Cole Plante: The Story Behind EDM's Under-Age Wiz Kid

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Courtesy of Cole Plante
Cole Plante exudes the stage presence of an artist who's mastered his craft. He's good on the mic, knows how to pump up the crowd, is passionate about the music and has some pretty fly dance moves for someone who isn't even legally allowed to enter a club. Though the 17-year-old half Vietnamese DJ and producer has played gigs since the beginnings of EDM in Vegas at Rain Nightclub, to Hollywood's Avalon, the late Voyeur in San Diego and clubs in Miami, he says some of his favorite shows have been at "Disneyland's Grad Nite" where he gets to play to an audience he can relate to. We got to chat with the LA native born Matthew Cole Plante at the Happiest Place on Earth before he plays his final show tonight to find out why he's the future of electronic music.

To the ecstatic graduates at "Disneyland Grad Nite," Cole is the soundtrack to their last hoorah. His carefully crafted blend of bangers by TJR, Diplo and GTA spliced with his own more melodic originals are just as unpredictable as life can be. He throws in everything from Metallica to trap as the pulsating lights of the Mad T Party give some of these high school grads their first dose of an EDM event. As they form dance circles and crowd surf (which he has to graciously ask them to stop), you can see his passion for music and performing on his focused demeanor. It's like a mini rave for these kids as they celebrate an end of an era and Cole would easily be celebrating himself if he weren't getting paid to be behind the decks.

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Top Five Local EDM DJs to Watch in 2014

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Local DJ Beefam
Orange County gets a bad rep for not having a real dance music scene. Sure, we have the EDM bros fist pumping through the weekend starting Thursday and bottle rats trying to get into the DJ booth on the regular. But if you look past the fake smiles and excessive plastic surgery in the crowds, you will find there are some DJs who have a real passion for electronic dance music. In fact these are the guys shying away from the club gigs to focus on producing quality music, throwing some of the sweetest parties down the street, or creating their own scene where they see it lacking. We've highlighted the top five local DJs to watch in 2014.

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Partying With Brazzabelle at Disneyland

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Brittney Bowles
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On stage Brazzabelle is a fashion forward temptress with a sexy gaze, smile that can light up a room and a distinct perfectly placed long ponytail. But today she's almost unrecognizable as she comes off of Space Mountain at Disneyland. The Arizona native and now LA transplant is an annual pass-holder, so we figured we swap a normal interview about her up and coming DJ gig in the OC for a day at the happiest place on Earth. Because, why the hell not? She dons a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt with a red plaid skirt, black mouse ears beanie and Main Street Elite patches on her spiked jean vest. Anywhere else the outfit might be a bit much, but at Disneyland she fits right in. Her style is usually pretty eccentric, the kind of loud clothes easily suited for massive stages at festivals like EDC Puerto Rico or New York's Electric Zoo, where she's been known to DJ hard-hitting, electro inspired sets.

We make our way towards Main Street so that we can take pictures in front of the giant Christmas tree and hopefully spot a character to take a photo with. Afterwards we head over to Disney California Adventure because we're in desperate need of a cocktail. Yes it's okay to drink at Disneyland at 2pm, if you're with an EDM goddess and it's her birthday. As we wait in line at Cove Bar in DCA to have celebratory birthday drinks Brazzabelle spots Daisy Duck and begs for a picture. After posting her selfie on Instagram, fans instantly comment, "We're on a mission to find you!" But considering her signature look, would they be able to spot her behind those funky shades and Disney kid grin? "When I first started DJing I was told I needed to have branding with a name that's original and a distinct look," says the artist born Brittney Bowles. "The long ponytail weave was cool because when I didn't want to be recognized I could wear my hair down, but that doesn't really work anymore."


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The Prodigy's Maxim's Coming to DJ!

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For over 20 years The Prodigy have been a cornerstone of the electronic music world. At times serving as its heart, soul, backbone and balls, the outfit has become as celebrated for their standard-setting hyper-kinetic live show as well as infamous for their groundbreaking controversial videos. While they're in the studio working on a new album set for 2014, this month, member Maxim returns stateside for a DJ tour with MC Cianna Blaze. They're set to play L.A.'s The Lure on October 27th San Diego's The Voyure on October 29th and the HARD Day of the Dead festival in LA on November 2nd. We were fortunate enough to speak with Maxim about shifting from frontman to DJing and the differences in putting out an album of electronic music today as opposed to two decades ago. Come breathe with us.


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12th Planet and Protohype Collaborate On EDM for People With ADD

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There are some collaborations that come about so naturally the chemistry is almost cosmic. That's pretty much how John Dadzie (a.k.a. 12th Planet) felt when he began working with up-and-coming bass artist Protohype on the ideas that would become their forthcoming, untitled EP. While Max Hype (Protohype's real name) may already be well-known as Datsik's protégé, Dadzie describes their relationship as a sibling bond. "We met and had so much in common on some real shit," the producer says. "I could actually hang out with him on the real, so that's why I say he's my little brother."

The two have teamed up to create what they are calling transition music, a genre-breaking set of tracks that will revolutionize bass music.

In a time when so many EDM artists are transitioning from their original genres to today's harder sounds, it seems more and more DJs are fusing together sounds and making their own edits to songs to appeal to large crowds at the major festivals and club nights. "Before, you could only play one genre, and now, no one even cares what you play as long as they get crunk," says Dadzie, who started as a drum-and-bass DJ under the moniker Infiltrata in the early 2000s.

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Seven Lions Says Going to Burning Man Changed the Course of His DJ Career

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Seven Lions, Flinch and Candyland - Avalon - May 17, 2013

It seems that more and more EDM producers today are bridging the gap between genres to create their own unique take on dance music.Especially in a time when any kid can pick up a computer and software seems to be the only way to stand out from the bunch. The 25 year-old Santa Barbara resident, Jeff Montalvo is no exception. Though he once produced trance tracks under his real name which he claims "weren't very good," Montalvo is better known by his DJ moniker Seven Lions which he has been going by for the last couple of years. He makes his way to Sutra tonight as part of a special IndepenDANCE week long celebration in OC spearheaded by Insomniac and their Identity Management partners.

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Justin Jay and Ardalan - Mesa - June 30, 2013

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Justin Jay at Mesa

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June 30, 2013

Dance music continues to take over our favorite night clubs, lounges and even bars. Yet instead of sticking to the big room progressive house format which dominates everywhere, the Modern Disco Ambassadors have taken a liking to bringing more of the underground sounds of house music right here in OC. With their third installment of Brunch Sundays at the chic Mesa Lounge located at the Camp in Costa Mesa, MDA brought a Dirtybird Records showcase with LA's own Justin Jay and San Francisco based Ardalan. MDA's Kedd Cook and our local favorites Minaya & Vikus also got on the decks for an afternoon of groovy beats, champagne showers and plenty of booty clapping (yes, at brunch!)

Our OC Weekly "Best Club DJs" of 2012 Minaya & Vikus started the day proper at Mesa with some deep house grooves at an early 1pm. Daniel Minaya was celebrating his birthday (for the entire month actually) and there was plenty of bottomless Mimosa's and cake to be had. Because you know "betches love cake!" The boys had a busy June with gigs at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana, Luna Supper Club in Pomona, opening for the legendary Paul van Dyk at Heat Ultra Lounge in Anaheim and making their San Diego debut on the Stingaree rooftop the night prior. But no matter how many times we see them it's always a treat to hear a different side of Minaya & Vikus as they could get funky with their song selections and surprise us with their deep house favorites.


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Five Best Orange County EDM Shows in June

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Summer is almost here and though to most in Southern Cali it means beach days, barbeques and bikinis, to the music lover, it means festival season is well underway. For electronic dance music aficionados, the biggest party of the summer will be at this years sold out Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Yet for those not wanting to brave the crowds, over-priced drinks, and slew of 18-and-over fist pumping revelers on the speedway, there are plenty of EDM shows right here in Orange County to get your fix. Once again, we've scoped out the five best dance music shows in Orange County this month to ensure you make the most of your hard earned ticket money.

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How Did TJR Become a Mega Club DJ? By Being a Good Opening DJ

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Thomas Rozdilsky aka TJR

After making waves as a resident DJ at LED events and clubs like Voyeur in San Diego, the Connecticut-raised TJR has embarked on the biggest year in his DJ career. The easiest indicator of that might be his new residency at Hakkasan, the new EDM mega club inside the MGM Grand. Anchored by a Michelin Star restaurant, the five-story, 80,000 square foot space is the visual representation of how colossal the dance music world has become. And now, TJR finds himself right at the center of it. Add that to his recent feature in GQ Magazine, a successful European tour and the impending summer festival circuit filled dates all over the world and you've got yourself quite a recipe for notoriety.

We got to chat with TJR, born Thomas Rozdilsky, as he relaxed in his Encinitas golf course home after a wild weekend playing LED's My Life Every Day Memorial Day Party at the Valley View Casino Center and the 6 a.m. daybreak after party. Tomorrow, he comes to Orange County to play Heat Ultra Lounge along with local favorite Adam Auburn as the opening support.

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Carnage Doesn't Trap Himself Into Making One Style of Dance Music

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Carnage at TIKTAK Eclectic Music Festival
There are some artists who are destined for the lime-light. Even their names offer some insight to their future and Carnage is no exception. Born Diamante (which means "Diamond" in Spanish) Blackmon, the big "black man" from Guatemala was like a rare diamond in the rough who moved to Maryland at six years old to live with his mother. She encouraged him to start producing beats and dance tracks since he was in high school in his hometown of Frederick. Hollywood and hip clubs that played electronic music were nothing but a distant dream though, so he became a self proclaimed "computer nerd" and was making beats with his rap friends after school. It took him five long ass years to perfect his producing game, but eventually he nailed it.

Carnage also learned early on that he could make a living out of being a super-star DJ through his friendship with Niles from The Cataracs who stumbled upon his music through Myspace. He later realized he would have to leave his country home "which smelled like manure," he says to move to LA and make that dream a reality. Eight months after his move to the City of Angels, his "Festival Trap" remix of Hardwell's "Spaceman" went viral and now he's headlining his own tour all over the world and playing major festivals like Ultra in Miami and EDC. Carnage's "I'm Fucking Pumped Tour" rolls through the Yost Theater tonight as part of White Rabbit's Havoc Thursday so we caught up with the Chipotle loving guy to chat about playing in Europe and his bromance with Borgore.

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Jack Beats, Carnage and Whiiite at CONTROL's 4 Year Anniversary - Avalon - Friday, Feb. 22, 2013


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