Everyone’s favorite Twitter handle jokester and twerk-enabler has taken dance music by storm over the last few years. From cementing the “Express Yourself” culture into the mainstream to producing a track for the latest Hunger Games movie, Diplo shows that his path to music-world domination will leave no stone unturned. In an exceptionally surprising yet exciting remix of Avicii’s ”You Make Me,” Diplo has teamed up with Ookay to make the track a bit more trap-oriented. While the preview holds true to Diplo’s signature and distinguishable sound, Ookay’s drum work and urban music experience adds authenticity to the remix.
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Kaskade was first in line to bring fans a holiday-themed playlist, and with 20 days until Christmas, Mad Decent has appropriately unleashed A Very Decent Christmas. While Kaskade’s playlist consisted of soothing deep house, along the lines of “sitting-by-the-fire-whilst-sipping-eggnog” music, Mad Decent hands listeners an 8-track EP full of character and Christmas cheer. Steering away from the politically correct, A Very Decent Christmas features “some serious xmas re-imaginings” thanks to Diplo, DJ Snake, Gent & Jawns, Juyen Sebulba, Astronomar and Kennedy Jones. To top it all off, Vjuan Allure and Mitch Murder (feat. Santell) grace the playlist with original productions: “Rude Off 2013” and “Don’t Let Me Spend Christmas Alone,” respectively.
iTunes: A Very Decent Christmas
Thanksgiving 2013 may be officially over, but artists from all over the world spent all of yesterday tweeting what they were thankful for this year. Yes, even those who aren’t American and don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in their home countries, such as Chuckie, Dada Life, and Cedric Gervais. Below is a collection of Thanksgiving-themed tweets for an extra dose of turkey-induced candidness.
Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks for good health, good friends, good family, and, of course, good music. We thought we’d take the time to pay tribute to our favorite parts of dance music culture on this day of thanks, not only for the guys who slave over turntables while we get to party, but for the dance music scene in general and its constantly expanding fanbase. This one’s for the electronic acts that put their heart and soul into it, the clubs that go all out every night of the week, and the people who live and breathe dance music. It’s the least we can do.
It was no surprise when dance music’s resident cake-throwing, champagne-spraying DJ Steve Aoki decided to bring two equally wild names on his Aokify America Tour. It seems like Aoki’s explosive electro house tunes have inspired one supporting artist to create his own dance music inspired works. American rapper Waka Flocka Flame announced interest in creating a full electronic dance music album and confirmed in April that his forthcoming project will be titled Flockaveli Psychotics. Though the album is still in the works, Waka Flocka hints several well-respected producers of dance music will be a part of the album, including Flosstradamus, Diplo and Skrillex. Though tour mate Aoki has yet to be linked to Waka Flocka’s upcoming LP, the rapper shares his admiration for the producer. “Steve Aoki is like the electronic Waka Flocka. He just known for turning up. I feel like he’d do everything I do … It’s amazing, I respect him.” He further explains, ”I wanted to go back to like the essence. I ventured off a lot in my whole career … I’ma show you a different Flockaveli this time. Way more turnt up, different crowds now. I’m touching different genres.”
Diplo‘s last official release came only a few days ago, packaged on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. His collaboration with vocalists Sia and The Weeknd, “Elastic Heart,” displayed one of his many production facets as he delivers a minimalistic backbone for eloquent serenade. Now giving away another piece of work in less of a blockbuster fashion, Diplo offers his remix of Grizzly Bear’s “Will Calls,” which continues in vein of his slow-tempo, easy-listen stylings.
Along with the blockbuster release of the continuation in the Hunger Games series, the soundtrack for the new movie comes with a diverse and enticing list of contributors from Santigold to Coldplay. Among the star-studded list of artists, Diplo comes together with frequent David Guetta vocalist Sia and R&B crooner The Weeknd for an artfully crafted and powerful collaboration.
“Elastic Heart,” is a sonorous, emotional ballad that accentuates the talents of both singers as they fluidly accompany each other on Diplo’s thumping, mid-tempo beat. Diplo, however multifaceted, departs from his norm with the production of poignantly resonant composition. Sia’s deep lyrical expression masterfully winds through the dark, minimal synths and The Weeknd lends a soothing second verse to deliver a strong and eloquent addition to Diplo’s production for Elastic Heart on the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature throwbacks and other gems from Diplo, Zedd, Kaskade and more.
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Diplo‘s Mad Decent Block Party reached a new high in summer 2013, spanning just short of two months and bringing chaos to 13 cities across the US and Canada. In the wake of its unprecedented success, Urbanears followed the Mad Decent crew as they traveled all over the country, documenting the historic parties and conducting interviews with Diplo and label manager, Jasper Goggins. Diplo says: “Festival culture is so big right now in America. You have the massive festivals, the kind of festivals that are geared towards a certain demographic, certain style and sound. But we wanted the MDBP to kinda go with anything goes.” Urbanears’ footage not only draws clips from this year’s shows, but also takes viewers back to 2008, when MDBP first opened its proverbial doors.
Via: The Fader
San Diego’s LED Presents has announced the line up for their two-day New Year’s Eve event. The annual OMFG! celebration is 18+ and will take place from December 30th to 31st. Today, the event has released their official lineup and officially roots LED as a promoter to watch. The SoCal company has always placed a heavy emphasis on trap and trip hop style artists in their lineups, but there’s a new sense of variety coming from their holiday celebration roster. Boys Noize, Diplo, Madeon, Nervo, Laidback Luke, GTA, Nero, Feed Me, DJ Snake, Bro Safari, Henrix, Brazzabelle, Ookay, and Cole Plante will light up the San Diego arena and ring in 2014 with some of electronic music’s favorite tunes. With early bird tickets already sold out, pre-sale tickets are available here, so grab yours now before the next price hike.