This Easter long weekend, Seasons Festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary, and as Blueprint’s longest running annual festival it is only fitting that the proceedings expand to an unprecedented scale. Not only has #Seasons2015’s massive, its crowning jewel, expended to a two day spectacle—the entire festival now spans 20+ events, featuring nearly 40 artists, in 6 venues.
For five days and nights, Vancouver will be set free as music floods the city and Blueprint patrons are provided with the ultimate luxury—choice. Starting with #Seasons2015’s massive event and working our way outward it is time to get to know the diverse artistic talents which will be keeping Vancouver partying for the entirety of Easter long weekend.
Day 1 – April 3rd, 2015
What can, or needs, to be said about Mad Decent chief Diplo? As the architect of an entire sonic revolution Diplo remains three steps ahead of the competition regardless of how thin he spreads himself. From his solo endeavours through to his work with Major Lazer and Jack U with Skrillex—even his producing credits with Madonna and countless other high profile artists—Diplo continues to forward the idea that it is possible to be a one man revolution. For a taste of his current styling’s and the up, and coming talent he chooses to support, be sure to check out his weekly BBC residency Diplo and Friends.
With alter egos almost as famous as the man himself Dillon Francis has already made his mark on the pop culture ethos. Hot off the release of 2014’s genre bending debut album Money Sucks Friends Rule Francis has been touring both the US and Europe with his Friends Rule tour. As it does, playing live and touring with friends can spark creativity: luckily for diehard fans this means a new Moobathon EP. Be prepared for a heavy dose of new material, a larger than life personality, and an anything goes atmosphere—Francis never disappoints.
Meer months in to the game and Robin Schulz already touts a Grammy nomination for his remix of Mr. Probz’s Waves. With chilled out tropical house vibes and irresistibly catchy hooks Schulz may very well be the mainstream face for the entire tropical genre much in the same way Oliver Heldens championed future house. Currently only four releases in to his debut album, Prayer, and Schulz has already scored three massive hits. From Prayer in C to Sun Goes Down, there is simply no reason not to catch Schulz when he makes his coliseum debut on April 3rd. For the best idea of what to expect check out Schulz latest guest mix for Thomas Jack’s tropical house podcast: Thomas Jack Presents Tropical House Volume 7.
Touting full support from Diplo this rising Canadian Mad Decent signee has enough swagger to level a stadium. With a slew high profile remixes Grandtheft can reimagine any track as an easy going bass lover’s dream. In an age where most acts loosen their grasp on creative integrity and drop the Beatport Top10 in an attempt to grab their chance at quick fame Grandtheft refuses to conform preferring to play original tracks and remixes in his live sets. Make sure to check out his remixes of: Alesso Heroes, Calvin Harris’ Sweet Nothing & Summer, T.I. No Mediocre, Madeon Technicolor, and Katy Perry’s This Is How We Do—all essential.
Hailing from Australia and collecting countless accolades including the title of “one of the best DJs from Australia:” Alison Wonderland has serious attitude and stark artistic vision for what it means to assemble a track. As a classically trained cellist in the Sydney Youth Orchestra, and a bassist for an indie rock band Alison Wonderland’s original productions carry a sense of weight, purpose, and drive often lacking from today’s fluff. That being said her live set mission statement is to get you to shake your ass like Beyonce on crack. With her debut album, Run, launching March 20th expect plenty of original material at #Seasons2015.
Day 2 – April 4th, 2015
The notorious progressive maestro who famously turned down a chance at being a member of Swedish House Mafia because he found their pension for mainstream vocals and massive pop hooks ill-fitting is finally making his return to Vancouver. With a brilliant mind for progressive anthems, catch 2012’s Every Day, Prydz constantly distances himself from the spotlight with dark underground techno releases through his alias Cirez D. Garnering legions of fans Prydz live EPIC shows have become a thing of legend. With an armada of lasers and the occasional hologram curating a live experience like no other, it is safe to say nearly everything the man does garners unparalleled notoriety. Catch his 2013 Essential Mix, which went on to be awarded Essential Mix of the Year by Pete Tong, for just a taste of what you are in for.
Ever since he dropped his festival trap remix of Hardwell’s Spaceman, Carnage has ruled as the Chipotle Gang’s head-honcho and dance music’s resident hip-hop representative. With Carnage one thing is abundantly clear, he does what he wants: “I honestly live a life of whatever I feel like doing. It’s spontaneous. If I want to make a rap record I make it, if I want to make a house record I make it. If I want to make some pretty shit I make some pretty shit, you know?” Regardless of his free wielding mentality expect plenty of bass and a strong showing from his #ChipotleGang loyalists.
Trionians unite! Since their inception in 2008 Tritonal has amassed a global following of unwavering fans with an insatiable thirst for the duo’s live sets. In an interview with EDM Canada Tritonal define their namesake with the following breakdown: “triton” is a diminished fifth step on a piano and Tritonal relates to an explosive with 80% TNT.” With this in mind expect soaring melodies and thunderous drops companied by unrelenting energy from the duo themselves.
The ever elusive Cashmere Cat straddles his original productions between melodic and bass heavy, sweet and fierce—chilled out and forceful. Like a cuddly teddy bear with gangster rap tendencies, Cashmere Cat’s sound is inviting with enough substance and quirks to keep an audience avidly enthralled. With production credits on Ludacris’ Party Girls and Ariana Grande’s Be My Baby Cashmere Cat is edging his way into mainstream consciousness, make sure you show up early to catch the cat in action.
Rounding out #Seasons2015 day two is SCNDL, another Australian export making waves in North America in 2014. Catch their original tracks Gypsy, and Bleed their collaboration with Timmy Trumpet. Also, don’t miss these remixes: MAKJ’s Hold Up, and Will Sparks’ Ah Yeah So What. Start your night with a burst of bounce and let SCNDL put you in the right mood for #Seasons2015 day two.
Spanning two days and multiple genres #Seasons2015’s main event is leagues ahead of its 2014 counterpart. With five day wrist bands offering all-inclusive access, single day tickets, and two day event passes, there are more ways than ever to enjoy the music you love. Take a chance and delve in to some new artists and grab tickets quick before they move up to tier three pricing.
– Ryan Hayes