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Artist Spotlight: ATHRS performs at Imagine 2018


Punk EDM Rocker ‘ATHRS’ Reflects on Performing at Imagine 2018

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ATHRS reflects on his IMF 2018 experience.

Punk Rock electronic artist, ATHRS, born Mike Torres, performed for his second time at Imagine Music Festival (IMF), this year in Hampton, Georgia. The Orlando, FL, native often performs in the Southeast and said Atlanta’s premier electronic music festival is one of his favorites.

“I love performing in Atlanta, this is my second year at Imagine. Glen and Maddie throw one of the best festivals out here and it’s always so amazing to be a part of it,” said Torres.

Rock and EDM have been in an intertwined relationship ever since Skrillex burst onto the DJ circuit after leaving his post-hardcore band “From First to Last.” Steve Aoki was a signer and guitarist in the scream band “This Machine Kills,” EDM powerhouse, Zedd, was once a member of death core band “Dioramic,” and bass legend, Bassnectar, also was once in a metal band. Some acts leave the “rock sound” almost entirely, trading guitars for synthesizers and hard bass, at times only referencing their roots in mashups or remixes.

ATHRS has managed to evolve into EDM while keeping his pop punk influences intact. This has allowed him to create original music that melds the two genres in a genuine way. His opening show on the final day of Imagine was a nice warm-up for concertgoers who weren’t still recovering in their tents or asleep at home from the night before. Torres played for an intimate show for a crowd at the Six Feathers stage, splitting the set between his laptop and DJ Controller, and grabbing his guitar to leave behind the booth and rock out on stage and right in front of his audience.

ATHRS grew up on pop punk music and says he is influenced by bands like All Time Low, Greenday, and blink-182. He also has a penchant for DJs like Kayzo and Borgore, and says Adventure Club is one of his biggest influences. ATHRS got to experience Adventure Club at Imagine this year. The pioneers of vocal dubstep put on an epic show full of lights, lasers, and their signature sound, famous for attracting many fest-goers into the electronic scene in the first place.

“I was super hyped to see Adventure Club. They killed it. It was an ABSOLUTELY epic show,” said Torres.

ATHRS thinks the diversity of sound within EDM music has attracted more and more people to American EDM music and events. He uses his platform to produce a unique combo he calls “pop-punk electronic” with vocals characteristic of punk rock, interwoven with synths, energetic beats and high energy drops. His songs vary from highly rock influenced to more house influences like his single, “Shed Your Skin.”During his performance of “Under My Skin,” a cut from his upcoming EP, Torres croons about not letting the world get to him before a crescendo of heavy, melodic guitar riffs, with a dance beat picking up to join the melange of sound

During his performance of “Under My Skin,” a cut from his upcoming EP, Torres croons about not letting the world get to him before a crescendo of heavy, melodic guitar riffs, with a dance beat picking up to join the melange of sound.


“People are hungry for real talent, drive and ambition, and that’s what I hope to bring them. They also get to see [my] vulnerability. I think it really comes through in the music,” he said.ATHRS’ fans, those who saw him at Imagine, or people who want to hear his unique brand of punk EDM, can catch him next at Uncle Lou’s entertainment hall in Orlando, October 14th.
ATHRS’ fans, those who saw him at Imagine, or people who want to hear his unique brand of punk EDM, can catch him next at Uncle Lou’s entertainment hall in Orlando, October 14th.

ATHRS’ latest EP “Pop Punk is Dead” will be releasing soon and a music video for his single, “Rollercoaster” was recently released on Youtube. Fans can find more of ATHRS’ music on Soundcloud, athrs.com, and Spotify.

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[Chill/House:] NVDES – Louì


[Chill House/Ambient/Big Room:] NVDES – Louí

 

Check out this chill house cut from NVDES. The group has been gaining popularity after their song “D.Y.T. (Do Your Thing)” appeared in an Apple commercial for different styles of camera lighting.

Like “Do Your Thing,” “Louí” has a very chill vibe, even more so than the former. Lush house vibes and a calm, but steady beat are refreshingly reassuring for the house genre as a whole.

NVDES – D.Y.T. (Do Your Thing) [feat. REMMI]

[New Future House/Bass EP:] Tchami – World to Me EP


[New Releases:] Tchami – World to Me EP (Confession Records)

One of my favorite EDM/Future House DJs, Tchami, whom I saw in concert here in Atlanta about a month or so ago, has finally released the Extended Play of his hit song, “World to Me.”

My favorite remixes so far from the EP are the Rootkit Remix and Dillon Nathaniel’s Remix. Nathaniel’s remix was dropped by Tchami and Malaa at the Atlanta Tabernacle show and features some festival-rocking, club-jumping bass revvs that are simply amazing.

The Rootkit Remix is much more atmospheric and when the chorus/drop hits the following mish mash of sounds resounds and lifts the track, and you, up high into the air. Sounding like, I dunno, for some reason it kinda reminds me of the ethereal-ness I experienced when first hearing Morgan Page’s “Fight For You” and it’s “Derby Fight” mash-up remix.

Be sure to check out the World to Me EP and Tchami’s “Confession” if you haven’t already.

[Concerts] Tchami & Malaa No Redemption Tour: Live at The Tabernacle in Atlanta


Tchami & Malaa brought down the house at The Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, November 18th. With Halogen as the opening act the duo proceeded to melt minds and faces around 10:30 PM. Check out some of the videos I took below:

Summer ’99. Bass was lit.

I know this one! It’s “The Sermon” check out the light show these cubes give off.

Another unknown song. The drop was incredible however.

Pure Bass/Future/Dance house vibes.

Another epic remix with ridiculous bass.

 

[Festival Blog] iMAGiNE Music Festival Blog & Review


I know it’s rather late, as I’ve been busy with my last semester of college and working two jobs, however I finally got around to posting my Imagine Music Festival (IMF 2017) pictures, video clips and a general review. It’s a month overdue but let’s get into it.

Review Score: Imagine Festival 3.75/5 Stars ( B- )
Quick Sum-Up: Imagine Music Festival (IMF) is a high profile EDM festival hosted in Southwest Atlanta (about 20 minutes south of the capital) every year. Sponsored by iRiS Events and Management, Imagine is a large fest that features camping options. The experience itself (like most fests) is epic. IMF does a great job with killer light and laser shows, attractive stages with fire cannons, and activities for fest-goers.

Day 2: Walking into the House area, Chill Future House playing (possibly Nora En Pure).

Day 1: The end of Ill Gates set who performed on the Disco Inferno stage (a smaller but central stage of the fest).

Continue reading [Festival Blog] iMAGiNE Music Festival Blog & Review

[EDM/Hip-Hop:] Flux Pavilion – Stain (feat. Two-9)


[EDM/Rap:] Flux Pavilion – Stain (feat. Two-9)

Atlanta Rap Collective group Two-9 has teamed up with one of the biggest DJs in the game (and major headliner of this weekend’s Imagine Music Festival), Flux Pavilion. The result is an eardrum destroying massive track that is guaranteed to do nothing except blow up in popularity.

Congratulations to the Two-9 family of artists, local Atlantans making big moves!

[New DJ Mix] Summer 2017 Chill Club Mix – LUMiNUS


Be sure to check out my latest mix, a chill mix of potential club favorites, perfect for 2017’s summer vibes.

Starting off very chill with Phantom’s epic and haunting remix of ODESZA’s “Waited 4 U” the energy picks up as the song transitions to favorites by Tchami, Diplo, Zedd and more!
By far, this is one of the smoothest mixes I’ve done and needed the least post-editing. I am very proud to present this to you all on SoundCloud. Enjoy.