Just 2 weeks ahead of Grotesque Indoor Festival, held on December 9th at the iconic Maassilo venue in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. A festival of colors, magic, artistry, and no limits when it comes to having fun, the Mardi Gras theme is set to blow you away.
Again this year it is all about the total experience. Three areas with various musical styles ranging from Deep, Tech or House Classics to Progressive, Psychedelic and Uplifting Trance. An exciting program! Check the line-up below:
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Let us Entertain you!
Typically, the Grotesque sight is not only focused on music or on the stages. Last year you saw a lot more entertainment in the room, just between the audience. This way the experience literally comes to you! And that is exactly what makes #GIF300 an event where even the ‘finishing touch’ is worked out in the smallest detail! More superlatives are left for you 😉
Never change a winning theme
Of course, the successful elements remain. The chill-out will be accompanied by the necessary street theater and for those who want to chill out for a bit, there is enough space in Maassilo, and massages will be offered. A fun festival market where you can pick out nice or original Mardi Gras or buy some nice gadgets at the Grotesque Merchandise stand or one of the others. The Silent Disco is to bring some laughter courtesy of Silent Disco Expert and a delicious food corner, where you can re-charge your energy.
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Who are you?
Considering the plethora of genres and musical styles Armada Music deals in, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Amsterdam-based record label loves to see its artists experiment across the electronic music spectrum. Today marks the day we see the first three of these exploratory ventures emerge in the form of a phenomenal EP: ‘Breaking Borders E.P. #1’.
Listen to ‘Breaking Borders E.P. #1’
For this first part of the ‘Breaking Borders’ series – which focuses on a different genre or style per installment –three highly acclaimed electronic music acts have taken up Armada Music on their challenge and produced a record that meets the Trance criteria. While none other than Canadian stars Sultan + Shepard came up with ‘Bloom’ (as featured on Armin van Buuren’s ‘A State Of Trance, Ibiza 2017’ compilation), Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Morgan Page conjured up ‘Calera’ and Techno guru Gabriel Ananda proved the creator of ‘It’s Moving’. All stellar tracks in their own right, they show that these artists are anything but one-trick ponies and that they’re not to be pigeonholed.
Sultan + Shepard: “Since we started producing, we’ve made tracks in lots of different styles. We’ve always had a place close to our heart for the deeper, more progressive sounds. Recently, we’ve been inspired by the resurgence of that sound and we wanted to do somewhat of a return to those roots. We wanted to move forward, to combine everything we’ve learned over the years into something that would still give us the feeling we had when we first started making progressive, techy, deeper music. All of this is to say that we’re really proud to present ‘Bloom’ to the world. The amount of support from DJs and the number of messages from fans has already been so great and we hope that all of you enjoy it, because we had a blast making it.”
Morgan Page: “’Calera’ is Trance-infused throwback to that classic progressive sound that is missing these days. It’s different from my usual work, but I had a lot of fun making it!”
In addition to the acts that are already part of the Armada Music roster, the ‘Breaking Borders’ series also aims to inspire and challenge non-Armada artists as well. Therefore, anyone is invited to reach out and tell Armada Music which producer they want to see produce a certain genre of style. Together, we’ll be breaking borders one at a time.
It’s no secret that Ørjan Nilsen has a knack for getting dance music lovers to go wild and today, he does so again with the help of a long-time friend and fellow northerner: DJ and producer R-Lend. Released on his own In My Opinion label, ‘Without Kontakt’ is sure to satisfy the most diehard of Trance fans.
Listen to Ørjan Nilsen feat. R-Lend – Without Kontakt
As astonishingly melodic as pretty much every Ørjan Nilsen production, ‘Without Kontakt’ has that old-school vibe to it no Trance fan can resist. Complemented by soaring background vocals and melodies that make heads spin, this cut guarantees plenty of hands-in-the-air action each time it drops.
Ørjan Nilsen: “Erlend (R-Lend) also hails from Kirkenes and I happen to be godfather to his two daughters. He and I have been friends since we were sixteen and we got connected through a mutual interest: Trance. Back in the days, we even made a track together called ‘Beat Design’ under an alias called O&R. Since it did quite well, we thought it would be fun to try again. So here it is, ‘Without Kontakt’.”
Ørjan Nilsen has been part of the Armada Music roster for as long as he’s been a mainstay in the Trance scene. From dropping breakthrough track ‘Red Woods’ (under his DJ Governor moniker) in 2006, Trance classic ‘La Guitarra’ in 2008 and debut album ‘In My Opinion’ in 2011 to releasing some of the biggest tracks of the past few years (such as ‘Iconic’, ‘The Hardest Part’ and ‘Hi There Radio’), the Norwegian DJ and producer has been on top of his game for over a decade and once again managed to outdo himself with ‘Without Kontakt’.