Zeds Dead Set Hearts On Fire At The 8th Annual Deadrocks!

Zeds Dead Set Hearts On Fire At The 8th Annual Deadrocks!

This past weekend on July 2nd & 3rd of 2022 was the eighth annual Deadrocks at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater in Morrison, CO. This incredible two-night event is produced by the iconic electronic duo, Zeds Dead, and happens every July since 2014. The boys were here this past weekend to not only celebrate the return of this annual event but to showcase many up-and-coming artists.

Location, Layout, and Production

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater is located in Morrison, CO which is only 20 minutes outside of Denver. This unique venue has been a major bucket list item for many past and present artists. Red Rocks has four spacious parking lots along with an accessibility shuttle to take patrons to row 1 for events. Once inside, you’ll be able to experience the beauty of the rocks, the views of the city, and the stunning stage production. The stage consisted of many speakers to carry the sound, large LED boards to show visuals, lots of lasers, and some projections that shined onto the rocks. 

Food and Drink

Concession stands with food and drink options are located throughout the amphitheater. Food options include chicken fingers, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, pretzels, pizza, candy, and chips. For drinks, attendees have options for draft and canned beers, wine, margaritas, Coke products, Red Bull, iced tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and water are also available. There are also many vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available. To learn more about specialty food and drink, you can click here to go to their website. 

Line up

Deadrocks had a stacked lineup with many extraordinary artists that come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The following artists are highlighted on Deadbeats, Zeds Dead’s very own record label. 

Night 1: HEYZ, A Hundred Drums, DNMO, Hybrid Minds, Mersiv, and Zeds Dead 

Night 2: Brux, SuperAve., Kumarion, IMANU, Blanke, and Zeds Dead

The weekend featured a mixture of EDM genres. Attendees were able to enjoy the sounds of bass, dubstep, downtime, psytrance, drum & bass, house, and surrealist club-pop. All of these artists were truly incredible to see perform live. I would highly recommend following them on socials as well as grabbing a ticket to their next show. 

Zeds Dead fans got to feel a sense of euphoria during the boys’ set on both nights. The duo played so many tracks that fans have been “chasing” for years. Some of these recognizable tracks included Zeds Dead’s remix of Kiss by Jeuce, No Prayers with Omar LinX, Shut Up & Sing by Greta Svabo Bech (ZD Remix), Flickers by Son Lux (ZD Remix) and many more. Zeds Dead also showcased tracks that collabed with other fellow EDM artists like Subtronics, Peekaboo, Griz, Jauz, Blunts & Blondes, Rezz, and others. 

Luckily for fans, the fun just didn’t stop there. Zeds Dead also held their Backyard Jamboree on July 4th which took place at the Civic Center Park located in Downtown Denver and played two more sets that same night for their Deadrocks Hangover show at Mission Ballroom also located in Denver.

Conclusion

Deadrocks is a very special weekend and I would 100% recommend going to anyone who is interested. This was my first Deadrocks and it definitely will not be the last time I attend this event. 

Be sure to follow all of Zeds Dead socials for the latest updates and you can check out their website to check out their merch, upcoming tour dates, latest releases, and more!

Photos by Josh Klein and Kyle Brim

DEADBEATS AZ – A Night Out With The Boys

This past weekend, Zeds Dead and co. took their prominent curated showcase to Arizona’s newest home for electronic dance music events; Phoenix Raceway. Complete with a lineup with legends such as NGHTMRE and a rare appearance from Dimension, one of the UK’s most regarded drum & bass acts, the 2022 edition of Deadbeats Arizona was complete with action that kept fans on their feet throughout the night.

As the fans entered the venue, they experienced a spectacle of audio and visual delights, with massive complimentary LED screens displayed on the sides of the stages and pyro machines blasting the air with powerful mist. The production value of this year’s edition surpassed that of recent years, thanks to Relentless Beats‘ Megastructure which debuted last year for their Summer Series events.

Deadbeats had an outstanding lineup for the show, which featured some of EDM’s biggest names alongside rising stars in the scene. Fans were treated to sets by 2SOON, Rossy, Dion Timmer, NGHTMRE, Dimension, and of course, Zeds Dead.

For those who attended Phoenix Lights just three weeks prior, the Raceway layout might have looked a little familiar. But there was plenty to see and do for music fans making their first visit to the new grounds, including a premier VIP Lounge complete with an elevated area to see the stage’s action and a vacated trolley for attendees to lounge at.

Audiences were treated to an ultra-rare set from one of drum n bass’ most critically acclaimed artists. Dimension’s first DJ set ever in Arizona was accompanied by some filthy 170 BPM drops and melodies that DnB fans around the world love him for. The UK-based producer has made a name for himself with his unique sound and ability to create tracks that are both exciting and accessible. These qualities, combined with his love for the genre, have enabled him to become a leading figure in the scene.

Zeds Dead closed out the night with a set that was as wild and varied as the dance floor in front of them. The heads of Deadbeats took their audience through ambient bass music, pumping bass house, and everything in between. Zeds Dead is known for its versatility, and this set was proof positive that they’re still at the top of their game. The Boys didn’t just bring a special guest onstage to perform “Gangsta’s Paradise“—they brought out Coolio.

And that was the icing on the cake to an already amazing night.

As another night of music and dancing came and went, it was clear that Deadbeats had once again lived up to its reputation. The show was a flawless blend of hard-hitting bass, euphoric melodies, and crowd-pleasing drops—and the crowd loved every second of it. As the final notes of Zeds Dead’s set rang out, many in the audience were already making plans for their next show.

It’s truly no wonder why Relentless Beats continues to thrive as one of EDM’s top promoters. With a relentless commitment to excellence, they always know how to put on a good show. Let’s hope they come back for another edition of Deadbeats in 2023!

Photos by Alexander Peet

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New Music Releases From A$AP Rocky, Zeds Dead, The Chainsmokers, and More!

Last week’s new music releases were impressive! We heard new songs from big-name artists like A$AP Rocky, Zeds Dead, The Chainsmokers, and more. To help you sift through the clutter, we’ve put together this list of all the best releases from the past week to help you discover new music that you might have missed. Happy listening!

A$AP Rocky & Nigo – Arya

Here we have a track that comes as a surprise to many. One of hip-hop’s biggest artists collaborated with one of the genre’s most promising artists for a hit new song, Arya. Nigo brings some serious heat as always, whilst A$AP has added another catchy tune to his collection. For those not familiar with Nigo, he is pretty much a legend in the hip-hop fashion scene and is known for his incredible design skills in footwear. Meanwhile, A$AP Rocky is on a creative streak at the moment and we are here for it. This may just end up being one of our favorite songs of 2022 when all is said and done. It’s fun, upbeat, high energy – everything you’d expect from some of today’s most talented artists. 

Zeds Dead & Omar Linx – Mr. Blue

Canadian electronic duo Zeds Dead collaborated with Omar Linx on their brand new single titled “Mr. Blue”. This track is a gem in their catalog of bass-driven tracks that they have released over the years. The duo has returned to their singular sound with a vibrant anthemic ballad. Heavy yet minimal synth progressions blend sweetly with Omar Linx’s vocals. If you don’t know Omar Linx, he’s a Canadian rapper and songwriter who’s regularly featured on some of Zeds Dead‘s most popular songs. We highly recommend this song if you like deep bass but want something different than your usual dubstep bangers. Click here to listen to “Mr. Blue” by Zeds Dead & Omar Linx!

The Chainsmokers – High

If you have been a fan of EDM in recent years then there is a good chance that you have heard at least one song by American DJ duo, The Chainsmokers. Both members of the group (Andrew Taggart & Alex Pall) are known for bringing high energy to their sets. Since their debut single “#Selfie” went viral in 2014, the pair have steadily released hit after hit. Their latest single, “High”, was released this week and it is already climbing up the dance charts worldwide. If you are a fan of artists like Major Lazer and Flosstradamus, then you will love these guys too. Take a listen to “High” here.

Dirt Monkey & Kumarion – CONKA

When a producer like Dirt Monkey teams up with an artist like Kumarion for a collaboration track it is a match made in heaven. This song opens up with a lively flute that contrasts well against some deep bass beats. It is not just your typical EDM beat. There are plenty of stuttering elements that provide enough rhythm to make you want to get up and dance. CONKAis a perfect blend of both artists’ talents to create something great. We’ll be waiting for Dirt Monkey & Kumarion to give us more great collaborations like “CONKA.”

Gramatik – Water 4 The Soul II

Grammy-nominated electronic musician Gramatik released his newest album titled Water 4 The Soul II. For those who love his previous work, you are in for a treat. This masterpiece comes with a total of 9 tracks filled with chilled-out beats that will give you some great vibes. If you like artists like Griz, Marvel Years, and Big Gigantic, you will definitely enjoy this album. Gramatik has done an incredible job at combining smooth melodies that deliver a tasteful punchline every time you hear it. Listen to Water 4 The Soul II now, available on all streaming services!

Another Great Week for New Music Releases

Last week was an especially good one for new music releases. You can expect to hear these songs for the rest of the year. Check back next week to hear about more new music!

What is Ambient Dubstep?

One of the new rising dubstep sounds is ambient dubstep. With many artists like Illenium, Said the Sky and even Zeds Dead incorporating these sounds into their online mixes, this style of music incorporates chill and melodic beats. Although it’s been around for years, in recent years it has gained some popularity due to EDM’s increasing focus on atmospherics and ethereal qualities. This genre can incorporate aspects of all types of music from techno to classical to pop, and most importantly it does not lack bass despite its mellow sound.

How ambient dubstep came about
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Before dubstep ever had a name, people were experimenting with adding drums to electronic music. From drum ‘n’ bass-inspired beats to house beats, producers took their favorite tracks and chopped them up into samples. As more producers embraced synthesizers and programming, a new movement began – one that continues to thrive today as ambient dubstep. While there are many variations of ambient dubstep, let’s take a look at some of its most distinctive characteristics and most popular musicians. Traveling can be fun and exciting if you plan it properly – but those jags and time zones can really knock you out! Use an ambient dubstep mix like the Zeds Dead one below when traveling.

Stream Catching Z’s Volume 1 by Zeds Dead Mixes

How it differs from other genres

You’ve probably heard dubstep before; it’s a genre that brings heavy basslines, deep kicks, and rumbling synths to dance floors around the world. But as of late, one sound has been growing quickly: ambient dubstep. Hailing from artists like Illenium and Said The Sky, ambient dubstep incorporates these elements but adds melodic beats which bring out more of an emotional aspect. In some instances, you can just lose yourself in these grooves.

Signature sound


The sound of ambient dubstep combines epic bass, mellow melodies, and stunning ethereal vocals. The ambient nature of its sounds makes it an apt soundtrack for relaxation, helping you disconnect from life’s hustle and bustle and find peace with your surroundings. The lyrics are reminiscent of those heard in pop music, with songs about love and other emotional concepts. However, these sentiments are delivered in a more relaxed fashion, complementing perfectly what would otherwise be a fast-paced genre. Some might also recognize elements of classical music in ambient dubstep. Similar to how electronic dance music incorporated elements from classical pieces throughout history, some artists use parts of modern orchestral arrangements or melodies to add interest to their tracks.

Producers


As mentioned, ambient dubstep has been popularized by many producers in recent years. One of these artists, Illenium, is a dubstep and electro house producer from Denver. His big hits include tracks like “Free Fall” and “Falling Down” which have over 7 million plays on SoundCloud to date. Other popular ambient dubstep artists include Said The Sky and Brian Eno. Unlike typical EDM genres such as hardstyle or drum & bass where every song sounds similar because it’s supposed to be loud and fast, different types of ambient dubstep songs have varying levels of energy depending on what kind you listen to—if at all. Even within one artist’s repertoire, you can hear a sudden change in energy. A song will start out soft, then gradually get louder and more intense before becoming calm again at its climax.

Said the Sky at Red Rocks

As of recently, ambient dubstep has been on a rapid rise to fame. There have also been many rumors on Zeds Dead adding more ambient tracks to their online mixes, as well as getting their label Deadbeats to put out some artists that use these kinds of beats in their music. Although there isn’t a specific genre for them yet, it is obvious why these ambient sounds are becoming so popular among newer DJs and producers.

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The Top 5 Music Festivals To Attend In Canada

Canada has some of the greatest music festivals in the world, with amazing and talented artists from around the globe coming to entertain us each year. These five festivals are unique in their own way, and choosing which one to attend comes down to personal preference. Whether you enjoy electronic music, pop, or classic country, there’s something for everyone at these top five Canadian music festivals.

1) WayHome

Taking place in Ontario, WayHome is a three-day music festival. It began in 2015 and has been on track to be one of North America’s best festivals. This festival takes place on a ranch that is owned by members of The Tragically Hip, a Canadian rock band. Artists who have performed at WayHome include Flume, Porter Robinson, Imagine Dragons, and Cage The Elephant.

2) Shambhala Music Festival

Shambhala Music Festival is a four-day event in August held at Shambhala Mountain Centre. It takes place near Nelson and is one of the more popular music festivals in Canada. Acts such as ZHU, Zeds Dead, Boogie T, and SoDown are some of the amazing artists that perform here every year. This festival has won awards for being one of North America’s top ten events. Additionally, it recently was voted one of Western Canadian Magazine’s best summer festivals.

3) Osheaga

Osheaga has something for everyone. From live music to art installations, food trucks, and beer gardens there is no limit to what you can find at Osheaga. This four-day festival was first held in Montreal back in 2006. Since then, it has quickly grown into one of North America’s largest festivals with crowds reaching 90,000 people!

4) Boots & Hearts

Boots & Hearts is a music festival held in Ontario, Canada that brings out a great combination of pop, rock, and country. Some of the artists that performed at Boots & Hearts over its 8-year span include Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and many more. Boots & Hearts is one of the best Canadian music festivals to visit with family and friends.

5) M For Montreal

M For Montreal may not be as popular or publicized as some of its other Canadian counterparts. However, it is one of Montreal’s most popular music festivals. The festival takes place in different parts of Montreal during July and August. More than 250 musicians from around the world have performed since 2006 at M For Montreal. If you are a fan of indie rock, punk rock, electronic music, or alternative genres in general, then you will love what M For Montreal has to offer.

Conclusion

To sum up, there are many different music festivals in Canada. From big-name groups to underground bands, you can find music of all genres and styles. Each festival offers unique art and food for people to enjoy while listening to some great music. If you’re looking for a Canadian adventure, add one or more of these festivals to your travel plans.

Photos by Boots & Hearts, M For Montreal, Osheaga, Shambhala Music Festival, WayHome

Goldrush Music Festival: The Countdown Begins For an Epic Weekend In The Desert

Flag flown at Goldrush 2019

The dusty and arid landscape of Rawhide Event Center will come to life in just a few days! With the return of one of Arizona’s most beloved electronic dance music festivals of course. Relentless Beats is promising to live up to the anticipation of Goldrush‘s biggest edition yet, with a brand new layout and some of the best event production seen in the state. If you couldn’t feel the excitement already in the air, Relentless Beats made some game-changing last-minute announcements that will undoubtedly make this a landmark weekend for Arizona’s EDM scene that will be cherished for years to come.

Those who have attended Goldrush in previous years will notice that the familiar grounds will look quite different this year. However, those who came out for the Summer Series events will be greeted by the remarkable megastructure that became symbolic! The Golden Gorge Megastructure will welcome some of the country’s top artists, including Illenium, Jauz, and Zedd, with ambitions stage production design that has never been seen.

Another stage that can be found is named The Hideout. A stage with an all-new VIP & table experience replete with booths on stage and a three-level deck. Goldrush’s fourth annual edition will certainly bring the innovation to the table.

Normally, the festival would wrap up at 2 AM every night. This year, concert goers can stick around for a treat on the first night. A special back-to-back afterparty set with the love duet Kayzo and Cray will keep the bass pumping till five a.m.. So, keep your stamina up for the first day so you don’t miss out!

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Keep up with Goldrush‘s pages throughout the week into the weekend to stay posted with some potential last-minute surprises! See you all there!

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