There has been a new breed of party at Dim Mak Sundays at Drai’s and if you havent been a witness, lucky for you we captured the shameless scenes featuring Riff Raff, Klever, Steve Aoki and Afrojack, collectively Afroki. Watch as the party sets Hollywood ablaze from the top down.
This December installment of Interlude features artists from a tour tandem, TRUST & The Faint. Interlude rounds up live photos from their November show at L.A.’s Henry Fonda Theatre and an interview with TRUST’s dreamy frontman, Robert Alfons. We would like to hook it up with a Holiday gift, a free download of The Faint “Evil Voices“.
Interlude Presents: Robert Alfons of TRUST
Lets start with a little game of word association. I say a word and you say whatever comes to mind:
⁃ Candy – Candy walls
⁃ Pockets – Overalls
⁃ Glass – Candy
I saw you took a traditional photo with Santa Claus, what did you ask for this Christmas ?
Actually, he didn’t even ask me… But if he did, I think I would want new mits. Every year I lose my mits and I want new, knitted gray ones.
Do you have any plans for NYE?
As of now, no. I usually just kind of hide, its quite overwhelming and ridiculous. Hopefully, it will just be a nice cozy, internal sort of evening. That’s what I would hope for.
Does the winter season have a particular effect on your creative process?
Being on tour, every day is a different season. There isn’t sort of any level of complaint, its just more of my mind and its chemistry doesn’t understand the pace of whats going on. One day its snowing and the next day its sunny and warm. Its definitely a ride.
Would you like to elaborate on the Revolution Recording Piano Version of “Sulk”, directed by Petra Collins?
A lot of my songs start in that form, from the piano. I really wanted to do a video playing them raw. Petra is a friend of mine and I think she is so talented. It was pretty simple take, just one camera and the two of us in that room. It was a great experience working with her.
I happened to be visiting my Nana when I watched the “Sulk” video and she absolutely loves you.
Oh I love her already! Aw that’s so sweet! I want to meet her. I’m close with grandma, great aunt and my sisters. I miss them a lot when I go away. I can’t wait to see them when I get back.
What are you seeing when you are playing on-stage?
Usually everything is pretty black out there. There is no light on the audience, so its like a black void. I get lost and I think that’s good when you perform.
The album cover of TRST has always captivated me. What do you feel you captured in that picture you took at the club?
I think she’s really beautiful and I felt there was a story and a performance to it. She was fabulous and amazing in every sort of way. She really struck me .
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What kind of experimentation have you been developing for a more pop aesthetic in the next album ?
Its becoming a lot more upbeat, but I’m still a sucker for ballads. I think the shows have really changed how I am writing at the moment; having a higher energy and experimenting with sounds and rhythms. I’m getting better at drums and bass, and that’s the direction its going.
Will the lyricism have a similar vein of being erotic and ambiguous as the last album?
I don’t know. I guess Ill talk about that in 6 months. I’m still in the depths of it.
What were some highlights from your first visit to Los Angeles or Las Vegas?
The first time I visited LA was in April, for the first show we did and it was excellent. LA is just weird, dirty and scary at times. I would’ve have loved to spend more time there. Las Vegas…its so bizarre there. Its like a dream. The closest thing Ive seen to it was Niagra Falls because of it’s similar sort of vibe of being neon all night. Las Vegas has a neon glare from the lights, but its an actual gluttonous and heathen reality that I don’t like. The rest of it is gritty to be in the aura of.
What music have you been listening while on tour?
Music appropriate for the road; lots of Burial, The Pet Shop Boys, The Radio Department, and Casket Girls.
What would you be doing if you weren’t making music right now?
Hiding away out in the country. I feel like I need to go on a weeks walk of nature. I know I’ll get that some time, its just nice to be out on the road right now.
What’s something you want the world to know about you as an artist?
Its okay to DREAM.
Portrait by Phil Sharp
Dzeko and Torres were featured in Vibe’s latest “30 DJ’s To Watch in 2013.” We recently welcomed the canadian duo to the family with yesterday’s EP, Hey, which is now available for purchase. Like Vibe, we couldn’t be more thrilled to see what these guys are going to conquer in the next year. Other DJ’s on the list include LA Riots, Bauur, Lea Luna, and the Martinez Brothers. You can view the list in its entirety on Vibe.
Not too long ago we released our third installment of New Noise featuring exclusive tracks from upcoming artists. If you’ve been streaming this album non stop then you’re in for a treat. Hammarica recently featured a premier download for the Rico Tubbs track, Saunna Belt. You can grab your free copy on their site now.
Do you like girls, tattoos, skin, drugs, alcohol, bathtubs, fur rugs, drooling outlets and did I mention girls? Then this video is for you! Vegamoore – Gladiators (Official Video)… As featured on Dim Mak Records New Noise Vol. 3 Compilation.
Gladiators (New Noise Vol. 3)
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Russian prodigy Proxy releases his single package “Raw” today. Taken from “MUSIC FROM THE EASTBLOCK JUNGLES, Pt. 1”, “Raw” (Orginal Mix) is an imperial air raid banger and salutes Proxy’s trademark of sonic brutallity. Remixers include Etnik, Haezer, St. Mandrew & JFK, roevy, and South Central.
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“HEY” – Hey is one of Dzeko & Torres first ventures in to the heavier-set realms of EDM. Although keeping aspects of their signature progressive melodies on the breakdowns, the track pulls a full 180 and drops into a hard hitting play of rising leads and grinding basslines. Met with an iconic ‘Hey’ chant, the track never stops building and is guaranteed to keep the crowd chanting along with their hands in the air the whole way through.
“BUPPY” – Still very much a big room track, “Buppy” explores a new sound stylistically for Dzeko&Torres. Its bouncy synth line drop and builders keep the track constantly grooving, designed for waking up the dance floor. On a proper sound system, the rhythmic tribal drums and punchy kick hit you high in your chest and the techy breakdown serves up the perfect opportunity for other EDM producers and DJ’s to get creative with their own edits.
“CHECK THIS OUT” – Check This Out is modern electro take on the old school rave sound. Sampling the famous vocal sample, the track builds with stuttered leads into a breakdown that pays homage to the fantastic melodies of Hardstyle and Happy Hardcore. Continuing to build, the track then drops back into the stuttered grunge, this time topped with a splash of an old school rave horn.
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Nicky Romero’s latest Protocol Radio podcast was influenced by his recent South African Tour with Steve Aoki. The hour long mix feautures a couple of Aoki tracks including Ladi Dadi and Trancend. You can download the podcast on iTunes here.
0:27 01 Torro Torro – Go Deep (KillaGraham DnB Edit)
5:58 02 Hard Rock Sofa, Matisse & Sadko, Swanky Tunes Vs Fatboy Slim – Rockafeller Chemistry (Salvoriz Edit)
9:39 03 Zedd – Stars Come Out (Tim Mason Remix)
14:19 04 Steve Aoki & Rune – Transcend
18:48 05 Alesso – Clash
22:52 06 Tony Romera – Pandor (Hardwell Rambo Edit)
27:51 07 Dyro – Slappin People Up
31:30 08 Tom Staar – Kingdom
34:20 09 Steve Aoki ft Wynter Gordon – Ladi Dadi (Tommy Trash Remix)
37:45 10 Bobby Rock – Arise
42:38 11 Chocolate Puma – Go-Go Boots
47:26 12 Keane – Sovereign Light Café (Afrojack Remix)
53:00 Q&A with Nicky Romero
Earlier this month Dim Mak went head to head against Friends of Friends, The Jeffrees, and Smog at Exchange L.A. for Red Bull Culture Clash. Each team battled against one another in four rounds including “Introduce Your Crew”, “What Your Crew Can Do I Can Do Better”, “Let Us Entertain You”, and “Leave it All on The Table”. Here’s our personal view from the night featuring Klever, Clockwork, Fashen, and our special guest DMX.
Dim Mak is filled up on the Holiday spirit and what better way to share it than a daily giveaway leading up to Christmas day, “12 Days of Dim Mak Christmas Giveaway”. We will deliver various Dim Mak tracks from some of your favorite artists including Proxy, Angger Dimas…I wish I could say more but in the spirit of gift giving, its best to keep it a surprise. I hope your stocking is ready to be stuffed with a dozen of Dim Mak tracks!
Day 1, Dec. 10th: Chewy Chocolate Cookies “DIE”
Day 2, Dec. 11th: Datsik “Light The Fuse”
Day 3, Dec. 12th: Revolvr & Lea Luna “By Your Side”
Day 4, Dec. 13th: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike feat. Lil Jon and Coone “Madness (Corporate Slackrs Remix)”
Day 5, Dec. 14th: Dzeko & Torres – Buppy (#FreeFriday Edition)
Day 6, Dec. 15th: Botnek – Think I Feel It (Savage Skulls Remix)
Day 7, Dec. 16th: Sound Of Stereo – Anybody There
Day 8, Dec. 17th: Yung Skeeter – Stand Again (Wax Motif Remix)
Day 9, Dec. 18th: Proxy – Raw (roeVy Remix)
Day 10, Dec. 19th: Nickel – Voltager
Day 11, Dec. 20th: Angger Dimas – Booster
Day 12, Dec. 21st: Scanners – State of Wonder
If you heard Klever scratching away at Red Bull Culture Clash and you liked what you heard then you’re in for a treat. Our good friend Klever recently released his latest project (( A TOWN STOMP )) for free!!! The project features 12 original tracks that are currently featured on his SoundCloud. You can now download the project here.
Steve Aoki closed out the 3rd day of Tomorrowland 2012 on main stage. The festival brought over 140k+ people from all around the world, making it one of today’s top events in the world.
Watch as Aoki plays out “In Time”, PeaceTreaty’s first single off their debut album out on Dim Mak Records in 2013.
PeaceTreaty – In Time feat. Anabel Englund
1. In Time (feat. Anabel Englund)
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