Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Interview with music producer Hektor Mass

Spanish DJ and producer Hektor Mass continues to prove his reputation on the clubbing circuit with the release of his dark pop anthem “Obliterated”.

Receiving early career support from global superstars including The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Marshmello and DJ Snake, the producer is well established. “Obliterated” is flooded with dark, heaving basslines and powerful pop melodies - showcasing Hektor’s adroit ability to create irresistible club hits.

Please describe your sound for us.

Pop-electronic. I love pop and electronic music so I like to mix both styles. I also do EDM songs for my festival shows.

How did it all start for you?

It started when I was 14 years old at my home. Just as a hobby and when I was 1 played my first show in a club in Barcelona. After 2 years I had my own party and started warming up big Dj's like Tiesto, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike... And in 2016 released my first single My Life and Spanish Radios support the track a lot. I wanted to be a Dj 100% when I saw David Guetta in Barcelona in 2010.

Which three artists would you say made you want to create your own music?

Kygo, The Chainsmokers and David Guetta

What is your go-to gear/equipment when creating?

I use LogicProX, and my favourite tool is Triton from KORG

What are some of your key influences in your music? Whether it be the sound created by others, imagery, films or any kind of art form.

I usually hear pop music so I want to have that sound on my tracks. One of the biggest of all time for me is Michael Jackson. I also like Dr Dree I loved his documentary and Quincy Jones of course.

What is one sub-genre you think doesn't get the attention it deserves?

Progressive House. At this moment it doesn't get so many attention but I think it will come back again soon!

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

NOTD is one of my favourites right now.

What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a performer? As an attendee?

As a performer, I had a few when I played Tomorrowland in 2017, Xs Las Vegas in 2018 and first time playing in Ibiza at Privilege in front of 8.000 people. And as attendee Swedish house mafia at his first show after they broke up in Stockholm and The Black Eyed Peas concert in Barcelona where David Guetta was performing too in 2010.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

I’ve got a residency in Ibiza this summer but I can't tell anything about it yet. I'll be playing huge festivals in Spain as Arenal Sound where Black Eyed Peas are performing too so will be nice to see them again. Last summer tour had 45 shows in 3 months hope this summer can do the same or more.  Also, I'm preparing a live show for next year.

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Monday, 6 April 2020

Interview with music producer MR.BLACK

Israel-based music producer MR.BLACK is one of the shining stars of the industry currently. With support from the likes of Hardwell, KSHMR and Tiësto to name just a few, it’s not just his massive fanbase he’s catching the eyes of.

He’s conquered places like Miami, Bangkok, Brazil and more and is making his way to every corner of the globe to entertain excited crowds that flock out just to see him.

See our exclusive interview with him below:

Please describe your sound for us.

Hybrid - EDM/psy

How did it all start for you?

I love music since I was born, I was started to knock on tables haha then I moved to drums, playing at instruments and eventually wanted to create my own music, this is when I moved into making music and doing productions

Which three artists would you say made you want to create your own music?

There is so many that have inspired me during my life, if I need to choose the Top 3, I'd say Prodigy, Daft Punk and David Guetta

What is your go-to gear/equipment when creating?

I'm addicted to Cubase, love the workflow of the shortcuts, my favourite synth is Moog Voyager
What are some of your key influences in your music? Whether it be the sound created by others, imagery, films or any kind of art form.

I think what catches my ears always is the composition and production level, it can be either in films or in other types of genres/music. Things that sound timeless.

What is one sub-genre you think doesn't get the attention it deserves?


Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

SWACQ - his sound is super fresh and the content great

What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a performer? As an attendee?

Tiesto - Adagio For Strings, I won't forget the first time I've heard it as a kid in a party

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

I'm heading to Japan this weekend, it's special for me because I'm going to represent a new style that I've been working on for a long time (Hybrid genre)

Famous last words?

Working on a big project with Revealed Recordings, can't wait for your show!

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Thursday, 12 March 2020

Ilja Alexander shares remix, leaving fans dancing into the night

While most might know Ilja Alexander for his quieter, more pop-orientated songs, he has challenged himself and his listeners with a remix of his own work. Taking ‘Someday’ and infusing it with future bass, the original romantic elements of the track are kept while a dance floor hit is created.

The music video for the original single has seen a fair amount of support from tastemaker publications such as CLASH Magazine, EARMILK and Medium while the remix for ‘Someday’ was just premiered via Pop Dust. The track will be officially released tomorrow, Friday 13 March, via Green Monk Records.

Revealing how the remix opened his own eyes to future possibilities, Ilja Alexander tells us, "After I first got a listen to the ‘Someday’ Remix, I thought: "Wow, amazed to see that my song and sound can be converted into a future bass dance remix!". I never considered the possibilities of remixes, until the ‘Someday’ Remix."

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

KSHMR Teams Up With Hard Lights and Charlott Boss to release new song ‘Over & Out’

KSHMR returns with his first single of 2020 ‘Over and Out’ - a thunderous hardstyle tune featuring Malysian DJ Hard Lights and the vocals of Charlott Boss. Out Friday, February 14th via his label Dharma Worldwide, the single playfully touches on the futuristic elements of outer space and explores hard-hitting basslines and wildly uptempo beats. ‘Over and Out’ will be lighting up dancefloors worldwide just in time for festival season.

Following KSHMR’s recent collaboration with Marnik, Anjulie and Jeffrey Jey on single ‘Alone’, ‘Over And Out’’ takes the shape of a sci-fi themed track with big drops and erie vocals.

KSHMR talking on the collaboration said: "First hearing the vocal from Charlotte Boss transported me to a different world, and right away I had a vision for the production -- to take the listener on a journey through space. I love sci-fi and used all the sounds I could find to get it there. I was helped tremendously by the original demo from Charlotte Boss and Hard Lights and couldn’t be happier with the result."

Collaborating with The Far East Movement and Dev, KSHMR’s biggest commercial success came in 2010 as part of production duo The Cataracs, with the smash hit ‘Like A G6’ spending three weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. As a solo artist, he is best known for ‘Secrets’, the huge 2015 collaboration with Tiesto that has racked up over 40 million Spotify streams to date. He has since produced a wealth of hit tracks, such as ‘Megalodon’, ‘Burn’, ‘Karate’ and ‘Wildcard’.

Headlining renowned festivals such as Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas and Coachella, KSHMR’s last tour featured snow machines, fire bowls and 4D special effects, proving himself as one of electronic music’s most immersive live performers. The schedule for 2020 looks similarly stacked, with shows in Brazil, Mexico, India, Ultra Miami and the UAE over the next few months.

KSHMR X Hard Lights ft Charlott Boss ‘Over and Out’ is out on all streaming platforms Friday, February 14th via Dharma Worldwide.

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Friday, 14 February 2020

HOSH and 1979 release new song ‘Midnight (The Hanging Tree)’ ft. Jalja

German DJ, producer and label owner HOSH teams up with Italian newcomer 1979 on his new single ‘Midnight (The Hanging Tree)’ Feat Jalja, which was released on Friday 10th January via Three Six Zero Recordings.

A scintillating slice of melodic house, with vocals by London based singer Jalja, ‘Midnight (The Hanging Tree)’ Feat. Jalja sees HOSH and 1979 craft a sparse, emotive soundscape that lingers long in the memory. The stunning official video sees Tim Burton-reminiscent animation that acts as a perfect visual representation of the track’s eerie yet emotive vibe.

Previously released exclusively on Beatport in December 2019 via HOSH’s fryhide label, ‘Midnight (The Hanging Tree)’ Feat. Jalja reached #1 in Melodic House and Techno Tracks playlist and currently sits at #2 in the main Beatport Chart. The track has now been picked up by Radio 1 selectors Annie Mac as this week’s ‘Hottest Record’ and was previously Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune, the first of the decade. The release coincides with HOSH’s set at Berlin’s Watergate on 11th January, while he will also travel to Brazil to play at the fabled Warung Beach Club the following Friday, 17th January.

Affiliated with Diynamic Music and label boss of fryhide, the Hamburg-born artist has been an active member of the electronic music scene for over 15 years. Having made a melodic mark on the scene with the success of releases such as ‘Woohoo’ and ‘Cilantro’ which amassed a combined 5.8 million Spotify streams, HOSH has firmly cemented his position as one of the most diverse artists in the electronic music industry.

A renowned producer and high-quality remixer, HOSH has received support from revered producers Solomon, Tale Of Us, Dubfire, CamelPhat, Solardo, Auntie Flo, Yotto and many more. On the gig front, HOSH enjoyed a typically hectic tour schedule for 2019, performing at the likes of E1 London, Heart Ibiza, Mystic Garden Festival and Exchange LA.

‘Midnight (The Hanging Tree)’ Feat. Jalja sees HOSH deliver another masterful track that’s destined to strike a chord with discerning electronic music lovers.

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Alexander Pielsticker releases a new song ‘Like Stars’

Hailing from Germany and currently living in The Netherlands, 22-year-old Alexander Pielsticker is studying both Composition For Film & Theater and Piano (Jazz & Pop) at the ArtEZ Arnhem University of the Arts. Playing the piano by heart from the age of five and composing music since the age of 16, Alexander is now working as a music producer, composer and pianist.

Specializing in EDM, he has already gained a reputation thus far with 500,000 Spotify streams under his belt. Previous single "I Can't Do It Again" got airplay in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Norway.

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Thursday, 6 February 2020

Music producer Leitvox shares new song ‘The Dreaming Silenus’

Leitvox is a Mexican producer and composer based in Miami. He works out of his own studio in Wynwood, and has been working on his own music, and producing other artists since his arrival in 2013.

His first EP, Fall From You, was released in 2012 and was acclaimed by the press in his native country. The EP served as a foundation for its successor, the full-length Floating Promises, released last year.

Floating Promises features collaborations with Ilan Rubin (Nine Inch Nails), Gavin Clark and James Griffith (Unkle) Nina Miranda (Smoke City), and Ana Karla Escobar. In addition to the 9 tracks of the album, it has 4 bonus tracks consisting of remixes by Ladytron, GusGus, Son Lux and Nortec.

Leitvox's had a prolific 2018, beginning the year with the release of a video for the track ‘Ingenue’, featuring Miami based vocalist Jette Kelly. Then followed by the single ‘Night Window’, and now the new track ‘The Dreaming Silenus’ from the upcoming LP Under The Skin  closed out 2019 with a bang for the Miami based producer.

Leitvox shares a new track inspired by Ruben's painting "The Dreaming Silenus."  The hypnotic and progressive techno-inspired song is the second single that the Miami based producer shares of his upcoming album Under The Skin, due out early 2020.

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