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TICKET GIVEAWAY: Trillectro 2015 at Merriweather Post Pavilion 7.29.15

Posted on August 21 2015 by Zach
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A couple days ago, we covered the 5 tracks we expect to hear at Trillectro this year. Well – we have some big news for you. If you want to see a stacked line-up of artists ranging from Chance the Rapper and Masego to RL Grime and Cashmere Cat, but you wanna do it on the cheap, we’ve come to the rescue. We’re giving you the opportunity to score two General Admission tickets to one of the biggest dance parties in the DMV this summer.

All you have to do is the following:

  1. Follow Blisspop and Trillectro on Twitter.
  2. Send an e-mail to blisspop@gmail.com with the header “Trillectro 2015.” In this e-mail, include a caption for the photo of Chance the Rapper we’ve provided below. The deadline is Friday, August 28 at noon EST. That’s a week from today, biddies!
  3. Be at the edge of your seat: we’ll contact the lucky winner on Friday, August 28.


Godspeed, children. We wish you the best of luck. And we expect to see you at Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 29!

5 Tracks We Expect to Hear at Trillectro 2015

Posted on August 19 2015 by Zach
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For the past few years, Trillectro has managed to keep its block party vibe intact despite showcasing major draws like Goldroom, Migos, Gent & Jawns, The Jane Doze, and Schoolboy Q. The festival, which is now in its fourth year, intends to take the event to the next level as it premieres at Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 29 with a line-up boasting appearances by Chance the Rapper, RL Grime, Cashmere Cat, Chris McClenney, Ayes Cold and more. Whether you’re on the lawn or in the pit, these are the tracks that are gonna slay the crowd – and we expect to hear every single one.

1. JMSN, “Alone” 

By way of The Weeknd, JMSN‘s “Alone” is an electronic, downtempo slammer disguised as R&B which combines sultry falsetto with ambient production that calls to mind artists like Panda Bear and James Blake. It’s sex with a drum machine, and with the heat of the lawn and the pit in the pavilion, it’s going to be an invitation for those in attendance to feel themselves.

2. Benny Benassi, “Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)” 

This is a crowdpleasing, fist pumping, bro-dawg magnum opus that is just screaming for an insane hands-in-the-air moment. A trill rework of one of dance music’s most memorable tracks, this remix takes the familiarity of the original and flips it into a Machiavellian ground plan for optimum levels of catharsis with each drop. This is an electrifying track – and one that RL Grime knows exactly when to play to its maximum, heat seeking potential.

3. Chris McClenney, “Best You Got”

Chris McClenney is one of the most interesting choices to go see at this year’s Trillectro festivities. With a dynamic range as a producer, he’s swung through house to down-tempo smoothness to hip-hop influenced beats. So whether he’s channeling Kaytranada, Jamie XX, or D.C.’s indie dance vibes, McClenney’s set is going to be a perfect soundtrack to a sunny afternoon on the lawn. This track, “Best You Got,” is arguably the most straightforward house he’s ever gotten, but it gushes positive energy and will make hips swirl like bubbles in a tub.

4. Cashmere Cat, “Mirror Maru”

This is the song that put Cashmere Cat on the map. After features on Grand Theft Auto V, support from Hudson Mohawke, the 2012 EP catapulted the Norwegian tastemaker and DJ to public consciousness here in the U.S. where his stylish take on futuristic hip-hop and bass genres lit up the blogosphere and college party crowd. It’s a no brainer that this track will get its time to shine at the Pavilion, it’s just a matter of when the Cat decides to share his catnip.

5. Masego x Medasin, “Sunday Vibes”

Experimental is definitely the right word to describe Masego. As an artist who has dabbled in future bass, hip-hop, and other genres that blend together on the electronica spectrum, the young producer never seems to run out of steam or eclectic, joyful ideas. “Sunday Vibes,” a track recently released on the EP Pink Polo with collaborator Medasin, is the kind of cookout vibe that lays a foundation for good times and memory making. Featuring a sax pattern that takes cues from OutKast’s “Ms. Jackson,” this track – if played – will absolutely stun and shock and put the crowd in a state of starry-eyed awe.

Trillectro Music Festival will be on Saturday, August 29 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Please visit http://www.trillectro.com for more details including a full line-up, tickets, and more. ALSO: if you want 20% off on your Trillectro ticket, use the promo code “blisspop” when you’re checking out (because we just love you so damn much).


TICKET GIVEAWAY | REV 909: Daft Punk / French House Tribute w/ Will Eastman & Ozker at 9:30 Club, 8/7

Posted on August 4 2015 by Zach

Who likes to “Get Lucky”? Terrible pun aside, we want to make you a lucky son-of-a-gun and give you free tickets to this month’s REV 909 party! For those of you unfamiliar with REV 909, it’s a party hosted by D.C. dance music legends Will Eastman and Ozker that celebrates the sounds of French electronica and classic indie dance while slaying the house with crowd pleasing drops and grin inducing surprises. Yeah – it’s that kind of party. After countless sold out shows at U Street Music Hall, high demand for a bigger venue, and a need to feed the vibes for more people, this will be the first REV 909 show at the 9:30 Club.

Needless to say, this is the place to be on Friday night. And that’s why we want to give you the chance to be there. All you have to do is the following:

  1. ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page.
  2. Send an e-mail to Blisspop@gmail.com with the subject header ‘Rev 909′ with your name and a clever caption for this dorky photo of Will Eastman:

The winner will be announced on Thursday afternoon. Good luck and don’t forget to #DanceInsanely.

The Spotlight: Erol Alkan

Posted on July 30 2015 by Patrick Blinkhorn
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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. That way, you may join their journey in influencing the house music landscape.

There is no question that London based artist Erol Alkan has helped shape dance music as we know it today. As a DJ, he needs little introduction – in 2006, he received Mixmag’s renowned DJ of the Year Award. Nine years later, he shows no sign of slowing down – he still plays approximately one hundred shows a year. As the label boss of Phantasy Sound, Alkan has helped bring artists such as Daniel Avery and Ghost Culture into the limelight. Alkan has gained respect from his fans and peers alike as a producer and remixer, and he has even been called the inventor of the mash-up.

Before his show tonight at U Street Music Hall, we had the opportunity to interview Erol Alkan. You will find the interview along with one of Alkan’s mixes below:

PB: In an interview with Red Bull Music Academy Daily, you said that your earliest memory of music (which may be your earliest memory) was sitting on the floor of your old home with your toy Dansette player. For our readers who aren’t familiar with Dansette players, they are record players. Most children play with firetrucks, dolls, or stuffed animals, but you were playing with a Dansette player – how did this happen? Who gave you this toy and how would you play with it?

EA: It’s true, the Dansette player is the only thing we had to keep me amused. It belonged to my parents. I don’t recall really having many toys when I was younger.

PB: When did you first know that you wanted to be a DJ? Was it an epiphany, or did you come to realize your passion over time? What inspired your decision? How old were you? Were your family and friends supportive of you becoming a DJ, or did they want you to pursue another occupation?

EA: Maybe around 2006 when Mixmag made me ‘Dj Of The Year’.. It seems weird but before that I treated it quite differently, when that accolade was given to me it made me realise what I’d achieved through quite an honest pursuit.

PB: In that same Red Bull Music Academy Daily interview, you said that your “uncle remains the person who seems to be the most enthusiastic about music.” How did he continue to support and influence you as you gained popularity as an artist? Would you say that he is your greatest influence? Who or what else had a significant influence on you as an artist?

EA: He was. unfortunately he died around 14 years ago so he didn’t really see where my love of music took me. Everything influences me in some way. Much of what I do is driven by what I dislike rather then tracing what I do like.

PB: What’s the most moving piece of music you have ever heard? What about it moved you?

EA: Impossible to answer.
“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” Elvis Costello

PB: In an interview with Miami New Times earlier this year, you said that you “don’t read any EDM-natured magazines or websites … I live next door to a very illustrious and famous writer, and he knows I’m a DJ. I fear what he thinks I do, as his perception of the ‘DJ’ may be informed by what EDM and the media has created. I feel the need to take him to one of my gigs so he can see what it is I actually am.” Over the years, you have had an enormous impact on dance music and DJing. You have even been credited with inventing the mash-up. So why distance yourself from a scene that you helped create? What is it that separates you from EDM DJs? Is it your style of DJing? Is it the style of music you play? If not a DJ, what are you and why do you want share this with your neighbor?

EA: I’ve not followed EDM so can’t really answer this.

PB: If you could change present-day EDM in any way, how would you change it?

EA: People seem to enjoy it, so I wouldn’t wish to change something which others enjoy solely because I may not agree with it. My whole career has been focused on creating something I want to exist, and with that comes the acceptance that others can do the same.

PB: Thank you for your time. We look forward to hearing you at U Street Music Hall tonight.



TICKET GIVEAWAY | Django Django & Beat Connection at 9:30 Club, 7/29

Posted on July 23 2015 by Zach

Everybody likes the opportunity to do something for free, right? Because we love you so much, we’ve got 2 tickets to giveaway to next week’s Django Django and Beat Connection show at the 9:30 Club! For those unfamiliar with the artists, Django Django is an English art-rock/electronica group that has been compared to Hot Chip, Kraftwerk, and Cut Copy. They recently released their sophomore album, Born Under Saturn, which the Alternative Press hailed as “a worthy trip to a spacey dancehall.”

Seattle’s Beat Connection, on the other hand, is an electronic act that has drawn comparison to other contemporaries such as the Knocks and RAC. With indelible of remixes of Odesza and Jungle in recent memory, the group is now pushing forward in new directions seen on their latest single, “Illusion,” as they gravitate towards a fuller, lush vibe.

To win the tickets, ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page and send us a caption for the photo below with your name to blisspop@gmail.com with the subject line ‘Django 9:30.’ The winner will be announced on Tuesday, 7/28. Good luck! Here’s the photo: