GLOBAL DANCE FESTIVAL 2016
Your friendly neighborhood banger advisor Tatum here--I had the privilege to attend GLOBAL DANCE FESTIVAL, a one-day festival that lies in the trend of increasingly lit shows put on by Relentless Beats, with one of KAMP's favorite EDM-loving DJ's, Kira. You might've heard me say that October's BOO! AZ was the best event I've attended all year, but Global easily topped that. With a more diverse lineup, craaaazy big headliners, and my all-time favorite DJ (the goddess herself, Alison Wonderland), it's almost hopeless to believe it could be topped this year. Except it will, because Decadence NYE is happening, and the lineup is so good I feel like we don't deserve it. But we're here to discuss what a wicked awesome time I had experiencing the performances, with all photo credits to the amazing amateur concert photog, Kira Baum.
Enjoy this gallery of our highlight sets--it's bittersweet when the banger sets are so plentiful that you can't catch them all! Pictures are in chronological order, increasing in notoriety & banger level.
Dark Mark, the first artist performing at the main stage, threw down quite a heavy set for so early in the day, but I can’t express how much the crowd loved it. There’s nothing quite like seeing a gradually growing crowd of neon ravers get drawn in by heavy bass and collect under a clear blue, Arizona sky. This DJ is a veteran in the AZ EDM scene and won a DJ contest to earn a slot at GDF, so he is definitely worth checking out. -Kira
Louis Futon, playing as the sun begins to set. He is most well-known for his trap and future bass original work, as well as his exceptional hip hop remixes from artists including G-Eazy, Logic, Future and many others. It seemed that his set was a turning point for the festival, as most of the attendees had officially arrived and were ready to rage. -Kira
LOUIS THE CHILD
I wasn't sure what side of LTC we were going to get tonight--they either create a medley heavy with their own releases, or DJ a diverse and unexpectedly lit set. We got the former, which is just fine with me. The vibes were so positive, as all their releases carry a certain 'sparkle' that is mesmerizing. I couldn't stop smiling through the whole set, and as you can see, the guys know how to use the stage well. Their most recent track "Fire" has been on repeat for months. -Tatum
Just a few days before GDF, Aussie native Alison Wonderland released some merch with the quote "Fuck Me Up On A Spiritual Level". She's been saying this recently to open sets (I listen to quite a few!) and talks on Twitter about it essentially being her 'mission statement' for a show. Her goal is creating a connection between performer and audience member in the most personal way possible. I think her values as a producer of her own music as well as a prolific DJ are beyond admirable, but I don't think I ever understood how she could pull it off. However, seeing her at Global, in a sea of at least a thousand people, I felt the story she was telling through music. I felt the emotion when she played some of her own tracks and realized that I had gained a connection with them mirroring hers. It's more than just feeling relatable to an artist--it's spiritual. On a technical note, she might've been the most talented DJ I saw that night--as a budding DJ myself, I heard her do things I couldn't imagine creating myself even if I had the gift to think of it. If you ever get the chance to see AW, do not let yourself miss out. I think seeing her changed a lot of concertgoers' perspectives on what electronic music can achieve. -Tatum
Herobust and one of his groovy dancers absolutely feeling the bass during this wild set. If you’re someone who lives for dirty bass, this was absolutely the set for you. As I weaved through the crowd to capture this shot, I was surrounded by a community of people thriving on everything Herobust was putting out there. From flow dancers to head bangers, it seemed like anyone who came to the festival for any particular artist came together to dance under Herobust’s spell. -Kira
Valentino Kahn, throwing down one of the most versatile sets I have ever seen. Bouncing from trap to deep house to progressive house to drum & bass got the crowd more pumped than you could’ve imagined. It’s hard to choose, but I would have to say that his performance was my favorite of the entire talent-filled evening. Not a single person was standing still during his set, and I think I still feel the soreness from the four combined drops of 'Deep Down Low' and its VIP (because, obviously, you have to get deep down low... I think it's civil obligation!) -Kira & Tatum
Do you remember the headline a while back, where a Colorado town was flooded with reports of an earthquake, that ended up just being a Bassnectar concert? It happened again in the nearby Awatukee suburb. There's not much more to say than that. -Tatum
2016 ISN'T OVER YET!
DECADENCE AZ is going to bring fans from all over the country to Phoenix with our unreal lineup (I mean come on, Porter Robinson and Deadmau5!!!)
The event is happening December 30th & 31st, and you can find the whole lineup and ticket links on their website!