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EDMC RADIO: Tanner Caldwell // Top Billin, DICKSQUAD [Philly]

June 9th, 2014


EDMC RADIO w Tanner Caldwell

In the eyes of Tanner Caldwell, there is only progression of life and sound. The momentum of music in the world grows exponentially each year with the rise and fall in popularity of various genres and aesthetics. Caldwell runs alongside, and oftentimes in front of the wave, but never forgets his roots. His style reflects a lifetime of music experience which he consistently applies both in his production workload, and highly versatile DJ sets.
Caldwell has appeared on lineups all across the US with some of the world’s most respected DJs and producers including DJ Snake, UZ, MartyParty, Joker, Feadz, Heroes X Villains, Sinjin Hawke, Heartbreak, Shiftee, Neon Indian, Feed Me, Downlink, Tittsworth, and countless more.




I’ve had quite a few old school teachers around to frequently show me the classic methods of DJing. People like Chris Landry (NYC) have been at it for a lot longer than I have. He comes from the days of party rocking and crate digging. I learned a lot about reading the room, organizing my crates to adapt to any situation, and always having tunes that surprise the audience to get that “ooohhhhh” reaction.

DJing shouldn’t be a person just going out in front of an audience and playing a pre-made set list; it should be an on the spot, flowing with, and encouraging the energy of the room performance.

My main motivation as of the past year and a half would have to be my son Max. He inspires me every day and drives me to be an example for him and my peers. There’s something that clicks inside a person when a child enters their life. My friends have been more than supportive of me becoming a father and sticking to my guns about music being my only occupation. I’m truly thankful for that. Other than my son, the people that inspire me are my crews all over the world, like Cobra Corps/VAVLT in Atlanta, TheresDrinkingToBeDone.com in Philly, Top Billin in Finland, Dicksquad in Baltimore/DC, Gold Whistle in NYC, and so on.



Luckily, the corny evolution of electronic music into the cringe-worthy acronym “EDM” has spawned a counter culture of stranger sounds that defy genre. I’ve heard words like future bass, cave bass, future grime, etc thrown around but the point is that most mainstream EDM in its current state is completely formulaic.

Like most things in our culture, sticking to mundane formulas dulls down our creative side and inhibits us from acting as truly unique artists. Anyone out there pushing the envelope and doing their own thing at the moment has my personal blessing.

Off the top of my head I’d like to think the future leaders of music this year will be Nadus, Hydrabadd, Vices, Lenkemz, Curl Up, Whiskers Po, RaceCarBed, Hi$to, M|O|D, Shiftee, Cobra Krames, Grandtheft, Brenmar, GANZ, DJ Hoodboi, Tasty Treat… there are seriously too many to name… there’s just so much motivated talent out there right now. As far as labels go I’ve been infatuated with Soulection, HighOnBeats, Raw Records, Cartel Music, Pelican Fly, Loveless Records, Gold Whistle, Hot Mom USA, Seclusiasis, and Trouble & Bass.



In this mix I was trying to showcase the budding, genre defying bass music that I’ve been really digging and rocking out to crowds with over the past few months. There’s definitely some classic jersey club vibes in there, so you know it’s real. Luckily, a lot of my friends have been pushing out quality content at a consistent rate so I’m never at a loss for great new tunes. Hope everyone enjoys my selections and dances wherever they may be while listening to the mix.


/////////// TRACKLIST

Whiskers Po – Yes
Dillon Francis & DJ Snake – Get Low (Broadway Slim Remix)
M.I.A – Y.A.L.A (MikeQ Bootleg)
Branko, ELOQ, & TT The Artist – Dirty Works
Doctor Jeep – Eccies
B.Lewis & Yung Satan – Dreamy
Oliver Heldens – Gecko (8Er$ Trapleg)
Tony Quattro & Doctor Jeep – Forth & Seek feat. B Ames
Jubilee – I-95 (Salva Remix – Deville Club Edit)
Cakes Da Killa – I Run This Club (curl up Remix)
Rick Ross, Kanye West, & Big Sean – Sanctified (Brenmar Remix)
Future ft. Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino – Move That Dope (4B BOOTLEG)
Flosstradamus & DJ Sliink – CROWD CTRL (ENFERNO Remix)
Lenkemz – Can’t See U ft Slick Don
KW Griff – Ya’ll Ain’t Safe (HYDRABADD Tactical Edit)
Moduloktopus & Madd Martigann – Bounce My Bitch Up
Grandtheft & Thugli – Heavy Hitterz
Migos – Hannah Montana (Vices Remix)
ASAP Ferg ft ASAP Rocky – Shabba (Dj Rell Remix)
FS Green – Git Witt U (VIP Mix)
Chris Brown – Loyal (Mike Gip Remix)
Tasty Treat – Nobody Else
Iggy Azalea – Fancy (PrepTheProducer Remix)
Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison (LION KNGS & DOM Remix)
Dog Blood – Shred Or Die (DJ Sliink Remix)
Buraka Som Sistema – Hangover (Bababa) (Original Mix)
Riot Ten – Double Cup, Im Pourin (Original Trap Mix)
Jurassic Fightclub – Katana
Trick Daddy & Trina – Shut Up (Lemi Vice X TigerBeat Remix)
Showtek – Booyah (4B & Stevie G Jersey Club Remix)
Major Lazer & Pharrell – Aerosol Can (Jackal Remix)
Ronaissance – YEET
Debroka – Swoop Mob
ViLLAGE – Take On Me
Galaxy – Seimei & Taimei



Featured artwork by Gee WNR.

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