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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Zhu Is Becoming the World's Most Famous Anonymous DJ

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Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Is that Zhu hiding behind that smoke? We can only wonder. - COURTESY OF ZHUMUSIC.COM
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  • Is that Zhu hiding behind that smoke? We can only wonder.
“We live in 2014; everybody has something to say. There is more power in being silent,” says Jake Udell, an artist manager at Th3rd Brain Management who represents Krewella and, more recently, a mysterious producer who calls himself Zhu.

In February, Zhu made a huge splash on EDM music blogs as the nameless artist behind "Moves Like Ms. Jackson," a remix/mashup of the Outkast tracks "Ms. Jackson," "So Fresh, So Clean" and “The Way You Move.” Fans and bloggers speculated that the mystery artist was Disclosure because of the track's deep house style and the fact that both Disclosure and Outkast were set to headline at Coachella only a month later.

A week after the “Ms. Jackson” release, the anonymous artist released an original, “Superfriends” — but this time he added a name: Zhu. But who is Zhu?

For the most part, people are still wondering.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Swing Music Goes Electro with the Gentlemen Callers

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Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 4:00 AM
Atom Smith and Buck Down of The Gentlemen Callers of LA - PHOTO BY TONY EDWARDS
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  • Atom Smith and Buck Down of The Gentlemen Callers of LA
Is it that swing keeps coming back, or does it just refuse to go away?

The last time early 20th century sounds burbled up to the surface was in the late '90s, when bands like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy haunted the Derby in Hollywood, a scene immortalized in (and some might say killed by) the movie Swingers. That version of the swing revival was firmly rooted in the big band, horn-rich sounds of the 1940s, brushed with a rock & roll sensibility. Costumery was fun, but sometimes felt narrow: heavy on hepcats and Grables.

This time around, the latest swing mutation marries EDM beats with sounds often drawn from a decade or so earlier, the 1920s and ’30s, spun with a house music sensibility. It's called electro-swing. It's already huge in Europe. But does it have the potential to take off here?

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

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Safe in Sound Festival - Hollywood Palladium - October 18, 2014

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Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 3:15 AM
Adventure Club performing at Safe in Sound - PHOTO CREDIT: SARAH PURKRABEK
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  • Adventure Club performing at Safe in Sound
Safe in Sound Festival 
Hollywood Palladium
October 18, 2014

On Saturday night, the first annual traveling Safe in Sound Festival drew hundreds of bassheads to L.A.'s Hollywood Palladium. Presented by Bassrush (an Insomniac brand), the newest show on the EDM circuit caters to fans who love bass.

The L.A. stop of the tour featured artists Terravita, Caked Up, Destroid, Adventure Club, and Flux Pavilion. The festival's producers partnered with PK Sound, which debuted a 150,000 watt sound system for the tour. They promised "quality, precision, intensity and a feeling of immersion in the experience," according to Insomniac.

They did not disappoint.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

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Dillon Francis, EDM's Class Clown, Is Serious About His Music (VIDEO)

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Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Dillon Francis - PHOTO BY RYAN ORANGE
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  • Dillon Francis
"Let me just hammer this fucking thing in. It's already breaking — classic Ikea," Dillon Francis says with a frustrated smile.

He's sitting in Sonos Studio on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood before an unassembled wooden bed, staring at the assembly directions. Tall and lanky, he has short, dark brown hair and tattoos up his arms.

The 26-year-old DJ/producer asked for this. On his website's merch section, it says he'll build your Ikea bed for $1,000. For that same price, you can have him sing "Happy Birthday" to you underwater or prank call an enemy. For a million, he'll join the Army.

Unfortunately for this venture, before long he's pretty much broken the bed frame. It's understandable — those things are impossible. And he maintains good humor throughout.

"Afrojack will not build your Ikea bed. Neither will Calvin Harris," he notes. (For more of our interview with Francis, see the YouTube video after the jump.)

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

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This House Music Party Is Cool, Even if It's Legal

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 4:29 AM
Kyle Hall performs at Risky Vision - CREDIT: PAISLEY BRUISE
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  • Kyle Hall performs at Risky Vision
The excitement of illegal dance parties held in warehouses is being in the know, and getting drinks well past the city’s 2 am curfew. 

An event called Risky Vision is trying to tap into that vibe, with one major difference: It's legal.

But it does still have cheap drinks and the same talent. On a recent Friday night, the Echo is packed with people dancing to Benedek, an electronic musician whose unkempt hair bobs rhythmically to the beat.

Blaring '80-style synths and slapping bass, the music is kind of cheesy, but in that way funky house should be – a throwback to the Chicago scene and Frankie Knuckles. People are boogieing hard.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Bass Drops and Tequila Shots with Fei-Fei, EDM's Wild Child

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Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 4:30 AM
NOAH JASHINSKI
  • Noah Jashinski
If you’re a friend of Fei-Fei’s and you’re coming out to her club night, you’re going to be doing a tequila shot.

“It’s paleo!” she says, explaining why it’s her intoxicant of choice. “It’s the only alcohol that’s not a depressant. It’s actually an upper, because it’s made from the agave plant.”

When trying to keep pace with the pint-sized DJ/producer, depressants of any kind are a bad idea. At the opening of her new monthly night, Feided, she’s a whirlwind in Chuck Taylors and a gray Jurassic 5 hoodie, greeting friends, posing for pics, buying shots and handing out watermelon slices soaked in (you guessed it) tequila. The slices are leftovers from a tacos-and-tequila pre-party at her apartment just a few blocks from The Lash, the downtown bar that’s hosting Feided in its intimate back room.

“On a scale of one to ten, how drunk are you?” she asks a recent arrival. When he replies “Six,” she turns to one of The Lash’s busy bartenders: “Two more shots!”

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

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Lady Casa: Queen of the Ravers

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Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 7:52 AM
Lady Casa - PHOTO BY DAHN LE
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  • Lady Casa
Lady Casa is perhaps the country’s most famous raver, and something like a cult leader to her tens of thousands of fans. When the Miami native makes a pilgrimage to L.A. and hosts an event on Venice Beach the day after seeing DJ Armin van Buuren, it quickly turns into a mob scene.

Not far from the guy who walks on glass and an Italian tour group, hundreds of ravers wait for hours in a snaking line to get Lady Casa’s autograph, hear her wisdom and, most importantly, hug her. The event is billed as her 26th birthday party, as well as a benefit for local animal shelters.

“I’m so nervous right now!” says an awkward 20-something when he finally reaches the front. “You’re awesome,” she responds, writing a personalized note for him on a decal. She ends it, “Namaste, Lady Casa.”

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

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Nocturnal Wonderland Was So Much Better Than Last Year

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Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM
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Nocturnal Wonderland
San Manuel Amphitheater
9/5/14

This year's Nocturnal Wonderland could win an award for most improved rave.

The festival, held at San Bernardino's San Manuel Amphitheater for its second time, underwent a few crucial upgrades: They main stage was moved to a more centralized location, the walkways were improved, and the parking wasn't so godawful.  

People were clearly psyched about the changes. Even the security guards felt the good vibes–some even fist-pumped. 

Here's how night one went down:

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

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Deadmau5 Has Gone to War With Disney

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Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 4:22 PM
click image Deadmau5 at Hollywood Palladium in 2011 - TIMOTHY NORRIS
  • Timothy Norris
  • Deadmau5 at Hollywood Palladium in 2011
You probably know Deadmau5 as the DJ who wears the giant mouse mask on his head. 

Lately, he's been battling with another famous rodent — Mickey Mouse. Or, more specifically, Disney.

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click image Tobacco - PHOTO BY SEVEN FIELDS OF APHELION
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  • Tobacco
Better known for fronting the electropopfunk band Black Moth Super Rainbow, Tobacco has gone from underground, Pittsburgh-area dude making music on CDRs in his bedroom, to having his songs in the Emmys.

Born Thomas Fec, he's toured with Flaming Lips, sold out venues, recorded with Beck, and had his music featured on Nickelodeon (sort of; see below). 

His newest release, Ultima II Massage, is more hip-hop than what he was doing before. The beats feel sleazy and funky, as if created for intergalactic porn. "I was trying to make my own contemporary soundtrack to the '90s hotline commercials," he explains, referencing those 1-900 numbers you could call back in the day for anything from Nintendo tips to jokes.

He performs tonight, September 5, with Phantogram at Hollywood Forever.

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