Techno Parade 2014: The Wildest Party in the Streets of Paris

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Here at EDMV we go to a lot of dance music events. It’s what we do. We love it! That said after a while some of the festivals start to feel the same. A Top-100 DJ, a massive stage, a wall of speakers, LED lights, lasers and confetti. It’s a hell of a good time, but you can’t help but feel that a fresh new experience is needed.

Welcome to the Techno Parade in Paris, France. The crowd, at an estimated 350,000 people for this year’s edition, is beyond the scope of any traditional EDM festival in the world. All this in the streets of one of the world’s most beautiful cities, the sea of people pulsing to the beat of electronic music on every surface imaginable (bus stops, scaffolding, street lights…) and in the middle of the day. Our minds were blown, what a thrill! It’s an atmosphere of freedom, and craziness that a festival full of rules and regulations just cannot match. An urban playground for dance music lovers, the fact that the city of Paris has continued to allow this event to exist for 16 years is wonderful, and a testament to the fantastic job the team at Technopol do in their organization of the massive parade. Yes, it gets pretty wild, and perhaps a few in the crowd take it too far, but all in all, the event happened without a major incident and we all had an absolute blast.

techno_parade_17On to the music, this year was very special as for the very first time a bass music act was chosen as the ambassador of the festival: Dirtyphonics. In a brief chat we had with two out of the French trio, they expressed to us how honored they felt to be able to headline this event in front of their home crowd. A few hours later they closed out the parade aboard the famed FG Radio float, slaying the crowd at and around Bastille with a freestyle set full of “dirty” beats that surely rattled the windows of every Parisian apartment around. Despite their evident love for Paris, they also let us know that they plan to make Los Angeles their permanent home to bring them closer to the heart of the music industry. After their very smooth collaboration with Zeds Dead on Mad Decent, make sure to stay tuned for their return to Dim Mak Records for an upcoming EP set to be released later this year.

techno_parade_27Of course, as with every year, hundreds of other acts were also featured across a variety of floats. From disco house, to hardstyle, every genre of electronic was represented and the DJs were out to impress delivering sets of quality for eager fans whose energy was simply through the roof. We especially liked that the Techno Parade chose to create a special float dedicated to electronic musicians from Vietnam. This crew brought a diverse range of sounds, and fresh take on dance music further adding to the originality of this epic street festival.

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As hard as we may try to describe the feeling of being at this parade, and our photo gallery may help, it’s something you really must experience for yourself. We’ll certainly be saving our pennies to fly back out to Paris next September, and we suggest you do the same. Vive la Techno Parade!

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Written By – Cassandra Ibarez || Photos By – Damien Boulat – 09/19/2014

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Transmission Returns to Prague, Unveils New Theme

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After a very successful, first-time edition in Bratislava, the famed trance festival Transmission returns to it home base of Prague, Czech Republic for it’s 11th edition on October 25th 2014. The festival has garnered rave reviews from attendees, and performers alike truly being an experience like no other. The grand production of Transmission has not been imitated anywhere else, providing an astonishing visual spectacle by Dutch VJs Vision Impossible to complement the music that we all come for: real trance! Headliner Markus Schulz has many times expressed just how much he loves Transmission, and recommends his fans across the globe make the trip at least once in their lifetime. It’s that special!

To top it off, a new theme has been announced: Seven Sins! We can’t wait to see what the creators will imagine and how the DJs will adapt their sets in accordance with this theme. Some dark and twisted sounds would certainly seem appropriate and we are definitely looking forward to that. Rank1,The lineup, as usual features some of the very best Trance DJs, this year with Solarstone, Bryan Kearney, John O’callaghan, Photographer, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Alex M.O.R.P.H. and of course the return of Markus Schulz as the headlining act! To start things off Thomas Coastline will spin a warm-up set and MC da Silva will be hosting throughout the night. Finally, the icing on the cake will be a special portion of the show featuring special effects and pyrotechnics all set to a mix recorded by the legendary Rank1: safe to say this will be a dream come true for any trance fan!

If you fall into that category, now is the time to get your tickets! The date is quickly approaching and you don’t want to miss out on this massive celebration at the O2 Arena. Once you’ve got those, sit back and enjoy the spectacular aftermovies from last years edition and Bratislava below to get a taste of what is waiting for you in Prague!
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LED Presents Finger Lickin’ LA: Review + Photos

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Finger Lickin’ at the Shrine Expo Hall lived up to the LED standard. Despite competition for attendance on the Memorial Day weekend with LED USA in San Diego, and many others hitting the road for Vegas, this highly anticipated event did not fail to deliver in production value, electrifying music and a young crowd filled with an inspiring level of energy. The event was headlined by Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike, alongside Wolf Pack, Vicetone, and other talented newcomers to the game.

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The duo Vicetone launched the night’s festivities with hypnotizing vocals, soaring melodies and cheerful tones, providing an exceptionally rhythmic product which got the entire crowd bouncing. Despite the varied sounds among the other acts that night, the crowd which was very receptive.

Wolf Pack picked up where Vicetone left off, blasting some big room beats while sustaining high energy throughout. A highlight of the set was “Anubi” by Dannic vs Mark & Kremont which was a fresh track. Wolf Pack was a hard act to follow for the remainder of the night.

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Next up, Caked Up. These guys are definitely from the new breed of EDM artists that sprung out of trap’s exploding popularity. The duo put out a genre-hopping, hype-loaded set that set the room off. High points: taking the stage to the theme from Harry Potter (biggest chills of the night, not even kidding), dropping What So Not’s – “Tell Me” (the infectious rolling bass on this song is something you can only appreciate on a big sound system) and slipping in classic 90s hip hop like “Jump Around”. It was a unique mix. For those really paying attention to detail, it seemed as though Caked Up put a great amount of preparation and creativity into their one-of-a-kind set.

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All of these acts of course were only setting the stage for the belles of the ball- Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike. When they came on stage, it was readily apparent who the crowd saved their Saturday night for. These guys jumped around, spread their incredible energy to the crowd and made it clear they were going to ensure that everyone got their money’s worth when they jumped down to the crowd and poured Grey Goose into the gaping mouths of attendees. I got a mouthful of Grey Goose despite my best protests and saw first hand the amusing chaos which was Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike. They played their top-charting hits with crowd-pleasers like mashups of “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” and “Turn It Up”. They also dropped the recently released “Tremor” which is a collaboration with the ever-youthful Martin Garrix as they encouraged the crowd into one of the largest moshpits we’ve ever laid eyes on.

After this madness, Don Diablo distinguished himself with his dream sequence-esque tunes, and surprised us with some gnarly drops, changing the pace of the roller coaster of a night. Ultimately, if we had to define this party in one word it be this: Fun. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
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