Those Two Artists Are The Same Guy? A Look at DJ Alter Egos

April 30, 2013

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Many Artists Have Alter Ego Acts, Here’s Six Great Ones

The idea for this article came to me the day that the Hard Summer lineup came out. I saw that Clockwork and RL Grime were both going to have sets there, and knowing the music, I was definitely excited. I tweeted about how those two were going to kill it and if I went I would definitely be catching the sets. My buddy Devin immediately tweeted back to me, along with another music blog. Their response? “You know those two acts are the same guy, right?” The fact was I didn’t know and I found it funny how artists form alter egos to play different genres of music. At that point I knew I had to do some research and find some more example of alter ego DJ acts. Here’s some of what I found including duo acts where two solo DJ acts team up for a brand new sound.

1) Clockwork and RL Grime

I have to start with what set me off on this! Clockwork was the first DJ act of Henry Steinway. His electro house persona is highly successful and his 2013 Ultra set was regarded as one of the best of the weekends. Still, he wanted to branch out to Trap and other genres so RL Grime was born. Both acts are playing at Hard Summer. To read more about Clockwork vs. RL Grime, check out this interview done by LiveForTheFunk.com

http://www.liveforthefunk.com/spreads/post/interview-rl-grime/

2)Knife Party and Pendulum

Knife Party and Pendulum are in fact one in the same, but from different times. Pendulum had more members and precedes Knife Party, with their biggest hit being “The Island” (trust me, you know this track and you have sang along with it!). Apparently the duo that made Knife Party claims that playing as Pendulum wasn’t fun anymore so they stopped. Read more about it here http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/musicnews/s3526471.htm

3)Diplo and Major Lazer

Everyone knows Diplo. The twerk inspiring DJ and creator of “Express Yourself” needs no introduction. What is less known is his involvement in Major Lazer as it’s longest standing member. Formed in 2009 by Diplo and DJ Switch, they released an album called “Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do”. Reknowned for their electronic reggae feel on some tracks, the group composition has changed since then. In 2011, Switch left and Diplo recruited Jillionaire and Walshy Fire into the mix.

4)Steve Angello and Mescal Kid

Angello has a “tech house persona”, as its put by Dancing Astronaut, during late night shows where he changes his genre up totally. There are some pretty good tracks on YouTube so I would definitely check it out if you have time. Also, read the Dancing Astronaut article about the alter ego.

http://www.dancingastronaut.com/2012/09/steve-angello-at-pacha-nyc-the-mescal-kid-brings-out-all-the-stops-owes-me-1000/

5)Ferry Corsten/Markus Schulz and The New World Punx

We did a story about this new collaboration a few weeks ago as it was something that was born at Ultra and looks to gain steam. Trance kings Corsten and Schulz want to be known as the New World Punx and we are excited for what they have in store. Not too much has been released about them since its a new concept but we will keep you posted.

6) Skrillex/Boys Noize and Dog Blood

Last year it was reported that Skrillex and Boyz Noise would collaborate for a new vision called Dog Blood. Citing their different styles of creating music, the two artists claim they are excited for a new sound and something in the middle of what their usual individual tracks sound like. After playing at Ultra 2013, their launch is official and they have been producing new tracks left and right. Dog Blood also saw their track “Next Order” hit #1 on Beatport’s top techno tracks. They are playing at Hard Summer this year as they continue to hype up this new collaboration.

Check out this MTV news article with more info on Dog Blood: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1699357/skrillex-boys-noize-dog-blood.jhtml

 

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