Elements Lakewood 2019 Stands Out Among Small Festivals

By presenting diverse lineups in an immersive summer camp setting since 2017, Elements Lakewood Music and Arts Festival has been edging towards becoming the premiere electronic music festival in the northeastern United States. This year on Memorial Day Weekend, they solidified that spot by taking their stage production, logistics, and guest offerings to the next level.

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Rezinate Offers Glitch-Hop Getdown with KLO at Middle East Downstairs

The atmosphere cultivated by Rezinate, Hennessey, The Middle East and all the fans on nights like these helps nurture a wholesome community based around freedom of expression and an appreciation for authentic performances. This Boston-based partnership consistently provides expert-level audio experiences, and with powerhouse glitch-hop act K.L.O headlining the historic venue’s basement, this night would be no different.

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Bent Audio Hosts Inaugural Party With Richard Devine, IDM Luminaries

If electronic music is a proverbial rabbit hole, the deeper you go, the stranger it gets. The newly minted Bent Audio production company specializes in these depths by nurturing an “infatuation with IDM, sound design, experimental electronic music, and breakcore.” On April 11th, New York City dove down that rabbit hole. Aphex Twin made his first appearance in the Big Apple in over a decade, then Bent Audio hosted their debut event after hours with Richard Devine at Polygon BK.

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Rezinate & The Reliquarium Deliver Immersive Nightlife Experience

Electronic music promoters worldwide try to cultivate a feeling of immersion. Whether it’s a claustrophobic dark room or a decorated festival field, promoters want their patrons to be able to lose themselves and forget their temporal concerns if only for a set or two. That’s why one often sees productions within existing spaces or venues that try to engage all five senses. Here lies the advantage of hosting an event with The Reliquarium at their event space and headquarters in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

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Coalesce to Write New Chapter in History of Bay Area Bass

Recently, factors from gentrification and legalization to disuse and disaster have seen the psychedelic electronic music scene decline in the Bay Area that was once its mecca. However, as was the case half a century earlier, creators, vibrators, musicians, oddballs, artists and visionaries will coalesce along the Bay’s misty shores to partake in a new medium of communication and entertainment, this time at Coalesce with Cosmic Synergy

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Solasta Festival - Vinja [Interview]

The venerable Vinja is a stalwart of turntablism and high-octane electronic grooves. This summer, Vinja performed in Tennessee at the upstart gathering Solasta Festival. We were able to steal Vince Santora (Vinja) from the revelry for candid conversation covering the development of his tunes, Solasta itself, and the ever-evolving music social phenomena and his place within it.

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Shambhala Music Festival - Chord Marauders [Interview]

Gaz Frost, one half of the producter/DJ duo Congi our of Nottingham, UK, agreed to sit down for an interview representing the Chord Marauders at Shambhala Music Festival 2018. The jazz-infused 140 bpm record label has been pushing one of the most original sounds in dubstep since forming in 2012. Shambhala, which rarely curates spotlights or showcases on its lineup, booked the Chord Marauders for a label showcase at The Grove stage on Sunday.

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Solasta Festival Levels Up in Second Year

The event was conceived with the intention to do something different. With just a single stage, a niche lineup full of rare international and coveted local acts, a dedicated lounge and performance theater, and a pervasive emphasis on health and self-care, Solasta didn’t stray from this conception.

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Sound of Solasta - EasyJack

For the last installment in our Sound of Solasta series, we linked up with a vital individual within the infrastructure of Solasta Festival, the producer/DJ and sound system connoisseur Jack Whelan. Known on the stage as EasyJack, Whelan the co-owner and lead engineer for Soundsystem Cultures LLC, an audio production and Funktion One sound system rental company based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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A Conversation with the Organizers of Solasta Festival

On August 17 & 18, the homegrown gathering Solasta Festival returns to Spirit Crossing in Sneedville, Tennessee for the second year. The lineup is dreamy and the extracurricular activities include audio development workshops and a unique Sunday Brunch. The Rust Music has been corresponding with the festival’s three key organizers about their intentions and areas of focus for Solasta, as well as the festival's short history. 

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Sound of Solasta - Saltus

Come mid-August Solasta Festival is slated to return to its pristine stomping grounds of Spirit Crossing in the mountains of eastern Tennessee. It's being presented by a plethora of industry players who explore their own artistic expression within music, as well as curate and operate various audio-focused companies of their own. Through the Sound of Solasta series we'll explore the inner machinations of these multifaceted individuals and their outlets.

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Fractalfest - Terraphorm [Profile]

Perched atop an old rock wall overlooking the field at Page Farm in Croydon, New Hampshire, I sat with a new acquaintance, Tovia Ben Shapiro aka Terraphorm at the Psychedelic Sleepover. Terraphorm spun an early afternoon dubstep set on Saturday at the Sleepover, but on Friday on the rocks in the shade it was another festival that dominated our conversation; Fractalfest 2018 <Art/ificial> coming up on July 12-15 in Stephentown, New York.

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Elements Lakewood Music & Arts Festival - DeeZ [Interview]

Despite dreary early afternoon rain Andy Widdecomb aka DeeZ did at Elements Lakewood Music & Arts Festival what he always does - throw down. For the second straight year Andy helped lead a thorough cast of bass musicians into Lakewood, Pennsylvania or BangOn! NYC's raucous camping festival. Elements Lakewood was the first in a string of festival performances for DeeZ. It caught him fresh off his second annual tour with Mickman, which saw the the pair of producers lug a Funktion One sound rig from city to city, into and out of basements and venues, to play their unique roughneck bass music. 

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Harmonia Builds a Strong, Safe Community at Elements Lakewood

The organizers and partners of Elements Lakewood Music & Arts Festival promote wholesome vibes and values and you could feel it in the air all Memorial Day weekend. At the verdant Lakewood Retreats there was so much to see and do, Something not so conspicuous was the strong infrastructure in place to keep attendees safe, supported and sanctified during their experience.

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