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DJ IDeaL's Hot April Beats

DJ IDeaL shares some secret house shows, industry big names and a grand opening to check out in April

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    Armin van Buuren hits Omnia April 8. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

    Hello San Diego! Spring is upon us, and as April comes along, we have some amazing news to share!

    If you haven’t heard yet, San Diego will be hosting its own house-music conference, West Coast Weekender, May 13-15, and one of the headliners, Oscar P, did an intimate set at AC Lounge over the weekend. For those who missed it, the bass keeps on rumbling at the weekly Organized Grime’s drum and bass sessions Monday, April 4.

    If you’re feeling spiritual and in the mood for the best trance artist in the world, Armin Van Buuren skips on Vegas and heads to Omnia San Diego instead on April 8. Formerly the number 1 DJ in the world, Armin is rounding off his nightclub gigs before heading out on his Embrace world tour in May -- don’t miss it! For those into the house beats, Thomas Gold is at Cake with support from Helena.

    With San Diego’s younger music audience begging for more events catering to them, promoters like Scream are listening and hosting events at places like the World Beat Center. If you’ve yet to attend, it’s in Balboa Park, open to ages 18 and up and will be featuring Darksiderz as the only hardstyle artists of the month, plus the trap-tastic duo known as Contrvbvnd, who have been charting on the Beatport charts for the last three weeks with their hit remix of Docka and Snoop Dogg's track "Let Me Hit It," which is out on Docka Records now. You can catch me at Scream as well, dropping a good dose of house beats Saturday, April 9.

    The following Friday, April 15, Bassmnt plays host to Feenixpawl, who are fresh from a busy Winter Music Conference -- and it's open to all who are 18 and older! If you’re in the mood for a refreshing day in the sun, Soul Work have a surprise in store for all house heads with a special guest Saturday, April 16 at the Spin rooftop.

    Genres in dance music seem to be the legion of follower-ship, and Southern California’s Bixel Boys continue to cross the borders in their productions, leading the way for very original music, which has landed them with some amazing releases, including their most recent on Skrillex’s label imprint OWSLA. Catch them April 23 with Two Shoes at Bang Bang. If you’re looking to get your trap fix, expect to hear the new Fool’s Gold remix for Alvin Risk, plus a slew of other bass bangers as UZ returns to San Diego, this time at Bassmnt, also on April 23.

    Closing out the month is one of my favorite events to come to life. For those not aware, I brought the very first Dayglow to San Diego and the West Coast back in 2010, and it's grown to become the world-wide touring sensation known as Life in Color. This April 30, everyone ages 18 and up is invited to experience the newly rebranded Life in Color Kingdom event happening at the Valley View Casino Center with headliners 3LAU, Audien, Grand Theft and San Diego artists on the support level. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, Tato comes to a secret warehouse somewhere within San Diego's city limits on the same night. Expect a wall of speakers, a late night of dancing and plenty of great house music!

    There are tons of events going on in San Diego, and I will also be playing some tunes for the month of April. Catch me at Scream on April 9, and on April 23, you’re invited to the grand opening of Studio 79 to support the local business and new music studio, where I’ll be doing an exclusive mix along with other bands and artists!

    April 4: Organized Grime: Sub Killaz @ AC Lounge
    April 8: Armin Van Buuren @ Omnia; Thomas Gold @ Cake
    April 9: Scream with Darksiderz, Contrvbvnd @World Beat Center
    April 15: Feenixpawl @ Bassmnt
    April 16: Soul Work Rooftop Party with special guest @ Spin
    April 23: Bixel Boys, Two Shoes @ Bang Bang; UZ @ Bassmnt
    April 30: Life in Color feat 3LAU, Audien, Grandtheft @ Valley View Casino Arena; Tato @ undisclosed warehouse (location TBA)

    Hoping you can join us at one of these many fabulous events, and remember that being a good friend means introducing your friends to new music! See you on the dance floor!

    Tomas Serrano, aka DJ IDeaL, is the electronic dance music correspondent for SoundDiego, covering the best of San Diego's electronic music events and culture. Follow his whereabouts on Facebook, Twitter or contact him directly.