To the tune of Amp Live’s love for remixes, spin his latest hit, Turn it Up, in a new direction. Add your own interpretation to this club-inspired hip-hop single for a chance at $500, a spot on an official release, and some cool gear.
Remember the early days of hip-hop, when b-boys and girls rocked the planet over electro grooves and space was the place to be? Amp Live does. The Bay Area-based producer, best known for his work with Zion-I, boldly ventures back to the genre’s Afrofuturist roots on the lead single “Turn it Up” from his new solo album, Murder at the Discotech. Like Marty McFly with an MPC and a DeLorean on 22s, Amp Live brings the perfect beat back in the name of science, elevating hip-hop out of its creative doldrums and restoring innovation to the genre. Besides producing all five of Zion-I’s critically-acclaimed studio albums (and the Grouch collabo Heroes in the City of Dope), Amp Live’s official remix credits include Linkin Park, Radiohead, Tapes ‘n Tapes, Jamie Lidell, MGMT, Jealous Girls, Tokyo Police Club, and Why?.
“Turn it Up” represents bass-infused robotic beats featuring Mickey Factz (featured on the cover of XXL’s Freshman of ’09) with more swag than a college senior. This new electro-inspired banger recalling the glory days of Run-DMC, T La Rock is being remixed left and right, with much potential for innovation.
Creative Allies, Urb Magazine and Camp Bisco have teamed up for a once in the lifetime Remix Contest featuring Amorphous Music & Child’s Play Records purveyor of BASS, Bassnectar. Still pumping tunes off his latest album Cozza Frenzy, Bassnectar headlines Camp Bisco along side LCD Soundsystem, Thievery Corperation, Method Man, Ghostface and Raekwon, Ween and more July 15-17th in upstate New York.
Calling all producers and remixers, this is your chance to win an opening slot at the festival by remixing the lead single from Bassnectar ‘Cozza Frenzy.’ Winners are picked by Bassnectar and a core group of judges from Creative Allies, URB and Camp Bisco and the grand prize includes 2 passes to the festival with Artist credentials, a custom MobBase iPhone app and lifetime subscription from MixMatchMusic, $200 for travel expenses, ground transportation from Albany, NY to the festival Site and accommodations during the festival and a one-hour set in front of thousands of festival goers at Camp Bisco 9! This is an oppotunity of a lifetime so don’t not SLEEP! You can download everything you need from the Bassnectar widget below or visit URB.com for more details.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on May 20, 2010 @ 9:51 AM
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Beatport has just announced the first ever Beatport Music Awards. The Beatport Music Awards aims to recognize electronic music talent. With nominees based solely on Beatport sales data from March 2009 – March 2010, the awards are broken down by music genre.
There are 36 categories altogether: Best Artists (separated into 18 genres), and Best Track (17 genres, with both originals and remixes), with a final open question asking the public to name the ‘most influential, relevant and forward-thinking person in electronic music over the past 12 months’.
Voting closes on May 19th 2010, with the winners announced on or around May 27th.
People Under the Stairs have launched a contest off of their fan site in celebration of 5 years of The P forum. They are asking fans to submit original People Under the Stairs inspired sketched or hand drawn art to incorporate in to the new forum being designed now. Besides being featured on the new site, prizes include Brown Stepfather T-Shirt, Thes One ‘Target 10 Single,’ Scrapploc – From Whence Thy Came EP, feat. Double K production, Olde Soul / Double K – “Taking Me Places Split 7” and a Carried Away CD. Click here for more info.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on April 15, 2010 @ 12:21 PM
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Om Records is proud to announce an exclusive partnership with the Canadian based AudioAcademy.fm, an electronic music resource center geared towards production and music industry related business. We’ve decided to run a little contest, the Battle of the DJs in which we will fly out the winner to WMC and invite them to play our annual Miami event on Thursday, March 25th 2010. The contest runs from January 11th to March 14th, click here to find out rules and regulations as well as how to enter. “We’re really looking forward to working with Audio Academy for this years Battle of the DJ contest,” says Jonathan McDonald of Om Records. “We believe that it’s very important to help emerging talent gain exposure through such outlets setting the stage for a debut at the largest electronic music conferences in the world.”
For more info on the AudioAcademy and it’s new turntable software audioDJx, please click here. Stay tuned for more announcements regarding the Om: Miami 2010 event.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on February 4, 2010 @ 12:31 PM
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Pioneer, Beatport, DJ Magazine and Let’s Mix, come together to launch ‘Next Generation DJ’, (NGDJ) a talent competition designed to unearth the next superstar DJ and to give them the chance to win a life changing prize. To win, DJs with the X-Factor will have to demonstrate their skills by uploading and promoting a mix on the new mixing and social networking
platform, www.letsmix.com as well as prove that they have the entrepreneurial aptitude required to make it big in the world of dance music.
The Winner Gets
The winner of the NGDJ will win a set of brand new Pioneer CDJ2000’s, a Pacemaker, huge media coverage across DJ Mag, Beatport, Let’s Mix and many more, their own compilation release on Beatport, flights to WMC, flash hotel and gigs at the Beatport Pool Party and the DJ Mag opening and closing party at the Shelborne. This is a competition designed by the biggest, most influential brands in dance music to find genuine, unrivalled DJ talent, and so the final and ultimate reward for winning the competition is a future career as a DJ. The winner will be offered an exclusive contract with a major DJ management agency, giving them the chance to show dancefloors around the world exactly what they can do.
Visit letsmix.com for more info or to enter.
Posted by: g.win on December 16, 2009 @ 4:58 PM
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Wow. It’s always a humbling experience to hear how much true talent there is out there making music that flies under the radar. I would like to personally thank everyone who participated in this contest, I know you all put hard work into your remixes and I wish there didn’t have to be one singled out as the “winner”. They are all dope to me in one way or another, so I had to come up with some criteria for justifying the pick. This brings up a more philosophical question –What is a good remix? Is it just a dope beat with the same lyrics over it, or is it a completely different take on the original, whether in style, mood, tempo or sometimes in this case a whole different genre. I think everyone’s answer to that would probably be different, so here’s mine: at best I feel a remix not only re-presents the song but has some contextual tie to the original and delivers a new musical take without sacrificing the original feel. For instance, I appreciate the number of dance and house remixes that were done but a few of them seemed to lay the vocals on as an afterthought. If the rhymes aren’t riding the beat, I feel like the song is better off as a beat and not a “remix”. On the same note, the breakdown was definitely the curveball in the remix. And sometimes everything was going well up until that point but he beat never recovered coming out of it. I know it was a difficult thing to hook up but hey, if we had done that and it was a fixed tempo all the way through, any person with any beat could have laid the vocals over it and been done. At least this showed who put the extra effort into the project.
This all being said, there were alot of remixes I really liked personally, but I had to narrow it down to my top ten picks, not of taste or personal preference, but how well they served the rhymes and the original track (and yes I listened carefully to every single entry, which is why it took 20 days to get results):
My (I apologize in advance if it’s not your top 13) top 13 in no particular order:
Ilpikaso Remix (page 9) – I like this because it reminds me of a dark era of Los Angeles music, back alley smokey stuff. They get props for being the only one I can remember who hooked up a newly recorded chorus. Double’s verse came back in correctly on the one (a lot of people missed that one). Wall of sound stuff, really cool. People Under the Stairs – ‘Hit The Top’ (ILPIKASO Remix) by peopleunderthestairs
Fdel Remix (page 8) – Yeah! Filter, drumbreak, loops, Grazing in the Grass. Very nice. Takes me back to a happy place. A good example of keeping it styling and simple. Beat was open enough to let the lyrics breathe and they rode the beat just right. Could have been on ? or Next Step easily, good shit. People Under the Stairs – ‘Hit the Top’ (fdel Remix) by peopleunderthestairs
King Kooba Octoberhest Mix (page 7) – I love how the keyboard sample sounds wobbly, like the record was still speeding up to speed at the downbeat. Reminds me of a record I would drop early in the night at a house party. I’m with this. I feel like it offers a really good take on the original, more mellow and musical but still party oriented. Transition works really well too, the strings are clutch. People Under the Stairs – ‘Hit the Top’ (King Kooba Oktoberphest Mix) by peopleunderthestairs
Doc Delay Remix (page 1) – Funky funky shit. Probably one of the funkier ones in the lot,. So that being said, this dude gets 1000 points for the drum fills and flams. Insane programming, some next level shit. And then you get the breakdown. Everyone needs to check this out for a good example of how a remix “breaks it down”. Harmonica? Check. People Under The Stairs – Hit the Top (Doc Delay Revision) by peopleunderthestairs
L.O.V.E. Mix (page 1) – As soon as this came on I was open. I remember reading about how back in the day Puffy would give you 15 seconds for a beat to catch your attention. This had me at jump, I was like oh shit, its on. And for those of you checking things on a laptop, try to imagine being in a packed club and hearing the horns come in, transitioning to the beat! Stampede kid! Damn, why couldn’t have Double K’s verse come back in tight on beat?!! People Under The Stairs – ‘Hit the Top’ ( L-O-V-E Remix) by peopleunderthestairs
It was close man, so close, but the way the producer handled the breakdown came to the deciding factor. DJ DOCDELAYWINS! Why? His breakdown kicked serious ass, and it would probably get more spins than the original version on a twelve inch.
2nd Place: Four way tie between FDel, McGost, L.O.V.E., and King Kooba. Here’s why they didn’t take first: McGost lost me on the breakdown, I like jazz and all, but it didn’t keep time with the partying and handclapping in the back. L.O.V.E remix would have won hands down but completely fell apart when double k’s verse came back in (which really hurt me because I thought this was the bangenest beat), King Kooba really professional I just wish he had done a little more during the breakdown. FDel was dope but for sample clearance issues I would have to tuck this one away (that;s a REALLY obvious loop – I think that song was a billboard #1 for like a year when it came out)
My Dream remix 12”:
People Under The Stairs Hit The Top (Vocal)
People Under The Stairs Hit The Top (Inst)
King Kooba Octoberfest Remix (Vocal)
Many thanks again to everyone who participated, It’s very humbling to hear how dope everyone is, it makes me grateful we’ve had so much support over the years when most of yall are just as dope. I tried to justify my picks and reasoning behind it, remember there is no “best” it’s just music man. And lastly, sorry for the delay in announcing the winner, we just got back from tour in Africa and I wanted to give each remix the attention it deserved.
This remix contest is sponsored by Vans & SoundCloud. For more information on People Under the Stairs and the critically acclaimed Carried Away record click here.
Posted by: Jonthecorner on December 3, 2009 @ 12:31 PM
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People Under the Stairs are celebrating the release of their new album by joining forces with street / skate / surf wear juggernauts Vans and running a REMIXCONTEST. Vans has always supported music culture and artist like Mos Def, Ben Harper, and more. People Under the Stairs are joining the list of supported artist with this new remix contest.
Download “Hit The Top” for free, remix, and win! There’s an assortment of prizes including the hottest in Vans x OM x PUTS gear and products, limited edition pieces, and a chance to be promoted out of Vans and Om’s massive email list.
Om is celebrating our 15 year anniversary by collaborating with well known urban street artist, Sam Flores <a href=http://www.samflores.com target=_blank>(www.samflores.com). Sam Flores illustrated an exclusive piece to be used for the Om:15 release. His illustrations can be found on the double disc CD that hits stores July 21st. You can visit Upper Playground for an exclusive look at the digipack or check back here as we will reveal images as we get closer to the release date.
On top of the album release, there will also be Sam Flores x Om merchandise and limited digital prints. The digital prints are high quality 18”x24” prints on 30lb paper and shipped individually in flat shipping sleeves. Each piece is numbered out of 150 pieces.
You can purchase a copy of the print here at Om.
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You can also purchase a copy of the print from one of these fine retailers.
Please note that these posters are only available for Pre-sale now. They will ship out on July 8th.
Contest: Enter To Win Print #15 Autographed By Om’s Family of Artist
Autographed By Mark Farina, Fred Everything, J-Boogie, Vikter Duplaix, Colette, DJ Heather, Greenskeepers, Raashan Ahmad, People Under the Stairs, Zion I, Chuck Love, DJ Fluid, and more.
How to enter:
1. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “Om 15” in the subject line.
2. Please be sure to list your address in the email.
3. On August 30th, 2009, Om will draw one name at random to win the grand prize.
Posted by: g.win on June 23, 2009 @ 6:05 PM
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