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Miley Cyrus teams up with Madonna for MTV Unplugged performance

03.11.2018


Headline magnets Miley Cyrus and Madonna, donning Western-inspired getup, shared the stage this week for Cyrus' MTV Unplugged, which aired Wednesday night. The two performed a mashup of Madonna's "Don't Tell Me" and Cyrus' "We Can't Stop."

 

"It sounds super-lame, but as a pop star it's pretty cool performing with Madonna...Today was one of those days that it was really easy to get out of bed."



 

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For many of us, last night’s MTV Unplugged might have been the longest continuous chunk of time we’ve ever spent with Miley Cyrus.

Within the very first few minutes, we had Miley popping the Miley tongue as she backed up on a couple of helpless saps in a horse outfit. A couple minutes later, a midget dressed as Miley came out, and the two, briefly, became a crotch-grabbing power couple. Not long after, she turned her attention back to the horse: Crooning “Get It Right,” she bit her lip, batted her eyelids, petted its head, and, finally, consummated her forbidden flirting by climbing on top for a ride.



She bantered, in her, um, inimitable tone, and reminded us all that Vanessa Bayer is a prphet; she sang quite well, ably rocking her own ballad “Adore You” and Parton’s all-time classic “Jolene.” Finally came the surprise that Twitter already told you was happening: Good lord … that’s Madonna’s music!

 

"Well, I can't perform when I'm stoned. That's one thing to complain I guess," Miley teased before impersonating Saturday Night Live's Vanessa Bayer's cheeky impression of her, capping off the unforgettable duet by confirming it was "pretty cool."


 

A Sit Down With DJ Krufty Kuts

11.11.2018


Krafty Kuts is the multi-award winning DJ/producer and undisputed King of the Breaks. Acclaimed in the UK, adored in Australia, admired in North America, his multi-genre sets, dexterity on the decks and dedication to dancefloor hedonism have earned him hierarchy status in every genre of electronic music.

 

"I just hope to entertain people, that’s what I intend to do. Just make people smile."



 

For those who aren’t familiar with Krafty Kuts, tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I’ve been DJing & producing music for about 20 years and travelled the world many times. I’ve been blessed to play alongside some of the biggest names in dance music like Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy, Jazzy Jeff  – the list is endless. I’m all about funky beats and I love what I do and every day brings new challenges.

Who has been your biggest influence musically?

It is impossible to name one person but Electro, Hip Hop, & Funk is the main reasons I tick musically. Fatboy Slim from when I first started as he has made so many great dance tunes that I just loved. But a friend of mine Kurt Baggaley and Jon Ide introduced me to Electro music back in the day and that is where my whole love affair for music began.

How would you describe your musical style?

Funky Bass heavy beats & breaks with a touch of Hip Hop swagger!!!

What equipment do you use for your DJs set these days?

This is my exact set up 3 x Pioneer CDJ MK3’s CD players, 1 Technics turntable and a Pioneer DJM 800 mixer please!!! 

What do you feel are your biggest achievement?

I’ve achieved a lot & I’m always pushing myself to make better music & play great sets.

You’ve won many awards, including the ‘Best DJ’ award at Breakspoll three years in a row. That’s a nice thing right?

Yes I am very proud of my achievements and I think it makes all the hard work and determination worthwile but most of all I can look back and say yes I did achieve something with my life. I believe we are all gifted individuals it takes time to find out what we are best at. Like they say practice makes perfect and if you have the desire and drive to become the best at your chosen subject you can achieve many amazing things in life little or small with great rewards.  

You’re a certified legend in the DJ/electronic music world. What kind of progress have you seen the industry make since your time as a competition DJ?

The industry has moved so fast it’s incredible. New equipment has improved skills for DJs and live performances and really helped push dance music at the forefront, which is definitely a good thing; New DJ mixers, software for making music on your laptop; programs like Ableton are such an incredible tool to have for doing DJ mixes and producing music really quickly. It is such a fast moving business and with visuals also playing a big part in music times have changed for the better in my mind.

What advice do you have for musicians looking to start their own events? What have you learned from running your own breakdancing events?

I have been running club nights on and off for 15 years so it is really important to make sure you don’t spend over your budget. Always look to have something different from what everyone else is doing so your events don’t look like what everyone else is doing. Make sure your flyers, artwork is on point and looks the part. Try putting line ups that encompass various styles and genres of music, that way you can pull in people from other genres & styles of music. 

https://soundcloud.com/kraftykuts/funky-side-of-things-vol1

Beyonce recreates Toni Braxton album cover for Halloween

05.11.2018


The star, 37, channeled Toni Braxton circa 1993 for her Halloween costume this year, which she shared with her fans on Instagram. And to no one’s surprise, the Bey-Hive is having a freak-out.

Queen Bey recreated Braxton’s self-titled album cover, Toni Braxton, by wearing a short pixie wig, a fitted white tank, light wash, high-waisted jeans, a leather jacket and chain belt which was identical to the R&B singer’s look.

 

"Your tone, your beauty, your range, and your God-given talent is treasured. Loving you always. Have a Happy Halloween my Kings and Queens."


 

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Pop Diva, Beyoncé is melting hearts online after she perfectly recreated the 1993 iconic cover shots of R&B legend Toni Braxton for her Halloween costume this year.

Braxton herself who couldn’t hide her delight, shared one of the photos and wrote: , “Phoni Braxton!? NEVER!!! How do you look better than me on MY album cover? I LOVE IT, Such a superstar! Thanks for the love sis! Happy Halloween.

Toni’s sister Tamar even jumped in on the praise train. The Braxton sister posted Bey’s photos on Instagram captioning them, “A legend showing another legend love, how bout that!”

"How do you look better than me on MY album cover?” wrote Braxton. “Thanks for the love sis!"

A Sit Down With DJ Orbital

03.11.2018


English band Orbital are by far one of the most unique sounding. The group creates a slowed down, often ambient dance sound that comes as a welcome change from all the hardcore that has dominated the rave scene. Orbital also have a unique approach to live performances. Rather than having backing tracks come off DAT, as many techno bands do, everything heard is manipulated live off sequencer.

 

"I was very arrogant, I was quietly confident - but probably not that quiet - in my youth."



 

 

How did you first get into making music?

I had a love of anything electronic. My ears used to prick up whenever I heard any. My elder brother listened to Kraftwerk and stuff like that. His tastes influenced me, especially when he played me Autobahn. The whole concept blew me away. It was the sound that really grabbed me. The synthesizer used to have a bad name for itself – god knows why it would try to emulate really instruments when it had its own voice completely, which it’s obviously found over the years.

Who are some of your greatest musical influences of all-time?

Electronic wise Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, and The Radiophonic Workshop. But other influences as well, lots of punk music like The Dead Kennedys and Crass.

Technology has evolved as the band’s career has progressed, has that changed the sound or any other element of the band?

I think instruments evolve and it always helps what you’re doing, that’s what happened in the late 1980s/early 1990s. We could suddenly afford to buy all this equipment that before was only for the likes of Kraftwerk or Jean-Michel Jarre and Yellow. Normal kids could afford it so it hit the streets, basically, and that’s where this big explosion came from, starting with electro and then house music was the big change.

Does anything bother you about electronic music now? Has anything changed that you don't like?

Not really. Well, yeah. There is a lot of self-indulgent noodling around with no definition. The thing is, we like a good tune. And I like focus. I don't like blurry music. Even Brian Eno, the ambient stuff, it's very much in focus. There's a set of clear ideas there, no fumbling about. I think in the electronic community now, there's lot of almost-music. It's nearly good. A bit, ooh, that's kind of a nice idea, but that's that. Look, there's no tune, and those drums aren't clever – they're just out of time. I mean, there's a lot of people experimenting with time signatures, and don't get me wrong, if people enjoy listening to it, great. But some experiments don't work, that's all I'm saying.

Do you have any pre-show habits or rituals?


For an hour before the gig I can’t talk to anyone. Well I can, but I’m not listening to what they’re saying or what I’m saying. I just nod. I’ll go and watch a band if I can, I like that mirror thing of feeling what it’s like to be in the audience, to get a real feeling of the other side. I also nearly always go on stage when the crew are doing the changeover because I like to get a feel for the stage so I’ll sneak on, minding my own business and maybe tune a synth or something. The other thing I’ve started doing recently, because I’ve always liked to stretch a bit or run on the spot before a gig, is morris dancing. So I practice my Bledington morris dancing, and that has become a ritual now; I feel a bit weird if I haven’t managed to do it. So if anyone sees me doing something slightly strange that makes me look like I’m picking up a bucket with my foot then that’s what it is.

Which has been your favorite gig?

They were honestly all great. I really loved wandering around Blue Dot because it was a big science fair. I brought my sixteen-year-old daughter.

Is it still important to you to be relevant now?

Yes, but we don't think of it that way. Now just feels like a long straight line from then. Thing is, you're always the centre of your own field, whatever you're doing. So, as a band, this is the most important thing happening in the world tonight – it's all just a matter of perspective. 

What kind of musical legacy has the nineties dance scene left on British culture?

Have you heard Lady Gaga?! Hello? You couldn’t get much bigger than Calvin Harris and EDM has become American pop. That’s the legacy of nineties dance music.

https://soundcloud.com/orbital-4/orbital-pusher-theme

A Sit Down With DJ Havana Brown

05.07.2018


Havana Brown is no stranger to playing major gigs for huge audiences. In a relatively short career, she has already opened for musical powerhouses such as Britney Spears, Rihanna, The Pussycat Dolls, Chris Brown and Enrique Iglesias, and is currently supporting Bruno Mars in Las Vegas.

 

 

"My main aim is to have fun; sometimes when you're in the industry and you're working on music you can think about things way too much."



 

 

How did you get started?


I was living in the UK and was in a music group. It was three guys and me. We recorded an album and had a record label, but right when we were about to release the first single, the band broke up. It was really hard for me. I felt like I had come so far and was so close to pursuing my dreams. Then, I was right back down to the bottom. One night, I was talking to the DJ in the band and I was telling him how he had the best job in the world. He gets to go out and perform, play good music, make people laugh, sing, dance and enjoy themselves. I was telling him how much I'd love to do that. So, he told me I should do it. At the time, DJing wasn't something females thought about doing, but I just ran with it.


Where do you draw your inspirations from?

I create mixes that make me feel like hitting the dance floor. Essentially I love what I do and it really does not take me much to get inspired. I'm constantly researching new tracks, sounds and artists online and finding new songs that I love or that are somewhat different. 

What genre do you spin?

My sound is always evolving. When I started DJing it was just RnB all the way. I grew up with RnB so it was only natural but the older I get the more I appreciate other types of music. I love incorporating different genres because good music is good music and I don’t like to discriminate. So you may hear a little house or rock in among the RnB and Hip Hop tracks. If the crowd is open to it I can go wild if they let me.

If you could collaborate with any other artist, who would it be and why?

There are quite a few; I'd love to work with Janet Jackson as I've always idolized her and Kylie Minogue purely for the fact that she is an absolute legend and she's done amazingly for an Australian pop act, worldwide and I aspire to be like her. 

What do you think makes a good DJ? It seems like nowadays anyone with a laptop can become a DJ. What are the skills that are involved?

Anyone can become a DJ but to become a good DJ, there’s a difference between the common DJ that can’t necessarily book international gigs and there’s ones that can. Yeah, anyone can be a DJ but you can be a good DJ or a bad DJ. I think you have to be able to mix the songs well, there’s got to be flow and mix the right songs. It’s so difficult to explain, really. I’m just so glad that people enjoy what I do. I like to cut things short, and mix things well, to have a flow and be a journey. I like to have a lot of types of music as well, a little bit of rock, rnb, house and dance music. Mixing it up is really good, and lots of fun and lots of people can enjoy it too.

What would you say has been the most difficult performance in your career?

I think probably my first performance with Britney Spears. It was in Paris, and I just remember being so nervous, I couldn’t eat! I remember just thinking ‘I can’t believe I’m on tour with Britney Spears!’ On top of that, there’s 43,000 people out there in the audience, and her dad actually came to the dressing room and introduced himself. He was really sweet, and then he said ‘By the way, it’s really really quiet out there! I don’t know what it is, it’s a full house, but its dead silent. I need you to really pump them up!’ 

https://soundcloud.com/havana-brown/white-flag-ft-ashley-wallbridge-extended-mix

30 Seconds to Mars guitarist Tomo Milicevic quits band

15.06.2018


30 Seconds to Mars guitarist Tomo Mili?evi? has quit the band. The news came from Mili?evi? in a tweet that said, “I am no longer in 30 Seconds to Mars. I don’t really know how to explain in a note how I could have come to a decision like this, but please believe me when I say that this is the best thing for me in my life and also for the band.”

“Please don’t be sad or angry over this and most of all, please don’t be divided about this, this is a good thing and will be good for everyone.”

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Thirty Second to Mars unveiled the music video for "Rescue Me," featuring a montage of people expressing various emotions in tight close-up shots. The song appears on their fifth album America, which was released in April.

"'Rescue Me' is a song about pain, a song about empowerment, a song about faith and a song about freedom," singer Jared Leto said in a statement. "It's also a song about the brutal war so many of us wage against fear, depression and anxiety in the hope that we might, one day, live a life filled with happiness and dreams."

"None of us are 'OK' all the time. And there shouldn't be a stigma when we aren't. Both my brother and I have had our own intense personal battles and it has, and continues to be, life changing," he added. "I try to remember the darkest days await the brightest and most rewarding moments. And that change is always around the corner."

I want to thank everyone for being so brave, selfless and vulnerable in this video. The emotion and honesty shared impacted me greatly and I hope it does that same for you all. I am very proud and grateful to have worked with one of my heroes - the master filmmaker and director Mark Romanek. It’s the first time in 13 years I haven’t directed our videos. It was a gift to have him carry the weight so graciously and deliver something so profoundly simple and beautiful.

"Whatever it costs, follow your dreams"





"There's no easy way to say it, so I thought, I'll just say it, I'm not part of Thirty Seconds to Mars anymore," he says, dropping the bomb. This is followed by a tribute to the past 15 band years: "Most of all, I want to thank Jared and Shannon for the privilege of allowing me to be a small part of their dream and sharing the stage with them for so long," Milicevic writes and then, in an unfinished sentence, gives a small hint to the reason for his departure: "Thank you for giving me the chance to live one of my own dreams ..." To his fans he gives the following lines: "Believe Whatever it costs, pursue your dreams. My spirit will never leave the band. "

A Sit Down With DJ Ben Gold

10.07.2018


You may know him as Ben Gold, but others know him as Mr. Goldrush. He is one of the most exciting and astoundingly talented DJ/producers in the scene today and since his beginnings he has shown nothing but an incredible understanding of the trance community and has offered up exactly what we trances need and crave.

 

"One melody can change the world, I’m aware of that, and when there’s just one person who can make it with music – it’s an accomplishment."




When did you know producing and DJing were what you wanted to do? What were some of the challenges that you faced up till now?

I knew when I was 16 that I wanted to be involved with music, trance especially. Doing this job full-time is like any other job; good days, bad days, long days, etc…..it’s the passion for the music, which helps with overcoming this. This industry/scene is highly competitive with amazing talent so you have to keep your eye-on-the-ball all the time and keep pushing forward. 

Why did you choose trance?

You have to make music that is connected with something. When I listen to trance it takes me somewhere, I think I can even forget what has been going on in my life. If I have had a really bad day I can just listen to a record which I really like and – and life’s going to be OK after that.


What’s your inspiration for your productions? Do you feed off your emotions? Is it the places you’ve visited? The people you meet and surround you?


Dancefloor. The dancefloor for me is my inspiration. I have written my most well known productions after playing big shows.

You made your first Garuda vocal track, are you going to start producing more vocal tracks from now on?

There are defiantly going to be more vocal productions from me in 2013. I really enjoyed the writing progress of Fall With Me, and very happy with the end product!

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE TRANCE MOMENTS FROM 2017? DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL SURPRISES OR PLANS FOR 2018?


I started 2017 with selling out an 8-hour solo show in Montreal, played at Dreamstate, Tomorrowland, Electronic Family and I closed A State Of Trance ADE Special, and I finished the year with releasing Kingdoms! I’ve been hard at work in the studio working on a mini-album project for 2018 which I’m super stoked for. I think you’re gonna love it! 

What would you wish yourself for your future?

Health. That’s my ultimate wish, because without that you can’t do anything. I wish all that is good for my friends and family, I wish to love and to be loved. I actually do what I can to make this wish real – I look after myself, I’m training hard, I do not drink too much alcohol. The beer I have in my hand right now is my second one and I’m done for today – yes, that’s it, because I have to get home, I have to get up tomorrow and begin a new day with my music.

https://soundcloud.com/bengoldmusic/ben-gold-sivan-stay

A Sit Down With DJ Ben Nicky

11.06.2018


Ben Nicky, this talented young International DJ/ producer emerging from the UK trance scene has been hailed as “one of the hardest working artists in the trance scene” by the world’s no 1 DJ Armin Van Buuren.

 

"Over the years I have DJ’ed in a variety of countries and over that time you start to see patterns within crowd reactions. I always enjoy reading the crowd and seeing which music seems to get the best reaction. "


 

Tell us, what does a normal day in the life of Ben Nicky involve?

No problem. A normal day where I am not touring is actually pretty mundane and boring, I hate it when I have free time to be honest. When I am home in the UK you can normally find me in the gym, cooking some crazy healthy recipe or working on music in the studio.

What makes your style unique among others?

I play very short tracks, I edit it for 3 minutes, I don’t wait for 5 minutes for the break. In the old days, in the 90s it worked but now crowd get bored very very easily and lots of fans in the crowd are not always knowledgeable in Trance, so I keep their excitement & anticipation, I mix really quickly, lot of energy quite similar to Eddie who’s playing with me tonight. Anyone who seen me DJ will tell you I’m quite energetic, I like to mix mashups & exclusives no one got.

Which aspect of your profession do you prefer; creating new sounds in the studio or getting behind the decks in clubs?

I love being able to sit on an airplane and create a crazy mashup or work on new music and then be able to play it to 1000s of people… So I guess I love both. I am a lot more confident at DJing than producing and I don’t doubt myself at all when it comes to spinning decks but production is something that has a lot more skill to it. I don’t think you can ever learn enough as a producer and I still have a lot I want to learn.

Where do you get your inspiration from when working in the studio?

I try not to conform to conventional patterns when writing new music. I take influence from many other music genres which I think helps when you come to writing blocks and lack of motivation. Some of the tracks I have done have had chord progression influences from bands such as Metallica, Kiss + Foo Fighters so I guess I just like to be different and try and incorporate many different styles within my “trance” sound.

What’s your relationship with social media?

Apparently I am the most viral dj on Snapchat and Facebook, well, my videos … the amount of likes against the amount of followers I have is the biggest interaction, someone told me! So I do my own social media and if you see something rad it’s normally me , tho,it’s very hard because I tour so much… but I like to have a really good interaction with my fans to make them feel what they read it’s truthful, without that I would not have stood where i am now.

What’s your current opinion of the Trance Scene & what the future hides?

I’m not really a political person, I only worry about myself. I don’t really care about what other people do as long as I am happy, I am busy & I can make people happy with my music, that’s what matters. The hardest sound is definitely coming back again, it keeps going into circles but everybody who knows me know that I’m loyal to my sound & my fans so I won’t change. It’s a hard question to answer, I just worry about myself.

Paul van Dyk himself has been a big advocate of yours throughout your career so far and you have toured with him a number of times already. What’s it like to work so closely with one of the trance scenes iconic artists and pioneers?

Paul was one of my idols when I first starting DJing and he has been a great mentor to me over the years. I have signed multiple tracks to his Vandit Record label and toured with him in many amazing cities including Miami, Berlin + London. You will be seeing a lot more work between us in the near future so it’s an exciting time.

https://soundcloud.com/bennicky/ben-nicky-transmission-asia-2018

A Sit Down With DJ Wally Lopez

11.06.2018


Well known as a DJ, radio host, producer and Spanish entrepreneur Wally Lopez, he is actually much more than all of that. He is also, and above all, an incurably curious person. At a very early age, thirteen to be precise, and driven by that curiosity to ‘see something and want to know how it was done,’ he began his journey along the music path.

 

 "The only thing I want is to be happy and happy with my music."



 

Who is the first Dj that got you to be a Dj?

I think is Oscar Mulero. In Madrid he is like a religion. At that time we didn’t have internet, so you didn’t have any idea of who was who, but it was incredible how in Madrid everybody was talking about Oscar and how they admired him. To be honest, I learnt a lot from Oscar and from Ike, from both. They started in Omen at 12h till the end, they were residents with a capital R, which has lost. We try to bring it back this summer with Heart, and the night would have the same musical harmony. The residence essence has to come back.

Do you play to the crowd when you DJ, or just play what you want?

The most important thing is to transmit a good flow to the crowd. Connecting with the crowd is the most important reason why you are playing, but I always try to offer a mix between them. My intention has been always to play to the crowd with my own music style. Moreover, every DJ must feel good with his music.

What are you focusing on in the music right now?

I’m producing again like crazy, I have releases coming out on Global Underground and Yoshitoshi, Flash Mob, great labels. I’ve been doing this more than half my life, so it’s up and down. Sometimes you want to do more music, sometimes you want to travel a lot, so now I am trying to be more focused on making music again.

How would you describe the music?

Nowadays it's really difficult to describe the music style of someone. There are lots of genres inside the electronic music and most DJs are not purist when they play. So, most of them mix tracks of differing styles. But if I had to describe my stuff I would say it's a mix of house, tech house and techno.

What have been some of your favorite moments in your career?

I have so many favorite moments. For instance I always remember the opening and closing nights of Space Ibiza. And I used to play in a car park. It was like a festival, 7000 people. The car park was the best, it was only special for opening and closing.

What keeps you excited after all your years doing this?

My passion for music and my addiction to playing and production. I have been a music lover since I was young. This is one of the most important reasons why I'm still having fun when I play music – because I still feel like a child! Another reason is the good vibe that the crowd offer me when I'm playing. The feeling is just, well, indescribable.

What tips do you have for any DJs out there dreaming about being big stars In Ibiza?


First of all, it is important to not want to be a big star; I reckon that is a big limitation for somebody just starting out. For me, this job is still my hobby, I used to say that I got paid for all the travelling and being on a plane while they let me have fun playing music in a club. DJs should always remember that it's all about fun and music culture, not just about wanting to be famous.


https://soundcloud.com/wallylopez/wally-lopez-presents-slowpez-in-a-sunday-morning-mood-set

A Sit Down With DJ Martin Solveig

06.06.2018


With his captivating beats, Martin Solveig, French DJ and producer, has been keeping the dancefloors flooded with enthusiasm for more than 20 years. He’s been providing high-octane levels of catchy hooks over the years, with limitless singles and signature dance sounds. Counting titles such as Intoxicated, Places and Hello in his repertoirethe latest addition is the summer hit All Starfeaturing Finnish talent Alma, the young pop singer who with her neon colored hair and gripping voice is set to conquer the industry.

 

"I can’t reveal everything, but I’m working a lot on my sets, I always want to make them unique so I never stop preparing lots of new exclusive edits."



 

What was the scene like when you first started playing?

When I started (at 13), there wasn’t really a scene. I started playing for friends, because it looked like something fun to do. It was original, and not very common to dj. Then I started to buy more electronic, 12” vinyls. I really got into the house scene through the records that were coming from Chicago and New York in the early 90’s. They inspired the first record that I made, before I gave myself a more pop feel.

Were there any producers at this time that you looked up to? And was it these people that pushed you toward this career?

At the time it was Masters At Work, Armand Van Helden, then Daft Punk. Yes I remember coming back from a party at Le Palace with Mousse T saying to myself, one day it will be your turn.

What excites you most about dance music at the moment?

The same thing that has always excited me about dance music. It’s clearly underrated but it’s the ultimate thing that brings people together, regardless of their origins, social status, religion. From disco to its modern forms it’s always been like this and it makes me proud to be a dance music producer. 

How has the Parisian scene changed over the years? Or do you think it has hardly altered at all?

It`s undeniable there’s a scene in Paris, an identity. People will argue there are more than one, its true but there are things that are Parisian, unique and verify in all the sub scenes. Parisians in general are posh, they have an alternative approach to music, they wanna be special and reject the mainstream for that reason. You have a bit of the same attitude in all the biggest cities in the world like Barcelona, London or New York. But London and New York are way bigger so there’s more diversity of behavior and musical approach. Parisian also have a tendency to appreciate music with references to either rock or disco. The fact that they are totally into techno and deep house is a new thing now.

As someone in their thirties, do you find the travelling around the world promoting your music tiring, or are you still having a blast being out there and doing it? 

It can be tiring of course, but I will never complain!  I’m enjoying myself doing exactly what I want to do while doing my best to entertain people. And SMASH being a different approach it couldn’t feel fresher and more exciting!

U.S. or Europe...where is your favorite place to play?

Ah, that's a great question. I guess in the U.S. or Europe, it would be the same the same in terms of there are some good places and some bad places. Well, it's not like good or bad places, I wouldn't rate it that way, but it's just places where you feel more comfortable, you know, and you just connect, and some where you don't.

What are some upcoming projects we can look forward to?

I have a few songs... I mean, I have an album called "Smash" which I think will be released in the U.S. soon. It was released in Europe already but it's still quite fresh and I know that most people in America don't know about it. So it's my next big thing, and of course I've been collaborating for the last 3, 4 months and I'm really excited about the result, I think we did a good job so I'm looking forward to seeing the outcome of this.

https://soundcloud.com/martinsolveig/flume-never-be-like-you-martin-solveig-remix

A Sit Down With DJ Funtcase

05.07.2018


James Hazell, better known by his stage name FuntCase, is an English Dubstep and drum and bass producer and DJ, from Bournemouth, England. Hazell first released drum and bass, under the moniker DJ Dose in 2007, and in 2009 released his first single under the name FuntCase.

 

 

"EVERYONE ALWAYS DOES WHAT’S IN THEIR HEART AND THAT’S WHY I RESPECT IT, AND WHAT’S IN MY HEART IS DRUM AND BASS AND DUBSTEP, SO I STICK TO WHAT MY HEART SAYS."



 

 

How did you come up with the name FuntCase?

Again, it was an accident kind of…the dubs I made for my mate’s radio show I mentioned earlier, I didn’t want anyone to know it was me in case they started calling me a ‘bandwagoner’ so I sat and made up some names with him just for the Dubstep tracks. I obviously had no clue I would be where I am now and made up a joke name. I still remember pissing myself with laughter seeing my name on a flyer the first time!

Any particular producers inspiring you at the moment?

It’s harder and harder to go ‘wow’ the long you’re into it. I’m really vibing off Badklaat and Bukez Finezt though, they’re doing their own sound. Joker, too. He influences me loads! We chat a lot and we’re talking about a collab. But imagine a col-lab between us? He’s so funky and I’m so obnoxious. 

How does your creative process differ when you collaborate with another artist?

Collabs are hit or miss, but when a collab works the music pretty much writes itself. Sometimes if you work on a track yourself you get stuck or end up creating something stale, but when a collab works you have a fresh mind that adds to music and you make something great.

The British Dubstep scene has evolved considerably since its origins. What are your thoughts on the place it’s arrived today?

It’s in a great place I think right now. All styles are catered for, there’s good crowds for every style and all of the “bandwagoners” have been weeded out and have gone to other scenes, leaving mainly the lovers of the style in general. I didn’t actually think it would last as long as it has but I guess we can thank America in a big way for it’s survival and prolonged life, as they’ve been at the forefront, accommodating big tours and even ripping dubstep at the biggest festivals.

In your opinion, what do you think has helped you consistently be one of the best producers?

Not sounding like everyone else I guess? I never ever EVER ever tried to sound like anyone and I never taken influence to any track. I’ve always influences, or make you know anything that makes me hype. I feel like I got my own sound? In a way? I like to think that, but I’ve never ever tried to be anyone else I like to go through my image and my sound and I think that’s helped me out in the long run.

What is your main focus when you’re making music?

That’s a hard one. It’s whatever stays in my head. Either a rhythmic pattern or a hooky melody or preferably both together. A melody where the tones are arranged in such an order it stays in your head, complete with a good rhythm is the main focus. Well, it should be… But then I get lost in 10 hours of sound design on one snare and totally lose focus on what I should be focusing on.

What keeps you motivated to be at the top of your game? What are some goals you still wish to achieve?

I just want to leave a legacy in music, in dubstep. I want to be the guy that everyone goes “Hey he’s the dubstep guy.” I want to be one of the frontrunners of dubstep and always be mentioned. Let’s say it’s years from now and dubstep doesn’t exist anymore and someone goes “Remember dubstep?” and someone else goes “Yeah FuntCase” — that’s what I want. The dubstep world of fame. I wanna be that guy.

https://soundcloud.com/funtcaseuk/sets/dpmo-vol-1

A Sit Down With DJ Claudia Cazacu

20.06.2018


Claudia Cazacu is a name that for some may scream euphoric trance to as she was a heavy hitter in the scene back in the day, but now she finds herself deep inside the darker realms of techno following her most recent release on Italian label Gate Null Recordings.

 

"Everything is difficult in the beginning, but with hard work and determination you can achieve anything you wish for. Those challenges are keeping me going, getting me stronger and more determinate towards achieving my dream."



 
You’re the first Romanian DJ who made it on European music market and not only, what is your success receipe?

Lot,lot of hard work. I have my own studio where I spend days and nights to produce music when I’m not traveling. I have my own record label that has just been signed to Spinnin (Dutch record company), I have 14 radio shows per month... so.. it’s no time to sit.

How do you feel about your newly obtained position in the DJ Mag top 100 poll?

I feel extremely happy and blessed to be able to be among the first 100 DJs in the world. It’s an honor for me and I am very grateful to everyone who supported me.

Can you tell us about your musical background and the age that you decided to pursue a career in music?

I’ve been involved in music since I was a little girl. My parents sent me to a school for music where I studied piano and violin and also have vocal lessons. I decided to pursue the career of being a dj about 5 years ago when I realized that actually my calling was on that stage. I’ve loved music since I can remember. Music it’s my life, everything else revolves around it.

Through your experiences in this industry, do you perhaps have an interesting tale for us, like maybe some male fans stalking you or something?

The best story must be the one from Vietnam. I finished my 3 weeks tour in China and flew straight after to Vietnam for a gig, with no sleep. I only had few hours before the gig so I thought it would be a good idea to rest for a bit. I fell into this deep sleep and only woke up 15 minutes before the gig. And we have to take into consideration that I need at least 2 hours to get ready before I get on the stage. So, with no make up on I put my glasses on and rushed to the club. I was still yawning when I started my set, but then few red bulls later I was flying. As for male stalking, I am practicing martial arts, so no problems here. And also, I told you I am from the vampires land... you don't want to mess with me.

What was your big career break?

I didn’t have one particular big break as such, rather everything has built up over time. Of course, there are some events along the way that mark your presence more, such as the release of my first vocal project, Freefalling featuring Audrey Gallagher, a track that was heavily supported by Armin van Buuren: And my entry in the TOP 100 DJs poll last year made a big difference. Each extra milestone just makes people take you that little bit more seriously.

In terms of productions, how involved are you actually in the whole creative musical process ?

I have my own studio at home where I create ideas and new projects. I spend most of my day in front of my Mac and Virus experimenting with new sounds. I finished a course for Logic 9 and I also take piano lessons so I can improve my skills. I create a project and then take into an engineer’s studio to finish it and to add the final key points. It seems that some people think that unless you engineered every last bit, you didn’t write the track… I am not going to deny that I have to finish it in a proper studio with an experienced engineer, as you need years and years of practice to be able to get to those standards… a producer of a film doesn’t act all the parts and do all of the editing. I create the ideas and work with talented people who can bring those into a polished finish.

Looking back over your career what has been the highlight for you?

The highlight is that I am doing what I love and that it continually evolves with new adventures, new experiences and new faces along the way.

https://soundcloud.com/claudiacazacu/claudia-cazacu-haute-couture-111-november-2017

A Sit Down With DJ Felix Cartal

06.06.2018


Felix has a fresh sound and understanding when it comes to electronic and pop tying in together for the best of both worlds. He has an appreciation for commercial music while many in the EDM scene don’t. Felix Cartal comes off more as a songwriter and real musician producer than your average DJ. That said he still has the charm and personality to make you want to listen to his unique & stellar production work.

 

"Sometimes I feel like I don't communicate properly in relationships, because songwriting sessions often act as their own form of therapy."



 

How did you become interested in music?

I've always loved listening to music growing up, and when I was 13 years old I bullied my way into my friends' band when they fired their singer. Throughout high school we wrote and made music and after we disbanded I started to do my own thing.

Who are some of your musical inspirations?

The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Radiohead.. I don't know weird stuff, I can go on for hours. Even The WEEKEND and slowed down stuff like that.

You hail from Canada. Do you feel that the scene over there is being dwarfed by America’s insatiable hunger for EDM?


I feel like we are a part of it. Dance music is very healthy in North America right now, I feel fortunate to be a part of the scene as it is thriving.

Your sound is pretty unique. Do trends influence your sound or you rather stick to your own inspirations?


I think I'm aware of trends but don't try to play into them too much. I think if you can use sounds that are current and channel your own inspirations and honesty through them, then you will get the best result. I haven't perfected this yet, but I'm always learning, always trying to get better.


What’s your favorite DJ in general? 

Style of Eye, I think he´s amazing. His tracks are like a journey, they start at one place and end up in an other and his album is a great balance of serious melodies but they´re still very fun. That´s the perfect thing to do which is always hard because you don´t want to be too serious and depress the people in the club but you don´t wanna be so cheesy that it´s like corny. He travels the line really well, very intense and melodic stuff but when it comes down it´s still a good party.

You've become known for producing music. What led to your becoming interested in that side of the business?

Producing electronic music was really fascinating to me because it felt way more free than being in a band. I liked the idea that you could make a multitude of different sounds and pull from a wider range of influences rather than being pigeonholed to one thing.

https://soundcloud.com/felixcartal/worry

A Sit Down With DJ Ftampa

15.06.2018


Touring the world and sharing his music has been the major upside for FTampa, who grew up enduring a life of hardship in Brazil. An orphan at the age of six, music became his escape from pain. Now Ramos is hitting mainstages across the globe including Tomorrowland in Belgium 2016, where he became the first ever Brazilian to play Main Stage.

 

"I’ve overcome all the bad times through music. It is a part of my life and it always will be."



 

You are living in Los Angeles (USA), but hailing from Brazil. How did you get in touch with electronic dance music in the first place and how did you get into DJing and music production?


I was always very involved with music, performing in bands etc. and a good friend of mine show me electronic dance music and I was amazed on how the DJ could do everything on his own. When I saw that it was one person producing the whole music and then performing I got very excited about doing the same thing.

You made a great leap in the industry since your debut. What made you achieve that you think?

Passion, persistence, study hard, work hard. I think that anyone with those qualities can achieve whatever they want. It's not easy but that`s the fun part, it's all about challenges and overcoming yourself.
Is there a difference between EDM culture in Brazil and in Asia?



In Brazil it's very different compared to any place, because there's like a local thing in Brazil. Its basic wherever people want to party. In other countries around the world, party people come because they want to party, get crazy and have fun. In terms of music, party people in Brazil usually prefer commercial songs and songs with many vocals. The difference with the crowd here they prefer a lot of drop and you can play different music, typical Brazil but can fit everywhere.


What is your view about DJ Mag as an artist?

I feel that DJ Mag is a great platform to inform people about what is going on in the electronic music scene and helps to promote a lot of businesses and DJs. The top100 DJ Mag rank is very famous and heavily used as guidance for a lot of the EDM industry people. It's important to remind that this rank does not define who is better than who, not everyone is competing.

You produce Electro House & Progressive House. How would you describe your own music in just a few words?


Breakdowns with a lot of feeling and energetic drops! Love to see the crowd jumping.

What inspires you to make your music?

When I’m happy I make happy songs, when I’m sad I make songs, when I’m angry I make them angry. Whatever I’m feeling, that’s what’s in my music.

Speaking of collaborations, who are some artists you have always wanted to work with? And why?

Skrillex is my favorite for electronic dance music related stuff but I would love to work with Rock Bands and other genres outside of EDM. Maroon 5 is always an option.

With all your travel and productions, how do you maintain a healthy lifestyle?

I actually can’t maintain my health, but I am trying. It is almost impossible because it is just about eating food at the right time, and I can’t do that.

If you could go back and talk to yourself when you were age 18 what would you say to yourself?

Make some EDM music; I used to play in bands for a long time and it wasn’t a waste of time but when I changed it , that’s when everything happened.

https://soundcloud.com/ftampa/ftampa-mobin-master-ft-kamatos-you-gotta-be

A Sit Down With DJ Cosmic Gate

05.06.2018


Cosmic Gate, the duo made up of Bossi and Nic Chagall, have been around since the late 1990’s. With many hit tracks such as "Exploration of Space" and "Fire Wire" to name a few, the duo has continuously produced epic music throughout the years. Throughout the ever-changing electronic music scene, both Nic and Bossi have been able to stay true to themselves and to the music they create.

 

"We love what we do, we stay true to ourselves when it comes to music production and DJ sets. We wouldn’t be around anymore, if we would have to follow every hype."



 

How did you guys meet?

We met in a studio of a record label in Cologne. We both were already releasing our own records by that time and had first success with solo projects. When we first met we had a good chat about music and felt a good connection.

What are you doing in the studio to distinguish your music from other artists?

We do what we did since the beginning: create music we like, not follow trends, try to set new standards and always evolve from the production before! We produce music that touches us, however the result in the end will sound.

How does it make you feel after seeing how popular dance music has become? After witnessing and being a part of the progression over the last few decades? 

It’s just fantastic! At the beginning we called it techno. Or is it dance music, or EDM? In the end EDM is the perfect term – it was taking over by a certain kind of baseline music. If EDM is big, we have been fighting for it. I’ve lost a job as a DJ because I said, “I want to play techno,” and the place said no! Two years later, he had to get me back because he wanted a techno night, so we were there from day one and it’s our thing, so to see how big it is, to see dance music take over radio and stuff is just amazing. To have major festivals. We talked about it the other day. You could easily complain of course about how commercial things got but then again, if only 10 or 20% of those people that go in when they are very young play commercial music, then when they grow and develop they go into techno or progressive. That is where they first start but then they grow and it’s actually very good. You get as many people as you can and then everyone finds their love, their need.

If you could, name a few of your most memorable shows over the last decade of your career. 

Wow, this is a hard question to answer, as we were blessed with so many great shows over the years. The first memorable show was Trance Energy back in 2002, which was something like the start of our international career. A lot of requests form all over the world happened after this performance. Amazing festivals over the years followed, like Tomorrowland, EDC, and Creamfields. Clubs like Zouk Singapore, The Guvernment in Toronto, State in Buenos Aires, and Ministry of Sound in London. Some solo shows like in the Palladium LA or in Melbourne for 5000 people are fantastic memories for us too. All of these events are worth being mentioned, and we are sure we forgot some that belong in here as well. Most importantly, we hope there are more to come!

At this moment, what are some of your immediate career goals?

This is hard to say. We take it as it comes. The most important thing is to stay healthy. For the rest, we work hard and enjoy what we do! Of course, we’re hoping our career goes up as it constantly did during the last years already.

Do you have any advice for any DJs planning on collaborating with other artists following your experience in this way of working?


In the end every collaboration works in different ways, sometimes you hit the studio together, sometimes one side starts an idea and the other one adds to that, there is no advice we could give how these things work, its basically freestyle all the time, and this is the interesting part of it. What's most complicated often is to find time and keep a deadline with so many busy schedules involved, this might be the hardest issue to solve, when the musical side harmonies it still doesn’t mean its easy in the end when all parties involved travel a lot, but somehow in the end so far we got it worked out somehow.


https://soundcloud.com/cosmicgateofficial/sets/cosmic-gate-singles

A Sit Down With DJ Alex Kenji

29.05.2018


lessandro Bacci aka Alex Kenji, is an internationally renowned and respected DJ/producer with over 10 years experience of producing, DJ’ing, and performing. As well as ‘Alex Kenji’, he has released records under host of pseudonyms including: Yoshie Chandler, Combo, Green Sugar, HouseLovers, D.L.D., Orange Love, Kaiko, Itchy Bit and many others.

 

 "I’ve never imagined one day my passion for music and that it would become a real job. I still think the best is yet to come."



 

Alex Kenji is just one of your pseudonyms that you have recorded under, Yoshie Chandler, Combo, Green Sugar…how many in total was it the last time you counted?

I have no idea haha! For instance, myself and Manuel have just made a new project called ‘Chuva Speaks Arab’ where we make chill-out, we  have just released a track on Beatport called ‘Airplanes’. It was long time ago that I was not using an alias, those names you mentioned I used a long time ago, there is always a new name around the corner!

When did you realise that music was a passion of yours?

I think when I was 14 years old…  Since then I started learning how to play drums and the synthesizer. I wanted to be part of a band because in 1994 all the recording devices were really expensive and computers were as expensive as cars. However it didn’t work out with bands, so in 1997  I switched to Hard Disk recordings.

Where do you get inspiration from when producing music?

Well as a studio owner sometimes it comes when I just switch on all the gear I have in my studio! I own an Arp 2600, Minimoog, EMS Synthi Aks, RSF Kobol and many other vintages and modern synths.

Tell us about your studio setup?

My studio setup is quite large. I have 2 DAWs but I mostly use one of them which is composed by Mac Pro with Logic pro,MOTU soundcard, UAD dspcard, TC electronics dspcard,  tons of plugins,  analog and modular synthesizers.
There is nothing happening in your life that makes you proud?


The thing that makes me proud is when I stop working as a graphic designer and decide to become a DJ. There was a time when I really wanted to get into the world of music and I wanted to leave my job back then and that's what I did. I am proud of my own success, at first I had time to doubt where I should go but after I quit my job, then I work hard here (music) and the result is like now where everyone knows about my music.

What do you think are your greatest qualities as a producer?

I’m good at copying and pasting layers on my sequencer. I don’t know really…I think that people should be able to judge my qualities , not me.

If you could teach your younger self anything regarding music production, what would it be?

Actually nothing. All the songs you listen la younger self anything regarding music production, what would it be?belled under my name are 100% my products. I write, compose, edit, mix and master all the music I make. I’ve spent many sleepless nights in the past years understanding how to produce, mix and master music. I love the journey and the experience.

https://soundcloud.com/hotfingersrecords/alex-kenji-on-you-original-mix

A Sit Down With DJ Filo and Peri

05.06.2018


For those of us on the East coast in particular, there are few names in the DJ scene as big as Filo and Peri. In the past couple of years the NYC based duo has put out some really big tracks, toured around the world, and has even started their own label.

"I truly believe that music can change the world."


 

Where did the two of you meet, and how did you start working together?

We met through a mutual friend who introduced us knowing that we were both getting in the production game. We started talking online and eventually working together. A few weeks later and BAM, Armin van Buuren signed our first record! The rest is history!

You are currently signed to Vandit, and have been releasing your music for quite a while there. How did you get in touch with them? 

When we first started out in our careers, you could say we were both a little impatient.  We thought that becoming a superstar DJ was an overnight thing.  Of course, its 5 years later and we were very wrong in that matter!  We bounced around quite a bit early on in our careers trying to find the right fit for our style of production and a company that would  get behind us 100%. We sent a demo of Ordinary Moment to Paul and after he played it on his radio show, we asked if he wanted to sign it. Fast forward to today and we are on board with Vandit Bookings and Management!  They are a pleasure to work with. 

Which artist or producer would you guys most like to collaborate with in the future?

On the vocal front, Lily Allen would be amazing to work with! Producer wise…hmmm I’m a fan of araabMUZIK and have spent a good amount of time on youtube admiring his live MPC skills. That would be cool to incorporate into EDM tracks.
How is the New York Filo & Peri sound unique compared to other trance sounds world wide?


We actually do not compare our sound to the other trance sounds in the world. Bo and I do what we do and it turns out the way it does! It’s just that simple. We’ve been told by many respected people and many fans that the result of that is something very different from the other producers! If we had to single out one unique quality in our music, it’s the combination of good song writing and strong production supporting it.



You guys produced many hits in the past with Ordinary Moment, Shine or Anthem, but didn´t add them to the debut album. Why did you guys do that? I guess we will see these hits on the best of Filo & Peri sometime.


We actually created so much new music for the album that we decided it was not necessary to include our previous releases.




You guys are now one of the main acts releasing on Vandit. What makes this label standout to other labels in trance music?


Vandit has been a staple in dance music for so many years. They have released a ton of classic dance records and Paul van Dyk is one of the most recognized names in the business. The combination of those two elements is what makes Vandit a very special label. With “Anthem” they were able to take an underground trance record and bring it into the UK Top 40 and #1 Billboard Dance spot. That hasn’t been done in years with trance!


What’s been the highlight of your career so far? There must be one standout moment.

The most standout moment for me came after playing gatecrasher in the UK for the first time. After the show a girl came up to us and showed her new tattoo of one of our songs lyrics. A few months later some kid from Australia sent me an email saying how our music saved his life. I knew people listened to our music but after those experiences, it really sunk in how much of an effect I can have on people as an artist. That was a defining moment for me and it inspires me on a daily basis. It gives you a sense of responsibility towards your fans and I love having that feeling…it drives me.


Is there perhaps any advice you could give for any other producers yearning to make their breakout? 

The key thing is to be original. Artists who have broken out have brought something unique to their sound.


https://soundcloud.com/filoandperi/ordinary-moment-transmission

A Sit Down Wit DJ Christian Smith

29.05.2018


Christian Smith is one who’s certainly “been around the block.” Beginning his career well over two decades ago, he and his Tronic imprint have since become heralded as powerhouses in the contemporary underground dance space. Smith began pioneering the tech-house space before the subgenre came to be defined as such, creating Tronic in 1994 as a home for both techno and house DJs in addition to his own pieces. Despite being doubted at first, singles like “Goldrush” and others that were considered “too soft” by distributors soon became mega-hits played by the icons at the time like Carl Cox, solidifying his and Tronic’s powerful entrance into the electronic sphere by the turn of the millennium.

 

 "We are all in the same industry, to do the same thing – which essentially is to make music we love, and hope that our fans love it too."



 

Tell us more about how you began your career as a DJ. What led to creating Tronic Recordings?

Like with most people my DJ’ing started as hobby. I was 14 years old when I got my first decks. From that point I became a battle DJ entering DMC championships etc. Then I got into house music in the last 80’s. But it was not until while I was getting my masters degree at Stockholm School of Economics that my international career took off. I produced a few records that DJ’s such as Carl Cox and Jeff Mills were hammering. I suddenly got requests to DJ all around the world and the rest is history! As for Tronic, the label has always been a labor of love thing for me. I am really happy that it has grown so much and is now one of the biggest techno labels in the world. I feel truly grateful to be doing what I love for a living.

What first inspired you to make music in general and specifically techno music?


I started as a DJ and I think making music, once you’ve DJed a while, is a natural progression. Being a DJ, I got really curious as to how tracks are made so I then got into making music. I first started making House music, then I got into Techno later on. I’ve been doing it for close to 20 years now and I still love it. I’m very active as a producer, as well as a DJ.


You play and produce House, Tech-House and Techno. How would you describe your own music in a few words?


Soulful, powerful, and groovy.

Please give an example of your music writing process?

This really depends on what inspires me that day I’m in the studio, or what ideas I have. I don’t really have a formulaic approach as to how I produce my tracks. I do often sample early 80’s electro and disco tracks, and totally change up the loops. This often inspires me and I really get into producing the track. I work fairly fast and usually have a track finished within 5-6 hours. Then I play it out at a gig, see if it needs any adjustments in the mix down or arrangement and that’s it.

Clubs & Festivals scenes have been on the rise lately, how do you explain that? How do you think these scenes are making our society evolve?

I am very happy that techno is big again. One thing I love about techno is that it always changes and evolves. I have been touring the world as a DJ for almost 20 years and have seen the genres ups and downs. Afew years ago minimal was hyped, the tech-house, then deep house, but now its back to TECHNO! Its great that clubs and festivals are booking more underground music again. I think all this commercial EDM garbage has peaked, and promoters are starting to see that underground acts can also sell a lot of tickets.

What advice would you give to anyone trying to get a release on Tronic these days?

My philosophy has always been rather simple. To release music that I like I am passionate about. I have also always been very open minded and very international when it comes to the music I sign. The music policy was always anything between house and techno. It can be mellow and groovy, and can also be hard peak time tracks. I have a label manager who collects all the demos for me, and I do take time once a week to go through them. I always try and give feedback where possible, as I know it’s a good thing for any budding producer to learn and improve with constructive criticism. However, we get so many demos now – I do find it impossible to get back to every single email.

https://soundcloud.com/christiansmith/sets/christian-smith-john-selway-1

A Sit Down With DJ Marcus Schossow

28.05.2018


It’s very difficult to put this producer in a particular category on any level. Marcus Schossow exudes an independent, out-of-the ordinary personality with a forth right tongue with a facetious twist that had me laughing quite a bit. He seems like he knows what he wants at the age of 24, and doesn’t seem to care about the title of a DJ/producer but more is about anyone, from a music addict to the occasional club drifter, enjoying his tunes. Marcus has been producing since he was 14 yrs old and has turned quite a few heads from artists like Ferry Corsten, Pete Tong, Armin Van Buuren, and Sander K. Schossow got the project to do a remix for the classic track, Carte Blanche. This task was quite challenging for him as he was trying to find the right balance of the modification without stripping the original mix apart.

 

 "I believe there are no peaks. It doesn’t matter if you play for 100,000 people or 80, you still have to deliver and keep your feet on the ground. I think the true peak for me is that I can be on tour and still keep up the studio work."



 

You are originally from Sweden. Electronic dance music is blowing up right now in the United States. Knowing how big the scene is over here, do you try to play more shows here or in Europe and other parts of the world?

I actually play most of my shows in North America or Eastern Europe. However, give Asia a couple of years; they will bloom.

How long have you been DJing? How did you get started?

I started when I was about 14. It all started with that the local school DJ broke his leg on the way to his gig and me and my friend had to jump in as replacement.

Over the last a few year your music style evolved a lot. What or who did influence you during these times?

Honestly, nobody really has influenced me. I’ve been motivated with the support from Steve Angello, he quickly picked up on what I have had in my head!

Any news about your popular "radio show" inspirations? Do you plan to bring it back anytime soon?

Yes, soon! For me, that radio show is more of a mix series than a radio show. For me, radio shows are a dead concept. I want to give people something that lasts. Some of these mixes have 16k plays, and a lot of you are replaying it more than five times… So it means you come back to it! For me, it’s important that we keep it that way, quality control! Quality before quantity.

The DJ Mag Top 100 list has Armin van Buuren back at the top. What are your thoughts on a list like that… one voted by the fans? Do you think placement on that list helps a DJ get shows?

If you are in the top 20, then maybe it matters, but for the rest of it, nah, doesn’t mean anything. Armin deserves to be #1; he is a father, a husband, world touring DJ party organizer, producer, radio show host and label manager. What more could you possible do? Trust me, if there is a man with superpowers, then it’s Armin! Hype can maybe get you a few shows in random clubs, but you don’t want to play in random clubs, you want to play in clubs that book you back, year after year after year. In that way, the list means nothing.

What’s the best thing about touring? Worst thing?

Best thing is getting to see all the people and meet them all! I have some hardcore devoted fans and I’m happy to see them raging! Worst thing is the hotel beds, I hate them… Huge covers and pillows that are either too hard or too soft. Yeah, pretty much 1st world problems!

https://soundcloud.com/coderedworld/marcus-schossow-white-lies-dmnd-city-remix

A Sit Down With DJ Soulwax

28.05.2018


The year 1999 saw the arrival of Soulwax’s first UK release ‘Much Against Everyone’s Advice’. The album received critical approval across Europe but only a handful of music lovers fell for the admirably constructed beats, the intricate guitar chord sequences and Belgian-English crossover lyrics penned by the Dewaele brothers. They have built a solid fanbase thanks to extensive touring and many festival appearances but it was with 2Many DJs that the broader audience really started noticing the Dewaele brothers and their Soulwax combo. With remixes of Playgroup and DJ Shadow they also gained credibility in their musical abilities that not many other artists have achieved despite them trying! One needs to stress that these remixes were produced under the Soulwax name rather than 2Many DJs.

 

"I appreciate there not being a paywall: it is more democratic for the media to be available for all and not a commodity to be purchased by a few."



 

What’s Soulwax’s work method, how do you work as a band?

I don’t know, we just make music. Me and my brother write, Stephaan was in the original line-up. Steve was our second drummer, then he went to New York and came back. Dave has his own band but is now playing second guitar. All the rest is fairly boring!

Do you have a particular favourite Factory artist?


I know this might sound weird, but it has to be New Order. What is there not to like about New Order? I could go on for hours and hours about them. I think one of the biggest compliments we got was when we met Peter Hook from New Order and he said one of our remixes was one of his favourites that had been done of them. It was an amazing compliment because I think he really understood what we did and where we were coming from. 


Do you still do the TV and Radio shows?

No, not anymore. We did a 2-hour thing for Radio One, the Essential Mix. We wanted to do some more but we would need more time. Much to our despair, and excitement to see the band live at last, we parted with Soulwax. Half an hour later the band invested the stage for what has to be, in our eyes, the best gig of 2005 so far. Soulwax played a seamless set that mixed compositions from ‘Much Against Anyone’s Advice’ and ‘Any Minute Now’ and got the crowd going wilder with each song. No doubt many of the spectators that night had already witnessed Soulwax and 2Many DJs live in a festival or other and I bet you it won’t take long for Soulwax’s popularity to grow into a beautiful monster!

All of your DEEWEE projects hold a unique catalogue number, even your studio building. Similarly they are all designed by Ill Studio, as was your live show. I'm from Manchester and I recognise that modus operandi. Would you say Factory Records was an inspiration?


100%. It's hard to explain. I really loved what they did, what they created. It's timeless. It comes from a different period yet it's still something unique in the way it sounds and in the way it looks. And it's very consistent. It has been such a big influence not just on DEEWEE, but on everything that we've done. Maybe DEEWEE is the culmination of it, but it's in everything that's gone before as well. 


So has what you play altered much?

Whether it was Peaches or Metallica or Dolly Parton or Electric Six, it was all kind of fucked-up pop music but now there’s not much we play that’s on the album.

What exactly can people expect from your live shows?

The real star of the show is our drummer because he has to go on for 50 minutes. There are very, very few breaks in it so he has to keep the beat going which is cool. It's a fun thing to do and hopefully people will like it.

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