Welcome to the raging waters of Splash House 2016, the desert soiree that encapsulates summer all in one weekend. Where the pools are at the heart; and world-class house sets make the beat that keeps it pumping and bumping.

For its June installment of the summer, Splash House hosted headliners such as Odesza, Justin Martin, Jai Wolf, and FKJ, drawing in an eclectic crowd to the sun and sands of Palm Springs. KSDT got the opportunity to peep the party. Here are some dets for any crew thinking about heading to desert for Splash House weekend-two.

The two-day event consisted collectively of two venues, three pools, three stages, and a number of shuttles for easy mobility between the festivities.  In its entirety the Splash House pool/house- party is the epitome of summer.

@KSDTRADIO Reppin’ at Day 2: #splashhouse. Saguaro poolside during @slaptop’s set. #housemusic #palmsprings [2/3]

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Venues:

To start the iconic Saguaro Hotel stands as the flagship venue for Splash House experience. With color and charisma attendees are welcomed into a crowd of creatives. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own personified pool gear, in addition to creating their own crew themes and balcony scenes.  The Saguaro has become the main-hub for the weekend’s “Bitchin’ Balcony” competition. Balcony décor ran rampant this June from “Over the Rainbow (unicorns)” to “Baewatch” lifeguards to good ole Golden State Warriors fans reppin’ for the finals.

Floating down the Riviera 🍕💦🌴 #splashhouse

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The Riviera Palm Springs provided a fresh playground for seasoned Splash House festival-goers; boasting two unique-secluded pools, The Riviera was an impressive addition to the Splash House roster.

The Tiki pool, the smaller of the Riviera’s two pools seemed to be a secret to most attendees. Surprisingly, the pool was empty by comparison making for lax lounging, swimming, and easy-listening.  It served as nice spot to process and recharge between plunges in the “party-pools”.

The Riviera Main was an oasis with tropical trees shading the perimeter of the grand pool. Designated as the main stage, the space hosted the headliners of Splash House. DJs that graced the Riviera stage garnered the premier view of the entire weekend.  Perched on the edge of the pool sets cascaded straight into the water wading crowd making for the most splash + house milieu.

 What to Bring:

Less is more, unless it’s a unicorn floatie. Water- proof your gear and you are in the clear. Besides the essentials such as phone, keys, and funds, add to the fun by bringing pool accessories to use & share. These summer items might not survive the weekend or make it back to your possession; but Splash House is the natural habitat for inflatable party animals so let them go wild and free.

Sun (Pro)tection. Sunscreen and shades are a must. Nothing kills a good-time quite like a sun burn. Reapply the screen throughout the weekend and your future self will thank you.

What to Wear:

Live that life aquatic. Whether or not you plan to go in the water give yourself the opportunity and wear a swimsuit or trunks. With temperatures in the 100s (Fahrenheit) keep any additional articles light and airy.

Whatever floats your feet. High heels to flip-flop to water booties, there seemed to be one consensus to leave the socks at home. As the excitement rises, so does the waters of Splash House. For weekend one a few sought the higher heel, but many embrace the H2O.

@KSDTRADIO at the ‘Riviera Main’ listening to @sonnyalven. #splashhouse #palmsprings [1/3]

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Notable performers (June):

The Tiki stage was casual allowing for the audience and DJs to interact on more personal level. It was home to the event’s freshest- faces to the festival circuit. The stage was presented by #FREELIFE the lifestyle brand of the DJ duo Bixel Boys who performed both Saturday and Sunday. They included a vinyl set filled with throwbacks to close. The Los Angeles based group has performed at Electric Daisy Carnival on multiple occasions and HARD Summer.  For Splash House they invited their #FREELIFE community and friends to DJ the intimate Tiki Stage.

KSDT bumped into Lewis from the DJ duo Just Kiddin’ once again at the Tiki pool. KSDT was first introduced to the British group when they performed in San Diego at Bang Bang earlier this year – read our review here. Just Kiddin’ performed at the Saguaro Stage midday Saturday. Splash House festival seemed to personify their laidback and humorous music stylings.

French Kiwi Juice, better known as FKJ performed at the Riviera Main. The French DJ played a number of blissed out beats. With his unique blend of electro-soul, FKJ had the attendees moving and flowing like the pool waves. FKJ notably remixed a throwback from the French indie-rock band Phoenix to closeout his set. Timed to end near sunset FKJ was a smooth transition into the summer night.

Odesza was the final set of the entire weekend. The DJ duo from Seattle performed and headlined San Diego’s own CRSSD Festival this last spring. Odesza seemed to be enjoying their time at the Riviera Main- remixing 2000’s hits such as Gweni Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl”, Justice’s “Dance”, and Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”. The Splash-Housers swooned when Odesza remixed their own hit “Say my Name” mid-set. The duo’s up-beat combo of alternative and dance music made it hard for attendees to say-goodbye to Splash House 2016.

I wanna dance with you 💃🏽🔥🎉 @odesza DJ set #splashhouse

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Don’t miss Splash House this August for their second installment of summertime madness. With Gorgon City, Bondax, MK, and Snakehips, Splash House round two will once again attract audiences to dance under the desert sky. Interested in attending? Click here for more information on Splash House!

Photos: @splashhouse & KSDT Radio // Article: Susan Bystrom

Free Show! Food! Great Lighting! All are welcome!

As another academic year comes to a close, the school’s co-operatives are yet again facing unfair administrative pressure in the form of unfavorable conditions regarding the renewal of the co-operatives’ lease agreements. Every alternative student run organization on this campus faces similar predicaments regularly, and in order for us to survive these roadblocks we must stand in solidarity with one another as students, organizations, co-operatives and individuals alike. On May 26th KSDT will host representatives from UCSD’s Co-ops and an array of musicians, speaking and performing in support of campus wide solidarity and the rights of students in order to embody an effective political voice here at UCSD.

♨︎Lineup♨︎

Amnesia and the Daily Surprise – 7-7:30
https://www.facebook.com/AmnesiaATDS/

Wasted Days – 7:40-8:10
https://wasteddays.bandcamp.com/

Statement from Che Cafe Representatives

Good Neighbor – 8:40-9:10
https://www.facebook.com/goodneighborband/

Big Bad Buffalo – 9:20-9:50
http://bigbadbuffalo.bandcamp.com/

Statement from Groundwork & G-Store Representatives

Odakota – 10:10 – close
https://odakota.bandcamp.com/
https://youtu.be/aCVORgDQaCA

Look for KSDT’s Chill Island at Sun God Festival. Music Curated by KSDT DJs & Performances by Fellow Tritons.

Shade / Shirts / & Chill Vibes

Friday April 15th, 2016 @ The KSDT Radio Station

Starts @ 7:00pm

Very special! Come down to the inaugural open mic inside the gorgeous KSDT radio headquarters. Good sound, snacks provided, get to know YOUR radio station.

Sign up to play here: http://goo.gl/forms/z5HPCThJ4Q
Drumkit, PA, Guitar and Bass amps provided
Full lineup and set times will be announced the day before!

Mint Field – http://mintfield.bandcamp.com

Members:

Vocals / Guitar: Estrella Sánchez
Drums: Amor Amezcua
Bass: Andres Corella

Hometown: Tijuana

 

{Audio | KSDT Radio} Audio Engineer – 13121217 50115, Adam Galceran | Asst. Engineer – Emmet Webster, Sanjay John {Video | Triton Television} Shot by – Jake Cushnir, Ryan Bradford, Yuka Murakami | Camera Assistant – Alexander Uhler | Grip – Neda Kerendian | Edit – Yuka Murakami

*Click Here* to Enter our Desert Hearts Festival Giveaway!

Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Desert Hearts Festival! “Desert hearts is a community, a movement of love celebrating life with beats.” This collaboration of Christopher Kristoff and San Diego based DJs Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs and Porkchop is – one stage, one vibe, focused on cutting edge techno & house.

The contest winner will receive two complimentary Weekend Passes to Dance in the Desert April 4th & 5th, 2016. Win tickets for you and a friend to experience this outdoor music festival!

Must be at least 21 years old to enter & attend.


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*Click Here* to Enter our Tinashe Giveaway!

Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Tinashe at the House of Blues San Diego! Greaten your odds with each entry!

Winner(s) will receive 2-tickets to Tinashe’s  April 4th, 2016 Joyride World Tour performance. Win tickets for you and a friend to watch her perform live in San Diego.

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Ephwurd, the bass house duo of Datsik (Troy Beetles) and Bais Haus (Basie Hauser), is headed down to San Diego at Bassmnt this Saturday. We caught up with the producers to chat about making a different style of music and what they’re up to these days.

Stoked to have you guys back in SD, I know you guys have definitely been here before. How do you guys like it? Are you both living up in LA now?

Beetles: Yea, I’ve got some family down in SD and been there tons of times, Bassmnt is epic, stoked to come back now with Basie to throw down some of our new stuff. We live pretty close to each other in LA actually, like 5 minutes away, Basie’s at my house all the time. I’m from British Colombia and moved down here to get a house and build my dream studio…it’s pretty sick! It’s also cool touring where there’s blizzards and stuff and it’s like, I come back here and the weather’s the same every day.

Basie – how cool is it to have a name like “Basie Hauser” – I totally didn’t think that was your real name and kept trying to look for your real one. Also, your dad founded and was part of The Manhattan Transfer, what was that like growing up?

Hauser: It’s fate, man, haha that’s definitely the biggest sign of fate. I gotta thank my mom for that. With my dad, I definitely felt like I’ve been touring my whole life, I remember going to Europe and other places as a kid, and by the time I was 13 I had been around the world, pretty sweet! Also I remember going to lots of studios and meeting these legendary jazz musicians, but at the time I didn’t know who they were and today I’m like “holy shit, I met that person!”

What kinds of music are you guys into right now?

Beetles: I’m a huge hip hop guy, throwback kinda stuff that we just blast on every single on every bus tour. All those throwback hits and stuff like Billy Joel, haha, stuff that gets everyone laughing on the tour bus.

Hauser: Me, I’m into a lot of chill stuff at the moment, the future bass stuff. Stuff like Flume and all those guys on Future Classic.

What’s it like producing bass house and how is it different from what you guys made before? Any different directions in the future you think you’ll be heading?

Beetles: The thing about bass house, and house music in general is that it’s way more groove oriented. Whereas in dubstep you can take it a million different ways, with house it’s all about the feel and if you wanna bob your head to it or not. In every single project we make now, that’s definitely the number one concern – does it groove right, is it funky enough. That makes it fun, to make stuff that makes people nod their heads. Obviously there’s lots of crossover of sounds from my Datsik stuff but it’s really fun having a new alias to experiment with.

Hauser: Right now, this shit’s kinda blowing up but who knows maybe in a year we might be doing different stuff with Ephwurd. It’s more about keeping it versatile and keeping it forever changing with the times, but also doing our own thing. When we play live we really just want to play what’s hype in general, what gets everyone going crazy. Who knows where that could end up.

Beetles: Also, it’s fun because with my stuff as Datsik versus this new stuff, I really don’t play any of the same songs in my sets. Definitely for the kids that come out to the Ephwurd shows because they liked my old stuff as Datsik, I’ll drop a couple to please ‘em but it’s really different stuff. Now it’s all in the 128-135 range of these bangers and breaks. We were just in Australia actually and played 14 shows in 12 days both as Datsik and Ephwurd at these festivals, clubs and after parties and it was super fun to get the best of both worlds and sometimes play 2 completely different styles in one night. I think a lot of the reason we started the new alias was to shake off the past and not weird out those kids who are real into the dubstep and come out to see me and then be like “what’s all this funky house stuff?”

How’s DJing and producing music together?

Beetles: It’s just fun – Basie and I have been traveling together for a couple years now, but now it’s like, Basie gets to DJ too now and play his shit. Performing as Datsik I play on my Ableton setup where I have 2 controllers and a mixer and everything’s custom mapped with my effects. I’ve been using that for a while and I can get pretty crazy with it. With Ephwurd we got 3 or 4 CDJs going and it keeps me sharp because I’m bouncing back and forth between these different setups. At these parties it’s kinda like, we’re trying to one up each other, you know, who can play the sickest track, and it definitely keeps you on your toes because you’re like “shoot! I gotta loop this and mix this in real quick!”

Hauser: We use Ableton right now for producing, and there’s this online music sharing platform called Splice, so when we’re not together we can just upload our ideas and get together later and flesh it out. I think it’s the ultimate game changer because we’re constantly spinning out ideas, there’s all these tracks and things we’re working on, and we can just open the latest version and work on it wherever we want.

You guys got any tips for a new producer? Stuff you wished you knew when you started making music?

Ephwurd: Mixdowns, mixdowns, mixdowns. I’d rather have a track that’s simple with a really good mixdown that’s gonna hit hard in the clubs versus something overproduced. Making sure your tracks hit really hard and everything sounds proper while the groove is right. Kids send these demos to Firepower and there’s a lot of stuff where I’m like “ehh” but if I hear something simple and the mixdown’s right, I’ll be 10 times as likely to wanna sign that. Mixing is definitely key, stuff gets complicated so quickly so keeping it simple and sounding amazing is really important these days.

Catch Ephwurd this Saturday, March 5 at Bassmnt down in the Gaslamp. Tickets sold here!

Photo/ @ephwurd / Interview / Nathan Mih

03/02/2016

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unnamedSome British humor, an eclectic crowd, and a forty-four dollar punch bowl, what do these all have in common? A solid set to start off the three-day weekend. A little off the main Gaslamp strip and up a steep collection of stairs is a triad of part Asian-fusion, part cocktail lounge, and part dance club. Bang Bang San Diego strikes a balance of class and pop culture. There is a sense of comfort being able to sit high whilst enjoying drinks off a table embellished with Chinese newspaper clippings of Michael Jackson. There is also something gravitating about a dance floor with a floating disco ball comparable to a super moon. The space dripping in purple and blue was segmented and intimate, drawing in a spectrum of love dazed people for the night before Valentine’s Day. When the clock struck twelve, British DJ duo Just Kiddin graced the Bang Bang stage. And as playful as their name, Just Kiddin mixed a playful night of house music.

Just Kiddin is comprised of Laurie and Lewis. Hailing from across the pond they stopped in San Diego for the weekend to soak up some San Diego sun and experience some California love as a part of their US tour. Equipped with a handy-dandy Polaroid, KSDT was allotted the opportunity to sit and talk with Lewis before their performance. Warm and welcoming there was much excitement surrounding their presence in SD. The two have had an eventful 2016 thus far with their newest single “Only For You” reaching the heights of #2 on HypeMachine. The group’s ultimate hope is to offset the pretentious stigma surrounding house music by putting out dance tracks that are light-hearted in disposition. We later found ourselves engaged in a 3-way conversation including the LED Rep & Lewis, debating the “coolness” of Pacific Beach, assured the verdict was split.

The crowd was exactly what you’d expect from a weekend ruled by cupid, bringing in a slew of people on both sides of the dating pool. Whether they were looking for love or already had one, the crowd displayed moves to match the mood. With Laurie & Lewis exhibiting some tongue and cheek tunes, the club-goers were quite humorous too. The demeanor of the night was a little less sultry than some Casanovas would have liked; but being the new kids on the block coming through on Valentine’s Eve Just Kiddin brought a solid set with a lot of build-up into a great extended weekend.

They are definitely a group to watch for in 2016. Also worth noting is that a surprising number of their tracks are free for ones downloading pleasure via Soundcloud. The down to earth duo will no doubt continue to surprise us in months to come.

Checkout more on JustKiddin!

Links & Sites:

WEB ▽ SPOTIFY ▽ FACEBOOK ▽ TWITTER ▽ SOUNDCLOUD

Mentioned Track(s): Just Kiddin – Only For You (Single)

Photos / Just Kiddin + The Wanderlvst / Article / Susan Bystrom

2/19/2016