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EDM with Liz Echeverri, Echostage Venue


2135 Queens Chapel Road Northeast

Washington, DC 20018

(202) 503-2330


It’s nearly 3 am, the lights are coming back on and the closing act is finishing the last song in their set. You follow the crowd and make your way out the door holding on to your best friend/boyfriend/girlfriend. It’s late, you aren’t even thinking about how you have to work in a few hours or the lack of sleep from what you just saw. You are tired, actually exhausted and still buzzing from the excitement. It was one of the best experiences in your life at one of the top venues in the Washington, DC area: a night at Echostage.

After some extenuating circumstances and renovations the DC venue reopened in September 2012 and since hosted some of the top DJ s in the world including: Above & Beyond http://www.aboveandbeyond.nu/ , Armin van Buuren http://www.arminvanbuuren.com/ , and Tiesto http://tiesto.com/. (Electronic Dance Music or EDM http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_dance_music ). This is the birth place of the trance duo, New World Punx https://www.facebook.com/NewWorldPunx which include Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz. Located on Queens Chapel Road in North East DC, this concert hall is 30,000 plus sq ft, top-tier design with balconies on each side, and advanced LED displays. They recently installed LED panels in front of the stage for light shows which makes the performance ten times more appealing for the audience. Before its opening, Panorama and Club Glow co-owner Antonis Karagounis told The Washington Post, “The idea is to create the biggest concert venue in the tri-state area (DC, Maryland, and Virginia)… Something that will be used for amazing electronic music shows, but will be able to accommodate hip-hop, R&B and rock, as well.”  Brightest Young Things (BYT) described Echostage as, “The venue that Washington DC has been missing.” Since its rebirth, the fame and popularity of Echostage has been growing fast over and gaining popularity, not only is it number three in the country, it has now earned its place as number nineteen in the world in DJMag “Top 100 clubs”.

You know when a celebrity goes back to their hometown and they talk about a special place they always went to for music? That is what Echostage is for me: ‘my second home’. I have had the privilege to see some of my favorite DJ s including Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond (twice) and Adventure Club https://www.facebook.com/AdventureClub.  A place I have learned what EDM really is, to understand why people love not just the music but the atmosphere as well, a sense of euphoria, unity, and magic of seeing a DJ/producer in their element. As the “ravers” and “bassheads” like to say, “Nothing, but good vibes.” Every time I leave, no matter how late it is, I am the happiest I have ever been, the atmosphere and people are what make this space special. I have developed a connection with Echostage and from time to time, I get “withdrawals” from not being there. No matter who are you or how old you are, you should go experience one night at one of the greatest places on earth (in my opinion).

Editors Note: Hi everyone! Here are a few other venues/clubs around the United States that have the same kind of vibe as Echostage in case you are not in the Washington, DC area. BKDC, BethKaya Design & Consulting was built for artists and pieced together while chief creator, Beth was listening to a variety of music styles. We believe the relationship between music, art and style go hand and hand and we support and enjoy the eclectic tastes of all of our readers. Enjoy and don’t forget to stop and hear the music 🙂

-Kelly Hecht, Chief Editor at BKDC

 Miami: The Electric Pickle Company, http://electricpicklemiami.com/

Chicago: SpyBar, http://www.spybarchicago.com/

NYC Cielo, http://www.cieloclub.com/

Brooklyn: Output Club, http://outputclub.com/

Denver: Beta Nightclub, http://www.betanightclub.com/

Los Angeles: Sound Nightclub, http://soundnightclub.com/

Las Vegas: XS Nightclub, http://www.xslasve

 Chief Creative, BethKaya’s picks for her favorite venues. Check them out!

 NYC: Le Poisson Rouge, http://www.lepoissonrouge.com/

NYC: The Bitter End, http://www.bitterend.com/

NYC: Mercury Lounge, http://www.mercuryloungenyc.com

 DC:9:30 Club, http://www.930.com/

Virginia: State Theater, http://www.thestatetheatre.com/index.xml

New Jersey :The Saint, http://www.thesaintnj.com/

New Jersey: The Stone Pony, http://www.stoneponyonline.com/

NYC: Highline Ballroom, http://highlineballroom.com/

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bowl, http://www.brooklynbowl.com/

Nashville: The National Underground, http://www.thenationalunderground.com/index.html

*All images from Google

JiggleBop Vol 1 & 2


Good Sunday Evening to you from Beth!

Lots of tinkering and assignments going on in the studio.  We are accepting more entertainment/event centered projects lately among these, DJ gigs! I hadn’t had my recording and mixing equipment set up in the studio for a while but after a recent lil gig in a local firehouse to benefit the Providence House (Local Women’s Abuse Shelter) ; I got the itch to free mix/record.So here’s the first bite from my “Jigglebop” series. It’s music from all eras, synth heavy, headbob & jiggle your hips heavy.

Perfect for spring – >  check in for the next installment!

Vol 2 Isn’t As Tight But Oh Well…

‘Top 5 Bands’ By: Introducing Elizabeth Echeverri


 Editors Note: 

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)

Meet Elizabeth:

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.”


Adventure Club


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.

Porter Robinson


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. 

Ilan Bluestone


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. 

New Music, Meredeth Harvey


Hey ya’ll!!!  I’m so excited to join the BethKaya team and work along side some of the most fabulous people ever.When I first signed on I decided that I wanted my mission to be to introduce people to new music I love.  In my search for the next “big thing” I managed to stumble upon Lake Street Dive. Lake Street Dive’s album “Bad Self Portraits” is quickly becoming my new favorite. This eclectic album brings you from bobby socks and poodle skirts into a smoke filled speak easy in a matter of minutes.  I’m kicking myself for not finding them earlier.

It has been a long time since I have come across an album where I not only like all the songs but I immediately fell in love.  The title track and first single, “Bad Self Portraits” instantly has you nodding your head where as  “Just Ask” has soul and harmonies that makes you stop everything and listen.The ups and downs of the song “Seventeen” make you go through the same mood swings every hesitant person feels when meeting a new love interest.  The versatility of the album makes it a quick, easy listen that you are sad to hear end.

 Lake Street Dive is the brain child of trumpet/guitar player Mike Olson.  Their lead singer, Rachel Price has a powerhouse  voice that sounds as if Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, and Amy Winehouse had a love child.  Her voice sets the tone for the entire album with smokey overtones and powerful runs.  I hate to scream girl power (who am I kidding I love it) but upright bassist, Bridget Kearney, holds her own.  By the 3rd track, “Better Than”, you really start to feel the presence of the bass which helps aide in the jazz bar feel this album conveys.  And lets be honest, a female playing the upright is just plain hot.  With drummer Mike Calabrese keeping the beat they make a perfect collaboration that brings you to a  new sense of nostalgia. With pop cultures recent love for the post prohibition era, I see big things coming from this big sounding Quartet.  So make yourself a manhattan, sit back and let Lake Street Dive take you back to when booze was an art form and music came from the soul.

Go to www.lakestreetdive.com check out local tour dates and learn more about the band





Hey Guys – Spin this! Some tune highlights from the BKDC Studio!

Lyrics That MOVE You Part I


Remember those people in school who were SO dedicated to the yearbook. My how we forget their coordinating, their serious dedication to every little aspect of remembering your fabulous year at school? It’s been a mission to get people on board to write on this site, not for anything other than to diversify a movement I see taking place already. One that’s earnest, laced in culture and spirit.

One of these universal things I think we can ALL submit to, is the power and movement in music. Face it, there is always a song that describes your feelings. EACTLY how you feel. So rather than do a poll on facebook I privately reached out to people. Just people I want to hear from. Honest people who aren’t shoving themselves down anyone’s throat.

Face book is kind of *ducks* taking humanity and connection away from us in real life. There’s something missing now and we all admit it. We are ALL online and there is NO going back. There are times when to pull the plug and there are times to plug the heck in. Crazy things go down in our lives. Every one of us has this amazing depth of knowledge to share and also, where is the real reporting going? Things are ON FIRE in the world today. Cities are BURNING waiting for their revolution! We are the people reporting the REAL news. Social Media is your favorite magazine and newscast all in one space. Let fill it with sharing pieces of our real selves.

REAL SHARING in my most humble of not so humble opinion can change the apathetic, robotic climate we are creating.


So here’s my first piece in a series of “YEARBOOK” style pieces.  These pieces are meant to draw people out, to participate, to have a voice in a choir of voices eager for change, renewal, growth & happiness.  They’re dedicated to other peoples worlds, remarks and mementos to capture the essence of us all, in the gut, right now.





Beth Erxleben – (BethKaya) -> “All you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be” – Pink Floyd, Breathe


Brianne Diomede – (Twilight Dance Designs) – > “Tomorrow Never Knows” – The Beatles, Titled


Ken Erxleben – >

“Where the doors are moaning all day long,
Where the stairs are leaning dusk ’till dawn,

Where the windows are breathing in the light,
Where the rooms are a collection of our lives,

This is a place where I don’t feel alone
This is a place that I call my home….
This is a place that I call my home ….



Also,  how about this song’s lyrics…..of which not a person in the world can translate:


YET…..this band is 100% known for it’s ability to evoke really strong emotion.

Also one of the coolest things is that when people comment about a given tune you almost always see 50% people saying they want to cry and 50% saying it’s so inspiring and full of hope.

It’s Neat.

Matthew Mayer –>

“What I have in my heart, I’ll take to my grave” – Hatebreed – “Before Dishonor”


“Don’t you know there ain’t no devil, there’s just God when he’s drunk” – Tom Waits – “Heart Attack And Vine”


Kristen Marie –>

“You should look as good as your outlook, Would you mind if I took some time, to soak up your light, your beautiful light? You’ve got a paradise inside.”

Jason Mraz – The Sunshine Song


Lady Cartelli  – >

 “For tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun” – The Beatles – “I’ll Follow The Sun”


 Jeremy Gordan ->

“Ah Brooklyn, Brooklyn take me in. Are you aware the shape I’m in? My hands they shake, my head it spins. Ah Brooklyn, Brooklyn take me in.”

Amanda DeSibour Urbina – >

She’s the voice I’d love to hear some day when I’m ninety, she’s that wooden rocking chair I want rocking right beside me” Brad Paisley – She’s Everything


Corinne Casella ->

 “When nothing is owed or deserved or expected And your life doesn’t change by the man that’s elected If you’re loved by someone, you’re never rejected Decide what to be and go be it.” – The Avett Brothers – “Head Full of Doubt Road Full Of Promise”



 Matthew Shallwelaugh ->

Tritonal feat Cristina Soto – lifted (mat zo remix). Love it. Lyrics click with me



Lisa Fogarty –>

“Only The Good Die Young” – Billy Joel – Titled


Stephen Carcamo –>

“You don’t know how glad I am you’re home” – Phylis Hyman – “You just don’t know”


Matt Licari – >

“We are the dollars and cents the pounds and pence the mark and the yen” – Radiohead – “Dollars and Cents”


The head of state has called for my by name but I don’t have time for him

Paul Rivenbark – >


Geraldine Valecillos – >

Original – “See”

“When I close my eyes the world falls through there is one initial truth that history is in our hands, we can choose the path, we are not under contract to continue living in a way that doesn’t allow a free flow of positive energy and true wholesome living. We can change it all but it starts with us. We must be brothers and sisters first and care, do a whole lot of caring. We have the power if only we closed our eyes long enough to start truly seeing.”


Kelly Hecht ->

“I’m the hero of the story don’t need to be saved” -Regina Spektor, Hero


Elizabeth Echeverri ->

“Dream on, little dreamer. The sky belongs to no one.” (Paraphrased) – Above & Beyond – “You Got to Go”


Christopher Howcroft –>

“Once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right” – Grateful Dead – “Scarlet Begonias”



Robert Wiles –>

 “My personal religious doctrine”

It’s all contained in here–>


*Also always have loved the lyrics to Angie by the stones.

Thirteen by Big Star,

Red Barchetta by Rush,

You Can’t Be Too Strong by Graham Parker & The Rumour. I could go on and on …

Rommy Delgado Coleman ->

“I’ll find strength in pain” Mumford and sons.


Erin Hayward – >

I would say Pink Floyd Fearless. “You say the hill’s too steep to climb, you say you’d like to see me try. you pick the place and I’ll choose the time, and I’ll climb that hill in my own way. Just wait a while for the right day. And as I rise above the treeline and the clouds, I’ll look down, hearing the sound of the things you said today”


Lukas Karlsson->

  “This is the first day of my life” – Bright Eyes – Titled


and finally, last but not least, just the longest.

Terra Kroll –>

“Take time to give thanks Make time to be given I’m going to stop and think twice About the way that I’m living

Did I say a kind word Am I proud of my actions You know a job well done Gives me satisfaction

Can I earn your trust Your love and affection Just one step at a time In the right direction

Going to aim for the sky Keep my feet on the ground Raise my voice to the heavens Make a joyful sound

Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Naaaaaaa…. Make a joyful sound

Can I sing for my supper And play for my rent I know it sounds funny But it’s how my time’s spent

Greet everyday with full purpose With passion and pride I’m going to follow my heart And have nothing to hide

A moment of insight I know why I’m here You know when the time just stops See it all real clear

I’ve got to set an example Make some mischief and fun Do unto others and Play a fat bass run

Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Naaaaaaa…. Make a joyful sound I got to work hard everyday And give it my best Grab hold of fear and negativity And lay them to rest

I know my time here’s important Can I do the right thing? Practice patience and forgiveness Feel the joy that they bring

Can I lay down tonight Without feeling regret? I know the love that I give Becomes the love that I get

Well do you hear what I’m saying Making sense to you? Well if you feel it in your heart Then you might want to sing too

Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Naaaaaaa…. Make a joyful sound

I don’t want to sound preachy Make you feel all wrong Just want to write some kind lyrics Sing a feel good song

It’s kind of hard to explain It is just a feeling I get From making music making love Getting both feet wet

Well every piece to the puzzle Snapped tight to the groove I Close my eyes breathe deeply and Let my feet move

You know I feel a little better Now for speaking my mind Good vibes in circulation and See who they find

Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Naaaaaaa…. Make a joyful sound – >

The String Cheese Incident –