MY LIFE EVERY DAY USA MAY 25 (DAY 1)
LED Presents: MY LIFE EVERY DAY USA
A-Trak, Baauer, The Presets, Feed Me, Gesaffelstein, Brodinski, Digitalism, Congorock, Just Blaze
3500 Sports Arena Blvd.
San Diego, CA
8:00 PM (event ends at 4:00 AM)
This event is 18 and over
Very few DJs can jump from club sets to high-profile festival performances, to Kanye West's larger-than-life stadium shows with ease. In today's DJ culture, A-Trak holds a truly unique place. He and partner Nick Catchdubs founded America's most trendsetting new label, Fool's Gold, launching the careers of artists such as Kid Sister and Kid Cudi. Fool's Gold's mission to merge all aspects of club music was already outlined in Trizzy's original mixtape manifesto, Dirty South Dance, which set the tone for his own production. He is now one of the most sought-after remixers in electronic music, and his remixes for the likes of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Boys Noize have become undeniable mainstays in DJ sets the world over. 2009 saw the release of two critically acclaimed DJ mixes, Infinity +1 and Fabriclive 45, as well as the birth of Duck Sauce, his collaboration with Armand Van Helden. The duo's radio smash "aNYway" cemented itself as the dance anthem of the year, A-Trak's first true chart-topper with two videos in international rotation and across-the-board support from Pete Tong to Busy P, David Guetta to 2manydjs. Duck Sauce's 2010 follow up "Barbra Streisand" was even bigger, a whistling pop sensation that accumulated over 60 million YouTube views of its star-studded video while hitting platinum heights around the globe. They even covered it on X-Factor and Glee!
Not bad for a kid whom many viewed as a 90's turntablism prodigy. After taking home every DJ title known to man before he could shave, A-Trak toured the world, first alongside Q-Bert's Invisibl Skratch Piklz and then with Craze and the Allies. In 2004, he was hand-picked by Kanye to be his tour DJ. A near decade of youthful meanderings was captured on his acclaimed DVD Sunglasses Is A Must.
Somewhere along the line, A-Trak also became a new-school sartorial icon, collaborating with Nike, New Era, Kidrobot, Zoo York and pretty much every designer worth his salt. And all the while, his brother morphed into the lead singing lothario in the acclaimed electro-pop sensation Chromeo. The last couple of years have seen Trizzy headlining tours and festival stages the world over. Add to that scratching on Common's classic Be, Kanye's Late Registration and Graduation, Kid Cudi's Man On The Moon and Drake's Thank Me Later, as well as producing Kid Sister's debut album Ultraviolet, collaborations with the likes of Lupe Fiasco and Laidback Luke, and original releases with Stones Throw and Kitsune.
After years of schlepping vinyl, accumulating air miles and dressing smart, A-Trak has finally become the man to call to make the kids dance. Ask him and he'll tell you that this is the moment he's been waiting for his whole career.
The love child of Brooklyn and the Internet, Baauer was born out of noise. A sound that began steeped in the 4/4 dance tradition, slowly took on hip hop tendencies until the two became one. Influenced heavily by southern hip-hop and UK bass sounds, Baauer has found himself smack dab in the middle of the electronic renaissance. He is the delectable fusion of future-crunk and leather shaken aggressively in a bottle for years and has only just opened the top to pour the mixture out.
Flicking through the alphabetised racks of your local CD emporium you'll find that releases from Australian electro wizards The Presets fit snugly between Pet Shop Boys and Elvis Presley. Could there be some weird universal synergy to this? The strident beat of the heart and the swagger of the hips: it's at this musical cross point of emotive technological peaks and primal caveman rock that one finds The Presets.
In 2008 The Presets (Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes) came rocketing back into the fray with their sophomore album, Apocalypso. Ranging from expansive, emotive techno, to future pagan house and choral space funk, Apocalypso demonstrated the band's undeniably canny knack for welding hook-laden pop to some of the most singular and exciting sounds of tomorrow.
In less than four years Julian Hamilton (vocals, programming and keys) and Kim Moyes (drums, programming and keys) worked their way up and out though the musical quagmire of Sydney's club scene to become Australia's foremost proponents of twisted electronic pop. They're now one of the most talked about and in-demand live acts today with a catalogue of dance smashes to their name.
Julian and Kim had first met a decade earlier as tearaway students at Sydney's Conservatorium of Music: by day they were battling Beethoven, by night sweating it out in seedy clubs to the strains of New Order, Bjork and The Smiths. They'd also collaborated in the largely experimental band Prop, specialising in highly impractical exotic instrumentation and non-vocal excursions in noodle.
Signed in 2003 to Australia's Modular Recordings (on the strength of demos which became their debut EP, the dark 'Blow Up') The Presets planted seeds throughout their hometown Sydney scene, which within 18 months began to reach germination internationally.
Things warmed up substantially for The Presets with subsequent releases 'Girl And The Sea EP' (2004), and their full-length long player Beams (2005), which spawned the dance floor monsters 'Down Down Down', 'Are You The One?' and 'I Go Hard, I Go Home'.
So began two years of non-stop touring. From playing to clubs kids in Barcelona, New York and Istanbul, then to thousands of S&M leather daddies at the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, to over one hundred thousand people at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and every imaginable key festival in-between, Julian and Kim have covered almost every corner of the globe with their take no prisoners live show.
Along the way the band has remixed and been remixed by many of the modern dance music alumni. Additionally songs were picked up for use in hit TV programs such as The OC, CSI: Miami and CSI: New York as well as appearing on dozens of compilations.
All the touring, the music they've heard, the people they've met along the way, the parties and the tears, the trials and tribulations have borne their sophomore release, Apocalypso.
'My People', is clearly a call to arms party, and unmistakably Presets in its sentiment. Tracks such as 'Anywhere' and the new single 'This Boy's In Love' are clean hits of pure, emotive techno that blossom with Technicolor ecstasy in their choruses. 'Talk Like That' and shoots straight for the pop heart while 'My People' and 'Kicking and Screaming' aim squarely for the dance-floor jugular. These unabashedly sharp pop songs are offset with tracks like 'A New Sky' and, which nudges the balance of the record ever so slightly towards a more abstract future utopia.
Apocalypso trips across a cosmos of sound, and self-assuredly succeeds in its ability traverse the belting soundsystems of the clubs of the world while also sounding like liquid moonjuice coming out of the speakers in your lounge room.
Apocalypso has taken Australia, and the world by storm. Accolades for the band and the album include six ARIA Awards (Album of The Year, Band of The Year, Best Dance Act, Best Video, Best Artwork), Triple J Network's Album of The Year, the inaugural SMAC Awards Album of The Year, APRA's Songwriters of the Year, Best Video for 'If I Know You' at the UK Video Awards as well as Triple Platinum Sales in Australia for 'Apocalypso', Double Platinum for 'My People', Platinum for 'Talk Like That' and Gold for 'This Boy's In Love'.
Debuting by being the first external artist to feature on the infamous mau5trap label, Feed Me's array of hard hitting electronica with a grin quickly caught the eyes and ears of listeners worldwide. After a succession of high profile remixes, Feed Me continued to develop his distinct visual style and sound with his first extended play. The acclaimed 8 track 'Feed Me's Big Adventure' immediately took Beatport by storm with 6 tracks hitting the top 10, gathering fans throughout different genres.
Whoever Gesaffelstein is—there's precious little information about him out there—he clearly comes from a dark, dark place. His previous offerings for Turbo Recordings, Ed Banger and The Hacker's Zone label, plus remixes for the likes of Miss Kittin, Cassius and Arnaud Rebotini, have been gritty electro-techno affairs, like waiting out the apocalypse in a Parisian underground sex club—scary and steamy in equal measure.
His "Conspiracy Vol. 2" EP, again on Turbo, is his heaviest offering yet, with a slow-motion bump-and-grind and analog menace to spare. It's the perfect complement to "Ghostriders," a black-and-white short that imagines fixed-gear bikers as an army of the undead.
Check out the full release here, and discover one of Turbo's brightest—well, darkest—new stars. And for more in a similar spirit, don't miss Terence Fixmer's excellent new single "The Night," also on Turbo, featuring a gothed-out remix from none other than Marc Houle. Freaks come out at night!
"Brodinski is the most exciting dj and producer to explode onto the scene in recent years. Yes, he may hail from France (Reims, Lille) but he is quite unlike any of his Parisian peers. His taste in music is broad and this is reflected in his own productions and dj sets which may encompass noisy techno, bass heavy house through to more melodic minimal. His programming is impeccable and he plays with such spirit that his 6'2'rame jerks and bounces when he gets excited by a track (yet he is neveruelled with anything more than Fanta Lemon!). The hot fuss started with his debut track Bad Runner which leaked onto blog sites months before it's release on Mental Groove in October 2007. Supported by everyone from Soulwax, Tiga, Chloe, Erol Alkan, A Trak, Busy P, Switch and Laurent Garnier the track peak time techno with Martian's yakking through it was one of the sleeper hits of the year. When it was eventually released the subject 'Bad Runner' had garnered over 3500 views on Erol Alkan's forum, people just couldn't wait to get their hands on it. The flipside Solaris was a more subtle and seductive slice of techno. At the time Brodinski told FACT magazine that he would like to record for both Erol Alkan and Damian Lazarus' labels and this record seemed to sum up that ambition. Since Bad Runner Brodinski has remixed Bonde de Role, Klaxons, Das Pop, Shoes, D.I.M, Heart Revolutions and Adam Sky. Each remix has had a different approach, from the acidic (D.I.M), to vocal techno (Das Pop) to melancholic end-of-nighters (Klaxons). This May he has two releases readied to rock the summer: Gold-digger which is a primitive house groove with ululating sirens and vocal gruntsollowed by an as yet untitled techno bomb. Brodinski has already been championed by Radio Soulwax, Tiga's Turbo and Bugged Out who have all already offered him multiple gigs and festival slotsor 2008. Expect to be hearing a lot more about Brodinski this year and beyond!"(Annie Mac)
Digitalism is a German electro duo, founded in 2004 in Hamburg, consisting of Jens "Jence" Moelle and Ismail "Isi" Tüfekçi. Jens likens Digitalism's songs to simple chapters in a complex novel about social interaction and attraction, with distorted baselines and thumping rhythms comprising the punctuation.
Digitalism is pioneering the electro-punk and indie dance movements, making appearances at festivals such as Coachella and various clubs worldwide.
Digitalism's debut album, Idealism, was released 9 May 2007 as Digitalism on Toshiba EMI Records in Japan, on May 21, 2007 on Kitsuné Music in France and on Astralwerks in North America. The album includes re-edits of the previously released singles "Jupiter Room", "Zdarlight" as well as their "Digitalism in Cairo" original re-edit of a track by the Cure which actually doesn't feature a sample from the track.
In June 2011, Digitalism released the second studioalbum, I love You Dude, on Cooperative Music. The ablum includes the previously released singles "Blitz" and Stratophere", the hit-single "2 Hearts" and a cooperation with Julian Casablancas. All over the sound on the second album has become more openminded. Digitalism's sound is crossing the limits between Electro, Rock and Indie.
Digitalism has remixed tracks for Tom Vek, The Futureheads, Daft Punk, Tiga, Klaxons, White Stripes, Monk, Depeche Mode, Cut Copy and many others. Their tracks and remixes are played by DJs such as Erol Alkan, Soulwax, Boys Noize, and Justice, among others.
Jens Moelle has released a solo EP on Kitsuné Music under the name Palermo Disko Machine.
Congo Rock (real name Rocco Rampino) is a DJ and producer based in Lecce, Italy, he is part of the current fidget house trend along with other Italian producers The Bloody beetroots Crookers and Gigi Barocco
Just Blaze worked closely with Roc-a-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing hits like Cam'ron's "Oh Boy," Jay-Z's "Girls, Girls, Girls," and Beanie Sigel and Freeway's "Rock the Mic." He worked closely with Roc-a-Fella's other in-house producer, Kanye West, on the label's many albums released during this same period. And like West, he developed a trademark knack for using old-school soul samples in unique ways for his hooks. Besides the Roc-a-Fella stable of rappers, Just Blaze also produced tracks for big-name East Coast rappers such as Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, DMX, and Fabolous. By the turn of the century, he'd become one of the rap industry's leading producers, along with Timbaland, the Neptunes, and Swizz Beatz.