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I/O: An Electronic Music Documentary

Director / Film-maker Kevan McGovern has been out to find what really binds people to electronic music. A five year journey to with aim to accurately explain what is bringing so many people from every walk of life, spirituality, and culture together time and time again. During this journey he has conducted 216 interviews, attended 15 festivals, and 125 live events from coast to coast of North America. The project ‘I/O: An Electronic Music Documentary’ is nearly complete and available for consumption and knowledge gain. There is a kickstarter in place to help the project reach its goal of ultimately meeting you. As an added bonus of contributing to the project (for the amount of $10 or more), you will receive a pre-order of Kevans The Shambhala Experience documentary (note clip below). Offer and campaign until November 27th!

I/O explores the cultural anthropology of electronic music’s effects on human beings. Filmmaker Kevan McGovern unveils the truth behind why this music genre and its culture shift consciousness and lifestyle in ways that are completely distinct to other music genres. I/O invites its audience to strap into the real rave experience and feel the power electronic music has over its listeners. Performing artists making appearances include DJ Z-Trip, Dub Fx, Datsik, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, Rusko, Stickybuds and more.

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Shambhala 2014 with Joseph Martin

East Van Digital label head and performer of Shambhala for many years knows better than many the cultural significance held by Salmo’s neighbourhood ranch. Being who he is and how long he has been entrenched in Western Canada’ music he offers up a unique perspective we are fortunate to hear first hand.

If you had a to pick two genres that have echoed throughout the years from the PK systems which would they be?
It’s no secret that a large part of the popularity of the Village at Shambhala is the sound provided by PK. They’ve made a home in the Village for years and their stage is renowned for all things drum & bass and Dubstep. In a sense, you could say that modern North American Dubstep was born there, having both inspired and championed artists like Excision & Datsik who have both had large rolls in bringing that genre to feverish heights.

Why has Shambhala been so successful in being a part of our piece of Western Canada’s music scene?
There are so many elements that come together to make an event like that successful over the span of 17+ years, the base of which is that it evolved from a grassroots music community and retains that ethos…that resonates with people. Next, obviously, is the music. A variety of acts that span across all electronic genres, with a healthy mix of homegrown and international artists, they are always ahead of the curve when it comes to booking talent, as well as providing an incredible stage for locals to showcase on.

What have you seen your artists (EVD) bring from Shambhala to the studio?
For many of our artists, Shambhala is the peak to their festival season, so for many veterans, who both play & stay for the event, we leave inspired, having soaked in a lot of fresh sounds in a short time. It’s also a prime place for artists to meet and discuss collaborations as creativity runs high in that environment.

If you had to narrow it down to one thing that the festival best represents for local artists what would it be?
I think the answer lies within the question: The festival best represents local artists. With regular attendance topping ten thousand people, Shambhala has been instrumental in giving locals centre stage and representation on par with international headliners.

Now that Shambhala Digital has come into play what does this mean for artists of the region?
It’s nice to see them take things a step further, this will provide even more exposure for artists affiliated with the festival, and get their music to a larger audience. They have a huge talent pool to work with, spanning multiple genres, so it should make for a nice representation of what is happening on the ground during the festival.

What were your highlights of 2014?
Playing my Caturday Morning Disco set to a dance floor full of people sporting cat themed attire was the top highlight for me. As an avowed house head, I did also manage to search out some great house music from My Nu Leng, Hannah Wants, Chris Lorenzo, Mark Farina, JGirl & Manousos, and Rich-E-Rich.

What does Shambhala mean to you?
Something different every time I go, all dependent on where I’m at in my life. In the early years, it was about having a blast with my friends. The last few years, with the introduction of the East Van Digital label, I’ve been more business focused. This year, I simply wanted to treat it as a genuine vacation with my girlfriend. Shambhala can be what you make it.

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Shambhala 2014 with ₵OL!И of Pigeon Hole


It’s now time for a performers perspective in this interview series. From aspiring to attained our focus remains on the island. ₵OL!И of Pigeon Hole of the Sweatshop union has performed, been featured and appeared on the festivals first digital leg release. Listen, love, learn and motivate.

How does Shambhala stand apart from other festivals?
It’s hugeness…the sound…the stages…the experience. You’re basically on a camping trip with some of the greatest DJ’s you could hope to see, all your friends and thousands of great strangers. It’s amazing. It just breathes life into you.

Performance wise, what’s the vibe you feel from audiences, crowd and performers all round?
The vibe is great. I just feel so comfortable and welcome out there you know. Like you’d think you’d be a little more shook or anxious to play out there but everyone is so happy and you just buzz of that. It’s awesome.

From an artists perspective what does the festivals new label mean?
I mean for me its like getting a stamp of approval from one of the most influential and respected festivals out there. We were definitely honoured to be a part of the first release.

How doe’s the label potentially affect Western Canadian artists reach?
I’m not too sure. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I know Shambhala itself has a massive reach so hopefully the label will evolve to have that same reach.

Are you confident the label will represent the region accurately?

If you had to narrow it down to one thing that the festival best represents for local artists what would it be?
The best time you’ll have all year.

If you had a to pick two genres that have echoed throughout the years from the PK systems which would they be?
For me hearing Dubstep on that system a few years back was insane. It made me want to make my tunes LARGER. Drum and Bass too. Some of the best sets I’ve seen at the Village have been drum and bass.

What were your highlights of 2014?
The funk jam for sure. I danced from the first to last track with a shit eating grin on my face haha! So many talented dudes playing.

What does Shambhala mean to you?
Shambhala is a game changer. It changed my whole process of making music. It even changed the way I view day to day life. For me the first time going it was the kind of experience I left feeling like a better, happier person. It actually feels like my life shifted gears after that first time.

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Shambhala 2014 with Whipped Cream


Being what it is, Shambhala is a landmark career note for producers and DJ’s alike of the local variety. Who would turn down the opportunity to perform before your friends, family, province, your coast? A right of passing even, one many aspire towards. The following words from Vancouver Island based Whipped Cream touch on what Shambhala instills those on the front line scene trenches encircling the festival for the remaining 361 days on the West Coast of Bass.

Which stage speaks most to you, and why?
This year I spent the majority of my time at the The AMPhitheatre stage, in my books it had the best bookings this year. Lot’s of the soul guys that haven’t peaked yet, the future sound, alot of Hip Hop and soul shit, so vibeeeyy. I loved it and danced the hardest and lowest there .

The Village as well, anytime a soul wants to go hard as fuck thats the stage to go too, they had some tight bookings as always as well. Had a great time at that beach stage on Friday Afternoon. Mat The Alien threw down the sickest day time set, FUCK it was good – And Sunday the Pagoda had me in another world, Justin Martin had the best set of the whole weekend (Falcons close behind).

And last but not least I can never leave the Fractal Forest. It’s not always my music of choice thats playing but it’s just the over all everything of it. For layout and vibe that stage is my favourite. Trop Killaz killed it there (we neeed more hip hop vibes up in that stage) ;) ;)

How does Shambhala stand out from the festival pack?
Shambhala creates a different feeling the majority of all festivals world wide. When you are at Shambhala it feels as if you are almost all sharing the same mind space, there are the most caring heartfelt music loving people on the planet at Shambhala. Really there is not words to describe it, it’s just a feeling you feel, a way of life, and an inspiration to keep living that way once your off the ranch. Shambhala creates an inhuman amount of music addicts and its a huge boost to all the artists because when somebody hears a set on a magical ranch in the mountains they are compelled to religiously follow that artist.

Does the festival influence the scene round you during the remainder of the year?
It definitely influences the music direction year round because it opens peoples minds! I remember before going to my first year believing I didn’t like some types of music, I just never listened to them, but after going to this festival I had a huge awakening and am forever grateful that I learned to appreciate every single genre of music. I will always respect the music, because the music is art, and that comes from another humans soul.

Does Shambhala motivate you for the remainder of the year?
MAN! Coming home from a festival is the most exciting thing for me, I must say I am still a raging fire ball of energy. For a week straight on the come down from Shambhala I was in my bed room for 10 hours a day making music… There was no if’s or but’s or want’s to go outside. There still really isn’t. I’m inspired to make music more than ever.

What makes Shambhala special?
People call this place home and honestly, yah, it’s really fucking nice to be around all like minded loving people who are there for the music, I mean thats why I do this, to connect with other people. Theres nothing like it.. I get chills thinking about it.

When can we expect #YungHeadliner to perform? Care to call out a year? Me and my close friends all held on hoping that we might get a last minute call on playing till literally the morning of leaving for the farm lol. I really wanted to play this year, but it didn’t happen. Honestly tho being there and having so many beautiful people come up to me asking if I was playing this year, finding out I wasn’t, then have them re-assure me I would be booked next year.. That was humbling enough. So my based gawds 2015 bass lords, 2015v xoxoxoxo x

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Shambhala Music Festival 2014

Twenty fourteen was to be the fourth year of my attendance to our provinces most renowned festival. Each year in attendance exceeded the last by performances, people and party. However only days before the gates opening pressing family matters took me away from the mountain nestled destination.

In effort to help paint a portrait of how the festival has been a cultural figurehead within our the regions music community I’ve collected a handful of interviews from players within and around the scene at different levels to elaborate. These interviews will be rolling out over the next few days one by one, starting tomorrow. Take a moment to think about how Shambhala is with you after your leaving the farm and throughout the remainder of the year.

Shambhala Music Festival 2014, Aug 8 – 11

It’s official, we are indeed knee deep in festival season. There’s under one month until BC’s infamous forest nestled, BPM top five 2014 festivals to watch list, home away from home, independent festival returns. Located at the Salmo River Ranch just north of the American border in BC’s interior with all the natural beauty of the provinces Southern Interior and climate. Being as long lasting as Shambhala has there is a culture of it’s own surrounding it. Surrounding and extending it’s culture and influence through western Canada to DJ’s, producers and musicians of all walks alike year round has had profound impact on the culture of the coast. August 8-11th the festival returns to shape the community and provide a home away from home party escape for thousands of Electronic goers and connoisseurs.

Tickets are still available on their website and from many local retails BC & Alberta wide.

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Michael Red – Sunday Morning Shambhala 2012 Living Room mix


For my first post with FutureClassics, here is a mix as appropriate for pre-raving as a post-party wind down. This Shambhala 2012 mix from Vancouver veteran Michael Red is a mellow and relaxing favorite I find myself listening to again and again – for any lovers of the annual BC music fest, it’s sure to bring up fond memories of the beach stage and greeting the hazy morning sunrise, but it’s equally as good for a chilled-out evening at home by yourself. Includes such well-known faves as James Blake and Frank Ocean, as well as an Andy Dixon remix of the soulful vocals of Vancouver’s own Evy Jane. Queue it up and drift away into dreamland.

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