We caught up with Daniel Linton of LA RIOTS this weekend before he took the stage at our WTF party. Here’s the latest on what to expect from the award-winning artist…
T: We have been hearing news about a new single coming out with Dim Mak, can you give us any insight on what’s to come?
D: The single just dropped on Beatport as an exclusive for two weeks. It features Jessie malakouti on vocals and “thank you x” on production. I met Jessie two years ago when she joined the identity festival tour fresh off of a tour with nicki minaj and Britney Spears. It’s a big dance floor banger that has been getting really good feedback in the clubs and on radio.
T: As a veteran of the early days on the Los Angeles’ electro scene, what can you predict is coming next to the ever changing ‘EDM’ world?
D: It’s going to get even bigger. I know if about three movies coming out that some major names in dance music are attached to as well as some reality shows. People can’t get enough of it.
T: Do you have any upcoming projects in the works?
D: I just wrapped a few more tracks for Steve Aoki’s label Dim Mak
T: Can you comment on any upcoming artist features?
D: I have a track forthcoming with Ineabell Diaz who just featured on a track for junior sanchez on Spinnin Records. I am also working on something with Mr Hudson (frequent Jay Z and Kanye collaborator) and just wrapped up a track for Sean Paul and Beanie Man that should be out on Sean’s forthcoming album. I have a couple trap tracks that I’m putting the finishing touches on as well and am always looking for new vocalists to feature so hopefully you will be seeing a lot more of my stuff out there.
T: When traveling on the road, what do you find yourself listening to the most? What are your favorite tunes?
D: I listen to a lot of “normal” music. More low key stuff like Band of Horses and (old) Kings of Leon.
T: Who or what influences your music? Where is your favorite place you have performed, and is there a favorite track or venue that stands out?
D: I absolutely love playing anywhere in Germany. They just get it and you can go away from playing bangers and the more recognizable tracks and they will still be into it. America is still on some pop shit. Even in dance music. I can’t remember who coined the term EPM but they were kind of spot on. It’s not Electronic Dance Music (EDM) it’s Electronic Pop Music (EPM). Don’t get me wrong. I produce and remix tracks for huge pop artists (Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon, Robin Thicke etc etc) but my sets aren’t completely about that. I like to mix it up and play across the board.
T: What have been some of your biggest challenges as a musician on the EDM scene?
D: Staying relevant in a constant changing market. When I started LA Riots in 2007 it was all about the indie tracks. We were remixing bands like the Ting Tings, Crystal Castle and whatnot. Then it just evolved more and more and remixes for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Britney started to roll in. Now dance music originals are charting right up there alongside those names on billboard pop charts. It’s crazy to think that’s where we are at today.
T: Can we expect to see you on tour any time soon?
D: As more of these originals I have waiting to be released see the light of day I will definitely be hitting the road a lot more in the very near future.
T: What can your audience expect from LA RIOTS at the upcoming shows?
D: No gimmicks. If that’s what people want to see I’m not your guy. My shirt stays on and I don’t have any explosions or fireworks in my. Z-Trip said it best.. “Hands in the air equal hands not on the mixer.”
LA Riots & Thank You X // Rewind (feat. Jessie Malakouti)