MORTEN – ‘Hypnotized’ [Out Now]

MAKJ x Max Styler – Knock Me Down Feat. Elayna Boynton

Reputable DJ and producer MAKJ joins forces with Dim Mak’s Max Styler for their collaborative single, “Knock Me Down,” out now via Dim Mak. The track features powerful vocals from Elayna Boynton, who has previously lent her vocals in Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Anthony Hamilton’s “Freedom,” which was featured on the official soundtrack of Django Unchained. “Knock Me Down” marks MAKJ’s first single on Steve Aoki’s illustrious independent label and lifestyle brand Dim Mak Records. This places the Californian producer alongside a wealth of credible artists including The Chainsmokers, Keys N Krates, Borgore, Steve Aoki among many others.

Discovering a passion for mixing and DJing by the age of fifteen, MAKJ has earned his title as an acclaimed producer, continuously exposing creativity and diversity throughout his music. At seventeen, he was able to hone and perfect his craft under the tutelage of legendary turntablist DJ AM. His originals, including his collaboration with Lil Jon, have landed him multiple iTunes Dance Top 10s and a spot two years in a row on DJ Mag’s Top 100 list. MAKJ’s prominence has continually led him to new heights, performing at festivals such as Coachella, EDC, Tomorrowland and Ultra. Having hosted his acclaimed weekly Revolution Radio show on SiriusXM Radio for three years now, Mackenzie Johnson has achieved an almost unfathomable amount of success at just 26 years of age. After releasing a collaborative track with famed party rocker and Internet personality Andrew W.K., MAKJ has been hard at work on his debut album, which is set to be released soon.

Joining forces with MAKJ on “Knock Me Down” is 21-year-old Max Styler. Fresh off of last year’s release of his debut album Heartache, Max is making waves with his impressive sound blending future bass and trap. Heartache received praises from LA Weekly, Dancing Astronaut, and DJ Mag, who wrote that the record “demonstrated his flair for futuristic flavor, haunting vocal samples and multifaceted sonic textures.” Moreover, he recently dropped the remix package for the album’s title track featuring standout reworks from SMLE, MERCE, and Taiki Nulight. 2016 also saw Max blossom as a live performer, as he helped celebrate Dim Mak’s 20th Anniversary at Wet Republic in Las Vegas in addition to making his festival debut at New York’s renowned Electric Zoo. 2017 shows no signs of slowing down from Styler, who came out of the gate with the Monstercat release “Roller Coaster” alongside Dirty Audio, which stormed its way to #3 on Beatport’s Hip-Hop chart.

Morsy and Premo announce ‘Circles’ on Jango Music

Playing at major festivals such as Coachella, teaming up with the likes of Steve Aoki, Zhu, John Legend and Moby, and releasing on major imprints including Strictly Rhythm, Nervous Records and Good For You Records are achievements that many aspiring artists can only dream of achieving – it is reality for New York based DJ and producer Morsy. His counterpart, Premo, has also gained a solid reputation amongst music lovers and industry professionals over the years, thanks to his in-demand DJ talents that have lead to him supporting heavyweights such as Axwell, Erick Morillo, Harry Romero, David Guetta, Steve Angello, Junior Sanchez and Laidback Luke.

Morsy and Premo’s time in the studio has resulted in the creation of a chilled out, House weapon called ‘Circles’ – a future summer anthem. Full of deep basslines, iconic House chord, infectious piano stabs and groovy beats, ‘Circles’ is a must have inclusion in any warm up DJ set. It is due for release on the 17th February and will see Morsy and Premo make their debuts on Jango Music, so make sure you pencil the date into your diary!

Diplo & Autoerotique Unleash New Track “Waist Time” Accompanied by Music Video

Los Angeles, CA—Grammy-winning producer Diplo and bass house champions Autoerotique have teamed up to unleash their new high voltage track “Waist Time” [Mad Decent, 2017]. Amplified bass lines build into the song’s explosive drops and carry as the through line, sustaining a bold melody. The song’s release matches up with an all new music video, directed by Remi Paringaux, following a hula hooping girl gang throwing down their moves in a warehouse near South London.

“Waist Time” drops on the heels of a major year for both artists; the track follows an Album of the Year Grammy nod for for Beyoncé’s Lemonade, on which Diplo produced two songs, while Autoerotique closed out the 2016 summer by teaming up with Steve Aoki for “ILYSM,” a collaboration featured on Aoki’s momentous 4OKI EP, hitting close to 15M streams on Spotify.

About Diplo: 2016 has seen new heights of success for Mad Decent label head Diplo. Last summer, Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” featuring Justin Bieber and MØ debuted at #1 on the iTunes songs chart in 58 countries worldwide and reached #1 on the U.S. pop radio chart. The song continues to top charts worldwide, with more than 1.2 billion streams to date. Diplo also contributed two songs, “Hold Up” and “All Night,” to Beyoncé’s #1 album Lemonade.

About Autoerotique: One of the first electronic acts signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records, Autoerotique have achieved global acclaim with their 2013 track “Play It Again,” as it reached #1 on iTunes’ Dance charts. In 2015, Autoerotique scored their biggest hit to date with “Badman,” the anthemic electro house collaboration with Max Styler. In 2016, they also received a JUNO Dance Recording of the Year nomination for “Badman (Torro Torro Remix).” Autoerotique have also played some of the biggest music festivals in the world, including Ultra, Electric Zoo, HARD Summer, and Tomorrowland.

My Chemical Romance – Welcome to the Black Parade (Steve Aoki Remix)

Steve Aoki remixes ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ by My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance Enlist Steve Aoki for ‘Welcome To The Black Parade 10th Anniversary Remix’

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their iconic album The Black Parade, My Chemical Romance taps Dim Mak label head Steve Aoki to remix their 2006 single “Welcome To The Black Parade.” Keeping the timeless vocals of frontman Gerard Way intact, Aoki breathes new life into the emo classic by injecting his signature electro flair in a flawless amalgamation of new-school and old-school. To coincide with the release, Aoki and Way are live-streaming a head-to-head battle in the multiplayer shooting game Overwatch on Twitch, the world’s premier online portal for live gaming. The stream will take place on Aoki’s birthday (30th November), making it a celebration trifecta where the victor will win $10,000 to donate to the charity of his choice.

To this day, My Chemical Romance’s breakout album The Black Parade remains an archetype of millennial rock music. The record, which NME Magazine lauded as “The Sgt Pepper of the Emo Generation,” reached #1 on Billboard’s Rock Albums chart in 2006 before receiving a Grammy nomination for its limited edition box set. The LP went on to be certified Platinum and spawned the “Welcome to the Black Parade” single, which followed suit by selling over 1,000,000 copies. The track was eventually named one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll, among other major accolades.

Steve Aoki, whose sonic roots emanate from punk music, is no stranger to remixing massive rock and roll songs. In August, he released a stellar rework of Blink-182’s “Bored to Death” before performing the track live on MTV’s brand new Wonderland series. He has also worked alongside Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, and Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun. Aoki enjoyed a prolific summer that saw him release his Netflix original documentary I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead and his momentous 4OKI EP, which earned praise from Harper’s Bazaar, The Wall Street Journal, and many more. Additionally, his single with Boehm featuring Walk The Moon “Back 2 U” has been streamed over 28M times on Spotify. Moreover, Aoki celebrated the 20th Anniversary of his iconic brand Dim Mak by throwing official events in 20 global hotspots over the course of 2016. Turning back the clock to the glory days of emo, he remixes “Welcome to the Black Parade” in typical larger-than-life Aoki fashion.

About STEVE AOKI
STEVE AOKI is a Grammy-nominated international producer/DJ, electronic dance music entrepreneur, and founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company and apparel line Dim Mak. Since launching in 1996, Dim Mak has broken bands such as Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, Klaxons, and The Gossip through deftly marketed single and full-length releases and now has nearly 500 releases to date. As a solo artist, AOKI has become a force of nature averaging over 250 tour dates per year. AOKI’s second artist album NEON FUTURE I, was released September 30, 2014 via Dim Mak/Ultra Music and features his Gold certified single “Delirious (Boneless)” with Chris Lake and Tujamo featuring Kid Ink, “Born To Get Wild” featuring will.i.am and “Rage The Night Away” featuring Waka Flocka Flame. The second part of his Neon Future album, NEON FUTURE II, was released on May 12, 2015 and features collaborations with Linkin Park, Matthew Koma, Snoop Lion, Rivers Cuomo and NERVO, plus a very special appearance by creative genius J.J. Abrams who voices the outro to close the album. AOKI’s other current tracks include “How Else” featuring Rich The Kid and iLoveMakonnen, “Back 2 U” with Boehm featuring WALK THE MOON–which is smashing on the streaming front with over a million Spotify plays per week since its release in May and has been added to many Top 40 radio stations including Y100 in Miami-plus “Can’t Go Home” with Felix Jaehn featuring Adam Lambert. Steve Aoki is also the featured subject of the Netflix Originals documentary I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, out now.

Max Styler, Devault & Luciana – Gold

AWOLNATION – Run (High Society Remix)

Claude VonStroke Voted America’s Best DJ for 2016

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Port Washington, NY – The fans’ votes have all been counted and it’s official: DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ are proud to announce that Claude VonStroke has been voted America’s Best DJ for 2016. Claude will be taking over the honor from 2015 winner, Steve Aoki.

While most of the fan votes were cast online at the America’s Best DJ website, the America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times supported the contest by allowing fans to vote in-person at 20+ club and festival events, which included Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival, Detroit’s Movement Festival and Baltimore’s Moonrise Festival, among the dates.

The DJ/producer and owner of the famed Dirtybird Records will be honored September 30th in San Diego at the ABDJ Award Ceremony/Closing Party. Dirtybird is an independent label formed by Claude VonStroke over ten years ago in his bedroom in San Francisco, today VonStroke and the label remain a fiercely independent and intimate operation. For his achievement, Claude will be presented with a special trophy – a personalized, gold-plated Pioneer DJM-900nexus mixer at Omnia Nightclub San Diego.

“My fans are so kind hearted and amazing and I love them so much for creating such an awesome community where people feel safe and can have fun together. They voted for me to win over artists with huge radio hits and business machines which is so inspiring and surprising, for that I am truly humbled.” – Claude VonStroke

“After steadily finishing in higher and higher in the ABDJ poll each year, Claude VonStroke has climbed the mountain, being voted America’s Best DJ 2016. Through memorable tunes and events that draw the most dedicated of fanbases, Barclay Crenshaw and his Dirtybird imprint/brand have created a unique space within the U.S. DJ/dance-music scene. Congratulations!” – Jim Tremayne, Editor, DJ Times

Additionally, we’re pleased to announce that Amy Armstrong of Seattle, Washington is the Grand Prize Winner of the ABDJ fan voting contest. Amy and one friend will receive flight to and from San Diego, two nights hotel accommodations, plus VIP treatment at the America’s Best DJ Closing Party/Award Ceremony on September 30th at Omnia Nightclub San Diego.

2016 AMERICA’S BEST DJ FINAL RESULTS
WINNER – CLAUDE VONSTROKE
SECOND PLACE – KASKADE
THIRD PLACE – THE CHAINSMOKERS