LA Riots Bring The Ruckus

Daniel of L.A. Riots in Gainesville
Daniel Spinning

We caught up with Daniel from LA Riots, Thursday, when he stopped by to play The Vault, here in Gainesville, Fla.; a week before he’s set to rock the stage at Electric Zoo in NYC.

The show was baller. The DJ booth was set up right in the VIP section in front of the dancefloor, instead of the usual crows-nest set-up the opener used, and the crowd was feeling it all night. I don’t think I’ve seen so much ass-to-dick grinding in Gainesville yet. Daniel had bitches straight fuckin’ on the dancefloor.

The music was hard and dirty, a nice break from the usual Dubstep and Dutchy-inspired sets we’re getting a lot of at home, just the thing I was hoping for from the guys who rocked the Beatport Beach Party at WMC. Daniel dropped some new tracks, and a sweet ass blend of favorite’s Pon De Floor and Warp that I pretty much lost my shit to.

By the end of the night, there wasn’t an inch on anyone’s body not covered in sweat, and it was a mad dash for the door so the happy couples could get down to business.

The next morning, I met up with Daniel in his room as he collected his things together, getting ready to set out for Puerto Rico for a bit of relaxation with MSTRKRFT‘s JFK followed by another show.

We talked about our favorite Kiss songs, the finer points of packing, the trials and tribulations of buying pants online, and of course, what the boys have been up to since we last met in March.

“After that Beatport party things just went crazy for us,” he said, adding the labels have since given them carte blanche and more creative freedom. “Now we can make what we want.”

[box] The boys have been plenty busy. They just dropped their first single on Fool’s Gold about two weeks ago, a Dutchie tune called “The Drop.” The song is doing quite well, climbing the House charts on Beatport. It’s B-side, “Bombah,” is more of a tech-house track, a direction Daniel said he’s been trying to take for a while.[/box]

I asked him where all the dirty electro is, hoping to hear it would be coming back soon. He said he didn’t think it was going anywhere right away, as long as the labels are still jocking the sound.

“The record labels are usually late, the majors are, on what’s cool,” he said. Apparently, the labels are still asking for electro club-bangers with all their remixes, and he’s happy to oblige them. For instance, they just dropped a new remix of Aoki’s track Tai, that he said has more of a dirty, “Boys Noize” type sound to it.

“At the end of the day, they’re the client and you want to make the client happy.”

Daniel and Vijay

Daniel before his set with Gainesville promoter and DJ, Neon Liger's own Vijay Seixas.

He said they continue to work on new music. Right now the boys are reworking some stuff by M.I.A. and Rye Rye. The highlight for me was getting the chance to hear a brand new collaborative track they made that’s so new, it hadn’t been heard by anyone yet. It’s a nasty, jumpy banger sure to have dancefloors everywhere jerkin hard, and hopefully will be released before too much delay.

I didn’t let him leave before asking what we can expect from him at Electric Zoo. He said he’d be DJing alone again because Jon is going to Burning Man, something he’s been planning for a long time. As far as the set’s feel, he said he wasn’t sure, he was going to leave it up to the crowd.

“I’m not really sure what to expect at a festival until I get there.”

After about twenty minutes, Daniel had to give in to the constant torrent of calls from his driver waiting outside and get his ass moving on the road. I thanked him for making sure to meet up with me and told him I’d be looking out for him in NYC. I can only imagine he had a good time on the beach, partying with JFK, who it just happens is coming to Gainesville the Monday I arrive back in town, Sept. 6. Dear god, here I go again.

We leave you with some of the brand-spankin’ new tracks we discussed in the room. You won’t be disappointed.

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