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Dim Mak’s Up All Night at Electric Zoo

August 30, 2013 Artist News No Comments

Dim Mak LogoIt’s Labor Day weekend already, and what does that mean? BBQs, beach time, and for thousands of East Coasters, the Annual Electric Zoo festival. For any EDM fan that lives in the Northeast U.S., this is the place to be. With headliners like Tiesto, Bassnectar, Avicii, Armin Van Buren and Steve Aoki, this is a festival that is not to be missed.

Our good friends at Dim Mak once again have the great privilege of hosting a stage this year, and it is killer. The “Up All Night” stage will feature artists new and old, with a lineup that includes Yolanda Be Cool, Dirtyphonics, Felix Cartal, Dan Sena, Autoerotique, Angger Dimas, Clockwork, Chase & Status, Keys N Krates, Proxy, and a special guest slot by the one and only Jacques Lu Cont. This is where it is all going down on Sunday, September 1.

Don’t be surprised if Dim Mak’s owner Steve Aoki graces the stage as well, as a recent Huff Po interview hints at loads of surprises. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your gear, jump on the ferry and get ready to be caked, as this will be a Labor Day weekend that you won’t forget.

Oh yeah, and while you are waiting patiently for the day to arrive, grab this exclusive mix Steve did for Electric Zoo and Rolling Stone.

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Beatport Beats to the Tune of SFX Entertainment

Beatport_logoSFX Entertainment have purchased Beatport, confirming rumours that have been flying around the internet for a while. The man behind SFX Entertainment, Robert F. X. Sillerman, has purchased the digital music retailer as part of a plan to build a Dance music empire estimated to be worth a cool $1 billion. SFX Entertainment have already invested in Miami nightlife and U.S. festivals, and have acquired Disco Donnie Presents and Life In Color.

The purchase of Beatport is just another step towards SFX Entertainment’s planned domination in the Dance market. Explaining the buy-out, Robert said: “Beatport gives us direct contact with the DJs and lets us see what’s popular and what’s not. Most important, it gives us a massive platform for everything related to EDM [Electronic Dance Music].”

But is this a good thing for the Dance music industry? In short: yes, more investment and more money is generally a good thing. What will make or break this purchase is how the takeover will be managed and where the extra investment will be going. For the sustainability of the industry, a quick investment for a quick return will not be doing Beatport or EDM any favours. We’ve worked closely with Beatport for many years now I don’t believe this will be the case. We’ve seen them expand from a download store to a multiple platform service with features like Beatport Sounds, Beatport Mixes, and Beatport Play. I am sure more new and exciting features will be heading our way and Beatport will continue to be a driving force in how Dance music is discovered.

So it’s all change at Beatport, arguably the world’s biggest Electronic music download service, and a very important service for us and our labels. But what does it mean for the labels, DJs and artists that rely on the store for support, EDM knowledge and the revenue it brings? In the immediate term nothing will change as Beatport moves into a new phase of its life. But moving forward as SFX Entertainment start to implement its plan I am sure we will see changes — personally I believe for the best. Change is always perceived to be frightening as we look to keep hold of what we already have! But in the digital world change is a daily incurrence as the industry continues to move and evolve at a lighting pace. But what the changes are, only time will tell.

Beatport CEO Matthew Adell said: “We already are by far the largest online destination of qualified fans and talent in the market, and we can continue to grow that.” I think growth is key here — more local currency services available and maybe even territory-specific stores to meet the needs of local territories. Will we see beatport.co.uk, beatport.br, beatport.in and so on. I’m sure emerging Dance music markets such as India and Brazil are high on the agenda as well as how Beatport will look to service those territories.

As the Dance music explosion continues, I am sure there will be more moving parts within the industry — companies being brought, mergers, investments and so on. There will no doubt be some key moves by key players that will take the industry on to new heights. Let’s just hope we can sustain these new ventures and that in turn, artists, DJs, labels, companies and most importantly the consumers all reap the benefits!

We Don’t Just Sell Music, You Know

November 28, 2012 Artist News, Orchard News No Comments

DJ Comrade "Favela Trap"Over here in the Physical department at The Orchard, the sales reps are privileged to rep CDs from some of the finest musicans and DJs in the world. When a legendary DJ like DJ Premier is in the house to discuss his latest project, you best believe we’re paying attention! And we’re always happy to see someone like RJD2 pop by too. In 2012 so far, we’ve sold and marketed old school legends ranging from Premo to Pop royalty Dionne Warwick, from Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dion to Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull, with his first collection of Original Hits. Of course, Pitbull’s booty shakin’ dancefloor anthems have their roots in both the Miami bass scene and his earliest mentor Luke and the Southern crunk beats popularized by his early producer and collaborator Lil Jon.

EDM, or Electronic Dance Music, is constantly evolving and morphing into the latest flavas. Somewhere in the mid-2000s DJ Diplo picked up on a Brazilian Dance craze, Baile Funk, the latest crossover music rockin’ all the favela (communal Brazilian shanty town) parties in the working class neighborhoods of Rio De Janeiro. Of course Diplo has gone on to become a superstar DJ and producer and spread the Brazilian funkiness everywhere he went in the States. Meanwhile back at The Orchard Sales department, Comrade Xão was working alongside some of the very same original sales reps who first blew up Pitbull, Lil Jon and Ying Yang Twins to gold, platinum and multi-platinum status. The Orchard got busy releasing greatest (or Crunkest) hits compilations from all three artists while Comrade Xao played parties in Brooklyn and visited the favelas of Rio to check out the party scene first-hand and show the locals his latest fusion of all of these influences. After a few close encounters with the machine gun toting favela security forces and the equally feared local polícia, Chris brought back his newly added Rio street knowledge to his mixes in New York.

And so it is with great pride that The Orchard Physical Sales department can now say, “we not only sell great music, but make it as well!” Ok, we know what you’re thinking…. sure, some of the reps have played in bands with label deals before and can rock a fierce, power chorded version of the Kinks “Father Christmas” at The Orchard Christmas party. Not what we’re talking about…. 5 minutes of fame on a small stage. Nah, Comrade Xao is rocking a complete full album release here, featuring some of Rio’s hottest MC’s over cutting edge Baile Funk/Trap beats and he’ll be hitting the sunny streets of Rio just in time to unleash Favela Trap for its December 12 street date. Check for it at your favorite online retailers and don’t take our word for it. Listen to Rio’s own DJ Wooles (Apavoramento Sound System): “DOPE!!! This style will bring a fresh air to baile funk overseas.”  And…. “There is only one release this year that I have been looking forward to for so f*&%#in’ long: DJ Comrade’s Favela Trap,” straight from the mouth of Dutch wonder kid and producer Munchi (Selegna, T&A, Mad Decent).

We see new releases come and go all the time over here. But fresh Dance music is like awesome fresh coffee, the real stuff hard is to find. Now you know!

There’s No Stopping Dim Mak… And Why Would We Want To?

September 27, 2012 Artist News No Comments

Dim Mak RecordsDim Mak is a record label founded in 1996 by Steve Aoki. While always one that is hard to pigeonhole, the label has transcended genres across releases. They have introduced the world to rock artists like Bloc Party, The Kills and The Gossip, and Electronic/Dance artists like MSTRKRFT, The Bloody Beetroots, and even Steve Aoki himself.

Not only has this Los Angeles staple been around since the mid-nineties, but they have been consistently putting out more and more records as the years go by. This is definitely quite a feat  in this day and age. As of late, Dim Mak’s output has been focused on the current EDM and Dance scene that has taken the world by storm, and one can expect at least one new release from the label every week of the year. 2012 has been no different. With albums like Infected Mushroom’s Army of Mushrooms and Datsik’s Vitamin D to singles from the legendary Junior Sanchez and future stars like Zedd, there is one common thread throughout… quality.

In the past few weeks, as per usual, Dim Mak has been killing it! They are on a roll like no other label at the moment, and it shows. For us here at The Orchard, it all started on July 24th with PeaceTreaty’s “In Time (feat. Anabel Englund),” a dance pop anthem that has been in everybody’s crate from Etienne De Crecy to Axwell. Listen to a preview here:

Then on August 21st, Dim Mak hit us with the legendary German House duo Booka Shade and their Honeyslave EP, four stellar tracks that prove these legends can still teach the young kids a thing or two. Check out some snippets here:

Last but not least, two weeks ago Tiesto and Steve Aoki followed up their all star collaboration “Tornado” with a single containing a trio of remixes of the hit track plus a bonus video of the original. Rarely has an EDM video been so fun.

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