Morrison, CO – A Tribe Called Quest descended on Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado on Thursday night (August 10). As Tribe continues to mourn Phife Dawg’s untimely 2016 death, Q-Tip, Jarobi, Consequence and Ali Shaheed Muhammad honored him in such a way that his spirit was felt throughout the nearly two-hour set.
With the spotlight on an empty microphone stand and the Five-Foot Assassin’s photo looming behind, any time a Phife verse would start, Jarobi, Tip and Cons would turn their backs on the crowd, and look at Phife’s photo, allowing his bars to take centerstage.
There was one particular moment when Tip couldn’t hold his composure as he talked about his late friend, someone he’d known since they were little kids running around the streets New York City. As his eyes welled up with tears, there was such a long, dramatic pause between words, the Hip Hop luminary apologized to the crowd.
“This will be our last show in Denver, but we want y’all to keep listening to us and enjoying us,” Tip said with an interim pause. “We appreciate it … I apologize for that. You know, I know that when Phife and I first started rhyming we were like 9 years-old] and we heard ‘Rapper’s Delight,’ and he was the one who encouraged me. When Run-DMC came out, because they were from our neighborhood, he was like, ‘So we can do it, too.’ You know, I know my man is here enjoying this, so we just wanted to play one our favorites.”
The song he was referring to was “Butter,” which appears on Tribe’s 1991 classic, A Low End Theory. When Phife first heard the beat, there was a little battle over who would appear on the song.
“When I first did the beat, he came in the studio with some chicks,” he said. “I was in there working all night in the studio, so I played the beat, Ali’s in there, he’s like, ‘Yo this is my solo shit.’ I was like, ‘Nah, we both on it. He was like, ‘Nah fuck that. This is my record.’ And it is his record. It’s my favorite. Enjoy it.”
From “Award Tour” and “Dis Generation” to “Electric Relaxation” and “We The People,” Tribe enthusiastically spanned their entire catalog, performing a packed setlist.
Afterwards, in the catering room backstage, Tip, Jarobi, Cons and Ali Shaheed took some time to talk to the small handful people with the appropriate credentials. Tip touched on Phife and his struggle with diabetes.
“It was hard for Phife,” Tip told HipHopDX. “He was addicted to sugar.”
It was a difficult subject for Tip, but he was open to talking about it, and admitted he was moved to tears during the show. Judging by their deliberate choice to honor Phife throughout the entire set, they clearly have no intention letting Phife’s spirit dwindle nor will they ever try to replace the irreplaceable. After all, he had his own mic the entire evening and no one else ever touched it. It was as if he was there all along.
REZZ flouts convention and asserts her musical dominance in 'Mass Manipulation' [Interview + Album Review] – Dancing Astronaut
It’s a question that musicians, critics, and fans alike have pored over throughout the artist’s brief, but momentous musical tenure. Once dubbed by the masses as the “female Gesaffelstein,” Isabelle Rezazadeh has since transcended this reductive – albeit, highly laudable – characterization, to create a style that is entirely her own.
“People used to compare me to Gesaffelstein, but we don’t sound alike at all in my opinion,” told us in a conversation earlier this year. “There are some similarities… we both make dark music.” The 22-year-old producer further noted that she’s outgrown the phase her career in which it is necessary, or even accurate to liken her music to that other artists: “I find that as late, I’m the one being compared to. I find that lately people are saying, ‘You sound like Rezz.’”
Today, August 4, marks the biggest milestone Isabelle Rezazadeh’s career to date, as she releases her debut album, Mass Manipulation. And, while she’s far past the point in her career when she was consistently – and inaccurately – referred to as “dark queen techno,” the eight-track mau5trap LP puts forth her innate, authentic sound with greater strength and clarity than ever before in her career.
Like any true artist, REZZ arrives at her signature sound through adhering to an intangible, but indomitable vision – one which comes from a psychedelic headspace that she describes as “almost inhuman.”
“It’s this part my brain that I just can see and hear a certain vibe music and sounds… and I’m really inspired by that,” she asserts. “I want to get as much music out that part my brain as I can.”
To attempt a reduction REZZ’s music into typical genre stereotypes is to wallow in futility. In the producer’s own words, her music is “all very slow paced and chill and vibey, and it] sucks you right in. It’s almost like a hypnotic] void… you’re gone, but you’re all there, all at the same time.”
“That’s how I feel, that’s how I want other people to feel, and that’s what I’m inspired by,” she continues. “That’s the main thing i’m super inspired by, just getting my vision out there in the most accurate way possible.”
In terms her modus operandi, it still makes sense to liken REZZ to Gesaffelstein. The vision which drives her necessitates that she integrate her authentic musical inspirations with her live show and overall aesthetic – arguably, her own sort Gesamtkunstwerk. And, like Gesaffelstein, a major way through which REZZ achieves this mission is through an emphasis on raw minimalism.
“I love simplicity in music. I think it can be very heavy hitting and to the point… obviously complex tunes can be cool too, but I like simplicity in everything,” says Rezazadeh. “Simplicity in mindset, simplicity in clothing, simplicity in the way you present yourself. It’s totally a lifestyle.”
“ I feel like I’m making music that is telling people how to feel.”
Throughout Mass Manipulation, REZZ achieves her vision, in part, by channeling her passion for psychology. The artist acknowledges that her interest in cognitive science has made her “aware her] feelings, why she reacts] to things a certain way, and why other people react to things a certain way.” A knowledge which, when harnessed properly, has allowed her “to evolve as a person and a producer, stay focused and motivated, and not lose track her] vision.”
Thematically, Rezazadeh’s album pinpoints the nexus between expressing her own feelings authentically and determining her audience’s reaction to their musical manifestation on a visceral level. “ I feel like I’m making music that is telling people how to feel,” she says. “I just want me, my music and everything about my brand to be based around hypnotizing the masses through my music,” she says. And, from the album’s hauntingly mesmerizing opener, “Relax,” the artist successfully endeavors to do just that.
When prompted to tell the story Mass Manipulation in her own words, REZZ states, “It’s more a reaction or commentary to modern consumption habits. We trade more in ideas and media than tangible things, so this is my intangible idea how existence looks – or could look.”
Those who follow REZZ religiously are already well-versed in the canon her debut album. In a fervently-followed album rollout, the artist provided her first impressions on “how existence looks” by released the first half her album.
Over the course the past month, Rezazadeh’s newly-released album singles – “Relax,” “Diluted Brains,” “Premonition,” and “Drugs!” – have become as important a facet her musical catalogue as any other songs released in the past three years. Meanwhile, hitherto unreleased songs such as “Green Gusher” and “Synesthesia” have been staples in her sets for quite some time.
As a whole, the album traverses REZZ’s aforementioned musical vision, from the sinister psychedelia “Drugs!” and “Green Gusher,” to the quaking minimalism “Ascension” and “Diluted Brains.”
Additionally, the album plays host to what very well may be the most virulent production Rezazadeh’s career thus far, “Livid.” In this maniacal, menacing track, REZZ has arguably achieved her most memorable output since 2016’s “Edge,” and has, once again, demonstrated the true breadth her abilities.
With the thoughtful construction Mass Manipulation, and with the visceral draw songs like “Livid,” Isabelle Rezazadeh has proven that she’s far past the leap from “rising star” to dance music icon. Yet, despite her swift evolution to this artistic phase, the artist’s recruitments on the album indicate that she is still in touch with her inner bedroom producer.
More vocally than most her peers within the industry, REZZ has used her highly-publicized album as a platform to highlight dark horse producers. She invites up-and-comers Knodis, 13, and Kotek on “,” “,” and “Ascension,” respectively. By prominently including the aforementioned as collaborators, rather than featured (or uncredited) artists, Rezazadeh aims to fer these artists a similar opportunity in their nascent careers to that which deadmau5 provided her in the not-too-distant past.
In stark opposition to the “ensemble cast” collaborations which permeate much today’s dance music climate, REZZ states, “I don’t care how big or small artists are, it’s all about the music to me.”
“People would be surprised how many talented unknown names there are out there,” she coyly adds, though she is quick to dispel any rumors creating her own imprint in the near future. “I have thought about it but I’d rather put all my focus on my own music as that’s what keeps me sane & what I’m most passionate about.”
After full consideration Mass Manipulation and Isabelle’s inspirations, we get a better sense the previously-posed question, “How does one define REZZ?”
The Canadian producer can’t be defined according to her connection to a specific style or sect ancestral artists. Nor should she ever again be lauded for being a tremendous talent “at her young age”; indeed, Rezazadeh is far past the stage her career wherein focusing on her precocity doesn’t inadvertently detract from her deeply-conceived trajectory.
REZZ is at the forefront a new movement. Hers is a mission which bridges the gap between commercial and underground dance music, and one which eschews formulaic success strategies for unique concepts and authentic sounds.
There’s a reason that hundreds thousands fans fervently flock to their fondly-dubbed “Space Mom.” Infiltrating an industry in which commodification strengthens its grip every day, REZZ is one the rare producers who is strictly putting forth art.
And, in doing so, she’s creating an alternative blueprint for the new age dance music
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Your Paradise Fiji: A destination music experience that lives up to its hype – Dancing Astronaut
“It’s called ‘Your Paradise’ because everyone can define the experience for themselves — fans and artists alike.”
The festival market is oversaturated. It has been for years.
Every new festival promises some shiny new experience and tentimes under delivers on the lty expectations sold to ticket buyers. Immaculately art directed drone footage and oversaturated Instagram photos make for great marketing, but not so great festivals. After all, millennials love experiences — they’ll pay to go based on influencer promotion alone — look no further than Fyre Festival for pro.
But tropical, f-the-beaten path locations are where the similarities between the ill-fated Fyre Festival and Your Paradise end. Yes, it’s a remote festival on an untouched tropical paradise, but while the former was all hype and no delivery, the latter has spent years honing the experience by being connected to industry, the artists, the culture, and the local population.
There’s no overpromises here. Everything is exactly as advertised. And guaranteed to leave a lifelong impression.
“We’re very transparent in terms the product we’re trying to deliver. We don’t oversell, we don’t overpromise.”
The Your Paradise concept is the brainchild Hadi J, Ignacio Garcia, Daniel Farley, Steve Pillemer, and Dominic Furber, a team Australian events and dance music veterans who saw an opportunity to create something unique in one the world’s most remote locations, the Fijian Islands. The team knows what they are doing, having all been embedded in Australia’s dance music industry for over a decade. Hadi J and Ignacio became fast friends during their younger, more party-fueled years. It was during this time that they met Dominic backstage at a Laidback Luke show in 2011 and Steve during his stint as a social media photographer. Then came Dan, a 15 year veteran on the DJ circuit, and Dom’s first partner on the project. With just an idea and a dream, Dan and Dom brought the concept to a meeting with Hadi J and Ignacio. A few days later, the two were jetting to Fiji to do the initial scouting for the festival’s first year.
Four years later and the guys have established their humble brand as one the best destination festival experiences in the world. And they’ve had their praises sung by both the guests and the artists who perform.
When it made its debut in 2014, the festival’s lineup focused on taste-making over showy headliners. They tapped , , , , and more for their first time around the block. Since then Your Paradise has attracted the attention and , as well as and , who have now become defacto members the Your Paradise family. Martin is going on his 3rd year performing at the fest. And Skrillex, although not yet listed on this year’s lineup, is likely to make an appearance with his crew in 2017. After all, if there is any “OWSLA All Star,” it’s Sonny Moore.
Your Paradise boasts a ton additional experiences as well. There are the usual resort ferings — surfing and fishing trips, snorkeling, and skydiving. But the music excursions are where the festival shines. Take Cloud 9 for example, a floating barge, bar, and wood-fired pizza grill where Gary Richards played for 8 hour straight during last year’s festival.
And then there’s the Sandbank Sermon. When the tide rolls out, the party rolls in. The experience brings the entire festival out into the middle the ocean — a half mile f shore — where the morning’s low tide creates a dance floor unlike any other.
Running a large scale music event on a remote tropical island comes with a whole host challenges. But the team over 20 talented staff make it run without a hitch. The entire experience feels seamless — just as the founders intended.
The island itself is about a fifty minute boat transfer from mainland. So the festival needs to consider connections, transfer times, and flight delays in everything they do. The amount required attention and customer service is staggering. They have contingency after contingency in place in case things go sideways — and on island time that can be ten.
“Because its remoteness we have to make doubly sure that from a customer perspective we provide a seamless experience.” Hadi J explains. “We start organizing Your Paradise a year before the actual event to cover all our bases. That why we have everything organized in a way that guests don’t have to think about anything.”
Transportation isn’t the only challenge. The team has to ship and power their high quality production on an island that runs on generators.
“We have to work very closely with the resort to make sure that there’s enough generators and electricity on the island to be able to power a main stage, an audio system, lighting production and the guest houses. So there’s transportation, there’s production, and then there’s working with the artists to make sure we can deliver an amazing experience that makes the trip worth their while.”
“Every one that I’m aware that’s attended the event in the last three years has had the time their lives.”
The team also plans to expand the brand to other locations without losing what makes it great in the first place. The strength its open-ended concept is what sets the festival apartment from its ilk. And its why the festival is attracting attention from artists and fans across the globe.
Your Paradise 2017 is going down on December 6th through the 12th. OWSLA All Stars, Justin Martin, NGHTMRE, L D R U, Snakehips, Billy Kenny, Mija, Oski and more are already announced.
No religious affiliation to tour cancellation, says Bieber
has been the subject speculation since his recent cancellation the remaining dates his Purpose World Tour.
Spanning an eighteen-month period, the Purpose World Tour resulted in more than 150 shows held across six continents. Bieber’s cancellation the final fourteen dates the tour closes out the massive initiative.
While “unforeseen circumstances” were cited as the culprit the cancellations, a report from sought to lend insight to the vague justification, asserting that a renewal faith on Bieber’s behalf was the primary reason for the tour’s termination.
Yet when questioned by paparazzi in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, the Biebs denied that “religious enlightenment” had any influence in his decision to suspend future performances until further notice. “No, you already know the reasons,” Bieber replied when asked by a cameraman whether the cancellations had any religious association. Bieber’s response to the cameraman alludes to his brief, post tour date cancellation video interview with TMZ on Tuesday where Bieber assured fans that “Everything’s fine.” “I’ve been on tour for two years,” Bieber continued, “…Just resting and getting some relaxation.”
John Mayer and frontman, Michael Angelakos, have vocalized their support Bieber’s withdrawal. “When someone pulls remaining dates a tour, it means they would have done real damage to themselves if they kept going. We’ve lost so many great artists lately. I give Justin two thumbs up] for realizing it was time to call it. You should too,” tweeted Mayer.
Premiere: REZZ collaborates with Knodis on her third album single, 'Premonition' – Dancing Astronaut
Despite having only first delved into Ableton in November 2013, Isabelle Rezazadeh had accomplished more by the end last year than a majority producers do in a lifetime. We dubbed as our “,” not because she hadn’t yet broken through to a substantial following, but because her prolific output and indelibly authentic sound gave us a pleasant premonition that far bigger things remained on her horizon.
In the first half 2017, Rezazadeh has proven this forecast to be resoundingly accurate. At 22 years old, the Canadian producer has now performed coveted slots at Ultra, EDC, and Bonnaroo. She’s orchestrated an with enough gravitas to recruit such impressive supporting acts as , , and . But, most impressively, she’s shaken the dance music realm anticipation for her debut studio album, Mass Manipulation.
Over the course the past month, REZZ has released a new track from her forthcoming mau5trap LP each Friday at Midnight (Eastern Time), satiating fans as they await its release date August 4. Thus far, the artist has released two her recent set staples, “Relax” and “Diluted Brains.”
With only hours remaining until the ficial release her third single, REZZ has been gracious enough to treat the “Cult” earlier than usual, providing an advance stream “Premonition.” Featuring the work esoteric dark horse producer Knodis, Rezazadeh’s newest single follows the pervasive trend its album predecessors. That is to say, “Premonition,” like “” and “,” stands out stylistically from her existing work, while also adhering to the sonic traits that have led her catalogue to gain its vast momentum.
More so than any REZZ’s prior releases this year, “Premonition” recalls the essence her most widely-acknowledged influence . The slick, yet aggressive bass lines which occupy the single’s initial segment evoke palpable sensibilities, which are notably flavored by further French supporting samples (à la ). As the song progresses, it continues to evolve, both in terms structure and composition, ultimately blending her and Knodis’ inspirations with their innate stylistic tendencies.
Each release from the forthcoming album comes alongside exclusive merchandise, available for preorder .
Featured image Rukes. In-text image Tessa Paisan.
Deadmau5 announces Red Rocks show, enlists Feed Me for stellar BBC Residency mix [Stream] – Dancing Astronaut
Today, July 10, announced the dates for the second part his tour, which will see him venture through Canada and Colorado. News the Cube 2.1 coming to Red Rocks is undoubtedly exciting. Yet, the magnitude his most recent BBC Radio 1 Residence mix may be more scintillating to the artist’s fanbase.
Over the course 2017, deadmau5 has used his monthly Residency sets as a platform to showcase his keen taste for techno and progressive house, as well as new music from his imprint. For his July edition the program, which was broadcast on Thursday, July 6, Joel Zimmerman continues both the aforementioned focuses, but also treats his listeners to a special guest mix from one his more renowned signees, , who steps behind the decks for the second hour the broadcast.
A day before REZZ released the lead single from her forthcoming mau5trap album, Zimmerman begins his mix with “” before further highlighting his label with selections from No Mana and ATTLAS. Outside his label, deadmau5 highlights a superb selection techno from the likes Frankyeffe and Reinier Zonneveld – favorites Pig&Dan’s Elevate and Coyu’s Suara imprints, respectively. The artist also features what is arguably one the year’s most important progressive singles, Cristoph’s “,” which notably served as the inaugural release on Eric Prydz’s new Pryda Presents imprint.
After deadmau5 concludes his set with a premiere “Drive” from rising talent Emmit Fenn, Jon Gooch continues the trend tasteful club-germane selections. Alongside a number tracks from his own catalogue, Feed Me draws from Enrico Sanguilano, Secret Cinema and Egbert, and notably features Maceo Plex and Shall Ocin’s formidable remix Stephan Bodzin’s “Powers Ten.”
REZZ – Relax Frankyeffe – Psycho Reinier Zonneveld – Transelement Drunken Kong – How I Work No Mana – Main’s Groan Johannes Heil – Exile 007 B2 Transcode – Magnetic Empathy Edu Imbernon & Duologue – Underworld (Undercatt Remix) Cristoph ft. Jem Cooke – Feel ATTLAS – What You Do To Me Emmit Fenn – Drive Kellerkind – Shakti Pan Egbert – Knapperig Enrico Sangiuliano – Ghettoblaster Feed Me – Starcrash Secret Cinema & Egbert – Maximaal Stephan Bodzin – Powers Of Ten (Maceo Plex & Shall Ocin Remix) ID – ID deadmau5 – Strobe (Feed Me Remix) Feed Me – Shell Pet
View dates for the lots shows in a row tour (part 2) below:
Featured image by Rukes.
Watch REZZ's sinister, yet satisfying new music video for 'Relax'
Directed and written by Tyler Hynes, the music video for ‘s ,”Relax” awakens the visions which pervade the depths the artist’s mind, and the inspiration behind her forthcoming debut album, Mass Manipulation. In the video, a woman is being interviewed within the depths what one can assume is an asylum or institution some sort, speaking on the fact how she was saved by a woman.
Flash forward and we have REZZ, sitting upright in a examination chair going through hypnosis. The video takes a turn to the likings a psychological thriller, showing the artist move throughout the dark halls the asylum, capturing Polaroid photographs other trapped within.
Using a sample from an old hypnosis bit, the video ties all together with the sound a man’s voice guiding us to just “allow yourself to relax.” The mau5trap prodigy has been paving the way for her career over the last year whilst creating some dance music’s most sinister, bass-laden productions, and now, some the most chilling music videos.
Alongside the video comes a new piece supporting merchandise, available in the artist’s merchandise store:
REZZ shares the first song from her unreleased debut album, 'Relax' – Dancing Astronaut
Over the past three years, Isabelle Rezazadeh has grown from a bedroom producer into an international phenomenon. Now at its halfway mark, 2017 is looking to be her her biggest year yet. Thanks to her well-honed fusion industrial and bass music elements, has earned coveted sets at festivals including Ultra, EDC, and Bonnaroo over the past several months. However, the 22-year-old producer announced her biggest career development thus far on Monday: her impending .
Though Mass Manipulation is due for release mau5trap on Friday, August 4, Rezazadeh has decided to roll out much the LP systematically by unveiling a new track every Friday in July, each which will come alongside exclusive merchandise. The artist has noted that her album will draw from the breadth her creative spectrum, further revealing its earliest supporters:
Now, as the calendar turns to July 7 on the east coast, REZZ has released the album’s lead single, “Relax.” Opening Mass Manipulation in the vein a beguiling, ominous hypnosis recording, the haunting vocals and strident synthesis “Relax” will be familiar to many the artist’s particularly devout fans; she’s featured the song in certain sets since as early as Shambhala in August last year.
Ultimately, the harrowing number presents a strong introduction to REZZ’s first full-length studio output, as she blend the powerful rhythms and sinister sensibilities which have gained her such renown. “Relax” is available to stream in full below, and will be accompanied a music video later today.
Few artists have seen their star rise as quickly — and without a hint backlash — as Canada’s very own . The artist’s brooding sound seemed to find fans the world over immediately, and she has been consistent in pumping out strong productions.
Now, REZZ is ready to take the next step: the release her debut LP.
Dubbed Mass Manipulation, the album will be released , one her earliest supporters. Perhaps more enticing than a full album’s worth REZZ-produced tunes, however, is that fans can expect the album in almost exactly on month. Given her past efforts, it is likely to be one electronic music’s biggest albums the year.
Even more good news, as REZZ has announced that the LP’s first single, “Relax,” will be out later this week.