The quartet producer/deejay group, Dirtyphonics, have been known for making some fire remixes to several big name artist tracks. This time they take Kaskade and Project 46's melodic track, "Last Chance" and give it a couple extra pounds. Now with some dub synths and heavy bass this song now has a new level of intensity. You can't not love the original version of this track, but this is definitely a sick remix that will please the head-bangers out there.
Over the past year, Polish ex-rocker turned DJ/producer Tom Swoon has transformed himself into one of the most prominent movers and shakers on the EDM scene. Swoon’s infectious enthusiasm for different genres and vast knowledge of all things music, has awarded him high acclaim. Already a veteran of remixing, we at Joonbug sat down with the man who has been dubbed,“Poland’s First EDM Star,” explored his metalhead roots, what makes him tick, and more...
You were originally known as Pixel Cheese. Why did you change your name, and how did you come up with Tom Swoon?
I just felt it was right to change my artist name from Pixel Cheese into Tom Swoon. As Pixel Cheese was more the name of a bedroom producer and now Tom Swoon feels more mature and representative of the music that I produce. After all to SWOON is to lose consciousness for a short duration of time which is what I want my music to be about. And "T-O-M" are the three first letters of my surname.
You started out playing rhythm guitar in a rock band. What made you make the change to EDM?
I was a total rock/metal head at that time, but a bit later I got hooked emotional/technical-wise on Deadmau5 and Kaskade’s track “I Remember”, which made me also want express my feelings through my own music. That’s how I got into EDM.
How do you think that starting off in rock has shaped your musical sound?
That’s a good question! I believe that I’m really into high energy progressive house music is possibly a result of my rock band history. And also I focus a lot on the drums in my productions which definitely also has to do with it.
We know that your main focus is progressive house; are there more genres that you want to tackle in the future?
I am a big fan of melodic music and that’s also the kind of music you will continue hearing from me in the future.
You’ve remixed everyone from Linkin Park to Steve Aoki. Who would you like to remix next?
That’s difficult to say. I accept a remix based on if I like the original track and if I think that I can create my own dimension/way of the track. If I have to pick some names I would love to remix it will probably be Florence & The Machine or Lana Del Rey. They are definitely on my wishlist.
What do you think makes you different from other artists?
I never compare myself with other artists. I just try to bring my own sounds and give myself for the full 100% in the music.
If you could give one piece of advice to artists looking to make it, what would it be?
Never set the "get signed" goal. Just do what you feel, share that stuff on blogs, Facebook, SoundCloud etc. and look for some constructive feedback. Develop your own sound! Making your music sound good enough to release it officially takes some time, so be patient and when you feel that moment came, just send couple of emails to different labels and wait. Nothing's worse than re-sending the track every week to labels and DJs. It's totally unprofessional. Even if you have to get a negative response after 2 months, wait... Use that time in studio instead! And the most important - stay true to yourself.
There’s a lot happening to me right now. In December I will start with a weekly radioshow on the biggest polish radio station RMF Maxx and I have collaborations coming up with artists such as John Dahlback, Paris & Simo, Laidback Luke.. and there’s even a lot more to come but I can’t reveal more at this point!
Over the past few years, EDM music has enjoyed one of the largest booms of popularity in music history. Underground DJs, once known to only the truest of house music fans, have shot to stardom, raking in millions of dollars annually. EDM festivals and shows have sold millions upon millions of tickets, selling out huge venues. Recently we've found ourselves wondering what has made EDM music so captivating to the masses. On Saturday, October 5, we were lucky enough to attend Kaskade’s Atmosphere show at the Barclays Center and the reasons became abundantly clear.
With the recent release of his highly anticipated album Atmosphere, there couldn’t have been a better weekend for Kaskade than this last one. Not only was he just announced America’s Best DJ by DJ Times and Pioneer DJ, but he also kicked off his Atmosphere Tour in Miami this past Saturday. Sticking to the description, “big rooms, small tour,” Kaskade took the arena full of devoted fans to another world. The American Airlines Arena of Miami, Florida was transformed into a magical place Saturday night as Kaskade gave an unforgettable arena performance.
After being awarded for the first time in 2011, Kaskade has once again been named America’s Best DJ by DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ. Most of the votes were cast via the America’s Best DJ website; however, fans were also given the opportunity to vote in person at more than 20 club and festival events, including EDC Vegas, Movement Festival, and Global Dance Festival.
Having just released his eighth studio album, Atmosphere, on Tuesday and surpassing artists such as Diplo, Skrillex, and Porter Robinson, this is a huge honor for Kaskade (Ryan Raddon). He said, "Words can't do justice to how completely grateful I am to receive this honor for a second time. I am constantly in awe of the love, encouragement and energy I receive from my fan-base, which has continued to inspire and motivate me throughout my career. I feel connected to them in such a real way and their support is something that keeps rocking my world. I couldn't do this without them."
We’ve been waiting for this day to come for months, perhaps even longer. But, alas, after an entire season of teasers, interviews, and questions left unanswered (or perhaps only partially so), Kaskade’s newest production, Atmosphere, is finally ready for the public to listen to and adore.
Over the summer Ryan Raddon, aka Kaskade, told inthemix about the album, “I think it has a little bit of everything; it’s very diverse. If I was to squash Fire & Ice into a single rather than a double album, it might have sounded like this.” Listening to Atmosphere, we agree that this couldn’t be closer to the truth. This album is not only a manifestation of his amplitude as a producer, but also his resourcefulness, passion, and ability to turn everything he touches into pure gold. Each track is it's own story within one large, underlying one that shares the more intimate aspects of Kaskade’s life --from the beginning of his career, up until now. Atmosphere is familiar in that it delineates his signature sound, but it is also foreign as it combines the past with the present. In other words, he elegantly intertwines his deep house roots with his more current, progressive sounds. But he does so in a way that allows for dissimilar sounds to complement one another, rather than clash. Myriad styles are housed under one roof, but for some reason it couldn’t feel more right.
Despite the unfortunate rainy weather that flooded the streets of New York, The Waterfront radiated a warm, purple glow through its glass doors. It was inviting, and enticing. Walking inside the venue, on our immediate right was a Motorola backdrop where celebrities such as M4SONIC, Zosia Mamet (Girls), Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher), Common (rapper), and Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), were photographed. And of course, Kaskade, who provided the beats for the evening, was there as well. There also was some spectacular street art by Thank You X, whose edgy work was displayed on the wall to thank everyone for attending the invite-only Moto X launch party on Thursday, August 1st. If you didn’t already know, Motorola, a Google company, will soon be coming out with its newest phone, Moto X. With a 4.7-inch screen size, a promised 24-hour battery life, and color choices such as pink, blue, red, and yellow, this is the first Smartphone to be assembled in the US.
On Friday, July 26th, EDX threw down at Pacha and we had the opportunity of talking to him minutes before his set. Most recently, he has released his newest track, 'Hazed,' which made it to the Beatport Top 100 and Top 20. You can also catch his remix of 'Beachball' here. And lastly - if you haven't heard, EDX is will name a winner for a contest they are holding, who will get to travel to Ibiza, and spend some time with the Switzerland-based DJ before he opens for Avicii. All you have to do is bust out your creativity, and produce a 60-second video explaining why you are EDX's number one fan. Read Billboard's writeup of the contest for more details.
To explain what it’s like to attend Ultra Music Festival isn’t quite that easy. Sure, those who can’t grasp exactly what “EDM” is just don’t get it. To love house music along with it’s accompanying sub genres, is truly a sort of cult our generation has embraced. Over the course of 3 days, Weekend 1 welcomed well over 50,000 people. In retrospect, that’s a tiny portion of the music lovers around the world. But to us? Nope. It felt as if it was the only type of music surrounding us in our own little heaven.
A weekend in Las Vegas always promises nights of bottle-popping debauchery and mischief, but when New Years Eve comes around, this playground for adults takes its musical madness to a whole new level. Party amongst the biggest DJs in the world, Hollywood stars, and Hip Hop's hottest artists around America's playground, Sin City! Check out our picks below and for more hot parties visit here.
Marquee Nightclub New Year’s Eve Weekend