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News! Counterpoint: Sept 27-29, 2012 – Atlanta, GA

The festival hounds are on the prowl. Surface scavenging for where a few nights of pure madness can occur, we are brought to the boonies of Fairburn, GA. The mania of mankind buying in on Counterpoint Music Festival will erupt in spirit on pastures, in woodlands, and by rivers. The land is exactly 350 acres and runs alongside the Chattahooche River.

The location/lineup mashup sets this event apart from others like it, not to mention it is brand spanking new. The benefit of a new festival is not knowing what to expect. It is simply, in its first year, what the people make it. The twists do not stop there.

Unlike your go-to hot dog cart, Atlanta will be giving us a genuine taste of it’s hospitality. Counterpoint is adopting a sense of community by catering the festival with local favored food trucks, breweries, and restaurants. Georgia artists will bring original pieces for sale and an art village will be in place for frolicking purposes.

Joining us again from Bisco, on multiple stages are heavy hitters Crystal Castles, Bassnectar, Skrillex, Big Boi, Zeds Dead, Mimosa, Emancipator, and Lance Herbstrong. Other performers we’re excited about playing are:

Toro Y Moi – Consistent on underground and mainstream sources of indie music alike, Toro Y Moi is apart of the chill wave movement of 2010. More specifically, his music is atmospheric, electronic chill vibe, with a 70′s twist, faded vocals, and matching music videos filmed with old cameras. Chad of Toro just so happens to have a close friendship with Ernest Greene of Washed Out, conveniently linking two leading producers of chill wave and bringing us to the next act in review….

Song recommendations: “Blessa” and Beach House cover “Master of None”

Washed Out – With significant national attention in the past few years, once aspiring librarian, Ernest Greene, is now packing out venues with hits originally recorded in his bedroom. The newest album released July of last year received considerable national attention. “Within, Without” placed 26th on Billboard’s Top 200 and 89th on the UK’s album chart. The single “Feel it all around” opens IFC comedy “Portlandia.” Scanning XM radio a few years ago, I came across this song and still it is one of my favorites to this day. Washed Out has also been classified in sub genres such as Synth Pop, Dream Pop, and Lo-Fi. You will find me steady shoulder rocking at this stage.

Song Recommendations: “Feel It All Around” and “A Dedication”

M83 – The uniqueness of this next act is their ability to produce a succession of awe-inspiring tracks and endure ongoing success. With a style that resembles early 80′s electronic nostalgics, one surfs from romantic utters to a calamity of drums and reach the iconic sound M83 has made for themselves. The band has received stellar approval from critics and fans for the new double disc album “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.” Anthony Gonzalez, front man, said it was created as “a soundtrack for a non-existent movie.” It made Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums and the track “Midnight City” scored 1st place on the Top 100 Track’s list.

Song Recommendations: Midnight City, We Own the Sky

Adventure Club – Clubstep, meets Dubstep, meets Brostep, meets Counterpoint stage. The most accurate description of the Canadian based duo’s music is: balanced Dubstep. Songs follow a traditional format of verse, buildup, drop, repeat. The wobbles are not overwhelming or too minimal. It is nothing short of two step worthy and the furthest thing from Grime. A.C has a track record for using samples/songs with sexy female vocals belonging to Emily Haines, Karen O, Giselle and others. When I went to their show in Orlando earlier this year, they attracted a lot of mainstream pop listeners aka those Hollister wearing college guppies not expected at an EDM event. All signs show that Adventure Club can pull off easing a Dubstep noob into this music without overwhelming them (and they love it)! The boys have paid their dues and made their way from DJ Booths to a festival stages. Let’s immerse in this diverse audience and appreciate that music is still joining all walks of life.

Song Recommendations: “Crave you” and “Daisy”

Wale – Preparation for this show might involve getting the swish of your chain down pact or investing in a shake weight. There is no doubt that when Wale hits the stage that you will be Repping your new found, or tried and true love for him with your hands in the air. I can not express how stoked I am to see this guy on the same bill as Bassnectar and Washed Out. Sporting a new album under the acclaimed Rick Ross’ label, this hip-hop sensation has a reputation and backing for quality. His manager once said Seinfeld inspired a mixtape Wale put out because “the shows dialogue reflects his style of honest lyrics, which references pop culture and politics while avoiding gangster-rap bluster.” The track “Lotus Flower Bomb” was nominated for the viewer’s choice and won best collaboration. Most importantly, the rappers style can be broken down into catchy, go-go, percussion oriented hip-hop. His flow is fun.

Song Recommendations: “Slight Work”, “Lotus Flower Bomb”, and “Chain Music”

Pretty Lights – This is your light show recommendation, number one! The original and founding member of Pretty Lights, Derek Smith, debuted this gnarly new set up of LED towers made to look like a city scape, at Bonnaroo 2011. He also owns the Pretty Lights record label that signed other Counterpoint acts like Gramatik, Michael Menert, Paper Diamond, and Break Science. A perk about Pretty Lights is they are infamous for using a myriad of samples, so the music is free to avoid lawsuits. Smith likes to use “Electro Hip-Hop Soul” when describing his music, a compound of electronic music and hip-hop beats.

Song Recommendations: “I Know the Truth” and “Finally Moving”

Ghostland Observatory – Almost every review dug up, new or old, on this band utilizes the words “Love or hate” with heavy emphasis. Unfortunately, whether one finds themselves enjoying the tunes or not, one might be held against your will. Some previous shows had included 16 lasers and sophisticated assemblage of mirrors scattered around to produce visual effects in real time. This should be sure to cease brain activity and over stimulate your vision. Ghostland is a collection of Electro, Rock, Funk, and New Wave. Summary: Ghostland Observatory will provide a top notch light show, crazy vocals, and a syncopated stage set up.. Love em or hate em, but at least bring your sense of humor.

Song Recommendations: “Sad Sad City” and “Give Me the Beat”

Tickets and other information on the festival can be found here at and on facebook.

-Julia Dahm

Chi Town’s Finest – SmileforCamera Heads To Spring Awakening Music Fest & After Parties!

So it looks like it finally happened.

Chicago is getting their own electronic music festival this summer and its starting with one heck of a lineup!

Thanks to a lot of hard work from the React Presents team, the windy city is getting one of the biggest and baddest music festivals of the summer and SmileforCamera will be there doing what we do best – taking in the sounds and snapping a ton of photos.
All of your favorites from Skrillex, Afrojack, Moby, Benny Benassi, A-Trak, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Dillon Francis, Gabriel & Dresden and so many more will be there and you probably should just go check out the full lineup yourself here –>

Be sure to score your tix ASAP for this one :


General Admission Two Day Passes include:

- Admission into the festival

**Beer & Wine will be available for purchase in GA for 21+**

VIP Two Day Passes include:

- Admission into the festival – Elevated & Private Views of the entire Festival from Soldier Field’s Historic Colonnades

- Private Bathrooms – Liquor, Beer, & Wine Available for purchase (Only Beer & Wine Available in GA)

- Elegant views of Chicago’s downtown Skyline, Lake Michigan, and the neighboring harbors

- VIP tickets are for those 21 years of age and older

And just when you thought you were getting everything you wanted – BAM! – React does it again by planning some of the best after party lineups I have ever seen.

Sping Awakening After Parties

As you know SmileforCamera never stops. So of course I’ll be hitting up a few of these and if youre as ready to rage far into the night as I am going to be this weekend I highly recommend you come by one of the 8 After Parties on Saturday and another 3 on Sunday night.

I know I’m going to be having a hard time this weekend choosing where I end up but my top picks for everyone out there would be :


Skrillex @ The Mid (Buy Tix Here)
Gabriel & Dresden’s SAMF Midnight Boat Party (Buy Tix Here)
ATrak + Dillon Francis + Kill The Noise @ The Congress Theater (Buy Tix Here)


Afrojack @ The Mid (Buy Tix Here)
Diplo & Laidback Luke @ House of Blues Chicago (Buy Tix Here)

I’ll be posting more and more music highlights from Spring Awakening Artists and a deeper dive into some of the other after parties I didn’t mention yet in more posts throughout this week and weekend.


News! Sultan & Ned Sherpard get [fuK'd] @ VAiN! 04.27.12

Sultan & Ned Shepard make their Orlando return this Friday night for SFC, Mindwarp, and Evolve Groups weekly friday night party, [fuK'd] at VAiN Nightclub. Finals are over. Time to get [fuK'd] up!

Cover charge is FREE for 21+ ladies until midnight, $10 for all 21+ after midnight, and $15 for 18-20 guys and girls. If you’re a 21+ dude, you’re in luck, because we have a $5 off guestlist until 11pm. Sign up (21 up guys only) over at

News: ALVIN RISK comes to Orlando – Thursday, June 7th @ Firestone Live!

06.01.12 UPDATE:

ALVIN RISK has been moved to a new venue, Firestone Live on Thursday, June 7th!

Alvin Risk is making his way to Orlando courtesy of LGS Events & Smile for Camera.

More info on the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE.

News! Nicky Romero coming to Orlando @ [fuK'd] 05.25.12, Smile for Camera, Mindwarp, and Evolve Group team up to bring you the debut Orlando appearance of Nicky Romero! Nicky Romero will get [fuK'd] @ VAiN on May 25th, and so will you! Also on deck are weekly [fuK'd] residents Debo and Littlerok on the mainstage and bigmakk, Dr. Khan, and ma-Less in the upstairs Moombah Room.

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visit SFCEVENTS.COM for ticket info

3/23 Generation Bass pool party – MOVED to The Rock Shop Bar

Due to problems that the original venue had with the City of Miami, the Generation Bass pool party has been moved to the Rock Shop Bar.



1pm – 5pm
The Rock Shop Bar Miami Beach
1334 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

A Celebration of BASS MUSIC including:



ETC! ETC! (L.A.)

MENDEZ (Arizona)


BIGMAKK (Orlando)





News! FSOB Celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year in Miami

fsob 2012

When I first met Noy, he showed up at my at-the-time-boyfriend’s house in his badass little honda accord. The silver hatchback sat so low on its chassis that we had to get out of the car everytime we came across a speed bump. It was 1999, and that kind of thing was cool. In the back seat of that car, crammed between jnco pants and jelly bracelets, I spent a lot of time fascinated at watching Noy move to the rhythm of the music that he so loved: breaks. Years later, Mitsubishi would release a commercial for the eclipse and I would think of him.

While I haven’t seen Noy since the end of 2003, I don’t think I will forget him, or his car for that matter. The impact that his love for breaks (and the fact that he was the only one with a car) had on me was extreme. Aside from hip hop breakdancers, I had never seen anyone move the way he had, I had never before hear a ‘breakbeat’. With him, we attended so many parties in the heyday of my adolescence: Ranch parties on Krome, Parties with AK1200 in converted strip malls that were packed to the brim, Amoeba that got shut down just when it was getting good, and my very first (the very first) Ultra.

Since I’m no good at defining music, I’ve gone and gotten a definition of the sound from a professional in the industry. As it turns out, “a “Break” refers to a “break beat” which is the part of a funk, soul or rock beat in which the drummer would play a little harder and more stylized. Producers took these small sequences of drums, usually no more than 4 to 16 counts and looped them. From there every style of music from hiphop to house, dubstep and of course, breaks and electro, utilized these patterns and sounds, each in their own style that defines the genre”. While breakbeats have gone some serious change from the time of Noy’s Honda, where he moved to midi-sounds accompanied by robot sounding vocals (think power96′s electronic dance music broadcast circa 2000), the evolution of the genre has allowed for the inclusion of many new variations of the sound. Which is where FSOB comes in.

When FSOB first made it’s mark, it had one clear and concise goal: To educate the masses on what Breaks are by delivering the best of the best in the genre. Fast forward to now, and FSOB is *the* breaks event during conference. Last year, we got a chance to sit down with the party’s co-founder, Glyn Morgan, for an interview discussing the history of the party. I strongly suggest you check it out if you’re interested in learning more about thefsob flyer party, and the man who made it happen. This year, the heavy line-up has a lot of buzz going and Glyn sat down with to discuss what the event holds for it’s attendees. read that interview here.

If I had to choose one word to describe FSOB it would be ridiculous. With five rooms blasting top quality sound out of dynacord systems packed with a line up that rivals Ultra, the event is gearing up to celebrate its 10th anniversary this upcoming Friday at MEKKA with all the stops pulled. Headlining acts include some of the biggest names in the game with returning favorites LTJ BUKEM, and Stanton Warriors are being joined by first timers at FSOB Plump Djs, and boasts exclusive performances from Foreign Beggars, Dj Icey, Mt. Eden, and a special live set by Araabmuzik in addition to many many (MANY) more.

You can check out photos from last year’s event here . Tickets are still available for this year and can be purchased online at wanttickets for $50 general and $80 VIP and timeslots are available on the event’s facebook page.

You do not want to miss this. Seriously, dont make me tell you twice. And if you see Noy, tell him I said ‘Thank You’

Protip: Since youre probably going to need some recovery time from Smog v. Basshead, make your daytime activities count. Staying well hydrated is very important when you’re set on doing back-to-back mega event hopping. Also, be sure to arrive EARLY. Mekka is located in the heart of Miami’s poppin downtown club district with the Vagabond, Club Space, GoldRush and a bunch of smaller venues all relatively close by with their own events going on. Parking will get tough early and I promise that Miami’s parking authority has ALSO been waiting for this since last year.

News! Spencer & Hill Pre-Miami Banger at Takeovr this Tuesday!

The WMC/Ultra Week festivities start in as little as 24 hours for some people, and almost everyone wishes they were already just THERE. Of course, many of us have to head down to Miami mid-week, or maybe even tough it out till the weekend. The fact is though, we’re all ready to party. And, like last years show with Dada Life and Mustard Pimp, SFC’s got your pre-WMC/Ultra Takeovr party fix, creating a bridge between your life in Orlando and the days of anarchy that await you in South Florida. This year we have Spencer and Hill, a pair of German, big-room tune crafters whose tracks land in the sets of every mainstage DJ in the world and whose work with sample/Virtual Instrument company Vengeance Sound has helped redefine the way EDM sounds altogether. These guys are pure professionals, guaranteed to bring a wealth of experience rocking dancefloors worldwide to the dead center of Takeovr, just in time to save you from freaking out because you’re not in Miami yet. Below are a few tunes and vids from S&H to get you primed and ready for the fire they’ll be unleashing for all of you (and of course Cliff T, Joey Paranoia, and myself) on Tuesday! Peep ya there!
Smile for Camera’s takeovr w/ SPENCER&HILL @ Roxy | 03.20.12 FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE