MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY 2014
Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dirty South Joe, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Mike Taylor, Gent & Jawns, Swizzymack, Vic Mensa
Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Streets
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
Doors 3:00 PM
This event is all ages
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.
Known internationally as a curator amongst the world's most cutting edge DJs, producers, and musical movements Wesley Pentz (better known as DIPLO) has experienced a variety of successes. The last few years have been spent running through the club circuit and having chart-topping hits with refreshing irreverence. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1978, Pentz spent most his childhood in Florida working in his fathers bait shop and being turned onto music through then new mediums like MTV. Drifting North through the state came Miami Bass and from the West came the sounds of Southern hip-hop artists. The musical influence and variety coalesced, and at 18, Pentz moved to Philadelphia for college at Temple University to study Film & Music. While a student he took a job in the South Philadephia community as a social worker and created the influential Hollertronix club night, which was the beginning of his fledgling career as DIPLO.
In 2004 Pentz released his debut album as Diplo called, Florida. It received praise and accolades in the underground community. The music embodied on this album led to an introduction via an A&R man at XL Records to M.I.A. In 2004 he partnered with M.I.A. for the mixtape Piracy Funds Terrorism. Pentz's cultural impact had started to snowball. Together they worked on her first album Arular and much of her second Kala, including the 2008 mega-hit "Paper Planes," which reached No. 3 in the US Charts and earned him a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. His production credits have evolved since to include Santigold, Lil' Jon and Missy Elliot, while remixing works by Beck, Radiohead, Britney Spears and countless others. In 2009 Pentz teamed with frequent collaborator Dave Taylor (aka Switch) to release the futuristic dancehall album Guns Don't Kill People… Lazers Do under the guise of Major Lazer, a Jamaican militant at war with an evil army of zombies, mummies and vampires.
Meanwhile, his record label Mad Decent has helped to introduce Brazilian baile funk, Angolan Kuduro and other marginalized music to clubs around the world, developing as a trendsetting force with which to be reckoned. With the same mission in mind, some of the varied acts Pentz has signed or produced include Rye Rye, Bonde do Role, Crookers, Blaqstarr, Boy 8-Bit, Buraka Som Systema, and Rusko, allowing Mad Decent to act as a launching pad or home base for many others while spreading its influence across the globe. Through the label, Pentz has founded a charity called Heaps Decent as a social relief program to help children in Australia as well as with additional efforts internationally. In early 2009 Pentz debuted his film Favela on Blast, a five-years-in-the-making documentary exploring the Brazilian slum favelas of Rio de Janeiro and the thriving baile funk music scene that exists within. He is currently developing a TV show.
Through a widespread assortment of releases and artists' works – from cumbia to dubstep to punk and beyond – Diplo has shown dynamic range with interests that span far beyond any singular culture or musical realm, standing as a working model for the truly 21st Century artist.
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.
If somewhere, in the vast expanse of the multiverse, there exists a planet where giant exotic birds twerk to trap and hard-style all day long under a blazing tropical sun, then DJ Snake is definitely from that planet. Hailing from Paris, France, the grammy-nominated producer exports a brand of party music so ferociously groovy that it instantly sets any party on fire, regardless of how steamy it may already be. His 2013 Jeffree's release "Bird Machine" is an infectious, staple trap anthem that brilliantly samples a bird whistle for the drop and has made a solid name for itself as one of the hottest songs of the year. It has received extensive play from the likes of Dillon Francis, Diplo, and Baauer, to name but a few, on some of the largest festival stages in the world. DJ Snake's ability to fuse fun, outrageous melodies with his genius trademark style makes it safe to say that we have a lot to be excited about when it comes to what we can expect next.
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!
Mike Taylor is a Philadelphia born artist who fuses pieces of pop culture with intelligent lyrics and infectious melodies. Although primarily a singer and writer, he utilizes an array of mediums to uplift and inspire his audiences. A griot who brings his unique perspective to his art, he transgresses boundaries. The celebratory nature of the work is both an invitation into the artist's world as well as an invitation to let go, whether for the duration of a song or the lasting feeling you take with you after a live performance.
Gent & Jawns
After developing respectable solo careers as DJs and producers, long-time friends Billy the Gent and Long Jawns officially banded together as Gent & Jawns becoming an unstoppable force in the world of club music. The release of their now classic Moombahton anthem "Vibrate" catapulted them to the top of everyone's list of producers to work with and landed them remixes for Datsik, Bare, and Muffler, as well as collaborations with Nadastrom, Torro Torro and JWLS.
In early 2012 they worked with mega-producer Diplo on his Express Yourself EP, which topped the iTunes charts as the number one electronic album. They followed up with an absolutely stunning remix of the title track "Express Yourself," which saw repeated plays by many of the top DJs in the world. Shortly after, they released "Holler," their first official EP on Mad Decent's Jeffrees label. Jeffrees went on to earn the iTunes Label of the Year honors. The duo ended the year proper when they released "TURNUP", a party-inducing track that's being called the biggest trap song of 2012. In two weeks the track saw 80,000 plays and held position as the top electronic song on SoundCloud.
While known for their world-class production, Gent & Jawns' secret weapon is their ability to perform live. Long Jawns is a legend in his hometown of Richmond, VA, where he is widely known for throwing the biggest and best parties the city has seen in years. Billy The Gent began DJing with support from his friend Dave Nada (Nadastrom, creator of Moombahton) in Washington, DC and quickly became a staple at the famous U-Street Music Hall. Together, Gent & Jawns have gone on to share the stage with top notch acts like Diplo, Dillon Francis, Nadastrom, Caspa, Craze, Die Antwoord, and more.
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.
Born in 93, Vic Mensa is an independent recording artist from Chicago, Illinois who released his mixtape INNANETAPE online last year to critical acclaim. Vic has toured North America with J Cole and Disclosure and Danny Brown on his recent European Tour. Vic is also the leader and co-founder of the SAVEMONEY collective.