Artist Spotlight: Michael Sparks
August 23, 2022
August 23, 2022
As some of us pack our bags and look towards California for the magical experience that will be Insomniac’s Nocturnal Wonderland, a lot more of us stay in the valley and decide to enjoy the opening weekend to the last hot month of the year! So to say what’s up to September and Labor Day Weekend we’ve got six events this weekend including Sydney Blu, Sub Focus & Alvin Risk, Hardwell, Lookas + Botnek, Erick Morillo, and lastly Space Yacht Phoenix’s San Holo.
9/2 – Sydney Blu @ Bar Smith
Having grown up on house music from the likes of Green Velvet, Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, and Gene Farris, Toronto’s own, Sydney Blu, has developed a passion and a calling for this Chicago-based tech house sound. Her latest work was a single out on Kinetika Records titled “Verbs” which illustrates the techno influence that Sydney Blu has rich in her blood. Among this song her last EP released earlier in the year saw huge success. The title track of the EP reached #38 on the Beatport Tech House chartsand received support from house-heavyweights such as Mark Knight, Matt Sassari, Tocadisco, and Prok & Fitch.
From his beginnings as a bedroom DJ five years ago, to headlining the Glade stage at Glastonbury in 2010, Nick Douwma, better known as Sub Focus, has become one of the most interesting, innovative and important voices working in British electronic music today. Refusing to be stuck within one genre, Sub Focus has ventured far and wide around the world of dance music. If it has bass and a hard hitting hook, he’s on it. With songs like “Close“, “Eclipse“, and “Turn Back Time” we can see how far Sub Focus has spread himself when it comes to his music and style. Probably one of their biggest hits and best known songs is “Tidal Wave” which you can hear to remind yourself below.
Sub Focus – Tidal Wave ft. Alpines
Our favorite and biggest Dutch DJ/Producer Hardwell is back again to give us the biggest event of the weekend at Talking Stick Resort! A bigroom classic and leader in that time era, Hardwell has many hits under his belt such as “United We Are”, “Birds Fly“, and “Eclipse“. If you haven;t seen the big dutch man live before you definitely need to attend this event. Lately Hardwell has been in the studio with W&W as well as Lil Jon to bring us “Live The Night” another bigroom classic by our favorite bigroom artist!
Whenever an artist tackles Swedish House Mafia it needs to be taken with a grain of salt. With a name as world-renowned as this comes much attention, therefore you have to ask yourself: might this just be a publicity stunt? Likewise, the group is so well-known that the remix treatment to their tracks is nothing new, and quite frankly quite oversaturated. However, every so often you find that one that succeeds despite the forces working against it. This time, with the classic track “Leave the World Behind,” Lookas and his collab partner JayKode have crafted something impeccable.
Combining elements of electro house, techno, and even a little dubstep, Botnek are here to drop some new music. The DJ Duo originate from Montreal, Canada and consist of members Eric Muse and Gordon Huntley. They’ve been hot off of Dim Mak Records for some time and have gained huge support from people like Steve Aoki, Avicii, Zedd, The Crystal Method, Skrillex, and so many more. Their two newest songs are off of their favorite label mentioned beforehand, Dim Mak, and provide the deep electro sound Botnek is infamous for having in several of their tracks. “Bad Bitch” their first track is a little more upbeat than the second track “Touch Me” and steals elements from g-house as well.
There really is very little in the world of music and entertainment that Erick Morillo hasn’t turned his hand to. He’s a platinum-selling artist, he’s topped the charts worldwide as the producer behind Reel 2 Real’s hit “I Like To Move It” (used in both Madagascar movies, reaching millions of viewers worldwide and covered by Will I Am in Madagascar 2) and he’s been responsible for a bewildering array of dance-floor tracks including ‘Reach’, ‘Believe’, ‘Do What You Want’ and ‘I Feel Love’. He’s remixed everyone from Whitney Houston to Basement Jaxx and continues to run the legendary Subliminal Records house music empire. Check out his newest remix of Lost Frequencies below and get a taste for the funky house beats that will be at Talking Stick on Sunday.
San Holo is the hottest artist in trap & future bass music currently. Reigning from the Netherlands and fresh off the Monstercat Label, he has plenty, if anything too much, credentials to truly how amazing this guy is.This future beats to trap connoisseur made his debut on Heroic with the single Hiding (ft. The Nicholas), also via Point Point’s Filet Mignon compilation. A true head turner, it garnered the support of major tastemakers in the scene, including LessThan3, Earmilk, Trap.NET and more. His latest song just dropped a little over two weeks ago and continues to push the bars of experimental trap and what is expected.
As per usual, ticket links should be in the title of each shows name so go ahead and click there and you should be good to go! Other than that have a fun and safe weekend everybody and I’ll see you on the dance floor!