Posts Tagged ‘ Performance ’

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.

Introducing The Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB3.


Pioneer upgraded one of their most popular Serato DJ controllers to create the 2-channel DDJ-SB3, designed for dedicated use with Serato DJ Lite (previously known as Serato DJ Intro). The new controller offers an intuitive interface for beginner DJs to craft professional performances and improve their skills.

 

The interface of the DDJ-SB3 is even more intuitive to use than its predecessors, inheriting traits from the layouts of the top models in the DDJ-S series including the introduction of the dedicated play and cue buttons, and the independent Auto Loop button.

In collaboration with DJ Jazzy Jeff, we’ve created Pad Scratch. The brand-new feature on the DDJ-SB3 enables you to reproduce scratches based on the legendary hip hop DJ’s own recordings by simply pressing the Performance Pads. Plus, smooth mixing is a breeze thanks to another new feature, FX Fade. You can use these features to create a professional performance, even if it’s your first time behind the decks.

Bomba Estéreo & Will Smith – Fiesta (Official Remix Video).


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Will Smith recently dropped his first verse in a decade on a remix of Bomba Estereo’s “Fiesta,” and now the actor-returned-rapper is ending his similarly lengthy video drought by appearing in the group’s clip. The new “Fiesta” video takes place at the tail end of a neon-coated warehouse party, with the arrival of a cloaked figure – Smith dressed like it’s an I Am Legend sequel – reigniting the festivities.  In a making-of video for the “Fiesta” remix, Smith again breaks down why he decided to end his hip-hop hiatus by jumping on the Bomba Estereo track. “I was in Colombia with Marc Anthony. He was listening to music and I heard the ‘Fuego, fuego’ and I was like, ‘Yo, that joint is crazy,'” Smith said of hearing the Colombian band for the first time. Smith’s manager happened to be friends with people at Bomba Estereo’s record label, who then provided the actor with the “Fiesta” single. “I said, ‘That is crazy, I need to be on that.'”

Word is also that it’s about to be a legit “Fiesta” at this year’s Latin Grammys. People en Español reports that Will Smith will be joining his new Latin BFFs Bomba Estéreo for a performance of their recent collaboration, which can only be described as an epic carnival with a few bilingual, Big Willie-style verses sprinkled on top as confetti.  “It’s truly an honor for me to perform at the Latin Grammys,” Smith told the magazine. “To be surrounded with so many artists who have made such an impact globally is really exciting to me.”

‘When Will The Bass Drop?’ Live.


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E.A.S.Y. is the new collaboration between DC Area’s Enferno and NYC’s Shiftee. Both former DMC Champions and artists in their own right, Enferno and Shiftee have come together as E.A.S.Y. to start a paradigm shift in the way we think about DJs and live performance.  In their #LiveRemix parody of Andy Samberg’s SNL skit “WHEN WILL THE BASS DROP,” E.A.S.Y. pokes fun at the current “press play” DJ culture before busting out a new original track “Fly Away.” The video showcases their next level turntablism skills and musicianship, but also highlights their stylistic direction and future bass wig wearing ability.

Major Lazer At The World Cup.


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Deutschland has become the country of the World Cup Winners, but soccer wasn’t the only excitement in Rio during the tournament.  Diplo and Major Lazer had quite an electric performance on the rooftop of the Budweiser Hotel in Rio de Janeiro.  Check out the video below.

Orchestral Movements From The Hood.


sir-mix-a-lot-baby-got-backSir Mix A-lot and the Seattle Symphony has come together (I never thought I’d write that sentence) to do what S.M.A. lovingly calls Orchestral Movements From The Hood night.  Now in its third year, Seattle Symphony’s critically acclaimed Sonic Evolution project creates a bridge between the Symphony and Seattle’s storied reputation as launching pad for some of the most creative musicians on the popular music scene. Each year, in celebration of the past, present and future of our city’s musical legacy, Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony commission world-class composers to write orchestral world premieres inspired by bands and artists that launched from, or are related to, Seattle.  In addition to writing a brand new composition inspired by Seattle’s own Sir Mix-A-Lot, composer Gabriel Prokofiev also orchestrated two of the legendary rapper’s most famous hits for this year’s concert, including “Baby Got Back,” for which Sir Mix-A-Lot joined Ludovic Morlot and the Orchestra on stage at Benaroya Hall.

Nissan Bladeglider


 

01-bladeglider-660x439 02-bladeglider-660x469Nissan is out to reinvent road racing, first with the DeltaWing and then the ZEOD RC. Now it’s taking the lessons learned from both cars and applying them to road. And here’s the kicker: Nissan is actually considering putting it into production. This is the Nissan Bladeglider, and it’s a spitting image of its race-bound predecessors, with a triangular shape that’s both incredibly aerodynamic and super light thanks to a carbon fiber reinforced body shell. The front end is just over 3 feet wide, with two skinny tires tucked into the pointed nose and controlled by a Knight Rider-esque steering wheel. There’s seating for three inside the open-air cabin, with the driver’s seat mounted in the middle — à la the McLaren F1 — and sliding laterally towards the Lambo-hinged doors for quick ingress and egress. Two passenger seats and help contribute to its road-hugging 30:70 front-to-rear weight distribution. Nissan isn’t saying exactly what’s motivating the Bladeglider, only hinting that in-wheel electric motors will power the rear wheels, manipulating torque on the fly for maximum performance, with power provided by rear-mounted lithium-ion battery packs. The Bladeglider makes its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, and according to Nissan it could “mature into a production car.”

2013 Lucra LC470


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Featuring a traditional awesome sports car disposition, this 2013 Lucra LC470 is best known for its light weight and performance on road. A unique design of its sleek carbon fiber body. This two-door roadster incorporates two engine options i.e. Mercedes AMG 6.3 V8 engine and GM LS3, (or GM LS7) engine can reach the top speed of 200 mph producing 630 hp @ RPM. Wilwood brakes with the option of 6-piston calipers, tilton pedals, 18-inch wheels shod in 275/35/18 by 315/30/18 tires make sporty connection between the car and road.

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Caterham AeroSeven Concept Car


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Check this exciting new performance concept road car – the Caterham AeroSeven Concept – that Caterham Cars has unveiled at the 2013 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. The Caterham AeroSeven Concept, which draws heavily on methods used by the F1 team, will be the first ever Caterham model to be fitted with traction control. Thanks to a newly developed Caterham Engine Management System, drivers will be able to enjoy fully-adjustable traction and launch control functionality. Based on an updated interpretation of the highly acclaimed Seven CSR platform, the carbon-fiber bodied concept vehicle, which will reach 100km/h (62.5mph) in under 4 seconds, will initially draw its power from the normally-aspirated, EU6-approved, 240ps (237bhp) engine developed by Caterham Technology & Innovation for the recently launched Caterham Seven 485. The AeroSeven Concept is stacked with race car-inspired features, including aerodynamic styling, an exclusive steering wheel with driver-focused functionality, and an intuitive fully active Graphical Display Unit (GDU). Production will remain at the Caterham Cars factory in Dartford, UK. Delivery of the production version of the concept model will begin in Autumn 2014.

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‘FUMA-KAI’ – Ninja’s Bringing The Olympic Rings To Japan


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The japanese collective Enra’s latest performance ‘Fuma-Kai’ shows a group of ninja’s bringing the olympic rings to Japan created by Nobuyuki Hanabusa / Enra.

Ferrari 458 Speciale


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With the 2013 Frankurt Motor Show approaching, Ferrari has taken the wraps off their newest addition to the 458 family– the 458 speciale. Acting as the successor to the previous 430 scuderia and 360 challenge stradale, the new mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta is designed to boost both performance and aerodynamics with a beefed up naturally aspirated V8 that can produce 597 horsepower and 398 lb.ft of torque. Launching from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.0 seconds, the speciale is considered to be the most aerodynamically efficient range production car in ferrari history with front and rear movable aerodynamics which balance downforce and cut drag – a feature that will become standard in future prancing horse production.

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Andreas Nicolas Fischer


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Spectral Density Estimation is a pair of sculptures commissioned by the SECCA and the Winston-Salem Symphony orchestra. Two sound recordings of the first organized tuning were taken at the last 2 orchestra performances of the 2012 / 2013 season. Each recording was analyzed and transformed into a spatial arrangement of the audio frequencies over time. The resulting geometry was then carved into a block of wood from a cedar tree, that had fallen outside the museum.

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Leonid Tishkov’s Private Moon


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If you think this is a series of unearthly photo-manipulations, then you’re wrong. Moscow-based physician Leonid Tishkov is actually traveling the world with his own personal moon. The artist created the moon 10 years ago for a contemporary art performance, after which he took it back to his apartment and eventually started traveling around the world.

“I have traveled Private Moon for ten years and each time the moon reveals more space to me. The moon is a shining point that brings people together from different countries, of different nationalities and cultures,” – says Leonid.

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RMX-1000 Pearl White Performance


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Pioneer is giving DJs and producers another level of choice and versatility, with the release of its groundbreaking RMX-1000 remix station in a striking new color: cool pearl white. The original RMX-1000 is already a must-have in the booth: a three-in-one system comprising editing software, innovative performance hardware, and a controller for the VST and AU plug-ins. And now the RMX-1000 range offers even more flexibility, with the addition of Pro Tools RTAS to the choice of compatible plug-ins. Check out the performance by Jordan Suckley on the RMX-1000 Pearl White.

Stunning McLaren P1 Supercar


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Take a look at the McLaren P1, the next generation ultimate supercar from British sports car manufacturer McLaren Automotive. Designed with one aim in mind, to simply be the best driver’s car in the world, on road and track, the McLaren P1 is one of the decade’s most highly anticipated cars. Inspired by Formula 1 engineering, it will offer exceptional aerodynamics, amazing performance and bespoke design for every owner. McLaren Automotive Regional Director for the Middle East & Africa, Mark Harrison said: “After a successful launch in Bahrain, we are very excited to be bringing the McLaren P1 to the United Arab Emirates, where our retail partner, Al Habtoor Motors, has confirmed huge interest in this unique car. This year marks our 50th year anniversary, so it is apt that we are gearing up to launch a car that we feel will redefine the parameters for performance, on both circuit and road. This is why we have released these unique and stunning images, taken at the BIC, a location absolutely fitting for this supercar. ”

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Re-Design of Alice Tully Hall


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The re-design of Alice Tully Hall is intended to transform the venue from a good multi-purpose hall into a premiere chamber music venue with street identity and upgraded functionality for all performance needs. Tucked under The Juilliard School, the opaque base of Pietro Belluschi’s building is stripped away to reveal the hall’s outer shell. The sloped underside of Juilliard’s expansion serves as the canopy framing the hall, its expanded lobby and box office. A shear one-way cable net glass façade puts the hall on display. The liner of African moabi is tailored around all existing hall features and new programmatic elements to eliminate visual noise and illumination emerges from the wood skin the way a bioluminescent marine organism exudes an internal glow. A percentage of the wood liner is constructed of translucent custom-molded resin panels surfaced in veneer to match and blend seamlessly with the wood, binding the house and stage with light. Like the raising of a chandelier or the parting of a curtain signaling the start of performance, the blush will be part of the performance choreography: a hush will fall in the seconds of transition from distraction to attention when the blushing walls become the first performer.

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Skylar Grey Ft. Eminem – C’mon Let Me Ride (Official Video)


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Skylar Grey is the queen of the trailer park in her new Eminem-assisted video ‘C’mon Let Me Ride,’ which features the singer-songwriter portraying a flannel-wearing hellraiser, an evil plastic surgeon, and a polka-dot-loving girl apparently modeled after Katy Perry. Eminem makes a cameo, which is only fair, since Grey co-wrote his smash ‘Love the Way You Lie.’ Slim Shady delivers a typically campy comedic performance that ends with the rapper towing a kiddie pool full of ladies from the trailer park.

Fabolous In Cannes.


With a passport tatted up like Lil Wayne, Fabolous shows the rest of us just how fab his life is these days. Check it out in the video below as he travels to the lovely south of France to perform for the people.

Kendrick Lamar @ Vitamin Water’s Uncapped.


When it comes to ‘Uncapped’ shows, there’s never a dull moment, but Los Angeles rapper Kendrick Lamar attempted to outdo the whole of his predecessors with an exclusive performance of “No Make-Up (Her Vice)” featuring best coast singer Bethany Consentino. Worlds collided and it sounded awesome.

 

Mix Master Mike: A Serato Icon.


Just incase you may not be up on DJ culture, and who’s who in our world… (or your a DJ who just lives under a f*ckin rock), Mix Master Mike is, and has always been one of the best in the game.  Mix Master Mike is an American turntablist and contributing member of the Beastie Boys.

Mike is undoubtedly one of the greatest DJs of all time, but also one of the most talented turntablists of this era. A beat conductor who plays the turntable, a DJ to inspire and challenge the best of the best.  It’s no surprise he became a Serato Icon.

Rick Ross, Drake, & French Montana – Stay Schemin’ Live In Texas.


Check out an all the way live rendition of the massive mixtape hit ‘Stay Schemin’, recorded by some lucky girl, and performed by Rick Ross, Drake, and French Montana.

Dr. Dre’s Coachella Message To Fans.


With Coachella winding down, I was on the hunt for some more impressive footage (nothing can top the Tupac hologram… that may actually be going on tour soon.)  But in my search for anything additionally entertaining, I found a message from Dr. Dre to his fans.  Check the method below.

The Axis Of Awesome.


Its no surprise to anyone that songs have been recycled throughout time, and some riffs or chords are repeated subliminally every so often.  These are just the facts of music.  I accidentally came across a video featuring a comedic band named ‘The Axis of Awesome’, that proves this point.  They actually proved it a little too well… (It was like shooting a mosquito with a cannon).  Take a look at the 3 piece band below going through all the songs that use the exact same 4 chords.

2Pac’s Back.


“We worked with Dr. Dre on this and it was Dre’s vision to bring this back to life,” said Nick Smith, president of AV Concepts, the San Diego company that created the hologram. “It was his idea from the very beginning and we worked with him and his camp to utilize the technology to make it come to life. You can take their likenesses and voice and … take people that haven’t done concerts before or perform music they haven’t sung and digitally recreate it.

The Tupac hologram was several months in the planning and took nearly four months to create in a studio and though Smith was not able to reveal the exact price tag for the illusion, he said a comparable one could cost anywhere from $100,000 to more than $400,000 to pull off. “I can’t say how much that event cost, but I can say it’s affordable in the sense that if we had to bring entertainers around world and create concerts across the country, we could put [artists] in every venue in the country,”

Drake Performs ”The Zone” Live In Miami.


Drake’s Club Paradise tour has been underway for quite sometime now, but a video from one of his first performances surfaced recently.  Here’s a look at Drizzy performing “The Zone” live in Miami.