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Inside Imagine Music Festival: Get Hyped for Protohype

The Imagine Music Festival is upon us this weekend, and kicking off some of the hype on Friday is one of our favorite EDM artists, Protohype.

Max Hype, aka “Protohype,” has been producing music since he was fourteen years old. He broke into the EDM music scene after taking time off to attend college by playing at local raves and uploading his music online. Like many budding, young artists in the digital age, his smashing success on Soundcloud was the step that really propelled his music career forward.

“I’d say the song I’m most connected to is “Lights On,” says Protohype. “It has the most emotion and serious message out of all of the songs that I’ve made. I really poured my heart into that one, and that’s pretty tough to do when it comes to bass music.”

This epic DJ doesn’t just spin hit records though. In his spare time, Protohype is hard at work giving back to the community with his charity project, #Puppycrew. He raises money and support for the ASPCA through sales of his appropriately named album, Puppy Crew, as well as fundraising projects on social media using #puppycrew.

“I started the #Puppycrew charity project because I wanted to give back to the community with the money I had been making,” says Protohype. “It didn’t feel right to have influence and money and not be making a difference in the community.I love animals so that was the route that I chose to help give back. ”

As lovers of our fine city, we were also stoked to hear that he loves exploring Atlanta during his travels, and enjoying a leisurely day out. He’s basically a regular guy.

When speaking of his favorite go-to stop in the ATL, Protohype says, “Without question, the Atlanta Aquarium!!! I love going there so much. Growing up in Nashville, I’ve been to ATL so many times…and I love the aquarium, it’s so rad.”

And just like you and me, Protohype is pretty hyped about attending Imagine this year and experiencing all that the festival has to offer.

“The last time I played Imagine, it was downtown by Georgia Tech,” Protohype says. “Now that it’s at the speedway, I’m looking forward to a bigger crowd and a bigger venue. It’s going to be awesome.”

We couldn’t agree more.

If you don’t love this guy already, you might be convinced when you hear some of his sick bass at Imagine Music Festival. Prototype will be performing live this Friday at 10:00 p.m. on the Disco Inferno stage, so be there!

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Inside Imagine Music Festival: From the Artists

It’s nearly time for Imagine, so we’re going to be bombarding you with posts. Sorry not sorry.

You’ve seen a number of posts from me with “Zapp’s Picks” for different time slots on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This article is going to be a bit different. We’re going to dive into who the artists are most excited to see!

We spoke with Protohype, MetaPattern, Johnny GoodTime, and Reliquary.

Protohype is known for his heavy dubstep originals and work with Excision. He also started up the #puppycrew project to benefit the ASPCA! He’ll be playing Friday night.

MetaPattern is a member of Masquerade’s Torch DNB group, which is headed by Thesis. MetaPattern will be playing along with Johnny GoodTime and other members of Torch DNB in the Torch X Elevate DNB block on Saturday evening.

Johnny GoodTime is the head of Elevate DNB (at Lava Lounge) along with his wife, and together the two bring the best of USA and UK DNB to the ATL. Lots of acronyms, lots of great beats.

Last but not least, Reliquary is a Trance artist with dance music influences. He uses his music to create and move between landscapes and environments over the course of a set, bringing the right moods and energy at the right time for each. Reliquary will be playing on Sunday.

What about this year’s Imagine Music Festival are you most excited for?

Protohype

The last time I played Imagine, it was downtown by Georgia Tech. Now that it’s at the speedway, I’m looking forward to a bigger crowd and a bigger venue. It’s going to be awesome.

MetaPattern

I am looking forward to a well-planned (for once) camping experience and catching my old Trance legends on the Aeria Stage on Sunday!

Johnny GoodTime

 I’m looking forward to the entire experience and not really any act in particular. After the DnB I’ll be exploring some of the other many big name acts.

Reliquary

That’s easy. On top of the best (in my opinion) Imagine headliner line-up yet , There is SO much amazing local and regional talent on this year’s line-up too! I’ve wanted to see so many of these artists for so long because of their amazing reputations and finally have the chance to! A lot of these people are also really good friends of mine so it’s really cool that we all get to perform at such an amazing festival of this scale. A HUGE thank you the Imagine team for making it happen.

What (smaller) artists do you recommend people check out at Imagine?

Protohype

I wouldn’t say this is a smaller by any means but the artist i am most hyped for at Imagine is JOKER. Joker is so amazing and a HUGE influence to me. His set is going to be incredible and I can’t wait to witness his greatness. I’m going to flip my shit when he plays “Tron”.

MetaPattern

The Six Feathers Stage’s local lineup is absolutely insane! Literally any artist at any time will be guaranteed to have top-notch track selection and mixing skills!

Johnny GoodTime

 Uh – I gotta keep it real and just speak for what I know – but the Torch & Elevate DnB block is going to be fire! We are supporting DNB superstars Ivy Lab, DJ Dara and DJ SS at the Aeria Stage on Saturday. Hope to see you there!

Reliquary

For me, the Aeria stage is STACKED all day Sunday.  If you want to check out some top quality Trance or learn what the genres all about definitely swing by there.  For many, Paul Oakenfold, Gabriel & Dresden, and Kenneth Thomas are far from “unknown” but if you don’t know them yet, you NEED to!  My top pick has to be for Nhexis though.  He’s an extremely talented DJ & producer and is a serious up-and-comer here from the Atlanta scene.  Don’t be surprised when you see him headlining these shows in the next couple years.  Also, don’t say I didn’t tell you so!

Between our schedule series and comments from the artists themselves, we have prepared you to set forth and conquer this year’s Imagine Music Festival.

We’ll see you in our next articles where we’ll be looking into everything you need to be fully prepared for the navigating the festival itself. Plus more from these great artists!

 

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Who to See at Dragon Con 2018: Part One

You know what’s happening Labor Day Weekend right?

That’s right, the one and only: Dragon Con.

Beginning in the fall of 1987, Dragon Con was founded on the combined interests of comic-book fans, gamers, and science-fiction readers. Since then, the convention has expanded into various fandoms, literary genres, and creative aspects of “nerdism”.

With my own love for comics (DC) and cosplaying, the Queen of the Gnomes is here to give you an all-access pass to the ins-and-outs of Dragon Con 2018.

With over 100 actors, writers, artists and more, this year’s “Who to See” is going to be the talk of the ATL.

For this article, I will be diving into some top picks for the “Featured” section for this year’s Con.

Starting with legendary comic-book artist: Scott Hanna; Hanna has been in the comic game for years and has worked with both DC and Marvel Comics. He is also one of the co-founders of the Arts and Fashion Institute.

Comic-book artist and writer: Joe Benitez has created works for DC and Image Comics. Benitez is also the creator of the Lady Mechanika and Wraithborn series

Author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a prime focus of my own personal pick-list. Kenyon is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and is known for her Dark Hunter series.

Comic-book and professional artist Sho Murase is to also make an appearance.  Murase is hands down one of my favorite artists and has created a variety of pieces for Disney, DC and Marvel. Her portfolio always includes a dark-twist and continues to expand on a global sphere.

And while I may be a DC lover at heart, I do enjoy Mike Colters portrayal of “hero to hire” Luke Cage. The newest season of Luke Cage is to premiere tomorrow on Netflix and damn does it look good.

The dream-man of so many Dr. Who and Torchwood fans, John Barrowman, will also be around to smile and swoon.

For my American Gods’ fans (both book and show), be on the look out for Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Demore Barns (Mr. Ibis), and Bruce Langley (Technical Boy). Season two couldn’t come fast enough.

The incredibly voice-actress Tara Strong will also be heard around the Con, and hopefully to stay.

For those of you who want some nostalgia, writer Christopher Paolini of the Inheritance Cycle, Roscoe Orman of Sesame Street (Gordon Robinson), and former professional wrestler Ric Flair will also be in attendance.

And finally, my own personally favorite, the voice of Spongebob himself: Tom Kenny! 

All of you judging me right now can drink your hater-ade somewhere else, because this man has voiced the greatest character in cartoon and meme history. There is no argument that will ever change my mind.

If you want the full line-up of Featured “Who to See”, check out  http://www.dragoncon.org/?q=featured_list

My next “Who to See” will focus on the Performers of Dragon Con 2018.

See ya then.

 

 

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Music Midtown 2018 Lineup Top Picks

The 2018 Music Midtown Lineup is finally here! Tickets go on sale this Friday June, 15th at 10am. Headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Fall Out Boy, Gucci Mane, Khalid, and more! This festival is known to have a diverse lineup that includes over 30 artists across four stages.

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Inside the 2018 Imagine Music Festival Lineup – Oceania Stage

Well by now you must know I’m a bit of an EDM lover. For those of you that follow the Atlanta EDM scene, you’ll know the biggest festival of them all is Imagine. And now that the Imagine Music Festival‘s 5 Year Anniversary 2018 artist lineup has been announced, it’s time to get hyped.

I feel as though Imagine is the spiritual successor in many ways to Tomorrow World, which was a shame to see go. But now that we have a staple music festival back I couldn’t be happier with Imagine. Last year’s festival was incredible. Pretty Lights, Seven Lions and Illenium back to back, and Flux? Can’t get much better than that.

Excepttt this year! Damn what a lineup. This is the best of Shaky Beats last year meets the best of Year 1 Tomorrow World (aka the best Tomorrow World). This is their 5 Year Anniversary festival, so I’m sure that has something to do with it.

For those of you that are EDM veterans, you’ll know the greats. Many of you will know the little guys. But with a lineup like this, we’d say this is the perfect opportunity for EDM newcomers. For those of you that are not as familiar with the artists attending this year’s festival, fear not!

We’ve put together a list of every artist for each stage of Imagine, with a description of their style and a few sample songs. We will be writing up articles like this for each stage of the festival, and then (once the schedule is announced) each day of the festival.

We hope you’ll be able to show up at the start of the festival each day (not 6pm) and find a new artist to love. Even if you’re an EDM vet, check out the little guys – you might be surprised.

This article is for Imagine’s main stage – Oceania. We’ve grouped the artists in Imagine’s order. Keep an eye out more articles on Imagine’s other stages!

 

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Armin Van Buuren

Armin is widely accepted as one of EDM’s most widely influential artists. This is a definite must-see, with a healthy helping of lasers. His genre is primarily old school trance.

Bassnectar

Bassnectar is one of the most recognized must-see acts in EDM. His annual New Years Eve (no duh) shows are killer, and while I’ve never seen him in festival style I have to believe he’ll bring it like always. Expect a medley of the heavy and deep.

Kaskade

Oh man do I love Kaskade. Saw him for the first time at Shaky last year, but I’ve been following him since maybe 2011 so it’s been some time coming. He has so many, so many songs I love. Classics and melodic, just wonderful progressive house all around. He’s made the pop circuit with songs like “Fakin’ It” in the past few years, but he’s so much better than that. This guy is probably responsible for getting me into EDM.

Alesso

It’s funny, last time Alesso was here I don’t think most people would have known who he was. Now he’s here after his radio hit “Cool” and well, he’s a pretty common name. But don’t think that the pop Alesso is the only Alesso – he’s collaborated with the greats to make a name for himself as one of the greatest electronic artists out there, spanning genres from progressive house to trance to pop with ease. He even has a song with Hailey Steinfeld out now, because why not? He has his new songs, but man it’s always the classics that kill it when it comes to Alesso.

Galantis

Man, I have to be honest I have some real mixed feelings about Galantis. They solidified their status as electronic greats with their pop-electronic hit Runaway. They then absolutely killed it with songs like Firebird and Peanut Butter Jelly. But I feel as time goes on they’re following the (strange) trend of high pitched voices in EDM. Who started this? Can we stop? Please stop. Here’s to hoping they play the older stuff.

RL Grime

If it’s the ATL, you know it’s all about that TRAP. And good lawd, we have the God of Trap in the house, RL Grime himself. If you don’t like Trap, this is the man to show you the light. If you do like Trap, you know RL Grime. Simple as that. Note – he also has some mellow songs like “Stay for It”. Just realize that it’s a festival, so mellow isn’t the move. He’ll play the song, but everything is heavier in festivals.

Zeds Dead

Zeds Dead baby! Any Die Hard fans in the house? No? Ok. Well this duo has been making the rounds in the electronic scene for years and just doing a phenomenal job. From day 1 they’ve had a unique sound and I can honestly say that they haven’t lost a touch of it to this day. Here’s an oldie (some say the oldest) and a new song so you can see what I mean.

Adventure Club

Story time! In 2012 I didn’t have a car, didn’t have a friend with a car, and barely had a ticket to Counterpoint. All I knew was that Adventure Club was playing, and I frickin love Adventure Club. Sadly none of my friends wanted to see Adventure Club, or were even attending the festival that day. So I took a taxi (Uber wasn’t a thing back then) from Atlanta to the festival grounds, alone, and managed to find what I thought were the grounds. Turns out, NOPE. So I walk for about a half hour, find my way into the festival grounds, navigate to Adventure Club, and have the single best time ever. After that I had an interesting time navigating back, which did involve walking through a pitch black forest through the night and trying to hail a cab on the side of the highway but man was it all worth it. Adventure Club absolutely reinvented EDM and dubstep in the day. Their mastery of vocal and audio slicing and editing is just incredible. Theirs is the only full length mix I’ll put on this page – only because it is a true masterpiece. Please everyone do yourselves a favor and listen to Superheroes Anonymous Vol. 1.

Getter

I don’t know why he calls himself Getter, all I know is he gets absolutely wild. This is gonna be a heavy show and you’re going to love every minute of it.

The Glitch Mob

The Glitch Mob has been around since literally forever, and they’ve earned their place as one of the most well-known rhythmic electronic groups out there. These guys could have sold out years ago and props to them for keepin on.

12th Planet

12th Planet runs some oldschool dubstep. Can’t go wrong there!

Bear Grillz

Bear Grillz is sure to be a heavy show – think heavy dubstep/house with a good deal of heavy metal influence. Not usually my cup o tea, but for a festival it’s great for getting the crowd going.

Leah Culver

You may be thinking – hey I know that name! Well you should. Leah Culver has been featured on countless tracks and is a phenomenal vocalist in her own right. She’s been featured on tracks with Marshmello, Yultron, you name it. Her solo stuff will be more on the pop side.

Liquid Stranger

Liquid Stranger is lesser known, but for those of you that are into the true atmospheric EDM movement you’ll be well at home. I actually got into Liquid Stranger at first from Gramatik, so if you’re a fan you may want to give a listen.

Riot Ten

Is it just me or does anybody else miss the days with the old school dubstep-rap combo? Riot Ten nails that sound. Want a little somethin softer? Their forte is the heavy dub and trap, but they can do the mellow too.

Zaxx

What is a festival ground if not a really big room? Get ready for some big room house.

Eddie Gold

He’s a smaller artist, but he can run trap like a pro. Here’s to hoping he gets a nice break with this festival!

Kevin Flum

Kevin Flum is a rapper! He’s been around a while, so if you’re into rap he’ll be a healthy break from just EDM and Trap all weekend.

Midnite Panda

DJs Midnite Panda have been a festival regular since they won the “Counterpoint Submission Mix” contest. They killed it there, and they’ve been a solid staple ever since.

Ra

A rock band at an EDM festival? I’m not complaining. These guys clearly have some 90s grunge influence, and some heavy Ozzy vibes.

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DJs and remixes with a whole lotta Trap. It was tough wading through Christian sermon videos on youtube to find these videos.