It’s Taco Tuesday out here in California, and this might just be the track we’re going to be jamming to all night long. While the tequila shots carry us into the night, Pusher and Push Push‘s energy is bound to be simultaneously electric and magnetic.
“Shake Down” is easily the song of the week for us, at least when it comes to getting us pumped for the weekend. Check out the track below and pre-order the EP here via iTunes.
This weekend I headed down to FYF and I gotta be honest, the slew of last minute cancellations left me with a funny feeling in my belly. Besides the whole Frank/Kanye diabolical, ultimate dad rock outfit Deerhunter wasn’t going to be there to perform one of my all time favorite albums, Halcyon Digest. Not to mention the tragic cancellation of Ben UFO and Joy Orbinson due to visa troubles. But despite all of that, I was presently surprised by the talent and minor changes the festival had put into action this year.
The nightmare of last year was entering the arena, keeping the crowd barricaded outside until \finally opening the doors to a mob of angry festival goers. This year a separate entrance for the floor was put in place, and festival goers waited in a constantly moving line to enter. No panic attacks for this girl. The layout was no different than last year, and the trek from The Lawn (the second largest stage) to the Main Stage was long enough to make most attendees exhausted. Yet despite my aching feet, the diverse group of artists and positive energy of the crowd kept my spirits high. I saw so many wonderful and talented people, but somehow I narrowed my favorites down to five. Check out my quick recap of each after the jump, and get ready for a wild ride.
Taches isn’t an easy person to catch for some free time, but what time we were able to squeeze from him was totally worth it. After catching him last month at Splash House, we were so excited to have the opportunity to talk to him about his set and about what he’s got going for the rest of the year.
Check out our chat below.
Discobelle:We recently caught your set at Splash House. What were some of your favorite songs from your set? (We’ll let the playlist come in here) What about these tracks made them stick out from the set?
It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay – Little Nancy & Daddy’s Groove
Absolutely everything about this track was stellar. This was the highlight of Splash House for me.
DB: Speaking of Splash House, was this your first time out to Palm Springs? What did you think of the concept of an all hotel pool party festival? What are some of your favorite events from the course of this past year?
T: I had never set foot in Palm Springs until Splash House, and I certainly misjudged the importance of weather dependent packing. Luckily, someone gave me a small Hawaiian shirt while I was there, so that was super handy. As far as the concept of an all hotel pool party festival, there’s only one thing you need to remember – the pool water. Oh my, the pool water.
Desert Hearts back in March definitely stands out as being the best event I’ve ever been to. It’s such a welcoming and mind freeing experience that totally restored my faith in the concept of going to a ‘festival’ (though I feel wrong labeling it as a festival).
DB: Did you catch any of the sets happening here? Who were you excited to see/who had the best sets this weekend?
T: To be honest, I’m not really sure who I saw other than Christian Martin and Justin Jay – who were both excellent. It was way too hot to consider remembering to breathe and the names of the DJs playing at the same time.
DB: It’s hot as hell, and the sun is beating down on us. What drinks are necessary for a day like this?
T: I’m mainly a (non-bitter) beer drinker, but I’m equally as comfortable buried deeply in an umbrella-garnished Mai Tai when the rays starting kicking up a fuss.
DB: We’ve been massive fans of yours since “Don’t You Know,” but who are you a massive fan of musically?
Everyone should sit down and listen to Djivan Gasparian. He’s an Armenian musician that plays the duduk – an oboe-like thing that’s probably my favorite instrument. It’s both heartbreaking and entrancing, and words can’t really describe the raw emotion that it packs. Check it out.
DB: Let’s talk a minute about your studio setup. What are your absolute essentials when you’re making music?
T: I have two essentials when making music – my Macbook Pro, and there needs to be food delivery services for when I get hungry. I have a Prophet ’08 keyboard that’s pretty fun to mess around with too.
DB: What can we expect from you in the second half of 2015?
T: I’ll have some remixes and originals coming out soon as free downloads, and I’ll have a full EP out towards the end of the year. Until then, I’ll be around and about, swaying and picking songs in designated places. I’m also considering buying a miniature animal, but I’m not sure what kind of animal to get yet.
The stunning Dimensions Festival has just announced its first round of names for the festival which will take place August 26th – 30th at the breathtaking 19th century Fort Punta Christo in Pula, Croatia.
One of the true bastions of electronic music culture, the festival is very proud to reveal the first names to perform and they include Moodymann, Ben Klock, Lil Louis, Mount Kimbie (DJ set), John Talabot, Surgeon, Rödhåd, Anthony Parasole, Truncate, Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, Pangaea, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Daniel Avery, Horse Meat Disco, Jeremy Underground, DJ Deep. Plus there will be many more artists to be announced soon.
The Dimensions Festival Opening Concert will take place on August 26th and it will be a truly spectacular show set in a 2000-year old Roman amphitheatre, with live performances from Four Tet, Little Dragon and Floating Points.