It’s safe to say this year has not gone according to plan. At first, we held on to glimmers of hope as festivals switched their dates to the fall, but it didn’t take long until we realized 2020 was bigger than all of us.
With no real end in sight, we all started to crave the little things. The anticipation before your favorite artist comes out. Dancing until 4 am, wine bag in hand, at the RV’s. Reuniting with friends you’ve made through music that live miles away. IDing tracks with the homies. Island Noodles. Lasers. Funktion Ones. But mostly, your favorite artists playing your favorite tracks – live. Feeling quite defeated, the music scene picked up the pieces, created a Twitch account, and said, hold my drink.
Most of us owe our very last strains of sanity to livestreams. Many artists immediately jumped on board and found ways to deliver their music straight to your living room. With a year packed full of livestreams, we wanted to share some that stuck out.
Electric Hawk’s Harmony Festival
Hehe, oop. Obviously, we might be a little bias when it comes to this one, but Harmony turned out to be so much more than we ever expected. Going in hoping for the best, Harmony ended up with 9 installments, raising around 20,000 dollars for artists and over 2,500 dollars towards RAINN and Black Lives Matter charities. Not to mention putting countless viewers onto the hottest music the underground has to offer.
Presented by Proximity (who went incredibly hard on streams this year) and Brownies and Lemonade, Digital Mirage came out swinging. With massive lineups that had a little something for everyone. A highlight for us, and every other human in the world, was the Shades into G Jones set that took place on Sunday of the very first Digital Mirage.
Porter Robinson‘s Secret Sky
Easily one of the most wholesome days of music this year. Not only did we get spoiled by the stacked lineup, but Porter’s set was one of the most unique and beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Oh, and also kicking the day off with Dj Potaro, an absolute king.
This man has been straight up, putting in work throughout quarantine. GRiZ simply loves playing his music for people and wasn’t about to let a pandemic stop him. Appearing on multiple stream lineups, including Room Service, where we heard “Medusa” for the first time…iconic. Many of his own streams range from vibey Sunday LSD stream to some sexy house streams. We also have a feeling he’s going to finish this year out with a bang with his GRiZMAS stream.
Ode To Bridget via WubHub
This particular livestream was special. Members of the community came together to celebrate a life gone way too soon. The Ode To Bridget stream had an insane lineup, including Mize, G-Space, tiedye ky, Hizzuk, Engix, and so many more. The energy this stream had was unmatched and was a proper tribute to Bridget’s colorful life.
The Black Box Streams
Denver’s very own, The Black Box, is a staple of the electronic underground, and their streams rang true to that. Curating lineups with insane talent and bringing us some of the hottest beats right into our homes, we could not be more thankful.
Deadbeats House Party
These livestreams were the CEO of sexy – consistently stacked lineups full of music, drawing, production walkthroughs, and so much more.
Supertask’s Bicycle Day Stream
This was one of my personal favorite livestreams. Unlike any other stream, Supertask created a “choose your own fate” type stream. Spending over 200 hours compiling this stream and making it a unique experience for each individual viewer. Not to mention, Supertask himself always throws down and shows us a good time.
Obviously, this doesn’t even scratch the surface of all the incredible streams that happened this year. There are not enough words to express how thankful we are for having these little digital parties to pull us through such a grueling year.
As we continue taking this pandemic day by day, we will also continue to improvise and find new ways to support artists and their music. As for 2020, it’s a big ol’ good riddance from all of us here at Electric Hawk.
And if you’re looking for a solid playlist to follow, keep up with our weekly Spotify playlist, Fresh Hunts. Whether it’s new music, all your other favorite artists, some old-school, or underground…we just want you to hear it.
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