Exclusive interview with Jordan LaFaver! He is an American musician, producer, and record executive known for his work as frontman of Diary of Snow and founding Snowbound Records. Today I had the pleasure to know more about himself as a solo artist, and he reveals everything about his music and his life… Go read what Jordan shared with us, you’ll be impressed!
1 – Many people will know you from the band, Diary of Snow, What would you say are the differences between being a solo artist and being part of a band?
I had this terrible moral dilemma for the longest time when it came to DOS. I was dedicated to only making meaningful music that would speak to people on an emotional level, but every once in awhile I just wanted to make a fun pop record. Back then I viewed that as selling out, so I buried that part of me until I couldn’t stand it anymore.
Everyone needs to cut loose every once in awhile, so being solo gives me the freedom to just write for fun and make something for the people who pushed me to do pop for years. There’s no doubt in my mind I’ll return to Diary of Snow (it’ll always be where my heart is), but for now, this is a long overdue vacation.
2 – Were you surrounded by music growing up?
I was, but probably not what people would expect! My parents listened to a lot of gospel music and I barely recall listening to anything non-Christian when I was really young (except for a Spice Girls cassette tape my dad had for some reason). My grandmother had an old piano that she played around me all the time, and I credit that to my love of music.
I taught myself how to play by ear when I was very young, and my family bought me my own keyboard when I was old enough to appreciate it. That keyboard would be the first part of the amateur recording studio I would set up in my parent’s basement when I was 14, where I would record the first draft’s of Diary of Snow’s first EP.
3 – Did you take singing lessons?
Nope, but to this day I still want to. I tried to take piano lessons twice and both times the instructor got frustrated that I could play fluently by ear, but not understand a single note of sheet music. Ironically I never wanted to be a singer, I grew up dreaming of being a keyboardist for a Christian rock band, but when I purchased my first copy of Autotune I loved the way it sounded and aspired to sound good without it. From that day forward it’s just been trial and error, and a lot of practice. I love singing now.
4 – What sort of artist do you want to be? Please define your music genre.
This has always been a difficult question because I want to do two different things; be a solo artist, and be the lead singer of an alternative-rock band. Depending on which project I’m focused on, my genre will change, and I think I’ll always want to do both. As for what I’m doing right now, I’d like to be comparable to Bryson Tiller and The Weeknd. My album is a mash-up of a few genres but primarily R&B.
5 – Your debut EP is due in this year. How close is it to being finished?
Admittedly, we jumped the gun in announcing the EP this year. Originally I wanted to put out something new as soon as possible (the last Diary of Snow album was released over three years ago), but I had forgotten how rushing that same album had caused me to regret it in the first place. When I announced the EP, I only had four prospective songs. That number is now closer to twenty, spanning multiple genres.
I’ve decided to take the rest of 2016 and really hone my sound, build some buzz, and release a full-length solo album in 2017. That said, I do plan on releasing a few singles this year to keep people interested! I also plan to shoot at least one music video and start a Youtube series documenting the progress of the album on our Snowbound Records Youtube channel.
6 – What inspired you to create the song “Lipstick Stains”?
For years I wanted to release a semi-sexual pop record, but I lacked the confidence to ever achieve it. Whenever I tried it sounded hilarious because you could tell I didn’t take myself seriously. However, I spent the entire year of 2015 losing weight, getting in shape and completely transforming myself into a different person; one who wasn’t afraid to make records like that.
When I showed the first demo of Lipstick Stains to my producer, I played it off like a joke. The thought of the old me doing a record like that was hilarious, so I pitched it as a comedy song. Unexpectedly, he absolutely loved it and pushed me to finish it as a legitimate single. 6 months later, we released it and the wave of support was overwhelming! I felt incredible, and decided that day to pursue a full solo album.
Yes, but also no. Right now I’m not signed to anyone, but I operate under my own Snowbound Records to bring attention to my label that I would love to develop someday. The benefit of being unsigned is I can feely negotiate my own royalties, book my own shows, pick and pay the producers I see fit for each song, and handle my own promotion and social media.
The obvious downside is that every cent required for all those services comes from my own pocket. Promotion, production, copyrighting, touring, and all the other aspects of being a serious musician are incredibly expensive, and I’ve spent thousands of dollars since my last album working on this one.
Being a part of a major label would drastically help with getting my name out there (and take a lot of pressure off me), but you do lose a degree of creative freedom and certainly the ability to choose who you work with. I’ve been offered contracts in the past but every time, it would have put me in debt and the labels cared nothing for me as an artist. For at least this first album I plan to remain solo. Whatever happens after will happen, but I’m very excited and I can’t wait to see how people react to it!
8 – What’s the most surprising thing that has happened to you in a live show?
Once in New Hampshire, while I was a keyboardist for a friend’s band, I started playing Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” while we were setting up between bands. Several people up front started laughing and belting out the words, so I finished playing the entire song while they sang it!
Also when I did my first piano show in Bangor, Maine, I got a standing ovation at the end. I never expected it, but that was definitely one of the best days of my life and motivated me to pursue a career in music.
9 – Is there any local artist that you admire?
Local is a tough word because in the past 6 years I’ve lived in 5 different places, but I’ll speak for my home in Northern Maine. I’ll always be the biggest fan of my producer and artist Erik Mason, who is not only a successful, full-time music producer (and my best friend), but also a very talented singer and rapper. Through dedication alone he’s moved up in the music industry, and I wouldn’t have anyone else handling my vocals for this album!
I also need to give a shout out to my friends in the band Turner, who are far better live performers than myself, and just released their first music video!
10 – Where can we find you on the Internet and social media?
Mou5ZyZZ Reveals Details Of His Upcoming Single “Melbourne Overdose” — Interview
Mou5ZyZZ aka Andrew Niman is making huge waves in the electronic music world. With his high energetic charisma and enthusiasm, he never fails to inject positivity during his live DJ sets. Indeed, the independent artist has achieved something that few in the industry can claim to do: playing in front of 95,000 ravers. Furthermore, it wouldn’t surprise me that he is still ghosting producing for renowned international acts.
Currently, Mou5ZyZZ has a pretty big release coming up soon entitled “Melbourne Overdose”, out on September 30th. Do you want to know more about it? Then, scroll down and read this exclusive interview.
1 — For newcomers, how would you best describe your sound?
Highly explosive EDM music.
2 — Please tell us more about the inspiration behind your upcoming single, “Melbourne Overdose”
The track deals with the excitement and mysteriousness of meeting a stranger in a crowd of thousands of people. Despite the number of people, you somehow feel attracted to this stranger. The track is building up to its climax while enumerating all of the things you want to do and want to be for that stranger. Thinking you could rock their world. But finally, you come to the realization, that when it’s said and done, that stranger will be too much to handle for you. 🎵 MELBOURNE OVERDOSE 🔥🔥🔥💗💗
It was actually easier to be inspired for us as artists since we are producers and usually work behind closed doors in music production, etc.
4 — What was it like working with Yago Music?
This is the second track that I’ve worked with Yago. Me and Yago worked together on a past track called “In The Dust” + featuring DJ Waffles.
My favorite lyrics are “I don’t know you, but I know what I want”. 👆😜💗💗💗🐭
6 — Were there any challenges producing “Melbourne Overdose”?
There were some challenges but it only came at the end of the track with mastering. I had to take 5 different vocal tracks that Jakob Faber or Yago Music sent me, it was just a bit tricky trying to combine all, but it sounded good at the end of mastering the track. Plus, with a little bit of time and work, I created the perfect master.
7 — Do the fans should expect something different on this new release?
To answer this question I would see as far as the fans go yes this is gonna be in itself a new surprise all alone. This is my 1st Melbourne Bounce release for Mou5ZyZZ as well as Yago Music. 🥳 🥳
8 — What are your views on ghost producing? Do you still do it?
I’m fine with ghost producing since I have been doing it back in 2006, so I think it is definitely good business for me because I’m good at production as well as mastering. So, it’s very easy for me to make good tracks to potential other artists worldwide. Honestly, I think I’m one of the very first producers to come out and talk about it so freely. I honestly love creating artwork for the world to hear even if it doesn’t have my name on it just knowing that somebody else out there has taken my artwork and created it into something of their own a spectacular honestly. 💯💯💯🙌👻🐭💗
9 — Are there any plans in the making for virtual DJ sets?
Yes, most definitely I am currently working on other things at the moment which has been hard for me since I’m only one person, but yes I do plan on doing more live DJ sets as well as creating more virtual DJ sets. I have been working on making my own custom visuals for a full hour in a 5-minute long set. This was going to be truly awesome when finished. Currently, I’m working on many other projects and haven’t had time for the DJing side project.
10 — How can new artists submit their music to your label Mou5 Chee5e Records? Is there any special requirement?
As far as being an artist on my label it’s very simple all you need to do is to contact me through my messages either on my personal Instagram or via my record label’s Instagram account. you can also e-mail me or even call me directly… email@example.com / 5053043630
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Drew Ramz Talks New Jam “Luv”, Songwriting & More — Interview
Independent rapper Drew Ramz has premiered a new jam you might enjoy titled, “Luv”. Best of all, it’s filled with chill vibes from start to end. I got the opportunity to interview the emerging artist who shares his views on this romantic song, his songwriting approaches, and much more. Happy reading!
1 – As an artist, how have you adjusted to these tough times of pandemic?
2020 has been a wild year. It’s been mentally and physically exhausting each month. In a different light though, it has given me a lot of time to focus on writing music. I took a year away to find myself as an artist and 2020 has taught me that nothing is guaranteed. I have found my voice during these times and I started creating music that I like, compared to the stuff that will make me fit in.
2 – You’ve said in other interviews that you use music to cope with depression. How does the process of music help you?
I am in a constant battle with anxiety and depression. My mind moves at a mile a minute and there are days where it’s hard to focus. Music allows me to express my feelings in ways that I could not normally do. Getting to write down my thoughts to a beat, allows me to express myself to the greatest extent & it eases my mind. I’m super grateful for this outlet.
3 – When it comes to writing lyrics, do you use unconventional methods?
I wouldn’t call them unconventional, I write the thoughts that surround my mind. Whatever I’m feeling that day, I try to write about it. Again, it’s a therapy in a way that allows me to express my inner thoughts freely. I’ve loved writing since I was a kid and my imagination is never-ending. Getting to write lyrics is a great way to tell a story & I love being able to write stories that are true to me and that other people can relate to.
I’m a huge believer in love. My wife and children are the greatest things to ever happen to me. A lot of the music I write has to do with my wife Jackie. She is an integral part of my life and without her, I’d be lost. Getting to tell our story through music has been a great adventure. I love that I get to write songs about her, she’s my biggest inspiration.
5 – Why people must listen to your new single “Luv”?
“Luv” is a love letter to my wife Jackie. We all have that one person we cherish in our lives & to me, that’s my wife. Sometimes in relationships, words aren’t enough & for me, I got to write a song dedicated to the girl of my dreams. “Luv” speaks to that audience, the people that miss old school songs that are just about being in love. There’s no talk about chains, money, clubbing… it’s simply a man expressing his love to his wife. “Luv” is perfect for anyone that just needs to remind their significant other that they are their world.
6 – Is there any message behind this jam?
Don’t be afraid to tell that person that you have feelings for how you really feel. People tend to throw around the word love a lot, but what do you love about that person? “Luv” to me was just expressing to Jackie all the things I love about her & how she makes me feel like her husband. She’s an incredible wife and this song is all about her.
7 – How does it compare to anything else you have put out before?
After I released “Brand New” back in 2019, I took a break from music because I needed to find myself as an artist. I had always love to sing but I never really tried to sing on a track before. With “Luv” and a lot of my new tracks, I took a step out of my comfort zone & just wanted to be me. I didn’t want to be a cookie-cutter rapper or artist. I wanted to express myself through singing and rapping.
“Luv” is the first release that I’ve sung on, so it’s nerve-racking, but it’s me. It’s honestly the most real I’ve ever been on a track, it’s just me speaking from the heart. The rest of my releases that follow will be the same, just me telling a story or expressing feelings that are true to me. I’m not gonna rap or sing about millions of dollars or a Lamborghini because I can’t relate to any of that, but I can relate to being in love with my amazing wife.
8 – When do you hope to put out more new music
My release schedule is kind of inspired by the artist Russ. When he was starting he would just drop a track month after month. I’m going to follow suit. I think it’s brilliant. Every month is a new chapter in the story of Drew Ramz. My release schedule as of now looks like this:
10/2/20: “20 Something”
11/23/20: “Hoodie Weather”
9 – What would your dream music video look like right now?
A dream music video is something paying homage to my favorite TV show, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” I love sarcastic comedy & I’m hoping to drop a single that fits the comedy scheme of that show. Once I do, I’m gonna go all out and just show my love and appreciation to that show!
10 – Finally, how do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
I’m going to continue to release music and be the best artist I can be. At the same time, I’m a family man and my family comes first. I will be starting my Master’s Degree in January, with the hopes of being a principal of school one day. Providing my family is my number one goal & that’s what I signed up for. I hope that one day my music takes off and I can provide for them as an artist, but in the meantime, I’m working my way up to help shape the future generations.
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Exclusive Q&A: Kilo House Reveals All In This Interview!
Check out our exclusive interview with producer and DJ Kilo House. He’s an alumni of the Icon Collective Music Production School. Definitely, his life is an example of perseverance and effort. Highly influenced by his musical background in the Deathcore scene, he’s now into dark Bass sounds. Frankly, there are many things I have been anxious to know about this enigmatic artist, so he brings to light his best answers. Happy reading!
1 – Let’s start off with your artistic name, where did Kilo House come from?
The name Kilo actually comes from the name of one of my pit bull rescues that I rescued from dogfighting but had to send to a pit bull reserve in New England due to the fact that I lived in an apartment. That was the hardest thing I ever had to do and actually started me on my path to production due to a great bout of depression I fell into. I chose that name because I wanted to embody his great strength love and unbreakable spirit. And House is a reference to the show house and my battle with a great deal of drug addiction at a young age.
2 – Is music production and DJing your full-time career?
Yes, but I also have a life coaching degree.
3 – Were there any obstacles that you had to overcome to establish your goals as an artist?
Yes, way too many to name brotha, I have lost friends, money, my health, and even experienced someone taking my best friend’s life, R.I.P. Raw Ronnie 🙁
I think the fact that I am now influenced by my own music and my own inspiring story is the biggest change. Due to chronic pain some days it is hard to even get out of bed but I remember that I AM NOT A VICTIM but like you graciously put it I AM A WARRIOR.
5 – What kind of sonic atmosphere are you trying to approach in your DJ sets?
I am an open format DJ. I’m DJing everything from Trap and Dubstep to Metal and House. As long as it has high energy, big drops, and a fun vibe.
6 – Tell us more about your latest single “The CHiLDREN”, are you a fan of the sampling technique?
Yes, the use of horror movies and other samples dates back to my days as a Deathcore drummer. Back in the day, Deathcore used a lot of movie samples and I brought that with me over to the Trap genre. Also the freedom I feel when watching a good horror film is the feeling I hope to give my listeners.
7 – How many days did it take you to record this banger?
To be totally honest less than 24 hours brotha.
8 – What else can we expect from your upcoming releases?
I think you can expect more of the same high energy drops, but “maybe” a few with a bit more silly funny samples.
9 – What release are you most proud of that you produced and what’s the story behind it?
I am proud of them all. My songs are like my children, I birth them, watched them grow, and then released them out into the world to spread light and positivity. So, you can’t pick a favorite child, well the same with the songs you birth as an artist.
First and foremost, I spend all the time in the world with my “best friend” my pit bull rescue named FLEX also I am a huge UFC fan so I try to make time as much as I can to watch the fights with my family.
I love working out and eating healthily and also am a quite good long-boarder. Plus, I also love expanding my mind by reading about different religions and philosophies.
But for the most part, I try to live a humble and modest lifestyle spending my downtime with my friends, family, and of course FLEX.
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COY Swede & Matthew Titmouse Talk New Single “You Are” In Interview
EDM Producer and Songwriter Thom Maximus aka COY Swede reveals everything about his newly released song “You Are”. In this exclusive interview, vocalist Matthew Titmouse also shares his insights on this Dance-Pop tune whose powerful message will definitely touch your heart. Scroll down the page and get all facts straight away.
1 – How does it feel to be working again with Matthew Titmouse on this new single?
I have been working with a lot of different artists and singers, but when I heard Matthew the first time on my demo “World On Fire” and he sent me just a short outline, I knew he was suitable for this project. I can tell quite fast if a singer has something unique and natural base quality. Plus he understands lyrics and the importance of some poetry and words that talk!
So I knew that he could perform perfectly with “You Are”. This upcoming track is totally different and we worked hard together back and forth to get the correct sound and feeling with the vox. Mat is like a brother to me now!
2 – I know your father had a great impact on your life, is this song a tribute to fathers who have passed away?
My father was very generous actually to all people he knew. And I remember that I felt that vacuum when he passed away. I realized I can’t talk to him anymore. At the end of the day, we came closer in some way. He traveled a lot when he was well. I guess he discovered things about me and I about him more real. He always knew I was into music, he supported me like mom did when I was young.
I remember when I was younger we played some of ACDC, KISS records, which we played in the car when mom wasn’t in it! It ended up with him playing those songs alone…when mom wasn’t in it. 🙂
So yes, its a tribute and in fact to all we lost. And at the same time a tribute to all of us that are still here! And now they all will hear this song “You Are” through the vast space of the universe!
3 – Did Avicii also inspired you to write “You Are”?
Tim is by far my music brother in terms of genre. A little brother humanly, but a big brother musically, respect! There is a deeper layer also. I tell those who it concerns when I meet them in private, out of respect!
The way I see it, you sometimes just can’t! Life forces us to deal with it, we have no choice! Like the lyrics of my track “Lose Heart”, we need to go through it! And the only way is forward! You have to find your way and method to cope with it. And only you decide!
But one thing I have learned is that, don’t hide your feelings to tight and keep them in too long. It’s better to get them out. If you don’t have anyone at all you can do that towards, just pick one you don’t know!
If my song, “You Are” will just pick one person up I’m glad!
5 – In your opinion, is this song a good fit for radio stations, clubs, or somewhere else?
Fit for all! A special live version is already made. Radio it’s the same. The question I have, will they play it? It’s not up to me.
6 – What challenges did you face in producing “You Are”? Was COVID-19 an obstacle?
Non, my vision was clear from the start, I had this melody in my head that needed to come out! Yeah, working in a studio with the singer is much easier. But Matthew and I had no problem through distance, we used some online sessions.
Yes, a music video is planned with a very creative special team, but we have no date for it yet.
8 – Is there a venue or festival you dream to play in?
Not directly, the listeners have to decide that. And if I’m asked to come. I have had a vision though, doing it on the ocean on a boat towards a beach would be cool! 🙂
But of course, without this period of the pandemic, we all are in. Safety is important and comes first!
9 – What are your current projects for the rest of 2020?
Instrumental projects. There are tons of music on the way, it’s just the result from many years of work. I can’t go into more details at this moment. All I can say is that one of the projects is crazy and, just out of this world! 🙂
10 – Finally, what’s that special message you want to portray with “You Are”?
They live with or within us now, FOREVER!
Matthew Titmouse’s answers:
1 – What is the best thing about working with COY Swede?
It is a tough question because we immediately found the common language between each other both musically and personally. If I had to pick the best thing about working with Coy Swede I would say that besides that he is a professional music arranger, songwriter, he is also an exceptional man and he got a gentle manner which helped me not to stress over the task but unleash my creative energies.
2 – Your voice is really great btw, what is your own musical background?
It makes me happy and grateful when I hear similar things, thank you for the kind words. You know every voice has its unique quality and our job is to train in a way that the character of our voice could unfold.
I began my career with gritty Rock tones like Green Day kind of stuff, then I switched to Kings of Leon. Nowadays, I am a huge fan of Coldplay and One Republic. Shortly that was my musical journey through the years.
3 – Will we see both of you and COY Swede perform live in the future with this song “You Are”?
Well “You are” was a challenging but refreshing song to me and I’ve never been to Sweden yet, so yes I am completely open to this idea! Live performances with him are in sight but it depends on a lot of factors especially in this pandemic situation.
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Manjit Makhni Opens Up On Techno Banger “The Frog Prince” In Interview
The story of Manjit Makhni with electronic music started two decades ago as a pioneer DJ at the London’s rave scene. Today he is focused entirely on music production. Some years ago, he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but this is not a major impediment for him when it comes to creating brilliant Techno releases like “The Frog Prince”. Learn more below in this exclusive interview.
1 – When did you discover you have a passion for music?
It was around the late 1990s just after I started clubbing. I started putting on my own parties and ended up buying a pair of Technics 1210s, collecting vinyl, and beginning to learn how to mix.
2 – We know you were active in the underground music scene two decades ago. What is something you really miss from those times?
I miss the parties, the vibe, and the friends I made. Clubbing in London in the late 1990s was truly special. It is now such a long time ago, I’m just glad I had that experience which shaped my future in being involved with electronic music.
3 – How long did it take you to complete your recent Techno track “The Frog Prince”?
I think it was about a week from start to finish. Although I did it in a few different settings. It was one of the first few occasions I started doing my own sound design rather than using presets. So at times, it became frustrating trying to get the sound just right and make it fit within my mix.
4 – What inspired you to come up with that song title?
The credit for the names of the tracks must go entirely to my wife, she is amazing. When she occasionally chills in my studio with a glass of wine, I make her listen to my new stuff and we have a drink and chat about the track, and voila! she comes up with cool names.
5 – What was the process of recording “The Frog Prince” like?
I finally got my head around LFO modulation so it was fun experimenting with different bass wobbles and then making the patch and sound fit to the melody I wanted. There are some little melodic stabs that sound like a frog jumping into the pond. I like to make a sound and then pick a name with the artwork that tells a story. I want you to get lost in both the sound and image I tend to showcase.
There is a lot of Techno that is made today with just one note. Although that’s okay sometimes if the track is heavily drum oriented but I generally like harmony and melody in my music. So my biggest tip would be to learn the basics of music theory because that will help you generate new ideas all the time and avoid a mental block. You see a lot of midi packs on sale these days but if you know how to write your own then I think your music goes a long way and sounds more cohesive.
7 – If you could work with any producer to remix “The Frog Prince”, who would it be?
Ah… there are a few but if I had to pick just one then it probably has to be the awesome Stephan Bodzin.
8 – Are you still active as a DJ? What’s the longest set you have played?
No, unfortunately, I don’t DJ anymore. I retired in 2012 when my RA became too severe. But this also gave me a lot of time to spend on learning and making music. I found that in music theory, synthesis, sound design, and Techno I could get lost and not think about my pain much. This really helped and as a result, I have ended up making a lot of music. Although some days it’s almost impossible as the pain of my RA is just too much.
9 – What’s your honest opinion on mainstream dance music?
Now I don’t go out much so wouldn’t really know. I have never been much into the mainstream, I always preferred the smaller, underground parties like in the old days.
But I know many underground producers and DJs in the scene and believe the club scene in London is not what it used to be. The great vibe now is with the bigger festivals which have put Techno on the mainstream like Tomorrowland, The Junction, and Cercle around the world. Although Covid-19 has changed that too. I don’t know if the dance music scene will really ever recover to its former glory. I hope it will.
10 – Are you working on new projects?
Yes, many. I have a new release coming out every two to three weeks up until November. I am just about to finish some tracks that I will be looking to release at the end of November and December.
So far out these releases are confirmed.
‘Perfect Elasticity’ 4-track EP releases on 4th September 2020
“Amphibian” single releases on 25th September 2020
“Swarm” 4-track EP releases on 9th October 2020
“Going Downtown” single releases on 14th October 2020
I include a link to all my new projects releasing soon 👇
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