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Interview | Questions & Answers With The Silver Snails



The Silver Snails
Here’s everything you need to know about The Silver Snails. Over the past few years, this creative husband-and-wife duo brings positive vibes to the world with their family-friendly music. Not to mention, their latest clip for “Dancing With The Stars” will make you fall into a fantasy world. Get all the details in this exclusive interview!

1 — I enjoyed watching the fantasy-themed video for your latest single, “Dancing With The Stars”. What was the inspiration for it?

I have always been inspired by fantasy and science fiction, and also a fan of glam and psychedelia within music. With respect to the astronomer sequence at the opening of the video, here we feature my wife’s late father Rino, with his actual handmade telescope heralding the arrival of The Silver Snails from outer space. The ‘angelic nebula’ shown is a Hubble image of the M42 nebula in the constellation of Orion.

Since living in the country in Italy under bright starry skies for the past 15 years and observing the rings of Saturn etc. through Rino’s telescope, the stars and planets have become like neighbors or friends, constant companions and inspirations for us. At the same time, we live and work among the bones of classical civilization (the province of Romagna, Italy), the very same neighborhood where Dante wrote ‘The Divine Comedy, and there are too many old castles and cathedrals to count. This backdrop lends a note of baroque or classical inspiration to the otherwise glam space-pop theme of our first music video. Note, we have a new video in the pipeline, which is intended as a ‘sequel’ to the “Dancing With The Stars” video, ie. same ‘universe’.

2 — Did you guys do your own cosmic makeup or did you hire a makeup artist for this clip?

My wife and co-conspirator, Elisa Fantini does much of the make-up, costumes, and sets, and we hire help for concerts and video shoots. All of our videos have been home-made, hands-on affairs…

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3 — Who wrote the lyrics and what exactly is this song about?

I, Lucas Ward composed the words and music for “Dancing With The Stars”. Similar to “Isn’t She Lovely” (by Stevie Wonder), the song attempts to convey the sense of joy and amazement that some of us new fathers feel as witnesses to the miracle of life… The song started with lyrics, which I began at a certain moment in time, taking my daughter Jasmine who was 5 at the time to Rome on the train. I noticed her dancing and singing as if to an internal tune, oblivious to the fears and pressures weighing on me at the time. Thus, both the song and the video feature the actual Jasmine (‘lai lai lai’), within the theme of a glam-rock troubadour family from space, landing on their flying piano to recover their children.

4 — Why are you targeting international audiences and singing in different languages on your debut album, ‘The Seven Melodies’?

Our goal is to spread love and joy through music and media to people around the world. In service of this objective, we strive to write and perform in multiple languages in order to send a message of inclusion and also to appeal to more than just English speakers with our media. This is also ‘who we are’ in the sense that we are multi-lingual people raising our children in a multi-lingual household and our media reflects an appreciation of global culture.

We are not alone or first to mix languages in Pop (Manu Chao, for example, has released LPs with songs in 6 or more languages), and of course, even OG pop rockers such as the Beatles have been singing and writing in other languages since the beginning of the art (e.g. ‘Michelle’). I personally believe that lyrics are the most important component of a song for the listener, and understanding at least the imagery of the lyrics is important to fully embracing or adopting a song. That being said, there are international artists that I listen to who sing in tongues I don’t understand, and of course, melody, harmony, and rhythm constitute a global lingua-franca.

6 — Why is it called ‘The 7 Melodies’? Where can we stream it?

The LP title was Elisa’s idea, and to me it connotes both the ‘lucky’ association of the number 7, (‘The 7 Melodies’ is intended to bring good things to the listener like a good luck charm), as well as the ancient connotation of 7 indicating ‘perfection’ or ‘completeness’. Finally, as with almost everything we do, the title carries a hint of irony or silliness, as there are at least 8 tracks on the LP, and many many melodies, depending on how you count. The LP will be streamable on Spotify and other platforms on October 26.

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7 — What was the original purpose of starting this husband-wife musical project?

The mission of The Silver Snails is ‘to open human hearts through Sound, Light, and Word’. We hope to accomplish this specifically by creating, marketing, and performing the world’s finest Pop-Rock music. It is our way to feed ourselves and our kids, bring value to the world and enjoy our stay. Since when we started The Silver Snails we were already in the parenting phase, we decided to do what felt natural and make the project an all-ages, family affair. As such, we can perform as a ‘front family’, i.e. we are all pro singers and frequently sing in harmony.

8 — What has remained the same?

Despite nearly 10 years in incubation, The Silver Snails project has remained remarkably faithful to its original blueprint and continues to grow rapidly and organically, like a well-tended plant. The children get bigger, our skills improve, we create more media but otherwise, it has been a surprisingly steady and slow gestation.

9 — So far, has there been an unexpected challenge in your music career?

Everything about my music career has been an unexpected challenge, from finding the guts to keep going over and over again, to improving vocals, to learning how to write, produce and perform professionally, to building a presence on social media, to figuring out the marketing, to navigating and integrating wrenching new awarenesses generated along the way, all while trying to take care of self and family. It’s difficult for me to imagine a more challenging (or unexpected) career path than the one I chose, and I see that the personal growth afforded by the very challenge of it is one of it’s biggest benefits for us.

10 — What are your future plans for the rest of 2018?

We are in the middle of relaunching ‘The 7 Melodies’ in the US Indie channel with professional distribution, publicity, and promotion, while at the same time working to complete our new LP (number 2) in time for a 2019 release. We have a new video in the pipeline and are also looking at testing the waters for live touring in the next few months.



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.


Notaker’s Insights On His Debut Independent Album, ‘Echoes In Eternity’



Notaker Echoes In Eternity

In a candid interview, Notaker talks about the most important details behind his debut independent album, ‘Echoes In Eternity. He offers his fans a glimpse into the inspiration and emotions that fueled its creation. Happy reading!

1 — In your words, how would you describe the sonic atmosphere of this new album, ‘Echoes In Eternity’?

I would describe it as otherworldly, outrun retro, or dimensional. Those are the kinds of ideas I really aimed at for this project.

2 — ‘Echoes In Eternity’ is an interesting album title. Can you share the story or concept behind choosing this name?

I’ve always liked the famous quote from Marcus Aurelius “What we do now echoes in eternity”. It parallels what I wanted to do with this album which was to make something timeless that I could look back on many years from now and feel proud to have created.

3 — How do you think this album engages listeners on an emotional level?

As it hasn’t been released yet I’m not quite sure. It certainly holds a lot of myself in the music and hopefully, those emotions that I felt creating the music will shine through to listeners when they hear the album.

4 — What steps did you take to connect and work with Danyka Nadeau and Eric Lumiere?

I knew Eric from a collaboration we created previously so it was very easy to reach back out to him and work again. Danyka and I met through her manager Daniel who thought we could create something awesome together, and he was very right. It was a true treat to work with both, they are amazing artists.

Danyka Nadeau
5 — How does this material differ from your previous work with mau5trap and Anjuna?

It’s much less confined to any parameter a label might impose upon my work. This is truly a raw and unfiltered look at my music. The most “me” thing I feel I’ve ever created.

6 — Is there any particular track in the album that holds a special meaning to you?

In a way they all are, it’s tough to choose. I think the “Illusion of Time” is very special as I got to make that with one of my friends Kyu who played the hand pan which I sampled for that song. Always great to create things with friends.

Notaker interview debut album Echoes In Eternity
How would you describe the evolution of your artistic style and sound as reflected in this album?

In a way it’s cyclical. Finding new things that sound nostalgic to me and then creating them in a new and interesting way. Hopefully, people can hear that in my sound, something new but also familiar.



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Öwnboss & Selva Dish On The Creation Of “RIOT” — Interview



Öwnboss Selva
Closing out the festival season with a bang, Brazilian talents Öwnboss and Selva team up on anthemic dance hit “RIOT” for their debut on the respected label Monstercat. Not only a mainstage monster, “RIOT” gears up to take on the virtual world as the official anthem in the latest Brazilian-themed season of the sports-based video game Rocket League.

We caught up with Öwnboss and Selva to go behind the scenes on the making of “RIOT.”

1 — First of all, how do you maintain a balance between staying true to your own unique style while collaborating and complementing each other’s musical style?

Selva: I think the fun part about collaborating is to mix things up and see what happens. That being said, presenting ideas with context, staying true to yourself, and respecting the collaborator’s input is the formula to create something interesting that you wouldn’t come up with yourself. For example, Öwnboss has his famous lead synth, but we never forced it in. The progression choices and the energy that builds up until the drop made that synth not only essential but also brought the power we needed for the drop!

Öwnboss: I would say that I don’t have much of that balance because I’d say I don’t follow only a single style, you know? My sound is what I like to play, what makes sense at the moment, and what makes me happy. Of course, “Move Your Body” is a track that defines me in a way and I’m very proud of it, but I always try to evolve and improve my productions, as happened here with Selva. “RIOT” had more than 10 versions that went through various musical styles, which speaks a lot to my trajectory as a producer as well. The final version was our favourite, and it brings a lot of who we are as musicians.

2 — “RIOT” is set to debut in Rocket League’s battle arenas. Is this the first time you have produced music for video games?

Öwnboss: That’s a good question because we didn’t really produce the song thinking about having it in a video game, but that’s exactly what happened in the end. I had the pleasure of having “Move Your Body” on the Formula 1 2022 soundtrack, I believe for the size the track has taken by playing on the stages worldwide. With “RIOT,” I think we were able to produce such an exciting, rebellious song…. almost like a generational anthem, that seeing it as a soundtrack for such an important and young game like Rocket League turns out to be a perfect fit. “RIOT” really has a feel of action and adrenaline.

Selva: Yes, for me it’s the first time. I still am getting used to hearing my kids across the house turning on Rocket League and hearing my song!

3 — What qualities do you like the most about the vocals on ‘RIOT’?

Selva: I think the vocals are the soul of this song. We built the song around it, and we worked really hard for the production to play the role of enhancing the power of those lyrics.

Öwnboss: I agree. I really like the contrast between the vocals of the children singing in a very high-pitched tone and Brian’s voice, more serious. I think it’s a very good balance since the sonorities complement each other. Another thing that catches me is this “battle anthem” vibe of hers, it feels half revolutionary, like… Pink Floyd. It had been a while since I’d received a vocal with this strength, and I believe that’s why this track became so important to us.

4 — Imagine you could incite a riot for change. What goal would you inspire people to stand up for?

Öwnboss: That’s a tough question to answer because the world needs a lot of change, so how do you choose the most important one? Or the most urgent. What comes first in my mind is a riot for people to be themselves, without being ashamed and without worrying about what others will think. Be yourself. I think it is a path of no return to freedom and happiness. Probably the world would be better and lighter if everyone could follow that.

Selva: Interesting question! I think once you create a song and put it out into the world, the meaning of it is no longer yours to choose. Everyone has a different life experience and people digest ideas and messages in a very singular way. At first, this song didn’t have a political angle, but it can absolutely have.
I’d say: start a riot in your heart, soul, and mind.

5 — Öwnboss, your busy 2023 World Tour is currently underway. How does the release of “RIOT” fit into your tour’s momentum?

Öwnboss: The release of “RIOT” in the middle of my tour was very important because I was able to play the track on various stages around the world without it being released. People don’t know it, but the music captivates almost instantly, which makes it an important reinforcement for my sets. I see the audience eager to learn the lyrics. I can say “RIOT” certainly arrived at a good time.

6 — Selva, as a platinum-certified songwriter and producer, you have worked with prominent names in the EDM scene. What new things did you learn from this collaboration?

Selva: I think of myself as a songwriter above anything, and I’m blessed enough to work with so many different accomplished and talented artists, including Öwnboss whom I have written a number of songs. “RIOT” is a special one for me, and it just felt right to represent this one by his side. I personally learned to trust my gut more than ever.

7 — Can you capture the essence of “RIOT” in just one sentence?

Öwnboss: RIOT is energetic, revolutionary, and catchy.

Selva: All revolutions start in the soul.

8 — Were there any specific elements that made the creation of this track particularly challenging?

Selva: The chorus. We knew the chorus was potent and strong, but it was challenging to “dose” it through the song. We did a bunch of versions in order to land one that we felt delivered the chorus without being repetitive and enhanced it.

Öwnboss: Yeah, the vocals, for sure. And the collaboration with a children’s choir, which is the “extra touch” and makes it different from anything that I’ve ever produced before.

9 — What specific role did you play while working on “RIOT”?

Öwnboss: The lyrics were written by Brian, so my main role was to help set the musicality of the track, creating a climax on the chorus and the revolutionary footprint we wanted for it. Then, another challenge of ours was to integrate the high-pitched voice of the children’s choir with the other elements of the track, so that it would be dense, dynamic and keep the rebellious tone.

Selva: As mentioned I was on the songwriting. I dove in on the production as well later on, but I’d say I mainly focused on melody and lyrics and let my main man Öwnboss do his thing and create the whole context and drop.

10 — If a future collaboration opportunity arises, what new things would you be interested in exploring?

Selva: I’d like to have another go at exploring a RIOT-like anthemic chorus again, maybe in a higher BPM.

Öwnboss: Each collaboration is the reflection of the moment that I’m living. After that everything changes, so I think it’s hard to answer this question. I will always explore what is true and meaningful to me in that moment, so my music can speak to others.




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Exclusive Interview: Paul Mayson Delves Into His Debut Album ‘One Life’



One Life Paul Mayson Interview

Paul Mayson‘s first-ever album, ‘One Life,’ is like a special mix of his love for House music, blended with different kinds of sounds and cool collaborations from artists all over the world. You definitely don’t want to miss this interview!

1 — With the release of your debut album ‘One Life,’ what are your expectations for how listeners will connect with the music?

My goal was to showcase my story and my sound. And for it to be an uplifting, positive, and summery album. Hopefully, it feels like that! It’s a collection of songs made at the moment, to make you feel happy and free. It’s about embracing life, the good things and the bad. And about doing what makes you happy.

2 — You’ve teamed up with a diverse range of international artists on this material. Please let us know how these collaborations came to be.

It was really exciting taking elements from different genres, working with a group of great artists who come from very different backgrounds, and bringing all of these sounds and flavors together on one project. A lot of artists I meet myself, reach out to the people I’m interested in. I often travel abroad to work on music together and do sessions in London or LA. Sometimes collabs can also happen through the label or the publisher, but ultimately it’s great to have an artist-to-artist relationship.

3 – What compelled you to emphasize the themes of life, freedom, and diversity in this album?

I’m very passionate about House music culture and the way it started. Which was all about positivity and celebrating life together. I love that message and think the soulful, feel-good element of House music is what always really attracted me to the genre. And to music in general, including other genres like Soul and RnB.

4 – Can you share more details about the process of integrating experimental elements into the music production of your album?

A few of the songs (like “Tell Me How” and “I Want You”) were basically made during one big jam session. It’s me just trying out completely different sounds, textures, and rhythms and experimenting with live drums, guitars, and whatever I feel like. Letting go of any rules connected to dance music allows for a really fresh approach to the album songs.

6 – How does the artwork complement the album’s concept?

It emphasizes the feel-good element and the overall message of the album. Life is in front of you, it’s there for the taking. You’re in the hallway, step into the light and embrace life.

Paul Mayson One Life
7 – Will there be another amazing music video like “Have It All,” dropping in the near future?

We released a really cool art piece and visualizer for the album which I’m very excited about!

8 – Given your ambition to push boundaries within the Dance genre, do you think the bunch of producers already out there could make it tough for you to really stand out?

I think individuality is key. Doing something you’re passionate about. Telling your own story. If you go into that process, the outcome will be unique. Not following trends and doing my own thing is what helps me stand out and allows me to be ahead and I try to keep pushing myself.

9 – Among your studio essentials, what’s the item that you consider the cornerstone of your setup?

Quite a lot of my work is digital. I carry my laptop around and can produce and write anywhere with it, whether it’s my home studio, the studio in Amsterdam, a hotel, or even an airport. That’s what makes it flexible and international! Just being able to work anywhere and get the creative process going. At home I also love my Adam A77x monitors and I also use a Prophet synth.



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