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!
There is also a Sound Of Stereo Magical Web App available now as well…
Click here or the below image to test it out.
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.
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We 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 [gallery ids="17082,17085,17083,17084"]
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!
“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” 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.
Last night, Toronto royalty Azari & III played Dior Homme Fall/Winter 2013-2014 show at the Club Haussmann in Paris. Dior Homme creative director Kris Van Assche rounded up his models and special guests including Chromeo, Woodkid and Theophilus London to celebrate the special…
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?
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!
– New 8-Bit Aoki Sticker Pack
– New End Of The World Sticker Pack
– Clear All, SMS Integration
Coming soon to an Android near you!
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)
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.
Check one, check one two. This week we are proud announce the the homie from ATL, KLEVER, has blessed us as well as all of you with a Sounds from The WELL mix. We could not be more stoked for the 2 time US DMC champion to grace all of us with his talent, thanks G. He lives in LA now so follow him and go watch him spin cause he’s BOUT THAT LIFE. (via The Well)
We know this dude named Neil Favila that for some reason we like to invite out to our events and activities. He’s been working alongside us for a couple years now and has been steadily becoming a popular name in the industry. What separates Favila from the rest of the photographers out there is his ability to capture the moments that really give one a look into our present culture and chaotic lifestyle. Did we mention that hes super dope and cool and like, knows a bunch of badass people? Hes Legit. Heres a couple shots from Steves birthday…
To see the rest of Neil’s photos from that night click here.
To see the rest of Neil’s photos from that night click here.
Every year, Miami hosts one of the biggest weeks in electronic music alongside Ultra Music Festival, the Winter Music Conference/ Miami Music Week. Join us in our latest video installment as the Dim Mak team takes over Miami in this recap video capturing our official showcase at Dream South Beach Hotel. Keep a look out because you may just recognize a few faces with cameo’s from Steve Aoki, Dirtyphonics, Alvin Risk, PeaceTreaty, Angger Dimas, R3hab, Afrojack, Lil, Jon, Clockwork, Joachim Garraud, and Felix Cartal.
Katy Perry hasn’t been performing music on stage lately, but the artist has been spending time relaxing and enjoying her friends. The entertainer shared photographs of her hanging out with family during Thanksgiving and on Tuesday Katy Perry was taking time to celebrate Yung…
Last night I learned just how competitive bowling is when the Dim Mak family came together in downtown Los Angeles for Steve’s surprise birthday party. We took over four lanes for the celebration and filled it with good company, balloons, beer, strike outs, and birthday cake…
Felix Cartal #NoSleep Photo Contest
1. Take a photo of you doing your best No Sleep pose (half-awake, yawning, wearing pajamas… be creative!)
2. Tweet it, Instagram it or upload to Facebook.com/felixcartal tagging both @felixcartal and #NoSleep
3. All photos will be uploaded to Facebook. The two best photos (chosen by us) and the one with the most likes on fbook will win amazing prizes!
3 Prize Packs:
A year supply of Red Bull
A Felix Cartal/Dim Mak merch prize pack
And a third prize to be announced week of winner announcement
Full contest rules at: http://contest.felixcartal.com
Dim Mak has teamed up with Factory 413, the Hollywood boutique owned by Chad Muska and Angel Cabada of KR3W, to launch an exclusive line of limited edition tees.
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These t-shirts will be launching this Sunday at Factory 413 in conjunction with the launch of the Muska x Aoki x Factory 413 Supra Skytop II Remix.
Check Factory413.com for details of the event.
Los Angeles, CA- November 15, 2012- Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash will return to Los Angeles on December 5, 2012 and will feature four internationally known and well-respected L.A.-based music collectives: Dim Mak and SMOG, both of whom competed in 2010, as well as…
Every year, Miami hosts one of the biggest weeks in electronic music alongside Ultra Music Festival, the Winter Music Conference/ Miami Music Week. Join us in our latest video installment as the Dim Mak team takes over Miami in this recap video capturing our official showcase at Mansion, pool party at Dream Hotel, Steve Aoki’s set at UMF and everything in-between.
We recently welcomed RL Grime to Dim Mak Sunday’s not too long. If you’re not too familiar with the name, you may have heard his popular remix with Salva of Kanye West’s, Mercy circulating throughout the air waves this past summer. Since his dive into the trap scene RL Grime, has made a huge splash in the genre with a handful of remixes and productions. To say the least, he put on an incredible sold out show at Drai’s in September, filling the club with great vibes and music. Check out our latest video installment featuring RL Grime’s big night.
In Haezer’s latest installment of his European Tour Diary, the DJ gives us an personal take on the ups and downs of life on the road. The four minute segment invites us all to join Haezer for week four and five of his summer tour with exclusive behind the scene footage. The video features two tracks off his latest EP, The Wrong Kid Died including “Stars feat. Circe” and “Crank it feat. Francois van Coke”.
MTV IGGY got a chance to interview Proxy and ask some of the questions many have always wanted to ask. Proxy didn’t hold anything back and made a majority of the MTV IGGY staff do a double take with his answers. Read the full interview over at MTV IGGY.
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Long time friend of the Dim Mak family, Kid Cudi is back with his first single from his upcoming album Indicud, which is anticipated for release in early 2013.
The video for Just What I Am featuring fellow Cleveland native King Chip, takes us on a top-down joy ride through DTLA to a laid back warehouse party. The raw flicker show style visuals captivate you and bring you along for this slow-mo, cosmic party experience full of red cups, hot babes and of course it wouldn’t be an LA party without Steve Aoki in the DJ booth.
With elections taking place today, we hope you all take the time out of your day to make it out to the polls No matter who you’re standing behind this election, just remember that voting is a right and privilege that we shouldn’t take for granted. Get out there and vote!
You probably already know and love Rony’s Photobooth for capturing the moments at our Dim Mak parties and other music events here in LA, but thats not all he’s been up to lately.
Music and fashion go together like PB&J. Check out this video from his recent visit to France during Paris Fashion Week.
Highlighting some of the industry’s hottest shows, coolest parties, and priceless people, not to mention gorgeous shots of Paris that will make you “jelly” that you missed it!
Congratulations to Haezer for securing the number 8 position with his latest single, Troublemaker, in this weeks Power of 5FM’s Top 40 chart. Not only is Haezer the only South African artist in the top 10, his number 8 spot beats out other popular singles including Ellie Goulding’s, ‘Anything Could Happen’ and Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’.
In other news regarding Haezer, the second installment of his Tour Diary is now available for viewing. The video diary filmed by Adiaan Louw continues with behind the scenes footage from Haezer’s The Wrong Kid Died European Tour.
Thanks to South Central for letting us use their new tune!
Teef runs wild and spazzes out in McDonalds when the Dub Step joint ‘Jaw Drop’ kicks in! Look out for the counter-grind, him slipping across the floor and landing arse-first on the ‘wet floor’ cone all before being chased out!
Jaw Drop is out November 13th as part of the Hollywood EP on Dim Mak Records, look out for that!
Over 75% of an average American’s exercise now comes from drunkenly dancing, stealing street signs, and carrying home passed-out friends. Let’s party!
This past Tuesday on October 16 the Dim Mak family and friends came together to celebrate our Marketing Director, Bryan “B!” Linares’s birthday. We wanted to bring back the good ol’ Cinespace days we all remembered so fondly in honor of his special day. DMS was almost a mirror image to Cinespace that night – which brought you some of the newest talent every Tuesday including artists such as Lady GaGa, DJ AM, Justice, Kanye West and others.
We brought back the Hollywood Blvd. entrance, replicating the old days to help bring a more intimate setting to the club (which we’ve decided to bring back every Tuesday from now on.) Dan Oh, Them Jeans, and Pase Rock took the stage with old school hits that you wouldn’t hear in clubs today including throwback hip hop, electro, and indie. If i remember correctly I definitely heard old tracks from Mr.Oizo in the mix, who took the stage a few times at Cinespace.
Last but not least, we didn’t let B! get away with out our infamous birthday caking, to show how much we all appreciate him. I mean what’s a birthday with out a face full of cake, right? LOL. Overall Tuesday was a great time that felt more like a house party more anything with great music, friends, and lots of drinks. Check out our album on our Facebook from the night in case you don’t remember much or didn’t make it out to this night of nostalgia.
Now at the close of the year the rock ‘n’ roll star of the electronic world, Dim Mak label boss Steve Aoki, is pleased to announce the release of his first official app, #AOKIFY. Released today, October 18th, this free app is available now on iPhone and iPad devices (Android coming soon).
Over the last few months Haezer traveled through out Europe for his latest tour. In his new Tour Diary on YouTube, he’s giving you all a glimpse into his life on and off the stage. Check out the first video on our YouTube channel of this weekly series and stay tuned for more to come.
“This is my latest mixtape exclusively for DIM MAK including some unreleased mashups i’ve made recently, tracks off my new E.P ‘The Wrong Kid Died’ and some essential bangers i’ve been dropping lately. enjoy!” – HAEZER
Mongoose vs Steve Aoki/Afrojack – Effed up Mongoose(HAEZER mashup)
J-Trick, Reece Low vs Ramones – I’m so punk(HAEZER mashup)
L.A Style vs HAEZER vs Tumi – Rubbernecker is dead(HAEZER mashup)
Gtronic feat. Tumi – Suckerpunch(HAEZER’s trouble mashup)
Les Petits Pilous – Drop It(Just Banana remix)
Misha Mind – Brand the Mind(Fukk Up! remix)
SebastiAn vs Jelo – Siberia Overdrive(HAEZER mashup)
Tom Deluxx – Save Us feat Notorious B.I.G(HAEZER mashup)
HAEZER – Stars feat. Circe
Dog Blood – Next Order
SebastiAn vs Hey Today – Watch me nerve(HAEZER mashup)
HAEZER – Fire Walk With Me
HAEZER – Melody Feat Mike Zietsman
HAEZER – Crank It feat. Francois van Coke
Congrats to Neil Favila for landing the 29th spot on Complex’s, “50 Greatest Music Photographers Right Now” list. The Los Angeles, photographer has shot a number of our artists both on and off the stage including Steve Aoki, Autoerotique, New Ivory, Robert Raimon Roy and others. For more on Neil check out his personal website and Twitter for up to date news. Congrats Neil!
With the back to school season in full swing, we’ve fully stocked our Dim Mak Shop with new threads for the 2012 Fall/Winter season. With the help of some of our friends, we’ve put together a fresh lookbook for the collection featuring the beautiful Iggy Azalea, Yung Skeeter, and The Cobrasnake. The lookbook which features the trio throughout Los Angeles is now available for preview on our official Dim Mak Shop and will soon be available in print.
Don’t miss your chance to get lei’d with us in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Electric Palms Music Festival on Friday, September 21 at the Kaka’ako Waterfront Park. We’ll be giving away 5 tickets for a chance to join Dim Mak in Paradise to catch live sets by Steve Aoki, Kill the Noise, Felix Cartal, and more!
To enter the sweepstakes, email email@example.com with Electric Palms Music Festival in the subject line and you’ll be entered for a chance to win tickets to the waterfront festival. Sweepstake will conclude Wednesday, September 19 at 5pm PST, winners will then be notified, via email, with ticket pick up information soon after. Aloha!
[highlight]**This contest is for tickets to the Electric Palms Music Festival ONLY. Dim Mak is not responsible for any travel expenses.[/highlight]
Captured on Sunset Boulevard, we took some footage of Dim Mak Records taking over the 5th Annunal Sunset Strip Music Festival this past August. Steve Aoki headlined with a few guests, Lil Jon, Travis Barker, Will.I.Am and Miss Palmer, and annihilated a massive cake to celebrate 1 million Facebook Likes. Over at The Roxy, the Dim Mak stage was full with sets by Clockwork, PeaceTreaty, Yung Skeeter and Bones.
Featuring Music: PeaceTreaty “In Time”
For photos from the event go here.
Thanks WAD, for the recent website feature on Dim Mak and our new Fall collection. WAD, is a quarterly magazine sold globally that features an array of topics in their magazine and website covering cutting edge trends in fashion, music and design.
— Wad Magazine (@wadmag) September 11, 2012
This past weekend Labor Day Weekend one of our favorite festivals, Pacific Festival took place at the Newport Dunes Resort and Marina. The day long festival was incredible with an waterfront view, good drinks and an awesome line up.
With three different stages on site the festival featured live performances by headliner Mayer Hawthorne, Mr. LIttle Jeans, Poolside, Yacht, and more. The festival also included DJ Sets by Miami Horror, Moon Boots, Justin Miller, Cosmic Kids, Cassette, and others.
If you didn’t get a chance to make it out, as usual we made sure to take a few snapshots of what took place this weekend.
To see the rest of the photos head over to Dim Mak Live Facebook Page.
We’d like to thank everyone that came out to the Dim Mak Stage at the 5th Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival two weeks ago. If you didn’t get the chance to make it out here is a wrap up of what went down on that glorious Saturday night.
We had our very own Dim Mak stage at the Roxy, featuring sets by some of our favorites including Clockwork, PeaceTreaty, Yung Skeeter and Bones. Along with performances on our stage, Steve Aoki’s headlining set was full of surprises including popping bottles with Lil Jon, girls crowd rafting, and special guest appearances by Travis Barker, Will.I.Am, and Miss Palmer. If that wasn’t enough Steve ended the show by diving into a 2,000 lb cake, dedicated to his 1 million fans on Facebook. We understand this madness sounds too good to be true, so here are a few photos of the madness and we also made sure to post all the pictures of the event on our official Facebook page for all you non-believers at home.
Earlier this month, Stoli Vodka x Grooveshark teamed up with Dim Mak artist, Yung Skeeter for the LA Launch of Stoli’s original Salted Karmal Vodka. If you didn’t get a chance to attend the event- Stoli Vodka x Grooveshark have you covered. Along with photographs from the night, Grooveshark originated a video with Yung Skeeter and mixologist, Jason Bran as they discuss the art of mixing from both spectrums of their field. Along with the video Yung Skeeter has compiled a play list on Grooveshark featuring Autoerotique, Steve Aoki, Neon Blonde and more!
Add to your playlist with Yung Skeeter’s latest Chart Series on Grooveshark.com:
1. Elite Gymnastics – o m a m o r i
2. DJ Skeet Skeet – I Like It Loud feat. Nadia Oh & Donnis
3. Hyuna – Bubble Pop
4. SHINee – A-Yo
5. Avicii – Levels
6. Autoerotique – Turn Up The Volume
7. Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas – Beat Down feat. Iggy Azalea
8. Ali Love – Diminishing Returns
9. Neon Blonde – Chandeliers And Vines
10. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks (Skeet Skeet Remix)
11. Katy Perry/DJ Skeet Skeet – Part Of Me
12. LCMDF – MOUNTAINS (SKEET SKEET REMIX)
Hey Mates, here’s your chance to attend Australia’s Tai Tour courtesy of Dim Mak. We’re giving away a pair of tickets to each Tai tour date. To enter the sweepstakes, email [highlight]tickets[at]dimmak.com[/highlight] with the tour date and location in the subject line of the date you’d like to attend, and you’ll be entered for a chance to attend Tai for free.
Not only are Felix Cartal, Lil Jon and Steve Aoki making their way overseas this summer, it looks like their graphic tees have also found their way into French retailer, Colette. Located in Paris, France, Colette carries some of fashion’s hottest designs and recently welcomed Dim Mak to their online collection. Our Felix Cartal, Lil Jon(available in store only) and Steve Aoki t-shirts are now available on Collette’s website.
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These days, everyone from your best friend to your neighbor’s gardener’s barber is making music. In the overly-saturated electronic music world, there are a few heavyweights who stand alone—virtuoso music-makers who seem to have the Midas touch that turns anything and everything they work on to gut-wrenching gold.
The Bloody Beetroots a.k.a. Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, undoubtedly has claimed a rightful place among the titans of electro music (even he would hate to be classified into just one genre)…
So there I sat, at the restaurant bar of the Standard Hotel in downtown LA, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the masked legend. To my surprise, and delight, Sir Bob was unmasked and without any airs. On stage he is larger than life, but in person, he exceeded his persona—simply because he is an incredibly down-to- earth person.
It felt as if I were catching up with an old friend—an old friend who happened to be interrupted multiple times during our conversation to exchange words with other industry wave makers, too many to mention, who accurately referred to Rifo as the most viral artist in electronic music. And so he is, and will continue to be, infecting us all with his conception of what it means to be an artist.
GM: Coming from performing all over Europe from France to Germany to Belgium, and then Puerto Rico last night, to being here in LA and tomorrow you’re off to Canada– your tour schedule is absolutely insane! It’s exhausting just thinking about it. What do you do to maintain while traveling and still manage to put on a high-energy, kick-ass show every time?
SBCR: You just don’t drink too much or do drugs and it’s not so bad. I’ve been doing this for a long time now, so the jet lag isn’t really jet lag, it’s just lag. But every night is a different experience. Each crowd has a different energy so my job is to connect with the crowd and their energy. If it’s there, I play to that. If it’s not, then it’s my job to give them the energy to want to stay and dance the whole set. I mean, in Europe there were some shows where it was raining, like really raining. And you know, they don’t want to be out but they are out there through it all but I just try to create a space so they will want to be there and have a great time anyway. Because of that, man we got some incredible shots of people going nuts in the rain and that makes it worth it for me, like I did my job.
GM: Can you tell us a little about your creative process? Do you get into the studio and stay there until you’ve made something, or do you only head to a studio after inspiration has struck?
SBCR: I try not to get stuck in the studio all the time, but yeah sometimes I do have to just go and work. But with a song, it’s all about the title. Once the title is there, there is a story waiting to be told. I don’t really know why it’s like it but that’s how it happens for me. The title comes to me and after that, it’s done. I know the beat, the chords, everything, it’s been composed.
GM: So if it starts with the title, is that how you make all of your music?
SBCR: Yes, every time. I mean I remember with Cornelius that was exactly what it was. The title came to me and I wanted to tell the story of Cornelius. He was a character that needed his story to be told.
GM: Well, it’s obviously working–your latest single “Rocksteady” is incredible. From the rock-infused electro beats to that insane video Wyatt Neumann dreamed up, “Rocksteady” seems to strike that perfect balance between garage punk rock and roll and the electro dance we’ve all grown to love. What is your personal definition of Rocksteady?
SBCR: With Rocksteady, once I had that title I knew it had to stay true to its rock ‘n’ roll roots. I wanted it to be reminiscent of the 60s and 70s and have the essence of that time but at the same time, I wanted to redefine what rock is.
GM: With the fairly recent explosion of EDM into mainstream media, it seems there is a massive influx of new music producers and DJs trying to get their material out and gain a strong following. Any advice you would give to someone out there trying to make a name for him or herself?
SBCR: Yeah, it’s true, electronic music is exploding, particularly in America – maybe too much. You know, there’s a lot of material out there now. Some people think that “electro,” if that’s what you want to call it, is cheesy. I know who I am and what I want to bring to the music world, so more than anything I want to make sure the music has content and has substance. For me, that is my main goal and that’s what I focus on regardless of what I’m working on. Of course I have to make a living and be able to stand on my own two feet, but I’m not making music so it can become something or get airplay on the radio. At the end of the day, it has to be about the music and making a connection. If you are doing it for any other reason it won’t work. Music is meant to be felt, nothing else.
GM: Is there anyone that you look up to or aspire to be like?
SBCR: It’s kind of stange, me personally I never really had any idols growing up. I think that’s why I can work with all different types of people. Some of them, are huge in their scenes, superstars, but I don’t think of it. I guess in my mind, I don’t like to weigh people. People are just people which I guess is why I can get along with anyone.
GM: Do you still keep in touch with Dennis? (Lyxzen of Refused and International Noise Conspiracy)
SBCR: Ah, I like to but now, he’s ridiculously busy, touring all over the world, way busier than me!
GM: You definitely aren’t afraid to branch out, encompassing everything from photography and fashion to politics and cinematography into your musical arsenal. What should we be on the lookout for next? A new album? Or maybe something completely different—a novel perhaps?
SBCR: I don’t think I’m so good with words and writing and talking, that’s why I do music and photography to be honest. But I do want to make a movie. That is my next goal. Not like some long full-length feature or anything like that. Just a short, f***ed up story that can maybe explain a little bit about me and how this all came to be.
And with that Sir Bob went off to HARD Summer in LA to put on one of the most insane sets I’ve ever seen—crazy enough to pull us from backstage and into the crowd so we could really get rowdy and experience what the Bloody Beetroots DJ Set is all about. With his latest single “Rocksteady,” a stacked tour schedule spanning from Europe across North America and down under to Australia, and a possible movie in the near future, it seems The Bloody Beetroots’ reign is far from over, but in actuality, is just getting started.
According to Yahoo News, Austin Chapman, 23 year old filmmaker was born deaf and was never able to hear music in its full clarity through his old hearing aid. Earlier this month, Chapman switched hearing aids allowing him to hear music to its fullest potential and forever changing his life.
Chapman shared his experience about his recent visit to Dim Mak Studios for Penguin Prison‘s DJ set stating, “The bass was so heavy I felt it vibrating in my nose and lungs. It was such a rapturous experience, outmated only by the first time hearing music. I literally could not stop myself from dancing and thumping to the beat.”
Dim Mak is honored and would like to personally thank Austin for allowing us to be apart of his new found musical experience.
We’ve been searching high and low on Instagram and Twitter for those of you who have been posting photo’s wearing Dim Mak threads this summer season. Check out our gallery below to see if your photo made it into our summer time post. If you don’t own any Dim Mak clothes and want to be a part of our next “People Wearing Dim Mak” feature feel free to pick up a t-shirt or two at our online Dim Mak Shop.
“This song is about that most wonderous of meats, the bacon. It also introduces the world to the mighty Meat Wizard. He gets his power by tapping in to a universal meat dimension. Some say his power is demonic but they’re talking out their bumholes.
His power is not to be triffled with.” – Weebl
Win a pair of tickets to the Sunset Strip Music Festival street fest on 8/18 from The Roxy & Dim Mak!
Win a pair of tickets to the Sunset Strip Music Festival street fest on 8/18 from The Roxy & Dim Mak!
We know you want to see the awesome SSMF headliners and you especially want to see the amazing Roxy lineup and the Dim Mak stage so we’re giving you a chance to get in free.
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While a late evening shower may have dampened the ground at the launch of Boom, Belgium’s Tomorrowland Festival, the magic of the day wasn’t hindered by it in the very least. If anything, the 60,000 fans in attendance Friday probably welcomed the cool down.
Banging sets by Joachim Garraud & Clockwork, coupled with the ecstatic raging of a few thousand fans, turned Steve Aoki’s tented Dim Mak stage into a sauna. Of course, when rapper Lil Jon walked out and “Welcomed all the ladies and gentlemen” to Tomorrowland, before launching into “Turbulence,” mayhem ensued. And speaking of raging – notable in Aoki’s set – festival goers were treated to a brand spanking new bomber of a collab with Knife Party. Fittingly, when we left Dim Mak for the day, Indonesian rising star Angger Dimas (who revealed to MTV News that a brand new Boys Will Be Boys track with Tiësto is coming soon) had just launched into “Internet Friends.”