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Introducing Felipe Tampa [Interview+Music]

11 Jan

Dear Brazilian Electro-House Fans,

It is out goal here at The Worst Guy to find artists and producers from around the globe that share the innate ability of destroying peoples eardrums. Most recently, our efforts have opened us to lesser known electronic music culture that exists in Brazil, one that seems to have a handful of talented producers and DJs. The first one that caught my eye was FTampa, a Electro-House producer from the town of Belo Horizonte. Although he has been musically trained since he was a child, the idea and practice of electronic music production didn’t cross his mind until recently. Within 6 months of learning the essentials, Felipe Tampa released his first EP titled HaHa, which was picked up by Beatport. Since then Felipe has gone on a tear, producing a slew of Electro-House bangers. The most impressive aspect to his story is the people who have been following Felipe’s career closely. Following the success of his latest releases, Felipe has been picked up by Big Fish Recordings; a record label that is currently nurturing the creative talents of Porter Robinson, Lazy Rich, and Zedd.

I have been in contact with Felipe for a couple of months now, and had the pleasure of catching up with him over the break. Heres what he had to say:

TWG: Having never been to brazil I’m extremely curious of what the national music scene is like, I know of the women and the beaches but have no clue about what music has been driving brazilian culture. Who were your musical influences growing up, who are they now, and how have they helped u find your sound?

FT: In my opinion, musical culture in Brazil is kind of poor (our music is extremely good but the population, in its major, don’t care abou our really good music). Most people enjoy music with no meaning. My influences always came out (abroad). I like good music, no matter how it is. I used to play in a rock group, so my influences were the ones wich blended rock with some electronic elements. Nowadays, my influence is totally electronic. I get everything is released. And, of course, I keep in touch with rock, jazz, pop etc.

TWG: Recently I have come across a variety of young Brazilian DJs, like dirtyloud, chrizz luvly and yourself and notice a heavier lean towards electro-house and figit-electro genres in the tracks. I’m wondering what the dj scene is like in brazil and if other genres like dubstep and drum and bass are as accepted?

FT: Electro-house is very well accepted in Brazil. You can realize it by the amount of people becoming DJs over here. Here, it does have space for all genres. But, of course, it’s difficult to get a ‘market share’, anywhere in the whole world (as well), playing Dubstep and Drum and Bass.

TWG: DJs now a days are usually either built on a foundation of classical or instrumental music training or they have studied the hardware and software well enough to produce bankable music, I’m wondering how you got started djing/producing and what equipment do you use?

FT: I started by the end of my last band. When we decided to break I got in mind I’d stop playing. But then… I thought: “Why not DO IT alone… by myself?” – And here I am. I currently produce in Cubase, using Massive, Minimoog and these sinths vsts. Maybe I’ll get an Acces Virus for now.

TWG: What is your favorite song of all time, and what has been the most memorable concert you have either attended or performed at?

FT: The Lazy Rich remix of Weapons of Choice is my favorite electro track. I haven’t had my big memorable concert yet, but I hope to get one this year.

TWG: What are your new years resolutions and what can we expect from you in 2011?

FT: I will work hard to make my music better and better. I hope I can overcome myself in every new song that I create. My expectation is to produce a wide variety of different songs.

TWG: Lastly, is there anything you want to say to your fans both around the world and specifically in Canada?

FT: Thank you for believing in me. I promise I will reward everyone with great songs. Cheers and stay connected! =)

FTampa TITs

FTampa – Who I Am (Original Mix)

Three 6 Mafia Feat. Tiesto, Flo-rida & Sean Kingston – Feel It (FTampa Remix)

FTampa vs. Darth & Vader – LukeSkyTampa (Original Mix)

FTampa – Dirty, Harder, Better (Original Mix) (Preview)

 

– Signed Sincerely, The Worst Guy

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Top TITs of 2010 Part II: Top 20 Electro

7 Jan

To the countless in attendance and the millions watching at home…Ladies & Gentleman…LLLLLETS GET READY TO FIST PUMP!!!

As Dylan has been quoted since he said it, “…the times they are a changing” and his words are as true today within the modern EDM scene as they were during the folk and progressive rock eras of the late 60s. 2010 saw the success of Crookers, The Bloody Beetroots, Steve Aoki & other prevalent 2009 DJs become diluted amidst the flood of international musical talent that has busted its way into iTunes libraries and local clubs from LA to Singapore. As the underground music community blossomed, thanks in large part to modern technology, the sources of incredible sounding electronic music grew exponentially, and artists became international sensations almost over night. The days of being spoon fed a handful of decent musicians by major record labels is over, and normal people everywhere have earned their right to be famous by working hard and having innovative musical talents. As Rolling Stone puts it, “DJs are the new rockstars,” and the world of live music has been forever altered from their incredible impact. Looking forward to 2011, a year that will undoubtedly be another huge leap forward for the global music industry.

– Signed Sincerely, The Worst Guy

(Remember children, to download a track just right click it and press “save link as”)

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#1

Deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner – Animal Rights

If you are shocked that this song is number one, kindly remove yourself from my site right meowingtons. Fuck what the chinese calendar says, 2010 was the year of the Wolfmau5, not the tiger. Im pretty sure that if Deadmau5′s music was able to transmit aids, the collective global youth would be dead by now. By witnessing him play live 5 times this year, the fifth time being exactly a year from the first, I was lucky enough to witness first hand the reasons why Joel Zimmerman has a commanding strangle hold over EDM community’s nipples. His endless knowledge and passion for the tech aspects drive him to remain that much more innovative than his opposition, both in the studio and on stage.

O ya, almost forgot about Wolfgang Gartner, a man that has been producing electronic music for so long that hes beginning to mirror yoda, in both skill status and physical looks. From the day that Joey Youngman became known as Wolfgang Gartner, the music scene became forever altered. His creative patience and overwhelming studio knowledge allow him to conceive bangers that are bursting with synthetic texture and raw power. His figity sampling style has become internationally cherished, and has spawned a new genre of production standards amongst young DJs. I also had the pleasure of seeing him perform live, where his hands did not leave the knobs of his mixer for close to 3 hours.

So, weve got these two retartedly talented DJs and producers, each with their own distinct sound that is currently breaking the necks of countless music fans over the globe, how can life get better?….BY FUSING THEM! Whoever came up with the idea that these two should produce a song together is smarter than einstein. Besides how incredibly absurd the song is as a whole, my favourite part of Animal Rights is the clear distinction you can hear between the aspects of the song produced by Deadmau5 and those produced by Wolfgang. Rather than trying to brainstorm ways to complement each other, they decided to just stick to what each of them does best and put it together. The merger of Wolfgangs microsampled high tones behind Deadmau5s synth-glitched basslines are more in tune that the relationship peanut better shares with jam.

Let us all pray for a Wolfmau5 tour in the near future (alongside Justice & Daft Punk)

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#2

Afrojack – Replica

Honestly, I dont even know where to start explaining how much I love Afrojack. The fact that I cant personally thank him for all he has done to ignite my passion for electronic music, pains me every time I listen to his tracks. The signature sound that he has developed for himself is unmatched and can be easily identified within seconds of listening to it from the throbbing erections it produces. If there is one DJ that can erupt a crowd murdered with douchebags and sluts, its the afro man. It was a struggle to pick this song over all his others as the one to post, for adding the others would just fill the list with Afro and not give the rest of the world a chance. After his sets at Ultra, Bonnaroo and almost every other major festival this summer, the world became infatuated with the Dutchman and haven’t lost their zeal since. Look for this mans already incredible reputation, to elevate to a legendary status within the next few years.

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#3

Porter Robinson – Say My Name

Its amazing how musically mature Porter Robinsons has become over the course of 2010, given that fact that he just graduated high school. At the ripe age of 18, this North Carolina native has has etched his tracks into the set lists of countless DJs across the globe. He claims that his biggest influence musically is Wolfgang, and it shows. Porters tracks are always heavy hitters that are drenched in original microsamples and bass, and evoke that signature holy fuck feeling after the first decible. Say My Name became an instant anthem after its release, and sits alongside Venga, Less Go! & Im On Fire, in Porters relentless arsenal of electric doom.

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#4

Wolfgang Gartner – Illmerica (Original Mix)

From padewon at #3, we now move to jedi master at #4. The incredible evolution of Wolfgang’s music over the entire decade is a testament to the unimaginable depth of studio production skill that he possesses. Wolfgangs talents have allowed him to create some of the most explosive and high tempo’ed music that the world has ever felt, which is even more impressive considering the fact that he has only focused his attention to tech/house production in the last 3 years. When DJ mag released their top 100 DJs of 2010 list, I was shocked to find Wolfgang all the way down at #70, with DJs like Martin Solveig & Paul Oakenfeld light years a head of him in the rankings. It was really shameful to see him placed that low, considering the amount tracks he has made that have donkeypunched Beatports Top Ten charts since 2007. When Illmerica dropped on October 5th, im pretty sure a collective HOLY FUCK was simultaneously shouted and tweeted by every EDM lover on the globe. Since then, I have heard it at almost every live DJ set ive attended to this day, and can honestly say that the reaction of the crowd when it is dropped will never get old.

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#5

Fatboy Slim – Weapon Of Choice (Lazy Rich Remix)

One of my favourite up and coming artists of the year would have to be Lazy Rich. 2010 saw the forging of an alliance between Porter Robinson, Spencer & Hill and Lazy Rich; a trinity that is sure to be molesting charts and minds for the next foreseeable future. Each of these three aforementioned DJs have developed a similar montra when producing music, one that leans heavily on extensively complex builds and high energy sampling and basslines. This remix of the hugely popular Weapon of Choice, originally by Fatboy Slim, follows suit and delivers on every tasteful front. Named amongst Beatports top 10 electro tracks of the year, this banger gives the original a facelift from hell by injecting it with a syringe packed with enough awsomesawce to harm a fully grown elk.

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#6

Avicii – My Feelings for You

I find it funny that Deadmau5 played multiple times over the year in Toronto and the single Avicii show is the one to make headlines. Tim Berg has definitely come along way from mixing Commodore 64 games in his bedroom 2 years ago, as 2010 saw him working shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, John Dahlback & Tiesto. Upon the release of My Feelings for You, I think its safe to say that most people fell in love with Avicii, and it didn’t hurt that his bootleg of Seek Bromance was retarted either. As for everyone like me who new years was ruined, I have no doubt that Mr. Berg & Mr. Morrison will deliver us the redemption that we deserve.

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#7

Swedish House Mafia – One (Congorock Remix)

Im pretty sure this picture speaks much more profoundly than anything I can sum up about Congorock’s career as a DJ using words. End of story.

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#8

Martin Solveig & Dragonette – Hello (Sidney Samson Remix)

Its been a fantastic year for the Torontonian trio of Martina Sorbara, Dan Kurtz & Joel Stouffer, as their band Dragonette has garnered much acclaim over the course of the year. So much so, that they were scouted by the likes of Martin Solveig, Kaskade & Don Diablo for collaborative help, with each resulting track being just as yummy as the next. Hello, in my opinion, was THE most addictive electro song of the year and gained extreme popularity following the huge remixes that were released by Sidney Samson, Michael Woods & Dada Life. Each version of the track is unreal, but I chose to post the Sidney Samson remix as it gave me the most triumphant boner out of the 3.

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#9

Skrillex – Rock N’ Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)

Ive you have been a die hard Worst Guy follower, you must already be well versed in the overt respect and adoration that this site has for Sonny Moore. 2010 has seen Skrillex emerge into superstardom almost overnight, as he was signed to Mau5trap records, opened for Deadmau5 on his tour and conquer almost every spot on Beatports Top Ten following the release of his Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites EP. The beauty of his production style is that it cannot be defined to one singular genre label. Rock N Roll is a clusterfuck of noise, that incorporates various elements of Dubstep, Electro, Glitch and House production into 4 minutes and 44 seconds of sheer bliss.

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#10

Alex Metric vs. Steve Angello – Open Your Eyes (Original Mix)

This first time I heard this gem was a few months ago at Electric Zoo; a DJ powered music festival centered at Randall’s Island in New York. It was the first morning and I arrived at the festival completely alone. Unsure of my surroundings I decided to grab a couple of bottles of Bud light to keep me company. 10 minutes later I found myself in the middle of a mid day set powered by the international sensation Gareth Emery, a man known for his exceptionally well rounded sets. As the he dropped Open Your Eyes, I was honestly so overwhelmed with euphoria that I turned to the stranger next to me and told him that I hope this is what it sounds like when I enter heaven. He looked over at me and immediately started laughing, yelling to me that he had been thinking the exact same thing. He introduced me to his friends, who had joined him in coming up all the way from Miami, and we all proceeded to go insane for the entirety of this fantastic song, and the rest of the sets I joined them for that day. The rest of the indescribable insanity I experienced that weekend will forever be attributed to the production magic of Alex Metric & Steve Angello.

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#11

Clockwork – Airflow (Valerna Remix)

Valerna hit an absolute home run with this track. The snare line build that drives the intro of the track into the first drop is unreal, and sets the tone for the remaining 5 minutes of a track that is overflowing in energy and noise. If you are a little saucy and need a song to just fucking give’r to, this is definitely the one to blast.

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#12

Erol Alkan & Boys Noize – Lemonade

For all of you out there who have yet to see the German phenom known as Boys Noize spin live, amend this, for failure to do so will result in a major void in your life experience. To put it bluntly, Alexander Ridha is unstoppable. Since establishing his record label in 2005, Boys Noize has cemented his reputation as an elite producer and DJ in the minds of countless fans across the globe. Lemonade, a collaboration track released by him and Erol Alkan at WMC in Miami earlier this year, took the EDM world by storm. That distorted synth line became one of the most recognizable sounds of the year and has been catalyzing dance floors and festivals everywhere since its initial drop.

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#13

Dan Black feat. Kid Cudi – Symphonies (Dada Life Remix)

I dont think I will ever forget the first time I dropped this track. It was around late february of last year, and I had just started DJing at a local club in Jerusalem with a friend of mine. I had downloaded a bunch of Dada Life songs that week and hadn’t really had a chance to listen to them thoroughly enough to appreciate them yet. I was about half way through my set on a warm wednesday night when a cute girl came to the booth and requested that I play Symphonies by Dan Black & Kid Cudi. Naturally I obliged, seeing as both her and the request were a welcome change from all the fat stupid bitches that had been hollering at me to play Lady Gaga the entire night. By accident, I put on the Dada life remix and once I realized my mistake the song had already started and it was too late to switch. The crowd and I shared the same blind anticipation as the song began to build, and thankfully, as the beat dropped everyone erupted into a fit of ludicrous rage. Watching the club get showered in alcohol and limbs over the duration that this track was playing, was one of the single greatest moments of my life.

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#14

Spencer & Hill – Dub Disco (Lucky Date Remix)

I think ive already talked enough about Spencer & Hill, a production team that sits neck and neck with the likes of Porter, Skrillex, Avicii & Lazy Rich as the rookies of the year for 2010. This remix of Dub Disco by Lucky Date is obscene, and made me foam at the mouth the first time I heard it. If you ever find yourself in a situation where your in a Lambo, racing Michael Schumacher to the fountain of youth, you should prob pop this track on during the homestretch.

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#15

Chrizz Luvly – Moving Up (Original Mix)

Huge douche + fantastic music = Chrizz Luvly.

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#16

Devin Martin – Zombie Robot

In my eyes, Devin Martin is currently one of the most talented unknown artists in the EDM scene. What this guy has been able to produce from his bedroom in Orlando is simply breathtaking. Zombie Robot has the feel of a track that has been carefully collaborated by veteran production hands, as it is drenched in originality and texture. There are few producers than can properly evoke an eerie zombie feeling so well through an electro track, and have it pop and dismantle eardrums as well as it does. I cant wait to interview Devin and pick his mind, so that we can all understand what the fuck is going on in Florida that we dont know about.

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#17

Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand (Fare Soldi Remix)

Im guessing most of you are shocked that this song was placed so low on the list. Well, the reason is simply that as big as this song got, it was not the best song of the year. Dont get me wrong, the track is unreal and Duck Sauce are incredibly talented, but the other songs the supersede this one were indeed better than this one, regardless of how much more popular Barbera Streisand is within general society. Also, I found the remixes of this track to more often than not be better than the original, with this one by Fare Soldi doing the original the most justice.

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#18

Geht’s Noch? – Body Jack (Original Mix)

Definitely the winner of The Worst Guy’s coveted, “Who The Fuck Are You & Where Did You Come From?” award for 2010. These guys are so unknown that even their name doesn’t make sense. But wow, do they ever know how to put together a sensational track. After hearing the intro the first few times it ran through my playlists I was a bit confused, and more often than not changed the song well before the first build starts to get good. Thankfully at a subsequent pre drink that followed, the song was able to be appreciated in full length, whereby everyone in the room who heard it erupted into furious, drunken wall punching fiesta.

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#19

FTampa – Who I Am (Original Mix)

Again, If you are a frequent follower of this website, you will know that I have taken a keen interest into a handfull of DJs and producers to recently emerge from Brazil. So far, the one who has mainly stolen my affection has been Felipe Tampa. I just finished up an interview with the young brazilian Electro-house producer, and will let you get to know him better when I post it later this week. For now, just listen to his track Who I Am, it will explain everything for you in sounds that are easy to understand. Look out for this kid in 2011.

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#20

Valerna – Look Ma, No Pants! (Felix Cartal Edit)

Rounding off the top twenty, we have a song that somehow captures what it would sound like if Optomus Prime went down on Megan Fox. I had never followed Felix Cartal that closely, but upon hearing this track I ran to my computer and downloaded anything and everything that had his name on it.


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