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…
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!
“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
“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
Grammy 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.
Making of “Love Is Still Alive”
Aoki Files w/ Kenna
Botnek is continuing to globe trot the World after a successful festival season. Later this month, the DJ duo will be joining Steve Aoki, Borgore, and Waka Flocka Flame on the last four stops of the Aokify America Tour before heading on their own Australian tour in December.
Botnek Australian Tour Dates:
12/14: Sydney – Pacha
12/18: Secret Show TBA
12/19: Adelaide – Apple
12/20: Perth – Ambar
12/21: Newcastle – King St.
Botnek will be joining Steve and the rest of the crew on the Aokify America Tour in the following cities:
11/20: Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
11/21: Vernon, BC – Kal Tire Place
11/22: Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Expo Centre
11/23: Vancouver, BC – Thunderbird Sports Centre
If you are unable to catch Botnek at one of their tour stops, be sure to download the ‘I Know / Through the Night’ Remix EP (Out November 19th). The EP features remixes by Dabin, Hunter Siegel, Hirshee, DallasK, and Dilligas. In conjunction with their tour announcement, we are offering a free download of “I Know” (The Sneekers Remix)
Pre-order Botnek’s ‘I Know / Through The Night’ Remix EP on iTunes: bit.ly/1bWzpbk
As the boss man Steve Aoki tours across the U.S. this fall with the homies Waka Flocka Flame, Borgore, & Pharrell Williams, we want to give you a regular, exclusive peep behind the scenes: each day we’re posting a unique snapshot of life on the road for the #AokifyAmerica artists via our Instagram @DimMakRecs! Every Friday on the reg, we’ll be posting a recap of the week’s photos for your viewing pleasure along with other exciting tour media!
California Dim Mak-ers! Here’s your chance to see Steve Aoki, Waka Flocka, Iggy Azalea, Mike & Chester of Linkin Park, Alvin Risk, & our very own Keys N Krates, at Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in LA November 15th! Tix & More Info: http://dmak.co/Aoki_ShrineLA
In mere days from now—November 4 through 9, to be exact—a selection of finalists from around the world will touch down in Toronto for the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals, the globe’s best DJ competition actually geared towards the dancefloor. But it’s not like the Canadian capital needs any talent imported. Many of the DJs/producers currently blowing up the club scene worldwide originate in the T… and you may not even know it.
In this video, Brooklyn-based DJ Jubilee—a Thre3style judge who has played in Canada so many times she’s practically half-maple—visits over 15 of her Toronto-based friends, including Dim Mak superstars Keys N Kratesand Autoerotique, bass dudes Hunter Siegel and Marcus Visionary, techno leading lights Gingy and Alixander III (of Azari & III), and frequent Thre3style performers Grandtheft, Thugli, and Skratch Bastid, among many others. Along the way we discover that the Toronto dance music scene is a fractured but lovable family—most of these producers have worked together, lived together, thrown parties together, or gotten in fights with each other at one point or another, whether they’re deep in the techno game or banging out the hardest trap sounds.
Watch See You in Toronto to find about Torro Torro’s secret love affair with pigs, why Bruce Trail is a wizard, who throws the best afterparties, how Autoerotique gets erotic, and why Hamilton is the darkest place on the planet Earth, among other secrets of the city’s dance music elite.
This man, nor this project, should be slept on… Kenna ‘Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation Is Suicide’
In this day and age, it’s harder and harder to find great minds with progressive, forward-thinking ideas, especially in certain areas within the music industry, where shock value has a higher price tag than raw talent. So when someone like Kenna comes along…
A big and bold electro house jam, Blitz serves as a more-than-fine sequel to last winter’s Surge. The springy lead and powerful drums do justice to the big room vibes and reputation he’s known for while pushing the envelope and not conforming to the endless waves of music of similar vein…
Get your fire extinguishers out, y’all, because this episode of #AOKIFILES is on fire (which may explain the hole in Steve’s shorts)! Steve hangs out with the extraordinary singer, producer, visionary, “monk,” KENNA to get the dirt on what fans and tastemakers alike can expect from the collection of EPs Kenna is hitting us with this year. With what Steve describes as a “classic dance record”, Kenna is part of the evolution of Dim Mak Records with the release of his single “Relations (An Ode to You and Me)”. Watch the episode for more info on the 3 chapters of Kenna’s release, find out what artist helped Kenna make his “alien-esque” EP, and keep your ears wide open for the fantastic dance sounds emerging from this self-proclaimed nerd (whereas we prefer to think of him as a genius)!
DOWNLOAD: Chapter 1
PRE-ORDER: Chapter 2
In need of some bass in your face? Do you have a need to get down on the dance floor? We’ll wait no more because Steve Aoki, Borgore and Waka Flacka Flame are coming to a city near you! The trio is bringing a never before seen blend of electronic bangers and hip hop for the most diverse thing to hit the dance music circuit. With all the bling, champagne and cake this is by far the most turnt up tour happening right now. So don’t wait because supplies are limited and running out fast.
Israeli DJ-producer Borgore has a knack for stitching together eclectic styles. As a former death-metal drummer, he brings a hard-hitting approach to his electronic tunes – but he’s still savvy enough to collaborate with artists of very different genres. On his new single, “Wild Out,” he brings both a pop singer, Paige, and a rapper, Waka Flocka Flame, into the fold.
Borgore had high praise for her, as well as for his guest rapper. “Working with Waka was like working with the energy of an MMA fight, while Paige brought a serene, silky, angel-like voice and I had to somehow mix them both together. Mission.”
“Wild Out” will be released on October 15th, on Dim Mak Records, and it’s available for pre-order on iTunes and Borgore’s official website. The Wild Out EP will be released later this fall.
(via Rolling Stone)
It seems like producing a super legit remix of a DIRTYPHONICS track is like a right of passage only bestowed upon the most gifted of music makers, as witnessed by Kastle’s remix Dirtyphonics‘ “Hanging On Me”; laid back and fresh, “Hanging on Me (Kastle Remix)” is like a breath of clean air on this #dirty track. Kastle, who is known for infusing the sounds of R&B with edgier dubstep influences, sheds a whole new light with his chilled out rendition.
Felix Cartal is experiencing a monumental year! With a slew of chart-topping releases, including his recent “Past, Present, Felix” EP, and a North American tour that kicked off with a bang, Canada’s electro-house golden boy knows no limits!
Having just reached the #1 spot on Hype Machine popular charts, Felix’s summer single “Young Love (feat. KoKo LaRoo)” is making massive waves in the blogosphere. To add fuel to that fire, the official video for the track has just been featured as one of the “fresh videos” on Canada’s iconic pop-culture site www.muchmusic.com!
Felix will be participating in an in-studio interview with Much Music coming up soon! #staytuned
Calling all explorers, adventurers, thrill seekers, and bad asses alike! To celebrate the release of the Indie Anna Jones (Remixes) EP from Clinton VanSciver, available now on Dim Mak Records, Dim Mak presents the official Clinton VanSciver “Indie Anna Jones” Remix Scavenger Hunt.
Is there any sound so tough that a U.K. garage refix can’t turn into something pliable and seductive? Apparently, not, at least judging from the Los Angeles producer Kastle’s remix of “Hanging on Me,” a new song from the French quartet Dirtyphonics. Their recent singles have typically trod the line between headbanging and Ed Banging: “No Stopping Us,” featuring Foreign Beggars, was hip-house via Alice in Chains, while “Walk in the Fire” was forged of blast beats and chugging metal guitars. “Hanging on Me” is similar, marrying Master of Puppets-inspired twinned leads to a shuddering, dubsteppy cadence and topping it off with vocals from the Duke Spirit’s Liela Moss, who here sounds, improbably but intriguingly, a little like Cat Power imitating Ozzy Osbourne. In Kastle’s hands, though, the tune flashes back to 2-step’s glory days, complete with bouncy organ bass line and synths as bubbly as a freshly uncorked bottle of Dom. In contrast to 2-step’s habit of making chipmunks out of its singers, he plays Moss’ vocals relatively straight, save for a judicious bit of glottal chopping, but he strays from convention by briefly flipping the groove into a brittle triplet rhythm that’s halfway between trap and Schaffel. If you’ve ever dreamed of a Lex Luger/Superpitcher collaboration, here’s the next best thing. (via SPIN)
With over 700 submissions, the Dim Mak x Earmilk x TomorrowWorld DJ Open fueled one of the hottest competitive bonfires in electronic dance music history!
Hundreds of aspiring DJ’s from across the nation put their heart and soul into creating mixes that blew our minds. It would be an understatement to say that choosing a winner was not easy and we appreciate each and every person who submitted. However, after hours of listening to and researching each contestant, it soon became clear to us who the winner should be, based upon the rules and regulations we established from the beginning.
Not only did we pay special attention to the originality, creativity, and diversity of the mix, we also took into consideration the way in which the artist branded themselves to their fans and the hussle and drive they’ve put into making a name for themselves and their music thus far. In the end, we chose a well-rounded winner we believe to be not only extremely talented, but also excellent at strategically and creatively marketing themselves and their music to their audience while differentiating themselves from the competition.
And now, without further adieu, the artist we’ve chosen to open the Dim Mak Up All Night Stage at the first-ever TomorrowWorld 2013 is LA-based producer duo, 2 DEEP:
Check out their contest mix here: soundcloud.com/2-deep/2deep-tomorrowworld-x-dimmak
GET READY FOR THE DIM MAK UP ALL NIGHT STAGE AT TOMORROWWORLD 2013!!!!
Official Dim Mak TomorrowWorld Mix by Garmiani: https://soundcloud.com/dimmakrecords/dim-mak-up-all-night
Catch a glimpse of what’s in store: Up All Night Tomorrowland Documentary: http://dmak.co/1dHm3Bz
As he prepares to hit the road once again this fall, Grammy-nominated international producer/DJ and electronic dance music entrepreneur STEVE AOKI has announced additional support acts for his upcoming Aokify America Tour. For the tour, AOKI has drafted an elite group of artists from the DIM MAK roster—the independent record label, events and lifestyle company, and apparel line he founded in 1996 and presenting partner of the tour—including Felix Cartal, Autoerotique, Dirtyphonics, Keys N Krates, Garmiani, Deorro, Rune RK, and Botnek as well as a new, specially designed production from performer Kryoman entitled HEX3D. Already featuring a stellar lineup with bass “Legend” Borgore and hip-hop heavyweight Waka Flocka Flame as direct support, with special guest Pharrell Williams (The Neptunes/N.E.R.D.) appearing on select dates, the Aokify America Tour stands as one of the highlights on this year’s touring circuit. Tickets for the Aokify America Tour are on sale now: aokifyamerica.com.
The newly confirmed rotating talent on the Aokify America Tour adds a diverse array of artists spanning a wide spectrum of electronic music styles. Coming off his most successful release to date with the Past, Present, Felix EP on Dim Mak Records—praised by ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and BILLBOARD.COM, who called featured track “New Scene” “one of the best dance recordings of the year”—Felix Cartal brings his signature electro house sounds. Toronto-based electro producer Autoerotique adds a heavier sound to the mix, best exemplified on the latest track“Play It Again” and the recent Asphyxiation (Remixes) EP, both out now on Dim Mak Records. Featured on AOKI’s Deadmeat Tour in 2012, French electronic dance music quartet DIRTYPHONICS return with their trademark heavy bass heard on their debut full-length album Irreverence and the corresponding No Stopping Us (Remixes) EP, both available now on Dim Mak Records. Dubbed “EDM’s hottest live band” by BILLBOARD.COM and featured by USA Today, Toronto-based live electronic outfit Keys N Krates recently released their SOLOW EP on Dim Mak Records, which highlights their trap-tinged electronic/hip-hop hybrid sound. Also featured on the tour are producers Garmiani, Deorro, house/techno artist Rune RK, and production/DJ duo Botnek. Additionally, performer Kryoman introduces his innovative production setup HEX3D on the Aokify America Tour, which pushes the boundaries of live, audiovisual performance art.
The new talent is not the only major tour announcement being made though. A proponent of pro-social causes and a philanthropist in his own right, AOKI’s Steve Aoki Charitable Fund is donating a dollar for every ticket sold throughout the tour to a charity selected by his fans via Facebook. Furthermore, for every year AOKI has been alive, he will match a corresponding $1,000 for a total of $36,000 on the tour. Fans will be encouraged to vote for their chosen charity from a group of four pre-selected organizations, including: American Brain Foundation, committed to curing brain disease; University of Rochester – Memory Care Program, providing diagnosis, treatment, and care of neurodegenerative conditions that affect the elderly and the aging nervous system; Brain Preservation Foundation, evaluating “plastination” and “cryonics,” two ways doctors might inexpensively preserve the brain of a dying person; and Infusio, pushing the fusion of cutting-edge science and the newest developments in complementary medicine placed in a spa-like healing environment. Fans can vote via a dedicated poll on STEVE AOKI’s official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Steve.Aoki) starting October 9 through November 23. Following the tour, AOKI will hand deliver the check to the chosen charity. For more information, visit: www.steveaokifund.com.
Meanwhile, STEVE AOKI is dominating the music world with the massive Linkin Parkcollaboration “A Light That Never Comes,” out now on Warner Bros. Records, and“Boneless,” a collaboration with Chris Lake and Tujamo (Ultra Music), which hit #1on Beatport.
Attention: Red Bull Junkies!!
Dim Mak has teamed up with We Are Matik to create the Interactive Boombox Flugtag for the 2013 Red Bull Flugtag event in Long Beach on Sept. 21st.
We will be hosting a special, interactive send-off celebration at the first night of our new residency at Create Nightclub THIS SUNDAY 9/15!
Come ready to decorate the Dim Mak Flugtag with paint pens, take Instagram photos, and more!
Go LIKE the Interactive Boombox Flugtag Facebook page to stay up to date on the progress of the flugtag + how to win entry to the official Red Bull Flugtag After Party and kick it with the Dim Mak Krew!
One of the most renowned festivals in the world, Tomorrowland invites the worlds premiere DJs to perform under a dazzling array of sights and sounds. The Belgian festival got a taste of Dim Mak this past year, with the label’s very own Up All Night stage on the first day. Featuring the likes of Steve Aoki, Joachim Garraud, Dirtyphonics and Angger Dimas, the Up All Night stage left thousands of festivalgoers shocked, stirred, and satisfied. Aoki‘s closing set will go down as one of the highlight moments in Tomorrowland history, and it will be exciting to see what he has in store for the future.
The aftermovie encapsulates all three legendary days of the festival, assembled into over a half hour of brilliant footage and tracks from the DJs in attendance. Dim Mak has two songs in the aftermovie, one of which being “We Are Legend” by labelhead Steve Aoki and partners in crime Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. This new collaboration is a peaktime progressive anthem that is bound to make serious waves on the charts. The other Dim Mak track featured is “Feedback” by Steve Aoki & Autoerotique vs Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike which is screamingly intense electro at its finest.
While Tomorrowland has come to a close for 2013, Dim Mak Records is looking forward to the festival coming across the Atlantic to Atlanta, Georgia. The inaugural edition of Tomorrowworld will feature an Up All Night stage much like its predecessor at Tomorrowland. Dim Mak is ready to show America what it has in store for both returning Tomorrowland fans as well as participants experiencing Up All Night for the first time at the end of September.
Let me tell you something. As a woman, I need a man who can do like a thousand bicep curls while maintaining a shimmering mustache of manliness and smell like champion. I realize that some of you can’t even grow a section of peach fuzz on your quivering upper lip, but there is no longer any excuse for you to not smell like pure awesome now that Sex Panther cologne has been unleashed into your manly man kingdom. And it’s only $35, by the beard of Zeus! So iron your leisure suit, get yourself down to the local joint where man perfume is sold (it’s next door to the Toilet Store), and buy SEX PANTHER; it comes in a bottle so you don’t have to.
Every artist knows that the highest form of a compliment is through imitation. From the outdoor coastal concept to the colorfully artistic effects, Big Sean’s latest music video for his single “10 2 10″ is exactly that.
Dim Mak’s own Clockwork released the music video for his single “Surge” back in June 2013 showcasing some unique and original effects against a back drop of the coastal wilderness. From the hike through the wooded trails to the shots of the waves and the clouds rolling in over the scene, it puts you at one with nature and the meaning of the lyrics “I can feel it in my body” shine through without question.
“10 2 10″ , released just about a week ago, boasts an oh so similar concept. Hike through the wooded trails? Check. Waves? Check. Clouds? Check. But wait, what about those super cool visual effects? Check. (Shout out @susboy911) It is super reminiscent of what we saw with Clockwork’s “Surge”… and that is awesome. As far as the lyrics and video creating cohesive concept, its not exactly on the money. With the song being about working from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and back again, when did he have time to stroll to the beach? I mean, since he was busy working and all.
So you be the judge. Who wore it best?
So you’re the popular DJ at all your friends’ house parties. You’ve played the clubs. Everyone you know thinks you’re the next A-Trak.
But do you have what it takes to open a stage at one of the largest festivals in the world?
The final day of the Electric Zoo festival in New York has been cancelled. This includes Steve Aoki’s performance and the entire Dim Mak stage. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and families of the two concertgoers who lost their lives. Our thoughts remain with those still hospitalized. This is a weekend of celebration across America, and we urge our community to take a moment and reflect on the safety of both themselves and those around them.
ANNOUNCEMENT – Kenna’s ‘Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation Is Suicide’ dropping on September 3, 2013
Land 2 Air Chronicles II is the second part of Kenna’s three EP series based on the Emerson essay Self-Reliance. On this second installment, Imitation is Suicide, Kenna is stating the clear influences in his work to help define a musical compass while giving credit where credit is due.
Kenna stated, “Music icons like David Byrne and Rick James inspired Imitation is Suicide. I think posing as an ‘original’ without acknowledging your influences is like killing yourself. The chapters and art of this EP speak to those influences all while hopefully dancing between sonics and genres.”
Imitation Is Suicide (chapter one of three) Produced by Chad Hugo and Kenna will be released on September 3, 2013. You can pre-order the EP on iTunes HERE.
With Electric Zoo right around the corner, it’s safe to say that thousands of fans are getting amped up and ready to dance the night away in New York, and the attention this festival is receiving isn’t limited to just the main stage attractions…
Join Steve Aoki on his Fall 2013 North America tour featuring Waka Flocka Flame, Borgore, and special guest Pharrell Williams (on select dates!). Ticket information and tour dates coming soon!
It’s been an incredible year for our boy, Felix Cartal. With several chart-topping singles and his newly released “Past, Present, Felix” EP already climbing to the top of the iTunes & Beatport charts, Felix is gearing up for one of the most successful years in his career so far.
Stream it here: http://dmak.co/FelixCartal_YoungLove
Also be sure to check out Felix’s upcoming tour dates for his North American “After Dark Tour”: http://afterdark.felixcartal.com/
Qulinez are having the time of their lives. Childhood pals Alexander Lager and Johannes Gustafsson were discovered by Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello, who picked up his fellow Swedes for his label Size Records. Now, Qulinez have linked up with another big name name in electronic music – Steve Aoki and his label, Dim Mak – for their single “Drop It,” and they’re serving up a relentlessly intense mix around their new track. Sounds from the Bloody Beetroots, Carnage and Borgore, and Marin Solveig fly by, but the focus remains on “Drop It” and its interplay with a little bit of Daft Punk.
“Their sound is hard and heavy, just how we like it!” Aoki tells Rolling Stone. “This mix hits just as strongly as their live sets. When I listen to it, I feel like I’m right there with them.”
Read more at: RollingStone.com
“Drop It” will be out August 27th.
Track listing for Qulinez’s “Drop It” mix follows below.
1. The Bloody Beetroots, Tai and Bart B More – “Spank (Dyro Edit)”
2. Firebeatz and Chocolate Puma – “Sausage Fest (Original Mix)”
3. Martin Solveig – “Hey Now (Schoolboy Remix)”
4. Sultan and Ned Shepard vs. dBerrie vs. Bruno Mars – “Locked Malfunction (Bootleg)”
5. Feenixpawl and Jason Forte – “Together (Marco V Remix)”
6. Qulinez – “Drop It” with Daft Punk – “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Acapella)”
7. TJR – “What’s Up Suckaz (Original Mix)”
8. Qulinez – “Archangel”
9. Carnage and Borgore – “Incredible (Original and Busted by heRobust)”
Tomorrow night at Dim Mak Studios, we’ll be hosting the Friends of Friends Collective for an ambient night of experimental deep house brought to you by Young Adults, Grenier, and Sodapop.
For the past five years, our friends at FoF have been showcasing fresh, up and coming artists in new and exciting ways! Read all about this unique label and who exactly comprises this special collective in our exclusive interview with Leeor Brown, founder of FoF, and one half of tomorrow night’s featured DJ duo, Young Adults.
Tiger & Woods – Pitch [Editainment]
Psychemagik – Beauty & The Bass [White Label]
Chamboche – Into The Murk [Young Adults]
Crazy P – Heartbreaker (Huxley Remix) [2020 Vision]
LOL Boys & Grown Folk – Ghost Path [Young Adults]
Waze & Odyssey – Our World [Throne of Blood]
Sleepyhead – Good Love [Party Guy Records]
Tensnake – Mainline (Dub) [Defected]
Tigerskin – Try The Impossible [Future Classic]
Volta Cab – Strange Days (Creative Swing Alliance Remix) [Illusion Recordings]
Jacques Renault – Back To You (Paradis Remix) [Lets Play House]
Tell us about Friends of Friends. How did you come up with the concept?
It was just a way of tying a bunch of things together. When I used to shop for records, I would always looks at 3 things. The art, the collabs and the label. Those three would basically tell you about someones aesthetic, who they’re friends with or who respects their music enough to work with them and their general vibe. I wanted that all to ring true immediately for FoF releases, so I ask every artist about who they might know that can help them make their release special. Would way rather that than some random a&r decisions like “get a hot vocalist” or whatever. We try and make it about building a community of friends that all make great art. And the releases come out great because of it.
What separates FoF from other labels/brands in the same market? Your website states that the name “Friends of Friends” is “the driving force behind the label and website, referring to the most effective way (yet traditional way!) people learn about new music: through Friends!” Tell us how this process works!
I kind of touched on it in the last answer but basically the people closest to you are the ones who want to see you succeed the most. So we try and incorporate all of FoF’s artists friends and our friends of friends in our planning of say, releases and remixes, all the way down to our website’s news and bookings for events etc. It’s about hopefully showing the world that FoF is a network of talented and passionate people that can all build careers by supporting one another’s art.
Young Adults is your side project with David Fisher. Tell us how this collab came about and the connection with your label.
Ah, D is just one of my oldest and best friends. We’ve DJed together for about 8 years now. We played house parties mostly for years… total bedroom DJs. For the longest time the US wasn’t really fucking with what we playing. A lot of German techno, old disco and house records etc. We just kept it low-key for a while. But a few years back we started really talking about starting a label and last year we finally made it a reality. YA is FoF’s “sister label.” We wanted to push vinyl, slow mixes, long songs and all that as a counter to the laptop DJ culture that’s been everywhere. We’ve put out 3 records now and have played started playing out a ton. This summer we got to take over the Ace Hotel Palm Springs for a weekend, opened for Omar S at A Club Called Rhonda and now headlining Dim Mak Tuesdays. Been a pretty awesome ride so far
We’ve heard Friends of Friends referred to as “a collective.” Who exactly comprises this collective and how does one become a part of it?
Honestly it’s pretty nebulous. I can name so manyyyy people who are extended fam but i guess it starts by the artist releases put out by the label. Salva, Shlohmo, Groundislava, Tomas Barfod, LOL Boys, Jerome LOL, Ernest Gonzales, Evenings and our newest signees Kyson and Perera Elsewhere all make up the crew now. But we’ve also had amazing more friends built through compilations, artist/project collabs, remixes and shows etc. People like Daedelus, Baths, Grenier, Low Limit, Robot Koch, Toy Selectah, the Wedidit and Anticon teams…I mean really this paragraph could go on forever. We’re very fortunate to have an extended network of rad talented people. On the video/visual side as well! I see you Great Nordic Swordfight, Video Marsh and Sus Boy
What are your plans/dreams/goals for 2013, both individually as an artist as well as for Friends of Friends? How would you like to expand FoF?
MY DREAM IS EVERYONE FALLS IN LOVE WITH KYSON & PERERA ELSEWHERE(our newest signings) LIKE I HAVE. Haha, but seriously my goal is to just stay on course. Definitely been building the infrastructure of FoF as a label. We signed a distribution deal in UK/EU with !K7 which I’m really excited about. We’ve been wanting to get our music out internationally way more so that’s definitely a great step. And really focus on continuing to develop good relationships and partnerships with other people doing rad things. Oh I guess also planning our anniversary stuff for ’14. Can’t believe it’s gonna be 5 years!!
One thing you shouldn’t expect from your favorite producer is one hell of a throwing arm. Unless, of course, your favorite producer is STEVE AOKI-the chief of Dim Mak Records and the chief of “holy crap did you see that?!” Just three days ago at VELD FEST, Steve performed one of his high energy, no holds barred shows for thousands of fans, and probably every person in that crowd wanted their cake and wanted to eat it too! One fan, wheelchair bound, was raised up high over the crowd when time came for Steve to pick the lucky cake recipient. The thing is….the guy was impossibly far away from where Steve stood on his sound table. The other thing is that there is no such thing as “impossible” when it comes to Steve Aoki, and he hurled the cake with stunning accuracy; the cake spiraled perfectly and KERPOW! Smashed the happiest fan alive right in the kisser. This is a must-see video. Instead of choosing someone closer, Steve adhered to the wishes of a fan who had no doubt had his own trouble even getting there; giving us yet another stunning example of the love and lengths Steve goes through for his fans, who love him right back.
If you’ve ever been to a Sounds Like Fun event, you know to expect the unexpected and leave with at least one or two less items of clothing by the end of the night. The entire experience becomes one steamy-hot fusion of futuristic hip-hop and electronic sounds, coupled with an energetic, funky crowd vibe.
The brainchild of leading Chicago hip-hop tastemaker Chuck Inglish, founder of The Cool Kids and recent producer for artists such as Mac Miller, Rick Ross, Asher Roth, Casey Veggies, and Curren$y, Sounds Like Fun is an emerging lifestyle brand that is creating a central home for LA’s experimental hip-hop/electronic scene. With past performances from artists like A-Trak, King Chip, Asher Roth, Jesse Marco, King Chip, OG Ron C, Theophilus London, Xaphoon Jones, Yasmin, Fat Tony, Bushwick Bill, and others, Sounds Like Fun is making moves and giving the current, rapidly evolving hip-hop/EDM generation what they want.
Having recently teamed up with the Dim Mak fam to host a monthly event at Dim Mak Studios, Sounds Like Fun has taken the party to a whole new level: it’s literally BLING BLING meets TWERK NATION meets TURN UP meets TRILL AS F*CK. It’s an experience you DON’T want to miss. Check the video and photos below for a taste of what’s in store in a couple of weeks and “Like” Dim Mak Live on Facebook to stay up to date on all the epic SOUNDS LIKE FUN // DIM MAK parties!
With the recent release of their “Friends on Mushrooms Vol. 2″ EP, the highly anticipated follow-up to their chart-reigning EP “Friends on Mushrooms Vol. 1,” Infected Mushroom is already reclaiming their top-of-the-charts reign with Vol. 2 reaching #3 on iTunes Top Dance Albums this past Tuesday. And it doesn’t stop there. We just received news that “Nerds on Mushrooms” is currently ranked at #1 on popular EDM site Track It Down’s Dubstep Chart. We look foward to more domination from Infected Mushroom in the weeks and months to come. Head over to Beatport to purchase their most recent, insane trip of an EP and follow them on Twitter @infected to stay up to date on all their latest moves. Also be sure to visit the Track It Down website to stream the hot new single “Nerds on Mushrooms”.
Happy Tuesday everyone, I hope you made your weekends vast and epic as you should. I just wanted to touch base with everyone, catch up, and recap some time I spent last weekend with Infected Mushroom. The Israel-bred, LA based duo is made up of Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani, and Erez Eisen. They started collaborating in 1997 in Kiryat Yam, Haifa District, Israel.
In addition to twice being voted into the top 10 for DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJ’s, they have also left footprints in both dance and rock genres, having worked with Perry Farrell from Jane’s Addiction and Jonathan Davis from Korn.
The two have released such hit albums as 2009’s Legend of the Black Shwarma, which peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Top Electronic Albums chart, scored such dance hits as “Killing Time” and “Smashing the Opponent,” and to top it all off, they average about 120 live performances a year. Boom goes the dynamite. Also, out today on Dim Mak Records, “Friends on Mushrooms, Vol. 2.”
Now these live performances brought about a revolutionary live show, which I’m sure you’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever been to one of their gigs. The set is a 3D landscape designed by Vita Motus Design Studio and V Squared Labs; it is truly one of a kind, and they brought it to the Avalon this past Saturday, July 7th to have a little playtime with the L.A. fans. I had the good fortune to steal a quick conversation with them before they hit the stage. (via MAGNETIC MAG)
Get to know the latest addition to the Dim Mak Fam in this four minute exclusive interview with newly signed artist Clinton VanSciver. Listen to samples of the bangin tracks off VanSciver’s first ever EP, Indie Anna Jones, as the passionate young artist discusses his unique dirty pop style, his love of Nirvana and 90’s grunge, and his take on the ever emerging LA music scene. Head over to iTunes to grab the sexy new Indie Anna Jones EP, out now exclusively on Dim Mak Records. Also be sure to visit VanSciver’s artist profile on the Dim Mak website and follow @cvansciver to keep up with all the moves this kid is making.
CODER Picks of the Week: Clinton VanSciver, Kaskade, Jay-Z and More… Twenty-one-year-old producer/songwriter and Californian Clinton VanSciver calls his summer cocktail of melodies, keys and bass chunk “dirty pop.” We hear the supposed filth – those smudges of Skrillex synth and…
Spin Magazine: The 40 Best Dance Tracks of 2013 So Far [#15 Clockwork feat. Wynter Gordon – “Surge”]
#15 Clockwork, feat. Wynter Gordon – “Surge” (Dim Mak)
For all EDM’s pop aspirations, it rarely nails that elusive crossover as perfectly as this extended serotonin rush of a song, which floods your brain just as forcefully whether you hear it in a field full of wide-eyed first-time ravers or waiting in line at the grocery store.
What comes after releasing an EP that is climbing charts and sending fans into a frenzy? World domination, of course! And what better place to start than Turntable.fm, where Clinton VanSciver will be taking over the the room of DJ Wooooo for a dance party extravaganza today at 2 pm (PDT). Turntable.fm, a music website popular for its ability to connect DJs with fans and making it easy to listen to music with friends, has been slated as the most original music site in years, and Clinton VanSciver is sure to fill a virtual room to its limits with eager fans wanting more from this heavy hitting producer.
BEATPORT CHART DOMINATION
The release of “Indie Anna Jones EP” has proved to be a major success. Just take a look at where the groundbreaking album has placed at BeatPort in just eight days since its release: #15 on Progressive House, #14 on Dubstep, and #10 on Glitch Hop. From the looks of it, “Indie Anna Jones EP” is making its way onto all the Beatport charts that we bass heads love so dearly. Prepare yourself for a wild afternoon of live spinning from Clinton VanSciver over at turntable.fm (follow the link to ensure instant party), grab the four-track legendary “Indie Anna Jones EP”, and let Clinton transform your Wednesday into a “Woooooooo-dnesday”! See what I did there? Awesome.
Back in April, Dim Mak Records was proud to be the home of music legend ROMANTHONY for his release “The Wanderer” with Kevin McKay; a chill, laidback track with a handful of incredible remixes. “The Wanderer” was an instant hit with old fans of Romanthony’s and the gateway to his extensive music career for new fans. As you know, ROMANTHONY passed away at the beginning of May, leaving the music industry and thousands of fans shocked and deeply saddened by such a major loss.
Global website RESIDENT ADVISOR sat down with Romanthony’s friend and collaborator, Kevin McKay, for an interview about the legend perhaps most famously known for his work with Daft Punk; but, as McKay explains in the article, Romanthony’s career was far more intense, creative, and profound than many are even aware of. When describing the talent that is Romanthony, McKay had this to say: “He’s really great musically. Brilliant keyboard player, brilliant bass player, brilliant guitarist. Like, ‘Done, idea, that’s it, it’s happening, let’s go.’ Really quick and really creative, so really able to respond to each thing in the track”. 20 years of music under his belt, ROMANTHONY showed the kind of drive, determination and talent that is responsible for turning him into an international superstar. McKay states in the interview “I love his songs. I’m just a total fan. It’s really, really fucking sad that he’s not going to write any more songs”, which is perhaps the exact sentiment friends, family, and fans all share.
With such an enormous and natural gift as that possessed by this late musical genius, it’s no doubt that music industry has been forever changed. However, McKay offers a glimpse of hope in saying “I’ve had a chance to speak to his family and his closest advisors and we’re going to carry on as we did before bringing his songs to a new generation of dance fans, with the proceeds going to look after his kids.”
Follow along with MAGNETIC MAG’s Neda Jouliet as she spends the day chasing after Dim Mak’s resident Frenchies DIRTYPHONICS in Los Angeles and find out what it’s like to be so damn #DIRTY 24/7. Along with the extensive article, the accompanying video is equally as fun and informative as the guys cruise around LA in the Dim Mak Records van, intent on having the time of their lives in one of their favorite cities. Find out which DIRTYdude doesn’t like hot dogs, where the four friends got their start, what inspires them to bring the dirtiest shows to their fans, what happens when their tour manager is away, and so so much more. It’s incredible what you can learn with just one day on the heels of a group as eclectic and enthusiastic as DIRTYPHONICS; it’s a whirlwind adventure full of what makes our favorite foursome as #dirty as they come.
Catch the full interview and recap video over at Magnetic Mag.
It’s been one hell of a busy year for TAI, and from the looks of his tour schedule and planned releases, he’s not slowing down any time soon-which is good news for fans! With summer dates spanning from Tokyo all the way to Belguim (for Tomorrowland) and everywhere up down and in between, TAI will be destroying 10 clubs over the course of 5 months, and this German born producer is known for packing one hell of a punch with his shows. Get your tickets now!
On May 7th, 2013, the world of house music and the fans who live in that house suffered a shocking loss. Romanthony, renowned for his vocal work on Daft Punk’s “One More Time”, passed away at the age of 46. Back in April, Dim Mak Records was proud to release a collaboration involving this pioneer of dance, Romanthony vs. Kevin McCay’s “The Wanderer EP”, which was met with much adoration from old and new fans alike.
Tommie Sunshine released a statement in regards to this massive loss of genius, stating that “we lost the most important voice of the second generation of House Music; without Romanthony, music will never be the same.”
We here at Dim Mak Records would like to extend our most heartfelt condolences to Romanthony’s family and friends in this time of mourning.
Read Tommie Sunshines full statement here.
Amongst this years EDC, Las Vegas line up Dim Mak’s very own Clockwork, Datsik, Bloody Beetroots (LIVE), DirtyPhonics (LIVE), Booka Shade, Terravita, Tommy Trash, and Proxy will be taking the stage. If you’ve ever experienced EDC, Las Vegas then you know first hand the excitement that occurs during the three day festival. This year the 17th annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Las Vegas, will feature over 500 creators from around the world including musical acts, artists, and theatrical performers to create the ultimate experience. You can view the official line up on the festivals official website.
As TAI’s record label, we would like to address the recent release of the TAI “Indian Kill EP” and the controversy surrounding it. First off, we would like to sincerely apologize for any offense this release has caused. We at Dim Mak are a multi-cultural family, both in our artist roster and our company staff, and as people, it is not our intent to offend anyone by propagating negative cultural stereotypes.
So why did we release this EP? It all comes down to one of our core company values: we at Dim Mak require that our artists maintain their complete creative freedom. As an indie label built out of a college bedroom over 15 years ago, we have been unbending on the complete freedom of expression that is at the essence of the DIY culture. We’ve never felt the need to question our artists’ creative vision, and in retrospect we see that was a mistake in this instance as the artist himself was not aware of the negative implications of the release that he delivered.
Now that we’ve witnessed the earnest offense that the release of this EP has caused (especially in relation to an issue that is much more significant than a simple dance music single could ever be), we understand that there are some lines that cannot and should not be crossed. To put it simply, this situation forced us to take a long hard look at how we balance creative freedom with cultural sensitivity.
We at Dim Mak understand completely that a mistake was made. As such, we, in conjunction with the artist TAI, are pulling the release from all stores, and we, along with TAI, are donating all proceeds from the sale of the release to the Native American Heritage Association. http://www.naha-inc.org/
We sincerely apologize for any damage or ill will that this situation has caused.
The guys of Dirtyphonics sat down with DMC World Magazine to discuss what they’ve been up to this past year. The guys give you the answers to a wide range of questions from their thoughts on Coachella to why they chose Dim Mak as their label. You can read the full feature on DMC World Magazine here, as well as catch up on their March release, ‘Irreverence’ on Dim Mak.
The 19-year old electro house prodigy from Toronto, Charlie Darker is at the forefront of the Beatport charts with his newly released single “Anxiety”, released on Dim Mak Records. This vibrant track is full of high energy and is perfectly balanced with grimy baselines on one end of the spectrum and sweet captivating melodies on the other. Get this awesome banger for yourself on iTunes or Beatport!
- Charlie Darker – Anxiety
- Nom De Strip – Techno Saturday
- Outcode, Vareheim – Illium
- Tommy Trash, A- Trak – Tuna Melt
- Charlier Darker, Paris & Simo – Cairo
- Chris Lake – Ohh Shhh
- Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Dimitri Vegas, Steve Aoki, Angger Dimas – Phat Brahms (Botnek Remix)
- Henry Fong, Toby Green – Revival
- Nom De Strip – Seesaw
- Major Lazer – Watch Out For This Bumaye (feat. Busy Signal, The Flexical & FS Green)
Established in 1967, The Advocate is a monthly LGBT magazine available in print and digital that publishes editorial features on news, politics, opinions, arts, and entertainment. In their latest issue they’ve released the annual “40 Under 40″ list that features 40 young leaders in the LGBT community in politics, sports, science, religion, and the arts.
Among the list, Azari & III’s members, Cédric Gasaida (a.k.a. Starving Yet Full) and Fritz Helder have been recognized as two of the “architects” of the next decade. Take a look at the article to get a taste of what 1/2 of Azari & III is about as well as a 39 inspiring leaders.
Also don’t forget to check out their latest EP, “Lost In Time” featuring remixes from VCO and Jori Hulkkonen.
Take a dive into the latest Aoki Files *MIAMI* edition featuring none other than PeaceTreaty. Steve and Josh chat a bit about the recent release of In Time featuring Anabel Englund, Twitter, Tomorrowland, and more. You can grab your copy of the remix package featuring The 8th Note and more on Dim Mak.
Dim Maks amazing and original new artist Keys N Krates are coming to Dim Mak Studios and you’re invited! Come be a part of history and help capture the essence of our legendary Tuesday night party in Hollywood at the music video shoot for their new single “Treat Me Right”, which was released on Dim Mak Records earlier this year. Arrive early for FREE beer and come dressed in your finest threads, bring your friends & ratchets too. Entry to Dim Mak Tuesdays will be comp’d for all participants. Hope to see you all there!
Dim Mak Presents:
– Keys N Krates | Dim Mak Records
– Dan Oh
– Kid B
– BONES | Gotta Dance Dirty
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In case you haven’t heard by now we’re teaming up with KarmaLoop to bring you the Verge Campus Tour featuring Kendrick Lamar and Steve Aoki. The dynamic duo will be hitting 11 campuses through out April and early May along with supporting acts Bad Rabbit and 5 & a Dime . For your chance to win VIP tickets take a swing by KarmaLoops site to see these acts live. While you’re there you can also pick up some our favorite Dim Mak tee’s including our Pac Man Tee, Let Them Eat Cake, and more!
VERGE CAMPUS TOUR Dates
April 9th: University of Central Florida – Orlando, FL
April 10th: University of North Carolina (Charlotte) – Charlotte, NC
April 17th: St. Louis University – St. Louis, MO
April 18th: Kent State University – Kent, OH
April 21st: University of Massachusetts (Lowell) – Lowell, MA
April 22nd: Penn State University – State College, PA
April 25th: William & Mary – Williamsburg, PA
April 26th: Central CT State – New Britain, CT
April 29th: University of Delaware – Newark, DE
April 30th: North Carolina A&T – Greensboro, NC
May 4th: SUNY Jefferson – Watertown, NY