The ‘Pre-Game’ Review
Posted on / August 24, 2014 @ 6:59 am

Screen Shot 2014-08-23 at 11.42.58 PM“There has been a wave of great new producers coming up because of the power of fans, and the internet. Composers have the ability to reach to many with just a beat, and the digital age is only growing. We have to say when talking about a independent up-coming producers, Diwon is a name that must be mentioned in a catalog of other greats. With old school producers like J Dilla, to new school beat makers like Flying Lotus, we can compare him to some of the best in the game, but we feel like Diwon has the sound that is making a name and following of it’s own. His debut instrumental album “Pre-Game” sets the bar for producers across the globe.

Don’t you love those instrumental albums that could never get played out. “Pre-Game” is a true influential album in Hip Hop.” – IRB (read review here)

WATCH THE ‘PRE-GAME’ TRAILER/TEASER:

GET THE ‘PRE-GAME’ ALBUM NOW: BANDCAMP | ITUNES | AMAZON | SOUNDCLOUD

additional info could be found at www.studiobancs.com/pregame

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Diwon’s Pre-Game (Instrumental Album & Trailer)
Posted on / August 20, 2014 @ 8:11 am

Diwon-New-Game-PRe-GAMe900Before Diwon’s debut record “New Game,” there were the beats and pieces that brought his singles and full album to life. “Pre-Game” is a collection of never before heard instrumentals with Diwon shining a spotlight where his heart really lies; he is a true-school hip-hop head. DJ Booth called Diwon a “beatmaking buzzsmith,” and with the release of his instrumental album “Pre-Game” he keeps the focus on just that, taking you into his world of instrumental madness.

People talk about hip-hop going “post-regional,” but Diwon’s instrumentals are post-national. New York kicks and snares meet Turkish melisma against funky basslines and live guitars. This is the music you wish you heard on airplanes. It’s the producer as auteur, every track taking you through the emotional space of the artist, like Kanye or Godard.

Check out the all instrumental album at any of the following links:

BANDCAMP | ITUNES | AMAZON | SOUNDCLOUD

WATCH THE TRAILER/TEASER

Keep up with Diwon on facebook & twitter.

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Low End Theory
Posted on / August 14, 2014 @ 2:13 am

lowI woke-up so pumped to DJ the biggest show in LA tonight. The headliner has #1 album in country and a dope TV show and the club will be packed to walls..so, get there early!
Low End Theory!!!!
with Watsky, Anderson Paak, Kosha Dillz, KILL the COMPUTER, Verbs, Plus Residents: The Gas Lamp Killer x Nocando x DJ Nobody x DJ DStyles
@ The Airliner Nightclub
2419 N Broadway, LA

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Witches of East End song and season premiere
Posted on / July 10, 2014 @ 5:14 am

BONHOM2-If you don’t already know, I have a dream-pop-rock band called Bonhom with Sir. James Coleman and mix-genius, Scott Gibson, you could check our single, “Live For Now” in the SEASON PREMIERE of WITCHES OF EAST END!
Click here to stream the episode, the song hits at 22:48 minutes into the premiere.

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Pre-Order “Pre​-​Game” (a hi​-​fidelity instrumental album by Diwon)
Posted on / July 6, 2014 @ 7:07 am

Before Diwon’s debut record, “New Game” there were the beats and pieces that brought his singles and full album to life. “Pre-Game” is a collection of never before heard instrumentals as Diwon shines a spotlight where his heart really lies, he is a true-school hip-hop head. DJ Booth called Diwon a “beatmaking buzzsmith,” and with the release of his instrumental album “Pre-Game” he keeps the focus on just that taking you into his world of instrumental madness.

The instrumentals are a breakneck journey through the strange loops of his unique artistic process, the instrumentals are variously built from funky-drummer style percussion or bass-heavy West Coast production, laced with everything from crunchy psychedelic guitars to Middle Eastern melisma. It’s the producer as auteur, every track taking you through the emotional space of the artist, like Kanye or Godard.

People talk about hip-hop going “post-regional,” but the Diwon’s instrumentals are post-national. New York kicks and snares meet Turkish melisma against funky basslines and live guitars. This is the music you wish you heard on airplanes.

“Pre-Game” sets the stage for Diwon’s future production. Who can say what that will sound like? It’s a big world, and Diwon is global.

PRE-ORDER ‘PRE-GAME’ AND GET 5 SINGLES NOW!

** The full album will be released, August 20th, the one year anniversary of ‘New Game’

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Games That We Play (Thetik Remix)
Posted on / May 31, 2014 @ 1:33 am

This remix just came on at 1am and it def fits the vibe of the moment. This one is by Thetik of my single “Games That We Play” off “New Game”….hope you enjoy it.

The remix is 1 of 300+ Remixes from over 35 countries! The remix contest is hosted by Indaba and prizes sponsored by KMI, Aerial 7, Gobbler and more.
3 Days Left to vote! Check it out at www.indaba.us/gets

GET THE SONG, WATCH THE VIDEO AND GET THE ALBUM at the STORE or www.bancsmedia.com/diwon

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…and we’re live on MTV Iggy right now..
Posted on / April 13, 2014 @ 5:12 am

DREAMS-MTVThis was such a fun song and video to produce. I had a great time with Davis the kid in this video. This kid was the coolest kid his age I have ever met which made it extra hilarious when I got the tweet from MTV that read: “A nerdy kid’s got soul in the new Dreams In Static video for “You’re on Your Own,” featuring @akiebermiss @Diwon http://ow.ly/vwxbx

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Examiner Interview on upcoming album, “resurrecting” rock and hip-hop
Posted on / March 26, 2014 @ 6:32 am

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 11.08.08 PMMy interview with Dreams in Static in Examiner hit today. Here is what we and they had to say – Dreams in Static is the collaboration between the LA based hip-hop producer Diwon and New York City producer and songwriter Dugans.

The duo will be releasing their soulful new album, ‘Part of the Machine,’ some time in 2014, which features Akie Bermiss on vocals. A departure from the duo’s 2010 debut, ‘Serene Poetic,’ their sound has grown vastly, combining their already skillful mix of steady beats and controlled instrumentals with Bermiss’ soulful vocal for a new and more developed listening experience.

A video for the album’s first single, “You’re On Your Own,” premiered on March 10. The video was produced by Diwon’s Bancs Media and directed by Jonty Fine.

I had the opportunity to correspond with Diwon and Dugans via email to discuss how Dreams in Static came to be, ‘Part of the Machine,’ the “You’re On Your Own” video, and

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Remix Dreams and Win $500 and an Official Release!
Posted on / March 21, 2014 @ 4:31 am

DIS-INDABAThis is my second remix partnership with Indaba Music. This time it’s with my band Dreams in Static’s latest song “You’re On Your Own” ! Enter now to win $500 and an official release! Enter here: http://indaba.us/bxhG

Note: If you haven’t seen the music video “You’re On Your Own”, it premiered on the Wall Street Journal last week and AltSounds described their sound as “John Mayer meets The Rolling Stones with more soul; yes it’s possible.”

Here is what Indaba Music had to say; “If your soul feels full and the blues is penetrating your blood/brain barrier, you may be having Dreams In Static. A collaboration between producers Diwon and Dugans, Dreams In Static weaves the best of Hip Hop, Rock and Soul to create warm sonics and beautiful melodies.

Now, Dreams In Static and Indaba Music want you to remix their new single “You’re On Your Own”, which features Brooklyn based singer Akie Bermiss. Take the stems to this pristine throwback track and make something all on your own.”

ENTER NOW TO WIN $500 AND AN OFFICIAL RELEASE

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Dreams in Static Video Premiere on Wall Street Journal!
Posted on / March 10, 2014 @ 6:41 pm

DREAMSWSJWith the headline, “Dreams In Static Transcend Heartache In ‘You’re On Your Own’ (Video Premiere)” my latest single with Dreams in Static hits the Wall Street Journal.

Here is what they wrote: Heartache is a common enough theme in music that the hip-hop project Dreams in Static was keen to find a fresh angle for the video for their new single, “You’re on Your Own.” Speakeasy today premieres the resulting clip.

First, though, some background. Dreams in Static is a collaboration between the Los Angeles producer Erez “Diwon” Safar and the guitarist and composer Levi Martinez, known as Dugans, who create a sound they say conjures “the aesthetics of ‘Pulp Fiction’ and Curtis Mayfield.” Diwon and Dugans’ forthcoming album, “Part of the Machine,” features the vocalist Akie Bermiss throughout. (There’s no release date for the LP, though a rep for the duo said it will be out in 2014.)

“You’re on Your Own” is a booming hip-hop/soul track with a robust beat, sweeping hook and vocals with a tinge of raw anguish that make for a wonderfully incongruous video featuring a bespectacled, floppy-haired little boy grappling with his first broken heart.

“He makes a video to express himself, the song is the soundtrack and the video is for his crush Lucy,” Diwon told Speakeasy. “As he shows her that she broke his heart, he starts to get into the song and as it progresses he realizes he is going to be ok, and both the song and video close with a girl jumping into his video and dancing off with him.”

Diwon produced the video for his Bancs Media production company, and Jonty Fine directed the clip. What do you think of the video? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

WATCH THE VIDEO AT WSJ NOW!

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