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Coone Brings Hardstyle to Dim Mak with ‘Global Dedication’ Album (via @Billboard)

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True to form, hardstyle is finishing out 2013 with a bang. One of the genre’s brightest stars, Belgian artist Coone, releases “Global Dedication,” his full-length U.S. debut today (Dec. 10) on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records and his own Dirty Workz imprint. After nearly a decade of making music, the artist, born Koen Bauweraerts, is ready to launch an All-American aural assault.

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“It’s all about getting the sound and the feeling of hardstyle worldwide,” says Coone of the album. “I use the word ‘dedication’ a lot. I really think the hardstyle fans are one of the most dedicated and loyal people within the EDM scene.”

For those still uninitiated, the concept of hardstyle might seem intimidating. Several of Coone’s tracks, like the TomorrowWorld hardstyle stage theme “Our Fairytale,” soften the rough edges of a sound designed to jolt your system with anthemic vocals and melodic toplines. There are also tracks that simply hit hard. According to the artist, this is intentional.

Head over to Billboard.com to stream the album and read more: http://bit.ly/18zujQb

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

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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 event into one seven-minute blast.

The video features performance footage from several Dim Mak Records acts (Steve Aoki, Borgore, Carnage, Deorro) blended with frenetic crowd shots (fireworks, glowsticks, concertgoers in strange costumes). There are also some intimate backstage moments, like Aoki playing Autoerotique in a $1,000 game of rock, paper, scissors.

Read more: http://rol.st/19f7p4j

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

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“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!

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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

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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

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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 @DimMakRecs for new and exclusive photos from the tour added daily!

Peep Borgore’s new tour video featuring “Wild Out,” NOW LIVE on his YouTube!

LA peeps! Want to win tix 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?! Visit the contest tab on our website for the 411!

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

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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]

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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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Botnek Australian Tour + Free Download

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

[RECAP] #AokifyAmerica #TourLife Part I

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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 FlockaIggy Azalea, Mike & Chester of Linkin ParkAlvin Risk, & our very own Keys N Krates, at Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in LA November 15th! Tix & More Info: http://dmak.co/Aoki_ShrineLA

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[THUMP VIDEO] Real talk with over 20 of Toronto’s dance music gurus.

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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 GrandtheftThugli, 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.
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This man, nor this project, should be slept on… Kenna ‘Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation Is Suicide’

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“On ‘Love Is Still Alive,’ (taken from Imitation is Suicide EP series), the longtime friend of Pharell and Chad Hugo opines for love in an Emerson-inspired, harmony-soaked, haunting electronic forest, all produced by the singer himself. Were it not so solid on its own, the temptation to pull apart that vocal track and remix the hell out of ‘Love Is Still Alive’ would be hard to resist.” – BILLBOARD.COM

“Over some funky production from Chad Hugo of The Neptunes, Kenna channels a quirky Talking Heads vibe for ‘Relations,’…” – PIGEONS AND PLANES
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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, you should sit up and pay attention because you are not going to want to miss what he is bringing to the table. Ethiopian-born and Los Angeles-wise, Kenna is a philosophizing producer who approaches life and music with massive energy and passion, saying in an interview with WILD Magazine, “At a certain point you realize that God and the universe have conspired to give you all the tools and relationships to build the world you want to live in, and the success you feel is your purpose in life.” With a mindset like that, it’s no wonder Kenna has critics raving and fans of multiple genres taking notice of this Grammy-nominated artist on a mission. But what good is a load of talent if it’s not being used to call attention to a cause greater than one’s self? As a pioneer of the global clean water issue, Kenna devotes his time, resources, and status to make people more aware of the issue at hand and what to do about it. Sheesh! Does the guy ever sleep? Let’s recap: brilliant, endlessly talented, generous, and an activist? Time to look around, people, because Kenna is taking over.

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“If you’re on the prowl for some deep bass and grind-hungry ladies, then look no further than Grammy-nominated artist Kenna’s new video for ‘Relations (An Ode to You and Me).'” – VIBE

“The EP offering features only three tracks, but that does not deplete the quality throughout the new and intriguing project. Released via Dim Mak, electronic-inspired production is a common theme throughout the short compilation…” – HYPETRAK

“Kenna’s one of those artists with his fingers in so many different fields that it’s hard to believe that he’s just one dude with two arms.” – KARMA LOOP
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With his most recent and ambitious project, the “Imitation Is Suicide” three-part EP series, Kenna brings a plethora of genres under one roof with vastly different influences and inspirations.  “For me, this EP is about art and the influences that help shape my perspectives,” said Kenna“You can definitely hear the Rick James, The Cure and David Byrne influences, but you will also see the Buggles, David Lynch, Hitchcock and Warhol references as well. I know they say imitation is flattery, but without acknowledging your influences I think ‘Imitation is Suicide.’ Inevitably,” Kenna stated in an interview with hiphopsite.com. With ample singles to be pouring from “Imitation Is Suicide,” music blogs all across the board are absolutely amped. DJbooth.net says “the project will pack all the funky electronic grooves and memorable melodies we’ve come to expect from the currently-unsigned musical innovator,” while the music lovers over at stupiddope.com are saying “the EP is a rather dope collection of all new material from the singer/songwriter and producer, showing off his range, his vocal abilities and his influences.” Just type Kenna into your preferred search engine and watch the rave reviews roll in from hip-hop fans to house fans to just straight up music lovers; it’s becoming increasingly clear that Kenna has earned his way into our hearts and our speakers for very good reasons indeed.