Less Than a Month Left Before the Start of the Mad Decent Block Party


Less Than a Month Left Before the Start of the Mad Decent Block Party
By: Trevor Dickson

The annual Mad Decent Block Party tour begins in less than a month with the debut concert taking place in Atlanta on July 31st. Mad Decent was founded in 2005 by none other than Diplo, and has put on the Mad Decent Block Party tours annually since 2008. The dates and locations for the 2015 MDBP tour are as follows:

7/31 – Atlanta, GA
8/1 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
8/6 – Philadelphia, PA
8/7 – Philadelphia, PA
8/8 – Brooklyn, NY
8/9 – Brooklyn. NY
8/15 – Detroit, MI
8/22 – Dallas, TX
8/23 – Austin, TX
8/28 – Nashville, TN
8/29 – Toronto, Can.
8/30 – Denver, CO
9/4 – Calgary, Can.
9/6 – Vancouver, Can.
9/11 – Berkeley, CA
9/12 – Eugene, OR
9/13 – San Diego, CA
9/18 – Phoenix, AZ
9/19 – Los Angeles, CA
9/20 – Los Angeles, CA
9/26 – Chicago, IL

Mad Decent is home to a number of popular DJs and producers including Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Yellowclaw, and Zeds Dead. Mad Decent also put ups rising and talented DJs such as TWRK, Ricky Remedy, Wiwek, Clockwork, and Jauz. The MDBP has a stacked lineup loaded with Mad Decent artists and also features various artists of assorted genres and reputations, including rappers Riff Raff, Tyler the Creator, and CL. Other notable DJs and producers making appearances include Oliver Heldens, Skrillex, RL Grime, Knife Party, Porter Robinson, and Borgore.

As if the lineup wasn’t already impressive, the almost month long series of concerts see a a large number of showings by both of Diplo’s major collaborative projects, Jack Ü and Major Lazer. Diplo is regarded as one of the most prolific music producers of our time, and his influence in the EDM world is resounding. Almost a year ago on the same tour Jack Ü debuted at the MDBP in San Diego, announcing that Jack Ü was the duo Skrillex and Diplo. In late February of 2015, Jack Ü released a very successful album titled Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U, which includes singles “Take U There” and “Where R U Now” featuring Justin Bieber. The album received wide success, and months later “Where R U Now” still is the number one dance song on iTunes.

Aside from his role in the duo Jack Ü, Diplo works with fellow DJs Walshy Fire and Jillionaire as the collaborative group known as Major Lazer. Major Lazer fuses dancehall and reggae, drawing heavy influences on Jamaican sound. Major Lazer released international recognition with their hit albums Guns Don’t kill People… Lazers Do, Free the Universe, and most recently Peace is the Mission. Peace is the Mission’s first single, “Lean On,” featuring fellow Mad Decent member DJ Snake is a surefire summer hit. The album has an eclectic array of sounds, ranging from the energizing song “Too Original” to much more mellow and progressive sounds like “Be Together” and “Powerful.”

Tickets are still available for certain locations, so visit www.maddecentblockparty.com to check out a block party near you and watch your favorite Mad Decent artists. Lineups vary per location, so be sure to check out the block party nearest you!

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