On a Friday night when the precipitation finally stopped coming down, the arms and hands never quit going up on Day 1 of the electronic dance music (EDM) fest BlockParty London 2015. The energy flowed both ways, from the stage with its huge arrays of speakers and light and sound systems, out to the pulsating crowd on the hottest and wettest parking lot in London region. The DJs obviously felt the energy coming back. “How you guys doing? Are you ready to party?” Dutch superstar DJ Tiesto asked early in his headlining set. No worries on that score. The fans who had partied during a steady rain for earlier DJs enjoyed the parking lot drying out as Tiesto heated things up. Tiesto supplied such hits as Red Lights and Wasted as thousands of young fans partied along with him. Even with more than a half-hour to go, Tiesto already had provided the night’s most overwhelming mix of sound, beats, lights and spectacular visuals.

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Born of radical sonic possibilities and limitless permutations, Electronic music has always been a fluid genre where innovation is prized. Having been at the forefront of the sprawling genre since 2009, Dylan Mamid (DC) and Zachary Rapp-Rovan (Hooks), aka Zeds Dead, are acutely aware of how vital new ideas are. That’s why when the Toronto-based producer/DJs finally took time off from headlining festivals, they crafted a debut album full of dynamic, forward-thinking songs that defy categorization and disrupt musical foundations.

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