Skrillex, has been sort of low key as of recent. Although he has done secret shows and has been promoting his OWSLA label, the man himself has not released any music or done any big solo shows in a while. Well, now he is back from his hibernation - just in time for the new year. Starting in 2014, Skrillex will be taking over 4 of the bigges party cities of the world - San Fransisco, Brooklyn, Barcelona and Amerstdam. The tour is simply called Takeover 2014, which will be hitting each of these cities hard with at leat 5 back-to-back shows in each one. Supporting acts like Zedd, Porter Robinson, Alvin Risk, 12th Planet, Knife Party, Kill the Noise and even A$AP Rocky will be performing on certain dates of the tour.
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:
What we would have done to be able to witness Above & Beyond’s Acoustic USA performance at Greek Theater this past weekend. Such is life, especially when you’re off living on the East Coast. But from what we can tell by the cell phone videos we were sent during their show, this was indeed a monumental experience that no DJ set could ever offer. Even so, these poor-quality iPhone clips were so powerful that they brought tears to our eyes as we had instantly become part of “Sun & Moon,” a timeless masterpiece. Before last weekend, nothing felt so right or so pure.
Check out this sweet video for Skrillex and Alvin Risk directed for their collaboration track "Try It Out (Neon Remix)". We get a inside look on the life of these two producers as they adventure and play festivals around the world. A lot of sick visuals on here - from Skrillex kissing a tiger, to them chilling in palaces and clubs, to backstage footage where you'll catch cameos from Zedd, Diplo, Dillon Francis, A-Trak and more. A fun video for a really exciting track. Hopefully this is sign for more to come from these two.
The Ruler of Dubstep, Skrillex, has done it again with his remix of British Duo, Chase & Status’ single “International.” This electric remix has everything we love about Skrillex, and has a very dancehall vibe to it. Packed with laser beams, a sick break beat, and bass galore, the remix gives fans an awesome track to jam to, whether you’re in your bedroom or at a festival. The song with will be featured on Chase & Status’s upcoming album, Brand New Machine, out October 7th on Casablanca. Check out the radio rip of the remix below and let us know what you think!
“A word of advice: being drunk tonight is just borrowing happiness from tomorrow. As you can tell...I borrowed a lot of happiness from today at the show last night.” - Sketch
Well, indeed. Sketch, of the infamous Aussie DJ duo, “Bombs Away” was in need of some dark sunglasses, a couple of aspirin and a tall glass of water when we all conveined for this interview. He came in very slowly and deliberately with his brother, Tommy, who asked in a soft tone if it would be possible for them to get a couple of Red Bulls (presumably, to help them find their proverbial roads back to happiness; but we digress).
The definition of “savant” according to Dictionary.com is, “a person of profound or extensive learning or learned scholar.” The Norwegian producer, Aleksander Vinter, aka Savant, fits that definition to a tee. He uses his expansive knowledge of trance, techno, trap, and house to create a truly unique genre-bending blend of sounds. In the past, Vinter has gone by many names: Vinter in Hollywood, Vinter in Vegas, Datakrash, Blanco, Megatron, to name just a few, but he seems to have found his stride as Savant, and is now well on his way to becoming a household name. Luckily for us, Joonbug had the privilege of asking this multi-facetted artist a couple of questions about the electronic scene, the message he would like to send through his music, and much, much more:
The EDM genre means a lot of things to many different people. What does the genre mean to you?
Nothing. It's not a genre, it's a buzzword. It's a generalization of several different genres of electronica. They are labels that people use to classify things, and I don't like that. People use genres as a niche, I don't want any of that. I want to push out of that. I find the current genres so boring, so I might as well call my music CDM then, Classical Dance Music. As far as the cultural significance of the term, to me, it's how people coped with so many new sounds popping up at once, and marketing took hold of it and pushes it out front. As far as I'm concerned, none of this really affects me or what I do. If people want to call me a DJ when I'm a producer/composer, so be it.
Is there a certain message that you are trying to get across through your music?
Yes. I'm trying to show humility by showing people as much as possible of my art. Good or bad. Through Savant, I've seen how it affects some people for the better, I want to show them that there is no need to compete and to be themselves. Ultimately, I want to tell stories and make music that they can listen to as much as dance to. I want them to feel it both in their brains and bodies. I want to inspire people with a different kind of theme that isn't typical of the “scene” to show them that they don't have to conform to the norms of belonging. As for other producers, I want to show them not to be scared to fail and to just put themselves out there.
What's the meaning of the mask that you wear?
At first it was to generate a sense of mystery and let my fans imagine what's happening behind that. But, it also has to do with what that mask symbolizes. Revolution, not conforming. The Guy Fawkes mask in part is a cultural meme at this point. It brings everyone down to the same level. It helps us fight fear, and the mask does that for me too.That visual will evolve as I do into my own, but right now it just fits.
Which song of yours is your favorite?
It's irrelevant to me. I don't look back on my music. I'm looking forward as far as I can. My favorite song is the one I haven't made yet. It's the carrot I use to keep creating. As soon as I have a favorite song, it's over.
If you could tour with anyone, who would it be?
I have two: Skrillex. I think he really believes what he represents and is doing a lot to foster the community in the scene. Those are my roots, so I think it would be amazing to share some time together. The other is Dimmu Borgir, look them up and you will know why.
What should people expect when they see Savant live?
Never the same thing. It's what I am feeling and experiencing at the moment. And, I always look forward to hanging out with my fans. I don't care if there are 1,000 people waiting for me outside after a gig, I want to hug them all.
What is your preferred performance space: small clubs or large venues? Why?
I want to play for as many people as possible and where that happens doesn't matter to me. I do prefer the concert format because I play mostly my own music. I am not a DJ.
You seem to always be working on new and exciting projects. What's next?
Following up Cult, which was a darker diary of what I was experiencing in the first half of this year. Next album I want to be brighter, I want to hear angels singing on it. Happier. Expect this to happen before the year is up.
The cancellation of Day 3 of Electric Zoo left festival goers stumped as they tried to come up with ways to savor the remainder of their weekend. With the official after parties selling out, there were many fans left with nothing to do. However, a few additional artists scrambled to throw together last minute gigs to give Electric Zoo fans a place to spend their Sunday evening. One of the surprise shows had a lineup that was bound to be madness, including: Mark Instinct, KDrew, Pegboard Nerds, Dank, and Subset. Easily the craziest lineup of the evening, there were many who weren’t about to miss out on the event. We had a chance to talk with Alex and Michael, also known as the duo, Pegboard Nerds, earlier that evening before the show. We asked about their latest EP, their tour, and their opinions on the cancellation of Day 3.
Why is this weekend different from all other weekends? Because it's the much anticipated Labor Day weekend! Labor Day beckons in the end of summer as a bittersweet day that also includes an extended weekend of nonstop parties. Check out our roundup of Philly's hottest events to enjoy in the last few days of our warm-weather season.
Happy holiday weekend!
Friday, August 30
Smiths Restaurant & Lounge
We all love happy hour for those clutch deals. If only that happy hour kept going all night. Smiths Restaurant & Lounge is giving you just that with its Late Night Happy Hour from 11:30 AM - 2 AM. Specials: $5 boneless wings, $4 Coronas. It's the best late night happy hour in Rittenhouse. Enjoy $3.00 Coors Light Bottles + ridiculous appetizer specials and the DJ goes on at 10:00 PM. Get your friends together and come by for a great time!
Skrillex and Boys Noize make a pretty damn good team. The tag team ripped up the Ultra Worldwide tent on Sunday, March 17, as they made their debut at Ultra Music Festival as Dog Blood. The set was killer and it was a treat since they were only on the lineup for the first weekend. Needless to say, festival goers had quite an experience to watch Skrillex drop the bass alongside his other half; Boys Noize who brought his signature beats.