Insomniac presents Mau5trap at our downtown LA warehouse, featuring deadmau5, Anna, Attlas B2B Matt Lange, and Monstergetdown.
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Joel Zimmerman doesn’t like being called a DJ. The dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as deadmau5, rolls his eyes at the description which he sees as a hopelessly outdated way of describing what he does. His sets are closer to live performances as he assembles tracks on the fly using cutting edge computer technology including software that he’s helped to write himself.
"ANNA is one of Brazil's finest exports and she's quickly climbing the ranks with her seductive yet heavy-hitting brand of techno and tech-house." - Mixmag
Brazil-born and Barcelona-based, ANNA is in high global demand – creating success out of everything she turns to whether producing originals for well-respected labels, remixing top-flight acts or moving dance floors the world over.
Recent releases on the likes of Tronic, Yoshitoshi, Terminal M plus a tech house signature etched on remixes for NERVO through Ultra Records and Gorgon City through Virgin EMI are cementing ANNA’s rightful place at the forefront of dance music and a credibility validated around the world after years of dedicated hard work and uncompromising dedication.
ANNA firmly believes that everyone has a purpose, and at the age of 14 she found her own calling; growing up behind the controls of her father’s popular nightclub in rural Brazil, absorbing the clubbing atmosphere and developing a strong connection to music.
Having not much of a reference point for underground music in her rural DJ booth, it took moving to Sao Paulo for ANNA to dive in to the electronic music scene - quickly joining a local booking agency and getting to grips with producing her own original tracks. Hard work often isn’t glamorous, especially in the face of financial difficulties and playing for free at a young age, but ANNA’s persistence and love for what she does began to pay off as she landed a huge residency at D-Edge, a global stronghold for quality music in Sao Paulo.
Early production support came in the form of Christian Smith and his renowned Tronic label, where ANNA is still a regular collaborator. After meeting Christian once he relocated to Brazil, “Behind The Groove” was a name establishing release in 2011, with highly acclaimed follow ups on Kraftek, Bla Bla, Witty Tunes and Toolroom Records reaffirming her deft studio talent.
“Let’s get one thing straight: we f*cking love ANNA and her beats.” – Mixmag
Continuing with a relentless touring and production schedule, she is intent on exceeding expectations in all aspects of music. Performing to packed crowds in her home of Brazil, Greece, Hungary, France, South Africa, Germany and even China, ANNA expertly draws party goers in to a frenzy.
ANNA also graces the Beatport Top 10 sales charts on a staggeringly regular occurrence and has enjoyed heavy endorsements over the years from the who’s who of DJing including Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and Damian Lazarus with regular airplay through BBC Radio 1.
“ANNA has arrived and is here to stay” according to THUMP, so watch out for a Brazilian whirlwind of grooves coming to rock a dancefloor near you.
The notoriously camera shy ATTLAS has come a long way from the days of writing Lord Of The Rings-¬esque music for a BBQ sauce commercial (for free). He first came to prominence in November 2014 with the heavily sought after deadmau5 ‘Aural Psynapse’ remix. It caused a tidal wave of speculation that ATTLAS was in fact a side project of the mau5 himself.
That speculation ended when he was officially ‘outed’ by Pete Tong , announcing ATTLAS is Jeff Hartford, Canadian producer, dj and classically trained musician. An incredible depth of influences from travelling, alongside music, film and art worlds have had a decided effect on his musical outpourings, which were all jazz, classical and guitars until trips to Amsterdam, Berlin and attending the homecoming ‘Meowington Hax’ 2k11 tour. As Jeff says himself: ‘From there, it was a musical attempt to synthesize my influences and aspirations as best as I could.’ But not content to fit the mold or cracking a ‘sound’ to repeat ever after, as anyone who’s followed him can attest to.
And boy has he been busy ever since. Three six track EP releases (Siren, Scene & Sin), a number of stand alone singles alongside a slew of high profile and wide ranging mixes have subsequently followed. Tove Lo, Aphex Twin and Rihanna’s ‘BBHMM’have all had the ATTLAS touch, withBBHMM voted 2nd best remix of 2015 (Billboard).
2016 has seen him touring and supporting with the likes of Nero, Zed’s Dead, Alison Wonderland and most recently joined deadmau5 himself for back to back sets and writing sessions on the North American mau5hax Bus Tour.
His first release ‘Aspen’ this year has set the tone for what’s to follow, with two further EPs and singles planned throughout the year alongside a number of key major artist productions and an ever growing set of festival dates it’s fair to say that ATTLAS is truly prolific!
L.A.-based producer/composer/DJ Matt Lange delivers a darkly melodic breed of electronic music rooted in raw energy and emotion. Hand-selected by deadmau5 as one of the latest signings to his label mau5trap, the lifelong musician now makes his full-length debut with the groove-heavy, intricately textured Ephemera. As his first album release for mau5trap, Ephemera’s title reflects the restless innovation inherent in Lange’s musicianship. “The album’s really a snapshot of where I am right now as an artist,” Lange explains. “It’s this turning point where I have one foot in the world of dance music, and the other foot in a whole different direction.”
With Mixmag pointing out that Lange possesses “more musical predilection in his pinky than most producers’ entire catalog,” Ephemera reveals both the creative adventurousness and exquisite precision at the core of Lange’s sound. “My music is always very handmade,” says Lange, noting that most of Ephemera’s tracks started out on guitar, piano, or modular synthesizer. “I don’t ever use any outside material. Creating it all on my own lets me have a much more personal connection to everything I do.” And though the album’s offerings veer from the eerily charged yet infectious atmospherics of club tracks like “My Love Aside” to the downtempo intimacy of vocal-driven numbers like “Lying to Myself,” all of Ephemera is infused with a moody intensity that proves the depth of that connection. “I’m not very good at writing bright, happy music,” says Lange. “I need there to be an underlying sense of melancholy in order to really get pulled into the song.”
Growing up in Manhattan, Lange started playing piano at age four and sung in a boy’s choir from ages six to 13, then picked up the guitar and quickly joined a hardcore/metal band. “I got into the production side of things when I was 15, mostly because I wanted to make my own demos for the band, and that completely changed my relationship with music,” says Lange. After majoring in music production at Boston’s Berklee College of Music—and shaping his sound with inspiration from groups like Hybrid and Telefon Tel Aviv—Lange was enlisted by BT to co-produce his critically acclaimed, Grammy Award-nominated album These Hopeful Machines. Lange next struck out on his own, turning out releases like 2014’s Staccato EP (a #2 Progressive House Release on Beatport), creating official remixes for tracks as eclectic as The M Machine’s “Shadow in the Rose Garden” (OWSLA) and Usher’s “Numb” (RCA), and serving as producer on Glenn Morrison’s “Goodbye” (a 2013 release that went platinum in Canada and sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide). Along with playing festivals like EDC Las Vegas and TomorrowWorld and earning praise as 2014’s #1 DJ to watch by VIBE.com, he eventually caught the attention of deadmau5, who included his “Scorched Earth Policy” on the We Are Friends: Volume 3 compilation (released in February 2015) and “Nice Shades, Wesley” on We Are Friends: Volume 4 (June 2015).
Despite exploring so many genres and directions through the years, certain principles have remained constant for Lange. “As I got older, I found the tracks that worked out best were the ones I made without regard to what other people would think of them,” he says. “People can always tell when music’s coming from a place that’s true to you, so I learned that the key is to be totally honest and just do what I love and what interests me most.” That honesty is also closely tied to his creative process and musical sensibilities. “To me electronic music is mainly a medium that gives you the freedom and ability to use anything you want to,” he says. “When you take live instrumentation and process it in a way that creates this hybrid sound that’s stuck in between two worlds and you can’t figure out what’s what, that’s my favorite space to live in. The only real limitation is what you’re able to imagine.”
Eliazar (Charlie) Torres, better known as "Monstergetdown," was born and raised in Boyle Heights, California. In early 2008 he discovered electronic dance music and amazing artists such as Green Velvet, Surkin, deadmau5, Paco Osuna, Stimming, and Tim Green. This unique techno/tech house producer stumbled upon Ableton Live 8 Suite in the spring of 2010 and later that year began to produce a blend of electro/tech house music. Shortly after, Monstergetdown was born.
2011 and '12 were spent putting much time into producing prominent tracks and perfecting his performance skills. He was chosen as one of the winners for the Discovery Project: Nocturnal Wonderland this year, which is one of his biggest accomplishments yet, but he is not stopping there. He recently signed one of his latest tracks, "This Place," to Gualan Records which is going to be released later this year. His live sets are full of big fat ass basslines that have the crowd wanting more. Even with two years of producing, his sound seems only to progress more and more each day. Keep an eye out for this productive tech house producer and his vibrant dj sets. There is no stopping him. MGD
I'm Charlie (Monstergetdown). I started producing that sound of mine in 2010 and since then have accomplished a good amount of things in the three years thus far. Played some dope shows met some cool people, but it's just begun. Also got upcoming release on System Recordings "The Underground" EP out in September really excited about it you should be too!
Home Town: Boyle Heights, CA
Currently Living: Boyle Heights, CA
Origin Of Name: It came from one of my favorite bands I Monster. I was trying to name a track I made when I just started producing, and I said to myself damn this song gets down, put one and one together and I ended up with Monstergetdown.
Weapon of Choice: Always different
Source of Power: Life
Was there one particular moment in the recording or mixing process for your Discovery Project entry that made you feel like you were creating something pretty damn special?
I don’t know really. When I saw the contest I knew I had to enter…I had a feeling in my gut that I would have a chance at winning, if I just did my thing…and I did.
Are there any dots to connect with where/how you grew up to your musical output?
A variety of music was played in the household: hip-hop, rock and roll, Spanish music, classic music, disco, oldies, dance and house music.
What do your parents think of what you are doing?
That it is just a hobby, ha-ha.
What’s the strangest part of your job?
That I can create, and make those around me dance.
What’s the biggest misconception about being a DJ?
Really anyone can do it, but producing on the other hand is actually harder than it may seem.
Tell me about your most memorable night out.
Watching deadmau5 live at TAO 08-09. I threw a bracelet I made for him at him and it hit his face pretty hard, ha-ha.
Do you have any memorable moments from past EDC's or any other Insomniac party?
EDC 2008 was my first massive rave and was so insane. Joaquin Bamaca, Moby and Benny B killed it.
How does what you do for a living affect you on a day-to-day basis?
Doesn’t really effect me or anyone at all I think, I love it and everyone does too.
What is your ultimate career dream?
Release on my favorite labels and become friends with all my favorite producers.
Are you impulsive with your work or do you have a sketch in mind before you start?
Just go in and see what happens. Once I have a solid foundation I sculpt it out from there. I like to take my time when I work on music.
What’s the most important piece of gear in your studio?
Most definitely my laptop, has my DAW (Ableton Live 9 Suite), and plugins and samples I use.
What sound or noise do you love?
Funky groovy sub bass.
What should everyone just shut the fuck up about?
Daft Punk “Get Lucky” and all that other top 100 slip slop.
What gets you excited when you think about the future of electronic music and club culture?
When you look at electronic music and the surrounding culture, what worries you about the future?
What are your weaknesses?
I’m a little more to myself.
How would you describe your sound to a deaf person?
Groovy, funky—they’d feel the bassline.
Is success physical or internal?
Most definitely internal, all I know is it feels great to have accomplished some of my goals that I have set for myself.
What do you remember about your first DJ gig?
Lots of people, and cameras, a Funktion One Soundsystem on a fucking boat at a rave.
What’s the hardest professional lesson you’ve learned thus far?
Doors open and close.
Do you have a favorite all-time mixed CD or series?
Maybe this Dubfire 2007 compilation CD my dad gave me.
What advice would you offer someone thinking about entering the Discovery Project competition?
Be original. Believe in yourself, anything is possible.
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