Minimal Effort announces stacked lineup for upcoming NYE event

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Following a successful All Hallow’s Eve event, Minimal Effort will once again take the reigns at downtown LA’s Belasco Theater on December 31. In its four year run, the event series has made a notable dent in LA’s underground club scene, holding events bi-annually on Halloween and New Years Eve. Their All Hallow’s Eve event proved nothing short of spectacular, with a headlining set from Boys Noize and support from Louisahhh, WhoMadeWho, Audiofly, and others, who tore up Belasco’s main room.

To ring in 2019, Minimal Effort will bring famed international artists to the spacious, ornate theater, including Grammy-nominated Sasha, English producer Skream, house connoisseur Will Clarke, one of DIRTYBIRD’s crowned jewels Justin Jay, and many more. In addition to its performers, The Belasco’s multiple stage atmospheres, lounge areas, live art, and stationed local vendors make it the perfect destination for celebrating the New Year.

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PEZNT rouse listeners with ‘Breakfast’ single on DIRTYBIRD

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PEZNT rouse listeners with ‘Breakfast’ single on DIRTYBIRDPEZNT Breakfast 3000

DIRTYBIRD‘s newest signees — Croation duo and top selectors, PEZNT — have paid hommage to their favorite meal (and activity) of the day: breakfast. In a bout of cheeky, double-entendre-laced ecstasy, a low-pitched vocal outlines all sorts of breakfast-related lyrics whilst PEZNT get to work on the low-end with a grooving bassline and techy percussion. It’s a jubilant, jumpy piece that works effectively in jolting listeners awake; much like a sonic cup of coffee. It’s no wonder fans of the label have been on the hunt for this one since Spring, when Claude VonStroke began giving it a good rinse in his sets.

PEZNT have been rising quickly in the tech house sphere for their infectious original productions and penchant for unearthing powerful records for their set. Their work has been charted by the likes of Brian Tappert (owner of Traxsource), Todd Terry, Claptone, and beyond.

Claude VonStroke unleashes fierce new remix of Elderbrook’s ‘Capricorn’ [Stream]

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Claude VonStroke unleashes fierce new remix of Elderbrook’s ‘Capricorn’ [Stream]Claude Vonstroke Djing Dirtybird Campout

After last year’s breakout hit “Cola” with CamelphatElderbrook has been treated to a variety of remixes. After edits from AmtracZHU, and Jamie Jones, Claude VonStroke is the most recent beat maker to take on an Elderbrook original, stepping up for a new take on 2018’s “Capricorn.”

Putting an entrancing touch on Elderbrook’s light-hearted original, Claude VonStroke adds his signature funky energy, enhancing the original groundwork with scattered vocal chops and full, swelling synths. While Claude’s catalog of original works speaks for itself, the “Make a Cake” producer has a lengthy track record of aced remix efforts, ranging from Rihanna to The Chemical Brothers. Sure to receive heavy live rotations amid the Dirtybird boss’ ongoing world tour, this new remix of “Capricorn” stands as another tasty addition to Vonstroke’s diverse and dynamic catalog.

Meet the Saturday night headliner of BangOn! NYC’s 10th Anniversary celebration – Klingande [Q+A]

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It’s that time again where costumed revelers come out to rave. A time where the best DJs take over venues and warehouses to host a gigantic costume party. BangOn! NYC stands out this spooky season as a key place to celebrate for 2018.  The brand is honoring its Warehouse of Horrors’ 10th Anniversary with a two-night Halloween bash, complete with full production and a haunted manor to amplify the mood.

Hosted at its usual location in Brooklyn, the weekend lineup does not disappoint, inviting guests like Gramatik and Walker + Royce on October 26, and Space Jesus and Klingande on October 27 to its signature Earth and Fire stages. Dancing Astronaut was able to sit down and speak with one of the Saturday headliners, Klingande, about collaborations, favorite plugins and of course, new music.

DJing at small, private, student parties made Klingande (real name, Cédric Steinmyller), dream about playing his own music during sets — this in turn sparked his interest in dance music production and performance. The French producer is known to incorporate piano and saxophone in his original mixes that create a “tropical feel” in his music. “Jubel” and his redemption of “Pumped Up Kicks” are only a couple singles that showcase Steinmyller’s raw talent when it comes to writing and producing music.

In the beginning of his career, Steinmyller experimented with all types of genres and was not specially drawn to “tropical house. But, he later found his sound, which would continue to evolve over the next few months. He branches out more than ever with his new single, “Wonders,” and is preparing to continue this motif while preparing for the release of his debut album sometime next year. He’s offered some details so far — like his Kygo collaboration, who is one of his artistic influences —along with Flume and pop rock bands such as Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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What sparked your love for producing tropical dance music? 
I started producing after being a young DJ. I was playing in small parties, private and sometime student parties, and at some point, I wanted to play my own music. It naturally led me to learn production. I love producing all kinds of music. I wasn’t driven to tropical dance music from the beginning, and even if my music is often qualified as tropical I think it’s going further than that.

Who are your musical influences?
It’s very large from pop rock music like Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers, to progressive house and dance like SHM or Avicii and many more. In the past few years I’ve been impressed by artists like Flume and Kygo. I really value the quality and the melodies in music.

Who would you like to collaborate with?
Kygo would be great, right? As I’m working on my album I’m thinking more seriously about artists I’d love to do collabs with. I love voices like Julia Stone and Justin Jesso.

Congrats on the new single, “Wonders!” Any other projects coming up before the year’s over?
Yes, I just came back from 10 days in studio. I locked in with my team to develop my first album. It’s a work in progress but I’ve never been so close. New music will come in January and the album should come out next year as well!

What are you looking forward to most about BangOnNYC! 10th Anniversary at Warehouse of Horrors in Brooklyn?
A lot of things, the crowd from NYC is always amazing, the lineup is dope with Goldfish, Aston Shuffle. It will be a great party with everyone in costumes, I’m sure we will have a lot of fun!

Tell me about one of your favorite performances.
My favorite performance this year might have been Tomorrowland last summer. I played the new live stage, Organ of Symphony, with the band and we had singers Broken Back and Krishane come out. It was a very special one and once we started it was thrilling! Really gave me and the crew goosebumps.

What hardware/plugins are you loving right now?
I am a huge fan of UAD plugin for mixing my tracks and my favorite synths are Sylenth1, Spire and Omnisphere.

Do you have any favorite artists on the BangOnNYC! lineup?
I love Gramatik, Goldfish and FDVM are friends as well, and I love the sound of Aston Shuffle.


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Strafe x Justin Martin – Set It Off Remix review

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Back in the early ’80s, New York City cats were heating up the floor, moonwalking, and slick talking over the freshly laid pavement that was NYC garage. One of the most memorable anthems of the era was Strafe’s “Set It Off,” a joint every good DJ should have in their crate. Now, thanks to Justin Martin, “Set It Off” has risen to new heights and landed among the clouds.

Justin Martin’s remixes are always bold. When he makes a VIP mix of his own track he creates something completely new yet undeniably faithful. His remix of “Set It Off” is no exception to this brash approach to remixing. Despite the fact that the track is 35 years old and no doubt influenced Justin Martin, he has taken the reins to start the party all over again.

On all sides, left and right, Justin Martin has flipped this track and made it his. It’s dirtier, contemporary, and boisterous, and in true Martin remix fashion, there remains a balance between creativity and appreciation that can only come from a place of genuine familiarity. His remix of “Set It Off” climbs higher and higher, creates more space, all while maintaining the essence of the original track — to get it started and keep it going. The momentum Justin has created with this two-track EP is notable as the three-month-long Set It Off tour is picking up speed, hype, and isn’t going to stop anytime soon.      

‘Set If Off’ is now available through DIRTYBIRD. Order a copy here, and follow the label here 

Exclusive: Ardalan prepares a house feast ahead of Dirtybird Campout

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Exclusive: Ardalan prepares a house feast ahead of Dirtybird CampoutArdalan Credit Justin Martin

Tents are pitched, bags are packed, and campers are readying to connect with their more youthful selves at this year’s Dirtybird Campout West. This year, something special is in store: re-arranged campsites and a brand new lakeside venue mean not only closer proximity to the Campout’s famed activities, but also the addition of water-based fun whilst enjoying the tunes from Head Counselor Claude VonStroke, and his crew consisting of Sacha Robotti, Justin Martin, Will Clarke, and many more.

Ardalan will also be returning to the campout as a Counselor for the 2018 edition, and to give fans a taste of the party that will be taking place during his gig, he’s assembled a succulent mix of energized house and tech beats that is designed to get blood flowing and feet moving across the dancefloor.



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Exclusive: Nick Monaco – Drama (Will Clarke Remix)

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It’s time to cozy up to another pumping remix by Dirtybird mainstay Will Clarke. The self-professed cuddle aficionado and producer of raunchy tech beats has added Nick Monaco to his sizeable collection of 2018 reworks, following up a pungent edit of “Dubplate,” by My Cat Snoop. His refreshed take on Monaco is part of Dirtybird Campout West‘s compilation, which sonically hints at a raucous weekend.

The track he’s targeted this time around is “Drama,” a tensely melodic number originally signed onto Dirtybird’s Selects arm. Wherever the original establishes a sinister tone, Clarke amplifies it with a heavier low-end and bass plucks that chase after the listener like the great white shark in Jaws. This titillating take on “Drama” ought to wreak havoc on the dancefloor, particularly during pitch black nighttime hours.


Order a copy of the 2018 Dirtybird Campout West compilation here

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Volkoder – How I Talk [EP Review]

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It’s time to be educated on the ways of the dancefloor through the lens of Brazilian up-and-comer, Volkoder. The São Paulo native has been silently inserting himself into the global circuit via records like his 2014 Detroit EP, and signing onto labels like Hot Creations, Toolroom, Suara, and beyond. Bolstered by support far-and-wide, the producer found stride in the realm of jovial tech house rhythms, which has potentially culminated in How I Talk — his Dirtybird debut. In fact, it’s one that ownder Claude VonStroke has personally tapped as the one to shoot Volkoder to the top of the Western dance sphere.

How I Talk is Volkoder’s rhythmic language. Across its two tracks, he expresses himself by way of playful synthwork, crisp drum layers, and scintillating basslines. The EP commences on a subtler note through “I Talked,” which captures attention through its low-end grooves and encouraging handclaps. Bursts of tongue rolls and voice edits courtesy of Mr. Hollywood add a hint of spice to the overall production. However, the record crescendos on “How,” which has been rinsed far and wide already by Claude VonStroke. With its wild vocal clips leading the listener into a wild drop, standing still feels impossible the moment the bass and roars of extraterrestrial-inspired synthesizers are injected back into the mix. How I Talk certainly packs enough heat to stretch summer out just a little longer.


Will Clarke concocts a cozy house mix ahead of CRSSD [Exclusive]

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Will Clarke concocts a cozy house mix ahead of CRSSD [Exclusive]Will Clarke Press Credit Jvkdvideos

There’s been no stoppage to Will Clarke‘s creative tap in recent months. The Bristol bearded sensation has found his way onto a quite a few imprints beyond his Dirtybird roost, including a jaunt on Solardo‘s Sola, and more recently on Relief Records with his Mercy EP. It’s come time, however, to begin looking toward a return to the nest.

Dirtybird Campout West is swiftly approaching its October 5 arrival in Northern California, where Clarke will be assuming his usual post as a prime camp counselor. Prior to that, however, he’s set to provide San Diego with a round of rattling tech house during its semi-annual CRSSD Festival. Will is no stranger to the festival, having rocked its stages before.

He’s kindly put together an hour of tunes for his fans ahead of both events, however, to help warm up tailfeathers and to showcase his current musical stylings. Per usual, we’re taken on a bouncy ride through standout basslines, commanding vocal clips, and high levels of percussion that knock one into submission and force movement on the floor. It’s a truly cozy mix to snuggle up to when needing a dose of proper house.

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Justin Martin kicks off ‘Set It Off’ tour in support of official Strafe re-work

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Justin Martin kicks off ‘Set It Off’ tour in support of official Strafe re-workJustin Martin Press

Justin Martin has officially become the first dance artist to be granted the “official” title in his re-work of Strafe’s smash hit from the 1980s, “Set It Off.” For years, fans have happily received the remix — then an ID — during Justin’s set, anxiously wondering whether or not the track would be shared to the public. The excitement swirling the remix reached fever pitch, however, when it caught the attention of Strafe himself, who officially sanctioned Martin’s version of the piece. He joins the ranks of Jennifer Lopez, 50 Cent, and Lil Jon in this endeavor, which comes packaged alongside an even more energized club mix come October 12 on Dirtybird.

Such a milestone release calls for tour in celebration. Beginning September 29 and spanning throughout the rest of the fall season, Martin will be “setting it off” on dancefloors across the United States, from the West Coast to the East, and in between. To boot, he’ll be joined by a bevy of other stalwarts in the scene as well, including Latmun, Ardalan, Justin Jay, and his brother Christian.



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