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High Huddle: Dance Loud’s Kristin Sanchez Discusses the Duo’s Dope Preferences

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It’s time to get on your dancing shoes because we are going to jump loud and proud today with electro-dance duo, Dance Loud. The Chicago-based pair just released their new single “Shady Beach,” a song about getting stoned and spreading love. Musically, the track walks the tightrope between electronic immersion and alternative orchestration. It’s an exciting sign of things to come on June 5th when Dance Loud are due to release their debut record, The Moment, which was written and recorded in mostly a do-it-yourself manner. Ideally, the album is intended for listeners to experience as a whole in a full complete listen; Anything less and you won’t quite grasp at the emotional experience.

The release of The Moment comes as such a relief for DJ and producer Kristin Sanchez and guitarist, drummer and singer Desereé Fawn Zimmerman, twelve years after initially forming. The two first met in art school and their relationship grew from there, to the point where they became both a couple and a musical duo. To jumpstart their career, the two took on work in real estate from which they financed Dance Loud. Things were almost put to an end for good after a horrific car accident left them both maimed, with Sanchez severely injured. After Sanchez spent a month in hospital, they became even further bound and determined, and the result of said determination is The Moment.

In the newest edition of our High Huddle interview series, we spoke with Kristin Sanchez about her and Desereé’s interests and preferences when it comes to marijuana and the whole “high living lifestyle.”

Weed, hash, sess, hydro, oil… what is your chronic tonic of choice?

Kristin Sanchez: “Love weed for most smoke sessions, then hash and rosin for traveling, and organic oil for the quick puffs. We mostly enjoy flower.”

How do you prefer to ingest your devil’s lettuce: pipe, papes, bong, home-made contraption?

“For celebrations, we love using water bongs. We hit a glass water bong on our first date. For everyday smokin’, we love a perfectly rolled thick joint using non-bleached OCB papers. On a super special occasion, we have the power hitter (popular in the ‘70s given from Desereé’s stepdad), a foot-long joint roller (joint seen in ‘Shady Beach’ music video), and sometimes will roll a variety of different strains in one long joint.”

Do you have a preferred time of day to smoke and, if so, when and why?

“We like sativas for breakfast and/or lunch, hybrids after dinner, and a hard-hitting indica right before bedtime.”

To what end do you consume chronic? Mellowing out, getting creative, eating a truck-load of munchies, hitting the gym, spending time with your mom? (All of the above?)

“All of the above! Super Silver Haze helps us create. Lemon G is our favorite for taste, as well as replacing Kristin’s previous Newport cigarette addiction, and mellowing out. Kristin will sometimes smoke to create munchies in order to be better at eating vegetables. Munchies also helps with Kristin’s lack of appetite when stressed before shows. It also increases skill for scratching records (does not help with mixing records) and helps with dance moves. We both love to smoke before hitting the gym! This helped greatly while finalizing the mastering of our album.”

High Huddle: Dance Loud’s Kristin Sanchez Discusses the Duo’s Dope Preferences

Do you have a personal favourite strain to a. ingest or, if applicable, b. to grow?

“Our all-time favorite strain is Super Silver Haze by Green House Seeds for its creativity. Second place goes to Lemon G, highly guarded clone-only strain from Ohio. White Widow (Green House Seeds) and Diamond OG are our favourites for that muscle relaxation. Our goal is to meet Arjan Roskam from Green House Seeds!”

How do you get your ganja; dispensary, bud-buddy, government (yes, some countries sell it direct), self-grown? Maybe you have a range of options? Share!

“We self-grow along with collecting from various long-term craft friend farmers in Chicago and commercial large scale Michigan and California facilities.”

Do you deal with edibles and, if so, give us some deets on what you’re into.

“That is Desereé’s specialty! She has made candy canes for our Christmas parties, hard candy, gummies, healing tinctures, and oil-based entrees like salad, pasta, etc.”

Describe to us your best weed-induced “trip” or story.

“The creation of ‘Shady Beach’ was quite an extreme high that felt like we were flying as high as the birds chirping outside that night turned morning at 6 am when creativity hits us the hardest. We tracked all the instruments surprisingly in one day with a great sativa high. There was also another experience where we accidentally put too much sativa trim within some brownies and felt so trippy that it would be hard to tell if you ate brownies or psychedelic mushrooms.”

Similarly, can you share your worst weed-related experience to date?

“That accidental high brownie potency was one of Desereé’s best and worst weed experiences. The later part of the trip became scary as she was convinced that if she imagined nothing, everything would disappear. She thought she was living in a matrix of some sort. It was funny and scary.”

How does marijuana and your form of music jive for you?

“I believe that because we are such stoners, our music tends to put you in a trance or stoned like high. Some songs have a sativa vibe while some have an indica/meditative vibe. We created our ‘Dimes’ song to enhance meditation and guide your breathing through pulsing synths. Indicas help us turn off muscles for meditating!”

How high is too high, or is there a “too high?”

“I believe you can only consume too much by ingesting or eating it. Smoking is just too hard to overdo. We ate a bunch of honey pot once and had a long hilarious giggly time trying to do simple tasks in public stores.”

Do you think pot is a gateway drug?

“No, it just makes you happy and you never advance from that. We aren’t into any other substance outside of the occasional use of shrooms.”

Artwork for ‘The Moment’ by Dance Loud

Sativa or Indica or both mixed together in a blender?

“If we had to pick, we would choose sativa! It’s a productive high with lower THC levels.”

If you smoke dope doobs, do you roll with a filter, and why/why not? What about mixing with tobacco, a sin or sinfully good?

“We roll with cardboard filters that roll up with papers. We do not mix with tobacco or anything else. We are old school in that way.”

What is the most devastating grow related issue that you’ve encountered, and what strain were you growing at the time?

“In the first year or so of growing, we had a spider mite infestation from babysitting a friend’s plant. We had to destroy everything to get rid of them. Not only destroy but couldn’t grow a new batch until at least two weeks to assure they are all gone from having no food source. This happened with our first batch and we were growing Super Silver Haze, Power Kush, Blueberry and White Rhino at that time.”

Do you prefer Hydroponics over soil growing and why?

“We prefer coco soil-less mix over hydro! With Kristin being clumsy, it would not be a good idea to store the large amount of water hydro requires unless we have a basement space with a floor drain. That way, large spills from being clumsy will be taken care of with a nice drain. Would like to experiment with DWC (deep water culture) for vegetative stage and finish off in soil-less coco for the mature flower stage.”

Do you have your commercial growers license, and what was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome along the way?

“Nope! Illinois requires a giant amount of liquid funds to be a licensed commercial grower.”

How many plants do you have in your grow space , and since going commercial you likely have more growing than you can manage yourself? Do you now employ staff? How many?

“Twenty-three small plants plus clones.”

Do you use any specific plant training techniques (such as topping etc.) , or do you simply let the plant grow?

“Desereé is better at topping right when there are four nodes. We top once and train main stalks by bending and twisting.”

Do you have any advice you’d like to share with fellow growers, who might be on the fence about the decision to go commercial, or stay more on a smaller scale?

“Research the owners of commercial grows if you go that route. Some are not in the best interest for the greater good. If you stay small, make sure you keep a large strain inventory by trading with other craft small grows.”

Do you have any idea what the dollar amount is, that the decision to go commercial has cost you to date?

“I did know but can’t remember. I recall that the dollar amount was too high and only going to be for the extremely wealthy.”

If you’ve gone larger scale, one might imagine that the next move might be cannabis genetics. Have you thought about coming up with your own strain & seeds?

“Yes!!! It’s our goal to crossbreed Super Silver Haze and Lemon G! Would love to create our own Dance Loud strain.”

What is your lighting of choice? (ie. H.P.S., Ceramic, etc)

“Been researching LEDs but have yet to invest and replace HPS lights. Would love to automate all the different frequencies LED has to offer and control the growth pattern.”

After harvesting, what is your procedure for drying & curing?

“We make sure we trim right when the stalk can crack. We jar it up and let it breath every day by opening the jar for a few minutes. For an extra flush making the taste more amazing, I add an extra step of cutting at the stem base and letting it sit in plain water to drink for at least a couple days before hanging. We have found that using organic nutrients is the best for terpenes, overall smell and taste. This is not a common practice at all especially for commercial grows.”

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Lovataraxx Release “Tilda Vaast” from Upcoming ‘Sophomore’ Record

French synth group Lovataraxx has released the music video for their new single “Tilda Vaast” from their new album ‘Sophomore.’

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Lovataraxx, photo by Tanguy Quézo
Lovataraxx, photo by Tanguy Quézo

“Tilda Vaast” is the first single off Sophomore, the new album by French cold wave and minimal synth duo Lovataraxx, to be released on April 5th, 2024, via German label Cold Transmission.

Julien Hoes states:

“The song was created a couple of years ago, while I was thinking about my grandmother, after her death. My grandmother, Mathilde, was deeply romantic, she was all the time reading soapy Harlequin romances. Sometimes, when she was very old, she didn’t remember that she already read one of those novels so she started over. Sometimes she also pretended that she was reading, in order to be left alone, because she didn’t want to talk. And I noticed, ‘Gran, you’re holding your book upside down! What are you thinking about?

“And we were all laughing, but she never told us what was on her mind. Mathilde left Algeria before she was 40 years old, and settled with the whole family in a grey and industrial town. I guess it was really hard at the beginning. But I feel like, in her thoughts, year after year, she was still over there, a young and free lady walking on the seaside.

“When she was looking at me, I had the impression that her eyes were deep and vast like the Mediterranean Sea. I proposed once or two times to go all together back in Algeria, but she wouldn’t go. She spent her old age locked away indoors. Whereas, when she was young, she was always outside. Once, after her death, I grabbed a couple of pictures of her, back to the time when she was living abroad, by the sea. And I realized that I hardly knew anything about that person in the pictures. So I gathered a couple of elements in my mind, and this is the story of Tilda Vaast.”

Lovataraxx “Tilda Vaast” single artwork

Lovataraxx “Tilda Vaast” single artwork

The single is accompanied by a music video directed and produced by Ramataupia featuring actress Ayris Taban.

After their critically acclaimed album Hébéphrénie which was released in 2020, Sophomore is a new step on the band’s trajectory, influenced by synthetic music, 1980s or 1990s horror, and SF movie soundtracks. A resolutely fairy, modern and personal record that can be pre-ordered now.

Lovataraxx ‘Sophomore’ album artwork

Lovataraxx ‘Sophomore’ album artwork

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OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival Returns with Powerhouse 2024 Lineup

OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week.

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The OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival dropped an unbelievably impressive lineup for their 2024 edition this week. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from August 2nd to 4th, at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Saint-Hélène, close to downtown Montréal. Headliners include SZA, Green Day, and Noah Kahan setting the tone for a diverse exhibition that is sure to appeal to the masses.

Representation is present for all genres at this year’s fest. Rock is covered by old-school legends Rancid, LA rockers The Linda Lindas, ’90s indie favourites Sleater-Kinney, and grunge icons The Smashing Pumpkins. R&B will be backed by hip-hop pioneer T-Pain, as well as Tyla, Ayra Starr, and Michaël Brun. Pop is represented by Mean Girls powerhouse Reneé Rapp, Euphoria star Dominic Fike, and alt-pop phenom Melanie Martinez. Indie will be covered by Irish musician Hozier and this generation’s Elvis, Stephen Sanchez. EDM will be showcased with sets by world-class producers like Martin Garrix and Labrinth.

If you’re someone who enjoys all types of music, this year’s OSHEAGA is a can’t-miss event. The lineup easily competes for the best of 2024. Tickets are on sale 2/21 for 3-day passes and 2/23 for single-day passes. Prices are as follows:

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $165 CAD
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET / 3-DAY: starting at $395 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $320 CAD
CASINO DE MONTRÉAL GOLD TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $745 CAD

PLATINUM TICKET / SINGLE-DAY: starting at $685 CAD
PLATINUM TICKET / 3 DAYS: starting at $1,620 CAD

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Gianfranco Pescetti – ‘DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL’ [Album Review]

Gianfranco Pescetti delivers a series of ambient/dance bangers, coalescing a nexus of complexity and intoxicating extracts on ‘DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL.’

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Gianfranco Pescetti ‘DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL’ album artwork
Gianfranco Pescetti ‘DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL’ album artwork

Composer and producer Gianfranco Pescetti recently unveiled his latest album, DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL, his first new album in almost a decade.

Speaking about the album, Pescetti says, “DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL is my attempt to explore the depth of emotions and create a profoundly personal and evocative sound without conforming to the rigid specifications of a particular genre, all while keeping an eye to the dance floor.”

Originally from the Tuscan Island of Capraia, he previously lived in France for a few years before moving to the United States to continue his music career. He currently lives on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.

Influenced by an eclectic range of music, including modern chillwave, Depeche Mode, and The Cure, Pescetti’s sound incorporates instrumental atmospheric electronica with dance vibes and elements of modern indie rock.

Comprising ten tracks, DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL starts with “Clownspunk.” Flickering tones shape a rising intro that evolves into a shimmering, ambient-flavored dance melody. As the melody progresses, a psychedelic-lite dance vivacity slowly takes over, pushing the ambient surfaces into the background.

High points include the changing emotional sensations of “Obsidian,” which utilizes amiable layers of shifting colors riding a galloping rhythm to fashion a warm, sparkling melody punctuated by glistening, chiming textures.

Gianfranco Pescetti, photo courtesy of Gianfranco Pescetti

Gianfranco Pescetti, photo courtesy of Gianfranco Pescetti

Sundog” places darker rhythmic pulses against the illumination of drifting, humming, twinkling blushes, thus giving the melody a lingering, hypnotic intensity, at once exotic and full of lavish refinement. “Be My Ghost” swings away from the ambient and pushes into the more muscular momentum of EDM, employing a driving kick drum and elusive tints of disco.

Capraia,” a blend of industrial and heavy, atmospheric dance components, molds a mechanistic mood, simultaneously shadowy and foreboding. “The Wake,” eerily haunting on one level, pours like a waterfall on another level, giving the tune dual interpretations: either a progressive lament or a celebration of natural beauty.

The album concludes with “Stopless,” traveling on a propelling rhythm topped by intertwining layers of scintillating, aerated percolations, heady with impetuousness. For some reason, the melody conjures up the impression of EDM gingered with hints of Ennio Morricone-like Spaghetti Western.

Gianfranco Pescetti delivers a series of ambient/dance bangers, coalescing a nexus of complexity and intoxicating extracts.

DAYSTAR NOCTURNAL Track Listing:

1. Clownspunk
2. Macchia, I’ll See You…
3. Obsidian
4. Sundog
5. Nostalgia Aime Le Rouge
6. Be My Ghost
7. Capraia
8. The Wake
9. Fogbound
10. Stopless

Run Time: 35:47
Release Date: January 25, 2024
Record Label: Independent

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