Wednesday, 30 November 2011


Mysterious concert footage curiously labelled and set to Chemical Brothers tracks has been popping up online. What do 'the brothers' have in store this time?

Ed and Tom from the Chems have tweeted the videos, but for now the only official word can be found by visiting the terrifying clown at the tellingly-titled at

Earlier this month they tweeted, 'Watch the skies. Exciting news soon come". Then the following day, "Expect the unexpected". At the moment, we only have the collection of videos as a hint.

'Green' shows a man baring his teeth and shouting along to 'Block Rockin' Beats'. 'Sun' is a sea of outstretched arms undulating to 'Star Guitar'. 'Magenta' shows a put-together woman clasping her hands calmly as music swirls around her. All of the footage seems drawn from the same Chemical Brothers concert. Could this mean a new live DVD? As they say, expect the unexpected.

Stay tuned for more developments as they occur... Check out the vids below:-

Clown -
Sun -
Face -
Behold -
White -
Cyan -
Indigo -
Green -
Magenta -
Purple -


Check out Meat Katie's Lashing Out Chart for November.
Dark ain't gothic...

1. Meat Katie – Momento
2. F+S – Acid One
3. Dylan Rhymes – Kapow!
4. Lee Coombs – Break 9541 (Ways & Means Remix)
5. Meat Katie & Lee Coombs – UP! (Gella Remix)
6. Dylan Rhymes & Pablo Decoder – Kemptown (Meat Katie Remix)
7. Peo De Pitte – Grey Tape
8. Meat Katie – Bizarre Is Beautiful (Blatta & Inesha Remix)
9. Digibox – Function (Electric Soulside Remix)
10. Cassius – The Sound Of Violence (Cassius Reggae Rock Dub)

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Micha Moor unleashes his Winter Bombs chart! Download the set *HERE*

1. Micha Moor – Love Is Chemical
2. Gregori Klosman – Kameha
3. Galore – The Other Way Around
4. Micha Moor – Space 2011 (Micha Moor Rework)
5. Michael Calfan – Resurrection (Axwell Re-work)
6. Alesso – Raise Your Head
7. Coldplay – Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix)
8. Kura – Ammonia
9. Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects feat. Erik Hecht – Walking Alone
10. Deniz Koyu - Hertz

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Happy days! Skream & Benga are dropping a fresh 5 track EP next week.
Released by Scion.


1. Benga - Any Steppers
2. Benga - Electro West
3. Skream - Ice Cream Jelly Roll
4. Skream - Nefarious
5. Skream - Phat Head

Incase you missed it, check out the Skream & Benga interview reported by MTV last week.


Sonny Wharton, head honcho of Whartone records, has a gift to help warm your cockles!

A word from the man himself-

"Thanks for taking the time to downloading this - Please be aware that all tracks are strictly for promotional use only and no copyright infringement is intended.
If you like the music you hear please respect all the original artists involved and go support them at their shows and buy their original tracks legally!
Thanks for checking these out, hope you like them!
Have a great winter!!
Sonny :)"

The Sonny Wharton Winter Bootleg pack is now available for download *HERE* including-

A Guy Called Gerald - VoodooRay (Sonny Wharton Re-Edit)
Armand Van Helden - Boogie Monster (Sonny Wharton & Nick Correlli Bootleg)
Mark Trophy - Ripper (Sonny Wharton Bootleg)
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars (Sonny Wharton 'Chasing Kos' Re-edit)
Superchumbo - The Revolution (Sonny Wharton Leadhead Bootleg)

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Dirty Smart - High Tops

Tuesday, 29 November 2011


Dada Life, Kick out the epic motherfucker
Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom a.k.a Dada Life take us back inside their studio for a look at their newest Electro House rage tune.

Dada Life's new track 'Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker' is another in-your-face Electro banger that is sure to stir up the dance floor. Known for their greasy bass lines, courtesy of the sausage, Dada Life produce tracks that are truly meant for raging, and this track is no different...

The Swedish banana munchers have one question for you... "Do you think the music today is just to soft and nice?" If your answer is yes, then turn up the volume and be prepared to Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker!!

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Dada Life, live from Paris
Dada Life are teaming up with G-Technology to live stream their performance from Paris at the Queen Club on December 10th.

Who are G-Technology? G-Technology offer premium external storage solutions for professional content creation, featuring USB, FireWire, eSATA, mini-SAS, and Fibre Channel systems to support all levels of audio/video production.

Who are Dada Life? Banana munching riot starters.

Want to be a part of it?

Visit *G-Technology* and 'Like' the page to find out how you can be a part of Dada history.

Need a dose of Dada?
Click *HERE* to download their November podcast!

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Please Dance Safe
If you’re a follower of Eric Prydz on Facebook, you would’ve seen this message go out overnight from the Swedish star: "We were all deeply saddened by the tragic events from this weekend. Please be careful out there and party safely and responsibly."

Those tragic events unfolded at London concert venue Alexandra Palace on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November, with two young men pronounced dead within seven hours of each other. One 21-year-old is reported to have attended the UKF Bass Culture event headlined by Chase & Status on Friday, while the second male was reportedly at the Prydz-headlined Together Winter Music Festival on Saturday. A third man remains in the intensive care unit of a North London hospital in a "serious but stable" condition.

As reported by The Telegraph, it is suspected "a more-potent Chinese variant" of ecstasy contributed to the deaths. However, a toxicology report is still pending. "Although it is too early to say what caused these men’s health to deteriorate, we are investigating the possibility that illegal drugs may have been involved," Detective Inspector Rita Tierney of the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

For those who take party pecriptions, please read Mr Dirty Smart's tips to dance safe *HERE*


Fake Blood, Used Volume 6
Here is the 6th and last in Fake Blood's 'USED' series.

As with all the previous volumes, the mix is compiled of 100% original pressings of old tracks sampled in classic Hip Hop tunes.

Featuring Tribe, Pete Rock, Skee Lo, & DJ Shadow to name a few artists sampled.

Hope you enjoy this volume as much as the others.

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Micha Moor, House Sounds, November
It's that time. Micha Moor has release this months edition of House Sounds. Check it out at the link below:


01. Coldplay – Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix)
02. Promise Land feat. Sandy B – Never Be Lonely (Dub Mix)
03. David Guetta & Avicii – Sunshine w/ Wynter Gordon – Dirty Talk (Accapella)
04. Adele – Someone Like You (Mikael Weermets Remix)
05. Micha Moor – Space 2011 (DBN Remix)
06. Autoerotique - Turn Up The Volume
07. Alesso – Raise Your Head
08. Micha Moor – Love is Chemical (John de Sohn Remix)
09. Mikael Weermets feat. Max C & Audible – Let It Go (Jay Adams Remix)
10. Tim Berg – Before This Night Is Through (Bad Things) w/ Daft Punk – Around The World
11. Kura - Ammonia

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Monday, 28 November 2011


Pete Tong & Alesso added to One Night Stand Lineup
Pete Tong and Alesso are the latest acts to be added to the ever growing line up for the Swedish House Mafia's 'One Night Stand' show at the 65,000 capacity Milton Keynes Bowl on 14th July 2012.

These two new additions follow last week's announcement of Calvin Harris and pop/house producer Madeon who also joined the bill for the gargantuan 9 hour long event that's tipped to be the dance event of the summer.

As the UK’s best loved DJ and host of BBC Radio 1’s groundbreaking Essential Selection show Pete Tong’s legacy in electronic music history is legendary. He is the master of merging the underground with the mainstream and responsible for breaking some of the biggest tracks over the last 20 years. When Pete speaks people listen, and with millions tuning into 'something for the weekend' this makes Pete the voice of the dance music generation. Another artiste to break through over the last couple of years is Sebastian Ingrosso's protégé Alesso. At only 19 years old and with massive productions including 'Calling' and 'Raise Your Head' already under his belt, his fanbase continues to grow receiving accolades from the likes of Tiësto, Avici and Sander van Doorn. 2012 is set to be Alesso’s year.

Swedish House Mafia are giving fans the opportunity to purchase the full VIP Swedes experience. For £199 (inc. VAT & booking fee) fans will have access to an exclusive VIP compound with private catering and bar, tokens for food and drink and access to the aftershow party where DJ’s will play until 2am. Fans who have already bought a ticket will be able to upgrade for £154 (inc VAT). Info:


'One Night Stand'

Saturday 14th July 2012

Swedish House Mafia
Calvin Harris
Pete Tong
+ More TBA

Price: £45+BF, VIP Packages available.
Times: 2pm – 11pm
Venue: Milton Keynes National Bowl


Will Bailey, House Hustlin
With an agenda like Will Bailey -producing club bangers, Rock N Rolla & headlining parties all over the world- I don't know how he has time to eat or sleep...
Forever adding to his to-do-list, Will is now recording a monthly mix called House Hustlin'.

A word from the man himself:
"This is a new monthly mix I will be doing to show my love for all things house, hope you enjoy it and have an open mind."

It's big. Bring on Volume 2!

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Michael Woods, Last Day On Earth
Having featured in Music Weeks Top 40 songwriters for his success with Example, Michael Woods returns to business on his own label Diffused.

He returns home in spectacular fashion with his dance floor-destroying 'Last Day On Earth'. Featuring the vocals of upcoming songwriter/vocalist Duvall, the track includes an epic breakdown with signature Woods arpegiators and synth riffs, all building into a mass of snare rolls, rising vocal samples and FX, not to mention the incredibly delivered vocal from Duvall that puts the icing on the cake, and when finally released into the hard hitting beats and rolling bass line the crowd will have already gone mental about 10 times!

The package also includes an Instrumental mix for the tougher dance floors. Hope you all enjoy another great cut from Michael Woods and his label Diffused.

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deadmau5, Nokia live, London
To celebrate the launch of the Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia are hosting a multimedia extravaganza TONIGHT!

Joel Zimmerman (AKA deadmau5) will be performing two new tracks created especially to accompany a stunning 4D projection display against the backdrop of the 120-metre Millbank Tower on the banks of the River Thames. This amazing, one-off gig is not to be missed, so if you're anywhere near London, be sure to go along to see it live, or visit Nokia's Facebook page *HERE* to watch the live stream.

Check out the teaser video *HERE*

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Knife Party, 100% No Modern Talking EP
This may be the best news of the month... Knife Party have finally put a release date on their '100% No Modern Talking' EP.

The 12th of December will be a day to remember...

'100% No Modern Talking' is made up of 4 prolific tracks:

Internet Friends,
Fire Hive,
& Destroy Them With Lazers.

Available from and

Knife Party made their live debut at Space, Ibiza this summer Their set was broadcast live on BBC Radio 1, which you can download HERE.


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Friday, 25 November 2011


2011 is drawing to a close, and that means it's time to turn in your top five DJs and live acts of the year for Resident Advisor's annual poll.

RA's other yearly polls —top tracks, albums, labels, mixes and compilations— are decided by staff and contributors, but when it comes to the year's best DJs and live acts (arguably the most important of the lot), they turn to you.

Be sure to think about who impressed you this year in particular. You'll have between now and Wednesday, November 30th to make up your mind.
Results will be posted not long after.

Click *HERE* to cast your vote.

Mr Dirty Smart's vote:

1. Knife Party
2. StereoHeroes
3. The Squatters
4. Aquasky
5. Blatta & Inesha


Marco Lys Kama Chart
To coincide with Marco Lys’ release of Kama, beatport have asked him for a fresh top –10 chart.
It may not be possible to be as handsome as Lys, however downloading these tracks can help you on your way to sound like him:


1. Marco Lys – Kama
2. Solo – Pumpernickel (Marco Lys Remix)
3. John Acquaviva & David Amo – Floripa
4. Marco Lys – Go
5. Anthony Attalla & Jaceo – Cosmic
6. Federico Scavo – You Know
7. Nelski – Just A Groove
8. Alex Kenji – Nine Apples
9. Terry Grant & MSMS – Closer (Filthy Rich Tech Dub Mix)
10. Saeed Younan – Kumbalha (Sabb & Zenbi Remix)

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Thursday, 24 November 2011


The World's Douchiest DJs
The phrase "haters gonna hate" may be a bit overused around these parts, but it's pretty appropriate for this latest news item.

LA Weekly has released an article naming the "World's Douchiest DJs".

So who's made the cut?
In ascending order of alleged-douchery, the publication has named Kaskade, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Tiesto and in the number one spot, Paul Oakenfold.

(read the full article *HERE*)

It's a pretty big claim from the LA Weekly – we're guessing they aren't EDM fans. Rather than musical ability, the criteria for their decisions seems to rest on the following: excessive hair product, over-enthused fans and wearing tight t-shirts...

So who are your 'Douchiest DJs'? Let us know below x

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StereoHeroes, The Boomzers, We Are Back
2 of my favourite peeps in the studio -Sébastien Plé & Fabrice Delcambre- a.k.a StereoHeroes have been busy working on a fresh remix for The Boomzers.

The track in question is 'We Are Back', and it's a guaranteed club banger reaching No.4 in this months Dark Destroyers.

OUT NOW on Freakz Me Out!
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Dirty Smart - Big Beats

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Wednesday, 23 November 2011


deadmau5, South Africa Tour
In anticipation of deadmau5′s arrival in South Africa, he posted a link depicting the latest lineup announcement on his fanpage.
Unfortunately when you have a fan base of nearly 4.5 million, you can guarantee a plonker or two commenting unsavory nonsense...

Daniel Cisneros "Lol people in south Africa struggle for food but not music"
Brad Devins "touring in the deserts now.. nice hahah"
Dylan Ion "Space of AIDS."
Sage Jackson "good luck in south africa.. bring security"
Collin Thomas "Is it just me or doesn't south Africa not have any computers?"
Jesse Martinez "theres culbs in south africa? 0.o"
Matt Crane "Who's in Africa really? Out of all places in the world... you go to Africa... all Africa has is constant war and rebel groups... I dont see how electronic music fits in that"

The mau5 hit back...

"First off, allow me to apologize on behalf of some (not all) of my ignorant "fans" for their idiotic remarks. Pretty much all of the "fans" making negative remarks about South Africa haven't even left their mommys basement, let alone be privileged enough to visit South Africa. Having said that, they should be pissed off... theyre going to miss out on the party of a decade.

I dont share their narrow minded views in the very least, in fact, the extreme opposite.

This has been the most anticipated tour i have ever had the pleasure of seeing... ever since i've posted the tour announcement, i have NEVER in my 5 years of touring have EVER seen so much excitement for just 3 events. That alone is enough to put a HUGE smile on my face. I cannot fucking wait to get down there and see the sights, meet the people, and rock the venues!

Don't mind the negativity... when i leave to SA, those other idiots are staying home. :D "

What a ledge.

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Michael Woods, November Chart
It's here... Michael Woods' Top 10 Beatport Chart for November is available. With tracks from the likes of Hardwell, Hypnotic Duo, the man himself and many more this isn't one to miss out on!
Get involved *HERE*!

1. NO_ID - How R U Feeling Right Now (Michael Woods Remix)
2. ThreeSixty & Dirty Harris - Duende
3. Jesse Voorn & Jorgensen - Loser
4. Hypnotic Duo - Endorphine
5. Total Sound - Floor
6. ThreeSixty & Dirty Harris - Louka (Funkagenda Re-Edit)
7. Hardwell - Cobra
8. Dirty South & Those Usual Suspets feat. Erik Hecht - Walking Alone
9. Wally Lopez - Power To You (Patric La Funk Remix)
10. Quintino & Sandro Silva - Epic

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Champion Records, The Squatters
Happy days! Champion Records are giving away a free track courtesy of The Squatters!
All you have to do is 'like' the Champion Records facebook page and you will be directed to a download link-

What's the track?
The Squatters - Higher (Flask Remix)

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Who are Champion Records?

If ever there was a blueprint for how to survive and succeed as an independent label in the UK then surely Champion Records must be it. Champion was started in 1980 by Mel Medalie and is probably one of the oldest record companies with the same management/ownership in music. Champion is an independent label based in NW London that has been running for 28 years with a staff of which has never excee...ded 6 people as the office is small.

In 1982 Champion hired its first employee, an 18 year old named Paul Oakenfold who had been working as messenger boy in New York. Champion Records aimed at releasing underground club tunes, Hip Hop, Rare Grooves, Jazz & Soul tracks as well as uplifting House tunes on 12” vinyl originally found and licensed from the USA. Tunes like Spank ‘Oh Baby’, Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince ‘Girls Ain’t Nothin’ But Trouble’, Salt ‘N Pepa ‘Push it’ & Rene & Angela ‘Secret Rendezvous’.

As musical taste evolved Champion aligned itself with the early house and garage movement. It produced iconic tracks including Raze’s ‘Break 4 Love’, Robin S ‘Show Me Love’, Sandy B ‘Make The World Go Round’, Kristine W ‘Feel What You Want’ & Sybil ‘Don’t Make me Over’. These then turned into some of the most famous & credible artists in the world along with DJ’s like Todd Terry, Kerri Chandler, Junior Vasquez and Stonebridge.

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New Magnetic Man Album
Benga has revealed on his Facebook that we can expect a new Magnetic Man album early next year.
Benga also told fans he’s working on his own solo album, and that he “can’t wait to give a drop date”.

So what can expect from the new material? Answering questions from his fans on Facebook, Benga gave a few things away. When asked where he sees his sound going in the next few years, Benga responded “I don’t know, things are changing so fast at the moment, it’ll still be my original twist to things, I could never leave that behind”. As for if he’ll ever start producing songs like his early material again, the Croydon native answered “Maybe one day! It’s all about experimenting”.

Questions Benga chose not to answer included “What is the purpose of life?” “Can you smoke with me..?” and “Can you read minds?” We can only wonder.

Check out last weeks Skream & Benga interview by MTV *HERE*

Tuesday, 22 November 2011


DJ C-Squared
The latest quasi-celebrity to try their luck at the turntables is Connor Cruise, the son of Scientologist head honcho Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

In March, we reported that the teen was aspiring to a career in DJing ( Now, the 16-year-old has truly arrived on the scene – dropping all manner of beats at a benefit event for the American Music Awards.

The best part is his inspired moniker... DJ C-Squared!

As reported by the Daily Mail, DJ C-Squared looked every inch the part at the benefit: donning a fat gold medallion around his neck, a MacBook at his fingertips and busting moves on the dance floor when he wasn’t behind the decks.

Guetta, i think you have your next production partner... after Bieber obvs.

p.s in the picture you can see that the needles are not on the decks...
Connor; have you been taking tips from Angello?.. (


deadmau5, South Africa Tour
Ahead of deadmau5’s tour of South Africa, deadmau5’s peeps have collated a booklet comprising of an introduction, lineup’s, afterparty details, ticket outlets, videos, photos, competitions, FAQ’s, merch and a personal "thank you" from the mau5 himself.

Check it out at the link below.

Dirty Smart managed to sneak into the booklet on page 6!

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Laidback Luke November Chart
It’s that time of the month... Laidback Luke has revealed the top 10 tracks shaking his dancefloors this month.
Dutchies do it best...

1. Tiesto – Maximal Crazy
2. Avesta & B.Valley – Dutchano (Laidback Luke Edit)
3. Fatboy Slim Vs Moguai – Ya Mama
4. Taio Cruz – Hangover (Laidback Luke Remix)
5. Dr. Gonzo – Camp
6. Major Lazer – Keep It Going Louder (So Shifty Remix)
7. Laidback Luke & Sander van Doorn – Who’s Wearing The Cap
8. Wolfgang Gartner – 818
9. Malente & Zero Cash – I’ll Be There
10. Zedd – Shave It

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Foamo Jungle Minimix
Foamo exploded onto the electro house scene a few years ago and has quickly developed a style of production and DJing that has won him a large following and the respect of many of his heroes. Foamo's love of all things bass helped land him an A&R role at Chew The Fat!, the label that has championed him since day one.

A key name in London's dance scene, Chew The Fat! celebrates it's fourteenth birthday this month. To mark the occasion, Foamo has put together a very special mini mix. Citing early jungle and drum'n'bass as one of his main references, Foamo takes a look back and has put together a very special classic jungle selection.


1. Ray Keith 'The Terrorist'
2. DJ Nut Nut 'Special Dedication'
3. Scorpio 'li li'
4. Shy FX 'The Wolf'
5. Roni Size 'Trust me'
6. Congo Natty ft. Top Cat 'VIP Mix'
7. TNT '2 degrees'
8. Q Project 'Champion Sound'
9. DJ Krust 'Warhead'
10. Zinc 'Stretched'
11. Omnio Trio 'Renegade Snares'
12. DJ SS 'Rollidge'
13. Demolition Man ft. Prizna 'Fire'

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Monday, 21 November 2011


The Prodigy 2012 album
The Prodigy have been at work on a follow-up to Invaders Must Die since 2010, and an end to the hard work is in sight. While up till now the group has been vague about when to expect its sixth studio album, it’s definitely coming in 2012 (if you can hold Liam Howlett to his word).

In a Facebook post last night, The Prodigy announced it's only UK festival show for 2012 – and they haven’t gone with one of the flagship dance weekenders like Global Gathering or Creamfields. Instead, they'll take the stage as Friday night headliners of grizzled rock festival Download (the other headliners are Metallica and reunited relics Black Sabbath), "playin some new songs for the first time from our next album due later 2012".

So, have The Prodigy still got a definitive album in them? While we await the verdict, fans can busy themselves with World's On Fire, the band's live album and DVD released this year. There's no denying their power onstage, so let's hope that's channelled into album number six...

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Skrillex, Haters gonna hate
It's probably fair to say that for every devout fan Skrillex has, there's someone else out there just not feeling his harsh beats. So how does that make the dub-step producer feel? Well, his view is pretty much this:

haters gonna hate.

When asked about an 'I Hate Skrillex' page on Facebook in an interview with Mixmag, Skrillex responded "No one in the scene has a problem with me, I come to London and hang out with guys like Skream and Benga. It's just bullshit."

Skrillex also hit out at his critics by referring to them as "crickets", quipping "You can hear them – but when you walk by they shut the fuck up". Meow!

Still, it appears Skrillex is coming out ahead of the haters. While his official page ( has just shy of 2.5 million fans on Facebook, the 'I Hate Skrillex' page only has 378...

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Joshua Roberts SmashMash
The mash-up mastermind Joshua Roberts has released his latest creation...


It's a mash-up medley, including Nero 'Crush on you', Nirvana 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', Bass Jackers 'Mush Mush', a Will Smith vocal stab, finishing with Skrillex 'First of the Year (Equinox)'...

Grab your copy for FREE *HERE*

Props Joshua. Great work as ever. x

Catch Joshua Roberts playing at 'The Ibiza Reunion' at Venus Nightclub this Saturday:

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Sunday, 20 November 2011


Ibiza Reunion, Joshua Roberts, Dirty Smart, Bitch
This pairing will bring something very special to the streets of Manchester; Dirty Smart fave Joshua Roberts will be leading the affair, supported by the Bitch residents Lempo, Pete Mobey, Martyn Russo, Chris Frater and Rob Callaghan.

Prepare for the recreation of that Balearic beach vibe in the depths of the British winter!

Where - Venus Nightclub, Manchester
When - Saturday 26th November, 11pm-6am

For full details check the link below:


GQ interviews Diplo
The noisemaking producer-DJ-remixer Diplo talks about his insane touring schedule, the night he was arrested and blew off a Beyoncé recording session, and why the critics have got him all wrong.

"People don't know exactly what I do, they just know I'm 'cool.'" That's Diplo, a.k.a. Wes Pentz, the producer-DJ-remixer, on his peculiar version of fame. Primarily, he's creating music. Though being cool is probably just as important. And this year—after nearly a decade of mining (some have said exploiting) far-off dance music like Brazil's baile funk, London's dubstep, and New Orleans's bounce—he's finally having a pop moment. The laconic 32-year-old Floridian is experiencing a rare level of exposure for someone who doesn't sing, rap, or dance, thanks to brain-bending bangers for Chris Brown, a reunited No Doubt, and Beyoncé, not to mention the torso-throttling success of Major Lazer, his cyborg dancehall group. "My whole crew has been the catalyst of a lot of things, but we don't capitalize on that stuff," Diplo says. "We're happy to be on the underground, making influential records." Whether that's modesty or a persecution complex at work, he is capitalizing. Though he's a self-saboteur, too. Like this spring, when he missed a session with Beyoncé thanks to a bar fight that landed him in jail. "I had to go to anger-management courses in Compton with teenage gangsters that beat their cousins," he says. "That was pretty grounding." Still, that persecution thing doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. "I never planned to be the face of the ghetto," he says. "I'm a fucking white dude from Florida. But as long as people pay attention, like, Fuck this guy, at least they know who I am now." While he was traveling to the Kanrocksas Music Festival (seriously) to perform on the same bill as Eminem, we talked with Diplo about his insane touring schedule, the night he was arrested and blew off a Beyoncé recording session, and why the critics have got him all wrong.

GQ: How many days a year are you booked for shows?
Diplo: Probably like 300. Maybe more.

GQ: Do you feel like you're going to burn out?
Diplo: Nah. This week, I'm having a hard time. I'm having a hard time fuckin' coughin' a lot. I've had like one good night of sleep. I've been fighting a cold for like a month. But, uh, I'll get over it soon. I have a day off tomorrow.

GQ: When someone asks you what you do, what do you tell them?
Diplo: I'd say I'm just a creative person, I like to make stuff. Music, art, film, but the best way to reach people no matter what is doing shows, where there are a thousand kids in a different city every night. I'm a distributor of different things, whether it's the stuff we do on our label or stuff I produce. I'm a cultural distributor, I guess.

GQ: How do you find the time to make music?
Diplo: Today I was trying to sleep, it was a tiny jet that took us from San Francisco to Kansas, but I usually work on the planes. I get rough ideas. With a good Bloody Mary I can watch whatever Miley Cyrus movie is on the plane, work a little, and get inspired that way. I'm home a lot. I spend most time rushing out ideas, like when you put an idea together, it's the tip of the iceberg, the rest of the iceberg is mixing it and delivering it, you know? There are so many iceberg tips, for every ten thousand tips, I have a hundred icebergs. Big, giant icebergs, you know? You gotta weed out what works, what goes which way, and just kinda wrap it up.

GQ: Will you pass them onto somebody?
Diplo: Recently, I've been doing more and more of that, with this guy Derek who programs my computer for me, fixing stuff for me, being there for like five years, he's my right-hand man and I work with him in the studio doing chord progressions. I do a lot of collaborations and productions, whether it's Switch or Steve Aoki or No ID or Will Smith or No Doubt—I always like to collaborate and be a quality control person for the people 'cause I have my own taste in music and bring that to other peoples' brands and help them learn a little bit. I do that a lot these days.

GQ: Is it hard to not be too selfish in that situation? And has it been hard to manage some of those bigger personalities?
Diplo: I don't say no to anybody, really, I'm pretty eclectic. If you're gonna look for me, you gotta know what you're getting into. I'm not a commercial machine, I do a certain type of thing. I usually want to collaborate. No Doubt, I just got lucky, I wanted to do something for them, I'm not telling them what to do, their record speaks for itself, we're just trying to make it the best record. Sometimes, like with Beyoncé, I'm not there to give her a lot of direction or coaching, like, This is what's hot right now or whatever. Sometimes I'm star struck. Working with someone like Sia, a songwriter like her, I let her do whatever she wants. She's weird enough. She has her own thing, and I try to take that and make it something I can use after we write a song. You gotta feel it out, man, you gotta feel how much you can push and pull, you know?

GQ: Are you surprised when folks like Beyoncé or No Doubt reach out to you?
Diplo: I was surprised with No Doubt, and Gwen Stefani knew a lot about my personal life because she had M.I.A. on tour with them four, five years ago, and they used to talk about their relationships and stuff. That was definitely pretty weird, that someone like her, knew anything about me. Most of the time people don't know who I am or what I do or what Major Lazer is. It's just a bunch of names or idioms for a lot of people because they're so caught up in their own things. There are so many names and everything nowadays with culture and the Internet, it's hard to figure out who's responsible or the history of things. People don't know exactly what I do, they just know I'm "cool." I did stuff with Shakira and she just learned about the XX and the Pixies for the first time in her career—it's weird to me that people don't know those kind of records. Even with Beyoncé, she's an artist, but she doesn't know a lot of stuff, she knows R&B and pop, but they don't stray from it. They're at the top of the tier within their genre so they don't need to know a lot of stuff. They have cool friends. Major Lazer was just everywhere last year, but not on the radio. Every club played our records. We were the fuckin' retarded stepson, never got on the radio, me and Switch and my whole crew have been the catalyst of a lot of things, but we don't get part of it. We're always inspirational but we don't capitalize on that stuff. We're happy to be on the underground and make influential records. We're breaking through now with some of our influential stuff and writing records that reach more people. We've always been the black sheep, making things that inspire people, to write more records and be out in the open.

GQ: Was the Beyoncé opportunity an awakening?
Diplo: I still haven't really slept since that whole thing started. That week was so crazy. I was working with Roc Nation and they wanted to produce some other stuff—I was there, I did a show, got arrested, had to go to jail, after jail had to fly to Vegas. Every weekend is just getting weirder and weirder. I feel like I'm a snowball, I don't know what is going to happen. I'm not catching up to what is going on in my life. I got in a bar fight and the guy pressed charges. Nobody in Beyoncé's camp knew about it, but I thought it was embarrassing. I had to go to court a bunch of times and had to go to anger management courses. It's the one part of my day or week that's all fucked up—going to some anger management class in Compton every Tuesday with teenage gangsters that beat their cousins and listen to them talk about their lives. It's pretty grounding.

GQ: Do you fit in at your anger management classes?
Diplo: Definitely not. The first thing I said in my anger management class was, "I know everybody's gonna say this, but I definitely don't belong here." The lady was like, "Yeah, whatever. Shut up and read this book." It really is a bunch of teen gang members that beat their moms and stuff. It's depressing. I'm always grounded. I smoked DMT last month and that grounds you really quickly. That's ego. It's all bad things. It's like, every ounce of paranoia you get from smoking weed magnified by a million. You also get like a tripping-out, crazy, intense experience. It's mind-blowing. That's my advice for all celebrities. Go to some anger management classes, smoke DMT once every two or three months, and you'll be good.

GQ: What led you to smoking DMT?
Diplo: I'm not into those kind of drugs, no hard drugs, but that's something that's inspiring, to do other things. It's a catalyst for a lot of ideas. I don't even know how the ideas come anymore; we had Bruno Mars in the studio and were going to make a Bruno Mars record but he ended up rapping on a totally different record that made no sense, and it ended up being a really good record. Nothing ever comes out like how you expect. It's not pop stuff. It was like a joke accident. For [The Major Lazer song] "Hold the Line," it was like, how did it end up like this? We did a record with Vampire Weekend. Everything we do is an accident. Everything that we have, that happens, just happens in a certain way that's inspiring to us. We don't dismiss anything. We take advantage of anything strange that happens. All the underground's how we developed. We're not the best songwriters, we're not good singers, we're not the best looking, we just see the little cracks that need to get filled.

GQ: You're probably one of the most famous people in the industry that doesn't sing or rap.
Diplo: A lot of producers get famous because they decide to be superstars for their own reasons, but I'm inspired by Timbaland and Pharrell and Swizz Beatz 'cause they're doing things that are so different. I like how they're introducing ideas I never would have thought of. The same way I love Radiohead. We're in a different world where we aren't selling as many records as we used to, but everything I do has gotta be a part of the brand, a part of the Internet presence, the art side of things, you work really hard being just everywhere. The new tool is doing everything. Putting out everything you can. What Lil B does, he puts out thousands of songs. It's not about the quality, but it got him famous because you can't get away from him. They were so obsessed with his honesty and his outright craziness, you know? It's not even about quality. You just gotta do everything you can.

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Hardwell On Air, Episode 38
Hardwell On Air will give everyone’s weekend that extra boost, by bringing that trendsetting and original Hardwell sound! Next to Hardwell’s latest floorfillers, the show gives a platform to new DJ talent with the item 'Demo of the Week'. Be sure to tune in!

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01 - Nause vs MyBack - Made Of Fewra (Mikael Weermets Bootleg)
02 - Hardwell vs. Calvin Harris - Flashback Cobra (Pressure Mashup)
03 - Leventina - We're Gonna Start
04 - Martin Solveig and Dragonette feat Idoling!!! - Big In Japan (Denzal Park remix) [HARDWELL EXCLUSIVE]
05 - Cobra Starship - Middle Finger (Bingo Players Remix)
06 - Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso Vs Rudy - Calling Phazing (MAKJ Bootleg)
07 - Nervo vs. Afrojack vs -Hook-N-Sling - Were All Lionhearts (Chrizzo Maxim Bootleg)
08 - Tonite Only - Haters (Nicky Romero Out of Space Remix)
09 - Hardwell vs Calvin Harris & Rihanna - The World Vs We Found Love (Bobbaganoosh Mashup) [DEMO OF THE WEEK]
10 - Avicii - Levels (Hardwell Next Levels Bootleg)
11 - Tiesto & Steve Aoki - Tornado
12 - Chuckie - Who's Ready To Jump

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Friday, 18 November 2011


Sonny Wharton, November Chart
Sonny Wharton, head honcho of Whartone Records, reveals the top 10 tunes that have had his dancefloors rockin' this month... Enjoy!

1. Trisco - Musak (Paul Thomas & Sonny Wharton Remix)
2. Redanka - Scorched Love (Scorchio Remake)
3. D-Unity - Colombo
4. Sergio Fernandez - Vivan Las Lolitas
5. DJ Chus & Robbie Taylor - El Lado Oscuro (Sonny Wharton Remix)
6. Tom Flynn - Opera House (Kaiserdisco Remix)
7. Futureshock - Tigerdust
8. Matteo DiMarr & Ant Brooks - Feel It
9. Sick Elekrik - Twisted Carnival
10. Tram Dolls - Kiss Me (Sonny Wharton Remix)

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The Bloody Beetroots, Church Of Noise Video
A "cultural-musical movement," as he calls it, 'Church Of Noise' is Rifo’s inaugural collaboration with Dennis Lyxzén of Swedish hardcore punk-pioneers Refused and The (International) Noise Conspiracy, who appear in the video. The song was produced in London by Rifo and studio maverick and Killing Joke founder/bassist Youth, whose vast production credits for Paul McCartney, Crowded House, Yazz, The Verve and Primal Scream, just to name a few.

“Dennis and I have decided to break the mental barriers and we are here today to fight together,” Rifo explains. Of their otherwise unlikely paring he says, “There are many common ideas between Romborama [the Beetroots debut album] and The Shape Of Punk To Come [Refused’s seminal album]. Both are primarily inspired by the anarchism of Malatesta.” -Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo

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The History Of Dim Mak
Presented by Digi10ve (, this is THE FIRST formal video introduction to the history of Dim Mak Records and Steve Aoki's triumph throughout the past 15 years-

The man who's behind DIM MAK RECORDS has been credited with launching the careers of some of the most influential acts of the last decade including Bloc Party, The Kills, Klaxons, MSTRKRFT, The Bloody Beetroots, Mystery Jets, The Rakes, The Gossip and more. Since founding the label, he's stepped into the limelight himself as a DJ, artist and producer with a string of hit singles and remixes for the likes of Michael Jackson, The Killers, Robin Thicke, Lenny Kravitz, Weezer, Chester French, Tiga, All American Rejects, Drake, Chris Cornell & more.

As of late, he's been seen collaborating with like minded producers ranging from Armand Van Helden to Laidback Luke, Afrojack, The Bloody Beetroots, & Junkie XL and can now be found readying his debut artist album which includes collaborations from the likes of Will.I.Am, Lil Jon, Chiddy Bang, Travis Barker, CSS, Kid Cudi, Blaqstarr and Weezer's frontman Rivers Cuomo who can be found on the lead single "EARTHQUAKEY PEOPLE".

Also involved in fashion, Aoki has developed lines for KR3W Apparel, Supra Footwear, headphones for Sol Republic, and his own streetwear line: Dim Mak Collection.

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Skream & Benga Interview
Rounding the corner into the new millennium, in a historically smoggy industrial town outside London, two 14-year-olds met at a record shop. Stocking and selling UK garage, 2-step, and drum & bass would have been a very agreeable way to make some cash for any kid at the time, but sometimes fate works in ways stranger than fiction: the musically-inclined duo worked at Big Apple Records in Croydon, which turned out to be the epicenter of a nascent dubstep scene.

At the shop, Oliver Jones (Skream) and Beni Adejumo (Benga) met vinyl-hunting DJs and Producers like DJ Hatcha, Digital Mystiks (Mala and Coki), and Arthur “Artwork” Smith and fell into a crew of like-minded people who mixed wobbly bass lines and syncopated rhythms to create music for themselves. DJ Hatcha played Skream’s first dubplates at the club night FWD>>. And, just like that, a new genre was born.

Fast forward 10 plus years. Dubstep’s sub-audible frequencies have radiated past those early pockets of skinny, solemn, hoodie-wearing young men and now ensnare gleeful, glow-stick brandishing audiences in the tens of thousands. Filthy facemelting is all the rage.

And Skream and Benga are still in the thick of it — since dropping iconic tracks like Skream’s 2005 “Midnight Request Line” and Benga’s boundary-pushing 2008 album Diary of An Afro Warrior, in 2010 they formed the supergroup Magnetic Man with old pal Artwork. At the ripe old age of 25, Skream and Benga are the pioneers of a sound that’s broken through to mainstream success.

A few days after a sold-out show at one of NYC’s biggest venues, the old friends met this harried, traffic-delayed interviewer at an Euro-swank hotel in the area formerly known as Hell’s Kitchen. Ensconced in a booth at the hotel bar and joined by fellow-legend Sgt Pokes, MC and co-founder of DMZ Records (with Mala, Coki, and Loefah), who toasts for them on tour, Skream and Benga quickly displayed why they’re the most beloved figures in the scene.

In between the shouts of laughter, non-stop teasing, and overlapping responses, they discussed crazy dubstep fan arguments, certain rumors concerning Prince Harry, the hunger to create, paparazzi attention, parenthood both literal (Skream) and figurative (Artwork), mother love in the form of ham sandwiches and jollof rice, and why everyone picks on Skrillex.

You couldn’t get this kind of rapport if you scripted it.

How was the Terminal 5 show in NY?
Skream: Amazing.
Benga: Sick.

You have a crazy show coming up with Skrillex, FatBoy Slim, Rusko, a long list of very different styles.
Skream: We’ve been planning hard for a while. They’re always amazing shows. They’re like mini festivals.
Benga: Mixed lineups seems to be the way for it. That’s the way to keep people’s attentions wrapped.

So what are you planning to do to keep people’s attention?
Pokes: We’re mental.
Benga: We crowd surfed on Friday-
Skream: Saturday, Thursday.

Benga, is it true that you pushed Oliver into the crowd once and he ended up breaking three ribs?
Benga: [Laughing] He had crowd surfed before.
Skream: We had done it before then, but this is one people like to remember.
Benga [to me]: Do you need to split us up?
Pokes: No one pushed anyone, I was there, all right? This guy [pointing to Skream] is a liability. No one pushed him–
Skream: I was pushed.
Pokes: Floated off the stage.
Skream: I was pushed.
Pokes: I distinctly remember Benga and me saying, “This is a bad idea. Don’t do it. It’s London. They won’t catch you.
Benga: It all stemmed from me doing it successfully. I was the only one who crowd surfed at the end, before it was shuttin’ down…I’m sorry, I can’t stop laughing, it was too funny.
Skream: Nah, that’s fine.

The windups…are you still pranking people on tour? I heard that you played a trick on a maid in a hotel by pretending to be dead.
Benga: She had a breakdown. She cried-
Skream: She thought she found a dead body-
Benga: We should go out and visit her again. Don’t we?
Pokes: She’s now in permanent psychiatric care.
Benga: It’s mental.

I heard this other one about Artwork — he told somebody that Prince Harry was a fan of yours?
Skream: Well, yeah-
[Benga and Pokes start laughing]
Skream: He told the national newspaper, and we were featured in the paper the next day. But what you’re stemming from — we had invites to go and see a show at Buckingham Palace, but we didn’t meet Prince Harry.

But then, after, Artwork got drunk, rang the Sun newspaper because we know someone there, and was like, “Yeah, he went up to Skream and was like, ‘Love your music, mate!’”

And it all got a bit out of control because my mum rang me the next morning, “You didn’t tell me you knew Prince Harry!” “Mum, clearly, I don’t.” There have been a few.

Are you still partying, as you always do? You’re kind of famous for it.
[All three start cracking up]
Skream [Points to Benga and Pokes]: These two have been having nice times together. They’re doing most of the partying.
Pokes: They be playing drafts.
Skream: Playing checkers
Pokes: Discussing poetry. Shopping.
Skream: Me and Pokes have been playing Scrabble with the eyes.

I was curious because you’re a new dad, Skream. Congratulations.
Skream: Yes, thank you. I don’t drink when I’m home. I only drink on the road.
Pokes: He goes outside his house and drinks.
Skream: I don’t drink when I’m home. Unless, if I have the baby, maybe a glass of wine.
Benga: I’ve seen the liquor underneath his sink.
Pokes: I’ve seen eight bottles of vodka underneath his sink.
Skream: That’s the party drawer, that’s why it’s there.
Pokes: Never gets used, no?
Skream: Somebody did drink all three bottles, but it wasn’t me.
Benga: Really, I think I know who it was then.
Skream: Jesse. [Laughs]
Pokes: He loves it. Jesse is the name of his son.
Skream: Jesse Jones. He’s three months. Well, three and about-
Pokes: Three months and a week.
Skream: That’ll do.
Pokes: What, is he five?
Skream: How long have I been on tour? But no, he’s great. It’s amazing.

Skream had a birthday at Dub War here in NY, in 2006. And now you just played Red Rocks with Pretty Lights. Changes you’ve noticed in those 5 years?
Skream: Bigger crowds, more lights. More lights are definitely something that’s happened since then.
Benga: The shows just got bigger, production-wise, everything.
Skream: There’s a lot more money in the shows. On the production, I mean. Crowds getting younger.

Skream: We’re not getting older. We’re still the same. We’re still the fun wunderkinden.

[All three burst into laughter.]

Is that something someone called you?
Pokes: The dupstep wunderkinden!!!

I’m guessing that was in a German newspaper?
Skream: Yeah, and then it got used in EVERY bit of a story after. I loved it. I’m one of the wunderkinden.

Well, you kind of are…You’ve both been doing this since you were 14? 15? Has working and doing music together changed?
Benga: In our time, we’ve done, what, 14 records together? We had the Magnetic Man album, then done The Judgement-
Skream: Yeah, we done a crap remix of The Judgement. We’ve never really sat together and finished a record. We can’t do it.

Why not?
Benga: We talk too much.
Skream: We’ve known each other too long — we just talk and talk. And we know all the same people! We’re gossips. So we just sit there talking gossip.

Benga: Literally. “This happened! THAT Happened!”
Skream: And it gets to the point where we’ve been sitting there for eight hours. Artwork sits in the middle of us.

Benga: We did do one wicked record that we never finished.

Benga and Skream [taking turns]: Bleep–bleep–bloop–bleep–

Pokes [dryly]: Awesome.
Skream: We know what it sounded like! Blom–blom–
[Skream and Benga dissolve into laughter.]
Skream: F*@cking #1 record!

It sounds a little minimal.
Skream: It was. Extremely.

So Artwork’s the sort of the Dad, I suppose?
Pokes: Wow.
Skream: You can refer to him as that if you’d like, but we cannot!
[Benga and Pokes flop over each other laughing. Overlapping "he would freak," "daaad!" "oh my god!" etc.]
Skream: He keeps everything moving, whenever we get sidetracked.

What’s it like on tour with Skream and Benga vs. Magnetic Man?
Benga: To be honest, they just merge together, now.
Skream: It’s kind of the same thing. Pokes obviously does the Magnetic Man shows as well.
Benga: This is Magnetic Man minus Artwork.
Skream: Yeah, our tour manager is the same…Magnetic Man does get a bit crazier because Artwork’s there.
Pokes: You’ve also got a much more substantial rider for Magnetic Man
Skream: Yeah, the rider’s like, you can’t-
Pokes: You can’t actually finish the rider.
Skream: Yeah we have. Definitely.
Pokes: There’s been times when the red wine’s gone and the cheese is gone…

Is it more substantial because Artwork requests more?
Skream: It’s a bigger budget, it’s different…
Benga to Skream: We don’t actually request a lot in our riders do we?
Toby [the tour manager]: You don’t request anything in your riders. You ask for a bottle of vodka.

[Skream, Benga, and Pokes explode into laughter.]

Benga: We ain’t gonna change that! Thank you.

You could! You could ask for an all-white room, absurd all-white leather couches–
Pokes: I’ve always asked for a wooden bike. I’ve yet to receive one.

A wooden bicycle?
Pokes: Yeah, a wooden bike. [Responding to blank stare:] Exactly! Deal with it.
[Fits of giggles from all three]

Benga, I’ve seen your name come up in two different ways: as Beni Uthman and as Benga Adejuma.
Benga: Adejuma is my name. Uthman is my mom’s maiden name. [Pause] Should I have said that?
Pokes: Ohhh…the taxman!
Benga: Nevermind, that’s not me, NOT ME.

You’re Nigerian?
Pokes: Flygerian!
Benga: I AM Flygerian! Have you seen my jacket? This is my jacket. This is my phone. This is why I’m a Flygerian.

[Pause while we all admire his zippered leather jacket and iPhone.]

Since you’re known as the dubstep wunderkinden, how do you feel about how things have changed in the US vs. the UK?
Skream: We like it. We like change.
Benga: We love change.
Skream: When other people change something it’s better for us. We need it as well, we need other people to change things, to keep us mentally stimulated. I think it’s great. We’ve got a really close connection with everyone in the States. We’ve been friends with a lot of people in America for years, for like the last six years.
Benga: You just got to remember, like, when we first came here, they were just getting into dubstep.

Skream: Yeah. They [US dubstep producers] were coming to watch us, to our shows, a lot of the people who are doing really well here now. So for us it’s great.
Benga: They’ve embraced it.

Skream: And we’ve always welcomed them. It’s not like since it’s blow up here they don’t want us anymore. There’s never any hostility. The hostility never gets caused by anyone making the music, it’s generally the people writing about it. Like this Hipster Runoff sh*t, it’s like the worst blog ever. Now I’m probably gonna get attacked now. I probably shouldn’t have said that.
Benga: He said it! I’m backin’ it!

Skream: I’m still trying to get my head around whether if it’s a joke or not. Whether the whole blog’s a joke. Some of the writing is so bad, and they misquote people.

There was an exchange between James Blake and Skrillex — they changed James Blake’s quotes around to make it sound malicious when he was just stating how he sees the American crowds, or something. It’s really weird, it’s mad, because there wasn’t as much media attention. There was just music being made and music being heard, rather than SO many people talking about it.

Benga: That’s what I find I can’t get my head around. I never ever thought there’d be anything like that, like that blog. Cause I always thought it’s going to be like, everyone’s quite real.

[Skeam and Pokes talk over each other: "Yeah, it explains-" "Other people get in the mix-" "Yeah cause-"]

Benga: It’s tipping over the edge of that, kind of…you never know, we might start getting papped. If that sort of thing’s coming about.

Skream: It’s happened.
Benga: It has happened.

Skream: We were just in Barcelona, coming out of McDonald. We didn’t see any flash or nothing.

And then suddenly there’s this picture on a blog of me and Benga coming out of Mcdonalds, and it mentioned something about our dietary requirements.

That you eat McDonalds?
Both: Yeahhh!

That’s part of it too, though, the fans, the people who were into dubstep back then–
Skream: –Are there to argue. Dubstep fans argue so much online, it’s crazy.

Anywhere where you can write something…like, if you look on YouTube. I used to go to YouTube to get a general feel of how the record was going, but now you can’t find one dubstep track [on YouTube] that doesn’t end up with someone arguing about Skrillex. It’s ridiculous!

He’s become a bit of a lightening rod…
Skream: Yeah! He’s a really good friend of ours, and people can’t get their heads around that!
Benga: Why is it hard to like someone, as a person?

I think the argument is that he is somehow defining dubstep in the US?
Skream: I think he does for the US, but that’s how it is. It’s also the time. People have a problem with how long he’s been around.
Benga: We like his music. We don’t care about where it has come from. We just like his music.
Skream: Everyone should just like it for what it is. Or don’t like it.
Benga: In regards to trying to put someone down…everyone’s being like, go hate him, he’s like the go-to-guy [for that].
And [expect us] to be like, “Oh, we don’t like him, duh , duh, duh.” [Meaning more irrelevant chatter.]

Skream: So many people, I’m not going to say any names, but like, high-up DJs from radio stations and stuff, they’re like, “Oh, you don’t play Skrillex, do you?”
And I’m like, “what was the last Skrillex record you heard?”
And they’re like, “I can’t tell you.” It’s almost become like–
Benga: Trying to fight his fame.
Skream: –a fashion.

Benga: If you go back to us in the UK, we were like the poster boys of dubstep. We have such a range of sound, and I think peoples got their head around that he’s flying it.

Skream: The thing is, we’ve had that. We’ve had that situation where one minute everyone loves you, and then you get the diffident. It picks up as soon as you start to become successful. It’s such a weird thing.
It happens to everyone, because it’s like people want to keep the music for themselves.
Benga: There are some people out there who actually don’t like his music, and that’s understandable. But there are people out there who don’t like him–
Skream: As a person.
Benga: I don’t get that.

It may be that thing that happens in every genre — early adopters don’t like it when it becomes more popular and mainstream.
Skream: But it makes it better for everyone!
Benga: Everyone benefits.
Skream: Everyone is hating on him. Even the smaller dubstep shows with the deeper sound — they’re playing bigger rooms than they were playing before. So it is actually beneficial for everyone.
Some producers who…they find it really hard, because they have been making music for so long, and have never really had a break. And, I think, there starts to be this bitterness.
Benga: I think people [who are] not benefiting that much are not progressing.

Skream: You need the hunger, to get success. Like…I remember, when I done “Midnight Request Line,” I was so hungry to make more music after that.
Because finally you’ve got a listener. An outsider, as opposed to the same people who’ve come to the shows. And you get a mad crazy hunger. And I think some people don’t quite get that break, and then you end up getting quite bitter.

Benga: It’s half due to mindset. Time and time again, I go back to this — how ambitious and how much desire we had when we were young.
“Night” and “Request Line” didn’t come about by accident. We sat there, constantly, making tunes, 20 hours a day. Literally.
Skream: Since we were 13 or 14.
Benga: People seem to forget that. So if they’re not doing what they should be doing, if they haven’t been sitting there 20-hour days making music, they don’t have a reason to complain.
Or to say “oh this isn’t working” or “that isn’t working” when you haven’t been doing 20-hour days for 10 years.
That’s it.

Are you keeping it the same pace?
Benga: Let’s say we are, but we’re touring at the moment.
Skream: At the moment it’s a lot harder. And obviously children, well, child. I want to spend as much time as I can home.
My studio’s being repaired, but when I’m home and that’s done, I’ve got to get back on the regime again.
When I moved out of my mom & dad’s house, my studio was still there–at my mom’s.
So I’d get there at 9 and leave at 6. I’d just do that every day.
Benga: And then meet his girlfriend.
Skream: Yeah, meet my girlfriend when she gets home from work. I fit it into that work pace, which is good.
It’s just been hard, it’s festival season. So little music gets made in the summer in England. We’re doing all the festivals, and clubs shows,
Benga: We do two shows, right? We do Benga and Skream seperately, and together, and we also do Magnetic Man, and-
Skream: And we do radio shows, Radio 1. [laughing]We do quite a lot!

How’s Radio 1 different for you from your Rinse FM show?
Skream: Language. The crazy thing with Rinse is that it was so off-the-cuff, everything that was said.
Benga: I forgot about some of the beauty of it.
Skream: Yeah, some of the greatness. We are going to be doing a Rinse show, we just need to figure out what day of the week we can do it that still benefits the Radio 1 show.
Benga: It has to be a lot more structured. We’ve always done it like, “We just want to do everything all at once!” But now we structure it.
Skream: We don’t answer the phone to too many people because it gets quite irritating for us and them, specially the people at Radio 1. It drives them mad.
Benga: I think it drives everybody mad.

So now you might have to bring people on to help you to organize and structure things?
Skream: Yeah. We love having people do stuff for us. We love it. It’s great.
Benga: It always stems back to Mom.
Skream: Yeah, mommy’s world!
Benga: In fact, mom, you always used to–
Skream: Thanks for making me spoiled — giving me ham sandwiches in bed for breakfast.
Benga: Giving me jollof rice.
Skream: All the time! [Laughs]

Speaking of home, what is it about Croydon that so many musicians come from there? Ghostpoet, Imogen Heap, Amy Winehouse went to school there…
Skream: It’s the performing arts school. Loads of creative stuff. David Bowie, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss is from Croydon. I think it’s because it’s such a sh*thole that it just makes people to want to-
Benga: -get out.
Skream: -be successful to get out. It’s not that bad. There are a lot worse of places.
Benga: It’s a good mixture. I’ve found a good mixture. I guess you have something to go home to, but there is nothing to do outside. But we also had a TV.
Skream: That’s why most people wait ’til they can go clubbing.

If a fan at a club wanted to buy you a drink, what would you ask for?
Benga: Depends, will you be buying me the drink?
Skream: Beluga Gold Line on the rocks.
Pokes: Alka-Seltzer

Benga what about you? Say a fan at a club wants to buy you a drink?
Skream: Anything with Rohypnol in it, wouldn’t it? Roofies.
Pokes: Rohypnol and coke, on the rocks. [Laughs]
Benga: If it was a lady friend, a WKD.
Skream: What you should know — if it was a lady friend, she would definitely be buying me a drink. [Meaning Benga attracts ladies.]
Benga: Oh, POW, gentlemen! Equal rights, so I guess I’ll buy the gentlemen a drink.

Benga, did you get a haircut?
Benga: No. I’ll tell you what, I can press my hair down. That’s what I do. I can have it messy if I want to.
Pokes: There’s a cord on his back. You just adjust it and it goes off.
Benga: I’ve got the most famous hair in dubstep, standing. I bring it out when I want to bring it out. [Pointing to Skream:] He really thinks he’s got the most famous hair in dubstep.
Skream: No, I haven’t. I haven’t been around the whole time. The french crop was the most famous haircut in dupstep, until you got the afro.
Benga: I brought the fire.

The new Magnetic Man album coming up…
Skream: 2012. Not even been started. But I’ve got a single coming out in the states, on November 14th, “Anticipate.”

You guys did an autonomic tune. I don’t know if you plan on experiment with other genres at all? Witch-house, tecnobrega…
Skream: I would make the autonomic stuff all the time. I love it. Still do loads of it now. I got a track coming out on Skreamizm Vol. VI which is out late November.

Toby [the tour manager]: We have to go to a photoshoot.

Yeah, sorry! One last question — do either of you cut dubplates anymore?
Both: No.

Right, because I’ve been hearing from a lot DJs that turntables are in such bad shape.
Skream: Blame the clubs. It’s so odd. It is blaming the clubs, I think.
Benga: Andy C even moved away from vinyl, and he was the last one.
Pokes: People never understand — when you’re playing a record that jumps, and they think you’ve got crap records, they don’t realize that it’s the way the thing’s set up. You can’t go out and play a set where every record goes [makes skipping noises].
Skream: Also, technology nowadays…endless possibilities to make shows so fun, do you know what I mean? It’s crazy now the interaction between things like, Ableton to Serato to…the way you can link it all together now. It adds a new excitement.
Benga: And do perfect shows. Like literally, perfect DJ shows.

Toby: We have to go.

OK, just one more question. Skream, I know you hate gabba…
Skream: You know, I don’t anymore. I was being a musical Nazi. I’ve found some gabba records I really like. It was a stupid young comment for me to say. I’ve made it a point to check it out ever since then.

What are you listening to right now?
Benga: I listen to a lot of bands.
Skream: Massive Arctic Monkeys fan, Miles Kane.
Benga: I’m starting to listen to that drumstep. It sounds mad, they’re playing it in the clubs and sh*t. I like some of the riffs. I’m listening to some folk’s remixes of Rusko at home.
Toby: We reeeaally have to go.

[Herded by their tour manager, they walk towards the elevators trailing "Do I still have time to go to my room?"..."No"..."Yeah, shut up"..."I need clothes!" etc. behind them.]

(source- MTV)

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