Field Guide to Field Day
by Cory Perla
Buffalo’s electronic music festival takes place in the clubs and between the curbs on Allen Street on Saturday
There’s a long list of electronic music festivals happening all over the world this summer. These festivals come in all shapes and sizes.
Some, like the Dimensions Festival in Pula, Croatia, will take place at a single out-of-the-way venue—in that case, a giant abandoned castle that will house more than 120 acts. Others, like the Mutek Festival in Montreal, will be spread throughout the city with different artists performing in various, smaller venues.
This year Buffalo hosts an electronic music festival of its own called Field Day; like the Mutek Festival, this one will be spread over a couple of city blocks in Allentown. Running from 12pm to 4am on Saturday, May 26, Field Day—presented by the Queen City Cartel, VitaminWater, and New Era—fill feature more than 30 acts, including Munchi, David Heartbreak, Jon Kwest, Cobra Krames, Sines, and a ton of local and regional acts performing at Sample, the Bend, and Duke’s. The blocks between College Street and Wadsworth Streetwill be blocked off between 12pm and 8pm to create an intimate environment between venues. Every genre of music—from drum n bass to moombahton, house, and dubstep—will be pumping for this one-of-a-kind festival, which will culminate at DBGBs as the headliners take the stage in succession from 9pm to 3am.
For more information on the musicians performing see the Field Guide to Field Day below. To see the full schedule go to blogs.artvoice.com/exitmusic.
Pickster One vs. Melo
Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona
DJs Pickster One and Melo make a pretty good team. Hailing from Arizona, these guys have made names for themselves individually, but when they come together for a set one thing is for sure: They’ll make you dance. They recently teamed up on a track called “I Can Make You Dance,” and it certainly delivers on its promise. Factor in remixes like Pickster’s drum edit of the Kinks’ “All Day and All of the Night,” put these guys back to back on the same stage, and you’ve got the recipe for something explosive.
Listen to: Pickster & Melo “I Can Make You Dance” (2012, self-released)
Munchi is all over the place musically and physically. Musically, he spans a huge range of sounds from Burial-esque introspective rave-death to high-energy moombahton, and footwork. Physically he’ll be all over the globe this month for festivals in Sao Palo, Brazil, Herenthout, Belgium, in his hometown of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and finally a stop in Buffalo, before heading to Croatia and Denmark later this summer.
Listen to: Moombahtonista EP (2012, Mad Decent Records)
9pm, The Bend
Bass music and Southern America don’t usually go hand in hand, but Sines is leading the way with his bassy concoctions and signature label; Freshmore Records. Sines, a.k.a. Leroy Bella of Houston, Texas, takes garage influenced beats and mixes in a little bit of footwork and hip-hop to create a slow-motion, head-bobbing sound.
Listen to: “Mind Riddim” (2012, Freshmore Records)
Washington, DC’s Jon Kwest has had a very specific focus lately: the mellower end of the moombahton spectrum. His last series of releases have been a mix of moombah and house (dubbed moombahsoul) full of bellowing soul divas and smooth synth vamps.
Listen to: Sex Tape Soul Series Vol. 1 featuring Jon Kwest, Pickster, and Big Makk (2012, self released)
Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn’s Sean “Cobra” Krames killed it on stage when he came to DBGBs around this time last summer. He’s been busy since then, releasing his Gold Diamonds EP featuring a series of club mixes of R&B tracks like “The Boy is Mine;” the Drug Music EP (I think that one speaks for itself); and a wobbly collaboration with Pink Cash called the Pure Ass EP. Get familiar with his new stuff and expect a huge mix of New York club music, and even some trance and hip-hop, too.
Listen to: Drug Music EP (2011, Gold Whistle Records)
Charlotte, North Carolina
David Heartbreak’s soundcloud is six pages long. Maybe it’s because the man never stops writing his house and moombahton tunes, or maybe it’s because he likes to give it all away for free, but either way, it’s good for him and it’s good for his fans too. Pioneer in moombahton and future basshead, Heartbreak, hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, knows a thing or two about the space between 70 and 150 beats per minute. If you’re just getting into Heartbreak, start with any of his M EPs or just skip to one of his dozens of remixes.
Listen to: “Lost & Found” from Cloud 9 Part 2 (2012, unreleased)
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