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After a hugely successful weekend at Snowball Music Festival, we return with 3 of the acts to bring you a slice of what you may have missed in Colorado. This thursday @ VERSUS, we welcome the Bang Gang wildchild Cassian from Australia, riding the momentum from his ‘Vamos a la Americas’ tour. Also coming in hot off Snowball Fest are the Guns In The Sun DJs and Bixel Boys, and supporting will also be GypsyDiscoCaravan and our very own aRod. Make sure you hurry up and RSVP, this is one is gonna be a hot mess of a good time.


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As we are now in the eye of the holiday hurricane, the right dose of mixtape can get you through all the buzz and bustle of the crazy season. Lucky for you, our very own aRod & BONES have comprised an early present for all you faithful dirty dancers out there. Back by popular groove, this is the second installment of our collaborative project between the polar opposite ends of the Gotta Dance Dirty spectrum. Recorded LIVE, the product is a an hour long journey through Disco, Indie, Deep, Heart and Soul. Happy Holidaze everyone!

aRod + BONES – HOLIDAZE 2011 Mix by trevorBONES

Cliff Martinez – He Had a Good Time
Chromatics – Kill For Love
Azari & III – Reckless With Your Love (Tiga Remix).
Katy Perry – The One That Got Away (Plastic Plates Dub)
Friendly Fires – Hurting (Tensnake Remix)
Gigamesh – People (Cyclist Remix)
Pat Lok – No Shame (Goldroom Remix)
Florence & The Machine – Take Care [Drake Cover] (ColeCo Midnight Remix)
Nero – Reaching Out (Fred Falke Remix)
Madonna – Holiday
Bxentric – Foolishness (Vocodub Mix)
Inner City – Big Fun (Simian Mobile Disco Remix)
Jonas Rathsman – Tobago
Johnny Dynell – Jam Hot (Tensnake Remix)
The Rapture – How Is Deep Is Your Love (Cassian Remix)
Tyson – After You’re Gone (Solo Remix)
Oliver $ – Granulated Soul
M.in & Dualton – Le Cirque Du Tambours (Den Ishu Remix)
Cassius – Sound Of Violence (Franco Cenelli Remix)
Slow Hands – Auld Lang Syne

*And for all you Dirty Dancers in LA, SB, and SF! Don’t miss our GDD™ HOLIDAZE TAKEOVER party @ on the top floor of Savoy in downtown Santa Barbara this Saturday!

Winter is just around the corner, and I know you dirty dancers can feel it. The best way to stay warm and keep that body movin? Why, your weekly dose of The Dirt of course. Today we bring you some of the top tunes procured by none other than aRod and BONES, a collaboration that represented the Official Pacific Festival mixtape, and then some. In this edition, we’ve decided to share with you our favorites in the Deep House category. Culminating from the origins of Garage, Soul, UK Funky, and good ol’ House, we’ve selected some of our favorites both classic and current. Enjoy these while you’re gettin’ it done, whether for serious or for play. DO WORK, AND GO DEEP.

• Chris Malinchak – No Secrets (ft. Damon C. Scott)

Like many others, I’ve been obsessed with this heavenly piece of soulful deep disco/deep house for the last month. It’s made appearances on some of the season’s best mixtapes (including Goldroom & Zimmer) along with countless makeout mixtapes all over the world.

• Jonas Rathsman – Love is My Middle Name

As we eagerly await the release of Jonas Rathsman’s “Tobago”, here’s an overlooked nugget of his from a few months back. This deep, 90s-tinged, house throwback is a nice lead in to “Tobago”. According to our man Leon at FRΞNCH ΞXPRΞSS, “Tobago” will be out in two weeks, which, under every circumstance, is Leon’s answer for all release dates: “TWO WEEKS”.

• Art Department feat. Seth Troxler – Living The Life (Aba Therapy Version)

The Art Department Essential Mix has become the most universally revered mix of 2011 here on GDD™. We Spotified the original version of this track on The Dirt #50 and today we feature the slightly deeper Aba Therapy Version which appeared on the Essential Mix. Set the mood with this one.

• Cadillac feat. Tesla Boy – Make You Feel (Marcos Cabral Remix)

This is another track in heavy rotation this month. Marcos Cabral takes the poppiness of the original out and adds a deep Balearic disco touch to this track, co-written (with vocals added) by Tesla Boy.

• Storm Queen – Look Right Through

I’m gonna book end my picks with another track featuring Damon C. Scott vocals, this time with Storm Queen, aka Morgan Geist. It’s a classic piece of deep boogie that’s an homage to house music’s Chicago & Detroit roots.

The Dirt #53: aRod’s .zip

Claptone – She Loves You (Original Mix) √+

Introducing the secret crew of some well-known former stage magicians, members of Claptone came to bring magic to your DJ-bag with 4 slices of jacking house. Less than a week out and already heavily supported by the likes of Tensnake, Julio Bashmore, Jesse Rose, Claude VonStroke, Round Table Knights, and Hot Chip (just to name a few). Make ‘em Clap To This.

Fur Coat & Argenis Brito – Space Ballad (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix) √+

Our london boy T.E.E.D. takes this Ballad straight to the moon in a deep bass shuttle. You may laugh at that now but once the low end takes off you’ll be scrambling for your space helmet. Another stellar release on Crosstown Rebels.

FCL – Let’s Go (Original Mix) √+

The elusive Belgians duo take house in its earliest (Garage) form – soulful vocals, über simple piano tunes, and simply added bass. This leaves you with one of the year’s best dance tracks, and some of the most purified house out there!

SLG feat. Smoonly – Feeling 4 U (Catz N Dogz Remix) √+

First heard this in Round Table Knights Summer Mix 2010; insatiable remix by the Berlin-based Catz N Dogz. Once the 1 minute mark and the hi-hats kick you’ll be body jackin before you know what hit you. Check out more of these boys on Get Physical Music.

Young Lovers & Lil’ Bo Tweak – Keep On (Original Mix) √+

Another side project of the UK jack of all trades Hervé (YL) and Trevor Loveys (LBT). This tune is the proud bastard child of UK Garage, UK Funky and 2-step in the best way a collaboration could produce, one of the many creations on Herve’s new Deep Thrills vol. 1  full length VA release.

• BONES – The Dirt #53 (zipped up)

*Be on the lookout for aRod + BONES Holidaze 2011 mix, coming very soon!

DIRTY DANCERS! Go deep into the new season with my brand new Fall mix filled with bedroom bliss + dance floor delight.  Special attention goes to the back to back exclusives by MOON BOOTS and VICEROY – thank you gentlemen for hookin’ up GDD™ + me & allowing us to debut these two smokin’ hot new tracks.

aRod FallGaze 2011 by aRod | GottaDanceDirty™

• M83  – Midnight City (Christian Strobe Remix)
• Gigamesh feat. Nicole Godiva – People
• Beni feat. Mattie Safer – Someone Just Like You (VillA Remix)
• Body Language – Falling Out (Tiger & Woods Remix)
• Moon Boots – Off My Mind
• Viceroy – Unwind
• Beni feat. Nomi Ruiz – Sway
• The Magician – I Don’t Know What to Do (Fabian Remix)
• Sneaky Sound System – Big (Oliver Remix)
• The Whip – Secret Weapon (Alex Metric Remix)
• Katy B – Lights On (Gigamesh Remix)
• Fabian – This Night
• All The Lights – Chasing Colours (Plastic Plates Remix)
• Novika – Miss Mood (Hot Toddy Remix)
• Darren Hayes – Talk Talk Talk (Fred Falke Remix)
• Flight Facilities – Foreign Language (Will Saul & Tam Cooper Remix)
• Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used to Know (Compuphonic Remix)


LA…The end of summer is upon us!

This Saturday, September 3rd – The funky brewsters of NO SHIRT/NO SHOES are throwing another wet n’ wild pool party @ the Standard Hotel in Hollywood. Gracing the decks this time will be Falcon Punch, Junkyard and GDD’s very own BONES and aRod – along with their chill master residents, Tropicool & Bixel Boys. The party starts @ noon and goes til 6pm, so get out there early for some cool dranks, hot tunes and good lookin people. Kick off the Labor Day weekend right!

The Standard Hollywood
8300 Sunset Blvd.
Noon – 6pm | 21+


Set your Labor Day Weekend to kick back chill-matic with the Geisha Twins remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” – along with a rewind of aRod + BONES Official Pacific Festival mix (a summer favorite by far).

Ellie Goulding – Lights (Geisha Twins Remix) by Geisha Twins

PACIFIC FESTIVAL 2011 PROMO MIX by aRod | GottaDanceDirty™

Southern California’s most scorching music festival is drawing near…only a month to go until Pacific Festival is upon us.  And what better way to help you countdown the days than with the sounds of the Pacific Festival 2011 Official Promo Mix put together by Gotta Dance Dirty’s favorite sunstreakers aRod + ///BONES!  Let our mix not only serve as your guide to the Pacific Festival vibe but also as the soundtrack to every skinny dip, every pool party + every romp under the beach blanket you have this Summer.

PACIFIC FEST 2011 PROMO MIX by aRod | GottaDanceDirty™

Led Zeppelin – All of My Love (Slow Hands Remix)
Cordova – Paradigm
Goldroom – Morgan’s Bay
Human League – Sky (Plastic Plates Remix)
Toro Y Moi – New Beat (Fare Soldi “CantaTu” Remix)
Sneaky Sound System – We Love (James Curd Remix)
Breakbot – Fantasy (AB’s Return to Disco New York Mix)
Justin Faust – Girl Talk (GLOVES Remix)

• Interlude •
Viceroy – Sunny Daze (Original Mix)
Stevie Wonder – Do I Do (U-Tern Edit)
The Glass – Four Four Letter (Black Van Remix)
Tensnake – Something About You (Original Mix)
Julio Bashmore – Battle For Middle You
Danny Daze – Your Everything ft. Louisahhh
Pryda – With Me (Original Mix)

Shout out to our good buddy GLOVES for letting us shed the first light on his new remix of Justin Faust track ‘Girl Talk.’ The EP is due out this month, so be on the lookout for this beach bomber!

Wanna win a pair of tickets to the Pacific Festival? Head over to the GDD Facebook page, and where this mix/post is published:
Leave a comment mentioning (@ tagging) Pacific Festival + another friend
Tell us what your favorite track is on the mix!
= The winner will be selected @ random THIS WEEKEND!

We’ll be at Indochine in downtown Santa Barbara (434 State St.) tomorrow night, come check it out if you’re feeling sexy. If you’ve never been, it’s a beautiful little place. Expect well-made (read: stiff) cocktails, a lively little dancefloor and probably the most zen, most candlelit outdoor patio area you’ve ever cigarette mingled in. We pretty much have spent every Thursday here for the last two years and couldn’t be more excited to take it over. Not to be missed: the solid gold bathroom in the back.


10-11: aRod (GDD
11-12: SNEEVS (GDD)
12-close: ///BONES (GDD)

I’m excited. :)

pic: TheStyleShark

Today is the first day of autumn and what better way to kick off the season than this dreamwave mix* from fellow Bang Bang resident Arod, featuring some standout remixes from Classixx and Friendly Fires.
Arod FallGaze ’09 Mix (right-click and save)
1. Jon Brion – Phone Call
2. Trailer Trash Tracys – Strangling Good Guys
3. Miike Snow – Cult Logic
4. X & Hell – Monster (DCUP Remix)
5. Vinyl Life – Hot Sauce
6. Ghosthustler – Parking Lot Nights
7. Love & Electrik – Sex Video
8. Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars
9. Human Life – To Forever
10. Zoot Woman – Lonely By Your Side
11. La Roux – Bulletproof (Fred Falke Remix)
12. The Penelopes – Stuck in LaLaLand
13. Hercules & Love Affair – I Can’t Wait
14. Wolfmother – New Moon Rising (YACHT Remix)
15. YACHT – Psychic City (Classixx Remix)
16. Gypsy & The Cat – Jona Vark
17. Au Revoir Simone – Another Likely Story (Neon Indian Remix)
18. Phoenix – Fences (Friendly Fires Remix)
19. Neon Indian – 6669 (I Don’t Know If You Know)
20. Memory Cassette – Asleep at a Party
*Gotta Dance Dirty™ shall not be held liable for any children conceived during the listening of this mixtape

HEY: DESTRUCTO is no longer playing Bang Bang this Thursday due to a sudden change of plans but will be playing another night in the near future. JOSH DAVID will be taking over the decks in his place. So, you all must still come jam with us at Velvet Jones, 423 State Street this Thursday from 9:30-1. If you don’t, we’ll find out. And you’ll be cut.

UPDATE: DESTRUCTO just sent us his addictively saucy remix of Rick James’ “Super Freak.” I’ll def. be dropping this Saturday, for now I’ll just keep it on loop. As far as we can tell, we’re the only place you can get it. You know what that means…TWO GDD EXCLUSIVES IN ONE POST…download it already! (direct download, right click>save as)

Rick James – Super Freak (DESTRUCTO remix)
(YSI link)

It’s your resident DJ harasser Stevie E here and the boys at GDD are up to no good as usual today with a special treat for YOU, our dear reader…

We’ve somehow finagled an exclusive interview with DJ DESTRUCTO.

aka: Gary Richards, the man behind every HARD event, resident DJ at Avalon Hollywood’s CONTROL night, the king of the 90’s LA underground rave scene.


The never-ceasing to amaze us master of all things worth listening to and going to, DESTRUCTO! Thanks so much for taking the time out to help an up and coming blog.

GDD: To start things off, can I get you anything to eat? No? Alright, there’s some finger sandwiches in the back if you change your mind. What do you drink? (so we can buy you one Thursday as a thank you.)

DESTRUCTO: Grey goose and tonic.

GDD: It’s on the blog.

GDD: Who would you say had the biggest influence on bringing the electronic scene to where it is today? Who have you personally been most influenced by?

DESTRUCTO: People from LA I would say…Barry Weaver, Doc Martin, Jason Bentley, Beej, Gary Blitz, Daven, Kool-Aid and Pasqual.

GDD: You and Loveman certainly played a huge part in the west coast underground scene in the 90’s. From the days of map points and warehouses to today’s massives and sports arenas, how has the rave and party scene, particularly in LA, changed since then?

DESTRUCTO: I think today its seems like the music is much, much better, which in turn is creating larger events and different types of people enjoying electronic music.

GDD: How would you describe the scene now and what do you see it pushing towards in the future?

DESTRUCTO: I think it’s morphing into more than just a scene, it’s a lifestyle.

GDD: HARD events, with their razor sharp innovation and edge-cutting lineups behind them are quickly becoming the new places to be. How did HARD come about and can you share with us any plans or ideas for the future of HARD?

DESTRUCTO: I have been producing and releasing compact discs for the last fifteen years. Nobody buys them anymore so I thought, “why not go back to my roots and produce events and DJ again?” Coming up we have the HARD SUMMER 08.08.09 and HARD HAUNTED MANSION 10.31.09.

GDD: HARD feels much more like a proper party and cause for celebration than what the standard “rave” has become, is this a reaction to the massives that are being put on, a return to the roots of it all? Do you think we’ll ever see a return to the days of ferries with DJ’s on board taking kids to parties on Catalina island or the adventure of the “break into where ever you can and dance until the cops roll up” get togethers?

DESTRUCTO: I am not sure what we will see in the future from other promoters. I know for myself and HARD it’s about doing it proper. I will never leave anything to chance and always make sure everything is put in place for our supporters. We will always make sure at HARD you get the best, safest and most legal events that I can possible put together.

GDD: With HARD 13 fast approaching, you’ll have been in the company of the brilliant Alexander Rhida (Boys Noize) at HARD a couple times now. Can we expect to see more of him in the future? I seriously doubt my mind will ever function properly again after hearing his set at HARD Halloween, the only cure is further melting.

DESTRUCTO: I would always love to have Boys Noize on all HARD events. Sometimes you need to mix things up and change it up but yes for sure BOYS NOIZE and his posse will be performing at more HARD events.

GDD: Are you able to find time to kick back with the artists you’ve booked at all? We here at Gotta Dance Dirty often speculate about a big breakfast for all the artists at your house the morning of the party.

DESTRUCTO: Not so much at my house but yes we get to hang from time to time. Part of my day job is co-managing The Crookers.

GDD: Does HARD/Nitrus Records offer internships or any opportunities to get involved with this big beautiful world of wild, curfew-breaking parties? Ever looking to hire? You know we’ll tear yo tickets, just say the word.

DESTRUCTO: As we expand we are always looking for responsible, hardworking people who love the music.

GDD: How did you get into promoting? What are your most memorable experiences thus far? Will we ever see a HARD Wild Rivers? (not counting the time at the first one when Dave 7 got naked at the giant jaccuzi and ran around, of course.)

DESTRUCTO: I got into promoting in 1990. I just loved this music so much and thought, “wow if I could make more money working with this music than my job delivering pizza, I would be a seriously happy kid.” And it worked out. I think Wild Rivers may be out of the question. Way too many memorable moments to count.

(so check this out kiddies: in the summer of ’91, DESTRUCTO did the impossible and threw LA’s first outdoor underground in the cop-heavy heart of Orange County. Last minute cancellations on the part of the first venue, who didn’t want a “drug party,” forced them to do it at Wild Rivers, Irvine. There were water slides, an Olympic-sized jacuzzi, and thousands of people. They called it MICKEY’S HOLY WATER ADVENTURE, it later became known as the “Ultimate Rave.” He’s best known for throwing RAVEAMERICA at Knott’s Berry Farm, however. At midnight they played snippets from “Dominator” and “O Fortuna” from all seven stages together and shot off fireworks. People went so fucking balls crazy for it that Knott’s had to shut off all the power for an hour just to get people to calm down to a safe level.)

GDD: How would you describe your DJ sets? How did you start out and what setup are you currently using? Do you think the new superstar DJ vibe is here to stay in dance music? You let all the GDD boys on stage over the summer, and we all appreciate the DJ being part of the party instead of on some far off pedestal.

DESTRUCTO: After almost 20 years I look at my sets and basically call it PARTY. I will play NWA into BART B MORE, I feed off the crowd, it’s whatever makes the party jump. Currently I use Ableton Live or vinyl.

GDD: How’s being resident DJ at CONTROL treating you? Last week with Fischerspooner and DANGER was absolutely fucking wild. You and Mr. White always seem to be having fun, to say the least. Anything ridiculous happened so far on/back stage that our readers might enjoy hearing?

DESTRUCTO: All kinds of crazy shit but you have to come to see.

GDD: What’d you grow up listening to?

DESTRUCTO: Mostly rock and r&b. My dad has been in radio and records for 40 years and when I was seven he took me to Led Zep and that changed my life. I love Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Paraliament Funkadelic…anything good really.

GDD: What’s on your most played list now?

DESTRUCTO: Crookers.

GDD: What do you think of the music blogs today, specifically their promotion of dance music artists and DJs? Can labels do anything to control those damn commie blogging kids getting every track out there the second it leaks or is the free promotion worth more to a label? Is this any different for electronic music? How do you think the blogs and aggregator sites like Hype Machine are changing the face of electronic music and all the people and events connected to it?

DESTRUCTO: I love it. I think it’s the reason electronic music is so big right now.

GDD: What do you think of Gotta Dance Dirty, specifically this interview? (;

DESTRUCTO: You guys fucking rock, keep it up.

GDD: You’ll be playing a Bang Bang party in Santa Barbara at Velvet Jones this Thursday with support from our personal friends and residents Cam Francisco, DJ Winner and aRod, the town couldn’t be more excited about it. Cam Francisco has a formidable mustache that’s been in the works for a while now. How do you feel about playing along side DJs with such attention demanding follicular accessorization? Will you be making any facial hair modifications in preparation for the event?


GDD: We’ve gotta ask…do you ever feel compelled to dance dirty? If not, why and what happened that made you clean up your act? How do you feel about the obscene and highly immoral gyrations that your DJ sets invariably bring out in a crowd?

DESTRUCTO: Bring it on…

GDD: Finally, any advice for up and coming promoters, DJs, producers or future label owners?

DESTRUCTO: Make shit happen on your own. Don’t wait for someone to help you out just make it happen.

GDD: The boys at GDD and all our readers can’t thank you enough for taking the time out to talk to us and we can’t wait to see where you take things next. Catch you Thursday at Bang Bang.


and here are some links for all you guys: