In my personal opinion, “Perfect Imperfection” is one of the best Trance tunes of 2016! Everytime I listen to this track I feel the need to sing it out loud. It’s a very catchy song, which is already played at prestigious international clubs. The existance of this song was possible thanks to Avari, a talented EDM vocalist who kindly granted us some of her time for an interview.
1 – What are the most important things you have learned as a singer?
Breathing for sure. But most importantly, not comparing my voice and tone to other singers. Definitely, always learn and grow, pay attention to pitch and control of other singers. But everyone’s voice is unique. I used to wish I could sound like specific people, or sing a song the same. But that would be no fun! We are all different on purpose. I mean sometimes I catch myself still doing that… But now it’s maybe a split second thought and instead I think. Now you know what I’m glad she exists in this world for me to listen to and enjoy. And I’m glad I sound different.
2 – Omair Mirza’s new single “Perfect Imperfection” is undoubtedly a Trance hit. When you provided vocals to this track, were you conscious it was going to turn into such hit on Beatport charts?
I really had no idea what to expect. My managers at SCHÖN hooked us up to work on “Perfect Imperfection” together and Omair did such a great job producing a track that really complimented my vocals. We were both very excited for this track and music video release. The amount of love and support we have received and continue to receive has been so wonderful! It’s really neat to see and hear how many others DJ’s are playing “Perfect Imperfection” in their sets!
3 – Did you write the lyrics of “Perfect Imperfection”? If so, what inspired you to write this song?
Lyrics and melody for this track were a collaboration. It was one of the first tracks I worked on. I’m very new to the Trance vocal scene. So one of my managers Mick, would send me lyric ideas. So I would use those, incorporate my own ideas, rearrange things. Then take those ideas to my vocal producer David Thulin and we would fine tune lyrics and melody together. I always like to really connect with whatever I’m singing, whether I wrote the lyrics or not. Make it my own and put soul behind it. So I create a story in my head before I record anything, so I get all the feelings across. To me, “Perfect Imperfection” is a reflection of a journey. The connection between the heart and mind. The connection between experiences and action. It’s about experiencing heartbreak, very earth-shattering loss, letting it break you, having something/someone tears up everything you knew and having it thrown in your face. Instead of living in that place of despair, pulling yourself up off the ground, digging your way out of that hole and choosing to learn, grow and conquer even though it’s the hardest thing in the world and seems impossible. Slowly but surely finding who you are, appreciating trials in your life. Because without them, you wouldn’t be who you are. You wouldn’t be you. Never forgetting those painful experiences that shaped you. Learning to love everything about yourself. The good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful. Believing that all that brokenness, hurt, recovery and rebirth make us all our very own version of perfect. So much imperfection can be perfect. Just depends on how you choose to act in difficult situations. If you have watched the music video, when I shatter the mirror towards the end. To me that symbolizes, seeing yourself with all the labels you’ve given yourself, labels other people have given you. Realizing who you are under all that, disconnecting from negativity. Then shattering all the stereotypes and walking away free!
4 – Have you ever experienced a perfect love?
Yes 🙂 well…… We think we’re perfect for each other and that’s all that matters right? To me, a perfect love is finding someone you know you’d never want to live without. Someone who loves you 24/7, sunshine and butterflies or rain and tornados. no matter what and never having to wonder after a rough patch if you’re still in love.
5 – Have you collaborated previously with other Trance DJs? When did you start your singing career?
Yes, my very first track released was with David Thulin. On September of 2014. This one was Progressive House actually. It was very unexpected, I have always been very uncomfortable singing in front of people. I went to his studio for a voice lesson from his brother Jonathan Thulin and ended up getting to experience a track being built, the writing process of lyrics and melody and recording vocals all I’m a matter of hours. It’s called “A Million Lifetimes”. When I first started I went by my regular name. Amber Adams. My second release was with Roger Shah and Nathia Kate called “Never Forget”. Released December 7th 2015 on Magic Island and Blackhole Recordings. This track won future favorite on A state of trance, played by Armin Van Buuren, it was pretty neat to hear him say my name. I also have an independent release on SoundCloud with Ethillas called “Running To You”. Those are all under the name Amber/Amber Adams. I wanted to come up with an artist right away. My name seemed so regular. But I couldn’t think of a good one. So I waited. I love Avari and am very glad I chose to change my name even though my first releases don’t match now.
6 – What are Avari’s Top 5 songs of the moment?
I might be partial to vocal tracks 🙂 of course “Perfect Imperfection” is my current favorite! Here are some others: 5. Markus Schulz – Destiny feat. Delacey 4. Armin Van Buuren – Beautiful Life feat. Cindy Alma 3. Euphoric Nation – Poseidon 2. Seven Lions feat. Ellie Goulding – Don’t Leave 1. Fabio XB and Liuck feat. Christina Novelli – Back To You
7 – What do you like and dislike about the current Trance scene?
I’d rather talk about what I do like first 🙂 The emotional outpouring of love from Trance fans is incredible! When they write to tell you how much the lyrics meant to them and how they cry when they hear it! That’s so cool. Not many other genres are so emotionally tied to the melodies and lyrics. At least not so outwardly anyway. Lots of love in the Trance scene. And love is my favorite! I guess if I were to dislike something about the Trance scene. It would be when there is an absence of love and people are being judgy instead. For example, I like all genres and I don’t like when people treat other people badly for not being into just one specific genre.
8 – What are your goals for this year?
Hmmmm, my goals for music. … Are to work on lyrics and melody and have ideas ready and waiting for when DJ’s send me tracks, so I have some things to go off of and get demos out quicker. I’d love to work with a producer to create my own tracks too! And learn the art of DJ-ing so I can do live shows. I have lots of ideas that I think would be SO FUN!!
9- If you could collaborate with any artist, living or dead, who would it be?
I’ve been thinking about this one for a while. Because I didn’t want to say Skrillex and sound cliche. But I don’t care. I’m going to. Every remix I hear of his is incredible. I love how hard his beats hit. I love Dubstep a lot, but I like when it’s mixed with other genres. He just seems capable of blending the best of everything! I listen to Korn’s path of totality album at the gym and all of the Skrillex collabs are my favorite.
10 – Thanks for your time Avari. Any last thing you would like to share with our readers at Electro WOW?
Thanks so much for interviewing me, taking the time to think of questions and supporting “Perfect Imperfection”! I really appreciate everyone who has listened to our track and downloaded it and even played it at their own shows. Love you all!
Exclusive Interview: Jenna x On Debut Single “When The Party’s Over..”
Jenna x emerges in 2021 with “When The Party’s Over..” which is an incredible debut single that plays equally as well at the party, at the afterparty, or the next morning. Definitely, the best asset is her melodious singing voice. Scroll down and learn more in this exclusive interview.
1 — First of all, how would you describe your sound?
My sound is constantly evolving within Pop, but it’s more cinematic. I envision each of my songs as a scene from a film and try to capture everything that would be there—the temperature of the sunlight, the scent in the air, the city sounds, and the words that are being spoken.
2 — Why did you pick “When The Party’s Over..” as your debut single?
It was the exact type of sound and message that I wanted to release as my debut single. I also think that it’s a good representation of me as an artist because it’s a song that I really tried to be honest with myself about, as well as the other parts of myself that I am revealing, like my inner thoughts, emotions, and philosophies.
3 — Is this song based on a personal experience?
Yes! The party in my song is both literal and figurative—I, like anyone else, have gone to a party or a large gathering just to fill the emptiness I was feeling inside, only to leave with a greater sense of loneliness. I’ve also felt like I have nowhere to go emotionally, which is the figurative part of the song.
4 — What’s your favorite line from it? Why?
The entire chorus is my favorite part, especially the “will there be anyone to watch me die / someone just shows me how to cry” part. I think they really capture the essence of the song and are the parts where I am the most direct with what I want to say. The second half of the chorus is almost like a cry for help you can’t ever let out.
For me, they usually come together but for this song, the lyrics came first. I had a clear idea of what I wanted the song to be about lyrically and then used the melody to fill in the blanks.
6 — Given the situation the world is in at the moment, do you miss partying?
I’m not the type to usually enjoy large parties, but I do really miss gatherings with my closest friends. But who knows—by the time this is all over I might be dying to go to a huge party.
7 — What makes you different from other singers?
I like to think of my music as very visual—I always try to paint a picture with my music and focus on what the music is painting. Each sound is like a color I use to paint the song, and the way they are delivered are the brushstrokes.
I think I had a lot of phases where I was into different types of music and different artists. I grew up listening to singer-songwriters like Stevie Wonder and The Beatles. I was always fascinated with how brilliant and revolutionary their melodies and lyrics were. Later in my teens, I had A Great Big World’s albums on repeat. A part of me is also in love with classical composers, like Elgar and Rachmaninoff. The second movement of Elgar’s Serenade for Strings is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard.
9 — When you’re not at the studio, how do you usually spend your time?
Usually prepping for studio time! But if I’m not working on music, I’ll watch movies or binge a show. Right now I’m on season 4 of Criminal Minds, and it’s been sucking me in. I’ve also been really busy these days with my new release and everything that goes along with it, but I’ll still find time to video chat with my friends and listen to my favorite albums on repeat.
10 — What are your plans for the upcoming months?
Working! I have an EP coming out in February, so I’m prepping for the release and other music that I’ll release during this year. The upcoming EP is part two of the story of loneliness I started telling with “When The Party’s Over..” and the more colorful, visual part of the story, so I’ll be working a lot on perfecting that. I also hope to be wherever I can be with my music, doing whatever I can to express myself through it.
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Dar.Ra Talks Latest Single And Confirms New Album In 2021 — Interview
Following the release of his latest single “Rise Like The Sun” along with its proper EP, Dar.Ra also plans to drop a new album in 2021. ‘Ballads For The Down-Trodden’ has been confirmed to be out by the end of January. In this exclusive interview, the British artist talks about the recent single, the most important details on the upcoming album, but also his various side projects, which include his own radio show.
1 – Can you reveal to us the name of your upcoming album?
I have two new projects out, a single called “Rise Like The Sun” with 6 killer remixes. One from Columbia and one from Sri Lanka from a killer Producer called Vidula who did the “Lights” remix from the new kinda normal album.
I did the other mixes which have a tribal House feel and an Ambient 6 am Chill Out mix. All mixes have a Sunshine title, from UK Sunshine mix, Indian Sun mix to Australian, Indonesian, USA, and Columbian mix. It’s all about not being dictated too in your time here and “Rising Like The Sun” every day of your life.
The other project is more of an alias back vibe and is a compilation of slower more Ballad type songs that I have had released over the years. I am doing a radio show called The Kusha Deep Radio show which is going out around the world through various Radio outlets and I did this show which featured some of the laid-back tracks I’ve done and I thought it would make a great album of torchlight songs. The album is 12 tracks long and is titled ‘Ballads For The Down-Trodden’ and is out later this month.
I am also working on a new album of songs for the spring with a new single planned for the first quarter of the year release.
2 – Were there specific things that helped you get creative?
I’m always inspired by life, it’s hard not to be unless you shut off from what’s going on around you. Even in the middle of a global pandemic, I had two singles out “Stand Up For The Heroes”, “Rise Like The Sun” and the ‘Whisky n Honey’ EP plus two remixes out. I also started doing a new project which is now syndicated around the world called The Kusha Deep Radio Show, which started off playing tracks that I had out over the past 25 years.
I also started doing a TV show with a Washington DC-based journalist MJ Godfrey which is a cultural review show looking at things happening in the UK and the USA. I’ve also written the next album to follow up on 2019’s ‘New Kinda Normal’. If you stay open to ideas and let them flow it’s a natural vibe for staying creative.
3 – Are you discovering new sounds on this new record?
I explore different sounds all the time, I’m getting known for merging styles and creating new hybrids like Rock Step a vibe that featured on the ‘New Kinda Normal’ album which mixed the elements of Rock and EDM together which you can feel on tracks like “Nightstepper,” “The Beat” and “Heart Shape Pill.” There’s also a genre called Gothic Soul which you can hear on tracks like “The Lights” and “Whisky n Honey.” I was feeling the Latin vibe on “Rise Like The Sun.”
I wanted something uplifting that holds no allegiance to what’s happening in the charts but has a classic Santana vibe mixed with that Gothic style vocal.
The actual record itself is truly global, the mixes and mastering were done all over the world, the drums recorded in Italy, the Horns in Portugal, the rest in the UK. I love that about the technology vibe that you can work with people everywhere now.
4 – How many tracks will there be on the album?
The album ‘Ballads For The Down-Trodden’ has 12 tracks and “Rise Like The Sun” single has 6 mixes on it. The new album will have around 12 tracks on it as well, value for money I say!
5 – What themes will the new album explore?
The new album has some wide themes such as loyalty on a track called “No Time For Tears” which has a cool Rock vibe about it. There’s a track about power struggles with relationships on “Don’t Make Me Beg.” There’s a track about migrants looking for a safe place to call home on “Renegade Serenade.” At the moment, it’s looking very love-oriented in one way or another.
6 – Did you collaborate with other artists?
I do work with other artists when the vibe is right. I’m doing a track with a producer called KDX in the UK, a Deep House kinda groove.
7 – What makes your latest single “Rise Like The Sun” special to listeners?
It’s honest, it’s real and it’s played with passion.
8 – What exciting projects can we expect from your label Kusha Deep Records?
All the above and more.
9 – Can you tell us more about your 2021 tour?
We were supposed to be doing a US tour last year, not sure how things will pan out this year but would be good to get out on the road again for a bit.
10 – The global pandemic forced the music industry to try innovative things. What do you think about private live zoom concerts?
I played Rock the Lockdown back in May and we had a few thousand people all rocking out to the set. I also did a US online tour in the summer which broadcast shows into the venues from my studio. I’ve been doing lots of interviews from Brazil to America, Australia, and the UK online which is ace as you don’t have to drive anywhere. Less hit on the climate and you can hit so many more people with a live stream if it’s set up properly.
Nothing will take the place of a jam in front of people, but I think the live stream is here to say alongside the live gig. I love technology though so it’s all good in my book. Be safe out there and looking forward to partying with you all soon!
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Quickfire Interview With: SOUNDQ
Hailing from Krakow, the cultural capital of Poland, Kuba Kubica aka SOUNDQ carries the flag of innovation when it comes to producing electronic music. The interview below is very clear and gives you a deep insight into his art. Scroll down to read his answers.
1 – You’ve been composing songs since…
Year 2000. The year when computer records got screwed by the two 0s was the year when I started programming a dodgy Korg workstation.
2 – You got involved in the music realm because…
I found it liberating not to have to depict anything. To be able to express what I feel without saying or drawing what it was.
3 – Your sound is…
As incomplete as I am. There’s always at least one element causing some imbalance. You’re never quite sure if it all won’t fall apart.
4 – Your biggest inspiration is…
I am most creative when I’m deadbeat and stressed out. So, in a way, pressure inspires me – or rather makes my creative juices flow faster.
5 – People should listen to your new track “Bad Lot” because…
It offers a glimpse into a complete world – fatalistic, sexy, and dangerous.
6 – If you want to know who SOUNDQ is, listen to the track…
“Bad Lot.” And if you’ve heard it already, give “This Heart” a spin.
7 –Your most memorable career moment so far has been…
Crossing the Ural Mountains in -30 degrees Celsius to play a death metal gig in Jekaterynburg.
8 – Your dream is…
Long forgotten the moment I wake up.
9 – Your next release is called…
“Disco Turista Antifascista.”
That’s a tough one. I’ll go with “My Kingdom” by Future Sound of London.
11 – Your favourite place to write songs is…
I love coming up with ideas when I’m traveling. Not a lot of occasions for that in 2020 though.
12 – If you weren’t an artist, you’d probably be…
An Instagram influencer pretending he’s a XIXth Century French flaneur. All dressed in epoch clothes doing product placement for travel gear and shit.
13 – You’ll only stop making music if…
I don’t think I have it in me to stop.
14 – In a few years, you want to be…
Able to go out without a mask, play gigs, laugh together with large groups of people. Travel to big cities and get lost wandering through them.
15 – What are you doing for the rest of the day?
It’s evening already, so I’m going to be busy writing music till late.
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