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Music! Diplo – Bird Is The Word!

Check out these new tracks from Diplo and Big Freedia protegee Nicky Da B! They’re New Orleans Bounce -style numbers. They’re trademark Diplo too, in that they fuse a regional native sound with his own brand of synth and production. Released on Mad Decent’s The Jeffrees. Whatchu think?

Diplo – Bird Is The Word
Diplo – Express Yourself feat Nicky Da B

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News & Music! Revolvr cocked, locked, ready to rock tonight @ Fuk’d!

Tonight Las Vegas resident Revolvr shoots us all in the face. His ammunition? Ill-matic tracks. His weapon? The VAiN soundsystem. The chart-topping banger-maker comes to town just a month before Miami Music Week/MWC, assuring a sort of ‘preview’ set for the upcoming festivities. I tried to secure an interview with the man, but a busy touring schedule and constant work on upcoming projects for Bazooka Records and Bugeyed have rendered him inaccessable. Luckily for us, there’s this fancy schmancy Beatport interview, which i will kindly reprint for you here:

B: Can you tell us a little about your background? Where did you grow up, and where are you based now?

R: There have been a few chapters so far. I was born in Queens, New York, where I spent my childhood. We moved to San Francisco, where I spent my teenage years, and then I spent my formative years in San Diego. And now, the next chapter has brought me Las Vegas. Oh boy…

B: How did you get started DJing and making music?

R: There was always something about electronic music that intrigued me. In high school, while other kids were listening to the radio, I was listening to groups like The Prodigy, Massive Attack, Crystal Method, Orbital, and more. In high school I became good friends with a couple of older peers who were big DJs in the underground scene. I was instantly hooked and immediately purchased my first pair of amateur belt-drive turntables. I never looked back.

B: How would you describe the music that you make?

R: Melodic, energetic and moving. I have influences across the entire spectrum, and I feel like I’ve digested the most compelling parts from each one and molded them into my own structure. No matter what the style may be, there’s always a moving element behind the track. I put a lot of my soul into my music so that the energy just spills out of the speakers and into the crowd. Not only do I want to make people move, I want to give them an experience they can remember.

B: Do you DJ, play live, or both? How would you describe your sets?

R: I DJ, but I have some live performance tricks up my sleeve for the future. My sets are very uplifting and moving, and I like to pull off a lot of tricks and use the FX. The crowd is there to dance, and I’m going to bring it to them. I love performing, and I really get into what I’m doing. I think because I’m having so much fun when I play, it’s contagious, and I love it when the crowd feels that energy.

B: Did you have any mentors when you were starting out? Who helped you get established?

R: I attended school for a bit, which helped guide me and get the gears turning. After that, all I did was geek out and learn everything myself. The most important thing to remember is that NO ONE alone is going to teach you, you truly have to discover for yourself. I will always try my best to help guide and support people with advice and tips, but ultimately, it’s your dedication to the art that will move you forward.

B: When did you first feel that you had discovered your own sound?

R: I did a remix track last year for Scotty Boy & DJ Red called “4am in Vegas,” which was released under my real name (Touvan) before I changed my artist name to Revolvr. I had recently returned from Burning Man, which really opened my mind, and just put a feeling into laying out this track. That was a huge breakthrough for me, especially seeing the way that it made people move. After that, I became Revolvr, and even my close friends told me, “You’ve found yourself.”

B: How do you explain your music to your family members?

R: “DO NOT play this at church. Especially ‘Warface.’”

B: Are you the type of musician who knows what kind of track you want to write before you sit down to make it, or do you create music more from a process of experimentation, trial and error?

R: All of the above. Sometimes, it just comes to me, and I have to write it down. The other night, a song and words came to me as I was going to bed, and I had to jump out of bed and immediately write it down. Other times, I just start with a blank canvas, close my eyes and let go. Sometimes I’ll scrap something I worked on for days because it doesn’t feel right and will re-write the entire thing several times before I’m satisfied with it. The creative process varies for me; sometimes it depends on where I am with my life, where my head is at.

B: When you sit down to make a track, what’s the first thing you typically do? How long does a track typically take you to make?

R: I start with a concept, the “meat” of the track, which typically is the break and the drop, because those are parts of the track that speak to you. It’s usually a 30-40 second loop. Then, when I feel I’ve got what I want, I unfold the rest and work on the details. As far as how long it takes, it really depends on so many things. If I’m trying to make something really dynamic and technical I’ll dedicate hours to getting one loop just right. Other times, I’ll bang out a track in 48 hours.

B: Where do you record?

R: I have a dedicated studio. I do also have my laptop and portable keyboard for concepts when I travel. The concept of “Beats Inside My Head” was actually made on a plane on my way back from a gig. Even though I can do a lot on the road, I like having my dedicated studio to come home to, so I can put my focus where it needs to be.

B: Do you currently have a favorite piece of gear or software?

R: [Moog] Little Phatty. I’m not very heavy into hardware, but there’s something about that analog sound that makes you clench your teeth. In terms of software, I like to use Reason as a rewire to make my sounds. It’s got such great sound quality and it’s limitless to what you can do with it.

B: Are you a morning person or night owl?

R: I’m a total night owl. But I wake up quite early. So maybe I just think sleep is overrated.

B: Which record do you wish you had made?

R: Hmm, probably any of the stuff in Michael Jackson’s early legendary albums. You just can’t replicate or pull that off these days. You can’t. If I tried, I would just get laughed at.

B: If a wrecking ball was headed for your house, which *one* record would you rescue before it hit?

R: Reflekt – ”Need To Feel Loved.” It’s timeless and perfect, gets me every time. And it’s almost impossible to find a high quality digital version of it these days.

B: When you’re not listening to electronic music, what do you listen to?

R: Pretty much everything else, from rock to classical music. It’s a great way to cleanse your palette. No one really knows this, but I do a little bit of cinematic soundtrack scores, and I love it because it really opens my mind to new ideas.

B: When you’re not making or playing music, what’s your preferred pastime?

R: Playing Xbox live. Either Halo or Call of Duty Black Ops. Gamertag “RevolvrMusic.” Bring it!

B: If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing with your life?

R: Figuring out another way to travel the world!

There you have it! See you all at Fuk’d tonight! Joey Paranoia and Nicademass are holding down the main room until Revolver steps up to bat, and the mighty Moon Baton room will be captained once again by Dr. Khan and Ma-LESS! Whooooooooo!

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SFC Presents: [fuK'd] w/ REVOLVR @ VAiN | 02.17.12 FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

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MUSIC: That Time of Year Again for Some Luvin’ – LUVSTEP 3 RELEASED!

LUVSTEP 3

Single and involved folks alike rejoice! LUVSTEP 3 is now available!
This 3rd annual installment brought to you by FLUFFTRONIX and DIRTY SOUTH JOE is a favorite around SFC HQ.

Give it a listen and then go make some babies.

Check out www.luvstep.com for more info.

News & Music! How To Get Your Tittsworth on Valentine’s Day!

Jesse Tittsworth, aka Tittsworth, seems to be an interesting fellow. The Washington D.C. dj/producer/club owner/label mogul plays SFC’s Takeovr on Valentine’s Day, a booking not only secured due to Mr. Tittsworth’s incredible line of productions and championship of the Moombah sound, but also via the cheeky wordplay we here at SFC love. I say he seems interesting, for a number of reasons that you have to see for yourself to fully comprehend. He appears to have a certain preoccupation with food: His bio is written in a weird, restaurant-critic style, and he’s got a bizarre food section on his Tittsworth.com website. In addition, he’s got what’s certainly the sickest, most bad-ass tattoo in the dance music business! Check it out!

He’s bringing his tunes, which includes his own productions as well as unreleased jewels from T&A Records label, which he co-owns with Dj Ayres, to Orlando at an absolutely essential time. Moombah is on fire here, and the movers and shakers in the scene are gradually frequenting more and more. He joins Heartbreak, Dillon Francis, Munchi, and now Nadastrom as moombah A-listers that have been booked for the City Beautiful. Be sure to get all jacked up on his tracks, which we’ve included for you here below, before the big night! Don’t forget, we’re also bringing in two extra ginormous stacks of subs as a special Valentine’s Day treat to you! Who loves ya baby? :)

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Smile for Camera’s takeovr w/ TITTSWORTH @ Roxy | 02.14.12 FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
Tittsworth’s Soundcloud
Tittsworth’s Twitter


Clicks & Whistles – Neva Get Caught (Tittsworth Remix)
Nadastrom – Diabluma (Tittsworth Remix)


News & Music! Gear up for The M Machine at FUK’D!

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The M Machine, the mysterious dance-music trio from San Fransisco (formerly known as Metropolis and Pance Party), hits up the mainstage at VAiN and Fuk’d this weekend. Joining Nicademass and Joey Paranoia, they’re bringing their posh, bubbling sound to a venue perfectly suited for all things posh and bubbling. Finding out much more about The M Machine was difficult, but one source reported them as “a trio of producers from sunny San Fransisco who make crazy electro for your enjoyment. The bunch includes Andy, from Philadelphia, who worked for a neuroscientist before pursuing his career in music. Also builds his own multitouch music controllers. Eric, hailing from the Bay Area, and Ben (more affectionately known as Swardy) who once rode a bicycle across America.”

Named by industry figureheads as key American artists to watch in 2012, these guys caught the attention of Skrillex with the detail of their work, and were signed to his OWSLA label for the Promise Me A Rose Garden/Glow EP, which you can hear below. They spent last fall touring with Mimosa, Alvin Risk, and Spencer & Hill, and even played the Snow Globe Music Festival in Lake Tahoe last monmth. Be sure to download their freebee 320, Trafalgar, below, and check out the new video for Glow too! Of course, the Moombah “Moon Baton” Room will be continuing it’s always-better-than-the-last-one rise into the Friday night underground hall of fame, with Dr. Khan and Ma-LESS. If you were there last week with Quantum Theory you know what I’m talking about! See you there!

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SFC Presents: [fuK'd] w/ THE M MACHINE @ VAiN | 02.10.12 Facebook Event Page
The M Machine Twitter
The M Machine Soundcloud


The M Machine – Trafalgar




News! John Debo ’bout to Fuk it up!

Dance music mack-of-all-trades John Debo will be playing at Fuk’d this Friday night. The role is a departure from his normal behind-the-scenes position at VAiN, but one he’s infinitely qualified for. No stranger to almost every facet of the dance music industry, Debo was good enough to sit down and chat with us recently about his beginnings, current projects, and the future of an ever-changing scene. For entirely secular reasons, I’ve dubbed this the “WWJD” interview.

WW: You’ve got quite a past in regards to dance music and the nightclub scene. Tell us a little about your days with Avalon. Embellish us with the insanity.

JD: Avalon was epic. Big room. Big sound. Big lights. Incredibly diverse talent. Hands down one of THE best venues in the history of venues, and a pioneer with regard to creating the blueprint that many venues follow today. A typical month in 2003 might include the likes of Armand Van Helden, Laurent Garnier, Tiesto and Fat Boy Slim in one room, and Kevin Saunderson, Dubfire, Roger Sanchez and Carl Cox in the other. The growth was so incredibly organic. Music was the product, pure and simple. Talent LOVED playing there. And it’s crazy to think it all started in Boston, a city with a 2am curfew.

WW: In addition to being an accomplished DJ and artist, you’ve taken several management/director roles in the club biz. How do those two paths intersect and affect each other for you?

JD: The first club night I started in Boston was called Culture at Avalon’s sister venue Axis. It was a very intimate, dark room with a MASSIVE sound system. I was the DJ, the graphic designer, the marketing director, talent buyer and the street team. I would design flyers at Kinkos, have them printed there, pack up my backpack and head out to flyer. The evolution into the directorial roles was natural as I had a visceral knowledge of the product, and direct access to my fellow DJ peers, which most clubs at the time were clueless to. It was a culture, not very different than that of the Woodstock generation. It was very exciting to be a part of nurturing the growth of something from a single cell to a nation of millions. The rub comes in the right brain/left brain conflict. Business and Art rarely intersect, and clearly there is no logical understanding between either. A complete paradox. The key for me lies in never forgetting who I am or why it is I do what I do.

WW: You’ve also got a label, Ego Lab Music. Tell us more. Who are the big dogs on there (besides yourself, obviously)?

JD: Ego Lab is a project between co-collaborator Mezo Riccio and myself. Mezo and I have an uncanny chemistry in the studio. The process is effortless. With the state of the industry, we decided to take the entire process into our own hands. Having been an integral part of Caffeine Recordings success in the 90s, it only seemed natural. Artists who have touched the label thus far are Morgan Page, Manufactured Superstars, Jquintel, Jeziel Quintela, DJ Kue, Lenny B, Sylvane, Joman, Kid Judah and many more to come. We are looking forward to collaborating with quite a few like minded artists in 2012.

WW: You’ll be taking a more hands-on approach at VAiN this weekend, so to speak, when you step behind the decks in the main room. What should we expect? Or are you all surprises?

JD: I CAN’T WAIT!!! Being on the decks is what I live for. Take that away and there would be no labels, there would be no club nights, there would be nothing.

WW: We’re approaching music March here in Florida, with WMC/Ultra week looming and a slew of other events in the works. What do you think of the current state of dance music here in Florida? In general? Is it just going to keep growing?

JD: Florida was at one point was a proverbial mecca for dance music in the US. After more than two decades, it is very exciting to witness the rebirth first hand. In my opinion, dance music in the US is still in it’s infancy. Only satellite radio and a handful of club nights have truly embraced it. I get very excited when I see a random MTV special on Kaskade, or hear Skrillex was nominated for as many Grammy awards as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry combined – these are milestones. Hip hop at one point was very underground and now it’s pop music. It took over three decades for it to emerge as part of pop culture – and in my opinion, dance music is following right behind it.

WW: Any other big plans for the year or inside scoops we should know about?

JD: 2012 sees me taking a step back from my directorial role at VAiN to focus on music full time. This year it is all about the music. I have finally become a living, breathing component of my studio, and have no plans on leaving this chair anytime soon, unless it’s to be behind the decks, of course!

Remember, John Debo, Joey Paranoia, and Nicademass all get down in the mainroom tomorrow night, and Dr. Khan and Ma-LESS will be joined by the one and only Quantum Theory in the Moombaroom! See you there!

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John Debo’s Soundcloud


Music! Justice On’n'on (Ruined by Rick Rubin)

It’s awesome when you hear a piece of music that makes you realize just how good things can actually sound. When someone like Rick-fucking-Rubin does a remix for an already talented outfit like Justice, that’s exactly what you get. Not only does the original track have amazing vocals, but the man doing the remix practically invented modern music. Sure, he’s older (49 this year), and sure he’s a little scary-looking, but MTV called him “the most important producer of the last 20 years”, and in 2007, Rubin was listed among Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, period. He co-founded Def Jam with Russel Simmons. He’s produced albums for everyone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Run-D.M.C to Adele. Just Wiki the guy and be blown away by the sheer volume of important music this guy is responsible for. Outstanding credentials aside, this is one of my absolute favorite songs at the moment. I closed my set at Takeovr last night with it! I strongly suggest putting it on heavy rotation immediately.

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Music! MooOOOooombahton! Bigmakk’s Mad Cow on the loose!

Check it: Everyone knows Orlando is a Moombah hotbed. The city’s got talent coming out its ears in that department, and people like Bigmakk are the reasons why.

Bigmakk’s first Beatport release, Mad Cow (on Rot10 Musik), hit two days ago. Every time I hear it, I can’t help but smile. I love tunes like these. The cow sample is novel and makes the track stand out, but the coolness of the rest of the tune ensures that it’s anything but a novelty. Play the Soundcloud version below, and then head over to Beatport to scoop up a HQ copy. Look for more Bigmakk attacks on Rot10 and Smile For Camera soon, and keep your eyes open for him at some VERY important upcoming events… I wish I could tell you more, but you’re going to have to wait for the surprise like everyone else (winky-face)!

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