WMC Recap: Dim Mak Pool Party + Club Space with Bassjackers and Ferry Corsten

Dim Mak Pool Party

Thursday it was all about the Dim Mak Pool Party with Steve Aoki and friends at the Raleigh Hotel Pool. His “friends” included DJ Carnage who greeted with a dubstep version of “Save The World.” Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike offered up a mix rendition of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” into Daft Punk’s “One More Time.” Sidney Sampson delivered spot-on blends of electro house, progress house and dubstep.

Dim Mak’s head honcho Aoki set it off with his Afrojack collaboration “No Beef.” It made sense because the surprise guest Afrojack was actually in the booth manning the decks at the moment. Aoki dropped another crowd pleaser with Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit Of Happiness.”

steve aoki insta2The sets were slathered with water blasts, cryogenics, champagne sprays, crowd rafting and cake — lots and lots of cake. Aoki aggressively burrowed into an oversized sheet cake, mixing it up before offering teaser samplings to front-row fans. With the crowd roaring anticipation to be one of his welcome victims, Aoki heaved the massive cake to the first few rows of willing fans to more uproarious applause and encouraging. All the while he played Borgore “Decisions” or commonly and affectionately referred to as the “Bitches Love Cake.” He spun for maybe 30 minutes then rode in a raft with a buddy. He sprayed the crowd with champagne and went running around for another half hour while the crowd ate it all up (literally). The tracks magically transitioned and one had to wonder how this is possible and who’s manning the decks. Sometimes it was electro house veteran Benny Benassi, sometimes Afrojack and occasionally Aoki. It was a spontaneous team effort. Aoki introduced a new dub-inspired track he said he wrote with Flux Pavillion so that’s one to watch for.

Electro-house DJ/producer Felix Cartel took to the decks in a massive way dishing out energetic and thumping tracks right from the start. He played his own, winning “No Sleep” and wound down with one of many remixes of “Clarity.” He wasted no time instigating the crowd and keeping them engaged even after his follow-up to his Dim Mak boss’s antics. Mr. Cartel also should be another on everyone’s one-to-continue-to-watch list.

The night closed out (or was just getting started) with a cab ride over to Miami’s Club Space for an opening, heaping, lively, earful from Bassjackers. Each and every track was just as kicking as the previous. Note-to-self, look into Bassjackers mixes or podcasts. He dropped a remix of the fun-loving, vocoder-laden “Easy” from dynamo’s Porter Robinson & Mat Zo. When he dropped a remix of “Maximal Crazy” it seemed a subliminal reference to the substantial crowd, ambiguous winding lines and hysteria to get into the venue tonight.

Ferry Corsten followed up with one of his winning archives “Rock Your Body Rock,” last year’s captivating “Check It Out” and his melodic “Live Forever.” Menno de Jong and Giuseppe Ottavianni were also on hand mingling with the A-list VIP’s.

Tritonal was in house rounding out the lineup and celebrating posting the following on Facebook, “Let’s all wish my best friend and awesome partner, David Reed, a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Let’s rock this party dude!!” A perfect example of DJ’s partying in true style.

Images by Kathy Vitkus

Afrojack Signs Global Deal with Universal Music Group

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If you were wondering why Afrojack went out and spent  $240,000 (and promptly crashed an hour later) a Ferrari 458 Italia last month, well, it might well be because today Universal Music Group announced it had signed him to a global deal and was immediately taking over radio promotion and sales in the U.S. for his sing “As Your Friend” featuring Chris Brown.

Obligatory press release gush from Afrojack: “I want to take my music to the next level, both creatively and from a business point of view. Partnering up with UMG will give me the chance to do both, so I am very happy we were able to make a deal. UMG will support my releases with very strong budgets and with great people working my music around the world.”

Obligatory press release gush from Hugo Langras, Afrojack’s manager. “This deal is an ideal combination of Wall Recordings’ strength as an independent with the worldwide marketing and distribution infrastructure that UMG can provide us with. We are very happy with this agreement, as it will allow us to take Afrojack’s career as a recording artist to the next level, while safeguarding his independence and stature in the EDM world.”

Let’s hope the deal includes driving lessons.

Afrojack Buys $240k Ferrari, Wrecks It An Hour Later

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Just because you can mix records doesn’t mean you know how to drive. Shortly after purchasing a brand new red Ferrari 458 Italia, Dutch DJ/producer Afrojack (a.k.a Nick van de Wall) tweeted, “I made a new friend!!!” But the friendship went sour no less than an hour later as Afrojack promptly crashed his new luxury ride. He tweeted, “Ok that sucks. Good thing we’re all ok!!!! Lesson in life: don’t drive a Ferrari in sh*t weather!”

After fans inquired as to why he’s smiling in the picture he posted, he responded: “For everyone thats asking me why im smiling: its a car, i have a great family and just as great fans!! love all of you!”

In unrelated news Afrojack later tweeted that he’s having a secret listening party for his album today in Holland. Our advice? Stick to music, Nick, and leave the driving to the experts!

DJs Don’t React to Forbes’ Highest-Paid DJ List on Twitter

DJs regularly take to Twitter to express their feelings — to promote an upcoming release or show, vent or share thoughts or be a little silly with their followers. With Forbes (a business new and financial publication that’s become obsessed with DJ culture) recently publishing its list of highest-paid DJs (see below), we thought Twitter would be awash with commentary — both positive, negative and indifferent — from DJs.

Well, we scoured Twitter looking for opinions on the aforementioned topic and came up empty.

Aside from a congratulatory tweet from Dillon Francis and retweets of the article by Addison Groove and Funkmaster Flex, even the most opinionated jocks were silent on Forbes‘ list. Even more curious was that not one DJ had a word to say about DJ Pauly D of MTV’s Jersey Shore fame earning an estimated $11 million.

Perhaps the old proverb is true after all: when money speaks, the truth is silent.

Forbes’ List of Top-Paid DJs

1. Tiësto: $22 million
2. Skrillex: $15 million
3. Swedish House Mafia: $14 million
4. David Guetta: $13.5 million
5. Steve Aoki: $12 million
6. Deadmau5: $11.5 million
7. DJ Pauly D: $11 million
8. Kaskade: $10 million
9. Afrojack: $9 million
10. Avicii: $7 million

Paris Hilton’s DJ Skills Called Out On Diss Track

Diss tracks are a common weapon feuding rappers, but they’ve popped up over the years in other musical genres. While many in the global DJ community were appalled at Paris Hilton’s debut DJ set last month on Sao Paulo, Brazil — many DJs took their opinions to Twitter — New York City DJ Jane Bang decided to put her mixing where he mouth is and called out the heiress on a new track. In “Put Your Hands Up For The DJ’s” Bang tears into Hilton, calling her a “fake DJ” who “can’t mix for s**t.” “B**ch you ain’t no DJ … You a fake DJ … You didn’t mix that track … You f**kin iTunes’d that!… Better keep sucking on that Afrojack d@#k….”

Will Hilton respond to Bang calling her out? We’re going to bet not, but you never know. You can hear Bang’s track exclusively on her latest podcast, which also features non-diss tracks from Wolfgang Gartner, Santigold and Nero.

‘Can U Feel It’ – The UMF Experience Debuts on March 22

Can U Feel It-The UMF Experience will debut in over 500 theaters for one-night only across America on March 22. The film documents Ultra Music Festival 2011 and was shot in HD. The movie features an array of global dance music luminaries including Tiësto, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Afrojack, Fedde Le Grand, Boys Noize and more. Watch the full movie trailer here: