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.