Interviews

Seth Troxler can’t be labeled or categorized. The Detroit-bred DJ and producer was voted #1 DJ on Resident Advisor last year and along with some of his closest buddies, runs the highly sought after dance label Visionquest. Our good friend and all-around rad dude Anibal Luque caught up with him in Miami during this year’s Winter Music Conference and tried to unravel some facets of his world. Catch the interview after the jump!

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Para One is a busy dude with many musical talents: from having dipped in the honey pot of the rap scene a variety of times (his work with French group TTC, production creds on A$AP Rocky’s “Wild For The Night”) to being a part of his own label (Marble, with Teki Latex and Bobmo). After a well-regarded release of his track “Passion” last year, Para One is back with a bigger, badder version thanks to the vocal talents of none other than Cam’Ron. As a sidenote, I can’t write or think about Cam’Ron without seeing this picture in my head, so here. #killuh

I spoke to Para One yesterday just before his trek to the US to tour starting in Miami, where I’m sure inevitably we’ll run into each other. Another sidenote, a definite party to check out that we’ll be at and Para One will be playing at is Lil Death’s NYC vs Paris this Friday. So read on about what Para One had to say after the jump, and as for myself I hope to see many of you out and about!

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“I want you to all smell a dubplate because they smell really good. You might never get to smell one ever again…”

Vivian Host, aka Star Eyes hands me a dusty disc, an old DnB record from Renegade Hardware. I smell it and have to admit, it smells perfect. Like old musty books but better, because it’s music. On the bed sits Jess Gentile, better known as Jubilee. We’re chillin’ in the infamous 181 spot in Brooklyn, Vivian’s current residence, while our lovely photographer, Kaitlin Parry of Shoot People, sets up for this Gotta Dance Dirty exclusive look into the lives and music of two of the best bass DJs and producers around.

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Sometimes I like to think I have a sense of humor. Most of the time I end up just realizing that I have really boisterous opinions and too many platforms with which to express them, but that is neither here nor there.

One of the infinite pleasures of the industry is that the vast majority of DJs and producers are weirdos like me which oft goes fairly unnoticed in regular interviews. Cue my brilliant idea to enhance and embrace this weirdness & just get a bit silly with some of my favorite LOL-worthy artists. So stay tuned for “For the LOLs” to become a more regular thing, cuz if there’s one thing I know Gotta Dance Dirty loves as much as music it’s pure jokes. And whiskey. And stickers on butts. I digress.

My first LOL-erview is with the ever amazing Salva, I’ll leave you to just enjoy the rest after the jump. If you ever have a question you’d like to ask or an artist you’d love for me to chat with, hit @GottaDanceDirty or myself (@lauradambuleff) on Twitter. Stay weird.

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This Thursday (2/28) marks the start of our new GDD monthly happening in San Francisco called Barbary Coast. After a succesfully preview party last fall, we kick into 2013 with UK house mogul Jesse Rose, bringing his internationally seasoned craft of club music to the intimate space of Harlot nightclub.

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To get ready for this week’s show, we sat down for a quick interview with the man himself, catching up on his DJ travels, music production, being a label boss, and what we can expect @ the show…

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Last Friday we jumped on twitter to do a quick pre-show chat with John Dahlback! Easily regarded as on of the most prolific and diverse producers in the game, we got the low-down on his newest release, “Life (Diamonds in the Dark)” feat. Agnes on Big Beat Records, his North American tour and what we can expect for 2013 (it’s gonna be a big year!) Catch the action after the jump!

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Daedelus has always been a champion of pushing unique live presentations, and his Magical Properties tours are a wonderful platform with which to showcase both his amazing live show and the wonderful talent he chooses to bring on board. This time he’s joined by the likes of “the remix Ryan Gosling” Ryan Hemsworth and Body High boss Samo Sound Boy for a 6 week tour, with pop-up support from Salva, Shlohmo, and Two Fresh.

I spoke with Samo Sound Boy just as the weekend was approaching about the tour and what’s up in his world and the Body High world. Samo’s a really great dude who I’m super pleased to see hopping on the Magical Properties tour. Go peep our conversation after the jump, where we talk about California weather, how to party in Miami, studio essentials, and more:

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Pets Compilation Friends Will Carry You Home Too Part 1

Whilst everyone was likely busy prepping their stomachs and couches for Superbowl Sunday, I was catching up with some of my favorite young producers from England, Maribou State and Pedestrian, via a fun little Twitter interview. I’ve been really stoked on what these guys have been doing for quite a while (matter of fact, I think Maribou State were one of the first groups I ever interviewed…) so when they sent over their amazing new collab track “Mask” I knew it was time for a chat again. Out on Pets Recordings today, “Mask” is a truly beautiful tune & actually just got announced as Radio 1′s track of the week. The lush amount of positive feedback is a step in a very well-deserved direction for the boys & I’m eager to see where they go next.

Read more about what “the boys from the Shire” are up to about the moment, a few of their favorite things, and more after the jump! Be sure to turn in to all of our Twitter interviews by following us on Twitter at @GottaDanceDirty & feel free to chime in with your own question using the #AskGDD hashtag!

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Last week we sat down with Thomas Gold before his sold-out show at Roseland Ballroom. This show marked the end of his American Fanfare tour, and he definitely brought out all the stops. A ridiculous amount of lazers, a full drumline plus trumpeters playing the fanfare, sexy marching band clad dancers and his rockin’ tunes. Check out the interview below and find out what what you missed, why Thomas loves NYC and all the crazy things that happened on his tour!


Photos courtesy of Thomas Gold