Posts Tagged ‘ Music ’

The Wonderfully Creative Caity Costa.


Caity Costa and yours truly… (the world famous DJ Storm) had the pleasure of working with one another the other day, and believe me when I tell you that once you that after working in music studios for over a decade, I know talent when I hear it.  Aside from being a pleasureful and peaceful woman, Caity has a deluge of music that neither myself, nor the folks at my shop looking forward to hearing, and working with her on.  Take a gander at some of her photos below, and if you’d love to hear what she has to perform, you can check out all of her work by clicking right here.

Eminem Is Back… Again (AGAIN).


It seems as if Em has taken the Beyonce route, and randomly released a brand new album titled “Kamikaze” out of the wild blue yonder.  The surprise album is getting a cascading effect of social media reviews a bit late, because no one really knew he was going to put it out.  That being said, there are some surprising tracks on the album including one from the ‘Venom’ movie sound track, but this is definitely one to check out.  Leave any comments you may have about this new release below.  And if you’d like to download it, just click here.

What Is Pizzaoki?


Pastry hurling international dance icon Steve Aoki has decided to temporarily halt the on-stage cake throwing gimmick and pick up the dough roller. The 40-year superstar DJ/producer has just announced the opening of Pizzaoki in his hometown of Los Angeles. As the son of Benihana’s founder, who once told Yahoo Finance he has never received a penny from his father, the inventively named new restaurant seems like a fitting next move for the entrepreneurial mogul.

A themed restaurant in it’s conception, much like the theatrical Japanese chain started by his late father, Aoki says that customers will be able to enjoy quality pizza recipes named after his hit songs — for instance, a classic cheese dubbed “Just Hold On” or the “Mayhem,” a supreme with all the toppings. The new concept also relies heavily on technology for delivery, as Pizzaoki currently lacks a brick and mortar location. Customers can currently place orders through Postmates and Uber Eats.

Ayo… Wendy’s Got Beef?


Beef has long been almost essential an element of hip-hop as the it is to the fast food business but now, the two meanings have merged thanks to an inexplicable, yet ridiculously entertaining mixtape from none other than Wendy’s. That’s right, Wendy’s, the burger joint, the one that’s near-constantly bucking shots at their fry-slinging rivals on Twitter; they’ve taken all that Twitter beef, mashed down into a patty, and served up a hot, fresh helping of surprisingly deft lyrical goodness with We Beefin’?, and it’s honestly, pretty darn good.

Rich Homie Quan Shows How He Makes His Music.


Rich Homie Quan reveals his new LP was made with ‘Hennessy, Weed, Fruit Snacks’. Watch the full interview above.

Black Panther: The Album.


After a few teases, Marvel have announced the release of Black Panther: The Album, which will feature music from and inspired by the Ryan Coogler-directed Marvel Studios film of the same name. The compilation album will be curated and produced by Kendrick Lamar and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith.
“Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director,” Lamar said via a press release.

“The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside [director Ryan Coogler] and Marvel’s vision.”  Along with the announcement, the first single from the album has also debuted. Check out “All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA below, and let us know what you think.

Fans can stream the song and pre-order the album here. No release date has been given, but it’s likely to coincide with Black Panther’s theatrical release on February 16, 2018.

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Dizzee Rascal & Calvin Harris- Hype


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Calvin Harris and Dizzee Rascal team up in the official music video for their brand new song “Hype“!

The 31-year-old English rapper takes on a majority of the screen time in the Emil Nava-directed clip, while the 32-year-old Scottish DJ makes quick cameos throughout.

Check the video below!

A Round Table Discussion ALL Producers Should Watch…


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Over the years, RBMA has brought together artists for joint lectures on the couch. For their Festival New York in 2016, it was the turn of three beatmakers from hip hop’s biggest hit-making city of recent vintage: Atlanta. ATL favorite sons Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital and Zaytoven appeared at Red Bull Studios New York, discussing their early influences and breakout hits, the rise of trap and the producer drop, and their approach to sampling and collaboration. Their hits include work for Future, Drake, Migos, iLoveMakonnen and many, many more.

The Best Rhymers Of All Time


From the simple nursery rhyme–like bars of Kurtis Blow’s “The Breaks” to the smooth East Coast flow of Notorious B.I.G.’s hit song “Hypnotize” to the speedy delivery of Kendrick Lamar’s “Rigamortis,” rhyming in rap music has not only evolved, it’s gotten better.

The video below explores how some of the greatest rappers of all time create memorable, lyrically dense rhymes.

 

Rihanna- Needed Me


Rihanna drops yet another killer video. Still sizzling off last month’s hot and steamy “Kiss It Better” clip, RiRi gets armed and dangerous in the video for her latest Anti single, the DJ Mustard-produced “Needed Me.”

The visuals match the slapper’s strong message of independence. “Didn’t they tell you that I was a savage?” Rihanna confidently asks. “Fuck ya white horse and ya carriage.”

Meanwhile, RiRi struts in all her confident glory, draped in see-through lingerie with a gun in her hand. She slays her way through the clip, riding motorcycles through streets and making her way through a strip club where she finally comes face to face with her target before leaving him in a pool of blood.

Looks can kill in this thrilling video, showing Rihanna is not to be messed with. Watch the lethal clip below.

Rihanna ‘Kiss it Better’


Craig McDean, the director behind Rihanna’s NSFW video for ‘Kiss It Better’, has spoken about the artistic influences behind the video.

McDean is a photographer and filmmaker, who has previously shot Rihanna for magazines such as T and Vogue. In a new interview with The Fader, he opens up about the process of making the ‘Kiss It Better’ video and the leftfield ideas he and creative partner Masha Vayukova had for the clip.

The T cover film was shot in 45 minutes with one light, and a handheld camera. ‘Kiss it Better’ was shot in L.A. four months later over a very long night,” McDean is quoted as saying. “That said, the music video was based off some of the same ideas, which come from surrealism and dadaism. It all comes from you as a person, your inner inspiration and ideas you’ve had inside for a lifetime.”

McDean also spoke about the prominent use of dice in the video, saying: “Me and Masha watch the same kind of films, we look at a lot of books and art and it all merges together on the set, which is a great playground for visual experiments. Sometimes it’s all about combining things that might not make any sense, [like] subconsciousness and dreams. Dice is such a graphic and surrealistic object so it came into play.”

P.Diddy’s Wild Ultra Music Festival After Party Recap


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This man sure knows how to throw a party. Check out P.Diddy’s wild Ultra Music Festival After Party video below!

Street Fighter II DJ Remix – Skratch Bastid


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Watch this Street Fighter II DJ scratch routine remix by Skratch Bastid.

Sabina Marie – Phone Call.


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German model turned Bay Area singer Sabina Marie is continuing on her path to stardom by releasing yet another single.  The song “Phone Call” (produced by Don Wattz) is another deep and bass-heavy track in her string of future hits.  The sultry artist sings over a “Timbaland and Aaliyah” sounding beat, about the stresses of missing the person you love.  Check the method below, and log onto her soundcloud to hear the rest of her music.

 

Missy Elliott – Pep Rally


 

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In quite unpredictable fashion, Missy Misdemeanor Elliott, released a new song via the universally famous “Super Bowl Commercial” ad route.  In a commercial with Alec Baldwin, and Dan Marino, Missy seemingly dropped her next hit.  Check the commercial out below.

And if you want a seat at the ‘Pep Rally’ just check out the video below.

Beyonce – ‘Formation’


The day before Beyoncé takes the stage during the Coldplay-headlined Super Bowl 50 halftime show, the singer dropped her surprise new single “Formation,” her first new song since her Beyoncé: Platinum Edition was released in November 2014. “Formation” is available to stream n beyonce.com

After a largely quiet 2015, this is Beyoncé’s second new video in as many weeks: Coldplay recently unveiled the Holi-inspired clip for their collaborative A Head Full of Dreams track “Hymn for the Weekend.”

Beyoncé was reportedly rehearsing “Formation” during the halftime show preparations leading up to Super Bowl 50. However, it remains unconfirmed whether she’ll debut the song live Sunday at Santa Clara, California’s Levi’s Stadium. Bruno Mars, another previous Super Bowl halftime show headliner, will also appear during Coldplay’s set.

 

The Technics SL-1200 Turntable Returns


 

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In 2010, Panasonic made the odd decision to stop producing the Technics SL-1200MK2, a turntable that’s as much a part of pop culture as it is one of the most revered and reliable ever made. DJs, who depended on the 1200’s powerful direct drive motor and solid tone arm to manipulate the sound of records without skipping, had to rely on the second hand market or alternative brands if they needed a new scratch machine.

The legendary Technics SL-1200 turntable has been a mainstay of the DJ scene for decades now, but the tanklike direct-drive turntable has also long had a quiet reputation for sound quality as well. And for the 50th anniversary of the SL-1200, Technics is releasing two new “Grand Class” models aimed at audiophiles: the aluminum-cased SL-1200G and the magnesium limited anniversary edition SL-1200GAE, of which only 1,200 will be produced. (Get it?)

Apart from the case, the new models all have new “high-dampening tonearm” and a “three-layered turntable,” which are words that audiophiles who buy a limited edition magnesium record player are sure to be excited about. There’s also a new microprocessor controlled direct-drive system which eliminates something called “cogging,” a scrouge so terrible that Technics devotes a full paragraph to it in the press release. Here is that paragraph. Behold its majesty:

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Direct drive turntable systems have been beloved by HiFi enthusiasts since their birth in 1972. However, one problem that direct-drive systems have always faced was sound quality degradation caused by ‘cogging’, or tiny vibrations of the motor and rotational speed fluctuations. However, by combining the knowledge and expertise gained as the originator of direct-drive turntable systems with a newly developed coreless direct-drive motor without iron core, this ‘cogging’ can be eliminated. Any potential minute motor vibrations are suppressed even further by high-precision rotary positioning sensors guided by a microprocessor controlled system; a feature unique to the new Technics turntable.

Vinyl record sales have been booming lately, so it’s not at all surprising that Technics is capitalizing on the SL-1200′s mystique here — we’re actually expecting to see a few high-end turntables at CES 2016. No word on pricing, but expect these to be crazy expensive when the 1200GAE arrives in summer and the 1200G hits late in the year. (Also, 50 years’ worth of SL-1200s are also available on eBay and Craigslist in virtually every city in the world, if you’re that impatient.)

 

 

Christina Milian – Do It (Official Video)


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Christina Milian is gearing up to drop a new EP titled 4U, and today, the singer returns as she delivers her music video for “Do It” featuring her ex-boo Lil Wayne. Check the method.

Daft Punk – Unchained.


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Documentary exploring the pop culture phenomenon of the mysterious music duo Daft Punk, which pulls back the masks of the Grammy award winning French musicians, who are famed for performing in robot attire that hides their faces. Includes radio interviews, rare footage and exclusive interviews with their close friends and collaborators.

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Duckwrth – Psycho (Official Video).


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It’s rare that the music videos provide us with a form of story telling now a days, be it straightforward or more abstract, the Hip Hop video landscape is littered with cars and falling money, and single colored backgrounds.  (No offense to anyone who has a video like that… I’ve been in a few myself).  The social commentary and quick witted delivery of Duckwrth’s single “Psycho” required accompanying visuals that also made a statement.  The sleek and sultry bass lines provided by The Kickdrums, move the video through a few basic but beautifully shot scenes.  Director Nick Snow and crew did a wonderful job, from a full 720 degree tracking shot in the park, to the bright and slightly ominous apartment ending with blood red walls.  Check the method below.

Diplo Talks Music Producing, Rise to Stardom


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There’s no denying the fact that dance music has officially completed its merger with the commercial media. If huge corporate sponsorships at your favorite events or a feature-length film starring Zac Efron weren’t clear indicators, take Diplo on your mother’s favorite morning talk show with Charlie Rose as the strongest example yet. Dance music has gone day-time TV, and you know what? That’s just fine. With Diplo representing the commercial side of dance music on CBS This Morning, it’s evident that his meteoric rise is directly correlated to dance music’s explosion in America within the last five years.

Seeing Diplo, or Wesley, in any setting outside of a human hamster ball steam-rolling a sea of fans always takes a moment to get used to. But as Diplo describes electronic music as the sound of our day, remarking on its accessibility, he explains that finding his current fame was no walk in the park.

Not a classically-trained musician, the Mad Decent label head tells the hosts that his true abilities lie in his creative process, describing the grinding busy work as he slowly established his brand. Diplo divulges on his leap of faith into the music world at age 23 – bouncing between jobs at the zoo, Subway, and an elementary school before taking pop’s top spot. Charlie Rose crowns “Lean On” the song of the summer as the hosts dive into Wes’ work with pop icons Madonna and Justin Bieber, and all the while, Diplo fields their questions with a slick charm.

Though, Gayle King turns the tables in asking Diplo point blank if his “badboy” persona is all just an act. Frankly, it makes you wonder. Considering the way in which Wes describes his rise to fame, relentless work ethic, and desire to push creative boundaries from Jack Ü and Major Lazer to everything in between, Diplo probably doesn’t deserve such a bad rap. In fact, he proves electronic music can be intelligent, and if others were as dedicated, then anyone – even a kid from Florida with no classical music training – can grab a laptop, start creating, and maybe one day take over the world.

Serato DJ 1.8


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Serato DJ 1.8 is the latest major software update for Serato DJs. This update adds Key Detection and Key Display, an update to Pitch ‘n Time DJ allowing Key Shifting and Key Sync, plug and play support for the Pioneer DJ DJM-S9 and user Hardware Remapping. All of this comes with a number of important performance and stability updates.

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Full FX: the RMX-1000 iPad app


The the RMX-1000 for iPad is launching: the tactile iOS app that lets you add high-quality FX to tracks in your iTunes library. The RMX-1000 app comes into its own when linked to the Audiobus app and Inter-App Audio, which will let you add FX to music you’ve made on your iPad.

T-Pain Over/Under


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Watch this interview above with T-Pain as he rates Jeb Bush, ghosts, Helen Mirren, Daffy Duck and Febreeze as overrated or underrated.

Major Lazer – Too Original (feat. Elliphant & Jovi Rockwell)


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