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Phoenix Lights Announces Lineup by Day for April 5th & 6th

Kassandra Ramirez

With festival season just beginning, prepare yourself as some of the universe’s best artists take over four stages at the Park at Wild Horse Pass this weekend in Chandler, AZ. Phoenix Lights, produced by Relentless Beats, has recently announced an addition of artists to the festival’s lineup for April 5th and 6th.

Self-described as “where luxury and irony intersect” Black Caviar; “the out of the box sound architect”, Devault; “Warehouse Bass impresario”, Dillon Nathaniel, and “breakout electronic artist”, Vanic will join Phoenix Lights and contribute to an epic weekend of massive sounds and sensations.

Continue reading for a breakdown of artists by stage. The four stages for Phoenix Lights include the Mothership,  the Invasion Stage, RBDeep’s Colony Stage, and Fallout, also introducing the local lineup for Phoenix Lights.

This weekend is guaranteed to be unforgettable as it marks the 5th anniversary of Phoenix Lights. Phoenix Lights is an 18+ event. Don’t forget to get your tickets!

Official Lineup by Day - Phoenix Lights 2019

Official Lineup by Day - Phoenix Lights 2019

Stages listed in alphabetical order.

MOTHERSHIP STAGE

Big Gigantic; Blossom; Elephante; Excision; GRiZ; Kaskade; Malaa; Mustard; Party Favor; Phantoms (DJ set); San Halo; Vanic; Yultron

INVASION STAGE

Arty; Bailo; Black Caviar; Decadon; Dirt Monkey; Doctor P b2b Cookie Monsta; HE$H; Minesweepa; Must Die!; Nastyhumanz; Sikdope; Subtronics b2b Squnto; Svdden Death; Throttle; Whipped Cream

RBDeep THE COLONY STAGE

Brando; Claude VonStroke; Dillon Nathaniel; Gerry Gonza; Jay Lumen; Jeremy Olander; Jphlip; Lane 8; Sage Armstrong; Sasha; Shiba San; Spencer Brown; Thomas Turner b2b Michael Hooker; Wongo

FALLOUT STAGE

2Soon; Alaska; Animate; Austin Feldman; Disco Zombie; Frank Terry; Grackle Beats; Guilty; Housekneckt; Kenny Oliver; Limbo; Lujan; Richi Savage; Rolando Hodar; TRYB; STVTC; Vayn; Voodreau

Watch the Official Trailer for Phoenix Lights 2019 by Relentless Beats

All event details and ticket prices are available online at www.phoenixlightsfest.com and www.relentlessbeats.com. VIP Passes available. Visit www.phoenixlightsfest.com for up-to-date information for Phoenix Lights.

CEG Releases Official Music Video for her new single "Yellow Line"

Kassandra Ramirez

By KBR

With today’s power to create and connect on various platforms, it is a beautiful time for consuming art and media. Now is the time when strong female artists are empowering others by sharing their new visions and discoveries, more than ever before.

CEG (pronounced like “sage”) is a rising artist from Portland, Oregon, capturing the eyes and ears of her city. CEG, which stands for “Claire Elizabeth Grace,” just released her official music video for her single, “Yellow Line” and it is clear that she is gaining momentum in the music scene.

CEG’s new song “Yellow Line” features R&B, Soul, and Melodic sounds with themes of peace and inner stability, while the aesthetic of the single’s music video is filled with trippy elements and lots of yellow. CEG’s ability to mix genres and send a message in her music makes us all excited to hear more. Keep an ear out for CEG, as she will be touring in your city very soon.

Fronto Shorty Logo - Illustration of CEG

Fronto Shorty Logo - Illustration of CEG

This interview has been edited for clarity.

When did you start creating music?

I’ve been singing since I could talk. My mom was a music and theater major in college so I have always been exposed to music and performing. I also performed in various musicals in high school I have always been obsessed with singing harmonies, but it wasn't until about two years ago until I started writing my own music.

What inspired you to be a professional musician?

There is nothing better I can be doing than pursuing my passion. To me, there is no other high like the high you get from creating music.

Tell us about your upcoming EP “Rose Woman”. Why the title?

I would describe the sound of Rose Woman” as “Neo-Millenial-Jazz.” A mixture of R&B, Jazz, and Spoken Word. I chose the title because I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and Portland is known as “Rose City.” I am carrying the city on my back. I am “Rose Woman.”

Still from CEG’s new music video for her single “Yellow Line”

Still from CEG’s new music video for her single “Yellow Line”

What is your dream collaboration?

My dream collaboration would definitely be with Kehlani. It is kind of crazy because Kehlani’ and DJ Noodles’s booking manager actually invited me to open for P-LO when he saw me open for DJ noodles. It’s like she’s just one step away from me.

Tell us about your new single “Yellow Line.”

“Yellow Line” was made to listen to when you smoke and chill. The song is about slowing down.

Anything that stands out to you in your life is meant to be a message. To me, yellow means caution but also happiness.

How was the process of creating the music video for “Yellow Line”?

The process of creating the music video for “Yellow Line” was very organic. I played a big role in writing with the script, but the video evolved as it was produced.

Raynee Roberts of Lost Portral put the video together, and she is fucking fantabulous. We spent a lot of time together through the process. She even designed some of the outfits for the video, including my yellow top. She is very talented.

When is the release of your new EP, “Rose Woman”?

The release of “Rose Woman” is on my 25th birthday, June 28th. I am having a private release party to celebrate. It’s actually at the location where we filmed the music video for “Yellow Line.”

We have amazing sponsors for the event. I’m working on a collaboration re:stash. They printed Fronto Shorty logos on mason jars for us and they will be featured at the event. Compound, a unique sneaker and streetwear company, is also a sponsor. Mental Minorities, Swiggle Mandela, and La Familia are also going to be performing.

What can your fans expect from you in 2019?

On 4/20, I will be releasing my new song, “Fronto Shorty.” “Fronto Shorty” is a 4/20 appreciation song and also the name of my brand. You can also expect to hear collaborations with Libretto, Zenith, and Mental Minorities. This year, I will be traveling constantly because I am trying to perform as much as possible.

Follow CEG on SoundCloud

 

Jalopy Bungus Drops New Album, "Samson"

Kassandra Ramirez

by KBR

It is often said that everyone can be an artist. While I agree that anyone can make art, I believe being an artist is a much more distinct quality. While art is a form of expression, what makes art special is that it can also be perceived, different for every viewer. Constantly looking for artists to feature on our blog, I always search for artists whose voices speak. When discovering Jalopy Bungus, I immediately saw this quality.

Jalopy Bungus - Photo by  KBR

Jalopy Bungus - Photo by KBR

What separates Jalopy Bungus from other artists in the Arizona hip hop scenes is his undeniable talent for conveying his emotions toward his audience. Reoccurring themes in Jalopy Bungus’s new album “Samson” include living in the projects, the struggle of being black in America, and even suicide, all touchy subjects.

After hearing the new album “Samson,” which dropped on February 22nd, I was lucky enough to land an interview with Jalopy Bungus himself. I met him for a 90-minute interview and photoshoot at his apartment complex, and captured some magic outside right around the block. During the interview, Bungus gave me some insight into the meaning of his tracks and creative process behind it all. After my experience, I am convinced the world will hear all about Jalopy Bungus.

This interview has been edited for clarity

What makes you unique form other artists in the Arizona music scene?

What separates me from everybody out here is I’m not afraid to talk about the risky stuff. I live on my own accord.

Tell us about your creative process.

Recently, I don’t really write anything unless I have something to say. If it’s not really true to my heart, I can’t put it down. However long I am supposed to wait until that pops up is how long I am going to wait. However, there is a thin line between discipline and inspiration, a very thin line. You don’t want to wait to be inspired.

There is too much of “this” to not be inspired.

Jalopy Bungus - Photo by  KBR

Jalopy Bungus - Photo by KBR

How was the experience collaborating with singer Dali?

Dali is pretty much my soulmate. I have known her since 2015 this was the first track with just me and her on it. We have been wanting to collab for so long. She truly is a once-in-a-lifetime talent.

The song “Procrastinating Suicide” was particularly difficult to get done. Dali was in Oregon at the time, and when I sent her the song, she recorded the stems and when she sent them back they were all choppy and messed up. It was super last minute, so it was a mess. The last day of the project being finished, I had to mix about 90 vocals stems the day before I turned the project in to Distrokid so it could be uploaded to all platforms.

Who is “Vocal Cords of a Broken Woman” written about? Is there going to be a Part 2?

I can’t say yet, but it is about someone I know. The story is still being written. Part 1 is just the very beginning of the story.

What is “Cut the Rope” about?

“Cut the Rope” is about having withdrawals from whatever you are addicted to and how it effects you. You know you know better, but somehow you can’t stop. Well, you can, but you don’t because are addicted to it.

I was addicted to nearly committing suicide at one point. I never did it, but I thought about it. I would think about all types of ways to do it.

Have you ever been worried about some of your songs influencing someone negatively? Particularly your track “Procrastinating Suicide”?

I was definitely scared to put “Procrastinating Suicide” on the projects because I could see where someone might kill themselves because of the song. In a way, that is part of the reason why I put it out. I always want to promote individuality. The message of the song is don’t kill yourself because someone doesn’t want you to. Don’t kill yourself because you don’t want to kill yourself.

Japoly Bungus - Photo by  KBR

Japoly Bungus - Photo by KBR

Tell us more about your track “Latarian Milton.”

Latarian Milton is that little boy who stole his mom’s car because he “just wanted to do hood rat shit with his friends.” Imagine being like 7 and being turned into a superstar because of it. You’re doing Tosh.o, you’re on Boondocks. The world rewarded him for for his actions. He went on to carjack an uber when he was 17, and they sent him to prison. They used him until he couldn’t bring ratings anymore.

The song is about being black and all the things that come with it. “Mama told me I’m a king/school told me I’m a slave.” That’s real.

What can we expect from Jalopy Bungus in the near future?

I will definitely have another show for “Samson” this spring. Continue to look out for my content, because plans are in motion to transform “Samson” into a visual project, with each song having its own video.

Listen to “Samson” on Soundcloud, Spotify, and all major platforms.

 

April 5th & 6th Marks the Fifth Year Anniversary of Phoenix Lights

Kassandra Ramirez

As the heat starts to rise and the flowers start to bloom, the entire music scene is getting ready for the warm weather and hype music scene arising in Arizona this spring. With April coming up just around the corner, it isn’t too late to make festival plans for next month! With performances by A$AP Ferg, Kaskade, San Holo, Whipped Cream and many more artists, you’ll want to purchase your tickets and mark your calendars for April 5th and 6th.

Buy your tickets now for a festival experience deemed as one of Arizona’s best music festivals. Check out Relentless Beats’ official trailer for 2019.

“It is amazing to be celebrating the 5th anniversary for this marquee event and sets the stage for all the surprises we have in store for 2019,” says Thomas Turner, founder of Relentless Beats. If you already have your tickets, prepare yourself for an epic journey. If you don’t have tickets yet, make plans to purchase them as soon as possible, as ticket prices are rising.

Noted as one of the best festivals in the area, Phoenix Lights is set to be an event with the music and sensations to take you out of this world. With the festival taking place at the Park at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, AZ, you’ll know the venue was made with Relentless Beats’s iconic events in mind.

Phoenix Lights will be the perfect start to the epic festival season in 2019. Here is the lineup, with artists still to be announced.

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Discover Phoenix Lights for more information on the event. Buy your tickets now! Phoenix Lights is an 18+ event. VIP and Platinum Passes available.

Speak into the Mic: Tullis

Kassandra Ramirez

With today’s media being oversaturated with mediocre and unthoughtful content, it is always refreshing to discover a rising artist with the determination to create something with purpose. After our EIC, Jacob Blieu, introduced me to Tullis’ work, I was quickly convinced that he’s a vivid example of a passionate artist.

Starting his musical journey at the young age of thirteen, later experimenting in his band, “Bears and Airplanes”, and then continuing his career as a solo artist, it is safe to say that Tullis (who goes by his last name) will be an Arizona artist to remember. By…

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