Friday, 1 February 2013

Excision




With a work ethic as relentless as his music, Excision, has been influencing and defining Dubstep for as long as it has existed in North America, often touted as one of the founding fathers of the genre as we know it. He has tirelessly brought us sold out tours, countless releases, the Rottun Records label, an extensive merch line, and the highly anticipated Shambhala yearly mix. Only ever outdone by himself, one has to wonder… What next?

The Executioner

Canadian bass boss, Excision, is once again locked and loaded, ready to rattle your ribs on his 2013 Executioner tour.  Hitting the road with PaperDiamond and Vaski, the Executioner tour is set to shake the foundation of 53 venues, and bass music as we know it.

Try to imagine 40 arena class intelligent lights, 100,000 watts of PK sound, fused perfectly to the most progressive video mapping technology available, projected by the worlds most advanced 3D projector, aimed at a massive 420 square foot mechanical bunker, housing Excision himself. Got it? Maybe this will help…


Check Tour Dates HERE


Destroid



Friday, 2 November 2012

Mat the Alien




If Mat the Alien truly is an alien, he is more than welcome to stay.


Born in the UK,  Mat grew up in his family’s record store,  which opened when he was just 4.  Music was always a big part of Mat’s life, but it wasn’t until he moved to Canada in the mid 90’s that he began to hone his skills on the turntables.  Lead to Whistler by his other passion, snowboarding, Mat found himself playing to varied crowds of people visiting the snow-sport destination from all over the world. It was playing regular club nights in Whistler that Mat adapted and originated to create his style, unique to his ability to seamlessly blend a massive list of genres like Dub, Dancehall, Hip-hop, breaks, rock, funk and DnB, with unparalleled mixing, driven by earth shaking basslines.


In recognition of his considerable musical talent and unique selection, Mat has landed regular nights in Vegas and spots on massive festivals like Ultra in Miami and Shambala in B.C.  Mat has clocked many miles on his spaceship, travelling the world over, with shows in the Philippines, Moscow, Seoul Korea, England, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Iceland,Italy and almost every city you can think of in North America.  


Confirmation of Mat’s astounding genre-blind abilities is the list of artists he has played alongside. Far too long to list in its entirety, here is a sample selection: A-trak,  Baauer , Bassnectar, Caspa , Cut Chemist , Datsik, Doctor P, Downlink, Jack Beats,  Jurassic 5, Kid Koala, Mix Master Mike, No Fx, Roots Manuva , Rusko, Snoop Dogg, 2 Live Crew , Naughty By Nature, The Glitch Mob, Talib Kweli and Zeds Dead.

Mat the Alien seems to have more hours in a day than us humans. With over a decade of touring and gigging all while producing and remixing incredible tracks. He has also found time to run and operate Really Good Records, and revolutionize turntablism with Mat’sMat’s slipmat for 45’s. Tirelessly creating and innovating,  it is safe to say Mat the Aliens talents are out of this world.

Head over to Mat The Alien on soundcloud to grab some free tracks HERE

Grab Merch HERE

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Shiny Toy Guns



In 2002, Carah Faye Charnow (vocals), Chad Petree (vocals, guitar), Jeremy Dawson (synth, bass) and Mikey Martin (drums) became Shiny Toy Guns.

With a unique indie-rock meets synth-pop sound, and a mad max approach to touring (touted as the first band to tour Alaska by ground), Shiny Toy Guns had already been touring for 2 years before their re-worked  studio release of  “We Are Pilots” in 2006. The Album earned the quartet a Grammy nomination, and a number of hit singles, including “Le disko”, “Rainy Monday” and “You are the One”, all of which remain a staple in the soundtrack of my life.


The group kept busy in 2008 and 2009 releasing “Season of Poison”; which featured hit singles “Ricochet and “Ghost Town” as well as a compilation album “Girls Le Disko”  featuring collaborations with some of EDMs most notable artists like HervĂ©, Ferry Corsten,  and Kissy Sell Out. 

The group went on to find their music in an unbelievable number of placements in film, television and videogames.  Over the recent years, I have been able to find Shiny Toy Guns signature sound everywhere, including games like Guitar Hero and Grand Theft Auto,  A Smurfs feature film, and countless network television shows like Gossip Girl,  Ugly Betty and Dancing with the Stars.  Most noteably was a Lincoln MKZ as, which featured their rendition of the ’80s classic “Major Tom (Coming Home), which won awards in the ad community, and garnered over 600,000 digital sales of the song.




Today, I find myself, looking down the barrel of a Shiny Toy Guns third studio album, simply titled “III”.  This album marks the return of the original members, and has Shiny Toy Guns fans, like myself, feverishly monitoring the countdown they have posted on their official website.  If the singles “Fading and Listening” and “Waiting Alone” are any indication of what to expect, I will undoubtedly be prepared to make room in my life soundtrack for more Shiny Toy Guns.

You can pre-order their new album and merch HERE

Available at: http://www.kt8merch.com/store/pages/5098

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Datsik



The Canadian producer and DJ Troy Beetles, better known as Datsik, is set to Embark on the FirePower tour.  Let me tell you why you should care.

With the recent and ever-growing success of dubstep in the world of EDM and beyond, it’s easy to find yourself lost amidst a sea of DJs, producers and remixes.  Sorting the good from the bad is as simple as listening to everything and picking out the best, I'm just trying to save you some time.  If you can’t take my word for it, there is no doubt Datsik’s resume and references will convince you; our home grown Kelowna boy is at the top of the bass game.



Datsik aka Troy Beetles
Kelowna, BC
Age: 24

Work History: 2009 - Present

After collaborating with fellow Canadian Excision on several noteable tracks, 
Dastik stormed Beatports’ hot list with several #1 releases including remixes 
of The Crystal Method, Wu-Tang, Noisia and Diplo

Datsik’s undeniably addictive blend of future-tech and hip-hop lead to shows
all over North America, playing with the likes of Steve Aoki, Rusko, 
Bassnectar, Skream, DJ Craze and Nero, at festivals like Coachella, Electric 
Daisy Carnival and the World Electronic Music Festival.

In 2012, Datsik released Vitamin D, on Dim Mak Records, founded by the 
eminent Steve Aoki  himself in LA. This record featured 12 tracks of 
absolutely punishing bass with guest artists like Downlink, Z-Trip, Infected 
Mushroom, Jonathan Davis, Messinian, and Snak the Ripper.
               
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The days spent sifting through records at a store looking for a gem are all but gone, replaced by a Blogs, Beatport, hypeM, and Juno all pushing a million artists from a trillion genres.  Save yourself some precious time and get some Datsik on your headphones.  Once you are hooked, go have your ribs rattled and retina ripped by 50,000 watts of PK sound married to the Visual Vortex live on the Firepower Tour with Getter and Bare Noize.

Click HERE for Tour Dates

Click HERE for Merch





Thursday, 2 August 2012

Prepare to be Shpongled!




Simon Posford and Raja Ram are the musical minds behind Shpongle.  The project has been captivating listeners since 1996 with an undeniably unique blend of eastern ethnic samples masterfully fused with western synth based psychedelic music.  Their unique sound is perhaps best described in Shpongle’s own words:

“A strange hybrid of electronic manipulation and shamanic midgets with frozen digits squeezing the envelope and crawling through the doors of perception”

1998 marked the release of their first album “Are you Shpongled” which justly landed the duo at the forefront of the psychedelic trance movement.  Posford’s  wizard like studio production provides synthesizers, and live instrumentation while Raja provides musical concepts, art, and the notable flute arrangements found in their work. Both Simon and Raja coordinate their talents when composing their sounds, stating, they often visualize the music together in its entirety before they even begin to compose a track. Rich with psychedelic hallucinatory references, conscious vocal samples and captivating sonic textures, it would be hard to imagine a live performance that could translate the complex layers of Shpongle’s music into a live performance… think again.





Shpongle has taken its live show from Tokyo to LA and everywhere in between, captivating audiences with sold out shows and an incomprehensibly elaborate musical and visual experience.  The Shpongletron Experience Tour, as seen above, was a truly unique musical, and visual experience.  Posford performs in a DJ booth surrounded by multiple custom-made, video-mapped projection surfaces, dancers and lights, while the audience,  adorned in psychedelic T-Shirts and Light Necklaces, are enchanted by the rhythm of Moroccan drums and diverse sound production.  It suffices to say, seeing Shpongle live is much more than a concert, it is truly an experience, which is why the announcement of a fall tour, entitle Shpongle Presents The Masquerade has fans so excited to get Shpongled!  Click HERE to see the tour dates. Click HERE to see their merch!

Monday, 30 July 2012



Ink, the people who brought you celebrated events like Labour of Love, Decadence and Freedom, have embarked on a mission to bring the biggest and best names in EDM to Toronto with Veld Festival.  The 2 day event kicks off on August 4th in Downsview Park, and will undoubtedly be the EDM highlight of the summer boasting an unrivalled, star studded line-up. Here is a teaser...





Steve Aoki
Founder of Dim Mak records, the label often accredited for launching the careers of bands like MSRTKRFT, Bloody Beetroots, The Kills, Block Party and many more, Steve Aoki will take the stage with his renowned stage presence, and a typically untypical set.  Expect raining Champagne and Crowd surfing…err… sailing, in actual boats.



Steve Angelo

Touted as the godfather of modern house, Steve Angelo’s music currently serves as club fuel worldwide.  His long and successful career is a testament to his unyielding work ethic and an astonishing ability to produce sounds that make standing still an impossible task.  One third of the universe’s most prominent electronic  trio, Sweedish House Mafia, Steve has infallibly filled any venue he has played,  and will certainly have the masses in Downsview sweating.






Bassnectar

After a summer of amassing enormous crowds at the nation’s top festivals including Coachella, Wakarusa, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and EDC Vegas, Lorin Ashton’s unwavering dedication to his open source style of genre bending entertainment will bring him to Veld to unleash Bassnectars’ crushingly heavy bass, juxtaposed by undeniably lush, refreshing, soundscapes.



Avicii

After a massive 2011, with smash hits like “my feelings for you” and club obliterator “levels” there is no doubt, 22 year old Tim Bergling is at the top of his game.   Headlining major EDM festivals through 2012, with special guests you may have heard of, like Madonna.  The “Swedish Wonder Kid” has been flexing his ability to pack the house all over the world.  This is Toronto’s chance to experience Avicii at the largest EDM show Canada has ever seen.





Deadmau5

After having his trademark Mau5head grace the cover of last month’s Rolling Stone magazine, labelling homegrown Joel Zimmerman aka Deadmau5 an A-list name in EDM would be an understatement.  Packing stadiums comes easy to the 28yr old these days.  Focused more on the live performance of his original material than simply a playlist of current club anthems has garnered a fiercely dedicated global fan base. Assembling his own music, live, choreographed with retina shattering visuals, designed and coded by himself, Joel has rightfully earned his spot as a headliner for the festival.





As the superstar line-up continues on and on with “house”hold names like Mord Fustang, Knife Party, Mark Oliver, Cazzette, we are left to wonder if the 572 acre Downsview Park is going to be able to contain the excitement.  If you haven’t already, get your tickets here and be ready for the 2 day sweat-fest with some fresh gear here


Friday, 6 July 2012

All Aboard!



Inspired by Janis Joplin’s Canadian train tour in the 70’s, with The Gratefull Dead and The Band, Grammy winning artist Skrillex, and some notable friends are set to choo choo across Canada spreading love and bass on an intensely anticipated summer tour dubbed the Full Flex Express Tour...



This past summer, Skrillex and friends climbed aboard a cruise ship in the Atlantic for a 3 day music festival called Holy Ship, complete with a stop at a private island for unbridled partying.  Shortly thereafter, Skrillex and Diplo announced their intentions for a train tour across Canada, with the intention of re-imagining performances and tours, throwing practicality to the side in favour of simply enjoying the ride.  

Diplo and Skrillex have invited some incredibly talented friends along; big bass duo Koan Sound, genre bending Pretty Lights, indie music’s sweetheart Grimes, and the enigmatic hip-hop producer Tokimonsta to name a few.  The artists will be travelling on a private train, meeting fans at stops  in Toronto, OttawaMontreal, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg, each with its own festival, each expecting tens of thousands in attendance. Take a listen below to some of the artists you will be seeing then get your tickets Here



Skrillex - Bangarang feat Sirah by Skrillex


Barely Standing feat. Datsik & Sabi by diplo


Look Who's Back feat. Foreign Beggars by KOAN Sound