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How To: Turn Up With Your Uber Driver (My Night At The Club)

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At some point in your life, you will encounter a situation that is one for the books. Perhaps even so crazy it’s unbelievable. Especially when you manage to live to tell about it.

My story starts at 11:00 PM, Thursday night, when my friend, Jake and I decided that we’d break out of Downtown Los Angeles and travel into the deliciously bizarre world that is Hollywood and Vine.

When you’ve had enough of frat row and five dollar parties, you get put in an interesting position: get a fake id or go to a gay club. We went for the gay club.

We grab our phones and order an Uber.


11:11 – Jake and I are greeted by *Tom.

Uber Tom is blasting his favorite iHeartRadio station, “Evolution.” Dressed in a basic blue tee and khaki shorts, he’s rocking a fully shaven bald and asks us where we’re going:

“Tiger Heat.”  We both answer.

Located in the historic, Avalon nightclub in Hollywood, Tiger heat is a collection of sweaty go-go dancers, crowded by young teens and the occasional menacing old man. It’s hot. There’s a fog machine and for only $12.00, you can listen to pop hits, find your Tinder date, watch music videos, dance to a flashing light show and get humped by straight men.

Needless to say……..

But what if I said this mind-boggling experience gets a bit crazier?

11:20 – Things began to take a turn.

Trying to keep things casual, the two of us strike up a conversation with Tom. We talk music festivals and his love of rave music. He claims that he goes to Avalon on Fridays and Saturdays AND that he’d be down to party with us that night.

11:25 – At this point, I’m laughing hysterically. Jake and I agree, thinking that he’s kidding. I mean, what uber driver would party with two of his riders?

Jake mentions that Tom can create his own hours, which should be incentive as to why he should party with us. That’s cool, We’re  down.

11:39 – But then it happens. He pulls into a dark 7-11 parking lot and turns towards us – I wonder if this is the moment I’m going to die. Completely serious and straight faced, he mutters the words: “I’m coming with you guys.” Pause. No one is breathing for sure now. Then Uber Tom gets out, “You want some RedBulls? Be right back.”

11:40 – At this point, I don’t know whether to flip out or not. Jake grabs ahold of me, his eyes going wide. We had just convinced our Uber driver, in a dark parking lot. to come clubbing with us.

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Panic is running through my entire body, because I know that my mother would not approve of this. I look to my left, there are cops just outside my window. Is it too late to ask for help? Should I have asked for help? Maybe it was crazy, but for the few minutes that we were left alone in that car, Jake and I pondered the pros and cons of partying with our Uber driver:

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We could  get an automatic ride home and maybe he wouldn’t be a creepy guy. Think about it, unfortunately Uber drivers get a bad rep, maybe I had settled on a goldmine: finding a non-creepy Uber driver in Los Angeles that’s down to party with me. Hey – that isn’t too bad, is it?


12:00 – After chugging down our RedBulls, we’re in line at the club with Tom. There’s no way he’s going to stay. Carly Rae Jepsen is doing a performance – Jake and I agree that Tom isn’t going to be into it at all. So if he is a creep, we’re good. He’ll ditch and we’ll be fine.

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This is when things take yet another detour.

While Jake and I pushed to the front for Carly Rae, Tom hung out in the back, making friends of his own. I actually felt proud. It was like we had raised our own social butterfly. Tom was in our crew. He was now one of us. We were cool again.

1:00  Carly Rae Jepsen comes on stage and doesn’t even sing, “Call Me Maybe.”

Sidenote: I don’t think Tom knew who she was, nor did he care about her performance, because we ended up losing him.

1:30 I feel a tap on my shoulder. I see Tom, I’m slightly creeped out that he’s managed to find me in a sea of people but I decide to hang with him.

1:45 – Jake almost gets kicked out of the club and hey, the crew is reunited.

2:00 – Our night at the club is coming to an end, thankfully. We’ve lost Tom again, but being the social butterfly we’ve raised him to be, we knew he was out on the dance floor, making friends and tearing it up with his retro club dance moves.  And we are alive.


We may never seen Tom again. In fact, the chances are pretty slim, but I will never forget the time I partied with my Uber driver. Pics or it didn’t happen? Well, we didn’t get a chance to photograph him, but I swear, this happened. And I live to tell the tale.

*All names have been changed for the purpose of this story.

 

 

#1 on Hype Machine: Keys N Krates – All The Time (Tove Lo Flip)

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Incase you didn’t hear, last night Keys N Krates were forced to cancel their live performance in Hollywood @ Avalon due to a low-life gaining access to their green room and stealing their laptops before they went on. KNK took to Facebook this morning to inform their fans of what happened and inadvertently announce their next single “Understand Why.” However, a little laptop debacle isn’t going to hold them back from doing what they love. This morning they leaped to that #1 spot on Hype Machine with their new track “All The Time (Tove Lo Flip)” which was premiered just a few days ago. Have a listen(above) and be sure to ‘favorite’ it to keep them at the top!

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FEADZ (Ed BANGER) IS BACK IN LA FOR HIS ALBUM RELEASE PARTY @ #DimMakTuesdays!

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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.

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Tuesday, January 14th

LINEUP:

Feadz (Soundcloud)
Light Year (Soundcloud)
Phantoms (Soundcloud)
Thee Mike B (Soundcloud)
Bones (Soundcloud)

ENTRY:

$5 w/ RSVP before 11 p.m. ($10 after) | RSVP to GuestList@DimMak.com (hurry because the guest list is filling up fast!)
Or purchase presale tickets here to ensure entry.

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[#DimMakTuesdays] Meet Nat Self a.k.a. Zombie Disco Squad of Dirtybird Records!

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This coming #DimMakTuesday, we are proud to host London DJ & producer Nat Self a.k.a. Zombie Disco Squad of San Francisco tech funk label Dirtybird Records!

Barely into his thirties, Z.D.S. has already collaborated with the likes of Classic Records (brainchild of definite house elder statesmen Luke Solomon and Derrick Carter), Spanish techno/house label Suara, and Chicago booty bass don DJ Funk and UK soul legend Omar to name a few.  On December 3rd, Z.D.S. brings his signature tech-house sound to our beloved #DimMakTuesdays. Joining Z.D.S. on the decks is LA-based producer Matthew Wasley a.k.a. Human Life (Hot Creations // Defected) whose sound, which combines the best of the underground and the overground without contriteness or awkwardness, has caught the attention of French legend Alan Braxe, the iconic Pete Tong, A-Trak, & others.

For tickets and more information on Zombie Disco Squad and Human Life at #DimMakTuesdays, click here.

Peep Z.D.S.’s recent mix for Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 featuring sounds from Supernova, Justin Martin, Ardalan, Snoop Dog, and more!

[FREE DOWNLOAD] Wax Motif & Yolanda Be Cool Remix – Etienne De Crecy “We, Computers” // Wax Motif @ Dim Mak Tuesday !!!

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In honor of his set tonight at #DimMakTuesdays, our BFF Wax Motif from the land down undaaaa decided to offer us a free download of his recent remix of Etienne De Crecy’s “We, Computers.” The remix is already causing quite the buzz in the blogosphere and, according to Adrien Lux, “This will be an essential club tune in my record box.”

Peep the “We, Computers” EP, out now on Beatport and featuring remixes from ACME, Kolombo, Amine Edge & DANCE, Wax Motif & Yolanda Be Cool, and Hippie Disco.

We look forward to having Wax Motif dropping the beats on those ones and twos tonight alongside Sgt Slick, Fashen, and Bones at #DimMakTuesdays here in Hollywood. Entry is $5 with Facebook RSVP and tickets can be purchased here.

 

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[TONIGHT] PARTYYY @ THE OOGIE BOOGIE, BONES’ HALLOWEEN MIX, & MORE!

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Who’s GETTING WEIRD with us at the #DimMakTuesday Oogie Boogie?! Get your DRANKENSTEIN FACE on with The Dim Mak Krew as we boogie the night away to the beats of a VERY SPECIAL/VERY SECRET guest DJ, birthday boy Dr. Fresch, and the homies Bones & Precept! Click here for tix & more info!

In celebration of tonight’s #DimMakTuesday #OogieBoogie festivities, we’re giving you a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween mix from our BFF Bones! The mix will be featured on #DimMakStudios Evolution Radio 7 pm PST // 10 pm EST THIS Thursday 10/31 so be sure to tune in!

Just in time for your frightful festivities, I give you this years installment to my Halloween mix series. Unlike the DEEP END, this mix ventures into the harder, the heavier, the retched and the rave. I kept it to 30 minutes so you can get your chills quicker and straight to the vein. Be sure to listen while in the dark, drinking blood, causing mischief or just getting into the ghastly spirit. Happy Halloween my pretties….. ~ BONES

*WARNING* Listen w/ headphones or HQ speakers for the ultimate experience! *WARNING*

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TRACK LISTING:

Cryptkeeper – Intro
Destructo – Higher
Rubberteeth – Back Down
Alvaro – Welcome To The Jungle
Angger Dimas – Jump Floor
GTA – The Crowd
Chris Lake – Ohh Shhh
Kenneth G – Tjoppings
Tony Quattro – Superbad
Tchami – Shot Caller
Steve Aoki, Chris Lake, Tujamo – Boneless
Astronomar – Swordfight (Kid Kamillion Edit)
Chris Lorenzo & Pete Graham – Dorothy’s Forest
Los Ghosts – Go Low
DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon – Turn Down For What

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ALSO, be sure to follow the Dim Mak Instagram @DimMakRecs for daily costume ideas inspired by pop-culture in 2013. See below for a preview of some of the get-ups we’re suggesting:

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CONCEPT #1: “Trick Or Treat B*tch”

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CONCEPT #2: “R.I.P. Hannah Montana. Death By Twerking”

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CONCEPT #3: “K vs. K”

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♬ Out Now: South Central – Hollywood EP (Remixes)

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Say hello to the Hollywood EP (Remixes), featuring the likes of Angger Dimas, BAR9, Chris Avantgarde, Haezer, and Sawgood. The Indonesia native and Dim Mak standby Angger Dimas reworks the “Star Wars” original track by transforming it into the ultimate house record to stomp along to. He’s not the only one to keep this theme in mind either–BAR9’s remix for “Bassmonster” is equally as heavy. Chris Avantgarde and Haezer take “Armageddon” and “Jaw Drop” respectively on a ride with a rather industrial-meets-grime sound. Finally, Sawgood has his remix of “Jaw Drop” edited by SOUTH CENTRAL, unleashing a furious dubstep track that truly does justice to its title.

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Infected Mushroom at Avalon Hollywood

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Infected Mushroom tear the place down at Avalon, Hollywood July 6 with an amazing 3D musical/visual experience that surely blew away anyone with functioning eyes and ears. The Israeli super-duo gave a mesmerizing, next level performance unlike any other. These sonic innovators, with their high energy and unparalleled vision, proved why they remain at the forefront of electronic music. The legendary Psy Trance pioneers played hot new music and showcased their unique collaboration with lighting and visual extraordinaires V Squared Labs for a spellbinding visual display, on top of a standout DJ set that kept the party going until 3:30a.m. Infected Mushroom will continue their tour tonight (July 11) in Mexico City in celebration of ‘Friends on Mushrooms Vol. 2’– scheduled for release July 16 on Dim Mak Records.

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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.

Beatport Chart: South Central Hollywood Top 10

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Not only did South Central drop their latest EP Hollywood and a Beatport Mix (currently charted in the top 100 at 69) this week- the duo has also put together a Top 10 Beatport Chart. The selection features three tracks off their latest release along with a great mix of Electrohouse and Dubstep tracks. You can preview the selection on Beatport now.

South Central Release Hollywood Beatport Mix

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Make sure to check out South Central’s latest Beatport Mix, in honor of today’s release, Hollywood.  The gentlemen of South Central put together a 56 minute mix filled with music that inspired the making of their latest EP, along with tracks they’ve included in their recent sets. Grab your copy of the mix on Beatport now, along with their brand new EP, Hollywood!

Tracklist

  1. Nero – Etude
  2. Bingo Players – Rattle
  3. Kill The Noise, Brillz, Minxx – Saturn
  4. South Central – Bassmonster
  5. Alvaro – Make the Crowd GO
  6. South Central – Sex Pistol
  7. Popeska – Karmameter
  8. Chuckie, Junxterjack – Make Some Noise
  9. Kill The Noise – Rockers
  10. South Central – Beathoven
  11. Sean Smith, South Central – Jaw Drop feat. Sean Smith
  12. Killbot – Sound Surgery
  13. Kill The Noise, Feed Me – Thumbs Up
  14. South Central – Freak Party
  15. Afrojack – Annies Theme
  16. South Central – Star Wars
  17. Steve Angello, Third Party
  18. South Central – Armageddon
  19. ShockOne – Chaos Theory
  20. Birdy Nam Nam, Skrillex – Goin’ In
  21. Dirtyphonics – Dirty (Metrik Remix)

 

Out Now: South Central – Hollywood EP

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South Central ‘Hollywood’ EP promises to be even bigger, bolder and brasher (out Today). Overflowing with bass-fuelled energy and a “fuck it” attitude, it’s the perfect combination for release on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Recordings. The titles indicate exactly where the listener is heading, with the brutal universe slaying riffs present on ‘Star Wars’ indicative of the cinematic approach to the production.

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