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Bass Nation Invades Soundgarden Hall with Crizzly, Xilent, and Ajapai

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Philly got a full dosage of bass on Friday, April 12th when Crizzly, Xilent, Ajapai, and Des McMahon hit Soundgarden Hall for Bass Nation.  The show featured support from locals Love City DJs and Jack Deezl, and was a great time from the moment the doors opened.

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After Jack Deezl and Love City DJs kicked off the night and warmed up the crowd, Ajapai hit the decks rocking a fedora…this may be a first for any DJ at Soundgarden Hall.

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The Japanese Dubstep maestro, Ajapai, put on an awesome set that, as one could guess, was filled with bass.  The crowd was left begging for more when Xilent came on following Ajapai.

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Rocking shades and blasting bass heavy tunes, Xilent picked up the pace and kept the crowd rocking.  Xilent did not disappoint and his fellow English countrymen would have been proud of his performance.

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The fans at SGH seemed to enjoy Xilent so much that the night could have ended with him.  We were very happy that it didn’t however, because we knew the best had yet to come.  Up next was Texas based Crizzly and his kilt wearing hype man.

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We have covered Crizzly numerous times (most recently at Snowball Music Festival and when he opened for EOTO at the TLA) and knew his set was going to be a blast.

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Crizzly mixed a wide variety of music and played everything from Missy Elliot remixes to a remix of “This is the Way We Ball”

Crizzly “Way We Ball”

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Crizzly’s hype man put on a show of his own. We believe another first happened at Soundgarden this night as he ran through the crowd and onto the balcony with the microphone, handing it off to people as he went by.

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The night got even wilder as people were brought onto the stage, cell phones we borrowed from the audience and used to film, and multiple crowd surfing rides went down.

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Crizzly showed Philly yet again that he is the real deal.  Bass Nation Philly was again the place to be and we can’t wait for the next one on Friday, April 26th at Soundgarden Hall featuring Bro Safari, Roksonix and many more.

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Markus Schulz Rids Soundgarden Hall of Unicorns

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Markus Schulz’s Scream Bus Tour rolled into Philadelphia on Thursday, April 11th to play at Soundgarden Hall with support from Khohma and M Machine.

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We had spoken quickly with Markus about a week earlier and were looking forward to following up and catching his set on Soundgarden Hall’s killer sound system. With a lot of buzz also surrounding Khohma and M Machine, this show had the potential to be a special one for Trance fans.

u·ni·corn [yoo-ni-kawrn]

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1. A mythical creature resembling a horse, with a single horn in the center of its forehead: often symbolic of chastity or purity.

2. A over-emotional Trance music track, usually laced with cheesy melodies and vocals throughout.

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While we haven’t seen any horned horses parading around Philadelphia recently, we have heard our fair share of the latter. The appropriate cure would clearly be to do away with unicorns altogether. Enter Markus Schulz, the Unicorn Slayer.

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By the time we entered Soundgarden Hall, Khohma was already rocking the crowd, showing everyone why he’s garnering so much admiration from fans and peers alike. From the back of the venue we could see that The Scream Bus Tour had brought in some extra fire power in the form of a sweet LED stage set-up and we were anxious to get up close and check it out.

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But first things first. Markus Schulz had just entered the venue from his tour bus across the street (to the delight of fans waiting in line outside who cheered and shook his hand) and we had some more questions for him. You can check out our interview right here:

From there we caught the end of Khohma from the Hacienda Lounge (21+ area) at the back of the club.

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Up next was M Machine. The San Francisco trio of Ben Swardlick, Eric Luttrell and Andy Coenen, who are touring in support of they newest EP, “Metropolis Pt II”, had SGH going bananas with their multi-genre blending sound and signature light show which is synced to their music.

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We imagine that they’ll be making the festival rounds again this summer and we suggest you catch them if you have the chance.

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At precisely 1230am, M Machine left the stage, the lights went dark, and Markus Schulz’s fans (many of whom either wore Unicorn inspired hats or “Unicorn Slayer” t-shirts) began to lose their minds.

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The Unicorn Slayer (a name he adopted after he was labeled with the moniker by a fan on Twitter) came out with a ton of energy. It was electric.

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Smiling, waiving at at the crowd, and generally enjoying himself, he laid into his set. Perhaps fans thought that the Scream Tour meant they were supposed to scream…because they certainly did a lot of it. Others waived signs at the DJ, danced, and lost themselves in a trance for the next 2+ hours.

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The tour now moves to Buffalo, NY today before hitting State College, PA and Washington, DC on Saturday.

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Netsky Revives Drum & Bass in Philly at Soundgarden Hall

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We had excitedly circled April 10th  on our concert calendar the moment we learned that Netsky was bringing his live band Drum & Bass show to Philly (presented by Steez Promo).

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Back before EDM culture was mainstream, Philadelphia was a mecca of Drum & Bass music in America. Weekly events, like Platinum at Fluid Nightclub, and Concrete Jungle packed fans in to see some of the biggest names in the biz like Roni Size, Goldie, Andy C, Usual Suspects, and Aphrodite.

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While today’s electronic music fans in Philadelphia tend to gravitate more towards house, trance, dubstep, and trap, there is a new wave of artists producing and playing top-notch Drum & Bass music for those of us who adore the genre. Of those doing it, none do it quite like Belgium’s Netsky.

His rise to fame has been swift yet well deserved, earning him global praise from fans and peers alike.

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Hours before the doors opened at Soundgarden Hall yesterday evening, we learned that due to inclement weather, his live band gear did not arrive in Philadelphia in time for the show. Our brief disappointment was quickly replaced with the realization that a Netsky DJ set would still give us an ample fix of Drum & Bass we’ve been craving. The show must go on.

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The evening kicked off at 8pm with an extended set by local duo DFG. Playing on four turntables, they were given the duty of warming up the crowd and easily rose to the challenge. With thunderstorms moving through the area, we arrived a little later than intended but still enjoyed the part of DFG’s set that we caught.

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Up next was another local DJ, Mojo Risin, who took over for the next two hours and quite literally set the stage for the headliner with some sweet Drum & Bass selections. The crowd was one of the smaller ones we’ve seen recently at Soundgarden. Maybe it was the rain, maybe it was because the event was held on a Wednesday, maybe it was the fact that it was a Drum & Bass event… whatever the reason, those that didn’t turn out to catch Netsky missed out big time.

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Joined on stage for the entirety of his set by Script MC, Netsky rocked SGH for two hours that we wished would never end. It was hands down one of the best, high energy sets we have heard in Philly in a long time.

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The added room on the dance floor turned out to be an added bonus for those in attendance as they were able to properly get down to the stellar track selection that Netsky offered up to the crowd. Mixing in hip-hop, bass music, and some funky throwbacks from generations past, the young Belgian worked the room like nobody’s business.

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Because he had been forced to play a DJ set instead of his live show, he extended his performance (which was originally scheduled to end at 130am) for an additional 30 minutes to the delight of everyone in the venue.

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When his set finally ended, he signed posters on stage and passed them out to the rabid fans at the front of the stage.

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We hope Philly can really get behind Drum & Bass music again and begin bringing back some of the biggest names in the genre from across the globe. We did it once, we can do it again.

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Twurkaholics: West Coast Flavor at Soundgarden Hall

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On Friday, April 5th, Spring was in the air and warmer weather was on its way to Philadelphia. Perhaps the Summer-like temperatures caught a ride from the West Coast with L.A. based duo gLAdiator who was headlining the most recent addition of Actual Records’ “Twurkaholics” party at Soundgarden Hall.

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Along with gLAdiator, another Trap Music duo, Loudpvck also rounded out the out-of-town performers for the evening.

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The night kicked off as all Twurkaholics parties do, with a heavy dose of local DJs doing their thing. One thing that was different on this night was the low turnout early in the evening. However, as the night progressed the venue filled up to the capacity that we are used to seeing from these parties.

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As always, there was the usual bells and whistles including confetti blasts, amazing lights, dancers, and costumed characters.

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While the crowd size wasn’t huge for the first four acts of the night, Oddzilla, Schmohawk, Ditchdigger, and Ethan Dubb, all four rocked out some sweet tunes and with the added room on the dance floor, people were getting down.

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By the time LoveCityDJs took over shortly after 11pm, there was definitely an increase in the Twurkaholics population and LCDs skills showed everyone why he is a staple at these events.

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After a quick mic rocking by MC Buddy Leezle, it was time for Loudpvck to pick it  up. That’s exactly what they did for the next hour. At several points they were joined behind the decks by gLAdiator who officially took over around 1am.

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The next 90 minutes were a blur of of trap and bass tunes with gLAdiator getting down on stage almost as hard as those in the crowd.

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When the party ended around 230am, there was a small exclusive 100 person after party held for those 21+ by Actual Records in Fishtown.

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**Update for our Soundgarden Hall fans: Starting on Friday, April 12th, all shows at SGH will be strictly 18+ (photo ID required)**

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Interview With Markus Schulz: Get Ready to Scream

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Call Markus Schulz “butter” because the man is on a roll. He’s recently traveled across the globe with Armin Van Burren on the “A State of Trance (ASOT) 600” tour, announced a new partnership, and dropped a new album. As if that weren’t enough, he’s about to embark on his own “Scream” album bus tour which will make stops all across the U.S. in April and May.

He’ll be rolling to Philadelphia for a stop at Soundgarden Hall on Thursday, April 11th (with The M Machine) and we had a few quick questions for him (with an in-person interview to follow) before his performance here next week.

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Independent Philly: Your upcoming Scream album bus tour is making a stop in Philadelphia next week and you’ll be playing the Boom Box festival at Penn State as well. What can your fans expect at one of your shows if they’ve never seen you spin in person before?

Markus Schulz: Between festival and club gigs, it differs hugely. At festivals, with the shorter set lengths, you need to come with something more compact. At club gigs though, that situation reverses. Playing across a broad span of electronic music, it (a club gig) allows me to explore all the musical areas I’m into – everything from deeper progressive and techno-ish moments, to tough trance thrash, and then off the cliff top dive down the Schulz rabbit hole!

I love to play the longer sets. To put that in context, New Years Eve last at Avalon in L.A., I spun for 12+ hours straight. For this tour, sets will lean more in the extended set direction.

IP: Do you prefer to be in the studio producing or out on the road playing gigs?

MS: As a DJ/producer, one never takes preference over the other. They are both entirely different (yet naturally linked) practices. They both offer completely diverse, yet equally enjoyable highs. One takes place on stage, in front of thousands of people; the other is capsulized and away-from-the-public. From that I can imagine how fans might think that DJing is the preference. Not the case though.    

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IP: What can you tell us about your New World Punx partnership with Ferry Corsten?

MS: Ferry and I started playing together b2b last year and working on a few reboots of some of our old, not-forgotten favorite tracks. “New World Punx” is a sort of formalizing of that. The name comes from my ‘The New World’ track and Ferry’s ‘Punk’ track. It’s now this kind of umbrella name/term for what happens when our two sounds meet. We’ve just finished playing the opening trio of nights/sets and the response has been incredible. Can’t wait to get stuck into more of them.  

IP: Tell us a little bit about your experience on the A State of Trance 600 tour…

MS: As you’d expect, every ASOT season offers another best new level in terms of what it delivers. 600 though has made an almost impossibly large leap. It started around ‘amazing’ and every gig since has just got better and better. Ultra last weekend was off the hook – an incredible atmosphere. I think this weekend just gone by however managed to top it. Ferry and I played a New World Punx set at Madison Square Garden and I know it’ll be a night I’ll still be recalling in 20 years time.  

IP: Would you like to give a shout out to your fans in Philadelphia?

MS: Sure! Guys, Philly is a place I love to play and it’s been a touch too long since I’ve been back. We’ll be putting that to rights next week though! Looking forward to seeing all you next Thursday night at Soundgarden Hall. Be in no doubt: unicorns will be slayed!

We can’t wait to be on hand to cover Markus Schulz set at SGH as well as get his answers to a second round of questions! We’ll hope you’ll join us Philly for  what promises to be an amazing night of Trance music.

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