Simply put, QUIX‘s new EP is nasty. The Dim Mak-released project, IDK [Vol. 1], is a four-track piece of work that finds the New Zealand producer adding unique grimy and distorted sound design atop modern trap music arrangements and bass sonics. A dark and hedonistic allure surround the audio, perfect for its Day of the Dead release.
“Huhhh” is the first track from the extended play, dropping listeners on their head with sustained, squirming bass that tickles the high ends while providing that thick bed of bass on the lows. Metallic synths cascade on the second drop, giving off a slowed-down feeling that melts the mind.
“FON” is fun, with a drum line build and grimy sound design that plays well with the flippant, complex melodic percussion elements.
“Fiji Day 4” bring an Asian melody in the verse down to a blast of white noise and funky bass rhythm.
“My house is IKEA” takes a drum ‘n’ bass approach to wrap up the eclectic-sounding project.
QUIX is rounding out the final dates of his extensive Force Of Nature Tour through Dec. 6.
Following the release of namesake lead single “Soundboy Burnin’” last month, Otira is back with the release of his Soundboy Burnin’ EP, an eclectic quartet of songs that are primed to launch him to stardom. Out now via vaunted dance label Dim Mak, Soundboy Burnin’ is a treasure pot of sounds range from classic acid to nostalgia-inducing breakbeats, as
Otira may be a fresh face in the electronic context, but he’s no novice. The newcomer flexes his sonic capability with Soundboy Burnin’, a four-cut project with an eclectic framework that comprises UK hardcore, breakbeat, and jungle. Acid inflection, techno, and breakbeat threads weave the EP’s constituting tracks together, all while deepening the eccentricity that defines Soundboy Burnin‘.
Racing, stuttering rhythms and rigorous 808 action create a sense of sonic chaos that Otira cohesively controls from start to finish. Out now via Dim Mak, Soundboy Burnin’ illustrates that Otira’s preeminence as a bass magistrate isn’t just well within reach—it’s in the making.
A new release from the Dim Mak Recrods camp pairs Party Pupils and Louis Futon, scouring IKEA for inspiration on their latest single, “One Two Things.” The trio of talented producers gathered samples from items in the Swedish furniture outlet to create their new track, and the result is a groovy, funky, and ever-soulful single.
“One Two Things” features MAX‘s luscious crooning and includes vocals from Nigerian-Canadian TOBi. The future-funk track is right on brand with releases from both Louis Futon and Party Pupils, both masters at incorporating funk and R&B into electronic music. As Louis Futon recounts from creating the track, “This song embodies the expression ‘make a lot out of a little.’”
Stream the IKEA-inspired track below, and reach for this one at your next house party for a groovy time.
Steve Aoki continues to diversify his booming portfolio, this time alongside Melbourne bounce force Will Sparks on “Send It.” Aoki’s own vocals are featured on the track, and the duo blend their styles by tethering Sparks’ springy soundscapes to a floor-ready synthesized bassline. The artists’ collaboration brings a welcomed update to the Melbourne sound that Sparks helped popularize while taking the characteristically energetic elements from Aoki’s work.
In true Aoki fashion, the music video for the release features a variety of big names—this time in the form of several action sports stars “sending it,” including skateboard deity Tony Hawk, Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Chloe Kim, and big wave surfer Kai Lenny. The video follows recent music video for Aoki’s collaboration with BTS, “Waste It On Me,” which featured seemingly endless celebrity cameos including Ross Butler, his sister Devon Aoki, and Jamie Chung.
“Send It” is out now via Aoki’s own label, Dim Mak.
While Riot Ten‘s sound is very obviously bassy, it encompasses different elements of hard trap and dubstep. His debut album “Hype or Die: Nightmares” embraces all of these elements while showcasing new sounds as well. “Mayhem (Intro)” starts the album out with just that – mayhem. We quickly go into “Glocks” with SAYMYNAME and it’s
On Thursday, October 17, DIM MAK touches down in ADE to host an 18+ event at the De Balie venue in the Leidseplein district. For the Los Angeles-based brand’s sophomore ADE event, DIM Mak is partnering with TAXX Shanghai, the symbol of China’s nightlife, to keep the party running strong through 5AM. The event promises an on-point lineup, secret surprise guests and the
Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.
The journey of becoming a successful DJ and producer is different for everyone, but almost always unified by years of hard work. It’s a grind, and for many, an uphill battle to get booked, grow a fanbase, and score radio placements. Reem Taoz is as familiar with the hard work part of this story as the best of them, but the electronic music industry seemingly woke up one morning and decided that he was going to be a household name. Taoz arrived to the forefront of the electronic music scene the second he got into the studio, and this is almost certainly thanks to his infectious spin on progressive house and club music.
Taoz performs under artist alias GATTÜSO, and the Israel native actually credits legendary producer Tiësto as his inspiration to become involved in the electronic music industry.
He mentions, “I have to credit Tiësto as my biggest inspiration. I heard him play first in Israel, and when I first started to really travel – it was to go to a Tiësto show, and I ended up following him to shows around the world.”
This led him to Peru, where he started working in the nightclub industry. The more time he spent around the music, the more certain he became that he needed to start creating his own. In 2017, a now New York City based Taoz stopped everything to focus on making music. Two years later he has 12 remixes and seven originals under his belt with 10 new original releases in the works. He has released music on Dim Mak, Armada, Enhanced, and he has his own record label called T&T Records. He has also done official remixes for an extensive list of tier one artists including forthcoming remixes for Galantis, Yellow Claw, and Sam Feldt among others.
The sheer volume of music Taoz has put out despite being a music producer for only two years is impressive. His output begins to make more sense after discussing the amount of time he spends in the studio and what he does outside of work to unwind. He notes, “The past month, I spent 300 hours in the studio, which hasn’t left a whole lot of time…I really try to spend every minute outside of the studio enjoying food, family, and staying healthy. I’ve said it before, but Im a HUGE fan of sushi, and working out, and I hit the gym and run at least a few miles every day. I also love tequila and champagne, although I try not to do that every day!”
For those trying to figure out what led to Taoz’s meteoric ascension, one stunt comes to the forefront. Taoz chose the artist name GATTÜSO because he was a huge Genaro Gattuso fan, who is an Italian soccer player from AC Milan.
When asked how he chose his artist name, he explains, “It’s ironic, because the name just came to me one night. I wanted something that sounded strong and forceful. I’m a huge football fan (soccer), and I knew that there was a former player for AC Milan, who was a major star, and then went on to coach the team. I figured that somewhere down the road, we might cross paths, and as it turns out a huge AC Milan fan, with a big instagram account, realized that we had the same name, created a bunch of buzz on it, and we ended up collaborating on a song called ‘Scuza Gattuso,’ which started as an inside joke and went on to be featured in tons of global press outlets, featured on top playlists, and brought me a loyal fan base of Italian listeners.”
GATTÜSO’s inside joke has certainly garnered him a strong Italian fanbase. He also touts an ever-expanding group of loyal listeners in the U.S. and throughout the world. When asked what kind of a Saturday Night his Saturday Night Session will get listeners ready for, Taoz comments, “Life with GATTÜSO is always a party. Life is meant to be enjoyed – every minute of it, especially this Saturday night! So get ready for good vibes and a playlist you’re going to play again and again.”
You kind of came out of nowhere- releasing your first original in 2018, and all of the sudden you’re doing remixes for major artists and your originals are amassing millions of streams. Tell us about your entrance into dance music and why you started producing.
I have to credit Tiësto as my biggest inspiration. I heard him play first in Israel, and when I first started to really travel – it was to go to a Tiësto show, and I ended up following him to shows around the world. Thats what led me to Peru, where I spent a few years in the nightclub business. The more time that I spent around dance music and DJ’s, I realized that it was time to turn my passion for music as a fan into finding myself as an artist. I played music as a kid and had messed around with some production software over the years, but in 2017 I stopped everything and turned to focus on producing full time. My first original releases, “Who We Are” and “Dance Stay High” were really personal songs for me, as was “I Will Play.” This writing was directly from my personal life and was very cathartic for me. Seeing these songs with millions of streams now is very satisfying because I think it shows that other people feel the way I do, and I’m happy to see my music resonating with people around the world.
How would you describe your musical style to those who haven’t heard you before?
I love progressive, with big drops, catchy melodies, and driven by memorable vocals and great songs. Thats what I try to do! I balance this out with club tracks, and Im going to be releasing more of those in the near future, since I have a lot of fun making them.
Given your first original came out in 2018 and you have since released a plethora of remixes and originals- you must spend quite a lot of time in the studio. What do you do to unwind?
As of this week, Ive actually released about or exactly 12 remixes and 7 originals. I have another 10 originals that I’m working on now, and about 5 are ready to release. The past month, I spent 300 hours in the studio, which hasn’t left a whole lot of time. That said, I love to enjoy my life, and I make sure that I carve out time to do that. I love making music and that time is very special to me, but I really try to spend every minute outside of the studio enjoying food, family, and staying healthy. I’ve said it before, but Im a HUGE fan of sushi, and working out, and I hit the gym and run at least a few miles every day. I also love tequila and champagne, although I try not to do that every day 🙂
How did you choose the artist name GATTÜSO?
It’s ironic, because the name just came to me one night. I wanted something that sounded strong and forceful. I’m a huge football fan (soccer), and I knew that there was a former player for AC Milan, who was a major star, and then went on to coach the team. I figured that somewhere down the road, we might cross paths, and as it turns out a huge AC Milan fan, with a big instagram account, realized that we had the same name, created a bunch of buzz on it, and we ended up collaborating on a song called “Scuza Gattuso,” which started as an inside joke and went on to be featured in tons of global press outlets, featured on top playlists, and brought me a loyal fan base of Italian listeners.
Do you have any specific releases or remixes coming out soon that you are particularly excited about?
Yes! All of them. August was a huge month for me, with 4 remixes back to back. There’s a Two Friends remix coming this month, “Dollar Menu” (Dim Mak 9/6), and then Im finishing up great remixes for Icona Pop (who I have always loved), and Starley, which should be out in October. It’s been amazing to work with such great songs and artists, that I’ve been following and listening to for some time now. They have all inspired and influenced me, so its really awesome to have these kinds of opportunities. I’m in the process of finalizing some label deals on a handful of originals, and I’m going to release one this month on my own label, T&T Records, called “Love Is Not Enough.” I LOVE this record and the singer S.A.L.E.M just kills me. She’s amazing, has something very special I think, which is hard to find.
I just did a swap with Mark Sixma. He’s awesome. My song with Disco Killerz, “Million Things” was on Dance Rising with his song “Million Miles.” I loved his style, and when I released “When In Rome” on Armada in July, when it came time to get remixes done, I hit him up and we decided to trade. Really excited for that to come out September 20th.
One of Dim Mak‘s newest dancefloor weapons, Matroda, recently rounded a number of his like-minded, heavy house/bass-affiliated counterparts for the deluxe arm of his double-sided The RED Tape EP. BIJOU, ANGELZ, and fellow Dim Mak habitue, JACKNIFE, were just a few to toss their high-voltage offering into the RED Tape remix cap.
Following a number of auspicious stops on the high-priority festival front this past season (Spring Awakening, Ubbi Dubbi, Das Energi), the Croatian DJ-producer was recently invited by Destructo (Gary Richards: ever one to bolster fresh, new talent in dance music via his events) to spin at the second edition of his downtown LA-housed All My Friends festival this year, on October 19.
Before that, though, Matroda cooked up Dancing Astronaut‘s dynamic-dancefloor-acquainted listeners a pre-festival playlist consisting of his favorite selects of the moment. The soundtrack arrives in a similar vein to his latest multi-track showing, spanning the summertime, effervescent energy of Tchami‘s new “Rainforest,” to the caustic, ear-searing bassline of Noizu‘s “Jungle.” Upping the ante, he offered insights as to why he deemed each track worthy of inclusion.
Find the playlist/Matroda’s comments below:
Matroda feat. Dances With White Girls – Bang This is a song I produced last year with the legend Dances With White Girls and is part of The RED Tape EP. It always works well at the festivals.
Matroda – Kulio My newest track. I will play it live for the first time among with many other IDS.
Walker & Royce, VNSSA – Word Word? Word? Woooord! I like what Walker & Royce are doing and this song goes off hard every time I play it. I did my own version of it. A festival version.
Valentino Khan – Pony Valentino Khan’s latest EP House Party is dope. Pony is my fav’ track.
Sonny Fodera – Insane
One of my fav’ house producers…cant go wrong. This is an insane track called “Insane.”
Tchami – Rainforest Tchami always impress with something new and fresh. Dope track all around!
Mike Vale – Music Is The Answer A good friend of mine delivered big time. This song was number one on Beatport for few weeks. It’s a dope remake of a classic.
Ship Wrek – Need It I like versatility in their production. They nailed this one. Need it!
FREAK ON – Juicy This one is more for the after parties. Deep, but still very dope.
Noizu – Jungle I’m a big fan of a drop here. Noizu is the man.
Recording your audiobook while on tour is no small feat, but is exactly what Steve Aoki had to do for his parts in BLUE. “Blue was a product of my heart and I poured every drop of my soul into it. While I toured all over Europe this summer I was grateful to be able to