Madeon recently premiered his newest track The City featuring Zak Waters on vocals, on BBC Radio1 a couple of weeks ago, and yesterday he posted the official music video. While the video itself shows a ton of twentysomethings having the time of their lives in some freedom-frighter-esk powder paint battle, this is one of our favorite songs we have heard in 2012. Madeon personally said that this is his best work thus far and his favorite track to date. While it’s great to hear of producers really proud of their work and constantly pushing themselves to better their production, it’s even better for the fans like us that know the sky is the limit for Madeon and we can’t wait to see what else he has in the works.
Sander Van Doorn & Julian Jordan have finally released their highly anticipated collaboration, Kangaroo, and long story short, they did not disappointing. Their hard pounding electro break fused with housey beat formed the perfect match for a huge party tune. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think!
I recently stumbled upon this video and it was too bat shit crazy not to post. I’m a huge house, break beat, and nu disco fan, and I can’t believe that these guys have never popped up on my radar. These Southern California natives live right in our backyard and I’m hoping I can catch them soon.
This wild and crazy, seizure-inducing video is a perfect fit for their up beat, glitchy house sounds and it’s guaranteed to get you moving! The colors and quick edits caught my attention immediately and I’m betting big bucks you’ll dig it too! Let us know what you think!
2012 is going to be the year of Knife Party. Bold statement, I know. But given EDM’s massive surge in popularity, EDM and nonEDM fans alike are partying and listening to more producers/djs who are stepping out of the progressive house and big room scene. 2011 was the year of Skrillex and I’m predicting all eyes are going to be on these guys and their fresh sound.
Chances are that you have probably heard of this duo recently assembled of two members from the band Pendulum, Rob Swire (@Rob_Swire) and Gareth McGrillen (@GarethPendulum), and they have been tearing up every EDM festival across Europe and North America. They dabble in everything from electro-house, dubstep, drum and bass, drumstep and whatever clever subgenre names people come up with. McGrillen and Swire and huge advocates of using different sounds/tempos to help push the ever-expanding genre of bass music and they are the tippy-top of EDM acts to party to this summer.
Their new EP has missed a couple of deadlines with Knife Party constantly on the road but it will be out early this summer. Their last EP titled 100% No Modern Talking is a free download on their website that comprised of tracks such as Tourniquet and Fire Hive. They have also remixed tracks ranging from hip-hop producer Labrinth, to Swedish House Mafia, Porter Robinson, and Nero.
If waiting for their new EP is as agonizing for you as it is for me, they just released a completely twisted and demented video that might hold you over. Viewer discretion is advised!
Also, here’s a video of the Knife Party set live at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida this year. Rave your brains out to this as you power through to the weekend and happy Friday KNIFE PARTY PEOPLE.
We went out to see Wolfgang Gartner perform one of his notorious live sets at the Observatory in Orange County this past weekend and it was a hell of a show. Wolfgang Gartner is an respected producer by other EDM artists, fans and musicians from all genres and we were fortunate enough to get to see him live in action once again. If you aren’t familiar with Gartner’s unique, progressive house sound, you will soon get infected by his recognizably complex layers of glitchy, synth-driven beats and fast paced drum kicks that spread through your entire body like a dance contagion.
Gartner dropped his heavy weight tracks such as Ménage à Trois and Illmerica, and the crowd responded in unison with deafening roars and swaying dance moves. From the front to back, not a single party-goer was there to do anything but throw their hands up and bounce. An intense energy built as the beats kept dropping and it was undeniable that the crowd was loving each track throughout the set. Although there was one raver who came for something more than just the party atmosphere and electronic music: animal awareness.
The die hard EDM fan I’m speaking of is gradually becoming the mascot for Southern California’s EDM scene and this raver gone hypeman, a.k.a. “party panda,” was there in full force to toss confetti and get the crowd amped from behind a giant panda head mask (think Deadmau5 but without the big ears). We’ve seen him at dozens of EDM shows ranging from Wolfgang Gartner at the Music Box in Hollywood and at Identity Festival in San Diego, but despite being an endangered species, we hope to see a lot more of him as concert season begins to heat up.
Special thanks to our friends at Ultra Music and the Mitch Schneider Organization for making it happen for us. Also, big up to Le New Shit for helping us out with the show and they get all the photo credit in this post! We had an incident at the show and lost some gear that night so we didn’t get any shots of our own.
With further delay, here he is: The one, the only, the champ!
We had a busy weekend with St. Paddy’s day and tons of different bands playing all over Los Angeles, but we couldn’t wait to shoot photos of Feed Me during his North American Teeth Tour.
We knew that when Feed Me‘s live set was not to be missed when he played at the Music Box in Hollywood this weekend and we were right. I have to admit, we were a little biased going into the show because Feed Me‘s Big Adventure was in our top five EDM albums of last year, but this show exceeded all expectations. The “teeth” stage design is one of the most impressive and unique LED creations we’ve seen to date, and Feed Me’s set was just as jaw dropping.
The crowd was raving hard with the pulsating and synchronized lights of the teeth, and everyone who was sure to leave all smiles.
We’re you at the show or have you caught Feed Me on the Teeth Tour? Tells us your story and let us know what you think!
I’m a little late in posting my photos from when Nero played in Hollywood on December 23rd, but better late than never, right? I’d like to start by saying that I have been a huge fan of the UK Bass Music scene for several years now, and I have missed seeing Nero twice in the past. Each missed opportunity was a huge bummer but this show definitely is going down as one of the best performances I’d seen throughout 2011.
At first glance, I was a little disappointed that there was no crazy LED set up on stage. I brought the camera gear and I wanted to shoot something aesthetically pleasing given the fact that the Music Box is one of the best EDM venues in Southern California. But this night was all about the bass and music enthusiasts that came to rave and love the nightlife. I took a step back only to notice that other producers/artists such as Skrillex, 12th Planet, Ellie Golding, and Dillon Francis were all on stage to catch some of the best DJing Europe has to offer.
The sound was huge and the supporting sets by Da Moth and Alvin Risk could have been headlining sets in their own right. It was an amazing night and we can’t wait to catch all three acts next time they show up to party!
Dim Mak Recrods just posted the music video for the Bloody Beetroots new single, ‘Church of Noise’ and I couldn’t be more ecstatic! Dennis Lyxzen (the former lead singer of The Refused and current lead singer of the International Noise Consipiracy) is one of my musical heroes and he’s also the featured vocalist on this track. I freaked out for about 7 of my 8 hours at work while looping this song in the background and raving behind my cubicle walls. Amidst my silent rave, I took a brief moment contemplate if this is “The Shape of [EDM] to Come,” as more and more rock/electro collaborations pop up from producers like Skrillex and Modstep, and my conclusion is that I think we’re in for a big treat in 2012.
For many, Lyxzen’s raw vocals might temporarily overwhelm your senses if you’re expecting just a peppy, melodic house beat. However, the blend of Bloody Beetroots progressive sound, heavily laden with fast-tempo punk rock fits perfectly with Lyxzen’s raw voice.
You can see where the inspirations for the video came from with its stripped down cinematography. We’re used to seeing stationary producers and DJs spinning in front of massive festival crowds from atop LED towers. This video is definitely centered around all of these artists’ high-energy live performances and lets you know that Bloody Beetroots got back to their roots for this single. One can hope that, in the near future, they begin incorporating live instruments in their set. Watch the video and let us know what you think.
Alright party people, it’s that time of the week again so turn up the b-b-b-bass! We had a crazy week with work and friends’ weddings and there was one track in particular that kept my energy up and spirits high so I could power through.
Metrik, a drum & bass producer from the UK, just dropped his ‘Between Worlds’ EP a few days ago on November 7th on Viper Recordings and his track T-2000 is an absolute monster!!!
I first heard T-2000 (or the T-1000 VIP drum step track as it was called in its prerelease days) played by Crissy Criss last summer and I was left daze and confused after it blasted my brains out. This has to be one of the most underrated dnb tunes of 2011 and I can’t believe that more DJs haven’t been blaring this song during their sets. Every time I hear this song my blood starts rushing, my head wobbles with the beat, and my body dances/flails about with reckless abandon when the beat drops (…listener discretion is advised because I have definitely had a few funny looks at work when I shook the cubicle walls with my iPod-induced raves).
Enough talk. Listen here. There are a bunch of YouTube rips currently out there, this one being my favorite because shooting pictures of turntables is one of my favorite highlights when photographing live DJ sets, but go download Metrik’s ‘Between Worlds’ EP stat.