NightSneak & RBMA present THE DIRTYBIRD PLAYERS TOUR: Detroit Edition
Event on 2013-05-25 22:00:00
NIGHTSNEAK ENTERTAINMENT & RBMA PROUDLY PRESENT:
THE DIRTYBIRD PLAYERS TOUR
SATURDAY MAY 25, 2013
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Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Leroy Peppers, Ardalan, Worthy, Kill Frenzy, & Justin Jay will be playing EXCLUSIVELY at this event, so if you aren't here to catch their first-time-in-Detroit tag-team sets, you won't hear them playing anywhere else in Detroit on Memorial Day Weekend!
CLAUDE VONSTROKE vs. JUSTIN MARTIN
WORTHY vs. LEROY PEPPERS
J. PHLIP vs. KILL FRENZY
ARDALAN vs. JUSTIN JAY
With local support by Nightsneak's JESSE JAMES
DOORS AT 10 PM
Claude VonStroke does not scowl and look mean while he DJs. He does not pretend to know everything and he will be nice to you and your friends. He is grateful to be doing music for a living and he knows that the reason people go to parties is to have fun. If you want to act cool and not have any fun then please do not book him.
The name “Claude VonStroke” was a random joke that caught on after a series of tracks grabbed the attention of underground dance music in 2005. His very first record, “Deep Throat,” was an unusually quirky affair that caught fire worldwide and he has been blessed with similar success stories ever since. Claude’s real name is Barclay Crenshaw, a guy raised in the suburbs Detroit who wanted to be a filmmaker but always had a knack for music. After several different film careers of varying success and with some help from his friends, VonStroke started the “dirtybird” label at the very late age of 32.
Since 2005, dirtybird has carved out a niche as a premiere American label and has released over 40 EPs. VonStroke has released two artist albums as well as a Fabric mix and over 25 remixes for a wide range of commercial and underground artists from Indy rock group “The Rapture” to Detroit techno legend Kevin Saunderson.
In an effort to give something back to the community VonStroke unveiled a new label “mothership” in 2007. A large percentage of the label’s proceeds go to a music school for children in Claude’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan. This label features more euro-flavored techno and house featuring groups like Catz ‘n Dogz, Maetrik and Voodeux.
Tour wise, Claude has headlined almost every major club, festival and basement after-party in the world. The outdoor dirtybird parties in San Francisco’s scenic Golden Gate Park have also become a legendary summer destination point for both locals and international travelers.
But like we said at the start, Claude VonStroke is only coming to see you if you want to enjoy yourself and get sweaty and nasty. If you want to wear a sweater and frown in the VIP section, he is not the right DJ for you.
As the late Oscar Wilde once said: “life is too important to be taken seriously”, an ethos that Justin Martin is sticking with despite achieving soaring success over the last six years as a producer and international DJ.
Justin initially pricked the ears of the electronic music community in 2003 with his first record ‘The Sad Piano’ on Ben Watt’s Buzzin’ Fly label. Everyone in the electronic music food chain got involved, from the A list DJs like Derrick Carter and Pete Tong that were playing the track, to the international music press that were raving about it. It even translated to the German underground, with Poker Flat licensing it for Steve Bug’s ‘Bugnology’ compilation. Like someone that goes bowling for the first time and gets five strikes and a turkey, Justin couldn’t really have hoped for a better entrance.
Feeding off the energy of the San Francisco underground and mentored by fellow super producer Claude VonStroke, Justin was intrinsically involved with the development of dirtybird records, appearing on its first four releases. Justin was soon ready to take flight, releasing a string of solo EPs which flaunted a very unique sound and garnered still more respect among fellow DJS and heavyweight’s of the scene.
In 2010, such respect prompted an invitation for Justin to DJ mix Pete Tong’s infamous “Essential Mix” series and also landed his felicitous placement on the front cover of DJ Magazine. Justin continued to roll out two further killer EPs on dirtybird, which were collaborations with his protégée Ardalan. “Mr Spock” earned recognition from major digital news outlet NPR as “surrounding sounds with tactful little details: the hissing white noise; that chubby, wet bass kick. This is music that doesn’t need to be heard on the dance floor, though it does work awfully well there”. What followed was “Lezgo”, which knocked down the genre walls and pretty much remained a firm fixture in every DJ’s box throughout 2011.
As well as his formidable arsenal of original productions, Justin is now equally known for his collaborations with his brother Christian as The Martin Brothers, producing such hip-hop influenced hits as ‘Duckface’, ‘Stoopit’, ‘Dum’. Justin has also made his mark remixing such bona fide classics as Radiohead’s ‘Nude’, Marshall Jefferson’s ‘Mushrooms’, TG’s ‘Revox’ and remixes for labels such as Fools Gold and Greco Roman, firmly establishing himself as the man to make big tracks even bigger.
2011 found Justin in the perfect position to work on his boldest project to date, his debut artist album and he couldn’t be more enthusiastically happy with the results. “Ghettos & Gardens” long player will be released on dirtybird late spring 2012, with a string of stunning singles to support the release.
Demand for Justin’s skills behind the decks has skyrocketed with his bookings schedule constantly crammed to capacity. With dates everywhere from Panorama Bar (Berlin), Fabric (London), Space (Ibiza) and a full album tour for summer and fall 2o12, its no wonder Justin’s diary is reading like the dreams of a professional raver. Stateside he continues to be a regular fixture at the dirtybird events in San Francisco and beyond.
Music journalists typically describe Justin’s sound as ‘melodic and tough’ with his music encapsulating both melody and emotional depth yet always with enough undeniable ass shaking properties to translate to the floor.
“I’m always trying to find music for my DJ sets that rattles sound systems, but still has enough melody and interesting texture to expand your mind even if you’re sitting at home on a snowy or rainy day.”
He remains as enthusiastic as ever to be involved in the scene. When recently questioned by Resident Advisor on what he’d be doing if he wasn’t a DJ or dance music producer he just replied: “Wishing I was a DJ or music producer.”
By all accounts it’s hard to tell him to wipe that smile off his face.
Since 1995, Christian Martin aka Leroy Peppers has been exploring electronic music from one end of the earth to the other; from full-moon parties in the deserts of California to the thumping, dark corners of the London club scene. Christian followed his love for spleen-rattling bass to San Francisco in 2000, where he met up with the now legendary dirtybird crew. The dirtybird BBQ was the brainchild of the four original members – Christian & his brother Justin Martin, and friends Claude VonStroke and Worthy. They had a personal mission to change the landscape of San Francisco house music by throwing an epic free party in the park, based on their new signature sound.
In 2003, with nothing to lose and everything to gain, Christian bought a massive yet necessary sound system on his credit card. This set the standard for a new era of die-hard dedicated DIY producers, all with productions based on heavy bass-lines, smiling faces and dance floor delights.
In 2006, Christian began releasing a steady stream of tracks, first collaborating with Justin under the “Martin Brothers” alias, as well as Claude VonStroke. The Martin Brothers partnership has produced such hip-hop influenced hits as ‘Duckface’, ‘Stoopit’, & ‘Dum’, as well as remixes for Ed Banger and Fool's Gold. On his own, he's released his own brand of bassy house music on labels such as dirtybird, Trapez, and Anabatic. His low end take on tech house has led to remixes for musical heavyweights such as Chromeo, Underworld, L-Vis 1990, and many more.
Christian's devotion to large scale bass has allowed him to champion the dirtybird sound out of the park and onto giant soundsystems at clubs and festivals worldwide. From Fusion (Germany) to Shambhala (Canada), to Coachella & Symbiosis (US), there's a constant demand for what he describes as “bass from the ground up.” In San Francisco, Christian is a resident at dirtybird's raucous quarterly party at Mezzanine; and also at Monarch, the newly opened marvel of a club. His new musical alias Leroy Peppers has recently roared to life, offering an even heavier take on hip-hop influenced bass music. Whether it be Leroy or Christian behind the decks, if your hands aren't clapping your ass surely will be.
J Phlip (pronounced J Flip) known to some as Jessica Phillipe discovered house music in her hometown of Champaign, Illinois, just 2 hours south of Chicago. Sometime around her 19th birthday she got her first DJ rig – two belt drive turntables and a mixer lacking EQ knobs for 0 bucks! From then on, her poor roomates were forced to listen to a constant dance party in-between her Systems Engineering studies. There aren’t a lot of 4.0 braniac engineering majors who decide to become DJs instead of cashing in on their degrees but Jessica truly loves the music and has dedicated her life to it.
Her proximity to Chicago’s famous house scene tremendously affected her sound, but the distance afforded her the freedom to incorporate a variety of other influences into her repertoire. Her sets posses a fun, “lets-not-forget-this-is-dance-music,” feeling and simultaneously keep you guessing about what might come next. Her collection spans house, tech house, deep house, techno, booty bass and pretty much anything that make you shake your ass.
She’s currently a well known DJ/Producer in San Francisco. Her skills on the decks and in the studio have secured her highly desirable spot as an official member of the dirtybird crew. She has a residency at San Francisco’s infamous Endup nightclub, which is notorious for its non-stop, never-ending parties.
Jessica continues to have new productions coming out on dirtybird where she has signed on as an exclusive original artist. Add to that, remixes on Scion Audio/Visual, Justin Long’s Dotbleep Records, and brand new Denver-based label Full Flavor, and original tunes on Alland Byallo’s Nightlight Music & the east coast imprint, Airdrop. She is currently Claude VonStroke’s favorite support DJ and has already played at amazing high profile gigs like Fabric, Space Ibiza & Back to Basics. She was also chosen for URB Magazine’s Next 100 of 2009 and is looking forward to Berlin, where she will be moving in the spring of 2010. Look out for her this spring in Europe – she WILL be making asses shake on the dancefloor and she’s just as excited about it as the day she got her belt drives!
(Letter from Claude VonStroke)
“It is not that often that i get to hear someone play who i think is amazing. It is even more rare for me to hear a person that understands what the real “dirtybird” sound is all about. Jessica (J Phlip) is one of those rare gifted DJs who I love to listen to. I can fully attest to her skills on the decks as I have travelled on tour with her from the UK to Spain to Germany and beyond. I promise she can hold her own with anyone I have ever heard play on any stage. If you are thinking about booking someone fresh from dirtybird I really think this is the DJ who can deliver the goods as they were meant to be delivered. Straight from San Francisco with dirty basslines, bootylicious funk, and cute as hell – J. Phlip is the total package. She is moving to Europe for the summer, so this is a chance to hear someone really cool from the original San Francisco dirtybird crew who doesn’t sound like everyone else.”
– Claude VonStroke
When it comes down to all the press and hype, his name says it all. He is Worthy. With an in-depth knowledge of production, mixing, and performance, Worthy has the insight to play for his audience, cultivating intense positive energy on the dance floor that can only be portrayed as superhuman. His sound can be described as organic breakbeats with a mix of future house, 80’s, booty bass, and techno. As Carl Cox said, “The Worthy sound has always been powerful, rocking, funky, bass-driven music at its best, and for me this is the new wave in house music.” Worthy has received the recognition of major producers who have played his tracks including Sven Vath, Diplo, and Richie Hawtin, among many.
From salty aired islands to dark club basements, Worthy pays reverence to the traditional form of classic house while tripping off the mark and sinking into the euphoric less-charted territories of booty-clapping bass. Touring the globe, Worthy has performed at renowned venues like Hive in Switzerland, Sankeys in the UK, Electric Pickle in Miami, and Mezzanine in San Francisco. Beloved by his fanatical devotees, Worthy has drawn huge crowds to catch his heart-palpitating, sweat-inducing sets at festivals like Coachella, Ultra, Love Parade, and Burning Man. In 2011, Urb Magazine named Worthy one of the Top DJ’s To See at Burning Man, along with M.A.N.D.Y., Andy C, Soul Clap, Seth Troxler, and The Crystal Method.
Growing up in Washington DC, Worthy was inspired by the early American rave scene. Upon moving to New York in the late 90’s, he was exposed to artists like LTJ Bukem and Stacey Pullen whose music inspired him to play records across multiple genres, from techno and breaks to hiphop and drum n’ bass. In 2001 he swapped coastlines, moving to San Francisco to pursue his music career. He team up with Claude VonStroke as well as fellow east coast brothers Justin and Christian Martin to create the prodigious outdoor party, Dirtybird, which quickly became an institution and a requisite destination for die-hard Bay Area and international fans. Dirtybird Records hatched from the popularity of these parties in 2005, and since then the label and parties have enjoyed tremendous success fueled by the obsession of their cult following.
In 2007 Worthy’s breakout track, Irst Te, released on Dirtybird, quickly established his notoriety as a producer. Concurrently, Worthy released Crack El EP on Leftroom, and soon after, the track Work The Walls and it’s accompanying music video on his personal label, Anabatic Records. Originally intended as an outlet for the release of his own music, Anabatic quickly branched out to sign new artists. Riding the frontlines of today’s music scene, Anabatic Records has been providing a steady stream of edgy, high quality tracks.
In recent years, Worthy has produced a consistent slough of top releases. The release of Worthy & Yankee Zulu’s Concumbia charted in the Top 10 on Beatport for tech house in 2009. He also released various tracks and remixes on Discobelle Records. In the fall of 2011, Worthy teamed up with UK producer Eats Everything. Their first track, Tric Trac, released on Dirtybird received industry praise. Played by artists like Diplo, Boyz Noise, and Cats N’ Dogs, Tric Trac wildly grew in fan appeal moving on to become one of the Top 10 on Beatport for tech house once again. Additionally, Worthy’s simultaneous releases, No Cure and With This combine dirty ass-clapping breaks and gritty synths. The pinball effect of his intricate basslines traverse across the cavern of your ear canal moving inward and blowing your mind. Illustrating the diverse juxtaposition of his range and sound, his February 2012 release, Why You Waiting, on Alive Records, is like glassy water on a quiet morning sea, his beats & melodies mirroring each other, creating a melodic interface that warms the soul. As Worthy states “I want to push my new sound, which is leaning more toward a breakbeat old-school vibe, but still want to keep with the fact that I play house and techno. My focus is to stay innovative and authentic and to continually reinvent myself as an artist.”
Worthy has an original flavor that will amp you up, leaving you feigning for more. The synchronization of Worthy’s music speaks to the connoisseur, the DJ, the groupie and the novice alike. Finding balance and unison across all electronic music platforms, his music is unparalleled. He reads his crowd, breaking and fusing genres, blending styles, and establishing an energetic dance floor camaraderie that makes even the most skeptic hater’s booty shake.
Growing up in Iran, Ardalan's influences ranged from early Daft Punk to old school techno.When Ardalan moved to the United States, his mind would be blown by the sounds of the infamous dirtybird BBQ parties.
Since he was still under 21, this was his only 'party' experience; yet, it would provide enough momentum to set him up for future success. Investing in music production software, Ardalan worked tirelessly to harness his passion for the deep, techy sound.
Just a few years later, Ardalan's dedication would pay off when he submitted dirtybird's Justin Martin with a 10 minute demo.After one listen, Justin thought the track was genius and took on the project – the outcome was Mr. Spock, a 2010 instant anthem! 2011 has proved to be Ardalan's jump off with releases on Chillin Music, Anabatic Records, Sound Pelligrino, Kabutomushi Records, Evolution Records, Demento Mori and dirtybird. You want it, Ardalan's got it! Lezgo!
Kill Frenzy (aka Sébastien) is a young dj producer from Limburg, Belgium. He worked his way into the production game rather fast after at age 17 discovering the fast dirty booty house tracks comming from Chicago and detroit. He started to make his own nasty tracks and was one of the first European juke (booty house) producers to release several booty house tracks on the infamous Dust Traxx label (Chicago) and the lengendary Dj Godfather’s label Juke trax (Detroit)
Not wanting to limit himself to just one style he started working on producing various styles including;House,techno,tech-house,minimal etc… His first ep was picked up immediatly by Joshua Harvey, better known as: Hervé of The Count of Monte Cristal. Harvey signed Kill Frenzy to his well known and well respected Cheaper thrills(UK) label. He then released several EP’s and remixes on Cheap thrills and Midnight Munchies, always keeping some of that original booty shaking flavour in his tracks.
Kill Frenzy’s dj skills landed him some of the best gigs in Belgium playing at venue’s like; Pukkelpop, Fuse – Forma T, Petrol, Laundry day, Rock Herk, Extrema Outdoor. So look out for his new ass shaking productions. He will always try to shake your ass, get freaky and have a good time.
Justin is an 19 year old DJ and Producer out of Los Angeles, California. He stumbled into the world of house music at the age of 8 with Daft Punk's Discovery, after studying classical piano for several years. He got his first big break in 2010 when he won a DJ contest sponsored by DJ Mag. Justin was invited to play at the 2010 DJ Mag Top 100 party in London, opening for Afrojack, Laidback Luke, Fedde Le Grand and others, but could not perform because he was under 18. Off the momentum from the contest, Justin landed an apprenticeship at Atlantic Records with DJ Frank E working on dance-infused pop and hip-hop. With a true calling for raunchy tech house, Justin is back to making all sorts of strange electronic music within the underground scene of the industry.
The last decade has seen the rise and fall of many faces in the electronic music scene. The last ten years for Jesse James however, has been nothing but a steady rise to the top.
Starting his career in 2000, Jesse has become one of the midwest's most in demand DJs. Starting NightSneak Entertainment with his cousin James in 2005, the two have built NightSneak into the midwest's largest underground production company, throwing events where the crowds regularly reach numbers upwards of 2,000 attendees.
With a hectic DJ schedule which frequently includes such cities as Chicago, New York, Louisville, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and many more, Jesse still finds time to hit the studio. His production explores the darker side of quirky-Techno, with smooth, heavy bass, and intricate synth patterns.
Jesse's production work, as well his sets on the decks are eerily reminiscent of the sounds of an industrial factory. Having played alongside John Aquaviva, Rob Hood, Green Velvet, DJ bone, Marco Baily, Tech Itch, Bassnectar, Bad Boy bill and many many others, Jesse has shown what it means to grow and persevere in the industry.
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at The Fillmore
Detroit, United States
Moonrise Festival: 2 Day Pass
Event on 2013-06-08 11:00:00
Pretty Lights is the musical vision of the ultra-versatile Colorado based producer Derek Vincent Smith. At a time when music lovers from almost all subcultures, and genres are finding common ground in the basic form of bangin' beats, Pretty Lights is giving the people what they want; electro organic cutting-edge party rocking beats that fill venues with energy and emotion, and send dance floors into frenzies. What makes Pretty Lights truly different is that these beats have serious soul. Derek's latest album, "Filling Up The City Skies" is a two disc, 26 track journey through past, present, and future. He juxtaposes collages of beautiful vintage samples against backdrops of futuristic synthesis and dirty broken beats, creating a sound that can snap your neck while simultaneously shedding your tears. The album has been downloaded over 40,000 times from the Pretty Lights website in the short 3 months since its release, proving that the PL sound is not only getting around, it's spreading like a virus.
REINCARNATED traces the life and career of hip-hop legend SNOOP DOGG, as he embarks on a journey of reincarnation of self that is equal parts career reinvention and spiritual reawakening. The close-up documentary, directed by Andy Capper, seamlessly showcases his journey and controversial transformation from hip-hop star to reggae singer while he was recording his forthcoming album REINCARNATED, executive produced by Major Lazer, coming out April, 2013 on RCA Records / VICE Records.
Chuckie's leading mixing skills and distinctive productions not only show an indispensable complement to the Dutch dance industry, the international dance-scene has also been giving him a warm welcome. Driven by ambition, enthusiasm and pure passion for music, his characteristic set makes the crowd go wild and his many productions reflect his true visionary in his craft works. Nowadays, Chuckie still continues to surprise the crowd with his mind-blowing style and his story is yet to continueâ¦
The Crystal Method
The Crystal Method is an American electronic music duo that was created in Los Angeles, California by Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland in the early 1990s. The Crystal Method's music has appeared in numerous TV shows, films, video games, and advertisements. The most prominent is the US television series, Bones (2005âpresent). Their best-selling album, Vegas, was certified platinum in 2007. The Crystal Method is made up of two members, Ken B. Jordan and Scott Heisler Kirkland. Both of them were born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kirkland was born when his mother was only fifteen. He grew up listening to his mother's musicâdiscoâand his father's musicârock. When he had grown a little older, he began listening to heavy metal, as well as bands like Depeche Mode. Ken Jordan also grew up listening to classic rock and '80s electronica.
"I think dubstep has become so huge because it's a complete bastardization of electronic music," exclaims rapidly emerging young producer and artist DATSIK. "There's a little bit of everything thrown in the mix and dirtied up. There are pieces of hip-hop, the bass from electronic dance tracks and the roots of U.K. garage and drum & bassâ¦Dubstep is totally the punk rock of electronic music." If DATSIK (born Troy Beetles) sounds more like a young rapper than one of the world's preeminent young dubstepstars, it's for good reason. The Kelowna, British Columbia, native grew up a hardcore rap fan that still pledges allegiance to classic Wu-Tang Clan and it permeates his dark, aggressive music. DATSIK's future-tech dance-floor detonators exploded on the dubstep scene almost immediately, racking up a series of seven #1 tracks on Beatport, including at one time owning five of the ten tunes on their best-sellers chart. He's also had smash hits on other music sites like Juno, Red Eye and Chemical Records and early remix credits include works for the biggest names in the game like Diplo, The Crystal Method and Bassnectar. Now he's produced a dozen new tracks for his debut full-length album, VITAMIN D on Dim Mak Records, featuring collaborations with Infected Mushroom, DJ Z-Trip and Jonathan Davis of KORN. "I've been a KORN fan since back in the day," DATSIK explains about Jonathan Davis who reached out to him directly to collaborate on KORN's 2011 genre-defying album The Path of Totality. "He was so complementary about our music and how much he loved it. So when he said he wanted to work with us, we couldn't say yes fast enough." The spooky resulting track "Evilution" was built from another Jonathan Davis collaboration, this time with Israeli psy-trance band Infected Mushroom. Collaborating after a chance meeting backstage at New York's massive Electric Zoo festival last summer, the pair brought their wildly disparate sounds together as one. "Blending dubstep with psy-trance and Jonathan Davis sounds kind of insane," DATSIK admits, "but the track came out great and I'm stoked on it." Next to manic dubstep tracks like the menacing "Napalm" (featuring rapper Messenian), the grimy, hip-hop swagger of DJ Z-Trip collaboration "Double Trouble" and the devastating first single "Fully Blown" with rapper Snack the Ripper, DATSIK's debut album VITAMIN D is poised to set a new standard in the wild world of dubstep. Loaded with bone-rattling beats and enough energy to power the Vegas Strip, it's poised to be the dubstep full-length to beat in 2012. "It's important to me to have my own style," he stresses, citing Method Man as the one artist at the top of his collaboration "bucket list." "I will always have a strong hip-hop element and be heavy as f—, but it's always going to sound like the future." DATSIK cut his live teeth in 2011 as one of the featured artists on IDentity, North America's first-ever all-electronic music tour, as well as support for KORN on their 'Path of Totality' tour. On the eve of the extensive DEADMEAT tour with Dim Mak label owner/DJ rock star DJ Steve Aoki, and with scheduled sets at festivals like Ultra Music Festival and Coachella, DATSIK's already-legendary live shows will be hitting more than 40 North American cities just over the next few months. "Lately, I'm focusing on creating memorable songs, so it's always real music and not just a collection of cool beats," DATSIK says finally. "Of course, it's gotta be funky so people can dance to it. More than anything, I want people to be able to hum my songs, robot noises and all."
At 14 years of age most young people are starting to realize their potential. This was no different for Doctor P back in 2000 when he discovered the music world. At the age of 14 he started to play instruments finding a great love for the drums and guitar, as well as many others. By the age of 16 he took this talent to the live stage with unsigned bands, developing his gift to a better level and getting a taste of the musical world he was destined for. 2 years later, he discovered the world of DJ-ing and electronic music production, leading him to start experimenting further with his talents thus leading him to university where he decided to study music production at Northampton and then at the official Steinberg university in Huddersfield gaining a 2nd class bsc (hons) in popular music production. With his new skills, Doctor P started to attract interest from artists and labels within the drum & bass market, the first being cyntax error records in 2006. This saw his first dÃ©but release called 'the lawnmower tune b/w vitamin funk' which had additional production by DJ Amadeus. This was to be the record labels' dÃ©but 12â³ under the pseudonym 'sounds destructive'.
The name itself presents a terrifying image- a mangled, forced extraction, quite literally "removal by cutting". It should come as no surprise that the sounds behind this name are just as filthy, brutal, and unforgiving as the namesake suggests. Excision shows are like no other- a virtual apocalypse of twisting and morphing sounds turn massive crowds into a frenzy, as virtual walls of bass are relentlessly impaled time and time again upon their fragile bodies and ears. Your ears will ring and your eyes will roll into the back of your head as you are suspended in what can only be called a true sensory overload. Bass will rain down from above for hours as Excision's skills as a DJ and producer shine like an unholy light from the underworld. The true champion of bass music, Excision hails from Kelowna, British Columbia. The founder of the ROTTUN label, a bass music conglomerate that has shaped the sound of modern Bass music, Excision has created a vast roster of allies that has only bolstered his spot as a warrior of bass music. Armed with a library of destruction and filth, Excision has time and time again tested the limits of electronic music with vastly different sets that encompass a full range of genres. The things you see and hear during the precious time you are engaged by Excision's sounds will eclipse your mind for a lifetime, as you are constantly enlightened by the true fervor and energy that only an Excision set can provide. To see more, go to Excision.ca
Joshua Steele, known professionally as Flux Pavilion, is an English dubstep producer and DJ. He is the co-founder of Circus Records, along with Doctor P, DJ Swan-E and Dyspro. He is best known for his 2011 single "Bass Cannon", which peaked at number 56 on the UK Singles Chart, and was placed on the Radio 1 A-List. Along with Doctor P, Flux Pavilion presented the 2011 compilation album Circus One, to which he contributed four tracks. In August 2011 his track "I Can't Stop" was sampled by producer Shama "Sak Pase" Joseph for hip-hop album, Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West. In December 2011, Flux Pavilion was nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll, as one of only two independent artists on the longlist. On 5 March 2012, his track "I Can't Stop" was used in the viral Kony 2012 campaign, and was previously featured in SSX.
Most DJ/producers don't crack into the DJMag Top 100 before the age of 30. Most of them don't shun major label attention. Most of them don't have them don't have the balls to call out the scene that they belong to when it's failing to deliver the goods. And some don't even produce 'their' own tracks. Gareth Emery, with his potent blend of trance, house, electro and techno, however, is not your average major league artist. He was a prodigious talent in his childhood, teaching himself to play the piano from the age of 4, and continuing his invaluable classical education until he began playing guitar in an indie band at 15. Neither of these were false starts for his eventual electronic conversion; instead, both paths giving him essential experience and understanding of music and songwriting and how to convey emotion through his sounds. His baptism of fire came on a chance trance trip to Ibiza in 1998, which was followed by three years of learning the machinations of electronic music making. At the age of 22, he created a track on a laptop while on holiday in France. That track was the instant classic Mistral; a stunning debut which soon had unsuspecting pundits and clubbers alike eating out of his hands. From here onwards his career ascent was impressively – and deservedly â rapid. "I guess it's just good, melodic dance music," he says of his musical style. "One of the most positive things about the scene over the past few years has been the gradual breaking down of genre barriers and the cross-pollination of sounds. I just look for records that I enjoy musically and also work well in a club. The genre is unimportant". He's not afraid to meld his bold, scintillating electronic motifs with more organic flavours, with his crisp, sharp leads and basslines frequently married to soaring vocals, traditional songwriting prowess and what some might call 'proper' instruments. While he's spent record-breaking stints at the top of Beatport's Trance sales chart, and while trance will always be a part of what he does, he won't let the sound ultimately define him. "I've realised that my strength is in music and melodies that touch people. I'm a music guy. It just happens to be that the music I make is electronic. That realisation has allowed me a lot more creative freedom, then when I felt I had to write music for a certain 'scene'." It's this very decision which has helped him to garner such widespread acclaim and which has ensured that he's never boxed as simply a trance DJ/producer. His ambitions are bigger than any one sound or scene, and his eclectically flavoured output is testament to that fact. "The longer I've been producing, the less I see myself as a dance music producer and more as an artist and musician" he explains of this approach to production. "I always start a track with the music, rather than the beats, and I found the dance scene after classical piano training and years of playing guitar in bands, so I guess in a way I've come full circle." His ground-breaking podcast started back in 2006, marking him out as one of the key early adopters of the now ubiquitous format. Nominated several times for the Miami IMDA Best Podcast award, it's been a seriously important calling card for his career. "I got lucky basically. But I also never had any musical rules about the show; it was always whatever tracks I liked that week, regardless of whether they fitted my sets. Down the line that allowed me to be more innovative and varied with my DJ sets." He's consistently voted inside the DJMag Top 100 DJs Poll – peaking at Number 7 – with his burgeoning Garuda party selling out Manchester's legendary Sankeys four times in a row and spawning a critically acclaimed compilation, The Sound Of Garuda. Building a musical brand around his name in record shops, download stores, radio and clubland has given him an all-encompassing reputation in dance music which is rivalled by few. His 2012 is off to a huge start, with latest single Concrete Angel premiered on Judge Jules' Radio 1 show , and its video added to the prestigious MTV Dance playlist as well as racking up 1 million YouTube plays in its first three weeks online. He's been chosen as a resident for Las Vegas's Marquee – one of the most outstanding club venues in the world in the city that everyone's calling the new Ibiza – while he's also playing the enormous Ultra Music Festival and taking Garuda to Space Miami. Clocking up air miles like nobody's business, he's massively in demand across the globe, his continually evolving sound gaining him bookings at an impressive variety of clubs and festivals the world over. As you can probably tell, Gareth Emery is a man of hard-graft and sizeable ambition. His ambitions are impressive, with a view to produce bands and other artists in the future. His focus for the foreseeable future is on building further on the huge platform that Garuda sits on, taking his club nights and new show across the globe, while continuing to create more slices of 'anti-genre' dancefloor gold.
When it comes to thought provoking, street-bred raw lyricism, the Wu-Tang Clan's fountain of wisdom, GZA takes his job very seriously. The way he crafts his double-edged rhyme flow mirrors the skill and precise technique of one who works with fine ceramics. GZA's metaphoric and multi-layered lyrics are often touted by critics as his rap name implies; genius. Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in every borough of New York City, The GZA's workmanship can be found three albums deep with classics dating back to 1991 including the albums Words From The Genius, the gold-selling Liquid Swords and Beneath The Surface. Before his days of microphone notoriety, GZA found himself, during the early ages of rap music, travelling throughout New York City sharpening his rap skills in scattered rhyme battles. "I've studied rap in every borough," the GZA says proudly. "I've been rhyming before a lot of these cats out here were born. We've [Wu Tang Clan] always drank, ate and slept hip-hop. I love it." On his latest blockbuster album Legend Of The Liquid Sword, The GZA makes reference to his hip- hop foundation on the reflective Fam (Members Only) "I grew up around B-Boys, DJs, MCs, through rap, never thinking in ways of TV," the Genius raps. "It was strictly all about magnificent rhyme clout." During GZA's travels, he encountered other rap veterans that recognized his promise and helped to nurture his talent. "I watched a lot of people come up that are big now," Genius says earnestly. "I used to make demo tapes with cats that rocked with Russell Simmons and people like that. The history goes so far back; I've always been really focused on writing dope rhymes." The GZA's dream of perfection has been realized once again on his fourth album to date. Legend Of The Liquid Sword not only regains the powerful momentum started by the last three releases, it adds to the Genius' verbal legacy with uncompromising integrity. Heat-seeking darts like the introspective, Auto Bio where GZA breaks down the elements of his life that created the man he is and the crime thriller Luminal. What has always set The GZA apart from the ordinary is his ability to create complex images with simple context. In the same way it's said that a picture is worth a thousand words, Genius assembles his words to create thousands of vivid pictures. "I don't like to just be simple," he explains. "Even though some of my stuff can seem simple at times, I like to write in a way that when you listen to it over and over again, you hear something new and it requires you to think." Legend Of The Liquid Sword does just that. Whether the listener gets captured by the vocal acrobatics of Santi White (who has written songs for Res) on GZA's Stay In Line or the authentic old school soul production on the masterpiece Animal Planet, Genius weaves satisfying brain food through his lyrics. In his phenomenally cerebral use of metaphors, The Genius flawlessly equates human city dwellers to animals in the jungle on Animal Planet, which was produced by rhythm doctor Bink (who has produced heavyweight joints for Fat Joe, Nate Dogg, Mr. Cheeks and Faith Evans). With beats by fellow Wu Tang brother RZA, Jaz-O (Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt album), DJ Muggs (who has produced for Cypress Hill, Mobb Deep), Wu producer Mathematics (Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Sunz of Man), Arabian Knight and other sonic masterminds, GZA's talents come across even heavier. On the adrenaline raising Hip Hop call to arms, Knock, Knock (the album's shining debut single), The GZA asks on the chorus, "knock, knock, who the f*** is banging at my door, is it abstract, commercial or hardcore?" In his signature way of ill rhyme construction, GZA further defines the parameters of what rap music should be. Don't call GZA's comeback just a comeback, it's a return of an entirely revolutionary thought process. "When we did Back In The Game on the Wu-Tang Iron Flag album, I did a verse about gambling," he explains solidly. "I didn't want to be 'back in the game' or 'back on the block,' that's typical. I made it all metaphorical." It's those same metaphors that makes the Genius' liquid sword a living legend in it's own time.
Electronic music, mega-legends Infected Mushroom are best known for being the sonic innovators of the "Psychedelic (Psy) Trance" genre. Twice ranked amongst the world's "10 Best DJ's" by the Bible of the Scene (U.K.'s DJ Magazine) and with over 14 million hits on YouTube and a #8 position on the Billboard chart, the Israel-bred, L.A. based duo Amit "Duvdev" Duvdevani and Erez Eisen have ranked their "kingdom" amongst the highest in the scene. In 2011 the Infected Mushroom legacy explodes into the future with their first full-length album (title soon to be released) since 2009's The Legend of the Black Shawarma. With 120 live shows booked on the stages at Nocturnal Wonderland (Texas/Los Angeles), World Electronic Music Festival (WEMF) in Canada, Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, Nevada), and the Opulent Temple at Burningman (Black Rock City, Nevada) and many others. Adoring fans continue to descend below their stage en masse as all walks coming together for the same reason: to experience Infected Mushroom, the world's greatest Psy Trance band of the decade. – Jay Hill, Â©2011 The Writing Studio
Lotus has crafted a unique musical style outside of simple genre limitations. On a given weekend the band could be the only group with guitars at an all electronic music festival and then the next night crash a traditional rock festival with their dance heavy beats, synths and samples. Equal parts instrumental post-rock and electronic dance, the band's distinguishing feature is the ability to maintain a decidedly unique musical voice and remain current while bucking passing trends. No matter what the venue, the energetic joy and catharsis of a Lotus show is infectious. The band slowly built a devoted fan base through steady touring and the crowds have grown at an increasing pace. This grassroots growth has made the band in high demand for festivals including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Ultra, and Rothbury and earned the band sold out shows at the country's premier theatres and clubs. Lotus's new self-titled album moves in a decidedly more electronic direction than their previous two releases – Hammerstrike (2008) and Oil on Glass/Feather on Wood (2009). Analog synthesizers, manipulated sounds, dub effects and heavy bass are complemented by horn and string arrangements in addition to Lotus's standard guitar/bass/drums instrumentation. Grooves move from slinky funk and gritty half-time on the first half of the album to the beautiful and expansive closing track Orchids. While short pieces of vocals are used throughout, the only song to feature singing is The Surf. The track may be the closest thing to an indie-pop song the band has released, but the melodic guitar hooks and ecstatic synth parts are pure Lotus. Similar to their music, the recording process for the album looked in multiple directions in order to achieve a distinct style. Using traditional recording methods to track live to analog tape and then editing and mixing using modern techniques created an expanded musical space filled with uniquely crafted sounds. The band road tested and tweaked these tracks for the better part of two years. The result is an album worthy of the self-titled status – the band's singular sound and spirit runs through every track.
Morgan Page was best known in the underground for his bootleg Cease & Desist album â a collection of unauthorized remixes of artists like Coldplay, Imogen Heap, and David Bowie. The album drew rave reviews online and with DJs; becoming an instant underground classic. Ironically, rather than receive the expected cease and desist letters, the album provided the majors with a solid showcase of Page's work, and it wasn't long before they began hiring Morgan to legitimately remix artists like Stevie Nicks, Nelly Furtado, and Frank Sinatra. Now, established as a sought after remixer, Morgan Page has signed with Nettwerk Records to release his debut album, ELEVATE. It's a unique 12-song collection of remixes and original songs that seamlessly weaves highlights of Morgan's prolific production career with his organic, melody-driven tracks. The single, "The Longest Road" charted on US, UK, and German dance charts, and has been supported by some of the world's highest-profile DJs.
Paul Van Dyk
or more than two decades, the world has known Paul van Dyk as one of Germany's most successful musicians and as one of the ultimate superstars of electronic music. As an artist, DJ and producer, Paul has surpassed various milestones over the course of his career, including having sold more than 3.5 million albums and being twice voted the world's No.1 DJ. He has remixed the likes of Madonna, Justin Timberlake, U2 and Depeche Mode. Earning a Grammy nomination and accepting the "Order of Merit" from the state of Berlin are just two of Paul's numerous accomplishments and accolades for his talents. His sensational DJ sets attract expansive crowds on every continent. Not only does van Dyk fill the world's best-known venues, but every year he transforms New York's Central Park into a unique open-air festival. His solo, beach-side performance in Rio de Janeiro attracted over one million people, and in May, he took over London's O2 Brixton Academy for a standout show, whetting the UK's appetite for his forthcoming Summer festival appearances. Away from the world of music, Paul's extracurricular exploits are without comparison. He grew up in East Berlin and experienced a divided city first-handedly in the former GDR, then beheld such historical events as the of the fall of the Berlin wall and the city's re-unification. World leaders and a television audience of billions recently witnessed Paul's performance of his anthem "We Are One" at the German Reunification ceremony, reiterating his role as a unique ambassador for the dance music community. During his extensive travels, Paul has been both an established figure for the youth and also a musical ambassador for the re-united Germany. Closer to home â both geographically and personally â his social enterprise work in Berlin includes his charity RÃ¼ckenwind, which has led to regular dialogue with Germany's politicians and policy makers on diverse issues. Paul van Dyk is truly an exceptional figure. At the moment, Paul van Dyk is working on his upcoming artist album EVOLUTION, which will be released Autumn 2011 and accompanied worldwide by a brand new show.
Unlikely doesn't even begin to describe Porter Robinson's rapid ascent to the forefront of the world of dance music. Hailing from North Carolina, 18-year-old Porter Robinson had never set foot in a club when his smash hit "Say My Name" shot to number one on Beatport's Electro-House chart, making people do just that on dancefloors and DJ booths across the globe. Complex yet catchy, and classic yet cutting edge, Porter Robinson's instantly recognizable sound has earned him the raving support of legendary producers such as Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, David Guetta, The Crystal Method and Armand Van Helden, and landed him shows across the globe â all before he had even had the chance to finish high school. Some might call Porter a prodigy, but that label belies his musical maturity and ignores his years of production experience, which reveal themselves in the way he blends the best of seemingly distinct genres into a style uniquely his own. His massive electro hooks paired with nasty dubstep warbles and shimmering trance breakdowns transcend tired genre adjectives like "progressive" or "fidget", taking listeners into an uncharted territory of hard-hitting house music.
2013 is going to be a busy year for STS9. In addition to their headlining Winter Tour for February and Marchâtheir first month-long coast to coast outing in over two yearsâthe instrumental electronic rock band, hailed as "one of the country's most intriguing, innovative outfits around" byXLR8R, has just announced a new run of dates for April along with various festival appearances. STS9 is also currently in the studio working on a brand new album to be released later this year. Kicking off April 11 in Minneapolis, the new tour dates will bring STS9 east, stopping in such cities as Madison, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Syracuse before hitting Port Chester, NY Saturday, April 20 at the Capitol Theatre. The 15-date run will then hit the Southeast with shows in Richmond,Wilmington, Savannah, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale before wrapping April 27 in St. Petersburg. These new spring shows will come on the heels of the group's upcoming 25-date Winter Tour that starts February 21 in Portland, OR and features back-to-back shows in numerous markets includingLawrence, KS, Chicago, Athens and Asheville. Support acts for the Winter Tour have also just been revealed. For the shows in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California (including Portland, Seattle,Eugene and Chico), STS9 will be joined by Russ Liquid, and when the group hits Lake Tahoe, Oakland and Los Angeles (Saturday, March 2 at The Palladium), Tycho will be the support act. Nashville buzz artist Cherub will open the shows in Tulsa and Dallas, Project Aspect and Raw Russwill split nights for the two Lawrence, KS shows and Maserati will help support their Midwest shows inSt. Louis, Milwaukee and Chicago, where they will be performing at the Congress Theater onMarch 16 and then an already sold-out House of Blues show March 17. To close out the tour,Minnesota will be the support act when STS9 hit the South for shows in Charleston and sold out back-to-back nights in Athens and Asheville. See below for full tour dates. In addition to their own headlining shows, STS9 is also set to perform at various music festivals throughout the U.S. including headlining slots at the BUKU Music + Art Project in New OrleansMarch 9 (where they'll perform 2 sets) and the Snowball Music Festival in Winter Park, CO March 10. STS9 will also make main stage appearances at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL and the Wakarusa Music Festival in Ozark, AR this spring. STS9âHunter Brown (guitar/keys), Jeffree Lerner (percussion), David Murphy (bass/synths), David Phipps (keyboards) and Zach Velmer (drums)âare currently in the studio working on their 12th album, set for release later this year on their self-owned record label, 1320 Records. Their latest studio EP, When The Dust Settles, was released in 2011 and debuted at #1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart and landed them in Billboard's Top 25 album chart.
The mysterious Æ±Z came up on the soundcloud scene about 4 months ago, with the amazing Å¤ÉâÒ á¶á¿á¿â series. With huge support from DJ's worldwide, the likes of Diplo, Flosstradamus, JWLS, Toddla T, Baauer, and Craze to name a few, UZ's debut EP was released on Jeffree's, a sub-label to Mad Decent. "UZ tunes are drunken energy sub bass and cartoon horn stabs that make my stomach feel weird and my feet shuffle," Diplo writes. Raw and powerful, but with a laid back tempo, UZ gives listeners a chance to slow down without losing momentum.
Justin "3LAU" is house music producer and DJ by night; college junior by day. Currently 21 years old, 3LAU balances a full course load at Washington University in St. Louis with a nationwide tour schedule and hours devoted to producing the bootlegs and remixes that have landed him top 10 Beatport & Hype Machine charting. Combining top-40 acapellas with instrumental bangers, 3LAU kickstarted his career producing a signature sound that transcends the traditional definition of a bootleg, seamlessly weaving tracks that breed dance floor filth. With a background in piano, guitar, and drums, 3LAU's beginnings were in indie, but a trip to Sweden in the summer of 2011 opened his eyes to the world of house music. After producing for only a year, 3LAU's achievements include the #1 remix in Tiesto's "Work Hard, Play Hard" remix competition, a top 10 beatport release on the progressive charts, and slots at Electric Zoo, Global Dance Fest, Spring Awakening and Camp Bisco. FratMusic.com named 3LAU as its official House DJ and he has received critical acclaim from top blogs ThisSongisSick.com, GoodMusicAllDay.com, and Earmilk.com as well as EDM influencers R3hab, Porter Robinson, and James Egbert. Look out for 3LAU's debut EP later this year!
Singer and producer Alvin Risk's talents have earned him instant recognition amongst the dance music Illuminati. Since posting his first songs in early 2011, he has already garnered support from artists like Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Kaskade, Nero, Designer Drugs, Chuckie and Pendulum among others. Now placed at the forefront of electronic music, his catalog continues to grow steadily with a host of original productions and collaborations as well as remixes for artists as diverse as Matt & Kim, Ali Love, Example, Skylar Grey, and Jamaica.
Creepin While Ya Sleepin
Bro Safari is the alter-ego of DJ and producer, Knick. He's already well-known and deeply established in the music scene as a result of his work with leading American Drum & Bass group Evol Intent. Not to mention, his wildly popular output as 1/2 of the genre-bending mash-up duo, Ludachrist. While his production work spans the entire spectrum of bass music, Bro Safari has been relentless at pushing his unique take on the burgeoning Moombahton movement. As a result, Bro Safari is currently ushering in a new wave of listeners to the genre and he is set to be an early champion of this new scene. With support from artists like Diplo, DJ Craze, Knife Party and more, it's becoming increasingly apparent that Bro Safari is someone to keep an eye on in 2012 and beyond.
Coming off his 10+ stop summer tour, the 19-year-old New Hampshire native makes his Burlington debut and last New England appearance before moving to Los Angeles in September. With support from superstar producers Adventure Club, Crizzly, Flosstradamus, and The Killabits, the smash-hit collaboration 'Booty 2 The Ground' with internet sensation UZ, and planned releases on Mad Decent- CRNKN is not only a 'Trap Music' pioneer, but also one of the game's fastest rising producers.
DIESELBOY – THE DESTROYER At a time when headline "DJs" shamelessly play pre-programmed or pre-recorded sets and the masses mindlessly embrace the charade, Dieselboy stands out as a rare veteran of the art and craft of live DJing. His focus on creating complex and unique mixes every performance have created legions of fans around the world. Very few artists mix live on three decks with more precision, intensity or finesse. For over two decades one of the world's great ambassadors of drum 'n' bass and more recently dubstep, Dieselboy, also known as Damian Higgins, is America's most iconic underground bass music curator and pioneer. He was the first drum 'n' bass artist to chart a single on Billboard's dance chart with "Invid" in 2000, and the first American voted into the UK-based Drum & Bass Arena Top 10 DJs online poll in 2004. He has appeared on magazine covers, been heard on MTV, ESPN and numerous video games, and sponsored by DC Shoes and Pioneer Pro DJ. In 2002 Dieselboy founded Human Imprint, North America's most prolific, dynamic and innovative drum 'n' bass label, and is co-founder of dubstep/electro label SubHuman, both now under the umbrella of Planet Human. Planet Human is beloved by its fans for top quality high energy releases by international vanguard artists including Bare (US), Mark Instinct (Canada), Mayhem (US), Muffler (Finland), Nerd Rage (US), Nightwalker (UK), NumberNin6 (US), Pixel Fist (UK), Subshock (Spain), and Zardonic (Venezuela). Dieselboy's legacy is one of trailblazing dancefloor devastation non-stop on the international club circuit as well as at major global music festivals including Bonnaroo, Coachella, SXSW, Electric Daisy Carnival, US Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Summerfest, Ultra Music Festival, Shambhala (Canada), Global Gathering (UK), Creamfields (Poland), Pirate Station (Russia), Jisan Valley Rock Festival (Korea), and PHAT 09 (New Zealand). He also toured with Moby's Area2 and played metal concerts with Orgy and Disturbed. Dieselboy's DJ career began in northwest Pennsylvania DJing high school dances, and progressed as a University of Pittsburgh student learning to beat-match vinyl live on college radio and playing trance, happy hardcore and breaks at house parties. His 1994 mixtape "The Future Sound of Hardcore" led to out of town bookings and his ensuing popularity and skills led to the honor of being the first American asked by a British drum 'n' bass label to mix a compilation ("Drum & Bass Selection USA," 1996). In 1997 Dieselboy moved to Philadelphia becoming drum 'n' bass buyer and T-shirt designer for seminal rave culture/record store 611. In 1998 Dieselboy was the first American drum 'n' bass DJ to be nominated for Best Drum & Bass DJ at the Global DJ Mix Awards and tied with LTJ Bukem. From 1998 to 2004 Dieselboy hosted North America's premiere drum 'n' bass weekly "Platinum" at Fluid. A passionate connoisseur of food, books and film, Dieselboy has continuously raised the bar for mixtapes and mixed CD compilations as art forms, and each from 1992 to his February 2012 tour de force "Wake The Dead" stands the test of time. State of the art showcases of producers and graphic artists of each respective era, Dieselboy's mixes have been described as "cinematic" and "intoxicating." Dieselboy's goal in creating "Wake The Dead" was "to make the most intricate, layered, nuanced, amazing drum 'n' bass mix ever done. Period." In its dramatic intro (a Dieselboy signature) thenarrator describes a soul-crushing epidemic of epic proportions – a thinly veiled reference to the death of the art of DJing – a theme that has resonated amongst his DJ/producer colleagues and fans and beyond. An inspiration for generations of DJs, Dieselboy's longevity and relevance in a mercurial industry is a tribute to his relentless drive to create "amazing" experiences for his fans in their iPods and at his legendary live shows. Dieselboy fans praise his skills as "genius." Says The Destroyer: "I don't fuck around." WHAT THE FANS SAY: I have to say that your music has been influential for a lot of people you may never see at your shows. I know 2 recon marines, firefighters, [and] a few professional mountaineers that use your music as a performance enhancing substance. I have found your music to help when physical performance and danger of severe injury or death are coupled. Not your average club goers but loyal for sure. Thanks for the inspiration. – Ryan Nelson, Fort Collins, CO I've been listening to you since my sophomore year of high school in '99. I've bought every album and even snagged a few t-shirts along the way. Your music has enhanced my life WAY beyond the realm of a bunch of 20 dollar bills. And now that we've moved into the digital age you're putting out FREE mixes on the regular? Fuggetaboutit. I feel terrible that I don't have much to offer other than my eternal gratitude for being there through my bad times and good times with your music that helped define me as a young adult and then into adulthood. I wish I could buy you like a giant gold something just to show my gratitude. Thank you kind sir for your years of awesome music. If we ever get close enough to meet the drinks are on me. Why am I writing this now? As I was walking to the gym last night I realized that I've been listening to you for 13 years. But it seems like a blink of an eye. Your mixtapes, your CD's, your digital mixes don't get stale to me and I just thought it appropriate to let you know that I am really, truly, from the heart appreciative of your musical talent. Thanks again. – David Downlo You are the soundtrack to many many MANY of the happiest times in my life. Just wanted to say thanx. – Donnie Boden, Pittsburgh, PA
As electronic influences continue to penetrate the live rock, jazz, and jam ethos, one band consistently rises to the top, bringing together fans from across the musical spectrum. EOTO crisscrosses the country blowing out basement dives, packed theaters, and stages under the stars. Throbbing bass and thudding beats are the signatures of this project from drummers Michael Travis and Jason Hann. Born out of their shared love of electronic dance music, EOTO's M.O. is to take the free-wheeling party vibe of a DJ set to the next level by using organic instruments, innovative performance technology, and uncharted musical exploration. Live drums, guitars, and keys, and vocals are mixed, remixed, and sampled on the fly using cutting-edge programs. This is all done without a script, and without a net. Currently on the road with a fully-immersive and elaborate 3D 'Lotus Flower' stage design, with legendary VJ Zebbler, the band's evolutionary process has been thrust into hyperspeed, eclipsing standard acts in their wake. Each night fans are treated with a unique improvisational visual odyssey paired with equally mind-blowing improvised music. After unveiling their Lotus Stage at a sold out show at the House of Blues in Boston, MA – EOTO has taken the production to the road with stops in 35+ cities on their 2012 Spring Tour, as well as at some of the biggest Summer festivals in the U.S including Bella Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Wakarusa, and Electric Forest Festival to name a few. Hann and Travis are consummate road dogs, allowing their music to transform and build night after night. You can catch EOTO performing almost 200 shows a year each and every show, different from the last.
LA native born and raised producer ETC!ETC! may have spent most of his studio life on the Electro House point, but his transition to Moombahton productions are what have been commanding the most attention from top-notch tastemakers around the globe as of late. ETC!ETC! gravitates his aural attention onto anything that moves the room. First attracted to Electro house for the big bass and floor-shattering fast-paced BPM, ETC!ETC! started to shift his focus to moombahton in early 2011 and starting to make an impact in the scene almost immediately . In just the past 12 months he has been played almost on a weekly rotation on BBC Radio 1 by Kissy Sell out & DJ Kapyer ,and the following keeps Growing. With an eclectic mix of different audio flavors coming out of his arsenal it's no wonder ETC!ETC! has garnered a diverse array of highly-prestigious support from EDM leaders Wolfgang Gartner, AC Slater, Congorock, 12th Planet x Skrillex, Mstrkrft , Dillon Francis, Diplo , Bro Safari & many others. With multiple forthcoming releases on Mad Decent, Teenage Riot Records ,Party Like US, Rot10 Musik and T&A , 2012 will be a big year for ETC!ETC!
Gent & Jawns
Gent and Jawns is what happens when two buds, Billy the Gent and Long Jawns combine forces and create club devastation. Their first release was arguably one of the most played and most sweated to moombahton tracks in existence, "Vibrate". Now they have a new EP with us "Holler", it's a Moombahton hard hitter with a touch of New Orleans bounce that has seen support all over the moombah world. Now packed with mind melting remixes from Valentino Khan and Heartbreak it definitely a problem. We also see a huge b-side with this package, Gent and Jawns try their hand at 128 beats per minute and the result is the floor ready "Bugoff". Sidechain heavy production with throaty synths, think Toadally Krossed Out but insects instead of Amphibians at the wheels.
I'm a part-time musician and a full-time comedian so never take my music seriously, it's just one of my many elaborate jokes.
There's a big sound coming out of Miami. It's a loud, in your face sound with a hip-hop lean and sometimes a tropical vibe. It's dirty, sexy and full of hype, and it's called GTA. Matt Toth and Julio Mejia make up the dynamic duo. Dedicated to their music, they stay holed up in their bedroom studio building beats that can set off any kind of dance floor. They're stealing the stage from their hood to New York, LA and everything in between, and it just comes down to how they play their game. Producers without borders, their catalogue of sounds span the gamut without limitations. They'll experiment with trap music, house, moombahton, funky electro, booty bass, salsa, big room, anything they can put their flavor on. With "Death to Genres" as their battle cry, their mission is to set the room on fire and get all the asses clapping, every time. GTA's future sound has them sought after some of the biggest names in the dance music game. They've had releases on Diplo's Mad Decent, Ladback Luke's Mixmash and A-Trak's Fool's Gold Records. They've remixed various artists from all genres, including Michael Woods, Trinidad James, Deadmau5, Wolfgang Gartner, Clockwork, Laidback Luke and A-Trak. Armed with endless creativity, a tireless work ethic and a fierce dedication to their craft, GTA are carving their name into the minds of dance floors freaks everywhere, and you can count on them to deliver the goods, each and every time. Matt Toth and Julio Mejia make up the dynamic duo. Dedicated to their music, they stay holed up in their bedroom studio building beats that can set off any kind of dance floor. They're stealing the stage from their hood to New York, LA and everything in between, and it just comes down to how they play their game. Producers without borders, their catalogue of sounds span the gamut without limitations. They'll experiment with trap music, house, moombahton, funky electro, booty bass, salsa, big room, anything they can put their flavor on. With "Death to Genres" as their battle cry, their mission is to set the room on fire and get all the asses clapping, every time. GTA's future sound has them sought after some of the biggest names in the dance music game. They've had releases on Diplo's Mad Decent, Ladback Luke's Mixmash and A-Trak's Fool's Gold Records. They've remixed various artists from all genres, including Michael Woods, Trinidad James, Deadmau5, Wolfgang Gartner, Clockwork, Laidback Luke and A-Trak. Armed with endless creativity, a tireless work ethic and a fierce dedication to their craft, GTA are carving their name into the minds of dance floors freaks everywhere, and you can count on them to deliver the goods, each and every time.
Heroes X Villains
"We're only interested in making music you can fight or strip to…" Daniel Disaster and Pete Heartless, production duo behind Heroes x Villains, begin as two punk kids from the depths of the Dirty South, notorious for blowing speakers during their chaotic DJ sets as teenagers. The pair remain creatively connected, despite divergent lifestyles: Heartless maintains a quiet, relatively normal life while Disaster seems content to exist with his feet dangling ever so slightly over the edge. He spends several years behind the boards at Grand Hustle Records as an engineer working alongside the likes of Justin Timberlake, Lil' Wayne, T.I. and Young Jeezy. Armed with this experience, roots in punk/hardcore and an appreciation for Southern rap music, Heroes x Villains start their ascent with warbling, bass heavy, electronic dance music remixes of Waka Flocka Flame's 'Oh Let's Do It' and Gucci Mane's 'Lemonade'. These, a remix of Lil' Jon and Diplo's 'U Don't Like Me' and several others make up 'We Off That,' their first mixtape which garners critical acclaim. Less speakers burst into flames these days but Heroes x Villains DJ sets remain as caustic as ever. Stage diving and raucous mosh pits are regular occurrences; champagne spraying in every direction and half naked women moving in ways their parents wouldn't likely approve of come standard. The raw, occult like energy and track selection is a manifestation of how Disaster and fans of Heroes x Villains choose to live: shameless, unrepentant, maximalist hedonism. Heroes x Villains barreled into 2012 as diverse and dangerous as ever. Beginning in early January, they introduced the weekly 'BLXRRD OXT' series, manipulating records like Young Jeezy's ode to intoxication 'WXY 2 GXNE' and England's dark pop princess Charlie XCX 'NUXLEAR SEAXONX' into soundtracks for a haunting, drug-addled haze. And in February, showcasing the two year progression of Southern rap music fusing with electronic dance elements, comes rising Atlanta rap group FKi's mixtape 'Transformers In The Hood' produced by Diplo, Heroes x Villains and Atlanta EDM producer Mayhem. With genre-bending, rule breaking unpredictability as their calling card, it's pointless to attempt to figure out what Heroes x Villains may do next… best to just sign the waiver and enjoy the ride.
It would probably be easier if we told you what Hopsin doesn't do, but Hop is an MC, producer, director, actor, and editor. And his journey has been anything but painless. Like many kids, Hopsin wanted to be "cool". But as hard as he tried, he never graduated past being that "weird black kid" that rode around on a skateboard. He tried to get attention by making people laugh, but he always ended up being the butt of the joke. He wrote songs for girls to get them to like him, but got no love. Stuck in special education classes, Hopsin did not see much of a future. His teachers did nothing but reinforce the feelings that he wouldn't amount to anything; especially if he continued to waste his time attending classes where nothing was actually being taught. So with no money and only a few real friends, Hopsin dropped out of school in 2004. Despite the lack of support from anyone but himself, Hopsin knew that his raw talent to rhyme would one day allow him to spit in the face of all of his critics. In the meantime, however, he had to find a way to make money. He thought his goofiness would translate to an acting career so he auditioned for several roles. The only role that he was ever able to obtain was as a "day player" on Disney's That's So Raven. He thought things were looking up from there, but nothing seemed to come through after that. Still determined to be one of Southern Cali's premier MCs he bought an microphone from Wal-Mart, installed Fruity Loops on his computer, and locked himself in the basement. Not only did he spend countless hours perfecting his own craft, he also studied the careers of artists to better understand what has made them successful. As time went by he knew that his lyrics and production had surpassed what he was hearing on the radio. He combined his skills with a new image [often seen wearing white contacts] and emerged from the basement as a complete artist. In 2007, Hopsin signed a major record deal with Ruthless Records. Hopsin gets his inspiration from all types of music, from 50 Cent & Alicia Keyes to the All American Rejects. His creativity and raw energy come from all the people in his life that have told him that he didn't have a future. At times his lyrics can be dark and grimy, but they only reflect all of the negativity that he has had to endure in order to get to where he is today. Hopsin founded Funk Volume to share his story, spread his message, and display his many talents. He has been on a long journey to hone his skills, and to get comfortable being who he is. Now that he has the confidence there is no one and nothing that can stop him. He has come too far and been through too much. Funk Volume represents what has made Hopsin successful…real pain, real passion, real music.
Hailing from San Francisco California and now living in Chicago Illinois, 20 year old DJ/Producer Lucky Date (Jordan Atkins-Loria) has steadily been making a place for himself in the world of electro. He has officially remixed The Crystal Castles, Greenskeepers, Richard Vission, Trash Yourself, Alex Kidd USA, Vhs or Beta, Lazy Rich, Frederik Olufsen, Zedd, and many others. Jordan recently became an artist for Big Fish Recordings one of the hottest electro labels in the world. Although most of his tracks are bassified aggressive electro he also produces Progressive House, Tech House, Dutch House, and Dubstep. Jordan also works as a synth engineer providing the sounds behind some of the worlds biggest names including David Guetta. In the last year Jordan has produced over 30 tracks and has no intention of slowing down.
When the beat drops at a Nadastrom show, you better have your hands up. Dave Nada is known to stage dive while his DJ partner Matt Nordstrom squeezes the duo's most riotous beats through the speakers. It's a reminder Nadastrom aren't just pushing 21st century dance music toward the edge â they're jumping off it. The D.C.-born, L.A.-based duo of DJ-producers come from different backgrounds, but share a ravenous appetite for extremes. As the prime architects of Moombahton â a sound Nada invented on the fly at a basement party by slowing Dutch house music down to the tempo of reggaeton â the duo have been praised in the pages of Spin and Rolling Stone, pumped on the airwaves of BBC Radio 1 and NPR, and revered at nightclubs and festivals across the planet. Nada was born in Maryland, a first generation Ecuadorian-American surrounded by five brothers and the sounds of cumbia, Ecuadorian folk, salsa, merengue and reggaeton. As a teen, he gravitated toward Washington's legendary hardcore punk scene, playing in bands while learning to DJ on college radio. A move to Baltimore landed Nada in the second surge of Baltimore club music, where he DJed alongside club icons K-Swift, Rod Lee and DJ Technics, while producing acclaimed club tracks of his own. Nordstrom grew up in Virginia on the other side of the Washington beltway where skateboarding provided a contact point with punk, metal and hip-hop. In the late '90s, he swapped the skateboard for turntables and switched his college major from psychology to audio engineering. Soon, Nordstrom was the resident engineer for esteemed D.C. house heroes Deep Dish and piloting recording sessions with the likes of Stevie Nicks and P. Diddy, even scoring a Grammy nod along the way. When Nada and Nordstrom came together in 2007, the chemistry was instant and the music was colossal. The group signed to Switch's Dubsided label where their debut debut EP, "Pussy," immediately topped the charts on Beatport. Since then, Nadastrom have produced tracks for a slew of artists, including Kid Sister, and have done remixes for Kid Cudi, Benny Benassi, Christina Aguilera, Waka Flocka Flame, the Death Set and Alex Clare. In 2010, the duo relocated from Washington to Los Angeles and hit the road, performing at the biggest festivals in dance music, including Australia's Creamfields festival with Deadmau5, the Disco Biscuits' Camp Bisco festival, Bass Island with Bassnectar, the Mad Decent Block Party with Major Lazer and the HARD Festival in Los Angeles with Ducksauce, Chromeo, BoysNoize and Odd Future. Last fall, Nadastrom joined Skrillex and 12th Planet for more than 50 nights on the hotly anticipated Mothership Tour. Meantime, Moombahton has become a movement of its own, with Nadastrom serving as the genre's leading ambassadors. Diplo's Mad Decent label dropped the acclaimed compilation "Dave Nada presents Blow Your Head Vol. 2: Moombahton" in May and Scion released Nadastrom's Moombahton EP "El Baile Diabluma" this fall. "There are never any rules," says Nada of the duo's approach. "And Moombahton helped us realize that even more.
The information age has a sound. Revolutionary technology meets a revolutionary message in Papadosio. Melding progressive rock with psychedelia, folk with electronica, and dance music with jam, the quintet has amassed a dedicated following of thousands of likeminded individuals sewing the seeds of unity and spreading the sounds of exultation. Singer-songwriter Anthony Thogmartin's visionary lyrics, eclectic production, and signature guitar work are anchored by the rock solid battery of drummer Mike Healy and bassist Rob McConnell. The quintet is rounded out by brothers Billy and Sam Brouse, whose virtuosic two-headed keyboard, synth, and programming attack give the band its unmistakable complexity and intensity. Born in the burgeoning, artistic city of Athens, OH, the quintet now calls another creative community, Asheville, NC its home. Little time is spent nestled up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, though, as Papadosio spends much of the year on the road, crisscrossing the United States ceaselessly. In addition to headlining shows in every region of the country, their high-energy, technologically perplexing, and utterly engaging stage show has made the five-piece a staple on the festival circuit, with scene-stealing sets at Summer Camp, Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Bear Creek, and their own annual event, Rootwire, an inspirational confluence of music, art, science, and spirituality. With more than 100 performances a year, the band remains prolific by passing the endless miles between cities composing new material. The culmination of all that writing on the road is TETIOS. The follow-up to 2009's critically acclaimed Observations finally arrived in the fall of 2012. To End the Illusion of Separation is a sprawling double album, signaling not only an evolution of the band's sound, but a paradigm shift on a far greater scale. The album is a call for people of all stripes to reject artificial barriers of wealth, class, and creed and come together under the flag of humanity. Themes of conservation, tolerance, and mind-expansion delicately weave their way around tribal rhythms, psychedelic excursions, and soaring melodies. The fusion of the earthly, the organic, with technological innovations and progressive sonic structure plants Papadosio's roots firmly in the past and present with an eye turned towards the horizon.
Paper Diamond is known for making many different kinds of music. Since the project's inception in January of 2011, PD has found himself on a globetrotting, music making escapade, with non-stop shows, festival plays, and around the clock studio sessions. The Paper Diamond sound has raw energy and the kind of dramatic anticipation only a seasoned producer can incite. Driving beats and bass grab on tight while deep, rich tones rumble under layers of spacey synthesizers, sweet melodies, and catchy vocals. One thing is for sure. The energy is high. With one EP and a handful of notable remixes under his belt, PD has been secretly amassing over 100 original songs/beats/instrumentals and is currently working with artists, singers, rappers, and MCs all over the country. The time has now come for an unveiling. Paper Diamond's new EP "Wavesight" is out now on Diplo's MAD DECENT/JEFFREES imprint. The EP features three heavy hitting original tracks that further demonstrate Paper Diamonds musical versatility. "Wavesight" is merely a taste of what PD has in store. You can expect a slew of new music releases, collaborations, videos, and tour dates.
Schoolboy, EDM producer from Los Angeles who is best known for his track "Checkmate" (released under Burn the Fire Records) which climbed the Beatport ranks peaking at an impressive #4 slot on the top 100 dubstep chart. He is supported by several respected artists in the EDM community including such names as: Skrillex, J. Rabbit, Mr. White, Reid Speed, Coldblank, LAZRtag, Smash Gordon, Flinch, Karetus, and WeBang. He has remixed tracks for Porter Robinson, Lazy Rich, and Karetus, as well as, a massive bootleg of Daft Punk's classic, "Da Funk" which has received over 100,000 plays via Blogs/Soundcloud. Schoolboys' "The Science Project" EP (soon to be released on Rottun Records) has been highly anticipated throughout the viral community. Class dismissed! "A distinctly fresh sound to the wobbly world we have all come to love " – lessthanthree.com
At 16 years old TC dropped out of school, bought a sampler and an Atari ST and started making beats, he is now touring the world as a highly respected DJ, producer and vocalist. Since he released his dÃ©but album 'Evolution' in 2007 he's won 'Breakthrough Producer' and 'Producer Of The Year' at the 1xtra Drum and Bass Awards and topped both BBC Radio 1's 'National Dance Chart' and BBC 1Xtra's 'Drum and Bass Chart'. The album was named Zane Low's 'Record of the Week' and extensively played by Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Jo Whiley, Mary Ann Hobbs, Fabio and Grooverider. Aside from the BBC it was also widely played by Hype on Kiss 100 and Eddie Temple Morice on XFM. Hits from the album include Deep, Rockstar, Jump, Borrowed Time (F.t. Subfocus) and Where's My Money, which went on to be remixed by Caspa and become an early dubstep anthem. TC has massive support of his dub plates from DJs such as: Pendulum, Chase & Status, Subfocus, Andy C, Friction, Swift, Blackmarket, Skream, Benga, Joker, N-type, Hatcha, Rusko, Diplo, Shy FX, Blame, and many, many more. When not producing for himself TC keeps busy by remixing tracks by Rihanna, Damian Marley, NAS and Tinie Tempah. More than just a producer TC tours in the UK, Europe and America as both a feature DJ and as a Vocalist with his live band, with which he recently recorded at the BBC's legendary Maida Vale Studios for the BBC Radio 1 Drum and Bass Show. TC has also appeared as a guest vocalist on Pendulum's 'Hold Your Colour' album and on the new Subfocus track 'Follow The Light' Right now TC is hard at work putting the finishing touches on his hotly anticipated second album. Watch this space.
Terravita often enjoy a slice of pizza-pie. They are a tasty buscuit of contemporary styling, teamed with all sorts of nutritious beats. You can eat Terravita with big enough teeth to sink into their beastly bass.
Terravita often enjoy a slice of pizza-pie. They are a tasty buscuit of contemporary styling, teamed with all sorts of nutritious beats. You can eat Terravita with big enough teeth to sink into their beastly bass.
Torro Torro is the Toronto based production duo of Mike ("Digits") Gonek and Evan "Yo Ev" Norton. The duo masterfully create an identifiable brand of contemporary party music, influenced by hip hop, electronic dance music and tropical riddims. Their remix and original productions over the past year have landed them the highest acclaim of their peers. Today there is no doubt that you will hear a Torro Torro record played at the biggest parties the world has to offer, all the way down to the intimate tastemaker clubs nurturing the growth of global bass. Industry Support: Knife Party, Porter Robinson, Zeds Dead, The Killabits, Diplo/Mad Decent, Annie Mac/Kissy Sell Out- BBC Radio1, Sidney Samson, Congorock, MSTRKRFT, Crookers, Dillon Francis; Steve Aoki and AutoErotique- DIM MAK; AC Slater and Drop The Lime- Trouble&Bass; Kill The Noise and DJ Craze- Slow Roast Records. Press: RCRDLBL, XLR8R, NOW Magazine (print), MadDecent.Com, 22Tracks, Chemical Jump, Salacious Sound, The Grid/Eye Weekly (print) Affiliated Labels: T&A Records, Mad Decent, Slow Roast/Fool's Gold, Party Like Us/Trouble&Bass, Dim Mak.
Whether deck or dinner plate, Jesse Tittsworth's insatiable hunger questionably devours whatever is put in front of him. His food preferences veer past strange: his favorite meal is live octopus. His appetite was just as fierce in 2004, when the Chinese-American carnivore from Washington D.C. almost immediately leap-frogged from local favorite to international DJ headliner. Once established as a DJ, Tittsworth immediately began to dig into his next course as a producer. With his remixes on Radio One and in influential Top 10 lists, soon the growl for original material couldn't be ignored; in 2008 his debut album 12 Steps on Plant Music was released to critical acclaim by Billboard, DJ Mag, and URB. More original material is bubbling in 2011 with the release of the 2 Strokes Raw EP (Plant Music). Tittsworth as musician is one type of meat, Tittsworth as entrepreneur is another. In 2006 Tittsworth established his own label with DJ Ayres: T&A Records. In 2010 he became a co-owner of U Street Music Hall, a world-class night club with an ever-present line for sold-out shows. 2011 offered a new signature dish: the launch of Tittsworth.com, a first-look lifestyle site featuring music, food, tattoos, humor, and the macabre.
Since bursting onto the scene only a few short years ago, tyDi has already achieved more than some can say in a lifetime. During the start of his journey, this extremely young musician was busy balancing his musical career and his studies, graduating with a music degree from the prestigious Conservatorium of Music and releasing his critically acclaimed debut album 'Look Closer' when he was only 19. The classically trained musical mastermind is responsible for creating the chart topping album 'Shooting Stars', which reached #4 on iTunes in the USA, as well as #1 in Australia, Canada, UK and Finland. Despite being voted 'Australia's #1 DJ' two years in a row, he has also been voted in the Top 100 DJ's of the World for the last three years. He currently resides as the #48 top DJ in the world. The humble Aussie has also been honored the International Dance Music Award's 'Best Break-Through DJ of the World' award presented by TiÃ«sto. The young DJ spends most of his time touring the world and has been playing over 150 shows each year throughout all of Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia, Australia, and also has a residency in Las Vegas. TyDi regularly performs to tens of thousands each week and has played some of the highest profile festivals around the planet to extraordinarily large crowds as big as 45,000 people. In between tour dates, during flights, and in hotel rooms is where tyDi finds the time to write some of the most cutting edge music with unrivalled attention to detail and musical composition. He has written and collaborated with some of the most remarkable producers in the world, such as Grammy nominated producer BT. tyDi's weekly, worldwide radio show, 'Global Soundsystem' reaches to over 30 countries on FM radio and can also be streamed as an iTunes podcast from anywhere in the world. Among all of his music videos released, combined viewers have reached well into the millions and growing. tyDi's rise to global stardom has attracted interest from media well outside the world of electronic music, with full features in Young Hollywood, Rolling Stone Magazine, and music video rotation throughout Nordstrom department stores in the USA. His single, 'Acting Crazy' from his album 'Shooting Stars' has also gained recognition from Top 40 terrestrial radio stations in the U.S. and is in daily rotation at multiple stations. Even with his busy tour schedule, writing sessions, and radio show, tyDi manages to maintain all of his social media outlets and personally engage with his fans from all over the world. Most of all, he is a musician at heart, forever aspiring to improve musically and produce only the highest quality of work.
He started producing Dubstep in 2007, and with very little recognition from the then niche Dubstep audience, Borgore quickly established himself with his unique sound and style. He quickly started to fly around the world from gig to gig, shortly realising every performance was having a huge impact. Borgore quickly developed unique characteristics to his performance, whether crowd surfing, or mosh pitting with the ravers, Borgore brought over his years of experience in a band to the Dubstep stage. Since the explosion of his sound and the Dubstep genre, Borgore has risen to be one of Dance musics biggest stars. Whether touring in Europe, North America, Australia or even New Zealand, Borgore had sold out at the box office over and over again where ever he goes. With over 6 millions views on Youtube, a vast fan base on social networks such as Facebook or being featured on soundtracks for TV shows such as 'Skins'. He now runs his own record label 'Buygore' and had featured releases and remixes for many well known international artists. Borgore goes from strength to strength and has only just scratched the surface.
Phra and Bot aka Crookers, The first born and raised in Omegna, a picturesque town of Lake Orta, the second in Milan. Together they are the young italian duo who, for some years now, have been travelling on and on in every continent known to man, setting dance floors and millions of people's eardrums on fire. Let's take a step backward: In 2007 the first overpowering mixtape signed Crookers emerges from the lake's darkness: A deep house and rap based experiment that brakes every sound barrier, slipping into genius. This first challenge doesn't pass unnoticed and throws the duo out to an endless series of guesting in the best italian and european underground clubs. From the beginning, their style is characterized by an apparently impossibile but fully functional musical constellation: street style, rap, house, fidget and trance. In 2008 Crookers' range choice goes off with "Day 'n' Nite", a remix of, at the time unknown, Kid Cudi. The hit enters the U.K. charts at 2# (giving way to Lady Gaga) and guarantees Crookers a place in world's dance Hall of Fame. They are asked to remix for Armand Van Helden and Chemical Brothers, who state, "The Italians are something to look out for". Praises from Black Eyed Peas' Will I Am and Norman Cook, otherwise known as Fat Boy Slim, will soon be added to those of the two londoner fake brothers. Hereafter it's a non stop rising. Interscopes Jimmy Iovine (on his son's request, a fierce fan of the duo) asks them to remix U2, followed by Britney Spears and Lady Gaga & Beyonce who just want Crookers to lay a hand on "Telephone". Finally in 2010 the album, "Tons of Friends". As the title recites it summons up Crookers' friends: Kelis, Wil I Am, Roisin Murphy, Soul Wax, Major Lazer, Sepultura's Igor Cavalera, Rye Rye and many others. Once again Crookers mix at every musical latitude passing through house, dubstep, reggae, rap and melodic grime. "Tons of Friends" takes rap and centrifuges it with Crookers's distinctive filter, achieving to hit both american hip-hop standard-educated ears and those looking for a cutting-edge and electronic sound (i.e. the dubstep track sang by Kelis). To quote Rye Rye herself in "Hip Hop Changed": They say hip hop changed, but you know we still talk that language / it's just another twist in the shit that we bring / hip hop saved my life so I framed it. Crookers make no compromises but can carry away the most popular names of today's musical landscape to the dephts of the underground sound. This way they clear "the eternal fight between commercial music and making sense music" (Marcus Downling – TGRI, Mishka Blogin). 20 tracks, 25 guests. Crookers do have tons of friends.
Eric Sheridan Prydz is a Swedish DJ and producer based in London, United Kingdom. The pronunciation of his surname is often questioned; it is pronounced "prids", but when under his alias, Pryda, it is pronounced "pride-ah".
MAKING YOU WET…. ONE SONG AT A TIME. debut EP Play Hard available now: http://smarturl.it/playhard Krewella gear: www.krewellastore.com ââ¢¥
NERO have become a big name in both the Drum and Bass and Dubstep scenes, often fusing both styles of music in their DJ sets. They started with DnB, joining DJ SS's Formation Records in the Summer of 2004. Since then Dan and Joe's tracks have caused quite a stir, gaining huge support from DJs like Andy C, Grooverider and Friction, as well as radio airplay from Zane Lowe, Jo Whiley, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Rob Da Bank, Steve Lamacq and Fabio & Grooverider, to name just a few. In June 2006 Nero released their acclaimed EP, "Requiem EP" on Formation Records. The EP featured 4 top tracks, Requiem, Bitch I'm Gone, Autopsy and Bad For the Brain. High Contrast included Bitch I'm Gone in his mix for the legendary Fabric Live series, Fabric Live 25. 2009 saw Nero's first release on iconic label Breakbeat Kaos. The killer track 'Act Like You Know', backed with Sound in Motion and a dubstep edit of the title track, has been hitting dancefloors across the world for the last year and was picked up by Fresh and Adam F. Onto Dubstep…. Nero's debut dubstep release, 'This Way', became one of the biggest dubstep tunes of 2008 and is still selling big units across the world. Since then, Nero's consistent releases have made them one of the most talked about acts in dubstep. Their remix of the Streets' tune 'Blinded by the Lights' was a massive radio hit as well as a dancefloor smasher played by DJ's from Chase and Status and Skream to Tiesto and Diplo. More recently Nero have remixed La Roux and Deadmau5 to devastating effect. The boy's DJing career has also taken off this year, October saw an intensive gigging schedule which included supporting Deadmau5, Chase & Status and Zane Lowe on their UK tours. They recently won the 2010 Beatport awards for best Dubstep Act and Best Dubstep Track for "Act Like You Know". Nero are currently working on their debut album signed exclusively to Chase & Status' label MTA … watch this space!
Congo Rock (real name Rocco Rampino) is a DJ and producer based in Lecce, Italy, he is part of the current fidget house trend along with other Italian producers The Bloody beetroots Crookers and Gigi Barocco
The New York duo of Michael Vincent Patrick and Theodore Paul Nelson have come a long way since dropping their 2011 Ultra Records debut full-length, Hardcore/Softcore. In that time period, they played countless shows all over the world, did numerous remixes, carved out a rabid following that stretched from Asia to Europe, and Theo even graduated with a Doctorate from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicineâ"number one in the country for student debt," as he fondly puts it. Most people never get the chance to even set foot in six of the seven continents, but these boys performed to fervent audiences everywhere except Antarctica, which is too cold anyway for EDM. However, something didn't feel right. That's par for the course with Designer Drugs though. They've become veritable staples in the scene, racking up nearly 100 official remixes for everyone from Mariah Carey and Little Boots to Annie and Thieves Like Us. In addition, they've performed over 500 shows at this point. Making a strong digital imprint, they also garnered over 144k Facebook fans and over 2.3 million YouTube views. Plus, they've got their sights on crisscrossing the planet yet again on another massive tour cycle.
To some, it must seem like this young electronic producer came out of nowhere this year, but those in the know have been following Emancipator since he self-released his first album, "Soon It Will Be Cold Enough," at the age of 19 in 2006. His agile melodies layered over headnodic, immaculately-produced beats captivated fans across the internet and across the world. "Soon It Will Be Cold Enough" was picked up by Japanese super-producer Nujabes, pressed in Japan and sold 5,000 copies in the first six months. Emancipator landed a Puma sponsorship, gave an interview to Rolling Stone Japan, and even had his song "Maps" played at the Beijing Olympics. His latest album "Safe In The Steep Cliffs" blends new instrumentation and organic samples with the signature Emancipator style of clean production, silky melodies and addictive drums. Dense layers of choirs, horns, American folk instruments such as the banjo and mandolin, violin and some distinct Asian influences make for a playful but refined album built out of intricate tracks listeners can enjoy on as many levels as they want. Dance to it, chill out to it, immerse your mind in it.
Jeroen Snik â aka Icicle â is recognised as one of the most technically advanced and highly-respected producers in electronic music. Mastering tech-funk better than any other, Icicle's music is graceful yet daring and, without doubt, technically remarkable, tinged with intricate drum patterns reminiscent of Photek and entrancing, enveloping bass-lines Ã la Jonny L and Optical. After commanding the attention of the masses with releases on labels such as Shogun Audio, Soul:R, Renegade Hardware and Critical, Icicle made the move from Holland to London in 2008, and now officially reps Shogun Audio. 'Spartan', Icicle's debut on Shogun, broke a musical mould and securely positioned his elaborate engineering skills on the proverbial map. With bookings in abundance all over the world, Mr Freeze's sound ventures have kept the listeners anticipating eagerly his every release prompting a dangerously frosty EP on Shogun Audio in 2009 – the 'Cold Fear' EP – featuring an ice-cool collaboration 'Driftwood' with tech-pioneers, Noisia. Impressively, Icicle's deep, dark and futuristic dubstep has been fervently received on a global scale and caused groundbreaking responses from the dubstep world, thanks to 'Minimal Dub' b/w 'Xylophobia' released on Shogun Audio in 2010. There really are no constraints to this producer's aptitude – nothing short of astonishing. Even greater news, then, that Icicle's been working on his debut album 'Under The Ice' for Shogun dropping in early 2011. The first release from the LP, 'Dreadnaught' b/w 'Arrows', is a prime expression of Icicle's super-human sonic force. Intelligent drum arrangements and mighty blood-warming bass-lines secure him firmly as one of the most flawless and exceptional electronic producers of his day.
Chart topping, dance floor rocking, and taste making come naturally to Atlanta based producer, DJ, label executive and promoter Mayhem. With over 15 years in the studio and 13 years on the decks, he has garnered the attention of the heavyweights in every genre of his focus. Rooted heavily in Drum & Bass music, and with a discerning ear, 28 year old Mayhem found himself making big moves from an early age. From releasing records for Andy C, TeeBee, Dieselboy, Noisia, and Black Sun Empire to DJing across the world for massive crowds in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and beyond; he has warranted a reputation for diversity and quality control. Collaborating with and developing artists such as Noisia, Le Castle Vania, Phace, Evol Intent, Sinthetix, Gein and Gridlok amongst many others, his production soared to new heights with "Exodus (featuring the legendary KRS-1)", "Moonway Renegade", and "Choke" with Noisia. Boundless inspiration pushed Mayhem to pursue Dubstep in it's formidable years, immediately signing with the reputable Subway Records, as well as Indie/Electro under the moniker Rrrump. As of late his focus has been brought back to home on the forefront a movement combining southern Rap music with Dubstep collaborating with long time friend Heroes + Villains. His club nights Transit, Fuck Yesss, Heavy, Tambor Y Bajo, Atlanta Dubstep and Haute Mess have helped reshape Atlanta's nightlife. No matter the genre, you are guaranteed a diverse set with attention to detail and a healthy respect for dynamics and balance. This is Mayhem.
As a seven year old boy, Sidney started playing the guitar. From there on he knew that he wanted to make music for the rest of his life. After seeing a couple of DMC mix championships, his interests were going towards dj-ing. He started dj-ing in 1995 at the age of 14. During that time he mainly played RnB and HipHop tunes at local clubs. He switched his style completely into housemusic in 1999 and became the resident DJ of the 'Exxellent' nights at one of Holland's biggest clubs The Matrixx in 2003. His producing skills really took off in that period. His first real club banger was called 'Sidney Samson-It's all funked up!' (Spinnin' Records 2003). After this release, Sidney knew that he couldn't stop here and locked himself up in his studio. 'Nobody Move', 'Rock This', 'Girls', 'Aeroplane' and 'Viruz' were some resulting floor fillers, to name but a few. In 2007, after a few successful collaborations with Gregor Salto, they decided to start a new record label named Samsobeats. On this label, new tracks are released from the hottest new DJ's and producers who showed their talents to the world. Samsobeats wants to set a new feeling instead of a particular sound. That's why you can expect very various tracks, from electro to latin. Every release must have the potential to grow into a floor filler. With the Skitzofrenix he was responsible for the big summer hit 'You don't love me'. This tune is still ripping up the dance floors and was of course released on Samsobeats! Then Sidney was hitting the charts with 'Today', featuring vocals of the talented Joni. This track is showing another side of Sidney and you can even hear him play the guitar in the breaksâ¦ And last but not least, you really couldn't have missed it: RIVERSIDE ! In charts all over the world for several weeks and even PLATINUM in Australia; The single would have actually moved from #13 in the National Singles chart, back up to number #10, if it hadn't have been for 8 Michael Jackson records entering the top 20. In the UK, Riverside entered the charts on #2 in January 2010 and has been fully supported by David Guetta, Laidback Luke, Diplo, A-trak, Tiga and Boyz Noize just to mention a few. A lot happened since RIVERSIDE. And even though Sidney now travels around the globe, performing at the biggest festivals and in coolest clubs, he manages to maintain the same 'no nonsense' mentality that brought him this far. Sidney: "I'm grateful for all the doors RIVERSIDE opened for me but I don't intent to keep on riding out its success. I love DJ-ing but I'm a producer first. And now you have seen my RIVERside, I can't wait to show you my other 'sides' (laughs)". And show his other sides he did, that of a great remixer for instance. Some of Sidney's remix productions are yet to come out; others are already rocking the dance floors. From Kylie Minoque's "Get Outta My Way" to Guetta's "Getting Over You" and " Commander", Solveig's "Hello" and Dead Prezz's "Hip Hop", it seems so far that Sidney Samson keeps meeting everyone's anxious expectation. Everyone's, but those who are still waiting for RIVERSIDE, the sequel. Sidney: "As far as my own productions go, I'm learning every day. And I try to add new tricks to my box instead of repeating the same ones over and over again. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But that is the risk I'm willing to take". So what has been cooking in Sidney Samson's kitchen lately? The Punk Ass EP (Panorama) has been his latest release and already fully supported by all the top dj's. A follow up to 'Dama S Salon', a successful collaboration with DJ Gregory (FR) is gonna be released soon. Same goes for his collab with Steve Aoki, Wake up Call. It seems Sidney Samson (which is his real name by the way) is not planning to slow down any time soon
2010 saw the mysterious SkisM rapidly cement himself onto the global Dubstep Map. Blasting onto the scene with his now classic debut 'The Blank', SKisM's tracks have since received support from the likes Pendulum, Chase & Status, Scratch Perverts, Rusko, Nero and Plastician to name but a few. He has remixed chart topping Dubstep giants such as Excision & Datsik, as well as putting his inimitable production style on the vocal talents of UK rappers the Foreign Beggars & Envy. Blazing trails through Club Nights all over the world, SKisM's frantic 3 deck DJ Sets are gaining notoriety as fast as his musical output. With upcoming tours of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe & America, SKisM's Dubplates & Mixing skills have secured him a place amongst the busiest DJs of the Dubstep Elite.
"Nobody has that groove like Sabo does â he's the funkiest dude on the planet. He just has a natural funk that DJs and producers strive for their entire careers," Dave Nada, moombahton originator Mention the name Sabo to anyone familiar with the tropical end of EDM and the response will be unanimous: deep, unquestioning respect, tinged with a healthy measure of awe. For the past 15 years, the globetrotting DJ and producer, now based in Los Angeles after moving from his native New York, has set the benchmark for his peers, thanks to his unmistakable signature style: 'Funky music to make you feel good', as he describes it – an irresistible, resonant, Balearic fusion that draws upon house, tropical bass, latin, Brazilian, afrobeat, disco, reggae, cumbia, dub, Miami bass, hip hop, funk and soul. In a glowsticks era when the word 'uplifting' has lost much of its meaning, Sabo's productions, many released via his own Sol*Selectas label, are every bit uplifting as they are finely crafted and timeless. It's led him to performing alongside the likes of Sting, Erykah Badu, Chromeo, Brazilian Girls, and Aloe Blacc, while publications such as Rolling Stone, Spin, Mixmag and The Fader, through to tastemaker sites like XLR8R, Generation Bass and Highsnobiety have all queued up to acknowledge his talents. It has also led him to become a pivotal part of the fast-growing moombahton scene, with the sound's creator, Dave Nada, openly crediting Sabo's experiments with traditional latin cumbia and modern beats for Bersa Discos as a key influence on his Dutch house-reggaeton derived sound. Not only was he a major factor in its inception, Sabo remains one of the biggest influences on its ascent. He's responsible behind many of the genre's key tracks, he's a driving force behind the already legendary Moombahton Massive parties at Washington DC's U Street Music Hall and LA's Vibrate monthly, and as the compiler of the seminal Moombahton Massive EPs, has set the tone for a legion of producers. Sabo's achievements don't even stop there: in 2006 he was named in URB's Next 100, while he has since become a staple on the New York gallery circuit, performing at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and the Natural History Museum. High-profile clients such as Puma, Gucci, The Huffington Post and Bloomingdales have also sought Sabo's brand of high-end beats, while influential record labels such as Diplo's Mad Decent and MAN Recordings out of Berlin have commissioned him to remix their artists. He's also had great success as a recording artist for a number of other respected labels, including his own, Sol*Selectas, Nickodemus' Wonderwheel Recordings, nu-cumbia label Bersa Discos and on Irma Records with partner Zeb. In that time he's remixed and collaborated with such artists as Dennis Ferrer, Gregor Salto, Nadastrom, Amadou & Miriam, Balkan Beat Box and Nickodemus. As a DJ his career has included residencies at Turntables on the Hudson, Cielo, Submercer, and Bembe, a two-year stint hosting a monthly Global Beats radio show on New York's 91.5 FM, and a long-term spell managing NYC's legendary record store, Turntable Lab. Add all this up and you begin to see why Sabo is held in awe by everyone who's heard him in action. _________________________________________ Photo cred: Seannie Cameras
After an incredible 2010 – with worldwide hit singles like Bromance and My Feelings For You plus hit remixes of TiÃ«sto, Robyn, David Guetta, and Bob Sinclar – all bodes right for Avicii in 2011. With massive monster tracks lined up and many of the world's biggest events headlining Avicii on the bill, little is left to dispute that 2011 will be this enviously young talent's year. No surprise when his first release of 2011, Street Dancer, went straight for number one on the worldwide Beatport charts. Among upcoming releases are the highly anticipated remixes of Armin van Buuren – Drowning and Daft Punk – Derezzed as well as his own Penguin, Silhouettes, Abow and the mysterious ID circulating countless forums around the web. With his monthly LE7ELS podcast and radio show at SiriusXM, Avicii is looking at establishing his name among the stars, bringing his contagious sounds to the masses and making them believe what many already know – Avicii truly is the Sound of Now.