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Holy Ship! The Ultimate EDM Cruise Experience

Holy Ship!—the mecca of all EDM festivals (land and sea) is just a few short days away. On January 3rd, I, Lisa Ansteth, embark on what is bound to be one of the single greatest experiences of my life. Departing from the port of Miami on the beautiful MSC Divina, the 3-night, 4-day Bahamas cruise ship is heading back to the island from the original sailing—Holy Ship!—Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, plus the addition of an entire full day at sea!

Before heading out to sea, the official pre-parties set up before each sailing are just a taste of what’s to come. On January 2, catch back-to-back sets from Justin Martin and Dusky, Gorgon City and Kidnap KidAlex Metric and Oliver, and Sharam Jey with Shiba San in Room 1. Then on February 17, Bauuer, Jack Beats, Destructo, Milo Otis and AC Slater take over. In Room 2, The Buntings will be hosting their yearly “Officially Un-Official ShipFam Pre Party.” This room will consist of ShipFam DJs, Holy Ship passengers who are also DJs. You really don’t want to miss this kickoff to the greatest weekend and if you were unable to score a token onto the ship, don’t fret because anyone is able to attend the pre-parties. Tickets are very limited, so act quick! Click here for more information and to purchase your ticket before it’s too late!

I have been told that there really are no words, photographs, videos or songs that can even come close to explain what Holy Ship and the ShipFam community is all about, this coming from a virgin of the entire experience. After being a fly on the wall of the Facebook groups’ community for the last couple years, I finally found the moment when my money and an available spot in a cabin crossed paths and I jumped on the ship as quickly as possible.

The reality of what I have gotten myself into is officially starting to hit me: e-tickets have begun to arrive to passenger email inboxes and ship activities hosted by the artists themselves have been officially announced. In addition, the official themes have been released: prom night on day 2 and pajama party for day/night 3. Don’t think that there are plenty of other themed outfits to be had. From ninjas to mermaids, space to pizza, the costumes on board are guaranteed to blow minds. I cannot wait to see what I capture with my camera.

With previous lineups including the likes of Claude VonStroke, Knife Party, Fatboy Slim, Griz, Zedd, Skrillex, Dillon Francis, Boys Noize, A-Trak, Justin Martin, Laidback Luke and many more of the industry greats, the HARDfather Gary Richards (AKA Destructo) made sure the 2015 lineups are certainly on point yet again. January, although missing a few OG favorites, is still just as stacked as before. Justin Martin, Laidback Luke, Boyz Noize, A-Trak and more are back to bring the OG vibes for the virgins and veterans aboard. Not to mention the rumors for the surprise artists are already swirling with some favorites from past years and new inductees to the Holy Ship family.

Set times were delivered to emails and posted via their social media outlets just in time for Christmas morning. An unbelievably incredible job put together by Gary and the team is leaving everyone in the Facebook groups buzzing. On Saturday, after the safety drill and we set sail to the open seas, Annie Mac presents Brits Aboard in the Black and White room with Hannah Wants, Gorgon City, Dusky, and many more! Lest not we forget Pretty Lights on the pool deck followed by Griz and Shiba San and Gina Turner B2B Laidback Luke in the Galaxy Disco.

On Sunday, the day of music that will surely rival any festival around world, the music goes from 11:00am on the island, all the way through to Destructo’s Sermon Sunrise Set from 5:30am to 8:30am. That’s just 21 and a half hours of nonstop music! I literally can’t even. The private island party is set to have Busy P, Duke Dumont and flume, followed by a B2B with Arman Van Helden and our first special guest set. Back on the boat, A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold Rap Party, Boys Noize’s BNR & Friends, pool deck sets by Knife Party, Laidback Luke. But whatever you do, if you are lucky enough to be going on the ship, do not miss the Destructo sermon sunrise set. I repeat, DO NOT MISS THE DESTRUCTO SERMON SUNRISE SET.

Monday is not to be forgotten about given that it is the first ever Day at Sea with music from 11:00am – 4:30am. Starting the music off on the pool deck at 11:00am is Teki Latex followed by Shiba San. The Hip Hop Party at the Zen Pool & Garden Bar hosted by Tommy Kruise kicks off at 1:00pm and is stacked all day long. The other special guest spot will be on the pool deck at 8:00pm so that is another must-see set especially with Justin Martin followed directly behind that. You know where I will be! With an amazing unexpected B2B2B2B2B2B last year in the Disco, Destructo & Friends will be busy B2B’ing it all night long for round 2. Can next week get here fast enough yet?

For the artist-hosted activities, everyone is guaranteed to have an action packed week, getting to know their favorite artists on a whole new level. Yogi, DJ, and wife of Laidback Luke, Gina Turner, is back for two yoga classes, both on the boat and on the island on day two. Some other awesome activities include Laidback Luke who is also back with his kung-fu lessons, Henry Fong is hosting Holy Aquatics Olympics, Scratch master A-Trak and special guest Boys Noize will be teaching some of their moves with DJ Lessons, not to mention flip cup and Texas Hold-Em tournaments!

In addition to amazing music, activities and scenery, Holy Ship also has created a charity organization called Positive Legacy in a successful attempt to give back to the communities that the ship visits. Organized in 2004, Positive Legacy has been able to support the Caribbean community such as the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Caymen Islands, Belize, Haiti, the Bahamas plus many more. With assistance in the form of over 125,000 trees planted, 12,000 shoes and 50 laptops donated, and giving people access to clean drinking water, the good vibes that begin on the ship create a ripple effect throughout that can be felt way beyond the few short days we will be on board. For more information visit their website and see how you can help!

The January festival lineup includes: Knife Party, Pretty Lights, Flume, Boys Noize, A-Trak, RL Grime, Laidback Luke, Maya Jane Coles, Duke Dumont, Annie Mac, Armand Van Helden, Rudimental (DJ set), What So Not, Clockwork, Busy P, Griz, Justin Martin, Destructo, Alex Metric, Dusky, Odesza, Oliver, Rustie, Henry Fong, Gorgon City, Cyril Hahn, Salva, Jimmy Edgar, Congorock, Craze, Branchez, Spank Rock, DJ Sliink, Shiba San, Sharam Jey, Snakehips, DJ Falcon, Kidnap Kid, Hannah Wants, Motez, Teki Latex, Gina Turner, Wax Motif, Ape Drums, Tommy Kruise, Doorly, Djedjtronic, Vanilla Ace, Cory Enemy, Yogi and more yet to be announced!

The February festival lineup includes: Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, Baauer, DJ Snake, Tommy Trash, Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Claude VonStroke, Ty Dolla $ign, Sub Focus, DJ Mustard, Jack Beats, Busy P, Green Velvet, Mat Zo, Breakbot, Brodinski, Destructo, Justin Martin, Alex Metric, Galantis, Cajmere, Tchami, Araabmuzik, Martin Buttrich, Lee Foss & Anabel Englund, Soul Clap, Mercer, Huxley, The M Machine, J.Phlip, AC Slater, Kill Frenzy, Justin Jay, Milo & Otis, Valentino Khan, Louisahhh!!!, Curses, Boston Bun, Wax Motif, Kastle, Friend Within, Ana Lunoe, Club Cheval, Shift K3y, Panteros 666, So Me, Amtrac, DJ Pone, Sweater Beats, Posso, Cut Snake and more yet to be announced!

Holy Ship January and February are both sold out, and for January, name changes have been closed for a couple weeks now. However, if you scour the Facebook groups for February, there are still a few people trying to sell spots before the January 7th deadline. Act quick and you may get the chance of a lifetime in February!


Hype-mag.com Partners With The Standard!

When The Standard opens in November on Anastasia Boulevard, just over the Bridge of Lions, it will be more than just another St. Augustine music venue. Not only will it feature bands, but also art, comedy and even fashion shows.

“I think it’s more like a canvas for events,” said owner Dan Larson, who has been dreaming up The Standard for a year now.

Larson had been the marketing and promotions manager at the St. Augustine Amphitheater before launching this new venture. While working there for four years, Larson booked acts such as The Decemberists, Broken Social Scene, Mister Heavenly, River City Extension and helped co-promote the “Where’s The Band Tour” and Tycho at Cafe 11.

His plan is to make the new venue adaptable to the audience. “You can get married there, then go see Washed Out,” said Larson. “We want to be a taste maker, but also bring the people what they want.”

So far, confirmed acts are Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, which will make an appearance on Dec. 7, as will Treasure Fingers on Dec. 21.

The Standard, 200 Anastasia Blvd., the space that used to be the Two Hundred Lounge, will be open Nov. 1 for a sneak preview.

“We’ll just have it open in the day or something, serve some hors d’oeuvres and show people the space,” said Larson. The soft opening is Nov. 2 and will feature Hundred Waters and Le Blorr. Hundred Waters is the first non-EDM band signed to Skrillex’s record label. After the first show, The Standard will go on a brief hiatus to finish some last minute construction before a full opening.

By Ashley Goodman:Agoodman132@flagler.edu

Counter.Point Music Festival

Without a doubt, the inaugural Counter.Point Music Festival in Atlanta run by Meat Camp Productions was a huge success. Of course the appropriate hiccups were involved, showers were 10 bucks and the camp grounds were a long walk. But in all, I would say this was the best first-year festival I have ever attended.

Here are a couple more videos from Counter.Point

Vendor Spotlight: The L.A.B.lindseybarnett.com

Archnemesis Interview

Day One
Getting to Counter.Point was really easy. Located just off a major interstate made it a snap to find the sprawling equestrian grounds that were home to the festival for the weekend. The fact that soeme of the trees leaves were already changing colors made it feel a lot like fall, even though it was around 90 degrees.The only confusion that was to be had was that Media were told they would be entering in a seperate entrance. Therefore, we expected to be camping either a) behind a stage, or b) somewhere very close to the media tent. In reality, nothing was further from the truth or the media tent. Once we picked up our media passes we were told we then had to go and check-in at general camping. Getting to camping was easy enough but the line for security checks were kind of ridiculous. The volunteers expediting the lines and setting the routes for each car to go were terrible. All five of the first lanes were packed and moving so slow you could have run out-of-gas just waiting. However there were about four lanes at the end that the volunteer’s weren’t really ushering people into. We jumped out of our lane and took one of the last four. It literally took us maybe 5 minutes to get through the gates. Security at the gates was super lax. They took about a minute to look through our stuff and we were done. Pulling into the campgrounds I knew we were in trouble. People had obviously been gathering since the night before. Camp opened at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Unfortunately for us, everyone else had gotten there much earlier. So we ended up nearly at the back of the campgrounds. When it comes to festivals and getting a good camping spot, it always plays to your advantage to get there as early as possible. Now this would not have been much of a problem, but for some reason, festival organizers thought it would be a great idea to put the media tent literally as far from the campgrounds as they could. I’d say it was a little more than a mile walk from our tent to the media tent up rolling GA hills. Artists and press alike were just dumbfounded by the placement of the tent. What we frequently heard was “why couldn’t the press tent just be connected to the artist tent and be behind the main stage”. This would have made life much much easier for artists and press alike who both have intense schedules. In my opinion, there was a serious lack of regard for where the press tent was placed. But enough of my little rant. The gates for the west campground, where we were camped, had security that seemed to be rather unsure of the actual policies. One minute Press are allowed in without being checked, the next time I come through I’m getting checked, the next time everyone has to empty their pockets, I just wish they had had a meeting with their staff to go over this stuff beforehand.One of the best things about Counter.Point was this kickass four-sided schedule located just inside the festival gates. This should be an essential at every festival since paper schedules can be hard to come by.

Photo By Ashley Goodman
Scattered around the festival were artists painting on large wooden boards. By day they didn’t seem like much but at night, once they were finished it was a different story.

Nobody Beats The Drum
Nobody Beats The Drum was the first group we were able to catch. These international DJ’s knew how to throw down the beats. They’re website says it best. To get the full Nobody Beats The Dream experience, it is best to see them live.For more info on NBTD and a funny ass video of furry little animals chasing a laser Visit: nobodybeatsthedrum.com

Adventure Club
My girlfriend recently got me into Adventure Club with their hit remix of Crave. Their set was pretty decent and rather remiscent of the hardcore shows I attended when I was in high school.Some of the songs AC played featured samples from A Day To Remember and Bring Me The Horizon. I loved it but I’m not sure the rest of the dubstep and festy crowd were digging the heavier moments.For More Adventure Club and Free Music visit: soundcloud.com/adventureclubdubstep

Beats Antique
Beats Antique are always an amazing performance with a couple surprises.The talent and combined skill, along with the major element of dance, make Beats Antique one of the most formidable acts in the EDM scene today.This set even got a little rowdy towards the end. Members of Beats and some of their friends donned animal mascot masks and danced on the stage while confetti cannons and smoke sprayed the crowd.

Photo By Ashley Goodman
Photo By Ashley Goodman
For more Beats Antique check out: beatsantique.com
Photo By Ashley Goodman
Photo By Ashley Goodman
Photo By Ashley Goodman
The huge equestrian grounds had tons of open areas on hills where you could relax while checking out the show.

Up Until Now with David Murphy of STS9
One of the best and most memorable acts at Counter.Point was Up Until Now with David Murphy of STS9While very faintly remiscent of STS9, Up Until Now is more like the angry son of Sound Tribe. Up Until Now easily stands out in contrast to the other acts on the lineup with their electronic dance grooves.

Photo By Ashley Goodman
Photo By Ashley Goodman
Photo By Ashley Goodman
For tour dates and some free downloads check out: upuntilnowmusic.com

Day Two
Friday morning started off looking like it was going to downpour. However, that didn’t stop these friends and other festival goers from having a good time.

Gardens & Villa
Gardens & Villa were one of the first bands to take the stage Friday.I have to say I was thoroughly impressed with their performance.In recent months my girlfriend has become a huge fan of theirs and has been constantly trying to get me to listen to them.Needless to say G & V was the numero uno band she was interested in seeing at CP. The amount of instruments played by members is more like that of a folk band than an indie band, which I had mistakenely characterized them. The more I listen to them the harder I find it to cage them into a single alternative rock genre. They are G & V, just like so many of the other bands and artists at CP, they are just themselves and play the music they love.If your gonna check these guys out I reccomend the songs “Black Hills”, “Orange Blossoms” and their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gypsy”.For more info on Gardens & Villa visit: gardensandvilla.comLow and behold my girlfriend randomly got to meet the guys from G & V. They were extremely appreciative of her love for their music and seemed like all around good guys.

With their latest EP “Every Man For Himself”, its obvious that Archnemesis aren’t slowing down any time soon.Hitting the road on a 42 city, 21 state tour in support of the new EP, Curt and Justin of Archnemesis could not be happier.Check out our video interview with the guys at the top of the page for more about the EP, tour and playing festivals.For more info and to download the “Every Man For Himself” EP visit: Archnemesismusic.com

Avicii had one of the first headlining spots of the weekend and did it no shame.Listed as DJ Magazine’s No. 6 DJ of their top 100 list of DJs, Tim Begling, or Avicii, brought a little of the european EDM scene with him to Georgia.Hits like “My Feelings For You” and “Levels” really got the party going and the crowd warmed up for Bassnectar.For more info visit: avicii.com

Bassnectar gave a killer performance as usual. Not much more needs to be said.

Bass Dragon
A couple awesome friends put together this Bass dragon for Bassnectar’s set. Mad props to whoever they are…
Photo By Ashley Goodman
For more info visit: bassnectar.net

A-Trak took one of the last late night spots.The most memorable song A-Trak threw down was “Big Bad Wolf”. If your able to, try and check out A-Trak, Flosstradamus and Donnis playing the Fool’s Gold House Party Tour.

Photo By Ashley Goodman
For more infor visit: djatrak.com

Day Three

Com Truise
Com Truise was the first artist on the main stage.A Project of Producer Seth Haley, Com Truise is described on his site as “An admitted synth obsessive, Com Truise is the maker of an experimental and bottom heavy style he calls “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk”.” For more info visit: comtruise.com

By far the best day time show at CP was Zoogma on Saturday.

Photo By Ashley Goodman
Whipping out some new tunes and some older crowd favorites, the guys were able to pull in one of the largest and rowdiest day time crowds.Props definetely go out to these four extremely hard working musicians, who have toured non-stop for the past couple years.Zoogma is one of the bands Ive had my eye on for awhile. I can almost guarantee that sooner rather than later they will have their own festival and be a constant headliner.I highly recommend the songs “Jerry Diesel” and Syllepsis”For more info visit: zoogma.net

Definitely someone to keep your eye in the dubstep scene. For more info visit: herobust.com

Toro Y Moi
One of the few indie bands on the lineup Toro Y Moi played a pretty mellow afternoon set.

Photo By Ashley Goodman
For more info visit: toroymoi.blogspot.com

Big Boi
Atlanta native Big Boi brought what looked to be his whole family to his set at Counter.Point.The rap icon played an eerily similar set to the one he played at Camp Bisco.That didn’t mean that the crowd didn’t love getting down to his hits with Outkast, along with stuff from his Purple Ribbon All Star days and his latest solo stuff.For more info visit: bigboi.com

Every time I’ve seen Conspirator, they’ve gotten better and better.

Photo By Ashley Goodman
Mixing EDM with jams reminiscent of course of the Disco Biscuits and Lotus, Conspirator always put down a great set.With a band consisting of other giant jam and festival bands such as The Disco Biscuits, Lotus and The New Deal, Conspirator has been one, if not the fastest, rising band in festival music.For more info visit: conspiratorband.com

After the high points of Big Boi and Conspirator, Wale just didn’t really impress.Having heard some of Wale’s better songs, I was really disappointed that he started with three dull songs. I didn’t stick around, but I’m sure he rapped a couple good ones.For more info visit: ralphfolarin.com

Zed’s Dead
Zed’s Dead is always sure to be a sweaty good time for all.For more info vist: soundcloud.com/zedsdead


Michal Menert
Wow. Michal Menert is not a DJ you listen to. He is someone you have to see live.Energy flows from this guy into the music. You can feel it when your in the crowd and see it on his and your face. I was blown away.Derek Smith, aka Pretty Lights, hopped on stage with Michal for a quick-minute at the end of his set to share a celebratory hand shake.For more info and to download Michal’s music for free visit: michalmenert.com

Lotus is always a set or show I try to catch if I can. The guys play stellar rock jams infused with electronic dance music and funk.

Photo By Ashley Goodman
For more info visit: lotusvibes.com

One of my favorite DJ’s Gramatik opened his set with some blazing with Derek Smith, aka Pretty Lights.Music wise Gramatik started off his set with his latest single, a remix of the Beatles “Dont Let Me Down”.Be sure to check out our Counter.Point recap video which features Gramatik’s song “Illusion of Choice” from #digitalfreedomFor more info and to download Gramatik’s music vist: prettylightsmusic.com/therecordlabel/gramatik.html

Sonny is now a giant. The former From Fist To Last frontman who grew to be an odd sung emo-figure with his project Sonny, is now somehow the “world’s” biggest DJ.Not much needs to be said for this giant because Im sure you’ve either heard him or heard of him.For more info visit: skrillex.com

Pretty Lights
Ahh Pretty Lights. I have waited so long to see you. Seriously. I’ve been trying to catch Pretty Lights for a couple years and have just not had the chance to catch him.Of course I could not be more pleased that putting myself in the right places at the right times at Counter.Point to get what I think are some of the best photos of Pretty Lights at CP. Check em out and enjoy!
For more info visit: Prettylightsmusic.com

Ghostland Observatory
See them. See them. See them. Thats the only advice I can give you. They are an act that you should drive hundreds of miles to see.

Photo By Ashley Goodman
For more info visit: ghostlandobservatory.net

For more info about CounterPoint Music Festival, visit:counterpointfestival.com

By Phil Sunkel:Psunkel@hype-mag.com

Counterpoint Music Festival Announced for September

With Blackwater Music Festival moving their dates to the spring, the south had been in need of a serious dance festival to kick off the semester. Luckily, Counterpoint Music Festival has announced it will take place on September 27-29 with a lineup of the whose-who of the EDM and Indie rock scene. Taking place at a 350-acre Chattahoochie river-front property the fest will feature 3-days of multiple stages with artists like Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Skrillex, Avicii, M83, Big Boi and many many others who are sure to bring the rage.

Here are the artists we are most looking forward to and will most likely include in our coverage but are not limited to:

Pretty Lights:

Big Boi:

Ghostland Observatory:

Big Gigantic:

Toro Y Moi:


Washed Out:

Theophilus London:

Beats Antique:

Paper Diamond:

Com Truise:

Heres the full Press-Release for the festival so you all out there can read exactly what I read:

Atlanta, Georgia (May 8, 2012) – CounterPoint Music and Arts Festival, a new three-day music and arts festival in Atlanta, Georgia this September 27 – 29, 2012 has announced its first round of performers. The 50+ performer lineup at the multi-stage camping festival includes: Bassnectar; Skrillex; Pretty Lights; AVICII; Steve Angello; M83; Excision; Laidback Luke; Alesso; Crystal Castles; Big Boi; Zeds Dead; Ghostland Observatory; Wale; Big Gigantic; A-Trak; Atmosphere; Toro Y Moi; Lotus; Washed Out; Feed Me; Zedd; MiM0sa; R3HAB; Theophilus London; Reptar; 12th Planet; Beats Antique; Super Mash Bros; Emancipator; Poliça; Alvin Risk; Savoy; Zoogma; Paper Diamond; Treasure Fingers; Gramatik; Archnemesis; Lance Herbstrong; 3LAU; The M Machine; Michal Menert; Mr. MFN eXquire; Tokimonsta; SuperVision; Com Truise; Paul Basic; Nick Catchdubs; Audrey Napoleon; Street Lurkin; Mantis; Sorted; DJ Mel and Skrause. Additional details about this year’s festival will be announced in the coming weeks.

“I am really looking forward to the Atlanta crowd.” states burgeoning Swedish DJ AVICII. “I will definitely bring it for them.”

The multi-stage festival with camping options will be held at the location of 2007’s The Echo Project, a 350-acre, scenic Chattahoochee river front property located approximately 30 minutes travel time from Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. CounterPoint plans on bringing the city to the pristine festival site. Elements such as preferred viewing areas, VIP bottle service, multiple VIP levels, luxury camping options and car service will be available. Daily express shuttle service to and from Atlanta and Athens as well as day parking will also be offered for those guests not wishing to camp onsite. Long distance shuttles with stops in all the major metro areas, within 7 hours of the event, are also being provided.

General Admission tickets go on sale Friday May 11th at 10 a.m., for $165, online at http://www.counterpointfestival.com or by calling 1-888-512-SHOW (7469). Depending on availability tickets can be purchased at the gate for $185. All-inclusive VIP Experience packages are available, starting at $365 and $565 for the VIP Platinum Experience package.

By Phil Sunkel: Psunkel@flagler.edu

Camp Bisco 2012 Lineup Announced

Camp Bisco, which will be held at the Indian Lookout Country Club located just outside of Albany, NY. on July 12-14, will includes headliners such as Skirllex, Bassnectar, Lotus, Porter Robinson and of course The Disco Biscuits.

With over 100 acts playing Bisco it will be ridiculously difficult to decide who to see over the weekend. Other acts included in the lineup are: Amon Tobin ISAM, Shpongle Presents The Masquerade, A-Trak, Dada Life, Mimosa, Bonobo, Crystal Castles, Big Gigantic, Holy Fuck, Big Boi, Atmosphere, Break Science with Chali 2na and Portugal. The Man

The festival setup this year will include two side-by-side mainstages, two dance tents, a silent disco and an up-and-comers stage to keep people dancing for the 3 days and nights of music.

For those who are not familiar with Camp Bisco, you should know that this year Color War 8 will be taking place.

Heres the description straight from Camp Bisco’s site, “Every year on the Friday of Camp Bisco, warriors of Green, Purple, Yellow and Orange descend on the main stage field to compete in battles of skill, strength, and smarts…and this year is no exception! Of course, old favorites such as dodge-ball, tug of war, biscuits trivia, and the campground marathon will return, as well as some new surprises!”

For tickets and a full lineup visit: Camp Bisco

By Phil Sunkel: Psunkel@Hype-mag.com

Video By Camp Bisco