Author Archives: Clayton Warwick

[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 4/24

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

- Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

That’s it! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. Head to Beta and see for yourself.

MAKJ - April 24th
Bassjackers & MAKJ
DERP (Preview)

Dieselboy - April 25th
Dieselboy
Beyond The Black Bassline

LA Riots - April 26th
LA Riots and Polina
Kamikaze Preview
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[Ticket Giveaway] Maya Jane Coles, Magda, Greg Eversoul and Tom Schoppet – Denver 4/26

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Maya Jane Coles
Everything (feat. Karin Park)

The buzz continues to grow as we inch closer to one of our most anticipated electronic shows of the year. After authoring an incredible debut LP, Comfort, last year, along with one of our favorite entries into the legendary DK-Kicks series two years back; Maya Jane Coles is finally earning her due credit amongst not just the dance community, but the mainstream as a whole. The Queen of underground dance brings her slick stage bravado to Denver this Saturday along with Detroit’s burgeoning techno goddess Magda, the smoothed out techno and house of Greg Eversoul and Tom Schoppet at the Gothic Theatre; and of course we wanted our Ninjas to have a shot at attending one of the hottest shows of the year on us. Seeing as this is their 3 year anniversary party, we’ve partnered up with our good friends at Afterhours Anonymous to giveaway a pair of tickets, so if you’re in Colorado or the surrounding areas, go ahead and take a crack at a raucous evening for free. The party rolls on all the way until 4:00 a.m., so it wouldn’t hurt to be in dancing shape before either.

As always, entering is beyond easy. Just “like” the Maya Jane Coles, Magda and The Music Ninja Facebook pages and enter your e-mail into the widget below. The winner will be picked on Friday at 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time, so please be paying attention to your email after that.

There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 21 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door.
- You Must have a solid arsenal of dance moves in your toolbox to display on behalf of TMN



Good luck, ninjas!

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Tycho talks Spirituality, Cartoons and Deep Dish Pizza in SF [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Tycho
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Over the years, we’ve continually fallen deeper and deeper in love with Tycho’s seamless blending of two of our favorite artistic expressions: design and music. With that in mind, it was obviously an incredible experience to sit down with Scott before his show at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado, to chat about spirituality, what his favorite cartoons are, and what his last meal would be. Check out the conversation in full below.

TMN: Thank you so much for sitting down with us today before your show at the Summit Music Hall here in Denver. First up, let’s talk about how the tour is going so far.

Tycho: Yeah, we played Santa Cruz and San Francisco to start the tour off, and then we headed to Europe for about six days. We’re basically kicking off the US tour again here (in Denver).

TMN: Alright, you’re obviously on tour promoting your latest album, Awake, which just released a few weeks back. Tell us how this album translates into your live performances.

Tycho: I think it’s impetuous for the change in sound and the way we went about writing this record. The record was made for the live show originally, so touring with these guys… just the way the songs were interpreted for the live context, some of the older songs really had some changes and more drive. That’s what this record is really about. Now, it’s kind of like a one to one thing. It’s more of a traditional instrumentation.

TMN: Let’s touch on that album a bit more. We noticed that it leans a little more on the guitar side than previous albums. Was there any particular reason behind that?

Tycho: With Dive, a lot of those songs like “Daydream,” were me learning guitar. I came to guitar pretty late as a musician. I had played keyboard for years and then came to guitar. It’s always been an interesting instrument to me because I feel like I’m more creative with it. I feel like I’m not stuck in ruts with it, like I am with keyboard.

I wrote this record with Zach, and he’s a guitarist, so that just kind of came to the forefront. I wanted Awake to be more of a balance between the synths and the guitar. I really appreciate guitar-centric music.

TMN: Nonetheless, it’s a great body of work. With this being your fourth full album, has the process gotten any easier for you?

Tycho: It’s the third full album. The other was a half release where I just added a couple of songs. The other ones…I wouldn’t really call them albums. I don’t look at them in the same way because they weren’t concentrated efforts. They were more of a collection of ideas and things that I had been working on for years.

This is the first time we sat down, from start to finish, wrote and recorded an album. I think this is more of an album, in the sense that it’s more cohesive, and it’s a slice of a point in time. That being said, it’s hard to compare this to the other ones, but it definitely went faster and flowed a lot better. I think that was from working with more people and having more perspectives.

TMN: Let’s change gears a bit. Some people might not know that you’re also known as ISO50 in a completely different artistic community. Talk to us about that side of your creativity.

Tycho: I don’t see it as that divided anymore. With Tycho, I’m trying to bring those two together. I was always getting the same ideas with the music and the design, but I never really found a comfortable middle ground to bring them together and that’s what the live show has been. It’s the perfect combination of music and design. There’s this movement and energy to it that you don’t have with static design. It kind of echoes what music can do.

I look at Tycho as an audio visual project now, so everything that I do goes towards Tycho. I see it as a singular thing. I don’t see them as two different organisms.

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EDX – No Xcuses 164 [TMN EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE]

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EDX
No Xcuses 164 (Presented by TheMusicNinja.com)

Coming in off of his latest poolside gem, “Cool You Off,” out now on Enormous Tunes/Sirup Music, Italian DJ/Producer EDX is offering up a tasty 13 track mix via his weekly podcast, “No Xcuses.”

Exclusively premiered here on your favorite music blog, above you’ll find a one full hour of dance-inducing beats from some of the game’s most significant artists, as well as a few up and comers.

Press play, sit back, and enjoy the ride. And if you’re really digging this mix, feel free to pick it up for free on iTunes.

TRACKLIST:
01: Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway – Wizard (Tchami Remix) [SPRS]
02: LushStarzz – Hush (Original Mix) [Wrecked]
03: Kobhi – Good Life (Original Mix) [TBD]
04: EDX – Cool You Off (Original Mix) [Enormous Tunes]
05: Mark Knight – The Return Of Wolfy (Original Mix) [Toolroom]
06: Mutiny UK & Steve Mac feat. Nate James – Feel The Pressure (Axwell & New_ID Remix) [Axtone]
07: Rufus White & JP Chronic – Desert Night (Kaz James Remix) [TBD]
08: Gregori Klosman – Where’s My Money? (Original Mix) [GURU]
9: Andrew Bennett – Ill Behavior [Promo]
10: Showtek & Justin Prime feat. Matthew Koma – Cannonball (Earthquake) [Kryder Remix] [SPRS]
11: Tritonal & Paris Blohm feat. Sterling Fox – Colors (Digital Bounce Rel3r Remix) [Promo]
12: Ørjan Nilsen & Jonathan Mendelsohn – Apart (Martin Volt & Quentin State Remix) [In My Opinion]
13: Sander van Doorn & Firebeatz – Guitar Track (Original Mix) [DOORN]

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[Glitch Hop] Jontron – Desert Song

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Jontron
Desert Song

After a pilgrimage to the desert for that three day adventure that so many people are talking about, local Denver DJ/Producer Jontron is already back at the keyboard drawing up some tunes based on his inspirations from Coachella.

Utilizing samples from the Temptations, Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel, Jontron has taken a departure from his club-centric house style to provide his fans with a groovy, poolside pleaser that calls on associations of fellow Coloradan glitch hop producers.

So, pour yourself a nice, tall drink and throw on your boardshorts. It’s summertime, as far as Jontron is concerned.

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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist Vol 100

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What is up, my ninjas? I barely made it out of the three day bender, better known as Coachella, and am once again ready to provide you with a tasty selection of dance-inducing beats to carry you through your weekend festivities.

Before we get too far though, I’d like to offer up a sincere thank you to Ninjette Brooke for hooking up a killer playlist last weekend, providing the perfect build up to the 100th installment of our Friday Party Playlist.

With that being said, we have an extra large selection of party tunes this week seeing as how it’s our 100th playlist. So, press play, crack open a cold one, and get ready to dance your way through the weekend.

#danceirresponsibly

One Gecko Deeper(Landis Bootleg)
Tupac
Changes (Carnizzy Edit)
Jamiroquai
You Give Me Something (Teemid Re
Traveler
Hard To Fall Asleep (Original Mix)
Afrojack Feat. Wrabel
Ten Feet Tall (Brito Remix)
Lincoln Jesser
Rush
Breathe Carolina
Bang It Out (Gazzo Remix)
Dirty Vegas
Let The Night (Basic Physics Remix)
Bingo Players
Knock You Out (Eminence At Night Remix)
Steve Angello
Teasing Mr Charlie (Sebjak & Tony Senghore Remix)
Chromeo
Jealous (Dillon Francis Remix)
Will Sparks & Jebu
Check This Out (Original Mix)
Zedd
Find You (Teknartist Remix)
Toon
Talk Beatle To Me
Poison (LION KNGS & DOM Remix)
Missy Elliott
Work It (Chris Bushnell Remix)
Universe (HLTR$KLTR x Jordxn Alexander Bootleg)
TroyBoi
Dont Be Judging (MJ Edition)
Jantsen & Dirt Monkey
Freak That Shit (Shank Aaron Remix)
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[Glorious] Duologue – Memex EP

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After a long, music-filled weekend at Coachella, and a much needed wind-down session in San Diego, I’m finally back at the helm, writing about some very deserving tunes. Right out of the gate, we have one of the better pieces of music we’ve heard in the past few months, coming out of London by way of Duologue.

This UK based five piece have pulled together a stunningly crafted sophomore release, providing listeners with a chance to get completely engrossed in swells of electronically produced beats, glorious vocals and surging, cinematic energy with their EP, Memex.

While we sincerely struggle to find a favorite among this stellar line up, we can’t help but find ourselves helplessly lost, careening down a path rife with subtle guitar riffs, moving lyrics and lush, emotion rich soundscapes of “Traps”. Calling on associations both indie rock and ambient electronica, this song seamlessly flirts with associations of the likes of Two Door Cinema Club and The 1975, while also giving nods to Bonobo and Tycho at the same time.

As bizarre of a combination of influences as that may be, these cats have nailed it ever-so-effortlessly, leaving this blogger grinning ear-to-ear.

Memex
Operator
Traps
Bodylog
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