It’s hard to bring up electronic music without eventually coming to the name Carnage. The founding father and organic branding genius behind his hit remix series of “Festival Trap” bangers, Carnage is also the man behind the hits that can be found on basically every performing dj’s setlist. Recognized by his fans as an artist who is not afraid to express his creative feelings through not only his music but his social media pages, Carnage has spoken out on issues like producers buying into “hype” to become more relevant and the pressures that genres can put on a producer’s arsenal of tunes. Saying what most in the scene are afraid to say, Carnage is here to stir up the pot.
Even if he were to never speak another word though, Carnage’s tunes speak for themselves. Carnage has a very unique way of getting any environment turned into a massive party. His high-energy packed sets rival Tiesto and SHM as far as giving the audience that… feeling. A producer and performer of just about everything, Carnage has deserving collaborations with artists like A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame, Borgore, and the great Kaskade. There isn’t much Carnage hasn’t touched and those left undisturbed will only rest for so long until Carnage comes to bring the rage.
Carnage kicked off his “I’m Fucking Pumped” Tour last week with a special performance in Detroit and will continue on to perform on dozens of stops across the globe including dates in USA, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Amsterdam, as well as announced festival appearances at Spring Awakening Music Festival, Sunset Music Festival, and EDC Vegas. With tons of new music coming soon, Carnage is proud to be releasing his upcoming single entitled “Signal” TOMORROW, May 3rd on Spinnin’ Records.
We were fortunate enough to be able to take the time to chat and catch up with Carnage the other day and we wanted to let you all in on our conversation. Check our our exclusive Q&A with Carnage below and make sure to catch Carnage when he comes to a venue near you! LISTEN & DOWNLOAD CURATED MUSIC EXCLUSIVE Q&A WITH CARNAGE ON SOUNDCLOUD:
FINALLY!!!!! We can all celebrate a bit because Daft Punk has finally and officially resurfaced! Coupled with just about as much anticipation as one single album can contain, Daft Punks upcomingRandom Access Memories album will clearly be one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the past years. Now, we are blessed to be able to purchase the first single from the album, “Get Lucky“. The tune which features Pharrell Williams and also some studio work from Nile Rogers (pretty sure), is everything we have wanted from Daft Punk. It is as if they took the last 6 years to slow cook this album into a succulent and perfected gem. We will be keeping you posted with all Daft Punk news but for now, check out “Get Lucky” to hold you over!
Dropping this tune all over his last string of tour (aka Wurld Turr), dance music’s jester slash innovator Dillon Francis officially released his hit tune “Messages” featuring the talented Simon Lord on Mad Decent. The tune features super huge club sounds smashed together with Dillon’s one-of-a-kind broken bass lines. This tune is clearly made to get the crowd perspiring. The lyrics and vocals team up with Dillon’s signature synths to create a dreamy sound that travels flawlessly into a buildup/drop that is guaranteed to get you jumping. We will be bumping “Messages” as we smash on some Cool Ranch DLTs from T Bell. Be on the lookout for more music coming from Dillon Francis and be sure to catch him on tour this Spring/Summer at a venue/festival near YOU! You can purchase “Messages” on iTunes or Amazon, or you can stream the track from his Soundcloud. Blast it loud!
DJ Sliink and Dirty South Joe are prepping for twelve dates on the road with LOUDPVCK and other special guests for the Certified Trap Tour. In honor of the huge tour, Sliink and Joe have dropped this massive 26 track ‘Certified Trap Tour’ mix featuring some of the dirtiest and hardest trap tunes ever. From the start to finish, this mix puts you into the life of a trapstar. From Hucci to Kill The Noise, this mix makes sure to leave nothing out. The tour plans to have surprises in store for fans on every stop. Tickets are available now on Certifiedtrap.com and you can grab your FREE download of the ‘Certified Trap Tour Mix’ now on Soundcloud. Cheers!
Listen and Download DJ Sliink x Dirty South Joe – ‘Certified Trap Tour Mix’ on Soundcloud:
1. HUCCi X STOOKi SOUND – BALL SO HARD
2. THUGLi – WHAT HAPPENED
3. THE PARTYSQUAD – OH MY
4. A TRiBE CALLED RED – TRAP HEAT
5. MAJOR LAZER X FLUX PAViLiON – JAH NO PARTiAL (HEROES X VILLAiNS REMiX)
6. TJR – ODE TO Oi (ViCTOR NiGLiO’S ETHNiC TRAP REMiX)
7. ELViS CRESPO – SUAVEMENTE – (KENNEDY J REMiX)
8. FLUX PAViLiON – ONETWOTHREE (MAKE YOUR BODY WANNA)
9. JANTSEN – WHEN THE BEAT DROPS (BASSNECTAR REMiX)
10. YOUNG SCOOTER X THE PRODiGY X STEVE STARKS – COLUMBiA NARAYAN
(YUNG SARS GANG EDiT)
11. NARi X MiLANi – ATOM (RUEN TRAP REMiX)
12. DJ SLiiNK X FLOSSTRADAMUS – CROWD CONTROL
13. GENT X JAWNS – TURN UP
14. CHiEF KEEF – LOVE SOSA (WiLLY JOY REMiX)
15. MASTER SHORTiE FT THE CATARACS X LEAF – THANK YOU
(RELL THE SOUNDBENDER REMiX)
16. TRiNiDAD JAMES – FEMALES WELCOMED (ENFERNO REMiX)
17. LOUDPVCK X DiRTY AUDiO – BUCK
18. DJ FRESH DiRECT – MARY KATE X ASHLEY
19. FKi X IGGY AZALEA X DiPLO X HXV – i THiNK SHE READY
20. TRUE TiGER – TO THE RHYTHM
21. SWiZZYMACK – SWVGG SX CRVZY
22. KiLL THE NOiSE – MOSH iT UP
23. FKi X MAYHEM X ANTiSERUM – ME X MY DAWGS
24. KiD CEDEK X FACE X B-STEE X ARCHi – YOU ALREADY KNOW
25. RL GRiME – POCKETS
26. BENZi X WiLLY JOY – ViBES
Grand Rapids, Michigan plays home to one of the greatest dance music venues in the Midwest. The Intersection has been making a name for itself in the dance community for years and have done wonders for the City of Grand Rapids. The venue has played host to some of the biggest names in electronic music and this Feburary 23rd, The Intersection will be home to Conspirator and Break Science for the night. Ty Beat will be playing direct support for the night. Tickets are available now and are moving fast. Curated Music is proud to announce that we will be teaming up with our family at The Intersection for this huge show. To celebrate, we would like to hook up one of our fans with a pair of tickets to see Conspirator and Break Science at The Intersection on Feb. 23rd. GOOD LUCK!
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:
HeRobust is here with yet another killer tune for the world! The freshest in the HeRobust catalog, “Turn Ape” is a trill track that screams southern ATL through the rolling snares and gangster synths. The FREE download is just the latest to be released by the young producer with much more new material on the horizon. HeRobust will be busy in the studio and on the road with tour dates alongside Big Gigantic and a busy festival schedule. We are excited to catch the Atlanta native soon! Enjoy the free DL of “Turn Ape”:
Listen and Download HeRobust – “Turn Ape” on Soundcloud:
It is clear that Emancipator‘s heart and soul went into producing his newest and fourth full length album Dusk to Dawnwhich dropped today on his newly formed LoCi Records. The album features a revamped Emancipator sound, a bit more electric, much more worldly, and much more mature. We have been huge Emancipator fans since we first heard his tunes a few years ago. Since then we have listened to the Emancipator sound develop and morph into the smoothest combinations of electro, instrumentals percussion, and all different elements and styles of production.
It is a pleasure to listen to Emancipator and it is something we here at Curated Music partake in often. The album showcases 10 brand new beautiful, original studio tracks and includes collaborations and features from many artists like D.V.S. contributing guitar, and Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic contributing saxophone to tracks. Of course, the infamous strings of Ilya Goldberg can be heard on quite a few of the tracks. We are falling in love with Emancipator all over again.
In the midst of his huge Winter Tour with support from Tor, Mux Mool, Eliot Lipp, and others, the Portland based producer has truly put the album title ‘Dusk to Dawn’ to real meaning, staying up through the night, show after show, with violinist and right hand man Ilya Goldberg to perfect the album and add the finishing touches. It is exciting to be able to listen to tracks this fresh. Be sure you listen and grab your copy of Emancipator’s new album, Dusk to Dawn out now on LoCi Records. Cheers!
Listen and Purchase Emancipator ‘Dusk to Dawn‘ on Bandcamp:
Watch Curated Music’s Curated Conversation with Emancipator:
Well it is official, there will be a new studio Daft Punk album in 2013. According to French news outlet Le Parisien, the mysterious duo have left their old home at EMI to welcome Sony and their subsidiary Columbia to the Daft Punk family (following the same move as Depeche Mode). We are joining the rest of the world in excitement as Daft Punk signs to the U.S. label and solidify the plans for a 2013 album due this Spring, the first since the 2005 release of Human After All. With all this news, the hopes of a tour are heightened. Coachella 2013 lineup has come and gone, where could Daft Punk possibly play next? The world is waiting!
Watch Daft Punk Live @ Wireless Festival 2007 On Youtube: