Ready or not, here come DC-based DJ/Producers Flying Fortress and Micah Vellian with a new remix of the Fugees’ classic hit, “Ready or Not.” These two artists are no strangers to the spotlight – Flying Fortress (a.k.a. Canine Teeth, real name: Erik Anderson) and Micah Vellian (Miguel Lacsamana) have been crushing the DC music scene for a while now. Micah Vellian also is known for his role in the DJ/Producer troupe Volta Bureau. Volta Bureau, composed of Blisspop founder Will Eastman, Outputmessage, and Micah Vellian, topped the Beatport Indie Dance chart with this gem.
The arrangement and composition for the “Ready or Not” remix came to Flying Fortress in a dream. This is a remix most producers could only dream of making, but Flying Fortress and Micah Vellian made the dream into a reality. Listen to their take on “Ready or Not” below:
Keep an eye on Flying Fortress, Micah Vellian, and DRKarts – their sound and shows around town are not to be missed!
Tonight, we wanted to celebrate the amazing party that is SPF420′s Moving Castle party. We’re going to [attempt] to cover the event throughout the night (so lost as Jordan doesn’t fall asleep…). Stay tuned for updates covering tonight’s sure to be a banger all nighter.
[8:31] Holy hell this is popping. This is a straight future banger.
[8:41] This is bubbly goodness.
[8:43] This is an amazing “When the Fire Starts to Burn” – Disclosure remix! It is swoon-worthy.
[8:50] Groovy. Super groovy. That bass is killer.
[8:52] “He’s setting fire to the tables.”
[8:56] Slaying that “1, 2 Step” – Ciara ft. Missy Elliot throwback.
Update: There are ~193 people on www.spf420.com and one of them could possibly be Drake.
[9:09] This “Sad Machine” – Porter Robinson remix is slowed down and such a smooth groove. Love it.
[9:25] Fantastic mix *snaps*
Update: Chet Porter is playing.
[9:38] Falling for “Fallin” – JAILO & AOBeats
[9:45] I am loving all the Disclosure remixes. This “White Noise” remix is 100 banger.
[9:55] Holy wow Jailo is killing it. This mix is so good, greatly hope it ends up on the Internet.
Update: Thank you Jailo
[10:18] His beats are absolutely unstoppable.
[10:22] This is a beautiful beat overload. DC is taking future beats way into the future.
[10:28] This mix is hotter than Guy Fieri’s hair.
Update: Treehaus will be joining Hunt for the Breeze aka best day ever.
[10:31] Hitting hard with that Cavalier track.
Update: There are 260 people catching Dirty Chocolate right now!
[10:39] DC, you a 10. We should tip you. (i.e. “Shawty Is A Ten” – Dreams)
[10:46] This intro is poppin off.
[10:49] Oh snap this is funktastic.
[10:57] I’m falling in love just listening to his mix. It’s sultriness covered in glitter.
[11:04] That drum line is insane!
[11:05] Oh my god there are birds chirping over “Stay The Night” – Zedd ft. Hayley Williams. This is genius.
[11:06] His first live set was on the hottest of fires.
[11:14] HFTB is on fire. King of the industrial banger.
[11:21] Treehaus b2b HFTB is an underwater utopia.
[11:33] His drops are unlike anything else.
[11:39] This production is the ultimate trap-sterpiece.
[11:42] A remix of “Ignition (Remix)” – R. Kelly is absolutely out of this world. HFTB is the official mechanical trap king.
Update: Thank you HFTB
[11:54] Brett Blackman is wearing a pizza onesie, holding a cat, and dancing with a whale stuffed animal.
[11:57] “Because I Got High” – Afroman followed by “High You Are” – What So Not lol
Update: Happy Birthday Moving Castle!
[12:01] “Wannabe” – Spice Girls followed by “Mr. Brightside” – The Killers. Can this mix get any more hype?
[12:08] I’m in love with this set (and the “Coco (gnash cover)” – O.T. Genasis)
[12:12] Turning up with “Miss You (Jai Wolf Remix)” – kitty.
[12:15] Closed out with “Reefer Party” – Wiz Khalifa and spent his entire set dancing in absolute perfection. For his first DJ set, he slayed. Bow down.
[12:18] Hot dayum a Lil Kim remix! This mix is off the chain.
Update: #MVNGCSTL420 is now trending on Twitter.
[12:27] More Disclosure always. Thank you for another “White Noise” remix.
[12:33] AOB dropping the bass like it’s nobody’s business!
[12:49] That Manila Killa tag is stupid good.
[12:55] A gorgeous flip of “Tennis Court (Flume Remix)” – Lorde into “No Scrub” – TLC into a Jai Wolf mashup. MK’s transitions have been on point.
[12:58] Dropping that fantastic “Pink Medicine” – Bearson remix
[1:04] MK killing this “Blue Jeans” – Lana del Rey remix and the dance moves.
[1:06] It’s about time we got a “Latch” – Disclosure ft. Sam Smith remix.
[1:07] Manila Killa, the OG of Twinkly Beats
[1:16] Tonight was great, then MK played some Blink-182 ftw.
[1:29] Throwbacks on throwbacks continuing with some Backstreet Boys
[1:32] Holy moly ROBO is on fire immediately with the *dopest* “Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap remix I’ve heard to date.
[1:36] The Kid’s “2 On” – Tinashe remix is too good.
[1:39] I’ve been waiting all night to hear “BBHMM” – Rihanna and this drum n bass rework is hot hot hot!
[1:42] Look at the flick of that wrist as ROBO spins fire on these tables (i.e. “Flicka DaT Wrist” – Chedda Da Connect ft. T-Wayne)
[1:47] This set is one huge banger. The eternal banger.
[1:59] This mix goes so hard for 2am and it’s sexcellent. Also RBK’s “Diamonds For Breakfast” – AOBeats & Jai Wolf & Manila Killa ft. Mark Johns remix is nuts.
[2:18] Hot damn dropping this Jersey banger aka “ONLY (Vices Remix) – Nicki Minaj ft. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown
[2:22] This set is all rap and it’s all I wanted 6 hours into SPF420.
Update: Atlas Bound also just announced a Mark Johns collaboration out May 4th (in case you thought this night couldn’t get more amazing.)
[2:30] Unreal vibes coming from Vices.
[2:36] Sounds like: Jersey club turning up so hard on a Monday.
[2:51] Obsessed with the beat they’re dropping over “Talking Body” – Tove Lo.
[2:57] That pop is insanely gr9.
[3:15] “Diamonds For Breakfast” just dropped for again!
[3:30] Killing it on this housey “Thinking About You” – Calvin Harris ft. Ayah Marar remix.
[3:55] “I sampled my dog” – Catt Moop
[4:00] All this synth is off the hook.
[4:22] Keeping it bouncy and light this early in the am.
[4:29] Deep house to die for.
[4:32] Premiered new Mark Johns X Tjani (!) and it’s 500 swoon-worthy
[5:01] Damn definitely popping some unreleased Oshi X Mark Johns.
[5:05] MJ’ vocals are str8 fire. Much en fuego.
[5:06] Oh hot damn MJ just remixed “All Day” – Kanye West and her vocals are hot 500.
[5:08] Absolutely slaying on her cover of “Rehab” – Amy Winehouse.
[5:09] Her vocals over “Cherry Funk” – Pomo ft. Kaytranada are luscious.
[5:13] MJ remixes ftw.
*Sleep happened sorry*
Tuesdays can be overwhelming, especially for those of us searching through the new releases that are all put out (in the U.S. at least) on Tuesdays, but DC-based DJ/producer Pentamon’s forthcoming release, The Afterworld EP, made my Tuesday search for music worthwhile. The EP consists of two tracks, “Virgil” and “The Afterworld.” The dark mood set by The Afterworld EP will haunt you, but this is the type of haunting that techno-enthusiasts crave. In February, we featured “Virgil” on Blisspop. Here is “Virgil:”
Similar to “Virgil,” “The Afterworld” fuses acid and techno. Listen to “The Afterworld” below:
On Tuesday, April 28th, be sure to check out this gem among all the other music released that day. The Afterworld EP will be released on Teenage Riot Records.
Disco Made Me Do It is one of DC’s best emerging dance parties, featuring some of the city’s brightest DJs in the underground music scene. If you haven’t checked it out yet, we suggest you give it a look. Tonight is the perfect night to do so, because you can hang with the Blisspop crew!
Hop over to the event page via the RSVP link below for detailed info and artist biographies.
This is ‘The Spotlight.’ Many artists pass through D.C. on a weekly basis, but this column highlights one specific artist who happens to be playing in the district during the week so that you may join their journey in influencing the house music landscape.
It can be hard being a female DJ in the house music world, but that hasn’t stopped Morgan Tepper – better known by her alias DJ Lisa Frank – from quickly moving up through the community at large. As a vocal supporter of D.C.’s burgeoning electronica scene and one of the most dynamic DJs to take stage in the district, she is swiftly establishing herself as one of the driving forces in Washington’s underground music circles after cutting her teeth in clubs like U Street Music Hall, Flash, Heist, and NYC’s Verboten in addition to being featured at events like the yearly H Street Festival or last year’s Union BBQ.
With a penchant for excellent selections as a curator developed from osmosis via working at U Street Music Hall and spending time back-to-back with many of the world’s most renowned DJs, Tepper has also been credited with co-creating the successful semi-frequent party ROAM with DJs Chris Nitti and Sami Y. ROAM, a somewhat new venture for Tepper, celebrates local talent and the heyday of rave culture when people would meet at secret locales and dance until the break of dawn.
Furthering her relationship with the music, and her love for the community, she is also a very outspoken individual for the organization DanceSafe: a non-profit that provides education about safe recreational drug use within the dance music community. And, knowing her position within the community, Tepper works fervently to ensure that her audiences are in a safe space with positive vibes.
Her attitude, passion for the music, and constant state of routinely killing the game on the decks has earned DJ Lisa Frank a considerable amount of attention in Washington, D.C.’s scene and an insurmountable level of respect by her peers and other DJs from abroad. She’s definitely a DJ’s DJ, a master manipulator, and a total crowd pleaser through and through making her one of D.C.’s top talents to see.
This week, you can see her at U Street Music Hall with Bil Todd, Refugee, and Posers on Saturday.