Big City Cowgirl is a Country music singer and songwriter seeking to spread her music worldwide. You will be pleased to discover important details of her brilliant artistic career and learn more about her views on music. So, relax and enjoy your coffee while you read this exclusive interview!
1 – Where does the name Big City Cowgirl come from?
It’s really rather simple. I am a city girl with country music in her heart. I picked the name Big City Cowgirl because I felt that it fit perfectly with my persona. I’m a girl who lives in the big city who loves all things country.
2 – Is your family musical?
I’ve had a few relatives who were musically inclined. The most notable of those is my Uncle Mort, who passed away last year. He played the recorder and used to create musical pieces, mostly stuff that was classical. He used to write and direct whole musical performances and would find people who would perform his compositions for audiences. Other than my uncle, I think I might be the only other one in my family who writes music. I have hopes that one day my daughter will write music. My daughter seems to be musically inclined. As soon as she was born, she was into music. She would tap her hand in time with music. She sings melodies and makes up lyrics. She also tries to play the guitar. This year we are going to get her formal training.
3 – When did you discover your singing voice?
I discovered my singing voice when I was a pre-teen. I always loved to sing, but when I was in elementary school, the choir director heard me sing once and pursued me to join the choir. When I agreed, he pushed me to develop my craft and gave me a lot of confidence. I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t remember his name, but I owe him a lot because it was the first time that I took myself seriously in regards to singing and starting a music career. Since then, I have sung a variety of different genres, and recently I started taking vocal lessons with a prestigious vocal coach so that I could better my singing prowess.
4 – What’s the name of your most recent single? What inspired you to make this song?
The name of my most recent single is “Game of Love.” I wrote it because I’ve been through both good romances and bad relationships, and I’ve wondered a lot of the “game of love.” I’ve also spent a lot of time talking to people about relationships – friends, family, acquaintances would catch my ear with their stories – and it was my fascination with the “game of love” that inspired me ultimately to write the song.
5 – Where was the music video filmed? Any funny anecdote?
My music video for “Game of Love,” my most recent single, was filmed in Asharoken, Long Island. Asharoken is a lovely oceanside town where my in-laws live. They own a gorgeous home in which part of the video was recorded. I am so appreciative that they let me use their home and that location. There is a “funny” anecdote about the filming actually. There was a hurricane headed for Long Island that developed right around the time of the video. Everyone who had been hired to do the video was panicked that the video couldn’t go forward on that date. But, as it turned out, the hurricane went out to sea by the time it got to New York and all we got were awesome winds and waves, which made recording the video in that area dynamic.
6 – Have you written songs for other artists or bands? How can people contact you?
I have co-written songs for a variety of bands in which I performed, but I have not written songs exclusively for other artists or bands to record. I’m not opposed to doing so though. People can contact me through my website, bigcitycowgirl.com, or by connecting with me on ReverbNation, Twitter or Google.
7 – We know you are also a lawyer, How is possible to combine your artistic career with your other profession?
I don’t combine them necessarily; I balance them. It takes a lot of logistical planning to do so. I do it the best that I can so that I can pay my bills but still have stress relief from pursuing my passion. One thing I will say about litigating is that it involves a degree of performance, which is not all that different than doing music. I can’t sing my opening statements, summations, or arguments, but I can use inflection in my voice to be persuasive and use words to evoke emotions. I hope my songs do the same for people.
8 – What is the most criticized aspect of Country music in America?
I think the most criticized aspect of country music in America right now is that most of it is not authentic old school country music. Country music has become what I call country plus – country plus pop, country plus rock, country plus rap, country plus hip hop. I miss the old school country music even though I can appreciate the new. I find myself vacillating between the two in terms of what I write and how I produce it.
9 – If you were not a Country singer, What different style of music would you choose? Why?
Well, in my past, I’ve written just about every style of music you can imagine. And I love, love, love all styles of music because I feel as though they all have something important to contribute to the music world. But right now, if I were to choose a genre, and it couldn’t be country, I would choose pop music. I love to throw myself around when I perform – so I would want to do songs that are upbeat and uplifting – but I also love the intimacy of ballads – so I would want to do that too. I think that you have the most amount of leeway in doing both with pop music.
10 – What’s your ambition for the year ahead?
My ambition for the year ahead is to continue putting out music from my heart and soul. I would love to make a career of music so I could focus on music and nothing else. And who knows? Maybe I will see that happen in the year ahead! Being a mainstream country music artist is definitely my ambition.
Exclusive Interview: Jaksan Talks New Tech House Banger, “Let’s Get It”
Jaksan had rapidly become a rising name in both the Los Angeles & Las Vegas scenes. His sound is distinct and can be instantly recognized by its originality, groove focused basslines and wild sound effects. Some of his releases include tracks such as “Effort”, “Blowout”, and more recently “LaLaLa” originally a Birdfeed exclusive but by popular demand has made it on to Claude Von Stroke’s Dirtybird Miami 2019 compilation. Jaksan has paired up with Alonso Garcia and David Sien, otherwise known as KIVI to produce a Tech House banger called “Let’s Get It”. Check out the interview below to find out what happened behind the scenes of this release.
1 — Firstly, what was the inspiration behind “Lets Get It”?
Honestly, it was a drum loop and bassline they sent to me that kicked it all off. The rising and falling of it was so fun and unique.
2 — What was it like working with KIVI? How did you meet?
It was great! Definitely looking at doing it again. I love both of those guys and we met after they reached out to me in March about doing a release party in Austin since we were both on the Dirtybird Miami Compilation together.
4 – How does this compare to some of your other releases?
Honestly, it’s a fun track that catches everyone off guard and really wakes them up whereas some of my other tunes can really suck you into a trance.
5 — How has the initial reaction to the track been?
Fantastic! Saw a video from Techno Street in Spain where the crowd absolutely loved it & of course nothing beats the first time we played it together in Austin.
7 – Have you got any big plans for the winter seasons?
Yes, there are some big shows coming up for me in places with snow that are TBA, I’m so excited for it!
8 – What’s next for Jaksan?
I’m playing a very well known festival very soon & I have signed some new music recently that really showcases some variety in my production.
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Quickfire Interview With: DJ Hova
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…
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…
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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?
2 — CDJ or vinyl?
3 — Favourite club?
4 — Favourite festival?
6 — Streaming or downloads?
7 — Last album you bought?
Kygo – Cloud Nine.
8 — Dogs or cats?
9 — Favourite food?
10 – Early bird or night owl?
12 – Favourite colour?
13 – Last artist you listen to?
14 – Ibiza or Berlin?
15 – Best gig you’ve played?
16 – Funniest career moment?
I actually fell whilst on stage, most people would be embarrassed but I thought it was hilarious!
17 — Preferred BPM?
18 – Favourite sub-genre?
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