5 Artists from BPM to know about

Fortune 421 correspondent Airee Kim gave us her 5 favorite artists from this years BPM Festival in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Airree’s write-up gives us a good overview of some of the festivals best talent: Alex Niggeman, Dixon, Coyu, Scuba and Sasha.

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With the multitude of banging house and techno at the BPM Festival, Alex Niggemann invites a more soothing, yet just as hypnotic presence to his sound. At least that’s how he starts. With flawless mixing, he then proceeds to paint his canvas further with dulcet tones accompanied by epic chord progressions and riffs that ever so subtly transports us to his darker side. Closing out with tracks like his release of “Sorrow” and Coyu’s “Just Nin (He Cries At Night) (Andre Lodemann Remix),” Alex Niggemann is quite the connoisseur when it comes to cultivating a mesmerizing atmosphere, one where the dimensions of space and time hold no significance.

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If there’s one thing Dixon knows how to do, it’s to masterfully craft a set no matter what the hour is or what setting he is embedded in. This year’s BPM Festival Innervisions showcase was set at Blue Venado Beach Club, where one had to walk through a few kilometers of secluded jungle before reaching the open sky and stunning beaches of Tulum. As night gracefully transitioned into morning, he invited tender melodies that made our hearts quiver, and with just enough bass to energize us through the morning. Featuring tracks like José González’s “This Is How We Walk On The Moon” and his remix of Joy Wellboy’s “Before the Sunrise,” he understands the intricacies of curating the perfect set for the perfect atmosphere. It is no wonder he has been the #1 DJ of Resident Advisor for the last 2 years.

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Gracing us with his mighty beard at the Suara label showcase, Coyu delivered even more energy in his set. Located in the sweatbox of Tabú nightclub in Mexico, Coyu immediately thrusted us into scenes of animalistic passions caused by the driving, throbbing basslines of Suara’s classic tech house and techno grooves. As soon as we ascended the stairs to reach the main floor, sweat started to pour even before the dancing ensued. But that didn’t matter. Revelers were pulsating to the beat harder than any party we attended here at the BPM Festival within the last 3 days. No rest for the weary here.

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Scuba starts us off with a chill, atmospheric vibe and seamlessly transitions us into his universe that is a blend of varying forms of house and techno. Ten minutes in, we are plummeted into a dark, techno space but he proceeds to bring us out of the holes he digs for us and gets us grooving again with some deep house. As one of the more versatile DJs and producers we’ve seen yet, he progresses from pulsing tech house, to deep house, techno, acid-inspired house, and beyond. Welcoming old school vibes, he also features tracks by Alan Fitzpatrick, Barnt, and Carl Craig.

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We can always count on Sasha for an utterly good time. Building off the energy Scuba crafted, Sasha instantly transports us to his brooding, hypnotic territory as night takes over completely. Knowing no bounds, Sasha is truly a wizard of sculpting the musical landscape, seamlessly blending minimal beats with progressive grooves. His tapestry of ethereal riffs and pulsating basslines unite us as one, surely as if this were the Last Night On Earth.

Track of the Week: Since I Left You

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I think one of the greatest trends growing in dance music today is artists pushing the limits of their production styles. We’ve seen many producers create new monikers and alter egos to explore other genres, while others keep their identity intact and explore different avenues. Wax Motif is no stranger to both trends (aka his deeper side, Playmode). Recently the Aussie has been releasing and DJing as his Wax Motif self, while pushing the envelope in his recent productions. His latest track “Since I Left You” brings  80s disco type vocals with infectious drums and synths to match. It’s defiantly a step in a new direction for Wax Motif, but we like it. Grab it for a free download below!

Oliver Heldens at Exchange LA

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As 2014 comes to a close Fortune 421 is proud to be a part of one last event in Los Angeles before the new year. And what better way to celebrate than to host a Heldeep Night at Exchange with Oliver Heldens! This event will feature Oliver Heldens headlining the main room, with direct support coming from our very own, Brady Spear. To top it off, the Fortune DJs will be hosting the gallery downstairs providing you with their tunes from 10pm-2am.

This has been quite the year for Oliver Heldens, considering the 19 year old had just graduated from high school as he began to skyrocket into the spotlight. Heldens started to make his accent in the beginning of this 2014 after releasing “Gecko,” with a vocal version being later released with Becky Hill. Heldens followed the rest of the year with a string or originals, remixes, and now his ever popular Heldeep (weekly) Podcast. The young producers has been traveling all around the world playing shows this year and we are excited to have him at one of our events. Check out all the event details below and we look forward to seeing you on the 28th!

Track of the Week: Coco (Jauz Remix)

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Chances are if you’ve turned on your radio this past month, you’ve probably herd the hip hop song “Coco” by O.T. Genasis. Opinions on the song range from good, bad, to controversial. Despite its varied reviews producers have been remixing this song to pieces, all hoping to put their twist on it, and gain some recognition in the process. A personal favorite that has surfaced comes from the LA based producer, Jauz. Though Jauz likes to be know for being a “genre agnostic,”  he’s been gaining recognition from the dance industries top players with his bass house tracks. His remix on “Coco” was released last week as a token of appreciation for reaching 60K Facebook fans. Grab your copy below!

Track of the Week: This Joint

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Theres this track that has recently been getting a lot of attention over in the UK called, “This Joint.” The song was made by producer named Kalyde, who has had a few releases in the past on MadTech Records. This Joint is a deep and catchy jackin house tune that will grab your attention instantly after its first play. Its hard to put your finger on what makes it so good, but the songs vocal sample describes the mood of the track perfectly, “There’s something bout this joint right here!”

Track of the Week: Bump & Grind

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Two years ago Waze & Odyssey previewed their house remix of R. Kelly’s classic song “Bump & Grind” and it has been a weapon in every major DJs arsenal since. Finally, after much anticipation the song was finally released at the end of November. This remix is a perfect peak time track blending the original perfectly with their beefed up house reinterpretation. Listen to it below or check out the hilarious music video HERE!

Justin Jay Headlines Halloween

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Your average college student at a University tends to all have similar worries; it’s usually money, jobs, or midterms. Justin Jay though, has been able to balance the same academic stresses while producing major hits for the last three years and touring the world. Luckily for us, the youngest Member in the Dirtybird Players club will be headlining our Fortune 421 Stage  at Haunted Harrah’s. To give you a little background, Justin Jay first made his imprint on the scene back in 2012 with “Femme Fatal,” gaining support from nearly every relevant DJ, and ultimately getting the track release through Dirtybird. Since then he’s had a string of releases and remixes allowing him to become one of LA’s standout Producer/DJ. Justin is a regular in Los Angeles and has supported all member of the DB Crew, Pete Tong, and Disclosure. He is sure to be one of the stand out performances this Halloween! Find the event info and grab a free download of his latest track below.

Track of the Week: Luv 4 Me

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DRJ is the alter ego of  bass music producer, Doctor Jeep. He has been on the radar for quite some time releasing music ranging from house to dubsetp. In doing so, he has caught the eyes of many noteworthy DJs and labels gaining support from Dirtybird, Trouble & Bass, and Main Course. Over a year ago a handful of BBC Radio 1 DJs got their hands on a DJR promo “Luv 4 Me.” It’s a vibey house tune that flips a TLC sample into a catchy, club friendly track. This week Doctor Jeep was feeling generous and decided to upload it on his soundcloud and give it away for free!! Needless to say, grab a copy of the track below!

Riva Starr in San Diego

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The Italian born, London based producer Riva Starr has been a driving force in the house music world year in and year out. He is the bossman of SNATCH! Records, the man behind last summers anthem “Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat,” and  is constantly curating and releasing music on other top labels such as Defected, Cajual, and Dirtybird. His debut Essential Mix put him on the map back in 2010 and he hasn’t left the spotlight since. Between touring around the world and weekly summer residencies in Ibiza, Riva Starr is making his return to San Diego at AD Nightclub on Thursday 10/2. This is sure to be a very special night of house music so be sure to clear your schedule. Also to make sure you’re all in the proper mood, grab the free download below of one of Riva Starr’s throwback tunes from 2010!

Track of the Week: What Can I Do

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As the summer season officially comes to a close its time to retire those feel good pool side jams and dive back into the late night tech house. Mark Fanciulli is always holding down the forefront of this scene, where 3-6 hours sets at the worlds top clubs is just another night on the job. That is why we chose his remix of ‘SecondCity feat. Ali Love – What Can I Do‘ as our track of the week! Fanciulli takes his time on this deep burner letting the melody and vocals take us on a 9 minute ride through the late abyss. Be on the lookout for its official release on Ministry of Sound next month!

Track of the Week: Fast Forward

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The Los Angeles duo, Oliver, have been blazing their own trail in the dance music scene for the past few years. With a string of massive releases and collaborations throughout 2013 and 2014, they return with the highly anticipated, Light Years Away EP, on Fools Gold Records. We chose the B Side of the EP, Fast Forward, to be our track of the week. Fast Foward has the highly stylized Oliver sound, full of dynamic arpeggiators and vintage synthrsizers. The release is a must have and is sure to be making waves over the next few months.

Viceroy at the Roosevelt

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Viceroy has one simple rule when it comes to making music, “Summertime, all the time.” Through this rule he has been able to separate himself from the normal realms of dance music, creating a unique sound and following. We are proud to announce that Viceroy will be closing our last Fortune 421 Pool Party at The Hollywood Roosevelt. Over the last few years Viceroy has released an array of originals and remixes, bringing new life to some of the biggest hits of the 80s, 90s, and early 00s. His remixes have covered a wide variety of artist including Nelly, Will Smith, Lady Gaga, and Passion Pit just to list a few. We think that Viceroy and his feel good vibes are a perfect fit for closing our Pool Party Series at The Hollywood Roosevelt. See you this Saturday!

Treasure Fingers at Elevation Vegas

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Treasure Fingers has been a household name in the Disco House scene ever since releasing his first hit single “Cross The Dancefloor” in 2008 on Fools Gold Records. For the last seven years he has become a regular at major festivals and clubs around the world while collaborating with an array of singers, bands, and producers. We are proud to announce that Treasure Fingers will be headlining our Liquid Pool Party for Fortune 421’s Vegas Vacation. Just like any great producer, Treasure Fingers has continued to evolve and grow with the ever changing ebb and flow of the music scene. His latest release is a collaborative effort with the Atlanta based vocalist, BOSCO. The EP is hard to classify brining influence from Disco, House, Hip-Hop, and Bass Music. All things considered it severs its main purpose, which is to make you dance! Check out the EP below and get excited for Treasure Fingers to join us in Las Vegas.

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Track of the Week: Love Taking Over

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The London based duo Dusky have recently launched a new label named “17 Steps.” In honor of their first release, the boys have taken the reigns and set a standard for what is to come. Love Taking Over surfaced on soundcloud a month ago and has been taking worldwide radio waves by storm. It’s emotional, melodic, and delivers that signature Dusky sound that cannot be rivaled. This is a serious peak-time house cut, enjoy.

Back in Hollywood with Fortune 421

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We are back in LA for one of our favorite pool parties! Join us on July 26th at the Roosevelt Hotel with Travis Emmons, JJ Flores and Kid Cook as we continue our Hollywood Pool Party Series. Poolside bars, lounge seating and house music is the perfect mixture to a Saturday pool party. We look forward to seeing you there! The Hollywood Pool Party Series meets capacity early. RSVP in advance or to guarantee entrance to this event book your VIP Experience now!

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Euro Beard EP Released

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Today the San Diego duo, Euro Beard, dropped their first release for Fortune 421 Music. The 4 track Funk Wax EP boasts an eclectic blend of disco, funk, and melodic house. Each track brings a unique element of influence from various genres, yet as a whole delivers a clear cut style towards forward thinking disco house. Whether you are cruising around town or playing these out in a club, the Funk Wax EP is a perfect way to satisfy your pre summer cravings. Keep it locked on Euro Beard and check out the the EP below.

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About: Euro Beard is the funky collaborative effort of DJ Scooter & Myron Eugene. Producing fresh funky beats that promotes dancing, booty shaking, & big smiles! Euro Beard is known for their big room funky house & use of live instruments in their live shows!

Track of the Week: Styling

This week’s track selection comes from Future House / Future Bass Maestro, Low Steppa, and one of our long time favorites, Sonny Fodera. Check out the awesome video above and enjoy the track titled “Styling”.

BONUS: You can also dowload Low Steppa’s new EP for FREE at on Soundcloud HERE

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Written by Brady Spear (Music Director)

Track of the Week: Music Is Music

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This week’s track of the week comes from Hungarian Jay Lumen. He’s been one of the most popular producers in the tech-house scene recently, and rightly so. The track “Music is Music” features a speed garage bassline with crisp percussions to keep the dance floor moving. Take a listen…

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Written by Brady Spear (Music Director)

Our don’t miss Coachella acts

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As everyone knows, as soon as the Coachella lineup got posted the entire interweb was freaking out about it. Here are our 5 must see up-and-coming (aka small font) acts of the festival:

1. The Martinez Brothers – Hailing from The Bronx, these siblings have been DJing out since they were only 16. Now they’re holding residencies in Ibiza as well as throwing their own parties back in NYC.

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2. Anna Lunoe – This bodacious babe comes to us from the land down under. 2013 was a big year for her as she completed a US tour with baby making music makers, The Weeknd as well as released tracks like Breathe and Real Talk on A-Trak’s label, Fools Gold.

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3. CHVRCHES – In an effort to branch away from just having DJ/Producers on this list, we bring you a UK synth pop group that goes by the name of CHVRCHES. This group gained notoriety from their single, “Mother We Share.” Their tracks have been remixed over and over by the likes of Moon Boots, Junior Sanchez, Tourist and many more. My personal favorite is their take on Hurricane, a track by another Coachella performer MS MR.

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4. AlunaGeorge – I first discoverd AlunaGeorge when I heard her on Disclosure’s hit, White Noise early last year and upon further digging, I found her original songs to be just as good. Her voice lends well to the vibey downtempo original tracks as well as the more uptempo remixes that have popped up.

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5. Hot Since 82 – This Leeds gentleman has been tearing up shows lately in Los Angeles and San Diego as well as has been featured on BBC Radio’s Essential mix with his b2b set with Steve Lawler on the Warehouse Project. His remix of Green Velvet’s, “Bigger Than Prince” is definitely a dance floor banger.

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Written by Beefam (Fortune 421 Artist)

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Track of the Week: Bassline remix

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Our first track of the week comes from the remix master Amtrac, a House of Fortune alum, who’s been a favorite of ours for a long time. This track features catchy vocals and and super bouncy bassline.  Check out the track GotSome – Bassline (Amtrac Remix)  below and the find the free download on Soundcloud. Enjoy.

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Written by Brady Spear (Music Director)

Green Beer & Fortune for St. Patty’s

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St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and the Gaslamp’s ShamRock Block Party will feature performances from several of our Fortune 421 Artists and Family members. We’re excited to see so many familiar Fortune faces fill the lineup for this years festivities in downtown San Diego. From production duo Whitenoize to our very own music director Brady Spear, you can expect a night filled with good ‘Fortune 421’ music that will have you dancing all night long!

With over 80,000 square feet of green astroturf, the streets of downtown will turn into a giant pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The green beer will be flowing from an Irish Pub over 150 feet long in the middle of the street. With over 20,000 attendees you can expect one unforgettable night of all things Irish!

Get your pre-sale tickets online and save $5 by using code: 421 at www.sandiegoshamrock.com

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If you can’t make it on Saturday night to ShamRock and would like to spend the entire actual St. Patrick’s Day drinking green beer with your friends then you’re in luck! Monday daytime you can find Fortune 421 Artists Brady Spear and Beefam behind the decks at the WaveHouse Beach Club in Mission Beach celebrating the luck of the Irish. This is a free event for all to join so just show up sporting your green shirts and dancing shoes …or sandals more like it!

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Groovebox set to play Mardi Gras

All right.  Now that the whole “trap” “dubstep” movement is over, let’s get back to the kind of music that makes girls want to shake their asses and doesn’t sound like transformers having sex.

I’m talking about the music that swept the dance floors in Chicago after disco’s departure in the late 1970s: House.  Songs with a synthesized “four on the floor” beat, syncopated hi-hat and soulful vocal samples that would (hopefully) have The Godfather of House, Frankie Knuckles, head bobbing

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Spanish DJ and producer, Groovebox, has been making moves in Europe and had 6 tracks on Beatport’s top 100 charts in both House and Tech House in 2013.  His music is funky, underground tech house that delivers an even bouncy kind of sound that’s light on vocals, but made to dance to.

He’s spent the last two years touring in Europe, gaining regular club and radio support from artists like Mark Knight, Bob Sinclair, Roger Sanchez and more.

But if you’re not planning on jet setting off to Spain anytime soon, Fortune is flying him in for this US debut on March 4, 2014. That’s right, kids.  Fortune is bringing beats, beads and booty shakin’ to San Diego’s Mardi Gras celebration this year!  We’ll also be having him play our Vegas Spring Break trip if you’re up for a quick flight to Las Vegas!

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Flashback to Groove Cruise

In honor of Groove Cruise 10 going down in the Caribbean this weekend we’re reminiscing of our  teams fun adventure last year. We hosted a memorable Fortune 421 event on the pool deck with all our favorite DJs from the West Coast including Donald Glaude, Scooter & Lavelle and Scotty Boy. Over the past 8 years we’ve had countless fond memories with these amazing artists that have shown us so much love from day one. They have been a huge support of our vision for fashion, music and events by sporing our gear, releasing tracks on our label and rocking our parties. We couldn’t be more thankful for them being a part of our Fortune Family.

Be sure to check out our full roster of Music producers here!

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We’ll be hopping back on the boat for GCLAX this Fall so be sure to use code “FORTUNE” for $50 off your trip. Tickets go on sale March 5th at www.thegroovecruise.com

New Podcast from Theron

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Our original Fortune 421 DJ in 2005 when the company first launched was DJ Theron. So we thought it was only fitting that he would mix the first podcast for our new website. Above Theron is spinning at On Broadway wearing the original Fortune 421 t-shirt style hand made by founder Jason Herrick and his mother Joie. This image was used as the cover of our first catalog for ASR Tradeshow and the marketing material placed out at our events.

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Introducing Riggs and Murtaugh

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As we revamp our Fortune 421 Music label we are are excited to introduce to you a new production/DJ duo under the name of Riggs & Murtaugh. These two friends from San Diego, otherwise know as DJ Beefam and Michael Di Dia, joined forces to create our first release of 2014 titled Go Deep. Take a listen …we think you’re going to love our new sound curated from our Music Director Brady Spear.

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