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Best of August 2015 on Soundcloud *60 songs to get you through the day (and night)!

September 2nd, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Guest Mix, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Pop, R&B, Remix, Rock, synthpop |

soundcloud billboardbiz 650 600x396 Best of August 2015 on Soundcloud *60 songs to get you through the day (and night)!So I decided the best way to put together all the songs I discovered in August 2015 would be to make an epic playlist dedicated to all those songs. Below is the 60-track playlist which ranges in genre and the popularity of the artist. Read below the playlist to hear my thoughts on several of these artists to keep an eye on. (more…)

Review: Echo Park Rising *Harriet Brown, Happyness, Survive

August 17th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, R&B, synthpop |

Harriet Brown2 600x399 Review: Echo Park Rising *Harriet Brown, Happyness, SurviveLast weekend I attended Echo Park Rising for a few hours and caught acts that were mostly forgettable except for Harriet Brown, an Asian male with a bowl cut who might be the 2nd coming of Prince! Here’s my review of the acts I saw below.
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Review: Mike Posner and Main Attrakionz at Bardot

June 1st, 2015 by | Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, R&B |

Mike Posner Bardot Hollywood 05252015 750x410 600x328 Review: Mike Posner and Main Attrakionz at BardotLast Monday, I caught cloud rap duo Main Attrakionz and Mike Posner perform new songs to much delight of the Hollywood crowd at Bardot. Main Attrakionz opened things up quite nicely with wave-y beats, solid rhymes and just a really good presence, I’m super excited for their debut album to come out on Vapor Records later this month. Here’s a song off the upcoming album.

Mike Posner was last to close out the night and he didn’t perform his hit single, Cooler Than Me, but performed many hit songs he wrote for Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne and others as well as “Please Don’t Go”, easily one of my favorites he did and what I feel should have been another hit single. I also really liked his striped down version of “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” which was fun to hear him partying with DJs and other famous music folk. (more…)

Review: Coin, Pretty Sister at Bardot

May 20th, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electropop, R&B, Rock, synthpop |

mg02762 600x400 Review: Coin, Pretty Sister at BardotJune 9, indie rockers COIN, made their LA debut performing at KCRW’s It’s A School Night at Bardot in Hollywood, CA. They rocked out and performed some future hits and were a lot of fun to see live! My favorite song by far was “Run”, their single that’s hitting alternative stations on satellite radio and is a hit single!

Watch the music video for “Run” below. (more…)

BtB Episode 9 featuring Tahsan Scott of Groundsounds.com

March 18th, 2015 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Ambient, Before the Bigs Radio, Dance, Disco, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Pop, R&B, synthpop |

Screen shot 2012 09 17 at 8.20.33 PM e1349404648655 BtB Episode 9 featuring Tahsan Scott of Groundsounds.comBefore the Bigs Music Podcast episode 9 was a bit shorter (around an hour versus hour and 5 minutes like the other episodes) but it was packed full of great new tunes in hip-hop, dance, alternative and much more variety as Tahsan Scott of Groundsounds.com came on the show and brought with him a few new tracks from Action Bronson featuring Chance The Rapper and produced by Mark RonsonTimothy Rhyme and Tuxedo.

We also played new releases from Toro Y MoiCape LionSatellite Stories, Von SellArmorsCon Bro Chill and A.W.O.L. featuring Freedom Fry. Also we go in depth with the future of Years and Years and electronica trio from the UK whose crafting a sound similar to fellow UK producers Rudimental and Disclosure combining 90′s R&B elements with house sounds that I’m absolutely loving lately.

Before the Bigs Podcast Episode 9 by Beforebigs.Com on Mixcloud

Before the Bigs Podcast Episode 5 with Kosha Dillz + new music from Madeon, Penguin Prison and more!

February 12th, 2015 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Before the Bigs Radio, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Dance, Disco, Electropop, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Pop, R&B, synthpop |

KoshaFlyer 600x600 Before the Bigs Podcast Episode 5 with Kosha Dillz + new music from Madeon, Penguin Prison and more!On the latest episode of Before the Bigs Music Podcast I got my friend and rapper Kosha Dillz on the show. We talk about his latest song “Tubeshvat Hop”, his upcoming plans including his own showcase at SXSW 2015 and Warped Tour this summer and he even spits a little freestyle for us! For more on Kosha Dillz, visit koshadillzworld.com

Listen to the podcast below!
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I also play tunes from Madeon featuring Passion Pit, new singles from Great Good Fine OK, Penguin Prison, new feature on Flor, Sameblod, That’s Nice featuring vocals from Miami Horror lead singer Josh Moriarty, Coleman Hell, TC4, debut song from Boo Seeka and new new from Remi Miles.

If you don’t want to hear me talk and just want the songs we played on the podcast, stream and download below.
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Preview: Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days In LA *MUST-SEE Shows!

October 30th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B, Rock, synthpop |

unnamed1 Preview: Red Bull Sound Selects 30 Days In LA *MUST SEE Shows!So we are soon approaching something very awesome in LA featuring over 60 musicians in a 30 day period in November. Starting November 1st through November 30th, Red Bull Sound Select has put together 30 concerts showcasing various talents and I can’t be more excited. My coworkers at The Grammys and I have been talking about this constantly about what shows were going to, as I’m really excited not only because of the musical variety that RBSS has curated during the month of November but highlighting local acts that need more attention and curating shows at venues all over this vast city of Angels. Below I’m here to tell you which 5 shows you definitely can’t miss! (more…)

Review: Mikey Pauker and Scotty Grand at The Hotel Cafe

April 13th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Music Video, R&B |

10154205 10152777467119816 1488427142 n 408x600 Review: Mikey Pauker and Scotty Grand at The Hotel CafeEarlier this month I saw Jewish folk musician Mikey Pauker and up-and-coming R&B musician/songwriter Scotty Grand at The Hotel Cafe. Here’s my review. (more…)

Download: Gallant – Jupiter Grayscale *sensual glittery R&B soul

March 30th, 2014 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop, R&B |

image001 600x399 Download: Gallant   Jupiter Grayscale *sensual glittery R&B soulToday is Lazy Sunday but I’ve decided to get out of bed and blog after lying down and listening to this track earlier today and realizing it’s sensual soulful joy with glittery beats from producer Maths Time Joy and vocal ecstasy from Gallant.

Hotly tipped LA artist Gallant has revealed a new track today in “Jupiter Greyscale”. Produced by Maths Time Joy and featured on Gallant’s upcoming debut EP Zebra, the track is a study in intricate beats from MTJ and the showstopping vocal of Gallant.

The artist has gained fans at Pitchfork, The Guardian, NME, Noisey and BBC Radio 1 with his chilling falsetto, beguiling many on tracks from his upcoming debut EP, Zebra.  Following If It Hurts, Manhattan and Forfeit is Jupiter Greyscale. Hooking up with hotly tipped UK producer Maths Time Joy, the track is a study in intricate beats and stunning vocals. With Zebra fast approaching, this track is yet another example of why Gallant is on the rise. Follow him on facebook for more on this emerging talent.

Thank you Thursday #1 | Gabe & Sunny

November 7th, 2013 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, R&B |

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INTRO

Thank You Thursday is a random Thursday (ie; whenever I feel inspired to write) note to just thank an artist for creating something. That could be a song, an album, a video, poetry, or even visual art.  It’s just a “hey thanks for doing something cool and contributing to the artistic society. I really appreciate it”. There will be no hate or negative criticism from me in these notes.  There will also be no “coulda woulda shoulda” from me. I feel as though art gets judged too much like a test.  Especially independent music by mostly unknown artists.  It’s hard enough being a nobody artist :cough: ME :cough: and to have your friends, family, and music associates tell you that you need to do this that and the third doesn’t help.  How about we just celebrate artists for doing some cool ass shit and say THANKS!

MY BACKGROUND

I have always wanted to review albums but felt that since I was a musician it was “Wrong”. Yup, got over that shit quick.  I love listening to music and dissecting it just as I do creating and producing it.  I especially love when music is interesting, creative, and original. I really don’t care what genre it is as long as it has “BALLZ”. What are “Ballz” you may ask? BALLZ are kind of this x-factor that a song, artist, or album has. It’s what seperates it from the norm. There are certain pop songs and pop artists that have BALLZ too.  An example of an album with BALLZ (just my opinion y’all) would be Kanye West – Yeezus.  You have either heard it or heard about it. You either love it, hate it or give zero fucks. But, this album has some serious juevos. It just really doesn’t care at all.  An example of a pop song with BALLZ (just my opinion y’all) that came out this year would be Taylor Swift – Trouble. Extremely damn well done. I mean from the production to the lyrics, to the composition to the arrangement. It’s just has this edge to it even though it’s catchy as fuck and straight up pop (can you get anymore pop than Taylor Swift?!). tumblr inline mvuc7xCDUQ1qmn07l Thank you Thursday #1 | Gabe & Sunny

But those are mainstream artists. This note is exclusively for the BEFOREBIGS blog which means that they have to still have some underground cred to their names and well… be unknown to most people.  So with that I’m going to give a huge thank you to GABE & SUNNY’s album “FREE CANDY”. This album has some serious BALLZ. Gabriel Niles (who is a long time music friend and collaborator) freaked the shit out of this project. He somehow combined dream pop, indie shoe gaze, hip hop, and electronic music into this pretty much genreless (or too many genres?!) work of art.  I think I’m on listen 10 or 11 of the whole album but as with most thing, this shit ages with time.  The creativity lies within how you don’t know what is a sample and what was played.  The originality factor is within the lack of a defined genre but you can hear every genre that he is pulling from, and the interesting credit goes to how well he utilizes Sunny’s vocals. They are sparse at times, and very in your face at other times. This is one of those albums where you can actually hear and feel the producers executive reach and power.  This is the type of album that I strive to make when collaborating with other like minded artists.  I wouldn’t say I’m jealous but I’m quick to say that this album is a huge inspiration and wake up call to me that anything can be done. Stream Free Candy below.

So again, THANK YOU mr. Gabriel Niles and Mrs. Sunny Gicz (and a secret shout out to Ced Hughes) for blessing the interwebz with your creation.  I could have written another 5 pages and broken down each song but you know what… I’ll let the cool people that read this do that for themselves.

Til the next Thursday that I feel like being Thankful

-Daren | DLake

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