For those that haven’t yet checked out Point Blank Los Angeles, you have another chance coming up! The next Open House event takes place this Saturday November 21st, and you can register for your FREE tickets via the Eventbrite pageto guarantee your place. This is an opportunity to take a tour of their LA school and check out the cutting-edge music tech at PBLA. They are very pleased to announce that pioneering LA techno duo Raíz (Droid Behavior, VRV) will now be making an appearance on the day, to deliver some music industry insight alongside an exclusive Q&A. You’ll also learn some music production essentials with free workshops from our expert instructors, Bon Harris (Nitzer Ebb, Smashing Pumpkins) and Computo (Flying Lotus, A-Trak, Zedd).
Paradise Garage means a lot of things to a lot of different people, but if you were around NYC in the 90’s than those two words take on a profoundly holier meaning. For those who are new, Paradise Garage served as a playground to NYC’s bourgeoning house and disco scene welcoming any and all types of boogie monsters looking to spread love and joy in the now SoHo district of NYC. What now seems like common practice was once pioneered by the legendary dance hall including placing the DJ at the center of the party’s focus, a practice that birthed the funk phenomenon Larry Levan in the flesh. Continue Reading
The Aussie house gangster Hey Sam is back at it with a dangerous club flip of Ayo Alex’s new single Want it featuring Juicy Jay and we were all over it before we even got the nod on this premiere… here’s what the young gun had to say about it:
“AYO Alex hit me up to do this remix and I jumped on it straight away as I’m a big fan of his original version but it’s a little too heavy for my DJ sets. My version is more stripped back, bassline driven and I’ve found it has plenty of impact in the clurrrbbb.. Also stoked that Uprise Music have let me release this for free download.”
Before we know it, December is going to be here, and the countdown to the second edition of the Electric Paradise Music Festival in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic can officially begin, if it hasn’t already. On December 19th, this annual festival will be taking over its unique beach venue with the help of world-class artists such as Guy Gerber, Hot Since 82, Chromeo, AlunaGeorge, Major Lazer, Matador, Moon Boots, and more. Another artist that will be playing amongst the art, food, design, technology, paradise, and more is the New York-based studio wizard, Nicolas Jaar, who was just announced, along with the full Stage 3 lineup.
There are only a handful of artists that are held in such high esteem as Nicolas Jaar. Known for his eclectic, far-out style of electronic music intended to take listeners on a journey, this Chile-born mastermind has built a large cult following through his one-of-a-kind releases, and mind-bending DJ/live sets that can include everything from ambient, to disco, to techno – all artfully woven together. Jaar is a true artist that strives for perfection in his craft, and he makes this apparent in everything that he does, while also going against the grain to push a transcendent sound unlike any other. There is a reason why he plays some of the biggest music festivals around the world, and if you’re not familiar with that reason yet, we highly recommend seeing him live, especially in a setting like Electric Paradise. Buy tickets to the festival on the official website.
The mysterious producer/vocalist, Sevdaliza, initially made her introduction to the music world with her first self-released EP, The Suspended Kid, and an outstanding collaboration with Stwo, “Haunted.” Now she’s prepping for the release of her next EP, Children of Silk, with the unveiling of the lead single, “Men of Glass” featuring Rome Fortune. As a co-producer on the track, she, along with the other producer Mucky, brings moody vibes with a string-laden downtempo rhythm to support her unique vocals and rap verses that add a new dimension. Check out the track here and stay tuned for the EP release on November 18th.
Push 2 is here and to celebrate its sampling features Point Blank hosted a classic French house deconstruction on the latest FFL! Joined by Ski Oakenfull, they broke down the Thomas Bangalter, Alan Braxe and Benjamin Diamond track ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ using the new features of Ableton Push 2 and version 9.5 of the software. To get more tutorials and live events like this, make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel. If you want to learn more about how classic tracks were composed as well as learn about music theory, mixing and mastering, Point Blank’s Ableton Live online Diploma course covers all this and more. Taken for up to 64 weeks and from anywhere in the world, it’s the perfect course for anyone looking to take their career to the next level. Point Blank’s graduates include Goldie, Jon Rundell and Patrick Topping so make sure you find out more about their online Ableton Diploma course here.
Sicarii, aka Billboard Dance’s Editor Matt Medved, has been making his way in the artist realm, and he’s already making waves. Earlier this year, he played BillBoard’s Hot 100 Festival, alongside some of the biggest names in contemporary music, and during his set, he debuted his remix of Maroon 5’s “Sugar,” which was actually supported by the band themselves. The remix is an Ibiza-inspired tune driven by a smooth house groove, the original’s vocals, and a filtered piano chords. Have a listen to the remix, as well as the live set, and get more insight on the track from Sicarii below.
“This all began in Ibiza in 2013. I was hanging out at Sa Trinxa, this incredible bohemian beach bar on Las Salinas, and I was so inspired by the music I heard there. Smooth, funky house music with reverb-drenched pads that just perfectly fit the sunset scene’s incredible atmosphere. I channeled that vibe on what was originally intended as an original track. But when Interscope gave me the opportunity to remix Maroon 5’s “Sugar,” I realized how well Adam Levine’s vocals fit within what I’d made. I loved debuting it at Billboard Hot 100 Fest, and receiving official support from the band a few days later was an unexpected honor.” – Sicarii
Earlier this year, the London-based producer/manager, Duncan Murray, delivered a stand out remix of ON AN ON’s “Drifting,” and now he’s coming through with his second release of the year. This time, he’s worked Ofelia K’s “Gone” into a hypnotic deep house gem that would fit perfectly into a late-night set. With tracks like this, Murray is able to hone his production skills, all while he manages Great Britain’s rising stars Tom Misch and Blonde.
“I discovered “Gone” on Hype Machine and instantly wanted to work with the vocal. I wanted to create a new blissed out version that would keep the vibe of the original but just make it more suitable for the clubs. I really enjoyed working on it and tried to make the remix a bit of a journey!” – Duncan Murray
Now that HARD’s successful Day of the Dead Festival is in the bag, Destructo has his sights set on the future, specifically his endeavors from land to sea in January and February of 2016. The sold-out HOLY SHIP!s will be happening on January 3-6 and February 10-13, but in between, the DJ/producer/festival founder will be throwing down on the Ship2Ship Tour, alongside dirtybird mainstay, Justin Martin, and up-and-comer Rezz, across the U.S. from January 14th to February 5th.
In addition to the tour news, Destructo is also staying busy on the release front with a forthcoming track, “Bodyback,” on AC Slater’s Night Bass label. Check out the darker, bass-fueled g-housey tune below, and pick it up on Friday on the This Is Night Bass Vol. 2 compilation.
If that wasn’t enough, you can enjoy Destructo’s Diplo & Friends guest mix that features a grip of unreleased tracks of his own, as well as jams from Justin Jay, AC Slater, Jauz, and many more (tracklist after the jump).
Myself and the GottaDanceDirty crew had a chance to check out RÜFÜS as they rolled through Los Angeles on tour promoting their forthcoming album. One of the bigger singles they have released in preparation of its release is “Like An Animal.” The emotional lyrics are sure to resonate with anyone with ears, but they seemed to resonate a bit more with Dom Dolla, who has made the track his own. A brutally smooth bassline brings this indie-twinged tune to the late night dance floor in a big way. Stream the tune below exclusively at GDD and show both RÜFÜS and Dom Dolla their due love.