We finally made it through the week and our Halloween festivities are upon us. I have some great content for you to indulge in this morning that includes the RE:GENERATION tracks, an Escape From Wonderland preview & set times, AraabMuzik’s tour with EDM support, a 12th Planet interview, a trailer of a Soulwax video project, and a video of Afrojack playing classical music. Be entertained after the jump…
The RE:GENERATION documentary is directed by Amir Bar Lev (The Pat Tillman Story, My Child Can Paint That) and commissioned by Hyundai Veloster. Five chosen producer/DJs of today embark on a musical odyssey to create tracks inspired by one of five traditional musical genres: Jazz, R&B, Country, Classical and Rock. The pairings include Skrillex with The Doors, DJ Premier with the Berklee Symphony Orchestra, Mark Ronson with Erykah Badu, The Crystal Method with Martha Reeves, and Pretty Lights with Leann Rimes and Ralph Stanley.
Pretty Lights’ “Wayfaring Stranger” featuring LeAnn Rimes and Dr. Ralph Stanley
Skrillex’s new Rock remix for RE:GENERATION featuring Members of The Doors
DJ Premier’s new Classical remix for RE:GENERATION featuring Nas and the Berklee Symphony Orchestra
Mark Ronson’s new Jazz remix for RE:GENERATION featuring Erykah Badu, Trombone Shorty, Mos Def, Zigaboo Modeliste, and Members of The Dap Kings
The Crystal Method’s new R&B remix for RE:GENERATION featuring Martha Reeves and the Funk Brothers
Escape From Wonderland Sneak Preview + Set Times
Insomniac always has excellent production and their first Halloween festival is no exception. This sneak preview video showcases the transformation of the NOS Event Center for a frightful night of electronic music and Halloween debauchery. The set times were finally announced yesterday, so be sure to make your schedule prior to the event to make your night flow smoothly.
AraabMuzik Announces Tour w/ an EDM Supporting lineup
Coming off a wave of CMJ buzz, AraabMuzik will tour North America in support of June’s BNM’d Electronic Dream, in October and November. The dates include shows with SBTRKT, MSTRKRFT, and other folks who are not as fond of capital letters/don’t hate vowels as much.
Also, as Fools Gold points out, there is also now a new version of AraabMuzik’s previously posted remix of the Big Pink‘s “Stay Gold”, featuring added rhymes from Danny Brown. Check out the dates and track, plus a promo video for the tour, below.
10-27 Atlanta, GA – King Plow *
10-28 Asheville, NC – Moogfest 2011
10-29 Chicago, IL – Congress Theater ^%$
10-30 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer #
10-31 Manhattan, NY – Bowery Ballroom #
11-01 Providence, RI – The Met *
11-02 Boston, MA – Royale #
11-03 Toronto, Ontario – The Hoxton #
11-04 Buffalo, NY – Sound Lab *
11-05 St. Louis, MO – 2720 Cherokee *
11-06 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
11-09 Phoenix, AZ – Bar Smith
11-10 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
11-11 Los Angeles, CA – Skybar
11-13 Hollywood, CA, – Drai’s Hollywood @ The W
11-16 Portland, OR – Bossanova
11-17 Seattle, WA, – Crocodile
11-18 San Francisco, CA – 103 Harriet
11-19 Vancouver, British Columbia – Electric Owl
* with Melo-X
^ with MSTRKRFT
% with Wolfgang Gartner
$ with Laidback Luke
# with SBTRKT
12th Planet Interview
Electronica superstar Skrillex owes a certain debt to John Dadzie.
You were one of the earliest adopters of dubstep in the U.S., correct?
Yeah, totally. There were those guys that came before me, like Joe Nice and Dave Q over in New York and Baltimore. Those guys were already like established in the scene, but I think I got to play a lot of the markets that dubstep was never in. Going to like Boise, Oklahoma, and Little Rock. I think I was one of the first people to go to those places and play dubstep like four five years ago.
When was the first time you’ve played Phoenix?
I think my first gig in Phoenix under the name 12th Planet was at this place with a gay bar on the bottom and an upstairs lounge on the second floor.
You mean Homme Lounge with cats like Ultrablack?
Yeah. That was in like 2007. That was before they even called themselves Ultrablack. I knew Sluggo [Nick Suddarth] and Adroit [Bryan Marek] from doing drum ‘n’ bass stuff before. It was setup by their friend Cruz, who was definitely one of the first person to start booking dubstep stuff out there. And then Frank Mendez started doing some dubstep shows on this patio of this place he worked at, and from there, it helped lead to where it is now.
What was your first reaction to dubstep?
It reminded me a lot of drum ‘n’ bass. Before I did dubstep I was producing and touring as a drum ‘n’ bass artist. When I went to England, I always noticed there was this second room with some weird music, and there were guys like Slaughter Mob and Skream and Zed Bias making it. I didn’t think it was gonna sound like it does today. It was like a fresh take. I was getting over drum ‘n’ bass at the time because it didn’t really evolve. There was this certain point, around like 2006 or 2007 that nothing really sounded different. It was like the same records were being made over and over and over. No one was really pushing the envelope forward.
When did you become a dubstep convert?
After the Dubstep Warz mix that Mary Anne Hobbs did with like Mala, Skream, Benga, Hatcha and all these names that are pivotal to what dubstep sounds like now was all on one mix. Then it all started to make sense. It really hooked me and I started working on the music. I met up with my partner Drew Best [of L.A.'s influential SMOG night] and he was starting to throw dubstep shows. He was gonna do his first show and he asked me if I wanted to play, but I had to go on tour in Germany. So I recommended guys like Nick Argon and Matty G, and the rest is history.
Dubstep has been constantly evolving since its early days in both the U.S. and U.K.?
Once it got popular around the world, everyone’s had their own take on it. A lot of it has to do with producers getting over making drum ‘n’ bass and took their experience into dubstep, which caused everyone to step their game up. It wasn’t just a minimal sound anymore, it was a maximum effort. To make a dubstep song now you have to spend some time on the craft. A lot new techniques have been learned since then.
Soulwax ‘Machine’ Trailer
This trailer directed by Saam Farahmand was inspired to create a unique interpretation of the ethos behind the project. The result is a breathtaking film that perfectly encapsulates the audio visual obsession of Radio Soulwax.
Don’t miss them at HARD tomorrow night!
Afrojack on the keys! Who would have thought that he would launch a career in dance music with his signature Dutch house…
Have a fun, safe, & spooky Halloween weekend,