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Photo Courtesy of Electric Forest

If you ask 10 different people about why they are going to Electric Forest there is a very real chance you get 10 different answers. That is the beauty of Electric Forest. Once a year, thousands descend into Rothbury, Michigan for an incredible four days of music, camping, and being ‘home’ with their friends and family. 

For four days these thousands of music fans share and donate their energy to the Forest, to the performers, to their neighbors, and to themselves in hopes that that energy is returned back to them in some way

Whatever your reason for attending Electric Forest is – I believe there is one unequivocal truth about Forest. 

In some shape or form, the energy you build up and have been giving out will be returned to you in some way. Whether it’s a specific energy you started giving out upon arrival Thursday, or an energy that you’ve been giving for years. It’s the give-and-take properties of Forest that make it such a magical place.

Don’t let the magic of Forest be just a four-day yearly event. Carry it with you. Believe in it. When the time comes, that energy will be returned to you. It may happen in your everyday life. It may happen at Forest. Be open. Be kind. See you next year.

Daily Bread

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Daily Bread isn’t a stranger to Electric Forest, but after a few years off, he returned to Forest as a man with so much to give. After a nearly sold-out tour in support of his Invisible Cinema album, Daily Bread made a triumphant return to Electric Forest and played not one, not two, but three sets throughout the weekend. Each set different from the last, each with a curated vibe. One even as the sun came up at 6 am. As a performer, curating one set is hard enough, but preparing three different sets, each at a different time of day is a challenge in itself. But at the end of the weekend – you know what name I heard the most when hearing forest goers talk about who they liked the most or who surprised them the most? Daily Bread. (And he’s got beatz).

Give your energy to the people at Forest, and they will return it to you.

The Electric Forest Therapy Gecko Experience

Therapy Gecko was a late addition to the Electric Forest lineup. He’s most notably, not a therapist, but maybe even more notably indeed a gecko. His popular podcast features strangers calling in and talking about what is going on in their lives to facilitate raw, anonymous conversations. Therapy Gecko had 2 official ‘sets’ at Electric Forest’s Honeycomb stage, but one experience specifically showed the magic of the forest. 

A young man took the stage to share his experience with HPPD and psychosis. As the conversation continued, the young man shared his story, but one section, in particular, elicited a reaction from the crowd. The young man was against taking his prescribed medication. Therapy Gecko opened the floor and one voice immediately boomed over the others. Katie, a newly minted psychiatrist, and Electric Forest veteran almost demanded to take the stage. And she did.

She gave her take on everything from her teachings and real-life experience – and being able to see, at least what looked like, a genuine difference being made in this young man’s way of thinking was beautiful to see. He was brave enough to tell his story, and Katie was brave enough to share her experience and her learnings. I caught up with Katie for a few minutes after the experience and she said, “Moments of serendipity, small and large, occur in the forest if you are receptive, and each year I am convinced magic is real.”

Be receptive to the energy of the forest and the forest will give back. 

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Tomcat Burke

Tom ‘Tomcat’ Burke is a longtime Electric Forest attendee. After experiencing the magic of the forest firsthand for so many years, he knew he needed to be a part of the magic. He became a recurring cast member of the old Hangar for a few years, helping Forest family find their own piece of forest magic. After a few cameos on stage, this year was his first set as a billed artist on his own. Tomcat Burke’s set featured an incredible multi-genre DJ set with a 3 part horn section – which in its own way is my favorite part of the forest. Combining the organic with the electronic to create a brand new experience. And each experience, completely unique in its own way. A man that has donated his energy to the forest for many years, was given back the energy tenfold during the entirety of its set. In a small moment, he stopped to take in the crowd, as tears filled his face, I’m sure a million thoughts flooded in as the adrenaline started leaking from his body. A true gratefulness.

A true testament to putting your time and energy into the place you love and being rewarded with such an incredible moment. 

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Post-rain experience

“Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face” can be said about any extreme weather experience at a camping music festival. The weather agreed with forest-goers all weekend until a late afternoon midwest micro burst threw a wrench into everyone’s plans. I vividly remember sitting at my campsite with my girlfriend, a first-time forest go-er, and saying out loud, “Ok those clouds look exponentially spookier.” As the ominous dark clouds took over the skies and the wind picked up, any midwesterner could know what was coming next. Within minutes, the skies opened up and canopies were sky high in the air. Campers all around us were trying to decide whether to hold down their canopy or seek shelter. As we got in the car after protecting what we needed to protect, one overarching feeling took over and I said out loud – “The second this storm clears up the vibes are going to be immaculate.”

As the sun started to peek out, music could be heard from every campsite as campers started taking inventory of what they could salvage, what was trash, and what they had left to drink. As I sat on the roof of my car bumping Pretty Lights, I saw neighbors helping neighbors in every direction I looked. Beers were being passed, and stories from the last hour were being traded like war stories. As people started dancing again, people realized “We still have day four baby.” And just like that, the day was saved.

Believe in the energy you want, and you’ll find it at Forest. 

Levity’s Electric Forest Debut

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Levity, a budding young trio from Chicago had no intention of making their Electric Forest debut in 2023, but as you give to the forest, the forest gives back. With a few Chicago headlining shows under their belt already and incredible opening sets for the likes of Madeon, Louis the Child, & more its clear they are gearing up for something big.

As first-time attendees in 2022, they immediately knew they needed to play Electric Forest and added another year of producing and performing under their belt. 1/3 of Levity, John, arrived to Forest on Wednesday. Thursday at 1 pm John was informed that they had the chance to play what would essentially be a 360 set at the Honeycomb stage at 7:30. Unfortunately due to time constraints only one other member could join, and by 6 pm 2/3 of Levity were ready to give their all to the Forest with nothing but a trusty USB.

The energy of their set immediately started filling the forest and as the tunes kept flowing, the crowd kept growing. They interacted with the crowd and professed their gratefulness while playing through a set that could be described as “hella fun” no matter what kind of music you like.

Put all your energy into what you love, and the forest will return it. 

‘The Magic of The Energy of Electric Forest 2023

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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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[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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