FYI | Here’s The Problem With Afrojack’s “Gone” Single

Posted by on September 15, 2016

When I heard his brand new “Gone” single featuring Ty Dolla $ign it grabbed my attention immediately. I appreciated that he was trying to do something different despite the recent trend to meld the dance and hip-hop worlds. Afrojack stepped out of the box this time, and it was so damn close to paying off for him. I want to like this song. Ty Dolla $ign’s toplines are always sneaky good, and this one is no exception. This song had all the makings of a “hit” until you reach the 1:12 mark.

That’s when the song falls off the rails.

I’ll start wit the vocal mix. It’s bad. Really bad. How could Afrojack get the vocal mix so wrong? The production is far too loud, and drowns Ty Dolla $ign’s vocals out, making them nearly unintelligible. The verses are the best part of the song. How could you let those verses go to waste with a vocal mix (on the drop) that’s sub-par.

Even worse? The drop. The drop is a lot like going on a date. The date is going well. You’re on fire. Every thing you’re saying is making her laugh. You invite the date back to your house. You’re on the couch. She’s grinding all over you. Calling you “papi”. Gets you all worked up. All of a sudden, her friend texts her and she says he has to leave. You’re sitting there and you don’t know what the hell just happened.

This is what the drop feels like. A complete train wreck.

While I applaud Afrojack for stepping outside of his box, this one falls short.

Electro-House | Afrojack ft.Wrabel – Ten Feet Tall (Elephante Remix)

Posted by on March 14, 2014

Elephante Remix

Elephante doesn’t disappoint with his most recent remix of “Ten Feet Tall”, which could possibly be better than the original. With consistent productions and a signature “PHANTE” glitchhouse sound, 2014 is looking massive for this rising star.

Free Download: Afrojack ft.Wrabel – Ten Feet Tall (Elephante Remix)

Mashups | Trademark – Stay Free (3LAU X Ke$ha X Afrojack & Tiesto X Naian)

Posted by on March 10, 2014

DJ-Trademark

You know you did something right when 3LAU is already supporting your mashup before it’s released! Trademark comes through with a euphoric melodic mash thats rounded all together with everyone’s favorite sing along, “Timber.” You know the drill, free download below!

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Events | FNT at Amsterdam Dance Event

Posted by on September 19, 2013

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October 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20th,  for 5 days in October, Amsterdam is about to be taken over by the worldwide Dance community, along with Mimada, and yours truly! Both Mimada and I will be representing FNT, attending shows by DJ Shadow, Calvin Harris, Afrojack,  Tiesto, and many more! Over 50 venues spread out through out the Dutch city, will be hosting top notch producers and DJs, from happy hour to the early morning. Not only will we be attending shows, we will also be attending the ADE Playground and Conference, reporting and testing out all the new innovative technology that producers and DJs are using, along with listening to a list of panels on the current state of the EDM scene, and what can be done to move forward. Mimada and I will also be the first to know the top 100 DJ Mag list for 2013, as the list will be announced at the ADE!

FNT has always supported the EDM, Dance scene from the get, allowing many DJs and producers from all over the world to be introduced to the American market. We are proud to be attending the conference, and we look forward to partaking in this worldwide event. Oh, and if you plan on being in Amsterdam, go ahead and send us a tweet @VianneyIOU or @Zoecazal, see you all there!

Peep the video of last year’s event to get you excited:

Events, Review | North Coast Music Festival Recap

Posted by on September 19, 2013

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Summer’s last stand, North Coast Music Festival’s motto, could not have been more accurate depiction of this past Labor Day weekend. With a lineup up to par with Lollapalooza, Coachella, and other big festivals, North Coast brought the house down beginning with Friday, where the festival had to be evacuated due to severe weather. While it dampened the mood for a little, the festival resumed and big names such as Mac Miller and Passion Pit killed their performances.

Saturday brought out some pretty good performers for the afternoon, such as Flatbush Zombies, who were probably my favorite performance of the whole festival, but also DVBBS, Futurerock, Gramatik, and Nas. Gramatik put on a killer set, straight shredding on the guitar. Nas also killed it as well, performing most of Genesis. I’m pretty sure my life has been completed from seeing that live. Finally by the end of the night, it was a tough decision: Afrojack or Big Gigantic? Torn between the two, I chose Afrojack. Although I did end up going to Big Gigantic for a little bit, Afrojack was definitely the right choice. It was one of the best sets I’ve heard in a while, incorporating a wide variety track list but he always kept the crowd jumping and engaged. That was one of the things that I noticed at Big Gigantic: although they played a great live show and sounded fantastic, the crowd was nowhere near to as upbeat as the people at Afrojack.

While the first two days were a lot of fun, they had nothing on Sunday. By far the best day of the festival packed with names such as Danny Brown, A-Trak, Madeon, Cherub, Datsik, Rebelution, Wu-Tang Clan, Purity Ring, and Lotus, it was easy to understand why Sunday reigned supreme. I began my day at Danny Brown. The Detroit native put on a fabulous performance incorporating old stuff from XXX and The Hybrid but also some of his newer stuff. He even brought out GBE member, SD, and the crowd went absolutely nuts for it.

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After Danny, we darted over to A-Trak and the next two hours of A-Trak and Madeon, back-to-back, was amazing. A-Trak just knew how to get the crowd into it, dropping a New Slaves trap remix then going straight into Bugatti then straight to Aint worried bout nothin. Breath taking. Madeon was next and had some big shoes to fill after what A-Trak just did, but the French wonder kid put on a show nothing short of spectacular. After those two were finished, we made our way over to Cherub and watched them perform. I’ve seen Cherub before, but they were just as good as I remembered. Hold You and Doses and Mimosas got the crowd going wild and they had some jam sessions during the middle of their songs. Finally it was time for Wu-Tang clan. The best part about that was that they were performing all of 36 Chambers. All the while showing love to ODB, Wu-Tang did their thing up there. I almost shed a tear of joy when CREAM was played. Then straight out of left field, like Friday, they stopped the show and evacuated the festival due to severe weather warnings.

Although it was a bit anti-climatic, the festival was a surreal experience that will definitely have me coming back in the next coming years. A nice closed environment makes it easy to navigate while being close enough to see and hear all the artists perfectly. A big thanks to North Coast for their hospitality and see you at Union Park next year!

Electro-House | Don Diablo & CID – Prototype

Posted by on September 11, 2013

Don Diablo & CID - Prototype

On the heals of the incredible successful single from Vicetone “Tremble“, Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings tries to replicate that with another single “Prototype”, from returning Dutchman, Don Diablo and CID. First premiered at Tomorrowland (Check Guetta’s facial expressions, priceless), the track is a grungy electro fireball, with a ting of acid to give it some extra grit. It has already seen support from the likes of Pete Tong, Baguetta, W&W, Afrojack and many more, so don’t sleep on this one.

Beatport: Don Diablo & CID – Prototype

Progressive House | Pierce Fulton ft. Polina – Where We Were

Posted by on August 5, 2013

Pierce Fulton feat. Polina - Where We WerePierce Fulton is back with yet, another great single. Tabbing vocalist Polina, who boasts tracks like Afrojack, Kaskade, Tiesto and Michael Woods, she provides a female top line the track seemed to need. Pierce does his magic with a soaring melody and rolling bass line, adding his first single to his discography since the uplifting “Wanna Be” with Maor Levi back in April.

Beatport: Pierce Fulton ft. Polina – Where We Were