Author Archives: Kirk Williams

Los Angeles Prepares to Get Lost…Again. Damian Lazarus and Crosstown Rebels at Exchange

get-lost-la The time is upon us once again for Damian Lazarus' Crosstown Rebels, hot off its centennial record release with a companion video featuring the man himself, to descend upon Los Angeles and allow every person who is going to cram into ExchangeLA on Saturday night to lose themselves. It was but a year ago that we sat down with Mr. Lazarus and had him explain the ethos of Get Lost as bringing the classy underground house music he helped thrust into global consciousness to an above ground venue once a year in various cities around the world...

Guy Gerber Talks About His “11:11″ Collaboration With P-Diddy…

Guy Gerbert Talks About The 11:11 Collaboration With P-Diddy Picking up where our Guy Gerber feature left off, here's a breakdown, in Guy Gerber’s words, about the 11:11 collaboration that came about between he and P-Diddy. On Facebook, I saw someone put the Ten Commandments on how to be a miserable artist. One of the things was like, "try to satisfy your parents." Another was "make decisions that relate to money." But the best thing that I really related to was "base your career on one single project." This Diddy thing, when it came, I was almost done with the Fabric thing and he just...

Sit Down, Get Personal—Magnetic Chats With Techno Legend Guy Gerber

guy_gerber_main As I was traipsing up the the steep streets north of Hollywood Blvd. near Las Palmas with Guy Gerber's Fabric 64 mix pumping through my headphones, I was prepping all of the typical ways to crack an artist so that they lose the stilted interview stance and reveal themselves as an actual human being. Just as I plucked my earphone out to check the address, exiting the melodic daze the end of mix had me in, I was beckoned by Guy Gerber himself from the other side of a fenced-in swimming pool. "Come, come...you made it for the best part of the...

Artistic Symbiosis: How Deniz Kurtel’s Music And Art Feed Each Other

Deniz-Kurtel-main “A lot of my friends say that my music is a bit dark, not in a negative way, but maybe a bit more emotional. Middle Eastern music has that same quality.”If you're looking for equivalency outside the world of underground house music, releasing your first two albums on Crosstown Rebels and Wolf + Lamb (respectively) is on par with being plucked from the streets in the mid-‘90s to release on Death Row and Def Jam for your first two hip-hop records. But the comparisons stop there as Turkish-born Deniz Kurtel is not the brash teenager that...

Manufactured Superstars Are At The Forefront Of The Digital Revolution In EDM

MANUFACTURED-SUPERSTARS_main The Manufactured Superstars are amongst the most in-demand DJs on the club and festival circuit these days, and anyone who has known Bradley Roulier and Shawn Sabo knows that these are dudes who love to throw a great party. As a founding member (Roulier) and original employee (Sabo) of the seminal digital music retailer, Beatport, the two have literally been on the forefront of the digital revolution in EDM. Add to that mix Beta Nightclub—where Roulier is a co-owner—and the Manufactured Superstars have got the right balance of business...

Swedish Fish Mafia and the Sneak Attack

sneak We've seen the #FoodDJ's trend blow up (Pësto is still my favorite) and we've seen the war of attrition on Twitter between Madonna and deadmau5, but now the two have been combined. Starting on March 27 on his Twitter feed, old-school house legend DJ Sneak got into a Twitter exchange with old-school house legend counterpart Junior Sanchez about the "fake ass DJs" at WMC. Here's one of the ones that began it all: MTV NEWS! Steve Angello Proves "Size" Matters As Miami Music Week Wraps... fb.me/1nuB26zxi — Junior Sanchez...

X-Factor Will Ruin Everything…Unless It Doesn’t—Where’s The Drop Bro?!

theater Last week Simon Cowell, abject ruiner of both musically talented children and their hapless parents' morals, announced that he would be bringing his X-Factor brand to the world of DJing. UPDATE: Steve Lawler takes the piss (the Hawtin moment is the best), open up wide Cowell… here it comes: Seems like a natural progression here in America, right? Afterall, Skrillex is splashed all over the Grammy billboards and LMFAO is practically everywhere else. SoCal-based Insomniac's Electric Daisy Carnival is the biggest party on the...

Chillin With Con Bro Chill

Unknown Sometimes when music gets too serious and bogged down with self-importance (talking to YOU Grammy's), you just need a bunch of guys dressed in highlighter-colored vinyl jackets dancing around in a party bus like joyous idiots. Enter Con Bro Chill. The song "Power Happy" (below) is the single off their first full-length album entitled 3D Music, which just became available through iTunes and Amazon on January 31st. It's pretty goddamn catchy, I gotta say. It's got the electro/dance/rock fusion thing going but manages to stay away from the...

Droog: A Pocket Of Resistance Against The Tidal Wave Of Pop Music

Droog_Magnetic This is part two of our Droog feature. If you missed round one you can read it here. "We’ve always wanted to be a part of a global scene while being deeply rooted in LA. -Andrei Osyka" How has success affected some of your other friendships/relationships outside the three of you? Brett: Other peoples’ success? Andrei: We hate those people. Brett: We don’t like their success. Andrei: We’re just on the cusp. I think this year, is the first year – in print this is probably going to come off as dick-like but...might as well...

There Are Many Reasons Why The LA Underground Scene Is Great. Droog Is One Of Them…

Droog_Magnetic.main Droog is made up of three guys who live in LA. And they're not what you think. You've seen a deluge of the Crosstown roster artists rumble through the City of Angels, from bossman Damian Lazarus to shooting stars Subb-an and Richy Ahmed. Simply put, the sound has taken over. Completely and without question. So one might expect that the trio who shepherded that sound into Los Angeles and curated its growth into the de facto house sound of the city are reaping the astronomical benefits of their sudden success. “What you have to do is...

Widows: The Quintessential Pairing Of Frontman/Lyricist And Maestro/Technician (Part Two)

WIDOWS.main If you missed part one of our chat with Widows you can read it here.  “The Drum Record.” Talk about the shift in your production style and aesthetic that happened for this. Bob: Stuff like that just progresses over time, I’m coming off of six months of not writing any beats, I played piano the entire time, I was tired of the ideas that I kept coming up with, it felt like I just kept going back to the same rhythms, the same melodic ideas and harmonic ideas, and I went from the very beginning, working on the Korg. That was the first...

Loco Dice: Like A Vicious Aural Assault In The Best Way Possible

loco.main “To have all of these influences, hip-hop, techno, house, deep house...and it all started with Latin and Tunisian folk. Now I can play within each of those different styles.” As conventions go, a child with Tunisian heritage who was born and raised in Dusseldorf, Germany and had a penchant for DJing hip-hop and rapping probably isn't supposed to become one of the most respected names in global electronic music. Yet that is how life unfolded for Yassine Ben Achour, better known as Loco Dice. He is a permanent fixture in the top 10...