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Mountain Oasis 2013

"I Don't Think We'll Ever Explicitly Make Jungle" - Raime Talks Influences, the Future, and Food at the Mountain Oasis Festival

XLR8R traveled to Asheville, North Carolina last weekend to take in Mountain Oasis, the city's new electronic festival. (You can find our review of the proceedings here.) Taking some time away from the festival's stacked three-day lineup, we sat down for a chat with London duo Raime (a.k.a. Tom Halstead and Joe Andrews), who touched on topics like the influence of jungle on the group's music and psychedelic pizza parlors. … Read more »

"It Doesn't Feel Like There's a Continuum" - Ital Talks EDM and More at the Mountain Oasis Festival

Last weekend, XLR8R headed to Asheville, North Carolina for the inaugural edition of the city's Mountain Oasis festival. (For a complete rundown of our experience, take a look at our official review.) Amidst all the musical happenings, we took the time to speak with a couple of our favorite artists, including Ital (a.k.a. Daniel Martin-McCormick). The Brooklyn-based experimentalist has been involved with music since he emerged with DC punk band Black Eyes in the early 2000s, and later worked his way through dub, noise, and dance influences as part of Mi Ami before striking out on his own as Ital a few years back. Since then, he's kept a rather busy schedule, so we were lucky to pin him down for a few minutes backstage at the Orange Peel during The Bug's cataclysmic set. Over the course of our conversation, Martin-McCormick told us about his recent release on Germany's Workshop label, his musical experiences in the South, and the shock of encountering EDM in real life for the first time. … Read more »

Raving (Sort of) in North Carolina - Eight Things We'll Remember About the Inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit

Last weekend, XLR8R headed down to Asheville, North Carolina for the first ever Mountain Oasis festival. Billed as an "electronic music summit," the three-night affair was put together by the same promotional crew that was previously responsible for Moogfest. Given our general enjoyment of that event over the years—our review of Moogfest 2012 is here—we were optimistic about the prospects for this new event, even though its eclectic line-up presented a large number of acts that fell outside our usual range of interest. Still, we approached the event with open eyes and ears, and generally found ourselves having a pretty good time. Along the way, we also took note of some particularly memorable moments, which we've itemized in an effort to share a bit of our Mountain Oasis experience. … Read more »

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