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A Night In Review : #DimMakGrammySunday @ Drai’s

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Last week we brought our first installment of, “A Night In Review” this week we’re bringing you the second installment of the series covering our #DimMakGrammySunday at Drai’s. Here you’ll find in depth details of the night including details of Salva and Steve Aoki’s set. You can also check out upcoming events at Dim Mak. 

“As you know, the Grammy Awards happened on Sunday, and none other than bossman himself, Steve Aoki, was nominated for an award. The fact that there are now multiple electronic categories at the Grammys is a testament to how far the genre has come. Needless to say, at the Dim Mak after-party, everyone was in a fantastic mood and ready to celebrate electronic music and it’s ever evolving forms, with sets from DJ Metric, Fashen, DJ Fresh Direct, Salva,  Steve Aoki, and Deorro.

Every surface of Drai’s, from floors, to tables, to the spaces in between, were covered with people getting down and having a good time. When Salva took over the decks, he was greeted by an ever-eager audience that was ready to be bass blown away by some hardcore Trap music, and they were not disappointed. Salva started off with “City Star” by Rusty and then dropped into “Purple Swag” by A$AP Rocky. But the highlight of the set had to be when Salva went old school and mixed Missy Elliot’s classic “Get Your Freak On” with the new instant classic, by Kanye West, “Mercy,” only to launch right back in time when he played “Face Down Ass Up” by 2 Live Crew and “What’s Your Fantasy,” by Ludacris. Salva gave a nod to Trap music when he played a little RL Grime and the crowd fed off his energy and the table-shaking bass that blasted out of the speakers. Salva ended his set with crowd pleasers “All Gold Everything” by 2 Chainz, and “Fucking Problem” by A$AP Rocky.  He saved the best for last and dropped Drake’s new song “Started from the Bottom” as confetti shot all around the club. It was a great moment and totally epitomized the awesomeness that was the vibe in Drai’s.

Then, as the confetti was still falling from the sky, Steve Aoki stepped up to the table, and the crowd of people that had gathered around the dance floor went nuts, not to mention everyone else in the club filing in from all areas, inside and out, to see what was up. His first song was “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin and being one to never disappoint, he brought up singer John Martin himself to give a live rendition of the vocals. Then, Steve dove forward into some new songs of his own. The crowd definitely enjoyed getting a preview of what was to come and were rewarded with some Aoki classics like “Ladi Dadi” the Tommy Trash remix, as well as Turbulence, and of course, Pursuit of Happiness. He also dropped the vocal mix of “No Beef” which was a big hit with everyone inside. The fun really started when Borgore popped out of nowhere and stepped up to the decks while Aoki played his song “Decisions.” Before he stepped off the stage, Aoki made a point to tell everyone around to stick around for up-and-coming DJ Deorro who threw down some late night dirty dutch style music.

It was a ridiculous night to say the least, and the energy in the club reverberated out onto the streets as Deorro’s set ended and the lights came on. Those in attendance also included DJ Fresh Direct, Miguel, Skrillex, Carnage, John Martin, and Joachim Garraud.  It was a night that proved how epic electronic dance music can be, and how it can bring people from all over the place together who are just searching for some good music and a damn good time.” – Jenna Browning 

 

You can also review the night in pictures via Facebook

Holland Days with Jamal: SALVA

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We’re proud to present a new section on the Dim Mak blog called “Holland Days with Jamal”. In these weekly series our newest intern Jamal will interview various artists and at the same time learn a lot about the American culture and the Dim Mak family.

Jamal’s first interview is with Trap artist SALVA, who will be playing at the Steve Aoki x Grammy After Party. SALVA is mostly known for his legendary remix with RL Grime of Kanye West’s “Mercy”. To buy tickets for the Grammy After Party, click here.
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Interview

Hi Salva, how are you doing on this fine and sunny day?
Chillin out 🙂

Whats the meaning behind the Pope as your profile photo? Do you just love him that much?
Yeah I wanted to be the pope when I was a little kid… Haha for real though.

How did the process of the Mercy remix you did with RL Grime go?
I had the idea when I was in the studio at Power 106 when Big Sean premiered the original “Mercy”.. I was sitting there remembering that Madlib and Dilla used that reggae sample before. Brought RL in to do the track with me because we started working together recently, I remixed one of his tracks for Wedidit and I was always playing his stuff out… so we collabed on it and didn’t think too much about it.. Just had fun with it and it came out really good.

Did you think the remix would take off like it did? How much did it impact your life/career?
Yeah it’s helped get me a lot of exposure for sure..thankful for that.. just really helped me get in front of bigger crowds — been DJing all my life so it was a good platform to show kids what I do.

Are you still running around coloring the streets? If so where can we see some of your work?
No haha I don’t paint.

J Dilla’s birthday was today (February 7th). How important is he as a person to you?
Really big influence on all of us who were into golden era Hip Hop to modern underground stuff…his productions, his rap. He produced so many classics, if you were into Hip Hop at all the past 20 years — whether you know it or not you love Dilla’s music.

Don’t you just hate that remake of “Fright Night”?
Ha yeah it really wasn’t the best.. The OG is my fave though, of course.

Are we going to see you scratching during the Dim Mak Sundays night this Sunday February 10th?
A little bit maybe, I’ve been kinda forced into using CD-Js as of late, turntables are dissapearing accross the world!!! 🙁

Would you say that Bucharest, Romania is the best place to party? And why?
Kids just go really hard there, and the average party goer probably knows more about new electronic music than I do…they’re just really hungry for what’s next there for some reason.

How awesome was it when Pusha T came and did his verse over your remix during RBMA Culture Clash?
Yeah that was probably one of the best things that came out of doing the “Mercy” remix for sure.. He’s the illest man what can I say!! Pusha just shines on everybody.

What are the future releases on the Frite Nite label you’d like to tell us about?
We have really cool things popping, more underground style — for instance Jimmy Edgar and Adbourke remixes of The Starship Connection record we did last year, and an EP from Ana Sia that is really cracking tribal bass stuff.

Are you excited for your show this Sunday? Any surprises up your sleeve?
Probably no Pusha T this time hahaha (but maybe again soon).. nah I’m just gonna do me, I’ve wanted to come play Drai’s for a minute.. feel it’s gonna be a good platform to play some big rap songs and some banging dance tracks too. Very excited… and it’s GRAMMY’S NIGHT!!

For more info on the Steve Aoki X Dim Mak Grammy After Party, click here.
Follow Jamal on Twitter here.

[Free Download] Dim Mak Sundays November Mix By Fashen

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Check out our first installment of our newest series, Dim Mak Sundays Monthly Mix for our Sunday party at Drai’s Hollywood. Fashen is the first to cut the ribbon this month with his hour and a half mix featuring tracks from Angger Dimas, RL Grime, Zed’s Dead, Dillon Francis, Autoerotique, Daft Punk, Miike Snow, and more!

Check back every month for new episodes of this exclusive series featuring our residents Thee Mike B, DJ Metric, and Fashen.
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Dim Mak Sundays x Drai’s Hollywood x RL Grime x The Cobrasnake

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If you live in the Los Angeles area, and didn’t make your way to Dim Mak Sunday at Drai’s for RL GRIME yesterday, you definitely missed one hell of a night. RL Grime did what he did best, and had everyone in the building on their feet with his trap set. Along with the great set, Steve Aoki, the man always on tour made a special appearance to show support along with a few other familiar faces. We’d like to thank everyone that was able to come out, and hope to see you all next Sunday for another wild night. If you weren’t able to join us check out our snapshots from the event, courtesy of The Cobrasnake.

Check out the full set on our Dim Mak Live Facebook page.

Dim Mak Staff’s Top 10 of 2011 Lists

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It’s been an exciting year for Dim Mak and we’re already looking forward to 2012. We celebrated our 15th year anniversary with several vault compilations and an unforgettable party at Dim Mak Studios, embarked on two nationwide tours, unleashed a handful of wild and highly talked-about music videos, and put out more albums & singles that we’re proud of than can be counted on 10 digits alone. How will we top 2011 next year? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see.

Below are some Top 10 lists of songs we obsessed over this year, be it at Dim Mak HQ or on the dance floor at Dim Mak Studios and Cannonball Sundays at Drai’s. What were your top songs from this year?

Luke Mulderink
(General Manager, Dim Mak)
1. Mr. Dream – “Holy Name”
2. Afrojack & Steve Aoki – “No Beef ft Miss Palmer”
3. Calvin Harris – “Awooga”
4. Beatnik Jr – “I Am What You Are”
5. Foster The People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
6. Chris Brown ft Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at me Now”
7. Myback – “Blomman”
8. Autoerotique – “Turn Up the Volume”
9. The M Machine – “Promise Me a Rose Garden”
10. John Dahlback – “One Last Ride” (Felix Cartal Remix)

Runners Up:
1. Atari Teenage Riot – “The Only Slight Glimmer of Hope”
2. The Strokes – “Under Cover of Darkness”
3. Dan Sena ft Del the Funky Homosapien – “Song of Siren”
4. Tune-yards – “Bizness”
5. The Cults – “Abducted”
6. St. Vincent – “Surgeon”

Bryan Linares
(Director of Marketing & Promotions, Dim Mak)
1. The Weeknd – “The Party & The After Party”
2. Foster The People – “Miss You”
3. Kavinsky feat. Lovefoxxx – “Nightcall”
4. Gotye feat. Kimba – “Somebody The I Used To Know”
5. Carte Blanche feat. Alexis Taylor – “With You”
6. Afrojack & Steve Aoki – “No Beef”
7. Drake – “Marvin’s Room”
8. Cassius – “The Sound of Violence (Aeroplane Remix)”
9. Florence The Machine – “Shake It Out”
10. Avicii – “Levels”
Jacob Lee
(Executive Assistant, Steve Aoki)
1. Mustard Pimp – “The Pharaohs”
2. Etienne De Crecy – “Binary”
3. M83 – “Midnight City”
4. Kavinsky feat. Lovefoxxx – “Nightcall”
5. Adventure – “Rio”
6. Future Islands – “Balance”
7. Cults – “Abducted”
8. Felix Cartal – “Don’t Turn On The Lights”
9. Diplo & Oliver Twizt – “Go (PeaceTreaty Remix)”
10. Gesaffelstein – “Hatred”
Will Runzel
(Booking & Event Promotion, Dim Mak Live)
1. SBTRKT – “Wildfire”
2. M83 – “Midnight City”
3. Kendrick Lamar – “Rigamortis”
4. Dillon Francis – “IDGAFOS”
5. Felix Cartal – “Don’t Turn On The Lights”
6. The Weeknd – “The Morning”
7. Mustard Pimp – “ZHM”
8. Lana Del Rey – “Diet Mtn Dew:
9. Kids These Days – “Darling”
10. Poolside – “Do You Believe?”
Andrew Huang
(Retail Marketing & Merch Production Manager, Dim Mak)
1. Azari & III – Manic
2. Metronomy – “The Look (Moonlight Matters Remix)”
3. The Human League – “Night People (Villa Remix)”
4. Gesaffelstein – “Glass”
5. Black Rose – “Anthem”
6. TWR72 – “Summer of ’91 (Acid Version)”
7. Riton – “A.C.P.”
8. Blawan – “Getting Me Down”
9. Carte Blanche feat. Alexis Taylor – “With You”
10. Sinden & SBTRKT – “Seekwal”

Dim Mak and Drai’s 1 Year of Cannonball Recap

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On July 17 Drai’s and Dim Mak are celebrating one year of Sunday night pool-side madness! Advertised under the guise of “special guest,” Cannonball has brought superstar’s Skrillex, Diplo, Felix Da Housecat, Dada Life, Big Sean, Z-Trip, Etienne de Crecy, Chris Lake, Feed me, Chuckie, LA Riots, Pase Rock, Skeet Skeet and more! Check out photo’s from the past year, some Cannonball mixes and the Cannonball promo video.

Cannonball Mixtapes



 

Photos from Cannonball

How to properly pre party!

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Video: Cannonball Every Sunday Night At Drai’s Hollywood!

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Dim Mak and Drai’s team up every Sunday night to give you “Cannonball” at The New W in Hollywood. Together, we bring a level of refinement with a mixture of alternative culture that is unified and unchallenged all for the sake of good music.

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VIDEO: Dim Mak’s Cannonball Sunday Nights In Los Angeles

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Dim Mak and Drai’s team up every Sunday night to give you “Cannonball” at The New W in Hollywood. Together, we bring a level of refinement with a mixture of alternative culture that is unified and unchallenged all for the sake of good music.
 
 

 
 
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