1) Tell us about your musical background, how did you get into electronic music?
I started music when I was 8 years old playing in the school band, then as I got older when I got to high school I decided to play guitar because I thought it was cooler. I was fortunate enough to play guitar right through school with some really talented people so I learnt a bunch of different instruments like drums & keyboards. Then when I was about 19, a mate of mine asked me to play percussion with him while he DJ’d at a local club near where I live in Manly, Sydney. The DJ playing straight after us that night was Tommy Trash and he was like “Do you want to keep playing percussion with my set too?” and so I had this awesome first experience with electro music. This sort of triggered my love for electronic music and I got into it as sort of being a percussionist that played with DJs.
2) When your first record came out, what were you using to make music?
I was using Ableton at the time. I still do but sometimes I use logic for certain things as well. I think they both have their pro’s and con’s, you just need to make the most out them.
3) Have you ever tested your tracks in clubs before finishing them?
I do this all the time. I try and make music for my sets, it’s a great way of seeing what works and what doesn’t. It’s an awesome rush creating something in the studio and then being able to road test it the same day.
4) Your popular SoundCloud page have a lot of music up for streaming. Do you look at that as a way to drive download and ticket sales?
Yeah I think that it’s a great way for people to hear my music. I think that music has to be accessible for everyone to enjoy otherwise what’s the point in making it?!
5) How big is the Electro scene in Australia?
It’s pretty awesome here!! We don’t quite have the population here in Australia that US or Europe does (I think most of the big US cities nearly have more people in them than the whole of Australia combined), but there is a massive house scene here.
6) What’s the name of your latest release? Please describe its sound.
My latest record is called “Cookie”. It’s a big festival anthem, lots of big reverb and big saw synths!!
7) Why did you decide to start your own record label “Preston Recordings”?
I just love making dance music so I thought it was good idea to run my own label!
8) Can artists send demos to you record label? Please tell us how.
Definitely! Send me your demos to firstname.lastname@example.org !
Alex Preston’s new record “Cookie” is out now on Beatport.
Stafford Brothers Return To Purple Fly With Club Anthem “Rage”
Stafford Brothers are back with a fun dancefloor banger in the form of “Rage” out on the NFT-fueled Purple Fly record label. Opening with a Bass-heavy build-up, the Aussie brother-duo kicks things up a notch with a grimy drop and funky melodies that will light up any festival stage or underground club, and the catchy vocal riff will quite literally have booties hitting the floor. Stafford Brothers previously released a cover of Blink 182’s “I Miss You,” which makes “Rage” a new direction and one that we’re excited to see more of. Read on for the artists’ take on their track:
“After dropping ‘I Miss You’ – a cover from the Blink 182 legends, we wanted to send ‘Rage’ in a different direction and drop a club banger next… We tend to jump between releasing the easy listening vibes for that pick-me-up in the daytime to the heavier bassline tracks for the night. For anyone that has seen us play live, they know it’s everything but chill! For ‘Rage’ we wanted to drop something we can go nuts to on the dancefloor. Large low end, big build-ups, and a vocal that slapsssss“ — Stafford Brothers
Purple Fly is an independent imprint utilizing cryptocurrency’s hottest frontier as a platform for the spectrum of electronic music. The label’s goal is to support collaborations of all forms of art, connecting music and stunning visuals for an immersive experience that spans the sonic realms of trance to trap. Purple Fly releases NFT directly on its official website with each music drop, enabling artists to have access to direct support from their fan base while expressing their creativity. Aussie exports Stafford Brothers were the first electronic dance music act to sign to Cash Money Records in 2012 and have since collaborated with rap and hip-hop heavy hitters such as Lil Yachty, T.I., Waka Flocka Flame, Rick Ross, and more. Their music has found homes on Spinnin’ Records, Thrive Music, Smash the House, and Armada Music. As the world emerges from the pandemic, the duo is coming back in full force. In 2021, they performed to 50K people at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane for the NRL tripleheader. This laid the groundwork for their massive halftime show performance with Multi-Platinum recording artist Timmy Trumpet at the NRL Grand Final. Now a part of the Purple Fly family, Stafford Brothers join artists like Futuristic Polar Bears, DJ SODA, Laidback Luke, BLVD., Fatman Scoop, Shaquille O’Neal, Sevenn, and more at the cutting edge of NFT backed music.
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ZABO Brings The Heat With Hard-Hitting, Vocal Bass Track “Flow”
Canadian bass/mid-tempo artist ZABO is back with another hard-hitting release titled “Flow,” featuring his fellow Canadian, singer/songwriter C.D. True to the viral sensation’s signature style, this new track takes no prisoners with a foundation of basslines that seem to stab right for the heart, complemented with grating mechanical synths and haunting vocals that add the perfect feminine twist. “Flow” is far from the easy-going melodic gem that its name might imply – it’s made for headbanging and booty-shaking on the dance floor, and you better believe ZABO will be playing it out this spring and summer. It’s yet another example of how his infectious music continues to transcend international boundaries and break genre molds.
Dan Szabo knew his love for electronic music was everlasting at a young age. He became fascinated with music composition, which led him to study audio and recording technology at the well-known OIART in London, Ontario. This led to the development of his music persona “ZABO,” which was heavily influenced by the Toronto bass community. ZABO became an international sensation when his music went viral on TikTok and Douyin, making him well known in the US and China. His single “Breathe” was the top electronic music song on TikTok in 2021, having amassed 13.5M plays on Spotify, while “Drown” has been streamed internationally over 1B times across all platforms. At this early stage in his career, ZABO has a lot of exciting news and music up his sleeve, so keep an eye out for more music coming soon.
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New Imprint Fly Over Records Debuts With REGGIO’s “Fantasy”
Purple Fly expands its imprint to focus on rising talent with its new label Fly Over Records, which kicks off with a hard-hitting track from newcomer REGGIO. “Fantasy” brings a fresh take on bass music with deeply sonorous basslines, stabbing synths, and ominous melodies; it’s clear from the track’s eerie and bass-heavy approach that this “fantasy” is definitely a dark one. REGGIO’s signature style is dark and progressive, and this debut is a prime example. Catch “Fantasy” driving crowds wild at a stage or club near you very soon! Fly Over’s launch promises a new slew of fresh and diverse talent, while Purple Fly’s imprint remains a home base for more established artists, such as Shaquille O’Neal, Fatman Scoop, Sevenn, Laidback Luke, DJ SODA, and more.
Purple Fly is an independent imprint utilizing cryptocurrency’s hottest frontier as a platform for the spectrum of electronic music. Purple Fly’s goal is to support collaborations of all forms of art, connecting music and stunning visuals for an immersive experience that spans the sonic realms of trance to trap. The label releases an NFT directly on its official website with each music drop, enabling artists to have access to direct support from their fan base while expressing their creativity. Uruguayan producer REGGIO has previously worked with Danny Avila, Tony Junior, Justin Mylo and officially remixed the likes of Sick Individuals. His hard-hitting progressive sound has earned him spots on some of the world’s biggest stages, such as Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Europe and many more.