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.
Tweet: “Hey @TheRoxy & @DimMakRecs! I want to party with you at @SSMF on 8/18! http://ssmf.com | #DimMakAfterParty #SSMF” between now & Thursday to enter.
Winner will be announced from @TheRoxy & @DimMakRecs at 5:00pm on Thursday, August 9.
For tickets & more information visit http://ssmf.com.
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.”
Coming Saturday, August 18th, Dim Mak Records will be taking over the Sunset Strip Music Festival, with a special outdoor live performance by Steve Aoki! Come party with the Dim Mak family as we take the streets inside the Roxy for additional performances by Clockwork, PeaceTreaty, Yung Skeeter, Bones and our SECRET GUEST.
Tickets are on sale now! Go to SSMF.com to purchase your tickets today!
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This past Saturday, Dim Mak and The Well LA hosted the Shady Pool Party up in the beautiful hills of Hollywood (oh soooo cool). The event hosted LA’s hippest party goers, along with some the industry’s most familiar faces. We’d like to thank Red Bull for providing energy, The Cobra Snake and Rony’s Photo Booth for supporting the event, and the beautiful Saturday afternoon that we were blessed with!
… To begin with, Alec Empire has a history with Sony — he’d sued them for copyright infringement after another song was included in a Sony ad without permission, and he settled, still feeling ripped off. Part of his dissatisfaction was hearing his music in a commercial at all.
Now Sony was back in Empire’s life — and asking this time. Empire knew at once what he wanted to do.
“I was actually on the phone and had to slow down my pulse and breathe… so the excitement wouldn’t be audible in my voice.”
Read the full interview on wired.com here.
As some of the Korn die-hards might have heard, J Devil will be performing with Korn and Sluggo throughout the remainder of their North American tour. Dates on the Identity Festival tour have also been added, alongside Nero, Madeon, Eric Prydz, Nosia, Datsik, and more!
My rider is now public information and seems to be the talk on my Twitter timeline so I’ll break down some of the more juicier bits of it since people are asking.
I travel with a small crew. Usually I am with my road manager, videographer and now sometimes a photographer as well so at any given show I am with 2 to 3 other people that I have to take care of.
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Can you think of a more perfect setting than a music festival in the middle of the forest? Well you are in luck for perfection, because Electric Forest is just that and this year Dim Mak presents our very own stage, Tripolee Stage on June 29th, 2012. The line-up for our forest lush stage includes: Steve Aoki, Datsik, Zeds Dead, Felix Cartal, Autoerotique, & Alvin Risk!
What, When & Where
JDEVIL commands the underworld. Sliding into the shoes of this nefarious DJ alter ego, the legendary KORN frontman Jonathan Davis conjures up entrancingly evil electro. Teaming with cutting edge label Dim Mak, JDevil will release his debut single “SPIKE IN MY VEINS” featuring Noisia this summer (details TBA).
Originally, I hadn’t planned on attending EDC – but a few days before the festival, my buddy Ryan gave me a proper pep-talk and convinced me to go, further telling me that “I wouldn’t be coming correct, If I didn’t attend”. It was decided, I was all-in for a bender of a weekend (which undoubtedly laid ahead). I reached out to my buddy Keith (Autoerotique), and sorted out credentials, so that I could bring my camera in without hassle. I’ve photographed numerous shows, gigs, festivals, etc…, but I’ve never been to / shot EDC. Naturally, I wanted to do something different with my photographs. A majority of the EDC photos that surface are typically edited in a similar manner, and shot from 1 or 2 perspectives: on stage (behind the dj) or from the crowd (facing the dj). In an effort to mix things up a bit, I decided to shoot the entire festival with my vintage 35mm film camera, while focusing on everything but the dj’s – more of a documentary approach.
Last year I was contacted online by some Anonymous activists regarding the Atari Teenage Riot song “Black Flags”. We collaborated on a viral video project that became a document of activism around the globe from the past six months. People sent in material from student protests in Chile, the Occupy movement, Anonymous and activists in Japan demonstrating against Tepco, the corporation responsible for the nuclear disaster in Fukushima.
Citizens of Michigan, or those willing to take a weekend vacation, Dim Mak is giving away 2 tickets to Electric Forest Festival, located in Rothbury, Michigan.
Enter your chance to win by ‘Instagramming’ your festival outfit, with the official Dim Mak hashtag: #DimMakElectricForest. 2 tickets will be awarded to the person with the most likes and comments combined. Winners will be chosen Monday, June 18, 2012.
Don’t miss your chance to check out Dim Mak artists at the Tripolee Stage featuring Steve Aoki, Datsik, Zeds Dead, Felix Cartal, AutoErotique, and Alvin Risk.
Tune in this Monday, June 18th at 10 p.m. (PST) to catch Dastik’s single, Eviution with Infected Mushroom and Jonathan Davis on the popular MTV show, Teen Wolf.
“Evilution”, as featured on Datsik’s latest full length release “Vitamin D”, as available for purchase today worldwide:
– Beatport: http://www.beatport.com/release/vitamin-d/882988
– iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/vitamin-d/id509193189
It’s the beginning of June, time for you to align your summer vibes and get excited for all the music fests heading your way!
Dim Mak is proud to present our very own stage at Electric Daisy Carnival, Vegas: Neon Garden Stage on Friday June 8th, 2012. We have a few tricks up our sleeves like an unforgettable performance with The Blue Man Group and Aoki for fully immersed multimedia set. They join a lineup that includes: R3hab, Nervo, Datsik, Joachim Garraud, Sidney Samson, Angger Dimas, Excision (live), Will I Am, and more.
WHAT: Dim Mak Neon Garden Stage, Electric Daisy Carnival
WHEN: Friday, June 8th
WHERE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Steve Aoki will be at CRSVR Sneaker Boutique (pronounced Crossover), located in the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
For all the sneaker-heads; Not only will you be surrounded by the rarest of shoes, you will get the chance to hang with Aoki, pick up a special collab tee and check out brands like Supra, The Hundreds, Nike, Stussy, Diamond!
For all looking to attend, be sure you arrive early, and pick up your Limited Edition “Beard” Tee’s before they’re all gone!
Dim Mak & CRSVR Present Steve Aoki Meet & Greet
When: Saturday, June 9th, 2012 @ 2:00pm
Where: CRSVR – 2nd floor – The Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino (3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109)
More Info On CRSVR at www.crsvr.com
We present our new series, INTERLUDE! The Interlude soapbox will serve to highlight and dive into indie happenings and sounds of noteworthy talent, hand picked by our staff. A true pause, but we will still go H.A.M.!
Aspiring DJ’s ages 13-17 can enter to win a Dimmak Scholarship to the only sleep away DJ summer camp in the world! Steve Aoki will choose one lucky camper to spend an unforgettable week learning how to DJ, produce and more from the best. Camp Spin Off is located in Ojai, CA and will take place this summer from July 29th – Aug 2nd. For more information visit: www.campspinoff.com
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3pm. Dim Mak HQ. The day is getting tiresome as my hangover from my previous nights birthday celebration slowly fades. Krystal comes to my desk, demands I come outside with her to have a smoke. I am sitting pondering about stupid shit as always and out comes 100 of the finest american beers a poor hungover birthday boy could ask for. SUPRISE PARTY!!! Read more and peep the gallery
Kid Cudi has received a nomination for Best Music in the MTV Movie Awards for the Steve Aoki remix to “Pursuit of Happiness” being used in Project X. The winner is voted on by fans, so you can head here to vote for Cudi & Aoki.
The remix is also available to download for the first time, read more for details.
This Saturday a small crew from the office made the adventurous journey into the Valley to do “normal” people things. For a fairly new transplant to LA this means a tribute to the weird and fairly often boring nights in the Midwest. We started our night by meeting up at the train station to catch the Metro, which happened to be a first for most of us. Then off to the glamorous Universal City Walk for dinner and some good wholesome fun. This turned out to mean a few, very large beers and some bowling. It doesn’t take long to realize the Midwest boys have an advantage in the fine art of throwing heavy things long distances. The night wrapped up with a, shall we say stereotypical meal at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Thanks to the Dim Mak locals for showing us a great night and lets hope there are more of these outings to come!
-Fish the Intern
Autoerotique has reached out further into the wave of popular social media trends, more recently being his official Tumblr page. For all the active readers, fans, stalkers, and those looking for free stuff, this will service all your needs!
Since it’s launch, Autoerotique has loaded some viral content, including a brand new mix entitled “EKG Teaser Mix”. What EKG stands for… Well, you’ll have to click, view, download, and listen to find out…
Treat yourself to something new and free. Expand those desires upon new territories. Vote YES on Autoerotique.