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Exclusive Interview: Kill Frenzy

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Exclusive Interview: Kill Frenzy

In addition to catching a phenomenal show Club Output in Brooklyn, NY, we were able to briefly chat with Kill Frenzy about the mystery voice behind several tracks on his debut album, artists he has worked (and would love to work) with, and what’s to come for the remainder of the year. Check out what went down below!

EPIC PRODUCTIONS: In Claude Vonstroke's recent guest appearance on Rinse FM, he stated that you sampled your own voice on many of the Taylr Swft tracks! Any other interesting samples or quirky sounds you've experimented with on that album/recent collabs that you can share with us?

I did. I do it out of necessity, really, because I don't know anybody who can do vocals for me, and I don't have the patience to wait for vocals from somebody. Although, I would love to work more with other peoples’ voices! I made all of the vocals for “No Panties,” All Night Long,” and “So Fine,” but I need [to do] a lot of processing on the computer to make it sound good… Like that South Park episode about Lorde!

EPIC PRODUCTIONS: Past, Present, OR Future: If you could choose one past artist or legend to work with, who would it be and why? Favorite artists or producers you've collaborated with recently/are working with currently that really stood out to you? What artists would you enjoy working with/plan to work with in the future?

Kraftwerk… Although I’d be scared to do it, I think. Nobody can ever be as original as Kraftwerk. They are truly the masters. I would love to make a track with Kink, just so I could see how he works. Incredible producer, that guy.

EPIC PRODUCTIONS: What can we expect from Kill Frenzy in 2015? Any dirtybird parties in the works, and/or new music you’re working on that you’re really excited about?

Oh yes, there are some great Dirtybird parties coming up - I don't know [off the top of] my head, but it will be awesome. *laughs* I am working on new music and experimenting a lot. I have a new collab with Justin Jay coming out on Pets March 15, and I also [recently] did a collab with Sacha Robotti.

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AUTHOR CREDIT: LEAH KENNEDY

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Discover the Nation's Most Beloved Underground Clubs: Part I

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Discover the Nation's Most Beloved Underground Clubs: Part I

As the wind’s bite grows duller and the snow on my rooftop deck begins to melt, I know one thing for certain: festival season is fast approaching!! As excited as we all are about basking in the sun at CRSSD, Ultra, and Coachella—to name a few—I think it is important to take a look back at some of our favorite hardworking hotspots who support local and upcoming talents and bring us solid lineups year round. Here’s the first part of a deeply abridged list of some of the nation’s most beloved underground clubs. It merits mentioning that this writer chose to view “underground” as a distinction tangential—not antithetical—to the chic “models & bottles” attitudes and big-room, mainstream EDM events. For the purposes of this article, I’ve sought out discerning, intimate clubs who continue to book quality talent according to their own tastes rather than charts, stats, or sales. Here they are in random order!

SMART BAR - CHICAGO, IL

In addition to hosting a slew of internationally renown DJs, Smart Bar is an active curatorial voice in Chicago’s richly storied deep electronic music scene. Along with a juicy lineup of resident DJs (Justin Long, The Black Madonna, & Derrick Carter to name a few), the venue has introduced a junior residency program to help foster the most promising talent—like rising stars DVS1 and Honey Dijon. Smart Bar also takes care to promote female and queer voices in the electronic spectrum with its serial Hugo Ball parties and DAPHNE happenings. If that weren’t enough, the club has recently undergone some thoughtful renovations—including upgraded lighting, a new Funktion One sound system, and the installation of a natural wood grain dance floor.

OUTPUT - BROOKLYN, NY

Output’s website really says it best:

“Output is open to anyone, but is not for everyone. Output welcomes individuals who value the communal experience of music over cameras, ropes, and bottles.”

This muscular space was engineered for atmosphere (cameras and cell phone usage is frowned upon) and the club is as well known for its attitude as it is for it’s stacked lineups. In the past two months, this heavy hitter has hosted DJ sets by Boys Noize, Claude Vonstroke, Bonobo, and Disclosure to name a few. Considering its capacity tops out at around 450, patrons are guaranteed to experience intimate, no-frills sets from their favorite DJs. The venue also features local and deeper talent nightly—like some of my favorite Brooklynites Frank & Tony of Scissor & Thread—in the adjacent Panther Room.

AVALON - HOLLYWOOD, CA

Avalon’s “underground” status doesn’t come from it’s obscurity or exclusivity, but rather it’s infamous 24 hour dance floor. In a town littered with historic clubs and kitsch-ily souped up venues, it’s hard to set yourself apart, but Avalon has come to be the club of choice for those who are slaves to the dance floor. “This is just one of those epic venues,” Dirty South told inthemix when naming Avalon in Hollywood as his favorite room to play anywhere.

“People are really up for having a crazy night and I really enjoy playing here. I get to play four to five hour sets and do pretty much whatever I feel like, and the crowd just goes for it the whole night.”

Avalon’s all night reputation combined with solid lineups featuring varied acts (Vindata, Luminox, and Covenant are all slated for spots in the coming months) make this a choice club for anyone who likes to dance the night (or morning) away.

BOSSA NOVA CIVIC CLUB - BROOKLYN, NY

This hidden gem lies deep in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn under the elevated M train tracks. Since its inception, Bossa Nova has hosted internationally renown dance DJs and producers alongside local legends. This tropical themed club is best known for solid lineups of house, techno, and a variety of deeper, alternative dance genres. Although this club has been closed for a short time for renovations, it hosted the Tunnel Vision party earlier this week with Ital, Lori Napoleon, & Greg Zifcak on the decks. Those seeking a taste of the club can also check out their “Bushwick Is Melting” compilation vinyl series featuring talent like Jacques Renault, Gavin Russom, and Aurora Halal.

THE ELECTRIC PICKLE - MIAMI, FL

Electric Pickle is another club of those club which regularly hosts intimate sets by soon-to-be-huge talents. As per the venue’s website, the Pickle is “an intimate, liquor fueled love machine, designed as a forum for creative expression and cross cultural exploration, geared towards the discerning music enthusiast.” The Pickle’s custom Dynacord sound system is the sonic envy of every other club in the recently metamorphosed Wynwood district and the venue even boasts an outdoor patio area. The club just celebrated its sixth anniversary with a massive weekender, hosting a grip of local talents like Afrobeta and Thunderpony. If that weren’t enough, this month’s WMC parties at the venue are all cohosted by Beatport.

NUMBERS - HOUSTON, TX

Numbers has been showcasing live music and dance nights for more than 36 years and is one of Houston’s oldest and most infamous venues for live local, international, and breaking alternative acts. Previous shows at this legendary underground venue include Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and Gary Numan. The crowd at Numbers is deliciously varied as the venue is all ages on show nights. It’s not unusual to see professionals in suits dancing alongside a 14 year old crust punk to an industrial remix of The Cure’s “A Forest.” Numbers’ website puts it best:

"No Dress Code, No Cocktail Waitresses, No Valet and No Attitude.”

AUTHOR CREDIT: ALEXANDRA BLAIR

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Fall Festival Guide: 5 Festivals You Won't Wanna Miss

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Fall Festival Guide: 5 Festivals You Won't Wanna Miss

Who says the fun of music festivals has to end when summer does? Don’t pack up those tents and glow sticks just yet – we have your ultimate guide to this fall’s hottest music festivals around the United States!

TomorrowWorld – Only coming into it’s second year in the states, TomorrowWorld is the sister festival of the ever-popular Tomorrowland that takes place every year in Belgium. Quite possibly the largest festival on the East Coast, TomorrowWorld will be bringing all the global love and non-stop music back to Chatahoochee Hills outside of Atlanta, Georgia September 26th-28th.

This year's lineup is completely STACKED with electronic music artists of all genres, with performances spanning across eight different stages, and live music being a constant well into the late hours of the night. Multiple stages are dedicated strictly to different genres of music including techno, dubstep, hardstyle, deep house and trance. Headliners for 2014’s TomorrowWorld include Bassnectar, David Guetta, Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Zedd- among many others, and that’s only the start. With over 300 of the world’s best DJs and producers included in the lineup, TomorrowWorld is bringing festival goers some of electronic music's legendary artists, but also some of the most talented and youngest in the game.

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TBD Fest - This fall, LAUNCH will be presenting TBD Fest - three full days, October 3rd-5th, filled with music, design, food and ideas. Formerly known as Launch, the festival will take place on the Sacramento River in West Sacramento's Bridge District with a remarkable and unforgettable view of the Sacramento skyline.

TBD Fest will be bringing some of the largest names in music to the West Coast, including Dillon Francis, Explosions in the Sky, Empire of the Sun, Gramatik, Blondie, Justice, Moby and many more. The focus of the festival's lineup is not only on the big-name headliners, but also on the activations as the festival plans to "showcase innovators and taste makers in lifestyle, technology and design." Food and drinks will be provided by some of the top and most popular restaurants and bars from the local area, and for yoga lovers out there, different classes and workshops will be available daily and taught by talented, local instructors the weekend of the festival.

To purchase tickets to TBD Fest, visit EventBrite HERE and grab them while you can. Use promo code EPICTBD and SAVE on your ticket purchase! We look forward to seeing you in Sacramento the weekend of October 3rd-5th for TBD Fest.

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Austin City Limits – Taking place in downtown Austin, Texas October 3rd-5th and October 10th-12th, Austin City Limits is music festival lasting two weekends and bringing some of the hottest acts in electronic, indie, rock, country and folk music to town. With over 100 live performers across eight stages, along with food and art displays, there is something for everybody at this fall music festival. This year's Austin City Limits lineup includes big-name producer powerhouses including Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Zedd, Major Lazer, Chromeo, The Glitch Mob, Gramatik and more!

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The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience – Halloween weekend, be sure to book your flights for New Orleans because The Voodoo Experience is a festival you won’t want to miss. This Halloween weekend marks the 16th year of Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans. For nearly two decades, Voodoo has been the host to over 2,000 artists and has brought in over 300,000 music and art lovers from around the globe. This year is no different, and the festival will take place in New Orleans' historic City Park Friday-Sunday October 31st-November 2nd.

This year, Voodoo unveiled a heavy-duty lineup stacked with Grammy nominated musical artists including Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex and Arctic Monkeys - and that's only the beginning. Big-time industry innovators and musicians including Zedd, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Flux Pavilion, Pretty Lights, Lauryn Hill, Rise Against, Fedde Le Grand, Pete Tong, Twenty One Pilots and Trombone Shorty are just a few of many popular names amongst the unforgettable multi-genre lineup. Additional artists were also just recently added to the lineup, with newly scheduled performances from John Butler Trio, The Revivalists and Nostalgia. Also announced were details for Deja Voodoo concert series, a selection of late night concerts bringing together select artists from this year's lineup along with other musical acts to local music venues around the city of New Orleans. The concert series will begin on Thursday, October 30th and continue through Saturday, November 1st, with performances by Moon Taxi, Galactic, Fishbone, The Revivalists and more. Venue locations include House of Blues, Tipitina's, Joy Theater and Gasa Gasa.

Gather up your costumes and prepare for a journey through bayous and forests to Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. Prepare yourself for a weekend of music from all genres, rich local cuisine and New Orleans culture.

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Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival – The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is a three-night electronic festival that takes place across several music venues in Brooklyn. The festival is sure to bring fans some killer performances from some of both emerging and already established artists in the electronic music industry. The festival will take place November 8th and 9th, with this year's full lineup to be announced shortly.

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AUTHOR CREDIT: AMANDA COWAN

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