Please welcome Elizabeth to the crew of BKDC contributors! Here is her biography as well as her first piece on Top 5 Bands with a focus on EDM (Electronic Dance Music). Hope you all enjoy your week as well as Liz’s first post! -Kelly Hecht (Chief Editor at BKDC)
Elizabeth Echeverri – Student, Writer
“My name is Elizabeth, Liz whichever is quickest. I’m from a town west of Washington DC, Frederick, Maryland. I am a recent graduate from Frederick Community College with an Associates Degree, hopefully University of Maryland bound this fall as a journalism major. I write in my free time, for FCC’s online paper, The Commuter and also run a blog.I’m a girl, from a small town with big dreams; that brunette who wears mostly black with a nose piercing and combat boots, who all the old ladies stare and judge because I have ‘gaping holes’ in my ears. I love to write with music in the background which puts me in a good mood and have hopes of appearing on CNN as a political analyst or a correspondent/journalist for TIME. When not writing, I’m looking for the next show I can attend. I’m not your average 22 year old so, get ready world.”
These two handsome men may have a seemingly “goofy” name, but this Canadian duo defines what bass is. Bursting their way through the EDM scene, Leighton James and Christian Srigley met in high school when they were performing in a hardcore pop-punk bank. Shortly after, they moved on to electronic dance music. (Fun fact: Christian Srigley used to play in Hoobastank!) Their combination of past, hardcore music experience with influences such as Tiesto, Flux Pavilion, Skrillex, and even Bring Me the Horizon are all to thank for the music they now produce; dub-step, electro-house, and drum-step; most famously known for including high-pitched female vocals, electronic sounds, and heavy drops. Their fame took a turn when they remixed and produced a music video for “Everything to Me” by LIPS and reached a record two million views on UKF Dubstep’s YouTube Channel, you can’t help but find yourself blasting their music. Dub-step is not for everyone, but if you are in the EDM world, you know who Adventure Club is. You know all of their songs, including their remix for “Crave You” by Flight Facilities and “Lullabies” by Yuna. Early on in their career, they even collaborated with Krewella. Their EP Superheroes Anonymous Pt. 1 is now available for download.
If anyone knows how to throw a party, it is Porter Robinson. Born and still currently residing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Porter began producing at the age of twelve. At twenty one he’s already performed at large music festivals such as Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Coachella. He also performed along side Tiesto, Skrillex, and Deadmau5. Robinson is most famously known for performing and being close friends with Russian-German electronic music producer Zedd. In 2011, Porter’s single “Say My Name” reached number one on Beatport. He then released his first EP Spitfire on Skrillex’s label, OWSLA. His single, Language was released in 2010 which hit number one on Beatport. A couple of years later, he would collaborate with Mat Zo for their hit single, Easy. Not only was he voted number forty on DJ Mag’s Top 100 in 2012, but was the highest climbing DJ, he was number ninety six in 2011. If anyone knows what the true meaning of EDM is, it is Porter. With his new album coming out, he has promised fans that he will no longer be doing live, mixed sets but will be performing only his music. He has leaked a song from new upcoming album, Worlds entitled “Sea of Voices.” Fans are saying that the song defines what EDM and that is what Porter Robinson will deliver with his upcoming album.
Above & Beyond
One word to describe Above & Beyond is ‘connection’. Based out of London, these three take trance and EDM to a different level. They do this through communication with their audiences by projecting messages on the screen (i.e. ‘Who’s ready for some Group Therapy?’ and ‘You all look lovely tonight.’) Their album, Group Therapy; consists of songs of loves lost, confused and found. Featured on there: “Thing Called Love”, “You Got to Go”, and one of the more popular ones, “Sun and Moon.” Above & Beyond recently released their acoustic album called “Above & Beyond Acoustic.” This album proves that not only are they just DJ s and producers, they are songwriters and artists. It includes a beautiful mix between the two songs “Satellite” and “Stealing Time” from their Tri State album. Above & Beyond is like your best friend; always there for you when you need them the most, during good times and bad and is all about following your dreams, never forgetting about a thing called love, and taking advantages of small moments.
Armin van Buuren
A Dutch native with a law degree, Armin van Buuren is the world’s number one DJ. He has been active for nearly twenty years now and has been voted number one by DJMag in 2007-2010 & 2012. Avid fans have labeled him, “The King of Trance.” His radio show, A State of Trance, has twenty million listeners tuning in every week. He has been nominated for his new single, “This is What it Feels Like” off his new album ‘Intense’ which makes him the 4th trance artist ever to receive this honor. Armin is all about people in a State of Trance through his versatility of ranging from uplifting to progressive; At his shows you will see him smiling while performing and the look on his face only proves his love and dedication for the past twenty years.
A young man from London who has been making waves in the past year in music. Discovering his love for music at an early age, Bluestone was able to teach himself how to play the guitar and keyboard. The result, the “progressive” sounds in which he makes. He has released two singles on ‘Above & Beyond’s’ record label, Ajunabeats and since then has been receiving a tremendous amount of support. Inspired by the trance group, he is almost always featured in their DJ set, including a weekly radio show, ‘Group Therapy Radio’. He has been releasing single after single including most recent, “Big Ben” under Anjunabeats label. His other singles include “Under My Skin” featuring Jerom Isma-Ae, “Spheres”, and “Elysian”. He also done several remixes including “Goodbye Future” by The Presets, “Lakota” by CE3SAR, and Mat Zo’s “Lucid Dreams”. His music already wants to make you jump up and dance, but like trance is suppose to do, brings you a euphoric feeling. Although this is progressive, we are just getting a taste of Ilan Bluestone.