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Bruce Lee+Malcolm X+Music = Dim Mak’s Revolutionary ‘Wonderland’

Tim Gauthier

Buzzine.com got with the boss-man Steve Aoki to discuss the recent (unexpected) success of “Wonderland”; the remarkable new full-length album to reach a height of Number 9 on the iTunes Top 10 Albums.

“Ever since his college days at UC Santa Barbara, Steve Aoki has been something of a modern-day renaissance man. Party Promoter, Producer, DJ, Label Owner, Activist, Designer, and Manager are all titles that all could be reasonably added to his Dim Mak business card, if he so desired, but when Buzzine’s Stefan Goldby headed into the Hollywood Hills to visit with Steve at his Wonderland Studios, the stated topic was something new: Aoki’s brand new debut artist album of all-original tracks.
Pulling together contributions from musicians as wide-ranging as Travis Barker, Lil Jon, Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Kid Cudi, The Exploited, and Lovefoxxx (CSS), Wonderland serves as both notice of the arrival of a major new component of an already successful career, and a peek into the world of its creator. Just hours after the album was released digitally, and fresh off a plane from Vegas, Steve Aoki shared the details of his journey so far, beginning with music and spinning out into his thoughts on the music industry in 2012; the past, present, and future of Dim Mak’s world; and the philosophy and inspiration that his independent entertainment empire is founded upon.”

Read the full interview with Steve Aoki and Buzzine online here.

Purchase your copy of Wonderland today, available on both Beatport and iTunes.

Last night with Skrillex – LA Weekly at Dim Mak Studios

Tim Gauthier

Another one for the record books- Skrillex (and friends) took over the entire floor plan of Dim Mak Studios, as the kicker to his 6-stop “Mothership” LA-tour. As Skrillex shouted to the swarm of fans, this is his way of giving back to all the clubs he partied at over the years.

LA Weekly was present at Dim Mak Studios, surprising us all with an in depth review of the event:

Better than… Seeing Skrillex at a festival” ~ Liz Ohanesian, LAWeekly

Head over to LAWeekly here to read the full article.

‘Listen With Friends’ Facebook’s Newest Music App

Tim Gauthier

Facebook on Thursday began rolling out a new feature aimed at ramping up the social experience of listening to music online.

The feature, called “Listen With Friends”—lets users listen along with any friend that playing music.
“You can listen to the same song, at the exact same time—so when your favorite vocal part comes in you can experience it together, just like when you’re jamming out at a performance or dance club,” Alexandre Roche, product designer at Facebook, wrote in a blog post Thursday.

When a Facebook user is listening to a song, a music note will appear next to their name in the chat sidebar and the real-time news ticker. To listen in, users can simply hover over that friend’s name, then click the “Listen With” button.

Both Spotify and Rdio are (currently) the only two digital music service providers to support this new branch of Facebook-encorporated social media. However a recent report from ZDnet has confirmed that more will soon follow, making music-discovery a more ‘friendly’ experience.

To find out more on ‘Listen With Friends’, visit PCMag.com here.

Yahoo! Music talks on Steve Aoki’s “Ladi Dadi” video, with official Behind The Scenes footage!

Tim Gauthier

Yahoo! Music has featured Steve Aoki’s newest video for “Ladi Dadi”, featuring Wynter Gordon, with an exclusive premiere of the behind-the-scenes footage. Get the full report, including the original video by visiting Yahoo! Music here.

“I clicked on the link for Steve Aoki’s “Ladi Dadi” video featuring Wynter Gordon, hoping for a remake of Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s many times remade beatbox classic “La Di Da Di.”
But just as quickly as the electro rhythm and Wynter’s opening lyrics, “Dim the lights,” signaled that this was not a cover, I was intrigued by the dimly-lit, dinner scene that suggested something sinister was about to take place.

Within 50 seconds, the sultry Gordon has crawled across the dining room table and kicked Steve Aoki in the face, knocking him onto the floor, where she proceeds to unleash on him a WWF-styled beatdown.”

“Ladi Dadi”, included on the full length album, “Wonderland”, is now available for purchase on iTunes and Beatport.

For more information on Steve Aoki’s “Wonderland” release, visit http://www.dimmak.com, or http://www.steveaoki.com

Dim Mak Live & Deadmeat Tour: The Ticket-Giveaway Has Begun!

Tim Gauthier

As many of you seen, Dim Mak Live and Deadmeattour.com kicked off the official ticket giveaway, gifting tickets to loyal fans across each stop of the tour. For entry, one must visit the Dim Mak Live Facebook page, and comment on the event of their choosing. Winners are selected at random and given a free pair of tickets, one pair per stop.

This weeks winners have been chosen! Congrats to all of you;
– 1/19 Phoenix, AZ: Lauren M.
– 1/20 Santa Barbara, CA: Richard B.
– 1/21 San Francisco, CA: Alex O.
– 1/22 Chico, CA: Nick S.
– 1/23 Reno, NV: Katie W.
– 1/24 Salt Lake City, UT: Lorri B.
– 1/25 Aspen, CO: Ben C.

For your chance to win on any of the upcoming dates, be sure to visit Dim Mak Live’s Facebook page and comment on the event you wish to attend! It’s as easy as that. Don’t wait around, you could be the next winner!

Good luck!

8tracks.com – Featuring Atari Teenage Riot’s latest mix!

Tim Gauthier

8tracks.com, a “handcrafted internet radio” service showcasing endless electronic music mixes, hand-selected by artists and fans alike. Alec Empire and Atari Teenage Riot had recently uploaded their latest mix, featuring songs like “The Kids Will Have Their Say” by Steve Aoki, and Aly, Walk With Me (Nic Endo Remix).

Receive updates and new mixes by subscribing to their artist page here.

Video Premiere: The Making of Steve Aoki’s “Wonderland”

Tim Gauthier

Of his latest album Wonderland, Steve Aoki said, “This album is a spectrum of music that influences me.” That’s part of what makes the project so interesting. The party-starting DJ has shown off his skills on all types of production, and for Wonderland he brings it all together for an eclectic union of music and guest features ranging from Kid Cudi to Rivers Cuomo.
Check out this behind-the-scenes video of Steve Aoki giving some insight into the making of his first full-length album. During the video you’ll see a man who has been lit on fire, a Skype conversation with Lil Jon, and Aoki in a Native American headdress explaining how some of the songs came about.

Get Aoki’s Wonderland here, and check out the schedule for his Deadmeat tour here.

Felix Cartal – Weekend Workout No. 4 (Bi-Weekly Podcast)

Tim Gauthier

Felix Cartal keeps rolling them out, with 14 mixed and newly-praised tracks on this weeks addition of the Weekend Workout Episode 4. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes by visiting the official Podcast Series page here. For you avid SoundCloud users, Felix Cartal has offered his fans a download of each new episode of his artist page.

Official Tracklisting:
01. Tommy Trash – Cascade
02. Afrojack & R3hab – Prutataaa (Dada Life Remix)
03. John Dahlback – Soldier
04. Chris Lake – Sundown (Laidback Luke Remix)
05. Tommy Trash – Monkey See Monkey Do (Nom De Strip Remix)
06. MNDR – #1 In Heaven
07. SCNTST – Globus
08. Punks Jump Up – Get Down (Alex Gopher Remix)
09. Dyro – Metaphor
10. Nicky Romero – Toulouse
11. Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas – Steve Jobs
12. Nom De Strip & Bones – Yo!
13. Tim Mason – Anima
14. Daft Punk – Something About Us

‘Anonymous’ confront alleged police brutality

Tim Gauthier

In CNN’s latest report of ‘Anonymous’, the radical protest group supporting the “Occupy” movement, they’ve featured several new incidents following recent public reactions to the political outcry. This editorial referring to the ‘alleged police brutality’ shows a variety of clips from the Anonymous YouTube network, one featuring Atari Teenage Riots “Black Flags”- a track that has been the soundtrack to their protest since it’s inception. This broadcast has reached the attention of the CNN network, with a national showcase throughout the previous weekend.

55 DSL x Ferrino x Dim Mak Survival Kit – Coachella Sale, Only $69.99!

Tim Gauthier

Seeing how winter left Southern California fairly quickly, and the outdoor season is starting to appear, we’ve thrown in a limited deal for all future tenters looking to seek nightly shelter in the refuge of alternative-relevance and top-tier camping equipment. As an added and extended benefit to all 175,000+ attendants of Coachella, you can now pardon yourself from overspending on campsite accessories with this insane bundled package.

The official 55 DSL x Ferrino x Dim Mak Survival Kit includes the following:
– 3 Man Tent, outfitted in an array of Dim Mak flavor
– ‘Pack and Go’ Tent Sleeve
– Dim Mak Limited Edition Tee
– Dim Mak Survival CD Sampler

This Coachella Sale will be good until further notice… With a limited price of $69.99! Purchase your Survival Kit today here.

Bassnectar – Red Step (Mustard Pimp Remix), Available Now!

Tim Gauthier

Bassnectar and team have been compiling various remixes from their Divergent Spectrum tracklist, and decided to put together a free pack of remix-favorites. Keep on the look out for other versions from a multitude of friends and artists as they drop out of various corners the digital sky.

“Although it’s intended mostly for DJs (each track is on the harder edge of the spectrum, targeting dancefloors and flash mobs of bass heads who want to rage) we wanted to make it available to anyone and everyone, for free.” ~Bassnectar

The Dim Mak family made a strong presence with the track “Red Step”, featuring 2 major remixes with Steve Aoki and Mustard Pimp. Download the latest Mustard Pimp remix today by visiting the official Mustard Pimp SoundCloud page.

Elektro Exclusive Q&A: The Voice of EDM, Polina: “To be successful at anything it has to come naturally”

Tim Gauthier

Polina Goudieva is the vocalist you’ve heard on the anthems of countless EDM stars such as, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, Felix Cartal, Kaskade and Avicii, just to name a few.

She took time out of her busy singing schedule to lend her voice to ElektroDaily.com for this exclusive interview. Find out the story behind the woman in front of the beats.

At what age did you start singing? As long as I can remember. I was always putting on my mom’s costumes (who is a Russian pop singer of the late 80′s-90′s named Anka) and singing. At first thought I was on a career path of a classical pianist. So I didn’t start singing seriously until I got into writing and producing when I was 15.

Where did you grow up? Moscow (Russia) – New York

How did where you grow up shape you as an artist today? Spending a part of my childhood in Europe (before coming to the US) during the electronic/dance music explosion that was happening there at that time definitely didn’t leave me untouched. I’m very big on real songs but have always gravitated towards dance/electronic sound. I feel like what I do today is a marriage of the two worlds.
Who have you worked with? I have collaborated with Kaskade, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, Alex Gaudino, Felix Cartal, David Morales, Moguai and many others. And have written for Sean Kingston.

How did the Sean Kingston song come about? I was in a writing session with a NY writer, Duane Harden, one day and he played me 16 bars of a Sandy Vee track that later became Sean’s single ‘Sleep All Day (Party All Night).” The hook was written on the spot. A few months later my publisher (Ultra) called me to say that production team Stargate got attached and Sean Kingston was cutting the song. It went on to become No 8 in the UK.

The girls from Nervo went from behind the scenes to DJing. Would you ever consider becoming a DJ or just stick to singing? If my live show calls for DJing at some point I’ll be open to it. I think to be successful at anything though it has to come naturally.
Your latest track with Felix Cartal is getting some great reviews from around the net. How did this collaboration come about? Steve Aoki sent me Felix’s track (who is an artist on Dim Mak). I went into the studio next day, wrote and cut vocals for “Don’t Turn On The Lights” and it was done!

Who are some artists that you would like to collaborate with? I would love to work with Calvin Harris.

What can we expect from you in 2012? A few guest vocal collabs with the likes of Tiësto & Steve Aoki, Angger Dimas, PDT, The Kinetics, Moguai and my own release, which I’m very excited about!

Favorite drink? Tea.

What was your scariest groupie moment? During a live show in France, someone grabbed me and tried to pull me off stage. I was wearing 6-inch heels on top of my 5’11″ frame and barely missed a long flight to the floor.

If you can have one superhero power, what would it be? In my mind I am supergirl.

What DJ would you like to:
Hug? Afrojack. He’s so tall and very huggable.

Party With? Swedish House Mafia.

Sing with over a track? Running out of DJ’s whose tracks to sing over LOL. My own track.

What was the first job you ever had? As a kid… singing on a jingle for a yogurt commercial that received an award for most TV plays ever and haunted me for years.

Read the full story at Elektro Daily.