New Yorkers: Carnage, your favorite Chipotle-Loving, Trap-Innovating DJ, is bringing his sound down on Webster Hall this Saturday as part of Webster’s soon-to-be-legendary ‘brite nites’ party. Ever since the rise of the Trap Scene, Carnage has been ascending right alongside of it. First getting major main stage airtime from Diplo to Tiësto with his epic “Spaceman” remix, he’s been filling out his resumé with a vengeance ever since. Bringing his flare for trap into eclectic collaborations (most notably with his Twitter-BFF Borgore), he’s since shown he’s not restricted to genres. With everything from Trap to Electro under his belt, he’s sure to spin an amazing show. Grab tickets here and do not miss out on this upcoming superstar at New York’s favorite venue, Webster Hall.
It was a sea of pixelated A-Trak heads (see: his Twitter Avi) in Webster Hall as I walked into the ballroom while Oliver was closing up their set, and it couldn’t have been more indicative of what was to come. The sold out crowd was about to experience two and a half hours of Fools Gold madness curated by the one and only A-Trak—something I, admittedly, had yet to be a part of.
First off, please forgive me if I don’t do the party justice—you can’t really put into words what Alain Macklovitch is able to do with two turntables and a microphone.
Some may say that the dynamic duo of Flosstradamus paved the way for the trap phenomenon, and I would have to agree. Seeing the likes of Tiesto drop trap on the main stage at Ultra Music Festival last weekend definitely proves that it is the hottest genre in electronic dance music at the moment. This weekend, the UMF Radio stage at Ultra is being transformed into a twelve hour trap marathon with Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus headlining the stage on Saturday night. After playing to thousands of of bikini clad girls this weekend, the boys will throw the hoodies back on and head there way up the east coast as New Englanders prepare for a weekend long trap invasion.
Having caught these guys before in small settings I couldn’t be more excited to see them return to these size venues. Catching them during A-Trak‘s House Party Tour last year was the most intimate, and high energy show I’ve been to in a long time. There’s something about trap music that makes you want to be in a low lit, sweaty venue packed full of other #hoodieboys. Yes, we highly suggest you wear a hoodie to this event and give those elbows a stretch before attending the show. As warm up, catch them on UMFTV this Saturday as you sit at home and try and not freeze. Hope to see you all out there!
Check out more photos from the night by Doug Van Sant HERE
On March 4th Anjunabeats will release the tenth installment of its compilation series showcasing the newest Trance and Progressive tracks from artists on its roster. Since 2003 the British label has been releasing a yearly compilation assembled and mixed by its founders Above & Beyond. The album will include four exclusive Above & Beyond productions (including a brand new instrumental club track) as well as unreleased material from artists Arty, Andrew Bayer, Norin & Rad, Super8 & Tab, Boom Jinx, Maor Levi, Kyau & Albert and many more. As we first reported back in December, Above & Beyond would be celebrating this milestone with a release party at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom (one of our favorite venues in the Northeast). The bill included performances by Andrew Bayer, Beckwith, and one of my personal favorites: Norin & Rad. As expected, the show sold out incredibly quickly thanks in part to the promotional efforts by Made Event who are also known for hosting Electric Zoo every year.
Rolling up to Roseland Ballroom I was dumbfounded by how long the line to get inside was. It didn’t help that it was obnoxiously cold out either, but I really couldn’t believe this show was causing a line to stretch around three-fourths of a city block. This line was the reason I was unable to catch Beckwith’s and Andrew Bayer’s sets. The main reason most of the fans were in attendance, however, was to see Above & Beyond and I was excited to finally be inside to see them open up with their new track “Small Moments”, which is also the opening track on Anjunabeats Volume 10. My excitement for this show dated back to Electric Zoo 2012 when the guys stole the weekend with their main stage Day 2 set and things were already off to a frenzied start.
I’ve been a big fan of Branchez‘ song “Shake” since it came out a few months ago and if you have yet to pick it up, you need to do so immediately. The NYC-based producer takes a more musical approach than can usually be expected from trap productions, which was perfectly exemplified on “Shake”, which featured jazz influence in the form of piano and horns, creating an atmosphere of old and new. His latest comes in the form of two singles, one a high-energy trap original and the other a Rihanna “Stay” bootleg. The former is made most intriguging by the child-like samples that make up part of the beat. The Rihanna bootleg, while it has quite the indie feel to it, was the standout for me. Right off the bat, Rihanna infamous voice is hardly recognizable due to the incredible vocal treatment. The song never leaves the comfort of its minimalistic hip-hop flavor and that’s just what you have to love about it. 15K plays in 2 days can’t be wrong… Free downloads on both of these over on Branchez Facebook page.
Reid Stefanick, otherwise known as “Reidiculous” is a new up and coming 22-year-old DJ from NYC. He started putting his passion for EDM and extreme talent with remixing music in 2010. He became a huge Youtube sensation after uploading a Top 40 remix in 2011, which lead his channel to become one of the most popular remix channels on Youtube in just a year’s time. Click here to check out his Youtube channel! He started his own website where you can download of all his mixes and remixes for free if you vote for his music that he has entered in a couple of contests…can’t beat that deal! It’s a win-win. Click here to check out his official website. They’re all high quality mp3 downloads so that you don’t have to deal with poor quality ones from other websites. He amps up a lot of popular tracks by artists like Nervo, Rihanna, Ke$ha, Tiesto, and Nicki Minaj. Because of his high succession rate on Youtube, he earned a spot on the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show as the mix show DJ, which is one of the biggest FM radio stations in the U.S. Every friday, Reidiculous puts together a sick remix that airs on the station and posts to his Facebook, as well as being available for a free download. Give today’s a listen! Happy Friday!