I had the pleasure of doing an interview with award-winning film producer Lyle Howry. It is important to mention he has an interesting vision about the music of the upcoming film “Street 2 Death Fight”. In fact, a portion of the proceeds from the soundtrack will be donated to charity. Discover more here!
1 – First of all, Why should we see ‘Street 2’?
If you were a fan of “STREET” I would definitely recommend “Street 2 Death Fight,” Without giving too much away, the new film takes a whole new twist from the first film of the franchise. We get into human trafficking bringing awareness to how big of a problem it is. We have also added a military flavor to it along with the underground fighting. The film is action packed with a message in it.
2 – What’s new in this ‘Street’ sequel?
The first film was very good, bypassing the big studio film “Deadpool” on Walmart.com, becoming a number one bestseller, and selling out in just 3 days. This new film takes a huge turn in which REMO STREET is killed and ALES STREET, his half-brother (they have the same father) is a damaged U.S. Army Ranger coming home after his second tour in Afghanistan to bury his brother. REMO STREET was killed competing in an underground fight club sponsored by local crime boss URI SAKALOV. In the midst of their mourning, the family is hit with another tragedy. Ales’ little sister, JESSY, is kidnapped by Chinese TRIADS. From there the story explodes into action!
3 – How many artists are involved in the soundtrack?
Right now we have only a couple because the film is still in pre-production. We have two Grammy-nominated artists so far and are in talks with several others. It is definitely going to be a big soundtrack this time around.
4 – What kind of sound are you initially looking for?
We are looking for a mix of music ranging from the 80’s to Hip Hop – Rap and Alternative. We’re also looking at some melodies with a foreign flavor to give it even more worldwide appeal.
Music will play a big role as I think you will agree music is a big part of life. Everything from feelings, emotions, excitement, sadness, music plays a big role in everyday life. We are hoping to use the music to not only keep your attention in the film but also help express the emotions of the film. I think music should basically help drive a film. It should keep you in all the moments of the film like you’re actually in the film being scared to almost feeling the punches being thrown. Music should be another way to express the feel of the film.
6 – I really liked the idea that some of the proceeds from the soundtrack will go to charity. Can you tell us more about this beneficence?
Yes, we are going to be donating to several charities, not just human trafficking. eMission Save Her is run by Reggie Benjamin, Eric Benet, and James Maslow. We will also be involved with abused kids and foster kids as I’m starting the Lyle Howry foundation for Foster and Abused kids. This is close to my heart as I come from that background. Down the line, I hope to be taking underprivileged kids and kids from foster homes and giving them a chance in the film world. If they want to act my foundation will get them acting classes and help them through the process. If they want to operate a camera, become a producer or writer we will help them accomplish that. So in essence, I want to help as many people as possible but mainly kids because that’s where everything starts at the core of it. I think these days there’s not a lot of respect out there and I think that respect is the catalyst in the human world today and we definitely need more of that.
Once we have finished filming we will start inserting the soundtrack. I think we’ll probably go after a record label deal with one of the major companies or even start our own. We also might go the route of iTunes Spotify, YouTube, CD Baby, SoundCloud to release the music. We did that with “Street” and it worked out pretty well.
8 – Where do you see an instrumental playing a role in this film? Why?
I would say through some of the emotional scenes and love scenes we will use instrumentals.
Yes, I feel it will compete with some of the past films like Warrior, Rocky, John Wick and much more in that genre.
10 – In your opinion, What makes a film score unforgettable?
Like I said before, an unforgettable score keeps you in the moment of the film and takes you on all the roller coaster rides the characters go through. We try to make it so when you leave the theater you can’t get that song and that moment out of your mind.
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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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