href="http://dancingastronaut.com/tag/lightning-in-a-bottle">Lightning in a Bottle has become a veritable institution over the past several years. Held annually in the expanse of Bradley, CA, the annual gathering has gained a reputation as California’s premier Memorial Day Weekend festival. The eclectic billing of the Lightning stage, formidable bass of Thunder, and exceptional house and techno selection of Woogie combine to make LiB a haven for tasteful electronic music fans of all creeds. This year, Bassnectar, Richie Hawtin, and Bonobo are among the many acts which will draw a broad crowd into the festival. To take a closer look, we’ve tapped some of our favorite acts on the roster for an interview series leading up to the weekend.
Chris Barratt has catalyzed an impressive career ascension for himself over the past few years. Operating under the href="http://dancingastronaut.com/tag/eagles-butterflies">Eagles & Butterflies moniker, the British-born artist has swiftly gained a name for himself thanks to his tasteful, tireless output. Barratt’s prolific catalogue delves into a stylistic range which spans the most intriguing corners of house, techno, and downtempo – and has met positive reception from some of the most influential figures throughout the aforementioned genres.
Eagles & Butterflies’ masterful array of remixes and originals have landed on coveted imprints such as Get Physical, Innervisions. His most recent official release – a remix of Aero Manyelo’s “Mooki” – was very deservedly href="http://dancingastronaut.com/2017/02/da-premiere-aero-manyelo-mooki-eagles-butterflies-remix/"> premiered here, on Dancing Astronaut. Late in 2016, Barratt took the next step in his career, by rising up from features on other esteemed labels to form his own, dubbed “Life Imitating Art.”
Indeed, for Eagles & Butterflies, life has imitated his art as his performative successes catch up with his creative accomplishments. This year, the DJ has earned enviable slots at Coachella, Tomorrowland, and Awakenings. Of course, Barratt’s most imminent festival appearance is Lightning in a Bottle, where he’s scheduled for a two-hour set at the Woogie stage on Saturday, May 27.
In preparation for his forthcoming appearance, Eagles & Butterflies was courteous enough to speak with us about his music, Lightning in a Bottle, and his (somewhat surprising) musical idol, Axl Rose.
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