Archive for June, 2013

seven_lions_logo_hiresSo as most of you know by now, my absolute favorite genre of EDM is Trance. But today I have decided to feature one of my favorite artists right now who produces Dubstep. This is not your typical grimy Dubstep, but actually has an inherently trancey feel. His name is Seven Lions.

I first heard about Seven Lions from his remix of Above & Beyond’s “You Got To Go” but didn’t pay much attention to it because there are so many other good versions, including the Original, Above & Beyond Club Mix and Kyau & Albert Remix. I constantly go back and forth between whether the Club Mix or Kyau & Albert version are better, and sadly the Club Mix is not available on Spotify. Seriously though, take a listen to all of these. I include links unrelated to the posts as a whole because you should check them out as well.

My interest in Seven Lions only began maybe a few months back actually after I heard one of his songs on this sick extreme sports compilation video that I watched with my friend Colin. The song was so discernibly Seven Lions and every time I hear a track by him I can’t help but think of the word “triumphant.” His stuff is just so epic. I also want to thank my friend Andrew for sharing “Cosmic Love (Seven Lions Remix)” with me. I kind of shrugged it off at first, but holy shit is this song awesome.

I think it was my friend Kevin who said that it is nearly impossible to look cool when you dance to Dubstep. But I would try my fucking ass off to look cool if I ever get to see Seven Lions live. Him and Baauer have a close race for my favorite non-Trance producer. And I GET DOWN to Baauer.

So definitely give the songs mentioned above and included below a listen. Turn your volume way up and make sure you have some quality headphones or you’ll miss out on so many of the unique sounds Seven Lions incorporates into his music. Everything just sounds so crisp, yet mixed into a world of chaos.

Let me know what you think.

  1. Seven Lions – Days to Come
  2. Florence And The Machine – Cosmic Love (Seven Lions Remix)
  3. Tritonal – Still With Me (Seven Lions Remix)
  4. Above & Beyond – You Got To Go (Seven Lions Remix)

Bonus Slander Trap Remix: Seven Lions – Days To Come (Slander, 7DS & Direwolfe Remix)

Random Playlist: Trap

For my return post to this blog, I would like to write about an EDM genre that has just recently found its way into my music library and into my heart. That genre is Trap.

I remember the first time I heard of Trap (sometime in early spring of 2012), my friend Brian played “Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix)” in his apartment. The song was unlike anything I had heard before and I thought it was so dirty. Having never heard of the genre, I went home and tried looking it up on Google and Urban Dictionary. However, Trap was such a new genre that there was no existing definitions on either site.

A considerable amount of time passed before I heard about the genre again in the winter. I was pretty late to the Trap game, which can mostly be attributed to me only listening to the Trance on my phone for the entire summer. But I digress…

For those of you that don’t know, Slander is a DJ group comprised of my friends Scott and Derek (they are dope and you need to check them out RIGHT NOW). They have had a HUGE influence on my taste in music over the years and I accredit them with turning me onto Trance, as well as my favorite song of all-time – “Rebound”. Anyway, Slander used to DJ mostly Trance and for whatever reason decided to make the switch to exclusively Trap over the summer. Naturally, this move intrigued me so I had to give it a listen.

Scott sent me a bunch of songs and none struck me more than “Spaceman (Carnage Festival Trap Remix)”. I regard the original “Spaceman” as the best EDM song of 2012 by a long shot, yet Carnage’s remix still finds a way to make it sound even grimier. I then decided to attend a Slander show in the fall where they played to maybe 50 people in Orange County. I remember the set starting off pretty slow and I remained skeptical until about 15 minutes in when they played “F.T.S. (Say My Name Remix)”. The drop at 2:43 is still my favorite Trap drop to this day and the crowd went wild when it played.

After that show, I still didn’t take the time to really explore the genre, but decided to attend two more Slander shows within the month. Trap was really catching my ear and there is no dance move in the EDM space more fun than the Trap dance. I couldn’t find a great video, but it’s all shoulders and elbows. It’s awesome. I then attended Coachella with Slander and all of my Trap-loving friends, and have been hooked ever since. Also, seeing Baauer live is one of the most fun shows I’ve ever seen. Go see him!

***Now I have to make a disclaimer about Trap. The genre pretty much sucks on the whole. There are not nearly enough quality tracks out there and only about five or six solid producers in the genre in my opinion. That being said, it’s still fairly new and when a Trap song’s good, it bangs. If you are looking for specific producers, I suggest checking out Baauer, RL Grime and Flosstradamus to start.

The purpose of this post is to serve as an “introduction to Trap” for those of you who don’t know the genre very well. I’m not saying the songs below are the best the genre has to offer, but I think it is a great starting point to show its diversity.

Also, I use my Soundcloud exclusively for Trap and repost any song I think is worth a listen. So follow me and see what else you might like.

As always, I appreciate your feedback and let me know what you think about Trap!

  1. Hardwell – Spaceman (Carnage Festival Trap Remix)
  2. Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (Diplo & Grandtheft Mix)
  3. Benny Benassi – Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)
  4. Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie (Dillon Francis Remix)
  5. Flosstradamus – Rollup (Baauer Remix)
  6. TNGHT – Goooo
  7. Major Lazer – Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix)

Bonus “baby making” Trap: Usher – Climax (Flosstradmus & Diplo Remix)

I’m Back

EDC VegasIt’s been nearly 16 months since my last blog post, and man has a lot happened to me and my taste in music since. Music has sort of taken a back seat over the last year to some of my other passions – I fell for girl, fell for a few too many video games, graduated from college, went to Europe, moved to LA… and the list goes on. But after attending EDC Vegas this past weekend, I realized that music was and always will be my first passion (or at least until I find the next girl).

What really made me want to start blogging again was a conversation, or more appropriately, a lecture I dictated to five people on a bus back from Vegas. For almost two-straight hours, fellow ravers who also attended EDC listened to me rant and discuss various genres, sub-genres and my overall taste in EDM. They hung on my every word and would not stop asking questions. I loved answering all of them and I sort of forgot what it felt like to share my passion for music with others. I don’t DJ anymore and currently have little to no avenues for sharing my taste in music other than the occasional YouTube video on Facebook.

I really like being a tastemaker and few things make me feel better than sharing what is important to me with others. If I can turn someone onto a new genre of music or a new artist that then becomes as big of a part of their life as mine, then that makes me incredibly happy. And so goes the reasons for continuing with this blog.

I don’t keep up with new music to the extent that I used to. I formerly could listen to a DJs podcast and already have downloaded every song featured on it. Instead, I plan to share playlists (like I used to) of songs that share a common theme, genre or maybe just something I’m vibing on and think people need to give a listen.

I always appreciate feedback on both my writing style and taste in music, so feel free to comment or hit me up on social media if we are connected.

So yeah, I’m back. Let’s see how long this lasts…