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Keegan Tawa Releases “Walk Alone” Featuring Olivia Price

State College-based electro-house producer Keegan Tawa, a WTMO favorite, continues to mesmerize with his effortless-sounding progressions, beautiful synth riffs and impeccable choice of vocalists. On his newest release, “Walk Alone,” Tawa delivers again, this time employing the talents of another rising PSU talent, vocalist Olivia Price.

Together, the two have created a beautiful melody, a piece that is teeming with emotion, that seems to bid farewell to the once promising days of summer. Tawa has proven himself a versatile producer, sticking to the realms of electro-house while experimenting with tones, vocalists and emotional connections. Tawa’s partnership with Wilde is a natural one, her voice sweet and soft like whipped cream. The result is one that is not to be missed.

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Mix of the Week: Syncopated Sounds Podcast Episode 006

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Label founder Andy Fitton presents Episode 006 of the Syncopated Sounds Podcast from Syncopated Records. Syncopated Sounds Episode 006 is a personal mix, premiering original work from Syncopated Records DJ and producer Andy Fitton, under the moniker Atomisk, while highlighting music from producers he both personally knows and reveres.

The mix is a hybrid of original work and remixes from house and techno masters such as Eric Prydz, Jeremy Olander, Fehrplay, Dantiez Saunderson, Cari Lekebusch and Scuba, and quality original work from names you might have never heard before, such as Petter B, Richard Knott and Pete K.

If you’re looking for a new podcast on par with Eric Prydz’s Epic Radio in terms of intricacy and selection to detail, look no further. All episodes of Syncopated Sounds Podcast are available for free download.


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Festival Review: F.A.R.M. Fest 2014

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It’s rare that you find yourself in a place where nothing and no one is holding you back—A place that wholly encourages you to express yourself. I mean, one that practically begs you to.

We found this place on the hilltop of Rickey Farm in Vernon, NJ a couple weekends ago at F.A.R.M. Music & Arts Festival. The crew at Farm Fest Music did an impeccable job planning and executing one of the prominent transformational festivals the East Coast saw this year. I don’t mean this in offense, but I don’t think anyone expected what we became a part of—and that’s one of the best parts about it…each one of us was crucial to the overall experience. It seemed as though everyone had a hand in the production, whether it was planning, photographing, selling, painting, building, talking, singing, playing, laughing, dancing—whatever. It was only the experience that we had because of the people that were there, and I am extremely grateful to have participated because it was nothing short of a beautiful thing. Hoopla in the Hills was great, The Mad Tea Party Jam was really great, but F.A.R.M. Fest changed my life.

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To begin, the line up was amazing. It was a perfect mix of jam and electronica. From, Papadosio to Bluetech…from Twiddle to Liquid Stranger…from MUN to Random Rab, we were destined to hear an insane weekend of music. Although the schedule wasn’t always accurate, I still got to see the majority of the artists I wanted to. To preface my next sentence, I didn’t see a single bad set, so this isn’t a comprehensive list by any means. That being said, some of my favorite acts were Liquid Stranger, Wink, and Honeycomb.

Liquid Stranger simply threw down. Traffic had caused his first set to be cancelled, so my friend and I laid down to take nap in order to stay up through the late night sets. All of a sudden we hear, “Hey everybody, I’m Liquid Stranger…” So it was like, “TAKE NOTHING, LET’S GO,” and we ran to the stage in time for the first drops of that filthy, filthy bass. The crowd quickly filled up and the fire was flowing from some of the better performance artists I’ve ever seen. People got down in those 45 minutes, which was all the time he could squeeze in before they prepared the stage for the next act. Liquid Stranger’s downtempo set was due to start shortly after, which made people flock to the Silent Disco stage in anticipation. I don’t really have words to describe the sounds I heard through my headphones as I jammed with my hoop for the entire hour and then some. Otherworldly, maybe? A downtempo set isn’t something you normally get from an artist like Martin Stääf, who is popular for his heavier drum ‘n’ bass/dubstep/futurebass sounds, but as expected, it spawned the perfect dreamscape for us to express ourselves within.

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Young rising artists, Honeycomb and Wink, each brought this same level of energy to their crowds under the tent stage. Honeycomb, a 22-year-old hailing from Connecticut, has unspeakable talent. Standing in front of him, my eyes wide open, my jaw dropping, I could have sworn there were computers involved. I thought there had to be. Nope. There weren’t. The heavy bass lines and glitchy breaks were completely organic. A quote from his Facebook page, “…with his love for all styles of music he reactivates the dying artform that is beatboxing to provide a high-energy experience guaranteed to bring the beat out of you!” It did just that, piquing the interest of anyone in ear shot, the crowd began to fill in. Wink took the stage alongside him, feeling out Honeycomb’s energy, and laid down his own filthy beats, transitioning flawlessly into his solo set. All of a sudden, Wink was delivering the best performance at that time, and people realized, as bodies filed in from both sides. I’ve seen Jason play live before, but this set was fueled by his passion for music and desire to entertain the people around him. He is a good friend of mine, and I’m not including this little tid bit to promote him solely because of that. This festival brought out the best in all of us, and Wink’s energy flowed from his fingertips,–twisting knobs, pressing triggers, and sifting through tracks–through the speakers in the form of booty shakin’ beats, into our ears, escaping us in wiggles and wobbles we didn’t know we had in us. After his set, someone asked him what all he did to prepare. His response? “All day, all I was thinking about was the first transition from Quantum Peeps to the Sugarpill Remix…the rest was pretty free form.” I couldn’t help but bust out laughing, so happy to have been a part of Jason’s experience–an artist who realized that he’s doing exactly what he should be, who reaffirmed the fact that he’s got what it takes, and who was able to see just how much people really want to hear what he has to play. He became the talk of the festival grounds for the last night of the weekend, and he deserved every word of praise.

Now as for the art that came alive over the course of three days–incredible. A piece that stood out to me was the stage created using techniques from Earth Ship builds, created by one of the festival coordinator’s brothers. If you don’t know what an Earth Ship is, please check it out! The concept is a giant leap towards self-sustaining communities, creating structures out of recycled materials and natural elements that assist in conscious living. The program invites anyone–literally–to learn how to make a difference in their environment. It was really awesome to see these building techniques incorporated into a stage! The other form of art that had me mesmerized were the performance artists…on fire. From Eric Del Toro and his dragon staff, to Mikey C and his doubles, to TheKitty Kat and her poi, I became even more obsessed with flow arts. Fire flow is something so fascinating to me. It encourages me to pick up a hoop or poi and spin, spin, spin until I can’t anymore. These artists inspired me to keep practicing, in order to get to the point where I can light up the night just as they do. It was awesome to see how each artist expresses themselves through their work. I do admit, they stole my attention away all weekend, any time they were around.

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Eric Del Toro

I have spent a lot of time thinking about this experience; almost every day since. It’s really difficult for me to explain just how important it became in both my mind, and those of the people I observed around me. There was a shift towards something–a higher consciousness…a greater passion for life…a leap of faith? Whatever it may have been for you, you were in a safe environment to explore the depths of yourself through expression of any kind. An environment that, for me, shattered my understanding of success and planted the seed of desire to become something more, not just for myself, but for my community of friends and family. This new found awareness was a difficult thing to work through, but at the end of the day, I was better for it. By the end of the weekend, I was different. A month later, and the energy from all of you talented hardworking artists and beautiful expressive souls still runs through me–helps me start each and every day with the desire to make a change to my attitude and my environment.

The idea of “family” was definitely present at this small east coast festival, but really, we created bonds rooted deeper, even, than that. As I said, I was not the only one who experienced this sort of shift in something. Within the small camp site we created, uniting people from all over the country, bridging the gap between groups of friends, many of us left Sunday morning with our hearts, minds, and bodies aching. As I looked around at the faces that became familiar, I realized we were all trying to avoid something. We yearned to stay alive in the moment that was the entire experience of the weekend, surrounded by the energy radiating from each creative person. We didn’t want to say good bye to any of it. For me, I was scared I would slowly forget all that I learned. I had a fear that the monotony of the life I knew prior to F.A.R.M. Fest would slowly but surely wash out the complexity of my experience. Let me tell you though, it hasn’t. I have helped more people around me in the last month than I ever have my entire life. I have taken initiative to build up my career in an industry–no…a community that has given me so much. I have become nothing short of inspired and humbled by the art that flows from this community into my world each day. So, to everyone who was a part of my experience, I hope you acknowledge that you have made a difference in at least one persons life, and I am forever grateful. The intention of F.A.R.M. Fest was to bring together a community of people within which ideas of creativity and consciousness would be exchanged, in a transformational festival setting…and transform us, it did. This is the Future of Artistic Revolutionary Minds.

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Photos: F.A.R.M. Music & Arts Festival

Check out our album from this past weekend–which was incredible to say the very least.

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Festival Preview: Peach Fest, August 14-17

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If you haven’t heard about the movement on the mountain, then this is the summer to check it out! Peach Fest, originated in 2012 by the Allman Brothers Band, has taken place each August on beautiful Montage Mountain in North Eastern Pennsylvania, but summer 2014 will likely be the last… or at least the last time its soul inspiration, ABB is a part of it. Greg Allman released a recent statement alluding to the fact that the band would stop touring for good come the end of 2014.

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If you’re from PA or NJ, this is the only opportunity you’ll have to catch THE one and only, iconic Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award- winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, the Allman Brothers Band. Not to mention, this year they will be performing two headlining sets, including a legendary set that will close out the festival.

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Show Preview: Moon Taxi at the Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, 08/06/14

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Attention All:

Diehard concert/festival goers enduring your first veteran summer (simply unable to surrender that few hundred bucks, brain cells, or business days anymore) –

Original Taxi Fans –

New acquaintances of the manifestation –

Anyone just looking for quality entertainment –

Even if you’re so far completely disinterested in this post …..

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MOON TAXI, (now touring throughout the States with Animal Style Summer 2014 and likely heading to a city near YOU) is a young, evolving rock band from Nashville, Tennessee made up of five guys- each with such remarkable individual talent that when the group joins forces for a live performance- feeding off of each other’s abilities, ideas, and energy… the result is a show just brimming with undervalued talent. Their unique sound and style make for a performance that’s both original and aesthetically pleasing every time (something that is unparalleled by any other band in their class).

These guys are known for their live shows, in fact they have built their fan base from festivals and extensive touring.  Audiences of this tour can look forward to new sounds from their fourth/most recent album, Mountains Beaches Cities (self-produced majorly in part of Spencer Thompson the guitarist), that have never before been performed.

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I, personally, caught the end of Moon Taxi’s Cabaret performance at Bonnaroo 2012- which was the first time I’d ever even heard of them. Had I not incidentally experienced that performance, I’d probably still be in the dark about how awesome they actually are.

For that reason, I feel the need to do the world some good and at least put the word out there- giving everyone an opportunity to get hooked like me, and witness a crazy good (and affordable) time.

Tickets to the upcoming August 6th show in Philadelphia are only 16 bucks, and the tour continues through November.

Check ‘em out tour details here, spread the word, and snag your tickets fast!

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Festival Preview: F.A.R.M. Music & Arts Festival

 

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This weekend is F.A.R.M. Music & Arts Festival. I can’t believe it’s right around the corner!

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422 State Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462

Check out our “Road to Farm Fest” playlist!

Gates open at 10:00am on Thursday July 24th – Camp grounds will close at noon on Sunday July 27th

***A word about the recycling/trash programs***

“We’re making a commitment to keep our festival grounds beautiful through recycling and waste reduction programs. No secret here, your help will make the program a success. Please pay attention where recycling, compost, and waste containers are placed. Please be sure to pick up all trash at and around your campsite throughout the end of the weekend. Please respect our home away from home!”

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