Splash into the Deep end of House: Festival Review

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It was 108 degrees and the sets were sizzling for the first weekend of Splash House 2015. The two day festival consists of three different venues; each with its own personality, pool, and stage boasting the best of up-and-coming electronic dance music.

Splash House is the combination of all you summer plans: it’s a desert road trip, a day club, and a music festival all in one. Any initial pool phobias or anxieties about whether or not you’re summer body ready are quickly bleached by the day time heat. And any animosities towards the sun are washed out by the pool waves.

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Splash House seamlessly created an atmosphere that interweaved its venues, the music and its festival-goers into an interactive extravaganza. The decorations evoke “Summer-time Madness” with plethora floaties from half eaten donuts to Hawaiian llamas brought by attendees. The guests were also allowed to decorate their hotel balconies in hopes to be deemed the most Bitchin’ Balcony of the weekend; a title with perks of four free tickets for next year.

Guests this summer were invited to activities like morning yoga before their first dip in the pool, Disco Bingo during the day, and for whose didn’t want Splash House to end there was an after-hours after-party each evening. To quote a San Diego County native Lil Rob “ain’t nothing like them summer nights.”

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This year the event took place at The Hilton Palm Springs, the Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club, and the Saguaro; each equipped with a watering hole. The three venues were connected with a number of party buses making it easy to move from one stage to another.

The Hacienda was the calmest of the three, a good place to start and ease your way into the festivities. With green grass and misters you could dance ‘til your heart’s content.

The colorful Saguaro undisputedly was the epitome of the Splash House experience. This last weekend there were more bodies than water in the Saguaro pool, but the venue itself held just the right amount of crazy.

The Hilton Palm Springs was the location to end each night. When the sun finally set, the Hilton held the biggest and best DJ sets of the weekend, definitely the main stage if you had to name one. At the Hilton headliners such as RAC and Cashmere Cat would close out Splash House with feel-good vibrations.

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RAC, Remix Artist Collective is currently comprised of one, Andre Allen Anjos. RAC performed at Coachella earlier this year and has collaborated with YACHT, a veteran KSDT performer. Known for alternative dance, RAC performed a ‘DJ set’ Saturday. The Splash House stages gave the audience and DJs the ability to lock eyes and connect on a more intimate level. RAC’s unique sound flowed off the table onto the dance floor making his crowd the largest of the weekend. Ending the night with his single Let Go attendees were left with an up-tempo farewell to day one of Splash House.

Cashmere Cat also performed at Coachella earlier this year and performed at Mad Decent San Diego in 2014. This long haired cat was the final set of last weekend’s Splash House. The combination of house and hip-hop left for a sultry set filled with a number of his most popular remixes. Hydrating with a pint of beer mid-mixing, Cashmere Cat seemed rather laid back at a lower bpm (beats per minute), and the crowd was right there with him.

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During the daylight hours of Splash House there were so many artists to watch out for. Shift K3Y is a 22 year old London raised and acclaimed artist leaving his mark here in the U.S. He recently performed at San Diego’s Bang Bang and will be releasing a track under Dim Mak later this month. His set at Splash House was a hot blend of house and R&B – garage, bringing soul back onto the dance floor even in 108 degree heat. Thomas Jack performed at the Saguaro day two spinning his signature tropical house; a perfect fit for a summer pool party. The 20 year old will be in San Diego this September performing at the Mad Decent Block Party.

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Overall, Splash House was a gorgeous time filled with gorgeous people. It’s definitely a great pool party with a killer soundtrack, but because of the heat, the pools and the hotels were unquestionably the stars of last weekend’s Splash House. It was a unique experience, unlike any festival I’ve attended. Even with the 3,000+ festival-goer, the event felt intimate allowing you to connect with others who also made the plunge into Splash House 2015.

First -time hearing about Splash House? Don’t fret; this massive pool party/music festival is still young; starting in 2013 this baby is only coming into its third year.   With renowned artists such as Flume, Cashmere Cat, and Chromeo gracing the line-ups, this little oasis in the desert is quickly growing and is making a big name for itself. Splash House isn’t just making a splash in the EDM world it is creating waves in the music festival scene.

Interested in going? Don’t miss out. Tickets for Splash House August 2015 are still available online here.

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Photos & Review / Susan Bystrom

6/19/2015

Desert DAze

Desert Daze Festival Review

Providing a thoroughly relaxing atmosphere with an impressive lineup from start to finish, Desert Daze was surely an event for those wanting a music festival that offered attendees chances to hear great music without having to give up any chance to kick back and rest. Camping on the festival grounds provided guests with an easy walk between their camping spot and any stage, with some camping spots close enough to the stage that they could catch the music from their tents. Most music was certainly worth catching, too, as great bands played at each stage throughout the day, and not just at the prominently placed Moon and Block stages, with acts like Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel performing elsewhere. The way the acts transitioned worked very well, too, as when one band wrapped up at the Moon stage, the other at the Block would go on quite quickly after, removing any frustrating delays or holdups. This meant that one could catch one great act after the other, conveniently without having to walk very far at all.

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The artists that performed at the festival were superb to say the least. From start to finish, the musicians performing at Desert Daze put on a crash course in both musicianship and showmanship, many acts performing intricate songs while still putting on a show for the crowds. This lead to a great atmosphere throughout the festival, despite drastic genre differences between the artists; while Chelsea Wolfe held her audience spellbound with a hypnotic set filled with drone and doom undertones, Dan Deacon evoked an equally enthusiastic response by playing his brand of spastic, banter-laden electro-pop. This diversity of the artists performing is what made Desert Daze a great concert experience, because not only was there the cliched something for everyone, but the festival promoted genre diversity without compromising quality of the artists, which is impressive to say the least.

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Ultimately, Desert Daze was a terrific experience for myself, and is definitely worth attending for any fans of all types of independent music, from electronic to rock. With its casual, laid-back atmosphere and great acts, future iterations of the festival are sure to be can’t-miss entertainment.

Spring Quarter Applications

Thanks for all your applications! All your applications were amazing this quarter, and our schedule is looking great! We’ve sent out emails to y’all! Make sure you sign up for orientation (WED or THUR), you can find the link in the email we sent out.

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CRSSD Review

The recently re-designed Waterfront Park in San Diego was the venue for this year’s first ever CRSSD Fest, a two-day event featuring dance, electronic, and underground music. The 21-and-up festival was a fresh, much-needed surprise for San Diego’s tame concert scene.  Both San Diego’s ideal location and weather amplified the CRSSD Fest experience. Its sunny skies and proximity to Downtown and the marina provided CRSSD Fest with ample scenery. Within the festival, there was plenty of space to frolic and enjoy the music – which was loaded with impressive, high-caliber performances.

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A notable performance by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem got the crowd dancing with an all vinyl DJ set. The first night closed with an exceptional set by Empire of the Sun, an Australian electronic duo known for their vibrant stage theatrics. Their costumes were even more elaborate on stage than in their videos thanks to CRSSD Fest’s impressive lighting and production. Other memorable sets were performed by Hot Natured, Kaytranada, Harvard Bass, Odesza, Lee K, and Chromeo. Even between these awesome sets, CRSSD did not resort to a generic dance playlist. Instead, it featured live DJ sets and fun crowd interactions to keep everyone amped up.

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Each of the three well-spaced stages helped create their own unique atmosphere depending on what you prefer to listen to and do – dance, lounge around the fountain, mingle, or people watch. The diversity of the crowd did not disappoint. CRSSD definitely catered to a variety of festival goers – including the freaks you’d want to meet and the music-loving hooligans dressed in their festival best.

CRSSD Fest brought the view, the music, the people, and the food. Without a doubt, the festival made San Diegans proud, incorporating food from various local joints – including one of North Park’s favorite eateries, Soda and Swine. Representing San Diego’s brewing culture, CRSSD Fest had a lot of beers to choose from. Whether you’re a casual drinker or on the highest echelon of beer snobbery, CRSSD had your liquor fancies covered.

KSDT enjoyed coming out to this FNGRS CRSSD and Goldenvoice-promoted festival and looks forward to this becoming an annual San Diego event.

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CRSSD Fest Ticket Giveaway

Hey! We’re giving away free tickets to CRSSD Fest. Be sure to tune in this Friday during KSDT Studio Session hours if you want to score these FREE WEEKEND PASSES. We’ll also be playing mixes from artists performing at CRSSD.