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Steve Aoki Performing Closing Set At MTV’s Woodie Awards!

Tim Gauthier

Steve Aoki will close MTV’s reformatted Woodie Awards at South by Southwest March 15, following the likes of Childish Gambino, Santigold and A$AP Rocky on stage.

“I’ve never done an awards ceremony, so I’m actually really honored to be a part of it,” Aoki told TheWrap. “It’s an amazing time where underground music can break out and crack the mainstream code without playing by the conventional rules. I’m really really happy that MTV has opened up its doors to electronic dance music.”

MTV created the Woodie Awards to showcase up and coming or “underground” artists. Past top winners at the event include the Killers, Lupe Fiasco and Kings of Leon.

“It was created to be the antithesis of the big, glossy music awards that exist, to recognize more emerging, cutting-edge artists having success in their own right,” Amy Doyle, MTV’s EVP of Music & Talent Strategy, told TheWrap.

Last year, they moved it to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, hosting an awards show one day and a festival the next.

This year they combined the two into an all-day event, culminating in the awards show. Along with the new format, they chose to shine a light on EDM, a burgeoning genre (or group of genres) that has made its way into the mainstream.

Find out more details on the MTV Woodie’s and Steve’s performance here.

Felix Cartal’s “Don’t Turn On The Lights” now featured on Beatport

Tim Gauthier

Felix Cartal is first of all an amazing producer. His second album really showcases his pop side of his production. What you get in his track ‘Don’t Turn On the Lights’ is huge massive drops you would hear in his original productions previous to this, but now with a huge vocal…We crown this one mental.—Steve Aoki, Founder of Dim Mak Records.

We couldn’t be more excited for this release, as it represents Felix Cartal’s first step in his massive brand new sound. “Don’t Turn On The Lights” is a club-thumping track that features vocals from Polina, a vocalist who’s collaborated with both Steve Aoki and Kaskade. “‘Don’t Turn On The Lights’ is a chance for me to try some more memorable melodies,” says CARTAL. “I really wanted to create something that people could hum along to, something that they would recognize instantly, but still with powerful, hard-hitting production behind it. Polina’s vocals really helped bring this song together to make it one of the catchiest songs I feel that I’ve ever produced.”

Want more Felix? Who doesn’t… Check out more from the single, including the up-coming video for “Don’t Turn On The Lights”, filmed by David McDonald in Vancouver, Canada.

New Ivory featured on MTV2’s 120 Minutes w. Matt Pinfield

Tim Gauthier

MTV2’s 120 Minutes with Matt Pinfield has featured New Ivory’s “Something You Should Know” for this weeks run of ‘must see videos’. The groups latest release has been paired with world-reknowned artists such as Foster The People, Black Keys, Friendly Fires, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Tegan & Sara. Check out the video and additional coverage by visiting MTV2’s 120 Minutes here.

MTV: Steve Aoki Introduces Brit Rock Band New Ivory

Tim Gauthier

Think the bustling energy of The Klaxons, Bloc Party and The Kills – so says electronic DJ producer Steve Aoki when describing the latest addition to his Dim Mak record label family, New Ivory. The band features three gents – Alessandro, Mickey and Andy – all hailing from London, England, and according to Aoki their sound is an explosion of British rock that he’s super-pyched for fans to hear. The band’s first video for “Something You Should Know” is out online, but Steve Aoki wants to know what YOU think of New Ivory!

Check out the video below or read the full write up here.

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MTV presents: Felix Cartal “Don’t Turn On The Lights” (Sneak Peak)

Tim Gauthier

As we begin the next 15 years of the Dim Mak legacy, Felix Cartal is setting himself to new heights with this instant pop-classic. Check out what MTV had to say about the new track and coming release:

“We agree with Steve Aoki (as he mentioned on his recent “Aoki’s House” satellite show): Felix Cartal has a HUGE song on his hands! The song is called “Don’t Turn On The Lights,” and much like when Afrojack hit American radio with “Take Over Control,” Felix’s “Lights” is a bit more mainstream than his fans might be used to. The song features Polina, a vocalist who’s collab’ed with Aoki and Kaskade to name a few, and in advance of the single dropping December 13, MTV got an exclusive teaser of the music video…

“Don’t Turn On The Lights,” is the first single off the electronic DJ-producer’s upcoming album Different Faces, a project meant to show a departure in the artist’s sound.” ~Akshay Bhansali of MTV

For Canada viewers: http://www.mtv.ca/news/article.jhtml?id=37078

MTV reports on the recent ‘Tornado’

Tim Gauthier

It’s been three years in the making, but fans of Steve Aoki are finally getting to hear the first couple of gems off his upcoming Wonderland album. Following debut single “Earthquakey People,” which features Weezer vocalist Rivers Cuomo, the electronic dance music DJ/ producer collaborates with one of the biggest brands in EDM today, or the past decade, for that matter: His latest song, “Tornado,” is co-produced by veteran icon Tiësto.

While the two producers may sound completely different in style, their coming together makes sense. Tiësto has had a sonic renaissance through popular partnering with folks like Diplo, Mark Knight, Kaskade, Hardwell and Marcel Woods, to name a few. And Aoki’s collabos with Nervo, Afrojack, Laidback Luke, the Bloody Beatroots and more have made him one of the most sought after touring DJs around the world. Importantly for each of their respective fanbases, “Tornado” feels equal parts Tiësto, and Aoki: a calculated result executed by two exceptional beat technicians.

Read the rest of the story over at MTV.

“Less is more for MC Robert Raimon Roy” – MTV Iggy Interview

Tim Gauthier

“Robert Raimon Roy talks like a seasoned philosopher. In reality, he’s a a full-time social entrepreneur for Time and a bookish MC ready to break — so really, he is a modern philosopher.”

[MTV Iggy] spoke with the LA singer/rapper about his third, upcoming album Le Tigre Blanc, Erykah Badu, wearing ties onstage, and his new single “Little Egypt Wavy.” Check out their full interview here.

“Little Egypt Wavy” premiered on MTV Iggy!

Tim Gauthier

THIS IS NOT A TEST. Jacksonville, FL native Robert Raimon Roy fries our brains to a fricassee in “Little Egypt Wavy” from the upcoming Le Tigre Blanc. While we enjoy his clever blend of electronica, hip hop, and soul, the stuttering images and baseline leaves our minds (pleasantly) wavy, too.

Check out the post on MTV IGGY.

Steve Aoki “Earthquakey People” ft. Rivers Cuomo (Official Video)

Tim Gauthier

The official video for “Earthquakey People” feat. Rivers Cuomo is debuting on MTV at 3 AM tonight! Tune in to see us jump around with The Cobra Snake and friends!
-@steveaoki

Scanners “Jesus Saves” Featured on MTV’s Skins

Tim Gauthier

The widly-celebrated teen drama Skins, known for its wild antics and cool collection of indie music, has featured Scanners’ hit track “Jesus Saves” on their 9th episode “Tina”. View the full track listing and more from the show here.

Dan Sena’s “Song Of Siren” video featured on MTV HIVE and mtvU!

Tim Gauthier

Our very own Dan Sena is now being featured on MTV’s HIVE and mtvU for his latest video and single, “Song of Siren”.

 

If you haven’t already seen this video, do yourself a favor and check it out below…

For more of Dan Sena’s music, be sure to visit his artist page.

When I Grow Up I Wanna Win Best Hard Rock Band of the Year!

Tim Gauthier

This past Sunday, as MTV hosted the VMAs, San Diego hosted the SDMA’s where All Leather found itself winning Best Hard Rock album for “When I Grow Up I Wanna Fuck Like a Girl”! All Leather also has a humanitarian side while they’re not tearin’ you a new one on the dancefloor! Paying tribute to a rock legend, they’ve collaborated with various artists from Duran Duran and Warpaint to Chairlift, Afghan Raiders, Jessica 6 as well as Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Available now on the Itunes store, all proceeds will go to benefit War Children, a nonprofit organization geared towards helping promote peace while providing aid to war affected children in countries in strife.

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