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Quickfire Interview With: DOVLEY

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With a touch of House and Soul music, DOVLEY shines on her most recent club-ready single “Be About It.” Besides being an accomplished singer and label head of Cromadiscope Records, she’s also known for her signature style. Electro Wow got the chance to ask DOVLEY some questions about her journey as an artist, scroll down and read this exclusive interview.

1 – You’ve been composing songs since…

I’ve been writing songs for long as I can remember. I began playing the piano when I was four when I became obsessed with “Heart and Soul” As I expanded my repertoire, some friends asked me to play the piano for a track they were working on and that is when I started producing music on FL Studio. I was around ten and eleven at the time. I wrote my first song when I was around 3 years old. It was called “Rainbow” and I actually still remember the words to this day. lol. I’ve come a long way since then.

2 – You got involved in the music realm because…

I got involved in music because of how it made me feel. Music has the power to connect people and communicate our deepest emotions. It really is amazing when you think about the fact that music can cross language barriers and define generations. I’ve always wanted to create songs that people listen to and think, “That’s exactly how I feel” or “That’s exactly what I needed to hear”. I feel very happy when people tell me how my music has influenced them.

3 – Your sound is…

My sound is ethereal electronic pop. I love to mix organic instrumentation, like live piano and guitar, with electronic beats and synths and layer them with melodic vocals that take you on a ride into the clouds. During my process, it is important for the track to stand on its own. The vocals must also stand on their own.

4 – Your biggest inspiration is…

My biggest inspiration in life is definitely my mom. She’s an amazingly badass woman that has always been my rock and still encourages me every day to follow my dreams.

Musically, my biggest inspirations have been Whitney Houston, Elton John, Celine Dion, Daft Punk, David Guetta, and music producers George Brown from Kool and The Gang, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis.

5 – People should listen to your latest single “Be About It” because…

People should listen to my latest single, “Be About It” because it’ll make you want to get off your butt and back out there in the world! After the crazy year, we had in 2020 we all need to be reminded to be proactive in our lives. It’s definitely a song you can put on when you need that extra push.

6 – If you want to know who DOVLEY is, listen to the track…

Of the songs I’ve put out so far, “Prism”. embodies who I am and the music I love to produce. It’s an experimental track that takes you on a ride and leaves you in a different place than you would expect from the beginning of the song. I think the song is a lot like life. If you try to understand it, you might get lost, but if you just let go and take it as it comes, you will experience colors and beauty you never would have expected.

The song “Everywhere” expresses what I like to give and surround myself with: love and good energy! “Ricochet” tells of my openness to receiving love and willingness to reciprocate. “Beautiful Chaos” (the title track of my upcoming album) describes how some of the most beautiful things can originate from the most unexpected circumstances. I am super excited to continue sharing myself bit by bit with each one of my songs.

7 –Your most memorable career moment so far has been…

There have been so many…. from performing on the Tonight Show and The Staples Center to meeting musical icons have been some big ones, but my most memorable moment was after I finished directing my first music video. As an artist, we write songs and always envision what they might look like visually, but actually seeing the pictures in my head on the screen was life-changing.

8 – Your dream is…

I am already living my dream. Every day I get to wake up and do the things I’m passionate about. I run my own record label and get to put out the music I love with the support of a great team. We will continue to grow a fan base that is excited as I share my music with the world. I dream of collaborating with Elton John, Cold Play, Calvin Harris, Rufus Du Sol, but ultimately I’m truly enjoying the journey there each step of the way.


9 – Your next release is called…

My next release is a Deep House track called “Wanderlust” and it’s coming out in July. It’s a collaboration I did with a super talented Afro-beat artist named Meaku. We’ve been friends for years and Wanderlust is a song we wrote together when we were both talking about how much we wanted to travel again. It’s the perfect track for summer and after 2020 I think it’s a song a lot of people will relate with.

10 – Your all-time favourite track is…

“Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and The Pips.

I don’t think I even have to explain why that song is so amazing. Just listen to it and you’ll feel the magic.

11 – Your favourite place to write songs is…

Actually while sitting in the car in traffic. lol I usually start my creative process by producing a basic outline of the track at my studio which is filled with tons of natural light and windows, I actually can’t stand how most studios feel like windowless caves, and then I bounce down the track and go for a ride alone in the car and just brainstorm lyric and melody ideas. After that, I come back to the studio and lay down the vocals.

12 – If you weren’t an artist, you’d probably be…

A master ninja assassin. LOL No I’m kidding. I would probably be a physicist. Those who know me well, know I’m into math and science. I’ve always wanted to visit CERN to watch some particles collide!

13 – You’ll only stop making music if…

I will never stop making music. The feeling of my hands and fingers on the ivories of a piano and the strings of a guitar is exhilarating and fulfilling.

14 – In a few years, you want to be…

Putting out more music. I love scriptwriting, directing, and producing films and TV shows that push stereotypical norms. I also want to help other artists put out their music through my record label.

15 – What are you doing for the rest of the day?

Well since it’s 11:30 PM, After this interview, I am going to reward myself by eating this delicious Chicken Tika Masala that was just delivered to my door and kick back and watch some Netflix.


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Exclusive Interview: COY SWEDE & J.O.Y Collab On “Never Ever”

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This is the first time COY Swede ventures into RnB by joining forces with J.O.Y. In an instant, you will be blown away as the quality of his new single “Never Everfeels like charting song material. Read our exclusive interview with both artists!

1 — How did you end up working together?

COY Swede: Me and J.O.Y also did “Closer” through Soundbetter platform together. And RnB being one of J.O.Y’s genres I knew we could make another magic track together.

It’s very rare I work with the same singer again. But we speak the same language musically and we connected, even more, this time.

J.O.Y: Me and COY Swede first met up online on Soundbetter (the leading platform where singers and producers meet to finish each other work). He wrote me to be his singer for his track “Closer.” From there on we became friends and collab more frequently together!

2 — How would you define RnB music?

COY Swede:
It depends on how far you go back in time, 50, 70, or 90, and our time. Genre changes very fast in our time and gets a bit blurred or, some genres evolve into something new.

But for me, RnB is still pure Soul and Blues and also can be a flavour of Chill Pop and influences rhythms from Hip-Hop. That’s my personal thinking.

J.O.Y: RnB was my first love in music! I remember listening to greatness such as Joe, Brian Mcknight, and Craig David and was impressed by the runs, variation of tone, and vocal skills these guys have! This made me do a lot of cover songs of the RnB genre and me ending up having my singing style from them.

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3 — Collaborative songs are trendy these days, do you see it as a marketing strategy or is it something else?

COY Swede: For me, it evolves me as a producer. Gives me more experience. I work only with the best singers that share my passion among the independent areas.

Over the years I also have learned how to know what I’m looking for around a genre and theme for the song. What vibe do I want to create.

Marketing strategies change all the time and we Indie artists work really hard with the tools we have.

The most important thing for me is to keep going and deliver the music to my listeners. Show interest in other artists, be helpful if I can, and also learn more about how to get my music out there.

J.O.Y: Doing collabs is one of the best ways to showcase your music and learn from it. You learn to see different kinds of colors of music. You are also forced to go out of your comfort zone which allows you to grow.

4 — What new things did you learn while recording “Never Ever”?

COY Swede: Well, it’s actually the first time I produce an RnB track 😊 I would be very happy if the listeners can connect to it. The bells in the intro are actually recorded by an instrument and then I added some effects using “Thermal from Output.”

Every track I make gives me something new. I’m very happy with the variated bridges in this track to be a little technical. And my challenge was, how to make a short song feel longer than it actually is. We also wanted this song to have a good hook and a chorus to sing along to.

J.O.Y made awesome work with his skills as a singer and writer.

J.O.Y: As a songwriter, you always get to learn a new perspective after each song. Especially here I evolved my songwriting by having the hook be a statement and the verses describing my story. I will definitely write more songs like this, where the hook is simple yet catchy and the verses a bit more complex.

5 — Who is the main songwriter of this new track? What inspired you to write the lyrics?

COY Swede: We worked from a theme I sent J.O.Y. And for the chorus, I recorded a sample of my voice. Then J.O.Y did his magic. Just a note, only the VOCAL is mixed together from 15 stems to give you a perspective. 😉

It’s also a love song for people that found new love and how to carry it forward. But as a songwriter/producer you are open to how a listener feels about it. You can, “Never Ever” know. 😊

J.O.Y: COY Swede presented me with the theme of the song, and explained it to me pretty well. From that on I felt inspired and tapped into some of my experiences to replicate this feeling.


6 — Who would you dedicate this song?


COY Swede:
Anyone! It’s about love, new love, or even some things you have clear out before you move on! That can sometimes be very hard!

The unique bells in the song maybe is a slight try to call on that upcoming Christmas vibe. Mariah Carey, are free to make a cover if she wants. 😉

J.O.Y: To all the listeners that go through a tough time right now. It’s that season again when tracks like these are needed.

7 — How would you imagine the music video?

COY Swede:
No plan at this moment. Maybe a lyrics video on my YouTube channel.

8 — Are you planning to drop remixes for this release?

COY Swede: No plans at this moment.

9 — How do you spend your free time when not making music?

COY Swede: Family first, I love to travel around the world, health, training, and love cooking if I have time. I also read everything that has something to do with space research and am also engaged in earth’s environment and climate.

J.O.Y: Coy Swede nailed it. Family first. Sometimes music can feel like a job where all you think of is music. It’s good to have breaks to enjoy with your loved ones. Also, it’s very good for your creativity and finding new inspiration to write music.

10 — Lastly, what are your future plans?

COY Swede: Next year maybe I will try to do some more DJ appearances. I did one this year 2022 in Stockholm. Maybe together with my music bro Alan Walker or, even Tiesto would be really cool!

It would be cool to finally meet them both in real life, and talk about music experiences and future experimental stuff. You “Never Ever,” know! 😊

One thing is for sure I will keep doing this, and create more music. I would also like to try to make a score for movies or TV in the future, would be cool, if one of my released songs were featured.

J.O.Y: Be more active as a songwriter and have a lot more placements with bigger companies or TV/Film. I want to watch a show and hear my music in the background – that’s something I can imagine would be super cool and surreal.


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Blind Mutation Discusses Experimental Music Video “Shadows”

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If you’re into hypnotizing Ambient Techno tracks, then Blind Mutation should be on your radar. Her latest experimental music video “Shadows” was awarded and this exclusive interview explains it all!

1 — If I’m not mistaken, electronic music is your passion. How does this interest has come about?

I actually think my dad’s taste in music really influenced me a lot. He used to put on a lot of quality electronic music for me when I was a child, from classic Depeche Mode to more underground experimental electronic How to Dress Well. So, my interest in electronic music started growing from a very young age. When I became a teenager, my mental health started to get worse, and I started to relate, and thereafter, listen to darker and gloomier electronic music like dark ambient, triphop, or hard warehouse techno. That’s basically how my music taste was formed, and why I love electronic music.

2 — When exactly did you become Blind Mutation?

In theory, I think I became Blind Mutation pretty much as soon as I started producing and composing music which was 2 years ago. I began writing tracks with an emphasis on cinematic melancholic sounds that translated my deep intense emotions, and I still continue to do it exploring more and more ways to express my feelings through music. But, officially, let’s say, I became Blind Mutation when I released my first DJ Mix called “WAVE/PHONK MIX” on SoundCloud almost a year ago.

3 — Musically speaking, who is your biggest influence or inspiration?

I love to answer that question 🙂 I would say that my influences/inspirations have been changing throughout the years. When I was 14-16 my favorite band was Coldplay. I loved their not-that-well-known tracks which were more on the electronic/ambient side, like my all-time favorite “Midnight”. As for now, I very rarely listen to Coldplay. Now I am more into experimental dark emotional stuff like Techno, Dark Ambient, IDM, and Trip-Hop. Some of my inspirations/influences at the moment are Aphex Twin, Arca, Trentemoller, Clams Casino, Hans Zimmer, I Hate Models, and Crystal Castles.

4 — Congratulations on winning Best Experimental Video at the Indie Online Film Festival. Did you ever expect this result?

I was hoping for it 🙂 But I don’t really like expecting something to happen, especially when it comes to receiving awards. Because if you think you would win the prize, and then you don’t, you would probably get upset. But if you don’t really think about it and just let it happen, you get more excited if you win, and don’t really care if you don’t get an award 🙂

5 — Tell us more about how your collaboration with All Around came about.

We met a little more than 4 years ago in college in LA. He was a directing major, and I was an acting major. We’ve been very good friends since that time, and we’ve done small projects together here and there in college and just for fun. Then, when I switched from acting to music and started releasing my DJ Mixes, he began doing all the visuals for them. So, when I was ready to release my debut track “Shadows”, I knew that All Around would be my director, cinematographer, and editor. We have a similar vision when it comes to art (music/video/films, etc.), and so it’s very comfortable and fun for us to work together.

6 — Would you interpret this clip as a short horror film or is it something else?

Shortly, I would say, yes, it could be interpreted as a short psychological horror film. To elaborate: it’s interesting that when we showed the music video to our close surroundings, a good amount of people said that “Shadows” looked more like a short horror film rather than a music video. “Shadows” indeed has a much slower pace than a usual music video. In terms of cinematography, it’s also shot more like a film rather than a music video. But I think I would still call “Shadows” an experimental music video rather than a short horror film, because, in my opinion, it still has a dynamic of a music video, and our initial idea was to create a music video not a short horror film.

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7 — What tools, instruments, or software were part of the production process of “Shadows”?

Well, the track itself was produced, mixed and mastered in Ableton. As for “Shadows” music video production, My friend All Around who I collaborated with, has an amazing RED Komodo camera, the music video was shot on it. Also, my face, chest, neck and my arms had to be bandaged in the shot all the time. We needed special bandages, the ones that stick to the skin and to each other. We had 3-4 shooting days, and not all of the bandages could be reused. So, I had to buy lots of them. Was driving from one CVS to another buying the entire available supply of those specific bandages 🙂

We also had a chance to work with an amazing super professional makeup artist, Darya Kholodnykh, who did the make-up for the “demon’s” hand that appears in the music video. She managed to find a creative way to make the hand look realistic and creepy although we had a very small budget.

8 — What can we expect from Blind Mutation next? Are you keen on exploring science fiction themes?

I love science fiction, and I would like to explore themes connected to it in the future. But as for now, I think I’m more focused on expressing my inner feelings and emotions through my music, and treating producing/composing/creating DJ mixes more as a therapy for myself. I’d love to dive deeper into the psychological aspects of our lives and have an influence on people’s emotions and their unconscious through my music. That’s what my next release will hopefully do! It’s a dark ambient track called “I come with the rain”, and it’s coming out in the beginning of January! I’m also working on a new dark warehouse techno DJ mix which will also come out around the same time.

9 — What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t an artist?

I’ve always loved to think about this. I am very interested in psychology, so I would definitely study it in college, and then probably become a psychotherapist (do not mistake with psychologist or psychiatrist), I would do scientific research and come up with new more effective therapies.

I would also love to direct and shoot (be DOP and operate camera) my own film(s) in the future! It’s a big dream! Plus I got my first degree from a film college, so I am familiar with that stuff. By the way, I’m also super interested in graphic and game design! Would love to try doing that in the future too!

And just to top off the list with more geek stuff: if I had another life, I would become an astrophysicist to study and explore space.

10 — Lastly, do you have any specific goals for 2023?

The most important and clear goal is to get the artist visa in order to be able to stay and work in the U.S. Speaking of my artist goals, I would love to get my first DJ gig in 2023! I would also love to explore new music genres in my productions (like trip-hop or hard dark techno)! Finally, I have so many things I still have to explore and discover in terms of production, mixing sound design, etc. So, another very important goal is to just continue learning!


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Bubba Brothers Talk Last Summer And Tribal House EP ‘Basstribe’

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continue to take the Electronic Dance music world by storm. Their latest release, ‘Basstribe’ was well received by listeners all over the world, marking a new milestone for the duo. Alongside impressive releases and powerful live shows, the duo recently celebrated their anniversary by playing at important venues all over the summer.

We found time to talk with them about their summer season, what they were up to and what was coming for them.

1 — Hello Bubba Brothers, how are you?

All good thanks. 😊

2 — Summer is now over, what have you been up to this past season?

This was a fantastic summer… we had great moments. A big thank you to all our fans all over the world.

3 — You released your EP ‘Basstribe’ around summertime, can you tell us more about what it was like working on this production?

It was really exciting; the timing was perfect and it was great to see and hear DJs playing the tracks live around the planet, so yes… ‘Basstribe’ was really fun. 😊

4 — Have you got any summer highlights?

So many… playing in Ibiza, having Oxia at our anniversary party, and sharing the decks… many good moments. And as said, we are very grateful for that.

5 — Which artists were on repeat for you during this summer?

Hahaha… great question! Tube and Berger, Dennis Ferrer, Kolsch, Themba, and many others. 😊


6 — Did you develop new projects or ideas during this season?

Yeah… just came back from Iceland, and a new track is already in the horizon. So, stay tuned! and also 2 finished tracks will be launched in a few weeks.

7 — What’s the last thing you learned over the summer?

To stay focused and humble. Keep your feet on the ground.

8 — Aside from performing, what other activities did you enjoy doing during the summer season?

Like any Portuguese, the beach and anything that involves the sea is our thing 😊 Missing summer already.

9 — What are you looking forward to doing next summer?

Playing in Europe as much as people book us and I hope they will do, a lot!

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