Have a good Sunday. Getting back from my trip just now so sorry for not posting much in the past couple days. Enjoy this long house mix, I love these things.
Today I have to talk about one of the most fundamental, serious, and earliest decisions a musician needs to make. That is: what name are they going to take when they perform or produce? Many people choose to simply go by their name. There is nothing wrong with that. Really, you cannot pick a bad name. It is how you choose to express yourself and the image you want to portray. However, I wanted to write about this because I feel like there are several artists in the EDM community that have gotten extremely creative with the name they choose to step on stage with. Be it funny, intense, or just really clever, I bring you the Top 5 Names In The EDM World, as decided by me.
Jose Guerrero from L.A. is a producer who specializes in Moombahton and is heavily influenced by bass. I like his name because it matches his style, getting in your face and explosive. Using the exclamation points is an added bonus.
His remix of Lana Del Ray is really fucking good – and has already hit 144k plays on SoundCloud in just NINE DAYS. Do you understand how good this mix is? You will once you click play.
Bro Safari, What a dope name. Just like a bro going on a safari what’s not to like? It’s like, “Hey, bro, jump in my Jeep and lets go scout out some trill music on the plains of EDM. I don’t fucking know. I’ve never been much for his music, but that is just me. It seems to never develop enough, and that goofy face he puts on all of his artwork haunts my dreams… Bro Safari often pairs up with UFO for some intense trap mixes. Hear one here.
Paying tribute to the amazing R.L. Stein who made me a pro pants shitter when I was a kid, RL Grime puts out the dirty beats that could probably scare small children still. But I dont hate it. They’re dope. He just released his new EP, High Beams. The cover art sticks to the Goosebumps tribute.
Paying tribute to the classic amazing movie Pulp Fiction. That’s how you get to #2 on my list. Not to mention being one of my favorite artists. How do you do that? Oh that’s easy just remix a track like Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”. Some of the heaviest and best DnB this side of the sun. This is a track that has me relaxed. Completely and absolutely relaxed. While still on edge and feeling the DnB rhythms racing through start to finish. It’s a nice break from the trap and house overhauls that I’ve been through lately. Fuck yeah Zeds Dead, baby.
Rell The Soundbender
This name is number one to me because just imagine actually having the ability to bend sound to your will and how much more intense that would make the music you listen to? That would hands down be one of the coolest things in the world – since music has influenced me so much. Plus Rell is a really cool name. On top of that, Rell backs up his title by bending some intense beats into your ear receptacles. Specially this collab he did with Far East Movement – Ain’t Coming Down. Last, who the hell hasn’t watched “Avatar: The Last Airbender”? Seriously, if you haven’t then get over yourself and do it. Clearly influenced the name choice.
If you disagree? This is America go right on ahead. Better yet, suggest some names in the comments section that I passed up.
Cal Strange coming in hot from over the pond in the UK. The track name says it all. FIREEEEEE. If you don’t believe me give it about 12 seconds into the song. Jai Deezy also kills the vocals, and he definitely sounds a lot like Borgore. The best part is you think it’s winding down around 2:15 and it just kicks right back up. I love tracks that find a way to do that. Check it out fuckers.
To wake you up this morning I chose to share Panda Waves – The White Panda’s podcast. They switch up their usual style to bring you a podcast featuring their favorite tracks – most of which you probably haven’t heard before. This is a great opportunity to delve deep into Electro, House, Dance, and some other genres to find new content. Enjoy. Also a smart alternative to Caribou Coffee, which seemed like a good idea 15 minutes ago, but now I can’t stop shaking hahaha.
Have a good day.
Minimal – but still something cool. Thought I’d share with you all.
Context: He announced his first arena show in PA and I asked him if he liked the idea of playing in an arena, or if it felt more distant from the fans and less interactive/intense. Didn’t expect a response but hey, cool! I feel like EDM is a scene where you can actually interact with the “famous” and the “celebrities” because it is on the front lines of technology, making it a lot more personal despite there being hundreds of thousands of people in the culture. It is pretty cool if you ask me.
Let me start out by saying that I do not think ALL the artists I am about to mention are idiots. I think some are brilliant and know how to work the system. They have built an image of straight ignorance that has them rolling in dough and probably hooking up with your girlfriend, if they wanted to. Who am I talking about? I am talking about rappers like 2Chainz, Trinidad James, Waka Flocka, Chief Keef, and I guess you could stretch and include crews like A$AP and OFWGKTA but I think they actually have messages to send and are not ignorant.
See like this kind of ignorance:
But see people like Chief Keef worry me since people are actually concerned he may be handicapped. Then there is 2Chainz who is hands down my favorite rapper in the game right now. Such sick beats, such witty/funny/ignorant lyrics, and just that I don’t care personality. But it’s totally a show, which is perfect. He isn’t a poser, he isn’t a fake, he is a genius. 2Chainz was an honor roll student. People WANT THE GUY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT.
Shit, maybe “ignorant” is not even the right word to use, but basically the music I am trying to get you to picture is shit that just makes you want to jump around and get hype and go wild. Almost like that one track:
But you know that one is done right, when you bring in Skrillex on the production like what else do you need…
Either way I am here to talk about trap remixes of these already dope songs. Most of them are GOD AWFUL. Like I get that usually so far on this blog all I have done is put people on, like praised you for your talents. But there comes a time when trap enthusiasts need to sit down and remember that just anybody can sit down and make a track. I am not just shitting on the entire discography of the guys I am going to feature today – but as previously discussed each trap remix of a track needs something different. Some tracks need more work and others only need to be slightly changed up to make for an amazing remix.
I really love that ignorant rap. That’s why I want the trap remixes to do it justice – to enhance it and make the experience better for the listener, who it’s all for in the first place.
So first we have Spenca and AFK remixing 2Chainz – I’m Different. They slow down the song, which bores me. Then they try to hype it up with some low drums in the back, and lay this loud horn beat over it for the “drop”. I don’t want to hear your loud horn. Then when they bring it back, it’s just more of the chorus. I want to hear 2Chainz. I just want you to hype me up for it. And this track is just lackluster like it doesn’t have it.
Then we’ve got KMillz Remixing Chief Keef – Don’t Like. It’s deceptive. It actually is really really good in the beginning. The beat gets you going. You’re ready to kirk out with possibly the most ignorant man in the game. The guy singing about macaroni. Then KMillz just ruins his own track by changing the tempo, the pitch, and cutting the song so hard that you literally can’t understand or enjoy anything. I had to turn it off.
But I will leave you with DJ Carnage and Protohype. That is how you do it! We need more like Carnage and HEROESxVILLAINS who can do this genre justice. Carnage just takes the drop on Trinidad James – All Gold Everything, and lets you enjoy the lyrics, while speeding up the beat, boosting the bass, and making you want to kick holes right through the closest wall you can find. I might need to see an anger counselor.
My last request: Like if I were to die today, someone – preferrably someone I trust like Carnage or HxV, please remix Feds Watchin’ by 2Chainz and make it amazing.
Well pretty much everything.
This hour long mix brings you sounds from all over. He throws Linkin Park in there at one point, it’s amazing and has put the past hour of work behind me – thank god.