City Series Mix Volume 10
A lot has happened since LA Riots introduced a bawdy blend of Indie Rock, Alt Dance & Electro music to the world in 2007. Formed by Daniel Linton and John O'Brien on the 15th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, the group was named as a reflection of their aggressive and rebellious sound. An attitude not commonly found in Electronic Dance at the time, it differentiated them from the worldwide DJ pack. However it was taken; their approach achieved the group multiple successes early on, including becoming North American tour support for MSTRKRFT and the Bloody Beetroots in 2008. That same year they landed on the lineup of Australia’s Global Gathering Festival alongside Kraftwerk, Mark Ronson and DJ Sasha, exposing them to a global audience.
LA Riots, now just Linton, has reinvented a sound that melded influences of techno, house and drum n’ bass. The fans received his productions with open arms, the world took note, LA Riots had arrived. He accomplished what eludes so many in the genre; maintaining his underground credibility while remixing some of music's premier pop and rock labels. So far, the formula has worked. He's crafted the title track on Kylie Minogue’s “Boombox” Album, remixed multiplatinum rock icons Weezer and pop-dance phenom Lady Gaga ("Born This Way"), all while working on top-selling Sony Playstation games. Not to mention remixing tracks for a diverse roster of DJ/artists including Tiesto, Laidback Luke and Sidney Samson.
Over the years, his broad musical scope has led to plays from the likes of Tiesto, Justice and Afrojack to name a few. These accolades from fellow DJs has put him on the speed dial of A&R teams to shine up pop and rock remixes for major labels such as Warner Bros., Virgin, Tommy Boy and Interscope. LA Riots production is varied, but his quality control and precision in the studio creates a big room sound that translates the party straight to the dance floors.
It is those same high-profile productions that has prompted him to land even higher profile gigs. In 2009, they toured with The Crystal Method (“Divided by Night”) and a second outing with MSTRKRFT. As well as appearances at Chicago’s Lollapalooza, ULTRA Music Festival in Miami (2008 & 2009), Electric Zoo, I♥Techno and Belgium’s Pukklepop Festival. Additionally, Beatport named them as “Break Out Stars” at the 2010 Winter Music Conference.
His recent successes on the charts have been mirroring his success touring as well. Beginning the year with a #1 Billboard Remix and sold out European Tour, Linton returned to the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, landed a residency at XS Nightclub in Las Vegas and was featured on the 1st ever Identity Festival Tour across the US. LA Riots is definitely one to watch and if you are lucky you might just get him to #StartARiot in your town.
If you could collaborate musically with anyone of your choice, who would you choose?
What is your favorite venue you've ever performed at?
What DJ gear and travel essentials do you always carry with you on the road?
Senheisser HD-25 headphones, LaCie USB sticks, Sol Republic LA Riots Special Edition headphones, iPad Mini, Macbook Pro, Monster bluetooth speaker