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    11 Feb 2015

    Waka Wednesday with SAVOY

    Author: Rebecca | Category: News, Waka Wednesday | Tags:

    SAVOY is a Brooklyn, NY based band and will be playing Wakarusa 2015. They recently discussed SAVOY’s beginnings, creative process and love of Wakarusa.

    Did you come from a musical family? Were your parents musical?

    Our parents weren’t musicians but we they were all pretty passionate about music.  They grew up in the the golden age of rock, so the three of us share that musical backbone.

    How did SAVOY first come together?

    The three of us met in the dorms at college in Boulder.  We used to play together acoustically in hallways and lawns.  The next year we had a shed behind Ben and Gray’s house which became the place where the Savoy sound really started to take shape.

    Did you start DJing or producing first?

    Its a tricky question, but producing came first. We started as a rock band and gradually added synth bass and other electronic layers to really make our stuff sound big on the dance floor.  Over time the music evolved to be electronic music dance music that was based around sequencers and computers.  We then added instrumentation back into our productions and live performances to maintain the live, raw, feel that we love about rock music.

    You put on an amazing live performance. How has your live show evolved since you first started out?

    The answer above touched on this a little, but now our live shows are now a complete hybrid of a rock band and dance music.  We have huge builds and bass heavy drops but we also have the energy of distorted guitars and huge rock drums. We have been touring with singers as well.  Our lighting setup is also a hybrid of the two genres.  We fuse powerful lasers with epic ACDC style lighting. The energy level of the new live show keeps getting crazier and more dimensional.

    How do you approach creating tracks in the studio?

    Our influences and musical styles are varied and this shows in our productions.  I think our appreciation for the old school really influences how we make a modern sound.  If we are working on a house or drumstep track, we will ask ourselves, “What would Zeppelin do here?”  But we wouldn’t pull up a Skrillex song and use that as a reference.

    You are a past winner of Waka Winter Classic. What did winning the Waka Winter Classic mean to you?

    It was a big turning point for us. It was one of the first big festivals we ever played.  It was a time in college when a lot of people were studying abroad or going on spring break trips but we decided to take advantage of opportunities like Waka and make music our priority.

    What advice would you give to the artists competing this year?

    Well aside from playing your best and preparing you really have to bring a crowd.  That’s what all music festivals want in a band, but our strategy was a little more unconventional.  We rented a school bus and filled it with kegs.  The “party bus” took a bunch of our fans and friends from Boulder to Denver which is about 30 mins away.  Needless to say, the show was nuts and we got a bunch of votes and won the Waka Winer Classic.  But it is worth pointing out that the band before us was really talented and despite them loosing the vote they still got to play Waka.  So either way you just have to throw down.

    You are playing Wakarusa 2015. What do you enjoy most about playing Wakarusa?

    Yeah, we are always pumped to come back!  Wakarusa is great because their lineup is pretty eclectic.  We love playing festivals that aren’t based around one genre.  Some of the electronic music festivals are crazy but three days of a similar sound could be a little intense.  But at Waka we are able to stand out and provide something different.  When it gets later in the night and kids want to take it to the next level, we drop the bass and lasers on them and its always insanity.

    What are some of your favorite memories from playing Wakarusa?

    There have been many but for me it was the first year we played a late night slot in the tent. The band before us was great, but pretty mellow.  We went up there with lasers blaring and the tent quickly turned into an all out rave.  The tent was packed and everyone went nuts and really connected with what we were doing.  We had a lot of fans in the first half of the crowd, but you could tell a lot of people were caught off guard and seeing us for the first time. The best music festival experiences are always based around the unexpected.  It was cool to see that happening.

    Interview By: McClain Johnson

    03 Feb 2015

    Glamping Options Now Available

    Author: Rebecca | Category: News | Tags:

    Whether you’re going to Waka GA or VIP this year, Glamping‬ will give you the indoor luxuries of rest, relaxation and privacy while still waking up to the great outdoors! Check it out here: http://www.wakarusa.com/tickets/glamping/

    30 Jan 2015

    Full Artist Lineup

    Author: Rebecca | Category: News | Tags:

    The full lineup of artists for Wakarusa 2015 is here! Get your tickets today!

    28 Jan 2015

    Mulberry Mountain is My Muse

    Author: Rebecca | Category: News | Tags:

    Wakarusa encourages and promotes an ongoing artistic and creative community within the festival through funded art grants. Wakarusa will provide visual and expressive artists with a platform in which they can entertain, engage, and inspire thousands of spectators. Execute your creative visions with a WAKARUSA ART GRANT! Wakarusa is currently accepting art submissions through Friday, March 20, 2015 this year. Help build the artistic & creative community at WAKARUSA! More info here: http://www.wakarusa.com/mm-is-my-muse/

    27 Jan 2015

    Poster Design Contest

    Author: Rebecca | Category: News | Tags:

    Wakarusa is looking for some creative folks to submit artwork for the Poster Design Contest! Check out the details here: http://www.wakarusa.com/activities/poster-design-contest/

    21 Jan 2015

    Third Lineup Announced!

    Author: Rebecca | Category: News | Tags:

    Wakarusa Music Festival is thrilled to announce the third and final round of the artist lineup for the 2015 festival. This year’s final announcement of artists includes Major Lazer, Thievery Corporation, Umphrey’s McGee, Dirty Heads, Lotus and many more.

    This year’s lineup will feature an eclectic mix of indie, rock, EDM, hip-hop, reggae and more. Headliners will include Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, back from a seven-year hiatus, and electronic music powerhouse Major Lazer. In addition, Jimmy Fallon’s house band and neo-soul group The Roots, and dub-infused electronic bandThievery Corporation will be joining the musical talent at Wakarusa.

    It is widely known that Wakarusa has been the premier showcase for up and coming bands and this year is no different. Fresh acts include hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper, tropical house DJ Thomas Jack, funky duo of brothers The Floozies, EDM producer Bro Safari, indie-progressive rock band Moon Taxi, and Vermont based quartet Twiddle, to name a few.

    14 Jan 2015

    Second Lineup Announced!

    Author: Rebecca | Category: News | Tags:

    Round two of the artist lineup is here! The second round of artists includes Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Slightly StoopidChance the RapperPortugal. The Man and many more. Stay tuned for next weeks third and final lineup which will be announced on Jan 21!

    07 Jan 2015

    First Artist Lineup Announced!

    Author: Rebecca | Category: News | Tags:

    Round one of the artist lineup for Wakarusa 2015 is finally here! This year’s first round of artists includes The Roots, STS9, Rebelution, Young the Giant, The Devil Makes Three and many more.

    06 Nov 2014

    Wakarusa 2015 Ticket info is now posted! Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am!

    Author: Billy | Category: News | Tags:

    Wakarusa 2015 Ticket info is now posted! Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am! Start your road to Waka 2015 will all the details, pricing and info you need right here, right now!
    Just hit up our Ticket Gateway at wakarusa.com/tickets/ for all the info to plan for your purchase tomorrow morning!

    31 Oct 2014

    Tickets on sale Nov 7th!

    Author: Billy | Category: News | Tags:

    Oh just hanging out at the office, thinking about Halloween, #Waka2015, and how tickets go on sale Friday, Nov 7th at 10am (CST). Get your Full Event, Early Arrival, VIP, and camping passes next Friday to save the most cash!!! We want to see YOU on the mountain in 2015!

    18 Jun 2014

    Thank You For An Amazing Wakarusa 2014!

    Author: Billy | Category: News | Tags:

    Thank you for making Wakarusa 2014 a huge success!  We’re already looking forward to seeing you all back on the mountain in 2015!

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