Made Event‘s titanic New York-based festival, Electric Zoo, is celebrating its tenth birthday this Labor Day Weekend, August 31st–September 2nd. To mark the momentous double-digit occasion, the wildlife-themed event has added two more headlining artists in Alesso and Tiësto to join the star-studded cast of talent that already tops the 2018 bill: Kaskade, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and Virtual Self.
Trap producer extraordinaires Party Favor and Baauer have teamed up to produce a bruising single, “MDR.” The track begins with eerie samples of distorted vocals and slowly builds with an uptempo progression until the main melody kicks in. With weighty undertones permeating the sound, Party Favor and Baauer have engineered a vibrant and balanced style that is bound to captivate fans across the world.
Intriguing interludes of drum and bass percussion break up the piece, as the dynamic nature of “MDR” creates a suspenseful air of mystery with each breakdown and climax. With their latest collaboration, Party Favor and Baauer’s “MDR” is bound to be a surefire hit on the dance floor.
Yo Gotti’s massive club hit “Rake It Up,” featuring catchy bars from Nicki Minaj, gets an explosive remix from none-other than Diplo and Party Favor, both of whom are running the show for Wesley Pentz’ own Mad Decent label.
Diplo has a habit of remixing popular hip-hop tracks, and his decision to pull in Party Favor, who is trekking through the US on his Tuned Out Tour, proves to be positive one, immediately kicking off the remix with bass-heavy synths to counter the original, going into a wild, trap-style drop. As fans know, Diplo is not one for simplicity, putting an upbeat, double-time spin on the second drop.
Party Favor and Bad Royale’s new collaborative effort “Bury” is bold, brash feat of rule-breaking production. Available courtesy of Party Favor’s new Area 25 label, the song comes on the heels of his summer time collaboration with NJOMZA and FKi 1st, “Caskets”.
With hard-hitting drums and a devastating bass line, the lightning fast buildup on this latest track guides the listener into an intense drop. Jamaican reggae artist Richie Loop’s full, rich vocals add a welcome and unexpected flavor to an already impressive song.
Party Favor is one of the top trap and bass acts in the country right now, an experience that continues to cycle the states via festivals and tour spots, and recently has begun to expand even further internationally.
Boasting an extensive number of releases on Mad Decent and collaborations with the likes of Dillon Francis, Party Favor has added new music video to his résumé for his NJOMZA collaboration, “Caskets.” Showcasing 3D effects, super slow motion, and a positive vibe throughout, the music video acts as an appealing accompaniment to the single.
Dylan Ragland, known by most as Party Favor, has cultivated an edgy, exhilarating and thrilling style that has helped pioneer the festival trap genre. With anthems such as “Bap U,” “Booty Loose,” and his latest release, “Caskets,” the young artist has garnered support for his signature trap style that infuses different musical elements in each release, creating a diverse lineup of tracks in his arsenal of original music. The Mad Decent regular delivers an energetic, innately danceable sound, and his high-energy live performances, are exhilarating and unforgettable.
This Sunday, July 23, Party Favor will deliver a headlining set at Hakkasan Nightclub in Las Vegas where he is rumored to drop several IDs that have been in the works. The Los Angeles producer has numerous upcoming shows planned, including appearances at HARD Summer Music Festival and Electric Zoo. Party Favor will undoubtably bring passion into his set, moving the crowd with his eclectic song selection and seamless transitions. In an exclusive interview, Party Favor sheds light onto some of the projects he is currently working on, and mentions who should be on our radar in 2017.
Your new song “Caskets” has that radio crossover appeal. You deviate from your traditional sound but keep your signature elements in the track. What was your inspiration for the piece?
For me I’ve always been trying to evolve my sound and everything that I’m doing in terms of music, and what’s fun for me is that I’m able to make a song like WAWA a couple months ago which is kind of a crazy big festival trap banger and then I can make something like this which is really fun for me, and is more of like a song, and I’m trying to build my songwriting abilities and different production for other people and other producers and pop stars and it was really fun for me to make a summer song, it was a challenge for me to make a fun summer vibe song that made me feel good, and hopefully people can still hear me in the song, I don’t think I sold out at all.
FKI first, who you collaborated with on “Caskets” is a producer from Atlanta known for his trap infused melodic instrumentation. What was your experience like working with him?
It was great, he and I have been working on a lot of stuff, so it was really cool to work and get with someone who sits more on the other side of things of the isle on the hip hop world. I actually mainly worked with him and he originally recorded the vocal for it, so I took the acapella and made the song my own, and then I kind of brought him in last minute and he added a couple of things and that’s what became the track, for me I wanted everyone who had a hand in the song to get credit for it.
You starred in the HARD Summer Music Festival trailer which was the center of some controversy. It is true, that 97% of producers in DJ Mag’s top 100 are men. How do you think we can achieve equal representation of men and women at big festivals?
I think creating a place where women feel more comfortable, where women can get out there and make their voices heard in terms of what their making music wise. There’s a lot of talented female producers out there, but a lot of times they aren’t heard or get chosen over by a man. A lot of times women get discouraged because if you look out it’s kind of man’s game, in a lot of music genres as well, its not just a problem in Electronic music, I think creating a dialogue and creating more opportunities for women to be able to showcase their skill, because obviously they have just as much talent as men do, I think the trailer is what they were trying to push, and it pushed some buttons but that’s what the directed (who was a female)’s goal was to get the conversation started. And Its never going to be an easy cakewalk.
How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?
Hectic, in a good way. I like to say that just because I love stuff that has a lot of energy, I love dance music because it makes me feel a certain way and it makes me feel happy and energized, you don’t even need coffee or a Redbull when you have those heavy beats. I think for me I like when people can come and they can get a little bit of twerk, get some trap vibes, some house, some poppier throwback elements all in one, and for me I try to mash everything up together.
After you graduated college, you worked at NBC and you originally aspired to be an actor. What changed that led you in the direction of making music?
I kind of stop going after the actor thing when I was a freshman in college because I was like there is no way I’m going to make it because its really hard to make it in that industry, so I gave up on the actor thing. I had always loved making my own films and went to film school and graduated and worked in the film industry and i still love it, I’d love to go back and work there again, but I’ve always wanted to do music as well and I hadn’t found the outlet that was right for me. It turns out I really fell in love with dance music in the end of high school and through college and started kind of dabbling and making my own, and after a long time of making bad music, here I am now.
What’s your favorite thing about the Mad Decent label?
Diversity in the music and how they are always pushing forward sounds and vibes and styles. You look at all the guys and girls on the label and they are always on the forefront of whats next. For me, its an honor to be a part of a group of people that are always pushing me to be better.
What is the craziest thing a fan has done at your show?
There have been people that have climbed on the rafters and jumped off into the crowd. Two girls took off their underwear mid-set and threw them onstage, and one actually hit me in the face. I saw a girl who was sitting on top of a subwoofer at this ratchet warehouse party in New York and just orgasming. Things have definitely calmed down once I began to play more legitimate events. One time a couple was having sex in the crowd during one of my sets, if they had a kid I hope they name it after me.
You’ve worked with a number of artists in the past including Dillon Francis, Sean Kingston, Gucci Mane, and Rich the Kid to name a few… Any future collaborations you may be doing?
I’m doing some stuff in the hip hop world making some hip hop beats with some really big names such as 2 Chainz and Lil Jon among others, so it’s really exciting for me to not just put my name on it but being the producer and trying to branch out and do a lot of different stuff. I have a lot of bigger collabs coming out later this year but I’m keeping tight lipped for now. Kendrick if you’re reading this, shoutout, I’d love to collab with you
Who are you currently listening to, and who, in your opinion should be on our radar?
I was actually listening to Tom Petty on the plane ride over here… but someone on the radar who I’m listening to is Awoltalk who is based out of San Diego and is making some crazy stuff. He’s an awesome dude who’s done a remix of “Caskets” for me which is going to be really cool. There is a lot of talent out there, I make the mistake of not paying attention to up-comers because I’m so focused on my own stuff. But I love hearing new songs from people because it makes me work even harder.
Party Favor‘s latest release sees Mad Decent‘s breakout artist swap his signature tough production styles for a summery, island jam with vocalist Njomza. “Caskets” is the producer’s second release of the year, following his punishing, bass-heavy track “WAWA.”
The dancehall-inspired tune also features input from production duo FKi 1st and was released via major streaming platforms alongside a colorful, VHS tape lyric video.
Located in the heart of Chicago, Spring Awakening Music Festival will take place June 9-12 on the grassy fields of Addams/Medill Park. Fans will travel from all over the world to experience an epic lineup provides something for everyone.
With a weekend stacked with world renowned producers, the festival will play host to a plethora of unforgettable performances which can’t be missed. Though there are many exceptional artists playing this weekend which are not on this list, here are five artists which we recommend making a point to see.
Words by Kassi Chrysanthopoulos.
Featured photo via Spring Awakening.
Martin Garrix has had many stunning performances this year including a mind-blowing set at Ultra Music Festival as well as a captivating appearance at Coachella where he brought out Dua Lipa on stage to preform alongside of him for a thrilling surprise. He has dropped one hit after the other this year including his future bass masterpiece, “Scared to Be Lonely,” “Byte,” which showcases his signature infectious big room sound as well as a touching collaboration with Troye Sivan titled, “There For You.” With a ton of unreleased music rumored to be on the way, Martin Garrix’s set at Spring Awakening will be one for the books.
The mysterious masked DJ and producer, Malaa, has been in the spotlight for the last two years thanks to his sinister beats and incredibly raw performances. Playing at Ultra, Malaa dropped a set that was full of tracks from Tchami‘s Confession label, as well as several unreleased tracks. In the past year, the faceless artist also produced the anthemic “Bylina” and dropped his enigmatic, hourlong Illegal Mixtape. Malaa’s energy is bound to incite fans from all over the world this weekend at Spring Awakening.
Photo via Rukes/HARD Summer.
Louis The Child
Earlier in 2017, Louis The Child released their”Love Is Alive” with Elohim, featuring mesmerizing vocals, smooth percussion, and a rumbling bass line. The duo are known for their uplifting, feel-good sound that pull at the heart strings of their listeners. With an arsenal of euphoric music, and an impressive EP under their belt this year, Louis The Child’s set will be the perfect addition to a sunny summer’s day.
Party Favor‘s edgy, exhilarating and thrilling style has helped pioneer the festival trap genre with anthems such as “Bap U,” “Booty Loose,” and his latest release, “WAWA.” The Mad Decent regular delivers an energetic, innately danceable sound, and his high-energy live performances, such as his recent Ultra set, never fail to rile up the crowd in all the right ways.
In August, Dillon Francis and Party Favor released “Shut It Down,” a raucous tune which equitably blends the buoyant moombahton and twerk stylistic traits of the respective producers. Yesterday, December 5, the pair released a music video for the track that is, for lack of a better word, cathartic. The video sees the two producers as coworkers in the fictitious, generically corporate office “Goetzman Group” — an entity which they liken to a “soul-draining succubus.”
By donning thick-framed glasses, pen protectors, and affecting awkward lisps, Francis and Party Favor seemingly channel Milton, Stephen Root’s nerdy, antisocial Office Space character. Like Milton, the producers’ characters are the office’s pariahs; for the music video’s first half, the gauche duo are systematically harassed and humiliated, before eventually being fired in an over-the-top corporate measure to purge the office of unattractive employees.
The video’s second half sees the unfortunate protagonists exact revenge on their coworkers by defiling various office fixtures and colleagues’ possessions. For example, TJR makes a cameo appearance as an employee who unwittingly drinks a cup of coffee from a pot in which Party Favor has…relieved himself. Though the video isn’t Ibsen, it’s a cheeky accompaniment to a revelrous song — and very in line with Francis’ bombastic sense of humor.
Few trends prove to be as infectious, wide-spread, and dominating as the Mannequin Challenge has turned out to be. The challenge requires its participants to freeze in place while in a variety of positions while a camera swoops in and out capturing the arrested mayhem. The accompanying track is always Rae Sremmurd‘s “Black Beatles” and has popped up in the mundane, such as local high schools, to the extraordinary, with multiple professional sports teams taking their crack at the challenge.
Perhaps the most impressive iterations, however, have come from the world of electronic music. With massive crowds of willing participants, videographers on hand, and an easy way to connect with fans, the trend has truly taken off. Numerous artists from a wide variety of genres have taken their swing at the mannequin challenge, with the following standing (frozen) above the rest.