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Martone Talks Grammys And Upcoming Album In New Interview



Martone Talks Grammys And Upcoming Album In New Interview

Don’t miss the first interview of 2017! In a new conversation with Martone, he revealed some surprising details about attending the Grammy Awards ceremony which will be held on February 12th. In addition, he shared information about his upcoming album ‘Erogenous Zone’ and also he talks about the performance experience. I think Martone gave a really interesting interview by expressing his sincere ideas about the past, present, and future of his artistic career.

1 – Did you achieve your goal of becoming a member of the Grammys? Is the selection process difficult?

I did achieve my goal with becoming a member of the academy. At the time, I was so excited and I was just over the moon. God really opened up some really big doors for me in 2016 all I had to do was trust him and I thank him every day for that. The selection process was not difficult at all. There were certain criteria that you have to meet as a professional in music prior to becoming a member.

2 – Who will be going with you to the Grammys this year and are you nervous, excited or just taking it all in stride?

I am taking my husband, we are both tremendously excited to have the opportunity to meet people that we have long admired in the business.

3 – Who do you think should win a Grammy this year? What are your favorite categories?

There are several people that I think should win. I am rooting for White Sun, for best New Age Album, Secret Agent Skidoo for Infinity Plus One, Ted Nash for Presidential Suite: Eight Variations of Freedom, plus a few more that I have my eye on. My favorite categories are the Remix Category, Music Video and Dance Electronic Album of the Year.

4 – In the hypothetical case that you win a Grammy, what difference can it bring to your life?

Man, you really do ask some great questions. I assume that my world would open up just a little bit wider. Not to mention that respect that you would receive from your peers and fans of dance music. One day, I am sure that I will tell you exactly what happened. I am getting a glimpse of it by just being a member of the academy.

5 – Is this your ultimate Goal in life as an artist? Do you have different dreams in 2017?

To be honest with you, I had not thought about it much until the voting season had begun, and even then, it was not a major goal for me. My main goal in life is to help people through my music and I cannot ever loose sight of that and if I can then my ultimate goal would be achieved. Please, do not get me wrong it would have been nice to have been nominated. But, I am extremely happy and proud for the ones that were especially for the ones that I know, they deserve it.

My goals for 2017 is seeking the right people to help bring God’s vision for my music alive and that we are all working together in harmony. Traveling the states and perhaps overseas promoting my music.

6 – Where did your last performance take place? Was it fun or not?

My last performance took place at The Curtain Club in Dallas, TX. There were some obstacles that I had to overcome. All in all, some members of the audience told me that they really enjoyed my set, and looked forward to hearing more from me. In the end, that was all that really mattered.

7 – Do you experience any nervousness prior to taking the stage?

Honestly, I do not. It’s funny because my cousin Michael who also happens to be one of my producers asked me this same question and I gave the same answer. He basically said, What’s wrong with you. Funny huh? As I laugh about it now, I have always been pretty fearless when it comes to those types of things.

8 – When you are writing new songs, are you thinking about how they are going to fare as a live performance?

A great deal of my music are performance songs. I love to dance and feel the music. I know it when I am singing it during recording and then when I listen back to the final product I see the whole performance in my mind’s eye.

9 – As an artist, do you have a pre-performance ritual or habit before going on the stage?

Meditation and prayer are things that I tend to do consistently. A lot of times, I will go out into the audience and watch other artists before I go on.

10 – How far along are you in the completion of the new album and when is the release date?

I have recorded about five songs for the album ‘Erogenous Zone’. I will be recording at least eight more. I should be wrapping up the project in Mid-March with a release date of April 28, 2017.

11 – How many tracks have you produced for Erogenous Zone? What is the most uplifting song?

There will be a total of 15 songs on the album with interludes and songs. The most lyrical uplifting song on the album, for now, would have to be “Rippin’ the Runway” because it speaks about confidence and making your dreams coming true. The most uplifting dance song is “Dance the Night With Me”, written by my husband and myself.

12 – How would you describe the sound of ‘Erogenous Zone’? Can we expect any collaborations with other artists?

I would describe the albums sound as 70s Disco and 90s House music with an updated feel. I found myself listening to lots of artists such as Chic, Michael Jackson from the late 1970s, a group by the name of Urbanized from the 1990s. As far as collaborations go, I do not have any plans to but I am open to it, if not, perhaps on some remixes. As for producers, I am working with my cousin Michael E. Williams, II and Marvin “DJ Extreme Detroit” Hairston and perhaps one other. All in all, ‘Erogenous Zone’ is already a hot album.



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.


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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Exploring “My Friends”: Tobtok Talks Creative Process And More!




In this exclusive interview, Swedish producer Tobtok discusses all the details about his latest single as part of the ongoing countdown to the upcoming ‘My Friends’ EP. This is a collaborative effort with farfetch’d that you definitely shouldn’t overlook.

1 — Congratulations on the release of “My Friends.” Please tell us more about the influences and musical style that shaped this cool track.

Thanks! This tune has taken inspiration from bits and pieces of tracks I’ve been into over the last 10 years, everything from Daft Punk to Fred Again. It contains a lot of micro samples and vocal lines that are in a similar vein as old French House records, but we also wanted to experiment with the current UK rave sound, which we think ended up in a pretty unique and interesting way.

2 — How did you and farfetch’d navigate the creative process together, especially when faced with differing ideas or disagreements?

We were kind of on the same page with most things to be fair. Jerry from farfetch’d is a very creative guy and he loves to bash out new ideas, which worked well for me to develop into full songs. We worked on every track together in my studio and finished them off together. Of course, we had some different ideas about certain things but since none of us had a big ego, we just compromised. I think when you like the same kind of music, you usually think quite alike.

3 — What sets this collaboration apart from your previous singles?

I think this is possibly the strongest single from the EP. It feels catchy and is super simple yet not too boring. It also has Jerry’s voice in it which is unique to any other of our tracks.

4 — Can you share any funny anecdotes about specific moments while crafting “My Friends”?

We have hidden a few wacky voice notes in it as a sort of ambiance. It can be heard in the second verse or whatever you wanna call it. You clearly hear Jerry laughing about something, but I can’t remember what it was.

5 — Is this tune part of an upcoming album or EP?

It’s track no.3 from our ‘My Friends’ EP which has a total of 6 tracks. It was released via Perfect Havoc on 29th September.

6 — What are your emotions when your music receives recognition and praise from other producers in the industry?

It’s always so much fun to get praise from your peers and colleagues. These people live and breathe music and probably hear way more stuff than the average listener, so I guess they tend to be less impressed by music.

7 — Has your signature sound as Tobtok undergone changes over the years?

Haha most definitely. I started out with French House which evolved into Nu-Disco. I later jumped on the Tropical House train (quite early on in my defense). Left that and tried something cooler with my track “ABER,” and from there, it’s been more of a mix between UK and Deep House.

8 — Is there any specific music genre you’re eager to explore?

Old School Disco and Soul. I’m a big fan of the 70s as a whole, that’s why I’ve bought a few vintage Roland pieces in my studio and a Rhodes Piano.

9 — Considering the global nature of music today, are there any international artists you’d love to collaborate with?

I love Jungle right now, for reasons made quite obvious in the previous question. They’ve mastered this cool retro 70’s/Motown sound and yet managed to make it sound fresh somehow. I’d love to just hang out in the studio with them and see what they do.

10 — As we conclude, do you feel that there’s a certain formula that artists can follow to produce chart-topping hits?

Nowadays, it’s all about doing something that stands out from what everyone else is doing and probably also adding a sprinkle of nostalgia and familiarity into something. A good example is the new Peggy Gou record which is a massive hit that takes inspiration from ATB but puts it in a new and interesting context. It doesn’t hurt to have a massive TikTok following either lol.



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From Drummer To EDM Producer: Kouss Opens Up About “Can’t Go Back”




You must read this interview with Kouss! He used to rock it as a badass drummer in the Stellar Revival band, but now he’s spilling the beans about how he switched things up and got into making electronic dance music (EDM). The spotlight is now on his latest track, “Can’t Go Back.” Learn more here.

1 — Putting your sound into words, how would you convey the mood and sensations that your music evokes to someone unfamiliar with it?

My music aims to be an uplifting and thoughtful blend of Progressive House and Dance-Pop. Even though the music is very dancefloor-friendly, the songwriting is very Pop-forward. I also love mixing live instrumentation with electronic production to create layered recordings. As a drummer, having live elements mesh with the electronic really brings out a unique texture.

2 — Your transition from Rock music with Stellar Revival to EDM is quite remarkable. Can you tell us more about it?

The transition from Rock to EDM is an exciting and natural creative evolution. I’ve always been passionate about electronic music, so finally being able to fully immerse myself in the genre as a producer and songwriter has been fulfilling. My background as a touring Rock drummer also gives me a unique musical sensibility that I try to incorporate into Kouss Records.

3 — As a drummer, you had to adapt to a different genre. How did you translate your rhythmic background into this new realm?

When approaching any genre, especially Dance music, I’m utilizing my background in percussion to create grooves and drum patterns. The drum parts still come from the same creative place whether I’m sitting behind a drum set or drawing with a MIDI controller. I will say that with EDM I find myself focused more on groove and restraint.

4 — In what ways have Illenium, Zedd, and David Guetta played a role in shaping the sound of your new single “Can’t Go Back”?

Illenium, Zedd, and David Guetta definitely influenced the melodic and atmospheric vibes in “Can’t Go Back.” Their music motivates and challenges me to produce massive soundscapes on the highest level. They’re all melodic magicians, and I continue to be inspired by their work. I also feel like I put my own spin on “Can’t Go Back.” It’s almost like the line between EDM and Pop became blurrier on this track.

5 — What’s the story behind the song title?

“Can’t Go Back” is generally about moving forward and not dwelling on the past. For me personally, it’s about evolving as an artist and person.

6 — Anna Kline’s presence on “Can’t Go Back” adds a unique dynamic. How did this collaboration come about?

I was introduced to Anna soon after starting the Kouss project by “Can’t Go Back” co-producer and dear friend Phil Barnes. The second I heard Anna sing I knew I wanted to work with her. She’s an incredible songwriter and an awesome human. It was an organic collaboration that we’re both stoked about. Definitely be on the lookout for more collaborations with Anna in the future!

7 — How do you aim to connect with listeners on an emotional level through this single?

I aim to connect with listeners on an emotional level through the authenticity and musicality of “Can’t Go Back.” It’s about delivering that special feeling to the listener. We crafted this recording from a place of passion as artists. The lyrics are relatable and cathartic, and Anna’s vocals draw you into this sonic world we created. We also tap into some nostalgia with the Big Room House vibe. But overall the goal was to give listeners an authentic musical experience that resonates with them, regardless of what genre they usually listen to.

8 — For “Can’t Go Back,” did you experiment with a combination of electronic elements and live instruments?

Yes, “Can’t Go Back” mixes electronic production with live drumming and live guitars. The live instruments give the song a dynamic texture and human feel. Not every Kouss song will have live instruments, but it’s definitely a major part of the debut EP coming in 2024.

9 — Looking ahead, how do you envision your music style evolving?

I want to continue bridging the gap between organic and electronic. Creatively, I think there’s a lot of meat on that bone. I also don’t want to limit myself to a single genre or style. I love all types of music and ultimately hope to develop a sound that draws from those diverse influences and experiences.

10 — Lastly, reflecting on your journey so far, what’s been the most memorable or rewarding moment of your music career?

Working with talented musicians and creators who are excited about my music has been humbling and inspiring. I didn’t expect it, but the reaction to “Can’t Go Back” has been both unexpected and validating. It’s so cool to see the song played in clubs, gyms, and cars. I’m truly fortunate to share my passion for music and connect with listeners who share the same passion.



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