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Omair Mirza Interview 2016

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Omair Mirza
discusses his roots as a DJ and producer, the process of creating “Perfect Imperfection”, and everything related to Trance music. Read our special interview below, and stay tuned for more music!

1 – How did you get started as a DJ and producer?

Well how I got into what is now known as dance music, was from my older cousin. He’s a couple of years older than me. In my early teens, in the late 90’s, he was a breaks, UK garage and drum n bass DJ. I would go over to his house and he had a setup of 2 technics and a mixer. When I graduated high school, I started attending some of Dallas’ underground raves. I instantly fell in love with the music and ambiance at those raves. So my old high school buddy and I decided to give it a shot and bought some cheap, belt driven turn tables, and a mixer. We would spend hours a day practicing. He and I formed a DJ duo. I started producing about 5 years ago, and learned a lot from him. I slowly pieced together my home studio, and was constantly watching and learning from tutorials online. Laidback Luke was a big help early in my production career, as he is with a lot of young producers, on his forum, he would answer questions that I had, and send me feedback on my productions and what changes and/or additions to make.

2 – Why is the title of your latest Trance hit “Perfect Imperfection”? What’s this song about?

This may come off cheesy, but the song in a nutshell is about heartbreak, coming to terms with it and getting over it. We all have moments in our life when we face heartbreaks. We tend to blame ourselves for failed relationships the imperfections we have. Why not take those imperfections, look at it in a different light and turn it into perfections? This song is about the taking the negativity out of our lives and turning it into something positive.

3 – When making “Perfect Imperfection” with Avari, what was your approach?

I wanted to convey the emotion that I personally felt in the lyrics, to other people. I took the approach of building a melodic break, and really utilizing Avari’s powerful vocals, to express the sadness felt by many- whether that be betrayal, despair, sorrow, or in this case, loss. I wanted to have the build create tension, and when it came to the drop, as portrayed in the music video, with Avari breaking the mirror, show that one can move on from the negativity of imperfection, not strive for the unachievable perfection, but rather bring out positivity from that situation.

 

4 – How did you meet Avari and when did you decide to work together?

 

Well to be completely honest, I have never actually met Avari face to face! With the advancement of technology in music production, and the ease online collaboration, as many artists do these days, everything was done between emails, chats etc. These days, collaborators don’t even have to be in the same country as each other, let alone the same studio

I was introduced to Avari from my management, who also manages Avari. They presented me with her vocals, and I immediately fell in love with her voice, and really related to the lyrics of the track. In turn I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with her, and make this a really amazing piece of work. To this day, I still have yet to actually meet her, but we formed a great chemistry with this project. I couldn’t be happier with how it ended up coming to fruition, and the incredible response it has gotten from so many fans, as well as the support it has garnered by so many artists who I myself, am a huge fan of, and who I have admired for over a decade.

 

5 – Where did you film the music video? How long was the filming process?
The music video was filmed in various locations across the Los Angeles area. It was shot in different portions, as a lot of music videos are of course. My portion of the filming process was all done in one day, while I was in the Los Angeles area for a tour date. Portions of it were filmed in the downtown area and the design districts of LA. Avari filmed her parts of the video at a later date. I was extremely fortunate to work with such amazing and talented people who brought so much expertise for my first music video.


6 – Is there a funny anecdote you would like to share with us about producing the track?
Unfortunately, I really don’t have a funny anecdote per say. One thing that isn’t known to a lot of people is that this project originally began over 14 months ago. The version I had first written and produced sounds completely different than how you, and others now know of it as. Between management, Avari, and the label, we kept making tweaks over the course of that time, to get it to how it finally ended was perfected.

 

7 – Where do you think Trance music will go in the future?

 

It’s funny you ask this question. My friends that I grew up with, and grew into this scene with, would always have this conversation, going back as far as 15 years. In the US particularly, trance and progressive had really died down several years ago, when the big room house sound was introduced. This in turn which brought along a whole slew of new, and young artists to the scene. This was during the dance music eruption in the US, which began commercializing the music, and mega clubs catering to that sound, started erecting all over the world. A prime example being Las Vegas. However abroad, and aside from the US, I think trance and progressive was still very “alive”. You have artists like Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Paul van Dyk, and countless others that have always championed, that didn’t really stray far from their roots the in trance and progressive, to go after the burgeoning billion dollar market. Just recently trance has once again begun garnering the popularity, and in my opinion, surpassing the popularity it had at the turn of the century. You now see promoters and artists hosting stages, and whole festivals even, around the trance sound. I only see a bright future going forward for the genre, and a lot more people appreciating it.

 

8 – What’s the name of your next single? Is it another vocal Trance tune?

 

My next just dropped this past Monday, April 11. It’s a track titled “Suri” which will be released on UltraViolet Music / Black Hole Records. This one however, is not a vocal. It’s a really melodic, instrumental piece.

 

9 – What other projects do you have in the works?

 

I have several projects in the works as we speak. So many in fact, it seems to get a little overwhelming and stressful at times. I believe I have 7-8 projects at various stages of the pipeline. In addition to that, I have a lot of releases being announced in the upcoming weeks and months. I’m working with some really talented artists, spanning many various genres, not only from the trance community, but the dance community as a whole. I’m really looking forward to releasing these in the upcoming months, and working around the proverbial clock, to perfect them.

 

10 – Where would you like to see your career go?

 

I definitely want to continue to evolve as an artist and give back to the music community, as much as it has given me. I’m so fortunate to still be involved in the scene, and still have the same passion for it, as I did since day 1. I’m continuously learning and progressing every single day, and I still know I have a long way to go. The course of all these years has always been a learning process, every single day. At this point I would also like to humbly point out that I could not have come this far without the support of my fans. They have helped me grow as an artist with all their feedback.

 

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.

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Beth Crowley: From Books To Music — A Revealing Interview

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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.

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7 — How do you know when a song is finished and ready to be released?

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’

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Rubayne 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.

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5 — Did you have any specific genre in mind while producing this material?

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.


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Discovering Lucii’s Musical Journey And Her New Song “Narcissist”

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In this exclusive interview, Lucii shares more about her journey as a musician, the meaning and inspiration behind her new single “Narcissist, and her plans for the future, including incorporating a live band into her performances and releasing a new album.

1 — How did you first become interested in music and what led you to pursue it as a career?

So I always sang and made songs on guitar as I was growing up but never thought I was good enough. I went to a rave at 17 and really loved it so I started DJing and producing and started to use my vocals on my tracks and it turned into a career!

2 — As a member of the LGBTQ community, how do you feel your identity influences your songs?

I feel like Idk I just write songs about girls, but I think cause I’m female writing about a female gives this extra sparkle of divine femininity.

3 — How do you aim to use your artistic platform to uplift and inspire others in the community?

I just want to make people feel something, music is a form of expression sometimes easier than talking. Mac Miller helped so much with my mental health and I just wanna be that to someone. Make people not feel alone, especially the LGBTQ community.

4 — Please tell us more about the meaning and inspiration behind your new single “Narcissist.”

I was in therapy and was describing this person to my therapist and she said (her name is Andrea and I shout her out in the song) “well that person sounds like a Narcissist” I NEVER heard of that word in my life so I started writing that night “you’re a Narcissist says my therapist” and that’s how it came about. I just wanted an angry song about a Narcissist so I made it.

5 — What’s your favorite lyric line?

Probably “thank god for Andrea I should send the bill to ya for all the times I’m in the chair wondering how I got here” Andrea is my therapist and I just think that’s a BA.

6 — How has your experience been as an electronic music producer and how has that influenced your shift into the Pop genre?

I feel like it influenced my Pop music a lot because I want my songs to have energy even if they’re sad, I want that emotional wave rollercoaster to feel like dance music gives.

7 — Are you planning to incorporate a live band into your performances?

YES!! I cannot wait to start playing with my band. I can’t wait to be closer to my audience and just play my songs, that is my dream and I can’t wait to do that soon hehe.

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8 — Can you share a bit about the creative process of your upcoming album?

Details on the upcoming album will be announced soon.

9 — What message would you like to send to aspiring LGBTQ musicians looking to break into the industry?

I would say just fucking go for it we NEED you. Look at fletcher she is breaking boundaries right now she is a full-on amazing Pop star and watching her grow has just been so inspiring and made me realize I can do this, I can make the move from being a DJ to being a live performance act.

10 — How do you see your music evolving in the future?

I see myself going through eras, I really love how Taylor Swift each of her albums feel like a chapter to read from ‘1989’ to ‘REPUTATION’ and OMG ‘Folklore.’ All of them are AMAZING but I just want to give that feeling with every one of my albums, as you listen to it and you’re transported back in time to a feeling.


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