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Cannabis has always been a part of music culture; from references in songs to adding to the atmosphere of a chill night, music and this plant are a match.

And with the legalization of cannabis becoming more and more prevalent not only nationwide, but also worldwide, dance music culture is embracing the change.

Enter a cannabis brand collaborating with huge DJs and labels to put forth their plant-focused product and in-house designed apparel.

The brand was founded by Chloe and her partner with a combined 30 years in the cannabis industry. A lover of progressive house and techno (she’s been following Eric Prydz for over ten years) but surrounded by bass heads, Chloe is no stranger to the needs of the dance music community.

We sat down with Chloe to talk about her respect for the plant, her focus on EDM culture, and a very special giveaway for two VIP tickets. Read below:

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EDM Maniac: So, first question, can you tell me about yourself, CAKE, and what made you wanna get into the cannabis industry?

Chloe: So my name is Chloe and I am a native Hawaiian, born and raised on Oahu. I grew up around music and a lot of cannabis.

My father is a DJ and he played a lot of reggae, so with the Rastafarians cannabis is a huge part of their culture. I really grew up immersed in the Hawaiian cannabis community and their advocacy for the plant.

I was honestly looking for something to support me as I pursued my artwork when I met my partner ten years ago. He needed someone to help him when he was cultivating cannabis, so he taught me how to support him in cultivating.

I learned little by little and I really loved being able to care for the plants and how much that process really healed me. It was such a nurturing experience.

As I learned about cannabis and how to grow, I started to create packaging for products and now I create designs to make this awesome product look really beautiful.

We did it for other brands and other companies and around 2019 or 2018, we started to think about making our own brand and that’s where the idea of CAKE came about.

EDM Maniac: So you’ve known the plant from bud to full-on product. Has that affected your philosophy on CAKE?

Chloe: Yes, absolutely! My partner, Jason, that’s really all he’s ever pursued. He’s been in the industry for about 20 years, and I’ve now been in the industry for 10 years.

So with Jason’s background in cultivation and me having an emotional connection through my upbringing, we understand this as a spirit and as a plant that we really co-create with.

We are intentional in every step through the cultivation process, to the extraction process, to formulating our oils that go into the finished product. Everything is really special to us and we do it with so much love.

We know that this plant brings so much healing and joy and connection and we’ve always kept focus on that to have the longevity that we have had because it takes a very tough soul to be in this industry overall.

Because we have a background in cultivation, we wanted to get the vaping experience as close to when you’re actually smoking fresh flowers.

So our evolution within the product technology is reaching towards that goal of feeling like you hit the vape and you’re like, “Oh, I just smoked some fresh flower.”

EDM Maniac: What made the EDM scene something you wanted to dive into?

Chloe: I grew up with a very eclectic music background. Music is my solace and my happy place. I really grew up at festivals and concerts because both my mom and my dad were in the industry.

Even though my music taste evolved, my love for music was always there. When I was younger, I was very much focused on alt-rock and hardcore punk rock. I was the girl in the mosh pit and I still am.

But I remember specifically about eighth grade or ninth grade when I started to really hear EDM. There are these underground raves in Hawaii and some of my friends were going to them and they brought me.

One of the most poignant EDM festival experiences was Love Fest in Hawaii. That was my first time really dressing up as this full-on rave babe. So that really was a turning point for me thinking, this is what I’m going to be doing forever.

There was really no question to me of merging the two. Music, like CAKE, is very much who we are.

EDM Maniac: So you’ve worked with prominent label Dim Mak on CAKE x Dim Mak Presented: NOFUNCTION! as well as artists YDG, Rated R, Stoned Level, and Riot Ten. How have you connected ambassadors in the music scene with your product and your apparel?

Chloe: Honestly, it’s all come about so organically. Through divine connection and timing we just ended up meeting person after person and really connecting at a deeper level with these DJs.

They become our friends and family, and a part of the CAKE team. Then we began to think of ways where everyone can profit and everyone can gain success from what we’re creating.

EDM Maniac: So I hear you’re doing a festival giveaway for Lost Lands.

Chloe: This will be our second ultimate festival package giveaway for the year. Our first was EDC and we’re continuing our really cohesive package.

We will have two VIP tickets, plus a forest camping pass, a parking pass, and early entry to the event on Thursday.

And we will probably have a few surprise gifts for the winners in there from our friends who will be playing Lost Lands. I think the festival giveaways really excite me because it’s such a great opportunity to really connect with those in our community who are cannabis lovers and who love festivals and EDM.

It’s been such a huge success and at first, I was a little nervous because no one has really done it before in the cannabis industry. But the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We even had a little kandi gifting meetup at EDC and it was so cute.

EDM Maniac: So let’s talk about your apparel. Do you design the apparel yourself? 

Chloe: So I, at the moment, design everything: all of the packaging; all of our accessories; and all of our apparel. I make sure, with a majority of our products, that it’s all made in America—specifically in Los Angeles.

It’s definitely more than just merch. We use the highest quality pieces at every step of the journey. It also was important for it to stand alone from CAKE as a brand.

And we have a lot of really fun stuff coming. We just had our drop with Riot Ten and people can definitely watch out for these collabs being a regular thing from us. We’re continuing to expand our artistic expression!

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A State Of Trance Top 1000 #1 Is Revealed!

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After 30 years of nothing but Trance excellence, with all the feels, and all the incredible talent, Armin van Buuren‘s legacy prevails. A State of Trance Top 1000 Award revealed the number one track of the label. We can’t imagine how hard it was to pick their top track ever. Cue the drum rolls please… The award goes to none other than Dutch Trance producer RAM and German DJ Jorn van Deynhoven. The honorary title is thanks to their remix of the 2009 masterpiece ‘RAMsterdam’.

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The Duo took it on their social medias to showcase the plate they received to commemorate the award. We can’t forget the track has earned over 10 million streams on spotify. The track embodies Trance in its rawest form. Its true nature and drive summarize the power the genre carries from decade to decade. Naturally, ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) reigns supreme over 999 other songs that have moved millions of people since the inception of A State of Trance. Furthermore, RAM mentioned on his Facebook post that after he earned the title, DJ Mag announced his residency in the number one Trance club in China for 2024.

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Both artists are one of a kind, and the award deeply recognizes the mark they continue to leave on a State of Trance and the scene itself. ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)paved the way for more unique sounds to evolve and develop to this day. RAM and van Deynhoven have what it takes to carry the title of worldwide phenomenon.

Congratulations to these two legends! Now, go ahead and leave ‘Ramsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) on replay. After all, it is the number 1 ASOS Top 1000 track.

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Published Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2024 13:54:55 +0000

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[EVENT REVIEW] Ultra Chile Returns After Nearly A Decade, And In Full Force Too

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The large ‘U’ festival celebrated a fantastic return to South America recently.

When you think of Ultra Music Festival, you likely gravitate towards Miami straight away. But we’re lucky enough to have them all over the world, celebrating parties far and wide. That is certainly a blessing for energetic crowds living in somewhat further places in the globe, like South America.

I’ve been here for a while, and it’s safe to say it’s growing a strong community of Dance-devoted madmen like me. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know the Argentinian scene fairly well, and also those in its neighbouring country, Chile. This is a country where Hardstyle reigns supreme, and genres like Techno and its branches are seeing a roaring uptrend in the number of fans and followers. So much so, that Ultra themselves decided to pay a visit. A two-day visit, mind you.

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Ultra Chile: Its History

Chile had its first Ultra in 2013, with the next two years also calling artists from around the world to come together on the far southern end of the globe for Ultra Chile 2014 and 2015. The year after, Chile received a more compact Road To Ultra, as well as in 2017, for the Ultra host of those years was the continental giant, Brazil. After that, Chile would have to wait some time before the brand set foot on it again.

2023 saw Road To Ultra return to the long country for a Halloween party, headlined by Marshmello, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, and Two Friends. And this year, the acclaimed main branch returned in full force, with two days of unstoppable beats coming from a handful of places, and showcasing an impressive plethora of talents, established, up-and-coming, returning… everything.

It was held on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, in Santiago’s iconic go-to place for massive events, Espacio Riesco.

Day One: Friday

Day One kicked off late in the afternoon, at 7 PM to be precise. The crowds started to appear from very early on. Once inside, it was time to have a look at the place, and, oh dear, they truly made the most out of the venue. Three of the four stages were on that day, the Mainstage, on the back of the property and boasting an impressive open-air setting, the Resistance stage, a blacked-out, massive former plane hangar to welcome the best Techno represents in the world, and the Carolina stage, a local-lineup filled stage out on the open.

Day One Winners

Jumping between the Mainstage and the Resistance stage allowed me to watch basically all artists for a little. That’s life at a festival, you can’t really marry one particular DJ. That said, I think I’ve got my favourite artist of the night, and it is Stephan Bodzin.

I had never watched him play, so I was basically going in not knowing what to expect. Add to that, I was at the Main seeing Armin before, so I didn’t really know what I was about to witness. Walking into Resistance, the first thing I noticed was that there was A TON of space to dance and just be yourself. The Mainstage was filled to the brim with people, and well, that left the Techno-devoted stage with a crowd that was truly enjoying Bodzin’s magic. I did too.

I swear, ten minutes in I was already fully hooked. Eyes closed, moving side to side, that kind of hooked. Him playing a live set was a tenfold amplifier as well, since he was interacting a lot with the audience, and the audience interacted a lot with him back. Ask me to name one track from his set, I can’t. But what I CAN recall vividly is how happy he was managing his instruments, and how happy the people dancing beside him were. I was one of them, fully gone away in a trance. A star for you, mate.

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Day Two: Saturday

Day Two started quite earlier, promising twelve endless hours of good music. My friend — who flew in from Buenos Aires for the festival — and I entered the place just past 2:30 PM. And after a little day tour of the venue, we headed straight to the brand-new Resistance Square stage. Reason being, Daniella Da Silva was on at 3:00.

The stage itself was really interesting to me, since the Ultra guys turned this giant conference place into the host for the darkest, most energetic beats of the entire day. I remember my highschool once took me for University speeches or something of that kind literal years ago, and seeing it changed to fit a literal Ultra festival blew me away.

The other stages were just as breathtaking as the day before, and now places like the Mainstage enjoyed the geographic surroundings of Espacio Riesco: mountains for days. It was another level. Point for you, day parties!

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Day Two Winners

Daniella Da Silva

My friend wanted to see her so badly, and I wanted to learn from someone new to me. Good. Lord. Those were 90 minutes of nonstop dancing. There are pictures and videos of me absolutely losing it during her set which I won’t show for, reasons, but let me tell you, her energy is sensational. Dark, Hard Techno. I’m not of the kind to enjoy that in a car ride or on a normal day, but I for sure allowed myself to enjoy her beats at Ultra. I felt slightly sore after that, and that should tell you enough of how good of a set hers was.

Hardwell

My childhood hero. How wouldn’t I have enjoyed Hardwell’s set when he was my role model when I was in school back in the day? Growing up loving ‘Encoded’, ‘Spaceman’, and his remix of ‘Man With The Red Face’, it was about time to see him again. Absolutely nuts. Lots of what he played I had heard before at his Ultra Miami set from earlier this year, but far from taking away from the experience, it allowed me to sing my lungs out. Special shoutout to that ‘Strobe‘ x ‘Save The World‘ mashup which nearly got me crying.

Kasablanca

These guys take the gold for me, no question. Seeing Hardwell, you know beforehand that it’s going to be a phenomenal show, but I had never seen Kasablanca before. I’d only heard their Anjuna tunes. And so my friend and I got to the very front of the Mainstage to see them. We could not have decided better.

They played a live set, just like Bodzin had done the day before. The difference here was the setting: While Stephan Bodzin played inside the warehouse vibe of the Resistance stage, Kasablanca did it out in the open. And their set just so happened to occur during the last hours of the day and into the night, sunset included.

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They absolutely rocked it. From synths to vocals to literal choreography, their set had it all. They truly made good use of the Mainstage speakers as well, with their fat-bottomed tracks. I can’t tell you just how magical that time was, even the landscape fit the vibe of their music. Mountains all around, the clouds turning slightly red at sunset (see a few pictures above), and the moon reigning high aloft by the time they dropped their remix of Above & Beyond’s ‘Black Room Boy’. The duo take the gold, and my heart with it. I won’t turn down the possibility of seeing them in the future.

Final Thoughts

It had been a while since I last attended a big festival, since I’d been much more inclined to go to artist-focused events. It was a refreshing treat to come to Ultra Chile and soak in the festival experience again. My mate and I had a great time, enjoyed the food (shoutout to Papa John’s), the Gin Tonics, and the feel-good atmosphere. For now, be right back, I’ll be listening to Kasablanca!

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Adriatique’s ‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix) Is a Mystical Voyage

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As time goes by, some songs become timeless classics. Even more when artists reimagine different emotions and moods. This is the case with Eynka‘s ‘Beyond Us‘. It wasn’t long until Swiss Electronic duo Adriatique made their own renditions of the track. They amped it up a notch when they immortalized their rendition at the Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt last year for Cercle. Finally, we’re delighted to get an even more magical version of the track, brought to you by Deep House Parisian Icon Alex Wann.

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‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix)

How do you remaster and refresh a track that has so much influence and power, you may ask? Well, it seems like Alex Wann found the right formula for his ‘Beyond Us’ remix. From Eynka’s melodic touch, to Adriatique’s deeper and darker undertones, Wann manages to deliver an ethereal track with powerful afro elements. The percussion calls out to your ancestors, and the groove represents the vast deserts phenomenally. After a successful run with his Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ Remix, the producer continues to influence the world around him.

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A star in the rise, Alex has received the support from House legends Keinemusik, Pete Tong, Swedish House Mafia, Diplo, and Blond:ish. This remix furtherly proves his ability to produce with different elements and styles, such as Adriatique’s unique sounds. Earlier this year he embarked in a North American tour, visiting major musical capitals such as Miami, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Montreal. Next Up, Alex Wann will make his rounds around Ibiza, Milan, Dubai, and La Bourget.

Watch out for Alex Wann this summer! He will most likely reign supreme with this delicious version of ‘Beyond Us’.

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