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Summer 2017 is heating up…please welcome GTA and Party Favor to the Boat Cruise Summer Series on Saturday, July 8th and prepare for #GoodTimesAhead and a serious rager on the harbor!
Thirty push-ups and a shot of tequila each: that’s all the preparation Julio Mejia and Matt Toth need to throw down a killer set, to turn from laid-back, unassuming 24-year-olds into the scene-stealing DJ and production duo GTA.
While their warm-ups are routine, Mejia and Toth’s performances are anything but. GTA sets are musical joyrides with the guys at the wheel, as they speed from trap and hip-hop into booming electro, take unexpected detours with rock and R&B, and screech to a halt for
massive bass drops. Despite GTA’s wild, unpredictable sets, everything the duo does – both on stage and in the studio – is unified by a simple mission statement: death to genres.
“A lot of people argue about the kind of music they listen to, what’s cool and what’s not,” Mejia explains. “But for us, it’s just about good music.”
The duo’s open-mindedness is closely tied to their Miami roots, as they were exposed urban, electronic rock and Latin sounds in equal measure. “Our friends were into everything,” Toth says. “That’s how we grew up.” They also got early starts in making their own music; Mejia played trumpet in middle school – he was part of a salsa band for a time – and later learned drums and guitar, and Toth taught himself to play guitar before attending audio engineering school.
Slowly but surely, though, the guys found their way into Miami’s dance scene. Toth attended Ultra Music Festival for the first time in 2008 and Mejia scored a job working in the festival’s Carl Cox tent the following year. They also began to experiment with production and DJing. Matt had started as a solo act, Van Toth, catering to the Miami scene with Latinflavored tech house. Meanwhile, under the moniker JWLS, Mejia gained online notoriety with his trap and moombahton bootlegs. A mutual Facebook friend thought the two would hit it off, and made a virtual introduction in February 2010.
The guys had exchanged some messages and music online when Toth called Mejia for a spur-of-the-moment hangout. They connected instantly thanks to an unlikely shared interest: When Toth picked him up, Mejia remembers, “he turned on a System of a Down CD. He knew every song, I knew every song. That was how we became friends.”
The next day, they became production partners, too. “We tried working together,” Mejia says of their first studio session, “and it just worked.” They finished their first collaboration in a single sitting, and sent it off to a few labels for feedback. Much to their surprise, Toth and Mejia heard directly from Afrojack who wanted to sign the song to his Wall Recordings imprint. “We got the email and we freaked out,” Mejia says. “It was literally a month after we met. That’s how GTA got started. And ever since then it’s just been constant.”
“Constant” is putting it lightly. In their three years as GTA, Mejia and Toth have kept the releases flowing while also touring nearly nonstop. They’ve released cult-favorite tracks on some of the dance world’s biggest labels – Diplo’s Mad Decent, A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold Records, Tiesto’s Musical Freedom and Calvin Harris’ Fly Eye, for starters – and have done remixes for artists ranging from Kylie Minogue to deadmau5. Meanwhile, the guys have hit the road with Rihanna, opening for her 2013 Diamonds World Tour and ended the year with a bang as part of Calvin Harris and Tiesto’s Greater Than Tour.
As they’ve promoted their genre-free ethos, Toth and Mejia have become bona fide tastemakers to fans and fellow artists alike, proving that “dance music” is best defined as whatever makes you move. GTA’s all-inclusive style is best exemplified in their “Death To Genres” mixes, which resist classification and instead go for maximum energy.
Now, the guys are prepping a barrage of new releases as part of a freshly-inked deal with Three Six Zero Music and Warner Bros Records. In true “death to genres” style, Toth says of the releases, “we have a little bit of everything, and we definitely won’t hold anything back.”
GTA’s first single under the deal – the Juyen Sebulba collaboration “Hard House” – is an ideal taste of what’s to come. It is one of the duo’s most defiantly anti-genre tracks to date, and purposefully so. Mejia says, “We knew the first thing had to be in your face.” Whether you prefer to say the powerhouse duo is killing genres or creating their own, one thing is clear: GTA is on a bold musical mission, and they’re taking us along for the ride.
Few acts have the innovative color and diverse repertoire of Party Favor, one of the fastest rising names in Dance Music. His edgy style helped pioneer the festival trap genre, exhilarating and thrilling audiences and turning heads across the globe. Party Favor, AKA Dylan Ragland, is currently making groundbreaking remixes for names such as Dillon Francis, Diplo, Flosstradamus, and Major Lazer. He is also creating chart topping original records such as “Bap U” (Mad Decent) and “Booty Loose” (Mad Decent). Party Favor’s newest release Party and Destory EP which includes collaborations with Dillon Francis, Gucci Mane, Sean Kingston, Rich The Kid, Gent & Jawns and Georgia Ku. Party and Destroy hit #2 on iTunes album charts and the lead single “Give It To Me Twice” garnished over 1 million plays on Spotify in its first two weeks.
“Bap U” has garnished over 6 million plays on Soundcloud and has made its way into the Top 30 Dance Tracks on iTunes. Its success led to the making of a music video featuring cameos by Brillz, Diplo, ETC! ETC!, Ookay, TJR, and Seth Green. Following the successful launch of the video, “Bap U” saw national spotlight when featured in a T-Mobile commercial, as well as Warner Brothers movie “Vacation” (2015) and “How To Be Single” (2016).
Following BAP U’s commercial success, Party Favor began to see multiple national commercials using his music. His original “Booty Loose” was featured in Truths Anti-Smoking campaign and was featured in Universal Pictures “Neighbors 2” (2016). His song “Baddest Things” (Mad Decent) was featured in Silk Milks national campaign with DJ Khaled in the summer of 2016. Most recently Mountain Dew commissioned Party Favor to create an original song “Wiggle Wop” for their national “Kickstarter” campaign which was featured during the 2016 NBA playoffs.
Party Favor has also been featured on many different radio stations across the country and abroad! He has performed on some of the biggest stages in North America at festivals such as Coachella, EDC, Lollapalooza, Ultra, Tomorroworld, and Mad Decent’s Block Parties.
Party Favor’s success abroad and at home is no doubt due to the love and support that his music receives from superstar talents such as Skrillex, Diplo, Borgore, DJ Carnage, GTA, Dillon Francis, RL Grime, Bro Safari, DJ Snake, and Flosstradamus. Party Favor is paving his way into 2016 with a headlining tour “Party and Destroy” that will feature multiple up and coming acts as well as a few big names. With official work on Spinnin Records, Ultra Records, OWSLA and Mad Decent as well as international tours through Asia, Australia, Brazil, Japan, it is no surprise why Party Favor’s fan base is as diverse and well rounded as his music.
“I think what’s cool about house music, bass, twerk, whatever you want to call it… is that it’s starting to bridge a lot of genres, styles. I just want to make stuff that’s crazy energy and makes you groove.” – Party Favor
Los Angeles producer/dj FALCONS has arrived at the forefront of a new generation blurring the lines between hip-hop, r&b, and electronic dance music. With his breakout Terra EP on Fool’s Gold Records, the young producer has crafted both radio-ready songs & underground club anthems in one breath. Terra received universal praise from outlets like The Fader, XXL Mag, Mass Appeal, and Complex, while gaining radio play across BBC Radio 1, Beats 1 and Rinse FM. Falcons’ explosive lead single, “Aquafina” featuring GoldLink, quickly amassed over 1 million streams and garnered support from heavyweights like Q-Tip, Virgil Abloh and A-Trak. Falcons has made major impact across the globe, touring his sound across North America, Asia, Europe and Australia with standout performances at Boiler Room and Coachella. 2015 was a massive year for the producer/DJ, but 2016 only has bigger surprises in store.
Boarding Time: 6:00 pm
Departs Dock: 7:00 pm sharp
Returns: 10:00 pm
Location: 200 Seaport BLVD. Boston MA
The Provincetown II dock is behind Whiskey Priest and The Spirit of Boston. Walk past the Whiskey Priest towards the World Trade Center and Turn right at the Spirit of Boston. Keep walking down the dock and have your ticket and 21+ government issued ID ready!
THIS IS A CASH BAR ONLY! NO DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS! THERE IS AN ATM ON THE BOAT!
Disclaimer: Management / security has the right to refuse entry
ALL SALES ARE FINAL / NO REFUNDS / SAILS RAIN OR SHINE
No alcohol permitted on premises other than that served by the licensed vendors of this event. Unruly conduct, excessive intoxication, or improper identification (only proper Driver’s license or Passport will be accepted) may result in denial of entry or ejection from the Boat at the sole discretion of the boat’s security staff and or management, without refund of the ticket purchase price. Neither refund nor exchange is authorized for passengers who miss a scheduled departure.
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