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Interview | Questions And Answers With Mark Loren

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After his usccessful meta-remix of Robin Schulz’ “Sugar”, Mark Lorne is back with another track that merges the sounds of pop, dance and rap perfectly. In this exclusive interview we talked about his new single “Comment Te Dire Adieu” + interesting aspects from his artistic life.

1 – When and where did you start your music career?

My music career started in the nineties. When I was studying music at university, I started writing songs for dance labels. However, in 1998 after my graduation (in Disciplines of Music, Art, and Performance at the University of Bologna) I was hired by a record company in Milan as the International Business Affairs Manager. So, I decided to put my career as an artist aside to focus on the artist management side of music for awhile.

In 2009 I moved to London. I started to collaborate with the official remixer for The Black Eyed Peas and other producers and writing songs for other artists like Corona. After years of work in the music industry as an artist manager and songwriter, I have just recently decided to restart my career as an independent artist as Mark Loren.

2 – Meta-remixing seems to be a very innovative term that you have applied in the past. Where does this idea come from?

I conceived this new term and concept after having mixed 4 official remixes of the track “Sugar” by Robin Shulz at the same time. It happened by chance at a live event last January. I didn’t know what version I should play since I liked all of them. So, I just said to myself “I like all of them…? Ok. So, let’s play them all!”. Crazy! The first meta-remix was born.

The term “meta” comes from my studies in semiotics. It means that by meta-remixing what you achieve is a new track or mix with a distinct identity, i.e. the “remix of the remix”. I invented this new mixing technique, but anybody can meta-remix. Just follow the rules I have written in my “Manifesto of the Meta-Remix” on my site meta-remix.com. It’s funny, creative and challenging!

3 – How could you describe your feelings when your meta-remix of the classic Robin Shulz “Sugar” became a hit?

You are right. This promo was critically acclaimed. But it was a success only in terms of visibility. As you know, the meta-remix by definition assigns all rights to the original writers, producers and remixers. Any way, it was definitely rewarding, especially if you consider that high professionals in the music industry and critics considered it even better than the original track. When you realize that your track is spun all around the world and DJs thank you for it, then you say: “Wow! They got what I was trying to communicate!”

4 – What can people expect from your new single “Comment Te Dire Adieu”?

All I wish is that people will sing and dance happily to the song. When I was a child, I was struck listening to my mother humming along with this song. So, by making a rework of the classic Francoise Hardy’s hit, I wanted today’s generation to feel the same emotions that people felt in 1968 when it was originally released. When I finished producing the track I surprised my mom with a private listening in the studio. It was love at first listen and she was moved.

5 – “Comment Te Dire Adieu” also has a Rap feel. Are you also a fan of Hip-Hop music? Is there any artist in this genre that you admire?

Oh yes, I’m also into Hip-Hop. I like the vibe and rhythm strength of rap. In particular, I admire all the artists who are able to make a crossover genre and then communicate to a wider audience through rap. For instance, T.I., Pitbull, 50 Cents, Eminem and Will.I.Am are amongst my favorites.

6 – Is this track intended for a French-speaking audience? Why?

Not at all. It’s a song for a global audience. The original song from the artist Hardy, despite having been sung in French, was an international hit in the sixties. In England, my re-work was supported very well by DJs. The single reached number 11 on the Music Week Chart. However, I produced five remixes by Westfunk and Italian DJ Max Porcelli, and three of them are sung in both French and English.

7 – We know you have collaborated in the past with Corona, Bob Sinclar, and many other major artists. Basically, what service did you offer them?

Thanks for asking. I would like to make a couple of things clear. Most of all I have collaborated with some major artists like Corona, as a songwriter, which is definitely the main service I offered. In other cases, as I did for “Comment Te Dire Adieu”, I produced the song with the official remixer of Bob Sinclar, not with or for Sinclar. So, in most cases, I didn’t collaborate with them, but with their team of DJ producers and official remixers.

8 – Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

Ahh, there are several artists I’d love to work with in the future! Probably too many. However, if I have to mention a couple of names, I would be very honored if one day I could collaborate for instance with a fantastic pop producer like Will.I.Am or with a great female singer like Lana Del Ray.

9 – How good was your experience at your last live performance? Was it a big or small event?

In my artistic career, I’m much more focused on the studio recording, producing and writing music, my real love. My last live performance was not a big event but it was a success. My favorite live performances were definitely the gigs I had in Ibiza last summer. No other place for me can be compared in terms of feelings and emotions. Every DJ should play there at least once in his or her life. It’s not a matter of playing at a small or big event or the size of the audience. Even it’s an underground venue, what makes the difference is the special energy you have in Ibiza.

10 – Are you planning to release an album for 2017?

Interesting question…Am I planning to release an album for 2017? Check it out on my official websites marklorenmusic.com and meta-remix.com. If it happens, ELECTRO WOW will definitely be the first to know.

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Blind Mutation Discusses Experimental Music Video “Shadows”

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If you’re into hypnotizing Ambient Techno tracks, then Blind Mutation should be on your radar. Her latest experimental music video “Shadows” was awarded and this exclusive interview explains it all!

1 — If I’m not mistaken, electronic music is your passion. How does this interest has come about?

I actually think my dad’s taste in music really influenced me a lot. He used to put on a lot of quality electronic music for me when I was a child, from classic Depeche Mode to more underground experimental electronic How to Dress Well. So, my interest in electronic music started growing from a very young age. When I became a teenager, my mental health started to get worse, and I started to relate, and thereafter, listen to darker and gloomier electronic music like dark ambient, triphop, or hard warehouse techno. That’s basically how my music taste was formed, and why I love electronic music.

2 — When exactly did you become Blind Mutation?

In theory, I think I became Blind Mutation pretty much as soon as I started producing and composing music which was 2 years ago. I began writing tracks with an emphasis on cinematic melancholic sounds that translated my deep intense emotions, and I still continue to do it exploring more and more ways to express my feelings through music. But, officially, let’s say, I became Blind Mutation when I released my first DJ Mix called “WAVE/PHONK MIX” on SoundCloud almost a year ago.

3 — Musically speaking, who is your biggest influence or inspiration?

I love to answer that question 🙂 I would say that my influences/inspirations have been changing throughout the years. When I was 14-16 my favorite band was Coldplay. I loved their not-that-well-known tracks which were more on the electronic/ambient side, like my all-time favorite “Midnight”. As for now, I very rarely listen to Coldplay. Now I am more into experimental dark emotional stuff like Techno, Dark Ambient, IDM, and Trip-Hop. Some of my inspirations/influences at the moment are Aphex Twin, Arca, Trentemoller, Clams Casino, Hans Zimmer, I Hate Models, and Crystal Castles.

4 — Congratulations on winning Best Experimental Video at the Indie Online Film Festival. Did you ever expect this result?

I was hoping for it 🙂 But I don’t really like expecting something to happen, especially when it comes to receiving awards. Because if you think you would win the prize, and then you don’t, you would probably get upset. But if you don’t really think about it and just let it happen, you get more excited if you win, and don’t really care if you don’t get an award 🙂

5 — Tell us more about how your collaboration with All Around came about.

We met a little more than 4 years ago in college in LA. He was a directing major, and I was an acting major. We’ve been very good friends since that time, and we’ve done small projects together here and there in college and just for fun. Then, when I switched from acting to music and started releasing my DJ Mixes, he began doing all the visuals for them. So, when I was ready to release my debut track “Shadows”, I knew that All Around would be my director, cinematographer, and editor. We have a similar vision when it comes to art (music/video/films, etc.), and so it’s very comfortable and fun for us to work together.

6 — Would you interpret this clip as a short horror film or is it something else?

Shortly, I would say, yes, it could be interpreted as a short psychological horror film. To elaborate: it’s interesting that when we showed the music video to our close surroundings, a good amount of people said that “Shadows” looked more like a short horror film rather than a music video. “Shadows” indeed has a much slower pace than a usual music video. In terms of cinematography, it’s also shot more like a film rather than a music video. But I think I would still call “Shadows” an experimental music video rather than a short horror film, because, in my opinion, it still has a dynamic of a music video, and our initial idea was to create a music video not a short horror film.

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7 — What tools, instruments, or software were part of the production process of “Shadows”?

Well, the track itself was produced, mixed and mastered in Ableton. As for “Shadows” music video production, My friend All Around who I collaborated with, has an amazing RED Komodo camera, the music video was shot on it. Also, my face, chest, neck and my arms had to be bandaged in the shot all the time. We needed special bandages, the ones that stick to the skin and to each other. We had 3-4 shooting days, and not all of the bandages could be reused. So, I had to buy lots of them. Was driving from one CVS to another buying the entire available supply of those specific bandages 🙂

We also had a chance to work with an amazing super professional makeup artist, Darya Kholodnykh, who did the make-up for the “demon’s” hand that appears in the music video. She managed to find a creative way to make the hand look realistic and creepy although we had a very small budget.

8 — What can we expect from Blind Mutation next? Are you keen on exploring science fiction themes?

I love science fiction, and I would like to explore themes connected to it in the future. But as for now, I think I’m more focused on expressing my inner feelings and emotions through my music, and treating producing/composing/creating DJ mixes more as a therapy for myself. I’d love to dive deeper into the psychological aspects of our lives and have an influence on people’s emotions and their unconscious through my music. That’s what my next release will hopefully do! It’s a dark ambient track called “I come with the rain”, and it’s coming out in the beginning of January! I’m also working on a new dark warehouse techno DJ mix which will also come out around the same time.

9 — What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t an artist?

I’ve always loved to think about this. I am very interested in psychology, so I would definitely study it in college, and then probably become a psychotherapist (do not mistake with psychologist or psychiatrist), I would do scientific research and come up with new more effective therapies.

I would also love to direct and shoot (be DOP and operate camera) my own film(s) in the future! It’s a big dream! Plus I got my first degree from a film college, so I am familiar with that stuff. By the way, I’m also super interested in graphic and game design! Would love to try doing that in the future too!

And just to top off the list with more geek stuff: if I had another life, I would become an astrophysicist to study and explore space.

10 — Lastly, do you have any specific goals for 2023?

The most important and clear goal is to get the artist visa in order to be able to stay and work in the U.S. Speaking of my artist goals, I would love to get my first DJ gig in 2023! I would also love to explore new music genres in my productions (like trip-hop or hard dark techno)! Finally, I have so many things I still have to explore and discover in terms of production, mixing sound design, etc. So, another very important goal is to just continue learning!


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Bubba Brothers Talk Last Summer And Tribal House EP ‘Basstribe’

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continue to take the Electronic Dance music world by storm. Their latest release, ‘Basstribe’ was well received by listeners all over the world, marking a new milestone for the duo. Alongside impressive releases and powerful live shows, the duo recently celebrated their anniversary by playing at important venues all over the summer.

We found time to talk with them about their summer season, what they were up to and what was coming for them.

1 — Hello Bubba Brothers, how are you?

All good thanks. 😊

2 — Summer is now over, what have you been up to this past season?

This was a fantastic summer… we had great moments. A big thank you to all our fans all over the world.

3 — You released your EP ‘Basstribe’ around summertime, can you tell us more about what it was like working on this production?

It was really exciting; the timing was perfect and it was great to see and hear DJs playing the tracks live around the planet, so yes… ‘Basstribe’ was really fun. 😊

4 — Have you got any summer highlights?

So many… playing in Ibiza, having Oxia at our anniversary party, and sharing the decks… many good moments. And as said, we are very grateful for that.

5 — Which artists were on repeat for you during this summer?

Hahaha… great question! Tube and Berger, Dennis Ferrer, Kolsch, Themba, and many others. 😊


6 — Did you develop new projects or ideas during this season?

Yeah… just came back from Iceland, and a new track is already in the horizon. So, stay tuned! and also 2 finished tracks will be launched in a few weeks.

7 — What’s the last thing you learned over the summer?

To stay focused and humble. Keep your feet on the ground.

8 — Aside from performing, what other activities did you enjoy doing during the summer season?

Like any Portuguese, the beach and anything that involves the sea is our thing 😊 Missing summer already.

9 — What are you looking forward to doing next summer?

Playing in Europe as much as people book us and I hope they will do, a lot!

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Country-Pop Singer Taylor Sanders On New Song “Firecracker”

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Taylor Sanders gained great popularity for her stunning renditions of hits by artists like Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline. Last month, she released her Country-Pop single “Firecracker, whose lyrics put female empowerment at the forefront. Learn more about this song in our latest interview.

1 — First of all, what makes you smile, and what scares you the most when creating new music?

It makes me smile when I create a clever line or the lyrics just feel exactly right, then you know you’ve got something that really vibes.

At the same time, writing can also be scary from the uncertainty of effectively relaying my message where the listeners can understand. That’s why I love co-writing because I get to bounce ideas off others first.

2 — What are your goals in the music industry?

I want to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, go on a world tour, sell out the Madison Square Garden, write and record a theme song for a Marvel or Disney movie, have a number-one single, and win a Grammy!

3 — What do you enjoy the most about writing lyrics?

My thoughts can roam free.

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4 — How long have you been working as a singer?

Almost my whole life! I started singing when I was 5. At the time, I sang the national anthem at my kindergarten graduation because my teacher noticed I was singing it in class, and she went to my mom to ask her if I would sing for our graduation and my mom didn’t even know I knew the song or could even sing. After that, my mom put me in vocal lessons when I was 8.

5 — What’s the inspiration behind your latest single “Firecracker”?

A.) I wanted to write a song about me and my personality to introduce myself to the music world and talk about self-confidence and letting your light shine.

B.) I wanted to tell a story of how my husband and I really met. We met at a pool party while in school and I realized he matched that ambitious energy I carry.

6 — What came first the vocals or melody?

“Firecracker” as a title was pretty much determined from the get-go. When I was introduced to the co-writers, they were like, “Wow, she’s a firecracker!” and I guess that felt good and stuck. It was kind of perfect. The lyrics and melody came together all at once. The producers and lyric writers were all in 1 room and we all fed off each other to push the song concomitantly.

7 – Tell us more about the top-notch team that was involved in the production of this single.

My cowriters and producers have written songs for Jennifer Lopez (“Waiting for Tonight”) and Celine Dion and Carrie Underwood. These are icons I looked up to and I couldn’t have asked for a better collaboration.

8 — If you could choose a location to perform your new track “Firecracker,” where would it be?

The Grand Ole Opry, of course. But then also I see it being performed at a big rockin’ New Year’s Eve party right before the ball drops at midnight. I can see it so vividly, all the lights and fireworks going on with the song as I sing “Light it up, light it up!” That would be epic!


9 — Who would you dedicate this song to?

I dedicate it to my husband, not only for inspiration but also because he is such a big supporter of my dreams and really wants me to succeed. He’s a northern boy and so when we first met, I told him I was moving to Nashville after school and if he wanted to be with me, he’d have to come along. So, he’s here riding this crazy roller coaster with me.

10 — Where do you see Taylor Sanders in the next 5 years?

I hope I’ve built up a community of people who can appreciate the art I’m putting out there and that it can help brighten and change lives. I want to be valuable to people and bring enjoyment into their lives during hard times. I also hope to get into acting as well, and for my personal life, I see myself starting a family.


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