I almost didn’t come into work today but this haunting voice of my dad kept lingering around my head saying “Sometimes in life you just do things you don’t want to do.”LUCKILY my morning totally turned around when I found out we were giving away “Pray” by Alvin Risk (single off of his Inifinity EP). Even the lord himself can’t save you from this dark almost screamo influenced track and you better pray this banger doesn’t blow your mind to shit. So download this song and impress or scare your friends at your friday pregame.
What can I say about Los Angeles? Warm weather, palm trees, and most importantly- good house. My name is Cubby Cramer; I am one of the interns at Dim Mak Records this fall. I hail from the cold and wintery land of Ithaca, a small hipster city in New York. As a senior Television-Radio student at Ithaca College, I am given the opportunity to study abroad in California. Dim Mak heard about my experience with dance music, from editing Your EDM to hosting my own dance radio show on WICB, so I was one of the lucky few brought on board. This past week was a moment many of us at Dim Mak were looking forward to, Steve Aoki at The Shrine. As his Los Angeles stop on the Aokify America tour, I was excited to see the other artists on the roster for the evening equally as much as Steve Aoki himself. Besides- it was snowing in Ithaca- I really couldn’t complain!
My evening started with Keys N Krates, who I was immediately was impressed with. Call me biased seeing as they are a Dim Mak faithful, but it was their live setup was the real kicker. The three man group is going to be one of the real game changers moving forward, merging djing, keyboards, and drums into one live act. Seeing as everyone is a DJ these days, a trap artist that has an atypical approach like this will easily put them in front of the pack. Case in point, their live rendition of “Dum Dee Dum” was excellent, with a long bridged section leading into the track we know and love.
This was an evening of firsts. While all the artists that night I had not previously seen, it was also the first time I had seen a rapper live. Waka Flocka came on stage to much rejoicing from the crowd, while DJ Ace dropped many Brick Squad Monopoly and gunshot sound effects. Both the crowd and myself enjoyed Waka’s hits like “Hard In Da Paint” and “Grove St. Party”, it was the Beatport Top 10 reaching “Wild Out” that set it off. Hearing this big electro house record live and seeing a sea of fans jumping in unison was a sight to behold.
Alvin Risk and Iggy Azalea were both fun in their own rights. Alvin Risk brought high energy electro and dubstep from his end, while Iggy Azalea dazzled with her dance moves and backup dancers. Alvin was sure to play his high profile works like his remix of “We Are Young” and his addictingly fun remix of “Earthquakey People” from Steve Aoki. Iggy Azalea had a crazy, reflective silver jumpsuit on this evening, stealing the show with her look. I could tell that the ladies in the audience really enjoyed her set, and personally I was happy to hear “Beat Down” live for a change.
Finally, Steve Aoki took the stage, the moment everyone had been waiting for. As a dance music journalist who closely watches the public opinion, I’ve been looking forward to seeing Steve perform for a long time. Steve Aoki often gets knocked by dance music purists for believing he does prerecorded sets- but truth be told- nothing is feigned in his live performance. When it came time to cake the crowd, to much audience jubilee mind you, Steve knew just how much time he’d have before jumping back on the decks to throw on another record. Steve was sure to drop both his upcoming releases like soon-to-be major electro hit “Aoki Jump” with R3hab while bringing back old favorites like “Warp 1.9” and “No Beef”.
I must also applaud Steve for inviting Travis Barker for live drumming tracks like “Push ‘Em” and a number of others. Then to go one step further, Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park joined on stage to perform “A Light Than Never Comes”. I had never expected so many guests to join Steve on stage, it really puts into perspective how many other artists he works with. Then to close the evening, Steve engaged the crowd in breaking the Guinness World Record for longest crowd scream. What else to say about this evening but wow, Steve and Dim Mak are clearly writing the manual to event success! I’ve seen my fair share of different DJs and musicians, but the energy of this evening was unreal. From start to finish, this night will go down as a testament on how to throw a proper house party.
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!
Dim Mak Records wrap up the year by delivering the most prominent tracks of it’s 2012 catalog, ‘Dim Mak Greatest Hits of 2012: Volume 1’. The first collection features 15 tracks from a mix of vanguard artists including Azari & III, Autoerotique, Dirtyphonics, Proxy, Wax Motif & Neoteric, Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Felix Cartal, Alvin Risk, Infected Mushroom and more. The vast, colorful collection will span over 3 volumes of Dim Mak music embedded in several genres and international appeal.
“Volume 1 of 3 compilations, features the best songs from the Dim Mak 2012 catalog that have been played by DJs from all around the world and those who have been a major influence from the Dim Mak roster. If you want a full taste of our greatest hits, get to licking!” – STEVE AOKI
Phat Brahms was the result of a collaboration between Steve Aoki, Angger Dimas, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. The track made its debut at Tomorrowland, one of the largest music festivals in the world and was later featured in the official video. Killbot‘s album Sound Surgery took over the second spot on the iTunes dance chart after the release along with a feature as a New & Noteworthy album alongside Dirty from Dirtyphonics. This past year we also welcomed a number of artists to the Dim Mak roster including Azari & III, who made their U.S. debut with their self titled album and the dance music pioneer, DJ Pierre.
Volume 1 befits the beginning year of 2013, and rallies fans to get excited for Dim Mak’s new sounds set for release. Steve Aoki recaps on each of the 15 tracks below:
1. Proxy “Raven” – Out of all of Proxy’s hits, “Raven” was the definitive sound in electro, when it came out in 2009. Taken from his latest album ‘Music from the Eastblock Jungles’ ,which chronicles all of his hits
2. Azari & III “Reckless (With Your Love)” – Massive hit from their self-titled album, and is f****ing great single that has impressed DJs since 2009
3. Dirtyphonics “DIRTY” – Dirty is the first single off their upcoming album on Dim Mak Records; be sure to look out for it!
4. Killbot “Sound Surgery” – Sound Surgery is the introduction to Jonathan Davis’s brand new project, fusing dubstep and heavy metal
5. Wax Motif & Neoteric “Go Deep (Torro Torro Remix)” – Its one of the most played records, from Avicii to Skrillex. Literally everyone is playing that record all over the world…
6. Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas vs. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike “Phat Brahms” – Huge single; check out the remix package and music video coming soon…
7. DJ Pierre “Strobe Lights, Laser, Disco” – Excited to release this track from the “founder of acid house”.
8. Tiesto & Steve Aoki “Tornado feat. Polina (Kill The Noise Remix)” – Kill The Noise crushed it on this Tornado remix
9. Booka Shade “Tomorrow Belongs To Us” – Booka Shade’s best song since “Mandarin Girl” and “Body Language”
10. Felix Cartal “Tonight (feat. Maja Ivarsson from The Sounds)” – Biggest track off of Cartal’s Different Faces album
11. Autoerotique “Roll The Drums (Clockwork Remix)” – You will hear about Clockwork again in a later compilation as well. Roll The Drums Biggest vocal record from Autoerotique
12. South Central “BEAThoven” – Knife Party was rinsing this records in their sets constantly, so we had to put this out! its so massive and classical.
13. Albin Myers “Hells Bells” – Straight from Sweden, this massive record has been played from the likes of David Guetta to Tiesto
14. Alvin Risk “Psychotic” – One of my favorite records from 2012! Alvin Risk is incredible dj, amazing performer and producer
15. Infected Mushroom “Never Mind” – I feel Army of Mushrooms is the best album to date of their music. This is the first track from their album on Dim Mak, and was executive produced by me. I have a close connection with this album.
Every year, Miami hosts one of the biggest weeks in electronic music alongside Ultra Music Festival, the Winter Music Conference/ Miami Music Week. Join us in our latest video installment as the Dim Mak team takes over Miami in this recap video capturing our official showcase at Dream South Beach Hotel. Keep a look out because you may just recognize a few faces with cameo’s from Steve Aoki, Dirtyphonics, Alvin Risk, PeaceTreaty, Angger Dimas, R3hab, Afrojack, Lil, Jon, Clockwork, Joachim Garraud, and Felix Cartal.
Barcelona! We’re coming for you too! After a successful first edition of the East Ender Festival 2011, Raum & Amnesia are happy to announce the 2nd installment for the Dim Mak stage on Saturday, June 16th 2012. This year, the Sonar festival expanded significantally from 2 stages to 4, and we’re proud to have been given our own stage. The Dim Mak stage at East Ender will feature our own artists including: Steve Aoki, Autoerotique, Alvin Risk, & Jidax. East Ender takes it to the beach; letting you get loose on the sand while listening to your favorite DJs is practically paradise.
WHAT: Dim Mak Stage, East Ender WHEN: Saturday, June 16th WHERE: Barcelona
Alvin Risk Presents: Infinity, The Official Video Teaser
Singer and producer Alvin Risk’s talents have earned him instant recognition amongst the dance music Illuminati. Since posting his first songs in early 2011, he has already garnered support from artists like Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Kaskade, Nero, Designer Drugs, Chuckie and Pendulum among others.
Now placed at the forefront of electronic music, his catalog continues to grow steadily with a host of original productions and collaborations as well as remixes for artists as diverse as Matt & Kim, Ali Love, Example, Skylar Grey, and Jamaica.
Listen to “Survival”, the 3rd single off Alvin Risk’s upcoming EP “Infinity” — Available today on [lightbox url=”http://soundcloud.com/alvinrisk” width=”100%” height=”100%” iframe=”true”]Alvin’s official SoundCloud page here[/lightbox].