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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M.D. Chau Opens Up About Music And New Song “Stand Next To Me”
M.D. Chau is a recording artist and music producer previously known as “Minh.” Today he shares a beautiful single titled “Stand Next To Me,” which carries a message of hope for humanity and a better world. Learn more about him in this interview.
1 — When exactly did you change your artistic name?
With the “Stand Next To Me” release, I decided to change my artist name to M.D. Chau. The main reason is there are so many Vietnamese artists named “Minh” and I just couldn’t come up with some clever name that was congruent with who I am.
2 — Musically speaking, are there any differences between Minh and M.D. Chau?
I think the difference is I’m no longer chasing fame or wealth in my music endeavors. I do well in business and I really don’t need much from the industry or even people in terms of approval or accolades. I want to make honest music and use sounds I personally enjoy. Under “Minh” I was trying to find “my sound” mostly because the industry forced that kind of thinking. Now, I don’t really care about any of that. And the music I make, I don’t need it to become popular.
3 — Do you still see yourself pursuing music as a career or a hobby?
The world may correlate or validate a “career” in art with monetary gain and not for the frequency of works being released by the artist. I don’t look at it that way. It’s always been a career for me and will continue to be, but it’s part of my entrepreneurial career – it’s a creative venture within the whole of my entrepreneurial life and my goals.
4 — Are you ever stuck for what record to make next?
Not personally, as far as creative direction or ideation. If something is not being created, it usually has to do with the time and resources I need to get what I want to create out. I have two songs now in the works and I’m letting it sit a bit so I can come back to it with an evolved perspective. One is called “Good To Me” and one is called “Broken Inside”, both of which I wrote in the studio when I decided to just book the room and see what comes out.
I think everyone does and I do too. I would say that it matters less the older I get and the more I realize how true that opening line from “Ted” the movie is… “No matter how big a splash you make in this world whether you’re Corey Feldman, Frankie Muniz, Justin Bieber, or a talking teddy bear, eventually, nobody gives a shit.”
6 – Your latest single “Stand Next To Me” is awesome! What are the lyrics about?
With the lyrics, I wanted to draw attention to the one thing I think we all have in common as humanity, no matter what our differences are… we want to see our families do well and not hurt. I feel like if we can all get around that, we might just gain enough empathy to come together and figure out a middle ground and stop hurting each other’s families. Because of all this hate and division, that’s all it’s doing. I hope the song can somehow be used to bring us together. If I can get the resources and connections I need, I’d love to do an essay and songwriting contest about unity in middle schools and high schools across the country with a scholarship prize with the theme “Stand Next To Me.”
7 – Who or what inspired you to write this song?
All the Asian hate crimes happening as well as the injustices happening to pretty much every race across our globe. I also always had a vision in my head of all the moms in the world that work so hard for their families, including my mom. And when we act like horrible human beings, we shame them – we shame the family that has been sacrificing so much for us. For another person, it may not be a mother – it may be their father, uncle, grandma, etc… we have to do better as humans, for our family’s sake.
The pianist on my song is also an incredible music director, Rashad Howard. He’s played for some big names in music. He also plays in churches, so when I wanted a choir sound, he got some choir singers from a church he plays for and that’s what we came up with in the studio in a session. They did an incredible job!
9 – Are you already working on your next single?
Yes, there are two I’m working on that I mentioned in the previous question. But, I’m also thinking about re-doing some of the songs from when I was “Minh” and released five albums. Some of those songs I think deserve a new musical effort behind them.
10 – If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I don’t think artists and songwriters are being compensated enough to make a living, yet songs permeate every aspect of our lives. I wish entrepreneurs could figure out a way to reward artists in their ventures that use music as a vehicle. I don’t think you can expect consumers to step up. I think business people need to consider the hard work behind every piece of music released for their use. I think artists also need to understand that if there’s not a marriage between art and commerce, none of us would be inspired by any of the artists that have influenced us – and that’s true in every artform! Many artists are too difficult when it comes to commercializing their art and they don’t reach someone that probably really needs a piece of what is coming out of them.
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Interview | Questions & Answers With Cultural Vultures
Danny Schneider aka Cultural Vultures is hoping to become the opening act for Coldplay and Black Eyed Peas via Audacy’s new competition. The winner will perform in the biggest concert of the year at the Hollywood Bowl. Get to know the artist better through this interesting interview.
1 — Did you begin playing drums or guitar just as you hit your teens?
Guitar has been my go-to instrument of choice, although I love the piano as well. Drums have always been intriguing to me and love beats and movement. Music takes me to a different place. It opens up parts of my brain that normal thought can’t access.
2 — How have you changed musically over the years?
Well, when I was younger I would listen differently than I do now. I would definitely not overthink or overcomplicate a song and just love it for what it was. Now I’m listening to all of the delicate intricacies that make a song. The arrangement, the melodies. Figuring out the key by just listening. I try to pick out all of the subtle instruments in the songs that you don’t know you are hearing. The melody in a lyric, etc.
3 — What do all your songs have in common?
People have gotten away from albums. Now people listen to a single song because of the platform they are on. I’ll write an entire album and although each song is separate there is a flow and they are all connected by sound. My songs as a whole usually tell a story collectively throughout the album. I will also use the same theme musically. For instance, in my songs, I have a huge orchestral element that I wrote for each song. All of the songs on the albums will have this because even though it’s a Rock song, to me it has to flow with the album. Like a DJ in a club, the transition from one song to the next should be seamless.
4 — Which musician other than yourself have you ever wanted to be?
I don’t think anyone wants to be someone else. There are musicians I admire Like Brian Eno, Trent Reznor, Bjork, and Tricky. I’d say in my opinion Prince was the greatest guitarist the world has seen. Even better than Hendrix. Prince’s biggest downfall was he was brilliant in every instrument so it overshadowed how incredible a guitarist he was.
5 — Is “Catch Hell For Comfort” your all-time favorite song from your catalog?
I am proud of that song and it’s been the one most people know me for. It’s not my favorite though, there are a few I’ve written but haven’t released yet which inspire me and make me giddy at times. As far as ones I’ve written and released I’d say “Time”, or “Surreal Sister” would be my favorites. Time builds on itself like you are walking up a mountain, then in a moment it’s like you are caught in an avalanche and you are falling. “Surreal Sister” to me is a beautiful yet fast-paced song that I love.
6 — Who would you dedicate these lyrics to?
I was the first artist signed to WatchMojo’s new record label SoundMojo. They primarily released my music videos though not my albums. So I would say as far as that is concerned I’m not signed to a label.
8 — We know you’re running to open for Coldplay and Black Eyed Peas at the Hollywood Bowl. Please tell us more.
Well, I was picked with several other bands to open for both of those bands but it’s a voting thing. I would need my fans to vote on Theopenact.com for it to happen. We will see what happens. I just love performing and getting lost in the music on stage.
Haha, usually I’ll sing loud in my car trying to stretch those vocal muscles. Typically I’ll sing a lot of Mad Season songs, I’ve always loved Layne Staley’s voice.
10 — What else can we expect from Cultural Vultures for the rest of the year?
Well, I’m doing a couple more music videos, a live studio performance, and working on the fourth album. We will see what’s next, I’m always ready to keep working and living this adventure.
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The Two Fake Blondes Drop A String Of Hot Remixes, Full Interview Here
The Two Fake Blondes is a husband-and-wife duo based in Seattle, Washington. Since the release of their debut album ‘Out Of The Darkness,’ they’ve been gaining momentum across the electronic music scene. In this interview, we discuss their recent remixes and much more…
1 — Why did you decide to release a string of the remixes?
We really wanted to continue to breathe life into our album, and we thought – what better way to do that than calling up a few of our awesome friends and asking them to offer their own interpretations to songs off of our album via a remix?!
2 — How did these collaborations take shape?
When ‘Out Of The Darkness’ was released last fall, we already had three out of the four artists in mind that we wanted to get involved on remix duty. So in that process, we reached out and asked them to choose a song from the album that stuck out to them. Each of them came back with a song choice and really meaningful reasons on why they chose the song that they did. On the fourth remix, Sherm actually reached out to us explaining how much “Alone” spoke to him on a personal level and how instantly he knew he wanted to remix it.
3 — From a production standpoint, were things done drastically different with each remix?
Yes, each remix was drastically different from the original, which we loved! The most consistent aspect was Hannah’s vocal, but otherwise, everyone tapped into their own magnificent creative workflow and delivered remixes that blew us away. We couldn’t be happier with each one.
4 — All of them sound pretty dope, which one is good for clubs and festivals?
We’ve got Sherm’s Tech-House remix, which is guaranteed to go off at the clubs. Yabe’s Deep House would be a sick poolside party track. Deadman’s Future House remix would surely blow the speakers out on a festival stage and finally, you’ve got Neon Feather’s epic Synthwave/House track that you could listen to literally anywhere. It’s such a good range!
5 —How would you describe your role during the creative process?
When it came to these remixes, we just took our hands off the wheel and handed the keys over to the remixers. Because we were fans of each of their music already, (and had already worked with some) we knew we wouldn’t be getting anything less than fantastic from each of them. We did make tweaks for the final mixes, but otherwise, it was all them.
6 — What philosophy guides your music career?
Hard work and joy. We love to hustle and work hard, it’s literally in each of our DNA – it’s so fun for us! We love seeing results, we love reaping the rewards BUT at the end of the day – are we healthy? Are we burnt out? How is our marriage? We also try to see everything we do music-wise through our fans’ points of view. There’s nothing that makes us happier (when it comes to music) than being up on stage sharing incredible moments with the audience and getting to chat with them after. We’re here to give them an escape and hopefully enhance their lives in some way, big or small. We try to recreate that with our social media experience as well. We love our music fam!
7 — Do you believe being a husband-wife duo makes things easier while working together at the studio?
We’ve built our relationship on mutual respect, trust, and communication. We had no idea how much these traits would translate into the studio! We both also know each of our strengths so we don’t need to step on each other’s toes. We take credit for everything together equally, even if at the end of the day we know who did what. Haha! Ego is always left at the door when we head into the studio.
8 — Have you ever worked on solo projects separately?
Yes, Pete was just Petey Mac for a long time, producing House and Tech-House. Hannah was actually a Country music artist (Hannah Michelle Weeks) for almost two decades!
9 —So far, what’s the best feedback you’ve received about your debut album ‘Out Of The Darkness’?
Besides the positive comments from our fans on social media and personal stories from our remixers, I think the coolest thing has been seeing how many “saves” the songs are getting on Spotify. We all know, you really really have to like a song to make the effort to hit that heart! We’ve had so many amazing blog write-ups as well and feel so abundantly grateful for our supporters in the press.
10 — Musically speaking, what are your plans for the upcoming months?
We are actually having a baby in about 6 weeks! We are going to take some time off of social media and really soak up these last few weeks before parenthood begins – we cannot wait to meet our baby boy! For the rest of the year, we will be writing and working on brand new music for 2023 and working on booking our Summer tour for 2023 as well.