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Exclusive Interview: Ronni Zag Talks New Single, “No Me Llames”

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If you like Latin Pop and Reggaeton, you must discover more about this up-and-coming artist called Ronni Zag. Charismatic, passionate, creative, and visionary are the best words that describe his personality. You can expect a high dose of energy with his next single, “No Me Llames”, out on June 26th.

Ronni is available to help indie producers with his technical feedback and further input via Instagram. Scroll down to read this exclusive interview.

1 – You’ve been composing songs since…

I have been composing music for quite a long time, since 2007. Even though I didn’t know much about composing then, however, my passion for music helped me to progress with rapid improvement. There is a saying “if you love what you are doing difficulty gets out of your way”.

2 – You got involved in the music realm because…

I got involved in the music realm since I was born in a family where both of my parents were also into this cultural activity. Luckily enough, this became my influence from an early age and I’m so happy about it.

3 – Your sound is…

Since the “sound aspect” is something that changes through the years depending on the progress and my influence, I cannot answer this question directly, but what I can say with certainty is that the main characteristic of my sound is between Latin Pop and Reggaeton with summery vibes. I also love the Spanish language hence the song “No Me Llames”.

4 – Your biggest inspiration is…

My biggest inspiration is traveling to places that I have never been before and exploring other countries’ cultures.

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5 – What was the most difficult times in your life…

The most difficult time in my life was when I was pretty much “sentenced” by medical experts that I will live the rest of my life with an excruciating back pain. “You will have it for life” they said. To their surprise, I managed to not only get over it forever but people around me could never believe what was happening. After those dark days of my life, I feel that if I could manage to overcome that difficulty (which seems impossible at the time) then anything else is pretty much doable. That works out as a motivation for me as well.

6 – People should listen to your new single “No Me Llames” because…

If you ever caught yourself dancing in a club just to find later that this happened because of a catchy hook that was playing, that is the reason you should listen to “No Me Llames”. The catchy rhythm and melody make the song memorable to your mind which is a vital part of any hit song these days.

7 – If you want to know who Ronni Zag is, listen to the track…

Some of the songs that represent the style of Ronni Zag are “Mi Gente” from JBalvin and Willy William + “Bailando” from Enrique Iglesias.

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

One of the most memorable moments of my journey is when I worked as a sound designer on vital-audio.com. This helps me see things more clear so I can have a bird’s eye view when I make music.


9 – Your dream is…

My dream is to live in Bali-Indonesia away from any distraction so I can write music living in a place full of inspiration and exotic beaches. That gives me a tremendous amount of appetite for making music and gets me in the zone of creation and abundance.

10 – Your next release is called…

The title of my next release has a name that I am not aware of it yet. I want to create music as I get the inspiration and not preschedule releases heavily just for the sake of releasing music. Prescheduling releases can lead to a lot of issues regarding the quality of the music.

11 – Your all-time favourite track is…

This is definitely an answer that includes a big list of tracks but one of them is “Reggaeton Lento” by CNCO.

12 – Your favourite place to write songs is…

My favorite place to write a song is when I go to places out of my everyday activity or my routine (whether this is vacations or anything else that can make me recharge my energy). My creativity mode gets wild and I can tap into ideas that I could never imagine I can come up with.

13 – You’ll only stop making music if…

I would say a reason that could be an obstacle for me to stop writing music is some kind of a serious health condition as I already had one, but thankfully enough I made it all the way through and now I am stronger than ever.

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

I love reading personal development books as it can help me stay on track with every aspect of my life. What I also like is working out regularly and staying fit.


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1upboy Talks New Track “Digital Aesthetic World” — Interview

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Originality in music production is worth more than generic stuff. In the case of 1upboy, he works hard to be as authentic as possible. Take a listen to his newest single “Digital Aesthetic World,” a Hip-Hop/Future Bass hybrid which is the fruit of his own imagination and love for video games. Don’t miss the chance to read this great interview.

1 – The rhythms of your new track “Digital Aesthetic World” seems to be authentic. Creating hybrid forms of music is a strategy, a trend, or something else?

I like to believe creating hybrid forms of music is just taking different elements from things you like and putting it into something that represents you.

2 – I’m loving the artwork, please tell us more about it.

Thank you aha. I thought it would be a cool idea to make GBA style cover art, because “Digital Aesthetic World” seemed like a game you would pick up at a game store.

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3 – Is there a message behind the lyrics?

The meaning behind the lyrics is basically saying, ‘You do you’, really. I talk about topics like how I “leveled up”, a former lover and how we could not be together but there’s no offense to her, how I can’t associate with people who end up bringing me down, so I pretty much wanted the listener to know that I was just being me, being comfortable in my own place, hence “Digital Aesthetic World”.

4 – Is Anime and video games culture part of your signature style?

Yeah, to an extent. I’m a big fan of chiptune-y, happy melodies. Also, at the beginning of “Digital Aesthetic World”, I added ocean shore sounds as well as a Game Boy Advance starting sound effect to the beat (produced by snorkatje btw, shout out to him) to make the listener feel like they were sailing to a different place like they were playing a new game.


5 – Who inspired you to produce this song?

No one, in particular, inspired me to make this song, I just wanted to make it because I’m the type of person that likes to make stuff. One day I’m going to get old and I want to be happy knowing I made the art that I wanted to make.

6 – Are you planning to release visuals?

No, but hopefully eventually! That would be cool.

7 – What type of listeners will probably like your music?

People, who are into artists like Lil Uzi Vert, and people who like Anime. Maybe people who are into somewhat adjacent music genres like Kawaii Future Bass. I don’t really know honestly, I just make my music sound for myself.


8 – Do you use vocal techniques while rapping?

I don’t do anything technical or anything like that. I just try to not slump over and I try to breathe through the diaphragm.

9 – Are you currently working on new music? Can you reveal to us what’s next?

I’m currently working on one new song, and two potential ones, so look out for them!

10 – If you weren’t an artist what would you be?

If I wasn’t an artist, like making any type of art at all, I think it would be cool to be a chef or a marine biologist, haha.


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Steve Marinangeli Reveals Details On Debut Album, ‘Hidden Thoughts’ — Interview

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23-year-old Steve Marinangeli is a rapidly rising indie artist who has topped the Luxembourg iTunes Top Songs chart twice. This success is due to the fact that he writes and sings songs close to his heart. The way he connects with listeners through his intimate lyrics is simply outstanding. Not to mention, his first two singles resonate with daily experiences that lead you to meditate on his words. If this sounds interesting, learn more about his upcoming debut album down here, which is coming out in 2021.

1 – What’s the name of your upcoming debut album? Do you have a release date yet?

The name of my upcoming debut album is ‘Hidden Thoughts.’ I’m still working on the album so I don’t have a release date yet.

2 – What came first the music or the lyrics?

The lyrics came first. For most of my songs, I already had the perfect situation in my head and wrote it down. A lot of the lyrics I’ve written are very personal so that made it easier for me.

3 – What’s the overall theme of this material?

The overall theme of the album is kind of a self-reflecting concept. It’s gonna be a very personal album that will describe struggles, sadness, and dark thoughts, but they will all turn into something positive, good, and uplifting. The message I wanna put out with the album ‘Hidden Thoughts’ is, “No matter how down you are, there is always a way out. It’s okay not to be okay. You are not alone!” There will be a lot of more sad/slow songs on the album, but overall I just think they will fit perfectly in the theme of the album.


4 – Is there any special song from this album that puts you in a good mood?

Since now, I have a few songs which put me in a good mood, like for example, “It’s You,” “Dance with Me,” and “Under The Moonlight.” I won’t give away too much yet though.

5 – How did lockdown affect you artistically?

Surprisingly, the lockdown was kind of a positive trigger for me artistically, cause it made me start writing lyrics. I‘ve spent a lot of time during the lockdown to get even more into music and discover more different genres of music. During lockdown then, I started writing my own lyrics and with the help of other people (singers, producers, etc.) we transformed the lyrics into music and created some songs.

6 – Did you collaborate with other artists on this project?

Yes, I did. It was hard for me to begin and take the first steps in the business, so I had the company YourSongmaker helping me with my first few songs. They turned my words and lyrics into some fantastic songs and they have a brilliant team, so thanks to David and their team. I also was looking for other ways to make music so I was looking for singers, producers, mixing and mastering engineers by myself and I’ve been in talks for some interesting collabs for the next songs.

7 – Who is your latest single “It’s You” dedicated to?

I didn’t have any specific person in mind when I wrote the song “It’s You.” I put myself into the position of being in love and having the feeling of loving someone very much and transformed it into a song. It was more general as I didn’t have someone specific I thought about. It’s certainly a song with which a lot of people can identify.

8 – When you created these songs do you have the American audience in mind or do you think it’s more oriented to European listeners?

Well, that‘s difficult to say. I didn’t focus on a specific territory while writing and creating music. My music is available for everyone to listen to. My debut song “Rescue Me” had more success in Europe, while my second single “Sacrifice” had also some success in the US and South America. My music should be there for everyone to listen to, appreciate and love, with no exceptions whatsoever.

9 – How would you describe your music to someone that hasn’t heard it before?

For me, it’s hard to already put my music into a definite genre because I‘m still in the process of finding my own sound and thinking in what genre, my music fits the best. Right now, it fits definitely in the Pop genre, sometimes a bit more slow, dark, sad Pop songs, sometimes a bit more upbeat, and funky. I do have some musical influences which are Westlife, OneRepublic, and Bruno Mars for example, but I wanna create a unique sound so that people immediately know, oh yeah that‘s a song by Steve Marinangeli, a bit like in the case with Billie Eilish. Everyone immediately recognizes a Billie Eilish song because they are so unique.

10 – Finally, What do you love the most about your followers?

I love most about my followers, that they support me and my music and that they are open to listening to my music. They support me so well and even though I’m not very known. They helped me reach 2 No. 1 iTunes singles here in Luxembourg already which is unbelievable for me. They are just the best and I can’t wait to see what can still happen in the future. I‘m very grateful for the fans I got, and I love them!


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Exclusive Interview: The Story Of DJ/Producer Jacob Colon

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has been working his way up the musical ladder for some years now, coming from humble beginnings in his local church band before discovering House music and falling in love with the genre. He taught himself how to DJ and produce and has since released some sensational tunes such as “Bliss” and “I Want My House Music.” Now he has his very own imprint and renowned radio show called ‘Made To Move’. We caught up with Jacob to find out more about his story and how he got to where he is today.

1 — Tell us about the very first moment you discovered your love for music?

I started my musical journey in a church band when I was in my teens. I played the keyboard along with 4 other musicians. While playing in the band, I taught myself how to use the workstation within the keyboard. Luckily for me, my mother used to clean the church and had the keys to get in when nobody was there. Therefore, I would use her keys to get into the church and record beats all night in the keyboard. Unfortunately, I didn’t know how to save my work, so I would turn off the keyboard when I was done and delete all my work. During this time is when my passion and love for music began to grow.

2 — What was the first instrument you ever tried to learn?

My aunt purchased me a toy keyboard when I was young. Though I wasn’t playing like Beethoven just yet, it sparked my interest in instruments. I played the oboe in a school band but later continued playing the piano.


3 — What type of music were you brought up listening to?

Growing up, I always heard my parents playing music that was released back in the ’70s and ’80s. They listened to guys like Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and other RnB, soulful artists. When I began playing in the church band, I listened to a lot of gospel, alternative rock, and jazz.

4 — How did you continue to progress your talent as you grew older?

Practice makes perfect.

5 — When did you decide that you were going to pursue a career in music?

After I started making my first beats, I knew music was what I was made for.

6 — Tell us about your first ever gig?

My first party was at a lounge/restaurant type of venue. Of course, because it was my first gig, I invited the whole entire world and made it a huge deal!

7 — Who were your musical role models growing up?

When I first got into the music scene, I started producing hip hop and RnB music. I wasn’t a DJ at the time, so my influences came from producers like JUSTICE League, Alicia Keys, Scott Storch, and Swiss Beatz.

8 — How has your life experiences impacted your music?

Life is a marathon. The bumps in the road are all a part of the path you need to take to win.

9 — What goals have you achieved so far?

The goal is always to be the best I can be at what I do. Thus far, the biggest accomplishment I’ve had was charting #1 on Billboard’s Best Dance Song list with a remix that I produced with Crystal Waters and Sted-E & Hybrid Heights.

10 — What piece of advice you would tell your younger self when you were first embarking on music?

Don’t stress about where you currently are. Continue to strive because your later self will be grateful you did what you did.


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CDJ Discusses Music Career And His Newest Song “Mama” In Interview

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CDJ Discusses Music Career And His Newest Song "Mama" In Interview

With a career that’s spanned the best part of a decade, CDJ aka “The Godfather” is widely recognized for his smooth swag, making full use of his storytelling abilities. In this new interview, he talks about his career and the new single, “Mama”. Recently, he’s focused to put social consciousness at the forefront through music. Learn more below.

1 – Were you always a natural singer or did you get trained?

I’ve always loved performing in front of a crowd from a very young age. Back then I enjoyed imitating different rappers and singers that were quite trendy, you know the likes of Prince, KRS, etc. It’s something that came naturally to me, however when I decided to become a full-time artist I took some coaching to polish my skills because I felt that there were some aspects that were still raw.

2 – Why people call you “The Godfather”?

The moniker was given to me by one of my fellow musicians after a gig. He’s like, “why do you always act like you’re the godfather”. I think he meant my mannerism and how I deal with my band members. Whether it’s true or not I can’t say, but nevertheless, the name has stuck.

3 – As an artist, have you achieved financial security in the music industry?

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to achieve financial security. There was a time when I was pretty close to reaching that goal, but at the moment with this pandemic, it is almost impossible for artists to have some kind of economic stability. I hope things get better soon as we are all finding it difficult to make ends meet.

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4 – What is the most rewarding thing about your career?

Working with people from different walks of life, especially the creative exchange with people of different backgrounds. You never stop learning from others, it’s about feelings and emotions put in the right perspective, plus having the chance to send a positive message and to accept all living entities on this planet with all the different value systems at hand. I get a chance to raise my voice against injustice, discrimination, and all those stifling isms, last but not least, the overwhelming love and support from my fans.

5 – Who inspired you to become CDJ?

Revolutionary individuals like Mahatma Gandhi, Bob Marley, or Allende were inspiring. Critical minds that stood and made themselves count in a society full of inequity. Musically, a childhood friend who could play different instruments with ease – I looked up to him. My parents were not in the entertainment business, nevertheless, they inspired me subconsciously by introducing me to great music of the flower power generation; jazz of the highest quality; sweet soul, and David Bowie.

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6 – Is your music influenced by contemporary trends or is it something else?

My music is shaped by modern trends in the music scene and our society in general. It is also influenced by modern trends in electronic, hip-hop, and house, at the same time the mind-set of the musicians in the ’60s has left a mark. Sometimes, I feel I’m guided by some abstract fountain of energy.

7 – What keeps you motivated when it comes to writing lyrics?

Lyrics are something like my mouthpiece, they give me a chance to reach an incredible number of people. My environment, my surrounding, and the people I interact with on a day-to-day basis also fire me up. Fact of the matter is that as an artist you have lyrics on your mind 24/7, it comes naturally without giving it much thought. I simply observe what’s happening around me, this kick starts a process of lyrical exploration.

8 – Why people must listen to your new single, “Mama”?

To reflect on the present situation in the world, this is something we just forgot to do too often. It’s about the changes we are going through and how we interact with ourselves and nature.

“Mama” talks about the need to respect our ecosystem, in other words, all that has been presented to us by the universe. The slow destruction of our planet is at the heart of the song and the dawn of the era of the Anthropocene.

9 – Who is this song dedicated to?

It is dedicated to “Mama,” meaning Mother Nature, which is actually where it all starts. If you like, some kind of a reminder that we have been given all we need, but we still haven’t learned how to allocate our resources, instead we have created an imbalance on the planet. “Mama” is also about the mothers of the world including mine, those who give life and illuminate the world.

10 – What’s next for CDJ in the next months?

We have an album in the pipeline with the working title ‘The Source’, so we need to put the final touches on that. I’ll release a track or two on my various platforms to keep my fans engaged.


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Exclusive Interview: Maybon On His New Track “Joyride” And Music Production

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I had the pleasure to interview Norwegian electronic artist and producer Maybon about his radio-friendly Dance-Pop number “Joyride,which is a collaborative effort with Rainage and Skylike. This new track provides a surging dose of ear-worm inducing, feel-good vibes in mere seconds. In addition, he opens up about his music production preferences and more. Continue reading below.

1 – When you started producing music?

I was so young the first time I played around with production. I think the very first time I opened some music production software, I was maybe around 10 years old. I didn’t understand much, but I managed to create some simple melodies. It was not until later when I was 14-15 years old, that I started more seriously with music production.

2 – What different emotions evoke your new single “Joyride”?

“Joyride” is a song that gives me a feeling of happiness and it takes me back to good memories during the summer. This is really nice as we enter these darker and colder times here in Norway.

3 – What did you learn from this collaboration with Rainage and Skylike?

I learned a lot about their workflow, as well as the techniques they use when they’re working. Like how to create different patterns and rhythms on the guitar, from the initial chord progression.

4 – Is there a message behind the lyrics of “Joyride”?

The message in the lyrics is to think back to better days when you are feeling down.

5 – Where was this new song recorded?

The song was written at our school (Limpi) in Lillehammer and was later recorded properly at Need Music in Oslo.


6 – Do you have any favorite set of equipment, tools or software in the studio?

This switches once in a while, but right now I’m really enjoying Roli’s Seaboard. This is a keyboard that is unlike no other, and you can get unique music progressions right away. It works flawlessly with Logic Pro X, and other plugins like Pigments, Equator, and more. Also, I have my trustworthy Roland JU-06, to give me those smooth and warm synth patches.

7 – What’s the process you go through finding the perfect sound?

For me, it’s always a lot of tweaking, but I also believe that if you end up tweaking for too long, the foundation is not good enough. So to me, it’s about knowing when to change the melody or idea, and when to settle with the sound that you have made.

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8 – What’s an unexpected collaboration you dream of? Why?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Calvin Harris lately, and seeing the way he manages to switch between styles and still making bangers is really inspiring to me. A session with him would be CRAZY!

9 – How do you see yourself in the next 10 years?

During the next 10 years, I hope to see myself as a well-established producer with a nice studio, and a vast range of songwriters to work with.

10 – What makes you want to keep producing music?

The endless inspiration from the endless opportunities! A lot of songs look alike these days, but you can really dig deep and create something new by experimenting without boundaries.


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