NB: Please welcome miz MCMC to the hard-syncing team!
In early August I spontaneously bought a ticket to Los Angeles and made my way to Hard Summer Music Festival. It ended up being one of my favorites — I was blown away by the production, organization, and every one of the artists. The following songs are more on the jump-up, big-room dance side of the spectrum, but they are all songs that were stuck in my head at one point or another this summer… Some are favorites from California, others were ones for full-blast subway headbanging. Check it out and enjoy!
♬ Kill The Noise – Roots (Brillz Remix)↓
This song would not get out of my head after I heard Dillon Francis open his set with it at Camp Bisco. This remix’s slow start is something different, but leads into a heavy hitting bassline that makes you want to get up and dance.
♬ Birdy Nam Nam – Goin’ In (Skrillex Going Down Remix)↓
The Birdy Nam Nam remixes started leaking at the beginning of the summer before the OWSLA-signed DJ group released their EP, but this one stands out as a favorite… Its slower tempo makes for a unique remix that fits in perfectly in live sets.
★ Zedd – Shave It (501 Remix)↓
The guitar chord progression in this completely transforms the Zedd original. I’m warning you guys now, This OWSLA signed Finnish producer is about to make a huge splash in the dance music scene.
Thank the lord for all this sunshine… tiring, but revitalizing all the same. Here’s a mix of possibly some of the best sunny weather beats I have ever sought out, from the heavenly echoes of Allein by Eric Prydz, to Human Agency and DJ Kue‘s amazing remixes of old classic faves, to bangin’ reboots by Tommy Trash and Bring the Noise…
Oh how far they’ve come from the simple festival thrown in ’99 for a few chance techno fans… After all the days of skimpy bathing suits and hot sun, ridiculous beach and rooftop parties, and the most outrageous of outfits to be seen, the fourteenth annual Ultra Music Festival has officially come and gone. Thousands of artists, bloggers, reps, and hundreds of thousands of fans flocked to bayfront Miami to bump up the noise, with over 400 parties, events, seminars, and workshops throughout the Winter Music Conference week.
Skrillex was one of the biggest highlights of this year’s Ultra Music Fest. His set comprised so many of his classic and newfound wonders — remixed, dubstepped, moombah’d… it was just one continuous, flowing machine of beats. I’m not sure if he actually played the following, but it sure sounds good.
Last night, at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Sonny Moore (aka Skrillex) took home not one, not two, but three shiny lil’ GRAMMophones: best dance recording, best electronic recording, and best remixed recording (non-classical). It was pretty damn exciting, especially once Deadmau5 and David Guetta took the stage for live performances later in the show. Here’s what Skrillex had to say about it:
LOL. Actually, he dropped a new track to celebrate, tho kinda oddly titled “My Good Bye”, and weirdly slow… But uh, congratulations amigo; well-earned!!
Super Señor Sonny Moore aka Skrillex is making his round of NYC clubs this week, visiting Webster, Pacha, Terminal 5, Roseland — even 1 Oak (though not sure if that’s in order). Point is, you should definitely try to see this monster while he’s here; his most recent work, EP Bangarang, out last December, is still reverberating in me. Here, one more: his awesome collaboration with The Doors…
The Doors recently teamed up with Sonny Delight mister Skrillex to produce a documentary about the development of electronic music in the latest generation (“ReGeneration”), and, basically, how they can still fit in. But what they came up was bangin’, and then fave homeboy Zedd came along and showed us what he thought of it all…
No, not Zed’s Dead — this 21-y.o., Beatport-signed, Russian mastermind is very much alive. In fact, he’ll be in New York this Wednesday, with his bff Skrillex at Pacha! You should REALLY go if there are still tickets. This Tommy Trash-esque beat machine has been spinning since he was 13 and got inspired by Daft Punk’s album “Discovery”. First, one of his latest, one of my favorites; and second, another mix with Skrillmonster. You should also hear his ragin’ remix of Save the World, his first mix to cross my ears. Love at first listen.
I’m really diggin’ the flashback videos artists and their labels have been producing lately. This first one comes from the boys of At Night Entertainment and is a recap of our glorious New York New Years Eve, hosted by Glenn Morrison, Cazzette, Avicii, and Swanky Tunes. “Epic” is one word you could use for the night when 11,000+ of my closest friends and I danced our butts off…