WODNB set to invade North America once again 05.14.10- Toronto Get Ready!

Toronto- Many of you know that we’ve been bringing exclusive tour coverage and updates for the 2010 WODNB North American Tour and the WODNB boys took the tour down to South America after WMC and are now slated to head back to our friends up north in Toronto on May 14! Formation Records will be teaming up with Destiny Productions & TorontoJungle.com to bring you an event that can and should NOT be missed!

If you missed any leg of the US Tour, this is your last chance this year to get up close and personal with some of the world’s best DnB talent, so DONT SLEEP!

GET YOUR PRE-SALES HERE!!!

WODNB Toronto Flyer

Friday 14th May 2010
The Guvernment
132 Queens Quay East
Toronto, ON

HEADLINERS:

LTJ BUKEM + MC CONRAD (Goodlooking UK)
DJ SS (Formation Records / WODNB)

LOCAL SUPPORTING DJS:

EVERFRESH (On Point) [ BIRTHDAY SET ]
DJ SPINZ (Sudden Def, Spinz Cycle, Soul In Motion)
MR. BROWN (Theory, Soul In Motion, Junglist Movement)

MCS:

JD
TRAJADY

VENUE:

THE GUVERNMENT NIGHTCLUB (( MAIN ROOM EVENT ))
- 132 Queens Quay East, Downtown Toronto -
- http://theguvernment.com -

Must be 19 + with Valid ID
Doors open at 10 pm Sharp!

ADVANCE TICKETS: $15

Tickets Available Online

http://damndjs.com
http://wantickets.com

VIP Bottle Service Reservations:

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Methods NYC’s DZ Interview

New York City- The team over at Methods NYC is dropping their Summer 2010 line soon and Dave Gee & Co. not only have the hot designs for the summertime fly styles, but also sat down last month with Badman Press head honcho DZ just before WMC’s insanity for an “educational chat on this rapidly growing genre of music”.

Be on the lookout for the latest Methods NYC lines online and in stores worldwide and enjoy the interview!

Badman DZ

DZ

Originally from Canada, DZ is now based in San Francisco and is one of the most accomplished producers of Dubstep in North America.  He is also the founder and co-owner of the labels Badman Press and Badman Digital.  With a slew of releases forthcoming on his labels and a full tour schedule, this is one of the main artists to watch in the states this year.

Explain exactly what Dubstep is to our readers who might just be hearing about the genre.

Dubstep through my eyes and ears is the ultimate mash-up of every style & genre of electronic music to date, brought about at a very distinct (halftime) 140 beats per minute & built (produced) to maximize & utilize the full low end spectrum of not only a sound system’s sub cabinets, but the system as a whole. We ultimately maximize the sound as far as we can using bass as the primary rhythm component. When it all comes together it’s pretty rad and can get very rawkus.

Why do you think it’s so popular right now and where do you see it going in the future?

If it is so popular right now, I would assume it’s the raw vibe of it all mixed with the awesome software available to go out and do it yourself and the internet to keep in the know about who in the world is stepping up the game with their take on the sound (which is almost daily). There are 20yr old kids right now making tunes in their bedrooms that, after a proper mastering, destroy baby sea lions and heifers with the crushing sounds they built on their laptop. That’s pretty sick, 10 years ago that would have been insane kill you talk. “Yeah, you mastered your last release on a computer hhhahhahha!” Click. Boom. Crazy bastard.

How did your journey into the world of Dubstep begin? Were you making other types of music previously?

I always wanted to be a hip hop dj & producer like Premier (obviously never happened) but my first beats were either 128bpm breaks or 172bpm jungle, which I was really hype on building because of the drum programming involved using all the classic breaks. It wasn’t until me & my boy Mikey Spice (aka
Gully) started hanging out in ’05 that I really started building hip hop again, cause that’s pretty much all he did. He used to build jungle as well and we got down on a load of DnB that was/is dope, but it was the dubstep that grabbed me after my boy Mush brought some back to Ottawa from his UK jaunt in ’06.

How would you characterize your particular sound and what is it that makes your sound different from the other thousands of producers in the game right now?

Hmmmm, see, I don’t hear it like you do. If I had to say it’s a little more melodic than some, definitely more eq than compression (which I try not to use) and always different. That’s what drives me when I make a tune, a certain sound that just sets it off & then I just build around that. One of my boys told me I sometimes build a track ‘backwards’. Whatever gets the job done, and makes me want to drop it.

You’ve had a lot of big tunes released in the last year. What would you say is your personal favorite and why?

That’s a tough question man. I’ve been very lucky to get a lot of my favorite tunes out, first one that came to mind was “Serenity Now” and because I just love the tone of it all, but my winner is “The Tape” that I did with Rozanski. It’s different, it’s angry, it kicks like hell on a system and I think it still hasn’t even really got out there yet as far as it will. LOVE droppin’ it.

Now that you’re touring all over the place, you’ve had the opportunity to see many cities and scenes.  What are your favorite places to play?
I love a good party, and every city brings it different. NYC, LA, SF, ATL, Montreal, Vancity, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax, Chi-town, Austin, Vegas, Champagne, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Santa Cruz. Man, I know I am not even getting all of them in and we haven’t even made
it to Miami for Conference yet. Ohhhh man, can you say RUKKUS!

What other Producers/DJ’s/Labels are you feeling right now?

I like a bit of everything y’know? B.Rich steady kills it and his “Kastle’ bits are just awesome, very inspiring. The T&B kids are just steady pushing things, Itchy rocks the spot for me every time; XI & Bombaman are always on their shit; Starkey’s new album is lush & worth many, many listens; the Circle label is hotness; can’t fuck with Rottun doin’ things big n’ brash; J.Kenzo’s been steady as hell with quality chunes; Taal Mala’s new stuff is VERY inspiring stuff. I had to put a period in there, I could just keep going. There is a lot of quality music out there right now, and it just keeps getting better, more diverse, more inspiring. This is why dubstep rules so hard, the evolution is non-stop.


Tell us a little bit about your label and what you’re future goals are with it.

The label started just being Badman Press Recordings on vinyl, but so far we have only had 2 releases (“Break it Down/ How We Do” & “A.W.O.L./Crack”) with the third coming out this spring (“Itchy Robot – Fatal Maschine/DZ remix”).

I think we are more known now for the sister label Badman Digital Media, which is the main outlet I use to release my music through as well as artists who are close to me. I see us taking on more artists this year that have their own distinct sounds & definitely getting more people directly involved by keeping the free releases going. I also will continue to post up stems & sample packs for tunes we have put out so anyone with a DAW can mess about & have some fun. That’s what I want to see out of the Badman camp this year ultimately – FUN!

What other artists will you be pushing through your label?

Next wax up is my man Itchy Robot, then a sick release from a fellow Canadian badboy Taal Mala & hopefully I have MRK1 on board as well after that, vinyl takes a bit to happen but the ball is rolling on that front.

On the digi side you will see names like Bombaman, XI, High Deaf, B.Rich, Posted, Itchy Robot, Skulltrane, Pacheko, M6, K.Gol, J.Rabbit, Taso, MindElixir, Thrills, Tony Rocky Horror, 2Cents, Roland and Brent Still Life & Thunder St. Claire. There are a few more, but in the development stages for sure right now. Gonna be a thick one kids.

What’s next for you and your label for the remainder of 2010?

For me personally, it’s all about WMC and then a nice April US tour before a very special show in May before I head up to Canada for the summer, play some dates, see some friends, then I reckon it’s time for DZ to hit up the UK & Europe. As for the labels, just steady pushing out material in both formats, with another sister label coming in the summer which will cater more to the 4/4 & garage sounds, so keep your eyes & ears open for the next!

Much, much love out to the worldwide MethodsNYC fam, my Badman Press souljahs everywhere and the people out there who follow their dreams and don’t get ahead at the expense of their fellow man. Dubstep isn’t just a music, it’s a movement, a way of life, and let’s keep pushing it as far as we can!

Music video for Take's "Incredibright" from the album Only Mountain

Since TAKE just had his album release party yesterday for his new album ” Only Mountain ” @ Low End Theory in LA and the day before rocking a really dope set live on the Brainfeeder radio special 4/20 show.. It only seems fit to put up one of his videos from the new album.

Take “Incredibright” from Alpha Pup on Vimeo.

Find more info out about TAKE and Cop the album now @ Alpha Pup

Here is the album description from their site:

“Alpha Pup is proud to present Only Mountain, the newest release from L.A.-based beat producer Take. His most powerful and fully realized work to date, Only Mountain serves as a complete affirmation of Take’s ten prolific years in music production. Although prominently featured on seminal releases such as From L.A. With Love and this year’s All City 10-inch, Take is poised to make the greatest impact of his career with his newest sonic creation.

From Only Mountain’s opening salvo, “Before You Think,” it is clear that Take has claimed his rightful place amongst the beat scene’s leading luminaries. A dusty off-kilter space stomp, the track lays the ground work for an album’s worth of hazy electronic textures and intergalactic breakbeats. Case in point: “Incredibright,” a no-holds-barred haymaker of astro-hop swagger. On “Implosions,” one of the albums more introspective tracks, Take drags us through a spaced out journey of low-end stabs and bit-crushed melodies.

A dense and groundbreaking work, Take’s “Only Mountain” stands as a staggering collection of gorgeously brilliant melodies and deep subharmonic bass. Truly future music towards a brighter end.”

DL a track from the record HERE

Music video for Take’s “Incredibright” from the album Only Mountain

Since TAKE just had his album release party yesterday for his new album ” Only Mountain ” @ Low End Theory in LA and the day before rocking a really dope set live on the Brainfeeder radio special 4/20 show.. It only seems fit to put up one of his videos from the new album.

Take “Incredibright” from Alpha Pup on Vimeo.

Find more info out about TAKE and Cop the album now @ Alpha Pup

Here is the album description from their site:

“Alpha Pup is proud to present Only Mountain, the newest release from L.A.-based beat producer Take. His most powerful and fully realized work to date, Only Mountain serves as a complete affirmation of Take’s ten prolific years in music production. Although prominently featured on seminal releases such as From L.A. With Love and this year’s All City 10-inch, Take is poised to make the greatest impact of his career with his newest sonic creation.

From Only Mountain’s opening salvo, “Before You Think,” it is clear that Take has claimed his rightful place amongst the beat scene’s leading luminaries. A dusty off-kilter space stomp, the track lays the ground work for an album’s worth of hazy electronic textures and intergalactic breakbeats. Case in point: “Incredibright,” a no-holds-barred haymaker of astro-hop swagger. On “Implosions,” one of the albums more introspective tracks, Take drags us through a spaced out journey of low-end stabs and bit-crushed melodies.

A dense and groundbreaking work, Take’s “Only Mountain” stands as a staggering collection of gorgeously brilliant melodies and deep subharmonic bass. Truly future music towards a brighter end.”

DL a track from the record HERE

TECH TALK: DIY Digital Delay & Reverb Units Using 3.5″ Floppy Drives

With May fast approaching, garage sale season is kicking off in the US. For the DIY crowd, that means a lot of digging through piles of obsolete technology in the hopes of finding something usable, then bargaining with the seller to pay as little for it as possible.

This year, you can add 3.5″ floppy drives and disks to your shopping list, courtesy of Daniel McAnulty’s project Floppy Audio Effects. Dan figured out a couple of neat tricks to create delay/reverb effects by writing audio to the disks directly, then reading that information back using a tape head.

This type of analog/digital collision is an excellent deliberate misuse of an outdated technology. I can picture someone DJing an entire live set from Floppys pre-loaded with recorded loops of sound, queing up each ring of audio and letting them phase against each other like a cross between Richie Hawtin and Steve Reich.

Here’s another experiment, performing a “continuous record” by multiplexing the sound across multiple drives. This is a great hack to get around each floppy’s somewhat limited record time. Note the use of an Arduino to keep everything synced up.

Dan says he’ll be posting more information shortly for anyone interesting in setting up their own floppy-based delay line system.

(Original Post Courtesy of Michael Una @ CreateDigitalMusic.com)

TECH TALK: Using iPhone or iPad as Midi Controller using TouchOSC

The folks over at Hexler seem to be pushing what we would typically consider the boundaries for what we use our iPhones or the latest i-darling, the iPad for in our day to day.

According to their website: “TouchOSC is a universal iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad application that lets you send and receive Open Sound Control messages over a Wi-Fi network using the UDP protocol.

The application allows to remote control and receive feedback from software and hardware that implements the OSC protocol such as Pure Data, Max/MSP/Jitter, OSCulator, VDMX, Resolume Avenue 3, Modul8, Plogue Bidule, Reaktor, Quartz Composer, Vixid VJX16-4, Supercollider, FAW Circle, vvvv, Derivative TouchDesigner and others.

The interface provides a number of different touch controls to send/receive messages:

  • Faders
  • Rotary controls
  • Push buttons
  • Toggle buttons
  • XY pads
  • Multi-faders
  • Multi-toggles
  • LEDs
  • Labels (New!)

It supports full multi-touch operation, five controls can be used at the same time. Additionally the program can send Accelerometer data. The application comes with five default layouts that are organized in multiple pages but custom layouts can be constructed using the TouchOSC Editor application.”

Granted the TouchOSC software is not for technophobes, but with the tutorials that they provide and a bit of free time, you too can be controlling your rig remotely.

Check out this example of what you can do using TouchOSC and Ableton Live:

Quick Demo of controlling Ableton Live with iPhone-Application TouchOSC.
Made by www.gomakemusic.de

Hiphop legend Guru dies from cancer at age 43

New York City- According to a statement issued by Guru’s friend and longtime partner Solar, and posted on DJ Premier‘s site, Guru died Monday morning following a yearlong struggle with cancer. Last month, the disease triggered cardiac arrest, which left the hip-hop hero in a coma.

“The world has lost one of the best MCs and hip-hop icons of all-time—my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru,” Solar said. “Guru has been battling cancer for well over a year and has lost his battle! This is a matter that Guru wanted private until he could beat it, but tragically, this did not happen. The cancer took him. Now the world has lost a great man and a true genius.”

Also..check out the tribute mix that Mister Cee from H0t 97 threw down:

Mister Cee Hot 97 FM NYC Tribute To Guru:

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On a personal note, I knew and worked with Guru over the years while I was living in NYC working in the recording studios as an Engineer. I considered him a friend and an inspiration- it’s not every day that you end up working with people that you grew up listening to and I considered myself blessed to be able to see inside the creative process of a legend. Keith- you will be missed man, thank you for what you gave us…R.I.P.