21Jun/11Off

THE EDC PRE-PARTY MIX – JETSET x DJ BENKEY

woophipEnjoy this EDC PRE-PARTY Mix presented by Jetset and DJ Benkay -- perfect for your roadtrip to Vegas, or just some awesome tunes before you go out and party!

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TRACKLISTING

1) Save The World / Swedish House Mafia
2) Save The World - Alesso Remix / Swedish House Mafia
3) Cry (Just A Little) / Bingo Players
4) Bounce / Calvin Harris ft Kelis
5) Angel On My Shoulder Reaver 76 - Kaskade Mash Up / Kaskade
6) Coming Home - Dirty South Remix / Diddy, Dirty Money ft Skylar Grey
7) Metrum / Fedde Le Grand
8 ) Flash - Nicky Romero Remix / Green Velvet
9) We Rock / Boys Will Be Boys
10) Aces High Prutata / Afrojack & R3hab
11) Where Dem Girls At - Afrojack Remix / David Gutta ft Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj
12) Champagne Showers / LMFAO ft Natalia Kills
13) You Gonna Want Me - Hey Today! Remix / Tiga
14) Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites / Skrillex
15) Feel Good / Modestep
16) Guilt / Nero
17) Raise Your Weapon / Deadmau5
18) Raise Your Weapon - Madeon Remix / Deadmau5
19) Pressure - Alesso Remix / Nadia Ali ft Starkillers & Alex Kenji
20) Levels (ID) / Avicii
21) Stronger ft. Shawnee Taylor / Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick
22) I Will Be Here - Wolfgang Gartner Remix / Tiesto
23) In it Together / Human Life
24) You And I - Deadmau5 Remix / Medina

 

11May/11Off

Party Rock Anthem (Dj Enferno Remix)-LMFAO

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DJ Enferno breathes new life into electro hop outfit LMFAO’s mainstream hit “Party Rock Anthem.” While the original packs a punch with LMFAO’s characteristic spunk, DJ Enferno takes the track to another level. The HipTronik DJ keeps the momentum going with intense basslines and hard drops to keep you on your toes. DJ Enferno will keep you shuffling with his spin on this year's “Party Rock Anthem.”

26Apr/11Off

Doing It Right – Afrojack

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Nick van de Wall got his start as a DJ working part-time gigs at bars and catering events before slowly working his way into the club scene. Now known as Afrojack, the DJ has a worldwide presence with hits like “Take Over Control” and the Grammy Award-winning remix of Madonna’s “Revolver.” For “Doing It Right,”Afrojack sticks to a characteristically minimalist sound that emphasizes energetic drops and magnetic beat. "Doing It Right" shows that the Dutch know HipTronik, and Afrojack is no exception.

14Apr/11Off

Turn Up the Volume – AutoErotique

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Sometimes exploding cakes are all you need to get the point across. Case in point:AutoErotique’s “Turn Up the Volume.”  The Canadian duo recently released their first music video for “Turn Up the Volume” — the highlight track from the pair’s Freak EP out on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak RecordsAutoErotique shakes up the bland and boring with the help of intense basslines and detonating gourmet delectables. HipTronik is all about being bold and riotous; the Autobots capture that perfectly.

12Apr/11Off

DJ Kue Interview

djkuegreyMeet DJ Kue: the HipTronik DJ bridging the gap between mainstream and HipTronik. The Bay area DJ has the blogosphere buzzing with his stream of Top 40 remixes circulating the web, so we were excited to have the opportunity to ask him about his remixing, music influences and love for house music.

Please introduce yourself to HipTronik.

Hi everyone! My name is DJ Kue — Mike Morales is my real name — and I love house music and squirrels!

When did you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in music?

I’ve always been into music from a young age. I tried playing an instrument when I was younger, but couldn’t really grasp it. I fell into DJing through school dances when I was in the fifth grade. I saw my first mobile DJ and really loved the idea of playing music for a group of people. My parents got me DJ gear and, eventually, I bought turntables when I was a freshman in high school.

I guess production fell into place after DJing. I still wanted to create my own stuff to play for others. A buddy of mine, Melee Beats, helped push me into learning FL Studio and I took that knowledge and got hooked. I wanted to learn as much as I could while trying to produce tracks along the way.

You’ve been in the industry for 16 years, and have gone from performing at local clubs, to getting international radio play on BBC’s Radio 1, to hosting a radio show yourself. How did you get your start as a DJ?

It wasn’t until college that I really wanted to start getting gigs. I eventually got one locally at this sushi spot called Blowfish and have been there since. More local gigs increased when other DJs/promoters started hearing my tracks playing in clubs and eventually found me through the web.

How would you describe your sound?

I’m not too sure. I really try to avoid narrowing my sound to something specific. I guess I just produce what I love. I don’t try and stick with a formula when I remix. It gives me the freedom to avoid being categorized in a box and to focus more on producing whatever I’m feeling at the moment.

What are you listening to or loving right now?

I’ve been listening to a bunch of classic rock lately, throwing in my old Pink Floyd CDs in my car. Haha! I listen to everything though!

You have a diverse range of remixes touching on everything from Wiz Khalifato Britney Spears. Do you have a method to remixing?

When remixing, I try to give something identifiable to the club audience while keeping it fresh. There’s really no set workflow when I approach a remix. I guess the one thing that is pretty consistent is that it has to be a track I love.

One thing that I will say is that I don’t try and go left field when remixing tracks. Recently, I’ve been hearing a bunch of remixes that have great production but where the vocal is definitely not in key with the production. It just sounds off. This is especially noticeable with Dutch house remixes. I know the average club goer isn’t really going to care in a club, but I strongly believe that nailing everything right off the bat will have a huge impact!

Who are the artists you look up to? How has their music influenced yours?

I have huge respect for Wolfgang Gartner. The fact that he was brave enough to step outside of the box and craft something new is awesome! He produced deep/jacking house as Joey Youngman for so long. It says a lot about his production level when he can switch and dominate another genre.

What sets you apart from other DJs and producers in the industry?

I have no idea. Haha. I guess that I can DJ and produce? I’ve been told that it’s common that most producers can’t DJ, haha.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced working your way through a cutthroat industry?

Just trying to land official remix work and getting club gigs. It really is all about who you know, and I’m not great at marketing myself. Giving stuff for free has been the biggest benefit to building up my brand.

On your Twitter you mention that you host Club 94.9 After The Club on Wild 94.9 FM. How does your radio work influence your music and live mixing?

It’s been a great opportunity to expose dance music to a huge audience. We have to hit some Top 40 remixes on a playlist but, for the most part, we play a bunch of tracks that people aren’t too familiar with but they can get down to. It’s been a blast!

You have your own blog which you used to release almost all of your non-label remixes and covers. What do you enjoy most about blogging? What are some of your favorite blogs?

It’s been a great platform to send out my tracks. That’s really my main focus. It’s great getting feedback from people. Even a simple, “Thanks for the track!” is awesome and let’s me know that people appreciate my work.

So we’ve noticed that there are tons of remixes floating around, but not a lot of information about you personally. Is there a reason for the mystery?

Not really. I guess I’ve never been asked. The best way I can describe myself is a nerd who loves to DJ and make music. Haha.

You’ve established yourself as a serious DJ with a long-standing career, so what do you hope to accomplish with your future endeavors?

I really hope to start playing out more. I’ve had more gigs trickle in and there really is no greater feeling that playing your own tracks out and seeing crowd reactions firsthand.

Do you have any upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about?

I’m wrapping remixes for a couple of labels and also have some remixes coming out soon. Check out my SoundCloud where I’ll be posting snippets as soon as they’re completed. I’ve slowed down on the bootleg front with the remix work I’ve been receiving but expect a bootleg here and there!

Do you have anything you’d like to say to your fans?

Thanks for the support! It really means a lot to me. That is my biggest driving force to keep producing and giving out my stuff for free.

Follow DJ Kue on Twitter, at his Myspace, on Facebook or on his blog.

7Apr/11Off

Bass Down Low (DJ Enferno Remix) – Dev

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keeps popping up on our HipTronik radar with his huge quantity of remixes, it’s the quality that really catches our attention. The remix master has the unique ability to take a track with mainstream popularity and bring it to a whole new level, and “Bass Down Low” does just that. DJ Enferno revamps the original and brings an energy that is simply electrifying. “Bass Down Low” proves that when this DJ hits the turntable, it’s something to watch out for.

31Mar/11Off

Lil Wayne Talk Dirty – Lil Wayne vs. Wynter Gordon (DJ Chachi Remix)

DJ Chachi has worked hard to get where he is today. The New York-based DJ caught the music bug at 13 watching his cousin DJ at local parties, but it took practice and dedication to start spinning for himself. Chachi began working the scene at local parties, then clubs and now — with more than a decade of experience under his belt — DJ Chachi has become a household name in the HipTronik scene, and we can see why. DJ Chachi takes two great tracks and transforms them into something both fresh and familiar in “Lil Wayne Talk Dirty,” exhibiting his mastery of the craft with this spectacular mashup.

 

29Mar/11Off

Treasure Fingers Interview

treasure-fingersTreasure Fingers (a.k.a Ashley Jones) is known for his eclectic taste in music - dabbling in everything from disco to house and everything in between. It’s that diverse element that has made Treasure Fingers consistently fresh and always appealing. The “Cross The Dancefloor” DJ took some time away from touring to answer some of our questions about remixing, video games and his reaction to mainstream media.

To start, please introduce yourself to HipTronik.

Hello, HipTronik. I'm Ashley Jones and I produce/write/DJ music under the alias of Treasure Fingers.

What’s the story behind the name Treasure Fingers? How does it relate to your image as a musician?

It was actually a last-minute name decision. I had already written quite a few songs, and had just finished up a remix for the band Snowden out of Atlanta, and they were releasing a remix EP and needed track credits. I brainstormed with some friends then came up with a short list. "Treasure Fingers" quickly rose to the top and stuck. I love hearing how fans or outsiders relate to it, or what they think it means.

What music were you listening to growing up? How and when did you know that you wanted to pursue a career as a musician?

 

I listened to just about everything. Black metal, disco funk, rap, punk, blues, indie, house, drum & bass, etc. I never consciously thought about pursuing a career; I just always created music, since age 12. My dad taught me to play guitar, bass, drums and also how to program a drum machine and use a 4-track recorder when I was very young. I had a few bands through my teens and then moved on to electronic production and DJing when I was 17 or 18. I thought of it as more of a hobby, maybe because I grew up in a very small town and initially thought I'd never make it in the professional sense.

We love your dynamic music personality. As Treasure Fingers, your music has a definite disco feel, but you also have a drum and bass project called Evol Intent. What do you enjoy most about having these two very distinct personalities? Does one project influence the other in any way?

I don't think they influence each other, but they are sort of my yin and yang—one wouldn't exist without the other. It's therapeutic to bounce between projects. It keeps things fresh for me.

How do you look at a track that you’re mixing? What elements do you add that make it distinct to your own taste?

I usually listen to the original and see what parts or elements really catch my ear. I keep only those parts and then build everything else from the ground up. Sometimes I may only add a new bass line and drums, other times I may create new parts for everything except the vocal.

How do your collaborations and remixes compare to your original music?

While the remixes are fun, it seems a little more like actual work to me. There's deadlines involved and the label who contracted it is looking for a certain sound in most cases. With original music, it's just a free process. I mean there's deadlines involved there occasionally too, but not as strict, and you've got the freedom to make whatever comes to mind. It's also 100% yours at the end of the day, which is a nice and rewarding feeling.

You’ve been making music for more than a decade now. How would you describe your evolution through the years?

It's hard to pinpoint for me, personally because I've always been on the same page creatively (although I'm sure people can hear different phases I go through). The main evolution would just be from a technical side. Every few months I feel like I learn something new, or I get better at certain production techniques. So in theory, I should be getting better and better as the years go on. One can only hope. :)

What kind of music are you into right now?

I'm really into clubby house music that has a disco or garage influence at the moment. Taking the funk and soulful element of disco and funk, but giving it a modern reworking with higher energy is what really works for me at the moment.

What do you do to wind down from a show?

Drink a lot of water, eat vitamins if I have them, then sleep. If I can't sleep, I usually just browse the internet for funny stuff or play games. It’s kind of typical stuff I guess. I don't have any crazy post-show antics. The lifestyle of a musician can be hectic to say the least.

What do you like to do in your downtime?

I like to make music haha. I'm usually touring so much that I rarely get to see my studio, so it's nice to actually get in there and be creative. When I'm not in the studio or touring, then I'm usually on Xbox LIVE playing games with my friends from around the world. It's how I stay in touch with a lot of people, so that's my excuse.

You’ve performed in a number of venues—from basements and parties in your early career to festivals and clubs around the world today. Where is it that you feel most at home when you perform?

 

In a dark, grimy, low-ceiling club. I love when there are barely any lights, the music is loud and everyone is going crazy with no inhibitions. It doesn’t matter whether it's 150 people or 3,000 people, as long as the vibe is going strong.

You’re currently touring throughout Asia and Australia. What has been your favorite experience on tour so far?

I've just wrapped up that Australia/Asia section of the tour and moved onto Europe, and I've got to say that, lately, Paris really impressed me. It was one of the best parties I've played in ages. Completely sweaty and wild, I don't think there was a dry article of clothing in the whole place of a couple thousand people. Outside of the club environment, I really enjoyed the time in Bali—just relaxing, swimming, being out with nature and hanging with monkeys.

How do you feel people are responding to your music throughout the course of your current tour? What do you hope to accomplish by the end of this tour?

I'm getting good responses everywhere. I try to just play really fun uplifting party music and bring a smile to everyones face, so if i can accomplish that, and they tell a friend about it, then the next time I play it's even crazier with more people. That's the best thing really.

We hear you’re an avid gamer. What are your current favorites?

Mostly just Battlefield: Bad Company 2 or Call of Duty: Black Ops currently. Mostly mindless shooters because I don't have the time or patience to get into anything deeper than that.

You were recently mentioned in “Marie Claire”—what is your reaction to being named in a mainstream magazine?

Yeah, it's a bit shocking. Hopefully I gained a few fans because of it. Most of the press I've had so far has been in tech/music magazines or local/regional papers—aside from a quick mention in People from Will.i.am. I welcome the mainstream press with open arms if they find what I'm doing interesting.

Do you have anything in the works, as far as music and upcoming events, that you’d like to tell us about?

I'm working on a lot of new original stuff. I’m just figuring out the best format to release it at the moment, whether it be in singles, EPs or a full album.

I'm also working on two compilations. One is for Defected and will feature a couple new tracks along with re-workings of their back catalog. The other is sort of a Treasure Fingers showcase featuring a lot of the remixes I've done, along with a few new originals. Both of those should be out later this year. Since I’m addicted to traveling, there's always a lot of events, so it’s best to check out the Treasure Fingers site for latest tour and release info.

Follow Treasure Fingers on Twitter, at his Myspace or on Facebook. Also, check out past HipTronik posts featuring Treasure Fingers.

24Mar/11Off

In The Dark – Dev

itunesDev, the HipTronik diva, is responsible for hit tracks like “Bass Down Low” and “Like A G6” has exploded onto the scene, and now she’s back at it again with a brand new track. “In The Dark” is the second single off of her upcoming debut album “The Night the Sun Came Up,” which is set to release this summer.Dev’s sultry air is captivating on the track, creating a magnetic energy that’s only amplified by the hypnotic rhythm. With club bangers like “In The Dark” on the album, we can’t wait to hear what else Dev has in store for us.

17Mar/11Off

Win VIP tickets to SHM’s Masquerade Motel

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DJ/producer trio Swedish House Mafia'sMasquerade Motel is set to take over Miami in a little over a week, and each new batch of tickets has sold out within minutes. But now's your chance to win VIP tickets to catch them live on March 26 and see the likes of A-Trak,AN21Armand Van HeldenCalvin HarrisDirty SouthKim FaiMax Vangeli, and Pete Tong.

Astralwerks announced the launch of theirDigital Scavenger Hunt recently, inviting fans to search for "'key' images placed on various music/lifestyle/culture websites." According to the press release, "Fans need to find all 9 keys to unlock a special piece of a never-before-seen hint of What’s Behind The Curtain plus a discount code of 10% off of merchandise at the SHM store. One random winner will win VIP tickets to Masquerade Motel in Miami (travel not included) and ten (10) randomly selected people to complete the hunt will win Until One: The Book Edition."

Masquerade Motel Miami
March 26, 2011
2pm – 11pm * 21 and over
8th Street and Ocean Drive
South Beach

 

 

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