“Jamurai” from Nick Richards, also known as Starchasr, is one of the latest releases from Austin-based label Brawla Records for the DJ arsenal, guaranteed to start a mosh pit. If hard-hitting and reverberating bass is your thing, then “Jamurai” is the track to scoop up. You can preview the track below on Soundcloud or stream it on Spotify. “Jamurai” is the first track to be released from Starchasr’s Magnata EP and it is quite the introduction. Nick Richards started off as a musical maverick at 15 years old, choosing to experiment with bass music and craft his own sound on his laptop. A lot has taken place since Nick began to toy and tinker with beats in Garage Band. The name Starchasr is a moniker Richards used for video games. Now he is part of The Dirty Collective in Houston, Texas and is signed with Brawla Records, an Austin Texas based label that describes itself as “a music label with a curated point of view.” Brawla Records is where you will find Nick Richards’s upcoming Mangata EP, a mix of dubstep, trap, and experimental, future bass tracks. There are two sides of the musical coin in this EP. “Skwish” and “The Witch” make up the dubstep/trap side of the EP. Big Cats, Dot Matrix Demo, and Shoreline are on the future bass/experimental side of the EP.”Big Cat” is one of my favorite joints on the EP. It’s solid future bass. I love how the vocal hooks fit into the track and are made into part of the beat. The artwork for “Big Cat” is fitting. A woman blends into the night sky and out of the corner of her left eye is what appears to be some sort of aura or spirit soaring up into the cosmos. The track does have a spacey feel. “Shoreline” is one of those put-your-top down songs you play on the way to the beach. The song is stripped down and accented with finger snaps. The melody drops in this one are on point. “Skwish uses expertly timed hi-hats and atmospheric sounds like gunshots to deliver a nice hip swaying trap beat. There’s a little something for every bass music head on this EP. Look out for it on Brawla Records in the fall. Purchase “Jamurai” on Apple Music and Beatport. You can check out Starchasr’s other tracks here. Follow Starchasr on Facebook and Twitter.
Humankind and its relation with music is a nutrient to our body, we cannot live without it. The relationship with music goes way back, as far as we can define ourselves. But now, for the time being, we are going to stick to this new and modern music art form “EDM” which has evolved much faster and gained popularity at an astonishing rate. The term “EDM” has been bugging a lot of us for a while now. The world really needs to know that EDM is much more than a big name DJ playing on the Ultra main stage. We are now going to dive straight in and going to talk about the popular sub-genres in EDM. TRAP: Trap is one of the most popular sub-genres as the majority of EDM lovers enjoy listening to it. Categorized by its Hip-Hop influence and sound almost synonymous with rap, has been dominating dance floors throughout the world when producers added rhythmic drops, rap vocals, and 808 bass sound to create such monster sound. Dubstep: Dubstep is second on the list of popular sub-genres of EDM. Dubstep is known to be tightly coiled with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, occasional vocals, and clipped samples. There have been debates about Dubstep being dead but “Skrillex” revolutionized this somewhat new sub-genre and came all the way to the top simply by making people listen to the tracks by reinventing the style. To settle this argument of Dubstep being dead, we simply need to look at the fact that its second most popular after Trap. Notable sub-genre under Dubstep are Brostep, Luvstep, and thugstep. House: Third in the list goes to House. It is truly an American, as it grew in Chicago in 1980s. It is considered to be the most “Human” sounding music of all genres and because of its catchy tunes, is mostly used in top 20 mixes. Notable sub-genres are deep house, progressive house, tech house, electro house and tribal house. Trance: What else Germans gave to the world apart from cars and heavy machinery? It’s trance music. Born in the 1990s in Germany, Trance has become very popular. It is usually known for repetitiously build up and breaking down huge melodies. It has always been popular since its inception, but in its native land, it’s entirely a different beast. Notable sub-genres are vocal trance, tech trance, progressive trance. Drum & Bass: Drum & Bass is one of the most intense, misunderstood sounds within EDM. Its seeds were sown in London but now have branches all over. It has been said that there is nothing more flexible and artistic than Drum & Bass. Pendulum, Noisia, Sub-Focus are popular artists that have made it to the top under this genre. Notable Subgenres are Drumstep, Liquid funk, Neurofunk. The other sub-genres on the list include Progressive followed by electro rock, industrial, downtempo and the list is never ending. The most important thing to keep in mind is that since there are so many sub-genres within EDM that many of them are emerging and evolving each day. Having said that, we decide who we are, what we like and what we listen to, as our taste in music keeps on changing.
Most people call him Dubfire, his inner circle calls him by his real name, Ali…but me, I gracefully yell out a simple “hey, uh! Your set was awesome!” after I drunkenly spot him at an after hours club, running giddily towards the DJ booth as his bodyguard looks back and glares at me for my failed attempt to make contact. But I’m in a club, I’m energetic, I’m sociable. I will not stop until I have commended him on the amazing 2-hour set I watched him mix live just a few hours prior. Minutes later, inebriated me decides to take to Instagram. I start the comment with the greeting, “Hey Mr. Fire” and send him my best wishes for the evening. I am proud of this nickname I have spontaneously bestowed upon him. Too proud, in fact, that I don’t stop to think about his real name. In retrospect, I begin to wonder where Mr. Fire got his stage name. I guess I can kind of see where he got Dubfire from Ali Shirazinia. There’s no set pattern with electronic DJ’s and their stage names. The genre of the DJ won’t be an indication. Sometimes they simply choose to use their real names (like Joseph Capriati, Armin, Carl, etc). Other times, they dress up as 1/3rd of a s’mores, pretend they’re actually Tiesto and call it a day. With some, the choice is obvious. Take Claude Vonstroke for instance. Even though his stage name definitely belongs in ‘70s mustache porn, I’m sure even then he thought it would be better than going by his birth name, Barclay Macbride Crenshaw. (Say that 5 times fast.) If you want to have some real fun twisting your tongue, try imagining the unlucky MC introducing Swedish House Mafia by their real names, “Welcome Steven Angello Josefsson, Axel Christofer Hedfors and Sebastian Ingrosso!!!!!” The crowd would likely go confused before going wild. Not unlike strippers, I’m sure DJs have fun with stage names. I never sat down and considered what Eric Prydz might have in common with an “exotic dancer”, but now I know the excitement of taking on a different persona if only for a few hours. Eric Prydz, my favorite man of many names, who is known primarily by his real name also utilizes two aliases to differentiate between genres. Most of the tracks are released under the name Pryda will be more on the progressive house side of things. Tracks under his real name will tend to be more commercial and radio-friendly. And when you least expect it during a Prydz show, his alias Cirez D will emerge with dark, progressive tech-house (swoon). This is what the first 10 of MixMag’s top 100 DJs list would look like if everyone used their real names. See how many you know. I would rather see how many of these names I can butcher.
- Martin Garritsen (Martin Garrix)
- Dimitri and Michael Thivaios (Dimitri and Like Mike)
- Robbert van de Corput (Hardwell)
- Armin Van Buuren
- Tijs Michiel Verwest (Tiesto)
- David Pierre Guetta
- Steven Hiroyuki Aoki
- Olivier Heldens
- Sonny Moore (Skrillex)
- Nick van de Wall (Afrojack)