Less than an hour away from Portland, Oregon lies the jewel of the Pacific Northwest: Horning's Hideout. This weekend, HH serves as the staging area for some of the biggest acts in American electronic music for Re:Generation Festival. Headed by livetronica pioneers STS9, who will be performing 3 shows in addition to an "Axe the Cables" acoustic set, the bill reads like a who's-who in today's dance music scene. Anchored by none other than Bassnectar, performers also include The Glitch Mob, Lotus, Beats Antique, Big Gigantic, Break Science, ESKMO, Paper Diamond, Eliot Lipp, and more.
Produced by Madison House Presents and STS9's 1320 Records Re:Generation, boasts a bill that is almost unparalleled. First of all, "Madhouse" really is crazy, with their Electric Forest festival debut just a couple of weeks away. To be involved in another massive undertaking on this scale is admirable. But their joint roster with 1320 Records gives fans an opportunity to see some really stunning up-and-comers who they might have missed in a festival season gone bonkers. Chill downtempo is represented on a much broader and varied scale at RE:Generation, with artists like Tycho, Little People, and Emancipator. Bay Area visual artist Scott Hansen, known it art circles as ISO50 as well as in the EDM scene as Tycho, blends his art and music seamlessly, spinning webs of ambience with his sonic artistry, while dazzling with projected images ranging from the surreal to the hypnotic. Emancipator will be bringing his multi-instrumental talents to the stage having just dropped his Remixes album via 1320 Records (that album comes out tomorrow, June 21st). Swiss hip-hop producer Laurent Clerc, a.k.a. Little People draws his inspiration and sound not so much from J-Dilla, as many of his contemporaries, but more from RJD2, circa Deadringer. Swirling organ runs dance and flutter around golden era hip-hop beats. Another hip-hopper joining the party is recent 1320 acquisition David Sugalski, better known on the scene as The Polish Ambassador. This funky throwback producer never met a beat he didn't like, blending his hip-hip sensibilities with a dash of electro, house, breaks, and chiptune.
And everyone really can see everything. Horning's Hideout couldn't be more intimate. On top of the lush, rolling greenery, lakes for swimming, and wild peacocks, the festival boasts intimacy on a paradoxically grand scale. With only two stages, both being on the smaller side, not only can audiences get right up close to their favorite performers, but the alternating schedule with almost zero overlap allows music nuts to get their fill without feeling like they've missed something. The tight-knit performers and their performances are reflected in the equally close bond between festival goers. Over the four-day weekend, fans will meet and mingle as they see each other every day, enjoying the same music, artistry, and spiritual revitalization together, as one.
In anticipation this weekend's blowout at Re:Generation Festival, The Untz is getting fans geared up for the mayhem. First of all, beginning tomorrow, The Untz Podcast will be dropping the first half of a special two-part episode featuring Justin Boreta of The Glitch Mob. The episode will feature an interview with Boreta, in addition to tracks from as many RE:Generation performers as we can pack into each 30-minute program. Take some time to check back into the archives of the podcast to hear old episodes with other RE:Gen favorites like Lotus, Emancipator, Paper Diamond, Beats Antique, Big Gigantic, The Polish Ambassador, Break Science, and Eliot Lipp. We'll also keep you up-to-date with news and announcements from the festival on our Untz Wire, and also on Facebook and Twitter. On top of that, The Untz is sending representatives out to the festival to meet our fans and say "hi," so make sure to look for us there. For complete festival details, including ticket, camping, and parking information, visit www.ReGenerationFestival.com.
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