Posts by jrhardy
Posted by jrhardy on December 15, 2015
St. Louis Native Matt Donahoe, otherwise known as “Don Ohlms” released today his incredible mashup called “Forever’s Public Grail.” The songs included in the mashup are Holy Grail, Forever and Public Service Announcement. At 1:09 one of the filthiest drops I have ever hear occurs. The music stops entirely then comes right back with an epic sound that you have got to hear. Follow this stud on Soundcloud, we will definitely be hearing many more great mashups from him in the future.
Posted by jrhardy on August 17, 2015
Brooks Brown is a 17-year-old musician, producer, audio-engineer, and lover of anything musical. He has been involved in music since he was 9, learning guitar, drums, bass, piano, and then moving on to begin producing music of many kinds. Recently, Brooks has fallen in love with the concept and culture of electronic dance music, and now crafts his own sound with a blend of styles.
Brooks has played at local parties and events, as well as in venues across the midwest. He’s shared the stage with the likes of Riff Raff, Walk the Moon, Paper Diamond, LOUDPVCK, Branchez, Giraffage, and others.
He’s been involved in numerous activities alongside the GRAMMY Music Foundation and the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles including the GRAMMY Museum’s Music Revolution Project, GRAMMY Camp NY 2013, and GRAMMY Camp LA 2014, as well as winning the iStandard Producer’s Showcase in Kansas City, returning in 2014 as a featured producer, and placing 5th in Beast of the Beats VII, a national producer competition.
His music is ever-evolving and he continually strives to produce a futuristic and forward sound.
Posted by jrhardy on July 23, 2015
IAMSU comes in clutch with his track “Every Night” which he released yesterday. Kool John and P-Lo teamed up recently with their single “Blue Hunnids.” Adding IAMSU into the mix makes for a legendary trio. Roll the windows down in your whip and slap this. IAMSU definitely brings the positive vibes with this one. Enjoy.
Posted by jrhardy on July 17, 2015
Rising producer and DJ Crowd Cntrl does a nice job with his remix of Bingo Players “Nothing To Say.” I got in touch with Sully and was able to ask him some questions so check it out on what its like to be making music as a college student. However, more importantly check out his “Nothing To Say” remix. Very nicely done and very clean work from Crowd Cntrl. Watch out for this guys in the future.
1) What is a typical day like for you?
A typical day for me? That’s a tough question to answer because every day is filled with new ideas, opportunities, etc. such as this interview and feature. So as far as a set schedule goes, I don’t really have one unless I’m in class or working at my part-time day job (Guitar Center Sales Associate). However, when I’m not doing school work or working my day-job, its 100% effort into Crowd Cntrl, even if it keeps me up half of the night on exam week.
Currently, I’m working on a lot of original material and I’m digging deep with sound design to develop a type of sound that hasn’t really been “trademarked” yet. If I’m not working on that, I’m usually polishing up remixes, edits, and mixes to keep the hype going around Crowd Cntrl. It’s extremely humbling for me to get all this recent exposure on my two latest remixes, and I only look to continue that success with a lot of hours or work and TONS of coffee lol. I don’t wanna give too much away, but what I can tell you is that this original work doesn’t exactly fit one particular style of electronic music. My goal with my first original project, whether it’s a full blown album or just a 5-7 song EP, is to really spread myself throughout the entire EDM genre spectrum and not follow a style but rather have a hybrid outlook on it.
Besides the music portion of things, my team and I are always thinking of ways to bring fans into my life and really get them involved with what I’m doing to give them a more personal perspective of who I am. Who would I be without everyone supporting me, right? At the end of the day, I’m just like every other 20 year old out there that’s just trying to get his sound heard, so the support is crucial!
2) What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
My personal advice for anyone looking to pursue this career is built upon 3 things:
1. Get GOOD people to work with and work for you. Whether it’s a collaboration, your manager, or social media team, it’s SO important to make sure that these individuals are willing to put in just as much effort into the overall goals of what you are trying to accomplish.
2. Give yourself mental breaks. This career can become very mentally frustrating when ideas aren’t flowing the way they should be. Give yourself a break for a while and come back to it. It’s weird, but I often find my best ideas when I’m not thinking so hard.
3. Have fun with it. The idea that you can entertain yourself and entertain others through music is awesome so enjoy it no matter what level you get to.
3) Why do you think that your “Nothing To Say” remix is one of your best tracks?
It just gave me the chills the first time I played back the song completed. I remember listening to just the bassline harmony in my studio and I was struggling for days trying to come up with a melody that fit it. I think I was at work actually and I just whipped out that melody progression on one of the pianos we had in the store while listening to it on headphones during my lunch break. From there, I recorded in into the studio computer at work and then developed the squarish synth later that night at home. In addition to that, I think the way the brass section creeps into the drop was pretty cool and adds a nice sustained low-end feeling giving it that “festival” feel. I also think the vocal chop carries the song from the beginning to the end and it’s never too overwhelming but still powerful enough to sit in the mix perfectly.
4) What is it like being a DJ/Producer in college? Do people respect it or hate on it?
Almost all people respect it, obviously you get haters here and there, but I’m sorry I’m not playing top 40 for you unless it has some filthy drop behind it lol.
It’s an experience that has evolved for me over time. I am now currently a double degree at Western Michigan University in both music production/recording arts and business management. It is quite the work load which is where the coffee and long nights come into play but the school work is going hand-in-hand with my personal journey with music all at the same time, so it’s nice and I’m learning a ton as I go. On the DJing aspect of things, being in a large network of people definetely helps a lot and my shows continue to grow in size every time I play. It’s something about being on stage that is just the biggest high in the world for me and I can’t imagine doing anything else then making people move and producing music that I love.
5) Do you DJ your own college parties?
There have been times where we have thrown our own events like tailgates, big apartment complex events, etc. for strictly promotional purposes. However, we mostly we stick to bars, clubs, fraternity/house parties, and a few festivals with our bookings; at least for the past year or so. This fall we are really looking to expand and get to new areas of the midwest region and country and see what can develop from that. Right now we are handling all our own booking but are looking to get into a talent agency in the near future as my popularity and value increases steadily here in the next few months.
6) What makes you unique and separates you from other rising artists?
A lot of artists would answer this question with something along the lines of “my talent”, “my hard work”, “my determination”, yadayadayada, I’ve seen these kind of answers everywhere. SO to be unique, I’m just going to say I would rather have everyone else answer that question for me and just let my music speak for itself. I’m just going to keep doing my thing and finish this un-trademarked sound. The sky will be the limit from there.
Remember to check his remix of “Nothing To Say” out!
Posted by jrhardy on July 15, 2015
Released yesterday, Pham absolutely kills it with his track “Holding On.” This track has one of the coolest and most unique drops I’ve ever heard. The drop itself is slightly delayed and when the synths comes in, it makes for a very cool sound. Check out “Holding On,” I guarantee you will find this drop to be sick.
Posted by jrhardy on July 14, 2015
22-year-old Tobtok aka Tobias Karlsson, is one of the latest and most exciting musical exports calling from Uppsala, Sweden. Tobtok’s influences have been wide and varied over the years, with rock and metal among his very first finds at the age of 6. Being in a band through his teens, an all-encompassing love for everything that is music filled his life. A long lasting affiliation and respect for Michael Jackson brought around his softer side, and at 17 the natural progression and discovery of old school disco. Timing is everything, and Tobtok started to see the rise in popularity of Electronic and in-particular Nu Disco. The opportunity to put the fun back into music just like the 70’s was just too hard to resist, and he set about perfecting his techniques and started to produce on a more serious level. To date, he lists Nile Rodgers as one of his biggest influences musically, although many of these influences come away from music and just through life. Having been diagnosed with cancer and told there was a 50% chance he would lose most of his hearing during treatment (he had a different operation at 7 years old to remove a cyst from his ear drum), Tobtok now grabs every opportunity with both hands.”when I heard about the side-effect of chemo affecting your nerves in the ear I got devastated. Music has always been the biggest passion in my life, and this would mean that I wouldn’t be able to work with music. During the treatment my hearing got worse pretty fast, I couldn’t produce at all basically. Now afterwards I feel really blessed, and take it as a sign that this is kind of my fate.”
Tobtok celebrated a year in remission last year with the release of his track ‘Savanna’, a track he started writing the day after his year check-up out of happiness. Savanna later went on to be signed to the Parisian label ‘Kitsune’ as part of an EP release after Tobtok’s remix of ”Years & Years –Real”. The remix took him to new levels and got him noticed by the well known French label, which was also exclusively premiered on Majestic Casual. The EP was supported by a host of online channels, including Indie Shuffle, The Vibe Guide, Dancing Astronaut and more. Tobtok signed to Christian Tattersfield label ‘Good Soldier Records’ and ‘Good Soldier Publishing’in 2014, joining artists such as The 1975, Birdy and Oliver Nelson.
His First release on the label was “Higher” which featured vocals from Emil Hero from the Swedish Indie-Export “Urban Cone”Higher was supported with 8x BBC Radio 1 plays and made ”hype track of the week” by Zane Lowe with additional plays from Pete Tong, An Nightingale and Phil Taggart. A wealth of online support was also provided and Higher hit No. 1 in Hype Machine.During 2014 he got the job of remixing some of the best artists of the year, including The Magician’s hit Sunlight ft. Years & Years, Zak Waters, Lemaitre, Charlie Winston, Blonde, Icona Pop and Ella Henderson.2014 ends perfectly with DJ Mag calling him‘Man of the moment’. In January 2015 Tobtok signed to one of the biggest DJ agencys in the world, ‘Connected Artists’, alongside heavyweight names such as Avicii, Alesso, Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, Otto Knows and more. Tobtok is already confirmed for festivals such as ‘Creamfields’ –the UK’s largest electronic dance festival as well as a London date in June with Kitsune at The Laundry. Tobtok has also seen recent support from YouTube channel Majestic Casual (2.2 million subs) and This Song Is Sick (Blog/Soundcloud with over 600,000 followers) with his remix of Hard RockSofa & Skidkha –Arms Around Me. In less than 7 days the track has accumulated over 200,000 plays across both platforms. Tobtok is now working on his second track for Good Soldierdue for release in spring 2015 which is a collaboration with singer/songwriter Alex Mills.
Show Tobtok some love and check out his most recent track “Shelter.”
Posted by jrhardy on July 13, 2015
Bay Areas G-Eazy released his track “Oh Well” earlier today and he’s got an important message to the people around him. In this track he explains how real friends stick around even if one has no fame or money. He goes on to explain that people who wanted nothing to do with him when he had no money or fame now try to act like they are his best friends. G-Eazy’s response to that is “Oh Well.” Very respectable. Check it out.