You know it’s not often that we post any sort of house music on here but, today, I have an exception for you. And I SWEAR it’s for good reason. San Diego duo and Eventvibe DJ’s CaliParis are in the running to earn a spot on stage at Insomniac’s NYE Celebration: White Wonderland!! This event debuted last year—wrangling 24,000+ white-gowned fans. Round 2 promises to be even bigger and better. Well, what else can you expect from Insomniac.
As a part of the Discovery Project that Insomniac is currently hosting, contestants are required to submit 1.) A remix of Bunny’s ‘Countdown’ (from the White Wonderland trailer ) AND 2.) A 30-minute mix struttin’ what your mama gave ya.
The boys over at CaliParis did just that, and—needless to say—their mama’s can be proud. In fact, I think it’s something all of the San Diego EDM community can take great pride in. Even if house isn’t your genre of choice, there’s great satisfaction to be taken in watching local talent move on to bigger and better platforms. This talented duo has themselves positioned nicely in the competition. But with the end of the Discovery Competition drawing nearer, we can help a couple of hard working fellas make the final push to make their dreams become reality.
What you can do to help:
1.) Lend their Discovery Campaign your ears
2.) Heart and Favorite their submissions if you find yourself giggin’ out
San Diego’s music scene is bursting at the seams. We’ve got world-class talent from all genres performing here on a weekly basis. The awesome thing about the SD music scene, that I’m sure we can all appreciate, is the lack of the congestion we see in the more established places like LA. That being said, congestion doesn’t translate to more talent. What we’ve got here, in sunny San Diego, are a lot of talented artists waiting for their chance to shine and a lot of promoters and visionaries working around the clock to give these up-and-comers a chance. Well, now CaliParis is on deck. Let’s play ball.
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By: Saro Chalian
It may have been a brisk, windy night in San Diego this past Sunday but a tropical humidity radiating from Voyeur Nightclub erased any indication of the bleak weather that raged outdoors. It was only fitting that the DJ booth be adorned with fake plastic palm trees because when Classixx, RAC, Cosmic Kids, and Jerome LOL arrived they brought the summer season with them.
There is something iconic about these groups’ music that brings forth nostalgic memories of sun sets, Captain Morgan and Coppertone sunscreen. All indication of this dream match-up seems to have been culminating for years and took the form of multiple remixes and collaborations. It is as if each shared production (think RAC’s remix of Classixx’s ‘Stranger Love’ and Classixx’s remix of Cosmic Kids’ hit ‘Reginald’s Groove’), were meant to hint at the creation of the Endless Summer Tour.
If you want to look fashionably late when arriving Voyeur, avoid the premature boozers and potentially sub-par openers you would never contemplate arriving early. But with Sunday’s fastastically stacked line-up, to show up after 11pm meant missing half of Cosmic Kids’ set- who just recently played at London’s legendary fabric nightclub! A crime!
Designated set times seemed non-existent for the evening and it was not uncommon to see a RAC x Jerome LOL pairing or Cosmic Kids x Classixx match up, which after asking what that duo would be called, Dan Terndrup of Cosmic Kids responded, ‘Cosmixx.’
You would think that with such a nu disco dominated line-up that the collective would run out of tunes to play or that the selection would become tired, but this could not be further from the truth. Most of the classic, Classixx tunes found air time, including “I’ll Get You” which created pandemonium in the front row for its undeniable danceability, and a long-lived sense of nostalgia amongst San Diego’s hipster nightlife veterans, who naturally, were all in attendance that night.
These DJs, producers and remixers may deal with everything disco/nu-disco related but this ain’t your parents’ music! You could certainly rock a ‘fro and bell bottoms… But this modern disco is a little less cheesy and a lot more skillfully crafted, to bring in those sounds that 70’s producers may not have had the capability to create. Classixx’s tune, ‘Cold Act Ill’ is a perfect example of a disco tune that has been amped up club banger status, while not losing its indie-dance vibe.
Seeing all these groups on one stage was like dying and finding out god is a disco fan! It would be impossible to pick a favorite, but to see these artists work together behind the same CDJs and turntables was an experience I am sure will not be duplicated anytime soon.
By: Shea Kopp
Former SD resident and co-founder of the ELK BEATS imprint, EshOne may have made an ‘official’ move to New Mexico… However, and unsurprisingly so, he has made many frequent trips back to our sunny city of San Diego. And really who can blame him? It’s hard for anyone to stay away from the capital of perfect weather and sexy day soirees for very long.
Inspired by San Diego’s Indian Summer vibes, and all the sunny rewards that come with it, EshOne has dedicated his latest and 4th edition of his “Slurpee Sessions” mixtape collection to this season’s sauciest bumped-up & BBQ-ready grooves – to make those interstate drives a little less painful.
Moving away from his usual dish of unreleased 140bpm exclusives and his own dark brokenbeat productions, EshOne serves us up something on the way opposite side of the spectrum – and does so quite successfully! Slurpree Sessions Vol. 4 presents a decidedly warm & vibrant assortment of globally-sourced house, tech house, and UK garage from some of our very favorite tastemakers including Justin Martin, Roska, Groove Armada, Disclosure, Shadow Child, El-B, new favorite Pusherman, and much to my own personal delight, not one, but TWO very rare gems and longtime favorites of mine from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.
Amongst all the fun, EshOne also shares with us the very first aural glimpses at least half a dozen (!!) of his own housey constructions (hopefully soon to be released!) His well-curated track selection and his equally superior talent for challenging yet consistently fluid mixing, both are sure to impress those quick-to-comment critics and no doubt, will provoke the biggest dance floor moves/pool party splashes.
El-B – Get Down
Justin Jay – Femme Fatale
Dino Lenny Vs. Hardrive – A DJ Deep Inside (Shadow Child Vocal)
Pedro Mercado & Karada – Behind the Sun (Shadow Child Remix)
T.E.E.D. – Moon Hits the Mirrorball
Groove Armada – Stevie Latenight
Leon Vynehall – Mauve
Total Science – Hold My Toungue (Sneak Lengua Remix)
T.E.E.D. – Sickly Child
Eliphino – Vrybdy
Kry Wolf – Black & Blue (Real Remix)
Justin Martin Vs. Ardalan – Lezgo VIP
Hostage – Tunnels
Disclosure – Boiling Ft. Sinead Harnett
Don Froth – Industry
Don Valdez – Space Grains (EshOne VIP)
Pusherman – Donuts
Detboi – Thoughts
Roska – The Oracle
EshOne – Airwalk
EshOne – Level 2
EshOne – The Purple Bag
EshOne – Creach
EshOne – Hidden
Pusherman – The People
2046 – Hand In My Hand
Duncan Powell – Brake
El-B – Desire (2 Step Mix)
On the Local Front: EshOne has two upcoming shows in San Diego this month: The first of which will be at ORGANIZED GRIME‘s dubstep & dnb Monday night residency at AC Lounge on September 17th (Full event info here!) The next will be his premiere at Organic Thursdays, as well the debut of his first ever all house/dark garage/130bpm-focused live DJ set on September 27th. (check our Nightlife Calendar for the final deets to roll out on that!)
Up next in the even nearer future, EshOne’s label ELK BEATS has put together and will host a very special fundraiser show at The Kava Lounge this Friday night, to benefit the Balboa Park Lily & Koi Pond restoration project.
Special guests from Deceast Records‘ DECO and MESCK will be cruising down the coast from LA to headline the event, while local heroes P MAN (radio host on Sub.Fm) and ERIC YO! will be serving up delicious gourmet beats for a good cause.
Full event deets on the Balboa Park Lily & Koi Pond fundraiser here!
September 14th – Balboa Park Lily & Koi Pond Fundraiser @ Kava Lounge
September 17th – Organized Grime presents: ESHONE + more @ AC Lounge
September 27th – Organic Thursdays presents: EshOne +more @ AC Lounge (event link/deets TBA)
A bumped-up new funky house original from San Diego’s own Anthony Ross, hit the Beatport boards today. With shifty keys, speedy trumpet leads, and a bassline that playfully shifts in & out of the safety of the almighty 4×4 asylum, ‘Oi‘ is less about calculated fluidity, and rather, ALL ABOUT MOVEMENT, enabling an uninhibited sense of pure motion. It’s shuffley intrigue keeps those dancefloor-driven revelers on their toes, without sacrificing its danceable housey integrity.
There is something to be applauded in those apart of San Diego’s underground electronic music scene (and I mean this both literally and figuratively). Keith Sweaty and the Gaslamp basement alcove re-appropriated as THE PROPAGANDIST created the ripe setting for a Thursday night of underrated music – productions and performances that could easily rival those of any mainstream EDM act currently on the scene (or much less, those booked down the street).
A Keith Sweaty affair is more than just a show, it is an experience. Think San Diego’s own version of such acts as: Shpongle, Pretty Lights or The Flaming Lips, all with their own brand of enticing visual stimuli. And his performance this past Thursday night, was no exception.
Engaging an assembly of San Diego’s more avant-garde of music lovers, there was certainly no apparent shortage of energy and enthusiasm for a sound unique to Keith alone. His sound is transformative; a sound that can be, all at once, dubstep, tech-house and electro – which kept even the most pretentious of music fiends happily dancing. Keith created a sonic adventure; accompanying live mixing and other-worldly vocals with trippy visuals to match.
To match Keith’s own quirky get-up, consisting of a goofy hat and tribal poncho, there were a brave, hipster few who dared to rock balloon headdresses, animal facemasks and face paintings (provided by Shoko Hachiya and Glendon Romett). These elements combined with the Shepard Fairey-esque flair of The Propagandist created a sort of comical paradox which, I think, parallels Keith’s musical mantra.
Missed the party? Don’t feel left out of the local scene. Check out Keith Sweaty’s latest release “Get Sweaty” on his Soundcloud.
By: Shea Kopp
That Sunday Funday party, IS GONNA BE EXPENSIVE.
You will find as you look over our Nightlife Calendar or your eye-sore-ing Facebook feed etc, that there’s a MILLION different things to see and do in our lovely sunshiny city this holiday weekend. But if you plan on indulging yourself in the endless spree of opportunities for daytime boozing and wearing out your last summer whites before it becomes faux pas, you better be ready to drop a serious slew of pretty pennies in the process.
However, this weekend, THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT.
The BEST party going down this weekend has a stacked line-up of celebrated INTERNATIONAL DJ talent, a lux ocean-view rooftop locale, and *ENTRY IS FREE*
You’ve worked hard. You deserve to have fun, without having to buy a ticket in advance.
This weekend, EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS. DON’T PAY TO PLAY. Save your precious pennies for the booze & bubbly!
Enjoy a playfully laborious day in the sunshine, without having to buy a single pesky ticket. Enter FREEly and boogie endlessly to the combined basslines of globally-celebrated sounds at 3rd installment of the sexy & often soapy BUBBLE DISCO – going down at Firehouse Rooftop Lounge this Sunday over Labor Day weekend, courtesy of San Diego’s LoveLife fam.
The glass-always-to-the-fullest-of-the-full LoveLife collective has done it AGAIN and has graciously put together yet another fun & bubble-filled soiree.
And this time, they have stacked the line-up HIGH: With not one, BUT TWO incredible internationally-acclaimed dance-party-provoking bon vivants, each armed with their own fresh collections of contemporary audible addictions and destined future classics.
HERE THEY ARE. Your time-traveling tour leaders for the occasion will be Brighton’s brightest & internationally-toured MAXXI SOUNDSYSTEM and Aussie funky-tech-house-minded club-floor assailant LIGHT YEAR, each of whom are respectively known for their successful inner-club conquests across packed dance floors worldwide.
And when the two come together this Sunday, it will warrant a dual force of their combined super strengths: delivering an unparalleled & percussive day-long mix of floor-filling whimsy, heart-fluttering builds, and contagious crowd-wide delight.
Kicking off this Funday campaign early in the day will be resident Lovelife provocateurs JON DADON & BOYS DON’T DISCO, – who will be in charge of instigating the gratuitous cheap champagne pouring and giggly bubble-blowing fury, with their always trusted deliveries of warm salacious vibes and sun-drenched sounds.
LET’S RECAP. Bask in the sunshine of today, and prepare for a total bodily-boozing & mental-uplift into the sexy future of sound THIS Sunday at Firehouse’s rooftop lounge/liquored-up beachside utopia, with MAXXI SOUNDSYSTEM & LIGHT YEAR, presented by LOVELIFE’s ~ Bubble Disco.
I can’t STRESS the following enough, so I’ll write it in all caps: ARRIVE EARLY. - The rooftop only fits 122 lovers, so don’t delay! No rush to come out & play… Just think of it as an excuse to start your laborious partying right away!
PARTY STARTS AT 2PM.
FUN LASTS TIL 8PM.
POST-FUN FUN CONTINUES AT DUCK DIVE (just a teensy walk down the way)
~ BONUS STUFF ~
*BIG BIG TUNES*
A week-old mix, full of next-month-minded tunes from MAXXI SOUNDSYSTEM viaBeats in Space Records‘ – BIS Radio
1. Sure Thing – Holding You Tight – Gutterfunk
2. Til Von Sein – Hammock Jam – Suol
3. James Wells – m62- (Ron Basejam Remix Pt 1) – Wolf Music
4. Luca C & Brigante feat Roisin Murphy – Flash Of Light – Southern Fried
5. Romanthony – Bring You Up (PBR Streetgang Mix)
6. Maxxi Soundsystem – Make Me – Wolf Music
7. Death On The Balcony – Night Moves On
8. Dusky – Henry 85 (FCL Weemix)
9. Bicep – Keep Keep – Feelmybicep
10. Rocco – Move Body, Move Forward
11. George Fitgerald – Child
12. Maxxi Soundsystem – Regrets We Have No Use For (Matthew Herbert Remix) – Hypercolour
13. Waifs & Strays – Love On Another
Light Year’s new MODERATION EP & its corresponding collection of remixes are to be audibly consumed with anything BUT.
More about MAXXI SOUNDSYSTEM
Arousing support across the BBC Radio 1 board from Annie Mac and ascertaining a coveted spot on Jaymo & Andy George‘s “FUTURE STARS OF 2012” hit list, MAXXI SOUNDSYSTEM has been on a global roll of well-deserved revelry. Successful releases on Nurvous Records, Jamie Jone’s HOT WAVES label and recent EP drop on needwant records, have landed MAXXI SOUNDSYSTEM on the radar of some of the world biggest EDM movers, including Maceo Plex, Danny Daze, Tensnake, Morgan Geist and Aeroplane to Tiefschwarz, Groove Armada, and Sasha. Not to mention, he’s toured the world’s top festivals and venues like Glastonbury, Glade Festival, Creamfields, Sankeys Manchester, Flux Leeds, Disco Bloodbath, Rex Club Paris, Athens and Fabric. And just earlier this month he co-headlined the Hypercolour Showcase in London, featuring arguably one of the world’s greatest dance acts, GROOVE ARMADA, and THE UK Garage god TODD EDWARDS. Clearly, MAXXI SOUNDSYSTEM has earned his membership in the very selective circle of dance music giants. His forthcoming release off Hypercolour both should be feverish anticipated, and is expected to RAISE THE BAR, once again.
See you in the sunshine, Mixsters. xx
The Identity Tour’s San Diego stop was nothing short of amazing. Perfect summer weather mixed with perfect party people is always a recipe for a good time. Throw in live performances from the likes of Bingo Players, Excision, Eric Prydz, Porter Robinson, TJR, RL Grime, Doctor P, Stephan Jacobs, and Paul van Dyk and you’ve got yourself one helluva get down. Whether you were with your girl, a group of your closest friends, or your camera getting shots from backstage, chances are you had one of the better times you’ve had all year. I know I did. I also know most of y’all are fiending for TheMixster.com’s photo coverage of the event (Courtesy of the homie Taylor Trah), so I’ll keep it brief by spotlighting my favorite moments and sets of the night.
*Check out our full photo gallery from ID on our Facebook fan page!
Let’s cut the BS. Porter Robinson threw down the wildest set of the night. The dude can’t even legally buy a drink and yet he’s causing an absolute ruckus in front of thousands of people on a consistent basis. Sliiiightly jealous. Jam-packed with bangers, his set had everyone giggin’ non-stop. The crowd went ape-shit when he dropped Major Lazer- Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix). Yeah everyone seems to drop it now-a-days (I’m guilty of this myself) but it never ceases to get me violently jumping around in circles. Stay tuned for more news about his upcoming tour with OWSLA buddies Zedd and Nick (muh-fuggin’) Thayer!! They’ll be performing at 2 venues in San Diego—The Sports Arena and Voyeur. Looks like we’ll be the only city on the tour with both 18+ and 21+ shows!! Big thangs poppin’ in San Diego!!!
Porter may have thrown down the wildest set of the night, but funkiest set goes to none other than TJR. Props to this San Diego favorite and LED resident DJ for keeping the funk alive. His track selections and choice sampling always provide a breath of fresh air. And he’s the DJ/Producer that re-juiced my liking of Tech House. Hopefully you were able to catch some of his set, but if not don’t fret. He’s a regular at W(R)avehouse and Voyeur events thanks to LED presents. Much love to the very humble and talented TJR. As if one LED resident DJ killing it isn’t enough, Audrey Napoleon brought the early bird Identity crowd into a frenzy with her top notch mixing and unmatchable stage presence. This girl has a flavor to her production like few I can think of, which explains why she toured each show with the ID crew. Having just released her DEBUT EP, Ornamental Egos, we can only expect bigger and better things from this stellar artista.
Eric Prydz threw down a killer set (in its own way) as well with a set-list mostly comprised of songs I didn’t recognize, which was actually quite nice. Makes it a little easier to get lost in the set and not get caught up in critiquing the technicality of the mix as I often do. After seeing Prydz 2x times within the last month, it’s safe to say he’s one of my favorite acts to see live. I can only assume that Prydz will be back in America soon after his Identity Tour experience. The endlessly robust energy displayed by our San Diego crowd that night, should have a large say in that.
RL Grime (aka Clockwork) shut down the LED “Tastemaker” Stage with an absolute bang. His set was the perfect escape from the mainstage. I was craving some “Real Trap Shit.” His stage presence got everyone groovin’ from the get go, then when he dropped his track “Trap on Acid” the crowd went NUTS. As if throwing down a dope set wasn’t enough, he had his tracks under his other alias Clockwork being dropped on the mainstage throughout the night. I specifically remember his last 2 releases on MAD DECENT, “Titan” and “BBBS,” causing a riot as they came down off the mainstage’s towering sound system. This guy is killing the game right now. Catch him perform as Clockwork at HARD’s Day of the Dead (Nov. 3rd).
All in all, Identity San Diego was a complete and utter success. I’m already looking forward to next year’s tour, but there will be plenty of stellar events and big tours coming through San Diego to tie us over till then. I’m sure y’all are as stoked as I am about the upcoming LED presents TRAMPS LIKE US event at the Sports Arena this Labor Day Weekend. The more we show the country that we can throw these massive parties in city after city without causing any problems—as we have done for 2 years now on the Identity Tour—the faster the scene will blow up. Perhaps more importantly, we will be given more leeway when we try and throw even bigger and better events. Spread Love and Good Music.
By: Saro Chalian
All photos by Taylor Trah for TheMixster.com © 2012
Although this event has been floating around on our Nightlife Calendar for the past week or so, this occasion is a CAUSE, and it demands extra attention.
THE CAUSE: Celebrating the end of an era with a proper burial & liquor-laden ceremony held on a strobe-lit dance floor.
As you may have heard through the pipeline, after 10+ years, Kadan Club - the strictly NEVER-a-cover-charge, medieval Czech-inspired chess club/discoteque on San Diego’s antique row – is sadly closing its doors. Despite its loyal decade-plus tenure, the new landlords of the recently-acquired property had their eager eyes on “high-end:” they denied the extension of Kadan’s lease, opting instead for something shiny and new. (More on that here.) Taking with them Kadan’s diverse & decisively-quirky lineage of long-withstanding and well-renowned underground-music-pioneering legacies, with the club’s unavoidable demise.
One such legacy in particular is the three year-long residency of San Diego’s Moonshake: the bi-monthly dance floor adventure that parlayed a curious array of ” future disco, spacey house, and techey grooves” led by the charismatic team of three equally hard-working & future-minded amigos, DJs Lee Reynolds, Dazzla, and Mark E Quark.
Moonshake was a night that celebrated indulgence. That aggressively encouraged FUN and aural open-mindedness. That revered the authority of their unabashed selectors who commanded the sweatiest of dance floors. That graciously applauded the efforts of happily debauched patrons, whose unparalleled energy and heavy-handed bar tabs kept the night alive and soaring. All whilst collectively fixated and endlessly wavering in rhythm to the steady gyration of the almighty strobe.
**While there have been hints at the possibility of Moonshake resurrecting elsewhere in the near or not so near future, let’s focus on the present.
Although tonight’s event will be somewhat bittersweet, it will nonetheless be celebrated in high-spirits and lighthearted humor. And gratuitous amounts of terrifyingly-cheap liquor to boot.
To “peacefully put to rest” the many memories of countless debaucherous nights, the theme for the closing Moonshake soiree encourages attendees to come clad a la noir, decked out in their best & more or less party appropriate funeral attire.
Pay your final respects to the party that endlessly sought the most salacious floor-flooding grooves – heavily reinforced by heart-throb-inducing bass bins, the kindest & sexiest humans to celebrate with, and more than anything else: to host a party that was unanimously & forever decidedly, all about HAVING FUN.
TONIGHT :: There will be a champagne toast at 9PM sharp to toast to three very fun & debauched years, and $4 top shelf drinks all night long. The plan is to DRINK THE BAR DRY. And it will take the strength and courage of the whole army to complete tonight’s mission. SO YOU BETTA WERK IT.
WEAR BLACK. DRINK HEAVILY. DANCE ENDLESSLY. AND MAKE TONIGHT UN-FUCKING-FORGETTABLE.
21+ | NEVER A COVER | KADAN CLUB (4696 30th St.)
Full events deets aquí >> http://themixster.com/r-i-p-moonshake-w-lee-reynolds-quark-dazzla-at-club-kadan-817/
Event Page >> https://www.facebook.com/events/440539919323440/
Cannonball right into the deep end with this super fun rework of VHS or Beta‘s “Everybody” by way of San Diego’s own Ese’ & Zain. Catchy, sun-kissed xylo melodies swim lusciously along extra-feel-good indie electro-driven basslines & classic piano chord builds, resulting in certainly no lack of bounce in this late summer delivery.
The official remix package won’t be out for a while, but the good fellas of Ese’ & Zain have kindly given us permission to offer a free download of the tune in the highest 320 quality for our Mixsters! Swoop it up, and thank the guys in person at their next San Diego show on August 18th, at El Dorado Cocktail Lounge.
Nothing makes me more happy than seeing the bright and shiniest of San Diego’s finest DJs breaking out of the county lines and performing alongside the giants. This year’s Lightning in a Bottle Festival, being held over Memorial Day Weekend (May 24th-28th) in Silverado, CA, has brought to light a couple incredibly cool and inspiring stories, starring two of San Diego’s most respected and active campaigners on the local underground EDM circuit. Rarely, do we get to see not only one but TWO of SD’s own on the line-up for premiere dance music festivals, alongside some of the biggest names in EDM around the globe. Much less, get an opportunity to report on such developments within the local electronic dance music community.
Thus, without further adieu: First-up, we’re donning the spotlight on one positive and ever-excited SD individual, who’s been having quite the amazing 2012 thus far: to much excitement, bright-eyed co-founder of tropical-tech night Jungle, San Diego’s own Mikey Lion, was included on Lightning in a Bottle‘s first official line-up announcement for 2012, alongside massive names including Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, Shpongle, Tipper, Justin Martin, Gramatik, and just so many others. A pursuit he says has been his goal for the past year, or rather since his striking experience at the festival last year, Mikey is decisively at the forefront of San Diego’s talented individuals, who, and very necessarily so, have ardently pursued and attained a name for themselves, separating himself from San Diego’s unfortunate history of unmotivated and isolating attitudes.
On top of all that, Mikey recently launched a fundraiser on KickStarter, reaching out to friends and family to help him raise money to put together a documentary about his Lightning in a Bottle experience, appropriately titled “Mikey Lion in A Bottle.” While one would expect raising $2500 for any project would seem like a stretch, Mikey’s dedicated legion of support readily answered his prayers and his humble call to action: and the response far exceeded anyone’s expectations. Both Mikey’s loyal supporters and kind strangers alike, graciously contributed to the project; and within just a matter of DAYS following the launch of the fundraiser, Mikey and his crew had exceeded their goal by $250+.
This excitement for Mikey’s accomplishments and his inspiring journey leading up to his performance at Lightning in a Bottle this year, is not merely just his own; Rather, there’s this collective excitement that exists, and it has manifested into something not only incredibly powerful, but tangible. It might very well be one of the first times that an individual in San Diego’s underground EDM culture has ever received this kind of selfless support, from within San Diego’s music scene itself. Clearly, Mikey Lion’s enthusiasm and his elated passionate for sharing his music has had an enormously contagious effect on his followers, the San Diego population, and beyond.
As anticipation builds for the upcoming festival, we decided to catch up with San Diego’s man of the hour, to get a better idea of what Mikey Lion is all about, how he got so involved in San Diego’s underground EDM scene, and how he attained his goal to play at Lightning in the Bottle this year, along with his plans for his documentary and his forthcoming set at one of the biggest festival gatherings on the West Coast.
MIXSTER - Introduce Mikey Lion to the readers: Who is Mikey Lion?
MIKEY LION – It all began with Wu-Tang & Daft Punk. What started as an obsession with underground Hip-Hop, turntable scratchin’, and nimble fingers at the age of 13, shit got real for Mikey Lion during a trip to the top of the Daft Punk Pyramid. Now 23, the life of Mikey revolves around dancing and making people dance. Heavily influenced by a four month DJ residency at super club Sala Razzmatazz in Barcelona, Mikey’s style has evolved into a roller coaster of tech-house grooves, deep tribal drums, and everything fun that makes the booty shake. What moves people is the name of the game. Determined to bring the European sound back to the Southern California scene is what spawned the creation of Jungle – a forward thinking deep-tropical-tech house party focused on pushing the good kind of house music onto the masses. Is it time to Woogie yet?
MIXSTER – As far as I know, like most San Diego DJs, you don’t have a booking agent and you aren’t on some huge artist agency. I think you have an inspiring story to tell. So, how did the opportunity to play at a large, high profile festival OUTSIDE of San Diego, come about for you?
MIKEY LION – It’s actually pretty crazy how I got added to the lineup but here’s the story. It was basically an infiltration. Last year was my first LIB and I was blown away by the music and the vibe of the festival. The Woogie Stage pretty much became my home for 3 days straight. It became my goal for the next year to play The Woogie in 2012. I introduced myself to Sammy Bliss and Jesse Wright who run the stage. A short while later they were hosting a chatroom on Turntable.fm (a virtual DJ chatroom where you can share music). I played a couple of my edits and bootlegs for them and I guess they were impressed. Over Halloween weekend, we all got booked to play the same 3 day mini-festival called Spirit Dance. I knew it would be the best chance to really get to know them and show them what I had as a DJ. Everyone had a lot of fun during my set and I told them I was hounding for The Woogie Stage more than anyone. Eventually they asked me to open for one of their Woogie Nights parties and at the end of the night, they announced to the crowd, “Who wants to see Mikey Lion at Lightning in a Bottle!?” I just stood there in awe as all my friends and complete strangers cheered me on. It was such an amazing moment for me as I realized I had attained my goal for the past year. Ahhh I still get goosebumps thinking about it!
Let’s get people excited – tell us what your plans are for your set at LIB! (direction of sound, specific artists you’ll be supporting in your set, etc?)
MIKEY LION – I was thinking about going deep with it and giving everyone a nice, lovely, spiritual set… but then I thought, fuck it, we’re gonna party instead. Tribalistic daytime party tech is comin’ atcha!
Tell us about what you plan to include in the documentary.
MIKEY LION - Oh god I’m scared for what’s going to make it into this documentary. The cameras are going to be following me throughout the duration of the festival. I’m sure there’s going to be some ridiculous footage of my friends and I partying. I think there’s gonna have to be a PG version for the grandparents and an unedited version for the friends. I’m sure it’s gonna get weird… There will also be plenty of interviews from my family, friends, DJs I’ve worked with, promoters, etc…
WHY are you making the documentary? What do you plan to achieve with it?
MIKEY LION - My friends Mike Iwata and Michael Miller came to me with the idea for Michael’s next film project; They wanted to tell the story of “The Last Guy on the Lineup”. We launched the Kickstarter page thinking we were going to have to pay for most of the project out of our pockets. But the response from friends and family was unbelievable. Even complete strangers I’ve never met reached out for me and let me know they would be donating and were rooting for me. If that’s not a testament to the greatness of humanity I don’t know what is. People want to see others dreams come true. Now that the project is almost fully funded, it’s going to be full-steam ahead. I think it’s going to be a great marketing tool for me to get my name out there. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!
What is your perspective on San Diego EDM – the culture, the artists, parties, etc?
MIKEY LION - When I first moved back home after college in 2010, the scene was hurting really bad. Maybe I just didn’t know the right people who shared my taste in music, but all of the clubs only played commercial electro-house. Not my cup of tea… It wasn’t until I found an awesome party called Moonshake in North Park that I realized not all was lost in San Diego! I started frequenting their parties and made friends with their resident DJs, Lee Reynolds and Bob Dazzla. Lee actually just won the LIB mixtape contest and will be playing The Woogie Stage this year as well! I’m really stoked for him because he’s an amazing person and hands down my favorite DJ in San Diego. Since then the scene has been booming with underground house music. 2 years ago it was unfathomable to have to decide between which deep/tech house/techno party you wanted to go to. I’m actually about to head off to a legit warehouse party after I’m done with this. It’s amazing the progress we’ve made here!
Presently, are there any specific people, parties, sounds, etc, in San Diego, you are genuinely excited about?
MIKEY LION - The party I throw with a few friends, JUNGLE, has been an absolute blast to be a part of. We got to bring in one of my favorite all-time DJs, Justin Martin, for a massive show at The Belly Up. The Lovelife parties thrown by Jimbo Roit and Jon Dadon are always great. Moonshake is awesome and so are the Art of Sound parties. I’d say the biggest inspiration for me in San Diego came when I was introduced to the regional Burning Man/Desert community. I thought I was happy going to clubs every weekend until I ventured out to some of the weekend long parties in the desert. The vibe is always amazing and the people are even better. Mix in some awesome music and they’ve really become my favorite parties.
Future Sound of San Diego: Where is San Diego’s dance music scene going? What direction do you hope it will go in?
MIKEY LION - I think it’s going in the right direction! People are starting to get sick of banging electro-house and I think they are looking for something deeper and more meaningful. While EDM is the biggest I’ve seen it in my lifetime in San Diego, I think the underground parties are going to keep getting better and better. I’m really excited to see where it goes, but for now, the sky’s the limit for all of us so we’re all going to keep pushing the scene together!
Mikey Lion’s latest serving of techy goodness:
Set times for LIB haven’t been released yet, but be sure to keep it locked to Mikey’s Facebook & Soundcloud pages for updates on both his performance and the progress on his documentary covering the occasion.
Another exciting San Diego peep that deserves a very big, BIG up: Recently added to the Lightning in a Bottle line-up for his STELLAR contribution and performance across the Soundcloud boards for LIB’s mixtape contest, is Moonshake‘s co-host and resident future spacey disco cadet, Lee Reynolds.
Reynolds’ “Let Me Woogie” mix is an incredibly diverse, effortlessly moving, and expertly-mixed collection of future-inspired gems. The Lightning in a Bottle judge’s reactions to the mix, are very well-stated:
[Lee Reynolds] came in with a bottom heavy tech house mix spanning minimal melodic to tribal tunes, all of which were colorful, a little emotional and quite musical. What got us was the areas of the mix that were hypnotic and inspired inward thinking. The subtle intensity of the mix makes it dance floor friendly without even trying.”
With thousands of plays and well over 500+ hearts on the mix, Reynolds won over his fans, the Soundcloud population, and the LIB coordinators with flying purpley colors. Alongside Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds will too, represent San Diego’s evolving underground music scene; and will take the Woogie stage and its wavering crowds to deep, dark, and dodgy diskoteky places.
Stream or download the stellar and 1st prize sounds of the Woogie stage below:
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