MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY 2013, Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus
Riff Raff, Nadastrom, DJ Sega, Dirty South Joe, Swizzymack, Jahan Lennon
Delaware Ave & Chestnut Sts
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
Doors 12:00 PM / Show 1:00 PM
This event is all ages
Place: Known Universe
Years after the zombie apocalypse ravaged the galaxy, Major Lazer went into isolation after bringing peace and order to Earth. With the help of a mysterious shadow government called Cinco he was cryogenically frozen as a safeguard for the future’s wellbeing. Despite a great many years of pursuing peace on the planet, a new threat began to loom on the horizon and the commando was brought out of sleep by the Committee of Five. This intergalactic group faced an opponent that only Major Lazer could defend against: his former superior and commander General Rubbish. Rubbish had come out of deep space hiding with a new weapon…Terror Lazor and was set out to enslave and capture all of Earth’s allies to seize inter-galactic planetary control and then destroy Earth. With dwindling resources to defend Earth and it’s allies, the Committee of Five brought Major Lazer out of cryogenic slumber. He was assigned a partner, the female assassin known only as Knife Fight. Together they set out to FREE THE UNIVERSE, beginning on the fortuitous date of February 19th, 2013.
After releasing their landmark LP Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do in 2009, the heroic production duo of Diplo and Switch found themselves boldly marching forwards toward the end of the aughts, conquering major milestones. From 2009 to 2011, the twosome toured extensively across the United States and the world, selling out shows and performing at some of music’s major festivals, including Coachella, Pitchfork, Sasquatch, Outside Lands and Falls Music & Arts Festival. In 2010 Major Lazer released Lazerproof, a free download mixtape with pop sensation La Roux, and Lazers Never Die, an EP featuring two new tracks and three remixes, including one by Thom Yorke. Undoubtedly, one of the foremost breakthroughs for Major Lazer during this time was the production collaboration with Beyonce on her massive hit “Run the World (Girls)”, which sampled their track “Pon de Floor. Beyonce directly sought out Switch and Diplo, recognizing the fact that the duo was creating authentically innovative music and further cementing their status as a production team worthy of worldwide mainstream attention. As 2011 turned to 2012, Switch determined it best to pursue his own path, leaving Diplo in full control of Major Lazer.
Now, as the sole executive producer of Major Lazer, Diplo continues to spearhead the current dancehall revival movement with the upcoming release Free The Universe. The recording includes exciting collaborations with Bruno Mars, Tyga, Flux Pavillion, Wynter Gordon, Shaggy, Wyclef, Ezra Koening from Vampire Weekend, Dev and more. Spin called the LP’s first single “Get Free” featuring Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, “a meeting point between Jamaica, West Africa, and Brooklyn.” The second single from Free The Universe, “Jah No Partial”, dropped on October, 22nd 2012.
Diplo (AKA Wesley Pentz) has risen through the ranks and has asserted himself as one of the most pioneering producers of the time. Through unending curiosity and exploration of the vast multitudes of the world’s musical heritages, Diplo has managed to seamlessly connect the global underground to the audio mainstream. He is the Grammy-nominated founder, owner and head honcho of Mad Decent records, which has not only garnered widespread critical and audience accolades since its inception, but has also deservedly earned a hefty reputation as a vanguard of groundbreaking releases. As Major Lazer, he recently retreated to Jamaica to team up with producers Ariel Rechtshaid and Dre Skull on the upcoming Snoop Dogg album Snoop Lion “Reincarnated”. Major Lazer was also featured on the title track from No Doubt’s latest comeback album with famed dancehall artist Busy Signal and released an official remix for Hot Chip’s “Look At Where We Are”.
Dillon Francis is a Los Angeles-based electronic music producer and D.J. A pioneer in the moombahton genre of (110 bpm fame), Francis first signed with Mad Decent, releasing his first official EP, Westside, in early 2011. His dancehall ‘Westside’ and ‘Masta Blasta’ became an underground sensation amongst the electronic dance community. Francis has continued on to collaborate and remix artists including Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, Diplo, A-Trak, Zedd, Madeon, Flux Pavilion, Jack Beats, Digitalism, Chuckie, Kill The Noise amongst others. His latest EP, Something Something Awesome, was released in February 2012 through Skrillex’s label OSWLA. Francis continues to play international festivals and is currently on his first US headline tour w/ Flosstradamus, Baauer, and RL Grime.
Flosstradamus spent the last 8 years breaking new sounds around the globe and becoming club kings in the process. But how do they keep doing it? J2K and Autobot’s knack for flipping your favorite tracks in unexpected new ways (from their earliest DJ blends to high-energy hybrids like the duo’s hit remix of Major Lazer’s “Original Don”) certainly helps. So does having a catalog of original bangers on Fool’s Gold, Green Label Sound and Mad Decent/Jeffree’s. Yet the real reason Floss has been able to reinvent party rocking for close to a decade is because these Chicago boys bring an irresistible sense of fun to every single set, whether it’s a sweat-soaked nightclub or in front of thousands at Lollapalooza. Armed with a gang of new tunes straight from the studio and a brand new, extra-hype stage show, Flosstradamus is coming back to a town near you… get ready to juke!
Former MTV reality show contestant-turned-rapper, Riff Raff, apparently landed a record deal last year, inking a deal with Soulja Boy's SODMG imprint. The 20-year-old rap star delivered the news in a simple tweet on Wednesday (June 1), welcoming the Internet rapper to his label.
"everybody welcome my newest artist @RiFFRAFF_SODMG to SODMG," Soulja Boy wrote (@SouljaBoy).
In response, Riff Raff thanked his new label boss with a tweet of his own. "THANK YOU @SOULJABOY .... iM BOU TO 'BRiNG THE RiCE OUT'," he wrote (@RIFFRAFF_SODMG), adding: "THE PRiCE OF RiCE WiLL BE AS HiGH AS GAS PRiCES .... DUE TO ALL THiS "RICE BRiNGTATiON' "
Since the announcement, Riff Raff has been tweeting and retweeting his legion of fans and supporters (over 100K) who have congratulated him on the latest development in his career. And, he even dropped a nearly three-minute freestyle called "Soulja Boy Signed Me", in which he brags about how bright his future is now that he's signed. Details regarding the deal were unknown at press time.
Riff Raff hails from Houston, Texas. He first came onto the scene in 2009, when he appeared as a contestant of Fonzworth Bentley's MTV reality show, "From G's to Gents", during its second second. Although he was eliminated in the second episode, Riff Raff ran with his newfound fan, and has been heavily marketing himself on the Internet ever since.
When the beat drops at a Nadastrom show, you better have your hands up. Dave Nada is known to stage dive while his DJ partner Matt Nordstrom squeezes the duo’s most riotous beats through the speakers. It’s a reminder Nadastrom aren’t just pushing 21st century dance music toward the edge – they’re jumping off it.
The D.C.-born, L.A.-based duo of DJ-producers come from different backgrounds, but share a ravenous appetite for extremes. As the prime architects of Moombahton – a sound Nada invented on the fly at a basement party by slowing Dutch house music down to the tempo of reggaeton – the duo have been praised in the pages of Spin and Rolling Stone, pumped on the airwaves of BBC Radio 1 and NPR, and revered at nightclubs and festivals across the planet.
Nada was born in Maryland, a first generation Ecuadorian American surrounded by five brothers and the sounds of cumbia, Ecuadorian folk, salsa, merengue and reggaeton. As a teen, he gravitated toward Washington’s legendary hardcore punk scene, playing in bands while learning to DJ on college radio. A move to Baltimore landed Nada in the second surge of Baltimore club music, where he DJed alongside club icons K-Swift, Rod Lee and DJ Technics, while producing acclaimed club tracks of his own.
Nordstrom grew up in Virginia on the other side of the Washington beltway where skateboarding provided a contact point with punk, metal and hip-hop. In the late ‘90s, he swapped the skateboard for turntables and switched his college major from psychology to audio engineering. Soon, Nordstrom was the resident engineer for esteemed D.C. house heroes Deep Dish and piloting recording sessions with the likes of Stevie Nicks and P. Diddy, even scoring a Grammy nod along the way.
When Nada and Nordstrom came together in 2007, the chemistry was instant and the music was colossal. The group signed to Switch’s Dubsided label where their debut debut EP, “Pussy,” immediately topped the charts on Beatport. Since then, Nadastrom have produced tracks for a slew of artists, including Kid Sister, and have done remixes for Kid Cudi, Benny Benassi, Christina Aguilera, Waka Flocka Flame, the Death Set and Alex Clare.
In 2010, the duo relocated from Washington to Los Angeles and hit the road, performing at the biggest festivals in dance music, including Australia’s Creamfields festival with Deadmau5, the Disco Biscuits’ Camp Bisco festival, Bass Island with Bassnectar, the Mad Decent Block Party with Major Lazer and the HARD Festival in Los Angeles with Ducksauce, Chromeo, BoysNoize and Odd Future. This fall, Nadastrom joins Skrillex and 12th Planet for more than 50 nights on the hotly anticipated Mothership Tour.
Meantime, Moombahton has become a movement of its own, with Nadastrom serving as the genre’s leading ambassadors. Diplo’s Mad Decent label dropped the acclaimed compilation “Dave Nada presents Blow Your Head Vol. 2: Moombahton” in May and Scion released Nadastrom’s Moombahton EP “El Baile Diabluma” this fall.
“There are never any rules,” says Nada of the duo’s approach. “And Moombahton helped us realize that even more.”
At 24 years old, Robert Taylor Jr. espouses a knowledge of and enthusiasm for the finer points of music better than heads twice his age. Taylor’s father DJ Brother Rob raised him on classic soul, and his obsession with music grew from there. “I love every genre, from classical to heavy metal,” he beams. “I understand it and love it all. If you see me without my headphones, then I’m going through something and there’s a problem.”
He used to hold residency with quite a young black teenage following at Jamz Roller Skating Center and at Pinnacle Nightclub during the summers, both with DJ Dee Square. Taylor is known as one of Philly’s most respected “party music” DJs.
As a producer his stock has exploded on the scene with his club remixes of “Woo Hah!”, “Last Resort”, and around 100 other tracks; made only for himself prior to a career. Sega is a man with a mission, “I just want people to hear my music and feel whatever bad situation they’re in either doesn’t exist or won’t be a problem for long. When you dance and hear music that makes you move, you get a feeling that it’s gonna be all right.”
At first, Sega was merely a creative wizard. Taking songs we knew in the most non-club setting and riddling them with a hail of drum and bass patterns. However, something great has happened to Sega. He has developed his style yet further, and is applying his trademark intensity to dubstep, electro and pretty much anything in his path. Toddla T, Donaeo, Dr. Dre, Diplo, Major Lazer, Rye Rye, Young Chris, and Caspa have all recently been remixed by the boy turned man who dares to be king.
Influenced by a slew of recent remixes involving popular European bass and dubstep tracks alongside the same Top 40 material familiar to the work of many northern based club DJs, Sega has finally matured as a professional. He’s become a recognized name both nationally and internationally, and recently cemented himself as a headline talent with the most talked about DJ sets of the Mad Decent Block Parties in Philadelphia and New York City, and an Australian tour last year that is still widely discussed on the continent. In both the northern and southern hemisphere Sega has set a precedent for people demanding more.
The one thing about this man is you have to see him live and in person. All of his sets vary by selection of about 99% his own productions. His broad selection of his own music collection takes you on a journey within your own subconscious. The energy he brings is sometimes even unbearable to the average soul there to experience all the remixes he takes time to compose himself. There’s even been rumors of amnesia occurring the morning after seeing him spin.
Sega’s mastery of unique sampling over the hardest of breaks and creating deliriously fun tracks is what makes him one of the more inventive and most important disc jockeys on the planet. His intellectual quotient is far higher than you give a man credit for who took the time to sample Quagmire from Family Guy, Bill Nye the Science Guy, or even the current top selling game, Angry Birds. Sega just wants people to dance, and imagines a universe and landscape where there’s nothing better or more pressing to just get down. On his initial Mad Decent Records full length compilation New Jack Philly, the 80s and 90s cultural explosion harnessed on record ensures that not only will you get down, but you’ll be so intrigued and amazed that you’ll stay down with Sega’s cause forever.
He recently mixed and produced half of Rye Rye’s highly anticipated ”RYEot PowRR” mixtape. He's also released a six song mini-mixtape collection called ”The DJ Sega’s Sixer Series” and went further and is now currently releasing free EPs online for the world to have and openly blast!
Dirty South Joe
Joey “Dirty South Joe” Massarueh began his professional DJ career in 1990 at Washington D.C.’s infamous 9:30 Club, where he pioneered a multi genre style of DJing that rings more popular than ever today. Rap music was his first love, and an eventual move to NYC in the mid nineties provided the backdrop for his personal growth in hip hop, which incidentally led him back to his dirty South roots. In 2002 he relocated to Philadelphia, where he began his tenure as the buyer and manager of Armand’s Records. It was there that he met kindred musical spirits; DJs Low Budget (also an employee) and Diplo. Armand’s was the de facto home base and inspiration behind the Hollertronix sound and “movement.” It was also there where he fell in love with the sound of Baltimore Club Music, and released a final EP with the Responsible Space Playboy crew, buoyed by the Bmore inspired “Jussapimp,” which was Philly’s first official foray into the genre. Joe runs The Brick Bandits Crew which one of, if not the most formidable force within today’s Baltimore Club music scene. With over 60 members. Dirty South Joe has done a series of mixes with Mad Decent such as LuvStep, and Blood Bros and is also the mastermind behind Mad Decent Mondays in Philadelphia.
Discovered by Mad Decent’s Diplo and Paul Devro, Swizzymack is the driving force behind the rambunctious sound known as Philly Club music. His tracks and remixes have been heard everywhere from Philadephia’s Hot 107.9 to mixes and festival sets by the top DJs on the planet. Swizzy’s Bass EP – out now on Mad Decent / Jeffree’s – is the present and the future colliding as Philly Club and Trap music merge in a perfect storm.
Following up his collab with Diplo for “About That Life“, Jahan Lennon gives us a brand new 3 song EP of carefree baggy / madchester influenced cuts out this Thursday! With these songs Jahan Lennon aims to reach the common ground between loop based baggy beats from bands like Happy Mondays, Primal Scream and a parallel scene known as “The Asian Underground” / “UK Massive” with a vocal style and delivery that is uniquely Jahan.