Contest Alert: Win Kid Massive’s ‘EDM Sessions’ Sample Pack


Denmark-bred DJ/producer/remixer Kid Massive (a.k.a. Benjamin Pedersen) has switched upped his game in a big way by forging a sample pack for the chaps at Loopmasters. “My approach to creating these kits is exactly the same way as when I make my own Kid Massive material,” he says of EDM Sessions. “I always start with the main hook/groove and then build on that if I feel it works. This collection focuses on big room EDM tracks but I have also added a few driving tunes with a more techy edge. I love to mix it up and this pack is a great reflection of what you would hear in my DJ sets, lots of hooks, big drops and driving beats.”

Features 10 full song kits and all the parts needed to build the next anthem (Anthemic Synth Melodies, Hard Hitting Drums, Chest Pounding Bass and Spine Tingling SFX), EDM Sessions also features easy-to-use audio stems that can be quickly assembled into the foundation of a track. The pack includes: 1.8GB of 24Bit 44.1Khz loops and sounds including 10 Full Song Kits with 17 Bass Stems, 62 Music Stems, 440 Drum Stems, 26 SFX Loops, 1 Vocal Loops, 45 Extra Drum Loops, 11 Bass Stabs, 24 Synth Shots, 14 SFX Hits, 41 Srum Shots, 43 MIDI Files, 233 Rex2 Files and 49 Soft Sampler Patches for Kontakt, Halion, Exs24, Nnxt and Sfz formats.

We’re giving away copies of this bad boy to two Big Shot readers. Enter to win by tweeting the following:

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Contest ends April 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. Good Luck!

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• you must be following @bigshotmagazine and @loopmasters
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• anyone found using multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible

Review: Kotelett & Zadak – ‘Moonside’ EP (Hive Audio)

Kotelett & Zadak - Moonshine EP Hive Audio


Fun-filled electronic music has long been Hive Audio’s modus operandi, and their latest recruits Kotelett & Zadak are most definitely proponents of a likeminded sound. Making their label debut with this EP, the Berlin-based duo give absolutely nothing away about themselves on their biography. Regardless, this is probably a good thing, as lazy clichés aside, they let the music do the talking.

In spite of the fact that there are only two tracks on offer, the lads use every last ounce to leave us yearning for more on “Moonside of the Deep” and “Nele.” The former is a bassline soaked anthem and the kind of track that leaves you waiting for the drop in a big and pleasant way. “Nele” traverses through a more rugged and straight-up road, as it engulfs the listener in a unique glare that won’t go unnoticed wherever it’s allowed to stretch out and run riot.

Premiere: Tobtok’s Exclusive Mixtape for Kitsuné’s Easter Special


Parisian label Kistuné returns to London’s Village Underground on April 19 with an Easter Special featuring Digitalism, BeatauCue (read their top 10 spring anthems here), Jerry Bouthier vs. Punks Jump Up, LOGO and Tobtok, all acts who’ve been associated with the label. Uppsala, Sweden’s Tobtok (pictured) is so hyped to play the party that he went into the lab and mixed up a special set to get the party started right. Opening with his track “Savanna,” he weaves in and out of house jams from Kraak & Smaak, Hot Natured and Tensnake. Check out the premiere of his mix below and grab tickets to the party here.

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Detroit Swindle vs. Mayer Hawthorne: The Big Shot Interview

Detroit Swindle Mayer Hawthorne

Rising Dutch house duo Detroit Swindle — Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets — have forged their fair share of unforgettable productions and remixes since emerging out of Amsterdam only a few years ago. But getting soul singer extraordinaire Mayer Hawthorne to lend his golden voice to “64 Ways” on their recently released debut album, Boxed Out, could be their crowning achievement to date. With Hawthorne, an Ann Arbor, Michigan native known as DJ Haircut in the Detroit club scene, publicly espousing his love of house music while doing press for his 2013 album Where Does This Door Go, the stars indeed aligned for this incredible musical union. In this exclusive meeting of the minds, Detroit Swindle and Mayer Hawthorne trade questions with each other about their collaboration, the Motor City and why not having a formula is the key to success. Detroit is in the house!

Detroit Swindle’s Boxed Out is out now on Dirt Crew Recordings.

Mayer Hawthorne Interviews Detroit Swindle

Being from Detroit, I must admit I was skeptical when I first heard your name. Have you guys ever been to Detroit? And, if so, what was your impression?
Maarten: Yes, we have been there. We’ve played at Grasshopper twice. Last January we got some proper Detroit loving: the temperature outside was insane, something like minus 30. The city looked even rougher with that weather. We really wanna go back to Detroit for DEMF though, that’s probably gonna be amazing.

What was the first Detroit/Chicago house record you heard that made you say, “Yeah, I want to do this”?
Lars: That’s gotta be Paperclip People. When I heard (and bought) that vinyl and played “Throw” over and over again, I was sold.

You guys have released a lot of tracks but only now decided to release an album. Is the album still important as a format in 2014?
Maarten: Yes we have, and yes it is. Electronic music, or more specifically house music, is really a singles market. Put a few tracks that work well together on a slice of vinyl and you’ve got an EP. The whole reason why we wanted to do an album was to see if we could push ourselves into new territories and to see if we could produce a bundle of songs that present a coherent story that’s bigger than just releasing a few singles. Furthermore, an album attracts more attention, ’cause you’re saying, “Hey listen, we’ve created a large musical package that represents us and what we believe in musically.” So there’s more to win, and I guess also more to loose.

“Last January we got some proper Detroit loving: the temperature outside was insane, something like minus 30. The city looked even rougher with that weather.”

When you DJ together as a duo, how does that work? Who does what?
Lars: I primarily touch a lot of buttons. [Laughs] We play one on, one off. So each set is quite intense because you’re always trying to figure out what works best after the other guy’s move. It works best for us, because in this way we decide on the direction together, rather than giving one of us 15 or 20 minutes and switch. It also keeps both of us focused on the dance floor and that’s how we like it.

What’s your favorite pancake spot in Amsterdam?
Maarten: My place on Sunday morning used to be great. I’d always do pancake breakfasts on Sunday as a result of a habit I picked up when I lived in Costa Rica. Nowadays, I spend most of my Sunday mornings either still playing music or sleeping. There’s a cool boat across ‘het IJ’ in Amsterdam Noord which is called the Pancake Boat. That’s a great place to enjoy a bacon and syrup pancake, floating around Amsterdam.

Mayer Hawthorne Detroit Swindle

Detroit Swindle Interviews Mayer Hawthorne

You’re a busy guy these days with all your tours, especially considering the fact you started this just for fun. What was the moment for you when you realized it had become more than that?
Mayer Hawthorne: Fun is still the most important aspect of it! There’s been so many memorable moments but a big one was headlining at First Avenue in Minneapolis where Prince shot all the club scenes from Purple Rain.

If we take a look at your presentation, your videos seem to have quite some focus on cute girls. Is Mayer Hawthorne a real ladies man, or is it just a front for someone who’s actually quite shy?
Beautiful women are definitely my inspiration. It’s what makes the whole world go ’round. I think anyone who thinks they know anything about women is an idiot.

“The formula is not having a formula. I didn’t have a plan when I started recording my latest album. I just knew it had to be different from my last one. The next music will be different again.”

If we may say so ourselves, the Mayer Hawthorne/Detroit Swindle collaboration ended up a great track. So since you’re a big Detroit and Chicago house fan, are there any plans for more work in this genre?
Definitely! My new group Jaded Incorporated with producer 14KT is heavily influenced by Detroit and Chicago ghetto-house music.

Your latest album really shows a lot of different influences and it’s quite different from your earlier work. Was that a planned effort, or are you just going with the flow? What can we expect next from you?
The formula is not having a formula. I didn’t have a plan when I started recording my latest album. I just knew it had to be different from my last one. The next music will be different again. I have to keep growing and evolving and trying new things.

Which 5 tracks are currently on repeat on your phone?

Gabriel Garzon-Montano – “6 8″
Todd Terje – “Swing Star Part 2″
Carly Simon – “Why”
Betty Ford Boys – “Till The Wheels Fall Off”
The Ohio Players – “Pride & Vanity”

Review: Franco Cinelli – ‘All Frequencies’ (Esperanza)

Franco Cinelli All Frequencies


Franco Cinelli is the man behind that notorious remix of Cassius’ “The Sound Of Violence.” There is, however, far more to this Argentinian producer than Ibiza anthems. On his debut album for Esperanza Records, he emphatically reminds us of the fact in his own inimitable fashion, with a dizzying and eclectic array of mainly club-ready tracks.

Opener “I Feel It” is a true monster in the best sense of the word: a dizzying, hypnotic track that takes a stranglehold on the senses thanks to its simmering snares and a mound of lavish bass kicks. Simple, yes, but also extremely effective, a hallmark of much of Cinelli’s back catalogue. “Chi-Trax” is more abrasive and touches on techno tinges, with its pummeling soundtrack and up-tempo melodies proving a real joy to behold. They move at a relentless rate, gathering pace thanks to a layer of spiky synths and wiry hats. “Cargo” goes back to the old school in its search for kicks, while “Infiltrate” ups the ante once more courtesy of some hallowed dub sounds. “Slippery Arp” leans on a host of, well, arps, to bring the noise, and while it’s a fitting finale, it’s a bit too esoteric compared to matters elsewhere. Fortunately, digital-only offering “Deep Forest” is on hand to restore some pride, as it imbues the package with a warm glow thanks to its numerous glistening charms as well as a heavy reliance on the flanger.

Driving music with a real human flourish? It could almost only be Mr. Cinelli.

Cédric Steinmyller of Klingande’s 5 Songs of the Moment on SoundCloud


French house duo Klingande — Cédric Steinmyller and Edgar Catry — have been tearing it up since 2013 courtesy of their breakthrough single “Jubel.” After topping the singles charts in eight countries and touring Germany, Sweden, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Austria, Romania and the Netherlands, the song has finally received an official release in the States (watch their video below). We’re told a summer tour of the U.S. is in the works, so it’s safe to say Americans will be seeing and hearing a lot of these saxophone loving 22-year-olds in the coming weeks. Purveyors of a smooth sound, we checked in with Klingande’s Cédric Steinmyller and asked him to share his five go-to acts of the moment on SoundCloud.
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Inside Drai’s Beach Club & Nightclub in Las Vegas Opening Memorial Day

Drai's Beach Club Las Vegas

Situated 11 stories above the Las Vegas Strip atop The Cromwell boutique hotel, Drai’s Beach Club is promising to take Sin City’s club scene to the next level. Literally. A 360-degree two-level experience with multiple pools, mixology bars, elevated DJ booth, VIP luxury cabanas and gourmet food, the breathtaking venue features ten, 35-foot palm trees offering guests shade from Las Vegas’ blistering dry heat. In fact, in order to get the palm trees positioned on the hotel’s roof, a gigantic crane had to be brought in for the task.

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“I’ve been dreaming of building a day/night club for the past 15 years,” explained Victor Drai, the nightlife impresario behind the operation, in a statement. “With the creation of The Cromwell, the opportunity finally arrived to make my dream a reality. The Beach Club and pools at Drai’s Beach Club will be like nothing that exists in Las Vegas. The size, scope and attention to detail, design and guest experience has driven our concept. I always build my venues so that there is a ‘wow’ factor from the minute you arrive. When a guest steps off the elevator, they are going to marvel at what we have built and the never before-seen-view will provide an unforgettable experience.”

Drai's Beach Club Las Vegas

DJs will be a central focus for Drai’s music program. So far 17 resident top-notch DJs have been named including Eric Prydz, Adventure Club, Showtek, DVBBS, Arty and 12th Planet.

“We are booking artists that will ignite the crowd and create an energy that is missing from many Las Vegas clubs today,” added talent buyer. “You won’t come to Drai’s and stand there holding your camera phone above your head aimed at a DJ a football field away. Instead, you are going to be in the middle of the biggest dance party on the Strip.”

DJ Chart: Siggatunez’s Top 10 for April 2014


Siggatunez’s Top 10 for April 2014

1. Ralph & Larry Houl – “Back To You” (Frank Music)
2. Max Graef – “Quackeljochen” (Tartelet)
3. Handsome Jay & DJ Mettigel – “Zigeuner Art” (Box Aus Holz)
4. Siggatunez – “Offenbach Bay Area” (Motech)
5. Steffi – “Manic Moods” (Ostgut Ton)
6. Seven Davis Jr – “P.A.R.T.Y.” (Apron)
7. Dynamodyse – “Almostbare (Timnah Sommerfeld Dub)” (One Step Back Ahead)
8. Fulbert – “Feel It” (Foul & Sunk)
9. Fort Romeau – “I Knew” (Live At Robert Johnson)
10. Siggatunez – “Run” (Motech)

Review: Various Artists – ‘Rave Of Love 01’ (Rave Of Love)

Rave of Love 01 compilation


Swiss DJ Low Tales is a producer who’s already turned out tunes for labels such as Svogue Muziq, Monophonic and Sascha Braemer’s Whatiplay. For his latest trick, he calls on a raft of his producers for a compilation which signals the start of his own label, the wonderfully named Rave Of Love. And with six tracks from six different artists on offer, this is very much a heavyweight package too.

Kicking it all off is Garibovic with “Funky Juice,” a track that does its one job well enough. A DJ tool especially for percussion fans, you’d imagine it’s never intended to really stick out from everything else on offer here. Pablo Einzig’s “Niagara” is far more enticing, with its bulging synths and its spiky, devil-may-care ethos a real winner. For me, the highlight of the EP. Up next is Parkcity. “Raw Warrior” is another most effective number, with its rubbery pads and its cosmic tinges leading us toward a warm, sweltering place. Pete & Pete’s “Banto Selakis” is another off-kilter cut, Timoteo’s “Bugs In My Ears” helps matters progress nicely and the last track, Vanita’s “Cries,” reinforces the view that this is a label worth watching out for.

Rave Of Love 01 might not feature an abundance of established stars, but then again, Rave of Love is clearly a label keen to do things on their own terms. It’s an approach that’s just as refreshing as the music itself.

Luke Solomon’s 5 Songs of the Moment on SoundCloud

Luke Solomon

For three decades British house hero Luke Solomon has unwaveringly championed a musical ethos that’s deep and soulful. Even when he’s flirted with pop music, he’s done so on his own terms with his his integrity in check. Solomon, who famously co-founded Classic Music Company along with Derrick Carter, recently restarted his Business As Usual: Live from the Washhouse radio show (listen to the April edition here), a program in which he goes beyond the traditional mix show format by championing new tracks as well as rare nuggets. The mixmaster extends his good musical vibes to Luke Solomon’s Unfinished Business Volume 1, an upcoming 32-track compendium featuring tracks by James Curd, Matthew Styles, DJ Nature and Mikey V out May 24 on his aforementioned imprint. Here Solomon enthusiastically waxes poetic on five of his favorite songs of the moment on SoundCloud.
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Detroit Techno Veteran Terrence Dixon Retires Via Facebook

Terrence Dixon

Forget farewell press releases and goodbye tours. Veteran Detroit techno DJ/producer Terrence Dixon has announced his retirement from music via a one-sentence post on his Facebook. “I’m retired after 20 years of making music. Thank you.” Dixon, who was aligned with fellow Motor City artist Juan Atkins, was known globally for his deep, minimal style via releases on Metroplex. His production career started in 1994, producing his Live From Detroit EP for Utensil Records. He went on to record for Tresor, Background and Rush Hour, staying away from the spotlight while producing music as he wished. An underground artist goes out on his own terms. There’s something almost poetic in that.

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Watch Your Back, Martin Garrix: 10-Year-Old Producer Aiden Jude Readies Debut

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Every mention — including this one — of Martin Garrix’s massive success courtesy of his breakthrough EDM track “Animals” relates that he’s only 17. While DJs and dance-music producers are indeed getting younger (Bondax, Madeon, Danny Avila) , 10-year-old New York-based DJ/producer Aiden Jude is eyeing the big time with his upcoming debut, “Tonight,” due out April 14 on Shap Records. The fifth grader’s uncle Coleman apparently “made his mark in the fashion world and high end events starting in the early 90’s” so it looks like a taste for music runs in the family along with some pretty deep connections.

Looking at his social media accounts (which don’t seem like they’re maintained by a 10-year-old) , young Jude really likes ice creamY-3 sneakers and skiing. He apparently went to Winter Music Conference and ran into Paris Hilton and Kaskade, taking buddy pictures with both of them.

Jude will also release a remix EP on April 28 and is readying — brace yourself — to make his LA debut with three gigs: April 16 at The Attic with Mobb Deep and DJ Equal; April 17 at Hooray Henrey’s; and April 18 at The Supperclub. Could an appearance at Ultra Music Festival in his future? I wouldn’t bet against it at this point.

Track of the Moment: DJ Sneak & Murk’s “To The Bassline”

DJ Sneak & Murk - To The Bassline

Chicago meets Miami on this supremely funky union between house music legends DJ Sneak (who we all know has lived in Toronto for some time now) and Murk’s Oscar G and Ralph Falcon. Murk’s low-end theory, which dates back to early classics like 1992′s “Some Luvin’,” connects with Sneak’s skill for laying down some serious swing on a club tracks, is unquestionably a home run. The epic collaboration, which clocks in at ten minutes, is destined to be make dance floors sweat this summer, from Ibiza to points beyond. Look for its official release on April 14 via Berlin’s Exploited Records, featuring artwork by Berlin-based street artist Nomad.