Category: Music

SSMF x Dim Mak x Cake x The Roxy x Steve Aoki

August 30, 2012 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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.

Grooveshark and Stoli Vodka Launch A New ‘Mix’ With Yung Skeeter

August 28, 2012 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , ,

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)

Dim Mak Downunder x TAI x Ticket Giveaway

August 29, 2012 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , ,

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.

Out Now: Steve Aoki – The Kids Will Have Their Say (Remixes)

August 28, 2012 Tim Gauthier Music Tags: , , , , , ,


Steve’s punk single “The Kids Will Have Their Say” featuring Sick Boy and former members of The Exploited & Die Kreuzen, gets a nice makeover from Bassnectar, Andy’s iLL, and J Devil for today’s release of the remix EP!

Download: Steve Aoki – The Kids Will have Their Say [lightbox url=”http://bit.ly/aokiTKWHTS” width=”100%” height=”100%” iframe=”true”][/lightbox] [lightbox url=”http://bit.ly/tkwhtsrmx” width=”100%” height=”100%” iframe=”true”][/lightbox]




Check out Steve Aoki’s Artist Page for more info, releases and tour dates.

Jidax, A Re-Introduction

August 24, 2012 Tim Gauthier Music Tags: ,

Jidax, the Parisian DJ duo dubbed as “The French Phenomenon,” are crushing turntables across the world this summer, heralded as the freshest talent to come out of the European Electronic Dance Music world in recent memory. Hot off celebrating their #1 downloaded track off Dim Mak & Ultra Records ‘Wonderland Remixed’ – Jidax’s remix of Steve Aoki ft. Polina “Come with Me” – Jidax presents a preview of their Afterhours Remix of Sydney Blue & Christian Falero’s “Chemistry.”

Jidax is one of Dim Mak’s top new talent, joining DJ icon Steve Aoki at festivals across Europe this summer including East Ender Barcelona, Tomorrowland and Beatpatrol.

MORE ABOUT JIDAX:
Best friends since childhood, Jide and Axel (thus their collective stage name: Jidax), have taken the club world by storm since being hand picked to take over the turntables at iconic Champs-Elysees club Queen. Playing alongside world renown DJs from Erick Morillo, Axwell, Calvin Harris and Above & Beyond, to Bob Sinclar, AN21, Alesso and Eric Prydz, Jidax has gained its own following of fans who turnout en masse for their magnetic stage presence, distinctive energy and mindblowing DJ sets.

These 21 year-old prodigies have since gained world-wide attention, not only for their unparalleled technique and appeal, but for their production skills. Jidax has had several hits released on Pacha Recordings and Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Mix. Recent productions include “Resistencia” with Steve Aoki on his label, Dim Mak, as well as the recently released “Rainfall” on Pink Star Records that has already been played by David Guetta, Afrojack and Chuckie on heavy rotation, along with many more releases on deck.

Having headlined some of Europe’s greatest stages, from Space Ibiza, MAD Lausanne, and Amnesia France, Queen Paris and many more, Jidax is now hitting the US market at a time when Electronic Dance Music has never been bigger, taking over the turntables at such iconic venues and shows as Electric Daisy, Mansion Miami and Surrender Vegas and many more.

Preview their latest EP, along with an exclusive remix and download from Thomas Gold:

Learn more about Jidax at www.jidax.com, hear their music at soundcloud.com/jidax/ or follow them @jidax.

Dim Mak Interviews Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo of The Bloody Beetroots

August 21, 2012 Tim Gauthier Blog, Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , , , ,

Words by Gina Michael, Photos by Control Alt Delight, Philip Mendoza 2012

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)…
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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.

Austin Chapman; Being able to hear music for the first time.

August 21, 2012 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, Music Tags: , , ,

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.

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Click HERE for the Yahoo! news article.
Click HERE for Austin Chapman’s personal blog.

Out Now: MING + 2Beeps – King Kong EP

August 21, 2012 Tim Gauthier Music Tags: , , , , , , ,


New Yorker MING and compeer 2Beeps have released the island ape today, King Kong EP, including tracks “Afterglow” and “Make You Stay”. Who knew the colossal beast could sound so good?

Download: MING + 2Beeps – King Kong EP [lightbox url=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/king-kong-ep/id542019871″ width=”100%” height=”100%” iframe=”true”][/lightbox] [lightbox url=”http://www.beatport.com/release/king-kong-ep/939209″ width=”100%” height=”100%” iframe=”true”][/lightbox]




Check out MING’s Artist Page for more info, releases and tour dates.