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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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Exclusive Interview: Meet Cambodia’s Fast-Rising Electronic Producer SANDAP

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SANDAP
 was born in the Land of Smiles, Cambodia. With his latest EP ‘Silent Start’, he wants to share his personal stories through enigmatic sounds. That being said, there’s a good mix of oriental music and contemporary occidental electronic beats in almost all his projects. From an early age, he became interested in creating music. Today his main goal is to spread good vibes through this art. Learn more about SANDAP below.

1 — What’s a song that made you fall in love with electronic music?

Around 2007 I discovered “D.A.N.C.E” from Justice, at this moment I really understood the power of music on a crowd. I danced so many times and shared so many goods moments with my friends during my childhood with this track, and I think that it’s the beginning of my passion. After that, all I wanted was just doing the same thing. Daft Punk was also a big part of my inspiration with the song “One More Time”. It was the perfect mix of emotions and musicality that I just love and live for.

2 — When and where did you learn to produce music? Are you also into DJing?

I started to learn piano and guitar when I was 5 years old, and it became really fast for my two best friends. In 2007, I got my first computer that owned Garageband. At this time I discovered the world of production and it was a big creative liberation. I was able to talk about my own intention and not just reproduce songs from other artists. My teacher was the internet and my classroom was my bedroom. I learned all the skills by my own experience and also by listening to others. It became a game for me and maybe two months after I tried to convince my parents to buy me Logic Pro.


I created many different aliases (MSG, AOKAS, PLUME) to release tracks cause I was a little bit shy and when you’re hidden, it is easier to live without the eyes of others and their judgments.

I do not consider myself as a DJ, I’m just a simple electronic producer.

3 — Can you educate us on the electronic music scene in Cambodia? How would you describe it?

Cambodia is an undeveloped country, most people just discovered the Black Eyed Peas recently, as you can see, we are a little bit late. There are very few Cambodian Producers, but we have many more DJs. I’m Cambodian and I represent Cambodia in my music but with occidental basses. Currently, the scene in Cambodia is slowly in development but I think that in a few years we are going to see talented Producers from this country.

4 — What do you love most about your recent EP ‘Silent Start’?

My favorite track is “Rina” cos this song is going to the narrative direction that I wanted. The other tracks are more like ambiance songs.

5 — Did it take you a long time to produce the whole record?

I released this EP working on other projects in parallel, I had to take 2 months to finish it.

I liked working on it because it was the first time that I made an entire project including several tracks belonging to me.

6 — Which artists have influenced this project?

The Cambodian music style is my first inspiration. Mandragora and PANG are also two artists that inspired me for this EP.

7 — The music video for “Rina” looks like a true cinematic experience. What did you want to portray with these visuals?

The music video of “Rina” is an introduction to all the universe that I will like to bring later, I talk about my origins (Cambodia), but also links that are dear to me. It is an happy and proud country that I present, a country that has suffered for many years and whose culture has been forgotten. I speak of my memories of childhoods, it is also the title of the last track that I released “Childhood Memories” available on youtube. My music is a message that says I do not forget my past and I’m really proud of it. This video clip has been shot with the idea of capturing a moment, it is a positive and light vision of a daily life that is the daily of many people in Cambodia.

8 — Are you currently working on new videos or new tracks?

I work on many new tracks, the next music video will be shot in Cambodia and it will talk about my first steps and my first days.

9 — Do you consider yourself an underground artist?

I do not consider myself as an underground artist but more like a narrator of my own life.

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10 — Is there anything else we should know about you?

All you will have to learn about me will be told in my future track over time, this is why I create and share.


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Interview: Adrian Hibbs Opens Up About His New Single “The Ostrich”

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is back with his new single in over two years. Catching up with the former keyboardist and back up singer for Panic! at the Disco, I discovered his own musical evolution through “The Ostrich”. Definitely, listeners can expect funky and dark notes all in one magnificent song. Learn more right here!

1 — Before you went into the studio to record your new single “The Ostrich”, how did you envision it?

Originally the first sessions began back in 2010, I was working with James Gadson (drummer) on a bunch of stuff for a full length and it was never released. It took me years to locate the recording sessions from back then but when I found them I ended up re-recording all the parts and self-producing them only keeping his original drum takes.

2 — Did you achieve what you imagined?

By the time I found the old sessions I had written and released several EP’s, Singles and an LP. I had pretty much forgotten the sessions still existed and it took me years to get my hands on them but when I did I decided to scrap all the music on it and start over but only keeping Gadson’s drums and using my friends to re-record a new record. Some of the songs from the 2010 sessions are on the record but are updated with 10 years of experience. The songs still feel relative and I am glad that much time had passed.

3 — What made you want to release this track in October, the month of Halloween?

Ha, well I wish it I could say I planned it to roll out with the holiday but it was a coincidence. It’s been about 2 years since my last release because I’ve been so busy performing with my solo format. I could have easily kept editing and changing arrangements but it’s time for them to be released and time from me to move on.

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

Originally it was an instrumental Jam that I would play live at gigs, then after a painful breakup end of 2017, I started to write lyrics about an ostrich that lies.. I think the metaphor is obvious enough but if you need more explanation just google an ostrich with its head buried in the ground… The more I looked into that being true reaction from fear I discovered it was a myth but it was too good so I kept the ostrich theme.

5 — Who is doing the vocals?

Over the years I have been working with Rod Castro for guitar parts, he happened to bring his 10-year-old son over to my studio during the session and I had this two paged children’s rhyme about an ostrich so I randomly had him try out the vocals because it wasn’t working with my voice. I had a few different people come thru and record them but his sons were better for the mix and gave it a unique element that wasn’t planned. He didn’t want record at first, he was pretty shy and Rod had to keep telling him it was ok to say the things I had originally written down.. There were more graphic details that he was too uncomfortable repeating so I worked with what I had and cut up the bits.

6 — How many different synths did you need for this track?

I used two, mainly a moog little phatty and the original microkorg. I had my friend Lex Sadler in town who is a phenomenal bass player and mentor of mine, he did three full takes to James Gadson’s drums on my moog. I went in and edited the parts, then had Tom Lea come over and record viola and violin and eventually Rod Castro to lace it with the guitar.

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7 — Is this the first time you produce something dark?

No, most of the stuff I have produced has always had a dark element, I did a track for a UK artist Chenai Zinyuku about 2 years ago and I used the same group of guys, the song ended up KCRW’s rotation and was eventually picked up by a label in Rotterdam (Maktub).

8 — If you could use this song as the main theme for a movie that already exists, which movie would you pick? Why?

Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal. I love the way this film was shot and there is an amazing scene with him telling his boss how they are going to date followed by him punching a mirror as he appears to have a downward spiral, I think an instrumental would be great in the back round as it’s a bit of a menacing orchestration.

9 — Are you planning to release a music video anytime soon?

Yes, I’m compiling a list of all the blog rejections from this release and the rest of the songs for the album and will have some great quotes that will read as the song plays… Anything for comedy.

10 — Finally, what can we expect from Adrian Hibbs in the next months?

In addition to releasing my solo stuff I have a new project that I am producing and performing in called “Plasty.” It features an extremely talented singer and writer Chloe Pappas. We just performed at the Kaaboo festival and have releases coming out next month, Plasty has elements of dark dance music, nu-disco, and pop, I am surrounded by analog synthesizers and Chloe stands nearby destroying on a mic.


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Interview | Questions & Answers With Zeb Samuels

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“Lost In My Dreams” is the first single release taken from the highly anticipated debut album ‘Hope & Light’ from Deep Heads label boss, Zeb Samuels. Scroll down and discover all about this fresh talent.

1 — First of all, what made you fall in love with music?

I think one of the first memories I can recall, is hearing my brother play Phil Collins and really liking what I heard.

I must have been about 4. Then as an 80’s kid, Michael Jackson was the first artist I was fanatical about, at the age of about 6. I vividly remember getting ‘Bad’ on tape and playing it to death and trying to dance like him at any opportunity.

2 — How did you become a multi-instrumentalist? Do you have a favorite instrument?

I started playing the piano at about the age of 6 and then Trumpet when I was 9.

I then took up the drums when I was about 11 I think.

Then I gave it all up and started DJing when I became a teenager, but massively regret it now.

I then picked up the piano again in 2016 and would say this is my instrument of choice.

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3 — Do you consider yourself an underground artist?

I don’t really think about it, to be honest. I consider myself as someone who makes what I feel and want and hope that it’s received as a unique listening experience.

I think some music I make is definitely for a small niche of people and maybe that would define it as underground, but I haven’t released that much music, so not sure where it sits.

4 — What’s your goal: artistic success or commercial success?

I just want to be able to write and create music that I feel happy with personally. I love the process of writing and creating and just hope that I can continue to do this as long as I live. To me, joy and happiness are within the process, not the reception. Although, of course, I want people to enjoy what I make, but this is secondary.

5 — Why is your debut album entitled ‘Hope & Light’?

I felt like the overall tone and message I wanted to communicate was of hope & staying positive in the face of adversity.

The writing has a lot of messages and content about my feelings of struggle and pain, but I try to write and focus on the resolution of these battles.

6 — Can you tell us more about the topics and subjects behind your new songs?

I guess the last question sort of answers this, but also touches on a lot of my relationships I have been through.

Some of the songs also just represent a thought process that doesn’t necessarily have a specific topic and just act as a canvas to lay down my thoughts and feelings.

7 — What made you want to work with Faded Tapes on your second single “First Written”?

I have known Joe for a while now, through Occult. He sent me some bits to listen to that we could potentially collaborate on.

I love his lo-fi approach to music and contacted him for some music, as I have always been drawn to his sound.

8 — Why did you opt for an animated music video?

I have always liked the idea of making myself into an animation of some sort and came across the illustrator/ director Rachel Seropian.

I fell in love with some of her work and thought it would be a perfect style for my music. The organic feel of her work really projects visually the way I want my music to be seen and was over the moon with the finished video.

9 — What was the main message you wanted to send to fans with “First Written”?

Stay positive.

10 — Finally, what can we expect from Zeb Samuels in 2020?

More music. 😉


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Quickfire Interview With: Klox

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Hailing from Montreal, Vincent Dupont aka Klox is making his way through electronic music and Pop as a Producer. This interesting interview will allow you to discover basically everything about himself and his new artistic project.

1 – You’ve been Producing since…
First off, I am a singer and songwriter but last summer, after moving to Montreal, I decided to build my own studio and learn the basics of producing. That’s when I realized what I wanted to do as an artist. So, I would say I’ve been producing since summer 2018.

2 – You got involved in the music realm because…
Music has always been part of my life. I remember listening to old Rock records when I was a kid and dreaming about being on a stage playing guitar and singing in front of thousands of people. I started playing guitar and singing when I was 16 years old and I got in the music realm without really noticing it, probably because I was really passionate about it and knew I had something to say and music seemed to be the best way for me to say it.

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I then started writing songs and a couple of years later, I decided to make a career out of my passion and started living off my music, starting with a French Pop/Folk project. Fast-forward a couple of years later and here I am, launching this new project in a new music genre and being pretty excited about it!

3 – Your sound is…
As I said, I spent the last few years working as a songwriter/singer and producing is kind of a new thing for me. So, after hundreds of Pop songs written, I think Pop music really has had an influence on my style. I try to blend EDM elements with my Pop songwriting and influences. That’s why I consider my sound to be Future Pop music.

4 – Your biggest inspiration is…
I started producing electronic music because I was kind of obsessed with the way Flume treats sounds and music in general. I don’t know if he’s had that much influence on my sound, but I’m definitely inspired by the freedom he allows himself with his work when he’s in the studio.

5 – Fans should listen to your new single “Back Together” because…
Well, it is my first single, so it’s the best way to discover where my career is heading at the moment. I have worked on several tracks in the past year and this is the one that seems perfect to launch this new project. I think it shows what I am influenced by as a songwriter, but also as a producer.

6 – If you want to know who Klox is, listen to the track…
I think “Back Together” is a good track to start with. Not saying that because it is my first single, but because it reflects who I am as an artist. I want to be involved in every facet of writing, recording and producing and this is what I’ve done with “Back Together”. In fact, you can even hear me sing a few lines on the track!

7 –Your most memorable career moment so far has been…
Too early to tell, but the last year has been really great. I produced the tracks you’re going to hear in the next few months and had the chance to meet and work with really talented artists. It’s only the beginning, but it’s a pretty nice one!

8 – Your dream is…
Of course, I would like to have the chance to play my music in front of big crowds all around the world, but I have a simpler dream: I want to keep making music as a living. If I can achieve that and call myself an artist for the rest of my career, I’ll be more than happy. It is the best job in the world and can be really hard sometimes, but in the end, it’s all worth it. I want my career to last.

9 – Your next release is called…
“Back Together”. It will be released this fall and I think the following track will be a beautiful and smooth song named “Lost In The Cloud”… To be continued. ☺

10 – Your all-time favourite track is…
It has nothing to do with what I’m doing right now, but I would say it is “Champagne Supernova” by Oasis.

11 – Your favourite venue/club is…
A venue in Quebec City called Imperial Bell.

12 – If you weren’t a DJ and Producer you’d probably be…
I’m already a singer/songwriter so I would probably focus on that. But If I had to stop making music, I think I’d probably work in advertising as a creative or become a video editor. Something like that.

13 – You’ll only stop making music if…
I would find a way to make music even if I went deaf…

14 – In a few years, you want to be…
Get better as a producer and hopefully have my music heard all around the globe! I’d like to travel the world and have my music played everywhere.

15 – What are you doing for the rest of the day?
Will probably go out for a coffee, work on a couple of song ideas, eat and watch the Office TV show and go to sleep! It’s been a long day. ☺


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Interview | Questions & Answers With Katrina Stuart

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Katrina Stuart has a passion for music from an early age. Currently, the Canadian-born singer resides in LA and is gaining notoriety with radio-friendly Pop songs. In the following interview, we talk about her career and the new single “Blue Roses”, which is accompanied by an amazing video clip.

1 — Thanks for your time, how do you think you’ve grown as an artist since you first started making music?

I feel like I’ve grown as an artist since I first started making music because I now song-write on everything and I also feel like I have found my sound and my message after so many years.

2 — Who would you say are your main influences?

It’s hard to choose my main inspirations as so many different people inspire me in so many different ways but Alicia Keys and Justin Bieber were definitely some of the first.

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3 — Are you vocally trained or is it all-natural talent?

I began singing at a young age and then around 10 years old I started taking singing lessons for a couple of years. I still like to take lessons to this day because I believe there is always room for improvement!

4 — What’s the biggest challenge you face when it comes to launching a new song?

Probably the biggest challenge I face when launching a new song would be self-doubt. Sometimes I will start to pick at little things and then get nervous for my fans to hear. I just always hope they will love it as much as me.

5 — I’m really enjoying your new single “Blue Roses”, who do you want to dedicate this song to?

There isn’t one specific person I would dedicate “Blue Roses” to. It is more for anyone in a tough relationship that needs to get out of it.

6 — What is the inspiration behind “Blue Roses”?

While we were in the studio, the concept for “Blue Roses” came up and we wanted to figure out the best way to say it. I think it’s very common that people in relationships or even friendships try to solve issues with gifts or flowers but I want people to realize that these gifts aren’t going to fix your problems.

7 — Are there any upcoming shows?

I actually had my “Blue Roses” release party last Saturday and we premiered the music video there! I performed the song with a band and dancers!

8 — What is a fun fact for your fans that you are unlikely to find on the Internet?

A fun fact that my fans may not know about me is that I don’t like chocolate ice cream LOL.

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9 — Outside of music how do you have fun?

Outside of music, I like to relax with my friends. We usually make silly videos and dance and sing to the 2000’s songs.

10 — Finally, what advice would you have for aspiring young artists?

Some advice that I would give to aspiring young artists is to stay true to yourself. So many people get lost on this journey and it’s super sad to see. Also, remain humble!


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