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DJ Ease Interview 2016

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Music producer and label owner, DJ Ease continues to display charisma and creativity he’s become known for throughout his career. With the recent announcement of his upcoming single “Foreign Rhythms” and his outstanding EP ‘Animals’, Electro WOW chats with this talented artist to know more about his thoughts towards today’s music.

1 – What’s your main music style and what are your influences?

My music style is Deep House, House, Tech House and Techno my influences go back to my early teens when I first started hanging around in the local record shop, I will never forget discovering House and Techno music and just totally falling in love with underground dance music.

2 – We know you were part of Birmingham’s BPM biggest electronic music event, Has this exposure changed your view on music events?

The BPM in Birmingham is a lot different it’s a great DJ and music production event but I think most of the big music events, festivals are all commercial hype focusing on, fireworks and a rockstar personality cult rather than on the music itself. The EDM culture has become less credible in the course of this big EDM hype. The underground scene has always been all about the music and nothing else.

3 – How do you think a music producer stay relevant in an industry that’s known for changing very rapidly?

No longer can a producer just be creative, a producer needs to be savvy across multiple disciplines — creative, financial, technology, building relationships and marketing. Keeping fingers on the pulse of each of these elements it is important to diversify and not to be a one-trick pony.

4 – Are there any interesting things that happened to you during the production of your upcoming single “Foreign Rhythms”?

When I wrote and produced “Foreign Rhythms” I wanted to think big, I didn’t want to just make a record I wanted to make an anthem one that would stick around. I found a great vocalist with an impressive track record who sounded perfect for the project.

The record didn’t come out right first time but with perseverance and constantly road-testing and making changes to get it working right. I eventually got it working well and was happy with the outcome. The feedback I have received so far on this record has been outstanding.

When the record was finished I sent it to a very well-known New York DJ/Producer called Dancin` Mark, who couldn’t wait to play it on his Groove Affection radio show on chill lover radio it reached 142 countries!

Dancin` Mark is a connoisseur of House music and it meant so much receiving such great feedback from a well known and respected DJ/Producer who plays in the biggest clubs/venues in New York.

Some early feedback received:

Fuego my man!!! (Fuego Means Fire)

You have answered my wishes! There’s not enough Deep House Vocals out their Especially good ones. Too much vocal sampling these days, that track is beautiful!!! The track has vibes of both Deep House and Trance. I felt it as soon as I heard the first two measures. It’s the perfect starter for a Deep House set. It is amazing to be blessed with your hard work and talent.

“Dancin` Mark”

Wow – great sounding track! You are the real deal! The drums sound really good – deep and thick and crisp and the vocals are really sweet too

“Ivory Coats”

Wow this track is amazing I love it the deep vibes and those vocals sit perfectly with the track your productions have come so far I’m loving this, it is very impressive

“Greg Stevens”

5 – What’s the name of your latest EP? Please describe its sound and let us know if we can stream it.

My latest EP is called ‘Animals’ with a Techno track “Blue Dolphins” and a Tech House track “Cows On Acid”.

I have the EP in a playlist on my Soundcloud:

6 – How do you feel about starting your own label Mixmania Records? Are you really benefiting from it?

It was really daunting starting my own record label Mixmania Records, I knew the work involved in setting it up would be insane but I wanted to have creative freedom with my music and give opportunities to undiscovered up and coming artists.

The exposure from the label is massive were in all the major stores and being in the biggest dance music boutique Beatport is where you need to be if you’re making electronic dance music.

I have made so many new connections; it’s great working with people from all over the world. DJs, artists, vocalists, record labels, distributors, radio stations, people who are digging our music. The support I have received has been amazing I really do appreciate it and huge thanks goes out to every one who has supported the label especially Greg Stevens who is a massive part of what we do.

We have now started to build an exceptional A&R roster on the label signing acts like Raumstadt, Duplex, KATIE SE7EN, Detroit Project, Ivory Coats all well before breaking out of their local scenes. We will definitely continue to surprise and innovate the underground dance music scene. It’s been an incredible journey so far and it’s only just begun.

7 – What qualities do you look for in artists that want to submit tracks to your label?

We pride ourselves in sound quality the music has to be right, but it all has to stack up we look at every thing no stone is unturned when deciding to bring an artist on to the label, artists need to be passionate with that burning desire to succeed. We invest a lot in to our artists they have to be the real deal!

8 – How do you think music will change in the next 10 years?

Maybe death of the downloads streaming is becoming more and more popular now a days or it could do a full circle and vinyl will make a big return even maybe some exciting new technologies.

9 – Would you share your music for free to gain more followers?

I love to share my music and finding those people that really dig my sound is a great feeling. I like giving records that I produce away for free and post regular DJ mixes online, its really important for me just to share the music I love.

The most amazing song in the world will not make heads nod if no one hears it music needs to be shared!

10 – What would you say is one of the most important things you have learned as a DJ?

Play to the crowd, engage with people and always be nice!

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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: 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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Interview | Questions & Answers With PhiloSofie

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PhiloSofie
like many new rising artists is making her way into the music industry with a high level of originality.  Here she talks to Electro Wow about the early stages of her career, plus, the new single “Go-To”, which is a favorite among her fans. Singing, and songwriting ain’t only a hobby but also her true passion. Learn more below.

1 — First of all, how did you come out with your artist name PhiloSofie? What does it mean to you?

My brother was the one who initially came up with the name and suggested it to me when I was about 15 years old. I was attracted to it because the word ‘philosophy’ itself asks people to look inward towards values and thought. The name ‘PhiloSofie’ captures an ongoing search for wisdom and purpose. My music serves as a vehicle to get me closer to whatever that may be. Songwriting and producing allow me to explore and cross boundaries within myself.

2 — When did you start your music career? Was your family supportive?

I’ve always been writing and making up little songs since I was little, six years old. As I grew older, I would borrow my dad’s work laptop and use Garage Band to make music and then post what I made to SoundCloud. Writing, singing, and producing have always been my passion. Putting the three together into music-making served and continues to serve as an outlet for my emotions as well as a way to tell stories. My family always supported it because they saw how passionate and happy creating made me feel. When “Do My Thing” with Lucian came out, I realized I could do this as a career.

3 — How has your music style changed over time?

My music is constantly evolving and expanding over time. The collaborations allow me to stretch in ways I wouldn’t normally do and put me in genres I wouldn’t normally listen to. This helps inform my own sound as I can take what I like about a particular collaboration and apply it to my own music. No matter how simplistic or sophisticated each song may sound, there is still a dreamy element to my music that is distinctly ‘PhiloSofie.’ No matter how my sound may change, I would like to keep that.

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4 — Which mainstream or underground artists influenced your sound?

Prince, Prefab Sprout, Stevie Wonder, The Gorillaz (still have the T-shirt from their second album “Demon Days” which is my personal favorite album of theirs), David Bowie, Gene Kelly, Lily Allen, Empire of the Sun, Norah Jones, Queen, Fergie, The Internet.

6 — Let’s start talking about your newest single “Go-To”. What was the inspiration behind its lyrics?

0:12 – 0:35 seconds and the vocal chop that comes after was recorded a year ago. I decided to revisit the project and write additional vocals centered around the ‘you’re my go-to’ line because there is someone in my life who is indeed my ‘go-to’ and who the song is directly inspired by. I wanted to capture the feeling of being in love and being with someone who is your everything. Not everyone is in love, and not everyone wants to be, but I want to be able to create what one may not have in his/her daily life, even if it only lasts for 3 minutes and 31 seconds. If I can do that, then that is a day made in my book.

7 — Are you planning to release a music video in the near future?

Yes. To begin with, a video of me singing with the song playing in the background, I’d like to have some visual so people can see how I move and create. There will definitely be a music video to one of the tunes I’m currently working on. There is a note in my phone that contains a huge list of scene ideas. It is high on the list of priorities to turn these ideas into videos.

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8 — In your opinion, is it worth recording a song in a professional music studio?

A professional music studio offers a creative space that is optimal for collaboration because you can hire an engineer to do the technical work. You can also work just as well on your own or with other musicians in a bedroom. I still use the same midi microphone I used when I was in high school. Owning a preamp and monitoring speakers do really help the production and recording process but these are still tools you can easily put in your bedroom and that you don’t need a studio for. It really depends on how you work. I would love to get inside a studio that has all sorts of gadgets and analog instruments to play with as well as work with an engineer and musical team to produce some insane music.

9 — What equipment or basic tips do you recommend for beginner artists?

Find a DAW that works for you. It is relatively easy to learn the layouts of other DAWs when you have a good understanding of your own. I use Logic pro but would love to learn how to use Ableton as Ableton is a great DAW for live performances. Get yourself a pair of over-ear headphones. These block out most outside noise and keep you in the zone. One of the biggest tips I can give for beginner songwriters that I wish I had listened to time and time again is to be truthful in what you write about. You don’t need to tell the truth, but whatever you’re writing about, let it come from the heart.

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10 — Finally, how do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I see myself being able to live within my means from the music I create.


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Interview | Questions & Answers With FUREA

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The Internet is a magical place where you can discover so many great artists. Such is the case of FUREA, a genuine Electronic Music Producer/Singer from Germany. Electro Wow caught up with him to know all the facts about his latest gem, “This Can’t Be Happening”. A fresh track I’m listening on repeat mode!

1 — Thanks for your time. You have put out a new song called “This Can’t Be Happening”, can you tell us more about the lyrics? 

Thank you too! Yes, sure. The lyrics are about the younger generation, my generation and how suppressed we are when it comes to doing things that we love. We fear a lot of things and it is even cool to be negative these days.

2 — What do you expect listeners to take from it?

I want people to understand, that they should believe in themselves because everyone is unique and you can do a lot of beautiful things in this world. It is just a matter of time!

3 — What were the steps you took to produce it?

I was in The Hague in a hotel lobby when I was producing this song. I started with a House song and ended up with an experimental witchy Trance sound like this. I like Trance but I wanted to use my own sounds.

4 — What challenges did you overcome during the production process?

Vocals were pretty much all over the place because I layered them a lot. It worked well though.

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5 — Do you foresee yourself releasing more witchy/dark songs during the rest of the year? 

Absolutely, I think that it is something different. So yes!

6 — What kind of music did you grow up on? 

I always tried to do my own thing with my music so I don’t know if a genre exists for me. My label also focuses on this element, Graycrest wants artists to name their own genres.

7 — Do you draw inspiration from contemporary artists?

Yes, for example, while I was growing up a really big Bring me the Horizon fan. I still am. They still inspire me.

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8 — What studio tool is your favorite to use when making music?

I’m going to dissatisfy people with my answer but I guess I just like nice computers. Otherwise, if I had a retro synth I would use it but I don’t really own one.

9 — What do you like to do when you’re not working in the studio?

I like to be in nature and meditate. Sometimes I go out with certain people I love and care about.

10 — Finally, what made you want to start a career in music? 

Everything and especially my perception of happiness. I thought I could be happy if I persuade the right thing in my life. The people who have supported me really increased my courage to do so. Thank you all!


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Quickfire Interview With: Mr Hudson

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I had the absolute honour to interview Mr Hudson. The artist who is ahead of his time is back with a futuristic album entitled ‘When The Machine Stops’. This 11-track project is probably his best work to date and it revolves around modern isolation. As a music fan, I wanted to find out the intimate details about his career. Scroll down for more info.

1 – You’ve been Songwriting and Producing since…

I was nine and wrote a song called “Will You Be Mine” always the sensitive soul.

2 – You got involved in the music realm because…

It’s the closest thing to a religion that I have.

3 – Your sound is…

Sad robot music.

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4 – Your biggest inspiration is…

Bowie.

5 – Fans should listen to your new album ‘When The Machine Stops’ because…

It’s the best thing I’ve ever made.

6 – If you want to know who Mr Hudson is, listen to the track…

“There Will Be Tears”.

7 – Your most memorable career moment so far has been…
Meeting Elton John on the beach and taking him to the studio to work on MBDTF with Kanye.

8 – Your dream is…

Happening now.

9 – Your next release is called…

“When The Machine Stops”.

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10 – Your all-time favourite track is…

Bowie’s “Space Oddity”.

11 – Your favourite venue/club is…

The Greek Theater in L.A.

12 – If you weren’t a Songwriter and Producer you’d probably be…

A painter

13 – You’ll only stop making music if…

I lose my hearing.

14 – In a few years, you want to be…

In Hawaii.

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

Sitting on a plane to London.


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