Blue Torch Entertainment Presents
Sat, Sep 3
Sun, Sep 4
Playground Festival: Two-Day Pass
Hosted by Nick Cannon, Game, Panic at the Disco, Lil Jon, The Bravery, Big Sean, Shiny Toy Guns, The Cataracs, Chiddy Bang, E-40, Too Short, YG, Cisco Adler & The Pigeons, Fishbone, New Boyz, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Sister, Confide, Steel Panther, Kid Ink, Del the Funky Homosapian, BTC, Heavy Grinder, Street Drum Corps, Telefunk, Le Castle Vania, Liquid Stranger, Wicker, Breakdown, Tara Priya, South Shores, MIDI Mafia, Boom, Sonyea Elise, Olio, Audio Mainframe, Optick Flocka, Floorseatz, Innkd, FIGURE, Dennis Roidmen, Selby & Raid, Slimer, Dre & Blitz, Cas, Captain Panic, Franki Doll and the Broken Toys, F.I.D., The Gromble, AND MANY MORE!!!
8800 Irvine Center Drive
This event is all ages
The Playground Festival is a new music experience in Orange County. It's combining the outdoor festival theme with a unique Orange County vibe. This exciting festival will be enjoyed by over 15,000 people.
You're invited to the biggest and most diverse music festival, featuring the top rock, hip-hop, and electronic artists Orange County has ever seen. The full lineup will be released in early July announcing the most popular artists in the music scene as well as up-coming talent. The Playground Festival will be an experience of a life time so be sure you don't miss out!
Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known by his stage name Game, formerly The Game, is an American rapper. As a member of G-Unit, he rose to fame in 2005 with the success of his debut album, The Documentary, and his two Grammy nominations. Since then, he is considered to be a driving force in bringing back the West Coast hip hop scene into the mainstream and competing with many of his East Coast counterparts.
Jayceon Taylor was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised in the district of La Brea before his family moved to Compton, California when he was four years old. After his family split up he lived with a foster family for eight years in Carson, a suburb of Los Angeles (located immediately southwest of Compton). When Taylor was thirteen, his mother was re-granted custody and he was reunited with his family in Compton. He spent his later life living in a primarily Crip gang neighborhood known as Santana Blocc, although he grew up to become a member of the Bloods. After graduating from Compton High School, Taylor had a short stint at Washington State University on a basketball scholarship. However, he was kicked out in his first semester because of drug allegations. At the age of eighteen, he began to follow his older half brother, "Big Fase 100", who was the leader of the Cedar Block Pirus. Taylor was shot five times after a failed drug deal in 2001. The attack put him in a three day coma and while recovering in the hospital, he decided to pursue a career in the rap industry.
Aside from releasing two albums that debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, Game has gained notoriety for involvement in feuds with other rappers. His music falls under the gangsta rap sub genre, a style of hip hop popularized in Compton, California.
Panic at the Disco
Panic! at the Disco is an American alternative rock duo, formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2005. Since its split, the band's line-up includes Brendon Urie (lead vocals, guitar, piano), and Spencer Smith (drums). Former members Ryan Ross (guitar) and Jon Walker (bass) left the group in 2009. Ian Crawford and Dallon Weekes are also associated with the band while touring in 2011. The band has been described by critics as a variety of genres, most commonly pop punk, alternative rock, and baroque pop.
The band formed and recorded their first demos while they were all still in high school. Shortly after, the band recorded and released their debut, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005). Made known by the lead single "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies", the album eventually was certified double platinum and met with much success. The group then wrote and recorded their second record, Pretty. Odd., released in 2008. Marked as a drastic change in tone from their debut, it oversold commercial expectations but met with critical success.
The band released their third album, entitled Vices & Virtues, on March 22, 2011, while the record's first single, "The Ballad of Mona Lisa", was released February 1, 2011.
Atlanta had always been a breeding ground for heavy bass music and hard party rap during the final decade of the 20th century. Pioneering this scene was Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz, who delivered their revolutionary Dirty South sound to the hard-partying masses.
Lil Jon began his music career as a club DJ in Atlanta before being invited to work for So So Def Records in 1993 as the Executive Vice President of A&R. Meanwhile, he began hosting a local radio show and started producing and remixing tracks for several big name artists in the Atlanta area, including Usher and Too Short. While making a name for himself as a producer, Lil Jon joined up with Big Sam and Lil Bo (The East Side Boyz) and, in 1996, cut their first album, Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album.
While his initial success was confined mostly to the local underground music scene, his next big hit, “Bia’, Bia’” from the 2001 release of Put Yo Hood Up, broke Lil Jon into the national market. Wasting no time, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz released Kings of Crunk in 2002, scoring another big hit with “I Don’t Give A …”. By 2003, Lil Jon was solidifying his national popularity, with hits like “Get Low” (featuring the Ying Yang Twins).
In 2004, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz gathered a number of rap stars in studio and released their next album, the hugely successful Crunk Juice. His latest effort, released in May of 2005, is a joint with Pastor Troy entitled Proud to Be American: Slowed and Chopped.
Formed during the height of New York City's post-punk revival in 2003, the Bravery took equal influence from dance music and stylish indie rock. Comprising Sam Endicott (vocals/guitar), John Conway (keyboards), Anthony Burulcich (drums), Michael Zakarin (guitar), and Mike H. (bass), the band got its start in early 2003, several years after Vassar College classmates Conway and Endicott (formerly of the Pasties) performed in the collegiate ska outfit Skabba the Hut. After relocating to the Big Apple, the two assembled the Bravery and began performing stylish dance rock.
Sean Anderson, p.k.a. Big Sean, is the newest artist signed to G.O.O.D. Music/Island Def Jam at the young age of 20. Sean was born in Santa Monica, CA and relocated to the west side of Detroit, MI when he was 2 months old. He was raised by his mother and grandparents who worked steadfastly to instill in him the principles of hard work and determination. Sean attended the Detroit Waldorf School, a school of art, from Kindergarten to 8th Grade where he was introduced to a spectrum of art and culture. He later attended Cass Technical High School where he furthered his music career, met life long friends, and gained the support of fans and peers as he independently sold copies of his music. Sean gained a strong relationship with 102.7FM, a local radio station in Detroit where he displayed his rhyming skills weekly. There, he met Kanye West after a radio interview in 2005 and got a chance to display his talent by freestyling for Mr. West, giving him a copy of his music and sending numerous tracks for him to critique. After months of submitting songs and numerous meetings, Sean finally got the call from Kanye West himself saying that he wanted to sign him. Big Sean officially signed to G.O.O.D. Music in 2007 and then signed to Island Def Jam in 2008. Sean has two mixtapes under his belt starting with “Finally Famous–The Mixtape” [Nov. 2007] and “U Know Big Sean–Finally Famous Vol. 2” [Nov. 2008]. His hit single “Getcha Some” vastly took over the airwaves and created major buzz for the artist and quickly solidified him as a breakout star. The single first debuted on Kanye West’s “Cant Tell Me Nothin’ Mixtape” giving him the exposure needed to showcase and introduce his talent to the world. Big Sean is scheduled to release his debut album entitled “Finally Famous” in Spring 2009. The album features Hip Hop stars such as ten-time Grammy Award winning artist Kanye West, Pharell, The Dream, and many more. Big Sean has been spotted beside Kanye West all over the world including Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Hawaii, etc. To stay connected to Big Sean check out his official MySpace at WWW.MYSPACE.COM/UKNOWBIGSEAN for exclusive updates that you wont see anywhere else. Also look out for Big Sean’s official website WWW.UKNOWBIGSEAN.COM coming soon.
Shiny Toy Guns
the things that shape shift all of us? music. life. love. weather. all when severe are uncontrollably beautiful and dangerous.
We make music . . . started out for fun . . . then got semi-serious.
He’s a rap innovator, a business-savvy tycoon and one of the music industry’s most consistent success stories. Yes, E-40 is all those things, but he’s probably best known as a slang creator, a man whose distinctive gift of gab gets lifted and used in the rhymes of Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and others.
Born in Los Angeles, but an Oakland resident by the age of 14, Too Short was the first West Coast rap star, recording three albums on his own before he made his major-label debut with 1988's gold album Born to Mack; his next four all went platinum. Anticipating much of the later gangsta phenomenon, he restricted his lyrical themes to tales of sexual prowess and physical violence, with the occasional social message track to mix things up. After the release of Gettin' It (Album Number Ten) in 1996, Too Short decided to retire, his status assured as one of the most successful solo rappers of the 1980s and early '90s, although that decision would prove short-lived.
Born Todd Shaw on April 28, 1966, Too Short grew up in L.A.'s South Central; soon after his family moved to Oakland in the early '80s, he began selling tapes out of the back of his car. Signed to the local label 75 Girls, in 1983 he released his first proper album, Don't Stop Rappin'. Three albums followed in the next two years, after which Too Short formed his own Dangerous Music label with friend Freddy B. He recorded Born to Mack in 1986, and sold more than 50,000 copies just by riding around the region. New York's Jive Records picked up on the buzz from across the country, and provided a national deal for the album one year later. With virtually no radio airplay, Born to Mack went gold and its follow-up, Life Is...Too Short, achieved platinum sales by 1989.
The immense success of Too Short during 1988-1989 made him much more viable for radio airplay, and "The Ghetto" -- from 1990's Short Dog's in the House -- made number 12 on the R&B charts, even enjoying a brief stay just outside the pop Top 40. He continued his hit track record with 1992's Shorty the Pimp and 1993's Get in Where You Fit In, both of which went platinum. By the time of 1995's Cocktails, however, Too Short began to be drowned out by a glut of similar-sounding West Coasters, and though Gettin' It (Album Number Ten) became his fifth platinum album, by late 1996 he decided to retire. Just three years later, however, he returned with the aptly titled Can't Stay Away, which debuted in the Top Ten and went gold. A series of follow-ups surfaced subsequently. In 2006 his high-profile album Blow the Whistle arrived with producers Jazze Pha and Lil Jon contributing. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide
Since Warren G’s “Regulate…G Funk Era” gave Def Jam/Rush Associated Labels a much needed hit in 1994, arriving just as reports of the label's insolvency surfaced, the New York-based powerhouse has largely steered clear of West Coast rap, hewing almost exclusively to East Coast and Southern artists like Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah and Method Man, as well as Young Jeezy. But as the legendary imprint prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the label has returned to the Southland, inking a deal with Compton’s Y.G., a rapper loosely affiliated with the jerkin’ movement, and one who has amassed an impressive regional following sans radio or commercial backing.
Best known for a series of scabrous sex-themed songs with unprintable titles, the 19-year-old has swapped gang life for the recording booth and hasn’t looked back, racking up enviable MySpace metrics: over 1.5 million profile views, a pair of songs with over 1 million plays each and a third approaching seven digits.
Legendary in the history of (so-called) Black Rock, Fishbone started their twenty five-year long professional career in Los Angeles's burgeoning, illustrious Alternative Rock music scene of the mid-1980s. Their sound has often been imitated, but never duplicated. Angelo Moore’s ability to combine thought-provoking, humorous, social commentary with Fishbone brethren’s frenzied, up-tempo music and a frantic, euphorically entertaining stage show has cultivated their undisputed reputation as one of the best live acts in music history. Moore is renowned as one of the very best live showmen; Gwen Stefani of platinum-selling Ska/Pop band No Doubt sites Moore as her idol.
Fishbone has been composing, creating, recording, releasing and performing original music for over two decades. They have toured worldwide with such bands as the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Les Claypool/Primus, Fela Kuti, The Dead Kennedys and many more.
The band was formed in 1979 in the ghettos of South Central Los Angeles. From their childhood together in the hardcore South Central Los Angeles wasteland to years of forced school-bused integration, Fishbone's influences were kaleidoscopic and never-ending.
Fishbone first gained attention with their unique live concerts, earning a reputation as one of the most original bands in the alternative genre. Their unique stew of different styles, mixed with hectic energy and pounding rhythms, were a huge influence on the funk/rock/metal/rap genre that would become popular in the 1990s.
Still a relative secret in the worlds of Pop and Rock music Fishbone has released numerous innovative, clever, genre-bending, cult-classic albums like 'Fishbone', 'Truth and Soul', 'The Reality of My Surroundings' and 'Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx'. Fishbone lives up to their legend as "THE" group to bridge the gap between the funk of George Clinton and the blare of Rush; a hybrid fusion where Led Zeppelin and Sly Stone dance to a frenetic ska beat that fuel's the alternative thrust of acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and No Doubt.
Last year, The New Boyz taught the world how to jerk. What was once a minor Southern California trend went international when Ben J and Legacy created “You’re A Jerk,” the song that did for jerkin’ what Chubby Checker did for the “Twist.” From the Fox Hills Mall to Paris, France, teenagers in skinny jeans and tropically-colored t-shirts began filming videos of themselves jerkin’: a dance craze that combined the best of break-dancing, krumping, and the Running Man.
The New Boyz were the face of the movement, next-generation avatars of style, skills and swag. Boasting an unforgettable video that racked up over 60,000,000 views on YouTube and other video-on-demand platforms, the pair were the focal point of articles in the LA Times, LA Weekly, The New York Times and Vogue Japan. The group also became one of the biggest selling hip-hop groups ever at the popular retail chain, Hot Topic.
It was an incredible feat for two 17-year olds, particularly considering they had only been making music for a year. While their success engendered its share of haters, the doubts were instantly quelled upon the release of their debut album, Skinny Jeanz & A Mic. A critical and commercial success, the LA Times praised Ben J and Legacy’s innate “catchiness and charisma,” while XXL magazine hailed the Boyz as “the breath of fresh air that rap needs.”
While the world may have initially known them as jerks, the group’s second smash single, the Ray J-aided slow jam, “Tie Me Down” went multi-platinum and was the groups second Top 5 record at rhythmic radio. Revealing their pop gifts and versatility, the collaboration still dominates radio even a year after its initial release. They were up for a BET Award for best group and even snagged a Teen Choice Award nomination. Subsequent tours with Chris Brown and Sean Kingston revealed the hysterical fervor of the group’s fan base. Several mall performances even worked the crowd into such a frenzy that law enforcement had to shut them down.
But it’s 2011, and rather than rest on their laurels, Ben J and Legacy are back with their sophomore album, Too Cool To Care for a May 17th release on Shotty/Asylum/Warner Bros. Records. The new album reflects the group’s continued evolution, as they harness different genres (electro, alternative rock, R&B) and blend them with their hip-hop roots and trademark wit and confidence. As they said from the start: New Boyz do new things.
“We still support the movement, but we wanted to show our creativity without being tied to jerkin’,” Legacy said. “Too Cool to Care is about how we’ve always gotten criticism from those who want to hate on our fashion or our style. But we’ve always done our thing. The album has crazy pop tracks, rock songs, and electronic songs. We’re testing our boundaries.”
“Break My Bank” combines the best of both worlds: fluid raps layered atop island crooner and labelmate Iyaz’s instantly memorable hook. The result is a summer jam that conjures palm trees, white sand beaches, fluorescent waters and pink drinks with umbrellas in them. An instant smash, in just two weeks the single was added to 50 radio station playlists and closed in on pace to be Asylum's fastest record to #1 on any airplay chart.
Their first single “Backseat” is their attempt to bridge all these influences. Produced by indie-dance duo The Cataracts and featuring their starlet Dev, the song marks the group’s foray into pop territory while keeping roots in hip-hop inspired fun. The “Escalade-based banger,” described by Entertainment Weekly on its rise up the charts, “is how dance parties start—and how babies accidentally get made.”
Elsewhere on the album, the group proves they can step away from the house-party functions and into a glitzy nightclub, concocting electro-club bangers like “Zonin.” But don’t be misled by the eclecticism. Even hardcore hip-hop heads, who view skinny jeans as the sign of the apocalypse, will be converted by the DJ Khalil-produced “Tough Kids” with its rapid-fire raps, raw boom-bap drums and Hendrix-style guitars.
Like most 18-year old males, the New Boyz have their minds heavily focused on the opposite sex. “Meet My Mom” finds them serenading a female over a churning pop-punk assault. Meanwhile “Your Boyfriend Is A Lame” finds Ben J and Legacy trading effortless boasts in the vein of a young LL Cool J.
“We wanted to show that we’ve grown up a little bit. It’s not something out of left field, but want to show the world that we’re the New Boyz and we always do new things,” said Ben J. “The first album was more jerkin’ oriented. It let the world know who we are. This album is focused on expressing ourselves to the girls. We’re always trying to get the ladies.”
Their first album made them voices of their generation, but their second explains exactly who the New Boyz are. They’re children of the iPod age, able to switch styles as easily as they switch their skinny jeans. The notions of traditional hip-hop mean nothing to them. They’re dedicated to pushing past genre and aesthetic boundaries. They’re perennially on the quest for the new. And if you don’t like it, that’s all good—they’re Too Cool To Care.
Kendrick Lamar (born June 17, 1987) is a rapper from Compton, California. His music is influenced by Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, Nas and DMX. He is a member of Black Hippy along with Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q. He released an EP in 2009 titled The Kendrick Lamar EP, an acclaimed mixtape in 2010 titled O(verly) D(edicated) and plans to release his debut album Section 80 in 2011.
Kid Sister is Chicago. She makes rap music and works at a children’s clothing store slanging bibs and teething rings. Yes, her hype man J2K of Flosstradamus is her real brother, and yes that does rule. Together they took the Chi-town music scene by storm, rocking parties and causing all around dancefloor mayhem. This was followed by tours with Kanye West’s DJ A-Trak (one of her main producers and co-owner of Fool’s Gold Records). 2006 found Kid Sister selling-out shows from Chicago to Paris, including an appearance at the Pitchfork Music Festival. The media responded favorably, with features on MTV (“My Block”), Pitchfork, i-D Magazine, XLR8R, the New York Times, Billboard and the cover of URB’s “Next 1000” issue, among others.
Building on the strength of this early buzz, Kid Sister hit the studio and released two singles on Fool’s Gold (“Control” and “Pro Nails”). Frequent international touring followed throughout 2007, including an appearance at Coachella, a sold out show at SXSW, and a full US tour with her fellow labelmates. Kanye West also took notice, adding a verse to her “Pro Nails” single (which he released on his “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” mixtape) and appearing in the music video, which quickly became an MTV favorite.
With her Downtown/Fool’s Gold full-length debut on the way featuring A-Trak, Xxxchange of Spank Rock, and others on production duties, Kid Sister is taking this.
Press on Kid Sister:
“Updating L’Trimm’s old-school style for post-Lil’ Kim times, this tiny diva spins rhymes about Baby Phat and guys who won’t quit calling.” – ROLLING STONE
“Thank God: another female MC-In a word, awesome.”—BILLBOARD
“As cool as ice cream on a summer day-her true claim to (future) fame is a mix of hip-hop, pop, and electronica that will surely launch the bi-racial 20-something-year-old out of obscurity and into the light with her debut album.” – BLACK BEAT
“Clean-burning, spitfire flow, bursting with fly-girl bravado, punch lines and club hollers.” -REMIX MAGAZINE
With members from different parts of the world, Confide reside in California during the little time they spend home from tour. "We pride ourselves on our live show" says vocalist, Ross Kenyon who was born and raised in England but moved to California to join Confide in May 2007. "We love being out on the road and meeting new people so we try our best to be out on tour as much as possible" adds dru...mmer, Joel Piper.
After releasing their debut album, "Shout the truth" in 2008, Confide has passed levels of expectations of eventheir ownband members. Guitarist, Jeff Helberg says "We didn't expect "Shout the truth" to do as well as it did. We'd be playing shows 3000 miles away from home and people would be singing our lyrics. It's just surreal to us."
Shortly after releasing their debut album, Confide landed a spot on the 2008 Vans Warped Tour on the smart punk stage which took the band to new heights.
In their touring career, Confide has toured with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Blessthefall, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster, Attack Attack, A Static Lullaby & From First to Last as well as a handful of headline tours.
After months of excessive touring in support of "Shout the truth", Confide headed into the studio to record their sophomore release, "Recover". "We spent around six months writing our second album in between touring and we actually did some co-writing with Tom Denney (ex guitarist of A Day to Remember). We then spent five weeks in the studio with producer, Joey Sturgis in December 2009" says guitarist, Joshua Paul. "Recover" is due out in May 2010 and the band couldn't be happier with how the record came out. "We decided to call the album Recover because we feel every person is recovering from something, wether that be losing a family member or friend, an addiction, a break up, divorce or anything you're going through in life. Lyrically, the album is about things I've been through in my life and how God has helped me recover from those things. This album is to offer hope to those people who are recovering and to show them that there is a way out of what you're going through" says Kenyon.
Confide is set to tour UK and Europe this spring and play the whole Vans Warped Tour 2010 again this summer. Bassist, Trevor Vickers says "We can't wait to head back out on Warped Tour this summer. It's one of those tours I went to when I was younger so actually playing it is an awesome experience".
Expect something new and fresh from Confide this spring when "Recover" hits stores. "It's nothing like our first album" says Piper, "We feel it's going to surprise a lot of people. It's heavy, it's catchy and it's passionate. It's going to blow people away"
Satirically pretending to be a hair metal band that missed its big break in the '80s, singer Ralph Saenz ("Michael Starr"), drummer Darren Leader ("Stix Zadinia"), bassist Travis Haley ("Lexxi Foxxx"), and guitarist Russ Parrish ("Satchel") hit the club circuit on the Sunset Strip around the turn of the millennium under the name Metal Shop (later changed to Metal Skool, and then Steel Panther). With big spiky wigs, leather jackets, zebra-striped spandex, chops earned from playing in a Van Halen tribute band, and lots and lots of machismo, their comic take on sex, drugs, and rock & roll to the extreme caught on quickly, leading to sold-out shows and some unexpected brushes with mainstream success. As their popularity increased, the Hollywood crowd started frequenting their sets, often making appearances on-stage. This led to some opportunities: the band fittingly played the role of a metal band as "Danger Kitty" in a Discover Card commercial; they appeared on The Drew Carey Show as themselves; and their song "FF" was used as the theme for MTV's Fantasy Factory. In May of 2008 the band signed to Universal Republic. After releasing the singles "Death for All But Metal" and "Community Property," Steel Panther's full-length Feel the Steel was released in October of 2009.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kid Ink brings a new sound to Westcoast Music. With both parents raised from the Eastcoast, he mixed the best of both worlds into his rap style, production and lifestyle , creating a unfamiliar new sound from the Los Angeles area.
Del the Funky Homosapian
Hailing from Oakland, California, Del and his crew, the Hieroglyphics came out as a markedly non-gansta response to a burgeoning West Coast scene. After being put on at the tender age of 17 by his cousin Ice Cube, Del released two records on Elektra, I Wish My Brother George Was Here (1991) and No Need For Alarm (1993). Despite record sales in the hundreds of thousands, he recorded a third album, ...Future Development, which was never commercially released. Del parted with Elektra and started work on the Hieroglyphics..¿½ family album, 3rd Eye Vision (Hiero Imperium, 1998). Hiero went on the road and toured incessantly in support of the album for much of 1998. Del also spent a good portion of his time drawing, practicing Japanese, and playing mass amounts of video games. Finally ready to unleash a new record on the world, Del comes with BOTH SIDES OF THE BRAIN. Seventeen tracks of pure Del. He says of his work on this album: ..¿½I..¿½ve had complete control..¿½. At times, Del has felt restrained by the formulas in hip hop and the expectations fans place upon emcees who have had hits. ..¿½I wish that I had the same freedom that someone like Bjork has when she puts out an album...¿½ Apart from collaborations with PrincePaul, El-P (Company Flow), and help from a few of his Hiero co-horts (A-plus, Casual, Domino) Del handled the majority of production on this album. By staying true to himself, Del has earned legions of adoring fans. He may have said it best in his classic, ..'Mistadobalina..' when he declared, '...it's all in the mind and the heart....' Indeed.
Break the Circus isnt just a band , its a state of mind. Combining electro dance beats with live drums and vocals , Break the Circus is trancending the electronic music scene. Their energetic live performance and reckless attitude only adds to this youthful new sound. With their Ep "THR!LL POP" dropping in august, make sure to listen in and get your dancin' shoes on. Break the Circus is here to stay.
Traveling the uncharted terrains of sound, Liquid Stranger's creative output spans a wide range of electronic music in all of its colours and shades. Always pushing the sonic boundaries and merging genres, he consistently creates an ever-evolving blend of unique atmospheres and cutting edge grooves.
The Liquid Stranger has been working professionally with music since 1996 and has released over 50 t...itles under various pseudonyms in that time. He used to DJ for Breaks FM in London and has worked with numerous record labels including; Dragonfly, Botchit & Scarper, Six Degrees, Hope Recordings, Ministry of Sound, Spirit Zone, Muti Music, Rottun Recordings and Interchill.
With 4 highly acclaimed full-length albums under his Liquid Stranger moniker, this multi-talented producer has established himself as the epitome of trans-national dubstep, covering everything from Latin, Asian, Eastern European and Jamaican Dancehall dubs. His first two albums, 'The Invisible Conquest' and 'The Intergalactic Slapstick' (Interchill 2007 & 2009), generated a substantial buzz with DJs and listeners alike while his next two albums, 'The Private Riot' and 'Mechanoid Meltdown' (Rottun Recordings 2010) made a firm imprint in the dubstep community worldwide, topping the download charts for over a month. With several additional remixes bearing his signature touch, the Liquid Stranger sound is in high demand as it continues to reach increasingly wider audiences.
Performing live, the Stranger has a passion for the unexpected and hits the stage with a stash bag full of devastating dance-floor monsters. Using custom built analogue gear to remix his tunes in real-time, he delivers an energetic and infectious performance unique to every show. Major gigs to date include such world renowned festivals like; Voov Experience, Boom Festival, Roskilde, Samothraki, Vortex and Club Boom to name a few. At the moment, he is one of the most sought-after US-based dubstep producers and is in constant demand from coast to coast.
While the four personalities that compose Wicker would fit perfectly into a Hollywood "it" kid category, the music that they create is without definition. Composed of straight lyricism and huge choruses, all set to the backdrop of addictively dance oriented party music, Wicker is a larger than life blowout event that keeps the booze flowing and the bodies jumping. Found deep in the crevices of Hollywood nightlife, Wicker has shared the stages of the Sunset Strip with such mainstays as Shiny Toy Guns, LMFAO, Mickey Avalon, Hypercrush and After Midnight Project. Pounding beats and intense performances are to be expected, however, Max, Troy, Tyler & Step ultimately eye their growth as musicians with long term aspirations, and would prefer to be fashioned as the musical offspring of RATM and the Black Eyed Peas versus just another L.A. party band. Guitars and heavy drum loops complement a sweat drenched performance at every Wicker show, so if you're looking for pretty faces moving to the sounds of a dance beat, on the surface you may find what you're looking for. Dig a little deeper and you will find substance and an artistic synergy unparalleled and waiting to explode.
FIGURE is one of fastest rising dubstep producers in the USA thanks to his innovations in dubstep and drum & bass. He has quickly solidified himself as a leading authority in Drumstep (Dubstep with double-timed drums) which has drawn the attention of heavyweights like Datsik, Dieselboy, and Rusko. Figure's tunes are championed regularly by Play Me Records honcho Reid Speed (who signed Figure) & BBC DJ Kissy Sell Out not to mention having his tracks regularly played out by guys like Skrillex, Diplo, A-Trak, and even Busy P. His most recent release on Play Me titled "Aliens" is currently still in the Beatport Top 20 Dubstep charts 1.5 months after its release.