Words By: Gabrielle Nicole Pharms
Aforesaid in yesterday’s Electric Zoo post, we will feature one buzzworthy DJ a day leading up to next week’s festival in NYC.
Two weeks ago on a rainy Friday afternoon in Bangor, Maine at the KahBang Music & Arts Festival, I had the pleasure of witnessing one of the sickest DJ sets I’ve seen in quite a while. Prior to that set, I was watching another act backstage and quietly admired the tiger sweatshirt of the seemingly demure and well-dressed bloke standing next to me. It wasn’t until this mystery man hit the stage that I realized he was DJ/producer, Alex Botwin, better known as Paper Diamond.
He won the crowd over with his laidback cool, yet high energy stage presence. Notably, he managed to mix numerous genres ranging from moombahton to pop to R&B by layering in punchy kickdrums, unpredictable drops and smooth synths. To get a taste of what I experienced at KahBang and what EDM Magazine looks forward to hearing at his live set next week, check out the links below. He’s currently a joint custody prodigy of Mad Decent, Pretty Lights Music and his own label, Elm & Oak.
The most recent confection: PD’s remix of Usher’s “Climax”
My personal favorite: PD’s remix of Fabolous’ “Throw It In The Bag”
Watch him: PD feat. Nasimiyu “Turn The Lights Off”