NEW DISCOVERY | TABS

These guys are bringing fresh remixes of everything from XX and Goldroom to Porter Robinson and Swedish House Mafia.

TABS representing Arizona. LOVE them.

Booking inquiries @ TABS.booking@gmail.com

 

EXPRESSING LOVE FOR FRENCH EXPRESS

Last weekend, in typical 4 AM fashion at a warehouse party, I was having a conversation with a guy in a sequined jacket who called himself 2 cent. “No one gives a shit about an $11 album sale anymore. It’s all about the cover charge at the door, and the T-shirts”, he said.

With so much competition, and so many ways to get music for free, artists, especially EDM artists, don’t have the luxury to wait for some big label to turn them into brands. Talent isn’t enough anymore. If you don’t have the social media game down, you’re getting left behind because the kids can’t find you, so the big wigs don’t hear you, and you know what the kids love? Discovering good music for free.

French Express, the self proclaimed protectors of feel good, are my new favorite talent crew, because they do just that. First with Isaac Tichauer’s “Doing What I got”, then Chris Malinchak’s “So Good To Me”, and now with this new track from Moon Boots.

I’m excited to find out who’s next!

THE LA TIMES EDM JOKE… SORRY ARTICLE

My college roommate overdosed on E. She wasn’t at a rave. She was just a party girl at a nightclub, trying to numb the pain of a recent break up.

No one is saying drug abuse isn’t a scary problem that needs to be dealt with, but blaming the EDM scene for a few unfortunate kids, whose extent of drug education was probably nothing more than “just say no”, is grossly uniformed, and sloppy reporting. You’d think investigative journalists at The LA Times would be required to immerse themselves in a culture before writing an article about it.

Last weekend the 3 squares below released an article on the LA Times blog, essentially blaming Insomniac for deaths as a result of ecstasy overdose, and urging cities to rely less on income from raves in order to decrease the likelihood of drug related deaths. By this logic, we should also go back to prohibition, ban guns and outlaw cigarettes.

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This set off a firestorm of backlash from the EDM community.

Dusty LA times completely missed the point of the criticism, and tried to defend its position by siting more detailed death statistics as a result of drug overdose at EDM events, followed by a series of  emotional appeals to make an old idea seem relevant and newsworthy. As unfortunate as those deaths are, abstinence is the same obsolete solution that the conservatives have been using for decades to justify the war on sex, drugs, and now music. Has it helped?

“The War On Drugs Has Failed”, said a 19-member global commission in 2011.  A 2008 study by Harvard economist Jeffrey A. Miron estimated that legalizing drugs would save U.S. taxpayers $76.8 billion a year—the kind of revenue that could make rehab, and mental healthcare free and accessible. Kaskade said it best: “Clearly, if the US Government hasn’t come up with the magic bullet to quell the problem of drugs in this country, it is not reasonable to expect an event promoter to pull this kind of trick out of his hat either. “

Maybe it’s time to come up with better ideas, instead of scapegoating the new kid on the block to beat the same dead horse.

Technological advances in music production, Internet and social media have catapulted EDM into the mainstream, in the same way that the electric guitar, amplifier, microphone, and the 45-rpm record propelled rock and roll in the 50s.  The parallels are uncanny. There were haters then, and there are haters now.

Rong-Gong Lin II, Paul Pringle and Andrew Blankstein’s pathetic attempt at blaming drug deaths on EDM was shortsighted. Dance music isn’t growing because it provides a safe haven for drugs. It’s growing because provides escapism from a world that is increasingly harsher and more judgmental. EDM event organizers are making people happier by bringing fans from all over the world together, and providing a fun community that is full of love and acceptance. Something the LA Times should’ve looked into before pointing fingers at people who are doing more good for our society than harm.

TRIPPIN’ ON ACID

I got my music junkie high today when I stumbled across Acid Invaders’ remix of Alt-J’s Breezeblocks.

I was wishfully looking up flights to Tomorrowland, and trying to figure out how long I would need to live off of top roman to go, when I realized they’re Belgian. Must be a sign right?!

Acid Invaders released their first techno house album last April. They have their own european digital feel that fuses dubstep influences with ravey synths to hardcore techno beat. According to their site, they incorporate sounds from detroit, wink, dahlback and many other producers into their unique acid soundscape. In 2012 they decided to tour with a true acid live act, injected with robotic voices, dark haunting melodies and strongly-built climaxes –  An abstract hypnotism and in-your-face techno that’s starting to detonate international dancefloors.

 

STUMBLING UPON THE 2013 LA ART SHOW

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Last weekend a friend of mine randomly told me about the LA Art Show downtown, so I decided to be adventurous and check it out. It turned out to be a great decision, and well worth the $20 cost of admission!  Here are some of my favorites:   Related articles LA Art Show Premiere Party […]

THE HOT CREATIONS CREW

I saw Jamie Jones for the first time at Sound in LA last weekend. His deep house tunes carried us through a very fun night, all the way to the end until the club closed at 4 AM (amazing considering everything closes at 2 AM here :/).

I looked him up, and discovered Hot Creations, which is the label (and party crew) helmed by Jones and Lee Foss. Hot Creations took 3 of the 7 spots on Pete Tong’s Essential New Tunes 2012, including ‘Benediction’, which made it into the UK Top 40.

If you’re anywhere near London on April 13 2013, a host of Hot Creations sanctioned artists will be at the legendary Brixton Academy, for a late night spectacular. Canadian pair Art Department have been confirmed for the date, and will be bringing their seasoned brand of tech house and electro. Hot Natured – the union of Jones, Lee Foss, Luca C and Ali Love – will be debuting their live show. Foss will DJ, as will Richy Ahmed, Infinity Ink and PBR Streetgang.

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Here’s a list of the full gang according to their Facebook page:

Jamie Jones
Lee Foss
Digitaria
Ultrasone
Heartthrob
Robert James
Burnski
Danny Daze
PBR StreetGang
wAFF
Alexis Raphael
Waifs & Strays
De Signer
Miguel Campbell
Clockwork
Henrique Oliveira
Russ Yallop
jesse perez
infinity ink
MANIK
bubba
FB Julian

GOLDROOM IS SOLID GOLD

Goldroom aka Josh Legg’s nu disco tunes are everywhere right now. The first one I heard was Fifteen, but now he’s killing it with his remix of Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha) and Solé Fixtape Vol. 7. Judge for yourself. This guy’s the real deal.

He’s from LA, and has worked with a bunch of my favorites such as Penguin Prison, Poolside, Gigamesh, Classixx, Oliver, Aeroplane, Mylo and The Magician.

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