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WEST COAST WEEKENDER RELEASES 2018 LINE UP

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Get tickets here! http://www.westcoastweekender.net/2017/09/27/wcw2018year3/

Headliners include long awaited San Diego performances by CASSY, Bamboozle from Soul Clap, King Britt, Hyenah, Demuir, and Eli Escobar.

Get ready for another high-octane weekend in San Diego, May 3-6! A celebration of music, dance, and culture in Southern California, the music conference and festival is blossoming right alongside San Diego’s incredible cultural renaissance. With nearly half of attendees coming from out of town, the West Coast Weekender audience rings in a truly one-of-a-kind vibe. The influx of activity—plus the San Diego underground community’s enthusiasm—creates an infectious, old school energy that’s of another era.

Festivities kick off Thursday afternoon at the iconic Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, right at the junction of San Diego’s hip University Heights and North Parkdistricts and just minutes from the festival grounds. Start your day with brunch and poolside entertainment sponsored by Stoli Vodka. Panel discussions, Ableton workshops, and yoga sessions will be offered throughout the weekend. In between, immerse yourself in art, house, and drum and bass at Balboa Park’s multi-cultural and eclectic Worldbeat Cultural Center.

This year West Coast Weekender 2018 will also be supported by Traxsource, a unique electronic music store created and curated by DJs with decades of experience in the music industry.

Thurs May 3
Lafayette Hotel 3pm – Close

Mark di Meo . Del . DJ Ala. Eric Groove. Marshall Jones .

Fri May 4
Lafayette Hotel 11am – 5pm
Worldbeat Center 5pm to Close

Hyenah . Doc Martin (Sublevel Live ft Lillia) . Eli Escobar . Hector Romero . David Harness .
Oscar P . Cris Herrera . DJ Mes . Urulu . Adam Gibbons . Red Sonya . Alien Tom .
Mikeytown . Matthew Brian . Bumpy Nuggets . Francisco Moreno . Vinh Sol .

Sat May 5
Lafayette Hotel 11am – 5pm
Worldbeat Center 5pm to Close

Cassy . Bamboozle from Soulclap . Demuir . Eric Medina . Garva . MC Ridda . Paluka .
Rebellion . Masha . Caliparis . Andrew Wilkinson . Chrysocolla . Arielle Z . Drummer John .
Coflo . Evlo . DiscoSupreme . Full D&B Line Up TBA .

Sun May 6
Lafayette Hotel 11am – Close

King Britt . Nickodemus . Fred Everything . Julius Papp . Master Kev . Sunlightsquare .
DJ Kincaid . Cole Vassallo . Nimbus . Chris Annibell . WhoDaHell .

Monday May 7
Lafayette Hotel 11am – Close

Pool Party / Line Up TBC

CRSSD Festival Fall 2017

Photo Credit: Julian Bajsel - @jbajsel

CRSSD Festival Fall 2017 was another one for books. CRSSD's bi-annual party is now an official staple in San Diego’s electronic scene and it's evident! The festival has matured, the music was selectively curated, and FNGRS CRSSD Promotions has done a great job perfecting the party process. A lot of the kinks have been worked out and the event ran smoothly. 

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CRSSD festival has come into its own. The three main stages deliver and there is always a good vibe between party goers. The mix of festival goers ranges from burners to surfers and everything in between. I’ve attended CRSSD for a the past two years and I’m always amazed at how chill and respectful the crowds are.

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Saturday started off beautifully with warm weather, clear skies and continued through Sunday. My two favorite acts for the weekend were Breakbot and Chromeo. Breakbot was a nice surprise. I hadn't heard of them until now! They nicely mesh together live music with an electronic sound and a throwback 70’s vibe. I danced and grooved my way through their whole set. The crowd was much bigger Sunday and Chromeo smashed the house as usual. I have seen Chromeo three times now and they consistently deliver. Some of the other notable acts for the weekend were RÜFÜS DU SOL, Cut Copy, Damian Lazarus and the Ancient Moons, Richie Hawtin, Emancipator, The Magician, and many more.

 

I feel like CRSSD is something hardcore music heads look forward to. The festival has transformed into a must attend event on the festival circuit and is putting SD on the house and techno map!

CRSSD Festival 2017 Spring | Phase 2

Positioned on the water in Downtown San Diego, CRSSD has emerged as a crown jewel in Southern California’s festival circuit, selling out both of its 2016 editions. In March CRSSD will again present the most cutting edge and exciting live and DJ talent from across the electronic music spectrum in the iconic Waterfront Park.

Since its inception in 2015, CRSSD has earned a reputation for showcasing the diverse, deeper and more intriguing artists in house, techno and leftfield strands of electronic music. CRSSD’s spring lineup will feature performances from standout live acts Blood Orange, AlunaGeorge, Dusky (a West Coast live debut), Recondite, and Bob Moses. CRSSD will also host the very best underground house and techno DJs including 2manyDJs, Jackmaster, Ame, Skream, Seth Troxler b2b Eats Everything, Damian Lazarus, Midland, and more, including special extended sets.

Rounding out the lineup will be some of contemporary music’s most in-demand acts including Flume, Duke Dumont, Snakehips, Giraffage and Lane 8.

Located in the idyllic urban core of San Diego’s downtown district, CRSSD blends Southern California culture with dance music’s underground roots producing an exceptionally unique vibe. Just minutes away from the Amtrak station, CRSSD’s grassy sanctuary is complete with technicolor sunsets, splash friendly fountains, and three stages. In addition to its ground-breaking musical programming, CRSSD also offers craft beer, gourmet food vendors from San Diego’s best restaurants, and a full mixology program. CRSSD is a 21+ festival.


About CRSSD Festival:

CRSSD is a Spring/Fall, 21+ festival taking place at Waterfront Park, on the Bay of San Diego. CRSSD debuted in Spring 2015. CRSSD has booked artists including Chromeo, Nicolas Jaar, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Giorgio Moroder, Empire Of The Sun, Odesza, Pete Tong, Maceo Plex, James Murphy and more.


For more information please visit:
http://crssdfest.com/

West Coast Weekender | San Diego

West Coast Weekender brought some heavy hitters to Spin Night Club and Balboa Park’s World Beat Center for a three day music conference in San Diego, CA (May 13th- 15th). This event was curated for music fanatics. Sprinkled throughout the crowd music lovers from all corners of the United States of House made an appearance! From New York to SF over 3,000 people attended this three day festival. Headlining the event were DJ legends such as Doc Martin, Miguel Migs, Rich Medina, Manik, Friction and many more. Meanwhile United By Bass/SD Union brought that special bump for those bass heads out there. West Coast Weekender showcased top talent and shined a spotlight on the underground sound of local San Diegan artists.

The drinks at West Coast were a bit on the expensive side, but in all fairness the ticket prices were very reasonable (starting @ 2 day $60, 3 day @ $89.99)for three days of quality music. Friday night kicked of at Spin with local San Diego talent. Saturday and Sunday the festival transitioned to the World Beat Center located on the grounds of Balboa Park. The World Beat center was the perfect stage for this event. The presence of indigenous Hispanic culture was felt through the murals which decorated the walls and the circular architecture of the building made for a great dance floor. Manik summoned forth the dopeness and let it fall on hungry ears Saturday Night. Doc Martin did his thing as usual, making it easy to understand why he's a legend. Sunny Sunday was a bit quiet during the day but the turnout was thick as Miguel Migs took the stage and kept it going.

In addition to the festivities, there were yoga seminars, panel discussions, and workshops for three day ticket holders who wanted to get a little something extra. Some of the notable workshops were Music For Positive Social Change, Moderated by Lauren Segal, Give A Beat. Brand Builders:  Record Labels, Event Promoters, Social Media Moderated By Asya Shein, Fusicology. And Songwriter’s workshop - Song-Writing, Producing, Remixing, Publishing Moderated By Jim Tremayne, DJ Times.

The house scene in San Diego needed a breath of fresh air and that’s what Oscar and Jessica Poche (I’ll House You, Media Services NYC) brought this past weekend. West Coast was an intimate music event, but the energy and sound was equivalent to any of those larger festivals out there.

Sensory Deprivation Tanks

Sensory deprivation tanks, or isolation tanks, aren’t nouns that conjure up scenarios of relaxation and meditation when left to the imagination. Today, they are now commonly referred to as float tanks. Float tanks were created by John C. Lilly, a neuroscientist, psychonaut, and writer among many other titles. He was regarded as a controversial figure in the scientific community, most notably for his psychedelic drug research and his attempts to communicate with dolphins.  

John created float tanks as an experiment to see how the mind would act without external stimuli. Essentially, the float tank is soundproof, lightproof, and you float in about 1200lbs of Epsom salt water at or around body temperature (98.6 degrees).

While floating may seem like a trippy, meditative experience at first thought, there are actual physical benefits: relaxation, reduced stress, improved sleep patterns, normalized blood pressure, unlocked creative centers in your brain, relieved muscle soreness, etc. Not to mention, you’re floating in a thousand lbs. plus of Epsom salt! Epsom salt has been a natural remedy for hundreds of years and has numerous benefits, such as magnesium absorption and detoxification of the body.

There has been a resurgence in the popularity of float tanks thanks to media figures such as Joe Rogan, and star athletes like Stephen Curry(Video: Floating With Stephen Curry).

Flot is the passion and brain child of owner Fred White, who on occasion is known to spend an entire night in the tank. "Flōt’s ethic: to provide our customers with the safest and most hygienic isolation floatation environments/chambers and facilities at the fairest rate possible while striving to leave the smallest environmental footprint."

Each individual responds differently to sensory deprivation. Some people can fall asleep instantly, and others simply can’t handle the lack of stimulus. I fell comfortably in between those two extremes. My mind wandered and I had to battle thoughts of “I hope I’m doing this right,” learning to let go. In its many shapes and forms, floating is a form of meditation. Floating almost feels like being in zero-g. I became conscious of the amount of stress and tension that I was carrying in my muscles, ligaments, and bones. I had the desire to stretch out and found myself striking Shavasana poses. My go-to was the Supta Baddha Konasana, more commonly known as the reclining butterfly.

It was hard for me to relax and eventually I had had enough. In a way, I felt overwhelmed by the lack of stimulus and had to leave the tank. Upon doing so, I was a bit disappointed that I could only handle 20-30 minutes. Had modern society caught up with me in all it glorious yet monstrous forms? The constant texting, checking, sexting, liking, posting…? Of course the first urge I had upon exiting was to check my phone and google “sensory deprivation.” I noticed the clock and it read 8:30PM. I had been in the tank for an hour and a half! I’ve never experienced a time warp like that outside of general anethesia, but I’m eager to get back in the tank for another mind-drift and see where the next float takes me.

Learn to let go at Flot San Diego. Browse Flot’s specials here.

CRSSD Festival Spring 2016

Photography by Felicia Garcia, Skyler Greene, Glen Silva, Gabe Tiano

Kinofilia Coverage: Arik Chapin

CRSSD Festival Spring 2016, located at the grandiose Waterfront Park in San Diego (SD), California, showcased a delightful set of electronic, house, and techno artists. CRSSD is an upcoming boutique music festival showcasing some great underground and mainstream talent in the electronic scene.

The artists and venue were reason enough to be beyond hyped for this event, which draws the surfers, burners, weekend festies and new wave hippy hotties into one nice electronic stew. CRSSD is located right next to the water and the back drop of high rises is reminiscent of an Edward Hopper painting.

With a rainstorm on the way, Saturday was looking to be the day to get it in before Mother Nature decided to make an appearance. The CRSSD venue is nicely spaced out between three main stages: The Palms, City Steps and Ocean View. By 4PM Damian Lazarus was throwing down at the City Steps; bouncing and bobbing was mandatory at this point. As the sun began to drop the bathroom lines swelled.

“I’ll take one of that!” Time to bust out the blanket and settle in for a Jon Hopkins sunset set! The deep ethereal sounds of John Hopkins slowly moved the crowd in and out of a trance state; Hopkins likes to spin to the heartstrings and pull at your emotional vessel. Time slowed and feelings morphed with light through the veins.

 

 

 

 

Dust the grass of your back and high five your neighbor! Spiritual naptime was over as Ben UFO took the stage just in time to get trippy. Odesza, with cliché yet necessary “face melting visuals” jammed their way through an amazing closing set as the rain began. However, due to unfortunate sound issues, many were left shouting, “TURN THE VOLUME UP!”

Sunday was a coin toss in terms of weather and artists. The rain poured down in the AM in an attempt to wash the hangover away. The Sunday lineup made it tough to choose between artists, but there were definitely some hits and misses. Hi-Lo killed it and Tycho had an incredible live (sunset) performance. The musical maniac was great to watch live as he produced colorful sounds and ambient waves. I overheard that it was hard to hear Chet Faker’s vocals due to sounds issues (again). He also only had an hour set to close out a sold out CRSSD. Tales of Us dropped out due to “health issues,” but Maceo Plex dropped in to save the evening. His high intensity set was a wonderful way to finish the festival.

CRSSD festival is leaving its mark on the San Diego music scene. With a five star location, talent, and vibe, it’s tough to go wrong with this house and techno festival.

P.S. Please add more bathrooms next time. Those lines were out of control!!!