For this week's edition of Dab'D x Jvck'D, we decided to shake things up a bit. Rabbits are not the only thing that they're pulling out of their hats, they gave Death By Electro a first hand exclusive to their latest mixtape, MagicStep Vol 1. This three tracker, boasts some wicked original productions and each track tells a story that leads into the next. You'll see what I mean if you listen to all of them at once. Get the downloads!
The first one, 'Torture' comes from Abrakadabra, or Dab'd, as some of you might know them to be. This one ranges from cautious breaks, big cinematic synths, and monochrome bass lines that render a tensed, goosebumps like atmosphere. It's the perfect appetizer to the adrenaline-rushing rage fest that takes place in the next one.
'Timber' is an original from Lumberjvck, the Jvck'd part of Dab'D x Jvck'D. This one is a frantic and aggressive, a true ruckus causing chainsaw massacre of a banger. It's industrial dubstep at its loudest and finest.
The final one, the Dab'D x Jvck'D original features recent Bay Area Beyond Wonderland, discovery project winner, GLock. This one, is more of a comedown from the previous two tracks. It feels like you're the victim that survived in the horror movie. It has a lot of early Caspa-like influences, rolling and wobbly bass lines, sporadic noises and dreamy transcendental build ups.
Also, here's our exclusive interview with guys, They are three aspiring artists with a passion for all things electronic. We discuss cutting steaks with chainsaws, MagicStep, their upcoming live act and more
What were you guys doing before you realized you wanted to make music? I’m going to take a wild guess and say… shooting a video to get accepted into magic school and learning how to cut a steak with a chainsaw.
[They laugh] If that was the case then we would be out mastering those traits instead of here with you doing this interview, but not gonna lie Shawn has a video of him doing magic, and besides his long lost magic dreams, he has been a musician since day 1.
Trevor Lanzarotta aka AbraKadabra, was finishing up his Psychology Major and volleyball career over his CSUN/Moorpark College and with no musical background but a passion to dance and love for the music. Connor Schatzel aka LUMBERJVCK was playing world Warcraft in his room listening to endless amounts of EDM.
This new mix tape you guys just dropped seems kind of scary. What can we expect?
We are trying to portray a much more cinematic experience through our music, be through epic drumming or very wide and massive drops; Our Halloween-Inspired Ep 'Night of the Living Raver [Forthcoming Limitless Records]'. Epic Vocal work, crazy new bass-lines, and futuristic grooves, it truly is MagicStep. As well as our Unsigned Alien-Inspired DrumStep Ep 'We Are Not Alone' do just that, not only scaring the crap out of you but put you in the exact realm intended by the theme, A Zombie Apocalypse and A Space Odyssey.
If you had to describe Magicstep to a deaf person, what would you say and why?
Thats the best part, we would never have to describe Magicstep to a deaf person; MagicStep: A Phenomenon in which an Environment is created to allow the impossible, the unknown, and indescribable all happening in one place, igniting the audiences dreams to further change the world with their own MAGIC. The music being infused with hip hop and oldies background coming from all three of us, the twist on our "magic" comes from more current styles influenced by all genres, resulting in a mixture of the timeless classics infused with EDM.
Describe Dab’d x Jvck’d as a live act? What have you guys got planned? Is one of you going to sing?
Much like you craved as a kid, you not only want to go to a show but be awestruck and left with mystery and the desire for more. That is the same emotional pull we are looking to portray through our music and live set. Dab'd x Jvck'd: The Experience will consist of live sampling and mash ups, as well as electronic instrumentation & vocaling, of not only our own pieces live but others as well.
2 out of 3 of us were DJs before switching over to production and we plan on using that greatly to our advantage with Trevor heading the switch boards, any external mixing, vocal chopping and sampling through our Maschine, and live effecting with our personal mapped out Midi Fighter.
With Shawn (Guitarist) using the apc 40 as a mixer infused instrument with live sampling, stemming, and playing; as well as Connor (electric drumming) taking the stronghold of the live instrumentation and vocals. Our goal is to not exactly show what we use, but how we use. And of course with a great live set up comes a full magic show and visuals planned out by Dab'd x Jvck'd,, our story will be told through our show and the experience you are left with. If you can still breathe that is.
What if bass didn’t exist?
We would be just fine. Its all about that shoulder bopping groove, then comes that bass…
You’ve got a few gigs under your belt, including one with Chanel West Coast? How was that? That ‘Cookie’ remix you guys did is getting a lot of attention.
We had a surreal summer with bookings through out Southern California as separate entities, AbraKadabra/Lumberjvck, and then finishing off our summer sharing the stage with AntiSerum (Fire Power Records) as our New Dab'd x Jvcvk'd Collaboration. It was an honor and a pleasure to share the stage with so many Greats i.e Helicopter Showdown, Swedish Egil, Patrick Reza, Anitserum, Chanel West Coast, At Dawn We Rage, and Dskotek; as well as Los Angeles' and Hollywood's finest establishments i.e. Dim Mak Studios, Avalon Hollywood, Beyond The Stars Palace, Florentine Gardens and Club 333 Live.
What’s it like going to school for music production at ICON? Could you tell us about some of the things you’ve learned, some crazy stories that you have from your time here? Like, did you ever find a rat pop out of Steve Duda’s long hair?
As much as ICON Collective is an institute of study and learning, it just as much as a vessel for experience. Our whole view and idea of Magicstep came from the idea of what ICON IS, 'an Environment is created to allow the Impossible, the Unknown, and Indescribable all happening in one place, igniting the audiences dreams to further change the world with their own MAGIC', the exact definition of Magicstep.
Who are your current favorite producers from ICON? Any cool Professors whose stuff you’re into?
Some of our favorites that we not only see but get to interact on a day to day basis with
-At dawn we rage -MakJ -Protohype - Kayzo - Khemek -Rykr
-Kid Ranger - GLock -Castor Troy - Sullivan King.
You’re future consists of…
Our Hard Work Resulting In The World Not Only Hearing But Experiencing Our Magic.