Andy Favre, 28 years old, French film composer, better known under his stage name Alpine Universe unveiled his new music video “Leap Of Faith” this month. The video directed by Spanish director German Izquierdo Valero features Favre performing live with a custom rig made of unique electronic and midi instruments. Alpine Universe vows to encourage the EDM scene to keep expanding towards new horizons with live settings and studio experimentation. The strength of electronic music is that it is a HUGE spectrum of genres. Alpine aims to explore some untouched areas of that spectrum and take the time to craft new sounds, even if the music is hard to classify in the end.
ALPINE UNIVERSE: “In the Leap Of Faith music video I perform a series of solos on different instruments: a synthesizer, midi finger-triggers, pedals, electronic drums and an electronic accordion. It demonstrates how electronic music can have a lot of performance elements within a DJ setup. German and I wanted this video to have an artful aesthetic, not just a performance recording. German brought his sense of visual storytelling, philosophy and symbolism to the screen in a very subtle and tasteful way.”
Leap Of Faith is released ahead of the THE LINES EP inspired by Favre’s background as a big-mountain skier. The Lines EP consists of 5 songs that were made for ski, extreme sports videos and documentaries featuring some of the best riders on the planet. Some of these films have already been released, while others are touring film festivals at the moment. It is a sequel to Alpine Universe’s epic soundtrack named ‘SEDNA’ released last summer.
ALPINE UNIVERSE: “The Lines EP is about living in the moment, being in tune with the elements and not being affected by the trends. It’s about choosing your own “line”. When you pick a certain line down the mountain, you may take risks, but only to push your own limits: it’s not about competition or fashion, it is about beauty and elegance.
Within an all-electronic environment, I have played and recorded real instruments such as guitars, ancient drums, accordion and strings all integrated into a vast palette of musical genres, from the melodic dubstep of “Waterbender” to the industrial “Hyperion” and the big-beat sounds of “The Klimb”. It is balanced with the softer and earthy mood of “We are Found” and the fun, childlike “Freeski” song. The LINES EP doesn’t follow any recipe.”
The recording of ‘Lines’ was unusually long. Within a music sequencer, every note is quantized and each performance can be altered to perfection, but for this EP, Favre was looking for a “human touch”. The addition of many layers of acoustic instruments was an incredible amount of work. Moreover, as a film composer, Favre is attached to storytelling, symbolism and raw emotions. Each Alpine Universe track is crafted to be an epic journey with its own storyline.
Alpine Universe is currently working on a single with the Musyca Children’s Choir in Los Angeles: They are about to record some new music with a group of more than 40 kids. He is also part of the artist collective Everett Entertainment. They just started a new record label called Space Gang Records specializing in bass music, trap and hip-hop.
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Belgian Talent Robert Falcon Drops Electro-House Gem “Like This”
Belgian producer Robert Falcon makes his triumphant return to Alok’s CONTROVERSIA with his hard-hitting new single “Like This.” Armed with a sinister driving bassline, powerful undulating melodies, and catchy vocal riff, the release is perfect timing for the quickly approaching summer festival season. “Like This” is the type of track that naturally fills dancefloors and ups the ante, bringing strong electro-house energy to anything from your weekend party night to your morning workout. CONTROVERSIA has had several high-profile releases this year already, including label boss Alok’s “Ready Set Go,” Ralk, Different Stage & sone.’s “Deeper Love” and Dynamick’s “Bite My Tongue.”
Originally hailing from Belgium, Robert Falcon was only 21 when he signed his first record – “Raptor” in the “Quintino Edit” to the biggest label in the dance industry, Spinnin’ Records. From then on, Falcon’s original productions were frequently listed in all the biggest Spotify playlists and Beatport’s charts alike. A promising prelude to what was coming. Dropping some serious playlist killers last year, like “Another Side” with Matisse & Sadko on STMPD RCRDS, “My Love” with Breathe Carolina on Spinnin’ Records, and “Gravity” with Sagan on Musical Freedom. His quality productions get steady support from all the industry heavyweights like Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack, Tiesto, Robin Schulz, and many more! His crafted and unpredictable sound shows not only his huge musical potential but also his drive for his music to be heard in every corner of the world. With a positive mindset, great music, and a creative view of his brand, the youngster has already played stages on huge festivals like Tomorrowland, Parookaville (Germ), Sunburn, Ultra Korea, World Club Dome, Miami Music Week, Dreamland Festival, not to mention the famous clubs he already played from Asia to all parts of Europe. Looking ahead to what is coming.
Alok’s CONTROVERSIA continues to go from strength to strength, and this latest release is another fine example of a label making all the right moves to maintain its impressive forward momentum. Since its inception in June 2019, CONTROVERSIA has accumulated over 1 billion Spotify streams thanks to its remarkable family of artists, including Yves V, Alan Walker, Bhaskar, Alle Farben, Vintage Culture, and more. All of whom have helped CONTROVERSIA quickly establish itself as one of the most successful independent labels in dance music today.
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Marnik Returns To Dim Mak Records With “Artificial Intelligence”
Italian superstar artists Marnik make their return to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak with their new dancefloor-filler “Artificial Intelligence,” for which they teamed up with French/Belgian duo Sirona and Azerbaijani artist Heyder. The track delivers heat from the get-go, beginning with digitized buildup that melds into a driving, deep tech house breakdown with stabbing mechanical synths. Together with its distorted voiceover, the name “Artificial Intelligence” is more than appropriate and will have listeners envision themselves in their favorite epic video game. Marnik recently appeared on Dim Mak with their single “Stop The World” with Steve Aoki and Leony, while Sirona has released on Warner and Sony and Heyder on Universal, Warner, Atlantic, and more.
“These days, everyone is talking about the new AI technology and the positive and negative effects this could have on human beings, so with this track, we just imagined a dystopian world where eventually A.I. is gonna take over our future.” — Marnik
Marnik has quickly risen as one of the hottest up-and-coming talents in today’s dance scene. After amassing more than 300 million streams on digital platforms and earning numerous gold and platinum records, Emanuele and Alessandro have definitely imposed their trademark with songs like “Up & Down,” “Alone” or “Children of a Miracle,” which have been massively played on radios. Beyond their success as producers, Marnik has toured the world, hitting coveted destinations, including Tomorrowland, Sunburn Music Festival, World Club Dome, Story Miami, Ushuaia Ibiza, and more.
Sirona is a duo of electronic music collaborators sharing a strong bond of French heritage and a global mix of inspiration stemming from their French and Belgian residences, respectively. As individual artists, they managed to amass in advance 10 million streams with consistent radio support for their respective releases. Naturally, combining their passion and skill since 2018 has proven fruitful as they launch the project with their debut release, collaborating with chart toppers and global star Chuckie with “Bugatti Ridin” on The Cross Records/Island Records. Now with “Artificial Intelligence,” their outlook just gets brighter and brighter.
Born and raised in Azerbaijan, DJ/producer Heyder, started his musical journey as a child and immediately knew that it was his future. He counts legends such as Armin van Buuren and Dash Berlin among his inspirations. After starting producing in 2014, he was invited to perform live on the stage of one of the biggest EDM music festivals – EDC Mexico 2016. His remixes have been supported by many worldwide DJs and have been played at almost all major music festivals, such as Tomorrowland, Ultra Music, etc. Billboard added Heyder’s official remix for Charlie Puth’s “We Don’t Talk Anymore” to the list of best 12 remixes for Charlie’s songs. In 2017, Heyder signed an artist management agreement with famous SDM management and started to work under the management of Stefan Dabruck. His latest remixes were signed by Universal Music, Warner Music, Atlantic Records, Big Beat Records, BMG, and more.
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Hardwell & Maddix Remix Timeless Electro House Hit “Satisfaction”
Hardwell and Maddix have teamed up to bring a fresh twist to the timeless classic “Satisfaction.” They gave new life to the latest version produced by Benny Benassi and David Guetta. Check out the full video!
Originally released in 2002, “Satisfaction” quickly became a club hit with its upbeat Electro House sound and catchy synths. Now, over two decades later, the new remix is sure to get the crowds jumping once again.
In my opinion, this cut stays true to the original rhythm, however, Hardwell and Maddix add updated hard-hitting drops and futuristic elements. Whether you’re a fan of the original or just love a good banger, this melody is definitely made for you.
Unquestionably, the result is a high-energy, high-impact version of “Satisfaction.” With its iconic status in the electronic music world, it’s no surprise that this track has been remixed countless times over the years, but I believe nothing else can surpass such a great edit.
Get ready to feel the “Satisfaction” as you dance to this powerful reinterpretation, which stands out as an exciting take on the memorable club/festival hit.
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