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Makoto Holmberg Interview 2016

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Makoto Holmberg is the solo project of Andrea Picella, a young Italian electronic music producer. The main elements of his music are characterised by the use of minimal synths, cold drums, and processed vocals. All this is summarised in 100% pure Electronica/Ambient music. He has already performed internationally in England and Germany. This interview will open your mind and ears to a new direction of sounds. Enjoy the interview below!

1 – How did you come up with the name Makoto Holmberg?  

There’s not a reason. I always liked the aesthetics of the Japanese language. I looked for something that would attract the eye of the reader. It’s a name that every time I write it, it makes me feel good.

2 – When did you start producing electronic music?

I started producing electronic music at 19, but first, I have always played in local bands of different genres (post rock, electronic, alternative), that influenced my current style.

3 – Who is your favorite artist you’ve done a remix for?

Burial. He is an artist who has always fascinated me and remixing his songs I discovered my limits and my strengths, refining my style. Remixing some of his tracks was a real life experience.

4 – What can fans expect from your latest EP?

The material that is currently available on the web is the culmination of my last two years of life. People should expect something new, but not definitive, because my music is constantly changing, and it will be differently already in the next production.

5 – Did you start by renting equipment or did you go out and buy it?

I always did music with what I had in my hands. After many sacrifices, I could buy something superior to the first tools available. Now fortunately I can try and use instruments that can give a definite direction to my sound.

6 – What software or tools do you use in order to create music?

I use digital and analog tools. I work mainly with Ableton and Logic, and use virtual instruments and a pair of analog synths . The fundamental elements of my music are the textures that arise from my fieldrecording sessions around the world.

7 – Is there a music genre that you really dislike? Why?

No, I listen a lot of music, and many different genres. I think that artistic contamination it’s very important for a musician. Every genre is important to achieve the sound I want. On the contrary, I despise the organization that is behind some commercial productions. But that’s another story…

8 – Is there any difference between the clubbers from England and Germany?

Oh yeah, a lot. There a lot of cultural differences, but both situations helped me to grow, and people make me feel welcomed in a context where people want to hear something new.

9 – Do you upload your DJ mixes on YouTube?

No, I don’t, but in these days I’ve done a mixtape for NEO (New Electronic Order). You can listen to it here:

10 – Where’s your next live DJ show?

My next live show will begin in autumn. I hope to play in many places and to avoid doing DJ sets, presenting a totally analog live set.

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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Quickfire Interview With: DJ Hova

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Check out this interview with up-and-coming talent from New Jersey, the one and only, DJ Hova. A few weeks ago, he dropped his ‘Labor Day Mix 2019’, which captivated EDM fans across the world on SoundCloud. Learn more below.

1 – You’ve been DJing and Producing since…

2018.

2 – You got involved in the music realm because…

I’ve always loved music. Couldn’t walk to class, go to the gym, or drive without it. There were also a ton of mixes out there that I liked, but they would always include songs that I wasn’t a fan of. For instance, I love the Big Bootie mixes Two Friends put out, but there were always songs I didn’t like, so I made my own.

3 – Your sound is…

EDM and Progressive House.

4 – Your biggest inspiration is…

Martin Garrix.

5 – Fans should listen to your new Labor Day Mix 2019 because…

It combines all the Jersey Shore classics plus the songs of the summer.

6 – If you want to know who DJ Hova is, listen to the track…

The Garden State Pregame

7 –Your most memorable career moment so far has been…

DJing at Cornerstone in Hillsdale, NJ

8 – Your dream is…

Making a track of my own one day.

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9 – Your next release is called…

The Garden State Pregame 2020

10 – Your all-time favorite track is…

Calling (Lose My Mind) – Alesso & Sebastian Ingrosso

11 – Your favorite venue/club is…

D’Jais in Belmar, NJ

12 – You’ll only stop making music if…

I have no one to make it for anymore.

13 – What are you doing for the rest of the day?

Beginning the next mix.


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Interview | Questions & Answers With Klipr

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Interview | Questions & Answers With Klipr
Klipr
is an artist who is constantly pushing the boundaries with his music, after teaching himself how to write, produce and DJ, he has gone on to produce some incredible releases with each one exploring the depths of a multitude of genres. As Klipr continues to develop and mature as an artist, he continues to show signs of becoming one of the most promising new acts in the near future and with his sights set on future releases and the success of his record label ‘Streamin’ Music Group’ it’s clear that Klipr is reaching for the stars.

1 — First off – tell us more about Klipr.

Klipr is a self-taught musician, passion project & an escape from reality into a world of feelings conveyed through music.

2 — When did this project start and how did it come about?

The project was initiated in early 2015. This happened after partying with friends, going to DJ gigs and music festivals during my college years. The first time I saw Tiesto perform at Ultra Music Festival was a life-changing moment for me; it helped me find my passion & love for music.

3 — What makes your signature sound?

I love designing and using different layers of bass and writing groovy and moving basslines. I would say that I don’t have or wish to chase a signature sound but rather create different sounds and experiences through my music. I wish to be creative and constantly explore different styles and be as creative as I can.

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4 – Who are your biggest influences and why?

My biggest influences would be Tiesto, Skrillex, Martin Garrix, ZHU & Chris Lake. These artists experiment a lot with their music productions & the energy in their shows is insane. Any particular artist who does that successfully is an inspiration to me. Listening to their productions gave me a lot of insight on how to create emotion, groove, and energy in my productions.

5 – How far do you want to go with your music?

It’s really not about how far I can go but about how many people listen to the music I make & how it makes them feel.

6 – Describe ‘Klipr’ in one word.

Klipr is “passion”.

7 — When can we expect your debut release?

I have already released several tracks and my latest single “Running Back” is out now at most of the digital platforms.

8 – What can we expect from you in the coming months?

Expect the unexpected. A completely different vibe. I’ve been experimenting with my music from the very first day. From Progressive House to Future Bass, I’ve released multiple tracks. But in the coming months I’m ready to flip the vibe and bring a different experience. This is just the beginning and I have a lot of music coming up which will definitely surprise the audience.

9 – Lastly – who would you like to collaborate with in the near future?

I would love to collaborate with Tiesto, Skrillex, Chris Lake, Martin Garrix, Zhu, Flume, DJ snake, Magnificence, Malaa, Loopers & the list of singers is never-ending honestly. My music has been influenced by so many artists from EDM to Hip Hop to pop; It’s just not fair to name a few of them here!

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Interview | Questions & Answers With DPNT

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Orlando-based duo DPNT. Both of them are professional artists whose different skills complement each other. Nowadays, they’re promoting a bedroom Pop piece entitled “Distant Memories”. Discover everything about these up-and-coming talents in this exclusive interview!

1 — First of all, when and how did you decide to combine your creative powers as a duo?

Michelle: We first started back in 2016. I met Jaz in Orlando while she was studying audio engineering. I was intrigued by her musical capabilities and was provided the opportunity to provide vocals for her tracks.

Jaz: I mainly work solo, however, due to the fact that my voice is mainly for a different style of music I decided to get a vocalist for my tracks.

2 — How would you define your sound?

Jaz: Honestly, so many different styles of music. I wouldn’t put a specific genre on my music but if I had to, I would lean more towards Indie-Pop.

Michelle: We’ve heard everything from Indie-Pop to Alt-Pop. Some people have even said some of the releases have an 80’s vibe to them. I guess as Jaz said, you can’t really put a specific label on it.

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3 — What kind of things inspire you to write songs?

Jaz: I base my songs off of past experiences. I can’t write a song without meaning. What’s the point?

4 — Who are some of your biggest influences in musical terms?

Jaz: Some of my biggest influences include Diplo, Bazzi, Khalid, Charlie Puth and Magdalena Bay. I like any artist that I can chill and vibe to. 

5 — What are the benefits/problems of being indie artists?

Michelle: I believe the benefits of being an artist, in general, is that you get to express yourself in ways that you couldn’t with just words. Problem wise, I’d say no matter what you put out, be ready for criticism. While criticizing can help one progress, it can sometimes affect you personally. In reality, you can’t please everyone so you might as well do you.

6 — Your newest single “Distant Memories” is filled with beautiful chilled vibes. What’s the secret formula behind its sound design?

Jaz: It comes from the heart and soul. That’s all I can really say. There’s nothing more to it. I have a really hard time expressing myself verbally and through music that provides me an escape and way to express how I feel.

7 — If “Distant Memories” becomes part of a movie soundtrack, what would it be?

Jaz: I feel it would be included into a romantic comedy or a movie with a trippy feel to it.

Michelle: Definitely. I think that it could be incorporated into the end credits somehow. That would be really cool.

8 — Are you planning live shows or touring the states?

Michelle: Not at the moment but we’d love to look into performing live shows in the near future. Right now, our main goal is to put out music that people will love and can vibe to.

9 — So far, which is your favorite track you have produced together? Why?

Jaz: I really enjoyed working on our newest piece. I had a lot of fun making it because at first, we were just bullshitting. It began as an acoustic solo/piano track and turned into a whole different thing. I went on my own musical trip just writing and producing it.

Michelle: For me, it is really hard to choose just one. They’re all so different in their own way. It changes for me sporadically. For now, I’ll say I’m indecisive.

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10 — Finally, what does the future have in store for DPNT?

Jaz: We’re currently working on a multitude of new tracks. We have a lot of upcoming projects. Follow us on social media for all of our upcoming projects.

Michelle: We’re definitely excited! I’d say we have a lot in store for you and can’t wait to continue this journey.


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Quickfire Interview With: Naizon

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Originally from Brescia, Yassine Mokdad grew up listening to his parents playing the sounds of Barry White, Lionel Richie, Peabo Bryson, and Elvis Presley. Since then Yassine’s fascination with music began, he went on to study vocals and piano before finding himself learning how to produce and DJ.

Representing the Tech House sound, he strives for perfection and the attention to detail, which makes crowds tick. He has taken his sound all over the world in over 300 gigs spanning Thailand, Australia, Switzerland, and Italy. We caught up with Naizon for a quickfire round to find out a little more about the rising star.

1 — Music or acting?
Music.

2 — CDJ or vinyl?
CDJ.

3 — Favourite club?
Marquee NY.

4 — Favourite festival?
Tomorrowland.

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5 — Best event you’ve been to?

Super You & Me.

6 — Streaming or downloads?
Streaming.

7 — Last album you bought?
Kygo – Cloud Nine.

8 — Dogs or cats?
Cats.

9 — Favourite food?
Sushi.

10 – Early bird or night owl?
Night Owl.

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11 — Most used plugin?

Sylenth.

12 – Favourite colour?
Multicolor!

13 – Last artist you listen to?
Pickle.

14 – Ibiza or Berlin?
Ibiza.

15 – Best gig you’ve played?
Illuzion Phuket.

16 – Funniest career moment?
I actually fell whilst on stage, most people would be embarrassed but I thought it was hilarious!

17 — Preferred BPM?
125.

18 – Favourite sub-genre?
Electro House.


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Exclusive Interview: Dhyan Talks Debut Album ‘The Sun Never Says’ & More

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In our latest interview, the Maryland-based artist, Dhyan talks about his debut 10-track album, ‘The Sun Never Says’. So many emotions, it’s been quite a sonic journey so far. Press play on the album below and dive into our interview to learn more about it. He has revealed a music video is on the way, and more…

1 — Thanks for your time, how long did it take you to produce your new album ‘The Sun Never Says’?

‘The Sun Never Says’ took me about 4 months to fully create it. I put out “Lady In the Shadows” and “Speak of the Devil” as singles a while before tho haha.

2 — So, what was the initial concept for this record?

Initially, I wanted to make the entire album have a darker more mature vibe to follow my two singles. I eventually wanted the project to be more diverse to show I can capture different types of emotions.

3 — In your opinion, which track has the most memorable melody?

I would say “Back in Business” has the most memorable melody while “Lady in the Shadows” has the catchiest beat.

4 — Is the acoustic sound part of your signature style as an artist?

I LOVE THE acoustic sound and incorporating into Pop and Hip-Hop. I usually am not the biggest fan of putting myself in a box for genre but I would say I definitely say the acoustic melodies are part of my sound.

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5 — What’s your favorite lyric from the album?

My favorite lyric would probably be “Lookin in the mirror and I see / the person staring in front of me / does he know who he is?” in “Speak of the Devil”.

6 — How many people participated in this project?

Me, the producer, and the two people I collaborated with! And, of course, the people in my life that sometimes spark inspiration. 🙂

7 — What’s one thing you could change about this finished album?

If I could change anything I wish I could have included the Lady in the Shadows Remix I’m currently working on. 😉

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8 — Are you looking for Producers to remix any of your tracks?

Always!

9 — What about upcoming music videos?

 I definitely have a music video coming soon. I have an insane animated music video coming up for my song “Hypocrites”.

10 — Finally, why people should listen to ‘The Sun Never Says’?

People should listen to this album because it’s a lot about raw emotion and honesty. The project name is inspired by a poem by a Persian poet named Hafiz which discusses loving without expecting anything back. ‘The Sun Never Says’ you owe me. The project was meant to capture feelings like lust, infatuation, curiosity, confusion, harmless fun, impulsiveness, and ends with a message selfless love. I think a lot of people my age would relate to a lot of the songs because of the sheer frustration we all share in this aspect haha. Lastly, I have a diverse variety that could be Pop, RnB, Hip Hop, Latin Trap and more. Hopefully, there’s something for everyone.


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