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A-Trak’s Killer Return to Columbus


The crowd on Saturday was a mix of die-hard A-Trak fans (one I talked to traveled from Indiana to see the Scratchmaster himself) and young professionals hot off their weekly business bender of 9 to 5 shifts. Whether there for the music, the madness, the mocktails, or all of the above, they were all there at Sway and ready to see the place burn down in proverbial flames from the heat anticipated off smoldering spins, scratches, and samples.

At midnight, as if the sea of people was transformed bibbity-bobbity-boo style courtesy of Cinderella’s fairy godmother and a trio of talking mice- #squadgoals- the vibe immediately went from typical Saturday night to totally turnt as A-Trak appeared a la Prince Charming. The intimate space of Sway felt more sophisticated and culturally ahead of the curve of its High Street competitors, as if it was the Royal Ball and those not in attendence were in for some major FOMO.

The Canadian born DJ is known for his flexible sets and intuitive mixes based on the crowd’s reactions… this night was no different and perhaps one of the highlights. His ability to switch from old school hip-hop to a hard dub step mix of Martin Solveig’s “+1” then back to a Top 40 rap banger satiated the ear-candy cravings of all involved. He transitioned from song to song organically and in the moment. An overall A-grade night out can be completely created off an effortless atmosphere alone in which each song played is “your” song…. A-Trak did just that.

He began with a scratch and bass-heavy track followed by a series of phenomenal drops of which the beat would build and held onto just long enough to keep the crowd on their toes (and anxiously awaiting to press the button to record their Snap Chat videos). “Place On Earth”, by the artist and Zoofunktion, began with its peppy piano-rich house sound but was then masterfully mixed to further funkify the synths and repetitive kick bass. It went from a big, bright anthem to a moombah tribute…but wait, it got even better. From there he spun it into Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” for one of the most raucous moments of the night.

While cell phones were held high and inhibitions on the low, the DJ then went into a series of newer rap chart toppers like Rae Sremmurd’s “Come Get Her” before putting his thing down, flipping, and reversing it with, wait for it, Will Smith’s 1990 “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” theme song. Mind blown and so many nostalgic feels (cut to me doing the “Carlton” pressed up against other 80s babies thoroughly enjoying the flashback).

I could argue that A-Trak is best at his hip hop and rap-influenced mixes, but what he wrapped up with makes me question not only that, but also my entire human existence. He busted out nearly every recent single of his, from “Place On Earth” to “Out The Speakers” to “We All Fall Down”. Literally the only cherry that could have topped his double-decker extra fudge sundae of a set would have been “Ray Ban Vision”, a 2010 collab he did with Cyhi the Prynce.

Sweaty and satisfied. That’s my takeaway. If it’s not quite eloquent enough, I’ll leave you with the parting words of one club goer that went from stranger to instant bestie within a moment of exchanged wide-eyed glances…. “It is lit, fam.”


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Hardwell in Pittsburgh and Columbus February 2016


The two-time DJ Mag crowned #1 World DJ is eponymous with the big house genre while also daring to delve into progressive trance. Although his title was taken from him in 2015- with much scrutiny from fans and fellow DJs- Pittsburgh and Columbus are both awaiting his February arrivals like the royalty he has become.

Out of the 11 stops on Hardwell’s North American Bus Tour, he’s spending time with Prime Social Group and friends for two. He will take the stage at the 31st Street Studios in Pittsburgh- which not too long ago threw a Kaskade concert so full of love, lasers, kandi, and confetti that I’m still trying to pick my jaw up off the warehouse space’s floor. This is a must-see venue and artist. Hardwell’s special guests will be Thomas Newson and Kill The Buzz. Newson is a spry 19-yr-old DJ with recent release “Pallaroid”- which was rumored to be an unreleased Hardwell track originally. Kill The Buzz rounds out the Three House-kateers with an electro twist on songs like “Dreamin” available on his SoundCloud page.

The Dutch DJ (also referred to as my “rave bae” unbeknownst to him) then makes his way to The Bluestone in Columbus for a Feb. 28 set that one can only hope will be as spiritual of an evening as the event space itself. If so, consider me Hozier and take me to church (Lord forgive me for my synths). The Bluestone is a 19th-century Baptist church converted to a music worshippers haven. Insert praying hands emoji here if Hardwell concludes the transcendental journey with “Birds Fly”, a futuristic ballad the artist himself considers one of his most “special tracks” on the We Are United album released in January 2015.

His heavy four-count hits can also be expected, to which we can all agree will bring down the house (Jesus’s house, mind you). “Chameleon” with Hardwell and Wiwek is a big sound club anthem starting off hyphy from the get go. What unifies Hardwell and his music to fans is the message he sends both prolifically and also literally that we are all united (hint from Captain Obvious: his debut album artist shares this sentiment). Songs like “Survivor” with Dannic ft. Haris and, well, basically his entire Ultra 2015 set showed that Hardwell is a total team player putting no “I” in “team” and for that we are thankful. And to bring it full circle, check out the Miami music festival clip above to see his bomb remix of “Take Me To Church”.

Buy your tickets to see Hardwell in Columbus and/or Pittsburgh here


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The Perfect Playlist for an Entry-Level EDM Listener


Think about graduating from college: you don’t just walk into the job market and take the CEO’s spot (unless your Dad owns the company, lucky). You have to start somewhere, and that’s why entry-level positions exist. Here is that equivalent for those looking to get their feet wet in the vast, refreshing pool that is Electronic Dance Music.

If you like “Where Are U Now” by Justin Bieber f. Skrillex & Diplo
A little music math: add more Diplo and subtract the Biebs. Now you’ve got the makings of a club hit that newbies can comfortably transition towards as a wavering toddler would when taking his/her first steps. This 90s-inspired track from Diplo is a departure from his other latest as one-half of Jack U, with a catchy AF sampling of Jade’s 1992 “Don’t Walk Away” and a dance hall worthy, synthesized baseline.

If you like “Renegade” by X Ambassadors
Crooning, reflective vocals take on an electronic edge with “Firestone” by Kygo and Conrad Sewell. This track is slow and smoldering, building only at each chorus much like “Renegade”. Both songs are soulful, relying on consistency throughout, and provide smooth melodies for chillaxing during a low-key weekend.

If you like “Downtown” by Macklemore
Kitschy is your middle name if you wore this song out with your stock model speakers on a sweet moped, and I can’t help but love ya for it. “Intoxicated” by Martin Solveig and GTA has the same retro vibe with plenty of cowbell (though I could argue that there’s never enough cowbell); however, it will help you explore entry-level electronic elements like a grooving set of house horns. Both songs are guaranteed to force you to publicly showcase your signature dance moves like the lawnmower or wax on-wax off.

If you like “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld
Congratulations! You’ve already been listening to a crossover hit… this whole time you thought you were basic, but turns out your foray into EDM started earlier this year with the upbeat, commercial house sound of “Love Myself”. Take it up a notch with the self-loving, playfully sensual sound of Galantis’s “Peanut Butter Jelly”. The lyrics beg for explanation similar to Steinfeld’s and the tracks share big builds with pulsating beats to give you all the good vibes.

If you like “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars
I see your funk factor and raise you with “Money Makin'” by Dillon Francis and A-Trak. There’s a ton of techno elements to this track but it also lends an irreverent feel similar to that of “Uptown Funk”. Keep your 70s-style burnt orange pimp suit on, Google basic shuffle moves, and you’re good to go.

If you like “Good For You” by Selena Gomez f. A$AP Rocky
Take the “love is a drug and I’m addicted” sultriness of this R&B song and add a little more vocal auto-tune…now you’ve got the oh-so orgasmic “Temptation” by Bondax and Erik Hassle. Both songs crave a replay with muted melodies and equally compelling, undulating beats that beg you to stay. You are officially not testing the waters anymore, young Jedi, you’re drowning and you definitely don’t want saved.


A-Trak Slated to Slay at Sway


As a DJ who has won several world titles, only the most epic of performances can be expected of A-Trak, as his current tour makes a stop at Sway in Columbus next month. A-Trak’s reliable track list is full of methodic, building bass lines and highly-contagious melodies but also big sound club bangers worthy of a few ear-gasms like “We All Fall Down”.

His latest releases seem to blur the lines between electronic, dance, and pop with house influences marching masterfully to each clean chord progression. This should be no surprise by the guy who commonly speaks out against pigeonholing artists into genres. What matters is that his technique is on fleek- as the cool kids would say- and even the most mild EDM enthusiasts (hello Beliebers) will find something to latch on to.

A-Trak is slated to play Jan. 2 downtown at a newer space on the scene, Sway. The part tapas lounge, part nightclub has had a steady stream of reputable DJ’s spin including Eric Prydz and Sidney Sampson. Michael Mercer, Director of Operations and Marketing at Sway, said A-Trak has brought in the largest “day one” ticket sales since opening; impressive with everything going on around New Years Eve and that weekend.

For avid A-Trak listeners, myself included, here’s to hoping he brings his signature scratching to Ohio. Watch his YouTube channel original “Short Cuts” videos to get up to speed on the mind-blowing madness that is his undeniable skill set below. A personal favorite is Episode 8: Beat Steady where he rips apart “Beats Knockin” by Jack U then sews it back together with the agility and precision of a master tailor. That’s one bad ass seamstress. “Landline” is another scratch-heavy hit that only A-Trak can be accountable for, as his transitions are virtually seamless.

A-Trak as a whole is such an amalgam we may even hear a hint of trap or full-on hip hop to his set (he has, after all, work with Yeezus himself Kayne West). You never know with the DJ and yet you do know all at the same time…make sense? Expect songs you can sip on all night like a high-quality liquor of your choosing but also what I call “treadmill tracks” which you can take straight to the dance floor.

Buy your tickets to see A-Trak @ Sway on 1/2/16 here


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A-Trak in costume at Haunted Fest 2014


Kaskade Doesn’t Make You Feel Alone


Ever since I first became lost in the music at my first EDM event, I have been pursuing that feeling over and over again. From small time gigs to the big stage, it all is so richly satisfying. Kaskade is the name everyone should have on their music playlist. He has been breaking the sound barrier for years now in the EDM industry and stands up there with the big guns like Tiesto and Armin Van Buren. I remember one of my favorite songs of his, “4AM” which was released in 2007, instantly drilled his name into my head. Its release date was actually around the same time I first began listening to this type of music. I would find the latest music and buy it on iTunes and walk around my school with Kaskade flowing out my headphones. Years went on, new music was released, and his album “Dynasty” (2010) stole the show once again. Then “Fire and Ice” (2011) came out the following year. So like the big fan I was, I kept his music in my personal playlists and enjoyed them week in and week out.

It wasn’t until I grew older until I decided to make the effort to go to events. It was hard being young as so many great events were 18 and up. Luckily my first event was for 16 and up and I was 17, what are the chances? So off to Steve Aoki and Datsik I went! The lights, the people, and the sound! Tantalizing! That night forever changed the way I looked at EDM, in only the best way possible. The summer of that year I had missed the chance of being able to go to the Digital Dreams Festival in Toronto, Canada (my hometown). The lineup was huge and Kaskade was to perform on the main stage. So instead, I scoured YouTube and watched the highlights of what I had missed. Since 2012 I have been patiently waiting Kaskade to perform local (which I live in Pittsburgh). Sure enough, a few years later Kaskade shows up on the event list in Pittsburgh and my ticket is purchased IMMEDIATELY. Nothing would prevent me from making it to the event.

Two days before the big night, my partner in crime became sick, unable to make it to see Kaskade with me. Since I paid for my ticket I did not want to have to miss out on the night. I tried to work something out with another who wanted to go but could not acquire a ticket. So I was stuck with the choice of going alone or missing out on a rare opportunity to see a childhood favorite. I was constantly working up the courage to go alone; from reading others experiences alone on Reddit, to speaking with friends who ventured to events alone. It seems everyone has such a common feeling about being alone and worried that they won’t fit in. But believe me when I say this, YOU FIT IN. I am a true blue EDM scene person so that wasn’t much to worry about. In a sense it was what others would perceive seeing me all by myself. Would they point you out as a loner? Would they think you’re weird? No! It’s all the negative questions that fly through your head that lead you to feeling down about going alone, and once you realize that you feel fine.

So, I find my way driving to 31st Street Studios that Thursday evening, music blasting in my car, glow sticks at the ready, and my party face on. Getting to and through the line was a breeze. First thing you hear walking in to the giant warehouse venue is CID laying out some good mixes. I showed up a bit after the doors opening. I made my way to the bar and had a few drinks to loosen up before heading into the crowd of people dancing around the stage. I had a few people walk up to me and compliment me on my shirt, BOOM, some of the anxiety taken away within the first 20 minutes! CID was mixing, the crowd was jumping and the people were great! I had worked my way into the masses fairly close to the stage, and by masses I mean thousands of people. It was there where I had the pleasure of meeting a small group of people who were friendly enough to have myself join them in shuffling. They were kind, energetic, and eager to have a good time. These are the people you meet at EDM events, which cycles back to PLUR (peace, love, unity, and respect). It was only minutes later I had met a few other people who taught me how to glove. For those of you who are not familiar with gloving, I highly recommend you to check this video out here. When CID wrapped up, Milo & Otis shook the stage. These guys know how to get the crowd jumping. They shook the building with their vivid trap remixes like Skrillex’s “Recess”. And then of course my favorite song, “Trap Arms”, which had me and my new found friends just losing it! Their set left my arms feeling like rubber, unable to move.

All of this time went by and the biggest fear of going alone had disappeared. When I thought about it at the time of the event, I couldn’t even remember what I was feeling a few hours ago. It was like all the fear and disconcerning thoughts had left, and I was lost in the music. Kaskade only made my mind chase the music even more. He opened with a beautiful, yet simple screen show to “I Remember” which Deadmau5 and Kaskade worked together to release. It was the perfect opening. Every single person was focused on that stage. He dropped the track said “What’s up Pittsburgh” and the rest was history. Laser lights, stobe lights, fog cannons, and confetti made this old warehouse into Kaskade’s perfect Atmosphere. My favorite track he played had to have been “A Little More”. I let my lungs push out all the air they could to sing along to the lyrics and when the beat dropped, I remember jumping so high trying to reach up to the ceiling. Lasers soared over our heads, and the confetti dropped from above, making that moment perfect. A moment that will be everlasting.

If I had to regret anything, it would be that I didn’t make my sick friend go. An experience like this doesn’t happen often so sometimes you just need to grab hold and stay along for the ride. Going alone was probably the best decision I made all year. It brought new light into the EDM scene for me and made me truly experience the music first hand since you don’t have anything to worry about! I look at going to other events know by myself, if someone wants to tag along its still going to a good time. But regardless, going alone is the most fun you will have while keeping most of your clothes on. I encourage anyone who ever had doubt, or has doubt, to just do it! Shia Labeouf would say the same thing… or many Shia Labeoufs… Your choice.



Photo Credit: Jeff Forney and Mitchell Mathews

Coyote Kisses Weekend Playlist (Blackout Edition)

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Coyote Kisses are a producer duo based out of Florida that know how to JAM. The “Six Shooter” producers curated this weekend’s ‘Blackout Edition’ playlist, which is a stellar set of songs for your holiday/weekend enjoyment. The tracklisting is below and also check out the guy’s thoughts about each track!


Martin Solveig Ft. Kyle – Hey Now (E-V Custom Bootleg) [Free Download]


E-V‘s remix game has been on point in 2013, releasing re-works of several mainstream songs. Most recently, E-V dropped his first ever single “Marching In“, which has been steadily growing in support from EDM audiences widespread.

E-V newest remix is of Martin Solveig‘s hit song “Hey Now”. This rendition is solid because E-V adds a custom chorus to it plus his now signature electro-house drop that’s WILD. “Hey Now” is an entertaining song by itself, however, if you’re a fan of E-V the DJ and the music producer, then his version is definitely something you need to check out also download. Take a listen to E-V’s “Hey Now” remix and download it for free by liking E-V on Facebook.

Download: Martin Solveig Ft. Kyle – Hey Now (E-V Custom Bootleg)

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Watch Enferno’s Preview Video To Upcoming Remix “F#ckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt”

Back in the middle of this summer, Enferno put out a YouTube video of himself cutting up the decks on A-Trak’s ‘Short Cuts’ Series. The song he used in that video was a remix to Will Brennan‘s “R&R” and was eventually released on Steve Aoki‘s Dim Mak Records. Enferno, formerly known as DJ Enferno is an underground remix producer/turntabilist, from Washington D.C., who produces music through improvisation. 

Out today is Enferno’s newest remix “F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit” that he also streamed as a video prior to the song’s release. What’s special about DJ Enferno is his approach to music. He’s a muscian who can also DJ with flare. His turntabilism skills, behind the decks, are profound and his ability to produce label-level releases on the fly is brilliant. In this “F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit” live remix video, with the assistance of a only keyboard, a Maschine, and turntables, DJ Enferno discharges a barrage of bumpin’ basslines, and dirty samples from Rick Ross‘ catchy chorus, while controlling the songs tempo effortlessly. After watching this cool video its no wonder he’s ranked as one of America‘s best DJ every year, because he makes grinding look easy with dope videos like these. Enferno’s remix to Jay Z’s “F#ckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” will be out this Thursday. 

Flux Pavilion’s ‘Freeway EP’ is Out Now On iTunes and Is Streaming in Full Via Soundcloud!

Flux Pavilion - Freeway EP

Below, you can stream the Flux Pavilion‘s Freeway EP in FULL via soundcloud. The EP is OUT NOW on iTunes for purchase and features 2 new songs that were not public before today. Those songs are “Freeway” and “Mountains & Molehills” rounding out the 5 song EP, which is the UK producer’s first project since Blow The Roof (2013). Take a listen to Flux Pavilion’s Freeway EP and grab it off iTunes.

iTunes: Flux Pavilion – Freeway EP

Watch The Music Video Of Tommy Trash’s “Celebrate” Remix By Empire of the Sun [Out Now]

Watch the music video to Tommy Trash’s remix of Empire of The Sun’s “Celebrate”, and buy it on iTunes to support the fight against aids.

iTunes: Empire of the Sun and Tommy Trash – Celebrate (Tommy Trash Remix)