Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Future Has Reached It's Climax

Bass artist xx72xx released his debut EP "Climax" last month & it can best be described as futuristic, dark & cinematic. Fans of Future Garage and artists such as Burial that like thier music w/ a dark haunting vibe should check this out today. Get it on iTunes or Band Camp now!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Meet Avicii

Avicii’s has become one of the most admired and famous DJ’s on the planet. Some of his chart-topping mega hits include “Seek Bromance”, “My Feelings For You”, “Fade into Darkness”, and of course “Levels”. He reached #6 in the ‘DJ Magazines Top 100’ 2011 poll and in 2009, and was crowned “Breakthrough Producer/DJ of the Year” in DJ Magazine’s ‘Top 100’ special edition. “Levels” had 20 million YouTube hits even before it’s official release and he started a podcast by the same name. Avicii has headlined colossal events such as Tomorrowland, Dance Valley, Street Parade, IDentity Festival and of course Ultra Music Festival. Avicii's from Sweden which is in Europe which is where many of the hottest DJ's are at right now so check him out!

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Meet Skrillex:2012 Grammy-Nominee DJ

On a cool February evening in downtown New York City, a deluge of fans are packed against the glass of a trendy clothing store to see DJ phenom Skrillex. Earlier that day, black, medallion-like credentials were hand-delivered to attendees. One side bore the DJ’s logo; the other, a cryptic message to meet at the store and “BE BLINDFOLDED & DRIVEN TO A SECRET LOCATION.”

"Nobody knows what’s going on, but it’s going to be epic!” exclaims Annie, a 23-year-old elfin woman with pink bunny ears, two-rainbow hula-hoops slung over her shoulder like nightclub ammunition, and ripped fishnets. She took off work that evening to see Skrillex.
After collecting our blindfolds and being shepherded on buses, we’re driven to the secret location, blindfolds are removed, and we’re guided down a set of dark stairs only to be greeted by a bizarre shirtless man in an animal fur hat grunting and lighting small fires on the floor with a tube of kerosene. Walk a few steps further and there’s a topless woman covered in candle wax and a contortionist. Inside the caliginous lounge, there are lasers illuminating walls covered in graffiti, and staffers donning masquerade masks.

Just after midnight, Skrillex emerges and takes the reins behind the DJ booth. “MY NAME IS SKRILLEX!” he screams to wild applause, before dropping a remix of his genre-mashing dubstep anthem “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” that has racked up 62 million views on YouTube, and counting. With each wobbly, distorted bass riff and womp-womp-womp robotic fluctuation, bodies explode in epileptic fits.
In the DJ booth, Skrillex is a man possessed. His alert eyes dart back and forth between his laptop and MIDI controller like a cat on speed as he peers through oversized (prescription) nerd glasses obscuring his Corey Feldman-esque mug. Hopping back-and-forth behind a plethora of machinery, his elbows flail about in every direction like a hyphy dancer—furiously twisting knobs and pressing buttons—while his long, greasy black mane dances in the air to the music. Amid the controlled chaos, his intense gaze is broken only when he manages to stop every few moments and acknowledge the crowd with an arm wave or a shout of, “WHAT’S UP NEW YORK CITY!”

Earlier that day at a hotel in Midtown Manhattan, Skrillex is hunched over in a booth, sipping on a pineapple-grapefruit juice (he doesn’t do drugs, instead subsisting on a diet of sugar-free Red Bull and vodka).
“I passed out in the cab over here,” he says between yawns.
Given his non-stop touring schedule (322 performances in 2011 alone) and tireless work ethic (tinkering with new tracks in hotel rooms till the sun comes up), the diminutive mix-master is understandably exhausted.

Sonny Moore, 24, has been producing and performing electronic music under the alias Skrillex since 2008. The name, he says, is something he created phonetically and proceeded to use as his email handle. He’s been called the Quentin Tarantino of dance music, pulling from a variety of different genres—dubstep, euro house, trance—and creating demented electro tapestries. Sunny melodies are interrupted by violent wobble bass drops, robotic yelps, and shrieking glitches with the cumulative effect of an aural spinal tap.
In the past year, however, Skrillex has experienced a meteoric rise—emerging as the de facto poster child for the recent dance craze stateside.


With no major label marketing machine behind him, the surge in popularity was accomplished in true DIY fashion: through incessant touring and Internet word-of-mouth. He’s released four EPs over the Internet, the most recent of which is titled Bangarang. His YouTube videos get tens of millions of views. Facebook singled him out as one of the year’s most prolific artists, boasting two of the top six most-played songs on the social network. He’s one of the stars of director Amir Bar-Lev’s (The Tillman Story) music documentary RE:GENERATION, in theaters Feb. 16. And the cherry on top: he’s not only been nominated for five Grammy Awards—tied with music luminaries Radiohead and Lil Wayne for the third most of any musical act—including Best New Artist, but also has become the literal poster child for the Grammy Awards ceremony on Feb. 12.
“It has been great to see Skrillex come through over the last year,” Tiësto, a world-renowned Dutch DJ, told The Daily Beast. “He has brought a new fresh energy to dance music—inspiring up-and-coming producers as well as bringing a new audience to the scene.”

However, a handful of bloggers and electronic musicians from across the pond—where dubstep, the genre Skrillex most frequently toils in, originated in the late ‘90s—have taken issue with the DJ’s ascent. His detractors have dubbed his music “brostep” or “bruvstep”—a male-centric American style that they claim is akin to metal music, emphasizing middle-register sounds and characterized by aggressive timbres. “It’s like someone screaming in your face for an hour,” said Rusko, an acclaimed British dubstep DJ, in an interview with BBC Radio 1.

“What are we gonna do, form a united front against Skrillex?” said Skream, a British DJ regarded as the founding father of dubstep, in an interview with The Quietus. “It’s just bitchiness, it really is. You haven’t got to like his music, you don’t particularly have to like him, but there’s no reason you can’t like what he’s done—he’s smashed it. He’s up for five Grammys.”

Avicii, a rising star in the DJ scene from Sweden whose catchy song “Levels” is currently playing in taxi cabs across New York City, agrees with Skream, telling The Daily Beast: “Sonny is a very determined and passionate soul. His complete domination of an entire electronic sub-genre that he became the named leader of proves just how resourceful and respected he is.”

The other major misconception that bugs Skrillex, he says, is when people claim he received a record-label makeover similar to much-maligned pop star Lana Del Rey. “That pisses me off ‘cause nobody gave me anything,” says Skrillex. “People think that a label came in, scooped me up, and created an image to sell to people. That couldn’t be further from the truth.” After discovering he was adopted in 2004, a then 16-year-old Moore ran off to Georgia and auditioned to be the guitarist for the screamo band, From First to Last—a group of Hot Topic-clad fellas rocking piercings and flat-ironed hair. He instead assumed the role of singer until leaving the group in 2007.

“[The adoption] tripped me out and I kind of went off and buried myself in the band and making music for a while, writing a lot of lyrics about being adopted,” said Skrillex. “I was too young to know about being a part of a band and the whole process.”

Skrillex, who has since made up with his adoptive parents, decided he wanted to be a DJ after witnessing Daft Punk—and their massive, monolithic DJ pyramid—at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in 2007. And he now sports a new, distinctive look—or more specifically, haircut. It’s an asymmetrical ‘do that’s shaved on the left, parted on the right, and has inspired a popular parody blog called Girls That Look Like Skrillex featuring young emo girls mimicking his signature hairstyle. Skrillex thinks the blog is “hilarious” and says he was simply bored in his hotel room a few years ago and decided to shave the side of his head. “It wasn’t a ‘look’ I was going for,” he says, “It just happened.”

When he wants to observe his fans up close, Skrillex says, he has a little trick he likes to employ at shows: he’ll tuck his hair under his ubiquitous hoodie and remove his glasses—creating a “unabomber” look—and wander about in the crowd.
And the fans, meanwhile, have spoken. In less than two years, Skrillex has gone from playing for hundreds in cramped L.A. clubs to landing headlining slots at major dance festivals—including this past summer’s Electric Daisy Carnival, which attracted an estimated 185,000 people. His recent Mothership Tour saw the DJ dazzle crowds in the tens of thousands using cutting-edge, motion-capture technology featuring gigantic projections of monsters, robots, and skeletons mimicking his movements. He’s been asked to remix several tracks by Gaga, and Kanye West recently called his Grammy-nominated remix of Benny Benassi’s “Cinema,” “one of the greatest works of art ever made.”

“Skrillex is a revolutionary, ground-breaking artist who is really good for the electronic-music genre and makes great-sounding music,” said his RE:GENERATION co-star, Ken Jordan, who is one-half of the acclaimed electronic act The Crystal Method.
Thanks to the influence of DJs like Skrillex, America has gone completely gaga for dance music. Once relegated to the nightclub circuit, euro-house acts like David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia are now selling out arenas such as Madison Square Garden. And the line between pop and dance is continually being blurred. Currently, three of the top 10 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 are considered dance music—

Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” produced by DJ Calvin Harris; “Turn Me On” by David Guetta; and “Sexy and I Know It” by dance-pop group LMFAO. Even tween pop star Justin Bieber is said to be experimenting with dubstep on his upcoming album.
“My music doesn’t really fit into what people think of as ‘pop music,’ and it’s not made for the radio,” said Skrillex. “It’s made for the shows.”

When the interview ends, Skrillex pops up from his chair, and says his goodbyes. After quickly packing up my things, I look up to see that he’s waiting at the hotel elevator all the way across the hall. He’s got a mini-studio in one of the suites upstairs and he’s eager to lay down some new tracks.

-Hot 1000

Special thanks to Daily Beast, Sexy Beast, and Marlow Stern.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2012 New Album Previews

Leona Lewis
Title: Glassheart | Release Date: TBA

Ryan Tedder, Dallas Austin and Fraser T. Smith are among the writer/producers who have already contributed to "Glassheart," the third studio set from U.K. singer Leona Lewis ( @leonalewismusic), who got her start after winning the third season of "The X Factor." To whet fans' appetite, Lewis released the Smith-produced EP "Hurt" in December, although none of the tracks are expected to appear on the coming album. Work on the project is ongoing.

Title: Ludaversal | Release Date: 1st Quarter

Billed as a sequel to sixth album "Theater of the Mind," which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, rapper/actor Christopher " Ludacris" Bridges' eighth studio album will be his first release since his chart-topping 2010 effort, "Battle of the Sexes." The project, originally said to be a late-2011 release, will feature production by the Neptunes. "People have an idea of who I am but they still don't know me," says Ludacris ( @ludacris), who recently appeared in the film "New Year's Eve." "I have different fans because I'm so versatile. Some fans want to listen to a certain type of Ludacris and others want to listen to another type. I want to incorporate everything everyone wants to hear from me and add more on Ludaversal."

Esperanza Spalding
Title: Radio Music Society | Release Date: March 20

As Esperanza Spalding ( @espespalding) prepares for her first Heads Up International album since becoming the first jazz artist to win the best new artist Grammy Award, she says it's music for the non-jazz listener that provides a foundation for jazz artists to express themselves. "It intrigues me to think about different presentation approaches while writing each kind of song," the Portland, Ore.-based bassist/composer said in a statement. "On the pop song side, I think about listeners who aren't into jazz." For her new album (her fourth), Spalding recorded with saxophonist Joe Lovano, keyboardist Leo Genovese and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington; guests include Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart, Lionel Loueke, Lalah Hathaway and teenage horn players from the American Music Program. Rapper/producer Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest) is featured on two songs, which he also produced.

Title: "M.D.N.A." | Release Date: March

Madonna scored her first top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1983 with "Holiday" -- and she's been on the move ever since. One of the music industry's few career artists, the singer/songwriter/producer/entrepreneur -- in tandem with longtime manager Guy Oseary ( @guyoseary) -- possesses an innate sense when it comes to reading the pulse of the industry and what her fans want.

Following November rumors, it was formally announced in December that the singer had inked a three-album pact with Interscope -- at a base of $1 million per album. This is in addition to her continuing the 10-year multirights album deal with Live Nation signed in 2007, which is reported to be worth as much as $100 million.

During her three-decade career, Madonna's Nielsen SoundScan-era (1991-present) U.S. album sales stand at 26.9 million, and she holds the record for the most successful tour by a solo artist, according to Billboard Boxscore. The seven-time Grammy Award winner is also a Rock and Roll of Fame inductee. Her last album, 2008's Hard Candy, debuted at No. 1 in 27 countries.

The first studio album under Madonna's new pact -- and first since leaving longtime label Warner Bros. after Hard Candy -- will be released in late March. The yet-untitled set finds Madonna collaborating with producers Martin Solveig and William Orbit. Through spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg, Madonna told Billboard that she's "thrilled" to be collaborating again with Orbit, who co-produced her 1998 album, "Ray of Light."

Also in December, the singer completed the Megaforce-directed video for the new album's first single, "Gimme All Your Luvin'." Featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., the single arrives the last week of January -- just ahead of Madonna's buzzed-about performance at Super Bowl XLVI's halftime show on Feb. 5. With Cirque du Soleil, Moment Factory and Jamie King in tow as collaborators, the performance is sure to be memorable.

Frankie J
Title: TBA | Release Date: Summer

In 2005, Frankie J ( @therealfrankiej) reached a bilingual, bicultural audience with his 2005 breakout album "The One," which hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Now, he's signed to Universal Music Latino and set to release his new Spanish-language album this summer. "He'll display a more pop-leaning vein that will surprise his fans and open new markets," Universal managing director Luis Estrada says, noting that Frankie J either wrote or co-wrote most of the tracks on the new collection. According to Estrada, the album will be released simultaneously in Mexico, Central America and the United States with a first single slated for the first quarter.

Mariah Carey
Title: TBA | Release Date: TBA

In September Mariah Carey posted a picture to her Twitter account ( @mariahcarey, 5 million-plus followers) hinting that she was back in the studio with Jermaine Dupri. If the song backing her new Jenny Craig commercial is any indication of the direction of the new album, expect another winner from the best-selling artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era.

Taio Cruz
Title: TY.O | Release Date: Early Spring

The third album from U.K. hitmaker Taio Cruz ( @taiocruz)and his second on Mercury/Island Def Jam (the first, "Rockstarr," peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and featured the hit "Dynamite" ), "TY.O" goes even deeper into dance territory, firmly establishing Cruz as the voice of the high-energy radio anthem. Dr. Luke is behind three cuts on the new set, including first single "Hangover" with Flo Rida. "TY.O" also includes "Little Bad Girl," which first appeared on producer David Guetta's "Nothing But the Beat," and one of the first pop production stints by members of Swedish House Mafia, who co-wrote and produced two tracks including next single "Troublemaker."

Frank Ocean
Title: TBA | Release Date: TBA

Singer/songwriter and Odd Future affiliate Frank Ocean ( @frank_ocean) self-released his mixtape Nostalgia, ultra. on his Tumblr ( early last year. The set spawned the top 20 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs hit "Novacane" (No. 17 peak) and helped Ocean land appearances on Jay-Z and Kanye West's chart-topping "Watch the Throne," work writing for Beyoncé's "4" and the cover of the Fader. Little is known about the sound and shape of the New Orleans native's coming debut except that West reportedly asked to work on it, a request Ocean has so far denied.

Title: Trouble Man | Release Date: Summer

After serving a 10-month prison sentence for probation violation (his second 10-month jail stint in as many years), Grammy Award-winning rapper Clifford "T.I." Harris is set to return with his eighth studio album, Trouble Man. "I'm taking myself out of my element," T.I. ( @tip) said in November of the album, his first since 2010's "No Mercy," which bowed at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. "This is the first project where I'm talking about things that I've experienced before that I'm not necessarily experiencing now because I'm not doing a whole lot of partying." T.I. has released a pair of singles reportedly featured on the album - " I'm Flexin'," featuring Big K.R.I.T., and "Hear Ye' Hear Ye'," featuring Pharrell Williams - but neither has yet to make a significant impact on the charts. T.I. released the free mixtape "F*ck Da City Up" at midnight on New Year's Eve.
Title: TBA | Release Date: Spring

Originally titled "Shock Value III," Timbaland's fourth solo album will find the rapper/producer "getting back to his roots but still keeping an international appeal," manager Marcus Spence says. The project is Timbaland's first album since 2009's "Shock Value II" and will feature appearances by frequent Timbaland ( @timbaland) collaborators Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake as well as Benny Benassi. "[Timbaland] has a catalog of music that he's recorded already, [including] collaborations like 'Break Your Back,' featuring Missy Elliott and Dev, and 'Red Bone,' featuring [Timbaland's brother] Sebastian and Petey Pablo," Spence says. A single, "Pass at Me," appeared last October but has yet to chart. 

Title: TBA | Release Date: Late Spring

Garbage ( @garbage) drummer Butch Vig says the band's still-untitled fifth album is complete and will likely be released in late April or early May. The new set-which he says conjures dark vibes reminiscent of Garbage's first two albums, 1995's self-titled debut and 1998's "Version 2.0" - will be released on the band's own label, whose tentative name is Stun Volume. "We got some offers from some majors, but at this point I feel it's better for us to control exactly what we want to do and not have to deal with any other corporate decisions," says Vig, whose other bandmates are vocalist Shirley Manson, bassist Duke Erikson and guitarist Steve Marker. Garbage's last album, 2001's Bleed Like Me (Almo Sounds/Geffen/Interscope), debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 284,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Vig says that songs on the new album feature elements of electronica, big beats, noisy guitars, punk riffs and atmospheric film moments. "When we started recording last February, we embraced who we are," he says. "We have an identity when the four of us make music together, and I think these days it's good to have a strong identity."

Nicki Minaj
Title: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded | Rel. Date: Feb. 14

The follow-up to her chart-topping 2010 debut, "Pink Friday," which bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, launched the most charting singles (eight) from a female rap album in Billboard's history and has sold 1.7 million copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan), Nicki Minaj's ( @nickiminaj) sophomore project, named after alter-ego Roman Zolanski, has already produced two Hot 100 songs, "Roman in Moscow" and "Stupid Hoe." Minaj, who was named the 2011 Rising Star at Billboard's Women in Music event, described the new album as "grimy" in an onstage conversation with ABC's Robin Roberts at the December gala.

Tim McGraw
Title: Emotional Traffic | Release Date: Jan. 24

This album goes on sale TODAY. For better or worse, the two decade musical union between Tim McGraw and Curb Records comes to an end. But, it ends with quite a musical bang. The uplifting "Better Than I Used To Be" has already made an impact at radio and on the Country Songs chart. The disc also features a surprise of sorts - R&B star Ne-Yo on the cut "Only Human." Wife Faith Hill appears on the album, and there's also a songwriting collaboration with one of Nashville's other top female vocalists - Martina McBride on "I Will Not Fall Down," which the two co-penned with the Warren Brothers. Other key cuts include "Halo," "Touchdown Jesus," and the powerful "Die By My Own Hand."

Paul McCartney
Title: Kisses On The Bottom | Release Date: Feb. 7

Paul McCartney's follow-up to "Memory Almost Full" has been described as a collection of classic songs that inspired the songwriting of the Beatles legend, and on "Kisses On The Bottom," the singer will reinterpret tracks made popular by Sam Cooke ("Home (When Shadows Fall)"), Ella Fitzgerald ("It's Only a Paper Moon") and Danny Kaye ("The Inch Worm"), among others. The  album title comes from the lyrics of Fats Waller's 1935 hit "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself a Letter," which serves as the opening track on McCartney's album.

McCartney ( @paulmccartney) recorded his versions of the classic tracks at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, New York and London last year with producers Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall. The album will feature two new collaborations: "My Valentine" with Eric Clapton, and "Only Our Hearts" with Stevie Wonder.

No Doubt
Title: TBA | Release Date: TBA

In September, Southern California rock act No Doubt ( @nodoubt) announced on its website that its long-awaited new studio album wouldn't be ready for 2011. About two months later, singer Gwen Stefani tweeted enthusiastically about listening to "the new no doubt record." Whenever the project arrives, it'll be the band's sixth studio set and first since 2001's "Rock Steady," which has sold 2.8 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Special thanks to Billboard
-Hot 1000


Norah Jones Teams Up with Danger Mouse for 'Broken Hearts' Album

Norah Jones has teamed up with super-producer Danger Mouse for the official follow-up to 2009's "The Fall." "Little Broken Hearts," the singer-songwriter's fifth full-length, will be released this spring on Blue Note/EMI.

Jones and Danger Mouse (real name: Brian Burton) recorded the album at Burton's Los Angeles studio last fall after Jones contributed vocals to Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi's "Rome" project last year. "Little Broken Hearts" was entirely produced by Danger Mouse and co-written by Jones and Danger Mouse, and the pair also handled the majority of the instrumentals.

According to a press release, Jones plans to tour "extensively" in 2012, and the singer-songwriter has already announced a pair of dates: June 29 at the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater in Rochester, N.Y., and Aug. 10 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Jones' last full tour came in 2010, when she supported "The Fall" with a 74-date world trek.

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of Jones' debut, "Come Away With Me," which won the Album of the Year trophy at the 2003 Grammys and has sold 10.8 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In 2010, the singer released "...Featuring," a compilation album that featured collaborations with the Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams and Q-Tip, among others. Meanwhile, Danger Mouse recently provided production for the Black Keys' latest, "El Camino," which sat at No. 3 on last week's Billboard 200 albums chart.

-Hot 1000