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Jul 18

Insomniac Releases New Set Footage From EDC Vegas

If you're still suffering from the post-EDC Vegas blues, we're here to help. Insomniac posted six set videos from the likes of Laidback Luke, Arty, Borgore, Bingo Players, 3LAU, and Destructo to their YouTube channel today. Also included in the YouTube content drop is footage from the traveling parades that made their way through the crowd, the Wide Awake Art Car, shots of the art installations, and time-lapse captures from around the festival. Enjoy all of this below!

Laidback Luke



Bingo Players




EDC Time Lapse

Art Car

Art Installations

Jul 17

Giveaway: Tix + Meet & Greet With Cosmic Gate In Hollywood And Oakland

Heads up, trance family California! Cosmic Gate is returning this August for a string of shows as part of their Start To Feel North American Tour.

The legendary duo be playing on Aug. 1 at the Hollywood Palladium and on Aug. 2 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, with Armada's rising star Andrew Rayel opening. Tickets are available here.

We here at LessThan3 are proud to announce that we've teamed up with Insomniac Events to give away one pair of tickets to both the Hollywood and Oakland stops on the Start To Feel tour. As an added bonus, both winners will score a meet & greet with Cosmic Gate and signed copies of their new album on Armada, Start To Feel.

Enter our contest by using the embedded LockerDome widget below (Note that it may not show up if you're using a mobile device or running an ad-blocker). One winner for each of the events will be emailed at 12 p.m. PDT on July 30 when the contest ends. Good luck!
Ticket Giveaway & Meet & Greet With Cosmic Gate In California in LessThan3's Hangs on LockerDome
Cosmic Gate & Eric Lumiere - Falling Back [Wake Your Mind]
Jul 02

Arty On Insomniac Records: ‘I Can’t Think Of A Better Place For Me To Be’

Artyom Stolyarov, otherwise known as 24-year-old Russian DJ/producer Arty, has been in the limelight more than usual in recent weeks due to his signing to Insomniac Records. The Interscope imprint is an offshoot of the electronic music scene's #1 "experience creators," Insomniac Events, and promises to bring along with it a slew of up-and-coming talent via its EDC artists, the Discovery Project platform, and Interscope's far-reaching influence in the music industry.

Being the first artist signed to the label, Arty has become somewhat of a test case for Insomniac's newest arm, but the young prodigy seems to have no qualms about his decision. We spoke with him at EDMbiz about his experiences with Insomniac Records thus far--take a peek below at what he had to say.

How did you first link up with Insomniac Records?

There was no Interscope/Insomniac deal when I started to make the album. I was just making an album for myself to see what sort of steps I could take in my career. In September, I moved to LA and started collecting ideas, and I began recording in Interscope's studio in October. There were 50-60 writing sessions in total. By the time my album was almost done, the Insomniac deal popped up, and we were all very excited about it. I can't think of a better place for me to be.

When the Insomniac deal first came to the table, was it an obvious move for you?

It wasn't immediately obvious. It was my first album and I wanted to make sure I found the right place for it. It's not about the money--it's about working with people who take your music seriously. That's really what I was looking for. I've known Pasquale for a while, and I know how passionate he is, and this made me pretty comfortable with the decision. What he did with EDC this year is incredible. If he takes the record label with the same level of seriousness, we are going to do very well.

Did you work with a lot of session musicians during your time in the studio?

We did a lot of sessions with very diverse musicians who had many different ideas about what kind of music they could create with me. It's important to have synergy with the people you're working with, even if you come from two different worlds or genres. The result is not predictable, so it can go badly, but most of the time the outcome was fantastic. These experiences made me 100% certain of the direction of the album now.

Tell us about one of your favorite studio sessions that was involved in creation of your album.

The very last studio session, I had an idea and some beats, and this songwriter and singer heard it and the songwriter took the guitar and started playing random melodies and suggesting harmonies. In the next few hours we had finished the majority of the track. It's one of those songs that I think 99% of the world can relate to.

What was the direction you wanted to go with this album sonically?

It's not straightforward--I definitely had a vision for the album, though. The ideas I had before had very specific melodies and harmonies, which gave some direction. It just matters what kind of sense you bring to the lyrics and what kind of flavor the singer has. I was really enjoying working with soul artists--I've liked soul music since I was young. I didn't want to make that the whole album, though. I did some indie-flavored tracks as well with guitars. The album still sounds like one piece, though, and still sounds like a story.

How has living in LA influenced your creative process?

In the beginning, I wasn't a huge fan of LA because I didn't know anything about the city and it was hard to find the right place to fit in. I love it now, though. Still, I want to get back to Russia at some point soon, because when you're in LA it's hard to put a lot work in on the production side. I have to be focused for 12 or more hours in a day to be able to finish all the production on a track. I'm really picky about details. Four years ago it would take me one day to finish a track. Now it takes one to two weeks. I'm much less distracted if I'm at home in Russia.

Arty's single Up All Night is out now on Insomniac Records. Pick it up here.
Arty feat. Angel Taylor - Up All Night [Insomniac]
Jun 26

15 Greatest Moments From EDC Las Vegas 2014

OMG OMG OMG! We feel like we HAVE to tell you every single thing about our EDC Las Vegas trip (did you get home and do that to someone?). But, it's only coming back to us bit by bit (you too?), so for time and sanity's sake, here are the LessThan3 team's absolute favorite, deeply profound, "holy Hell!" moments from Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2014 that we will have on replay in our minds until next year.

1. When The E-D-C Chanting Made Tourists Kinda Want To Stay In Their Hotel Rooms For The Weekend

So we're bending The Strip Thursday night when one person innocently enough shouts "EDC" in excitement, slowly encouraging an unstoppable rally cry booming down the entire block and scaring the confused masses clear out of their ill-fitting shorts--priceless.

2. Finally Reaching The Interior Of The Festival

We had to catch our breath, not from fatigue, but from awe--seeing the sprawling neon utopia from the elevated entrance made our hours of preparation, waiting, transit, and a little bit more waiting all completely worth it.

3. Finding That Perfect Seat In The Grandstands To Take In The cosmicMEADOW

Insomniac did a fantastic job of creating diverse stages that felt like venues-within-venues, like the grassy cosmicMEADOW stage with its outward-facing orientation and squishy green patch.

4. When Sluggers Threatened The Continued Stability Of Stage 7

Miami's Sluggers nearly brought that poor thing to the dirt with a relentlessly bassy and fun-loving house set Friday night.

Stage 7 provided the flip side to the stadium-like cosmicMEADOW with a mid-Speedway nightclub complete with wraparound video screens and a mezzanine packed with dancing bodies. Yo, 7UP: can we get some cocktail waitresses next year or what?

5. When We Communicated Telepathically With The bassCON Monster

Andrew Rayel belted the crowd at the BassCon Stage with beastly trance mixes of popular big room and electro from his booth inside the gaping maw of the one-eyed creature, also filled with scaffolding and other pieces of the stage. Obviously, he'd been tearing it apart and eating it for a snack (nom nom nom... that's him eatin' the stage).

Somewhere between Rayel's remix of Clarity and his EIFORYA collab with Armin van Buuren, we and our hungry Basscon monster had a moment.

With his singular eye peering out the right corner of his only socket, he seemed to beg the crowd for verification of what he was hearing: "Holy sh*t, are you guys hearing this? It's amazing! Plus, it's coming from inside my mouth! Man, that's so trippy... what is going on right now..?"

6. When The Fireworks During Knife Party Made Us Want To Build A Little Hut And Live In cosmicMEADOW Forever

Knife Party took a break from pummelling fans with new and old "seizure music" at cosmicMEADOW to drop Legacy by Krewella and Nicky Romero while backlit by a breathtaking fireworks display. Knife Party even treated us to vocals from Rob Swire himself in a brand-new track from their forthcoming album Abandon Ship.

7. When Dillon Francis Put On A Suit To Sell Us His Moombahton

Dillon Francis made a clinching argument for moombahton's vibrant health while wearing a snazzy suit for the raucous rump-shaker he threw in cosmicMEADOW, where standing was optional, but dancing, apparently, was not.

8. Finding An Easy-To-Use Bathroom--Great Moment Every Time

YES! Man, that's perfect. Who's picking out these photos? Get out of my mind...

Finding an available restroom wasn't a dire challenge, but the 140,000 people who came to EDC didn't come for the convenient bathroom situation. With that said, every time felt just like this, with celebratory sparks and smiles all around--figuratively of course. If you really saw sparks, you'd better get that checked out.

9. The Bass During UMEK

The neonGARDEN offered some of the most ear-splitting, chest-rumbling lower frequencies of the weekend, and UMEK put it to use as well as anyone for his 4 a.m. set on Day 2.

10. When A Marriage Proposal Made Everyone Tear Up A Little Bit

Two nocturnal lovebirds decided to be each other's Sun & Moon for eternity during Above & Beyond's set at kineticFIELD Sunday night. The video above tells a better story than we ever could, but... *sniff* sorry... gets us every time. A lifetime of happiness and happy raving for the lucky couple.

11. When Bassnectar Ended With Welcome To Jamrock

Bassnectar had some of the wildest, trippiest visuals on stage for his massive set. He dropped our favorite classics like Bass Head, his new anthem You & Me, and ran the full gamut of bass music genres, including impressive mashups that dipped into punk rock and hip hop. His encore affected the "atmosphere" of the cosmicMEADOW in more ways than one.

12. When Le Youth Brought Back The '90s

Le Youth (pictured left with Plastic Plates) had us like Silly Putty in his hands on Sunday in the club-esque Stage 7 shakin' like beepers to his nostalgic house party, and everyone was there--Salt-n-Pepa, TLC, Ginuwine--it was totally boss. He brought classic R&B and hip hop into the modern era and made them brand new to our ears in one of our favorite sets of the weekend.

13. Realizing "GAH! Those bassPOD pyro jets are no joke" during Sub Focus

The thus-far dark expanse in front of the bassPOD had room for encroachment, so we inched ever-closer to Sub Focus' imminent performance through the dimly lit bodies and found a spot that seemed strangely empty. "Alright, perfect!" But when the harmless-looking steel post we were standing beside belched a fireball Out The Blue and into the night sky, we backed off a bit and enjoyed Sub Focus and his hype man from a distance and with our eyebrows intact. Otherwise, you wouldn't have been able to tell how blown away we were--you know, without eyebrows.

14. When Maya Jane Coles Dropped MLK's "I Have A Dream" Speech

Deep struggles met deep house Sunday when Maya Jane Coles busted out her latest signature move on the neonGARDEN. MJC's set was one of the best of the weekend by far, offering the chance to leave on a seriously high note filled with beautifully low bass tones and stunning visuals.

15. When Your Shuttle Driver Has Refreshments And A Special Route That Gets You Back In Less Than 4 Hours

Pure bliss.

See y'all next year!

Jun 25

15 Streamable Sets From EDC Las Vegas 2014

Boasting over 250 sets over the course of three days, EDC Las Vegas 2014 was a place where a case of FOMO could easily set in when trying to plan who you wanted to see. It was a daunting task, but we've narrowed down 15 of our favorite sets that are currently available for streaming so you can get a taste of the breadth of musical offerings that took place over this past weekend.
Carl Cox - Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2014, Day 1
Flosstradamus - Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2014
Oliver - Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2014
Pegboard Nerds - Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2014
Yellow Claw - Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2014
Andrew Rayel - Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2014
Arty - Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2014
Bingo Players - Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2014
Destructo - Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2014
Dillon Francis - Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2014
DJ Snake - Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2014
Headhunterz - Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2014
Knife Party - Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2014
Mat Zo - Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2014
What So Not - Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2014