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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Ravi aka Sex Ray Vision!

You have heard of Sex Ray Vision (we’ve written about him several times now), a bay area electro house DJ that in just one year became eminent with hundreds and thousands of downloads of his sick mashups, remixes and originals. He has close to 3 million views on his SRV YouTube channel, here is a taste of his genius “Mind Explosion 2011”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iqdDPLXT8E

Well now, the up and coming artist has taken a progressive step, and changed from SRV to Ravi. Our exclusive interview with the DJ was super chill and fun. We had the privilege of getting to know more about Ravi’s music and a little about who he is!

Rowdy Beats:

You used to be Sex Ray Vison, producing dope remixes and mashups. Could you tell us what prompted the change to Ravi? And more importantly, what sort of musical change will be under Ravi – will you be producing more original mixes or will your fans still have the rad remixes and mashups to look forward to?

Ravi:

I decided to change my name for a number of reasons. Mostly though I just wanted a fresh start and focus on stuff that’s a little bit different. As SRV I produced a lot of melodic, poppy house music and as Ravi I want to branch out into other EDM genres. I’m still doing a lot of the stuff that got me popular as SRV though as well, and there will be a lot of that in the future.

Rowdy Beats:

That’s interesting that you mentioned poppy and melodic as SRV. What artists are your inspiration in exploring other genres of EDM?

Ravi:

I’m into a lot of stuff right now. Artists I’ve been listening to a lot right now include TJR, Dubvision, Arty, R3hab, Swanky Tunes, Laidback Luke, Alvin Risk, … that’s just rattling off names of the stuff in my recently played queue on Spotify. I’m trying to find up-and-coming artists as well that don’t necessarily chart on the Beatport Top 100 and get tons of exposure, there’s tons of great stuff out there.

Rowdy Beats:

Can you tell us a little bit about your history with the love for music? When did you start producing/becoming interested in EDM?

Ravi:

It’s weird…I was never really into EDM as a kid but I got really into it like 3-4 years ago. Basically I always wanted to be a rockstar, but I was too lazy to learn how to play a guitar or something so I decided to start making EDM. And then of course I started listening to EDM and it all went from there…

Rowdy Beats:

[Haha] yeah I guess we all wanna be rockstars, I played guitar hero to suffice that.

You’ve had some incredible accomplishments already, including releases with Dim Mak and Epic Records, and opened for Cataracs and others. What has been your favorite set so far? And, where do you dream to play one day?

Ravi:

Wow that’s a tough question…there have been a lot of massive shows but I still enjoy doing shows at frats and small clubs where there are way too many people packed into a small room but everyone’s going crazy and having an awesome time. As for where I want to play some day…well Madeon just had a set at the New York Stock Exchange, which is one of the silliest things I’ve ever heard of, so I guess that’s my dream as well. To do a show somewhere ridiculous.

Rowdy Beats:

More on the future, what can old and new fans expect? More shows across the US? Any EPs?

Ravi:

For the future I got a lot of stuff coming up. Got a few really cool official remix opportunities on the horizon. I also have a couple vocal tracks in the pipeline, which is something I really want to get back to doing. Mostly though I just want to start exploring different styles of EDM and stuff that’s not just straight up 128 BPM electro/prog house.

Rowdy Beats:

If you could hang out for one day with one famous person in or out of music, who would it be and why?

Ravi:

Probably R Kelly. I’m pretty sure he’s one of the craziest people alive and I just want to experience that in person. Also I’m not a 15 year old girl so I probably have nothing to be afraid of.

This concluded our interview with Ravi. Check out his stuff HERE – FREE DOWNLOADS!


Interview with Reid Speed @Bassgasm 8

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Reid Speed: “Check 1,2, we are inside Bassgasm 8, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Freezing our f*cking asses off. While I get druuuuunk as f******cck.”

You grew up in New York City, one of the craziest cities in the world. What was it like to start as an electronic music artist in New York city?

“Well New York City is a very exciting place. So it was exciting to be part of that scene and at the time there were not a lot of girls doing it. So, I was lucky that the scene embraced me and allowed me to like do my thing, and it was really cool to be a part of that before Giuliani ruined everything, it was like the most exciting place in the world (laughs).”

Tell me a little bit about your music. Where do you inspirations come from? What made you take that (EDM) path?

“The music chooses itself. I am just a conduit that it flows through. I am a divining rod of music from the spirit world and I honestly have no idea what I’m gonna play until the person before me puts on their last track.”

I’ve seen that you’ve hit LA, Chicago (and all around the US). How has touring changed you as a person?

“Touring has made me realize that most of the people in the world lack manners and self-consciousness. And they are not aware of their own bad habits. But it has taught me how to be an airport ninja. And if you’ve ever seen the movie Up in the Air, I can pack a suitcase in like 10 minutes flat and it will be perfect. And I will find the shortest line in security. And I will find a place to smoke weed, and people to smoke weed with in every city around the world.”

What are plans for the future? What are your dreams?

“My dream is to open my nightclub and to bring all of the artists I love to ME. To my own house.”

Your own house?

“My own nightclub that I can have the music that I want, and that’s it. No bullshit.”

Right before you go on stage, what’s going through your head? What kind of emotions are flowing through your body right before you perform?

“Right before I perform, I’m usually a little stressed out, because usually I find, immediately when I’m supposed to start playing that whoever was using their computer before me didn’t like plug it in the right way, and usually its kind of stressful at first, but then as soon as I get started and people start responding then it’s the most amazing drug, the best high you’ll ever find in the world. It’s like better than any drug.”

Last question, do you have any interests outside of making electronic music?

“Oh my god, I love cats, I am obsessed with cats. I also like to smoke blunts, and I am the crazy bike rider. I have a crew called the West Side Riders Bass Club Crew, and we ride biked, drink mojitos, and smoke blunts all over the west side of Santa Monica.”

That was Reid Speed ladies and gentlemen, a beautiful lady who’s about to play some mean ass dubstep for us.


Big Gigantic Interview–Minneapolis Rowdy Beats Exclusive!

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One of our favorite artists, Big Gigantic graced us with this awesome interview! Dominic Lalli gave us an inside scoop into Big Gigantic and how they got to be where they are and an explanation into the dopeness that is their music. CHECK THEM OUT!


Pillowfight!

Dan The Automator. Sound familiar? It should ring a bell when in links tothe Gorillaz and Deltron 3030 amongst other artists. Well now he’s teamed up with hip-hop violinist Emily Wells to give us this dope album. The debut of this self-titled album “Pillowfight” will be released Jan 22. Listen and enjoy some jazzy tunes, sick beats, nasty rhymes, and so much more!

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Tracklist:

1. Used to Think
2. In The Afternoon
3. Rain
4. You’re So Pretty
5. Get Your Shit Together
6. Redemption
7. Get Down
8. Darlin’ Darlin’
9. You Don’t Need Me
10. I Work Hard
11. Lonely City
12. Sleeping Dogs


Rowdy Beats @ Big Gigantic TONIGHT!

Rowdy Beats will be with the awesome sounds of Big Gigantic tonight in Minneapolis, MN. Come out and enjoy the show to be featured in the live musical heaven that is the dopeness of Big Gigantic.

Here is the album “Nocturnal” – released free and downloadable for free!

If you live near the Minneapolis area, come join us and buy your tickets here.

 


Rowdy Beats @ Big Gigantic TONIGHT!

Rowdy Beats will be with the awesome sounds of Big Gigantic tonight in Minneapolis, MN. Come out and enjoy the show to be featured in the live musical heaven that is the dopeness of Big Gigantic.

Here is the album “Nocturnal” – released free and downloadable for free!

If you live near the Minneapolis area, come join us and buy your tickets here.

 


Steve Aoki Hospitalized!!

““#aokijump #174 The Hospital Gurney Jump. Ashford Presbyterian Community Hospital. San Juan, Puerto Rico. October 28 2012″ -Steve Aoki

No this isn’t some clever pun that we made for a new song, but Steve Aoki has indeed been hospitalized for a neck injury he sustained a couple days ago during a concert. What exactly happened? Here’s the full scoop:

“Steve Aoki was hospitalized in San Juan, Puerto Rico over the weekend following a bad fall during his concert Saturday night. Things turned for the worse after the world famous DJ decided to attempt a stage dive off of a trampoline.  He landed wrong which resulted in spraining his neck. Aoki, who was ironically wearing a T-shirt that says “Watch your neck” at the time of the incident, was immediately rushed to Ashford Presbyterian Community Hospital in San Juan, but was released the following day free of any major injury.” [Rumorfix]

He put all the pictures up on twitter with some commentary, check it out:

“Blow by blow the stage dive trampoline ultimate fail. Ironic my tee says ‘watch your neck’”

 

“I made it out alive and in one piece. Thank you to the Puerto Rican doctors and EMT! 3 days to recover before Europe tour”

Steve Aoki got really Rowdy, but paid the price.  Get better soon!!


Supersonic Jump (Red Bull Stratos)

We don’t normally post anything besides electronic music, but we thought this would be a good exception. Here’s a little bit of info:

“Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space, will attempt to transcend human limits that have existed for 50 years. Supported by a team of experts Felix Baumgartner plans to ascend to 120,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and make a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. His attempt to dare atmospheric limits holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers.

The Red Bull Stratos team brings together the world’s leading minds in aerospace medicine, engineering, pressure suit development, capsule creation and balloon fabrication. It includes retired United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger, who holds three of the records Felix will strive to break.

Joe’s record jump from 102,800 ft in 1960 was during a time when no one knew if a human could survive a jump from the edge of space. Joe was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and had already taken a balloon to 97,000 feet in Project ManHigh and survived a drogue mishap during a jump from 76,400 feet in Excelsior I. The Excelsior III mission was his 33rd parachute jump.

Although researching extremes was part of the program’s goals, setting records wasn’t the mission’s purpose. Joe ascended in helium balloon launched from the back of a truck. He wore a pressurized suit on the way up in an open, unpressurized gondola. Scientific data captured from Joe’s jump was shared with U.S. research personnel for development of the space program. Today Felix and his specialized team hope to take what was learned from Joe’s jumps more than 50 years ago and press forward to test the edge of the human envelope.” [Redbull Stratos]

Check it out here live:

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Kaskade Says All

Below is from Kaskade’s Tumblr…a direct link to what the famous EDM artist thinks about the genre of EDM and its evolution
“Out of Nowhere: The EDM Story

When talking to the press, I’m often asked how Electronic Dance Music (EDM) sprang up out of nowhere?! These guys. These journalists who make their Santa Claus sparkly eyes, enthusiastic and curious as to how EDM could just pop onto the music scene, *poof* and then dominate festivals, nightclubs, arenas, charts and even be given our own category at the Grammys. Out of nowhere. From nothingness. Just a little push from GaGa, a pinch of cheeky mainstream from the Swedish House Mafia, a hint of Bangerang from Skrillex and voila! A new musical superpower was born.

I’m tempted to bring out my power point presentation kit to show them that EDM has been growing, changing, molding, and molting for well over four decades now. Thassrite! Forty years plus change and some of the founders are grandparents and members of the AARP. Came out of nowhere? New to the scene? Please.

Kraftwerk just celebrated a retrospective at the MoMA in NYC. The show sold out in record time, celebrating their work from 1974 – 2003. Super Grandfather/Godfather of Electronic Everything Brain Eno pushed David Bowie, Talking Heads and Devo to release some of their best work – electronically based – in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Who can forget or would even want to forget “I Feel Love” and its repetitive, electronic infectious baseline that has served as EDM’s Jimi Hendrix moment? That drop in that song has made more people lose their minds on a dance floor than any other song, ever. And if  ”I Feel Love” was a mama, she could have kids in college by now.

Even more recently, before EDM had been decided on as our name, “Electronica” was simmering at the turn of the millennium, with Fat Boy Slim, Prodigy, The Dust Brothers (before they changed their name to the Chemical Brothers) and Daft Punk threatening to break into the mainstream. All this while flannel shirts were still being worn as a Grunge statement, and Kurt Cobain’s death was news.

Put simply, EDM is not the new kid on the block. It is not a trend and it is not burning hot and fast. We’ve been lurking and making back alley pushes to help music as a whole for ages. So while our real estate has changed, we’ve been here taking notes and calling shots since before some of our biggest fans were born. EDM can no longer be dismissed because this slow building beast has borne some of the most creatively savvy and long-lasting players in the musical industry.

EDM did not just come out of nowhere. This scene is  strong because it has been a super slow burn. There are turf wars and discussions about downfalls. We don’t all play well together, but we all have the right to play. And from where I sit, there is no end in sight for opportunities to grow. EDM cut it’s teeth on the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and turned the millennium with the rest of the musical world. It’s not the Synthpop, Breakbeat, Techno, House, D’n’B, Jungle, Acid or Intelligent Dance Music of the past. It’s the continuing of the legacy that has been decades in the making.”


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“Joel’s fourth studio album, ‘> album title goes here <’ is now available! First single ‘Professional Griefers’ sees deadmau5 team up with My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way for a rousing stadium-size anthem fueled by propulsive production and a skittering hook. Think Queen siphoned through an underground rave, and you’re only halfway there. Then, there’s a hypnotic homage to Ray Bradbury on the shimmering eight minute-plus dreamscape ‘The Veldt’ featuring Chris James. ‘Take Care of the Proper Paperwork’ guts a gritty guitar track into a haunting dance movement, while ‘Failbait’ yields cybernetic rap with Cypress Hill terminating their verses on sight. Everything culminates on the ethereal bliss of ‘Telecommunications’, a collaboration with one of the world’s most intriguing voices, Imogen Heap.

Click here to download now at iTunes or here to buy a physical copy at your local retailer.”

[deadmau5.com]


Need More Ibiza?

As if you haven’t heard enough of Ibiza, Spain from us. Here is a new UMF TV episode showing you what you’re missing out on.

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Vava Voom Free Download

ALERT: Bassnectar is giving out “Vava Voom” and “Weed Wid da Macka” for free. The link is only going to be available for 24hrs (No joke, this is a super limited time offer!!!). So click on it and download both right now!!

Download:  http://t.opsp.in/c0Deb

Straight from his Facebook Page


Got Acapella?

It’s no secret that Nicky Romero is a nice guy. But to prove it even more, he’s releasing the acapellas for his tracks – for the Producers have been making it rain music lately.  Last week Hardwell released his giant bootleg pack and now Nicky Romero is playing Santa Claus.   So any budding DJ’s head over here for some fresh acapella samples:


More Ibiza Goodness

Check out this humanizing view of some of the most famous DJ’s including David Guetta, Paul Oakenfold, Mark Knight and more! We see just how much their jobs mean to them, and its not just about the money.

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Controversy in the DJsphere

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A lot of you may remember the controversy surrounding Deadmau5’s comments regarding live shows. He pretty much said that Djs are just button pushers, and anyone with an hour of training could do a live show. His brutal honesty didn’t appeal to everyone, and a lot Djs were upset with his remarks. Well, it seems like there’s more controversy, this time by Laidback Luke.

In a interview last week, Luke says that, “A lot of DJs are comfortable with what they play at various festivals and are doing the same sets over and over again.” He goes on to say “A lot of famous DJs these days are famous because of their productions. These guys came out of the studio and don’t really have a DJ background, so you have DJs who play their tracks, but they’re essentially not very skilled.”

This part seems to be directed at Deadmau5, who in his Tumblr had mentioned that his, “skills and other PRODUCERS’ skills shine where it needs to shine… in the goddamned studio, and on the fucking releases. thats what counts.”

No matter which way you look at it, we’re sure that all Djs do things that most of us would not be able to do. They have gotten so used to what they do that it is second nature to them, not realizing how difficult it is to be truly creative these days.


HALO 4 EDM

As one of Microsoft’s top selling series, Halo has provided an insurmountable amount of entertainment to millions around the world.  The much anticipated series will be releasing “Halo 4” sometime this year. So what’s better than playing the online multiplayer, sticking plasma grenades and repeatedly crouching on top of n00bs? Simply, doing all of those with a killer EDM sountrack in the background. The original soundtrack will feature the likes of some of the biggest names in EDM such as: superstar Sander Van Doorn.  Neil Davidge, and his production company have also taken to the liking of other big names: DJ Skee, Caspa, Julian Jordan, Gui Boratto, KOAN Sound, Matt Lange, Andrew Bayer, Norin & Rad, Alvin Risk, Bobby Tank, Maor Levi and Hundred Waters, in addition to expert electric cello-ists Apocalyptica and ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James

The remix album is set to be released on October 22nd.

Check out the track list below:

1. Awakening – Gui Boratto Remix
2. Green And Blue – KOAN Sound Remix
3. Requiem – Bobby Tank Remix
4. Ascendancy – Caspa Remix
5. To Galaxy – Sander Van Doorn & Julian Jordan Remix
6. Haven – Hundred Waters Remix
7. Revival – DJ Skee & THX Remix
8. Ascendancy – Matt Lange Remix
9. Nemesis – Alvin Risk Remix
10. Solace – Maor Levi Remix
11. Arrival – Norin & Rad Remix
12. Green And Blue – Andrew Bayer Remix
13. Foreshadow – James Iha Remix
14. The Beauty Of Cortana – Apocalyptica vs. Neil Davidge Remix


World’s Greatest DJ?

Arguably the world’s greatest DJ, Tiësto talks about his career and his enormous success in the EDM industry along with mainstream music. Check out this CNN snippet of him:

http://edition.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c2#/video/world/2012/08/24/talk-asia-dj-tiesto-dance.cnn


Frank Caro is in the House

Frank Caro, the resident Dj at Opium nightclub, in Barcelona, Spain was interviewed by DMCWorld. He’s played with the biggest producers such as  David Guetta, Afrojack, Erick Morillo, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Thomas Gold, Hardwell, Steve Aoki, and  Danny Tenaglia. Check out the interview and one of his most popular songs; DMCWorld . If you’re not a big fan of EDM with prominent vocals, this might now be your thing, but he has other mixes as well.

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THE END IS NEAR!

PARTY HARD! Take a look at this mini documentary – behind the scenes look at 12th Planet’s North American tour with Flinch, Kastle, Kill The Noise, and Crizzly. They did 29 shows in 30 days – OUT WITH A BANG – WARNING DUBSTEP IN MOTION!


Mythbusters Deadmau5

Discovery channel’s hit show Mythbusters’ Adam Savage shows off his new costume.


Ellie Goulding is sad

Looks like the constant happiness and party lifestyle isn’t exactly as we normally think.  Ellie Goulding shows that she is just like a an average person: even she goes through hard times and breakups. And although she was “determined not to make [the album] about love”, going through a breakup while she was writing it, titled Halcyon, eventually influenced her. Check out the entire view at the BBC entertainment-arts-19317208


Uncool Rager

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As much as we like crazy ragers at Rowdy Beats. We definitely don’t like the ones in Spain right now. We’re not talking about Ibiza, which, as most of you know, is the location of one of the biggest EDM festivals of the year; but the wildfires that are engulfing Catalonia, Spain. If you’re going to be around there, be careful!


Exclusive Interview

Check out this interview with Aly and Fila, Egyptian trance duo  – Special for Magic Island TV.  There’s a bit of a disturbance in the background, but the material is worth listening to: