Posts Tagged ‘mad decent’

September 27, 2017

I became an instantaneous fan of Jarina De Marco a year ago when I heard her eclectic single TIGRE over a year ago. The Los Angeles based artist, whose roots lie in both the Dominican Republic and Brazil, seemed to bring together her diverse background with ease on the rump shaking Brazilian bass meets dancehall extravaganza. Now, Jarina De Marco has teamed up with Miami production bigwigs GTA on an exhilaration new anthem named STFU. Spice, spunk, and Latin fire abound on the killer banger. Jarina De Marco is certainly a sound of the future. She’s a must for fans of SOFI TUKKER. I expect her buzz to grow exponentially. Wildly infectious STFU is out on Mad Decent. Stream/purchase, here.

June 30, 2017


ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival 06.24.17

interviewed by Nick

We’d like to thank Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist and producer Gryffin for taking the time to speak with us after his killer ID10T Festival set and after coming off a tiring weekend of closing out stages at Fire Fly Music Festival and EDC Las Vegas.

GRYFFIN: My (EDC) set was at 4:30am. I had the sunrise set and I had just come from Firefly Music Festival the night before.

IHM: So you flew across the country.

GRYFFIN: Yeah, it was really intense. It was fun though. It was so late though. I got into Vegas, soundchecked in the afternoon, and we didn’t sleep from the night before from closing the dance tent there, and I had to sleep or else I’m not going to be energetic at all for this 4:30 set. So I didn’t get to see anyone. I bailed the next day. Well, I saw a little bit of Slushii, but that’s because he was on right before me. Man, it was so hot.

IHM: When I came back from EDC to the Bay Area, I was thinking it’s going to be cooler weather. But it was still like 100 degrees over here.

GRYFFIN: Oh yeah, wasn’t there recently a pretty extreme heat wave.

IHM: Today’s basically the first day that’s cooled down. We’re thankful it’s only low 80s finally.

GRYFFIN: My parents were talking about that too. They were saying it was like 95 degrees here.

IHM: Like I said, not much of a change from Vegas. Was that your first EDC experience?

GRYFFIN: It was my first one. Well, I guess I’ve done the other. I did EDC Japan, so I guess the big one really is the Vegas one so I’d consider it my first one. It was freakin’ awesome. I always heard that you know EDC is going to be crazy but I didn’t really understand it from a production stand point. How many people actually show up and go to it. I don’t know. You kind of have to go and experience it to understand how big it is.

IHM: I remember our first time seeing you was at SnowGlobe.

GRYFFIN: That was actually my first live show that I had ever done and it was literally like minus 5 degrees outside. And I’m like trying to play the guitar and I can’t even feel my fingers on the fret board. And this is … if I can make it through this then I can make it through the live shows any where else. Man, it feels like such a long time ago, but I love that festival and I love Tahoe.


IHM: So you play a bunch of instruments. Were you self-taught or how did you learn?

GRYFFIN: Em, well, kind of. I started taking classical piano lessons when I was seven. I played all the way through high school. In that sense, I wasn’t self taught. I learned classical music playing Mozart and all that kind of stuff. Maybe when I was 11 or 12 I was getting really into rock music. Ironically Weezer, maybe we’ll see them here tonight (at ID10T Music Festival), and that kind of music. I decided I wanted to start jamming, playing guitar and with friends, and that was self taught by just looking online for tabs and videos on how to play guitar and stuff. Then in high school I’d jam around with friends. So that’s really where all the music kind of came from. 

Then as I got to college that’s when I really started to get into dance music. I remember listening to Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers and that kind of stuff, and I was into it, but it wasn’t until I got to school that I got into the big players like Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, when he was coming up. And I remember the first time hearing Skrillex, it was like, “oh my gosh, what is this music?” It’s so insane, it’s so futuristic sounding, and that’s when I decided I should try to make it just for fun.

IHM: Would you go to a bunch of shows?

GRYFFIN: Yeah I did. I would go to the shows at The Shrine, HARD Day of the Dead…

IHM: So basically all these SoCal shows?


IHM: And it’s pretty awesome, for music, in LA.

GRYFFIN: Yeah it is. For that scene it was bubbling at that time, I mean it still is, but it was cool going to Together As One. I went to Coachella. I remember being at Coachella when DeadMau5 revealed his mask that lit up for the first time. I was in the crowd thinking, “Oh my God, this is insane.” That was when I was like, “I want to try and do this.” Not as a career necessarily, it was that same mentality as in high school where I just wanted to make music.

IHM: Well you still have White Panda don’t you?

GRYFFIN: I’m not part of it anymore. I don’t talk about that too much. That was really where everything started, making mash-ups in college. Then I realized I wanted to do more than make sample based music, because, I know how to play instruments. I want to make music and I don’t want to just sample stuff. That was how the Gryffin project spawned.

IHM: Gryffin is obviously a play on your name, but does it symbolize anything to you. Are you a big Harry Potter fan?

GRYFFIN: Hahaha, I wasn’t at the time but I am now. My girlfriend is a huge Harry Potter fan. And I’m glad I picked the good one, GRYFFINDOR right? It’s not like I was Slytherin or anything. But yeah, I based the name off… well it is my last name, but a griffin is a mythical creature. It’s majestic, and since it’s a half eagle it conveys a lot of flight, uplifting, soaring type of energy themes. That’s what I try to do with my music is make it uplifting and beautiful, kind of a sort of floating feeling. That’s why I went with this creature, because I love everything that it represents and the mythology behind it. It just felt like a good fit.

IHM: And with your Flight Log mixes, that’s perfect.

GRYFFIN: EXACTLY. I’m still trying to figure out the debut name of my EP. I still want to keep the aviation flight theme going so if you guys have any ideas, let me know. I’m going to bring back the Flight Logs this summer actually. I’ve been getting a lot of flack from fans about it, “it’s been a year dude, like come on.”

IHM: I’ve been telling my friends too, “At least he did a Night Owl Radio mix”.

GRYFFIN: I did do that! But I want to do another Flight Log because I have a lot of new music I want to put on there. A lot of remixes of the singles and stuff. And that’s definitely going to come this summer.


IHM: How far along are you with that EP?

GRYFFIN: It’s almost done. So it’s three of the singles that have already come out and three brand new singles. I actually played one of them tonight, or a snippet of it. But they’re basically done from the production stand point. I got to find a vocalist for one of them.

IHM: How do you go about that? Do you hear a voice and you’re like, “I got to have that”?

GRYFFIN: Yeah, at this point in the record, the production and the songwriting is finished. It’s just the singer, she’s a songwriter and she has no aspirations to be an artist. She just wants to be behind the scenes, which I totally respect, but she’s got an amazing voice. It sucks because she sounds amazing on the record. Now I’m trying to reach out and talk with other artists and getting them to take their impression of the song and put their own flavor to it and see if it’s the right vibe. So I’ve been doing a lot of sessions in LA when I’m not on tour. But it’s basically done and I’m hoping to put everything out in August.

IHM: So have you started reaching out to people asking them to remix certain songs?

GRYFFIN: Actually, no. Not for the new records. But the ‘Feel Good’ remix package is coming out next week, which there are some really good remixes out there.

IHM: Do you get in contact with artists or they reach out to you to do a remix?

GRYFFIN: It kind of goes both ways. So half the remix EP was people that reached out to me or cold submitted it and I just loved them. And the other half, I personally asked Crankdat, I personally asked Brooks, and they have really sick remixes.

IHM: Great! So we’re here at ID10T fest, and it kind of feels weird that it’s comics and music put together. It kind of feels like a segregated crowd.

GRYFFIN: Yeah, it was definitely a bit eclectic. I was talking with Hugo earlier and they were asking me right as I got off if it was alright. And, you guys are right. It is segregated where some people came here for the comedy but others came here for the music. But the fans that came here for the music are fans of all three of us (Gryffin, Jai Wolf, Madeon). 15 minutes into the set I look back to David who’s doing video and I’m like, “Yo, this is pretty lit. People are really into this right now.” It ended up being… and I didn’t want to downplay the festival, but the crowd was awesome and Jai Wolf and I were saying the hospitality’s been really good by the festival.

IHM: Jai Wolf is playing right after you. At Lollapalooza you guys are doing an after party together.

GRYFFIN: Hell yeah!

IHM: How does that come about?

GRYFFIN: We’ve been homies for awhile. We have the same agent, and when I was living in New York he was living in Long Island, and I went over to his house several times. We kind of just became friends. That whole crew of Manila Killa, Louis The Child, Jai … I’m like super tight with all them now. I love seeing them and doing stuff with them.

IHM: You’re friends with Brett [Blackman] right? (URL2IRL CEO/founder, mgmt Moving Castle for AOBeats, Manila Killa, SAKIMA, Hotel Garuda)

GRYFFIN: Yes! I love Brett!

IHM: Brett is awesome!

GRYFFIN: He is the man. I’m going to see him in LA. Manila has a show at El Rey Theatre in like a week. I haven’t seen Brett in months.

IHM: I’m going to see Manila Killa at The Regency Ballroom on July 8th.

GRYFFIN: Yeah! It’s going to be amazing. I love Chris (Manila Killa), dude. I would honestly say he’s one of my closest friends out of producers. He’s a really good person.

IHM: I love watching him on stage, even when he’s not performing. He’s a really good hype man.

GRYFFIN: But yeah, Jai [Wolf] and I were briefly talking about what kind of production we wanted for that. It should be a really fun show.

IHM: Can we expect any b2b?

GRYFFIN: I’m going to start off the night, then he’ll come on. Depending on how the vibe is we may come on together. We just want to make it a fun vibe because we’re homies outside of music.

Gryffin is looking forward to time off next month. He’ll be spending it in the studio working on new music and preparing for his tour this fall. He’s also released an official remix today for Kygo & Ellie Goulding’s First Time, which can be streamed via Spotify, here. Watch the video for his latest original with Illenium, Feel Good, featuring Daya, below.

We had a great time chatting with one of our favorite artists, a versatile songwriter, dexterous musician, and captivating performer. His scintillating live performance in the Mad Decent dance tent at Chris Hardwick’s ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival was colossal. Thank you, Gryffin!

You can catch Gryffin’s live set at Lollapalooza in August. We’ll be on the look out for further details regarding his tour later this year! 

Gryffin: WebsiteFacebook / Soundcloud / YouTube / Twitter

June 23, 2017

Dutch-Indonesian DJ, producer, and singer songwriter Cesqeaux links up with trap producer Aazar on Together, a rousing, soaring anthem off of Cesqeaux’s new EP, The Infamous. The four track release features Snavs and Mike Cervello as guests too, alongside Aazar. Together is a high energy thriller melding panoramic future bass with cinematic jouncing trap, all topped off with exhilarating progressions. Infamous is out on Mad Decent. Purchase/stream, here.

April 21, 2017

An official remix pack dropped earlier this week on Mad Decent for Grandtheft and Delaney Jane’s frisky elastic, gritty thrumming anthem Easy Go. Aside from featuring pieces by Hunter Siegel and Shaun Frank plus a VIP by Grandtheft himself, the package also includes this spine tingling edit by Poland’s Pham. Into a deep impenetrable ocean we go as this ominous echoing, dark swerving edit keeps us entrapped in total captivation. Pham’s remix of Easy Go is bulletproof dramatic and tenacious intense. You can snag all the official remixes from major outlets, here.

April 18, 2017

Be careful not to trip over yourself in dizzied excitement like I did when I first caught wind of this astronomic collaboration. It’s a legendary Southern California affair as NGHTMRE and Ghastly come together for staggering thrills on walloping new Mad Decent track, End Of The Night. Carnal jolting drops, laser cut synths, and dirty whomping bass make End Of The Night a true decent into exhilarating madness. It’s a spine tingling, adrenaline pumping smorgasbord of trap and bass, dubstep and house. NGHTMRE and Ghastly’s jam may be named End Of The Night, but there’s no way you can call it a night after this high octane joy ride. Purchase the hard hitting banger from major outlets, here.

March 8, 2017

It’s not everyday that we sound the horn upon encountering news of an exciting new festival, but we just can’t help ourselves when it comes to ID10T, a music festival and “comic conival” created and hosted by comedian, musician, actor, television host, and Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick. AND the festival is happening right here, in the Bay, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre just south of me this June. 

ID10T features an incredible lineup of musical talent. It’s surprising how vast and expansive the lineup is, ranging from Weezer to Crystal Castles, Girl Talk to OK Go. A sure to be incendiary Mad Decent dance tent also features long time I Heart Moosiq supported production stars, like Jai Wolf, Gryffin, Madeon, and more. 

Alongside all that fabulous music comes a whole lot of daytime comic book and art related activities featuring famed creators plus a full exhibitor village. As if that isn’t already plenty to take in, there’s also going to be a comedy tent. 

You all know I’m a music fanatic, but I also spend my spare time watching The Walking Dead, marveling over art, enjoying Marvel films, and more. ID10T really can’t be more exciting, a perfect way to spend a summer weekend. It also kicks off at a more than affordable price compared to all the other events and festivals that cost an arm and a leg these days. Find out more about ID10T, here.

January 18, 2017

It’s hump day, we’re halfway through the work week, and we only have a couple more days to go before it’s the weekend again. For that extra dose of whomp whomp energy to make it through, we turn to Diplo and Autoerotique. The Grammy winning producer and the Toronto bass house outfit deliver some twerk ready twitchy combobulation on Waist Line, a purely wicked electronic banger. The song’s video involves some sick hula hoop moves, too. Snag this fiery fierce jam, here.

December 22, 2016

I was traipsing through the internets this afternoon in search of more holiday tunage when I encountered KiWi on Mad Decent’s A Very Decent Christmas 4 compilation, one that, for the most part, erupted with copious moombahton. KiWi immediately stood out from the crowd with their manic dark electronica. I hope you’re strapped in and ready for a carousel ride, one that whirls at break neck speeds. The Japanese duo jounce and rattle with The Christmas Party, a sugary trouncing, playful bouncing electropop tune that evokes Die Antwoord’s quirky theatrics, PC Music’s outlandishness, and The Nightmare Before Christmas ghoulishness. If Tim Burton ever makes a proper sequel, I suggest he looks into having KiWi on the soundtrack. This is one fun sounding, bass shaking Christmas party that I’d love to attend. For more of KiWi’s whimsicality, stream SUGAR PANIC below. Though it comes from earlier this year, SUGAR PANIC fits the Christmas bill to the tee, too. You can stream or purchase Mad Decent’s A Very Decent Christmas 4 compiilation, here

September 1, 2016

I’m overjoyed that within a few short months, Australian newcomer Mallrat has drummed up such buzz over her effervescent emulsion of nimble electronica and cheeky pop. Mallrat even features on a brand new tune from fellow Australians, Oh Boy and Donatachi, a fittingly named lithe skipping number named Bunny Island. If you’re fond of SOPHIE, PC Music, Shawn Wasabi, and Kero Kero Bonito, this one will be right up your alley, but with an extra dose of puckish carbonation and chiptune youthfulness. I can totally picture a pastel hued music video full of animated bunny rabbits hopping around joyfully to Bunny Island. Download the track from Toneden, courtesy of Mad Decent sub label Good Enuff. 

May 9, 2016

A collaboration between Dillon Francis and NGHTMRE is obviously going to be an earth shaking ordeal. After all, Dillon Francis has been exhilarating us with his music for some time now, and NGHTMRE is the hottest new king of bass music in the scene. They join up to engulf us with a synth heaving eruption of moombahton and dubstep on Need You, a heart pumping work of frenetic grandeur. Need You is larger than life. And it’s going to be one of this summer’s biggest festival hits. The single is out now on Mad Decent and available from iTunes.