Category: Music

Gettin’ Spooky w/ Joe Ghost!

May 9, 2014 Tim Gauthier Interviews, Music Tags: , , , ,

Joe Ghost

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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Dum Dee Dum cracks A MILLI!

May 1, 2014 Tim Gauthier Music, News, Video Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

[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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Make you feel some type of Shay

May 1, 2014 Tim Gauthier Music Tags: , , , , , ,

If you haven’t already heard of ShayGray yet then these last couple of weeks you must of been living under a rock. Shay has blessed us and let loose a few tracks leading up to his “Hipster Hype” EP that drops exclusively on Spotify later this month(05.20.14). He’s also released some over the top visuals(see below) to go along with his newest single with Borgore, “ILLUMINATI.” So do yourself a favor and play catch up by listening to and watching all the things I went completely out of my way to embed for you below. ;-)

ShayGray – 44 4’s (Jay Z Tribute / Drake Bootleg)

ShayGray – Mazal Tov

SHAYGRAY & BORGORE – ILLUMINATI – DOWNLOAD

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Remix Clockwork’s ‘Champion’ and Have Your Track Released on Dim Mak!

April 14, 2014 Tim Gauthier Music Tags: , , , ,

Wavo, Dancing Astronaut and Dim Mak present the official remix contest for Clockwork’s latest release “Champion.” We’ve got the stems to the track’s cacophony of twisted synths, pulsating drum lines, and crowd hyping rhythm, now all you need is a little ingenuity to transform it into Dim Mak’s next big release.

Whether it’s disco, drowned-out trap, drum and bass, high-energy electro, or some genre you just created in your parent’s basement, we want to hear it.

Download the stems for this track and get to work.
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Contest Details:
Stems Available: April 12th
Submission and Voting: April 15th – May 15th
Winner announcement: May 21st.
Winner will be released on the official Dim Mak remix package!
Please Note: Getting your remix into the Top 20 will get you noticed, but the Dim Mak A&R team will ultimately choose the winner (whether it’s at the top of the charts or not).

[PRE-ORDER] SHAYGRAY & BORGORE – ILLUMINATI

April 3, 2014 Tim Gauthier Music, News, Video Tags: , , , , , , ,

We are proud to announce a new Dim Mak Records Artist – ShayGray!

To celebrate this announcement, we present his debut single, “ILLUMINATI”, which features our boy Borgore!
Taking place at a post apocalyptic rager in a crumbled white house, this party is like none you’ve ever been to, and features antics that will shock all you party veterans. The video can truly only be described as completely bonkers.

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Dim Mak and Friends Invade the International Dance Music Awards

March 28, 2014 Cubby Music, News Tags: , , , , , ,

Hold on to your hats, we here at Dim Mak could not be anymore excited for our success in this year’s International Dance Music Awards! Our main man Steve Aoki was selected as Best North American DJ! Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike won both Best European DJ and Best Artist (Group)! The Dim Mak family is taking over the world for sure. Plenty of nominations to go around as well, “A Light That Never Comes” from Linkin Park and Steve Aoki was nominated for Best Alternative/Indie Rock Dance Track. Carnage and Deorro both were nominated for Break-Through DJ, and Carnage was nominated for Best Break-Through Artist (Solo). R3hab was nominated for Best European DJ and for Best Remixer. Last but not least, Dim Mak was nominated for Best American Music Label. Are we upset that we did not win? Not really. It’s still ultra cool to be nominated for sure!

 

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New music video from Coone for his remix of ‘A Light That Never Comes’

March 27, 2014 Tim Gauthier Music, Video Tags: , , , , ,

Coone’s remix of Linkin Park x Steve Aoki’s “A Light That Never Comes” now has an ‘Official Video’ that is loaded with live footage from Q-dance.
 

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WAIT, PAUSE! – #SELFIE with Scarlett Johansson?

March 27, 2014 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags: , , , , ,

Nick Grimshaw from BBC Radio 1 apparently asked Scarlett Johansson…yes…THEE Hollywood A-lister model and actress Scarlett Johansson, to re-record the vocals to The Chainsmokers‘ hit #SELFIE. And. She. Did. It. Ironically, her voice is less screechy and annoying than the original making the vocals in the satirical song to be more bearable. I guess this is a testament to making it when you have Scarlett Johansson doing vocals for you.

Who wears cheetah? You do, Scarlett. You do.
(via YourEDM)

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[RECAP] Dim Mak Invades The ILLMORE @ SXSW 2014

March 20, 2014 Tim Gauthier Events, Lifestyle, Music, News Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Last Thursday at SXSW, Dim Mak was honored to host The ILLMORE,  one of the most exclusive SXSW after parties with past performances from some of the biggest names in new music including MACKELMORE, DIPLO, WIZ KHALIFA, STEVE AOKI, ZEDD, KENDRICK LAMAR, A$AP ROCKY, and CHANCE THE RAPPER. Produced by famous rap blog The ILLROOTS and Austin-based promotion company ScoreMore Shows and presented by Scion, The ILLMORE last Thursday featured a special dj set  from boss man Steve Aoki followed by performances from artists such as OG Chase B, DJ Mr. Rogers, Brenmar, LOUDPVCK, G-Eazy, Dom Kennedy, Robb Bank$, Casey Veggies, Future, and more. Enjoy the recap gallery below!

Photo Credit: Chris Carrasquillo

Positive Vibes #2 (via @GARMIANI_)

February 27, 2014 Tim Gauthier Music Tags: , , , ,

Our pink stretched limo driver recently uploaded his newest installment of his podcast series, Positive Vibes. Garmiani kicks “Positive Vibes #2″ off with his newest Dim Mak single “NOMAD” and then breaks into an electronic music storm from around the globe. Tune in to the upcoming Positive Vibes release by subscribing on iTunes below, and if you for some reason HATE watching YouTube this is also available to download below and/or stream via SoundCloud.

 

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LessThan3 – Spotify Spotlight 07: Dim Mak

February 20, 2014 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags: , ,

It is time yet again for another Spotify Spotlight and for this week’s playlist, we take a look at some of the newest releases from Steve Aoki’s powerhouse label, Dim Mak. The LA-based label, which was started in 1996, has been a huge player in the electronic music scene, helping to break artists such as The Bloody Beetroots, MSTRKRFT, and Felix Cartal. On Jan. 21, the label put out it’s 500th release and doesn’t seem ready to slow down anytime soon.

The playlist below includes several of the most popular tracks from new releases including The Chainsmokers’ #SELFIEI Just Can’t Deny from Keys N Krates’ Solow EP, and more recently Tristan Garner’s Imperium, which was released last week.

Check out the playlist on Spotify here, or listen below.
(via LessThan3)