Hamilton - You Had It
There is no lying, I’m guilty of following UKF on YouTube.
UKF seems to have commercial Drum & Bass figured out.
I’ve already got Hamilton’s release of “You Had It” on the “Schema EP”.
Looking forward to more. Check it out. CHOON! :)
And if you haven’t already, check out my Beats Playlist on YouTube.
Contains: Liquid Funk, Drum & Bass and Drumstep. I update it almost daily.
SPL feat. Nathaniel Knows - Put Your Hands in the Air
When I first started to DJ, just like anything, the first things you set yourself on will always be with you. When I first got to Melbourne, I got Sam Pool’s (SPL) The Death EP on wax, and it blew my mind. I had only just got into Drum & Bass when I picked up Pendulum’s Tarantula with Fasten Your Seatbelt on the flip. Obviously these artists shaped my tastes. Fresh had just come out with his album Escape from Planet Monday, however I had his The Immortal on wax with Living Daylights on the flip. After I got into Drum & Bass, I dipped into Happy Hardcore, and with recent trends, Dubstep.
Now it’s 2013, we got SoundCloud. I was looking around my SoundCloud feed, not a huge amount of content, I don’t like to be bombarded with tracks. I saw SPL’s track Put Your Hands in the Air that featured another artist I wasn’t familiar with, Nathaniel Knows.
Pressed play, expecting anything, as of recent SPL has been dipping into abit of Trap & Bass, not a huge shift from Darkstep.
So I get this Trap, Happy Hardcore, almost retro 8-bit sound with a guy screaming “Hey”. Later get that classic hardstyle shuffle bridge, suddenly another guy screams “Everybody hands in the -” Then the Trapstep drops. Pew pew pew, lazers n shit.
Get into this track, the elements are fun, fantastic and a little frightful.
We got ourselves another Phat Kid in the squad! Maison Looi is going to be fixing you up with all kinds of bass music, with an affinity to liquid DnB vibes. we can’t wait to see what he’ll be contributing alongside the other Phat Kids on the blog. Be sure to check out his sounds as he’s been quite a busy boy on the production side of things and can’t wait to start bringing something else to the table here.
Source: SoundCloud / Maison Looi
EDM facebook community group M8 do you even compress has a reputation amongst hipsters and smug producers of EDM as being an in-joke of endemic proportions.
However, the joke is on them. M8 do you even compress is a valuable resource for aspiring producers, and is full of down-to-earth…
Smile on Impact
A friend of the Dat Phat crew Smile on Impact has been rocking Melbourne for a long time. A brain so full of music knowledge that he has his own tv show teaching young up and coming producers how to hone their craft. He is well known for producing some pretty damn heavy tracks including some within the genre he coined laser crunk, i could see this kicking off after everyone has finished being OG Trap Fiends. I had a quick chat to SOI about everything music including how he came to finding such a wicked name.
K: So how did it all begin?
S: I started sequencing with a shareware program called Fasttracker 2, when I was 15. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FastTracker_2 A friend gave it to me on a floppy disc. I bought a Pentium 100 second hand for $400 and that was my first computer. I used to record my tracks to tape and then listen to them on my walkman on the bus to school.
K: Where did the name come from?
S: I just wanted a name that could be the title of a movie, a novel, a piece of software, a band or anything. Trying to get away from the whole ‘DJ hardarse’, ‘Audiophonisism’ or ‘First Name-Last Initial’ kinda thing. I guess it’s also about personal power and never letting any situation interfere with ones happiness.
K: Who’s throwing the best parties at the moment?
S: I decline to answer such an incriminating question! ;)
K: What was your first record you bought?
S: The first vinyl I bought would be the ‘Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine’. A great album full of late 80s midi sequencing. Nine Inch Nails went on to be my biggest influence and probably still hold the title of my favourite album being; ‘The Fragile’.
K: Out of all the tunes you have, which one ‘never fails?’
S: I did a bootleg Moombahton edit of ‘Azealia Banks - 212’.
I’ve been playing it for over a year now, in every set. Does not matter if it’s 10pm or 3am. It just works! It’s the opening track from this mixtape from last year. https://soundcloud.com/smileonimpact/110-mitape-demo
K: How big is your vinyl collection? What do you think of CDJ’s?
S: My Vinyl collection is tiny, a few old gems, nothing to DJ with. I came into DJing just around the time vinyl stopped making sense. I love CDJs and am at home with a pioneer set-up.
K: Other DJs you rate?
S: Anyone who has seen Nick Thayer cannot deny his talents. Andy C is also amazing, I love the BIG Drum & Bass shows.
K: Do you pre plan your sets?
S: I pre-plan the big gigs and let it fly on the bar gigs. I think that’s pretty common.
K: What advice would you give to up and coming DJs/Promoters?
S: Unless you are compelled by it, unless you wake up in the morning thinking about it. unless it’s something you have to do with your life, get the fuck outta the way! The market is crowded.
K: Where do you currently play and where can the readers expect to see you perform?
S: I play regularly at First Floor on Brunswick street and House of Maximon in china town, Melbourne.You can also see me do special sets at Bass Parties in Melbourne, Interstate and the occasional Asia club.
If you wanna find out some more info about Smile on Impact Check out his FB and SC accounts!
”A sweet-looking Japanese girl who, one day, decided to take self-portraits..of herself levitating. She can be spotted in and around Tokyo, equipped with her SLR and her self-timer. When she feels the moment strike, she presses the shutter button down and then, quite literally, “jumps” into place. What I love most about her shots is that they don’t feel forced. Natsumi has a way of making us feel as though she naturally levitates throughout life. When I asked her how others react to her jumping around Tokyo, here is a funny story that she shared. “One day, when I was jumping at a famous sightseeing spot in western Tokyo, workers at a souvenir shop were frightened by how I was jumping. They were whispering things like ‘Is the girl mentally ill’ and ‘Do we need to call the police?’ “So I stopped jumping and apologized to them by saying, ‘I am taking jumping photos for my wedding party’s slide show.’ Their faces turned bright red, and they said things like ‘Oh dear!’ and ‘Congratulations!’ and even ‘Keep jumping!’
Oh fuck yes a million times!!!! O_O
Source: SoundCloud / Destroid