Beatport has launched their #BeatportDecade campaign in celebration of it’s 10-year anniversary and invited influential record labels to curate compilations memorializing the digital download network’s history.
Selected to participate in BeatportDecade’s Electro category, Dim Mak has dug through our crates of electronic magic to hand-select a 10-track album featuring one or two releases per year from the last decade.
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Known for his unique sound, chart topping remixes, and creating the largest electro party in South Florida, DOCO brings us “Spin It Back,” a new collaboration with Puerto Rican artist Janpier. This bigroom track features an epic drop juxtaposed with a melody that instantly transports you to a festival mainstage.
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Tomorrow evening, January 14th, we are pleased to once again have our good friends at the legendary Ed Banger Records in the house for Feadz’s album release party where he’ll be promoting his latest LP Instant Alpha. Joining Feadz on the decks will be Sydney-based tech house producer Light Year, up and coming production duo Phantoms whose self-titled EP is out now on OWSLA’s Nest, LA-based producer Mike B, and our trusty resident Bones! This isn’t the first time Feadz has brought the beats to our beloved #DimMakTuesdays – last March, he tore up the decks with Oliver Twizt and gave LA a rare taste of what he and the Ed Banger crew have been cooking up over in Paris. Recently, we had the opportunity to chat directly with Feadz before the big event tomorrow and, needless to say, this producer is one game-changing BADASS.
Enjoy an exclusive preview of Instant Alpha (100% satisfaction guaranteed) which is now available for purchase exclusively on Beatport!
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1. What can people expect from your set this week at #DimMakTuesdays?
I hope the unexpected.
2. This isn’t your first time playing #DimMakTuesdays – in fact, you played here last March with Oliver Twizt! What do you think about #DimMakTuesdays?
I had a warm welcome and reaction and I love the fact that it is on a Tuesday. For me it represents people’s concern about music and not a random crowd who is going out on the weekend.
3. You’ve been referred to as “a child of hip hop,” can you tell us some of the artists who’ve influenced your music from the beginning? How do you feel your sound has evolved throughout the years from hip hop style turntablism to more techno-sounding productions?
Public Enemy has been the major influence in my life – so much room for scratching and so much great music, pitched down or up or manipulated in extreme ways for a result that is unexpected and not regular in a classic music eye. I think hip hop is becoming more & more techno over the years – it’s more minimal, it’s more synthetic, and I think my sound has followed the same path unconsciously.
4. You were in a scratch band in the early 90’s, what was that like?
It was a lot of guys, of lot of smoke, a lot of sweat, and a lot of technical practice. It was great for a while.
5. You’ve been with the legendary Ed Banger Records since 2005, how did that partnership first come about?
Paris is small and Pedro Winter has always been an influential DJ, so from my first records, I was giving them to him and he was liking my sound. As soon as he created the label, he offered to release my music.
6. It’s been awhile since you’ve been in LA, what are you most looking forward to while being out here? What’s your take on the LA music scene?
Of course i’m looking for better weather than here, and I’m very glad to show LA the music that I consider to be the best . I feel very far from the scene, being at the Hard Festival last year in LA I couldn’t believe the amount of horrible music I heard. For a country who invented techno music, I can’t believe the direction it went in and the music that is popular out there. I’m sorry to say that but I think Americans have terrible taste when it comes to electronic music. But on the other hand, it’s never been that popular so it’s still good and I got faith on many U.S. producers who are gonna level it up.
7. You’ve done remixes for Boys Noize, Cashmere Cat, Surkin, & Mr. Oizo to name a few. What have been some of your favorite collaborations so far?
All those mentioned here are collabs that have made me very happy . I couldn’t really choose a favorite amongst them.
8. What’s your take on the evolution of djing and what do you see as the future of edm?
DJing is turning more and more has a producer representation. It’s a little sad that the original job of the DJ – finding great music for you to discover and dance to – is thought less of than your average entertainer (who is gonna play easy and raise his hands on every track to put you in the mood). And as I was saying, I think the music can only get better as I think it’s pretty horrible right now – just my opinion though, I’m known to be pretty critical but it’s just because it’s important to me.
Tuesday, January 14th
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“Walk In The Fire” is metal/drum & bass track which combines the best of two worlds. “Walk in the Fire” kicks off with a guttural guitar grind before coalescing into an electro dubstep break fueled by screams and wild production. Setting the dance floor ablaze like never before, it injects a healthy helping of heavy metal intensity into a drum n’ bass dubstep monster that claws right out of the box. This pure and raw track consists full of energy which will give you a boost for the entire day and night. It will both satisfy the metal- and dub-heads out there, so if you have a friend that’s not fully convinced of the power of electronic music, this track might give them the little boost they need. Schoolboy comes with a Knife Party-like electro remix and Culprate makes an intense dubstep version out of it.
The EP release is the latest release before their long-awaited Full Length “Irreverrence” comes out on Dim Mak Records on March 19th.
Following the release of “Irreverence”, Dirtyphonics will embark on their North American “Irreverence Tour.” Launching March 27 in Vancouver, the 30+ date tour will take them through many major markets as well as anticipated performances at this year’s Coachella where they will perform both weekends Sunday, April 14 and Sunday, April 21. Their live show is a full-on sensory experience more akin to seeing your favorite band than a typical EDM act. They bring a level of energy that’s rare in modern music. A limited amount of tickets for all upcoming US dates are immediately available for purchase direct from Dirtyphonics at: http://dirtyphonics.frontgatetickets.com
Zedd’s first single with Dim Mak is officially number one on the Beatport Electro charts after only its second week and number six on the overall charts. After remaining in the top 10 for most of its time on the charts, “Dovregubben” finally climbed to number one. Rollingtuff.com hails Zedd as “one of the most talented, up-and-coming mixologists and producers in 2011.” They added that his “unique style is characterized by wild, melodic build-ups followed by heavy, glitchy drops with a whole lot exciting randomness in between.” Earmilk stated “Dovregubben is more on the dubstep side yet is still catchy and has an electro twist in the mix“. “Dovregubben” has DJs and bloggers alike scrambling to be the first to introduce the record to their fans. Anticipate this being the first of many number one tracks to be released by Zedd with Dim Mak Records.
Click here for more info about the release, to watch the teaser and to purchase “Dovregubben”.
Tai documented his recent Australian tour. It’s bananas. He rocked college kids at the University of Canberra by night and ravers at the Future Music Festival by day. Whether from mobile phone or HD camera, this tour dairy documents everything from after hours partying to golf carts races. A funky Australian stage hand also makes his international dancing debut. An air cannon blasts Tai and the hosting club owner’s hair “left” (the air blast revealed their female friend was wearing underwear to which the club owner asked, “Who told you to wear underwear at my club?”) Dim Mak founder Steve Aoki makes a cameo on stage and at the casino. There is also a guest appearance from a llama… and possibly a koala. Don’t believe me until you see it for yourself.