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Interview | Questions & Answers With Simon Field



Interview | Questions & Answers With Simon Field
Simon Field
, the native Norwegian DJ/Producer answered our questions about his beginnings as an artist. He also shares with us details about his latest releases. On the one hand, the ultra-catchy “Feel You” that provokes dancing, while on the other, the remix for “La La La” brings tropical summer vibes. Read the full interview below.

1 – Do you regret having left various bands in the past to dedicate yourself to DJing and music production?

Fair question. I think all bands and projects I’ve been involved in have been natural and important stepping stones. Also, it would be way harder to change a band rather than starting something new. DJ’ing is not unlike any other band or live playing. You need to play with the audience not matter what. So no regret. All a part of who I am today.

2 – How have you been educated in music production? Do you think this profession still requires a formal education?

I would say I’m all autodidact when it comes to music production. The Youtube school is very comprehensive and totally inspiring. Although I’ve had formal training as a musician and also in songwriting. And I think many of the learnings can lean on each other. Like with scoring you need to consider many of the same things as when mixing such as elements not competing for attention, what element is supporting and how you group the various instruments. So I have had great use of the formal music education I’ve had in many ways. Not knowing the basic might be obstacles in the creative process at the same time its often limitations that spark creative ways of thinking. So to your question, I think it depends on the person. If you’re a creative problem solver you might not need any formal education.

3 – We know you like synthesizers very much. Is it true that digital synths sound as good as analog synths nowadays? What model of synths will you never stop using?

I am totally hooked on synthesizers. Absolutely! For me, it’s a matter of finding sweet spots with every instrument that I use to get the unique out of it. There are a number of amazing software synths. My favs are those not trying to be a replica of an analog synth, but I’ve never actually bothered to A/B test. Another very important aspect for me is that I find it hard being creative in front of a screen. 90% of the time I play and compose looking at the synth. 3 synth I always use are the Prophet 6. Juno 106 and the Moog Sub 37. In fact, I think “Feel You” are nothing but those 3 plus samplers.

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4 – Your new Dance track entitled “Feel You”, featuring Peder Elias on vocals. Which elements make the sound so catchy?

The flute that starts off the track, is of a flute I sampled from somewhere on Youtube, made a new sound of it, layered it with the Prophet and composed the theme. Moving into the verses, they are driven by a pluck sound from the Prophet combined with another puck from the Juno. The bass is mainly Prophet and Moog layered. When getting into the drop, the bass takes the lead together with the flute. Oh, another cool thing we did was vocoding the backing vocal to make it somewhat mechanical sounding.

5 – Why did you decide to work with a male vocalist on this single?

I love soulful vocal and I heard Peder on a gig or something and love the voice and frazing, so we decided to do a track together. Not to fussed about being female or male vocal. More important to me is the sound of the voice. I basically build the track around the writing we did and his voice.

6 – How much were you involved in the process of writing the lyrics?

This one we wrote together from the start. I love writing lyrics, so I get involved as often as I can. It’s one area where you can be unique using imagery that complements the track and vise versa. In fact, I’ve been in projects where I just did lyrics.☺ And I also love the wit and playfulness that can go into lyrics, like the line from the bridge ”You’re on my playlist, and it’s where I will stay, Just like IYAS puts the night on replay”.

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7 – Besides that, you are promoting the 2018 Verano Remix of “La La La”. How many similarities and differences are there with the original version?

The basic form is the same, verse, chorus, etc. We decided that it need a higher BPM to fit better on clubs as well as the lower end and more bouncy bass. We also wanted to have a go at the “drop” to challenge our-self a little. We ended up recording a Cuban Tres for the chorus and that is carried on into the drop as the main element.

8 – When you curated the ‘Ibiza Deep House’ playlist on Spotify, did you ever expect it would have been a big success as it turned out to be?

I had no idea, to be honest. I made the playlist with music and a mood that I love and also to be a home for my own releases. So when it started picking up followers, I started to realize that I had to be serious about it and that it could serve an important part of my online presence.

9 – In terms of music, would you like to try something different this year?

I always want to challenge myself musically in search of something unique. A thing that I found challenging was finishing my tracks and ideas. So I decided to finish a greater part of the tracks that I’ve started. So the new thing for me this year is to be to release a lot of music.

10 – Finally, what’s your favorite social media platform for interacting with your fans?

I think Twitter actually, although I’m a sucker for Instagram as well. Each platform has its own way and people seem to be telling you different things in the open than 1:1.



Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.


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



Diego Druck
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



Beth Crowley Interview

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.

The Ghost Who Is Still Alive Beth Crowley Interview
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’



Rubayne Connections
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.

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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