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

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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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Aoki Files w/ Kenna

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

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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

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When it comes to getting people moving, few people do it better than DJ/producer Steve Aoki and fitness icon Richard Simmons.

But happens when you get the two of them together?

You get the video for Aoki’s Bring You to Life (Transcend), premiered yesterday on USA TODAY.

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.

“Bring You To Life (Transcend) is about bringing people to life, literally,” Aoki says. “It’s a literal expression about letting the music bring you to life. The video is a very fun role swap between myself and the original dance guru Richard Simmons doing what we both do best.”

Aoki and house producer Rune RK released Bring You to Life (Transcend), which features vocals from RAS, earlier this month on Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. Gille Klabin directed the video.
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[TONIGHT] PARTYYY @ THE OOGIE BOOGIE, BONES’ HALLOWEEN MIX, & MORE!

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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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TRACK LISTING:

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’

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“On ‘Love Is Still Alive,’ (taken from Imitation is Suicide EP series), the longtime friend of Pharell and Chad Hugo opines for love in an Emerson-inspired, harmony-soaked, haunting electronic forest, all produced by the singer himself. Were it not so solid on its own, the temptation to pull apart that vocal track and remix the hell out of ‘Love Is Still Alive’ would be hard to resist.” – BILLBOARD.COM

“Over some funky production from Chad Hugo of The Neptunes, Kenna channels a quirky Talking Heads vibe for ‘Relations,’…” – PIGEONS AND PLANES
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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, you should sit up and pay attention because you are not going to want to miss what he is bringing to the table. Ethiopian-born and Los Angeles-wise, Kenna is a philosophizing producer who approaches life and music with massive energy and passion, saying in an interview with WILD Magazine, “At a certain point you realize that God and the universe have conspired to give you all the tools and relationships to build the world you want to live in, and the success you feel is your purpose in life.” With a mindset like that, it’s no wonder Kenna has critics raving and fans of multiple genres taking notice of this Grammy-nominated artist on a mission. But what good is a load of talent if it’s not being used to call attention to a cause greater than one’s self? As a pioneer of the global clean water issue, Kenna devotes his time, resources, and status to make people more aware of the issue at hand and what to do about it. Sheesh! Does the guy ever sleep? Let’s recap: brilliant, endlessly talented, generous, and an activist? Time to look around, people, because Kenna is taking over.

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“If you’re on the prowl for some deep bass and grind-hungry ladies, then look no further than Grammy-nominated artist Kenna’s new video for ‘Relations (An Ode to You and Me).'” – VIBE

“The EP offering features only three tracks, but that does not deplete the quality throughout the new and intriguing project. Released via Dim Mak, electronic-inspired production is a common theme throughout the short compilation…” – HYPETRAK

“Kenna’s one of those artists with his fingers in so many different fields that it’s hard to believe that he’s just one dude with two arms.” – KARMA LOOP
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With his most recent and ambitious project, the “Imitation Is Suicide” three-part EP series, Kenna brings a plethora of genres under one roof with vastly different influences and inspirations.  “For me, this EP is about art and the influences that help shape my perspectives,” said Kenna“You can definitely hear the Rick James, The Cure and David Byrne influences, but you will also see the Buggles, David Lynch, Hitchcock and Warhol references as well. I know they say imitation is flattery, but without acknowledging your influences I think ‘Imitation is Suicide.’ Inevitably,” Kenna stated in an interview with hiphopsite.com. With ample singles to be pouring from “Imitation Is Suicide,” music blogs all across the board are absolutely amped. DJbooth.net says “the project will pack all the funky electronic grooves and memorable melodies we’ve come to expect from the currently-unsigned musical innovator,” while the music lovers over at stupiddope.com are saying “the EP is a rather dope collection of all new material from the singer/songwriter and producer, showing off his range, his vocal abilities and his influences.” Just type Kenna into your preferred search engine and watch the rave reviews roll in from hip-hop fans to house fans to just straight up music lovers; it’s becoming increasingly clear that Kenna has earned his way into our hearts and our speakers for very good reasons indeed.

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

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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!

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

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March Of The Afrojack – Part IV (#AFROKI)

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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

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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…

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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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GRAB YOUR NEW DIM MAK WALLPAPER PACK HERE!

Bowling, Beers and Burritos

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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.

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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.”

Infected Mushroom at Avalon Hollywood

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Infected Mushroom tear the place down at Avalon, Hollywood July 6 with an amazing 3D musical/visual experience that surely blew away anyone with functioning eyes and ears. The Israeli super-duo gave a mesmerizing, next level performance unlike any other. These sonic innovators, with their high energy and unparalleled vision, proved why they remain at the forefront of electronic music. The legendary Psy Trance pioneers played hot new music and showcased their unique collaboration with lighting and visual extraordinaires V Squared Labs for a spellbinding visual display, on top of a standout DJ set that kept the party going until 3:30a.m. Infected Mushroom will continue their tour tonight (July 11) in Mexico City in celebration of ‘Friends on Mushrooms Vol. 2’– scheduled for release July 16 on Dim Mak Records.

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