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DJ Ease Interview 2016

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Music producer and label owner, DJ Ease continues to display charisma and creativity he’s become known for throughout his career. With the recent announcement of his upcoming single “Foreign Rhythms” and his outstanding EP ‘Animals’, Electro WOW chats with this talented artist to know more about his thoughts towards today’s music.

1 – What’s your main music style and what are your influences?

My music style is Deep House, House, Tech House and Techno my influences go back to my early teens when I first started hanging around in the local record shop, I will never forget discovering House and Techno music and just totally falling in love with underground dance music.

2 – We know you were part of Birmingham’s BPM biggest electronic music event, Has this exposure changed your view on music events?

The BPM in Birmingham is a lot different it’s a great DJ and music production event but I think most of the big music events, festivals are all commercial hype focusing on, fireworks and a rockstar personality cult rather than on the music itself. The EDM culture has become less credible in the course of this big EDM hype. The underground scene has always been all about the music and nothing else.

3 – How do you think a music producer stay relevant in an industry that’s known for changing very rapidly?

No longer can a producer just be creative, a producer needs to be savvy across multiple disciplines — creative, financial, technology, building relationships and marketing. Keeping fingers on the pulse of each of these elements it is important to diversify and not to be a one-trick pony.

4 – Are there any interesting things that happened to you during the production of your upcoming single “Foreign Rhythms”?

When I wrote and produced “Foreign Rhythms” I wanted to think big, I didn’t want to just make a record I wanted to make an anthem one that would stick around. I found a great vocalist with an impressive track record who sounded perfect for the project.

The record didn’t come out right first time but with perseverance and constantly road-testing and making changes to get it working right. I eventually got it working well and was happy with the outcome. The feedback I have received so far on this record has been outstanding.

When the record was finished I sent it to a very well-known New York DJ/Producer called Dancin` Mark, who couldn’t wait to play it on his Groove Affection radio show on chill lover radio it reached 142 countries!

Dancin` Mark is a connoisseur of House music and it meant so much receiving such great feedback from a well known and respected DJ/Producer who plays in the biggest clubs/venues in New York.

Some early feedback received:

Fuego my man!!! (Fuego Means Fire)

You have answered my wishes! There’s not enough Deep House Vocals out their Especially good ones. Too much vocal sampling these days, that track is beautiful!!! The track has vibes of both Deep House and Trance. I felt it as soon as I heard the first two measures. It’s the perfect starter for a Deep House set. It is amazing to be blessed with your hard work and talent.

“Dancin` Mark”

Wow – great sounding track! You are the real deal! The drums sound really good – deep and thick and crisp and the vocals are really sweet too

“Ivory Coats”

Wow this track is amazing I love it the deep vibes and those vocals sit perfectly with the track your productions have come so far I’m loving this, it is very impressive

“Greg Stevens”

5 – What’s the name of your latest EP? Please describe its sound and let us know if we can stream it.

My latest EP is called ‘Animals’ with a Techno track “Blue Dolphins” and a Tech House track “Cows On Acid”.

I have the EP in a playlist on my Soundcloud:

6 – How do you feel about starting your own label Mixmania Records? Are you really benefiting from it?

It was really daunting starting my own record label Mixmania Records, I knew the work involved in setting it up would be insane but I wanted to have creative freedom with my music and give opportunities to undiscovered up and coming artists.

The exposure from the label is massive were in all the major stores and being in the biggest dance music boutique Beatport is where you need to be if you’re making electronic dance music.

I have made so many new connections; it’s great working with people from all over the world. DJs, artists, vocalists, record labels, distributors, radio stations, people who are digging our music. The support I have received has been amazing I really do appreciate it and huge thanks goes out to every one who has supported the label especially Greg Stevens who is a massive part of what we do.

We have now started to build an exceptional A&R roster on the label signing acts like Raumstadt, Duplex, KATIE SE7EN, Detroit Project, Ivory Coats all well before breaking out of their local scenes. We will definitely continue to surprise and innovate the underground dance music scene. It’s been an incredible journey so far and it’s only just begun.

7 – What qualities do you look for in artists that want to submit tracks to your label?

We pride ourselves in sound quality the music has to be right, but it all has to stack up we look at every thing no stone is unturned when deciding to bring an artist on to the label, artists need to be passionate with that burning desire to succeed. We invest a lot in to our artists they have to be the real deal!

8 – How do you think music will change in the next 10 years?

Maybe death of the downloads streaming is becoming more and more popular now a days or it could do a full circle and vinyl will make a big return even maybe some exciting new technologies.

9 – Would you share your music for free to gain more followers?

I love to share my music and finding those people that really dig my sound is a great feeling. I like giving records that I produce away for free and post regular DJ mixes online, its really important for me just to share the music I love.

The most amazing song in the world will not make heads nod if no one hears it music needs to be shared!

10 – What would you say is one of the most important things you have learned as a DJ?

Play to the crowd, engage with people and always be nice!

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Exclusive Interview: Jenna x On Debut Single “When The Party’s Over..”

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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.

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5 — What came first, the melody or the lyrics?

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.


8 — Who did you grow up listening to?

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

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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.

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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

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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.”


10 – Your all-time favourite track is…

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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