PUSHER Drops Production Knowledge In YouTube Tutorial

One of my favorite new styles of music coming out is this “neon” style; think upbeat, melodic based music with really intricate rhythms and drum work.  Like complextro met hip-hop & N64.  Today I stumbled upon an incredible YouTube tutorial on some of the production points of the style using the super-powerful plugin Massive from  PUSHER, one of the producers driving this sound forward.  As someone who has used multiple YouTube tutorials from artists like Kill Paris to push my production game further, I am going to make a commitment to post up these kinds of videos as I see them.

Check out the video for 12 minutes on some nice pointers using the Massive synth including what some of the routing means and ways to augment your sound.  First starting in Massive can definitely be overwhelming, but the tutorial does a nice job of breaking everything down into its basic parts and really providing some really good insight.  You can check out his YouTube channel for more videos and some of his tracks and look below the Massive tutorial for a 17 minute one digging into ‘Leads, Chords, & Basses’.

PUSHER: Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

This Yellow Claw Video Is Infinitely More Effective Than EZOO’s PSA

This collaboration between Yellow Claw, Diplo, LNY TNZ & Waka Flocka Flame came across my attention a couple days ago and I kinda breezed over it as another “trap banger”.  Granted, this is an absolute BANGER but at a moment when the market for ignorant turnup music is kinda saturated, I could safely say I wasn’t looking to get rowdy during my daily 11am SoundCloud binge.  Today, I came across this video with the caption “A thousand times more effective than EZOO’s PSA in my opinion…” and that was enough to catch my attention.  With harm reduction and risk management seeming to be the most likely alternative to follow the current dominating policy of feigned ignorance, anything that adds to that conversation deserves a moment.

To lead off, big ups has to go to whoever conceptualized this whole idea because it isn’t until you see the video that the message comes through.  Having Waka Flocka yelling how his “trap is going techno” is the perfect hook to serve as a tongue in cheek reference to the fact that rappers are now influenced by dance music more than ever as well as the fact that the “trap game” has switched up to cater to this new influx of “EDM”.  While the Electric Zoo public service announcement was certainly well-intentioned, the message should focus on what an enormous risk it is that you don’t know what those substances are and how they got there until you test it, not just berating the “You can have fun without drugs!” message.  The sonics of ‘Techno’ suggest a straight club banger that eventually even grows into a full hardstyle production, peep the video and follow the storyline that will change this turnup anthem into a serious warning about what you put into your body.

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Porter Robinson – Lionhearted

There are certain artists that excel so brilliantly at what they do that they transcend the boundaries of the scene that brought them up and are able to create on an entirely higher level than most others. Dance music wunderkind Porter Robinson has been a staple of festivals and clubs for well over the last 2 years with his signature brand of electro-house but after feeling restricted by the limits of “DJ-friendly” music and even suffering from anxiety and panic attacks on stage, the young producer knew it was time to turn the page on that leg of his career.

Following the SoundCloud releases of his dramatic and ambient opening teaser Sea of Voices and his robot duet with a vocalid synth in Sad Machine, the material from Porter’s upcoming project WORLDS has been decidedly more M83 than EDC and his latest Zane Lowe premiered collaboration “Lionhearted” with Urban Cone sounds like the main stage music of an indie outfit like Passion Pit over face melting rave music. After taking a step out from behind the DJ booth and creating pop-sensible tracks that even feature his own voice on vocals, it’s safe to say that Porter Robinson is more than ready to shed the “EDM” leg of his career in favor of something way more accessible to a larger audience.

The video for his latest single “Lionhearted” features rebellion, betrayal, Harajuku girls and some Fight Club meets SNES type violence that serves as the perfect introduction for a lot of people as to what makes Porter Robinson tick. Be sure to preorder WORLDS before its release and be sure to check out his North American tour to see his new live show.

Big Gigantic Rocked The Boat at Mysteryland USA en route to Rowdytown [Interview]

The old adage may say “Don’t rock the boat, baby” but thankfully for attendees of Mysteryland USA, Big Gigantic did just that with the top performance of Day 1. The first day of Mysteryland USA showcased some of the top talent in the world from club mainstays like Fedde Le Grand at the Main Stage, to Joris Voorn at the Sunday School Big Top tent, or the dark and gritty sounds of Visionquest at the Spiegeltent. It was the bass shaking Boat Stage that may have stole the spotlight for me however; with a lineup that lincluded newfound TNJ favorite Lindsay Lowend, and the various big time bass stylings of Delta Heavy, Figure, Dirtyphonics and Zomboy the feature of the day was definitely filth. One of the coolest moments of the day came when Dirtyphonics took the end of their set to recognize the gravity of the moment they were in and played out the entirety of Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix to celebrate the return of a major festival to the Woodstock grounds.

The MVP of the the night hands down went to Big Gigantic as saxophonist Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken took the crowd on an absolute ride for an hour and a half. Playing tons of songs from their new album The Night Is Young, old school favorites like their remix of Get Em High, a sax filled live bootleg mashup of What So Not’s Jaguar and collaboration with RL Grime Tell Me and what would the closing set of the night at The Boat Stage be without them dropping I’m On A Boat by The Lonely Island. We sat down to talk with them about their set right when they arrived at the site and discuss some of their recent successes and upcoming events including their upcoming show at the Red Rocks Amphitheater for their 3rd edition of Rowdytown on 9/26:

ThatNewJam: What has the reaction been like on your end for The Night is Young? Just been going around touring and all that?
Dom: Big Gigantic: Yeah pretty much, it’s just been great support and the reaction’s been awesome. We sold out just about every date on the tour that we’ve done and we did Coachella and we’ve had a real good response. It’s been awesome.

TNJ: I can kinda imagine. And I saw that you guys are going in for another edition of Rowdytown in September?
Big G: Yeah 2 nights. We got a big lineup; SAVOY is on it, Caked Up, we got Trippy Turtle doing these really cool tweener sets, DVBBS, The Floozies, HeRobust. Then we got this band The New Deal, which is like this house/electronic live band that we used to tour with when we first were coming up and they were the big boys back then so it’s gonna be really cool to play with them.

TNJ: You guys got anything up your sleeve for your set tonight? Debuting anything new or something special for the Mysteryland Crowd?
Dom: Big G: We got a couple things up our sleeves because of the situation; we can’t really tell you because then we’d spoil the surprise but it’s gonna be fun and maybe funny, but definitely just rowdy in general but yeah we’re gonna bring it tonight. We have an hour and a half, which is cool because it’s kinda the longest that we’ve really gotten all festival season, so we’re playing a few different things and playing through a bunch of stuff from the album so it’s gonna be cool.

TNJ: Definitely gonna be fun. So obviously you just got here but to you guys, what makes Mysteryland so special to you guys?
Jeremy: Big G: I’d have to say the grounds that they’re held on are probably the most unique part of it, like nobody does festivals where Woodstock was and that obviously kinda has an epic weight to it. We’ve never been to a festival like this before ya know, they’re bringing this concept over from Europe and from the rest of the world. We’re also really psyched to be playing on a pirate ship! We haven’t seen it yet but I saw the mockup of it and it looks wild.
TNJ: Ya know what it is, it’s also like a bambox. You’re real intimate there; from the front of the stage to the back of the field is like 200 feet on a decline so everyone’s gonna be getting real rowdy.

We want to thank Dom and Jeremy from Big Gigantic so much for sitting down with us and tickets for Rowdytown are on sale now; you can buy your tickets here!

Ghost Pixel Projection Mapping: Rowdytown II from Ghost Pixel Visuals on Vimeo.

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Michal Menert Dedicates Video To His Late Father

There has been little and less lately in the way of music videos that have some substance. While most videos as of late seem to be a festival-ready track set to generic crowd shots at some festival stage, this latest visual from Pretty Lights Music artist Michal Menert immediately got my attention. The track and video are made to honor the memory of his father Tad, whom Michal watched die holding his hand in 2010. The video is powerful and perfectly puts the emotional strain of a close death into the proper perspective.

Here it is. “Your Ghost.” A story of trying to fill the void that eats away at your heart after someone you love passes. I watched my father die before my eyes, holding his hand as he went. Dedicated to you, dad. I miss you everyday.
If this video hits you in any way, please share it. Daniel Goldhaber and Drew Levin did an amazing job facilitating this visual rendition of my emotional struggle.

Michal Menert: Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

Michal Menert – Your Ghost

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Krewella Gets Freaky In The Video For Party Monster [Video]

Darlings of the mainstream EDM scene Krewella had a strong 2013 on the back of their debut major label release Get Wet. In the weeks leading up to the release they gave out a couple free songs as promo, one of which being the track Party Monster. Released for free download via their official site, the video for Party Monster is a gritty project full of BDSM gear and features Jahan painting a wall with a dildo? The track itself is definitely an aggrissive production with elements of hardstyle, electro and dubstep all intertwined.

Krewella – Party Monster – DOWNLOAD LINK

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Beyond The Button Pressing: Live Acts You Must See

Beyond The Button Pressing is a feature highlighting some of the artists utilizing live instrumental performance during their shows. You catch the rest of the features right here. Feel free to let us know what we missed in the comments or on Twitter!


After giving you guys The Ketchup Post on Tennyson earlier, I can’t help but repost these guys as a live act you must see. With his companion Tess drumming along live as Luke mans various synths, their performance is captivating.

Kite String Tangle

Danny Harley aka The Kite String Tangle is a solo electronic project of the musician which has earned him major attention across Australia. His hit single Given The Chance was a monster hit and you can see him rotate between singing live, keys, samples and drum pads to recreate the song live near pitch-perfect.


The Lawrence brothers of Disclosure took the dance music world by storm with their groovy pop-friendly dance beats and catchy lyrics on songs such as White Noise with AlunaGeorge and Latch with Sam Smith. The duo perform live each manning a myriad of instruments from bass guitar to keys, drum pads, vocals and launchpads.


I’m gonna rollup this combo into one package. Detroit producer and saxophonist GRiZ mans all sorts of live instrumentation during this shows as does electro-funk superstar Gramatik. The two of these guys performing as GRiZMATiK is a sight to behold as you can see from the footage in their track Digital Liberation is Mad Freedom.

Big Gigantic

Those unfamiliar with the Colorado collective of Big Gigantic have a LOT to catch up on. Serving as my personal introduction into electronic music, their combination of live drumming and saxophone over jazz-influenced glitchy bass wobbles is a true sight to behold live. We got a BONUS VIDEO for you guys below featuring the collective of Big Gigantic and GRiZMATiK performing as BIG GRiZMATiK at Electric Forest which you can just imagine being a part of!

BONUS: BIG GRiZMATik @ Electric Forest 2013

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Watch Skrillex’s Full Live Set From San Fransisco Takeover

This past February, Skrillex stopped through cities around the world for multiple nights at a time including Brooklyn, Barcelona, Amsterdam and San Fransisco. This set comes from a live recording of his San Fransisco takeover and includes a bunch of tracks off his new album including his dark techno track Fuck That to the title track Recess with Kill The Noise, Fatman Scoop and Michael Anjelakos of Passion Pit. It’s awesome to get a chance to see his stage production leading up to the massive Mothership Tour that will be something to see.

SKRILLEX (LIVE FULL SET) @ Warfield Theater – San Francisco February 2014

[H/T: 1001Tracklists]

Track Listing:
Skrillex – New DJ Tool (Working Title)
Skrillex & The Doors – Breakin’ A Sweat (It’s Alright) (Zedd Remix) [BIG BEAT (ATLANTIC)] Neoteric & Wax Motif – Go Deep (Torro Torro Remix) [SOUTHERN FRIED] Foreign Beggars & Noisia pres. I Am Legion – Choosing For You (Nightwatch Remix) [SPINNIN’] Skrillex feat. Sirah – Weekends!!! [BIG BEAT (ATLANTIC)] Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake vs. Ivan Gough & Jebu – Holy Kukatu Grail (Hardwell Mashup) [SIZE/UNIVERSAL] Knife Party – Power Glove [EARSTORM/BIG BEAT (ATLANTIC)] Skrillex & Wolfgang Gartner – The Devil’s Den [BIG BEAT (ATLANTIC)] Martin Garrix – Animals (Botnek Edit) [SPINNIN’] Skrillex – Fuck That [OWSLA] The Prodigy – Breathe [XL] Tiesto – Chasing Summers (Quintino & R3hab Remix) [MUSICAL FREEDOM] Skrillex – Rock ‘n Roll (Will Take You To The Mountain) [MAU5TRAP] 12th Planet & Protohype feat. KillaGraham – Brick [SMOG] Skrillex – First Of The Year (Equinox) (VIP) [BIG BEAT (ATLANTIC)] Skrillex – First Of The Year (Equinox) [BIG BEAT (ATLANTIC)] Ludacris – How Low (Them Lost Boys Remix) [FREE] The Frim – Bassline Skanka [FIREPOWER] Skrillex & 12th Planet & Kill The Noise – Right On Time 
Missy Elliott – Work It 
Genetix – Squid Attack 
Skrillex feat. Kill The Noise & Fatman Scoop – Recess [OWSLA] TWRK – BaDINGA! [FREE] Bro Safari feat. Sazon Booya – Danger [FREE] Skrillex feat. Sirah – Bangarang [OWSLA] Skrillex & Damian Marley – Make It Bun Dem [BIG BEAT (ATLANTIC)/OWSLA] Skrillex feat. Alvin Risk – Try It Out (Put Em Up Mix) [OWSLA/BIG BEAT (ATLANTIC)] Skrillex – Scary Bolly Dub [OWSLA] Nero – Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix) [MTA] Nero – Promises (Skrillex & Nero VIP Remix) [MTA] Skrillex – Ruffneck Bass (VIP) 
Dada Life – Boing Clash Boom (Major Lazer Remix) [SO MUCH DADA] Beastie Boys – Sabotage (Alex Metric Reedit) 
Skrillex feat. Ragga Twins – Ragga Bomb [OWSLA] Skrillex feat. Sirah – Kyoto (VIP) [BIG BEAT (ATLANTIC)] Fatman Scoop feat. Crooklyn Clan – Be Faithful (Put Your Hands Up) 
The Rock-It. Scientists feat. Wewurkk Ent. – Twurkk Lil Mama [FREE] A$AP Rocky ft. Skrillex & Birdy Nam Nam – Wild For The Night [RCA (SONY)] Excision & Downlink – Rock You [FREE] Baauer – Harlem Shake (Jesse Slayter Bootleg) [JEFFREE’S (MAD DECENT)] Doctor P feat. Eva Simons – Bulletproof [CIRCUS UKF] Avicii – Levels (Skrillex Remix) [LE7ELS] Benny Benassi feat. Gary Go – Cinema (Skrillex Remix) [ULTRA] Skrillex feat. Niki & The Dove – Ease My Mind [OWSLA]

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Watch the YEEZUS The Film Trailer

It seems as thoguh Yeezy Season came and never ever left us because he is just banging out one thing after another after another. Kanye West first dropped his Yeezus album, then took it on a universally acclaimed multi-leg tour with none other than Kendrick Lamar, announced a fashion deal with Adidas, destroyed a verse on a Drunk In Love remix and this track with Rick Ross and Big Sean off Ross’ upcoming project and has no put out a trailer for YEEZUS The Film. WOW. Directed by Hype Williams, there’s no more information regarding releaes dates or where this will be filmed but regardless this is going to be spectacular.

YEEZUS The Film Trailer

[H/T: TeamKanyeDaily]

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Watch Evan Duffy Cover Adventure Club and The Kite String Tangle

I see absolutely no reason why some major producers shouldn’t scoop Evan Duffy up and bring this kid to the top of the world. With his talents at piano as extraordinary as they are and a voice to match, this kid has taken on and succeed in reinventing some of the best songs you can think of, from Language to Strobe to Spectrum and more. This is his interpretation of Luke Shay’s remix of the song and I am absolutely blown away by this. I’d say I’ll account for half the views this video has by the time all is said and done simply because there’s no thing quite like an Evan Duffy cover.

Evan Duffy: Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

Adventure Club ft. The Kite String Tangle – Wonder (Luke Shay Remix) [Evan Duffy Piano Cover]

Adventure Club ft. The Kite String Tangle – Wonder (Luke Shay Remix) [Evan Duffy Piano Cover]

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam