[CONTEST] Andrew Rayel - Meet & Greet, August 15th @ PACHA NYC

AUG. 1, 2014


Andrew Rayel has been named the unofficial heir to the throne of trance, and he has even been suspected of one day filling the shoes of the great Armin van Buuren himself. 

Our competition to win a chance for you and a friend to meet & greet Andrew Rayel has officially gone live!

So what does the prize involve?

We are giving away the chance for one person and their friend to win Meet and Greet tickets to ANDREW RAYEL's performance at Pacha NYC on Friday, August 15th. The winner will be treated to a meet/greet with ANDREW RAYEL in the Pacha greenroom prior to his set .

How do you win this awesome prize?

To be in the running simply answer the question below and LIKE Andrew Rayel’s Facebook Fanpage

"What is your favorite track on ANDREW RAYEL’s new album, Find Your Harmony (Armada Music) and why?"

We will announce the winner at 9:00 am on Thursday, August 14th.

Good Luck!


[Preview] Justin Jay’s Long-awaited Single, “Bounce and Break”

AUG 1, 2014

Los Angeles’ rising underground talent, Justin Jay, releases the preview of his long-awaited single, “Bounce and Break,” that is set for a free release on Wednesday, August 6th. In celebration of his HARD Summer performance this weekend, this Dirtybird-affiliated house music specialist is giving back to his loyal fans with his song that caught the attention of the masses after Claude VonStroke opened his set with it at last year’s festival.

Preview Justin Jay’s “Bounce and Break” BELOW.

In ”Bounce and Break,” Justin Jay takes listeners through a fresh take on his signature low-end heavy sound, crafting tribal rhythms, distorted synth lines, and a halftime breakdown around the original DJ Spinn sample. Catch Justin Jay live this Saturday from 3:05-4:05pm in the Pink Tent at HARD Summer, and stay tuned for the ”Bounce and Break” release next week.

Justin Jay:




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As GRiZ continues to work his way across North America rocking festival after festival with his sax-drenched mix of electro, hip-hop, and funk, he will be stopping by KCRW's studio in LA tomorrow for an exclusive LIVE performance and interview on the Morning Becomes Eclectic show hosted by Jason Bentley.


GRiZ Performs Live On KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic Show

GRiZ Hits The Decks At Hard Summer LA

Not content with merely taking over the airwaves, GRiZ will also be hitting the stage at HARD Summer LA on Saturday, and as the New York Times called him “the most crowd pleasing DJ” at Hudson Project a few weeks ago, the Detroit native is sure to bring the same fire to the west coast that he brought to the east.

Following his LA takeover, GRiZ will be traveling across Canada, making stops at VELD in Toronto and Shambhala in Salmo, among others, and then will return to the states for several shows, including a few stops of the Mad Decent Block Party tour. Clearly, GRiZ is an artist to pay attention to this summer, so be sure to catch him on KCRW tomorrow and at a festival near you.

GRiZ US Tour Dates:
8/2 - HARD Summer 2014 - South El Monte, CA
8/3 - VELD Music Festival - Toronto, CA 
8/22 - Mad Decent Block Party - Denver, CO
8/23 - Mad Decent Block Party - Nashville, TN
8/30 - Electric Zoo - New York, NY
8/31 - North Coast - Chicago, IL
9/26 - Tomorrow World - Atlanta, GA


[Free Download] Grandtheft Exclusive Triple J Mix + Tour Dates

JULY 31, 2014

After a completely sold out tour in Australia and New Zealand, Toronto native GRANDTHEFT returns to North America with a brand new mix for Triple J featuring exclusive remixes and tracks from Keys N Krates, Torro Torro, Autoerotique & 4B, Electric Mantis, and more, with an unreleased edit of “Studio” by Schoolboy Q.

"The response from the Australian tour was amazing," says Grandtheft. "The mix contains a ton of new music I am feeling right now, some inspiring new Aussie music, and a couple of my new songs and remixes that I’m really excited about!"



Following his performance at Ministry of Sound UK with Borgore, Grandtheft continues his journey across North America the rest of the summer, including multiple stops on the Mad Decent Block Party Tour, North Coast Music FestivalMade in America FestivalShambala FestivalSummersalt Festival, and many more.
31-Jul-14 /  Haven / Atlantic City, NJ
02-Aug-14 / Ministry of Sound /  London, UK
08-Aug-14 / Aragon Music Hall / McAllen, TX
09-Aug-14 / Mad Decent Block Party / Brooklyn, NY
10-Aug-14 / Shambhala / Salmo, BC
11-Aug-14 /Tommy Africas / Whistler, BC
15-Aug-14 / Mad Decent Block Party / Toronto, ON
16-Aug-14 / Q Nightclub / Seattle, WA
17-Aug-14 / Mad Decent Block Party / Las Vegas, NV
21-Aug-14 / Surrender / Las Vegas, NV
22-Aug-14 / Summer Invasion, Regina, SK
23-Aug-14 / La Carnita / Toronto, ON
29-Aug-14 / Webster Hall / New York, NY
30-Aug-14 / North Coast Music Festival / Chicago, IL
31-Aug-14 / Made in America Festival / Los Angeles, CA
05-Sep-14 / Mad Decent Block Party / Calgary, AB
05-Sep-14 / Whiskey Bar / Portland, OR
06-Sep-14 / Life in Color / Windsor, ON
13-Sep-14 / Summersalt / San Francisco, CA
19-Sep-14 / Allure / St. Johns, NL
20-Sep-14 / HELM / Halifax, NS
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[Out Now] Debut album Andrew Rayel - Find Your Harmony

JULY 31, 2014

Andrew Rayel has positioned himself to be one of the most influential producers in the trance game. That’s a lot of pressure for an ordinary person, but then again, Andrew Rayel is far from ordinary. Achieving more before his 20th birthday than many do in their entire lives, it was about time for the young talent to show what he could really do in an album.

Taking his cues from the legends before him, ‘Find Your Harmony' is constructed like an impenetrable tank - everything about this record is designed to fit right in with the upper crust of trance albums.

A quick glance through the credits of this record, and you’ll see that just about every tune is a solo effort from Rayel. The fact that he can produce such a large volume of massive tunes without any help whatsoever is a feat in and of itself, but when he teams up with Armin for the instantly recognizable ‘EIFORYA’, the record kicks into an even higher gear.

Exceptional vocalists join the young prodigy, such as: Christian Burns, Jonathan Mendelsohn, Alexandra Badoi, Sylvia Tosun, Lira Yin, Jano, and Jwaydan. With this record, Andrew Rayel not only realizes the talent that’s always been inside him - he also forever carves his place in trance history.

Available on iTunes

Stay tuned for our Andrew Rayel Meet & Greet Contest!

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[Out Now] Etienne Ozborne, Zoltan Kontes & Ronn Carroll - Get On Up

JULY 31, 2014


Long-time Zulu Records favorites, Etienne Ozborne and Zoltan Kontes, are back doing what they do best: delivering the tastiest cuts in straight-up house music.  A bona fide club anthem and designed very much with this summer’s dance floors in mind, it’s easy to see why ‘Get On Up’ has been constant rotation since the promos went out and why the track has more than likely had you stomping across the dance floor more than once already.
Featuring the vocals of house legend and Axwell / Bob Sinclair collaborator, Ronn Carroll, Get On Up does exactly what it says on the tin.  With the likes of Cedric Gervais, Crazibiza, Danny Howard, Federico Scavo, My Digital Enemy, Robbie Rivera, Futuristic Polar Bears, Will Gold and Phunk Investigation all on board, expect Get On Up to drop in a set near you very soon.
Etienne Ozborne has featured on Zulu Records more than nearly any other artist on the roster; his last release on Zulu, ‘Can You Feel It’, was one of the label’s biggest sellers of 2013 and his remix of Jerome Robins & The Dolly Rockers ‘What About My Love’ reached #2 in the Beatport house chart.  Returning this time with Zoltan Kontes and Ronn Carroll, it’s easy to see why expectations are high for this release.

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dirtybird BBQ Hits Brooklyn August 17th: Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy + Many More

JULY 30, 2014

Smack those lips and move those hips, dirtybird is finally taking it’s legendary BBQ party on the road!  Brooklyn, Detroit, Los Angeles, Toronto, and San Francisco will all get to experience the good times that were already had in Miami back in March. Label chief, Claude VonStroke and superstar Justin Martin will be hosting all five cities with a variation of line-ups representing the entire label.

dirtybird was founded around a grill in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park many years ago and the ethos underpinning the label has remained the same ever since – good times, good people, good food and above all good jams. Come see the whole crew entertain on the decks with their signature bass-driven brand of house music while chef Grillson retains his title as the hardest working man in show business cooking thousands of burgers, dogs and carne asada.

dirtybird’s Miami BBQs have hosted legendary performances from Phife Dawg, Just Blaze and De La Soul, highlighting the dirtybird house label’s deep hip-hop roots. This March dirtybird also released their first BBQ themed compilation featuring the number #1 house record on Beatport for over 10 weeks.

Do not miss what promises to be one of the most down to earth, fun party series of the year. And get your grub on while you’re at it.

Tickets and more info here:

BBQ tour dates and times below:

Aug 17 Brooklyn, NY  - Verboten Stage One 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Claude VonStroke
Justin Martin
Kill Frenzy
Christian Martin
Justin Jay
+ Special Guests

Aug 31 Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Lot 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Claude VonStroke
Justin Martin
Christian Martin

Sept 7 Toronto, ON - Sherboune Common 1:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Justin Martin
Christian Martin
Justin Jay

Sept 14 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island 12 PM - 8:00 PM
Claude VonStroke
Justin Martin
Christian Martin
+ Special Guests

November Los Angeles - TBA
Claude VonStroke
Justin Martin
Eats Everything
Christian Martin
+ More

Check out the dirtybird BBQ compilation below:


Bebe Rexha - I Can’t Stop Drinking About You (The Chainsmokers Remix)

JULY 30, 2014


All summer, we’ve been anxiously waiting for The Chainsmokers' (known to us, as Drew & Alex) quirky and hilarious emails. But knowing they’ve had their hands full promoting #SELFIE the globe over.  We didn’t hold our breaths. After all, they’re platinum artists now and we’re mere mortals. But this morning, the NY duo reminded us why we love them in the first place. They always take their time to craft these uber funny emails. Jokes aside, the guys gave us the quick rundown on what they’ve been up to while on the road (See the recap of Selfie Tour, below) and their exciting new projects.

Proudly dishing on the soon to be released follow up to “SELFIE" titled, "KANYE" out next week, August 5th. Plus, they’ve remixed Bebe Rexha's track, “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You"  (preview below).

Release Dates:

Kanye availabe on iTunes August 5th

I Can’t Stop Drinking About You (The Chainsmokers Remix) available in September on iTunes via Warner.



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Verboten August 2014 Music Lineup

JULY 30, 2014


August 1 BrEaCh / Worthy / Anna Lunoe
Following the release of his debut album Welcome To The Best Years Of Your Life, vocalist, DJ, and producer Ben Westbeech, also known as BrEaCh, toured the world both as a live act and as a DJ at prestigious events and clubs around the world. Now, following the success of his late 2013 hit “Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)” featuring Andreya Triana, BrEaCh embarks on a summer tour with his first August stop at Verboten.

With an in-depth knowledge of production, mixing, and performance, Worthy has the insight to play for his audience, cultivating intense positive energy on the dance floor that can only be portrayed as superhuman. His sound can be described as organic breakbeats with a mix of future house, 80’s, booty bass, and techno. Worthy has an original flavor that will amp you up, leaving you fiending for more.

Combining her broad-scope view of pop culture, with a love of dance music old and new, Anna Lunoe combines deep knowledge with an innate instinct and passion for what is next. She juggles a variety of genres, always seamlessly, with sophistication and originality - and she always keeps the dance floor moving, adding a feminine edge to club music in a way that only she can.

August 2 Ejeca / Urulu / Scarlett Etienne / John Dill + Reka Nyari Art Show
Ejeca may be based on the outskirts of the nu-house music mecca of Belfast, however his musical roots have been firmly planted from an early age being brought up on 90s garage house. Experimenting with many genres, his trademark vocal driven emotive sound flows in all of his productions. Now firmly established as a reputable purveyor of high quality house and techno, Ejeca takes a further step in his career with the recent launch of his brand new label Exploris. It’s safe to say Ejeca has got his hands full as he maintains a worldwide DJ tour schedule, continues to keep us guessing with his musical output and lays the foundation for the next stage of his career with Exploris.
With evocative and emotive productions showcasing a stripped back, classic feel, Urulu’s sounds are a throwback to the lost generation of smoother groove-makers. Resident Advisor best describes him as someone with “an impressively complete grasp of what makes a classic house cut.” His forthcoming releases include the anticipated release on the forward-thinking label Manucci’s Mistress and a second helping on Jacques Renault’s Let’s Play House (US).

August 7 Night Slugs Fade To Mind: Phuture [live] / L-Vis 1990 / Kingdom + more
Phuture is a Chicago based group founded in 1985 by DJ Pierre, Spanky and Herb J. The group’s 1987 release “Acid tracks” lay claim to being the first-ever Acid house record using Roland’s TB-303 that kick started a whole new genre of music that has been emulated by countless artists around the world. After a 20 year break apart, original members Pierre and Spanky are back together. Now with newest member Lothario Lee, they plan on picking up where they left off. Creating music that changes the game once again and pushing their sound even further than before.
As L-Vis 1990, James Connolly has been releasing a singular brand of club music free of rules and genres since dropping his eponymous debut EP in 2008. Yes, we understand if you’re skeptical—everyone claims to be a rule-breaker these days. But try putting into words the music on his and Bok Bok’s inimitable Night Slugs label or any of his tracks and remixes over the past few years and it should quickly become apparent that L-Vis 1990 has been doing things just a little bit differently. 2014 looks set to be the year that James and Night Slugs reaffirm their place at the forefront of progressive club music.

Los Angeles-based DJ / producer Kingdom rose to public acclaim with his debut single “Mind Reader” (released on Fool’s Gold in early 2010), a collaboration with big-voiced NYC diva Shyvonne. But even before “Mind Reader,” Kingdom had been deeply involved in Bok Bok & Lvis-1990′s London-based Night Slugs collective, having had his European debut at their second-ever club night. It was his mixtapes that first alerted Night Slugs’ attention. His debut 2006 mixtape fused grime, crunk, US club, and house with his unique adaptations of R&B vocals. On his debut Night Slugs EP That Mystic, Kingdom delivered five tracks that reference many of the aforementioned genres, but also possess a completely individual, otherworldly gleam.

August 8 Cajmere [residency launch] / Motez / Shiba San
Green Velvet (aka Cajmere) studied chemical engineering at the University of Illinois, where he exposed himself to the energetic culture and lifestyle of house. In 1991, midway though graduate school, Cajmere returned to Chicago to pursue his dream of producing house music. Following the success of his #2 Billboard Dance Chart and International dance hit - “Brighter Days,” Cajmere decided to start Cajual Records over 20 years ago. Having his own label gave Cajmere the autonomy to attain his goal of developing a sound that was representative of Chicago - thus, putting Chicago back on the map. Verboten is excited to announce the launch of his residency in August. Listen to Cajmere’s alter-ego Green Velvet’s Essential Mix here.

Baghdad-born, honorary Southern Australian Motez is breaking all kinds of rules and winning over hearts and ears in the process as one of the freshest electronic producers to come out of Australia. Widely respected for his ingenious, innovative remixes of some of R&B and pop’s biggest names, Motez is a computer whizkid who also happens to be a devoted musical appreciator, and his mixes have been the back bone of most DJ sets you hear out there.

With a background in hip hop going back many years, DJ and producer Shiba San has been creating quite a stir recently with his deep house / ghetto house influenced productions. His recent release “Okay” effortlessly became a contender for our 2014 summer soundtrack, and it’s currently making some serious rounds on the club circuit. It’s fair to say that Shiba San is primed and ready to blow. You can’t escape the feeling that this could be the start of something big.

August 9 Fur Coat / Amirali / Walker + Royce / Scarlett Etienne
Hailing originally from Venezuela, and now based in Barcelona, Fur Coat’s story is one of passion for salsa and soul, blended with love for electronic music. Since the release their debut EP in 2010, Fur Coat has seen success from their track  “You and I” featuring vocals from Cari Golden in 2012, and remixes for heavy hitters like Timo Maas and Robert Owens. September 2014 will see their much-anticipated return to Crosstown Rebels as they release a killer four-track EP that you are already hearing across dance floors globally.

It was early 2012 that ripples of hype started to reverberate around an unknown artist by the name of Amirali. Since then, he continues to astound his fans with killer remixes for the likes of Bpitch Control, My Favorite Robot & Distiller Records. He also released brand new music in the form of ‘Melancholia EP’ on Crosstown Rebels, which received widespread support from BBC Radio 1, culminating in him being invited to perform live at the very first video broadcast of the highly coveted BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Major plans are already afoot for 2014 for Amirali. He is preparing to launch his own record label this summer, which promises to be an extension of his broad musical palette.

Since their remix of SAARID’s “Future Lately” launched them into the dance music mainstream, Walker & Royce's music has been supported by Sasha, Maceo Plex, Pete Tong, Catz N Dogz, Danny Daze, Tensnake, Jaymo & Andy George, Maxxi Soundsystem, Hector Romero, Jozif, Kolombo, Treasure Fingers, and Waifs & Strays, to name a few. Now, the Brooklyn natives are back in New York City to give fans more of the emotive, subdued and groove-heavy deep house that they love.

August 14 Moon Boots / Stadenco
Moon Boots has been traveling the world finding solace in the soothing sounds of underground disco and R&B boogie records, taking Verboten on a galactic groove ride this month. Check out his latest track “Whatever You Need” on SoundCloud.

After receiving a music education from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, with a focus on music production and engineering, Stadenco gradually transitioned to playing the quirky, dirty house that he is known for today. Stadenco has shared the decks with the likes of Craig Richards, Loco Dice, James Zabiela, Chris Duckenfield, Tom Middleton, Stacey Pullen, Damian Lazarus, Pete Heller, and Kevin Saunderson.

August 15 Verboten + Push The Night: Nick Curly / Santé / Just Be [Bushwacka!] / Eelke Kleijn / Omid 16B
Nick Curly’s productions and the music released on his labels has come to be known as the Mannheim sound – a deep tech house style that is loopy and involving, folding you into the groove with each rotation as various elements of soul and melodic beauty infuse the spaces left behind.

Berlin’s Santé emerged as part of a wave of new producers with a different cut to their electronic jib around the time that deep house was losing its way somewhat. His productions ooze character, charisma, soul, color, humor and above all a sense of humanity. With his impressive release schedule to boot, including his long-awaited debut artist album, he’s looking to be bigger than ever over the coming months.

Just Be was swept up by the electronic revolution and since, his output has been phenomenal. With six artist albums and a seventh due this year, he has produced over 120 remixes, and 160 tracks for labels such as XL Recordings, End Recordings and his own labels Olmeto, Plank and Oblong. He has held many guises in his journey through electronic music. Launching his career as Matthew B in the midst of the UK acid house explosion, and more recently Just Be, and Bushwacka! his continual evolution and thirst for new sounds has ingrained his many identities across the international club scene.

Eelke Kleijn is a rare talent. With work stretching across movie trailer scores, deep live shows and incredibly well formed production, he crosses a boundary from electronic producer and in to a true modern day composer. With peers and tastemakers standing up for this unmistakable imagination, the Rotterdam based music maker’s potential has no bounds.

Omid 16B: As a DJ and producer, songwriter, musician and label boss, Omid 16B has forged a unique and prolific career as one of the world’s most talented and respected musicians and producers. With an impressive discography of singles, LPs and compilation albums released on his own imprints, Omid has maintained the highest quality throughout his prolific career without any commercial compromise.

August 16 Trouble & Bass + Say Yes: DJ EZ / NEVERMIND / DJ Technics / UNiiQU3 / Star Eyes / Tony Quattro / Jubilee / Copout
Working his magic behind the ones and twos since the late 80s, DJ EZ started his career at the age of 15 and, like many of his contemporaries, playing out the latest house and hardcore rave jams on Tottenham’s short-lived yet influential pirate radio Dimensions FM and Freek 101.8 FM, before becoming a major voice on Kiss 100. At the advent of UK garage and bassline, EZ was one of the burgeoning scene’s main proponents with his “Pure Garage” mixtape/compilation series, making sure the uniquely British and gritty blending of house, rave, sweet R&B and gutter aesthetics has never lost its grip, two decades and counting.

NEVERMIND is made up of Grenier (aka DJG), who has released deep dubstep on Tectonic and Transistor and 4x4 sounds on Salva’s Frite Nite, as well as producing the latest Archie Pelago album; and Petey Clicks, who has broken away from his Clicks & Whistles duo and is currently pumping out some quality UK-style house for AC Slater’s Party Like Us label. The duo’s debut release, Part One, is out on Trouble & Bass on July 29, with a second EP forthcoming late August. Meanwhile, check out their their debut mix on THUMP here, which highlights everything from grime to UK garage to bassline house.  

DJ Technics was the creator of the legendary Madhouse / Clubtrax mixtapes on clear cassettes which were the prototype for Baltimore Club evolution. His unique brand of Baltimore club is very strongly rooted in Baltimore’s history of soul, funk, house and disco. He’s a veteran of music and renowned vinyl lover who has provided the sample sources for many Jersey club classic tracks over the years. His vast knowledge of music makes him one of the most versatile and skilled DJs and producers.

With her signature style of Jersey club, UNiiQU3 holds an enviable mix of impeccable production skill and tempered, rhythmic eccentricity, along with her confident rap flow on her own cuts, that distinguishes her tracks. When it comes to her DJ sets be sure to expect the unexpected as they’re composed with a wide range of genre’s from Jersey/Philly/Baltimore club, juke, hip hop/trap, pop, ballroom/vogue, moombahton, reggae & more.

A founding member of the world-renowned Trouble & Bass crew, Star Eyes causes mayhem around the world with DJ sets that swiftly connect the dots between house, grime, dubstep, and American underground sounds from Miami, New Jersey, Chicago and beyond. With world-class skills and a troublemaker’s attitude to match, Star Eyes has definitely earned the title “Brooklyn’s queen of heavy bass.”

New York native Tony Quattro has established himself on the local scene, signed to Trouble and Bass along with Sheffield’s Bad Taste Records. His records, referencing a variety of styles but settling at none, have helped Quattro to develop a sound of his own. With continued support from the likes of Diplo and A-Trak, Tony Quattro is in the perfect position to blow-up.

Jubilee is a producer/DJ and member of the Mixpak family. A transplant from South Florida, she mixes her foundations of Miami bass with sounds she’s picked up along the way, ranging from house to grime to hip hop and dancehall. Be sure to check out her recent JMZ Riddim and Pull Ova EPs on SoundCloud and tune into her Mixpak Sound System show every Tuesday on Radio Lily.

August 17 The dirtybird BBQ: Claude VonStroke / Justin Martin / Kill Frenzy / Christian Martin / Justin Jay / Ardalan + special guest
Verboten is pleased to present the Brooklyn edition of the infamous dirtybird BBQ at a special location TBA with an afterparty at Verboten to follow.

Barclay Crenshaw created the quirky alias Claude VonStroke in 2005 and went on to become one of the most well respected label owners and DJs in dance music. Since the creation of dirtybird, Claude has continued to be the dedicated A&R man, signing over 100 EPs and demonstrating his incredible ear for what works on the dance-floor. This September, a much-anticipated third artist album will come from the dirtybird chief. Check out a preview of his new single “Eye I Eye” here.

Justin Martin initially pricked the ears of the electronic music community in 2003 with his first record “The Sad Piano” on Ben Watt’s Buzzin’ Fly label. Mentored by fellow super producer Claude VonStroke, Justin was intrinsically involved with the development of dirtybird records, appearing on its first four releases. His sound is typically described as “melodic and tough” with his music encapsulating both melody and emotional depth yet always with enough undeniable ass-shaking properties to translate to the floor.

Kill Frenzy worked his way into the production game rather fast after discovering the fast dirty booty house tracks coming from Chicago and Detroit at the age of 17. Not wanting to limit himself to just one style he started working on producing various styles including house, techno, tech-house, and minimal. In 2012 Kill Frenzy debuted on dirtybird with “Make that Booty Clap” featuring DJ Funk, which became a track widely known across the world.

Since 1995, Christian Martin has been exploring electronic music from full-moon parties in the deserts of California to the thumping, dark corners of the London club scene. He set the standard for a new era of die-hard dedicated DIY producers in 2003 when he bought his first sound system, and since then his devotion to large-scale bass has allowed him to champion the dirtybird sound out of the park and onto giant soundsystems at clubs and festivals worldwide.

After catching ears in 2010 when he won a DJ contest sponsored by DJ Mag, Justin Jay landed an apprenticeship at Atlantic Records with DJ Frank E working on dance-infused pop and hip-hop. With a true calling for groovy deep house and raunchy tech, Justin is back to making all sorts of unique electronic music within the underground scene of the industry.

Ardalan possesses a fresh perspective on music genesis without even trying. His mixes, remixes and dubs are known for their sass and energy, but his original tracks are where his efforts shine. His ability to whip out hits that work equally well from the dankest basements to the most opulent dance floors is the greatest strength in his music.

August 22 Acid Pauli / Subb-an / Bedouin / Scarlett Etienne
Acid Pauli started to play bass guitar in a punk/indie band in the late eighties, while at the same time he started to be interested in the evolution of electronic music and their instruments. A member of The Notwist, taking care of electronic sounds and touring the world, solo project Acid Pauli is a club-oriented liveset that over the years morphed into an advanced DJ set, incorporating not only techno and house, but all different kinds of music, whilst always remaining on the dancefloor.

Subb-an’s rapid rise to prominence as a DJ, producer and one of the most exiting new British live acts of recent years is testament to his hard work, natural talent and wholehearted commitment to electronic music. Named as DJ Magazines ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ in their 2011 end of year awards, Subb-an’s prodigious studio talents have seen him release on Crosstown Rebels, Spectral, Saved and My Favorite Robot and deliver much lauded remixes of Jamie Woon, Lana Del Rey, Noir & Haze and Hollis P Monroe over recent months. Outside of the studio he is a regular feature at clubs and festivals all over the world.

Tamer Malki and Rami Deejay (Abousabe) are staples on the East Coast, with long-standing residencies in Boston and New York City, separately honing the craft alongside the scene’s most recognizable names. But when they joined together as the production and DJ duo Bedouin, the sum of their parts led to something on another level. Their productions speak for themselves, with recent releases on Supernature and Get Physical, forthcoming on All Day I Dream and Kindisch.

August 23 Safer At Night: Felix Da Housecat [residency launch] / Curses
After reinventing himself and spearheading an entire new genre with his 80’s-inspired album Kittenz (And Thee Glitz) which remains a stone cold classic to this day, Felix Da Housecat is back in a big way. Brimming with passion for music once again, and with so much in store including a global tour, a live BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and his own signature headphones, this is the year that Felix Da Housecat reclaims his position amongst the upper echelons of dance music. Verboten is excited to announce the launch of his residency in August.

Following singles “Watch & Do” and “Deliver” Curses expanded his fan base massively, and ended 2013 on a high note. With EP’s lined up for Let’s Play House and Throne Of Blood, 2014 should prove to be an exciting year for the Brooklyn native.
August 28 Summer of Love: Pat Mahoney + friends
Pat Mahoney [LCD Soundsystem / DFA] settles into Verboten for the return of his Summer of Love residency. Expect nothing but sexy summertime jams and vibes for days from Pat and a rotating cast of special guests.

August 29 Susanne Bartsch + Dreamhouse present The Dog Days of KUNST!
Susanne Bartsch is New York City’s patron saint of transformation and inclusion. The parties she’s thrown for three decades—from Paris to Tokyo—have provided a venue for countless creative souls and “creatures” to express themselves, come together and forget the hum-drum of the everyday. Launching in 1987, her weekly parties became the place to see and be seen for a trendsetting group of New Yorkers and ushered in a new era in nightlife, one that mixed uptown and downtown, gay and straight, chic and street. Susanne has become notorious for the beautiful, strange, and outlandishly dressed people who flock to her events. The colorful crowds have followed her for 3 decades and still gather at her current weekly bashes in New York and special events around the world.

August 30 Push The Night: Hernan Cattaneo B2B Guy J / Brad Miller
Hernan Cattaneo is that special breed. Across his three decade journey through music, the legendary South American DJ has lived his life through the music that inspires him; inspiring thousands of electronic music lovers across the globe in the process. As a respected label owner and producer, Cattaneo’s creative output remains as plentiful as ever. In just two years, his Sudbeat label has risen up as a leading light in melodic electronic music – regularly releasing material from names like Guy J, Henry Saiz, Nick Warren and Danny Howells. Hernan’s own tracks have provided other highlights in the label’s growing discography, with the Argentinean electronic music ambassador currently working on many studio projects.

Israeli producer Guy J has established himself as one of the most sophisticated and emotive producers in electronic music of the last decade, with a body of work and a sphere of influence that belies relatively short time in the spotlight. Whether it be his sensual, hypnotic take on house music, his deeply textured techno or his wondrous ambient material, his work is always touched with a magic and emotion that few rival.

The New York based event series by Brad Miller, 'Push The Night' explores the deeper and stronger sides of underground dance music. Mixing elements of house, techno, and progressive, newbie Brad Miller is one to watch. After breaking out into the nightclub circuit and building momentum spinning at clubs such as Contour, Watertown, The Last Supper Club, and Trinity, he is now a mainstay in the New York City scene. Following the success of his show “Push The Night” which broke the top 20 most popular music podcasts on iTunes, Miller continues to make a name for himself as a leader of the new generation of DJs.


[Watch] Spring Awakening 2014 Recap

JULY 29, 2014


On June 13th, 14th, & 15th, Spring Awakening Music Festival (SAMF) returned to Chicago at the historic Soldier Field for the third year in a row, with over 100,000 people in attendance over the course of three days. SAMF brought together some of the biggest names in electronic dance music, with Tiesto, Pretty Lights, and Kaskade closing out each night, along with Knife Party, Diplo, Big Gigantic, Steve Aoki, Flux Pavilion, Eric Prydz,  and many more. 

The festival also showcased the most influential labels in dance music taking over The Hanger Stage, including OWSLA & Fool’s Gold Records with Kill the Noise & A-trak, Dirtybird & Cajual Records with a rare back-to-back DJ set from Claude VonStroke & Green Velvet, and Buygore Records & Dirty Dutch with Borgore & Chuckie!


[Out Now] Rusko “!” EP on Universal/FMLY Records

JULY 29, 2014

has not simply returned to the scene, he’s created a new one. Hailed as one of the pioneers of Dubstep, Chris Mercer – aka Rusko – once again proves why he is regarded as one of the most influential artists in the world of electronic music today as he releases his ground-breaking new EP “!” – out now via Universal/FMLY Records.


Since dropping ‘Sunshower’ – the first single to be taken from the EP – at the beginning of the month, the bass boss has been gradually teasing tracks, garnering support from music authorities such as Rolling Stone, Mixmag, This Song Is Sick and Dancing Astronaut as he goes.


On “!” Rusko demonstrates the musical diversity that has seen him remain at the top of his game throughout his illustrious career, creating a five-track genre-less sound exploration that is set to turn the world of bass on its head. Whether it’s the tropical trap tinged ‘Sunshower’, filthy funk of Drum n Bass banger ‘Like A Boss’, future bass cut ‘Happy Chords’, the ass-grinding ‘My Style’ or embarking on a video-game inspired trip for finale ‘Rusko’s Theme’, with “!” the prolific producer has ensured an explosive homecoming.


With headline dates across Europe throughout the summer, the recent announcement of a massive North American tour as well as the promise that this is the beginning of a host of new material the dub don is preparing to unleash: brace yourself, Rusko is just getting warmed up.

Buy on ITunes: Rusko “!” EP


[Electric Zoo Update] Beaport Stage To Debut at this Year’s Festival

JULY 29, 2014

, the principal online destination for electronic music culture, is pleased to announce it will for the first time host a stage at the 6th annual Electric Zoo Festival, New York City’s premier electronic music festival, produced by Made Event. Beatport and Made Event are both SFX Entertainment, Inc. companies.
Beatport is taking over the Riverside stage for the entirety of the three-day festival, held over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29 – 31, at Randall’s Island Park in New York. The Beatport Stage lineup features up-and-comers like Sydney, Australia’s What So Not and UK deep house talents Gorgon City, as well as legendary names such as Paul Van Dyk, Robbie Rivera and Chase & Status. Over the three-day weekend, Electric Zoo will play host to more than 135 artists. 
“From the biggest superstar to the aspirational DJ, or from progressive house to the most unique sub-genre, Beatport’s mission is to support all DJs, all styles, all genres,” said Beatport Executive Creative Director Clark Warner. “The Electric Zoo Festival is renowned for featuring the widest range of performers and music, which makes this a perfect match. We’re beyond proud to lend our name and support to this legendary event.”
“Beatport is the most recognized brand in dance music, so to have them be a part of this year’s Electric Zoo Festival is a very special feeling,” said Mike Bindra and Laura De Palma, co-CEOs of Made Event and creators of Electric Zoo. “Working with them has made it clear we share a common passion for this music and this community.”
The full lineup for the Beatport Stage at Electric Zoo is:
Friday, August 29th:
Gesaffelstein (DJ set)
Jamie XX
Bonobo (DJ set)
Gorgon City
Jeremy Olander
Saturday, August 30th:
Paul van Dyk
Cosmic Gate
Felix Cartal
Late Night Alumni
Le Castle Vania
Robbie Rivera
Sick Individuals
Swanky Tunes
Sunday, August 31st:
Chase & Status
Been Trill
Heroes x Villians
Milo & Otis
What So Not 

has also created a custom landing page for the Electric Zoo Festival on ( where fans can stream mixes from the performing DJs, browse DJ charts, see the official Electric Zoo trailer, and more.
Electric Zoo NY General Admission, VIP Experience, Platinum Experience 3-Day and Single-Day passes are on sale now at


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