Watch Skrillex Convince a TMZ Reporter to Follow His Dreams

Skrillex’s career is a monument to the power of positivity, following one’s dreams and maintaining a can-do, will-do attitude.

Coming out of nowhere with a sound that both attracted and appalled, people were quick do dismiss Sonny Moore, and we watched him win them over, one-by-one, from critical artists to his harshest critics in the media, on the strength of his tireless work ethic, undeniable talent and overwhelming PMA.

Skrillex DJed with Four Tet in London and Resident Advisor gave the night 4.5/5. He played Sonar, people complained, fans cheered, and then he came back and played again and again.

We can go on, but this isn’t about that. This is about TMZ. Specifically, the moment when a TMZ “reporter” hounded Skrillex recently about whatever, and Sonny turned the tables, “in a nice way.”

“I think anyone can do whatever they want to do in life,” Sonny begins, as he leaves a club. “How about you? What do you want to do in your life.”

Turning the camera on the cameraman, Skrillex reveals that the TMZ reporter is a pretty nice dude. Goofy maybe, but not malicious. He breaks into a smile.

“Well, I wanted to be a director but…” the cameraman, Cody, stammers.

“Follow your dreams brother!” Skrillex encourages, giving a pound, and in an astonishing moment of heartfelt expression, Cody blurts “Hey, you just made me feel really good, man!”

Watch the video below. The world can be pretty cool sometimes, if you let it.

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Watch A-Trak Showcase ‘Real DJing’ in His Latest Scratch Routine

For the last three years, A-Trak has been dropping #RealDJing knowledge with his Short Cuts video series, where he shows off the turntablism skills that have earned him multiple world championships. This week, he’s back with the eighth episode and a live remix of one of today’s dance power-duos.

“This is what I do with 2 turntables and a Jack Ü song,” the Fool’s Gold co-founder Tweeted upon sharing the video. As he said earlier this year, “DJing is all about taking risks,” and he’s putting it out there by re-working Skrillex and Diplo’s “Beats Knockin” on the fly, doing more in nearly three minutes than what some DJs do in an hour’s worth of hitting the decks. Watch it below – and fellow DJs, take heed to A-Trak’s closing statement: “So if you feelin’ like number one, get ready to be number two, ‘cause we back – Fool’s Gold.”

He’s not lying, either: the collective’s ‘Day Off’ party series returns this summer, starting on August 29 on Los Angeles. Following that, A-Trak and crew head to Atlanta, Brooklyn, Miami and Austin throughout September. Lineups and tickets are reportedly coming soon.

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Watch Skrillex Give Katie Couric a Lesson in Dance Music

Despite being a veteran journalist and TV personality, Katie Couric certainly isn’t pretending to be a dance music expert. In her new sit-down with bass superstar Sonny Moore – aka Skrillex – the Yahoo Global News Anchor takes the position of a curious, slightly bemused mom, throwing down wide-eyed questions about ‘button-pushing,’ the divisive reputation of Jack Ü collaborator Justin Bieber, drugs and Moore’s personal life.

While some of the territory covered in Yahoo’s 15-minute segment will be familiar to even casual fans, the interview is revealing about the producer’s family and beliefs. On how he deflects criticism, Moore reasons, “I feel if people don’t understand something, it’s easy for them to immediately bash it. Because they feel insecure that they don’t understand what’s cool and what’s new. But all I say is, hey, if it’s that easy, you can go and do it too.”

Couric also gets a look inside Skrillex’s downtown LA studio, where he makes those “pulsating beats,” and hears what he makes of the much-derided trailer for Zac Efron’s new DJ movie, We Are Your Friends. Watch the piece in full below or at the Yahoo site.

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Listen: What So Not Shares New Music in His Latest DJ Mix

As fans wait on a release for What So Not‘s upcoming Gemini EP, the now-solo act, taken on by Emoh Instead, has continued to tease new material from the record in his latest mix.

The 18-minute guest mix for Red Bull Studios Auckland opens with the EP’s title track featuring George Maple, leading into a short extract of Braeden Bailey’s “Death, from Above” and a preview of the former duo’s unreleased Skrillex collaboration “Goh” featuring Aussie singer KLP, who previously featured on What So Not’s “Jaguar.”

Another Maple track, “Talk Talk,” makes an appearance around the mix’s halfway point before the bass-heavy “Oddity,” which will also appear on the Gemini EP,  followed by Party Thieves & QUIX’s “House Party” and a Rudebrat ‘Metal Refix’ of RL Grime and What So Not’s “Tell Me.” Porter Robinson’s “Goodbye To a World” closes things on a serene note.

Gemini marks the last of Emoh and former partner Flume’s work as a duo. No release date has been set, but with all the hype, one can hope it will be sooner rather than later.

[Photo via Emoh Instead’s Facebook]

Tracklist

What So Not – Gemini ft George Maple
Braeden Bailey – Death, from Above
What So Not VS Skrillex – Goh ft. KLP
George Maple – Talk Talk (11lit3s x Emoh)
Gold Rush (Boys Noize x Kid Kamillion) – Drop Low
Golden Features – No One Ft. Thelma Plum
What So Not – Oddity [Instrumental]
Party Thieves & QUIX – House Party (Edit)
RL Grime & What So Not – Tell Me (Rudebrat Metal Refix)
Porter Robinson – Goodbye To a World

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Watch: Top DJs Predict Dance Music’s Next Breakout Stars

In music, it’s not so much about “what’s happening now” as it is “what’s next?” Over the course of Miami Music Week and Mysteryland USA, Beatport posed this question to some of the scene’s leading DJs, who replied with a wide variety of names.

For Jamie Jones, the next producers to watch are Hot Creations mainstays Richy Ahmed and Patrick Topping, the latter coming off a banner year with a single, “Forget,” that dominated Ibiza dancefloors and beyond. In that same vein, Soul Clap picked label mates Nick Monaco and David Marston, plus Aussie newcomer Andras Fox (now known as András); and Bob Moses clued us into Scissor & Thread’s Desert Sound Colony.

As for who will be blowing up the main stage in a few years’ time? According to Hardwell, it will be Julian Calor, whose upcoming album is “completely unlike anything you’ve ever heard in EDM.” For Gramatik, it’s time to start looking to jazz-dance fusionist Haywyre, who he pegs as “the next Skrillex.” As he puts it, “It just blows my mind how talented this kid is.”

Watch Beatport’s ‘Next on Deck’ video below for additional picks from Nicky Romero, Sander van Doorn, Dirtyphonics, Bro Safari, Dillon Francis and more.

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Mad Decent Block Party Goes Big with 2015 Lineup

Mad Decent Block Party Goes Big with 2015 Lineup

After announcing the long list of cities and dates scheduled for this year’s Mad Decent Block Party, Diplo and the gang have finally dropped the anticipated lineup.

As expected, Skrillex and Diplo lead the charge as duo Jack Ü (though they’re also billed separately), along with label favorites Major Lazer, RIFF RAFF, Flosstradamus and Zeds Dead. Then there are party-starters Dillon Francis, Grandtheft, RL Grime, What So Not, UZ and Yellow Claw; plus mellower acts like Odesza, Thomas Jack, Gorgon City and Klingande.

There are a few surprises thrown in there as well. Aside from the multitude dance offerings, rappers such as Tyler, The Creator, CL, T-Pain, Vic Mensa and ILoveMakonnen will also be on hand, while Cashmere Cat and Trippy Turtle go back-to-back in Brooklyn.

Each city will have a different line-up throughout the 22-date North American tour. Check out the full list of Mad Decent Block Party tour dates and cities below, and head to their official website for lineups and tickets to individual dates – some names on the bill are still blurred, so expect plenty more surprises along the way.

[Article photo by Shane McCauley]

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Shambhala Music Festival Drops a Heavy 2015 Lineup

Shambhala Music Festival Drops a Heavy 2015 Lineup

Since its establishment in 1998, Shambhala Music Festival has grown from a small grassroots operation to one of dance music’s biggest bass-driven events, which is pretty impressive for an organization that accepts no corporate sponsorship. From August 7-10, the British Columbian festival returns to its home at Salmo River Ranch bigger than ever, and fans finally know who’ll be there to soundtrack its 18th year running.

The 2015 line-up, dropped this week, boasts a bevy of bass- and house-heavy artists. Almost all of the Dirtybird camp will be there, from crew leader Claude VonStroke and right-hand man Justin Martin to Ardalan, Christian Martin, J. Phlip, Kill Frenzy and Shiba San; plus OWSLA’s own Skrillex, Jauz, Mija and Kry Wolf. Other bass-bringers include Datsik, Camo & Krooked, Excision, Pretty Lights and Zomboy; while Amtrac, Bakermat, DJ Harvey, Dusky, Jesse Rose, Kygo and Thomas Jack cater to the more melodic-minded contingent.

Check out Shambhala’s 2015 line-up below; it’s expected to be completed on March 30. Following that, the line-ups for all six stages will drop one by one starting that day up until April 4, when organizers reveal the running order for The Pagoda main stage. Head to the official website for tickets and more information.

[Photo by Bryce Duffy]

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The Beatport Chart Report: Jack Ü’s Winning Week

Skrillex & Diplo Present Jack Ü, the debut album by the dance superstars’ new team-up, dominates this week’s Beatport charts – shocking, right? International festival headliners, producers to too many stars to count (several of whom appear on the album), the two of them had first joined forces in September 2013 and announced the album the following June. An EP of “Take Ü There” remixes by the likes of Zeds Dead, Netsky, and TJR dropped right ahead of Christmas.

Nevertheless, there was little advance notice when the album dropped on February 27. It entered the Releases chart at number 1 the next day and has refused to budge ever since. Moreover, with one exception – the intro track, “Don’t Do Drugs Just Take Some,” a slurred spoken-word goof – nearly every track has charted high on the list of its respective genre.

In fact, the only non-“Drugs” track not to land in a single-style Top Ten is also the album’s top-selling track: “Jungle Bae,” featuring Jamaican vocalist Bunji Garlin, currently number 17 on the Electro House chart and number 82 on the overall Top 100 Tracks; it entered the latter list today. It’s also the only track on the album to make either Jack Ü member’s Top Ten bestsellers, at number 10 on Diplo’s list, though this will clearly change, likely soon.

By contrast, the only track from Skrillex’s Top Ten currently making noise on the genre lists is the nearly-four-month-old Ragga Twins collaboration “Ragga Bomb (Skrillex & Zomboy Remix),” which is number three for both Sonny Moore and for the Dubstep list. Ahead of it on the Dubstep chart are — who’d ever have guessed? — a pair of Jack Ü tracks: “Holla Out” at number 1, “Febreze” at number 2.

The other Top 100 track after “Jungle Bae” is “Beats Knockin’,” featuring Fly Boi, at number 98; it’s also the easy number 1 on the Hip-Hop chart (and the only Hip-Hop entry on the Top 100). The other two Jack Ü selections there are two versions of the same song: “Take Ü There,” featuring Kiesza, is at number 9 – six spots behind its remix featuring Missy Elliott.

From her show-stealing Super Bowl cameo with Katy Perry to her recent shepherding of Jersey club-indebted rapper Sharaya (detailed this week by Puja Patel for The Fader), Missy’s one-step-at-a-time comeback has been one of the most heartening musical developments of the year so far; certainly, her turn as a producer-writer turned performer acted as a blueprint for the paths of Diplo and Skrillex’s careers.

That leaves three Jack Ü tracks, each filed under Electronica. Nodding at each producer’s propensity for bulbous low end, let’s take ’em from the bottom: “Mind” is number 8; “Where Are Ü Now” at number 4; “To Ü” at number 2. The latter has the most purely lovely melody on the album, thanks to the tremulous vocal by AlunaGeorge, as well as the most cartoon-like noises cut up over it — a good indication of both producers’ strengths, as well as the album’s.

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Hear New Music From Skrillex and More on OWSLA’s New Compilation

Hear New Music From Skrillex and More on OWSLA’s New Compilation

Basketball may not be their game, but Skrillex’s OWSLA team are in the midst of March madness nonetheless. Ahead of various showcases at SXSW and Miami Music Week, the Los Angeles label has released a stacked spring compilation featuring its star players.

As a press release states, the OWSLA compilation comes out on Tuesday, March 17 and features 13 all-new original tracks and remixes from Alex Metric, Jack Beats, David Heartbreak, Awe, Vindata, AC Slater, Torro Torro and more, plus a remix of Ragga Twins’ “Bad Man” by the label-chief himself. One of the tracks, “Deep Down Low” by Valentino Khan, is available to stream below.

It’s a sure bet that all of these tracks will find their way into sets throughout the next couple weeks as the collective head to Austin, TX for SXSW – where OWSLA is hosting two label showcases – before trekking east for Miami Music Week.

In Miami, they’re hosting an all-day pool party at the Clevelander Hotel on March 27 featuring Snails, What So Not, Salva, AC Slater B2B Jack Beats, Milo & Otis, Carmada, Valentino Khan, DJ Sliink, Getter B2B Trollphace, Aryay and Mija, before soldiering on to an as-of-yet unannounced event on South Beach. The following Sunday, it’s time for an OWSLA stage takeover at Ultra Music Festival.

Pre-order the OWSLA Spring compilation here ­- those who will be in the area come Miami Music Week can send their iTunes receipt here, where they’ll be entered to win two VIP passes to the OWSLA pool party.

Tracklist:

1. Jack Ü – Take Ü There ft. Kiesza (Awe Remix)
2. Vindata – Continuum
3. Valentino Khan – Deep Down Low
4. Ragga Twins – Bad Man (Skrillex Remix)
5. Torro Torro – Make A Move
6. Snails – Funk With Me ft. Big Gigantic
7. Alex Metric – Cahuenga
8. Wiwek – Big Bang Theory (Instrumental Mix)
9. Getter – Head Splitter
10. Jack Beats – One Love
11. Boombox Cartel & Jackal – Jamba
12. David Heartbreak – House Party
13. AC Slater – Booty Free ft. Dell Harris

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Watch the Real and Fake Steve Aokis Team Up to Really Mess With Minds

Remember that ‘fake Aoki’ video that spread like wildfire earlier this month? For those playing catch-up, a photographer in Perth, Australia who’s regularly mistaken for raft-riding superstar DJ Steve Aoki decided to mess with minds at the Stereosonic festival. Turning up in full Aoki ‘costume,’ Jarrad Seng roamed the grounds fooling people, while a friend filmed the whole thing. The result? Two minutes and 43 seconds of comedy genius.

As it turns out, the high-concept troll only got better from there. When the Stereosonic tour arrived in Melbourne, the real Steve Aoki wanted in on the action. In the latest episode of the DJ’s ‘On the Road’ video series, we see Seng repeating the trick – with Aoki disguised as his photographer.

Things get super-weird – and pretty hilarious – when the actual guy reveals himself. Even What So Not‘s Emoh Instead is momentarily fooled by the switch-up backstage, while Skrillex barely bats an eyelid. As Aoki quips to close it out, “All the Asians with long hair and facial hair, we’re all one now. We’re all together.” You can watch the madness below.

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Listen: Diplo Drops a Whole Lot of “Brand-New Music” in Two-Hour Set

On the latest edition of Diplo‘s BBC Radio 1 show, the host has gone it alone. While recent ‘Diplo & Friends’ guests have included Feed Me, DJ Yoda and Tchami, this time around we get two hours of heat mixed by the man himself. “We’re going big,” Diplo quips in his introduction. “We’re going deep and wide, like the ocean. I want you guys to experience brand-new music; that’s what we do.”

With the entire show to stretch out, Diplo’s mix covers a whole lot of ground. The tracklist hits Tchami’s ‘tribute’ mix of house trailblazer Marshall Jefferson, a Gorgon City flip of Kiesza, Tujamo’s take on Jack U’s “Take U There” and the widely-rinsed Dillon Francis remix of Deadmau5’s “Some Chords.” Just like in the best of Diplo’s club sets, we get hip hop, house, heavy-duty bass, big-room electro and many shades in-between. You can dive into it below, and check the mix’s tracklist at the Radio 1 website.

Right now, Diplo’s en route to Australia for the Stereosonic tour, where he’s sharing a line-up with buddies like Skrillex, DJ Snake, RL Grime and Disclosure. Then it’s back to New York City for Jack U’s Madison Square Garden takeover on New Year’s Eve. Never a dull moment.

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Hear Skrillex’s New Team-Up With Rising Star TrollPhace

Back in March, reigning bass superstar Skrillex was asked during his Reddit AMA to recommend some acts to watch. The OWSLA boss then name-checked a couple of “super unknown” producers, one of which was LA beatmaker TrollPhace. Now the rising star and the household name have thrown down on a joint remix.

The two producers have flexed their remix muscle on “Burial” by OWSLA-signed outfit Yogi, with a guest spot from Pusha T. Unsurprisingly, they’ve turned the track into a true speaker-shaker, complete with sirens, machine gun fire and shuddering drops. (The remix might have pricked up your ears during one of Skrillex’s recent sets.) Yogi’s new remix EP also includes handiwork by Moody Good and Crookers.

In March, TrollPhace spoke to Fusion about what happened after Skrillex’s AMA endorsement. “Almost immediately after it happened my computer was totally swarmed with messages and blings and bloops and beeps and notifications,” he recalled, “so much so that it crashed Google Chrome and Skype. This lasted hours.” Hear the results of their studio hook-up below.

Photo by Rukes.

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‘DJ Mag’ Reveals Its Top 100 DJs List For 2014

The much-debated DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll revealed its new fan-voted rankings on Saturday, October 18 at a special presentation during Amsterdam Dance Event. As ever, the results are sure to be dissected and disagreed over for weeks to come. After accelerating to the #1 spot in 2013, Dutch main stage pro Hardwell has held his place this year, setting himself up for another blockbuster headline tour. “Your support and love made this year another one I will never forget,” the DJ wrote on his Facebook page after the news broke.

However, it’s the other movements within the top ten that will keep conversation buzzing. Tomorrowland flag bearers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have taken the #2 spot, inching out the two DJs who’ve repeatedly jostled for the top positions: Tiësto and Armin van Buuren. After a whirlwind year of touring and productivity in the studio, Martin Garrix is the top ten’s showiest entry, jumping up 36 places to #4. While entrenched headliners like Avicii, Skrillex, Calvin Harris and David Guetta have made minor moves in the poll, it’s names like R3habUmmet Ozcan, Vicetone and Blasterjaxx that are taking huge leaps up the ranks.

As DJ Mag points out in its analysis of the results, you won’t find many techno names in the 2014 Top 100, with only Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and Umek holding it down. “Techno DJs don’t really campaign for votes,” DJ Mag writes, “and — like clubbers from the drum & bass scene — techno aficionados don’t really vote in the poll anymore.” See how it all turned out with the full list below.

DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJs for 2014 are:

100. Felguk (-22)
99. Arty (-42)
98. John O’Callaghan (-16)
97. The Chainsmokers (New Entry)
96. The Bingo Players (-44)
95. Wildstylez (-39)
94. Merk & Kremont (New Entry)
93. Heatbeat (-8)
92. Code Black (New Entry)
91. Ferry Corsten (-49)
90. Richie Hawtin (-14)
89. Boy George (Re-Entry)
88. Audien (New Entry)
87. Borgeous (New Entry)
86. Quintino (New Entry)
85. Mike Candys (-18)
84. Wolfpack (New Entry)
83. Madeon (-24)
82. Don Diablo (New Entry)
81. 3LAU (New Entry)
80. TJR (New Entry)
79. Orjan Nilsen (-30)
78. DJ Bl3nd (+13)
77. Zomboy (New Entry)
76. Tiddey (+8)
75. UMEK (+22)
74. Gareth Emery (-23)
73. Tenishia (-8)
72. Quentin Mosimann (-3)
71. Zatox (-21)
70. Diego Miranda (+24)
69. Cosmic Gate (+11)
68. Carnage (New Entry)
67. Noisecontrollers (-1)
66. Da Tweekaz (+20)
65. DJ Snake (New Entry)
64. Radical Redemption (New Entry)
63. MAKJ (New Entry)
62. VINAI (New Entry)
61. Gabry Ponte (New Entry)
60. Eric Prydz (-6)
59. Carl Cox (-13)
58. ATB (-25)
57. Porter Robinson (-16)
56. Firebeatz (New Entry)
55. Yves V (New Entry)
54. Dillon Francis (+19)
53. Knife Party (-28)
52. Dada Life (-17)
51. Sander Van Doorn (-12)
50. Laidback Luke (-19)
49. Infected Mushroom (+4)
48. DJ Coone (-3)
47. Brennan Heart (+14)
46. Kaskade (-10)
45. Frontliner (-8)
44. Markus Schulz (-23)
43. Daft Punk (-21)
42. DJ Kura (New Entry)
41. Borgore (New Entry)
40. Headhunterz (-17)
39. Sebastian Ingrosso (-21)
38. Paul Van Dyk (-6)
37. Angerfist (-3)
36. Vicetone (+24)
35. Fedde Le Grand (-6)
34. Oliver Heldens (New Entry)
33. Krewella (+11)
32. Diplo (+32)
31. Ummet Ozcan (+68)
30. Dannic (+44)
29. Axwell (-10)
28. Aly & Fila (-8)
27. Dyro (+3)
26. Steve Angello (+12)
25. Above & Beyond (-8)
24. Andrew Rayel (+4)
23. R3HAB (+35)
22. Zedd (+2)
21. Nervo (-5)
20. DVBBS (New Entry)
19. Deorro (New Entry)
18. W&W (-4)
17. Showtek (+10)
16. Deadmau5 (-4)
15. Alesso (-2)
14. Dash Berlin (-4)
13. Blasterjaxx (+58)
12. Afrojack (-3)
11. Calvin Harris (+4)
10. Steve Aoki (-2)
9. Skrillex (+2)
8. Nicky Romero (-1)
7. David Guetta (-2)
6. Avicii (-3)
5. Tiesto (-1)
4. Martin Garrix (+36)
3. Armin Van Buuren (-1)
2. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (+4)
1. Hardwell (-)

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Daily Roundup: Diplo Wants You to Rap, Glastonbury Bans Headdresses, more

It’s Wednesday, and we’ve got all kinds of things for you. Diplo wants you to rap, Calvin Harris has a video for “Slow Acid,” Michelle Obama has thoughts on turning up and much more. We’ll be adding more news throughout the day, so check back for the latest and greatest.

Diplo Wants You to Rap on New Track

Diplo has offered up a new track for download, “Everyday,” which he posted to his Soundcloud with the caption “rap on this.” The sample, which some have described as “familiar,” is Isaac Hayes’ “One Woman,” as heard on DJ Premier’s classic Group Home production, “Supa Star.” This is more of a cloud rap thing, perfect for you to show your clout.

Glastonbury Bans Headdresses

If you’ve attended a festival recently, then you’re aware the confounding popularity of Native American headdresses, a controversial choice of costume, especially stateside. While US festivals have yet to take an official stance, Glastonbury has banned their sale, after a petition was filed to have headdresses added to the prohibited vendor item list. Here’s hoping other festivals follow Glasto’s lead. [TheGuardian]

Calvin Harris Goes “Slow Acid”

Calvin Harris has leaked a new single, “Slow Acid,” which is exactly what it sounds like… a slo-mo, proggy acid club track and a wild departure from previous singles. It’s got an Under the Skin-referencing video to go along with it, which you can check out below. Honesty, not mad.

Michelle Obama: “#TurnipForWhat?”

What happens when an Obama impersonator asks Michelle Obama “how many calories do you burn every time you ‘turn up’?!” The first lady makes a video with a turnip and responds: #TurnipForWhat? This really happened.

Slander Remix Jack U

LA duo Slander have continued their string of big remixes with a take on Jack U’s “Take U There,” which is sounding pretty large.

DJ Dodger Stadium Remix Future Islands

LA stalwarts Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy aka DJ Dodger Stadium have given their spin on Future Islands’ single “Seasons,” and it’s a real winner. Enjoy, you can even download. Maybe you’d like to play it out?

Rustie Offers Chopped ‘n’ Screwed Version of “Attak”

While currently knee deep in a world tour, Rustie has released a chopped ‘n’ screwed edit of his recent single “Attak” featuring Danny Brown, which you can listen to/download below. The track got the official Houston treatment via Swisha House OG Mike “5000” Watts, so it’s at least worth a few respect spins.

Russian Site Alegedly Hacks DJ Mag Top 100

Not only are the Russians good at piracy/filesharing, they’re apparently no slouches at making top DJ Mag Top 100 predictions/hacking. A Russian site claims it has hacked DJ Mag and has learned the majority of the 2014 Top 100. According to the Russians, Hardwell is once again #1, followed by Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike at #2, Armin van Buuren #3, Martin Garrix #4 and Tiesto #5. Sure, why not. [EDM-News]

Knife Party Delay Release Date

Fans awaiting the supposed Oct. 27 release of Knife Party‘s debut, Abandon Ship, may have to abandon that notion, but don’t abandon hope, the official release date is now Nov. 10. Check the post from Knife Party by clicking here.

Bonobo Announces Flashlight EP

Bonobo has announced that he will release his three-song Flashlight EP Dec. 1 via Ninja tune. Check out the title track below.

Mark Bell’s Best Tracks

As we mentioned, we were extremely saddened to hear that electronic music pioneer Mark Bell died this week. Esteemed UK journo Joe Muggs put together a collection of Mark Bell‘s best works, from “LFO bangers to remixes for Laurent Garnier and Mr Oizo as well as side projects such as Speedjack.” Highly recommended. [Mixmag]

Catch Apollonia’s 4-Hour Live Set in Croatia

Over this past summer, French house trio Apollonia went back-to-back-to-back at the Sonus Festival in Croatia. Watch their extended four-hour live set now. [RA]

Skrillex Releases Let’s Make a Spaceship Doc

Skrillex did a lot of things at Austin City Limits this past weekend, one of which included previewing a documentary, Let’s Make a Spaceship. The doc is literally about the creation of his spaceship, but also about inspiring and cultivating creativity, which is pretty rad. Watch the full doc below, courtesy of RedBull. Also, watch Skrillex and Diplo wreck an Austin house party.

“Hey Fucknut”: Deadmau5 Offers Marineland Advice

Deadmau5 has offered a bit of tongue-in-helmet advice to beleaguered marine park Marineland, via a post on his Tumblr. “You know what i would do if i were you? just get rid of the animals…” he writes, before launching into a more abrasive direction. “Hey fucknut, heres what you do… just take a fucking hit, and do it. Because, stupid, youre STILL sitting on a fucking shitload of acreage thats a theme park…. with rides and shit. WHO THE FUCK DOESNT GO TO THEMEPARKS DUMBASS?” Honestly, not the worst idea. [inthemix]

Above & Beyond Announce New Album

Above & Beyond are preparing to rock Madison Square Garden for the first time on Saturday (Oct. 18), and have announced that their new album, We Are All We Need, will be released on Jan. 20, 2015.

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Skrillex & Dillon Francis on Friendship, Non-Profits & Puking

Skrillex & Dillon Francis on Friendship, Non-Profits & Puking

This past weekend, our Beatportal team journeyed deep into the hills of Georgia to investigate one of America’s wildest spectacles: TomorrowWorld. We spoke with some of the biggest names in dance music gathering the weird and hilarious quotes from David Guetta, Steve AokiNicky RomeroTiësto, A-Trak and everyone else. Our favorite moment of the weekend, however, was catching up with Skrillex and Dillon Francis (and a quiet TOKiMONSTA), who worried ’bout nothin’, perched atop one another’s shoulders, killing it with jokes. We’ve cut out and posted quotes from the interview throughout the week, so now we figured we’d offer you the whole thing now, in all its Franciscan glory. And hey, since we were the only ones there, and it’s a “pics or it didn’t happen” world, we’ve got pictures to prove it, too.

So, how do you guys know each other?

Skrillex: Dillon did the first Mothership tour in 2011. He was on the afterparty bus. That was the funnest tour ever. Four years later here he is. We have different sounds, they’re unique, but the energy is the same.

You guys have a lot of DJ buds…

Dillon Francis: Yeah, Diplo and Skrillex are friends. Orlando, who is TEED [Totally Extinct Enormous Dinosaurs]. We talk all the time. Girls, DJ sets, music, life. We talk about everything.

Skrillex Dillon Francis Piggyback

Dillon, you’re on Mad Decent and Skrillex you have your own label, OWSLA. Is there any competition?

Skrillex: There’s no competition. We’re all best friends, we all remix each other and play each other tunes. We’re always trying to make new songs and push new sounds.

Tell us a about your non-profit, it seems really great.

Skrillex: Bridges for Music! It’s an awesome non profit my friend Valentino started. We go to South Africa and set up these camps for music. House music is really big over there. 12th Planet did it. Richie Hawtin did it. It’s really doing something. Electronic music is so youth cultured, you can do it on a computer, and everyone has a computer. We went to Cape Town, Johannesburg. It’s amazing.

Dillon, you have an album coming out.

Dillon Francis: Yeah, I have a new album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule. The next one is going to be like 50 Cent, but it’s Get Rich or Die Trying, Too. You know, getting rich and dying. Like, I’m doing that too, man.

Tell us about your single, “When We Were Young.”  

Dillon Francis: “When We Were Young.” I don’t think anyone else plays that song, ’cause it’s very progressive housey, but when I was young, I’ve got a story for that….

 OK. When you were young…

Dillon Francis: When I was young, man. Memories. I remember throwing up on six girls in the back of a cab. I drank a bunch of wine before we got in the cab. My friend was drinking and I was like “No, this is how you do it!” I chugged the wine, we got in a cab and I puked on the six girls. My friend thanked me later because he was like, “Man all the girls are sitting with me now.”

OK, so what do you think about TomorrowWorld? 

Dillon Francis: It’s so weird to perform and see your face bobbing in the crowd on a stick. I just stare at myself. It’s also weird to see Nicolas Cage. Sylvester, and Bob Saget’s face on a stick. The greats…

If you could time travel, where would you go?

Dillon Francis: If I could travel in time I would stay here. Everything in the past sucks. Medieval times? People getting sawed. Fuck that. That sucks.

When was the last time you cried?

Dillon Francis: The Green Mile always makes me cry. He’s so big and you know he’s not supposed to die, but then he does. It makes me want to shed a tear. I’m going to right now.

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