The Love Festival, Hawaii’s premiere music festival, got an extremely huge boost back in February when Diplo was announced as this year’s headliner. His def-defying work with Hollertronix (DJ Low Budget) brought underground relevance; 2008’s pop hit “Paper Planes” let the world know of his production swagger, his Mad Decent label and Major Lazer’s offerings further solidified his place among the who’s who of talented music minds of this generation.
Worthy / It’s true, dirty birds of an electronic music feather flock together and in the case of Worthy, yes he destroyed Oahu in May, but he missed Hawaii’s underground faithful so much that he just had to fly back for an encore. His tech house sav meets Bay Area swag will surely incite dance utopias as Indigo and the party people behind Revive opens their doors to the 18 and over set for the very first time.
After soaking up the sun poolside at the Waikiki Beach Marriott, tanned thrill seekers that need to be further indulged have a place to call their own and a DJ that knows a little something about extending a good thing. Get ready for San Fran’s DJ Hawthorne to get as beat nasty as he wants to be at the Official Bacardi Pool Party after party.
Maya Jane Cole / As Asylum Afterhours continues to celebrate the club’s groundbreaking #60 ranking in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs, (#1 on the West coast and #7 in the US), the parties must go on. The venue that claimed to be “cutting edge” and proved it, is set to provide you a cutting edge slice of house music ear yum, in the way of up and coming British sensation Maya Jane Cole.
DJ Shimamura / When Japan was rocked like it had never been rocked before, Happy Hardcore DJ Shimamura felt the effects firsthand at his home in Ibaraki. His friends and family were safe from harm’s way but Shimamura says many others were hard hit by the disasters and the emotional strain still lingers.
Big Koa / When it comes to entertaining on the weekend airwaves or lighting the fuse that sets the rooftop ablaze on Wednesday nights at Dave & Buster’s, pimpin’ ain’t easy for 102.7 Da Bomb power host Big Koa. Standing at 6-feet-6 inches and tipping the scales at a burly 275 pounds, the “Big” in Big Koa is a fitting nickname and also extends to his involvement in big promotions, big parties and huge must-see concerts and celebrity events.
Cosmic Gate / After clicking in the late ’90s, Nick Chagall and Bossi have been creators of that crowd-pleasing, filthy feel-good to make them one of the leaders of the current trance revolution. Cosmic Gate headlines a spring break outdoor tripfest at Aloha Tower where melodies bang, minds drench and mental states get buck.
S.E.C.T. / Intensify the weekend recovery process with a foursome whose every intent is to pulsate your insides in the name of beat thump rage. S.E.C.T., a collective made up of Soul Clap-pers Sergio Santos and Tanner Ross (pictured above), will be serving up the groove nectar poolside to help you push the dreaded “back to reality Monday” as far away as possible.