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Of Porcelain | Why Wait?

time June 8th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

Of Porcelain aka Josh Mayer is no joke my favorite producer. Anyone who has ever talked to me about producing music eventually knows that my biggest influence would be Of Porcelain. The downtempo trip-hop artist is most well known by his other alias Ooah of The Glitch Mob. He also has other projects he is part as well such as PantyRaid and The Seedling Escape.

Josh has created such an impression with me that he’s probably one of the few artist out there that still feel starstruck whenever something appears from him. Despite recently seeing him preform with MartyParty as PantyRaid at Lightning in a Bottle he regained my faith that there’s a possibility of some more Of Porcelain or melodic sexy music still inside him after that underwhelming Superior EP. Watching him play you could see Marty jumping up and going crazy during the heavy aggressive basslines and you could see Josh just chillen grooving. It was obvious when Josh picked a tune as you could see him swaying to the chill beat and getting into it and see Marty just standing there. It’s interesting to see and hear the obvious differences in their music today. You can really tell the parts Marty wrote and the parts Josh wrote.

This new track by Of Porcelain brings so much faith back into music and where I first fell in love with chill glitchy beats. Ooah’s most recent track on soundcloud The Love I Need almost left me questioning if he was just experimenting or changing his sound towards this new direction PantyRaid was going for. He is extremely busy now with the upcoming Glitch Mob tour and has quite the insane life touring with Marty as well so I can only hope after the tours tone down we will see Of Porcelain revisited or hell even The Seedling Escape. Kitty D has been on a role as well and still has that unique sound which continues to stray away from the heavy bass beats. I can’t tell you how disappointing it is to see so many others fall to the trap of making heavy dance floor bangers.

Josh, Thank you for what you do and the music you create. I think I speak on behalf of many of your fans and lovers of music when saying this: PLEASE Of Porcelain album is way long overdue and in this brostep era something beautiful is needed baddddd. Take your time. BUT please everyone is craving something new with those hypnotic tones you’ve shown in the past. See you at the Dallas date if not out of town for a show. Much Respect & Love.

Grab the NEW Of Porcelain tune off the Seek Sick Sound Comp Vol. 2

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Pantyraid | Superior EP

time April 26th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

I’ll never forget the first time I heard PantyRaid, it was the mix for The Sauce. I even remember the post and saying The Sauce would be the best album of of the year. I still stand by those words and the dynamic duo of MartyParty & Ooah despite this follow up EP and uproar it has started.

What’s the cause of all this uproar? Easy. The new Superior EP is filled with heavy aggressive drumstep vibes. The fans of the duo are disappointed and I even have seen many people even calling them sell outs to the brostep movement. Marty and Ooah have gained the respects of many of the west coast crunk bass movement and lets just say most of them won’t stand for this change of direction. The Sauce was a major point of the crunk sound development.

It’s not that ohh no another brostep/drumstep EP its more about what people have come to expect from both of them. We all know how talented and musical they both can be. Hell go listen to Marty’s Skukuza EP or Ooah’s Of Porclain project. The production value of those versus this is quite astounding. Now lets not burn these guys at the stake they have the right to change direction and have fun. They aren’t sell outs because as the powerhouse Skrillex has said numerous times.

My biggest concern is how they are handling this as if to pull a big move to almost disregard and hide all the negative responses. Marty posted this on FB and I replied. It of course got deleted but WHY?! I’m here to support but also speak my mind.

“You gotta love the hate on Facebook – WOW! Full time job deleting evil postings – to all those people that hate on art – LOVE and HATE are the same emotion – check yourselves and open your minds – I LOVE MY LIFE!!!!”

My response:

“I’ll be honest I’m not a fan of the new material but it’s definitely something interesting to listen to coming from two extremely talented producers. I wouldn’t call Love & Hate the same emotion. I personally think this album if anything shows the dark side of ones emotions where it has heavy aggressive angry monotones all over it but don’t we all have that inside at one point of time. Have fun but realize the new sound pushes a completely different emotion than The Sauce so what did you expect? Keep making that music and enjoying yourself. Do it for you and no one else but remember the art of music is conveying you and emotions. You guys do it well. Big ups!”

Now checking Twitter I see this.
Marty: “#3 on iTunes – THANKYOU – when we made these songs in the Brooklyn studio we knew they would stir up some emotion out there”

If you knew this was going to happen stop trying to delete and erase all the people speaking their mind and giving their opinion. Hateful messages yeah sure get rid of them but something tells me all of them aren’t hateful or evil. Everyone has their own personal opinion and doesn’t mean everyone thinks they have to follow or feel the same way. Hell if it has hit #3 on iTunes already you got a positive response but don’t be surprised if on social media mediums your fans who have been following you and actually pay attention to you won’t react in a positive light and be ignored.

Personally I think this is a huge push for people discovering The Sauce if they haven’t already. Look what The Glitch Mob did and it was in the complete opposite direction. They followed up all their free bootlegs with a straight downtempo chill LP versus a heavy crunk glitch release everyone expected. There were people who hated it and talked trash but want to talk about the press monster that came out of it. The same is about to happen with this release from Pantyraid.

I might not be a producer and making beats all the time but I know that music is a powerful medium of expression. There is music to rock out and party with and then there’s the listening to music. That’s how I mainly divide a lot of my music lately. This Superior EP is jump up and rage at a club and they execute it well. There is no doubt in my mind that heavy energy is the name of the game right now. Just remember to keep the diversity. Pantyraid shows us that you can get all sexy and crunk but also get all that pent up energy and push out some fun jump up dance floor stuff.

Love it or hate it check out the Superior EP @ PantyRaid Music

Quick references to hear the differences:

The Sauce


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MartyParty | Blueberry Kush EP

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

MartyParty is ready to release another one of his  releases, Blueberry Kush EP, that I wrote about awhile ago with the Skukuza EP release.  The official date is set for February the 15th! This release will contain 6 new purple dank tracks. I can only imagine which set of dubs he is going to give out this time. I can only hope for some of the previous tracks on his soundcloud that he gave us a peak at for a short period of time.

Marty has been hard at work touring. He recently finished up a short set of shows going solo. Now he’s off to play some winter festie’s across seas and then returns for a small leg of PantyRaid shows which includes an Austin show \o/ This will be the first time I’ll get to see PantyRaid, should be a rager considering the infamous Skrillex will be headlining the show. There going to be some great exposure for the duo. Hope they keep it real sexy and purple to balance the night! Marty’s been saying some of the new material is getting dropped into their live sets already so I’m beyond excited.

We have a little treat for you as well.
Marty has decided to give away one of his staple tracks in his sets for FREE.
Pick up his Purple Anarchy tune that you’ll clearly remember if you’ve ever caught him live.

DOWNLOAD: MartyParty – Purple SexPistol (Anarchy In The UK Remix)

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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 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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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 – 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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PaNTyRAiD | Mini Mix | Tour

time November 12th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , ,

PANTyRAID Mini Mix for this weeks Fire Friday Mix! MartyParty & Ooah are back with the most insane duo out there right now with the most hype, PANTyRAID! Last year their mixtape came out and took the world be storm. The Sause was released and it blew up even more. They are back for some more! New material and end of the year tour!!!

I just had the pleasure of seeing MartyParty here in Austin, TX and WOW. The new material he is pushing out now is stunning! Imagine the purple sounds mashed together with crunk bass. The combo is as fresh as it gets for live sets. Now add the new PantyRaid tunes into the mix and the legendary Ooah and now you’ve got some serious panties dropping as if it weren’t enough with just one of them.

Here a preview and one of the best videos online of them throwing down. Anyone remotely near any of these cities where events are GO CHECK THEM OUT!

DOWNLOAD: PaNTyRAiD 2010 Mini Mix


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MartyParty Live Mix: Coachella 2008

time June 7th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , ,


I’ve been in a odd place since I’ve returned from my California trip to Lightning in a Bottle 2010. I’m back stronger and a better person but at the same time I’ve been having withdrawals, music withdrawals. How could I take myself back to those amazing memories?! Music! One of my favorite performances of Lightning in a Bottle was MartyParty. The amount of energy he brings to his sets is second to none! I’ve had the opportunity to play out and after seeing MartyParty live I knew that this man is one of my role models. I ended up going online and searching all over for more of this mans mixes. I found many but the true diamond of the mixes I found was his Coachella 2008 mix. It’s hard to believe that most of the tracks that he dropped were done so early on. It wasn’t till late last year that The Sauce came out which quite a handful of the tracks off it are featured in this mix. Rock on MartyParty and hope to catch you again soon!

Sit back and enjoy one of the crunkest mixes around by MartyParty Live at Coachella 2008

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The Glitch Mob – Drink the Sea STREAM!

time May 19th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,
Boreta, edIT, & Ooah = The Glitch Mob

Boreta, edIT, & Ooah = The Glitch Mob

The Glitch Mob is BACK! They’ve finished up the album and it’s all mastered!
The album is due out May 25th, 2010. This will be the first Mobs full release.
There new live setup is blowing people away. They have added much more to the lemur setup.
These guys are on a massive tour with over 30+ dates. You’ll def want to catch them!
I’m beyond hyped to hear their set at Lightning in a Bottle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They’ve been generous to put their album to preview already. That’s right you can stream the whole album for FREE! Let’s just say the slay sound has been turned down quite a bit and more of a mellow feel with some crazy drum patterns and synths. Don’t get me wrong this album brings heat but it’s not exactly what they use to bring to the table. It’s good to hear how they’ve evolved but people are going to be disappointed as usual. The people who want the crazy bangers look to the side projects (Paintyraid, Nasty Ways, Sporque, etc) of the members. Trust me these guys have plenty of other tunes just not under The Glitch Mob name.

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edIT vs Ooah Remixes live – Symbiosis – Heyoka Burning Man Promo

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

Right now if anyone was to ask me what my favorite artist are it would be easy…
1) Ooah
2) The Glitch Mob & PaNTyRAiD
3) Heyoka

Therefore I feel like it would be silly to have this blog and not mention or show off these guys talent.
This is live video taken from Symbiosis festival that just happened last week.
Videos like these make me want to book a flight to LA or SF and just not come back.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. Live remixes of some of my favorite tracks by the two.

Now for another special treat… Heyoka!
This man has done no wrong.
His music has such groove and vibe that you can’t help but jam to this mix.
It’s short but ohhh soo sweet. Won’t lie that I heard it twice back to back when I first got this mix.
Go check out all his releases… They are BIG!
Click this link to download Heyoka’s Burning Man 2009 Promo Mix

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