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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Once again, it’s Friday at Dim Mak and that basically means two things: GET NAKED//WEIRD and FREE MUSIC. We’re stoked to share this ill mash-up from up and comer Carlos Melange featuring Hardwell‘s chart-topping festival anthem “Apollo” and our very own Showtek‘s “Slow Down” …
So far, 2013 has been a massive year for the dynamic duo of SHOWTEK; though they’ve been behind the tables for 13 years, this seems to be the year where the fans are really demanding more from these veteran producers. If the release of their astounding EP “CRUNK/SLOW DOWN” left you clamoring for more, then today is like the best day of your life. The video for “SLOW DOWN” is live and is the perfect remedy for those of us anxious for festival season to rev up. This video has everything: doves, CO2 guns, footage of festival grounds packed with diehard fans dancing their asses off, gorgeous girls swingin’ their hair around, buff dudes fist pumping, and all the raver booty you could ever hope for…and it’s all set to the anthem of “SLOW DOWN”, which demands you throw your mother f*ckin’ hands up! In addition to all that, it shows just what kind of crazy good time you can expect from a SHOWTEK show. So turn that volume all the way up, dig out your pasties and/or sweatbands, and get ready to party in this fresh out the oven video, courtesy of SHOWTEK and Dim Mak Records.
Meanwhile, during Ultra Music Festival, Steve Aoki takes a few minutes to “slow down” with dutch duo SHOWTEK for another episode of Aoki Files *MIAMI EDITION*. Steve hangs out poolside with brothers Sjoerd and Wouter to talk about dabbling with different genres, writing bangers…
I think we need to have a moment of silence, out of respect for the Beatport charts that are getting slayed by Dim Mak artists!
It was only five short days ago when we last heard about SHOWTEK storming the Beatport charts, and now they’re taking it to a whole new level as “Slow Down” sits at the #1 spot on the Electro House Top 100! It’s almost like they knew it would be ironic to name such an impossibly good track “Slow Down” when they have no intentions of doing so.
And that’s not all, folks. Nope. Do not adjust your computer screen even though what you’re about to read may seem highly badass… I assure you that this is real life.
Those filthy DIRTYPHONICS guys have earned the coveted #1 spot on Electro House Top 100 Releases with the gnarly sounds from “IRREVERENCE”. With ten unprecedented and unique tracks, “IRREVERENCE” is a mighty force to reckon with and has taken its rightful spot at the very tippy-top of this chart. Oh, and guess who else is sitting high and mighty on the Electro House Top 100 Releases? It’s SHOWTEK at #5 with their “Crunk/Slow Down” EP!
I’ll tell you what; it does the heart and the ears good to see these hard working and uber talented artists from Dim Mak Records kick so much butt. Keep up the good work Showtek and Dirtyphonics, we’ll keep dancing, and the charts will continue to bow down.
Veteran producers SHOWTEK are not new to the world of dance music. In fact, for the last thirteen years they have been making music that has garnered high praise and the attention of some of the biggest names in pop music today. 2013 is shaping up to be another exciting year for the Dutch duo as they climb charts with absolutely no intention of slowing down at all.
Earlier this month SHOWTEK released “Slow Down” on Dim Mak Records, and just a few days ago this hyper tune sat at #8 on Beatport’s Top10….but oh what a difference a few days (and unyielding support from fans) can make! As of today, “Slow Down” is now sitting pretty at #2! And for good reason…I mean have you heard this track? It’s fun, it’s alive, it’s energetic, and it’s looking at the #1 spot with fire in its eyes while cracking its knuckles.
This isn’t the first time SHOWTEK have seen some chart love; “Slow Down” is the fifth release from these producing brothers to make it into the Beatport Top 10, and we here at Dim Mak Records are ultra proud to be the home of this latest chart-climbing, epic dance anthem that is sure to be on every playlist/mixtape/countdown for the rest of the year. Listen to the track below and let’s get these guys to #1 all across the board!
If you’re a fan of our recent release ‘Slow Down/Crunk’ from Showtek, then you’re in for a real treat. The duo was featured on Track It Down with an in depth interview covering an array of topics including their recent release, evolvement, and their upcoming plans. Along with the interview the outlet also features the EP You can read the full feature on Track It Down as well as their recent release on Dim Mak.
‘Crunk’ and ‘Slow Down’ are masterworks in varied and skilled production. ‘Crunk’ is an all-out high-octane jump house anthem and ‘Slow Down’ a heavy progressive track with a trance inspired melody. Both are so fully charged with filthy bass, piercing synths and huge vocals that…