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Before the Bigs podcast Episode 2: LAMP 2 year party, Zak Waters, Magic Giant & more!

January 22nd, 2015 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Before the Bigs Radio, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Guest Mix, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Pop, synthpop |

Before the Bigs Podcast ep 2

Here’s a brand new podcast for you, episode 2 of’s radio show/podcast which I’m super excited to share with you. Got my friend Jordan to guest host with me and we had a lot of fun reviewing the LAMP 2-year anniversary dance party, new songs from side projects with Capital CitiesMayer Hawthorne, a collaboration between Hanni El Khatib and Freddie Gibbs as well as features on rising LA artists Zak Waters and Magic Giant. Below you will find the youtube link to the podcast and soundcloud playlist of the 15 songs I played, several of which you can download FOR FREE!!! (more…)

Before the Bigs Radio: BtB Podcast Episode 1: Top 14 songs of 2014

January 14th, 2015 by | Miscellaneous |

Before the Bigs Podcast Ep 1

So I’m definitely a little late on a top 14 tracks of 2014 list but better late than never right? Also this is my first episode of a new format we will be reporting awesome music, through podcasting! After four and a half years, writing about music has lost its luster and I’m excited to transition in talking about music and broadcasting it on soundcloud and in partnership with Radio KSCR. So below is the Soundcloud link of episode 1 of the podcast which is 1 hour and 10 minutes long, mostly music and me talking about why I love each of these songs as well as the 14 track playlist on Soundcloud as well if you don’t feel like listening to me.
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Top 14 tracks of 2014 playlist only:

To listen to it live on Radio KSCR, tune in at noon PST on Wednesday’s to hear my podcast or stream it on our Soundcloud whenever! Comment on your favorite songs below!

Review: Das Tapes and YNGCULT live at The Mint

April 14th, 2014 by | Ambient, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electropop |

Earlier this month I caught my favorite electro-pop/new funkadelic duo Das Tapes and new electro-pop band YNGCULT live at The Mint, put together by Hunnypot Radio, which does fantastic free shows every week at The Mint! Here’s my review below.

Review: Das Tapes live at The Spare Room, Roosevelt Hotel

March 24th, 2014 by | Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Disco, Electropop, synthpop |

Last Thursday, The Burning Ear put together a fantastic free show with Los Angeles funky brother duo Das Tapes bringing their dance vibes to The Spare Room at The Roosevelt Hotel for Glenn Close’s birthday. It was a fun night and one of the best free shows I’ve been to since Das Tapes and the audience not only sang happy birthday to Glenn Close while she was bowling nearby the stage, but I met actor Michael Pena and told him how I enjoyed his movies, he said thanks and gave me a bro hug, it was awesome! Yet the best part of the evening was hearing Das Tapes perform their new jam, “Fetish” which is an absolute hit that sounds like a mix of ClassixxPoolsideToro Y Moi and Chromeo.

Stream and download the new track from Das Tapes below.

L.A.M.P., A Party With A Cool Set Up But Lost Potential

May 4th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Dance Music, Electropop, Hip-Hop/Rap |

A sudden decision last Friday night brought me to a warehouse party just past Downtown LA called L.A.M.P. It was put on by PUZL clothing and even though the set up and performers were amazing, overall I was very disappointed.

We were on the list and at first they refused to let us in and demanded we pay $20! Are you kidding me?!?! We eventually got in with no charge to find a large, empty warehouse space with about 30 dudes and 10 girls (maybe). Yeah it was that bad of a ratio.

The warehouse set up was incredible though. It was sheik, trendy and not at all what I expected before arriving. It is clearly used for various types of events such as art galleries, photo sessions, etc. It had a staircase leading up to a nice kitchen and livingro0m area with a bathroom as well. An attractive girl lived in a room downstairs. This place was one of those, “you have to see it to know exactly what I am talking about” kind of thing.

We made the most of our experience however. We enjoyed a couple of drinks and listened to some great tunes. When we arrived, Special Blend of Audible Mainframe was spinning some great chill hip-hop tunes. Shortly after his set electro-pop duo Das Tapes rocked out and with style too. We have seen them on multiple occasions and they always know how to get a party started. Finally, before we decided to call it a night, PZB came on to continue the energetic vibes with a killer set. Below are my favorite tracks by each performer.

DJ Special Blend (DJSB) – “Play It Cool”

Das Tapes – “Black Ferrari”

DJ PZB – “Sophie loves Acid”

The party wasn’t all bad but it could have been so much better. Usually at warehouse parties there are more activities to do than just watch live music. There is typically things like face painting, a photo booth, arcade games… at least that’s what I enjoyed at the last warehouse party I attended, Brokechella.

Instead there was just some mediocre art work on the walls and a few clothing items from PUZL displayed. It was very easy to get bored in between musical sets.

The music was great though. Hopefully the next one won’t be as much of a disappointment.

Review: Brokechella 2012

April 26th, 2012 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review |

[Photo credit: Justin Baker]

Deep in the monotonous cracks of downtown LA, the 2nd-annual edition of Brokechella announced itself with a homemade cardboard & Christmas lights “Brokechella” sign. So appropriately designed, even a 2Pac mural greeted you upon entrance! A Jarritos truck garnished the DJ stage outside while the main stage faced a shipwreck themed bar in the quaint Six01 Studios. The detailed decor made it more like LowerMiddleClass-Chella than Broke but that just made the aesthetic of the event that much more pleasurable and entertaining. Aside from the eye-catching gold wall entrance art, the glam continued to the art cage, where cinder block stairs led you to an excitable tutu-wearing face paint artist and the flowery photo booth area, carefully designed by Amanda Wallace.

, Goodies from sponsors like Popchips and Activate Water made early-comers feel even better about the “Afternoon Buzz” bar special while Starry Kitchen and Mucho Perro satisfied the hungry.

The music was a blast, despite the occasional blown fuse that simply became a great Brokechella goer inside joke, featuring familiar acts including Infantree, Rumspringa and major crowd-pleaser, Das Tapes. Lesser knowns, such as The Dead Ships, rocked the house while DJ’s like Robin People spun tracks under a mesmerizing LED light board.

Brokechella’s rebuttal to Coachella’s hologram Tupac? Their very own custom-made Tupac pinata – now that’s real 3D! All in all, your 5 bucks was well spent. Joey Stevens of Rumspringa even commented to the crowd, “This is a really well put-together event, which is ironic.”

No doubt, Brokechella is the place to be, whether you’re too broke for Coachella or can only survive one desert weekend!


Editor’s Note: What I loved most about the event besides the awesome up-and-coming musicians (Das Tapes especially), was the interactive art mural, unlimited drinks as lovable VIPs, and just meeting awesome nice people! By the way, Daren Criss from GLEE was apparently in attendance as was a spongebob squarepants pinata. There was never a moment during the evening that I didn’t enjoy an artist’s music!

Shout out to cARTel who put the event together and sent us some of the photos you saw above. “Like” us on facebook and follow on twitter/instragram (@BeforeBigs) for more pictures from Brokechella.

Instead of Coachella… attend BROKECHELLA, it’s only $5!

April 12th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review |

So if your like me and scrambling to find something fun to do while all your friends are going to Coachella this weekend and next weekend, well look no further than Brokechella 2012. This 1-day festival takes place Saturday April 21st in Downtown Los Angeles from 4pm to 2am. more details at

For only $5 dollars… yes I said for only five freaking dollars, you can over 15 up-and-coming and mostly local artists! Since we love up-and-coming artists, here’s three acts you need to catch at Brokechella 2012 which is a great value show I highly recommend you SoCal people check out if your free on Saturday April 21. (more…)

The Dance Party and Das Tapes live at Room 86

February 8th, 2012 by | Concert/Festival Review, Reviews |

So I saw The Dance Party twice last week, once in East Los Angeles and the 2nd most recent time last Friday night in the heart of Hollywood at Room 86. I really liked this show because both artists have been featured on our Best You’ve Never Heard mixes. Click more to read my review of The Dance Party and Das Tapes performance at Room 86.

Exclusive: Das Tapes mixtape

February 1st, 2012 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Daily Mix, Guest Mix |

“Below are eleven tracks that encompass both who we are and where we’re headed.  It is comprised of artists we both look up to and strive to align ourselves with.  It is a mix perfect for both driving up the coast and traveling through time.  We hope you enjoy.” – Das Tapes

Download the 11-track mixtape (Mediafire). Stream and download the continuous mix DJ Burnout created for the mixtape below.

Click more to see the track-listing and links to follow the up-and-coming electronic pop duo Das Tapes. (more…)

Video: Das Tapes – This Party

January 30th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Dance, Electropop, Music Video, synthpop |

It’s time to get funky with some new Das Tapes video, I believe their debut music video. It’s a must-listen song, “This Party”, which is off their self-titled EP (iTunes).

Stream and buy the song “This Party” below.

Music video below. (more…)

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