A real DJ should be about as intimidated by Sync functionality as a lyricist by an electronic rhyming dictionary, a singer by auto-tune, or a banker by an ATM
When two major talents across the world from each other decide to work on a collaborative effort, it’s always interesting to see how it pans out. In the case of DJ JOUNCE (LA) and CHRISTINA NOVELLI (UK), the result is telling. ‘NOBODY KNOWS’ is a song everyone should come to know. The punchy big room house production by DJ Jounce is the perfect complement to Novelli’s voice. Novelli, of course whom we all know as the featured vocalist on ‘CONCRETE ANGEL’ with GARETH EMERY – the breakthrough collaboration currently nears 25 million YouTube views.
DJ Jounce in his own right has seen big success as well; such as with his remix of STEVE AOKI’S ‘DELIRIOUS’ (watch it here!). His track ‘TIME TO GET BLOWN’ is another example that will do really well at the festivals this Summer. As he frequents hot spots such as Asia, Ibiza and Vegas to perform, he has a serious focus on his production work, and it shows.
DJ JOUNCE: “Christina is based in England so she tracked all of the vocals there as I worked on all the instrumentation at my studio in Los Angeles. It took a little while for it to all come together but I think we’re delighted with the result. I really want people to be inspired when they hear it.
The meaning of Nobody Knows is open to some interpretation by the listener. To me, it’s about having a relationship with someone without needing it to be broadcast to the world to make it better. In the end, all that matters is your connection with that certain someone – a connection to enjoy privately. There’s no need for validation from anyone but each other.
In today’s world where everything is so open and often subject to criticism under the microscope of social media, I think it’s okay to be somewhat private with someone you love. Whether your partner is a guy or girl or even an alien, who cares? Enjoy life. Be free. Free with what you love to do.”
“BEAT MATCHING IS A REPLACEABLE SKILL
MIXING IS THE DJ’S ART”
Before DJ Jounce went full force into the electronic music scene, he was a band nerd and in a rock band himself. Being in bands was great, but sometimes the focus was more on making the group work vs. making music. When Jounce switched to electronic music, he felt it to be great to be able to orchestrate various instruments and not worry about group dynamics.
DJ Jounce: “I’m not a control freak, I just love all aspects of the song! But honestly, the transition from real instruments to electronic has been humbling as it’s a completely different animal. The amount of stuff you can do with electronic music is practically limitless”
He also has some firm opinions on the club/festival scene. And definitely not a fan of sync functionality on DJ gear. He finds beat matching a replaceable skill and not an art form… Mixing is the DJ’s art.
DJ Jounce: “If all you do is press play, then well, that’s all you really do. There are some awesome DJ’s out there and some awesome producers who are so-so DJ’s … but evolution happens and technology has helped displace the plain vanilla DJ. A real DJ should be about as intimidated by Sync functionality as a lyricist by an electronic rhyming dictionary, a singer by auto-tune, or a banker by an ATM. Technology has always been disruptive but real talent used on top of it will always trump technology alone.”
For more DJ Jounce, he’s giving away a FREE track here: https://soundcloud.com/djjounce/the-place-to-be-and-die/
A Real Progressive House Gem! Mateo Paz Drops “Feel Your Heart”
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Mateo Paz finds the perfect complement for his latest hit through Lucia Haze‘s vocals. Immediately your toes will tap on this song entitled “Feel Your Heart”, which is a real Progressive House gem. It starts off with a good smooth melody and emotive lyrics, proving to be such an earworm. Anyone can fall in love at the club with this brilliant production, especially, with two special remixes from Paul Hamilton and Kleinsky. I want to give Mateo a high-five for knowing precisely how to blend an anthemic pop tune with electronic beats. Check this out!
On a side note, he continues sharing the best podcasts via his fast-growing radio show, ‘Gain’. If last year he reached the top of the charts, 2020 will be no exception. In the next months, get ready for more crazily effective hooks as he is currently collaborating with notable emerging artists. “Feel Your Heart” is just the start, many more surprises are coming soon.
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Protocol Rec.’s 1st Release Of 2020: Timmo Hendriks’ “By Your Side”
Protocol’s promising up and comer Timmo Hendriks kicks off the new year for the label with his single “By Your Side” featuring Jordan Grace. The track is a real vocal progressive house gem, opening with ethereal and soulful vocals atop undulating melodies that begin its uplifting ascent. Hendriks artfully weaves driving percussion into a bouncy, energetic drop that will make spirits soar in celebration of Grace’s heartfelt lyrics. “By Your Side” follows Hendriks’s release “Runaway” from October and Grace’s “Free” collaboration with Maximals & Faderx (both were Protocol Recordings releases as well). Nicky Romero’s label’s gang makes a strong start for 2020, proof that they’re ready to blaze into the new decade with more talent and innovation than ever.
Founded by Nicky Romero, Protocol Recordings is one of the leading imprints for innovative house music; it boasts a roster of heavy-hitters complemented with immensely talented up-and-comers, all with a diverse range of sounds that are guaranteed to light up a dance floor. Among them is Timmo Hendriks, a Dutch artist with a modern progressive house sound that resonates with Protocol’s roots. “By Your Side” is Hendriks’s fifth on the label, where he began his career in 2018 with “In My Head” ft. Lennart Schroot. The track was part of the Protocol Lab – ADE 2018 compilation, which is an honor for a new artist. Hendriks also released “Thinking About You” with Lindequist last year, which has hit nearly 2M streams on Spotify and is still going strong. Now with “By Your Side,” Timmo is establishing himself as one of the premiere artists to revive the classic Protocol sound, and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.
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Trilane Team Up With Felicity For Classic Progressive House Gem
Trilane duo returns to Protocol with their brand new track “Come Back Down” with fellow Swede Felicity, a solid modern progressive gem that will have you blasting off to a different realm at first listen. With its bouncy bassline, spacey synths, and energetic melodies, “Come Back Down” is reminiscent of progressive house’s early days when icons like Axwell ruled the radio waves. The revival of this classic sound is something Protocol has truly taken to heart this year, inspiring another generation of electronic music listeners to fall in love with its uplifting vibe. The new track follows Trilane’s “Believe” with Philip Strand and “Never Forget,” which was edited by Nicky Romero himself. “Come Back Down” is Felicity’s debut on the label; he previously released on Size, Axtone, and other notable record labels.
Founded by Nicky Romero, Protocol Recordings is one of the leading imprints for innovative house music; it boasts a roster of heavy-hitters complemented with immensely talented up-and-comers, all with a diverse range of sounds that are guaranteed to light up a dance floor. Among them are Trilane, the Swedish powerhouse duo behind Protocol tracks “Miss Out,” “Hot For U,” “Bittersweet,” “Still Think Of You,” and “Believe.” With their string of releases on Protocol over the last 2 years, Trilane have become label veterans, with “Come Back Down” being their 6th release. They have also released on Revealed Recordings and Wall Recordings. With the unwavering support of Nicky himself and other high-profile artists, it’s safe to say Trilane’s future is very bright indeed.
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Get To Know Travis Brown & His Emotional Progressive House Style!
Highly influenced by progressive rhythms from the likes of Audien, Travis Brown is a producer to watch in 2020. You must listen to the third single, “Closer To You”, which is filled with feel-good dance beats and wonderful female vocals. In fact, he makes music to connect people through sounds. Likewise, his tracks represent pure escapism for those of you who want to have fun and forget your troubles.
The New York-based self-taught artist has been cooking electronic music at the studio for almost 2 years. It is worth stressing, the emotional element is always present on his signature sound. His global focus is also evident as he dreams big ahead of 2020. Moreover, he claims he wants to help other indie talents through music as music has helped himself. Without further ado, make sure you stream “Closer To You” and let Travis’ melody nourishes your body and soul.
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Sultan + Shepard Revive Their 2014 Classic “Keep Moving” — LISTEN
Dance music icons Sultan + Shepard celebrate the fifth anniversary of their hit “Keep Moving” with The Boxer Rebellion by releasing a reboot of the 2014’s single. Classics fans have nothing to fear, as the original’s heartfelt, cathartic vocals still shine amid soundscapes where delicate melodies concinnate with a muted progressive bassline. The original single amassed over 5M streams on Spotify, and the reboot does its justice for the modern era. The Grammy-nominated duo’s sound has evolved with the times, but they always stay true to their deep progressive roots. Sultan + Shepard recently released their two-sided debut studio album “Echoes of Life,” featuring both radio and club-friendly gems on the “Day” side and late-night appropriate grooves on the “Night” rendition of the LP. The Canadian duo is ready to begin a new era in 2020, and we can’t wait to see what’s next for this timeless duo!
Throughout the last decade, Sultan + Shepard have established themselves as one of dance music’s premier partnerships. Their production talent had landed them collaborations with renowned dance music artists such as Tiesto, Dillon Francis and Fedde le Grand as well as iconic pop artists like Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga and Madonna. S+S’s “Almost Home’ (ft. Nadia Ali and IRO) surpassed 25M spins on Spotify alone, hit #1 in the US Media Base Chart, peaked at #4 on the Billboard Dance Chart and was nominated for a JUNO Award for Best Dance Recording. Through the last five years, Sultan + Shepard’s work has also earned them a Grammy nod for their remix of Bruno Mars’s “Locked Out of Heaven” in addition to the Canadian songwriters SOCAN Music Award for International Song Of The Year for “Bad,” the multi-platinum single which they co-wrote alongside David Guetta, Showtek and VASSY. Sultan + Shepard’s collective ability to seamlessly create tracks that feel at home both on the radio and the festival stage, as well as an undying commitment to their craft, has brought Sultan + Shepard to a well-deserved place at the top.
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