Category: Interviews

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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Gettin’ Spooky w/ Joe Ghost!

May 9, 2014 Tim Gauthier Interviews, Music Tags: , , , ,

Joe Ghost

We’ve had our eye on him for some time, and now he’s part of the Dim Mak family. Say hello to Joe Ghost! From his collection of popular mashups to a collaboration with Hardwell, Joe Ghost has been earning his way up the ladder one rung at a time. His Dim Mak track “LIBG”, or “Lose It Baby Go”, tears through tooth and nail with electro fury. We caught up with Joe to get the in depth scoop on him and how he ticks. Check it below.

Joe Ghost is getting ready to drop his new single “LIBG” on Dim Mak Records, available for download on May 6th.

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1.    Tell us a little about yourself and your music.

I was born in raised in Toronto Canada and got my first taste of the DJ culture when I was around 15 years old, after seeing a video of DJ Qbert at a DMC battle. I was instantly hooked, and for the next year I found any excuse I could to help out with chores around the house to earn enough money to buy two turntables and a mixer. I stumbled upon House/Dance music a few years later when I first heard “Groove in you” by Dave Armstrong. I remember being so captivated by the contrast between the emotional and energetic elements instilled in one song.

Fast forward, I then found myself wanting to be not only that person playing these amazing songs , but also the one creating them.

Joe Ghost music can be simply put as “loud+minimilistic” haha. I love creating music that combines both uplifting melodies that force a sense of emotion, and “drops” that are minimalistic, but create a wow factor. I feel that when these two elements are combined, it creates a four-minute package of energy that forces the listener go through various emotions so quickly. It’s a thrill that is hard to get through any other medium!

2.   Do you believe in the paranormal? Why yes or no.

It’s funny because I get asked that all the time. However “Ghost” is just a nickname that I’ve had since I was young because I am a shy quiet guy, always the quietest person in the room; it doesn’t reference anything paranormal. But to answer your question, there are times I believe in ghosts, especially after I watch a scary movie at night and need to navigate my way to my bed in the dark haha :)

3.   If you were a ghost would you rather be always invisible to people or always visible and why?

100% I would love to be always visible. I would scare the shit out of everyone all the time!

4.   If you ruled the world, who would you want to be your second-in-command and why?

My best #2 would be someone like Julius Ceaser, he had a lot of great traits that complement mine. He is known for never being defeated in a battle, this brings out my competitive side; for those who know me .. I HATE loosing.

5.   What upcoming material do you have coming up?

I really like to interact with my fan base by releasing bootlegs and mashups frequently, so you can expect a lot more of those throughout the year. Also, I have really focused on pushing out a lot more originals for 2014/2015 , so fans of my music can expect a lot more Joe Ghost music in the near future, with some surprising collaborations I can’t really talk about yet.

6.   Your track for Dim Mak is called “LIBG” or “Lose It Baby Go”. Where would be the last place you would want someone to play this song and why?

I am thinking of something witty and clever to say with this, but in a DJ world all that keeps coming to my head is that the last place I would want someone to play this is right before one of my sets at a show.

7.   When is the best time to listen to dance music and why?

Dance music is so amazing because there is so many different forms of it. Dance music plays an integral part in my day. I first wake up listening to deep house while I make my breakfast and get ready. Then as the day progresses I turn to Tech House vibes to keep me going , later on in the evening its all about big room tunes that get me energetic, and then right before I call it a night I turn back to some deep house to chill out.

8.   Would you rather play a gig in the middle of the Amazon, or in the middle of the Arctic, and why?

I recently played a festival in Canada called the BRRRRR Festival, this took place outside in the middle of the winter. Any Canadians know that this years winter could have been compared to the Arctic haha. It was a surreal experiance with the massive crowd fully bundled in their winter gear but raging still like it was a summer festival. I loved the atmosphere that was created with the big festival style production and harsh winter elements combined. Eventhough my fingertips froze I would 100% do it again.

9.   What is one song you could not do without in life?

Wow! that is such a hard question. I have so many go-to songs that I have had for years for different moments either happy or sad. I love music, so it would be like asking me to tell you which one of my family members I love the most.

 

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Albin Myers Gives a Lesson in the Studio

April 27, 2014 Cubby Interviews, Video Tags: , ,

Well hey, thanks Albin! One of our favorite Swedes shows us exactly how it’s done in the studio with this 30 minute tutorial. You can cop his Ganesha E.P. at the links below.

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CREDITS
Video by Future Music Magazine.

Aoki Files #56 with Deorro

April 14, 2014 Dim Mak Interviews, Video Tags: , , , ,

Good friends Deorro and Steve Aoki sit down and chat for their 2nd Aoki File. The two buddies discuss Deorro‘s newest single “All I Need is Your Love” featuring Adrian Delgado – Out April 15th on Dim Mak Records – and his other upcoming projects including a new album. The two reflect on Deorro’s old days as “Tonic” and the 4 albums he put out under that name influence on his career today. With the success of “Dechorro” and “Hype” stapling him as one of EDMs best producers, Deorro is sure to have a successful year ahead.

Stay tuned for more Aoki Files!

Jacob Plant Gets Loud on Dim Mak

March 31, 2014 Cubby Interviews, News Tags: , , , , , ,

uberjakd logo colorWe could not be more stoked to introduce Jacob Plant into the Dim Mak Records family! Jacob Plant has been pulling out all the stops as of late, releasing explosive electro records like “Fire” and “Shakedown” in the past year. Jacob had an official remix for Calvin Harris‘s smash “I Need Your Love” and has previously remixed the likes of Iggy Azalea, Benny Benassi, and Example. From exploring the worlds of electro, dubstep, trap, and more, it appears that the skies are the limit for young Jacob Plant.

Jacob Plant is getting ready to drop his Louder EP on Dim Mak Records, available for download on April 22nd.

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1.    Welcome to Dim Mak, Jacob! We’ve been fans for some time now, and are looking forward to having you here. Why did you pick Dim Mak?

I have been a fan of Dim Mak and Steve Aoki for years now.  I met Steve on tour in India last year and was blown away by his work ethic and how he runs his whole operation.  We spoke about releasing on Dim Mak and I showed him some songs I’d been working on.  We found 3 songs that fit and we went ahead with it!

2.   Your Warehouse EP was the first release on your own label Shakedown Recordings. Why did you choose to base your EP around warehouse rave culture?

At the time of producing those tracks, I was listening to loads of 90’s rave songs.  I was listening to The Prodigy a lot and watching their live show over and over… It was so inspiring I thought it would be cool to take that inspiration and put it in my songs.  I was very much into dance music from a young age so I have always been inspired by those older sounds as well as new!

3.   Recently you released a VIP version of your hit track “Fire” from Fly Eye Records. In this version, you take the electro sound and rework it into a more future house/garage style. Why did you choose to remix it in this style, and any plans on garage or deep house originals?

To be honest it was mainly just for a bit of fun!  I love producing different styles, I think its really important to do.  I was in the studio one night and I was still getting loads of Tweets about that song.  Then I thought, why not remix and give it away for free to my fans!?  I did a house version of “Fire” because it wasn’t the most predictable direction to take it.  It got a really good reaction so I think it did the job!

4.   The Louder EP you produced for us features a mixture of styles. One of the tracks, “Radar”, includes electro and trap within the same record. What made you switch up the drops?

I was playing around with different versions of that song one night.  Originally it was actually 128 BPM but I accidentally changed the tempo to 140 BPM and it sounded better so I just went with it!  I changed the drum beat and in a few hours it sounded completely different.  It’s funny how that works, I find most early demos I work on sound so different to the final version it’s almost a different song!

5.   Is there someone in particular you’d love to work with on a release at Dim Mak?

I really like what Deorro is doing at the moment, it would be pretty cool to do something with him.  Also I would love to do a track with Showtek.  I love playing their records live and they have always been really supportive of my releases!

6.   Electro house has seen a lot of changes in the last year or so, what do you think is coming next?

Yeah there has been a lot of change and very quickly too.  I like how sounds evolve and change, it keeps everything interesting.  I think the next changes are going to be a repeat of older sounds with a modern twist.  I can already hear tracks coming through using sounds from 2006 but with 2014 production skills.  Music and fashion always run in cycles.

7.   What gigs do you have coming up, any plans for touring through the US?

We are currently planning my debut tours in the US this year which I am so excited about.  I love America, I really want to move there one day!  Hopefully I will get back out to countries like India again this year.  That country is amazing, it really blew my mind.  I just got announced on my favourite UK festival, Reading & Leeds Festival.  Last year that was one of the best moments of my career.  The tent was full and all the kids were going mental!  I love seeing crowds go mental at festivals, its the best feeling ever!

8.   You used to produce dubstep a couple of years ago, why did you decide to change over to house music?

I needed a change at that time.  I just wanted to do something different and start fresh.  Also at that time the sound was changing in dubstep and I didn’t really see myself going that way.  I have always made house/electro, so really it was me going back to my roots and exciting myself with new music.  I just want to enjoy what I do and have fun with music.  I want to make music that people dance and rave to at clubs and festivals.  I don’t want rules and boundaries.

9.   What comes next after the Louder EP?

I have some cool collaborations in the pipeline and new music to release in the summer, so keep an eye out!

 

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Albin Myers breaks down the Ganesha EP w/ Future Music

March 21, 2014 Tim Gauthier Interviews, Video Tags: , , ,

Swedish producer Albin Myers takes us though how he made his Ganesha E.P. Grab a copy of Ganesha at the links below.

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CREDITS
Producer – Chris Barker / Videographer – Will Seelig / Video Editor – Keir Doherty

FEADZ (Ed BANGER) IS BACK IN LA FOR HIS ALBUM RELEASE PARTY @ #DimMakTuesdays!

January 13, 2014 Tim Gauthier Events, Interviews Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Tomorrow evening, January 14th, we are pleased to once again have our good friends at the legendary Ed Banger Records in the house for Feadz’s album release party where he’ll be promoting his latest LP Instant Alpha. Joining Feadz on the decks will be Sydney-based tech house producer Light Year, up and coming production duo Phantoms whose self-titled EP is out now on OWSLA’s Nest, LA-based producer Mike B, and our trusty resident Bones! This isn’t the first time Feadz has brought the beats to our beloved #DimMakTuesdays – last March, he tore up the decks with Oliver Twizt and gave LA a rare taste of what he and the Ed Banger crew have been cooking up over in Paris. Recently, we had the opportunity to chat directly with Feadz before the big event tomorrow and, needless to say, this producer is one game-changing BADASS.

Enjoy an exclusive preview of Instant Alpha  (100% satisfaction guaranteed) which is now available for purchase exclusively on Beatport!

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1.     What can people expect from your set this week at #DimMakTuesdays?

I hope the unexpected.

2.     This isn’t your first time playing #DimMakTuesdays – in fact, you played here last March with Oliver Twizt! What do you think about #DimMakTuesdays?

I had a warm welcome and reaction and I love the fact that it is on a Tuesday. For me it represents people’s concern about music and not a random crowd who is going out on the weekend.

3.     You’ve been referred to as “a child of hip hop,” can you tell us some of the artists who’ve influenced your music from the beginning? How do you feel your sound has evolved throughout the years from hip hop style turntablism to more techno-sounding productions?

Public Enemy has been the major influence in my life – so much room for scratching and so much great music, pitched down or up or manipulated in extreme ways for a result that is unexpected and not regular  in a classic music eye. I think hip hop is becoming more & more techno over the years – it’s more minimal, it’s more synthetic, and I think my sound has followed the same path unconsciously.

4.     You were in a scratch band in the early 90’s, what was that like?

It was a lot of guys, of lot of smoke, a lot of sweat, and a lot of technical practice. It was great for a while.

5.     You’ve been with the legendary Ed Banger Records since 2005, how did that partnership first come about?

Paris is small and Pedro Winter has always been an influential DJ, so from my first records, I was giving them to him and he was liking my sound. As soon as he created the label, he offered to release my music.

6.     It’s been awhile since you’ve been in LA, what are you most looking forward to while being out here? What’s your take on the LA music scene?

Of course i’m looking for better weather than here, and I’m very glad to show LA the music that I consider to be the best . I feel very far from the scene, being at the Hard Festival last year in LA I couldn’t believe the amount of horrible music I heard. For a country who invented techno music, I can’t believe the direction it went in and the music that is popular out there. I’m sorry to say that but I think Americans have terrible taste when it comes to electronic music. But on the other hand, it’s never been that popular so it’s still good and I got faith on many U.S. producers who are gonna level it up.

7.     You’ve done remixes for Boys Noize, Cashmere Cat, Surkin, & Mr. Oizo to name a few. What have been some of your favorite collaborations so far?

All those mentioned here are collabs that have made me very happy . I couldn’t really choose a favorite amongst them.

8.     What’s your take on the evolution of djing and what do you see as the future of edm?

DJing is turning more and more has a producer representation. It’s a little sad that the original job of the DJ – finding great music for you to discover and dance to – is thought less of than your average entertainer (who is gonna play easy and raise his hands on every track to put you in the mood). And as I was saying, I think the music can only get better as I think it’s pretty horrible right now – just my opinion though, I’m known to be pretty critical but it’s just because it’s important to me.

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DATE:

Tuesday, January 14th

LINEUP:

Feadz (Soundcloud)
Light Year (Soundcloud)
Phantoms (Soundcloud)
Thee Mike B (Soundcloud)
Bones (Soundcloud)

ENTRY:

$5 w/ RSVP before 11 p.m. ($10 after) | RSVP to GuestList@DimMak.com (hurry because the guest list is filling up fast!)
Or purchase presale tickets here to ensure entry.

LOCATION:

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Los Angeles is about to get BASSED with AC Slater! #NightBass

January 13, 2014 Tim Gauthier Events, Interviews Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On January 30th, we’re kicking off the year with the launch of Night Bass, a new event series curated by the king of heavy bass house AC Slater and his Brooklyn-based record label Party Like Us. Starting January 30 at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles, Night Bass features a diverse array of talent highlighting leaders of the U.K. bass-driven scene and caters to the night owls of the world.

Serving as Los Angeles’ best new underground event, Night Bass brings the sound that’s bubbling out of the bass bins from dark clubs and warehouses the world over direct to local audiences. Expect to hear cutting-edge house, garage, bassline, and boundary-pushing music. Together with Dim Mak, Party Like Us, and AC Slater, Night Bass brings the most unique party to Los Angeles.

For the opening event, Night Bass welcomes original Dirtybird player Christian Martin, who brings his tech-house flavor to the dance floor, along with Party Like Us label head AC Slater himself, who adds his unique spin on house and bass music. Main Course co-founder Astronomar joins the night with additional support from LA bass head Petey Clicks and local LA tastemaker Bones.
 

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1. Dim Mak: You are gearing up to present a collaborative party between Dim Mak and your label, Party Like Us. The night is being introduced as a home for cutting-edge house, garage, bassline, and more. Can you elaborate on the type of music party-goers will hear?

Think high-energy bass music with some soul. Somewhere between the big world of EDM and the underground sound of house music, that’s where Night Bass lives.

2. Describe the Party Like Us brand.

We want to share our musical influences and tastes with everyone. Party Like Us is bringing unique sounds to America on a regular basis via our releases. We want to shake things up and show music fans new sounds to keep them excited about dance music.

3. What can partygoers expect from an event thrown by Party Like Us and Dim Mak?

People can expect a well-curated night of fresh, bass-heavy house music that Party Like Us specializes in with the hype and excitement of a Dim Mak production.

4. How will Night Bass be different from any other party in the LA area?

This isn’t an event about standing and watching crazy visuals or an LED wall light up. This is about enjoying music on a nice sound system in a great atmosphere. On top of that, you will not hear a lot of this music anywhere else in LA. That’s the difference, something fresh for the city, an alternative to the norm.

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5. You will be spinning at these parties. What are some tracks that you think will set the tone for the night?

You’ll hear me play a lot of forthcoming, unreleased Party Like Us tracks as well as tunes from labels like Black Butter, Four 40 Records, Rinse, Trouble & Bass, and much more. Exciting, forward-thinking music, from uplifting vocal tracks to dark, driving bassline tunes.

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6. Fast-forward one year: You have the amazing opportunity to curate a very special Night Bass 1-Year Anniversary Party. Who are those special guest DJs that would grace the decks?

My 1-year anniversary dream line up might be:

U.K. Garage legend DJ EZ
Zinc
Claude VonStroke
Taiki & Nulight
AC Slater & Petey Clicks (B2B)

7. Anything else you want to tell your fans and friends?

Shout out to Sound and Dim Mak for helping us bring this to life. Shout out to all the Party Animals coming to get involved in the Night Bass movement every month!

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Let’s get Uberjak’d

January 9, 2014 Tim Gauthier Interviews, News Tags: , , , , ,

uberjakd logo colorDim Mak Records is proud to welcome our newest artist Uberjak’d to the family! Uberjak’d is an Australian producer, who recently exploded onto the global electronic music scene with his electro-influenced Melbourne Bounce sound. This past year Uberjak’d mixed Australia’s #1 dance compilation Ministry of Sound The Annual and joined the nationwide tour, performed for 15,000 people at the Stereosonic festival, and celebrated his spot as the #1 podcast in Australia on iTunes, beating out Hardwell and Tiësto.

Uberjak’d is hoping to bring the Melbourne Bounce sound to the U.S. with the release of his upcoming EP on Dim Mak Records. Uberjak’d isn’t a stranger to Dim Mak, featuring on the Autoerotique Asphyxiation (Remixes) EP.

 

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1.    Hi Uberjak’d, welcome to Dim Mak! We’re excited to have you as part of our family. Can you tell us a bit about why you joined Dim Mak?

Thanks! Pleasure to be part of the family. I have always been a big fan of the label. I see Dim Mak as a label that isn’t afraid to push sounds that are new, fresh, or different from the normal.

2.    Describe your sound. Any artists and/or genres of music that have been particularly influential in your productions?

Melbourne Bounce obviously! I have been hooked on that sound ever since I discovered it while skipping class at uni to listen to music and as well as living in Adelaide. I wasn’t lucky enough to go check out this music in the clubs, so I had to compromise and downloaded the tunes off the Melbourne Bounce forums. At the time I’d heard nothing like this sound. This was the early days of the sound, so like Orkestrated, Kalus, Dean Del were all guys producing this underground, really techno-influenced electro. That was about five or six years ago, way before I even considered DJing myself. So fast forward a couple years and I had established myself as a DJ in my hometown Adelaide. I’d also been playing a few gigs in Melbourne and really wanted to put my own harder electro/rave influence on the Melbourne Sound, and I guess you will hear a lot of that sound on my new EP.

3.    You’ll soon be releasing an EP on Dim Mak followed by a spring U.S. tour. What can you tell us about the EP? How do you hope to impact the dance music scene in the U.S. through this new partnership with Dim Mak?

I’m stoked for this EP. It’s really an Uberjak’d & Friends EP with collaborations with Chardy, Krunk!, and Sarah Bodle supplying some amazing vocals for another. The first track with Sarah Bodle is a bit big room meets techno meets Melbourne. I was inspired in elements by the old anthem and one of my favorite tunes of all time “Stranger To Stability” (Len Faki Podium Mix). Sarah did a great job on the vocals and this is my second track with her, so we have worked together and she has also performed live at some of my shows. The track with Chardy, “All Aboard,” was something we wrote about eight months ago, but have kept it tight and I’m so stoked it’s coming out on this EP. That one is a bit hardstyle, a bit Melbourne. Not sure what it is, but I think that’s why I like it! The track with Krunk!, my boy back in Adelaide, is definitely hardstyle, but we really rip it back in the break and get melodic and chilled, so it’s a bit of a contrast. The final tune, “Static,” is a solo track and is rave vs. Melbourne. I like the riff in it, sort of reminds me of bag pipes. Maybe it’s some of my Scottish blood coming through in that track.

4.    There seems to be a surge of Australian producers taking over electronic music (Flume, Anna Lunoe, Will Sparks, the Stafford Brothers to name a few). What do you think is the reason for this? Do you feel that where you’re from has had an influence on your music in any way?

I think that Australia has always been a place that embraces and pushes forward-thinking sounds, which gives artists the freedom to do something different. I think where you live, more importantly the shows you perform as a DJ, has a huge effect on your sound. As a DJ, I want to make music that the fans at my shows enjoy, and different places always have a different vibe. Thanks to social media and SoundCloud, being so accessible these days and getting your sound out to people has never been easier.

5.     You’ve been at the forefront of the growing Melbourne bounce scene in Australia alongside artists like Will Sparks. Do you think the Melbourne Bounce sound will catch on in the U.S.?

Hahaha! I hope so! I guess if I love this music so much, if Australia loves it this much, then why can’t America or the world? Will Sparks has just returned from his tour and it looks like the reception for him and the sound was really good, so hopefully that’s a sign for good things. I think the great thing about EDM, as it’s known in the U.S., is that it’s about innovation and looking for something fresh. I guess electronic dance music has always been about that, so I hope that people are up for this sound. A funny thing is that when I first started to play Melbourne Bounce outside of Melbourne, there was a track I played at my gigs. I won’t name the artist or the track, but it’s now a bit of an anthem over here. I used to play the track at my gigs and literally people would walk off the dance floor. They didn’t understand it and it was something so different to what they have heard or were used to. About 6-8 months later, people are requesting it on their phones during gigs and they know all the lyrics to it and can’t get enough of the track. So what I’m saying basically is you might not love Melbourne Bounce the first time you hear it…but you will eventually.

 6.    You recently did a remix for Autoerotique’s “Asphyxiation,” which was released on Dim Mak Records this past July. Can you tell us more about that remix? What can you tell us about your remix process?

Yeah, I actually had a lot of fun remixing that one! I guess when approaching a remix, you don’t want to change the essence of what makes that track great. For me, it was those chords and the vocal, so I knew I had to keep them. And then it’s just a matter of adding your flavor to it because that’s why someone would want you to do a remix. Some advice to producers and DJs: If a label asks you to remix in a certain style to fit their remix pack, don’t do it. A remix is about adding your style, find what makes your sound unique and use the shit out of it!

7.    Dream collaborations? Any Dim Mak artists you’d like to collaborate with in the future? A certain Steve perhaps?

Ohh yeah! Of course I would love to collab with the big man! I have a collab with Deorro as well, which started when we were both in Amsterdam for ADE last year, as well as a collab I started with Autoerotique. So maybe keep an ear out for them in 2014.

8.    You recently posted on Facebook, “I think 2014 will be the year of deep house and hard style…” Why do you say this and what’s your take on the future of EDM?

I always say this, but what I mean is not that all DJs will start playing this style, but it will influence what is popular. I think we have already seen the big hardstyle kick thing go crazy, and I think the groove-driven vibe of deep house will somehow start being heard more in different genres. Innovation is what makes music so interesting. A few people have asked me, “Why no Melbourne Bounce??? ” Of course I hope it has a big year for all my boys in Australia. There is so much talent here with guys like J-Trick, Joel Fletcher, Reece Low, Chardy, and SCNDL. I think it’s time we all came over to the US to show you how we do it!

 

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A Future Soul Introduction from Kenna

December 19, 2013 Tim Gauthier Interviews, Music, News Tags: , ,

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Now that we’ve just about finished getting excited about the new divergences, tangents and confluences that resulted in the new styles and genres of 2013, it’s time to start coining some new ones. Future soul might not mean much to us now, but it sounds pretty exciting. And who better to give us a personal introduction than Grammy nominee Kenna.

“Pink Matter” – Frank Ocean

I think this song was overshadowed by the many other records that Frank has put out. I think it resonated with me because it reminded me lyrically of the things in my head that I may or may not ever want people to find out. Some insane things go through it. Outside of that, like I told Frank, he could sing the phone book and we would listen.

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“I’m Into You” – Chet Faker

This dude has great tone. Not sure if this is “future soul” but it is soulful to me. I think we have a divergence in sound vs. genre. This is the type of record that bends the rules and this is the type of artist that leaves you wondering where his soul will lead us.

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“Treat Me Like Fire” – Lion Babe

Her name is Lion Babe. What man isn’t going to want to know what that sounds like. After you hear her though, you can feel her influences in the delivery of her melody, but the song is original. The video is raw and rad. Her name is Lion Babe, for the love of God.

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“Cold Nites” – How to Dress Well

A friend put me on to this. I think it just has a great deal of raw energy in it. The lyrics are bent towards the ethereal and allows you to morph it into your own life. The strength in it is its illusive quality – it’s just mesmerizing.

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“Love Is Still Alive” – Kenna

I’m biased on this one. Its one of my favorite songs because it is delimited. This song speaks of the dimensions in between communication and life. It challenges the sacred geometry of coming back from a death in love to find a resurrection.

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“Only When I Walk Away” – Justin Timberlake

This song is an evolution in Justin’s melodic journey. He challenged himself to meld worlds and bring angst to a beat with the R&B overtones. I don’t think production of this can get any better. The show version kills.

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Appetite suitably piqued? Check out Kenna’s new video for “Relations”, featuring Childish Gambino,here.

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Tyler The Creator gets cozy on The Arsenio Hall Show and explains it all…

November 8, 2013 Tim Gauthier Interviews, Lifestyle, Video Tags: , , , , , ,

Arsenio Hall & Tyler The Creator got the chance to talk out some current events, and as expected, Tyler’s personality is perfect for the best interviews out there. A lot of great topics were covered like what inspired his direction for the “Glowing” music video, and why kids need to follow their own paths rather than what their parents want. Getting comfortable on the studio couch, Tyler continued to give his thoughts on certain racial slurs and derogatory words having no personal meaning, President Barack Obama, and love for Quincy Jones. Watch it above and let us know what you think of it all.