RECAP: ELI & FUR @ MDA WEDNESDAYS

Eli & Fur Crossed the Pond to Play at La Cave

EXPERIENCE BY: KAGAN RICHARDSON

MDA had the pleasure of hosting a lineup of beautiful and talented DJs took the stage at La Cave, dishing out the tasty beats to a hungry crowd all night long. MDA DJs Rachel and Speaker Honey had warmup duties, with London-natives Eli & Fur crossing the pond from Australia to headline the night.

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Eliza Noble and Jennifer Skillman first broke into the scene as Eli & Fur in 2012 and quickly made a name for themselves. They both have backgrounds in songwriting, and it shows in their music, as they write songs with mesmerizing lyrics over dance melodies and beats. The pair is even known to sing on some of their tracks.

I personally first heard of Eli & Fur with their debut track, You’re so High. It reached the number three spot on Hype Machine and has racked up tens of millions of plays since. Their first EP, "Illusions" was then released in 2013 by NYX Records. Since then they’ve released tracks on labels like Defected and Anjunabeats, and they’ve collaborated with Erick Morillo, Shadow Child, and Tâches, to name a few.

Their early success earned them Best Breakthrough Artist at the 2016 International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) and support from legendary BBC Radio 1 tastemaker, Pete Tong. Their self-made video, California Love, chronicles their 13-city North American tour in 2015 and is definitely worth checking out.

It was an absolute honor to have the dynamic duo grace the decks in our underground home.

Rachel took the stage to start off the night and warmed up the cave perfectly. Speaker Honey then took over the decks for the second week in a row. She displayed her versatility and ability to adapt to the crowd by playing more of a techo heavy set this time around.

Eli & Fur closed out the night and kept the energy through the end of the show. The pair work so well together during a set and truly know how to work a crowd as the cave was going off! This is not too surprising as they’ve been working together since they were teens.

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Eli & Fur have played big festivals like Coachella in the past, but they will not be taking the stage in Indio this year. Instead they will be playing around the world in countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, and Bulgaria. Their posted tour dates cap off with an appearance at Bestival in the United Kingdom in August.

Until next time Ambassadors.

Kagan Richardson

AKA DJ Moose Trax


 

 

Coachella Artists You Might Not Know Now, But You Will Regret Missing

5 Lesser Known Artists to See at Coachella in 2018

BY: KAGAN RICHARDSON

With Coachella kicking off today, I felt obligated to post something about the legendary festival. I’m sure we all know at least a little bit about The Weeknd, Beyoncé, Eminem, Odesza, Kygo, and many of the other headliners, but what about the artists near the bottom of the lineup? In no particular order, here are my top 5 artists to check out at Coachella in 2018:

Peggy Gou

Berlin-based Peggy Gou has been turning heads ever since she first came on the scene. Her unique blend of house and techno is intoxicating as shown on her track, It Makes You Forget (Itgehane). In an interview with Dummy Mag in early 2016 Peggy stated, “I would like to be the first Korean female DJ that plays in Berghain.” Well she accomplished that goal by playing there in June 2016. Having played popular house and techno festival, CRSSD, in San Diego last spring, she will be playing at Coachella this year. If her Radio 1 Essential Mix is any indication, she is sure to impress.

Elohim

Translating to “God” in Hebrew, Elohim first came onto the scene with her 2015 single, Xanax, and she released her Elohim EP the following year. Her mysterious performances has been gaining a cult following over the years, and she is poised to tear up the stage at Coachella this year. She is based in Los Angeles and has collaborated with Louis the Child on Love is Alive, and even toured with Alison Wonderland in 2017.

KITTENS

Our third lady on this list is Lauren Abidini, AKA KITTENS. She is a product of the underground music scene in Los Angeles and it shows in her original productions such as Cute and Nasty. As she progressed through the scene, KITTENS noticed the lack of a significant feminine presence in DJing. Since then she has made it her mission to empower women in the DJing community by partnering with Serato and Scratch DJ Academy to host female-only DJ workshops. Having worked with Kid Cudi, Hoodboi, and Usher, the 20-something year old will be taking the stage at Coachella and it is sure to be pure insanity!
 

Detroit Love

Detroit Love is the brainchild of three legendary DJs: Carl Craig, Kyle Hall, and Moodymann. In years past, J.E.S.u.S (Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream, and Seth Troxler) and The Bellville Three (Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson) have taken the stage at Coachella, so the festival is no stranger to DJ supergroups. The group first started at ADE 2014 when Carl Craig invited Moodymann to join him on stage for a dynamic house and techno set. You won’t want to miss their performance in the Yuma Tent this year. You never know when and if you’ll be able to see this trio again!

Slow Magic

Having remained anonymous since first coming on the scene in 2011, Slow Magic is certainly one of the biggest mysteries in electronic music today. He wears probably the most interesting mask I’ve ever seen an artist wear on stage but still be able to perform. In several interviews, he has stated that the purpose of the mask is so that people focus on the music and nothing else. It’s definitely easy to get lost in his dreamlike blend of sounds as displayed on his album, How to Run Away. He has toured with Odesza in the past, and will be making his first appearance at Coachella this year. He released his Away EP today in celebration of his performance!

Shout Out: Flatbush Zombies

If you like hip hop, you absolutely should not miss Flatbush Zombies. The trio is comprised of Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Erick Arc Elliott and grew up in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. The group has close ties with the ASAP Mob who is just a short ways away in Harlem, New York. Erick Arc Elliott takes on the producing duties for the group, but sometimes helps out Meech and Zombie Juice with the vocals. Erick’s episode of Record Roulette is definitely worth checking out. Riding off the release of the AMAZING new album, Vacation in Hell, Flatbush Zombies is sure to work the crowd into a frenzy at Coachella.

Well there you have it, my artist picks for Coachella 2018! If you are going to Coachella, first off I’m super jealous as I will not be there this year… But if you see any of these artists, please comment on this post or reach out to me at djmoosetrax@gmail.com and let me know what you thought!

Until next time Ambassadors.

Kagan Richardson

AKA DJ Moose Trax

Télépopmusik Interview

Summer Home is Back with Télépopmusik!

EXPERIENCE BY: KAGAN RICHARDSON

Let me tell you, the first edition of Summer Home 2018 with Télépopmusik was an absolute blast. The music, the people, the atmosphere, the food, the drinks, everything was perfect.

A lot of this is thanks to Back Bay Bistro for providing the perfect venue for the day. It sits right on the water in Newport Beach (you can dock your boat and walk right in) and provides its guests with unparalleled waterfront dining in a huge open space that was just begging for some quality music.

Rozco, Bubblewrappe, Mogli, and Daniel Minaya kicked things off in that order and served the crowd a delicious serving of underground beats that paired quite nicely with Back Bay Bistro’s street taco and brunch buffet. Daniel Minaya in particular unleashed an onslaught of classic tracks, such as Show Me Love by Robyn S and One More Time by Daft Punk, alongside the trademark underground sounds of MDA.

Then, Télépopmusik took over, but before we get into the stellar performance... here is a bit about their career so far.

The core trio of Fabrice Dumont, Stephan Haeri, and Christophe Hetier first came together in 1997 after playing with other projects. Dumont founded the dream pop group Autour de Lucie, Hetier DJ’d as Antipop, and Haetri was a member of Planet Zen and also produced as 2Square.

The three created a fresh electronic sound that first culminated with Sonic 75 which was released on the SourceLab 3 compilation album in 1997. They refined their sound over the next few years and eventually released their debut album, Genetic World, on Capitol Records in 2002.

The album was a commercial success especially its lead single, Breathe, which became a smash hit in the mainstream. Breathe has been featured in countless movies, TV shows, and commercials around the world. You might recognize it from television ads for the Mitsubishi Outlander that aired nationally in 2003.

The group toured all over the world following this success and released their second album, Angel Milk, in 2005 also on Capitol Record. The single off the album, Into Everything, also received mainstream success and a stop-motion music video was subsequently released.

Since then, Télépopmusik has been relatively silent as they only released the Try Me Anyway/Fever EP in 2013 which earned a great selection of remixes from the likes of Dirty Channels, Zombie Disco Squad (ZDS), Populette, Pit Spector, and Pino Rastovitch. I highly recommend checking it out!

Christophe Hetier of Télépopmusik took the DJ duties for the group and held the crowd in a state of pure elation from start to finish. Christophe is a master on the decks as he showed off his technical mastery and vast musical library that spans the decades. I personally never thought I would see anyone throw Burnin’ by Daft Punk (one of my personal favorites off their debut album Homework) into a DJ set, but he did so without batting an eyelash and the crowd ate it up.

After the show, I had the chance to sit down with Christophe and ask him a few questions. Here’s what he had to say...

Kagan: Can you give us some insight into how you prepare for your DJ sets?
Christophe: Well to prepare for playing as a DJ, I try to capture the new sounds and music that people are listening to. I have fun mixing the new music with the music I’ve added collected over the years.
Kagan: When you finished Breathe years ago, did you expect all of the mainstream success?
Christophe: Oh no, we did not expect all of that success. We made a song we liked and it sort of happened.
Kagan: Télépopmusik tracks have received a slew of remixes. What is the process like when picking the remixers?
Christophe: Most of the time they actually approach us about remixing our tracks. Especially recently with the younger of generation of artist wanting to remix our tracks, Breathe for example.
Kagan: How does it feel to be considered one of the bands who pioneered the concept of multiple vocalist collaborations on one album?
Christophe: I don’t think too much of it to be honest. We did what we felt was right for the album and it worked out in a nice way.
Kagan: Who are some of your biggest influences as a musician?
Christophe: We all come from backgrounds in pop bands so a lot of pop music. The Pixies would be one of the biggest for me in particular.
Kagan: Can we hope for new music from Telepopmusik in the near future?
Christophe: We are in the studio now putting the finishing touches on our next album. You could probably expect to see that in a few months, maybe around September or later this year.

It was an absolute pleasure having Télépopmusik out for Summer Home. The party was such a  great time all around that it was extended to 8pm rather than ending at 7pm! It gave Christophe extra time to direct the soundtracks to our lives, and he did not disappoint.

Here’s to the next one Ambassadors.

Kagan Richardson

AKA DJ Moose Trax

Thank you to Joseph Paparazzo for the pictures.

Bad Boy Bill Brought Chicago House to Orange County

Bad Boy Bill Brought Chicago House to OC

EXPERIENCE BY: KAGAN RICHARDSON

MDA had the honor of hosting an absolute legend and pioneer, Bad Boy Bill. BBB grew up in Chicago during the house music movement of the mid to late 80s with his DJ career starting in 1985 when he was only a teenager. He built his popularity by hosting his own parties and opening for the legendary Hot Mix 5.

Success as a remixer came early for Bad Boy Bill, as he earned a Top Five Billboard Dance Chart hit at the ripe age of 19 with his remix of Dada Nada’s Deep Love. He had some tough competition as the other remixers for Deep Love included Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, and Steve Wight. As a DJ, he proved his skills by winning the DMC Midwest Finals and placing in the top three of the US championships in 1988. He is known for using up to six turntables in competitions!

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Perhaps Bad Boy Bill’s most interesting accomplishment is helping to bring the concept of commercial DJ mixes to the world. Before commercial DJ mixes, music publishing houses were not paid any royalties on copyrighted music in the mixes DJs would produce and sell. This means that the artists who made the songs were not paid if their songs were featured as part of a mix.

In 1995, Bad Boy Bill launched Mix Connection Multimedia (MCM) and became the first Chicago DJ to produce legally-licensed DJ mixes. He went on to release mix series such as Bangin’ the Box and The House Connection with Richard Vission.

BBB has countless singles and remixes credited to his name, but in 2009 he released his first full-length album which is appropriately named, The Album. I highly recommend checking it out.

Bad Boy Bill merges genres throughout the album like I’ve never heard before, but everything still has his electronic signature. He also shows how well-respected he is in the music world as his list of collaborators include JJ Flores, Steve Smooth, Alyssa Palmer, Alex Peace, and even John Taylor from Duran Duran.

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His set on Friday was very reminiscent of the album, as he blended many different genres, eras, and sounds from start to finish. No matter what everything had the Bad Boy Bill feel to it. He played some of my personal favorite tracks right now, Hood Girl by Billy Kenny and Cola by Camelphat and Elderbrook, and also mixed in some of his newest original tracks like Hustling for Horns with Ghettoblaster.

Bad Boy Bill is one of those rare DJs that has managed to stay relevant for decades, especially in today’s world when DJs are a dime a dozen. I don’t think he will be going anywhere any time soon. I just hope he keeps coming back to Orange County to play!

Until next time Ambassadors!  

Kagan Richardson

AKA DJ Moose Trax

 

RECAP: MAT ZO & MDA DJs @ EXCHANGE LA

Mat Zo Took Exchange LA on a 5-Hour Musical Journey

EXPERIENCE BY: KAGAN RICHARDSON

I swear I had never heard so many people cheer between songs, and I had never seen so many people weep cheers of joy at a DJ set. Mat Zo managed to bring all of the emotions out of the crowd from start to finish of his five hour set at Exchange LA.

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Before getting into the show, here's a little background on Mat Zo. Matan Zohar was born in London to an artistic family with his father being a painter, and his mother and uncle professional musicians. He fell in love with music at a young age, and it didn’t take long for him to shift his focus to electronic music with acts like Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, and The Prodigy ruling the day in Europe. He was soon DJing around London and working on his own material.

When he was just 16 years old, he released his first single titled Exodus on a:LOUD Recordings. His trance and progressive house styles soon earned him the attention of Above & Beyond and their label, Anjunabeats. He released countless singles and remixes on Anjunabeats, Astralwerks, and other labels, as well as mixing the ever classic Anjunabeats Worldwide 02. I highly recommend checking it out as well as all the other Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep mix CDs. I also recommend Mat Zo’s compilation album, Anjunbeats pres. Mat Zo 01, if you want a taste of Mat Zo’s style early on in his career.

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In addition to all of the singles, remixes, and compilations, Mat Zo also has two full-length albums and an EP to his name. Damage Control was released in 2013 to critical acclaim. It reached number one on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album. One of the singles, Easy, was a collaboration with Porter Robinson and reached the coveted number one spot on Beatport in 2012. The hit of a track samples vocals from Nothing Better by Colourblind.

Self Assemble followed just three years later and was released on his own record label, Mad Zoo, and had countless features spanning from Chuck D of Public Enemy to Linnea Schossow, Marcus Shossow’s very talented sister. The second album didn’t contain as many features as the first, but it did feature collaborations with I See MONSTAS and Sinéad. His three song EP, the Mad EP, followed just three weeks after that also under his own label.

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With such an impressive track record and vast array of productions to his name, Mat Zo had us in for a wild ride of a night. I had never seen a DJ play a five hour set, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. In the past, Mat Zo has produced drum n bass tracks under the name MRSA so I could only guess that his set would span many different styles.

Well, this was only kind of right. Mat Zo not only played samplings of his entire discography, he did so while taking us on a musical journey over the decades. He played classic electronic dance tracks right alongside his own masterpieces, and he did so all night long. His original tracks such as Pyramid Scheme, Rebound, and Get Up 2 Get Down blended perfectly with classic tracks like My Friend by Groove Armada, Axwell’s remix of In the Air by TV Rock, and No Good by The Prodigy.

 

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The highlight of the night for me was when Mat Zo dropped one of his collaborations with Arty, Mozart, to the pure elation of the crowd. Mozart is my personal favorite Mat Zo track, and it is the track the encouraged me to explore the sounds of trance and progressive house more.

While Mat Zo destroyed the dancefloor at the main stage upstairs, Modern Disco Ambassador residents Chef Boyarbeats, Fantom Freq, and yours truly, DJ Moose Trax, had the pleasure of bringing The Gallery Room a fresh supply of underground sounds. I swear the dance floor was on fire by the end of the night with the amount of dancing that was taking place.

 

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It was certainly a night that no one in attendance will forget any time soon. If you get the chance to see Mat Zo at a venue near you, especially at a club like Exchange, take it and thank me later.

Until next time Ambassadors.

RECAP: BLACKGUMMY @ MDA WEDNESDAYS

BlackGummy Made La Cave His Lair for a Night

Experience By: Kagan Richardson

Mau5trap’s own BlackGummy visited our home at La Cave on February 28, for the fourth stop on his Mesophase Tour. I was chomping at the bit to have an opportunity to see BlackGummy -who played EDC Mexico just a few days before, play in such an intimate venue. His heavy-hitting progressive style was sure to tear up the dance floor. For those who are unfamiliar with the artist, here’s a little background about BlackGummy - no ordinary DJ/producer.

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California native, Iman Marouf took a trip abroad in 2013 to the Middle East and Asia where he discovered the idol, BlackGummy. Next to BlackGummy was the Latin quote, “In perpetuum, salutem in omnibus locis; in omni loco, in omni tempore,” which translates to: “To be perpetually, a prey in all places. Are in every place, at all times.”

The idol and quote struck a chord with Iman as according to the story, he instantly formed a bond with BlackGummy and the two fused into one, becoming inseparable. The idol itself became the symbol which can be seen across all of BlackGummy’s content.

BlackGummy attended Icon Collective music production school in Los Angeles, known for educating and inspiring renown artists such as Jauz and Kayzo. There he was mentored by Steve Duda and became a beta tester for his VST, Serum. He is listed in the credits along with deadmau5.

From then on his obsession with production flourished and he devoted his time to improving his craft. His work paid off in 2015 when mau5trap, deadmau5’s record label, discovered BlackGummy and released his first song, Lullaby, and the We Are Friends compilation. Since then he has released three EPs and several singles and remixes, including SuperHuman featuring Colleen D’agostino.

In 2017 BlackGummy took that stage for his Monolith Tour. 2018 BlackGummy is back at it with  the Mesophase Tour. Other artists at mau5trap are set to support BlackGummy on different legs of the tour. They include Attlas, electrocado, monstergetdown, Notaker and Rinzen.

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On February 28, Orange County DJ duo, Double D’s, took the stage when doors opened and warmed up the dance floor perfectly with their progressive house beats. Rinzen, who had opening duties for the night, built off of their energy for an hour and a half set before BlackGummy took control at 12:30 p.m.

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BlackGummy mostly showcased his taste in music during the first hour and a half, then unleashed an onslaught of originals and remixes until the end of the night. The highlight for me was when he mixed in Iconoclast off his most recent EP, Monolith. The crowd went absolutely nuts and kept begging for more and more. BlackGummy obliged!

 

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BlackGummy was one of the first of many amazing artists joining us at La Cave this year. Check out the lineup for upcoming shows.

Until next time Ambassadors.

Kagan Richardson

AKA DJ Moose Trax

Photos courtesy of Joseph Paparazzo and Modern Disco Ambassadors.

 

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Recap: Matoma at The Fonda Theatre

Matoma Never Disappoints

Experience by: Kagan Richardson

Matoma never disappoints and neither does The Fonda. Last Friday, Norway-native Tom Lagergren, aka Matoma, embarked on his One in a Million Tour and made a stop at the legendary Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition to popular American metropolitan spots, such as New York City, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, Matoma will take the stage in Hungary and Norway, as well. Matoma has been killing it ever since he came onto the scene with his unique remixes, starting with Big Poppa by Notorious B.I.G. in 2014. He went on to release his Hakuna Matoma EP in 2015, along with countless singles and releases over the years. He was even featured on Jason Derulo’s Try Me with Jennifer Lopez in 2015.

This tour, however, was to promote his first full-length album, One in a Million, which is set to release on March 9. Matoma is rumored to have many features joining him on the album, and the first single is proof of that. Slow was released on November 17, the same day tickets for the tour went on sale, and features Noah Cyrus - little sister to Miley Cyrus. In an interview with Billboard, Matoma said he was looking to do something different and with Noah on Slow, it felt right. He heard her first single, Make Me Cry, and loved it so much that he knew he had to get her on a track. Noah is also set to release her debut album in 2018, and she recently released We Are F**ked with MØ.

Matoma hinted at some other awesome collaborations with his tour schedule as he brought many other great artists along with him. Two Friends, Elephante, Naations, Youngr, MAX, Robotaki, and BKAYE all joined on different legs of the tour. Youngr took the opening duties on Friday night with MAX joining Matoma on stage to play their new song together. The talent didn’t stop there as Noah Cyrus and Yashua made surprise appearances to showcase their collaborations.

Matoma himself absolutely killed it all the way through his hour and a half set. He masterfully mixed his originals and remixes while showcasing his vast musical taste by throwing in Yeah 3X by Chris Brown, Still D.R.E. by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, the Candyland remix of Axwell & Ingrosso’s More Than You Know, and Rumors by The Kemist, just to name a few. He kept us guessing all night long.

It was my third time seeing Matoma and the first two times he only DJ’d. This time he brought along a Nord Stage 3 with his normal DJ setup. He fused live elements into his set especially when he had company on stage, showing that he is not just a DJ.

If Friday night is any indication, One in a Million is set to be one of the best albums so far this year. My only complaint of the night was that it ended at 1am, not 2am and we wanted more!

Until next time. Keep your antlers up.

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