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SNBRN’s SoCal Vibes Bring “Sunset House” To The Mid-West

“Feel the Bern” has a whole new meaning (totally unrelated to progressive politics) with newcomer on the scene, SNBRN. The Ultra Records artist is in the midst of a North American tour, stopping at two hot spots on Prime Social turf this spring. Pack extra aloe, because this April’s gonna hurt so good.

Laguna Beach all grown up is what I consider the effortlessly electronic, SoCal sound of Kevin Chapman better known as SNBRN. He’s released several singles, all garnering attention for different reasons. “Raindrops” has nuances of nu disco folded into the melodic musings of singer Kerli on the track. SNBRN has branded this very sound as “Sunset House”, a kind of house music that is the pre-gaming soundtrack to a night out and perhaps set on the California Coast. Friends, music, sun setting in the background…it has picturesque appeal and is delightfully light and fun yet feels indulgent.

The Los Angeles native is also known for his playful remixes of “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye and “21 Questions” by 50 Cent. SNBRN’s twist on hip hop and r&b hits takes the gangsta edge off while adding mass playability (similar to drinkability, for all you Bud Light fans…but not quite as watered down). There’s a nostalgic quality to his classic house interpretations of these chart toppers that I think is refreshing and easy to listen to for hours on end. SNBRN’s most recent release, “Gangsta Walk”, is a salute to late 70s funk mixed with slow-burning builds and lyrics courtesy of Nate Dogg.

After making pit stops playing for giant crowds at Holy Ship and Ultra, SNBRN will ease his way to the Mid-West for shows on 3/5 in Madison [tickets here], 4/29 in Cincinnati [tickets here], and 4/30 in Columbus [tickets here]. With music perfect for sipping on all night at either venue, SNBRN and guest Speaker of the House are guaranteed to lay tracks that will do a significant amount of (sun) damage.


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#CNL2016: Get To Know Brett Eldredge


When I’m not drooling over DJ’s, my guilty pleasure of soulful and sexy country musicians comes out from the closet (along with a pair of denim cut-offs and my hometown southern drawl). Picture an atmosphere as energetic and free-wheeling as #FEST but add a little twang and you’ve got Country Night Lights. If I only learned one thing in my formative years living in a small West Virginia town, it’s country kids know how to have a damn good time.

With instant attention from Rolling Stone and Billboard online, #CNL2016 looks like it will send a shiver down your saddle and a shot of moonshine straight into your bloodstream (I highly recommend George Washington’s original recipe, only for sipping). Let’s keep it Country 101 with an introduction to headliner Brett Eldredge, a three-time chart topper who is more mainstream pop than Merle Haggard.

The 29-year-old Illinois born artist was recently nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music while also revealing a new unnamed single that will be out early next month. With so-catchy-it-kills melodies and chart topping tracks like “Lose My Mind” and “Mean To Me”, the Country Night Lights headliner and Atlantic Records artist seems to be having his best year ever. His brand is a blend of soulful sound with lyrics laced of a classic country POV and an Abercrombie & Fitch model appeal…like a polished Marlboro man. This is 21st-Century Country, and it’s highly contagious.

Preview what you’ll see in September with some of Brett’s bests below, then head over to for an array of ticket options (GA, VIP, camping, and RV passes).

Use the hashtag #CNL2016 to tweet @cntrynghtlghts who else you want to see on this year’s lineup!

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Hardwell Remixes To Hold You Down Til February


If your love for intricate laser shows and heart-happy house music is so strong you think you may burst before Hardwell’s shows in Pittsburgh and Columbus (Feb. 27 and Feb. 28), here are some remixes by the Revealed Recordings label head to keep you contained:

Quintino – Scorpion (Hardwell Edit)
This artist has been on every electronic music lover’s radar for awhile now; having Hardwell add his touch to the fellow Dutch-born DJ is an electro house equation you need to hear.

Hardwell – Spaceman (Carnage Festival Trap Remix)
Hear “Spaceman” as you’ve never heard it before with a house-turned-trap remix by the delightfully dirty DJ Carnage. It’s got that rolling 808 bass and constant, tight drum kick that keeps the tempo totally dance-friendly just a little more chill than thrill.

Armin van Buuren – Ping Pong (Hardwell Remix)
If you’re having heart palpatations just thinking about the Dutch DJ, maybe save this song for last (and get the shock pads ready). Hardwell’s remix of this trippy, quick-hitting track makes it a progressive house hit like no other. I love his addition of atmospheric effects and heavy reverb.

Hardwell x Matthew Koma – Dare You (Cash Cash Remix)
This peppy, electro pop remix by Cash Cash takes Hartwell’s uplifting house track even higher with an anthemic, mainstream feel that can fill a room (as well as many a Spotify playlists).

Tickets are available now for both stops on Hardwell’s North American Bus Tour (click here for 31st Street Studios, click here for The Bluestone). Don’t miss your chance to see him; tickets are selling quickly! Support from Thomas Newson and Kill The Buzz.


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Abroadfest 2016 Almost Ready | Barcelona, Spain

Abroadfest 2016 flyer

From March 3rd to March 5th, come experience Abroadfest 2016, presented by De Lis Group and Prime Social Group. Prepare yourself for the three day weekend festival in the beautiful location of Barcelona, Spain. This is Europe’s largest gathering of students abroad. Featuring big track DJs like The Chainsmokers, Cash Cash, Slander, NGHTMRE, and more!


For 2016, we are introducing TWO new genres to the lineup, Trap and Tropical House. NGHTMRE has been one of the hottest artists in the scene and will be here along with Slander to take the festival to another level.

Past years have always been HUGE! Tickets go fast so make sure you buy them ahead of time. We have had sellouts! To give you an idea what this festival is like, our past lineups included: Kaskade, Madeon, Borgeous, Thomas Gold, Sander Van Doorn, Showtek, Cedric Gervais and Laidback Luke.

It’s not just the music that will leave you breathless while you’re here, you have the pleasure to explore and enjoy all that Barcelona has to offer. From downtown Barcelona, the very popular Barceloneta Beach is only 10 minutes away, a must see beach for those wanting a great experience. To the North-East, there is Nova Icaria Beach where you can spend your time enjoying watersports. When you have had too much sun, the Museo Picasso and the Magic Fountain are two destinations you won’t want to miss out on. Don’t forget FC Barcelona Stadium as well. Add those attractions in between events and you are sure to be in for a weekend you won’t forget. Just remember to save some energy for the electric nights!

Ticket sales are still on sale here! Tier 1 early bird 3-day tickets are SOLD OUT. Tier 2 early bird 3-day tickets will be available till December 31st, 2015. Get them while you still can! Over 60% sold!

More details to come! Stay tuned!


A-Trak Slated to Slay at Sway


As a DJ who has won several world titles, only the most epic of performances can be expected of A-Trak, as his current tour makes a stop at Sway in Columbus next month. A-Trak’s reliable track list is full of methodic, building bass lines and highly-contagious melodies but also big sound club bangers worthy of a few ear-gasms like “We All Fall Down”.

His latest releases seem to blur the lines between electronic, dance, and pop with house influences marching masterfully to each clean chord progression. This should be no surprise by the guy who commonly speaks out against pigeonholing artists into genres. What matters is that his technique is on fleek- as the cool kids would say- and even the most mild EDM enthusiasts (hello Beliebers) will find something to latch on to.

A-Trak is slated to play Jan. 2 downtown at a newer space on the scene, Sway. The part tapas lounge, part nightclub has had a steady stream of reputable DJ’s spin including Eric Prydz and Sidney Sampson. Michael Mercer, Director of Operations and Marketing at Sway, said A-Trak has brought in the largest “day one” ticket sales since opening; impressive with everything going on around New Years Eve and that weekend.

For avid A-Trak listeners, myself included, here’s to hoping he brings his signature scratching to Ohio. Watch his YouTube channel original “Short Cuts” videos to get up to speed on the mind-blowing madness that is his undeniable skill set below. A personal favorite is Episode 8: Beat Steady where he rips apart “Beats Knockin” by Jack U then sews it back together with the agility and precision of a master tailor. That’s one bad ass seamstress. “Landline” is another scratch-heavy hit that only A-Trak can be accountable for, as his transitions are virtually seamless.

A-Trak as a whole is such an amalgam we may even hear a hint of trap or full-on hip hop to his set (he has, after all, work with Yeezus himself Kayne West). You never know with the DJ and yet you do know all at the same time…make sense? Expect songs you can sip on all night like a high-quality liquor of your choosing but also what I call “treadmill tracks” which you can take straight to the dance floor.

Buy your tickets to see A-Trak @ Sway on 1/2/16 here


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A-Trak in costume at Haunted Fest 2014


Opportunity Of A Lifetime To Perform In Barcelona At Abroadfest

To celebrate the 4th edition of ABROADFEST, Wrexter is launching the “Abroadlife” remix contest in which the winning track will be the OFFICAL ABROADLIFE 2016 REMIX and the producer will win a trip to Barcelona to perform March 3-5 2016. Flights and accommodation included.

2015 Lineup First Phase Announcement

The contest is open to all electronic music genres, producers and DJs of all types are encouraged to enter their remix.
The winning track will be announced 14 February 2016 and the winner will receive the following:
  • Your remix becomes the OFFICIAL ABROADLIFE 2016 THEME SONG!
  • Flight and accommodation for the weekend of ABROADFEST in Barcelona!
  • Opportunity to perform at one of the many ABROADFEST events!
  • Backstage access to festival!



Judging Rules:
  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Production Quality
  • There are no limitations on what your version can sound like.
  • Use only Royalty Free Samples in your remix.
  • Multiple remixes from the same remixer is allowed.
  • Combine your samples with ours to make your best remix possible.


Upload your finished remix to this SoundCloud Group


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Name of the submitted remixes should be as follows: ABROADLIFE – Wrexter (feat. Nate Tao) Remix by YOUR NAME HERE.
Submissions Period: 10 December 2015 – 11 February 2016.
Winner Announced: 14 February 2016.
Contact Wrexter for more info on


Electric Forest 2015 | A Prime Perspective

Electric Forest 2015

Electric Forest 2015

Another year, another 4 days that Madison House and Insomniac has left Electric Foresters with dropped jaws.  Electric Forest 2015 not only brought festivalgoers an incredible line-up but also an incredible production that was one for the books. Tickets sold out fast this year too but what else made this year’s Electric Forest experience so incredible?

A couple enters Sherwood Forest.  One remarks to the other, “Feels good to be back here,” and the other replies, “No, it feels good to be home.”

That’s just what Rothbury, Michigan turns into for Foresters across the country: a home away from home.  Whether you’re swinging on a hammock between the trees, weaving through Shakedown Street or grabbing some Poutine by Jubilee, it all becomes familiar.

The line-up this year included The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, ODESZA, Flume, Kaskade, Skrillex, G-Eazy, Galantis, Big Gigantic, Gramatik, Flux Pavilion, Lindsey Stirling, Matoma, Lotus, Eoto and many more!  To see the full list of performers, click here.

Electric Forest 2015 Ranch Arena

Ranch Arena Stage

This year Domo Arigato, Mr. Reflecto was the selected installation for Sherwood Forest through the 2015 Installation Sponsorship Program.  The piece dangled from the trees in the forest- two-way mirror blocks that intrigued passerby.  The artist statement reads:

LED strips illuminate the cubes from within, creating captivating spaces of visual infinity and virtual voids.

Electric Forest 2015 Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest

Two new stages welcomed festivalgoers this year to the left of Sherwood Court: Jubilee and The Hangar.  Jubilee’s stage resembled a tent pitched by Cirque du Soleil while quirky, interactive activities framed The Hangar’s stage. I saw Lance Herbstrong perform “Finally Moving,” while incorporating some live instruments.

Electric Forest always results in lots of data usage since I’m always “Shazaming” songs and learning more about the artists. For example, did you know that Kaskade is a devout Mormon, doesn’t drink alcohol and speaks Japanese?

While at The Hangar, my friends and I were immediately drawn to a photo booth but were instantly disappointed when we found it to be fake!  Then, a door creaked open and we were ushered inside by a few women in costumes.

We chucked each other “what-is-going-on-here” glances as we entered a dimly lit corridor.
“Welcome to our poetry brothel!”

We were escorted to a “secret room” with a bed and were asked to be seated.  We waited for a few moments, unsure of what to expect next and were pleasantly surprised by the company of a poetry worker.  She read us poems about love with ardor and although the concept was truly unusual, it certainly added personality to Electric Forest 2015.  Oh, and talk about a conversation starter: “have you checked out the poetry brothel?!”

The food was excellent this year- from rich gouda mac ’n cheese to savory poutine to even acai bowls, there truly is something to satisfy all foodies in the forest.  A favorite food among General Admission of the festival were the fresh cinnamon sugar donuts on Shakedown Street- crispy, fluffy and delicious. Paired with some fresh coffee, the combination could not be beat.

Matoma Electric Forest 2015

Matoma performing at Tripolee Stage

Whether you’re blowing Rothbury dust from your nose for the next few weeks or scrolling through pictures (#nostalgia) the Forest stays with you. Post-Electric Forest Festival depression is alive and well in my veins but I can only hope that this upcoming year goes by quickly so that I may visit the Forest again soon.

If you missed the magic in 2014 check out the re-cap video below.

Pictures taken by Pierce Nazitinsky

7 Reasons Why You Need To See Seven Lions

Born in Santa Barbara, CA, Jeff Montalvo, or Seven Lions, is coming to Pittsburgh June 11 at Diesel.  Some of his more popular songs are “Don’t Leave” feat. Ellie Goulding and “Days To Come” feat. Fiona.  If you’re still unfamiliar check out the following reasons why you should buy tickets to Seven Lions’ next show below.


He’s played at tons of major festivals









Some festivals that Seven Lions has played at include Ultra (2013), Camp Bisco (2013), TomorrowWorld (2013), Electric Daisy Carnival (2014), Electric Daisy Carnival (2014), Electric Forest Festival (2014) and Imagine Music Festival (2014).

His name has a cool origin

No, seriously. It comes from the book Latro in the Mist. It’s a fantasy book by Gene Wolfe that is greatly influenced by Greek mythology.

Who has he collaborated with?


Seven Lions has produced remixes for popular EDM artists such as Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren and Skrillex.

Who has he toured with


He toured with Porter Robinson, which leaves one word I have for you: whoa.

Where does his inspiration come from

According to several interviews and articles, he pulls a lot of his inspiration from the metal and punk rock scenes. A teensy bit unusual for an EDM artist but that’s why we love him so much!

He produced “Strangers”

Only a year ago, Seven Lions teamed up with Myon and Shane 54 with Tove Lo vocals and released “Strangers” that I heard play at every single party I went to for the following months.

He’s played WoW

According to an interview on NesQ, Seven Lions used to be an avid video gamer, oftentimes indulging in games such as Oblivion and Dungeon Siege and although he mentioned he hasn’t played in three years, he also was a fan of World of Warcraft (who isn’t?).

Hooked on Seven Lions’ sound? Click here to buy tickets to his upcoming show in Pittsburgh and explore his SoundCloud!

Event Preview: Excision in Columbus, OH on March 26, 2015

excision columbus ohio edm

If you haven’t seen Excision live, you’ve been missing out. Arguably the king of bass music today, he combines his bass-heavy dubstep with a mind-blowing LED display called the Executioner. Tons of programming is put in ahead of time to deliver what is called one of the most unique shows in music today.

On March 26, The Bluestone in Columbus, OH will play host to Excision once again. Anyone who’s been to a past Excision show can vouch for how insane it truly is. You’ll be feeling 150,000 watts of PK Sound rumble through your body while having your face melted by the over-the-top visuals provided by the Executioner set. This is just a preview of what’s in store:

Opening up for Excision is Protohype and Minnesota. Protohype has made a name for himself with his signature “dub-hop” sound, infusing bass music with elements of funk. Minnesota’s preferred style combines hip-hop, Minnesota’s first love, with deep, dark dubstep. Stylistically, both of these tour openers flow smoothly into one another for a very well-rounded show that will have everyone begging for more… if you can handle it all, that is.

So what can you expect when Excision hits the stage at The Bluestone? Expect relentless, unforgiving bass drops hitting you like a truck, shaking all four walls of the venue. For those seeing Excision for the first time, know that it will be LOUD. Like, seriously loud. We highly recommend everyone bring earplugs. Being able to hear the next day is cooler than being the guy who didn’t wear them.

The Executioner set is unlike anything you will have ever seen before; the visuals work seamlessly with the music Excision himself is dropping and will have you left in awe. By the end of it all, you’re going to be exhausted and drained, but you’ll still be wanting more.

Tickets for Excision live in Columbus, Ohio on March 26 are still available – click here

Listen to Excision’s new album, “Codename X”, below.

I ♡ Barcelona | what you need to know before AbroadFest

sagrada familia

taken from the top of the Sagrada Familia

AbroadFest  is almost here, which means if you’re coming to Barcelona there’s a few things you should probably get in order before visiting!    Since you’ll only be visiting for a few days it’s pertinent that you try to see as much as you can while you’re visiting.  Here is a guide to the miraculous city full of things you should check out (besides the inside of a club) during your stay.

Clubs of AbroadFest

Shoko– Some of my favorite nights have been here- it’s the hub for Blackout Mondays (#NoF*cksGiven) and it’s right on the beach!  It has an enclosed outside space and is filled with great vibes and good drinks.   I recommend getting a pitcher of Sangria for 25 euro.

Under Club– You’ll be coming here to see Borgeous, which is perfect because the venue is perfect for shows!  I saw R3hab here and it was insanely fun!  There’s two bars (one in the middle and one along the wall) and the DJ booth is front and center of the club, visible for everyone!

Razzmatazz– I’m going to be completely honest- I actually haven’t been here yet. I’ve been saving my experience to go here for AbroadFest to get the full experience but my friends who have been there said it’s their favorite club (anytime I even mention the name they cry about how much they love it) plus this is where Madeon is playing so expect it to get insane.

carpe diem


Danzatoria– Although it’s a new club, Danzatoria is the perfect venue for shows.  The dancefloor is big, the VIP section is also big and there are two bars, so what’s not to like?  One of my good friends had his birthday party here and everyone swears by it being one of the best nights of abroad!

The Room– So many awesome nights have started here!  It’s right next to the Casino and right down the street from Shoko and CDLC (Carpe Diem).  It’s a convenient spot to pregame on nights you go to either of those places plus if you’re in the area during the day and are looking for a bite to eat they have a food menu (anything they serve with chicken on the menu is fuego).  I recommend ordering a “Kike Barcelona” shot- muy delicioso!



Want to pregame somewhere?

George Payne- an American-esque bar!  Usually people come here to watch American sports (like the Superbowl)

Pippermints– the drinks are HUGE here!  No, seriously- go and see for yourself.  Not only are they big but they’re delicious- the Sangria will give you quite the hangover though….

Chupito’s- this place offers really unusual but fun and delicious shots!  This bar is like an experience so if you want to ensure a good night I recommend pregaming (or pre-pregaming) here!

IceBar- this bar is literally made of ice but for 10 euro you get a free drink plus a coat and gloves, which isn’t too bad. It’s located right on the beach by Shoko so if you want to pregame close by and The Room is too crowded I recommend coming here!


gracia kibuka


Apparently it’s common knowledge that most people who come abroad don’t have the best eating experience in Barcelona… Hopefully these restaurants and cafes I’m going to list will save you from having a sh*tty meal.  I’ll start with quick and easy places to grab a bite:

Nostrum– If you’ve found yourself low on cash because of AbroadFest come here!  It’s fast food but it’s good food and it’s CHEAP. You can get like 10 things for 5 euro (that’s the credit card minimum).  You walk in, grab a microwaveable plate, microwave it yourself and that’s pretty much it.

Wok To Walk– this place is essentially the Chipotle of Chinese fast-food. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in class and heard someone say, “Ugh, I really want Wok To Walk.”

Now for cafe’s….

Giulietta- my mouth might actually be drooling as I write this. I used to live right above this beautiful little cafe before I moved (two blocks away so it’s still convenient) and everything I have ever ordered here as been delicious. I recommend trying the pear and ricotta ravioli with green pesto sauce- yummm.

Granja Petitbo– this place is always packed so if you can find an open seat consider yourself lucky.  Everything here is locally-sourced, fresh and delicious. They also take credit cards (no American Express though)!

Pudding- if Alice (from Alice in Wonderland) were to open up a cafe, it would be Pudding.  This cafe has a full menu, free WiFi and the cutest set-up you’ll ever lay your eyes on!


Da Greco- I was treated for dinner one night and was taken here- it was amazing! It’s a pretty nice place too so if you want to ball out one night I recommend coming here.

Kibuka- my roommates and I are in love with this restaurant! The sushi is fresh and amazing, the miso soup is to-die-for and it’s located on a cute little street in Gracia!

Rosa Negra- some girls in my sorority swear by this place’s Mexican food!  You can check out their Facebook page here.

If you’re feeling adventurous but are too lazy to leave your hotel, download UBEREATS in the app store and if you enter in the code “PIPOEATS” you can get a free meal!  It comes in under 10 minutes so there’s no need to worry about a long wait.

barcelona beach

Daytime Stuff

If you’re not too hungover and are feeling touristy or adventurous here’s some places you should check out…

Sagrada Familia- this is the Holy Grail of stuff to see Barcelona and is one of the most beautiful monuments in the city!  I recommend getting the audio guide too so you can get the full experience.

Parc Guell- yes, this is the place everyone’s cover photos on Facebook is from!  It overlooks the city and was created by Gaudi.

The Beach- grab a bottle (or two) of wine and hit the beach right around sunset.

CDLC- during the day this lounge turns into the perfect daytime spot.  Order a pitcher of Sangria, some food and make yourself at home on the big couches outside.  Feeling stressed?  Order a massage.

Do’s and Don’t’s!

Do: keep your bag zipped and close to you at all times!  Unfortunately, Barcelona has some of the best pickpocketers in the world…

Don’t: jaywalk, especially at 8-lane cross-walks!

Do: take lots of pics! And make sure to #abroadfest por favor!

Don’t: go off adventuring by yourself! If you’re going to go off on your own let people know where you’re going.

Do: ask for the WiFi everywhere you go. Most places have it!

Don’t: wear revealing clothing.  People dress pretty conservatively here…

Do: make an effort to speak the language!



Here’s some other stuff you should know before coming to Barcelona…

  • Water is not complimentary here and can cost anything from 1.50 euro to 4 euro at a restaurant so consider carrying around your own bottle of water (just don’t be flashy about it when you go out to eat).
  • The entire city appreciates silence after 10pm and they’re strict about it!  Take it from someone with a noise violation (I’m not proud of it), avoid getting the police called on you by speaking softly and turning down the music after 10pm!  Also leave your heels at the door!
  • Be aware of your surroundings!  Yes, Barcelona is infamous for pickpocketers so keep your eyes peeled for people with coats draped over their arms.  It’s easy to slip something underneath there…
  • Taxi drivers will try to rip you off by taking a longer route so make sure you appear confident when telling them the address and keep your English speaking to a minimum.
  • The people here don’t dress for weather, they dress for the season, even if it’s 60 degrees outside people will be bundled up!
  • People speak Catalan (a language similar but older than Spanish) here.  If you listen closely it will sometimes sound like they’re speaking with a lisp.  They say “Gracias” as “Grathias” and they pronounce it “Barthelona.”



Barcelona is a beautiful place with so much to see!  If you’re here for a limited amount of days try to fit as much into your schedule as possible, despite the jetlag! Be careful and street smart and you’ll be sure to have an amazing time while you’re here!  Venture out, meet people, make new friends and don’t forget to catch a sunrise on the beach (at least once)!  #AbroadFest all of your pictures and moments!