Party Favor reveals future collaborations, his craziest tour stories and more [Interview]

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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.

Read our interview below and get tickets here.

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Photo by Joe Janet, courtesy of Hakkasan.

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.

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Meet the underground talent of HARD Summer: UNiiQU3

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In the course of a decade, HARD has become one of dance music’s most globally recognized event producers. This August marks a major milestone for the brand: the 10-year anniversary of its flagship festival, HARD Summer. To celebrate the momentous occasion, Gary Richards and co. have pulled out all the stops for their LA institution with prestigious headliners such as Dog Blood, Justice, Bassnectar, and Snoop Dogg. However, the festival’s enviable lineup extends far beyond its closing slots. Delving further into the lineup, we’ve tapped some of our favorite acts on the bill for an interview series leading up to the festival.

Each year, HARD Summer builds a lineup that manages to strike a well-rounded balance of nostalgia and influenced tastemaking, forcing main stage EDM to rub shoulders with electronic splinter genres, hip-hop, disco, and more. Holding down this year’s due dose of Tri-state club fare, Newark-export UNiiQU3, is bringing her boisterous brand of house-inspired beats to southern California and she’s pulling out all the stops for her biggest billing to date.

UNiiQU3, characterized by her peers and supports as an unadulterated source of energy, is carving out her niche in the Jersey Club space with her name worn proudly on her sleeve. She’s already aligned with some of the most veritable production forces in the game, with heavy support by Skrillex, A-Trak, Anna Lunoe, and Nina Las Vegas.

Compared to many of the artists she shares the HARD Summer bill with, the Jersey up-and-comer is still fairly new to the scene. However, the achievements she’s racked up thus far and her finely-tuned tastes prove that UNiiQU3 is in no way a novice.

Read our interview with UNiiQU3 below.

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What was your first label release? Would you still play it in a show?

My first label release [was] my New Klassiks mixtape on one of my favorite UK labels, Lit City Trax. I had remixed all the classic Chicago Ghetto House, Jersey and Baltimore tracks with my friends. It was dope because was never done before plus I wanted to educate people about the classic tracks. I still play them out now and I often hear people ring them off. Timeless.

What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?

Hmm that’s hard. I feel like I’ve made many strides that got overlooked, like curating a stage at AfroPunk’s festival 3 years ago after I used to volunteer the festival. I booked some Jersey Club Heavy Hitters like Tim Dolla, Mike Gip etc. That was a moment… Oh maybe it was when I flew to London for the first time for 72 hours to play Just Jam’s event at the Barbarian Theatre. That was the first time I got exposed to Grime and all that UK Bass. I had people dancing in a place where they have Shakespeare plays, Skepta performed, General Levy, Traxman it was nuts.

What are you looking forward to most about HARD Summer?

Honestly, performing. I love it and I haven’t really played that many big festivals in the states and Hard was literally on my bucket list this year and BOOM I’m outchea. Aside from djing I incorporate a sick ass live set. Every set is different too I freestyle everything based on the energy I get from the crowds. Plus I gotta rep for the ladies, my brown girls b/c Dj Heather and I are the only female djs of color. I wanna break some barriers, turn up, see some sick sets and meet some cool peeps.

What is different about your experience performing at festivals now as opposed to the beginning of your career?

Well I’m definitely not as nervous as I used to be, even though I get nervous before everything. I just know to really show my personality on stage because that’s what my fans love. I also know to wear proper shoes.

If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick?

Hmmmm it would def be Prince. He was such a rock star, and so talented.

If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?

Ohh man Madame X is a savage, you can def catch me at her set skankin okay ( that’s a uk term, if ya’ll ain’t hip.. go to her set )

Also Cashmere Cat, his show is always beautiful and I absolutely adore his light show. It takes it from a dj set to an experience.

I’m def going to see Mobb Deep, I was heartbroken when the news surfaced about Prodigy, I know that the performance will be a special one.

If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2017, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out?

Bring in the Kats – Rod Lee & Porkchop.. Shit goes.

Prepare for UNiiQU3’s HARD Summer set with her own specially-curated, exclusive playlist for the festival.

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Meet the underground talent of HARD Summer: Gina Turner

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In the course of a decade, HARD has become one of dance music’s most globally recognized event producers. This August marks a major milestone for the brand: the 10-year anniversary of its flagship festival, HARD Summer. To celebrate the momentous occasion, Gary Richards and co. have pulled out all the stops for their LA institution with prestigious headliners such as Dog Blood, Justice, Bassnectar, and Snoop Dogg. However, the festival’s enviable lineup extends far beyond its closing slots. Delving further into the lineup, we’ve tapped some of our favorite acts on the bill for an interview series leading up to the festival.

In many ways, the term “underground” is a misnomer for Gina Turner. The LA-based New York native has been in the limelight for years, with a catalogue of releases on broadly-reaching imprints such as Ultra and Fool’s Gold. However, throughout the years, her releases and mixes have steadily remained true to the fusion of Chicago house and Detroit techno wherein her inspirational roots lie.

As her following undoubtedly knows, the artist’s demeanor is deeply opposite to the aloof stereotypes that are often projected onto the underground realm. Turner’s disposition is one of vibrant, optimistic spirituality, which is reflected her distinctively buoyant brand of tech house. Archetypically a renaissance woman, she considers her successes in yoga, wellness, and motherhood to be – at the very least – tantamount to her achievements within the music industry.

The nexus of Gina Turner’s core passions – music and spirituality – arises in her conceptual event series, The Divine Movement. It seems safe to expect that the artist will project a welcome sense of meditative, but energetic serenity into her Saturday set at HARD Summer.

Read our interview with Gina Turner below.

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What was your first label release? Would you still play it in a show?

My first release was called “bang it” it was a collab track with zoo brazil! I would still play it for sure but mashed up with something else, the vocal is catchy.

What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?

Biggest breakthrough. Wow, that’s a tough one…There are constantly so many it feels like! But, if I had to pinpoint some I’d probably say: coming back guns blazing after having a baby, bringing her on tour and breastfeeding her for 16 months… A lot of people doubted if I could do it and I totally made it work and was busier DJ-wise postpartum! [Also,] successfully bridging the gap of my two loves of spirituality and music, with my event concept, the Divine Movement!

What are you looking forward to most about HARD Summer?

I’m excited to play some new material and be a part of this lovely family since the first ever HARD! Louisahhh and I were on the OG! So we might have a little surprise for you too!

What is different about your experience performing at festivals now as opposed to the beginning of your career?

More recently, when it comes to performing at festivals, I have been wearing many different hats, not just the DJ hat. With the Divine Movement, we open up the festivals, or Holy Ship, for example — with yoga, meditation and even numerology workshops! It’s been so well received but now I can get even more of a connection outside of music with the festival goers.

If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick?


This is a great question. I would probably pick Green Velvet or Claude VonStroke – their energy is always so happy and amazing and positive, and they are always having a blast! Wouldn’t mind being a stage manager, though!

If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?

Go see someone you’ve never heard before! 🙂

But more importantly, go see my DJ hero, DJ Heather.

So, my final answer is:

Heather and Colette

Heather and Colette

Heather and Colette.

If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2017, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out?

Damnit! It would be a tie between Barclay Crenshaw’s “Gene Sequence” and my tracks that I released on the Divine series, “Sri Ram” & “Integration.”

Prepare for Gina Turner’s HARD Summer appearance with the aforementioned “Sri Ram,” and a 2015 set recorded Sound LA.

Information and tickets for HARD Summer are available here.

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HARD Summer has unfortunately been plagued with issues for most of it’s life. Years back the issues started with rampant drug problems, which lead to an increase in security and medical staffing, even though the festival took necessary precautions the city of Los Angeles refused to make it’s existence any easier. Now at a decade

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HARD announces venue change ahead of 10 year anniversary festival

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Gary Richards and company are gearing up for the tenth anniversary of their flagship festival, HARD Summer slated to kick off on August 5. The southern California dance event began in the heart of downtown Los Angeles a decade ago, hosted at LA Historic Park, though since then, HARD has been forced to adapt as a nomadic operation, landing at various new spots outside of Los Angeles for the last few years. Last year’s festival took up at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, and the event was expected to return to the racetrack for a second year, signaling to perhaps a new permanent home for HARD. Now, organizers have announced to fans that HARD Summer is now on the move once more, settling at Glen Helen Amphitheater & Regional Park a few miles away, just three weeks ahead of the festival’s commencement.

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HARD has assured fans that all previous ticket sales will be honored and photo updates posted to social media channels today give attendees a sneak peak at what looks like it will be a much more conducive setting for the 10 year anniversary event. The new venue looks to be well-equipped with grass, trees, pools, shade, and ample room for foot traffic, addressing many of the criticisms posed against last year’s venue. San Manuel Amphitheater itself – the park’s amphitheater, which will presumably host the festival’s main stage – is the country’s largest outdoor music venue, with a capacity of 65,000. Additionally, the park extends throughout a sprawling 1,340 acres of open space, which should prove preferable to the confines of the Auto Club Speedway for attendees, particularly those wishing to camp. HARD has also issued a statement promising that the lineup will remain unchanged, adding that further information on daily schedules and the event’s interactive smartphone app will be available to fans shortly.

HARD Summer’s venue change is still developing. Stay tuned for updates. Read HARD’s full statement here.

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Exclusive: Zeds Dead offers up eclectic mix for HARD Summer Series ahead of festival’s 10th anniversary

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Zeds Dead have been on a tear since releasing their Northern Lights album last year. From their varied label ventures – including Deadbeats Radio and their Deadbeats Goes Off The Deepend show with Jauz at MMW – to their upcoming collaboration with Illenium, the Canadian pair have certainly been expanding their reach in every capacity possible.

After earning top billing for the 10th anniversary of HARD Summer this August, Zeds Dead have graced the festival’s mix series with an action-packed hour of carefully curated tunes. Launching with the Bear Grillz remix of their song “Symphony,” the bass stalwarts run through a smorgasbord of 808-heavy cuts from the scene’s finest like Excision, Joyryde, REZZ, Champagne Drip, and more. For bass heads, this mix will certainly pacify their anticipation until HARD Summer opens its gates on August 5.

Tickets for HARD Summer 2017 available here.

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Tracklist:
Zeds Dead x Charlotte OC – Symphony (Bear Grillz Remix)
TWERL – Morph
Zeds Dead x Diplo – Blame ft. Elliphant (Gorgon City Remix)
Loge 21 – Flip The Funk
Zeds Dead – Slow Down (Zeds Dead Remix)
Joyryde – Hot Drum
Hotel Garuda ft. Violet Days – Fixed On You (Taiki Nulight Extended Remix)
Hoverboots – Warping
Zeds Dead – Neck and Neck ft. Dragonette
Jauz x San Holo – OK!
Haywyre – Impulse
Excision – Drowning (feat. Akylla)
Nebbra – You
Riot Ten x Sullivan King – Fuck It
Ekali & KRANE – Akira
Snails – Slugz VIP
Kaaris – Charge (Boombox Cartel Remix)
Franky Nuts – Let’s Get It
Omar Linx – 621
Champagne Drip – Oni
Rezz – Matrix
SMLE – By My Side
Teddy Killerz & Icicle – Louder
Dimension – UK
Camo & Krooked – Ember
No Tellin (Zeds Dead Remix)
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Mind Vortex – The Day After
What So Not – Divide & Conquer (Noisia Remix)
Destructo – Renegade feat Freddie Gibbs
NGHTMRE & SLANDER – WARNING
Louis The Child – It’s Strange (feat. K.Flay) [Whethan Remix]

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Meet the underground talent of HARD Summer: Kittens

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In the course of a decade, HARD has become one of dance music’s most globally recognized event producers. This August marks a major milestone for the brand: the 10-year anniversary of its flagship festival, HARD Summer. To celebrate the momentous occasion, Gary Richards and co. have pulled out all the stops for their LA institution with prestigious headliners such as Dog Blood, Justice, Bassnectar, and Snoop Dogg. However, the festival’s enviable lineup extends far beyond its closing slots. Delving further into the lineup, we’ve tapped some of our favorite acts on the bill for an interview series leading up to the festival.

Those unfamiliar with LA’s Kittens, may want to check their cute and cuddly expectations at the door. A tenacious tastemaker, skilled operator behind the console, and vetted Fool’s Gold affiliate, Kittens is coming up behind dance and pop’s most venerated forces as she sinks her claws into the game. Following quite literally in the footsteps of another certain selector who got his start spinning beats for Kanye West on the road some time ago, while learning the industry ropes from her mentor, Usher, Kittens is on the rise, fine-tuning a sound that’s a spirited blend of her genre-blurring inspirations. What else would one expect from A-Trak and the Prince of Pop’s collective brainchild though?

But support from some of the industry giants and the endless count of “top female DJ lists” aren’t Kittens’ highest interests. She’s out to make a name for herself as a cultural influencer, and DJing is just the vehicle that’s getting her there. Dabbling in trap, hip-hop, club and house genres, Kittens isn’t contained by one sound, making her a crafty wild card behind the decks. She’s even coined her own splinter-genre term, “LA Club” alongside Hoodboi, Falcons, and Promenite as a member of the Athletixx collective.

Since Kittens’ emergence in 2013, she’s proven to be a captivating, vivacious talent who’s steady upward trajectory has been entertaining to watch, and hear, although it’s still very clearly just the beginning for this burgeoning soon-to-be jet setter. With a number of high profile bookings under her belt, including Fool’s Gold’s Day Off series, Coachella’s Heineken House, and HARD’s Holy Ship and Day of the Dead, Kittens is no stranger to the booming LA dance circuit, though this summer, she’s taking on LA’s biggest dance event of the year for one of the biggest outings of her career.

Read our interview with Kittens below.

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What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?

DJ’ing for Kid Cudi. I was going to college at the time and working a marketing job at a nightclub (where sometimes I was able to DJ). I happened to be playing the right stuff at the right time apparently, because one thing led to another and next thing I knew — I was touring with Kid Cudi. I went from playing small local parties to full on stadiums and festivals plus, was able to meet some incredible people who have been huge supporters throughout my career. That was really one of those “meant to be” fate-type of moments in my life.

What are you looking forward to most about HARD Summer?

I’m really excited to be playing alongside so many artists I really love and look up to. HARD Summer has always been a big deal for me because I started attending many years ago and Gary just always gets really cool people booked who you don’t get to see too often.

What is different about your experience performing at festivals now as opposed to the beginning of your career?

Definitely playing at better times has been a huge difference. It’s nice playing to a crowd that already had a minute to get settled in and warmed up for the day but more than that, I think just being much more comfortable with myself has made a huge difference. I was always so nervous to the point where I couldn’t just really let go while I played. I was more focused on not messing anything up, lol. Now it’s just really fun and exciting.

If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick?

Diplo probably. He really gets to do it all from the traveling to crazy places, to working with the best artists…playing and attending really dope events in general. His life seems pretty fire.

If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?

Uniiqu3 (she’s got the most amazing energy and is just such a goddess), Skepta (you don’t wanna miss out on the heaviest UK turn up vibe of the century), & Mike WiLL Made-It (we all know he’s gonna be bringing out all your favorite rappers for this one).

If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2017, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out?

Anything by Future lol. I’ve been the biggest Stan for Future since his first mixtapes and my love for him just grows. It’s become an obnoxious joke amongst my friends at this point.

Prepare for Kittens’ HARD Summer set with her HARD Day of the Dead 2015 mixtape:

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Meet the underground talent of HARD Summer: Madam X

Meet the underground talent of HARD Summer: Madam X

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In the course of a decade, HARD has become one of dance music’s most globally recognized event producers. This August marks a major milestone for the brand: the 10-year anniversary of its flagship festival, HARD Summer. To celebrate the momentous occasion, Gary Richards and co. have pulled out all the stops for their LA institution with prestigious headliners such as Dog Blood, Justice, Bassnectar, and Snoop Dogg. However, the festival’s enviable lineup extends far beyond its closing slots. Delving further into the lineup, we’ve tapped some of our favorite acts on the bill for an interview series leading up to the festival.

Call it American arrogance, but it’s always a bit of a surprise to come across an artist who has never visited the US, given the ever-expanding dance festival scene which has pervaded the country in the last decade. This year’s HARD Summer will mark the first time that Madam X steps stateside. However, a look over the British DJ’s résumé indicates how much her presence is needed across the pond.

In 2010, Madam X began her integral career in Manchester’s dance music scene as the co-founder of Big People Music (BPM), a label and producer of regular club nights in the city. In the years since, she has become a fixture in dance music broadcasting, with experience hosting programs on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Channel 4, Rinse FM, and NTS Radio.

Madam X has also garnered a reputation as a key tastemaker in the UK bass scene because of her acute blending of the genre with elements of grime, techno and garage. For the last three years, she’s established herself perhaps most notably through her own KAIZEN imprint, which takes its name from the Japanese business philosophy of seeking “continual improvement.”

Since launching KAIZEN, Madam X has certainly continued to improve on her legacy, earning coveted DJ slots at Reading festival, a Bristol-set broadcast of the Boiler Room, and, most recently, Glastonbury. Indeed, HARD Summer is fortuitous to be the first American setting to become a part of the artist’s upward trajectory.

Read our interview with Madam X below.

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What was your first label release? Would you still play it in a show?

Biome’s Griddled EP. Still bang it out today!

What has been the biggest breakthrough of your career?

Hard to say. There wasn’t really a pivotal moment or catalyst but I’m most proud of getting my KAIZEN label up & running and gigging all over the world. Djing at Manana festival in Cuba was so surreal, I didn’t even know they’d be into the music I play but it was so much fun

What are you looking forward to most about HARD Summer?

I’ve never been to the US! Really excited to fly over for the first time and see how you guys get down!

What is different about your experience performing at festivals now as opposed to the beginning of your career?

My style’s definitely developed as I’ve grown into my sound. I’m starting to see familiar faces prop up at the front row which is so cool. The crowds are definitely bigger now but I still find it mental that people take time out of their day to come and watch me. It’s honestly the nicest feeling!

If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick?

DJ Khaled – he’s so extra

If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?

Jackmaster and my girls Nina Las Vegas & Uniiqu3

If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2017, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out?

Fargo – Biome (it’s not out yet but coming soon to KAIZEN. Absolute belter!)

Get a sense of Madam X’s style with her March 30 mix for NTS Radio.

SAYMYNAME delivers heavy-handed new mix ahead of HARD Summer [Exclusive]

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Giving SAYMYNAME a festival PA system may be a dangerous idea. The burgeoning Los Angeles beat-maker is lined up to play HARD Summer‘s tenth anniversary festival in August, and if his new mixtape serves as any indication, ear plugs will be an absolute necessity…for safety purposes. Producing behind a moniker that was inspired by a Headhunterz track, SAYMYNAME, real name Dayvid Sherman, champions an incredibly aggressive hybrid sound that does not shy away from its evident influences. The new mix flails, kicks, and screams with seemingly boundless fervor, as Sherman weaves together an hour long marathon of massive festival set weapons.

The head splitting session stitches together tracks from Valentino Khan, Flosstradamus, NGHTMRE, Herobust, Skrillex, Crankdat, Getter, and Zomboy among a handful of SAYMYNAME productions, all coined by Sherman’s signature “HARDTRAP” theme. Blending heavy dubstep, loud hardstyle breaks, hip-hop, and of course a deafening dose of festival-primed trap music, SAYMYNAME turns up the volume ahead of HARD Summer with his punishing new mixtape contribution.

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Just this past Thursday RL Grime dropped his latest single with Miguel, ‘Stay For It’. It is now the 4th track to be released that will be featured on his upcoming 11 track LP, ‘Nova’. While ‘Stay For It’ is everything we had hoped for from RL Grime…a member of our staff noticed that it

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