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Interview | Questions And Answers With Fahjah

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Canadian DJ and producer, Fahjah is rapidly becoming an internationally-acclaimed artist. This is due to his original sound that can make anybody dance. In this exclusive interview, he shared with us his experiences, and also what he is doing in the here and the now with this music project he started a few years ago…

1 – What’s the origin of your artistic name?

Growing up, my oldest brother always came up with nicknames for my brothers and I. We went and saw Austin Powers and for some reason they just decided to start calling me Fahjah. It stuck, I had teachers in elementary school call me that, my friends, their parents, literally everyone would call me Fahjah so I thought it only made sense to call myself Fahjah.

2 – What made Fahjah interested in music?

I’ve always been interested in music as a kid. Always wanted to learn different instruments and enjoyed listening to all types of music. My mom plays the flute and made sure my brothers and I learnt some sort of instrument. My dad definitely had a hand in it too. He played tons of different music for me growing up. Lots of different carribean music such as soca, chutney, and some Bollywood music. I listened to a lot of shaggy took. So to sum it up, my interest was created by my parents.

3 – What was the soundtrack in the family home when you were a kid?

“It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy hahaha. Lots of scrunter during Christmas time too.

4 – Do you think you get the recognition you deserve?

That’s a hard question to answer. I think I have to wait and see where this goes. I’ve only been producing for 4 years which in the grand scheme of things isn’t really that long. Maybe once I’ve been at it for a longer amount of time it’ll be easier to judge. It’s hard to say how much you deserve this early but I will say I’m getting more and more with every release so it’s an upward progression which makes me happy!

5 – How big is the Trance music scene in Canada? Is it an underground genre over there?

I know in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, they have a strong dance music scene as whole. I’ve heard they have a fairly good Trance community. I live in Winnipeg though. The scene is growing a lot here but at the moment the Trance community isn’t large enough to support a solid Trance act coming into town. We’re more of a Rap and Country town but the electronic scene as a whole is getting larger. We have a festival here called Summer of Sound and every year it gets bigger and bigger with more established artists. It’s a reflection of the change going on in the city and as this growth continues, I could definitely see a Solid trance community emerge.

6 – What’s the best Trance track ever made in the world?

“Rebound” by Mat Zo & Arty

7 – Do you prefer remixing or producing? What do you like the most?

They’re both great although I do love already having vocals made, it just speeds up the process and it’s a ton of fun chopping them up and doing a new take on a song you love. Going from scratch feels a lot more rewarding though knowing every idea was yours. Can’t say I have a preference though.

8 – Tommy Trash, Heatbeat, MAKJ, Judge Jules, Andy Moor, Markus Schulz, Myon & Shane and more popular producers have supported your career… Is there something special about your music style?

I think what makes my music special is that I have an absolute love for pretty and atmospheric music so I focus a lot and trying to create a really cool mesmerizing sound. I combine everything I love about dance music with my love for other non-electronic genres which creates something pretty cool. In my newer releases, especially in the ones coming in 2017 people will really start to hear that. I’ve been working with drummers, saxophone players, bass players, and violinists which is really shaping my sound into something unique and very organic.

9 – Have you ever released a music video?

Never but I hope to one day! We’ll see what happens if I make a track that blows up…

10 – Tell us what you are working on now.

I’m working on a ton of new stuff, pretty much every genre. I’m making a 138 Trance track, Hard Trap, Moombah, Deep House, Progressive House, Future Bass, and combinations of all the above. I think people are going to enjoy what I have coming!

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Exclusive Interview: Jaksan Talks New Tech House Banger, “Let’s Get It”

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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.

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3 — What’s your favourite part of this song?

It’s wacky and there’s so much going on but the bassline brings it together. Big ups KIVI!

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.

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6 – Was there a moment making “Let’s Get It” where you thought ‘this is going to be good!’?

The vocal was the missing piece once we got that part plugged in we were happy and knew it was done.

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

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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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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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