MSTRKRFT proves that the use of vowels is utterly overrated and quirky minds can create awesome thump music. From their overall look right on down to their sound, the Canadian twosome, JFK and AL-P, somewhat play the role of anti-superstar DJ-producers while taking complete solace in the savage art of wrecking dance floors, crowds and stages.
Don’t let the purple dinosaur suit fool you: Mochipet’s tricked-out tunes of bass-knockin’ bravado have much to be desired. The gifted one’s musical color palette wouldn’t be a single color out of a Crayola box–it would be one of the crayon company’s popular spin-off products, Crayola Changeables, where the colors actually, uh, for lack of a better explanation, change color.
Solid credentials and a perfectionist’s attitude have allowed Mike D to remain one of the city’s power-player DJs. Remixes he’s done for Cash Out, Kirko Bangz and One Direction have resonated well outside of the cozy confines of the state while his revamped rendition of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” helped the song reach the No.
If doing it for the love translates to going all out for the culture, as far as cultural merit is concerned for DJs Revise and Une, in island hip hop they trust. The two friends join forces Saturday as decks will be wrecked and a scene will fully unite for a fundraiser-showcase event in support of Na Hokuhanohano Hip Hop Album of the Year nominees Navid Najafi, Tripple Los and Slapp Symphony.
Toss around titles–co-founder of Beatport, founding father of the mixtape and pioneer of the Chicago house sound–and you get just a taste of the DJ-producer legend, Bad Boy Bill. In a career full of groundbreaking achievements, the Chi-Town native’s power-packed sets–whether it’s a mashed up remix or a sickly produced original with ill-timed scratches–are always the main course he offers for audio-consumption.
The late Larry Levan’s soulful disco grooves at the New York City dance club Paradise Garage mark a time in dance music history that essentially helped pave the way for pop music’s current infatuation with electronic beats and superstar DJs. The folks at Thirtyninehotel intend to bring the distinct vibe of Paradise Garage this Friday with a special one-of-a-kind event to celebrate Levan’s legacy and the famed discotheque he called home.
On house music, DJ and producer Marques Wyatt has been quoted saying it’s more than just a musical genre– it’s like “experiencing God.” Nothing blasphemous about his statement when you hear the Santa Monica native reign his club banging beats at Lotus Downtown this weekend as if from the heavens above. The legendary Wyatt, who’s been spinning in LA clubs since the mid-‘80s, was one of the first during the time to start a house music night.
If you appreciate really great DJs, the folks at Red Bull have a doozy of an event for you. The DJ spotlight will shine ever so brightly on SoHo for the Red Bull Thr3estyle DJ battle competition in what’s becoming the premier international DJ contest of its kind with eight of Oahu’s elite who plan on bringing it for a chance to win a spot at the preliminaries in Los Angeles next month.