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CRSSD Fall 2016 Review

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CRSSD Fest, a festival featuring prominent electronic and dance artists, took place over the weekend at Waterfront park in downtown. We were stoked to cover the festival, and with two days of great weather, the festival delivered an amazing weekend. Here are some words on the many sets we saw over the weekend.

FKJ // Photo by Skyler Green

FKJ amped up the festival, playing early Saturday. His groovy, funky style of DJing was a crowd favorite; switching rapidly between the guitar, keys, and saxophone to place fresh riffs among his signature colorful synths. Listen to:

Sophie // Photo by Skyler Green

Sophie’s experimental take proved popular with the crowd; their set was packed with unique twists on most of their popular songs. Listen to:

The Oceanview Stage // Photo by Skyler GreenSpanning over three stages, the festival always had music playing. The oceanview stage, the largest of the three, was backed against the northern side of the waterfront, so airplanes descending into SAN regularly graced the stage’s background. And the music was loud enough that you couldn’t hear them! The lighting and effect setup on the oceanview stage really stood out from the other stages, as it featured large displays and amazing light programming.

Miike Snow // Photo by Skyler GreenMiike Snow closed out the first day with an amazing performance. Listen to:

Zhu // Photo by Felicia Garcia

Zhu closed out the festival on the second day with an amazing set that really highlighted their recently released album, Generation Why. Listen to:

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Welcome to Splash House 2k16!

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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

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*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.

This is an all-age show.  

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Countdown: New Year’s Eve!

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New Year’s Eve in Southern California always presents a bevy of options to choose from for your countdown festivities, from club parties to classy outings and everything in between. Insomniac’s aptly named Countdown is the spiritual successor to the company’s previous New Year’s electronic events: Together As One (which was revived this year in Silverado, CA) and White Wonderland. Although true trance heads were probably disappointed by the absence of White Wonderland this year, the lineup trotted out for Countdown had a satisfactory mix of mainstream appeal, mid-tempo beats, and hard-hitting bass. This year’s 10 hour event was held at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA, and at close to freezing temperatures, warm attire was encouraged (although a good percentage of attendees didn’t seem to get that memo).

Two massive outdoor tents, one pounding indoor stage, a serene pool and lawn, as well as an unexpected ice skating rink decorated the event grounds along with numerous food, drink, and merchandise tents. Colorful lights strewn above added to the festive feel; at these events, you always seem to enter first into a lively carnival, and then later into the music. The 18+ crowd ranged in age from those fresh out of (or still in) high-school, to seasoned attendees thinking that this might be their last rave, according to a clearly spelt out totem that said “THIS IS MY LAST RAVE.”

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The three stages were quite obviously segregated by genre – this reviewer had to spend most of his time at the Quantum drum & bass and dubstep stage by virtue of the artists performing. Opening up the stage were resident DJs Nightstalker and Fallen, followed up by a triple B2B (back to back) of U.K. producers Cyantific, Mob Tactics, and InsideInfo all of whom are signed to Viper Recordings. These drum & bass DJs took turns at the decks sharing a 2 hour set each playing a distinct mix of tunes. Mob Tactics wasted no time waiting for the crowd to arrive and delved straight into a head nodding, funky set throwing out their appropriately named track “Rave Weapon” and the future classic “Asteroids” by Noisia. InsideInfo turned down the lights a bit and delivered a dancefloor heavy neurofunk mix with recent collaborations such as “Pulsation” with Mefjus, while Cyantific came in and spun commercial hits like Sub Focus’ “Out The Blue”, Culture Shock’s unique new release “Tangents” and jump up crowd pleasers such as “It’s a Secret” by DJ Hazard.

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Photo from CountdownNYE by @jakewestphoto for @insomniacevents

San Francisco producer Megalodon and one half of New Zealand duo Truth had one of the most memorable dubstep sets of the night, with the crowd filling up nicely at this point. The contrasting styles of the harder, beepier, brosteppier Megalodon and the deeper, slower tempos of Truth answered everything the bass stage was looking for. Headbangers were everywhere to be seen and there was no way you couldn’t dance at this point. Megalodon would drop some ridiculously heavy tunes like “Fatal Fist Punch” while Truth would step in and slow it down with classics like “Direct Blow”, easily identified by that distinct Busta Rhymes sample and the booming bassline.

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In the nearby Infinity tent, house grooves were playing out in a set by Oliver Heldens, previously billed on the flyer as his new deep house alias, HI-LO. Trippy Turtle then showed up in his neon green hoodie and of course opened up with “Trippy’s Theme”, then proceeded to spin out the slow jamz, easily producing the most diverse set of the night. Couples all over were grooving, and for an hour, the temperature of the tent seemed to be raised a good couple of degrees. Alison Wonderland followed it up with a diverse set of her own, with the tent packed to capacity which was not surprising considering how many times her name had been dropped by attendees in line and around the venue. Trap, house, and hip hop remixes were scattered throughout her set, with the energy building before the clock hit midnight. We also caught a glimpse of the Resolution mainstage as Yellow (“Mother Fuckin”) Claw closed out a highly anticipated trap set and Carnage took control, playing his “thumpiest” beats “way way more louder” than the last DJ. Despite the now-infamous alluded to interview (here), the crowd was packed like sardines for what is now known as “festival trap” and movement was restricted to pretty much your own head (or squirming like a worm). Nevertheless, friendly vibes were everywhere to be found, and perhaps, everyone just was happy to be warm.

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Back to the bass stage, Metrik and TC were furiously pounding out a drum and bass set to appeal to the masses. Rolling basslines dominated the mix, and the usual must plays like TC’s “Do You Rock”, a Memtrix remix of “Get Down Low”, along with new tunes like Rockwell’s “Itsok2behapp-e” and the classic “Planet Dust” by Bad Company. Dubstep youngsters Eptic and Habstrakt took over to ring in the new year, delivering an interesting mix with some of their newer stabs at dubstep/house music hybrids like “On The Block”. Finally, as the countdown approached, the lights dimmed, and numbers flashed on the gigantic LED screen in front, 10, 9, 8,… And just like that, it was 2016 ringing in with everyone’s favorite people next to them.

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Circus Records veterans Funtcase and Cookie Monsta rang in the celebrations with an energy only they can bring, and the warm indoor bass stage was easily the nicest place to be at that point of the night. Their set was riddled with some of their filthiest dubstep tunes old and new and even a scattering of their take on drum and bass. Meanwhile, the biggest name of the night, Kaskade, rounded out the mainstage festivities with a calmer mix of his classic works and newer songs, like the recently released “Disarm You”.

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Although the production level and lineup of Countdown can’t yet compare to the other offerings from Insomniac like Nocturnal or Escape, it still remains a solid offering for bringing in the new year and most definitely will return next year. Getting there was news as usual – if you decided to drive, you’d be stuck in traffic for a bit longer than you’d like unless you arrive when doors open and leave an hour early. A shuttle option was offered to hotels 20 miles away in Ontario, which was a great option for those looking for cheaper hotels and not dealing with the nightmare that is escaping the venue following the event. For this reviewer, the shuttles were clean, came on time, and allowed for much needed sleep on the way home.

All in all, the vibes were right, the music was spot on, and the new year was rung in the funnest way possible.

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 Article / Nathan Mih

01/08/2016

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*Ticket Giveaway* CRSSD Festival

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Oh. My. Flaming Lips!

KSDT Radio has TWO FREE TICKET PAIRS to San Diego’s very own

CRSSD Festival!

Win tickets for you & a friend to see the Flaming Lips, Jamie xx, Bonobo and More!

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*  Stay tune for more contest details – WEEK ZERO / September 20th – 25th *

CRSSD ‡ Festival Fall / Oct 10 & 11 at Waterfront Park, San Diego 

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For more information about the music festival check out crssdfest.com

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*Ticket Giveaway* One Tribe Festival

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What’s better than seeing Kygo? Seeing Kygo for free. KSDT has two pairs of FREE tickets to One Tribe Fest! Win tickets for you and a friend to see Kygo, Tycho, Gramatik, and More!

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 *Share the One Tribe Fest flyer via Instagram, and  tag us @ksdt_radio for your chance to win.* (Winners will be announced September 14th.)

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