Dirtyphonics

"We don't follow rules," Dirtyphonics collectively admit. "We create them."

On “Irreverence”, their forthcoming debut full-length for Dim Mak Records, the French electronic dance music quartet pens a new playbook for the genre. Merging heavy bass music, drum n' bass, dubstep, and electro with grimy club energy, the group—Charly, Thomas, Pho, and Pitchin—can't be pinned down. However, these pioneers wouldn't have it any other way.

They're just as quick to name-check Metallica and Korn as influences as they are to mention Daft Punk and Pendulum, and their beginnings were undeniably "rock 'n' roll". Charly and Thomas met in 2000, while attending the same design school. They immediately began making music together. In 2004 they met Pho and jumped in the studio the next day with a boundless perspective that transmuted electro heaviness to the dance floor – Dirtyphonics was born. At the jump of 2008, they added PitchIn to the fold and expanded their collective aural palette even further.
"Most of us started by playing in metal bands," recalls Charly. "Our sound was always meant to be powerful, high-impact, and precise. From the day we’ve started, we’ve challenged ourselves to create something new - we love to push boundaries."

Dirtyphonics unleashed their debut single "French Fuck" on AudioPorn Records, which topped the Beatport chart reaching #1, and they instantly infiltrated the scene. Follow-up tracks "Quarks" and "Vandals" solidified the provocative outfit as a consistent game-changing entity with hyper-charged, unpredictable tempo shifts and the veritable genesis of "drumstep".

"We're French, we like to shake the establishment, and be provocative," says Pho." That was the point since we started. 'Quarks' and 'Vandals' were a new approach to blending genres. It was a magical moment and those tempo switches became a musical signature."
From day one, heads turned rapidly, and they were tapped for high-profile remixes such as "WARP" from The Bloody Beetroots and Skrillex's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites". Other sought them out as well including Marilyn Manson, Benny Benassi, Excision, Datsik, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, The Crytstal Method, Nero, and more. Their remix work has appeared on labels including Atlantic Records, Mau5trap, Ultra, MTA, Virgin Records, Ram Records…

Nevertheless, "DIRTY", the first single from the album, allows the perfect introduction to Dirtyphonics and their inimitable mystique. It's a sexy, slithering dance epic that's bound to get any crowd anywhere moving.
"The message is pretty clear here, and it gives us shivers to hear the crowd chant, 'DIRTY', along to the song," Thomas reveals. "Being 'DIRTY' is more than dirt or sex for us. It's a way to be yourself—whatever that means to you. Feel free and feel good. When you come to our show or listen to our music, it's all about freeing yourself and having the time of your life. Be geeky, be sexy, be extravagant! Be 'DIRTY'!"

They've made being 'DIRTY' a lifestyle. In 2009, they snagged the "Best Newcomer Producer" honor at the Drum & Bass Arena Awards. They headlined stages with everyone from Steve Aoki and Knife Party to Rusko and Skrillex at sold out shows worldwide. Over the past three years, they've become an international powerhouse playing the hottest festivals and clubs in every corner of the world. They proved to be standouts at festivals including Electric Daisy Carnival, Glastonbury, SXSW, Sziget, Pukkelpop and countless others. Their live show is a full-on sensory experience more akin to seeing your favorite band than a typical EDM act. They bring a level of energy that's rare in modern music.

For Dirtyphonics, it comes down to getting the crowd off. "It's about what they feel," PitchIn agrees. "We make music that we like. It has a lot of energy, and we like to tell stories. Each track has its vibe and theme. At a show, it blows your face off, and at home, you can geek out on details and things you might not hear on an oversized sound system. There are two ways to listen to our music. We want people to feel motivated for whatever it is they do."

They undoubtedly will from the moment they decide to get "DIRTY".

Le Castle Vania

Atlanta based and internationally known, Le Castle Vania, commonly known as Dylan Eiland, quickly escaped the local trappings of his hometown in Georgia to play music around the world. Atlanta's burgeoning music scene allowed him to develop his passion for music and nightlife, and he soon gained notoriety with his riotous DJ sets and penchant for production, which made him a household name in the dirty and distorted, indie-electro scene.

Since the summer of 2006, Le Castle Vania has toured nonstop, taking his catchy electro dance beats on the road. He blurs the lines between cultures and cliques, from Mexico City to London Town, with his own signatory sound. He has DJed along side some of today's hottest acts, such as Justice, MSTRKRFT, Simian Mobile Disco, Busy P, Uffie & Feadz, Kavinsky, Soulwax, Surkin, Para One, The Presets, Steve Aoki and Crystal Castles. However, Dylan prides himself on more than simply pushing vinyl for the masses. He's also an avid producer and engineer; when not on the road he's locked in the studio writing tracks from scratch and remixing his favorite bands. The attention he received from his remix of "Black Eyes" by Indie darlings Snowden (Jade Tree Records), quickly put Dylan on the map, the track continues to rock dance floors worldwide.

His signature sound blends grinding disco punk with strong electronic beats and catchy synth leads, resulting in banging electro music that is dark and dirty but somehow equally uplifting and dancey. New mixes to check out include Tigertron, an original work off of his first non-remix release, "Troubletron EP," and remixes of "Come Out" for 120 days (Vice Records) and "Bombs" for Scanners (Dim Mak Records), which have all received critical appraisal from the indie electro world.

URB Magazine included Le Castle Vania in their Next 100 for 2008, NYLON and Jane Magazine absolutely demand he play at their events. Fader, Flavorpill and BigStereo have all "raved" about his remixes.

His most recent creative endeavor is one part musical production, one part DJ performance, one part Blake Miller of Moving Units/Weird Science notoriety, and numerous parts of innovation…namely Lies In Disguise. After finding a home at So Sweet Records and cranking out some original tracks and remixes for Partyshank and Toxic Avenger, these two have gained notoriety as the up-and-comers to keep your eye on. They are currently working on remixes for Shinichi Osawa and Late of the Pier and are gearing up for a DJ tour to Mexico and Europe.

LA native born and raised producer ETC!ETC! may have spent most of his studio life on the Electro House point, but his transition to Moombahton productions are what have been commanding the most attention from top-notch tastemakers around the globe as of late.

ETC!ETC! gravitates his aural attention onto anything that moves the room. First attracted to Electro house for the big bass and floor-shattering fast-paced BPM, ETC!ETC! started to shift his focus to moombahton in early 2011 and starting to make an impact in the scene almost immediately .

In just the past 12 months he has been played almost on a weekly rotation on BBC Radio 1 by Kissy Sell out & DJ Kapyer ,and the following keeps Growing.

With an eclectic mix of different audio flavors coming out of his arsenal it's no wonder ETC!ETC! has garnered a diverse array of highly-prestigious support from EDM leaders Wolfgang Gartner, AC Slater, Congorock, 12th Planet x Skrillex, Mstrkrft , Dillon Francis, Diplo , Bro Safari & many others.

With multiple forthcoming releases on Mad Decent, Teenage Riot Records ,Party Like US, Rot10 Musik and T&A , 2012 will be a big year for ETC!ETC!

NIXSIN

"Coming from the outskirts of Baltimore, Nixsin is a bass music producer and DJ that is sure to take your mind to the deepest, wildest, and most definitely weirdest places it has ever been. Discovering dubstep first at the young age of 14, his tastes have expanded all the way from 140 to dnb, breaks and even 100 bpm smashers. Sharing the stage with the likes of Skream, Benga, Skrillex, Funtcase, Mark Instinct, Smash Gordon, Kalinka and many more this dreaded up and comer is here to stay for the long haul.
With a free EP already available and the support of Steez Promo, Nixsin is a hard act to miss."

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