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Aoki spits the truth!

August 8, 2014 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, News Tags: , , ,

When I perform, I don’t think about the haters, the Internet trolls, or anyone else. I care about giving the person in front of me something they won’t forget. And that’s why I bring the cake and raft out.

Where do I begin?

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I haven’t had a chance to really to speak about all the controversy around my on-stage entertaining: DJing vs. The Cake (which includes the cake, the raft, the champagne, the stage dives…the entertainment part of the show). The haters and the trolls have always used me as an excuse to make fun of something that is out of the ordinary, something that doesn’t necessarily make sense to them. For whatever reason, I have always been a target that people love to attack. From not being American enough as a kid growing up in an all-white neighborhood, to not being indie enough for the die-hard hipsters in my 20s and now today, not being a “real DJ” for the electronic music purists…

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Dim Mak “Just Like The Good Ol’ Days” Moving Sale

July 21, 2014 Tim Gauthier Fashion, Lifestyle, News Tags: , , , , , ,

Hosted By Mark The Cobrasnake

This weekend, Dim Mak X Cobrasnake & Friends are bringing back one of our 08’ traditions: The Cobrasnake + Dim Mak Yard Sale. In 2010, PAPERMAG’S Camille Rousseau described the Cobrasnake Yard Sales as, “notoriously epic feasts of decadence, good music and genuinely fantastic thrift store pieces,” calling for Cobrasnake Yard Sales “4ever.” This Saturday, The Cobrasnake is bringing his party to Dim Mak’s very own office—just like the good ol’ days. The sale will include vintage pieces from the Cobra Shop, discounted Dim Mak apparel, and sales from other brands TBA this week.

– First 50 People Get Chipotle Burritos!

– Ice Cream from the Heartsrevolution Truck!

– Red Bulls Gives You Wings!

– $5+ Apparel – Vintage – Giveaways –

– Stickers – Limited Edition

– Spinning Punk Rock – Indie Rock – Throwback Hip Hop – & More

Saturday, July 26th
11am – 5pm

4953 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90028

Everything Must Go! Cash Is Encouraged!

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We’re hooking 1 lucky teen up with a scholarship to Camp Spin-Off!!

June 25, 2014 Tim Gauthier Giveaways, Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , , , , ,

camp-logoSteve Aoki & Dim Mak are sending one young aspiring DJ to the coolest, most unique summer camp ever! If you are a DJ between the ages 13-17 you can enter the Dim Mak contest to win a scholarship to Camp Spin Off which takes place July 27th – July 31st in Ojai, California. Steve & Dim Mak will be choosing one lucky camper to attend the only sleep away summer camp teaching teens the art of DJing and music production.

This one-of-a-kind week long summer camp will provide campers with an incomparable experience that will allow them to hang with & learn from established DJs and will include everything from intense workshops and classes to pool parties, DJ showcases, outdoor activities and more! (All housing, meals and equipment will be provided).

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Dim Mak & Camp Spin Off Scholarship Contest
Official Rules

The Camp Spin Off & Dim Mak Scholarship Contest (the “Contest”) begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on June 25th, 2014 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on July 4th, 2014 (“Contest Period”).

ELIGIBILITY.

Contest is offered only in the United States to legal residents of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia), who are at least 13 years old up to 17 years old during the duration of camp: July 27th – July 31st 2014.
– Participants are responsible for transportation to and from camp in Ojai, CA.
– Parent or legal guardian must give written approval to attend if chosen as a winner.
– Participants cannot apply if they have attended Camp Spin Off in any previous year.

CONTEST PARTICIPATION.

Scholarship Application Submission – You may participate by going to www.dimmak.com and downloading the Scholarship Application.
a. Limit one (1) application per person, Contestants must meet all eligibility requirements.
b. Complete the application fully & return by any of the following:
Email: Jen@campspinoff.com
Fax: (213) 402-2752
Mail: Camp Spin Off Scholarships
4600 Polaris Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89103

JUDGING CRITERIA.

Steve Aoki & Dim Mak staff will select the winner from all the entries received. Winners will be posted on: http://facebook.com/dimmakrecs by July 10th 2014.

1.1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER: One (1) winner will be selected to receive a scholarship to attend one week at Camp Spin Off. Approximate total retail value: $750.
1.2 Winners are responsible for their own travel to and from camp located in Ojai, California. Winners who are not able to provide their own travel to and from the camp will be disqualified and an alternative winner will be chosen in his/her place.
1.3 The final winner will be notified by the contact information provided in contest entry. The winner will have seventy-two (72) hours from the moment such notification is issued to respond to such notification by following the instructions provided therein.
1.4 Winner and his/her guardian or parent will release and hold harmless Sponsor and its affiliated and subsidiary companies from liability for personal injuries, loss or damage, including death and property damage resulting from acceptance, possession, use of prize, or occurring while traveling to or from, or participating in any related activity at the camp.

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#DimMakEDC – Day 3 iPhone Snaps – Neil Favila’s Top 9

June 23, 2014 Tim Gauthier Events, Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , , ,

Neil’s day 3 iPhone photos are here! This set includes some army dudes, huge crowds, Rob Ford and some trippy shat. Take a look below and stay tuned for the full galleries we’re posting on our Facebook later this week! Millions & millions of photos! #DimMakEDC

#DimMakEDC – Day 2 iPhone Snaps – Neil Favila’s Top 6

June 22, 2014 Tim Gauthier Events, Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , , , ,

The PLUR continues as you can see in these photos from #DimMakEDC Day 2. Things were definitely getting weird in Las Baegas, per usual, according to this set from Neil Favila. Can’t wait to see what Day 3 will look like. #hopetheyaremorefocused

#DimMakEDC – Day 1 iPhone Snaps – Neil Favila’s Top 8

June 21, 2014 Tim Gauthier Events, Lifestyle Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

A little look into some of the highlights of Day 1 of #DimMakEDC. Aoki, cakes, babes, bums, fun rides and potty breaks. Check out the photos and stay tuned for tomorrows series.

P.S. check out Aoki’s handyman work fixing a light at Wet Republic. J/K #SELFIE

#DimMakEDC – We out here!

June 18, 2014 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, News Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The Dim Mak crew is headed to EDC Vegas this weekend. Amongst this year’s epic lineup, Dim Mak’s very own Dirtyphonics, Clockwork, Steve Aoki and more will be throwing down all week. Not only will you get an exclusive pass to hang with these Dim Mak artists, BUT we’ll also be bringing you an inside look from friends like Carnage, Borgore, R3HAB, and more. Those of you who have been to EDC know the craziness that is about to ensue, and Dim Mak will be there to make sure you don’t miss a second of the madness. Follow the crew on their epic journey to Vegas, including daily recaps, behind-the-scenes, ratchet babes, pool parties, and life on the strip with the hashtag #DimMakEDC. Check back daily to get your dose of EDC done the Dim Mak way!

 

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Behind The Scenes: Wild Out Music Video Shoot w/ Borgore, Waka Flocka Flame and more

June 6, 2014 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, News, Video Tags: , , , , ,

When you put Borgore, Waka Flocka Flame, and Steve Aoki together, you know you’re in for a good time. While the video for “Wild Out” features an epic party as well as some forays into a psychedelic world, the making of the video was a party itself. Go behind the green screen and see what the guys get up to when the cameras aren’t rolling. While it might be disappointing to realize that there aren’t ACTUALLY pizzas flying through space, the on set antics might be entertaining enough to let that fact slide.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL ‘WILD OUT’ VIDEO HERE

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[RECAP] Dim Mak Invades The ILLMORE @ SXSW 2014

March 20, 2014 Tim Gauthier Events, Lifestyle, Music, News Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Last Thursday at SXSW, Dim Mak was honored to host The ILLMORE,  one of the most exclusive SXSW after parties with past performances from some of the biggest names in new music including MACKELMORE, DIPLO, WIZ KHALIFA, STEVE AOKI, ZEDD, KENDRICK LAMAR, A$AP ROCKY, and CHANCE THE RAPPER. Produced by famous rap blog The ILLROOTS and Austin-based promotion company ScoreMore Shows and presented by Scion, The ILLMORE last Thursday featured a special dj set  from boss man Steve Aoki followed by performances from artists such as OG Chase B, DJ Mr. Rogers, Brenmar, LOUDPVCK, G-Eazy, Dom Kennedy, Robb Bank$, Casey Veggies, Future, and more. Enjoy the recap gallery below!

Photo Credit: Chris Carrasquillo

#DimMakPizza Winners

March 20, 2014 Dim Mak Fashion, Giveaways, Video Tags: , , , , , ,

Wow! We didn’t have a clue what to expect with our #DimMakPizza photo contest but you guys killed it! Thanks to everyone that submitted your #DimMakPizza photos…you guys got more creative with pizza than we usually do with cake.  It was a very tough decision but we were able to pick 6 winners. These lucky fans will receive a PizzaShirt.net t-shirt as seen in The Deathset “Soar Away” music video.

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“Mementos” Steve Aoki Fan Art Opening in L.A.

March 12, 2014 Dim Mak Lifestyle, News Tags: , , , ,
Memento: an object kept as a souvenir or reminder of a person or event.

Steve Aoki hosted a fan art opening last night at the Scion AV Installation in Los Angeles. The opening, titled “Mementos”, displayed 8 remarkable pieces of fan art created by a handful of his kick ass fans from all over the world. The pieces are representative souvenirs from Aoki’s successful career in music. They are reminders of the people that matter the most to that career: the coolest fans on the planet.

In addition to the 8 pieces of fan art, all created on various mediums, the exhibit features an original piece by Dev N Gosha inspired by none other than Steve Aoki.  Outside of the exhibit, a Scion car Aoki helped design sat on display.

The line was out the door as guests were eager to get inside to meet Steve and see what he had in store for them. Unlike some of their other interactions with Steve, this time, fans in attendance wouldn’t be met with a cake to the face. Just some pretty cool and inspiring fan art.

The exhibit will be open from March 12 to March 30, 2014. Viewing hours are from 12-7pm Tuesday through Sunday.

[Rolling Stone Gallery] Steve Aoki: A Night in the Life

November 21, 2013 Dim Mak Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Rolling Stone magazine captured some exclusive behind the scenes photos of Steve Aoki’s homecoming show at the Shrine in Los Angeles last weekend. The show was extra special for Dim Mak’s founder with all of his L.A friends and family there to show support and party with him on this Aokify America Tour stop. The gallery captures everyone who was out celebrating including Steve’s mother, sister and old friends like Kid Cudi and Mike from Linkin Park. See all the photos from before, after and during the show with Steve’s own commentary on the Rolling Stone featured photo gallery.

The Evolution of Cumbia Music in Monterrey (via @Vice)

November 19, 2013 Tim Gauthier Fashion, Lifestyle, Video Tags: , , , , ,

Since the 60’s, Monterrey has listened and danced to cumbia, a style of music originally imported from Colombia. Although it once played through the sound systems of Mexico City, nowhere else was cumbia received with as much passion as in Monterrey. There are several theories about how this city in the north of Mexico, thousands of kilometers away form Valledupar, became a stronghold of Colombian cumbia. The most accepted is that local sound systems, known as sonideros, started bringing records from Mexico City and Houston for their parties, particularly in the working-class neighborhoods of Campana and Independencia.

After a couple decades, cumbia in Monterrey evolved and found its own identity. In addition to the sonideros, bands appeared, first playing covers of classic songs, and later songs of their own, with Celso Piña being the most representative figure of this movement. At the same time, Colombians from Monterrey who listened to this music started developing their own fashions, a very particular way of dressing, dancing, and wearing their hair in a style that is neither Colombian or northern Mexican.

In company of Satanás (Satan), a local promoter and concert photographer, we went dancing to the Fe Music Hall, where we saw the Cumbiamberos RS in a face-off with other local bands. We went to a neighborhood party in the Amilpa neighborhood, we visited Rafael Dueñes (one of the first sonideros from Monterrey, who by mistake invented slowed down cumbias) in Independencia, and we talked with Toy Selectah, who, after Control Machete, has innovated, mixed, remixed and reinvented cumbia. Just as Celso Piña says, “We brought cumbia from Colombia to Monterrey, and from Monterrey to the world”.

Cumbia has changed. The local scene has diminished in recent years because of the narco related violence that has hit the city, and the army and police cut the sideburns of many Colombians. Still, the party goes on, and these guys continue to dance and dance in circles to the rhythm of guaracha.

Serato x Red Bull Thre3style 2013 World Finals Wrap Up

November 19, 2013 Dim Mak Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , ,

DJs and producers from around the world gathered together in Toronto for the annual Red Bull Thre3style World Finals last weekend. The DJs battled it out over 5 days until ultimately the Japanese based DJ/Producer Shintaro took the the title. Dim Mak was proudly represented by Toronto’s own Keys N Krates. Keys N Krates single “Treat Me Right” off of their SOLOW EP was featured in the official recap video for the competition. “Treat Me Right” gained Keys N Krates worldwide recognition after topping Hype Machine and reaching #1 on Beatport’s Top 100 Electronic Chart with its June 2013 release. The SOLOW EP includes other successful singles such as “Dum Dee Dum” which official music video has almost 130,000 views after premiering on MTV Clubland. Keys N Krates have been staying busy with a jam packed festival season that included performances at Lollapalooza, Mad Decent Block Party and Hard Summer. They are continuing to tour alone and at special locations on the Aokify America Tour. Watch above to see all the talented producers who performed and showcased their talent in this official recap video.

[Official Music Video] TAI & Kay – The Thrill

November 18, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music, Video Tags: , , , , ,

House producer/DJ TAI and vocalist Kay have unveiled the official music video for their new collaboration “The Thrill,” out now on Dim Mak Records. Premiered via major Canadian TV network Much Music, “The Thrill” music video is a sexy and fashionable romp showcasing a flirtatious Kay in fashion-forward attire stylistically shot by reputable music video director Aaron A (Nelly Furtado, Fefe Dobson, James Morrison). Watch the TAI & Kay – “The Thrill” official music video above.

“The Thrill” music video is all about living life in the fast lane, and looking good while doing it. Kay is prominently featured and shows off her mesmerizing confidence via stylistic outfits that create a sensual experience for the viewer with a special cameo from producer TAI.

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.

“LOVE IS STILL ALIVE” KENNA [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

November 6, 2013 Dim Mak Fashion, Lifestyle, Music, News, Video Tags: , , , ,

Kenna_LoveIsStillAliveGrammy nominated artist Kenna drops his music video for “Love is Still Alive”, the second single from his EP series “Imitation Suicide”. The black and white video is sensual and simple with a modern touch of color. Kenna’s sultry voice brings sexy back to the Dim Mak roster and to the music industry itself. Justin Timberlake says “Kenna is what the World needs to hear, they just don’t know it yet”. Kenna’s creation is a genre blurring blend of R&B, funk and electronic that is refreshing and calming to the ears. The entire three part EP series was written, produced and created by Kenna who is already a busy man with his roles as a GAP model, Chief Vision Director of the new Myspace and philanthropist. Kenna was one of many celebrities who was featured on MTV as they climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in efforts to bring awareness for the global water crisis. Stay tuned for EP part 3 out December 3rd, check out the behind the scenes video, and his sit down interview with Steve Aoki via his Aoki Files series below.

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[THUMP VIDEO] Real talk with over 20 of Toronto’s dance music gurus.

October 31, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music, News, Video Tags: , , , , ,

In mere days from now—November 4 through 9, to be exact—a selection of finalists from around the world will touch down in Toronto for the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals, the globe’s best DJ competition actually geared towards the dancefloor. But it’s not like the Canadian capital needs any talent imported. Many of the DJs/producers currently blowing up the club scene worldwide originate in the T… and you may not even know it.

In this video, Brooklyn-based DJ Jubilee—a Thre3style judge who has played in Canada so many times she’s practically half-maple—visits over 15 of her Toronto-based friends, including Dim Mak superstars Keys N Kratesand Autoerotique, bass dudes Hunter Siegel and Marcus Visionary, techno leading lights Gingy and Alixander III (of Azari & III), and frequent Thre3style performers GrandtheftThugli, and Skratch Bastid, among many others. Along the way we discover that the Toronto dance music scene is a fractured but lovable family—most of these producers have worked together, lived together, thrown parties together, or gotten in fights with each other at one point or another, whether they’re deep in the techno game or banging out the hardest trap sounds.

Watch See You in Toronto to find about Torro Torro’s secret love affair with pigs, why Bruce Trail is a wizard, who throws the best afterparties, how Autoerotique gets erotic, and why Hamilton is the darkest place on the planet Earth, among other secrets of the city’s dance music elite.
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‘Bring You To Life (Transcend)’ Music Video w/ Richard Simmons – Steve Aoki and Rune RK ft. Ras

October 31, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music, Video Tags: , , , , , ,

Thanks to a pair of magic headphones — and, really, what headphones aren’t? — the two swap places, with Simmons becoming an EDM superstar and Aoki taking over one of Simmons’ workouts. Think Freaky Friday with lots of exercise outfits and choreography…

[TONIGHT] PARTYYY @ THE OOGIE BOOGIE, BONES’ HALLOWEEN MIX, & MORE!

October 29, 2013 Tim Gauthier Blog, Fashion, Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , , , ,

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Who’s GETTING WEIRD with us at the #DimMakTuesday Oogie Boogie?! Get your DRANKENSTEIN FACE on with The Dim Mak Krew as we boogie the night away to the beats of a VERY SPECIAL/VERY SECRET guest DJ, birthday boy Dr. Fresch, and the homies Bones & Precept! Click here for tix & more info!

In celebration of tonight’s #DimMakTuesday #OogieBoogie festivities, we’re giving you a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween mix from our BFF Bones! The mix will be featured on #DimMakStudios Evolution Radio 7 pm PST // 10 pm EST THIS Thursday 10/31 so be sure to tune in!

Just in time for your frightful festivities, I give you this years installment to my Halloween mix series. Unlike the DEEP END, this mix ventures into the harder, the heavier, the retched and the rave. I kept it to 30 minutes so you can get your chills quicker and straight to the vein. Be sure to listen while in the dark, drinking blood, causing mischief or just getting into the ghastly spirit. Happy Halloween my pretties….. ~ BONES

*WARNING* Listen w/ headphones or HQ speakers for the ultimate experience! *WARNING*

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Cryptkeeper – Intro
Destructo – Higher
Rubberteeth – Back Down
Alvaro – Welcome To The Jungle
Angger Dimas – Jump Floor
GTA – The Crowd
Chris Lake – Ohh Shhh
Kenneth G – Tjoppings
Tony Quattro – Superbad
Tchami – Shot Caller
Steve Aoki, Chris Lake, Tujamo – Boneless
Astronomar – Swordfight (Kid Kamillion Edit)
Chris Lorenzo & Pete Graham – Dorothy’s Forest
Los Ghosts – Go Low
DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon – Turn Down For What

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ALSO, be sure to follow the Dim Mak Instagram @DimMakRecs for daily costume ideas inspired by pop-culture in 2013. See below for a preview of some of the get-ups we’re suggesting:

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CONCEPT #1: “Trick Or Treat B*tch”

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CONCEPT #2: “R.I.P. Hannah Montana. Death By Twerking”

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CONCEPT #3: “K vs. K”

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CONCEPT #4: “Trickelodeon”

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This man, nor this project, should be slept on… Kenna ‘Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation Is Suicide’

October 25, 2013 Nikki Lifestyle, Music, News Tags: , , , , ,

In this day and age, it’s harder and harder to find great minds with progressive, forward-thinking ideas, especially in certain areas within the music industry, where shock value has a higher price tag than raw talent. So when someone like Kenna comes along…

#DimMakTuesdays: Complex TV & Magnetic Magazine [Feature] + THROWBACKS!

October 21, 2013 Tim Gauthier #ThrowbackThursday, Blog, Lifestyle, Video

Recently, Complex TV & Magnetic Magazine compiled an incredible piece on our beloved #DimMakTuesdays at Dim Mak Studios, previously known as Cinespace, and considering today is #ThrowbackThursday, we were inspired to dig up some classic footage of past shows! Enjoy, Dim Mak-ers!

“Dim Mak Tuesdays…one of the most influential nights in Hollywood and the national EDM scene” – Complex TV

Dim Mak Presents: Skrillex & Alvin Risk, Live At Dim Mak Studios

Dim Mak Studios | Los Angeles (Starring: Them Jeans, Dan Oh, 12th Planet, & More Homies!)

Azari & III Live At Dim Mak Tuesdays Teaser – November 30th, 2012

Die Antwoord Secret Show – U.S. Debut At Dim Mak Tuesdays!

DJ Chuckie @ Dim Mak Tuesdays

Thomas Bangalter – Let There Be Daft Epic! OMFG! Live @ Cinespace 4.21.09

MAJOR THROWBACK: Skrillex Crowd-Surfing @ Cinespace!
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Upcoming #DimMakTuesdays:

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March Of The Afrojack – Part IV (#AFROKI)

October 18, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Video Tags: , , ,

The March of the Afrojack series continues its wild parade in this latest installment, which finds the Dutch EDM superstar pool-party hopping in a whirlwind of DJ set debauchery with buddies Calvin Harris, Laidback Luke and Steve Aoki.

Afrojack heads over to Aoki’s pool party where the champagne flowed, the beats boomed and Afrojack proclaimed the Dim Mak honcho, “my best friend in music. I don’t know anyone I’m closer to in the whole music scene than Steve Aoki.”

The two go on to discuss their own friendship, with Aoki recalling their first meeting around 2009 and the track, “Show Me Your Hands,” that instantly came about from their first session together. The clip ends with some truly unique footage of “Afroki” – as the two so call themselves – swapping beats and working on what’s sure to be another raucous collaboration.
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Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/march-of-the-afrojack-heads-to-the-pool-premiere-20131016

Aoki Files #48 w/ Kenna

October 16, 2013 Nikki Lifestyle, Music, News, Video Tags: , , ,

Get your fire extinguishers out, y’all, because this episode of #AOKIFILES is on fire (which may explain the hole in Steve’s shorts)! Steve hangs out with the extraordinary singer, producer, visionary, “monk,” KENNA to get the dirt on what fans and tastemakers alike can expect from the collection of EPs Kenna is hitting us with this year. With what Steve describes as a “classic dance record”, Kenna is part of the evolution of Dim Mak Records with the release of his single “Relations (An Ode to You and Me)”. Watch the episode for more info on the 3 chapters of Kenna’s release, find out what artist helped Kenna make his “alien-esque” EP, and keep your ears wide open for the fantastic dance sounds emerging from this self-proclaimed nerd (whereas we prefer to think of him as a genius)!
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It’s time to add some color to your life…

October 11, 2013 Nikki Lifestyle Tags: , , , , ,

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Remember back towards the beginning of summer when we gifted you with a rad computer/phone background so that you could show your love for Dim Mak to all your friends? That was a great day for all of us, right?! Well, thank your lucky stars because we’re back with another pack of backgrounds to make your technology look just as baller as can be. With an updated Dim Mak logo and ten stellar colors to choose from, you’ll be the envy of anyone with a pair of eyes. And they are just as free as can be, so take one or take them all! You’re welcome.

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Bowling, Beers and Burritos

October 11, 2013 Dim Mak Lifestyle Tags: , , , ,

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32kjec8LajT-bLg_pMXpEOX1Jdv9aRys8P_KuJJ_jw4It is pretty rare to get the entire Dim Mak gang together with our demanding work schedules but we managed to squeeze in some good old fashion fun at the local bowling ally before our founder Steve “Aoki” embarked on his Aokify America tour. Lucky for us it was gay night so we felt right at home and completely comfortable singing along to classic 80’s jams in replace of our usual house bangers.

Steve took the role of team captain and divided us into three teams based off who bragged about their bowling skills and who could barley lift a bowling ball.  After a few (or too many) beers we weren’t feeling competitive enough so Steve decided to up the anty a little bit with some prizes….free Adidas for the first place team and $100 for the second place team. That was all I had to hear and I had my game face on.

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Each team had some key bowlers that evened out the playing field.  Steve and our Vice President Lorne took on the role of bowling mentors offering tips and tricks to help win.  Everyone became cheerleaders, high giving and cheering each other on.  The scores were all pretty close but I will gladly brag about being on the winning team because I’m stoked for my new Adidas.

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Being a charitable and generous company we decided against taking the $100 and donating all of the money to our always busy video production team. Feeling too hungry to play a second round we mobbed deep to the nearest Chipolte…for some free burritos #chipoltegang.  After a long day in the office it was awesome to get out and spend some stress free fun time with the Dim Mak fam.

 
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Sex Panther – 60 percent of the time, it works every time.

September 10, 2013 Nikki Lifestyle, News Tags: ,

sexpantherLet me tell you something. As a woman, I need a man who can do like a thousand bicep curls while maintaining a shimmering mustache of manliness and smell like champion. I realize that some of you can’t even grow a section of peach fuzz on your quivering upper lip, but there is no longer any excuse for you to not smell like pure awesome now that Sex Panther cologne has been unleashed into your manly man kingdom. And it’s only $35, by the beard of Zeus! So iron your leisure suit, get yourself down to the local joint where man perfume is sold (it’s next door to the Toilet Store), and buy SEX PANTHER; it comes in a bottle so you don’t have to.

“60% of the time, it works every time.”

Dim Mak “Up All Night” Cabo

June 27, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Video Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Dim Mak goes south to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in the next installment of the Up All Night video series. Following the debauchery worldwide, the Up All Night video series documents the Dim Mak lifestyle on the road and across the globe as seen through the eyes of Dim Mak artists and crew as well as founder Steve Aoki.

In this Spring Break special edition of Up All Night, we are joined by bass heads Datsik and Borgore as well as Congorock, Autoerotique, Jerome LOL, Anna Lunoe and more. In the video, Datsik downs the beer and margaritas, Borgore sings a capella, and Autoerotique and Jerome LOL slay the decks.

At Dim Mak, we’ve got the girls, we’ve got the booze, we’ve got the pool parties, we’ve got the floaties. All we need is YOU!

The Clinton VanSciver Takeover! [turntable.fm x Beatport]

June 18, 2013 Nikki Lifestyle, Music, News Tags: , , ,

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clintonavatarWhat comes after releasing an EP that is climbing charts and sending fans into a frenzy? World domination, of course! And what better place to start than Turntable.fm, where Clinton VanSciver will be taking over the the room of DJ Wooooo for a dance party extravaganza today at 2 pm (PDT). Turntable.fm, a music website popular for its ability to connect DJs with fans and making it easy to listen to music with friends, has been slated as the most original music site in years, and Clinton VanSciver is sure to fill a virtual room to its limits with eager fans wanting more from this heavy hitting producer.

DJ Wooooo’s House/Dance/Electro Turntable.fm Room

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BEATPORT CHART DOMINATION

The release of “Indie Anna Jones EP” has proved to be a major success. Just take a look at where the groundbreaking album has placed at BeatPort in just eight days since its release: #15 on Progressive House, #14 on Dubstep, and #10 on Glitch Hop. From the looks of it, “Indie Anna Jones EP” is making its way onto all the Beatport charts that we bass heads love so dearly. Prepare yourself for a wild afternoon of live spinning from Clinton VanSciver over at turntable.fm (follow the link to ensure instant party), grab the four-track legendary “Indie Anna Jones EP”, and let Clinton transform your Wednesday into a “Woooooooo-dnesday”! See what I did there? Awesome.

Win a scholarship to Camp Spin Off from Dim Mak!!!

April 16, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , ,

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camp-logoSteve Aoki is sending one young aspiring DJ to the coolest, most unique summer camp ever! If you are a DJ between the ages 13-17 you can enter the Dim Mak contest to win a scholarship to Camp Spin Off which takes place July 28th – August 1st in Ojai, California. Steve will be choosing one lucky camper to attend the only sleep away summer camp teaching teens the art of DJing and music production.

This one-of-a-kind week long summer camp will provide campers with an incomparable experience that will allow them to hang out with/learn from established DJs and will include everything from intense workshops and classes to pool parties, DJ showcases, outdoor activities and more! (All housing, meals and equipment will be provided).

To apply to this contest;
Download the Scholarship Application: http://bit.ly/11cO1N7
View the official contest rules: http://bit.ly/11cFae5

Check out this video from last summer, or visit the Camp Spin Off web site for more info: http://www.campspinoff.com/

Deadline to return applications is May 1st 2013. Don’t miss your chance to be the lucky winner of this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Live Performance Music Video Shoot for Keys N Krates next Tuesday!

April 10, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music, News, Video Tags: , , , , , ,

knk_ig_videoShootDim Maks amazing and original new artist Keys N Krates are coming to Dim Mak Studios and you’re invited! Come be a part of history and help capture the essence of our legendary Tuesday night party in Hollywood at the music video shoot for their new single “Treat Me Right”, which was released on Dim Mak Records earlier this year. Arrive early for FREE beer and come dressed in your finest threads, bring your friends & ratchets too. Entry to Dim Mak Tuesdays will be comp’d for all participants. Hope to see you all there!

Dim Mak Presents:
– Keys N Krates | Dim Mak Records
– Dan Oh
– Kid B
– BONES | Gotta Dance Dirty
+ SECRET GUESTS

Madison | LST ‘Oblivion': Ford Models Interview, “Lean On” Sneak Peek

March 25, 2013 Tim Gauthier Fashion, Music, News Tags: , , , , ,

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Being called “the next to blow” after releasing “Who Knows” and “Give Me The World“, Madison | LST is continuing his trajectory with his latest project, OBLIVION. The Ford Model and NYC rapper has launched a Kickstarter, which has been selected as a Staff Pick, to make his debut album together with his friends and family.

[blockquote]As a little boy, Stewart wanted to be an astronaut, so it is no surprise that visiting outer space is on his bucket list.  Performing at the Grammy’s and shooting a campaign for Givenchy (in outer space of course) is also on that list….We’re taking the music back in our hands, artist and audience.

Read the full Ford Models interview HERE[/blockquote]

Check out Madison| LST’s Kickstarter campaign HERE.”Get inspired by watching and inspire him by supporting.”

Just for kick$, czech Madison | LST with A$AP Rocky

Follow Madison | LST on Twitter | Soundcloud | Facebook

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Dim Mak x #blu eCigs x #ElectricLounge x Austin, TX

March 25, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , , , ,

For one week out of the year, all eyes are on the Lone Star state as thousands of fans, bands, bloggers, vendors, and film geeks swarm the Texas state capital for SXSW.

This year, from March 14-16, a new venue with the electronic set in mind popped up on historic 6th street. Sponsored by blu eCigs, the Electric Lounge held free shows featuring some of today’s most popular and rising stars of the dance movement; so naturally, there were some incredible Dim Mak Records artists included in the lineup. We all know it’s not a party until it’s a Dim Mak party, and SXSW attendees learned that lesson first hand. Featured at the Electric Lounge were DMR artists Datsik, Keys N’ Krates, and Will Brennan. Playing to a packed, yet intimate crowd, the lounge was popping off like the buttons of a too-tight shirt on a too-round man.

Datsik did what he does the absolute best (see: blow minds) by playing tracks off of his newest EP, Cold Blooded(Firepower), as well as crowd favorites from the “Vitamin D” album.

The triple threat trio of Keys N’ Krates brought the house down with pumping vibrations, giving fans a taste of what’s to come in 2013 with “Treat Me Right”, the trios newest single that is placing on charts all across the board.

Will Brennan, riding the waves of his latest releases “RNR” and “Fall In Love” in celebration of the re-release of his album “Prodigal Son”, the hip hop/electro darling gave Electric Lounge a performance that dared the attendees to not throw their hands up and get down.

All in all, Dim Mak Records artists showed native Austinites and international visitors alike that the label features diverse artists who know how to please an equally diverse crowd. Thanks to everyone who supported our hard working artists at this years SXSW, and an extra special thanks to #blu eCigs and #ElectricLounge for shining their spotlight on Dim Mak Records.

Check out some of the madness that took place in the photobooth on Thursday. See the full set here.

A Night In Review: Flosstradamus @ Club Nokia

March 7, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , , ,

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“Club Nokia was the epicenter of Trap music Friday night, with big-time performances from AraabMuzik and Flosstradamus. There were also other great opening sets by Congorock, gLAdiator, Noizfiend, Alex Bustamove, and Mature Content. The night was full of the hard hitting bass and sway inducing beats that have become synonymous with the Trap sound. Araabmuzik was first to kick off the night and he didn’t disappoint.

Araabmuzik is the type of DJ who is so solid, that you know you’re going to have a good time no matter what when you listen to his music live. One of the reasons for this sure thing is that Araabmuzik mixes live using a MPC and so everything you are hearing is coming live from his hands to the speakers and then straight to your ears. Because every drum kick and sample is mixed live, it makes for a different type of set, where the beats and rhythm are on showcase instead of any big name song drops.

He opened his set with one of his tracks “Never Have to Worry,” and immediately the crowd started to get into what was a great constant track-to-track dance party. Araabmuzik showed great variety throughout the whole set, starting with slow deep bass only to speed up the tempo and then drop right back into a monster bass drop. Araab danced the night away while mixing but he never took his hands off the table and you could tell he enjoyed performing just as much as the audience enjoyed listening.  Towards the end of his set he introduced some noticeable tracks like Nero’s “Promises,” and Biz Markie’s “Let Me Clear My Throat.” All-in-all Araabmuzik’s set was a good mix of trap and other quicker electro beats.

Next up on the deck was headliner Flosstradamus. The DJ-duo is known for their hard hitting trap sets and that is exactly what they delivered. It was both a classic and unique set as the DJS dropped popular Trap tracks as well as some remixes that were unexpected. They opened up with Lana Del Rey’s “Videogames” and then mixed right into “Bugatti” by Ace Hood. Things got especially turned up when they dropped a trap remix of “Face Down, Ass Up” by Meek Mill and then launched into “What’s Your Fantasy” by Ludacris. In fact, Flosstradamus threw the beat down so hard during a mix of a new song with DJ Slink that the power actually blew out for a minute.

After the technical difficulty the duo launched back seamlessly into their set and hyped up the crowd with a remix of “Jah No Partial” by Major Lazer featuring Flux Pavillion. The rest of the set was a bevy of trap classics from Rick Ross, Waka Flacka, and Chief Keef to name a few. The highlight of the night was definitely when they dropped RL Grimes remix of “Satisfaction” by Benni Benassi and then spun right into a mix of Kanye West’s “Mercy,” and the classic techno song “Sandstrom,” by Darude.

Flosstradamus kept spinning through the night as they disappeared behind the fog that was being shot out in front of the DJ booth. When the lights hit the fog, it made them look even more awesome, as if they were illuminated in a cloudy rainbow of epic-ness.

It was a great night for trap music and EDM fans, and the crowd at Club Nokia seemed to be pleased, as they stayed through the night and seemed to dance forever.”  - Jenna Browning

 

Dim Mak Pool Party in Miami: Themeantics Ep.4

February 27, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Video Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Every year, Miami hosts one of the biggest weeks in electronic music alongside Ultra Music Festival, the Winter Music Conference/ Miami Music Week.  In our latest video installment we’d like to invite you to tag along with Ashley and Kimbo in their adventure to last years Dim Mak x Obey The Kitty Pool Party at WMC. Watch as these two West Coast girls party on with cameos from Steve Aoki, PeaceTreaty, Dirtyphonics, R3hab, Lil Jon, Tommy Gunz, and more. 

#DimMakDIY – Featuring Lacy (Dirtyphonics Edition)

February 26, 2013 Tim Gauthier Fashion Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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Its not too uncommon to see women shaving their heads now a days. Natalie Portman rocked it, So did Amber Rose, and even with her baby bump she still looks bomb. It can be considered a bold statement and often prominently displays confidence. I mean yeah, you might end up going crazy and try to stab people with an umbrella but unless you’re like that you should be fine. Anyways, our girlfriend Lacy is one of these women, and if you’ve spotted her at any of our events, you can already tell she brings the party and turns hairy heads. She was such a sweetheart and asked that I would photograph her going all out no clipper guard for what turned out to be a great evening of shooting some awesome photos. After all the the hair was gone (off her head and all over the floor and sink), and still excited to keep cutting, she turned the scissors on one of our new Dirtyphonics tees and with a little DIY, went custom for the night. We strongly encourage this behavior so show us your best DIY custom Dim Mak merch!

Photos by: Alexander Federic alexanderfederic.com

New in the App Store: Unicorn by Sound Of Stereo (New WebApp)

February 25, 2013 Tim Gauthier Gadgets, Lifestyle Tags: , , , , , ,

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In celebration of the release of their newest EP, Unicorn, Sound of Stereo has teamed up with Apple to bring you a fun and exciting app to help spice up all your photos. The program, aptly titled “Unicorn by Sound of Stereo”, allows users to add a variety of unicorn-inspired themes to pre-existing photos within their personal albums, or you can also snap a fresh new pic and accessorize it with some majestic accoutrements.

Download the app now for FREE from the App Store and be sure to scope out all the tracks on the EP!

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There is also a Sound Of Stereo Magical Web App available now as well…
Click here or the below image to test it out.

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Dim Mak x Joyrich: Let Them Eat Cake (Party Recap)

February 22, 2013 Tim Gauthier Fashion, Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , , ,

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What happens in Vegas, ends up all over the internet and Vegas is no longer safe, which works out great as it served for a perfect location to have ourselves a little party. We teamed up with Joyrich for a cake filled celebration at The Act Nightclub in Las Vegas, where we showed off some of our new Dim Mak x Joyrich collab “Let Them Eat Cake” merch. With sounds pumping by Them Jeans, Kay, DJ Metric and hosted by Hannah Beth! A few of our friends Cobra Snake, Misha Janette, Mookee, Jonny Cota, Dork Dozier, Justin Barco + more came through and it took a lot of strength for us to not unleash a full on cake fight.

Check out more photos on Facebook: Dim Mak Live

Super Awesome Valentines Day cards from @koraline

February 14, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle Tags: , , , , , , , ,

b44dcc901ccb459a30702505ad265aa4We love all love here at Dim Mak , especially in the form of your very own creations. This Valentines day we got lucky , Krista De Lion(pictured on the right) created some super lovingly legit and awesome valentines day cards of our very own artists (Steve Aoki, Autoerotique, Angger Dimas and Felix Cartal), check this out, then check out something else besides the internet cause theres more to life you lonely loser. <3

A Night In Review: Dan Sena + Trapaholics @ Dim Mak Studios

February 9, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, News Tags: ,

If you didn’t have a chance to make it out to Dim Mak Studios this past Tuesday then you’re in for a special treat. We had one of our writers, Jenna Browning cover the night to remind you all of what you missed out on. You can also check out upcoming events at Dim Mak Studios here. Enjoy!

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“Tuesday nights at Dim Mak Studios are always a special time, not only because of the artists that grace the stage but also because of the people who fill the club. The crowd that comes to Tuesday nights just likes to get down, and that’s exactly what they did at Dan Sena’s EP Release Party featuring Trap-A-Holics.

Man-of-the-hour, Mr. Dan Sena himself was first to kick things off in the main room. His set featured a little bit of everything from hard hitting dub step bass to danceable drum kicks that showcased some great

 

vocal samples. Sena hit you right in the heart with his bass drops but showed a lot of restraint as well when he would pull back the beat and let the samples speak for themselves. Everybody is doing dub step these days, but to have a consistent melody throughout the song is a hard skill to master, and Sena did it wondrously. A highlight was definitely his dropping A-Trak’s “Like A Dance Floor” as well as when he slowed down the beat to “All The Way Turned Up.” Sena ended his set right with “Hold On” By Monsta which had the club grooving.

Next up on the decks was DJ Slink who brought the bass level even higher when he laid down his Trap mix. Slink did a good job of turning classic songs into his own like Pharrell’s “Everybody Nose,” where he turned a familiar chorus line into a robotic style voice that definitely had a unique stamp on it. He played other popular classics as well like Dead Prez’s “Hip Hop,” which had the tables shaking with the earth quaking bass. He ended his set with a performance from rapper Whisky Pete who rapped live over Slinks beats until he threw down his final jam “Shook Pt II,” which is always a solid classic.

After Slink’s set ended and you thought the bass went up as high as it could, Trapaholics took the stage in a Fatal Crew T-shirt and cranked it up even higher. The set was perfect for both old and new trap fans alike, as Trapaholics’s song selection was like a magical journey through the genre. He paid homage to Waka Flocka, Rick Ross, Three 6 Mafia and pretty much everyone else who ever had anything to do with making Trap popular. He played all the classics from Trinidad James’s “All Gold Everything,” to “Trap House” by Gucci Mane, to “Respect Me,” by Rick Ross. He threw down bass that got you to bob your head in the dirtiest of ways with a stank grin on your face while you moved your feet almost unconsciously. This wasn’t your normal type of bass; it was some heavy hitting deepness that welled up in your throat.

All in all, it was a night of epic bass in all its glorious forms. Everyone who stuck around to catch all the sets definitely danced the night away to hard-hitting beats and not to mention the sick visual cubes that were video-mixed live by the masters behind the Dim Mak Studios sound booth. ” - Jenna Browning

Phat Brahms Remixes + Phat Brahms Tee available NOW!

February 8, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , , ,

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PhatBrahmsWhitetee1“Phat Brahms” has traveled a long way since its initial creation in 2012. The dynamic track created by Steve Aoki, Angger Dimas vs. Dimitiri Vegas & Like Mike was produced during a late night on the 2012 Deadmeat Tour and later debut at, Tomorrowland during a four way set amid Steve Aoki’s closing performance. Since the October release Phat Brahms has become a popular track among the EDM genre as a high-energy, big-room, dance floor piece, and recently we’ve release a remix package featuring nine renditions of the track from Coone, Botnek, WolfPack, 3BalMTY, and more.

Along with the release of “Phat Brahms” we’ve now produced an exclusive Phat Brahms T-Shirt! Whenever this track (or a remix) is being played during a show, you now have the right shirt to wear for this occassion! Please not that the Phat Brahms shirt is Unisex, so it’s for anyone to wear! But that’s not all! You can also wear it at work, to school, or just at home! More than enough reasons we’d say to order the shirt at the Dim Mak Shop.

ORDER: To order the shirt, go to the Dim Mak Shop here.
TWITTER: @dimmakshop.
FACEBOOK: fb.com/pages/Dim-Mak-Collection.

VIBE sits down with Infected Mushroom

January 20, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle Tags: , , , ,

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Since hooking up in 1997, Israeli psytrance duo Infected Mushroom has used elements of Goa, trance, industrial, and rock in their music. Their latest EP, Friends On Mushrooms Vol.1, is no different. We checked in on Erez “Eisen” and Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani to talk reggae, tacos, psilocybin, Celine Dion and Diplo.

VIBE: You’ve expanded your sonic palette on this EP, adding a bit of electro, moombahton, reggae & dub to your signature psy/trance sound.
Infected Mushroom: The genres you mentioned are really taking hold in many markets around the world – we feel like our take on these types of music is very unique, but it’s not our goal to become an electro producer, or a moombahton producer, etc. It’s our only desire to make people dance, and to continue trying new things.

VIBE: Since you’re trying out reggae, any thoughts on collaborating with Snoop Lion or Diplo who just flipped from Hip Hop to reggae?
Infected Mushroom: We’d love to collaborate. Diplo is awesome – we really dig him.

VIBE: You’ve worked with some big names in rock – Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), and Jonathan Davis (Korn). Are there any other rock stars you have on tap?
Infected Mushroom: Les Claypool would be super nutty! Dare I say, Celine Dion?

Read the full interview over at VIBE.

You can Preview & Pre-order “Friends on Mushrooms Vol. 1 here.

New #Aokify Sticker Packs!

January 18, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle Tags: , , , , , ,

Yo Aokify users! We’ve now hit 100k downloads and 15k #hashtags and counting! Thank you for the continued support!
Brand new spankin’ sticker packs are now available! Punch + kick combos, bazookas, snakes, explosions, and a ton more…all the stickers you’ll need for a video game apocalypse!

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New Features
– New 8-Bit Aoki Sticker Pack
– New End Of The World Sticker Pack
– Clear All, SMS Integration

Coming soon to an Android near you!

Controlling Sound With Your Face (And Vice Versa)

January 5, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music, Video Tags: , , ,

Daito Manabe uses electrical impulses as an artistic medium, creating music through reactions of the human nervous and muscular systems.

“Can you smile without emotion?”

That’s what Daito Manabe asks in the video above. It’s the sort of question many of his digital art projects begin with, leading him to experiment with myoelectric sensors to turn people’s faces into human drum machine. A similar endeavor recently saw him visualizing FaltyDL’s music using jerky, electrified movements of the human body.

Taking the role of programmer, designer, DJ, VJ, and composer on each of his projects, Manabe is able to realize scenarios that change our perception of how our bodies interact with technology. Whereas most electronic musicians control sound with their hands, Manabe uses the electrical impulses of his facial muscles. Most of us just walk in sneakers, but Manabe fitted various pairs of Nikes with sensors that trigger and manipulate sound. DJs have long dreamed of having a third arm to mix and scratch with, and Manabe has already traversed this possibility.

While a lot of digital art prides itself on seamlessness, hiding the wire and code guts of what makes each piece tick, Manabe’s work embraces the functional aesthetic of these tools, focusing his creative energy on conveying a thought-provoking performance. Sitting on stage and altering sound with various facial expressions has this effect without fail.

You can check out Manabe and Perfume choreographer MIKIKO’s projection-mapped video for Nosaj Thing’s “Eclipse/Blue” below. Below that, see some stills from Manabe’s various projects.

(via The Creators Project)

Dim Mak at Red Bull Culture Clash

December 17, 2012 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music, Video Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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