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Keys N Krates new single ‘Are We Faded’ puts them at #1 on Hype Machine’s Twitter Chart

August 27, 2014 Tim Gauthier Blog, News Tags: , , , , , ,

Topping the charts one single at a time! Keys N Krates jump up the Hype Machine Twitter Popular chart in less than 24 hours. Grab their new single on iTunes or Beatport and join the smokey madness that is “Are We Faded.” If you absolutely hate buying music and you’re too cool to use your precious money, you can always head over to rdio or Spotify and stream it until your ears bleed!
 

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NEW EP & MASSIVE TOUR COMING FROM KEYS N KRATES!

August 8, 2014 Tim Gauthier Blog, Music, News Tags: , , , , , ,

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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2. Hypnotik
3. Are We Faded
4. Yes We Faded
5. Your Love
6. She’s So High
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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.’

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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.

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Aoki spits the truth!

August 8, 2014 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, News Tags: , , ,

When I perform, I don’t think about the haters, the Internet trolls, or anyone else. I care about giving the person in front of me something they won’t forget. And that’s why I bring the cake and raft out.

Where do I begin?

I haven’t had a chance to really to speak about all the controversy around my on-stage entertaining: DJing vs. The Cake (which includes the cake, the raft, the champagne, the stage dives…the entertainment part of the show). The haters and the trolls have always used me as an excuse to make fun of something that is out of the ordinary, something that doesn’t necessarily make sense to them. For whatever reason, I have always been a target that people love to attack. From not being American enough as a kid growing up in an all-white neighborhood, to not being indie enough for the die-hard hipsters in my 20s and now today, not being a “real DJ” for the electronic music purists…

 

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Dim Mak “Just Like The Good Ol’ Days” Moving Sale

July 21, 2014 Tim Gauthier Fashion, Lifestyle, News Tags: , , , , , ,

Hosted By Mark The Cobrasnake

This weekend, Dim Mak X Cobrasnake & Friends are bringing back one of our 08’ traditions: The Cobrasnake + Dim Mak Yard Sale. In 2010, PAPERMAG’S Camille Rousseau described the Cobrasnake Yard Sales as, “notoriously epic feasts of decadence, good music and genuinely fantastic thrift store pieces,” calling for Cobrasnake Yard Sales “4ever.” This Saturday, The Cobrasnake is bringing his party to Dim Mak’s very own office—just like the good ol’ days. The sale will include vintage pieces from the Cobra Shop, discounted Dim Mak apparel, and sales from other brands TBA this week.

– First 50 People Get Chipotle Burritos!

– Ice Cream from the Heartsrevolution Truck!

– Red Bulls Gives You Wings!

– $5+ Apparel – Vintage – Giveaways –

– Stickers – Limited Edition

– Spinning Punk Rock – Indie Rock – Throwback Hip Hop – & More

Saturday, July 26th
11am – 5pm

4953 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90028

Everything Must Go! Cash Is Encouraged!

Dim Mak | Cobrasnake | Red Bull | Chipotle | Heartsrevolution

#DimMakEDC – We out here!

June 18, 2014 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, News Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The Dim Mak crew is headed to EDC Vegas this weekend. Amongst this year’s epic lineup, Dim Mak’s very own Dirtyphonics, Clockwork, Steve Aoki and more will be throwing down all week. Not only will you get an exclusive pass to hang with these Dim Mak artists, BUT we’ll also be bringing you an inside look from friends like Carnage, Borgore, R3HAB, and more. Those of you who have been to EDC know the craziness that is about to ensue, and Dim Mak will be there to make sure you don’t miss a second of the madness. Follow the crew on their epic journey to Vegas, including daily recaps, behind-the-scenes, ratchet babes, pool parties, and life on the strip with the hashtag #DimMakEDC. Check back daily to get your dose of EDC done the Dim Mak way!

 

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Behind The Scenes: Wild Out Music Video Shoot w/ Borgore, Waka Flocka Flame and more

June 6, 2014 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle, News, Video Tags: , , , , ,

When you put Borgore, Waka Flocka Flame, and Steve Aoki together, you know you’re in for a good time. While the video for “Wild Out” features an epic party as well as some forays into a psychedelic world, the making of the video was a party itself. Go behind the green screen and see what the guys get up to when the cameras aren’t rolling. While it might be disappointing to realize that there aren’t ACTUALLY pizzas flying through space, the on set antics might be entertaining enough to let that fact slide.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL ‘WILD OUT’ VIDEO HERE

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Dim Mak’s 300K ‘Booties & Mash’ Download Pack

May 29, 2014 Tim Gauthier News Tags: , , , , , , ,
Today is an epic day because Dim Mak has crossed 300k likes on Facebook! Seriously, you guys are the best. To show y’all how much we love you, we’re giving away an entire pack featuring bootlegs and mashups created by some of our favorite dudes, including Keys N Krates, Felix Cartal, Yolanda Be Cool, The Chainsmokers and more. Download the pack and know that no matter what your parents think of you, we’ll love you forever.

 


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Want to Win Tickets to #MysteryLand?

May 9, 2014 Tim Gauthier News Tags: , , , , ,

Get your festival gear ready, because Dim Mak has partnered with SeatGeek for a chance to win tickets to Mysteryland 2014. The grand prize winner will get two Mysteryland VIP passes, while the first runner up will receive two Mysteryland GA passes, and the second runner up will get a Dim Mak Party Pak. Trust us when we say you don’t want to miss this opportunity to party with us in the famous Woodstock grounds!
 

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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#SELFIE Absorbed via TIME Magazine

April 28, 2014 Tim Gauthier News Tags: , , ,

Selfies have been linked to mental illness, narcissism and addiction–none of which is news to The Chainsmokers, a New York City–based DJ duo who are rising to success with their infuriatingly infectious single “#SELFIE.” The song is pure audio click bait, from the hashtag in the title to its focus on the neologism du jour: Building on a stubborn earworm of a synth break, the two producers trade the euphoric vocals that often accompany electronic-dance-music singles for a satirical spoken-word track of a girl trying to take the perfect photo during a night out in a club. “Can you guys help me pick a filter?” she drawls.
(via TIME)

This appears in the April 28, 2014 issue of TIME. Want to read the full article online? Subscribe Here.
 

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SUMMERTIME #SELFIE FROM THE STREETS OF MIAMI

April 23, 2014 Tim Gauthier News Tags: , , , , , ,

The Chainsmokers headed to Miami armed with Instagram and a No.1 single for some sunshine, sand, and… plenty of butts. Armin van Buuren, Nicky Romero, Dyro, Dave Nada, and even Ashley Sky wanted to get in on the summertime action so our chainsmoking friends invited them to be in their video. They were like, OK, but first let me take a #selfie.
(via Thump)

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[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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Jacob Plant Gets Loud on Dim Mak

March 31, 2014 Cubby Interviews, News Tags: , , , , , ,

uberjakd logo colorWe could not be more stoked to introduce Jacob Plant into the Dim Mak Records family! Jacob Plant has been pulling out all the stops as of late, releasing explosive electro records like “Fire” and “Shakedown” in the past year. Jacob had an official remix for Calvin Harris‘s smash “I Need Your Love” and has previously remixed the likes of Iggy Azalea, Benny Benassi, and Example. From exploring the worlds of electro, dubstep, trap, and more, it appears that the skies are the limit for young Jacob Plant.

Jacob Plant is getting ready to drop his Louder EP on Dim Mak Records, available for download on April 22nd.

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1.    Welcome to Dim Mak, Jacob! We’ve been fans for some time now, and are looking forward to having you here. Why did you pick Dim Mak?

I have been a fan of Dim Mak and Steve Aoki for years now.  I met Steve on tour in India last year and was blown away by his work ethic and how he runs his whole operation.  We spoke about releasing on Dim Mak and I showed him some songs I’d been working on.  We found 3 songs that fit and we went ahead with it!

2.   Your Warehouse EP was the first release on your own label Shakedown Recordings. Why did you choose to base your EP around warehouse rave culture?

At the time of producing those tracks, I was listening to loads of 90’s rave songs.  I was listening to The Prodigy a lot and watching their live show over and over… It was so inspiring I thought it would be cool to take that inspiration and put it in my songs.  I was very much into dance music from a young age so I have always been inspired by those older sounds as well as new!

3.   Recently you released a VIP version of your hit track “Fire” from Fly Eye Records. In this version, you take the electro sound and rework it into a more future house/garage style. Why did you choose to remix it in this style, and any plans on garage or deep house originals?

To be honest it was mainly just for a bit of fun!  I love producing different styles, I think its really important to do.  I was in the studio one night and I was still getting loads of Tweets about that song.  Then I thought, why not remix and give it away for free to my fans!?  I did a house version of “Fire” because it wasn’t the most predictable direction to take it.  It got a really good reaction so I think it did the job!

4.   The Louder EP you produced for us features a mixture of styles. One of the tracks, “Radar”, includes electro and trap within the same record. What made you switch up the drops?

I was playing around with different versions of that song one night.  Originally it was actually 128 BPM but I accidentally changed the tempo to 140 BPM and it sounded better so I just went with it!  I changed the drum beat and in a few hours it sounded completely different.  It’s funny how that works, I find most early demos I work on sound so different to the final version it’s almost a different song!

5.   Is there someone in particular you’d love to work with on a release at Dim Mak?

I really like what Deorro is doing at the moment, it would be pretty cool to do something with him.  Also I would love to do a track with Showtek.  I love playing their records live and they have always been really supportive of my releases!

6.   Electro house has seen a lot of changes in the last year or so, what do you think is coming next?

Yeah there has been a lot of change and very quickly too.  I like how sounds evolve and change, it keeps everything interesting.  I think the next changes are going to be a repeat of older sounds with a modern twist.  I can already hear tracks coming through using sounds from 2006 but with 2014 production skills.  Music and fashion always run in cycles.

7.   What gigs do you have coming up, any plans for touring through the US?

We are currently planning my debut tours in the US this year which I am so excited about.  I love America, I really want to move there one day!  Hopefully I will get back out to countries like India again this year.  That country is amazing, it really blew my mind.  I just got announced on my favourite UK festival, Reading & Leeds Festival.  Last year that was one of the best moments of my career.  The tent was full and all the kids were going mental!  I love seeing crowds go mental at festivals, its the best feeling ever!

8.   You used to produce dubstep a couple of years ago, why did you decide to change over to house music?

I needed a change at that time.  I just wanted to do something different and start fresh.  Also at that time the sound was changing in dubstep and I didn’t really see myself going that way.  I have always made house/electro, so really it was me going back to my roots and exciting myself with new music.  I just want to enjoy what I do and have fun with music.  I want to make music that people dance and rave to at clubs and festivals.  I don’t want rules and boundaries.

9.   What comes next after the Louder EP?

I have some cool collaborations in the pipeline and new music to release in the summer, so keep an eye out!

 

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Afrojack tries to reenact ‘Turn Down For What’ music video

March 31, 2014 Tim Gauthier News Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

During our Beach Party in Miami last Wednesday we found out that it is very possible to spray champagne too hard. Watch the above video clip of Afrojack trying to recreate a scene from the new ‘Turn Down For What’ music video.

Spoiler Alert: Afrojack doesn’t break through the floor into some girls apartment.

Read more on TMZ.

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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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

“Mementos” Steve Aoki Fan Art Opening in L.A.

March 12, 2014 Dim Mak Lifestyle, News Tags: , , , ,
Memento: an object kept as a souvenir or reminder of a person or event.

Steve Aoki hosted a fan art opening last night at the Scion AV Installation in Los Angeles. The opening, titled “Mementos”, displayed 8 remarkable pieces of fan art created by a handful of his kick ass fans from all over the world. The pieces are representative souvenirs from Aoki’s successful career in music. They are reminders of the people that matter the most to that career: the coolest fans on the planet.

In addition to the 8 pieces of fan art, all created on various mediums, the exhibit features an original piece by Dev N Gosha inspired by none other than Steve Aoki.  Outside of the exhibit, a Scion car Aoki helped design sat on display.

The line was out the door as guests were eager to get inside to meet Steve and see what he had in store for them. Unlike some of their other interactions with Steve, this time, fans in attendance wouldn’t be met with a cake to the face. Just some pretty cool and inspiring fan art.

The exhibit will be open from March 12 to March 30, 2014. Viewing hours are from 12-7pm Tuesday through Sunday.

#SELFIE – 2 million people can’t be wrong!

February 26, 2014 Tim Gauthier News Tags: , , , , ,

#SELFIE – 2,000,000 YOUTUBE VIEWS!

Not only did The Chainsmokers‘ new single #SELFIE crack 2,000,000 views on YouTube, but it’s also featured in the Spotify Viral Charts! Currently being listed in the Top 5 of the viral charts for both Global & U.S.

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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)

Tomorrowland sells out BOTH weekends in less than an hour!

February 18, 2014 Dim Mak News Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Any serious festival goer has been in that situation where 6 of your friends are lined up on 8 different laptops and 10 different smart phones and which ever friend gets through the massive internet ticket cluster f*ck has sworn by oath to buy ALL the tickets for your crew.  So it makes sense that Hunger Games Tomorrowland edition was fought last Saturday(Feb. 16th) and sold out 360,000 tickets in less than an hour. This is the first year the festival is selling so many tickets because it is now 2 weekends.

Tomorrowland is the festival of all festivals, almost like the olympics of all the EDM festivals, so it makes sense for Dim Mak to have such a strong presence and a day long line up of artists. Everyone from Tai, Autoerotique, Carnage, Angger Dimas and Deorro have come out to make the Dim Mak party the best party at Tomorrowland and it’s sister festival TomorrowWorld. Last year at TomorrowWorld, Coone headlined the Hardstyle Stage and Steve Aoki headlined the Main Stage and Dim Mak stage two days in a row. To see what you missed, get motivated to go or feel sad about how you will never be able to afford it… Check out our Tomorrowland and our TomorrowWorld after movies.

 

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[Beatport Secret Weapon] Borgore ft. Waka Flocka Flame & Paige – Wild Out (Ookay Remix)

February 12, 2014 Cubby Music, News Tags: , , , , , ,

All great masterminds have a secret weapon up their sleeve, so why shouldn’t you? Beatport named “Wild Out (Ookay Remix)” to their Secret Weapons chart for electro house, so all you kids can wild out in secret. Grab it now from the chart for just $1.99, not even one million dollars (pinky to lip). It doesn’t come with sharks with lasers attached to their frikken heads though… Then again, if the chart is secret weapons and they send it to everybody, is it really a secret anymore? Anyways, check out the full list below.

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#SELFIE just passed 500,000 plays on YouTube!

February 11, 2014 Tim Gauthier News, Video Tags: , , , , ,

Congrats to The Chainsmokers for earning over 500,000 plays on YouTube with their new hit #SELFIE!

 

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Let the Willowz ‘Kickstart’ your night!

February 3, 2014 Tim Gauthier News, Video Tags: , , , , ,

I got no beat with repetition
I’m gonna see it through and through
– Willowz

For those who actually stuck around to watch the whole Super Bowl last night, you might have been lucky enough to catch the new Mt. Dew ‘Kickstart’ commercial featuring hit single “Repetition” from none other than Dim Mak’s own indie rock darlings Willowz. If you’re lame and didn’t end up watching the Super Bowl, then you’re in luck because we’ve got the commercial for you to see right here!

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#1 on Hype Machine: Keys N Krates – All The Time (Tove Lo Flip)

January 18, 2014 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags: , , , , , , ,

Incase you didn’t hear, last night Keys N Krates were forced to cancel their live performance in Hollywood @ Avalon due to a low-life gaining access to their green room and stealing their laptops before they went on. KNK took to Facebook this morning to inform their fans of what happened and inadvertently announce their next single “Understand Why.” However, a little laptop debacle isn’t going to hold them back from doing what they love. This morning they leaped to that #1 spot on Hype Machine with their new track “All The Time (Tove Lo Flip)” which was premiered just a few days ago. Have a listen(above) and be sure to ‘favorite’ it to keep them at the top!

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3WEEKS. 3RELEASES. 3OKI.

January 14, 2014 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Steve Aoki kicks off the New Year in high gear with the launch of 3OKI, a series of new music releases across three consecutive weeks to be released on Dim Mak Records.

3OKI launches with the A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES (Remixes) EP, out January 21 on Warner Bros. Records/Dim Mak Records, a collection of remixes from today’s top electronic producers of the massive hit collaboration from Aoki and Grammy-Award-winning, multi-platinum alternative rock band Linkin Park.

Next up is “Can’t Stop The Swag,” a new collaboration from Aoki and Dim Mak’s first-ever hardstyle artist Coone, out January 28. Aoki closes out 3OKI with one of his biggest tracks of recent times, joining fellow Dim Mak artist Autoerotique and powerhouse duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike for the release of “Feedback,” out February 7.

Check back on www.dimmak.com and www.steveaoki.com for previews and full streams of all these rad tracks!

3RELEASES. 3WEEKS. 3OKI.

Let’s get Uberjak’d

January 9, 2014 Tim Gauthier Interviews, News Tags: , , , , ,

uberjakd logo colorDim Mak Records is proud to welcome our newest artist Uberjak’d to the family! Uberjak’d is an Australian producer, who recently exploded onto the global electronic music scene with his electro-influenced Melbourne Bounce sound. This past year Uberjak’d mixed Australia’s #1 dance compilation Ministry of Sound The Annual and joined the nationwide tour, performed for 15,000 people at the Stereosonic festival, and celebrated his spot as the #1 podcast in Australia on iTunes, beating out Hardwell and Tiësto.

Uberjak’d is hoping to bring the Melbourne Bounce sound to the U.S. with the release of his upcoming EP on Dim Mak Records. Uberjak’d isn’t a stranger to Dim Mak, featuring on the Autoerotique Asphyxiation (Remixes) EP.

 

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1.    Hi Uberjak’d, welcome to Dim Mak! We’re excited to have you as part of our family. Can you tell us a bit about why you joined Dim Mak?

Thanks! Pleasure to be part of the family. I have always been a big fan of the label. I see Dim Mak as a label that isn’t afraid to push sounds that are new, fresh, or different from the normal.

2.    Describe your sound. Any artists and/or genres of music that have been particularly influential in your productions?

Melbourne Bounce obviously! I have been hooked on that sound ever since I discovered it while skipping class at uni to listen to music and as well as living in Adelaide. I wasn’t lucky enough to go check out this music in the clubs, so I had to compromise and downloaded the tunes off the Melbourne Bounce forums. At the time I’d heard nothing like this sound. This was the early days of the sound, so like Orkestrated, Kalus, Dean Del were all guys producing this underground, really techno-influenced electro. That was about five or six years ago, way before I even considered DJing myself. So fast forward a couple years and I had established myself as a DJ in my hometown Adelaide. I’d also been playing a few gigs in Melbourne and really wanted to put my own harder electro/rave influence on the Melbourne Sound, and I guess you will hear a lot of that sound on my new EP.

3.    You’ll soon be releasing an EP on Dim Mak followed by a spring U.S. tour. What can you tell us about the EP? How do you hope to impact the dance music scene in the U.S. through this new partnership with Dim Mak?

I’m stoked for this EP. It’s really an Uberjak’d & Friends EP with collaborations with Chardy, Krunk!, and Sarah Bodle supplying some amazing vocals for another. The first track with Sarah Bodle is a bit big room meets techno meets Melbourne. I was inspired in elements by the old anthem and one of my favorite tunes of all time “Stranger To Stability” (Len Faki Podium Mix). Sarah did a great job on the vocals and this is my second track with her, so we have worked together and she has also performed live at some of my shows. The track with Chardy, “All Aboard,” was something we wrote about eight months ago, but have kept it tight and I’m so stoked it’s coming out on this EP. That one is a bit hardstyle, a bit Melbourne. Not sure what it is, but I think that’s why I like it! The track with Krunk!, my boy back in Adelaide, is definitely hardstyle, but we really rip it back in the break and get melodic and chilled, so it’s a bit of a contrast. The final tune, “Static,” is a solo track and is rave vs. Melbourne. I like the riff in it, sort of reminds me of bag pipes. Maybe it’s some of my Scottish blood coming through in that track.

4.    There seems to be a surge of Australian producers taking over electronic music (Flume, Anna Lunoe, Will Sparks, the Stafford Brothers to name a few). What do you think is the reason for this? Do you feel that where you’re from has had an influence on your music in any way?

I think that Australia has always been a place that embraces and pushes forward-thinking sounds, which gives artists the freedom to do something different. I think where you live, more importantly the shows you perform as a DJ, has a huge effect on your sound. As a DJ, I want to make music that the fans at my shows enjoy, and different places always have a different vibe. Thanks to social media and SoundCloud, being so accessible these days and getting your sound out to people has never been easier.

5.     You’ve been at the forefront of the growing Melbourne bounce scene in Australia alongside artists like Will Sparks. Do you think the Melbourne Bounce sound will catch on in the U.S.?

Hahaha! I hope so! I guess if I love this music so much, if Australia loves it this much, then why can’t America or the world? Will Sparks has just returned from his tour and it looks like the reception for him and the sound was really good, so hopefully that’s a sign for good things. I think the great thing about EDM, as it’s known in the U.S., is that it’s about innovation and looking for something fresh. I guess electronic dance music has always been about that, so I hope that people are up for this sound. A funny thing is that when I first started to play Melbourne Bounce outside of Melbourne, there was a track I played at my gigs. I won’t name the artist or the track, but it’s now a bit of an anthem over here. I used to play the track at my gigs and literally people would walk off the dance floor. They didn’t understand it and it was something so different to what they have heard or were used to. About 6-8 months later, people are requesting it on their phones during gigs and they know all the lyrics to it and can’t get enough of the track. So what I’m saying basically is you might not love Melbourne Bounce the first time you hear it…but you will eventually.

 6.    You recently did a remix for Autoerotique’s “Asphyxiation,” which was released on Dim Mak Records this past July. Can you tell us more about that remix? What can you tell us about your remix process?

Yeah, I actually had a lot of fun remixing that one! I guess when approaching a remix, you don’t want to change the essence of what makes that track great. For me, it was those chords and the vocal, so I knew I had to keep them. And then it’s just a matter of adding your flavor to it because that’s why someone would want you to do a remix. Some advice to producers and DJs: If a label asks you to remix in a certain style to fit their remix pack, don’t do it. A remix is about adding your style, find what makes your sound unique and use the shit out of it!

7.    Dream collaborations? Any Dim Mak artists you’d like to collaborate with in the future? A certain Steve perhaps?

Ohh yeah! Of course I would love to collab with the big man! I have a collab with Deorro as well, which started when we were both in Amsterdam for ADE last year, as well as a collab I started with Autoerotique. So maybe keep an ear out for them in 2014.

8.    You recently posted on Facebook, “I think 2014 will be the year of deep house and hard style…” Why do you say this and what’s your take on the future of EDM?

I always say this, but what I mean is not that all DJs will start playing this style, but it will influence what is popular. I think we have already seen the big hardstyle kick thing go crazy, and I think the groove-driven vibe of deep house will somehow start being heard more in different genres. Innovation is what makes music so interesting. A few people have asked me, “Why no Melbourne Bounce??? ” Of course I hope it has a big year for all my boys in Australia. There is so much talent here with guys like J-Trick, Joel Fletcher, Reece Low, Chardy, and SCNDL. I think it’s time we all came over to the US to show you how we do it!

 

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P-P-P-Preview!!! Linkin Park and Steve Aoki – ‘A Light That Never Comes’ (Remixes)

January 9, 2014 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Grammy-nominated international producer/DJ Steve Aoki joins forces with Grammy-Award-winning, multi-platinum alternative rock band Linkin Park to release the A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES (Remixes) EP. Aoki and Linkin Park enlist a diverse pool of producers to remix their massive hit collaboration “A Light That Never Comes.” Featuring renditions from Rick RubinVicetoneAngger DimasCoone, and others, the A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES (Remixes) EP takes the original and flips it into the worlds of electro, house, hardstyle and beyond.

Bring You To Life Remix Contest – And the winner is…

January 8, 2014 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

After much consideration of a whopping assortment of multi genres submissions, the winner of the Dancing Astronaut, Dim Mak & WAVO “Bring You To Life (Transcend)” remix competition has been awarded to REGOTON!

Regoton has utilized smart production, an irresistible Melbourne-Bounce lead and great variation that edged out the other contenders. However the competition was so fierce, we felt two other remixes were very close so we have awarded them our Staff Choice winners: Hallvard Vaaland Remix and Inscape Remix, both bringing two unique takes. Hallvard Vaaland creates high energy anthemic vibes that will impress progressive house fans and on the flip side, Inscape takes a direction opposite to many of the other submissions by demonstrating how chill & downtempo influences can be implemented in reworking a track into a wholly different vibe.

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Congratulations & thanks for your entries!

 

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Beatport Play hosts remix contest for Coone & Jim Ferren’s ‘150 BPM’

January 7, 2014 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags: , , , , , , ,

Over the past decade, Belgian DJ extraordinaire Coone (aka Koen Bauweraerts) has been building a name for himself in dance music circles as a global ambassador for hardstyle, the bass-heavy, high-BPM genre that’s managed to wallop its way over the Atlantic from Europe. And stateside clubbers have indeed taken notice, with LA-based arbiter of taste Steve Aoki signing Coone to his own Dim Mak label. Hardstyle, it seems, is set for worldwide take-off. Now here’s your chance to make your mark in 2014 by remixing Coone’s hard-storming anthem “150 BPM” from his latest album, Global Dedication. Enter this Play contest before February 3 for your chance to win a Novation Launchkey 49, a Novation Launchpad S, and an official release on Dim Mak Records.

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JustGo Ranks Steve Aoki #4 DJ of 2013

January 6, 2014 Cubby News Tags: , ,

One would be hard pressed to find an event over the course of the year more controversial than the DJ Mag Top 100 poll. Controversy aside, the DJ Mag Top 100 poll still gathers the crowd sourced data of the masses to determine the who’s who of dance music. Some artists like Martin Garrix shot way up into the Top 100, while some veteran producers saw some new, fierce competition. This past year, we found ourselves fortunate enough to have our very own Steve Aoki reach the number eight spot.

New social media platform JustGo has created a social media tracking method to challenge DJ Mag‘s linear voting system. As opposed to ballots sent in by fans, JustGo measures social media interaction, with an emphasis on all the new fan interaction in the past year. The way it works is as follows…

“We looked at the Top 100 DJs by taking into account the number of Total Fans as well as New Fans acquired in 2013. While Total Fans is more reflective of a DJ’s overall popularity, New Fans – as we define it – is more reflective of current excitement. Therefore, we gave Total Fans a 2:1 weighting against New Fans or 60% for Total Fans versus 30% for New Fans.”

Under this new social media based system, Steve Aoki comes in at the number four spot! We could not be more excited to see how well he has done socially in the past year. Most of all- thank you to the fans for being the ones to bring in the new social media traction!

Check out the entire graph from JustGo below.

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A Future Soul Introduction from Kenna

December 19, 2013 Tim Gauthier Interviews, Music, News Tags: , ,

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Now that we’ve just about finished getting excited about the new divergences, tangents and confluences that resulted in the new styles and genres of 2013, it’s time to start coining some new ones. Future soul might not mean much to us now, but it sounds pretty exciting. And who better to give us a personal introduction than Grammy nominee Kenna.

“Pink Matter” – Frank Ocean

I think this song was overshadowed by the many other records that Frank has put out. I think it resonated with me because it reminded me lyrically of the things in my head that I may or may not ever want people to find out. Some insane things go through it. Outside of that, like I told Frank, he could sing the phone book and we would listen.

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“I’m Into You” – Chet Faker

This dude has great tone. Not sure if this is “future soul” but it is soulful to me. I think we have a divergence in sound vs. genre. This is the type of record that bends the rules and this is the type of artist that leaves you wondering where his soul will lead us.

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“Treat Me Like Fire” – Lion Babe

Her name is Lion Babe. What man isn’t going to want to know what that sounds like. After you hear her though, you can feel her influences in the delivery of her melody, but the song is original. The video is raw and rad. Her name is Lion Babe, for the love of God.

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“Cold Nites” – How to Dress Well

A friend put me on to this. I think it just has a great deal of raw energy in it. The lyrics are bent towards the ethereal and allows you to morph it into your own life. The strength in it is its illusive quality – it’s just mesmerizing.

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“Love Is Still Alive” – Kenna

I’m biased on this one. Its one of my favorite songs because it is delimited. This song speaks of the dimensions in between communication and life. It challenges the sacred geometry of coming back from a death in love to find a resurrection.

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“Only When I Walk Away” – Justin Timberlake

This song is an evolution in Justin’s melodic journey. He challenged himself to meld worlds and bring angst to a beat with the R&B overtones. I don’t think production of this can get any better. The show version kills.

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Appetite suitably piqued? Check out Kenna’s new video for “Relations”, featuring Childish Gambino,here.

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Congrats Keys N Krates! MTV Clubland #PICKOFTHEYEAR

December 12, 2013 Tim Gauthier News, Video Tags: , ,

2013 is coming to a close & as you’re probably aware by now, each week on Clubland they highlight one video as the ‘PICK OF THE WEEK’ and once again it’s the fans turn to choose which video gets #PICKOFTHEYEAR!

Voting is now LIVE and will be open until 12noon ET on 12/18. The winner will be announced 12/19 on clubland.mtv.com.

Vote now for Keys N Krates!

[Rolling Stone] Dim Mak Artists Go Crazy at TomorrowWorld EDM Festival

December 10, 2013 Tim Gauthier Music, News, Video Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On September 27th, the electronic music festival TomorrowWorld brought its transcendent chaos to Chattahoochee Hills in Atlanta, Georgia. Now fans can experience the sensory overload with the new “Up All Night TomorrowWorld” video, which condenses the hectic…

Coone will donate $1 from each “Global Dedication” album pre-ordered to help the Philippines

December 2, 2013 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags:

“I want to share something personal with you. I’ve been to the region many times over the passed few years, and my heart reaches out to all those affected by this tragedy.
That’s why I’ve decided to reach out to you, the most dedicated people I know.” – Coone

Pre-Order “Global Dedication”: itun.es/i6Fs5xF

Special thanks to www.editz.nl for making this video!

[#DimMakTuesdays] Meet Nat Self a.k.a. Zombie Disco Squad of Dirtybird Records!

November 29, 2013 Tim Gauthier #FreeFriday, #ThrowbackThursday, News Tags: , , , , , ,

This coming #DimMakTuesday, we are proud to host London DJ & producer Nat Self a.k.a. Zombie Disco Squad of San Francisco tech funk label Dirtybird Records!

Barely into his thirties, Z.D.S. has already collaborated with the likes of Classic Records (brainchild of definite house elder statesmen Luke Solomon and Derrick Carter), Spanish techno/house label Suara, and Chicago booty bass don DJ Funk and UK soul legend Omar to name a few.  On December 3rd, Z.D.S. brings his signature tech-house sound to our beloved #DimMakTuesdays. Joining Z.D.S. on the decks is LA-based producer Matthew Wasley a.k.a. Human Life (Hot Creations // Defected) whose sound, which combines the best of the underground and the overground without contriteness or awkwardness, has caught the attention of French legend Alan Braxe, the iconic Pete Tong, A-Trak, & others.

For tickets and more information on Zombie Disco Squad and Human Life at #DimMakTuesdays, click here.

Peep Z.D.S.’s recent mix for Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 featuring sounds from Supernova, Justin Martin, Ardalan, Snoop Dog, and more!

Dim Mak & Mixmag Present: Wild Out Remix Contest

November 14, 2013 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags: , , , , , , ,

dm526Dim Mak Records and Mixmag are searching for a diamond in the rough!

We are on the hunt for an explosive remix of Borgore’s most recent single “Wild Out,” which features Brick Squad Monopoly’s Waka Flocka Flame and U.K. vocalist Paige.

If you are an aspiring electronic dance or hip-hop producer, a vocalist, or rapper, this remix contest is for you.

Download the stems for this track and get to work starting Thursday, November 14.

Submit your remix before midnight Thursday, December 5.

Please Note:
Getting your remix into the Top 20 can help get you noticed, but the Dim Mak A&R team will ultimately choose the best winner to be released (whether it’s at the top of the charts or not). Encourage voters to mention your remix to @DimMakRecs and @Mixmag!

 

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[RECAP] #AokifyAmerica #TourLife Part II

November 8, 2013 Tim Gauthier Blog, Giveaways, Music, News, Video Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Keeping in line with last week’s #AokifyAmerica #TourLife Recap, we bring you more exclusive, behind-the-scenes media of Steve Aoki, Borgore, Waka Flocka Flame, Pharrell, and more homies as Aoki Framily travels across the U.S. giving the people what they want! Follow us on Instagram…

#DimMakTuesday: Dirtybird // Anabatic // Booty Bass // Future House // Vibes

November 8, 2013 Tim Gauthier Blog, Music, News, Uncategorized Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

It’s always a pleasure hosting our Dirtybird homies at #DimMakTuesdays and this Tuesday, November 12th we’re excited to have Dirtybird player and Anabatic Records founder Worthy on the ones and twos as we vibe to the sounds of booty bass, breaks and future house!

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“The Worthy sound has always been powerful, rocking, funky, bass-driven music at its best, and for me this is the new wave in house music.”Carl Cox

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Peep Worthy’s latest Beatport chart for his new EP “Flashin,” out now on Anabatic Records!

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Past #DimMakTuesdays have included Dirtybird legends Justin Jay, Ardalan, Justin Martin, and more!

“Those hardcore Dirtybird fans rolled in full force…these kids get so passionate about it…this is by far the most exciting show I’ve done here”Justin Jay after his recent set with Ardalan at #DimMakTuesdays

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

November 6, 2013 Dim Mak Fashion, Lifestyle, Music, News, Video Tags: , , , ,

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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