Author: Tim Gauthier
If you didn’t have a chance to make it out to Dim Mak Studios this past Tuesday then you’re in for a special treat. We had one of our writers, Jenna Browning cover the night to remind you all of what you missed out on. You can also check out upcoming events at Dim Mak Studios here. Enjoy!
“Tuesday nights at Dim Mak Studios are always a special time, not only because of the artists that grace the stage but also because of the people who fill the club. The crowd that comes to Tuesday nights just likes to get down, and that’s exactly what they did at Dan Sena’s EP Release Party featuring Trap-A-Holics.
Man-of-the-hour, Mr. Dan Sena himself was first to kick things off in the main room. His set featured a little bit of everything from hard hitting dub step bass to danceable drum kicks that showcased some great
vocal samples. Sena hit you right in the heart with his bass drops but showed a lot of restraint as well when he would pull back the beat and let the samples speak for themselves. Everybody is doing dub step these days, but to have a consistent melody throughout the song is a hard skill to master, and Sena did it wondrously. A highlight was definitely his dropping A-Trak’s “Like A Dance Floor” as well as when he slowed down the beat to “All The Way Turned Up.” Sena ended his set right with “Hold On” By Monsta which had the club grooving.
Next up on the decks was DJ Slink who brought the bass level even higher when he laid down his Trap mix. Slink did a good job of turning classic songs into his own like Pharrell’s “Everybody Nose,” where he turned a familiar chorus line into a robotic style voice that definitely had a unique stamp on it. He played other popular classics as well like Dead Prez’s “Hip Hop,” which had the tables shaking with the earth quaking bass. He ended his set with a performance from rapper Whisky Pete who rapped live over Slinks beats until he threw down his final jam “Shook Pt II,” which is always a solid classic.
After Slink’s set ended and you thought the bass went up as high as it could, Trapaholics took the stage in a Fatal Crew T-shirt and cranked it up even higher. The set was perfect for both old and new trap fans alike, as Trapaholics’s song selection was like a magical journey through the genre. He paid homage to Waka Flocka, Rick Ross, Three 6 Mafia and pretty much everyone else who ever had anything to do with making Trap popular. He played all the classics from Trinidad James’s “All Gold Everything,” to “Trap House” by Gucci Mane, to “Respect Me,” by Rick Ross. He threw down bass that got you to bob your head in the dirtiest of ways with a stank grin on your face while you moved your feet almost unconsciously. This wasn’t your normal type of bass; it was some heavy hitting deepness that welled up in your throat.
All in all, it was a night of epic bass in all its glorious forms. Everyone who stuck around to catch all the sets definitely danced the night away to hard-hitting beats and not to mention the sick visual cubes that were video-mixed live by the masters behind the Dim Mak Studios sound booth. ” - Jenna Browning
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 first interview is with Trap artist SALVA, who will be playing at the Steve Aoki x Grammy After Party. SALVA is mostly known for his legendary remix with RL Grime of Kanye West’s “Mercy”. To buy tickets for the Grammy After Party, click here.
Hi Salva, how are you doing on this fine and sunny day?
Whats the meaning behind the Pope as your profile photo? Do you just love him that much?
Yeah I wanted to be the pope when I was a little kid… Haha for real though.
How did the process of the Mercy remix you did with RL Grime go?
I had the idea when I was in the studio at Power 106 when Big Sean premiered the original “Mercy”.. I was sitting there remembering that Madlib and Dilla used that reggae sample before. Brought RL in to do the track with me because we started working together recently, I remixed one of his tracks for Wedidit and I was always playing his stuff out… so we collabed on it and didn’t think too much about it.. Just had fun with it and it came out really good.
Did you think the remix would take off like it did? How much did it impact your life/career?
Yeah it’s helped get me a lot of exposure for sure..thankful for that.. just really helped me get in front of bigger crowds — been DJing all my life so it was a good platform to show kids what I do.
Are you still running around coloring the streets? If so where can we see some of your work?
No haha I don’t paint.
J Dilla’s birthday was today (February 7th). How important is he as a person to you?
Really big influence on all of us who were into golden era Hip Hop to modern underground stuff…his productions, his rap. He produced so many classics, if you were into Hip Hop at all the past 20 years — whether you know it or not you love Dilla’s music.
Don’t you just hate that remake of “Fright Night”?
Ha yeah it really wasn’t the best.. The OG is my fave though, of course.
Are we going to see you scratching during the Dim Mak Sundays night this Sunday February 10th?
A little bit maybe, I’ve been kinda forced into using CD-Js as of late, turntables are dissapearing accross the world!!!
Would you say that Bucharest, Romania is the best place to party? And why?
Kids just go really hard there, and the average party goer probably knows more about new electronic music than I do…they’re just really hungry for what’s next there for some reason.
How awesome was it when Pusha T came and did his verse over your remix during RBMA Culture Clash?
Yeah that was probably one of the best things that came out of doing the “Mercy” remix for sure.. He’s the illest man what can I say!! Pusha just shines on everybody.
What are the future releases on the Frite Nite label you’d like to tell us about?
We have really cool things popping, more underground style — for instance Jimmy Edgar and Adbourke remixes of The Starship Connection record we did last year, and an EP from Ana Sia that is really cracking tribal bass stuff.
Are you excited for your show this Sunday? Any surprises up your sleeve?
Probably no Pusha T this time hahaha (but maybe again soon).. nah I’m just gonna do me, I’ve wanted to come play Drai’s for a minute.. feel it’s gonna be a good platform to play some big rap songs and some banging dance tracks too. Very excited… and it’s GRAMMY’S NIGHT!!
As we get ready to release Proxy’s second part of “Music from the Eastblock Jungles” next week you can now stream the second LP exclusively over at Mixmag. The second part of his ‘Music From The Eastblock Jungles’ album is out this Tuesday on Dim Mak.
After the first release the Russian artist is set to take you to his next journey of dark synths and vibes. The release will be followed by a European Tour.
PART II forces an unconditional surrender with a mix of acid (“Audio 15″), ambient (“Nanomed”), Eastern-flavored pop (“Coke”) and hip-hop inflected head-nodders (“9000″). The second part has been crowned by Mixmag as “Electro album of the month. 5/5”.
They say “It follows on from the first part, which was released in November of last year, and is a sterling showcase of the Russian producer’s slamming take on electro. You have been warned. This one’s a ripper. And to celebrate its release, Mixmag has the exclusive first play.”
PRE-ORDER: You can pre-order “Music From The Eastblock Jungles Pt II” now here.
Stream the album below:
“Phat Brahms” has traveled a long way since its initial creation in 2012. The dynamic track created by Steve Aoki, Angger Dimas vs. Dimitiri Vegas & Like Mike was produced during a late night on the 2012 Deadmeat Tour and later debut at, Tomorrowland during a four way set amid Steve Aoki’s closing performance. Since the October release Phat Brahms has become a popular track among the EDM genre as a high-energy, big-room, dance floor piece, and recently we’ve release a remix package featuring nine renditions of the track from Coone, Botnek, WolfPack, 3BalMTY, and more.
Along with the release of “Phat Brahms” we’ve now produced an exclusive Phat Brahms T-Shirt! Whenever this track (or a remix) is being played during a show, you now have the right shirt to wear for this occassion! Please not that the Phat Brahms shirt is Unisex, so it’s for anyone to wear! But that’s not all! You can also wear it at work, to school, or just at home! More than enough reasons we’d say to order the shirt at the Dim Mak Shop.
We present an exclusive premiere of “Jack Hammer” which is the hard hitting new single from a collaboration between well known London producer Riton, who started DJ’ing in Newcastle at the tender age of 14, and London born but now based in Germany house artist TAI.
This track is based around a pounding beat and what does sound alot like a sampled jackhammer combined with furious, wailing synth stabs and then with the occasional bleepy horns weaved in around the breaks.
TAI is part of the Dim Mak family and has released multiple EP’s on our record label. We’ve also released Riton’s “Ritontime” EP back in 2011. On February 12th TAI will be releasing another EP on Dim Mak called “Tailand”. This EP is a 2-track EP, along with a remix by Peking Duk. You can now pre-order the “Tailand” EP on iTunes.
Life + Times & Dim Mak Records Present: #FreeFridays No. 29 – Madeon – Icarus (Keys N Krates Remix feat. Will Brennan)
Will Brennan releases his first in-house collaboration with fellow Dim Mak artists Keys N Krates, Madeon – Icarus (Keys N Krates feat. Will Brennan Remix). As Brennan states, the conception of this track stemmed from “the kind of music (he) wants to wake up to.” The song serves as an autobiography, as Brennan shares his “dreams of being rap stars captured off lunch tables at school”. The grand and driving production provided by Keys N Krates provides a perfect backdrop for Brennan’s inspirational rhymes.
Keep an eye and ear out for the next special release, followed by many more giveaways.
Oliver Queen is set to open his Starling City night club and he’s getting one of the best house musicians in the world for opening night.
Grammy nominee Steve Aoki is set to guest star on Arrow, playing himself.
In the hour — titled “The Huntress Returns” (yay), Oliver (series star Stephen Amell) has a new romance brewing, is launching his nightclub and is more content than he’s ever been since coming back from the island. But when his ex, The Huntress (Jessica De Gouw) returns to town, she “threatens to destroy everything and everyone Ollie cares about.”
During the episode the Wonderland artist and DJ will make his scripted series debut performing at the grand opening of Ollie’s club (an evening that we suspect won’t go off without a hitch).
As we get ready to release Proxy’s second part of ‘Music from the Eastblock Jungles’ next week we’d like to share with you his latest mix and interview featured on The FADER. The 30-minute mix is available for streaming and download on The FADER’s site and features a range of artists including Clouds, Posthuman, French Fries, and more. Along with the mix the feature also includes a quick interview with Proxy revealing what exactly the Eastblock Jungles are. You can check out the full feature on Fader along with Proxy’s latest release, ‘Junk’ on Dim Mak.
01. Proxy – Revolution
02. French Fries – Space & Smoke (Justin Martin Remix)
03. Daniel Avery – Need Electric (Original Mix)
04. Marseille – Underground
05. Boy 8-Bit – We Move By Night Blood Music
06. Zombie Nation – Brownsville
07. Clouds – Those Cracks In Your Face, Do They Hurt! (Truss Remix)
08. Clouds – Krafterah (Original Mix)
09. MPIA3 – Acid Badger
10. Posthuman – The Benz (Ben Sims Acid Remix)
Yesterday, New Ivory’s track, “Hard To Believe” was featured on Listen Before You Buy. The track off their first full length album, ‘Amygdala Circus’ released today is described in the feature as, “an infectious indie pop track reminiscent of early Phoenix, while still maintaining a sound that is undeniably British.” You can read the the full length feature on Listen Before You Buy’s site and check out the full album on Dim Mak.
Dim Mak Records strike a rich vein of hits and lets loose another trove of prominent tracks from its 2012 catalog, ‘Dim Mak Greatest Hits of 2012: Volume 2′. The second collection features 14 tracks from artists including Datsik, Infected Mushroom, Clockwork, Dillon Francis, Zedd, Felix Cartal, TAI, PeaceTreaty, Gronic and more. The vast, colorful collection will span over 3 volumes of Dim Mak music embedded in several genres and international appeal.
The 2nd volume coalesces into a strong punch of today’s best electro artists and tracks that continue to peak, like Datsik & Infected Mushroom “Evilution” and Felix Cartal “Don’t Turn On The Lights”(Laidback Luke Remix). The all-genre embracing revival from Dim Mak will conclude with Vol 3, out March 2013
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