DC to BC Presents
Trillectro Music Festival
Wale (Special Guest), Carnage, Nadastrom, Salva, Gent & Jawns, King Chip, DJ Sliink, Casey Veggies, Travi$ Scott, ASAP Ferg, Goldroom, Tittsworth, RDGLDGRN, ∆lex Young, Ghost Beach, Two-9, Venus X, Phil Ade, Misun, Shy Glizzy, New Retro
1299 Half St SE
Washington, DC, 20003
Doors 11:00 AM / Show 12:00 PM (event ends at 9:00 PM)
This event is all ages
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Trillectro Music Festival
trillectro is a portmanteau of “trill” (popularized by southern hip-hop legend Bun B, meaning “authentic” in hip-hop circles) and “electro” (short for “electronic”), trillectro embodies the festival’s credo. though hip-hop and electronic music may bring to mind separate, distinct experiences, trillectro is the sweet spot where cultures converge.
the second annual trillectro music festival continues where the historical inaugural event left off, bridging the culture gap between various music genres, and ending the summer with an unforgettable day of:
high-energy performances fueled by the crowd’s good vibes. DJs bumpin’ crowd favorites, hidden gems, and their own trill creations. gold teeth and glowsticks. live painting. fashionistas and sneakerheads. old friends. new friends (sorry, drake!). moon bounces. tasty treats from food trucks. the area’s dopest collectives repping. tank tops and tankinis. snapbacks. lighters and smartphones in the air. enough tweets, instagrams, and facebook posts hashtagged #trillectro to make anyone who missed it wish they hadn’t. awesome vendors selling everything under the scorching august sun. sponsored lounges where attendees engage with their favorite brands. cultures converging.
trillectro. a moving and memorable cultural experience, all happening in president obama’s backyard. this is the summer’s last hurrah; might as well end it with a bang.
Wale (Special Guest)
Widely known for his critically acclaimed mixtapes, Wale fuses DC's homegrown go-go genre with a streetwise Northern hip-hop sensibility and his lyrical dexterity. Download his latest, Foloarin at www.walemusic.com. After signing with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group, Wale released his sophomore album, "Ambition," which debuted at #1 on iTunes, #1 on the billboard hip-hop chart, and #2 on the pop charts. Wale wrapped up his Ambition Tour late 2011, selling out shows in over 40 cities nationwide. His new album on Warner/MMG is due this Spring 2013.
"Making music is about having an impact," exclaims DJ Carnage.
It's easy to feel the impact on every track the Los Angeles-based artist produces or remixes. With a versatile mindset and deft approach, he siphons electro, hip hop, pop, and trap into an intoxicating brew unlike anything out there. It's dirty, defiant, and diverse.
Carnage embraced music at a very young age. Before moving to the suburbs of Maryland, he grew up in Nicaragua and Guatemala. It gave him an international consciousness and perspective at a young age that would pervade his art. In order to get through long car rides with his mom, he'd make mix CDs of everything from Kanye West to Michael Jackson, and they'd listen to them together. It was with mom's encouragement that he began actually building his own tracks.
He recalls, "It's funny because one day my mom was like, 'Why don't you make your own beats?' I'd never thought of it before, so she bought me Fruity Loops. From there, I just got hooked."
He carved out a sizable local following in Maryland, slinging independent mixtapes and solidifying an online presence. Niles from The Cataracs actually stumbled upon his MySpace page and immediately became a fan. Their correspondence turned into a creative partnership and led to Carnage's signing with Indie Pop.
One of his first projects under that banner was a tripped-out and captivating remix of Yuna's "Live Your Life". Soon, Tiësto began spinning the cut on his popular Club Life podcast, while Paul Oakenfold inserted it into regular rotation on his radio show, Planet Perfecto. Carnage began turning heads. His "Festival Trap" remix of Hardwell's "Spaceman" soon exceeded 100k plays on Soundcloud, and he teamed up with Theophilus London and ASAP Rocky for the 2012 single, "Big Spender", and he co-produced The Cataracs "All You", featuring Waka Flocka Flame and Kaskade.
Everything simply laid the groundwork for the release of his proper debut, "Bang", on Fool's Gold though. It's an incendiary instrumental with a big hip hop bounce and a dubstep drop at just the right moment. "It's really massive," he enthuses. "It's a rap record with a huge drop. You never hear that kind of climax in hip hop or trap records. It's the perfect introduction to who I am because it touches on so many genres."
The single's B-side is a grimy and guttural gem that sees him collaborate with 15-year-old Chicago underground rap sensation, Katie Got Bandz. It's bound to get the internet going crazy.
There's nothing quite like seeing Carnage live though. Every show explodes based off his hyperkinetic energy and formidable presence. He's rocked stages at Nocturnal Wonderland, Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella, and more as well as performing alongside Borgore, A-Trak, The Cataracs, and countless others.
"I'm a big black guy who loves to rage," he chuckles. "I'm not what you expect. I feed off the crowd and go for it."
That's why Carnage's impact will be felt for a long time to come.
When the beat drops at a Nadastrom show, you better have your hands up. Dave Nada is known to stage dive while his DJ partner Matt Nordstrom squeezes the duo's most riotous beats through the speakers. It's a reminder Nadastrom aren't just pushing 21st century dance music toward the edge – they're jumping off it.
The D.C.-born, L.A.-based duo of DJ-producers come from different backgrounds, but share a ravenous appetite for extremes. As the prime architects of Moombahton – a sound Nada invented on the fly at a basement party by slowing Dutch house music down to the tempo of reggaeton – the duo have been praised in the pages of Spin and Rolling Stone, pumped on the airwaves of BBC Radio 1 and NPR, and revered at nightclubs and festivals across the planet.
Nada was born in Maryland, a first generation Ecuadorian-American surrounded by five brothers and the sounds of cumbia, Ecuadorian folk, salsa, merengue and reggaeton. As a teen, he gravitated toward Washington's legendary hardcore punk scene, playing in bands while learning to DJ on college radio. A move to Baltimore landed Nada in the second surge of Baltimore club music, where he DJed alongside club icons K-Swift, Rod Lee and DJ Technics, while producing acclaimed club tracks of his own.
Nordstrom grew up in Virginia on the other side of the Washington beltway where skateboarding provided a contact point with punk, metal and hip-hop. In the late '90s, he swapped the skateboard for turntables and switched his college major from psychology to audio engineering. Soon, Nordstrom was the resident engineer for esteemed D.C. house heroes Deep Dish and piloting recording sessions with the likes of Stevie Nicks and P. Diddy, even scoring a Grammy nod along the way.
When Nada and Nordstrom came together in 2007, the chemistry was instant and the music was colossal. The group signed to Switch's Dubsided label where their debut debut EP, "Pussy," immediately topped the charts on Beatport. Since then, Nadastrom have produced tracks for a slew of artists, including Kid Sister, and have done remixes for Kid Cudi, Benny Benassi, Christina Aguilera, Waka Flocka Flame, the Death Set and Alex Clare.
In 2010, the duo relocated from Washington to Los Angeles and hit the road, performing at the biggest festivals in dance music, including Australia's Creamfields festival with Deadmau5, the Disco Biscuits' Camp Bisco festival, Bass Island with Bassnectar, the Mad Decent Block Party with Major Lazer and the HARD Festival in Los Angeles with Ducksauce, Chromeo, BoysNoize and Odd Future. Last fall, Nadastrom joined Skrillex and 12th Planet for more than 50 nights on the hotly anticipated Mothership Tour.
Meantime, Moombahton has become a movement of its own, with Nadastrom serving as the genre's leading ambassadors. Diplo's Mad Decent label dropped the acclaimed compilation "Dave Nada presents Blow Your Head Vol. 2: Moombahton" in May and Scion released Nadastrom's Moombahton EP "El Baile Diabluma" this fall.
"There are never any rules," says Nada of the duo's approach. "And Moombahton helped us realize that even more.
A versatile solo producer, crowd riling DJ, owner of the revered Frite Nite label (B. Bravo, Eprom, Ana Sia) and key figure in the Friends of Friends collective, Paul Salva knows how to control a room. After dropping one of 2012's biggest tracks, a collaborative remix of Kanye West's "Mercy" that not only reached #1 on Soundcloud, but received spins on Power 106 FM (LA), Power 105 FM (NYC), and Shade45XM, Salva's work promotes complexity through a synthesis of contrasting styles, showcasing dips into house motifs, grooves in smooth boogie funk, and massive roiling bass waves that has garnered support from the likes of Pitchfork, FADER, FACT, BBC's Benji B and Skream & Benga, A-Trak, Low End Theory, Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Dâm-Funk, Night Slugs, and many others.
A Chicago native who developed his craft in San Francisco and currently resides in Los Angeles, Salva has been invited to perform on the world's biggest stages. A 2011 alum of the Red Bull Music Academy, 2012 has seen Salva perform at Sonar, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Mutek Montreal, Detroit Electronic Music Festival, SXSW, The Do Over LA, Low End Theory, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival and many others, while touring alongside Nguzunguzu, Shlohmo, Pearson Sound, and B2Bs with Machinedrum.
Aside from his live performances, Salva hones his production talents as one of the cornerstones of the Friends of Friends label alongside Shlohmo, Mexicans With Guns and Groundislava. His 2011 debut full-length, 'Complex Housing' and 'Yellobone' EP both received critical acclaim (Pitchfork, FADER, FACT, and others), leading him to exclusive mixes for Mary Anne Hobbs, The FADER, and XLR8R, while being asked to remix the likes of Miguel Migs, Glitch Mob, Rainbow Arabia, Om Unit and others.
As label owner, Salva has seen his Frite Nite imprint emerge as one of North America's premier sources of West Coast electronic bass music, exploring all corners of the electronic soundscape and harnessing diversity to produce compositions that transcend genre boundaries.
'Yellobone' EP available now on Friends of Friends Music.
Gent & Jawns
After developing respectable solo careers as DJs and producers, long-time friends Billy the Gent and Long Jawns officially banded together as Gent & Jawns becoming an unstoppable force in the world of club music. The release of their now classic Moombahton anthem "Vibrate" catapulted them to the top of everyone's list of producers to work with and landed them remixes for Datsik, Bare, and Muffler, as well as collaborations with Nadastrom, Torro Torro and JWLS.
In early 2012 they worked with mega-producer Diplo on his Express Yourself EP, which topped the iTunes charts as the number one electronic album. They followed up with an absolutely stunning remix of the title track "Express Yourself," which saw repeated plays by many of the top DJs in the world. Shortly after, they released "Holler," their first official EP on Mad Decent's Jeffrees label. Jeffrees went on to earn the iTunes Label of the Year honors. The duo ended the year proper when they released "TURNUP", a party-inducing track that's being called the biggest trap song of 2012. In two weeks the track saw 80,000 plays and held position as the top electronic song on SoundCloud.
While known for their world-class production, Gent & Jawns' secret weapon is their ability to perform live. Long Jawns is a legend in his hometown of Richmond, VA, where he is widely known for throwing the biggest and best parties the city has seen in years. Billy The Gent began DJing with support from his friend Dave Nada (Nadastrom, creator of Moombahton) in Washington, DC and quickly became a staple at the famous U-Street Music Hall. Together, Gent & Jawns have gone on to share the stage with top notch acts like Diplo, Dillon Francis, Nadastrom, Caspa, Craze, Die Antwoord, and more.
Charles Worth (born October 20, 1986 in Cleveland, Ohio) better known by his stage name Chip Tha Ripper is an American artist signed to his own record label, SLAB Entertainment. Releasing projects called, "Money", "Can't Stop Me", "The Cleveland Show" and "Gift Raps". In 2012, he has released his most recent & highly anticipated "Tell Ya Friends." Chip has been featured on numerous studio albums, including KiD CuDi's popular "Man on the Moon" series. He has toured the US & overseas consistently since 2006, being featured on many major tours and headlining his own independent tours. Also, a collab group with friend KiD CuDi, titled "The Almighty GloryUS" to be released in the near future.
Born Stacey White on November 8th 1990 & as part of The Brick Bandits later down the line in life, which include the likes of Tim Dolla, Dirty South Joe, and DJ Sega, DJ Sliink's records have been obliterating club sound systems through the hands of some of the most respected soundboys in the business.
His signature blend of Jersey/Philly/Baltimore Club, incorporating aggressive, uptempo rhythms with soothing pop and R&B samples give him extensive appeal across the pop and underground spectrum.
Casey "Casey Veggies" Jones may be young but he definitely knows the value of prioritizing. Although this 90's baby (born July 18, 1993) came into high school with hoop dreams, playing shooting guard for Inglewood High School's Sentinels, the L.A. native soon realized that in pursuing basketball he was really just sleeping on another talent- rapping.
Back in ninth grade, the young MC had been recording songs and posting them on his Myspace page just for fun. After receiving positive feedback on a few of the tracks, Veggies began to re-evaluate his relationship with music. "I was just writing and writing but then when I began recording things just started to fall into place," says the 11th grader. "The response I got made me take it more seriously."
With his first mixtape project, 2007's Customized Greatly Vol. 1, the 16 year-old lyricist proved that he had the potential to be more than just another Myspace artist. He followed up that project a year later with Customized Greatly Vol. 2 which produced "I'm Right Here" and "It's All Good," two songs that picked up around the city. By junior year, he realized that this was something that he not only wanted, but needed to do. So he traded in the hard wood for the stage, dusted off his rhyme book and started getting even more serious about his music. He was making a name for himself amongst the younger crowd in Los Angeles, but now he has his sights set on greater gains. Vol. 1 was somewhat of an experiment, Vol. 2 a test, but now the teen-aged spitter is ready for graduation.
Sleeping in Class, his third solo project, and arguably his most evolved yet, promises to be a culmination of the lessons he's learned over the last couple of years. The tape intends to prove that while the young artist is not quite seasoned, his potential is definitely ripe.
"I'm trying to be diverse and versatile but at the same time I want it to be more real than gimmicky," says Veggies. "It'll be real hip-hop and me most of the time trying to convey a message but there will be fun songs here and there."
But the humble 90's-born baby has already laid a strong foundation for that.
At only 20 years old, Travi$ Scott's music has already taken him quite a few places, even if he isn't famous enough to be recognized in any of them yet. He's lived on the east and west coasts, as well as the "third coast" of his native Houston, Texas, but has seen exotic locales while traveling with the most famous of his early fans, Kanye West. Since meeting early last year, the two have spent countless hours in the studio, the fruits of which can be heard on "Sin City," Scott's standout contribution to the G.O.O.D. Music compilation album, Cruel Summer. In his verse, Scott paints a vivid picture of a girl caught up in the allure of the fast life: She stepped into hell,
cause when it got cold/Don't look in her eyes, you might see straight to her soul/Don't say yes to that good cause you'll never know/Cause we lost in the city, where sin is no
biggie! he raps. The charge is something Scott himself can identify with, his music career having taken flight at an astronomical speed over the course of just a few short years.
Travi$ Scott grew up in Houston the son of a drummer and grandson of a music scholar, bitten himself by the music bug after witnessing the showmanship of late 90's rap videos from Mase and Diddy and then later on, experiencing the revolutionary production of Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. Scott began making beats when he was just 17 and sought out the tutelage of the local names he had access to, who just so happened to be dirty south hip-hop legends N.O. Joe and Mike
Dean. It wasn't long after that he would venture out to New York to see what he was actually made of. "I'm really into depicting what's in my life," Scott says. "Anything I say in these verses, that's who I am. Those are real stories." Things didn't quite take off the way he imagined in New York, Scott having to couch surf when money got low, so he bounced to Los Angeles for another fresh start. The leap of faith paid off with Scott catching the ear of the "King of the South" himself, T.I., who signed him immediately through his GrandHustle/Epic imprint. With Scott working with T.I., it wasn't long before Kanye West got wind of him, both superstars still utilizing the young prodigy whenever possible.
And though he continues to work on music with his mentors, Travi$ Scott's own Owl Pharaoh EP is soon to set the world ablaze, Scott using everything he's learned from his forefathers to make the project he's sure will satisfy a rapidly growing fanbase. "People are gonna feel the imagery, what my life consists of, what the world of Travi$ Scott is," he says. "What is this kid thinking? Who is this kid? What is he trying to tell us? That's what they gone feel through these songs." So far they've had only morsels to chew on, but the demand grows with each leak like "Blocka," the song he co-produced with Young Chop and raps on with Pusha T, or the super-stylized "Quintana" video or the riot-inducing, Mike Will-produced, "Pus$$y," which features Chuck Inglish, Fredo Santana and Gunplay. Travi$ Scott has collaborated with some of the biggest names in rap and he hasn't even released his EP yet. "It's like becoming friends," Scott says of his music. "Once people get to
hang around you more and more, they'll start to understand you. They'll either catch on or they'll get left behind." And soon enough, the world will know what so many of our favorite rappers already do: That Travi$ Scott is the future.
A$AP Ferg may hail from a block in Harlem notoriously known as "Hungry Ham (Hamilton Heights)," but that never completely defined him. Whether it be launching clothing and jewelry lines or attending art school, he constantly bobbed and weaved past expectations. As a rapper, unpredictability remains his only calling card. The next member of the A$AP Mob collective to have a solo project, he can slip from gruff, gritty rhymes to soaring singing, and he does so seamlessly. On his A$AP Worldwide released mixtape, Trap Lord, he's got his own musical domain on lock.
Born out of Los Angeles synthpop trio NightWaves, Goldroom is Josh Legg's solo effort and production alias. An amalgamation of dreamy synths, emotive vocals, and tropical disco grooves, Goldroom paints the soundscape of summertime in Los Angeles.
2011 saw Goldroom self releasing his four song Angeles EP as well releasing a slew of remixes for buzzworthy acts like Penguin Prison, Poolside, and Gigamesh. His massive remix for Niki & The Dove has been streamed over 120,000 times on soundcloud and has been a staple of some of the worlds biggest tastemaker DJs such as The Magician, Aeroplane, Alex Metric, and Mylo. As a DJ, Goldroom has shared the stage with Alan Braxe, Classixx, Poolside, Oliver, and The Magician.
Whether deck or dinner plate, Jesse Tittsworth's insatiable hunger questionably devours whatever is put in front of him. His food preferences veer past strange: his favorite meal is live octopus. His appetite was just as fierce in 2004, when the Chinese-American carnivore from Washington D.C. almost immediately leap-frogged from local favorite to international DJ headliner.
Once established as a DJ, Tittsworth immediately began to dig into his next course as a producer. With his remixes on Radio One and in influential Top 10 lists, soon the growl for original material couldn't be ignored; in 2008 his debut album 12 Steps on Plant Music was released to critical acclaim by Billboard, DJ Mag, and URB. More original material is bubbling in 2011 with the release of the 2 Strokes Raw EP (Plant Music).
Tittsworth as musician is one type of meat, Tittsworth as entrepreneur is another. In 2006 Tittsworth established his own label with DJ Ayres: T&A Records. In 2010 he became a co-owner of U Street Music Hall, a world-class night club with an ever-present line for sold-out shows. 2011 offered a new signature dish: the launch of Tittsworth.com, a first-look lifestyle site featuring music, food, tattoos, humor, and the macabre.
RDGLDGRN (pronounced red gold green) have already distinguished themselves in the DC music scene. Their highly stylized sound (that Go Go drum beat- a distinct DC rhythm) takes hip-hop infused punk and indie rock to create something refreshingly unique, is getting attention from fans stretching far beyond the DC niche scene.
Comprised of three members who identify as Red, Gold, and Green, RDGLDGRN began making music in their basement studio, drawing from a vast and almost ironically diverse pool of influences like Chuck Brown, Vampire Weekend, Outkast, The Neptunes, and Bad Brains. What many might consider a wildly ambitious, even impossible task to pull off, RDGLDGRN managed to effortlessly combine genres of music to create something new, something all their own, and something that has the music industry buzzing with excitement.
Most 16-year-olds are lucky enough to get props from their friends, parents, coaches, or teachers.
Meanwhile, Alex Young counts Skrillex, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Kill The Noise, Flosstradamus, 12th Planet, RL Grime, Baauer, and numerous other DJs as supporters, and he's barely old enough to have a driver's license. However, His blend of shimmering electro, house, and hip hop makes for an intoxicating cocktail bound to get even the savviest of electronic dance music connoisseurs moving. The dance floor is about to get "Young".
Ghost Beach are the latest pop pioneers to set the internet ablaze with only a couple singles floating around and without any major label backing. The New York-based duo of Josh Ocean and Eric "Doc" Mendelsohn take their '80s influences one step further with Ghost Beach. Only a few months old, they've already perfected a retro-future aesthetic that sounds like the holy trifecta of The Police, Depeche Mode, and Daft Punk, with a little Passion Pit sprinkled on top for good measure. Josh plays the jilted lover with vocal panache as Eric's soaring synths, guitars and forever young harmonies are plucked right out of Neverland. Ghost Beach is more about a time than a place, and that time is now.
- Andrew Hwang (Neon Gold)
In an era where rappers are hard-pressed over obtaining "cross-over appeal" and forcing out commercial hits, up and coming Hip-Hop artist Phil Adé has brought his easy-going subject matter and genuine flow to help lighten up the genre of Hip Hop.
Although Phil Adé proudly proclaims himself as one of the D.C., Maryland & Virginia area's own, he also has spent a better portion of his life in California, Alabama, and Florida. He says, "The 'Metro' area no matter what anyone says is my home. That's where my heart is, but being from more than one place is what makes me more of an interesting person as well as an artist. I make music for everybody."
Adé started making music in his spare time as a source of fun in his junior year of high school, writing the usual cliché raps that he heard on the radio everyday. After a couple years of recording and studying the creative abilities of other rap artists such as The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye West, and Lil' Wayne, Phil finally found his own artistic identity and with the encouragement of his closest friends started seeing his newly developed talent as a way to make a living...and so the grind begins.
Currently, Adé is under D.C. based independent Hip-Hop label 368 Music Group. So he has released 5 projects under 368 Music Group: Starting On JV, The Letterman, PhilAdeFriday1, A Different World, & PhilAdeFriday2. He is currently preparing for the release of his 6th project "R.O.S.E." (Result Of Society's Evil)
This description from new Washington DC group Misun's bio sums up their new song perfectly: "DC aquawave/emo-pop." Produced by Nacey, "My Time" is life-is-but-a-dream oceanic soul—not really angsty, but more like summertime realness. Misun understand the potential bleakness of beach-going. Their first EP, The Sea (described as "marine-inspired") is out July 17th on T&A.
Read more: http://www.thefader.com/2012/07/02/misun-my-time-mp3/#ixzz28MNeshse