DJ and producer Diplo popularized the phrase, “mad decent,” when he created the LA-based record label in 2006. Artists signed to the label include, but are by no means limited to: Baauer, Dillon Francis, Cookers, Flosstradamus, Major Lazer, Rusko and Zeds Dead.
Two years later, Mad Decent began hosting block parties, and up until last year, MDBP was both a free and for all ages event. In 2012 MDBP reached Toronto and four major cities in the U.S.: Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. With bigger and better artists than ever before, it was inevitable that, this year, the parties would become ticketed events. The block parties began on July 19th in Calgary, AB and will conclude on September 15th in San Diego, CA. The remaining cities that will be/already have been played include: Las Vegas, Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Ft Lauderdale, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Dallas, Detroit, New Braunfels, and Los Angeles (see schedule and purchase tickets here).
Each party is unique because, although the general lineup remains the same, each city features some artists and not others. For example, you can expect to see Zeds Dead and Skream at MDBP in DC, while Brooklyn's lineup will include Dillon Francis and Matt & Kim.
We already hit Philadelphia this past weekend, and on August 2nd we will be visiting Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. The only other time we've been to Merriweather was for Virgin Mobile Freefest in October 2012, so we're excited to see how the party will play out. One artist we are especially looking forward to seeing is Flosstradamus, who we've been keeping our eye on for a while now. Ever since trap blew up, they were the first of several artists the world began to truly notice. Hailing from Chicago, J2K (Josh Young) and Autobot (Curt Cameruci) have remixed for renowned artists such as Flux Pavillion, Sub Focus and Major Lazer, leaving their signature trap imprint on each track they've touched. Flosstradamus will be at a majority of the block parties so be sure to check them out! If you're not familiar with their music, listen to their Soundcloud and their latest release with DJ Slink, 'Crowd Ctrl,' below.