Lukas Satin aka Cyberluke is a 30-year old tech entrepreneur and a music producer who has a significant love for dance music. His technological company Nanotrik, sell wearable devices for music, such as a WiFi finger or a full body motion capture gear, which sounds very innovative and interesting. However, above all this, with his music, he wants to bring a unique style influenced by Drum & Bass and Eurodance genres. Discover more about him below.
1 – Where did this love for music begin for you?
It has started in my childhood, I was listening to various music charts and sometime I could listen one casette for hours :-). During that time my favorite music was by 2 Unlimited, Pharao, 666, Culture Beat, Masterboy. Officially it was probably during the high school, when I bought my first DJ mixer and turntables.
2 – Why did you decide to start producing music under the alias Cyberluke?
I played Uplink hacker PC game a lot and this was my nickname, didn’t find anything better that would suit my personality. 😀
3 – What inspired you to create your latest single “Back Again”?
Mostly I was producing Drum & Bass with a lot of modulations (neurofunk, liquid funk). Last three years a lot of things happened. A girl broke up with me after six years and a lot of friends left the city, so our DJ crew and studio room also got a break. During the start of this year, I realized that I need music in my life and tell stories. A lot of friends tell me I have a talent, but I need also a lot of a motivation to trust myself and finish more projects. I hear a lot that you have to believe in yourself and keep doing what you love. The outcome is much better if you do it this way and are not forced to do something just to survive. My main moving energy is mostly anger. I’m trying to be very tolerant of things & people. But when it is too much over the line, everything will blow up and I’m trying to solve the situation by some quick action with the best effort algorithm, lol. That way I can make radical changes in my life, like alter the concept. It helps me keep in continuous motion moving towards my inner goals. One such thing happened at the start of the year. I got angry with my current life situation and bought a couple of gear including a limited edition Korg MS-20M on E-Bay. And I decided to do the most of the things myself, so I can do it my way relying purely on trust in myself and being critique in my own decisions. As perfectionist, I never had this problem. 😀
4 – We know you love Eurodance music so much. Do you think this style is still relevant in Europe despite the global domination of EDM?
Since last two years, there was a lot of big Eurodance events featuring the original artists. This year there are like three of them in different cities and that is just my small country in the middle of Europe. So I think people are not enjoying pure EDM produced by one guy on a laptop, but are looking for a more sophisticated content with more complex melodies and also some vocalists. I’m not saying it features some complex orchestration, but it definitely has more varying riffs and melodies than a current mainstream EDM in my opinion. What I would like to see is not producing Eurodance like it was before nor do I want to hear 90s vocalist with Benny Bennasi style of bass. I would like to hear is something fresh just being inspired by colorful & happy melodies from the 90s with some kick & bass that is new and progressive. Some kick & bass combination that just blows up the dancefloor. From festivals I have been at, the combination that I think works the most and is really fresh with a little bit of that underground culture in it is Psytrance. It is really a very spiritual dancefloor music that makes the use of every frequency on a festival sound system.
5 – How many artists are part of your newly created label A Better Sound? Can you give us some names?
The current number is 8 including myself. A part of our sound is, for example, Atlanta-based DJ Dohrok making EDM, but with the sounds of dubstep. It sounds faster and does not make me feel boring on a party like normal dubstep, lol. His debut release is scheduled during the first week in July. Also, my longtime friend VinylFanatic is supporting a lot, not only with his music. Recently we started to work with AJ Belik (Russia), Arkin160 (France), Duistere (Belgium), Nipox (France), Under The City (Italy). Especially people from Italy & France has often more melodic content and maybe stay true to their origins.
Well, I was thinking about the goal. But the main goal is just to enjoy the process and get out with some really great music major labels are ignoring.
7 – Can you describe your role as the founder of the tech startup Nanotrik?
In a lot of big companies it is hard to start using a new technology. There is more managers than thinkers, which makes the communication not very beneficial. One day, I got angry again and started a sidejob as a freelancer. Currently my work is more technical like CTO, find & evaluate new technology, both software & hardware. Make some prototype, play with it, do some presentation, go to some event. I found lack of communication with people very frustrating when just writing code as a software developer. And my hobbies are quite extreme for an average office person ^_^
8 – What is your favorite gadget from Nanotrik? Why?
I like them all, because we never buy components we do not like. Interesting are these new cloth materials like conductive thread, conductive ink. But recently we started to go more into VR and applying these materials & some hardware for that. On maker events, we had the biggest success with a ring containing Wi-Fi plus a high-quality motion sensor we assembled on our own board. Children enjoyed it on both PC games and mobile VR. I’m also trying to hack it and find the best scenarios, where it could work with DAW for a producer or MIDI/OSC app for a DJ. I had some DJ gigs with it, but it was not ready yet and it is better for live show with live synthesis than just for two or three Traktor DJ effects that get boring quickly. Good for a buildup, where people can hear the frequency rise up you do just with your hand, but not like creating live dubstep bass. For that, me as a DJ would have to take that 6-core i7, 24GB of RAM I have in my studio, lol.
9 – Where can we stream your music? Are you planning to release an EP anytime soon?
Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal, Shazam. A lot of places for listening, really. Yes, I would like to release it on 13th August – my birthday. But that depends, I must be happy with my finished tracks. I’ve heard that no track is finished, just abandoned. So when I abandon like 4 tracks, we could call it EP :-). Recently I got a big opportunity to spend some time in the studio with famous Topspin (No Money duo). My Drum & Bass journey started with No Money and they still kill it with their neurofunk basslines, so I’m really happy when I can like talk face to face. It is a big honor for me even I’m not telling it. Anyway, I was forced to buy a Cubase Pro, which is not cheap, so I hope we will also make some tunes together in the near future (using Reaper DAW on current projects).
10 – How do you manage your time? Is it hard to be an artist and a CEO at the same time?
Yes, it is not easy. Sometimes I’m drained by negative people at work that I don’t have a mood to make some melodies. Sometimes I just take a vacation and close myself in the studio, that works pretty well. I try not to have a classic 8 working hours scheme, rather than work 4 hours, take 2 hours break, then work another 4 hours. It helps me maximize the actual focus & energy and not procrastinating.
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Dar.Ra Talks Latest Single And Confirms New Album In 2021 — Interview
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.
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
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.”
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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Singer-Songwriter Media Mogul Martone Ready To Launch IRMIX Radio
On March 1st, 2021, IRMIX Radio will be your new alternative to find out the hottest music and your favorite talk-shows. Best of all, it will be in operation 24 hours a day and 7 days per week. The CEO behind this online broadcasting station is singer and songwriter Martone who opens up about this project in the following interview.
1 – What should people know about IRMIX Radio, and can listeners expect to hear when listening to the station?
What people should know about IRMIX Radio is that it is not a hobby and that we have a top-notch staff willing and able to conduct serious, fun, and enlightening interviews, plus, shows. Listeners can expect to hear their favorite artists when it comes to RnB, Hip-Hop, Dance, Indie, and Gospel.
2 – How many radio shows will you broadcast?
Possibly ten to twelve in total. We have a stellar show host roster, some of the shows require hosts. While others do not. I am so looking forward to telling you about them.
No, I have not interviewed artists in advance of the premiere date. That will happen around February for prerecorded interviews for the shows. Lately, I have been interviewing strictly for the website at the moment, and those interviews have been extraordinary, not because I did them, but because of the people that I interviewed and their responses to my questions.
4 – Please tell us more about your collaborators or the staff behind IRMIX radio.
The staff is amazing, we have Donia Collier, Arricca Oberlin, and LA Jackson who are the account executives for the station. They are in charge of bringing revenue into the station from the banner, and commercial ad sales. They are excellent at what they do.
Lamont Hicks is in a league of his own when it comes to video editing, there is no other that can do what he does, the way that he does it. He created The Legends Panel and Madonna Dearest for VH1. We worked together prior when I did my show Industry Revue in the Mix, so I am proud to welcome him back.
So, I will be hosting a show called Spotlight, where I give an in-depth interview with celebrities about their careers, career longevity sort of like the interviews that I post on www.irmixradio.net/interviews, I will play a few of their songs.
The Bridge with Cory George
Cory George is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, he has appeared on Iyanla Fix My Life on OWN. “The Bridge with Cory George” was created by the author, mental health practitioner, producer, and award-winning television host Cory George and is the vehicle that showcases what he describes as his “purpose work”. On-the-air “soul-work sessions” with those that have been negatively affected by various forms of trauma, crisis, and other negative circumstances combined with conversations with compelling guests whose stories are compelling and riveting yet also motivational and inspiring are the heart of the show. He believes that every conversation is a conversation that is worth having. It’s time to take an honest look at salvageable situations and how information and compassion can lead to remarkable breakthroughs.
Common Sense Required
Common Sense Required is designed around two girlfriends who have a passion for discussing provocative topics including relationships, pop culture, lifestyle, networking, and more. Throughout their conversations, common sense always comes to the forefront. What happened to good old Common Sense? People are always searching and seeking answers from a variety of sources when Common Sense is readily available, and it is FREE! Olivia Pope says it best…“What does your gut tell you?” Where education, intelligence, and street smarts are not necessarily, required, but common sense, definitely is! Stacey and Wanda will be the judge if you have it or not.
Time Tuesdays with Tee
Tina Spence is a former model and Hollywood actress. She hosts Tea Time Tuesdays with Tina. She will be interviewing actors, singers-songwriters about their latest projects, delving deep into their careers.
Friday Night Jamz
Friday Night Jamz with DJ Suspence, DJ Extreme Detroit, and DJ Cos – they have rotating schedules. Their styles vary when it comes to playing music, generally, it is House music in all of its variations. I am talking about traditional House music, the kind of House music that you would hear walking into clubs in Detroit, Chicago, New York, and LA. DJ Cos has been known to play club mixes of RnB songs which is always appreciated.
Some shows are host free, like The Drive which will put you in the mind of The Move on XM Radio station back in the day. The Billboard weekly Top 20 countdown from the hot 100 charts.
I am currently in negotiations with bringing on some syndicated shows, that I really cannot talk about at the moment until the deal is done. I will say that all of these shows are exciting, my team from the administrative staff to the radio show hosts bring the experience and skills to make IRMIX Radio a success. I am very proud of the team I have assembled and their abilities.
5 – What challenges did you face since the start of this project?
Man, I have been working around the clock since the beginning of November, when I decided that I was going to bring the station back. Some of the challenges were building the website on my own, designing the look for the ROKU Channel, writing all of the content that you see on the website, aside from the bios of our show hosts and staff they did that themselves, scheduling interviews for content, listening to the artist’s music, then coming up with the questions for the interview.
Finding the right people who can and will bring revenue to the station, coordinating show schedules, contracts, writing contracts, interviewing potential staff, writing policies and procedures for the staff, and more writing, a lot of writing. Sometimes, I felt that there are not enough hours in the day, but I did all of those things because I believe in what I am doing, I believe in what we are all doing. The funny thing is, I found the time to finish up on my personal development by completing my Life Coaching certification, all within the last 30 days.
6 – Will IRMIX Radio be available globally or locally?
IRMIX Radio is global with a local feel if you can imagine that. We are based out of Detroit, MI but the show hosts are scattered throughout the United States.
7 – Are you working exclusively with the ROKU app?
For now, yes. But I do have plans to expand to other platforms by summer 2021.
8 – Is IRMIX radio a platform for unsigned artists, and being an artist yourself and making the switch back to the interviewer, have you given up on your recording career?
We are certainly an unsigned artist-friendly radio station, but we do also play artists that have established careers in music. For what I have in mind in the way that the programming will go, it will blend seamlessly. To answer your question, no, I have not given up on my recording career, I am just on hiatus at the moment, as you know that this is due to COVID. I do not see the need for me to release any new music right now especially since all of my music is performance-based music, if I cannot perform it the way I want to, then it can wait.
9 – What type of experience do you have when it comes to interviewing guests? What are some things that artists should expect when being interviewed by you, and how can artists submit their music?
A lot of people do not know this, but I was 13 years old when my entertainment career started. I started out interviewing guests for a music video show called Video Control, that I produced, directed, and hosted, in Lansing, MI, on cable access channel 37.
My guests can expect 100% professionalism, as for indie artists, I will be speaking with them from artist to artist point of view. I have first-hand knowledge of the challenges that artists face when it comes to being heard and having their music supported, so they can expect an in-depth interview. When it comes to submitting music, they must submit their broadcast quality, no more than 4-minute tracks to email@example.com with that, they must also submit high-resolution photos through Google Drive, along with the photo credits so we can post their info on www.irmixradio.net.
10 – Finally, what’s your ultimate goal with IRMIX radio?
It is two-fold, we have a vision and a mission. The vision is To be the number one source for music, news, talk radio, and entertainment worldwide. The mission It is IRMIX Radio’s mission to create responsible radio programming that will provoke thought and inspire our listeners through music and conversation.
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