Month: August 2017

Aspire to Inspire 208: Black Tiger Sex Machine

(Original Photo By: John Londono)

For those of us who are driven by our creative side, finding a path we will truly enjoy in the long term can be a lengthy process. There are a lot of experiments, a lot of experiences, and hopefully when we find the right niche, an extraordinary result.

Julien, Patrick, and Marc-André of Black Tiger Sex Machine all share a similar experience when it comes to finding their way. The three members of the beloved electronic trio started out with a passionate love of art in one way or another.

For Julien, he knew art would be a constant in his life, yet it wasn’t until he was backpacking through Europe that music stood out as the best choice. Patrick had many different dreams as a kid, but his background in acting was what sparked his interest in creating an out of the ordinary experience for the audience, whether it was through music or theater. Marc-André, however, saw himself on more of the business side in his younger days— primarily as an entreprene..

The Peanut Gallery Releases Trippy Video to Follow Up “Deep Thoughts” [Video]

The Peanut Gallery is largely one guy, despite what the name implies. Orlando Solo is a rapper out of Jew Jersey whose first single, “Deep Thoughts” is mostly hip hop but it also has ravey elements. Solo recently released a video to accompany the track, which follows the storyline of the lyrics and promises more to come.

“Deep Thoughts” and, indeed, Solo himself seem to be all about the rap. The track is extremely vocal heavy, with barely a musical intro or outro. Solo is what is referred to as a “straight-line” rapper, where the lyrics follow every beat and even every half beat, in this case. This style has become popular again recently with the entre of trap, as the syncopation is different than in hip hop and so the lyrics follow the beat in a straight line.

The beat in “Deep Thoughts” is sort of a trap/hip hop hybrid, and there are snare elements woven around said beat which definitely reflect trap, but the rave element comes more from the synths. It’s clear that Solo as The Pean..

Jay Hunna Releases “Good ‘Ol Music” in Advance of His New Album [Video]

Jay Hunna is a rapper out of Chicago who doesn’t mince words. In fact on his new single, “Good Ol’ Music,” he specifically calls out the mumble rap trend with very clear elocution and diction. The track is the first of two singles Hunna has released from his upcoming album, Better Days.

Even if he wasn’t specifically saying that he’s “talking about some Scarface and some Tupac,” as well as Jay-Z, Biggie Smalls and Fugees, it’s pretty clear by the beat and music in “Good Ol’ Music” where Jay Hunna got his inspiration. With round, a bass-heavy beat and jazzy, laid-back oversamples, this track was clearly meant to emulate the “Good Ol’ Music” about which Jay Hunna is so fond.

The video for “Good Ol’ Music” also pays homage to the old-fashioned record shop, and specifically Jay Hunna’s local Chicago spot, called Dave’s Records. It seems only fitting that the 90s-era music Jay Hunna is talking about would be represented on vinyl. Overall it’s a charming picture Hunna paints about what is ..

New Artist Spotlight: WooliebuGGer Stradles House and Experimental Electronica’s “Constant Evolution”

WooliebuGGer is a producer and instrumentalist out of Aurora, Illinois who, despite possibly being new to the current EDM scene, has been quietly releasing quirky, experimental-style tracks since 1999. His first track from that era is a clunky, funky static-based track which almost sounds industrial. Since then he’s been all over the board, starting with trippy, DJ Shadow-style tracks and moving to more experimental ambient styles in the last five years or so. Almost unequivocally, however, WooliebuGGer’s work has always had a strong beat.

“Constant Evolution Parts 1&2” is the newest release from this EDM mad scientist, and this track or tracks will be the first off his upcoming EP. The artist himself calls this track a change in direction, especially since his last full-length album called ambnt pkts snd up 1, which is definitely the most ambient of his huge discography on Bandcamp. That album was as close as WooliebuGGer has gotten to being beatless, as he chose to focus on sound de..

Habstrakt Taking Over Brooklyn’s Schimanski With Team From Girls + Boys

This Friday, French bass phenomenon, Habstrakt is hitting the stage at Brooklyn’s Schimanski. Delivering a range of sounds from house to dubstep, this is the go-to party for your afterparty festivities. (Because remember, Electric Zoo is going down this weekend, too.)

This year he released a collaboration with Skrillex titled ‘Chicken Soup’ on OWSLA’s new house project HOWSLA which the label head himself premiered at his surprise Coachella set. He has gained huge support from some of the biggest names in the the scene such as Flux Pavilion, Borgore & Datsik amongst others.

Skrillex & Habstrakt – Chicken Soup

Born Dirty will be joining the stage with their hard hitting basslines and dirtybird style bangers.

Supported by local DJs Bad Ginger, Alex English, Hiyawatha and Dali.

Tickets are still available here but they’re going fast!

This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Habstrakt Taking Over Brooklyn’s Schimanski With Team From Girls + Boys

Zeds Dead Release New Single “Blood Brother” With Diskord & Reija Lee

Zeds Dead are back today with their second new original of 2017. Where their collaboration with Illenium was heavy and melodic, this new cut, “Blood Brother,” with Diskord and Reija Lee, serves as the sonic antithesis to “Where The Wild Things Are.”

First off, Reija Lee ranks as one of my favorite vocalists in dance music. If you haven’t already, check out her work with ShockOne and Metrik. Moving on, Diskord is also a rising duo in bass music, having been signed to Circus Records. The combination of both of these artists with Zeds Dead is already asking for perfection.

Note: if you’re looking for a banger, turn around.

Reija’s voice echoes throughout the track, commanding attention and delivering a large portion of the emotionality in the track, followed only by the production itself. And though there is a heavier part of the track, it actually seems a little out of place. It’s quick enough back into the melodic stuff that it isn’t a huge deal, but still prevalent enough that it ma..

Backstreet is Back, and Hopes to Collab with Aoki, Zedd, Diplo, Chainsmokers on New Record

Backstreet’s back, alright! We’re serious… The Backstreet Boys are literally coming back!

To revamp their act BSB has reportedly signed to RCA Records for their 10th studio album, and the iconic boy band is looking for some electronic music producers to get in on the project. Come to find out, these guys could be working with several of the scene’s biggest names like Steve Aoki, Zedd, Diplo and The Chainsmokers.

AJ McLean exclusively told ET Online:

“We’re reaching out to people who we were always inspired by or who may have been fans and we didn’t even know. We’ve all made friends with different people. Nick’s been talking to Steve Aoki, Howie talked to Zedd, who’s been a big, big fan [and] Diplo, we’ve also talked to. We’ve also done stuff with The Chainsmokers and those guys are amazing and out in Vegas with a residency as well, so who knows.”

OMG! While the teenage fangirl inside all of us is freaking out, our heads are having a hard time wrapping around all of this. Although w..

Electronic Music Awards Announces Performers including Moby, Illenium, Goldfish and More [DETAILS]

The first ever Electronic Music Awards is set to make its mark on music history next month, September 21 at the inaugural ceremony in the downtown Los Angeles art district!

Newcomers and legends alike will take the stage to perform, as the EMAs just announced Moby, Illenium, Autograf, Orbital, Goldfish, Kidnap Kid, Floorplan, Ramzoid and Madeaux are all scheduled to perform live in LA — and across the world via the Twitter livestream.

Classic categories such as “Album of the Year,” “Single of the Year,” “Record of the Year,” and more will be dedicated strictly to electronic music artists at the EMAs, and “DJ of the Year,” Producer of the Year,” “Remix of the Year,” “Festival of the Year,” etc. will allow the most unique facets of the electronic music industry shine.

The mix of artist nominations range from Justice to The Chainsmokers, Flume to Marshmello, Claude Von Stroke to Alison Wonderland, Gorillaz to REZZ. Check out the full list below, and get ready for this exciting, unprece..

Holy Ship! 10.0 & 11.0 Lineups Finally Released

After months of waiting, the lineups for Holy Ship! 10.0 & 11.0 have finally been released.

The first thing to note on these lineups: no Destructo. The father of HARD will not be on either sailing this January as his contract with Live Nation has reached its end. HARD is still a partner on the ship, so it will be interesting to see what kind of dynamic the promoters and artists present to the fans.

The second thing to note: Dirtybird is definitely on the lineup. Dirtybird tweeted on August 3, “Dirtybird will not be on @HOLY_SHIP in 2018.” That tweet has since been deleted. You can be sure to see Claude VonStroke or Justin Martin depending on which weekend you sail.

The third thing to note: Holy fuck is that Testpilot on 11.0!?! Testpilot is Deadmau5’s rarely used alias for tech house, which he most revived for Movement.

Aside from those three points of interest, you need only look at the lineups to see that either sailing is well worth the price of a cabin.

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Ty Dolla $ign Collaboration With Skrillex & Damian Marley Leaks A Day Ahead Of Release

Skrillex’s fifth release in as many weeks is due tomorrow, a collaboration with Damian Marley on Ty Dolla $ign’s record “So Am I.” The track marks the first time since “Make It Bun Dem” that Skrillex and Marley have worked together, making it a sequel of sorts, even if it isn’t really their track.

While the track is officially slated for release tomorrow (or at 9pm PT if you’re on the west coast), it has already leaked in full. The track features subtle, but recognizable production from Skrillex on a smooth and tropical sound (not in the tropical house variety, either, more like a cross between Beach Boys and original Bob Marley).

It’s not particularly a “summer hit,” but it’s quite perfect as summer winds down. It has that feeling of almost being too cold – you’re still sitting by the pool, but maybe you have a light jacket on; margeritas and Mexican beers have been replaced by mixed Whiskey drinks and heavier brews…. you get the idea.

Check out the leak here.

H/T Run The Trap