Friday, 3 April 2020

Interview with music producer Mike Key



Music producer Mike Key has a classical music past, playing violin and piano since was born in his home country Romania, Mike Key now directs his abilities to an electronic music dimension. He combines musical theories and composing skills finding a deep and smooth sound.

See our exclusive interview with him below:

Tell us about your earliest musical memory?

My musical story begins when I was 7: at that age, I started to play violin professionally in my home country, Romania. Moved to Italy I accompanied my violin studies to piano and orchestra ones. After a quarrel with my violin professor, I decided to change totally my plans, directing my capacities to electronic music: otherwise, I only began in 2017 to build my first EDM projects and now, at the age of 18, I am developing my personal sound.

At what point in your life did you have that moment where you said to yourself "This is it. This is the type of music I want to create?"

I was initially influenced by progressive and big room house but discovering more melodic and deep sounds I introduced a simpler vibe to my style. This period happened one year after my music production start and it persists until nowadays, I could say.

Please list some of the most influential albums on your creative outlook and output:

I securely could say that all Brooks and JLV discographies were part of my musical evolution. What I really would like to underline is the sound research made by San Holo, principally in his album “album1”. This uniqueness made me think more and more about my genre.

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?

Mainly I divide my production into two stages: first of all, I put down chords and melodies on an acoustic piano of mine or on my violin, afterwards I translate all the ideas on FL Studio.

What inspires you outside of music? What do you turn to when the creative well runs a little low?

Sounds interesting to give an answer to this question. I usually start listening to classical music productions or reading literary works. What I really love to do also is looking at art collections or going to art exhibitions. It is a different way for me to recollect simple but effective ideas.

What is your opinion on the ever-spreading sub-genre vine? Are there too many? Do you think there' s perhaps a sub-genre that doesn't get the attention it deserves?

In my opinion, is really important to specify the nature of a track. All the frequencies have their own origin and their unique destination, despite the public variety which the song could achieve. Apart from this, it is important to match the right sub-genre to each song because is quite simple to confuse the audience. During the free-time, I try to produce some wave vibe, which I saw is an underrated sub-genre, because incorrectly related to the ambience.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, what do you prefer?

Personally I didn’t start to perform my own productions yet. I need to confess that is one of my biggest goals but at the same time I think is necessary to possess a big preparation behind the scenes, working and creating energic products.

As a music artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

I really believe that music art, particularly electronic house, has to be distinguished from the music market and business. Most of the times are given full space only to big names and idols of many followers: in this way is quite easy to delete the competence of many other underrated artists.

Personally I think that is possible to give more possibilities to these ones making more promotion or initiatives like YouTube live streams or young stars festivals: music market needs more talent scouts.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar? Who shouldn't the world sleep on?

The world has to be ready for many interesting artists. I get in touch with some of them and I could suggest to you people like Kleak & Veebu, Christian O’Mahony and Sam Ourt.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

For sure: I have another track scheduled for April and more already planned. Furthermore, I am working on many collaborations and IDs.

Famous last words?

Wash your hands and let me know what you think about “Would I Lie To You”. Stay tuned for my next tracks!

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Friday, 27 March 2020

House music producer Fonkynson releases new song


House producer Fonkynson has released his new single, ‘You Got It (ft. Vaness)’. His upcoming album Falling will be released on the 22 May via Libson Lux Records. Fonkynson has opened for musicians including Fakear, Etienne de Crecy, Zimmer, French 79 and Darius. He has also performed his DJ set alongside renowned acts like The Magician and Birdy Nam Nam. Fonkynson has been featured on popular Youtube channels like HUMP, Aviencloud, Funky Panda, Dealer de Musique and Chill Valley Music. His single ‘Caresse ft Le Couleur’  ranked number 2 twice on USA playlist titled Top Viral 2016 and WORLD Top Viral 2016. His stream count is just under 3.5 million plays. He has performed at festivals like Festival d'été de Québec, Osheaga, Igloofest Montréal and Piknic Électronik Montréal.

Fonkynson was raised in Lille, France, however, he would travel to London regularly throughout his childhood. He now resides in Montreal, Canada. His father introduced young Fonkynson to the iconic music of Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones growing up. He would develop a love for rock and metal music. Soon his musical interests would shift to electronic music, and creating his own beats. Fonkynson adds,“I didn't first fall in love with the (electronic) music, I fell in love first with the culture.” Featured on the track is the bold and soulful R&B vocals of Congolese and Rwandese descent singer Vaness, who uses the music sharing platform to inspire others, as well as a means of expressing herself.

Fonkynson speaks about the release, “During the creation process of the album, I had this beat I composed, kind of sunny chill 808 bass-driven track with a relaxed west coast vibe. I firstly aimed for an instrumental but tried some acapellas quickly on the track to have a hint of where it could go, a pretty nice producer trick I often do. Then I fell in love with that R&B vibe a female voice could bring to it. I began to search for an artist to ask for a feat, and saw Vaness’s profile on soundcloud. I loved her vibe, her range, the vocal fioritures that reminded me of 90s R&B divas. She loved the instrumental and said yes. She took quite some time to record a demo, but I remember when I finally got it, I opened the file and it was exactly what I hoped for and way beyond. It wasn’t a demo, it was the final song. Touchdown.”





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Martin Solveig & Roy Woods releases a remix package for ‘Juliet & Romeo’



Martin Solveig and Roy Woods have unveiled an extensive remix package for their latest hit ‘Juliet & Romeo’, out 20th March via Positiva Records. Something of a global sensation, the original has racked up over 26 million global streams alone since its December release.

A package with no fewer than five artists delivering remixes, fresh new group Joy Club step up first with an atmospheric, progressive rework, honing in on the melodic elements of the original whilst ramping up the emotion from the offset. UK dance music favourite Hannah Wants then opts for a chunky, bass-driven edit before Italian DJ and producer Fabio Neural’s fluttering remix ups the atmospherics while maintaining the whimsy that makes the original so special. Closing things out, UK production duo Star. One delve into the hardcore continuum with their rave-referencing edit that features breakbeats, spinbacks and mutated vocals, before Parisian Mokoa turns ‘Juliet & Romeo’ into a timeless, four-to-the-floor house groover.

In need of no introduction, the platinum-certified Solveig spent 2019 performing at some of the biggest clubs and festivals, including Tomorrowland, SW4, Parookaville and a weekly residency at Pacha Ibiza. Smash hits ‘Intoxicated’ and ‘Places’ featuring Ina Wroldsen have seen his reputation continue to rise. Overall Solveig boasts over 1 billion global streams and has sold over 9 million singles. Also known for his effortless style and an incredible eye for design, his single ‘Do It Right’ became the soundtrack for a short film for Stuart Weitzman, starring Gigi Hadid and directed by James Franco.

A singer, songwriter and rapper, Roy Woods is best known for the smash hit ‘Drama’, a collaboration with Drake that has amassed over 175 million Spotify streams. Signed to Drake’s OVO Sound imprint, Woods most recently released ‘Bubbly’ back in September. His back-catalogue also includes 2015 hit ‘Jealousy’ and he boasts over 500 million global streams across his career to date.


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Don Diablo links up with Zak Abel to release a new song ‘Bad’



Dutch superstar Don Diablo has unveiled his new single ‘Bad’, out Friday 20th March via Universal Music.

An infectious slice of indie house, ‘Bad’ is stitched together with the soaring vocals of Moroccan-English artist Zak Abel, expertly treading the line between floor-filling club heater and chart-ascending smash.

"Bad is a cheeky track about guilty pleasures, which we can all relate to in one way or another. Musically speaking I really wanted to explore different sounds and push my own sonic boundaries as well as a producer.” Don Diablo explains, “..Bad is co-written with the super talented Elderbrook and features the vocal talent of Zak Abel, both have been high on my collaboration wishlist for years. I literally had the best time recording the vocals in my studio in
Amsterdam with Zak and I look forward to performing the song together live for the first time very soon."

One of the most recognisable figures from the world of dance music, Don Diablo recently clocked in at #6 in the coveted DJ Mag ‘Top 100’ list. Recent highlights from his extensive back catalogue include ‘Survive’, a collaborative single with Emeli Sande and Gucci Mane, heartfelt single ‘Brave’ with GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Jessie J, as well as high profile remixes for Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Coldplay, Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus and more recently Anne-Marie.



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Monday, 16 March 2020

I AM SENTI has deep house remix for ‘Virgin Mojito’ premiered


I AM SENTI track ‘Virgin Mojito’ got a deep house remix that has premiered via CLASH Magazine. The official release of the track is scheduled for the 20th of March 2020 via AST RECORDINGS. I AM SENTI produced both the original and remix of the single. For the mix and master engineering, she collaborated with The Diary Studios (Jess Glynne, Faithless, Halsey). Her debut hit ‘Not With Me’ has been viewed on Youtube close to two million times and counting. However, she is fast approaching 4 million streams for her music on major streaming platforms. The young EDM sensation has a busy year ahead of her with her new album in the works. Her previous achievements include features in publications like  VENTS Magazine, Female First, and Stereo Stickman, as well as radio play on KISS FM.

I AM SENTI is inspired by a varied range of musicians including the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson, James Arthur, and Billie Eilish. She is always interested in stepping out of her comfort zone creatively, by diverging from her familiar styles and sounds. Inspired by her current energy during the song making process, she will use it as fuel to create fiery tracks such as this. She nods at projecting a new sound to what her listeners are used to in her upcoming work.

I AM SENTI talks about her remix,  “I released this official remix as I knew it would be a good song for all the clubs and I have friends who DJ in Ibiza who gave me the inspiration for a remix.  In this official remix, I worked with my producer to change the tone of my voice and vocals to fit the deep house scene and it sounded amazing in the studio we just knew we had to release it”

 

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Friday, 13 March 2020

Mason Maynard drops a new EP “Lookin' At Me”



Manchester DJ and producer Mason Maynard is hitting 2020 with purpose and imagination as he announces his new record imprint “Fantazia”. Working alongside USA heavyweight electronic music leaders Insomniac, the first release will be titled “Lookin’ At Me” out February 14th and sets the tone for Mason’s new musical direction.

The four-track EP kicks off with ‘Lookin’ At Me’, a rhythmic vocal-led electro track that showcases Mason’s ever-growing musical palette. Next up, ‘Out Of Line’ gets things started with an uncompromising kick drum before dropping into an acid line that crunches the ears of the listener. The hypnotic vocal ensnares you with low frequencies and submerges the listener under the bass-weight of this pure club weapon. ‘Jack Work’ is a further nod to Mason’s NYC & Chicago house influences utilising delicate piano chords to masterful effect. Seeing the EP home is ‘Fantazia’. The EP’s finale leans to early Warp Records electronica and Detroit style electro and further re-affirms the young Mancunion producers musical direction.

The EP follows on from Mason’s remix of Elderbrook and Rudimental’s club smash ‘Something About You’, which saw Mason deliver a mature, drum lead house remix which was met with global adulation. He closed out the year playing at Elrow in his hometown at Warehouse Project’s newly formed Mayfield Depot, but the highlight of the year has to be his set in front of 15,000 people in the Hangar at Parklife. He also took the USA by storm with 7 headline tours playing over 40 shows. From Japan to Mexico, to Barcelona; Mason has been performing at the highest level for the world's greatest events such as EDC, Electric Forest, Hideout, Creamfields, and Leeds Festival whilst also maintaining a strong presence in Ibiza.

Backed by BBC Radio 1 favourites ​Pete Tong, Annie Mac & Danny Howard while also receiving the accolade of “One To Watch” from Billboard Dance, Mason ​continues to cement his reputation as one of dance music’s fastest rising talents. With support from Jamie Jones, The Martinez Brothers, Solardo, Green Velvet, Claude Vonstroke, Paul Woolford, Patrick Topping and numerous others, the breadth and prestige of the artists supporting Mason’s productions are indicative of his raw talent and exceptional sonic craftsmanship.

The “Lookin’ At Me” EP marks the next chapter in the story of one of the scenes most exciting young talents. Showcasing a remarkable level of sophistication in his new audible pursuits, 2020 is going to be a big year, and it’s starting in all the right ways.



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Monday, 2 March 2020

Interview with DJ and music producer Sames



Berlin-based deep house artist Christian Klippenstein, also known as Sames, started playing drums and bass during his childhood, which later proved to be skills he could transfer into computer production. Sames then went through years of developing his sound while experimenting with a wide range of genres, such as boom-bap and tech-house.

With over 7 years of experience with producing, mixing and mastering, his sound lays beyond contemporary house music, as his single ‘Cold’ hit over 200K streams on Spotify. Having performed in places like Diskothek Melancholie 2 (Berlin), Stadl Neugersdorf, Cassiopeia (Berlin) and Kesselhaus Kulturbrauerei (Berlin), there is no doubt Sames will continue to push boundaries within dance music.


Tell us about your earliest musical memory?

I used to always listen to hip-hop and rap songs and jam to them on the drums, that was before I got into production and inspired me to experiment with drum recording when I was about 13.

At what point in your life did you have that moment where you said to yourself "This is it. This is the type of music I want to create?"

I have probably tried to produce every genre in dance music, so about 1 year ago I started to feel like a have found a sound that lays somewhere between contemporary deep house and RnB and Hip-Hop that I want to make.

Please list some of the most influential albums on your creative outlook and output:

Mac Miller - Watching Movies With the Sound Off
Asher Roth - Pabst & Jazz
Bill Evans - Undercurrent
Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid Maad City

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?

I use Logic Pro and pretty much work in the box using most of the UAD plugins for mixing, but I think the define elements are live instruments and many Hip-Hop and RnB samples.

What inspires you outside of music? What do you turn to when the creative well runs a little low?

When I spend too much time in the studio I like to go out in nature and just chill or go skateboarding. Going to museums and things like that is good to get my mind off music while still feeling inspired by it.

What is your opinion on the ever spreading sub-genre vine? Are there too many? Do you think there' s perhaps a sub-genre that doesn't get the attention it deserves?

I think genres are just words used to put music into categories, but I wouldn't but my own music in one defining category just like most other music that I enjoy. But I understand the need for them, when I check Beatport for new tunes I get overwhelmed with the genres in which they list their music. So it will take forever for me to find something that inspires me.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, what do you prefer?

I love both, and I feel like I have yet to figure out what I would like to make my income depended on, but I am trying my best to find a balance. I am definitely a studio person and engineer, but there is no better rush than seeing people going wild to your music.

As a music artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

I think it's built like every other industry - the big guys get paid too much and smaller artists can't make a living. I think it would be fair for streaming services to divide their income to the artist depending on what every single customer listens too. So if I only listen to two artists on Spotify, my money should go to only those two artists, instead of putting everything in one big pot and dividing it. This system would be very difficult to build but I am positive that people are working on this.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar? Who shouldn't the world sleep on?

Tom Flynn is my favourite artist right now, I don't get why he hasn't blown up, definitely slept on.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

I am celebrating the release of my album here in Berlin on the 28th at Radio Label Bar, along with some of my friends that are supporting me through the night. I will also be playing at Suicide Club Berlin on the 4th of April, can absolutely not wait.

Famous last words?

all ‘bout love.

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