Get ready to rage, because PartySquad is in the house! Just in from Amsterdam, Jerry Leembruggen and Ruben Fernhout of the PartySquad are smokin‘ and blowing out tracks like #PANTSDOWN, and The Lion. They’ve recently shared the stage with greats, Skrillex and Major Lazer, and then to top that, they signed with the legendary Mad Decent record label. Joonbug sat down with the duo before they opened for M.I.A. at NYC's Terminal 5 this past Monday. They talked about current and future projects, breaking into the US market, and more:
Diplo has been killin’ it in 2013 – redefining the meaning of ‘twerk’, hosting Mad Decent Block Parties across America, releasing a new Major Lazer album, and now dropping his Revolution EP. The EP has features from Annger Dimas, Travis Porter, Riff Raff, Mike Posner, Action Bronson and more.
The three-day, 150,000 person festival will feature more than 200 artists across eight stages. Each stage will take on a new theme daily; some based around labels like Dim Mak and Mad Decent, others centering on a specific genre such as Q-Dance and It’s a Trap, and even more hosting an iconic party-brand theme like Ferry Corsten’s Full On and Laidback Luke’s Super You and Me.
It seems one cannot go out these days without either hearing Trap music being played or hearing someone talking about Trap. Even Snoop recently tweeted about it. But as with any new genre, sometimes it can be difficult to understand or define what exactly makes it that new style of music. Enter Atlanta based Heroes x Villains, whose forthcoming documentary Certified Trap explores its history and evolution while covering some of the main figureheads of the emerging genre.
The Duo behind Heroes x Villains -who have been friends and DJ partners since their teen years- released their first mixtape 'We Off That' on Mad Decent in 2010, featuring several of their own electronic dance music remixes of artists Lil Jon, Waka Flocka Flame, Diplo, Gucci Mane, and many others- putting them on top of the game over night. And that description in itself more or less defines what Trap music is; Dirty South Rap (beats) x EDM (synths) x Deep Sub-Bass.
This year the Mad Decent block party tour docked in Brooklyn’s newly renovated Williamsburg Park for a day of thumping beats and thunderstorms. Over a thousand EDM (electro dance music) fans of all ages thronged the grounds in nothing but body paint, beads, and backpacks in the sweltering 90 degree plus heat.
Sets by Bonde Do Role, Lunice, Riff Raff, eXquire, and Erol Alkan pumped electro, house, dub-step, and hip-hop audible for blocks outside of the scene. Sponsors Heineken and Puma provided beer and giveaways. The party mashed on as the sidelines hosted games of table tennis and foosball. Food trucks camped inside the gates providing deep fried fare. The roster progressed toward the headlining acts and the predicted storm clouds rolled over Mad Decent.
It’s a big summer for Diplo. After gracing us with his bulletproof moombahton-massive EP “Express Yourself” at the beginning of June, the brilliantly-dynamic producer is ready to show off his skills live at his recently announced five-stop “Mad Decent Block Party” tour.
Spanning the country and even dipping into Toronto for a day, each Block Party will feature a full day of performances from Mad Decent’s stellar roster of artists (such as Dillon Francis, Major Lazer, Zeds Dead and more). The all-ages event will also offer food and activities, and is ABSOLUTELY FREE.
It’s a bird!? It’s a plane!? It’s... Laidback Luke dressed as a mutant mosquito?
Laidback Luke is at it again with his Super You & Me concert series in which attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite super heroes and party like superstars. Super You & Me has traveled the globe, and on June 16 will land on Governors Beach Club for a show that’s truly out of this world.
And no Super You & Me edition would be complete without Laidback Luke’s fearless band of sidekicks providing a progressively eclectic selection of tunes - Datsik’s dropping dubstep riffs, Tommy Trash’s acid punch reworks, peaking and powerful house duo PeaceTracy and Mad Decent’s newest protege Oliver Twizt.
Diplo mentioned/hinted at/alluded to his new EP Express Yourself all the way back in December 2011. Since then, all has been silent for the most part. In February, the title track form the EP was released as a single to much acclaim on the Mad Decent imprint. Featuring Nicky Da B, it's a pretty classic take on a bounce track, full of energy and some serious hooks.
Finally, after much anticipation, the EP is slated for release on June 12 on Mad Decent. While this is no guarantee given the long and mysterious nature of this journey, hopes are high for an actual release this time. Collaborating with Nicky Da B, Elephant man, GTA and a slew of others, Express Yourself is sure to set many a dance floor on fire next month.
It has barely been a year since Rusko rattled Terminal 5‘s walls with his explosive dubstep masterpieces, but the English producer is returning to the big apple this summer to serve up another hearty helping of bass to the face.
That’s right dubstep fans, Rusko will be at Terminal 5 on May 13th, once again infecting the crowd with his wobbling and womping breakdowns!
The stop is part of his three-month-long spring tour which spans America from coast to coast, and even dips in to the Great White North for a few nights.