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.
Cannot wait for this one. Tiesto sounds as good as he ever has. Coming your way August 12th. Enjoy.
This track dropped yesterday and has already made its waves around the EDM community. I can’t exaggerate that I have probably listened to it 20 times already. The production is flawless. It’s like the music itself has a message to bring and it delivers. I feel like the producers had this image of a dream they want to accomplish and they put that ideal into lyrics and sounds. Obviously the song talks about claiming the crown, because they want to have happiness and success, but it isn’t there just yet. Diplo and Boaz keep the beats lightweight, faded, distant. Dreamy. Then Mike Posner sings up in the high register, just adding to that image.
What brings this together for me is how well you can tell that the track is a collaboration. Everyone on it has an essential talent that they bring to the table – and they mash really well. Diplo and Boaz have the amazing beats that scramble you like a fucking egg. Posner has the lyrics and vocals that get you inspired, they make you want to share his dream of success – and RiffRaff just makes you hype… typical Riff (ya, we’re on a first name basis).
You guys will fucking love this track.
Breaking news: Diplo just got to try on the crown. He liked it.
Fuck you I’m a musician not a painter.
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.