2012 is coming to a close, and what a year it has been for music. EDM continued its climb into mainstream popularity, and new producers pushed themselves into the limelight. Here are some favorites of some local DJs and promoters.
“Just Alex” Amerio – “Easy” - Porter Robinson & Mat Zo
“Play It Again Sam” Simpson – “Fate or Fortune” – Psyko Punkz
Mert Mavis – “You Are Not Alone” – Daniel Portman
Kieran “MRKLM” Manzai - “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepson
“Because it is catchy and ladies like it, even as a man you cannot deny its greatness in the pop music world.”
David “Time Traveler” Alexander – “Feel the Love” – Rudimental
“I don't even like drum and bass but the vocal is undeniable”
“I love how full of energy and bright the sound of it is. I can't help but air drum into the chorus every time.”
Sointex Jambis – “Inspector Norse” - Todd Terje
“Starts off cheesy, but before I know it i'm tappin hands or feet and humming along. Hard to pick ONE favorite though.”
Matt “Slumber” Kissell - “The Goose that Got Away” – Objekt
“This song as well as artist defies every musical genre and just produces the best rhythmic and bass filled combinations to dance too. The song doesn't revolve around over amplified drops or obnoxious female pop samples, but rather keeps a filthy rhythm over a round hard hitting bass.”
DJ Barticus - “2 Reasons ft. T.I.” – Trey Songz
Most honest song of the year.
Alex “Fear” Fiehrer – “Beam Me Up” – Cazzette
“The energy in that song is incredible, hard to beat on the dance floor imo.”
Anthony “Entel” Bergamesca – “I Don’t Like You (Nicky Romero Remix)” – Eva Simons
“The vocals and piano are beautiful and the song then gets super heavy. A good dancefloor mover/mood setter for any party.”
Logan “Bedroom Punishment” Sheldon - “Jokes On You (Kill the Noise Remix) – Kill the Noise
“All in bad taste and good fun.”
Brandon “B-Funk” Thompson - “Bonfire” – Knife Party
“”I am really bad at ranking songs because I love them all and when I rank one I think of another right after. This easily could have been Greyhound, Sleaze, or Express Yourself. But going with “Bonfire.” First time I heard it was when I arrived in Hilton Head and I was like ‘whuuuuut is this?’ I like it for two reasons: 1. The energy is undeniably high coupled with a fun melody 2. Walter White rolls to this jam.
Chad “Black Rabbit” Vasquez - “Chain Hang Low (Crizzly & AFK Remix) - Jibbs or “Sleaze” - Knife Party
“Those two rock my shit.”
Jonathon Maple - “Spectrum” - Zedd or “For You ft. Zoe VanWest” – Ian K
“Its hard to judge between the two here because they both came out or got early an early copy during events in my life that made them that much more impact-full."Spectrum" just is full ranged and doesn't pander to the dubstep drop and instead lets you get lost in all the elements. "For You" while UK Hardcore has the ‘for the feels’ aspect while keeping the energy high, it’s part of the reason I love the Hardcore scene because everyone responds and sings along while dancing however they feel without a care in the world.”
Kyle “Overwaves” Rutherford - “The Veldt ft. Chris James” – deadmau5
Just an overall beautiful song, from the music, to the vocals, to the music video. Joel and Chris connecting through Twitter was probably the greatest thing that happened to his album as a whole, mainly because this song puts this whole song on a different level.
11/30/2012 Jack Shack 008/009 DJ B-Funk/Mission Man
DJ B-Funk tracklist:
Goin In Bitter Sweet Figga (B-Funk Bootleg) Skrillex/Gorilla Zoe Basshead_6 Foot (B-Funk Bootleg) Bassnectar/Lil Wayne Holdin' On (Skrillex & Nero Remix) Monsta Kyoto Gets Their Roll on No problem Skrillex/Big Tymer/Diplo Thumbs Up (Original Mix) Kill The Noise, Feed Me L'AmOUr Edit (110 to 128) (B-Funk Tool) Bingo Players Let Me See your Rave Weapon (B-Funk Bootleg) Alex Metric/Joe Brunning GTA - Booty Bounce (Original Mix) GTA Tourniquet_Wiggle It (B-Funk Edit) Knife Party YEAH (2011 edit)- 12A Steve Angello Blood Rush (Original Mix) - 11A Swanky Tunes Grindin - Original Mix - 4A Afrojack, Shermanology Make Some Noise (Original Mix) - 9A Chuckie, Junxterjack Kangaroo (Original Mix) - 6A Sander Van Doorn, Julian Jordan Bazinga Metrum (B-Funk Bootleg) Fedde Le Grand Rage Valley (Original Mix) - 2A Knife Party Dynasty (128-140 House to Trap Tool) Dada Life/Kaskade/Dienasty Harlem Shake - 3A Baauer Smack My Bitch Up (Noisia Remix) The Prodigy Out Of Space The Prodigy Original Don (Luminox Remix) - 11A Diplo
DJ B Funk
Mission Man set list:
Playin' a Little Basketball Chillin at the Papa You Gotta Want It I Don't Need Wonder No Ego Do What You Love
11/29/2012 Level Up Tonight !
In honor of one of the very last shows in Athens I have decided to do a music preview of some of the local talent. Tonights closers Black Rabbit & Just Alex have been pushing there musical talents into the production arena and here is a taste of the good life.
11/28/2012 Bedroom Punishment Insomnia Playlist #4 HOUSE MUSIC!
Got a new look for the site and some very new music for you to sample. As Overwaves takes the week off to work on a video project and I have decided to keep you all musically entertained with some of the best HOUSE MUSIC I have been blasting lately.
11/22/2012 Happy Thanksgiving From ATHENS
Thanksgiving: a celebration of the annual fall harvest and a time for families to get together. For college students, it is a time to get away from cheap meals and dining hall food so they can have a few days’ worth of home cooked meals. And for OU students that are still getting used to the quarters to semesters switch, it is a very good time to catch up on sleep.
For me, I get pretty excited to indulge in higher grades of alcohol compared to the 40s and cheap beer that I have to drink while in Athens. I also prefer mashed potatoes and gravy, with stuffing nowhere in sight of my plate. Everyone across the nation as well as in Athens will be different in comparison to me. I asked some of Athens’s DJs what their favorite part of the holiday is, what their favorite Thanksgiving food is, or even something they are thankful for in the EDM world.
Here is how a few of them responded.
Andrew “Air Marshall” Gang: “Stuffing, nuff said.”
Neal “Dr. Katz” Mohr: “A different stuffing than Air Marshall’s.”
Dave “Time Traveler” Alexander: “I’m thankful to all the DJs and producers who make the Athens electronic music scene great. I'm also thankful for all our fans and friends who support Dave Rave. We wouldn't be able to do what we do without your support.”
“Play It Again Sam” Simpson: “Cranberry sauce.”
Chad “Black Rabbit” Vasquez: “I have to be thankful for the soul food the black side of my family provides.....and black people call it dressing, not stuffing.”
Logan “Bedroom Punishment” Sheldon: “I am thankful for Big Speakers and Shot Girls. Also ditto to what Dave said.”
Arthur “Empty Cups” Henke: “Cranberry sauce and grandparents.”
Geoff “Möbius B-Side” Backstrom: “The much needed break from school (esp with semesters), large amounts of food, family reunification, hometown friends, the time to update/catch-up my music collection, and the reminder of just how fortunate we are to be living in the place/time we are now”
“Just Alex” Amerio: “I am thankful for Kyle Rutheford, curved automation in Ableton 9, and cinnamon rolls.”
DJ Barticus: “I'm thankful for that William DeVaughn song that everyone thinks is sung by Curtis Mayfield.”
Gerret “Garth Vader” McWhorter: “I am thankful for all of the support that I personally been given by all of the big DJs in Athens this year. David Alexander, Brandon Thompson, and Aaron Thomas I am thankful for all of the opportunities that you have given me so far this year. It has really helped me out getting where I am today.”
11/21/2012 DJ B-Funk Bootleg Mini Mix
Mini mix from one of Athens's premiere DJs. Great blend of original bootlegs, from heavy bass to hard electro.
Download the bootleg pack here: http://www1.zippyshare.com/v/25110098/file.html
Track list: 1. Skrillex vs Gorilla Zoe - Goin In Bitter Sweet (B-Funk Bootleg) 2. Bassnectar vs Lil Wayne - 6 Foot Bass Head (B-Funk Bootleg) 3. Green Velvet vs Hard Rock Sofa - Flash Here we Go (B-Funk Bootleg) 4. Martin Solveig vs Eva Simons - I Don't Like the Night Out (B-Funk Bootleg)
5. Beltek - GO! Forever Young (B-Funk Bootleg) 6. Alex Metric vs Joe Brunning - Let Me See Your Rave Weapon (B-Funk Bootleg) 7. Nero vs Nicky Romero - WTF are these Promises (B-Funk Bootleg) 8. Buraka Som Sistema - Ba Ba Ba (128 - 70 B-Funk DJ Tool)
11/14/12 Creating DJ Entel
As made obvious in the video, Anthony isn’t into the scene for any money or fame. DJing to him is more of an internal thing to help deal with stress, yet just to have all around fun.
What isn’t mentioned in the video is that Anthony started much of his production career around his junior year of high school. Though much of his production originates in electronic music, hip hop production quickly stole his heart.
“All my friends liked rap. That’s where really I started to learn how to produce on my own outside of electronic music was making hip hop samples for my friends to rap over.”
When it comes to both DJing and production, Anthony looks up to Steve Angello the most because of his ability to adapt. Anthony cites Angello as beginning much of his DJ career in the 90s using standard vinyl records. With the involvement of DJs towards the computer side, Anthony appreciates how Angello has adapted to that, as well as evolving as a producer into an icon in the scene. But what draws Bergamesca most to Angello is that he has stayed humble, stayed true to his fans, and hasn’t let fame get to his head.
The name Entel actually comes from joking around with his little brother.
“When I was in my senior year of high school, my little brother and I would toy around with names. He would come into my room and ask, ‘What’s your DJ name today?’ Then he would say, ‘If you need the DJ intel, go to my older brother. He’ll give you all the intellectual stuff you need.’ So that just kind of stuck as a name.”
Anthony hopes to use his education towards mixing live bands and tracking instruments in a studio behind a 64-channel mixer. Right now, he doesn’t know if he will pursue DJing as much as a career because of it being a hobby he loves doing around campus.
Besides hip hop and electronic music, Anthony is a secret metalhead. He grew up on bands like As I Lay Dying and August Burns Red, and continues to stay fond of the genre. Anthony is also a big indie music fan.
To sum him, Anthony Bergamesca has true potential. He knows what to do when it comes to individual music production, but also has the chops and ability to work with others. Even if self-producing doesn’t take him anywhere big, he has a good chance to do well within a professional recording studio. My advice is to enjoy the Sophomore for his next two and a half years in Athens. As DJ ENTEL, he is strong in his mixing and song choice and has the ability to tear crowds and dance floors up with his brilliant blend of electro house. Whether in the house party scene or the bar show scene, keep an eye out for this young gun.
11/11/12 BedroomPunishment Insomnia Playlist #3 In my headphones and now yours... Space Laces
I am always partial to Bass and tonight after the Bars have closed and we have had enough of Dad's weekend.... I shall bring it to you in the form of Space Laces.