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Tyler The Creator gets cozy on The Arsenio Hall Show and explains it all…

November 8, 2013 Tim Gauthier Interviews, Lifestyle, Video Tags: , , , , , ,

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.

FoF Dim Mak Exclusive Interview: Leeor Brown Is in The Business of Making Friends Through Music

August 12, 2013 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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.

Enjoy this Young Adults mix for FADER and be sure to make friends with the whole Friends of Friends collective on Facebook and Twitter!

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Tracklist:
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]
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The Interview

DM:
Tell us about Friends of Friends. How did you come up with the concept?

BROWN:
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.

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DM:
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!

BROWN:
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.

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DM:
Young Adults is your side project with David Fisher. Tell us how this collab came about and the connection with your label.

BROWN:
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 :)

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DM:
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?

BROWN:
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 :)

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DM:
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?

BROWN:
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!!

Magnetic chats backstage of Avalon w/ Infected Mushroom

July 16, 2013 Tim Gauthier News Tags: , , , ,

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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)

Check out the full interview over at Magnetic Mag now!

Holland Days with Jamal: an Interview with Bloody Beetroots

March 14, 2013 Tim Gauthier Interviews Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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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 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.

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Interview

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.

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Holland Days with Jamal: an Interview with Blende

February 18, 2013 Tim Gauthier Blog, Giveaways, Interviews Tags: , , , , , ,

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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 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

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Interview Blende

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!

For more info on Dim Mak Tuesdays with French Horn Rebellion, Blende and more, click here.
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Holland Days with Jamal: an Interview with ETC! ETC!

February 17, 2013 Tim Gauthier Interviews Tags: , , , , , ,

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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 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
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Interview

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?
Moombahtrap.

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?
Manchester United.

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.

For more info on Dim Mak Sundays with ETC! ETC!, click here.
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Holland Days with Jamal: An Interview With PeaceTreaty

February 12, 2013 Tim Gauthier Giveaways, Interviews Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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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 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.
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Interview

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.

For more info on Dim Mak Tuesday’s with PeaceTreaty, click here.
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Holland Days with Jamal: SALVA

February 8, 2013 Tim Gauthier Interviews Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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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.
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VIBE sits down with Infected Mushroom

January 20, 2013 Tim Gauthier Lifestyle Tags: , , , ,

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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?

Read the full interview over at VIBE.

You can Preview & Pre-order “Friends on Mushrooms Vol. 1 here.

The Kool Kids Interview Boys Noize

December 12, 2012 Tim Gauthier Music Tags: , , , ,

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.

THE AOKI FILES EPISODE #8 w/ BOTNEK

December 12, 2012 Tim Gauthier Music, Video Tags: , , ,

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.

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Botnek – “Sriracha & Beer”

iTunes: http://bit.ly/_DM346
Beatport: http://btprt.dj/UcRco1

Exclusive Steve Aoki Interview On Beatport

December 11, 2012 Tim Gauthier Music Tags: , ,

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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.

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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.”

Read the rest of the interview @ Beatport.

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Steve Aoki – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

Tracklist
1. Singularity (feat. My Name Is Kay)
2. Omega (feat. Dan Sena & Miss Palmer)
3. Transcend (feat. Rune RK)

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