The Disco Biscuits posted the first ever Camp Bisco flyer and I could not resist sharing it. Our beloved festival has come a long way since.
The second flyer is not much of an upgrade.
My question is, why is Camp Bisco no longer an “All-Star Loonfest”?
No, this is no parody of Lady Gaga. Apparently the artist is going to be the first to perform in space.
She will be blasting off from Zero G Colony high-tech music festival and performing in zero gravity in 2015. In order to prepare herself she will undergoing special vocal training to get her lungs accustomed to the bizarre environment. The festival is claiming to be full of advanced technology to create a galactic experience. Although there is not much more information on the topic, we still have to wait two years until the event, so there is plenty of time for details to unveil.
If this is the future of music, I cannot say I’m too excited. We may be pushing the envelope too far too quickly. But at the end of the day I must admit lazers in space would be cool so I can’t complain. One day this will be the norm, perhaps a day sooner than we expected.
Recently I have not been able to rip myself away from psydub. Some aspect of the genre feels comforting. I have unknowingly become infatuated with this genre before, but now that I pinpointed it I can finally explore its depth. Other psy categories are enjoyable as well (psytrance, psystep, etc) but psydub holds comfort due to its downtempo nature. With middle eastern influences and reggae beats it’s hard to go wrong. Here are a few artists you should start yourself off with in case you are new to the genre:
Brujo’s Bowl (meditative relaxation dub)
Andrelein/Heyoka (glitchy psydub)
In this day and age the conglomerates of music genres make it nearly impossible to make out the origins of style. Genres are given multiple adjectives (i.e. acid funk trap house) giving us too much information resulting in a confusion that parallels that of too little information. Technology and globalization are beautiful in the fact that we are able to blend these styles and come up with new ones. But you can’t go too far without knowing the history of it all.
I found a quick guide to explain it all.
The map seemingly shows a mess of arrows and genre titles but with a closer look it is quite helpful. When you press play, the map goes through a brief timeline, starting in the 1800s, of musical genres.
What you see above is the interactive map at the present. Go have a look and see how your favorite genre began.
A new collaboration group is quickly rising to the top of the scene, making appearances at festivals all over the Northeast. Schlang is the musical lovechild of Supersillyus and Space Jesus. The combination of forces results in a super heady experience. Priding themselves in their trippy nature, Schlang uses their psydub influence to infiltrate the scene. If you like acts such as OTT and Shpongle, I would highly recommend these guys. Keeping it intelligent while dance-y is what makes their act so enjoyable.
See for yourself via their soundcloud. This track, amongst others, depicts their style. Enjoy.
And remember, they’re schlang, you’re schlang, we’re all schlang.
Of all festivals I have had the glory of attending, this has been the best to date. The vibes were impeccable, the music was great, and the artwork was refreshingly beautiful. Although I wish I could go through every second of the weekend, I will gladly tell of some noteworthy highlights.
EOTO started the party off right, playing the sunset set on the first day. It’s always incredible seeing these middle-aged dudes switch their style up from String Cheese’s blues to tasteful live wobble. Wobblesauce followed on a smaller stage, ripping it up with melodic jam without even having a guitarist.
Schlang created a trippy experience on the second day, somehow even in broad daylight. Come nighttime, legend Zach Deputy rocked the stage. Coming from the man himself, “They told me my set would be 45 minutes, I didn’t know they meant four hours.” Ghostface Killah was so late to his set that Zach had to play from 7 to 11. He kept a happy face and even alluded to Wu Tang. Emancipator blew the audience away on a side stage with his soothing talent.
Saturday is always the biggest party of any festival and Robokop and Turkuaz proved this to be true.
Aside from all the acts, the festival had plenty of perks. The actual land is charming, with visible mountain ranges and grazing cows that come close to lot. People came to enjoy one another rather than the contrary. Overall, the weekend was a memorable one.
Since festie season is finally amongst us I wanted to help out the newbies with tips on how to be properly equipped. Here are some things you can’t leave without, and others I just highly recommend.
WATER. Please don’t forget this. The first time I ever went to a festival I had no water or food and was completely unprepared. Although it led to make for some of the experience, I highly recommend just bringing what you need. Staying hydrated is a must.
Moneys. Although it can be a fun quest to go to a festival with only a dollar in your pocket, spare your friends’ wallets. Nobody wants to be camping with the mooch.
Try to convenience yourself with room set up in a tent and a sleeping bag. It gets rainy, you can’t always sleep in the grass.
A good crowd. Your experience can quickly go sour with people who have any intention other than having a good time.
There are many other things that will help you out such as sunblock, rainboots, etc. The most important is that you’re comfortable and safe.
It is very rare for me to respect an artist. Not for any other reason except that I do not take the term “respect” lightly. Many people in the music industry are just out there, having fun, doing what they’re doing. That’s cool too, but when I respect an artist it means I can genuinely feel the passion he has for the material he is creating. He is so passionate that it transpires through his music and how he speaks about the world in its entirety.
If I can practically touch the essence of your soul during your set, I know that you poured every fiber of your being into this.
This case scenario is very rare. I have had the pleasure of witnessing it many times in my life, and more importantly realizing its power.
I’m always willing to listen to music that can make me dance, but to make me feel infinite emotions is another story.
I listen to a lot of music and I like most of it, but there is a line that not many are able to cross. And for those who do, I hold you so highly.
A hit with the underground jam scene, Orchard Lounge is worth the praise. I have held out for a long time, because I heard they were very “trance-y” and I usually don’t enjoy that type of music. Recently I gave them a shot and I cannot be happier with what I found.
The truth about OL is that they are not just trance, they encompass every genre in their own unique way. You’re likely to find a hip hop beat or sample on the same set as heady dance grooves. They are a three-DJ group that integrates with such finesse that the teamwork shines. The best part about these three: one of them is a chick! Gotta love girls in the music scene with real talent.
In fact, these guys are so cool that they even made many of their full live sets easily accessible on their Soundcloud. Yes, that means you won’t have to dig through Archive to get a decent quality set. These are all top notch recordings.
My personal favorites are 10-20-12 and 11.11.12. The former has a downtempo Swedish-dance vibe. The latter has funky old-school aspects. Try them all to see what OL suites you best.