FLORENCE + THE MACHINE’S HIGH AS HOPE OUT JUNE 29

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE’S
HIGH AS HOPE OUT JUNE 29

“HUNGER” DEBUTS TODAY

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NEW YORK, NY (May 03, 2018) – High As Hope, the hugely anticipated new album from Florence + the Machine, is set for release June 29 on Republic Records. The first official single, “Hunger,” also premieres today, accompanied by stunning new video directed by A.G. Rojas; watch it here.

LISTEN TO “HUNGER” HERE
PRE-ORDER HIGH AS HOPE HERE

Premiering today, “Hunger” pairs Florence’s intimate, rawly honest lyricism with a broader sense of acceptance, community and joy. “Hunger” is effectively about acknowledging those holes in our psyche that we try to fill with love and hate, obsessions or addictions but you can ultimately only ever satisfy yourself.

“This song is about the ways we look for love in things that are perhaps not love, and how attempts to feel less alone can sometimes isolate us more,” says Florence. “I guess I made myself more vulnerable in this song to encourage connection, because perhaps a lot more of us feel this way than we are able to admit. Sometimes when you can’t say it, you can sing it.”

Florence wrote, co-produced (her first time co-producing a Florence + the Machine album) and recorded the majority ofHigh As Hope in solitude, cycling to her studio in Peckham every day.

She finished the songs in Los Angeles with her friend and co-producer Emile Haynie, bringing in Kamasi Washington,SamphaTobias Jesso JrKelsey Lu and Jamie xx as further collaborators. Florence mixed the record in New York, where the daily view of the skyline—often in stark contrast to the chaos of the wider world—gave the album its title.

Florence writes of growing up in South London, of family, relationships and art itself. “There’s a lot of love in this record, loneliness too, but a lot of love,” says Florence.

She continues, “It’s always a work in progress, and I definitely don’t have everything figured out. But this feels like quite a pure expression of who I am now, as an artist, and an honest one. I’m just more comfortable with who I am.”

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE—HIGH AS HOPE
1. June
2. Hunger
3. South London Forever
4. Big God
5. Sky Full of Song
6. Grace
7. Patricia
8. 100 Years
9. The End of Love
10. No Choir

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
Beau Benton
Beau.Benton@umusic.com

Carla Sacks
carla@sacksco.com

Reid Kutrow
reid.kutrow@sacksco.com

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Belly, Justine Skye, The Dream), Tuff Gong (Damian Marley), Victor Victor Records (D Savage, Ski Mask The Slump God), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

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POST MALONE RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM “Beerbongs & Bentleys”

POST MALONE RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM 

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History-making multiplatinum Dallas, TX artist Post Malone unleashes his second full-length album and the biggest musical event of 2018, beerbongs & bentleys [Republic Records].

Get it HERE and exclusive beerbongs & bentleys bundles available now at shop.postmalone.com.

beerbongs & bentleys represents yet another creative breakthrough for the genre-defying maverick. The track listing flaunts the #1 smash “rockstar” [feat. 21 Savage], “Candy Paint,and the recent hit “Psycho” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign]. It’s rounded out by “Spoil My Night” [feat. Swae Lee], “Ball For Me” [feat. Nicki Minaj], and additional collaborations with YG and G-Eazy.

TRACKLISTING:

  1. “Paranoid”
  2. “Spoil My Night” feat. Swae Lee
  3. “Rich & Sad”
  4. “Zack and Codeine”
  5. “Takin’ Shots”
  6. “rockstar” feat. 21 Savage
  7. “Over Now”
  8. “Psycho” feat. Ty Dolla $ign
  9. “Better Now”
  10. “Ball For Me” feat. Nicki Minaj
  11. “Otherside”
  12. “Stay”
  13. “Blame It On Me”
  14. “Same Bitches” feat. G-Eazy & YG
  15. “Jonestown (Interlude)”
  16. “92 Explorer”
  17. “Candy Paint”
  18. “Sugar Wraith”

 

Post Malone with 21 Savage and special guest SOB x RBE Tour Dates:

DATE CITY VENUE
Fri, April 27 Vancouver, BC+ Rogers Arena
Sun, April 29 Seattle, WA ShoWare Center
Tue, May 1 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Wed, May 2 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri, May 4 Sioux City, IA Battery Park at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City
Tue, May 8 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Wed, May 9 Simpsonville, SC Heritage Park Amphitheatre
Thu, May 10 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
Wed, May 16 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Fri, May 18 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park
Sat, May 19 Baltimore, MD Preakness*
Wed, May 23 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Thu, May 24 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
Sat, May 26 Darien, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
Sun, May 27 Toronto, ON+ RBC Echo Beach
Tue, May 29 Detroit, MI Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Sat, June 2 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Tue, June 5 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion
Wed, June 6 Indianapolis, IN Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
Sun, June 10 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Thu, June 14 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Fri, June 15 Houston, TX+ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Sat, June 16 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
Tue, June 19 Phoenix, AZ Rawhide Event Center
Thu, June 21 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
Fri, June 22 Las Vegas, NV Park Theater at Park MGM
Sun, June 24 San Francisco, CA* Shoreline Amphitheatre

Canada’s Queen of Punk: Bif Naked [Heard It From Nas Interview]

We had the chance to chat with Canada’s Queen of Punk, Bif Naked! This talented Canadian artist has recently released her new single “Hot Box Girls” Read on below to learn more about her multitude of careers, music, and what she’s up to for this year!

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We know you just released your new single “Hot Box Girls” Can you tell us a little more about this song and your creative process behind it?

The song HOT BOX GIRLS is a celebration of my group of friends, and a riotous, carefree and terribly naughty evening out. It celebrates all the things we like and enjoy, like Burlesque, Hot Rods, Motorbikes, Pin-Up Girl Culture, and feeling empowered and happy. Dave Martone sent me the music, and I wrote the lyrics and vocals, and we recorded it in the studio about a week later. It was such fun!

What do you need to have around you and/or a location that you need to  be in for you to start your songwriting process?

All I really need to write a song, usually, is a riff or small melody from my co-writer, and I fill in the blanks with my words and singing. I play terrible guitar and generally always write with a guitar player. Always have. I love this process.

Out of the time you spend in Paris, New Delhi, and Toronto, which is your favourite place to spend your time?

I dream of returning to India all the time, but Paris was my favourite place to live until this year when I moved to Toronto. I am in love with Toronto and all the different neighbourhoods! I have a huge crush on this city.

If you had to choose one career/passion… Would you be an author, a musician, or an actor?

This is such a hard question! I love writing and can’t help myself….but being a performer is all I have ever known. Acting is great as long as I get to play a villain or a cop, to use all the weapons training and fight training I have. Haha!

What is one thing that your fans don’t know about you?

My fans may not know that I am the Most Annoying Boring Eater in the world and eat the very same foods every single day: bananas, apples, zucchinis, cucumber, tomato, carrot, spinach or lettuces, and THAT’S IT.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring young musician?

I would tell anyone and everyone to NEVER GIVE UP because I never do…we just have to keep going and keep creating our art, and keep trying.

How has your music evolved since you first started singing and songwriting?

Oh, my goodness…I have changed SO MUCH. Just being a performer and vocalist for almost 30 years has physically changed me…My voice was so high when I was seventeen! Haha I laugh when I listen to it, and certainly hope I am a better singer now. I hope I am better at songwriting and that I have improved, and that I keep improving every year. I love being a singer and hope I can keep being one forever.

Who is your biggest music inspiration? Who do you have a lot of respect for?

The list of heroes I have is endless. Mostly I was always so taken by all the punk singers I grew up idolizing like Chi Pig from SNFU and Joe Shithead from DOA and even HR from Bad Brains. But the girly girl in me had a real infatuation with Madonna when I was a little kid and she remains an icon.

A close second to her is Lady Gaga and I think, artistically, she does it all with her choreography and always such a fashion-forward artist (except the meat dress I was sad about that) I love all my rocker mentors like Gail Greenwood and Tanya Donnelley and Brody Dalle and Courtney Love and Joan Jett and Chrissie Hynde and Christina Scabbia and PJ Harvey Grace Slick and even Tina Turner. These are the women I look up to and am amazed by because they tour/toured as hardcore as I do and the show was always 100%.

What are your future plans for 2018? Do you plan on going on tour?

I am looking forward to touring with my rock band across the world, but this fall we are concentrating on Canada. I hope we can play in every single city and town possible! I LOVE TOURING. It’s just the little performer in me, that can never stop.

Interview with Sue Foley “The Ice Queen” [Heard It From Nas]

We had the chance to sit down and chat with one of the all-time great guitarists and blues singers in this country, Sue Foley, or otherwise known as The Ice Queen. Her new album The Ice Queen is currently the #1 album on the Canadian Folk/Roots/Blues Chart for the 2nd week in a row. Read on below to learn more about Sue Foley, her music career, and what she will be up to in 2018!

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We know that you recently released your label debut CD, The Ice Queen.Can you tell us a little bit about the album and your creative process/inspiration behind it?

Well, the inspiration behind it is hard to explain. I’d written these songs in the fall of 2015 and it was sort of while we were going into winter while I was up in Canada. So the album kind of got influenced by the weather I think. There’s a lot of references to stuff like that. I think the feel of it gets wintery in a lot of ways. It kind of gets dark and then gets light again.

I had written these songs and I actually had a whole other concept for the album, I was going to call it “North” because of that sort of theme. Then I wrote The Ice Queen, and it was one of the last songs I’d written and I was talking to the producer Mike Flannigan and he said you’ve got to call the album The Ice Queen. The album as a whole, The Ice Queen represents that wintery vibe and also just my Canadian roots because I live in the South a lot, I go to the states a lot, and they know me as the Canadian blues musician. It’s a part of my identity.

I also have a favourite guitar player named Albert Collins who plays a fender telecaster like me. He’s passed on now but he’s one of my favourites and they called him the Ice Man. So I’m sort of ripping that off too. Conceptually that’s kind of where it’s at.

 

What is it like to finally work with your idols Jimmie Vaughan and Billy Gibbons?

Working with them was unbelievable because every time I play with them I learn so much. I think about what they’ve done and their body of work and I get intimidated sometimes like a kid. But the fact that they validated me means so much. They are so highly regarded and are such important figures in both blues and rock and roll. I’m just tickled everyday that I’m in that group, it’s been amazing. Playing with them and having them on the album was amazing. We pick songs that I think really suited them so it stayed with the concept, it didn’t take over the concept of the album with the special guests. It stays within the framework of the record. It really worked out good.

 

What do you need to have around you and/or a location that you need to be in for you to start your songwriting/producing process?

I think I need space around me. I don’t mean physical space, I mean space in my mind. I can write anywhere and in any environment; at home, on the road, but its more like my mind has to have space around it. Right now I’m really busy promoting an album and playing gigs and planning stuff, so my mind is really full of all this stuff. So I’m not writing right now. There’s too much garbage in my head. For me to write I have to put all the garbage aside and find space and have time to ruminate. Then it will just come.

 

What is one thing that your fans dont know about you?

There’s probably a few! Well, I’m pretty basic. Im really healthy and I’m into health and taking care of myself and I go to yoga. I’m not what you think of a blues musician! I’m a white woman who’s 50, so my life is a certain way. But I really love my work and Im really work centric. But yeah, they probably don’t know I get up in the morning, go to yoga and stuff like that. I drink green drinks, then I go to gigs.

 

What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring young female musicians?

Grow a shell. In my business in Rock and Roll and Blues you can’t be too girly, unfortunately. You have to curb that. At least if you’re feminine you at least have to have a pretty tough shell around you. There’s a lot of stuff you’re going to need to bat away and get over. Even with all the changes lately in the media and things that have come to light, the music business is a certain way. You’ve got to be tough. You have to be happy with who you are and comfortable around men. You need to learn to assert yourself. That’s probably what I would try to say, you need to assert yourself. That takes a while, it really does.

 

How has your music evolved since you first started singing and songwriting?

It has evolved with me. I think music and life are intertwined. The way I’ve evolved is the way my music has evolved. With age comes more self knowledge. I think when you get more self knowledge you get more knowledge of everything. It’s an interesting thing that knowing more about yourself, helps you know more about the whole world. That kind of compassionate look at yourself gives you a compassionate look at the world so you actually have more to give. When I was 20 I didn’t know anything, I mean, I just barely knew myself. I was good but I didn’t know how to connect with the bigger picture. You need to be able to have access to what they call “universal mind” and “personal mind”. They’re the same thing, you have to know deeply inside yourself in order to know deeply whats going on out there. I know more now. Im better, and I know more.

 

Who is your biggest music inspiration? Who do you have a lot of respect for?

My biggest musical inspiration is a lady named Memphis Minnie. She was a guitar player and singer/songwriter in the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s. She recorded over 200 sides and she was sort of a controversial figure in music but her songs were covered by artists like Bonnie Raitt and Led Zeppelin. She was really influential but she remains sort of obscure because her career ended before the folk and blues music revival of the 60’s took hold. She was inactive those years so she got looked over, and then she died in 1973. Her songs are incredible, her story is remarkable. She was way ahead of her time. She was a lead guitar player in the 1930’s, she wrote some insanely great songs, travelled around, and she was innovative. I think she’s one of the most fascinating people. I always tip my hat to her at every show and tell the crowd about her and do some of her songs because I think she’s so important. She’s my favourite. There’s a lot of people to choose from but I can nail it down to Memphis Minnie.

 

What is one song that never gets old for you, no matter how many times you hear it?

Careless love by Bessie Smith. They call her “The Empress of the Blues”. She was a huge blues star in the 1920’s. They even made a movie about her on HBO and Queen Latifah starred as her. She’s a really important figure in blues and early jazz. I always refer back to her music because Bessie Smith was so influential and she played with Louis Armstrong who was hugely influential. Billie Holiday was really influenced by Bessie Smith, Nina Simon was influenced was influenced by Bessie Smith. So really anybody that was influenced by Billie Holiday was influenced by Bessie Smith. That’s the way I kind of look at things, like I always go back and see that Frank Sinatra was influenced by Billie Holiday and like who was Billie Holiday influenced by? She was influenced by Bessie Smith. Everything sort of leads back there for me. All of her songs I love and I play Careless Love in my show sometimes. Every time it comes on I love it. She’s just so great.

 

What are your future plans for 2018? Do you plan on going on tour?

Yes! We’ll be on tour in Europe at the end of May and I’m heading to Austin, Texas next week. We’ll be back in Ontario in July and August for some dates, festivals, and stuff like that. I’ll just be on the road. I think when you put out a new album, you’re obligated to get out there and tour it. It’s a labour of love for me anyway. I love to play so that’s what I’ll be doing.

 

Interview with DJ Ortzy [Heard It From Nas]

We had the chance to chat with Colombian/Spanish House DJ Ortzy and learn more about his music career and his producing styles! Read on below to hear more about this Netherland-based DJ and what he’s up to this year.

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What made you decide to become a solo artist, after leaving the HIIO duo?

After many years with the duo, I felt I needed a change in many aspects of my life, like my music direction, the city where I was living, and the business environment that I had for many years. That’s why I moved to the Netherlands, I started making more commercial music and started creating a bigger network than what I had all my life.

We love your new single ‘Stand Up’! Can you tell us your creative process behind this track?

The twins (Bec & Sebastian) had a vocal idea and they sent it to Ben, who loved it, and he thought it could be really good to have a Future Bass and more commercial approach for that song so he came to me. I loved it and then we started the creative process of the production going back and forth until it was perfect!

How is it like working with Ben Ambergen and Bec & Sebastian?

We had a great team! All of them are really cool and very open to discuss or change anything that would be better for the song. That’s really important when you are making music!

We know you have performed at many big name festivals such as Tomorrowland, Mysteryland, Creamfields, and more. What has been your favourite festival to perform at?

Tomorrowland was the most important one for me because of everything that it means for artists and for the fans. But the set at Creamfields was really special because the stage was huge, the crowd went crazy, and it was our first big festival in Argentina.

Where do you find your music inspiration? Which artist inspires you the most?

Since I’m more into the commercial music, I try to listen to a lot of Pop, Hip Hop, Trap and Urban music in general. But I’m also a big fan of Latin music, so I’m always listening to music like that, too. Regarding to get inspiration I really get it from everywhere, there are not special genres of music or artists.

Tell us one thing that your fans don’t know about you.

My real name is Ortzi!!

How do you try to make yourself stand out in this saturated Electronic Dance Music industry?

That’s the same question I have in my head every morning! I don’t really know, first I try to be different, to learn something new everyday about production, music theory, social media, etc. So I can apply it for my own career. I think the more you learn, the more things you’re able to achieve and compete in a higher level.

What are your future plans for 2018?

To release a lot of music! I have many tracks waiting to be released and I’m really excited about it! I want people to listen to my new sound and fall in love with my solo project as much as they did when I was HIIO!

Electric Island Is Back For It’s 6IXTH Season!

Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Electric Island is back again this year for it’s 6IXTH season! Taking place on Sunday, May 20th, 2018 at the infamous spot Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Islands! There’s no other better way to kick off Spring like no other than hitting up The Islands for something Electric.

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Photos by Ded Agency

As always, this year calls for another great lineup with many talented dance music DJ’s and producers. There will be TWO stages this year, the Main Stage and the Moog Audio Stage with diverse music being played at each stage from the sounds of Black Coffee, DJ Tennis, Yokoo, Ellen Allien, Carlo Lio with B2B Nathan Barato & many more!

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With the 6th season taking place next month, this is definitely an event that you do not want to miss. We are sure that it will be just as electric as it has been for the last 5 seasons!

Bringing electronic music’s talented DJ’s to the Toronto Island stages, it’s a great time to gather your crew to enjoy a intimate laid back concert with a picnic vibe.

There will be food trucks galore once again at this event, so you don’t have to worry about getting hungry! As well as bars where you can find all your favourite beverages while grooving to the electric tunes. Don’t wait, buy your tickets now, here.

See you all on the Island!

 

ELECTRIC ISLAND

ANNOUNCES SEASON OPENER

FT. BLACK COFFEE, DJ TENNIS,

YOKOO, ELLEN ALLIEN & MORE!

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BUY TICKETS | FACEBOOK EVENT

WHEN – SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018
WHERE – HANLAN’S POINT, TORONTO ISLANDS
DOORS OPEN AT 1:00PM

Never has it felt so good to trade in that winter coat for a jean jacket, those boots for your favourite kicks, and your scarf for a cool pair of shades. Yes Toronto, spring has sprung and there’s no better way to welcome you from hibernation than with the season six opening event of Electric Island. For the past 6 summers, Electric Island partners Embrace, Footwork and Platform have developed the series, bringing electronic music’s biggest names to the stage, while maintaining that intimate and laid-back concert + picnic vibe. On Sunday, May 20, 2018, gather your crew and head over to Hanlan’s Point for the official season six kick-off!

The opening event is always a special one, so it’s no surprise that Electric Island has called upon a diverse roster of dance music’s finest talent to get the party started. In alphabetical order, the Main Stage will host the highly anticipated Electric Island debut of South African DJ-Producer Black Coffee, a Toronto favourite who’s become an Electric Island household name; it’s Life and Death’s DJ Tennis, Berlin’s techno badass and BPitch Control empress Ellen Allien, Japan’s eccentric and versatile Koki, Montreal’s long-standing powerhouse duo Nymra & Sofisticated, and All Day I Dream frequenter YokoO. From start to finish, the beats at Main Stage will be flowing.

Back again will be the side stage, dubbed this year as the Moog Audio Stage, where music lovers can dwell amongst a more intimate atmosphere. For this edition, the Moog Audio Stage will claim the hearts of Toronto loyalists, as they welcome homegrown talent Carlo Lio b2b Nathan Barato to the decks! From inside the walls of Footwork [Toronto], to the international stages of Paradise, Mindshake, SCI+TEC and more, it’s been an absolute pleasure to watch this twosome explode onto the scene. Joining them will be Toronto’s Chris Larsen and Demuir. There’s no better way to kick off the season than alongside our city’s pioneers.

For More Information, Please Visit: www.electricisland.to

⚡️ LINE-UP ⚡️

| MAIN STAGE |

BLACK COFFEE
DJ TENNIS
YOKOO
ELLEN ALLIEN
NYMRA & SOFISTICATED
KOKI

| MOOG AUDIO STAGE |

CARLO LIO B2B NATHAN BARATO
DEMUIR
CHRIS LARSEN

 

Artist Interview: DJ Markem [Heard It From Nas] Miami 2018

We had the chance to meet up with DJ/Producer Markem, while we were in Miami for Miami Music Week. We met with him in front of the Bayfront Park where the legendary Ultra Music Festival Miami takes place. Read on to learn more about this hometown Miami DJ and his music career.

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We know that you and David Tort run the music label HoTL Records. What made you and David form the label, and what are some major successes that you’ve received from it?

We met 10 years ago in Columbia, he was playing a party in Columbia. He was always a huge inspiration to me as a producer. We met that day and we shared the same taste in music, so the friendship grew from there. I use to be a resident DJ at Space Miami and so was he so we just built that relationship and started working on music together. We realized after a certain time we had so much music together that couldn’t be released on other record labels, that why not try to make our own.

Last year we had a track called “Strangers” that was released on Tiesto’s AFTR:HRS record Label that is a sub label from Spinnin’. It became a huge summer track, and we were in Beatport Top 100 for a year with two million stream on Spotify. That opened the door to many places. It was the biggest accomplishment we’ve had with a track.

 

Do you have any new music/projects that you are working on now?

Talking about “Strangers” we are working on the follow up record to it. The music is done, now just trying to find a vocalist to finish it up. We have a few new remixes that we are working on for our new label. However we aren’t sure on release dates. Sometimes you want to schedule thing but you just have to go with the flow. We have many tracks so over the next 6-7 months you’ll be hearing a lot of them.

We know that you did the massive ‘Strangers’ track on Tiesto’s AFTR:HRS label last year, what was that experience like?

We never thought it was gonna be like that actually. We made the track by the end of 2016 and being honest we never played it before it got released. We played it last year at Miami Music Week and it was sent to a lot of DJ’s as a promo. For us it was weird, we made something that was really different from what the sound was at the time.

Some times as a producer you don’t know if people are gonna like it, you aren’t sure what’s gonna happen. But when people received the promo and they started playing it everywhere and they wanted the full track. You’re like what happened?!

Is this your first time playing in Miami? What do you love most about Miami and the music culture here?

I’ve been living in Miami for 17 years, I moved from Venezuela. I played last year during Miami Music Week it was an incredible time. You feel like family here, for me I’m home, this is my hometown. I have friends that come from all over the world that come here just for a week. Plus all the great parties where you get to listen to a lot of new music for me thats the best part.

I love the mix of cultures. I’ve been living here for the last 17 years. You have a mix of people from Europe, South America, everywhere in the world. That makes this city quite special.

It feels amazing when people ask you where you are from and you’re able to say MIAMI. People are always like wow it’s the party city of the world.

What do you need to have around you and/or a location that you need to be in for you to start your producing process?

I just need to listen to a few tracks that are not related to electronic music to get me some time of inspiration. What you really need is that idea that comes to your mind before producing a track. Because it’s difficult to get that done when you tell yourself you just need to work. Compared to being in the studio and something comes to mind and just going with the flow. I listen to a lot of Alternative Rock, Latin music, and Old Salsa music. That’s why when you listen to our tracks you hear a lot of percussions and Latin rhythm. Its what I listened to when I was little.

 

What is one thing that your fans don’t know about you?

Most people don’t know that I’m from Venezuela. I make sure to be clear about that when people ask me. Most people think I’m American because I’ve been in Miami for so long. I’m Venezuelan and proud.

How has your music evolved since you first started producing and songwriting?

I started as a club promoter for a Latin club. That was in 2003. EDM wasn’t as big as it is right now. When I started learning how to DJ everyone was like you need to mix Top 40 tracks but that wasn’t what I wanted to play. So I started playing Trance, but I’ve always been a lover of house. I’m playing more Progressive house now, I’m more on the tech side. It’s always evolving.

Who is your biggest music inspiration? Who do you have a lot of respect for?

That’s a tough question! I wouldn’t say one specific person or band or DJ. I’m just a guy who loves all music that is made with some form of love. You can hear tracks and not care for them, but I listen to 1000 demos a month, there are tracks that are just made to be made but you know the ones that are made from the soul. As a producer I would say David Tort, he was one of my biggest inspirations and now he’s my business partner.

I had the chance to tour with David Guetta and Erik Morillo and when I see what they have done in their careers, it is huge and I really respect that. When I started opening for those guys I kind of didn’t believe it. I did two tours for him in Colombia, and it was like when you see someone on the TV or listen to his tracks and then all of a sudden you’re on stage opening for him its surreal. I had to ask myself if I was really handing off the decks to him.

 

What is one song that never gets old for you, no matter how many times you hear it?

Oxia – Domino. Every year I make a different edit of it just to keep it fresh but every time you drop it people are like, “WOW.”

The 305 Brought The Heat To Miami Music Week [Nas Media Review: 2018]

Photos and Review Written by: Maurice Veniot

March 20-27, 2018

Tuesday, March 20 – Flying in from Toronto, we touched down in Miami and our Miami Music Week (MMW) started at The Dream Hotel for Serafin & Friends + Sir William for Tasty Tuesday (South Beach Edition). With headlining DJ’s from B!tch Be Cool, DJ B-Side, Styline, DJ Serafin and more, this party was one that you wanted to start your MMW at! Miami Day 1 30Miami Day 1 40

Tasty Tuesday kicks off in great fashion with the Miami sun shining down on you. Playing to an intimate crowd of about 80 or so, things started off in perfect fashion. Giant inflatable cocks (the bird, don’t get too excited it’s still the first day) in the pool, and bottle service being brought around to the cabanas surrounding the pool. The stage set up was one that we haven’t seen before, the DJ’s were playing their set on this isolated island surrounded by water with massive gold chains dangling from the ceiling.

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With DJ Serafin hosting this event we knew we were lined up for a great time. We met up with one of the artists who would play during todays rooftop set, Styline, (a.k.a Oskar Eichler) and his manager Jacob Merlin, a duo who do more than just their given titles here. The duo and their team manage 1001 Tracklist, the worlds leading trackless database. Set times where cut short, shifted and moved around, at this point we had no idea who was playing next. Styline finally hopped on the decks and rocked the house as people twerked on stage and in the pool. God bless Miami.

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Pool parties can only last so long as the sun sets. We jumped from the Dream Hotel right on over to the Black Lizard Beast rooftop pool party presented by Leondro Da Silva at The Langford. The outdoor pool party started to fill up quickly with guests in anticipation for the headliners Dean Mason, Leandro Da Silva, Malone, MarkemStyline, and many more!

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A lot of the guests were relaxing by the poolside while the rest of the crowd was grooving and dancing while the DJ’s were spinning their tracks. The party could easily be found due to its projections on the building across the street featuring a large black lizard with its glowing red eye. Located on the 15th floor of the hotel, this bar turns into a club by night.

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With the DJ’s playing outside as the sun sets, you couldn’t ask for a better way to end the first night of MMW. The host of course, Leondro De Silva closed out the night as the stars started to shine in the sky.

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Wednesday, March 21 – Next up is the DJ Mag Poolside Sessions at the infamous Surfcomber hotel. This year’s poolside sessions had a stellar artist line up. If you were looking to see a star studded set list, DJ Mag had it in store for you. Featuring artists like, Alan Walker, Black Madonna, Claptone, Ellen Alien, Fedde Le Grand, Lost Frequencies, and the secret surprise act for the night, none other than the twins from the land down under, NERVO.

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Located on South Beach’s Collins Ave where you’ll see the likes of… well everyone. Surfcomber Hotel had an incredible set up for this event. As you pass through security and make your way through, the first thing you see is the massive pool surrounded by a mass of people grooving and dancing away. The sun was shining in typical Miami fashion, we knew this was gonna be a great day.

As we made our way past the pool, it featured a raised area right behind the stage where VIP bottle service was situated. We continued past this and entered a giant sandlot, where people could dance and enjoy the funky beats that were laid down by Ellen Alien.

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Moving through the night people continued to file in. The stage was graced by Ultra main stage performer Fedde Le Grand, who played as the sun set, merely 100 feet away from the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful South Beach.

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Planes flew over all throughout the day, as they do every day, with banners for every afterparty imaginable. To finish the night, DJ Mag had a special guest in mind… All you had to do was have a look at the two issues of DJ Mag that were plastered everywhere. There were two covers of the DJ Mag issue. One of the artists was Black Madonna, who had already played earlier in the day. It left the guests with only one more option, as they all searched for the second issue, it was revealed to them that it was two blonde Australian sisters. Now it was time for the sisters to get on stage. Ladies and gentlemen, we welcome, Nervo.

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They played an electrifying set that set the bar to a whole other level. The girls were in their typical attire of funky, crazy, edgy style featuring My Little Pony accents. The sun set to the electronic tracks by these two sisters, but the beat kept going all night long.

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Thursday, March 22 – The National Hotel was our venue this afternoon. Our ears had the chance to be delighted by Carabetta & Doons, KC Lights, Latmun, Camelphat, MK, Will Clarke, Solardo and a featured very special guest. They didn’t just go for anyone here, they swung for the fences by getting the one and only, Diplo, as a special guest to play during the sun set.

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Arriving at The National, the first thing you see is the massive pool surrounded by the hotels balconies which led you to another pool. This hotel was known for the longest pool in all of South Beach Miami. Boy, were we lucky. This 205 foot pool eventually led to the main sand lot where people could groove to funky house and tech house until midnight. The Scotsmen and KC Lights started to fill the dance floor as people got out of the pool and really started to party. Playing more of a house set, this DJ had the crowd in the palm of his hand.

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Latmun kept the crowd dancing and grooving until Diplo arrived, with Starbucks in hand to play his set. The energy kicked up a notch when he arrived, going into a full Diplo set like you’d expect.

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Next on the list was the host himself, MK, who blew everyone away with such an enchanting house set that only he could do.

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Friday, March 23 – Welcome to the World of Anjuna, where deep tracks are king. Don’t expect any drops or any major commercial song to be played here. Situated at the 1 Hotel, one of the largest venues we saw during all of MMW. The crowd was packed with fans to see artists to the likes of Alpha 9, Fatum, Genix, Grum, Jason Ross, Jaytech, Judah, Spencer Brown, Sunny Lax, and Oliver Smith. It was quite the sight to see when someone ordered bottle service here. As the bottle is carried over, the servers run with a coloured smoke grenade that is almost reminiscent of a torch bearer at the olympics.

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The vibes at this beach party were like no other, there was not a single fan in sight that didn’t have a smile on their face. The music, view, and vibes tied in together so seamlessly, which made for a perfect way to start and end a Friday night in the beautiful city of Miami.

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Saturday, March 24 – Where else to finish the last string of Miami Music Week parties in no other than The W Hotel in Downtown Miami for the Sosumi Records Pool Party. This party was situated on the 50th floor of the hotel, with a view of Biscayne Bay, only a few streets from the closing set of Ultra Music Festival, Miami Music Weeks pinnacle event. Guests still relaxed in the pool as Dean Mason and Styline played to a more intimate crowd. Kryder closed out the night as the host of the party, saying goodnight to a week of non stop music.

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Sunday, March 25 – We were off to the Romi Lux + Serafin Sundance Closing Pool Party at Mondrian South Beach. The atmosphere at this hotel was more of a relaxed one as this hotel wasn’t located on the main drag of hotels that were the host to this weeks festivities. The double tiered pool flowed out and continued to an enchanting view of Star Island, one of Miami’s many millionaire islands. Featuring a mega yacht at their doorstep, it made for quite the view. Don’t get it twisted as this wasn’t billed to be a rager pool party at the hotel, it was set to be more of a chill vibe atmosphere. DJ Styline spun some deep tracks and got the crowd going to the beat.

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Now off to the Spinnin’ Hotel also known as the Nautilus Hotel, which hosted the record label all week with incredible artist take overs. However, today we would be graced by EDX on the decks, spinnin’ (pun intended) a slew of classic and some new exclusive tracks for us. EDX dropped a huge new track with Croatia Squad which left the crowd going wild. With Sam Feldt as his MC, he got the crowd to another level with guests still dancing in the pool until the sun was set. If you listen to EDX, you already know that he brought the bass and the captivating tunes that left each fan in a trance.

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We just couldn’t bare to call it a night after the Spinnin’ Hotel, so we jumped on over to the Subliminal Sessions Pool Party with Erick Morillo. Catch this event late at night and you could feel that you were walking into something different. With the start of the night, Erick Morillo played some deep cuts, don’t expect this DJ to play “I Like To Move It” here. Morillo had the crowd in a trance, dancing and grooving to every bass kick from the massive speakers at the Surfcomber hotel. As the night came to a close, we reflected on the crazy week that was now behind us.

Miami Music Week never fails to amaze us, with talented DJ’s from all over the world in attendance and guests flying in from all over the world, Miami is one hell of a city that truly lives up to their name of the Miami Heat. It’s always hard to say goodbye to Miami, but we know that we will always be back. Until next year, 305!

 

 

 

 

Fedde Le Grand Drops ‘You Got Me Runnin” Out Now Via Darklight Recordings

FEDDE LE GRAND DROPS ‘YOU GOT ME RUNNIN’

OUT NOW VIA DARKLIGHT RECORDINGS

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Having just released his most recent creations ‘Bump ‘N Shake’ and ‘Monsta’ via his self-made label Darklight Recordings, Fedde Le Grand is showing no signs of slowing down as he announces the release of his latest track, ‘You Got Me Runnin’’ – available to buy or stream now.

PURCHASE/STREAM: FEDDE LE GRAND – YOU GOT ME RUNNIN

‘You Got Me Runnin’’ is everything we’ve come to know and love from Fedde Le Grand over the years. Combining his unique touch with the most avant-garde production values around, ‘You Got Me Runnin’’ takes us on  an interesting voyage over its 3-minute duration. Constructed with a combination of raw talent and unmatched creative output, Fedde starts the track off with blissful melodic piano chords that set a distinctive tempo for the cut. The filter opens up as we’re presented with plush vocals that are intertwined with a stellar broken synth line, followed by a drum sample that is inevitably leading toward a drop that can only be described as a larger-than-life addition to a track that is already bursting with personality and energy. The result is yet another upbeat banger, oozing with character and ready for the dancefloor.

Playing an outstanding set at Ultra Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary event, where Fedde opened his set with ‘You Got Me Runnin’’, as well as playing the DJ Mag pool party at the Surfcomber Hotel during Miami Music Week, the Dutch pioneer has been on a non-stop roll. Announcing a slew of new shows, Fedde is set to bring his widely adored sound to fans all across the globe in the run up to summer!

Keep up with Fedde Le Grand:

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ORTZY x BEN AMBERGEN Ft. BEC & SEBASTIAN RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘STAND UP’

ORTZY (FORMERLY HIIO) x BEN AMBERGEN

feat BEC & SEBASTIAN

‘STAND UP’

OUT NOW ON PM RECORDINGS

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FIRELINK: https://Ortzy.lnk.to/StandUp

PRESS KIT: http://bit.ly/MotherLodeOrtzy

To walk away from a wildly successful act, move to the other side of the world, and completely change music direction, purely because that’s what your gut instinct is telling you, might sound like complete lunacy. Yet that’s exactly what former HIIO member Ortzy has just done.

SOUNDCLOUD LINK: http://bit.ly/OrtzyStandUp

His new single ‘Stand Up’, a collaboration with one of Portugal’s most exciting producers Ben Ambergen and featuring Australian vocalists Bec & Sebastian, may prick more than a few ears expecting to hear the previous big room EDM sound he became internationally renowned for. Instead, Ortzy turns his head towards the Future Bass genre, teaming with Ambergen to deliver a perfectly crafted dance floor bomb that harnesses huge, bouncing bass rhythms and dreamy, floating vocals, positioning the two against each other for a popping, energetic cut.

Released today via PM Recordings – responsible for hits from Flo Rida, Aloe Blacc, Chocolate Puma, Syn Cole, Li’l Wayne – ‘Stand Up’ puts Ortzy straight back in amongst the big hitters, a position he’s particularly used to. With a resume that already reads like a who’s who of electronic music, as one half of the South American duo HIIO, the Colombian producer collaborated with Dannic, Thomas Gold, Chuckie, Kryder and more, played Tomorrowland, Tomorrowland Unite, Mysteryland, Holi Festival, Storyland, Creamfields, Kingsland, released tracks on Universal Music, Atlantic (Big Beat), Spinnin’ Records, Revealed Records, Armada Music, Music Freedom and Kontor, and was supported by the likes of Fedde Le Grand, Hardwell, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto and Avicii – to name just a few.

Already famous in his home nation of Portugal thanks to an incendiary 2016 closing set at legendary festival MEO Sudoeste, Ben Ambergen is a regular fixture on the Beatport Top 100 chart, and bagging the highly coveted ‘Demo Of The Week’ spot on Hardwell On Air numerous times, his name and sound has become increasingly familiar to music fans around the world. Australian vocalists Bec & Sebastian released their self titled EP in 2016, making it to #14 on the iTunes pop charts. The Melbourne-based twins have performed alongside the likes of Megan Trainor, Li’l Kim and Clean Bandit, Owl Eyes and Bertie Blackman, and have swiftly established themselves as ones to watch over the course of 2018.

Stand Up’ follows hot on the heels of Ortzy’s earlier release on PM Recordings, ‘Press Repeat’. With more new music set to drop over the next couple of months, fans new and old can expect to hear a lot more from Ortzy as 2018 unfolds.

To catch up on all Ortzy’s latest music, visit www.soundcloud.com/ortzy.

ORTZY // CONNECT

www.ortzy.com

www.facebook.com/ortzyofficial

www.soundcloud.com/ortzy

www.instagram.com/ortzy

www.twitter.com/ortzyofficial

BEN AMBERGEN // CONNECT

www.facebook.com/benambergendj

www.soundcloud.com/djbenambergen

www.youtube.com/user/benambergenofficial

www.instagram.com/benambergen

www.twitter.com/benambergen

BEC & SEBASTIAN // CONNECT

www.facebook.com/becandsebastian

www.soundcloud.com/becandsebastian

www.twitter.com/becandsebastian