I was hurting for motivation to say the least this morning, after four long days of partying I couldn’t think of anything that would help me kick start this long work week. And then I went on Soundcloud and saw that Spaveech had finally released his highly anticipated (at leaf for us) remix of Mat Zo and Porter Robinson‘s massive single, Easy. Taken off Zo’s breakout album “Damage Control”, Easy originally was a progressive house monster garnishing its’ own remix EP as every artist jumped on the power of those sensual lyrics. However, I felt that Zo and Robinson had created a track that could not get better, all the remixes were futile comparably. That is until Spaveech laid down his tech house transformer of a remix that slows down the beat and brings in the congo drums. I could listen to this remix all day everyday, so sexy to my ears as is everything Spaveech does. Be sure to grab the free download below!
My first exposure to Canadian duo Botnek came when the Mat Zo & Porter Robinson “Easy” remix package saw its release. Botnek’s version took the original melodic singalong track and threw something heavy at it, almost like one of them recorded himself speaking gibberish and throwing it into a series of effects and filters. The Botnek “Easy” remix quickly became the new thing, as the original had been played out but their remix had freshened things up when DJs wanted to throw down hard. I’ll admit I dropped the ball on investigating Botnek further, until yesterday when I saw they had a brand new release on Dim Mak Records. The track, called “I Know”, is something wild. An Electro-House banger with some melodies and pitched-up vocals singing “I know I know that you need me baby” was certainly a great way to go. But it’s that damn unique drop that really got me, almost causing me to say “wait, what?!” Sure, to the average listener it might sound like someone ate too much Taco Bell, but I assure you this is a track I’m going to be playing heavily in my rotation over the coming weeks.
To drive the point home even further on these guys, I present to you their Tomorrowland 2013 set, recorded live. Not only is the mixing better than your average DJ, but their song selection is pretty tasty. Filled with plenty of Botnek originals, remixes, and mashups, this half hour set is high-energy the whole way through and contains a whopping 15 tracks. Play it and crank it! *tracklist after the jump*
Ah, the DJ Mag Top 100. Some people live by it, some people laugh at it. Every year around this time voting opens up for dance music fans to have their say on which artists they think are the best of the best. While the list addresses the best “DJs” in the industry, there are no specifications on who you can vote for or why you’re voting for them. If you think Krewella’s “Alive” was the best song of the year, chances are you might vote for them to make the Top 100 – regardless of their actual DJ skills. Not to call out the Chicago trio who have made splashes in the dance music scene this year, but we all know many fans cast their votes according to artists’ productions rather than actual live DJ skills. While I personally respect producers for what they do in the studio, I try to cast my DJ Mag Top 100 votes according to who I think really brings it in a live setting. Last year I voted for artists like A-Trak, Diplo, Wolfgang Gartner, Laidback Luke, and Porter Robinson – solely because I had seen them live on multiple occasions and because I was absolutely floored by what they did on the decks.
Enter UMEK, one of Slovenia’s biggest exports. The producer/DJ/label chief/Podcast master is an absolute legend in the dance music world. He brings the funk like very few DJs can and I absolutely love what he does and what he stands for. He recently spoke out against the DJ Mag Top 100 voting. Here’s what he had to say:
There’s not a single DJ fan on Facebook this moment who’s not being spammed beyond reason with countless tries by DJs to be creative when asking for votes. And most of us do it in such way that it doesn’t look like we’re begging directly for a minute of your attention.
For years now the guys from my office have been banging their heads against the wall in an effort to come up with numerous creative ways to ask fans to vote for me. Everything but a simple can you please vote for me?
Does life really has to be always complicated?
And I’m noticing this is the case with most of my fellow DJs. In a way we all want to be rebels and pretend we don’t give a shit about how we rank on this semi-official list of who’s who in the industry. But if I’m being completely honest – I want to be on this list and I want to be on it as high as possible. There shouldn’t be any shame in admitting that. The ranking doesn’t influence my number of bookings, nor the price I can charge for my performance. It’s just an ego trip and let’s face it – we all like it. Some of DJs out there like it so much, they go too far with it by hiring Indian companies, pay hackers and do all kinds of twisted stuff (like getting the president of your country to make a public announcement hehehe) to get a few places higher. And then at the same time pretend to ignore the results once they come out. But in the end everyone of us awaits that moment at ADE, when the magazine announces the results.
So fuck it – if you like what I do, show me support, if you like what Guetta does, vote for him, if you fancy how Paris Hilton turns those »cute little buttons on that mixer thingy«, vote for her. It doesn’t matter what others say. DJ Mag made their way into creating a benchmark for dance music and although with all the subtle and not so subtle campaigns, sometimes the whole thing really looks like a beauty pageant, it means something to me and my fellow performers to see our names among the great 100.
Take it how you want but the 2012 #59 DJ in the world, according to DJ Mag’s poll, has shared his opinion. I have shared a bit of mine. While the DJ Mag Top 100 doesn’t determine the haves and the have-nots, it definitely has an influence on the dance music world. I personally urge you to truly consider who you’re voting for and why you’re voting for those people. If you think Martin Garrix deserves to be in the Top 100 because of his history-making track “Animals”, then by all means vote for him. Just don’t forget about the guys and gals who helped pave the way.
Check out UMEK’s Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2013 set and find out why everyone’s talking about it.
Mat Zo has had a legendary rise to fame over the past few years and him blowing through Boston is not to be overlooked. The producer and DJ has had a long and interesting career, starting out as a Drum and Bass producer (MRSA) and moving into his current persona as Mat Zo, who has taken the trance and progressive scene by storm, most notably for his track “Bipolar”, his collaborations with fellow progressive producer Arty “Mozart” and “Rebound” and most recently his notorious collaboration with Porter Robinson “Easy”. He also dropped one of the most diverse and interesting Essential Mixes that you could ever hope for back in early February. We’ve got two tickets to give away so jump on it by entering through the PunchTab widget.
Well it has been an amazing winter for EDM, filled with amazing festivals, cruises, and shows from coast to coast. Definitely the busiest winter to date yet for us here at MMIBTY.com. We were extremely fortunate to cover Snowball Music Festival earlier in the month and want to give a big thanks to Live Loud CO for all their support and for putting on an amazing event. With its new location in Winter Park, Colorado the festival went about as smooth as one could imagine. Plentiful amounts of affordable housing, awesome after parties, a great venue and a line up to boot made for an absolutely epic three day weekend in the rockies. Friday night left us all a little muddy, but after Kendrick and Big Gigantic closed the night out on the main stage, I couldn’t have cared less about the hundred dollar pair of shoes I had just ruined.
As I woke up on saturday morning, under the dining room table, where I had found just enough floor space to call home for the night. I couldn’t have been more excited then to make my way to the SnowBrunch, A benefit for the Colorado non-violence work done by Phoenix 999. I was kindly greeted at the door by the girls of Quarterly Karma and Early Bird Night Owl with a bag of fun gifts and massive breakfast buffet and bloody mary bar. Combined with some great live music from the likes of Flashlights and Steffi Graf this was exactly what I needed to get my engine started again.
As we made our way down to the festival grounds, the ten inches of fresh snow nipping at our heels and the Colorado sun shining brighter then ever, I knew we were in for another epic night. Although Friday night was a mud fest, Saturday had something different in mind for us. As the hoards of concert goers began to stomp around and rage we witnessed as ten inches of fresh powder was quickly transformed into an absolute skating rink. Although this was mildly hilarious at times, I hope everyone made it out of there with out any lasting injuries as we were witness to some serious spills that night. Pretty Lights closed out the night with a set that spanned his entire career and hit on every track that any true PL fan cherishes. Not only did Derek’s mom make it out for the show but so did the whole extended Pretty Lights Colorado family. Making for a crowd truly united by their love shared for the music, what more could you ask for?
Sunday came quickly, as I pulled myself out of “bed” I quickly began to realize last nights icy conditions as well as other things had taken a pretty solid toll on my body. The sun was out though and temperatures were rising quickly, with Flosstradamus and Surfer Blood on my list of things to do I headed back down to the venue. Sunday was the most gorgeous of the three days, and with a much warmer night then the previous one the stage was set for STS9 to send Colorado on their way as they closed out the weekend with a stellar set.
Be sure to check out Photos from all 3 days below, and tag yourself if you were lucky enough to get in front of the Mic Shots lense! Be sure to check out the most recent installment of The Hot Sh*t radio show on Sirius XM from Pretty Lights below, as well as Big G’s tribute track to Colorado that had the crowd going insane on Friday night. We hope you had as much fun as we did this year at Snowball and we look forward to seeing all your beautiful faces again next year!
- Photos Courtesy of Mic Shots.
Tracklist after the jump:
Ultra Music Festival is a wrap and although many of us could only watch it on YouTube, we all feel a little depressed that it’s over. Seeing the best in the world, pull out all of the stops is what makes Ultra the premiere music festival here in America. We heard countless unreleased tracks, saw some unusual collaborations, all while drinking with our closest friends on couches across the country. Well now you can relive the experiences as we have collected sets throughout the weekend that you can stream and download. Many of these sets were posted by our friends or other blogs and we have simply compiled them all in one place. We would rather work smart than work hard if we can! Download them all if you want and be sure to check out the tracklists below!