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.
Dance Floor Rhythms Present On Valentino Khan’s EP ‘French Fried’
Innovation is the best word that describes Valentino Khan‘s EP, ‘French Fried’. This 4-track material is filled with dance floor rhythms. A new addition to the Mad Decent family you won’t want to miss. Best of all, it’s now available on all streaming platforms.
According to the producer himself, the whole tracks are inspired by French artists that set an important precedent in America’s electronic music. More specifically, he’s borrowing a similar sonic aesthetic by the likes of Gesaffelstein and SebastiAn. In fact, this European stylistic trend represents an influence in Valentino’s edgy sound and vision to date.
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Here you will enjoy captivating Electro/Bass House tunes brimming with hard-hitting drums and explosive drops. I bet these bangers will instantly make you shake your booty. Following two official remixes for DJ Snake, Valentino isn’t letting anything stop him this year. Make sure you check out the ‘French Fried’ EP, turn up the volume and destroy some speakers so that your neighbors can hear it!
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You Can’t Get Bored! Mou5ZyZZ Unleashes “Melbourne Overdose”
Listening to music is a good thing to do when you’re bored. Of course, I would only recommend infectious tunes like “Melbourne Overdose”. This is the latest single from the one and only, Mou5ZyZZ in collaboration with Yago Music. The American DJ and producer experiments for the very first time with a subgenre of Electro House known as Melbourne Bounce.
On the one hand, pumping minimal beats, sidechained synths, and lively drops are the highlights here. While on the other, vocals match the high-level production. On a side note, compelling lyrics fantasize about hooking up with a stranger and the mystery that this implies.
Out now via Mou5 Chee5e Records, this fresh jam makes you want to do the shuffle dance, so put your foot forward and keep spinning non-stop. Get ready to distract your mind from boredom and stream in full “Melbourne Overdose” right away.
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DØBER Returns To Protocol With Riding Tech/Electro-Influenced “Tear The Roof”
DØBER is back on Protocol with his new single “Tear The Roof”, a party-ready track that follows up on his debut “Twisted” EP from earlier this year. The release received a strong welcome, amassing over 130k streams on Spotify since its release on February 14th. The newcomer’s propensity for intense club music, that toes the line between electro and tech-house, is once again evident in the form of heavy percussive synths over a driving bassline and distorted, catchy vocals. “Tear The Roof” is uniquely different from previous tracks “Make It Better” and “Losing My Mind,” which channeled more groovy and trap influences, respectively, indicating that DØBER has more up his sleeve than meets the eye.
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Nicky Romero and the Protocol crew can always be counted on for cutting-edge new music, melding a variety of genres for exciting and unexpected sounds. Their latest additions feel right at home with that mantra, bringing a fusion of tech-house and electro sound with plenty of grooves to the table. DØBER joins a full roster of talented producers such as Thomas Gold, Deniz Koyu, Marc Benjamin, Teamworx, Maximals, and more. The talented newcomer draws his inspiration from artists such as Dogblood, ZHU, and Gesaffelstein, promising plenty of dark, hard-hitting tunes to add to the label’s repertoire. Protocol’s mixture of veteran heavyweights and fresh new talent makes for some of the most exciting releases in the game, along with the unlimited potential for collaborations. We look forward to more releases from DØBER and the rest of the Protocol team coming soon!
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Let Barong Family Transport You To The Crazy Nightlife Of Thailand With This Album!
After a three-part series of mini-releases, Barong Family‘s highly anticipated ‘Hard in Bangkok’ LP is finally out in full force! Although travel is limited for many listeners right now, the album will whisk you away to Thailand’s capital city, where 14 artists of the Barong crew gathered to hang out, exchange ideas, and as a result of the production camp, made new music. “Hard in Bangkok” brims with its spirit, from the cacophonous and frenzied theme of hardstyle-influenced, hard-hitting tracks like “Tom Yam Disco” from Sihk and Stoltenhoff to the down-and-dirty, booty-shaking vibe of RayRay and Crisis Era’s “Naughty.” There’s even “BKK to LA,” which is Rawtek & LNY TNZ’s trap answer to vocal bass. Yellow Claw makes appearances on four tracks, opening with “Supernoize,” that opened the album’s tracklist and announced it as a single release back in January; following up with “Beat Your Mother” featuring Radical Redemption and Lil Texas, “Let There Be Bass” with Dither, as well as “Free Your Mind” with Crisis Era. Barong Family pulled off a label-wide album with flying colors, and we can’t wait to see what exotic location inspires their next one!
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Jim Taihuttu and Nils Rondhuis are the talented duo behind Yellow Claw, the electronic music artist project that has been changing the game in bass music since 2013. Their heavy, hip-hop-influenced, and club-ready sound began on their early tracks like “DJ Turn It Up” and “In My Room” ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Tyga – which collectively are about to surpass 300M streams on Spotify alone and both have been certified Gold. Yellow Claw’s 2015’s debut album “Blood For Mercy” hit #1 on Billboard’s Heat Seekers Chart, Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart, and scored an Edison Award – the Dutch equivalent of GRAMMY. They haven’t slowed down since, with a packed tour calendar that included last year’s epic takeover of the LA’s iconic Shrine Auditorium to a crowd of 7K people, and their work with Barong Family label. Stay tuned for more new music from this ready-ready crew coming this year!
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Barong Family Drops New EP + Brings The Party To Coronavirus Affected Fans In Asia
The Barong Family‘s crew just released their new EP ‘Barong Family – Hard in Bangkok Pt. 1’ a four-track release consisting of new music from the label’s prodigy artists Crisis Era, Rawtek, Sihk, Stoltenhoff, Radical Redemption, and Nonsens, in addition to Yellow Claw‘s last month’s release “Supernoize” with Juyen Sebulba featuring RayRay. The EP serves as a prelude to label’s full length 20-track “Hard In Bangkok” album dropping on March 27. Yellow Claw and their Barong Family’s appeal goes beyond their meticulous production and rage-ready sound. The attention to their fans through gestures like this one is what truly sets them apart from the crowd, and they aren’t about to let coronavirus keep their fans from having a great time. Amid the worldwide concern about the virus, many of their fans in Asia are quarantined and unable to leave their homes to attend shows, so the Dutch duo broadcasted a live set from their home studio in Bali on the Chinese social media platform Huya. The almost 2-hour long show attracted 2.2 million viewers who went wild, commenting on the platform that they were hosting viewing parties in their homes while under quarantine.
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Jim Taihuttu and Nils Rondhuis are the talented duo behind Yellow Claw, the electronic music artist project that has been changing the game in bass music since 2013. Their heavy, hip-hop-influenced, and club-ready sound began on their early tracks like “DJ Turn It Up” and “In My Room” ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Tyga – which collectively are about to surpass 300M streams on Spotify alone and both have been certified Gold. Yellow Claw’s 2015’s debut album “Blood For Mercy” hit #1 on Billboard’s Heat Seekers Chart, Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart, and scored an Edison Award – the Dutch equivalent of GRAMMY. They haven’t slowed down since, with a packed tour calendar that included last year’s epic takeover of the LA’s iconic Shrine Auditorium to a crowd of 7K people, and their work with Barong Family label. Stay tuned for more tracks from “Hard in Bangkok” coming soon to see what’s next from the Barong Family’s crew.
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