Author: Tim Gauthier
Not only are Felix Cartal, Lil Jon and Steve Aoki making their way overseas this summer, it looks like their graphic tees have also found their way into French retailer, Colette. Located in Paris, France, Colette carries some of fashion’s hottest designs and recently welcomed Dim Mak to their online collection. Our Felix Cartal, Lil Jon(available in store only) and Steve Aoki t-shirts are now available on Collette’s website.
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In honor of the recent release of MING+2Beeps EP, King Kong the duo have each released individual charts on Beatport. Ming’s Summer Smashers chart features the new EP, King Kong along with tracks by Ming+2Beeps, Junior Sanchez, Ivan Miranda, and more. While 2Beeps…
These days, everyone from your best friend to your neighbor’s gardener’s barber is making music. In the overly-saturated electronic music world, there are a few heavyweights who stand alone—virtuoso music-makers who seem to have the Midas touch that turns anything and everything they work on to gut-wrenching gold.
The Bloody Beetroots a.k.a. Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, undoubtedly has claimed a rightful place among the titans of electro music (even he would hate to be classified into just one genre)…
So there I sat, at the restaurant bar of the Standard Hotel in downtown LA, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the masked legend. To my surprise, and delight, Sir Bob was unmasked and without any airs. On stage he is larger than life, but in person, he exceeded his persona—simply because he is an incredibly down-to- earth person.
It felt as if I were catching up with an old friend—an old friend who happened to be interrupted multiple times during our conversation to exchange words with other industry wave makers, too many to mention, who accurately referred to Rifo as the most viral artist in electronic music. And so he is, and will continue to be, infecting us all with his conception of what it means to be an artist.
GM: Coming from performing all over Europe from France to Germany to Belgium, and then Puerto Rico last night, to being here in LA and tomorrow you’re off to Canada– your tour schedule is absolutely insane! It’s exhausting just thinking about it. What do you do to maintain while traveling and still manage to put on a high-energy, kick-ass show every time?
SBCR: You just don’t drink too much or do drugs and it’s not so bad. I’ve been doing this for a long time now, so the jet lag isn’t really jet lag, it’s just lag. But every night is a different experience. Each crowd has a different energy so my job is to connect with the crowd and their energy. If it’s there, I play to that. If it’s not, then it’s my job to give them the energy to want to stay and dance the whole set. I mean, in Europe there were some shows where it was raining, like really raining. And you know, they don’t want to be out but they are out there through it all but I just try to create a space so they will want to be there and have a great time anyway. Because of that, man we got some incredible shots of people going nuts in the rain and that makes it worth it for me, like I did my job.
GM: Can you tell us a little about your creative process? Do you get into the studio and stay there until you’ve made something, or do you only head to a studio after inspiration has struck?
SBCR: I try not to get stuck in the studio all the time, but yeah sometimes I do have to just go and work. But with a song, it’s all about the title. Once the title is there, there is a story waiting to be told. I don’t really know why it’s like it but that’s how it happens for me. The title comes to me and after that, it’s done. I know the beat, the chords, everything, it’s been composed.
GM: So if it starts with the title, is that how you make all of your music?
SBCR: Yes, every time. I mean I remember with Cornelius that was exactly what it was. The title came to me and I wanted to tell the story of Cornelius. He was a character that needed his story to be told.
GM: Well, it’s obviously working–your latest single “Rocksteady” is incredible. From the rock-infused electro beats to that insane video Wyatt Neumann dreamed up, “Rocksteady” seems to strike that perfect balance between garage punk rock and roll and the electro dance we’ve all grown to love. What is your personal definition of Rocksteady?
SBCR: With Rocksteady, once I had that title I knew it had to stay true to its rock ‘n’ roll roots. I wanted it to be reminiscent of the 60s and 70s and have the essence of that time but at the same time, I wanted to redefine what rock is.
GM: With the fairly recent explosion of EDM into mainstream media, it seems there is a massive influx of new music producers and DJs trying to get their material out and gain a strong following. Any advice you would give to someone out there trying to make a name for him or herself?
SBCR: Yeah, it’s true, electronic music is exploding, particularly in America – maybe too much. You know, there’s a lot of material out there now. Some people think that “electro,” if that’s what you want to call it, is cheesy. I know who I am and what I want to bring to the music world, so more than anything I want to make sure the music has content and has substance. For me, that is my main goal and that’s what I focus on regardless of what I’m working on. Of course I have to make a living and be able to stand on my own two feet, but I’m not making music so it can become something or get airplay on the radio. At the end of the day, it has to be about the music and making a connection. If you are doing it for any other reason it won’t work. Music is meant to be felt, nothing else.
GM: Is there anyone that you look up to or aspire to be like?
SBCR: It’s kind of stange, me personally I never really had any idols growing up. I think that’s why I can work with all different types of people. Some of them, are huge in their scenes, superstars, but I don’t think of it. I guess in my mind, I don’t like to weigh people. People are just people which I guess is why I can get along with anyone.
GM: Do you still keep in touch with Dennis? (Lyxzen of Refused and International Noise Conspiracy)
SBCR: Ah, I like to but now, he’s ridiculously busy, touring all over the world, way busier than me!
GM: You definitely aren’t afraid to branch out, encompassing everything from photography and fashion to politics and cinematography into your musical arsenal. What should we be on the lookout for next? A new album? Or maybe something completely different—a novel perhaps?
SBCR: I don’t think I’m so good with words and writing and talking, that’s why I do music and photography to be honest. But I do want to make a movie. That is my next goal. Not like some long full-length feature or anything like that. Just a short, f***ed up story that can maybe explain a little bit about me and how this all came to be.
And with that Sir Bob went off to HARD Summer in LA to put on one of the most insane sets I’ve ever seen—crazy enough to pull us from backstage and into the crowd so we could really get rowdy and experience what the Bloody Beetroots DJ Set is all about. With his latest single “Rocksteady,” a stacked tour schedule spanning from Europe across North America and down under to Australia, and a possible movie in the near future, it seems The Bloody Beetroots’ reign is far from over, but in actuality, is just getting started.
According to Yahoo News, Austin Chapman, 23 year old filmmaker was born deaf and was never able to hear music in its full clarity through his old hearing aid. Earlier this month, Chapman switched hearing aids allowing him to hear music to its fullest potential and forever changing his life.
Chapman shared his experience about his recent visit to Dim Mak Studios for Penguin Prison‘s DJ set stating, “The bass was so heavy I felt it vibrating in my nose and lungs. It was such a rapturous experience, outmated only by the first time hearing music. I literally could not stop myself from dancing and thumping to the beat.”
Dim Mak is honored and would like to personally thank Austin for allowing us to be apart of his new found musical experience.
New Yorker MING and compeer 2Beeps have released the island ape today, King Kong EP, including tracks “Afterglow” and “Make You Stay”. Who knew the colossal beast could sound so good?
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Snoop Dogg has released a compilation of his favorite house tracks, Loose Joints under his alias name DJ Snoopadelic. The compilation features artists that Snoop Dogg handpicked himself, including Dim Mak’s very own Yung Skeeter. The selected track ‘OMG Based God’ is now…
New Yorker MING and compeer 2Beeps are releasing the island ape tomorrow, King Kong EP, including tracks “Afterglow” and “Make You Stay”. Who knew the colossal beast could sound so good?
We’ve been searching high and low on Instagram and Twitter for those of you who have been posting photo’s wearing Dim Mak threads this summer season. Check out our gallery below to see if your photo made it into our summer time post. If you don’t own any Dim Mak clothes and want to be a part of our next “People Wearing Dim Mak” feature feel free to pick up a t-shirt or two at our online Dim Mak Shop.
Booka Shade, cofounders of Berlin’s Get Physical, bring us “Honeyslave” EP. The pair have developed their “psychic musical connection” to create a release sticky with gorgeous tonal melodies and deep house with a hint of darkness.
Just a day after the release of Haezer’s new EP “The Wrong Kid Died,” the EP made it’s way to number #6 on the Beatport Electro House Top 100 list. Now you can uncover Haezer’s influences behind the successful EP in OMGITM’s interview feature with Haezer as he answers a few questions regarding his latest EP. Along with the feature OMGITM is also providing a free download of Haezers track, Crank it on Soundcloud.
Get the full interview on OMGITM.