State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Deanna Cipolla

VZLKS Remix of Manicanparty's "It's In Her Eyes"

Local Penn State EDM artist, VZLKS, just released a brand new remix of Manicanparty’s “It’s In Her Eyes”. Referring to himself as “just a punk kid making house”, VZLKS has also remixed song such as Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own”, Sylvia’s “Unloveable” and  Frank & Derol’s “Barely Love You too”.

Check out his new remix below:

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“Follow” VZLKS on Twitter HERE.


The Chainsmokers New "Kids" Remix!

The Chainsmokers are back at it again! They have just released their own remix of the song “Kids” by Mikky Ekko.

They have been quoted stating,

“Mikky is an absurdly talented writer and vocalist so when we had the chance to work on a track of his we were delighted because we feel he is this perfect blend of pop/mainstream and indie which is two qualities we hold more dear to us than anything.  Between his really unique voice and its styling which is something we care a lot about and and our style of producing we though we could create a really interesting remix that embodies are tastes… When we started producing the song we gravitated towards the more progressive sound, flush with big synths but wanted to pair it with a sweeping horn over the drop to give it this really grand almost orchestra feeling that gave it a unique feeling, almost cinematic in nature. In doing so it allowed us to maintain a high energy remix but maintain a unique undertone. In the end his rhythmic vocals along with the piano chords allows the tracks to cruise along effortlessly.”

The Chainsmokers have shows in Boston 11/16 at Whiskey Siagon, then at LIV in Miami on 11/22 and Marquee NYC on 11/23 coming up. The duo have more remixes coming out for artist’s NONONO which was played on W&W’s BBC Essential mix, and The Colourist. Additionally the two have original material coming out with Ghost Beach, Great Good Fine Okay and Adrian Lux, amongst others…

Be sure to keep yourself updated with what else The Chainsmokers have to give us! Download The Chainsmokers remix to “Kids” HERE.

Check out The Chainsmokers Website HERE.

“Like” The Chainsmokers on Facebook HERE.

“Follow” The Chainsomers Twitter HERE.


Paul Van Dyk's "Burn It Down" Remix Teaser!

Paul Van Dyk, EDM DJ originally based out of Berlin, has recently rocked  & released a remix of  rock band Linkin Park’s “Burn It Down”. Although, only a teaser has been released via Souncloud, this new song seems to be the perfect mix of house & rock. There is no set date on when the full version of the song will be released.

As stated on his Facebook page, “For more than two decades, the world has known Paul van Dyk as one of Germany’s most successful musicians and as one of the ultimate superstars of electronic music. As an artist, DJ and producer, Paul has surpassed various milestones over the course of his career, including having sold more than 3.5 million albums and being twice voted the world’s No.1 DJ. He has remixed the likes of Madonna, Just…in Timberlake, U2 and Depeche Mode. Earning a Grammy nomination and accepting the “Order of Merit” from the state of Berlin are just two of Paul’s numerous accomplishments and accolades for his talents.

You can keep yourself updated on Paul on his website & Twitter.

Check out the Penn State Rap Battle this Friday, October 25th!

This Friday, October 25th, come check out the Penn State Rap Battle. Beginning at 7 P.M. in 102 Forum, three judges:

  • Miss Black Homecoming Princess, a music critic that also runs a popular music blog under the name RoyalNastalgic.
  • Kappa/Vice President of RAM Squad who is also involved in poetry.
  • A former Rap Battle Winner

with the help of the crowd, will determine who the 2013 Penn State Rap Battle Winner will be. Eight Rappers will be competing but only one will win the cash prize. DJ A’Cubed will also be making an appearance as well. If you are interested in the Rap/Hip Hop Genre, you should definitely make sure to stop by & find out who will be the 2013 Rap Battle Winner.

Check out 'Big Z' Remixes!

A local Penn Stater, Big Z, has been releasing some awesome remixes. Zach Caraher has been putting out  a continuous string of new remixes of songs created by artists such as  Zedd, Calvin Harris, and so much more. Keep a look out the next three following tuesdays for some new remixes that you will most definitely want to add to your pump-up playlists.

While you’re at it, keep yourself updated with Big Z here on his Soundcloud.

Also make sure to “like” Big Z on Facebook.

New Madera "Mashes" Released!

Recently, Madera (one of my absolute favorite DJ’s) released multiple new mashes. Including previously released tracks, Madera Mash Pack 2013 consists of new mash-ups including current hits such as Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball”, Krewella’s “Alive”, Ellie Goulding’s “I Need Your Love”, Imagine Dragons’s “It’s Time” and so much more. Be sure to check out his new tracks below & add them to your pregame playlists.

Also, be sure to follow him on Soundcloud, to stay updated on new mashes.