HOLOGRAPHIC MUSIC VIDEO PROJECT NEEDS FUNDING
In a futuristic dystopian city, an oppressive regime known as The Order has maintained control over the citizens of Sanctum by making them fearful of the outside world. Now the status quo is threatened by a group of radicals lead by the mysterious figure known as “Alpine”. As Alpine plays one last show to rally his supporters, the rebels take a final stand against the Order and the Uprising begins.
The journey to make a video for Uprising began several years ago. ALPINE UNIVERSE wanted to make a video that created a complex, futuristic setting for his music. The concept is to play his song on a holographic DJ rig in front of an ecstatic crowd while it’s intercut with awesome Matrix-style action scenes. At the time it was an ambitious, expensive, and ridiculous idea. But now Alpine Universe is on the brink of making it happen together with his co-conspirators.
Tell us more about your latest release.
“Awakening” poses as the sequel to my first EP “Gaïa”, introducing the character of Alpine and representing his birth and early childhood. In a world where the dangerous and powerful elements of nature are clashing with our modern civilizations, Alpine will learn to tame these energies and use them for a greater good.
The song “I Am Alpine” features the voice of a 9 year-old opera singer named Nathalie Shtangrud; it then builds up and transitions into the fast and high-energy song “Awakening” showcasing a touch of tribal-electro. “Harvest the Fire” reveals even more about the kid, the challenges he has to face to contain and use the energy he has received as a gift. We can also hear Alpine’s own vocals. Finally “Serak” refers to a ridge of ice on the surface of a glacier, about to drop, standing as the perfect title to close the EP with a bang, it leaves us hanging and wanting more. Serak is available as a free download on my Soundcloud (www.soundcloud.com/alpineuniverse) go get it!
Could you describe the lay-out of your live set-up?
Absolutely! Let’s get geeky!
As you may know, I am not a DJ in the traditional sense of the term since I play instruments during my live set and most of my playlist consists of original tracks. The heart of my performance lies in a custom set-up that I built over the years.
The centerpiece is a macbook pro running Ableton Live controlled by an APC 40. I am using a custom script that allows me to have CDJ-style controls and visual feedback directly on the APC. I don’t want to ever have to look at my computer during a concert: I feel like it puts a distance, literally a screen, between the audience and me and kills the energy.
I use a Saffire Pro 24 sound interface to manage my inputs and outputs. On my left side are the melodic instruments: A Roland SH1 synthesizer with an infrared D-Beam providing control on effects and wobbles with the motion of my hands. Very cool during a show!
Then I have my Roland electronic accordion: that one is the true attention grabber. It outputs both midi and audio. The midi signals drive synths in Ableton and the pressure I put on the bellow gives me expressive controls.
You can see a pressure sensitive pedal at my feet. I use it to loop instruments, trigger clips in ableton and add effects to my accordion like an electric guitar pedal.
On my right side is the drum section: here again, everything is electronic. I trigger VSTs and real drum samples inside Albeton. Some drums are pitched (like a xylophone) while others are purely percussive.
If you could go back 25 years in music history, or forward 50 years in music future, which one would you pick and why?
Without hesitation, I chose the future. Throughout history, technology and craftsmanship have always been the driving forces behind new music genres. When the Piano was invented, it inspired the romantic era with composers like Beethoven, skip to the next century, amplified sound and overdriven signals defined rock music; later, sampling and computers allowed producers to take prerecorded bits of sound from the past and recycle it into new genres such as hip-hop and house. Today, I have a full symphonic orchestra at my fingertips with a simple computer! How incredible is that?
I cannot wait to see (and hear) what the future holds and where music is going, but I know for sure that it will be linked in all ways possible with technological advances. To me, the ultimate music machine will be a device capable of accurately translating thoughts and body motions into music. I’ve seen promising prototypes but we’re not quite there yet.
Belgian Talent Robert Falcon Drops Electro-House Gem “Like This”
Belgian producer Robert Falcon makes his triumphant return to Alok’s CONTROVERSIA with his hard-hitting new single “Like This.” Armed with a sinister driving bassline, powerful undulating melodies, and catchy vocal riff, the release is perfect timing for the quickly approaching summer festival season. “Like This” is the type of track that naturally fills dancefloors and ups the ante, bringing strong electro-house energy to anything from your weekend party night to your morning workout. CONTROVERSIA has had several high-profile releases this year already, including label boss Alok’s “Ready Set Go,” Ralk, Different Stage & sone.’s “Deeper Love” and Dynamick’s “Bite My Tongue.”
Originally hailing from Belgium, Robert Falcon was only 21 when he signed his first record – “Raptor” in the “Quintino Edit” to the biggest label in the dance industry, Spinnin’ Records. From then on, Falcon’s original productions were frequently listed in all the biggest Spotify playlists and Beatport’s charts alike. A promising prelude to what was coming. Dropping some serious playlist killers last year, like “Another Side” with Matisse & Sadko on STMPD RCRDS, “My Love” with Breathe Carolina on Spinnin’ Records, and “Gravity” with Sagan on Musical Freedom. His quality productions get steady support from all the industry heavyweights like Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack, Tiesto, Robin Schulz, and many more! His crafted and unpredictable sound shows not only his huge musical potential but also his drive for his music to be heard in every corner of the world. With a positive mindset, great music, and a creative view of his brand, the youngster has already played stages on huge festivals like Tomorrowland, Parookaville (Germ), Sunburn, Ultra Korea, World Club Dome, Miami Music Week, Dreamland Festival, not to mention the famous clubs he already played from Asia to all parts of Europe. Looking ahead to what is coming.
Alok’s CONTROVERSIA continues to go from strength to strength, and this latest release is another fine example of a label making all the right moves to maintain its impressive forward momentum. Since its inception in June 2019, CONTROVERSIA has accumulated over 1 billion Spotify streams thanks to its remarkable family of artists, including Yves V, Alan Walker, Bhaskar, Alle Farben, Vintage Culture, and more. All of whom have helped CONTROVERSIA quickly establish itself as one of the most successful independent labels in dance music today.
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Marnik Returns To Dim Mak Records With “Artificial Intelligence”
Italian superstar artists Marnik make their return to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak with their new dancefloor-filler “Artificial Intelligence,” for which they teamed up with French/Belgian duo Sirona and Azerbaijani artist Heyder. The track delivers heat from the get-go, beginning with digitized buildup that melds into a driving, deep tech house breakdown with stabbing mechanical synths. Together with its distorted voiceover, the name “Artificial Intelligence” is more than appropriate and will have listeners envision themselves in their favorite epic video game. Marnik recently appeared on Dim Mak with their single “Stop The World” with Steve Aoki and Leony, while Sirona has released on Warner and Sony and Heyder on Universal, Warner, Atlantic, and more.
“These days, everyone is talking about the new AI technology and the positive and negative effects this could have on human beings, so with this track, we just imagined a dystopian world where eventually A.I. is gonna take over our future.” — Marnik
Marnik has quickly risen as one of the hottest up-and-coming talents in today’s dance scene. After amassing more than 300 million streams on digital platforms and earning numerous gold and platinum records, Emanuele and Alessandro have definitely imposed their trademark with songs like “Up & Down,” “Alone” or “Children of a Miracle,” which have been massively played on radios. Beyond their success as producers, Marnik has toured the world, hitting coveted destinations, including Tomorrowland, Sunburn Music Festival, World Club Dome, Story Miami, Ushuaia Ibiza, and more.
Sirona is a duo of electronic music collaborators sharing a strong bond of French heritage and a global mix of inspiration stemming from their French and Belgian residences, respectively. As individual artists, they managed to amass in advance 10 million streams with consistent radio support for their respective releases. Naturally, combining their passion and skill since 2018 has proven fruitful as they launch the project with their debut release, collaborating with chart toppers and global star Chuckie with “Bugatti Ridin” on The Cross Records/Island Records. Now with “Artificial Intelligence,” their outlook just gets brighter and brighter.
Born and raised in Azerbaijan, DJ/producer Heyder, started his musical journey as a child and immediately knew that it was his future. He counts legends such as Armin van Buuren and Dash Berlin among his inspirations. After starting producing in 2014, he was invited to perform live on the stage of one of the biggest EDM music festivals – EDC Mexico 2016. His remixes have been supported by many worldwide DJs and have been played at almost all major music festivals, such as Tomorrowland, Ultra Music, etc. Billboard added Heyder’s official remix for Charlie Puth’s “We Don’t Talk Anymore” to the list of best 12 remixes for Charlie’s songs. In 2017, Heyder signed an artist management agreement with famous SDM management and started to work under the management of Stefan Dabruck. His latest remixes were signed by Universal Music, Warner Music, Atlantic Records, Big Beat Records, BMG, and more.
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Hardwell & Maddix Remix Timeless Electro House Hit “Satisfaction”
Hardwell and Maddix have teamed up to bring a fresh twist to the timeless classic “Satisfaction.” They gave new life to the latest version produced by Benny Benassi and David Guetta. Check out the full video!
Originally released in 2002, “Satisfaction” quickly became a club hit with its upbeat Electro House sound and catchy synths. Now, over two decades later, the new remix is sure to get the crowds jumping once again.
In my opinion, this cut stays true to the original rhythm, however, Hardwell and Maddix add updated hard-hitting drops and futuristic elements. Whether you’re a fan of the original or just love a good banger, this melody is definitely made for you.
Unquestionably, the result is a high-energy, high-impact version of “Satisfaction.” With its iconic status in the electronic music world, it’s no surprise that this track has been remixed countless times over the years, but I believe nothing else can surpass such a great edit.
Get ready to feel the “Satisfaction” as you dance to this powerful reinterpretation, which stands out as an exciting take on the memorable club/festival hit.
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