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.
Daniel Tosh helps an up-and-coming DJ, possibly ‘the worst DJ ever’, with a penchant for decimals to find an audience that will appreciate his skills.
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SNL’s Digital Shorts had been in cold storage since creators Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer left the show several years ago to pursue careers outside of 30 Rock. Luckily, the trio came out of deep freeze for Samberg’s season-finale hosting gig on the show, creating a pitch-perfect send-up of overpaid DJs, endless techno breakdowns, and the inevitable drop that blows minds. Perhaps literally. Watch, then watch again.
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Skrillex is taking his inspiration from Kanye West these days.
The electronic music DJ and producer spent a little time with West, sharing a plane flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas where each was to perform two years ago, and came away with an invitation to collaborate and an even deeper understanding of the possibilities in front of him.
“It was cool to see Kanye surrounded by all these creative people constantly on computers, approving stuff, coming up with ideas – the constant machine that Kanye was in the middle of,” said Skrillex, whose real name is Sonny Moore. “And it reminded me a lot of my crew. We have so much going on 24-7 and we’re always on our computers, we’re all approving stuff and going back and forth with ideas. And to see him do it on a massive level is really cool. He’s just so involved with every aspect of his career.”
The 26-year-old Grammy Award winner has decided to emulate that model, and has begun building a creative center in downtown Los Angeles he calls The Nest. Eventually the goal is to have a space for friends – musicians and producers and members of his record label, OWSLA, but also other creatives in the visual and fashion world – to use as a hub, much in the way West keeps scores of satellites in orbit around him. Skrillex’s first official album, “Recess” is one of the most complex examples of this way of thinking. It was recorded as he toured the world and unfettered by corporate rules. His record label, Atlantic Records, had almost no input before it received the album, and is working mainly as a distributor and promoter.
“All the creative comes from us sitting together and vibing out,” Moore said in a phone interview of his collaborators and business partners. “I’m making music and they’re working on other artist stuff and we just kind of have this synergy going on that really bypasses the steps of having to deal with a label and having to clear something through them, and hopefully they’ll get out there and sell the record. It doesn’t have that (old label system) vibe. It’s a whole different way of being. It’s pure, you know?”
Instead of taking a seven-figure advance, Moore recorded “Recess” in much the way he’s produced previous records – on the fly all over the world. As he played shows for a growing number of fans, he’d selectively invite new collaborators to join him as he made stops in New York, Los Angeles, Canada and the United Kingdom. While in South Korea, he hooked up with G-Dragon and the YG Entertainment crew at the suggestion of Diplo and the result was “Dirty Vibe.” He caught up with old friend Chance the Rapper at a show in Seattle and they banged out “Coast is Clear” overnight with a full band.
“Recess” is the first formal release Moore has put out under the Skrillex moniker since 2011′s “Bangarang” EP. He spent much of 2013 occupied with touring as Skrillex and with his band, Dog Blood. He scored Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” and worked on music obsessively. “Recess,” it turns out, is just the initial salvo in 2014.
“This album is kind of like the first wave of a lot more stuff to come, just (songs) flying out left and right kind of thing,” he said. “That’s kind of what to expect: spontaneous releases. … There’s so many other collaborations that I can’t really say yet but that have been left over from the record, that I’m going to release soon that are so dope. I’m excited for the new stuff to come out that no one’s heard yet.
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SoundCloud is going fully legit, with the company rumored to be selling the three major labels a 9-15% total stake, according to sources cited by Bloomberg. The deal has yet to be announced due to certain parties being closer than others in signing, Bloomberg’s sources say. The deal would make it possible for the audio streaming company to continue letting its users stream music from the majors under licensing deals that would form a part of the overall deal.
Two sources confirmed to Billboard that the details of the report are accurate, and that the deal will be signed imminently.
Details of the deal, including licensing rates and each major’s exact ownership percentage were not available.
The three majors also hold a minority stake in streaming music service Spotify. Universal Music Group held a 14% stake in Beats Music, netting the company around $420 million following its acquisition by Apple.
Earlier this year the company was rumored to being circled by Twitter for an acquisition rumored to be $2 billion; the company’s Series D funding round earlier in the year brought in $60 million, valuing the company at $700 million. Around the time of that Series D, rumors were already swirling around the majors taking a stake in the service.
SoundCloud was criticized earlier this month for its increasingly hard-line tack on copyright, though much of the controversy was business-as-usual for major content destinations like YouTube or Vimeo.
SoundCloud and Warner Music Group refused to comment on the deal. Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment did not immediately return requests for comment.
Over his career so far, UK bass fiend Rusko has embraced the ‘work hard, play hard’ philosophy. Following his Songs album in 2012 and the collaborative EP with Cypress Hill, the producer is now prepping a new suite of songs for release on 2 July. The Lift Me Up EP is coming on Skrillex’s OWSLA label, and the first offering is Takeoff, an all-out drum & bass effort complete with Jay-Z snippets.
“I grew up listening to drum-and-bass and jungle music,” Rusko told Rolling Stone. “I felt it was time to reflect this by making some of my very own. This really is the definition of music from the heart.” Other OWSLA stars include Alvin Risk, KOAN Sound, Kill The Noise and Seven Lions.
Meanwhile, Rusko’s Facebook page continues to mostly document his love of marijuana. The last few days in particular have offered a succession of weed-related posts, with fans either cheering him on or chastising his undying love. One of the most common comments this past week: “Deadmau5 dislikes this”. As many ITMers will recall, the ‘mau5 once objected to Rusko smoking a spliff backstage at a festival in 2010. Some grammatically-suspect Twitter rants were exchanged, and the two stars haven’t been that friendly since.
“People have tried to reconcile us,” Rusko told DJ Mag in 2012. “I’m like, ‘Don’t bring that c**t near me.’ It’s still very much on. We haven’t really been in the same room since it happened, until we are put in the same room by accident or whatever, who knows? He might be chilled out; it’s still on for me. Once I hate someone, I hate ‘em forever.”
Rusko also went in-depth with DJ Mag on the epic drug binge that accompanied the making of Songs. “I made Opium entirely on Promethazine codeine syrup, which basically looks like opium in a bottle,” he cheerily detailed to the interviewer. “I managed to score a bottle of the real lean 100-percent codeine syrup. The album was very inspired by the drugs I was taking while I was making it.
“One day I took Rohypnol, the date-rape drug. I date-raped myself, and made a track, Dirty Sexy Money. I’m at this stage now, I’m drinking a bottle of vodka a night, enjoying drugs for what they are, and not being shy about it. This album wouldn’t sound as good as it does if I wasn’t taking a fuck-load of drugs.”
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