Author: Cubby

Albin Myers Gives a Lesson in the Studio

April 27, 2014 Cubby Interviews, Video Tags: , ,

Well hey, thanks Albin! One of our favorite Swedes shows us exactly how it’s done in the studio with this 30 minute tutorial. You can cop his Ganesha E.P. at the links below.

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Jacob Plant Gets Loud on Dim Mak

March 31, 2014 Cubby Interviews, News Tags: , , , , , ,

uberjakd logo colorWe could not be more stoked to introduce Jacob Plant into the Dim Mak Records family! Jacob Plant has been pulling out all the stops as of late, releasing explosive electro records like “Fire” and “Shakedown” in the past year. Jacob had an official remix for Calvin Harris‘s smash “I Need Your Love” and has previously remixed the likes of Iggy Azalea, Benny Benassi, and Example. From exploring the worlds of electro, dubstep, trap, and more, it appears that the skies are the limit for young Jacob Plant.

Jacob Plant is getting ready to drop his Louder EP on Dim Mak Records, available for download on April 22nd.

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1.    Welcome to Dim Mak, Jacob! We’ve been fans for some time now, and are looking forward to having you here. Why did you pick Dim Mak?

I have been a fan of Dim Mak and Steve Aoki for years now.  I met Steve on tour in India last year and was blown away by his work ethic and how he runs his whole operation.  We spoke about releasing on Dim Mak and I showed him some songs I’d been working on.  We found 3 songs that fit and we went ahead with it!

2.   Your Warehouse EP was the first release on your own label Shakedown Recordings. Why did you choose to base your EP around warehouse rave culture?

At the time of producing those tracks, I was listening to loads of 90’s rave songs.  I was listening to The Prodigy a lot and watching their live show over and over… It was so inspiring I thought it would be cool to take that inspiration and put it in my songs.  I was very much into dance music from a young age so I have always been inspired by those older sounds as well as new!

3.   Recently you released a VIP version of your hit track “Fire” from Fly Eye Records. In this version, you take the electro sound and rework it into a more future house/garage style. Why did you choose to remix it in this style, and any plans on garage or deep house originals?

To be honest it was mainly just for a bit of fun!  I love producing different styles, I think its really important to do.  I was in the studio one night and I was still getting loads of Tweets about that song.  Then I thought, why not remix and give it away for free to my fans!?  I did a house version of “Fire” because it wasn’t the most predictable direction to take it.  It got a really good reaction so I think it did the job!

4.   The Louder EP you produced for us features a mixture of styles. One of the tracks, “Radar”, includes electro and trap within the same record. What made you switch up the drops?

I was playing around with different versions of that song one night.  Originally it was actually 128 BPM but I accidentally changed the tempo to 140 BPM and it sounded better so I just went with it!  I changed the drum beat and in a few hours it sounded completely different.  It’s funny how that works, I find most early demos I work on sound so different to the final version it’s almost a different song!

5.   Is there someone in particular you’d love to work with on a release at Dim Mak?

I really like what Deorro is doing at the moment, it would be pretty cool to do something with him.  Also I would love to do a track with Showtek.  I love playing their records live and they have always been really supportive of my releases!

6.   Electro house has seen a lot of changes in the last year or so, what do you think is coming next?

Yeah there has been a lot of change and very quickly too.  I like how sounds evolve and change, it keeps everything interesting.  I think the next changes are going to be a repeat of older sounds with a modern twist.  I can already hear tracks coming through using sounds from 2006 but with 2014 production skills.  Music and fashion always run in cycles.

7.   What gigs do you have coming up, any plans for touring through the US?

We are currently planning my debut tours in the US this year which I am so excited about.  I love America, I really want to move there one day!  Hopefully I will get back out to countries like India again this year.  That country is amazing, it really blew my mind.  I just got announced on my favourite UK festival, Reading & Leeds Festival.  Last year that was one of the best moments of my career.  The tent was full and all the kids were going mental!  I love seeing crowds go mental at festivals, its the best feeling ever!

8.   You used to produce dubstep a couple of years ago, why did you decide to change over to house music?

I needed a change at that time.  I just wanted to do something different and start fresh.  Also at that time the sound was changing in dubstep and I didn’t really see myself going that way.  I have always made house/electro, so really it was me going back to my roots and exciting myself with new music.  I just want to enjoy what I do and have fun with music.  I want to make music that people dance and rave to at clubs and festivals.  I don’t want rules and boundaries.

9.   What comes next after the Louder EP?

I have some cool collaborations in the pipeline and new music to release in the summer, so keep an eye out!

 

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Dim Mak and Friends Invade the International Dance Music Awards

March 28, 2014 Cubby Music, News Tags: , , , , , ,

Hold on to your hats, we here at Dim Mak could not be anymore excited for our success in this year’s International Dance Music Awards! Our main man Steve Aoki was selected as Best North American DJ! Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike won both Best European DJ and Best Artist (Group)! The Dim Mak family is taking over the world for sure. Plenty of nominations to go around as well, “A Light That Never Comes” from Linkin Park and Steve Aoki was nominated for Best Alternative/Indie Rock Dance Track. Carnage and Deorro both were nominated for Break-Through DJ, and Carnage was nominated for Best Break-Through Artist (Solo). R3hab was nominated for Best European DJ and for Best Remixer. Last but not least, Dim Mak was nominated for Best American Music Label. Are we upset that we did not win? Not really. It’s still ultra cool to be nominated for sure!

 

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[Beatport Secret Weapon] Borgore ft. Waka Flocka Flame & Paige – Wild Out (Ookay Remix)

February 12, 2014 Cubby Music, News Tags: , , , , , ,

All great masterminds have a secret weapon up their sleeve, so why shouldn’t you? Beatport named “Wild Out (Ookay Remix)” to their Secret Weapons chart for electro house, so all you kids can wild out in secret. Grab it now from the chart for just $1.99, not even one million dollars (pinky to lip). It doesn’t come with sharks with lasers attached to their frikken heads though… Then again, if the chart is secret weapons and they send it to everybody, is it really a secret anymore? Anyways, check out the full list below.

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#FreeFriday Episode No. 074: Riggi & Piros, Jayden Parx – Earthquake

January 31, 2014 Cubby #FreeFriday Tags: , , , , ,

Riggi & Piros broke the Richter scale with this #FreeFriday. Fresh off their “Wild Out” remix, “Earthquake” shakes the building to its foundation! These young guns teamed up with Jayden Parx for a new take on their signature electro house sonics. Warning to those located around the Ring of Fire, listening to this track may cause volcanic eruptions or earthquakes, and Dim Mak does NOT want to be liable. California fans please listen away, becoming an island state would be really cool.

 

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JustGo Ranks Steve Aoki #4 DJ of 2013

January 6, 2014 Cubby News Tags: , ,

One would be hard pressed to find an event over the course of the year more controversial than the DJ Mag Top 100 poll. Controversy aside, the DJ Mag Top 100 poll still gathers the crowd sourced data of the masses to determine the who’s who of dance music. Some artists like Martin Garrix shot way up into the Top 100, while some veteran producers saw some new, fierce competition. This past year, we found ourselves fortunate enough to have our very own Steve Aoki reach the number eight spot.

New social media platform JustGo has created a social media tracking method to challenge DJ Mag‘s linear voting system. As opposed to ballots sent in by fans, JustGo measures social media interaction, with an emphasis on all the new fan interaction in the past year. The way it works is as follows…

“We looked at the Top 100 DJs by taking into account the number of Total Fans as well as New Fans acquired in 2013. While Total Fans is more reflective of a DJ’s overall popularity, New Fans – as we define it – is more reflective of current excitement. Therefore, we gave Total Fans a 2:1 weighting against New Fans or 60% for Total Fans versus 30% for New Fans.”

Under this new social media based system, Steve Aoki comes in at the number four spot! We could not be more excited to see how well he has done socially in the past year. Most of all- thank you to the fans for being the ones to bring in the new social media traction!

Check out the entire graph from JustGo below.

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Through an Intern’s Eyes- Steve Aoki at The Shrine

November 19, 2013 Cubby Blog, Music Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

What can I say about Los Angeles? Warm weather, palm trees, and most importantly- good house. My name is Cubby Cramer; I am one of the interns at Dim Mak Records this fall. I hail from the cold and wintery land of Ithaca, a small hipster city in New York. As a senior Television-Radio student at Ithaca College, I am given the opportunity to study abroad in California. Dim Mak heard about my experience with dance music, from editing Your EDM to hosting my own dance radio show on WICB, so I was one of the lucky few brought on board. This past week was a moment many of us at Dim Mak were looking forward to, Steve Aoki at The Shrine. As his Los Angeles stop on the Aokify America tour, I was excited to see the other artists on the roster for the evening equally as much as Steve Aoki himself. Besides- it was snowing in Ithaca- I really couldn’t complain!
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My evening started with Keys N Krates, who I was immediately was impressed with. Call me biased seeing as they are a Dim Mak faithful, but it was their live setup was the real kicker. The three man group is going to be one of the real game changers moving forward, merging djing, keyboards, and drums into one live act. Seeing as everyone is a DJ these days, a trap artist that has an atypical approach like this will easily put them in front of the pack. Case in point, their live rendition of “Dum Dee Dum” was excellent, with a long bridged section leading into the track we know and love.
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This was an evening of firsts. While all the artists that night I had not previously seen, it was also the first time I had seen a rapper live. Waka Flocka came on stage to much rejoicing from the crowd, while DJ Ace dropped many Brick Squad Monopoly and gunshot sound effects. Both the crowd and myself enjoyed Waka’s hits like “Hard In Da Paint” and “Grove St. Party”, it was the Beatport Top 10 reaching “Wild Out” that set it off. Hearing this big electro house record live and seeing a sea of fans jumping in unison was a sight to behold.
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Alvin Risk and Iggy Azalea were both fun in their own rights. Alvin Risk brought high energy electro and dubstep from his end, while Iggy Azalea dazzled with her dance moves and backup dancers. Alvin was sure to play his high profile works like his remix of “We Are Young” and his addictingly fun remix of “Earthquakey People” from Steve Aoki. Iggy Azalea had a crazy, reflective silver jumpsuit on this evening, stealing the show with her look. I could tell that the ladies in the audience really enjoyed her set, and personally I was happy to hear “Beat Down” live for a change.
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Finally, Steve Aoki took the stage, the moment everyone had been waiting for. As a dance music journalist who closely watches the public opinion, I’ve been looking forward to seeing Steve perform for a long time. Steve Aoki often gets knocked by dance music purists for believing he does prerecorded sets- but truth be told- nothing is feigned in his live performance. When it came time to cake the crowd, to much audience jubilee mind you, Steve knew just how much time he’d have before jumping back on the decks to throw on another record. Steve was sure to drop both his upcoming releases like soon-to-be major electro hit “Aoki Jump” with R3hab while bringing back old favorites like “Warp 1.9” and “No Beef”.
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I must also applaud Steve for inviting Travis Barker for live drumming tracks like “Push ‘Em” and a number of others. Then to go one step further, Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park joined on stage to perform “A Light Than Never Comes”. I had never expected so many guests to join Steve on stage, it really puts into perspective how many other artists he works with. Then to close the evening, Steve engaged the crowd in breaking the Guinness World Record for longest crowd scream. What else to say about this evening but wow, Steve and Dim Mak are clearly writing the manual to event success! I’ve seen my fair share of different DJs and musicians, but the energy of this evening was unreal. From start to finish, this night will go down as a testament on how to throw a proper house party.
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Tomorrowland 2013 Aftermovie Released

September 11, 2013 Cubby News Tags: , , , , ,

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One of the most renowned festivals in the world, Tomorrowland invites the worlds premiere DJs to perform under a dazzling array of sights and sounds. The Belgian festival got a taste of Dim Mak this past year, with the label’s very own Up All Night stage on the first day. Featuring the likes of Steve Aoki, Joachim Garraud, Dirtyphonics and Angger Dimas, the Up All Night stage left thousands of festivalgoers shocked, stirred, and satisfied. Aoki‘s closing set will go down as one of the highlight moments in Tomorrowland history, and it will be exciting to see what he has in store for the future.

ig_tomorrowworldThe aftermovie encapsulates all three legendary days of the festival, assembled into over a half hour of brilliant footage and tracks from the DJs in attendance. Dim Mak has two songs in the aftermovie, one of which being “We Are Legend” by labelhead Steve Aoki and partners in crime Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. This new collaboration is a peaktime progressive anthem that is bound to make serious waves on the charts. The other Dim Mak track featured is “Feedback” by Steve Aoki & Autoerotique vs Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike which is screamingly intense electro at its finest.

While Tomorrowland has come to a close for 2013, Dim Mak Records is looking forward to the festival coming across the Atlantic to Atlanta, Georgia. The inaugural edition of Tomorrowworld will feature an Up All Night stage much like its predecessor at Tomorrowland. Dim Mak is ready to show America what it has in store for both returning Tomorrowland fans as well as participants experiencing Up All Night for the first time at the end of September.