Liquid Stranger Celebrates His WAKAAN Family At Mission Ballroom

One of the giants in the EDM world, Liquid Stranger brought a plethora of his friends to Denver this past weekend. Martin Staaf is better known by his stage name Liquid Stranger. He launched himself as an experimental EDM artist in the early 2000s.

Following this, he created his own record label Wakaan. Since then, Liquid Stranger has made a name for himself throughout the EDM world with his visual production level and his expert mixing skills.

Recently, Liquid Stranger has signed many prominent artists to his label. Some of his most notable artists include LSDream, Tvboo, and LUZCID. Overall, Stranger and the Wakaan label as a whole boast themselves as a collective. For the first night stop at Mission Ballroom, and even the second night, there was a myriad of artists to choose from.

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The Openers

To begin the evening, Kyrol and Banko and Notixx, both played deeper and more down-tempo sets. This slower start to the evening allowed for Mission Ballroom to begin to fill up. Both of the opener’s visuals were minimal. As the night went on, it was clear that Mission Ballroom was almost completely wall-to-wall with people anticipating the king of Wakaan himself later in the evening.

However, the energy in the venue quickly changed as the Mississippi native, Tvboo took the stage. He is known for his goofy persona and wooky beats. Tvboo emerged on the stage wearing nothing but overalls and taking the audience on a wild ride. Playing many of his hit songs, including “Wook Work,” “Skrawberries.” He also brought out a rapper to engage with the crowd. He definitely had the entire venue on their feet. Further, at the end of his set, he took his overalls off in his typical goofy fashion and danced around the stage in his underwear.

Tvboo

Certainly, it was an interesting choice to put Tvboo in between the first two openers and the next two. The dynamic deep bass artists YookiE walked on stage boasting visuals that declared “Yookie Sucks.” They kept that same high energy of their predecessor by playing their standout tune of the year “Bubble Bass.” As the night progressed, the next artist to warm the stage up for Liquid Stranger, was Buku. For his set, he focused more on the psychedelic and trippy side with many visuals that seemed to go on forever. Overall, all of the openers set the stage for what was to come.

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Buku

Finally, as many people noted in the crowd, the lasers not only lit up behind and the sides of the stages but also, next to the DJ stand. As Liquid Stranger took the stage, he explained the lights on stage were a new LED technique, and boy was this technology one that completely changed the mood in the crowd. Not a single person was sitting as the man of the night started off heavy and then moved into some of his throwbacks. Most notably, he played “Don’t Stop,” and his own drop from “Space Boss.” Throughout his set, he spent a lot of time on the microphone shouting out anytime he played a song from someone on the WAKAAN collective. Then, the night ended with him appreciating not only his collective but the crowd as a whole.

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Conclusion

Overall, the first night of Liquid Stranger proved to be a great mixture of both deep dubstep and more of the wook bass that the WAKAAN label is known for. Most importantly, the first night set the stage for not only what was to come on night two, but for the rest of the recently announced tour for 2022.

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New EP from Mize Captivates the Music Scene

Mize is an emerging experimental bass producer from Alabama. During the past few years, he has won over the electronic music community with a magnetic appeal that comes through in his innovative style of music production. 

This week, Mize returns to the music scene with a highly anticipated EP, Balancing Act. His innovation and talent are obvious throughout this EP as Mize demonstrates his unwavering ability to create music of exceptional quality. This EP takes listeners on a journey filled with peaceful atmospheres and whimsical melodies, complete with exciting and energetic drops. Balancing Act is now available to listen to on all streaming services.

Mize’s Creative Journey

Ian Evans started producing music in 2012. For the first several years into his project, he went by the alias ‘ianqt.’ Eventually, he changed his name to Mize to memorialize his grandmother’s last name. 

Mize discovered his signature style by pushing the boundaries of electronic music and experimenting with sound designs. He was inspired by genre-defying artists such as Tipper and Netsky. Mize spent years mastering his craft, developing a sound that combines psychedelic downtempo and melodic dubstep with hip-hop influences.

In 2020, Mize debuted with WAKAAN when he released his single and follow-up EP titled ‘Thought Process.’ In February 2021, he released ‘Satori,’ a collaborative single with Super Future. This was the first single released on Liquid Stranger’s new downtempo label, SSKWAN. Now, Mize is returning to SSKWAN with his EP, Balancing Act. A testament to Mize’s ever-growing talent, this EP demonstrates his potential to become a top artist in electronic music.

“Balancing Act is both a call back to some of the sounds and places that made this project come together in the beginning as well as a foreshadow of the new ideas, techniques, and themes I’ve been diving into as of late. Constantly as I grow older I notice that many aspects of my life are endless periods of balancing many things whether they be relationships, work, leisure, time, and even things as simple as taking care of your own body. I find that sometimes being an artist can be a Balancing Act of adopting new ideas while also attempting to keep the essence of what brought me here alive.” —MIZE

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Conclusion

The incredible talent of Mize is undeniably inspiring a new generation of music producers. We are so excited to see what he does next. Click here to listen to Balancing Act, now out on all streaming services!

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Redrum Enchants Listeners with New Single, “Floating”

Redrum is a rising bass music producer from Portland. Back in May, she made her explosive debut when she released her single, “Phases,” a charming bass spell that captivated the dance music community. Redrum bewitches her listeners leading up to the release of her full Pisces Moon EP later this summer. Earlier this week, Redrum returned to Liquid Stranger’s SSKWAN label with her new single, ‘Floating.‘ This ethereal song features dreamy vocals and lush soundscapes that will take your mind on a journey through an otherworldly paradise. Listening to ‘Floating’ will transport you to a state of total euphoria as you feel like you are drifting through the clouds and into the stars.

Redrum’s Early Life

Before she became known as Redrum, Tatiana Tindell was drawn to music from a young age. Her father was a composer, musician, and DJ. Growing up, Tatiana discovered her passion for dance. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with Hodgkins’ Lymphoma when she was 17. Chemotherapy treatments caused extreme bone and muscle weakness, which forced her to part ways with dancing and sent her into a battle with depression. Eventually, Tatiana found relief through a new creative outlet: Producing. Over time, Tatiana’s musical abilities helped her develop a connection to her witchy side and express herself. Inspired by Stephen King’s The Shining, Tatiana created Redrum. Through her hypnotic music, Redrum enchants her listeners and guides them to connect to their inner magic.  

Redrum’s Career

Redrum is quickly gaining notoriety in the bass music community. Before debuting as a solo artist, she featured on Subsidia’s Dawn: Vol. 2 and Electric Hawk’s In Unity compilation albums with her signature ethereal sounds. 

During the COVID-19 shutdowns, she captured the attention of virtual crowds on lineups including Electric Hawk’s Harmony Virtual Music Festival and In Unity Livestream, Wormhole Entertainment’s weekly Wormhole Wednesday, and Nova Lotus Music’s Nova Vita live stream. 

The Supreme Witch also delivered an enchanting performance at Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival in Orlando last month. With another performance coming up in August at Kosmic Kingdom Music Festival, Redrum proves that she is a force to reckoned with as she enchants the masses.

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During her short time in the electronic music industry, Redrum has developed a solid reputation. The Bass music community has quickly embraced Redrum and we are excited to see what she will create next. With an upcoming four-track EP, Redrum is set to captivate the masses with dreamy sounds and obvious talent. Tatiana Tindell proves that 2021 is the year of the witch, and that witch is called Redrum.

‘Floating’ is now available on all streaming platforms. You can listen to Redrum’s new song here while we wait to hear the full EP.

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Sully Ignites the Party with a New Single: ‘Right About Now’

Sully is a bass music producer from Los Angeles who is making big waves in the music industry. He is known for his innovative sounds, which combine melodic dubstep with heavy bass wobbles and eerie atmospheres. His unique style of bass music has been groundbreaking within the electronic music scene. Now, he is back again with a hot new single, ‘Right About Now,’ available on all streaming services.

Sully started learning how to produce throughout high school. In college, he earned his audio engineering degree from the University of Michigan. Later, Sully Graduated from the Icon Collective, a Los Angeles-based music college, where he maximized his production skills and creative process. After spending years mastering his craft, Sully has quickly built an impressive reputation in the bass music scene. In 2019, Sully released his debut single, ‘Frequency Shift.’ His music was quickly noticed by WAKAAN’s one-and-only Liquid Stranger, who took him under his wing and brought him onto the Ascension tour. Since then, Sully has steadily released music with the WAKAAN Music Label and has quickly made a name for himself in the electronic music space. 

Sully Returns to WAKAAN

In his highly anticipated return to WAKAAN, Sully recruits Isaac Castor as his emcee. ‘Right About Now’ is a bass party anthem that will keep the energy going and the vibes high whether you are at the poker table, in the club, or up all night at a 3 – day ‌festival.

“‘Right About Now’ is all about igniting that energy that’s been pinned up for the past year. When I listen to the song, I reminisce about my time in college growing as an artist. Whether I was playing at a bar, a wedding, or as a local opener for a talent I looked up to, I was always trying to fulfill my potential. What makes this even more special is that Isaac and I went to the same undergrad and were usually hustling together to reach the next step. I’m so proud of this record and couldn’t be more grateful for Isaac’s flawless vocal delivery.” – Sully

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Sully continues to impress us, establishing his name within the world of electronic music. As his artistic journey unfolds, we eagerly await his next steps.

‘Right About Now’ is out now on all streaming services! Listen to his new track ‌here.

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Space Jesus Takes Colorado Through the Wormhole

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Halloween in Colorado this weekend was–literally–out of this world. Space Jesus, aka Jasha Tull, blessed Wakaan lovers with three consecutive nights of mind-warping bass–sending you to space. Jasha is a Boulder resident himself, and kicked off night one locally at The Boulder Theatre. Nights two and three were at the Ogden and BlueBird in Denver. 

Through the Wormhole

Jasha Tull is originally from New Jersey and started producing at a young age, around 16. Since then, he has effectively delivered mind-blowing auditory at lower frequencies. If you are at all familiar with his music,  you know the diversity of his sounds and how unique the combination is. He steps outside the limits of specific genres developing an undefined, experimental bass. In short, the live performances Jasha puts on are one of a kind. The psychedelic visuals in tune with his music change the whole game. So, if you ever have the chance to catch one of his sets, be sure not to miss it. Jasha previously stated, “Space Jesus is the feeling you get when you travel through a wormhole in a fresh pair of Jordans.”  In the Wakaan community, that statement is actually true, it’s a funny feel-good feeling. 

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Huxley Anne

The night opened up with producers Digital Vagabond, MZG, and Huxley Anne. Huxley Anne, who is dating Space Jesus, killed it! She threw down those weird – grimy – deep – wubz we all love to hear. Her visuals were also something else. For example, the 3D grids switching back and forth with the metallic glitching glob dripping around really kept your eyes glued to the visuals. She definitely knew her crowd and how to please us. Her vibe was dark and intense but fit the scene perfectly.

MZG

MGZ Twins

MZG was on right before Huxley Anne. It was quickly noticed that they were a twin brother duo, pretty sick. Above all, they had high energy levels which was great and contagious to the crowd. In other words, every track they threw down was a headbanger, and riddim was for sure present. Overall their set was dope; I think having the variety of genres throughout the night made it a very interesting, interactive experience.

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Space Jesus Dominates

Space Jesus was ready to dominate us. That is to say, after the first 30 seconds my brain was obliterated by the bass. We were transported into another dimension and it was the greatest feeling ever. A highlight of the night was hearing “I’m Having Trouble Passin’ Blunts… Through These Brass Knuckles!” get dropped and seeing everyone’s filthy bass faces turning at each other, just loosing it. We have been waiting forever for this to get released, please give it to us! (The wooks cannot wait any longer.) Also, Jasha made sure to provide those spooky Halloween feels by dropping Figure‘s remix of “This Is Halloween.”

The lasers in combination with the visuals and swirling lights created a hypnotic feeling. Another thing I love about Space Jesus is his humor. The visuals during “Professor Genius” made the entire crowd giggle, and the crazy eyeballs rolling around with “Space Boss” were just so weird. But that’s okay because we love weird. Yasha is always showing love to the Wakaan fam, including clips from other amazing artists; such as Peekaboo’s “Babatunde”, and the numerous collaborations with the Wakaan King, Liquid Stranger. Cause who doesn’t get down to that? After that, the night concluded with a mean B2B2B, bringing Huxley Anne and MZG back on stage. They mixed in a bit of upbeat hiphop and closed out with the filth.

MZG, Space Jesus, and Huxley Anne

Deeper Connections

To sum up, Space Jesus‘s Colorado Halloween Weekend was a success. Space Jesus is never one to disappoint. He always prepares a special sets for his people. Pouring his time, energy, and heart into every bit of it. For instance, just yesterday he presented his “ALT” set (Alternate Listening Test). This was to experiment with music he holds deep to his heart, aiming to create an emotional and deep connection. Like I said earlier, his shows are one of a kind. Once you experience this, you understand why people chase this feeling at all of these shows.

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