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.
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.
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.
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.
Grammy 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.
Making of “Love Is Still Alive”
Aoki Files w/ Kenna
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 Grandtheft, Thugli, 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.
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…
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*
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
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:
CONCEPT #1: “Trick Or Treat B*tch”
CONCEPT #2: “R.I.P. Hannah Montana. Death By Twerking”
CONCEPT #3: “K vs. K”
CONCEPT #4: “Trickelodeon”
This man, nor this project, should be slept on… Kenna ‘Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation Is Suicide’
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…
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
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.
(via Rolling Stone)
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)!
DOWNLOAD: Chapter 1
PRE-ORDER: Chapter 2