In a scene of over-saturation and cookie cutter productions, it can be tough to find music with substance, music that tells a story. That’s why we’re glad Subatomica exists; this New Mexico based producer duo constantly strives to keep their sound fresh and original and their latest release is no exception. Lush and emotional, their remix of ScreamCreature‘s ‘Bonfire’ is like nothing we’ve heard before (outside of our dreams, at least).
While it was released just recently, the project began one year ago. Chris Culos, drummer and founding member of the alt-rock group O.A.R., created a new side project (ScreamCreature) and soon after, the group released ‘Bonfire’, their first single. The track resonated with Subatomica in a major way and before long, they were hard at work on a remix. Which may even be an understatement, considering the next level production on display here. Organic instrumentation is blended seamlessly with rolling waves of sub-bass and ambient synth pads, making for a truly entrancing listening experience. Rob Culos‘ vocals fade in and out, adding an extra dose of emotion to the mix and rounding off this stellar track. The best part? It’s all yours if you want it. Grab the free download on Soundcloud and make sure to support these up & coming audio magicians!
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: ScreamCreature — Bonfire (Subatomica Remix) [Free Download]
Get your fill of music this Monday with thirteen tracks that have been compiled from artists like Lush & Simon, as well as Grandtheft, who recently did an official remix of “Heroes.” Other artists who you’ll find in this baker’s dozen will include our my homies The Kingdumb, Tisoki, Shwann and Robot Orchestra. RIOT in particular pumped out a juicy hit with their original “Jazz Cat Funk,” Jauz dished out an official flip for Nacey of “I Own It” and we even have a kick ass freestyle from Shay Gray (produced by Dan Farber) that dropped on Dim Mik. Still, there’s more. No matter what genres you are in to, you’ll find something you dig in this package, and if you don’t like a particular genre, give it a try by going through each and everyone of these gems. Most of them are freebies too! So don’t dip without grabbing any goods.
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Music Monday: Lush & Simon, The Kingdumb, Grandtheft and More
Not everyone is excited about the rise in production value at EDM shows over the past few years. Former Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello is putting his foot down and speaking out against festivals, in favor of playing smaller and more intimate club shows.
As of November 22, Angello has begun his ‘Reflections‘ residency at LiFE Nightclub in Las Vegas – and in an interview with Mixmag, Angello emphasizes his disdain for the “festival-driven” culture and reveals his attempts to bring back the appreciation for club environments, saying the following with regards to new artists on his SIZE label:
“I’m trying to push the artists on my label to become more club-orientated. Some of them think I’m evil! We have an artist right now that’s getting really big and is being offered lots of festivals and I said ‘Listen, your next tour is a club tour’ and he was like ‘Fuck that I don’t want to do a club tour’ and I was like ‘You’ve got to. We’ll do it small. 150 people, great soundsystem, no LEDs, just back to basics.’ Now he’s actually getting more excited about because it’s something different!”
The house legend’s strong opinion about the current state of dance music isn’t without reason, of course; with festivals like EDC and Ultra pouring literally millions of dollars into production alone, most would question how much focus is being given to the main attraction (the music).
What do you think? Is Steve Angello justified in wanting to bring dance music back to its humble roots?
H/T Mixmag | Photo by BBC
It’s always good to get some disco in on Monday. Los Angeles duo ROOM8 come through on the delivery of some old school vibes with their remix of “Miracle” by Kimbra. Even better, they released the remix for free. I really enjoy remixes like this where they let the original breathe by extensively using the vocals, instead of simply utilizing them in the breakdowns/builds and focusing on big drops. Those are nice, don’t get me wrong, but ROOM8‘s approach to tackling the original was spot on. The result is a fascinating five in a half minute hit. From the beginning fill to the end your ears will be thanking you, and chances are your body will be in motion during that time. Have a listen to the miraculous cut and take a copy with you before you vacate the page.
Michelle Casares, better known as Lady Casa and co-founder of PLUR Warriors will be our next guest on Aspire to Inspire Live. To those who are unfamiliar, Lady Casa serves as a symbol of love and positivity in the EDM community. Even though people within and outside of our community possess mixed feelings about her character and notoriety, she too has an inspiring story to tell…just like everyone else. No matter your opinions, I encourage you to put them aside and come listen to her story.
In this live stream, Michelle will discuss her childhood dreams of becoming an entertainer and movie star, and will then share her early decision to pursue a career in medicine instead. She then will go onto discuss leaving the medical field behind and following her true passion – becoming an entertainer. Michelle will talk about the discrimination she faced throughout her childhood for her parents getting a divorce and for having a gay parent. As a result of this discrimination, she has maintained an open mind and does her absolute best to refrain from judging others.
Every startup faces challenges. The Lady Casa/PLUR Warriors brands are no different. Therefore, she will discuss with us her personal challenges and insecurities with running a sustainable business. Additionally, she will share the purpose of both brands and will reveal to us her overall vision.
This 26-year-old is not just a figurehead in our community because of her beauty, but because she represents something greater than herself.
Come get inspired with us and catch Michelle Casares (aka Lady Casa) on Aspire to Inspire Live (via YourEDM.com) Tuesday, November 25th at 8pm EST.
Elektro and The Do Lab have partnered together to give you a chance to win a pair of tickets for Thanksgiving weekend in accordance with ‘Give Thanks for Bass’.
One lucky winner will get a pair of tickets to 2 shows at the El Rey in Los Angeles.
11/26 – Minnesota, Jackal, G Jones
11/29 – EOTO
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As an appetizer for his Insomniac presented “AUDaCITY” tour, Audien rings our doorbell and delivers a screaming 36-minute waveform of joy. Stuffed with exclusive mash-ups, mysterious IDs and unofficial remixes that’ll have you slipping into your neon gym shorts and “Jump”ing until your downstairs neighbors are convinced your legs are two pogo sticks! Needless to say, it’s worth a listen. Press play and brace yourself.
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Elektro: How did you discover and develop your vocal talent that is displayed in your music?
Mystery Skulls: I used to do vocals in a metal band called Of Legends, and It was when I was doing that stuff that I realized I could use my voice in more ways than I had been. Around that time I was also teaching children how to play music at a music school in Dallas. Teaching kids how to play or even sing classic songs is awesome and I think that really helped a lot,
What inspires you to make music?
I really love making something really funky or beautiful and playing it in front of a crowd watching other people feel the music in the exact same way. Maybe it’s the idea of music being this whole other language but I genuinely love playing live and I’d say that is my main inspiration lately.
Tell me more about your production process, How do you approach writing music?
I gotta start with the drums or a vocal idea sometimes. I write everything on piano and then go from there. Some songs write themselves and others take months to finish.
What was it like working with Brandy and Nile Rodgers?
The entire experience was pretty surreal at first but Nile and I have worked together since then so its been really sweet to work on more new music with such a talented set of people!
Can you tell me more about what you have coming up in the future? I see you will be touring with Cherub in 2015, your musical styles definitely compliment each other.
The record just came out and I have some other remixes coming out soon as well but other than the tour in 2015, just starting to collaborate with some other artists on some other new music.
Elektro: Truth continues to raise awareness in the US for the deeper and darker side of dubstep. As a pair of producers from New Zealand what are your thoughts on how the US fan base has received you?
Truth: We first toured the USA when Dubstep was still an underground genre, and over the course of 3 or 4 tours we witnessed a profound change in the crowds that were attending the events we were playing. It blew up massively, as everyone knows. When we made the move to the USA, the mid-range, tear-out sound which many people call “brostep” had taken over and gone very mainstream.
This was the background against which we started the Deep, Dark & Dangerous night in San Francisco a couple of years back. Let’s first put it out there that we don’t only play stuff that is deep and dark by any means, we consider what we play to be dancefloor oriented, at the end of the day, it’s a party! But anyway, DDD in San Francisco was and is definitely aimed at the Deep, Dark (& Dangerous) part of the spectrum. We wanted to really focus on that niche of the sound as it was suffering at the time, so not only did we manage to get Monarch, the club with the best sound in SF, and some would say the US, we also put the night on a Tuesday, so those people who attend really knew what they were coming down for. Trying to build a bit of a culture around it, introducing like-minded cats to each other, testing out new music etc.
The amazing thing was, almost immediately, we had individuals from all over the country hitting us up, asking how the night was going. lots of people were very interested. Which of course confirmed our hunch that the sound is bubbling away in the underground and people are excited about it.
To answer the question directly, the US fanbase have been absolutely amazing. Also, we can’t forget the northern cousins in Canada, where our music really seems to resonate strongly. We love North America as a whole! Part of it is probably that our music is for the most part recognisably us. We have some sort of something which people can identify and perhaps relate to. Part of it is probably that you guys love to party with a couple of crazy Kiwis!
What are your thoughts on the idea that the dubstep genre is going back underground?
We don’t really focus on the “dubstep” genre, as opposed to making music which we like. However, dubstep going back underground was and is inevitable, really. Any sound which blows up from the underground that rapidly is bound to either come down equally quickly, or be launched into orbit as something which is just “there”. We saw the scene when it was underground, now that things have calmed down and are not as crazy, things are pretty much back to where they were, albeit slightly bigger in our opinion.
Underground doesn’t necessarily mean small, or insignificant. If anything, to us, it means more of a renaissance where producers and people reconnect with the foundations of what the sound is really about. Some players will drop off, others will emerge, it’s all part of an organic cycle really.
Right now, dubstep is at a point where things are more exciting than they have ever been. New and different sounding producers are emerging, and the older heads are coming back more excited than ever.
What is the inspiration behind The Truth Chronicles mix series?
Firstly, we get sent a lot of dope music which never sees the light of day. The Chronicles is all about showcasing the freshest music which we have at our disposal. It’s about being current, while also telling a short story with each mix. We never repeat tracks from mix to mix, so in theory you could listen to all the episodes from start to finish and get a taste of our musical journey over the few years we have been doing them.
The idea behind making them only 15-20 minutes was to create the situation where we have no excuses to ourselves for not recording a mix that month. Even on tour, we usually can borrow someone’s decks for an hour and record a mix. That being said, the last couple of months saw a gap in the chronicles. This coincided with a really busy tour schedule, releasing our album, starting a new radio show, setting up the label, and a lot of other stuff behind the scenes!
The Chronicles were never forgotten however and are back!!
Its been 4 years since your debut album Puppets and with the latest Undeniable EP you still have that distinct deep and melodic sound, how do you find new ways to stay fresh and original with your music?
We’re always starting and making new tracks. It’s something we do because we enjoy it, we love making music, in fact we start to go a little insane when we don’t get to make tunes!
To be honest, trying to keep it fresh isn’t ever in our minds, if the music sounds fresh and original, that’s just because that’s what came out when we sat down to make beats! We just want to be us, and make music which reflects that, music we personally enjoy and are proud of. I guess if you are making any kind of art, there’s no point in repeating yourself, that would be like a painter sitting down and painting the same picture every day. It’s not something we’d be into doing.
After releasing on such iconic labels as Deep Medi, Tempa, and Get Darker you now have a label of your own in Deep, Dark, and Dangerous. It’s a perfect name for a label since thats a proper description of the music you produce, how did that name come about and what future plans do you have for the label?
Deep, Dark & Dangerous was the name for our night in San Francisco, and was named precisely for the reason of describing the night. It’s pretty self explanatory, although adding in “dangerous” to the mix was deliberate, as we don’t want to confine ourselves too much. Dangerous is like a wild card, it could be anything, something different, new, or original, something crazy or off the wall.
The idea with the label is to showcase some of our favourite artists, as well as hopefully discovering some amazing new talent out there!
As far as plans are concerned, there will be lots of Truth music on there of course. But we also want to release music from a wide range of artists we are feeling. So first up is this EP, then following that we have been discussing a compilation of tracks from the artists we plan to feature more of as the label develops it’s identity. After that, another Truth EP… then who knows!
Is there a story behind that awesome Octopus label logo?
What is more Deep, Dark & Dangerous than an Octopus with a single huge eye staring out at you?
We like the idea of the Octopus with it’s tentacles reaching out in all different directions, controlling different things, kind of like a secret society behind the scenes pulling strings. It’s got a big-assed eye which almost resembles a security camera, it’s the thing which is always watching, recording, etc.
The triangle behind the Octopus is reminiscent of an upside-down pyramid, and represents society being turned on it’s head, amongst other things.
What is the creative process like when producing as a duo?
Currently we live in different countries, so the answer is very different than had you asked the same question a couple of years ago. Basically, when we are apart we both start lots of ideas and save every bounce and idea to a shared folder, along with the project file. We then listen to the tracks, discuss our favourite ideas and where they could go, then basically swap and each work on projects the other has been doing stuff on. It’s quite a fair system, in that once the track has left one person, the other is free to do whatever they want, with the knowledge of what has been discussed in the back of their mind, and nobody is allowed to be offended! We also just work on the tracks we feel like working on and finishing. If a track doesn’t get finished, it just didn’t make the grade, it’s a natural way to do things in a situation where we start more than we could possibly finish.
Sometimes when one of us is on tour, and the other is not, the person at home can be finishing and bouncing tracks to be tested on the tour for almost-live gig feedback. This has the potential for great consumer-testing of tracks!
We also get together for extended periods a couple of times a year. So for example this year we spent a month in New Zealand together and did most of the writing for our “Hollow World” album. In January 2015, we plan to do another straight month together in NZ where we will write lots of music and work on a live show.
What’s next for Truth? Is there a tour in the works?
There’s always a tour in the works! The next big thing is approx 10 shows around the USA and Mexico with DJ Youngsta for the Contact tour in December. (There’s a stop in NYC).
Following that is Jan / early Feb in NZ / Australia where we will be focusing on writing music, but also playing a few gigs here and there.
In March we have been booked to play a string of gigs with Datsik on his Ninja Nation tour… that’s gonna be insane, we’re really looking forward to blasting our music on the 100,000 watt PK system that is coming on the road for the tour!
Savant is truly an interesting individual. Having been diagnosed with Aspergers as a child, he has devoted his life to music, thus resulting in the rapid creation of 11 albums (10 of them, themed).
The most recent one of these themed albums is ZION, a Middle-Eastern influenced full-length release that serves as a musical manifestation of the regions conflicts. It’s very interesting and unchartered subject matter for dance music. The first full track released from this unique release is “Mecca,” which showcases what listener’s can look forward to from the release of ZION.
With a cult following, and a growing discography that varies more than any single artist, ZION may very well serve as a proper introduction to one of the world’s most gifted producers. Check out “Mecca” above, and watch for the release of ZION on December 13th!
Photo courtesy of deadmau5.com
Everyone’s favorite mau5head returns with a throwback album release and much more! “5 years of mau5″ is a bipartite collection of Joel Zimmerman’s musical highlights from his Deadmau5 project, along with an array of remixes of his original work.
The first 10 songs are a blast from the past, and it is not even Thursday yet! Fans will be able to enjoy epic tracks like “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff,” “Some Chords,” and of course, the legendary “Strobe.”
The second part of the album features 12 remixes of his tracks from familiar artists such as Dillon Francis, Chuckie, Madeon, Shiba San, Nero and many more. The album got released just in time for the holidays, and would be an ideal jam for everyone’s Black Wednesday celebrations.
From taking a quick listen to the album on iTunes, I can definitely tell you that the Dillon Francis remix of “Some Chords” will be on repeat for many of you! However, if you are looking to listen to something more deep and progressive, “The Veldt” edit from Eric Prydz will get you grooving in seconds.
I think this is the perfect thanksgiving gift from Deadmau5, and it would be really cool if he did a coffee run about it.
This is the tracklist from Beatport, enjoy!Part One:
Every now and then, fans get a glimpse of where some of their favorite tracks are being made by their go-to artists. From bedroom producers to top-dollar DJs, we have seen tons of the home studios of many of our favorite electronic musicians over the years. Thanks to new photos that have recently surfaced, the world can see another home studio of a newly voted number one female DJ (according to NRJ).
The reality-television star, model, actress, and Hollywood socialite Paris Hilton has shared through her Instagram account where music and DJ-ing happen. From these photos everyone can see unopened boxes of a keyboard, midi-controllers, and more DJ/producer equipment as well as her display of her knob-twisting prowess. Under the fancy chandeliers and the high-class wallpaper, Paris fans now get a sliver of a glance at where this celebrity plays with tunes all day when she’s not busy with photo-ops, award shows, and playing gigs. Say what you want about Paris, but at least she has the right tech to start working in this industry. The one thought I’m left with after seeing these photos is wondering how often she touches that massive console next to her computer and below her speakers.
What do you guys think?
In honor of their latest release on 17 Steps, Yoohoo/Akebono, Dusky complements the first of the two house-laden anthems with a fully animated music video. Tinged with ’90s-inspired three-dimensional graphics, the UK pair take viewers on an intergalactic escape — an effort to return to their roots and showcase their passion for classic house, techno and rave culture. Emitting a nostalgic feel through pleasant, eye-catching imagery, Dusky’s visual production writes a refreshing new chapter in their ever-changing story. Yoohoo/Akebono is out now.
Dusky unleashes ’90s-inspired music video for ‘Yoohoo’ was posted by Lizzie Renck, and appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.
Happy Monday, everyone! To get your week started right, you need to check out this mini-mix from Knife Party. The legendary UK duo are expert DJs and their latest performance on Annie Mac‘s BBC1 radio show truly showcases the art of mixing. In just five minutes, Knife Party manages to squeeze in 15 pulse-pouding tracks including 8 brand new originals from their latest album. Only residents of the UK can download the mix at this point, but it’s still the perfect way to kill 5 minutes; check out the full stream after the jump and let us know what you think!
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Knife Party Comes in Hot with an Epic New Mini-Mix
Skrillex & Diplo appeared on Power 106 FM this morning to air a new exclusive Jack U mix on the legendary Big Boy’s Neighborhood. Making use of creative mixing on a pair of technics, which we can truly appreciate, this is one helluva mix from the charismatic duo.
Featuring R&B vibes, new-wave hip/hop and unique trap beats; Jack Ü has a little something for everyone.
In the exclusive interview that precedes the mix, the pair discuss how they plan to continue to push the envelope while playing main stage and taste-maker roles in the industry. They also claim that “if we’re drunk enough we’ll go anywhere” to play. So get the duo liquored up and invite them to your local Chinese takeout place if you so desire; Jack Ü remembers their origins and will turn anyplace that they can into a ratchet dance floor.
In betwixt the mix Jack Ü also announced the debut of their premiere music video “Take Ü There” dropping tomorrow, so stay tuned to their socials for the release.
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Skrillex and Diplo Drop New Mix & Announce New JACK U Video
Well, I can’t help but feel pretty strange after watching the new video from Dusky but it’s definitely a thought provoking visual display that gets me hyped for their music. A timeless piano riff layered over a steady beat makes for a beautifully simplistic house tune from the production duo who are currently on tour in Ireland. ‘Yoohoo’ draws on the duo’s deep love of classic house, techno and rave, putting their own unique spin on it for 2014.
Grab this new release on Beatport.
The modern day DJ is a mobile one – and as seen in the promotional video from Ultimate Ears in collaboration with Skrillex, the musical process never stops even in that the globe-traversing lifestyle. The Boom is a 360-degree wireless speaker that is touted as a champion for its ultimate portability – a natural factor that links popular music accessories and artists to create such projects. With Skrillex’s signature art style and a few vocal drops hard-wired into the product that appear throughout its use, the product makes for a cool accessory for any music hobbyist, and a must-have collectable for Skrillex diehards.
Skrillex links with Ultimate Ears to release ‘Boom’ portable speaker colorway was posted by Eric Zwilling, and appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.
In the world of grooving, deep, and profound house music, there are certain artists that tend to stand out. Curses, the brooklyn based producer has been a staple in the local scene for many years, affiliated with the Trouble & Bass crew that have cemented their place at the round table of underground dance music.
DKDS, the duo also hailing from the big apple has developed their sound of jackin’ deep house and techno in the local community as well.
Now Shiba San, the Dirtybird records affiliate, puts his spin on the dance floor ready tune that kicks things into high gear.
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Its 1983. You just played Side A of the workout mixtape that your boyfriend made for you as a 3-month anniversary present, alongside a pair of neon pink high-waisted gym shorts. On a whim, you flipped it over to the supposedly empty Side B and to your astonishment you hear…. Le Youth‘s ‘R E A L!’
Glitter sparkled synths over pitch shifted and delayed vocal samples tease your eardrums in preparation for a bass so deep, it makes Mariana’s Trench feel like a kiddie pool. How would you tell your boyfriend about this gem that he let fly over his head? Let us know on twitter by tagging @elektro and @wolftempura