Smoakland at WAKAAN Music Festival 2022

Welcome to Smoakland: Duo Talks Rise Amidst ‘Smoak Sesh’ Tour

The Oakland-proud duo known as Smoakland has exploded to the forefront of North America’s electronic music scene in 2022 — fueled by multiple national tours and festival appearances across the U.S. In 2020, Smoakland graced the sole cover of MP3DU, our former sister outlet, as their fiery passion and honesty radiated through digital stream-land and […]

Sacred Snow: Building A Safe Space Within The Music Community

While a young Sacred Snow was still in the womb, Jerry Garcia practically sang the song “Cassidy” to her parents. Now, named after the Grateful Dead track, Cassidy Garber, better known as Sacred Snow, has had an overwhelming love for music since she was a child.  She was raised by her parents on all different […]

Super Future at WAKAAN Music Festival

Super Future on Finding the Flow State & Healing Through Music

Sound and movement play a crucial role in the healing process for music fans. In fact, Nick Rowland, better known as Super Future, considers music to be a universal healer.  From his “Ass Throwers Anonymous” mixes with Wreckno to his downtempo sunrise sets, Rowland creates music on all sides of the sonic spectrum. His intention, […]

TVBOO at WAKAAN music festival

TVBOO: How ‘Blue Collar Bass’ Is Changing the Culture

With PBR coursing through his veins, Mitch Draper, better known as TVBOO, has spent the majority of 2022 gearing up for the biggest moment in his career: releasing his full-length album, Blue Collar Bass, via WAKAAN.  Although he’s now on his own headlining tour, selling out venues across the country, he hasn’t lost touch with […]

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Who is Hello Yes? Eclectic Live Duo Open Up Ahead of New EP

The electronic outfit Hello Yes smashed their debut set at this year’s Lightning in a Bottle festival. The duo consists of Aaron Leibowitz on saxophone and Mitch Bell on guitar, who first crossed paths while touring with Grammy-nominated electronic artist ZHU.  A few years, a debut EP titled Listen Clearly, and several tours later, the […]

STS9 Unveils Secrets Behind 25 Years of Success

Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) is one of the most successful and decorated touring acts in North America today. Yet, the band admits to its unofficial title of being “The Biggest Band You’ve Never Heard Of.” “Tribe,” as they are known by fans worldwide, has headlined stages of nearly every major music festival, making repeated, […]

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Maddy O’Neal Reflects on Transformational Sophomore Album, Ricochet

Music is a powerful form of expression and self-exploration. In times of struggle, music is a luminous lighthouse that guides us through the turbulent waters — a beacon guiding us back to solid ground. There was a time when Maddy O’Neal, a future bass and dance producer with deep roots in Colorado’s electronic jam scene, […]

SOFI TUKKER: Meaning Behind ‘WET TENNIS’ & How It Landed Them ESPN Fame

“What we really wanted to say with the album is that we always have a choice to look at the positive in every single scenario.” Those are the words of Sophie Hawley-Weld, 1/2 of the bombastic and colorful duo SOFI TUKKER, echoing the radiant outlook and ethos they plastered all over their latest, internationally acclaimed […]

Dynamic Duo RaeCola Reflect on Their Roots, Future of Ghetto Tech House

Electrifying the city of Chicago in the mid-1980s, the electronic genre “ghetto house” stylized an underground culture of club music that combined disco, synth music, 70s soul, and funk. The genre evolved to combine an impressive array of influences, eventually mixing techno and juke beats with heavy bass drops and the classic upbeat rhythms of […]

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What So Not Reveals Why His New Album ‘Anomaly’ Might Be His Magnum Opus

By the time the internationally loved Australian producer Chris Emerson, better known as What So Not, was touring his 2018 debut album, Not All The Beautiful Things, he was already crafting his second record behind the scenes.  His sophomore album, Anomaly, is set to drop on September 16, and in talking with MP3 MAG, Emerson […]

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A Look Back at the Careers of Tastemakers Walker & Royce

Stemming from a background of widespread styles in dance music and years of evolving their eccentric sound to support it, Walker & Royce have crafted a striking name for themselves within the music industry.  The dynamic duo recently delivered a summer season tune with a heavenly remix of Idris Muhammad’s 1977 disco classic, “Could Heaven […]

MLOTIK: From Humble Beginnings to Playing The Caverns

Polish Chicagoans Michal Mlot and Mariusz “Mario” Wac, better known as MLOTIK, come from a grungy background of underground UK dubstep and heavy metal. Being a part of Mind Warp Mgmt alongside Mersiv and Smoakland, it is evident that this duo is on the rise.  More recently, they have provided support for Liquid Stranger, and […]

Inside the Hide & Seek Tour With PEEKABOO

In just a few short years, Matt Lucas, known by bass music fans and dubstep lovers around the world as PEEKABOO, went from an up and coming producer to a household name. Receiving recognition from influential labels and artists, Lucas reflected with MP3 MAG a half-decade of growth and evolution within the PEEKABOO project. Lucas […]

SunSquabi: The Healing Power of Music, Red Rocks

Whether you enjoy music in the background of mundane responsibilities or it exists at the forefront of your mind at all times, it serves a powerful purpose. This is a fact SunSquabi, a Colorado-based electronica jam band that defines their music as “hydro-funk,” acknowledges with powerful conviction. They didn’t pursue their musical aspirations because it […]

Ravenscoon’s Hard-Earned Journey to Sobriety, Inner Peace

As any person who has attained it will tell you, success does not come easily. This is certainly true for Paul Conversano, better known by his stage name Ravenscoon, who has fought more than his fair share of demons in becoming a beloved producer and national touring artist. He sat down with MP3 MAG to […]

Nostalgix on Building a Universe in Music

Emerging house artist Nostalgix says her moniker chose her before she ever touched a DJ controller.  From a young age, she knew she wanted to sing, rap, and pursue music. In fact, she bases her discography on the nostalgic music she listened to when growing up in Iran. At home, her parents played Persian artists, […]

Truth: Celebrating a Decade of Deep Dark & Dangerous

On May 24th, 2022, the legendary dubstep duo known as Truth celebrated an incredible milestone: the 10-year anniversary of announcing the creation of Deep Dark & Dangerous (DDD). What started as a party series to bring deeper and darker styles of dubstep and forward-thinking music to the United States grew into a full-fledged label and […]

From the gRLL to the cHLL, kLL sMTH Takes Collaboration to the Next Level

What do you get when you combine a seemingly neverending cast of eager DJs, an array of grills and barbequed foods, and top-tier vibes? The result is the newest endeavor from Kristoffer Edland, known by bass and glitch-hop music fans as kLL sMTH, with arguably his most collaborative one yet: gRLL sMTH, the backyard-barbeque, summertime-nostalgia-inducing […]

Mantra Sounds Poetically Brings ‘The 7 Deadly Sins’ to Life

Bass producer Mantra Sounds, aka Giana Rifici, has been blasting venues on the East Coast with her experimental sounds and poetry for the past few years now, sharing stages with artists like G Jones and Khiva, and Shades, all while producing her own work. Rifici is hitting the stage full force in 2022, fully devoted […]

Liquid Stranger on Finding BALANCE in Life & Music

“Music has been a part of my life ever since I was born. I’ve even been told that I was crawling to the piano as a baby, before I could really talk or sit up.” While many artists can date their history with music back to their childhood, electronic music sensation and WAKAAN founder Martin […]