Author: Tim Gauthier
We’re proud to present a new section on the Dim Mak blog called “Holland Days with Jamal”. In these weekly series our newest intern Jamal will interview various artists and at the same time learn a lot about the American culture and the Dim Mak family.
Jamal’s latest interview is with Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo a.k.a. Bloody Beetroots. He did this interview as part of his blog series on The Kool Kids. He has just released a new single “Chronicles Of A Fallen Love” featuring the haunting vocal of Greta Svabo Bech on Ultra Records, available here. Preview the video here.
The new Live tour just started. How is this different compared to before?
It actually started in January at the Big Day Out in Australia. The differences are substantial in terms of sound pressure, light design, stage, songs and i have musicians on rotation. I’m performing 8 new tracks during these live shows, and yes, thats because there’s a new album coming out along with the tour. It’s a whole evolution in a show. It started with The Bloody Beetroots DJ-Set, then i did Death Crew 77 and then Church of Noise and now it’s The Bloody Beetroots LIVE.
I believe evolution is necessary to express yourself.
You’re having a new mask with this tour?
Yes, it is very similar to the old one but has been majorly improved and equipped with technology.. Each eye has one hundred Nano LEDS controlled through Wi-Fi from side stage using software called “Q”. It took me months to create.
Is it comparable to the masks of Danger and Deadmau5?
No not at all. It’s way more subtle. It has an atmospheric ambience, which shows the energy… visually. It feels sinister. I’ve been wearing it now since January starting with my first performance in Australia and I received some great feedback from people all over the world. I even have a mask solo during my performances. Shouting on stage alone wasn’t enough.
I believe evolution is necessary to express yourself
Last year you started the Gazette?
The Gazette is the official and exclusive source of everything that is happening inside the Bloody Beetroots Machine, it will be relaunched in the coming months with a new design.
But Speaking of web platforms, the real novelty for me this year was relaunching Church Of Noise.
Which is a collaboration with US developers, Backplane, who are the innovators of the software behind Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters, they have developed the same technology for relaunching my community making it definitely interactive with Soundcloud, Youtube, pictures etc. Go have a look, it’s awesome: http://www.therealchurchofnoise.com
You once did a collaboration with Steve Aoki called “Rifoki”. Was this a one time thing?
This is a funny one, as we had some spare time and that’s how this project kicked off. Even though it was a side-project, I played “Sperm Donor” like hundreds of times during my old Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77 sets.
But that project is currently paused because I’m spending all my energy on taking the Bloody Beetroots to another level.
Would you say Bloody Beetroots become more soft and more melodic?
I don’t agree. The new album contains a lot of songs that are probably some of the most varied and darkest music ever written for this project but there will be room for melody. The world of Bloody Beetroots is very wide and there was never a specific musical direction, I just make music.
Is Edward (Grinch) still in the band?
Yeah he is, he’s playing drums actually.
There are a lot of people involved in the new Bloody Beetroots Live, I have lots of musicians on rotation!
It’s all about music… you know.
Three years ago on the first Bloody Beetroots website you posted a track called “Warp 1981” and took it off 10 minutes after. Did you do this on purpose?
Yes I did! Funny huh?
The world of Bloody Beetroots is very wide and there was never a specific musical direction, I just make music
What can you tell us about the beautiful things in Bassano del Grappa?
I don’t spend much time there, it’s just a place for friends and family. But it’s beautiful and peaceful, the perfect place to chill after all the stress of touring.
I believe “SPANK” isn’t released yet?
Yeah, I think it’s being released in March on Ultra Records. It’s a great track, if you come to one of my shows you’ll see the reaction. When i first played it in Australia the crowd went crazy. People are still asking about this track 2 months later.
It’s very powerful with a lot of elements from the past, such as gospel, techno… I love referencing music that influences me. You’ll be able to hear it soon.
How’s your designing going? Are you working on new shirts with Vendetta?
Vendetta is busy becoming a real fashion brand. We did a collaboration in the past and they still make exclusuve jackets for me but we’re both growing up as bands.
About merchandise… I’m trying to push all the singles as t-shirts, with really strong imagery and the logos.
I’ll shortly release the first SBCR masks which are designed exactly like the mask that I currently use with framed eyes and hi quality fabric, easy to wash and wear and which are the exact same masks as the band are wearing on stage… watch this space.
Is Dennis (Lyxzén) still a part of Church of Noise?
Yeah, definitely. It’s a two-man creation developed by Dennis and me.
I’ve read that every track starts with a title. So my question is; What kind of titles are popping in your head right now?
I’m not allowed to say that at the moment. There are a lot things going on in my chaotic mind and some are about the album. If you come to the show I’ll give you a taster of what’s in my mind.
In our first interview you mentioned you want to release two more “Spares of Romborama”. What happened to it?
Sometimes my ideas collide with the reality of my own brand and what im creating. I can say that I have a lot of music to be released. One day I’ll release them all, even those spares.
How far do you think ahead?
I always think about the future, 4 or 5 years ahead… That said things do change quickly and I need to express so many things that are happening. I just think everything requires time and patience.
If you’re a fan of our recent release ‘Slow Down/Crunk’ from Showtek, then you’re in for a real treat. The duo was featured on Track It Down with an in depth interview covering an array of topics including their recent release, evolvement, and their upcoming plans. Along with the interview the outlet also features the EP You can read the full feature on Track It Down as well as their recent release on Dim Mak.
Oliver Twizt is known throughout the scene for his ability to fuse dirty Dutch bleeps and beeps with hard hitting electro synths. Angger Dimas is similarly renowned for bringing massive tracks that crush even the largest of arenas. When you combine all of their abilities…
Eternity EP is a conscious musical progression for me. The sound is much more refined than the previous Candy Floss Art Capitalist EP from 2011, but still gritty. I’m reaching back and infusing the sounds that got me excited about music in the first place, like punk, hardcore, and rock.
RL Grime kicked off March with his 60 minute mix for Diplo’s BBC Radio Show, Diplo and Friends. This release has come just in time to get you guys over your Monday blues with an assortment of tracks from Drake, Baauer, DJ Sliink, Kendrick Lamar, and more. Released this past weekend on SoundCloud the mix already has close to 30,000 listens along with raving reviews from bloggers, fans, and Diplo himself. Along with the Diplo and Friends mix, you can also check out his alter ego, Clockwork’s latest release, Surge on Dim Mak.
1. Pay (For What)- Mr. Carmack
2. Awake Now (What So Not Remix) (RL Grime Edit)- Parachute Youth
3. Females Welcomed- Trinidad James
4. Ozone- Bames
5. Stop Me Now- DJ Sliink
6. Bugg’n- TNGHT
7. Girlz Gon Wild (Taste Tester Remix)- Jeremih
8. Figure 8 (French Fries Club Mix)- Ellie Goulding
9. Colombia- Young Scooter
10. CROWD CTRL- Flosstradamus & DJ Sliink
11. So Many Girls- DJ Drama ft Wale, Tyga & Roscoe Dash
12. Original Don (RL Grime MEGAMIX Edit)- Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, The Partysquad
13. Started From The Bottom- Drake
14. Spooked- Bro Safari Ft. DJ Craze
15. Cbat- Hudson Mohawke
16. I’m Serious- Clipse
17. Vroom- Falcons
18. Backseat Freestyle- Kendrick Lamar
19. Dum Dum- Baauer
20. Turn Me Off- Hudson Mohawke
21. Baddst- Baauer
22. m.A.A.d City Ft. MC Eiht- Kendrick Lamar
23. What a Shame (RL Grime & Salva Remix)- Jamie Lidell
24. Fire (No Payroll)- Mr. Carmack
25. Wot- Decibel
26. Detox (Original Mix)- Jakwob w/ Masters At Work (Acapella)
27. Bird Machine- DJ Snake & Alesia
28. The Jump Off- Lil’ Kim
29. Shells- RL Grime
30. R.I.P. Ft. 2 Chainz- Young Jeezy
31. Slip- Baauer
32. Underground Anthem (RL Grime VIP Edit)- Flosstradamus
33. Higher- Just Blaze & Baauer
34. Hold The Line (Skream Remix)- Major Lazer
35. 212 on Acid (RL Grime Edit)- RL Grime vs. Azealia Banks vs. DJ Sliink
36. Love Sosa (RL Grime Secret Remix)- Chief Keef
To prepare everyone for this year’s SWSW festival, NPR has released their top picks for this years festival in their latest feature, “The Mix: The Austin 100.” The list features a diverse selection of artists that are worth checking out at SWSW that will surely grab your attention.Among the artists hand selected, our very own Robert Raimon Roy has found a spot on the list out of thousands of contendors making their way to the Lone Star state this upcoming week. Not only has NPR taken the time to select these artists, but the outlet has wrapped up these MP3’s into a ZIP file making them available for download until April 4. Other artists featured in the collection include Rhye, Alt- J, On an On, Lianne La Havas, and more. You can also check out Robert Raimon Roy’s latest single, Axela on Dim Mak, which has remixes coming out soon!
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The internet has spoken, Keys N Krates – “Treat Me Right” topped the popular chart over at hypem.com on Saturday. As shown on the right, “Treat Me Right” was topping the chart over some heavy hitters like Drake and Lana Del Rey. Big thanks to everyone who is loving and liking the song. Be sure to catch them at our party this week in Austin during SxSW and then next week in Miami during MMW.
“Treat Me Right is number 1 on Hype Machine! Thx to all of you went and hearted it! Wowzers!” – Keys N Krates”
“TREAT ME RIGHT” by Keys N Krates is now #1 on the main chart: hypem.com/popular
— The Hype Machine (@hypem) March 9, 2013
In Billboard’s most recent installment of their “The Beat” series, host Jonathan Brooks sat down with 3/4 of Azari & III to get a feel for their music, what they have planned for the future, and what inspires them most. The quartet, hailing from Toronto, are rising heavyweights in the electronic music circuit and have quickly taken audiences by storm. They recently put out an official Remix Album featuring mixes from many top deep house producers such as Nicolas Jaar, Disclosure, Jamie Jones, Riva Starr and more. Their highly-anticipated upcoming EP, “Lost In Time” is out on Dim Mak Records. Be sure to scope out the interview to get a feel for what these guys are all about and to learn more about what drives their truly unique creative vision.
Keys N Krates, the most versatile and newest addition to the Dim Mak Records release roster, have created a couple March mixtapes that reflect their truly revolutionary style. Combining synths, keyboards, and turntables, the trio present us with an invigorating spin on the trap phenomenon that has swept the nation. Their Spotify playlist along with their March Beatport chart are true testaments to their abilities to merge different stylistic elements into a singular sound that you can’t help but get down to. Featuring tracks from the likes of Salva, Kendrick Lamar, GTA, Drake and more, these mixes are sure to become a staple for hip hop and dance music enthusiasts alike. Be sure to have a listen and check out their single “Treat Me Right”, currently listed at No. 35 on Beatport’s Electronica Top 100.
To all our avid Twitter followers, and frequents of the #FF shoutouts, we have adorned a whole new meaning towards this overused Friday chant-off… Presenting #FreeFriday. This week we’re giving an EP away from Epic Empire called “Dawn“. Listen and download below.
“Epic Empire is my side project, it meets electronic genres.” - Epic Empire
Listen & Download below!
Twice a month, our bossman Steve Aoki at Dim Mak Records releases carefully selected mixes of some of the most prominent tracks within the electronic music market. His most recent podcast, titled Aoki’s House #5, was released yesterday on iTunes and is available FOR FREE here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/aokis-house/id575308520
Twice a month, our bossman Steve Aoki at Dim Mak Records releases carefully selected mixes of some of the most prominent tracks within the electronic music market. His most recent podcast, titled Aoki’s House #5, was released yesterday on iTunes and is available FOR FREE here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/aokis-house/id575308520?mt=2.