing in the intimacy of a night out in tempe. This layout held three stages, multiple vendors, art installations, VIP areas, water fill stations, and plenty of spaces for attendees to relax in. I appreciated how organized and open this layout was. There was a designated drop off/pick up area for Rideshares, along with multiple parking lots and garages in the surrounding area. 

Another aspect to this festival layout that Relentless Beats was able to incorporate was the Sunbar Tempe. This is a very popular restaurant & venue that is a local favorite here in the Arizona scene. Sunbar typically hosts many artists of all genres in the EDM community and is also a great choice for a night out with friends.

Line Up

This first-time festival featured some of the world’s heaviest hitters in the Underground & House music world, including world-renowned and dance music pioneers. 

Bringing the groove to the stage, attendees were able to experience Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Boris Brejcha, Malaa, Wax Motif, Dombresky b2b Noizu, Shiba San, Kaskade (redux), and more. Some local and upcoming DJs also made their contribution this weekend like JUR, Hitta b2b Swave, Jeff O’Neal, Elwer, and more. 

36 hours of House and Techno filled the streets of Tempe. Just for a few moments, people were able to speak with their incomparable dance moves and feel a sense of community that this scene has been craving.

Sponsors, Vendors, And Art

Body Language was blessed by how many big name sponsors were there to show their support of this new festival. Some were handing out merch, while others held informational booths and perfect hangout areas for attendees. Crowd favorites included BeatBox, Trendsetters, Sunday Goods, Bud Light Seltzer, Dime Industries, and Torch.You can check out all the sponsors here

Food and drink this past weekend included Sonoran Grill, Italian sandwiches, gourmet soft pretzels, and plenty of vegan and vegetarian options! I personally enjoyed the Sonoran cheeseburger and the vegan ramen. Also, attendees got to choose from a wide variety of liquor including, hand-crafted cocktails, seltzers, BeatBox, and premium Bud Light. In addition, there were vendors such as Blvcklist and Moon Lvnding for apparel and other items of rave-wear fashion. 

Some art installations included a mural presented by Bud Light Next and a giant sprayed painted cactus letting attendees know that “YOU ARE AMAZING” by Jayarr.art

Bringing art to life this weekend, the Weird & Wonderful Cast also took stage alongside artists and performed in various locations throughout the festival grounds. Fans were able to interact with this ensemble for an unforgettable experience.

Conculsion

I would definitely recommend any of my fellow festival lovers to attend Body Language Music Festival! I am looking forward to all the new and exciting events Relentless Beats has planned in the future. Also, I am interested in seeing how they will expand and grow from this event for next year. Be sure to follow all of Body Lanuage’s socials along with Relentless and RBDeep so that you don’t miss a beat for their next move.

Photos by: Alexander Peet

What Is Deep Techno?

What Is Deep Techno?

Deep techno, or simply techno, is a genre of EDM that first emerged in the late 90s and early 2000s. Today, it’s one of the most popular genres of EDM around the world, with famous names like Carl Cox leading the scene in countries like Germany and Italy. Despite the ubiquity of the genre, however, there are plenty of people who still aren’t quite sure what this genre actually is and how it differs from other similar genres of music, like progressive house or dubstep.

The History of Deep Techno

As one of EDM’s original subgenres, deep techno emerged in Detroit in 1992. This style of music was created to be released as a side project by some of Detroit’s most famous techno artists, who wanted to experiment with tracks that weren’t quite as heavy on 4/4 drum patterns and didn’t involve dropping beats. Because of its association with progressive house and trance, this genre became incredibly popular throughout Europe (particularly Berlin) in 2000.

The Most Famous Artists

Carl Cox, Ricardo Villalobos, Loco Dice and Richie Hawtin are some of the most famous artists. There are many other artists who use deep techno elements as a genre and style to create new music. The rhythm patterns typically go around 138-142 BPM (beats per minute) along with some moderate to fast bass lines (35 Hz to 110 Hz). There can be some slight variations but most of these artists uses these two styles combined. Stylistically, it has characteristics of progressive house, trance and minimal techno all in one genre.

Why Is It So Popular In Europe?

While it may be easy to write off European techno as more aggressive and exciting than American music, there’s also a lot of deep history behind it. As EDM in general began to grow in popularity, DJs looked for ways to keep their art interesting and relevant. One way was changing up their sounds—and that led to today’s trend. Unlike its genre-mates, this genre takes its cue from classic progressive house (especially Carl Cox) and then adds layers of grit with elements like tempo changes and percussion mixed together. This often results in lengthy track lengths (the average is 10–20 minutes long), but many fans say they wouldn’t have it any other way!

How Is Deep Techno Different From Other Electronic Dance Music Subgenres?

Techno, especially deep techno, has a slower tempo than most other genres of EDM. It also features syncopated rhythms and a more prominent bassline. In addition to these two stylistic elements, this genre also incorporates many elements from its parent genre: house music. Like house music, deep techno incorporates samples of older music into its compositions. However, unlike house music’s sample-based approach, deep techno tends to use much longer loops as building blocks for their tracks. This makes for a much more distinct sound that emphasizes synth melodies over drumbeats. The tonality of most songs in this genre is generally melancholy.

Travel

What sets EDM apart from other genres is its emphasis on live performance. You can hear live EDM at almost any bar, club, or festival these days, but to experience deep techno in a real dance environment you’ll need to travel to Europe. If you don’t have plans for your next vacation, start planning now; a trip to Berlin will get you deep into what makes techno great.

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What is Acid Techno?

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If you’re familiar with techno, you may have heard the term acid techno bandied about as an early stage of techno or as one of its subgenres, but you might not know what it actually refers to. The name comes from acid house, which was an electronic dance music genre in the late 1980s and early 1990s. A genre that was known for its rapid tempo and its use of short, repeated phrases. This genre follows this pattern in its own right, but it also sometimes incorporates other types of electronic dance music, such as house or trance.

Acid Techno Genre Origins


Acid Techno originated in Chicago in 1990, first on vinyl and then later, as house music gained popularity, on compact discs. Like most forms of electronic dance music (EDM), Acid Techno blends synthesized beats with recorded sounds. The songs tend to be short and fast-paced to keep people dancing. So what makes it an acid sound? Blame Roland, that’s all! In 1986, Roland released a keyboard called The TB-303 Bass Line and dance club owners loved it. Originally intended for bass guitarists to play backing tracks while they sang or rapped, those who bought one quickly discovered that by using its controls – a knob for bass frequency and another for accent frequency – they could create acid bass lines without even playing their instrument!

Origins in Europe

The Basic Elements of Acid Techno

Acid techno was a variant of house music that emerged from Chicago, Illinois in 1988. The genre was strongly influenced by several forms of electronic dance music (EDM) that were popular in Europe at that time. These included styles such as acid house, disco, breakbeat and Detroit techno. This genre incorporates melodies produced through house-music equipment (such as analog synthesizers and drum machines) with elements of Chicago’s highly distinctive sound, which included samples and synth lines reminiscent of distorted guitar riffs. Unlike most other early forms of techno, acid techno featured a much less rigid structure than most other EDM genres did at that time. Songs typically started off slowly and built up to more energetic portions before returning to their original pace. This gave songs an open-ended feeling that later became characteristic of jungle and trip hop.

Artists Influenced by Acid Techno

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Early Techno was influenced by many early electronic styles including House, Hip-Hop, and Acid. Artists like Kraftwerk, Afrika Bambaata, Man Parrish all have their own personal touch in it, but when artists began experimenting with breakbeats and the Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer they created a new genre of music. Artists such as Phuture and Prescription created an entirely different sound for dance floors which set them apart from other genres at that time. Some more modern and popular techno and house artists that take this genre as influence are: Zhu, Tchami, Malaa, Tiesto and Lane 8.

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