If you were out and about around SoDo at the start of this week, you Seattle hasn’t see a night like Monday in quite a while. Trap superstars Flosstradamus and GTA took over the Showbox for the first stop of their HDYNATION Tour and the sh** got wild fast. We greeted by them to a daytime weed warehouse tour by Dama Cannabis Products (stay posted for the video, kids). Curt was very stoked abput the CBD hash oil pens we had. Then we dropped them off at their venue for a sold-out house of Seattle’s most committed ragers, already well warmed up by Curtis Williams and the Two-9 collective, the boys took the stage and proceeded to steadily kill it for the next several hours.
Alex: We’re really enjoying the music coming out of the Australian scene right now
Wax Motif: We’ve been overlooked for so long, and i mean rightfully so because we didn’t have a lot of artists, and now it’s ready to explode. We have dudes doing big room like dirty south, knife pqrty, and tommy trash, dudes doing melbourne bounce like will sparks, the future stuff like flume, what so not, wave racer (A: I love wave racer!),and there’s so many people in every scene, people like motez doing house music, so it’s really good right now.
Alex: Day of the Dead is a really overlooked holiday. What are some of the best costumes you’ve seen in the crowd?
Looking up at the giant LED screen behind RL Grime on Sunday night, I began to realize that I was witnessing the true essence of what Hard Day of the Dead was all about. Garish images of bone flecks, king cobras, and anglerfish (look it up if you like being terrified) flashed across the screen, taunting the crowd with menacing smiles. In a way, it was an ode to the revelry of the night, inviting the the audience to be on their baddest behavior...
After going HARD at Day of the Dead it was about time to vibe out with The-Re-Up x EPP squad and what better way to enjoy the end of Day one than checking out ODESZA. As I walked into the 7Up stage I looked around at a crowd of fans who were sitting down or simply swaying back and forth, bobbing their heads to the smooth tunes at hand. As I picked up the pace towards the pit to make sure my team got in alright, I soon decided that there was no reason to be backstage for this one. ODESZA serenaded the crowd with an awe inspiring light show full of eye-catching visuals that were simple but colorful and well placed.
(Photos by Owen J.)
Although the first night of Hard’s Day of the Dead Festival was beginning to wind down, it was still far too early to turn down as we made our way to Araabmuzik’s set at 9:45. The same sentiment was felt throughout the crowd, whose energy was already through the roof as the stage was being set up. Upon seeing the crowd of this headlining act, I realized that Araabmuzik's presence at Day of the Dead served a very specific purpose. As one of the most unique and exciting crossover acts in Hip-Hop music, Araabmuzik's live shows catered to a certain niche of fans who weren't necessarily at the festival for electronic music.
As we took our place in the crowd for Big Gigantic’s set on Sunday evening, Dominic Lalli’s (of Big Gigantic) jazz saxophone set the scene for the sun’s departure on the last night of Hard Day of the Dead in Pomona, CA. The pink-streaked sky was laced perfectly with the last remaining beams of golden sunlight, causing positive vibes to be spread amongst everyone at the HARD’s Mainstage.
For a festival in it’s first year of touring, Safe In Sound definitely made a name for itself. Headlined by none other than Flux Pavilion, Adventure Club and Destroid (a unique collaboration between dubstep powerhouses Excision, Downlink and DJ SAWKA) With some of the biggest names in EDM, and boasting 150,000 watts of PK sound, the one night festival drew a massive audience, selling out venues across the country for a night dedicated to bass.
DJ Craze brings us back to the basics with some sleek looking vinyls. In this video, DJ Craze is on his couch watching the likes of DJ Pauly D from Jersey Shore, David Guetta, Paris Hilton, & Steve Aoki. He then walks over to this set up and lays it all out! This is how DJing should be done. Before the DJ's say "that's not DJ'ing" let me point out to anyone who doesn't know this is a very practiced set - hence he's able to cross fade and transition with every beat. Regardless it's a hella of a routine. <story
LA native RL Grime aka Henry Steinway is reknown for his heavy trap, grimy glitchy itchy bangers. Peep this track just released today here to get hyped up for Halloween! He'll be playing at HARD Day of the Dead Fest. (which I'll be attending) with the-re-up.com in Pomona, CA and you know he's gonna hold it down. I would post a soundcloud link but I'm pretty sure he just broke it with this banger. (Luckily it's on Youtube - I GOT YOU!)