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Exclusive Interview With Riot Ten: The Man Behind The Mask

Christopher Wilson, better known by stage name Riot Ten, is set to have his best year yet. He came to relevance after dropping his rambunctious remix of A$AP Ferg’s “Murda Something” - a remix so undeniable that the Trap Lord himself started playing it at his shows. Since then, Riot Ten has been getting support from some of electronic music’s most prominent names such as Krewella, Adventure Club, Flux Pavilion, Victor Niglio, etc.

Wilson, who sometimes dons a mask while performing, started producing hip hop at the age of 16 and began, around 2011, to experimenting with more electronic sounds. When the lovechild of southern-influenced hip hop and electronic dance music - which would come to be known as the subgenre trap - was born a little later, Wilson took full advantage. He quickly started making a name for himself playing local gigs in El Paso, Texas. Now, the man who admits he’s had shows where there was no one in the crowd is performing in front of thousands at music festivals and is getting ready for his Spring Fling Tour.

DIPLOMATICO RUM Emily Abrams
A Look at the U.S. Final of the Diplomático Rum World Tournament

The judges have spoken. Nick Meyer of Brilliantshine in Santa Monica, California, won over the judges in the U.S. final competition of the Diplomático Rum World Tournament with his cocktail “Chimpin’ Aint Easy”. Meyer will now be the U.S. Ambassador at the World Tournament in Venezuela this upcoming April where representatives from 28 countries will compete for the title of Diplomático World Ambassador. The U.S final competition took place this past Monday, January 12th, at the Domaine Select Wine Estates headquarters in New York City.

MAS Bisjoux at Intermix: The New


Your favorite boutique, both on and off-line, Intermix, just hooked up with stunning designer jewelry brand Mas Bisjoux, and is now displaying their glittering line of accessories in some of their NYC stores! The line features gorgeous gold pendants (both rose and yellow) featuring signature unicorns, seahorses and features, as well as long pendants designed to hold secret messages.

The beautiful collection is designed by Morgan Shara, founder of MAS Creative; a luxury lifestyle consulting company who focuses on high-end interior design and custom designed jewelry. Shara partnered with Karin Wilzig, who designed modern costume jewelry worn by the likes of Lady Gaga for her brand Bisjoux. Shara took Wilzig’s elegant deisgned and turned them into the Mas Bisjoux golden collection accented with diamonds.

BEST OF
Hungry for Apps?

1) Delectable

This app is for all the wine lovers dreaming of becoming wine connoisseurs. Simply snap a photo of a wine label and get ratings and other information instantaneously (#fakeittillyoumakeit). This easy to use app lets you keep track of your favorite wines and share recommendations with your friends. App users are able to see what is trending and new wines on the market. The best part of this app is users are able to buy wine right from their phones and have wine delivered anywhere you want! This app is free and is available for iPhone users.

EARGASMIC
Dirtyphonics Scheduled to Release 'Write Your Future' in February

Popular for their unusual blend of rock and electro house, Dirtyphonics first hit the scene in 2006 as a metal band. That's right, a metal band. With the motive to transcend the energy of a rock show, over the next few years, the band evolved their sound by fusing house music, drums & bass and dubstep to create the perfect balance of electro rock. The last few years have brought the band to music festivals both in USA and worldwide to lead to this moment: their brand new EP, Write Your Future.

ALL ACCESS PASS Taken at BUKU Music & Art Project 2014.
BUKU Music + Art Project 2015: A Must Go-To Festival This Season

Come one, come all, for this is a festival you don’t want to miss! The fourth annual BUKU Music + Art Project will be commencing on March 13 and 14 in the birthplace of soulful music, New Orleans right along Louisiana's very own Mississippi River. With an eclectic line-up featuring big-name headliners including Bassnectar, A$AP Rocky, Passion Pit, and Porter Robinson, music connoisseurs will be satisfied to say the least. More than 30 acts are set to perform over the festivals four stages fusing the likes of traditional Nola talents, award-winning electronic DJs, hip-hop artists, and indie rock groups including Big Freedia ,Odesza, Flosstradamus, Thomas Jack, G-Eazy, Empire of the Sun, and Robert Delong to name a few.

LIQUID COURAGE
Whisky Live Returns for its 11th Anniversary to Chelsea Piers

Produced by Whisky Magazine, the annnual renowned tasting event, Whisky Live, is one of New York's most exciting evening to whisky lovers! This event is an undeniably splendid chance to sample premium single malt scotches, bourbons, ryes and Irish whiskies on Manhattan's waterfront with stunning views of the Hudson river. Not only is it a platform to taste but also to mingle with representatives from very well known distillieries like Johnnie Walker, Glenmorangie, Ardberg, The Glenlivet, Beam and Heaven Hill. Whisky Live features award-winning whiskies from producers across America and internationally (Scotland, Ireland, Australia, etc.).

EARGASMIC
Ferry Corsten Drops Three-Part EP Series called 'Hello World'

With all the new artists that we see entering the EDM scene, Ferry Corsten is one to make sure that the early pioneers of Techno and EDM are still alive and kicking! Corsten is one name that's been in the game since 1999, remixing some of the most iconic music we've heard over the years, co-creating his own dance label named Tsunami, of course, seven albums and now, his much-awaited EP.

Hello World is the first segment in a series of three. With seven tracks on the list, the EP features some of the most exciting names in the world EDM and Trance. The first single, released in 2014, is the quickly popular electro-pop track, "Hyper Love" featuring Nat Dunn. "Back to Paradise" is another track to look out for with vocals by Haris. As seasoned as Ferry Corsten is, this EP is definitely a sure shot party-starter!

POPE
Feast Your Eyes on this Popemobile

Pope Francis has won the hearts and minds of many with his humble attitude and new outlook on many of the issues in the Catholic Church. It would seem that he may now have bikers as members of his fan club.

That's right, the leather wearing, engine revving, hog riders of the world can now count the Holy Father as a member of their rebelious community. The Pope is auctioning his 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Superglide that was given to him by the famous motorcycle company in honor of their 110th anniversary. The bike is also signed "Francesco." Reuters reports that a leather jacket also signed by the pope will be auctioned off.

THE WEEKND
The Weeknd Jailed for Punching a Cop in Las Vegas


R&B crooner the Weeknd was arrested in Las Vegas last Saturday around 4:20 in the morning, and surprisingly, it wasn’t for possession and intent to smoke marijuana. The Weeknd, or as the Las Vegas police know him, Abel Tesfaye, was arrested for punching a police officer in the side of the head inside the Cromwell Hotel. The cause of the incident remains unknown, but the signer was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery of a protected person, and was presumably in jail until an hour or two before he posted a picture on Instagram of him walking to a private jet with the caption, “Escaped from Las Vegas.” Neither the cops nor Abel has had anything else to say about the incident. I guess what happens in Vegas really does stay in Vegas.


AMAZON
Amazon Is Set to Make History with Woody Allen’s First TV Series

Netflix made headlines when its original series House of Cards received nine Emmy Award nominations, four Golden Globe nominations, and one win for lead actress Robin Wright. An original online-only web television series had never received any major nominations before, let alone won an award. In one night, Netflix became king of the online world, giving television as we knew it a new competitor to reckon with. Suddenly, every website started producing original content, although it was generally agreed upon that only Netflix had the actual chops to deliver gold. This Sunday however, that general assumption was discredited as Amazon, a website still primarily associated with buying textbooks and socks, won two Golden Globes for its original online-only web television series, Transparent; only unlike House of Cards, Transparent didn’t just get a win for one of its lead actors (Jeffrey Tambor), it also won for Best Comedy Series. Sorry, Netflix, but Amazon is coming for your crown.