Hard Summer Preview!


With Hard Summer a few days away, we here at SCEE would like to remind you that HARD is not a rave and it really isn’t a festival either. For those of us who have been going consistently over the years, it’s more like a giant house party with each stage giving off its own unique vibe and no two stages ever feeling the same. HARD is a place for those who don’t quite fit into the normal festival scene; it is filled with those who crave the darkness and the excitement that only Destructo can provide. This event is about discovery, so please come as you are and don’t be afraid to wander into areas and stages that wouldn’t normally be on your path.

Doors open at 11 so to beat the traffic and the eventual crowds, arrive early. You never know, you just might just find yourself at a stage learning to love to an artist you’ve only heard about in passing. As for me, I’ll be roaming the Fairplex and stopping at every stage since each one is hosting an artist that I love. Believe me when I say, with the diversity and talent that Gary and the HARD family have gathered for this weekend you will never be without someone to watch and enjoy. But for now, warm up with this compilation of songs from artists on the lineup this weekend, it may not feel like the real thing but it will hold you over until the moment we can all go HARD together.

Quick tips! The forecast is predicting rain for Sunday so prepare for actual weather in LA. Personally, I’m just hoping for another rain storm during Jack Ü because how cool would that be – again?! Also don’t forget to download the HARD app to plan your lineup, check out set times, and even get sweet photo filters all built into a streamlined and easy to use application.

– Helen (@gotophotography)


Hard Summer Saturday Playlist


Hard Summer happens this weekend so we thought we’d share a playlist of all the artist that will on the lineup this weekend! We kick things off with Saturday night lineup. A little note I’ll be the first to admit that when I started this list I was very shall we say skeptical on what I would put because of my lack of knowledge on some of these artist, especially with the hip hop acts and the lesser known acts that I had never heard of. But I came out quiet surprised on some of the artist that I found that I did not know before this post. I invite you to have an open mind when listen to this because it’s a mix of all kinds of genre of music and some of the well known acts as well and some not so much! We make this to showcase something that you might not normal even turn an ear for to possibly maybe have you discover something out of your comfort zone. I hope you Enjoy the choices and let us know what you think as you hear this playlist! Tomorrow the Sunday mix will be updated!

Playlist Track

1. The Morning by The Weekend

2. Go by The Chemical Brothers

3. Clouds by KSHMR & Dillon Francis

4. Unison by Porter Robinson

5. Studio by Schoolboy Q

6. Say My Name by ODESZA

7. Our Demons by The Glitch Mob (Filous Remix)

8. After Life by Tchami

9. Here for you by Gorgon City

10. This Could be Us- Rae Scremmurd

11. I love you by Woodkid

12. Lifestyle by Young Thug

13. The Drop by Bro Safari

14. Need this by GriZ

15. Dare you 2 move  by Destructo

16. Hard Time by Seinabo Sey

17.  Superspeed by Lido & Canblaster

18. Sampler mix by Hot Since 82 (mini mix not title of song)

19. Choo Choo by Boys Noize & Salva

20. Bang by Erol Alkan

21. Shiba San mini mix (5min sample)

22. Bounce by Mercer & 4B

23. King by Years & Years

24. Weather Man by Lunice

25. Impress of You by Giraffage

26. Trap Arms by Milo & Otis

27. Deep Down Low by Valentiono Khan (Favorite lol)

28. Bailando by Engrique Iglesias ( Matoma Official Remix)

29. I met you by Flume

30. Young in Love by Sweater Beats

31. Unechanted3 by Alesia

32. Fall over by Banks (Djemba Djemba remix)

33. Down and Dirty by Sharam Jey

34. Anonymous by Dirtyphonics

35. Pool girls by Nina Las Vegas

36. Crank by Ghastly X Mija

37. Nobody by Vanilla Ace

38. Sharpe James by Nadus

39. Still waiting by Hunter Siegel

40. If only by Maya Payne

41. Grind Hard by GANZ

42. Hood Life by Doug English (Eyes everywhere remix)

43. Excist by OEVERWERK

EDC Japan


EDC Japan will make it’s debut next year! Read below what Insomniac had to say about this upcoming EDC expansion! ✌#SCEE

July 17, 2015


Electric Daisy Carnival will make its debut in Tokyo, Japan July 2016

Visit Japan.ElectricDaisyCarnival.com

(LOS ANGELES) — Today, Insomniac announced that for the very first time, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) will bring its unparalleled music festival experience to Tokyo, Japan in July 2016. In partnership with GMO Culture Incubation, 2016 will be the debut of the festival in the Asian continent and the first time local fans can experience what has made EDC a celebrated global phenomenon.

“Dance music is truly a global movement, and over the last few years I’ve been fortunate enough to bring EDC to our Headliners in Mexico, the UK, and later this year, Brazil,” said Pasquale Rotella, Founder and CEO of Insomniac. “I can’t tell you how excited I am to announce that in 2016, we’ll be adding Japan to that list! More info to come, but make sure to follow @EDC_Japan for all the details. #EDCJP.”

The unique elements of EDC are unlike any other events in the region, with its focus on putting the fan experience first. Spectacular carnival rides, roaming theatrical performers, immersive décor, and interactive art installations will create an incredible atmosphere where people can connect with one another and live in the moment. Insomniac’s signature state-of-the-art lighting and pyrotechnics will fill each creatively designed stage as fans enjoy performances from today’s most sought after DJs and artists.

With the inclusion of EDC Japan into Insomniac’s portfolio of international events, Electric Daisy Carnival has continually captured the hearts of fans all over the world.  During Insomniac’s marquee festival, EDC Las Vegas, which attracted more than 400,000 fans over three days this June, the company announced the debut of EDC Brazil, coming to the country for the first time this December. Millions of Brazilian fans celebrated the news as they watched the announcement live through their television sets on one of the largest television networks in the country.

EDC is also held annually in the United Kingdom where almost 40,000 fans gathered in celebration earlier this month. EDC Mexico has attracted more than 100,000 excited attendees, making it the largest music festival to ever be hosted in the country. In addition to international locations, Electric Daisy Carnival takes place in all corners of the U.S. including Las Vegas, New York and Orlando.

In every region where the event is held, the economic effect has been amazing for the local community. In 2014, the largest EDC in Las Vegas brought an estimated $337 million (40.4 billion yen) to the area and more than $1 billion (120 billion yen) since 2011.

Details for EDC Japan regarding date, location and ticket sales will be announced in the coming months.

For the latest updates on EDC Japan, visit Japan.ElectricDaisyCarnival.com.

About Insomniac:
Insomniac produces some of the most innovative, immersive music festivals and events in the world. Enhanced by state-of-the-art lighting, pyrotechnics and sound design, large-scale art installations, theatrical performers and next generation special effects, these events captivate the senses and inspire a unique level of fan interaction. The quality of the experience is the company’s top priority.

Throughout its 20-year history, Insomniac has produced more than 250 festivals, concerts and club nights for nearly 5 million attendees in California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New York, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom. The company’s premier annual event, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, is the largest multi-day music festival in North America, and attracted more than 400,000 fans over three days in June 2015.

The company was founded by Pasquale Rotella, and has been based in Los Angeles since it was formed in 1993.

Keep up with Insomniac announcements and news on Insomniac.com, Facebook and Twitter.

About GMO Culture Incubation (GMO Internet Group)
GMO Internet Group is an Internet services industry leader, developing and operating Japan’s most widely used domain, hosting & cloud, ecommerce, security, and payment solutions. The Group also comprises the world’s largest online FX trading platform, as well as online advertising, Internet media, and mobile entertainment products. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) the Group headquarters is located in Tokyo, Japan. Even in the ever evolving Internet industry, the entry of an Internet services conglomerate into the music and culture incubation space is unique.  In December 2014, the Group established GMO Culture Incubation (GMO-CI), an event promotion and artist management businesses supporting the promotion of world-leading artists.  GMO-CI is the local partner of EDC Japan. Amidst the rising popularity of EDM and other music genres, GMO-CI is supporting music and youth culture.  Visit http://www.gmo.jp/en.

TEN songs to know before you enter DadaLand!


This weekend Insomniac and Dada Life presents The Voyage at the San Manuel Amphitheater and grounds! We thought we’d jump start your weekend with a few need to know songs before you head into DadaLand!

Below are TEN songs that we think you will need to so you too can sing along with all of us as we go B-A-N-A-N-A-S! Enjoy!

1. Dada Life – One Last Night On Earth

2. Dada Life – Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker

3. Dada Life -One Smile

4. Dada Life – Born To Rage

5. Dada Life – White Noise/Red Meat

6. Dada Life- Happy Violence

7. Dada Life – Rolling Stone T-Shirt

8. Kaskade – Llove (Dada Life Remix)

9. Dada Life – Cookies with a Smile

10. Dada Life – Feed the Dada!


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Bassrush redesign launch!


LOS ANGELES (July 15, 2015) ­– Insomniac announced the launch of the completely redesigned Bassrush.com, now the ultimate destination for bass music fans featuring news, interviews, streams and downloads, mixes and exclusives with the biggest names in drum & bass, trap, dubstep, and all other genres of bass music. The newly transformed site will also feature culture-based articles with the most influential figures in the scene and act as the go-to destination for upcoming Bassrush event details, ticketing and announcements.

“Bassrush was created to push bass music culture forward, and help keep drum & bass alive and vibrant here in the United States,” said Pasquale Rotella, Founder and CEO of Insomniac. “Relaunching the website, expanding the content, and creating a hub for all our events helps give the brand and the culture a proper home where it can grow and thrive.”

The Bassrush brand was born out of the underground warehouse scene in Los Angeles during the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Since its beginnings over a decade ago, Bassrush has evolved from its strictly drum & bass roots to now include dubstep, trap and other bass music genres. Acting as the premiere bass music hub in America, Bassrush has produced massive events and warehouse inspired nights at world-class venues such as the Hollywood Palladium, Exchange LA, Los Globos and Lot 613.

In addition to hosting stages at all major Insomniac festivals such as EDC Las Vegas, Nocturnal Wonderland and Beyond Wonderland, Bassrush has produced multi-date national tours for major artists including Skrillex, Excision and Datsik among others. This year, Bassrush premiered its first US Tour, Bassrush North America Takeover, making stops in 14 cities nationwide with performances from 12th Planet, Loudpvck and Kove. Bassrush is widely celebrated for catering to old school fans and new age bass lovers alike.

Catch the next Bassrush Massive event Safe in Sound at NOS Events Center on September 26th with spine-tingling sets from Zomboy, Datsik, Dotcom, NGHTMRE, TERRAVITA and more! Tickets for Safe in Sound will go on-sale Friday, July 17 at noon PT at Bassrush.com.

To keep up with the latest updates and announcements on Bassrush events, please visit the brand new Bassrush.com and follow Bassrush on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For more information and to stay up to date with the latest Insomniac news, visit www.insomniac.com!


The Banana Movement

 It’s a nice Sunday afternoon in Venice and the boardwalk is alive with people from all walks of life. I’m there waiting to meet the members of the Banana Movement, and given that this is our first meeting I don’t really know who I’m looking for; all of a sudden I see the tops of bananas headed in my direction. Each greets me warmly with smiles so genuine it’s hard not to smile right back and it suddenly strikes me that this is what their whole movement is about; being genuinely happy and spreading that happiness to as many people as possible. Soon we are involved in a conversation of their origins and what has brought them together and it involves a chance encounter at a park and a friend falling off a cliff (don’t worry she lived and is doing great!)
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 So how does a friend falling off a cliff turn into good luck? Well it turns out that thanks to her fall, Cody, Dante, and Trey were able to attend their first festival together and not just any festival but the most coveted of the West Coast festivals, the Electric Daisy Carnival. So while it seems that serendipity may have brought Cody, Trey, and Dante together, their love of Bananas and Champagne is what kept them connected. If you ask them why they chose Dada Life all three will say it was the music first and foremost with Trey specifically noting that it was the album Rules of the Dada that opened his eyes up to a level of production and music making that, as a producer himself, blew his mind and sealed his love for all things Dada.
   The trio describe their road to Dada land Citizenship a little differently than the first two passholders.  Cody explains that the first Dadalife passport holder is a mystery to them as it started with a scavenger hunt before an overseas Dadaland compound, with the second going to a super fan from Vegas who was incredibly involved in the Dadaland app, first premiered months ago by Dadalife themselves. Although the group thought app involvement was vital to passport procurement, it turns out that community involvement is much more important to the powers that be. As Cody puts it what Dadalife is really looking for is “people wishing to show their true fanship and the desire to bring a community together and that’s exactly what we did with our Instagram Banana Movement.” And their reward for all their hard work? A personal invitation from Dadalife to attend their Compound show in San Jose, I’ll take a minute to let you pick your jaw up off the floor. 
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     When asked about their greatest experience so far, Trey is quick to talk about the presentation of the passports at the San Jose, CA stop of the Dada Land Compound tour.  Cody explains that it wasn’t just a simple pick up, but instead more akin to a high school graduation with the crew lining the hallways clapping as they were called to the green room for the official ceremony and complete with an interview and film crew. Dante says he never thought he would be so lucky and recalls with a smile on his face, the end of the Dada Land Compound tour in Vegas where the trio were given their very own champagne shower on stage at Hakkassan Las Vegas where Dada life hold a residency. The memory prompts massive smiles from the rest of the guys as Dante squeals “IT WAS SO AWESOME“. 
      As for the biggest lesson they have learned on their journey so far, the trio does not hesitate to answer with a resounding response of family first. They say the banana movement wants to above all remind its followers that Dada Life is not just Stefan and Ollie, but a large group of people behind the scenes who are really the strength and power behind the group’s success. Much the same, the success of the Banana Movement will hinge on their connection to an already large community of fans. But don’t fret, future already looks bright, as with the help of their fourth member / business manager Danielle, they have begun branching out selling t-shirts and banana suits from their Etsy. She explains that their goal is to spread their movement and bring their message of acceptance and liberation of the spirit to the worldwide masses with their ultimate goal of maintaining the anything is possible spirit of Dadalife. And in the end, it’s much more than champagne and going insane, although still very important, it’s about family first. Cody summarizes it best; “fans are first, FANS ARE FIRST, and that’s exactly what we are about too, we have the Banana Family and we love them so much.”
The Banana Movement will be hosting a brunch at the Voyage campsite on Sunday, 7/19, at Noon and are extending an open invitation to fellow Bananas everywhere! Check their IG @bananamovement for their official campsite location. 
Words and Photography by Helen Perez
Follow her @Gotophotography