Discover Buffalo’s new talent Austin Daily. Chill music is one of his specialties and he is going in the right direction! The up-and-coming producer has just released a remix of “Mrs. Mr.” by Ben Phipps, which features a refreshing and smooth rhythm. In this exclusive interview, we didn’t just talk about this rework, but also about his young music career. You can find all his answers below.
1 – What made you want to be an electronic music producer?
Well, it really all started with me when I first heard of electronic music. Skrillex was on the rise. His “Cinema” remix was huge for me and all my friends. I listened to more music and found out who Martin Garrix was, and “Forbidden Voices” dropped I was like “Yeah I gotta start doing this.” That following Summer I saw Adventure Club live at Life In Color Buffalo and the live performance sealed the deal for me.
2 – Can you explain to us the story behind your DJ alias “Austin Daily”?
This is actually a pretty funny story. When I first began DJ’ing (about three years ago) all my friends we’re like “you need to make a DJ name!” So I sat down at my kitchen table and wrote down a bunch of cool names and landed on “Matrix” (Corny I know) I stuck with it for a while until I began to produce seriously. This past spring I went through some tough times and thought of just rebranding myself as my true own project. So I switched it this past summer to “Austin Daily.” Austin comes from the name my mom was originally going to name me, Daily just kind of flows with it so that’s how I came about that name.
3 – Are you a self-taught producer? What about DJing?
I began with DJ’ing (On accident). I spent my first paycheck on a pioneer DDJ-SR. I made the common mistake of thinking DJ’s made the music on stage with their DJ boards so I bought it thinking I was going to be able to make music. What a disappointment that was when I found out you need expensive software to do that! So I spent most of the remainder of summer practicing my DJ’ing and putting out 10-minute mini mixes (which were god awful) and uploading them to Soundcloud so my friends could hear them. After a while, I really got the hang of it and now I do it pretty well I think based on the reactions I get during club shows.
Producing was a very difficult thing for me when I first started about 2 years ago. I ran into all sorts of problems but long story short, my one friend Nate really showed me kind of the basics of Ableton. (Where everything was and what not) Everything else I kind of just found out by playing around with the software and googling the stuff I didn’t understand. I always would sit in my bedroom and work on songs that would never be finished. A lot of the time, earlier on I was just like, “This is too time-consuming and it’s not as fun as people make it sound.” But I just couldn’t stay away from it and this past year I decided to focus fully on it and I ended up leaving college and devoted my time to learning how to make music. Now I’m not only just producing but having a really fun time and being super creative with it.
4 – You have a new remix you just released, Ben Phipps featuring Lizzy Land’s “Mrs. Mr.”! How long did it take you to remix that?
Yes it’s out now, and in a remix competition so I’m hoping I do really good with that! It honestly took me like two days because I was originally going for a different sound. I really wanted to give it that goose-bump future bass feel so I just kind of went for it and a lot of people really like the new sound I have going on.
5 – Did you add or remove some elements?
I kept the vocals in for the majority of the song as well as some of the main elements like Ben’s chords and plucky strings (I really loved those it added to the atmosphere really well). I took out the bass and replaced it with my own custom sub bass. Of course the drop is all my own sounds. A lot of people don’t really know how much of a blessing back vocals are haha they really make the vocal sound more wide and beautiful.
6 – What makes Chill music so special in people’s lives and what got you into it?
I think that like a lot of the electric music genres, there is a ton of stress relief when it comes to chill music. However, what sets the chill music genre apart from the others is the softness but overall vibe you get when you listen to it. It’s perfect for really any occasion, hanging out with friends, vibing at festivals or just relaxing at home. I got into tropical house before the deeper chill music. Kygo’s early remixes like Ed Sheeran”s “I See Fire” and also his Syn Cole remix. I look up to Kygo a lot because he brings a lot of diversity to the chill scene. I really hope to bring my own version of that as my music grows.
I’m hoping to release something this fall, I’m not really sure yet but I have a lot of tracks saved on my drive! I’m just waiting to find the right singer to sing over some of them. Once I find one I know I’ll be able to narrow down the sound I want and release an EP. On the other hand, while I’m creating remixes I’m learning new tricks and finding new sounds so I’m waiting for the perfect time. But you guys will definitely be hearing a single or two within the next couple months!
8 – How would you describe Buffalo’s music scene?
Buffalo’s music scene is a lot, of hip-hop and country. If you’re ever looking for a girl in Buffalo during the summer, she’s probably at a country concert haha. I like both genres but nothing truly had my attention until I started listening to EDM. I do still go to as many shows as possible and listen to all genres because growing up in a family with music tastes in all different decades, you learn to respect music as an actual art and see the way it changes throughout the decades.
I love Buffalo, and I think being from a place outside of LA and New York sets you apart from the rest. Buffalo is like a very big family it’s a smaller city with a lot of love. I’ve heard a lot about LA and that “everyone is a DJ out there.” or a part of the industry. While that may be true, I think that my music would get drowned out by the people who are creating music for the wrong reasons, fame, and money. I just create music because it’s grown on me so deeply and it makes me happy. So I guess until the right time comes, I’ll be here!
10 – Finally, can you tell us about your dreams for the next 10 years, either in your personal life or in music?
Marrying Alexis Ren! There’s really no telling where life can take its course with me. My dream is to travel the world and spread love and happiness with my music. Hopefully, meet my idols and do some big collaborations. Surrounding myself with the right team that believes and understands me and my music, and a team I can really connect to. The music will always be there, I know that. I’ll always be diverse as the time changes and music does as well. Music is timeless, so I hope to get my music out there and connect with people around the world.
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Beth Crowley: From Books To Music — A Revealing Interview
In this revealing interview, Beth Crowley shares insights into her creative process, the challenges she faces as an artist, and her passion for books and reading. Get ready to dive into the mind of this talented woman and find out what makes her music unique.
1 — Can you tell us about your new single “The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” and how it relates to the book of the same name?
“The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” is based on the book The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, which is about a woman who makes a bargain with the devil where she will get to live forever, but the catch is that no one she meets will remember her. It’s such an interesting premise for a story — how much of life’s enjoyment comes from the people around you who love you? For the song, I wanted to capture how sad and haunting it would be to know that you can’t truly make an impact on the world. I tried to take some themes from the book so that people who have read it will know the “easter eggs” in the song, but it’s not so specific that people who haven’t read it wouldn’t enjoy it.
2 — What makes this composition worth listening to?
I am always proudest of my lyrics. It’s such a careful and painstaking process to craft the exact right lyrics, so I hope that alone makes “The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” worth listening to.
3 — Is there any specific book or author that has had a significant impact on your music?
I don’t think my first book-based song “Warrior” would have taken off like it did if it weren’t for Cassandra Clare (the author of the books it was based on) being incredibly kind and supportive not only when it came out but in the years since. I will always be grateful to her for that.
4 — What would be the title of your life story if it was a book?
Well, This Has Been Unexpected.
5 — Your tunes are often described as emotional piano ballads with cinematic elements. Are you open to experimenting with different sounds in the future?
Absolutely! I don’t think I have painted myself into a corner throughout the years with only having one “sound”— I have had songs that are a little more Rock, musical theatre, or even Country. Doing the same thing over and over again is boring, and I don’t ever want my music to get too predictable.
6 — “Warrior” is your most popular track to date, and it has been streamed over 16 million times on Spotify. What do you believe to be the key factors that contributed to this achievement?
Like I said earlier, Cassandra Clare sharing the song and being so supportive is a huge factor in that. But I also think “Warrior” just resonated with people. It’s about realizing that you are stronger than you think you are, which is something we not only see in tons of different characters through books/movie/television, but something people relate to within themselves as well.
I hate to be vague and say that it’s just a feeling I get, but it really is. When I am writing a song, sometimes I’ll finish a full set of lyrics and just sit with it for a while to see if it still feels right. But sometimes I immediately know it’s done. When I am in the studio, my producer Daniel and I will usually get to a point where we think it might be ready, then listen all the way through one more time just to make sure. It really does just boil down to a “feeling” though.
8 — What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced in your artistic career?
I think my biggest struggle has been trying to not take numbers and social media algorithms too personally. No one really knows how the algorithms work, which can be frustrating when it feels like they control if people are going to hear your music or not. When the algorithms don’t work in your favor and a song doesn’t do as well as you hoped, it’s easy to feel like it’s a failure even if the people who do hear it have good things to say about it. I have to remind myself that I can only do so much and just keep putting out music that I am proud of.
9 — When not working on new music, what other hobbies does Beth Crowley enjoy?
Unsurprisingly, I love reading. There is something really therapeutic about listening to an audiobook while doing a jigsaw puzzle, so I do that pretty often. I host trivia once a week at a bar, which I love. And I spend a lot of time with my family.
10 — Finally, can you reveal details about your upcoming projects?
“The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” is the first single from my upcoming album ‘Unabridged,’ which is going to be all book-based songs. I am really looking forward to seeing people’s reactions when I reveal which books I chose to write songs about, and I have some really great videos and other fun things to go along with them. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
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More To Discover: Additional Insights Into Rubayne’s EP ‘Connections’
Don’t miss out on rising artist Rubayne’s new EP ‘Connections,’ a blend of genres he calls Bass Pop exploring the ups and downs of love. With a special live performance airing on February 24th and music videos planned, it’s an EP not to be missed. Read the interview to learn more.
1 — What is the main theme you explore in your new EP ‘Connections’?
The EP is a set of eclectic love stories that are connected to each other. Throughout the EP, you will discover the feeling of falling in love, being in love, and holding on to love in the toughest time.
2 — Is there any special meaning behind its title?
There are multiple. Firstly, the titles of the songs relate to each other. In addition, I made a stronger connection with my music by involving myself in the songwriting as well.
3 — Did you collaborate with other artists or producers on this project?
Yes. There are a couple of great singers involved with ‘Connections’! Some new, some I do know from the start. I must give credit and big ups to Romy Dya, Yunnee, EthanUno, and Ansaly for their amazing work.
4 — How did you go about crafting the overall sound and style?
The approach for creating ‘Connections’ was different in comparison to my regular creative approach. With each project, I first focused on selecting a main instrument that would characterize the song. Unattainable has the guitar, “Connections” has the bass, and “In Love Tonight” has the piano. After the main instrument and its melody, I would carve out the full production.
I had not, but I focused on having a blend of genres that I and the love theme associate with. I would say this blend of genres can be best described as Bass Pop.
6 — Is there a particular track on the EP that you have a special connection with?
Nope! They are equally special to me and as they complement each other, I feel that I have a special connection with the project as a whole.
7 — Are there any things you wish you had done differently?
When it comes to the EP, there’s nothing I wish I had done differently.
8 — In what ways do you think your songs will resonate with listeners?
I think this project, as well as other songs I have made, encourages its listeners to open up and acknowledge their feelings. I hope my music provides the listeners with a better understanding of themselves.
9 — Have you ever considered creating a music video for any of these news tracks?
I did! I feel like each of the songs has a visual story to tell. However, I have prepared something special for this EP which is visually pleasing as well.
10 — Is there anything else you would like to share about the EP that we haven’t covered in this interview?
To celebrate the release of ‘Connections,’ I recorded a live performance of the EP with all the vocalists and an amazing guitarist (Rob). It will air on February 24th and you can get notified here.
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Discovering Lucii’s Musical Journey And Her New Song “Narcissist”
In this exclusive interview, Lucii shares more about her journey as a musician, the meaning and inspiration behind her new single “Narcissist,” and her plans for the future, including incorporating a live band into her performances and releasing a new album.
1 — How did you first become interested in music and what led you to pursue it as a career?
So I always sang and made songs on guitar as I was growing up but never thought I was good enough. I went to a rave at 17 and really loved it so I started DJing and producing and started to use my vocals on my tracks and it turned into a career!
2 — As a member of the LGBTQ community, how do you feel your identity influences your songs?
I feel like Idk I just write songs about girls, but I think cause I’m female writing about a female gives this extra sparkle of divine femininity.
3 — How do you aim to use your artistic platform to uplift and inspire others in the community?
I just want to make people feel something, music is a form of expression sometimes easier than talking. Mac Miller helped so much with my mental health and I just wanna be that to someone. Make people not feel alone, especially the LGBTQ community.
4 — Please tell us more about the meaning and inspiration behind your new single “Narcissist.”
I was in therapy and was describing this person to my therapist and she said (her name is Andrea and I shout her out in the song) “well that person sounds like a Narcissist” I NEVER heard of that word in my life so I started writing that night “you’re a Narcissist says my therapist” and that’s how it came about. I just wanted an angry song about a Narcissist so I made it.
Probably “thank god for Andrea I should send the bill to ya for all the times I’m in the chair wondering how I got here” Andrea is my therapist and I just think that’s a BA.
6 — How has your experience been as an electronic music producer and how has that influenced your shift into the Pop genre?
I feel like it influenced my Pop music a lot because I want my songs to have energy even if they’re sad, I want that emotional wave rollercoaster to feel like dance music gives.
7 — Are you planning to incorporate a live band into your performances?
YES!! I cannot wait to start playing with my band. I can’t wait to be closer to my audience and just play my songs, that is my dream and I can’t wait to do that soon hehe.
Details on the upcoming album will be announced soon.
9 — What message would you like to send to aspiring LGBTQ musicians looking to break into the industry?
I would say just fucking go for it we NEED you. Look at fletcher she is breaking boundaries right now she is a full-on amazing Pop star and watching her grow has just been so inspiring and made me realize I can do this, I can make the move from being a DJ to being a live performance act.
10 — How do you see your music evolving in the future?
I see myself going through eras, I really love how Taylor Swift each of her albums feel like a chapter to read from ‘1989’ to ‘REPUTATION’ and OMG ‘Folklore.’ All of them are AMAZING but I just want to give that feeling with every one of my albums, as you listen to it and you’re transported back in time to a feeling.