Capitol Hill Block Party Warm Up – OTB Collection
The time has come again for one the biggest outdoor parties of the summer. The Capitol Hill Block Party is full of a great variety of music, some of the tastiest food trucks/stands from around the region. Of course all the bars and restaurants will be able to take care of your thirst and hunger as well. The amazing attendees who represent how truly awesome Seattle is. As quoted form the CHBP website: “If you’re uptight about people that are different from you, you might want to go to the mall or something.” The beautiful thing about the party is that is smack dab in the middle of the city! Four blocks of one the cities busiest and hippest (yes, there are plenty of hipsters) are shut down for the festival. Providing Seattle with a independently produced festival since 1997, it’s a blast and truly is highlight of the summer.
A-Trak at the 2013 Capitol Hil Block Party
Now on to select artist previews (curated for OTB fans and not meant to snub your favorite artist but we gotta appeal to our fanbase) and when to see them. In order as as presented by CHBP:
OTB was blessed with the opportunity to check out Chromeo at the legendary Showbox market in-between their Coachella sets and they were fantastic. It will be great to be able to see them as a headliner in a festival setting with full production and compare that show to a smaller more intimate one. Their latest album, White Women, is the band at its most ambitious, with both the pop and the muso elements of Chromeo pushed into the red. On the hooky side, we’ve got instant classics like the soaring “Come Alive” and the pulsating “Frequent Flyer” which offer moments that would make Hall & Oates and Wham green with envy. On the crate-digger side, Dave and Pee employ an unprecedented analog arsenal that would make Kraftwerk drool. Mtume’s female vocalist croons on more than half the album. Steely Dan’s string conductor pops up on the progressive album closer “Fall Back 2U.” Try all that on for size, nerds.
Check them out on Saturday on the main stage at 11:00 PM
OTB was also very fortunate to catch up with the ODESZA boys when they were in the area opening up for Pretty Lights. It is so incredible to see some local talent being showcased at the quintessential Seattle festival. 2013 saw the release of the My Friends Never Die EP with three of the five tracks hitting #1 on Hype Machine. Relentless touring followed, including dates with Pretty Lights, Emancipator, Michal Menert, and performances at Sasquatch Music Festival, Lightning In A Bottle, What The Festival, Summer Meltdown, Capitol Hill Block Party, MusicfestNW, Decibel Festival and Symbiosis Gathering. The duo was playing to larger and larger crowds when Pretty Lights tapped ODESZA to remix “One Day They’ll Know,” which also hit #1 on Hype Machine and #8 on the iTunes Electronic Chart. Also in 2013, ODESZA selected their favorite producers for a follow up remix EP, My Friends Never Die Remixes, and launched the ambitious, ongoing mixtape series NO.SLEEP. To date, ODESZA has over 4.7 million streams on SoundCloud, a number that is sure to grow after the duo tours this Winter and Spring along with numerous Summer festivals.
Check them out the main stage Friday at 7:45 PM
We recently ran an Artist Spotlight on RAC for the Capitol Hill Block party. Make sure to check that out to learn more about the incredible work they have been releasing. RAC used to stand for “Remix Artist Collective”. That name doesn’t make much sense anymore. Who cares? These days it’s the solo project of André Allen Anjos. RAC is primarily known for remixes (200+). Check them out here. It started with an ambitious goal to change the way things were remixed. Taking the focus away from danceability and attempting different and interesting arrangements. Some notable examples include: U2, Lady Ga Ga, Bob Marley, Ella Fitzgerald, Kings Of Leon, Katy Perry, The Shins, Bloc Party, Chromeo, Lana Del Rey, Two Door Cinema Club and many many more.
Check them out on the main stage Sunday at 5:00 PM
This phenom has been making moves all around the music scene with his minimal chilled out style. He was featured in an OTB Editorial titled “ The 7 Most Successfull Teen DJs and What You Can Learn From Them” His style pulls influence from artists like Lapalux, Star Slinger, Disclosure and Shlohmo. Still keepin’ it simple and hosting music on Bandca, you can find his works here. He’s a bedroom producer extraordinaire. Opponents of laptop productions might not like this. That’s silly. For him and his fans , it’s less about how he makes his tracks and more about the music and how that in turn effects his fans.
Check them out on the main stage Sunday at 3:45 PM
Another Seattle based band making waving on the scene. OTB sat down with them for our signature Behind The Beat Interview and they had some great insight to their rise to their level of popularity. Taking their name from an LCD Soundsystem song and crafting a fusion of indie pop and electronic music that falls somewhere between the Drums and Daft Punk, Beat Connection began as the project of University of Washington students Reed Juenger and Jordan Koplowitz.
Check them out on the main stage Saturday at 7:30 PM
Robert DeLong is most likely going to put on one hell of a show. Another product of Seattle, with his eclectic mix of lyrics, beats, unique sounds and the constant urge to make you dance, he is a fantastic edition for his festival. On the live front, DELONG is a one-man band who uses MIDI interfaces, a full drum set, guitar, drum pads, keyboards, laptops and game controllers, looping his music live to fuse electronic dance beats with striking melodies and lyrics with emotional heart. His charismatic live performance has caught the attention of many influential promoters, landing him performance slots at such major festivals as Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, Governors Ball, SXSW and Popscene SF.
Check them out on the Vera Stage Presented By Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card at 10:45 PM
For more information on the Capitol Hill Block Party and artists attending check the links below.
Capitol Hill Block Party Artist Spotlights
Spotlight Portal | ODESZA | RAC | Slow Magic | XXYYXX | Manatee Commune
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