Buy Now: Dangerous Dan – “Hit It”
“We are sooo proud of the exchange of musical ideas that “My definition of Hard” series is bringing, not only we all get to know a bit more about our music partners, but is pure pleasure to go deep into their darkest musical tastes.”
– Mixhell 2011
“sadness -> despair -> action -> pma -> love
some roots, some future, all heart
selected and mixed for mixhellblog, best heavy blog on the planet!!
August eighth the year of our lord purgatory two thousand eleven”
– Aaron (Drumcorps)
Who is Drumcorps?
Drumcorps’ Aaron Spectre started off playing drums and going to all ages shows in the wasteland of suburban Massachusetts. He was fortunate to have been heavily influenced by bands like Converge, Bane, and Cave In during his formative years. As his interests shifted to electronic music, he moved to NYC, bought turntables, and started producing ambient, jungle and drum’n’bass. In 2003 he relocated to Berlin, Germany, to launch his music career. He released several vinyl 12îs, and soon found a following playing at squats and raves around Europe. Spectre founded Drumcorps to synthesize the unlikely mix of electronic music production values and the raw power of American hardcore. The result is not for everyone, but to Drumcorps’ devout fans, it delivers: Drumcorps shows are notoriously high-energy, cathartic affairs.
Dim Mak and tokidoki have teamed up to bring you limited edition product including; tees for guys and girls, a New Era custom embroidered hat, a iPhone 4 case as well as stickers, bags and even a glow in the dark Steve Aoki USB stick(coming soon)!! Perfect for storing all of your Dim Mak Records music when on the go!!
Click here to get your Limited Edition items now!
“Haven’t been cranking out bootlegs nearly as often as I used to.. Here is something special I have been working on for a minute: a piano house version of the Weeknd’s latest release…S/O to Gotta Dance Dirty for debuting it. Grab it for free over at my Facebook Page.” -Aaron
IDENTITY kicked off with a great start last night in Noblesville, IN. The entire lineup KILLED it and we got to see Kaskade and Steve Aoki’s mega-setups in action. We’ve got a bunch of places where you can see photos, videos and more from the road each day. Check out our video from Rehearsal Day below where we give you a look into what to expect from Kaskade, Steve Aoki, DJ Shadow and IDENTITY:
Official IDENTITY Tour Blog
Also, check out DJ Neha’s Official IDENTITY Tour Blog as she’ll bring you her tour experience via photos and other updates. Updated daily (sometimes).
Official IDENTITY Accounts
And remember, you can stay up-to-date with all things IDENTITY by following our OFFICIAL accounts below:
Like us in Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/IDFestival
Follow us on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/IDENTITYFest
Visit our Official Website: http://www.IDFestival.com
Spin in our Official Turntable Room: http://www.Turntable.fm/IDENTITY
Miami New Times managed to get Steve on the phone for a Q&A while on tour for Identity Festival…Steve gives some insight on his live show, the Dim Mak stage, and the Dim Mak pop-up shop.
“Oh, yeah. On this tour, I’m debuting my live show. And I’ve been working on it for the last three or four months. It’s just structurally and visually awesome. The lighting and what I brought to the stage is something unique that I can only do on a tour like Identity.”
Read the full interview here.
Cucumbers… I didn’t know this…
WHAT A LITTLE GEM THE CUCUMBER IS.
I WILL LOOK AT IT DIFFERENTLY NOW.
1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day – Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
2. Feeling tired in the afternoon? Put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins and carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror. It will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.
4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small aluminum pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumber along your problem area for a few minutes. The phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!
6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache-free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!
7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to stave off starvation.
8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe; its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.
9. Out of WD-40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!
10. Stressed out and don’t have time for a massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water. The chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber react with the boiling water and are released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.
11. Just finished a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath. The phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean. Not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm your fingers or fingernails while you clean.
13. Using a Pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing. It also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!
Sourced by our good friend Mark the Cobrasnake
Since debuting at #28 on the Beatport Top 100 charts, “No Beef” has quickly climbed to #1. This is the first time Steve Aoki has made it to #1 and will be the first Dim Mak artist to accomplish the feat.
This massive track has been featured in the live sets of Afrojack and Steve Aoki throughout the year but no one could get a hold of a clean mix until last week and since its release, the internet has been buzzing! The single was previously only available on Beatport but is being released on iTunes tomorrow (Tuesday, August 16, 2011)
“No Beef” also hits #3 on Cool Cuts Chart
The Cool Cuts is the UK’s leading tastemaker dance chart compiled from reactions from tastemaker DJs and the Cool Cuts panel, now in it’s 23rdyear. The Cool Cuts is exclusively published in MUSIC WEEK, the UK’s leading music industry trade publication. www.musicweek.com
Get a glimpse into the lives of two international superstars (and Las Vegas residents DJs) as the party through Las Vegas consistently drinking bottles of “Afroki.” Check out the video and please consume Afroki responsibly.
As part of their “All Originals, All Icons” marketing campaign, Adidas fitted Dim Mak with a pair of shell toes emblazoned with the Dim Mak logo looped through the bottom lace. The all-white, timeless sneakers are a perfect fit for the Dim Mak lifestyle.
About 15 hours ago or so I was listening to Obama’s voice over the internet…online radio…
I was doing something else, nothing important really… I had returned from Japan a few days before, but somehow this time jetlag had hit me pretty hard despite having played such energetic shows over there…
Sometimes in the past I felt nothing, but this time it was like that scene in Fight Club in which Edward Norton lays on the couch with his remote control, flicking through TV channels, suffering from insomnia. The only difference was that I had got rid of my TVset almost 10 years ago. I had three totally different books in front of me, couldn’t focus at all.
But when Obama came on, I suddenly felt a shot of adrenaline, I woke up. He was talking about how “Standard & Poor’s doubted our political system’s ability to act” – the US had been downgraded to an AA+ level. The debt level was increased, the problems far from solved. The information wasn’t what alerted me, it was the tone of his voice.
When Obama got elected, he convinced a whole generation just by speaking to them in a certain way, that democracy and capitalism will work out for everybody. We CAN change and improve things. Even though I come from a very different political standpoint and I am very aware of the power of the system, when it comes to the system changing individuals who tried to change it, I heard an honesty in this man’s voice which was rare amongst politicians. But suddenly what seemed to have changed mostly for me was his voice. It was the voice of a man who failed badly but out of respect for his listeners was performing a duty. The job of being President.
We live in a society which has no place for optimism anymore. It’s gone. Nobody wants to take the risk and predict a future, mainly because everybody feels powerless. Nobody even wants to take the responsibility and take matters into their own hands.
It’s stagnant. Establishments are regarded as fools. It is a constant battle between the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ and the ‘mob mentality’.
So while I was starting to feel like I was actually back in Berlin and awake, I looked outside the window, down on the street in which Atari Teenage Riot had played the peace demonstration on May 1st 1999. Thousands of people protested against Germany’s first involvement in an attack war since World War II. I remembered when I was on the microphone during a song and saw how the police beat into the, at that point, peaceful crowd. Of course the situation escalated, it’s all on film. Even though the images have become iconic and still give viewers the chills, but in my opinon they also tell a story of failure…
There is a long tradition in Berlin that the labor day, the 1st May ends in violence. In 1999 it was supposed to be different. The intent was to get across how serious people treat this issue of Germany sending their soldiers to war. The police failed, because they didn’t break up the crowd and things got out of hand. We all failed to get the real message across. The media had their images of violence, and basically a decade later, it seems perfectly ‘normal’ for German politicians to send troops into other countries.
Violence is always the result of people failing. Failing to communicate, failing to take responsibilities, failing to solve problems. Always.
Now the street in Berlin, Kreuzberg looks peaceful and quiet. Like it did a day before May 1st 1999 and the day after.
I turned back to my computer. The different news feeds were sending update after update. “Freddie Mac reports 2nd quarter loss, asks for $1.5B in federal aid”, “Bank of America now down -20.31%”, “Asia stocks fall after U.S. #stocks dive”, “Losses accelerating at Australian stock market; S&P/ASX200 index off 5%”
At the exact same time, more reports about looting in London, riots, clashes with police.
When European politicians discussed the crisis in Europe over the past weeks, you couldn’t help but get the impression that ‘the markets’ were some sort of wild untamable beast for them. One wrong word and bang, the swarm moving into another direction could destroy you. It makes people manipulate facts, makes people hide problems instead of solving them.
In situations of great stress and pressure most people just react to fear. When we want to understand the reasons for violence, we must look at fear first.
Once the snowball starts rolling, the destructive dynamic of it all can become so big, it takes a long time to heal and to repair the damage.
Vocalist Carl Crack sang in the Atari Teenage Riot song from 1993, an adaption of Sham 69′s ‘If the kids are united’ that
“the violence is a disease – it will become parts of our lives and our future if we don’t DO something against it! If we put our energies together it can be a very powerful era!”
The song was a reaction to the racist attacks by Neo-Nazis in reunified Germany which made most people call for more police, more laws, harder punishment. Carl was basically saying that we must act without waiting for the help of big brother government.
The link between Neo-Nazi ideology spreading and receiving more support and conservative right wing politics of the German government were clearly visible at the time.
There is a connection between mob, political leaders and those who do nothing and watch in apathy…
How often did we think about that in Germany since we were children? I can’t count it… How did Facism happen? How could people let it happen half a century ago? So when you constantly deal with the consequences of that history, you will always reach the point where you must think about the dangers and dynamics of the ‘mob mentality’.
It spreads like a virus, but make no mistake. When riots and violence occur they are always the result of those in power failing.
When a corrupt system falls apart, it never happens in a ‘controlled’ and ‘thoughtful’ way (apart from maybe GDR in 1989 which is almost a miracle in history). Real riots are not lead by intellectuals who read Marx, so don’t expect it.
But also don’t step into the mainstream media mouse trap:
The August riots in London have nothing to do with ‘anarchy’, they are the fruits of capitalism and the consequences of government decisions.
If you think ‘mindless thugs’ have ‘nothing to do with society’ and your part in it, you might be part of the problem.
To make it clear: I don’t justify or judge anything. I am saying there will be more because the system doesn’t work anymore.
I don’t think in terms of morals, wrong and right. So when this stuff happens, it is EVERYBODY’s fault. mine, yours, theirs.
It is frustrating how some people let politicians & bankers set fire to whole countries’ economies and their future but now are in shock of the results. People who commented were speaking as if a natural, unexpected disaster came over them, one that they didn’t have any control over or could have not prevented.
I know everybody got used to torture & war during the Bush years. But here is a reminder: Violence is ALWAYS a failure and a sign of when things go very wrong.
Reading opinions of other music fans from the UK I realized during that quiet night in Berlin, that people repeated commentaries of mainstream media, but disguised them as their own opinions.
The reporters kept repeating the same words over and over again: Mindless violence.
You got the impression that either this was decided before they arrived at the scenery or they kept copying and pasting from each other.
What struck me is how they made “mindless violence” sound like a crime in such a way that you ended up suggesting that “thoughtful violence” is justified in our society.
I lean back and read Wikileaks Twitter “The BBC can interview the Taliban, but is apparently incapable of a single meaningful interview with a London protester. “protesters” or “rioters”, there are no interviews, but endless pathetic commentary.”
It makes me think… Why do people divide between rioters and protestors? Aren’t those as ‘guilty’ who stood by and watched how a whole generation of young people were put into a corner where there is absolutely no way forward anymore? Morally is there a difference between a corporation which pays workers overseas pretty much nothing for manufacturing trainers and teenagers who steal them?
Who is attacking your property more? The looters who throw a brick into your window or the government who lends so much money that your children won’t be able to pay off the debts?
I keep reading….
Oh yes, the first voices as expected, demanding more police & higher budgets for police …while cuts in education were totally ok just a few months ago.
Having more police on the street can only be a reaction to violence, while EDUCATION PREVENTS violence. (As logically as it sounds to us, it is a threat to some in power because then the whole passive consumer business model doesn’t work anymore)
All these things are connected.
There’s a unified axis of government and corporate power, lawless and unrestrained. That’s what we should talk about. Corporations exploit the power of the state to further enhance their power and the real criminals get away. There’s a class war going on… And it’s the rich who are waging it.
Our society has a huge problem to solve. Let’s identify it properly and understand it so we can start acting because “praying for london” won’t do it….
posted by Alec Empire for EYHO Blog Berlin