DJ KA5 performs on Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning in New York City on July 24, 2018. (Source: DJ KA5)
DJcity’s Miami representative DJ KA5 put down a throwback-heavy hip-hop set on Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning in New York City on Tuesday. His 40-minute mix featured clever word play transitions and a variety of classic party tracks, including several of his edits.
Listen to his set below.
1. Kanye West – RoboCop
2. Dr. Dre ft. Eminem – Forgot About Dre – DJ KA5 Acapella Out
3. Gary Glitter – Rock And Roll (Part 1 & 2) – DJ KA5 Edit
4. Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People – DJ KA5 Black Skinhead Klutch Blend
5. Rae Sremmurd – Look Alive – Acap Intro
6. BlocBoy JB ft. Drake – Look Alive – DJ KA5 Edit
7. Lil Uzi Vert – XO TOUR Llif3 – DJ KA5 Edit
8. Drake – God’s Plan
9. Gucci Mane ft. Plies – Wasted – DJ KA5 Edit
10. The Offspring – Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) – DJ KA5 Edit
11. Plies ft. Ne-Yo – Bust It Baby Pt. 2 – DJ KA5 Edit
12. Tory Lanez – B.I.D – DJ KA5 Edit
13. Lil’ Wil – Bust It Open – DJ KA5 Edit
14. Big Tuck – Not a Stain on Me – DJ KA5 Edit
15. Ray Jr. ft. Ducky Smallz – Sloppy – DJ KA5 Edit
16. G-Eazy ft. A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Juicy J, & Belly – No Limit Remix – DJ KA5 Edit
17. G-Eazy ft. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B – No Limit – Audio1 Make ‘Em Say Uhh! VIP Edit
18. Charli XCX – Boom Clap – Acap Intro
19. Young Jeezy ft. Mannie Fresh – And Then What – DJ KA5 Edit
20. JAY-Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.) – CFLO Super Short Edit
21. Kanye West ft. Talib Kweli & Common – Get Em High – Nick Bike Acapella In/Out
22. Kanye West – Dark Fantasy – NASA Drop First Edit
23. Prodigy – Keep It Thoro – DJ KA5 Edit
24. Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dolla – DJ KA5 Edit
25. Christina Aguilera – Genie in a Bottle – DJ KA5 Acap Out
26. The Notorious B.I.G. & 50 Cent – The Realest Niggas – DJ KA5 Edit
27. Kid Ink ft. DeJ Loaf – Be Real – DJ KA5 Edit
28. Mary J. Blige ft. The Notorious B.I.G. – Real Love (Remix)
29. Cypress Hill – Dr. Greenthumb
30. Linkin Park – In The End – Acapella
31. Ameriie – 1 Thing – DJ KA5 Edit
32. Missy Elliott – Work It – DJ Rukus Acapella Out
33. Beastie Boys – Paul Revere – Audio1 Edit
34. Sir Mix-a-Lot – Posse On Broadway
35. Zapp & Roger ft. Shirley Murdock & Charlie Wilson – Computer Love
36. LL Cool J – I Need Love
37. Post Malone ft. 2 Chainz – Money Made Me Do It – FCZ It’s Strange Bootleg
38. Fugees – Fu-Gee-La – David Begun vs Brett B Bootleg
39. Beyoncé ft. JAY-Z – Drunk in Love – DJ Baysik Mas Tomate Edit
Eric Hamilton performs with Diplo. (Source: Eric Hamilton)
In March, Diplo launched a channel on SiriusXM called Diplo’s Revolution. It made sense: over the past six years, the Mad Decent founder’s weekly Diplo and Friends program on BBC Radio 1Xtra has become one of the most popular and influential mix shows in the world. It has earned that reputation by focusing on booking a diverse range of forward-thinking guest DJs.
Now, with his own station at the world’s largest radio company, Diplo has expanded his taste-making empire. Diplo’s Revolution boasts a diverse lineup of hosts including Armin van Buuren, Oliver Heldens, Destructo, GTA, and Party Favor, all of whom are influencers in their own right. Major Lazer members Walshy Fire and Jillionaire also have shows.
Like any project, there are key people behind the scenes who make it possible. In the case of Diplo’s Revolution, it’s the channel’s 34-year-old Program Director, Eric Hamilton. Born in Long Beach and raised in Riverside, Hamilton cut his teeth DJing in Los Angeles in the 2000s. In 2012, with no prior radio experience, he began producing a syndicated show on iHeartRadio for his friend Dillon Francis. After proving himself on air, Dillon’s manager, Kevin Kusatsu, who also manages Diplo, asked Hamilton to get involved with Diplo and Friends. The show had been on the air for only a year and hadn’t reached its potential.
Since then, Hamilton has served as the executive producer of Diplo and Friends, helping book guests, produce mixes, and guide the show’s direction. (Hamilton was Diplo’s assistant for part of that time.) Hamilton has also been involved with Major Lazer: he occasionally fills in for Jillionaire at shows and is the executive producer of Lazer Sound, the group’s program on Apple Music’s Beats 1 station.
Given the success of Diplo and Friends and his close relationship with Diplo, Hamilton was an obvious choice to be program director of Diplo’s Revolution. We recently spoke with him to learn more about his role and how the station operates.
How did Diplo’s Revolution come about?
Renee Brodeur, who manages Wes [Diplo] at TMWRK, brought the opportunity up in March 2017 and worked incredibly hard on getting the deal done to make it happen.
What does your role entail?
I help go through music with SiriusXM’s team and pick out stuff that plays in the rotation. I also reach out to people to do mixes or shows.
What do you look for when booking guest DJs?
If there’s someone that’s up and coming and making great new music, I’ll try to reach out to them to see if they want to play any of it in a mix. For the most part, if someone wants to do a mix, they should have it coincide with a release. Or if they’ve got a tour, show or something that they want to shine a light on, I try to have them pinpoint the date, so there’s a lot of buzz.
How much freedom do you have?
We have a lot of freedom. When this station started, I sent SiriusXM a folder of like 500 songs to play, and they were all really impressed with the music.
Do you have a favorite host so far?
GTA’s show is one of my favorites because it’s exactly what the station is about. It’s called Death to Genres, and that’s pretty much the vibe of the station. I’m probably one of their biggest fans because those guys have been making really dope club stuff for so long, but it still works today. Those guys get it. I feel like that’s something that’s always going to be constant with Diplo’s Revolution. It’s going to have people on there that are making really dope stuff, and if they have the time and want to do a show, then I’m going to give them the opportunity.
Eric Hamilton performs with Major Lazer. (Source: Eric Hamilton)
Some SiriusXM subscribers are unhappy that Diplo’s Revolution replaced Electric Area. What do you tell them?
We like house, trance, and all different types of music. That’s what this station is about. It’s not just one thing. Some people are mad because they think it’s one thing. But a lot of the stuff they think is not there is still there and they got to give it a chance. We’re at a point in the music world that people like variety. Look at festivals. Imagine going to Ultra Music Festival and hearing the same music on every stage. People don’t want to hear the same thing all the time. The station has variety, and it’s like going to a festival with different stages. That’s where music is right now. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback, though. People want to do shows on the station because they like the idea and what we’re doing. It’s been really cool to get words of encouragement from other DJs and producers in the music world.
Does it ever get stressful working on three different radio projects?
I have someone that helps me from time to time, but it can be stressful trying to maintain the creative energy and make people want to come back. That’s the one thing I’m always focusing on: making something that’s cool and makes sense to the masses, so they want to come back. Radio is radio. It’s all kind of the same, but I don’t want one show to be better than the other. I want everything to be top notch.
Out of the three platforms that you work with (Apple Music, BBC Radio, and SiriusXM), do you have a favorite?
I like SiriusXM more because we don’t have to censor anything. That’s one of my pet peeves. SiriusXM is the only place where stuff isn’t censored. I wish Apple Music’s Beats 1 was uncensored. I wish it had more freedom of speech.
What’s your favorite part about working in radio?
Getting new music before anyone. Working with Wes, you get to hear a lot of stuff first. You’re at the forefront of what’s going to be happening next. It’s like being in the now before the now happens. It’s also cool to be able to meet people that you’re a fan of. I’ve gotten to meet a lot of people that I looked up to when I was younger and see a lot of places that I never thought I’d see.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from working with Diplo?
I’ve definitely gotten the work ethic from him. He’s always on the grind, constantly coming up with new everything. Look at his production list; there’s no boundaries. It’s like you conquer something, but there’s more to be conquered. It’s a never-ending hustle. He’s been an inspiration. That’s why I was really psyched to work with him. He’s helped me improve and keep me on my grind and constantly be on the lookout for what’s cool and what’s happening and what needs to be shown to people and presented in the music world.
Afro Bros at Club FIX in Tilburg, Netherlands on Feb. 10, 2018. (Source: Facebook)
Dutch DJ/producer duo Afro Bros joined SpydaT.E.K on Monday night for a guest mix on his SiriusXM show, Globalization Sessions. SpydaT.E.K, a Mad Decent artist and remixer for DJcity’s Puro Pari series, has made their set available due to popular demand.
Signed to Spinnin’ Records, Afro Bros made waves in March for co-producing Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s Latin smash, “X.” In 2017, they co-produced Major Lazer‘s international single “Sua Cara” featuring Anitta and Pabllo Vittar.
The Dutchmen put down an hour-long set consisting of moombahton, reggaeton, Afro bass, and house. Their mix includes several of their original tracks, including their new single “So Much Love” featuring Charly Black and Stevie Appleton. It also includes an exclusive preview of an unreleased track titled “Diki Te Triki.”
Globalization Sessions airs Monday nights at 8 pm PST on SiriusXM’s Globalization channel.
Listen to Afro Bros’ mix and see the tracklist below.
1. Nicky Jam & J Balvin – X
2. Afro Bros ft. Charly Black & Stevie Appleton – So Much Love
3. Afro Bros & Trobi ft. La Toya Linger – Savage
4. Jack & Lewis ft. Moradzo – Bomb On Dem
5. Avi S & Some 1 Else – La Mezcla
6. ChildsPlay, Jack & Lewis – Gimme Sum
7. Afro Bros – Squeezy Beat
8. Blxck Skyle & Madrik – Oushé Kipoo
9. Arewhana Gang & Avi S – Crystal Clear
10. Avi S x San V – Esse Bi Puti – Afro Bros Edit
11. Munchi – ID
12. Willy William – Voodoo Song – Nicolius Bootleg
13. Afro Bros ft. Chris Strick & Djahboy – Diki Te Triki (Exclusive Preview)
14. Danilo – Bun Dem
15. Munchi – Pa Lo Under
16. Unleaded & Don James – Loca
17. Scorpion & Menasa – Ta Malo
18. Nicolius & Madrik – Wata Sam Sam
19. ID – ID
20. ID – ID
21. Artistic Raw – Dil Dil Dil
22. Afro Bros – Pump That
23. ID – ID
24. Afro Bros & Ash – Wine Slut
25. Prince – Funk N Roll – Chris Lake Edit
26. Riva Starr – The Wickedest Sound
27. Josh Butler & Bontan – Call You Back
EASE at Club 12zehn Weiden in Germany on Feb. 16, 2018. (Source: Facebook)
EASE, the 2017 Red Bull 3Style U.S. champion, dropped a guest mix on Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning show on Monday. The 46-minute set featured a variety of classic and current hip-hop, including tracks off EASE’s solo album, Kodax Kids. An award-winning turntablist, EASE also put his scratch skills on display.
Diplo at XS Nightclub in Las Vegas on Jan. 21, 2017. (Source: Facebook)
The channel, which will launch March 22, will feature tracks selected by Diplo, as well as original shows hosted by Diplo, Dillon Francis, and Major Lazer members Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire. Diplo’s Revolution will also air live coverage from electronic music festivals around the world like Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, and more.
Diplo will host a weekly show, Records on Records, that will air on Fridays at 7 pm ET. He will also host a monthly show, Diplo’s Wavelength, which will showcase the cultures and music he discovers while touring the world. Diplo’s Wavelength will air the first Friday of every month.
He said in the press release:
“Back in 2012, I had a show with [SiriusXM] called ‘Blow Your Head,’ and it’s awesome to be back in the family launching this project together … I’m excited to share my favorite music from all over the world, and can’t wait to have tons of friends on to do the same.”
The channel will be kicked off with a live performance from Faena Theater in Miami Beach on Thursday, March 22 at 9 pm ET. It will feature DJ sets from Diplo and others.
TonyTone performs at The Empire Room in San Francisco on July 29, 2017. (Photo source: Facebook)
DJcity has selected TonyTone as the winner of SiriusXM and Pitbull’s Globalization mixer contest! The San Francisco DJ will get his own mix show on the network’s Globalization channel, along with a Pioneer DJ DJM-S9 mixer and Serato license pack.
A native of Santa Rosa, Tony is currently a mixer on San Francisco’s WiLD 94.9 and an official DJ for the 49ers. In 2015, he competed in a regional qualifier for the Red Bull 3Style.
All of the finalists’ mixes were impressive, so it was a difficult decision. To show them our respect, we’ve decided to give all of them a one-time, guest mix spot on Globalization. We’d also like to thank everyone who entered the contest.
Listen to Tony’s winning mix below and tune in to his first show on Globalization on Friday, November 3.
1. TonyTone – Intro
2. JSTJR – Phases
3. Daddy Yankee ft. Pitbull & N.O.R.E. – Gasolina – DJ Buddha Remix
4. J. Balvin & Willy William – Mi Gente – Deville Edit
5. DJ Baysik – Sound Of The Police
6. P-Lo ft. E-40 – Put Me On Somethin’ – TonyTone Blend
7. Major Lazer ft. J. Balvin & Sean Paul – Buscando Huellas
8. K.P. & Envyi – Swing My Way – Lemi Vice & Action Jackson Remix – DJ Baysik Moombahsoul Edit
9. Chance The Rapper ft. Knox Future – All Night – Chris Villa Acap Intro
10. Something For The People – My Love Is The Shhh! – TonyTone Blend
11. Pitbull ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Better On Me
12. Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
13. Egyptian Lover – Egypt, Egypt
14. Pitbull – Shake – TonyTone 2 Live Crew Blend
15. 2 Live Crew – Move Somethin’
16. Tropkillaz – Bonde Do Sorriso
17. Kendrick Lamar vs JSTJR – m.A.A.d city – MMK Edit
18. G-Eazy ft. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B – No Limit
19. Vicente Fernández – Volver Volver – TonyTone Blend
20. J. Balvin ft. Farruko – 6 AM
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