We 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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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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Producer – Chris Barker / Videographer – Will Seelig / Video Editor – Keir Doherty
New York City-based DJ/production duo The Chainsmokers talk with DJcityTV about their signature sound, how they built a following, their debut release for Dim Mak and what to expect from them in the future. (via DJcityTV)
Download their new single “#SELFIE” here
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.
Tuesday, January 14th
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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.
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.
I’ve also created a special Night Bass Spotify Playlist featuring songs I’ve been playing out for the past month or so that always get the party going, along with some dope tracks by the artists performing at the very first Night Bass event.[/one_half][one_half_last]
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
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!
Dim 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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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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
Appetite suitably piqued? Check out Kenna’s new video for “Relations”, featuring Childish Gambino,here.
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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.
We’re proud to present a new section on the Dim Mak blog called “Holland Days with Jamal”. In these weekly series our newest intern Jamal will interview various artists and at the same time learn a lot about the American culture and the Dim Mak family.
Jamal’s latest interview is with Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo a.k.a. Bloody Beetroots. He did this interview as part of his blog series on The Kool Kids. He has just released a new single “Chronicles Of A Fallen Love” featuring the haunting vocal of Greta Svabo Bech on Ultra Records, available here. Preview the video here.
The new Live tour just started. How is this different compared to before?
It actually started in January at the Big Day Out in Australia. The differences are substantial in terms of sound pressure, light design, stage, songs and i have musicians on rotation. I’m performing 8 new tracks during these live shows, and yes, thats because there’s a new album coming out along with the tour. It’s a whole evolution in a show. It started with The Bloody Beetroots DJ-Set, then i did Death Crew 77 and then Church of Noise and now it’s The Bloody Beetroots LIVE.
I believe evolution is necessary to express yourself.
You’re having a new mask with this tour?
Yes, it is very similar to the old one but has been majorly improved and equipped with technology.. Each eye has one hundred Nano LEDS controlled through Wi-Fi from side stage using software called “Q”. It took me months to create.
Is it comparable to the masks of Danger and Deadmau5?
No not at all. It’s way more subtle. It has an atmospheric ambience, which shows the energy… visually. It feels sinister. I’ve been wearing it now since January starting with my first performance in Australia and I received some great feedback from people all over the world. I even have a mask solo during my performances. Shouting on stage alone wasn’t enough.
I believe evolution is necessary to express yourself
Last year you started the Gazette?
The Gazette is the official and exclusive source of everything that is happening inside the Bloody Beetroots Machine, it will be relaunched in the coming months with a new design.
But Speaking of web platforms, the real novelty for me this year was relaunching Church Of Noise.
Which is a collaboration with US developers, Backplane, who are the innovators of the software behind Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters, they have developed the same technology for relaunching my community making it definitely interactive with Soundcloud, Youtube, pictures etc. Go have a look, it’s awesome: http://www.therealchurchofnoise.com
You once did a collaboration with Steve Aoki called “Rifoki”. Was this a one time thing?
This is a funny one, as we had some spare time and that’s how this project kicked off. Even though it was a side-project, I played “Sperm Donor” like hundreds of times during my old Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77 sets.
But that project is currently paused because I’m spending all my energy on taking the Bloody Beetroots to another level.
Would you say Bloody Beetroots become more soft and more melodic?
I don’t agree. The new album contains a lot of songs that are probably some of the most varied and darkest music ever written for this project but there will be room for melody. The world of Bloody Beetroots is very wide and there was never a specific musical direction, I just make music.
Is Edward (Grinch) still in the band?
Yeah he is, he’s playing drums actually.
There are a lot of people involved in the new Bloody Beetroots Live, I have lots of musicians on rotation!
It’s all about music… you know.
Three years ago on the first Bloody Beetroots website you posted a track called “Warp 1981” and took it off 10 minutes after. Did you do this on purpose?
Yes I did! Funny huh?
The world of Bloody Beetroots is very wide and there was never a specific musical direction, I just make music
What can you tell us about the beautiful things in Bassano del Grappa?
I don’t spend much time there, it’s just a place for friends and family. But it’s beautiful and peaceful, the perfect place to chill after all the stress of touring.
I believe “SPANK” isn’t released yet?
Yeah, I think it’s being released in March on Ultra Records. It’s a great track, if you come to one of my shows you’ll see the reaction. When i first played it in Australia the crowd went crazy. People are still asking about this track 2 months later.
It’s very powerful with a lot of elements from the past, such as gospel, techno… I love referencing music that influences me. You’ll be able to hear it soon.
How’s your designing going? Are you working on new shirts with Vendetta?
Vendetta is busy becoming a real fashion brand. We did a collaboration in the past and they still make exclusuve jackets for me but we’re both growing up as bands.
About merchandise… I’m trying to push all the singles as t-shirts, with really strong imagery and the logos.
I’ll shortly release the first SBCR masks which are designed exactly like the mask that I currently use with framed eyes and hi quality fabric, easy to wash and wear and which are the exact same masks as the band are wearing on stage… watch this space.
Is Dennis (Lyxzén) still a part of Church of Noise?
Yeah, definitely. It’s a two-man creation developed by Dennis and me.
I’ve read that every track starts with a title. So my question is; What kind of titles are popping in your head right now?
I’m not allowed to say that at the moment. There are a lot things going on in my chaotic mind and some are about the album. If you come to the show I’ll give you a taster of what’s in my mind.
In our first interview you mentioned you want to release two more “Spares of Romborama”. What happened to it?
Sometimes my ideas collide with the reality of my own brand and what im creating. I can say that I have a lot of music to be released. One day I’ll release them all, even those spares.
How far do you think ahead?
I always think about the future, 4 or 5 years ahead… That said things do change quickly and I need to express so many things that are happening. I just think everything requires time and patience.
If you’re a fan of our recent release ‘Slow Down/Crunk’ from Showtek, then you’re in for a real treat. The duo was featured on Track It Down with an in depth interview covering an array of topics including their recent release, evolvement, and their upcoming plans. Along with the interview the outlet also features the EP You can read the full feature on Track It Down as well as their recent release on Dim Mak.
Dim Mak presents The Aoki Files. This is a new web series Steve Aoki is doing focusing on all the new Dim Mak artists and their releases. Every week he will interview different artists that have released a new record on Dim Mak Records. Israeli…
We’re proud to present a new section on the Dim Mak blog called “Holland Days with Jamal”. In these weekly series our newest intern Jamal will interview various artists and at the same time learn a lot about the American culture and the Dim Mak family.
Jamal’s latest interview is with Blende, who will be playing tomorrow at Dim Mak Tuesdays with French Horn Rebellion and more.
On a side-note, Jamal will be playing as well!
Also that night there will be made a #HarlemCake video, so grab your funky costumes and get weird with us!
Tickets: In order to get tickets for tonight’s show, click here: http://bit.ly/14a0Lsq
Win Tickets: Blende is giving away a few pair of tickets! For more info, click here: http://goo.gl/giPC7
Hi Blende, how are you?
Very well thank you! Getting ready to have some dinner shortly and just going through some promos – music and food, can’t complain!
At Dim Mak we’re still not sure, so please help me out.
Is it pronounced “Blend” or “Blend-e”? And where does the name come from?
To be honest it can be whatever you want it to be. I normally myself say Blend-ay (as in rhyming with grey, day, lay etc..), in Sweden I say Blend-uh (would rhyme with French “lait” or “parfait”) but if someone says blend – e or blend I won’t make a fuss about it.
It’s just a silly name that stuck and doesn’t really mean anything. I couldn’t use Blondie as it was taken so this was the next best thing.. In German though I’ve heard it means a poser who thinks he’s the shit but in reality is a loser. I always liked that meaning as it makes it not very serious, which is exactly what this name is not. The only thing I’m serious about is the way the music sounds
What’s this I hear about you wearing woman’s jeans and loving white wine?
Haha, where did you hear that..? Not to say it’s not true; I once got a pair of jeans from an excess stock box when in New York, meant for a woman but it fit me really well so I just kept it. That’s the only pair I have though so it’s debatable if I do wear women’s jeans. I’m not even sure if I still have them. The white wine thing is true, though. I drink more white wine than water, I think. I don’t really see the issue, although in the UK a lot of people seem to have an issue when you order white wine in a bar or pub. I guess if you’re not drinking lager you’re not a real lad according to the standard, but if that’s how it is I couldn’t care less if I wasn’t one.
What’s your favorite fish dish?
Haha, you’ve done your homework! Black cod is a favourite, japanese style
Do you or does your mum still have the stereo with the two tape decks?
Neither, although I do think it’s in storage somewhere in Stockholm.. Will have to get back to you on this one
Your site http://www.blende.co.uk doesn’t go anywhere…?
I know.. It used to, but the site was taken offline recently due to being updated, which has dragged on a bit now. Will have to get back to you on this one, too
I love Metro Area’s chilled disco vibe. Don’t you?
Who, in his or her (or as we say in Sweden – hen’s) right mind, wouldn’t?
New or old Disco? And why?
Old disco if we’re talking actual disco, but new disco if we’re talking electronic music with a disco twang.
Do you think you’ll go back to live in Stockholm some day?
Perhaps you could act as a tour guide and inspire all the American people to go to Stockholm?
Not a chance. Unless someone would pay me to. Which I guess is what a tour guide gets. So yeah, probably. I’ll take you to see the king, his wife, his mistress and her lover.
When is Synapse coming out? Any other upcoming releases or remixes we should know about? Will you be playing any new stuff at Dim Mak Tuesdays on Tuesday February the 19th?
It’s coming out in a couple of days ago, i.e. the 11th of February. So, it’s available to buy now or download from your nearest pirate bay, whichever you morally prefer. I’ve got a follow up to my last single on Eskimo Recordings in the making, which should hopefully be coming out in the next few months, as well as a bunch of remixes for various artists and labels – including one for you, you lucky dog(s?)!
Finish the sentence: I should come and see Blende at Dim Mak Tuesdays because…
my bucket list wouldn’t be complete without it!