Kayzo unleashes Halloween compilation project featuring TYNAN, Duke & Jones, Lil Texas, and more

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Kayzo unleashes Halloween compilation project featuring TYNAN, Duke & Jones, Lil Texas, and moreKayzo Yoder Productions PC

The night is young and full of terrors, including Kayzo’s new Halloween compilation album, Little Comp of Horrors Vol.1, the first of hopefully many fight-filled shared releases from the electronic music punk rocker’s Welcome Records. The project includes various up-and-comers in the bass space including tracks from TYNANLil TexasDuke & Jones, and more. Also included in the grip of heavy hitters is the ringleader’s first single release, “Lights Out,” since his diverse sophomore album, Unleashed.

Through menacing melodies and heavy percussion, the electronic-rock hybrid producer gathered tracks ranging from hardstyle to dubstep and many more in between and adjacent. The consistent theme rallies around this frightful time of year, a perfect follow-through from one of electronic music’s most terrifyingly good producers.

Kayzo releases menacing dubstep thrasher, ‘Lights Out’

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Kayzo releases menacing dubstep thrasher, ‘Lights Out’Kayzo Yoder Productions PC

October may be coming to an end, but Kayzo is just getting started. The dubstep aficionado not only welcomed his diverse sophomore album Unleashed filled with prolific features, but also revealed the creation of his label Welcome Records. In a dual showcase, Kayzo has released his first post-LP single and conjunctively, the first single from his upcoming Lil Comp of Horrors compilation, “Lights Out.” Lil Comp of Horrors (Vol. 1) will mark Welcome Records first-ever compilation and will encompass tracks from TYNAN, Lil Texas, Duke & Jones, and more. The compilation will arrive Oct. 30 via Welcome Records.

“Lights Out” takes on the essence of Kayzo’s rock-electronic hybrid mastery with its screamo vocal cuts, thrashing sound design, and frenetic energy. Clocking in at a short-lived 2 minutes and 20 seconds, the track wastes no time in raising the momentum with injections of metal guitar riffs, doom-laden choirs, and scathing dubstep drops. Devious guitar lines interchange back and forth with thumping bass in a conversation between hardcore rock and dubstep. With Halloween approaching fast, “Lights Out” and its sinister enjoyability deliver a first heavy-hitting taste of Lil Comp of Horrors.

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Give Thanks Festival brings big beats to northern Califnornia with Kayzo, JOYRYDE, Kaskade, and more

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Give Thanks Festival brings big beats to northern Califnornia with Kayzo, JOYRYDE, Kaskade, and moreKayzo Credit John Davisson

Skip the awkward family Thanksgiving gathering this year and reach for an actual good time that doesn’t include your uncle’s weird political views or your dad’s indigestion complaints. Give Thanks Festival returns to northern California this year on November 29 – 30 with a stacked lineup of electronic music heavy hitters including Kaskade, Kayzo, Manilla Killa, 3LAU, and more.

The event, hosted at Cal Expo Fairgrounds, is bringing a solid cast of DJs to Sacramento, with Good Time Ahead, Getter, and more slated for the two-day throw down. Tickets to Give Thanks Festival are on sale now, click here for more info.

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Kayzo drops high-powered sophomore album, ‘Unleashed’ [Stream]

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Kayzo drops high-powered sophomore album, ‘Unleashed’ [Stream]Kayzo Credit John Davisson

As the golden EDM years fade further and further into the background, the number of artists maintaining the sensationalized, hyper-synth feel in their music is dwindling. Some might be happy this trend is on its way out. Others might be sad.

Regardless of any individual’s opinion on the inevitable shift, there is something that always rings true when the hype separates from a particular sound: the artists who stick with it do so because they love it, and Kayzo is sticking with it on his new album, Unleashed.

The young producer didn’t hold anything back on his latest LP, adopting various tempos and genres, including flecks of rock—all built on the raw energy that inspired a generation of kids to don neon furries and gauntlets of polychromatic beads. In keeping with the inclusive spirit of EDM, Kayzo tapped various collaborators for every track on the album. Literally. There is not one song without a feature. 1788-L, YULTRON, and k?d are just a few of artists who contributed their equally enthusiastic sound to the album.

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Kayzo releases emo-rock bass feeler with shYbeast from I See Stars and Frank Zummo from Sum 41

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Kayzo releases emo-rock bass feeler with shYbeast  from I See Stars and Frank Zummo from Sum 41Image2

Dubstep’s rockstar, Kayzo, releases another rock-fueled bass venture, “Cruel Love,” with the help of the lead vocalist from I See Stars, shYbeast, and Sum 41 drummer, Frank Zummo. The raucous offering came to fruition via a partnership between Ultra Records and Kayzo’s Welcome Records.

Knocking on the angst-ridden door of turn-of-the-century emo rock, “Cruel Love,” employs shYbeast’s sultry vocals above acoustic drum sounds and a fluttering guitar melody. Listeners are met with a bout of distortion that leads to an opening for a hyper drum buildup into gritty bass with emotive sustained notes.

Kayzo has had quite the year developing his new label and collaborating with more artists in the rock space such as Of Mice and Men, Travis Barker, Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low, blessthefall, and Our Last Night.

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Kayzo releases emo-rock bass feeler with shYbeast from I See Stars and Frank Zummo from Sum 41

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Dubstep’s rockstar, Kayzo, releases another rock-fueled bass venture, “Cruel Love,” with the help of the lead vocalist from I See Stars, shYbeast, and Sum 41 drummer, Frank Zummo. The raucous offering came to fruition via a partnership between Ultra Records and Kayzo’s Welcome Records.

Knocking on the angst-ridden door of turn-of-the-century emo rock, “Cruel Love,” employs shYbeast’s sultry vocals above acoustic drum sounds and a fluttering guitar melody. Listeners are met with a bout of distortion that leads to an opening for a hyper drum buildup into gritty bass with emotive sustained notes.

Kayzo has had quite the year developing his new label and collaborating with more artists in the rock space such as Of Mice and Men, Travis Barker, Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low, blessthefall, and Our Last Night.

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Kayzo, YULTRON, and Of Mice & Men prove menacing allies with ‘NIGHT TERROR’

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Kayzo, YULTRON, and Of Mice & Men prove menacing allies  with ‘NIGHT TERROR’KAYZO Night Terror

If anyone can claim mastery of combining metalcore with heavy-hitting electronic music, DJ/producer Kayzo would rightfully stake his claim. He has succeeded in securing such a multifaceted fanbase through his genre-contorting releases. His latest and greatest, “NIGHT TERROR,” is a collaboration with YULTRON, who is also known for his dubstep and bass-centric sound design. The duo have been teasing the new track at recent performances, as well as giving fans a sneak peak of the release on social media.

YULTRON and Kayzo enlisted Of Mice & Men to add a fervent vocal flair to the release. “NIGHT TERROR” becomes the intense hardcore punk and dubstep-directed track fans of the artists would expect it to become. Screaming vocals twist in and out of blaring dubstep drops that are broken up by shredding guitar. “NIGHT TERROR” is out via Universal Music.

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Kayzo, YULTRON, and Of Mice & Men prove menacing allies with ‘NIGHT TERROR’

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Kayzo, YULTRON, and Of Mice & Men prove menacing allies  with ‘NIGHT TERROR’KAYZO Night Terror

If anyone can claim mastery of combining metalcore with heavy-hitting electronic music, DJ/producer Kayzo would rightfully stake his claim. He has succeeded in securing such a multifaceted fanbase through his genre-contorting releases. His latest and greatest, “NIGHT TERROR,” is a collaboration with YULTRON, who is also known for his dubstep and bass-centric sound design. The duo have been teasing the new track at recent performances, as well as giving fans a sneak peak of the release on social media.

YULTRON and Kayzo enlisted Of Mice & Men to add a fervent vocal flair to the release. “NIGHT TERROR” becomes the intense hardcore punk and dubstep-directed track fans of the artists would expect it to become. Screaming vocals twist in and out of blaring dubstep drops that are broken up by shredding guitar. “NIGHT TERROR” is out via Universal Music.

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The Bloody Beetroots – Warp 2.019 (Steve Aoki & Kayzo Remix)

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The Bloody Beetroots – Warp 2.019 (Steve Aoki & Kayzo Remix)Steve Aoki Kayzo Warp

The Bloody Beetroots and Steve Aoki’s “Warp 1.9” defined an era of dance music for the early adopters of the EDM boom. That familiar ticking of the clock. The thunderous synths rumbling underneath. To this day, it’s one of the most crowd igniting drops of all time. And now it has been reborn. Blessed by Steve Aoki and reconstructed by Kayzo for a twist on the classic smash that feels like an adrenaline shot straight through the sternum. Everything you loved about the OG was left intact, but it’s evolved into something much more monstrous at the hands of Kayzo. After a decade since its release, a new generation of fans are about to get their faces melted.

Kayzo releases smashing rock-electronic hybrid, ‘Up In Flames,’ featuring All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth

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Kayzo releases smashing rock-electronic hybrid, ‘Up In Flames,’ featuring All Time Low’s Alex GaskarthKayzo Yoder Productions PC

Kayzo has released another rock-tinged dubstep number, “Up In Flames,” featuring pop-punk vocals from Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low. The track is accompanied by a music video directed by Yhellow, whose narrative is set to rewind while setting Gaskarth is center stage for the hooks and part of the verses. Kayzo performed the track with Gaskarth during his closing set at Coachella on April 12, along with bringing out special guests Tommy Lee, Yungblud, Grandson, and Frank Zummo from Sum 41.

“The song itself and the production behind it I think has become my best example to date of the blurred line of rock and electronic music that I am continuously working to create,” Kayzo told Alternative Press. “‘Up In Flames’ is important because it embodies the high and low of love and friendship. We all have good times with those we love and the memories we keep can make letting go hard whether it’s a friend or a loved one, but at the end of the day all good things must come to an end, it’s about the journey and what is made between the start and finish line.”

“Working with [Gaskarth] was seamless,” he continued. “We ended up getting together a while back and in one session we wrote and tracked the lyrics. Having him so dialed in and hands on with the creative process was really exciting too. A month ago we thought the song was in a good place to call it complete, but Alex hit me up and wanted to re-record because he knew he could do a better pass of it. He even had ideas on how to refresh the arrangement musically. He was an important and key piece to this song coming together the way it did.”

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