Last Thursday at SXSW, Dim Mak was honored to host The ILLMORE, one of the most exclusive SXSW after parties with past performances from some of the biggest names in new music including MACKELMORE, DIPLO, WIZ KHALIFA, STEVE AOKI, ZEDD, KENDRICK LAMAR, A$AP ROCKY, and CHANCE THE RAPPER. Produced by famous rap blog The ILLROOTS and Austin-based promotion company ScoreMore Shows and presented by Scion, The ILLMORE last Thursday featured a special dj set from boss man Steve Aoki followed by performances from artists such as OG Chase B, DJ Mr. Rogers, Brenmar, LOUDPVCK, G-Eazy, Dom Kennedy, Robb Bank$, Casey Veggies, Future, and more. Enjoy the recap gallery below!
Photo Credit: Chris Carrasquillo
This year we started off the 2013 festival season in Austin, Texas during the SXSW festivities for the Dim Mak x Buygore showcase. A few members from our team headed out from LA to the lone star state to help including #Jenks, Bryan (B!) Linares, Alexvnder, and others. Even our good friend NeilFavila.com made it!
The event served as a platform to showcase Dim Mak’s newest and long-term artists from near and far. We rallied in the troops for a roster that included Scanners, AutoErotique, PeaceTreaty, Azari & III, Keys N Krates, Will Brennan, New Ivory. Borgore and the Buygore camp presented Kennedy Jones, Ookay, & an epic Borgore x Carnage dj set. You know this was a party!
Autoerotique “The Alarm” (Keys N Krates Remix) – Out 6.4.13
Will Brennan “RNR” – http://itun.es/i6xq6t9
Keys N Krates “Treat Me Right” – http://itun.es/i6xq6tX
Datsik “Light The Fuse” – http://itun.es/i6xq5zv
Dark pop/alternative indie band, Scanners performed their featured track “Control” at the Dim Max x Buygore Austin 2013 Showcase where the band played live alongside some of Dim Mak and Buygore’s biggest artists. “Control” is the melodic and gritty guitar filled single off their new album ‘Love is Symmetry’. The music video for “Control” is a compilation of different live performances the band did in Austin and highlights their passionately energetic stage presence and their signature folky alternative sound.
The London based band is making their highly anticipated return back to the world of music after two years of silence with the release of their new album ‘Love is Symmetry’, their third full-length album on Dim Mak Records scheduled to be release in June 2013.
Scanners have been a part of Dim Mak’s roster of artists since 2006, after Dim Mak chief, Steve Aoki, came across their track, “Violence is Golden” on the internet and later made a trip to London and signed the band. Since then, Scanners have released their debut and sophomore albums, ‘Violence is Golden’ (2006) and ‘Submarine’ (2010) on Dim Mak as precursors to ‘Love is Symmetry’. But their success does not stop there. They have also been featured on a number of popular television shows including Gossip Girl, Shameless, One Tree Hill, Entourage, and a live performance on the ‘Carson Daly’ Show. Along with their television show features, Scanners have supported distinguished acts worldwide including Silversun Pickups, Devo, and Juliette and The Licks among many others.
In April, the band toured around Germany in celebration of ‘Love is Symmetry’ and will continue touring the States and Europe throughout 2013.
Now that we’re all fully recovered from SXSW and Ultra Music Festival we’d like to share with you raw footage from our Austin Showcase of Will Brennan free styling. This is just a taste of the rappers talent, who recently released his debut Dim Mak EP, RNR. For more videos of our recent adventures in Austin and Miami, check out our official YouTube channel.
For one week out of the year, all eyes are on the Lone Star state as thousands of fans, bands, bloggers, vendors, and film geeks swarm the Texas state capital for SXSW.
This year, from March 14-16, a new venue with the electronic set in mind popped up on historic 6th street. Sponsored by blu eCigs, the Electric Lounge held free shows featuring some of today’s most popular and rising stars of the dance movement; so naturally, there were some incredible Dim Mak Records artists included in the lineup. We all know it’s not a party until it’s a Dim Mak party, and SXSW attendees learned that lesson first hand. Featured at the Electric Lounge were DMR artists Datsik, Keys N’ Krates, and Will Brennan. Playing to a packed, yet intimate crowd, the lounge was popping off like the buttons of a too-tight shirt on a too-round man.
The triple threat trio of Keys N’ Krates brought the house down with pumping vibrations, giving fans a taste of what’s to come in 2013 with “Treat Me Right”, the trios newest single that is placing on charts all across the board.
Will Brennan, riding the waves of his latest releases “RNR” and “Fall In Love” in celebration of the re-release of his album “Prodigal Son”, the hip hop/electro darling gave Electric Lounge a performance that dared the attendees to not throw their hands up and get down.
All in all, Dim Mak Records artists showed native Austinites and international visitors alike that the label features diverse artists who know how to please an equally diverse crowd. Thanks to everyone who supported our hard working artists at this years SXSW, and an extra special thanks to #blu eCigs and #ElectricLounge for shining their spotlight on Dim Mak Records.
Check out some of the madness that took place in the photobooth on Thursday. See the full set here.
2013 has proved to be a busy year for Azari & III, and they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. With a number of showcases at this years SXSW festival, the press has been heavy with praise for the canadian collective.
As mentioned in a previous post Alixander is now a contributing writer for Huffington Post with his first publication,“Breathe Deep and Dive in: On the Road at SXSW with Azari & III.” To go along with the SXSW theme, Azari & III was also featured in LA Times’ SXSW recap noting, “the most dynamic electronic music heard” in reference to their performance last week at Pitchfork’s showcase.
With festival season kicking off next week we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Azari & III at our upcoming showcases for SXSW & WMC. The Canadian collective will be performing live next week at our showcase in Austin on March 13 as well as a DJ set at our Miami party on March 21. Along with our showcases the guys have announced a full line of dates for both festivals with a series of live performances and DJ sets through out each week. If you can’t make it to these showcases dates, then I suggest catching up on their latest release, ‘Remix Album’ featuring a handful of great remixes from artist such as Prince Language, Locked Groove, Nicholas Jaar, and more.
Scanners return with their slow burning epic ‘State of Wonder’. A beautiful hymn to the river that runs past their home in East London, the river Lea.
The video was filmed on the river in the fall. Scanners commandeering their friends canal boat for the job. The film, shot by Amer chadha patel, flows gently with the music till its uplifting climax.
Featured on the SxSW YouTube channel here.
Now that the dust of Austin, TX has settled, the editorials recapping the month-long SxSW event have started to appear. Jay-Z’s “Life + Times” had managed to get ahold of Steve during his SxSW performance, to touch a little more on the January-release of “Wonderland”
Hosted on Rdio.com, Mustard Pimp has been featured on SxSW’s “Don’t Mess With Texas” Sampler, alongside other performing artists; The Drums, Spank Rock and more!
It’s festival season again, and we’re officially locked in with some of the biggest events happening around the country. With SxSW and WMC around the corner, we are proud to bring you the official Dim Mak curated event lineups!
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.