Don’t miss this great interview with up and coming artist Crimson Child. His own unique vision makes his music an incomparable experience. Also, if you’re into Dubstep, you’ll probably enjoy his latest release with OMSTRB, titled “Shatter”. You can find out more about it right here!
1 — Tell us about the production process behind your new single “Shatter”
“Shatter” was such a fun track to work on, all the way through. It’s one of those tunes that was always on the backburner, coming back to it every few days to add a little something here and there, and that style of writing is what I attribute the level of detail too, there’s just so many little things happening it’s impossible to not pick up something new hidden in the background every time you listen through.
The addition of live recorded electric guitar (shout out Daniel) added an extra layer of depth which I couldn’t have been more thankful for. Was a very interesting process trying to fuse the live element with all the crazy basses and Riddim/Dubstep sounds hahaha.
This also means it was one of the most congested projects I’ve ever worked on, once it got to the mixdown process it was really difficult at times to find ways of cleaning everything up and focusing the ideas down so it’s clear what the listener should be paying attention to at any given time.
2 — What was the best part about collaborating with OMSTRB on this track?
OMSTRB is such an underrated producer, seriously that guy is insane with synthesis and writing crazy drum fills. I attribute a lot of the success of the track to his awesome work on it. His sound design is next level, but the best part about working with him was how easy going he was throughout the writing process.
He never backed down from a challenge, and always strove to make each section as interesting and thought-provoking as possible. His vision for the track and his changes definitely shaped the end product immensely.
3 — Do you like producing for yourself or do you think collaboration makes better music?
This is a very good question, and I don’t believe there is no definitive answer. On one hand, its times when I work on many pieces alone in a string that I come up with my most introspective pieces, and I attribute that to the self-reflection that comes with forced isolation and only looking within for inspiration. Obviously this scenario is an extreme of the question in which as little ideas are taken from external sources as possible (could be called a sort of collaboration to make a song based on other artists’ work?), but to answer the question directly I believe a better way of looking at it is to first determine what result you are after, and then choose the path which will most likely lead that way.
I find with collaborative work I learn and grow a lot more, in seeing how someone else works and pulling ideas and techniques from each other. In this way, parts of ourselves which we hadn’t yet discovered or known existed can be revealed, as working with others offers a different way of looking at things, and that’s what’s most valuable about collaboration in my opinion.
4 — Did any Dubstep song or artists inspire you to release “Shatter”?
While the inspiration for this song was not taken directly from any one artist or style, I would call it a combination of influences, including many artists who are actively pulling the bass scene forward. Guys like Virtual Riot, Vorso and Moore Kismet to name a few. All crazy producers with an ear for groove, and who always find ways to challenge the listeners’ expectations.
Their sounds and ideas played a part in the foundation of this track, but it was the creative ideas from OMSTRB and me which made the song stand out in the way it does.
5 — What are your thoughts on the artwork? Who designed it?
For the artwork, I am happy to give full credit to my good friend Anirudh Singh (goes by paresthesia on socials). I came across his work a few weeks before the release of Crimson Child and I knew right away that he was the perfect fit for the job. His sense of style and his eye for detail really captured my ideas for the art, and really reflects the mood of the song. Definitely stay tuned for more artwork from him on future releases.
6 — Is there something you dislike about streaming services such as Spotify or Soundcloud?
I would say my primary complaint with SoundCloud would be the unholy compression and problems with playback quality. For a site that prides itself on hosting the forefront of tomorrow’s musicians it definitely has a very backward thinking tech and UI division. That being said, it has helped so many bedroom artists and people who would have never gotten a shot to get pushed to the top of the music food chain, and that is not something that can be easily replicated on any other streaming service.
And I think within that answer lies the response to the question about Spotify. While it’s a great streaming site for music of all kinds and is getting more and more use from the general public, as a newer artist going in with only a small fanbase, it is a very difficult platform to grow on. I think this may change in the future though as artists figure out how to better use the platform.
7 — How true is the phrase “downloading illegal MP3s isn’t stealing, it’s promotion”?
This is a multilayered question that I’m afraid has no easy answer. While it would be hypocritical to expect support from fellow artists when you don’t support them back, acquiring tracks is done sometimes out of a place necessity, especially when funds are low. Personally, when I really love a track and know I’m going to be rinsing it out I make a point of buying it, but more often than not I stick to streaming instead of just downloading. At least that way the artist sees some kind of gain.
8 — What’s new in your current studio setup?
Hardware wise I’m super basic, it has always just been my laptop, headphones and Yorkville monitors. While I do pick up little plugins once in a while (iZotope VocalSynth 2 is my newest addition, could not recommend more highly), I’ve actually been practicing limiting my tools more and more, in fact I have been trying not to use Serum at all lately (gasp) to force more creativity in sampling and resampling, I’ve been having great results with it.
9 — Who do you wish you could thank for discovering Electronic Music?
For this, I have to first and foremost thank my parents, who introduced me to artists like Stromae and Zed’s Dead very early on in my life, and specifically my dad who would always play these obscure African House CDs he had acquired on his travels, which exposed me to Electronic Music. Outside of that I just kind of jumped in and right away consumed myself with every possible subgenre, each one more obscure than the last.
10 — Finally, what does Crimson Child have in store for the rest of 2018?
So much still left to do this year! I am sitting on an enormous pile of unreleased music which I’m working with my team on figuring out the best time and places to release over the next few months. You can look forward to tracks coming out at least once a month for me (if not more often) for the conceivable future, across a variety of labels but also some self-releases.
In terms of recent news, you can look out for my remix of “Don’t Let Me Fall” by Asaa & Neo on Esydia Music, on the official remix LP. Super excited for that one, the response so far on the promos have been amazing.
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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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