5 Things To Know About Spring Awakening Music Festival 2014

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1. Spring Awakening Music Festival announced its breathtaking lineup earlier today, featuring some of the biggest names in EDM performing on four separate stages.

2. The three day fest will take place on the weekend of June 13th-15th at the ever-famous Soldier Field.

3. Whose headlining? Friday night starts off with a bang, thanks to Tiesto and Knife Party. Saturday places two of the biggest names in electronic music on the main stage in the form of Pretty Lights and Diplo. And finally, Sunday night wraps up with live performances from Big Gigantic and Chicago’s own Kaskade.

4. But that’s not all! Ever heard of Flux Pavilion, Dillon Francis, Eric Prydz, Feed Me, Bingo Players or Pete Tong? Yea, they’ll all be there too. Along with about 30 other of the finest producers/DJs EDM has to offer.

5. Tickets are on sale now, so pick yours up here.

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The Hometown Heroes: Krewella [Spring Awakening Music Festival Artist Spotlight]

Name: KrewellaKrewella-750x500
Who: Jahan Yousaf, Yasmine Yousaf & Rain Man aka Kris Trindl
Origin: Chicago, Illinois (represent)
Genres: Dubstep, Progressive House, Electro House, Drum and Bass, Synthpop
Labels: Columbia (Sony) Records, Krewella Music, LCC., Blanco y Negro, Monstercat
Upcoming Shows: Ultra Korea, Dew Tour (Ocean City, MD), Dover International Speedway, MASSV Music Festival, Electric Love, Veld Music Festival
SAMF Info: Sunday | 5:30 – 6:30 | Da Main Stage 1
We wanted to preface this post by stating that our overt bias for this group had absolutely nothing to do with the decision to create this entry. To be honest, of all the artists who will be in attendance at SAMF, Krewella has the potential to put on one of the sickest shows.

Why you ask? Cool your jets dude, we’re about to tell you.

Krewella brings something to their sets that most EDM artists can’t provide. That is, LIVE VOCALS. Upon the group conception in 2007, production brainchild Kris Trindl realized something quite important. Instead of whoring the vocal pieces to outside artists, why not just sequester two amazing resident vocalists as part of the group? Well, he did exactly that.

The Yousaf Sisters, Jahan and Yasmine, are more than just vocalists. They are songwriters as well. Now that is the ideal recipe for a live show: The Rain Man laying down those sick beats, while two sexy ladies back him up with cherubic vocal styling. The trio of artists actually met at a frat party of all places. Who would have thought that the chick you were trying to nail would actually be your bandmate. Weird, huh?

This group out of the West Loop has been making tsunami-sized waves in the scene since the release of their first hit ‘Killin’ It’ in early 2012. Since then, a whirlwind of fame and popularity has ensued, precipitating in many forms. Most notably – headlining at music festivals such as Ultra and Electric Daisy Carnival.

The Krew would like to point one thing out to their audience though. They feel as if they have been “pigeon-holed” with their generic classification as Dubstep. Kris notes that “people like to put us in a box, but we just like good music….if it’s between 100 BPM to 170 BPM, we’ll figure out a way to make it work and have a good time with it.”

Can’t ask for much more than that.

These Chi-Town heroes have taken a solemn vow that they constantly strive to uphold – “Making you wet…one song at a time.” Well it would seem as if this trio has succeeded, because we here at Rager Onions are fully saturated with Krewella’s love potions. And we were just hoping to spread some of this sodden mess with you this weekend.

Haha, gross.

Chicago’s Premier EDM Festival: Figure [SAMF Artist Spotlight]

Born: We have no idea. He’s in his mid to late twenties, good enough?
From: Rural, small-town Indiana (representing the Midwest!)
Genres: All things Bass Music, Drumstep, Dubstep, Monsterstep, Drum and Bass
Labels: (Whatever label he wants to throw down on) DOOM, Never Say Die, Big Beat Records, OWSLA, Circus, Mad Decent, Black Hole Recordings, Buygore Records
Upcoming Shows: Paradiso, Les Andentes, Summer Set Music Festival, EDC Las Vegas, Escapade Music Festival
Spring Awakening Music Festival Info: Sunday (June 16th), 7:30 – 8:30 on Da Drive Tent Stage 3

SAMF 2013The line-up for this year’s Spring Awakening Music Festival is absolutely HUGE.

Amongst the prodigious and the popular artists in the mix for SAMF, Figure is simply hiding behind their gigantic shadows, waiting for his chance to strike. Even I will admit it, he is definitely NOT for everyone. If you like drumstep and bass music however, you will love Figure.

Yeah, I get it, “bass music.”

Such a generic labeling. But honestly, that is the only thing you can call it. Josh has found a way to turn all styles of music into fast paced, face melting, bass-modulating insanity. A few listens to a selection of his remixes will be a testament to this man’s knowledge of musical theory and composition. I said it before and I will say it again, Josh Gard knows good music, and he knows how to manipulate other’s music to his own styling.

As I stated previously, classifying this producer is a bit tricky. But, I suppose he would fall into the same category as artists like Excision, Datsik, Flux Pavilion, and Borgore. However, lumping Figure into a group is doing a disservice to the kind of music he produces. The best way to understand what I am talking about is to simply click on a few of the tracks I have included below. His unique sound has earned him the loyalty of a massive, cult following of fans. On Josh’s Facebook, he describes his sound as “twists and turns through an intergalactic electro war armed with robots and missile drop laser synths.”

Works for me.

If you are looking for a catharsis this summer in the Chi, look no further. Josh Gard’s will bring intensity and earth shattering bass in excess. We just hope you can handle it. Oh and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for me at his show, I’ll be the guy losing my mind…in a good way.