RB Weekend Preview: Virtual Riot, Lee Foss, and BOO! Arizona
October 16, 2018
October 16, 2018
We’ve got a wild lineup in store this weekend, jam-packed with music Friday through Sunday. Starting us off right Sian takes over the Bar Smith rooftop on Friday while DJ Sliink gets down in Tempe. Saturday we’re going start to finish with Wet Electric 2018 by day and Adventure Club with Focus Fire in Tucson and Dr. Fresch + SNBRN with the official Wet Electric 2018 afterparty. Wrapping it up with an epic Sunday Funday is Walker & Royce at Shady Park.
Born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in southern Spain, eclectic techno producer Sian has been active in the underground techno scene since his early days engaging in club culture. He has been in Beatport top ten positions multiple times, received support and glowing reviews from the likes of Guy J, Mauro Picotto, and Gui Borratto, and caught the spotlight from print magazines, international radio shows, and web blogs. He even began his own label, Octopus Records, which has become one of the top five selling techno labels worldwide.
He took the reigns as Jersey Club’s first global star, spreading the genre from humble beginnings in Newark’s DIY party spaces to international culture hotspots like London, Paris, Milan, and Oslo – not to mention mainstream attention from MTV, SPIN, Vice, and more. After shooting to post-EDM stardom with a collaborative EP on Fool’s Gold with Flosstradamus, soundtracking Paris runways for Alexander Wang and Rick Owens, and playing festivals around the globe, Sliink is entering the next chapter of his career. The OWSLA Records bossman Skrillex sought out Sliink’s diverse club sound as the newest addition to their eclectic roster.
We’re taking over Big Surf Waterpark for another edition of Wet Electric and this year’s lineup is bigger than ever before. You’ll be able to enjoy zip lines, water slides, a wave pool, two stages and more. Adventure Club will be headlining the festivities alongside Bro Safari, Crizzly, Dr. Fresch, Loud Luxury and Sevenn. The RBDeep Takeover, specializing in both deep waves and deep beats, will host J. Philip, SNBRN, Codes, Lavelle Dupree, Shift K3y, Worthy b2b Option4.
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Adventure Club, made up of Christian Srigley and Leighton James, hail from Montreal, Quebec, and have been performing music together since their high school days. They started as a hardcore pop-punk band, which is evident in many of their songs, like their early “Do I See Color.” As they shifted into EDM, the duo began remixing popular pop-punk songs, like Brand New’s “Daisy,” showing how the two genres can blend together somewhat seamlessly. Adventure Club’s evolution over the years has demonstrated versatility and uniqueness. Joining them is Focus Fire, a dynamic EDM duo made up of Mark Barton from Scotland and Christian Ellison, from right here in Phoenix. Not only are they local, but they’re eclectic too – Focus Fire produces everything ranging from vibey, feel-good tunes to hardcore, dubstep bangers, ensuring every fan’s tastes are fulfilled, no matter how unique.
Dr. Fresch is a Los Angeles based producer dealing your prescriptions in the form of bouncy, bass-ridden beats. In 2007, Fresch started getting into dance music, listening to the likes of Justice, Daft Punk, and MSTRKRFT. In 2012, Tony launched the Dr. Fresch brand with remixes on Dim Mak Records, Big Mamas House Records, and Prep School Recordings. After securing a position as a resident DJ for Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records in 2013, he won Insomniac’s Discovery Project Contest and was chosen to perform at Nocturnal Wonderland. Since then he has gone on to play some of the biggest festivals in the world, furthering his reputation for deep, dirty, ghetto house beats.
SNBRN, known formally as Kevin Andrew Chapman, started making music at age 12. In May of 2014, he released several remixes and covers under the name SNBRN. Several of his songs became chart-topping hits on HypeMachine and accumulated millions of plays on SoundCloud and YouTube, gaining him some huge recognition. You may have first discovered him from his hit “Raindrops” or his remix of 50 Cent’s “21 Questions,” and if you do, you know his music is tropical, bouncy and oh so catchy. It’s often referred to as “sunset house” because of its ultra-relaxing vibe.
Dynamic duo Walker & Royce, otherwise known as Sam and Gavin, started producing their groovy deep house music back in 2011 on the unforgiving streets of Brooklyn. After their remix of SAARID’s “Future Lately” was noticed by Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus they were catapulted into the spotlight, resulting in a Crosstown Rebels EP You’re Not Welcome, which impacted their musical journey immensely. With one listen you’ll be dancing the night away to their vibey house beats, begging them, “Take Me To Your Leader.” Since this genre is so saturated with a never-ending list of new talent, it takes a skilled producer to stand out and Walker and Royce and climbed the ranks and proven themselves to be artists on the road to stardom. Their tracks are good for the body and soul.