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Interlude Presents: TRUST & The Faint (Interview + Free Download)

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This December installment of Interlude features artists from a tour tandem, TRUST & The Faint. Interlude rounds up live photos from their November show at L.A.’s Henry Fonda Theatre and an interview with TRUST’s dreamy frontman, Robert Alfons.  We would like to hook it up with a Holiday gift, a free download of The FaintEvil Voices“.

Interlude Presents: Robert Alfons of TRUST

Lets start with a little game of word association. I say a word and you say whatever comes to mind:
⁃    Candy – Candy walls
⁃    Pockets – Overalls
⁃    Glass – Candy

I saw you took a traditional photo with Santa Claus, what did you ask for this Christmas ?
Actually, he didn’t even ask me… But if he did, I think I would want new mits. Every year I lose my mits and I want new, knitted gray ones.

Do you have any plans for NYE?
As of now, no. I usually just kind of hide, its quite overwhelming and ridiculous. Hopefully, it will just be a nice cozy, internal sort of evening. That’s what I would hope for.

Does the winter season have a particular effect on your creative process?
Being on tour, every day is a different season. There isn’t sort of any level of complaint, its just more of my mind and its chemistry doesn’t understand the pace of whats going on. One day its snowing and the next day its sunny and warm. Its definitely a ride.

Would you like to elaborate on the Revolution Recording Piano Version of “Sulk”, directed by Petra Collins?
A lot of my songs start in that form, from the piano. I really wanted to do a video playing them raw. Petra is a friend of mine and I think she is so talented.  It was pretty simple take,  just one camera and the two of us in that room. It was a great experience working with her.

I happened to be visiting my Nana when I watched the “Sulk” video and she absolutely loves you.

Oh I love her already! Aw that’s so sweet!  I want to meet her. I’m close with grandma, great aunt and my sisters. I miss them a lot when I go away. I can’t wait to see them when I get back.

What are you seeing when you are playing on-stage?
Usually everything is pretty black out there. There is no light on the audience, so its like a black void. I get lost and I think that’s good when you perform.

The album cover of TRST has always captivated me. What do you feel you captured in that picture you took at the club?
I think she’s really beautiful and I felt there was a story and a performance to it.  She was fabulous and amazing in every sort of way. She really struck me .

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What kind of experimentation have you been developing for a more pop aesthetic in the next album ?
Its becoming a lot more upbeat, but I’m still a sucker for ballads. I think the shows have really changed how I am writing at the moment; having a higher energy and experimenting with sounds and rhythms. I’m getting better at drums and bass, and that’s the direction its going.

Will the lyricism have a similar vein of being erotic and ambiguous as the last album?

I don’t know. I guess Ill talk about that in 6 months. I’m still in the depths of it.

What were some highlights from your first visit to Los Angeles or Las Vegas?

The first time I visited LA was in April, for the first show we did and it was excellent. LA is just weird, dirty and scary at times. I would’ve have loved to spend more time there. Las Vegas…its so bizarre there. Its like a dream. The closest thing Ive seen to it was Niagra Falls because of it’s  similar sort of vibe of being neon all night. Las Vegas has a neon glare from the lights, but its an actual gluttonous and heathen reality that I don’t like. The rest of it is gritty to be in the aura of.

What music have you been listening while on tour?

Music appropriate for the road; lots of Burial, The Pet Shop Boys, The Radio Department, and Casket Girls.

What would you be doing if you weren’t making music right now?

Hiding away out in the country. I feel like I need to go on a weeks walk of nature. I know I’ll get that  some time, its just nice to be out on the road right now.

What’s something you want the world to know about you as an artist?

Its okay to DREAM.


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Dzeko and Torres Featured in Vibe’s 30 DJ’s To Watch in 2013 List

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Dzeko and Torres were featured in Vibe’s latest “30 DJ’s To Watch in 2013.” We recently welcomed the canadian duo to the family with yesterday’s EP, Hey, which is now available for purchase. Like Vibe, we couldn’t be more thrilled to see what these guys are going to conquer in the next year. Other DJ’s on the list include LA Riots, Bauur, Lea Luna, and the Martinez Brothers. You can view the list in its entirety on Vibe. 

 

 

 

Hammarica Features Premiere Download Of New Noise 3 Track

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Not too long ago we released our third installment of New Noise featuring exclusive tracks from upcoming artists. If you’ve been streaming this album non stop then you’re in for a treat. Hammarica recently featured a premier download for the Rico Tubbs track, Saunna Belt. You can grab your free copy on their site now.

Yung Skeeter: Aoki Files & New Remix Download

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The end of the year is looking bright for Yung Skeeter, who seems to be on a roll with recent releases. His November release Stand Again has become a favorite among fans and DJ sets with the upbeat tempo and on point vocals from Gaby Duran. In the seventh episode of Aoki Files, Yung Skeeter talks with Steve about the production of “Stand Again,” which is now available worldwide.

Along with the release of this track, Yung Skeeter’s remix of Contrakids’ “We Go, You Go” is now available for purchase on iTunes or free download through email. This track follows along the same tempo as “Stand Again,” which has a way of washing away any gloom you might’ve had before listening.

For up to date news on Yung Skeeter, you can follow him on Twitter at @YungSkeeter.

Infected Mushroom Announces 2013 Tour Dates

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Infected Mushroom has announced official tour dates for the FungusAmongus 2013 Tour beginning January 10. The tour includes ten dates along the East coast hitting Maine,  Massachusetts, New York, Florida, Vermont, and Maryland. This tour follows the 2012 release of Army of Mushrooms which hit #1 on iTunes and Beatport charts this past year. For ticket information on each date check out Infected Mushroom’s tour page.  You can also purchase Infected Mushroom’s last release on iTunes & Beatport now.

Tour Dates

1-10-13 – Portland, ME – State Theater
1-11-13 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
1 -12 -13 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
1-16-13 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl (DJ Set)
1-17-13 – Rochester,NY – Mainstreet Armory (DJ Set)
1-18-12 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
1-19-12 – Baltimore,MD – Rams Head Live!
1-31-12 – Orlando,FL – The Beacham Theatre
2-01-12 – Tampa,FL – Amphitheater
2-02-12 – Pompano Beach, FL – Club Cinema

Steve Aoki Nominee in The URB 2012 Readers Survey

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With 2012 coming to an end, URB needs your help to see who rocked your world these past 12 months. Among the 140 nominees our very own Steve Aoki is featured alongside 139 nominees including Odd Future,  SBTRKT, The XX, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Nicolas Jaar, Little Dragon, M83 and others.  URB is asking each and every one of you to rate the nominees you know 1 to 5, to help name one of the 140 nominees, URB Artist Of The Year 2012. You can cast your vote on URB now.

 

Booka Shade’s Mini Documentary Premiered on Societe Perrier

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Booka Shade’s mini documentary directed by Punit Dhesi was premiered on Societe Perrier just a few days ago. The 3-minute documentry sits down with the duo as they discuss their start, growing success, and Honeyslave- their latest release on Dim Mak. If you haven’t had much of a listen to Book Shade, this video is a great introductory to the Berlin based duo.

Robert Raimon Roy Makes NPR’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012

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Robert Raimon Roy’s self titled single is featured on NPR’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 alongside artists such as Ellie Goulding, Charlift, Baaur, Grimes, and others. NPR describes the track as, “a cartoonishly dramatic track as he recounts a staid love life in elastic syllables.” If you haven’t heard “Robert Raimon Roy” yet, you can listen to this single on Soundcloud along with other songs from his upcoming album, Le Tigre Blanc which is out next week. To view NPR’s complete 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 list click here.

Blank You Very Much X Steve Aoki Design Contest

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Steve Aoki has teamed up with Blank You Very Much to give you guys a chance to design an official 2013 World Tour Poster. This is an incredible opportunity for you guys  to showcase your talent to thousands along with a $1,000 grand prize. The contest opened up yesterday and will accept entries until December 21 at 11:59 p.m. with Steve’s choice announced shortly after January 14. To download the official template and learn more information check out the Blank You Very Much contest site.


DigiLove Recaps Steve’s Birthday at the Shrine

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Check out Digilove’s latest feature on Dim Mak, recapping Steve’s Birthday bash at the Shrine. The feature gives you the low down of the night along with great visuals of the celebration. You can view the full article on their website here.