Skrillex has been known to work with some massive collaborators over the years like A$AP Rocky, Fatman Scoop, Chance the Rapper among many many others, but his latest is sure to surprise everyone. Over the past year Skrillex has been playing the 80's band Toto's iconic hit "Africa" during his sets, Inspired by his Australian friends What So Not. The track added a flashback to a timeless classic and a nice change of pace during both artists' high energy sets.
Well now it has been revealed that these hugely accredited producers are working with the LA based 6 piece band, over 30 years since the original hit was made. This should lead to some very interesting things given the polar opposite differences in their musical styles. We are looking forward to seeing what they both cooked up. Here's Toto's facebook status and more in depth thoughts about working with the producers below.
Here is what Toto had to say about Skrillex being such a nice guy to work with and how working with What So Not was a meeting of 2 generations.
"It is VERY melodic and Joe and I sang and the band is very cool and Skrillex is a very nice guy and very creative as are the team "What So Not' It was a 'love fest' right away and we created something from a germ of an idea they had and it was a meeting of 2 generations.. NEVER would have thought it worked.. they called US and we went and ended up writing and recording a VERY cool piece. It will be interesting to see what they do with this. I love a new fresh challenge. We all walked away happy on both sides. Great experiment that worked. Dont worry.. Toto is NOT going dubstep haha It was fun session and we made some new friends."
The trendsetter of the tropical house sound along with Kygo, the growing Aussie star Thomas Jack, continues to keep things fresh with his latest exciting announcement. He has just unleashed the news that he will perform his longest DJ set to date on February 19th at New York's increasingly infamous club Output. This will actually be the longest set to ever take place at the relatively new club. These overly extended sets seem to be a trend amongst the best of the underground DJs and it is impressive to see Tom taking up the challenge. If you are anywhere close to New York this is a date you absolutely do not want to miss. There are very limited amount of tickets available and you can pick them up here. Hope to see you there!
Kygo moves out of his breakout 2014 year accompanied by his massive new debut original single "Firestone" and today breaks some more news to set the tone for the exciting 2015 ahead.
Today's lineup announcement for CounterPoint Music Festival taking place right outside of Atlanta revealed Kygo taking his first ever headline slot at a North American music festival alongside Zedd, Widespread Panic, and The Roots among countless other high profile acts including Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead among many others.
The Norwegian DJ was already booked by Williams Morris Ent. (WME) for the rest of the world by Simon Clarkson (Rihanna, Skrillex, Etc) but now has joined Joel Zimmerman with WME to oversee North American bookings. This is the man who is charge of the DJ with his same name, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, Afrojack and a hefty list of other top acts in the country.
While often a silent, no facial expression given figure, DJ Snake extraordinary rise to the top of dance music is a humbling one at best. The Paris born producer broke onto the radar in 2012 with the summertime anthem "Bird Machine," and has never look backed since. He even nabbed a Grammy nomination for his chart smashing single "Turn Down For What" with Lil' Jon among many other accolades this year.
As the world waits on the prominent figures next step, DJ Snake tops off his incredible year with an official music video for his "You Know You Like It" collaboration with UK vocalist AlunaGeorge. The visual direction focuses on an Ape (or, perhaps an orangutan… i'm unsure) who's depicted as a pusher of sorts. His seedy dealings are strung together via an engaging storyboard that coincides with the songs attractive production and lush vocals.
DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (Official Music Video)
Ultra Music Festival and Miami Music Week / Winter Music Conference is one of the largest gatherings for electronic music globally transcending annually in the beautiful city of Miami, Florida. Past lineups have always been an outstanding display of talent ranging from some of the biggest DJs in both the underground and mainstream; and this year is no different.
Some of the most surprising names on the leaked line up are newcomers Kygo, ODESZA, Gorgon City, RAC, and Kiesza who will be taking over the live stage this year. Making us wonder, what would Kygo live set might entail?
Some other notable new headliners would have to be RA nominated #1 underground DJs Dixon and Tale Of Us both being featured as headliners for their first time. We also see all 3 members of Swedish House Mafia playing their own sets as both Axwell Ingrosso and Sebastian Ingrosso solo. These are among many other shocking and exciting names on the lineup, but we didn't want to keep this information from you guys any longer. Who else are you excited about?
Anton Zaslavski aka "Zedd", the German producer who became an international star in 2013 thanks to his Clarity album which won a grammy for the album's lead single "Clarity" featuring Foxes. He set out on a year long Clarity Tour in support of the album and brought out a show no one would forget. Anyone who was lucky enough to catch a date of the tour was treated to a custom light and laser production setup that could light up a stadium, yet was brought to venues that were much smaller for an epic experience.
This 30 minute long documentary really captures the journey, from Zedd personally setting up the production on the first night to discussing speaking with Skrillex online for the first time to reaching out to Hayley Williams and the entire release around ’Stay The Night’ and much much more. This really lets you see a more personal side of Zedd showing you not only what nice of a guy he is, but also how hands on he is with the entire business of him as an artist which is rare to see.
To see Zedd experience such a level of success is really incredible making us think back to when Thissongissick actually brought out Zedd for one of his first shows in the US ever in Boulder, CO at the even more intimate Fox Theatre in 2011.
What happens when you gather 40 of the best producers, DJs, musicians, and vocalists downunder to try and create one sensational new track? Triple J radio personalities Matt and Alex made a valiant effort to construct a “Hottest 100” record with some of the biggest names in music and documented the experience for all to see.
Sadly, Lorde wanted no part in the endeavor and opted out at the first opportunity. Next, warious artists start chiming in with opinions on what it takes to build a great song, with Flume making sure everyone knew that laptops are essential in the process before Reggie Watt’s cuts out a distorted vocal sample. The mention of synths and bass, albeit the guitar, are shoved at Diplo who declines the notion while triggering Skrillex to eventually “drop the bass” accidently.
Bickering ensues amongst the group, but have no fear, because Flume was again on hand and reminded everyone that "(he) could remix the track!"
The creative process eventually leads to everyone storming out due to Rick Astley, Mr. Rick Roll himself, being kicked off the team and we are left without a true track that combines everyones talents. But hey, at least the attempt made for an entertaining 5 minute video. Laugh and enjoy!
Kendrick Lamar debuted a brand new song last night that is so new, it's currently still untitled. We can expect to see this tune on his upcoming studio album slated for a release in 2015.
This follows up the album’s debut radio ready single “i” and is a complete change in artistic direction for Kendrick. He is joined by living legend Thundercat on bass, Terrace Martin on saxophone, and Bilal and Anna Wise on backup vocals. Kendrick dives deep into subject matters ranging from religion to an artists' core fan base and everything in between, rapping progressively faster and faster until it ends leaving you wanting more.
Let’s hope this song is a sign that more details surrounding the release of his upcoming album will come to fruition, including a release date.
We also get the joy of Steven Colbert interviewing Kendrick about Snoop calling him the king of west coast rap, jokes about where Kendrick got his name from, not smoking weed when around Dr. Dre and more in a hysterical opening session before the world premiere of the song. Watch below!
2014 was Seattle-based ODESZA's year to truly shine thanks to largely in part to their highly successful debut album 'In Return' (which we consider to be one of the best releases of the year), on top of crushing the festival circuit and a couple sold out tours.
The duo have just announced their biggest show to date, at one of our favorite places in the world, the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater. Playing at this outdoor venue in the middle of the mountains is something most artists only dream of being able to do, let alone being able to co-headline.
They will be co-headlining the venue alongside funk lords Chromeo who are Red Rocks regulars and are sure to bring an unforgettable funky time.
These are only the headliners of the evening with support to be announced in coming months. With both artists track records of selling out though, it would be wise to pick up tickets now as they just went on sale today, minutes ago. Hope to see you all there!
Purchase tickets HERE!
Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover To Produce And Star In New FX Comedy Pilot About Atlanta Rap ScenePosted in Bangin, Chill, News by nick | Tags: Atlanta, Childish Gambino, Donald Glover, FX
Writer, actor, and rapper Donald Glover has confirmed that he will executively produce and star in an upcoming comedy pilot for a new series set to broadcast on FX. The show will be called "Atlanta", and will revolve around the rap scene in Atlanta.
“Two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy.”
We even have some news on what to expect from Donald's role in the show,
Glover will be acting as "'Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks,' a college drop-out who reconnects with his long buried ambition and sets out to seize the life he imagined for himself when his estranged cousin becomes a sudden star."
With his award winning writing for the show 30 Rock, starring in NBC's Community, and past experience in the skit show Derrick Comedy under his belt we expect Glover to really nail this new project.
Let's also keep in mind that Donald Glover is also a successful rapper under the moniker Childish Gambino. Over the past couple of years he has turned what was a hobby into a massive rap career with recent Grammy nominations for both Rap Album of The Year and Rap Record Of The Year. Can't deny the man is multi talented; we're looking forward to what he'll do with this new role.
We can’t say enough how big of fans we are of ODESZA and how exciting it has been to watch the duo breakout this year largely thanks to their unreal debut album In Return.
We partnered up with the duo and Wavo to run a remix contest for one of the hottest tracks on the release “Say My Name” featuring vocals from Zyra. We were so impressed, this had some of the strongest remix submissions we’ve ever heard from any contest.
The grand prize winner's track will officially be released on Counter x NinjaTune records, and uploaded to our Soundcloud, on top of a sweet prize package of gear and merch. The first place winner is The Geek X Vrv, with second place going to Luke Shay, and third place to AutoLaser who's remixes will also be uploaded to our Soundcloud.
3 winners were supposed to be chosen, but since there were so many fantastic remixes, ODESZA chose 5 remixes as honorable mentions as well, including Basic Tape, Dapa Deep, StéLouse, cln, and Dub Scout.
We really want to thank everyone that participated in this contest, we had some of our best submissions yet. Congrats to all the winners. We are excited for some upcoming remix contests we are planning for 2015, stay tuned!
Grand Prize Winner: ODESZA – Say My Name (The Geek X Vrv Remix) | Free Download
2nd Place: ODESZA – Say My Name (Luke Shay Remix) | Free Download
3rd Place: ODESZA – Say My Name (AutoLaser Remix) | Free Download
Honorable Mention: ODESZA – Say My Name (Basic Tape Remix) | Free Download
Honorable Mention: ODESZA – Say My Name (Dapa Deep Remix)
Honorable Mention: ODESZA – Say My Name (StéLouse Remix) | Free Download
Honorable Mention: ODESZA – Say My Name (cln Remix) | Free Download
Honorable Mention: ODESZA – Say My Name (Dub Scout Remix) | Free Download
2014 feels like the year of unexpected collaborations and that continues with hints of a potentially huge match up. Rapper and TSIS favorite Logic just posted a photo with young superstar producer Zedd in the studio with the caption “Worked on something crazy last night in the studio with Zedd.”
Logic is hot off the release of his debut album Under Pressure which smashed expectations as far as numbers go and translates the rappers unbelievable buzz into one of the most powerful forces in hip-hop to watch. Aside from enlisting Louis Futon for a remix of his song “Break It Down”, the rapper has never once ventured into the electronic space, staying pretty traditional and true to his signature style. Zedd, on the flip side, has never worked with a rapper before, not even with a remix.
We feel the lack of experience in each other's genres will lead to some amazing chemistry as both artists dive into something new at the same time, leaving us with something potentially groundbreaking.
Will they go more in the traditional progressive house styled side of Zedd or venture into something new like Vic Mensa's genre blending single “Down On My Luck”. What do you think?
From the looks of the picture, they look excited, which has us all very excited for what’s to come.
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My story has changed quite a lot since moving to Boulder, Colorado and starting Thissongissick back in 2010. My name is Nick Guarino and this is Thissongissick.com. We've grown a lot since, but the original goal has always stayed the same: making it easier for you to discover sick new music that you've never heard before. In high school I would make mix cd's for my friends to show them all the new music I was discovering. Now, through TSIS, we work with musicians and record labels from all over the world to showcase a variety of the freshest electronic, hip-hop, indie, and alternative music to a global following that is comprised of millions of music lovers in over 110 countries - every single month. So, make yourself at home while enjoying countless amazing musicians from a variety of genres and let the sick sounds fill your ears! - Nick