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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.

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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.

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7 – When will you release your debut single? Will it be a vocal or an instrumental track?

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.

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9 – Are you planning to move in the future?

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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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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