With the insanity of Ultra Fest raging and rollicking throughout the collectively rabid masses, the chaos shall inevitably continue (and expand) with the onset of the weekend! Miami—fully in the throes of musical ecstasy and riotous carnal whims—is gearing up for a weekend of party infamy. It is the inevitable culmination of 10 days of music, debauchery, and the youthful American spirit—a deluge of fiesta!
More than you average, run of the mill weekend; ULTRA weekend is comprised of 21 bashes—featuring the sickest tunes at the most bangin’ spots—in what is truly the most grandiose swan song in Festival history!
He may be only one third of global DJ sensation Swedish House Mafia, but alone or not, Steve Angello will bring a massive sound. On Saturday August 20th, RPM and Pacha NYC present Size Matters with Steve Angello at Governors Island.
The Swedish and Greek DJ / Producer has been creating electro and tech house beats for years, with his first big remix of dance classic "Sweet Dreams" Eurythmics in 2004 that still can be heard throughout in various DJ sets today. After linking up with disc jockeys Axwell and Sebestian Ingrosso, the trio became an unstoppable force known as Swedish House Mafia. "Leave the World Behind" featuring vocals by dance diva Deborah Cox was Swedish House Mafia's first production together in 2009, which grabbed the undivided attention of dance fans. It seems that with every new release, devoted fans keep multiplying for the Mafia.
Working with an eclectic blend of internationally renowned artists, Dubset is rapidly establishing itself as the foremost authority in the world of online DJ music. Founded in 2009, Dubset offers its users both exclusive offline mixes and live sets recorded at the most notorious clubs and events from around the globe. By whom? How about, Felix Da Housecat, Junior Sanchez, Steve Aoki, Tommie Sunshine, Mark Ronson, Afrojack, Mia Moretti, Jesse Marco and Jus Ske. The list goes on and on… and is growing daily.
Although we were sad to see Charles Hamilton leave the music scene, his return and release of his latest creation Normalcy more then made up for it. And now, alongside with Josh Madden spinning the records, the tag team will tear up the opening night at our Fashion Week Gala event at Capitale. Renowned DJ Josh Madden is the perfect complimentary sidekick to match the energy of Sonic The Hamilton. Not only is DJ Josh Madden touring the U.S., he is also a stylist and co-founder of the clothing label DCMA Collective. Talk about the interwining of music and fashion! We were able to get some answers as to what make these two tick.
Brother of the Madden twins in Good Charlotte, Josh Madden has
completely defined his own path in the rock-influenced art world. A
designer at heart, and overall good guy, Josh has become a force in the
influential underground design and DJ worlds of New York.
AC: Has music always been a part of your life?
JM: Yes, growing up my mom was always singing, she has an incredible voice.
I will always remember my father sitting at the piano singing and
playing Animals tunes and Stevie Wonder. I started piano lessons at a
young age and my brothers bought me my first acoustic guitar when we
were teenagers. I was slated to sing the National Anthem and my "Class
Song" at my high school graduation, until I failed a class...
whah-whuhh. I'm glad I didn't, that might have been the pinnacle of my
music life, haha. I'm nothing special as a musician, but I'm a great
song writer and an intuitive producer.
P.S. I graduated from summer school holding down two jobs and put myself
though college...slayed it.
AC: When was your first DJ'ing gig? If you can remember.
JM: My first gig was at the invitation of my friend Sarah Lewitinn
(Ultragrrrl), I played a set with James Iha (one of the nicest guys on
the planet). I remember we all used CDJ's. Sarah is fun to watch DJ and
to DJ with... someone get her on the phone, bring her out of retirement.
She needs to throw a party again.
AC: Have you created, or considered putting together, an album or
collaborating on one?
JM: I'm working on remixes, a hand full of different songs I like from new
artists with a rad producer named David Patillo. This guy is so
proficient with every instrument he touches and I dream up these
arrangements, we work well together. We've done a bunch under the name
TRUE BLUE, they're going up on-line a little at a time here.
I did a fun little project with Buffalo Bill called CODE NAME PILOT. If
you google it the tracks come up in different places. That was a couple
of years ago.
I also executive produced a record with the help of my big brother and
Junior Sanchez, Greatest_Remixes. That was fun, I worked on the art direction and stuff.
AC: Did you know that turntables were going to be your instrument of
choice early on or was it an evolution?
AC: For all your success in the DJ scene, and it can be an exciting and
lucrative one once you've become established, you strike me as more of a
designer/artist than as a DJ, would you say that's true?
JM: Yes. Well, I think styling, design, DJing, all of that depends so much on
reading people, knowing and satisfying their taste. Maybe showing them
something new, mixing in something they've loved for years... but in the
end it all depends on knowing them.
AC: What bands have you been touring with recently?
JM: Touring with? Well I spend a lot of time with bands. You know the band
Gallows? I love those guys! They are so rad. I wanna go out with my
friends Freelance Whales... I told them I'd sell merch for them. I get
to see Reni Lane a lot, I've probably seen her a dozen times. Edward
Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, I've probably seen them more than most
people... I'm fortunate, I travel and I see bands play when I'm out of
town or in town, wherever I go... I mean, people play music every night.
AC: You're something of a celebrity DJ, frequently DJ'ing Hollywood parties
and major brand functions. Would you prefer to do more shows just for