Last Friday, I was able to sit down with one of my favorite dance music artists of all time — living Chicago House legend, Green Velvet. We met him at the Redbury Hotel adjacent to the Avalon in Hollywood, and within seconds of shaking his hand he was cracking jokes, laughing, and evoking an overall sense of good vibes.
We made the short walk over to the venue and downstairs into the green room where I asked Curtis AKA Green Velvet about a handful of topics, including “Skeleton Key,” working with eager young artists, and how his faith makes him a better musician.
We have another case of a rising anonymous producer that is very much as talented as he is mysterious. Druid Cloak embodies a refined unconventional style that incorporates his own brand of smooth bass, detailed percussion, atmospheric sounds, tasteful sampling, and strong, though sometimes subtle, melodies. All of these elements come together to form his distinctive vibe that aligns perfectly with Kastle‘s Symbols Recordings, the imprint that released Druid‘s debut EP, The Grove. I recommend you keep an eye on Druid Cloak as he is currently one of my favorite producers around, and he continues to maintain this standing with every release.
Read on about Druid’s musical background, influences, bucket list to-do’s, what’s next in his career, and of course, what he likes to drink!
One of Denmark’s top DJs and recent Los Angeles transplant, Morten Breum, kindly gave us some insight into the man behind the imaginative club and festival-ready music. Coming off of massive releases, most notably “Get Static” with our friend BetatraXx, Morten is well on his way to making a name for himself in the US dance music scene.
We had the pleasure of discussing his move to the states, how he wants Daft Punk in the studio, his thoughts on what’s next for dance music in the US, and much much more. Read on after the jump to get the full scoop.
Last Saturday we stopped by the uber packed and swanky basement club, Tenjune, in New York’s famous Meatpacking District to chat with Josh and Aden of Feenixpawl. The Australian duo is probably best known for their collaboration with Ivan Gough, “In My Mind” but their other productions are just as captivating. Make sure to see our interview to find out their funny nervous habits, thoughts on the ARIA Awards and upcoming releases!
Dillon Francis AKA the man who now looks like Flux Pavilion chimed in on our Quickfire Q&A just in time for his set tonight on the Moombahton Massive stage from 11:50-12:50AM just before bossman Diplo closes out the stage. It’s been a busy week for Dillon as he’s just released his latest single, “Bootleg Fireworks (Burning Up),” on Calvin Harris‘ Fly Eye Records this Tuesday, and he’s also gearing up for the second leg of his Wet & Reckless tour which kicks back off this Saturday in New England. Check out Dillon’s responses and full tour info below! Continue Reading
The dude, Tittsworth, is the next subject to our HARD Day of the Dead Quickfire. The tattoo-laden man from DC always throws down high-energy sets, and we expect one from him tomorrow when he plays the Moombahton Massive stage from 7:50-8:50PM. Another batch of funny answers lies below. Continue Reading
More from the Moombahton Massive stage! Bro Safari will be on from 8:50-9:50PM tomorrow night in between sets from fellow Bass aficionados, Tittsworth and Nadastrom. Read on for the hilariously witty responses from the Texan producer. Continue Reading
After playing a pumping b2b set with Nadastrom last night at our VS HARD Day of the Dead pre-party, NYC’s Sabo will be opening up the Moombahton Massive stage tomorrow evening from 6:00-6:55PM. If last night’s set was indicative of what he’ll be putting down at HARD, you won’t want to show up late and miss this one. Check out his responses to our quickfire below, and if you still haven’t, grab your tickets here! Continue Reading
A producer, a vocalist, MC and collaborator – Whiskey Pete is a jack of all trades to electronic music. With releases on Ultra, Mad Decent, Dim Mak and many more, Pete’s widespread involvement in the scene just wasn’t enough. Pete teamed up recently with Kittie Brown and has officially launched the new label Switch Blade Recordings, aiming to seek out artists and producers that are “on the cutting edge of what will be the next big sound in electronic dance music.”
We had a chance to ask 5 big questions revolving around the label launch, and learned a lot more then we expected…
I’ve been waiting a long time for this. With my heart reasonably tied to the sounds of the UK, part of me squeals with joy when I see one of the young artists pushing the new era of garage come to the states. It means something real; that the music that the UK has been an advocate of for ages now has finally touched down in the US, that the was once behind-the-curve American market for dance music may slowly be catching up. Disclosure, consisting of Howard and Guy, two very young brothers (18 & 21) have quickly risen to the forefront of this kind of sound, and lucky for LA, they headlined an amazing live show at the El Rey to a sold out crowd of costumed enthusiasts on Halloween.
I’m pretty sure something has to be said that every single song they’ve made has been released, and on top of that, they’re all hits. These kids quite literally hopped on to making garage style music after falling in love with Burial’s Untrue two years ago, and ever since then it’s been a whirl of success, with a free EP garnering them masses of downloads & “What’s In Your Head” in every single DJ rotation, radio show, and mixtape this summer.
As everyone was doing some last minute costume prepping before heading to the El Rey that night, I jetted over to the historic venue to have a chat with the boys before the show. Their young faces & Howard’s aside that he misses England were perhaps the only things indicating their age; the boys otherwise spoke and performed as though they were much older. Great guys, pleasant interview, a real treat. Later, after I arrived to the always great Samo Sound Boy‘s set, there was a pleasantness in the air unlike other shows; a kind of unspoken knowledge of the oxytocin-laced, subtle booty-shake set that Disclosure was about to provide. And that’s exactly what it was. After opening with “Control”, the boys worked rather seamlessly together in their live show, leaving perhaps the entire audience with a smile on their face the entire time. Whatever it is they are doing, they are doing it right. I’m very much looking forward to the boundless future of Disclosure, and happily await their return.
Until then, get your digs with the interview, and their very awesome mix for The Fader below.