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Rev up your engines and roll down your windows cause San Diego producer Ookay has blessed us with the third volume of his Night Drive Mix. Flowing freely from deep house grooves into summery nu-disco dreams and low-end bass bombs, this fifteen minute mix caps off with Ookay’s forthcoming release “Ghost” out soon on Dim Mak Records.
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After several months of patient waiting, fans of the three-piece live electronic sensation known as Keys N Krates are about to be rewarded by Every Nite, the fresh new EP from the Canadian musical masterminds. Still flying high off the success of their undeniably catchy hit “Dum Dee Dum,” Keys N Krates are ready to launch into the next phase of their journey with this 6 track offering, which aptly demonstrates their evolution as a band, as well as their loyalty to the unique fusion of hip-hop and electronic music that they’re known for. Set for release on September 23 on Dim Mak Records, Every Nite displays the seamless blend and complementary juxtaposition between the drums, keys, turntables, and live sampling that so clearly distinguishes Keys N Krates.
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1. Understand Why
3. Are We Faded
4. Yes We Faded
5. Your Love
6. She’s So High
Ahead of the EP, Keys N Krates are presenting the first single “Are We Faded,” which is set for release August 26. About “Are We Faded,” Billboard says, “The new single, ‘Are We Faded,’ is dizzyingly sexy, pushing along at a slower tempo that’s ideal for sweaty, middle-of-the-dance-pit grooving. It’s carried by choppy female vocals that bounce around in tandem with the synths, vanishing every once in a while to let a low voice chime ‘f-f-faded.’”
Keys N Krates have celebrated recent success with “Dum Dee Dum” (off their SOLOW EP) nearing the 100k downloads sold mark (99,659 as of July 30), and with the accompanying video amassing more than 2.2 million views on YouTube. Other recent achievements include the Tove Lo flip of “Habits” into “All The Time,” which has collected over 5 million Soundcloud plays, as well as the entirety of their acclaimed SOLOW EP, including “Treat Me Right,” which shot to #1 on Hype Machine, received instantaneous support from figureheads such as Diplo and Flosstradamus and was debuted by Annie Mac in the UK. They have also been featured on some of the biggest and best festival stages around the world including HARD in Los Angeles, Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, and Lollapalooza in Chicago, with USA Today singling them out as emerging artists to catch.
In celebration of the Every Nite EP, Keys N Krates are embarking on a massive fall tour, co-headlining with Gladiator and with support from Thugli, that will take them across the expanse of North America. Aside from their noteworthy talent as producers and studio musicians, Keys N Krates truly set themselves apart by their performances, where they bring their live electronic instrumentation to the stage together as a band. With stops in Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and countless more, Keys N Krates are canvassing the continent making sure no fan gets left behind.
Loudpvck & Gladiator‘s new track “Tony” is set for release on Ultra Music August 12, following Gladiator‘s collaboration with A-Trak, a remix of Foster the People’s “Best Friend.” Also Joining Keys N Krates on the tour are fellow Torontonians, Thugli. Loved by Diplo, A-Trak, Flosstradamus and Bauuer for their distinctive sound, described as a hybrid of dirty south rap combined with a love of melodic builds and heavy synth, Thugli will be releasing their debut EP this fall, and their remix of Diplo & GTA‘s track “Boy Oh Boy” features on Diplo‘s new album.
Steve 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
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”).
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.
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:
Fax: (213) 402-2752
Mail: Camp Spin Off Scholarships
4600 Polaris Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89103
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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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
Congratulations go out to Botnek, as his remix of The Chainsmokers “#SELFIE” takes over the #1 position in our Beatport Top 100.
Less of a remix and more of a rip on the trending track that even made it’s way to American Idol, Botnek’s remix is playful in its reproach. Bless the New York-based Chainsmokers (aka Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall) for having the sense of humor to approve this track, as it’s climbed the top 100 to take over #1 in just over a week.
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
Go behind the scenes and into the studio with PeaceTreaty, whose new track “Titus” is set to thunder into soundsystems everywhere on 6/17. Get a little taste of the hard-hitting track and watch the guys get excited for this forthcoming tune, their first in quite some time.
PeaceTreaty – “Titus”
iTunes Pre-order: http://goo.gl/Foi8s6
You’ve heard the track, now brace yourself for the video! BORGORE is unleashing the epic music video for his single “Wild Out” featuring hip-hop heavyweight Waka Flocka Flame and vocalist Paige. “Wild Out” features the signature BORGORE bass crunch and trapstyle-influenced production coupled with Waka Flocka Flame‘s energetic lyrics and Paige‘s seductive vocals. All this leads toward a lively drop, making this tune a notorious big room banger ready to force any crowd into a frenzy. In true Borgore fashion, the video is a balls-to-the-wall rollercoaster ride of awesome, including strippers, smoke machines, pizza, animals of all varieties, a trip to the desert, and of course a lightsaber battle. Hold on to your glowsticks, it’s going to be a wild ride.
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We’ve had our eye on him for some time, and now he’s part of the Dim Mak family. Say hello to Joe Ghost! From his collection of popular mashups to a collaboration with Hardwell, Joe Ghost has been earning his way up the ladder one rung at a time. His Dim Mak track “LIBG”, or “Lose It Baby Go”, tears through tooth and nail with electro fury. We caught up with Joe to get the in depth scoop on him and how he ticks. Check it below.
Joe Ghost is getting ready to drop his new single “LIBG” on Dim Mak Records, available for download on May 6th.
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1. Tell us a little about yourself and your music.
I was born in raised in Toronto Canada and got my first taste of the DJ culture when I was around 15 years old, after seeing a video of DJ Qbert at a DMC battle. I was instantly hooked, and for the next year I found any excuse I could to help out with chores around the house to earn enough money to buy two turntables and a mixer. I stumbled upon House/Dance music a few years later when I first heard “Groove in you” by Dave Armstrong. I remember being so captivated by the contrast between the emotional and energetic elements instilled in one song.
Fast forward, I then found myself wanting to be not only that person playing these amazing songs , but also the one creating them.
Joe Ghost music can be simply put as “loud+minimilistic” haha. I love creating music that combines both uplifting melodies that force a sense of emotion, and “drops” that are minimalistic, but create a wow factor. I feel that when these two elements are combined, it creates a four-minute package of energy that forces the listener go through various emotions so quickly. It’s a thrill that is hard to get through any other medium!
2. Do you believe in the paranormal? Why yes or no.
It’s funny because I get asked that all the time. However “Ghost” is just a nickname that I’ve had since I was young because I am a shy quiet guy, always the quietest person in the room; it doesn’t reference anything paranormal. But to answer your question, there are times I believe in ghosts, especially after I watch a scary movie at night and need to navigate my way to my bed in the dark haha
3. If you were a ghost would you rather be always invisible to people or always visible and why?
100% I would love to be always visible. I would scare the shit out of everyone all the time!
4. If you ruled the world, who would you want to be your second-in-command and why?
My best #2 would be someone like Julius Ceaser, he had a lot of great traits that complement mine. He is known for never being defeated in a battle, this brings out my competitive side; for those who know me .. I HATE loosing.
5. What upcoming material do you have coming up?
I really like to interact with my fan base by releasing bootlegs and mashups frequently, so you can expect a lot more of those throughout the year. Also, I have really focused on pushing out a lot more originals for 2014/2015 , so fans of my music can expect a lot more Joe Ghost music in the near future, with some surprising collaborations I can’t really talk about yet.
6. Your track for Dim Mak is called “LIBG” or “Lose It Baby Go”. Where would be the last place you would want someone to play this song and why?
I am thinking of something witty and clever to say with this, but in a DJ world all that keeps coming to my head is that the last place I would want someone to play this is right before one of my sets at a show.
7. When is the best time to listen to dance music and why?
Dance music is so amazing because there is so many different forms of it. Dance music plays an integral part in my day. I first wake up listening to deep house while I make my breakfast and get ready. Then as the day progresses I turn to Tech House vibes to keep me going , later on in the evening its all about big room tunes that get me energetic, and then right before I call it a night I turn back to some deep house to chill out.
8. Would you rather play a gig in the middle of the Amazon, or in the middle of the Arctic, and why?
I recently played a festival in Canada called the BRRRRR Festival, this took place outside in the middle of the winter. Any Canadians know that this years winter could have been compared to the Arctic haha. It was a surreal experiance with the massive crowd fully bundled in their winter gear but raging still like it was a summer festival. I loved the atmosphere that was created with the big festival style production and harsh winter elements combined. Eventhough my fingertips froze I would 100% do it again.
9. What is one song you could not do without in life?
Wow! that is such a hard question. I have so many go-to songs that I have had for years for different moments either happy or sad. I love music, so it would be like asking me to tell you which one of my family members I love the most.
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[two_third]Keys N Krates‘ “Dum Dee Dum” is one of those tunes that instantly gets stuck in your head, and with the official video passing the 1 million views mark, it is also getting stuck on your screens. Directed by Slave Labour, the video is a hilarious mockumentary that explores the Mennonite culture. In the video, the director visits various Mennonite communities and introduces members to current technology unbeknownst to them, including iPods, boom boxes, and more, all the while blasting “Dum Dee Dum.”
Off of last year’s SOLOW EP, “Dum Dee Dum” is also taking festival stages by storm this spring, with support from Skrillex, Carnage, Diplo, RL Grime, Flosstradamus and more. This week the single hit #16 on the US Dance Singles Sales Chart (as ranked by SoundScan), making it the only trap record aside from “Turn Down For What” in the top 20. “Dum Dee Dum” is showing no signs of slowing down.[/two_third][one_third_last]
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