Known as having one of the best nightlife scenes in the world, one group that remains a top source of pride in NYC consists of DJs that really make each night out one that is lucrative. Each set exudes each DJs quirk and passion making them a vital prescence in nightlife forever. We've rounded up some of our favorite DJ sets from NYC localite's that make us realize why we love going out in this city.
1. DJ BAMBI, BAMBICAST (Episode 002): Jam out to this killer set filled with huge progressive beats. Bambi constantly delievers potent big room house tracks fit for a festival but work like a charm for the dancefloor.
May is looking good for all of you NYC concert goers out there. Not only are some big names coming through (M83, Norah Jones, Jack White), but a ton of awesome smaller bands. The end of May also marks THE BEGINNING OF SUMMERSTAGE, which should prove inspiration enough to get through this month at work. So, take a look at the list, pick some shows and start your summer off right! If we forgot anything, leave a comment and we'll put it up!
Japanther/Ritz Riot @ 929 XPO
Teen Daze/Supreme Cuts @ Glasslands
Active Child/Balam Acab @ Mercury Lounge
While David Guetta is preparing for EDC Las Vegas this weekend as a headlining artist, he is also releasing new beats and vids. Nothing seems to stop this French hitmaker from dropping the hottest tracks with some of music’s biggest names.
Guetta’s 5th studio LIP, Nothing But the Beat, is scheduled to arrive August 30. He has enlisted an all-star cast of collaborators on the album, including Akon, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Timbaland, Sia, and Dev.
Lil Wayne, arguably the hottest rapper out there, has revealed the release date for his upcoming studio album The Carter IV as May 16th.
The Carter IV is Wayne's ninth studio album. Wayne started from scratch after he was released from jail on good behavior in November 2010 after serving eight months of his served year sentence.
Ever wonder who that ultra sexy pop voice belongs to on “Like A G6”, playing incessantly on the car radio over and over everyday? Well, that would be Dev, the California native who originally spawned the line “Like A G6” on her original song “Booty Bounce”.
Far East Movement liked the hook so much that they decided to use it and make an entire song around it. The rest is history. So much so, the song became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Top 100 List and Dev is touring so much that some nights she “couldn’t tell you what the day is”– it’s the rock-star lifestyle epitomized.
She’s got you dancing in the club and in your car, singing the hook on “Bass Down Low” and “Like A G6” with The Cataracs and The Far East Movement. She’s since recorded a music video for her latest single, “Booty Bounce.” There’s no denying that this little girl is leaving a big impression.
You’ve been described as a small town girl with a big city attitude; what’s the road been like from the small town to the big city?
It’s been fun. It’s been crazy, but it’s been fun. I’m doing what I love! I came from a really small town and now I am in LA recording music. It’s so crazy, you can imagine.
Describe your “Aha!” moment. When did you know that music was what you wanted to pursue?
I’ve always loved music but I think my first one of those was the first time I performed. I opened up for The Pack at The Knitting Factory in LA. It was my first time doing my set, I was absolutely terrified. Then I thought to myself, “I’m about to shit on everybody!” I went out and did it, and I’ve tried to keep that mentality since. After coming to LA, I was just like, “I need to do more of this. I need to step it up.” Performing is my favorite thing in the world.
Outside of music, where do you draw inspiration?
A lot of different things! I’m inspired by the sounds of the city, fashion, different people, situations in my life. The city inspires me. Right now, my music is fun, but as I grow, my music will too. I’ve been through a lot of different situations and stages in my life, which has made me indecisive and sporadic. I’ll wake up tomorrow wanting to do one thing and I’ll want a different sound on another day. I like mixing it up! I just want to be heard throughout the entire world; that would be cool.
You’ve said visuals are important to you. How do you incorporate this into your craft?
The fashion aspect has been really important to me. I can’t really bring it out in the studio or when I’m writing, but I love to play around with it when I can. My videos for “Fireball” and “Booty Bounce” have given me that opportunity. Hellz Bellz hooks it up too, they’re my homies.
You have a fierce image. Have you always been this fierce or did you create your image over time?
I’ve been through so many different stages growing up and I feel like now it’s all kind of come together. I don’t think about it as much, but I know I am a lot more comfortable with who I am now. I also have more opportunity to play around with my image now, and have fun with it, whereas before I was in LA my friends would be like, “There’s Dev again in her crazy shit!”
Growing up who were your favorite artists? Who are you listening to now?
I know I keep saying this but I went through a lot of different stages. I went from grunge to indie-rock to hip-hop to rap. I loved Nirvana, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Eminem. Right now I listen to The Cataracs a lot, because we all live together! I also have Crystal Castles in my car right now; they are really good.
You’re the girl that gets the party started. What’s a night out like with Dev?
Oh Gosh! Shit! A night out with me—brace yourself! Bring water because you’ll need to stay hydrated. I live with The Cataracs and we are always getting into random shit. Alcohol is always involved! Poppin bottles—we have fun.
Who would you really like to get in the studio with?
Nicki Minaj. There’s a lot of female artists out right now who are kind of on the whole, pop-rap thing you know? But she’s stunning on all of them. I’d love to work with her; I think we could do something really cool together.
What has you experience been like as a female in this business?
Being a female is tough in this industry. There’s a lot of men. The first thing people want to do is be like, “Oh, she didn’t think of that herself.” But I did. Also, there’s a lot of pressure, like “Show ass!” “Show boobs!”, but I’m not trying to sell sex. That’s not me. I’m trying to hold it down for the girls—I can roll with the boys and keep it sexy without all that.
Three things you can absolutely not live without. Ready, go.
Aw fuck! One, my cell phone. Two, chocolate. Three, my family—my sisters hold me down. They keep me in the place. I’ll talk to them and they’ll be like, “Dev, you ain’t shit!”
What advice would you give to other aspiring female songwriters/musicians?
It’s hard to not be influenced by the male in this industry. Stay true to yourself. You can’t let one thing knock you down. You can’t give up. You’ve got to keep hustin’, keep grindin’. Eventually, the grindin’ will pay off. That goes for all females, whatever you do, just be the baddest bitch you can be at it. Remember that keeping you first is important.
What can we expect next from you?
Well, I’m in the process of recording and doing as many shows as possible. I’m constantly writing and in the studio. Tours and new music, watch out!
Designers Have Birthdays: Everyone wish Prabal Gurung a very big Happy Birthday today. The designer who is in his third season traveled home to Nepal to spend his special day with family. The Bill Blass veteran left the design house in 2008 to design glamorous gowns of his own for Orpah, Demi Moore and more celebrities. He recently made Paper Magazine's Beautiful People: Class of 2010, saying, "I can’t believe I’m in this issue. I hope it’s for my inner beauty -- that’ll last longer. I’m assuming that it is."
2010 Super Bowl Event and Party Guide
Celebrity favorites and an array of music and nightlife entertainment will line the coast of Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach in celebration of Super Bowl XLIV and Floridians are sure to get cranked up for the Colts and the Saints. Here is a lineup of just a few of Miami's tributes to the big game:
Look’s like the world’s most useless person is making innocent citizens’ lives stressful. The heiress held an impromptu photo session on July 15, in which she retook her driver’s license picture five times.
According to sources, Hilton went to the Santa Monica DMV, where she was receiving her license, again. Her assistant called ahead of time and ordered the staff to give Ms. Hilton the royal treatment—no line at the DMV. Employees were even forced to shut off their cell phones so that no one could take a picture of Paris. It doesn’t really matter anyway because her picture will show up on the TV again in a few months for another DUI. If she were so “beautiful” and “amazing,” shouldn’t she have looked good on the first try anyway? [tmz]