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Big Wild @ Summer Set Music Festival 2017!

by Bradley Loiederman

From having both Zeds Dead and Griz headlining to having a pop-up All Good Records stage, Summer Set 2017 is about to be one of the funkiest and most melodic years yet. Adding to this melodic beauty is the atmospheric Foreign Family artist who will be making his Summer Set debut this year, Big Wild!

Jackson Stell started producing tracks under the alias “Jbeats” when he was 14, sticking mostly to hip hop beats with some trap influences. After traveling to California with his girlfriend in 2012, he started moving away from hip hop beats and started forming Big Wild. Stell gained a lot of his initial influence through other up-and-coming producers on Soundcloud, experimenting with numerous different elements he found from the music-sharing website. Stell started gaining attention shortly after with his remixes of “Stayin’ Alive” and “Milkshake”. After years of working hard and making his way up the Soundcloud circuit, Stell had his break in 2015 when Odesza discovered his Soundcloud and asked him to open up for them at some West Coast shows. He continued his career with Odesza by signing to their label, Foreign Family Collective, in 2016 and releasing his track, “Aftergold”. This track gained millions of plays over multiple different streaming networks and made this newcomer one of the most streamed Foreign Family artists. Stell started 2017 with a bang, releasing his first professional EP titled The Invincible EP; the title track on his EP, “Invincible”, gained over a million views on just Soundcloud alone and has even made it onto the US Dance charts. These past few years have been a whirlwind of success for Stell, proving his Big Wild stage name to be accurate.

Although he has only been a member of Foreign Family Collective for a year, this youngster has taken the scene by storm and continues to release mesmerizing dream-state tracks and sets. Make sure to catch Big Wild this August for his debut at Summer Set Music Festival!

Make sure to get your Summer Set tickets here as soon as possible to miss additional price increases! And make sure to check out the afterparties featuring Illenium and Louis The Child here!

Sean Tyas @ Rev 5/26/17

by Bradley Loiederman

It gives me so much joy to see the Twin Cities trance community heavily grow, and Ascension isn’t over yet. Coming to Rev tonight is one of the key contributors to uplifting trance and a staple in the Swiss trance community, Sean Tyas!

Born in New York and currently residing in Switzerland, Sean Tyas gained an interest in electronic music from a tape he heard of electronic interpretations. His career first started when he moved to Germany in 2004 to work for DJ Beam; however, he didn’t get his first big break until he moved to Switzerland. In 2006, Sander van Doorn selected him as the winner of the “Punk’d” remix contest. Soon after, Mixmag and Beatport named him “Best New DJ” and “One To Watch”. Since then, Tyas has landed numerous #1 hits on the Beatport Trance Charts and has remained on the DJ Mag Top 100 five consecutive times. Tyas has also played at almost every big name festival you can think of: EDC, Ultra, Tomorrowland, Ministry of Sound, and A State of Trance to name a few. Sean Tyas has grown to be an icon in European trance in only 10 years and continues to surprise listeners.

Although Sean Tyas can create some uplifting, dreamlike music, he has recently shown that he knows how to throw down some harder trance. Take his remix of John Askew’s “Shine” or his collaboration with Darren Porter titled “Relentless” for example: both tracks have a fast-paced measures that create a video game aesthetic. These tracks break far away from dreamy, uplifting trance and give out more of an energetic and speedy approach. Sean Tyas knows how to please both the softer trance fans and the harder trance crowds, making his set at Rev enjoyable for anyone!

Hailing originally from the US but getting his name known in Switzerland, Sean Tyas has become a staple in the trance community in just a few years. He has received numerous achievements in his career and continues to gain more through his versatility. He will be making his way to Rev Ultra Lounge tonight, so make sure to get your trance vibes ready for Sean Tyas!

Tickets are available here.

LAST CHANCE! 40% OFF SLAM ACADEMY 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SALE

by Stephen Mann

Sale Extended! It all ends on at midnight TONIGHT, Thursday, 5/25!

Congrats to our friends at Slam Academy on their 5 year anniversary!

To celebrate, they are offering all of their programs for 40% off (while supplies last). Enrollment is limited, so once the program is full you won’t be able to register at this price. So grab now!

You can register on their site for any available program. After you register, someone from our office will be in touch to figure out which start date you want. You can start your class at any available start date for the next year.

Click HERE for more info, course listing, and registration.

 

k?d @ The LOFT 5/19

by Annette Lucero

Known for a style of compellingly grotesque electro, k?d makes his presence known over a speaker system. Glitch melodies and creeping snares paint the wistful, futuristic dark side of a hypnotic, looming nightmare. If that wasn’t enough, k?d’s sound could be characterized as a *dream* Porter Robinson and REZZ collaboration waiting to happen. The up-and-coming artist is also known as a social media recluse, touching upon his socials much more lightly when compared to the likes of REZZ, Ghastly and The Glitch Mob. Interviews with k?d are additionally scarce; much of the material online only touches upon teased tracks and fan interactions.

With tracks such as “Genisis”, “Vindicta” and “Fourth Impact” growing larger in popularity, one cannot help but wonder what this up-and-coming artist will bring to the industry in 2017. k?d’s melodically dark style, as well as his teased artwork online, point to an artist pushing the molds of music production. Much of the artwork featured on k?d tracks are done by the artist himself, and can often times be found teased on his Instagram account mid-process. The more important question, however, is what additional tracks are enroute in 2017?

If you’re looking for a ridiculously talented, local lineup and an up-and-coming artist about to break out, the LOFT is the place to be this Friday night. Don’t say we didn’t warn you; k?d is about to destroy the summer festival circuit. Tickets are still available for this Friday night, buy them here.

GRiZ @ Summer Set Music Festival 2017!

by Bradley Loiederman

Beyond stoked to have the one and only GRiZ back at Summer Set for a very special closing set on Sunday!

Posted by Summer Set Music & Camping Festival on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Adding to the most electrifying Summer Set lineup yet is a young funk producer from Detroit that in just a few short years has created his own movement: GRiZ. Grant Kwiecinski, also known by his stage name GRiZ, kicked off his astounding career with a free-download album release in 2011, and has seen a nearly exponential popularity growth that has him headlining major festivals and receiving notice in both national and international publications a-plenty. GRiZ will be coming back to his Midwest roots, and joining us for the last day of Summer Set Music Festival for 2017!

GRiZ started his journey into electronica in 2011 with his release of his debut album, End of The World Party. The success of which kickstarted a career for this young artist and got him on lineups supporting acts such as Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Gramatik, and Big Gigantic. In early 2012 he formed his own label, All Good Records, and released his second album, titled Mad Liberation, in the same year. The success of his label and album gave him the opportunity to collaborate with Big Gigantic later in the year, planting the seeds for the wildly popular live performance Big GRiZmatik.

Since the start of All Good Records, GRiZ has released three additional albums, been named as The Untz’s “#1 Breakout Artist”, and has created supergroup side projects with Gramatik and Big Gigantic. When he’s not making tracks, GRiZ tours internationally playing to massive audiences. Summer Camp, Electric Forest, Electric Zoo, and TomorrowWorld are just a few of the summer festivals where one can regularly catch GRiZ. Grant has come a long way since his start in suburban Detroit, but his talent and open heart hasn’t slowed throughout his career!

Not only does GRiZ strive to build community through his music, but he utilizes his label to create a family of touring artists. All Good Records has become the hub for electro-funk in recent years and has given numerous new acts a spotlight to shine. All Good’s roster includes breakthrough artists SunSquabi, Russ Liquid, The Floozies, and Manic Focus. GRiZ has built a career surrounded by love and unity, and his actions to help out other artists shows that he’s willing to practice what he preaches.

25-year old electro-funk hot-rod GRiZ has shown the EDM community that it’s certainly possible to get back what you put into your passions. Since the beginning, he has been active in support of his community. From releasing all of his music for free to providing platforms for new artists to showcase themselves, GRiZ has brought a new level of love to electronic music; and his closing set on Sunday will be sure have the Good Times Roll.

Tickets and camping passes to Summer Set Music Festival 2017 are available here! For a limited time only, every 3-day ticket purchase includes FREE Afterparty tickets for both Friday and Saturday.