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Interview | Questions & Answers With Solberjum

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The objective of this interview is to know a little about Solberjum and his new single “Roads”. In the past, he has been part of different electronic music projects, but nowadays he stands outs through his solo career. However, the Parisian DJ & Producer is not alone. He is also the founder of Broderskab, a collective of French artists on the rise!

1 – Can you remember when you first decided to form Broderskab?

I always had a feeling that something was missing in my music career and I wasn’t able to fill this gap. Like most producers, we spend too much time working alone in our studio and we’re totally disconnected from the regular world. It’s also difficult to connect with people around us when they don’t understand what you do and why you do it.

A year ago, I was thinking after having worked for more than ten years in this industry, I have developed knowledge from my experience & network. The question was how to make all these assets contribute to a project in order to create something strong and reliable. After having shared my thoughts with my friend Madara, who I have known for many years, we came up with the idea of creating a team, where people with the same vision could share their forces, talents, networks, and knowledge. The idea wasn’t initially clear in our minds like it is now, but this is how we decided to create Broderskab & now I can say the further we progress, that feeling of having a gap in my life is now disappearing.

2 – When and how did you learn to produce music?

I started to produce music very late, compared to the other music producers who start to produce in their teens. I started to produce music at 27 and it was expensive to create a decent set up to produce professionally. Today you just need a computer etc. and for the younger generation, it’s easy to find cracked VST’s or plugins. At my time, it was difficult to find somebody to teach you how to produce or mix, compared to today where you can find tons of tutorials which saves a lot of time.

I had the chance to meet cool producers that taught me the basis of how to use a daw. I have made a huge step forward from 3 years ago when I met Dr. Shiver from Art&Music Recording, and when I signed to his record label, he started to teach me how to produce on a higher level and how to mix/master. I’m still learning but I can say that today I have achieved a professional and competitive sound.

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3 – How did you get your artistic name ‘Solberjum’?

Before Solberjum, K-ees (prounced Kaïs) was my stage name. My friends gave me the surname of Cassis (blackcurrant fruit in French) which sounded close to my artist name. In the past, I have performed around the world wearing this name under my duo group Starz Angels. After 8 years of performing with Starz Angels, we parted ways and I needed to restart with something fresh. It’s always hard when it comes to finding an artist name, there are so many names out there.

I wanted to go with “Cassis” but the problem was when you type this name on Google you have a bunch of random results. My friend Sylvain came back to me saying “Yo Samir, I found a cool translation for ‘cassis’ in Icelandic, it’s Solberjum”, my first reaction was, “oh I like it and it sounds weird at the same time” which was perfect for me.

4 – How would you describe the sound of your new track “Roads”?

It’s not easy to describe your own sound, but if I try to be objective, I would say that “Roads” is a Bass House track with a cinematic mood. It has this fresh sound with a deep and underground feeling. When I listen “Roads” I can easily project my mind to some video footage.

5 – Did you use samples and presets on “Roads”?

I have used samples that I use to put in my production, like my drum kits. Referring to the main bass sound I started from a preset and I tweaked it in order to make it sounds unique.

6 – How much time did it take you to complete this production?

It was quick for me to finish this one because I was inspired. I would say 2 days for the full track, and 1 day for the final touch.

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7 – Why did you decide to give it away as a free download?

It wasn’t supposed to be a free download, but my buddy Beowülf who is also in the Broderskab album “Fondation” made me realize that our music was made for DJs, and if we are honest, most of the DJs don’t buy music. They get it from promotional agencies or they download it for free on pirate websites. I know it’s sad to say that but this is the truth, regular listeners stream their music now and the only person who downloads the music are DJs because they have to do it to add it to their DJ set. So, we thought that it would be a better move to allow people to download it in high quality in exchange to ask them to follow us on social media.

8 – Do you plan to perform live anytime soon?

Yes, I’m going to Miami Music Week and following that a trip to Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas and we’re starting to present Broderskab live. We also plan to organize parties with our crew in many cities across the world. It’s better to follow us on our socials or to get more info on our website www.broderskab.com

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9 – Was it always your dream to work in music? Why?

When I was younger I wanted to become a music star, and for this reason, during my journey, my head was focused on the future and what I had to do to achieve my dream. Today I know it was a mistake because acting like that made me lose the magic of the present, and not enjoying what we had achieved until now. I also know because of my experiences that my dream to become a superstar can’t be a goal because this is not something that can make you happy in life, it’s a mirage. I would suggest to the young generation to dream to have a successful business and to enjoy it, and you will never have the feeling of a missed dream.

Today I’m able to make the difference between to work in the music industry and be a music star, which wasn’t clear in my head before. This is why it was and it still is a dream for me to work in music.


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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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Interview | Questions & Answers With Notelle

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You’ve probably heard Notelle before as a featured vocalist in many EDM tracks. Today the Nashville artist follows her own personal path as a soloist. Taking this into account, she’s promoting her new single “Beyond The Grave”, which she has described it as dark, creepy and weird. Isn’t that interesting?… Well, scroll down to discover more!

1 — First of all, where do you take inspiration from when making music?

I’ve always been drawn to dark art, you know, things like folklore and legends, Edgar Allen Poe and hauntings. There’s something about it that has always been so alluring to me. I try to incorporate that chilling feeling into my own work.

2 — Where did it start for you? Do you remember what first got you into wanting to create music?

I think I’ve been interested in music as far back as I’ve been able to be interested in anything. I’ve always played the piano and never wanted to practice my assigned songs, I always wanted to come up with my own, just little melodies and piano parts. I showed my first completed song to my parents when I was around 13? I don’t know, maybe younger. I had a piano teacher who made my “homework” to write a song. It was probably total garbage, but he seemed excited about it.

3 — When and why did you decide to become a solo artist?

I’ve been a featured vocalist and topliner for years, but I really wanted to explore more creatively. As a songwriter for other people, you have to write within the lines they give you for their projects. It’s been incredible, but I knew I had other songs in me that would never find a home in someone else’s project, so I knew I needed to make my own. That was probably about a year and a half ago. It’s still fairly new!

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4 — Why did you take a dark direction on your newest single “Beyond The Grave”?

The spookier the better! I think creepy stuff is cool as long as it’s not particularly gory. I can handle some gore, but I think the eloquent side of “darkness” is way more interesting. I wanted to go in that direction for “Beyond The Grave”…like an educated haunted house.

5 — What is this song about?

I wrote the first verse about another person and the connection you can feel. It feels like it’s inside of your body, far deeper than the word “love” can describe. That type of emotional draw to someone can end tragically, kind of like Romeo and Juliet. I wanted to describe that feeling of borderline obsession, almost feeling like someone else is your possession because you care for them so much. The darkness in the chorus lyrics…

“Let me be your prayer, your virtue,
If you leave me, let me grieve you,
Sweetest love is the love we take,
I’ll hold you from beyond the grave”

….it’s almost as if the speaker is saying “I will love you even after you no longer love me, I will love you even after death.” It’s tragic, unstable yet eerily passionate.

6 — How long did it take to produce?

The melodies, lyrics, and direction of the track…(the bizarre poetic intro into the bass house “drop”)…I came up with that during the first session. It took a few more evenings to really smooth out the production because there are some fairly complicated time changes between sections.

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7 — Is the Nashville Pop scene still influencing your sound?

I think the Nashville Pop scene isn’t necessarily influencing my sound, but it is influencing my drive and hustle. The amount of creative, talented people in this city is absolutely insane. Although I don’t think I look to many local artists as a sonic inspiration, their creativity as a whole and overall desire to succeed…it’s infectious and revives me from time to time when I feel down.

8 — What are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned over your career?

Humility. Humility. Humility. There is nothing less attractive to me than someone who can’t stay humble. One of my favorite books makes the point to separate amateurs and professionals. Professionals often feel like amateurs, amateurs often feel like professionals. If you think you’re the greatest thing since sliced bread…you’re going to stop learning and you’re going to stop growing, and that will be the death of your career.

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9 — What’s the best collaborative track you have made in the past? Are you still open for collaborations?

I think one of my favorite collaborations was with a DJ named “Nurko”. I’m not the featured vocalist on it, my co-writer, Luma, is. However, it was a great song just as a piano-vocal demo, we gave it to Nurko (Jack), and he brought it to life. It holds a special place in my heart. I’m ALWAYS open for collaborations – if you see this and you want to work…slide into my DMs. (@notellemusic)

10 — Finally, what do you have next on the horizon?

I have a long trip to LA planned this fall so I’m excited to get out there and hop in the room with some new producers and co-writers. I want to push my own sound and write with new artists. Time to mix it up a bit!


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