Alive and Amplified: Electric Forest Preview

Alive and Amplified: Electric Forest Preview

Are you sick of hearing about Festivals? Well then, GTFO. Cause we’re not done covering them. Or attending them and meeting up with all of you beautiful people that criss-cross the United States. Besides, that’s what summer is all about. Next stop for Wet Paint, is Rothbury, Michigan to attend Electric Forest, 4th of July weekend. We expect big bass, backlit forests and enough bright glow it would make even Tesla shit his pants.

Check out some of the music while you read the post:

Yeah, Take that Rube Goldberg.

This will be our first year attending Electric Forest, but from everything I have heard, the venue is just absolutely pristine and a perfect place to have a festival. There are plenty of other things going on besides the music. The festival grounds center around Sherwood forest, boasting art installations, extravagant light displays, and surprise performances. Also there is a waterpark, horseback riding, golf, and even a live game of Mousetrap. And throw in some Glow in the Dark disc golf with LED Hula Hoops, and you got yourself a weekend. Sadly I’m not sure I will get to enjoy all of these extracurriculars cause I will be there for you all to experience the music.

The festival kicks off Thurday evening, and right off the bat we get some great acts. From the worldly beats of Toubab Krewe to the downright dirty bass of Excision, Electric Forest’s first night is setting the vibe of what to expect the rest of the weekend. Rounding out the night will be Kaskade on the Ranch area, Emancipator at the Wagon Wheel, and Lotus at Sherwood Court. Hmmmmm. Decisions, decisions.

When Friday afternoon rolls around, first act I’ll be on is mash up superstars The Hood Internet. After them is Chiddy Bang, hip hop/indie fusion at its finest. We will be sure to check out String Cheese Incident as they are playing 2 sets back to back. The biggest DJ in the world, a.k.a. Tiesto, will be hyping the crowd to full potential before shit gets weird and late night acts take over.

Break Science doin' it.

Late night friday has some heavy hitters like Elliot Lipp, Galactic, and a DJ set by Bonobo. I’m pretty stoked to see Break Science, a glitch bass act featuring Adam Deitch. They blew my mind at Bear Creek last year. Also pretty excited to see Drum-n-bass superstar Dieselboy, who was one of my influences when I first started DJing. All in all, Friday should be divine.

Saturday. Oh Saturday. Where do I even begin? I know! Rubblebucket, a futuristic and soulful group hailing from Brooklyn. Also a stop by to see Chicago’s own Future Rock, who Im sure will be raging out. Lettuce will be there, letting-us get down to that funk. Saturday night the bass comes alive with some of the best producers in the game right now.

12th Planet Poppin Off

Our friends Big Gigantic will be dropping it huge for all you. Check out a recent interview we did with them. Meanwhile Bassnectar will be giving all the bass junkies their fix. At side stages, we are in for Porter Robinson, Paper Diamond, and Archnemesis all bringing that heavy shit. Closing the night will be Skrillex and 12th Planet, both of whom have sick arsenals of dubstep. I am really looking forward to seeing Sphongle as I have heard it is quite the experience.

Since it’s a holiday weekend, I’m sure plenty of you won’t be slowing down on Sunday, and neither does the lineup. The one-man band sensation Zac Deputy will no doubt get everyone groovy in the afternoon, followed up by the electro influenced Papadosio. Recent Wet Paint interviewees Beats Antique will also drop a Sunday set which I will definitely be parked on a blanket, straight vibing to.We wrap the night up with another 2 sets by String Cheese Incident, and Colorado’s Pretty Lights, who has been hard at work, constantly touring, and destroying festivals everywhere.

Shit, I’m winded just talking about going to it, let alone what I’m actually in store for that weekend. Between the music, art & lighting, venue, and the many, many friends I am sure to meet there. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this festival. We have plenty of on-site interviews planned, as well as live updates from the event via Twitter/Facebook. We will also have a camera on hand to document the experience. See you all in the Alive & Amplified Electric Forest.


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aka Joel Richard Kienitz, is the co-founder of Fresh Wet Paint. He currently lives in Chicago and works in marketing and music. Soundcloud page

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