Earplugs were for sale at the entrance of the show “because 150,000 watts is really fucking loud,” according to Excision’s merchandise team. Pieces of the wall molding fell to the ground as the PK speakers almost literally brought down the roof. The bass could be felt inside one’s chest cavity and felt on the walls. Rotating light heads bordered all four sides of the stage, forming X shapes and adding an extra dynamic layer to the visual show. Strobe lights also bordered the stage, ensuring that every drop hit harder. As with his two previous sets, Excision’s DJ table formed the base of every visual appearing on the screen, which were impossibly more impressive than the visuals from The Executioner. From the laser shooting aircraft racing through space that opens the show, to a giant metallic cat head and other complicated machinery, to throwback 90’s inspired skeletons, to more traditional geometric colorful sequences, the Paradox relentlessly blew the crowd away with its insane visuals.
Seemingly out of nowhere, 22-year-old Henry Steinway aka RL Grime has risen the ranks to the forefront of what is a new generation genre-fusing artists, setting eyes on exploring the uncharted and reshaping modern music with every new track he makes. Releasing his debut EP Grapes in April of 2012 on LA’s WEDIDIT imprint, RL took little time in making a name for himself, garnering early support from some of the biggest DJ’s in the world, including Diplo, A-Trak, Skrillex, and Just Blaze. In 2013 he released his sophomore EP High Beams on Fools Gold Records, debuting at number 8 on Billboard’s electronic charts. RL Grime’s work as a remixer has also been met with great acclaim, clocking in official remixes for Benny Benassi, Chief Keef, Jamie Lidell, and Shlohmo – as well as a bootleg of “Mercy” by Kanye West, which has since received over 3 million plays on SoundCloud. With two EP’s and a world tour under his belt, 2014 looks to be RL Grime’s brightest year to date, continuing to refine his sound and further pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a producer in the 21st century.
Excision’s song selection was also varied, mixing his iconic heavy bass classics with songs from his new album Codename X, while also throwing in songs from other popular dubstep artists and even a little Metallica. Two standout moments of the night involved props and exotic locales. In the first Excision was joined by three inflatable dinosaur costume people roaming the stage in the jungle. The second was a hilarious tribute to the Lion King, with Excision raising a stuffed lion cub above his head in front of a savannah sunrise. Excision successfully sets the bar even higher for himself with the Paradox stage, ensuring another strong touring run with this iteration. The stage is both easier to transport and modular, allowing Excision to reach more cities than before. Fans of both his old stages, as well as fans of amazing visual shows would do themselves a disservice if they did not experience the Paradox. The best bass music performer continues to earn his title, by continuously innovating and creating more high-tech and complex stages. 1,300 fans left the Rialto after the memorable performance completely blown away, some grateful they paid up to triple the original ticket price second hand to attend this memorable sold-out show. It was barely the second month of the year, yet Excision put on probably the best EDM show of 2016. Regardless, Phat Entertainment and Specto Entertainment will continue to bring the best EDM artists to Tucson, and setting the bar high this early in the year only ensures that 2016 will be another great year for ravers.
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Finally Made & Specto Entertainment proudly present: Badlands '16
Badlands returned for its second year at Tucson’s Slaughterhouse to give a Dead Day Eve Edition featuring Kid Ink, Kennedy Jones, Drezo, and Vee Tha Rula. Before the gates even opened the second stage artists, promoters, and staff for the event is running around getting everything ready.
Jason Sikorsky and Jacob Eisenberg, CoFounder, and CEO of Specto Entertainment are putting their best foot forward as they set up the show. Badlands started last year with success, setting the stage for Specto's main festival for the year. This year the lineup included a second stage for local hip-hop artists to showcase their work as well as some local talent opening the main-stage.
There was also several local vendors that offered, glow gloves, rave outfits, and t-shirts for festival attendees. Not to mention a bar for those 21+ inside Club Carnage where the second stage performers were.
Phoenix native, Drezo, kicked everything off on the main stage with his unique underground house style, which got the crowd moving and ready for the rest of the night. Kennedy Jones took the stage next and rocked everyone with some very different and nostalgic beats which then ended with his own freestyle rap to cap it all off, showing his offthecuff and carefree attitude. Which was the perfect amount of hype for our headliner, Kid Ink whose performance was nothing short of energetic, stylish, and flashy (lots of strobe lighting).
Until next years’ Badlands Tucson, the Specto team has more tricks up our sleeve that aim to please. For our next event come check out Dillon Francis at the Rialto Theatre with our friends from Phoenix PRVSM opening up.
Yosemite National Park native Bear Grillz began proceedings in his signature bear big head costume from his “Drop That Low” music video. He made a lot of new fans thanks to his amusing blankly staring bear head, as well as his heavy set. Indiana-native Figure got the audience particularly riled up during his intensely heavy set, inspiring two large mosh pits to form for the majority of his set. Just as it seemed the night couldn’t get crazier, the dormant Paradox stage was finally unveiled.
Specto Entertainment, PHAT Entertainment and Relentless Beats present the Tucson stop of RL Grime’s Void Tour featuring special guests DJEMBA DJEMBA and Tommy Kruise at The Rialto Theatre/Tucson, Arizona on Friday February 13, 2015. This is an 18+ event.
Friday, February 13, 2015at 9:00pm – 2:00am
Honing and perfecting his skills over the past several years, MAKJ has DJ'ed at some of the premier venues in the country including Playhouse, Avalon, Dim Mak Studios and Supperclub in Hollywood, Marquee, TAO, and Tryst in Las Vegas, The Grand in San Francisco, Pacha, Lavo and 1OAK in New York, LIV and Wall in Miami, plus recent shows in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, San Diego, Dallas, El Paso, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas. He also performed at this year's Ultra Music Festival in Miami and performed on the 2011 IDentity Festival in Boston, Washington, and New York. He has played direct support to greats such as Avicii, Armin Van Burren, Steve Aoki, Morgan Page, Wolfgang Gartner Paul Oakenfold, Adrian Lux and more.
Johnson's creativity and diversity as an artist have now carried over into the production field and his works have deservingly awarded him much critical acclaim and positive reception. His originals, edits, bootlegs, and remixes have received immense support from renowned artists such as Hardwell, Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Fedde Le Grand, R3hab, Chuckie, Avicii, Laidback Luke, Adrian Lux, Swanky Tunes, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, and many others. With the support of these greats in his pocket, MAKJ is now thriving in the realm of original production; he has a slew of new tracks slotted for release over the course of 2013, including releases on Hardwell's Revealed label, The Bingo Players' Hysteria Records, Nicky Romero's Protocol, and Robbie Rivera's Juicy Music. He has also released several official remixes on mega-dance label Ultra Records. Additionally MAKJ hosts a weekly radio show on Clear Channel's Evolution channel which can also be heard on 101.7fm in Boston and online via iHeartRadio. At only 22 years of age, Mackenzie Johnson has achieved an almost unfathomable amount of success. His dedication to his craft and ambition to surpass any and all competitors will further propel MAKJ higher than he could ever have imagined.
Phat Entertainment & Specto Entertainment presents: The Paradox Tour featuring Excision, Figure & Bear Grillz
The time is 3 o’clock in the afternoon, three semi-trucks park in the small alleyway next to the Rialto Theatre and workers immediately begin unloading a seemingly endless amount of touring crates marked with a distinctive X on the sides. Within these crates lies Excision’s third and newest stage, The Paradox, from the same team that had previously set the audio and visual benchmark for immersive and intense EDM performances with their X and Executioner set ups.
Canadian-born bass music pioneer Jeff Abel, better known by his stage name Excision, retired the Executioner last year following its third and final tour run in a three-year span. Fans did not have to wait long for Excision to announce the arrival of his newest stage following his performance at the Shambhala Music Festival in September. Promising to match the previous intensity of his high-energy DJ sets after realizing that his second setup had run its course, Excision and his team went back to the drawing board to do, “all the of the things we wished the Executioner stage could do.” The Paradox stage combines Excision’s signature 150,000 watt PK sound with a new modular, LED-based setup capable of fitting into any sized venue that the Executioner could not fit into before.
Phat Entertainment & Specto Entertainment presents: Blood Sweat and Bass Tour feat. Downlink & Dieselboy
It’s Saturday night in Tucson and downtown is starting to flood with locals, college students, and people looking to blow off steam. The small local art gallery, Solar Culture, is host to the Blood, Sweat, and Bass tour featuring Downlink & Dieselboy. As the doors open a small line starts to form with local rave kids and bass heads, hoping to get in and get a good spot for the show. With the headliners not scheduled to perform until midnight, the gallery is filled with hardcore ravers getting warmed up on their dance moves, poi spinning, and gloving for later in the evening. Solar Culture art gallery located downtown is the perfect setting for an intimate show such as this. Many early arrivals wonder around the space, taking advantage of viewing the artwork before the show officially kicks off.
Two rooms located up against the wall are filled with art, drinks, and the Specto staff and friends that
spearheaded the show. With little to no air-conditioning the VIP room is packed and musky, allowing
for more breathing room but still incredibly hot. Here is where staff members were getting ready
for Downlink and Dieselboys arrival. Decorated with a few mini fridges and many couches which
made for the perfect spot for our team to relax and prepare for the evening.
Outside in the main gallery area the elevated stage was being set up and the gallery soon was packed shoulder to shoulder and with the small art gallery space being completely utilized, made for an already very intimate show setting. Although Downlink is known for touring with Datsik and Excision the stage set up was simple as was the lighting. At least twice during his set the power died, I guess Downlink was throwing down too nasty of beats and the old building just couldn’t handle it.
In the private rooms I got to sit down and talk to Downlink about his life and what he was most looking forward to this summer. He said that him and Dieselboy were going home in a few days to rest and then would be heading back to Europe.
"Paris is my favorite place, probably in the world” Downlink gushed. “The art, the architecture, and just everything about it is amazing”. Downlink also shared with me his typical schedule when it comes to touring and performing. “ We (him and Dieselboy) typically go on mini tours every couple weeks, then go back home (California) to regroup and rest.” and who could blame them. With touring every couple weeks and getting little to no rest in between shows it’s amazing to see two performers give every show their all. Downlink was very high energy with his fans and had no problem leaning down on the stage to take pictures with people.
Dieselboy the Florida based DJ stated he’s really enjoyed the Blood, Sweat, and Bass tour even though sleep was hardly ever on the schedule. Dieselboy is a fairly new artist to the scene but has grown recognition for the past few years easily. I was able to ask Dieselboy some questions about his DJ Career and just a little about himself.
BM: How would you describe your sound?
DB: Aggressive and heavy with a lot of textures. Moshpit music
BM: How did you start DJing?
DB: It was a hobby in college that I became obsessed with. Started throwing my own shows in order to get myself bookings. Eventually it turned into a career by accident.
BM: How did you come up with Dieselboy?
DB: Back in the day I used to be on a chat service called IRC (Internet Relay Chat). Everyone had nicknames and at one point I started randomly using the word Diesel. I noticed that there was a local graffiti artist near my school that had a tag Diesel. So I changed it to Dieselboy because I looked very young at the time. I was also into comic books, video games, and cartoons. Also in the rave scene back then it was cool to have rave names based on kid-like thing, so it fit the times.
The show was a brilliant success leaving attendees amped up and wanting more. Downlink & Dieselboy’s energy and performances left everyone ready to after party with thirst for bass. Have fun in Europe guys we look forward to having you back in the Dirty T sometime soon.Previous Specto Entertainment events in Tucson
Specto Entertainment, Finally Made, Darkside Entertainment present
feat. WAKA FLOCKA FLAME, WILL SPARKS, JACKAL
+ Special Guests Drezo & Sam King
ALL AGES // 21+ to Drink
After Party 12am-2am, Hosted by Party Lockdown @Club Carnage
$25 GA / $40 VIP
Tickets also available at:
VIP INCLUDES: Quick Lane Access, Exclusive Front Stage Access, FREE Entrance to the
Party Lockdown After Party (More Details TBA)
Main Stage Locals: GREEDY GREEN, CAMERON CANNON, GODOVCHIK, MIC ORTIZ, DECADANCE
DJ COMPETITION WINNER:
All Ages | 21+ Full Liquor
Mackenzie Johnson, better known as MAKJ, uncovered a passion for mixing and DJ'ing at only 15 years of age. While living overseas in China as a professional racecar driver, the teenager grabbed hold of his first set of Technics 1200 Turntables. As he experimented with the new equipment, Johnson also took advantage of the countries in which he was living and travelling, and critically studied the technical nuances and styles set before him in the most popular overseas clubs. No longer would DJ'ing be just a hobby for MAKJ; it soon turned into a thriving career path.
As a 17-year-old, Johnson made his way back to the United States with a unique outlook and greater ambition than ever before. The insight Johnson acquired abroad gave him incredible local momentum; Johnson found himself being repeatedly invited to DJ countless local university and community college events and concerts. It was at this age that MAKJ also received priceless DJ'ing tutelage from one of the best in history, the late great DJ AM himself, who skilled MAKJ in the art of scratching over the course of several one-on-one lessons.
As soon as The Paradox tour was announced, Phat Entertainment and Specto Entertainment worked quickly to ensure that the madness would be coming to Arizona. Tucson was finally going to experience one of the most innovative and hard working artists in the business. Excision’s newest project is being unleashed on a 50+ date North American tour currently running from January through to April, stopping in Tucson on the last day of an unusually cold January. A giant line of underdressed ravers braving the cold snaked into the alleyway, back out the alleyway and down a block east of the Rialto. The excitement and anticipation of the 1,300 ravers filing into the historic theatre was palpable and understandable, they were about to witness a legendary show on its only stop in Arizona. Despite being devoid almost entirely of a visual show, the openers on tour with Excision still managed to quickly warm up the audience by getting them enthusiastically moving and dancing.
Specto Entertainment & PHAT Entertainment presents:
Peyote North American Tour
Tucson, AZ takeover
Specto Entertainment, Relentless Beats, CrowdSurf and PHAT Entertainment present the first ever Trapfest Tuscon featuring Brillz, Lookas, and Sikdope at the Rialto Theatre on Friday, July 17 2015.
With releases on staple electronic labels including OWSLA, MAD DECENT and SLOW ROAST RECORDS, as well as two, Top 10 albums on the iTunes dance charts, all within the span of a year; BRILLZ should be called the rookie MVP of the Bass Music game. Turning heads with his trapped-out blend of hip-hop and EDM, Brillz’s interest in music stems from his history in the dance music scene. Introduced through the dance itself, Brillz was a founding member of a dance crew called Liquid Pop Collective before producing and DJing. The group would hold events on the East Coast, merging the dance styles of funk and hip-hop with the rave culture dance “Liquid”. As he progressed into production, these themes would carry through as a foundation of Brillz’s aesthetic. Read more…
Miami native Lucas Rego, better know as LooKas, has made impressive waves in the electronic dance music scene since late 2013. Ever since his groundbreaking remix of “Tsunami” by DVBBS and Borgeous was released, it has garnered over half a million streams in just less than three months. Moreover, the remix was commissioned by Ministry of Sound and released as an official mix in early 2014. Since then, he has debuted his original single “Anger” on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends. Noted for his signature festival trap sound, Billboard.com’s “Next Big Sound” was quick to recognize LooKas as one of the top 10 artists on their Rising Artist Chart. Furthermore, EDM heavyweights Tiesto, Skrillex, Carnage, Dillon Francis, The Chainsmokers, Adventure Club, Borgore, Bassjackers, Bro Safari, Blasterjaxx and many others have already actively supported his productions. Recently LooKas has seen tremendous releases such as his original “Chaos” on Buygore, his collaboration with Flo Rida and Sage the Gemini “GDFR” via Warner Music Group, and remixes through Sony as well as Island Records.
When he’s not controlling crowds in some of the biggest clubs across the globe, Sikdope spends his days in the studio coming up with new ways to revolutionize music. This 23-year-old Polish producer started his relationship with music at a very early age. Attending one of the top music schools in Poland for more than 9 years has allowed Sikdope to become one of the most versatile producers in the game. From House to Trap, this DJ/Prouder has helped pioneer the sound of electronic dance music today. With frequent residencies in Beatport’s charts, Sikdope has gained support and recognition from artists like: Bassjackers, Benga, Borgore, Carnage, Chuckie, DVBBS, Designer Drugs, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, DJ Snake, Nervo, Nicky Romero, R3HAB, Skrillex, Skream, Steve Aoki and W&W, to name a few. Sikdope will be coming to a town near you!
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