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Interview | Questions & Answers With Pierre Reynolds

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Washington-based Pierre Reynolds has over 20 years of experience as a DJ and has been signed to international House labels such as Smooth Agent Tracks and Soul Edit Recordings for his fresh take on House music.

Inspired by the greats such as Masters At Work and Kerri Chandler, Pierre Reynolds has well and truly put his own stamp on House music as shown in his upcoming release ‘Jazzfrican’ released on 17th November. Pierre oozes passion for the music he makes and plays as you can see from the interview below.

1 – Hi Pierre, how are you and what’s going on in your world at the moment?

The all-consuming studio life! 2018 has been very good to me in terms of my music production and has been well received by the industry. Most of my days and nights have been spent finishing up and creating new projects.

The number of labels I release under has been growing as of late, spurring me on to do continuous work. My DJ side has been calling me to the decks resulting in a handful of recent gigs in cities like New York, Detroit, Philadelphia and my hometown of DC. My heart beats for both production and playing live so I’m enjoying my moves lately.

2 — Where are you currently based?

I am currently living in Washington D.C. My studio is located a few miles south of the city so I spend most of my days going to and from both locations.

3 — How would you describe your sound?

My sound is classically eclectic. When listening to my productions you can easily hear the foundational elements expected of the track’s genre. At the same time, I will intentionally inject instruments and uncommon sounds to a genre, which I believe creates quite a musical cocktail. In addition, as far as I know, I am the only producer that will put big EDM style drops in soulful tracks. If you listen to my song ‘In My Arms’ (Original Mix) I take the time to build up a big room drop that few, if any, are doing the same style song would do.

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I truly want to impact and move the crowd with my music so for me crescendos and drops at the right moment are key regardless of the genre.

4 – Has your style gone through any changes over the years?

My sound has become so much more musical and rhythmic since I first started producing in 2016. I may not be qualified to call myself a musician; however, I have painstakingly taught myself chord progression which has allowed me to make what would have been considered just a track into a song. If you go through my catalog from my first release to the latest you will see a steady rise in musicality and rhythm. Whether I’m doing original production or a remix, the compositional aspects have grown.

5 — Who were your influences growing up?

Being musically raised in the DC/Baltimore rave and house music scene I was never short of influences. Some well-known names would include: Masters At Work, Kerri Chandler, Mark Farina, DJ Sneak and Dennis Ferrer. Other names you may not know but were no less influential would be: Sam ‘The Man’ Burns, Ivan Gregory, and Charles Feelgood

6 – How did you get involved in the Dance music business?

I consider it a calling for me. Prior to DJing and producing, I lived on the dancefloor. My entire adolescent life was spent clubbing from dusk till dawn. When I encountered my first pair of turntables I was riveted, realizing I could have the music on my own terms. As years when on I wanted more control over the music so production was the next logical step. I was a great DJ but production would be a whole other ball of wax. As with my DJ’ing, I kept my productions under wraps until I felt it was audience-worthy. I was very unsure about how actual listeners would respond to my work. However, after 6 labels signings and several Top 100 Traxsource charting releases, I think I just may have a knack for this.

7 — Where would you like to see yourself in the months ahead?

I would like to step onto the club circuit and play more venues than I have given myself the opportunity to do. The last two years I have been focusing so much on my productions. Now with my initial body of work created and well received I believe its time to turn my attention back to the dance floor. I have developed a great work-life balance so I will always be producing while pursuing more club engagements.

8 — Which is your ultimate career dream?

My dance music career vision would be best compared to Black Coffee. I love what he has done for himself, his country, his music, and the industry. There are two kinds of success in life; there is good success and bad success. I believe he has achieved the former. In this industry, you really can make a difference in people’s lives through your music and positive influence. In addition to making music that has propelled the industry to new heights, he also is very encouraging and positive. These types of outcomes are most important to me in terms of what I want to bring and one-day leaves behind.

9 — Who’s inspiring you in 2018?

I have already mentioned Black Coffee so let me add some other names like: Louie Vega, Ultra Nate, Oscar P, and Sean Smith (Smooth Agent). Whether you know the names mentioned or not these are people’s grind I respect and learn from.

10 — If you could choose, who would you like to collaborate with?

That’s a tough one. In this moment in time it would have to be Black Coffee. Have I mentioned his name enough yet?

11 – Tell us something not many people know about Pierre Reynolds!

I love classical music as much as I love dance music! But don’t worry I won’t be playing any Mozart at the club; unless of course, I happen to create some banging remix.


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Diego Druck Reveals What Listeners Can Expect From “A Different Way”

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Get to know Diego Druck, a talented EDM artist who discovered his passion for music at age 14 and has since channeled his eclectic influences into his productions, including remixes for Major Lazer and SUPER-Hi. He has just released his new single “A Different Way, all details are revealed in this interview!

1 — How would you describe your sound and how has it evolved over time?

I’m an extremely eclectic guy, so in my productions, I always try to bring inspiration from all kinds of music genres and masterpieces that shaped my music taste throughout my life.

2 — When did you realize you wanted to turn music into a career?

At age 14 I went to my first EDM festival and got to see first hand Vintage Culture playing a set while the crowd went crazy happy. At that moment I realized what I wanted to do with my life.

3 — Can you talk about the experience of remixing for artists like Major Lazer and SUPER-Hi?

It was unbelievable for me when I first found out I would have a chance to submit a remix for both of them. Even more when they got approved. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity of working with these icons and share a track with them. Both of them are huge inspirations for me.

4 — What is the inspiration behind your recent song “A Different Way”?

At the time I first wrote the song with my guitar, I was going through some internal conflicts about some decisions and my life paths. “A Different Way” is a reflection of myself.

5 — What steps did you take when producing it?

It started as a Jazz-like sound on my guitar, and I kinda free-styled the lyrics on it. Later on I passed it to my DAW and started building a House beat behind it, then recorded all the vocals and guitar sounds over it. Fun fact: the acoustic guitar used for the riff fill was the guitar my father got from his father when he was only 5 years old.

6 — How do you hope listeners will respond to this tune?

I hope everyone can assimilate what I was feeling and inspire reflections about themselves. I guess everyone has these kinds of thoughts about their own life choices.


7 — Is there a formula to gain a million streams?

Just try to do music just like you would love to hear!

8 — Are you already working on upcoming projects?

Not only working but there are several tracks ready to go for the next months, originals and remixes. Stay tuned!

9 — How did Florianopolis shape your music?

The EDM and clubbing scene is very strong in my city. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to experience it from a young age, and it has opened many opportunities for learning and expanding my musical background ever since.

10 — Musically speaking, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Just as I am now, learning and exploring the infinite universe of musical possibilities.


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Beth Crowley: From Books To Music — A Revealing Interview

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In this revealing interview, Beth Crowley shares insights into her creative process, the challenges she faces as an artist, and her passion for books and reading. Get ready to dive into the mind of this talented woman and find out what makes her music unique.

1 — Can you tell us about your new single “The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” and how it relates to the book of the same name?

“The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” is based on the book The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, which is about a woman who makes a bargain with the devil where she will get to live forever, but the catch is that no one she meets will remember her. It’s such an interesting premise for a story — how much of life’s enjoyment comes from the people around you who love you? For the song, I wanted to capture how sad and haunting it would be to know that you can’t truly make an impact on the world. I tried to take some themes from the book so that people who have read it will know the “easter eggs” in the song, but it’s not so specific that people who haven’t read it wouldn’t enjoy it.

2 — What makes this composition worth listening to?

I am always proudest of my lyrics. It’s such a careful and painstaking process to craft the exact right lyrics, so I hope that alone makes “The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” worth listening to.

3 — Is there any specific book or author that has had a significant impact on your music?

I don’t think my first book-based song “Warrior” would have taken off like it did if it weren’t for Cassandra Clare (the author of the books it was based on) being incredibly kind and supportive not only when it came out but in the years since. I will always be grateful to her for that.

4 — What would be the title of your life story if it was a book?

Well, This Has Been Unexpected.

5 — Your tunes are often described as emotional piano ballads with cinematic elements. Are you open to experimenting with different sounds in the future?

Absolutely! I don’t think I have painted myself into a corner throughout the years with only having one “sound”— I have had songs that are a little more Rock, musical theatre, or even Country. Doing the same thing over and over again is boring, and I don’t ever want my music to get too predictable.

6 — “Warrior” is your most popular track to date, and it has been streamed over 16 million times on Spotify. What do you believe to be the key factors that contributed to this achievement?

Like I said earlier, Cassandra Clare sharing the song and being so supportive is a huge factor in that. But I also think “Warrior” just resonated with people. It’s about realizing that you are stronger than you think you are, which is something we not only see in tons of different characters through books/movie/television, but something people relate to within themselves as well.

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7 — How do you know when a song is finished and ready to be released?

I hate to be vague and say that it’s just a feeling I get, but it really is. When I am writing a song, sometimes I’ll finish a full set of lyrics and just sit with it for a while to see if it still feels right. But sometimes I immediately know it’s done. When I am in the studio, my producer Daniel and I will usually get to a point where we think it might be ready, then listen all the way through one more time just to make sure. It really does just boil down to a “feeling” though.

8 — What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced in your artistic career?

I think my biggest struggle has been trying to not take numbers and social media algorithms too personally. No one really knows how the algorithms work, which can be frustrating when it feels like they control if people are going to hear your music or not. When the algorithms don’t work in your favor and a song doesn’t do as well as you hoped, it’s easy to feel like it’s a failure even if the people who do hear it have good things to say about it. I have to remind myself that I can only do so much and just keep putting out music that I am proud of.

9 — When not working on new music, what other hobbies does Beth Crowley enjoy?

Unsurprisingly, I love reading. There is something really therapeutic about listening to an audiobook while doing a jigsaw puzzle, so I do that pretty often. I host trivia once a week at a bar, which I love. And I spend a lot of time with my family.

10 — Finally, can you reveal details about your upcoming projects?

“The Ghost Who Is Still Alive” is the first single from my upcoming album ‘Unabridged,’ which is going to be all book-based songs. I am really looking forward to seeing people’s reactions when I reveal which books I chose to write songs about, and I have some really great videos and other fun things to go along with them. It’s going to be a lot of fun.


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More To Discover: Additional Insights Into Rubayne’s EP ‘Connections’

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Don’t miss out on rising artist Rubayne’s new EP ‘Connections,’ a blend of genres he calls Bass Pop exploring the ups and downs of love. With a special live performance airing on February 24th and music videos planned, it’s an EP not to be missed. Read the interview to learn more.

1 — What is the main theme you explore in your new EP ‘Connections’?

The EP is a set of eclectic love stories that are connected to each other. Throughout the EP, you will discover the feeling of falling in love, being in love, and holding on to love in the toughest time.

2 — Is there any special meaning behind its title?

There are multiple. Firstly, the titles of the songs relate to each other. In addition, I made a stronger connection with my music by involving myself in the songwriting as well.

3 — Did you collaborate with other artists or producers on this project?

Yes. There are a couple of great singers involved with ‘Connections’! Some new, some I do know from the start. I must give credit and big ups to Romy Dya, Yunnee, EthanUno, and Ansaly for their amazing work.

4 — How did you go about crafting the overall sound and style?

The approach for creating ‘Connections’ was different in comparison to my regular creative approach. With each project, I first focused on selecting a main instrument that would characterize the song. Unattainable has the guitar, “Connections” has the bass, and “In Love Tonight” has the piano. After the main instrument and its melody, I would carve out the full production.

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5 — Did you have any specific genre in mind while producing this material?

I had not, but I focused on having a blend of genres that I and the love theme associate with. I would say this blend of genres can be best described as Bass Pop.

6 — Is there a particular track on the EP that you have a special connection with?

Nope! They are equally special to me and as they complement each other, I feel that I have a special connection with the project as a whole.

7 — Are there any things you wish you had done differently?

When it comes to the EP, there’s nothing I wish I had done differently.

8 — In what ways do you think your songs will resonate with listeners?

I think this project, as well as other songs I have made, encourages its listeners to open up and acknowledge their feelings. I hope my music provides the listeners with a better understanding of themselves.

9 — Have you ever considered creating a music video for any of these news tracks?

I did! I feel like each of the songs has a visual story to tell. However, I have prepared something special for this EP which is visually pleasing as well.

10 — Is there anything else you would like to share about the EP that we haven’t covered in this interview?

To celebrate the release of  ‘Connections,’ I recorded a live performance of the EP with all the vocalists and an amazing guitarist (Rob). It will air on February 24th and you can get notified here.


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