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An Inside Look: The World of Steve Aoki

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#WAVEY Summer Series 7.05 Recap

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This summer #WAVEY has been one of LA’s hottest pool-party destinations and last Sunday, July 5th, was no exception. In Fourth of July spirit, The Well and Dim Mak kept the party going with their weekly Sunday bash providing awesome food, patriotic cocktails, and of course, incredible music. Featuring performances from Todd Edwards, Brillstein, Cocodisco, Bathhouse, and Steve Miller, the party was epic to say the least.

#WAVEY party-goers began filing into Downtown LA’s Hotel Figueroa at 1:30 PM, and Cocodisco took the stage soon after at 2:00. Her smooth, soulful set provided the perfect warmup for the afternoon’s festivities. Bathhouse followed with an equally impressive set, and by the time headliner Brillstein came on at 4:00, the party was in full swing. The local legend delivered an upbeat yet diverse set, showcasing his signature chunky house patterns. As the weather warmed up, so did the music — Brillstein was bringing the heat. Attendees munched on delicious tacos and sipped Independence Day cocktails while grooving to Brillstein’s beats.

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The party kicked it up another notch when Todd Edwards, known as ‘Daft Punk’s secret weapon,’ emerged behind the turntables around 5:30. Edwards, aka ‘Todd the God,’ threw down a versatile set, dropping both his newer works as well as his garage house classics. The set maintained an incredible energy, which perfectly complemented the party’s madness. Edwards’ upbeat vibes carried over to Steve Miller’s set, the last performance of the night. Despite the evening’s cooling temperatures, the pool was still the event’s main attraction and the party kept on going.

All in all, the #WAVEY July 5th event was a huge success. With great food, delicious drinks, amazing music, and a crowd filled with tastemakers, what more could you want from a Sunday pool party? Luckily for us, the fun isn’t stopping anytime soon, as #WAVEY will continue every Sunday until September 27th.

This Sunday, July 12, the party will take place once again from 1:30-8:00 PM at Downtown LA’s Hotel Figueroa. We can look forward to performances from Thee Mike B, named ‘Best Club DJ’ by Los Angeles Magazine, deep house extraordinaire Sage Caswell, The Well resident DJs Cocodisco and Steve Miller, and local talent, Lex Famous. Aside from the amazing music, attendees can also expect #WAVEY’s infamous tacos, delicious cocktails, playful pool floats, and overall incredible vibes. Be sure to RSVP for the July 12th event here, and to view pictures from the July 5th party, click here.

#FreeFriday Episode No. 103: Uberjak’d – Yahtzee

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It’s Friday and we love you guys and gals so here’s more FREE music!

Uberjak’d‘s “Yahtzee” off of his recently released EP ‘Turn Up The Club
Download the full EP on iTunes: http://geni.us/TurnUpTheClubEP


 

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Rollin’ with the homies: Ookay’s Night Drive Mix Vol. 3

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Rev up your engines and roll down your windows cause San Diego producer Ookay has blessed us with the third volume of his Night Drive Mix. Flowing freely from deep house grooves into summery nu-disco dreams and low-end bass bombs, this fifteen minute mix caps off with Ookay’s forthcoming release “Ghost” out soon on Dim Mak Records.

This mix is more than just Ookay.

 

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GLOWINTHEDARK & Deorro’s new collab ‘Rave Century’

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“Rather than stick to his progressive wave as the vocal mix of “Five Hours” takes flights, Deorro meets GLOWINTHEDARK closer to their comfort zone, with a big room bangers to bring the fall in properly.”Dancing Astronaut

Dutch duo GLOWINTHEDARK and LA producer Deorro have teamed up to contribute to the worldwide rave phenomenon with “Rave Century.” Out now on Dim Mak, “Rave Century” is a high-energy ode to electronic music enthusiasts and dancefloors everywhere. Together, the rising newcomers and highly sought after PandaFunk leader create a thrilling sound that’s begging to be blasted from the nearest speaker.
 

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Out Now: Botnek & 3LAU – ‘Vikings’ (Bixel Boys Remix)

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Botnek and 3LAU’s collab “Vikings” has been reworked by the Bixel Boys, switching up the once electro track, instead with progressive vibes: driving drums, a smattering of spacey synths, and a sick-ass bassline. Rarely does a remix have such wide-appeal & high-praise from all the top blogs – Dancing Astronaut, Insomniac News, Do Androids Dance, Stoney Roads, Earmilk. #FREELIFE
 

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New remix package for DOCO & Janpier’s “Spin It Back”

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Known for his unique sound, chart topping remixes, and creating the largest electro party in South Florida DOCO brought us “Spin It Back” with Puerto Rican artist Janpier. This bigroom track featured an epic drop juxtaposed with a melody that instantly transports you to a festival MainStage…. And now it’s been REMIXED!
 

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#FreeFriday Episode No. 102: DOCO & Janpier – Spin It Back (G-Buck Remix)

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Check out G-Buck‘s monster rework of DOCO & Janpier‘s “Spin It Back.” This remix is part of the “Spin It Back” remix package coming out next week on iTunes & Beatport. Grab this FREE download and go share it with your friends and show them how much cooler you are than them. #YouAreWelcome

P.S. This new remix from G-Buck may cause soiled undies. You’ve been warned.


 

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#BEATPORTDECADE ELECTRO

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#BEATPORTDECADE

Beatport has launched their #BeatportDecade campaign in celebration of it’s 10-year anniversary and invited influential record labels to curate compilations memorializing the digital download network’s history.

Selected to participate in BeatportDecade’s Electro category, Dim Mak has dug through our crates of electronic magic to hand-select a 10-track album featuring one or two releases per year from the last decade.

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Bixel Boys make their Dim Mak Debut with ‘Vikings’ Remix – Exclusive Interview

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Up-and-coming kings of the underground Bixel Boys make their Dim Mak Records debut with an innovative rework of Botnek and 3LAU’s collaboration “Vikings.” The Los Angeles-bred duo has been making major waves on their ascension to the top, touting their flavorful style of classical 90’s elements-meets-deep house vibes across the country with appearances at Electric Daisy Carnival, Splash House, SnowGlobe and HARD Summer. We caught up with Ian and Rob ahead of their Dim Mak release to chat about their history, productions and big plans for the future.

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Tell me about how you two met and began collaborating as Bixel Boys.

Ian) We met through a mutual friend and with our powers combined we became CAPTAIN PLAN — I mean Bixel Boys.

You guys are a product of the Los Angeles scene and continue to act as influential tastemakers throughout the city. How has Los Angeles influenced and inspired your music?

Ian) It’s an awesome collection of creatives all congregated in one place, it’s a great incubator for all of us and we love all the support that we get from those around us pursuing similar endeavors

Your musical styles range greatly from deep house and ghetto-tech to hip-hop and underground. How would you categorize your sound?

Rob) I don’t think that there’s just one way to pin-point our sound. It’s a bit of a musical exploration. We made it clear early on that we weren’t necessarily going to decide on a genre before starting any song.  I think this keeps our minds fresh and makes producing a little more fun.

After less than two years producing and DJing as the Bixel Boys, you’ve grown from spinning at house parties to performing at festivals like HARD and EDC. What do you make of your meteoric rise to fame?

Ian) “Meteoric rise to fame ” is a WEEEEEEE bit of an overstatement haha we’re not popping bottles with Diddy, eating caviar on yachts in San Tropez or anything.  Whatever small steps towards personal success we have made have come from hard work, everything from prepping different sets to every show, late nights in the studio, and hours of designing all play a part to what we do.

Rob) We also have a great team around us which can equate to some of that overnight success, but we still have a long way to go to achieve what we’re actually trying to do.

How do your sets differ when performing at smaller intimate venues versus on festival stages?

Ian) Festivals we like to make as much of a ‘ performance ‘ as we can and really take people on a musical journey, example this year at EDC we played everything from show tunes, disney theme songs, ACDC and tons of other surprises. I think more intimate settings allow us to read the crowd more and play more moody stuff to get people dancing instead of raving

You’ve been commissioned for official remixes of artists such as The Crystal Method, Architecture In Helsinki, Eliza Doolittle, Thomas Newson, Kayper and Kiesza. How do these remixes come together? What do you aim to bring to the table when reworking such well-known talent?

Ian) Sometimes we like a song, sometimes they approach us, its always different. We just want to be able to take the core of those songs and re-vision them thru our creative lens.

Rob) It’s about making sure that the essence of the original work is still apparent while putting the song in a different world. Sometimes it’s easier said than done. We go through a lot of different versions of things we remix before deciding on a direction.

Just this month you remixed Golden Features’ Tell Me featuring Nicole Miller and now you’ve put your spin on Botnek and 3LAU’s “Vikings.” Do you go into the studio with an idea of where you want to take the original tune, or do you let the ideas flow organically?

Ian) For remixes we tend to let the original dictate the direction we’re going to go.

Rob) For sure organically. We are blank slate producers i.e. no previous project copy/pasting. We tend to just start listening to the parts over and over again and solo’ing sections over random loops and samples until something jumps out at us.

Not only are you music makers, but you’ve also entered the world of fashion with your FREELIFE brand. Tell me about how this idea came together and how the unmistakable black jerseys caught fire so quickly.

Ian) We had a concept about viewing our peers and fans and ourselves as a team, and we wanted to create something that you couldn’t just purchase but you had to earn, so we designed the jersey ourselves and began to give it to people we respected, people really liked the design, the message, the fit and it took on a life of it’s own from there.

I’ve heard you’re launching a charitable arm of the FREELIFE brand soon, can you tell us a bit about that?

Ian) All of the pieces are still coming together but we can confirm that we’ll be linking up the Freelife brand with a charity very soon to start to give back, which is something thats always been very important to us.

What’s next for Bixel Boys?

Ian) more original tunes, gear, and ideas for everybody.

Coone let’s loose another banger – ‘Aladdin On E’

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Coone. Hardstyle. Aladdin On E.

 

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#FreeFriday Episode No. 101: Cazzette – Sleepless (Shaun Frank Club Cover)

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It’s that time of the week again! Grab some new ammo for your weekend parties. New club cover from Shaun Frank of Cazzette‘s “Sleepless.”

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