[TMN Exclusive Interview] Jaykode Talks Dream Festivals, In N’ Out Burgers and New Music

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BeeHive (Out Now)

Only a few days ago, rising bass aficionado, JayKode, released massive track, “BeeHive,” via Buygore. The piece is an elaborate scheme of electronic and live instrumentals that create a sound he labels as “classical bass.” You can hear JayKode demonstrating his mastery of both the piano and guitar, as well as production through out the track.

After having a listen of “BeeHive,” TMN was eager to get to know the producer behind the intense and intricately structured tune.

TMN: Many who listen to your music may be unaware that you’re not only a producer, but additionally, a classically trained musician. What made you decide to create electronic music?

JayKode: It’s been a long and interesting journey. I’ve been doing music almost my whole life. Like you mentioned, I started playing the piano when I was 7, then picked up the guitar when I was 13. Ever since then, I told myself that my number 1 goal in life would be to get my music out there to the world. Back then, I was heavy into the hardcore and metal scene but as I was growing out of it, I started getting into electronic music because all my friends were listening to it. This is back in 2007/2008, so the music was very different compared to how it is now but there was this energy and heaviness that really appealed to me. It was actually very similar to metal as far as composition, build-ups, drops/breakdowns, etc…Once I discovered Wolfgang Gartner, who is still one of my biggest inspirations to this day, I realized that I can actually use my classical skills and guitar skills and combine them to make some really dope electronic music. I feel like he was one of the first to really break that barrier by combining extremely melodic/classical elements with super distorted basslines and I immediately fell in love with his music because of that. That’s really when I embarked on this journey.


TMN: Would you consider electronic music the most predominant genre in CA at this time?

JayKode: I think so. I mean hip-hop is still a very big part of California, and more specifically Los Angeles, culture but I don’t think it’s bigger than electronic music. I know this is an overused example, but look at the Sahara tent at Coachella. Every year they put more and more emphasis on that stage and it keeps getting bigger and crazier with each festival. Sometimes it’s even more crowded than the main stage. It’s also mostly what you hear on the radio nowadays as well. Whether we want to accept it or not, the boundaries between pop and electronic music are becoming almost non-existent at this point. Mainstream pop nowadays IS mostly electronic music.

Read the rest of our interview with JayKode after the jump!

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 6/18 – 6/20

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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)
– Secret Ninja Pass is valid for ONLY Friday and Saturday shows

A-Trak - 6/18
’Let You Go ft. Great Good Fine Ok (A
Trak Remix)’
ETC! ETC! / NGHTMRE - 6/19
’ETC!ETC! x Tha Trickaz – Supa Hot Fire (OUT NOW!)’
’The Prodigy – Rhythm Bomb feat. Flux Pavilion (NGHTMRE Remix)’
Shiba San - 6/20
’Destructo feat Problem – Dare You 2 Move (Shiba San Remix)’
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[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 151)

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Let the weekend officially begin! Let the pre-gaming ensue, with partying planned deep in the night. Let your night roll just as the current Friday Party Playlist does, with energy building until its time to close out. We can only hope your night ends just as this does with “No Panties,” too. Before that, you have a whole night to get through, with a whole gang of tunes from artists like Said The Sky, Jantsen with Dirt Monkey, Bad Catholics and Trapzillas. All of these tunes come for free, as usual, but this time tracks have been taken from rosters by Kairos Audio, Buygore, Main Course and CAPS LOCK CREW. #danceirresponsibly

’FMM: Huntar – Autumn’
’Said The Sky – Book Of Us (ft. Mothica)’
’Kaptain – Summer Breeze’
’Jantsen & Dirt Monkey – Freaks’
’Made Monster X Dane Brennan – White Bitch Ft. The Yung God’
’Jack Ü – To Ü (Bad Catholics Remix)’
’GALANTIS – “WATER” (REMIX D.BEAM)’
’Stabby – Nebula’
’The Police – Message In A Bottle (Hirshee Remix)’
’Skitzofrenix – Bounce’
’YOOK!E – Don’t’
’Trapzillas & Los XL – Dame Eso’
’Geist! – No Panties (feat. Young Blaze)’
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[Festival Review] Four Days In The Life of a Ninja at Movement Music Festival

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All photos copyright and courtesy of Matthew Reyer & Black Tuesday

Detroit’s fabled Movement Electronic Music Festival (formerly DEMF) was a visceral experience to say the least. From the sternum throttling bass kicks of the world’s loudest soundsystems designed exactly for all facets of dance music, the artificial crunch of plastic bottles and beer cans condensing beneath our feet in a warehouse basement at 5:00 a.m., to the general amounts of love from nearly every corner of the industry; we had an engaging and wonderful time. And with new owners Paxahau doing most everything in their ability to ensure a great Memorial Day Weekend, for the most part, the shows went off without a hitch.

Our team arrived late Friday night, and with still at least a couple of hours left in the evening to party before Movement’s official kick off the following afternoon, we headed to Detroit’s gritty warehouse district for an incredibly deep and storied lineup featuring both Moodyman and Theo Parrish taking us all to the Church of House through a vinyl only, eclectic set fusing neo-jazz, classic disco and plenty of contemporary house and techno without well… too much mixing really. It was certainly a throwback night in every sense, even an ode to Paradise Garage maestro Larry Levan style mixing. It was great to get back to our roots, stop being so damn critical, just enjoy a couple of dance music legends and set the stage for our weekend.

Read our entire Movement review after the jump!

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 5/28-5/30

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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)

Sander Van Doorn - 5/28
’Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix, DVBBS featuring Aleesia – Gold Skies (Original Mix) OUT NOW’
Koan Sound - 5/29
’Koan Sound – Strike’
Max Cooper - 5/30
’Essential Mix – Max Cooper – No Voice Overs’
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[Hybrid/Bass] Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (Modern Machines Remix)

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Major Lazer & DJ Snake -Lean On (Modern Machines Remix)

When the ninjas sit down to consult about what genre tags we give a track, for the sake of site organization, sometimes we have a song that gives us some trouble. We love this trouble, because the songs that lie in their own space are few and far between. Modern Machines new remix is one of those songs that had us scratching our heads a bit.

The New York duo took on Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s “Lean On,” which they turned into a hybrid track that pulls from dubstep and trap; however, it lies in the midtempo range, giving it a very subtle twerky vibe. They take a turn from their energetic house music to focus their attention on bassheads, and they have succeeded in creating a dope remix. Get your free copy today!

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[Multi-Genre] UZ – Trap Shit V22 EP

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The Trap Shit V22 EP from UZ came out recently, with remixes being provided by Astronomar, Craze and Twine. Just as the 21st EP was released for free, this project can be downloaded without having to fork over some dough. UZ’s original is a mellow trap to jersey club (and back again) beast that is both wacky and thug at the same time. Astronomar brings a jungle vibe to his bouncy remix that is followed by Craze’s, who turns things up with a twerky bass hit. Twine brings his hard edge to finish off the project with a magnificent hybrid flip. Trap Shit V22 is all around fire that is a must download, so don’t forget to on your way out.

’UZ – Trap Shit V22’
’UZ – Trap Shit V22 (Astronomar Remix)’
’UZ – Trap Shit V22 (Craze Remix)’
’UZ – Trap Shit V22 (Twine Remix)’
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