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Love and Light | Muse – Unintended Remix

time November 30th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

4Centers & Probiotik teamed up awhile ago to create Love and Light! Their combination is taking everyone by storm. They are becoming the next Soundcloud phenomenon like Nit Grit was. Ever since they collaborated with MartyParty it’s absolutely exploded. These guys are a pleasure to work with and glad to see a big remix like this appear.

Right now it seems like it’s the prime time to remix big artist that are recognized all around the world. This time they’ve taken Muse’s Uninteded and created a masterful remix that add so much more of a sexy punch to the tune.

DOWNLOAD: Love & Light – Muse Unintended Remix

Be sure to keep up to date with the Love & Light duo on their facebook page

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Afro Monk joins The Untz!

time November 30th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , ,

It’s such a honor and accomplishment to be asked to be part of The Untz. Avi who runs it is such a great person and wanted to find a way to make this work. He offered me a spot for a weekly column. I thought a lot about it and decided this is perfect way I can help others get more involved.

Right now I’ve drafted up a few ideas and plan on moving forward with them and formatting them into articles posted weekly. This is the first installment of What it is to be a DJ. I hope you all enjoy the article. There will be a follow up to this article next week.

Thank you ALL for the support. I’ve been getting some very inspiring messages. I love being connected to everyone personally. My inbox has grown a tremendous amount but hope to respond to each and everyone of your messages. Thank you for all the inquires about the new project I’m working on for interns. Everyone who has sent me an e-mail interested should be hearing back from me soon. I’m trying to organize something that’s much larger than I can handle myself.

Be sure to browse around The Untz, they have some quality content and have put serious time into building such a massive project. Except something similar on a smaller scale. I’m sure I’ll be teaming up with them on that as well possibly. Much respect and Love!

What it is to be a DJ: The Philosophy

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MartyParty | Skukuza EP Details

time November 29th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , ,


Proud to announce that MartyParty next release SKUKUZA will in Stores December 14, 2010!
Marty has been touring non-stop and it isn’t about to slow down either. His purple sound is going to be unleashed and you’ll get to have a piece of it soon with the Skukuza EP.

Right now he’s touring alongside the infamous Ooah teaming up to form PANTyRAID. The duo create such an eclectic sound. After putting out The Sauce it’s time for Marty’s debut. December 14th, will be the day we will all get to experience his first EP release. There’s many more to follow with a possible EP due out later on in the month, Lebata & Satara. Marty had mentioned in the interview done with him that he also has 3 full releases due in 2011. It’s going to be a big year for Purple sounds. The debut EP will be available through all major online music retailers, as well as in special packages sold direct through the MartyParty.org website. Check out a short video of one of his live shows!

SKUKUZA Tracklist:
1. Chelsea Hotel
2. It’s Complicate
3. Loud Mouth
4. Los Angeles
5. Skukuza
6. Trinity

The release is brought to you by The Confluence Post Label alternative.
They have given me permission to release a FREE copy of Los Angeles to give you a small taste of Marty’s Purple Opera. Be sure to support this release and pick it up when released.

DOWNLOAD: MartyParty – Los Angeles

Much respect and love to you Marty!

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Ben Samples | Choose Your Own Adventure

time November 27th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , ,

Ben Samples is back! Again?! Yup a full release is out December 6th. I’m proud to announce this on here. I’ve been lucky enough to get to hang with Mr. Samples a few times. This guy is a pro. Proud to say that too. He’s one hell of a guy and always an adventure with him. I can go on and on about this guy and probably shouldn’t so we don’t have crazy things getting out there.  It was a honor to be asked to write the newsletter release for this.  Trust me I can only imagine the arsenal he’s built in his collection if this one is coming out now! Check it out and be sure to grab this when it comes out.

Ben Samples is one of the staple names dropped when throwing around names in the glitch-hop and midtempo genre of music. His unique sound design and bass lines have such a distinct sound that he has helped evolve the direction of where the music is today. Samples has matured his sound over recent years and help his local area of Denver/Boulder Colorado become one of the Mecca’s for bass music. His duo act with Greg Fisk, Fresh2Death, has toured all over the States and considered one of the best live shows around featuring live remixes. His energy, skill, and talent is unmatched when he steps behind the controls, it’s truly a performance more than anything.

Chose You Own Adventure is Samples new album released by Made in Glitch. The title is based on choose-your-own adventure children’s book series that became popular in 80s and 90s where you chose your own destiny. This 15 track release is just that, an adventure into the mind and world of a legendary bass warrior battling through the life of a rockstar. The album has chapters that bring a familiar nostalgic feel and others that take us on entirely new trip into new dimensions. You will never know what is around the corner but it’s one hell of a ride. Throw the album on shuffle and see how long you survive.

Be sure to check out his most recent remix & mix:

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Gladkill | Metric – Twilight Galaxy Remix

time November 25th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , ,

Boris Gladkill is pretty much in my top 3 favorite producers right now at this moment. Today is Thanksgiving and was given this track to give away. This is all for you and special thanks to Boris for hooking it up on this and being able to share it with you all! Boris is one of those producers that you just look forward to seeing something new appear with his name on it. His style is so pure. If anyone ask me what luvstep is all I can think of is Gladkill.

Thanksgiving has been amazing so far and hope you’re all stuffed with food. I was blessed to wake up to a text inviting me over to eat a Thanksgiving meal. I’ve just moved to Dallas, Texas and didn’t end up going home. First time in awhile. Thank you everyone who actually reads these post. I can’t give you all enough thanks for the support! Thanks to this music community I’m with beautiful people and welcomed into their home. Big ups to Banjo to Beats here in Dallas. THANK YOU.

I hope you all have a lovely day and enjoy family and friends today. Tomorrow be safe on any Black Friday adventures you might be off too. Much respect to Boris for this and be sure to support him. He just put out an amazing release Ghostwork. Hopefully things will work out where get to meet him and melt peoples faces off.

Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for everything.
Family
Friends
Life
Music

Much Love!

DOWNLOAD: Gladkill – Metric – Twilight Galaxy

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MartyParty | Interview

time November 23rd by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

MartyParty is one of the most known producers in the glitch-hop, purple, dubstep,etc… game right now. I had the pleasure of seeing him come out to Austin, TX for a show. I put some questions together for him. Unfortunately I was unable to do the interview in person but his team was helpful enough to get them back to me. Austin is wild and something going on every night so didn’t get to say whats up to him but he’ll be back!

Marty takes us into his world in this interview. There’s a lot of things ahead. The man is truly going to revolutionize the whole purple sound. There will be more information about his next upcoming Skukuza EP later today on the site. I really want to thank Marty for taking the time to get back to me with these answers. I can’t wait to catch him again when he returns to Texas.

MartyParty Interview:

When did you start producing music at what age and what sort of medium did you use at that time and how has it evolved into what you do today?

I started producing my music in 2005 – I downloaded Ableton Live evaluation and picked it up fast – I bought Live a week later and produced my first digital album in 6 weeks – I havn’t looked back . I still use Ableton Live, however my tooling has evolved to include all the latest and greatest VST and Audio Unit plugins, synthesizers, filters, effects and volumes of drum one shot samples. My approach has evolved considerably and Im able to complete a track, mastered for release in an 8 hour day. This is through the invention of various “formulas” for developing the musical evolution of a basic chord transition and melody. Id love to talk more about it but its top secret ;)

You have been hard at work with tour and just wrapped up a tour with The Glitch Mob. Can you tell us a little bit about tour life.

Touring is pretty new to me – The Glitch Mob tour was my first “every day” tour – Ive had been doing fly ins up until then. It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot. I went from that tour onto the Mimosa/EOTO tour and that was also amazing. In 3 months I played in every major city in the US and Canada which is where touring really makes sense – you just make so many fans on the road. Having a good tour manager is the most important lesson I learned. I’m on PANTyRAiD tour currently and then onto Monsters of Bass tour with Freq Nasty and Opiuo for 35 dates across the whole country again in February and March. I plan to do my first MartyParty tour in Summer 2011 and am starting to plan that – I’m going to get to take the purple opera to a whole next level with some production budget. I will also be playing my preferred 3 hours sets on my own tour. That lets me really take the audience through the various flavors of MartyParty Music.

Clearly you have lots of tracks to date but are there any that stick out to you the most while you were producing them and do you feel a certain vibe when you create music?

When a hit comes along you feel it early – its just the way the instruments and tones of the layers sit in the mix with the beat, and the way the original intention flows through the whole piece. It just makes a magic feeling. I have several of these on the releases planned late 2010 through 2011. I write two kinds of music – 80-90bpm sexy pretty music or more Acid Crunky music – for that I try make sure to create a specific dance which I imagine a sexy woman would do to the track, and then purple music, which is 140bpm dance music which is just about losing your mind and jumping around the studio. If I feel those vibes in the tracks I know I’m on to something. Lately its been hitting quite a bit, on the upcoming EP Skukuza, the Los Angeles and Its Complicated tracks really illustrate the intention of MartyParty. On the next releases there are several standouts. Take a listen to www.martyparty.org – I dump every song I write very early on onto my website to stream and I have over 2000 listeners a day on there. Its become a bit of a radio station. See if there are any you think will stand out when mastered and released.

Honestly – when I make a beat that I just know will make the fans go WILD or make my wife run into the room – that is when I know its a goody -its a feeling you get as a producer/DJ – u know what the people want to hear, and you can make just that.

What do you have planned for 2011? Can you tell us about any new releases you working on?

I currently have 2 EP’s going out on The Confluence label in early December, then I have 3 full length albums of material I’m releasing in early 2011 – still working out how to package them – but they are all the tunes from my 2010 DJ set. I spent the last 2 months slowly mastering them whenever I return home to my studio. I will start writing the 2011 set in December and want to develop a pattern of a month in the studio, then touring the content of that month for 2 months, and so on through the year – then releasing the entire set each year.

Where do you think music today will be say 5years from now? Do you feel the day and age of vinyl will be lost? What do you currently use to preform?

Hopefully in the mainstream! Gosh. Yes vinyl is thankfully gone. I couldn’t do what I do with only two decks. I use Ableton Live and prepare a very unique DJ set made up of my tracks, and then acapellas, one shots and effects which I trigger using a MIDI pad controller in the live show. I use a M-Audio TriggerFinger still as all the newer controllers break and don’t travel well. I found the Triggerfinger to be the toughest – I hit those pads very hard in the middle of a flying leap and often spill my beer and sweat on my equipment. I mix 3-6 channels at once which is what really makes my set unique. Its the purple opera. It cannot be done with turntables/Serato/CDJs etc. Those are legacy tools now. I travel with a very high quality audio interface and my tracks are rendered as 48000 24bit resolution files (80MB each) – the result is a very high quality A to D conversion and outstanding sound quality. Another MartyParty differentiator, because I make all the music I play – its the highest possible quality – no mp3′s in my set :) I also never pre define a set – my set is like a game of Mahjong – I have probably 70 tracks in a set and try and navigate through them differently each time, attempting to clear them all by the set end. Obv. this is not possible in 60-90 min sets, but lately in my 3 hour MartyParty headline shows Ive got through almost all of them. Its a huge victory for me when that happens and it was seamless.

Traveling so much city to city how do you manage keeping it fun and building connections versus it strictly business?

Practice – its a job and is not as glamorous as one might think. From the start of the set to the end of the set is the easy part – the hard part is the logistics of traveling – often driving from one gig to another with no sleep, or dealing with airport security and layovers. Its tough, but I love my job. Once I’m at the venue and the fans come in it all becomes worth it again. My fans are amazing and loyal and make me feel at home anywhere I travel, and it keeps building to a point where I have relationships with groups of fans in each city I play. Its an amazing organism.

Are there any interest you have besides music that totally captivate you? Is there something else you do to take a break from music. What are other things in the world that makes you smile?

My wife Mary and dog Mackie are my life away from music. But I spend way too much time in my studio and sound design, arrangement and all the various crafts in the process of original music production have addicted me beyond explanation. It is an unbelievably rewarding art, where the feedback from your efforts is immediately felt and the possibilities are endless. I spend my days inventing new sounds and music styles. What a life! I don’t want to miss a second of it. OBSESSED YES!!!

You’re originally from South Africa and moved to the States but are there any other place or city that you’d absolutely love to call your home or visit for a short time? Feel free to make a place up and describe it.

I moved from Johannesburg South Africa in 1995 and settled in San Francisco, I since moved to New York where I have lived for 2 years. I love NY!!!!! Couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. However I have a special place in my heart for Amsterdam , Berlin, Cape Town and Malpais, Costa Rica where I surf and worship the sun.

If you had to describe love or what you feel as a human drives you to be complete content what would it be for you?

We encounter people, things and experiences on our journey through life which just make us feel more complete, and we miss them when they are gone. This is the love zone and the more incomplete you feel without something or someone, the more you love it. I am currently madly in love with purple music and the evolution of electronic music as it enters the mainstream to challenge contemporary music genre’s in a whole new way. I love music and could not live without it. If I don’t create a new song after a few days I get depressed and frustrated. I am addicted to creation. I cant imagine life without art anymore and don’t know what I did before to find contentment.

Biggest influence, person you respect the most, and can call a friend in music?

Its a draw between Josh (Ooah) and Tigran (Mimosa) – I consider them the best pure musical talents Ive ever encountered. We are all very close friends and whenever we hang out we make amazing music together. I would be nowhere without those two guys.

Who is your top musical influences that really hit you with emotion that you’d like to share?

Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin really made we look deeper into musical composition. They both taught me what a song was – I very soon learned the difference between a beat and a song after I got to know their music. Bob Marley and Dr Dre influenced my intention a lot. Currently Mimosa influences me as I’m a huge fan of his overall intention and tonal quality.

Anything you want to say to anyone or message you want to conclude with for your final words?

If you havn’t seen or heard the purple opera – you don’t know what you missing. Music is back and its prouder and louder than ever. Catch my show – you will be an instant fan. Its just that fun.

Here are some of Marty’s latest tunes! Seriously purple opera on big system is mind blowing.

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Afro Monk joins Hype Machine!

time November 22nd by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

I’m proud to announce that Afro Monk has just been added to the blog list on Hype Machine! Everyone was persisting that I message them and see what they said. Sure enough just got a reply that the site has added us!

I’m glad to be part of the list and hope this will only help escalate the producers and musicians we support.

Here is a new tune from one of my favorite homies, +verb, to be the first official track that gets picked up =)
Looking forward to getting to meet him and play along side him in 2011.
Lots of big things cooking up.

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Simplify Mix Sessions 4 / Pressha

time November 21st by Dj EA authorTags: , , , , , ,

Simplify Mix Sessions 4 is now up for FREE Download.  Pressha, a DJ out of Seattle put this hot glitchhop mix together for Simplify Recordings and for you fine people. The track listing pretty much speaks for itself and Pressha mixes everything together so smoothly.

Grab the free mix here:

SIMPLIFY MIX SESSIONS 4


EA (EA@afromonk.com)

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Psymbionic | Bwomp Beats Mixtape 002

time November 19th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , ,


John Burcham is one hell of a man. That is how I’ll start this Fire Friday Mix post. Psymbionic is one of John’s persona that spread music with us. He’s damn good at it too. He I believe has the first weekly glitch-hop night going in Austin, Texas. He is definitely on top of his game. This mix right here is probably one of the best pictures of where this community is going. The people we share experiences with, share stages with for that one night, communicate not only as fellow DJs & Producers but friends.

This mix is an instant classic you just don’t know it yet. The amount of freshness this mix has is stunning. I know many of these guys and Psymbionic lets each tune have its glory as it all blends together into one hell of a journey. A key piece to this entire mix is the way John works his own music enter. Showing his take on certain songs he has remixed and share not only his take but others as well making sure not to take all the glory of his own.

Be sure to catch this man while he does a mini tour of the west coast. He has some major stops in LA, SF, Reno, Arcata, Portland, and Seattle. Be sure to catch him if you can. He’s truly one of the nicest guys around. I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with him a couple week-ends now and genuine dude. Just make sure you remember homie’s a veggie!

Can’t talk enough about how great John has been. Tremendously knowledgeable and professional dude. He’s be a great friend ever since I relocated to Texas. Much respect and safe travels brother!

Tracklist:
1. Gladkill – Lucky Me vs. KnowSleep – ElectroDub
2. Sub Swara – Nectar ft. Kendra Foster
3. Mimosa – Silver Lining
4. Eskmo – Starships
5. Sugarpill – Tehslidebass
6. +verb – Empty Hearted
7. ONE4ALL – Disclosure
8. NastyNasty-Melting You
9. Starkey – Rain City
10. Salva – Blue
11. Ronald Jenkees – Stay Crunchy (Wolf-e-Wolf Remix) vs. NastyNasty – No Names
12. Metranohm – Stegosaurus
13. Richard Sweat – Flying Taxi
14. Stephan Jacobs & +verb – Blind Dreams
15. Black Sabbath – Change (Siren Remix)
16. Love and Light & Stephan Jacobs – Sound a da Bass ft. Naada
17. Subvert – Speaker Humpin’ (Knight Riderz Remix) vs. Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
18. Subvert – Speaker Humpin’ (Opiuo Remix) vs. Missy Elliot – Get Ur Freak On (Kraddy Remix)
19. Heyoka – Incendia
20. Vibesquad & Ill.Gates – The Fire Man vs. Ill.Gates – Irma Vep ft. Masia One
21. Love and Light – Squish City
22. The Glitch Mob – Drive It Like You Stole It (Psymbionic Remix)
23. The Glitch Mob – Drive It Like You Stole It (Callan Maart Remix) vs. Bassnectar – Leprechauns Arise ft. Sunru Skywalker
24. Nosia and Spor – Falling Through vs. Bassnectar – The 808 Track
25. Ben Samples – Georgia House of Mirrors
26. Amp Live – Hot Right Now (Bassnectar Remix)
27. Sharps – Bad Sister (Drumstep vs. Dubstep Mashup)
28. Ben Samples – Drop Bombs (Psymbionic Remix)
29. NastyNasty – Out Here [Unreleased]
30. Builder and DU3 – Spiritual Machines
31. Rob Sparx & John Maveric – Widescreen Snipa (Propa Tingz Remix)
32. SPL – Stick’Em
33. Nit Grit – The Fourth Dimension vs. edIT – Crunk de Gaulle
34. Laid Back – Red (Chasing Shadows Remix)
35. Flux Pavillion – Lines in Wax ft. Foreign Beggars
36. Skism – Rave Review
37. Mindelixir – Dubfunk (Psymbionic Remix) [Unreleased - Forthcoming on Abstract Logic Recordings]
38. Pink Floyd – Brain Damage (Omega Remix)

DOWNLOAD:  Pymbionic Presents Bwomp Beats Mixtape 002

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Dubstep | My take on Dubstep today in 2010

time November 18th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , ,

I’ve been following the music called dubstep for quite some time now. I’ll be frank with you, I’m nobody. I’m just observing what I see and telling you how I personally feel. This is from someone who has been listening to the music, going to shows for the past 3-4 years, and ultimately my take on what’s going on right now.

I was actually introduced to the music from listening to the West Coast producers. One of the first dubstep tracks I heard was from White Boi. Considering when I find something I like I need to know everything about it and master it. The bass wobble and sounds are what captured me. I dug so deep and discovered everything I could find. I listened to Mary Anne Hobbs Dubwars show at least 30 times when it came out and Benga’s essential mix. Burial hypnotized me like he did to the rest of the world. I keep diving in deeper and deeper. I made sure to never miss a Plastician show on Rinse.fm and chat it up with them on MSN asking for track names and following every label and release. It consumed me finding dubs and names of upcoming producers.

Fast-forward 3 years now and honestly I try to stay away from playing any dubstep. I definitely do and there’s no question that I’ll probably never stop but its different now. Money and greed have entered the picture.

The average person who uses the term dubstep is most likely into what is really filth, aggressive, dirty, bro, etc… dubstep. Everyone thinks it’s some sort of joke when the term Brostep is used. Yeah laugh it up because it’s true. Point your gun fingers, drink the cheap beer, dance around insane, rage, and create mosh pits of madness. Take a step back and you’re looking at frat house breeding ground. We all like to have fun but this isn’t where it was when the music first got coined dubstep. People can’t stand labels but they MUST exist. How is it that you expect everything to fall under one name? Don’t take offense to subgenres even if it’s called filth or brostep because that is the perfect word for it and it becomes the name for the subgenre. People don’t want it to stick because they don’t want to admit to themselves they part of the trend and doing/playing what everyone else is into. After all God forbid it not be underground or indie. All you who doubt it go to a Borgore or Rusko and look around at the crowd and you think about all this.

Future bass, post step, deep, etc… Are all these new names any different from when it first started?! Names need to be made so when I’m talking to someone about a particular sound they know a general idea of similar artist. If I use dubstep people think Datsik, Excision, Rusko, Flux Pavilion, Nero, etc… What if I’m talking about Mala, Horsepower Productions, Pinch, etc…? See what I’m talking about. Dubstep has evolved into many other categories and that’s very GOOD.

Evolution needs to happen.
Now why am I writing this all? It’s because the genre of dubstep has blown up! Rusko’s involvement with Britney Spears on her name album will escalate everything to a new mark in time. The mainstream is catching on. I’m begging you people stay in this for the LOVE of the music. Dance around, enjoy yourself, spread the love, support your local artist and djs, & most of all don’t give into the bullshit. There are many people who are going to try to make a buck off all of this. Stay true to the music and don’t do it because you want to be famous, popular, or make money. I see it more and more susceptible to all this. If you’re going to get involved set yourself apart and do something different. To make this bigger and better it means bring your own take not want everyone else is doing. Be original.

I use to be so bitter about the whole community. I’ve let out my frustrations but figure it would be best that they be documented. At the end of the day I want to see more passion and genuine people looking to get involved because they just want to help further along the evolution of everything not because they see the money and fame behind it. We all want to be rockstars but seriously the real ones never made it long term if that’s what their focus became.

What’s my take on Dubstep? Evolve already!
Bring more originality to the table. It’s dying to be recreated.

Ps: One last thing. If things haven’t changed than why is that I have yet to see a brostep set on all vinyl… quality control people. quality control.

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