MIX TAPE MONDAYS
Mixtape Mondays 005

It's no doubt that electronic music has caught the attention of the masses. Since the recent explosion of the genre in 2011, it seems that just about everyone has embraced it. Whether its 'deep house' to 'tropical trap rap' to 'moombahton' the genres continue to expand with a now more than ever diverse roster of seriously mind bending choices. We rounded up a mix of twelve songs that are worthy of so much play time it's ri-dic-u-lous.

THE BAND AID
Holy Ship! to Make Serious Waves Across the Caribbean

For many, there's nothing better than the thought of beating the winter blues by sitting poolside, sipping cocktails, and soaking up sunshine; as your luxury cruise ship sails around the blue waters of the Caribbean. But this New Year, some may beg to differ.

In a spirit that pushes the envelope and perhaps foreshadows the massiveness of 2012 that is to come, Holy Ship! sets sail today, January 6th, well-equipped with all of the above, and a bit more. Ever wanted to rave barefoot on a private white sand beach? Play poker with Steve Aoki? The world-class cruise liner MSC Poesia redefines upping the ante by providing guests with five on-board venues, multiple world-class DJs and 2,500 of their new best friends. Fatboy Slim, Laidback Luke, Skrillex, A-Trak are just a few among many that will hit the decks on the decks, and around the clock music will have passengers dancing up a storm, whether from their private cabins below or up above overlooking the Caribbean Sea. If a break from dancing is needed, the on-board spa is equipped with a steam room and Turkish bath, and, for any experienced festival goer, the concept of a post-show massage as luxurious as it gets.

IN THE MIX
DJ Price On Past, Present & Future
You started spinning at a pretty young age. What was it like laying your foundation as a DJ at the Spin Academy?

Back then it wasn't about loading up a laptop with the latest house anthems or hip hop edits. It was about digging through crates and practicing everyday. My favorite part about the Scratch academy was learning from the big name DJs that would come through regularly.



What were some challenges of starting out young?

Getting into nightclubs! You had to sneak in or carry some other DJs records.



How were you able to rent out lofts and throw your own parties at such a young age? How does this compare to playing the huge shows you do today?

We saved up money and pooled our resources. You can do anything if you have the right team behind you. Today, life is a lot less stressful. Being an event organizer is hard!

ALL ACCESS PASS
The One Night Only Experience of Electric Daisy Carnival

In a video documentary directed by Nirvana collaborator Kevin Kerslake, the Electric Daisy Carnival Experience gave the world a one-night-only look into the country's biggest and most elaborate electronic music festival. The two hour long movie event primarily focused on the 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival, which marked the last year that the festival was held within the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to Las Vegas this year. Testimonials were given from DJs such as Kaskade, ATrak, Steve Aoki, will.i.am, Deadmau5, and Travis Barker as well as members of Insomniac Events, go-go dancers, and even the police who work the event. The general consensus? An overwhelming amount of love and support for the ever-growing event. Electric Daisy Carnival "creates a oneness" as Canadian DJ sensation Deadmau5 described the event.

Whether or not you were able to ever experience the real Electric Daisy Carnival, theater goers got the next best thing last night through this film.With a special tribute to the late Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM, the film showcased the celebrity DJ at the 2009 Electric Daisy Carnival before his passing. Friend and collaborator Travis Barker boasted on how AM could turn any track into a hit with a live audience. Clips of a healthy and happy looking DJ AM made the whole theater excited as he gets the 100,000 person crowd jumping to his mixes. Featuring other memorable performances by Swedish House Mafia, Major Lazer, Benny Benassi, Afrojack, MSTRKRFT, it was nearly impossible for ticket holders to keep still in their seat. (At least in the theater I attended!)

Having a natural ambiance of positivity, the sixteen year old festival is spoken about through the film as a place where people can go to express their inner self and make lifelong friends. It is stressed that the Electric Daisy Carnival is not a place where you simply purchase a ticket and sit in your seat, but an audio and visual wonderland that allows all who attend to have an interactive experience.The love and passion for the dance music culture is apparent throughout the whole film celebrates the music, the people, and how the two become one. Although there has been some negativity surrounding the event, EDC goers insist the adverse opinions stem from individuals who have no connection to youth culture, or those who simply have never enjoyed an Electric Daisy Carnival. One security officer being interviewed even went as far as saying that Electric Daisy Carnival is his favorite event to work because "You don't have to worry about belligerent people here who tend to hate police...Everybody loves everybody here."