Author: Tim Gauthier

Aoki spits the truth!

August 8, 2014 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, News Tags: , , ,

When I perform, I don’t think about the haters, the Internet trolls, or anyone else. I care about giving the person in front of me something they won’t forget. And that’s why I bring the cake and raft out.

Where do I begin?

I haven’t had a chance to really to speak about all the controversy around my on-stage entertaining: DJing vs. The Cake (which includes the cake, the raft, the champagne, the stage dives…the entertainment part of the show). The haters and the trolls have always used me as an excuse to make fun of something that is out of the ordinary, something that doesn’t necessarily make sense to them. For whatever reason, I have always been a target that people love to attack. From not being American enough as a kid growing up in an all-white neighborhood, to not being indie enough for the die-hard hipsters in my 20s and now today, not being a “real DJ” for the electronic music purists…

 

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New music from Shaun Frank & Vanrip – ‘Vagabond’

August 5, 2014 Tim Gauthier New Music Tags: , ,

Dim Mak newcomer Shaun Frank is starting out strong with this collaboration “Vagabond” with fellow Canadians Vanrip. Complete with a cinematic breakdown and a drop that kills, Shaun Frank puts his long musical history to use, delivering a track that’s sure to leave an impression.
 

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New explosive track from Panic City – “Bang Bang”

August 5, 2014 Tim Gauthier New Music Tags: , , ,

Bay Area native Panic City delivers a massive tune in the form of “Bang Bang,” with a thundering bassline that’s sure to blow away mainstages everywhere. This dramatic and heavy hitting tune is sure to set Panic City apart as a fast rising force to be reckoned with.
 

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#FreeFriday Episode No. 097: Kenna – Relations (Kevin Focus Remix)

August 1, 2014 Tim Gauthier #FreeFriday Tags: , ,
“I’ve had some really awesome opportunities making music, but remixing Kenna, it personally was one for the books. I’ve been a uber huge fan of Kenna since his first album & to get the nod to be able to remix his Dim Mak debut, I was more than stoked! It was difficult choosing what to use from the original because I wanted to use it all. The end result was reusing some of the track percussion and I snatched a part of Kenna’s vocal that had resonated the most to me. I did my best to remold the track in a new light with heavy energy and into the guise of a Dim Mak banger… ‘Lets have Relations!'”Kevin Focus


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Felix Cartal & Autoerotique – HEAT

July 29, 2014 Tim Gauthier New Music Tags: , , , , ,

After dominating their exclusive back-2-back performance on the Dim Mak stage at this year’s TomorrowLand festival in Belgium, Felix Cartal and Autoerotique have unleashed an electro anthem that’s guaranteed to “heat” up the dance floor. Be sure to crank up your speakers before scooping this big-room banger and prepare for some major heart-palpitations.


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Mercer & Autoerotique slay everyone w/ new single – ‘Murda Dem’

July 29, 2014 Tim Gauthier New Music Tags: , , , , ,

Dim Mak mainstay Autoerotique and French producer Mercer have come together to slay their audience with “Murda Dem,” a drum heavy track with some serious bass. Big festival priority, as heard at Tomorrowland! Get ready to feel the rhythm in your bones with this one.
 

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Massive new single from Clockwork & Taylr Renee – ‘Signals’

July 29, 2014 Tim Gauthier New Music Tags: , , , ,

Prolific producer Clockwork is back after his last hit “Champion” with a collaboration with the skyrocketing vocalist Taylr Renee entitled “Signals“. This beautiful tune is equal part melancholy and thrilling, simultaneously tugging at your heartstrings and moving your feet with elements of progressive house and electro. Taylr Renee has collaborated with Axwell, Tom Swoon, and Paris Blohm contributing to multiple Beatport #1’s with “I AM,” “Wings,” and “Left Behind.”
 

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Marnik & 7 Skies – DGAF

July 29, 2014 Tim Gauthier New Music Tags: , , , ,

7 Skies is moving away from his trance background and into more big room territory with “DGAF,” which employs the help of fellow Italian Marnik. This track is made for mainstage, with a vocal sample sure to appeal to the more reckless audience members.


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Win tickets to Pacific Festival on Aug. 16!

July 28, 2014 Tim Gauthier Giveaways Tags: , ,

Orange County’s Pacific Festival is right around the corner, and with Dim Mak mainstay Yolanda Be Cool headlining the seaside shindig, we’re giving away two pairs of GA tickets and one pair of VIP passes.

Taking place August 16 at the sun-drenched Newport Dunes Resort and Marina, Pacific Festival boasts a stacked roster of talent including Bag Raiders, Bones, Cassette, Miami Horror, Moon Boots, Plastic Plates, Poolside, Holy Ghost! and, of course, Yolanda Be Cool. By day, attendees can splash around in the water and enjoy live entertainment, local bites and waterfront stages. At night, the party will move to The Observatory as A Club Called Rhonda hosts Giorgio Moroder’s Disco Paradise with music provided by the disco baron himself.

If you can’t shell out the $55 presale price (which will be gone soon!), don’t worry because Dim Mak has you covered with three chances to win. And to get you ready for the festival, here’s an hour long mix from Yolanda Be Cool.

Starting today, head over to Instagram with a photo of your best Pacific Festival outfit and be sure to tag our account @DimMakRecs with the hashtag #DMPacFest for your chance to win! The best look will be awarded a pair of GA tickets. You must be a Southern California resident to win.

On Monday August 4, follow our @DimMakRecs Twitter account as we give you the chance to retweet and win a pair of GA tickets. You must be a Southern California resident to win.

And for the final giveaway on August 11, like our Dim Mak Live Facebook page and comment on the image we post using #DMPacFest for your chance to win a pair of VIP tickets. You must be a Southern California resident to win.

So be sure to follow Dim Mak’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for three chances to win tickets to Pacific Festival on August 16. We will be picking winners every Friday, good luck!

Shaun Frank Joins the Dim Mak Crew

July 23, 2014 Tim Gauthier Interviews

uberjakd logo colorWe could not be more excited to welcome Shaun Frank to the Dim Mak team! The Toronto-based producer first caught our ears with his fine-tuned vocals on tracks like “We Are”, then later captured our hearts with his studio skills and solid mixing chops. Having already remixed and covered a bevy of artists including Coldplay, Avicii, Lorde, John Newman and The Neighbourhood, Shaun’s plunging into the world of original productions and we’re stoked to have one of his first with “Vagabond.” 

Shaun Frank’s collaboration with Vanrip “Vagabond” will be out on Dim Mak Records on August 5.

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1. WELCOME TO DIM MAK, SHAUN! WE’VE BEEN FOLLOWING YOUR RELEASES FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS AND ARE THRILLED TO HAVE YOU. WHAT PART OF JOINING THE DIM MAK TEAM ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?

Thanks for having me! Dim Mak has such a great roster of artists, including a lot of great Canadian artists like Felix Cartal, Botnek, Autoerotique and Keys N Krates. This label has broken so many new artists, and I’m really looking forward to working with the team on my upcoming singles to really get my music heard on the world stage. We have some really exciting and creative ideas, and so far the label has really been on the same page as me with everything I want to do musically. I can’t see a better fitting label to be working with for where I’m currently at in my career. 

2. YOU’RE MAKING YOUR DIM MAK DEBUT WITH “VAGABOND,” YOUR COLLABORATION WITH VANRIP. TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE TRACK CAME TOGETHER AND WHY YOU CHOSE TO WORK WITH VANRIP ON YOUR FIRST EVER ORIGINAL COLLABORATION.

This track came in as a demo to my manager. The Vanrip guys had a drop written that I really thought would kill on the dance floor, so I took the ideas and worked out the track around that drop. I wanted to get really cinematic with the breakdown, so I did a lot of epic sounding tribal drum stuff and wrote chords that I thought would compliment the track. I’m pretty pumped about this one – I’ve been playing it out live and it’s been crushing. It was really a pleasure to debut this track with Steve Aoki at the Dim Mak Beach Party at WMC this year.

3. YOUR CAREER BEGAN AS A LEAD SINGER OF TORONTO ROCK BAND THE ENVY. HOW HAS THAT EXPERIENCE PLAYED INTO YOUR PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUES WHEN DJING?

I think being the lead singer in a band for so many years and being on stage constantly has just really helped my overall confidence when DJing. I mean, there’s the technical side of the whole thing, but I think the most important thing is giving the crowd a super hyped up and emotional experience. It’s what I always strived to do in my band, and now with DJing it’s even more fun to push the limits. 

4. I KNOW YOU BROKE INTO DANCE MUSIC BY PROVIDING VOCALS FOR ELECTRONIC TRACKS LIKE “WE ARE” ON ARMADA MUSIC, BUT AT WHAT MOMENT DID YOU REALIZE YOU WANTED TO TAKE YOUR CAREER IN A MORE PRODUCER/DJ DIRECTION?

The truth is I have always been producing music, and have always spent most of my time in the studio. Before I was even singing on dance tracks, I was doing a lot of writing and producing for other artists. I’ve spent a lot of time in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville just writing songs and building up my catalogue. Armada reached out to me because they heard my work on an Arty demo, and I sang the “We Are” track, which was kind of my entry into doing this thing as my own project. That was a pretty exciting time because the concept of being a solo artist was never really something I had considered, but then I looked at the catalogue of songs I had, and combined with my love for electronic music, I kind of just dove in.

5. AS BOTH A VOCALIST AND PRODUCER, YOU’RE KNOWN FOR SPICING UP YOUR LIVE SETS BY SINGING AND SPINNING SIMULTANEOUSLY. DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS FOR PROVIDING VOCALS ON YOUR OWN ORIGINAL WORKS, SIMILAR TO CALVIN HARRIS’ RECENT RELEASE “SUMMER?”

Absolutely! There are already some unreleased tracks with my voice on them. I’m also doing a series of club covers where I take a song that you normally wouldn’t hear in the club and redo it with my own vocals. We released the first one for The Neighbourhood called “Sweater Weather” six months ago, and we got a lot of great support from it. The latest was for Coldplay’s “Magic,” and we are working on a new one that’s almost done as we speak. They’re all for free download on my Soundcloud.

6. COMING FROM YOUR LIVE PERFORMANCE BACKGROUND, DO YOU PREFER DJING OVER PRODUCING? OR DO YOU TRY TO FIND A HAPPY MEDIUM BETWEEN BOTH?

I get a little restless if I’m stuck in the studio for too long. My favorite place to be is on stage, it’s truly where I feel at home. Having said that, I think being in the studio is a good way for me to stay grounded, and stay in some kind of a reality. The road is a very surreal place and you lose yourself a bit out there, so sometimes it’s really nice to just get back home and make music again. I kind of feel like the shows are the rewards for all the hard work I put into the studio.

7. YOU’VE ALREADY REMIXED TRACKS FROM VARIOUS INDUSTRY HEAVY-HITTERS INCLUDING AVICII, LORDE AND MARTIN GARRIX. IS THERE ANYONE ON THE DIM MAK TEAM YOU’RE EYEING TO REWORK?

I love the vocals on a lot of the Keys N Krates stuff, I think it would be super fun to mess around with that stuff in my style. I’ve also always been a huge fan of what Botnek does – I think they’ve been one of the most underrated producer teams to date and I’m super happy they’re blowing up right now. I’d love to mess around with their sounds as well.

8. BETWEEN YOUR REMIXES, ORIGINAL WORKS AND VOCALS, YOU’VE DABBLED ACROSS GENRES AND STYLES. DO YOU SEE YOURSELF HEADING IN A MORE SPECIFIC DIRECTION WITH YOUR UPCOMING RELEASES OR CONTINUING TO KEEP YOUR OUTPUTS DIVERSIFIED?

I don’t really think about it too much. I really love so many genres of music, and when I go into the studio or grab my laptop to create something I just go with what comes out. I think I would get really bored if I made too much of the same thing – being free to do whatever I want is what really keeps me inspired. Lately I’ve been writing my tracks on this old broken grand piano I have at my place. I find that if I write the whole song before I even touch the computer, I can really get to the essence of the music without getting bogged down in the technical stuff.

8. WHAT’S NEXT FOR SHAUN FRANK?

Well… “Vagabond” is the beginning of me releasing my own tracks as Shaun Frank, so it’s pretty exciting. I’ve done remixes and club covers so far, but now I finally get to start releasing my own solo work. I’ve got a bunch of tracks that I’m really excited about, and some really great collaborations coming up that I can’t really talk about but they’re going to be really sick. It’s going to be a super fun 2015 – I’ve never felt so on top of my game as I do right now.

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Out Now: Vato Gonzalez ft. Tjen – Monkey Riddim

July 22, 2014 Tim Gauthier New Music Tags: , ,

Monkey Riddim” from Vato Gonzalez featuring Tjen is just as well produced as it is humorous, with a cheeky sample giving way to a serious electro sound. Get ready for everyone to start asking you, “where’s my monkey?
 

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Wolfpack ft. Audiotwinz – Sirens

July 22, 2014 Tim Gauthier New Music Tags: , , , , , ,

As the Wolfpack hype continues to spread like wildfire, the Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike / Smash The House protégés feed the flames with their new single “Sirens,” which features Audiotwinz and is equal parts uplifting melody and driving electro bassline. This track sounds the alarm signaling a summer hit.


 

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