Retrohandz are a powerhouse duo coming straight to you from Milan, Italy. From their initial release on Dim Mak, Rock Brane and Danny Martine have delivered bass filled, melody driven songs fused with house and moombahton influence.
Having recently graduated from Dim Mak’s New Noise imprint, W\ (WITHOUT) have taken to the major label to release their EP ‘Cheap Touch’.
Dim Mak is proud to welcome Los Angeles-based producer Ghastly in kicking off our New Noise roster with the release of “Every Night”
Following Qulinez’ thunderous 2013 release “Drop It,” the Swedish duo makes their triumphant return to Dim Mak with their forthcoming sizzler “Let’s Rock.”
We had the chance to catch up Danny Avila and chat about his laundry list of accolades, hanging with Tiesto and hitting it big before he can hit the bars.
Up-and-coming kings of the underground Bixel Boys make their Dim Mak Records debut with an innovative rework of Botnek and 3LAU’s collaboration “Vikings.” The Los Angeles-bred duo has been making major waves on their ascension to the top, touting their flavorful style of classical 90’s elements-meets-deep house vibes across the country with appearances at Electric Daisy Carnival, Splash House, SnowGlobe and HARD Summer. We caught up with Ian and Rob ahead of their Dim Mak release to chat about their history, productions and big plans for the future.
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Tell me about how you two met and began collaborating as Bixel Boys.
Ian) We met through a mutual friend and with our powers combined we became CAPTAIN PLAN — I mean Bixel Boys.
You guys are a product of the Los Angeles scene and continue to act as influential tastemakers throughout the city. How has Los Angeles influenced and inspired your music?
Ian) It’s an awesome collection of creatives all congregated in one place, it’s a great incubator for all of us and we love all the support that we get from those around us pursuing similar endeavors
Your musical styles range greatly from deep house and ghetto-tech to hip-hop and underground. How would you categorize your sound?
Rob) I don’t think that there’s just one way to pin-point our sound. It’s a bit of a musical exploration. We made it clear early on that we weren’t necessarily going to decide on a genre before starting any song. I think this keeps our minds fresh and makes producing a little more fun.
After less than two years producing and DJing as the Bixel Boys, you’ve grown from spinning at house parties to performing at festivals like HARD and EDC. What do you make of your meteoric rise to fame?
Ian) “Meteoric rise to fame ” is a WEEEEEEE bit of an overstatement haha we’re not popping bottles with Diddy, eating caviar on yachts in San Tropez or anything. Whatever small steps towards personal success we have made have come from hard work, everything from prepping different sets to every show, late nights in the studio, and hours of designing all play a part to what we do.
Rob) We also have a great team around us which can equate to some of that overnight success, but we still have a long way to go to achieve what we’re actually trying to do.
How do your sets differ when performing at smaller intimate venues versus on festival stages?
Ian) Festivals we like to make as much of a ‘ performance ‘ as we can and really take people on a musical journey, example this year at EDC we played everything from show tunes, disney theme songs, ACDC and tons of other surprises. I think more intimate settings allow us to read the crowd more and play more moody stuff to get people dancing instead of raving
You’ve been commissioned for official remixes of artists such as The Crystal Method, Architecture In Helsinki, Eliza Doolittle, Thomas Newson, Kayper and Kiesza. How do these remixes come together? What do you aim to bring to the table when reworking such well-known talent?
Ian) Sometimes we like a song, sometimes they approach us, its always different. We just want to be able to take the core of those songs and re-vision them thru our creative lens.
Rob) It’s about making sure that the essence of the original work is still apparent while putting the song in a different world. Sometimes it’s easier said than done. We go through a lot of different versions of things we remix before deciding on a direction.
Just this month you remixed Golden Features’ Tell Me featuring Nicole Miller and now you’ve put your spin on Botnek and 3LAU’s “Vikings.” Do you go into the studio with an idea of where you want to take the original tune, or do you let the ideas flow organically?
Ian) For remixes we tend to let the original dictate the direction we’re going to go.
Rob) For sure organically. We are blank slate producers i.e. no previous project copy/pasting. We tend to just start listening to the parts over and over again and solo’ing sections over random loops and samples until something jumps out at us.
Not only are you music makers, but you’ve also entered the world of fashion with your FREELIFE brand. Tell me about how this idea came together and how the unmistakable black jerseys caught fire so quickly.
Ian) We had a concept about viewing our peers and fans and ourselves as a team, and we wanted to create something that you couldn’t just purchase but you had to earn, so we designed the jersey ourselves and began to give it to people we respected, people really liked the design, the message, the fit and it took on a life of it’s own from there.
I’ve heard you’re launching a charitable arm of the FREELIFE brand soon, can you tell us a bit about that?
Ian) All of the pieces are still coming together but we can confirm that we’ll be linking up the Freelife brand with a charity very soon to start to give back, which is something thats always been very important to us.
What’s next for Bixel Boys?
Ian) more original tunes, gear, and ideas for everybody.
We’ve had our eye on him for some time, and now he’s part of the Dim Mak family. Say hello to Joe Ghost! From his collection of popular mashups to a collaboration with Hardwell, Joe Ghost has been earning his way up the ladder one rung at a time. His Dim Mak track “LIBG”, or “Lose It Baby Go”, tears through tooth and nail with electro fury. We caught up with Joe to get the in depth scoop on him and how he ticks. Check it below.
Joe Ghost is getting ready to drop his new single “LIBG” on Dim Mak Records, available for download on May 6th.
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1. Tell us a little about yourself and your music.
I was born in raised in Toronto Canada and got my first taste of the DJ culture when I was around 15 years old, after seeing a video of DJ Qbert at a DMC battle. I was instantly hooked, and for the next year I found any excuse I could to help out with chores around the house to earn enough money to buy two turntables and a mixer. I stumbled upon House/Dance music a few years later when I first heard “Groove in you” by Dave Armstrong. I remember being so captivated by the contrast between the emotional and energetic elements instilled in one song.
Fast forward, I then found myself wanting to be not only that person playing these amazing songs , but also the one creating them.
Joe Ghost music can be simply put as “loud+minimilistic” haha. I love creating music that combines both uplifting melodies that force a sense of emotion, and “drops” that are minimalistic, but create a wow factor. I feel that when these two elements are combined, it creates a four-minute package of energy that forces the listener go through various emotions so quickly. It’s a thrill that is hard to get through any other medium!
2. Do you believe in the paranormal? Why yes or no.
It’s funny because I get asked that all the time. However “Ghost” is just a nickname that I’ve had since I was young because I am a shy quiet guy, always the quietest person in the room; it doesn’t reference anything paranormal. But to answer your question, there are times I believe in ghosts, especially after I watch a scary movie at night and need to navigate my way to my bed in the dark haha
3. If you were a ghost would you rather be always invisible to people or always visible and why?
100% I would love to be always visible. I would scare the shit out of everyone all the time!
4. If you ruled the world, who would you want to be your second-in-command and why?
My best #2 would be someone like Julius Ceaser, he had a lot of great traits that complement mine. He is known for never being defeated in a battle, this brings out my competitive side; for those who know me .. I HATE loosing.
5. What upcoming material do you have coming up?
I really like to interact with my fan base by releasing bootlegs and mashups frequently, so you can expect a lot more of those throughout the year. Also, I have really focused on pushing out a lot more originals for 2014/2015 , so fans of my music can expect a lot more Joe Ghost music in the near future, with some surprising collaborations I can’t really talk about yet.
6. Your track for Dim Mak is called “LIBG” or “Lose It Baby Go”. Where would be the last place you would want someone to play this song and why?
I am thinking of something witty and clever to say with this, but in a DJ world all that keeps coming to my head is that the last place I would want someone to play this is right before one of my sets at a show.
7. When is the best time to listen to dance music and why?
Dance music is so amazing because there is so many different forms of it. Dance music plays an integral part in my day. I first wake up listening to deep house while I make my breakfast and get ready. Then as the day progresses I turn to Tech House vibes to keep me going , later on in the evening its all about big room tunes that get me energetic, and then right before I call it a night I turn back to some deep house to chill out.
8. Would you rather play a gig in the middle of the Amazon, or in the middle of the Arctic, and why?
I recently played a festival in Canada called the BRRRRR Festival, this took place outside in the middle of the winter. Any Canadians know that this years winter could have been compared to the Arctic haha. It was a surreal experiance with the massive crowd fully bundled in their winter gear but raging still like it was a summer festival. I loved the atmosphere that was created with the big festival style production and harsh winter elements combined. Eventhough my fingertips froze I would 100% do it again.
9. What is one song you could not do without in life?
Wow! that is such a hard question. I have so many go-to songs that I have had for years for different moments either happy or sad. I love music, so it would be like asking me to tell you which one of my family members I love the most.
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We could not be more stoked to introduce Jacob Plant into the Dim Mak Records family! Jacob Plant has been pulling out all the stops as of late, releasing explosive electro records like “Fire” and “Shakedown” in the past year. Jacob had an official remix for Calvin Harris‘s smash “I Need Your Love” and has previously remixed the likes of Iggy Azalea, Benny Benassi, and Example. From exploring the worlds of electro, dubstep, trap, and more, it appears that the skies are the limit for young Jacob Plant.
Jacob Plant is getting ready to drop his Louder EP on Dim Mak Records, available for download on April 22nd.
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1. Welcome to Dim Mak, Jacob! We’ve been fans for some time now, and are looking forward to having you here. Why did you pick Dim Mak?
I have been a fan of Dim Mak and Steve Aoki for years now. I met Steve on tour in India last year and was blown away by his work ethic and how he runs his whole operation. We spoke about releasing on Dim Mak and I showed him some songs I’d been working on. We found 3 songs that fit and we went ahead with it!
2. Your Warehouse EP was the first release on your own label Shakedown Recordings. Why did you choose to base your EP around warehouse rave culture?
At the time of producing those tracks, I was listening to loads of 90’s rave songs. I was listening to The Prodigy a lot and watching their live show over and over… It was so inspiring I thought it would be cool to take that inspiration and put it in my songs. I was very much into dance music from a young age so I have always been inspired by those older sounds as well as new!
3. Recently you released a VIP version of your hit track “Fire” from Fly Eye Records. In this version, you take the electro sound and rework it into a more future house/garage style. Why did you choose to remix it in this style, and any plans on garage or deep house originals?
To be honest it was mainly just for a bit of fun! I love producing different styles, I think its really important to do. I was in the studio one night and I was still getting loads of Tweets about that song. Then I thought, why not remix and give it away for free to my fans!? I did a house version of “Fire” because it wasn’t the most predictable direction to take it. It got a really good reaction so I think it did the job!
4. The Louder EP you produced for us features a mixture of styles. One of the tracks, “Radar”, includes electro and trap within the same record. What made you switch up the drops?
I was playing around with different versions of that song one night. Originally it was actually 128 BPM but I accidentally changed the tempo to 140 BPM and it sounded better so I just went with it! I changed the drum beat and in a few hours it sounded completely different. It’s funny how that works, I find most early demos I work on sound so different to the final version it’s almost a different song!
5. Is there someone in particular you’d love to work with on a release at Dim Mak?
I really like what Deorro is doing at the moment, it would be pretty cool to do something with him. Also I would love to do a track with Showtek. I love playing their records live and they have always been really supportive of my releases!
6. Electro house has seen a lot of changes in the last year or so, what do you think is coming next?
Yeah there has been a lot of change and very quickly too. I like how sounds evolve and change, it keeps everything interesting. I think the next changes are going to be a repeat of older sounds with a modern twist. I can already hear tracks coming through using sounds from 2006 but with 2014 production skills. Music and fashion always run in cycles.
7. What gigs do you have coming up, any plans for touring through the US?
We are currently planning my debut tours in the US this year which I am so excited about. I love America, I really want to move there one day! Hopefully I will get back out to countries like India again this year. That country is amazing, it really blew my mind. I just got announced on my favourite UK festival, Reading & Leeds Festival. Last year that was one of the best moments of my career. The tent was full and all the kids were going mental! I love seeing crowds go mental at festivals, its the best feeling ever!
8. You used to produce dubstep a couple of years ago, why did you decide to change over to house music?
I needed a change at that time. I just wanted to do something different and start fresh. Also at that time the sound was changing in dubstep and I didn’t really see myself going that way. I have always made house/electro, so really it was me going back to my roots and exciting myself with new music. I just want to enjoy what I do and have fun with music. I want to make music that people dance and rave to at clubs and festivals. I don’t want rules and boundaries.
9. What comes next after the Louder EP?
I have some cool collaborations in the pipeline and new music to release in the summer, so keep an eye out!
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On January 30th, we’re kicking off the year with the launch of Night Bass, a new event series curated by the king of heavy bass house AC Slater and his Brooklyn-based record label Party Like Us. Starting January 30 at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles, Night Bass features a diverse array of talent highlighting leaders of the U.K. bass-driven scene and caters to the night owls of the world.
Serving as Los Angeles’ best new underground event, Night Bass brings the sound that’s bubbling out of the bass bins from dark clubs and warehouses the world over direct to local audiences. Expect to hear cutting-edge house, garage, bassline, and boundary-pushing music. Together with Dim Mak, Party Like Us, and AC Slater, Night Bass brings the most unique party to Los Angeles.
For the opening event, Night Bass welcomes original Dirtybird player Christian Martin, who brings his tech-house flavor to the dance floor, along with Party Like Us label head AC Slater himself, who adds his unique spin on house and bass music. Main Course co-founder Astronomar joins the night with additional support from LA bass head Petey Clicks and local LA tastemaker Bones.
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1. Dim Mak: You are gearing up to present a collaborative party between Dim Mak and your label, Party Like Us. The night is being introduced as a home for cutting-edge house, garage, bassline, and more. Can you elaborate on the type of music party-goers will hear?
Think high-energy bass music with some soul. Somewhere between the big world of EDM and the underground sound of house music, that’s where Night Bass lives.
2. Describe the Party Like Us brand.
We want to share our musical influences and tastes with everyone. Party Like Us is bringing unique sounds to America on a regular basis via our releases. We want to shake things up and show music fans new sounds to keep them excited about dance music.
3. What can partygoers expect from an event thrown by Party Like Us and Dim Mak?
People can expect a well-curated night of fresh, bass-heavy house music that Party Like Us specializes in with the hype and excitement of a Dim Mak production.
4. How will Night Bass be different from any other party in the LA area?
This isn’t an event about standing and watching crazy visuals or an LED wall light up. This is about enjoying music on a nice sound system in a great atmosphere. On top of that, you will not hear a lot of this music anywhere else in LA. That’s the difference, something fresh for the city, an alternative to the norm.
5. You will be spinning at these parties. What are some tracks that you think will set the tone for the night?
You’ll hear me play a lot of forthcoming, unreleased Party Like Us tracks as well as tunes from labels like Black Butter, Four 40 Records, Rinse, Trouble & Bass, and much more. Exciting, forward-thinking music, from uplifting vocal tracks to dark, driving bassline tunes.
I’ve also created a special Night Bass Spotify Playlist featuring songs I’ve been playing out for the past month or so that always get the party going, along with some dope tracks by the artists performing at the very first Night Bass event.[/one_half][one_half_last]
6. Fast-forward one year: You have the amazing opportunity to curate a very special Night Bass 1-Year Anniversary Party. Who are those special guest DJs that would grace the decks?
My 1-year anniversary dream line up might be:
U.K. Garage legend DJ EZ
Taiki & Nulight
AC Slater & Petey Clicks (B2B)
7. Anything else you want to tell your fans and friends?
Shout out to Sound and Dim Mak for helping us bring this to life. Shout out to all the Party Animals coming to get involved in the Night Bass movement every month!
Dim Mak Records is proud to welcome our newest artist Uberjak’d to the family! Uberjak’d is an Australian producer, who recently exploded onto the global electronic music scene with his electro-influenced Melbourne Bounce sound. This past year Uberjak’d mixed Australia’s #1 dance compilation Ministry of Sound The Annual and joined the nationwide tour, performed for 15,000 people at the Stereosonic festival, and celebrated his spot as the #1 podcast in Australia on iTunes, beating out Hardwell and Tiësto.
Uberjak’d is hoping to bring the Melbourne Bounce sound to the U.S. with the release of his upcoming EP on Dim Mak Records. Uberjak’d isn’t a stranger to Dim Mak, featuring on the Autoerotique Asphyxiation (Remixes) EP.
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1. Hi Uberjak’d, welcome to Dim Mak! We’re excited to have you as part of our family. Can you tell us a bit about why you joined Dim Mak?
Thanks! Pleasure to be part of the family. I have always been a big fan of the label. I see Dim Mak as a label that isn’t afraid to push sounds that are new, fresh, or different from the normal.
2. Describe your sound. Any artists and/or genres of music that have been particularly influential in your productions?
Melbourne Bounce obviously! I have been hooked on that sound ever since I discovered it while skipping class at uni to listen to music and as well as living in Adelaide. I wasn’t lucky enough to go check out this music in the clubs, so I had to compromise and downloaded the tunes off the Melbourne Bounce forums. At the time I’d heard nothing like this sound. This was the early days of the sound, so like Orkestrated, Kalus, Dean Del were all guys producing this underground, really techno-influenced electro. That was about five or six years ago, way before I even considered DJing myself. So fast forward a couple years and I had established myself as a DJ in my hometown Adelaide. I’d also been playing a few gigs in Melbourne and really wanted to put my own harder electro/rave influence on the Melbourne Sound, and I guess you will hear a lot of that sound on my new EP.
3. You’ll soon be releasing an EP on Dim Mak followed by a spring U.S. tour. What can you tell us about the EP? How do you hope to impact the dance music scene in the U.S. through this new partnership with Dim Mak?
I’m stoked for this EP. It’s really an Uberjak’d & Friends EP with collaborations with Chardy, Krunk!, and Sarah Bodle supplying some amazing vocals for another. The first track with Sarah Bodle is a bit big room meets techno meets Melbourne. I was inspired in elements by the old anthem and one of my favorite tunes of all time “Stranger To Stability” (Len Faki Podium Mix). Sarah did a great job on the vocals and this is my second track with her, so we have worked together and she has also performed live at some of my shows. The track with Chardy, “All Aboard,” was something we wrote about eight months ago, but have kept it tight and I’m so stoked it’s coming out on this EP. That one is a bit hardstyle, a bit Melbourne. Not sure what it is, but I think that’s why I like it! The track with Krunk!, my boy back in Adelaide, is definitely hardstyle, but we really rip it back in the break and get melodic and chilled, so it’s a bit of a contrast. The final tune, “Static,” is a solo track and is rave vs. Melbourne. I like the riff in it, sort of reminds me of bag pipes. Maybe it’s some of my Scottish blood coming through in that track.
4. There seems to be a surge of Australian producers taking over electronic music (Flume, Anna Lunoe, Will Sparks, the Stafford Brothers to name a few). What do you think is the reason for this? Do you feel that where you’re from has had an influence on your music in any way?
I think that Australia has always been a place that embraces and pushes forward-thinking sounds, which gives artists the freedom to do something different. I think where you live, more importantly the shows you perform as a DJ, has a huge effect on your sound. As a DJ, I want to make music that the fans at my shows enjoy, and different places always have a different vibe. Thanks to social media and SoundCloud, being so accessible these days and getting your sound out to people has never been easier.
5. You’ve been at the forefront of the growing Melbourne bounce scene in Australia alongside artists like Will Sparks. Do you think the Melbourne Bounce sound will catch on in the U.S.?
Hahaha! I hope so! I guess if I love this music so much, if Australia loves it this much, then why can’t America or the world? Will Sparks has just returned from his tour and it looks like the reception for him and the sound was really good, so hopefully that’s a sign for good things. I think the great thing about EDM, as it’s known in the U.S., is that it’s about innovation and looking for something fresh. I guess electronic dance music has always been about that, so I hope that people are up for this sound. A funny thing is that when I first started to play Melbourne Bounce outside of Melbourne, there was a track I played at my gigs. I won’t name the artist or the track, but it’s now a bit of an anthem over here. I used to play the track at my gigs and literally people would walk off the dance floor. They didn’t understand it and it was something so different to what they have heard or were used to. About 6-8 months later, people are requesting it on their phones during gigs and they know all the lyrics to it and can’t get enough of the track. So what I’m saying basically is you might not love Melbourne Bounce the first time you hear it…but you will eventually.
6. You recently did a remix for Autoerotique’s “Asphyxiation,” which was released on Dim Mak Records this past July. Can you tell us more about that remix? What can you tell us about your remix process?
Yeah, I actually had a lot of fun remixing that one! I guess when approaching a remix, you don’t want to change the essence of what makes that track great. For me, it was those chords and the vocal, so I knew I had to keep them. And then it’s just a matter of adding your flavor to it because that’s why someone would want you to do a remix. Some advice to producers and DJs: If a label asks you to remix in a certain style to fit their remix pack, don’t do it. A remix is about adding your style, find what makes your sound unique and use the shit out of it!
7. Dream collaborations? Any Dim Mak artists you’d like to collaborate with in the future? A certain Steve perhaps?
Ohh yeah! Of course I would love to collab with the big man! I have a collab with Deorro as well, which started when we were both in Amsterdam for ADE last year, as well as a collab I started with Autoerotique. So maybe keep an ear out for them in 2014.
8. You recently posted on Facebook, “I think 2014 will be the year of deep house and hard style…” Why do you say this and what’s your take on the future of EDM?
I always say this, but what I mean is not that all DJs will start playing this style, but it will influence what is popular. I think we have already seen the big hardstyle kick thing go crazy, and I think the groove-driven vibe of deep house will somehow start being heard more in different genres. Innovation is what makes music so interesting. A few people have asked me, “Why no Melbourne Bounce??? ” Of course I hope it has a big year for all my boys in Australia. There is so much talent here with guys like J-Trick, Joel Fletcher, Reece Low, Chardy, and SCNDL. I think it’s time we all came over to the US to show you how we do it!
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Arsenio Hall & Tyler The Creator got the chance to talk out some current events, and as expected, Tyler’s personality is perfect for the best interviews out there. A lot of great topics were covered like what inspired his direction for the “Glowing” music video, and why kids need to follow their own paths rather than what their parents want. Getting comfortable on the studio couch, Tyler continued to give his thoughts on certain racial slurs and derogatory words having no personal meaning, President Barack Obama, and love for Quincy Jones. Watch it above and let us know what you think of it all.
Tomorrow night at Dim Mak Studios, we’ll be hosting the Friends of Friends Collective for an ambient night of experimental deep house brought to you by Young Adults, Grenier, and Sodapop.
For the past five years, our friends at FoF have been showcasing fresh, up and coming artists in new and exciting ways! Read all about this unique label and who exactly comprises this special collective in our exclusive interview with Leeor Brown, founder of FoF, and one half of tomorrow night’s featured DJ duo, Young Adults.
Tiger & Woods – Pitch [Editainment]
Psychemagik – Beauty & The Bass [White Label]
Chamboche – Into The Murk [Young Adults]
Crazy P – Heartbreaker (Huxley Remix) [2020 Vision]
LOL Boys & Grown Folk – Ghost Path [Young Adults]
Waze & Odyssey – Our World [Throne of Blood]
Sleepyhead – Good Love [Party Guy Records]
Tensnake – Mainline (Dub) [Defected]
Tigerskin – Try The Impossible [Future Classic]
Volta Cab – Strange Days (Creative Swing Alliance Remix) [Illusion Recordings]
Jacques Renault – Back To You (Paradis Remix) [Lets Play House]
Tell us about Friends of Friends. How did you come up with the concept?
It was just a way of tying a bunch of things together. When I used to shop for records, I would always looks at 3 things. The art, the collabs and the label. Those three would basically tell you about someones aesthetic, who they’re friends with or who respects their music enough to work with them and their general vibe. I wanted that all to ring true immediately for FoF releases, so I ask every artist about who they might know that can help them make their release special. Would way rather that than some random a&r decisions like “get a hot vocalist” or whatever. We try and make it about building a community of friends that all make great art. And the releases come out great because of it.
What separates FoF from other labels/brands in the same market? Your website states that the name “Friends of Friends” is “the driving force behind the label and website, referring to the most effective way (yet traditional way!) people learn about new music: through Friends!” Tell us how this process works!
I kind of touched on it in the last answer but basically the people closest to you are the ones who want to see you succeed the most. So we try and incorporate all of FoF’s artists friends and our friends of friends in our planning of say, releases and remixes, all the way down to our website’s news and bookings for events etc. It’s about hopefully showing the world that FoF is a network of talented and passionate people that can all build careers by supporting one another’s art.
Young Adults is your side project with David Fisher. Tell us how this collab came about and the connection with your label.
Ah, D is just one of my oldest and best friends. We’ve DJed together for about 8 years now. We played house parties mostly for years… total bedroom DJs. For the longest time the US wasn’t really fucking with what we playing. A lot of German techno, old disco and house records etc. We just kept it low-key for a while. But a few years back we started really talking about starting a label and last year we finally made it a reality. YA is FoF’s “sister label.” We wanted to push vinyl, slow mixes, long songs and all that as a counter to the laptop DJ culture that’s been everywhere. We’ve put out 3 records now and have played started playing out a ton. This summer we got to take over the Ace Hotel Palm Springs for a weekend, opened for Omar S at A Club Called Rhonda and now headlining Dim Mak Tuesdays. Been a pretty awesome ride so far
We’ve heard Friends of Friends referred to as “a collective.” Who exactly comprises this collective and how does one become a part of it?
Honestly it’s pretty nebulous. I can name so manyyyy people who are extended fam but i guess it starts by the artist releases put out by the label. Salva, Shlohmo, Groundislava, Tomas Barfod, LOL Boys, Jerome LOL, Ernest Gonzales, Evenings and our newest signees Kyson and Perera Elsewhere all make up the crew now. But we’ve also had amazing more friends built through compilations, artist/project collabs, remixes and shows etc. People like Daedelus, Baths, Grenier, Low Limit, Robot Koch, Toy Selectah, the Wedidit and Anticon teams…I mean really this paragraph could go on forever. We’re very fortunate to have an extended network of rad talented people. On the video/visual side as well! I see you Great Nordic Swordfight, Video Marsh and Sus Boy
What are your plans/dreams/goals for 2013, both individually as an artist as well as for Friends of Friends? How would you like to expand FoF?
MY DREAM IS EVERYONE FALLS IN LOVE WITH KYSON & PERERA ELSEWHERE(our newest signings) LIKE I HAVE. Haha, but seriously my goal is to just stay on course. Definitely been building the infrastructure of FoF as a label. We signed a distribution deal in UK/EU with !K7 which I’m really excited about. We’ve been wanting to get our music out internationally way more so that’s definitely a great step. And really focus on continuing to develop good relationships and partnerships with other people doing rad things. Oh I guess also planning our anniversary stuff for ’14. Can’t believe it’s gonna be 5 years!!
Happy Tuesday everyone, I hope you made your weekends vast and epic as you should. I just wanted to touch base with everyone, catch up, and recap some time I spent last weekend with Infected Mushroom. The Israel-bred, LA based duo is made up of Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani, and Erez Eisen. They started collaborating in 1997 in Kiryat Yam, Haifa District, Israel.
In addition to twice being voted into the top 10 for DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJ’s, they have also left footprints in both dance and rock genres, having worked with Perry Farrell from Jane’s Addiction and Jonathan Davis from Korn.
The two have released such hit albums as 2009’s Legend of the Black Shwarma, which peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Top Electronic Albums chart, scored such dance hits as “Killing Time” and “Smashing the Opponent,” and to top it all off, they average about 120 live performances a year. Boom goes the dynamite. Also, out today on Dim Mak Records, “Friends on Mushrooms, Vol. 2.”
Now these live performances brought about a revolutionary live show, which I’m sure you’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever been to one of their gigs. The set is a 3D landscape designed by Vita Motus Design Studio and V Squared Labs; it is truly one of a kind, and they brought it to the Avalon this past Saturday, July 7th to have a little playtime with the L.A. fans. I had the good fortune to steal a quick conversation with them before they hit the stage. (via MAGNETIC MAG)
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 latest interview is with Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo a.k.a. Bloody Beetroots. He did this interview as part of his blog series on The Kool Kids. He has just released a new single “Chronicles Of A Fallen Love” featuring the haunting vocal of Greta Svabo Bech on Ultra Records, available here. Preview the video here.
The new Live tour just started. How is this different compared to before?
It actually started in January at the Big Day Out in Australia. The differences are substantial in terms of sound pressure, light design, stage, songs and i have musicians on rotation. I’m performing 8 new tracks during these live shows, and yes, thats because there’s a new album coming out along with the tour. It’s a whole evolution in a show. It started with The Bloody Beetroots DJ-Set, then i did Death Crew 77 and then Church of Noise and now it’s The Bloody Beetroots LIVE.
I believe evolution is necessary to express yourself.
You’re having a new mask with this tour?
Yes, it is very similar to the old one but has been majorly improved and equipped with technology.. Each eye has one hundred Nano LEDS controlled through Wi-Fi from side stage using software called “Q”. It took me months to create.
Is it comparable to the masks of Danger and Deadmau5?
No not at all. It’s way more subtle. It has an atmospheric ambience, which shows the energy… visually. It feels sinister. I’ve been wearing it now since January starting with my first performance in Australia and I received some great feedback from people all over the world. I even have a mask solo during my performances. Shouting on stage alone wasn’t enough.
I believe evolution is necessary to express yourself
Last year you started the Gazette?
The Gazette is the official and exclusive source of everything that is happening inside the Bloody Beetroots Machine, it will be relaunched in the coming months with a new design.
But Speaking of web platforms, the real novelty for me this year was relaunching Church Of Noise.
Which is a collaboration with US developers, Backplane, who are the innovators of the software behind Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters, they have developed the same technology for relaunching my community making it definitely interactive with Soundcloud, Youtube, pictures etc. Go have a look, it’s awesome: http://www.therealchurchofnoise.com
You once did a collaboration with Steve Aoki called “Rifoki”. Was this a one time thing?
This is a funny one, as we had some spare time and that’s how this project kicked off. Even though it was a side-project, I played “Sperm Donor” like hundreds of times during my old Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77 sets.
But that project is currently paused because I’m spending all my energy on taking the Bloody Beetroots to another level.
Would you say Bloody Beetroots become more soft and more melodic?
I don’t agree. The new album contains a lot of songs that are probably some of the most varied and darkest music ever written for this project but there will be room for melody. The world of Bloody Beetroots is very wide and there was never a specific musical direction, I just make music.
Is Edward (Grinch) still in the band?
Yeah he is, he’s playing drums actually.
There are a lot of people involved in the new Bloody Beetroots Live, I have lots of musicians on rotation!
It’s all about music… you know.
Three years ago on the first Bloody Beetroots website you posted a track called “Warp 1981” and took it off 10 minutes after. Did you do this on purpose?
Yes I did! Funny huh?
The world of Bloody Beetroots is very wide and there was never a specific musical direction, I just make music
What can you tell us about the beautiful things in Bassano del Grappa?
I don’t spend much time there, it’s just a place for friends and family. But it’s beautiful and peaceful, the perfect place to chill after all the stress of touring.
I believe “SPANK” isn’t released yet?
Yeah, I think it’s being released in March on Ultra Records. It’s a great track, if you come to one of my shows you’ll see the reaction. When i first played it in Australia the crowd went crazy. People are still asking about this track 2 months later.
It’s very powerful with a lot of elements from the past, such as gospel, techno… I love referencing music that influences me. You’ll be able to hear it soon.
How’s your designing going? Are you working on new shirts with Vendetta?
Vendetta is busy becoming a real fashion brand. We did a collaboration in the past and they still make exclusuve jackets for me but we’re both growing up as bands.
About merchandise… I’m trying to push all the singles as t-shirts, with really strong imagery and the logos.
I’ll shortly release the first SBCR masks which are designed exactly like the mask that I currently use with framed eyes and hi quality fabric, easy to wash and wear and which are the exact same masks as the band are wearing on stage… watch this space.
Is Dennis (Lyxzén) still a part of Church of Noise?
Yeah, definitely. It’s a two-man creation developed by Dennis and me.
I’ve read that every track starts with a title. So my question is; What kind of titles are popping in your head right now?
I’m not allowed to say that at the moment. There are a lot things going on in my chaotic mind and some are about the album. If you come to the show I’ll give you a taster of what’s in my mind.
In our first interview you mentioned you want to release two more “Spares of Romborama”. What happened to it?
Sometimes my ideas collide with the reality of my own brand and what im creating. I can say that I have a lot of music to be released. One day I’ll release them all, even those spares.
How far do you think ahead?
I always think about the future, 4 or 5 years ahead… That said things do change quickly and I need to express so many things that are happening. I just think everything requires time and patience.
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 latest interview is with Blende, who will be playing tomorrow at Dim Mak Tuesdays with French Horn Rebellion and more.
On a side-note, Jamal will be playing as well!
Also that night there will be made a #HarlemCake video, so grab your funky costumes and get weird with us!
Tickets: In order to get tickets for tonight’s show, click here: http://bit.ly/14a0Lsq
Win Tickets: Blende is giving away a few pair of tickets! For more info, click here: http://goo.gl/giPC7
Hi Blende, how are you?
Very well thank you! Getting ready to have some dinner shortly and just going through some promos – music and food, can’t complain!
At Dim Mak we’re still not sure, so please help me out.
Is it pronounced “Blend” or “Blend-e”? And where does the name come from?
To be honest it can be whatever you want it to be. I normally myself say Blend-ay (as in rhyming with grey, day, lay etc..), in Sweden I say Blend-uh (would rhyme with French “lait” or “parfait”) but if someone says blend – e or blend I won’t make a fuss about it.
It’s just a silly name that stuck and doesn’t really mean anything. I couldn’t use Blondie as it was taken so this was the next best thing.. In German though I’ve heard it means a poser who thinks he’s the shit but in reality is a loser. I always liked that meaning as it makes it not very serious, which is exactly what this name is not. The only thing I’m serious about is the way the music sounds
What’s this I hear about you wearing woman’s jeans and loving white wine?
Haha, where did you hear that..? Not to say it’s not true; I once got a pair of jeans from an excess stock box when in New York, meant for a woman but it fit me really well so I just kept it. That’s the only pair I have though so it’s debatable if I do wear women’s jeans. I’m not even sure if I still have them. The white wine thing is true, though. I drink more white wine than water, I think. I don’t really see the issue, although in the UK a lot of people seem to have an issue when you order white wine in a bar or pub. I guess if you’re not drinking lager you’re not a real lad according to the standard, but if that’s how it is I couldn’t care less if I wasn’t one.
What’s your favorite fish dish?
Haha, you’ve done your homework! Black cod is a favourite, japanese style
Do you or does your mum still have the stereo with the two tape decks?
Neither, although I do think it’s in storage somewhere in Stockholm.. Will have to get back to you on this one
Your site http://www.blende.co.uk doesn’t go anywhere…?
I know.. It used to, but the site was taken offline recently due to being updated, which has dragged on a bit now. Will have to get back to you on this one, too
I love Metro Area’s chilled disco vibe. Don’t you?
Who, in his or her (or as we say in Sweden – hen’s) right mind, wouldn’t?
New or old Disco? And why?
Old disco if we’re talking actual disco, but new disco if we’re talking electronic music with a disco twang.
Do you think you’ll go back to live in Stockholm some day?
Perhaps you could act as a tour guide and inspire all the American people to go to Stockholm?
Not a chance. Unless someone would pay me to. Which I guess is what a tour guide gets. So yeah, probably. I’ll take you to see the king, his wife, his mistress and her lover.
When is Synapse coming out? Any other upcoming releases or remixes we should know about? Will you be playing any new stuff at Dim Mak Tuesdays on Tuesday February the 19th?
It’s coming out in a couple of days ago, i.e. the 11th of February. So, it’s available to buy now or download from your nearest pirate bay, whichever you morally prefer. I’ve got a follow up to my last single on Eskimo Recordings in the making, which should hopefully be coming out in the next few months, as well as a bunch of remixes for various artists and labels – including one for you, you lucky dog(s?)!
Finish the sentence: I should come and see Blende at Dim Mak Tuesdays because…
my bucket list wouldn’t be complete without it!
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 latest interview is with ETC! ETC!, who will be playing tonight at Dim Mak Sundays.
You can expect a big Trap and Moombahton evening tonight!
And if no one will be dancing ETC! ETC! will get “buck naked”! It’s your call people.
Tickets: In order to get tickets for tonight’s show, click here: http://bit.ly/14p4VMY
Hi Jose! Where are your roots?
Born In LA with Hispanic blood.
How did you end up on Mad Decent / Party Like US?
I started sending my demo’s over to Diplo & AC Slater, like remixes etc. They were the only first contacts I had really. And fortunately they dig my stuff, so I stayed with my main labels for projects I did.
Moombahton or Trap?
If you could remix one song of John Lennon, what would it be?
Whatever gets you through the night.
What’s your favorite Jazz tune?
Tenacious D – JAZZ.
What would you do if you have to produce music without having energy drinks next to you?
Nothing would get accomplished. I think energy drinks help my A.D.D stay in focus.
Describe the feeling you had when you heard Kissy Sell Out playing your tracks on BBC Radio One.
It was surreal. He first played my collab w/ Mr.Vega.. I remember someone calling me telling me he played it.
I called vega.. It was like 3AM his time.. Lol, I talked about it for weeks.
What would you do to Valentino Khan if you were a girl?
Pet his mustache.
What’s your favorite soccer team?
Where do you usually get your vocal samples from?
Anywhere. Whatever I hear I like I’ll rip it. Youtube or other songs.
I’m a network thief.
What can we expect from your set during Dim Mak Sundays on February 17th?
Great vibes, great tunes and lots of sweat. And if no one is dancing I’ll get buck naked to get the crowd wild… Wait, maybe thats a bad idea.
Jamal’s second interview is with one of Dim Mak’s own artists PeaceTreaty, who will be playing tonight at Dim Mak Tuesdays. Big Room House fans can be very excited as they’ll also be releasing “In Time Remixes” EP next week on Dim Mak Records. You can pre-order the EP on iTunes here.
Tickets: In order to get tickets for tonight’s show, click here: http://bit.ly/TeoPEi
Also, PeaceTreaty are giving away 2 pairs of tickets for tonight’s show! Head over to there Facebook page for more info.
Hi guys, could you tell me what you’re doing on this very moment?
Josh: Right now I’m actually working on finishing up this disco track that I started the other day and hopefully it gets done tonight. I guess it depends on the groove and how much coffee I have brewing.
You’re busy finalizing your album which is planned to come out on Dim Mak Records. How do you guys feel about the tracks?
Josh: The tracks are coming out great its gunna be quite the relief when this is all done as its been going on for quite a bit and I know everyone is really anxious to hear it. The best part about the creation of this album was exploring our creativeness to make other genres and experiment with all types of production tricks and techniques but adding our own twist to it. We got to work with a lot of great people which was quite humbling and we couldn’t be happier with how these collabs are coming out. In all we are more then excited to show everyone out there how who we are and actually becoming.
Will you be playing some tracks of that album on February 12th at Dim Mak Tuesdays?
Josh: Of course. Thats probably what I am most looking forward to.
What would you do if Steve (Aoki red.) was standing next to you with a cake in his hand?
Josh: It all depends on the cake. Obviously if it was a type of chocolate cake we join in on a very exquisite candle lit dinner but if it’s like strawberry or some crappy cake like that then anything applies.
How did your date with the mysterious PeaceTreaty girl (where you got the name from) go, back in the day? Please describe it to us.
Ummm it was fun. It was definitely a starting point for me in wanting to actually pursue producing. I remember we would always listen to BBC Radio 1 like Kissy Sell Out & Pete Tong every week and I always thought it would be unreal to actually get one of my tracks played on there as I was just starting this out on my own the time. Sure enough it all came true. Its quite amazing to look back and see some of your accomplishments but really you never ever think about it cause your always too busy trying to look ahead.
Finish this sentence: Big room… House
If you had to pick: Ableton, Logic or FL Studio?
FL Studio but unfortunately we use Logic.
Jameson or Crown?
Double jameson straight on the rocks with a shot of pickle juice.
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.
Hi Salva, how are you doing on this fine and sunny day?
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!!
Since hooking up in 1997, Israeli psytrance duo Infected Mushroom has used elements of Goa, trance, industrial, and rock in their music. Their latest EP, Friends On Mushrooms Vol.1, is no different. We checked in on Erez “Eisen” and Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani to talk reggae, tacos, psilocybin, Celine Dion and Diplo.
VIBE: You’ve expanded your sonic palette on this EP, adding a bit of electro, moombahton, reggae & dub to your signature psy/trance sound.
Infected Mushroom: The genres you mentioned are really taking hold in many markets around the world – we feel like our take on these types of music is very unique, but it’s not our goal to become an electro producer, or a moombahton producer, etc. It’s our only desire to make people dance, and to continue trying new things.
VIBE: Since you’re trying out reggae, any thoughts on collaborating with Snoop Lion or Diplo who just flipped from Hip Hop to reggae?
Infected Mushroom: We’d love to collaborate. Diplo is awesome – we really dig him.
VIBE: You’ve worked with some big names in rock – Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), and Jonathan Davis (Korn). Are there any other rock stars you have on tap?
Infected Mushroom: Les Claypool would be super nutty! Dare I say, Celine Dion?
This Saturday December 15th Boys Noize is playing at The Palladium in LA. We from Dim Mak greatly support Alex Ridha a.k.a. Boys Noize; besides the fact that Boys Noize has contributed to the EDM as we know it, the German artist has played on Dim Mak events before. We even sold some exclusive Boys Noize shirts that you might recall. We would like you to check a recent interview our friends from The Kool Kids did with the man himself when he was playing in Amsterdam one month ago. The pictures that have been shot during this show are from Steve Aoki‘s personal photographer Kyle from Mr650.tv.
Click on the preview above to read the whole interview.
Welcome to The Aoki Files. This is a new web series Steve Aoki is doing focusing on all the new Dim Mak artists and their releases. Every week he will interview different artists that have released a new record on Dim Mak Records.
Montreal’s finest, Erick Muise and Gordon Huntley collectively known as Botnek releases “Sriracha & Beer” EP today. The EP features the bottled chemistry between hot sauce and brewski and remixes from Sound of Stereo, Savage Skulls and Charlie Darker.
Botnek – “Sriracha & Beer”
Steve Aoki, the man known for always being on tour and recent Grammy nominee sat down with Beatport to talk about his latest release, It’s The End Of The World As We Know It. Steve goes in depth about the concept behind the EP’s theme as well as the production process of working with Angger Dimas, Dan Sena, and Rune RK. Not only does the interview touch base on the new EP it also dives into Steve’s upcoming projects for 2013. You can read the full interview and purchase todays release on Beatport.
Do you buy into any of the conspiracy theories about doomsday, or is the title of your new EP, It’s the End of the World As We Know It, your way of having fun with it?
I love conspiracy theories. I think they are fun. It’s fun to think of all these crazy things that might happen. It’s part of the adventure—you’re supposed to take it to these wild places. If it’s the end of the world, let’s go out with a bang, you know. That’s the point. We’re only here for so long, so make the most of your life.
And for the album?
Throughout the year, I’ve been touring like crazy, so I haven’t had too much time to sit down in my own studio and come up with a major concept, so that’s why I was like, okay, it’s the end of the world, 2012, let’s put these three songs together. It’s three different collaborations I did with different producers, so I figured we’ll pack it all together. I produced them at different times throughout the year, so there were different influences and sounds in each song.
What was it like collaborating with different people for each track? Can you break down each one for us?
The first song I did with Annger Dimas; I always work together with this guy. He’s one of my really good friends, and we have really great chemistry working together in the studio. I got Kay (of My Name Is Kay) on that record to amp it up a bit more and make it a bit more vocal obviously. I’ve been dropping that record since Ultra. That’s where I debuted the song, and now it’s finally coming out.
As far as “Omega,” we got Dan Sena on it and we got Miss Palmer, who also sang on “No Beef,” and it’s one of the more commercial-sounding records and I’m really happy with that one.
“Transcend” is a record I started with Rune RK actually over a year ago. We were in the studio together, in the UK, and we rented a studio out there to do some work together. The song transformed and transcended into the song it became, so that’s why it’s called “Transcend.”
Steve Aoki – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
1. Singularity (feat. My Name Is Kay)
2. Omega (feat. Dan Sena & Miss Palmer)
3. Transcend (feat. Rune RK)
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In a recent interview with KROQ’s Stryker, Aoki discussed how some of these seemingly strange relationships came to be. “I’ve known Foo for a really long time,” he explained when Stryker probed into the origin of Aoki’s relationship with LMFAO’s Red Foo. They met via a number of parties thrown by Aoki’s label, Dim Mak.
MTV IGGY got a chance to interview Proxy and ask some of the questions many have always wanted to ask. Proxy didn’t hold anything back and made a majority of the MTV IGGY staff do a double take with his answers. Read the full interview over at MTV IGGY.
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Welcome to The Aoki Files. This is a new web series Steve Aoki is doing focusing on all the new Dim Mak artists and their releases. Every week he will interview different artists that have released a new record on Dim Mak Records. This week is Azari & III. Dim Mak Records just released in the USA the long awaited “self titled” album that has been available elsewhere. Listen to the interview and find out more about Azari & III on this episode of Aoki Files.
Just a day after the release of Haezer’s new EP “The Wrong Kid Died,” the EP made it’s way to number #6 on the Beatport Electro House Top 100 list. Now you can uncover Haezer’s influences behind the successful EP in OMGITM’s interview feature with Haezer as he answers a few questions regarding his latest EP. Along with the feature OMGITM is also providing a free download of Haezers track, Crank it on Soundcloud.
Get the full interview on OMGITM.
If you picked up the latest issue of Billboard, you may have noticed that Dim Mak Artist J-Devil is briefly mentioned in the article, “6 questions with Rob Zombie.” Billboard references J-Devil in regards to asking Rob Zombie if he’ll follow in the footsteps of Jonathan Davis and try the “DJ/remixer thing.” If you haven’t done so already be sure to grab the latest issue and read what Zombie had to say.
Preview what’s to come from J Devil by subscribing to his Soundcloud channel here
The guys at Into The AM and Mustard Pimp go keyboard-to-keyboard on this latest interview. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
All you fans of Felix Cartal will enjoy this one, but it’s an extra special treat for those interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the production process. Video after the jump.
Gary Numan had a nice little Q+A with Planet Notion. Inside is a snippet from the interview…
Born Robert Raimon Roy, Rob Roy, as he’s known to the music community, is Dim Mak’s latest signee. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, he has already released 2 full length projects and is working on his third album to be released by Dim Mak Records. I was fortunate enough to sit down with Rob last week to discuss everything from his early influences to his dream of being a college professor one day.