Posts Tagged ‘EDM’

There are almost no words to describe Deadmau5 live at the Palladium.  Incredible. Mind-blowing. One-of-a-kind. Insanity.  The show this Sunday was sold-out & once the show started, it was completely clear why.  This wasn’t even a show or a performance… it was a once-in-a-lifetime multimedia experience engineered by Joel himself.  Started with sets by Zedd as well as Tommy Lee & DJ Aero, even with a surprise performance of Warp 1.9 by the Bloody Beetroots straight from England!  A look inside the cube showed just a little of what the mastermind was dealing with during the show.

The most incredible part was when Joel’s friend Adam brought out the Moog Theremin while sporting a white ghost ensemble and began to play it alongside Deadmau5 during his transition to ‘Ghosts ‘n Stuff’.  I wish everyone watching this spectacular duet would have known what was actually going on and how incredible it really was.

The theremin is almost unique among musical instruments in that it is played without physical contact. The musician stands in front of the instrument and moves his or her hands in the proximity of two metal antennas. The distance from one antenna determines frequency (pitch), and the distance from the other controls amplitude (volume). Most frequently, the right hand controls the pitch and the left controls the volume, although some performers reverse this arrangement. Some low-cost theremins use a conventional, knob operated volume control and have only the pitch antenna. While commonly called antennas, they are not used for receiving or broadcasting radio frequency, but act as plates in a capacitor.

As well as a few stellar performances by Sofi, Joel even got on stage with her and did a little dance for the crowd before running back up to his cube to continue the show.  The graphics on the four cubes (one huge cube that Mau5 was in as well as one above and one to each side) looked like they were actually compressing and rotating to the beat of the music.

There are so many that go to see Mau5 but there are few that actually know what goes into his shows, or should even call it a performance.  He isn’t just playing CD’s, spinning records, he truly is orchestrating his own symphony; from his bass line’s that make your feet rumble, to every kick that makes your heart jolt.  His 5sound’5 are so clean and untouchable, he is truly a sound engineering God.  Deadmau5 is our generation’s Mozart, Beetles or Beethoven. Our generation’s Einstein.


Here’s some incredible new tunes for you this week. Enjoy!

Let’s Go (Bart B More ‘Lesssgo’ Remix) – Dem Slackers [download]
Change (TKO Moombahton Remix) – Peace Treaty [download]
Loving You (Twin Pack Remix) – STFU & Leony [download]
Eyes – Kaskade feat. Mindy Gledhill [download]
Que Que Feat. Maluca (Torro Torro Remix) – Dillon Francis & Diplo [download]
Blackout (Shinichi Osawa Remix) – The Whip [download]





Something very crazy and exciting happened last Tuesday evening: we were invited to attend the EDC Experience movie premiere in Hollywood as well as the after-party at Supperclub in LA from Kaskade himself!!  The movie was incredible, with cameos by huge names such as Swedish House Mafia (Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello & Axwell), David Guetta, MSTRKRFT, Will.i.Am, Steve Aoki, 12th Planet, Moby, Major Lazer, Afrojack, Atrak, Benny Benassi, Travis Barker, Deadmau5 and of course Kaskade, as well as a heartfelt tribute to DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) who was unfortunately taken way too early from us.  The incredible documentary was directed by Kevin Kerslake (who has directed such music videos as “Fallen,” Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, & Rise Against) and not only captured the love of music from everyone involved, but also the behind-the-scenes insight to every aspect that brings the entire production to life.  The crew followed a few of the artists, crew, and dancers into their homes, workplace, and performance preparation.

Unfortunately, none of that made the news, headlines or blogs.  The “riots” that occurred outside of the Chinese Gromin’s Theater in Hollywood due to Kaskade announcing that he was going to play a block party before the movie premiere.  This announcement caused riots, riot police and tons of madness which eventually caused most of the people invited to the premiere not to be able to get in, including the owner & CEO of Insomniac, Pasquale Rotella.  We are extremely fortunate to have been able to not only to be invited, but also to actually make it in to the premiere around the riot police and insanity!

Be sure to check out your local showing of the EDC Experience on August 4th.  Trust me, it’s worth it.


We felt as if we were at Miami Music Week resulting from the magnitude and talent at this show. Van Toth, Deth Hertz & Sandro Silva opened for Funkagenda, Chris Lake & Laidback Luke. What a spectacular Memorial Day weekend it was! Funkagenda surprised the crowd with some pop song samples and the incredible Chris Lake blew them away! The biggest track we heard him drop was a remix of Lady Gaga‘s ‘Edge of Glory’ which, rumor has it, is going to be released alongside the release of the single. Since the Beatport beach party in Miami, more specifically when Chris Lake threw down incredibly hard, we could never forget his ability to get the energy through the roof. Yet again, with an amazing set filled with a few tracks we had never heard before, we were blown away. It was a non stop barrage of Chris Lake remixes that got the packed crowd dancing & sweating up a storm. Peaking the moment was Laidback Luke coming onto stage. Near the end of his set was like a firework show finale including System of a Down and his own Sundown remixes.  The energy from the crowd was incredible. We have never seen that many people that were just there because of their love for the music, dancing their hearts away with not a care in the world. Nights like these are why we love the music and the EDM world growing relentlessly here in San Diego.

Turbulence (Sidney Samson remix) – Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke ft. Lil’ Jon
Mortal Comeback – Laidback Luke
Sleepwalker – Chris Lake
Secrets in the Dark – Chris Lake
Splinter – Funkagenda
Black Chrome (Vandal remix) Deth Hertz Edit – Circuit Freq


This could have been a big rant about all the stolen beats, lyrics, tracks etc etc from artists and giving no credit where it is due, but I think we may just want to let you see it for yourself.  With the newest release of Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)”, this “sampling” B.S. is getting on our last nerves. This year alone we have sat back and listened while Beyonce, Lady Gaga, J. Lo, & Katy Perry have completely stolen EDM tracks from artists and put their terrible lyrics over it, labeled it as their own, and gave no credit to the actual producers of the tracks.  While we can appreciate collaborations alongside producers such as Afrojack & David Guetta, stealing is in a whole other ballgame.  And we’re not the only ones who agree—check out Perez Hilton’s post and Calvin Harris’ tweet following the release of Chris Brown’s ripoff song.

Will.I.Am – Dance vs. Boys Noize – Yeah (Original)
Lady Gaga – Judas vs. Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso – Buy Now – For Sale (remix)  [at 4:30 is a straight rip]
Beyonce – Run the World (Girls) vs. Major Lazer – Pon de Floor
Chris Brown – Yeah 3x vs. Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone [at 0:44]
Britney Spears – Hold It Against Me vs. Bellamy Brothers – If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body
Katy Perry – E.T. (ft. Kanye West) vs. Streetz and Young Deuces – Peter Pan

We’d love to hear your opinion on this and whether or not this is stealing or rather just many collaborations/samplings going on.


Here are some dope tunes to get you by today—a few new kSquared favs. Enjoy!

Marble Anthem – Marble Players [MP3]
VCR (Four Tet Remix) – The XX [MP3]
Mitsubishi – The Subs [MP3]
Playground – Marble Players [MP3]
Dangerous feat. Dhany (David Giraldo Remix) – Damian William [MP3]
Nicki 3-6 House Mafia Bells – Diplo [MP3]
Colossus – Thomas Bangalter [MP3]
Your Nasty – Ducksauce [MP3]
Splinter (Original Club Mix) – Funkagenda [MP3]


L.E.D. Presents Ravehouse at the Wavehouse! from mac nguyen on Vimeo.

Ready to kick your Summer off right? San Diego sure has quite the  epic line up for everyone; between Intervention at the Hard Rock, and the infamous Wavehouse (aka Ravehouse) in Pacific Beach.  For the past two years now San Diego is truly taking  ‘Sunday Funday’ to a whole new level.  Between the two companies of LED and Eventvibe, San Diego is getting to see huge International/World Wide talent that compete with all the hot spots in the World.

Last year definitely set the tone, and has created much attention and anticipation for another great summer.  Deadmau5, Chuckie, Steve Aoki, Benny Benassi, Bad Boy Bill, Kaskade, Wolfgang Gartner are just a few of the names that were throwing down at the best pool and beach parties last year in SD, and this year sure will not be a disappointment.

Intervention kicks off this Sunday, and they are starting with a legend in the game of Dance music.  Paul Oakenfold has been touted as one of the world’s leading DJ/remixers by various outlets including CNN, Rolling Stone, BPM, Remix and more.  He is a 2x Grammy nominee who has been performing around the world since the late 80’s.  If you are new to the Dance scene, you truly don’t want to miss Mister Oakenfold, he truly is a godfather in the house music movement and will go down in the record books.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego – Intervention 2010 from DJhere Productions on Vimeo.

Sunshine is in the forecast and the bikinis will be out, the bars will be open and Bobby Reyes will be running around to capture it all, so make sure you’re looking your best and get ready to kick off the summer season!

/// Sean Thomas