Author: Dim Mak
7 acts at Coachella this year that can’t be missed, even by the most adamants of EDM fans.
With 4 albums under his belt and a new single “All I Need Is Your Love” with Adrian Delgado climbing iTunes charts, we are celebrating our favorite panda faced DJ and where he started from with our favorite Tonic throw back tracks. To some people Deorro is a new name but he has actually been in the game for a very long time. Now with songs like Dechorro reaching #1 on Beatport its easy to forget those Myspace days that Tonic planted the seeds for. Deorro started under the name Tonic and was creating a lot of traction in the Los Angeles party scene. Due to legal issues he had to change his name to Deorro but he still kept his distinct dirty dutch sound. Have a walk down memory lane with our favorite tracks and be sure to download his new single with Adrian Delgado, “All I Need Is Your Love.”
[one_half]I’m So Hott – J Trick – Tonic Remix
[/one_half][one_half_last]Big Fat – Tonic ft Tarantuala Man
[/one_half_last][one_half]Bitch Please – Tonic
[/one_half][one_half_last]Clap Your Hands – Tonic
[/one_half_last][one_half]Around the Block ft Alaska MC – Tonic Remix
[/one_half][one_half_last]Me – Tonic
Listen and download Deorro vs. Adrian Delgado “All I Need is Your Love” now!
Good friends Deorro and Steve Aoki sit down and chat for their 2nd Aoki File. The two buddies discuss Deorro‘s newest single “All I Need is Your Love” featuring Adrian Delgado – Out April 15th on Dim Mak Records – and his other upcoming projects including a new album. The two reflect on Deorro’s old days as “Tonic” and the 4 albums he put out under that name influence on his career today. With the success of “Dechorro” and “Hype” stapling him as one of EDMs best producers, Deorro is sure to have a successful year ahead.
Stay tuned for more Aoki Files!
Wow! We didn’t have a clue what to expect with our #DimMakPizza photo contest but you guys killed it! Thanks to everyone that submitted your #DimMakPizza photos…you guys got more creative with pizza than we usually do with cake. It was a very tough decision but we were able to pick 6 winners. These lucky fans will receive a PizzaShirt.net t-shirt as seen in The Deathset “Soar Away” music video.
Memento: an object kept as a souvenir or reminder of a person or event.
Steve Aoki hosted a fan art opening last night at the Scion AV Installation in Los Angeles. The opening, titled “Mementos”, displayed 8 remarkable pieces of fan art created by a handful of his kick ass fans from all over the world. The pieces are representative souvenirs from Aoki’s successful career in music. They are reminders of the people that matter the most to that career: the coolest fans on the planet.
In addition to the 8 pieces of fan art, all created on various mediums, the exhibit features an original piece by Dev N Gosha inspired by none other than Steve Aoki. Outside of the exhibit, a Scion car Aoki helped design sat on display.
The line was out the door as guests were eager to get inside to meet Steve and see what he had in store for them. Unlike some of their other interactions with Steve, this time, fans in attendance wouldn’t be met with a cake to the face. Just some pretty cool and inspiring fan art.
The exhibit will be open from March 12 to March 30, 2014. Viewing hours are from 12-7pm Tuesday through Sunday.
Any serious festival goer has been in that situation where 6 of your friends are lined up on 8 different laptops and 10 different smart phones and which ever friend gets through the massive internet ticket cluster f*ck has sworn by oath to buy ALL the tickets for your crew. So it makes sense that Hunger Games Tomorrowland edition was fought last Saturday(Feb. 16th) and sold out 360,000 tickets in less than an hour. This is the first year the festival is selling so many tickets because it is now 2 weekends.
Tomorrowland is the festival of all festivals, almost like the olympics of all the EDM festivals, so it makes sense for Dim Mak to have such a strong presence and a day long line up of artists. Everyone from Tai, Autoerotique, Carnage, Angger Dimas and Deorro have come out to make the Dim Mak party the best party at Tomorrowland and it’s sister festival TomorrowWorld. Last year at TomorrowWorld, Coone headlined the Hardstyle Stage and Steve Aoki headlined the Main Stage and Dim Mak stage two days in a row. To see what you missed, get motivated to go or feel sad about how you will never be able to afford it… Check out our Tomorrowland and our TomorrowWorld after movies.
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Keys N Krates has been labeled a “trap” group but this band has talent way beyond making drunk white kids turn up. Drummer Adam Tune, Synth/keyboardist David Matisse and turntableist Jr. Flo are pioneers in blending live performance and electronic dance music. This Canadian trio definitely does not just press buttons and let the lasers distract you from their pre-made set. To see the LIVE talent and creativity for yourself watch these remix performances on their Youtube channel that are better than most songs on Beatport right now.
Aside from performing great music, their SOLOW EP from Dim Mak Records took over the blogosphere with the videos “Treat Me Right” making the Top 10 Vimeo Videos and “Dum Dee Dum” taking #1 on Hypemachine and was nominated for MTV Clubland’s Video Pick of the Year.
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If your Thursday turn up was too real and went straight into your friday work morning, take a nice coffee break and let your mind and body get carried away with this relaxing, deep house remix of Scanners’ “Control” from Boots N Pants…
I washed my hair for the first time in a week so we are celebrating with a free track. Everyone at the Dim Mak office was starting to notice, standing far away from me during conversations and pretending not to know me in public. I guess the issue was getting so bad that when I walked in …
I almost didn’t come into work today but this haunting voice of my dad kept lingering around my head saying “Sometimes in life you just do things you don’t want to do.” LUCKILY my morning totally turned around when I found out we were giving away “Pray” by Alvin Risk…
Rolling Stone magazine captured some exclusive behind the scenes photos of Steve Aoki’s homecoming show at the Shrine in Los Angeles last weekend. The show was extra special for Dim Mak’s founder with all of his L.A friends and family there to show support and party with him on this Aokify America Tour stop. The gallery captures everyone who was out celebrating including Steve’s mother, sister and old friends like Kid Cudi and Mike from Linkin Park. See all the photos from before, after and during the show with Steve’s own commentary on the Rolling Stone featured photo gallery.
DJs and producers from around the world gathered together in Toronto for the annual Red Bull Thre3style World Finals last weekend. The DJs battled it out over 5 days until ultimately the Japanese based DJ/Producer Shintaro took the the title. Dim Mak was proudly represented by Toronto’s own Keys N Krates. Keys N Krates single “Treat Me Right” off of their SOLOW EP was featured in the official recap video for the competition. “Treat Me Right” gained Keys N Krates worldwide recognition after topping Hype Machine and reaching #1 on Beatport’s Top 100 Electronic Chart with its June 2013 release. The SOLOW EP includes other successful singles such as “Dum Dee Dum” which official music video has almost 130,000 views after premiering on MTV Clubland. Keys N Krates have been staying busy with a jam packed festival season that included performances at Lollapalooza, Mad Decent Block Party and Hard Summer. They are continuing to tour alone and at special locations on the Aokify America Tour. Watch above to see all the talented producers who performed and showcased their talent in this official recap video.
Grammy nominated artist Kenna drops his music video for “Love is Still Alive”, the second single from his EP series “Imitation Suicide”. The black and white video is sensual and simple with a modern touch of color. Kenna’s sultry voice brings sexy back to the Dim Mak roster and to the music industry itself. Justin Timberlake says “Kenna is what the World needs to hear, they just don’t know it yet”. Kenna’s creation is a genre blurring blend of R&B, funk and electronic that is refreshing and calming to the ears. The entire three part EP series was written, produced and created by Kenna who is already a busy man with his roles as a GAP model, Chief Vision Director of the new Myspace and philanthropist. Kenna was one of many celebrities who was featured on MTV as they climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in efforts to bring awareness for the global water crisis. Stay tuned for EP part 3 out December 3rd, check out the behind the scenes video, and his sit down interview with Steve Aoki via his Aoki Files series below.
Making of “Love Is Still Alive”
Aoki Files w/ Kenna
This film brings a totally new perspective to movement as a simple hoola hoop contrasts straight line with circles around a dancer. The all female creative team worked diligently frame by frame to connect the lines with the hoop and their attention to detail is exquisitely pleasing to the eye. This video has won awards all over the world including the PEARL winner-film/ Pool-festival, Berlin. Top ten in Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Film Festival, ANIMA 2013 in Argentina, Baixada Animada in Brazil, Cut Out Fest and the Female in Film Industry in Mexico.
In need of some bass in your face? Do you have a need to get down on the dance floor? We’ll wait no more because Steve Aoki, Borgore and Waka Flacka Flame are coming to a city near you! The trio is bringing a never before seen blend of electronic bangers and hip hop for the most diverse thing to hit the dance music circuit. With all the bling, champagne and cake this is by far the most turnt up tour happening right now. So don’t wait because supplies are limited and running out fast.
It is pretty rare to get the entire Dim Mak gang together with our demanding work schedules but we managed to squeeze in some good old fashion fun at the local bowling ally before our founder Steve “Aoki” embarked on his Aokify America tour. Lucky for us it was gay night so we felt right at home and completely comfortable singing along to classic 80’s jams in replace of our usual house bangers.
Steve took the role of team captain and divided us into three teams based off who bragged about their bowling skills and who could barley lift a bowling ball. After a few (or too many) beers we weren’t feeling competitive enough so Steve decided to up the anty a little bit with some prizes….free Adidas for the first place team and $100 for the second place team. That was all I had to hear and I had my game face on.
Each team had some key bowlers that evened out the playing field. Steve and our Vice President Lorne took on the role of bowling mentors offering tips and tricks to help win. Everyone became cheerleaders, high giving and cheering each other on. The scores were all pretty close but I will gladly brag about being on the winning team because I’m stoked for my new Adidas.
Being a charitable and generous company we decided against taking the $100 and donating all of the money to our always busy video production team. Feeling too hungry to play a second round we mobbed deep to the nearest Chipolte…for some free burritos #chipoltegang. After a long day in the office it was awesome to get out and spend some stress free fun time with the Dim Mak fam.
Sneaky Steve Aoki and Linkin Park had a surprise up their sleeve for Tokyo’s Summer Sonic Festival with a reveal of their latest collaboration “A Light That Never Comes”. The artists had been hinting about a mysterious collab in interviews and via twitter but left it up to the fan’s imaginations. Linkin Park had played earlier during the day but front man and rapper Mike Shinoda encouraged fans to stick around for Steve Aoki’s set (as if they weren’t going to already) for a special second appearance.
The two day festival is geared more towards baseball and rock bands but let Steve Aoki get the crowd hyped up as the first act of the “Midnight Sonic” program. Aoki was successful in getting the crowd back on the dance floor and ready to rave with hits like “Warp 1.9” and “Turbulence”. Fresh off a sugar high from all the cake throwing the audience was shocked to see Linkin Park frontmen Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington join Steve Aoki towards the end of his set. The sound was a total blend of the LP’s vocals and Aoki’s beats that is sure to a hit for fans of both genres. Aoki later tweeted, “Debuting a brand new song I wrote with Linkin Park was beyond Epic! Arigato Japan!” It turns out LP and Steve have been huge fans of each other and have been working together for over a year. More Aoki/Linkin Park collaborations will be released with the new LP video game titled “Recharge”.
Check out the full write up from Billboard here.
Yolanda Be Cool may “No Speak Americano” but these Aussie djs don’t care what language you speak if you are down to “Sweat Naked” to their newest album “Ladies and Mentalmen”. The dou boomed out of the gates with the release of their newest single off their first Dim Mak album, “Sweat Naked” last month. With their eyes on a second world domination the new album boasts fun summer bangers like “All That She Wants” and “Cool Like” that are perfect for the festival season.
These two have been in the game for over a decade but are still busy touring the world and making questionally seductive and definitely out of the box music videos. The videos play along with the unique combination of funky beats, rhythmically driven drops and underground roots that makes me personally want to rollerskate in a bikini all around Hollywood. The pair is pretty stoked about being apart of the “new sound” for Dim Mak. The Remix Package is out tomorrow with features from The Japanese Popstars, Harris Robotis, Oliver Twizt, Sub Antix and Etienne de Crecy. If you want to get down and dirty with Yolanda Be Cool live hurry up and buy your ticket for Burning Man, Electric Zoo and TomorrowWorld or pre-order the Remix Package on iTunes right now!
If you want to stalk Yolanda Be Cool a little more check out our homies at THUMP one on one interview:
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As TAI’s record label, we would like to address the recent release of the TAI “Indian Kill EP” and the controversy surrounding it. First off, we would like to sincerely apologize for any offense this release has caused. We at Dim Mak are a multi-cultural family, both in our artist roster and our company staff, and as people, it is not our intent to offend anyone by propagating negative cultural stereotypes.
So why did we release this EP? It all comes down to one of our core company values: we at Dim Mak require that our artists maintain their complete creative freedom. As an indie label built out of a college bedroom over 15 years ago, we have been unbending on the complete freedom of expression that is at the essence of the DIY culture. We’ve never felt the need to question our artists’ creative vision, and in retrospect we see that was a mistake in this instance as the artist himself was not aware of the negative implications of the release that he delivered.
Now that we’ve witnessed the earnest offense that the release of this EP has caused (especially in relation to an issue that is much more significant than a simple dance music single could ever be), we understand that there are some lines that cannot and should not be crossed. To put it simply, this situation forced us to take a long hard look at how we balance creative freedom with cultural sensitivity.
We at Dim Mak understand completely that a mistake was made. As such, we, in conjunction with the artist TAI, are pulling the release from all stores, and we, along with TAI, are donating all proceeds from the sale of the release to the Native American Heritage Association. http://www.naha-inc.org/
We sincerely apologize for any damage or ill will that this situation has caused.
My rider is now public information and seems to be the talk on my Twitter timeline so I’ll break down some of the more juicier bits of it since people are asking.
I travel with a small crew. Usually I am with my road manager, videographer and now sometimes a photographer as well so at any given show I am with 2 to 3 other people that I have to take care of.
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