Aotu is a producer born on the islands and raised in the mountains. He’s the kind of artist whose music you will want to hear when your heart breaks or when you’re celebrating exciting news. It’s the kind of sounds that resonate most in every situation that make this dynamic musician a wild and exciting catch. “Balloon” is his most recent release (Aug 22) featuring the vocals of Will Woodland. The single simply reminds you of the best and worst parts of love and childhood. Facing love and heartbreak of the one who got away, nostalgia and innocence are wrapped up inside the melodies and riffs of this indie-pop song. Aotu (pronounced ow-too) understands what it takes to be a hit and to be mainstream, and yet, how to still be underground chic enough to remain a hidden gem.
“You’re my balloon Too wild to steer”
Together, the pair wrote, composed, sang, produced, and mixed the track we hear above. With chopping synths and pan-pipe harmonies, the song becomes a hopeful breath of fresh air, ending our summer days with the perfect hint of longing. The bubbly undertones and the metallic “oh’s” echo throughout our listening experience as the music that he deems “cinematic club music” does in fact, become a visual and intricate adventure of noises and sounds. His music is naturally-inspired relaying an organic feel via dreamy digital structures. Woodland’s voice than seamlessly whirls through the composition as note and key come together in a perfect marriage of sonic disarray.
Be sure to check out both artists as they hopefully bring us more of their incredible, youthful vibes. I admit, I have had the song on repeat all day, and can’t get enough of it.
Get lost in this hypnotic single “Lose It All” by the Stockholm-based producer himself, Finis Mundi.
It has an incredible rhythm and a striking vocal progression that carries on throughout the song making the Mura Masa-esque track a melange of hip hop & pop sensation. The song is seriously irresistible, and it just happens to captivate you and your dance soul so intensely that it you can’t keep from replaying it over and over again.
This being Mundi’s second single yet, it’s already a masterpiece! Raised in Lindingö, Sweden, the producer has quite the expertise in the art of sonic design. The mystery man behind the sound had released his debut single “Say That” (featuring NOVAA), which proceeded to receive half a million streams and ranking at No. 22 on the Spotify Global Viral Charts! “Say That” is an ominous melody, yet for his second record, Mundi took a new spin with a more upbeat tone and a harder impact in order to let the vibe resonate within the spaces of the room. The fragmented automaton voices layered over the sounds of oriental plucks and reverbs of the continuous loop of synths is spellbinding and mesmeric.
“Lose It All (What If)” is a tidal wave building up and slowing down in just the correct areas and diversifying its sound in just the right ways. In fact, it will be interesting to see where this song will lead to as it seems to be an even cleaner, more-constructed track compared to the first. We should expect to see this artist more often as his productions are heard and recognized for their artistry. Mundi is only getting better and has proven his first success worthy of the streams it received, so why shouldn’t this single be just as (if not more) triumphant?
or a panda in the song. Menace, who is the mastermind producer behind Desiigner’s “Panda,” a Billboard chart topper, is proud to know that he was nominated for “Best Track” at the BET Hip-Hop Awards and a Grammy. However, the issue lies in the fact that despite all of this success, this notorious UK producer hasn’t been able to obtain a visa to come to the US.
From Rochdale, Manchester, Menace, or Adnan Khan, is born to Pakistani-immigrant parents. Menace’s team reached out to me to conduct this exclusive interview with this humble musical genius to tell his story and share what he’s been up to in the meantime since crafting the hit. (You can find the interview below). Ever since the tyrant took over office, families and lives have been altered and deterred and broken. We are disqualifying those who deserve to come to share their work with us! We are disqualifying people who deserve to come over, who are completely harmless, who have love here and who have futures to tend to. Life was not meant to be limited and rejected nor was it meant to be dusted off, signed away, and turned down.
It has been over a year now that Menace has been trying to cross the pond with a bucketload of prestigious award nominations and collaborations just waiting to happen for him. Nonetheless, this didn’t stop our twisted and convoluted politics from banning this artist from our grounds. Even with “Panda” going 4x platinum, Menace still hasn’t been able to meet Desiigner in person! How crazy is that? Can’t even shake the hand of or hug the person who helped bring your music to the world!?
While he’s been patiently waiting for his window opening, the 22-year old has not been wasting time and has actually been producing a new project called The Beat Tape Vol. 1. The DJ has been inspired by notable music legends and tycoons such as Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Scott Storch, the producer of hits like 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop” and Fat Joe’s “Make It Rain.”
The record connoisseur jumped into this world of hip hop during his pre-teens, more specifically, when he was 12 years-old, and from there, he built himself a disciplined schedule to produce 2-3 beats a day! As he got older, he started selling his completed works to rappers who needed baselines and instrumentals. Before the fame, Menace was a mobile phone repairman and on the side, as a hobby, would crank the tunes, create the beats, and post them to YouTube for all to hear. Eventually, with just a simple listen on YouTube and a call, Menace found himself answering the phone to a manager asking for his permission to use his song on Kanye’s West latest hit album Life of Pablo.
This young producer, beat maker, business man, and A&R talent representative is thriving, and is still so fresh to the scene with his complex instrumentals that create the perfect formula of sound. It is a crime that such talent can not come to even receive his own award and recognize his appreciation. But of course, he is not the first of these stories. He told The Rolling Stone,
“It was a couple of days before ‘The Life of Pablo’ was released that we heard about the feature on it. He [Kanye West] wanted to put ‘Panda’ on his album because first of all he was feeling the vibe to the production, and he also wanted to put his new signee [Desiigner] onto his album.”
The sample was found on Kanye’s track “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2.”
If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard the song yet, listen to the song below:
Furthermore, this electric, hip hop composer, was not completely new to the talents of musical production fame though. Before “Panda,” he was found working with Young Noble, a member of Tupac’s old group the Outlawz! (As noted by Rolling Stone). He began posting beats on his website to build their brand and voice to the general audience of listeners, and from all of this came the beat that ruled the air and sound waves and became the raging hit of the 2016th year…
“You are now listening to the hottest producer with the hottest beats on the net. Menace.”
Here is our exclusive interview:
Neelu Mohaghegh (NM): How did you get involved in the music scene? Specifically, hip hop?
Menace (M): I got introduced into the music scene when my dad played a lot of music. From the ‘80s, like Michael Jackson, I’ve been raised on music. That got me interested in making music. Then I started to get interested in the background music, the production side and that’s one of the main reasons why I produce today.
I got into hip hop in high school. Where I live in Manchester, hip hop is the main genre that everyone listens to. The hip hop I was into was either produced by Dr. Dre or the old school East Coast / West Coast producers. I was listening to it every day. I was downloading instrumentals of big hit songs onto my MP3 player and I would listen to them day in and day out. It was mainly on my commute to and from school. Then onwards, I started to ask around how people made beats, then I googled it and came across a program called Fruity Loops, watching tutorials on YouTube.
NM: Why do you produce music?
M: I love music. It’s not something that I’m doing to show people that I’m cool. It’s a way for me to express something without opening my mouth. When people hear my productions, they can understand how I’m feeling through the music. I can reach a wider audience through my music than through any other medium.
NM: How did you get your stage name?
M: It was given to me back in high-school when I was I was a badly behaved student. Kids and my teachers used to call me a menace. I took the persona and ran with it.
NM: What inspired “Panda’s production? And how did you link up with Desiigner?
M: I’m heavy into comic book collecting. One of my favorites is Batman, with the darker feel. When the beat was released on YouTube, way before Desiigner purchased it, it had the picture of Joker and Batman. Desiigner simply purchased the beat. I first found out it was being used on Twitter by someone else. Desiigner posted the song on YouTube and it started to blow up on its own. Eventually, he got signed off of it.
NM: What was it like earning all of those awards for your track with Desiigner?
M: It was a very proud moment in my life. I was very honored to receive those plaques and awards.
NM: Explain to us the songwriting process for you—what’s that like, and what was the sudden success of “Panda” like?
M: You need to have a dope hook – simple but catchy, and a verse that isn’t too complicated. I usually start to develop the hook first, it sets the mood.
NM: In response to the Grammys, I know that you have been struggling to receive your visa in order to come to the states. What has that been like?
M: The wait has been the hardest part. I’ve had to miss out on a few big ceremonies like the BET Hip Hop Awards, for which I was nominated for “Best Rap Song” and I wasn’t able to come to the US to do press.
NM: What do you think of this situation and what can we do to fix it?
M: If there’s enough evidence out there for people to prove that they’re coming here for a reason, like for work, then they should obviously be allowed.
NM: What is your favorite thing to do outside of music?
M: I like to stay active and healthy like go to the gym. And also I’m very keenly interested in automobiles. If I’m not making music, I’m watching programs on cars or reading about them online. Or going to garages or showrooms themselves. I’m into all types of cars, it’s hard for me to choose a favorite.
NM: What do you hope to see change in the music world?
M: I want to see producers get the same type of shine that rappers do. When a record is produced, there’s the artist and there’s the producers, and it took both of them to make it. They are equal partners in the creative process.
NM: What are your plans for the future?
M: To keep going and become a big brunt in the music industry. To disrupt the music industry.
NM: What is your identity song, or soul song? (It can be your own or some other artist’s work that you just have a deep connection with.)
M: Drake – “I’m On One”
NM: Now, because we’re a college-targeted publication, we always like to ask our artists a tag line to fill in the blank, so Menace, what are you #ontheverge of?
Well, there is no doubt about that- success is in his past, present, and future! Such a talented young man with so much to offer. How many more people will we ban? America, you will lose everything. You will lose culture, you will lose diversity, you will lose any spirit, and you will be nothing without the world around you. Isolate yourself more, and soon you won’t have anything to offer.
Please help this story be heard, please share the love, and let’s bring music and so much more back to this country.
To see Menace’s work, follow him and check him out on:
Say hello to two of some of the two coolest, suavest dudes in the EDM music world, Fabrikate. Not much is known about these mysteriously masked figures with insanely epic and stunningly produced music, but what we do know is that you better get to know these guys and their sound because they will be the next big thing!
This Canadian-born duo have been up to a lot of neat stuff in the past coming months, and recently they had released their debut album Bodies on May 13th via Kookoo Records. FINALLY! A lot of times, entirely well-constructed EDM projects are hard to come by since it’s very difficult to make each song unique from each other whilst still making the album flow as one; however, that wasn’t and isn’t the case for Fabrikate. Bodies is a mystical creature of its own with a vibe that breathes soundwaves into your soul. You can listen to the full-length album above!
Off the compilation, their hit single “Want You To Know” reached No. 14 on the iTunes charts, which is massive for them in a field that is extremely competitive and high-demanding. They have also been critically acclaimed, recognized and supported by the EDM heavy-weight champ, Diplo, and by the esteemed electronic music publication YourEDM.
The LP’s deep house beats, generous doses of synth-tides, and strong vocal croons transforms these records into a flawlessly created and strung together set of sounds.
Their bouncy, hypnotic tunes turn your mind in a million directions as your body constantly wishes to move, sway, and dance. The dancefloor literally calls your name as you disappear into the world fabricated by these two DJs and their digital sounds.
They are certainly leaders of electronic composition and talented in that they can achieve their desired sound. They are the puppeteers of body language and the commanders of future bass with these compelling tracks all stacked in one!
So, now allow me to introduce you to these talented & hysterical producers. Here is our interview!:
Neelu Mohaghegh (Me; NM): Introduce your selves! Where are you guys from? What are your names?
Fabrikate (F): Well hello there! We’re Fabrikate from Canada, and we make music that even your mom likes. We would love to tell you our names, but our manager confiscated our ID’s a while ago and we totally forgot them. There’s a vowel or two in there, we think… When we’re in the same room with other people, they usually address the blank space in between our heads and call that Fabrikate.
NM: What got you guys into music in the first place?
(F): We were both brought up in very musical families. Both of our parents always had music playing, and would take us to shows at an early age. Oddly enough, we were born a few years apart and grew up in different environments, but we both have the same musical taste and influences.
NM: What is the Canadian music scene like?
(F): The Canadian music scene is blooming right now thanks to many major acts like Drake, the Biebs, The Weeknd, only to name a few. We’ve always been very open and diverse here, but lately it feels like the whole world is being more attentive to our music and our sound, so we’re seeing some of our more underground homies flourish internationally. Look at Kaytranada for example, he’s been around for a while, and now he’s finally getting his big break. Bout’ time eh?
NM: How do you guys describe your sound? How do you think it sounds different from other producers in the same field, and what separates you from them?
(F): Being two incredibly sexy individuals, we choose to write music that matches our persona. Our album “Bodies” is just that, really. We think of our music in terms of aesthetic instead of genre. We tend not to associate ourselves with any other producer or DJ out there, because we like to think our music can fit into any genre or style. We try to be as diverse as we can while keeping the sounds coherent.
NM: What about electronic music do you think makes it such an important genre for music?
(F): It’s about having endless possibilities. No restraints at all, you know? With today’s technology, electronic music producers really can push the envelope as far as they want to. You don’t even have to be a crazy good musician anymore, you just need to be creative. Not to mention that electronic music lets you bypass a significant portion of the music industry. For the longest time producers and bands have been banging their heads over how to pile enough money to get in the studio to cut a record, and today you can make an international smash hit with your laptop and cheap pair of headphones while you’re sitting on the toilet bowl. What a time to be alive.
NM: How do you see the EDM scene right now? Is it at its peak? Or is it losing ground? Or is transforming, and into what?
(F): To be honest we’re not even sure what EDM means anymore. What we do know is that the scene is always evolving, and we’re stoked to see that people are becoming aware and vocal about some of the fakes out there. EDM needs to go back and revisit its roots; remember when people actually danced together instead of jumping and staring at a DJ for hours?
NM: How was it like making your EP? What was the overall motivation behind its fabrication? (no pun intended) And what is your favorite song off of it?
(F): It was a difficult thing to start off, to be honest. We knew what we wanted, but the tough part was figuring out how to get there. It took a while for us to realize that we were actually making better music when we were just having fun and jamming away instead of writing with super specific intentions. The second we cut our first record, “Took A Long Time”, it didn’t take long (no pun intended) to build some momentum and blaze through the other 9 songs. We usually don’t like to pick out a favorite track off the album, but only because it’s you, Neelu, “Took A Long Time” holds a special place in our hearts, mainly because it’s our first single.
me: Awwww, gee thanks. 🙂
NM: What is the song writing process for you guys like? How do you go about it?
(F): We’re pretty straightforward when it comes to that. One works on the track while the other completes a series of tasks to win back the producer’s chair. It’s usually stuff like underwater backgammon versus master level CPU’s, training a polar bear to say “Get off the chair”, etc. Nothing worth elaborating on, really.
NM: How did you come up with the name “Fabrikate?”
(F): We realized that today’s acts are often “fabrikated” from top to bottom. The image of the artist has become almost as important as their music. We thought it would be funny to name ourselves “Fabrikate” and wear masks to hide our identity. It’s some sort of statement, though we’re not sure exactly what it is we’re saying. The beats are coming out good, which is all that really matters.
NM: Who are your musical inspirations? (artists, or even just people in your life)
(F): Oh, we have a lot of those. Guys like Giorgio Moroder, Lime, Kavinsky, Daft Punk, Justice, Frankie Knuckles, and our english bulldog mascot, Mickey.
NM: What is your favorite song?
(F): At the moment? Justice’s massive new single “Safe And Sound”. It’s a modern day masterpiece.
NM: If you could collaborate with an artist or artists, who would that be?
(F): If we could go back in time and collaborate with Giorgio, or have Donna Summer sing on one of our tracks, that’d be too good to be true. Today, the Weeknd. He has an absolutely amazing voice. We got the chance to meet him in a studio session last year in Montreal, so hey who knows, maybe sooner than later!
NM: Where do you guys see yourselves in 5 year from now? In 10?
(F): Well, hopefully in 5 years we’ll have a few more albums in the bank and a couple world tours under the belt. 10 years? Owners of a Fabrikate Burger fast food franchise, where we specialize in welding the cheese to the patty. Gotta set the bar high in life.
NM: What is the weirdest experience you guys have ever had while performing your music?
(F): A girl just shamelessly took her panties down right in front of our booth in the middle of the dance floor and… spinned her own set, if you know what we mean, in front of at least 150 people. Gotta applaud the openness, though.
NM: When you guys are not doing music, what are you doing?
(F): We’re always making music or doing something that revolves around the music we make. Sounds sad, but it’s actually amazing.
NM: What is one place you guys haven’t performed at yet, but want to one day?
(F): Has to be Coachella. The vibes there are amazing. You guys are from Boston, right? Any spare hookups at Fenway?
NM: What is one word of advice you would give to aspiring student musicians/artists out there who want to do what you do?
(F): Work your ass off. Just being a talented musician today is not enough. You need to be very clever, self-educated, patient and opportunistic. And time is your greatest asset, so use it wisely!
NM: Thank you guys! This was great!
That was it between the EDM superstars and myself, so now your job is to go get your bodies moving to their music. Time to vibe, man.
Today, two of the worlds newest EDM scene up-and-comers are taking the dance floor and the stage with their music, and their names are WILL K and Corey James. This powerhouse duo of DJS/producers are a force to be reckoned with in the genre of electronic sound as they release their epic new single “Let Me See You” via Fonk Recordings.
The track is similar to most EDM tracks as it follows a solid riser into a drop and has erotic vocals and vibes swiftly carrying throughout the melody; however, if you listen carefully, there might be an added edge. Something makes these guys big, and it doesn’t go unnoticed. The track has been supported and recognized by big leagues such as Steve Angello at Tomorrowland, in Ibiza AND even on BBC Radio 1, one of the largest previewing radio shows in the world! (If not the largest already.)
This is an epic and eccentric composition that gets people ignited and ready to move on the dance floor, burning up their surroundings and their souls in just the right way. Take an escape into these two’s wonderlands of dance music as they control your bodies just by the beat, rhythm and pace of their sonic creations. The hype is most certainly real in this provocative and fresh electro-ID that is extremely desirable among the crowds. With a healthy dose of Progressive House ballads, sharp synths, heavy-hitting beats and basses, forceful voices, and persistent/wavering melodies, “Let Me See You” is considered “a must have for any DJ’s record collection.”
Now, for a little on the boys.
The two are from different continents, James being from the UK and WILL K from Australia, but the distance didn’t keep them producing the infectious sounds they put out now. Separately and together, they quickly rose up the ladder of the dance music world and performed the ultimate drop in their lives. How quickly did they succeed, do you ask? Well, take into consideration that in only a few years, both have had hit releases via Spinnin’ Records, Armada Music, BBC Radio 1, and have performed live on the mainstage of the Ultra Music Festival. And although disparate acts, these charismatic producers tend to spend copious amounts of time in the studio with each other. This wouldn’t be their first collaboration as a superstar pair; in fact, they’ve done three other works in the past titled “Covka,” “Another Storm,” and “Tenpaku.” Their novel and enticing track “Let Me See You” had the honor of being premiered by Angello, himself, during his own set at this year’s Tomorrowland festival. It ranked No. 26 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Chart. And, not to mention the incredible fact that these young men have already received attention and love from the likes of EDM champs like Armin Van Buuren, Martin Garrix, and Nicky Romero! WHAT?!
WILL K is a producer originally from Australia who has made a massive name for himself in the electronic realms. As a Seismic Wavez Artist Management signee, WILL K has been able to profess his passion for the music with hard work and creativity. He has released some of his works with reputable labels from the likes of SIZE, Protocol Recordings, Sosumi Records, Armada, and many more. This DJ/producer is a confident soul and because of his talents, reach, and success, he has been supported by people like Hardwell, Steve Angello, Martin Garrix, Max Vangeli, Laidback Luke, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, etc.
As for Corey James, he is an artist from Liverpool (and a very well-known one in his hometown.) He has been a jet-setter with his music as he has traveled around performing his music and becoming critically acclaimed by some of the world’s biggest labels. With a dedicated fan base already at his fingertips, there is no denying the fact that he is a man with a gift for producing. He has performed at countless major music festivals such as Tomorrowland and Ultra, as well as, has remixed tracks of some of the largest names in the industry like Steve Angello, Galantis, Alesso, Feenixpawl, and more. This diligent and zealous musician is a master of his art, but wishes to continue learning in order to make him even more of a dynamic character!
Together, these two hope to transform the EDM era and to tear up the dancefloor with their sound, and who knows, they totally might! Keep a look out for new music to come soon!
For more information on the guys and the record label check out the links below!:
DEVAULT is no ordinary 20-year old hailing from Orange County, CA. He’s a DJ/producer who creates some pretty epic soundscapes in the studio and on stage. In his latest release “Nothing New,” which he drops today, DEVAULT demonstrates his avant-garde take on a retro form of electronic dance music. This Soundcloud
EDM artist has produced some very unique tracks with his creative and imaginative mind for music . DEVAULT’s recognition emerged as a result of a live performance he gave at a hometown show at the Yost Theater. It was completely sold out and instantly became an event to rave about.
He’s a rising star and a growing act, inserting his sound, slowly but surely, along with other artists of the electronic domains. In recent months, he gave snippets of some of his strongest singles such as “Closer”, “Right With You”, and his hit “All I Need” which features Stelouse. The virtual music designer continues to excel and augment his skills as he continues to create, build, produce, and release new material for us to zone out to!
DEVAULT persistently delivers a newfangled perspective on an ever-evolving genre. “Nothing New” is a track that stands out on its own. By utilizing live drums, inviting vocals, and powerful instrumentation, the track includes the remembrances of a classic deep French-house record, with the addition of an alternative-pop EDM drop. He also had the chance to join forces with a talented artist for this track, Sky Ferreria’s drummer Joe Zizzo. With Zizzo’s drums, the song gains an authentic layer to the usually whole digital creation. “Nothing New” is a cyclical melody that carries you through waves of risers and collisions. You go from soft to rough, from quiet to loud, from serene to intense, and it constantly keeps you moving with it. The consistency is key to this single, and that is what brings it musical clarity. There is not doubting the fact that this young man has shared his time experimenting with elements and aspects of EDM. Piecing them together to construct this record, DEVAULT challenges conventions of sound in warped and captivating ways.
“Nothing New” is now available via Trap Nation on Soundcloud, iTunes, Youtube, and Spotify!
Finally, everyone’s favorite digital soundscaper, Kaytranada, is going on tour! He has officially announced the dates, which you can see below, and we’re all excited!
The producer released his full-length studio album 99.9% this year, and it was an instant favorite among fans of his work because it delved into uncharted territory of his own sound and a unique perspective of genres as a whole. Kaytra has worked with many notable artists in the past, including people such as Vic Mensa, Anderson .Paak, River Tiber, Little Dragon, BadBadNotGood, and SYD, among many others.
The “Glowed Up” artist didn’t get his fame so quickly though as he originally began his musical journey back in 2010 when he was producing deep-house heavy hip hop-inspired beats of his own and electronic remixes of popular songs. This Haitian- born, Montreal-raised sound designer fell instantly in love with the DJ world as a young boy and has grown up into a true architect of his own sonic constructions.
Nominated as a Polaris Music Prize winner, Kaytranada is making his way into our hearts one solitary beat at a time. He will be on tour this fall for two full months covering all areas of North America, South America, Australia, and some of the biggest festivals in the world. The first day of the tour will take place in Chile at Centro El Cerro on September 2nd and will make his way all the way to Los Angeles for Tyler, The Creator’s event, The Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival on November 12th and 13th. That’s a long-a** tour, but good for him for getting out there and sharing the music! Courtesy of Hypetrak, you can see the 2016 tour list below:
Kaytranada – 2016 Tour (Dates):
9/2 – Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile @ Centro El Cerro
9/3 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil @ Frabrika
9/6 – Sāo Paulo, Brazil @ Superloft
9/7 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Niceto Club
9/16 – Québec, QC @ L’Impérial Bell
9/17 – Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach
9/22 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Austin
9/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life Is Beautiful Festival
9/24 – Atlanta, GA @ 787 Windsor
9/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
10/1 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
10/2 – San Diego, CA @ CRSSD Festival
10/5 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/6 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
10/7 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
10/8 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
10/21 – Melbourne, AUS @ 170 Russell
10/22 – Northbridge, AUS @ Metro City
10/27 – Fortitude Valley, AUS @ The Tivoli
10/28 – Auckland, NZ @ Studio
10/29 – Newtown, NZ @ Enmore Theatre
11/12-13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Camp Flog Gnaw
Is there any other way to describe this project? With so many superstar names and so many styles of dance music, DJ Snake has risen the bar for his music two-fold!
Earlier in the summer, the French producer released his hit summer single “Talk” featuring George Maple and then its accompanying music video. Already that song alone, stood as a great representation of the beautiful work the DJ could create. However, nothing prepared us for the ultimate project that would leave us screaming, encore over and over again.
This project may be the next album to get you through your entire workout or it may be the anthems to your summer or the themes to your party. Whatever venue you choose, know that this compilation of mastery is there to soundscape your day & night.
DJ Snake came to us when he did his first ever successful collab with Lil Jon for “Turn Down for What” back in 2013, then his second massive release “Lean On” with Major Lazer, and then the smash hit “The Middle” featuring Bipolar sunshine (coming off of this new album). There’s no stopping this mastermind behind the music. He knows the formula to a hit now as he ranks on the charts one at a time. In this 14-track compilation, Snake hits us with not just one or two joint-projects, but with 17 guest appearances! Some artists on the records include Skrillex (what?!), Bipolar Sunshine, George Maple, Travi$ Scott, Swizz Beats, Justin Bieber, Jeremih, Migos and Young Thug. The club-nights leader has no fear to delve into the other realms of genres, clearly, as he makes songs with the sounds of pop, R&B, rap, hip hop, soul, funk, deep house, trap, and so much more!
This architect of sonic design has made a place for himself amongst the EDM heavy weights such as Diplo, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris. Some may call these people producer geniuses, or better yet, EDM gods, and now, I think it’s safe to say DJ Snake joins these Olympians on their mountain of electronic glory.
Encore is just pure brilliance. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t say that every song is something I like, but I can say that it is a dynamic project and that is has a lot impressive work that has gone into its fabrication.
If I had to give my own personal opinion, his tracks that are most noteworthy on this project are: “Middle,” “Talk,” “Sober,” “Future Pt. 2,” “Let Me Love You,” “Sahara,” “Ocho Cinco,” and “Here Comes The Night.” Every track off the album is so different from the rest that it’s almost impossible to compare them, but it’s incredible how many options there are to choose from for people with certain tastes and it shows how dance music has now infiltrated all forms of music. There is just an array of electronic, dance-worthy, and club-bouncing musical adventures.
You can now listen to the album in its entirety below, and witness the mastermind at work. Encore, DJ Snake, Encore! :