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Interview | Questions & Answers With Mattjax

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Okay my people, this is the first interview of 2019. I had the honor to interview a talented guy who is crazy for Disco as much as myself. Get to know Mattjax! The Dutch Producer talks exclusively with Electro Wow about his promising new single, “Back To 69”, which is having a release on January 18th. Scroll down and continue reading if you’re into funky music.

1 — For people who haven’t discovered yet your music, how would you describe it?

I’ll always tell people that ask ‘What kind of music do you produce’ the following. I don’t have a specific genre that I produce, but everything I make has a Disco sound. So it can be Nu-disco, Future Funk, House, Pop but it will all have a Disco vibe.

2 — What’s your all-time favorite Disco record?

There are a few songs that come close but “Stayin’ Alive” is my favorite. Some other songs that come to mind are Earth Wind and Fire’s “September”, Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” and “Le Freak” from CHIC. But there are so many classics that are great. And some of the recent stuff from Daft Punk, Calvin Harris and also the new CHIC album is great!

3 — What’s the best part of making tracks?

Creating something out of nothing, that’s what I think is attractive to any artist. You have this thing in your head and *poof* now other people can listen to it.

3 — Let’s talk about your forthcoming song entitled ‘Back To 69’. What does it mean to you?

In short, the song is about wanting to go back to your youth. Wanting to see your high school crush or your old friends again. I’m still young (24), but I’m a big fan of nostalgia so I do understand those feelings.

We were actually inspired by Bryan Adams’ “Summer Of 69” and that’s how we came up with the year 1969. We figured besides referring to that that it’s also a good year to pick since it’s the forerunner of the 70’s.

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4 — How did you come up with the idea of working together with Dynamique?

Me and Elliot (Dynamique) are good friends, we already collaborated before on a track called “You Told Me”. It’s actually with the same vocalist! And we wanted to work on more music, so we bounced some ideas back and forth and we created “Like A Melody”!

5 — How did you mediate disagreements?

Don’t think we really had any! The collab went really smooth. We finished it rather quickly as well. I did the final mix and mastering and I think he had some small things he wanted to be tweaked/changed. They were some small changes I agreed with and after that, we had a finished track!

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6 — Is it true you were musically inspired by Daft Punk on this material?

Yes! A lot of my stuff is inspired by other artists and music. “Like A Melody” was directly inspired by their RAM album. We wanted a guitar on the track that gives the same sort of vibe as that specific album.

7 — What about the vocals? Who is the singer behind that beautiful voice? Did she also write the lyrics?

Her name is Chloe Doyon as I already mentioned she also did the vocals for “You Told Me”. She is a great singer and really easy to work with, so it was an easy pick for the new EP. Me and her wrote “Back To 69” together, we wrote it in a skype call actually! As for “Like A Melody”, she wrote that one together with Dynamique. I always enjoy writing lyrics but I couldn’t make it to that writing session.

8 — Have you ever considered releasing a music video for any of your songs?

Yes I have! I would love to make one but I want to do it when I can make something ‘crazy’. Something with a good budget and an actual story/meaning. Not just a simple ‘hey let’s just record some people walking on the beach’ or something like that.

9 — When you’re not at the studio, what do you like to do in your free time?

I still tend to do a lot of things involving music! I have my own playlist called ‘Cuppy’s cozy adventure!’ Shameless plug haha! And I’m always on the lookout for music for that playlist. Also gotten into streaming on Twitch! On there I just look for music while chatting with people or show people how I produce music. Besides that, I enjoy playing the occasional game which I also stream.

I also enjoy watching movies, hanging out with friends, drinking a good coffee or a craft beer! I’m into designing and taking pictures, which helps me with my music project as well. Some of the artworks of my releases were made by me and I actually enjoy posting stuff on Instagram.

10 — Finally, how do you hope your music career progresses in the next 10 years?

Rough question, because I really live day to day! I mean I have goals and I guess a vision of what I want to achieve but I tend to not set it in stone. But hmmm… in 10 years I would just like to be an established artist. And with that, I mean that I hope that I can collaborate with some hero’s of mine. Besides that, I just hope I keep a dedicated fanbase of people who support me because having people enjoy your music is just the best feeling you can get.


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Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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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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