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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 the 2018 Imagine Music Festival Lineup – Disco Inferno Stage

It’s time for part 3 of our coverage of Imagine’s lineup!

Check out the other posts here, for Oceania stage and here for Amazonia stage! This article is for Imagine’s third stage – Disco Inferno. This stage will have some absolutely killer talent that are worth the listen. We’ve grouped the artists in Imagine’s order:

Disco Inferno Stage

Green Velvet

Green Velvet, aka Curtis Jones, has been in the game for as long as I can remember. He was on the forefront of the electro-punk sound and now has turned his attention to the more mainstream House tastes. The vocals you’ll hear on these tracks are inspired by the likes of Prince (RIP) and Gary Numan – and with good effect! Here’s an example of the old vs the new with the well known track “La La Land”.

 

Oliver Heldens

Oliver Heldens is a favorite of mine. Like most people I’d say I discovered him with the release of his song “Gecko” (and the vocal edit “Overdrive”). The Heldeep radio podcast has also been phenomenal for years. If you want to know what kind of music an artist will play at their sets, their radio is a great place to check since it’s basically just their tastes. He also has some killer collabs like “You Know” with Zeds Dead.

 

Boogie T

Boogie T rolls with a sound that combines deep bass dubstep and reggae (mostly). He’s best known for his collabs with Ganja White Night, like “Flava”. You’ll find his solo work like “2KFO” to be much heavier, and (in my opinion) a better sound for the festival atmosphere.

Squnto

Squnto brings it back to the heaviest days of dubstep, and I’m not complaining! His dub chopping skills are palpable, and he even has some sweet videos showing off how he does his work.

Chocolate Puma

Chocolate Puma are two fellas out of the Netherlands who just want to get you bouncin. Collabs with groups like the Bingo Players have been great, and their solo stuff is no different. Here are two songs from opposite sides of their sound.

EDX

No, this won’t be an online learning seminar blast over loud speakers. EDX the musician is a specialist in summer house, but his talents go all over the house genre. Pay him a visit for some much needed summer vibes.

Joker

Joker had some big hitting tracks back in the late 2000’s dubstep game, and I hope he brings that sound to Imagine. Take a listen and flash back 10 years to the rise of dubstep. His newer sound ranges from mellow dubstep to spacey.

Koan Sound

Koan Sound is funky dubstep, think Griz without the sax/vocals. I’m a big fan of the sound personally, and I’m excited to see how it plays out on the big stage.

Latmun

Latmun is a newer name, with a sound of what he calls “Tech House”. Excited to see more from him, with his unique tunes I’m sure it’ll be interesting.

 

Noisia

Noisia is a crew that I’ve followed for some time. Like some other artists on this stage, they’ve been in the game since before dubstep (and DnB) hit it big, and I’d say they’re one of the reasons it did. I expect this show to be absolutely wild.

Shlump

Shlump, besides being a fun name to say, knows his way around some wobble. Trap is the name of the game, but the sound has some solid wobble to it that give his songs a fuller, more rounded sound.

 

Tiga

Tiga is definitely a different kind of electronic, even blurring the lines between electronic and electro. As a general fan of these old funky tunes, I’d say more power to him! You’ve probably heard the track “Bugatti” before. His other tracks have the same sound minus the catchy vocal hook.

Walker & Royce

Keeping the theme of 80’s style electro-house, and I’m just digging it. Especially in this day and age with Toto’s “Africa” being one of the top played songs on Spotify, I say bring back electro.

 

Wax Motif

Wax Motif actually reminds me a lot of Oliver Heldens mixed with Shiba San. Big punchy bass, a solid beat, and an overall groove you can get lost to.

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Inside the 2018 Imagine Music Festival Lineup – Amazonia Stage

It’s time for part 2 of our coverage of Imagine’s lineup! We’ll be staggering our lineup posts each week to make sure you don’t exceed your mobile data costs, and to keep up the hype!

Check out the first post here, for Oceania stage! This article is for Imagine’s second main stage – Amazonia. Second stage or not, Amazonia has some killer artists you’ll have to check out. We’ve grouped the artists in Imagine’s order:

Amazonia Stage

Griz

I have made a point to see Griz every single time he’s in town. See him, and you will too. This is a psychadelic trip through dubstep brought to you by a skinny white dude on a saxophone playing like he has something to prove. By the end of the show, you’ll be feeling as happy as I expect Griz does every damn day.

Zhu

Zhu was always sort of an enigma to me. Is it EDM? Sure. Is it pop? Eh. Does it belong on the radio? I have no clue. But it’s there and here we are. I don’t really expect Zhu to throw down, but you’ll get some shoulder swings in if you catch a groove or two.

Cashmere Cat

Cashmere Cat! Love this guy. One of the most talented producers, whether his name is on the track or not. He’s funky, fresh, and one of the best. He produced one of the best sleeper pop songs of the past 5 years, Ryn Weaver’s Octahate. I’ve included his remix below.

Jai Wolf

Jai Wolf makes music that would be perfect for the scene in a movie where the girl and guy run away together in the end and live happily ever after. Just happy tunes, who can complain?

Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set)

I mean, how can you go wrong with a name like Shpongle? But for real, you’re not going to find many Shpongle “songs” out there. That’s because Shpongle is basically like the EDM version of a jam band – and that’s awesome. Totally unique and trippy as hell.

Ekali

Ekali will keep the mellow and chill trap running for you. Keep in mind it’ll be heavier for the festival! This’ll be a great set for someone looking to hear some absolutely killer trap and catch a break from the wild stuff.

Eoto

I’m not as familiar with Eoto, but looks to me he’s working the classic instrumentals and synth combo. I really can’t complain there – it’s a great combo! To me the music could be the love child of some Gramatik and Pretty Lights, enough funk to go around, interlaced vocal backtracks, and instrumentals layered over synth like they were there all along.

Lotus

Keeping the instrumental funk going, we’ve got another jam band up in Amazonia. Lotus is more reminiscent of Phish for me: full band, lengthy heavy jams, and some breaks for instrumental solos spread around. These guys will keep you on your toes in a way you won’t normally get at an EDM festival.

Levitation Jones

It’s like DJ Snake blasted off to Mars! Levitation Jones runs some of the spacey trap and has a tremendously unique sound. This set is bound to be nothing short of trippy and spacey. Jones won’t be the only one levitating.

Protohype

We’re back to the big room with Protohype. Protohype has some absolutely killer tracks, and I fully expect a killer classic EDM and dubstep set from them. I expect to hear some of their heavier tunes, like Blackout below.

Yheti

Man, what a wild sound. Yheti is like nothing I’ve heard before honestly, and imagining these tracks with some heavy bass that only a festival can provide is getting me hyped up. Expect some funky, fresh, and spacey trap.

Toadface

Toadface can be seen on tracks with Yheti and the like and these tracks are always a bit less trap, more progressive, and in my opinion a bit funkier. Hey I’m not complaining, I think it’s a great sound and I’m pumped to catch this set and see what Toadface can do. Yheti and Toadface hit a back to back set in EDC this year so be ready for double the bang.

Ployd

The first video I found of Ployd was a tight set at Atlanta’s own Terminal West, so I know he’s a homeboy. Show him some ATL love at Imagine this year.

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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!

 

Oceania Stage

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.

$unday $ervice

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