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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