Posts tagged ‘Diplo’

November 13, 2012

LIVE REVIEW: RED BULL CULTURE CLASH (LONDON)

It was the biggest music battle to hit London this year and only one sound system could win. The rules were simple; four rounds which are 15 minutes long, you have to save the special guests and the dubs until the last round, you can’t play a tune that’s been played already and the winner is crowned from the decibel reading at the end…

Even though the rules were simple, Major Lazer played as if the rules were there to be broken, playing dubs and bringing out special guests before the end round. Round one kicked off with Channel One bringing roots and culture to the clash, moving on to Annie Mac who kicked off with tunes like ‘Clique’ and ‘212’.

Major Lazer played a Bruno Mars dub on the first round and then dropped their hit ‘Pon De Floor’, starting the first round off with electricity. Diplo also got into a massive blow up see-through ball and tumbled across the crowd in it.

Boy Better Know’s first round was so hyped; playing the biggest and best bass instrumentals from Pay As You Cartel’s ‘Know We’, Faze Miyake’s ‘Take Off’ and Breakage’s ‘Hard’. Just from the first round alone, I thought it was going to be Annie Mac or BBK who was going to win.

The second round is where it got tense, with Major Lazer playing more dubs and also bringing out Stylo G. BBK weren’t happy, as Skepta said: ‘You’re not meant to bring out special guests till the end, Major Lazor better turn their lazors off!”

Wiley’s hits ‘Heatwave’ and ‘Can You Hear Me’ were played in round two and the man himself also jumped into the crowd, giving fans a special surprise. P Money also MC’d over some dubstep on Annie Mac’s set. BBK got more upset on round three, with JME warning his competitors, saying ‘I’m gonna slap someone!’ Channel One also stepped in saying, ‘Major Lazer don’t disrespect, have some respect for the artist dem.’ Round three was called ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’, which meant they all had to play the sounds of an opponent’s sound system.

Round four was the time to get serious, where contestants brought the disses, the dubs and the guests. Major Lazer brought out impressive guests Rita Ora and Usher, which saw Rita have a wardrobe malfunction and revealing a boob! Usher performed ‘Climax’ with Diplo remixing it to a reggae version.

Annie Mac presented us with remarkable guests, including Maverick SabreKaty BMs Dynamite and Example. BBK got came with a Giggs dubplate, also bringing out their guests Lethal B and Chip.

BBK were crowned as the winners, but I think Major Lazer’s screams were bigger and Annie Mac played more of a variety – but you can’t win when rules are broken so they had to go home empty handed. Congratulations to BBK who played fair and came with wicked tunes and entertainment.

October 1, 2012

Dillon Francis [Interview]

Dillon is a young DJ/producer from Los Angeles’, known for being one of the biggest names in Moombahton who has quickly risen to reputable heights in the electronic music world. He is supported and singed to Diplo’s Mad Decent label, and worked with and released an EP on Skrillex’s OWSLA label. Known for his world class remixes as well as his own releases such as ‘Westside’ and ‘Take Me High’ that have been supported by world renowned producer/DJ’s including Sinden and Rusko, it is safe to say will be hearing more from Dillon in the very near future. You can catch him live as he embarks on his debut UK and European headline tour.

 You seem like an interesting character. How would you describe yourself in a few sentences?

I’m just a guy that makes music and likes to make jokes, that’s it! I’m not a complex human being, but I really do love cats.

How did you get into DJ/producing electronic music?

The first time I ever heard Bloody Beetroots’ ‘Ill to Destroy’ while I was in my friend’s Jeep Cherokee is when I realized I wanted to DJ and produce electronic music. I fell in love with the song and with dance music and knew I wanted to be a part of it.

Are you still into graffiti?

I like looking at it, but I don’t do it anymore.

How would you describe your music to us in the UK?

My music is very bubbly, bouncy and it makes you very happy.

What do all these terms actually mean, Moombahton and Luvstep?

Moombahton is bubbly, bouncy music, and has great Major Lazer tropical vibes. Luvstep is very lovey, happy dubstep. It sounds like you’re going to go on a date, and this it the type of music you would actually be able to play for a girl and have the girl enjoy it instead of thinking it was robot music. It’s very happy.

Your music got heard quite quickly. What do you think it is that makes you different from other producers?

The thing that makes me different from other producers is that I don’t put my pants on like every other producer in the morning!

 What was Diplo’s reaction when he heard your track ‘Masterblaster’, and how did he support you from there onwards?

My old manager sent it to Diplo and then he let me know that Diplo really liked it. After that I reached out to Diplo on twitter and that’s when he told me to go by the studio to hang out.

Your signed to Skrillex’s label and worked with him on your EP? What have you learnt from him?

I’ve learned a lot from Skrillex.  He is a genius when it comes to sound engineering and it’s pretty insane how things naturally come to him and how great he is with music.

You recently remixed Flux Pavillion’s ‘Daydreamer’ featuring Example, what drew you to this record?

Flux is one of my really good friends and he asked me to remix it. I said yes because 1) it’s flux and 2) because it’s a great song! Example is a good friend of mine as well, so doing the remix was a no-brainer.

What is the electro/dubstep scene like in the US, particularly Los Angeles where you’re from?

The electro/dubstep scene in the US is very good and is always evolving.

Where’s your favourite country to play out to apart from the US? Which country really appreciates your sound?

UK and Norway are both my favorite countries so far and I feel like they both really appreciate my sound as well.

Which UK producers are you rating right now?

UK producers I’m into right now are Netsky, Doctor P & Calvin Harris.

What does the future hold for Dillon Francis?

I am working on a bunch of different singles that will be coming out on different labels like Mad Decent, OWSLA and Calvin Harris’ Fly Eye label.

 

August 23, 2012

Jack Beats – War ft. Diplo and Example [Music Video]

Jack Beats have shared the video for mini-album track War featuring chart-topping Example and uber producer, Diplo taken from the mini-album Careless .

May 4, 2012

Michael Jackson To Appear In Pepsi Ad & The Re Release Of Bad

Michael Jackson is set to appear in a Pepsi advert as the late singer’s estate have made a huge deal with the soft drinks company. The promotion will feature some of his iconic dance poses. As well as the advert the singer silhouette is also expected to appear on one billion cans for a global campaign.

The cans of Michael Jackson Pepsi are part of their ‘Live For Now‘ campaign using pop culture to boost sales.

Nicki Minaj is also expected to appear in an advert as part of the campaign for Pepsi who are ranked as No.3 in the States for carbonated drinks.

Michael Jackson worked with Pepsi firstly back in 1983 appearing alongside the Jackson 5 in their first Pepsi campaign. In 1984 whilst shooting a commercial for the brand again in Los Angeles, his hair caught fire, burning his scalp, and leaving him with second degree burns. This incident was blamed for MJ’s addiction to painkillers.

Along with the commercial and campaign to put MJ on Pepsi cans, sees the 25th anniversary of the release of the album Bad. Pepsi, the Jackson Estate and Sony will be teaming up to releases mixes of tracks from the Bad album. It is rumoured that Skrillex and Diplo will be working on the remixes. The executors of Jackson’s estate said of the deal: “We are thrilled to bring Michael and Pepsi back together, as they were in 1988, to celebrate the 25th aniversary of the ‘Bad’ album and tour, and to put Michael on one billion Pepsi cans.”

May 1, 2012

Usher – Lemme See feat. Rick Ross

After the success of Climax, Usher releases the explicit Lemme See, and pop anthem Scream. All of these will be on his new album Looking For Myself out this June, and will feature Rick Ross, Diplo, Danja, Salaam Remi, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, Pharrell, Max Martin, and more

March 27, 2012

Azealia Banks – F*ck Up The Fun

Azealia Banks releases her new Diplo produced track F*ck Up The Fun, which is expected to be on her upcoming debut album Broke With Expensive Taste.