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Quickfire Interview With: Grant Saxena

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This is the second time I have an exclusive interview with International DJ & Producer Grant Saxena. Yesterday, he released an original tune called “Palolem”, which features exotic oriental sounds, but at the same time creates a trancey atmosphere. With short questions and answers, we try to find his artistic essence. Discover many unknown details below!

1 – You’ve been DJing and Producing since…

Since 2000… almost 20 years.

2 – You got involved in the music realm because…

I enjoy the creative process! Performing is also a fun part of the job.

3 – Your sound is…

Epic, progressive, dynamic. Evolving from one track to the next.

4 – Your biggest inspiration is…

Experiences in life… drawing from the adventures in the past, present, and even potential future.

5 – Fans should listen to your new Trance single “Palolem” because…

“Palolem” was inspired by Travels to Goa, India. Has a modern trance bassline fused with world sounds.

6 – If you want to know who Grant Saxena is, listen to the track…

“Resurrect” is a good place to start with the 30 track discography.

7 –Your most memorable career moment so far has been…

Achieving a #1 on iTunes for Digital Arkham’s album: Amsterdam Dance Event Essentials 2018.

8 – Your dream is…

Touring original material at festivals and venues globally.

9 – Your next release is called…

“Drivin’ Me Crazy”. A classic trance vibe with stellar vocals.

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10 – Your all-time favourite track is…

Sasha’s “Xpander” was probably the first track that made a huge impact in the record store. Still remember the feels I got!

11 – Your favourite venue/club is…

XS Las Vegas. The club opens up into a giant pool area that is great as a dayclub / nightclub.

12 – If you weren’t a DJ and Producer you’d probably be…

Scuba diving. Recently certified in Mexico on a trip also spinning a 2-day yoga festival. The location was prime in Balandra Beach, near La Paz.

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13 – You’ll only stop making music if…

I’ll never stop composing music! As a lifelong musician, creating has become ingrained in my DNA.

14 – In a few years, you want to be…

Expanding into foreign markets for dance music. Performing outside of the USA at so many of the newer and upcoming festivals.

15 – What are you doing for the rest of the day?

Going to watch the new Avengers: Endgame movie. 🙂


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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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Trst Talks New Remix “My Neck, My Back” In Interview

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DJ and Producer Trst is back with a stomping remix of the 2002 classic hit, Khia’s “My Neck, My Back”. He has transformed the track into an absolute roof raiser, he is best known for other tracks such as “Throw Yo Body” and “Bitch Boyz”. Inspired by the likes of Tony Romera, Noizu, & Rex The Dog, Trst is on a mission to bring back Fidget House. Electro Wow caught up with Trst to discuss his latest remix.

1 — What made you decide to remix “My Neck, My Back”?

I loved this song since middle school. I’ve tried remixing this song like 8 times and it always sucked. This is my favorite version that I’m finally proud of.

2 — This song has been remixed quite a bit in the dance scene; did you feel any pressure when releasing this?

Not really, no one has really took the direction I did. It was popular a while ago to remix and kinda faded. I’m bringing it back.

3 — What was your inspiration when creating your version?

UK Grime.

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4 — How would you describe the remix to someone who hasn’t heard it yet?

Grimey and loud!

5 — What has the reaction in clubs been like for “My Neck, My Back”?

Well I live in San Francisco, so everyone’s always like ‘hey this isn’t DirtyBird!!’. Jokes, but its gone down pretty well so far, its a fun song to sing along to, especially in a club since it’s so explicit and you can scream it.

6 — Is there any remixes out there by other artists that you really love?

Not really, they’re pretty old school Trap.

7 — Do you prefer creating remixes or originals and why?

Both are different processes for me. I like originals just because it’s a more familiar workflow.

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8 — What plans do you have career-wise this summer?

Going to NYC and playing a show with Ekonovah (thanks Lunar Lounge) and also then playing a G Code Yacht Party later in July.

9 — Can you give us an exclusive into any other releases you are working on at the moment?

I have a release coming up soon on one of everyone’s favorite French label. That’s all I can say for now.

10 — Finally, where can we go to download your remix of “My Neck, My Back”?

Free download on Soundcloud!

Here is the link: https://theartistunion.com/tracks/6ca8cd


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Interview | Questions & Answers With Helsinski

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Hailing from Finland, Juho Vehmanen aka Helsinski, is a promising new talent within the world of contemporary Pop music. Electro Wow had an interview with him to find out all the most important details you’ll probably want to discover about himself as an artist. In addition, I fully recommend you to listen to his newest single “Glow Sticks” below, which seems to be on everyone’s lips.

1 — First of all, why did you choose “Helsinski” as your artistic name?

I think the name ‘Helsinski’ (the capital of Finland is correctly spelled Helsinki) encapsulates some relevant information about me in one word. Obviously it gives away my geographical location which – I think – is always an interesting fact to know about an artist, since it puts them in a cultural framework. The name also suggests that the music is somewhat urban. Helsinski also really sounds like a surname, so it could lead to the correct conclusion that the music is performed by one person only. For some, it may represent a humorous reference to the political concept of Finlandization. All in all, I think it’s a name of many associations.

2 — How would you define your music with just three words?

Urban alternative pop would be my genre description in three words. To put it more informally, I’d use the adjectives soft, nocturnal and relaxed.

3 — Which popular artists can we compare to Helsinski?

I’ve heard some Depeche Mode comparisons. I’m a fan of Die Antwoord, Daft Punk and Air myself to name a few, but don’t think you can really hear those influences in my stuff. I keep surfing Spotify for random stuff for inspiration. My background as a musician is in Pop and Rock. I think Helsinski is a hybrid of a whole lot of stuff. I’m eager to hear those comparisons, though!

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4 – Can you talk about the recording process of your latest single “Glow Sticks”?

After marking the structure and chord progressions with a piano I laid the foundation for “Glow Sticks” with a pretty loose Hip-Hop drum groove that’s partially programmed “in the box” and partially played with real drums and percussion. I’m not too solid of a drummer so I had to cheat a little. The bass part is a combination of overdriven and side-chain compressed synth and an electric bass slapped and played with a pick through a Big Muff fuzzbox.

I put some ambiance pads and a groove-emphasizing synth arp to the background. The shimmering top end consists of granulated delay effects derived from other, already existing elements. Most of the guitars were played by Riku Karvonen, a super talented guitar connoisseur whom I’ve been lucky to play quite a lot with over the past few years. All elements combined, I ended up with pretty 80’s sounding track by accident. But I decided that as an 80’s product myself I have all the rights to sound like one. Vocals are pretty heavily effected with saturation, huge delays, doubling, pitch and formant shifting and vocoding.

5 – What is this song “Glow Sticks” about?

It’s about two self-contained, short-term light-sources who find comfort in each others company in this impossible place called life.

6 – Any plans to drop a video for this single?

Would you like to invest in one? I’m short a couple grand. The revenues will be surprising, I assure you!

7 — What can listeners expect from your next release?

The next release after the single “Glow Sticks” will be a similarly named album of 9 songs. It will be released on May 17th and it’s gonna be great company for a night drive under neon lights!

8 – Finally, what’s your ultimate dream as an artist?

To crystallize my own sound to the max and keep the high motivation on learning new stuff every day. A billboard hit would also be cool.


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Interview | Questions & Answers With Adam Noah

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Read this exclusive interview with Bronx-based rapper Adam Noah. Not so long ago, he released the music video for “Blaze”, which is a heartfelt tribute to his late mother. On the other hand, he’s currently promoting his brand new album ‘Trajectory’, that could be relatable to some listeners as its concept revolves around life itself.

1 — Hello Adam, when did you begin to develop a passion for Hip-Hop & Rap?

Growing up in the Bronx, Rap was a part of the environment. My older brother was always playing Pun and BIG around the house. I lost a lot of people in my life due to violence, sickness, natural causes, and writing was my only therapy since I was 8 years old. Although I have a passion for music in general, I always felt that Rap was more direct and true to who I am.

2 — Who are your musical influences?

Eminem, Nas, Jay-Z, Pun, Mos Def, Big L, Fabolous, the Beatles, the Neptunes, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Marvin Gaye, Jadakiss to name a few.

3 — What’s your creative process behind your lyrics?

Most of the times it starts with an instrumental. If it doesn’t speak to me, I don’t write. Sometimes I have an idea and I go back to that beat I wasn’t feeling a year ago. There are other times I have a melody or a verse, and we start making the music from scratch.

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4 — Do you produce your own beats?

Yes. I started making beats in high school. Going to thrift shops, buying vinyl off online marketplaces, and experimenting on FL Studio. However, I’m starting to work with other producers and getting more involved in the mixing/mastering aspect of my music. I’m starting to fall in love with actually making each track sound like what I hear in my head.

5 — You recently released the music video for “Blaze”. Why did you choose to film it in your bedroom?

I’ve sacrificed a lot to chase my dreams. I had to leave my childhood home at a young age because I was misunderstood. A lot of my friends are living with their parents and I’m renting out a bedroom. A lot of pain and overthinking goes on in my bedroom. It was only right to perform Blaze in that setting.

6 — Who would you dedicate this single to?

It’s definitely for my mom. I wrote it while she was dying and I just want her to know my presence is not a waste. I have a purpose and this music is going to do great things not only for my family but for the world.

7 — On another note, why we should listen to your latest album ‘Trajectory’?

Everyone struggles in life, I think ‘Trajectory’ highlights it very well. From being homeless to being in a job that you clearly hate, there is something for everyone on that project. Everyone makes life sound easy until it’s time to live it. Bringing lyricism, songwriting, musicality together, makes the album something special.

8 — What’s your favorite track from this material so far?

It changes every time I listen to the project. Currently, my favorite track is “Conditioned”. Heading into my job while listening to that track makes me want more out of life.

9 – Any plans to do live performances?

Definitely. I have a lot of ideas to bring these smaller venues to life as well. A lot of people are performing pretty much the same nowadays, it’s time to give people an actual experience. You can always email: contact@theadamnoah.com and I’ll kill your stage.

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10 – What else is happening next in Adam Noah’s world?

I’m working on an EP called ‘Save UR Emotions’, S.UR.E. for short. I’m coming out with a lot more visuals, Melo’s Story was just the beginning. Also working on a collab with a couple of West Coast artists. So I’m pretty much going back and forth from NY to LA. I’m trying to spend all the time I have outside of my 9-5 to make this happen, staying as busy as possible.


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Quickfire Interview With: Drew Schiff

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Over the last two years, Drew Schiff is 100% focused on his artistic career. To my great surprise, the Indie Singer-Songwriter has a degree in political science, but his passion for music would not change it for anything else. “Ride The Wave”, is his latest single, and all proceeds from it are going to the Stonewall Community Foundation. Electro Wow caught up with him to do a quickfire interview to get to know him better.

1 – You’ve been singing since…

Does the shower count?!

2 – You got involved in the music realm because…

It’s a beautiful way to express yourself. When you’re hurt, or happy or excited. I always loved the idea of being able to spread a message, influence people, be the soundtrack of their special moments. It can be a very powerful and rewarding tool.

3 – Your sound is…

How do I describe the ‘Drew Schiff’ sound? Especially as it’s still evolving and hopefully it never stops doing so. “Ride The Wave” is only my third release yet I already have things I would change in both of my previous songs. I think I am very knit-picky. I’ll probably be like George Lucas, going back time to time to enhance my previous works! This probably sounds controversial huh? To answer the question, I’d say pop. But then as we know, pop can go to so many directions, I view it as a tree. Add more heavy, hip-hop influenced beats, or a guitar to make it more rock, I love experimenting. I’d say my heart is closest to RnB, with some good beats, bit atmospheric, added some electronic influences which I think is exciting. One thing I’d make clear: I do not view ‘commercial’ as a dirty word. ‘Imagine’, ‘Like A Prayer’ or ‘Purple Rain’ all reached phenomenal commercial successes, yet I don’t think that any self-respecting ‘musos’ would say anything against them. Be smart.

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4 – Your biggest inspiration is…

This is a tough one. I love MJ and Beyoncé for their work ethic and how they consciously built / building their legacy. Kanye West for being so experiential. The list goes on. I’d like to take and implement different traits of different people that I look up to, whether it’s for their message, their vocal technique, their writing skills, moves or styling.

5 – Fans should listen to your new single “Ride The Wave” because…

It’s a beautiful midtempo ballad with a singing style in the pre- and chorus that somewhat imitates the movement of waves. It is a love song but if you listen again and concentrate on the lyrics, it is a song about loving someone no matter what. Where you’re coming from, what some people tell you you should or shouldn’t be. You can have a shit storm around you, but as long as you got someone to got you, you can deal with it all, together you can be the eye of the storm. It is also a charity song, with the proceeds going to the Stonewall Community Foundation. So the more you listen, the more you help. 😉

6 – If you want to know who Drew Schiff is, listen to the track…

Given that I only have three tracks out atm, I’d say, listen to all. Or listen to “Ride The Wave”, the new one.

7 –Your most memorable career moment so far has been…

Charting in the USA with my second song, “It’s Just Today!”.

8 – Your dream is…

To become big enough to play with Ariana Grande.

9 – Your next release is called…

TBA. I mean I don’t have such a detailed master plan. I have checkpoints I want to make but I write a lot so even right now, I am simultaneously working on about eight songs that are at various stages of readiness. Two weeks ago, I gathered some friends for an extended weekend, we went out, played videogames and wrote some tunes. It was awesome!!

10 – Your all-time favourite track is…

Wow, this is a very cruel question haha! Ask me about a favourite album, that’s hard enough, but at least I could attempt to crack it!

11 – Your favourite movie is…

Hm. I’d say The Little Mermaid. I love the music, the old-school, beautiful hand-drawn animation and how Ariel dares to dream big, she goes against what people in her ‘bubble’ tell her. I can definitely relate to that.

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12 – If you weren’t a Singer and Songwriter you’d probably be…

I think a politician. I would try to make a difference. And make beautiful speeches with mermaid metaphors.

13 – You’ll only stop making music if…

First I wanted to say, ‘if hell freezes over’ or something cocky like that but come on, let’s be real, if no one wants to listen, I shan’t be as arrogant to keep on pressing it. But I hope this won’t be the case.

14 – In a few years, you want to be…

…called the Prince of Pop.

15 – What are you doing for the rest of the day?

Working on my website, gym, plotting world domination… I actually need to tell my stupid ex off for something so I need to find sufficient time to do that. We are super close but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.


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Interview | Questions & Answers With Feyer

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Multi-talented artist Feyer creates interesting genre-bending music, pulling influences from rock, electronica, and video game themes. His musical heroes include Queen, David Bowie, and Talking Heads. Currently, he’s promoting the clip for his new song “Stuck In A Video Game”, which features retro animations, plus a thought-provoking concept. Discover more details in this exclusive interview.

1 — Hello Feyer, thanks for your time. Did you study music production or are you self taught?

A little bit of both. I went to school for music composition mainly, but from there, I got guidance on how to produce electronically and take full advantage of the recording studio. After I graduated, I built my own home recording studio and became more immersed in electronic production. A lot of the little tips and tricks about how to manipulate my DAW, I taught myself (with the help of some YouTube tutorials!).

2 — What makes you so passionate about video games and music?

Funny you should ask. I was never really into video games growing up. It was more so a side hobby for me. I wasn’t allowed to have a gaming console, or even a GameBoy, growing up, so if I ever played video games, they would be at a friend’s house. And since I didn’t have games of my own, I would have nowhere to practice and would suck at the games. What really stuck with me when playing (and usually failing) these games was their awesome soundtracks. Music is my ultimate passion, and since video games often have great soundtracks, I often let them influence my own original material.

3 — Do you want to send out a positive message with your newest single “Stuck In A Video Game”?

The message is more so about life in general than about video games specifically. The skin-deep message is about how as we play these games, we become fully immersed in the characters we take on and it can be difficult to separate real life from what is on the screen. However, when you look deeper into it, you’ll find that the song is a metaphor for life, and how we’re always trying to be the best we can be and achieve next-level success, but there are hurdles we will need to overcome and tools and skills we need to acquire just to get there. Maybe it’s not so positive when you think about it, but I hope that it will provoke thought.

4 — Is banning video games the answer to video game addiction?

Definitely not! If you ban something, won’t it make people just want it more? The idea is about moderation and teaching people that these kinds of things are fine in small doses. It becomes a problem only if people begin to feel as if they can’t live without it, or their lives aren’t complete unless they do this all the time.

5 — Many critics think video games have helped the music industry survive. What’s your opinion?

I agree. As mentioned earlier, something that makes so many games unique are their soundtracks. Since games are being developed at a frequent pace, just like music, developers are always looking for original music for their work. They’re also looking to license pre-existing songs that weren’t made specifically for the games but will fit well with them. These developments in gaming will greatly help musicians creatively and financially and open up new opportunities to get their music out there in ways they may have not thought possible.

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6 — We know you also produce scores for films. Which is your favorite film soundtrack so far? Why?

At the moment, the Interstellar soundtrack. It’s so simple but so impactful. It really captures the feeling of being trapped in space, while trying to maintain the connection you have to Earth. As far as film scores go, this one is very ambient but has a beautiful theme that stays with you. I also enjoy how Hans Zimmer combines real orchestral sounds with electronic timbres, reinforcing the connection between life on earth and spacious artificial intelligence.

7 — Are you working on your second album or do you prefer to release more single tracks this year?

At the moment, I’m focusing on singles, as they are much easier to promote in the age of streaming. I want each release of mine to achieve its maximum potential, so I’m working on different singles to be released every few months. I am also trying hard to collaborate with other musicians, writers and producers to create tracks that I may not have thought to make just on my own. This way, there’s a stronger sense of community. Be on the lookout for another single, to be released in late May. This one will be quite different than “Stuck in a Video Game” and have more of a rock edge.

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8 — Analogs vs. Digital synths. Which one do you prefer?

Digital is what I’m most familiar with, and many of the synths I use are in the box, aka just inside my software. However, although I really dig a lot of the presets at my fingertips, I often try to tweak or combine different sounds so that it doesn’t sound too much like an obvious presets. Despite being less familiar with analog synths, I still have a great interest, as with those, it’s all up to you to manipulate and create the sound. It’s almost like cooking a dish: you need measurements and recipes for creating that perfect patch.

9 — Do you think 8-bit/Chiptune music is for everyone?

It can be if it’s presented the right way, such as when it’s in the background for a popular game, movie, or show, but for people who are more into music with live instruments, whether it be a rock band or an orchestra, 8-bit/Chiptune may be harder to digest. I try not to make straight up chiptune unless I’m asked to for a project, as I still really enjoy the elements and energy of a live rock band. Since I usually play live with a band, I want to do something in the studio that will translate similarly onstage.

10 – Finally, have you ever used cheat codes in order to win hard video games?

Nah, never, because I don’t know any! If I did, I’d probably be using them all the time.


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