Free Download: Ciara – Overdose (Tuff Turf Remix)

Tuff Turf latest offering is a Deep, Housey remix of Ciara latest hit “Overdose”. The Tuff Turf duo consists of two veteran San Diego Club DJs. Angle & Este. Each has firmly established themselves in the San Diego nightlife scene.

Mostly playing open format gigs , the duo decided to get back to some of their “Djing Roots” and open opportunities to play some of their favorite styles of music. Their remixes and originals all have a similar sound and vibe. A Deep, Vocally, Nu-Disco, House feel. This “hybrid” has quickly gained support from artists such as Cajoline, Le Youth, & Steed Lord just to name a few.

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Back to Vinyl – The Office Turntable

The good folk at OgilvyOne Frankfurt in Germany put this amazing marketing material for Kontor Records. We just had to share this because we can totally relate, so many demos come in to the office via mail/email that we don’t always listen to. This is a perfect example why being creative and being unique truly makes a difference.

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How To Switch Between Digital DJs: 6 Cool Ways

As a DJ, one of your least favorite things to do is switch laptops in between sets. In this video the good folk at DJ tech tools share a couple cool ways to switch out. Worth the watch.

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A word with Wolfgang Gartner.

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In a recent interview with White Raver Rafting, Wolfgang Gartner, also known as Joey Youngman, turned what could have been one of those generic Q&A sessions into one of the most honest and interesting interviews that an artist has gave in a while. With the interview touching on subjects from the beginning of Wolfgang’s career to the future of EDM, the real Wolfgang Gartner personality came out during this interview.

Q. A lot of new electronic dance music fans don’t know that you use to produce Deep House under the name Mario Fabriani. I’m curious as to why you decided to step away from that aspect of dance music. Why don’t you produce different styles under monikers like Eric Prydz does with Pryda and Cirez D?

A. Well there’s a few things that are sorta inaccurate about that question. I used to produce underground house, but most of it wasn’t deep house. It was mostly disco house and chicago house, and I released a majority of it under my real name, Joey Youngman, along with 7 other aliases, one of them being Mario Fabriani. What Eric Prydz does with Pryda and Cirez D is nothing like going from electro house to underground house. He’s still making music in a vein that he can play in his DJ sets, that still meshes with his output under his own name, and isn’t a major departure from it. There are a ton of reasons I don’t make underground house anymore. First and foremost, it’s underground. I got tired of living beneath the surface. I wanted my music to get more exposure and reach more people, I felt it deserved it, and there was no way to do that without changing the music. I still love all that stuff. I did a “90′s house mix” recently and gave it out to the blogs for people to download and I’ll probably do another one again soon. I would probably enjoy making it still, but the bottom line is I just don’t have time. Underground house is still underground, it doesn’t generate the type of exposure or music sales these days to base a career on. So what that equates to is that it would be a hobby – something I would be doing strictly for fun. And at the moment I’m so overwhelmed with everything in the world of Wolfgang Gartner – touring, keeping up with my release schedule, myriad daily issues and tasks of coordinating with my team to make sure things run smoothly and we make the right decisions, everything that my career has become over the past 5 years, that I don’t have time for a hobby. I guess that’s what it really comes down to. I still love it, but underground house is a hobby, and I’m too busy for a hobby right now. Maybe one day I’ll take a step back and start playing around with it again.

Q. Throughout your career you’ve produced many genres of dance music. When you’re producing a track, what’s your mindset like? Do you go into it thinking about the genre or sound that you want? Or do you just explore and let the pieces fall together?

A. It’s different every time. Sometimes I get inspired by something I hear. It could be a song another DJ plays, it could be some Led Zeppelin song I’m listening to in my car, it could be the sound of the elevator going up the shaft at a hotel, but whatever it is it will trigger some kind of idea in my head, and I just go in and play off that idea, with no real genre or subgenre concept in mind. Sometimes I go in and say “I want to make something kinda Rock & Roll like Undertaker or Love & War with lots of distorted stuff and sort of like the musical incarnate of an American muscle car.” Sometimes I come back from playing a giant festival and get inspired by playing in front of 20,000 people and am just thinking “let’s make something that would be the ultimate track to play in front of that crowd, during that set, at that festival” and that’s usually when I make the big room stuff like Redline or my progressive sound.

Q. I remember when ‘Wolfgang’s 5th Symphony’ was named one of Beatport’s top selling track in 2009, did you ever think that would happen? The track is massively popular with fans, especially readers of our website, but we don’t often hear it included in festival sets? Why is that?

A. It was the single highest grossing track of 2009 on Beatport, yes. Did I ever think that would happen? Not until I made that song. But to be honest at about the half way point of making 5th Symphony I knew it was going to be big, I had no doubt it would be a #1, and its success was extremely exciting but didn’t necessarily surprise me. It was just a timing thing. You take one of the most well known musical riffs in history, remake it into the most popular genre of dance music at the time, execute it flawlessly and do a really good job of it, and you’ve got a bomb. I’d pay Beethoven some royalties off that one if he were around, I owe most of that song’s success to the fact that Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is so globally recognizable. The reason I don’t play it anymore is because it’s not representative of who I am as an artist anymore, or of the music that I make and play now. I made it in 2008. That’s 5 years ago. It came out in 2009. To me it sounds extremely cheesy, cliche, and dated now. I know that it would probably get a great response if I played it, and I’m there to play for the crowd, but that song is just one bullet I can’t bite anymore.

Q. I read that you called your ‘Love & War’ EP, some of the best music you’ve ever created. What separates that EP from everything else in your discography?

A. What makes good music good? It just hits you in the right places at the right times and floods your dopamine more than the next song. That’s what that one did for me and for a majority of the crowds I play it for.

Q. In 2008 you founded Kindergarten Recordings and released a lot of really successful tunes, but after a few years the label went on a hiatus before coming back strong in 2012. Were there any particular things that caused the break in continuity? What have you learned about the label side of this business compared to being an artist?

A. I formed Kindergarten as an outlet for my own music. So from like 2008 to 2010, I was releasing all my own songs on there. Then I signed a multiple album deal with Ultra Records. I hadn’t been releasing any other artists’ music on Kindergarten, so the label just went on the back burner. Then early in 2012 I hired an A&R and label manager to restart Kindergarten and turn it into an outlet for other artists, and we’ve been releasing a ton of stuff on there from up-and-coming producers and unknown artists who were just begging to get discovered. I haven’t actually released any music of my own on there since we’ve re-launched, at this point it’s strictly a platform for new talent, and it’s really uncovered some amazing music and turned out to be an exciting new project.

Q. Ever since you brought Kindergarten back, you’ve signed fantastic artists like Popeska – who will also be playing Camp Bisco this year. I know you’ve toured with him and even released his ‘Karmameter’ EP, which featured your edit of his record ‘Now Or Never’. How did you come across his talent? What do you look for when you signing an artist to your imprint?

A. Actually my A&R for Kindergarten discovered Popeska. That’s why he has that title and why I brought him on to run the label – he has a great ear and an incredible knack for finding talent in places nobody else has looked. I am simply the last word in the signing process of Kindergarten. Nick, the A&R, finds the music, filters through it, and when he has something he really believes in and thinks is worth putting work into and spending time and money on, he brings it to me and we decide together if it’s the right fit. All I listen for is quality. I’m not trying to stick to a certain sound or style with the label, it’s just about good music, and of course my thing is the house music umbrella and all the genres underneath it, so that’s what we go for. It’s especially a plus if it’s something that works in my DJ sets because then I have a nice arsenal of unreleased music to play out.

Q. Do you have any pre-show rituals? Also, I’ve seen you perform quite a few times now and I can’t help but notice your hand motions. Do you practice those in the mirror?

A. My pre-show ritual depends on when I got into town, but usually I get in a few hours before the show, so it involves room service, and a really cold washcloth over my eyes to wake me up a bit and ease that travel fatigue. Also energy drinks. The hand motions just sort of evolved into what they are now I guess. They were never practiced or even premeditated, I don’t know when I started doing them, it’s sort of progressed over the past few years, from just a bit of fistpumping to my full on air piano and all these other ones. Some of them I’ve named. Some of them I’ve ditched over the years and developed new ones. But they all just happen on-the-spot and are a reaction to the music and an impulse to try and get the crowd to react the way I want, or to try and engage the crowd the way I want. I’m sure they’ll continue to change and evolve, some will fade out and new ones will take their place.

Q. In your opinion, which artists should we keep an eye out for in 2013?

A. To be perfectly honest, and I hate to sound negative, cynical or condescending in any way but that’s probably how this will come off, I’ve been really bummed with most of the new music that’s been making waves in 2013. I feel like the “big” sound in dance music right now is just this mashup of every single subgenre possible, to try and appeal to the most people possible, with these cheesy played-out trance pads and vocal hooks, it all sounds exactly the same and it’s really bad for the most part, and the scariest thing is that people are reacting to this stuff, crowds at festivals and clubs are wanting more of it. A few of us have deemed it the EDM Apocolypse. Dance music is in a really weird place right now. I don’t know where it’s going to go. In some way I’m hoping Daft Punk single-handedly destroys this phenomenon we’re experiencing and un-brainwashes everybody into realizing that real music should have some soul and authenticity to it, and not just be a big kick drum and a trance breakdown with a cheesy one-liner and a “big drop.” But to answer the question, I’m really feeling The M Machine. They are one of the only new-ish artists out there I feel are consistently doing something fresh. Tony Romera is another artist I’ve been playing quite a bit of, it’s more festival / DJ oriented but he’s come up really quick and he’s one of the front runners of the new generation I think.

Q. My editor would kill me if I didn’t ask you this, but when are you going to release your ‘Proper Education’ Bootleg?! He offered to buy you 1,000,000 Facebook fans.

A. Ha. Please don’t buy me Facebook fans. I’m never going to “release” it. It’s not mine to release. It’s 3 other peoples’ songs that I spent a lot of time combining into one monster bootleg and effectively remixing by adding my own drums, effects, breakdowns, and other elements. Maybe when I hit like a million Facebook fans I’ll give it away, with the blessing of the artists whose music I used. I’ve always thought giving away mashups or bootlegs was a bit questionable though the way most people do it. I mean, in many cases all these guys did was spend 20 minutes to throw 2 songs together, and they’re putting their name on it as the remixer or whatever, giving themselves credit. I think a lot of them are just doing it for exposure, which is so lame in my opinion. But hey, I’m just a guy. And you know what they say about opinions.

Posted by Tyler Almodovar (via White Raver Rafting)


Beyond Wonderland 2013 Recap by Nightclub Ninja

Photo Credit: Insomniac

Photo Credit: Insomniac

Well, that was a bust. Beyond Wonderland proved to me one of two things: A) I’m hella lazy and B) I’m hella out of shape. And so was everyone else—and I’m not just talking about the girls who really, really, REALLY should understand walking around in your panties is a privilege for a select few, not a right for everyone.

I’ll back it up a bit. In case you’re out of the loop, Insomniac Event’s Beyond Wonderland was held on Saturday, March 16, making the move from its previous home at the NOS Center all us ravers have become so familiar with. But change is good, right? Eh, not so much in this case. While the new location at the San Manuel Amphitheater and Grounds was waaaay more picturesque tucked away in the hills (making cell phone service at a festival even worse than ever), it was those darn hills that posed the biggest challenge for sober and sauced partiers alike.

Photo Credit: Insomniac

Photo Credit: Insomniac

If you’re like me, you enjoy bouncing around from stage to stage to soak in as many sets as possible. But I didn’t know “hiking stick” was an accessory I should have added to my arsenal because the sheer magnitude and terrain of schlepping back and forth, up and down a steep hill would suck up so much of my music-listening time. After about the fourth or fifth time nearly tumbling like Jack and Jill on the crowded hill, I gave up and parked my tired ass in the VIP area the main stage for the rest of the night.

But what about the music? Thankfully that’s where things got better, and least for a bit. One of the earlier sets of the day (and atop ye old big-ass hill) was that of Blake Jarrell, doing his damnedest to rock out on the Madhatter’s Castle stage and successfully drew ’em in. Though my friends and I did dub this particular stage the “Backyard BBQ stage” because of the ghetto-ass pop-up awnings that were put over the booth for shade. C’mon, Insomniac, you’ve built the largest temporary tent structure in the U.S. before! Spring for something with more pizzazz.

Photo Credit: Insomniac

Photo Credit: Insomniac

Standouts of the day included deep/tech house spinner Trent Cantrelle—who’s already got dope productions and had the main Queen’s Domain stage rocking out without copping out. Bassjackers up next apparently didn’t get the memo and I could have dipped my over-priced nachos in all that cheese he was banging out. Thankfully Umek saved the day and educated the crowd with legit techno whether the crowd knew they just got an important lesson or not.

After missing all of Markus Schulz because a predetermined meetup was—you guessed it—back up that fucking hill, thus missing his entire set because walking back and forth took so long, the torture began with the same obnoxious outdated Dirty Dutch crap Chuckie was playing earlier in the day at Ultra. Dude. Your set was broadcasted on Sirius XM at the exact time people were making the trek from L.A. to San Bernardino and stuck in freeway traffic. Quit being as lazy as I am with my walking and mix it up a bit. Lord knows you make enough money to put in some effort. Oh and by the way, whatever song you shouted out as “your new track” sounds like all the other shit that’s out.

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Photo Credit: Insomniac

The nightmare continued with David Guetta. Always willing to give DJs I can’t stand one more chance, I figure the vibe at Beyond Wonderland would tip him off that this is a festival and you can take some risks. Nope. Same Guetta, different day. Boring. And closing out the night, Steve Angello, who claims he wants to dig deeper, could have done that. But I didn’t stick around to find out because when debating to stay till the end to find out what direction he was gonna go, leaving early to try to beat parking lot traffic and get back to L.A. before the sun was up took precedence. I still think I would have gotten a lot more set absorption in (and BETTER sets from lesser-known DJs) if it was still at NOS and you could move freely throughout the festival. That or I’m just a jaded old skool raver whining about the good ol’ days. But if it’s at the same venue next year, I’m getting a fucking Hoveround and giving it another go.

 

-The Nightclub Ninja
@NightclubNinja

*These are personal views of Nightclub Ninja, not those of ClubKillers.com.


Beamz by Flo-Rida Bites Back at Deadmau5 in New Promo Video.

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Just when we thought the funny remarks and name-calling has come to an end between Beamz and Deadmau5, the fire has reignited between the two. ‘Beamz By Flo’ company just released a promo video for their ‘technology’, but it seems like their incentive for such advertisement was not to promote their item, but instead as a low blow at Mau5. In case you haven’t been on top of the interactions between the two counterparts, Deadmau5 has been putting the Beamz company on blast for as long as most of us have heard of the company, whether it was in the form of an instagram, tweet, or shoutout during his infamous coffee run.

Beamz has made it obvious that this product could be played by anyone… apparently it’s so damn easy that even a mouse could do it. Is this a low blow or just plain ole marketing by the Beamz peeps? Well whatever it is, we love it and can’t wait for Deadmau5′s response.

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