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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.
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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.
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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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We 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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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.
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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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.
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
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 – 2,000,000 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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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’ #SELFIE, I Just Can’t Deny from Keys N Krates’ Solow EP, and more recently Tristan Garner’s Imperium, which was released last week.