Dirtybird’s golden goose, Shiba San, is coming to a city near just about everyone this year.
The Parisian powerhouse proved to be in high demand in 2017, selling out shows across continents. In an effort to strike a sort of equilibrium between the supply and demand for his shows, Shiba San has announced a 2018 residency run unprecedented in its size. San’s 2018 residencies will see the club fixture touch down in 14 major North American cities ranging from Los Angeles to Toronto, with a minimum of three shows already confirmed in each respective city.
The residency dates are in addition San’s equally extensive festival bookings, the Chicago house influencer scheduled to perform at an array of 2018 festivals, including CRSSD Festival, Shaky Beats, Bonnaroo, and more.
Shiba San’s 2018 Residencies:
Denver – The Church / January 19th / July / November
New York – Output / February 2nd / June / December
Vancouver – Celebrities Nightclub / February 9th / September
Los Angeles – Exchange LA / February 10th / August / November
San Francisco – 1015 Folsom / February 15th / May / November
Washington DC – Soundcheck / February 16th / June / October
Toronto – Noir / February 24th / October
Tempe – Shady Park / March 2nd / July / November
San Diego – Bang Bang / March 3rd / October
Miami – Basement Leak Showcase / March 25th / July / November
Boston – Bijou Nightclub / March 30th / November
Seattle – Q Nightclub / Apr 6th / September / December
Chicago – The Mid / April 20th / August / December
Detroit – Magic Stick / April 21st / August / December
The nest for Dirtybird Campout’s East Coast edition is finally full, with the complete lineup for its inaugural Dirtybird Campout East set to feature label forerunners, Barclay Crenshaw, Justin Martin, and Shiba San. Crenshaw, Martin, and San round out the St. Cloud, Florida-based event’s lineup, the third and final phase of which further expands the festival’s already massive talent roster, making for an alluring assortment of tech house, house, and tech funk tastemakers ready to take the decks from February 2-5.
Accompanying Campout East’s third phase is the ensuing news of the Dirtybird Campout East Compilation, due out on January 19 on the collective’s sister label, Dirtybird Select. The special edition compilation will feature music from Nick Monaco, BOT, Justin Jay, and more. Birds seeking to migrate to St. Cloud with an exclusive Dirtybird release in tow can pre-order the compilation here.
Phoenix, Arizona is quickly becoming one of the nation’s hottest music festival destinations, drawing an increasing number of top-tier artists and events to the Valley of the Sun year after year. This year was perhaps Phoenix’s biggest yet, hosting events like the debut installment of Lost Lake Festival and Hundred Waters‘ annual FORM at Arcosanti, an artistic community about 30 minutes outside the city. But for ravers and hip-hop heads alike, one event’s talent roster may have stood head and shoulders above the rest, with Goldrush Festival also delivering its inaugural lineup, stacked with genre-hopping talent. Dillon Francis, Marshmello, Migos, Claude Vonstroke, REZZ, Lil Uzi Vert and a slew of the year’s most sought-after artists flocked to Arizona just as the state’s sweltering temperatures began to break, only to heat things back up again for two days of festival chaos wild west style. Here are Dancing Astronaut‘s top five takeaways from the inaugural Goldrush Festival.
Baauer and A-Trak’s highly anticipated b2b set
Lined up for only a handful of joint shows to close out 2017, Baauer and A-Trak finally joined forces for the back-to-back performance we all deserve, and boy did they deliver. With Baauer’s ever-variant track selections and A-Trak’s brilliant scratch routines, the pair put together a set that hit the crowd from every angle, complementing each other like they’ve been playing together for years. The chemistry was definitely there, it was like watching Carlos Santana and Slash trade solos for a full hour. The Fool’s Gold Records veteran and his LuckyMe counterpart delivered one of the best sets of the weekend and are hopefully planning to bless fans with additional back-to-backs in the very near future.
Once the representatives from Dirtybird Records touched down at Goldrush, the endless shuffling began, and the massive cloud of dust didn’t settle over the venue until well after the weekend’s final performance. Claude Vonstroke and his Dirtybird cohorts undoubtedly ruled the roost at Goldrush’s debut weekend. The band of (mostly) California-based house heroes including Walker and Royce, Christian Martin, and more descended upon the desert to deliver some of the weekend’s top highlights. From the label head’s double duty playing by both his Vonstroke and Barclay Crenshaw monikers to Shiba San‘s top-billed performance, Dirtybird Records took over the party with a commanding presence and the swelling Arizona crowds knew exactly what to do.
Curation and programming
For a new event concept in an emerging festival market, it can be difficult to rope together the perfect blend of talent for a debut lineup. Beyond that, there’s an additional set of difficulties in nailing the festival’s overall programming, though Goldrush navigated these challenges impressively well in its inaugural installment. The lineup included hip-hop and dance music’s top-tiered and newly emerging talents alike, pairing acts like RL Grime, Excision and San Holo with Rich Chigga, Lil Pump and G-Buck. The lineup showcased well-rounded bookings that spanned the spectrum, from Flatbush Zombies to Jeremy Olander, Öona Dahl to Justin Jay offering up a balanced blend of talent with a clearly electronic-leaning focus. Beyond the lineup’s composition, the rest of the event’s overall complexion was a highlight worth its own mention. While the wild west motif came off a kitschy at times, with fans panning for gold and old timey saloons selling neon shutter shades, it generally came off as well-intentioned, well-produced thematic appreciation for Arizona. The western town venue was spacious and open, and while stages experienced some clustering at times, the event’s layout generally held sway. Ahead of Decadence New Year’s festivities at the same venue, Goldrush tested the grounds and successfully delivered a wild west experience that comfortably accommodated thousands of attendees.
Plenty of music festivals opt for cashless alternatives, though few execute as smoothly as Goldrush did. Communication with attendees was thorough and clear, and assistance at the festival was prompt and efficient. The event was strictly cashless. Once an attendee’s personal payment information was secured, wristbands with magnetic tokens managed the sale of concessions, merchandise, and more. The event that was so heavily authentic to its wild west themed production, though Goldrush also directed the proper amount of time and resources at ensuring a safer and swifter experience between performances. It is easy to overlook the small details of such large-scale events, but Goldrush managed to nail down the little details that made the dusty main drag of the micro-western town replica venue an amusing open-air marketplace packed with buzzing ravers.
Los Angeles is undoubtedly the foremost incubator of electronic talent in the U.S., but only a few hundred miles east sits Phoenix, which has also been called home by some of today’s top-tier DJs. Goldrush did a credible job of including local Arizona talent on the lineup, but seeing heavy hitters like Mija, Drezo, and Ghastly come home and play before their hometown crowds made for some of the weekend’s most memorable moments. Longtime local fans will remember Mija’s resident sets at dance clubs downtown, while droves came out to support dark house protege Drezo as he continues to carve out his own brooding, club-rattling house fare. Goldrush ensured that Phoenix is on the map, and it brought strong representation along to promote the hottest new stop on the major festival circuit. Among waves of internationally touring talent, Arizona’s brightest exports came home to round out a successful event with some special, personalized touches.
Deadmau5‘s struck an underground gold mine, and luckily, he’s happy to share the wealth.
After an exciting string of announcements amidst the mau5’s final BBC Radio 1 residency show, the big cheese has thrilled fans with a more immediate gift. Fans of deadmau5’s radio show can relish in a complete collection of the music the artist slung out over the course of the last year thanks to the amusingly-named Spotify playlist “for a lack of a better playlist.”
From the music of Pryda, Gallya, ATTLAS, No Mana, Josh Butler, Rinzen, and many more, Mau5trap‘s gathered together the show’s complete 207-track long list that’s plenty easy to get lost in for 22 hours and 42 minutes if one feels so inclined.
Mau5trap’s looking towards an eventful new year. With fresh music from Joel Zimmerman, a new show, new signees, and more, it’s a good time to be a fan of the label, indeed.
Launched into international fame by his breakthrough hit, “Okay,” Shiba San is best known as one of the biggest stars on Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird imprint. And, while the his contributions to the esteemed California-based label are many, it’s important to keep in mind that the French producer has also spent the last two years building out his own imprint, Basement Leak.
Today, September 8, Shiba San’s label has minted its fifth release, The Connection EP from fellow French producer Tim Baresko. The record, which Baresko prefaced on Monday with the second edition of Basement Leak’s mix series, contains three original tracks, alongside extended versions of each.
To set the tone for the EP, Shiba San collaborates on its titular track, a minimal, acid-fueled cut which is well-primed for warehouse settings. Following “The Connection,” Baresko continues to err stylistically on the cerebral side with two solo-produced tracks.
Arranged atop an engaging tech house rhythmic framework, “Custom” sees the artist experiment with a variety of unique, often atonal synth-work. To close out the release, Baresko repurposes Crackboy’s heavily-sampled “Something For,” managing to put forth one of the most compelling uses of the track to date — no small feat, considering Gesaffelstein, Brodinski, and Louisahhh’s astute means of sampling the single across various settings in the past.
Ultimately, The Connection EP indicates Baresko’s skill for introducing novelty into a genre often plagued by stagnancy, poising him for an impending breakthrough in the industry.
Two months ago, Dirtybird regular Shiba San launched a new mix series for his own Basement Leak imprint. Intended to highlight artists contributing to the label, the Basement Leak Mix Series began with Cobra Khan, promoting his July EP, Don’t Know.
Today, September 4, French tech house talent Tim Baresko provides the label’s second episodic mix ahead of his forthcoming EP, The Connection. The record, which arrives on Basement Leak this Friday, September 8, includes a collaboration between the burgeoning producer and Shiba San himself.
Over the course of the hourlong mix, Baresko shows off his taste for cerebral tech house, highlighting cuts from his and Shiba San’s catalogues alongside releases from likeminded labels such as Mark Knight’s Toolroom, Riva Starr’s Brock Wild, and Matthias Tanzmann’s Moon Harbour.
1. Sex Sells – Perpetrate (Mr. Nice Guy) 2. Roberto Palmero – Skin Colors (Pura Music) 3. The Deepshakerz – Good Times (Toolroom) 4. Harry Romero – Retroversy (Circus) 5. Shiba San – Acid Juice (Brock Wild) 6. Sidney Charles – Make me moove (Feat. Lady Vale) (Moon Harbour) 7. Supernova – Floating Memory (Deeperfect) 8. DJ PP, Jack Mood – Keep It Real (PPMUSIC) 9. Ninetoes – Come Back (DFTD) 10. Myles, Cameo – Town House (Get Twisted) 11. Klangkuenstler – Ghetto Gospel (Roush) 12. Tim Baresko – Custom (Basement Leak) 13. Heartlybeats & Nick Olivetti – Bang Low (This Ain’t Bristol) 14. Shiba San – What’s On My Mind (Repopulate Mars)
Dirtybird Records mainstay and house producer Shiba San has returned with a new mini-EP. Featuring two originals and one remix, this three song offering marks the French producer’s first release on Repopulate Mars, a label launched by Lee Foss in 2016.
The first track, titled “What’s On My Mind,” is a smooth house track with a characteristically deep, sliding bassline. Pairing a powerful kick with soft skipping synths and vocal samples, this song builds and grooves through nearly seven minutes of tech-house magic. Up-and-coming Hot Creations producer Bontan gives his take on the same track, building off the vocals and the tech-house feel of the original. Shiba San closes out the collection with “Oh My God,” another groovy house tune with hints of acid and tech, rounding out a series of tracks that are sure to be a staple of his sets in the coming months.
French producer Shiba San is one the few producers who backs up his vast reserves of talent with a mysterious back story, adding a layer of depth to his alluring persona. The experienced producer toured the global underground dance music circuit for fifteen years, before finally bringing his well-rounded hip-hop and house fusion style to North America back in 2014.
Claude VonStroke welcomed Shiba San into his Dirtybird imprint began back in 2014 with his hit single “Okay,” which propelled the producer to an international audience. Working with the label ever since, Shiba San has released a large number of hits over the past few years.
His latest track with Will Clarke, “Don’t Hate Me,” reprises their yearly partnership for the annual Dirtybird BBQ compilation album. The unfussy, club oriented single has a distinct tech house influence on each of its crisp elements, ranging from the thumping drum samples to minimalist bass lines. This allows the track to achieve a fine balance between house, minimal techno and the “tech funk” sounds that Dirtybird has pioneered over the last twelve years.
The track is a part of the Dirtybird BBQ: Secret Ingredients compilation, out on May 19.
The compilation is currently available for preorder. Tickets for Dirtybird BBQ are available here.