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Nicole Russin-McFarland Interview 2016

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Nicole Russin-McFarland is an incredible multi-talented person. She’s a film director, music composer, journalist, model and more! During her tender youth art was coursing in her veins. She spent her childhood studying classical music and today she’s well prepared as to pleasantly surprise everybody with her art. Last year, the world first heard her compositions with the release of The Eyes of Old Texas soundtrack, so if you want to discover more about Nicole and her interesting life please read this interview.

1 – You’re very well known for your classical music compositions. Who are some of your biggest inspirations?

I love all kinds of film scores, whether they are traditional (Hans Zimmer) or experimental (The Social Network by Trent Reznor). Because none of us are ever perfect, you can never stop learning. Sometimes, I’ll listen to a particular century of classical music on the radio. It just depends. When I was in school and taking lessons, I had to play Rachmaninoff a lot, so I’m kind of sick of his work! LOL! Though I now love working with crazy chromatics, which I have a lot of saved up on themes I want to use.

2 – Tell us a little about your composing style/method.

I love chromatics for some reason. Also lately, when I’ve been doing themes for a particular film project goal I have in mind and doing really rough drafts, I’ve been fascinated by themes that start and end on the same note. Of course, because our first movie uses “The Eyes of Texas” – that’s how it’s called The Eyes of Old Texas, for the old song – I didn’t have much room to play with. But on the track “I Know What to Do,” I proudly made it really evil with lots of brass. Usually, the song is this really sweet and happy school theme song. I’m glad I got to make it angry for once.

3 – What’s your favorite and least favorite movie soundtrack?  

I just love Gladiator’s score. It was one of the first ones I bought, and ironically, with an Eminem album and I want to say Christina Aguilera. That goes to show you how eclectic I am. Some of it almost sounds like it could’ve been out of a 1940’s or 1950’s drama. And then we have that really amazing theme that isn’t really in the movie a lot but plays when Maximus just confronted Commodus in the arena. When you remember a theme that much, you know someone’s done an outstanding job. I mention Hans Zimmer at times, so let’s have some backstory on him. Remember Pharrell doing both of the Despicable Me soundtracks? Pharrell actually did more than the “Happy” tune. He did a lot of the music, and Hans Zimmer was his boss on those films.

Alexandre Desplat is pretty much the other standard gentleman when it comes to great film scores. I advise people to check him out.

As far as least favorite film score, I don’t like those generic scores that fade into the background you usually hear on romantic comedies. Or any comedy. Throw in random clarinet here because Ryan Reynolds needs to break up. Stuff like that. A good score makes you remember the music as much as the movie.

4 – Have you only made soundtracks for animated/cartoon films? Why you love this movie genre so much? 

No. Animation just happens to be what we are starting out with. I as a film director want to eventually branch out of that to doing both animation and live action. I have a lot of ideas, but due to the way filmmaking works, you don’t one day come out with your masterpiece as your first film. Nobody will watch it. You need to be established first – and that’s why I chose animation with my film’s co-executive producer because we both love animation, but at the moment, we also both have side occupations we’re trying to work on. He’s a celebrity chef and NYC restauranteur in addition to being a rocker. His rock band was the first professionally touring metal band in China. Meanwhile, I’m trying to get the books side of Lucky Pineapple Books + Films heavily established so I can have a bigger staff of people running things in the near future while I work on my movies. And, I’m currently animating this film…MYSELF. I have a lot to take on before I move onto scoring live action.

5 – Did you feel ready to call yourself a music composer after the release of ‘The Eyes of Old Texas’ soundtrack?

Of course! You are a composer when you release your first work to the world professionally. I would’ve loved to have called myself a composer when I was 11 to 12 though. Technically, I enjoyed composing then, and some of the themes I want to use in my future film scores are from that time period of my life. When you write a good theme, or at least a theme that sticks in your head for that long, it’s all how you do the rest. You really only need the theme. What you do with it can range from any kind of sound or emotion. You’ll see this a lot if you look at some of your favorite films. Indiana Jones is a great example of this my teacher made us study for our homework assignment. I guess unlike everyone else, I was paying attention in class! We had to play that and see how the same theme changes. The other day, I rematched the movies on TV as they had a marathon and I saw, “Yeah! That’s true!” The theme shifts around the whole movie beautifully, but it’s the same theme. You do so much with a simple basic theme.

6 – Are you currently working on a new movie soundtrack? Please let us know something fresh about it.

I have things saved on my computer and iPad I want to work with, but because I’m not done yet with finishing The Eyes of Old Texas – in both the animation process which is hard, and in how we’ve recently filmed backgrounds locally in Peru, Argentina, Chile, and are hitting Brazil – I want to focus on finishing the movie for now. As I said, the main importance is completing the themes, anyway. When the time comes to use them, I will be fine as I have the basics down.

7 – What do you love most about what you are currently doing?

My mind gets really bored by knowing what will happen next. For my mind to be happy, I have to train it like I’m doing puzzles. What that means is I have zero tolerance for doing the same thing over and over again. Of course, making a movie and composing classical music does involve some repetition, but nowhere near what most “regular” jobs involve.

For example, journalism I did not related to food or cinema. When I wrote about divorce and depressing relationship articles ages ago for one place I did journalism for, I hated it. Not only was it so awful to interview people about depressing subject matter, it felt like the same thing nonstop. I really wasn’t using my brain. I was sitting there taking notes and rewriting what people said about horrible things happening to them. Later on, I did this again, but the subject changed to stuff like, “Someone wants to take away my apartment.” Or people suing someone. I currently once in a while do food or film related journalism, at least interviewing someone in fashion, but because those people talk more about positive topics and creativity involved, and often business, I’m more interested. So not all journalism is bad and deadly.

8 – Have you ever being criticised for being a female music composer?

 I’ve never had criticism about my gender with the job, but I have dealt with lots of sexist comments. I always explain it like this to people. When a young boy says he wants to direct movies, people give him a camera and how to book. When a girl says the same thing, they ask her to be an actress. Which is what happened to me all the time from 11 up to 27 until I, for lack of a better gesture, began speaking my mind when people told me to do. I’m not opposed to acting. If ever Will Ferrell called me up to be in Zoolander 3, I would love it. I love being funny and telling jokes. But acting is a choice someone makes. People often are really disrespectful when you express your interest in making movies or composing music. They ask you, “Why?” But men or young boys don’t get the why question. And, the other thing is, when I say what I want to film or compose, people have other suggestions for me. A women’s themed film CAN be good, like In Her Shoes, or it could be a disaster like most of them out there. And that’s what people generally, especially women, suggest I make. As far as music, women also like soft, dainty songs that don’t really have any particular strengths. Yet, I don’t.

9 – Which music composers or film directors would you like to collaborate with?

As far as music composers, James Horner died, so I can’t really collaborate with him. With my first soundtrack, we blended Brian Tsao’s rock music into chunks of it. I’d love to do that again with him forever…collaborate on film and music and see it sell big like a John Williams score! Or something putting classical over a shocking genre, like country or rap. Weird stuff like that always sounds good because it’s like how this horrible sounding fusion cuisine item on the menu may taste delicious! Being adventurous is the way to go! With film directors, I’m open to anybody who is serious about their work and blending music into it. The person doesn’t have to be famous. They can be an up and comer who’s made a few movies but wants to be the new Tim Burton, for example, and has that drive. Pedro Almodovar could be a fun gentleman to compose for though. He really uses music a lot in his work. And his work is crazy. I love that he defies standard genres. I’d say any DreamWorks cartoon too. I would jump for joy and dance in my room if DreamWorks Animation hired me to direct cartoons and compose the scores for them. I love Shrek so much and How to Train Your Dragon. The attitude!

10 – What are your future plans for 2016?

I want to do anything in my power in 2016 to make Lucky Pineapple Books + Films a force to reckon with. Everyone has to start from somewhere. And as I cannot rub in enough about my love of working for the “next Steven Spielberg” or whoever that “next” is, I hope people will see how I feel… when they look at me. Our culture is weird because we want all our actors to look unnaturally young and/or not to work with anyone over 30 for roles written for women in their 30s and 40s as Anne Hathaway has discussed, but we cling on the established film directors and composers. I love the guy, but honestly, at some point John Williams will no longer be with us. Nor with our favorite film directors. What do we have left? People who don’t know what to do anymore because most of their film directors of this generation 40 years old and under are taking the initiative of going on their own like these film directors did when they were young. It’s hard. I’m not denying that. But I’d love to establish myself on my company in that demeanor people had when they ran  out and made the biggest movies they could at age 20-25. We don’t have that anymore. Nowadays, people lack drive.

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Mou5ZyZZ Reveals Details Of His Upcoming Single “Melbourne Overdose” — Interview

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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 🔥🔥🔥💗💗

Melbourne Overdose
3 — Was it hard to stay inspired over the lockdown period?

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.

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5 — Do you have a favourite lyric from this track?

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… mou5zyzz@gmail.com / 5053043630


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Drew Ramz Talks New Jam “Luv”, Songwriting & More — Interview

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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.

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4 – What themes inspire you to write lyrics?

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:

9/15/20: “Luv”
10/2/20: “20 Something”
10/23/20: “Lowkey”
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!

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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 🙁

hard-hitting Trap
4 – What has changed the most over your musical influences?

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.

Kilo House
10 – Finally, how do you entertain yourself away from music?

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

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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!

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4 – How do you hold yourself up in situations of grief and loss?

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.

COY Swede Releases A Different Pop/Ballad Hybrid, "Lose Heart"
7 – Are you planning to release a lyric video or remixes?

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.

Matthew Titmouse
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

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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.


6 – Do you have any tips for creating great Techno beats?

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.


The longest set I ever played was a very long time ago in the early part of 2000 for around 4 hours plus at a very underground club called The Kool Eddy’s on Tottenham Court Road, in London.

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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