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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.
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.
Dada Life, such great party music. But it’s how I chose to open today. Also want to welcome my friend Brandon as an author on this blog – so look forward to his posts coming.
Also proud to announce two upcoming interviews with THREE awesome DJ’s. Two from America and one from Japan! Get hype about it. And follow the blog so that you know when it’s coming up! Hopefully a new logo coming out soon for the site as well. Onward and upward.
Change it up, go with the Tiesto remix. Get pumped. Take care trancers and have a great day.