Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Fact.
You forgot tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Fact.
You are totally screwed and won’t have anything fun to do with your boo tomorrow. False.
Here are some last-minute things to do in Chicago on Valentine’s Day.
In the meantime, we decided to get real deep over at THE SIX THIRTY today. After all, we’re suckers for three things: love, Fireball and electronic dance music.
So in honor of this weekend’s completely fake holiday, here are the songs that made each of us fall in love with EDM.
Chas Goudie: “One Night in Bangkok” by Vinyl Shakerz
A little over seven years ago, I embarked on a journey known as college. Going into my freshman year at St. Louis University, my iTunes consisted of rap, hip-hop and country. At the time, electronic wasn’t even considered a genre yet by the mainstream populace. It was still completely underground – most of my friends labeled it as ‘techno’ or ‘rave music’. One day, I was surfing the internet in between classes and came across a song called “One Night in Bangkok” by an artist called Vinyl Shakerz. I was instantly hooked, and the track ended up becoming the official theme song for our dorm room pre-games. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still down with rap and country; but “One Night In Bangkok” made me fall in love with EDM, altering my musical palette for good.
Keegan Goudie: “IDGAFOS 2.0” by Dillon Francis
It was the summer of 2012, and the week before the very first Spring Awakening Music Festival at Soldier Field. While doing some research on the artists playing, I came across the name Dillon Francis. I went to his SoundCloud page, clicked on the oddly titled song “IDGAFOS 2.0” (which stands for “I Don’t Give A Fuck Or Shit 2.0”), and the rest was history. Not to mention, the acronym has also become somewhat of a personal motto ever since. Just ask my coffee mug.
Brian Cicero: “Language” by Porter Robinson
After going through my first real breakup, I was lost and confused as to what I wanted in life. Like any breakup, it made me ponder what I actually loved on this planet. I didn’t know. I knew I loved music, and I had a bunch of favorite songs. Then one day, as I was driving around town with a few friends, a song came on called “Language” by Porter Robinson. What was this assault on my ears that made me feel so righteous, yet so vulnerable at the same time? Porter is still my favorite artist, and “Language” is still one of my favorite songs of all time. If you knew me five years ago, you would’ve laughed at the thought of me listening to EDM. Nowadays, I can’t live without it.
Brian Lendino: “Heaven” by Cascada
I can still remember it like it was yesterday. I had just received Dance, Dance Revolution Max 2 for my PlayStation for Christmas. I opened up the dance mat, turned it on, and the first song that I tore my basement up to was Cascada’s “Heaven.” From that moment on I was hooked. When my family used to go bowling at Brunswick Zone, I would slip away to the DDR arcade game. Cascada’s voice changed something in me while I was going through my “left, left, up, back, combo, right, right” dance routines. I would kill it when that song came on. I even took 42nd in a local DDR dance tournament back in 2003. I have Cascada’s “Heaven” to thank for that.
Aaron Garcia: “Finally Moving” by Pretty Lights
While not particularly labeled as “EDM”, the answer to this question is simple: Pretty Lights (Derek Vincent Smith) “Finally Moving.” After hearing this song live for the first time in 2011, my life would never be the same. As dramatic as that sounds, “Finally Moving” proved to be a dealbreaker for which I’m very thankful for. I will forever have this song penned in my top three favorites not just out of love for Derek’s song, but out of respect for his music. The melodic, seven-minute live version fits just about any kind of mood – solidifying my obsession with electronic dance music.
Patrick Kollmeier: “After Midnight” by Pretty Lights
Aside from many of the writers at The Six Thirty, my admiration for EDM took quite some time to develop. My musical taste buds are still a bit more limited than most of my peers on here, but I’ll never forget the first time I really developed a true love for the genre. Driving into Chicago on a Friday night for an exciting weekend ahead, I decided to change up my hip-hop playlist, and decided to throw on some Pretty Lights as I was entering into the city on a warm summer Chi-Town night. His “AfterMidnight” remix came on, and goosebumps immediately filled my body. Holy shit, I remember thinking. This is one of the coolest things I have ever listened to in my life. The windows immediately went down, the sunroof was open, and I decided to let EDM into my life after that.
Carly Hill – “Get Low” by Dillon Francis
Alright, I know it’s a little bit of a mainstream choice from a less-than-mainstream artist, but IDGAFOS. Because “Get Low” by Dillon Francis was my absolute gateway into EDM. I was editing one of Keegan’s posts (I blame you…also, thank you) where there was a Soundcloud link to “Get Low” and figured ‘what the hell, I’ll listen to it while I edit!’ Five hours later of straight replaying it turned into dropping over 100 bucks to get a ticket for Dillon’s Spring Awakening set that weekend. And the rest is history.