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Exclusive Interview: Luchi Discusses The Making Of “You’ll Hurt More”



Luchi You'll Hurt More

In an exclusive interview with Electro Wow, Luciano Arcari aka Luchi bares the distinctive qualities that elevate “You’ll Hurt More” to a league of its own within the heartbreak anthem sphere. Get ready for an enthralling read!

1 — What led you to compose “You’ll Hurt More,” were there personal experiences that influenced the lyrics?

Thanks so much for having me today. I’ve been so excited to get this song out so I’m relieved it’s finally in the world. The song came about after I got a DM from one of my ex’s on Instagram asking to meet up for a coffee and a chat. I decided instead of responding that I’d write a song and that’s how You’ll Hurt More came to life. I think a lot of us have been there after a breakup when you’re heartbroken and after some social media stalking, you see that your ex has moved on, well this ex moved on while we were still in the relationship but that’s a different story and song haha, and you can sometimes feel like it turns into a game of who is doing better and that you lost the breakup but in time, once you’re heart has healed, you can move on while they have to live with the fact they lost the best thing that ever happened to them. Sometimes it best to say what you wanna say in a song than in a message to a person I think.

2 — What impact do you believe the lyric video will have on listeners?

With this lyric video, it was more about bringing in the fun as my last few have been pretty deep with animations covering quite heavy subjects. I wanted a neon theme as it’s firstly my favourite colour palette, but also I wanted it to just be fun. There are music synced animations in the video so it feels like you’re on the journey of the song. As much as I love singing a sad ballad, this whole project is just showing my versatility as an artist who hopefully will be around for a long time.

3 — Songwriting often involves finding the right words to convey powerful messages. Did you use any technique?

There is no specific technique I use when it comes to writing lyrics. I have endless notes of cool phrases or interesting metaphors and I usually draw on them for inspiration but mostly I just let it flow out. I spent a lot of time reading and expanding my vocabulary, hours of sitting with a thesaurus just learning as I wasn’t the best student in school so it was really important to me to expand my vocabulary so that I had more ways of expressing myself. If you listen to someone like Mariah Carey, she uses really interesting words and some wild rhymes so I deffo count her as one of my lyrical inspirations. My advice to others would be to use your authentic voice and language as it brings a unique message to your music.

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4 — Is there something about the chorus that stands out to you and makes it a noteworthy part of this song?

Especially in Pop music, the chorus is the most important part of the song as it’s the part the listener usually sings along to and remembers. It is repeated throughout the song so it has to be able to relate to the whole song throughout and it’s the universal part of the song for me. In verses, you can make it a bit more personal but the chorus needs to draw the listener in and connect them. I think with this song it’s the powerful fighting back part of the song and is the payoff that you want after the verses are a bit more painting the picture. I love the lyrical content of this chorus as it keeps it simple while being powerful the first half talks about how I’ll move on while the second half of the chorus is aimed at the person and how they will live with regret so you get both sides of the story.

5 — Was this track a collaborative effort, or did you work on it exclusively by yourself?

I wrote the melody, chords, and lyrics on this track solo and then my producer Chris Stagg helped me form it into the anthem you hear today. I’m heavily involved in the production side of my songs too but I always credit Chris to having a big part in helping me discover the “Luchi sound.” I’m actually releasing an acoustic version of the song on 21st August which is how I originally wrote the song so I’m excited for people to hear that as it feels like seeing behind the curtain a bit.

6 — How would you break down the sound palette of the melody?

I’d describe the melody as playful but also strong. I think that when you are writing a song like this, you want the melody to match the lyrics so being able to play around adds to the fun of it. Whereas with a power pop ballad, you get to show off your vocal skills and come up with interesting melismas, with this kind of track, it’s more about keeping it simple but interesting with dynamics that keep the listeners’ ear. You also want it to be easily remembered and that people have the ability to sing along to. While I love artists like Donny Hathaway, For All We Know is one of my favourite songs, the melodies can often be more complicated for people to sing along with and it’s more about listening to the singer than being involved but I like my listener to be able to belt the songs out and take ownership of the song.

7 — Heartbreak anthems often evoke a powerful response from listeners. How do you think “You’ll Hurt More” stands out in this genre?

I think that heartbreak is running through a lot of hit singles as it’s universal. Most of us have had our hearts broken at some point so it’s easy to resonate with the message. I think the things that make me stand out in this genre is that it’s coming from a LGBTQI+ perspective which has often been hidden away and I’ve deliberately in my music made sure to use male pronouns when discussing partners as I feel it’s important to have representation. I got some backlash for this at the start of my career but a little controversy wasn’t going to stop me from representing my community. I think you can also feel my authenticity and vulnerability through the song and that is universal with all my music. All my songs come from true life stories so I think my audience can feel that and it connects us.

8 — How do you go about preserving the strength of your singing voice?

Hydration, hydration, hydration. It is so important to make sure that your vocal cords are hydrated so streaming, drinking lots of water, and avoiding dehydrating things like caffeine or smoking. I gave up smoking in March 2020 and I limit my caffeine and I’ve seen my voice improve so much from this alone. I also make sure to warm up my voice and do vocal exercises to keep my voice in check. I’ve been using The Vocal Coach, Annabel Williams app recently and the exercises are great. Rest before any heavy singing and remember that your voice is a muscle, the more you work it, the stronger it gets. I also read recently that Aretha Franklin used to order buckets of fried chicken in the studio as she believed the grease would lubricant her voice so if it’s good enough for the Queen of Soul, then I’ll need to try it next time in the studio.

9 — Are there any specific goals you’re aiming to achieve through your current musical undertakings?

This part of my career is about bringing the fun back. I got a bit lost navigating my way through the industry and now I’m just releasing the music I want to release, doing it my way and I think that is resonating with my audience. I’m not trying to be anyone else or imitate anymore, I’m just doing me and that feels great. I’m so grateful for the successes I’ve already had and I’m so excited for what’s to come.

10 — What’s in store for your fans in the remaining months of 2023?

Well, there’s a lot more music to come, my next single is already ready to go and it’s one of my favourite songs I’ve written and is really special. I’ll hopefully be back on to talk about that soon and I’ve been in the studio and recorded the next few singles after that too so hold on tight because this new wave of music is fresh and exciting for me.



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.


Notaker’s Insights On His Debut Independent Album, ‘Echoes In Eternity’



Notaker Echoes In Eternity

In a candid interview, Notaker talks about the most important details behind his debut independent album, ‘Echoes In Eternity. He offers his fans a glimpse into the inspiration and emotions that fueled its creation. Happy reading!

1 — In your words, how would you describe the sonic atmosphere of this new album, ‘Echoes In Eternity’?

I would describe it as otherworldly, outrun retro, or dimensional. Those are the kinds of ideas I really aimed at for this project.

2 — ‘Echoes In Eternity’ is an interesting album title. Can you share the story or concept behind choosing this name?

I’ve always liked the famous quote from Marcus Aurelius “What we do now echoes in eternity”. It parallels what I wanted to do with this album which was to make something timeless that I could look back on many years from now and feel proud to have created.

3 — How do you think this album engages listeners on an emotional level?

As it hasn’t been released yet I’m not quite sure. It certainly holds a lot of myself in the music and hopefully, those emotions that I felt creating the music will shine through to listeners when they hear the album.

4 — What steps did you take to connect and work with Danyka Nadeau and Eric Lumiere?

I knew Eric from a collaboration we created previously so it was very easy to reach back out to him and work again. Danyka and I met through her manager Daniel who thought we could create something awesome together, and he was very right. It was a true treat to work with both, they are amazing artists.

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5 — How does this material differ from your previous work with mau5trap and Anjuna?

It’s much less confined to any parameter a label might impose upon my work. This is truly a raw and unfiltered look at my music. The most “me” thing I feel I’ve ever created.

6 — Is there any particular track in the album that holds a special meaning to you?

In a way they all are, it’s tough to choose. I think the “Illusion of Time” is very special as I got to make that with one of my friends Kyu who played the hand pan which I sampled for that song. Always great to create things with friends.

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How would you describe the evolution of your artistic style and sound as reflected in this album?

In a way it’s cyclical. Finding new things that sound nostalgic to me and then creating them in a new and interesting way. Hopefully, people can hear that in my sound, something new but also familiar.



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Öwnboss & Selva Dish On The Creation Of “RIOT” — Interview



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Closing out the festival season with a bang, Brazilian talents Öwnboss and Selva team up on anthemic dance hit “RIOT” for their debut on the respected label Monstercat. Not only a mainstage monster, “RIOT” gears up to take on the virtual world as the official anthem in the latest Brazilian-themed season of the sports-based video game Rocket League.

We caught up with Öwnboss and Selva to go behind the scenes on the making of “RIOT.”

1 — First of all, how do you maintain a balance between staying true to your own unique style while collaborating and complementing each other’s musical style?

Selva: I think the fun part about collaborating is to mix things up and see what happens. That being said, presenting ideas with context, staying true to yourself, and respecting the collaborator’s input is the formula to create something interesting that you wouldn’t come up with yourself. For example, Öwnboss has his famous lead synth, but we never forced it in. The progression choices and the energy that builds up until the drop made that synth not only essential but also brought the power we needed for the drop!

Öwnboss: I would say that I don’t have much of that balance because I’d say I don’t follow only a single style, you know? My sound is what I like to play, what makes sense at the moment, and what makes me happy. Of course, “Move Your Body” is a track that defines me in a way and I’m very proud of it, but I always try to evolve and improve my productions, as happened here with Selva. “RIOT” had more than 10 versions that went through various musical styles, which speaks a lot to my trajectory as a producer as well. The final version was our favourite, and it brings a lot of who we are as musicians.

2 — “RIOT” is set to debut in Rocket League’s battle arenas. Is this the first time you have produced music for video games?

Öwnboss: That’s a good question because we didn’t really produce the song thinking about having it in a video game, but that’s exactly what happened in the end. I had the pleasure of having “Move Your Body” on the Formula 1 2022 soundtrack, I believe for the size the track has taken by playing on the stages worldwide. With “RIOT,” I think we were able to produce such an exciting, rebellious song…. almost like a generational anthem, that seeing it as a soundtrack for such an important and young game like Rocket League turns out to be a perfect fit. “RIOT” really has a feel of action and adrenaline.

Selva: Yes, for me it’s the first time. I still am getting used to hearing my kids across the house turning on Rocket League and hearing my song!

3 — What qualities do you like the most about the vocals on ‘RIOT’?

Selva: I think the vocals are the soul of this song. We built the song around it, and we worked really hard for the production to play the role of enhancing the power of those lyrics.

Öwnboss: I agree. I really like the contrast between the vocals of the children singing in a very high-pitched tone and Brian’s voice, more serious. I think it’s a very good balance since the sonorities complement each other. Another thing that catches me is this “battle anthem” vibe of hers, it feels half revolutionary, like… Pink Floyd. It had been a while since I’d received a vocal with this strength, and I believe that’s why this track became so important to us.

4 — Imagine you could incite a riot for change. What goal would you inspire people to stand up for?

Öwnboss: That’s a tough question to answer because the world needs a lot of change, so how do you choose the most important one? Or the most urgent. What comes first in my mind is a riot for people to be themselves, without being ashamed and without worrying about what others will think. Be yourself. I think it is a path of no return to freedom and happiness. Probably the world would be better and lighter if everyone could follow that.

Selva: Interesting question! I think once you create a song and put it out into the world, the meaning of it is no longer yours to choose. Everyone has a different life experience and people digest ideas and messages in a very singular way. At first, this song didn’t have a political angle, but it can absolutely have.
I’d say: start a riot in your heart, soul, and mind.

5 — Öwnboss, your busy 2023 World Tour is currently underway. How does the release of “RIOT” fit into your tour’s momentum?

Öwnboss: The release of “RIOT” in the middle of my tour was very important because I was able to play the track on various stages around the world without it being released. People don’t know it, but the music captivates almost instantly, which makes it an important reinforcement for my sets. I see the audience eager to learn the lyrics. I can say “RIOT” certainly arrived at a good time.

6 — Selva, as a platinum-certified songwriter and producer, you have worked with prominent names in the EDM scene. What new things did you learn from this collaboration?

Selva: I think of myself as a songwriter above anything, and I’m blessed enough to work with so many different accomplished and talented artists, including Öwnboss whom I have written a number of songs. “RIOT” is a special one for me, and it just felt right to represent this one by his side. I personally learned to trust my gut more than ever.

7 — Can you capture the essence of “RIOT” in just one sentence?

Öwnboss: RIOT is energetic, revolutionary, and catchy.

Selva: All revolutions start in the soul.

8 — Were there any specific elements that made the creation of this track particularly challenging?

Selva: The chorus. We knew the chorus was potent and strong, but it was challenging to “dose” it through the song. We did a bunch of versions in order to land one that we felt delivered the chorus without being repetitive and enhanced it.

Öwnboss: Yeah, the vocals, for sure. And the collaboration with a children’s choir, which is the “extra touch” and makes it different from anything that I’ve ever produced before.

9 — What specific role did you play while working on “RIOT”?

Öwnboss: The lyrics were written by Brian, so my main role was to help set the musicality of the track, creating a climax on the chorus and the revolutionary footprint we wanted for it. Then, another challenge of ours was to integrate the high-pitched voice of the children’s choir with the other elements of the track, so that it would be dense, dynamic and keep the rebellious tone.

Selva: As mentioned I was on the songwriting. I dove in on the production as well later on, but I’d say I mainly focused on melody and lyrics and let my main man Öwnboss do his thing and create the whole context and drop.

10 — If a future collaboration opportunity arises, what new things would you be interested in exploring?

Selva: I’d like to have another go at exploring a RIOT-like anthemic chorus again, maybe in a higher BPM.

Öwnboss: Each collaboration is the reflection of the moment that I’m living. After that everything changes, so I think it’s hard to answer this question. I will always explore what is true and meaningful to me in that moment, so my music can speak to others.




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Exclusive Interview: Paul Mayson Delves Into His Debut Album ‘One Life’



One Life Paul Mayson Interview

Paul Mayson‘s first-ever album, ‘One Life,’ is like a special mix of his love for House music, blended with different kinds of sounds and cool collaborations from artists all over the world. You definitely don’t want to miss this interview!

1 — With the release of your debut album ‘One Life,’ what are your expectations for how listeners will connect with the music?

My goal was to showcase my story and my sound. And for it to be an uplifting, positive, and summery album. Hopefully, it feels like that! It’s a collection of songs made at the moment, to make you feel happy and free. It’s about embracing life, the good things and the bad. And about doing what makes you happy.

2 — You’ve teamed up with a diverse range of international artists on this material. Please let us know how these collaborations came to be.

It was really exciting taking elements from different genres, working with a group of great artists who come from very different backgrounds, and bringing all of these sounds and flavors together on one project. A lot of artists I meet myself, reach out to the people I’m interested in. I often travel abroad to work on music together and do sessions in London or LA. Sometimes collabs can also happen through the label or the publisher, but ultimately it’s great to have an artist-to-artist relationship.

3 – What compelled you to emphasize the themes of life, freedom, and diversity in this album?

I’m very passionate about House music culture and the way it started. Which was all about positivity and celebrating life together. I love that message and think the soulful, feel-good element of House music is what always really attracted me to the genre. And to music in general, including other genres like Soul and RnB.

4 – Can you share more details about the process of integrating experimental elements into the music production of your album?

A few of the songs (like “Tell Me How” and “I Want You”) were basically made during one big jam session. It’s me just trying out completely different sounds, textures, and rhythms and experimenting with live drums, guitars, and whatever I feel like. Letting go of any rules connected to dance music allows for a really fresh approach to the album songs.

6 – How does the artwork complement the album’s concept?

It emphasizes the feel-good element and the overall message of the album. Life is in front of you, it’s there for the taking. You’re in the hallway, step into the light and embrace life.

Paul Mayson One Life
7 – Will there be another amazing music video like “Have It All,” dropping in the near future?

We released a really cool art piece and visualizer for the album which I’m very excited about!

8 – Given your ambition to push boundaries within the Dance genre, do you think the bunch of producers already out there could make it tough for you to really stand out?

I think individuality is key. Doing something you’re passionate about. Telling your own story. If you go into that process, the outcome will be unique. Not following trends and doing my own thing is what helps me stand out and allows me to be ahead and I try to keep pushing myself.

9 – Among your studio essentials, what’s the item that you consider the cornerstone of your setup?

Quite a lot of my work is digital. I carry my laptop around and can produce and write anywhere with it, whether it’s my home studio, the studio in Amsterdam, a hotel, or even an airport. That’s what makes it flexible and international! Just being able to work anywhere and get the creative process going. At home I also love my Adam A77x monitors and I also use a Prophet synth.



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