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Interview | Questions & Answers With Jasmine Crowe

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Read our exclusive interview with Jasmine Crowe! As a curious note, she’s the winner of the 2016 and 2017 UK Songwriting Contest. Nowadays, Jasmine is promoting the music video for her Electro Pop single “Breaking Things”. And, by all means, her passionate vocals + the emotive lyrics are just pure perfection. Find out more details below.

1 — When did your career start?

I started writing songs at 14 and recording with Protools at 16. Being a multi-instrumentalist, I’ve always made sure to have a little home studio set up so that I could record ever since then. Recording is like playing another instrument to me and it’s an extension of my mind. When I moved to LA from Hawaii that’s when I really started learning and growing being around other songwriters and producers with more experience. I worked on my craft for years striving to be a better artist with my writing, production, and performance. Music is part of me and I’ve been doing it my whole life so it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when my career started.

2 — What made you decide to participate in songwriting competitions?

My aunt was always encouraging me to enter and I’m glad I did!

3 — How many times have you won?

My co-writer Josh Anderson and I won the UK Songwriting Competition two years in a row, 2016 and 2017 consecutively. We also had 11 total finalist placements last year which included “Breaking Things” in the pop and love song categories. In the past, we’ve also held placements in the annual USA Songwriting Competition, Great American Song Contest and International Songwriting Competition.

4 — Was “Breaking Things” your new single about anyone in particular?

I originally started with the chorus lyrics for “Breaking Things” but I didn’t have any melodies for the song at first. It was something I’d written from a childhood memory of having a fight with my sister and breaking a gift she had made for me in a moment of anger. The moment I did that I immediately regretted it because I realized I’d destroyed something I couldn’t fix and it was gone forever. That lesson stuck with me as an adult going through relationships – the things you say and do can have a lasting effect. Having the concept I went over to the piano and started singing and once we had something my songwriting partner Joshua and I started arranging the track. All the things described in the verses really happened in relationships we’d had in the past. It was a true collaboration.

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5 — How long did it take you to write this song?

Overall it probably took us a couple of days. Part of my songwriting process is that once I have the concept and chorus of a song, I usually start building the track around it so that I can draw inspiration from the beat and arrangement to write the rest of the melodies and lyrics. Josh being a drummer came up with the beat and bass line and I wrote the piano and synth parts. The last thing is writing the bridge which brings it all together.

6 — What was it like working with Tara and Brandon on the set of “Breaking Things”?

It was fantastic! I loved working with them as a team. Since this was my first experience making a music video Tara made it feel easy for me to get into character and guide me through all the shots so we could get everything done on time. A lot of planning went into it and I couldn’t ask for a better crew. Dave Warren as co-director and creative director also made it possible for us to get that beautiful car to use in the video and he got us the drone shots and extra sound fx in post as well.

7 — How many locations were involved in this video? Where was it filmed?

It was filmed at Club Ed in Lancaster, CA. The set was originally created for the Dennis Hopper film “Eye of the Storm” as a pseudo-Route 66. We were trying to shoot everything in one day so we utilized all the different areas of the set to create a feeling of time, space, and movement in the story. We even shot some of the scenes from the road and out in the desert nearby. Since we were chasing the light at such a late time in the year there was a sense of urgency getting some of the shots done during golden hour – so some it we had to nail in two takes. My favorite part was doing the pool scene. I had to warm up in the car for an hour with the heat on full blast waiting for everyone to set up the lights and cameras knowing I was going to have to climb into an unheated pool while singing in one swift take! It was freezing cold and Tara wanted to make sure I could get all the shots done within 15 minutes of being soaking wet so I didn’t freeze. It was totally worth it though ’cause those are some of my favorite moments in the music video.

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8 — Do you think this video tries to teach us something?

Don’t go breaking things! Haha… In all seriousness though I think it teaches the lesson that you should be careful about doing things you might end up regretting later. Some things you can’t take back once they’ve been said and done.

9 — Is there a chance we can see you performing live soon?

The next step for me is going on tour. Right now I’m finishing up the album in the studio. “Breaking Things” is the first single and I can’t wait to release all these other songs! We’re also planning the next video which we shoot in a couple weeks.

10 — Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions?

I would say I won’t feel completely fulfilled as an artist until we have the full show together, go on tour and play some festivals! Being from a small island I’ve never done that before and I’m excited to share my music with the world!


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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Adam Holiday (Interview)

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Adam Holiday
is an artist who has had quite the career; he has had releases on incredible labels such as Solid Grooves, 99 Waves and Suma. He has DJ’ed at places such as Café Del Mar, Tibu, Dreamers and Buddha Beach, drawing influences from the likes of Todd Terry and Paul Van Dyk, Adam’s sound is wholly unique and evolves as the scene progresses. We caught up with Adam Holiday to chat about how the music he has grown up with has shaped the artist he is today.

1 — What sort of music did you listen to during your childhood?

I listened to a quite a variety of music growing up, my mom was a huge Queen fan and she would make us listen to their greatest hits on the way to school.

Michael Jackson and Nirvana were on my playlist a lot too and I also remember being quite a big fan of Eminem when he first hit MTV.

It wasn’t until I was around 13 when I started getting into electronic music.

2 — What is the one artist who has constantly inspired you?

Erick Morillo for sure, he has been one of the most in-demand DJs for over 20 years and for me personally, no one rocks a club as he does.

He has adapted his sound to suit the changing times but he has still stayed true to his original vibe which can’t be said for many DJs.

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3 — What song first drew you to the dance music industry?

Paul Van Dyk – For An Angel, I first heard this song in school. Paul came out to a play at a rave in Johannesburg and at the time I didn’t know who he was. I searched for his music online and ‘For an Angel’ came up. I liked the song straight away, I thought this music is so different and that’s when I started looking for more electronic tracks and artists.

4 — How has your music taste evolved over the years?

My taste has definitely evolved with the how the house music scene has developed over the years but I would still like to think that the essence of my sound is still the same to what I played when I started out.

Also, now I appreciate different forms of house music, whereas before I was quite set on what I would play and listen to. I think when you start producing a lot of music you begin to appreciate different forms and styles.

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5 — When you think of a favourite memory, what song comes to mind and why?

Who Da Funk – Shiny Disco Balls, I heard this track on my first night ever in Ibiza and it happened to be at Pacha. It was one of the best nights of my life and when I think back on that night, this song always comes to mind.

6 – If you could produce any other genre of music what would it be and why?

Other than house music, I think I would be producing trance but later in life, I wouldn’t mind making soundtracks for movies similar to the stuff Hans Zimmer produces.

7 — What decade of music do you feel was the most influential?

2000 – 2010, these are the years where I developed my sound to what I play today and produce especially in the early 2000s. The vibe has changed a lot since then but I think if you look back at all the great house tracks they come from this decade.

8 – Where do you mostly find new music?

Haha, that’s a secret!

I try to stay away as much as I can from the Beatport top 100, I have my selection of producers and labels that I follow. I also get a lot of promos sent but it is all about hunting to dig out them underground gems that no one is playing.

9 — Tell us one song that we should go and check out?

Do yourself a favour and listen to “Chriz Samz & Maysa – Makuna” on Sondos records I can’t stop listening to it! Deep, dirty and driving just the way I like it.

10 — Finally, how do you think the music you listen to defines you as an artist?

Listening to music gives me inspiration when I am in the studio producing a track. I try to listen to different genres to pull ideas or get inspired. I can’t speak for everyone else but what I listen to definitively has an influence on the tracks I produce.


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Interview | Questions & Answers With Vessbroz

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Brothers Armia and Arsham make up Vessbroz, a DJ and Producer duo who have been absolutely killing the scene ever since their debut release back in 2015. The pair have composed for a large scale Malaysian-English film called ‘C144’, have tens of thousands of followers and have even received the support of 50 Cent when he featured their music video “Dreams” on his blog. We caught up with the boy to find out more about them.

1 — Give us a bit of an insight who the Vessbroz are?

We are two brothers, Armia and Arsham. We are DJ’s and music producers and you might know us from our song “Nothing”, it was in the top 40 charts for the U.S. Billboard mainstream chart for 7 weeks!

2 — How did you come up with the idea to create Vessbroz?

Both of us always wanted this since we were kids. When we grew older, unfortunately, we were busy with our studies and daily life. In 2015 we decided to continue our childhood dream and we started to learn about music production and DJing. In 2016 we launched Vessbroz officially. Vessbroz is a short form of Vessel Brothers because we are real brothers with same blood running through our veins.

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3 — Who are your influences?

We love and respect all the DJs who started the EDM vibe and bring us DJs from shadows to the main stages and connected the Pop world with the EDM world, people like David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, and Daft Punk.

4 — What are your musical backgrounds?

I (Arsham) graduated as a sound and music engineer and bachelor of recording art and my brother Armia studied in music composing, songwriting and music business.

5 — If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be and why?

We love everything about this industry. Maybe the only thing we would like to change is the way people think about musicians especially DJs, they think most of us are drug users but in fact, we know so many healthy DJ’s and we have also never smoked in our life and we believe in a healthy lifestyle.

6 — Tell us a fun fact about yourselves?

We love supernatural activities and maybe when we turn 50 years old we’ll start looking for supernatural activity/powers with a group of professionals.

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7 — What would you be doing if you didn’t get into music?

We always wanted to be Professional basketball players and we dreamed about playing in NBA next to Lebron James!

8 — Who would be your dream collaboration?

Our dream collaboration is never going to happen but it would be a dream to work with Michael Jackson.

9 — Where would you love to perform a set?

It would have to be the Grammy Awards and Coachella.

10 — What song made you fall in love with dance music?

“Give Me Everything Tonight” by Pitbull and Ne-Yo and “Getting Over You” by David Guetta.

11 — Finally, where can we go to check out more of your music?

Of course, Spotify is the easiest way to stream our music nowadays and YouTube is a great way as well… you also can follow our social media to find out about our upcoming releases.


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Quickfire Interview With: Allen Wish

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Allen Wish
is an artist who creates melodic and emotive EDM songs. With a love for Progressive and Electro House, Allen is inspired by the likes of David Guetta, Axwell, and Nicky Romero. His emotional attachment is what makes Allen such a special artist, as music is what kept him alive during his experience of fighting in Afghanistan. He now spends his time working in the studio on creating emotive EDM songs that he hopes will help other people.

1 – Favourite song?
“M83” by Midnight City.

2 – Biggest influences?
My influences definitely are Alesso, Guetta, and Axwell.

3 – Best city in the world?
It definitely has to be Dubai so far.

4 – Dream gig?
Close the main stage at some of the biggest festivals in the world.

5 – Who is the one person you would love to collaborate with?
Oh, that’s a hard one, I think I’ll have to go with Alesso.

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6 – Day parties or night parties?

Both.

7 – Preferred BPM?
126 – 128.

8 – DJ’ing or Producing?
Both, but I’ll lean more towards DJ’ing.

9 – Progressive House or Electro House?
Progressive House.

10 – David Guetta or Axwell?
Axwell.

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11 – Best gig you have ever been to?

I’d have to say when I opened the show for Nicky Romero.

12 – Favourite food?
Italian food.

13 – What hobby would you love to try?
I’d love to start running or ride a bicycle more often.

14 – Big nights out or chilled nights in?
Big nights out!

15 – Ultimate career goal?
Be in the top 10 of the best DJs, the other is to win a Grammy.


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Interview | Questions & Answers With Meddie Bloom

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We talk to Meddie Bloom about his newest single “Time To Live”, which has a beautiful message for humanity. Furthermore, it’s so catchy that you could listen to it on repeat. By the way, the music video looks amazing as well. There’s much more to discover, so check out this interview right here!

1 — What’s the message behind your debut single “Time To Live”?

The message behind “Time to Live” is about unity, self-love, self-acceptance, togetherness and showing unconditional love, respect and help to all living beings on this planet that live with and around us. As a new artist, I really wanted this song to be a thunderous, liberating and uplifting introduction to my music.

2 — What locations were considered for the music video?

Pasha Teplo (Director) and I shot the scenes for this music video in various deserts outside of Los Angeles, in order to convey the pain and confusion of isolation. We both are nature lovers and wanted to capture these scenes in the hearts of some majestic landscapes. As you can tell by watching the music video, all these stunning landscapes are a reflection of the pure mental state that all the characters are currently in.

3 — How many hours go into shooting the visuals?

We shot all the nature scenes in roughly 1-2 hours. The heat in the desert was unbearable, making it almost impossible to take more time. And all the other scenes including the ones of the wonderful cast were shot in a studio within a half day. It was an exhausting but exhilarating and fun experience.

4 — Are the lyrics based on personal experience?

Absolutely, but I’m sure that most of us can relate to them. In this song, I’m yearning and calling for a message of hope and compassion that is lost in many areas in this world we’re living in. But the call I’m making is that of a positive one. I believe that we can collectively heal our earth by starting with ourselves first. It is only then that we will be able to project love, understanding, and compassion to all other sentient beings, no matter what color, religion, sexual orientation, shape or species. We all bear the same expressions and are all made of the same stardust.

5 — Who collaborated with you in the studio while producing this great Dance-Pop anthem?

I wrote, produced and recorded the song myself about 8 years ago. My dear friend Juan Robles put down some of the very first scratch synth’s tracks after giving him directions of what exact notes and chords to play. And finally, the track was being mixed and mastered by Austin Leeds.

6 — Did you find there was much pressure going into recording your debut single? How would you describe the whole creative process?

There was absolutely no pressure at all. Like I mentioned earlier, the song was already recorded a long time ago. I haven’t released it throughout all these years but ultimately decided to do so. The way I go about the creative process is usually very simple and straight forward. I usually come up with the main chorus melody first and then built around it. Most often I already have an idea where I would like the song to go after I’ve built the main chorus. I often use the acoustic guitar to come up with additional chords and melodies that end up being played on the Synths.

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7 — Do you have any vocal training?

I possess no vocal training whatsoever. I’m an occasional bathroom singer just like most other’s (hahaha). I joined a church choir for a very short period of time when I was in my teenage years, but that’s really all. It’s all in the bathroom or in the car.

8 — What’s your purpose of doing music?

My purpose with music is to enlighten, touch and inspire people and to inspire people to give love a chance. The sheer beauty and power of sound waves, beats, and words are an excellent outlet to convey that energy. I also love to bring up worldly topics that might need awareness and questioning.

9 — Would you like to experiment with other genres besides EDM?

Totally… Being influenced by so many different genres, from Rock to R&B to Classical to World music to you name it and being a multi-instrumentalist, I will definitely branch out to other styles other than electronic dance music or fuse several styles together in the future. I can’t wait for that…

10 — Finally, where does your artistic name come from?

Meddie has always been my nickname since I was a little kid. And when it came to choosing an artist name I really wanted that name to be followed and accompanied by “Bloom”. I love the idea of blooming and showing off all your colors in all it’s glory… blooming as if you want to make the whole world beautiful. To me “Bloom” also inspires a necessary call of action: It encourages us to stop hiding all of our magic and talents, it encourages us to unleash them in the name of love and art. Everyone has the power and depth to inspire others. And it wouldn’t necessarily have been a certain talent, it could simply be someone giving their utmost warmth, care, attention, help, and support to someone else in dire need of it…


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Interview | Questions & Answers With Chloe Tang

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Learn more about Chloe Tang, a rising RnB/Pop artist with a glorious singing voice. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona but resides in LA like most indie artists. Here’s an insightful interview that will give you a much better picture of her music career. Moreover, she also unveils funny details about her recent “Hype” music video.

1 — When did you learn to sing so beautifully?

I’ve always loved singing for fun since I was a kid! I never took any formal singing lessons but I was always in choir in school and I learned a lot about technique doing that.

2 — What fueled your musical creativity?

It’s something I have never really been able to identify. I’m inspired by so many things and I think it has continued to grow over time because the more I write songs, the more I love it.

3 — Which is your favorite method for writing songs?

I love collaborating with people. It allows me to learn so much from other peoples’ creativity. We usually start with a concept then hash it out from there with melody and lyrics.

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4 — Why most of your lyrics are about relatable life experiences?

I’ve always found I tend to write better songs when I don’t feel restricted to write about “pretty” things. Fortunately, I think pop music is now becoming a lot more honest about issues like mental health and I’m all about it. I just want to continue the pattern and the only way I know how to do that is being in touch with my own emotions/experiences and putting them into songs.

4 — Is that the case of “Hype”? What is this song about?

Yes, “Hype” is about people who get all caught up thinking they’re the shit and having a toxic attitude. I think it’s great to have confidence in yourself but when you are putting other people down in order to feel better about yourself, that’s when you’ve got it wrong.

5 — Do you think the storyline behind your new video clip matches with the lyrics of “Hype”?

I do, I think the story of the video ended up being a cool take on the lyrics. I wanted it to have its own story and be its own piece of art but in the end, the video and the song have a lot of similar themes.

6 — Was there any funny anecdote while shooting the video?

The guy who ran after us in the Chinese restaurant was our real waiter. He was such a champ when Lorenzo asked him to run after us… at first, he didn’t want to do it but he killed it and I will always remember him yelling at us, “you forgot to pay your bill!”.

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7 — Besides Pop and RnB, what other music styles do you enjoy singing to?

I actually have a secret dream to be a rapper! Haha, I’d love to be able to perform like Lauryn Hill or Nicki Minaj… and I’ve been listening to a lot of Denzel Curry Lately as well, he’s so inspiring. I do that a lot in the car.

8 — What would you be if you were not an artist?

I’d love to keep writing songs for other people but if I didn’t do music at all I’d probably be working with kids or animals. Maybe start my own dog shelter or daycare where we can foster dogs and they build relationships with kids with disabilities.

9 — How do you see the current indie music scene in your homeland?

I’m actually pleasantly surprised at the music scene in Phoenix. There are so many creatives and people doing things that are at or above the level of people who live in LA or Nashville. I also noticed there are a ton of artists who grew up in Phoenix just KILLING it in LA – Kiana Lede, Kacy Hill, Alec Benjamin, and so many more. I see Phoenix as a good place to develop and grow then it can be a stepping stone to places like LA.

10 — What do you dream of accomplishing this year?

I want to tour SO BAD! I miss playing lots of live shows (I played so many when I lived in Denver) and I just love that audience connection so much. Other than that I don’t have a ton of specific goals because I prefer to let things happen on their own. I’m working hard on a lot of music but I’m not going to have any expectations because I feel like sometimes that can be mentally limiting.


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