FYI | An Anatomy Of A Pop Song: Usher’s “I Don’t Mind” Ft. Juicy J

Posted by on January 22, 2015


Usher has another hit on his hands. “I Don’t Mind” is incredibly catchy, as I found myself listening to it multiples today until I was sick of hearing it. This, of course, is by design, as Dr. Luke and Cirkut produced the record. If you don’t know who Dr. Luke and Cirkut are, they’re a production team (of sorts) that are responsible for almost every hit on the radio. Collaborators Benny Blanco and Max Martin would beg to differ, but I digress. The average fan doesn’t know (and perhaps doesn’t care) about who produced and wrote the new Usher single, but we do. It’s northing short of fascinating.

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FYI | Uncovering Spinnin’s “You Know” ID

Posted by on January 1, 2015


“You Know” has been floating around the web for quite some time. It was first announced as a collaboration between Oliver Heldens and Mike Mago, and teased in various mixes and “Heldeep Radio” episodes. It even had album art floating around. Names were thrown out (mostly by fans) and “Feelings” seemed to stick for a while, especially on 1001Tracklists.com. Last weekend, we attended Lights All Night in Dallas and had the opportunity to catch a Zed’s Dead set, which was impressively varied.

While watching the set, Zeds Dead played “You Know” an announced that “this was their new sh*t with Oliver Heldens” which we live-tweeted. It caught us completely off guard, but were excited to get that confirmation. Whether it’s a Oliver Heldens, Mike Mago, and Zeds Dead collaboration remains to be seen. Spinnin’ is understandably tight-lipped about the record. What we do know is that it’s a big record and we can’t wait for more information to become available. Keep your eye on this space.

“You Know” is available on February 2nd.

FYI | Why Krewella’s Billboard Op-Ed Missed The Mark

Posted by on December 8, 2014

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Every blog is talking about it. Earlier today, Jahan of Krewella released an exclusive Op-Ed via Billboard (with an insanely manipulative click-bait title) that addressed the recent lawsuit and breakup of EDM’s crossover supergroup. There real story here isn’t even the personally penned piece. It’s how Jake Udell continues to gain this kind of traction online for his clients, but I digress.

In the beginning of the Op-Ed, Jahan describes Krewella as “the most hated group in the electronic dance music scene” which isn’t far from the truth at the moment. It’s a shame considering their meteoric rise. However, it’s a lesson everyone should understand: perception is reality in the dance space. While the jury is still out on whether the sisters are responsible for pushing Kris out or not (we’re not making any claims either way) they have an image problem and it seems evident Krewella knows this. That’s why they posted this carefully calculated (tone-def) op-ed on Billboard today to quell some of the backlash.

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FYI | HAYWYRE to assist ringleader Mat Zo for the North American MAD ZOO Takeover

Posted by on November 17, 2014

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Meet Haywyre. Hailing from oceanside Vancouver, Haywyre is about pushing boundaries and resetting the rules of the game. Slowing down the BPM, Mat Zo has added this heavy bass bumping, beat mashing, pioneer of future electronic sound to the Mad Zoo roster for the label’s Winter Roadshow.

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Adding a talent like Haywyre tells us a few things about what to expect from the Mad Zoo takeover:

1. Expect Bass –
With recent releases, Mat Zo is clearly demonstrating that trance won’t be a highlight of this show, although I’m sure the guru of the genre will find a way to incorporate those uplifting sounds into his sets one way or another.

2. Expect Energy –
The video shows it all. Adding Haywyre to the roster is clearly a logical step to facilitate an environment as uncontrollable and unpredictable as a circus. That being said…

3. Expect The Unexpected –
With Mat Zo and his crew, this is a given. This is why we go to a show associated with Mat Zo. This is why we are most excited for Mad Zoo.

We must say, however, that we are sad to see no Canadian dates as of yet – hopefully, by adding this Canadian heavyhitter to the list, that will change. Nonetheless, we congratulate Haywyre in what we are sure will be a very life-changing opportunity.

FYI | Did DJ Serafin Jack Mednas and CID’s Collaboration?

Posted by on October 23, 2014

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It all started with a tweet. LIV Miami resident Mednas tweeted earlier today that he had discovered an unnamed DJ slash producer slash charlatan had stolen his intellectual property. Not just any intellectual property. It happened to be his “iLL Behavior” collaboration with super-producer CID who’s NY based. In fact, it was claimed by Mednas the DJ in question even had the track name changed when you “Shazamed” the record. We came across the story and couldn’t help but do some digging.

Here’s what we found: The DJ’s name is DJ Serafin, real name Jeremy Jimenez. He’s an LA based “producer” who’s signed to Peak Hour Music. He apparently has a few dates booked and seems to have a semi-legitimate Facebook and Twitter presence. Seems to check out. Not so fast. It only took a little searching in iTunes (and Amazon) and Spotify to find the real zinger.

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FYI | Why Dillon Francis’s “Money Sucks, Friends Rule” Album Title Is Nonsense

Posted by on October 21, 2014

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Millionaire DJ Dillon Francis would like you to know he has an album coming out. Not just any album. An album disingenuously titled “Money Sucks, Friends Rule” that he would like you to purchase with your hard earned money. In an interview with Radio.com, Dillon explained the genesis of the title.

When he was stuck on what to call his album, Francis’ manager reminded him of the T-shirt idea. “I called my manager one day, and I was like, ‘I want to make a shirt that says ‘money sucks, friends rule’ in the Warriors font,” he explained during an interview backstage at Coachella 2014, referencing the distinct spray paint font used on the movie poster for the 1979 New York gang war movie, The Warriors. When he was stuck on what to call his album, Francis’ manager reminded him of the T-shirt idea.“I was like, ‘that’s the best title for an album.’ Because I really feel that way. Friends are forever. Money isn’t.”

Think about that for a second. This is coming from a DJ (and the Windish Agency) who commands $40,0000 a show. That’s only $10,000 less than than the median household income according to recent statistics released by CNN. In fact, only 26% of households in the US make $80,000 a year or more. In a matter of a few shows, Dillon can match that figure assuming manager and agent still take their cut. The title is antithetical to the motif that “DJ Rich As F*ck” is attempting to advance to his adoring flock.

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m all for artists making money. It’s no secret that it’s extremely hard to make a living being one. The barriers to entry are higher than ever. However, the title should be ridiculed, and ridiculed thoroughly. The joke isn’t on Dillon Francis. It’s on the fans who buy into this nonsense marketing. They’re so blinded by their love of the artist that it robs them of their ability to think critically and be a skeptic. Perhaps that’s asking too much of an “EDM” demographic steeped in rampant idealism and a penchant for low brow progressive house bangers re-packaged to them time and time again.

If Dillon truly believes that money sucks, he should give his album away for free.

Dillon Francis’s “Money Sucks, Friends Rule” is out via Columbia on October 28th.

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FYI | Jake Udell Gave Up A Rap Career To Become Krewella’s Manager

Posted by on September 9, 2014


Jake Udell. What can you say about him that that hasn’t already been said. He’s a highly respected force in the industry. From being mentioned in Bob Lefsetz’s letter to managing Krewella and ZHU, he’s carved a brand for himself, becoming what many have called a super-manager. That’s why the video above is so fascinating. In an interview with AskMen.com, Udell described his budding rap persona.

JU: Yes. That is the last thing I want to bring up in this interview, but my failed career as a recording artist was so essential into making me the manager I am today. When I was 19 the recession hit and people needed essentials like milk more than framed jerseys for their wall. It was the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of college. I realized my goal was to have a voice. Rapping became the vehicle. The record was so bad, but it actually got radio play here in Chicago and other markets.

I could go on and on about Jake Udell and his interview with AskMen, but you’re going to have to read it yourself. A fascinating article about a fascinating person. Read the interview HERE.