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Grandtheft talks festivals, Heroes, and Butter Chicken Roti [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Now that we’re only a few weeks out from teaming up with Awesome Factory to bring Grandtheft to the 1UP, we feel like it’s the perfect time for you to get to know a little more about this Torontonian producer/DJ. So sit back, press play on his freshly released track, and enjoy the read. When you’re done, click here to pick up tickets to the show on February 26th.

TMN: Hey man! Thank you for taking some time to answer a few questions for us. First and foremost, talk to us about the monster tour you’re on right now. How are you holding up?

Grandtheft: I haven’t really stopped touring for the last year. It’s been totally insane and also the best year ever. I am holding up ok but i have probably shaved a couple years off my life hahaha

TMN: We’re looking forward to having you at the 1UP here in Denver. Are you excited to come back to the Mile High City?

Grandtheft: SO excited to be back in Denver. Such a sick music city and just quality vibes all round.

TMN: You have a few festivals on the tour as well, including Spring Awakening, Wobblefest and Ultra. We’re curious – do you prefer the intimate club setting, or the rowdy, expansive festival setting?

Grandtheft: I like both equally. I like creating a contained vibe in a venue or club setting. I In my eyes, I make more club music more than the typical ‘festival bangers’ heard at main stages. But i love to do my thing in front of a festival crowd. The energy of such a big group of music-lovers can be really something amazing.
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Cash Cash – Surrender (Club Killers Trap Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Surrender (Club Killers Trap Remix)

Club Killers claim to be from Sin City, but we have an overwhelming feeling they’re hailing from the Aloha state. Why’s that you ask? Because Hawaii’s area code is 808, and this collective of bass heads are all about those 808s.

Ok, that was pretty cheesy, but we really couldn’t help ourselves. Now that we have our awkward intro out of the way, we can get to what really matters – this top-notch remix. Taking the glowing, progressive and quite legendary tune from New York-based Cash Cash, Club Killers have sampled out the uplifting vocals and blended them in seamlessly with a melodic trap anthem. It’s bass heavy, yet still maintains the inspiring aura of the original.

No strangers to success, these cats have racked up plays on plays on plays, seeing some tracks in the millions on soundcloud. With one listen through to their interpretation of “Surrender,” we’re sure you’ll figure out why that’s been happening.

This tune is an official remix, out today via Big Beat/Atlantic Records. Aside from finding it there, we’re pretty sure you’ll hear it at Ultra, EDC, Coachella, and every other festival, club, and sub-laden vehicle out there.

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Bon Iver – Blood Bank (Spencer Barnett Cover) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Most of us have similar stories for what we were up to at the age of 13. We definitely were all chasing around someone with those googly, adolescent, heart-shaped eyes, trying our damnedest to deal with raging hormones. Some of us were skating around the neighborhood, avoiding harassment from the police and concerned citizens. Some of us were playing team sports, competing for coveted trophies that would later do nothing more than collect dust. Some of us were getting into things we rightfully shouldn’t be – cigarettes, booze, and worse. While most of us can check a few of those boxes, we can safely assume that nearly none can relate to what Spencer Barnett was doing.

Just last summer, this incredibly gifted teenager entered Shangri-La Studios in Malibu with Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind. After initially catching Jenkins’ ear with a stunning rendition of “Hallelujah,” the two decided to work together on his debut EP, 13 Summers In.

A few years ago, I joined a student band and nobody wanted to sing. So, I said, ’I’ll give it a shot,’ and I actually surprised myself to discover that I was a half decent singer. – Spencer Barnett

We’re fortunate enough to bring you an exclusive, debut look at this budding young artist, as he spills his soul vocally through Bon Iver’s painfully beautiful lyrics. With his take on “Blood Bank,” we’re left jaw agape and pleasantly aghast at not only the raw vocal finesse, but also the refined maturity displayed. It’s difficult to imagine that this is a 13 year old boy behind the microphone, as his persona carries strong associations of a much older soul.

Following today’s release, newly developed fans can expect to hear renditions of John Legend’s “All of Me,” Death Cab For Cutie’s “I Will Follow You Into The Dark,” and Calvin Harris’ “Summer.” On top of which, you’ll also start to see releases on his own label, Mission Records, where the proceeds are used to give back to the community.

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[Indie] Gordi – Taken Blame

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Somewhere down under, we know that the weather is warm, road trips are being planned, adventures are happening, and the soul of summer is being immortalized through the music of people’s most beloved artists. Sydney songstress Gordi has added to the glory of the season with her release of “Taken Blame.”

This up-and-coming artist caused a stir in the latter part of 2014, and is now returning to stoke the fires of her upcoming EP. Having already received our full attention with “Nothing’s As It Seems,” today she’s commanding even more adoration with “Taken Blame.” Set to the soft, yet engaging strum of an acoustic guitar, a distorted, humming bassline, and fluttering synths, the warm-weather season is brought to life with her illustrious vocals, leaving us wishing we were experiencing the same season as our friends in the Southern Hemisphere.

Press play and get lost for a few minute’s time. It will be the best thing you’ve done all day today.

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[Resident Artist of the Month] Justin Jay

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HARD Summer 2014 Live Sets: JUSTIN JAY

As we roll over into the month of February, we’re eagerly awaiting the announcement of a new Resident Artist. It’s something that we look forward to after the first of every month. There’s just something about getting everything lined up for four full weeks of content based around a single artist that gets us pretty damn stoked.

This month, we’re pleased to welcome in the youngest member of the Dirtybird family, none other than Mr. Justin Jay. Even at the young age of just 21, this Angelino has already garnered support from giants like Claude VonStroke, Jamie Jones, Disclosure, and Pete Tong. Using elements of his soul, funk and jazz roots, he brings in naturally dancy elements to his house tunes, creating forward-thinking and infectious soundscapes worthy of not only the best moments on the dance floor, but also those spent grooving in your bathroom mirror while getting ready for the day.

Coming around the bend, you’ll be catching an exclusive interview, some new music, and a selection of Jay’s favorite tunes. Make sure to keep up with him on facebook and twitter so you don’t miss out.

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The Wombats – Greek Tragedy [TMN BTS Video Premiere]

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Greek Tragedy

“Greek Tragedy” has been stirring up a commotion across the blogosphere and the radio, premiering first as the “Hottest Record” on Zane Low Radio 1. The newly released single comes off The Wombats upcoming LP, Glitterbug (out April 14 via Bright Antenna Records), and offers up a buzzing, playful sound that’s downright infectious. Undoubtedly inciting the need to bob your head up and down, it’s one that we’re sure you won’t quickly shake from our memory.

Speaking of things we can’t shake from our memory; the accompanying music video that goes along with this tune is rather dark. British Actress April Pearson plays the role of a psycho-stalker fan that exacts her revenge on the band for snubbing her in various situation. As the video progresses, we’re offered up a macabre glimpse of her murderous actions.

Directed by Untitled Films’ Finn Keenan (who has also worked with the Strypes, The Kooks, and Raglans), this one is definitely not safe for work, but it is rather entertaining. We’ve included it below, as well as the official behind the scenes video which provides fans an inside glimpse of everything that went into the making.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 2/5 – 2/7

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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!

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Tuh Tuh Duh (Dieselboy + Mark The Beast Remix)

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