Want to know more about John Gibbons? I had the honour of interviewing this talented DJ/Producer from Ireland, in which, interesting subjects c. Read it completely below!
1 – Could you tell us a bit about your musical background? What led you to begin DJing, producing, and composing music in the first place?
I began DJ’ing while still in school, in fact my very first gig was as stand-in for a DJ who didn’t show up at a school disco at home in Ireland. I still remember the incredible buzz that I felt from being on stage from the first time and from there I managed to work my way up the ladder into better and better gigs over time.
I always had an interest in production and dabbled from a young age also but really began to take it seriously after ‘Beautiful Filth’ broke through into the mainstream and crossed over to the Irish pop charts in 2008. At that point I realized that production was about to become a whole lot more than just messing around on my laptop!
2 – Where are you originally from? What is the music scene of your hometown like?
I’m originally from a small town in Ireland called Carlow. While the music scene is tiny, as is the case in any provincial Irish town due to sheer lack of population, as a nation Ireland has always punched well above its weight in musical terms and I got an invaluable grounding in the skills required to properly DJ (as opposed to simply playing a pre-determined set as is the case with so many performers now) while playing in local bars and clubs, equipping me well for the career that has followed.
3 – What can you tell us about the experience of DJing with some of the elite in the industry and your interest in music production?
I remember being blown away by the initial experience of playing alongside DJ’s whom I had looked up to and idolized growing up, the likes of John Digweed, Armin, Tiesto and many others and it’s still a huge thrill to consistently play alongside the industry elite and be considered a contemporary as opposed to a fan. I’m very lucky in that regard and would never take for granted the opportunities I’ve received to date.
As I mentioned earlier, music production became serious from 2008 onwards and huge influences for me in this regard would have been Tony de Vit, Corvin Dalek, John Digweed, Yomanda and almost anything that was released on the ‘Manifesto’ label. I still consider ‘Manifesto’ to be the best dance label of all time, particularly in terms of capturing the essence of what dance-music is all about for me, ie. eliciting a variety of emotions and feelings in the clubber or listener.
Yes, ‘Get Down’ is my debut on ‘Insomnified’ and is very much inspired by my feelings with regard to world events and in particular the militarized subjugation of the so-called ‘free’ West we are currently witnessing on a frightening level. The track is written with forceful, almost dystopian, high-impact moments and sugar-coated with contrasting melodies in order to reflect the present Orwellian/Huxley-esque societal juxtaposition with the double-entendre vocal deliberately placed to mirror both sides of the metaphorical coin, ie. the global control structure and ‘we the people’.
Mac and Gannon have been a dream to work with, we have a similar musical vision and work ethic and I firmly believe the have a massively bright future as artists, hence my keenness to work with them.
5 – How did you find out about Insomnified? Is their utilization of global & territorial resources / listenership the reason you went with the label in the first place?
I’ve been a close follower and supporter of Insomnified for some time now, having first stumbled across label boss Magnetie through her release ‘You & Me’ on the label and despite offers from a number of other high-profile labels, a combination of their musical ethos, distribution clout through Black Hole and attention to detail with regard to maximizing the potential of each release made Insomnified the perfect fit for this release.
6 – What can you tell us about some of the tracks you have featured on your Soundcloud page?
My Soundcloud page offers a diverse sample of some of the tracks I’ve released over the past few years and includes solo tracks, collaborations and a variety of styles. I also includes some of my more recent cross-over tracks which have charted in Europe over the past 18 months, in particular ‘All I Need’, ‘Colder’ and ‘Feelings’, which have helped open many recent doors for me in the music industry and have inspired the direction of my debut artist album which is pending.
7- What is your favorite social networking platform? Why?
On a personal level I love Twitter for its condensed simplicity and the speedy way it allows me to keep an eye on and interact with both those whom I choose to follow and my own followers. It has really broken down the boundaries between artist and fan which I think is a great thing!
In terms of pure music Soundcloud is great, although they really need to take a closer look at the back end that constantly flags tracks erroneously for copyright infringements – it gets very tiresome having to have my own tracks reinstated!
8 – Who are your biggest musical influences? Why?
Queen for their groundbreaking versatility and showmanship which tore up the rulebook in terms of what was acceptable to a mainstream audience at the time, Judge Jules for his incredible ear for uncovering diverse and groundbreaking dance-music spanning decades always focusing on creativity above all else, as well as tirelessly championing new talent and Tupac Shakur for inspiring me to make a statement with music as opposed to always pandering to the bottom-line.
9 – What are your favorite activities or hobbies outside of music?
I’ve a huge interest in the law and have studied it extensively for years. It fascinates me how the law is used by the parasitic professional ‘elite’ to chevy the general populace into doing things that go entirely against our natural instincts, when in fact it can be used to protect us from a wide-range of social ills and financial malignancies. I regularly practice as a lay-litigant and it has genuinely changed my world-view and on a macro level, my entire life and allowed me a heretofore unimagined level of real (as opposed to illusory) freedom. I recommend the study of law to everyone. While initially intimidating, it’s a hugely empowering journey.
10 – What does 2015 hold in store for John Gibbons? A full-length release perhaps?
Next year marks the release of my debut artist album and the continued roll-out of my ‘POWER’ tour concept which has been in testing at various global events since 2013. I’m extremely excited about the coming year and believe it will be a career-defining twelve months. Watch this space!
Diego Druck Reveals What Listeners Can Expect From “A Different Way”
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.
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
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.
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’
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.
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.