Following the release of Booka Shades’s successful September release of Honeyslave, the Berlin duo are welcoming the the new year with new music releasing “Haleshop” the title track off their upcoming EP as a free download. The track is currently featured on Magnetic Mag and Harder Blogger Faster with more information on the upcoming EP and available for download on Booka Shade’s website.
Dzeko & Torres made their Dim Mak debut this past week with the release of their three track EP, Hey. To follow the release, they’ve compiled their first Beatport Chart for us. The ten-track features a collection of tracks from Steve Aoki, Alesso, Basto, RL Grime, and more. You can grab your copy on Beatport now.
- Dzeko & Torres – Hey
- Dzeko & Torres – Check This OUt
- Dzeko & Torres, Ansol – Y3AH!
- Alesso – Clash
- dBerrie – Aquarius
- Miike Snow – Bavarian #1
- Basto – StormChaser
- Rune RK, Steve Aoki – Transcend
- Benny Benassi, The Biz – Satisfaction ( RL Grime Remix
- Maya Jane Coles – Over
Elektrodaily recently featured one of our New Noise 3 tracks, “Anybody There” by Sound of Stereo on their website. The music blog goes on to say that this track is sure to “put this group on your radar.” You can read the full review and preview of “Anybody There” on Elektrodaily’s website. If you’re also looking to add this track to your music library it’s currently available for free download as a part of our latest 12 days of Dim Mak giveaway.
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 Faint “Evil 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.
Portrait by Phil Sharp
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.
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.
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.
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
We’d like to give a huge thanks to Vibe for featuring a few of our artists on their Top-Electronic Albums of 2012 list. The list of 50 spotlights an array of EDM artists that made the most noise this past year. Among the 50 spots the list features Dim Mak’s, Felix Cartal, Datsik, Infected Mushroom, Steve Aoki, and Proxy; alongside friends Zedd, Diplo, Smog, Dada Life, Boys Noize, Bassnectar, Rusko, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Tiga, and Knife Party. You can view the list in its entirety on Vibe.
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 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’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.
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.