Well, Munchi is one of absolute favorite producers for many reasons with number one being the fact that he just doesn’t give a shit about what people expect or think of his music. He makes what he wants and generally his tunes are hits. Respected by almost every DJ in the game, Munchi is versatile and on the rise. His latest tunes, dropped as a pair, “Press Pause” & “Like, Whatever. IDC #Shrug” are on point. Check out what he has to say about the tracks and grab your FREE download:
What’s up? I’m Munchi. What is your name? I making this just now eh! In no time!
I’m a producer and I make music. I making next big hit eh. Commercial hit eh!
Boem! Numero 1, mucho dinero! Buy nice car, big house, big chain!
WOW! BRIBIM! David Guetta having nothing on me eh!
Sometimes you just gotta ‘Press Pause’ *wink* *wink* you feel me.
You feels what I’m saying yo eh?
You feelsing yo what imma say eh?
Imma yo saysing feel, you what. eh?
YOU FEEELING THE FEELS EH!?”
Listen and Download Munchi – “Press Pause” & “Like, Whatever. IDC #Shrug” on Soundcloud:
Our homeys over in Kalamazoo at Layer Cake Presents are putting on another hot show for the Mitten to enjoy and they hooked us up with a pair of tickets to giveaway! THIS SATURDAY, the tenaciously trill twin duo of Two Fresh will be returning to Michigan for a special performance in KZoo at Shakespeare’s Lower Level. The evening will begin with sounds from Michigan natives and beat heads Nunca Duerma and Sango. The entire lineup promises for a great night full of beats that will get you boppin. On top of all the music, our friends at Third Eye Pinecone will be vending and the booming Motor City Art Machine will be in full effect! The show is 21+ and tickets are available through the Layer Cake ticketing site or you can test your luck and enter our contest to win a FREE PAIR OF TICKETS!
To celebrate 20k fans on his Facebook page, the rump shaking producer ETC!ETC! has dropped a new moombah inspired tune entitled “Big Booty“. The song features a Biggy sample that expresses the L.A. based producer’s love for ‘big booty bitc*es’. ETC!ETC! is proving why moombahton will never die with tunes like this. Picture yourself at an island party with a plethora of women bumping and grinding all over your junk but all you want to do is listen to the banger. This tune will make you TWERK! Always staying fresh and funky, ETC!ETC! is packing his schedule with tour dates up through Summer. We are anticipating many more tunes to drop from the talented producer in the coming months and we hope to watch his FB page grow another 20k over again! Check out ETC!ETC! “Big Booty” and grab your FREE download now! Cheers!
Listen and Download ETC!ETC! – “Big Booty” on Soundcloud:
We can always appreciate a good remix and Brown & Gammon have a diamond for us. Taking the banging electro-house tune from Candyland entitled “Bring The Rain” and putting their hipster dance groove on it while featuring and focusing on the beautiful vocals from Lexi Forche, Brown & Gammon have made the original tune into a completely new sounding track. Brown & Gammon are bringing back the 80′s with this one. The remix was dropped yesterday in honor of B&G hitting 30k fans on Facebook. The best part is you can grab a FREE download of the remix now! Congrats to Brown & Gammon!
Coming off of touring with Bassnectar and prepping for a summer full off shows, Gladkill, one of our favorite glitch artists today, has a new tune for the world. The latest latest addition to his trippy drippy catalog, “Dont Say No” features samples from Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody” packed into a jungle of martian noises that make your body move in a way that you never thought was possible. Pleasing the bass gods, Gladkill’s latest release is a glitch spin on the insane trap phenomenon going on, 808s and all. Gladkill has been doing this longer than you. Gladkill will keep doing his thing. That is why we love Gladkill and his out-of-this-world, west coast, glitched out tunes. We know you will too. Did we mention you can grab a free download just by liking his Facebook page? Cheers!
Listen and Download Gladkill – “Dont Say No” on Soundcloud:
When we think of live music these days, its hard to not rank Big Gigantic as one of the growing greats.”We’re always just trying to learn from where we were at, from what we’ve done, and really try to push the envelope” expounds Big Gigantic producer and saxophonist Dominic Lalli, “Getting better, getting bigger, we’re definitely in that business.” Performing on a level that rivals any touring group in music today, Big Gigantic has gotten in the habit of doing things huge. On the front-end of their Winter Tour 2013, Dominic and drummer, Jeremy Salken are prepping for the biggest Big Gigantic tour yet. We had a minute to catch up with Dom yesterday and posted our phone Q&A below.
The Big Gigantic Winter Tour 2013 kicked off last week with a handful of dates in the south with support from trill twins Two Fresh. The tour features a brand new stage design that is bigger, badder, and better than anything you have seen from Big Gigantic before. With thirty stops on the tour, there is so much to look forward to. “We’re playing some awesome venues that we’ve never gotten to headline”, Dom excitedly explains, “We’re going to lots of places we really love to go too. It’s cool to be back in a lot of these cities”. The tour continues with support from Kill Paris, Manic Focus, and HeRobust on select dates.
We are also excited to hear that Big Gigantic is planning on releasing a new album come Fall. Dom tells us about keeping his production levels high on the road, “I’m always trying to figure out how to become more efficient. All I’m doing is working on music the whole time on this tour.” he explains. We are thankful for that and can’t wait to hear what the dynamic duo have in store for their fifth album. For now we can be sure to sneak some previews of the new tunes on this tour.
You can catch Big Gigantic on any of the Winter Tour 2013 stops. Big G rolls into Michigan this Friday, February 8th for a sold out performance at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids followed by a huge show on Saturday, February 9th at Royal Oak Music Theater in Royal Oak. Get your tickets now because you definitely do not want to be left out. “This tour is turning out to be the best tour ever,” Dom proudly boasts and we look forward to being able to attest to that!
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There are some up-and-coming producers that stand out as that special gems in the pile of jewels. Manic Focus seems to be one of those gems. We have been fans and friends of Minnesota born/Chicago based producer since we first discovered his music just a couple short years ago. Since then, Manic Focus has been proving to the world why he is the next big bass producer. With two original albums, a remix compilation, and a huge catalog of singles under his belt (all for FREE DL), Manic Focus is a slave to the music. Whether it’s hiding in the studio or spending weeks at a time on the road, the madman won’t stop.
Coming off a huge NYE show with Big Gigantic & GRiZ in Chicago plus a few dates with Future Rock in the Midwest, MF is well rehearsed on putting the show on the road. Manic focus is now gearing up for a dozen dates on the Big G Winter Tour. In honor of the tour, Team MF released a smooth promo video that features a brand new track from the genre defying producer entitled “Free Man” that can be heard on the road and will be on the upcoming EP from the bass master. With all of this excitement in the world of Manic Focus, Curated Music found it fit to catch up with the young gun. You can read the interview below:
Curated Music: Your sounds reach a multitude of genres. How do you decide what type of track you are going to produce? Manic Focus: It really depends on my mood and life experiences. I made We Won’t Land at a time when I didn’t have a lot of gigs and several of the gigs that I did have got cancelled due to crappy promoters. Many people told me that I shouldn’t quit, so I put those emotions into the track. When it comes to remixes, I usually like remixing tracks that my friends suggest. The Mad World remix was my friend Ryan’s idea. I had started working on it in the fall of 2010 but then lost interest in working on it, and Ryan bugged me for months to finish it. I’m glad he did, it turned out nicely.
CM: Are there any specific artists that influence the Manic Focus sound? MF: Moby’s Play album was what really got me into making beats when I was a kid. The Crystal Method was also a big influence. I was a huge hip-hop head too, and grew up listening to Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Eyedea and Abilities….pretty much the whole Rhymesayers label. Today, my main influences are Pretty Lights, GRiZ, Big Gigantic, Bassnectar, Gramatik….too many to name actually. The whole EDM scene is very inspiring.
CM: We are huge fans of your remixes (Red Hot Chili Peppers, MIA, Umphrey’s McGee, an official Rebelution). What makes a specific track or artist more or less appealing to remix to you? MF: While a lot of my remixes come from my friend’s suggestions, the four you listed came about in many different ways. I usually like remixing tracks that have an official a cappella, like Dani California and Bad Girls. The Umphrey’s remix came about from a contest I entered over a year ago, and Umphrey’s provided the stems to the track. My friend Emily hooked up the stems for Rebelution. Basically, if there are stems or a capellas, I’m usually down to remix the track. I won’t remix Katy Perry though.
CM: You are an accomplished instrumentalists. What instruments do you play and have they ever been featured in a Manic Focus track? MF: Piano is my instrument. I can’t play everything I compose, but more often than not if you hear a piano or an organ, that’s me jamming on the track. I play the strings and synth lines on my keyboard too.
CM: You deffinetly have dedicated fans. How do you stay connected with them? How can they stay connected with you? MF: I try to stay connected to my fans by constantly releasing music. I definitely need to up my twitter game. Facebook is really the main way I stay connected with fans. I can also be contacted through my website.
CM: We have imagined you collaborating with a number of different artists. Will our dreams come true? MF: I sure hope so! I have yet to meet a lot of the guys I’d like to collab with, and the ones I have met seem to always be on the move, so there is very little time to socialize. I’m also very new to the scene and honestly feel like a bit of an outsider at the moment, but I have a feeling that will all change this year.
CM: 2012 was a big year for Manic Focus. You crushed Summer Set Music Festival, played a slew of dates with some other awesome artists, released a ton of amazing singles and remixes plus two albums, and ended 2012 with a huge show in Chicago for NYE with Big Gigantic and GRiZ. How do you plan to keep that high level of productivity up in 2013? MF: On NYE I asked Grant (GRiZ) for advice going into 2013, and he said “keep making music”, so I’ve been grinding hard to make as much music as I can. It can be tough to get in the zone sometimes, and its also easy to get burnt out on work, but listening to music while zoning out on Xbox surprisingly helps for coming up with ideas and refreshing my ears. I live a few blocks from Lake Michigan, so I’ll walk there on occasion to clear my head. I stumble a lot too. As much as I try to make deadlines for myself to finish tracks, rushing the creative process is usually a bad thing. It has to flow naturally. When inspiration strikes, I can get my ideas down pretty quickly. I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to make bigger and better tracks, but I think I’ll be releasing some simpler beats in the near future just so I don’t get too strung out.
CM: You are joining Big Gigantic on a dozen dates next month, are you excited? MF: Hell yea! Its gonna be nuts!
CM: We heard you have some awesome news on the business end of Team Manic Focus. Can you leak anything to your fans yet? MF: 2013 will be crazy. I’ll be playing a lot more shows, and I can’t wait for festy season.
CM: What would be your dream studio setup? MF: Most of my studio is in my laptop, so other than a crazy beast of a laptop, I’d want some place with a awesome view and a mic facing the view so any singers or emcees I’d work with could take in the awesome view while recording.
CM: What equipment are you using in the studio and on stage now? MF: I mainly use an MPK49 and an APC40 to control Ableton and a bunch of plugins, but I’ve got an MPC1000, a KP3, and a bunch of other noise making/warping devices. On stage I’m currently using just my laptop and APC40, mainly because setup and takedown is easy, and it fits in my backpack. I’ve definitely got some tricks in the bag for down the line.
CM: What was your best memory of 2012? MF: The whole year was amazing, but NYE at the Aragon was surreal.
CM: What message is Manic Focus sending out to fans? MF: It doesn’t matter what religious, political, or social views you have, everyone gets down to Chumbawumba. I’ve seen it. Its ridiculous.
CM: Thanks brother! MF: Thanks for the interview! Download the music for free at manicfocus.com
Watch Manic Focus – Winter Tour 2013 with Big Gigantic Promo Video on YouTube:
Since the drop of their teaser video a couple weeks ago along with the announcement of the release we have been patiently awaiting the drop of Hot Sauce EP from our favorite Canadian bass producers Zeds Dead. A couple days ago, Zeds Dead have released a minimix of the album to give their fans a taste, it held us over for a minute, but nothing can do justice to the full release in entirety. This is the most eclectic and wide array of sounds we have heard from the talented duo ever perhaps. Spanning across all genres of music, Zeds Dead can validate themselves as producers adept to any scene. Hot Sauce EP is music we are most definitely getting down to and we know you will too. You can purchase the EP on iTunes and Beatport and you can catch Zeds Dead kicking off festival season early at Lollapalooza Brazil and Lollapalooza Argentina in March and April respectively, as well as a posted stop at Chicago’s React Presents: Spring Awakening Music Festival in June. We also expect to see them on a large number of other festivals and tour dates throught the year. Hot Suace EP will be cranking on our speakers!
One of our favorite Colorado based artists, Two Fresh, just slammed a huge one on the world with the release of their new Watch This EP that just dropped tonight. Previewing a tune from the 5-track release, “12PM” last week, we were stoked on this release. Premiered by Thissongissick.com, the tunes feature a fresh, smooth, trill sound from the dynamic twins. Working with old and new sounding synthesizers onto banging 808 drum packs, the release has a true OG throwback trap feel. We encourage you to bump this in a candy purple drop-top Chevy with a pair of 12″s in the trunk. Two Fresh proves that they can keep up with all the heavyweights in the trap game today with this release. Not that we didn’t already know that. Turn your subs up, light up some purp blunts, and bump this new EP from Two Fresh available for FREE download.
Bursting into the fashion world with an unexpected explosion, Black Milk Clothing is growing rapidly. Founded in 2009 in Brisbane, Australia by James Lillis, the unique legging and tights company has since been doing things differently than the rest. Determined to find a solid plan for his future, Lillis took empty pockets and a great attitude and turned it into a sewing machine and a single pair of Black Milk Clothing leggings. It was then that the demand for quality leggings with insane prints began for the inspired entrepreneur.
Since then, BM has stuck to the internet, building a dedicated family of customers who play a vital part in the growth of Black Milk Clothing. Without ever having to arrange a formal photo-shoot with models, Lillis and his expanding team and product line have relied on their gorgeous customers and their submission of ‘selfies’ to showcase their beautiful designs. “I love seeing all the different ways girls style their Black Milk pieces” says founder James Lillis.
Beginning their fourth year as a company, Black Milk Clothing has large plans for World domination. Following official deals with Star Wars™ and Lord Of The Rings™ on brilliantly designed leggings, Black Milk Clothing now sets their sight on the electronic music community. With news of a collaboration with Pretty Lights and other artists, it is clear that BM is ready and well prepared to takeover the festival fashion market. We are excited to see what comes out of these relationships.
Curated Music was fortunate to have the opportunity to talk all things Black Milk Clothing with BM’s head of Marketing and Operations, Cameron Parker:
CM: What is black Milk?
BM: Black Milk Clothing makes gear for hot bosses who want to express themselves through fashion and don’t mind standing out from the crowd.
CM: When was it founded ? BM: 2009, in James’ kitchen
CM: Who are the founders and managers? BM: James Lillis and the 140+ BM team. I look after marketing and operations.
CM: What was the inspiration behind the inception of clothing line? BM: James noticed that when it came to legwear, women didn’t have much to choose from other than cotton and black, so he thought to make some gear that women could really work with in a fashionable way.
CM: What was the strategy behind the rapid growth of the brand in such a short period of time? BM: Our growth was actually very unexpected, so the strategy has just been do whatever we can to keep up with demand!
CM: How is Black Milk clothing involved or related to musicians and artists? BM: And are the rumors true about a pretty lights and black milk collaboration? We work with a few different artists, and we are working on a collaboration with Pretty Lights!
CM: What advise would you give to an aspiring young designer looking to accomplish what black milk had done? BM: Don’t spend too much time worrying about what’s in season or what other people are doing – just go with what you love.
CM: What does the future hold for Black Milk?
BM: More amazing gear, incredible collaborations and insane community meetups!
CM: If Black Milk clothing has a message they want to get out there, what would it be?
BM: Don’t ever be afraid of being yourself. And if you ever feel like you need an outlet to dress up and take selfies and just show the world what a boss you are, you’ll always be welcome in the Black Milk community.
With all this exciting news from Black Milk Clothing, it is clear that they are going to take their brand to the next level. We highly suggest you follow Black Milk Clothing through all outlets on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, on their blog. You can purchase your very own article of Black Milk Clothing from their website, just be sure to post a ‘selfie’ and tag the bad-ass clothing company to show off your new digs!