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CRSSD Fest Recap

Goldenvoice and FNGRS CRSSD hosted their third bi-annual intimate CRSSD Festival at San Diego’s Water Front Park last weekend and presented some of the best acts and up-and-coming talent in electronic music.

The spring addition to the fall festival that debuted in Spring 2015 has booked artists including Chromeo, Nicolas Jaar, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Giorgio Moroder, Empire Of The Sun, Odesza, Pete Tong, Maceo Plex, James Murphy and more.

This year’s spring event brought much colder weather than the usual 95 degrees (F) boiling hot weather San Diego is home to. Overcasting clouds painted beautiful sunsets but also brought a light drizzle on the first day. The cooler weather didn’t stop attendees from getting down on the dance floor, though.

Ever since the start, CRSSD has focused on the branding of their festival with each of the three stages thoughtfully curated. The Palms stage, situated near the entrance, feels like an intimate day club with the stage decked out with palm trees, scenic views of the city and a bar. It also housed b2b sets by J. Phlip & Ardalan and Gorgon City & Kidnap Kid.

City Steps is the central stage hosting much of the house, techno and underground music with acts like Cirez D, Green Velvet & Skream. The Over View stage is CRSSD’s main stage known for hosting some of the best names in live electronic music and noted up-and-comers such as Odesza, Chet Faker, Gesaffelstein, Gryffin and Tycho.

After getting through the long, clustered security lines, the good vibes San Diego festivals always bring made it well worth the wait.  Once the sun began to set on day 1 the clouds rolled in and made for some beautiful night time sets by Ryan Hemsworth and Odesza–and helped attendees cool down during Gesaffelstein.

Here’s a little bit more about our favorites sets from the weekend.

Day 1

CRSSD 2016Photo by Felicia Garcia

Gryffin

After witnessing Gryffin’s live debut at Snowglobe and seeing the new artist on the scene get a few shows under his belt, it was nice to see his daytime set on the Ocean Live stage. Opening with his epic sounding remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Burn”, Gryffin commanded the audience’s attention from the start.

CRSSD 2016Photo by Felicia Garcia

Ryan Hemsworth

I’d describe this Canadian producer’s sound as hip hop meets internet music. His sets were comprised of trap beats and video game sounds that provided a nice transition between Gryffin’s groovy-pop sound to Gesaffelstein’s relentlessly energetic set.

CRSSD 2016Photo by Felicia Garcia

Gesaffelstein

After the French dark techno house producer retired his live set at last year’s Coachella performances, the master DJ still dominates on the festival scene on a low-key level. His dark and dirty minimal set with industrial beats pairs well with his signature aggressive, but minimal sound.

CRSSD 2016Photo by Felicia Garcia

Odesza

The electronic duo from Seattle brought the city’s rainy vibes to San Diego when they played a beautiful returning headlining set on the Ocean Live stage. The entire main stage production lights came alive for the duo’s closing set, making the scene come alive. They played their hits “Say My Name,” “IPlayYouListen” and latest remixes such as Porter Robinson’s “Divinity” and Hayden James’ “Something About You”. Their most popular remix is of Zhu’s “Faded”.

 

Day 2

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Julio Bashmore

I started off day 2 with Bristol house music producer, Julio Bashmore, laying down a groovy set on The Palms stage. The young producer is also a part of the Dirty Bird crew (amongst J.Phlip, Ardalander and leader of the pack Claude VonStroke). Bashmore released his self titled EP through Dirty Bird Records in 2009 around the same time the producer started gaining recognition for his talent.

CRSSD 2016Photo by Skyler Greene

Tycho

The Bay Area-based producer graced the main stage during sunset, playing his uplifting atmospheric music with the live band. If there’s something CRSSD can do no wrong, it’s their sunset sets which provide the perfect backdrop for calming live electronic music.

CRSSD 2016Photo by Skyler Greene

Gorgon City

After playing a b2b set with Kidnap Kid, Gorgon City took the Ocean View stage as a live band sending the audience into the night after Tycho’s beautiful sunset performance.

CRSSD 2016Photo by Skyler Greene

Chet Faker

The Australian electronica musician closed out the festival Sunday night on the Ocean Live stage with an intimate show. Time and time again Chet Faker always feels like an intimate show when he serenades the crowd with his delicate vocals. A perfect way to end a weekend in San Diego.

‘Twas an awesome weekend visit to the edge of SoCal with cooler weather along the coast and some of the best live electronic, house and extended sets. CRSSD consistently proves to be one of the most laid back festivals with a good vibe. Be sure to stay updated through the CRSSD at crssdfest.com as well as their social media for future announcements. Hope to see you back at Water Front Park soon!

CRSSD social:

Facebook – facebook.com/CRSSDfest
Instagram – instagram.com/fngrscrssd
Twitter – twitter.com/crssdfest

 

About the author

Victoria Kobayashi

Victoria Kobayashi

Victoria is a music and arts contributor reporting on live events and festivals happening throughout California. She was born and raised in Sacramento and recently graduated from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Design and minoring in Professional Writing. Her hobbies include browsing through fashion blogs, photography, listening to new music, thrift store shopping and going on weekend road trips. She's always down for an adventure and meeting new people.

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