Thursday, April 4, 2013

DJ of the Week: Subset

Brooklyn native, Mark Martinez, has been making a name for himself in the EDM game with mixes released as early as 2012, under his DJ name 'Subset', with his undeniably skillful mixing and energetic live performances.  Best known as a resident DJ, he is currently one of the driving forces behind the killer acts booked week after week for the notorious 'BASSment Saturdays' at, the one and only, Webster Hall.

  Here's a look at the man behind those wild nights of big bass and hard partying.  
Subset has shared the stage with major the artists of all different genres such as Bassnectar, Pendulum, Nero, Skream & Benga, Terravita, Zeds Dead, Zedd and even Borgore.  His seamless mixing of a variety of genres allows him to put out mixes you'll find yourself playing over and over again whether it be on your iPod, in your dorm or at parties.  Even as I've been writing this post, I've been getting lost in the Good Vibrations mix.
You want Trap? Dubstep? Garage? Rap? Hardstyle? Moombahton? 
Look no further, Subset blends all of these genres and more making his mixes appealing to music lovers of all genres. You can check out his mixes on his SoundCloud and follow him on Twitter to stay updated.

Good Vibrations (2013)
Critical Level EP (Microdose collaboration) (2013)
Rasputin (Heffay collaboration(2013)
Atom (Nari & Milani Remix) (2012)
Blowin' Money In Paradize (Rick Ross & Styles P Remix) (2010)

I caught Subset's set for the first time when he opened for Figure at one of Webster Hall's Zombie Raves and have been following his releases since. 
I'm sure many of you guys tend to show up way after doors for the artist you're there to see but I'm here to encourage all of you to BREAK THE HABIT.  Subset helped changed my view on getting to shows early to catch the openers.  His set blew the crowd away, needless to say, by the time Figure was ready to go on, Subset had already, single-handedly, brought enough energy with him to keep Webster amped for the rest of the night.  
One hour mixes can seem a bit much for those of you with commitment issues but, with a DJ like Subset it's worth every second (I promise they won't leave your heart broken but, maybe your speakers ).
One thing's for sure, this guy knows how to mix.  Catch him while you can, I expect bigger and bigger things from him for years and years to come.

Be sure to get your tickets to this weekend's BASSment Saturday before they sell out!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Walk In The Fire with Dirtyphonics and their Debut Album Irreverrence

Dirtyphonics released their debut album entitled Irreverence yesterday which has instantaneously captured the attention of Dirtyphonics fans, EDM fans and quality music fans alike.  Well-known for their skillful experimenting and blending of various genres such as drum and bass, dubstep, electro house and even electro rock, once again, Dirtyphonics did not fail to deliver us a heavy dose of originality with their new album.  Irreverence gives us a taste of the classic Dirtyphonics we know and love while still displaying their further development as artists.  Irreverance features Dirtyphonics collaborations with Steve Aoki (Stage Divers), Modestep (Los Angeles), Foreign Beggars (No Stopping Us) and Leila Moss (Hanging on Me)    In addition to giving us 10 of the most kick-ass Dirtyphonics tracks thus far, the guys tackled the unlikely feat of defining their already original sound with some of the hardcore elements of heavy metal with their track Walk in the Fire.  Don't be alarmed by the intense guitar riffs and blast beats kicking this track off; they only add to the intensity of this darkly satisfying metal/drum and bass track.  Now here's something to share with your metalheads and your bassheads. The Paris natives have been producing music together since 2004:

Vandals (2009)
Dirty (2012)

With their countless successful tracks and the dramatic positive feedback following the release of Irreverence after just one day, the guys of Dirtyphonics are showing no signs of slowing down. By now I'm sure you're dying to hear the highly anticipated album you've been hearing so much about.  It's finally here!  You can check out the entire album on Dim Mak Records before you buy it on iTunes.  

I had the privilege of catching their set at the UKF US Launch Party this passed winter and I can promise, you do not want to miss the high energy they bring to a live performance. You can catch Dirtyphonics on tour this summer at Tomorrowland, Cochella and Euphoria Festival or you can also get tickets to one of the shows on their current tour right HERE.

Photo Credit:  Official Dirtyphonics Facebook & Beatport