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Our Team Went to Excision’s ‘Lost Lands’. This is What Happened.

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After driving 8 hours (including stops) on Thursday the 29th we finally made it to Ohio on our trip from Chicago. As we rolled up to the venue the next day, we could see the sea of tents from people who had arrived via early arrival the day before.

Colorful Characters.

Our first day was a blast.. We checked in, got our media passes, and were greeted by some “cave people”, who looked to be performers, behind the prehistoric paradox stage. With my camera in hand, they were more than willing to strike a pose for us.

Memorable Acts by Day

Friday: When we first arrived that Friday after checking in, AFK was on boasting his signature heavy bass in his set. In the grand scheme of things, many people haven’t arrived yet, but the main stage was still filled with about 2000 people or so who were as eager as ever to party and headbang to the heavy bass. The PK sound system was thumping… What I noticed first was the sound quality.. Being pretty picky in this department, this is something that stood out to me. The sound quality was next to perfect. You could hear the same healthy mixture of bass and treble at the same level and quality pretty much throughout the entire main stage area.. Soon after AFK tore the decks up, Midnight T and Figure hopped on for an epic back-to-back set.

Herobust took the stage right after Figure, and was not one to disappoint. His melodic dubstep/trap style bass got the crowd moving.

Being one of the main acts of the night, the crowd seemed pretty enthusiastic for this set.. Mosh pits were forming throughout the crowd as can be seen in the video we captured above.

After catching Herobust, we moved on to catch Wooli and parts of Squnto at the Cave of souls stage. Once in the media pit for our first photo run at this stage, one security guards’ kind attitude stood out to me. He even offered us ear plugs for our time in the pits. I found out later in some of the “Lost Lands” Facebook groups that this guard became pretty infamous with the crowds who were riding the rail, garnering names like “The Bass Viking”, which was pretty fitting.

Up next was Ghastly! After 5 and a half hours of heavy dubstep and nonstop headbanging, his deep bass and electro/future house vibes were just what we needed to get our feet shuffling and our bodies dancing! Paired with some amazing visuals, this easily made for a memorable set worth noting.

After catching some images during his set I managed to run into Kill The Noise.

Right after Ghastly and Kill The Noise, Seven Lions took the stage, which was a welcoming presence after 6 hours of relentless bass music.

Arguably, the most anticipated set of the day came next.. Excision. This was a memorable one, not just because the fact that he, in conjunction with Steez Promo, brought this entire masterpiece-of-a-bass-festival to fruition, but because he really knows how to throw a party and get the crowd moving. It was not a set to disappoint.

Saturday: We arrived at the venue a little later than the day before, but we were able to catch a little bit of Spag Heddy before preparing to catch images of Funtcase.

Soon after, Cookie Monsta took over the decks. Being one of my favorites in bass music, I was pretty excited for this one.

Followed by Snails’ signature “vomit bass”.

We then made the arduous trek over to the ‘Cave of Souls stage’, where Black Tiger Sex Machine was taking the stage. Having not seen them before, this was probably one of the most anticipated sets of the evening for me. Having a darker undertone to their performance was interesting to say the least. They were not a group that disappointed.

We then made our way to Destroid’s reunion set back at the main stage. Their blend of live dubstep creation, mixed with samples was pretty awesome. They were just how I remembered them live back a couple years ago.

Other than the unfortunate “fire on the volcano” that disrupted the end of Destroid’s set, the venue organizers, over the mic, seemed to be in good spirits and the fire team sprung quickly into action. After sitting for about a half hour or so, the fire marshall of Thornville gave the go ahead and Zeds Dead followed shortly after.

Zeds Dead! I cannot stress enough how much I love seeing this duo play live.. And they really brought their A-game to Lost Lands. Playing classics like Eyes on Fire, there was no shortage of bass music nostalgia. Combined with impeccable stage production and new unreleased remixes to our favorite tracks, they really brought the heat for us. This was a welcome sight to see after almost thinking the stage would be shut down for the night after the ‘volcano fire’ incident. The show must go on!

Sunday: We arrived right as Excision was taking the stage for his 3rd set of the weekend, The Detox Set.

Jeff knows us too well, throwing down old Excision classics mixed with some “chiller” (sort of) vibes music, this was just what we needed after raging for last 2 days. It was surely welcomed.

Among other classics, I particularly liked the Monxx remix Excision dropped to Darude: Sanstorm, which the majority of the crowd was surely not expecting.

Next up for us was Space Jesus. And wow.. was this awesome.. His “Space Jam” edit is still ringing in my ears.

Space Jesus ended his set with an epic back-to-back with Liquid Stranger, who personally is one of my all time favorites since I got into bass music back in 2010. I have been watching his career blossom since and couldn’t be happier that he landed a time slot at the main stage.

Liquid Stranger’s set was beyond epic! Other than Zeds Dead, this was surely one of the sets that stood out most to me.

Soon after was Rezz, and this was a good one too. Having not seen this up-and-comer in the bass scene yet, she was absolutely unique in her style with more of a mechanical type feel to her music. She was dubbed the “bass queen” by some of the attendees, and for good reason. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

We then headed over to catch Barely Alive b2b Virtual Riot, followed by the ‘secret set’ of the weekend. All signs pointed to the bass duo Ganja White Night being on the ticket, and sure enough, there they were…

I felt like a kid in a candy store at this festival, with so many awesome acts to choose from I found it difficult to pick my absolute favorite, but the following might be the one..

We caught Excision B2B Datsik at the Prehistoric Paradox stage, which was also Excisions 4th set of the weekend, and the nostalgia was also VERY real during this set. The crowd was going absolutely bonkers for this one, as it was arguably the most anticipated set of the day.. As far as bass music goes, Datsik is a personal favorite of mine, so I was most excited for this set on Sunday.

Art Installations

Parts of this festival literally looked like a scene from Jurassic park.. With seemingly no expense spared, there was a 80 foot Brachiosaurus keeping a watchful eye over festival goers. I had heard through the grape vine that many of the art installations of the festival were custom made on site by people who were flown in from China (I could be wrong about this), but wow!! Is this impressive or what?!

Other images can be seen in our photo albums here, here, and here.

Thoughts

At a cool 70 degrees during the day, and a 45 degrees at night, this was the perfect weather for a fest in my eyes. Being overly sweaty, with the accompanying dehydration that goes with it is usually an issue at mid summer festivals. I’m a fall weather type guy, so bringing long sleeve shirts to wear at night was actually preferable to me. I hope they host the fest at the same time during the year in 2018.

I feel like this inaugural Lost Lands music festival experience was my favorite to date, not much negative can be said about the festival. Jeff Abel and Steez Promotions really went the distance in making this a memorable experience for everyone.. They assembled an all star staff, had impeccable sound and stage production, and every one of the staff members I met over the weekend I liked.

I’m gonna have to rate this festival at an A+. I personally recommend that if you’re thinking about traveling to Legend Valley, Ohio for Lost Lands next year, that you make the commitment and do it. You won’t be disappointed.

All images in this article were taken by myself and my team via The Mind Unleashed music wing, Mind Unleashed Music, which you can follow here. Be sure to check out our Lost Lands photo albums there and subscribe for more!

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Lil Nas X Song Is #1 In Saudi Arabia, Where Homosexuality Is Illegal Under Sharia Law

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Lil Nas X has been on top of the world for weeks now, whether it’s living rent-free in the heads of homophobes or topping the Billboard charts after his smash hit “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” dominated playlists.

And ironically, the anthem has become the most-played song in Saudi Arabia, the conservative kingdom where open expressions of same-sex love and even private acts of gay sex are punishable by death.

The song, whose video features the artist giving Satan himself a lap dance have dominated news conversations all over the globe, smashed through to the top of the Billboard Global 200, which ranks top tracks in over 200 territories, on Monday.

According to Apple Music, the song is also leading Saudi Arabia’s top 100 charts as the most-played song in the country.

Apparently overjoyed by the ranking, Lil Nas X tweeted: “WE NUMBER 1 IN SAUDI ARABIA WTF LETS GOOOO”

The autocratic kingdom, which has long been governed by a strict yet uncodified interpretation of Sharia law, has an atrocious record on LGBTQ rights and classifies homosexuality as a variety of extremism. N many circumstances, gay sex is punishable by death.

As the Human Dignity Trust explains, “The punishment varies depending on the circumstances: married men and interfaith sex are punished with the death penalty, while non-married men are punished with flogging. Sharia law principles underpinning the criminal law in Saudi Arabia also impose strict dress codes that impact on the gender expression of transgender people.”

However, this does not mean that Saudi citizens abstain from these “illicit” acts. As one fan wrote on Twitter: Period!!!! Let’s correct the narrative about the Middle East! Shoutout Saudi Arabia.”

However, another user responded: “I lived in Saudi Arabia my whole [life] and if I come out I will literally get stoned and people will be happy about it, saying it’s a ‘narrative’ doesn’t help anyone in the contrary, the middle IS homophobic and change NEEDS to happen.”

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12-Year-Old DJ Gets Busted For Hosting ‘Underground Rave’ In Catholic School Bathroom

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A 12-year-old boy in the U.K. organized a rave in the bathroom of his Catholic school that managed to last for 30 minutes before it was shut down and his equipment was confiscated. However, his parents are backing the young DJ up.

Cael Bell is an enterprising, up-and-coming turntablist who decided earlier this month that it was time to display his talents for his mates at Urmston in the Greater Manchester region.

So Bell took to Snapchat and began advertising an underground rave that would take place in the lavatory of the private school during lunch period on Dec. 11. The event was open to “all year 8 boys” at the school. Attendees would also receive complimentary soft drinks and Cadbury Twirls.

As Consequence of Sound noted, “while a school bathroom is a below-average setting for such a lunch, it is certainly cleaner than your typical rave.”

Bell managed to sneak his speakers and other gear into the restroom and held a set for 30 minutes before the school’s authorities broke up the underground gig. The school even confiscated Bell’s lights and speakers.

When Cael’s mother, Louise Bell, learned about her son’s transgression she wasn’t peeved in the least bit. In fact, the young mum actually thought that her son’s antics were ingenious. She wrote in a Facebook post: “Am I wrong for finding this funny?”

“I had to laugh. It has been a terrible year and I couldn’t be angry with my son for trying to spread some cheer,” she later told The Mirror in an interview.

“When I got the call, it made perfect sense,” Louise continued. “Cael had been up, dressed and ready to leave for school early that morning which was unheard of in our house. He had the biggest smile on his face so I knew he had something up his sleeve.”

“I asked him what he was so happy about and he told me they were having a rave in school,” she added. “I thought nothing of it, I didn’t think for one minute there was any truth to it.”

“But when I heard what Cael had done, from advertising the rave on Snapchat to actually pulling it off and even providing refreshments, I couldn’t help but see the funny side.”

When Cael’s father also learned about his son’s antics, he was thrilled and encouraged his son, telling him: “go on son!”

“In our eyes, he hadn’t done anything wrong,” Louise continued. “We would have been furious if the teachers had reprimanded him further, past confiscating his things.”

Even the school had to admit that they were impressed by the lad, informing her that they had only confiscated his equipment because it “couldn’t facilitate such behavior.”

“When we asked him why he’d done it, he told us school was boring and that they had nothing to do at lunch time,” Louise said. “I wish there had been a Cael when I was in school, it would have been much more fun.”

“Music is Cael’s motivation and we couldn’t be mad at him for expressing and sharing that passion. It was very inventive of him.”

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American Flag Clad Trump Supporters Rock Out To Rage Against The Machine – Band Reacts

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Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello shared a video on Twitter Friday night, which showed supporters of US President Donald Trump, clad in American flags and “thin blue line” flags, rocking out to the band’s song “Killing in the Name” in Philadelphia.

The video was also shared from the band’s official Twitter account, with the caption “They just don’t GET IT do they?”

In an interview with Rollings Stone earlier this year, Morello said that lyrics of the song make him think of Frederick Douglass, although it is not clear if he was an inspiration for the song, which Zack de la Rocha wrote.

“‘F*** you, I won’t do what you tell me’ is a universal sentiment. While it’s a simple lyric, I think it’s one of [Zack de la Rocha’s] most brilliant. And to me, it relates to Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass said, the moment he became free was not the moment that he was physically loosed from his bonds. It was the moment when master said, “Yes.” And he said, “No.” And that’s the essence of “F*** you, I will not do what you tell me,” Morello said.

The lyrics for the song also explicitly discuss the connection that police departments across the country have with white supremacy, in the lines “some of those that work forces are the same that burn crosses,” and “you justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites.” In fact, these lines account for about 50% of the words in the song, so they are pretty hard to miss.

Morello has previously said that it was encouraging to hear the song chanted at the “Fed goons who are shooting tear gas at American citizens,” but he doesn’t seem very proud of this most recent video.

Political campaigns have a long history of making musicians cringe by playing their music at political events.

In recent weeks, the Trump campaign has been criticized for its use of songs for campaign purposes, including Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son,” which is about how poor people get sent to war, but those who are wealthy or connected with politicians stay out of harm’s way and reap the benefits of the conquests. Many could easily argue that Trump is a representation of the “fortunate son” that is criticized in the song.

He has also used Bruce Springsteen’s song “Born In The USA,” which is frequently misunderstood by politicians and appropriated for political campaigns. Springsteen himself has called the song a “protest song,” partly based on Ron Kovic’s 1976 autobiography Born on the Fourth of July, which tells the story of a Vietnam veteran who becomes anti-war after returning home with a physical disability from the conflict.

Springsteen described how the song was misunderstood in a 2005 interview with NPR’s Terry Gross.

“‘Born In The USA’ is a classic situation of a song misinterpreted by some because of its chorus. My music has been a football where I had people from the far-left to the far-right who misrepresent us. It’s something I live with and I always have the opportunity to go on stage and say my piece about it,” He said.

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