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The Possible Cost of Coachella

Experiencing the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, with its art installations, big name music artists, and thousands of attendees, has become one of the bucket-list-big-ones for many festival-goers since the events birth in October of 1999. Last year’s attendance peaked record levels with more than 198,000 tickets sold, according[…]

Bringing in the New Year with Bass

At a glance, the streets seem subdued. It’s what you might expect on the night before New Year’s Eve; a calm before the storm. Walk into the ‘Whiskey Bar’ in downtown Portland and you’d think that New Year’s festivities were in full swing. It’s no surprise, really. With a lineup[…]

Never Underestimate Overpreparation

When I first started delving into the world of arts and entertainment, I had no idea what I was doing. I was attending College of Idaho at the time, and my then-girlfriend, Miranda, was hosting an end-of-the-year party at her house. My homies Jordan (Axiom Tha Wyze) and Steezy Steve Strange, along with myself, decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to put the raps we’d been practicing to the test. We wrote a bunch of lyrics to instrumentals we ripped off of Youtube, practiced for a month, and ultimately pulled off a dope underground party using wooden pallets and beer pong tables as a stage. It actually took a lot of work just to pull together that first 30 minute set–borrowing the equipment, building the stage, writing, practicing, rehearsing, performing and convincing the cops not to shut down the event–but Axiom, Miranda, and I dug it so much that eventually we formed Earthlings Entertainment…

A Precursor: The Future of Music Technology is a Double-Edged Sword

Alright, so I’m reading about innovations in technology and entertainment, and I came across this article about Selfie Tickets. It’s basically just a ticket on your phone with your picture (your selfie) associated, meant to speed up the check-in process by eliminating barcode scanning. It’s a little gimmicky, but I can see its practicality (especially beyond music-related events).

Anyway, it got me into thinking about where we’re going with music and technology in the future. If you haven’t read my first post on music and tech, “The Connection Between Hip Hop, Technology, & Kung Fu” feel free to peruse it, but in it I make the contention that Hip Hop as a culture and an art form is inextricably connected to technology and the pursuit of liberation via knowledge. To me, technology (when decentralized) is the great equalizer and the great liberator of our time.