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Quickfire Interview With: Romaan

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House and Tech House DJ and Producer Romain Deborde aka Romaan has released huge tunes such as “Groovin”, “Sumbatra” and “Snub” and has racked up well over 50,000 listeners online. Romaan has played in some of the best clubs France has to offer and his success has recently brought him over to London. We caught up with Romaan for a quickfire interview.

1 — France or England?

England for the business and France because it’s where I was born.

2 – CDJ or Vinyl?

CD, there’s more possibility.

3 – Favourite club?

Discotheque Barcelona.

4 – Favourite festival?

Hypnotik Lyon.

5 – Best event you’ve been to?

Hans Zimmer’s concert.

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6 – Streaming or downloads?

The future belongs to streaming!

7 – Last album you bought?

Avicii – True.

8 – Dogs or cats?

Cats.

9 – Favourite food?

Asian.

10 — Early bird or night owl?

Night Owl.

11 – Most used plugin?

Pro Q from Fabfilter.

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12 – Best musical feature?

Avicii and Aloe Black.

13 – Favourite colour?

Red.

14 – Last artist you listen to?

Queen, I’ve just watched Bohemian Rhapsody!

15 – City or countryside?

Countryside.

16 – Ibiza or Berlin?

I haven’t actually been to either so I would say none.

17 – Best gig you’ve played?

Coya Monaco summer 2018.

18 — Preferred BPM?
120 BPM.

19 – Favourite sub-genre?

Electronica.


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Exclusive Interview: KOPPS Discuss New Song “Get Juicy” + Upcoming EP

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KOPPS‘ good sense of humor is likable as their music. Sure enough, they can convince thousands of curious listeners with their eccentricities and original ideas. Hailing from Rochester, NY, these artists have caught my attention with their newest track, “Get Juicy”. Check out our exclusive interview with the band in order to get first-hand details about an upcoming EP, and this sex-posi song.

1 – Can you tell us the story behind your new single “Get Juicy”? How did the idea come up?

We sometimes come up with a word or phrase as a joke and it later becomes a song. That’s kind of what happened with “Get Juicy”. Kyle brought the phrase to a writing session and we already had a track started without a concept, and with all the wet and farty production sounds happening, we knew it was going to be a match.

2 – How did you start picking what visuals will go on the cover art?

We could have easily gone with the female/hypersexual/juicy innuendo but then had a thought about using a hairy dude to get this across instead. “Juicy” to us represents any of the major bodily fluids and actual drinkable beverages, so why discriminate? In this art, we combine the idea of pee with the idea of blue raspberry fruit punch, and we think it gets across nicely.

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3 – Are you considering launching a music video for “Get Juicy”?

We are launching a couple of pieces of CONTENT for it, I will say that… 😉

4 – Is blending elements of pop, rock and electronic music or is this sound part of your signature style?

I think we all have a very different and individually eclectic sense of taste and this comes through in our writing and ends up landing at “Our sound.” We have written songs and said to each other ok this is cool but it’s not really a KOPPS song. It’s something we know when we hear it, and sonically for it to be “US” enough… things need to be interesting.

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5 – When will you release your next EP?

Likely spring or summer 2020!

6 – How different is this upcoming project from your debut EP ‘Fuck Jams’ (2012)?

I would say its quite different but also similar. We have grown production-wise from a grittier sound to something a hair more polished. We have moved from very alternative-dance to more of an alt-pop sphere, which is fine because we all love pop music to some degree. Back in the “fuck jams” days, I was also finding my footing as far as my sound in this project as a vocalist, which is reflected in some songs sounding vastly different from others. My voice is pretty versatile and we were playing with that a lot back then. I started off as a youngster really focusing on soul music, but always loved 90s dance and a ton of Rock too, and I feel like as with everything else about our sound, the way I vocalize combines those elements. In the last 3-4 years, I think I have really solidified what I want to sound like vocally for KOPPS.

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7 – Do you feel fans or the music industry put too much pressure on your creativity?

I will never be upset with FANS for wanting to be engaged with what we are making. From day 1 our stuff has been on the highly creative end visually and sonically, so it’s always a fun challenge to see wtf we will come up with next. The most high-pressure thing to me is the internet and Instagram, feeling like you need to churn out low-quality content constantly to keep your audience engaged. It doesn’t give space sometimes to sit with creative thoughts and really work on something for a long time that could be great. I think we struggle with that at times and the pace of everything.

8 – If you could collaborate with one artist, who would it be?

Missy Elliot

9 – Finally, what would you say it’s your major goal within your music career?

We would like to inspire freedom, empowerment, and escapism in our fans. I want to be a 5-star entertainer really and captivate people who come to shows…I want to eventually play to huge audiences consistently and feel the energy exchange. It is a literal drug for everyone involved.


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Interview | Questions & Answers With Ginny Luke

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In this exclusive interview, electronic violinist and singer Ginny Luke tells us about her passion for music, personal preferences, and her collaborative track with Taylor Graves, called “Take You On A Trip”. With an incredible voice and the right violin technique, she always takes her songs to the next level. Find out more below.

1 — First of all, what do you love about violins?

The violin is so rich in its history and I think it is the most beautiful instrument besides the cello. I find it so interesting how differently the violin was played throughout history – from the original ‘viol da gamba’ to the famous Stradivarius violins, to Middle Eastern gypsy music, country fiddle players in Europe and early America, and now to the electric violin, which can be played for every style. I think it is one of the most stylistically versatile instruments.

2 — What would your destiny have been had if you were not born in a musical family?

Wow, I don’t know, but I probably wouldn’t have practiced violin 8 hours a day! I would probably be an actor or dancer, something still in the arts. Maybe fashion designer – I had a clothing line as a child called GinderZ Fashions.

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3 — What do you do to take care of your singing voice?

Oooh this is a good question. I don’t smoke and I try to stay super hydrated, especially on tour. On tour, I workout every day, I steam, I drink tea with lemon and honey, I do classical vocal exercises and Pop/Rock vocal exercises. I almost start a singing day with humming scales around the house or in the shower to warm my voice up.

4 — What is the best quote to describe your music?

Powerful. Honest. Electrifying.

5 — If you could only listen to three artists for the rest of your life that you’d never get tired of, who would they be?

Tchaikovsky, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson.

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6 — Why did you decide to join forces with Taylor Graves on “Take You On A Trip”?

Taylor and I wrote “Take You On a Trip” a couple of years ago and it was a natural collaboration – we’ve been friends for a number of years and I’ve always loved his musical sound and style. He’s an extremely virtuosic pianist and incredible producer; he understands what simplicity, groove, and vibe can create and how it supports a good song. Every time I make music with him I see a new way to look at music, so that’s a huge reason why I love creating with him.

7 — Is there something special about this song that makes it stand out from your past releases?

It captures a different side of me… it frames my voice and my writing in a different kind of sound. My vocal performance is soft, feminine, and different than any song I’ve done. The outro is a jazz chord progression that Taylor and I solo over. I think those aspects make it the most different and notable song I’ve done so far.

8 — How much importance do you give to music videos?

I think music videos are a new required component for every song, if possible for the artist. MTV used to make videos special and cool, but I think in this “Instagram era” digital content is one of the only ways people can quickly become fans; they need a visual aesthetic and message to latch onto, not just aural.

9 — Are you performing live anytime soon?

I have performances almost every day of the week, but most of them are for corporate or private clients or recording sessions! I am mostly in the studio right now but I will announce live shows SOON on my FB and IG.

10 — Finally, what are some things most of your fans don’t know about you?

Some things fans don’t know about me… that I love opera and musical theater (my dad conducted musical theater my whole childhood – my family did about 30 shows). I love ancient Egyptian history. And that I played alto saxophone for 6 years and placed in Iowa state competitions when I was in middle school!


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Michael Push Chats About House Tune “Don’t Give Up On Love” In Interview

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Michael Push
broke into the mainstream back in 2012 with his release on Restylers Records. “Freeze” featuring Moonfish entered MTV’s Top 10 Dance Chart, reaching a number 3 position. Having always been in love with music, Michael combines his love for pop and club music to create stunning tracks. His latest release “Don’t Give Up On Love” is an incredible classic House tune featuring the soulful vocals of LaTisha, we caught up with the Italian Producer to have a chat about his latest production.

1 – What was the inspiration behind “Don’t Give Up On Love”?

“Don’t Give Up On Love” was born back in 2015 after listening to a song by TCTS and K Stewart called “Games” which I absolutely loved back then. Once I got to the studio and started experimenting something whilst recalling that bassline. I wrote music and lyrics quickly on top and kept it in my drawer for a while as it sounded too different from what I was doing at that time.

2 – How did you and LaTisha start working together?

I discovered LaTisha in a production of someone I have been following for a while and immediately got in contact with her. Once I sent her the original idea sang by me she returned an amazing performance and I remember having chills listening to that for the first time. Also, she definitely has a voice for House music!

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3 – How has the initial reaction been?

So far, the reaction has been amazing, I had great feedback from top DJ’s like Redondo and great support in general in clubs and on mix-shows, we also tracked some good spins on radios which is great!

4 – What was the reason behind the 4 different remixes?

The track was originally the remix that’s now called the “Love 90s Remix”. I played around with some different versions to update the sound. I’m actually surprised how that version is a DJ’s favourite and so far, the most played which means it was ahead of times…

5 – Which remix is your favourite?

I love the original, but the club mix has a contemporary piano feel which goes strong nowadays.

6 – Sum up “Don’t Give Up On Love” in 3 words?

Catchy, groovy, romantic.

7 – What’s your favourite part of the track?

I personally love LaTisha’s ad-libs towards the end and how they overlap the choir, there’s something magical in that and the track really opens up.

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8 – Can we hear any of your musical influences on this track?

You can hear some 90s influences in everything this track has, from the piano to the melody and lyrics. 90s have been influencing me quite a lot recently and every song I write and produce takes from there.

9 – What’s next for Michael Push?

A new single is coming very soon and it’s amazing. I can’t wait to put it out so keep following me!


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Exclusive Interview: Discover Nigeria’s Promising Hip-Hop Artist FascoJ

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Believe it or not, there’s growing talent in Nigeria. With this interview, you will discover everything about FascoJ. The promising Hip-Hop artist just dropped his debut album ‘Curves’, and has a desire to expand his horizons. For the very first time, FascoJ shares with us his own story and latest music project. Scroll down and read the rest.

1 – Tell us about your musical journey. How did you become FascoJ?

My musical journey has been an exciting experience in my whole life career and perspective for me. Because if you asked me these questions when I was young, I would say I wanted to be a doctor or rather a pilot or even a soldier…But then I fell in love with music. In 1999, when I was only 4 years old I had grown siblings who will play music all day after school and I had no choice but to watch and listen to them, while I had my friends watching cartoons at such age, my elder siblings inspired by the whole thing they watched all day which was Hip-Hop, RnB, Pop music and a few Rock and Country music as well.

My real name is John Fasanmade Adeoye (Born on March 11th, 1995), better known by the stage name of FascoJ. I used to be called “Jaguar” in elementary school, and when I got to middle school a group of friends started calling me by my elder brothers’ last name which was David because they saw how much I was inspired by his music through him. I went from “FascoD” to “Don John” in high school but after my first live performance on stage I opted for “FascoJ” as my artistic name. Actually, it came from my first and last name altogether.

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2 – What do you think makes your music style different from other artists?

Well, I grew up in a country called Nigeria, somewhere in Africa where most people listen to Afro-beats, Apala, Fuji, Reggae and so on… There wasn’t much of Rap, Hip-Hop nor RnB music. Many artists in the country never thought of it as a thing for Africans, but when I was growing up I felt inspired by my elder siblings and the music they used to listen. I found a lot much more interest in the foreign content of music from the sound to the lyrics and I turned them up into poems in my poetry classes at elementary school. I was in love with American and Canadian-type of music. So, I decided to try something a little more different and that’s how I found my style of music a little bit different from other artists in my country. It’s been really exciting for me finding my passion in the Hip-Hop/Rap field of music.

3 – Is Nigeria a good place for Hip-Hop artists? How do you see the music scene over there?

Currently, now in the Nigerian Hip-Hop and Rap field, we have a handful of artists, not to mention citizens that were born outside the country in foreign lands and came back to Nigeria to implement their style. Nearly in 2011, we already had artists playing this genre but I’m not going to lie to you, the promotion has been tough knowing that 70% of people in the country weren’t used to the Hip-Hop style, so it’s a struggle in that field to get fans. However, with experience, effort, and perseverance we’ve been able to acquire about 30% of fans in that area and with our efforts, I believe in the next years to come, there will be a new generation to inspire others in the Nigerian music industry.

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4 – Who inspired you to launch your latest album ‘Curves’?

Growing up I used to love music, to be more precise, American Hip-Hop, Rap, RnB and Pop musicians were my idols. To cite some artists, 2pac, Biggie, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg , Ice Cube, Xzibit, Big Pun, JayZ, Nate Dogg, Eminem to Ja Rule , Nelly , Bow Wow, Chingy, Lil Romeo, Cassidy, Ludacris, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Bossie Badass, Ashanti, Brandy, Beyonce, Fat Joe, Kelly Rowland, Micheal Jackson, 50 Cent, The Game, Lloyd Banks, Chris Brown, Buck, Lloyd, Omarion and including the recent artists on the scene like Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Uzi Vert, Wiz Khalifa, Currensy, Berner, Dave East, Young MA, and I could go on for days mentioning them all…

But my first album ‘Curves’ came through me as that experience when entering an unknown field in the music industry where Hip-Hop and Pop wasn’t a people thing, so I thought of all the life curveball quotes would throw at me that time, knowing that this material wasn’t inspired by half of the populations’ in the country. So, I named it “Curves” because life has thrown curve balls and the struggle to find your voice heard in such situations at the time was not easy but with effort, hard work and perseverance I was able to go through success.

5 – Which is your favorite track? Why?

Fortunately, I love every single song on the album so it’s hard to pick one because they all have different melodies and tunes to the heart. But, it was right after I released the album ‘Curves’ and I started dropping singles when I stumbled on my favourite track “No Time” outside the album and I played it over and over till I was in love and even obsessed with it… “No Time” was a great collaborative song for me not with any much specific story in mind, but really something most people listen to because of the bravery and confidence most people usually need when going through hard times of knowing you’re worth and people around trying to ride you down, bring you down in scenarios where you know with all you got, you’ve got to stand for yourself and persevere no matter what the danger or issues are. At the end, everyone is worth it, so the message of this song is to raise people’s hopes and not to belittle anyone for what they want to believe in.

6 – From your view, what’s exciting about the whole album?

Apart from the fact my music is so different from what most people are used to listen to in the country, It’s exciting for me because the journey wasn’t easy and I was inspired by my own potentials trying to comply both, rapping and trapping, and even the singing aspect is a little bit more with explicit lyrics in the contents. Of course, this felt amazing and creative to what’s known in the Nigerian music industry. So, yeah, it’s an exciting album from my view.

7 – Did you collaborate with other artists on this record?

Yes, I collaborated with a few of my colleagues from childhood friends to intuitional colleagues we all had the same taste and perspective of music, which was amazing. Exploring with them our potentials, I was able to learn more of what the Hip-Hop fans are interested in, which made things a lot much easier to work with at the time we produce the album and the singles. It was such a great experience.

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8 – How important is social media to you as an artist?

In the current era we live in, social media is everything to me and as someone who has been in the fandom since I was 9 years old, social media has really helped me out in getting myself out. It helps me to find out and listen to other people’s opinions on their music tastes, which inspires me a lot as well in doing what I’m doing now.

9 – What’s next for you?

Well, currently at the moment I started my projects on the ‘Curve’ album. Since last year, I have been dropping song after song and haven’t really set up a music video project on any of the singles yet. So, I think shooting visuals for my songs in order to get more recognition and publicity of who I am as an artist in the world and doing live performances are the next big things on my mind.

10 – Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?

Well, one sure way to gain a level of success in the music industry keeps relation to the phrase “never ever stop making music” as simple to not stop “being one”. Most artists give up after an overnight success, but in reality, goals are likely to be reached through years in the making.

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Interview | Questions & Answers With Zaritza

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With innate talent and good training, Zaritza is an artist to watch out for. Influenced by classical Russian composers and contemporary European electronic producers, her pop music links the new with the old. Scroll down to discover much more about her latest single “Slot Machine”.

1 — First of all, why did you decide to make music in America and not in Russia?

Despite growing up in a very isolated village geographically, I was lucky to be exposed to a variety of music that enriched my life and influenced my own creativity. Much of the music was, of course, Russian, including traditional folk music and the great Russian classical composers — Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Glinka and, by far my favorite of all classical composers, Rachmaninoff. In addition, my father introduced me to American/British pop, rock n’ roll music, ranging from the Beatles to Motown to my all-time favorite rock band, Queen. This music from “the West” was so magnetic; it opened up an entirely different world of musical possibilities for me and led me to focus on pop/rock and later electronic music as an artist in my own right. So when I first came to America as a teenager, I immediately felt energized and inspired to explore the music scene here without compromising my values and my authenticity! I first arrived in America from Russia many years ago, I was extremely fortunate to be introduced to and spend a little time with one of my musical heroes, the legendary songwriter, performer and producer Nile Rodgers, who generously gave me musical and career advice that continues to help me to this day.

2 — What’s something you miss about your homeland?

Aside from my family who is now spending more time with me here in the US, I miss Russian nature – seeing miles of beautiful fields, birch trees, getting lost while mushroom picking, all the simple but often magical things and surroundings of suburban Russia.

3 — Are you musically trained or self-taught?

My arts education, on scholarships, included nine years of both dance school and music school, where I trained in my greatest passion, classical piano. Every year I competed in regional dance and piano competitions, frequently placing first. At age 15, I started composing my own music, combining Russian classical with modern forms popular with my generation. After immigrating to the US, I took piano, music theory and musical theater courses at Rhode Island College, and later studied voice with Kathryn LaBouff, chairperson of the voice department at the Juilliard School.

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4 — What kind of emotions do your tunes give to listeners?

I would hope that my audience connects to my music in their own individual way, finding some reflection of their feelings, desires, experiences or struggles in my lyrics or at least in the tapestry of sounds each tune shows. I love hearing when people find their own meaning to my lyrics and interpret them through their prism of emotions.

5 — What was the creative process behind your new song “Slot Machine”?

I wrote the initial idea on piano (my most common way of writing demo ideas) and then I took it to my friend Chris – collaborator of my new music, a guitar player in all of my live performances in last two years and just an incredible musician overall – and we’ve worked on producing the song together and experimenting with different sounds for a few months. Then, I finished remaining lyrics with my other collaborator/producer and long-term friend Steve who has helped me bring more wild and daring ideas out of me and put the last touches to the song.

6 — What is the deep meaning of a “Slot Machine”?

The title is obviously a play of words, referring to gambling, feeling lucky and free to experience pleasures and deepest desires, even in one night. The concept of the song was originally about exploring sexual fantasies but then it formed into a stronger statement of female sexual confidence, desires, and expression.

7 — Is there any funny anecdote while you were filming the video?

The video shoot was quite ambitious with different scenes involved that all had be done in one night, almost 14 hours of non-stop setting and shooting, so it was very intense and dramatic at times. But the most challenging and funny experience of all was a club dance scene where I had to wear a very heavy costume with chains and belts attached to it, plus the boots! Through sweat and struggle, I was dancing for hours and cursing at myself for creating such crazy wardrobe ideas 🙂

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8 — Do you consider yourself a feminist singer?

I do support feminism in many ways that are essential for women to function freely without any constrains and additional challenges that men don’t often face. With “Slot Machine”, I express my desire for women to be less oppressed with regard to their sexuality, to always have a choice and power. I’ve always believed that feminism is about embracing female sexuality and celebrating it, as opposed to denigrating sexually aware and empowered women.

9 — What can we expect from Zarita in the next months?

I am currently in the production of my next EP, which has even more focus on my electro-pop influences and a strong emphasis on the visual aspect for my live performance – including choreography, dancers and video elements. I also am planning on a small UK/European tour this coming Spring which might even take me to my native country, Russia!

10 — Finally, how much have you grown up as an artist through the years?

As you always wish to evolve as a human, I certainly hope to grow as an artist as well! Through pain and happiness, disappointments and inspirations, loss and gain, self-criticism and self-praise, you learn more and more about yourself which is essential to artistic growth!


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