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With much clarity, Entel has answered all my questions! This interview definitely explores interesting facts about the young DJ/Producer from Columbus, Ohio. Beyond this, he has just released his ‘Leaving My Mind’ EP, and I took the opportunity to talk with him about this powerful Progressive House material that will fascinate you.

1 – When did your music journey start as Entel?

My journey as Entel started at the end of my senior year of high school in 2011. DJing was something I did to relieve stress and relax in my free time. I played my first gig at the end of my freshmen year at Ohio University in 2012. That’s when I finally put a name to what I was doing. I connected with a local promotional group called Dave Rave that was run by my now good friend DJ B Funk. He put me on a showcase and I haven’t looked back since! Shout out to B Funk, without him and Dave Rave I don’t think I would have gotten the opportunities I have today.

2 – What were you listening to while growing up? How much has it influenced you?

I grew up listening to an array of music. Early on I listened to a lot of classic rock, and that eventually grew into a love for Punk / Ska and Metal music. Bands like As I Lay Dying, Blink 182, Dance Gavin Dance, and From First to Last (to name a few) were a staple in what I listened to daily. As I got older I started expanding and listening to stuff like Flying Lotus, Portishead and then some Hip-Hop. As long as it isn’t country music or recycled Pop music, I’ll probably dig it.

I think the biggest influence I pulled from all these different genres was how it made me feel emotional. Creating a song for a specific setting, or feeling is something I try to in capture in everything I write and release. 🙂

3 – How big is the EDM scene in your hometown? What do you prefer festivals or clubs?

Columbus has an amazing scene! I love my hometown and the different styles of shows we have to offer. I can confidently say no matter what type of electronic music you listen to, we have a weekly, or monthly event that is for you! We are an incredibly welcoming, and open scene and that’s something I have loved since day one.

Picking between festivals or clubs is a tough one for me because they’re totally different experiences. I try to go to at least one festival a year, but if I had to choose one, as of lately it would be club shows. Nothing beats a proper club night for me. Something about showing up at the beginning, and watching as the night evolves is something I really love.

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4 – Why is your EP titled ‘Leaving My Mind’? How long did it take you to produce it?

My EP is titled ‘Leaving my Mind’ because that’s what I was trying to do when I wrote it. At the time I started writing, I felt like I had confined myself musically, and in my personal life. These songs were my response to that. I also felt I hadn’t been writing music that I truly loved, but rather following popular trends. I took some time to write some music I felt was a proper representation of me as an artist, and how I wanted to be seen. I wrote about 6 songs over the span of two months, and then picked three to go on the EP. Through this process ‘Leaving My Mind’ was born!

5 – What’s your favorite track off the new EP? Why?

Ahh man, this is a tough one. The way “Paradox” starts may be my favorite intro wise. As a whole, though I’d have to say “Drifting” because of the upbeat, yet darker feel it has. Also, it was supported by Mau5trap on their first Zambah playlist. Deadmau5 and everyone from the Mau5trap camp is a huge influence on me. To have something I made be recognized by them meant so much to me. It was a goal of mine I made when I started Entel, and it seemed crazy. To have achieved that is an amazing feeling.

6 – Is there someone you are a dreaming of collaborating on a future release?

As clique as it might come across, Deadmau5 would be a dream come true. His earlier releases from Random Album Title or his Space & Time remix are timeless to me. I would love to get in a studio with him and see what the outcome is.

7 – What do you believe are the main ingredients of a top quality track?

A good melody followed by good progression and tension. The emotion a track creates with a melody is what I listen to most. All my tracks start with me playing around on a piano. Once I think I’ve found something I like, I will start adding strings, pads, synths and whatever else I feel it needs to compliment the feeling/emotion I am going for.

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8 –Do you have a hobby different to music?

Yes, I do! I love to skateboard or play golf. Both are a way for me to relax and clear my head in different ways. I also grew up playing hockey, so I try to get out and play rec league or shoot around as much as I can.

9 – What social networks do you use actively these days?

I am most active on Twitter and Instagram but have been doing my best to keep my Facebook page up to date with what I have going on. I will say I love how much more personal I can be on Twitter. Connecting with people and interacting with other artist is something I try to do daily.

10 – What can we expect from Entel for the rest of 2017?

Lots of new music! I spent the end of 2016 writing as much as I could to make sure I was consistently putting music out in 2017. I am excited to take my music in a direction I truly love and believe in, and get these songs to people’s ears. I have an array of Deep and Progressive House tracks lined up to be released in the coming months to follow up my EP. I also have a second EP done, but I don’t expect to put that out until later on in the year. For now, I am most excited for my song “Oasis” to be released on June 12th via Suicide Robot, an imprint under Plasmapool Records.

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Learn More About Studio 54 Music Label + New Single — Interview

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Interview | Questions & Answers With Studio 54 Music’s Label Boss
Studio 54 Music
’s label boss reveals interesting details that will positively surprise Disco fans. I won’t deny there’s a certain degree of anonymity behind this project, however, he shares the basic information to meet all your wishes. The new single produced by hitmaker Greg Cohen and The Crush Boys titled “Salt In The Air” is a must-listen. I must confess my parents partied once at the legendary club, and I’m glad to see they’re finally rising up again with this cool initiative. Learn more below.

1 – Whose brilliant idea was it to launch the Studio 54 Music label?

The label is keeping it a secret until further notice. 😉

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2 – What’s the vision of this record label?

Disco is back in the mainstream music circuit and has never left the underground, so the vision for the label is to continue fueling this fire, by releasing and promoting an array of modern funky dance music by key players in the 2020 dance music scene.

3 – Is there a team of old-school producers and DJs working behind this new project?

There are old producers involved, but the label is a cross-collaboration between Disco music’s new generation and original veterans.


4 – In recent years, I have discovered emerging artists and interesting Nu-Disco releases. Are you currently accepting demos?

Yes! Send demos to info@studio54official.com

5 – Besides the record label, did you unveil a radio station? Please tell us more.

Yes, we are in direct partnership with Studio 54 Radio on Sirius XM which launched in November 2008, is executive produced by former resident Jellybean Benitez, features weekly shows by him and another resident, Robbie Leslie. In addition, every Friday we have the Nu-Disco Hour hosted by Danny Valentino which highlights the new school music scene, and Sunday nights at 10PM ET, check out the Mark & Myra show, hosted by original Studio 54 doorman/gatekeeper, Mark Benecke, an original head of PR, Myra Scheer.

6 – Why people must listen to the label’s latest single, “Salt In The Air”?

Dropping this Friday, it’s the feel-good Disco-Pop vibes that people need during these unprecedented times, mixing up new school R&B and Hip-Hop vibes with tightened up Disco sounds.

7 – What’s the next release of Studio 54 Music?

TBA soon – save the date – November 4th, 2020.

8 – It seems Disco never died, do you agree?

Disco is with us forever; it’s this soulful, uplifting, beautiful type of music, where if produced right, is timeless. There simply would be no House Music & Hip-Hop if it wasn’t for Disco, so it’s rooted and present in those genres forever.


9 – Due to the pandemic, virtual zoom parties became the norm these days. Are you keen on this strategy?

Not opposed but not super keen. Disco can be listened to anywhere, but it’s best enjoyed on a funky dancefloor with a big sound system. We want to make a little more special than just having a stream of one of our DJs playing in their living room.

10 – Do you have plans of re-opening the legendary nightclub again?

You will have to wait and see! 😉


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Exclusive Interview: Beca Talks Her Original Single “Calm Before The Storm”

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Exclusive Interview: Beca Talks Her Amazing Single "Calm Before The Storm"
I really enjoyed this interview with Beca. Currently, she’s promoting an original single called “Calm Before The Storm”. Indeed, the title says it all. It is meant to motivate listeners to break past the limitations that they or others have put on them. This is one of many tunes Beca has released throughout her career along with 4 EPs and an album. Discover more exclusively on Electro Wow.

1 – Thanks for your time, what makes your new song “Calm Before The Storm” different from your previous singles?

Thank you! “Calm Before The Storm” deals with bigger picture issues, while most of my previous songs have been more inspired by my inner world. We’re living in a very chaotic time, and I think this track gives voice to a lot of relevant issues. The song is a call to action and asks the listener “are you coming with us?” It’s about the never-ending quest to stand up for what’s right and never back down, no matter how hard that can be.

I co-wrote this song with Danny Ross, who I also worked with on my previous single “Taking Time For Myself” which came out earlier this year. Little did we know we’d soon be facing a pandemic, increasing social injustice around the country, wildfires close to home and other major climate change issues, and an imminent threat to our country’s democracy all at the same time. On a personal level, I’ve had to overcome some mental health challenges this past year and this song serves as a reminder to keep going.

2 – I think it has a good narrative, what gave you the idea to come up with these lyrics?

Danny was in town from NY and we wanted to write about having inner strength and resilience in the face of self-doubt, with all the crazy things going on in the world. And that was before all hell broke loose! I’d been feeling really drained and wanted to find a way to express something uplifting. And today more than ever with Covid, being confined, and all the stress of our political landscape, it continues to be an ongoing battle. We were improvising ideas on the keys and I came up with the bridge idea that depicts a hopeful light peaking through the clouds. The rest of the words flowed pretty seamlessly.

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4 – Every single seems to get positive feedback, what do you want listeners to take away from this song?

I want people to listen to this song and feel more confident about overcoming whatever challenges they’re facing. I want women (myself included) to speak up when they’re not being listened to or respected. A lot of us are more stressed and exhausted than ever, and it can be especially hard to find our power. But it’s more important than ever so we can show up for ourselves and for others.

5 – I’m loving those infectious synth-based sounds. Was Danny Ross responsible for the sound design?

Yes, he was, and he absolutely killed it on the production! He’s a tremendous talent and it’s been a joy to work with him. We have a great time and don’t take ourselves too seriously while also being creative.


6 – Can we expect a new remix?

Yes! I’m so excited to be releasing a remix on 10/23 by NICOLAAS, a producer out of Winnipeg who’s worked with the likes of Kitsune, Chela, and Kraak & Smaak. He reached out to me last year about wanting to collaborate and this is one of the gifts that came out of that interaction. I’m a big fan of his music and you’re all in for a treat.

8 – Is fashion still an important part of your music project?

Always. Earlier this year, I composed and produced a song for fashion designer Asher Levine for one of his campaign launches which you can watch below. He creates otherworldly LED outerwear that is completely mind-blowing and has dressed Doja Cat and Lady Gaga. I’m lucky to have such talented and fabulous friends.

9 – When the songs are recorded do you tend to play them the same way on stage or do you adapt them?

It depends on the situation. In the past, I’ve had a lot of fun integrating other versions of my songs such as remixes or stripped down instrumentals. Other times I’ve performed the tracks as on the record in a theatrical way with dancers, lights, and costumes. I like to go big or go home. Though lately with the quarantine, I’ve been spending a lot of time composing in my home studio.

10 – What are your plans for the future once the pandemic is over?

At this point, I’m taking things day by day. I miss traveling and seeing my family and friends who live far away so I plan to visit them as soon as possible. I’m also looking forward to working more with bigger creative teams and live musicians in the same room like we used to. It’s always more fun interacting with people in person. In the meantime, I’ll be here in my bubble doing projects that are meaningful to me and trying to make a positive impact, however, I can.


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Inbar Starr Opens Up About Debut EP ‘Take It’ In Interview

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Israeli artist Inbar Starr talks about her first original EP, ‘Take It’ in this exclusive interview. From winning the Jamie Cullum song competition to singing with Taboo of the Black Eyes Peas, Inbar’s gorgeous vocals and smooth R&B style feel so comforting. Her debut EP is a captivating collection of 7 tracks that offers a window into the life and mind of this talented, eclectic, and multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter.

1 – First of all, what do you enjoy the most about releasing your first EP?

It’s definitely nice to finally release this project that I poured my heart and soul into. I think I enjoy the part of letting go. I have created this piece of art that will now belong to everyone else and will be there for them to interpret it their own way, to express feelings, healing, and whatever they desire. I’m excited about that. It’s no longer mine to possess which frees me to continue to create and birth other songs and stay in a creative flow.

2 – Where did the inspiration for this EP come from?

The inspiration for this EP came from life experiences. All of these songs are based on true stories or things that have happened. Some of them were very therapeutic for me to write and kind of helped me process some of the things I went through and helped me move on when I needed closure. I hope it brings as much comfort to whoever listens to it as it did for me to write it.

3 – Why did you decide to name it ‘Take It’?

Great question! ‘Take It’ is the title track of the EP and I love that song so much. It was a very therapeutic experience for me to write it. I mainly loved the message behind the song which is to remind us that we are all unique in our own ways and no one can take who we are, even though some people will try and push boundaries with you and try to make you feel small and insignificant. ‘Take It’ is a triumph of staying authentic and true to yourself and knowing your worth and that there’s no one else like you in the world!

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4 – Musically speaking, what’s your approach?

Assuming you mean production-wise, the approach was to bring the songs to life the best way that I can while honoring the vibe of each song and the meaning behind it. There wasn’t one approach. We just kind of went with what felt good/right for the songs and brought the best studio musicians and friends to play on it. You know what? I have an even better answer – the approach was to have fun! And so we did.

5 – Which song features your favorite lyrics on this EP? Why?

I really loved the lyrics from “Used To Know You Better.” The song talks about two people drifting apart and the analogy from the sea that describes how much vulnerability and acceptance there was in the relationship before it ended:

“Deeper than the waves we used to go
No matter how the tides were really low
I remember how I thought I used to know
Know you better”

6 – During the creative process, do you usually start with a melody and let the lyrics come to you? Or is it the other way around?

It’s both. Sometimes lyrics will come first, sometimes a melody will haunt me and beg to be written and occasionally a whole song just comes together, which is rarer, but very magical!

7 – If you could change something from this EP, what would it be?

I’m happy to say I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s my heart and soul and I feel very whole and at peace with it. The only thing I might have changed is maybe to have released it sooner.

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8 – Besides working on this material, what have you been up to since self-isolation started?

Since self-iso started, I’ve been diving deeper into the production world, learning more about it, and how to become a better producer on my own. I’ve also been writing songs and collaborating with other songwriters and musicians via Zoom. I also wanna be honest and tell you that I have been watching a lot of Netflix, YouTube, and going through that emotional roller coaster we are all experiencing. And that’s ok. Not every day feels creative to me and I think it’s part of life. It’s important to remember that there’s no light without darkness and that it’s ok if after all this is over, I haven’t yet created my best work or become a well-known artist/producer – though I’m getting there 😉

9 – Finally, what’s next for Inbar Starr in the coming months?

Since touring is not happening right now, I plan to produce and release more singles soon and as much as I can.

I would also love to collaborate with some of my favorite musicians in the (hopefully) near future and go on as many tours as I can, which will lead to bigger tours and festivals when the pandemic is over.

I also want to wish good health to everyone out there. Stay safe and I hope to see you at a future show/tour and may we all come out of this stronger.


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Exclusive Interview: Kory Burns Discusses New Single “Radio” And More

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Kory Burns
was mentored by the late singer-songwriter Betty Wright. Betty wrote songs for Beyonce, Mary J, Jay Z, Gloria Estefan, Lil Wayne, Jennifer Lopez, and Snoop Dog and won a Grammy in 1976 for her song, “Where is the Love.” On the other hand, his vocals have been compared to the one and only Eldra Patrick aka El DeBarge. If this introduction sounds interesting to you, then I invite you to read the following interview so that you can discover details of his upcoming single “Radio” (pre-order here), plus much more. Scroll down and happy reading!

1 — How did you discover that singing was the thing for you?

When I was 3 years old I heard the song “Dreamlover” by Mariah Carey and from that moment there was no looking back.

2 — Are you vocally trained or is it all-natural talent?

I believe my voice is a gift from God so I’ll go with mostly natural talent (haha) In all seriousness when I was 14 I started vocal lessons and then at 18 got introduced to R&B icon Betty Wright and she trained my vocals for the past 11 years until she passed on Mother’s Day.

3 — If you could sing one song for the rest of your life, what song would you sing and why?

This is such a hard question! There are so many good ones but I’d have to say my new single “Radio” which is available October 16th on all music platforms (haha) but that’s not acceptable, so I’d have to say “I Swear” by All 4 One. It’s such a good vocal moment and I get to show off a little bit with my singing and that song brings everyone back to a nostalgic time and I am all for some good nostalgia.

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4 — What inspired you to write your new single “Radio”?

I was sitting in the studio with Sean McMillion & Carlos Battey (Producers & Writers) and one of my best friends was with me, we were bouncing ideas back and forth. I wanted something very sexy / Pop / R&B and a little more mature and I think we created that. The song really came to us and we sat in the studio from 10 pm – 9 am. Time flies though when you’re making hits.

5 — How would you compare it to your previous singles?

This song is way more mature. I always want all my music to be universal and I definitely kept that aspect in this song however, I had more fun and gave myself more freedom. The vibe is different as well as my style of singing.

6 — Were there a lot of changes?

There could be 100 changes but I have a way of being able to pull it off and make it work. I think we did that with this song.

7 — Do you think music is helping people to deal with pandemic stress?

My music might not specifically help people with the pandemic but if I’m able to have somebody forget about their reality for 3 minutes from my music I’m here for it. If anything it might get people in the mood and that’s a stress reliever so… (haha)


8 — How do you feel about working with the platinum-selling producer Sean McMillion?

It’s so funny to hear those words. I have been working with Sean on all of my projects starting with my very first song “Count The Ways”. We met at Betty’s House when she was auditioning me to be apart of her music school. He’s seen me grow and mature into the young man I am now and I think that’s so dope. He is a brother I never wanted and I couldn’t be greater full. I don’t look at him any different as I did before and whenever we get to work together it just feels right. He’s my brother.

9 — Are you planning to release music videos anytime soon?

Yes! Doing a music video is one of my favorite things to do! I get to be very creative and I’m very hands-on. I have a great concept for the “Radio” video and I can’t wait for you all to see it!

10 — What do you miss most about performing live?

The energy, the having to win over a crowd because they have no idea who the hell you or where the hell you came from (haha) I just miss the interaction. I love going off stage and walking around the audience and dancing and singing with and to them. It’s amazing. I have the WORST stage fright but once I’m on, IM ON.


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Mou5ZyZZ Reveals Details Of His Upcoming Single “Melbourne Overdose” — Interview

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Mou5ZyZZ
aka Andrew Niman is making huge waves in the electronic music world. With his high energetic charisma and enthusiasm, he never fails to inject positivity during his live DJ sets. Indeed, the independent artist has achieved something that few in the industry can claim to do: playing in front of 95,000 ravers. Furthermore, it wouldn’t surprise me that he is still ghosting producing for renowned international acts.

Currently, Mou5ZyZZ has a pretty big release coming up soon entitled “Melbourne Overdose”, out on September 30th. Do you want to know more about it? Then, scroll down and read this exclusive interview.

1 — For newcomers, how would you best describe your sound?

Highly explosive EDM music.

2 — Please tell us more about the inspiration behind your upcoming single, “Melbourne Overdose”

The track deals with the excitement and mysteriousness of meeting a stranger in a crowd of thousands of people. Despite the number of people, you somehow feel attracted to this stranger. The track is building up to its climax while enumerating all of the things you want to do and want to be for that stranger. Thinking you could rock their world. But finally, you come to the realization, that when it’s said and done, that stranger will be too much to handle for you. 🎵 MELBOURNE OVERDOSE 🔥🔥🔥💗💗

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3 — Was it hard to stay inspired over the lockdown period?

It was actually easier to be inspired for us as artists since we are producers and usually work behind closed doors in music production, etc.

4 — What was it like working with Yago Music?

This is the second track that I’ve worked with Yago. Me and Yago worked together on a past track called “In The Dust” + featuring DJ Waffles.

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5 — Do you have a favourite lyric from this track?

My favorite lyrics are “I don’t know you, but I know what I want”. 👆😜💗💗💗🐭

6 — Were there any challenges producing “Melbourne Overdose”?

There were some challenges but it only came at the end of the track with mastering. I had to take 5 different vocal tracks that Jakob Faber or Yago Music sent me, it was just a bit tricky trying to combine all, but it sounded good at the end of mastering the track. Plus, with a little bit of time and work, I created the perfect master.

7 — Do the fans should expect something different on this new release?

To answer this question I would see as far as the fans go yes this is gonna be in itself a new surprise all alone. This is my 1st Melbourne Bounce release for Mou5ZyZZ as well as Yago Music. 🥳 🥳

8 — What are your views on ghost producing? Do you still do it?

I’m fine with ghost producing since I have been doing it back in 2006, so I think it is definitely good business for me because I’m good at production as well as mastering. So, it’s very easy for me to make good tracks to potential other artists worldwide. Honestly, I think I’m one of the very first producers to come out and talk about it so freely. I honestly love creating artwork for the world to hear even if it doesn’t have my name on it just knowing that somebody else out there has taken my artwork and created it into something of their own a spectacular honestly. 💯💯💯🙌👻🐭💗

9 — Are there any plans in the making for virtual DJ sets?

Yes, most definitely I am currently working on other things at the moment which has been hard for me since I’m only one person, but yes I do plan on doing more live DJ sets as well as creating more virtual DJ sets. I have been working on making my own custom visuals for a full hour in a 5-minute long set. This was going to be truly awesome when finished. Currently, I’m working on many other projects and haven’t had time for the DJing side project.

10 — How can new artists submit their music to your label Mou5 Chee5e Records? Is there any special requirement?

As far as being an artist on my label it’s very simple all you need to do is to contact me through my messages either on my personal Instagram or via my record label’s Instagram account. you can also e-mail me or even call me directly… mou5zyzz@gmail.com / 5053043630


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