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To get us hyped for their big show this Saturday night @ Exchange LA, I caught up with house music lords Chris Lake and Amtrac for another cheeky edition of our Quick-hitter interview series. The two have never met, but we found plenty to be sized up in their comparisons of Los Angeles and preparation for the gig. Let’s get to it!

AMTRAC….

1.) Whats your favorite track (original or remix) by Chris Lake?
Chris Lake – Chest (Original Mix)
Deadmau5 – Faxing Berlin (Chris Lake Edit)

2.) First memory of coming to LA?
I remember leaving my phone in a car when I went to a show in Hollywood. I ended up having to find my way to some party on Mulholland to retrieve it. Mulholland Drive is such a tight movie, so I didn’t mind the journey so much.

3.) You’re driving a convertible around LA, what song is playing?
CAN – Vitamin C

4.) Go-to spot to eat in LA?
The King of Grill in Hollywood / the fire walk up tacos

5.) What non-music celebrity would you go b2b with and why?
Shia LaBeouf, because I’m sure his tracks would “Do It”

6.) 1 thing you want Chris Lake to know before the show July 11 @ Exchange?
I probably won’t play any AC/DC

CHRIS LAKE….

1.) If you weren’t making music / DJing what would your job be?
I’d probably be designing tall buildings like skyscrapers and bridges, things like that. It always fascinated me as a kid.

2.) First memory of coming to LA?
I played Monday Night Social 8 years ago so that would have been my first trip here. There was a heat wave and I thought I was going to die in that temperature. It did take me a few trips to get used to it here though, but now I love it and I’ve been living here for nearly 4 years.

3.) You’re driving a convertible around LA, what song is playing?
Anything by the beach boys

4.) Go-to spot to eat in LA
M cafe on Melrose

5.) What non-music celebrity would you go b2b with and why?
Idris Elba coaches a bad ass and he can also DJ (I know I kinda cheated)

6.) First thing that comes to mind when you think of the word ‘AMTRAC’?
Journeys with a view to San Diego (on a train, obviously)

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Don’t miss Chris Lake and Amtrac alongside Satin Jackets, Mister Blaqk, and our very own BONES this Saturday, July 11 @ Exchange LA in downtown Los Angeles!
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Life’s a bitch and then you die. The haunting lyrics of Nas on his recent single have been echoed through the years of hip-hop. Dallas newcomer Zander has given us the reason to live up the motto in his low-end driven house flip, with a deep wobble, stabbing bassline and a hint of breaks for good measure. Fans of Jack Beats, Amine Edge & Dance and Tchami will be all over this one. Grab it below for FREE DOWNLOAD!

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We kick off the #MDW2015 with a special edition of the GDD™ Guest mix, brought to you by the New York native Tony Quattro – whipping up a massive hour of bass heavy house and jackin appeal. Get ready to dig deeper, as Tony features forthcoming singles and collaborations with the likes of Bot, Stanton Warriors, and even some still a mystery! Grab this one below and kick the holiday weekend off proper.

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We’re back with a new horoscope reading from Main Course‘s  Astronomar…. each week we are will giveaway a new track from the label, while Astronomar and special guest Hasse De Moor personally gives astrological readings for DJs & producers alike. Today’s track is a jersey club driven edit of Dada Life’s massive classic “Red Meat White Noise” by the man himself – grab it below via ToneDen and prepare to be mesmerized by your weekly horoscope reading!

Dada Life – Red Meat White Noise (Astronomar Club Edit)

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Astronomar’s Horoscope Readings #2:

AriesIf your weekly party is a bit slow this week, don’t take it out on the few people that showed up. Maybe they were one of the few attendees that retweeted you.

GeminiDon’t sugar coat your bio; just because a big DJ downloaded from your private link doesn’t mean that they are supporting your track.

CapricornTry not to name drop this week; you may have an encounter that will make you feel foolish if you say the wrong thing.

SagittariusDon’t let your insecurity stifle your progress. Much like WeTransfer links, sometime the best things are only available for a small window of time.

LeoIf you find yourself in a Twitter beef, get your point across clearly then let your silence speak. It’s important to use negative space not only in your tracks, but in your timeline as well.

CancerBe careful of the person that comes up and train spots every track you drop; and certainly do not accept any drinks from them. Sure Irish Car Bombs are hella good, but how are you gonna feel when you are puking in the bathroom, your ride is long gone an your USBs are missing?

Pisces – If you find yourself in need of a good laugh this week, just look at the the soundcloud accounts of negative commenters.. LOL they ain’t doin shit! Keep your head up homie!

AquariusEverything comes full circle. If you are looking for tracks to spice up your set this weekend, look back into the past for some forgotten classics. the new kids won’t know what it is and will assume it’s a dub

LibraIf you find yourself spending more & more gig money on Ubers when it’s obviously a walkable distance, save your money and walk and use the extra loot to boost the post promoting your next gig.

ScorpioDon’t always take things at face value. just because some DJ has insane social stats that doesn’t mean that anyone who actually matters respects them or fucks with them.

TaurusIn order keep your output strong this week, you need to know your weaknesses. pay for proper mastering instead of sending out home masters; the chances of getting a spin from Diplo or Skrillex are infinitely higher if your track sounds great.

VirgoNever lose your experimental spirit. try a new softsynth or compressor this week.

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We kick off this festive Tuesday with a new weekly series from Main Course mogul Astronomar…. introducing his Horoscope Readings – each week we will giveaway a new track from the label, while Astronomar and special guest Hasse De Moor personally gives astrological readings for DJs & producers alike. Our first track is Astronomar’s rework of Armand Van Helden’s classic “Work Me! (Gadamit)” – grab it below via ToneDen and prepare to be mesmerized by your weekly horoscope reading!

Armand Van Helden – Work Me! (Gadamit) (Astronomar copycat re-drum)
I love the original track so much, but wanted a beefier version for the club.. so I made an edit mimicking all the sequencing, but added some heavier drums.. enjoy!

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Astronomar’s Horoscope Readings #1:

Scorpio:
You may feel like collaborating, but finishing solo projects might be the thing that will maintain a balance in your output

Capricorn:
Be grateful.
The sting from a hair being pulled out by a wristband is a small price to pay for a night of free partying.

Libra:
Stay humble; don’t become a dick just because Skrillex played your remix at Ultra main stage.

Leo:
Take a moment to realize what side of the fence you are on.
The DJ booth if for the DJ. If you aren’t DJing or the DJ’s manager you have no business in the booth.

Aries:
Take your chances; You will never know if he’s down to repost your new track if you don’t ask him.

Cancer:
Take note of the liberties you’ve earned while social climbing ; just because you know the promoter doesn’t mean you can ask for a +4 one hour before the club opens. Thats just rude and you know better. This isn’t your first rodeo.

Aquarius:
Patience is key, people will respond to your promos.

Virgo:
Maintaining a balance is really important for you this week.
It might be a good idea to have a glass of water between every double shot of Fireball.

Pisces:
If it is uniformity you seek, maybe cutting in line because you “know the DJ” isn’t a good look. Keeping things in order will bring a certain level of peace to your life.

Taurus:
Communication is vital for you this week.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to your favorite DJs for feedback on your new track.

Gemini:
Get to know people! You don’t want to be asking yourself; “Does he really want to bootleg my track, or does he just want my stems?” The answer should be obvious if you know the person asking.

Sagittarius:
Be driven but don’t force it; asking people at the club to follow you on Soundcloud is a no-no!

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If you’ve attended a Desert Hearts party, consider yourself lucky.  This Southern California music and arts collective has had a phenomenal year, putting on a handful of the most talked-about shows and festivals around. What do you get when you take the elated, carefree vibe of early Coachella days and cross it with a brazen step forward in electronic sound? Desert Hearts. The mix we’re bringing to you exclusively is a stand out B2B set including an on point selection of deep/tech from Deep Jesus and Marbs. This release is in celebration of their performance at Minimal Effort‘s NYE event at Lot 613 in LA (Tickets), which features the rest of the Desert Hearts crew, as well as DJ T., Three, & Fur Coat.  Enjoy the mix, see you on NYE!

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Kiwi is a name you’ll want to remember in the coming year.  Amongst the company of Duke Dumont and Jax Jones, this up-and-coming producer completes the trio that is Blase Boys Club.  Of English roots, Kiwi has a widespread expertise house, techno and everything in between.  His latest 2-track project, The Mara EP, has received much love from the dance music community, a testament to his unique style and sound.  Duke Dumont’s own remix of the title track, “Mara,” has even gone on to be nominated for DJ Magazine’s “Best of British” award for best remix.


We’re proud to bring you all the latest from Kiwi, a an exclusive mix for GDD.  Get lost in his unique sound and explore some of his favorite jams, a great way to spend a half hour.

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At the tender age of 19, XO has begun a budding career as a multi-faceted producer, songwriter, and DJ out of the UK. His sound, forward; his lyrics, relateable; vibes, on point. It’s exactly what I’ve come to expect out of the UK at the moment, illustrious coupled basslines with diverse percussive arrangements that accentuate the featured vocalist. For his debut EP, “Through The Night,” a three track feature takes place with a credible range of tunes from sultry sub-soul to to hustling UK garage that is reassuring for his Freshmen release. We got the chance to exchange words with XO after “Through The Night” was released on December 1st where his affinity for Justin Timberlake comes to life, his highlights from the year as a newcomer are revealed, and some possible projects for 2015 divulged.. dig in! Continue Reading

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Our next GDD exclusive comes from Toronto-based duo Loud Luxury, offering up their new original “Give That”. A Jazzy Sax section breaks down into into deep grooves fit for the club – this one sends you straight to the underground. Future house phenom Oliver Heldens premiered its first play in his Heldeep Radio podcast, and we’re excited to be giving you the exclusive release for FREE download… listen and grab it below!

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