All posts by Cat Hausler

Cat Hausler is a music contributor for Writtalin. She currently works in corporate communications, but often wants to say, " F real life," and festival hop instead. A music addict, Cat struggles with containing her EDM personality "Afrocat" who is very famous in the Twitterverse. When she's not at some concert or other, Cat can be found reading Agatha Christie, watching the NFL, or pretending to know how to play the guitar. You can email Cat at: cath@writtalin.com

Decadence 2015
A hush fell right around 9:05 p.m. on night one of Decadence 2015 at the Spaceport stage. The anticipation in the air was palpable as eager ravers looked from the people in their groups to the stage, waiting. With the initial sound from the first song JackÜ played, came a roar that echoed through the massive hall on the top floor of the Colorado Convention Center. From that moment on, the set was a party. Heavyweight producers Skrillex and Diplo, who came together to form their massive side project JackÜ,Read More
As another year comes to a close, another set of New Year’s Eve plans come into consideration. This year, Colorado’s biggest New Year’s party can once again be found at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Global Dance’s Decadence will take place on December 30th and 31st and will host its biggest lineup to date. To purchase tickets, click here. Decadence 2015: Must-See Artists I might sound like a broken record, but I mean it when I say that the Decadence lineup this year isRead More

Posted On November 13, 2015By Cat HauslerIn Artist Interviews, Music

Writtalin Artist Insider: A Chat With Borgeous

It’s 10:30 p.m. on a Saturday and I’m standing backstage at the National Western Complex in Denver. I look down at my tennis shoes then readjust the horn on my head, wondering how the LED will look when I turn it on later. Let me explain… I’m about to interview one of the biggest names in EDM and I’m dressed as, you guessed it, a unicorn. Did I forget to mention it’s Halloween? No matter the holiday, I look a little ridiculous, but I’m trying not to let that distract meRead More
JP and Sam of Cash Cash stand up and immediately Dave of Tritonal sits down. Let me refresh your memory- I’m in the “green room” (nook under the stairs) of the Bluebird Theater in Denver just before seeing Tritonal and Cash Cash play back to back on the Colorado leg of their “Untouchable” tour. Having finished up chatting with Cash Cash, it’s time for me to talk to Tritonal. It’s my first attempt at consecutive interviews and I’m hoping I can keep my composure as well as my questions interesting. MadeRead More
The green room at the Bluebird Theater in Denver is not so much a room as it is a little nook under the stairs that lead down from the stage. There’s a small couch wedged directly under the stairs and a few chairs, but little room to move when you add in two DJ groups, their crew and tour manager. So when I sit down on the edge of the couch to speak with Cash Cash’s JP Mahklouf and Sam Frisch, I’m maybe, at most, four feet from either ofRead More
My first live experience with W&W was at Decadence in Denver almost a year ago. I remember being at the set and being astounded by how high energy it was, how much the two interacted with the crowd, how into the music they seemed to be, among other things. But mostly I was struck by how they did all these things so seamlessly. Now, even after 10ish months, I can still feel the energy of that performance. So, when I found out W&W would be playing Denver’s legendary nightclub, “TheRead More
Still looking for Halloween plans? Well, if you live in Denver or can get there for the night of October 31st, you’re in luck! Global Dance Events is hosting yet another dance music event that is sure to be a blast. Following up a huge lineup at Skylab in September, Global welcomes superstars Deorro and Borgeous to headline Colorado’s biggest EDM-filled costume party: Hallowfreaknween. The event will be held at the National Western Complex and gates will open at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets here: http://www.flavorus.com/event/HallowFreaknWeen/303171 About the Headliners: Deorro: LosRead More
Every time a major dance music event goes on in Denver, we put out multiple interview requests, hoping that a producer or two will want to chat with me before or after their performance. Going into Skylab 2015, we’ve sent out five to seven requests, knowing that chances of even an answer to one is slim because of the big names on the lineup. But the morning of night one, I get an email from Amsterdam – Laidback Luke’s people are reaching out with interest in an interview. I’m ecstatic.Read More

Posted On September 25, 2015By Cat HauslerIn Music, Shows

Celebrating 21 Years of Dance Music: A Review of Skylab 2015

Colorado’s Skylab celebrated its 21st birthday in style with a two-night party that featured names like Martin Garrix, Krewella, Laidback Luke and Borgore. The event, held for the first time at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, was a space-themed wonderland – think giant inflatable planets and satellites. Despite being held in a new venue and with the unfortunate news that much anticipated up and coming DJ Ruby Rose had to cancel last minute, Skylab still went off with a bang.   My Favorite Set: Laidback Luke – I spoke toRead More
Summer may be coming to a close, but Colorado’s dance music scene is far from cooling down. Arguably the biggest EDM event until New Year’s Eve’s Decadence, Skylab will take place September 18th and 19th at the 1STBank Center in Broomfield. A two-day affair for the first time in its history, Skylab celebrates its 21st year in existence with perhaps its biggest lineup to date. Much like Global Dance Festival, Skylab will host a variety of acts hailing from a number of EDM subgenres. Leading the Lineup: Because there isRead More
Benny Benassi is a dance music pioneer. A key part of the electronic music scene since the 1980s, the Italian producer shows no signs of letting up as he continues to do massive world tours and put out hot new music. Known best perhaps for his 2002 EDM anthem “Satisfaction,” Benassi has experienced all aspects of the dance music industry and has seen how it has grown and changed over the years. Today, having worked with pop superstars like Madonna and Chris Brown as well as having headlined almost every big name EDMRead More
Since hearing the single “I Won’t Let You Walk Away” feat. Madison Beer this past Winter, I’ve been a huge supporter of DJ duo Mako. I saw part of their set at EDC, but had to miss a lot of it due to an unfortunate overlap with Avicii. So, when I heard that they were going to be at Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks, I knew I had to go. A week or so before, I, or should I say, my rave alter-ego “Afrocat,” tweeted: “Who is everyone mostRead More
I went to Global Dance Festival (GDF) in 2014 and honestly thought I’d never have a better weekend in my life. Now, another GDF has come and gone, and I have to say, Global is definitely THE electronic dance music event of the summer in Colorado. With a lineup to rival the most popular EDM festivals in the world, GDF 2015 went off successfully, selling out the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO July 17-19. Big name producers like Tiesto, Above & Beyond and Seven Lions were joined byRead More
Colorado’s biggest summertime dance music event is back with a bang as Global Dance Festival (GDF) hosts perhaps its biggest lineup to date at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO, July 17-19. Last summer’s GDF boasted names like Adventure Club, Zedd and Madeon, but GlobalDanceEvents.com and AEG have stacked the lineup again, welcoming a plethora of DJs who will offer up a variety of genres and sounds. From King of EDM, Tiesto, to dance music legends Benny Benassi and Above & Beyond, to up and coming producers likeRead More

Posted On July 14, 2015By Cat HauslerIn Music, Shows

EDC 2015: My First Experience Under the Electric Sky

On June 18th, 2015, 10 of my friends and I piled into three cars shortly before midnight. Looking back on it now, we were crazy to make an overnight 12 hour drive, but the end prize was worth the utter exhaustion: Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas. A dance music lover to my core, the journey to and experience at EDC were spiritual for me. Here’s a breakdown of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2015. The Basics: What – EDC is the largest dance music festival in North America.Read More